Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1985 - NOV - ENG

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MOTOR INSURERS SET UP INSOLVENCY FUND ....................... 1

REGISTRY ON CHILD ABUSE TO BE SET UP ........................ 2

DUCHESS OF KENT TO VISIT HK ................................. 3

AUGUST RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ................. 4

NEW BYPASS WILL EASE TSUEN WAN BOTTLENECK.................... 8

EXEMPTION ORDER PUBLISHED ................................... 9

HK, U.S. AGREE TO LIFT CALL.................................. 9

OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR HO MAN TIN .......................... 10

FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN TO START ........................... 11

CHEAPER FARES FOR KWUN TONG ELDERLY ON THE WAY .............. 12

TWO-MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL FOR TAI PO .......................... 13

YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL LAUNCHED ....................... 14

DUC LICENCE REVOKED ......................................... 15

15 RECEIVE CERTIFICATES FOR EXAM SUCCESSES................... 15

MAJOR CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN FOR RENNIE'S MILL ................... 16

AUDIO-VISUAL PROGRAMME IN YAU MA TEE ........................ 16

SALE OF REFRESHMENT AT SAI KUNG SPORTS GROUND ............... 17

NOISY FIRM ORDERED TO PaY MAXIMUM FINE AGAIN ................ 18

SPECIAL CHILDREN'S PROJECT ORGANISED ........................ 18

ENTRIES INVITED FOR 1985 FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS .............. 19

PRESENTATION CEREMONY ....................................... 20

NIGHT CLOSURE OF UNDERPASS .................................. 20

FERRY STREET TRAFFIC CHANGES ................................ 20

FR IDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1985

MOTOR INSURERS SET UP INSOLVENCY FUND * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE MOTOR INSURERS’ BUREAU OF HONG KONG (MIB) FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT CF A FUND TO MEET THE CLAIMS OF ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS FOR PERSONAL INJURY AND DEATH WHICH REMAIN UNPAID AS A RESULT CF A MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE COMPANY BECOMING INSOLVENT IN THE FUTURE.

THE AGREEMENT, SIGNED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MIB, MR KO YING, PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SECOND FUND TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE MIB.

THE FIRST FUND WAS ESTABLISHED UNDER AN EARLIER AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT IN 1981 TO PROVIDE COMPENSATION TO ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS WHO SUFFERED BODILY INJURY, OR TO DEPENDANTS OF PEOPLE WHO DIED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, AND WHO WERE UNABLE TO OBTAIN REDRESS BECAUSE NO EFFECTIVE INSURANCE WAS IN FORCE.

MR KO EXPLAINED THAT THE EXISTING FUND, CURRENTLY TOTALLING ABOUT $25 MILLION, IS BEING FINANCED BY A ONE PER CENT SURCHARGE ON MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

THE CURRENT SIZE OF THE FUND WAS CONSIDERED SUFFICIENT TO f^EET CURRENT NEEDS AND THE SURCHARGE WILL BE REDUCED TO 0.5 PER CENT FROM DECEMBER 1.

THE SECOND FUND WILL BE QUICKLY ESTABLISHED BY A SURCHARGE CF 2.5 PER CENT ON MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE PREMIUMS TO BE COLLECTED BY MOTOR VEHICLE INSURERS FROM THEIR POLICY HOLDERS. THIS SURCHARGE WILL BE SUBJECT TO PER IOD IC’REV IEW AND AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE MIB AND GOVERNMENT.

THE SECOND FUND WILL BE USED SOLELY TO MEET THIRD PARTY CLAIMS FOR BODILY INJURY AND DEATH ARISING FROM TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING MOTOR VEHICLE INSURERS WHO BECOME INSOLVENT AFTER NOVEMBER 1, 1985.

MR KO SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE MOTOR VEHICLE INSURERS h ILL NOT BE GUARANTEEING THE SOLVENCY OF THE SECOND FUND, IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THE LEVEL OF SURCHARGE WILL PROVE ADEQUATE

TO MEET ITS POSSIBLE FUTURE LIABILITIES.

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE FOR THE MIB TO ENTER INTO THIS FURTHER AGREEMENT AT THIS STAGE BECAUSE A REASONABLE DEGREE OF PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION OF THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED UNDER THE

INSURANCE COMPANIES ORDINANCE 1983.

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN DISCLOSED THAT IN ADDITION TO THE AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH THE MIB TODAY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD APPROVED A SEPARATE SCHEME TO USE SURPLUS FUNDS IN THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME FUND TO MAKE EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS TO THIRD PARTIES IN RESPECT OF DEATH OR BODILY INJURY ARISING FROM TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING MOTOR VEHICLES INSURED WITH FIVE INSOLVENT INSURANCE COMPANIES NOW IN LIQUIDATION.

DETAILS OF THIS SCHEME WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH.

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REGISTRY ON CHILD ABUSE TO BE SET UP

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SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES INTEND CENTRAL REGISTRY OF CHILD ABUSE AT THE END OF THE YEAR, REGIONAL OFFICER (EAST KOWLOON) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MR KWOK KA-CHI, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY)

SPEAKING ON CHILD ABUSE AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUE CF HONG KONG EAST, MR KWOK SAID THE CENTRAL REGISTRY WOULD BE ATTACHED TO THE DEPARTMENT’S CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES UNIT.

+THE REGISTRY WILL BE FOR THE REFERENCE OF ALL CONCERNED ORGANISATIONS, AND WILL HELP TO AROUSE AWARENESS OF CHILD ABUSE AS WELL AS STEP UP EFFICIENCY IN HANDLING SUCH CASES,+ HE SAID.

THE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES UNIT WAS SET UP IN JUNE 1983 TO HANDLE CHILD ABUSE CASES, AND TO TAKE OVER THE MORE DIFFICULT CASES FROM THE 22 FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT LOCATED THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

AS OF SEPTEMBER 1985, THE UNIT HANDLED 173 CHILD ABUSE CASES INVOLVING 327 CHILDREN, REPRESENTING HALF OF THE TOTAL CASES IN HONG KONG.

STATISTICS SHOWED THAT IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TOGETHER WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES HANDLE^ >9 CHILD ABUSE CASES INVOLVING 461 CHILDREN. THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR WERE 338 CASES INVOLVING 455 CHILDREN.

IN 50 PER CENT OF THE CASES, THE ABUSER WAS THE MOTHER, WHILE 30 PER CENT OF THE CASES INVOLVED THE FATHER, MR KWOK SAID.

OF THE CHILDREN INVOLVED, 90 PER CENT WERE BETWEEN THE AGES CF TWO AND 14, HE SAID.

/THE PURGES.......

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THE SOURCES OF INFORMATION CONCERNING CHILD ABUSE INCLUDED HOSPITALS, POLICE, SCHOOLS, CHILD CARE CENTRES, NEIGHBOURS, RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND EVEN PARENTS THEMSELVES.

ON RECEIVING THE INFORMATION, THE FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE STAFF WOULD TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE ABUSE AND ENSURE THE SAFETY CF THE CHILDREN. IF THE CASE WAS SERIOUS, EMERGENCY MEASURES WOULD BE TAKEN TO REMOVE THE CHILD AND THE POLICE WOULD BE INFORMED.

THE STAFF WOULD ALSO PROVIDE COUNSELLING SERVICE TO THE PARENTS TO HELP THEM SOLVE THEIR PERSONAL PROBLEMS WHICH WERE OFTEN THE CAUSE OF CHILD ABUSE, MR KWOK SAID, ADDING THAT EVERY EFFORT WOULD BE MADE TO KEEP THE CHILD WITHIN THE FAMILY HOME.

IF NO OTHER ALTERNATIVES WERE AVAILABLE, THE CHILD WOULD BE PLACED IN A CHILDREN’S HOME, A SMALL GROUP HOME OR A FOSTER HOME, HE SAID. WHERE NECESSARY, A CARE AND PROTECTION ORDER WOULD BE OBTAINED FROM THE COURT TO PROVIDE SPECIAL PROTECTION FOR THt CH ILD.

MR KWOK ALSO CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO USE THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HOTLINE 3-432255 TO REPORT CASES OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE.

LAST YEAR, 540 CALLS INVOLVING CHILD ABUSE WERE RECEIVED ON THE HOTLINE SERVICE. OF THESE, 134 SUSPECTED CASES WERE INVESTIGATEp BY FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE STAFF WHO UNCOVERED 28 GENUINE CASES.

+IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR THERE WERE 95 REPORTS CF CHILD ABUSE ON THE HOTLINE, AND 10 OF THESE HAVE PROVED TO BE GENUINE CASES,* MR KWOK SAID.

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DUCHESS OF KENT TO VISIT HK

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HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUCHESS OF KENT WILL VISIT HONG KONG FROM JANUARY 30 TO FEBRUARY 4, 1986.

DURING HER VISIT HRH WILL BE THE GUEST OF THE ACADEMY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AND OF THE JOCKEY CLUB FOR THE INAUGURATION CF THE THEATRE BLOCK OF THE NEW ACADEMY.

HER PROGRAMME WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE OPENING OF A MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION ENTITLED ’THE ART OF HENRY MOORE’.

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AUGUST RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ******

THE VALUE OF RETAIL SALES IN AUGUST 1985, ESTIMATED AT $5 411 MILLION, SHOWED NO CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984, WHILE THEIR VOLUME WAS ONE PER CENT LOWER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

RETAIL SALES FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD JUNE - AUGUST 1985, WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, FELL BY THREE PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

COMPARED WITH JULY 1985, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, RETAIL SALES FOR AUGUST 1985 DECREASED BY ONE PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

WHEN COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT IN VALUE AND TWO PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES SHOWED AN INCREASE OF THREE PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND TWO PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF FUELS ROSE BY TWO PER CENT IN VALUE AND ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME, WHILE THOSE OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY ONE PER CENT IN VALUE AND TWO PER CENT IN VOLUME. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL SALES OF +OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* DROPPED BY FOUR PER CENT IN VALUE AND FIVE PER CENT IN VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD JUNE-AUGUST 1985, WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD OF 1984, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF SEVEN PER CENT IN VALUE BUT A DECREASE OF ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS RECORDED AN INCREASE OF ONE PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND TWO PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO SHOWED NO CHANGE IN SALES VALUE, AND RECORDED A SLIGHT INCREASE OF ONE PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES DECREASED BY THREE PER CENT IN VALUE AND FOUR PER CENT IN VOLUME, AND OF +OTHErt CONSUMER GOODS* BY SIX PER CENT IN VALUE AND SEVEN PER CENT IN VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1985, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY ONE PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS RECORDED A DECREASE OF TWO PER CENT IN SALES VALUE BUT HO CHANGE IN SALES VOLUME.

+OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* SHOWED NO CHANGE IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF FUELS FELL BY TWO PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHILST THOSE OF FOODSFUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO DROPPED BY THREE PER CENT IN VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

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ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984. DEPARTMENT STORES RECORDED MODERATE INCREASES IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS RECORDED A SLIGHT INCREASE IN SALES VALUE BUT A SMALL DECREASE IN SALES VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES DROPPED IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

COMPARING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD JUNE - AUGUST 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES INCREASED CONSIDERABLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. DEPARTMENT STORES RECORDED MODERATE INCREASES IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS, WHILE SUPERMARKETS SHOWED SLIGHT INCREASES. ON THE OTHER HAND, CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES DECREASED MODERATELY IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1985, RETAIL SALES OF DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE SIGNIFICANTLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. MOTOR VEHICLES SHOWED MODERATE INCREASES IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES DROPPED SLIGHTLY IN VALUE BUT REMAINED UNCHANGED IN VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS, HOWEVER, RECORDED DECREASES IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL SALES FIGURE FOR JULY 1985 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR AUGUST 1985.

TABLE 2 SHOWS 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. COMPARISONS OF AUGUST 1985 RESULTS WITH THOSE OF JULY 1985 AND AUGUST 1984 AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THREE-MONTH PERIOD JUNE - AUGUST 1985 WITH THOSE IN THE SAME PERIOD OF 1984 ARE ALSO GIVEN. GRAPHS 1 AND 2 DEPICT THE INDEX MOVEMENTS OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES FROM JANUARY 1983 TO JULY 1985.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE AUGUST 1985 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $1 PER COPY.

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

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Total Retail Sales for august * «5C (Provisional Figure)

= HK$5 ‘♦1* million

for July *935 (Revised F.gure) = HK5‘ *52 million

TrtBU 2 : V.L’J~ ~ND VOLUFx IhDSXiS OF Hi Ta IL a.-LES

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(Montnly average of 1980 = TOO)

Item Index of August 1985 aUgUSt 1985 June - August 1985

Retail *.985 1985 compared with compared wi th compared with

July 1985 nugust 198^ June - August 198**

(Revised (Provis- Points 3 Points Points %

figures) tonal figures)

(A) FCR ALL RETAIL TRADES Value 160 159 - 1 - 1 - <* - 3

Volume 111 11C - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 3

(8) BY KaJOR TRADE GROUPS

Foodstuffs, alcoholic Value 180 17*» - 6 - ’ ♦ 1 ♦ 1

irinks and tobacco Volume 117 11’ . 4 - » *2 ♦ 2 ♦ 1 ♦ 1

Fuels Value 19’ 190 _ X - 2 ♦ 2 ♦ 2 ♦ 1

Volume 125 12’ - 2 - 2 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 2 ♦ 2

Clothing, footeear Value 18O 177 - 2 >17 ♦ 11 ♦ 12 ♦ 7

and allied products Volume 112 111 ♦ 5 ♦ 2 - 1 - 1

Consumer durables Value 134 155 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 5 ♦ ’ - 5 - 3

Volume 11’ 1lL ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 2 ♦ 2 - 5 - u

Other consumer Value 1^6 146 - 7 - 4 -10 - 6

goods Volume 105 105 -5 - 5 - 7 - 7

(C) BY SELECTED TRADES

Supermarkets Value ”8 ’17 -21 - 6 ♦ «♦ ♦ -1 ♦ 9 ♦ 3

Volume 20* 192 -1’ • - 6 - 1 - 1 ♦ 2 ♦ 1

Motor vehicles Value 90 95 ♦ 5 .6 ♦27 ♦ ’•9 ♦ 19 ♦27

Volume 5’ 55 ♦ ’ ♦ 5 ♦r. ♦36 ♦ 10 ♦23

Consumer durables other than motor vesicles Value Volume io8 ’96 - 1 - 1 -11 - 5 -21 -10

155 155 - 6 - u -15 - 9

Department stores Value 149 180 ♦ ’1 ♦21 >18 ♦ 11 ♦ 1’ ♦ 9

Volume 107 129 >22 ♦21 ♦ 12 ♦ 10 * 9 ♦ 9

Notes : 1. "Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tooacco" includes "supermarkets".

2. "Consumer durables" includes "motor vehicles".

3. "Other consumer goods" includes "department stores".

Figures denoting changes are derived from the unrounded index figures.

3. * denotes no cnange.

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Graph 1: Value Indexes of Total Retail Sales

Value index

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Graph 2: Volume Indexes of Total Retail Sales

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Seasonally adjusted volume index Trend

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Notes: (1) Monthy average of 1980 = 100

(2) The seasonally adjusted value and volume indexes and Henderson trends are compiled using theX-11 variant seasonal adjustment program of the U.S. Bureau of the Census

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NEw BYPASS WILL EASE TSUEN WAN BOTTLENECK

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THE $400 MILLION SECOND STAGE OF THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS, A DUAL THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY THAT WILL ENABLE VEHICLES TO PASS THROUGH TSUEN wAN AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 70 KPH, WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG.

BUILT ACROSS TSUEN WAN BAY ON ELEVATION. THE ROAD FEATURES HIGHLY IMPROVED SKID-RESISTANT SURFACING, EMERGENCY TELEPHONES LIGHTING AND FIRE-FIGHTING FACILITIES. HUNbb,

AS pART OF THE PROJECT, 19 HECTARES OF LAND HAVE BEEN RECLAIMED FROM THE HARBOUR. THIS IS ALREADY THE SITE OF A MODERN TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE AND A NEW FERRY PIER. IT WILL EVENTUALLY HOUSE NEW GOVERNMENT OFFICES, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS AND SPORTS AND OTHER RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING, SIR S.Y. SAID THE RAPID GROWTH OF TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG AND THEIR POSITION ASTRIDE THE PRINCIPAL ROAD CONNECTION BETWEEN KOWLOON AND THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES

HAD CREATED TRAFFIC BOTTLE-NECKS.

♦TODAY WE SEE THE FRUITION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS TO IMPROVES SITUATION BY PROVIDING A BYPASS FROM THE CONTAINER PORT TEXACO ROAD AND THEN ON THIS AMBITIOUS STRUCTURE ACROSS TSUEN WAN BAY TO CONNECT WITH TUEN MUN ROAD.+ SIR S.Y. SAID.

+THIS IS THE FOURTH OPENING THIS YEAR OF A MAJOR ROAD PROJECT IN HONG KONG AND, I UNDERSTAND, MORE MAJOR ROUTES ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND BEING PLANNED.

+ THIS ROAD DEVELOPMENT, TOGETHER WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF NE.. TOWNS, ILLUSTRATES THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUING INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE TO FACILITATE THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG,+ HE ADDED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING, THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR BRYAN O’RORKE, IN DESCRIBING THE BYPASS SA IDs ♦INCLUDING THE STAGE ONE SECTION IN KWAI CHUNG IT COVERS A TOTAL LENGTH OF 3.6 KILOMETRES.

+THE FIRST STAGE WAS COMPLETED IN 1981 AT A COST OF MORE THAN $100 MILLION AND THIS SECOND STAGE WAS STARTED SOON AFTERWARDS.

♦THE ROAD WORKS FOR STAGE TWO HAVE COST ABOUT $300 MILLION /HILE THE ASSOCIATED RECLAMATION WORKS HAVE COST A FURTHER $100 MILLION.+

MR O’RORKE THANKED THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, THE MAIN CONTRACTORS, AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT.

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+THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE PROVISION_ CF HIGH-CAPACITY HIGHWAYS - SUCH AS THE TSUEN WAN BYPASS FOR THt SAFE AND RAPID MOVEMENT OF LARGE VOLUMtS OF TRAFFIC GENERATED DY HOUSING PROJECTS, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUCH IMPORTANT FACILITIES AS THE CONTAINER PORT.

+THIS PROJECT IS THUS PART OF A LARGER SCALE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WHICH IS CONTINUING WITH SUBSTANTIAL FORWARD MOMENTUM,* HE SAID.

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EXEMPTION ORDER PUBLISHED * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE (AMENDMENT OF SCHEDULE) ORDER 1985.

THE ORDER EXEMPTS THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE FOR THE BASIC LAW OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 151).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE AIM OF THE EXEMPTION ORDER WAS TO FACILITATE THE SETTING UP OF THE BASIC LAW CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE.

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HK, U.S. AGREE TO LIFT CALL * * * *

CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND AMERICAN OFFICIALS ON EXPORT OF MAN-MADE FIBRE LUGGAGE AND THREE EXPORT AUTHORISATION (EA) CALLS HAVE RESULTED IN AGREEMENT ON THE LIFTING OF A CALL FOR CATEGORY 440 (WOOL SHIRTS AND BLOUSES).

THE TALKS, WHICH STARTED IN HONG KONG YESTERDAY, ENDED THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRADE DEPARTMENT SAID CONSULTATIONS ON CATEGORY 361 (COTTON SHEETS) AND MAN-MADE-FIBRE LUGGAGE HAD NOT RESULTED IN ANY AGREEMENT. FURTHER CONSULTATIONS WILL BE HELD ON THESE TWO ITEMS, BUT NO DATE HAS YET BEEN SET.

/THE SPOKESMAN........

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AFTER HONG KONG REJECTED THE U.S. CALL FOR RESTRAINT ON CATEGORY 360 (COTTON PILLOWCASES), THE U.S. IMPOSED A LIMIT FOR 1985 EXPORTS OF 1 000 636 PIECES. HONG KONG HAS RESERVED ITS RIGHTS UNDER THE AGREEMENT AND THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT ON THIS CASE.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WAS LED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE. MR DONALD TSANG, FOR THE MAN-MADE-FIBRE CONSULTATIONS AND BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR ROBERT FOOTMAN, FOR THE THREE EA CALLS.

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OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR HO MAN TIN

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THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR HO MAN TIN.

THE PLAN COVERS AN AREA OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT AND IS BOUNDED BY BOUNDARY STREET, THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH AND THE HILLY AREA TO THE EAST OF HO MAN TIN ESTATE.

OF THE 216 HECTARES OF LAND COVERED BY THE PLAN, 26.38 HECTARES IN THE SOUTHERN PART HAVE BEEN ZONED FOR RESIDENTIAL USE ALLOWING FOR COMMERCIAL USE ON THE LOWER THREE FLOORS OF BUILDINGS AND 47.31 HECTARES BOUNDED BY PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD, AND TO THE NORTH OF PERTH STREET BEING ZONED SOLELY FOR RESIDENTIAL USE.

ANOTHER 36.1 HECTARES OF LAND ARE FOR OPEN SPACE AND 62.84 HECTARES FOR GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY USES.

♦ IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THE POPULATION OF THE HO MAN TIN AREA WILL REACH 139 000 ON FULL DEVELOPMENT,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID.

RESTRICTION IS IMPOSED ON DEVELOPMENT IN THE KADOOR IE HILL AREA TO RETAIN ITS LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL CHARACTER, HE ADDED.

THE NEW PLAN CAN BE INSPECTED AT THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, KOWLOON, AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE AT WEST WING ENTRANCE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

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ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE PLANS MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG BY DECEMBER 31.

COPIES OF THE PLAN ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG J AND THE MAP AND PLAN SALES SECTION, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON AT $10 FOR UNCOLOURED COPIES AND $120 FOR COLOURED ONES.

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FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN TO START K * * M

THIS YEAR’S FIRE PREVENTION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 3) TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE HIGH FIRE RISK IN THE PREVAILING DRY WEATHER.

FIREMEN WILL PERFORM A SERIES OF FIRE FIGHTING AND SPECTACULAR SELF-RESCUE DEMONSTRATIONS FOLLOWING AN OPENING CEREMONY AT MORSE PARK’S FOOTBALL PITCHES STARTING AT 2 PM. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS WILL INCLUDE A PERFORMANCE OF THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND, A VARIETY SHOW WITH SINGING, A MAGICIAN AND AN ACROBATIC DISPLAY, TOGETHER WITH A DANCE DISPLAY BY THE MODERN DANCE TROUPE +SWING+.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT THE CAMPAIGN COULD HELP PUT ACROSS THE FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGE AMONG RESIDENTS.

+SPECIAL EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON CARELESSNESS AS STATISTICS SHOW THAT THIS IS ALWAYS THE MAJOR CAUSE OF F IRE,* HE SAID.

A MEDIA PUBLICITY PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTING THIS ASPECT HAS BEEN PRODUCED AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS WILL BE RELEASED IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE NEED TO BE CAREFUL WITH FIRE.

THE PUBLICITY ITEMS INCLUDE A 30-SECOND TELEVISION PUBLICITY FILM SHOWING HOW A HOUSEHOLD FIRE CAN BE STARTED AS A RESULT OF CARELESSNESS.

A POSTER, CALENDAR CARDS, BOOKMARKS AND AN MTR-POSTER CARRY)Jo THE CAMPAIGN MESSAGE THAT CARELESSNESS CAUSES FIRE HAVE ALSO BEEN PRODUCED.

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+AS PART OF THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN, A SERIES OF FIRt PREVENTION EXHIBITIONS w/ ILL BE HELD ON ALTERNATE SUNDAYS AT DENSELY POPULATED AREAS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE FIRST OF THESE WILL BE HELD AT Ol MAN ESTATE ON NOVEMBER 17.

THE EXHIBITION WILL FEATURE INFORMATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL ON GENERAL AND COUNTRYSIDE FIRE PREVENTION. FIRE ENGINES WILL ALSO BE ON DISPLAY.

VISITORS TO THESE EXHIBITIONS WILL RECEIVE CALENDAR CARDS AND BOOKMARKS AS WELL AS A BOOKLET ON FIRE PREVENTION AT HOME.

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CHEAPER FARES FOR KWUN TONG ELDERLY ON THE WAY

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ELDERLY RESIDENTS OR WORKERS IN KWUN TONG WILL SOON BE ABLE TO TRAVEL CHEAPLY ON MINIBUSES AND MAXICABS WITHIN THE DISTRICT IF THEY JOIN A SCHEME INITIATED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

+ ALL THREE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS ASSOCIATIONS AND A MAXICAB COMPANY IN THE DISTRICT HAVE AGREED TO JOIN THE SCHEME TO PROVIDE REDUCED FARES FOR THE ELDERLY,* THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE CONCERN OF MEDICAL AND TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, MISS MONA LO, SAID.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON, MISS LO SAID: +THE OPERATORS OF THE 12 ROUTES PLYING WITHIN KWUN TONG, CONSISTING CF 188 PLB’S AND 16 MAXICABS WILL OFFER REDUCED OR HALF FARES TO THE ELDERLY EITHER AT ANY TIME OR ONLY ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.*

+ANYONE AGED 65 OR ABOVE, WHO IS A HONG KONG RESIDENT LIVING OR WORKING IN KWUN TONG IS WELCOME TO JOIN THE SCHEME,* SHE SAID.

+THERE ARE ABOUT 40 000 ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THE SCHEME,* SHE ADDED.

+THOSE WHO JOIN WILL BE PROVIDED WITH SPECIAL CARDS WHICH THEY CAN USE WHEN TRAVELLING ON MINIBUSES AND MAXICABS,* MISS LO SAID.

+THE SCHEME WILL TAKE EFFECT ON NOVEMBER 17, WHICH IS ALSO THE DATE OF THE ELDERLY FESTIVAL DESIGNATED BY THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE,* MISS LO SAID.

KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD IS THE FIRST TO ORGANISE SUCH A TRANSPORT SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT CFFICE, ITS SUB-OFFICES, AND LOCAL HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES, AND ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-416315.

/SP BA KING ABOUT......

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SPEAKING ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEDICAL SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY INTRODUCED BY THE BOARD IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STANLEY YING, SAID: +SO FAR, MORE THAN 5 000 ELDERLY HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE SCHEME.

♦FROM THE FEEDBACK WE GATHERED FROM PARTICIPATING DOCTORS AND DENTISTS, SOME 5 000 CASES HAVE BEEN DEALT WITH UNDER THE SCHEME BETWEEN JANUARY AND AUGUST. +

ALSO ATTENDING THE PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY WERE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICE COMMITTEE, MR LI WAH-MING.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE THREE PLB ASSOCIATIONS AND THE MAXICAd COMPANY WERE PRESENTED SOUVENIRS FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THE ELDERLY AT TODAY’S CEREMONY.

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A WIDE RANGE OF SPORTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR THE FIRST-EVER TAI PO FESTIVAL, A MAJOR DISTRICT EVENT THAT WILL LAST FOR TWO MONTHS BEGINNING MID-DECEMBER.

TO PUBLICISE THE EVENT A SERIES OF COMPETITIONS HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE FIRST TAI PO FESTIVAL CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THESE INCLUDE THE TAI PO FESTIVAL THEME SONG LYRIC wRITINu COMPETITION, THE POSTER DESIGN CONTEST AND THE DISPLAY BOARD DESIGN COMPETITION.

TWO OF THE COMPETITIONS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, WHILE THE DISPLAY BOARD DESIGN COMPETITION IS LIMITED TO SCHOOLS AND SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD ADOPT THE THEME OF PUBLICISING THE FESTIVAL IN THEIR ENTRIES, AND ALSO TRY TO ILLUSTRATE THE ATTRACTIVENESS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF TAI PO.

NUMEROUS EVENTS HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR THE FESTIVAL WITH THE AIM OF PROMOTING THE DISTRICT’S IDENTITY, INCLUDING ELABORATE CELEBRATIONS FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

ATTRACTIVE PRIZES INCLUDING TROPHIES, CASH AWARDS AND BOOKSHOP COUPONS WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNERS OF THE COMPETITIONS. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS NOVEMBER 15.

INFORMATION PAMPHLETS AND ENTRY FORMS ABOUT THE COMPETITIONS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-6586520.

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YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL LAUNCHED

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FOUR WELL-KNOWN MUSICIANS FROM CHINA AND NINE LOCAL AMATEUR CHINESE ORCHESTRAS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE THIRD HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL STARTING TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE NINE-DAY FESTIVAL, WHICH WILL END ON NOVEMBER 10, IS ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL TODAY, MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, PRS DORIS HO SAID THE AIM OF THE FESTIVAL WAS TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE AND TO STIMULATE GREATER PUBLIC INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC.

+THE MUSIC OFFICE ALSO HOPES TO ENCOURAGE MORE SCHOOLS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO FORM CHINESE ORCHESTRAS,* SHE SAID.

THE GUEST MUSICIANS FROM CHINA EXPECTED LATER TODAY ARE RR DING YU-FENG (ER-HU), MR LI GUANG-CAI (SUO-NA), MISS PAN O-JING (PI-PA) AND MR CHI XIANG-SHENG (SAN XIAN).

THE CHINESE MUSICIANS wILL CONDUCT LECTURE DEMONSTRATIONS AND MASTER CLASSES ON SAN-XIAN, SUO-NA, RE-HU AND PI-PA AT THE MUSIC CENTRES AT YAU MA TEI, KWUN TONG, MONG KOK, TSUEN WAN AND THE HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE.

IN SUPPORT OF THE FESTIVAL, THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL CO-PRESENT «ITH THE MUSIC OFFICE A STUDENT CONCERT AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM ON NOVEMBER 10.

IN ADDITION, THREE DISTRICT CONCERTS WILL BE HELD AT THE OCEAN TERMINAL, THE LANDMARK AND THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE NINE AMATEUR CHINESE ORCHESTRAS WILL BE PERFORMING IN THE OPENING CONCERT TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3 AND THE FINALE CONCERT ON NOVEMBER 10, BOTH TO START AT 8 PM AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

FOUR OF THE ORCHESTRAS WILL PERFORM AT THE OPENING CONCERT. THEY ARE THE YAU YUEH CHINESE MUSIC ASSOCIATION, TSUEN WAN YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, MUSIC LOVERS CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND DIOCESAN BOYS’ SCHOOL CHINESE ORCHESTRA.

THE REMAINING FIVE — THE CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL GROUP, H.K. POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS’ UNION; YWCA CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL ORCHESTRA; WANG KWONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA; PUI SING MUSIC ASSOCIATION CHINESE ORCHESTRA, AND HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC SOCIETY CHINESE ORCHESTRA — WILL PERFORM AT THE FINALE CONCERT.

/LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOH.........

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR YEUNG PO-KwAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CONCERT, AND THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, >R AUGUSTINE CHUI KAM, WILL BE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE FINALE CONCERT.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS FOR TH- OPENING CONCERT AND THE FINALE CONCERT AT $5 EACH ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-458791 AND 0-428127.

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DTC LICENCE REVOKED

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THE COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT—TAK I NG COMPANIES ANNOUNTP^ TM&T ™ REGISTRATION OF COMERICA ASIA LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 14 (2) OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

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15 RECEIVE CERTIFICATES FOR EXAM SUCCESSES X if X

FIFTEEN INMATES OF PIK UK CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION WHO ATTAINED OUTSTANDING RESULTS IN PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS RECEIVE. THEIR CERTIFICATES TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE YOUNG RECIPIENTS, WHO ATTENDED THE ELEMENTARY BOOK-KEEP I id COURSE AT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTION ACHIEVED 10 DISTINCTIONS AND FIVE PASSES IN THE LONDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY EXAMINATION HELD LAST NOVEMBER.

THREE HAVE SINCE BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE INSTITUTION

WHILE THE OTHERS ARE ATTENDING THE SAME COURSE AT THE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL.

RECIPIENTS ALSO TOOK PART IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATt n!°N EXAMINATION LAST MAY, mI TH ONE STUDENT ATTAINING E GHTDSHR iFrT<5°rnTA¥DnTn(?cT1CREDITS’ AN0THER wH0 ALS0 TOOK EICHT SUBJECTS GOT TWO DISTINCTIONS, FOUR CREDITS AND TWO PASS'S THE THIRD RECEIVED TWO CREDITS AND £oUR PASSES FROM SEVEN SUBJECTS

SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT MR N.V. NILSSON, wHO PRESENTED THE CERTIFICATES, SAID THAT HALF-DAY EDUCATION CLASSES AND HALF-DAY VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES WERE PROVIDED FOR INMATES AT THE INSTITUTION. THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ALSO PROVIDED STUDY ROOM FACILITIES DURING THE EVENING FOR THOSE PREPARING FOR PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS.

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MAJOR CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN FOR RENNIE’S MILL * * * *

A MAJOR CLEAN-UP OPERATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN RENNIE’S MILL COTTAGE AREA FROM JANUARY 14 TO 28 NEXT YEAR.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS - THE CLEAN-UP AND PUBLICITY, WHICH WILL BE CARRIED OUT SIMULTANEOUSLY.

VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OFFICE, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MARINE DEPARTMENT AND NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WILL BE INVOLVED IN Trie CAMPA I GN.

EXPLAINING THE PLAN TO MEMBERS OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE AT A MEETING YESTERDAY (THURSDAY), THE SAI KUNG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RAYMOND LI SAID 50 WORKERS WOULD BE ASSIGNED TO CLEAN UP THE REFUSE ACCUMULATED AT THE SEA FRONT OF RENNIE’S MILL.

+WE ARE USING MANPOWER INSTEAD OF MACHINERY BECAUSE THE SEA BED IS TOO SHALLOW FOR DREDGERS,+ HE SAID.

THROUGH THE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN, MR LI SAID, RESIDENTS WOULD BE EDUCATED TO BE MORE INVOLVED IN KEEPING THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND HEALTHY.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED WERE CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITY OF SETTING UP A BOOM TO PREVENT RUBBISH FROM DRIFTING INTO THE BAY AFTER THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION.

THE COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED $12 000 FOR THE CAMPAIGN.

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AUDIO-VISUAL PROGRAMME IN YAU MA TEI

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+V IS ION OF THE FUTURE + , A MULTI-VISUAL SLIDE SHOW, ANj A SEMINAR ON THE ’REPORT OF BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD’ WILL LAUNCH THE YAU MA TEI AUDIO-VISUAL QUARTET AT THE PUBLIC SQUARE STREET HENRY «. LEONG COMMUNITY CENTRE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE QUARTET, A FOUR-DAY PROGRAMME, IS ORGANISED BY THE YAU IA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI CULTURAL AND ART SOCIETY, AND CO-ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE TSIM SHA TSUI CENTRE, HONG KONG AUDIO VISUAL AND ANIMATION SOCIETY AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTR ICT BOARD.

/GUEST SPEAKERS .......

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GUEST SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR wILL EE A MEMBER OF THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD, MRS ^MtLA/HAN wONG-SHUI, CHAIP AN CF THE SOCIETY OF IS lOI^AWAReNaSo f TR AI JU N G, HR^ESTHE^^,

LOCAL AFFAIRS COMMENTATOR, REPRESENTATIVE.

THE DISTRICT OFF ICER, THE CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM.

MR AUGUSTINE CHENG^WILL OFFICIATE AT

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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SALE OF REFRESHMENT AT SAI KUNG SPORTS GROUND * * *

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENT AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIL SPORTS GROUND.

OCCUPYING 2.4 HECTARES IN THE TOWN CENTRE, THE SPORTS GROUND IS A MULTI-PURPOSE SPORTS VENUE FOR THE 40 000 RESIDENTS CF SAI KUNG, AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

FACILITIES INCLUDE A STANDARD SIZE TURFED SOCCER PITCH, A BASKETBALL-CUM-VOLLEYBALL COURT, A 400-METRE ALL-WEATHER RUNNING TRACK AND EQUIPMENT FOR TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER FOR THE KIOSK CAN START OPERATION FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR ON A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE RSD ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SAI KUNG.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE PUT IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE RSD HEADQUARTERS, THIRD FLOOR, SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE 9 AM ON DECEMBER 6. LATE SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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NOISY FIRM ORDERED TO PAY MAXIMUM FINE AGAIN X * X *

A PRIVATE FIRM HAS BEEN FINED THE MAXIMUM OF ;2 □□□ FOR CAUSING NOISE NUISANCE — THE SECOND TIME THAT THE FIRM HAS BEEN GIVEN THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR SUCH OFFENCE IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS.

GIVING EVIDENCE IN SOUTH KOwlOON MAGISTRACY, PROSECUTION OFFICER OF THE URBAN SERVIC-S DEPARTMENT, SENIOR. HEALTH INSPECTOR, CHAN WAI-YEUNG, SAID THAT PRUDENTIAL ENTERPRISES LTD., OWNERS OF PRUDENTIAL CENTRE, NATHAN ROal, YAU MA TEI, HAD BEEN CHARGEE AND FINED FOR SIMILAR OFFENCEo ON FOUR PREVIOUS OCCASIONS.

HE TOLD THE COURT THAT THE FIRM /.AS THE OwNER OF A VENTILATING PLANT INSTALLED IN THE BUILDING. TWO OF ThE SIX COOLING CONDENSERS OF THE PLANT HAD NOT YET BEEN TREATED nI TH ACOUSTIC EQUIPMENT AND THEY wERE PROHIBITED FRO7 OPERATION BY AN EARLIER COURT ORDER, HE SAID.

IN JULY THIS YEAR, HE CONTINUED, STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED A NOISE SURVEY ON THE PREMISES, AND DISCOVERED THAT BOTH THE BANNED COOLING CONDENSERS WERE IN OPERATION AND THAT THE NOISE LEVEL WAS ABOVE THE LIMIT.

COMMENTING ON THE CASE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT OWNERS OF VENTILATING PLANTS MUST MAKE SURE NO NOISE NUISANCE WAS CAUSED BY THEIR MACHINES.

+T0 ACHIEVE THIS, OWNERS APE ADVISED TO CARRY OUT REGULAR CHECKS OF THE PLANTS AND TO REPAIR THEM IF AND WHEN NECESSARY,+ HE ADDED.

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SPECIAL CHILDREN’S PROJECT ORGANISED

TO PROMOTE AN INTEREST IN LITERATURE AND BOOK-READ I NG, A CHILDREN LITERATURE PROMOTION PROJECT WILL BE HELD FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN NEW TERRITORIES WEST STARTING TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE PROJECT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S ARTS SOCIETY, YAN Ol TONG CENTRE, YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AND SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD.

/THS .VSSK-LCNG.........

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THE WEEK-LONG PROJECT WILL INCLUDE P ICTURE-COLOURI NG COMPETITION, WRITING COMPETITION, BOOK EXHIBITION, STORY-TELLING COMPETITION AND A CHILDREN LITERATURE FORUM.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), MR PETER NG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAU WONG-FAT OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) THE YAN 01 TONG CENTRE, YAN CHING CIRCUIT,

WILL OFF IC I ATE AT THE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF

TUEN MUN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR 1985 FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS * * *

FENCERS ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S HONG KONG OPEN FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS wHICH wILL BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 16 AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

THE ANNUAL EVENT IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE HONG KONG AMATEUR FENCING ASSOCIATION.

+IT HAS PROVED TO BE A SUCCESS SINCE 1930, WITH A RECORD ENTRY OF 112 MEN AND 15 WOMEN LAST YEAR,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID THERE WOULD BE FOUR INDIVIDUAL EVENTS - MEN’S AND WOMEN’S FOIL, EPEE AND SABRE.

+THERE WILL BE NO AGE LIMIT AND PARTICIPANTS ARE FREE TO TAKE PART IN MORE THAN ONE EVENT.

+THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS NOVEMBER 5. ENTRY FEES ARE $10 FOR ADULTS AND $5 FOR STUDENTS.*

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE COUNCIL’S SPORTS PROMOTION OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG AMATEUR FENCING ASSOCIATION IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, AS WELL AS FROM. THE BOUNDARY STREET INDOOR GAMES HALL. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED ON 5-8914448.

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PRESENTATION CEREMONY * * * *

A PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST CERTIFICATE COURSE IN ENGLISH FOR BUSINESS, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EXTRAMURAL STUDIES OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

NINETY-SIX RECIPIENTS WILL BE PRESENTED CERTIFICATES FOR THE COURSE +STATE YOUR CASE+ WHICH RECEIVED GOOD RESPONSE WHEN BROADCA.

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR CLIVE OXLEY, THE DIRECTOR OF EXTRAMURAL STUDIES, DR HO KAM-FAI,AND THE HEAD OF CHINESE PROGRAMME SERVICE, RTHK, MR CHU PUl-HING, WILL OFF ICIA AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

PARK

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE HOTEL. 11TH FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON, AT 2 PM TOMORROW,

NIGHT CLOSURE OF UNDERPASS * * * * *

THE WUHU VEHICULAR UNDERPASS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETwtEN 1 AM AND 5 AM FROM MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 4-6) TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE wORK.

MOTORISTS FROM TSIM SHA TSUI, YAU MA TEI AND THE CROSS HARBOU. TUNNEL HEADING FOR HUNG HOM SHOULD USE CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH OR GASCOIGNE ROAD.

FERRY STREET TRAFFIC CHANGES ******

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT FERRY STREET BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 4-8), TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORK.

THESE ARE:

* TRAFFIC ON FERRY STREET NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR WATERLOO ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE CHERRY STREET.

* TRAFFIC ON WATERLOO ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR FERRY STREET NORTHBOUND wILL BE DIVERTED TO USE RECLAMATION STREET OR SHANGHAI STREET.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MULTI-VISUAL PRESENTATION OF THE FUTURE . *.............. 1

MEET THE MEDIA .......................................... 2

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTHS ......... 2

SEMINAR ON SAFETY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION ................. 3

HO MAN TIN, HUNG HOM FLYOVER PROPOSED ................... 4

A ’WILD’ APPEAL FOR SAFETY ON THE ROAD .................. 4

FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING ...................... 5

OBSERVE HYGIENE RULES, FOOD OPERATORS TOLD .............. 6

TEMPORARY HAUL ROAD PLANNED FOR LAM TIN ................. 7

DAY CAMP MARKS OPENING OF YOUTH FESTIVAL ... ............ 7

CARNIVAL TO PROMOTE CONSTITUENCY ........................ 8

LEGCO BOOKLET ON SALE.................................... 9

FREE CONCERTS FOR RESIDENTS ......... ................... 9

TENDERS INVITED FOR SERVICES AT POPULAR BEACHES ......... 10

MOBILE LIBRARY TO CLOSE FOR SERVICING..................., 10

CARNIVAL AT YUEN LONG STADIUM ........................... 11

CLOSURE OF INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE...................... 12

FIRING PRACTICE WARNING.................................. 12

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1985

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MULTI-VISUAL PRESENTATION OF THE FUTURE

* * * *

A MULT I-VISUAL SLIDE SHOW, +VISION OF THE FUTURE+, TODAY (SATURDAY) LAUNCHED A SPECIAL PROGRAMME TO COINCIDE WITH THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR IN YAU MA TEI.

PART OF THE AUDIO-VISUAL QUARTET, THE SHOW WAS ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI CULTURE AND ARTS ASSOC I AT! AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, PRAISED THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY.

+PROMOTION AND PATRONAGE OF CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC ACTIV;' IE: ARE ALSO THE CONCERN OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD,+ HE SAID.

♦MUCH OF ITS SUPPORT TAKES THE FORM OF FINANCIAL AID TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, AND THE BOARD HAS JUST AGREED TO INCRE SE ITS GRANT TO THE ASSOCIATION FROM $50 000 TO $85 000, WHICH IS 16 PER CENT OF ITS BUDGET FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES AND IS THE LARGEST GRANT TO ONE SINGLE DISTRICT ORGANISATION,* HE ADDED.

THE SHOW, HELD IN THE HENRY G. LEONG COMMUNITY CENTRE, WAS A UNIQUE PRESENTATION OF THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGES OF THE COMMUNITY WITH THE USE OF THE LATEST AUDIOVISUAL TECHNOLOGY WHICH INVOLVED THE OPERATION OF 15 SLIDE PROJECTORS THAT CAST IMAGES ONTO A HUGE SCREEN.

A SEMINAR ON THE REPORT OF THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD ' ALSO HELD. GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDED A MEMBER OF THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD, MRS PAMELA CHAN WONG SHU I » THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIETY OF TELEVISION AWARENESS TRAINING, MRS ESTHER HO 5 LOCAL AFFAIRS COMMENTATOR, MR TO YIU-MING AND A LOCAL YOUTH REPRESENTATi I MR YEUNG KWOK-KEUNG.

ALL PROGRAMMES ARE HELD AT 8 PM IN THE HENRY G. LEONG COMMUNITY CENTRE. TOMORROW (SUNDAY) THERE WILL BE A YOUTH DEBATE ON THE MOTION THAT +RADIO TELVISION HONG KONG SHOULD BE INDEPENDENT.*

ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 4), THERE WILL BE A DRAMA PERFORMANCE BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI DRAMA GROUP, AND ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 5) A TALK ON THE +APPLICATION OF AUDIO VISUAL TO WOR> AND RECREATION* WILL BE HELD.

ADMISSION IS FREE, AND YOUTHS AND RESIDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE PROGRAMMES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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MEET THE MEDIA * * *

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, WILL MEET THE FEDIA ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 4) AT 11 AM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTHS ******

A YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING SCHEME WILL BE LAUNCHED IN EASTERN DISTRICT TO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE INTERESTED IN COMMUNITY SERVICES.

YOUTHS WANTING TO IMPROVE THEIR SERVICE SKILLS AND LEARN ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY ARE URGED TO TAKE PART IN THE SCHEME.

THOSE AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 25 AND WHO LIVE, WORK OR STUDY IN THE DISTRICT, ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE SCHEME, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

♦ALL TRAINED LEADERS ARE EXPECTED TO OR'GANISE AT LEAST ONE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT WHEN THEY COMPLETE THEIR TRAINING COURSE,+ HE ADDED.

THE SCHEME IS ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AND IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE FIRST PART OF THE TRAINING SCHEME WILL INVOLVE A SERIES CF SEMINARS BETWEEN NOVEMBER 20 AND JANUARY 4. THE SEMINARS WILL EE HELD EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING FROM 7.30 PM TO 9.30 PM AT THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS MANSION STREET YOUTH CENTRE, 55 MODEL LANE IN NORTH POINT.

THEY WILL FOCUS ON TRAINING YOUTHS IN LEADERSHIP SKILLS, DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, WORKS AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES, HUMAN RELATIONSHIP, AND SKILL IN ORGANISING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE SECOND PART OF THE SCHEME IS A WORK CAMP ON DECEMBER 14 AND 15.

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FEES CHARGED FOR THE WHOLE TRAINING COURSE IS $40 PER PERSON AND DEADLINE FOR ENROLMENT, WHICH IS LIMITED TO 60, IS NOVEMBER 12.

APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 880-886 KING’S ROAD OR ANY SUB-OFFICES IN CAUSEWAY BAY, SHAU KEI WAN AND CHAI WAN, OR YOUTH AND CHILDREN’S CENTRES, COMMUNITY CENTRES AND HALLS IN THE DISTRICT.

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SEMINAR ON SAFETY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A SEMINAR NEXT MONTH TO REFRESH THE AWARENESS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY ASPECTS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

THE SEMINAR ON SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS, ORGANISED BY THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE LECTURE THEATER OF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN GASCOIGNE ROAD ON DECEMBER 7. ABOUT 300 PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS WILL ATTEND.

SCHOOL HEADS ARE NOW INVITED TO NOMINATE THEIR PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

NOMINATIONS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SEVENTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD BEFORE NOVEMBER 22.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO HOLD EIGHT + IMPROVE PERSONAL SKILLS ON TABLE TENNIS+ TRAINING COURSES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS.

THE EIGHT HALF-DAY TRAINING COURSES, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE AND THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN BETWEEN DECEMBER 28 AND 31.

THE HEAD TABLE TENNIS COACH OF JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, MR CHENG CHUNG-YIN, WILL BE THE INSTRUCTOR OF THE COURSES. A TOTAL OF 128 TEACHERS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED.

THE FREE COURSES ARE AIMED AT IMPROVING THE PRACTICAL SKILLS CF PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS AND THEIR TECHNIQUES ON TEACHING TABLE TENNIS. THERE WILL BE SESSIONS FOR BOTH THEORY AND PRACTICE DURING THE COURSES.

TEACHERS WISHING TO ATTEND THE COURSES SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION) CF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BEFORE DECEMBER 10.

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HO MAN TIN, HUNG HOM FLYOVER PROPOSED * M *

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT A FLYOVER ALONG FAT KWONG STREET VEHICULAR TRAFFIC BETWEEN HO MAN

THE TWO-WAY FLYOVER WILL BE WIDE.

DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT AND MAN YUE STREET TO IMPROVE TIN AND HUNG HOM.

6OO-METRE LONG AND 7.3-METRE

IT WILL RUN FROM FAT KWONG STREET IN HO MAN TIN NEAR CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, CROSS MA TAU WAI ROAD, AND CONTINUE ALONG MAN YUE STREET TO JOIN THE JUNCTION OF MAN LOK STREET IN HUNG HOM.

IT WILL ALSO LINK THE HUNG HOM PORTION OF THE FUTURE NORTHSOUTH DUAL CARRIAGEWAY WITH THE TO KWA WAN RECLAMATION.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO INVOLVE WIDENING AND MODIFICATION TO GROUND LEVEL ROADS AT FAT KWONG STREET, MAN YUE STREET AND ASSOCIATED BRANCH ROADS.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY;

DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 1OTH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET,

AND

* KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR.

141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD,

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORKS MUST BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY DECEMBER 31.

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A ’WILD’ APPEAL FOR SAFETY ON THE ROAD *****

A GIANT BALLON GORILLA WILL APPEAR AT THE HONG NING ROAD PLAYGROUND IN KWUN TONG TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON TO SPREAD THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE.

SLOGANS HUNG ON THE GORILLA, IN WHICH CHILDREN CAN PLAY INSIDE, WILL HELP DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THE PARTICIPANTS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY.

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY WILL BE A CHILDREN’S DRAWING COMPETITION IN WHICH MORE THAN 500 CHILDREN WILL EXPRESS THEIR OWN IDEAS ON ROAD SAFETY.

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CHILDREN UNDER 13 YEARS OLD ARE ALSO WELCOME TO JOIN THE COMPETITION.

AT THE OTHER END OF THE PLAYGROUND WILL BE TV GAME STALLS FOR PARTICIPANTS TO TRY THEIR DRIVING SKILLS.

CHILDREN CAN ALSO CYCLE THROUGH A +ROAD SAFETY TOWN+ TO SEE IF THEIR SKILL IS UP TO THE ROAD SAFETY STANDARDS.

TOMORROW’S EVENT, PART OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, IS ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DI STR ICT ROAD SAFETY COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE POLICE, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A CYCLING SKILL DEMONSTRATION, A VARIETY SHOW, AN EXHIBITION, A ROAD SAFETY BUS AND THE DISPLAY CF DAMAGED VEHICLES INVOLVED IN ACCIDENTS.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO THE ROAD SAFETY DAY WHICH WILL START AT 2 PM.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, nr KEVIN MAK- THE KWUN TONG POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR R.A. STEELE- THE SAU MAU PING POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER MR TEDDY U-THE SENIOR STAFF OFFICER OF TRAFFIC KOWLOON, MR R.M.A. HARPER-AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING

* K * *

THE 1985-86 FIRE PREVENTION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON AT THE MORSE PARK SOCCER PITCHES NOS. 1 AND 2.

THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND WILL BE PERFORMING AROUND 1.45 PM AND THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM WITH DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, MR K.W. HODGKINS, OFFICIATING.

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tui: i aiimphinG WILL BE SUPPORTED BY A SERIES OF FIRE FIGHTING AND SELF-RESCUE DEMONSTRATIONS, A VARIETY SHOW {j*™ SINGING AND DANCING AS WELL AS A MAGICIAN AND AN ACROBATIC DISPLAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARF INVITED TO ATTEND. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.


OBSERVE HYGIENE RULES, FOOD OPERATORS TOLD

* * * *

FOOD ESTABLISHMENT OPERATORS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS WERE URGED TO FOLLOW HYGIENE RULES WHEN HANDLING FOOD, OR THEY WOULD EE PROSECUTED.

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ISSUED THIS WARNING FOLLOWING A RECENT CASE IN WHICH 11 PEOPLE WERE FINED A TOTAL OF $7 450 AT THE TSUEN WAN MAGISTRACY FOR RELATED OFFENCES.

TWO OF THE OFFENDERS, WHO HAD PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS, WERE EACH FINED $1 000, AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PROSECUTIONS WERE THE RESULT OF A TWO-WEEK OPERATION LAUNCHED BY THE RSD IN SEPTEMBER IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG DISTR ICTS.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS TO INSPECT FOOD PREMISES TO DISCOURAGE THE MALPRACTICE.

UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE FOOD BUSINESS (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS, OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2 000 AND AN IMPRISONMENT OF THREE MONTHS, HE ADDED.

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TEMPORARY HAUL ROAD PLANNED FOR LAM TIN ******

A TEMPORARY HAUL ROAD HAS BEEN PLANNED TO LINK THE PROPOSED LAM TIN ESTATE (SOUTH) EXTENSION TO A TEMPORARY RECLAMATION AREA IN JUNK BAY NEAR RENNIE’S MILL.

THE PROPOSED ROAD WILL ENABLE EXCAVATED MATERIAL TO BE TRANSPORTED FROM THE SITE FORMATION WORK OF THE LAM TIN PROJECT TO THE RECLAMATION AREA.

ON COMPLETION OF THE SITE FORMATION, THE TEMPORARY ROAD WILL BE REINSTATED TO CONFORM WITH NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.

DURING CONSTRUCTION, A SECTION OF THE EXISTING FOOTPATH FROM KO CHIU ROAD ESTATE TO RENNIE’S MILL WILL BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED, BUT A DIVERSION WILL BE PROVIDED.

THE WORK ALSO INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THE HAUL ROAD NEAR RENNIE’S MILL.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY. HONG KONG 1 AND THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AND DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORKS OR THE USE, OR BOTH, SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER 31.

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DAY CAMP MARKS OPENING OF YOUTH FESTIVAL * * * *

THE 1985 SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH FESTIVAL WILL BE OPEN TOMORROW (SUNDAY) WITH A DAY CAMP FOR 200 HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIES YOUTHS FROM THE DISTRICT.

THE TWO-WEEK FESTIVAL, AIMED AT PROMOTING THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR THEME OF +PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE+ IS ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON 1985 IYY AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THERE WILL BE 14 EVENTS INCLUDING CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES- OPEN-AIR CONCERTS, FILM SHOWS, SPORTS, DRAMAS, EXHIBITIONS AND COMPETITIONS.

AT THE CAMP, DISABLED YOUTHS WILL BE JOINED BY A GROUP OF LOCAL YOUNGSTERS IN A SERIES OF GAMES, SEMINARS AND COMPETITIONS, THROUGH WHICH THEY CAN SHARE EACH OTHER’S EXPERIENCE AND BUILD MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING.

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THE EVENT WILL START AT 9 AM IN THE HALL OF CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 55 FAT TSEUNG STREET, AND ADMISSION IS FREE..

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON 1985 IYY, MR LEE CHIK-YUET, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR STEPHEN CHENG, AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHIU PO YOUTH FESTIVAL DAY CAMP AND OPENING CEREMONY AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE HALL OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 55 FAT TSEUNG STREET.

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CARNIVAL TO PROMOTE CONSTITUENCY

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A CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 12 (TUESDAY) TO PROMOTE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE SYCAMORE AREA OF MONG KOK DISTRICT WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED AS A CONSTITUENCY FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN MARCH.

THE CARNIVAL, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE SYCAMORE AREA COMMITTEE.

GAMES STALLS WILL BE SET UP TO PROVIDE A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR PARTICIPANTS.

+GAMES AND COMPETITIONS WILL BE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO ILLUSTRATE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AREA SO THAT RESIDENTS WILL DEVELOP A SENSE OF COMMUNITY IDENTITY,+ AN AREA COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CARNIVAL WILL BE A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING SINGING, DANCING AND MAGIC SHOWS.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND TICKETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS AT THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS TAI KOK TSUI BRANCH OFFICE.

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LEGCO BOOKLET ON SALE

*****

A 40—PAGE FULL-COLOUR COMMEMORATIVE PUBLICATION HAS BEEN PRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE 1985-86 SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

IT TRACES THE HISTORY OF THE COUNCILS AND INTRODUCES THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. CONSTRUCTION OF THE OLD SUPREME COURT BUILDING IN THE EARLY 19OO’S, AS WELL AS THE RECENT RENOVATION WORK TO RENDER IT SUITABLE FOR HOUSING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, ARE DESCRIBED IN THE PUBLICATION.

THE HARD-COVER BOOKLET, EDITED AND DESIGNED BY GIS STAFF AND PRINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT PRINTER, HAS 36 ILLUSTRATIONS. IT IS ON SALE AT $24 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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FREE CONCERTS FOR RESIDENTS * * * *

KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS WILL ENJOY FREE CONCERTS PERFORMED BY YOUNG AND TALENTED MUSICIANS OVER THE NEXT THREE CONSECUTIVE SUNDAYS.

THE CONCERTS, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, ARE ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT’S ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THE PERFORMERS ARE FROM THE WINNING GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS OF A RECENT SINGING AND INSTRUMENTAL COMPETITION ORGANISED IN THE DISTRICT.

THERE WILL BE PIANO, VIOLIN, FOLK SONGS AND POP MUSIC PERFORMANCES AT THE CONCERTS.

THE FIRST CONCERT WILL BE HELD OUTSIDE THE 01 MAN ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY). THE OTHER TWO CONCERTS WILL BE HELD AT THE HUNG HOM FERRY PIER SQUARE AND THE MA TAU WAI ROAD PLAYGROUND ON THE FOLLOWING TWO SUNDAYS.

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TENDF S INVITED FOR SERVICES AT POPULAR BEACHES * * * *

THE URBA-. COUNCIL IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION CF A GENERAL RESTAURANT, A CHANGING ROOM, A SOUVENIR SHOP AND 21 ROOMS ON THE FIRST TWO FLOORS OF THE REPULSE BAY BEACH BUILDING.

SEPARATE TENDERS ARE ALSO INVITED FOR THE OPERATION OF A LIGHT REFRESHMENT KIOSK AT DEEP WATER BAY BEACH.

SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS WILL EACH BE AWARDED A 33-MONTH CONTRACT STARTING FROM MARCH 1, 1986. THE CURRENT MONTHLY RENTALS FOR THE FACILITIES AT REPULSE BAY BEACH ARE $100 380, AND $31 500 FOR THE KIOSK AT DEEP WATER BAY BEACH.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 4TH FLOOR, 203 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE AND PLACED BY HAND IN THE TENDER BOX SITUATED AT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT RECEPTION COUNTER ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), ICE HOUSE STREET, BEFORE 9 A.M. ON DECEMBER 6, 1985. LATE TENDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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MOBILE LIBRARY TO CLOSE FOR SERVICING * * * *

ONE OF THE TWO MOBILE LIBRARIES OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL CLOSE FOR ONE WEEK FROM NOVEMBER 6 (WEDNESDAY) TO FACILITATE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE AND SERVICING WORK.

AS A RESULT, AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID, SERVICES TO THE FOLLOW No SCHEDULED STOPS WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED:

* NOVEMBER 6 (WEDNESDAY) - KWAI SHING EAST ESTATE, KWAI CHUNG

* NOVEMBER 7 (THURSDAY) AM - CH I LOK FA YUEN, TUEN MUN PM - SAM SHING ESTATE, TUEN MUN

* NOVEMBER 8 (FRIDAY) - LUEN WO MARKET, FANLING

* NOVEMBER 9 (SATURDAY) - SHAM TSENG MARKET, TSUEN WAN

M NOVEMBER 11 (MONDAY) - SIU HONG COURT, TUEN MUN

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* NOVEMBER 12 (TUESDAY) - SHEK LEI ESTATE, KWAI CHUNG

DURING THE PERIOD, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE REQUESTED TO MAKE USE OF OTHER PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS.

THE MOBILE LIBRARY WILL RESUME NORMAL SERVICE ON NOVEMBER 13 (WEDNESDAY), THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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CARNIVAL AT YUEN LONG STADIUM

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A CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD AT THE YUEN LONG STADIUM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE 1985 YUEN LONG SPORTS FESTIVAL.

PROGRAMMES OF THE CARNIVAL WILL INCLUDE PONY AND CAMEL RIDES FOR CHILDREN, A +HAPPY TRAIN+ FOR YOUNGSTERS, TRAMPOLIMNG FOR THE MORE ENERGETIC AND A DISPLAY OF HUGE TANKS AND HELICOPTERS.

TELEMATCH GAMES WILL ALSO BE ORGANISED WITH THE 10 TOP SCORERS BEING GIVEN TROPHIES.

OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE CARNIVAL WILL INCLUDE A TAEKWONDO DEMONSTRATION AND MUSIC BY THE GURKHA BAND.

THE 1985 YUEN LONG SPORT FESTIVAL CARNIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE YUEN LONG SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOC I AT ION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CARNIVAL WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE YUEN LONG STADIUM, TAI YUK ROAD, AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

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CLOSURE OF INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE * X *

THE NORTH KWAI CHUNG TANG SHIU KIN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR ONE WEEK FROM NOVEMBER 11 (MONDAY) TO FACILITATE LINE MARKING WORK.

THE CENTRE WILL BE RE-OPENED ON NOVEMBER 18, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

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FIRING PRACTICE WARNING X X *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE RANGE ON SIX DAYS NEXT WEEK.

PLACE AT THE

HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK

THE PUBLIC ARE WARNED NOT ARE HOISTED.

TO ENTER THE

AREA WHEN RED FLAGS

ON MONDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 4, 8 AND 9), AND FROM 8 AM TO 6.30 PM ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 5, 6 AND 7).

THE PRACTICE WILL BE FROM

8 AM TO 5 PM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRIMARY 5 PUPILS JOIN DENTAL SERVICE SCHEME .................... 1

'IYY NOT A ONE-OFF EXERCISE1 ................................... 2

PARENTS URGED TO JOIN FORCES AGaINST DRUGS ..................... 3

CAREERS '86 OPENS ON FRIDAY..................................... 4

FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED............................... 5

CHEAPER TICKETS FOR STUDENTS, ELDERLY........................... 6

MILLIONS SPENT ON IMPROVING KlJUN TONG TRAFFIC ................. 6

HUNDREDS SHOW SKILL AT SAND SCULPTURE........................... 7

ANTI-COUNTERFEIT CAMPAIGN PAYS OFF ...........................   8

BOARD TO DISCUSS SQUATTER IMPROVEMENT........................... 9

DRAWING AND PAINTING FROM LIFE ON SHOW.......................... 9

ENTRIES FOR LION ROCK RACE SOUGHT ............................. 10

YOUTHS URGED TO HELP DISABLED ................................. 11

MONG KOK PHOTO AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS ....................... 12

TIME FOR AUTUMJ FAIR AGAIN .................................... 12

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR CLEANING SERVICE ...................... 13

WATER CUT IN WONG TAI SIN

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PRIMARY 5 PUPILS JOIN DENTAL SERVICE SCHEME * * * *

THE SCHOOL DENTAL CARE SCHEME HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO INCLUDE PRIMARY 5 PUPILS WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW SECOND ARGYLE STREET SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC, A MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE SCHEME PREVIOUSLY COVERED SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM PRIMARY 1 TO PRIMARY 4 AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT IT WILL BE EXTENDED TO PRIMARY 6 CHILDREN IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

STARTING THIS MONTH, A PRIMARY 5 PUPIL CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME BY PAYING AN ANNUAL FEE OF $10.

A TOTAL OF 42 689 PRIMARY 5 PUPILS HAVE ALREADY APPLIED TO JOIN THE SCHEME SO FAR. THE PRESENT ENROLMENT OF PRIMARY 1 TO 4 SCHOOL CHILDREN IS ABOUT 242 000.

SCHOOL CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME ARE PROVIDED WITH VARIOUS SERVICES INCLUDING REGULAR DENTAL EXAMINATIONS, FILLINGS, CLEANING, SCALING AND EXTRACTION AS WELL AS DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION.

THE BASIC OBJECTIVE OF THE SCHOOL DENTAL CARE SCHEME IS TO INCULCATE GOOD DENTAL HABITS AMONG CHILDREN AT THE MOST IMPRESSIONABLE AND EARLY AGE.

+THE SERVICE HAS GAINED WIDE SUPPORT FROM BOTH PARENTS AND TEACHERS, AS WELL AS FROM SCHOOL AUTHORITIES SINCE IT WAS INTRODUCED SIX YEARS AGO,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SERVICE STARTED IN 1980 WITH AN ENROLMENT OF ONLY

27 000 PUPILS AND THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS HAD BEEN INCREASING STEADILY TO OVER 280 000 PUPILS TODAY.

+THE MORE THAN TENFOLD INCREASE INDICATES THAT THERE IS A GENERAL AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ORAL HYGIENE AMONG PARENTS,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

AT PRESENT DENTAL SERVICE FOR CHILDREN ARE PROVIDED AT FOUR SCHOOL DENTAL CLINICS - THE TANG SHIU KIN SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC, THE ARGYLE STREET SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC, THE SECOND ARGYLE STREET SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC AND THE TEMPORARY SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC

AT THE MACLEHOSE DENTAL CENTRE.

SCHOOL CHILDREN VISITING SUCH CLINICS ARE ATTENDED TO BY DENTAL THERAPISTS OF THE TANG SHIU KIN DENTAL THERAPIST TRAINING SCHOOL UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF DENTAL OFFICERS.

SPECIAL TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENT IS ALSO PROVIDED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR PRIMARY 1 TO 3 SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO ARE TAKEN IN GROUPS TO THE DENTAL CLINICS.

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APART FROM THE APPLICATION OF MODERN PREVENTIVE METHODS, CHILDREN ARE TAUGHT THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DENTAL HEALTH SO THAT THEY WILL ADOPT GOOD ORAL HYGIENE PRACTICE TO PREVENT DENTAL DISEASES DEVELOPING LATER.

THE PROMOTION OF ORAL HEALTH IS UNDERTAKEN BY DENTAL THERAPISTS WHO VISIT SCHOOLS IN TURN TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE.

THEY DEMONSTRATE THE PROPER WAY OF TOOTHBRUSHING, AND ALSO GIVE TALKS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF ORAL HEALTH.

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’IYY NOT A ONE-OFF EXERCISE’ * * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD NOT REGARD THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR PROGRAMME AS A ONE-OFF EXERCISE BUT TO THINK OF ITS LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS.

THE COMMENT WAS MADE BY ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIM YAP, DURING A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY FOR A TELEMATCH ON CHEUNG CHAU THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON WHICH ENDED A SERIES OF IYY ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

MR YAP POINTED OUT THAT BESIDE PHYSICAL INVOLVEMENT IN VARIOUS PROJECTS DURING THE PROMOTION PERIOD, YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE A MORE PROFOUND VIEW ON THE IYY MESSAGE OF +PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE* ON A LONG-TERM BASIS.

MR YAP SAID THAT IN SPITE OF GEOGRAPHICAL CONSTRAINTS, IYY ACTIVITIES IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT HAD BEEN ORGANISED WITH THE SAME SUCCESS AS OTHER DISTRICTS, IN TERMS OF QUALITY AND VARIETY.

MOREOVER, IT WAS MOST ENCOURAGING TO SEE THAT THERE WERE SIGNS OF GROWING MOTIVATION AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, JUDGING FROM THE INCREASING NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS, HE NOTED.

IN ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT, MR YAP DISCLOSED THAT A YOUTH SERVICES GROUPS CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE HAD BEEN FORMED THIS SUMMER IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE ISLANDS COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE MOVE WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING AN AVENUE FOR YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUPS FROM VARIOUS ISLANDS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND TO EXPLORE WAYS AND MEANS OF BOOSTING COMMUNITY SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT AS A WHOLE.

+THIS IS PARTICULARLY HELPFUL WITH REGARD TO SOME REMOTE AREAS IN THE DISTRICT WHERE THERE MIGHT NOT BE SUFFICIENT MANPOWER AND RESOURCES TO RUN SERVICES THEMSELVES,* MR YAP OBSERVED.

/the telematch .......

SUNDAY, NOVWBEE i, 1>OJ

THE TELEMATCH ON CHEUNG CHAU THIS AFTERNOON ATTRACTED SOME 1 □□□ PART ICIPANTS.

ALSO FEATURED WAS AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS HIGHLIGHTING THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

IN SUPPORT OF THE IYY, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT HAD ORGANISED A PACKAGE OF ACTIVITIES WHICH INCLUDED AN ESSAY COMPETITION, A SINGING CONTEST, A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY STUDY PROJECTS, AND THE PARTICIPATION IN INTER-DISTRICT EVENTS AND THE TERRITORY-WIDE CIVIC DAY LAST MONTH.

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PARENTS SHOULD FORM GROUPS TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM THE DRUG MENACE. THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR ISAAC CHOW, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN, HE SAID THAT THERE WAS CURRENTLY A WORLD-WIDE MOVEMENT BY PARENTS AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND DRUG PEDDLING ACTIVITIES.

+THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING THE PUBLIC TO REPORT DRUG PUSHERS,♦ HE SAID, ADDING THAT PARENTS SHOULD REPORT DRUG PEDDLING ACTIVITIES TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM DRUG ABUSE.

HE SAID ONLY THEN WOULD THE ULTIMATE GOAL BE ACHIEVED -A DRUG-FREE GENERATION.

THE OPENING CEREMONY AT THE NEW TOWN PLAZA WAS FOLLOWED BY A POP CONCERT WHICH WAS BROADCAST LIVE BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

THE CONCERT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, RTHK, SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND DISTRICT BOARD, IS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC AWARENESS TO THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE.

FOLLOWING ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGNS IN THE SOUTHERN AND NORTH DISTRICTS EARLIER THIS YEAR, SHA TIN IS THE THIRD DISTRICT TO LAUNCH THE CAMPAIGN AS PART OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMME OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGANIST NARCOTICS (ACAN) FOR 1985-86.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY KOWLOON CITY AND KWAI CHUNG DISTRICTS LATER THIS YEAR.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ANNUAL DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGNS ARE TO CREATE PUBLIC AWARENESS ABOUT THE DRUG MENACE, AND TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD MEANINGFUL LIVES FREE FROM THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.

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CAREERS ’86 OPENS ON FRIDAY * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S 14TH ANNUAL CAREERS INFORMATION EXHIBITION, CAREERS *86, WILL BE OPENED NEXT FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 15) IN THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL.

MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, MR CHAN SHOU-LUM, THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE, AND COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 3 PM.

THE 10—DAY EXHIBITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DAILY FROM 9.30 AM TO 6.30 PM UNTIL NOVEMBER 25.

TWENTY EXHIBITORS FROM COMMERCE, INDUSTRY, PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND THE CIVIL SERVICE WILL BE TAKING PART IN THE EXHIBITION.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ANNUAL EXHIBITION, STARTED IN 1972 TO PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE WITH THE WIDEST POSSIBLE RANGE OF CAREERS OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG, HAD BECOME A MAJOR EVENT IN THE LOCAL CAREERS EDUCATION SCENE.

+THIS ANNUAL EVENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT SUCCESS AND IN RECENT YEARS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE VISITING THE EXHIBITION EACH YEAR WAS MORE THAN 100 000,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID EACH EXHIBITOR HAD A DISPLAY STAND TO ILLUSTRATE, BY MEANS OF GRAPHS, PHOTOGRAPHS, MODELS AND OTHER AUDIOVISUAL AIDS, THE NATURE OF THE JOBS, ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS, CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING, PROMOTION PROSPECTS AND OTHER RELATED INFORMATION IN ITS OWN SPHERE OF WORK.

LEAFLETS AND PAMPHLETS PREPARED BY THE EXHIBITORS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS.

DURING THE EXHIBITION PERIOD, FOUR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS --ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CORRECTIONAL SERVICES AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT -- WILL STAGE LIVE CAREERS SHOWS AT EDINBURGH PLACE TO ILLUSTRATE THEIR SPHERES OF WORK BY MEANS OF DISPLAYS AND DEMONSTRATIONS.

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FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED M * * *

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, MOSTLY RESIDENTS OF WONG TAI SIN, ENJOYED AN EVENTFUL AFTERNOON AT MORSE PARK TODAY WHEN FIREMEN DEMONSTRATED SPECTACULAR SELF-RESCUE JUMPS AND FIRE-FIGHTING TECHNIQUES AS PART OF THE 1985-86 FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN.

THE ANNUAL EVENT WAS STAGED TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE NEED TO BE CAREFUL AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN THE RISK OF FIRE WAS EXTREMELY HIGH.

ATTRACTIONS INCLUDED A PERFORMANCE BY THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND, SINGERS, A MAGICIAN, ACROBATIC DISPLAYS, AND A MODERN DANCE PERFORMANCE IN WHICH THE AUDIENCE WAS INVITED TO JOIN IN.

DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, MR K.W. HODGKINS, CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO GIVE SERIOUS THOUGHT TO PREVENTING FIRES AS EACH FIRE MEANT A LOSS TO SOMEONE, SOMETIMES IN MONETARY TERMS OR IN SOMEONE’S LIFE.

♦IT HAS BEEN SAID ON MANY OCCASIONS THAT IF YOU REALLY ANALYSE THE CAUSE OF FIRES YOU CAN IN THE END ONLY COM=. TO ONt. CONCLUSION AND THAT IS CARELESSNESS,+ HE SAID.

♦STILL THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS REMAINS

DISPOSAL OF CIGARETTE FOLLOWED BY FOOD LEFT AND BURNT.+

ENDS, MATCHES AND ON COOKING STOVES

, CARELESS HANDLING Ok CANDLES, CLOSELY AND BECOMING OVERCOOKED

MR HODGKINS SAID THAT IT ONLY TOOK A LITTLE THOUGHT AND CARE TO PREVENT FIRES.

♦DON’T LET CHILDREN HAVE ACCESS TO MATCHES, DISPOSE CIGARETTE ENDS PROPERLY OR BETTER STILL WHY NOT STOP SMOKING. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT CHECKING THE KITCHEN TO MAKE SURE YuU HAVEN’T LEFT SOMETHING COOK I NG.+

MR HODGKINS NOTED THAT CAMPAIGNS HELD HAD SERVED THEIR PURPOSE AS THE PUBLIC DID

IN PREVIOUS YEARS HEED TO ADVICE.

♦BUT WE ALL STILL NEED TO CONTINUE OUR OWN FIRE PREVENTION IN THE HOME AND WORKPLACE IF WE ARE TO CUT DOWN ON THE INCIDENTS CF FIRE,+ HE SA ID.

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CHEAPER TICKETS FOR STUDENTS, ELDERLY

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STUDENTS AND THE ELDERLY WILL BE ABLE TO BUY HALF-PRICED TICKETS FOR ALL CULTURAL PERFORMANCES PRESENTED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT ITS CIVIC CENTRES FROM DECEMBER 1.

THE INTRODUCTION OF HALF-PRICED TICKETS IS TO ENCOURAGE MORE STUDENTS AND ELDERS TO ATTEND CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS, AND TO CULTIVATE THEIR INTEREST IN PERFORMING ARTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RSD SAID.

UNDER THE SCHEME, A MAXIMUM OF 20 PER CENT OF HALF-PRICED TICKETS IN EACH PRICE CATEGORY WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR EACH PERFORMANCE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

+SALE OF THESE TICKETS, HOWEVER, WILL BE LIMITED TO FULL-TIME STUDENTS UNDER 25 YEARS OF AGE AND PEOPLE AGED 65 AND OVER ON THE DAY OF THE PERFORMANCE,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THERE WILL BE A MAXIMUM OF 60 HALF-PRICED SEATS FOR THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL AND 284 FOR THE AUDITORIUM IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL- 176 EACH FOR LUT SAU HALL AND TAI PO CIVIC CENTRE, AND 160 FOR THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL.

AS THESE SEATS COULD NEITHER BE RESERVED NOR PRE-FIXED ON THE SEATING PLAN, HOLDERS OF HALF-PRICED AND FULL-PRICED TICKETS COULD SIT TOGETHER DURING A PERFORMANCE.

MOREOVER, PEOPLE WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO PURCHASE HALF-PRICED TICKETS COULD HAVE THEIR TICKETS BOUGHT ON THEIR BEHALF.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IF POSTAL BOOKING WAS ARRANGED FOR A CERTAIN PERFORMANCE, POSTAL BOOKING FOR HALF-PRICED TICKETS WOULD ALSO BE ACCEPTED.

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MILLIONS SPENT ON IMPROVING KWUN TONG TRAFFIC

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MORE THAN $70 MILLION HAD BEEN SPENT ON IMPROVING TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT IN KWUN TONG DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

OFFICIATING AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY, NR MAK SA IDs +SOME $63 MILLION WAS SPENT ON MAJOR PROJECTS INCLUDING THE AIRPORT TUNNEL, NORTH-SOUTH ELEVATED ROADS IN NGAU TAU KOK, AND THE FOOTBRIDGE NETWORK LINKING THE NGAU TAU KOK MARKET COMPLEX.

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+ANOTHER 410 MILLION HAS BEEN SPENT ON THE MAINTENANCE OF ROADS AND RELATED FACILITIES, WHILE $260 000 WENT TO MINOR ROADS AND BRIDGES PROJECTS,♦ HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS MORE PROJECTS WILL BE LAUNCHED IN THE DISTRICT, SUCH AS THE SECOND CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, AND THE TRAFFIC SCHEMES PROPOSED IN THE MEDIUM-LONG TERM STUDY CF THE EAST KOWLOON TRAFFIC STUDY, WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

+BOTH THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND CO-ORDINATE THESE PROJECTS TO ENSURE A BETTER AND A SAFER TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR TOMORROW’S KWUN TONG,* NR MAK SAID.

♦THE CURRENT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT ALERTING ROAD USERS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY AND OBSERVING TRAFFIC CODES,+ HE ADDED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT TODAY’S EVENT, THE KWUN TONG POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR R.A. STEELE, SAID: + IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, 10 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 650 INJURED ON THE ROADS IN THE DISTRICT.

+A LARGE PROPORTION OF THOSE INJURED WERE UNDER 20 AND PEDESTRIANS WERE THE MOST VULNERABLE GROUP OF ROAD-USERS.+

MR STEELE SAID IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, POLICE WOULD BE POSITIONED AT TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS IN KWUN TONG AND SAU MAU PING TO EDUCATE PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS ON THE CORRECT USE OF ROADS.

+FOLLOWING THAT, THE POLICE WILL TAKE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST OFFENDERS,* HE ADDED.

TODAY’S EVENT IS PART OF THE CURRENT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE POLICE, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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HUNDREDS SHOW SKILL AT SAND SCULPTURE

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MORE THAN 200 YOUNG PEOPLE DEMONSTRATED THEIR TALENTS AND CREATIVITY BUILDING SAND MODELS IN A COMPETITION AT CLEAR WATER BAY (SECOND BEACH) IN SAI KUNG TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE THIRD HONG KONG SAND SCULPTURE COMPETITION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE CHAMPION CLUB.

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THOUSANDS OF YOUNGSTERS ALSO FLOCKED TO THE BEACH TO ENJOY A LIVE MUSIC CARNIVAL BY WELL-KNOWN LOCAL BANDS AND SINGERS WHICH WAS HELD AT THE SAME TIME.

TODAY’S CONTEST WAS DIVIDED INTO FOUR AGE GROUPS - KINDERGARTEN, UNDER 12, 13 TO 17 AND OVER 18.

THEIR SAND MODELS WERE CHOSEN BY A PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS COMPRISING EIGHT RENOWNED ARTISTS AND SCULPTORS.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECKTOR (LEISURE SERVICES), MR DAVID WEEKS, PRESENTED PRIZES TO WINNERS OF EACH GROUP.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CULTURAL, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO KOON-SHUN; PROGRAMME SUPERVISOR CF THE RTHK, MR HO KAM-KONG; AND THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR CHARLES CHU.

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ANTI-COUNTERFEIT CAMPAIGN PAYS OFF * * * *

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT HAS CONTINUED TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS AGAINST COUNTERFEITING DURING THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

THE DEPARTMENT COMPLETED 210 CASES CONNECTED WITH FALSE TRADE DESCRIPTION AND FORGED TRADEMARK OFFENCES, AND SEIZED LARGE QUANTITIES OF VARIOUS COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE IN OPERATIONS ALL OVER THE TERRITORY. THE VALUE OF GOODS SEIZED WAS $9.4 MILLION.

THE BULK OF COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS COMPRISED GARMENTS, HANDBAGS, LEATHER BELTS, WATCHES, VIDEO TAPES, AUDIO CASSETTE TAPES AND COMPUTER MANUALS.

AMONG THOSE PROSECUTED, TWO WERE SENTENCED TO FOUR MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT, WHILE 13 DEFENDANTS WERE GIVEN SUSPENDED CUSTODIAL SENTENCES FROM TWO TO NINE MONTHS. FINES TOTALLING $690 000 WERE ALSO IMPOSED.

AS FOR OTHER TRADE IRREGULARITIES, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO CONCLUDED PROSECUTIONS OF 73 CASES OF ORIGIN FRAUD, 44 CASES OF TEXTILES LICENSING FRAUD, 15 MISCELLANEOUS CASES AND 10 IMPORT-EXPORT DECLARATION CASES. FINES IMPOSED AMOUNTED TO $2.4 MILLION.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE DEPARTMENT HANDLED A TOTAL OF 1 017 PROSECUTION CASES. A TOTAL OF 1 012 PERSONS WERE CONVICTED CF VARIOUS OFFENCES IN RESPECT OF THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ORDINANCE; THE DUTIABLE COMMODITIES ORDINANCE; THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE; THE IMPORT AND EXPORT ORDINANCE; THE COPYRIGHT ORDINANCE AND OTHER ORDINANCES.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS SQUATTER IMPROVEMENT * * * * *

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE PROGRAMME FOR IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN SQUATTER AREAS AT THEIR MEETING ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 5).

THE PAPER LISTS OUT THE WORKS PROGRAMME TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IN SQUATTER AREAS THAT WOULD NOT BE CLEARED WITHIN THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON THE IMPROVEMENT SCHEME TO TEXACO ROAD IN RELATION TO THE COMPLETION OF THE TEXACO ROAD-TSUEN WAN BYPASS INTERCHANGE.

THEY WILL ALSO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT OF THE FORMER OIL DEPOT AT TEXACO ROAD.

THERE WILL BE A REPORT ON THE WORKS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, TO BE PRESENTED BY THE BOARD’S REPRESENTATIVE IN THE COUNCIL, MR CHAN LAU-FONG.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS FROM CHAIRMEN OF THE SIX COMMITTEES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON THE SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, AT 17A-2O8 CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN *AN, AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 5).

DRAWING AND PAINTING FROM LIFE ON SHOW

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PUPILS ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR AN EXHIBITION OF PUPILS’ DRAWING AND PAINTING FROM LIFE TO BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 21 TO JANUARY 3 NEXT YEAR.

THE EXHIBITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE PAO SUI LOONG GALLERIES OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE IN WAN CHAI.

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THE EXHIBITION IS TO ENCOURAGE KEEN OBSERVATION AND EXPRESSIVE RECORDING IN PUPILS’ DRAWING AND PAINTING FROM LIFE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

IN ADDITION, IT ALSO PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE AND EXCHANGE IDEAS IN THIS ART ACTIVITY.

THEMES OF THE ENTRIES COULD BE IN ANY SUBJECT OF INTEREST, INDOOR OR OUTDOOR, SAID THE SPOKESMAN, ADDING THAT THERE WOULD BE NO RESTRICTION TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES.

ENTRIES SUBMITTED WILL BE SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION BY A PANEL_ CF JUDGES. CERTIFICATES OF MERIT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THOSE WHOSu WORKS ARE SELECTED FOR EXHIBITION.

SCHOOL HEADS SHOULD SEND THEIR PUPILS’ ENTRIES TOGETHER WITH THE COMPLETED ENTRY FORM TO THE INSPECTOR (ART), CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 4 PAK FUK ROAD, FOURTH FLOOR, HONG KONG BETWEEN DECEMBER 9 AND 12.

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ENTRIES FOR LION ROCK RACE SOUGHT

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APPLICATIONS ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE ANNUAL OPEN LION ROCK RACE ON DECEMBER 1.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE RACE, LIMITED TO 300 PARTICIPANTS, IS DIVIDED INTO MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SECTION AND IS RESTRICTED TO THOSE AGED 16 YEARS OLD AND OVER.

IT WILL START FROM TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD PLAYGROUND AND COVERS ABOUT 2.8 KILOMETRES ALONG A WINDING ROAD TO KUN YUM ESTATE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR HUI IN—YING, SAID THE RACE WAS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT MANY LONG DISTANCE RUNNERS.

+IT IS A TEST OF THE ATHLETE’S STAMINA AND ENDURANCE WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF PROMOTING SPORTSMANSHIP.*

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST SIX WINNERS OF EACH SECTION AND CERTIFICATES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THOSE WHO COMPLETE THE RACE.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS NOVEMBER 20 AND ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, ITS HUNG HOM SUB-OFFICE AT BULKELEY STREET AND HO MAN TIN SUB-OFFICE IN HO MAN TIN ESTATE.

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YOUTHS URGED TO HELP DISABLED * * * *

A DAY CAMP FOR 200 HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED YOUTHS TODAY (SUNDAY) LAUNCHED A TWO-WEEK-LONG YOUTH FESTIVAL IN SHAM SHU I PO.

DECLARING THE FESTIVAL OPEN IN THE CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE THIS AFTERNOON CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING cammittfe mr I FF CH IK—YUET SAID TO HELP AND TO UNDERSTAND THE HANDICAPPED WERE THE BASIC §TEPS TO ACCOMPLISHING THE OBJECTIVE^ OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR.

+BY UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEMS AND FEEL INGS OF’THE LESS PRIVIIFGFD YOUNG PEOPLE CAN DEVELOP A SENSE OF CONCERN Mx, SumtioJ’for “hers, which are key factors to developing their VALUES AND BUILDING UP THEIR CHARACTER,+ HE SAID.

+TODAY’S DAY CAMP FEATURING MUSIC AND POP SONGS, DISCUSSIONS GAMES AND CONTESTS, PROVIDES A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY TOR YOUNG PARTICIPANTS TO SHARE’EACH OTHER’S EXPERIENCE, IDEAS AND OPINIONS.+

MR LEE ADDED THAT A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING OUTDOOR PERFORMANCES, SPORTS, COMPETITIONS AND CARNIVALS WOULD BE HELD DURING THE FESTIVAL WHICH WAS PART OF THE 1985 IYY PROGRAMME.

HE THANKED THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND OTHER LOCAL BODIES FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND EFFORTS IN ORGANISING THE VARIOUS FESTIVAL EVENTS.

WINNING ENTRIES OF A PHOTO AND A CARTOON DRAWING CONTEST WERE DISPLAYED AT THE DAY CAMP.

JOINING MR LEE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE DI STR I CT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN CHENG, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, M< SYLVESTER TSE.

DETAILS AND ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE VAR IOUS PROGRAMMES OF THE YOUTH FESTIVAL ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OrFICc AND SUB-OFFICES. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT 3-7204251.

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MONG KOK PHOTO AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS

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ENTRIES ARE INVITED FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK EAST AREA COMMITTEE.

THE COMPETITIONS ARE TO FAMILIARISE LOCAL RESIDENTS WITH THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THEIR AREA SO THAT THEY CAN DEVELOP A SENSE OF IDENTITY IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROJECT THEIR IMPRESSIONS OF THE AREA IN THEIR ENTRIES WITH EMPHASIS ON ITS DEVELOPMENTS THROUGH THE YEARS.

THE DRAWING COMPETITION IS LIMITED TO SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND ENTRIES SHOULD MEASURE 435 MM BY 590 MM.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS IN THE AREA AND THE ENTRIES SHOULD BE COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS IN 5R SIZE.

THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES SUBMITTED BY A PARTICIPANT.

WINNING ENTRANTS WILL BE AWARDED GIFT CHEQUES AND SOUVENIRS AT THE MONG KONG EAST AREA FUN DAY TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 30.

ENTRY FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AND ENTRIES SHOULD REACH THE OFFICE BY NOVEMBER 20.

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TIME FOR AUTUMN FAIR AGAIN

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THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL AUTUMN FAIR ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 9) BETWEEN NOON AND 5 PM AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD NEXT TO STANLEY PRISON.

THE WIFE OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY, LADY AKERS-JONES, WILL BE OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

A VARIETY OF PRODUCTS MADE BY PRISONERS WILL BE ON SALE AT REASONABLE PRICES AT SOME 30 STALLS. THESE INCLUDE STUFFED TOYS, TOY HOUSES, RATTAN AND WOODEN FURNITURE AS WELL AS HANDICRAFTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE GAME STALLS AND SNACK STALLS AT THE FAIR. ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES WILL INCLUDE AN ARMY DOG DEMONSTRATION, A RAFFLE DRAW, AND PERFORMANCES BY THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND AND THE TAI TAM GIRLS’ PIPERS AND PRECISION MARCHING TEAM.

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THE FAIR IS ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND PROCEEDS WILL GO TO CHARITIES AND THE DEPARTMENT’S WELFARE FUND.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. AS PARKING SPACE IS LIMITED, VISITORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE CMB ROUTE NOS. 6 AND 260 (STARTING FROM CENTRAL), 73 (FROM WAH FU ESTATE), 63 (FROM NORTH POINT) AND 14 (FROM SAI WAN HO).

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APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR CLEANING SERVICE

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THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM FIRMS WISHING TO BE INCLUDED TO TWO LISTS OF APPROVED CLEANING CONTRACTORS.

THE CONTRACTORS FOR LIST A WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CLEANING OF GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS WHILE CONTRACTORS IN LIST E ARE REQUIRED TO DO PERIODIC HYGIENIC DEEP CLEANING OF K TCHENS, FOOD ROOMS, CATERING SERVICE AREAS AND EQUIPMENT IN MILITARY ESTABLISHMENTS.

APPLICATIONS WHICH MUST BE CLEARLY INDICATED WITH THE LIST THEY WISHED TO BE CONSIDERED, MUST BE SUBMITTED TO 'THE GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE SURVEYOR, MAINTENANCE BRANCH, ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, 34TH FLOOR, SUN HUNG KAI CENTRE, HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, NOT LATER THAN NOVEMBER 15.

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WATER CUT IN WONG TAI SIN * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN wILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 6) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD, CHOI HUNG ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST, CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND HAMMER HILL ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE, VOLUME CHANGES IN AUGUST EXTERNAL TRaDE ............... 1

ACTION AGAINST II EMPLOYMENT STEPPED UP ...................... 6

FCO OFFICIAL VISITS BORDER AREA .............................. 7

BOARD TO DISCUSS DRAFT NATIONALITY ORDER ..................... 7

PLANNED ROAD FOR TUEN MUN MODIFIED ........................... 8

ROYAL OBSERVATORY'S CALENDAR ON SaLE.......................... 9

MORE COINUNITY, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR TSUEN WAN ........ 10

CHEONG-LEEN TALKS aBOUT HK'S TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ............. 10

SAFETY IN THE HILLS STRESSED ................................. 11

LUNCHEON SPEECH............................................... 12

POST OFFICE NO. 103 TO OPEN .................................. 13

ROOF STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED.................................. 13

INSPECTION OPERATION ......................................... 14

ENTRIES INVITED FOR TAI PO REGATTA ........................... 14

PARKING SPACES SUSPENDED ..................................... 15

WATER STORAGE FIGURE.......................................... 15

WAN CHAI WATER CUT

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COMPARING THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECLINED BY SEVEN PER CENT WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 34 PER CENT, GIVING AN INCREASE CF SEVEN PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IMPORTS INCREASED BY SEVEN PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY ONE PER CENT AND TWO PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WHILE THOSE CF IMPORTS DROPPED BY THREE PER CENT.

PRICES ARE BASED ON UNIT VALUES WHICH DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CHANGES IN THE COMPOSITION OR QUALITY OF GOODS TRADED, EXCEPT FOR SOME SELECTED COMMODITIES FOR WHICH SPECIFICATION PRICE INDEXES ARE COMPILED. VOLUMES OF TRADE ARE DERIVED FROM TRADE VALUES BY DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

COMPARING AUGUST 1985 WITH AUGUST 1984, THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY ONE PER CENT, WITH AN INCREASE OF 24 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS MORE THAN OFFSETTING THE DECLINE OF 11 PER CENT IN THAT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY FIVE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS DROPPED BY TWO PER CENT AND ONE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN AUGUST 1985 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES DECREASED BY ONE PER CENT. PRICES OF IMPORTS DECREASED BY FOUR PER CENT. AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE INDEX) ROSE BY THREE PER CENT.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING AUGUST 1985 WITH THE TWELVE MONTHS ENDING AUGUST 1984, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY TWO PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 32 PER CENT, GIVING AN INCREASE CF 10 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS.

MEANWHILE, THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS ROSE BY EIGHT PER CENT. PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY FOUR PER CENT AND FIVE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THAT OF IMPORTS DROPPED BY ONE PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AMD VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR AUGUST AND FOR JANUARY-AUGUST OF 1985 AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIODS IN 1984 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

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AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES OF MANY COMMODITY GROUPS FELL IN AUGUST 1985 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984. THESE INCLUDED METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-16 PER CENT)} DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-12 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-10 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-NINE PER CENT) I FOOTWEAR (-SEVEN PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE FABRICS (-SIX PER CENT).

INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED FOR SOME COMMODITY GROUPS, RANGING FROM TWO PER CENT FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AS WELL AS TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES TO FIVE PER CENT FOR METAL MANUFACTURES.

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF NEARLY ALL COMMODITY GROUPS DECREASED IN AUGUST 1985 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-36 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-29 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-26 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-19 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-16 PER CENT); l-ETAL MANUFACTURES (-14 PER CENT); CLOTHING (-12 PER CENT) AS WELL AS DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-10 PER CENT). HOWEVER, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+EIGHT PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (+FOUR PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+TWO PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR AUGUST AND FOR JANUARY-AUGUST OF 1985 AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIODS IN 1984 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORT PRICES OF ALL THE END-USE CATEGORIES DECREASED IN AUGUST 1985 AS COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984, RANGING FROM ONE PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 10 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS.

MANY OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS IN AUGUST 1985 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING LIVE POULTRY AS WELL AS TEA AND COFFEE. SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS ALSO RECORDED FOR CEREAL AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS, OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR; FRUIT; FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS; VEGETABLES; MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS AS WELL AS RICE. HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR SUGAR; SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD; SWINE AS WELL AS ANIMALS OF THE BOVINE SPECIES.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MANY CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY; FOOTWEAR ; WATCHES; ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES; PASSENGER MOTOR CARS AS WELL AS CLOTHING.

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UP ARTICLES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS- RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS AS WELL AS TOBACCO MANUFACTURES.

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THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SOME RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES FELL IN AUGUST 1985 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984, INCLUDING MAN-MADE FIBRES; THERMIONIC CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, DIODES, TRANSISTORS AND ELECTRICAL MICROCIRCUITS; PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS; RAW COTTON; COTTON YARN AND THREAD; LEATHER AND DRESSED FUR SKINS AS WELL AS PAPER AND PAPERBOARD.

INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR CHEMICAL ELEMENTS AND COMPOUNDS; WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR; SPECIAL TEXTILE FABRIC FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES? SILK FABRICS; FABRICS OF WOOL AND MIXTURES; YARN OF MAN-MADE FIBRES; FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES AS WELL AS WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK.

IMPORTS OF FUELS ROSE BY NINE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN AUGUST 1985 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MANY COMMODITIES INCREASED IN AUGUST 1985 OVER AUGUST 1984, THE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY OTHER THAN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY; TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT AS WELL AS SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS. HOWEVER, DECREASES IN VOLUME TERMS WERE RECORDED FOR OFFICE MACHINES AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR AUGUST AND FOR JANUARY-AUGUST OF 1985 AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIODS IN 1984 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF NEARLY ALL THE END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN AUGUST 1985 WHEN COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1984, RANGING FROM 19 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 29 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS. HOWEVER, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF FUELS DECREASED BY ONE PER CENT.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE AUGUST 1985 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS+, AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON NOVEMBER 11 AT HK$2 PER COPY.

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• Table 1 i oonmodiV group

4OA 4 Comparing Jan. -Mis. 1985 with Jar L.-Aug. 1984

Comparing

gcnaodity group Value % -u Unit Value £ - 2 Volume Value Unit Valu* * Volume

Clothing -12 - 7 ♦ 5 -12

Taxtil* fabric* - 7 - 6 - 1 -16 - 3 -13

— 1 ♦ 2 -29 + 4 -31

Textile yarn and thread. ♦ 1

Textile a*d*-up* and -17 + 2 -19 -5 ♦ 9 -13 ]

r*lat*d artiol** - 2 -26

Radios of all kinds Rlaotronio component b -36 -34 - 9 ♦ 2 -36 -22 - 2 -21 i

Footwear Metal manufactures - 3 - 9 - 7 + 5 + 4 -14 - 5 - 7 - 5 + 5 - 1 -12

Metal ores and scrap -30 -16 -16 - 8 -20 ♦14

Watch** and alock* - 2 -10 ♦ 8 ♦ 1 - 9 ♦11

-26 -22 + 7 -27

Trsrel goods, handbags -23 * 3

and similar articles

i Domestic e loo trie al -20 -12 -10 -10 - 7 - 4

appliances

• • All commodities -13 - 2 -11 - 6 > 1 - 7

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End-use category

Foodstuffs

Consumer goods

Ha* materials and —manuf an ture a

Fuels

Capital goods £11 oommodities

• Tabi* 2 i Changes in import■ by and-uaa oaUff'g

.... . 4. w4-th Aumiflt 1984 Comparing Jan. -Aug. 1985 with Jan.-Aug. 198.4

C ornparm^ Value Unit^valuu Volume Value Unit value Volume

. A -10 ♦15 - 4 - 6 ♦ 3

♦ 4 ♦ 10 - 8 - 1 - 6 ♦ 10 - 3 ♦16 - 4 > - 3 - 1

- 9 ♦ 9 -11 - 6 - 5

+ 7 - 2 - 4 ♦ 8 ♦ 5 ♦22 ♦ 4 - 2 - 3 ♦25 ♦ 7

Tabla 3 « Changes in re-exporta ly and-uae oatefiorx

with

Comparing Jan.-Aux. 1985 with Jan-Aug.

Unit value Volume 5i Value Unit value Volume

End-use category. Value i %

f~ - 1 - 1 - 1

Foodstuffs Consumer goods Haw materiala and ♦23 ♦18 ♦26 +25 ♦19 ♦27 • +10 ♦34 +29 ♦ 1 + 1 + 3 + 9 ♦33 ♦2fl ’

aami—masuf 80 ture b Fuels * 7 Capital goods £11 oomuoditias *23 ♦ 8 ♦ 1 - 1 - 1 ♦29 ♦24 -20 +79 +37 + 6 + 5 ♦ 2 -25 ♦71 ♦34

♦ Insignificant, Ue. less than 0.5^

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ACTION AGAINST II EMPLOYMENT STEPPED UP

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS STEPPING UP ACTION AGAINST THE EMPLOYMENT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN BOTH INDUSTRIAL AND NON-INDUSTRI AL ESTABLISHMENTS.

MR CHOW TUNG-SHAN, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR INSPECTORATE SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT SPECIAL EMPHASIS WOULD BE GIVEN TO TRADES WHERE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WERE LIKELY TO BE EMPLOYED.

HE SAID THIS WAS IN ADDITION TO THE REGULAR CHECKS BY LABOUR INSPECTORS ON THE EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS WITHOUT VALID PROOF OF IDENTITY.

MR CHOW SAID THE PRIORITY OF THE DIVISION’S WORK WAS UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW AND AT THE PRESENT MOMENT, THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW PROHIBITING THE EMPLOYMENT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS DID RECEIVE HIGH PRIORITY.

IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER ALONE, MR CHOW SAID, SOME 8 921 INSPECTIONS WERE MADE BY THE LABOUR INSPECTORS TO BOTH INDUSTRIAL AND NON-1NDUSTR I AL ESTABLISHMENTS, RANGING FROM CONSTRUCTION SITES AND FACTORIES TO COOKED-FOOD STALLS AND GARAGES.

AS A RESULT, 17 EMPLOYEES IN 16 ESTABLISHMENTS WERE DISCOVERED TO HAVE NO PROOF OF IDENTITY AND WERE REFERRED IO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ALSO TOOK OUT SEVEN PROSECUTIONS LAST MONTH AGAINST EMPLOYERS WHO FAILED TO KEEP A PROPER RECORD OF THEIR EMPLOYEES.

MR CHOW REITERATED THAT THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO FIND A JOB IN HONG KONG. +EVEN IF THEY WOULD GET AWAY FOR A SHORT WHILE, THEY WOULD SOON BE DISCOVERED,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PENALTY FOR EMPLOYING Il’S WAS SO SEVERE AND THE CHANCE OF BEING DISCOVERED SO HIGH THAT NO EMPLOYER IN HIS RIGHT MIND WOULD EVER CONSIDER DOING IT.

UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE, HE SAID, ALL EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED TO KEEP AN UP-TO-DATE RECORD OF ALL THE PEOPLE THEY EMPLOY IN THE PLACE OF WORK.

THE RECORD MUST CONTAIN THE NAMES OF ALL EMPLOYEES, THE TYPE OF IDENTITY DOCUMENTS THEY USE AND THE NUMBER OF SUCH DOCUMENTS.

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♦LABOUR INSPECTORS ARE EMPOWERED, DURING THEIR VISIT TO ANY PLACE OF WORK, TO INSPECT THE EMPLOYEE RECORDS AND THE IDENTITY DOCUMENTS OF ALL WORKERS EMPLOYED IN THAT PLACE,+ NR CHOw ADDED.

ANY EMPLOYER WHO OFFERS JOBS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IS LIABLE, ON CONVICTION, TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $50 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR UP TO ONE YEAR.

THE EMPLOYER MAY ALSO BE FINED $10 000 FOR FAILING TO KEEP AN UP-TO-DATE RECORD OF EACH OF HIS EMPLOYEES.

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FCO OFFICIAL VISITS BORDER AREA *****

THE HEAD OF THE HONG KONG DEPARTMENT AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, MR ANTHONY GALSWORTHY, VISITED THE NORTH DISTRICT THIS (MONDAY) MORNING TO SEE THE PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENTS AT THE BORDER AREA.

AT MAN KAM TO POLICE POST, MR GALSWORTHY WAS TOLD THAT IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO THE CROSS BORDER LINK WOULD START IN MID-1986 AND BE COMPLETED BY 1988.

MR GALSWORTHY THEN WENT TO SHA TAU KOK AND AT THE ROOF Or THE POLICE POST HE WAS BRIEFED BY NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR IAN WOTHERSPOON, ABOUT A SITE WHERE THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SPEND ABOUT $200 MILLION ON A RE-DEVELOPMENT PROJECT.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE TO BE READY BY 1987, A SPORTS GROUND, A PRIMARY SCHOOL, A FIRt STATION AND A POLICE STATION.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS DRAFT NATIONALITY ORDER

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WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DRAFT ORDER ON BRITISH NATIONALITY AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY (SECURITY), MRS CARRIE LAM, AND SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICER, MR T.K. LAI, WILL BE PRESENT TO LISTEN TO MEMBERS’ VIEWS AND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WHITE PAPER.

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BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THE + NO STOPPING* ZONE FOR VEHICLES ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD NEAR PING SHEK ESTATE.

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS ARRANGEMENTS FOR ORGANISING THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL 1986.

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL 1986, THE THIRD ORGANISED IN THE DISTRICT, IS A MAJOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENY PROJECT TO PROMOTE RESIDENTS’ INTEREST IN SPORTS, RECREATION, CULTURAL AND ART ACTIVITIES.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE COMPENSATION TO SHOP TENANTS AFFECTED BY THE REDEVELOPMENT OF HOUSING ESTATES, THE PROVISION OF HOSPITAL BEDS IN EAST KOWLOON REGION, ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY IN SQUATTER AREAS IN WONG TAI SIN, AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD IN THE FUNG MING HALL OF WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

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PLANNED ROAD FOR TUEN MUN MODIFIED * * * * *

A MODIFIED PLAN HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 1.2-KILOMETRE ACCESS ROAD LINKING CASTLE PEAK ROAD WITH THE TAN KWAI TSUEN BORROW AREA.

DESCRIBING THE NEW PLAN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THE PROPOSED WORK WAS A MODIFICATION TO THE ONE GAZETTED IN FEBRUARY.

MOVING SOUTHWARD FROM THE ORIGINAL PLAN, THE NEW ACCESS ROAD WILL RUN FROM HUNG SHU I KIU TO THE BORROW AREA, FACILITATING THE TRANSPORTATION OF FILL MATERIALS TO THE RECLAMATION NEAR THE EXISTING TUEN MUN TYPHOON ANCHORAGE.

OTHER WORKS WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TWO-METRE-WIDE FOOTWAY ALONG THE ACCESS ROAD, DRAINAGE, FENCING ON EITHER SIDE (F THE ROAD AND EARTHWORKS.

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DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, EXISTING FOOTPATHS IN THE AFFECTED AREA WILL BE CLOSED. HOWEVER, ALTERNATIVE PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS WILL BE PROVIDED TO MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME OF THE MODIFICATION MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG- THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TUEN MUN AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORKS OR THE USE SHOULD BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN DECEMBER 31.

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ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S CALENDAR ON SALE * * * *

THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S 1986 CALENDAR, WHICH CONTAINS USEFUL METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION, HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED.

THE CALENDAR IS NOW ON SALE AT $30 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING AND THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

AS IN PREVIOUS ISSUES, THE WALL CALENDAR INCLUDES THE TRADITIONAL CHINESE CALENDAR, AND PROVIDES INFORMATION ON CLIMATOLOGY, ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS, TIDES, CLIMATOLOGICAL NORMALS AND EXTREMES OF HONG KONG AND SOME SELECTED CITIES IN THE WORLD, AND OTHER METEOROLOGICAL PHENOMENA.

THE CALENDAR ALSO CONTAINS 12 COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS SELECTED FROM THE WORKS OF A WELL-KNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER, MR CHAN FOOK-LAI. THE PICTURES SHOW MR CHAN’S IMPRESSIONS OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WEATHER CONDITIONS IN HONG KONG AND CHINA.

BUYERS OF THE CALENDAR WILL ALSO HAVE THE OPTION OF PURCHASING A COPY OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S CENTENARY PUBLICATION +FROM TIME BALL TO ATOMIC CLOCK* AT A REDUCED PRICE OF $19. THE BOOK, WHICH COSTS $34 A COPY ON ITS OWN TRACES THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND THE SCIENT DEVELOPMENTS IN ITS WORK OVER A CENTURY.

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MORE COMMUNITY, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR TSUEN WAN *****

A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, A TWO-STOREY MARKET AND A RECREATIONAL OPEN SPACE WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AT THE JUNCTION OF ON YAT STREET AND TSUEN KING CIRCUIT IN TSUEN WAN.

THE SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX WILL HAVE ONE LEISURE POOL, A TRAINING POOL AND A PADDLING POOL.

THE TWO-STOREY MARKET BUILDING, WHICH WILL HAVE 47 STALLS

AND 252 MINI-STALLS IS INTENDED TO ACCOMMODATE HAWKERS FROM THE TAK WAH STREET TEMPORARY MARKET.

THE RECREATIONAL OPEN SPACE WILL HAVE A GARDEN WITH PLAY EQUIPMENT AND A SITTING-OUT AREA.

THE SITE, COVERING 7 700 SQUARE METRES, WILL BE LANDSCAPED.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN THREE YEARS.

HOPEWELL HOLDINGS LIMITED WILL DONATE $5 MILLION TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION COST FOR THE PROJECT.

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CHEONG-LEEN TALKS ABOUT HK’S TOURIST ATTRACTIONS XXX

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, SAID IN HEIDELBERG, WEST GERMANY, THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL TAKES A LEADING ROLE IN PROMOTING MAJOR CULTURAL AND OTHER ARTISTIC EVENTS OF INTERNATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE WITH A VIEW TO ENRICHING THE LIFESTYLE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE.

♦CASES IN POINT ARE THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ASIAN ARTS AND THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE SEVENTH OVERSEAS CONVENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CHINESE TOURIST ASSOCIATION, MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE MANY TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID HONG KONG HAD A RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE BECAUSE OF ITS LARGE CHINESE POPULATION. AMONG THE TRADITIONAL FESTIVALS WIDELY CELEBRATED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS WERE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, THE BUN FESTIVAL AND THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

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MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID: + HONG KONG ATTRACTS OVER THREE MILLION TOURISTS A YEAR, MAINLY BECAUSE IT IS A GREAT SHOPPING PARADISE. IN TERMS OF VALUE, VARIETY, FACILITIES AND SERVICES, HONG KONG SHOPPING IS THE BEST IN ASIA.

♦FOOD IS ANOTHER ATTRACTION IN HONG KONG, WHERE THERE ARE ABOUT 19 OOO RESTAURANTS, OR ONE FOR EVERY 300 PEOPLE.+

IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THAT GERMANY, TOGETHER WITH OTHER COUNTRIES IN EUROPE, WAS STEADILY BECOMING A POPULAR DESTINATION FOR HONG KONG TOUR I STS.

+OUR PEOPLE ARE DISCOVERING GERMANY MORE AND MORE, AND IN THE YEARS AHEAD, I CONFIDENTLY LOOK FORWARD TO MORE PEOPLE-TO—PEOPLE EXCHANGE BETWEEN HEIDELBERG AND HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ADDED THAT SAID HONG KONG WAS GOING THROUGH A TRANSITION PERIOD WHEREBY IN 12 YEARS IT WOULD BECOME A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF CHINA.

+WE ARE STEADILY MOVING FORWARD TOWARDS OUR OWN STYLE OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO PRESERVE HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL CITY, WHERE THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO FLOURISH AND OUR PRESENT LIFE-STYLE PREVAILS WELL INTO THE 21ST CENTURY,+ HE SAID.

+1 BELIEVE THAT HONG KONG’S 5 MILLION PEOPLE WILL FACE UP TO THIS CHALLENGE WITH CONFIDENCE AND DETERM I NATION.+

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SAFETY IN THE HILLS STRESSED * * * *

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES TODAY (MONDAY) APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO OBSERVE SAFETY GUIDELINES WHEN GOING ON THEIR HIKES INTO THE MOUNTAINS.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE FOLLOWING THREE EMERGENCY CALLS RECEIVED BY THE SERVICE’S MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT DURING THE LAST WEEKEND WHEN HIKERS WERE REPORTED TO BE MISSING.

IN TWO OF THE CASES, THE HIKERS CONCERNED WERE LOCATED. THE THIRD INCIDENT WAS A FALSE ALARM IN WHICH THE REMAINS OF A HILL FIRE WERE MISTAKEN AS A FLASHING LIGHT BY A LOST HIKER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AID SERVICES ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING SAFETY GUIDELINES SHOULD BE OBSERVED WHEN PLANNING JOURNEYS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE:

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* TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WHERE YOU ARE GOING?

* PLAN YOUR EXPEDITION PROPERLY;

* WEAR THE PROPER CLOTHING, PARTICULARLY FOOTWEAR;

X CARRY A FIRST AID KIT, TORCHES, WHISTLES, A MAP AND A COMPASS ; AND

* ALWAYS STAY IN A GROUP AND DO NOT WANDER OFF INDIVIDUALLY.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT IF THESE SIMPLE RULES WERE NOT OBSERVED, SERIOUS INJURIES MIGHT RESULT.

+OLD PEOPLE PLANNING TO GO INTO THE MOUNTAINS MUST USE THEIR COMMON SENSE, KEEP TO THE WELL-USED PATHS AND PLAN THEIR ROUTES ACCORDING TO THEIR ABILITY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE, BUT HIKERS SHOULD FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES IF THEY .a ANT TO REALLY ENJOY THEIR TRIPS,* HE ADDED.

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LUNCHEON SPEECH

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THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, wILL BE SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING IN THE HONG KONG ROOM WEST, HILTON HOTEL, TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 12.30 PM.

THE SUBJECT OF HIS SPEECH IS ON +VICTIMS OF CRIME*.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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POST OFFICE NO. 103 TO OPEN * * *

A NEW POST OFFICE, LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, WILL BE OPENED AT NOON ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 7).

THE 103TH POST OFFICE IN HONG KONG, IT WILL PROVIDE THE NORMAL RANGE OF COUNTER SERVICES INCLUDING ACCEPTANCE OF INTELPOST MESSAGES, SPEEDPOST ON-DEMAND POSTINGS AND PARCELS OF INCREASED WEIGHT AND SIZE. IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE METRERESETTING AND P.O. BOX FACILITIES.

BUSINESS HOURS ARE BETWEEN 9 AM FRIDAY AND 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY. 5-8523010-1.

AND 5 PM FROM MONDAY TO TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE

WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD,

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL AND

l*R VINCENT KO, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHUNG WAN AREA COMMITTEE, MR WONG CHUNG-YING, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING AT 11 AM TOGETHER WITH THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR HUGH ARDLEY, AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG.

A +HAND-BACK+, SERVICE OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO PHILATEL STS WILL BE OFFERED WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW POST OFFICE, WHILE UNREGISTERED +FIRST DAY+ COVERS BEARING A LOCAL ADDRESS WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE COUNTER AND IMPRESSED WITH THE NORMAL POST OFFICE DATESTAMP.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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ROOF STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING THE CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON THE 10TH FLOOR ROOF AND UPPER ROOF ABOVE FLATS Al AND A2 WHICH ARE ON THE 10TH FLOOR, 105 AUSTIN ROAD, KOWLOON, TO ENABLE THE DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURES WITHOUT POSING A DANGER TO PEOPLE.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF THE EXERCISE TO ENFORCE THE ORDER ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN JANUARY 1985 REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THESE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES.

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A BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID MORE THAN 25 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES WHICH OCCUPIED ABOUT 600 SQUARE METRES OF THE ROOFTOP SPACE HAD TO BE DEMOLISHED.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON JANUARY 6, 1986 WAS POSTED ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (MONDAY).

DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE MADE.

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INSPECTION OPERATION

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE CARRYING OUT AN INSPECTION OF FIRE HAZARD BLACK-SPOTS IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS IN KOWLOON CITY TOMORROW (TUESDAY) MORNING.

THE INSPECTION IS A JOINT OPERATION OF THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU AND KOWLOON COMMAND AND WILL START AT 9.30 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPERATION. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE MA TAU CHUNG FIRE STATION AT MA TAU CHUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN, AT 9.30 AM.

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ENTRIES INVITED FOR TAI PO REGATTA

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SAILING AND WINDSURFING ENTHUSIASTS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN AN OPEN COMPETITION AT TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORTS CENTRE IN TAI PO.

THE 1985 TAI PO REGATTA WILL TAKE PLACE ON TWO DAYS -NOVEMBER 30 (SATURDAY) FROM 1 PM TO 6 PM AND DECEMBER 1 FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM.

ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THE COMPETITION IS SPONSORED BY THE SAN MIGUEL BREWERY LIMITED.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1985

THE REGATTA IS AIMED AT PROMOTING SAILING AND WINDSURFING ACTIVITIES AMONG THOSE WITH SOME BASIC SKILLS, AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

APPLICATION FORMS AND COMPETITION GUIDELINES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE RSD, THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORTS CENTRE.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS NOVEMBER 15.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COMPETITION CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE RSD ON TELEPHONE 0-6577111 EXT. 138 DUR ING OFF ICE HOURS.

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PARKING SPACES SUSPENDED * * * *

PARKING SPACES ON WO TAI STREET, LUEN WO MARKET, IN FANLING WILL BE SUSPENDED TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORK FROM 8 AM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 7) TO 8 PM ON NOVEMBER 11.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * X * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 75.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 445.083 MILLION CUBIC b€TRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 476.591 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 81.3 PER CENT CF CAPACITY.

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WAN CHAI WATER CUT * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN WAN CHAI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 8) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY HENNESSY ROAD, LUARD ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD AND FLEMING ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1985

CONTHITS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG EXPERIENCE A SUCCESS, SAYS SIR DAVID............... 1

OFFICIAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN LEGCO ANNOUNCED................. 4

FINANCE COMMITTEE BACK TO BUSINESS........................... 5

FIRST MEETING FOR LEGCO...................................... 7

SECOND QUARTER SHIPPING STATISTICS RELEASED ................. 7

CO-OPERATION IMPROVING STANDARDS OF CONSUMER PROTECTION ..... 9

1.4 MILLION ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN MARCH POLLS ................. 10

EQUAL CONCERN FOR CRIME VICTIMS URGED ....................... 12

SAFETY OF DB MEMBERS TO BE DISCUSSED......................... 13

YUEN LONG COMMITTEE TO HOLD FIRST MEETING.................... 14

SHA TIN PROHIBITED ZONES FOR RACE DAYS ...................... 14

LUNCH-TIME CONCERT FOR FACTORY WORKERS ...................... 15

CHILDREN'S CHOIR SEEKS N3ff MEMBERS ......................... 1$

DETAILS OF HEALTH PROJECT ................................... 17

MORE PARKING METERS IN TUEN MUN ............................. 17

ROAD OPENING IN CHAI WAN .................................... 17

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1985

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HONG KONG EXPERIENCE A SUCCESS, SAYS SIR DAVID * * M *

THE SHAPE AND CONTENT OF THE GOVERNMENT, WHICH MANAGED HONG KONG, HAD EVOLVED IN RESPONSE TO HUMAN, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND POLITICAL PRESSURES AND NOT AS THE RESULT OF THE PURSUIT OF ANY PARTICULAR MODEL, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HONG KONG, HE SAID, HAD DEVELOPED ITS OWN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT BY CONSENSUS. THIS SYSTEM HAD NOT DEVELOPED BY ITSELF, NOR HAD IT FOLLOWED A CONSISTENT AND WELL-TRODDEN PATH, NOR WAS IT BASED ON ANY SOCIAL OR POLITICAL THEORY.

AN IMPORTANT AND DISTINCTIVE FEATURE OF THE HONG KONG SYSTEM, HE ADDED, WAS THAT PRAGMATIC ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES DISCOURAGED UNNECESSARY INTRUSION AND INTERFERENCE BY GOVERNMENT IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

SIR DAVID DESCRIBED THE HONG KONG EXPERIENCE AS LETTING ^GOVERNMENTS GOVERN AND MANAGERS MANAGE*.

ADDRESSING MORE THAN 800 SENIOR MANAGERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ATTENDING THE 20TH WORLD MANAGEMENT CONGRESS IN KUALA LUMPUR, HE SAID THAT +IT IS A TENET OF THE SYSTEM THAT PRIVATE CITIZENS, OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT, WILL MAKE MORE SENSITIVE AND MANAGERIALLY EFFICIENT DECISIONS THAN CIVIL SERVANTS, WHO HAVE NO DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR CONSEQUENCES, AND WHO CAN SHELTER BEHIND THE_>NONYMITY OF A GOVERNMENT MACHINE.*

SIR DAVID TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THAT THE SIMPLE COLONIAL STYLE OF GOVERNMENT HAD DEVELOPED INTO A COMPLEX WEB OF INTERLOCKING RELATIONSHIPS, UPON WHICH A GOVERNMENT OF CONSENSUS HAD BEEN BUILT.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY THEN OUTLINED BRIEFLY THE GRADUAL TRANSITION FROM THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ORGANISATIONS OF THE EARLY POST-WAR PERIOD, WHICH SERVED AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT, TO +SETTING UP SHOP IN EACH AREA OF THE CITY*.

HE DESCRIBED THIS AS +A SHOP-WINDOW ON THE STREET OPENING UP A NEW CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE*.

UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, PUBLIC SERVANTS WERE MADE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PEOPLE THEY SERVED AND CITIZENS WERE BEING INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS OF POLICY FORMULATION.

+N0 ELECTIONS WERE TAKING PLACE, NO POLITICAL PARTIES WERE FORMED. HONG KONG SEEMED, IF SUCH A SITUATION IS POSSIBLE, TO BE A PLACE WITHOUT POLITICS,* HE SAID.

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THUS, IN THIS UNUSUAL AND CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT, THE HONG KONG TECHNIQUE OF MANAGEMENT, THE HONG KONG PHILOSOPHY, DEVELOPED: IT WAS TO PROVIDE THE ENVIRONMENT, THE FREEDOM, THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO ALLOW THE HUMAN SPIRIT, HUMAN JUDGEMENT AND ABILITY THE OPPORTUNITY TO THRIVE.

+AND ALL THIS HAD TO BE DONE WITHOUT POLITICAL DOGMA, WITHOUT POLITICAL PARTIES. FROM THIS UNPROMISING SOIL HAS GROWN THE STABLE AND PROSPEROUS HONG KONG OF TODAY, THIS TINY PLACE WITH A WORLD-WIDE REPUTATION,+ HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT HONG KONG’S LEVEL OF TAX ON CORPORATE PROFITS AT 18.5 PER CENT NEVER FAILED TO ASTONISH OUTSIDE OBSERVERS.

IT ATTRACTED INVESTMENT AND ENCOURAGED ENTERPRISE, HE ADDED.

PROFITS WERE MADE, BUT THEY WERE PLOUGHED BACK INTO FURTHER GROWTH.

+THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO THE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT OF AN ECONOMY IN WHICH MARKET FORCES AND COMMERCIAL JUDGEMENTS ARE DECIDING FACTORS.

+ A SAFETY NET IS NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT EDUCATION, FEALTH, WELFARE, HOMES AND WORK ARE PROPERLY AND SUFFICIENTLY PROVIDED BY SOME OF THE SURPLUS WEALTH FLOWING FROM ECONOMIC GROWTH,+ HE SAID.

+THUS, IN HONG KONG, THERE IS FREE EDUCATION TO SECONDARY LEVEL FOR EVERY CHILD, INFANT MORTALITY IS AMONG THE LOWEST IN THE WORLD, LIFE EXPECTANCY IS AMONG THE LONGEST, AND A PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME ENSURES THAT ON ANY DAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, HOMES FOR NEARLY A MILLION PEOPLE ARE IN VARIOUS STAGES OF CONSTRUCTION.*

ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, SIR DAVID SAID THAT ONLY A YEAR AGO THE DRAFT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA WAS INITIALLED WHICH JOINTLY DECLARED THAT HONG KONG, AS IT WAS, SHOULD CONTINUE ... +THAT THE SYSTEM OF LAW, ADMINISTRATION AND THE ECONOMY, THE LIFE-STYLE AND THE FREEDOMS WOULD REMAIN FOR A FURTHER 50 YEARS, WITHOUT CHANGE INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE NEXT CENTURY.*

THE CHIEF SECRETARY THEN TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THAT ONLY A FEW DAYS AGO, A NEWLY-COMPOSED LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MET, WITH 24 OF ITS MEMBERS ELECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME, PARTLY BY POPULIST VOTES AND PARTLY BY THE MAIN SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND PROFESSIONAL GROUPS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

THIS CAREFULLY CONSTRUCTED LEGISLATURE CONTINUES THE HONG KONG STYLE OF EVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENT,* HE SAID.

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IN TwO YEARS’ TIME THE SYSTEM WOULD AGAIN BE REVIEWED TO SEE wHAT CHANGES WOULD IMPROVE ITS EFFECTIVENESS SO AS GRADUALLY TO DEVELOP AN ADMINISTRATION WHICH WOULD EXERCISE A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY AS A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION WITHIN THE ENVELOPE OF CHINESE SOVEREIGNTY, HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT HONG KONG’S USEFULNESS AS A COMMERCIAL CENTRE FOR DOING BUSINESS WITH CHINA COULD BE REFLECTED IN THE 184 FOREIGN FIRMS AND THREE FOREIGN BANKS WHICH ESTABLISHED BRANCHES IN HONG KONG DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS.

+AND THERE CAN BE NO GREATER SYMBOL OF HONG KONG’S DETERMINATION TO EQUIP ITSELF FOR THE FUTURE THAN THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BUILDING OF A THIRD UNIVERSITY,+ HE ADDED.

UNFOLDING FURTHER THE CONTINUING STORY OF HONG KONG TO HIS INTERNATIONAL AUD IENCE,- S IR DAVID SAID THAT AS A PLACE IT HAD LITTLE ADVANTAGE BEYOND‘A HARBOUR OF DEEP AND SHELTERED WATER SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL HILLS.

+ITS FIVE-AND-A-HALF MILLION PEOPLE HAVE DEVELOPED AN INDIVIDUAL STYLE OF MANAGING THEIR AFFAIRS WHICH HAD BROUGHT THEM A HIGH LEVEL OF PROSPERITY.

PERHAPS, THERE ARE, AFTER ALL, LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THE MANAGEMENT OF HONG KONG THROUGH THESE TURBULENT YEARS OF THE SECOND HALF OF THIS CENTURY.

LOW TAXATION} RESTRICTING REGULATION TO THE MINIMUM NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THE RULES OF THE MARKET PLACE AND NOT THE JUNGLE PREVAIL; CONSENSUS AND CONSULTATION RATHER THAN ADVERSARIAL POLITICS, RESTRICTING GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT TO INFRASTRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS AND TO ESSENTIAL PROGRAMMES OF HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE; NOT SUBSIDISING WEAK AND AILING PARTS OF THE ECONOMY; RESTRAINING THE BUREAUCRATS FROM MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE WHICH ARE BEST LEFT TO THE MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE.

IN A SENSE, FROM A MANAGEMENT POINT OF VIEW, THE HONG KONG EXPERIENCE CAN BE SUMMED UP IN THE WORDS ’LET GOVERNMENTS GOVERN AND MANAGERS MANAGE’,+ SIR DAVID SAID.

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OFFICIAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN * * * *

LEGCO ANNOUNCED

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THE SUBJECT AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY TO BE HANDLED BY THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING COUNCIL MEETINGS, AS A RESULT OF THE REDUCTION FROM 16 TO 10 OFFICIALS FROM THE OPENING OF THE CURRENT SESSION ON OCTOBER 30.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD NOT AFFECT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF BRANCH SECRETARIES AND HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS BUT THOSE WHO ARE NOT ON THE COUNCIL WILL PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR THE COUNCIL THROUGH THE OFFICIAL hEMBERS.

BILLS WILL BE MOVED AND QUESTIONS REPLIED TO IN EITHER ORAL OR WRITTEN FORM, ON THEIR BEHALF BY THE OFFICIAL MEMBERS, ON THE VARIOUS SUBJECT AS FOLLOWS:

X THE CHIEF SECRETARY WILL BE THE SPOKESMAN ON ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION BRANCH SUBJECTS AND ON THE FOLLOWING SECURITY BRANCH MATTERS: INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL DEFENCE, THE DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS), THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE;

* THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL MOVE BILLS ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AND WILL BE THE SPOKESMAN IN QUESTION TIME FOR ALL ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH MATTERS EXCEPT AS PROVIDED BELOW;

* THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL BE THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE FOLLOWING SECURITY BRANCH SUBJECTS: MAINTENANCE OF ORDER, IMMIGRATION CONTROL AND DOCUMENTATION; CORRECTIONAL SERVICES REFUGEES; AND LEGAL ISSUES RELATING TO NARCOTICS;

* THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL BE THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE FOLLOWING SECURITY BRANCH MATTERS: FIRE AND SPECIAL SERVICES, AMBULANCE MATTERS; AND NATURAL AND OTHER DISASTERS. HE WILL ALSO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES ON RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL MATTERS AND FOR THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES ON CERTAIN AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT MATTERS (E.G. COUNTRY PARKS);

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1?85

* THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE WILL TAKE OVER FROM THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES ON MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT MATTERS, THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES ON PUBLIC HYGIENE MATTERS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY ON NARCOTICS MATTERS (EXCEPT LEGAL ISSUES) AND THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES FOR AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT MATTERS NOT COVERED BY THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION;

X THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER WILL TAKE OVER FROM THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ON EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MATTERS AND FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR ON LABOUR DEPARTMENT MATTERS, AND

* THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY OR THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS WILL TAKE OVER FROM THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AS SPOKESMAN ON METRICATION MATTERS DEPENDING ON THE ASPECT OF THE SUBJECTS; THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY WILL ALSO TAKE OVER FROM THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AS SPOKESMAN ON CONSUMER PROTECTION.

THE RESPONSIBILITIES IN COUNCIL OF THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT AND THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING ARE NOT ALTERED UNDER THESE ARRANGEMENTS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE BACK TO BUSINESS * * * * *

FUNDS WILL BE SOUGHT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) DURING THE FIRST MEETING OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE IN THE 1985/86 LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION TO ENABLE THE MARINE POLICE TO REPLACE THREE SEMI-RIGID INFLATABLE BOATS TO COMBAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, SMUGGLING AND OTHER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES.

THE THREE INFLATABLES, COSTING SOME «1.7 MILLION, ARE PART OF THE MARINE POLICE SMALL BOAT UNIT WHICH OPERATES A FLOTILLA OF 17 BOATS - NINE HEAVY DUTY INFLATABLES, SIX SEMI-RIGID INFLATABLES AND TWO SPEED BOATS.

THE SIX SEMI-RIGID INFLATABLES CAME INTO SERVICE IN MAY 1981. THEY ARE EQUIPPED WITH TwIN 90 HORSEPOWER ENGINES AND ARE USED MAINLY FOR HIGH SPEED PURSUIT.

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BY THE NATURE OF THEIR CONSTRUCTION, THESE CRAFT HAVE A LIMITED LIFE-SPAN AND THE INFLATABLES AND THEIR ENGINES ARE NOW APPROACHING THE END OF THEIR SERVICEABLE LIFE.

TO ENSURE THAT SUFFICIENT RELIABLE INFLATABLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE SMALL BOAT UNIT, IT IS NECESSARY TO REPLACE THREE OF THE SIX SEMI-RIGID INFLATABLES IN 1986-87 AND THE REMAINING THREE IN 1987-88.

ALSO AT TOMORROW’S MEETING, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER PROPOSED ADJUSTMENTS TO THE SCALE OF REWARDS PAYABLE FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE SEIZURE OF DANGEROUS DRUGS AND THE ARREST OF DRUG TRAFFICKERS.

OTHER ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE:

* SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION TO MEET THE NEW AND REVISED RATES OF HONORARIA PAID TO THE UNOFFICIAL CHAIRMEN AND MEMBERS OF DISTRICT BOARDS;

* AN INCREASE IN THE COMMITMENT FOR INVESTIGATIONS INTO COMMERCIAL CRIME?

* AN INCREASE IN THE GROSS PROVISION UNDER THE SUBHEAD OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES MATERIALS;

* TRANSFER OF OFFICE FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT FROM THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT RECRUITMENT OFFICE (AUSTRALASIA) TO THE BRITISH CONSUL GENERAL (AUCKLAND) UPON THE CLOSURE OF THE RECRUITMENT OFFICE ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1985;

* A CAPITAL GRANT FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND TO THE SHENG KUNG HUI DIOCESAN WELFARE COUNCIL FOR ESTABLISHING A MULTISERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMERCIAL COMPLEX;

* FUNDS TO MEET THE COST OF REMOVAL OF THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY FROM LEASED ACCOMMODATION TO A GOVERNMENT BUILDING, AND

* CHANGES TO THE APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE APPROVED UNDER DELEGATED POWERS DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985-86.

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FIRST MEETING FOR LEGCO

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IN ITS FIRST REGULAR MEETING FOLLOWING THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS LAST WEEK, WILL BE DEALING WITH THREE BILLS AND 12 QUESTIONS RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE THREE BILLS DUE FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS ARE:

* CHIT-FUND BUSINESS (PROHIBITION)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

* MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985; AND

* BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT)(NO.2) BILL 1985.

qiirw ASKED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS DEAL WITH

MnT.Tr~? AS THE SETT1NG UP 0F A COURT OF FINAL APPEAL IN HONG KONG, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM CHINA, CONCRETE DETERIORATION IN BUILDINGS, AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION.

FOR PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION.

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SECOND QUARTER SHIPPING STATISTICS RELEASED * * * *

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985, 3 332 SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 19.1 MILLION NRT (NET REGISTERED TONNAGE) ARRIVED IN HONG KONG, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 409 IN NUMBER AND CF 14 PER CENT IN CAPACITY OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1984, ACCORDING TO THE +HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS* REPORT PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO DISCHARGED (MEASURED IN TONNES) IN HONG KONG FROM INCOMING SHIPS INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT WHILE THE NUMBER OF CONTAINERS (MEASURED IN TEUS) DISCHARGED IN HONG KONG ALSO ROSE BY 13 PER CENT.

WHEN ANALYSED BY SHIP TYPE, NOTABLE INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF CONTAINER VESSELS (+135), DRY BULK CARRIERS (+72) AND ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF VESSELS (+65), WHILE THE NUMBER OF OIL TANKERS DROPPED (-36). INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR SHIPS REGISTERED IN PANAMA (+156), CHINA (+73) AND LIBERIA (+36), BUT THERE WAS A DECLINE FOR SINGAPOREAN SHIPS (-12). THE NUMBER CF SHIPS WITH CAPACITY UNDER 10 000 DWT INCREASED (+297).

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IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985, THERE WERE 3 304 OUTGOING SHIPS, WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 18.8 MILLION NRT, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 395 IN NUMBER AND OF 12 PER CENT IN CAPACITY OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984. THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO LOADED IN HONG KONG ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS ROSE BY 15 PER CENT, AND THE NUMBER OF CONTAINERS (MEASURED IN TEUS) LOADED IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 10 PER CENT. ABOUT 67 PER CENT OF THE DEPARTING VESSELS STAYED IN HONG KONG FOR LESS THAN TWO DAYS.

BASED ON INFORMATION EXTRACTED FROM OCEAN CARGO MANIFESTS, 89 PER CENT IN TERMS OF GROSS WEIGHT OF THE INWARD SEABORNE CARGO WAS IMPORTS AND 11 PER CENT WAS FOR TRANSHIPMENT. OF THE OUTWARD SEABORNE CARGO, 61 PER CENT WAS EXPORTS (INCLUDING RE-EXPORTS) AND 39 PER CENT WAS FOR TRANSHIPMENT.

THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF LOADING FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS IN TERMS OF GROSS WEIGHT WERE JAPAN (18 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (14 PER CENT), TAIWAN (11 PER CENT) AND THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA (11 PER CENT), AND THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF DISCHARGE FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS WERE CHINA (25 PER CENT), THE U.S.A. (20 PER CENT) AND TAIWAN (12 PER CENT). TRANSHIPMENT CARGO WAS MAINLY LOADED IN THE U.S.A. (36 PER CENT) AND CHINA (26 PER CENT), AND TRANSHIPPED TO CHINA (21 PER CENT) AND THE U.S.A. (14 PER CENT).

COMPARING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985 WITH THE SAME QUARTER CF 1984, INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR IMPORTS FROM SOUTH KOREA (+120 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA (+88 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+32 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+24 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECLINES WERE NOTED FOR IMPORTS FROM CHINA (-31 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (-FOUR PER CENT).

AS A WHOLE, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 13 PER CENT. AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, INCREASES IN CARGO TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR THE IMPORTS OF INORGANIC CHEMICALS (+241 PER CENT), IRON AND STEEL (+50 PER CENT) AND CEMENT AND CEMENT CLINKER (+47 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS NOTED FOR IMPORTS OF CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS (-28 PER CENT).

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE TONNAGE OF TOTAL SEABORNE EXPORTS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT. INCREASE IN TONNAGE WAS RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS TO CHINA (+326 PER CENT), BUT DECREASES WERE NOTED FOR THOSE TO JAPAN (-14 PER CENT) AND THE U.S.A. (-SIX PER CENT). AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, INCREASES IN CARGO TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR EXPORTS OF INORGANIC CHEMICALS (+811 PER CENT) AND CEMENT AND CEMENT CLINKER (+165 PER CENT), BUT A DECREASE WAS RECORDED FOR THE EXPORTS OF METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (-14 PER CENT).

SHIPPING STATISTICS ARE COMPILED PRIMARILY FROM GENERAL DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE MARINE DEPARTMENT BY SHIPOWNERS CR AUTHORISED SHIPPING AGENTS, AND COVER ALL OCEAN-GOING VESSELS ENTERING AND LEAVING HONG KONG, EXCLUDING YACHTS AND PLEASURE CRAFT.

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PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS MANIFESTS SUPPLIED BY SHIPPING AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

ARE COMPILED FROM OCEAN CARGO COMPANIES OR AGENTS TO THE CENSUS

BECAUSE OF RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS, A SAMPLE OF ALL CONSIGNMENTS LISTED IN THE MANIFESTS IS USED FOR COMPILING THE STATISTICS. THE SAMPLING METHOD IS DESCRIBED IN THE EXPLANATORY NOTES OF THE REPORT.

MORE DETAILS ON SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985 ARE CONTAINED IN THE +HONG KONG SHIPPING STAT 1STICS+ REPORT FOR APRIL TO JUNE 1985, WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $12 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON STATISTICS PROVIDED IN THE REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SHIPPING STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, AT TELEPHONE NUMBERS 5-452701 AND 5-455422.

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CO-OPERATION IMPROVING STANDARDS OF CONSUMER PROTECTION

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THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR PIERS JACOBS, TODAY (TUESDAY) UNDERLINED THE IMPORTANCE OF CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CONSUMER COUNCIL IN IMPROVING THE STANDARDS OF CONSUMER PROTECTION.

ADDRESSING A MEETING OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, MR JACOBS NOTED THAT QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT UNFAIR PRACTICES BY A MINORITY OF DISHONEST RETAILERS HAD ILLUSTRATED THE VALUE OF WORKING TOGETHER.

+THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND INDEED THE MEDIA, DID MUCH TO DRAW THE ADMINISTRATION’S ATTENTION TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE PROBLEM,+ HE SAID.

MR JACOBS POINTED OUT THAT STEPPED-UP ENFORCEMENT ACTION '-'AD BEEN TAKEN UNDER THE EXISTING LAW AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS DEV I SI ho NEW LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS. HOWEVER, HE CAUTIONED THAT THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT WANT TO OVERDO THE LEGISLATION BECAUSE OVERREGULATION COULD BE AS DAMAGING AS NO REGULATION.

+1 AM PLEASED TO NOTE THAT STATISTICS SHOW THAT OUR INITIAL EFFORTS AND THE PUBLICITY THAT HAS ATTENDED THEM ARE HAVING AN EFFECT. COMPLAINTS ABOUT MALPRACTICE BY RETAILERS HAVE BEEN DECREASING,+ HE SAID.

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UA„_ IN'NG THE WORK THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT D0|NG OVER THE PAST YEAR, MR JACOBS REMARKED THAT 1^85

HAD BcEN A GOOD YEAR FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION IN HONG KONG

+IN APRIL, THE MONEY CHANGERS (DISCLOSURE OF RATES, CHARGES AND COMMISSIONS) ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT. I AM PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THERE HAS BEEN A DECREASE IN COMPLAINTS ABOUT MONEY CHANGERS REPORTED BY THE CONSUMER COUNCIL SINCE THE LAW.WAS PASSED.

+TOURISTS, IN PARTICULAR, SHOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS MEASURE. THERE ARE STILL SOME PROBLEM AREAS, BUT BY AND LARGE I BELIEVE THAT OUR APPROACH HAS BEEN GENERALLY SUCCESSFUL.+

uv “ THE TRAVEL AGENTS ORDINANCE — WAS PASSE

ISLATIVE COUNCIL IN AUGUST. THIS ORDINANCE PROVIDED FOR

I^Dceeai/rTRATION AND LICENSING OF TRAVEL AGENTS AND ALSO ESTABLISHED

A RESERVE FUND TO PROVIDE EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS TO CLIENTS OF LirficPn

DEBTA?NNRESPECTHOF !Bh!HCCA rnoRT JUDGMENT 0R LODGED A PROOF DEBI IN RESPECT OF A LICENSEE FOR ANY LOSS INCURRED AS A RESULT

OF

OF PAYMENT MADE FOR TRAVEL SERVICES.

+WE HOPE TO BRING THE ORDINANCE INTO EFFECT EARLY NEXT YEAR,* MR JACOBS SAID.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE CONSUMER COUNCIL FOR LEADING HONG KONG’S EFFORTS TO IMPROVE CONSUMER PROTECTION, MR JACOBS REITERATED THAT THE BEST CONSUMER PROTECTION WAS THAT PROVIDED BY CONSUMERS THEMSELVES AND THE EDUCATION OF CONSUMERS WAS THEREFORE OF VITAL IMPORTANCE.

+IN THE 11 YEARS SINCE ITS FOUNDATION, THE CONSUMER COUNCIL HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS TOWARDS INCREASING CONSUMERS' AWARENESS OF THEIR RIGHTS. THE PUBLICITY GIVEN TO THE FINDINGS OF THE COUNCIL BOTH THROUGH REGULAR PRESS CONFERENCES AND THROUGH THE PUBLICATION OF THE MAGAZINE ’CHOICE’ IS A VITAL PART OF THIS PROCESS,* HE SAID.

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1.4 MILLION ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN MARCH POLLS * * * * *

ABOUT 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 6 NEXT YEAR.

MORE THAN 67 000 APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED DURING THE RECENT ANNUAL REGISTRATION VOTER EXERCISE, BUT ONLY 38 330 ELECTORS HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PROVISIONAL ELECTORAL ROLL, AFTER NAMES WERE DELETED BECAUSE OF DOUBLE REGISTRATION OR INELIGIBILITY.

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THIS REPRESENTED A NET INCREASE OF 18 226 ELECTORS IN THE OVERALL ELECTORAL ROLL FIGURE AS 20 104 ENTRIES WERE DELETED DUE TO DEATHS, EMIGRATION AND FAILURE TO CONTACT ELECTORS DURING THE PAST YEAR, MAKING A GRAND TOTAL OF 1 439 617 ELECTORS ON FHE PROVISIONAL REGISTER.

A REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION SPOKESMAN SAID: +DELETIONS WERE MADE IN RESPECT OF 8 547 DEATHS, 3 072 CASES OF EMIGRATION AND 8 485 CASES WHERE THE DIVISION HAD BEEN UNABlE TO ESTABLISH CONTACT WITH THE ELECTORS.+

THE BIGGEST INCREASE IN NEW ELECTORS WAS RECORDED IN KWUN TONG WHERE 7 820 PEOPLE WERE REGISTERED, FOLLOWED BY SHA TIN L TH 5 147 AND 4 035 IN TUEN MUN.

+HOWEVER THE LARGEST INCREASE IN PERCENTAGE TERMS WAS RECORD*

IN THREE NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES: 9.18 PER CENT IN TAI ?C 8.34 PER CENT IN SHA TIN? AND 5.59 PER CENT IN TUEN MUN,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PVPLiC INSPECTION FROM FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 8) TO NOVEMBER 20 AT DISTRICT OFFICES AND RED.

+DURING THIS PERIOD, ELIGIBLE PERSONS WILL HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER AS VOTERS. APPLICATIONS CAN BE MADE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES OR LODGED IN PERSON WITH THE REGISTRATION OFFICER.+

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT THE RED UP TO NOVEMBER 25, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A FINAL REGISTER OF ALL ELECTORS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON JANUARY 3

FOR ANY CHANGE OF REGISTERED PARTICULARS, HE SAID NOTIFICATION SHOULD BE MADE BY DECEMBER 10 AND CORRECTIONS WILL BE INCORPORATED IN THE FINAL REGISTER.

+FOR CHANGES REPORTED AFTER DECEMBER 10, AMENDMENTS WILL THEN BE MADE IN THE NEXT PROVISIONAL REGISTER LATER NEXT YEAR AND THE ELECTORS CAN ONLY VOTE IN THE ORIGINALLY ALLOCATED CONSTITUENCY IN THE FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS,+ THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1935 *

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EQUAL CONCERN FOR CRIME VICTIMS URGED *****

THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, TODAY URGED THAT EQUAL CONCERN SHOULD BE GIVEN FOR THE WELFARE CF THE VICTIMS OF CRIME AS THAT FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE OFFENDERS.

+ONLY WHEN THE NEEDS AND THE INTERESTS OF THE VICTIMS ARE FULLY CATERED TO CAN WE CLAIM THAT WE HAVE A BALANCED CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTHWEST, MR CHAN SAID THAT IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, CERTAIN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES HAD BEEN PROVIDING MORE MEANS OF HELPING VICTIMS TO COPE WITH THE AFTERMATH OF CRIME.

+SUCH SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF SAFE HOUSES FOR BATTERED WIVES AND CHILDREN, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE TO ASSAULT AND RAPE VICTIMS, COUNSELLING, LEGAL AID OR OTHER FORMS CF ADVICE, AND PREVENTIVE AND SAFEGUARD MEASURES,* HE SAID.

IN HONG KONG, HE SAID, COMPENSATION SCHEMES FOR CRIME VICTIMS WERE GOVERNMENT RUN AND FUNDED BY THE PUBLIC.

ONE IS THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME WHICH PAYS COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES OF VIOLENCE. A TOTAL OF 8 683 CRIMES WERE REPORTED TO THE POLICE LAST YEAR ON MURDER, MANSLAUGHTER, ROBBERIES IN WHICH VICTIMS WERE INJURED, ASSAULTS, ARSON, RAPE AND INDECENT ASSAULT ON FEMALE. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, 1 159 APPLICATIONS WERE SUBMITTED TO THE SCHEME FOR ASSISTANCE.

ANOTHER COMPENSATION SCHEME IS THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SCHEME WHICH AIMS AT PROVIDING PROMPT FINANCIAL HELP TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS, OR THEIR DEPENDANTS, REGARDLESS OF WHOEVER PARTY IS AT FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT. A TOTAL OF 2D 135 PERSONS WERE INJURED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT LAST YEAR AND 6 398 APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WERE RECEIVED BY THt SCHEME.

MR CHAN NOTED THAT THE RELUCTANCE OF MANY VICTIMS TO REPORT AN OFFENCE WAS WELL KNOWN IN CRIMINOLOGICAL AND POLICE CIRCLES.

ACCORDING TO A VICTIMIZATION STUDY COMPLETED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN 1979, IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT ONLY 28.6 PER CENT OF THE CRIMES OF RAPE AND INDECENT ASSAULT WERE REPORTED TO THE POLICE- WHILE REPORTING RATES FOR OTHER CRIMES WERE ALSO NOT HIGH.

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+WHILST THE POLICE HAVE TAKEN A NUMBER OF STEPS TO SIMPLIFY REPORTING PROCEDURES, IT APPEARS THAT MUCH MORE WIJ-L NEED TO BE DONE BY OTHER AGENCIES TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC REGARDING THE RIGHTo CF THE VICTIMS, THE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THEM AS WELL AS THE VENUE FOR REPARATION,* HE SAID.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE STAFF VICTIMS SHOULD HAVE THE NECESSARY THE CORRECT ATTITUDES IN ORDER TO HE ADDED.

WHO DEALT WITH OR SERVICED SKILLS AND BE TRAINED TO SHOW FURTHER ENCOURAGE REPORTING,

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SAFETY OF DB MEMBERS TO BE DISCUSSED

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KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE SECURITY OF DB MEMBERS IN THE EXECUTION OF THEIR DUTIES AND PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE TSING Yl BRIDGE AT THEIR MEETING ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 7).

BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT, KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DEVELOPMENT PROFILES, AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO TEXACO ROAD.

LOCAL ISSUES TO BE RAISED BY DB MEMBERS INCLUDE THE MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY HALLS AND CENTRES, THE CAUSE OF THE BURST OF UNDERGROUND WATER PIPES NEAR TAI WO HAU ROAD AND TEXACO ROAD IN EARLY OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO TUNG-CHING, WILL ALSO MOVE A MOTION THAT THE BOARD’S PRESENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CONTINUE IN THE POST FOR TWO YEARS AFTER THE COUNCIL IS ESTABLISHED NEXT YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2.30 PM THIS THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 7) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (NEXT TO THE KWAI HING MTR STATION), 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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YUEN LONG COMMITTEE TO HOLD FIRST MEETING * * M *

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY)

IT WILL DISCUSS THE WORK OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON THE MAINTENANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND THE PROVISION OF CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS FACILITIES AND SERVICES IN THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT.

THE MEETING, WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, WILL START AT 2.30 PM IN THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBER, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING. NO SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION WILL BE PROVIDED.

SHA TIN PROHIBITED ZONES FOR RACE DAYS * * *

NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE RAMP LEADING FROM THE NEW TERR I TOR IES-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI PO ROAD TO THE BUS TERMINUS IN SHA TIN RACECOURSE FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 8).

IN ADDITION, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SAME RAMP WHEN RACE MEETINGS ARE HELD IN SHA TIN RACECOURSE.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE RAMP LEADING FROM THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI PO ROAD TO THE MEMBERS’ MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE GRANDSTAND IN SHA TIN RACECOURSE AND THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING FROM THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TOLO HIGHWAY TO THE SAN ENTRANCE.

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT BUSES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING FROM THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI PO ROAD TO THE NORTHERN TERMINAL INSIDE SHA TIN RACECOURSE WHEN RACE MEETINGS ARE HELD IN SHA TIN RACECOURSE.

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FROM THE SAME DAY, THE ROAD SOUTHBOUND IN TUEN MUN BUS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7

FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF CASTLE PEAK WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY:

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BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 370 METRES NORTH OF PEAK POLICE STATION AND A POINT ABOUT 430 NORTH OF KADOORIE BEACH CAR PARK.

CASTLE METRES

K BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 400 METRES NORTH OF KADOORIE BEACH CAR PARK AND THE CAR PARK.

WITH THE RESTRICTED ZONES ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES wILL LE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS.

THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 370 MEJRES NORTH OF CASTLE PEAK POLICE STATION AND KADOORIE BEACH CAR PARK wILL BE RESCINDED.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJACENT TO HOUSE NO..38 ON HIU KWONG STREET AT KWUN TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE^ ALL MOTOR VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THIS ROAD.

ALSO FROM THE SAME DAY, THE VEHICLE TURN-ROUND AREA OF SHA TAU KOK ROAD AT 110 METRES WEST OF SHUN LUNG STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

LUNCH-TIME CONCERT FOR FACTORY WORKERS

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FACTORY WORKERS IN SAN PO KONG AREA WILL BE TREATED TO A RELAXING LUNCH HOUR WITH MUSIC ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 7).

THE LUNCH HOUR DELIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA, TO BE HELD AT THE KAI TAK EAST PLAYGROUND BETWEEN NOON AND 2.30 PM, WILL BE THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF LUNCH HOUR CONCERTS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL AREA COMMITTEE.

APART FROM PERFORMANCES BY BANDS AND WELL-KNOWN SINGERS, THERE WILL ALSO BE A QUIZ. PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ANTI-CRIME, AND OTHER COMMUNITY RELATED SUBJECTS.

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THE LUNCH HOUR CONCERT WAS FIRST ORGANISED IN SEPTEMBER 1983, AND SINCE THEN, HAS BECOME A WELL ESTABLISHED DISTRICT BOARD PROGRAMME AMONG SAN PO KONG FACTORY WORKERS.

THE CONCERTS HAVE BEEN A SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMME ATTRACTING AN AVERAGE OF 4 090 PARTICIPANTS AT EACH CONCERT.

FUTURE CONCERTS TO BE HELD AT THE SAME VENUE ARE ON DECEMBER 5 AND JANUARY 2. ADMISSION IS FREE AND FACTORY WORKERS IN THE VICINITY ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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CHILDREN’S CHOIR SEEKS NEW MEMBERS * * * *

CHILDREN INTERESTED IN SINGING ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE WAN CHAI CHILDREN’S CHOIR.

ESTABLISHED IN 1982 UNDER THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ARTS, CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE CHOIR AIMS TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN SINGING AND MUSIC AMONG CHILDREN IN THE DISTRICT AND TO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR THEM.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT, THE CHOIR HAS BECOME THE +SING ING AMBASSADOR* FOR THE DISTRICT, PERFORMING ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS AND RECEIVING WARM SUPPORT FROM VARIOUS SECTORS.

A TRAINING PROGRAMME CONSISTING OF 26 SESSIONS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS WILL START SOON. CHILDREN, AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 14, WHO LIVE OR STUDY IN WAN CHAI DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE CHOIR AFTER AN AUDITION.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AT 201 HENNESSY ROAD, AND ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-742281 EXT. 221. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOVEMBER 20.

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DETAILS OF HEALTH PROJECT * * * *

DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S TAI PO COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT wILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 10 AM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 7) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT, THIRD FLOOR, TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO MARKET.

THE CONVENER OF THE COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT WORKING GROUP, MR MICHAEL LAI, AND THE TAI PO ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (COMMUNITY AFFAIRS) MS ANISSA WONG, WILL BE PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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MORE PARKING METERS IN TUEN MUN

TO REGULATE ON-STREET PARKING SPACES IN TUEN MUN 112 PARKING NETERS FOR PRIVATE CARS AND GOODS VEHICLES WILL BE INSTALLl. AT S CH§I street, Sn oi tong circuit, the CAR park at TSI NG wu SQUARE, AND THE UNNAMED ROAD FRONTING KWONG CHOI MARKET.

THESE PARKING METERS WILL BECOME OPERATIVE FROM THURSDAY

(NOVEMBER 7).

FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), TWO-HOUR GOODS METERS AT YAN CHING CIRCUIT, KIN FUNG CIRCUIT, HUNG CHEUNG ROAD IN TUEN MUN WILL BE CONVERTED METERS.

VEHICLE PARKING SAN ON STREET, AND TO ONE-HOUR PARKING

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ROAD OPENING IN CHAI WAN * * * *

TWO UNNAMED NEW ROADS LINKING HENG FA CHUEN AND WING TAI ROAD IN CHAI WAN WILL BE OPENED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FkIuhY (NOVEMBER 8).

MEANWHILE, SHOUSON HILL ROAD WEST IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT vILL BE PROHIBITED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING THREE TONNES GROSS FRON ID AM ON THE SAME DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1985 CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

ADDITIONAL STEPS TAKEN TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT STATION....... 1

NO PLANS YET FOR FINAL APPEALS COURT ........................ 1

FUNDS ENOUGH TO MAINTAIN SERVICES............................ 2

CONCRETE DETERIORATION PROBLEM NOT SERIOUS .................. 3

SQUATTER CLEARANCE A SOLUTION TO ILLEGAL TAPPING............. 4

1 BROAD AND BALANCED' EDUCATION FOR PUPILS STRESSED....... 5

NEW FILM CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM BY MID-1986 .................. 5

BORDER MEASURES CUTTING DOWN EVADERS......................... 6

HANG LUNG BANK BEING VALUED.................................. 7

INTERIM MEASURES TO TACKLE POLLUTION ........................ 8

RESOURCES DEPLOYED TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION ............... 9

NO PLANS TO FILL SCIENTIST POST ............................. 9

DOUBLING OF MONETARY LIMIT OF CHIT-FUNDS PROPOSED......... 10

BILL WILL REMOVE DOUBT IN MATRIMONIAL CAUSES RULES........ 11

BILL PROPOSES WIDER POWERS OF DELEGATION ................... 11

QUEEN REAFFIRMS OBLIGATIONS TO HK.............................. 13

NO EASY RIDE IN CIVIL SERVICE, SAYS LUO ....................... 13

SIR DAVID TO VISIT TUEN MUN ................................... 14

RSD SERVICES IN YUEN LONG OUTLINED ............................ 15

THERAPEUTIC EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR STUDENTS ...................... 16

TRANSPORT CHANGES FOR SHA TIN RACE MEETINGS ................... 17

TRACK AND FIELD MEETING ....................................... 18

MONMOUTH PATH, EDINBURGH PLACE CLOSURE......................... 19

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1985

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ADDITIONAL STEPS TAKEN TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT STATION * * * *

THE NEED TO TAKE CARE WHEN BOARDING OR ALIGHTING AT ALL STATIONS, ESPECIALLY IN CROWDED CONDITIONS, FORMED PART OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION’S GENERAL EDUCATIONAL PUBLICITY AIMED AT SCHOOL CHILDREN AND PARENTS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON S.L. CHEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR MACPHERSON SAID IT HAD BEEN THE CORPORATION’S PRACTICE SINCE THE UNIVERSITY STATION OPENED IN 1983 TO MAKE FREQUENT ANNOUNCEMENTS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, BOTH ON THE TRAINS AS THEY APPROACHED THE STATION AND ON THE PLATFORMS TO MAKE SURE THAT PASSENGERS WERE MINDFUL OF THE GAP AND TO TAKE CARE WHEN BOARDING OR ALIGHTING FROM TRAINS.

+BECAUSE OF THE PHYSICAL CONSTRAINTS OF THE SITE, UNIVERSITY STATION IS BUILT ON A CURVE IN THE RAILWAY LINE AND THERE IS A WIDER GAP BETWEEN THE PLATFORMS AND THE TRAINS THAN AT STATIONS WHERE THE TRACKS AND PLATFORMS ARE STRAIGHT,+ HE SAID.

+THE WIDTH OF THE GAP ALONG THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE PLATFORMS IS HOWEVER WITHIN INTERNATIONAL SAFETY LIMITS AND THE STATION HAS BEEN PASSED AS SAFE FOR PUBLIC USE BY THE RAILWAY INSPECTOR,* HE ADDED.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THAT, AS A SUPPLEMENTARY MEASURE, THE CORPORATION WAS ARRANGING TO PLACE WARNING NOTICES AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS AT THE STATION AND SPECIAL POSTERS ON TRAINS.

+IT WILL ALSO ARRANGE FOR AN ADDITIONAL SUPERVISOR TO BE ON THE PLATFORMS AT ALL TIMES,* HE SAID.

+A FURTHER POSSIBILITY BEING EXAMINED IS TO HAVE SPECIAL LIGHTING UNDER THE PLATFORMS TO MAKE SURE THE GAP IS CLEARLY VISIBLE AFTER DARK,* HE ADDED.

MR MACPHERSON ASSURED THE COUNCIL THAT THE KCR CORPORATION WOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THERE WERE NO FURHTER ACCIDENTS.

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NO PLANS YET FOR FINAL APPEALS COURT

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THERE ARE NO PLANS YET FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COURT OF FINAL APPEAL IN HONG KONG, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+IT IS BOUND TO TAKE SOME TIME TO EXAMINE THE IMPLICATIONS AND TO IDENTIFY THE VARIOUS OPTIONS WHICH ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION,* MR THOMAS SAID WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG.

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MR THOMAS SAID HE HAD INDICATED IN A DEBATE JUST ONE YEAR AGO IN THE COUNCIL THAT IT WAS DESIRABLE THAT A COURT OF FINAL APPEAL SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG WELL BEFORE 1997 IN ORDER TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRANSITION.

+AS I SAID THEN, THE COURT OUGHT TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY, WELL BEFORE 1997, TO BUILD A REPUTATION FOR AUTHORITATIVE JUDGMENTS AND EARN THE CONFIDENCE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE AND THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY,+ HE SAID.

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FUNDS ENOUGH TO MAINTAIN SERVICES * * *

THE PROVISION OF $420 MILLION IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE SUBVENTIONS HEAD FOR THE PRESENT FINANCIAL YEAR IS SUFFICIENT TO MAINTAIN THE EXISTING SERVICES OPERATED BY THE SUBVENTED WELFARE AGENCIES,THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR CHAMBERS SAID SUFFICIENT FUNDS WERE ALSO AVAILABLE TO MEET THE SALARY ADJUSTMENT FOR SUBVENTED WELFARE AGENCIES STAFF, ALTHOUGH IT MIGHT BE NECESSARY TO SEEK SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION TO COVER THIS REQUIREMENT AT A LATER STAGE IN THE FINANCIAL YEAR.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE FIVE YEAR PLAN FOR SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT IDENTIFIED 64 NEW PROJECTS FOR IMPLEMENTATION THIS YEAR AND FUNDS WERE AVAILABLE FOR ALLOCATION TO 51 OF THESE PROJECTS, AND THIS REPRESENTED ALL THE PROJECTS WHICH WERE LIKELY TO BE READY TO COME INTO OPERATION BEFORE THE END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR.

+THE FIVE YEAR PLAN REVIEW ALSO IDENTIFIED A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS TO THE QUALITY OF EXISTING SERVICES.

+IN VIEW OF THE LIMITED FUNDS AVAILABLE IT WAS DECIDED, ON THE ADVICE OF THE SUBVENTIONS AND LOTTERIES FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE, TO ACCORD PRIORITY TO THE NEW PROJECTS I HAVE MENTIONED, AND I FEAR THAT IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO IMPLEMENT THESE IMPROVEMENTS THIS YEAR,+ HE SAID.

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CONCRETE DETERIORATION PROBLEM NOT SERIOUS * * * *

THE PROBLEM OF CONCRETE DETERIORATION IN HONG KONG WAS NOT SERIOUS ALTHOUGH IT WAS GROWING, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING A QUESTION BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHAN SAID THAT BECAUSE OF A REGULAR MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME THE SITUATION WAS BETTER' IN GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS THAN IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

DURING THE PAST TWO DECADES THERE HAD BEEN NO CASES OF DEFECTIVE CONCRETE CAUSING A PUBLIC SECTOR BUILDING TO BE IN A STATE OF IMMINENT FAILURE.

+IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR,* HE SAID, +OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, 31 BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN DEMOLISHED BECAUSE OF SERIOUSLY DEFECTIVE CONCRETE. THIS REPRESENTS ABOUT Q.12 PER CENT OF ALL CONCRETE-FRAMED BUILDINGS IN THE TERRITORY.*

HE ADDED THAT BOTH PREVENTIVE AND REMEDIAL MEASURES WERE TAKEN TO OVERCOME THE PROBLEM OF CONCRETE DETERIORATION.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE REQUIRED ALL CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TO COMPLY WITH STANDARD SPECIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN, CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND RESULTS OF TESTS ON STEEL REINFORCEMENT HAD TO BE SUBMITTED BEFORE CONSTRUCTION.

DURING CONSTRUCTION TEST REPORTS ON CONCRETE HAD TO BE SUBMITTED AND BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE STAFF MADE REGULAR SITE INSPECTIONS.

MR CHAN SAID THAT AFTER BUILDINGS WERE COMPLETED PLANNED SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED BY BOO STAFF WHO ALSO RESPONDED TO REPORTS FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

REPAIR ORDERS WERE SERVED ON OWNERS WHEN BUILDINGS REQUIRED ATTENTION AND IF THESE WERE NOT COMPLIED WITH DIRECT ACTION WAS TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT, HE ADDED.

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SQUATTER CLEARANCE A SOLUTION TO ILLEGAL TAPPING

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THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION TO ELIMINATING ILLEGAL TAPPING OF wATER SUPPLY AND ELECTRICITY IN SQUATTER AREAS LAY IN THE CLEARANCE OF THESE AREAS AND PLANS TO CLEAR AND REHOUSE ALL SQUATTERS IN THE URBAN AREAS WITHIN FIVE TO 10 YEARS HAVE ALREADY STARTED, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON Y.L. PANG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, HE SAID THAT THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL TAPPING OF WATER SUPPLY IN SQUATTER AREAS EXISTED MAINLY WHERE STANDPIPE WATER SUPPLY WAS AVAILABLE AND +THE OBVIOUS SOLUTION* WAS THEREFORE TO PROVIDE A METERED CONNECTION.

+T0 THIS END, WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT’S CURRENT PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE METERED SUPPLY TO 740 SQUATTER AREAS AND NEW TERRITORIES VILLAGES IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT THREE YEARS’ TIME,* PR PANG SAID.

+IN PARALLEL TO THIS, UNDER THE SQUATTER AREAS IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME, HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS AT PRESENT CARRYING OUT 11 SIMILAR PROJECTS IN SQUATTER AREAS, WITH A FURTHER 45 PROJECTS PLANNED OVcR THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

+WITH THE COMPLETION OF ALL THESE PROJECTS, THE MAJORITY OF SQUATTER AREAS IN THE TERRITORY WILL HAVE A METERED SUPPLY, AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL TAPPING OF WATER WOULD NO LONGER ARISE,* HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY IN SQUATTER AREAS, MR PANG SAID THE PROBLEM EXISTED MAINLY WHERE A LEGAL SUPPLY WAS AVAILABLE AND WAS MOST SERIOUS IN WONG TAI SIN AND KWUN TONG.

MR PANG NOTED THAT THE PROBLEM WAS BEING TACKLED ON TWO FRONTS - ENFORCEMENT AND EDUCATION.

ON THE ENFORCEMENT FRONT, THE POLICE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE POWER COMPANY, CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT HAD STEPPED UP ACTION AGAINST SUCH ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES. SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR, 236 PERSONS INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY HAD BEEN ARRESTED.

ON THE EDUCATION FRONT, THE DEPARTMENTS AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS CONCERNED HAD INTENSIFIED THEIR EFFORTS TO EDUCATE RESIDENTS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF TAPPING ELECTRICITY ILLEGALLY AND ADVISE THEM TO APPLY FOR A LEGAL CONNECTION.

MR PANG SAID THAT THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WAS ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE TRIAD INVOLVEMENT IN THE ILLEGAL SUPPLIES OF WATER AND ELECTRICITY IN SQUATTER AREAS.

+A WORKING GROUP ON 'GANGS’ UNDER THE COMMITTEE HAD STUDIED THE PROBLEMS AND ITS RECOMMENDATIONS ARE BEING CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED,* HE ADDED.

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’BROAD AND BALANCED’ EDUCATION FOR PUPILS STRESSED * * * * *

HONG KONG’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AIMS TO PROVIDE A BROAD AND BALANCED EDUCATION FOR ALL PUPILS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MARTIN LEE ON THE POLICY OR PROGRAMME RELATING TO THE TEACHING OF +SPECIALLY GIFTED* CHILDREN, MR HENDERSON SAID THAT UNDER CURRENT POLICY THERE WAS NO SPECIFIC PROGRAMME OR INSTITUTION PROVIDED TO CATER FOR INTELLECTUALLY GIFTED CHILDREN.

MOST EXPERIENCED TEACHERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO RECOGNISE SUCH A CHILD AND COULD PROVIDE THE LEVEL OF WORK TO DEVELOP THAT CHILD’S POTENTIAL IF NECESSARY AND ALSO SPECIALIST ADVICE WAS AVAILABLE FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IF NEEDED, HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, MR HENDERSON SAID, SCHOOLS AT ALL LEVELS WERE ENCOURAGED TO DEVELOP A VARIED PROGRAMME OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THOSE PUPILS WHOSE TALENTS COULD MORE READILY BE DEVELOPED THROUGH SPECIALLY ORGANISED INTEREST GROUPS SUCH AS MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES CLUBS.

+1 SHOULD ADD PERHAPS THAT WHERE THE ARTISTICALLY GIFTED ARE CONCERNED THE ADVENT OF THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS WILL PROVIDE A MOST ENCOURAGING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR TALENTS,* HE SAID.

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NEW FILM CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM BY MID-1986 * * * *

A NEW FILM CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM COULD BE INTRODUCED BY MID-1986 IF THE RELEVANT PROPOSAL BECAME LAW, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON PAULINE NG ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S CONSIDERATION OF THE FILM CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, SIR DAVID SAID THE PROPOSAL WAS EXPECTED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL IN ABOUT A MONTH.

+ASSUMING APPROVAL, A DRAFT BILL WILL BE GAZETTED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION AND COMMENT, AND FOR EXAMINATION BY THIS COUNCIL,* SIR DAVID SAID.

+AS REGARDS ENFORCEMENT, IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE ONUS BE PLACED ON CINEMA OPERATORS TO ENSURE THAT ONLY PERSONS AGED 18 CR ABOVE WOULD BE ADMITTED TO CERTAIN FILMS,* HE SAID.

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THE FILM CENSORSHIP AUTHORITY WOULD MAKE SPOT CHECKS ON CINEMAS SHOWING SUCH FILMS.

+THE LEVEL AT WHICH CENSORSHIP STANDARDS ARE EVENTUALLY SET WILL DEPEND ON THE FINDINGS OF AN INDEPENDENTLY CONDUCTED PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY,+ HE ADDED.

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BORDER MEASURES CUTTING DOWN EVADERS * * * *

THERE IS NO SIGN YET OF ANY COMPARABLE INCREASE IN THE NUMBERS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SURFACING IN HONG KONG, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR THOMAS SAID THE NUMBER OF DAILY ARRESTS MADE AT THE BORDER THIS YEAR SO FAR WAS ABOUT A THIRD HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

+HOWEVER, AND THIS IS AN ENCOURAGING SIGN, THERE ARE GROUNDS FOR BELIEVING THAT THE SECURITY FORCES USING MORE SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT ARE NOW CATCHING AT THE BORDER A HIGHER PROPORTION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS THAN BEFORE,* MR THOMAS SAID.

AS FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES, MR THOMAS SAID WE COULD DO NO MORE THAN MAINTAIN OUR VIGILANCE AND KEEP UP OUR GUARD.

+WE SHALL CONTINUE TO DISCUSS THIS PROBLEM THROUGH THE VARIOUS CROSS BORDER CHANNELS AVAILABLE TO US. AND WE SHALL CONTINUE TO SPREAD THE WORD TO ANYONE WHO SEEKS TO ENTER HONG KONG ILLEGALLY THAT THE CHANCES OF EVADING CAPTURE ARE VERY SLIM INDEED,* HE SAID.

MR THOMAS SAID THE REASONS FOR THE RECENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS CAUGHT AT THE BORDER WERE DIFFICULT TO SPECIFY AND THERE WERE SEASONAL FLUCTUATIONS IN THE NUMBER CF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO ATTEMPTED TO ENTER HONG KONG DUE TO WEATHER, THE HARVEST AND SO ON.

MR THOMAS POINTED OUT THAT RUMOURS CIRCULATING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BORDER THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW IDENTITY CARD WOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY A GENERAL AMNESTY FOR ANY ILLEGAL RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG MIGHT BE ONE REASON FOR THE INCREASE.

+THIS IS COMPLETELY UNTRUE,* MR THOMAS SAID. +RUMOURS SUCH AS THIS ARE SPREAD BY THOSE WHO SEEK TO PROFIT FROM THE MISFORTUNE OF WOULD-BE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THERE WILL BE NO AMNESTY FOR ANY FOUND TO HAVE ENTERED HONG KONG ILLEGALLY.*

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THERE WAS ALSO A BELIEF THAT THE RECENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE REDUCTION OF THE BRITISH GARRISON BY ONE BATTALION HAD RESULTED IN A REDUCTION IN THE SECURITY FORCES DEPLOYED AT

THE BORDER.

MR THOMAS STRESSED THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO REDUCT ION IN THE SECURITY FORCES AT THE BORDER AND THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE 2/7 GURKHA RIFLES NEXT YEAR WOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASED PERIODS OF BORDER DUTY FOR OTHER BATTALIONS.

+THERE WILL BE NO REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF SECURITY PERSONNEL PATROLLING THE BORDER AND NO LOSS OF EFFECTIVENESS,* HE SAID.

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HANG LUNG BANK BEING VALUED * * * *

A FIRST CLASS CONSULTANT HAS BEEN ENGAGED TO VALUE THE HANG LUNG BANK AND TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON THE FORM AND THE TIMING OF A DEVESTITURE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING THE HON DAVID K.P. LI, SIR JOHN SAID A REPORT ON THE BANK WAS EXPECTED IN ABOUT A MONTH’S TIME.

+THE ACTUAL FORM AND TIMING OF THE SALE WILL TAKE ACCOUNT CF THAT REPORT, THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE INTEREST OF THE BANK’S STAFF AND CUSTOMERS,* HE SAID, ADDING THAT HE WOULD WISH TO CONSULT THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BEFORE MAKING A FINAL DECISION.

AS TO THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK AND ITS SUBSIDIARY, THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT NO PLANS HAD YET BEEN MADE. +BUT IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S WISH ALSO TO RETURN THESE BANKS TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR AS SOON AS COMMONSENSE INDICATES IS POSSIBLE.*

+A DECISION ON OTB SEEMS UNLIKELY FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS. IT MAY WELL PROVE POSSIBLE TO MOVE MORE QUICKLY WITH HICB, BUT THERE ARE INTERCONNECTED AND OTHER PROBLEMS,* SIR JOHN SAID.

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INTERIM MEASURES TO TACKLE POLLUTION * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING INTERIM MEASURES TO TACKLE THE AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE LAI CHI KOK INCINERATORS BY INSTALLING ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATORS, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING A QUESTION BY THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM, MR CHAMBERS SAID THERE WAS ALREADY AN ITEM IN CATEGORY AB OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SUCH PRECIPITATORS WHICH WOULD REMOVE MOST OF THE DUST AND GRIT WHICH FORMED THE MAJOR PART OF POLLUTION CAUSED BY THE INCINERATORS.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THESE ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATORS WERE EXPENSIVE, ESTIMATED TO COST $130 MILLION.

+THE QUESTION OF WHETHER INTERIM MEASURES INVOLVING COSTS OF THIS MAGNITUDE CAN BE JUSTIFIED HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY DISCUSSED WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT AND I EXPECT AN EARLY DECISION AS TO WHETHER THE UPGRADING OF THE PROJECT SHOULD BE PROPOSED TO THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE.

+IF IT IS DECIDED TO GO AHEAD WITH THE PRECIPITATORS WORK SHOULD START IN THE 1986/87 FINANCIAL YEAR AND SOME IMPROVEMENT WOULD BE ACHIEVED ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AS THE FIRST OF THE TWO PLANTS WOULD BE CLOSED DOWN FOR THE INSTALLATION WORK TO BEGIN. THE WORK SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY 1990,+ MR CHAMBERS SAID.

+0N THE OTHER HAND,* HE SAID, +A DECISION NOT TO INSTALL PRECIPITATORS AND TO RELY ON TRANSFER STATIONS WOULD MEAN THAT THE INCINERATORS COULD NOT BE CLOSED DOWN UNTIL 1989 AT THE EARLIEST, ALTHOUGH SOME IMPROVEMENT MIGHT BE EFFECTED BEFORE THEN BY THE USE OF BARGES TO TRANSPORT REFUSE TO THE CONTROLLED TIPS.+

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT IN THE LONGER TERM THE MOST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION WOULD ALMOST CERTAINLY BE THE PHASING OUT OF THE INCINERATORS AND THE CENTRALISATION OF DOMESTIC REFUSE IN ONE OR MORE STRATEGICALLY LOCATED +TRANSFER STATIONS* FROM WHICH IT WOULD BE TRANSPORTED IN LARGE VEHICLES TO THE CONTROLLED TIPS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+AT PRESENT IT IS DIFFICULT TO SAY WHEN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE NEW METHODS WILL HAVE REACHED A STAGE AT WHICH THE INCINERATORS CAN BE CLOSED DOWN PERMANENTLY,* HE SAID.

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RESOURCES DEPLOYED TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT AND DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE ALLOCATED FUNDS TO ORGANISE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS AND RESPONSIBILITY AT ALL LEVELS, SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON SZETO WAH ON THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, MR LIAO SAID EXISTING RESOURCES HAVE ALREADY BEEN DEPLOYED TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION.

+FOR INSTANCE, IN EDUCATION, RESOURCES HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED IN STAFF TRAINING AND PRODUCTION OF RELEVANT TEACHING MODULES AND EDUCATION TELEVISION PROGRAMME ON CIVIC EDUCATION,+ HE SAID.

+ALL THESE DEVELOPMENTS AND FUTURE EFFORTS WILL OBVIOUSLY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND NECESSARY FUNDS ARE ALREADY BEING SOUGHT IN THE 1986-87 ESTIMATES,* HE ADDED.

MR LIAO SAID THAT PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION WAS A CONTINUOUS EXERCISE.

+IN STEPPING UP OUR EFFORTS NOW WITH A VIEW TO REAPING EVEN MORE POSITIVE RESULTS IN FUTURE, SUPPORT FROM ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY IS NEEDED,* HE SAID.

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NO PLANS TO FILL SCIENTIST POST * * * *

THERE ARE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS TO FILL THE POST OF GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST, PENDING A FRESH LOOK AT THE NEED FOR SUCH AN APPOINTMENT. THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY PROF THE HON C.K. POON IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR DAVID SAID THAT +THE REVIEW WILL COVER AN EXAMINATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT SCIENTIST IN RELATION TO THE WORK OF OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WITH RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS AREA, SUCH AS THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.*

+A FURTHER CONSIDERATION IS WHETHER A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE ADVICE ON THE MANY DISCIPLINES OF SCIENCE WHICH ARE OF A HIGHLY SPECIALISED NATURE, OR WHETHER WE SHOULD RELY ON CONSULTANTS FOR A BROADER FIELD OF ADVICE,* HE ADDED.

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DOUBLING OF MONETARY LIMIT OF CHIT-FUNDS PROPOSED *****

THE MONETARY LIMIT IMPOSED ON PRIVATE CHIT-FUNDS AND FINES FOR CERTAIN OFFENCES UNDER THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE SHOULD BE INCREASED IN LINE WITH INFLATION, FROM $10 000 TO $20 000, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CHIT-FUND BUSINESSES (PROHIBITION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THAT TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCEDURE FOR AMENDING THE MONETARY LIMIT IN FUTURE, HE FURTHER PROPOSED THAT THE LIMIT BE CHANGED BY RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL.

SIR JOHN SAID THE OPERATION OF COMMERCIAL CHIT-FUND COMPANIES WAS BANNED BY THE CHIT-FUND BUSINESSES (PROHIBITION) ORDINANCE 1972, BUT, +GIVEN THE LONG TRADITION AND POPULARITY OF PRIVATE CHIT-FUNDS, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO BE LAWFULLY OPERATED PROVIDED THEY MEET FOUR CONDIT IONS.+

THESE CONDITIONS WERE THAT THERE WERE NOT MORE THAN 30 PARTICIPANTS; THE OPERATOR WAS NOT OPERATING ANOTHER CHIT-FUND; THE COMMON FUND PUT UP FOR SALE OR PAYMENT TO THE PARTICIPANTS DID NOT EXCEED $10 000; AND NO BENEFIT ACCRUED TO THE OPERATOR OTHER THAN A RIGHT TO RECEIVE THE FIRST SUBSCRIPTION FREE OF INTEREST.

+THESE LEGITIMATE PRIVATE CHIT-FUNDS HAVE BEEN RELATIVELY WELL REGULATED SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE.

+BUT IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE LAW REMAINS REALISTIC AND WORKABLE AS IT WAS WHEN ENACTED, IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE MONETARY LIMIT ON THE COMMON FUND BE INCREASED IN LINE WITH INFLATION, FROM $10 000 TO $20 000,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

THE OTHER CONDITIONS WOULD HOWEVER REMAIN UNCHANGED.

THE BILL, SIR JOHN SAID, ALSO PROPOSED TO RAISE FINES FOR CERTAIN OFFENCES UNDER THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE FROM $10 000 TO $20 000.

HE ADDED THAT PROVISIONS DEALING WITH TIME-EXPIRED TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS WOULD BE REPEALED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL WILL REMOVE DOUBT IN MATRIMONIAL CAUSES RULES * * * *

A BILL AIMED AT REMOVING A DOUBT IN THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) RULES 1982 WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES RULES DEALT WITH PROCEEDINGS NOT ONLY UNDER THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES ORDINANCE BUT ALSO UNDER THE MATRIMONIAL PROCEEDINGS AND PROPERTY ORDINANCE.

HE SAID IN 1982 THE CHIEF JUSTICE MADE THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) RULES 1982.

+THESE RULES WERE STATED TO BE MADE IN EXERCISE OF HIS POWERS UNDER THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES ORDINANCE. DOUBT HAS ARISEN WHETHER THE CHIEF JUSTICE WAS ALSO EXERCISING HIS POWER UNDER THE MATRIMONIAL PROCEEDINGS AND PROPERTY ORDINANCE.+

MR THOMAS EXPLAINED THAT +THE PURPOSE OF THIS MINOR BILL IS TO REMOVE THAT DOUBT, AND TO DECLARE THAT THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) RULES 1982 WERE MADE BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE USING HIS POWERS UNDER BOTH SECTION 54 OF THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES ORDINANCE AND SECTION 32 OF THE MATRIMONIAL PROCEEDINGS AND PROPERTY ORDINANCE.*

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL PROPOSES WIDER POWERS OF DELEGATION X X * X

AMENDING THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE BY GIVING BUILDING DEVELOPMENT THE RIGHT TO DELEGATE

A BILL

DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT THE RIGHT TO DELtbAit POWERS AS BUILDING AUTHORITY TO ANY PUBLIC OFFICER WAS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE H IS INTRODUCED

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) (NO 2) BILL 1985, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN SAID THAT IT WOULD CLEAR UP ANOMALIES IN THE POWER OF DELEGATION CAUSED BY THE DEFEDERAL ISATION OF THE FORMER PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

MR CHAN SAID THAT UNDER SECTION 2 (2) OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS WAS EMPOWERED TO DELEGATE MY DUTIES IMPOSED ON OR POWERS GRANTED TO THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO ANY OFFICER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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PRIOR TO DEFEDERALISATION, POWERS UNDER CERTAIN SECTIONS OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS HAD BEEN DELEGATED TO CFFICERS OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

+ALL THESE DELEGATIONS INCLUDE THE RECOVERY OF COSTS OF WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY. AS THESE OFFICERS ARE NOW WITHIN THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, THE CURRENT DELEGATION WHICH SHOULD BE RESTRICTED TO THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS NO LONGER VALID,* HE SAID.

+IN ADDITION, SOME PROJECT MANAGERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN DELEGATED WITH POWERS TO ACT ON BEHALF OF THE BUILDING AUTHORITY,* HE ADDED.

THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS SAID THAT THE ASSISTANCE CF OTHER DEPARTMENTS WAS STILL REQUIRED FOR THE ADMINISTRATION CF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE.

THE DEFICIENCY IN THE POWER OF THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT TO DELEGATE OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT THEREFORE NEEDED TO BE RECTIFIED, HE ADDED.

MR CHAN SAID THAT CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL AMENDED SECTION 2 (2) CF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE TO PERMIT THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT TO DELEGATE TO ANY PUBLIC OFFICER, WHILE CLAUSE 3 OF THE BILL VALIDATED THE DELEGATIONS MADE TO PUBLIC OFFICERS OTHER THAN THOSE IN THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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QUEEN REAFFIRMS OBLIGATIONS TO HK * * * *

IN HER SPEECH AT THE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY), HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, REAFFIRMED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO DISCHARGE THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

AT THE CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE NEW SESSION OF PARLIAMENT, ATTENDED BY BOTH LORDS AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, H^R MAJESTY REFERRED TO HONG KONG VERY EARLY IN HER SPEECH WHICH OUTLINED THE GOVERNMENT’S MAIN PROPOSALS FOR THE PARLIAMENTARY SESSION 1985/86.

HER MAJESTY SAID: +WHILE HONOURING THEIR UNDERTAKINGS TO THE PEOPLE OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS, MY GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK MORE NORMAL RELATIONS WITH ARGENTINA.

+THEY WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO DISCHARGE THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG- AND WILL PROPOSE PROVISIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE NATIONALITY ARRANGEMENTS ARISING FROM THE SINGER ITISH JOINT DECLARATION.*

HER MAJESTY ALSO SAID SHE LOOKED FORWARD TO PAYING A STATE VISIT TO CHINA AND VISITING HONG KONG IN OCTOBER.

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THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, TOLD YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT A CAREER IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE OF HONG KONG WOULD BE A CHALLENGING AND REWARDING EXPERIENCE.

+THE CONTINUITY OF EXPERTISE AND DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE ARE THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR DEVELOPING OUR REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT,* MR LIAO SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CIVIL SERVICE CAREERS EXHIBITION 1985, MR LIAO SAID A CAREER IN THE CIVIL SERVICE CATERED TO THOSE WHO WISHED TO EMBARK ON A VOYAGE WHICH HAD NO PRECEDENT IN THE HISTORY OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT.

+THIS WILL BE NO TIME FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED, OR THE GRADUATE LOOKING FOR AN EASY RIDE,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CALL FOR NEW BLOOD TO JOIN THE CIVIL SERVICE EVERY YEAR WAS NOT JUST A ROUTINE EXERCISE.

+IT IS A CALL FOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN DEVOTING A LIFE-LONG CAREER TO A UNIQUE SERVICE.

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♦THIS IS A SERVICE WHICH REQUIRES DIFFERENT SKILLS AND EXPERTISE FROM INDIVIDUALS WITH THE RELEVANT TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND,+ HE ADDED.

♦HAVING JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE, INDIVIDUALS ARE EXPECTED TO WORK TOGETHER TO FOSTER THE COMMON GOAL OF MAINTAINING AN EFFECTIVE AND RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT, SENSITIVE TO THE EVERGROWING AND CHANGING NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.*

THEREFORE, MR LIAO SAID, THE EXHIBITION WAS IMPORTANT TO AND WOMEN WHO WERE ABOUT TO DECIDE UPON THEIR CAREERS.

YOUNG MEN

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SIR DAVID TO VISIT TUEN MUN * * * *


AS PART OF HIS PROGRAMME, SIR DAVID WILL FIRST ARRIVE AT THE ROOF-TOP OF HING PING HOUSE, TAI HING ESTATE, FOR A PANORAMIC VIE-CF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TOWN.

LATER, HE WILL TOUR THE NEWLY-OPENED TUEN MUN TOWN PARK BEFORE OPENING THE NEW GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING IN TUEN HI ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE VISIT ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE CGO CARPARK, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, BEFORE 1 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) WHERE A 40-SEAT COACH WILL TAKE THEM TO TUEN MUN.

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RSD SERVICES IN YUEN LONG OUTLINED * * * *

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS ASSIGNED A WORK FORCE OF OVER 870 TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SERVICES IN THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE FIRST MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT, MR CHAN KING-KAI, SAID THE FIGURE INCLUDED 626 STAFF AND A FLEET OF 16 SPECIALISED VEHICLES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REMOVAL OF 120 TONNES OF REFUSE AND JUNK DAILY.

+THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE COVERS PUBLIC CLEANSING, DISTRICT HYGIENE WORK AND MANAGEMENT OF HAWKERS AND MARKETS. PUBLIC CLEANSING INVOLVES STREET SWEEPING, STREET WASHING, CLEANSING OF ROAD GULLIeS, DESLUDGING OF SEPTIC TANKS, PROVISION AND MANAGEMENT OF 219 REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND 215 PUBLIC TOILETS AND BATHHOUSES AND DOG TO I LETS,+ MR CHAN SAID.

DISTRICT HYGIENE WORK, UNDERTAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT’S HEALTH INSPECTORATE, INVOLVES THE REGULAR INSPECTION AND CONTROL OF 604 LICENSED PREMISES, DETECTION AND ABATEMENT OF SANITARY NUISANCES, RODENT AND PEST CONTROL, WATER HYGIENE FOR DRINKING AND SWIMMING SAFETY (INCLUDING SAMPLING FOR CHEMICAL AND BACTERIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS), FOOD HYGIENE, AND ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST UNLICENSED BUS INESS.

♦HEALTH INSPECTORS ALSO UNDERTAKE WORK IN THE PREVENTION AND INVESTIGATION OF FOOD POISONING AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND THE MAINTENANCE OF SANITATION IN BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTION SITES. THEY ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR RAIDING ILLEGAL SLAUGHTERHOUSES, ARRESTING OFFENDERS AND SEIZING ILLEGALLY SLAUGHTERED ANIMAL CARCASSES,+ HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, SIX GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS ARE ASSIGNED TO THE HAWKER BLACK SPOTS FOR STATIC CONTROL AND RAIDING DUTIES WHILE SIX PUBLIC MARKETS, INCLUDING THREE COOKED FOOD MARKETS, AND THREE HAWKER BAZAARS ARE MANAGED BY A SEPARATE STREAM OF STAFF.

SPEAKING ON THE PROVISION OF RECREATION, SPORTS AND AMENITIES SERVICES, THE DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (YUEN LONG), MR LAM TIN-KEE, SAID THESE COVERED THE OVERALL MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC PLEASURE GROUNDS, THE ONLY GAZETTED STADIUM IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS AND PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS, AND THE UPKEEP OF ANCILLARY FACILITIES.

♦THE RSD INITIATES AND DEVELOPS RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES FOR ALL AGE GROUPS AND ASSISTS THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE MAXIMUM USE OF LEISURE FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT,+ MR LAM SAID.

HE REPORTED THAT FROM APRIL TO SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, 117 PROJECTS WERE ORGANISED AT A COST OF $218 980, INVOLVING ALTOGETHER 7 661 PARTICIPANTS. MANY OF THESE PROJECTS WERE JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH LOCAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AND THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD.

/THE COMMITTEE

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THE COMMITTEE WAS ALSO TOLD THAT CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN DISTRICT CENTRED MAINLY AROUND THE LUT SAU HALL AND THE YUEN PUBLIC LIBRARY. THE LUT SAU HALL SERVES A DUAL FUNCTION AS A SCHOOL HALL OF THE CHIU LUT SAU MEMORIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL AS WELL AS A DESIGNATED CIVIC CENTRE. THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY, WHICH CARRIES A STOCK OF 97 519 BOOKS AND 2 814 ITEMS OF AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS, OFFERS MANY POPULAR EXTENSION ACTIVITIES.

FROM JUNE TO AUGUST 1985, 8 985 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES WHICH RANGE FROM STORY-TELLING TO INTEREST CLUBS, BOOK EXHIBITIONS, SUBJECT TALKS, MINI CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS, MUSIC APPRECIATION AND FILM SHOWS.

AT THE LUT SAU HALL, A WIDE RANGE OF CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS ARE HELD. THESE INCLUDE CHINESE OPERAS, DRAMAS, VARIETY SHOWS, _ DANCE AND ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS. FREE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMESSUuH AS CANTONESE OPERAS, VARIETY SHOWS, POP CONCERTS, PUPPET SHOWS, ARE REGULARLY ARRANGED IN 13 OUTDOOR VENUES.

ON AVERAGE, THREE PROGRAMMES ARE PRESENTED EACH MONTH IN YUEN LONG, ATTRACTING AN AUDIENCE OF 100 TO 400 EACH TIME.

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THERAPEUTIC EQUIPMENT BOOST FOR STUDENTS * * * *

STUDENTS OF THE SHA TIN PUBLIC SCHOOL IN TAI WAI WILL BE GIVEN A BOOST IN THEIR LESSONS WITH A NEW SET OF EQUIPMENT FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING PURPOSES.

THESE EQUIPMENT INCLUDE A VISUAL-SPEECH-FEELING INDICATOR, A LANGUAGE MASTER, LEARN ING-TO-HEAR TEACHING MATERIAL, A PORTAGE FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, A PEABODY LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT KIT AND A TAPE RECORDER.

THE EQUIPMENT, COSTING ABOUT $20 000, WILL BE USED IN THE SCHOOL’S SPEECH ROOM WHICH IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE MILDLY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

FUNDS FOR THE THERAPEUTIC EQUIPMENT WILL COME FROM THE SALE OF TWO GIANT SAUSAGES FOR CHARITY DURING THE 1985 YAOHAN GERMAN FOOD FESTIVAL AT THE NEW TOWN PLAZA.

THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, 14? JONATHAN NG, WILL OFFICIATE AT A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY OF THE GERMAN FOOD FORTNIGHT TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

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OTHERS OFFICIATING INCLUDE THE DEPUTY GERMAN COUNSUL GENERAL, MR HERBERT KAMPS, THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF GERMAN AGRICULTURAL MARKETING BOARD, MR J. STEIL, AND THE DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR OF YAOHAN DEPARTMENT STORE (HONG KONG) LIMITED, MR H. TOKUHISA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY OF THE 1985 YAOHAN GERMAN FOOD FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT 11 AM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE SUPERMARKET AND FOOD ARCADE OF THE YAOHAN DEPARTMENT STORE AT LEVEL 1 OF THE NEW TOWN PLAZA IN SHA TIN.

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TRANSPORT CHANGES FOR SHA TIN RACE MEETINGS * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED SPECIAL TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS TO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR SHA TIN RACE MEETINGS, THE FIRST OF WHICH WILL BE ON THIS SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 9).

SPECIAL DIRECT KCR TRAIN SERVICES TO SHA TIN RACE COURSE WILL BE RESUMED FROM NOVEMBER 9. DURING DAY RACE MEETINGS AT SHA TIN, THERE WILL BE 27 DEPARTURES FROM KOWLOON STATION AND 10 DEPARTURES FROM SHEUNG SHU I, STARTING FROM 11.07 AM AND 11.41 AM RESPECTIVELY. THERE WILL BE 25 DEPARTURES FROM SHA TIN RACE COURSE TO KOWLOON STATION BETWEEN 4.15 PM AND 7.19 PM.

DURING NIGHT RACES, THE NUMBER OF DEPARTURES WILL BE 18 FROM KOWLOON AND NINE FROM SHEUNG SHU I, STARTING FROM 6.05 PM AND 6.08 PM RESPECTIVELY. AFTER THE RACES, THERE WILL BE 17 DEPARTURES FROM THE RACE COURSE TO KOWLOON BETWEEN 9.37 PM AND 11.38 PM. PASSENGERS HEADING FOR STATIONS NORTH OF RACE COURSE STATION WILL HAVE TO CHANGE FOR NORTH-BOUND TRAINS AT SHA TIN STATION.

THE RACE COURSE SPECIAL BUS SERVICES TO AND FROM SHA TIN RACE COURSE — ROUTE 848 FROM TSUEN WAN FERRY, ROUTE 872 FROM TAI PO MARKET, ROUTE 887 FROM TAI KOK TSUI FERRY, ROUTE 888 FROM SHA TIN MARKET, ROUTE 889 FROM KWUN TONG FERRY AND ROUTE 891 FROM KOWLOON CITY FERRY — WILL ALSO BE REINTRODUCED ON THE SAME DAY. THE CROSS HARBOUR RACE COURSE BUS SERVICES -- ROUTE 881 TO KENNEDY TOWN, ROUTE 882 TO CHAI WAN (EAST) AND ROUTE 884 TO ABERDEEN --WILL BE OPERATED ONLY FOR THE HOMEBOUND JOURNEYS FROM THE RACE COURSE.

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WITH THE COMPLETION OF GRANDSTAND II, ENTRANCE ARRANGEMENTS FOR DIFFERENT TRANSPORT MODES WILL BE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE OF LAST RACE SECTION.

FRANCHISED BUSES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES COMING FROM KOWLOON HAVE TO MAKE USE OF THE FLYOVER ON TAI PO ROAD NEAR FO TAN KCR DEPOT. THOSE COMING FROM TAI PO HAVE TO USE THE SLIP ROAD OFF TAI PO ROAD OPPOSITE THE RACE COURSE RAILWAY STATION TO ENTER THE RACE COURSE.

NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ARE PROHIBITED TO USE THE RAMP OFF TAI PO ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD OFF TOLO HIGHWAY (KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY) BOTH LEADING TO THE MEMBERS’ MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE GRANDSTANDS.

NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS SHOULD USE THE SLIP ROAD OFF TAI PO ROAD OPPOSITE THE RACE COURSE RAILWAY STATION AT ALL TIMES TO ARRIVE AT THE NEW TERRITORIES TAXI STAND.

IN PARTICULAR, URBAN TAXI DRIVERS ARE ADVISED THAT ACCESS TO THE BUS AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINI ARE PROHIBITED FROM THIS RACE SEASON ONWARD AND THAT THEY HAVE TO USE THE RAMP OFF TAI PO ROAD OR THE ACCESS ROAD OFF TOLO HIGHWAY (KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY) TO ARRIVE AT THE NEW URBAN TAXI STANDS UNDER GRANDSTAND II.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS ARE ERECTED AT APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO USE THEIR PRIVATE CARS BUT TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES TO GO TO THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE AS PARKING SPACES AVAILABLE IN THE VICINITY ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED. VEHICLES PARKED ILLEGALLY ON THE ROAD OR PAVEMENT MAY BE TOWED AWAY WITHOUT WARNING.

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THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHA TIN, MR JONATHAN NG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE EIGHTH TRACK MEET OF THE NEW TERRITORIES SCHOOLS SPORTS ASSOCIATION TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

OTHER GUESTS INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHAN-LAM, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR ANDREW WONG, A MEMBER OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR LAU HON-KIT, SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER, MR KWAN TING-FAI, AND THE HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR TSUI FONG-CHING.

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ABOUT 2 OQO COMPETITORS FROM 40 PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN SHA TIN ARE TAKING PART IN THE TWO-DAY TRACK AND FIELD MEET WHICH STARTs

TODAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE HELD AT 4 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN YUEN WO ROAD, SHA TIN.

PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE AT THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND

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MONMOUTH PATH, EDINBURGH PLACE CLOSURE * * * *

MONMOUTH PATH, BETWEEN WING FUNG STREET WEST AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 6 PM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 9) TO 6 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR ROAD WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, WING FUNG STREET BETWEEN WING FUNG STREET WEST AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAYS. VEHICLES ON MONMOUTH PATH HEADING FOR QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL EE DIVERTED TO WING FUNG STREET WEST AND WING FUNG STREET.

ALSO ON THE SAME DAY, EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 6 AM TO 7 PM TO ALLOW A HELICOPTER DISPLAY TO TAKE PLACE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, NOVJjMBER 7, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

’FIRST LEGCO MEETING HERALDS NEW STYLE’ ...................... 1

SIR DAVID OPENS TUEN MUN GOVT BUILDING ................. 3

TEAM LEAVES FOR PEKING DISCUSSIONS ........................... 4

HK’S OWN ROLE STRESSED Dm CHINA'S MODERNISATION............... 4

JACOBS TO VISIT CHINA AS GUEST OF BANK ..m.................... 6

IMPORTANT ROLE FOR SCHOOLS IN ANTI-DRUG FIGHT ................ 6

AIR POLLUTION DM KWUN TONG IMPROVING ......................... 7

NEW POSTINGS FOR SENIOR OFFICIALS ............................ 8

REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY ..................................... 8

CRIME PREVENTION SEMINAR ORGANISED ........................... 9

SAFETY EMPHASISED AT HK’S FIRST BOATING PARK.................. 9

ARGENTINA JOINS SPEEDPOST NETWORK............................. 11

DETAILS OF TUEN MUN FESTIVAL.................................. 11

CHINESE MUSICIANS TO SHOW SKILLS ............................. 12

WORKERS ENJOY LUNCH-TIME MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA .................. 12

MINI-SOCCER PITCH CLOSES FOR RESURFACING ..................... 15

OFFICE ON THE MOVE ........................................... 15

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CENTRAL ................................... 15

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’FIRST LEGCO MEETING HERALDS NEW STYLE’ * * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THE FIRST MEETING OF THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL '-‘I NANCE COMMITTEE YESTERDAY AS +LIVELY+ AND SAID WAS + THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW STYLE.*

TODAY DESCRIBED AND THE COUNCIL’S HE WAS SURE IT

*1 THOUGHT THE QUESTION PERIOD WAS SOMEWHAT MORE LIVELY THAN USUAL, AND I THOUGHT THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WAS AN EXTREMELY LIVELY MEETING AND ONE WHICH I WELCOME BECAUSE IT GAVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS IN PUBLIC MATTERS WHICH WERE OF WIDE PUBLIC INTEREST,* HE SAID.

+AND THERE WAS VERY CONSIDERABLE INTEREST FROM THE PRESS AND THE MEDIA IN THAT MEETING AND I AM SURE THAT’S THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW STYLE.*

SIR DAVID WAS REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS AFTER OPENING THE TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT BUILDING TODAY.

NECESSARY FOR NEW MEMBERS JOINING THE

JlUNCIL rOR THE FIRST TIME TO DECLARE THEIR INTERESTS SIR DAV in POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS NOT A NEW PROCEDURE

+NEW MEMBERS, WHEN THEY JOIN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, ARE ASKED IF THEY WOULD DECLARE THEIR INTERESTS SO THAT WE HAVE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR MAJOR INVOLVEMENT, PERHAPS IN PUBLIC COMPANIES WHICH MAY BE THE SUBJECT OF, PERHAPS, DEBATES AND DISCUSSIONS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND IT IS JUST AS WELL TO HAVE ON RECORD THEIR INTERESTS,* SIR DAVID SAID.

+THIS ISN’T A NEW PROCEDURE. IT IS FOLLOWED IN WESTMINSTER AND IS QUITE COMMON IN OTHER PLACES IN THE WORLD.*

IT WAS A VOLUNTARY DECLARATION WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY MEMBERS.

ASKED WHETHER THE UK GOVERNMENT WOULD BE PLAYING AN ADVISORY ROLE IN LOCAL POLITICAL REFORMS, SIR DAVID SAID A LOT HAD BEEN SAID ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS BEFORE THE 1987 REVIEW.

+THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS JUST TAKEN OFFICE AND WE HAVE SAID THAT WE ARE NOW GOING THROUGH A PERIOD WHEN WE WILL SEE HOW THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SETTLE DOWN, AND BE REVIEWING OUR WORK IN THE WAY THE LEGCO WORKS DURING THIS PERIOD BEFORE THE 1987 REVIEW.

+WHEN WE COME TO THE REVIEW WE WILL BE PUBLISHING I IMAGINE * G?^N WHICH WILL,SET OUT VARIOUS OPTIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF TH_ SYSTEM AND THEN THAT WILL BE OPEN TO PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS FOR A PERIOD BEFORE WE COME TO ANY FINAL DECISION,* HE SAID.

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ASKED WHETHER HONG KONG HAD THE FINAL SAY ON HOW TO CARRY OUT POLITICAL REFORMS AND WHETHER IT COULD 3E SAID THAT LONDON HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT, SIR DAVID SAID OBVIOUSLY LONDON WAS VERY MUCH CONCERNED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SYSTEM IN HONG KONG.

+BOTH GOVERNMENTS HAVE MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG UNTIL 1997.

+SO IT WOULD BE QUITE IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE BRITISH ADMINISTRATION NOT TO BE DEEPLY AND CLOSELY INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS.+

ON THE ROLE OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN POLITICAL REFORMS, SIR DAVID SAID ITS ROLE HAD BEEN MADE QUITE CLEAR UP TO 1997.

+IT IS SET OUT IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND HAS BEEN SPECIFICALLY STATED BY THE LEADERS OF BOTH COUNTRIES,+ HE ADDED.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON WHETHER ANY DECISIONS WOULD BE REACHED IN THE FORTHCOMING DISCUSSIONS WITH CHINESE OFFICIALS ON RIGHT OF ABODE ENDORSEMENTS IN BN(O) PASSPORTS, HE SAID: +1 COULDN’T REALLY SAY. WE’LL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL WE KNOW WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN PEKING. I CAN’T PREDICT WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN PEKING.+

COMMENTING ON REPORTS THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE’S ZERO GROWTH POLICY WAS LIKELY TO BE RELAXED NEXT YEAR, SIR DAVID SAID THERE HAD BEEN VERY LIMITED GROWTH IN THE CIVIL SERVICE IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, AND THE CIVIL SERVICE WAS PRETTY WELL TRIMMED DOWN IN SIZE.

HE ADDED THAT +AS WE TAKE ON NEW RESPONSIBILITIES, THEN WE’LL NEED SOME LIMITED GROWTH IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.+

SIR DAVID CITED THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AS AN EXAMPLE, AND SAID THE NUMBER OF VISITORS GOING TO CHINA FROM HONG KONG HAD INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY DURING THE PAST YEAR, AND THEREFORE SOME LIMITED INCREASE IN ITS STAFF WAS NECESSARY.

HE HOWEVER DECLINED TO COMMENT ON THE SIZE OF THE INCREASE. +IT WOULD DEPEND UPON THE AMOUNT OF EXTRA WORK THEY HAVE TO TAKE. YOU CAN’T SAY WHAT IT WOULD BE.+

ASKED TO COMMENT ON A RECENT REMARK MADE BY THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAl SITUATION IN THE WALLED CITY, SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD NOTHING TO ADD TO WHAT MR LIAO HAD SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, HE NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN INTRODUCING INTO THE WALLED CITY A NUMBER OF MINOR IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, INCLUDING THE DISPOSAL OF RUBBISH AND LAW AND ORDER ENFORCEMENT.

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♦BUT THE PROBLEMS OF THE WALLED CITY ARE WELL KNOWN. THE VERY CROWDED CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE WALLED CITY ARE WELL KNOWN,+ HE ADDED.

ASKED WHETHER THIS ISSUE WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, SIR DAVID SAID: +l REALLY CAN’T DISCUSS THE AGENDA OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP.+

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SIR DAVID OPENS TUEN MUN GOVT BUILDING

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TUEN MUN HAS GROWN IN 23 YEARS FROM A FISHING VILLAGE AND SMALL LOCAL MARKET INTO A MAJOR CONURBATION LINKED BY MOTORWAYS TO KOWLOON AND OTHER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, SIR DAVID SAID THAT PEOPLE SOMETIMES FORGOT THAT TUEN MUN WAS 32 KILOMETRES FROM THE CENTRE OF HONG KONG AND THAT, AS A NEW TOWN, IT HAD TO DEVELOP ITS OWN IDENTITY.

+THIS GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN THE HEART OF THE TOWN EMPHASISES GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO BUILD UP THIS IDENTITY AND TO PROVIDE THE TOWN AND ITS PEOPLE WITH A FULL RANGE OF FACILITIES,-*- THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE COMPLETION OF THE TOWN HALL AND MAGISTRACY, NEXT YEAR, wAS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THESE FACILITIES, BUT TUEN MUN’S DEVELOPMENT WOULD NOT STOP THERE.

+MORE SCHOOLS ARE NEEDED: THEY ARE BEING BUILT. TUEN MUN NEEDS A HOSPITAL: IT IS BEING BUILT. TUEN MUN NEEDS AN IMPROVED TRANSPORT LINK TO THE NEIGHBOURING TOWN OF YUEN LONG: THIS IS BEING BUILT,+ HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE DISTRICT BOARD HAD ASSUMED A VITAL ROLE IN MANAGING THE TOWN AND IN ENSURING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS FULLY AND PROPERLY ADVISED OF THE NEEDS OF ITS CITIZENS.

♦THE DISTRICT BOARD’S LINK WITH THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE LOCAL PEOPLE IN THEIR WORK TO BUILD A BETTER TUEN MUN,+ SIR DAVID SAID.

BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY, SIR DAVID, ACCOMPANIED BY TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY, AND PROJECT MANAGER (TUEN MUN), NR S.K. KWEI, INSPECTED VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NORTHERN PART OF TUEN MUN.

SIR DAVID WAS TOLD THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK FOR LEUNG KING AND TIN KING ESTATES IN THE NORTH-WEST OF THE NEW TOWN HAD ALREADY BEGUN AND WOULD BE COMPLETED BY LATE-1987.

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HE THEN VISITED TUEN MUN TOWN PARK WHERE HE WAS MET BY MR JIMMY CHOW, DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (TUEN MUN). THE PARK IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG TO HAVE AN ORNAMENTAL LAKE DESIGNED FOR ROWING.

DURING HIS TOUR, SIR DAVID ALSO INSPECTED THE CIVIC AND CULTURAI COMPLEX NO* UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE COMPLEX, ESTIMATED TO COST MORE THAN $345 MILLION, WILL COMPRISE AN AUDITORIUM, A BUS TERMINUS, A COURT, A LIBRARY AND A POST OFF ICE.

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TEAM LEAVES FOR PEKING DISCUSSIONS * * * *

AS PART OF THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE NEXT MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP TO BE HELD IN PEKING FROM NOVEMBER 26-29, A BRITISH TEAM LED BY MR PETER THOMSON, COUNSELLOR AT THE BRITISH EMBASSY PEKING AND A MEMBER OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, WILL BE HOLDING DISCUSSIONS WITH CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ON NOVEMBER 8 AND 9 ON RIGHT OF ABODE ENDORSEMENTS IN BN(O) PASSPORTS AND THE ISSUE OF PERMANENT IDENTITY CARDS.

ASSISTING MR THOMSON IN THE DISCUSSIONS WILL BE A TEAM OF EXPERTS FROM HONG KONG, WHO LEFT FOR PEKING TODAY.

THE TEAM COMPRISES THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR JOHN BOYD, ALSO A MEMBER OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP; THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR A.J. CARTER; THE CROWN SOLICITOR, MR JEREMY MATHEWS THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, NRS REGINA IP AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR STEVEN KUO.

THE TEAM WILL BE ASSISTED BY INTERPRETERS MR Y.P. CHENG AND MISS CHOW PEY.

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HK’S OWN ROLE STRESSED IN CHINA’S MODERNISATION * * * *

HONG KONG’S ABILITY TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE MODERNISATION OF CHINA DEPENDS ON ITS REMAINING A SUCCESSFUL AUTONOMOUS COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE IN ITS OWN RIGHT, WITH MARKETS IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR ERIC HO, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, HE SAID THAT PRESSURE FROM RISING COSTS AND COMPETITION FROM NEWLY-INDUSTRI AL ISED COUNTRIES MEANT THAT HONG KONG INDUSTRY WOULD HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD INTO NEW AND MORE SOPHISTICATED PRODUCTS AND PRODUCTION PROCESSES FOR ITS EXPORT PERFORMANCE TO BE MAINTAINED.

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+ONLY BY THIS PROCESS WILL HONG KONG ACQUIRE THE TECHNIQUES AND THE EXPERTISE WHICH WILL BE OF VALUE TO CHINA.

+OMLY BY THIS PROCESS WILL HONG KONG RETAIN AND INCREASE THE PURCHASING POWER TO BUY THE INDUSTRIAL AND CONSUMER GOODS FROM CHINA, AS A RESULT OF WHICH IT REPRESENTS A VALUABLE SOURCE OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS TO CHINA.

+SINCE 1950 HONG KONG HAS SUCCEEDED BY FOLLOWING THIS PROCESS, THANKS IN NO SMALL PART TO A CONSISTENT ADHERENCE TO ITS ESTABLISHED, FREE ENTERPRISE ECONOMIC POLICIES.

♦THE EVOLVING COMPLEMENTARY ROLE BETWEEN FACTORIES IN HONG KONG AND IN CHINA INDICATED BY OUR CHANGING PATTERN OF TRADE IS PART OF THIS PROCESS. SO THE PRECONDITIONS FOR HONG KONG’S CONTINUED SUCCESS ARE LIKELY TO BE MET.

+WITH THIS SUCCESS ASSURED, IT IS MY FIRM BELIEF THAT A SOUND BASIS EXISTS FOR HONG KONG TO CONTINUE TO SERVE AS A GATEWAY TO TRADE WITH CHINA AND THAT THIS WILL BE TO THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF CHINA, THE FOREIGN CONCERNS, AS WELL AS HONG KONG,+ MR HO SAID.

REFERRING TO PREDICTIONS BY SOME OBSERVERS THAT HONG KONG’S ROLE IN CHINA’S FOREIGN TRADE WOULD DIMINISH WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF DIRECT TRADE AND ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN CHINA AND THE DEVELOPED WORLD, MR HO SAID THE SPECTACULAR GROWTH IN HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORT TRADE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS WAS ONE INDICATION OF HOW MISPLACED THESE PREDICTIONS HAD BEEN TO DATE.

+CH INA’S INFRASTRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS, NOTABLY IN THE TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS FIELD, MEAN THAT HONG KONG’S ATTRACTIONS AS A CONDUIT FOR TRADE AND OTHER FORMS OF ECONOMIC CONTACT WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD ARE IN NO WAY DIMINISHED BY THE ADOPTION OF ’OPEN DOOR’ POL IC IES.+

IN 1980, HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS AMOUNTED TO $30.1 BILLION AND REPRESENTED 30.6 PER CENT OF ITS TOTAL EXPORTS.

IN 1984, THIS TRADE HAD GROWN TO $83.5 BILLION, REPRESENTING 37.7 PER CENT OF TOTAL EXPORTS. WITH OVERALL EXPORT GROWTH LIMITED TO RE-EXPORT SECTOR IN 1985, RE-EXPORTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER COMPRISED 42.9 PER CENT OF TOTAL EXPORTS.

IN THIS EVOLVING SITUATION CHINA TOOK 34 PER CENT OF RE-EXPORTS THROUGH HONG KONG AND ALSO SUPPLIED 34 PER CENT OF THE GOODS HONG KONG RE-EXPORTED: THUS OVER TWO-THIRDS OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORT TRADE IN 1984 INVOLVED CHINA.

IN 1985 SOME 47 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS WENT TO CHINA.

+S0 IT IS HARDLY SURPRISING THAT CHINA IS NOW HONG KONG’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER.+

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JACOBS TO VISIT CHINA AS GUEST OF BANK

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THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR PIERS JACOBS, WILL LEAVE FOR CHINA TOMORROW (FRIDAY) ON A 12-DAY FAMILIARISATION VISIT AS GUEST OF THE BANK OF CHINA.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID MR JACOBS WILL HOLD INFORMAL TALKS WITH A NUMBER OF SENIOR CHINESE BANKING OFFICIALS AND ECONOMISTS IN PEK ING.

MR JACOBS WILL ALSO VISIT SHANGHAI FOR FURTHER DISCUSSIONS AND WILL TOUR XIAN AND HANGZHOU BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG ON NOVEMBER 20.

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IMPORTANT ROLE FOR SCHOOLS IN ANTI-DRUG FIGHT * * * *

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS WERE TODAY (THURSDAY) URGED TO SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS AND PREVENT YOUNG PEOPLE FROM GETTING INVOLVED IN DRUGS.

THE CALL WAS MADE BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, |VR ISAAC CHOW AT THE SEMINAR ENTITLED +THE DRUG PROBLEM AND PREVENTIVE EDUCATION*.

ORGANISED BY THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, THE SEMINAR IS THE THIRD OF ITS KIND AND IS AIMED AT GIVING SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DRUG PROBLEM IN HONG KONG AND PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS.

PRESENT AT TODAY’S SEMINAR WERE ABOUT 70 ADMINISTRATORS FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KOWLOON CITY AND EASTERN DISTRICTS WHERE DRUG EDUCATION TALKS HAD BEEN CONDUCTED BY THE DIVISION’S SCHOOL TALKS TEAM SINCE MARCH THIS YEAR.

+GIVEN THAT MOST YOUNG PEOPLE UNDERGO A NINE-YEAR FREE EDUCATION PROGRAMME, PREVENTIVE EDUCATION PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN PROVIDING OUR YOUNG WITH THE CORRECT INFORMATION ABOUT DRUGS AND THEIR HARMFUL EFFECTS SO THAT THEY WILL NOT FALL PREY TO DRUG PEDDLERS AFTER THEY LEAVE SCHOOL,* MR CHOW SAID.

SINCE THE SCHOOL TALKS TEAM WAS ESTABLISHED IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR, IT HAS GIVEN TALKS TO 128 000 STUDENTS IN 240 SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

MR CHOW ALSO APPEALED TO SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE +YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME*.

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+IT PROVIDES A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO DESIGN, PLAN AND IMPLEMENT VARIOUS ANTI-NARCOTICS ACTIVITIES THEMSELVES,* HE SAID.

+ BY DOING SO, YOUNG PEOPLE NOT ONLY ENHANCE THEIR AWARENESS OF THE DRUG PROBLEM, BUT ALSO PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY BY BRINGING THE MESSAGE TO THEIR OWN PEERS,* HE ADDED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE SEMINAR WAS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR S.L. CHAN, WHO EXPLAINED THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF DRUGS.

SENIOR INSPECTOR OF THE POLICE NARCOTICS BUREAU, MR JACKSON CH IK, SPOKE ON HOW THE POLICE COULD ASSIST IF A PROBLEM OF DRUG ABUSE SHOULD DEVELOP IN SCHOOLS.

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AIR POLLUTION IN KWUN TONG IMPROVING * * *

KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING LEARNED THAT THE AIR QUALITY IN THE DISTRICT HAD BEEN IMPROVING.

DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE INDUSTRIAL AREA, THE ASSISTANT KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STANLEY YING, TOLD BOARD MEMBERS: +IN 1983, THERE WERE 21 OCCASIONS WHERE SULPHUR DIOXIDE CONTENT IN THE AIR EXCEEDED THE U.S. STANDARD, WHILE THIS YEAR THERE WERE ONLY EIGHT CASES SO FAR.

+IN 1983, THE PEAK DAILY AVERAGE OF SULPHUR DIOXIDE CONTENT IN THE KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA WAS AS HIGH AS 977 MICROGRAMS PER CUBIC METRE, BUT IN 1985, IT WAS 533.+

APART FROM LEARNING ABOUT THE AIR POLLUTION PROBLEM, MEMBERS ALSO NOTED THE SHORTAGE OF LOADING AND UNLOADING FACILITIES, AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN THE BACKLANES OF THE INDUSTRIAL AREA.

THEY WERE TOLD THAT TO TACKLE THESE PROBLEMS, A WORKING PARTY WAS SET UP UNDER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF A PILOT SCHEME IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WOULD RESUME AND MANAGE ONE OF THE BACKLANES.

FROM THE ROOF OF A FLATTED FACTORY IN KOWLOON BAY, MEMBERS HAD A COMMANDING VIEW OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS THERE.

THE NUMBER OF WORKERS IN THE KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA WOULD INCREASE TO ABOUT 200 000 WHEN KOWLOON BAY IS FULLY DEVELOPED.

BOARD MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF THE 140 000 WORKERS IN THE AREA ALSO LIVED IN THE DISTRICT.

TODAY’S PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDED VISITS TO THE RECENTLY-OPEN KWUN TONG PIER COOKED FOOD BAZAAR, THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY KOWLOON BAY TRAINING CENTRE, AND THE KAI FUK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

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NEW POSTINGS FOR SENIOR OFFICIALS * * * *

A NUMBER OF SENIOR OFFICIALS HAVE JOINED THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION FOLLOWING NEW POSTINGS BY THE GOVERNMENT

FORMER DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR T.H. CHAU, HAS JOINED CNTA AS THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, REPLACING MR MAYER NG.

A FORMER FINANCE OFFICER OF THE FINANCE BRANCH, MR STEPHEN SELBY, HAS ASSUMED THE POST OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER TAKING OVER FROM MR RICKY FUNG.

FORMER PRINCIPAL TRADE OFFICER (INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION) OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, HAS TAKEN OVER AS YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER FROM MR BOWEN LEUNG WHO IS NOW THE EASTERN ISTRICT OFF ICER.

A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE SECURITY BRANCH, W NICHOLAS YEK, HAS BEEN APPOINTED DISTRICT OFFICER OF WONG TAI SIN, REPLACING MR PHILIP CHOK.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY X * X K

THE REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE CENOTAPH IN STATUE SQUARE THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 10) IN HONOUR OF THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES ON ACTIVE SERVICE.

WREATHS WILL BE LAID BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL ANTHONY BOAM, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, COMMONWEALTH COMMISSIONERS, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON ANNING, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, SERVICE COMMANDERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, SERVICE UNITS, TRADITIONAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, EX-SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS, SOCIETIES AND OTHER BODIES.

THE CEREMONY WILL START AT 11 AM AND WILL END ABOUT 11.30 AM

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PRESS POSITION FOR COVERING THE CEREMONY HAS BEEN RESERVED NEXT TO THE MTR ENTRANCE IN FRONT OF THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING IN CHATER ROAD. SPECIAL TICKETS FOR ADMISSION TO THE CEREMONY MAY BE COLLECTED FROM THE DUTY OFFICER, GIS NEWSROOM, FROM 9 AM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 9). PHOTOGRAPHERS AND REPORTERS MUST BE IN POSITION NOT LATER THAN 10.45 AM.

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CRIME PREVENTION SEMINAR ORGANISED * * * *

CARETAKERS, WATCHMEN AND RESIDENTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT VARIOUS CRIME PREVENTION TECHNIQUES AT A CRIME PREVENTION SEMINAR TO BE HELD AT 8 PM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 9) AT THE CHIU CHOW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE ANNUAL SEMINAR WILL START WITH A 15-MINUTE SLIDE SHOW EMPHASISING METHODS OF CRIME PREVENTION, FOLLOWED BY TALKS GIVEN BY OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

GUEST SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SEMINAR, MR LAWRENCE LAM; THE REGIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER (HONG KONG ISLAND), MR SUN WING-KUN, THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS CFFICER (CENTRAL), MR HO SZE-MING; THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER (WESTERN), MR MAK KWOK-KUENJ AND A LAWYER, MR AU K ING-WAH.

TALKS WILL TOUCH ON GUIDELINES ON CRIME PREVENTION, THE DUTIES OF WATCHMEN, THE POWER OF CITIZENS’ ARREST AND KNOWLEDGE ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

AFTER THE TALKS, GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO SIX RESIDENTS WHOSE BRAVERY IN FIGHTING CRIME WILL BE COMMENDED.

MEMBERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATIONS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR, AND DISTRICT RESIDENTS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION SEMINAR AT 8 PM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 9) AT THE HALL OF THE CHIU CHOW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1OTH FLOOR, 81-85 DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

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SAFETY EMPHASISED AT HK’S FIRST BOATING PARK

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tmp FMPHAS IS WILL BE ON SAFETY WHEN HONG KONG’S FIRST BOATING PARK OPENS AT WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD NtXT SPRING.

♦THE OPERATOR WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVI DE A PERSON QUALIFIED TO OPERATE AN INFLATABLE MOTORISED RESCUE CRAFT PLUS A MINIMUM OF THREE QUALIFIED LIFEGUARDS,♦ SAID AN URBAN COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

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♦ALSO, A LOOKOUT TOWER WITH A LIFEGUARD ON DUTY MUST BE PROV IDED.

+F INALLY, AS AN ADDED PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, ALL PEOPLE ON BOARD A BOAT MUST WEAR A LIFE JACKET PROVIDED BY THE OPERATOR.+

THE URBAN COUNCIL IS NOW INVITING TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF THE 6.5-HECTARE WONG NAI CHUNG RESERVOIR PARK, BUILT ON THE SITE OF THE NOW DEFUNCT WONG NAI CHUNG RESERVOIR. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER MUST SUPPLY PEDAL-WHEEL BOATS AND ROWING BOATS FOR HIRE, SUPPLY LIFE-SAVING STAFF, AND RUN A LIGHT REFRESHMENT AND CLEANSING SERVICE AT THE PARK. THE CONTRACT WILL RUN FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS FROM APRIL 1986.

THE PARK WILL BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE A MAXIMUM OF 30 ROWING BOATS AND 20 PEDAL-WHEEL BOATS AT ANY ONE TIME.

EACH CRAFT WILL BE FITTED WITH A LITTER RECEPTACLE FOR THE HIRERS TO USE WHILE BOATING.

+AS A FURTHER MEASURE TO KEEP THE PARK IN A CLEAN, TIDY AND SERVICEABLE CONDITION AT ALL TIMES, THE CONTRACTOR MUST INSTALL IN THE PARK AREA AN ADEQUATE NUMBER OF DUSTBINS AS REQUIRED BY THE COUNCIL,* ADDED THE SPOKESMAN.

ANYONE WISHING TO OBTAIN TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS SHOULD CONTACT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 4/F., 203 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD (5-546092). DEADLINE FOR TENDERS IS 9 A.M., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1985.

OTHER FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THE VICINITY OF THE PARK INCLUDE A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND A FREE PUBLIC CARPARK WITH 66 SPACES. A SITTING-OUT AREA WITH A FITNESS STATION WILL ALSO BE BUILT AT A LATER STAGE.

+AS SOMETHING QUITE NEW IN THE WAY OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES THIS BOATING PARK IS EXPECTED TO BE HIGHLY POPULAR WITH THE PUBLIC,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

+NOT ONLY WILL VISITORS BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE PARK ITSELF, THE MORE ENERGETIC WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO TAKE THEIR FAMILIES OR FRIENDS FOR A PEDAL TRIP OR A ROW.*

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ARGENTINA JOINS SPEEDPOST NETWORK * * *

SPEEDPOST SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO ARGENTINA FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 11), BRINGING TO 40 THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES IN THE NETWORK SERVED FROM HONG KONG.

SPEEDPOST ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR TRANSMISSION TO ALL AREAS IN ARGENTINA, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

ITEMS WILL BE DELIVERED ON THE SECOND WORKING DAY TO ADDRESSEES IN THE CITY OF BUENOS AIRES AND ON THE THIRD WORKING DAY TO THE REST OF ARGENTINA.

BOTH +CONTRACT+ AND +0N DEMAND+ SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT LIMIT PER ITEM IS 15 KG AND THE POSTAGE RATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* ITEMS WEIGHING UNDER 250 G $80

* ITEMS WEIGHING BETWEEN 250 G AND 500 G $100

* EACH SUBSEQUENT ADDITIONAL 500 G $43

SPEEDPOST IS A FAST AND RELIABLE MEANS FOR FORWARDING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE OVERSEAS AND FREE PICK-UP SERVICE IS AVAILABLE.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-2671108.

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DETAILS OF TUEN MUN FESTIVAL * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ’85 AT 11 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD.

ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL '85 ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, THE THREE-WEEK LONG PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 16.

PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR TUEN MUN FESTIVAL '85, MR YIP HiNG-CHUNG; CHAIRMEN OF THE SIX WORKING COMMITTEES UNDER THE COMMITTEE; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY, AND DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (TUEN MUN), MR JIMMY CHOW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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CHINESE MUSICIANS TO SHOW SKILLS Mi

FOUR MUSICIANS FROM CHINA CURRENTLY TAKING PART IN THIS

YEAR’S HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL DEMONSTRATE Tri-:-SKILLS AT A LUNCHTIME CONCERT AT THE LANDMARK IN CENTRAL TOMORROW

(FR(DAY).

THE GUEST MUSICIANS, DING YU-FENG, LI GUANG-CAI, PAN O-JING AND CHI XIANG-SHENG, WILL EACH PERFORM SOLO PIECES WITH FOUR INSTRUMENTS — THE ER-HU, SUO-NA, PI-PA AND SAN XIAN.

THE FESTIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, IS AIMED AT RAISING THE STANDARD OF PERFORMING SKILLS AND STIMULATING GREATER INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC IN HONj

KONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE CONCERT WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE LANDMARK IN CENTRAL AT 12.45 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

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WORKERS ENJOY LUNCH-TIME MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA X X X * * *

HUNDREDS OF WORKERS AND RESIDENTS IN SAN PO KONG WERE TODAY TREATED TO A RELAXING LUNCH-TIME MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA WITH MUSIC PERFORMED BY A POPULAR BAND.

THE CROWD ALSO TOOK PART IN A 15-MINUTE QUIZ SESSION, WITH SOME WINNING PRIZES.

TODAY’S +LUNCH HOUR DELIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA* AT THE KAI TAK EAST PLAYGROUND WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD AND SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL AREA COMMITTEE.

+OTHER LUNCH-HOUR CONCERTS WILL BE HELD IN THE AREA ON DECEMBER 5 AND JANUARY 2,+ SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN.

HE SAID THIS FOLLOWED A SIMILAR PROGRAMME FIRST SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL LAST YEAR, WHICH HAD PROVED POPULAR AMONG WORKERS THERE.

THE TWO-AND—A—HALF-HOUR CONCERT STARTED AT NOON.

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MINI-SOCCER PITCH CLOSES FOR RESURFACING iU O*

THE MINI-SOCCER PITCH IN THE YUEN LONG SPORTS GROUND WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM NEXT MONDAY (NOVEMBER 11) UNTIL DECEMBER 21 TO FACILITATE RESURFACING WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE BASKETBALL COURT AND THE TENNIS COURT IN THE SPORTS GROUND WILL REMAIN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

OFFICE ON THE MOVE * * *

THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES TRADING, CURRENTLY LOCATED AT THE 24TH FLOOR OF CONNAUGHT CENTRE, WILL BE MOVING TO ITS NEW OFFICE ON THE 38TH FLOOR OF TWO EXCHANGE SQUARE THIS SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 9).

THE NEW OFFICE WILL START OPERATION FROM NEXT MONDAY (NOVEMBER 11). ITS TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8427666.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CENTRAL * * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CENTRAL FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL FROM 0.30 AM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 10).

THESE MEASURES ARE:

* THE EXISTING CLOSED SECTION OF WESTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN RUMSEY STREET AND CLEVERLY STREET WILL BE EXTENDED EASTWARD TO THE JUNCTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND WING LOK STREET FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS.

VEHICLES ON DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND HEADING FOR RUMSEY STREET WILL BE DIVERTED TO WING LOK STREET.

* THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN RUMSEY STREET AND WING WO STREET WILL BE MADE AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24-HOUR DAILY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WITHIN THE ROAD SECTION, NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

* BUSES ON CMB ROUTE 5A, 5b AND 5C WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE QUEEN VICTORIA STREET AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

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KWAI CHUNG WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 9 AM AND 6 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 10) FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES IN YIP SHING STREET AND 301-305, 313-317 AND 319-325 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, INCLUDING LAI SUN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING, UNIVERSAL INDUSTRIAL BUILDING AND TUNG LUEN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING.

ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE ORIENTAL TEXTILE LTD, THE TEXTILE CORPORATION OF HK LTD, SOUTH MACHINE WORKS LTD, WUI ON AND WUI TAT TEXTILE LTD, FU HOP CONSTRUCTION CO AND KAM SING KNITTING FACTORY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ANNUAL BORDER REVIEW MEETING ............................ 1

AUSTRALIANS MOVE TO TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ............ 1

SENATE ACTION SOON ON JENKINS BILL FORECAST ............. 2

SOCIAL SECURITY NETWORK CATERS TO MOST NEEDS ............ 2

FRENCH BANK'S LICENCE APPROVED........................... 4

PLAN COVERS POSSIBLE CONTAINER PORT EXPANSION ........ 5

BOARD MEMBERS SEE MTR OPERATIONS ........................ 7

STAMPS TO FOCUS ON NEW BUILDINGS...................... 7

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MARINE CERTIFICATES AMENDED .......... 8

AWARD SCHEME FOR YOUTHS IN EASTERN LAUNCHED ............. 9

YOUTH PROJECTS ON DISPLAY ............................... 10

CHINESE CONCERT DRAWS LUNCHTIME CROWD ................... 10

TUEN MUN FESTIVAL STARTS NEXT WEEK ................... 11

OPENING OF TSUEN KWAI SPORTS FESTIVAL ................... 12

YOUTHS TO GET CERTIFICATES .............................. 12

LAUNCHING OF HEALTH PROJECT FOR ELDERLY ................. 1J

TUEN MUN SITE OFFERED FOR SALE .......................... 13

YOUTHS URGED TO KEEP UP SOCIAL AWARENESS ................ 14

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES TO HOLD FAIR....................... 14

TRAFFIC PLAN FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY ..................... 15

WORKSHOP COMPLEX OPENING ................................ 16

NIGHT CLOSURE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ....................... 16

NIGHT CLOSURE OF TUEN MUN ROAD........, ................ 17

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1985

ANNUAL BORDER REVIEW MEETING

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT, AT THE INVITATION OF THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR JOHN BOYD, A GROUP OF OFFICIALS FROM GUANGDONG PROVINCE, LED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE PROVINCIAL FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICE, MR ZHANG QINGPING, AND HEAD OF THE PROVINCIAL PEOPLE’S ARMED POLICE, MR CHEN WENLI, WILL BE VISITING HONG KONG FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 11) TO NOVEMBER 16.

THEY WILL BE IN HONG KONG TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL REVIEW OF BORDER LIAISON ARRANGEMENTS. THE BORDER LIAISON SYSTEM, ESTABLISHED IN 1981, PROVIDES FOR EXCHANGES OF INFORMATION AND CONTACT AT THE BORDER BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVES OF THE RHKPF, IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT AND THEIR GUANGDONG COUNTERPARTS.

ANNUAL REVIEWS HAVE BEEN HELD SINCE THEN- THE LAST TOOK PLACE IN CANTON IN NOVEMBER 1984. IN ADDITION TO ATTENDING THE REVIEW MEETING, THE GUANGDONG DELEGATION WILL VISIT PLACES OF INTEREST IN HONG KONG.

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AUSTRALIANS MOVE TO TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE * * * * *

THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN-BACKED COMPANY TO ACQUIRE A SITE AT THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE PAID A DEPOSIT FOR THE AREA OF ABOUT 4 045 SQUARE METRES TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE COMPANY, ASIATECH CHEMICALS LIMITED, PLANS TO SET UP A PLANT FOR THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH-PURITY COMPLEX CHEMICAL SALTS *HICH ARE USED TO PROTECT POLYMERS AND STYRENES FROM DISCOLOURATION AND DECOMPOSITION DURING PROCESSING AND FROM LIGHT AND OXYGEN OR DEGRADATION.

THIS UNIQUE PROCESS HAS BEEN NEWLY INVENTED AND PATENTED IN AUSTRALIA AND THE COMPANY HAS APPLIED FOR PATENTS IN 31 OTHER COUNTRIES.

A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION SAID THAT HE WAS DELIGHTED THAT ASIATECH HAD SELECTED THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AS THE PROJECT EMINENTLY SATISFIED THE CORPORATION’S SELECTION CRITERIA.

HE SAID IT BROADENED THE BASE OF HONG KONG INDUSTRY BY INTRODUCING A BRAND NEW PRODUCT PREVIOUSLY IMPORTED FROM ABROAD AND ALSO UTILISED NEW TECHNOLOGY.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, BESIDES BEING A MANUFACTURING OPERATION WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERTAKE IN THE TRADITIONAL HONG KONG HIGH-RISE FACTORY, THE PROJECT PLANS TO INCORPORATE GOVERNMENT-APPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MEASURES THEREBY PRESERVING THE PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT OF THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

IT IS EXPECTED THE FORMAL SIGNING OF THE AGREEMENT COMPLETING THE GRANT OF THE SITE TO ASIATECH WILL TAKE PLACE EARLY NEXT MONTH.

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SENATE ACTION SOON ON JENKINS BILL FORECAST

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♦ACTION IN THE SENATE ON THE JENKINS BILL CAN BE EXPECTED SOON, POSSIBLY NEXT WEEK,+ THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, WARNED TODAY (FRIDAY).

WE HAVE BEEN KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON DEVELOPMENTS. IN CONSULTATIONS WITH OTHER OPPONENTS OF THE BILL, SINCE SENATOR HOLLINGS HAD THE REVISED VERSION OF THE BILL ATTACHED TO THE BUDGET RECONCILIATION BILL ON OCTOBER 24,+ HE SAID.

THE BILL ITSELF IS NOW TEMPORARILY STALLED IN THE SENATE. IT APPEARS THAT SENATOR HOLLINGS’ MANOEUVRE HAS NOT BEEN WELCOMED BY ALL THE KEY PLAYERS IN THE SENATE. AND THERE HAS BEEN A GOOD DEAL OF JOCKEYING FOR POSITION IN THE SENATE IN DECIDING WHAT TO DO NEXT.

DEVELOPMENT SINCE OCTOBER 24 HAVE LARGELY TAKEN PLACE BEHIND THE SCENES. BUT THE SURFACE LULL SINCE THEN IS UNLIKELY TO LAST MUCH LONGER, AND WE MUST EXPECT SOME MOVEMENT IN THE REASONABLY NEAR FUTURE.

THE PRECISE FORM THAT MOVEMENT WILL TAKE REMAINS UNCERTAIN. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OPTIONS OPEN UNDER THE COMPLEX SENATE RULES FOR DEBATE. BUT WE SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR THE TEXTILE BILL TO MOVE FORWARD, AND POSSIBLY VERY QUICKLY.+

MR MACLEOD SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON CFFICES AND THE HONG KONG LOBBYISTS WERE PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH THE TEXTILES BILL, THEY WERE ALSO ALERT TO OTHER POSSIBLE ADVERSE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CONGRESS.

♦VARIOUS TRADE BILLS ARE UNDER PREPARATION AND THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT PROVISIONS INIMICAL TO HONG KONG’S INTEREST. FOR EXAMPLE, IN RELATION TO GSP (TARIFF PREFERENCE) MAY BE PUT FORWARD,+ HE SAID.

♦WE ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON DEVELOPMENTS AND DOING ALL WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG’S INTERESTS ARE LOOKED AFTER.♦

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THERE ARE ABOUT 100 000 PERSONS FROM ABOUT 61 000 FAMILIES RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AMOUNTING TO $600 MILLION A YEAR, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR STEPHEN LAW, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL LUNCHEON OF THE MARYKNOLL MEDICA_ AND WELFARE ASSOCIATION, MR LAW GAVE AN ACCOUNT OF THE FIVE SOCIh-SECURITY SCHEMES ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

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HONG KONG HAD A REASONABLE NETWORK OF SOCIAL SECURITY PROV I HOL TO HELP THOSE LEAST ABLE TO HELP THEMSELVES, HE SAID, ADDING THAT NO ONE NEED SUFFER A LACK OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO MAINTAIN A BASK, STANDARD OF LIVING.

FOR THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME, MR LAW CITED EXAMPLES OF A SINGLE PERSON AGED 60 AND WITH PEPTIC ULCER WHO RECEIVED ABOUT $1 210 TO 31 450 A MONTH- AND A FAMILY OF SIX WHICH RECEIVED ABOUT 34 000 A MONTH PLUS SPECIAL EXPENDITURES FOR SCHOOL UNIFOR TEXTBOOKS, SPECTACLES, DENTURES, REHABILITATION APPLIANCES ETC.

THE LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE MIGHT NOT APPEAR HIGH, BUT RECIPIENT wERE CERTAINLY FREE FROM WORRIES OVER THEIR BASIC DAILY NEEDS, MR LAW SAID.

BESIDES THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME, THERE WAS THE SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE SCHEME WHICH WAS NON-MEANS-TESTED AND QUALIFICATION WAS EASED ON THE DISABILITY OR AGE OF THE APPLICANT.

MR LAW SAID THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE OF $255 A MONTH WAS PROVIDE IN RECOGNITION OF THE FACT THAT PERSONS OVER 70 HAD SPECIAL NEEDS-WHILE THE DISABILITY ALLOWANCE OF $510 A MONTH ACCEPTED THE FACT THAT A SEVERELY DISABLED PERSON HAD TO INCUR ADDITIONAL EXPENDITUR BECAUSE OF HIS DISABILITY.

+AT PRESENT, OVER 85 PER CENT OF ALL PERSONS AGED 70 AND OVER ARE RECEIVING THE MONTHLY OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, THAT IS SOME 220 000 PERSONS- WHILE SOME 47 000 SEVERELY DISABLED PERSONS ARE RECEIVING THE DISABILITY ALLOWANCE,+ HE SAID.

THREE OTHER SCHEMES -- THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASS I ST AV'... (TAVA), THE CRIMINAL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INJURIES COMPENSATION (CLEIC) AND THE EMERGENCY RELIEF -- ARE DESIGNED TO MEET THE ■'•’.ORE UNEXPECTED MISHAPS OF LIFE.

THE TAVA SCHEME PROVIDES IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE TO A PERSON INJURED OR TO THE FAMILY OF A PERSON KILLED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE VICTIM IS AT FAULT IN THE ACCIDENT.

IN THE CLEIC SCHEME, INNOCENT PARTIES INJURED OR KILLED BY CRIMINALS OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE ARRESTS OF CRIMINALS BY THE POLICE, ALSO GET IMMEDIATE CASH ASSISTANCE.

VICTIMS OF FIRE, FLOODS, TYPHOONS. LANDSLIDES AND SO ON CAN ALSO GET PROMPT ASSISTANCE FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF SCHEME.

♦ THE LEVELS OF PAYMENT ON ALL THREE SCHEMES ARE THE SAME, .xD THE HIGHEST AWARD FOR AN INJURY CASE IS $49 010 WHILE THAT FOR A FATAL CASE IS $57 870. THIS IS IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE Ab A WELFARE f€ASURE, AND IS NOT FULL COMPENSATION AS SUCH,+ MR LAW SAID.

LAST YEAR THE THREE SCHEMES ASSISTED 5 168 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS, 656 VICTIMS OF CRIME AND 2 723 CASES OF NATURAL DISASTER, HE ADDED.

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+WE are fortunate that our social security system has not bred WELFARE DEPENDENCY, AND FRAUD AND ABUSE HAVE NEVER BEEN A SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR US. SAFEGUARDS ARE BUILT INTO THE SYSTEM TO PREVENT THESE FROM HAPPENING,* MR LAW SAID.

OF ALL THOSE IN RECEIPT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, ONLY THREE PER CENT wERE CASES OF UNEMPLOYMENT, AND ANOTHER THREE PER CENT WERE THOSE WITH INSUFFICIENT INCOME TO MAINTAIN THEIR FAMILIES, HE SAIj.

MOST PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS LACKED FINANCIAL RESOURCE.

BECAUSE OF OLD AGE, ILL HEALTH OR DISABILITY. THESE GROUPS ACCOU'I-FOR SOME 84 PER CENT OF ALL CASES.

+WITH THE STEADY INCREASE OF OVERALL PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASELOh. IN RECENT YEARS, THERE HAS ALSO BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SINGLE PARENTS WITH CHILDREN, RESULTING FROM DIVORCE, SEPARATION AND DESERTION, WHICH IS INCREASINGLY DISTURBING,* MR LAW SAID.

ON FUTURE TRENDS, HE SAID THAT EXPENDITURE ON OLD AGE ALLOWANCE wAS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE STEADILY SINCE THE NUMBER OF

70 AND ABOVE WAS ON THE RISE, AND IT WAS EXPECTED THAT

PEOPLE AGED 70 AND ABOVE WAS ON THE RISE, AND II WAb tXrtLitu inai THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ABOUT 12 000 CASES WOULD BE ADDED EACH YEAR.

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ON THE DISABILITY ALLOWANCE SIDE, THE TREND WAS STEADIER AND AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 4 500 CASES A YEAR WAS EXPECTED.

+WE ARE NOT COMPLACENT ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO. wE HAVE JUST COMPLETED A REVIEW OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMME AND HOPE THAT BEFORE LONG WE CAN FURTHER IMPROVE OUR SOCIAL SECUR.TY PROVISIONS,* MR LAW SAID.

FRENCH BANK’S LICENCE APPROVED

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AN APPLICATION BY A FRENCH BANK, THE CAISSE NATIONALE DE CREDIT AGRICOLE (CNCA), FOR A BANKING LICENCE HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL.

THIS BRINGS THE NUMBER OF LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG TO 144, EIGHT OF WHICH ARE FRENCH, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CNCA, ONE OF THE LARGEST FRENCH BANKS, OPENED A REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN HONG KONG IN JANUARY THIS YEAR AND A WHOLLY-OWNED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY IN MAY THIS YEAR.

+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,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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PLAN COVERS POSSIBLE CONTAINER PORT EXPANSION

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A NEW DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR LAI CHI KOK, PUBLISHED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY), INCLUDES A HUGE H4-HECTARE RECLAMATION TO ALLOW FOR THE POSSIBLE EXPANSION OF THE CONTAINER PORT.

THE NEW PLAN COVERS AN AREA OF 229.35 HECTARES. ALMOST HALF OF THIS IS TO THE SOUTH OF LAI CHI KOK AND THE CONTAINER PORT WHICH WOULD HAVE TO BE RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA.

THE REST COMPRISES THE EXISTING MEI FOO SUN CHUEN AND SURROUNDING AREAS (BOUNDED BY LAI KING HILL ROAD, CHING CHEUNG ROAD, AND BUTTERFLY VALLEY ROAD), THE AREA CURRENTLY BEING RECLAIMED IN LAI CHI KOK BAY AND THE RECLAMATION FOR THE CONTAINER PORT’S TERMINAL SIX.

♦THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE DRAFT PLAN IS TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY LAND USE PATTERN AND ROAD NETWORK AS A BASIS FOR THE PROPER CONTROL AND REDEVELOPMENT OF LAND IN THIS AREA,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID.

♦THE BOARD HAS DECIDED TO INCLUDE THE POSSIBLE FUTURE RECLAMATION AREA WITHIN THE PLAN BOUNDARY IN ORDER TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA IN THE LONGER TERM.

♦IT WILL ALSO ASSURE LOCAL RESIDENTS THAT THE LOCATION AND OPERATION OF LAND USES ON THE POSSIBLE RECLAMATION WILL BE CLOSELY CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD.

♦THE FEASIBILITY, EXTENT, CONFIGURATION AND TIMING OF THIS FUTURE RECLAMATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO FURTHER DETAILED STUDIES AND INVESTIGATIONS.

♦AT THIS STAGE IT IS ONLY POSSIBLE TO GIVE A GENERAL INDICATION OF THE POSSIBLE LAYOUT OF THE AREA IN TERMS OF LAND USE,* HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE EXTENT AND LOCATION OF THIS POSSIBLE FUTURE RECLAMATION +IS BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS CF THE HONG KONG CONTAINER TRADE STUDY AND THE STUDY ON HARBOUR

RECLAMATION AND URBAN GROWTH.+

OTHER LAND USE ZONINGS SHOWN BASED ON EXISTING DEVELOPMENT AND

ON THE DRAFT PLAN ARE LARGELY ON KNOWN DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS.

INCLUDE THE URBAN SERVICES

PLANNED PROJECTS IN THE AREA I------- .... ^ ... —

DEPARTMENT TRAINING SCHOOL AND DISTRICT LIBRARY TO BE BUILT l€AR THE LAI CHI KOK PARK INDOOR GAMES HALL.

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ALSO INCLUDED IS THE PROPOSED PARK DEVELOPMENT ON THE RECLAIMED LAND SOUTH OF THE LAI CHI KOK PARK SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX. THIS WILL SUPPLEMENT THE EXISTING PROVISION OF GOVERNMENT/INST I TUTION/COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND REDRESS THE SHORTFALL OF OPEN SPACE.

SITES HAVE ALSO BEEN RESERVED FOR A PRIMARY SCHOOL. A SPECIAL SCHOOL, AN AREA CENTRE AT MEI LAI ROAD AND A BUS TERMINUS SOUTH OF THE AMUSEMENT PARK.

THESE WILL SERVE THE POPULATION OF LAI CHI KOK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO TOTAL 52 000 WHEN DEVELOPMENT IS COMPLETED.

INCLUDED IN THE ZONING PLAN IS THE TENTATIVE ALIGNMENT OF THE PROPOSED KOWLOON EXPRESSWAY WHICH HAS BEEN SET 150 METRES OUT FROM THE PRESENT SEAWALL NEXT TO MEI FOO SUN CHUEN. THE AREA BETWEEN THE ROAD AND THE EXISTING SEAWALL IS SHOWN AS ■♦POSSIBLE FUTURE OPEN SPACE* TO HELP CREATE AN ENVIRONMENTAL BUFFER ZONE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A NUMBER OF CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO THE KWAI CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN HAD TO BE MADE BECAUSE OF THE NEW PLAN FOR LAI CHI KOK.

ONE OF THE CHANGES INVOLVES AN ADJUSTMENT TO THE SOUTHERN BOUNDARY OF THE AREA COVERED BY THE PLAN TO FOLLOW THE DISTRICT BOARD BOUNDARY BETWEEN KWAI CHUNG AND SHAM SHU I PO.

THE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT PREVIOUSLY INCLUDED IN THE KWAI CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN IS NOW INCLUDED IN THE LAI CHI KOK OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

THE LAI CHI KOK PLAN AND KWAI CHUNG PLAN CAN BE INSPECTED AT THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG- THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE AT WEST WING ENTRANCE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT TONKIN STREET AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AT FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD RESPECTIVELY.

ANYONE AFFECTED BY THE LAI CHI KOK PLAN MAY SUBMIT THEIR OBJECTIONS IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE JANUARY 7, 1986.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MAP AND PLAN SALES SECTION, SURVEY SECTION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, AND KOWLOON MAP AND PLAN SALES SECTION AT 382 NATHAN ROAD AT $10 PER UNCOLOURED COPY AND $120 FOR A COLOURED COPY FOR THE LAI CHI KOK PLAN AND $60 FOR THE KWAI CHUNG PLAN.

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BOARD MEMBERS SEE MTR OPERATIONS * * * *

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION’S HEADQUARTERS TO LOOK AT ITS OPERATIONS AND FACILITIES.

THE VISIT WAS PART OF A PROGRAMME ARRANGED BY THE DISTRICT CFFICE TO FAMILIARISE BOARD MEMBERS WITH THE WORKING PROCEDURES AND OPERATIONS OF VARIOUS PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES.

VALUABLE KNOWLEDGE GAINED DURING THE VISIT WILL BE PARTICULARLY HELPFUL WHEN MEMBERS STUDY POLICY ISSUES RELATING TO ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED IN THE COURSE OF THEIR MEETING THE PUBLIC.

LED BY BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR MICHAEL CHENG, AND ACCOMPANIED BY WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICHOLAS YEK, MEMBERS VISITED THE COMPANY'S TRAINING CENTRE TO OBSERVE THE TRAINING PROCEDURES

FOR TRAIN OPERATORS.

SOME MEMBERS EVEN TRIED TO DRIVE THE TRAIN IN THE CAB OF A SIMULATOR WHICH IS USED BY TRAINEE DRIVERS.

THE GROUP THEN WENT TO THE CENTRAL CONTROL ROOM WHERE THE OPERATIONS OF ALL MTR STATIONS ARE MONITORED THROUGH THE CLOSE CIRCUIT TELEVISION SYSTEM. THEY WERE BRIEFED ON THE DAILY OPERATION OF THE MTR NETWORK CONTROLLED BY THE CENTRAL UNIT.

MEMBERS THEN TOOK A TRAIN TO WONG TAI SIN STATION AND ENDED THE VISIT WITH A TOUR OF THE PLANT ROOM THERE.

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STAMPS TO FOCUS ON NEW BUILDINGS

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FOUR SPECIAL STAMPS DEPICTING NEW BUILDINGS IN HONG KONG WILL BE ISSUED BY THE POST OFFICE ON NOVEMBER 27.

THE NEW STAMPS AREi

* THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS — 50 CENTS

THE BUILDING, COMPRISING 36 000 SQUARE METRES OF FLOOR AREA, IS UNUSUAL NOT ONLY FOR ITS STRIKING DESIGN BUT FOR THE EXTENT CF THE FACILITIES IT PROVIDES FOR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN THE PERFORMING ARTS.

* EXCHANGE SQUARE — $1.30

THE TWIN-TOWER BUILDING OF REFLECTIVE GLASS AND ROSE-COLOURED GRANITE IS IMPRESSIVE FROM ANY ANGLE. IT IS A 24-HOUR BUSINESS CENTRE AND IS ONE OF THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD.

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* HONGKONG BANK HEADQUARTERS — $1.70

THE NEW HEADQUARTERS OF THE BANK, WHICH IS BUILT ALMOST ENTIRELY OF STEEL, PRESENTS AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE. THE MOST CONSPICUOUS ASPECTS OF THE DESIGN ARE THE EXPOSURE OF THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF ITS STRUCTURE AND THE SPECTACULAR INTERNAL ATRIUM RISING 52 METRES ABOVE PAVEMENT LEVEL.

* HONG KONG COLISEUM — *5

THE 12 500-SEAT STADIUM WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM THE ROOF DOWN. EQUIPPED WITH THE MOST UP-TO-DATE FACILITIES. THE COLISEUM CATERS FOR A VARIETY OF SPORTS, CULTURAL AND MASS ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS.

DESIGNED BY MR NICK JESSE, AND PRINTED BY FORMAT INTERANTIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER, THE STAMPS ARE ON DISPLAY FROM NOVEMBER 13 TO NOVEMBER 20 ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AND IN TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, MIDDLE ROAD, KOWLOON.

FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE ON SALE ON NOVEMBER 13. ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM NOVEMBER 13 TO NOVEMBER 22 AT ALL POST OFFICES.

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QUALIFICATIONS FOR MARINE CERTIFICATES AMENDED * * * *

TwO REGULATIONS WHICH EMPOWER THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO AMEND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE ISSUE OF ENGINE ROOM wATu.i RATING CERTIFICATES AND NAVIGATIONAL WATCH RATING CERTIFICATE WERE GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE REGULATIONS ARE THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (ENGINE ROOM WATCH RAT INGS)(AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) REGULATIONS 1?85 AND MERCHANT SHIPPING (NAVIGATIONAL WATCH RAT I NGS) ( AMENDMENT) ( NO. <-) REGULATIONS 1985.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED ’HAT UNDER THE EXISTING NERCHANT SHIPPING ORDINANCE, QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE TWO CERTIFICATES ARE LAID DOWN IN THE FIRST SCHzDULcS OF >He RELEVANT REGULATIONS WHICH wERE MADE IN 1984.

ANY CHANGES TO THE QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED THE APPROVAL CF THE EXECUTIVE COUNC IL.

A TREND HAS SINCE DEVELOPED WHEREt THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY REQUIRES MORE HIGHLY SKILLED PERSONNEL HOuDING BOTH CERTIFICATES,* FE SAID.

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♦IN-SERVICE TRAINING BY THE TEMPORARY SEAMEN’S TRAINING CENTRE OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL w ILL ENSURE THAT HONG KONG SEAMEN CONTINUE TO BE SUITABLY QUALIFIED FOR SERVICE AND WOULD NOT LOSE JOB OPPORTUNITIES TO FOREIGN SEAFARERS.

♦HOWEVER, GIVEN THE TECHNICAL NATURE OF THE SCHEDULES RELATING TO QUALIFICATIONS, AND THE FACT THAT IT IS LIKELY THAT FUTURE MINOR ADJUSTMENTS TO QUALIFICATIONS WILL NEED TO BE MADE TO COPE WITH CHANGING SITUATIONS, IT WAS DECIDED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL THAT THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE SHOULD BE EMPOWERED TO AMEND THE FIRST SCHEDULES,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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AWARD SCHEME FOR YOUTHS IN EASTERN LAUNCHED

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A SPECIAL AWARD SCHEME HAS BEEN LAUNCHED TO SEEK OUTSTANDING YOUTHS AND CHILDREN IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

THE SCHEME, THE FIRST EVER IN THE DISTRICT, IS AIMED AT PROVIDING AN INCENTIVE FOR YOUTHS AND CHILDREN TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND SERVICES AND ALSO HELP THEM DEVELOP A l£ALTHY AND MATURE CHARACTER, TO COINCIDE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR THEME.

THE OUTSTANDING AWARD SCHEME IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS — FOR YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN 13 AND 16, AND 17 TO 25- AND FOR CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 12. YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WORK, LIVE OR STUDY IN THE DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE SCHEME.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE TWO YOUTH SECTIONS HAVE TO ATTEND A TRAINING COURSE AND TO ASSIST IN COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR NOT LESS ■DIAN 10 HOURS. THEY WILL ALSO HAVE TO TAKE UP A HOBBY OF THEIR CHOICE WHICH WILL HELP IN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

SCHOOLS AND LOCAL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME WILL CERTIFY THAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TASKS.

IN THE CHILDREN’S SECTION, PARENTS AND TEACHERS WILL GIVE ASSESSMENT GRADES ACCORDING TO THE PARTICIPANT’S BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOL AND AT HOME.

AT THE SAME TIME, PARTICIPANTS CAN OPT TO HAVE THEIR PERFORMANCES ASSESSED BY ANY OF THE CHILD CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT AT WHICH THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE NOT LESS THAN 10 HOURS OF SERVICE.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OUTSTANDING AWARD SCHEME FOR THE NEW GENERATION, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, IS ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

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THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR JOINING THE SCHEME, AND DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES, LIMITED TO 1 000, IS NOVEMBER 22. ENROLMENT CAN EE MADE AT ALL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, AND ANY OF THE LOCAL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

PARTICIPANTS WITH DISTINCTIVE RESULTS WILL BE AWARDED THE GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE AWARDS AT A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 18.

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YOUTH PROJECTS ON DISPLAY X * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, MRS SELINA CHOW, WILL OPEN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S EXHIBITION ON YOUTH PROJECTS AND SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 11 AM.

SHE WILL ALSO PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME AWARD PROJECTS.

THE TWO-DAY EXHIBITION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM NOON TO 6 PM TOMORROW AND FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM ON SUNDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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CHINESE CONCERT DRAWS LUNCHTIME CROWD

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HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE, MOSTLY OFFICE WORKERS, ENJOYED A LUNCHTIME CONCERT OF CHINESE MUSIC AT THE LANDMARK IN CENTRAL TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CONCERT IS PART OF A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES FOR THIS YEAR’S HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL.

THE NINE-DAY FESTIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, IS AIMED AT RAISING THE STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE AND STIMULATING GREATER PUBLIC INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC.

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at TODAY’S CONCERT THERE WERE SOLO PERFORMANCES ON THE ER-HU SUO-NA PI-PA AND SAN-XIAN BY FOUR MUSICIANS FROM CHINA -“ng YU-FEn"?LI GUANG-CAI, PAN O-JING and CHI XIANG-SHENG.

THF CONCERT ENDED WITH A RENDITION OF +FESTIVE CELEBRATION* THE C0NC",I|™“s?'^tors. ORCHESTRA, CONDUCTED BY TONG

BY THE MUSIC LEUNG-TAK.

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TUEN MUN FESTIVAL STARTS NEXT WEEK * X * *

A TOTAL OF 26 COLOURFUL AND ENTERTAINING EVENTS WILL BE

STAGED DURING THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ’85 TO BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 16 UNTIL DECEMBER 8.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (FRIDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ’85 ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR YIP HING-CHUNt. SAID THE FESTIVAL IS AIMED AT PROJECTING A GOOD IMAGE OF TUEN MUN AND TO ENHANCE A SENSE OF BELONGING FOR RESIDENTS THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN A WIDE VARIETY OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMME.

♦HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL WILL INCLUDE A VARIETY SHOW STAGED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, A DISTRICT-WIDE EXHIBITION ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN AND A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA,+ MR YIP SAID.

♦OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A CANTONESE OPERA, A MUSIC CONTEST, DANCE PERFORMANCE AND COMPETITIONS, AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

♦THESE ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT VARIOUS THE DISTRICT TO ENSURE THAT ALL RESIDENTS WILL TO ENJOY THE INTERESTING PROGRAMMES DURING THE

VENUES THROUGHOUT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FESTIVAL.

♦THE ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FESTIVAL AMOUNTS TO ABOUT $560 000, OF WHICH $300 000 WILL BE SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, $100 000 BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE REST FROM LOCAL DONATIONS,+ MR YIP SAID.

THE THREE-wEEK FESTIVAL WAS ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ’85 ORGANISING COMMITTEE *ITH THE HELP OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

ALL PROGRAMMES STAGED DURING THE FESTIVAL ARE FREE, AND TICKETS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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OPENING OF TSUEN KWAI SPORTS FESTIVAL * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM BARNES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING TOMORROW (SATURDAY) OF THE.1985 TSUEN KWAI SPORTS FESTIVAL, A JOINT DISTRICT SPORTS EVENT FOR TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG.

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THE OPENING CEREMONY

THE OPENING CEREMONY. AT 3 PM IN THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL INDOOR GAMES HALL IN HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A PERFORMANCE BY THE CHINESE GUANGDONG PROVINCE ACRO-SPORTIVE AND RHYTHMIC GYMNASTIC TEAMS.

DURING THE MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL, MORE THAN 50 SPORTS EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT VARIOUS VENUES THROUGHOUT THE TWO DISTRICTS.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN D ISTR ICT BOARD, THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD, THE TWO DISTRICT OFFICES, THE FEDERATION OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION, AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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YOUTHS TO GET CERTIFICATES * * £

A GROUP OF YOUTHS WHO RECENTLY COMPLETED THE KOwLOON CITY CIVIC EDUCATION TRAINING SCHEME WILL BE PRESENTED SPECIAL CERTIFICATES AT A CEREMONY TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

ATTENDED BY 88 YOUTHS OF THE DISTRICT, THE PROJECT INCLUDED SEMINARS ON CIVIC EDUCATION AND ENDED LAST WEEKEND WITH A TwC-jAY CAMP ON LANTAU ISLAND.

THE SCHEME, AIMED AT PROMOTING CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG RESIDENTS, WAS ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KGwLOON CITY AND SAI TAU AREA COMMITTEE.

THE ASSISTANT KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS DIANA TONG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LAU TAK, WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES TO THE PARTICIPANTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION AT DOR CHEUK RESTAURANT, 404 PRINCE EDwARD ROAD, AT 3 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

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LAUNCHING OF HEALTH PROJECT FOR ELDERLY * * * *

ABOUT 5-00 ELDERLY CITIZENS WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR VITALITY IN A TELEhATCH TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S TAI PO COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT TOMORROW (SATURDAY) MORNING.

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT AND +FESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY DAY+ WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND, HEUNG SZE WUI STREET.

TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE PROJECT, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKING GROUP AND THE CHU TING CHEONG HOME FOR THE AGED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT AND +RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY DAY+ AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND, HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, TAI PO MARKET.

TUEN MUN SITE OFFERED FOR SALE

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THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING FOR SALE BY TENDER A PIECE OF GOVERNMENT LAND AT TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

ACCORDING TO THE SALES CONDITIONS, THE BUYER WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE NOT LESS THAN 30 000 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON THE 7 800-SQUARE-METRE SITE BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1989.

THE LOWER THREE FLOORS OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE TO BE BUILT ON THE SITE ARE FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) USES, AND A PUBLIC CAR PARK OF AT LEAST 210 PARKING SPACES; WHILE THE UPPER FLOORS ARE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON DECEMBER 6.

THE TENDER FORM, NOTICE AND CONDITIONS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM, AND PLAN INSPECTED AT:

* LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOOL, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND

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

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1985

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YOUTHS URGED TO KEEP UP SOCIAL AWARENESS * * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO CURRENT AFFAIRS AND COMMUNITY PROBLEMS TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG.

THE COMMENT WAS MADE TODAY (FRIDAY) BY SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE, AT THE SPEECH DAY OF THE GERTRUDE SIMON LUTHERAN COLLEGE.

♦WHILE WE DO ENCOURAGE AMBITIOUS AND CAPABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE UP VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY SERVICES OR RUN FOR ELECTIONS, WE ALSO THINK THAT OTHERS CAN STILL PLAY A PART IN PROMOTING THE GENERAL SOCIAL AWARENESS,♦ HE SAID.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH CURRENT AFFAIRS THROUGH NEWSPAPERS, RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCAST- AND TO BE MORE AWARE OF VARIOUS COMMUNITY PROBLEMS AND STUDY THEM CAREFULLY,+ HE ADDED.

REGARDING ACTUAL PARTICIPATION, MR TSE SAID THE FULFILMENT CF ONE’S CIVIC DUTIES WAS TO REGISTER AS AN ELECTOR AND TO VOTE IN THE DISTRICT BOARD, URBAN COUNCIL, REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES TO HOLD FAIR * * *

LADY A-^ERS-JONES, WIFE 0^ THE CHIEF SECRETARY, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL AUTUMN FAIR AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD NEXT TO STANLEY PRIbuh AT NOON ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 9).

PROCEEDS FROM THE FAIR DEPARTMENT’S WELFARE FUND.

WILL BE DONATED TO CHARITIES AND I ADMISSION IS FREE AND MEMBERS OF THE

PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. TRANSPORT aILL THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS 'T GUAK1 I HOUSE, 32 01 KwAN ROAD, wAN CHAI, AT 10.45 AM ON SATURDAY ‘NOVtMBEF 9>.

FR IDAY, NOVEMBER 8,

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TRAFFIC PLAN FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 10) TO ALLOU FOR THE CEREMONY AT THE CENOTAPH IN CENTRAL.

DURING SPECIFIED PERIODS ON THAT DAY, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC:

* JACKSON ROAD BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM TO NOON.

* CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND BETWEEN EDINBURGH PLACE WEST AND EDINBURGH PLACE EAST WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10.54 AM TO 11.25 AM.

* HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER, THE SECTION OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND BETWEEN HARCOURT ROAD AND ICE HOUSE STREET, AND THE SECTION OF MURRAY ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10.30 AM TO NOON.

THE FOLLOWING DIVERSIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED DURING THE HOURS STATED BELOW AND WILL REMAIN EFFECTIVE UNTIL THE TRAFFIC POLICE DIRECT OTHERWISE:

AT 8 AM

* CLUB STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-wAY SOUTHBOUND.

AT 10.30 AM

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA EDINBURGH PLACE WEST, QUEEN’S PIER AND EDINBURGH PLACE EAST FROM 10.30 AM TO 11.25 AM.

* WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON HARCOURT ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO COTTON TREE DRIVE. VEHICLES WISHING TO PROCEED FURTHER WEST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE SLIP ROAD TO QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

* AS SOON AS CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND SECTION BETWEEN EDINBURGH PLACE *EST AND EDINBURGH PLACE EAST IS CLOSED, EDINBURGH PLACE WILL BE REROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION, AND EDINBURGH PLACE CENTRAL WILL BE REROUTED TWO-WAYS.

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ALL PARKING SPACES IN JACKSON ROAD, EDINBURGH PLACE WEST AND EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH mILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM TO NOON.

BUSES ON CMB ROUTES 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 23B, 24, 61, 73, 80, 81M, po, 260, 780 AND CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTE 133 WILL BE DIVERTED TO AVOID THE CLOSED OR REROUTED ROADS BETWEEN 10.30 AM AND NOON. DURING THE SAME PERIOD, GREEN MINIBUSES ON ROUTES 1, 2, 3, 3A, 6, 7, 8, 9, 22 AND 28 (SHORT WORKING SERVICE) WILL ALSO BE DIVERTE

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WORKSHOP COMPLEX OPENING * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, WILL BE OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A WORKSHOP COMPLEX AT PIK UK PRISON ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 11).

THE FOUR-STOREY COMPLEX, WITH A TOTAL COVERED AREA OF 2 150 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISES GARMENT-MAKING AND CARPENTRY WORKSHOPS.

A TOUR OF THE NEW FACILITY WILL BE CONDUCTED BEFORE THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 3 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. TRANSPORT wILL LEAVE THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 1.15 PM. THOSE TRAVELLING ON THEIR OWN ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE ENTRANCE OF PIK UK PRISON, CLEARWATER BAY ROAD, KOWLOON, BEFORE 2 PM.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL X X X

FROM NOVEMBER 11 (MONDAY) TO NOVEMBER 22, EXCEPT ON SUNDAYS BETWEEN 10 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING, THE SHA TIN-BOUND ’ TUBE OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED AND THE KOWLOON-BOUND TUBE WILL BE USED BY TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE ROAD REPAIR.

THE SAME PRACTICE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM NOVEMBER 25 TO DECEMBER 11.

AS TRAFFIC DELAY IS EXPECTED DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO DRIVE WITH CARE.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF TUEN MUN ROAD * * * *

BETWEEN

TUEN MUN ROAD

THE YUEN LONG-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD, BETWEEN SIU LAM INTERCHANGE AND ROAD D8, WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 11.30 PM AND 5 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING FROM NOVEMBER 11 (MONDAY) TO NOVEMBER 13 TO FACILITATE ROAD SURFACING WORK.

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR TUEN MUN WILL BE DIVERTED TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

KMB ROUTES 57M, 59A, 59M, 60, 60M, 66, 66M, 67M, 68 AND 68M WILL BE ALSO DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NO SIGNIFICANCE IN WALLED CITY VISIT ........................ 1

SIR EDWARD VISITS COMMERCE SCHOOL ........................... 1

JENKINS BILL +C0MING TO A HEAD+- ............................ 2

MAJOR HOUSING PROJECTS PLaNNED FOR EASTERN .................. 3

RECLAMATION AT HUNG HOM BAY, JUNK BAY PLANNED................ 4

TWO MORE WEEKS TO GET NEW I.D. CARDS ........................ 5

160 000 YOUTHS TAKE PART IN IYY ACTIVITIES................... 6

PRAISE FOR CLEVER DESIGN OF OLD-NEW PLAYGROUND .............. 7

ENCOURAGING RESPONSE TO POSTER DESIGN CONTEST ............... 7

TAI PO STAGES +RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY DAY+ ................. 8

PRESENTATION OF SCHOLARSHIP FOR DISABLED .................... 9

TENDERS INVITED FOR PUI 0 BEACH TRADE ....................... 9

MORE CHINESE RECIPES ON SALE................................. 10

CHILDREN'S CHOIRS TO STAGE CONCERT .......................... 10

CULTURAL SHOW FOR RESIDENTS.................................. 10

AUDIO-VISUAL CENTRE TO OPEN ................................. 11

DETAILS OF EYE-CARING CAMPAIGN .............................. 11

OPENING OF BAZAAR............................................ 12

ROAD CLOSURES IN WAN CHAI ................................... 12

GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER CLOSED................................ 13

SAOT1D1Y, NOVEMBER 9, 1985

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NO SIGNIFICANCE IN WALLED CITY VISIT ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

THERE WAS NO SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, "R MICHAEL THOMAS’S VISIT TO THE WALLED CITY ON THURSDAY, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER TOURING THE AUTUMN FAIR OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SIR DAVID SAID MR THOMAS JUST WANTED TO SEE FOR HIMSELF WHAT THE CONDITIONS WERE LIKE IN THE WALLED CITY.

+IT’S ALWAYS USEFUL FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW WHAT THE CONDITIONS ARE LIKE IN THE WALLED CITY,+ HE NOTED.

SIR DAVID SAID WHAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN DOING IN THE WALLED CITY DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS WAS TO HELP WITH THE COLLECTION OF REFUSE, GENERALLY TO PUT SOME STREET LIGHTING IN, TO PAVE THE PATHWAYS OF THE WALLED CITY, AND TO TRY AND HELP WITH THE WATER SUPPLY.

+IT HAS BEEN A CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW,+ HE ADDED.

ASKED WHETHER THE ISSUE OF THE WALLED CITY WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE AGENDA OF THE NEXT MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, SIR DAVID SAID: +THE AGENDA FOR THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP IS A CONFIDENTIAL MATTER, SO I CAN’T DISCUSS THE AGENDA OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP.+

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SIR EDWARD VISITS COMMERCE SCHOOL * * * * *

-rue ulSr EDWARD Y0UDE» TH IS (SATURDAY) MORNING VISITED

™ " s,u LEK ruE"’ SH‘ TIN- 10 "*SPECT

SIR EDWARD WAS WELCOMED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL’S BOARD SLH1RECI2RS» W S’H* H0; THE VICE-CHAIRMAN AND SUPERVISOR OF THE SCHOOL, MR Q.W. LEEi A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MR A.S.K. AU- THE SCHOOL’S PRESIDENT, MR N.M. HO, AND VICE-PRESIDENT, MR L.B. CURZON.

/SIR BDWARD........

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SIR EDWARD WAS SHOWN A SELECTION OF THE SCHOOL'S EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES, DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS .^.^OME 600 STUDENTS WORKING ON A TWO-YEAR FULL-TIME DIPLOMA IN BUSINESS STUDIES. THESE IMP! HDFD THE COMPUTER INSTALLATION USED TO TEACH STUDENTS THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF COMPUTER TECHNIQUES IN THE BUSINESS SECTOR.

SIR EDWARD SHOWED GREAT INTEREST IN A TUTORIAL GROUP LEARNING PUTONGHUA AND TALKED TO A FEW STUDENTS.

HE LATER SAW AN EXHIBITION OF A STUDENTS’ PROJECT ON +THE YOUTH OF HONG KONG+.

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JENKINS BILL +COMING TO A HEAD+ * * *

IT NOW SEEMED CLEAR THAT THE JENKINS BILL ISSUE WOULD COME TO A HEAD IN THE SENATE NEXT WEEK, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR MACLEOD SAID THE UNITED STATES SENATE WILL PROBABLY DEBATE THE BILL AND VARIOUS AMENDMENTS TO IT ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 13) AND THURSDAY.

HE EXPLAINED THAT AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED AMONG KEY SENATORS TO BRING UP THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE THURMOND/JENKINS BILL AS PASSED BY THE HOUSE FOR FULL SENATE CONSIDERATION ON WEDNESDAY AS A FREE STANDING BILL. IF 60 OR MORE SENATORS SUPPORT THIS COURSE OF ACTION, DEBATE WILL FOLLOW.

♦WE UNDERSTAND THAT IT HAS BEEN FURTHER AGREED THAT NO MORE THAN 24 AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL WILL BE ALLOWED, AND A SPECIFIED TIME LIMIT HAS BEEN SET FOR DEBATING EACH OF THEM.

♦FINAL VOTING ON THE BILL, WITH ANY AMENDMENTS AGREED, WILL PROBABLY OCCUR NO LATER THAN NOON (U.S. TIME), ON THURSDAY,♦ MR MACLEOD SAID.

THE PREVIOUS REVISION OF THE BILL (OR A FURTHER REVISED VERSION OF IT) PROPOSED BY SENATORS THURMOND AND HOLLINGS WILL BE DEALT WITH AS ONE AMENDMENT. OTHER AMENDMENTS ARE LIKELY TO INCLUDE A PROPOSAL TO EXEMPT THOSE COUNTRIES HAVING MORE OPEN MARKETS THAN THE UNITED STATES FROM THE APPLICATION OF THE BILL, AND TWO SEPARATE PROPOSALS TO STRIKE OUT THE PROVISION FOR IMPORT LICENSING. THERE IS ANOTHER AMENDMENT PROPOSING TO APPLY THE BILL TO COUNTRIES INCLUDING THE EEC AND CANADA.

♦OUR WASHINGTON TEAM IS MONITORING THE SITUATION VERY CLOSELY AND WILL ACT AS NECESSARY IN THE LIGHT OF DEVELOPMENTS,+ SAID MR MACLEOD.

/MH MACLEOD ......

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1985

MR MACLEOD ALSO MENTIONED AN ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT.

SENATOR DANIEL EVANS MET PRESIDENT REAGAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 7), AND SAID AFTERWARDS* +1 AM ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED THE PRESIDENT WILL VETO THE PROTECTIONIST TEXTILE BILL IN ANY FORM. I HATE TO SEND A BILL DOWN TO HIM THAT REQUIRES HIM TO GO THROUGH ALL THE PROBLEMS OF A VETO. WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING IF THE MEASURE PASSES. I ASSURED HIM THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN HIS VETO.*

THE BILL TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE SENATE ON NOVEMBER 13 WILL BE IN ITS ORIGINAL EXTREME VERSION PROPOSING TO CUT BACK EXPORTS CF MANY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, E.G. HONG KONG BY 13 PER CENT, CHINA AND BRAZIL BY 54 TO 65 PER CENT, KOREA AND PAKISTAN BY 34-36 PER CENT AND INDONESIA BY 85 PER CENT.

THE BILL EXEMPTS THE EEC ALTHOUGH IT IS

TEXTILE EXPORTING TERRITORY TO THE FOR IMPORT LICENSING AND RESTRAINT

THE

UNITED STATES

THIRD LARGEST IT ALSO PROVIDES

THOSE OF THE BILL

RAMIE AND SILK MATERIALS. AFTER DEBATE IS LIKELY TO

OF ALL TEXTILE PRODUCTS INCLUDING HOWEVER, THE EVENTUAL SHAPE OF BE CONSIDERABLY MODIFIED.

MAJOR HOUSING PROJECTS PLANNED FOR EASTERN * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO BUILD A NUMBER OF MAJOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED GROWTH OF POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENTS IN EASTERN, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, SAID TONIGHT (SATURDAY).

THE IMPROVED TRAFFIC INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE DISTRICT AND RECLAMATIONS BEING CARRIED OUT IN MANY AREAS, HAVE HELPED BOOST THE ECONOMY IN THE DISTRICT AND FOCUSED GREATER POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENTS, HE SAID.

IN THE LONG-TERM, HE SAID, NEW PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN CHAI WAN WOULD PROVIDE 2 400 UNITS FOR 9 700 PEOPLE, WHILE THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEMES AT SIU SAI WAN AND KORNHILL WOULD PROVIDE 4 000 AND 2 000 FLATS FOR ABOUT 25 000 PEOPLE.

MR LEUNG WAS SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE 12TH TERM OF THE EXECUTIVE AND SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH POINT KAIFONG WELFARE ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION LIMITED.

HE SAID THAT WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE POPULATION IN EASTERN DISTRICT WOULD INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 520 000 TO 630 000, WHICH WOULD RESULT IN THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

IN THIS RESPECT, HE SAID, KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS WOULD HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN CONSOLIDATING RESIDENTS’ SENSE OF BELONGING, WHILE TAKING AN ACTIVE PART IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

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RECLAMATION AT HUNG HOM BAY, JUNK BAY PLANNED

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GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM ABOUT 25 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT HUNG HOM BAY AND AT JUNK BAY NEAR RENNIE'S MILL.

THE HUNG HOM PROJECT, INVOLVING 20.5 HECTARES, WILL PROVIDE LAND FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE EXISTING KOWLOON GOODS YARD OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START EARLY NEXT YEAR.

bI^u! 'bF iMW! MT'* ‘RE‘ * HUNG

AUUN* BAY» HECTARES WILL BE RECLAIMED TO PROVIDE A WORKS AREA FOR THE SITE FORMATION OF A PUBLIC HOUSING FSTATP AT LAM TIN EXTENSION PHASE 111 AND LAM TIM SOUTH.

THE WORKS AREA WILL BE USED FOR STOCKPILING SURPLUS EXCAVATED MATERIAL FROM THE LAM TIN PROJECT AND TO ACCOMMODATE A ROCK CRUSHING PLANT.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH AND ON COMPLETION, THE RECLAMATION WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO PHASE II OF THE JUNK BAY NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

NO EFFECT ON EXISTING NAVIGATION RIGHTS, MOORING OR ACCESS TO THE FORESHORE IS ANTICIPATED.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED IN THE TWO PROPOSED RECLAMATIONS ARE DESCRIBED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT CR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED AFFECTED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS BEFORE JANUARY 7.

NOTICES (IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE) TOGETHER WITH THEIR RELATED PLANS CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITES.

THE PLANS CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY DIVISION, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG (WHERE COPIES CAN BE PURCHASED ON ORDER) AND AT THE SAI KUNG AND KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

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TWO MORE WEEKS TO GET NEW I.D. CARDS ******

MEN REMINDED IDENTITY

BORN IN 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922 AND 1923 WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THEY SHOULD APPLY FOR NEW CARDS ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 23.

+UP TO NOVEMBER 8, WE HAVE RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 86 256 APPLICATIONS FROM MEN BELONGING TO THIS AGE-GROUP.+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

♦IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 24 444 MORE APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TO AVOID THE LAST MINUTE RUSH, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO APPLY FOR THE NEW C?RDS WITHOUT DELAY THEY MAY TELEPHONE THE OFFICE OF THEIR CHOICE BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON ON SATURDAY TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT IF THEY WISH.

♦APPLICANTS HAVE TO PROVIDE PERSONAL PARTICULARS SUCH AS NAME, I.D. CARD NUMBER AND YEAR OF BIRTH TO COMPLETE THt BOOKING PROCEDURE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE ADDRESSES OF THE ISSUE OFFICES AND THEIR TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR BOOKING APPOINTMENTS ARE:

HONG KONG : BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, 5-747073

WAN CHAI.

EAST KOWLOON : AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, 2ND FLOOR, 3-7553679

77 NGAU TAU KOK r6aD.

WEST KOWLOON : CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 3-7232442

2ND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

TSUEN WAN i EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 0-4981259

GROUND FLOOR, 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET.

SHA TIN i SHA TIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 0-6059130

2-16 WANG POK STREET.

YUEN LONG I HOP YICK CENTRE, 2ND FLOOR, 0-793291

31 HOP YICK ROAD.

TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND 0-862562

FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN.

SHEUNG SHU I

i TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 0-927155 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI.

THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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160 000 YOUTHS TAKE PART IN IYY ACTIVITIES * * * *

OVER 160 000 YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN PART IN 280 EVENTS ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT THIS YEAR IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR (IYY).

+ IT IS A VERY ENCOURAGING RESULT,* SAID MRS SELINA CHOW, CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON 1985 IYY, WHEN SHE OPENED THE DEPARTMENT’S EXHIBITION ON THE +BEST OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME PROJECTS AND SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE* AT THE CITY HALL THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

SHE HOPED THAT ALL THE PLANS DESIGNED FOR YOUTHS IN CONNECTION WITH IYY THIS YEAR COULD CONTINUE IN ORDER TO RAISE COMMUNITY CONCERN ON THE CARE AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

+THIS IMPORTANT TASK SHOULD PROCEED WITHOUT DELAY, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE ARE MOVING TOWARDS A ’HONG KONG PEOPLE TO RULE HONG KONG’ STAGE,* SHE SAID.

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH SCHEME, SHE SAID, WAS CLOSELY RELATED TO THE THREE THEMES OF THE IYY -PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE.

♦THROUGH THIS SCHEME, YOUNG PEOPLE CAN ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE, PLAN AND IMPLEMENT VARIOUS COMMUNITY SERVICES,* SHE ADDED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR STEPHEN LAW, SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD ACTIVELY PROMOTED YOUTH WORK IN RECENT YEARS TO HELP IMPROVE THE PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIALS lO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

IN ADDITION TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CFFICES, WHICH CO-ORDINATE, DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT YOUTH PROGRAMMES AT DISTRICT LEVEL MR LAW SAID THE DEPARTMENT ALSO HELPED VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE PROVISION OF VARIOUS SERVICES FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE.

THESE SERVICES INCLUDED FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK AND OUTREACH ING SOCIAL SERVICES, HE SAID.

FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONY, MRS CHOW PRESENTED PR I ZES TO THREE YOUTH GROUPS WHICH WON THE TERRITORY’S BEST OPPORTUNITItS FOR YOUTH SCHEME PROJECTS.

THE EXHIBITION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL 6 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1985

PRAISE FOR CLEVER DESIGN OF OLD-NEW PLAYGROUND * * *

THE CLEVER WAY THAT OLD FOUNDATIONS AND WALLS FROM THE FORMER KAITAK AMUSEMENT PARK HAVE BEEN ADAPTED IN THE DESIGN CF THE NEW CHOI HUNG ROAD PLAYGROUND WON PRAISE TODAY.

♦THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS SAVED A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY THANKS TO THE IMAGINATIVE DESIGN.* SAID MR SAMUEL WONG, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL’S CAPITAL WORKS SELECT COMMITTEE.

♦THIS IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF COMBINING PRACTICALITY WITH ECONOMY.*

A LARGE PARTY OF URBAN COUNCIL AND MEMBERS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD TODAY MADE A THOROUGH SITE VISIT TO THE PROJECT AS PART OF A TOUR OF NEW AND ONCOMING URBAN COUNCIL FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

HAVING INSPECTED THE PLAYGROUND WITH ITS CHINESE PAVILION AND DELIGHTFUL LANDSCAPED GARDEN, COUNCILLOR MISS CECILIA YEUNG SAID SIMPLYi *IT’S BEAUTIFUL.*

ANOTHER COUNCILLOR, MR LAM CHAK-PIU, THOUGHT THE PLAYGROUND, WHICH INCLUDES FIVE-A-SIDE SOCCER PITCHES, IS A *WONDERFUL OASIS THAT WILL BE HIGHLY POPULAR WITH THE RESIDENTS OF THE NEARBY HOUSING ESTATES.*

CAPITAL WORKS SELECT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN MR AUGUSTINE CHUNG SAIDt *WE ARE VERY GLAD THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD TOOK THE TIME TO ACCOMPANY US AND GIVE US THEIR VIEWS.

+THEY HAVE MADE SOME CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS WHICH WE HOPE TO INCORPORATE WHEN THE PLAYGROUND GOES INTO FULL USE AND WE CAN LOOK AT IMPROVEMENTS.

+ALL IN ALL, HOWEVER, THIS IS A WONDERFUL NEW FACILITY FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT, AND MONEY WELL SPENT.*

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ENCOURAGING RESPONSE TO POSTER DESIGN CONTEST * * * *

ABOUT 550 ENTRIES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN THE ROAD SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION HELD DURING THE LAST TWO MONTHS IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THE RESPONSE TO THE COMPETITION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY COMMITTEE SAID THIS WAS ENCOURAGING JUDGING FROM THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED, AND THE STANDARD OF

THE SUBMISSIONS WAS GENERALLY HIGH.

/THE COMPETITION,

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 19&5

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JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ROAD SAFETY THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST AND THE WEN

AIMED AT PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS

THE COMPETITION, PUBLICITY COMMITTEE. WEI PO NEWSPAPERS, IS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

ADJUDICATION FOR THE ENTRIES WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 18 (MONDAY).

THE OVERALL WINNER WILL BE AWARDED A CASHCOUPON FOR $1 500 WHILE THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP WILL RECEIVE CASH COUPONS WORTH $1 000 AND $500 RESPECTIVELY. THERE ARE ALSO 10 CONSOLATION PRIZES EACH OF $100 BOOK TOKENS.

IN THE SOUTH WINNERS WILL

A LIST OF ALL PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE PUBLISHED CHINA MORNING POST AND WEN WEI PO ON NOVEMBER 24. ALSO BE INDIVIDUALLY NOTIFIED.

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TAI PO STAGES +RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY DAY* HO*

TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON THE YOUNG AND THE OLD TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT AND *RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY DAY* AT TAI PO PLAYGROUND, MR CHAN URGED THEM TO BRIDGE THE GENERATION GAP AND TO CO-OPERATE IN THE PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

MR CHAN SAID YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD BE HUMBLE AND SHOULD LEARN FROM THEIR MORE EXPERIENCED ELDERS.

HE SAID HE HOPED THAT THE ELDERLY WOULD SHARE AND EXCHANGE THEIR VALUABLE EXPERIENCE WITH YOUTHS.

+1 WISH THE TRADITIONAL SPIRIT OF RESPECTING THE AGED WOULD SPREAD AFTER TODAY’S FUNCTION AND THAT YOUTHS WOULD PAY MORE CARE AND CONCERN TO THE OLDER GENERATION,* MR CHAN SAID.

ABOUT 500 OLD PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS ELDERLY SERVICE AGENCIES IN SHA TIN, TAI PO AND NORTH DISTRICTS TOOK PART IN A TELEMATCH GAMES AND A FUN FAIR THAT FOLLOWED.

THE PROJECT, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKING GROUP AND THE CHU TING CHEONG HOME FOR THE AGED.

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PRESENTATION OF SCHOLARSHIP FOR DISABLED * * * *

TH- FOURTH AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE SHELL-ISLAND JAYCEES SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE DISABLED WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 11).

THE SCHOLARSHIP, SET UP IN 1981 TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL YCAR OF DISABLED PERSONS, IS AIMED AT SELECTING 13 OUTSTANDING HANDICAPPED STUDENTS WITH OVERALL GOOD ACADEMIC RESULTS, GOOD CONDUCT AND HAVE DEMONSTRATED AN ENTHUSIASM IN RENDERING SERVICES TO SCHOOLS AND THE COMMUNITY.

THE SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION COMMITTEE IS FORMED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP’S CO-ORGANI SERS - THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, SHELL COMPANY, ISLAND JAYCEES, HONG KONG SPECIAL SCHOOLS COUNCIL, MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

EACH OF THE OUTSTANDING STUDENTS WILL BE AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP OF $800 AND A TROPHY.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, AND THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SHELL COMPANY OF HONG KONG LIMITED, MR H.G. WEBB-PEPLOE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT SHELL HOUSE, 10TH FLOOR, 24 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AT 3 PM.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR PUI 0 BEACH TRADE * * * *

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENT, TENTS FOR HIRE TO THE PUBLIC AND THE PROVISION OF CHANGING FACILITIES AT PUI 0 BEACH.

FREQUENTED BY MORE THAN 220 000 SWIMMERS THIS YEAR, THE BEACH ON LANTAU ISLAND IS A POPULAR HOLIDAY RESORT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RSD SAID.

THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERER WILL BE GRANTED A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT FROM JANUARY 1.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE RSD AT ROOM 622, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE RSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR, SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE 9 AM ON DECEMBER 6.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 5-8523208 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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MORE CHINESE RECIPES ON SALE * * * *

THREE MORE SETS OF CHINESE RECIPES, WHICH HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY COMPILED AND TESTED AND IS SUITABLE FOR USE BY STUDENTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS OR THOSE INTERESTED IN CHINESE COOKERY, ARE NOW ON SALE.

CHINESE RECIPES VOLUMES 4 TO 6 WERE PREPARED BY THE HOME ECONOMICS SUBJECT COMMITTEE (SECONDARY) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF HOME ECONOMICS TEACHERS.

, CONTAIN 36 THE EDUCATION

THE THREE SETS, WRITTEN IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE RECIPES WITH COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS, A SPOKESMAN FOR

DEPARTMENT SAID.

EACH SET OF VOLUME 4 TO 6 AT $12 IS AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRE. REPRINTED SETS OF VOLUME 1-3 ARE ALSO ON SALE AT $11 EACH.

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CHILDREN’S CHOIRS TO STAGE CONCERT

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THE 200-MEMBER KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS WILL STAGE THEIR ANNUAL CONCERT TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

ALL FOUR CHOIRS OF THE CHORUS — THE SENIOR, THE INTERMEDIATE, AND THE TWO JUNIOR CHOIRS — WILL PERFORM AT THE CONCERT.

THE ANNUAL CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM IN THE CONCERT HALL OF THE CITY HALL. TICKETS AT $50, $25, $15 AND $10 ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE OF THE CITY HALL.

SET UP IN 1978, THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS NOT ONLY PERFORMS IN HONG KONG, BUT HAS ALSO PARTICIPATED IN CHARITY FUNCTIONS OVERSEAS.

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CULTURAL SHOW FOR RESIDENTS * * *

SHAM SHU I PO RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A FREE CULTURAL SHOW TOMORROW (SUNDAY) PRESENTED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO ARTS ASSOCIATION IN SUPPORT OF THE DISTRICT’S YOUTH FESTIVAL.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW WILL BE THREE SHORT PLAYS STAGED BY LOCAL STUDENT DRAMA GROUPS.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHAM SHU I PO ARTS ASSOCIATION SAID THE THEME OF THE PLAYS CENTRED AROUND THE PROBLEMS OF GROWING UP, AND EXPLORED YOUNG PEOPLE’S FEELINGS AND ASPIRATIONS.

STARTING AT 7 PM IN THE HALL OF CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE SHOW WILL ALSO INCLUDE FOLKS SONGS AND CHOIR SINGING BY LOCAL PERFORMERS.

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AUDIO-VISUAL CENTRE TO OPEN *****

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, AND THE DIRECTOR CF I VODEN ELECTRIC ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED, MR THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE AUDIO-VISUAL CORNER OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 12).

THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CENTRE ON THE 13TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, AT 2.30 PM. THIS W ILL BE FOLLOWED BY A CONDUCTED TOUR OF THE FACILITIES AND DISPLAYS IN THE CENTRE.

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DETAILS OF EYE-CARING CAMPAIGN * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE YAU MA TEI EYE- iING CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY WILL BE HELD AT THE FOUR SEASONS SUITES, NEW WORLD HOTEL, ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 11) AT 2.30 PM.

PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR SO CHUNG-PING, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRHAN, MR YIP WAH, CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MR ALOYSIUS CHU FEE-LUNG, AND THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG CPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION, MR LAI TING-CHEUNG.

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THE EYE-CARING CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT CARITAS BAZAAR AT 10 AM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND IN TSUEN WAN.

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LOCKHART ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN STEWART ROAD AND FLEMING ROAD IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 11) AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF LOCKHART ROAD MARKET COMPLEX.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON LOCKHART ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA STEWART ROAD, HENNESSY ROAD AND FLEMING ROAD.

THE METERED PARKING SPACES ALONG THE CLOSED ROAD SECTION WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED.

IN ADDITION, SEVERAL ROAD JUNCTIONS IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM.

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DETAILS OF THE CLOSURES ARE i

FROM 8 PM ON NOVEMBER 11 TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY

M THE JUNCTION OF INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD AND ARSENAL STREET WILL BE CLOSED. TRAFFIC ON INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR ARSENAL STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FENWICK STREET AND LOCKHART ROAD.

* THE JUNCTION OF HENNESSY ROAD (EASTBOUND) AND CANAL ROAD WEST WILL BE CLOSED. VEHICLES ON HENNESSY ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR LOCKHART ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TONNOCHY ROAD OR MARSH ROAD.

FROM 8 PM ON NOVEMBER 14 TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY

* THE JUNCTION OF INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD AND ARSENAL STREET WILL BE CLOSED. TRAFFIC ON INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR HARCOURT ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FENWICK STREET, LOCKHART ROAD AND ARSENAL STREET.

* THE JUNCTION OF LOCKHART ROAD (WESTBOUND) AND CANAL ROAD EAST WILL BE CLOSED. VEHICLES ON LOCKHART ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR HENNESSY ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA STEWART ROAD.

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GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER CLOSED * * * *

THE GASCOIGNE ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK.

THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FROM NOVEMBER 12 (TUESDAY) TO 16. TRAFFIC ON SOUTHBOUND FERRY STREET WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FROM NOVEMBER 17 TO 23. TRAFFIC ON WESTBOUND GASCOIGNE ROAD WILL ALSO BE DIVERTED TO USE GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

27 SEATS FOR UC, RO ELECTIONS ............................... 1

COMMITTEE TO MONITOR SHA TAU KOK DEVELOPMENT ................ 2

MORE TO VIE FOR CUSTOMS INSPECTOR POSTS ..................... 3

REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY..................................... 4

WATER TREATMENT PLANT CONTRACT IN THE WORKS ................ 5

NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES TO STRENGTHEN SERVICE............... 6

NORTH POINT BUILDINGS IMPROVED FOR RESIDENTS................. 7

U.K. SCHOLARSHIP FOR HK STUDENT ............................. 8

CONTESTS TO PROMOTE COURTESY ................................ 9

MUSIC OFFICE SUPPORTS +WALK FOX THE PHILf ................... 9

MONTHLY OPEN URBAN COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY................ 10

CHINESE OPERA FOR 'THE ELDERLY .............................. 11

SALE OF REFRESHMENT AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND ............. 11

SAI KUNG SPORTS DAY TO START ................................ 12

LEARNER DRIVER PROHIBITED ZONE............................... 12

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27 SEATS FOR UC, RC ELECTIONS ******

HONG KONG HAS BEEN DIVIDED INTO 27 CONSTITUENCIES, EACH RETURNING ONE SEAT IN THE ELECTIONS TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL ON MARCH 6.

THE PERIOD FOR THE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES IN THE TWO ELECTIONS IS JANUARY 3 TO 31.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAIDi +ALL CONSTITUENCIES ARE MAPPED OUT ON A GEOGRAPHICAL BASIS AND DISTRIBUTION OF POPULATION.*

THERE WILL BE 12 CONSTITUENCIES IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN NINE DISTRICTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND 15 FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL IN 10 URBAN DISTRICTS.

THREE NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND FIVE URBAN DISTRICTS WILL EACH HAVE TWO CONSTITUENCIES. THEY ARE SHA TIN (SHA TIN EAST AND SHA TIN WEST); TUEN MUN (TUEN MUN EAST AND TUEN MUN WEST); KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl (KWAI CHUNG EAST AND KWAI CHUNG WEST AND TSING Yl) IN THE NT; SHAM SHU I PO (SHAM SHU I PO EAST AND SHAM SHU I PO WEST); KOWLOON CITY (KOWLOON CITY EAST AND KOWLOON CITY WEST); WONG TAI SIN (WONG TAI SIN NORTH AND WONG TAI SIN SOUTH); KWUN TONG (KWUN TONG EAST AND KWUN TONG WEST; AND EASTERN (NORTH POINT AND SHAU KEI WAN) IN THE URBAN AREA.

THE DISTRICTS WITH SINGLE CONSTITUENCIES ARE ISLANDS, TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG, SAI KUNG, TAI PO AND NORTH DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES; CENTRAL AND WESTERN, WAN CHAI, SOUTHERN, MONG KOK AND YAU MA TEI IN THE URBAN AREA.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN NOW OBTAIN FREE COPIES OF THE DISTRICT-BASED CONSTITUENCY MAPS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICT CFFICES, HE ADDED.

+ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL ELECTORAL ROLL, THERE ARE 996 827 ELECTORS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE URBAN REGIONAL ELECTIONS, AND 442 790 IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ANYONE AGED 21 OR ABOVE AND HAVE NOT REGISTERED, WILL HAVE A SECOND CHANCE TO BECOME A REGISTERED ELECTOR FROM NOW TO NOVEMBER 20.

THEY CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM ANY DISTRICT OFFICE AND GO IN PERSON TO REGISTER AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION AT HARBOUR CENTRE, 10TH FLOOR, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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COMMITTEE TO MONITOR SHA TAU KOK DEVELOPMENT * * * *

THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE HAS SET UP A COMMITTEE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENTS AT SHA TAU KOK.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LOCAL RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAU YAM-MAN, HAS BEEN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR IAN WOTHERSPOON SAID: +THE REDEVELOPMENT WORK AT SHA TAU KOK WILL START NEXT YEAR AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1994 AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF S200 MILLION.

THE COMMITTEE WILL OVERSEE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT, AND HELP REFLECT THE VIEWS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS ON VARIOUS PROBLEMS TO THE GOVERNMENT DURING THE REDEVELOPMENT PROCESS,+ HE SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO HELP EXPLAIN DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS,* MR WOTHERSPOON ADDED.

MR LAU YAM-MAN SAID HE WAS DELIGHTED TO ACCEPT THE APPOINTMENT BECAUSE THE PROJECT WOULD GREATLY IMPROVE THE LIVING STANDARD IN SHA TAU KOK.

CHAIRED BY MR LAU, THE COMMITTEE IS MADE UP OF THE TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN OF THE SHA TAU KOK RURAL COMMITTEE, A NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES OF YIM LIU HA, KONG HA AND TSOI YUEN KOK, AND OFFICIALS FROM THE DISTRICT CFFICE, THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING TO ACCOMMODATE THE 4 500 SQUATTERS FROM YIM LIU HA AND TSOI YUEN KOK, WHICH REPRESENT 90 PER CENT OF THE EXISTING POPULATION AT SHA TAU KOK.

WORK ON THE FIRST PHASE OF THE RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING IS DUE TO COMMENCE IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR, AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION TOWARDS THE END OF 1987. THE SECOND PHASE IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1988.

THE EXISTING SQUATTER HUTS OF YIM LIU HA WILL BE CLEARED TO MAKE WAY FOR A LANDSCAPED WATERFRONT PROMENADE, AND A SHELTERED ANCHORAGE FOR THE AREA’S FISHING FLEET.

SQUATTERS FROM TSOI YUEN KOK WILL BE REHOUSED IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE RURAL HOUSING ESTATE, WHICH WILL INCLUDE A LANDSCAPED TOWN SQUARE, PROVIDING A FOCAL POINT FOR SOCIAL ACTIVITIES IN SHA TAU KOK.

OTHER COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED INCLUDE A RECREATION GROUND, A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, A PRIMARY SCHOOL, A NEW POLICE STATION AND A NEW FIRE STATION.

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MORE TO VIE FOR CUSTOMS INSPECTOR POSTS K * * *

A TOTAL OF 2 400 MEN AND WOMEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 19 AND 28 HAVE APPLIED FOR INSPECTORS WITH THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, YET ONLY 23 OF THEM WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE RESPONSE TO THE LATEST RECRUITMENT EXERCISE, WHICH BEGAN ABOUT THREE MONTHS AGO, WAS ENCOURAGING.

BUT WITH JUST 23 POSTS ON OFFER, SELECTING THE MOST SUITABLE CANDIDATES IS NO EASY TASK FOR THE DEPARTMENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TO HELP SELECT THE BEST PERSONS FOR THE JOB, THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT HAS INTRODUCED A SYSTEM OF EXTENDED INTERVIEWS INTO THE BASIC RECRUITMENT PROGRAMME.

APART FROM THE USUAL PRELIMINARY INTERVIEWS, CANDIDATES WILL HAVE TO TAKE PART IN A TWO-DAY PROGRAMME DURING WHICH THEY WILL GO THROUGH A SERIES OF TESTS.

THE PROGRAMME IS SPECIALLY DEVISED TO GIVE A MORE RELIABLE ASSESSMENT OF A CANDIDATE’S INTELLIGENCE, HIS APTITUDE FOR A CAREER IN A DISCIPLINE SERVICE, AND HIS POTENTIAL AS A LEADER - QUALITIES THAT ARE OFTEN DIFFICULT TO GAUGE FROM JUST A SHORT INTERVIEW.

THERE ARE ALTOGETHER EIGHT DIFFERENT TYPES OF TESTS INCLUDING TESTS ON ENGLISH, BASIC FOOT DRILL, LEADERSHIP EXERCISES, DELIVERING SHORT LECTURES, WRITTEN TEST ON CUSTOMS AND EXCISE WORK AS WELL AS A GENERAL KNOWLEDGE TEST.

DURING THE RECENTLY COMPLETED SERIES OF EXTENDED INTERVIEWS, APPLICANTS WENT THROUGH THEIR TESTS AT THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM, NEW TERRITORIES.

THE COMMANDANT OF THE TRAINING SCHOOL, MR WU KWAI-HUNG, SAID: *ALTHOUGH IT IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE USED EXTENDED INTERVIEWS IN OUR RECRUITMENT EXERCISE, WE HAVE BEEN VERY SATISFIED WITH THE RESULTS.

+THE FACT THAT WE NOW HAVE TWO DAYS TO OBSERVE A CANDIDATE IN A VARIETY OF TEST SITUATIONS INSTEAD OF HAVING TO MAKE A DECISION ON THE BASIS OF A SHORT INTERVIEW, AS WAS THE CASE IN THE PAST, IS OBVIOUSLY A GREAT HELP TO US IN FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB.

FROM THE CANDIDATES’ POINT OF VIEW IT IS ALSO FAIRER AND IT GIVES THEM AN IDEA OF WHETHER THEY FIT THE JOB.*

OUT OF THE 2 400 INITIAL APPLICANTS, 1 712 WERE INVITED FOR PRELIMINARY INTERVIEWS AND OF THESE, 72 OF THE MOST PROMISING WERE CHOSEN FOR THE TWO-DAY EXTENDED INTERVIEWS.

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MR WU SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR THE INSPECTOR GRADE IS COMPLETION OF FORM FIVE WITH THREE SUBJECTS INCLUDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE AT GRADE C AND « TWO OTHER SUBJECTS AT GRADE E IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION, AN INCREASING NUMBER OF APPLICANTS COME WITH A UNIVERSITY DEGREE.

OF COURSE WE ARE HAPPY THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WITH HIGHER ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS ARE KEEN TO JOIN THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT BUT WE ARE A DISCIPLINED FORCE AND APART FROM PAPER QUALIFICATIONS WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR OTHER QUALITIES,+ SAID MR WU.

+PHYSICAL FITNESS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE JOB OF A CUSTOMS OFFICER IS OFTEN AN ARDUOUS ONE BUT, MORE THAN THAT, WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WITH A SENSE OF SELF-DISCIPLINE WHO ARE ACTIVE AND INTELLIGENT, HAVE A WELL-ROUNDED PERSONALITY AND WHO IN TURN ARE LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGING AND INTERESTING CAREER,* HE SAID.

CANDIDATES WHO PASSED THE EXTENDED INTERVIEWS WERE RECENTLY CALLED FOR THEIR FINAL INTERVIEWS.

WHEN THE CANDIDATES ARE FINALLY SELECTED FOR THE

23 POSTS, THEY WILL BE SENT TO THE TRAINING SCHOOL FOR A SIX-MONTH TRAINING COURSE.

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REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY * * *

REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE CENOTAPH ON <statiic UVESE|NHACTIVENSERVICERN,NG IN H0N0UR 0F TH0SE WH0 GAVE THEIR w 1 • *“w Mk? I I VC QCn v ILt.

WREATHS WERE LAID BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE; THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS; THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL ANTHONY BOAM; REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS; COMMONWEALTH COMMISSIONERS; THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON ANN I NG; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HITLON CHEONG-LEEN; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG; SERVICE COMMANDERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, SERVICE UNITS, TRADITIONAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, EX-SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS, SOCIETIES AND OTHER BODIES.

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MEANWHILE, THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT OBSERVED THE REMEMBRANCE DAY WITH A SERVICE IN THE MAIN HALL OF THE OFFICERS’ CLUB IN STANLEY.

THE SERVICE WAS ATTENDED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, STAFF AND FRIENDS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

AFTER THE SERVICE, THE CONGREGATION, LED BY THE CAPE COLLINSON BAND, MARCHED TO STANLEY MILITARY CEMETERY AND JOINED IN A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY.

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WATER TREATMENT PLANT * * *

CONTRACT IN THE WORKS * *

THE GOVERNMENT AND GATX-FULLER AUSTRALASIA PTY. LTD. HAS SIGNED A $52 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF THE WATER TREATMENT PLANT AT THE PAK KONG WATER TREATMENT

WATER TREATMENT

WORKS TO BE CONSTRUCTED NEAR SAI KUNG TOWN.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED RECENTLY BY THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR T.H. TOMLINSON, AND THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF GATX-FULLER AUSTRALASIA, MR J.T. PILKINGTON.

THE PLANT IS PART OF A MAJOR SCHEME TO SUPPLY FRESH WATER TO THE PROPOSED JUNK BAY NEW TOWN, SAI KUNG TOWNSHIP AND TO SUPPLEMENT SUPPLIES FROM THE SHA TIN TREATMENT WORKS TO THE EASTERN PARTS OF NEW KOWLOON AND HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE SCHEME COMPRISES A TREATMENT WORKS AND PUMPING STATION AT PAK KONG, A LARGE DIAMETER PUMPING AQUEDUCT WITH COMBINED TUNNEL AND PIPELINE SECTIONS DELIVERING TREATED WATER TO A 90 000 CUBIC METRE CAPACITY PRIMARY SERVICE RESERVOIR AT JUNK BAY AND GRAVITY MAINS FROM THE RESERVOIR TO CONNECT WITH THE EXISTING DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IN KWUN TONG AND PROVIDE A CROSSHARBOUR LINK TO HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE CAPACITY OF THE PAK KONG TREATMENT WORKS WILL BE 273 MEGALITRES PER DAY. WORKS WILL INCLUDE SIX FLAT-BOTTOMED, RECTANGULAR, SLUDGE BLANKET CLARIFIERS EACH 54 METRES BY 12 METRES AND EIGHT, DUAL-MEDIA, RAPID GRAVITY FILTERS, TOGETHER WITH THE ASSOCIATED CHEMICAL HANDLING FACILITIES, DOSING EQUIPMENT AND CONTROLS.

IT WILL BE THE SECOND LARGEST OF THE 17 TREATMENT WORKS OPERATED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

MANUFACTURE, DELIVERY AND TREATMENT PLANT INSTALLATION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT TWO AND A HALF YEARS TIME.

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NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES TO STRENGTHEN SERVICE

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TENDERS WILL BE INVITED FOR RUNNING 24 NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, KOWLOON AND HONG KONG ISLAND, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES ARE IN ABERDEEN, WONG TAI SIN, SHAM SHU I PO, KWUN TONG, YUEN LONG, NORTH DISTRICT, TUEN MUN AND TSUEN WAN. DETAILS OF THE ROUTES WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON NOVEMBER 15.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE ON THE APPROPRIATE APPLICATION FORM ENTITLED +APPL(CATION FOR PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE - PUBLIC LIGHT BUS (SCHEDULED) SERVICE*, OBTAINABLE FREE OF CHARGE ON REQUEST FROM THE FOLLOWING OFFICES FROM NOVEMBER 15«

* THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT SIXTH FLOOR, GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

* THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT KOWLOON REGIONAL OFFICE AT 25TH FLOOR, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 56 DUNDAS STREET.

* THE HONG KONG LICENSING OFFICE AT GROUND FLOOR, 2 MURRAY ROAD.

* THE KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE AT NINTH FLOOR, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 56 DUNDAS STREET.

* THE KWUN TONG LICENSING OFFICE AT FIFTH FLOOR, KOWLOON EAST GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 12 LEI YUE MUN ROAD.

* THE SHA TIN LICENSING OFFICE AT KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

* ALL DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED BY REGISTERED POST TO REACH THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT SIXTH rLOOR, GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, ON OR BEFORt DEuEMBtR 13. APPLICATIONS BY ANY OTHER MEANS OR LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT be CONSIDERED.

THE NEW ROUTES ARE EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED AROUND JULY NEXT YEAR.

A SELECTION BOARD COMPRISING AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND OFFICIALS FROM THE TRANSPORT AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL SELECT THE APPLICANTS ON THE BASIS OF THE ESTABLISHED CRITERIA LAID DOWN BY THE BOARD.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED LAST MONTH THAT PROPERLY INCORPORATED COMPANIES WILL ALSO BE GRANTED PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE FOR THE OPERATION OF GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES OTHER THAN TO INDIVIDUALS.

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NORTH POINT BUILDINGS IMPROVED FOR RESIDENTS

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RESIDENTS OF TWO BUILDINGS IN NORTH POINT NOW HAVE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT TO LIVE IN, THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM.

DEFECTIVE FIRE FIGHTING INSTALLATIONS HAVE BEEN REPLACED AND OBSTRUCTIONS REMOVED FROM THE NAM TIN BUILDING AND EMPIRE BUILDING THROUGH EFFORTS OF THE TEAM AND WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE OWNERS CORPORATIONS OF THE TWO BUILDINGS.

THE HOUSING MANAGER OF THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM, MR LIN KA-TIN, SAID THE TWO BUILDINGS WERE BUILT IN THE 1960S AND NOW HAD A TOTAL OF ABOUT 1 000 RESIDENTS IN 167 DOMESTIC UNITS.

+THEY WERE AMONG THE 30 BUILDINGS CHOSEN BY THE TEAM FOR IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT,* HE SAID.

+WHEN WE INSPECTED NAM TIN BUILDING, THE FIRE FIGHTING INSTALLATIONS WERE TOTALLY NOT OPERABLE, WITH THE FIRE HOSE REELS ON ALL 19 FLOORS OF THE BUILDING AND FIRE PUMP ON THE ROOF HAVING DETERIORATED TO AN UNSERV ICABLE STATE,* HE ADDED.

+THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS PROVIDED VALUABLE ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE IN HELPING TO REMEDY THE PROBLEMS, AND AFTER SEVERAL WORKING SEMINARS ARRANGED FOR THE OWNERS CORPORATIONS BY THE TEAM, THE DEFECTIVE FIRE FIGHTING INSTALLATIONS WERE REPLACED,* HE SAID.

THE BUILDING’S LIGHT WELL, WHICH WAS UNHYGENIC AND FILLED WITH REFUSE, HAD BEEN CLEANED UP AND WAS NOW PROPERLY MAINTAINED.

+IN THE EMPIRE BUILDING, THE SITUATION WAS SIMILAR, WITH MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF THE SMOKE DOORS BADLY DAMAGED OR DEFECTIVE. FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND OUR TEAM, THE BUILDING’S OWNERS CORPORATION REPLACED THE DAMAGED SMOKE DOORS,* SAID MR LIN.

THE OWNERS CORPORATION ALSO REPLACED MANY OF THE WORN OUT WINDOW PANES ALONG THE CORRIDORS AND AT STAIRCASES.

THE RECENT IMPROVEMENTS ARE JUST SOME OF THE MANY EXAMPLES OF THE CONTINUOUS EFFORT OF THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM, WHICH WAS SET UP UNDER THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE IN MAY.

THE TEAM ADVISES RESIDENTS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ON HOW TO DEAL WITH ENVIRONMENTAL AND MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS IN PRIVATE BUILDINGS.

TO DATE, ABOUT 30 BUILDINGS FOUND TO HAVE VARIOUS PROBLEMS, HAVE BEEN INSPECTED BY THE TEAM.

+0N THE TEAM’S ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE, CLEANSING AND REPAIR WORKS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT ON MANY OF THESE BUILDINGS TO PROVIDE A SAFER AND HEALTHIER PLACE FOR RESIDENTS,* MR LIN SAID.

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U.K. SCHOLARSHIP FOR HK STUDENT X * * *

A SCHOLARSHIP IS BEING OFFERED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM TO ENABLE THE SELECTED CANDIDATE TO FOLLOW AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE COURSE AT THE UNIVERSITY IN ENGLAND.

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM-HONG KONG SCHOLARSHIP 1986 (UNDERGRADUATE) IS OFFERED FOR THE NORMAL DURATION OF THE DEGREE COURSE FOR WHICH THE SELECTED CANDIDATE IS ACCEPTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SA ID.

APPLICATION FORMS AND PARTICULARS CONCERNING THE SCHOLARSHIP ARE NOW OBTAINABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1522, LEIGHTON CENTRE, 77 LEIGHTON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE AGED FROM 18 TO 25 AND HAVING RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS PRECEDING OCTOBER 1 NEXT YEAR.

THEY SHOULD HAVE HIGH ACADEMIC ATTAINMENTS IN HONG KONG ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION, G.C.E. A LEVEL OR THEIR EQUIVALENT, AND HAVE APPLIED OR INTEND TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM THROUGH THE UNIVERSITIES CENTRAL COUNCIL ON ADMISSION.

HOWEVER, APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FROM THOSE NOW STUDYING IN ENGLAND, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE HEAD OF THEIR SCHOOL OR COLLEGE AND BE ABLE TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE SATISFACTORY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF AN ADEQUATE KNOWLEDGE OF WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED APPLICANTS THAT THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE SATISFACTORY TO THE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION THAT SUFFICIENT FUNDS IN ADDITION TO THE VALUE CF THE SCHOLARSHIP ARE AVAILABLE TO MEET THE COSTS OF MAINTENANCE FOR THE PERIOD OF THE COURSE OF STUDY.

COMPLETED FORMS INCLUDING REFEREE’S STATEMENT SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION BEFORE DECEMBER 31 AND SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE INVITED FOR INTERVIEW IN LATE MARCH NEXT YEAR.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1985

CONTESTS TO PROMOTE COURTESY * * * *

A SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION AND A LYRICS CONTEST HAVE BEEN ORGANISED TO HELP PROMOTE THE ONGOING COURTESY CAMPAIGN IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

THE COURTESY CAMPAIGN, SPONSORED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, IS ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORf)INATING COMMITTEE, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE, EASTERN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL

FOR THE SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION, THE NUMBER OF WORDS IS LIMITED TO 14, AND MUST BE WRITTEN IN CHINESE ON THE APPLICATION FORM.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO A SENIOR SECTION FOR PEOPLE OVER 18, AND A JUNIOR SECTION FOR THOSE AGED 18 AND BELOW. THE NUMBER OF ENTRANTS IS UNLIMITED.

THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT IN THE LYRICS COMPETITION AND PARTICIPANTS CAN CHOOSE ANY POPULAR SONG AND RE-WRITE IT, IN CHINESE, WITH NEW WORDS. THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES.

THE DEADLINE FOR BOTH COMPETITIONS IS NOVEMBER 30. PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN TO WINNERS.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT 880-886 KING’S ROAD, OR ITS SUB-OFFICES IN CAUSEWAY BAY, SHAU KEI WAN AND CHAI WAN.

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MUSIC OFFICE SUPPORTS +WALK FOR THE PHIL+ * * * *

ORCHESTRAL MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, TODAY (SUNDAY) SUPPORTED A FUND-RA IS I NG> WALK FOR THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC BY TAKING PART BOTH IN THE WALK AND PROVIDING THE WALKERS WITH LIVE MUSIC.

LED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MRS DORIS HO, 55 MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, UNDER THE BATON OF NR JOHN LAU, PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR, PERFORMED AT THE STARTING POINT OF THE WALK AT MT. AUSTIN ROAD PLAYGROUND, WHILE THE 26-MEMBER WIND ENSEMBLE ALSO PLAYED AT THE FINAL CHECK POINT AT TAI TAM COUNTRY PARK (QUARRY BAY EXTENSION).

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MRS HO, WHO JOINED IN THE WALK ALONGSIDE WITH ABOUT 30 MEMBERS OF THE STAFF, SAID SHE SUPPORTED THIS FUND-RAISING EVENT BECAUSE THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC BOTH HAD THE SAME OBJECTIVES -- TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN MUSIC AND TO REACH OUT TO NEW AUDIENCES.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, WAS AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE START OF THE WALK.

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THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS MONTHLY OPEN MEETING ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 12) WHEN SIX QUESTIONS WILL BE RAISED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS.

MR FAN KAM-PING WILL ASK ABOUT MEASURES TO BOOST THE USAGE RATE OF SPORT AND RECREATION FACILITIES DURING SCHOOL AND OFFICE HOURS.

HE ALSO WANTS TO KNOW WHETHER IN ITS SWIMMING POOL PROGRAMME THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER BUILDING ONLY ONE +FUN POOL* AND DEFERRING OTHERS UNTIL THE POPULARITY OF THE FIRST HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.

MR WALTER SULKE WILL QUESTION THE RATIONALE BEHIND THE COUNCIL NOT PROCEEDING WITH HIS PROPOSAL FOR ^SPEAKERS’ CORNERS* IN PARKS.

HE WILL ALSO RAISE A QUESTION ON INCREASED CHARGES FOR SWIMMING POOLS AND ASK FOR CONFIRMATION THAT THE COUNCIL WILL FOLLOW GOVERNMENT POLICY AND NOT ACCEPT SPONSORSHIP OR ADVERTISING FROM TOBACCO COMPANIES FOR CULTURAL OR SPORTING FUNCTIONS.

MR KWAN LIM-HO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT RAT INFESTATION IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND YAU MA TEI DISTRICTS AS WELL AS THE MEASURES BEING TAKEN AGAINST IT.

IN ADDITION, MOTIONS WILL BE MOVED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE, MR HOWARD YOUNG, AND BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LIBRARIES SELECT COMMITTEE, MR JOSEPH CHAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH WILL START AT 2.30 P.M. ON TUESDAY AT THE URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN EDINBURGH PLACE.

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CHINESE OPERA FOR THE ELDERLY ******

DETAILS OF A +TRADITIONAL CHINESE OPERA NIGHT FOR THE ELDERLY+ ORGANISED TO PROVIDE MORE ENTERTAINMENT FOR OLD PEOPLE WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (MONDAY).

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE MING ROOM ON THE 16TH FLOOR OF AMBASSADOR HOTEL AT 4 MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 3 PM.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL, DISTRICT 303.

ATTENDING THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HEAD OF RTHK’S CHINESE PROGRAMME SERVICE. MR CHU PUl-HING; DISTRICT GOVERNOR OF THE LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL, DISTRICT 303, MR CHRISTOPHER SIN; CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR NG YIN-NAM, AND HEAD OF RTHK RADIO 5,

MISS AGNES TANG.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

SALE OF REFRESHMENT AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND * * * *

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENT AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND.

SITUATED AT THE JUNCTION OF HING FONG ROAD AND KWAI FUK ROAD, THE SPORTS GROUND IS A MAJOR RECREATION AND SPORTS COMPLEX FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

FACILITIES IN THE COMPLEX INCLUDE A STANDARD SIZE TURFED SOCCER PITCH, TWO MINI-SOCCER PITCHES, THREE BASKETBALL-CUM-VOLLEYBALL COURTS, A 400-METRE RUNNING TRACK AND SITTING OUT AREAS.

THE CONTRACT FOR THE BUSINESS WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON MARCH 1 NEXT YEAR FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

THOSE WHO WISH TO BID FOR THE CONTRACT CAN OBTAIN A TENDER FORM AT THE KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE RSD ON THE NINTH FLOOR OF KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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LEARNER DRIVER PROHIBITED ZONE * * *

tat ruec AVPNIJF AT YAU YAT TSUEN WILL BE DESIGNATED A LEARNER DRIVER PRoluBITEB ZONE FRoK 6 AM TO 7.30 AM DAILY FROM WEDNESDAY '(NOVEMBER 13), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

HONG KONG IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ............................ 1

GOVERNOR TO OPEN POLLUTION CONFERENCE......................... 2

'INTEGRATION IS TREND IN SPECIAL EDUCATION' .................. 3

SURVEY ON MEDIA MANPOWER NEEDS PLANNED........................ 4

EYE-CARE CANPAIQI LAUNCHED FOR THE ELDERLY ................... 4

PRESS VISIT TO SHELTERED WORKSHOP ............................ 6

INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AT PRISON OPENED .......................... 6

LADY YOUDE TO OPEN SYCAMORE ARTS GALLERY...................... 7

DISCOUNT SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY .............................. 8

REGIONAL COUNCIL COMMITTEE' TO MEET .......................... 8

LOCAL AND CHINESE MUSICIANS EXCHANGE VIEWS ................... 9

DANCE GROUPS TO PERFORM....................................... 9

VILLAGERS APPRECIATE PROVISION OF ACCESS ..................... 1°

EXTENSION TO PING TING ROAD PROPOSED.......................... 10

WATER STORAGE FIGURE.......................................... 11

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THE FIRST-EVER HONG KONG EXHIBITION TO BE STAGED IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS OPENED TODAY (MONDAY).

THE NEW EYE-CATCHING ♦HONG KONG — INTO THE FUTURE+ GRAPHICS EXHIBITION WILL BE VIEWED BY MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, PEERS AND VISITORS IN THE UPPER WAITING HALL OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS WHERE IT WILL REMAIN UNTIL THE END OF THE WEEK.

THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, MR COLVYN HAYE, SAID THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WAS PRIVILEGED TO BE ABLE TO STAGE THE EXHIBITION IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

♦IT BRINGS HONG KONG'S MESSAGE RIGHT TO THE HEART OF WESTMINSTER.*

MR HAYE INTRODUCED THE EXHIBITION TO MP’S IN A SPECIAL VIEWING ORGANISED FOR MEMBER OF THE BRITISH-HONG KONG PARLIAMENTARY GROUP.

OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO MP’S WILL BE THE SECTIONS IN THE EXHIBITION DEALING WITH THE LATEST CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG. THESE INCLUDE THE RECENTLY RECONSTITUTED LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, ITS COMPOSITION AFTER THE HISTORY-MAKING ELECTIONS, THE COUNCIL’S NEW HOME AND THE WORK OF UMELCO.

MP’S WILL ALSO LEARN ABOUT THE HUGE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT EXIST IN HONG KONG FOR BRITISH BUSINESSMEN. THE EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS THE TERRITORY’S POTENTIAL TO INVESTORS AS A HIGH TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIAL CENTRE, A FINANCIAL CENTRE AND A MARKET IN ITS OWN RIGHT, AND A SPRINGBOARD FOR TRADE WITH CHINA AND COUNTRIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

THE DISPLAY ALSO SHOWS HONG KONG AS THE THRIVING AND DYNAMIC CITY THAT IT IS TODAY FOLLOWING THE SIGNING OF THE SI NO-BRITISH AGREEMENT ON THE TERRITORY’S FUTURE.

THE SUBJECTS COVERED BY THE DISPLAY ARE ILLUSTRATED WITH COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS, GRAPHS AND TEXT. THESE RANGE FROM THE AGREEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG TO TRADE AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES AND LONGTERM PLANNING AND SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE TERRITORY. AN ELECTRONICALLY CONTROLLED +MOVING MESSAGE* DISPLAY ADDS TO THE IMPACT OF THE EXHIBITION.

THE EXHIBITION WILL NEXT BE STAGED AT THE INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE AREA OF GATWICK AIRPORT WHERE TWO AIRLINES OPERATE DAILY FLIGHTS TO HONG KONG. IT WILL BE THERE FROM NOVEMBER 16 TO DECEMBER 7.

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AS PART OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S ON-GOING EFFORTS TO HIGHLIGHT THE TERRITORY’S POTENTIAL TO BRITISH BUSINESSMEN, THE ♦HONG KONG — INTO THE FUTURE* EXHIBITION HAS BEEN STAGED IN SEVERAL VENUES IN THE UK THIS YEAR.

IT WAS SHOWN IN SIX VENUES IN LONDON, AT EDINBURGH AIRPORT IN SCOTLAND, AT NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE AIRPORT AND AT MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, WHERE A PARALLEL EXHIBITION IS CURRENTLY ON SHOW TO COINCIDE WITH THE LAUNCHING OF FLIGHTS BETWEEN MANCHESTER AND HONG KONG.

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A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION — THE CONFERENCE ON POLLUTION IN THE METROPOLITAN AND URBAN ENVIRONMENT (POLMET 85) — WILL BE HELD IN HONG KONG EARLY HEXT MONTH.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL OPEN THE FOUR-DAY CONFERENCE AT THE REGENT HOTEL ON DECEMBER 2.

THE CONFERENCE, ORGANISED ON A SELF-FINANCING BASIS, IS SPONSORED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS AND ASSOCIATED WITH THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME AND IMPERIAL COLLEGE, LONDON. MORE THAN 300 DELEGATES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE EXPECTED WITH 40 EXPERTS OF INTERNATIONAL STANDING DUE TO DELIVER PAPERS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE STEERING COMMITTEE, Mt W.M. SULKE, WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 3 PM ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 13) IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL, TO GIVE DETAILS CF THE CONFERENCE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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'INTEGRATION IS TREND IN SPECIAL EDUCATION’ * * *

INTEGRATION IS THE TREND IN SPECIAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG WHERE MANY HANDICAPPED STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFULLY INTEGRATED INTO ORDINARY SCHOOLS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE SHELLISLAND JAYCEES SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE DISABLED, MR LEUNG SAID SOME HANDICAPPED STUDENTS HAD ATTAINED GOOD RESULTS IN PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS AND WERE ADMITTED TO TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS.

♦GIVEN SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT, HANDICAPPED PUPILS CAN SUCCEED JUST AS THEIR ABLE-BODIED COUNTERPARTS,♦ HE SAID.

MR LEUNG SAID THE SHELL-ISLAND JAYCEES SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE DISABLED WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE HANDICAPPED. +IT MOTIVATES HANDICAPPED PUPILS TO ACHIEVE SELF-DEVELOPMENT AND PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY.♦

CONGRATULATING THE 10 AWARD RECIPIENTS, MR LEUNG SAID THE AWARD WAS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE, CONDUCT AND ACADEMIC ATTAINMENT IN THEIR OWN SCHOOL AND ALSO THEIR SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

HE SAID THEIR ACHIEVEMENT WAS PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT IN THE LIGHT OF THE EFFORTS THEY HAD TO PUT IN TO OVERCOME ADDITIONAL OBSTACLES CONFRONTING THEM.

♦YOU DESERVE THE HIGHEST PRAISE BECAUSE YOU SET A GOOD EXAMPLE THAT ONE SHOULD TRY ONE’S BEST TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS AND TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN SPITE OF ONE’S LIMITATIONS.

♦BY SERVING THE COMMUNITY, YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SHOWN YOU ARE WELL INTEGRATED IN THE COMMUNITY.*

MR LEUNG ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE TEACHERS AND PARENTS OF THE HANDICAPPED STUDENTS. +WITHOUT THEIR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT, THESE PUPILS MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO ATTAIN SUCH ADMIRABLE ACHIEVEMENTS,* HE SAID.

THE 10 OUTSTANDING PUPILS OF THE YEAR AREi HO WING-SUM AND CHEUNG FUNG-HAR OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, HUNG SIU-YING OF MONG KOK LUTHERAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, NG KAR-MAN OF THE VICTORIA PARK SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, KWONG HING-CHUNG OF THE CCC MONG KOK CHURCH KAI 0 SCHOOL, LEE KA-YEE OF HO MAN TIN GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, LAW PUI-CHING OF JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTRE, HUI CHI-KWAN OF CANOSSA SCHOOL FOR THE VISUALLY DISABLED YIU TSE-KEUNG OF KWAI FONG MORNINGLIGHT SCHOOL AND WONG TAK-HING OF LIONS MORNINGHILL SCHOOL.

THEY EACH RECEIVED A SCHOLARSHIP OF |800 AND A TROPHY OF ICR IT.

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SURVEY ON MEDIA MANPOWER NEEDS PLANNED *****

A SURVEY ON HONG KONG’S MASS MEDIA IS TO BE CONDUCTED BY THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL FOR INFORMATION ON THE MANPOWER NEEDS AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROFESSION.

THE SURVEY, THE THIRD IN THE SERIES, WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN NOVEMBER 19 AND DECEMBER 2 WITH THE HELP OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, SAID THE BOARD WOULD BE MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS ON MANPOWER PLANNING AND TRAINING TO THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS THE MASS MEDIA BASED ON THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY NOTES HAVE ALREADY BEEN SENT TO NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, NEWS AGENCIES, RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS AND CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INTERVIEWERS WILL EE CALLING AT THE ESTABLISHMENTS TO HELP IN COMPLETING THEM.

MR SHUM STRESSED THAT INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE AND WOULD ONLY BE PUBLISHED AS STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO AN INDIVIDUAL ORGANISATION.

♦AS THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL ASSIST THE TRAINING BOARD IN DRAWING UP TRAINING PLANS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE JOURNALISM SECTOR, EMPLOYERS COVERED IN THE SURVEY ARE REQUESTED TO OFFER THEIR FULL COOPERATION,* HE ADDED.

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ELDERLY RESIDENTS OF YAU MA TEI WILL BENEFIT FROM A MAJOR CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE EYE CARE TO BE LAUNCHED NEXT WEEK.

THE TWO-WEEK CAMPAIGN WILL COMPRISE EXHIBITIONS, FREE EYE CHECK-UPS AND TALKS TO EDUCATE THE ELDERLY ON EYE CARE.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS CF THE CAMPAIGN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, W SO CHUNG-PING SAID THE AIM OF THE CAMPAIGN WAS TO EDUCATE THE XJ 000 ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT ON THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE CF EYE CARE AND TO INFORM THEM ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF EYE DISEASES.

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♦THIS IS JUST ONE ASPECT OF THE CONCERN WE HAVE FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT, AND IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE DO OUR PART IN PROMOTING THE CHINESE TRADITION OF RESPECTING THE OLD THROUGH VARIOUS CHANNELS OF PUBLICITY.*

♦IT IS THROUGH VARIOUS ACTIVITIES WE CAN SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF 'RESPECT FOR THE OLD’ AND THE EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ORGANISED TO TIE IN WITH THE ELDERLY FESTIVAL IN THE DISTR ICT,♦ HE ADDED.

MR SO SAID NUMEROUS ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS HAD OFFERED HELP AND SUPPORT IN THE CAMPAIGN.

THESE INCLUDE THE ASIA WOMEN’S LEAGUE YAU MA TEI CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE TSIM SHA TSUI SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, THE SALVATION ARMY YAU MA TEI MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, THE YANG MENORIAL SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, AND CO—ORGAN I Stu BY THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION.

IT WILL START WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AT THE HENRY G. LEONG COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 2.30 PM ON NOVEMBER 18 (MONDAY). THE DAY’S PROGRAMME INCLUDES A TALK ON EYE-CARE, AN EXHIBITION AND FREE OPHTHALMIC TESTS.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

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FREE 1 PM

THE FOLLOWING TWO WEEKS, EYE-CARE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE AT VARIOUS VENUES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION WILL ALSO PROVIDE

EYE CHECK-UPS AT VARIOUS EXHIBITION CENTRES FROM 9.30 AM TO (EXCLUDING WEEKENDS) DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

ELDERLY CITIZENS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE CHECK-UPS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH FREE SPECTACLES, IF NECESSARY, FROM APPOINTED OPTICAL SHOPS OR ADVISED TO SEEK FURTHER MEDICAL TREATMENT.

THE CAMPAIGN COSTS ABOUT $150 000 OF WHICH $140 000 IS FROM THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE REMAINDER FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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NOTE TO ED ITORSt

PRESS VISIT TO SHELTERED WORKSHOP * * *

A PRESS VISIT HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO THE PAK TIN SHELTERED WORKSHOP OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 14).

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE VISIT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE CGO CARPARK WHERE A COACH WILL LEAVE FOR THE WORKSHOP AT ?45 PM SHARP. THOSE WISHING TO GO BY THEIR OWN TRANSPORT SHOULD REACH THE PAK TIN SHELTERED WORKSHOP, GROUND FLOOR, BLOCK 9, UPPER PAK TIN ESTATE, KOWLOON, BY 2.30 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AT PRISON OPENED

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PRODUCTION BY CORRECTIONAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES WAS GIVEN A BOOST TODAY (MONDAY) WITH THE OPENING OF AN INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AT PIK UK PRISON BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, NR CHAN WA-SHEK.

THE FOUR-STOREY $13 MILLION WORKSHOP COMPLEX IS TARGETTED TO ACHIEVE AN ANNUAL OUTPUT OF $10 MILLION INITIALLY WITH HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY EXPECTED WHEN THE COMPLEX IS FULLY UTILISED IN THREE TO FOUR YEARS’ TIME.

THE ESTIMATED COMMERCIAL VALUE OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES PRODUCED BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES WILL INCREASE TO $127 MILLION THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE COMPLEX WILL PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR THE EMPLOYMENT CF 200 INMATES IN AN INDUSTRIAL SETTING AND ENABLE THEM TO ENJOY THE BENEFIT OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING TO CULTIVATE GOOD WORK HABITS.

WITH A COVERED AREA OF 2 150 SQUARE METRES, THE COMPLEX COMPRISES WELL-MECHANISED CARPENTRY WORKSHOPS AND GARMENT-MAKING WORKSHOPS.

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THE GARMENT-MAKING SECTION IS DESIGNED TO TAKE UP LINEN WORK FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WHILE THE CARPENTRY WORKSHOP IS GEARED TO MANUFACTURE FURNITURE FOR GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND QUARTERS AS WELL AS DOORS FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

AN IMPORTANT FEATURE INSTALLED IN THE CARPENTRY WORKSHOP IS AN EFFICIENT DUST-COLLECTING SYSTEM. THERE ARE ALSO DEHUMIDIFYING FACILITIES FOR DRYING TIMBER AND WATER SPRAY BOOTHS FOR REMOVING VAPOUR AND PAINT SPRAYS.

PIK UK PRISON, A MINIMUM SECURITY PRISON FOR MORE THAN 330 FIRST-TIME PRISONERS, BECAME OPERATIONAL IN 1975. ITS FACILITIES INCLUDE DORMITORY-TYPE ACCOMMODATION, A HOSPITAL, A KITCHEN, A DINING HALL, A DOMESTIC LAUNDRY, AN ADMINISTRATION COMPLEX, AND A PURPOSE-BUILT LAUNDRY CATERING FOR GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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LADY YOUDE TO OPEN SYCAMORE ARTS GALLERY *****

LADY YOUDE WILL OPEN THE SYCAMORE ARTS GALLERY IN MONG KOK AT 4.15 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE OPEN AIR ARTS GALLERY IS CONVERTED FROM AN ACCESS LANE BETWEEN BOUNDARY STREET AND SYCAMORE STREET.

THE CONVERSION PROJECT, INITIATED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, COSTS MORE THAN $200 000.

AFTER THE OPENING, LADY YOUDE WILL VISIT THE SYCAMORE AREA CARNIVAL AT WILLOW STREET PLAYGROUND.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

, YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TWO EVENTS. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES 66°SYCAMORFM?TRFPT |E^Atqu.T?tL^U W0NG FAT SEC0nDARY SCHOOL IN 66 SYCAMORE STREET, TAI KOK TSUI AT 4 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY)

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DISCOUNT SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY ft * * ft *

DETAILS OF A DISCOUNT FACILITIES SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR LEE SHUNG-TAK-VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR LAI KWOK-HUNG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHEME’S WORKING GROUP, MR LEE SHUN-WAI.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE ELEVENTH FLOOR OF THE HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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REGIONAL COUNCIL COMMITTEE TO MEET ft ft ft

THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

IT WILL DISCUSS THE EXISTING AND OTHER METHODS UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE DISPOSAL OF REFUSE IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE 1986/87 DRAFT ESTIMATES CF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE ACTIVITIES IN THE NON-URBAN AREA.

THE MEETING, WHICH WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, WILL START AT 2.30 PM IN THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBER, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION WILL BE PROVIDED.

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LOCAL AND CHINESE MUSICIANS EXCHANGE VIEWS * * * *

LOCAL MUSICIANS AND FOUR OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS FROM CHINA ... JXC^L’GE OF VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE AT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE TODAY (MONDAY) FOLLOWING THE CLOSE OF THIS YEAR’S HONG KOL'G YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL. )

AT A COCKTAIL RECEPTION. THE FOUR GUE8T MUSICIANS FROM CHINA ■$/•<» THEY WERE IMPRESSED BY THE HIGH STANDARD OF CHINESE WSiC i-ERFORMED BY YOUNG MUSICIANS IN HONG KONG.

THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MRS DORIS HO, THANKED ALL THE iCHINECE "JS'GIANS, THE PROFESSIONALS AND THE AMATEURS, FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE 1985 HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE MU8IC FESTIVAL.

♦I HOPE THAT OUR EFFORTS TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC WILL CONTINUE TO PROGRESS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND WAT THE YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY,* MRS HO SAID.

THE i.'INE-DAY FESTIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE i'AJNlCIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, IS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE STALL Or PERFORMANCE AND STIMULATING GREATER PUBLIC INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC.

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FIFTEEN LOCAL DANCE TROUPES WILL SHOW THEIR SKILLS AT THE 1985 DANCE PERFORMANCE EVENING AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

THE EVENT, WHICH WILL START AT 7.30 PM, IS PRESENTED BY THE HONG KONG 6ANCE FEDERATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH. IT IS ORGANISED TO STIMULATE INTEREST IN DANCES AND ENHANCE THE PERFORMING EXPERIENCE OF LOCAL DANCERS.

AMONG THE DANCE TROUPES TO PERFORM WILL BE A DANCE GROUP FROM THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS AND THE HONG KONG JING YING DANCE TROUPE.

MR DAVID CHIU, THE PRINCIPAL RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER CF THE BRANCH’S RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICES DIVISION, WILL PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO EACH TROUPE.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH ON THE 14TH FLOOR, RUTTONJEE HOUSE, 11 DUDDELL STREET, CENTRAL.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-224415.

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VILLAGERS APPRECIATE PROVISION OF ACCESS * * *

A GROUP OF VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SHAN SHEK WAN RESITE AREA PHASE II, TODAY (MONDAY) PRESENTED A SOUVENIR TO THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE IN APPRECIATION FOR BUILDING A VAN TRACK TO THEIR VILLAGE.

THE TRACK, MEASURING 283 METRES LONG AND 2.5 METRES WIDE, WAS BUILT AT A COST OF ABOUT $85 000 BY THE WORKS SECTION OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE UNDER THE SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT

(SAI) PROGRAMME.

SHAN SHEK WAN RESITE AREA PHASE II HAS ABOUT 150 VILLAGERS, MOST OF WHOM ARE ENGAGED IN PIG AND POULTRY BREEDING AS WELL AS FRUIT-PLANTING.

THE TRACK, WHICH IS A VITAL ACCESS FOR VILLAGERS, WAS BUILT TO FACILITATE tHE TRANSPORTATION OF ANIMAL FEED TO THE VILLAGE AND THE DELIVERY OF PIGS AND POULTRY TO THE MARKET.

THE SAI PROGRAMME, WHICH STARTED 10 YEARS AGO, IS CARRIED OUT BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO IMPROVE THE LIVELIHOOD AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN SQUATTER AREAS.

PROJECTS, SUCH AS REPAIRING FOOTPATHS IN TSENG TAU CHUNG TSUEN AND FU TEI SHEUNG TSUEN, THE CONSTRUCTION OF DRAINS AT YICK YUEN, AND THE REPAIR OF A BUND WALL AND FOOTPATH AT KA WO LANE, WERE ALL CARRIED OUT UNDER THE SAI PROGRAMME.

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THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO PROVIDE A 100-METRE-L0NG EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING PING TING ROAD OFF HAMMER HILL ROAD AND CONSTRUCT TWO NEW ROADS TO COPE WITH FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE TWO NEW ROADS TOTALLING 145 METRES LONG WILL RUN AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE HAMMER HILL ROAD SPORTS GROUND CURRENTLY BEING CONSTRUCTED AT A SITE TO THE WEST OF PING TING ROAD.

ONE OF THE ROADS WILL ALSO BE LINKED WITH THE JUNCTION OF THE PING TING ROAD EXTENSION.

ON COMPLETION, THE NEW ROADS WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NGAU CHI WAN AREA.

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THE PROPOSED WORK WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF RETAINING WALLS TO SUPPORT THE TWO NEW ROADS AND ASSOCIATED SLOPE AND DRAINAGE WORK.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE sfeEN ATi

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG I

ft DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST, 1OTN FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND

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WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND AND FOURTH FLOORS, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KING FUK STREET SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL MUST BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JANUARY 7.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE ft ft *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG'S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 75.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 439.420 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 470.545 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 80.3 PER CENT CF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NO AMJESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS — GOVERNOR................ 1

TWELVE QUESTIONS AT LEGCO .................................. 3

LEGCO MEETING TIME-TABLE REVISED ........................... 4

EDUCATION ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY STRESSED..................... 6

LADY YOUDE OPENS SYCAMORE ARTS GALLERY...................... 7

REFUSE DISPOSAL FOR ISLANDS SATISFACTORY ................... 8

U.K. MINISTER LOOKS AT FISHING COMMJNITY.................... 9

FORM 7 ENROLMENT AFFECTED BY CU SCHEME..................... 10

HKDIC HOLDS FIRST BOARD MEETING ........................... 10

SCHEME FOR ELDERLY TO E'UOY DISCOUNTS ..................... 11

BEAUTY QUETN HELPS CHOOSE CLEANEST BUILDING................ 12

CHILDREN'S MUSIC GALA ON AGAIN ............................ 13

FIRST MEETING FOR SAI KUNG C0MHTTE3........................ 14

IMPORTANCE OF SECURITY STRESSED ........................... 14

TAI PO ROAD CLOSURE ....................................... 15

UC COMMITTED TO PROMOTE ARTS AND CULTURE - CHEONG-LEEN... 15

NEW ENTRY FEES FOR SWIMMING POOLS +NOT UNREASONABLE*- ..... 17

+ SPEAKERS' CORNERS*- NOT FAVOURED FOR PARKS .............. 18

UC ACTS IN LINE WITH GOVT'S POLICY ON CIGARETTE SMOKING.. 19

RAT PROBLEM NOT DETERIORATING

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NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS — GOVERNOR ******

THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO RETURN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OVER THE BORDER AND THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO AMNESTY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, STRESSED TODAY (TUESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM A REPORTER AFTER VISITING THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, SIR EDWARD SAID THE INCREASE IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WAS ON^ OF THE SUBJECTS WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHED A GREAT DEAL OF IMPORTANCE TO, AND THAT HE WAS SURE IT WOULD COME UP IN THE BORDER TALKS WHICH WERE DUE TO COMMENCE.

WE WANT TO TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY WE CAN TO DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM BECOMING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS,* HE SAID. ♦OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A FEELING SOMEHWERE THAT IT IS EASIER NOWADAYS THAN IT WAS BEFORE.*

I WOULD LIKE TO DISPEL THAT FEELING ABSOLUTELY AND MAKE CLEA? THAT THERE WILL BE NO AMNESTY, AND THAT WE SHALL BE TAKING THE SAME MEASURES AS WE HAVE BEEN ALWAYS TAKING TO RETURN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OVER THE BORDER.♦

ASKED WHETHER THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WOULD REQUEST HARSHER PENALTIES ON THE CHINESE SIDE TO DISCOURAGE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. THE GOVERNOR SAID HE DID NOT THINK IT WAS NECESSARILY A QUESTION OF HARSHER PENALTIES.

I THINK IT IS RATHER A QUESTION OF BETTER CONTROL,* HE ADDED

ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSIDERING VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, SIR EDWARD SAIDi *WE, OF COURSE, ARE PERFECTLY HAPPY WITH VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION BUT THERE ARE NOT VERY MANY OF THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHO.EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION, AND IT DOES TAKE SOME TIME TO ARRANGE FOR THAT REPATRIATION EVEN WHEN THEY ASKED FOR IT.*

SO CERTAINLY AT THE PRESENT TIME OUR MAIN INTEREST IS IN THE INITIATIVE WHICH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN TO TRY TO GET MORE RESETTLEMENT PLACES BECAUSE WE THINK THAT WILL MAKE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON THE REFUGEE PROBLEM IN HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

ON WHETHER VIETNAM WAS WILLING TO TAKE BACK SOME REFUGEES, SIR EDWARD SAID SOME OF THEM, A SMALL NUMBER OF THEM, HAD GONE BACK.

ASKED WHETHER THE RECENT DELEGATION TO PEKING TO DISCUSS THE BN(O) PASSPORTS HAD ARRIVED AT A PACKAGE TO BE ENDORSED BY THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, THE GOVERNOR SAID THEY DIDN'T EXPECT TO AGREE ON A PACKAGE.

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♦AS THE POLITICAL ADVISER SAID WHEN HE CAME BACK, WHAT THEY WERE DOING WAS HAVING A DISCUSSION ON ALL THE TECHNICAL PROBLEMS IN THE HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE POSITIVE RESULTS FROM THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP,* HE SAID.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE LIKELY OUTCOME OF THE SINO-BRITISH AIR TALKS IN LONDON, SIR EDWARD SAID THE TALKS WERE NOW IN PROGRESS, AND THAT *IT WOULD BE A LITTLE RISKY OF ME TO TRY TO PREDICT

EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN.

♦BUT WE ARE LOOKING FOR MORE SERVICES PARTICULARLY BETWEEN HERE AND THE MAINLAND, BECAUSE WE THINK THE TRAFFIC IS THERE TO SUSTAIN IT. SO I’M HOPING FOR SOME POSITIVE RESULTS OUT OF THESE TALKS.*

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON WHETHER THE THIRD UNIVERSITY WOULD BE LIKE THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WHICH COMPRISED SEVERAL COLLEGES, SIR EDWARD SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD JUST STARTED PLANNING IT, ♦SC I DON’T THINK WE WANT TO COME TO ANY CONCLUSIONS YET AS TO EXACTLY WHAT FORM IT WOULD TAKE.

♦BUT YOU CAN BE ASSURED THAT WE’LL GET ON WITH IT AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN. YOU’VE PROBABLY GATHERED BY MY PRESENCE HERE THIS AFTERNOON THAT EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE SUBJECTS WHICH I PAY MOST ATTENTION TO,+ HE NOTED.

ASKED HOW ACTIVELY THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING FOR THE THIRD UNIVERSITY AS IT HAD BEEN TALKED ABOUT FOR MANY YEARS, SIR EDWARD SA ID J ♦I’VE JUST ANNOUNCED IT ABOUT A MONTH AGO THAT THE PLANNING IS BEGINNING, AND I DON’T THINK THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE IT THAT WE HAVEN’T BEEN DOING SOME THINKING ABOUT IT.

♦THE FIRST PART OF THE PLAN OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION WAS EXPANDING EXISTING UNIVERSITIES, WAS MAKING FULL USE OF THE FACILITIES WHICH EXIST ALREADY. AND THEN, NOW THAT WE HAVE UNFORESEEN RESOURCES, IT IS MOVING ON TO THE THIRD UNIVERSITY.♦

SIR EDWARD ADDED THAT HONG KONG HAD MADE VERY

CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS IF ONE PUT TOGETHER THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS JOINING THE UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.

ASKED WHETHER THE PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE SCHEME OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WAS A WASTE OF PUBLIC RESOURCES, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT WAS WHAT HE CALLED A +LOADED QUESTION*.

HE ADDED THAT SIXTH FORM EDUCATION AND THE DEVELOPMENT FROM SIXTH FORM EDUCATION WAS UNDER STUDY BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION.

WE SHOULD BE WAITING CAREFULLY AND WE SHOULD BE STUDYING CAREFULLY WHAT THEY PRODUCE,+ HE SAID.

ASKED TO OUTLINE SOME OF THE OPTIONS OF THE REDRESS SYSTEM WHICH HE MENTIONED WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR EDWARD SAIDi +YOU WILL FIND THAT THE OPTIONS WILL BE DESCRIBED «HEN WE PRODUCE THE DISCUSSION DOCUMENT.

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♦AND IF I WAS TO OUTLINE ANY PARTICULAR OPTION TODAY, I’M SURE YOU WOULD ALL WRITE TOMORROW THAT THAT IS THE ONE I FAVOUR. SO I THINK WE WILL APPROACH IT WITH AN OPEN MIND.

♦AGAIN, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE WE HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF CHANNELS OF REDRESS ALREADY. AND AS I SAID IN MY SPEECH TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WHAT WE WILL PRODUCE WILL BE A SUPPLEMENT TO WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE RATHER THAN A REPLACEMENT AS I SEE IT,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

ASKED WHETHER THERE WAS A NEED FOR MORE OFFICIALS TO SIT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AS SOME OF THE QUESTIONS WERE NOT ANSWERED DURING THE LAST MEETING, SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS ONLY THE FIRST MEETING AND THAT COUNCILLORS WERE HAVING TO GET USED

TO THE NEW SYSTEM.

I THINK YOU WILL FIND THAT THE SYSTEM AS IT IS NOW WILL WORK MUCH BETTER IN THE FUTURE AS THEY GET USED TO THE SYSTEM AND LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON WEDNESDAY. I THINK YOU WILL FIND THAT THINGS WILL BE BETTER ON WEDNESDAY AS PEOPLE SETTLE DOWN TO THE NEW SYSTEM,♦ HE SAID.

WE’VE ONLY HAD ONE GO,* HE ADDED.

TWELVE QUESTIONS AT LEGCO * * * * *

TWELVE QUESTIONS AND A STATEMENT WILL BE AMONG MATTERS TO BE DEALT WITH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE 12 QUESTIONS RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS COVER A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS, INCLUDING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TOWARDS PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE DRAWING UP OF A STANDARD DEED OF MUTUAL CONVENANT FOR NEWLY CONSTRUCTED BUILDINGS AND THE PLAN TO CURB TRIAD ACTIVITIES.

A STATEMENT WILL BE MADE BY SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON ERIC HO, ON THE HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION’S 1984-85 ANNUAL REPORT.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1985

LEGCO MEETING TIME-TABLE REVISED ******

THE SCHEDULE OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER HAS BEEN REVISED. UNOFFICIALS WILL NOW SPEAK ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS ON NOVEMBER 27 AND 28, INSTEAD OF ON NOVEMBER 20 AND 21.

NOVEMBER 20 HAS NOW BEEN SET ASIDE FOR A REGULAR MEETING AND THE COUNCIL WILL NOT MEET ON NOVEMBER 21. OFFICIALS WILL NOW REPLY TO THE MOTION OF THANKS ON DECEMBER 11.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE REVISED SCHEDULE OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SITTINGS FOR THE 1985-86 SESSIONt

WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER 1985 OPENING OF THE 1985/86 SESSION (GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS)

WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 1985 REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 1985 9 9

WEDNESDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 1985 9 9

WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 1985 DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS

THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 1985 (UNOFFICIALS SPEAK)

WEDNESDAY 4TH DECEMBER 1985 REGULAR MEETING

ȣDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 1985 DEBATE ON MOTION OF THANKS

(OFFICIALS SPEAK)

WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER 1985 REGULAR MEETING

(3 WEEKS’ GAP TO CLEAR CHR ISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS)

WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY 1986 REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 22 ND JANUARY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 1986 9 9

(3 WEEKS’ GAP TO CLEAR LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS)

WEDNESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 1986

1ST BUDGET SITTING

(FINANCIAL SECRETARY PRESENTS BUDGET)

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WEDNESDAY 5TH MARCH 1986 REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY 12TH MARCH 1986

WEDNESDAY 19TH MARCH 1986

WEDNESDAY 26TH MARCH 1986 2ND BUDGET SITTING

THURSDAY 27TH MARCH 1986 (UNOFFICIALS SPEAK)

(L (S’ GAP TO CLEAR EASTER HOLIDAYS)

WEDNESDAY 9TH APRIL 1986 REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY 16TH APRIL 1986

WEDNESDAY 23RD APRIL 1986 3RD BUDGET SITTING

THURSDAY 24TH APRIL 1986 (OFFICIALS SPEAK)

( IF NECESSARY)

WEDNESDAY 3OTH APRIL 1986 REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY 7TH 1 MAY 1986 4TH BUDGET SITTING (COMMITTEE STAGE AND 3RD READING OF APPROPRIATION BILL)

WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY 1986 REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY 21ST MAY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 28TH MAY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 4TH JUNE 1986 9 9

(3 WEEKS’ GAP TO CLEAR DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL AND QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY)

WEDNESDAY 25TH JUNE 1986 REGULAR MEETING

WEDNESDAY 2ND JULY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 9TH JULY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 16TH JULY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 23RD JULY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 3OTH JULY 1986 9 9

WEDNESDAY 6TH AUGUST 1986 ( IF NECESSARY) 9 9

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EDUCATION ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY STRESSED

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EDUCATION ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY FOR EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED IN ORDER TO EFFECTIVELY REDUCE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS, THE DIRECTOR AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE RYODEN ELECTRIC ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED, MR THOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE AUDIO-VISUAL CORNER OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE AT HARBOUR BUILDING, MR LEE SAID INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS COULD NOT BE REDUCED EFFECTIVELY BY LEGISLATION ALONE.

HE SAID EMPLOYERS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO SEND THEIR WORKERS TO ATTEND SHORT COURSES ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRE TO IMPROVE THEIR KNOWLEDGE ON SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND PROPER WORKING PROCEDURES.

MR LEE SAID SKILLED WORKERS WERE MOST ESSENTIAL TO OUR INDUSTRI L DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY AND IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT TO MAINTAIN THIS PROSPERITY, WE MUST TREASURE AND PROTECT OUR HUMAN RESOURCES.

TO THIS END, HE ADDED, THE GOVERNMENT HAD DEVOTED MUCH ATTENTION TO IMPROVING WORKERS’ WELFARE AND TO PROTECTING THEIR HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK.

+APART FROM CONSTANT LEGISLATIVE REVIEW, FREQUENT INSPECTIONS ARE CARRIED OUT TO FACTORIES AND SUES BY THE LABOUP DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORS TO ENSURE THAT SAFETY REGULATIONS ARE OBSERVED,* MR LEE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, SAID THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE HAD A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROMOTING SAFETY AT WORK.

+ IT PROVIDES OUR FACTORY INSPECTORS AND THOSE IN INDUSTRY WITH TRAINING ON SAFETY ON ONE HAND, AND PROMOTES THE MESSAGE THROUGH THE MEDIA, SUCH AS RADIO AND TELEVISION, ON THE OTHER,* HE SAID.

MR BRIDGE ALSO THANKED THE RYODEN ELECTRIC ENGINEERING COMPANY FOR DONATING AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT TO THE CENTRE.

LAST YEAR, THE CENTRE OFFERED, FREE OF CHARGE, 386 TRAINING COURSES TO MORE THAN 10 000 PEOPLE AND CONDUCTED 137 TALKS ON SAFETY TO ABOUT 13 000 PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS INCLUDING INSTITUTES OF HIGHER EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL TRAINING SCHOOLS AND ASSOCIATIONS OF EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS.

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LADY YOUDE OPENS SYCAMORE ARTS GALLERY ******

LADY YOUDE OPENED THE SYCAMORE ARTS GALLERY IN MONG KOK TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE OPEN AIR ARTS GALLERY IS CONVERTED FROM AN ACCESS LANE BETWEEN BOUNDARY STREET AND SYCAMORE STREET.

AFTER UNVEILING A COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE, LADY YOUDE WAS TAKEN ON A TOUR OF THE GALLERY BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SYCAMORE ARTS GALLERY DEVELOPMENT WORKING GROUP, MR WONG YUEN-WEI. SHE NOTED THE SPECIAL DESIGN OF THE GALLERY WITH EXHIBITION BOARDS MOUNTED ON ROWS OF BENCHES, PLANTS AND PERGOLAS.

♦THE GALLERY IS AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL FACILITY TO PROMOTE THE INTEREST OF PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS IN THE DISTRICT. IT ALSO PROVIDES A DELIGHTFUL SITTING-OUT AREA FOR RESIDENTS,* MR WONG SAID.

THE PROJECT, INITIATED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, COSTS MORE THAN $200 000. THE BOARD CONTRIBUTED $150 000 AND THE BALANCE WAS MET BY THE SHU I ON SEAGULL CLUB, WHICH IS A STAFF CLUB OF THE SHU I ON GROUP.

BEFORE THE OPENING, LADY YOUDE TOURED THE DISTRICT TO SEE VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, LADY YOUDE FIRST VISITED KAM LAM STREET, WHICH IS WELL-KNOWN FOR WHOLESALE OF EGGS.

SHE ALSO VISITED A GOLD ORNAMENTS SHOP AT SHANGHAI STREET.

AFTER CALLING ON A FAMILY IN TAI KOK TSUI, LADY YOUDE PROCEEDED TO LIM POR YEN CENTRE AND CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE WHERE SHE WAS BRIEFED ON THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

BEFORE LEAVING MONG KOK, LADY YOUDE ALSO VISITED THE SYCAMORE AREA CARNIVAL IN WILLOW STREET PLAYGROUND TO SEE YOUNG CHILDREN PAINTING AND PLAYING AT THE GAMES STALLS.

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REFUSE DISPOSAL FOR ISLANDS SATISFACTORY * * * *

THE DISPOSAL OF REFUSE IN THE ISLANDS, BY TRANSPORTING IT BY BARGES TO THE KWAI CHUNG INCINERATION PLANT OR THE MA YAU TONG CONTROLLED TIP, HAS PROVED A MORE HYGIENIC METHOD OF REFUSE DISPOSAL THAN THE USE OF SMALL LOCAL INCINERATORS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR LI TIN-MING, AT THE MEETING TODAY (TUESDAY) OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL.

MR LI SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THE ABSENCE OF CONVENIENT DISPOSAL SITES AND TRANSPORTATION CONSTRAINTS, IT HAD BEEN THE PRACTICE FOR DECADES TO DISPOSE OF REFUSE ON THE OUTLYING ISLANDS BY USING SMALL INCINERATORS.

THIS METHOD OF DISPOSAL WAS CONSIDERED HYGIENICALLY ACCEPTABLE AND ECONOMICAL AT A TIME WHEN THE POPULATION ON THESE ISLANDS WAS SMALL AND THE REFUSE YIELD WAS LOW.

♦HOWEVER, WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN RECENT YEARS ON SOME OF THE ISLANDS AND THE RESULTANT STEEP RISE IN POPULATION, THE SOARING REFUSE YIELD EXCEEDED THE BURNING CAPACITY OF THE INCINERATORS EVEN IF THEY ARE OPERATED ROUND THE CLOCK. THE SMOKE AND SMELL NUISANCES ASSOCIATED WITH THE NON-STOP OPERATION OF THESE INCINERATORS SOON LED TO SERIOUS COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC,* HE SAID.

♦AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD OF DISPOSAL WAS THEN INTRODUCED ON A TRIAL BASIS AS PART OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN IN 1982 BY USING THE BARGING METHOD,* HE ADDED.

THIS BROUGHT ABOUT A MARKED IMPROVEMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AS THE QUANTITY OF REFUSE DISPOSED OF BY LOCAL BURNING WAS REDUCED. THE BARGING SYSTEM WAS CONSEQUENTLY EXTENDED TO OTHER ISLANDS.

AS A FURTHER IMPROVEMENT, REFUSE COLLECTED DAILY WAS PUT IN POLYTHENE BAGS BEFORE TRANSFER TO BARGES, REDUCING SMELL AND FLY NUISANCES AT THE TRANSFER STATIONS, MR LI SAID.

♦AS A RESULT OF THIS ARRANGEMENT, REFUSE DISPOSAL BY SMALL INCINERATORS AT CHEUNG CHAU, AND MOST PARTS OF PENG CHAU, LAMMA AND SOUTH LANTAU HAS VIRTUALLY STOPPED. NOW, ABOUT 35 TONNES OF SOLID WASTE ARE BARGED OUT DAILY.+ MR Li SAID.

ONE DRAWBACK HOWEVER, IN REFUSE BARGING *AS THAT IT COULD BE DISRUPTED BY INCLEMENT WEATHER. ONE ALTERNATIVE UNDER CONSIDERATION WAS THE CONSTRUCTION OF m MODERN INCINERATOR THAT MET ALL THE STRINGENT SMOKE EMISSION STANDARDS AT MUI *0 ON LANTAU.


♦WORK ON THIS INCINERATOR IS EXPECTED. TO START JN EARLY 1986 FOR COMPLETION IN 1987. IT wILL BE USED FOR THE DISPOSAL CF REFUSE IN SOUTH LANTAU.+ HE ADDED.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO DECIDED AT TODAY’S MEETING TO INCLUDE DRAFT ESTIMATES OF $86.7 MILLION IN REVENUE AJ*D S445.8 M LL ION IN EXPENDITURE RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE ACTIVITIES FOR 1986-87 IN THE OVERALL ESTIMATES FOR THE COUNCIL’S CONSIDERATION.

ITEMS WHERE EXPENDITURE WOULD BE

EXPLAINING ONE OF THE

INCREASED, THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR TREASURY ACCOUNTAN., WS MARIA YIP, SAID THAT TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMANDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SERVICES IN NON-URBAN AREAS, THc ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE DIVISION WOULD HAVE TO BE STRENGTHENED BY THE ADDITION OF 177 POSTS, BRINGING ITS TOTAL ESTABLISHMENT POSTS TO 6 038 BY MARCH 31, 1987. THE NEW POSTS WOULD COST AN ADDITIONAL $3.5 MILLION.

ON REVENUE WHICH WOULD BE DERIVED FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE ACTIVITIES, MRS YIP SAID ONE OF THE SOURCES WOULD BE IN THE RENTING OUT OF MARKET STALLS.

♦TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE ESTIMATED RENTAL REVIS ON CONSEQUENT UPON RENEWAL OF MARKET TENANCIES, PHASED INCREaSEj FOR EXISTING TENANCIES AND ADDITIONAL REVENUE DERIVED FROM THE NEW HUNG SHU I KIU TEMPORARY MARKET AND TSING YI COOKED FOOD CENTRE TO BE OPENED IN 1986-87, THE ESTIMATED REVENUc * ' SAID.

FOR 1986-87 IS $53.3 MILL ION,+ SHE

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U.K. MINISTER LOOKS AT X X * X

F ISH ING COMMUNITY * *

BRITISH MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD, ILHA JOPLING, TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED ABERDEEN TO LOOK AT DEVELUPMENTo IN THE AREA AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LOCAL FISHING COMMUNIT:.

MR JOPLING, ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR MAYER NG, AND SOUTHERN L -TRIC-OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, HAD A PANORAMIC VIEw Oc THE -^E'DEE’. TYPHOON SHELTER FROM THE ROOF OF A BUILDING ON AP LEI CHAU.

HE wAS BRIEFED ON THE AP LEi CHAU NORTH RECLAMATION AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WHICH WOULD ROVIS. aBOUT'SEVE:. -sECTARt CF LAND FOR VARIOUS USES AND GREATLY IMPROVE THE ENV RONME.’-T . THE AREA.

TUESDAY, NOVEi>BEH 1G, 1985

DURING A BOAT TOUR OF THE TYPHOON SHELTER, THE PARTY VISITED A FAMILY ON BOARD A FISHING VESSEL TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF THE FISHING COMMUNITY IN THE BUSY WATERWAY.

MR JOPLING ALSO VISITED THE ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET TO LEARN ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION.

FORM 7 ENROLMENT AFFECTED BY CU SCHEME * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) CONFIRMED THA' THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE SCH.Mt nAL THE EFFECT OF REDUCING ENROLMENT IN FORM 7 CLASSES IN ScCONDA-SCHOOLS OFFERING MATRICULATION COURSES.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN A RECENT SURVcY CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT ON THE EFFECT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE SCHEME ON FORM 7 STUDENTS IN AIDED SCHOOLS, IT WAS FOUND THAT 112 OUT OF 189 SCHOOLS OPERATING FORM 6 CLASSES HAD STUDENTS JOINING THE CHINESl UNIVERSITY AFTER FINISHING LOWER FORM 6.

+ONE HUNDRED AND THREE SCHOOLS HAD FIVE TO 29 PER CENT OF THEIR FORM 6 STUDENTS JOINING THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND NINE REPORTED OVER 20 PER CENT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ THE SITUATION IS SUFFICIENTLY SERIOUS TO WARRANT OUR CONCERN AS THIS AMOUNTS TO WASTAGE OF PUBLIC FUNDS,* HE SAID.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, HE ADDED, HOPED THAT THE WHOLE QUESTION OF SIXTH FORM EXAMINATIONS COULD BE RESOLVED BY THc EDUCATION COMMISSION IN ITS NEXT REPORT.

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HKD IC HOLDS FIRST BOARD MEETING * * * * *

A LEADING INDUSTRIALIST, MR CHRISTOPHER CHENG, w. . ELECTc. CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE HONG KONG DESIG' INNOVATION COMPANY LIMITED (HKDIC) AT ITS FIRST MEETING -(TUESDAY).

MR CHENG IS A MEMBER OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF WING TAI EXPORTERS LIMITED.

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THE HEAD OF SWIRE SCHOOL OF DESIGN AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, KR MICHAEL FARR, WAS ELECTED VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF HKD IC, A GOVERNMENT-ASSISTED COMPANY TO PROVIDE HONG KONG'S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WITH A PRODUCT INNOVATION, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICE.

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD COMPRISE THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY; THE CHAIRMAN OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL DESIGN COUNCIL AND ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER OF HAKING W. INDUSTRIES LTD., W HERBERT WONG; THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, MR S.K. CHAN; THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS LIMITED, MR CHEN YEE MAU; THE ENGINEER NG DIRECTOR OF BONDWELL HOLDING LIMITED, MR ANTHONY KWOK; AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE (DESIGNATE) OF THE COMPANY, MR DOUGLAS TOMKIN.

THE EIGHT-MEMBER BOARD REPRESENTS A MIX OF EXPERTISE FROM THE INDUSTRIAL, INSTITUTIONAL, TECHNICAL AND GOVERNMENT SECTOR.

THE COMPANY, INCORPORATED ON OCTOBER 7 THIS YEAR, IS INTENDED TO ACT AS A SPUR FOR HONG KONG IN THE MOVE TOWARDS THE MANUFACTURc OF HIGH-QUALITY GOODS BY PROVIDING RESEARCH AND DESIGN AT MARKET RATES. IT IS EXPECTED TO COME INTO OPERATION EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THE IDEA OF ASSISTING LOCAL MANUFACTURERS WITH A DESIGN AND INNOVATION SERVICE STEMMED FROM A PROPOSAL MADE BY MR FARR OF THE SWIRE SCHOOL OF DESIGN.

THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO HKDIC AMOUNTS TO $9.2 MILLION, MADE UP OF A SUBVENTION OF $8 MILLION TO COVER THE FIRST THREE YEARi CF THE COMPANY’S OPERATION AND AN INTEREST-FREE LOAN OF $1.2 MILLION TO BE TAKEN OUT IN THE FOURTH YEAR. THE COMPANY IS EXPECTED TO BE FINANCIALLY SELF-SUPPORTING IN ITS FIFTH YEAR OF OPERATION.

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SCHEME FOR ELDERLY TO ENJOY DISCOUNTS * * * *

ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BENEFIT FROM A DISCOUNT FACILITIES SCHEME DURING THE NEXT FOUR WEEKS.

STARTING FROM SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 16), PEOPLE AGED 60 OR T CAN OBTAIN DISCOUNTS WHEN SHOPPING OR EATING OUT IN DISTRICT.

DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WERE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHEME’S WORKING GROUP, M* LEE SHUN-WAI.

MR LEE SAID THE MAIK OBJECTIVE OF THE oCrtc E *AS TO PROMOTE A SENSE OF RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT.

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♦FIFTEEN ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO TAKE PART IN

THE SCHEME AND WILL OFFER DISCOUNTS RANGING FROM FIVE TO 25 PER CENT TO ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO PURCHASE GOODS FROM THEM OR EAT AT THEIR RESTAURANTS.

♦THESE INCLUDE SIX HERBALIST SHOPS, FIVE RESTAURANTS, TWO DEPARTMENT STORES, A SUPERMARKET AND A COOKED FOOD STALL,+ « SAID.

♦ALL THE ELDERLY HAVE TO DO IS TO PRODUCE THEIR IDENTITY CARD CERTIFYING THEIR AGE WHEN BUYING ITMES OR EATING AT THE LISTED ESTABLISHMENTS BEFORE THEY PAY THE BILLS, AND THEY WILL BE GIVEN DISCOUNTS AUTOMATICALLY^ HE ADDED.

A LEAFLET LISTING OUT THE 15 SHOPS PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME IS AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES, AS WELL AS THE SEVEN CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523480.

THE SCHEME IS ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WITH THE ASSISTANCE FROM SEVEN ELDERLY CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT.

ALSO ATTENDING TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE WERE THE CHAIRMAN CF THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR LEE SHUN-TAK, AND THE VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR LAI KWOK-HUNG.

ACCORDING TO STATISTIC IN 1983, THERE ARE MORE THAN 40 000 ELDERLY RESIDENTS AGED 60 OR OVER IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN, WHICH IS ABOUT 12.7 PER CENT OF THE DISTRICT’S POPULATION.

BEAUTY QUEEN HELPS CHOOSE CLEANEST BUILDING * * *

A PANEL OF JUDGES INCLUDING MISS HONG KONG RUNNER-UP ELLEN WONG TODAY (TUESDAY) CHOSE SUN SING CENTRE IN SHAU KEI WAN AS THE CLEANEST BUILDING IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

SECOND AND THIRD IN THE DISTRICT-WIDE COMPETITION TO FIND THE CLEANEST BUILDING WERE MAYSON GARDEN MANSION AND DRAGON PEAK BOTH IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

AMONG THE ADJUDICATORS WERE THE CHAIRMAN, MADAM CHRISTINA TING, AND MEMBERS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG COMMITTEE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT CLEANEST BUILDING COMPETITION, MADAM SHING PUN-KOK.

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BOWEN LEUNG MULTI-STOREY

ALSO TAKING PART WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER MR AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BUILD ING ORGANISATION, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND INFORMATION

SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE GROUP SPENT THE MORNING VISITING EACH OF THE NINE FINALISTS WHICH WERE SCATTERED FROM ONE END OF THE DISTRICT TO THc

OTHER.

IN EACH BUILDING THEY CONSIDERED THE CLEANLINESS OF ALL PUBLIC AREAS REGARDLESS OF THE BUILDING’S AGE.

THE OTHER SIX FINALISTS WERE KAR MAN COURT, BRAEMAR TERRACE AND WESTLAND GARDENS IN NORTH POINT, AND HEUNG YUEN GARDEN, FU MING COURT AND MOON WAH BUILDING IN CHAI WAN.

PRIZES WILL BUILDINGS DUR ING ON DECEMBER 8.

BE AWARDED TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE WINNING THE EASTERN DISTRICT CLEAN HONG KONG FUN DAY

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CHILDREN’S MUSIC GALA ON AGAIN *****

THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH WILL BE JOINTLY PRESENTING THE SECOND MUSIC GALA WITH THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN CHORUS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST DISTRICT CHILDREN’S MUSIC GALA HELD EARLY THIS YEAR.

THE GALA, TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 16, 23, 30 AND DECEMBER 7 IN SAU MAU PING LAM TIN, SHUN LEE ESTATE AND KOWLOON BAY, WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN CHORUS AND VARIOUS BANDS PLAYING MELODIAN AND RECORDER.

ADMISSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE KWUN TONG MUSIC CENTRE, AT YAN HAU MANSION, 100 TIN FU STREET, THIRD FLOOR, NGAU TAU KOK.

FOR ENQUIRIES, CALL 3-7561328.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1985

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FIRST MEETING FOR SAI KUNG COMMITTEE * * *

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

IT WILL DISCUSS A WIDE RANGE OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES AS WELL AS CULTURAL, RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

THE MEETING, IN CANTONESE, WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND WILL START AT 2.30 PM IN THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBER, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED.

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IMPORTANCE OF SECURITY STRESSED

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TAI PO’S +FIGHT CRIME AMBASSADOR*, MISS CHEUNG TAK-LAN, WILL PUBLICISE THE CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON WITH VISITS TO SHOPS IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE CRIME PREVENTION wORKING GROUP, MISS CHEUNG WILL VISIT GOLDSMITH AND WATCH SHOPS.

POLICE CRIME PREVENTION OFFICERS * ILL BE PRESENT TO ADVISE OPERATORS ON THE INSTALLATION OF SECURITY MEASURES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VIST,.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE CARPARK OF TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO, AT 2.1C PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1935

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TAI PO ROAD CLOSURE * * *

TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK, THE SLOW AND THE CENTRE LANES CF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI PO ROAD NEAR SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM 8 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 15) FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS.

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UC COMMITTED TO PROMOTE ARTS AND CULTURE - CHEONG-LEEN

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THE URBAN COUNCIL IS FIRMLY AND DEEPLY COMMITTED TO THE LONG-TERM AND CHALLENGING TASK OF PROMOTING THE ARTS AND CULTURE, AND THEREBY ENRICHING THE CULTURAL LIFE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE, THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, SAID TODAY.

ADDRESSING THE COUNCIL’S MONTHLY OPEN MEETING, MR CHEONG-LEEN EMPHASIZED THAT IT WAS ALWAYS THE COUNCIL’S POLICY TO ENCOURAGE, SUPPORT AND GROOM LOCAL TALENTED ARTISTS.

THUS, HE SAID, THE COUNCIL WILL AS FAR AS POSSIBLE PROVIDE LOCAL GROUPS WITH PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES TO ENABLE THEM TO FURTHER DEVELOP THEMSELVES INTO MATURE AND PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS.

+NOT ONLY DOES THE COUNCIL RUN ITS OWN FOUR PERFORMING COMPANIES, IT ALSO PROMOTES SUCH LOCAL GROUPS AS THE HONG KONG BALLET, THE HONG KONG BALLET GROUP, THE CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY, THE PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE LIM KEK HAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.

♦IT IS ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT OVER THE YEARS ALL THE FOUR PERFORMING COMPANIES HAVE CONTRIBUTED TREMENDOUSLY TO THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPRECIATION OF CHINESE MUSIC, DANCE, DRAMA AND CHORAL MUSIC IN HONG KONG.

+FURTHERMORE, THEIR PERFORMANCE CONTINUE TO REACH OUT TO AN EVER EXPANDING CIRCLE OF AUDIENCE,* HE SAID.

TO ENABLE LOCAL YOUNG ARTISTS TO PERFORM IN PUBLIC, f,'R CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE COUNCIL WAS PRESENTLY ARRANGING A SERIES OF CONCERTS, ENTITLED +PLATFORM FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS SERIES*.

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+ THE PLATFORM WAS INTRODUCED ONLY TWO MONTHS AGO AND IT IS HOPED THAT IT WILL BECOME A VALUABLE SETTING FOR OUR ASPIRING YOUNG PERFORMERS TO IMPROVE THEIR TALENT BY PERFORMING OFTENER BEFORE AN AUDIENCE.+

MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID ONE OF THE BEST METHODS TO PROMOTE THE ARTS AND CULTURE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE WAS THROUGH FESTIVALS. THUS, THE COUNCIL ORGANISED NUMEROUS FESTIVALS, INCLUDING AN ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL IN SUMMER AND THE FESTIVAL OF ASIAN ARTS.

+THE COUNCIL INTRODUCED IN MAY THIS YEAR A PILOT SCHEME OF OFFERING HALF-PRICE TICKETS FOR SELECTED URBAN COUNCIL PRESENTATIONS ON THE DAY OF PERFORMANCES WITH A VIEW O^ MAKING THE COUNCIL’S CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.+

TURNING TO THE NEWLY-ESTABLISHED HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID: +WITH THE OPENING OF ACADEMY, THE FIRST TERTIARY EDUCATION CENTRE IN SOUTH EAST ASIA BUILT ESPECIALLY FOR TEACHING DANCE, DRAMA, MUSIC AND TECHNICAL ARTS, HONG KONG’S CULTURAL LIFE WILL BE FURTHER ENRICHED.+

+WHILE THE ACADEMY’S ROLE IS TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN THE PERFORMING ARTS, THE COUNCIL’S POLICY IS TO MAKE THE PERFORMING ARTS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC BY ORGANISING PERSENTATIONS OF WESTERN AND EASTERN MUSIC, OPERA, DRAMA, DANCE, FILMS AND OTHER PERFORMING ARTS BY LOCAL AND OVERSEAS ARTISTS AT COUNCIL VENUES.

+THE ACADEMY AND THE COUNCIL WILL BE PLAYING COMPLEMENTARY ROLES IN DEVELOPING LOCAL ARTS AND CULTURE.+

IN CONCLUSION, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID: + IT CAN THUS BE SEEN THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL IS PLAYING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN MAKING HONG KONG INTO A CITY OF FESTIVALS, WHICH NOT ONLY GIVES SUPPORT TO OUR TOURIST INDUSTRY, BUT ALSO PROVIDES MORE FUN, ENTERTAINMENT AND A BETTER LIFE-STYLE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+

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NEW ENTRY FEES FOR SWIMMING POOLS +NOT UNREASONABLE* * * *

THE NEW ENTRY FEES FOR SWIMMING POOLS INTRODUCED FROM LAST JUNE WERE CONSIDERED AS BEING *NOT UNREASONABLE,* MR HOWARD YOUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE, SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY MR WALTER SULKE, HE TOLD THE COUNCIL’S MONTHLY MEETING THAT THE TOTAL COST OF OPERATING ID POOLS WAS $51.93 MILLION IN 1983-84.

$76.39 MILLION, THE OF THREE NEW POOLS AT , HE ADDED.

THE ESTIMATED COST IN 1985-86 WAS BIG INCREASE BEING DUE TO THE OPENING LAI CHI KOK, WAN CHAI AND SHAM SHU I PO

♦ASSUMING NO INCREASE IN ADMISSION CHARGES, IT ESTIMATED THAT THE OPERATING DEFICIT IN RELATION TO COST, I.E. STEADILY INCREASING COSTS TO BE BORNE BY RATEPAYER, WOULD RISE FROM $43.2 MILLION IN 1983-84 MILLION IN 1985-86,* HE SAID.

WAS TOTAL THE TO $58.9

+AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, IT WAS CONSIDERED NOT UNREASONABLE TO INTRODUCE INCREASED CHARGES. SO ON THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED AT THAT TIME, I WOULD NOT AGREE THAT THE COUNCIL’S DECISION WAS A MISTAKE.*

MR YOUNG SAID THAT AT THE SAME TIME HAVING REGARD TO ACTUAL DEMAND REFLECTED BY ATTENDANCES, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WAS REQUESTED TO REVIEW OPERATING COSTS AND OPENING HOURS TO DETERMINE WHERE ECONOMIES MIGHT BE MADE.

♦THIS EXERCISE IS IN PROGRESS AND I UNDERSTAND THAT SEPARATE PROPOSALS WILL BE SUBMITTED FOR COUNCIL’S CONSIDERATION BEFORE THE NEXT SWIMMING SEASON.♦

AS REGARDS A POSSIBLE REDUCTION OF CHARGES. MR YOUNG NOTED THAT THE PEAK SWIMMING SEASON WAS NOW OVER, AND SAID THIS ASPECT MUST THEREFORE NOW AWAIT CONSIDERATION IN THE CONTEXT OF NEXT YEAR’S REVIEW OF SWIMMING POOL ADMISSION FEES.

♦THIS IS AN ANNUAL EXERCISE (WHICH DOES NOT NECESSARILY RESULT IN INCREASED CHARGES), AND DUE ACCOUNT WILL BE TAKEN OF THIS SUMMER'S ATTENDANCE LEVELS AND OTHER RELEVANT FACTORS.♦

MR YOUNG SAID HE AGREED THAT IT WAS NOT THE COUNCIL’S AIM TO DISCOURAGE ATTENDANCE AT SWIMMING POOLS, PARTICULARLY BY CHILDREN.

HE SAIDi +THE COUNCIL’S AIM IN PROVIDING SWIMMING FACILITIES IS TO MEET PUBLIC DEMAND AND ENCOURAGE USAGE : FIXING CHARGES AT MODEST LEVELS.*

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1985

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♦SPEAKERS’ CORNERS* NOT FAVOURED FOR PARKS * * *

THERE IS A CONSENSUS VIEW AMONG THE AUTHORITIES THAT AMPLE PROVISIONS ALREADY EXIST FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING AND MEETINGS AND THAT THE PROPOSAL TO SET UP ♦SPEAKERS’ CORNERS* IN PARKS WOULD BE UNLIKELY TO FIND FAVOUR WITH THE HONG KONG PUBLIC.

MR HOWARD YOUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE, SAID THIS TODAY AT THE COUNCIL’S MONTHLY MEETING IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY MR WALTER SULKE.

HE SAID MR SULKE’S PROPOSAL FOR ♦SPEAKERS’ CORNERS* HAD BEEN REFERRED FOR COMMENT TO THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, WHO HAD IN TURN SOUGHT THE VIEWS OF THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY.

♦THE LATTER CONSULTED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, AND THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADM INISTRATION,♦ HE SAID.

IN THE LIGHT OF THEIR CONSENSUS VIEW, MR YOUNG SAID, AND GIVEN THAT ANY CHANGES TO CURRENT PRACTICE WOULD REQUIRE AMENDMENTS TO LEGISLATION BY GOVERNMENT, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ADVICE TO THE RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE WAS NOT TO PROCEED FURTHER WITH THE ISSUE.

♦FOLLOWING CONSIDERATION, THE SELECT COMMITTEE ACCEPTED THIS ADVICE,♦ HE SAID.

♦IN DOING SO, MEMBERS GENERALLY AGREED THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD CERTAINLY NOT OBJECT TO THE PROPOSAL IF IT SHOULD BE RAISED AGAIN AND IF IT COULD BE DEMONSTRATED THAT THERE WAS A DEMAND TO PROVIDE ’SPEAKERS’ CORNERS’ AND FOR CHANGES TO THE PUBLIC ORDER ORD I NANCE.♦

HE ADDED THAT LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS wOULD BE NECESSARY SINCE AT PRESENT SECTION 8 OF THE PUBLIC ORDER ORDINANCE REQUIRED 7 DAYS’ NOTICE TO THE POLICE, AND SUCH NOTICE WAS NOT CONSIDERED COMPATIBLE WITH THE SPONTANEOUS EXPRESSION OF VIEWS INHERENT IN A ♦SPEAKERS’ CORNER+.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1985

UC ACTS IN LINE WITH GOVT’S POLICY ON CIGARETTE SMOKING * * * ¥

THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS ACTED IN LINE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON CIGARETTE SMOKING SINCE ITS PROMULGATION, SAID MR LAWRENCE FUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL’S CULTURE SELECT COMMITTEE, TODAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE COUNCIL’S MONTHLY PUBLIC MEETING IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY MR WALTER SULKE CONCERNING THE COUNCIL’S POLICY ON THE ACCEPTANCE OF SPONSORSHIP OR ADVERTISING FROM TOBACCO COMPANIES FOR CULTURAL OR SPORTING FUNCTIONS SOLELY OR JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE COUNCIL.

MR FUNG SAIDi +AT PRESENT, NOT ONLY IS SMOKING BANNED FROM THE COUNCIL’S CULTURAL VENUES, MUSEUMS AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES, THE COUNCIL HAS ALSO DECIDED NOT TO ACCEPT SPONSORSHIP OR ADVERTISING FROM TOBACCO COMPANIES FOR CULTURAL OR SPORTING FUNCTIONS SOLELY OR JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE COUNCIL.

+THIS CONTINUES TO BE THE COUNCIL’S POLICY.*

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RAT PROBLEM NOT DETERIORATING ¥ ¥ ¥

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS, THE RAT PROBLEM IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND YAU MA TEI IS NOT DETERIORATING, MR WALTER SULKE, CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FOOD HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE, SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY MR L.H. KWAN, HE TOLD THE COUNCIL’S MONTHLY MEETING THAT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT CONSIDERED THAT THE PRESENT SITUATION WOULD NOT SERIOUSLY AFFECT ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN THE TWO DISTRICTS.

HE SAID THAT WHILE IT WAS NEVER EASY TO QUANTIFY THE DEGREE OF INFESTATION IN ANY AREA, A ROUGH INDICATOR WOULD BE THE NUMBER OF RODENT COMPLAINTS RECEIVED AND THE NUMBER OF DEAD RATS COLLECTED.

♦DURING THE PERIOD 1.1.85 TO 31.10.85, 355 RAT COMPLAINTS (ONLY ONE OF WHICH WAS DIRECTLY IN CONNECTION WITH FOOD PREMISES) WERE RECEIVED AND 3 873 DEAD RATs COLLECTED IN THESE TWO DISTRICTS AS COMPARED wlTh 384 -AT COMPLAINTS AND 3 784 DEAD RATS COLLECTED DURING THE SA.'_ PER IOD IN 1984,* HE SA ID.

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IN REGARD TO THE EXTERMINATION OF RATS IN THE AREAS, MR SULKE SAID MEASURES BEING TAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT’S DISTRICT STAFF INCLUDED PROMPT RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS AND SYSTEMATIC ELOCK-TO-BLOCK ANTI-RODENT CONTROL PROGRAMMES CARRIED OUT ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

WEEKLY VISITS ARE ALSO PAID BY PEST CONTROL STAFF TO RODENT BLACK SPOTS, BI-WEEKLY VISITS TO REFUSE COLLECTION POINTSj AND MONTHLY VISITS TO GODOWNS AND CARGO HANDLING AREAS.'

IN ADDITION, HE ADDED, PERIODIC ANTI-RODENT CAMPAIGNS WERE CARRIED OUT AT SELECTED AREAS, AIMED AT REDUCING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE THE RAT POPULATION IN THE DISTRICTS.

FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985 AN EXTENSIVE ANTI-RODENT CAMPAIGN WAS CARRIED OUT IN TSIM SHA TSUI, AS A RESULT OF WHICH 99 DEAD RATS WERE COLLECTED AND 151 RAT HOLES AS WELL AS 40 TREE PITS WERE FILLED. THE RAT POPULATION IN THE AREA WAS THUS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL.

AS TO WASTE FOOD OR LEFT-OVERS FROM FOOD PREMISES IN THE TWO DISTRICTS, MR SULKE SAID THAT ON THE WHOLE THEY WERE CONSIDERED PROPERLY DISPOSED OF.

+N0 WARNING LETTERS HAVE HAD TO BE ISSUED OR PROSECUTION TAKEN OUT AGAINST IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF r00D WASTE IN THESE DISTRICTS DURING THE PAST 10 MONTHS.+

MR SULKE APPEALED TO ALL RESTAURANT OWNERS AND OTHERS CONCERNED WITH SUPPLYING FOOD TO THE PUBLIC TO COOPERATE, TO KEEP THEIR PREMISES CLEAN, AND TO MAKE A REPORT IMMEDIATELY THEY NOTICED ANY SIGNS OF RATS SO THAT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT COULD TAKE NECESSARY ACTION.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING. LAW CHANGES CONSIDERED IN CLAMPDOWN ON TRIADS ................ 1

WELFARE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR FAMILIES IN DIFFICULTIES ... 3

'FAIR COMPARISON' PRINCIPLE USED FOR PAY DECISION ........ 4

BOUGHT-PLACE SCHEME TO CONTINUE IN 'ACCEPTABLE SCHOOLS' .. 4

Safety measures at training centres under REvra/.......... 5

STANDARD clauses FOR DEEDS BEING DRA>ffi UP .............. 6

FIRE OFFICERS TRAINED TO DETECT ARSON .................... 7

HEALTHY GROWTH FOR CORPORATION IN 1984-85 ................ 8

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR WORKING PARTY CHAIRMAN ............... 9

MOST SUITABLE FORM OF ELDERLY HOMES CONTROL SOUGHT........ 10

REGISTRATION OF ALL ENGINEERS BEING CONSIDERED ........... 10

postings to families clinics explained ................... 11

LOWER LEVY INTENDED ...................................... 12

SAI KUNG'S REFUSE, HAWKING PROBLEMS UNDER CONTROL............ 13

OS TO VISIT JUNK BAY......................................... 14

COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER DEVELOPMENT OF VACANT SITE............. 14

SHOPS URGED TO TIGHTEN UP ON SECURITY ....................... 15

CAREERS EXHIBITION TO BE OPENED ............................. 16

BOARD TO DISCUSS TRAM DEPOT ................................. 16

TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC RE-ROUTED.................................. 17

EDINBURGH PLaCE NORTH CLOSURE................................ 17

LORRY PARKING SPACES SUSPENDED .............................. 17

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law changes considered in clampdown on triads

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A WORKING GROUP ON GANGS SET UP UNDER THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE HAS CONSIDERED CHANGES IN THE LAw TO PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT GREATER POWERS TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE ORGANISED CR IME, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MRS ROSANNA TAM,

•R THOMAS SAID THIS WORK WAS PROCEEDING AS A MATTER OF URGENCY.

+EARLY NEXT YEAR, THIS COUNCIL WILL RECEIVE A DISCUSSION PAPER UPON THE LEGISLATIVE OPTIONS IDENTIFIED BY THE WORKING GROUP TO PROVIDE GREATER POWERS TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE ORGANISED CRIME. THESE WILL NEED MEMBERS’ CAREFUL CONSIDERATION,* HE SAID.

MR THOMAS SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISED THE DEEP CONCERN THAT WAS BEING EXPRESSED IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT TRIADS, AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS DETERMINED AND DEDICATED TO DO ITS UTMOST TO ELIMINATE TRIAD RELATED CRIMES.

OPERATIONS WITH TRIAD TARGETS HAD BEEN SUCCESSFULLY MOUNTED BY THE POLICE IN PAST MONTHS AND WOULD CONTINUE, HE SAID.

+FIRSTLY, THEY HAVE CONCENTRATED RESOURCES ON THE INVESTIGATION OF CRIMES INVOLVING SUSPECTED TRIAD MEMBERS. THEY ARE ALSO TAKING MEASURES TO DEVELOP AN IMPROVED INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITY TO IDENTIFY RELEVANT CRIMES.

+SECONDLY, THE POLICE HAVE SOUGHT TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR TRIADS TO PROFIT FROM THEIR TRADITIONAL ACTIVITIES BY UNDERTAKING OPERATIONS AGAINST PROSTITUTION, GAMBLING, RACKETEERING AND I NT IM IDAT ION.+

*iR THOMAS SAID SOME RESULTS HAD BEEN QUITE STRIKING.

+LAST WEDNESDAY FOR EXAMPLE A SPECIAL TERR I TORY-wI DE OPERATION wAS CARRIED OUT BY POLICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+THIS INVOLVED 1 5OD POLICEMEN WHO WERE MOBILISE^ TO CONDUCT SNAP CHECKS ON KNOWN CRIMINAL AND TRIAD HAUNTS. ThE OPERATION LASTED ONLY SIX HOURS BUT 14 OOO wERE CHECKED. ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AND 25 PERSONo WERE CHARGED WITH OFFENCES RANGING FROM ROBBERY TO BURGLARY, ARSON AND NARCOTICS OFFENCES,+ HE ADDED.

AT A STRATEGIC LEVEL THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE wAS RESPONSIBLE FOR CO-ORDINATING THE EFFORTS OF THE POLICE AND ThE GOVERNMENT’S OTHER DEPARTMENTS, MR THOMAS SAID, NOTING Tri AT THE GOVERNOR HAD IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS ASKED THE COMMITTEE TO GIVE A HIGH PRIORITY TO THIS TAoK.

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H- o^lD ThE wORKING GROUP ON FIGHT ;F. | -x COMMITTEE AND CHAIRED AS T IDENTIFY AREAS OF ACTIVITY DETERMINE AN OVERALL STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS STRATEGY.

GANGS, SET UP UNDER THE

BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, BY TRIADS AND GANGS, TO

TO CO-ORDINATE THE

THE WORKING GROUP, WHICH INCLUDED A LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, LR r" KA -FAI, AND a MEMBER OF A DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, HAD BEEN HOLDING DETAILED DISCUSSIONS WITH HEADS AND StNIOR □TAFF V GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, WHICH MIGHT EE AFFECTED dY TRIAD ACTIVITIES, TO FIND WAYS IN WHICH THEY COULD ASSIST, MR THOMAS SAID.

+AS A RESULT THE GROUP HAS MADE FIRM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGES IN THE WHOLESALE FISH MARKETS, HAWKER CONTROL 'EASURES, AND WATER AND ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ARRANGEMENTS, ALL AIMED AT THWARTING TRIAD ACTIVITIES,+ HE SAID.

MR THOMAS ADDED THAT THE WORKING GROUP HAD BEEN ASSISTED IN THIS WORK BY THE URBAN COUNCIL’S REVIEW OF THEIR POLICY ON HAwKER CONTROL.

SOME DEPARTMENTS HAD ALSO TAKEN THEIR OWN INITIATIVES, HE SAID. +FOR EXAMPLE, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT NOW UNDERTAKES THE COMPLETE FITTING OUT OF FAMILY HUTS IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS. THIS HAS LIMITED THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRIADS IN THAT FIELD.+

NOTING THAT THESE WERE ALL STEPS THAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD TAKE, MR THOMAS SAID THIS KIND OF CRIME WAS ALSO A PUBLIC RESPONSIBIL ITY.

+ALL HONOURABLE MEMBERS CAN PLAY THEIR PART IN ASSISTING THE GOVERNMENT TO DESTROY THE INFLUENCE AND TriE APPEAL OF THE TRIADS, ESPECIALLY TO THE YOUNG. PEOPLE MUST BE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT TRIAD ACTIVITIES.

+EVERY OPPORTUNITY MUST BE TAKEN TO SHOW THAT TRIADS ARE NEITHER HONOURABLE NOR GLAMOROUS HANDS OF BROTHERS. THEY ARE GANGS OF THUGS AND BULLIES. SUCCESS IN THE END WILL DEPEND UPON THE COMMUNITY’S DETERMINATION TO STAND UP TO THREATENING BEHAVIOUR AND TO RESIST CONTEMPTIBLE RACKETS,+ MR THOMAS SAID.

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WELFARE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR FAMILIES IN DIFFICULTIES ******

THE FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES PROVIDE A RANGE OF SERVICES TO ASSIST FAMILIES IN DIFFICULTIES, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SELINA CHOW ON CRIMES OCCURRING WITHIN FAMILIES, MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT ON THE PREVENTIVE SIDE, THESE ORGANISATIONS PROVIDED COUNSELLING AND ORGANISED FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES.

CASH ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES WAS PROVIDED AS WELL AS A RANGE OF DIRECT SERVICES TO HELP SUCH FAMILIES TO COPE WITH THEIR PROBLEMS, HE SAID.

♦WHERE NECESSARY, TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION CAN BE ARRANGED FOR WOMEN AND CHILDRE& AFFECTED BY VIOLENCE IN THE FAMILY.

♦THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF WOMEN OPERATES A SHELTER PORTHIS PURPOSE AND A FURTHER CENTRE TO BE OPERATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE IN OPERATION DURING THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR,* HE SAID.

WHILE THE FIGURES FLUCTUATED FROM YEAR TO YEAR, HE SAID, THE NUMBER OF CASES OF HOMICIDE AND SERIOUS ASSAULTS ARISING FROM DISPUTES OF A DOMESTIC NATURE, OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN AND INCEST HAD REMAINED AT SIMILAR LEVELS SINCE 1981.

♦FROM THE STATISTICS KEPT BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, NO PARTICULAR TREND CAN BE IDENTIFIED,* HE SAID.

MR CHAMBERS ADDED THAT THE FORMAT IN WHICH STATISTICS WERE AT PRESENT KEPT IN THE CORONER’S COURT DID NOT ENABLE THE AUTHORITIES TO IDENTIFY THE NUMBER OF SUICIDES WHICH MIGHT HAVE RESULTED FROM DOMESTIC DISPUTES.

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'FAIR COMPARISON’ PRINCIPLE USED FOR PAY DECISION * * * *

THE PRINCIPLE OF FAIR COMPARISON WITH REMUNERATION FOR COMPARABLE EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE APPLIED IN CONSIDERING THE RECENT REQUEST BY CERTAIN NON-DIRECTORATE STAFF UNIONS FOR A PAY ADJUSTMENT OF 6.4 PER CENT, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON SZETO WAH, SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT +THE MAIN ARGUMENT FOR THE REQUEST IS THAT SINCE 1981 SALARIES FOR NON-DIRECTORATE STAFF HAVE LAGGED BEHIND THE PRIVATE SECTOR*.

EXPLAINING THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE HAD WRITTEN TO THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE SEEKING ITS ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE REGARDING THE UNIONS’ REQUEST AS THE MATTER FELL WITHIN THE STANDING COMMISSION’S TERMS OF REFERENCE.

+WHEN ADVICE IS RECEIVED FROM THE STANDING COMMISSION,* SIR DAVID SAID,+THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE WILL ENTER INTO FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WITH THE STAFF SIDES OF THE THREE CENTRAL CONSULTATIVE COUNCILS.*

HE ADDED THAT THE CONCLUSIONS REACHED THEN WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION.

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BOUGHT-PLACE SCHEME TO CONTINUE IN ’ACCEPTABLE SCHOOLS’ * * * *

GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO BUY PLACES IN THOSE PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS WHICH ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE EDUCATION OF ACCEPTABLE QUALITY, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON DESMOND LEE, MR HENDERSON SAID IT WAS ALSO GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION IN THE LIGHT OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S REPORT NO. 1 TO BEGIN BUYING FORM 4 AND 5 PLACES IN SUCH SCHOOLS FROM A FUTURE DATE TO ASSIST IN THE PHASING OUT OF THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM.

+A NUMBER OF PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS WILL, THEREFORE, CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC SECTOR SCHOOL PLACES.

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+THIS ALSO MEANS, OF COURSE, THAT THERE WILL BE A NUMBER CF PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WILL NO LONGER BE BUYING PLACES AND THE PROCESS OF PHASING OUT THE BUYING OF PLACES IN THESE SCHOOLS IS ALREADY IN HAND, TO COMMENCE

IN SEPTEMBER 1986,+ HE SAID.

MR HENDERSON CITED A 1978 WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION AS STATING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT EXTEND THE BOUGHT-PLACE SCHEME TO SENIOR SECONDARY FORMS IN PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND WOULD TERMINATE THE BUYING OF JUNIOR SECONDARY PLACES IN SCHOOLS OF THIS TYPE WHICH DID NOT HAVE GOOD FACILITIES AND OPERATING STANDARDS.

HOWEVER, MR HENDERSON SAID THE LONG-TERM FUTURE OF PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS WAS NOT SIMPLY A QUESTION OF THE NUMBER OF PLACES BOUGHT BY GOVERNMENT.

+THIS MUST OBVIOUSLY BE DETERMINED BY THE ABILITY OF THESE SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE AN EDUCATION SERVICE OF A NATURE OR OF A QUALITY WHICH PARENTS ARE WILLING AND ABLE TO AFFORD.

+1 HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A MARKET FOR THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE BEST OF THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND THE CONTINUED EXISTENCE OF SUCH SCHOOLS WITHIN A DIVERSE EDUCATION SYSTEM WILL BE WELCOMED BY GOVERNMENT,+ HE SAID.

THE PRIVATE NON-PROFIT-MAKING SCHOOLS, FROM WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ALSO BOUGHT PLACES, WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE BOUGHT PLACES AS AT PRESENT AND NO CHANGE WAS EXPECTED IN THE FORESEEABLE

FUTURE, HE ADDED.

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SAFETY MEASURES AT TRAINING CENTRES UNDER REVIEW K M M M

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY WOULD BE REVIEWING THE SAFETY MEASURES IN TRAINING CENTRES TO PREVENT FUTURE ACCIDENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN RELATING TO THE INCIDENT ON NOVEMBER 5 AT THE AUTHORITY’S KWAI CHUNG CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE WHERE AN APPRENTICE WAS KILLED BY A FALLING IRON BAR, MR HENDERSON SAID THAT OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND STAFF OF THE CENTRE THEMSELVES WERE INVESTIGATING THE CASE.

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+IN THE LIGHT OF THEIR FINDINGS, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY WILL REVIEW THE SAFETY MEASURES IN THESE TRAINING CENTRES WITH A VIEW TO DOING ALL POSSIBLE TO PREVENT RECURRENCE OF SUCH AN ACCIDENT,* HE SAID.

MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRES HAD HAD A VERY GOOD RECORD IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND THERE HAD BEEN NO SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT THOSE CENTRES IN THE PAST.

+ INDEED, THIS AND OTHER TRAINING CENTRES TAKE A GREAT DEAL OF CARE AND TROUBLE TO INCLUDE THE TEACHING OF GOOD SAFETY PRACTICE AS PART OF THEIR CURRICULA.

+THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR IS A MEMBER OF THE AUTHORITY AND WILL THUS BE IN A POSITION TO ENSURE THAT THE REVIEW IS COMPREHENSIVE AND THAT ANY NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS ARE MADE,* HE ADDED.

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STANDARD CLAUSES FOR DEEDS BEING DRAWN UP * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS DRAWING UP A NUMBER OF STANDARD CLAUSES FOR INCLUSION IN DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT TO PROTECT INDIVIDUAL BUYERS IN SUCH FUNDAMENTAL AREAS AS BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND COMMON AREAS AND TO PROVIDE A CLEAR FRAME-WORK FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF THE BUILDING.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON JACKIE CHAN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+THEY ALSO SET OUT CLEARLY THE RELATIONSHIP, RIGHTS, AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF DEVELOPERS, MANAGEMENT AGENTS AND INDIVIDUAL OWNERS WITH RESPECT TO THE DAY-TO-DAY MANAGEMENT OF PROPERTY,* HE SAID.

MR LIAO SAID THESE CLAUSES WERE BEING DRAWN UP AFTER EXTENSIVE CONSULTATIONS WITH ALL DISTRICT BOARDS AND VARIOUS RELATED PROFESSIONAL BODIES.

♦ IT IS INTENDED THAT AS A FIRST STEP, STARTING FROM EARLY NEXT YEAR, DEEDS ARISING FROM NEW NON-1NDUSTRI AL LEASEHOLD GRANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CONTAIN THESE CLAUSES,* HE SAID.

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MR LIAO SAID THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT HAVE PLANS TO INTRODUCE

A STANDARD DEED OF MUTUAL COVENANT. + THIS IS BECAUSE A STANDARDISED DEED WILL NOT BE SUFFICIENTLY FLEXIBLE TO CATER FOR THE MANY AND VARIED CIRCUMSTANCES FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT.*

MR LIAO ADDED THAT THE DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT WERE PREPARED IN ENGLISH AT PRESENT. WHEN CHINESE VERSIONS WERE AVAILABLE, THERE SHOULD BE NO DIFFICULTY IN INCLUDING THE STANDARD CLAUSES IN CHINESE, l£ SAID.

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FIRE OFFICERS TRAINED TO DETECT ARSON

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WAS OPERATING TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR FIRE OFFICERS ON HOW TO DETECT EVIDENCE OF ARSON AND THE PROGRAMME WAS STRENGTHENED IN 1983 WHEN COURSES CONDUCTED BY AN ARSON INVESTIGATION SPECIALIST FOR SELECTED OFFICERS WERE INTRODUCED.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI ON GOVERNMENT’S MEASURES AGAINST ARSON.

SO FAR, MR THOMAS ADDED, 150 FIRE OFFICERS HAD UNDERGONE THIS SPECIALIST TRAINING.

MR THOMAS SAID FIRE SERVICES PERSONNEL FIGHTING FIRES WERE UNDER INSTRUCTIONS TO INVESTIGATE THE CAUSE OF THE FIRES.

HE SAID THAT IF, AS A RESULT OF THEIR INVESTIGATIONS, THE DEPARTMENT HAD ANY SUSPICION THE FIRE HAD BEEN CAUSED BY ARSON, THE CASE WAS PASSED TO THE POLICE FOR INVESTIGATION.

+IN THEIR INVESTIGATIONS, THE POLICE ARE BACKED BY THE FIRE INVESTIGATION ORDINANCE WHICH EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE TO TAKE POSSESSION OF ANY PREMISES ON WHICH A FIRE HAS TAKEN PLACE OR WHERE AN ATTEMPT IS SUSPECTED,* SAID MR THOMAS.

+WHERE POSSESSION HAS BEEN TAKEN BY THE COMMISSIONER OF ANY PREMISES, THE COMMISSIONER IS REQUIRED TO MAKE A REPORT TO A MAGISTRATE AS TO THE ORIGIN AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE FIRE.*

ON RECEIPT OF THE REPORT THE MAGISTRATE MUST INVESTIGATE THE CAUSES OF THE FIRE, UNLESS HE CONSIDERED AN INQUIRY UNNECESSARY.

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♦ THE FACT THAT THERE ARE THESE SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR INVESTIGATING THE CAUSES OF FIRE INDICATE HOW SERIOUSLY THE GOVERNMENT TAKES ARSON,+ MR THOMAS SAID.

HE ADDED THAT GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED THE MOST EFFECTIVE 'ETERRENCE TO ARSON WAS THE SUCCESSFUL DETECTION AND PROSECUTION OF OFFENDERS.

IN THE LAST THREE YEARS ENDING SEPTEMBER<1985, A TOTAL OF 978 FIRES WHICH WERE SUSPECTED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO HAVE BEEN STARTED DELIBERATELY WERE REFERRED TO THE POLICE FOR INVESTIGATION. OF THESE, THE POLICE CONSIDERED THAT 583 WERE THE RESULT OF ARSON.

HEALTHY GROWTH FOR CORPORATION IN 1984-85 * * * *

PREMIUM INCOME OF THE HONG KONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION DURING 1984-85 GREW BY ABOUT 29 PER CENT TO $33.6 MILLION AND TOTAL INSURED EXPORTS GREW BY ABOUT 26 PER CENT TO $5 893 MILLION, THOUGH ACCOUNTING FOR ONLY ABOUT THREE PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

THIS WAS STATED BY SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, Th- HON E.P. HO, WHEN HE TABLED THE REPORT AND ACCOUNTS OF THE HONG \ONG EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION FOR 1984-85 AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR HO SAID THAT THERE WAS A HEALTHY GROWTH IN THE CORPORATION’S BUSINESS DUR ING THE YEAR.

+EUROPE REMAINED THE CORPORATION’S LARGEST EXPOSURE AREa. INSURED EXPORTS TO EUROPEAN MARKETS WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR

S3 179 MILLION OR OVER 50 PER CENT OF TOTAL INSURED EXPORTS, GREW BY 14 PER CENT.

♦INSURED EXPORTS TO NORTH AMERICA, WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR $1 474 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT OF TOTAL INSURED EXPORTS, REGISTERED A HEALTHY GROWTH RATE OF 48 PER CENT,+ HE SAID.

PRODUCTS COVERED BY THE CORPORATION, MR HO SAID, REMAINED CONSISTENT WITH THE OVERALL PATTERN OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EXPORTS. WITH TEXTILES AND CLOTHING ACCOUNTING FOR 35 3ER CENT, RADIOS AND ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS FOR 16 PER CENT, AND TOYS FOR EIGHT PER CENT.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1985

HOWEVER, MR HO ADDED, WHILE 1984-85 WAS A PERIOD OF HEALTHY RECOVERY IN HONG KONG’S EXPORT PERFORMANCE, THE LEVEL OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN RECENT MONTHS HAD REMAINED STATIC.

♦ THE YEAR 1985-86 IS LIKELY TO BE CHARACTERISED BY STATIC OR SLUGGISH GROWTH IN THE CORPORATION’S BUSINESS AND THE CORPORATION IS UNLIKELY TO BE ABLE TO REPEAT THE OVERALL SURPLUS OF $12.06 MILLION FOR 1984-85 IN THE CURRENT YEAR,* HE SAID.

MR HO THEN THANKED THE CORPORATION’S ADVISORY BOARD, THE COMMISSIONER AND STAFF OF THE CORPORATION FOR THEIR WORK.

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR WORKING PARTY CHAIRMAN * * * *

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS APPROVED FUNDS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A CHAIRMAN FOR A WORKING PARTY ON POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CHIU HIN-KWONG, HE SAID THAT DURING THE PAST FEW MONTHS VIGOROUS EFFORTS HAD BEEN MADE TO IDENTIFY A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR APPOINTMENT.

AS RECOMMENDED BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WHICH HAD SUGGESTED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE WORKING PARTY, +THE CHAIRMAN SHOULD BE AN OVERSEAS EXPERT WITH CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE OF POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION SYSTEMS,+ HE ADDED.

THE ASSISTANCE OF THE BRITISH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SECURITY HAD BEEN SOUGHT AND INQUIRIES WERE ALSO BEING MADE IN SINGAPORE AND AUSTRALIA, MR CHAMBERS SAID.

+THROUGH THESE CHANNELS I HOPE THAT IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO FIND AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED PERSON IN THE NEAR FUTURE.*

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT ONCE THE CHAIRMAN HAD BEEN APPOINTED, THE APPOINTMENT OF OTHER MEMBERS OF THE WORKING PARTY WOULD ALSO START.

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MOST SUITABLE FORM OF ELDERLY HOMES CONTROL SOUGHT * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS CONSULTING OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER COUNTRIES BEFORE MAKING PROPOSALS ON THE MOST SUITABLE FORM OF CONTROL FOR PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAD DISCUSSED THE MATTER LAST SEPTEMBER AND HAD ADVISED THAT THERE WAS NO COMPELLING REASON TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO CONTROL THEM, ALTHOUGH SOME FORM CF CONTROL MIGHT BE NECESSARY IN THE LONGER TERM TO ENSURE ADEQUATE STANDARDS OF SERVICE, PARTICULARLY IN CONNECTION WITH SAFETY AND HEALTH.

♦ IN THE MEANTIME THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PAY LIAISON VISITS TO THESE HOMES TO OFFER ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE TO OPERATORS AND RESIDENTS WHERE NECESSARY,+ HE SAID.

♦THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW ALSO PREPARING A CODE OF PRACTICE TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON HOW THESE HOMES SHOULD BE RUN,+ HE ADDED.

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A WORKING PARTY SET UP TO STUDY THE REGISTRATION OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS WAS ALSO CONSIDERING THE REGISTRATION OF OTHER TYPES OF ENGINEERS, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, SAID TODAY.

ANSWERING A QUESTION BY THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN, MR CHAN SAID THE WORKING PARTY, SET UP AT THE END OF 1984, WAS CHAIRED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES AND INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS.

IT HAD BEEN GIVEN THE TASK OF CONSIDERING THE ROLE OF ENGINEERS AND TECHNICIANS WORKING ON BUILDINGS, ENGINEERING PROJECTS AND IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY- EXAMINING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PRESENT LAWS, SYSTEMS OF REGISTRATION AND CONTROL OF SUCH ENGINEERS- AND CONSIDERING WHETHER A NEW REGISTRATION POLICY WAS REQUIRED.

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MR CHAN SAID THAT THE TASK BEFORE THE WORKING PARTY INVOLVED A LARGE NUMBER OF ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES AND TRADES, FROM SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY TO STATE-OF-THE-ART, HIGH-TECH DEVELOPMENTS.

+WHILE THE WORKING PARTY HAS NOT REACHED ANY TANGIBLE CONCLUSIONS ON ITS DELIBERATIONS, IT HAS MADE PROGRESS AND IS MOVING AS EXPEDITIOUSLY FORWARD AS IS POSSIBLE AND APPROPRIATE, HAVING REGARD TO THE BROAD RANGE OF ISSUES INVOLVED AND TO THE NEED FOR CIRCUMSPECT CONSULTATION,* HE SAID.

IT WAS NOT ONLY EXAMINING THE EXISTING SYSTEMS OF REGISTRATION AND THE PEOPLE ENGAGED IN ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING BUT ALSO OTHER ENGINEERING SERVICES IN THE INDUSTRY, HE ADDED.

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POSTINGS TO FAMILIES CLINICS EXPLAINED ******

IT IS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE TO POST NON-CANTONESE SPEAKING PEDICAL OFFICERS TO FAMILIES CLINICS WHERE THEIR INABILITY TO SPEAK CANTONESE IS LESS OF A HANDICAP THAN IT WOULD BE IN GENERAL OUTPATIENT CLINICS, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, HE SAID THAT OF THE TEN MEDICAL OFFICERS POSTED TO THE TWO CLINICS, FIVE WERE NON-CANTONESE SPEAKING -- 50 PER CENT OF THE STAFF WAS THEREFORE NON-CANTONESE SPEAKING.*

+AS THERE HAVE IN THE PAST BEEN PROBLEMS IN FINDING SUFFICIENT LOCAL OFFICERS TO FILL POSTS IN THE FAMILIES CLINICS, IT IS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE TO POST NON-CANTONESE SPEAKING MEDICAL OFFICERS TO THESE CLINICS WHERE THEIR INABILIBITY TO SPEAK CANTONESE IS LESS OF A HANDICAP THAN IT WOULD BE IN GENERAL OUTPATIENT CLINICS,* HE EXPLAINED.

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LOWER LEVY INTENDED * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO REDUCE THE RATE OF LEVY UNDER THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND OF QUARRY PRODUCTS PRODUCED, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HO SAI-CHU AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HENDERSON SAID IT WAS PROPOSED THAT THE RATE OF LEVY BE REDUCED BY 25 PER CENT FROM 0.2 PER CENT TO 0.15 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS IN EXCESS OF $1 MILLION, AND OF QUARRY PRODUCTS TO 0.15 PER CENT WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 6, 1986.

HE SAID HE INTENDED TO INTRODUCE THE NECESSARY RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 4.

+IF APPROVED, THE REDUCTION WOULD BE GAZETTED ON DECEMBER 6 AND COME INTO EFFECT ONE MONTH LATER,+ HE ADDED.

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DUE TO ITS GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURE AND POPULATION DISTRIBUTION, THE PROBLEMS OF REFUSE COLLECTION AND ILLEGAL HAWKING WERE GENERALLY UNDER BETTER CONTROL IN SAI KUNG THAN OTHER DISTRICTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREA, '■

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AT THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE-. PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT (SAI KUNG), MR DkN BING-TO, SAID THAT THERE WERE ONLY 25 LICENSED AND ABOUT 15 UNLICENSED HAwKERS IN THE DISTRICT. , 'r

+WITH THE COMMISSIONING OF THE NEW SAI KUNG MARKET ON

APRIL 1, AND THE SUBSEQUENT HAWKER RESITING AND CLEARANCES BETwEEN APRIL AND JULY 1985, THE HAWKER SITUATION IN THE TOWNSHIP HAS BEEN COMPLETELY STABILISED,* HE ADDED.

AS ONE OF THE MOST SPARSELY POPULATED DISTRICTS IN THE REGION, ITS 48 OOO RESIDENTS GENERATED ONLY AN AVERAGE OF 35 TONNES CF REFUSE AND JUNK EACH DAY. THESE WERE COLLECTED BY SIX SPECIALISED REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES AND DISPOSED OF AT THE JU BAY CONTROLLED TIP IN HANG HAU.

MR DAN SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO THE USUAL STREET SWEEPING, REFUSE COLLECTION, AND MANAGEMENT OF 78 REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND 114 PUBLIC TOILETS/BATHHOUSES, SPECIAL CLEARANCE OF PICNIC SPOTS WERE UNDERTAKEN WEEKLY TO CLEAN UP THE LITTER AND REFUSE LEFjT BY PICNICKERS IN MANY OF. THE. D ISTR ICT’S SCENIC SPOTS.

*D (STRICT HYGIENE WORK INVOLVES THE REGULAR AND SURPRISc INSPECTION OF 148 LICENSED PREMISES, DETECTION AND ABATEMENT OF SANITARY NUISANCES, RODENT AND PEST CONTROL, WATER HYGIENE FOR-DRflWTUSUAND SWIMMING SAFETY, FOOD HYGIENE, AND ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST UNLICENSED BUSINESS,* MR DAN SAID.

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LEISURE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN THE DISTRICT INCLUDED LIFEGUARD SERVICES, THE MANAGEMENT aND MAINTENANCE OF DOZENS OF PUBLIC PLEASURE GROUNDS, AND EIGHT GAZETTED BEACHES, DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR CHARLES ChJ, SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE ORGAN I SAT I Oh AND PROMOTION OF RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT AND THE MANAGEMENT OF TWO OUTDOOR RECREATION CAMPS AND A WATER SPORTS CENTRE.

+DURING THE PERIOD APRIL TO AUGUST 1985 A TOTAL OF 69 ^ROJECTo CF VARIOUS TYPES OF RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES WERE ORGANISED, ATTRACTING 3 709 PARTICIPANTS. THE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDED SPORTS TRAINING CLASSES, COMPETITIONS, REMOTE VILLAGE SPORTS SCHEMES, SPORTS DAYS AND EXCURSIONS,* MR CHU SAID.

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DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRc. RECORDED 40 459 VISITORS, THE LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE 38 752 AND THE CHONG HING WATER SPORTS CENTRE 11 791.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT CENTRED ON THE SAI KUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY WHICH CARRIED A STOCK OF 32 902 BOOKS AND 1 675 ITEMS OF AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS. IT ALSO ORGANISED A WIDE RANGE CF EXTENSION ACTIVITIES INCLUDING STORY-TELLING, INTEREST CLUBS, BOOK EXHIBITIONS, SUBJECT TALKS, MINI-CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS, MUSIC APPRECIATION AND FILM SHOWS.

FREE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES SUCH AS CHINESE OPERATIC SONGS, VARIETY SHOWS, POP CONCERTS, PUPPET SHOWS AND OTHER POPULAR PRESENTATIONS WERE ARRANGED AT THE MAN YEE REHOUSING AREA PLAYGROUND ONCE A MONTH, ATTRACTING 100 TO 300 AUDIENCE EACH TIME.

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL VISIT THE JUNK BAY DEVELOPMENT SITE TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT. TRANSPORT TO THE SITE FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE CGO CARPARK AT 1 PM.

BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULT ACCESS TO THE SITE, THOSE

WISHING TO USE THEIR OWN TRANSPORT SHOULD MEET THE OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTY OUTSIDE THE KWUN TONG POLICE STATION (AT THE JUNCTION CF LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND JUNK BAY ROAD) AT 1.20 PM.

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MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A VACANT SITE IN FORTUNE STREET AT THEIR MEETING THIS FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

MEMBERS WOULD CONSIDER TWO PROPOSALS -- EITHER TO DEVELOP THE 10 OOO-SQUARE-METRE SITE INTO A CARPARK, OR AS A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA FOR 850 PERSONS.

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AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WOULD ALSO REVIEW THE RESULTS OF AN OPINION SURVEY CARRIED OUT BY AN AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON THE GREEN PAPER ON HOUSING SUBSIDY TO TENANTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING.

THE TENANCY RIGHTS FOR TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA SINGLETONS AFTER MARRIAGE WOULD BE ANOTHER TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE SAFETY MEASURES AT GAS STATIONS IN THE POPULOUS AREAS, FIRE PROTECTION FACILITIES AND AMBULANCE SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT, AND MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE MEETING AS OBSERVERS AND RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 3-7204251 DUR ING OFF ICE HOURS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING CF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD, TO BE HELD AT 2.15 PM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 15) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 39 TONKIN STREET.

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SHOPS URGED TO TIGHTEN UP ON SECURITY * * * *

THE IMPORTANCE OF SECURITY MEASURES WERE RELAYED TO SHOP OPERATORS IN TAI PO, WHEN MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE VISITED THEIR SHOPS THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CARLOS CHEUNG, TAI PO’S +FIGHT CRIME AMBASSADOR* MISS CHEUNG TAK-LAN VISITED TWO GOLDSMITH SHOPS AND TWO WATCH

COMPANIES.

DURING THE TOUR, POLICE OFFICERS NOTED VARIOUS SECURITY LOOPHOLES AND ADVISED OPERATORS TO STEP UP CRIME PREVENTION MEASURES.

THE SHA TIN POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, MR LEE YU-YIN, THE TAI PO ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (COMMUNITY AFFAIRS), MISS ANISSA WONG, THE CONVENOR OF THE CRIME PREVENTION WORKING GROUP. MR CHAN WING-WO, AND GROUP MEMBERS ALSO TOOK PART IN TODAY’S VISIT.

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CAREERS EXHIBITION TO BE OPENED * * *

A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT S 14 TH ANNUAL CAREERS INFORMATION EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, MR CHEN SHOU-LUM- THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE- AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE.

ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE AND CO-SPONSORED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE EXHIBITION

BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC DAILY BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 6.30 PM

SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 16) TO NOVEMBER 25.

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NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS TRAM DEPOT

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL hEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED TRAM DEPOT TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT A SITE IN THE WESTERN RECLAMATION NEAR THE WHITTY STREET TRAM TERMINUS.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE 14TH FLOOR (F THE HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING.

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TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC RE-ROUTED * * * * ft

ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE INTRODUCED AT MA KOK STREET BETWEEN WANG LUNG STREET AND LUNG TAK STREET IN TSUEN WAN FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 16).

ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE INTRODUCED AT SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN TEXACO ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD WEST CF SHEK LAN HOUSE.

TRAFFIC ON TEXACO ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA TSUEN KAM INTERCHANGE.

MEANWHILE, SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD AND A POINT 110 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TEXACO ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY STARTING FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY.

VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM DAILY ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 16), NOVEMBER 17, 23 AND 24 FOR A CAREER SHOW TO BE HELD.

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LORRY PARKING SPACES IN SANMUNG AVENUE IN FANLING BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 50 AND 70 WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS FROM 8 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 15) TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

LORRIES CAN MAKE USE OF THE PARKING SPACES IN LUNG SUM AVENUE OR SAN SHING AVENUE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1985

CQNTBiTS PAGE NO.

SOLUTIONS TO POLLUTION PROBLEM IN JUNK BAY................ 1

SIR DAVID SHOWS INTEREST IN JUNK BAY DEVELOPMENT.......... 3

SEPTEMBER EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED ............. 5

JOBLESS RATE SHOWS SLIGHT DETERIORATION .................. 13

PRESTTOTOTTAT. VETO LOOMS FOR SENATE'S TEXTILE BILL ...... 14

BOARD CHATHIM REMINDED OF IMPORTANT MISSION .............. 16

NEW CIGARETTE TAR TESTS CARRIED OUT ...................... 17

PLANS FOR POLLUTION CONTROL .............................. 18

DB MEMBERS PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION ....................... 18

WALKATHON FOR HANDICAPPED, ABLE-BODIED IN SAI KUNG........ 19

INSPECTION OF WORKS PROJECTS ............................. 19

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR +TIGER+ GOLD COIN ............... 20

RESPONSIBLE REPATT,ERS CONTRIBUTING TO HEALTHY ECONOMY.... 22

REGIONAL SERVICES RESPONSIVE TO PEOPLE'S NEEDS............ 23

HISTORICAL BOUNDARY STONE INSTALLED IN GARDEN ............ 24

GREAT CHANGES AHEAD FOR AP LEI CHAU ...................... 25

CAS CADET CORPS TO HOLD PARADE............................ 26

FIRE SERVICES MOUNTAIN RUN ............................... 26

CENTRAL, ’WESTERN TRAFFIC CHANGES ........................ 2 7

FANNING RESTRICTED ZONE

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SOLUTIONS TO POLLUTION PROBLEM IN JUNK BAY * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT ALLOW THE HOUSING ESTATES BEING BUILT IN JUNK BAY TO BE OCCUPIED UNTIL IT IS ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT THE LEVEL OF POLLUTION GENERATED BY TWO NEARBY METAL FACTORIES HAS BEEN BROUGHT DOWN TO AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS AFTER VISITING JUNK BAY, SIR DAVID SAID THE SHORT-TERM SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM WAS TO INSTITUTE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION CONTROLS TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF POLLUTION TO ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS DURING THE OVERLAPPING PERIOD BETWEEN THE OCCUPATION OF THE HOUSES AND THE REMOVAL OF THE FACTORIES TO ANOTHER SITE.

THIS OVERLAPPING PERIOD SHOULD LAST FOR ABOUT ONE YEAR, FE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO IMPLEMENT ANT I-POLLUTION MEASURES PROMPTLY — AT THE END OF THIS YEAR Aiw IN 1986 — SO THAT THE OCCUPATION OF THE HOUSING ESTATE

FLATS WOULD NOT BE DELAYED.

♦I HOPE WE WILL BE ABLE TO BRING THE POLLUTION LEVELS DOWN SO THAT THE FLATS CAN BE OCCUPIED WHEN THEY ARE READY,+ FE SAID.

AS TO WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO REIMBURSE THE FACTORIES FOR IMPLEMENTING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTING MEASURES, SIR DAVID SAID GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO PAY IF THE LEVEL OF PRODUCTION OF THE FACTORIES WAS REDUCED BECAUSE CF THE POLLUTION MEASURES INSISTED UPON THEM.

♦ IT MAY MEAN THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO PAY,+ FE SAID. + BUT WE HAVEN’T FINISHED THE NEGOTIATION YET, SO WE DON’T KNOW QUITE WHAT THE BILL FOR THAT MIGHT BE, IF AT ALL.+

ASKED WHY SUCH ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES WERE NOT INSTALLED IN THE FIRST PLACE, SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY — WHICH WILL BE SETTING THE ACCEPTABLE POLLUTION STANDARDS — DID NOT EXIST WHEN THE FACTORIES MOVED INTO JUNK BAY MANY YEARS AGO.

AND THE RELEVANT LEGISLATION HAD NOT YET BEEN PASSED, HE ADDED.

IN THE LONGER TERM, SIR DAVID SAID, THE TWO FACTORIES WOULD BE MOVED TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL NEXT TO THE NEw SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS.

+THIS SITE HAS BEEN SPECIALLY SELECTED BECAUSE IT IS FAR AWAY FROM THE TOWN.+ HE SAID. +IT HAS BEEN CAREFULLY EXAMINED AND SELECTED AS ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE AS A RESITE AREA.+

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ASKED ABOUT COMPENSATION FOR REMOVING THE TWO FACTORIES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT WHEREVER GOVERNMENT WANTED TO BUILD A NEW TOWN, IT WAS SURE TO INCUR REMOVAL EXPENSES.

HE CITED AS EXAMPLES SHA TIN, WHERE A LARGE NUMBER OF FACTORIES HAD TO BE REMOVED FROM THE VALLEY, AND FANLING AND TUEN MUN, WHERE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE HAD TO BE MOVED.

+THERE ARE ALWAYS A LOT OF COMPENSATION COSTS WHEREVER

YOU GO.+

ASKED WHY THE FACTORIES WERE NOT MOVED EARLIER SINCE THE GOVERNMENT HAD REPORTEDLY AGREED TO A REMOVAL BILL OF $100 MILLION IN 1977, SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT THE LAND FOR THE RESITE AREA WAS NOT THERE THEN.

+THE LAND FORMATION FOR THIS SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AND FOR THE RESITE AREA FOR THE FACTORIES HAS ONLY JUST BEEN COMPLETED AS YOU CAN SEE DOWN ON THE FORESHORE THERE,+ HE SAID.

SIR DAVID ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD STARTED NEGOTIATING REMOVAL COMPENSATION WITH THE FACTORIES CONCERNED SO LONG AGO +BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT IT WOULD BE A LONG TERM NEGOTIATION*.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, THE CHIEF SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO +DELAY+ IN REMOVING THE FACTORIES BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT GOING TO DEVELOP JUNK BAY IN 1977.

+IF WE HAD MOVED THE FACTORIES IN 1977 WE WOULD HAVE HAD THE COST OF ALL THAT MONEY SPENT ON MOVING THE FACTORIES RUNNING FOR A PERIOD OF EIGHT YEARS UNTIL 1985.

+THERE IS NO POINT IN SPENDING THAT MONEY IN 1977.

+WE HAD OTHER THINGS TO DO WITH THAT MONEY IN 1977.+

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS NO POINT IN COMPARING THE ESTIMATED REMOVAL COST OF THE TWO FACTORIES IN 1^77 TO THAT CF TODAY.

+WE DIDN’T WANT TO BUILD JUNK BAY IN 1977, WE WANT TO BUILD JUNK BAY IN 1985.

+S0 THERE IS NO POINT IN COMPARING IT WITH SOME IMAGINARY DATE IN THE PAST.

+WE WERE BUSY IN 1977 BUILDING ALL THE OTHER NEw TOWNS, NOT JUNK BAY.

+ JUNK BAY IS THIS YEAR’S TOWN. WE’VE GOT TO PAY THIS YEAR’j PR ICES.+

THE CHIEF SECRETARY ADDED THAT THE HOUSING PROGRAMME WAS A PROGRESSIVE ONE AND THAT GOVERNMENT HAD SET ITS TARGET AT 40 OOO UNITS A YEAR.

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TO MOVE AHEAD OF THAT PROGRAMME WOULD HAVE MEANT BOOSTING A PROGRAMME TO SOMETHING LIKE 60 000 OR 70 000 UNITS A YEAR.

CLEARLY WE COULDN’T COPE WITH SUCH AN ENLARGED PROGRAMME Ik FINANCIAL TERMS, OR IN ANY OTHER TERMS.+

ASKED HOW BIG THE COMPENSATION FOR REMOVING THE TWO FACTORIES WOULD BE, SIR DAVID SAID HE THOUGHT IT SHOULD BE SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS.

TO MOVE A COMPLEX MODERN FACTORY FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER IS QUITE A COMPLEX VALUATION EXERCISE,* HE ADDED.

ASKED FURTHER WHETHER IT WOULD BE IN THE UPPER OR LOWER RANGE CF SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS, HE SAID HE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE ABOUT TWO HUNDRED MILLION OR +SOMETHING LIKE IT+.

YOU KNOW I AM NOT DOING THE NEGOTIATIONS, BUT IT’S IN THAT SORT OF AREA,+ HE SAID. +SAY TWO TO THREE HUNDRED, I SHOULD TH INK.+

AS TO WHEN A DECISION COULD BE EXPECTED, SIR DAVID SAID WHEN NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, A COMPENSATION PACKAGE WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THEN TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

I SHOULD THINK THAT WITHIN TWO TO THREE MONTHS *E *ILL HAVE THE PROBLEM UNDER CONTROL,+ HE ADDED.

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SIR DAVID SHOWS INTEREST IN JUNK BAY DEVELOPMENT

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, VISITED JUNK BAY TODAY (THURSDAY) AND SHOWED GREAT INTEREST IN PROGRESS MADE IN Tri DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN WHICH WILL HOUSE 170 000 PEOPLE BY Th END OF THE DECADE.

SIR DAVID BEGAN HIS TOUR BY DRIVING ALONG A NEWLY-COMPLETED STRETCH OF PO LAM ROAD, WHICH WILL LINK SAU MAU PING ROAD IN EASTERN KOWLOON WITH THE NEW TOWN.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR KENNETH KWOK, AND THE JUNK BAY PROJECT MANAGER, NR NORMAN TUCKER, THE CHIEF SECRETARY WAS BRIEFED ON JUNK BAY’S PLACE IN THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERRITORY.

FROM A VANTAGE POINT AT THE HEAD OF THE BAY DISTRICT, SIR NID WAS BROUGHT UP-TO-DATE ON THE PROGRESS OF THE VARIOUS WORKS CONTRACTS IN THAT PART OF THE NEW TOWN.

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SIR DAVID ALSO INSPECTED NEARBY SITES OF SERVICE RESERVOIRS BEING BUILT TO SERVE RESIDENTS OF THE NEW TOWN AND THE RESITE AREA FOR YAU YUE VILLAGE WHICH HAS TO MAKE WAY FOR DEVELOPMENT,

THE PARTY THEN BOARDED A LAUNCH FROM YAU YUE VILLAGE AND MOVED FURTHER DOWN THE BAY TO VIEW HOUSING ESTATES TAKING SHAPE, EXISTING INDUSTRIES, HANG HAU VILLAGE AND THE CONTROLLED TIP TO THE SOUTH OF THE NEW TOWN.

LANDING ON A RECLAMATION SITE NEAR THE CONTROLLED TIP, THE CHIEF SECRETARY THEN MOVED TO ANOTHER VANTAGE POINT FOR A BRIEFING ON PROPOSED LAND USES IN THE AREA WHICH INCLUDE PLANS FOR A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT.

JUNK BAY, IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, IS SEEN AS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME. IT WILL CONTRIBUTE ABOUT 33 OOO FLATS BETWEEN NOW AND 1994, REPRESENTING ABOUT NINE PER CENT OF ALL THE PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS TO BE BUILT IN THAT PERIOD.

THE FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING FLATS OF PO LAM ESTATE IS EXPECT^ TO BE OCCUPIED AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

THE TOWN IS

TWO OF WHICH ARE

BASED ON THE CREATION OF THREE SEPARATE DISTRICTS, INCLUDED IN PHASE ONE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE HEAD OF THE BAY DISTRICT, BEING BUILT ON RECLAIMED LAND, WILL ACCOMMODATE 110 000 PEOPLE -- 50 000 IN RENTAL HOUSING, 22 000 IN HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME OR PUBLIC SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME FLATS AND 38 000 IN PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT.

ABOUT 8.4 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE RESERVED FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND 34.5 HECTARES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR COMMUNITY FACILITIES, INCLUDING 14.5 HECTARES OF OPEN SPACE.

HANG HAU, THE SECOND DISTRICT IN PHASE ONE DEVELOPMENT, WILL OCCUPY THE EASTERN ARM OF THE BAY, INCLUDING AP TSAI WAN. IT WILL ACCOMMODATE 65 000 PEOPLE INCLUDING 19 000 IN RENTAL HOUSING, 23 000 IN HOS/PSPS FLATS AND 23 000 IN PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT.

ABOUT 6.9 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE RESERVED FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND 15.8 HECTARES FOR COMMUNITY FACILITIES INCLUDING 7.9 HECTARES OF DISTRICT OPEN SPACE.

THE ROAD NETWORK WILL PROVIDE A RING OF PRIMARY DISTRIBUTOR ROADS AROUND EACH DISTRICT WITH LOCAL ROADS LEADING TO RESIDENTIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL AREAS.

THE MAIN ROAD LINK WITH EAST KOWLOON WILL EVENTUALLY BE BY WAY OF A TUNNEL THROUGH THE MA YAU TONG SADDLE.

STUDIES ON THE CAPACITY OF PHASE ONE SHOW THAT THE POPULATE,, COULD BE INCREASED TO 275 000. HOWEVER, THIS WOULD REQUIRE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECOND JUNK BAY ROAD TUNNEL TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE TRANSPORT FACILITIES. \

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SEPTEMBER EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED * * * *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY - SEPTEMBER 1985, VALUED AT $342 548 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 6 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, ACCORDING TO TRADE VALUE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY 7 PER CENT TO $94 942 MILLION, WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 34 PER CENT TO $78 648 MILLION AND IMPORTS INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT TO $168 957 MILLION. DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER INCREASED BY 8 PER CENT.

ALL THE TRADE STATISTICS PRESENTED HEREIN ARE MEASURED AT CURRENT PRICES AND NO ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TAKEN OF THE CHANGES IN PRICES BETWEEN THE PERIODS OF COMPARISON. A SEPARATE ANALYSIS ON THE PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR SEPTEMBcn 1985 WILL BE RELEASED EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. DECREASED BY 9 PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $1 260 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1 217 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $732 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $144 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT) AS WELL AS FOOTWEAR (BY $49 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO CHINA INCREASED RAPIDLY IN VALUE, PARTICULARLY OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $792 MILLION OR 361 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $653 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT) AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES, SPORTING GOODS AS WELL AS JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS' AND S ILVERo . ITHo’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS) (BY $497 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY 391 MILLION OR 6 PER CENT) AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $40 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT).

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DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $578 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $254 MILLION CR 36 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $144 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $9 MILLION OR 3 PER CENT) AS WELL AS SANITARY, PLUMBING, HEATING AND LIGHTING FIXTURES AND FITTINGS (BY $8 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $996 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT) AS WELL AS OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $199 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF TO JAPAN ALSO FELL (BY ?291 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT AND BY $91 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY OF METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $18 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT) AND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN OF PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $14 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION ARE PRESENTED IN TABLE 2.

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

DEMAND FOR GOODS IMPORTED FROM CHINA DECREASED IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1985 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $1 368 MILLION CR 14 PER CENT); PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $380 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT) AS WELL AS MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $359 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES, SPORTING GOODS AS WELL AS JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS) (BY $599 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CLOTHING (BY $367 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING ArPARATuj AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1 242 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT); ROAD VEHICLES (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $848 MILLION OR 35 PER CENT) AS WELL AS OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $572 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT).

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ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY 15906 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILES (BY 2646 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WERE MOSTLY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY Si 152 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT); NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $493 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $398 MILLION OR 68 PER CENT). HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN INORGANIC CHEMICALS (BY $293 MILLION OR 249 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $190 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT).

MEANWHILE, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN OF TEXTILES (BY $1 142 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT) AND MACHINERY SPECIALISED FOR PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES (BY $405 MILLION OR 258 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR IMPORTS OF IRON AND STEEL (BY $32 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $603 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $269 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT). HOWEVER, AN INCREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $172 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHO* IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA INCREASED BY 103 PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $2 870 MILLION OR 209 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $2 585 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $2 196 MILLION OR 172 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN MANUFACTURED FERTILIZERS (BY $50 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $59 MILLIO’ OR 19 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S. WERE MOSTLY OF MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYo, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) (BY $961 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS (BY $351 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CLOTHING (BY $250 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT).

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HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $65 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $89 MILL ION OR 11 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN WERE RECORDED IN NON-FERROUS NETALS (BY $321 MILLION OR 474 PER CENT); TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $145 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT) AS WELL AS FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND PREPARATIONS THEREOF (BY $79 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $79 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT) AND TEXTILES (BY 67 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $401 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $92 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT). RE-EXPORT/. TO SINGAPORE OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FELL (BY $251 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT), AS DID PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $48 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN OF NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $142 MILLION OR 103 PER CENT) AND IN RE-EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $102 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORT BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE SEPTEMBER 1985 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADt STATISTICS -SUMMARY* WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $5 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN SEPTEMBER 1985 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY DECEMBER 1985 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $13 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS AND ON TRADE STATISTICS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE (TEL. 5-214375) AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. 5-444436).

TABLE MAJOR MARKET 1: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

JAN.-SEPT 1985 ($ MN) JAN.-SEPT 1984 ($ MN) INCREASE(*)/ DECREASE(-) ($ MN) PERCt.. t A -• CHA (')

U.S.A. 42 209 46 158 -3 949 — )

CHINA 11 522 7 490 +4 332 +54

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U.K. 6 078 7 522 -1 445 -1

F.R. OF GERMANY 5 567 7 056 -1 488 -21

JAPAN 3 337 3 856 - 518 -13

CANADA 3 208 3 386 - 178 - 5

AUSTRAL 1A 2 475 2 805 - 330 -12

SINGAPORE 1 655 1 968 - 313 -16

NETHERLANDS 1 480 1 793 - 313 -17

FRANCE 1 251 1 394 - 142 -ID

TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIV IS ION JAN.-SEPT 1985 (3 MN) JAN.-SEPT 1984 (S MN) increase(+)/ DECREASE(-) U MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE (%)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 31 989 34 647 -2 658 _ □

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 15 741 16 336 - 595 - 4

PHOTOGRAPH IC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 7 729 7 560 + 169 + 2

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL AND NON-ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT) 7 606 8 628 -1 922 -12

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND

EQUIPMENT 6 743 8 007 -1 264 -16

TEXTILE YARN, FABR MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS ICS, 5 520 6 490 - 970 -15

TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SOURCES

MAJOR SOURCE JAN.-SEPT 1985 ($ MN) JAN.-SEPT 1984 ($ MN) INCREASED)/ DECREASE(-) ($ MN) PERCENT.. chans: (%)

CHINA 40 757 41 256 - 499 — 1

JAPAN 39 918 37 928 +1 990 * 5

U.S.A. 16 545 17 489 - 944 - 5

TAIWAN 15 630 12 513 +3 117 +25

SINGAPORE 8 552 9 092 - 539

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 6 393 5 219 +1 174 +22

U.K. 6 059 6 522 - 463 - 7

F.R. OF GERMANY 4 903 3 930 + 973 +25

ITALY 2 547 2 143 + 404 + 19

SWITZERLAND 2 463 2 443 + 20 + 1

TABLE 4s IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIV 1S ION

COMMODITY DIV IS ION JAN.-SEPT 1985 U MN) JAN.-SEPT 1984 (S MN) INCREASE^)/ decrease(-) (S MN) PERCE.UAS CH A Go. (>.)

TEXTILE YARN,

FABRICS,

MADE-UP ARTICLES

AND RELATED

PRODUCTS 23 705 24 444 - 739 “ 3

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY,

APPARATUS AND

APPLIANCES 14 571 16 603 “2 032 -12

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PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 9 625 8 547 +1 078

TCLECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT a 392 6 856 +2 • 536

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSOR IES 8 882 8 296 + 586

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS AS WELL AS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND PARTS AND ACCESSOR IES THEREOF) 8 236 7 006 ♦1 230

TABLE 5i RE-EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

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MAJOR MARKET JAN.-SEPT 1985 ($ MN) JAN.-SEPT 1984 ($ MN)_ INCREASE(+)/ DECREASE(-) ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE (%)_

CH INA 35 578 17 505 +18 073 + 1.03

U.S.A. 10 624 8 819 + 1 806 + 20

JAPAN 3 974 3 340 + 633 + 19

TAIWAN 3 268 3 654 386 - 11

SINGAPORE 3 130 3 449 309 - 9

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2 770 2 622 + 148 ♦ c

MACAU 1 989 1 716 + 273 + 16

INDONESlA 1 804 2 765 960 - 35

PHILIPPINES 1 081 1 061 21 + z

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 014 808 + 206 ♦ 25

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TABLE 6: RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION

JAN.-SEPT 1985 ($ MN)

JAN.-SEPT v PERCENTA

1984 INCREASED) CHANG

($ MN) ($ MN) W

Olii)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND

RELATED PRODUCTS 11 514 9 □ 11 ♦2 503 + 28

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES 9 7 □81 6 026 +1 055 + 18

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 5 645 2 566 ♦3 079 +121

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 5 435 3 657 *1 778 + 41

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSOR IES 5 421 4 692 + 729 + 16

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 4 197 3 637 + 560 4- 15

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JOBLESS RATE SHOWS SLIGHT DETERIORATION * * *

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION SHOWED A SLIGHT DETERIORATION IN THE QUARTER JULY-SEPTEMBER 1985 COMPARED WITH THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1985, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JULY-SEPTEMBER 1985 WAS 3.4 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE RATE OF 3.0 PER CENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1985. THE RATE FOR JULY-SEPTEMBER 1934 WAS 3.5 PER CENT.

THE INCREASE OF 0.4 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PREVIOUS QUARTER IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT, THAT IS, IT IS GREATER THAN MIGHT BE EXPECTED TO ARISE FROM SAMPLING ERROR, WHILE THE DECREASE OF 0.1 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE QUARTER ENDING SEPTEMBER 1985 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 89 600, COMPARED WITH 78 500 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1985 AND 92 400 FOR THE SAME QUARTER CF 1984.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JULY-SEPTEMBER 1985 WAS 1.3 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE RATE OF 1.0 PER CENT FOR BOTH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR. THE INCREASES OF 0.3 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE TWO RESPECTIVE QUARTERS ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR THE QUARTER ENDING SEPTEMBER 1985 WAS 35 600 COMPARED WITH 27 700 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1985 AND 25 600 FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984.

CONSISTENT WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO), 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 UPON 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 COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS ADDED THAT BASED ON A SYSTEM OF MANUAL EXTRACTION OF INFORMATION FROM SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES FOR THE LATEST MONTH, PROVISIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATES COVERING THE LATEST MOVING THREE-MOKTh PERIOD COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE WITHIN TwO WEEKS AFTER THE SURVEY.

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THESE PROVIDE AN EARLY INDICATION OF THE LATEST TREND IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION. THE PROVISIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED) FOR AUGUST-OCTOBER 1985 WAS 3.7 PER CENT, AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1.2 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WILL BE LOWER AFTER SEASONAL ADJUSTMENT. THE UNADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JULY-SEPTEMBER 1985 WAS ALSO 3.7 PER CENT.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY (GHS) CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. THIS SURVEY COVERS A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 14 000 HOUSEHOLDS OR 52 000 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 AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED. IN THE SURVEY, THE DEFINITIONS USED IN MEASURING UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOLLOW CLOSELY THOSE RECOMMENDED BY THE ILO.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT TO CONFORM TO THE LATEST STANDARDS RECOMMENDED BY THE ILO, THE GHS DEFINITIONS OF +UNEMPLOYMENT+ AND +UNDEREMPLOYMENT+ HAVE BEEN MODIFIED SINCE JANUARY 1985. HOWEVER, A COMPLETE COVERSION WILL ONLY BE INTRODUCED IN MAY 1986 WHEN A SUFFICIENTLY LONG SERIES OF THE STATISTICS UNDER THE NEw DEFINITIONS IS AVAILABLE. USING THE NEW DEFINITIONS THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JULY-SEPTEMBER 1985 WAS 3.3 PER CENT, AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 2.1 PER CENT.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF 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 ENDING SEPTEMBER 1985, SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.

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PRESIDENTIAL VETO LOOMS FOR SENATE’S TEXTILE BILL * * * *

VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE ON THE TEXTILE BILL INDICATES A GREATER LIKELIHOOD THAT ANY PRESIDENTIAL VETO COULD BE SUSTAINED, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE BILL WAS PASSED BY THE SENATE, 60 VOTES TO 3% AFTER DEBATE ON A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS. IT IS NOW EXPECTED THAT A CONFERENCE STAGE WILL BE HELD AS THE SENATE VERSION DIFFERS FROM THAT PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

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DURING^Se^Jba?^™^®1^ PUT FORWARD A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS ™Lt,ngs accept amendments°exclud?noS?h kEriuJ2rS thurmond AND CONTAINED MORE THAN 70 PFR cpnt Rc tJILK *JHERE a PRODUCT AND ITEMS FROM INSULAR POSSESS^ TqnruAIcR1AL’ SK1 BOOTS, ARSONS responsible were perha>!eOnt’ReSsU%HentsG^.sp?%|?;zNegns™£

AN AMENDMENT TO ADD PROTECTION FOR THE U.S. COPPER INDUSTRY WAS APPROVED (THE BILL ALREADY INCLUDES FOOTWEAR IN ADDITION TO TEXTILES). SOME OF THE OTHER AMENDMENTS WHICH WERE NOT APPROVED ARE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO HONG KONG.

ONE AMENDMENT PROPOSED THAT COUNTRIES TO WHICH THE U.S. EXPORTED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS WORTH MORE THAN $430 MILLION SHOULD BE EXEMPT. THESE COUNTRIES INCLUDED CHINA, TAIWAN, SOUTH KOREA, BRAZIL AND HONG KONG. THIS AMENDMENT WAS DEFEATED BY 60 VOTES TO 39.

ANOTHER PROPOSED AMENDMENT RELATED TO OPEN MARKETS WHICH SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED HONG KONG AS BEING THE ONLY PLACE WHICH COULD QUALIFY AT PRESENT. DURING THE DEBATE, SENATOR EVANS REFERRED TO A LETTER WHICH HE HAD RECEIVED FROM HONG KONG’S SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR ERIC HO, AND HE SAID HE WISHED IT TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. THE ACTUAL AMENDMENT WAS DEFEATED 68 VOTES TO 30.

+THE VOTING IS QUITE ENCOURAGING,* MR MACLEOD SAID. +PRESIDENT REAGAN HAS SAID THAT HE IS OPPOSED TO PROTECTIONIST LEGISLATION, AND IF HE VETOES THIS BILL (ONCE A SINGLE VERSION CF IT HAS BEEN PRODUCED) THEN IT WOULD BE REFERRED BACK TO THE SENATE, AND TO THE HOUSE, WHERE A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO OVERRIDE THAT VETO.

+0N YESTERDAY’S VOTING, IT SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT SUCH A PROPORTION COULD BE ACHIEVED’ AND IT MUST BE REMEMBERED THAT MANY PEOPLE WHO MIGHT VOTE FOR THE BILL NOW WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT THE MORE SERIOUS STEP OF OVERRIDING A VETO.*

HONG KONG’S WASHINGTON OFFICE AND THE TERRITORY’S LOBBYISTS HAD WORKED EFFECTIVELY AND HARD IN THE RUN UP TO THE DEBATE, AND CONSIDERATION WAS NOW BEING GIVEN TO THE NEXT STAGE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE BILL, MR MACLEOD ADDED.

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BOARD CHAIRMEN REMINDED OF IMPORTANT MISSION * * * *

DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMEN HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH AN IMPORTANT MISSION TO LEAD FELLOw MEMBERS TO WORK FOR THE WELFARE OF LOCAL RESIDENTS, SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

FULL CONFIDENCE IN THEIR ABILITY WAS INDICATED BY THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ELECTED BY FELLOW MEMBERS, HE SAID.

+THE RE-CONSTITUTED DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE ACHIEVED IMPRESSIVE RESULTS IN IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS AND IN GAUGING PUBLIC OPINION ON LOCAL AND TERRITORY-WIDE MATTERS.

+SUCH ACHIEVEMENTS DO NOT ONLY REPRESENT THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM, BUT ARE ALSO THE RESULTS OF DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMEN’S HARD WORK,* HE SAID.

MR LIAO WAS ADDDRESSING CHAIRMEN OF 19 DISTRICT BOARDS hT TODAY’S SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CIVIL SERVICE TRAINING CENTRE AND THE WILSON LEARNING CORPORAT ION-ASI A.

THE SEMINAR ENABLED ALL DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMEN TO MEET A' j DISCUSS THE RUNNING OF MEETINGS AND WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR LEADERSHIP.

+1 HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU WOULD MAKE USE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PUT TOGETHER YOUR THOUGHTS AND SHARE YOUR OPINIONS,* MR LIAO SAID.

TODAY’S PROGRAMME INCLUDED AN IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION ON ELEMENTS CF EFFECTIVE CHAIRMANSHIP AS EXEMPLIFIED BY A VIDEO-TAPED MOCis MEETING- AND PRACTICES ON HOW TO CONDUCT MEETINGS AND MANAGE ATTENDANTS.

THERE WAS ALSO A REVIEW DISCUSSION AMONG THE CHAIRMEN, DISTRICT OFFICERS AND CNTA REPRESENTATIVES, INCLUDING DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, AT THE END OF THE SEMINAR.

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NEW CIGARETTE TAR TESTS CARRIED OUT * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST HAS CONDUCTED ANOTHER SERIES OF TESTS ON THE CONTENTS OF CIGARETTES ON SALE IN HONG KONG AND THE RESUL IS, TO BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW (FRIDAY), SHOW THAT MORE THAN HALF OF THESE BRANDS OF CIGARETTES ARE OF +LOW TAR+ AND +LOW TO MIDDLE TAR+.

FIVE SUCH TEST SERIES HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED SINCE 1983. THESE PERIODIC TESTS ARE TO PROVIDE A GUIDANCE TO CIGARETTES SMOKERS ON WHAT THEY ARE INHALING AND TO PROVIDE THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY WITH OFFICIAL TAR GROUP DESIGNATIONS FOR THEIR BRANDS OF CIGARETTE.

THE LATEST SERIES COVERS THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD STARTING FEBRUARY 1985. BASED ON THE FINDINGS, A TOTAL OF 94 SAMPLE BRANDS WERE CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO THEIR TAR CONTENTS INTO ONE OF THE FIVE GROUPS RANGING FROM +LOW TAR + TO +HIGH TAR+.

OF THESE 94 BRANDS, 20 BELONGED TO THE +LOW TAR+ GROUP, 37 IN THE +LOW TO MIDDLE TAR+ GROUP, 30 TO THE +MIDDLE TAR + GROUP, AND SIX UNDER THE +MIDDLE TO HIGH TAR+ GROUP. OHLY ONt WAS OF +HIGH TAR + .

RESULTS SHOWED THAT THE TAR GROUPS OF MOST, EXCEPT 18 OF THE BRANDS, COMPLIED WELL WITH THAT CLAIMED BY THE MANUFACTURERS. CF THOSE 18 BRANDS, THREE WERE FOUND TO BELONG TO A HIGHER TAR GROUP THAN THE LABELLED CLAIMED WHILE THE REMAINING 15 BRANDS WERE FOUND TO BELONG TO A LOWER TAR GROUP THAN THEIR RESPECTIVE CLAIMS.

IT WAS OBSERVED THAT MOST NEW BRANDS ON THE MARKET WERE OF •♦LOW TAR+ AND +LOW TO MIDDLE TAR+ WHILE BRANDS THAT HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM THE MARKET BELONGED TO THE +MIDDLE TAR+ GROUP.

THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE GRADUAL REDUCTION IN THE TAR YIELDS CF CERTAIN LONG ESTABLISHED BRANDS, IS REFLECTED IN A TREND OF h SLOW BUT STEADY DECLINE IN THE AVERAGE TAR YIELD FOR ALL CIGARETTE BRANDS TESTED.

THE AVERAGE TAR YIELD OF THE SAMPLES IN THE LATEST SERIES WAS 15 MG PER CIGARETTE, WHILE IN PREVIOUS EXERCISES THE FIGURES WERE 17.6 MG, 16.5 MG, 15-5 MG AND 15.4 MG.

A COMPARISON WAS MADE BETWEEN IMPORTED AND LOCALLY MANUFACTURED CIGARETTES AND IT WAS FOUND THAT FOR BOTH TYPES OF CIGARETTES THE MAJORITY OF THE SAMPLE BRANDS HAD FILTERS. IT WAS ALSO NOTICED THAT ALL OF THE +LOW TAR+ CIGARETTES ON SALE WERE IMPORTED.

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PLANS FOR POLLUTION CONTROL * * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR POLLUTION CONTROL FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY A WORKING GROUP WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 3 PM.

THE WORKING GROUP WAS SET UP IN JANUARY THIS YEAR TO EXAMINE HOw POLLUTION CONTROL EFFORTS COULD BE GIVEN MORE IMPETUS AND BE MADE MORE EFFECTIVE.

PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, WILL BE THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED, AND THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR FRANCIS HO.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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DB MEMBERS PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION

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NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN GIVING TALKS TO LOCAL STUDENTS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AS PART OF THE PROMOTION ACTIVITIES ON CIVIC EDUCATION ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

BETWEEN NOVEMBER 5 AND DECEMBER 9, A DB MEMBER WOULD

VISIT EACH OF THE SEVEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT TO INTRODUCE THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM STUDENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SAID THAT THROUGH THESE ARRANGEMENTS, STUDENTS COULD SHARE IN THE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE^ ur DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BOOST CIVIC EDUCATION AMONG LOCAL YOUTHS INCLUDE A QUIZ COMPETITION, AN EXHIBITION, A CARNIVAL, FAMILIARISATION TOURS TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND INVITATIONS TO DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1A, 1985

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WALKATHON FOR HANDICAPPED, ABLE-BODIED IN SAI KUNG * * X *

ABOUT 1 OOO HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED PERSONS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN A TwO-KILOMETRE WALKATHON FROM WONG SHEK PIER IN SAI KUNG ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

THE 12TH PHAB (PHYSICAL-HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED) WALK, ORGANISED BY THE PHAB ASSOCIATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, WILL BE STARTED B?~THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, AT 10.30 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE LEAVING KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT Q AM SHaRP ON SUNDAY FOR WONG SHEK PIER.

INSPECTION OF WORKS PROJECTS

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MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO INSPECT VARIOUS WORKS PROJECTS.

THE PROJECTS INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLAYGROUNDS, VAN TRACKS, VILLAGE FOOTPATHS, RAIN SHELTERS AND DRAINAGE CHANNEL^.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TOUR. A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE .> ILL LEAVE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, NEXT TO FANLING MAGISTRACY AT FANLUb ROUNDABOUT, AT 9.15 AM.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1935

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR +TIGER+ GOLD COIN ******

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THE ISSUE OF A LIMITED QUANTITY CF 31 300 GOLD COINS TO MARK THE COMING LUNAR NEW YEAR — THE YEAR OF THE TIGER.

APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM NOVEMBER 28 FROM ALL OFFICES OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION AND DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION. APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE AT 12.30 PM ON DECEMBER 14.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PROOF VERSION OF THE COIN IS PRICED AT $3 300 WHILE THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED COIN COSTS $2 200. THESE ARE THE PRICES AT WHICH THE COCKEREL, THE DOG, THE PIG, THE RAT AND THE OX COINS WERE SOLD.

+THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE IS THE SAME AS THAT FOR PREVIOUS YEARS IN THAT CHEQUES ON PERSONAL ACCOUNTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AS WELL AS BANKER’S CASHIER ORDERS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+HOWEVER, APPLICATIONS ARE RESTRICTED TO RESIDENTS WITH A HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD. IN THE EVENT OF OVER-SUBSCRIPTION A BALLOT WILL BE HELD.+ HE ADDED.

THE YEAR OF THE TIGER GOLD COIN IS THE PENULTIMATE COIN IN THE CURRENT SERIES OF LUNAR NEW YEAR GOLD COINS COMMEMORATING Th^ 12 LUNAR YEARS WHICH CORRESPOND TO THE WESTERN CALENDAR YEARS 1976 -- 1987.

WORLD-WIDE MINTAGE FOR EACH COIN IN THE SERIES IS LIMITED, AND THE YEAR OF THE TIGER COIN IS NO EXCEPTION. THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT 7 500 PROOF AND 10 500 UNCIRCULATED COINS HAVE BEEN SET ASIDE FOR HONG KONG RESIDENTS.

PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE GOLD COINS ARE HELD IN A SPECIAL COIN SUSPENSE ACCOUNT AND ARE USED TO HELP FINANCE CAREFULLY SELECTED PROJECTS.

THE MOST RECENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED WAS A ®28.5 MILLION GRANT TO THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE TO MEET THE CAPITAL COST OF THE BUILDING.

MONEY HAS ALSO BEEN EARMARKED FROM THE SPECIAL COIN SUSPL^ol ACCOUNT FOR THE FUNDING OF THE SHA TIN INFIRMARY, WHICH WILL PROVIDE BEDS FOR THE CHRONICALLY ILL AND CONVALESCING PATIENTS.

THE 700-BED INFIRMARY, EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN la«»0, WILL BE RUN BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WITH MEDICALLY QUALIFIED STAFF IN ATTENDANCE.

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THE FOLLOWING CONTRIBUTIONS WERE MADE TOWARDS PREVIOUS PROJECTS:

QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM $15.0 MILLION

SILVER JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE $56.9 MILLION

FLATS FOR THE ELDERLY $32.5 MILLION

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED RESIDENTS TO HAND IN THEIR APPLICATION EARLY. COMPLETED FORMS, TOGETHER WITH BANKER’S CASHIER ORDERS Dr CROSSED CHEQUES DATED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 14, 1985 AND MADE PAYABLE TO +HONG KONG GOVERNMENT 1986 SPECIAL COIN ACCOUNT*, MUST REACH ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING BRANCHES OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION BY 12.30 PM OF THAT DAY:

1 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG

40-50 DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, HONG KONG

500 HENNESSY ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG

2 PATERSON STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG

306 KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG

82-84 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON

673 NATHAN ROAD, MONGKOK

1 YUE MAN SQUARE, KWUN TONG

455-457 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN

150 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG.

STRUCK IN 22 CARAT GOLD, EACH COIN MEASURES 28.4 MM IN DIAMETER AND WEIGHS 15.976 GRAMMES.

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

GOLD COINS WITH A FACE VALUE OF $1 000 WERE MADE LEGAL TENut.i ON MAY 5, 1975.

THE YEAR OF THE TIGER BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 9, 1986 AND ENDS JANUARY 28, 1987. THE TIGER IS REGARDED AS THE BIRTHDAY ANIMAL FOR PEOPLE BORN BETWEEN THESE DATES AND FOR ANYONE BORN IN PREVIOUS YEARS OF THE TIGER:

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1902-1903: FEBRUARY 8, 1902 - JANUARY 28, 1903 1914-1915: JANUARY 26, 1914 - FEBRUARY 13, 1915 1926-1927: FEBRUARY 13, 1926 - FEBRUARY 1, 1927 1938-1939: JANUARY 31, 1938 - FEBRUARY 18, 1939 1950-1951: FEBRUARY 17, 1950 - FEBRUARY 5, 1951 1962-1963: FEBRUARY 5, 1962 - JANUARY 24, 1963 1974-1975: JANUARY 23, 1974 - FEBRUARY 10, 1975.

RESPONSIBLE RETAILERS CONTRIBUTING TO HEALTHY ECONOMY M * *

BECOMING INCREASINGLY AWARE CONSUMER AND THIS AUGURED ECONOMY, THE SECRETARY FOR SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

MORE AND MORE RETAILERS ARE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE WELL FOR A HEALTHY GROWTH OF THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO,

ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL BALL MARKING THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE RETAIL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, MR HO SAID HONG KONG WAS ACCUSTOMED TO HAVING A RETAIL TRADE WHICH ORGANISED ITSELF TO SERVE THE CONVENIENCE OF SHOPPERS.

+NEW AND IMPROVED METHODS, SUCH AS THE ELECTRONIC PAYMENT SYSTEM, ARE ALSO CONSTANTLY BEING EXPLORED BY RETAILERS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY,+ HE SAID.

AS REGARD THE RETAIL SECTOR, MR HO SAID IT HAD ALSO DONE WELL.

+WITH AN ANNUAL SALE OF OVER $62 BILLION, THE RETAIL SECTOR EMPLOYS 170 000 PERSONS AND PROVIDES ONE OF THE LARGEST SOURCES OF JOBS FOR OUR POPULATION AND, I AM SURE, PROFITS FOR THE ENTERPRISES CONCERNED.

+1 HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT THE TRADE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE ITS RIGHTFUL CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY BY PROVIDING A GOOD AND RELIABLE SERVICE TO LOCAL CONSUMERS AND TOURISTS ALIKE,+ HE SAID.

THE RETAIL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF RETAIL MANAGEMENT IN HONG KONG. ITS MEMBERS COMPRISE MAJOR RETAILERS IN HONG KONG WITH A WIDE CROSS SECTION OF BACKGROUND, INCLUDING MANY FOREIGN OWNED COMPANIES.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1935

REGIONAL SERVICES RESPONSIVE TO PEOPLE’S NEEDS * * *

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL NEXT YEAR WILL BE A MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG, THE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES, NF TONY HAMMOND, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

+THE NEED FOR THIS SECOND MUNICIPAL COUNCIL BECAME INCREASINGLY EVIDENT IN RECENT YEARS WITH THE SHIFT OF POPULATION FROM THE OLD URBAN AREAS TO THE NEw TOWNS,* HE SAID.

+ITS MAIN PURPOSE WILL BE TO PROVIDE RESIDENTS CF

THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA WITH ESSENTIAL MUNICIPAL, RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL SERVICES, IN THE SAME WAY AS THE URBAN COUNCIL DOES IN THE LONG-ESTABLISHED URBAN AREAS OF HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON.+

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ZONTA CLUB OF KOWLOON, MR HAMMOND SAID THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, SET UP ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR, WAS TO PAVE THE WAY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FULLY-AUTONOMOUS REGIONAL COUNCIL.

BY THEN, HE ADDED, THE ELECTED ELEMENT IN THE COUNCIL WOULD BE INCREASED BY 12, BRINGING TOTAL MEMBERSHIP TO 36.

THE ADDITIONAL 12 MEMBERS WOULD BE DIRECTLY ELECTED TO THE COUNCIL IN MARCH NEXT YEAR FROM 12 CONSTITUENCIES IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA, IN WHICH THERE ARE 442 790 REGISTERED ELECTORS.

+ IT IS ONLY THROUGH THE INPUT OF DIRECTLY ELECTED NEMBERS, AS WELL AS THOSE INDIRECTLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE HEUNG YEE KUK, AND THE APPOINTMENT CF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE WELL-KNOWN FOR THEIR PUBLIC SERVICE, THAT RESIDENTS CAN EXPECT TO RECEIVE THE BEST POSSIBLE SERVICE FROM THE COUNCIL IN RESPECT OF THE MANY SERVICES IT WILL PROVIDE WHICH AFFECT THEIR DAILY LIVES,* MR HAMMOND SAID.

+THE PRESENT SET-UP OF THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL BRINGS US THAT MUCH CLOSER TOWARDS THIS IDEAL SITUATION, BECAUSE UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE COUNCIL, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS AS RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE AS ITS RESOURCES WILL ALLOW, WITH REGARD TO THE PROVISION OF A WIDE RANGE OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES.*

MR HAMMOND SAID THAT THIS HAD BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FACT THAT IN EACH OF THE NINE DISTRICTS WITHIN ITS AREA, THE COUNCIL HAD SET UP A DISTRICT COMMITTEE WHICH COMPRISED BOTH COUNCIL MEMBERS AND LEADING MEMBERS OF LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS.

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THE OBJECTIVE OF SETTING UP THESE DISTRICT COMMITTEES WAS TO MONITOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS AND TO ASSESS RESIDENTS’ NEEDS AND TO RESPOND TO THEIR LEGITIMATE GRIEVANCES.

+THIS NETWORK OF LOCALLY ORIENTATED COMMITTEES WILL HELP US FACE UP TO THE CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY THE ON-GOING URBANISATION AND VARIED NATURE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TOWNSHIPS - EACH OF WHICH HAS ITS OWN DISTINCT CHARACTERISTICS, NEEDS AND PROBLEMS,+ NR HAMMOND SAID.

+AT THIS POINT IN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, I THINK IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT INDEED TO DEVISE A BETTER WAY TO GIVE THE LOCAL PEOPLE A CLOSER INVOLVEMENT AND GREATER INFLUENCE IN MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL.+

TURNING TO THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE EXECUTIVE ARM OF THE COUNCIL, MR HAMMOND SAID ITS TASK WAS NOT AN EASY ONE.

+ IT HAS TO SERVE SOME 1.8 MILLION RESIDENTS IN THE AREA, WHICH REPRESENTS ABOUT 32 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL POPULATIO., CF HONG KONG- AND ITS 945 SQUARE KILOMETRES CONSTITUTE 88 PEn CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL LAND AREA, ALTHOUGH ADMITTEDLY -UCH CF THIS IS MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN,+ HE SAID.

+THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS A TOTAL ESTABLISH.^ . i CF MORE THAN 8 500 STAFF. MOST OF THEM WORK IN THE NINE DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT, WHERE THEY SERVE AND RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF THE LOCAL RESIDENTS.*

MR HAMMOND SAID THAT THE RANGE OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE RSD WAS SO WIDE THAT THE QUALITY OF ITS SERVICE HAS A DIRECT BEARING ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE RESIDENTS IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA.

HISTORICAL BOUNDARY STONE INSTALLED IN GARDEN

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A BOUNDARY STONE, BELIEVED TO BE MORE THAN 700 YEARS OLD, HAS BEEN INSTALLED IN A GARDEN OUTSIDE THE MUI WO FERRY PIER ON LANTAU.

MEASURING 21 X 21 X 120 CM, THE STONE IS INSCRIBED WITH TWO CHINESE CHARACTERS ON THE TOP AND FOUR CHINESE CHARACTERS ON EACH SIDE MEANING THE TAXABLE LAND OF THE LI FEUDAL ESTATE.

ACCOR ING TO HISTORIANS, IT WAS ERECTED SOME TIME AFTER 1 265 TO MARK THE BOUNDARY OF THE ESTATE OF LI MAO-YING, A HIGH-RANKINS OFFICIAL SERVING IN THE COURT OF THE SUNG EMPEROR.

THURSDAY, NOVihBErt 14, 1985


BORN IN PAN YU, NEAR CANTON, LI OBTAINED HIS HONORARY CHIN-SHIH DEGREE IN THE IMPERIAL CIVIL EXAMINATION IN 1 226 AD AND BECAME A HIGH-RANKING OFFICIAL. HE WAS GRANTED THE FEUDAL ESTATE IN PAN YU.

ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL GAZETTEER IN THE QING DYNASTY, THE FEUDAL ESTATE OF THE LI HOUSE ON LANTAU STILL EXISTED IN THE EARLY 19TH CENTURY.

THE BOUNDARY STONE WAS DISCOVERED IN 1955 IN CHUNG HOU, MUI WO (ANOTHER IDENTICAL STONE WAS ALSO FOUND IN 1977 IN MAN KOK TSUI, LANTAU).

WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY LIMITED, THE STONE WAS HANDED TO THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH FOR PROTECTION.

WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, THE STONE TOGETHER wI TH AN EXPLANATORY PLAQUE WERE INSTALLED IN THE GARDEN OF THE MUI FERRY PIER RECENTLY.

GREAT CHANGES AHEAD FOR AP LEI CHAU K H K M

THE SMALL ISLAND OF AP LEI CHAU IN ABERDEEN WILL SEE GREAT CHANGES AS A NUMBER OF MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS ARE COMPLETE^ OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHA!, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE AP LEI CHAU KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, MR CHAN SAID THE ISLAND’S POPULATION WOULD BE BOOSTED WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE LEI TUNG ESTATE AND THE AP LEI CHAU NORTH RECLAMATION PROGRAMME BY THE EARLY 1990’S.

+LEI TUNG ESTATE, A SELF-CONTAINED MODERN PUBLIC HOUSING AREA, WILL BECOME HOME FOR MORE THAN 40 000 PEOPLE,+ HE SAID.

♦ IT WILL HAVE ITS OWN COMMUNITY FACILITIES, SCHOOLS, SHOPPING AND COOKED FOOD CENTRES, AND PUBLIC FACILITIES SUCH AS A POST OFFICE AND CAR PARKS.

♦THE AP LEI CHAU NORTH RECLAMATION IS A LARGE-SCALE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT TO BE CARRIED OUT IN THREE PHASES, THE FIRST OF WHICH IS DUE TO START IN 1987.

THURSDAY, NOVS’.ffiSa 14, 1985

+THE WHOLE PROJECT, WHEN COMPLETED IN 1992, WILL YIELD SOME 7.09 HECTARES OF LAND FOR VARIOUS USES,* HE ADDED.

MR CHAN STRESSED THAT THE NEEDS OF THOSE LIVING IN AP LEI CHAU OLD TOWN WOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN. AN OPEN SPACE NEAR AP LEI CHAU MAIN STREET wOULD BE TURNED INTO A RECREATION GROUND. AND A NEW GOVERNMENT CLINIC WOULD Bt COMPLETED IN A FEw YEARS’ TIME TO PROVIDE OUTPATIENT SERVICES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS.

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CAS CADET CORPS TO HOLD PARADE K X X X X

A CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS PARADE TO MARK THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR WILL BE HELD AT THE VICTORIA PARK ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 16).

THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL ANTHONY BOAM, WILL INSPECT THE PARADE AND PRESENT MEDALS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PARADE. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT MINI-SOCCER PITCH NO. 5 OF THE VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY BAY, BY 7.45 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

FIRE SERVICES MOUNTAIN RUN X X X X X

THE ANNUAL KOWLOON PEAK MOUNTAIN RUN ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON FIRE COMMAND WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE 2.2—KILOMETRE RUN WILL START FROM FEI NGOR SHAN ROAD ABOUT 200 METRES FROM ITS JUNCTION wI TH CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD TO THE GILwELL CAMP SITE.

THURSDAY, N0VE.3ER 14, 1985

MORE THAN 100 UNIFORMED AND CIVILIAN STAFF ARE EXPECTED TO I PART IN THE RUN AND CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, MR M. KINGDOM, OF KOftLOO:. FIRE COMMAND, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT NGAU CHI WAN FIRE STATION BEFORE 2.30 PM FOR TRANSPORT TO THE STARTING POINT.

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CENTRAL, WESTERN TRAFFIC CHANGES

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DUDDELL STREET IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM TO 2 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17) TO FACILITATE THE LIFTING OF GOODS IN THE AREA.

ON THE SAME DAY, FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM. VEHICLES OVER 5.5 TONNES GROSS ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST (EASTBOUND) WILL BE DIVERTED TO HILL ROAD, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND CHIU KWONG STREET FOR TRENCH WORK AT THE JUNCTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND WATER STREET.

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FANLING RESTRICTED ZONE

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THE CUL-DE-SAC AT THE EASTERN END OF ROAD L100 AT FANLING ..ILL EE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

MOTOR VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OF GOODS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW DEPARTMENT TO CENTRALISE POLLUTION CONTROL .............. 1

PAYMENT PROPOSED FOR DISMISSED WORKERS....................... 3

CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS RELEASED ..................... 5

DRAGNET TIGHTENED UP ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS .................. 7

HONG KONG LINKS WITH CANADA HAILED .......................... 8

FLEXIBILITY IN APPOINTING COMMANDING OFFICERS................ 9

IMPORTANCE OF CAREERS GUIDANCE EMPHASISED ................... 10

FOUR LOTS TO BE SOLD IN DECEMBER............................. 12

DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED............................ 13

2 MORE WEEKS TO JOIN 'CLEAN AND GREEN1 SCHEME................ 14

LAST PHASE FOR MEN TO GET NEW I.D. CARDS .................... 15

TIMELY REMINDER ON DANGEROUS CORRIDOR GATES ................. 16

KOWLOON CITY TO STAGE DANCE COMPETITION ..................... 17

FESTIVAL FOR THE AGED IN TSUEN WAN .......................... 17

IYY YOUTH RALLY IN CENTRAL .................................. 18

RELAY CHALLENGE FOR DB RUNNERS .............................. 19

JUDO DEMONSTRATION BY OLYMPIC MEDALLIST ..................... 20

TAI PO ORGANISES +FIGHT CRIME NITBb ......................... 21

MINI FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION FOR HO MAN TIN .............. 21

TUEN MUN FESTIVAL STARTS TOMORROW............................ 22

YOUTHS TO MAKE DOVE SCULPTURE................................ 23

SHA TIN TO HOLD ATHLETIC MEET ............................... 24

PUBLIC 'WARNED — DON'T PLACE LITTER NEXT TO BINS............. 24

TENDERS CALLED FOR SALE OF REFRESHMENT ...................... 25

+ARTS FOR ALU PROGRAMME LAUNCHED ............................ 25

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE MOVING............................. 26

SAMPLES, MERCHANDISE ITEMS ACCEPTED.......................... 27

WATER CUT IN YUEN LONG ...................................... 27

PLB PROHIBITED ZONE.......................................... 27

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1985

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NEW DEPARTMENT TO CENTRALISE POLLUTION CONTROL ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO UPGRADE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) TO A FULL-FLEDGED DEPARTMENT TO RATIONALISE AND COORDINATE ANT I-POLLUTION MEASURES CURRENTLY UNDERTAKEN BY 13 DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE DECISION TO GIVE THE EPA AN EXECUTIVE AND ENFORCEMENT ROLE FOLLOWS THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF A WORKING GROUP SET UP TEN MONTHS AGO TO FORMULATE A PLAN WHICH WOULD MAXIMISE RESOURCES AND CENTRALISE POLLUTION CONTROL.

UNDER THE PLAN DUE TO COME INTO EFFECT ON APRIL 1, 1986 THE NEWLY-CREATED ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WILL BE HEADED BY A DIRECTOR AND TWO ASSISTANT DIRECTORS — ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR WATER AND WASTE AND THE OTHER FOR AIR AND NOISE.

ITS MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES WILL BE i

(A) FORMULATION OF POLICY IN ALL FIELDS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION;

(B) ESTABLISHING PROGRAMMES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT?

(C) MONITORING POLLUTION LEVELS IN THE ENVIRONMENT;

(D) IMPLEMENTATION OF STATUTORY POLLUTION CONTROLS;

(E) MEASUREMENT OF EMISSIONS TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH CONTROLS;

(F) RESPONSE TO COMPLAINTS OF POLLUTION;

(G) ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT; AND

(H) PROVISION OF ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS.

THE FUTURE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WILL BECOME THE AUTHORITY UNDER LEGISLATION COVERING WATER POLLUTION, WASTE DISPOSAL AND AIR POLLUTION. IN ADDITION, HE WILL BE GIVEN AUTHORITY UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE FOR THE CONTROL OF SMOKE EMISSIONS FROM VEHICLES.

CONTROL OF MARINE DUMPING WILL ALSO COME UNDER THE NEW DEPARTMENT, BUT THIS WILL BE SUBJECT TO A REVIEW OF THE APPLICATION AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE RECENTLY ENACTED U.K. FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ACT WHICH WILL REPLACE THE DUMPING AT SEA ACT.

ON THE QUESTION OF NOISE POLLUTION, ANY AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING CONTROL PROVISIONS WILL TIE IN WITH A NEW NOISE CONTROL BILL GIVING THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OVERALL AUTHORITY.

/THE PLAN..........

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THE PLAN ALSO INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF NON-STATUTORY FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES, MAINLY THE FOLLOWING:

(A) IN THE WATER AND WASTE FIELDS, THE DIRECTOR OF ifGINEER ING DEVELOPMENT WILL RELINQUISH THE GRANTING OF DISOURGE CONSENTS UNDER LEASE CONDITIONS FOR INDUSTRI Jlt.DIf'GS, THE PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING OF POLLUTION CON iGL PROJECTS, MONITORING THE QUALITY OF TERR I TCP L a ,A _r2, GIVING ADVICE AND COMMENTS ON THE DESIGN OF PRIVATE WASTE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL PLANTS, POLLUTION CONTROL INVESTIGATIONS AND THE HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS.

(B) THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES (F/AF) WILL RELINQUISH THE OVERALL PLANNING, INITIATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMMES AND MEASURES TO ENSURE THE PROPER DISPOSAL OF AGRICULTURAL WASTE AS WELL AS THE OPERATION OF WASTE TREATMENT RESEARCH PLANTS FOR RECYCLING AND FOR REDUCING AGRICULTURAL POLLUTION.

THE PLAN ALSO INVOLVES THE RATIONALISATION AND CENTRALISATION OF THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN SUPPORT OF POLLUTION CONTROL:

(A) THE SAMPLING AND MONITORING OF MARINE WATER QUALITY. AT PRESENT, FIVE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE EPA, ARE INVOLVED IN THESE ACTIVITIES.

(B) THE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR THE ANALYSIS OF WATER SAMPLES ON THE BASIS OF CERTAIN PHYSICAL, CHEMICAL AND MICROBIOLOGICAL INDICATORS. AT PRESENT, THE NECESSARY ANALYTICAL SERVICE AND FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED IN FOUR DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE EPA.

IN ADDITION, AS PART OF THE MAJOR RATIONALISATION OF DEPARTMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE POLLUTION CONTROL FIELD, THE EPD WILL BE DESIGNATED AS THE +CLIENT DEPARTMENT* FOR ALL FACILITIES OR SERVICES INTENDED TO GIVE EFFECT TO ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES.

SPECIFICALLY, THESE WOULD INCLUDE SEWAGE AND WASTE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL BUT THEY WOULD EXCLUDE MUNICIPAL REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICES.

THE NEW DEPARTMENT WILL THUS BE PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND MONITORING OF THE DEMAND CRITERIA USED IN THE PROGRAMMING OF POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES AND FACILITIES. IT WILL ALSO IDENTIFY AND INITIATE PROJECTS TO ENSURE THAT DEMAND IS MET.

THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF SUCH PROJECTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE DONE BY THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AS AT PRESENT. UNLIKE OTHER +CLIENT DEPARTMENTS*, HOWEVER, THE EPD WILL NOT BE OPERATING AND MANAGING THE FACILITIES IN QUESTION.

/SOME AREAS ......

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SOME AREAS OF POLLUTION EXAMINED BY THE WORKING GROUP WERE CONSIDERED UNSUITABLE FOR TRANSFER. THESE INCLUDED THE POLLUTION AT SEA ARISING FROM OIL SPILLAGE; MISCELLANEOUS POLLUTION CONTROL PROVISIONS SCATTERED AMONG MANY ORDINANCES OUTSIDE THE MAIN POLLUTION CONTROL LEGISLATION, SUCH AS DUST FROM CONSTRUC ION SITES, ODOUR, ETC’ THE GOVERNMENT LABORATORY’S ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY SERVICES TO SUPPORT THE EPA’S MONITORING AND INVESTIGATION ACTIVITIES AND THE MICROMETEOROLOGICAL MONITORING TO SUPPORT EPA’S AIR QUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENTS.

IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THE STREAMLINING OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PRESENT ORGANISATION FOR POLLUTION CONTROL WILL MAKE FOR MORE EFFECTIVE ACTION IN THIS FIELD WITHOUT ANY GREAT INCREASE IN COST. IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE A LESS CONFUSING STRUCTURE FOR THE PUBLIC WHEN THEY WISH TO COMPLAIN OR INQUIRE ABOUT REMEDIES AND FOR INDUSTRIALISTS WHEN THEY NEED TO SEEK ADVICE ON COMPLIANCE WITH POLLUTION CONTROL LEGISLATION.

FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S POINT OF VIEW, THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WILL PROVIDE FOR GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE FORMULATION OF NEW POLICY PROPOSALS. WITH AN INCREASING EMPHASIS BEING PLACED ON THE NEED FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO COMPLY WITH THE LETTER AS WELL AS THE SPIRIT OF POLLUTION CONTROL LAWS, THE REALLOCATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES WILL ENSURE THAT THE DEPARTMENTS WHICH OPERATE GOVERNMENT FACILITIES WHICH ARE THEMSELVES A SOURCE OF POLLUTION WILL BE SUBJECT TO A FORM OF +AUDIT+ BY THE EPD.

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PAYMENT PROPOSED FOR DISMISSED WORKERS K* * * H

THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE FOR A LONG SERVICE PAYMENT TO CERTAIN EMPLOYEES WHOSE CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT ARE TERMINATED BY DISMISSAL.

THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY , PROPOSES THAT THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT, CALCULATED ON YEARS OF SERVICE, SHOULD BE MADE BY AN EMPLOYER TO AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT IS TERMINATED FOR REASONS OTHER THAN SUMMARY DISMISSAL, REDUNDANCY OR RESIGNATION.

AN EMPLOYEE MUST SATISFY A MINIMUM QUALIFYING YEARS OF SERVICE BEFORE HE IS ENTITLED TO THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT. THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF YEARS OF SERVICE IS RELATED TO THE EMPLOYEE’S AGE AS FOLLOWS!

/AGE.......

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AGE

YEARS OF SERVICE REQUIRED

LESS THAN 41 10

41 9

42 8

43 7

44 6

NOT LESS THAN 45 5

THE BILL PROPOSES THAT THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT WILL AMOUNT TO TWO-THIRDS OF A MONTH’S WAGES FOR EACH YEAR OF SERVICE, UP TO A MAXIMUM LIMIT OF 12 MONTHS’ WAGES.

FOR DAILY-RATED OR PIECE-RATED EMPLOYEES, THE AMOUNT WILL BE CALCULATED AT THE RATE OF 18 DAYS OF WAGES FOR EVERY YEAR OF SERVICE.

THE AMOUNT OF LONG SERVICE PAYMENT PAYABLE WILL BE REDUCED PROPORiI ALLY IN THE CASE OF YOUNGER EMPLOYEES, AS FOLLOWSi

AMOUNT OF LONG SERVICE AGE PAYMENT PAYABLE

NOT LESS THAN 40 YEARS 100%

36 YEARS OR MORE BUT

LESS THAN 40 YEARS 75%

LESS THAN 36 YEARS 50*

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES THAT A CUT-OFF DATE FOR RECKONABLE SERVICE WILL BE SET, INITIALLY TO BE FIXED AT JANUARY 1, 1980 BUT RETROGRESSING AT THE RATE OF ONE YEAR PER YEAR UNTIL JANUARY 1, 1977.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS AT THE SAME TIME ENTITLED TO BOTH LONG SERVICE PAYMENT AND TO A GRATUITY BASED ON LENGTH OF SERVICE OR A PROVIDENT FUND, THE AMOUNT OF LONG SERVICE PAYMENT WILL BE REDUCED BY THE AMOUNT OF GRATUITY OR BY THAT PART OF THE PROVIDENT FUND PAYMENT WHICH IS NOT CONTRIBUTED BY THE EMPLOYEE HIMSELF.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROPOSALS IN THE BILL WERE AGREED BETWEEN EMPLOYERS’ AND EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES ON THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD AFTER MUCH DELIBERATION AND DISCUSSION.

HE SAID IT HAD BEEN CONSIDERED THAT EMPLOYEES AGED LESS THAN 41 SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 10 YEARS OF SERVICE TO QUALIFY FOR THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT.

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♦IT IS GENERALLY FELT THAT THESE 10 YEARS REPRESENT A LARGE PROPORTION OF AN EMPLOYEE’S MOST PRODUCTIVE YEARS AND A WORKER WHO HAS REMAINED WITH THE SAME EMPLOYER DURING THIS PERIOD DESERVES SOME RECOGNITION FOR HIS LOYALTY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THIS MAY ALSO ENCOURAGE YOUNGER EMPLOYEES TO REMAIN WITH THE SAME EMPLOYER FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND WILL THEREFORE RESULT IN MOST CASES IN MORE EFFECTIVE MANPOWER UTILISATION.*

HE SAID THE REASON FOR PROGRESSIVELY SHORTER PERIODS OF QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR EMPLOYEES OF 41 YEARS OF AGE OR MORE WAS THAT THIS AGE WAS GENERALLY CONSIDERED TO BE THE PEAK OF AN EMPLOYEE’S WORKING LIFE, BEYOND WHICH IT BECAME PROGRESSIVELY MORE DIFFICULT FOR AN EMPLOYEE TO MAINTAIN HIS ENERGY AND PRODUCTIVITY, AND HIS PROSPECTS IN THE JOB MARKET.

HE SAID IT WAS GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO REVIEW THE SCHEME A YEAR AFTER ITS INTRODUCTION AND TO CONSIDER WHETHER IT COULD BE EXTENDED TO COVER CASES OF SUMMARY DISMISSAL AND RESIGNATION ON GROUNDS OF ILL-HEALTH.

A SIMPLE GUIDE TO THE MAIN PROVISIONS OF THE BILL HAS BEEN PREPARED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND COPIES, IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH, ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BRANCH OFFICES OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 4, 1985.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE BILL ARE INVITED AND SHOULD BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE UMELCO OFFICE, LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING, 8 JACKSON ROAD, HONG KONG OR THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, HONG KONG.

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CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS RELEASED * * * *

THE TOTAL GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY ALL CONTRACTORS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985, AT $9 396 MILLION, WAS 0.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 6.7 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS (AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, ERECTED BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES, AND OTHER MINOR WORK LOCATIONS) IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985 WAS $6 044 MILLION. THIS GAVE AN INDEX OF 91.7, WHICH WAS 3.4 PER CENT LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND 2.9 PER CENT LOWER THAN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR. THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF 1982 WAS TAKEN AS 100.

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AS DISTINCT FROM THE FIGURES PERFORMED BY ALL CONTRACTORS, THE

ON CONSTRUCTION WORK

FIGURES FOR MAIN CONTRACTORS ARE FREE FROM THE EFFECT OF DOUBLE COUNTING OF CONSTRUCTION VALUE DUE TO THE SUB-CONTRACTING PRACTICE IN THE CONSTRUCTION

INDUSTRY.

THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCT CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES AMOUNTED TO $4 778 MILLION, WHICH THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 7.2 PER LAST YEAR.

ION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985

WAS 1.1 PER CENT LOWER THAN CENT LOWER THAN THE SAME QUARTEn

THE DECLINE IN THE OUTPUT

THE DROP WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO a

VALUE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR, PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF A FEW PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND

LINE PROJECT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE OUTPUT VALUE FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PROJECTS SHOWED INCREASES OF 4.7 PER CENT OVER THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 1.5 PER CENT OVER THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

THC OUTPUT VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, AT $1 623 MILLION" IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF *985, WAS 1.1 PER CENT LOWER

THAT IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER, BUT WAS 8.1 PER CENT HIGHER THAT IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

THAN THAN

FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, THE OUTPUT VALUE INCREASED BY 23 2 PEP CENT OVER THE PRECEDING QUARTER. AT $827 MILLION, iT WAS HOWEVER 29.4 PER CENT LOWER THAN THAT IN THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT IS GIVEN IN THE +REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT, SECOND QUARTER 1985+ RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE QUARTERLY SURVEY REPORT, AT $2 A COPY, MAY BE PUkCHASuD AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT CENTRE, OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL. REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED.

ENQUIRIES FOR NAY BE DIRECTED TO STATISTICS SECTION

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE SURVEY THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATc

OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT Al

TELEPHONE NUMBER 3-7224490.

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DRAGNET TIGHTENED UP ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS * M * *

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED SEVERAL ANT I-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION RAIDS LAST WEEK, RESULTING IN THE ARREST OF 14 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

THE RAIDS BY IMMIGRATION INVESTIGATORS WERE CARRIED OUT IN BOTH PRIVATE PREMISES AND NON-1NDUSTRI AL ESTABLISHMENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN, CAUSEWAY BAY AND SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICTS.

THE 14 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COMPRISED 11 MEN AND THREE WOMEN AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 48.

SIX OF THEM WERE FOUND TO HAVE IN THEIR POSSESSION IDENTITY CARDS RELATING TO OTHER PERSONS. THREE OF THESE CARDS HAD ALREADY BEEN REPORTED LOST.

+WE BELIEVE SOME OF THE LOST CARDS HAVE FALLEN INTO THE HANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. WHEN THE OLD-TYPE IDENTITY CARDS ARE GRADUALLY PHASED OUT AND THE NEW-TYPE CARDS ARE DIFFICULT TO FORGE, THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE USING OTHER PERSONS’ IDENTITY CARDS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

+IN THE FIRST 10 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, 149 000 CARDS HAVE BEEN REPORTED LOST BUT ONLY 38 700 CARDS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY RECOVERED AND RETURNED TO US. I MUST STRESS THAT THE PENALTY FOR UNLAWFUL TRANSFER OF ONE’S IDENTITY CARD IS THE SAME FOR USING OTHER PERSON’S IDENTITY CARD. IT CARRIES A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF A FINE OF $5 000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT,* HE SAID.

+THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN FACT ARE USING THE CARDS TO FOOL THE EMPLOYERS FOR GETTING JOBS, BUT NOT THE AUTHORITIES. ALL EMPLOYERS MUST THEREFORE BE ON THE ALERT TO CHECK THE IDENTITY CARDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES CAREFULLY. IF THERE ARE DOUBTS, THEY MAY CALL US FOR ADVICE ON 5-420412 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

+ALL EMPLOYERS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY AS IT IS OBLIGATORY FOR THEM TO INSPECT THE PROOF OF IDENTITY OF THOSE WHOM THEY WISH TO EMPLOY AND THERE ARE PENALTIES FOR EMPLOYERS WHO DISREGARD THE LAW.

+WE WISH TO STRESS THAT ENTERING HONG KONG ILLEGALLY IS POINTLESS BECAUSE THERE IS NO AMNESTY AND THAT ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL BE RETURNED. WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK THE CO-OPERATION OF THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES AND THE SECURITY FORCES WILL MAKE EVEN GREATER EFFORTS ON THE BORDERS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

/HE ALSO .......

FRIDAY, KOViMitart

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HE ALSO WARNED THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS REGULATIONS FOR A PERSON TO APPLY 9fcTA,N 0R HAS POSSESSION OF MORE THAN ONE HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS AND THE MAXIMUM PENALTY IS A FINE OF $20 000

AND IMPRISONMENT OF TWO YEARS.

+ wE ARE OF COURSE CONCERNED WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEONE GETTING AN EXTRA IDENTITY CARD FOR USE BY AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT,+ HE ADDED.

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN STEPPING UP ITS THE COMPUTER. ANYONE WHO PRESENTS AN IDENTITY PREVIOUSLY BEEN

CHECKS THROUGH CARD wHiCH HAS EXPOSED.

REPORTED LOST IS LIKELY TO BE

+WHENEVER A LOST IDENTITY CARD IS RECOVERED BY THE HOLDER, IT MUST BE RETURNED TO THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HONG KONG LINKS WITH CANADA HAILED

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HONG KONG’S SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE IN NORTH AMERICA, BILL DORwARD, YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO THE STRONG LINKS BETWEEN THE TERRITORY AND CANADA IN A SPEECH IN MONTREAL.

SPEAKING TO THE HONG KONG-CANADA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION, r-R DORWARD SAID THAT TRADE AND FAMILY CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE TwO WENT BACK MORE THAN A CENTURY, AND HAD GROWN TO THE POINT wHERE HONG KONG WAS NOW CANADA’S SEVENTH LARGEST TRADING PARTNER.

HE SAID THAT DESPITE THE FACT THAT TWO PLACES LESS SIMILAR THAN HONG KONG AND CANADA WOULD BE HARD TO IMAGINE, CROSS CULTURAL LINKS WERE STRONG, WITH THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION CANADIANS wI TH ROOTS IN HONG KONG CONTRIBUTING THEIR SKILL AND VITALITY TO THE CANADIAN MOSAIC.

MR DORWARD ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE 12 OOJ STUDENTS FROM HONG KONG ENROLLED IN CANADIAN SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES.

+NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THIS ELEMENT WHEN YOU THINK OF CANADA’S FUTURE PROSPECTS IN ASIA. IT MEANS THAT IN KEY POSITIONS IN HONG KONG, AMONG THE EDUCATED ELITE, THERE ARE MANY WHO REGARD CANADA AS THEIR SECOND HOME AND WHO WILL WORK TO FURTHER ITS INTEREST,* HE SAID.

CANADA’S PRESENCE IN HONG KONG WAS ALSO STRONG, WITH FIVE OF ITS BANKS FIRMLY REPRESENTED IN THE TERRITORY, REGULAR AIR LINKo, AND A COMMISSION WHICH WAS +ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND ACTIVE IN ALL SPHERES OF REPRESENTATIONAL ACTIVITY, ESPECIALLY IN TRADE PROMOTION,* MR DORWARD SAID.

/TURNING TO .......

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TURNING TO TRADE MATTERS, HE SPOKE OF THE PROTECTIONIST LEGISUATKDN CURRENTLY BEFORE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, PRIMARILY THE JENKINS BILL WHICH SOUGHT TO LIMIT TEXTILE IMPORT©.

+TEXTILES LEGISLATION IS BEING DEBATED IN CONGRESS THIS VERY DAY WHICH, IF ENACTED, WOULD DEVASTATE WORLD TRADE LAW AND LEAD US ALL HEAVEN KNOWS WHERE CERTAINLY DOWNWARD, THAT IS ALL WE CAN BE CERTAIN OF.+

MR DORWARD SAID THAT THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT NOW HAD UNDER CONSIDERATION THE FINAL REPORT OF THE TEXTILES AND CLOTHING BOARD, WHICH CONTAINED RECOMMENDATIONS ON FUTURE CANADIAN POLICY IN THAT AREA.

+THESE ADDRESS, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, NOT MERELY BILATERAL RELATIONS BUT ALSO CANADA’S FUTURE POLICY TOWARD THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT, WHICH EXPIRES NEXT JULY,+ MR DORWARD SAID.

+AS ONE WHO WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE ORIGINAL CANADIAN NEGOTIATORS OF THE FIRST MFA, BACK IN 1973 IN GENEVA, I A CONFIDENT THAT CANADA WILL AGAIN BE STRONGLY ON THE SIDE OF REASON AND CO-OPERATION IN SEEKING THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME.+

cao tup SPEECH> mr DORWARD ALSO REVIEWED THE ARRANGEMENTS

t2c 0F H0NG K0NG T0 CHINESE SOVEREIGNTY IN 1997 AND

-rur CONSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS NOW BEING MADC IN pREPARAt1d: FGk THE HANDOVER. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED IN MONTREAL BY THE HONG KMG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL'S NEW YORK REPRESENTATIVE, DEHHIS YAU,

WHO ALSO MADE A PRESENTATION.

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FLEXIBILITY IN APPOINTING COMMANDING OFFICERS * * *

COMMANDING OFFICERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT WILL IN FUTURE BE APPOINTED FOR SUCH PERIOD AS THE GOVERNOR MAY SPECIFY IN EACH PARTICULAR CASE.

THE MOVE TO MAKE THE APPOINTMENT MORE FLEXIBLE IS CONTAINED IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 193-PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

-rur A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE EXISTING LCGISLATI THE APPOINTMENT — MADE BY THE GOVERNOR ON THE ADVICC OF THE

IT ISH FORCES — WAS FOR THREE YEARS WITH AN EXTE.ol .

' I tAUttUINb ONE YEAR,

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HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE HAS ADVISED THmT an OFFICER HOLDING THE COMMANDING OFFICER RANK OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL WOULD BE IN LINE FOR PROMOTION AFTER TWO—AND-A-HALF YEARS, AND EXTENDING HIS TOUR TO THREE YEARS WOULD PLACE HIM AT A DISADVANTAGE IN CAREER TERMS.

THE COMMANDING

« WELL AS P«OVlDO%GT°F|RPE?^VRETSH%Nl?7oSFor^CEC^J^?^RIATE

CFFICER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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IMPORTANCE OF CAREERS GUIDANCE EMPHASISED mu*

OPTIMISATION OF OUR HUMAN RESOURCES TO MAINTAIN COMPETITIVENESS IS VITAL IN A PERIOD OF RAPID CHANGES, BOTH IN TERMS OF TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION, MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, MR CHEN SHOU-LUM, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CAREERS ’86 EXHIBITION AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL, MR CHEN POINTED OUT THAT IN THE PAST DECADE OR TWO, HONG KONG HAD ENJOYED CONSIDERABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND HAD BUILT ITSELF UP AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FINANCIAL CENTRES IN THE WORLD.

+ALL THESE DEVELOPMENTS ARISE MAINLY FROM MAKING GOOD USE OF OUR MANPOWER RESOURCES,+ HE ADDED.

MR CHEN SAID THAT ONE OF THE PREREQUISITES IN MAKING FULL USE CF HUMAN RESOURCES WAS FOR EVERYONE TO HAVE A JOB FITTED TO HIS OR HER TALENTS, APTITUDES, INTERESTS, NEEDS AND ABILITIES.

+IT IS WASTEFUL OF SOCIETY’S RESOURCES IF SOMEBODY, HALF WAY THROUGH HIS WORKING LIFE, FINDS THAT HE IS NOT SUITED TO HIS JOB AND HAS TO LOOK FOR NEW TRAINING IN ORDER TO START AFRESH.

+S0, CAREERS PLANNING IS VITAL TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE IF THEY WANT TO HAVE SUITABLE CAREERS THAT GIVE THEM JOB SATISFACTION AND MEET THEIR INTEREST, ENABLING THEM TO MAKE THEIR BEST CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY.*

MR CHEN SAID HONG KONG SOCIETY HAD AN OBLIGATION TO GIVE CAREERS GUIDANCE TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO HELP THEM PLAN THEIR CAREERS.

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+ AS FAR AS CAREERS GUIDANCE IS CONCERNED, HONG KONG IS, FORTUNATELY, IN THE FOREFRONT AMONG PLACES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

+IT IS PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGING TO SEE THAT THE COMMUNITY ATTACHES GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE CAREERS GUIDANCE OF OUR YOUNG GENERATION.+

MR CHEN SAID THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD, SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1968, PROVIDED CAREERS GUIDANCE SERVICES TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE PLANNING OF THEIR CAREERS.

HE SAID THE ANNUAL CAREERS EXHIBITION WAS A CLEAR INDICATION CF THIS AND HE CONGRATULATED ALL THOSE CONCERNED WHO HAD BEEN DOING +THIS MEANINGFUL JOB SO WELL*.

EARLIER, IN HIS INTRODUCTORY REMARKS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, THANKED THE 20 EXHIBITORS AND FOUR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TAKING PART IN THE ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES.

HE SAID THE CAREERS EXHIBITION, WHICH HAD BEEN HELD ANNUALLY SINCE 1972, COULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE MANY OTHER ORGANISATIONS.

HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO ALL THE PRINCIPALS AND CAREERS KACHERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

+THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THEY PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN GUIDING THEIR STUDENTS OVER THE TRANSITION FROM FULL-TIME EDUCATION TO EMPLOYMENT,* HE SAID.

IN HIS VOTE OF THANKS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR GERRY FORSGATE, ALSO STRESSED THAT A TOTAL COMMITMENT TO GUIDE YOUNG PEOPLE TO AN INTELLIGENT CHOICE OF CAREERS WAS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE.

+THE URBAN COUNCIL IS ALWAYS READY TO GIVE SUPPORT TO WORTHWHILE PROJECTS SUCH AS THIS, WHICH CAN HELP MAINTAIN THE FUTURE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF THE TERRITORY,* HE SAID.

THE CAREERS ’86 EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND CO-SPONSORED BY iHE URBAN COUNCIL, WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TOMORROW FROM 9.30 AM TO 6.30 PM AT THE EXHIBITION HALL UNTIL NOVEMBER 25.

DURING THE EXHIBITION PERIOD, A SERIES OF LIVE CAREERS SHOWS dLL ALSO BE STAGED AT EDINBURGH PLACE ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS BY THE DISCIPLINARY SERVICES.

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FOUR LOTS TO BE SOLD IN DECEMBER M * * *

FOUR LOTS OF GOVERNMENT LAND ARE TO BE SOLD BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT AT AN AUCTION IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON DECEMBER 12 AT 2.30 PM.

THREE OF THE LOTS ARE ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND ONE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST LOT, AT THE JUNCTION OF ALBANY AND ROBINSON ROADS. IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USE. THE BUYER IS REQUIRED TO DEVELOP AT LEAST 11 630 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON THE 3 877-SQUARE-METRE-SITE BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1989.

MEASURING 801.3 SQUARE METRES, THE SECOND LOT AT KENNEDY ROAD IS ALSO FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. THE BUYER IS REQUIRED TO DEVELOP AT LEAST 3 850 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1989.

THE NEXT SITE AT KUT SHING STREET, CHAI WAN, MEASURES 1 521 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN PURPOSES, BUT NOT FOR USE BY ANY OFFENSIVE TRADE.

UNDER THE SALES CONDITIONS, THE BUYER IS REQUIRED TO DEVELOP AT LEAST 8 700 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA BY THE END OF 1989.

THE LAST LOT, ALSO AN INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN SITE, ISA CHEUNG TAT ROAD ON TSING Yl. IT HAS AN AREA OF 2 554 SQUA;.. b€TRES. THE BUYER IS REQUIRED TO DEVELOP AT LEAST 7 662 SQUARE KTRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA BY THE END OF 1989.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT, THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

CONDITIONS OF SALE IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TAI PO, NORTH, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

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DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED * * * *

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT QUARRY BAY OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

ONE OF THE CHANGES CONCERNED THE ALIGNMENT OF THE SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR FROM QUARRY BAY TO SAI WAN HO WHICH HAD BEEN ADJUSTED AND SHIFTED TOWARDS THE HARBOUR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THIS SECTION OF THE ELEVATED ROAD HAD BEEN MODIFIED AND COMPLETED, HE ADDED.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT INVOLVED THE REVISION OF THE LAYOUT FOR THE SAI WAN HO RECLAMATION. IT INCLUDES THE DESIGNATION OF THE TWO FERRY PIERS AS +OTHER SPECIFIED USES+ ANNOTATED +PIER + . THE SCHEDULE OF USES PERMITTED UNDER +PIER+ IS ELABORATED IN THE NOTES ATTACHED TO THE PLAN.

LAYOUT OF THE COMMERCIAL-RESIDENTIAL SITE TO THE NORTH CF TAI ON STREET HAS ALSO BEEN REVISED. HOWEVER, THE OPEN SPACE PROVIDED ON THE RECLAMATION AREA REMAINS UNCHANGED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID NOTES TO THE PLAN HAD ALSO BEEN REVISED IN RESPECT OF THE +SCHOOL+ USE IN THE +COMMERCIAL+, ♦COMMERCIAL-RESIDENTIAL* AND +RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A)+ ZONES TO GIVE GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO SCHOOL USE WITHIN THE ZONES.

THE AMENDMENT PLAN CAN BE INSPECTED AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN), 884-886 KING’S ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG I THE DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONGI AND THE TOWN PLANNING DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 5.

COPIES OF THE AMENDMENT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SURVEY DIV IS'ON, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR THE KOWLOON MAP SALES CFFICE AT 382 NATHAN ROAD AT $10 FOR UNCOLOURED COPY OR $60 FOR COLOURED ONE.

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2 MORE WEEKS TO JOIN 'CLEAN AND GREEN’ SCHEME

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT REMINDED THE PUBLIC TODAY THAT THERE WERE ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT FOR THEM TO JOIN THE +CLEAN AND GREEN* SCHEME TO PRESERVE THE COUNTRYSIDE.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR REGISTRATION TO JOINT THE SCHEME IS DECEMBER 1.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE SCHEME, ORGANISED FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR BY THE DEPARTMENT, HAD ATTRACTED ENCOURAGING RESPONSE FROM THE PUBLIC, PARTICULARLY YOUNG COUNTRYSIDE LOVERS.

+SINCE ITS LAUNCHING LAST MONTH, MORE THAN 4 700 PEOPLE HAVE REGISTERED AND COMPLETED THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PROJECT,+ HE SAID.

THE SCHEME, IN THE FORM OF A THREE-STAGE COMPETITION HELD BETWEEN OCTOBER AND DECEMBER, IS OPEN TO ANYONE AGED 12 AND ABOVE. A MAXIMUM OF 10 000 PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THE SCHEME.

PRIZES INCLUDE TWO RETURN AIR TICKETS TO AUSTRALIA AND TWO 15-DAY AUSSIE PASSES, A TAIWAN MOUNTAIN CLIMBING PACKAGE TOUR, A CAMERA WITH ACCESSORIES, CAMPING EQUIPMENT AND HIKING GEAR.

+PARTICIPANTS STAND A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING THESE PRIZES. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS TO COMPLETE A SERIES OF SIMPLE COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION PROGRAMMES IN THE THREE STAGES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE FIRST STAGE, PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COLLECT LITTER AFTER REPORTING TO ONE OF THE 12 COUNTRY PARK REPORTING POSTS ON WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAYS BEFORE DECEMBER 1.

♦ON HANDING IN A FULL BAG OF LITTER, THEY WILL BE GIVEN A SOUVENIR AND A REGISTRATION CUM QUIZ ENTRY FORM, ENABLING THEM TO ENTER THE SECOND STAGE,* HE SAID.

IN THE SECOND STAGE, PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COLLECT LITTER IN A MAXIMUM OF NINE COUNTRY PARKS, FILLING OUT THE QUIZ FORM, AND SUBMITTING A PIECE OF DESIGN, EITHER IN THE FORM OF A POSTER, A PAINTING OR A PHOTOGRAPH, ON THE THEME OF COUNTRYSIDE FIRE PREVENTION OR TREE PLANTING BEFORE DECEMBER 9.

+EACH ACTIVITY WILL BE AWARDED MARKS AND 10 PARTICIPANTS WITH THE HIGHEST SCORES WILL BE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE THIRD AND FINAL STAGE WHICH WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 28 IN THE FORM OF AN OUTDOOR COMPETITION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, 200 OTHERS WITH THE NEXT HIGHEST MARKS WILL RECEIVE PRIZES AND THE FIRST 5 000 TO COMPLETE THE SECOND STAGE WILL EACH RECEIVE A 1986 YEAR PLANNER AS SOUVENIR, HE ADDED.

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LAST PHASE FOR MEN TO GET NEW I.D. CARDS * * *

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THA , MEN BORN IN 1917 OR BEFORE WOULD HAVE TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS FROM NOVEMBER 25 TO JANUARY 11, 1986.

DURING THE SEVEN-WEEK PERIOD, APPLICANTS CAN BRING ALONG THE In OLD CARDS AND CALL AT ANY OF THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES WHICH ARE OPEN DAILY FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE ADDRESSES OF THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE:

HONG KONG : BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI.

EAST KOWLOON : AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

WEST KOWLOON : CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

TSUEN WAN : EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR,

29-37 TSUEN FU STREET.

SHA TIN : SHA TIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR,

2-16 WANG POK STREET.

YUEN LONG

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: HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD.

: CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN.

: TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI.

A SPOKSMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT AS ALL THE APPLICANTS IN THE COMING PHASE WERE IN THEIR LATE SIXTIES OR ABOVE AND SOME OF THEM MIGHT BE IN POOR HEALTH, IT COULD CAUSE Trlcl-i A GREAT DEAL OF HARDSHIP AND INCONVENIENCE TO GO TO THE ISSUE OFF ICES.

+THE PUBLIC ARE THEREFORE REMINDED THAT UNDER THE REG STRATION CF PERSONS REGULATIONS, PERSONS WHO ARE AGED, BLIND OR INFIRMED, AND WHO CAN SATISFY THE COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION THAT THEIR PERSONAL ATTENDANCE FOR REGISTRATION WILL INJURE THEIR HEALTH OR THP HEALTH OF OTHERS, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REGISTER OR APPLY FOR THE ISSUE OF AN IDENTITY CARD.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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+IN THESE CASES,+ HE SAID, +THEY MAY APPLY IN WRITING FOR A CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION TO BE ISSUED TO THEM.+

FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION, THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT’S INFORMATION OFFICE ON 3-73331H.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT NO AMNESTY WOULD BE GRANTED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATNS.

+ONCE DETECTED THEY W ILL BE REPATRIATED,+ HE SAID.

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TIMELY REMINDER ON DANGEROUS CORRIDOR GATES K X * *

A NEW POSTER TO REMIND THE PUBLIC NOT TO INSTALL OUTWARD-

Swinging corridor gates has been produced.

in TWO SIZES, IT IS PART OF THE STEPPED-UP EFFORT TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO THE DANGERS OF SUCH GATES.

THE POSTER DEPICTS A CHAOTIC SCENE SHOWING GATES OBSTRUCTING AN ESCAPE ROUTE DURING A FIRE IN THE BUILDING.

THE NEW POSTER BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE WILL BE DISPLAYED ON NOTICE BOARDS AND AT OTHER LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY FROM TODAY.

GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR, MR CHENG WEI-DART, SAID

HE HOPED THE NEW POSTER WOULD HELP SUSTAIN THE PUBLICITY EFFORT SaT ALERTED THE PUBLIC TO THE DANGERS OF SUCH GATES.

+APART FROM DISPLAYING THE POSTER ON NOTICE BOARDS AND AT GOVERNMENT POSTER SITES, BOO STAFF WILL ALSO PUT UP THE POSTER AT PROMINENT LOCATIONS WHILE MAKING PATROLS IN BUILDINGS TO ADVISE TENANTS AND OWNERS,+ MR CHENG SAID.

+WHEN IN DOUBT, THE PUBLIC SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF BOO BY TELEPHONING 5-26702340. DON’T PUT YOUR LIFE AT RISK.+ HE ADDED.

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KOWLOON CITY TO STAGE DANCE COMPETITION * * *

MORE THAN 350 DANCE ENTHUSIASTS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR TALENTS IN THE KOWLOON CITY DANCE COMPETITION AT THE KO SHAN THEATRE TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE ANNUAL EVENT, IN ITS THIRD YEAR, IS ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, DISTRICT’S ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

IT IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS AND YOUTHS WHO LIVE, STUDY OR WORK IN THE DISTRICT.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS : THE OPEN SECTION FOR ALL AGES, THE YOUTH SECTION FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN 13 AND 18, CHILDREN SECTION FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 12 AND THE KINDERGARTEN SECTION FOR TODDLERS UNDER SIX YEARS OLD.

a ,*on£nRL!™NIS WILL RECE,VE SOUVENIRS, AND WINNERS WILL BE ^RDED PRIZES AND ,NV,TED TO PERFORM IN THE KOWLOON CITY DANCE APPRECIATION NIGHT ON DECEMBER 29.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON CITY ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL, WU WING-KAI SAID, +THE DANCE COMPETITION AND DANCE APPRECIATION NIGHT ARE AIMED AT PROMOTING THE COMMUNITY’S INTEREST IN DANCING AND HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR TALENT.+

♦BOTH FUNCTIONS HAVE PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR AMONG LOCAL STUDENTS AND YOUTHS IN THE PAST TWO YEARS,+ HE SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DANCE COMPETITION STARTING AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE KO SHAN THEATRE.

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FESTIVAL FOR THE AGED IN TSUEN WAN

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THE 1985 TSUEN WAN FESTIVAL FOR THE AGED WHICH PROMOTES CARE AND SERVICES TO ELDERLY RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT WILL BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE WEEK-LONG FESTIVAL, SPONSORED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, IS ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OLD PEOPLE SERVICES PROMOTION COMMITTEE.

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FROM TOMORROW TO NOVEMBER 24, PEOPLE OVER 55 YEARS OLD WILL ENJOY A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES AND SERVICES RANGING FROM PICNICo, VEGETARIAN LUNCH AT CHING CHUNG KOON, CANTONESE OPERA, TO CARE AND PREFERENTIAL SCHEMES WHICH PROVIDE SPECIAL TREATMENT IN SHOPPING AND TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS.

UNDER THE PREFERENTIAL SCHEME CERTAIN MAXI-CAB COMPANIES wILL OFFER HALF FARE FOR THE ELDERLY.

AS PART OF THE ON-GOING ACTIVITIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR STUDENTS IN TSUEN WAN WILL PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN A CAht FOR THE ELDERLY CAMPAIGN, IN WHICH ENTERTAINMENT AND OTHER EVcNTo WILL BE ORGAINSED FOR THE AGED.

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FESTIVAL W**-L BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL. TSUEN WAN DISTRILT OFFICER MR ANGUS MIU, AND THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, W CHUI WING-MAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

AFTER THE CEREMONY OPERA PERFORMANCE.

THE ELDERLY WILL BE TREATED TO A CANTONESE

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY.

IYY YOUTH RALLY IN CENTRAL * X * *

A YOUTH RALLY TO HIGHLIGHT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT'S INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

THE RALLY, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE CHINESE YMCA AND YMCA OF HONG KONG, IS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THEMSELVES AND TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND THE SPIRIT CF HELPING OTHERS.

A SERIES OF ENTERTAINMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES HAS BEEN ORGANISED, FEATURING A YOUTH BROADCASTING STATION, COMPUTER PERSONALITY TESTS, BOOK EXHIBITION, PHOTO DISPLAY, HEALTH CHECK-UP, HANDICRAFT DEMONSTRATION, SINGING AND DANCING, QUIZ COMPETITION AND GAMES STALL.

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THE RALLY m ILL START AT 2.30 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KIM SALKELD, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CHINESE YMCA, MR CHENG HON-KWAN AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE YMCA OF HONG KONG, MR WILLIAM FU, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THC IYY YOUTH RALLY TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17) AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL.

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RELAY CHALLENGE FOR DB RUNNERS M M * *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL COMPETE AGAINST GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN A FRIENDLY SPORTS ATMOSPHERE AT THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

THEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN A 4 BY 100 METRES INVITATION RELAY AT THE 10TH SOUTHERN DISTRICT ATHLETICS MEET SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, AND ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG SOUTH.

MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD TEAM ARE MR PAUL YOUNG, MR RAYMOND KWOK, MR KO TAM-KAN, AND MR KEUNG YIN-MAN, WITH MR MAN HON-MING BEING THE RESERVE.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TEAM, LED BY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, INCLUDES MR STEPHEN IP OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, MR D. DEPTFORD OF THE POLICE FORCE, MR LEE KA-MO OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND MR DANNY MOK OF THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

OTHER TEAMS PARTICIPATING IN THE RELAY ARE FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL AND THE ROTARY CLUB.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AND THE RELAY OF THE 10TH SOUTHERN DISTRICT ATHLETICS MEET TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17) AT 9.30 AM AT THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND, WONG CHUK HANG ROAD.

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JUDO DEMONSTRATION BY OLYMPIC MEDALLIST * * *

ABOUT 800 YOUNGSTERS IN KV»A I CHUNG AND TSING Yl V* ILL BE TREATED TO A JUDO DEMONSTRATION BY AN OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALLIST, AND A MINI-TENNIS EXHIBITION THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

THE JUDO AND MINI-TENNIS EVENTS, ORGANISED BY THE MINI-TENNIS PROMOTION COMMITTEE OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL TAKE PLACE AT 6 PM IN THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL AT 176 HING FONG ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG.

OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALLIST DAVID STARBROOK, WHO IS ALSO Trie COACHING DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG JUDO ASSOCIATION, TOGETHER WITH MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION, WILL DEMONSTRATE VARIOUS SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES IN JUDO.

YOUNG PLAYERS FROM THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION a ILL GIVE AN EXHIBITION OF TENNIS AND MINI-TENNIS BEFORE THE JUDO DEMONSTRATION.

THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION, IN CONJUNCTION a I TH THE KwAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, HAS BEEN ARRANGING A SERIES OF MINI-TENNIS COURSES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 IN THE DISTRICT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID THROUGH THE JUDO AND MINI-TENNIS DEMONSTRATIONS, YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT THE SKILLS OF THE SPORTS SO THAT THEY CAN IDENTITY AND DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND INTEREST.

HE SAID SIMILAR ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD IN FUTURE TO ENHANCE YOUNG PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN SPORT ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE JUDO AND MINI-TENNIS DEMONSTRATIONS TO BE HELD AT THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL AT 6 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

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TAI PO ORGANISES +FIGHT CRIME NITE+ * * *

A +FIGHT CRIME NITE+ WHICH FEATURES SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD AT THE TAI PO CIVIC CENTRE TOMORRGv. (SATURDAY).

THE VARIETY SHOW IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF A SERIES OF FIGHT CRIME ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP.

TAI PO’S ’FIGHT CRIME AMBASSADOR’ MISS CHEUNG TAK-LAN, OTHER SINGERS AND DANCERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ENTERTAIN TAI PO RESIDENTS.

TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN? POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR JOHN GREENE; CHAIRMAN OF THE FluHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CARLOS CHEUNG, AND TAI PO RURAL LEADERS WILL OFFICATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TAI PO +FIGHT CRIME NITE+ AT THE TAI PO CIVIC CENTRE AT 8 PM TOMORROW.

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MINI FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION FOR HO MAN TIN * X X * *

A MINI FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT 01 MAN ESTAT-ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17) TO ALERT RESIDENTS IN THE HO MAN TIN AREA OF THE HIGH FIRE RISK IN THE DRY MONTHS AHEAD.

BESIDE FIRE-FIGHTING APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT, ON DISPLAY WILL BE TwO SETS OF EDUCATIONAL PANELS, aDVISING THE PUBLIC TO BE CAREl-U_ WITH FIRE AT HOME AND IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

♦STATISTICS SHOWS THAT CARELESSNESS ALWAYS TOPS THE LIST Jr CAUSES OF FIRE AND THESE PANELS WILL EXPLAIN TO THE PUBLIC HO,. TO AVOID BEING CARELESS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP SAID.

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AN ENQUIRY COUNTER, * I Tri FIRE SERVICES, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES AND INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL ON DUTY, ..ILL BE SET UP AT THE EXHIBITION SITE TO HANDLE ENQUIRIES.

VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION «ILL RECEIVE 1986 CALENDAR CARDS ANi. BOOKMARKS CARRYING THE CAMPAIGN MESSAGE AND A BOOKLET ON FIRE PREVENTION IN THE HOME.

MORE SUCH EXHIBITIONS mILL BE HELD IN OTHER POPULATED AREAS THROUGHOUT THE WINTER MONTHS TO PROMOTE THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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TUEN MUN FESTIVAL STARTS TOMORROW *****

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ’85 IN THE TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE FESTIVAL IS A BIANNUAL DISTRICT EVENT WHICH FEATURES 26 COLOURFUL AND SPECTACULAR EVENTS TO BE STAGED FROM TOMORROW UNTIL DECEMBER 8.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE A VARIETY SHOW STAGED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY, A DISTRICT-WIDE EXHIBITION ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN, A NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARDS FIVE-A-SIDE MINI SOCCER TOURNAMENT, AND A VARIETY OF MUSIC AND DANCE PERFORMANCES.

THE THREE-WEEK FESTIVAL, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, IS ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ’85 ORGANISING COMMITTEE WITH THE HELP OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ’85 AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND, TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE taUI ROAD.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1935

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YOUTHS TO MAKE DOVE SCULPTURE * * * * *

ABOUT 500 YOUNG PEOPLE WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR INGENUITY AND TEAM SPIRIT IN A MASS CREATION OF A DOVE SCULPTURE AT PO ON ROAD PLAYGROUND ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE MANY HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YOUTH DAY, A MAJOR EVENT OF THE TWO-WEEK SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH FESTIVAL TO COINCIDE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR.

USING 500 PE ICES OF ALUMINIUM ’PLATES’, THE YOUNG ARTISTS WILL CONSTRUCT THE FIGURE OF A DOVE IN FLIGHT, WHICH IS THE UNIVERSAL SYMBOL OF PEACE AND FRATERNITY, AND AO THE LOGO OF THE FESTIVAL.

EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE INVITED TO SIGN HIS NAME ON THE ALUMINIUM PLATE AND WILL BE PRESENTED WITH A SOUVENIR EMBOSSED WITH THE FESTIVAL LOGO.

THE SCULPTURE WILL THEN BE SET IN A STEEL RING TWO METRES IN DIAMETER, AND PLACED AT A VANTAGE POINT WHERE IT CAN BE EASILY SEEN.

THE YOUTH DAY PROGRAMME WILL ALSO FEATURE MARCHING BANDS, POP MUSIC, AEROBICS, BREAK DANCE AND A PANTOMIME.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2 PM.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN CHENG, THE DISTRICT IYY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR LEE CHIK-YUET, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE.

THE SHAM SHU I PO PO DI STR ICT COMMITTEE COUNCIL AND SIX LOCAL

YOUTH FESTIVAL IS PRESENTED BY THE SHAM SHU I ON 1985 IYY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE URBAN BODIES AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YOUTH DAY OF THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH FESTIVAL, WHICH w ILL BEGIN AT 2 PM AT THE PO ON ROAD PLAYt>ROUNu ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1985

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SHA TIN TO HOLD ATHLETIC MEET

SOME 700 ATHLETES IN SHA TIN WILL COMPETE IN A DISTRICT-WIDE ATHLETIC MEET AT THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THE 10TH SHA TIN DISTRICT ATHLETIC f€ET IS AIMED AT RAISING THE STANDARD OF LOCAL ATHLETES.

THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHA TIN, MR JONATHAN NG, THE DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (SHA TIN), MR LAU TAK-SHIU, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR LEE KWONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING .

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHAN-LAM, THE CHAIRMAN OF CULTURE AND SPORTS COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD, MR WONG PO-MING, AND TWO MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR WAI HON-LEUNG AND MR LAU HON-KIT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 10TH SHA TIN DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET TO BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND AT 9 AM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

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PUBLIC WARNED — DON’T PLACE LITTER NEXT TO BINS XXX

DO YOU REALISE THAT YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW IF YOU PLACE LITTER NEXT TO LITTER-BINS?

YOU SHOULD PLACE IT INSIDE A BIN, NOT NEXT TO IT.

TO GET THIS MESSAGE ACROSS, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS PUTTING STICKERS ON LITTER-BINS WARNING THAT DUMPING LITTER NEXT TO A LITTER BIN IS AN OFFENCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY: +IN DENSELY-POPULATED RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS, MANY LITTER BINS ARE PROVIDED AND IT TAKES LITTLE EFFORT FOR PEOPLE TO FIND AND USE A COMPARATIVELY EMPTY BIN.

+PEOPLE wHO JUST DUMP RUBBISH BESIDE A BIN CREATE AN EYESORE AND RISK PROSECUTION AS LITTERBUGS.+

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TENDERS CALLED FOR SALE OF REFRESHMENT *****

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF THREE REFRESHMENT KIOSKS AT THE SHING MUN RIVtR PROMENADES REST GARDENS IN SHA TIN.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT IS NOw IN FULL SWING AND FACILITIES ARE SCHEDULED TO BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC EARLY NEXT YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RSD SAID.

OCCUPYING AN AREA OF ABOUT FOUR HECTARES ON BOTH BANKS OF THE SHING MUN RIVER, THE REST GARDENS WILL BECOME A MAJOR RECREATIONAL AND LEISURE SPOT FOR SHA TIN RESIDENTS.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE GRANTED A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT STARTING JANUARY 1.

TENDER FORMS FOR THE CONTRACT CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE RSD’S SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE ON LEVEL 4, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION, NEw TERRITORIES.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE PUT IN THE TENDER BOX SITUATED AT THE RSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE 9 AM ON DECEMBER 6. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CvNSIDERED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE SHA TIN DISTRICT CFFICE OF THE RSD ON TELEPHONE 0-6065720.

+ARTS FOR ALL+ PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

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THE EASTERN DISTRICT’S +ARTS FOR ALL+ PROGRAMME WILL START AT VICTORIA PARK ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND VARIOUS LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, THE PROGRAMME IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, WITH THE HELP OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL, MADAM CHRISTINA TING, CHAIRMAN CF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, URBAN COUNCILLOR f-F HOWARD YOUNG, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE, EDUCATION AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENTS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2 PM.

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THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY BAND AND DANCING PERFORMANCES, AND SINGING BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR.

Tup THREE—WEEK PROGRAMME, WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL

DECEMBER 7 WILL INCLUDE ACTIVITIES SUCH AS CHINESE OPERA, ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES, A SINGING CONTEST AND VARIETY SHOW.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE DEMONSTRATION ON FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS AND HANDCRAFT, TALKS ON DRAMA, AND AN EXHIBITION ON WINNING ENTRIES OF RECENT PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT’S +ARTS FOR ALL + PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 17) AT FOOTBALL PITCH NO. 2 IN VICTORIA PARK.

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE MOVING

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE HEADQUARTERS, CURRENTLY LOCATED ON THE FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS OF THE FOU wAri CENTRE, WILL MOVE INTO NEW PREMISES ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING AT 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THE MOVE WILL BE CARRIED OUT THIS WEEKEND, AND THE NEW OFFICE WILL BE OPERATIONAL ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 18) MORNING. ITS TELEPHONE NUMBER REMAINS UNCHANGED AT 0-425096.

THE NEW OFFICE WILL ACCOMMODATE THE DISTRICT OFFICE HEADQUARTERS AS WELL AS ITS SUB-DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, CURRENTLY LOCATED AT HOI PA STREET. HOWEVER, THE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE AT THE HOI PA STREET SUB-HEADQUARTERS WILL MOVE LATER IN THE MONTH TO A NEW LOCATION AT THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE AT TAI HO ROAD.

A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICE a ILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 21.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1965

SAMPLES, MERCHANDISE ITEMS ACCEPTED

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT BESIDES DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE ITEMS W ILL ALSO BE ACCEPTtD FOR TRANSMISSION BY SPEEDPOST TO CAIRO, ALEXANDRIA AND PORT-SAID FROM NOVEMBER 18, FOLLOWING THE RECENT EXTENSION OF THE SERVICE TO EGYPT.

CUSTOMERS REQUIRING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE SHOULD CALL THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-2671108, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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WATER CUT IN YUEN LONG XXX

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 PM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 18) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT THE WHOLE AREA ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM MAI PO LUNG TO LOK MA CHAU ROAD, INCLUDING TSING LUNG TSUEN, FAN TIN TSUEN, SAN TIN AND WING PING TSUEN.

ALSO AFFECTED ARE CASINO CAMP, SHEK wU WAI, ON LUNG TSUEN, TUNG CHAN WAI, SAN LUNG TSUEN AND ALL OCCUPATION ROADS wITHIN THE ABOVE VILLAGE AREAS.

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PLB PROHIBITED ZONE * * *

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 13), ROAD 1101 AT FANLING BETWEEN JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND ROAD D5 WILL EE PROHIBITED TO ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR LOOKS AT VOLUNTEERS PATROLLING BORDER .................. 1

IMPORTANT ROLE OF CAS CADET CORPS STRESSED ...................... 1

DISTRICT SPIRIT VITAL TO COMMUNITY .............................. 2

DOCUMENTARY TO EMPHASISE ON ROAD SAFETY ......................... 3

HELP NEIGHBOURS COMBAT CRIME CALL IN TAI PO...................... 4

LADY YOUDE LAUNCHES +CLEAN FOR CHaRITY+ DRIVE ................... 4

PROPER PROCEDURES STRESSED IN CHEMICAL SAFETY ................... 5

COURSE FOR TEACHERS TO BECOME ORGANISERS ........................ 6

HK SCORES AGAIN AT NEW YORK FIIM, TV FESTIVAL.................... 6

EARLY START IN CULTIVATING HYGIENIC HALITS URGED ................ 7

SITE OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER ................................. 8

OUTDOOR EVENTS FOR SOUTHERN YOUNGSTERS .......................... 8

SUNKEN GARDEN — A UNIQUE PLACE EOR RELAXATION ................... 9

CONTRACTS FOR TURF LAYING, UNDERGROWTH CUTTING  ................ 10

EXHIBITIONS ON PEACE..........................................   11

KEEP KITCHEN CLEAN CALL TO FOOD OPERATORS.....................   11

OPENING OF TRACK MEET........................................... 12

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES ....................................   12

FLYOVER IN CHOI HUNG CLOSED .................................... 1J

SALT WATER CUT ...............................................   1}

FIRING PRACTICE ................................................ 13

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16,

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GOVERNOR LOOKS AT VOLUNTEERS PATROLLING BORDER

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, VISITED THE BORDER TODAY (SATURDAY) TO SEE HOW THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUf.TEEF 3) CARRIED OUT ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DUTIES.

HE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL AT MAN KAM TO BY THE COMMANDER OF THE GURKHA FIELD FORCE, BRIG. P.R. DUFFELL, THE COMMANDING OFFICER CF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT, LT. COL. T.C. VILLIERS, AND THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, (FRONTIER), MR G. LLOYD.

DURING THE THREE-HOUR STAY, SIR EDWARD ALSO VISITED THE VARIOUS COMMAND POSTS IN SHA TAU KOK, PAK KONG AU, PAK HOK CHAU AND LO WU CAMP, AND HAD TALKS WITH THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE TAKE.;

OVER THE BORDER PATROL THIS WEEK FROM THE GURKHA GARRISON WHO ARE CELEBRATING THEIR NEW YEAR.

SIR EDWARD WAS INFORMED THAT SINCE THE VOLUNTEERS ASSUMED THEIR BORDER DUTY LAST SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 10), 164 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAD BEEN CAPTURED.

HE WAS ALSO TOLD THAT OF THE 950 MEMBERS OF THE REGIMENT, 520 HAD BEEN DEPLOYED IN BORDER PATROL DUTIES.

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IMPORTANT ROLE OF CAS CADET CORPS STRESSED * * * *

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS HAS ^AYED AN IMPORT; 7 ROLE IN HONG KONG SINCE IT v^AS FOUNDED IN 1968 THE COMMaNDlR BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL ANTHONY BOAM, SAID THIS (SATURjm/)

EVEN ING.

+IT ENCOURAGES YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN AN ORGANISED AND DISCIPLINED YOUTH GROUP WHERE THEY CAN LEARN SELF-D I SC I PL I Nt, ?IVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND, AT THE SAME TIME, ENJOY THEMSELVES TAKING PART IN USEFUL ORGANISED ACTIVITIES,* HE aAID aHILx ADDRESSING THE CAS CADET CORPS PARADE AT VICTORIA PARK.

+IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE YOU PERFORM YOUR OPERATIONAL DUTIES ASSISTING WITH COMMUNITY SERVICES,* MAJOR-GENERAL BOAM SAID.

HE SAID THIS WAS AN EXCITING AND CHALLENGING TIME FOR THE YOUTH OF HONG KONG.

+THE FUTURE OF OUR SOCIETIES WILL DEPEND LARGELY ON THE LEAD AND EXAMPLE YOU SET OVER THE NEXT FEW DECADES BECAUSE YOU, THE YOUTH, ARE THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW,* he THE CADETS.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1o, 1985

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MORE THAN 1 990 CADETS TOOK PART IN TONIGHT’S PARADE

TO CELEBRATE THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR WHOSE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE TO ENCOURAGE GREATER PARTICIPATION OF YOUTHS IN COMMUNITY WORK AND TO ENCOURAGE CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY.

ALSO INSPECTING THE PARADE wERE THE CAS COMMISSIONER, SIR RUGER LOBO, AND THE CADET COMMANDANT, MR HOWARD YOUNG.

MAJOR-GENERAL BOAM ALSO PRESENTED THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD SILVER AND BRONZE MEDALS TO 120 MEMBERS OF THE CADET CORPS.

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DISTRICT SPIRIT VITAL TO COMMUNITY

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING THAT DISTRICT SPIRIT HAD A VITAL PART TO PLAY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BALANCED COMMUNITY.

MR CHEUNG WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ’85 IN WHICH 26 COLOURFUL AND ENTERTAINING EVENTS WOULD BE STAGED IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.

♦THE MOST PRECIOUS THING IS THAT, THROUGH ORGANISING SUCH A LARGE SCALE EVENT, COOPERATION AND COMMUNITY SPIRIT FROM ALL PARTICIPANTS HAVE MADE THE FESTIVAL MORE SUCCESSFUL AND MEANINGFUL,* HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN, MR CHEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD PROVIDED VARIOUS KINDS OF RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES TO COPE WITH THE NEED OF THE FAST GROWING NEW TOWN.

+FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE TUEN MUN TOWN PARK, PHASE TWO OF THE PARK WILL START SOON. CONSTRUCTION WORK OF AN INDOOR GAMES CENTRE, A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, AN AUDITORIUM AND A LIBRARY WILL BE ALSO COMPLETED NEXT YEAR,* HE ADDED.

MR CHEUNG THEN SWITCHED ON THE LIGHTS TO DECLARE THE FESTIVAL OPEN. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY AN ENTERTAINING VARIETY SHOW PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

THERE WILL BE EVENTS FEATURING MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA. ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS SEVERAL DISTRICT-WIDE EXHIBITIONS ON THE FUTURE OF TUEN MUN WILL ALSO BE HELD DURING THE FESTIVAL.

ALL PROGRAMMES STAGED DURING THE FESTIVAL ARE FREE. TICKETS AND TIME TABLES ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1935

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DOCUMENTARY TO EMPHASISE ON ROAD SAFETY ******

A LOCALLY PRODUCED DOCUMENTARY FILM ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY IN HONG KONG WILL BE SCREENED ON TELEVISION TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AT THE REQUEST OF THE ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL, THE DOCUMENTARY EXAMINES THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND SUGGESTS MEANS FOR REDUCING THE ACCIDENT RATE.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS HAVE BECOME ONE OF THE TEN MOST COMMON CAUSES OF DEATH IN HONG KONG. STATISTICS SHOW THAT IN 1984, ONE PERSON WAS KILLED AND 13 SERIOUSLY INJURED ON AN AVERAGE DAY AS A RESULT OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

THE DOCUMENTARY CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTENDING THE LEGISLATION ON SEAT BELT WEARING WHEN IT REMINDS THE VIEWER THAT IN THE FIRST YEAR AFTER THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW, THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE CAR FRONT SEAT CASUALTIES WAS REDUCED BY 16 PER CENT.

THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING MOTORCYCLES IS THE HIGHEST AMONG ALL TYPES OF VEHICLES. ACCORDING TO THE DOCUMENTARY, LAST YEAR, FOR EVERY 100 MOTORCYCLES ON THE ROADS, 15 WERE INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, FOUR TIMES GREATER THAN THE RATE FOR PRIVATE CARS. MANY OF THE VICTIMS WERE STILL LEARNER MOTORCYCLISTS.

IN 1984, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REPORTED ACCIDENTS INVOLVING BICYCLES WAS 1 100. OF THIS 21 PEOPLE DIED. MOST VICTIMS wERE TEENAGERS WHO ADMITTED THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE PROPER KNOWLEDGE CF HOw TO RIDE A BICYCLE.

THE DOCUMENTARY FEATURES INTERVIEWS OF VARIOUS OTHER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS WHO EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS AND REVEAL THE PROBLEMS THAT THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE TO FACE AFTER THE ACCIDENTS.

THE PROGRAMME ALSO SUGGESTS WAYS OF REDUCING THE ACCIDENT RATE, BY IMPROVING ROAD DESIGN AND ROAD SIGNS OF TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS; AND COMPULSORY OFF-STREET TRAINING FOR LEARNER MOTORCYCLISTS.

THE 30—MINUTE DOCUMENTARY WILL BE SHOWN ON RTHK’S +COMMON SENSE+ PROGRAMME TOMORROW (SUNDAY), AT 7 PM, ON TVB JADE’S CHANNEL.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1985

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HELP NEIGHBOURS COMBAT CRIME CALL IN TAI PO * * * *

THE CONVENOR OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MR CHAN *1NG-WO URGED RESIDENTS TO HElP THEIR NEIGHBOURS AND TO WATCH OUT FOR CRIMINAL ELEMENTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CR I ME.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE +FIGHT CRIME NITE* AT THE TAI PO CIVIC CENTRE THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING, MR CHAN APPEALED TO RESIDENTS TO SUPPORT THE TERRITORY-WIDE Neighbourhood watch scheme* and assist one another in CRIME PREVENTION.

♦THE POPULATION IN TAI PO HAS INCREASED BY ABOUT 20 PcR CENT, FROM LAST YEAR’S 100 OOQ TO THE PRESENT 120 000,+ HE SAID.

+THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CRIMES IN TAI PO IN THE FIRST 10 MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS 1 256 CASES, COMPARED WITH 1 265 CASES IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS A DECREASE.

+MOREOVER. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CRIMES IN TAI PO LAST YEAR WAS 1 4^3 COMPARED WITH THE TERR I TORY-wI DE CRIME FIGURE GF 83 532 WHICH INDICATES THAT THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION IN TAI PO’ IS SATISFACTORY,* ADDED MR CHAN.

HE ALSO REMINDED RESIDENTS TO BEAR COMMUNAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND CO-OPERATE WITH THE POLICE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

TAI PO’S +FIGHT CRIME AMBASSADOR*, MISS CHEUNG TAK-L OTHER SINGERS AND DANCERS PERFORMED IN THE VARItTY SHOW WH.CH WAS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

GUESTS INCLUDED TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN, POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR JOHN GREENE, CHAIRMAN OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CARLOS CHEUNG, AND RURAL LEADERS MR HO YUNG-SANG AND MR LAM PAK-PING.

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LADY YOUDE LAUNCHES +CLEAN FOR CHARITY* DRIVE * * * *

LADY YOUDE, PRESIDENT OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST OF HONG KONG, LAUNCHED THE +CLEAN FOR CHARITY* CAMPAIGN THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING AND PRESENTED BANNERS TO 53 PARTICIPATING TEAMS IN VICTORIA PARK.

LADY YOUDE THEN LOOKED AT SOME OF THE PARTICIPANTS CLEANING UP THE PARK. TEAMS INCLUDED ARTISTES OF THE TWO TELEVISION BROADCASTING STATIONS AND A GROUP OF KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS.

DURING THE FIVE-MONTH-LONG TERRITORY-WIDE CAMPAIGN, PARTICIPANTS WILL PERFORM SPONSORED CLEANING WORK AT SITES CHOSEN AT THEIR CONVENIENCE.

SATURDAY, MOVSKBES 16, 1985

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CAMPAIGN WILL AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT OF HONG KONG WHILE RAISING FUND FOR CHARITY AT THE SAME TIME.

THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN, THE SIXTH HELD SO FAR, IS EXPECTED TO RETCH MORE THAN $880 OQO.

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PROPER PROCEDURES STRESSED IN CHEMICAL SAFETY

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PROPER PRECAUTIONARY PROCEDURES AND GOOD DISCIPLINE ARE ESSENTIAL IN ENSURING SAFETY IN THE USE OF TOXIC CHEMICALS, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR DARWIN CHEN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE CHEMICAL SAFETY SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE KwUN TONG COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT AND THE HONG KONG OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ASSOCIATION, MR CHEN SAID CHEMICAL SAFETY WAS A AIDE AND COMPLEX SUBJECT.

+T0 TACKLE SAFETY PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE USE OR HANDLING CF HAZARDOUS OR DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES REQUIRES SPECIALISED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL,+ HE SAID.

MR CHEN SAID THERE WERE THOUSANDS OF TOXIC CHEMICALS IN USE WORLDWIDE IN INDUSTRY AND MORE WERE BEING PRODUCED YEARLY- MANY CHEMICALS WOULD BE INTRODUCED INTO HONG KONG WITH UNCERTAIN AND EVEN UNKNOWN HAZARD POTENTIALS.

+ALL THESE MAKE THE TASK OF ACHIEVING CHEMICAL SAFETY EXCEEDINGLY COMPLEX AND CHALLENGING.*

MR CHEN SAID THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD, IN RECENT YEARS, INCREASED ITS EFFORTS IN THE CONTROL OF TOXIC CHEMICALS.

+WE ARE NOW ENGAGING IN DRAFTING REGULATIONS TO CONTROL ASBESTOS AND CERTAIN OTHER CARCINOGENIC SUBSTANCES.

+wE ARE ALSO STUDYING THE FEASIBILITY OF CONTROLLING GENERALLY TOXIC SUBSTANCES COMMONLY USED IN INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG BY COMPULSORY LABELLING.*

MR CHEN SAID FACTORY INSPECTORS OF THE DEPARTMENT ALWAYS TRIED TO OBTAIN INFORMATION ON CHEMICALS USED IN VARIOUS PROCESSES DURING THEIR VISITS TO FACTORIES, AND STAFR OF THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH DIVISION UNDERTOOK A PROGRAMME OF MONITORING AND SURVEYS AT WORKPLACES FOR CHEMICAL HAZARDS AN; PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

HE SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO NOTE THAT ,’USTRY AND PROFESSION BODIES HAD INCREASED THEIR AWARENESS INTEREST IN CHEMICAL SAFETY.

THE SEMINAR WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF SUCH INTEREST AND MR CHEN CONGRATULATED THE ORGANISERS FOR HOLD I Niu ouCH AN*flWRMATlVc AND USEFUL EVENT.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1985

COURSE FOR TEACHERS TO BECOME ORGANISERS * * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE A TRAINING COURSE FOR SOME 100 QUALIFIED TEACHERS EARLY NEXT YEAR TO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE BASIC TRAINING IN ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION WORK.

APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANT ORGANISERS ARE NOW INVITED FROM QUALIFIED TEACHERS WITH A GENUINE INTEREST IN ORGANISING EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND GROUP WORK. AN INTEREST IN MUSIC, DANCE, SPORTS, ARTS AND CRAFTS AND OTHER CULTURAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE AN ADVANTAGE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID ASSISTANT ORGANISERS WERE EMPLOYED ON A PART-TIME BASIS TO PROMOTE AND DEVELOP THE ACTIVITIES AT THE 17 ADULT EDUCATION AND RECREATION CENTRES.

THE CENTRES, OPERATING MAINLY IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOL PREMISES IN THE EVENING, ARE OPEN TO MEN AND WOMEN AGED 18 AND OVER.

THE TRAINING COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND JORDAN ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL ON SUNDAY MORNINGS AND WEEKDAY EVENINGS BETWEEN FEBRUARY 16 AND JULY 7 NEXT YEAR.

ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, EACH TRAINEE WILL BE AWARDED A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR APPOINTM£NT TO THE POST OF PART-TIME ASSISTANT ORGANISER (THE CURRENT RATE OF PAY FOR WHICH IS $1 920 PER MONTH).

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID NO GUARANTEE OF EMPLOYMENT COULD BE GIVEN, ALTHOUGH A FEW POSTS WOULD BE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRES EACH YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE TRAINING COURSE ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT ASIAN HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI STARTING FROM WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 20).

HK SCORES AGAIN AT NEW YORK FIL % % X X

TV FESTIVAL

HONG KONG HAS ONCE AGAIN BEEN A WINNER AT NEW YORK’S INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION ^ESTIVAL, WHICH JUST ENDED A SHORT WHILE AGO, TAKING PRIZES FOR THE FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW.

THE AwARDS, FOR TWO PROGRAMMES PRODUCED BY RTHK, WERE A BRONZE MEDAL FOR +CAMERA SHOPS* IN THE INVESTIGATIVE REPORT I N-q CATEGORY AND A SILVER FOR +LA I MING* IN THE DRAMA CATEGORY.

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♦CAMERA SHOPS* ..AS PRODUCED BY RTHK’S ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION AND DEALT WITH +RIP-OFF+ SHOPS IN TOURIST AREAS. +LAI MING+ IS A TOUCHING DRAMA IN CANTONESE ABOUT AN Illegal IMMIGRANT GIRL who IS UNWITTINGLY drawn INTO THE DARKER SIDE OF LIFE IN HONG KONG.

HONG KONG’S CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER IN NORTH AMERICA, DAVID ROADS, ACCEPTED THE MEDALS ON BEHALF OF RTHK AT THE LAVISH AND STAR-STUDDED CEREMONY AT NEW YORK’S SHERATON HOTEL.

IN THE FESTIVAL HK-TVB ALSO WON TWO GOLD MEDALS FOR ITS ENTERTAINMENT SEGMENT OF THE MISS HONG KONG PAGEANT ’85 AND FOR ITS LOCAL MUSICAL PROGRAMME + H2 O+, IN ADDITION TO THREE SILVER AND FOUR BRONZE MEDALS IN VARIOUS OTHER CATEGORIES.

THIS YEAR’S MEDAL-WINNING PROGRAMMES WERE AMONG 837 ENTRIES IN ThE TELEVISION SECTION OF THE FESTIVAL, WHICH ATTRACTED A RECORD 5 31'’ ENTRIES FROM 44 COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

-ARLY START IN CULTIVATING HYGIENIC HABITS URGED * * * * *

URBAN COUNCILLOR MR HOWARD YOUNG TODAY UNDERLINED THE IMPORTANCE OF AN EARLY START IN CULTIVATING HYGIENIC HABITS.

yp SHOULD START DOING THIS WHEN WE ARE YOUNG,* HE TOLD A GATHERING OF STUDENTS AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HAuL.

HE WAS ADDRESSING A PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THc 1W SCHOOLS’ HEALTH EDUCATION SPEECH AND SONG CONTESTS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

MR YOUNG SAID THE NOBLE IDEALS OF YOUNG PEOPLE COULD NOT RC REALISED WITHOUT GOOD HEALTH THOUGH DILIGENCE AND EAGERNESS TO LEARN WERE ALSO IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTING FACTORS.

NO DOUBT, SUITABLE EXERCISES AND SPORTS CAN HELP BUILD UP A STRONG BODY BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS THE ATTENTION Al_ TO PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE,* HE SAID.

APART FROM ATTACHING SPECIAL IMPORTANCE TO FOOD HYGIENE AND KEEPING THE HOMES CLEAN AND TIDY, WE SHOULD ALSO SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF ’HYGIENIC HABITS PROMOTE HEALTH’ EVERY FAMILY IN A BID TO PROMOTE HEALTH CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG THE HONG KONG PEOPLE.+

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, JNNcRS OF THE CONTESTS REPEATED tupid WINNING PERFORMANCES BEFORE RECEIVING TROPHIES AN., BOOK COUPONS SOME 420 PR IMAP AND SECONDARY STUDENTS HA. TAKEN PART IN THE CONTESTS.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1965

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SITE OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING FOR SALE BY TENDER A PIECE OF GOVERNMENT LAND IN YIM TIN TSAI, TAI PO.

The SITE, KNOWN AS TAI PO TOwN LOT NO. 51, IS FOR THE REPAIRING, SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE OF MOTOR-BOATS.

ACCORDING TO THE SALES CONDITIONS, THE BUYER WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE AT LEAST 263 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON THE 1 85'3-SQUARE-METRE SITE WITHIN 24 MONTHS.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON DECEMBER 13.

THE TENDER FORM, NOTICE AND CONDITIONS CAN BE OBTAINED

-Rv AND PLAN INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT’S SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONb : DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOwLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 1OTH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, NORTH, YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

OUTDOOR EVENTS FOR SOUTHERN YOUNGSTERS * * X

IN RESPONSE TO THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ORGANISED TWO OUTDOOR EVENTS FOR YOUNGSTERS IN THE DISTRICT NEXT WEEKEND.

THE EVENTS, ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON 1985 IYY WITH DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORSHIP, WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 23 (SATURDAY) AND NOVEMBER 24.

ON SATURDAY, A BMX FUN DAY WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 2 PM AND 5 PM AT THE CYCLING GROUND IN WONG CHUK HANG, NEXT TO THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES A DEMONSTRATION BY MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG CYCLING ASSOCIATION AND A FREE CYCLING SKILL TEST FOR PARTICIPANTS IN A +BICYCLE TOWN+.

♦BICYCLES WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE ORGANISERS AND OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANTS WILL BE GIVEN SOUVENIRS+, A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦ FREE GAMES TICKETS ARE NO.' AVAILABLE FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE IN ABERDEEN CENTRE AND ITS WAH FU AND STANLEY SUB-OFFICES,* HE ADDED.

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ON THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL JOINTLY CONDUCT A ONE-DAY DISTRICT TOUR, COVERING THE ABERDEEN UC COMPLEX, PAO YUE KONG SWIMMING POOL, THE WONG NE I CHUNG WATER SPORTS CENTRE, ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND

AND OCEAN PARK.

PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO ABOUT 70 YOUTHS. TICKETS AT $10 EACH CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE RECREATION, SPORTS AND AMENIilES OFFICE (SOUTHERN) AT NO. 6-12 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN

CENTRE.

SUNKEN GARDEN — A UNIQUE PLACE FOR RELAXATION * * *

A $1.3 MILLION +SUNKEN GARDEN* IN KOWLOON PARK WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AS THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE GREEN LUNG OF TSIM SHA TSUI.

+ IT IS A UNIQUE PROJECT IN THAT IT HAS BEEN CONVERTED FROM A SMALL SECTION OF A TUNNEL SYSTEM BY THE USE OF SHADY TREES, GREEN SHRUBS AND SCENTED FLOWERS,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL TODAY.

HE SAID THIS BEAUTIFUL AND QUIET ENVIRONMENT WOULD MAKE IT AN IDEAL PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE A LEISURELY WALK OR SIT AROUND AND RELAX.

+THOUGH THE SUNKEN GARDEN IS NOT TOO SPACIOUS, ABOUT 850 SQUARE METRES IN AREA, ANYONE VISITING IT WILL MOST PROBABLY BE TEMPTED TO LINGER FOR QUITE A WHILE BECAUSE OF ITS PEACEFUL ATMOSPHERE, TRANQUILITY AND SECLUSION,* HE SAID.

*AND BECAUSE OF ITS FLOWERY SURROUNDINGS, THE SOUND OF A MAN-MADE WATERFALL WITH DECORATIVE LIGHTING AND THE BIRD-SONGS FROM THE AVIARY NEARBY, IT IS ALMOST CERTAIN THAT VISITORS WILL COME AGAIN.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE +SUNKEN GARDEN* WAS ALSO A PLACE IN WHICH TREE-LOVERS AND CONSERVATIONISTS WOULD TAKE PRIDE.

♦IN FACT, ONE OF THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF KEEPING INTACT A PART OF THE TUNNEL SYSTEM, WHICH DATES BACK TO THE OLD DAYS WHEN KOWLOON PARK WAS A MILITARY ESTABLISHMENT, WAS TO CONSERVE EXISTING TREES AND FOLIAGE,* HE SAID.

+IN ALL, FOUR TREES — TWO BANYANS, A CHINESE HACKBERRY (SCIENTIFIC NAMEi CELTIS SINENSIS) AND A POP-GUN SEED TREE — HAVE BEEN PRESERVED.

JATUDDAY, NOVOiSB. 16, 19t5

+ !T IS QUITE AMAZING THAT THESE FOUR TREES, WHICH HAVE 3EEN GROWING ON A CONCRETE STRUCTURE FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, HAVE MANAGED TO SURVIVE AND FLOURISH. WE HAVE TAKEN GREAT PAINS TO PROTECT THEM.

+THANKS TO THE PRESERVATION OF THE TREES, THE ’SUNKEN GARDEN’ IS WELL-SHADED WITH A BEAUTIFUL AND NATURAL LANDSCAPE.+

TO ENHANCE THE NATURAL BEAUTY THERE, SHRUBS WITH FRAGRANT FLOWERS WOULD ALSO BE PLANTED. THESE INCLUDE MOCK LIME (SCIENTIFIC NAME: AGLAIA ODORATA), ARABIAN JASMINE (SCIENTIFIC NAME: JASMINUM SAMBAC) AND ORANGE-JESSAMINE (SCIENTIFIC NAME: MURRAYA PANICULATA).

+SHADED PLANTS, SUCH AS LADY PALM, SPINY TREE-FERN, BIRD-NEST FERN AND BOSTON FERN, WILL ALSO BE PLANTED IN THE GARDEN, WHERE THE WET AND SHADY ENVIRONMENT IS SUITABLE FOR THEIR GROWTH,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE +SUNKEN GARDEN* WAS ONLY ONE OF MANY ADDITIONAL AMENITIES IN STORE FOR KOWLOON PARK.

OTHER FACILITIES IN THE PIPELINE INCLUDE A FUN POOL AND INDOOR SWIMMING POOL, AN EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING CHINESE GARDEN AND A LANDSCAPED PASSIVE RECREATION AREA, HE ADDED.

SITUATED IN THE HEART OF THE DENSELY-POPULATED BUSINESS DISTRICT OF TSIM SHA TSUI AND RIGHT NEXT TO THE MTR STATION, KOWLOON PARK IS A FAVOURITE VENUE FOR FAMILIES AS WELL AS YOUNG AND OLD.

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CONTRACTS FOR TURF LAYING, UNDERGROWTH CUTTING

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING SEPARATE TENDS -FOR LAYING TURF AND CUTTING UNDERGROWTH AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS Hi THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

TH- CONTRACT FOR TURFING WOULD INCLUDE SITE FORMATION, SUPPLING AND LAYING OF TURF, TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL AT GRASS SOCC PITCHES IN SPORTS GROUNDS AND LAwNS IN GARDENS, PARKS AND ROAD AMENITY PLOTS, AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

REFERRING TO THE CONTRACT FOR CUTTING UNDERGROWTH, THE SPOKESMAN SAID WORK wOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN VAR IOUS PUtL ' -CEMETERIES, PARKS, GARDENS, AMENITY PLOTS AND ROADSIDE oLOrcS.

BOTH CONTRACTS RUN FOR A YEAR FROM ”EBRUARY 1 NEXT Y£p ..

TENDER FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION, S-On AMENITIES SECTION OF THE RSD HEADJUARTERo ?-; THE .-QURTn ruOUR -• SwIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVl..h. TSIM SHA TSUI.

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COMPLETED FORMS nHCULD BE TEN -Eh Bla + AT THE LIFT LOBBY. GCvERN-’E*’ OFFICES (EAST hING), JtFCFE NOON ON DECEMBER 13.

PUT IN THE +GOVERNMENT SECRETAR LOa'ER GROUND FLOOR, CENTRAL LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG,

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ENQUIRIES ABOUT EOTH CONTRACTS CAN BE MADE ON -9479 DURING OFFICE HOURS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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EXHIBITIONS ON PEACE * * *

A SERIES OF EXHIBITIONS ON THE THEME OF PEACE, WHICH FORM PART OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR PROGRAMME, WILL BE HELD IN THE DISTRICT IN THE COMING WEEKS.

THE EXHIBITIONS, PUT UP BY STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, AIM AT HELPING YOUNGSTERS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE THEME OF PEACE AND TO PROMOTE CORDIAL HUMAN RELATIONS AMONG PEOPLE.

THE CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE SHEK WAI KOK COMMUNITY HALL IN SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE IN TSUEN WAN.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT IYY CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF TSUEN WAN, MR JOSHUA LAW AND THE CHAIRMAN ON CIVIC EDUCATION OF THE IYY PROGRAMME, MR CHAN WAI-YIP WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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KEEP KITCHEN CLEAN CALL TO FOOD OPERATORS * * * *

FOOD ESTABLISHMENT TO FOLLOW HYGIENE RULES

OPERATORS IN THz NON-URBAN ..c-z Urtu-

STRICTLY AND TO KEEP THEIR KITCHENS CLza ..

THE CALL CAME FROM THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPART:_E . ? RESTAURANT OPERATOR WAS FINED ^2 830 Fu.-< uOMMI iTING Two AGAINST THE FOOD BUSINESS (New TERRITORIES ncuULATI---

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A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE OPERATOR OF A KwAI CHUNG RESTAURANT WAS RECENTLY FINED Si 800 AT THE TSUEN WAN MAGISTRACY FOR NOT MAINTAINING HIS KITCHEN IN A HYGIENIC CONDITION.

A BROKEN TILE ON THE KITCHEN WALL WAS ALSO FOUND TO BE INFESTED WITH COCKROACHES. THE SECOND OFFENCE COST HIM $1 000.

UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE FOOD BUSINESS (NEW TERRITORIES) rlGULATIONS, OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2 000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF THREE MONTHS.

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OPENING OF TRACK MEET * * * *

MR BRIAN COAK, MR LEUNG YIU-CHUNG, DEPARTMENT, THE FIELD AND

KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICER, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, MR CHENG WING-CHUN AND CHIEF LEISURE MANAGER OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES mr nAVin max WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF TRACK COMPETITION AT 10 AM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTSGROUND IN HING SHING ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

THE COMPETITION IS ONE OF THE PROGRAMMES OF THE MONTH-LONG TSUEN KWAI SPORTS FESTIVAL BEING HELD IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE COMPETITION.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES * * * *

PEAK TRAM SERVICES w ILL FINISH EARLIER THAN USUAL ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 18) NIGHT TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK.

THE LAST TRAMS WILL DEPART FROM BOTH TERMINI AT 9 -PM.

AT THE SAME tjmE, TO FACILITATE BRIDGE WOR-x, HARBOUR VIE* STREET AND A SECTION OF PIER ROAD BETWEEN JUBILEE STREET VEHICULAR FERRY CONCOURSE AND HARBOUR VIEW STREET * ILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DAILY FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM FROT. NOVEMBER 10 TO 21.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1981

FLYOVER IN CHOI HUNG CLOSED * * * * *

THE CHOI HUNG INTERCHANGE FLYOVER LEADING FROM CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WESTBOUND TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WESTBOUND WILL BE CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 19 (TUESDAY) TO NOVEMBER 26 BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5.30 AM TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORKS.

VEHICLES ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND, HAMMER HILL ROAD SOUTHBOUND AND CHOI HUNG ROAD WESTBOUND.

SALT w’ATER CUT X H *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL be SUSaENDED BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4 PM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 19) FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY JORDAN ROAD, GASCOIGNE KATHAN ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, YIM PO FONG STREET, ARGYLE STREeT, SAI YEE STREET, BOUNDARY STREET AND THE WATERFRONT.

F IR ING PRACTICE * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON SIX DAYS NEXT WEEK.

THE PUBLIC IS WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE HOISTED.

THE PRACTICE WILL BE FROM 8 AM TO 7 PF BETWEEN MONDAY AND SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 18-23).

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AMBULANCE BRIGADE RESPONDING TO CHALLENGES - SIR DAVID........ 1

BOOKLET MAPS OUT PLANS FOR GROWTH............................... 2

OCTOBER WAS WARMER AND DRIER.................................... 3

A BUSY MONTH FOR TROPICAL CYCLONES ............................. 5

MORE LAND TO BE RECLAIMED AT JUNK BAY .......................... 7

JOINT EFFORT ON WORK SAFETY ENCOURAGED.......................... 8

YOUTHS URGED TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE.............................. 8

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER aS VOTERS .............................. 9

HANDBOOK ON YUEN LONG REVISED WITH MORE DETAILS ............... 10

ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY ESSAY COMPETITION .................. 11

UC GARDENERS PLANNING AHEAD, PLANTING AHEAD.................... 12

MONG KOK COURSE ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT ........................ 13

RECORD ENTRIES FOK WALK IN SAI KUNG............................ 14

TENDERS INVITED FOR REPAIRING BEACH RAFTS ..................... 15

HEATED POOL RE-OPENS .......................................... 15

FREE CONCERT BY DISTRICT YOUTH CHOIR........................... 16

EYE-CARING CAMPAIGN SET TO START .............................. 16

SHEUNG SHUI TAPS OFF........................................... 17

ROAD CLOSURE IN YUEN LONG...................................... 17

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1985

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AMBULANCE BRIGADE RESPONDING TO CHALLENGES - SIR DAVID * * * *

THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE IS RESPONDING TO PRESENT DAY CHALLENGES BY REDEFINING THE ROLE OF ITS 3 OOO MEMBERS SO THAT IT CONTINUED TO MAKE A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AND MAINTAIN THE HIGH STANDARD OF TRAINING, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE BRIGADE HAD DEVELOPED ITS ACTIVITIES FROM UNDERTAKING SIMPLE FIRST AID DUTIES AT PUBLIC BEACHES, ASSISTING IN VACCINATION CAMPAIGNS IN RURAL VILLAGES TO THE PROVISION OF FIRST AID SQUADS IN LARGE SCALE TERRITORY-WIDE PUBLIC EVENTS AND THE TRAINING OF CADETS IN THE NEW TOWNS.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL PARADE OF THE BRIGADE AT THE SOUTH CHINA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION STADIUM THIS MORNING, SIR DAVID SAID THAT IT WAS THROUGH THE WORK OF THE AMBULANCE BRIGADE THAT THE ORDER OF ST. JOHN WAS BEST KNOWN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

+THE UNIFORMED MEMBERS OF THE BRIGADE ARE SEEN REGULARLY AT RECREATIONAL AND SPORTING EVENTS READY TO GIVE FIRST AID TO THOSE IN NEED,* HE SAID.

THE BRIGADE ALSO PROVIDED AN ON-CALL 24-HOUR AMBULANCE SERVICE DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

BEHIND THESE VISIBLE AND VALUABLE SERVICES LAY THE LESS PUBLICISED BUT IMPORTANT WORK OF PROVIDING INSTRUCTION TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN FIRST AID, HOME NURSING, HYGIENE AND OTHER RELATED SUBJECTS, HE SAID.

+MORE THAN 4 000 CANDIDATES SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING LAST YEAR,* HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID ALSO NOTED THAT THE FAR EAST REGIONAL SEMINAR OF THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION HELD IN HONG KONG EARLIER THIS YEAR WAS SUCCESSFUL AND WELL-ATTENDED BY VARIOUS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES.

+THE GOVERNMENT IS VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY ST. JOHN TO HONG KONG AND ASSISTS WITH SOME FINANCIAL SUPPORT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TODAY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HEAVY BURDEN CF FUND-RAISING BY ST. JOHN,* HE SAID.

SIR DAVID EXPRESSED HIS APPRECIATION OF THEIR WORK AND THE PUBLIC WHO HAD GIVEN THEM THE SUPPORT.

HE CONGRATULATED THE COMMISSIONER AND MEMBERS OF THE AMBULANCE BRIGADE WHO HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE PARADE TODAY, COMMENTING THAT +THE HIGH STANDARD DISPLAYED IS A CREDIT TO YOU ALL*.

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BOOKLET MAPS OUT PLANS FOR GROWTH ******

+PLANNING FOR GROWTH* — AN ILLUSTRATED PUBLICATION MAPPING OUT HONG KONG’S LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE 1990’S AND BEYOND -- IS ON SALE.

PUBLISHED BY THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, IT IS BASED ON STUDIES OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS TO DETERMINE WHERE NEW LAND SHOULD BE DEVELOPED AND HOW TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS SHOULD BE EXPANDED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE TERRITORY’S GROWING POPULATION.

THE STUDIES LOOKED BEYOND THE PRESENT DECADE AND THE SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION OF THE NEW TOWNS NOW BEING BUILT.

THE 36-PAGE BILINGUAL BOOKLET WITH MAPS, CHARTS AND COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS DESCRIBES THE CONSIDERABLE RANGE OF WAYS GOVERNMENT PLANNERS FOUND TO ACCOMMODATE ADDITIONAL POPULATION IN FUTURE. THEY SET OUT TO FIND AN EXTRA 1 000 HECTARES OF LAND FOR 900 003 MORE PEOPLE, AS WELL AS SPACE FOR AN EXTRA 200 000 JOBS.

IN THE SEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS, FIVE DETAILED SUBREGIONAL STUDIES COVERING ALMOST THE WHOLE TERRITORY WERE CARRIED OUT. OF THE MANY ALTERNATIVES IDENTIFIED, TWO WERE FOUND TO BE THE BEST.

THE FIRST, KNOWN AS GROWTH PATTERN A, WOULD INVOLVE MAJOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES FOR AN ADDITIONAL A80 000 PEOPLE AND AROUND THE WESTERN HARBOUR AREA FOR 370 ■ JJ PEOPLE. THERE WOULD ALSO BE FURTHER LIMITED GROWTH IN MA I HAH.

THE SECOND ALTERNATIVE, GROWTH PATTERN B, WOULD ENTAIL MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT IN THE WESTERN HARBOUR AREA ONLY AND PROVIDE FOR ABOUT 900 000 PEOPLE.

BOTH GROWTH PATTERNS WOULD PROVIDE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF’THE PORT AND OTHER FACILITIES NEEDED TO SUPPORT KEY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY.

THE TWO ALTERNATIVES SHARE MANY COMMON FEATURES, PART ICUL _Y IN RELATION TO DEVELOPMENT AROUND THE WESTERN HARBOUR. IT BECAME APPARENT THAT A FLEXIBLE APPROACH WHICH INVOLVED STARTING WITH Trie IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMON FEATURES AND DECIDING ON SUBSEQUENT STEPS PROGRESSIVELY ON THE BASIS OF UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION COULD Be ADOPTED.

THIS +COMMON COMPONENTS* APPROACH THEREFORE PLACES INITIAL EMPHASIS ON MAJOR RECLAMATION PROJECTS AROUND THE WESTERN HARBOUR TO PROVIDE FOR ABOUT 300 000 PEOPLE AND RELATED TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS.

THE MAIN AREAS ARE BETWEEN WESTERN AND GREEN ISLAND, OFF WEST KOWLOON, OFF CENTRAL AND WAN CHAI AND HUNG HOM BAY.

/AMPL - SCOPE........

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1985

AMPLE SCOPE IS ALSO PROVIDED FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT. BECAUSE OF THEIR PROXIMITY, THE NEW AREAS WOULD HAVE GOOD ACCESS TO THE PORT AND AIRPORT FACILITIES AND ESTABLI BUSINESS CENTRES.

THE BOOKLET IS AVAILABLE AT $14 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, CENTRAL.

OCTOBER WAS WARMER AND DRIER

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LAST MONTH WAS WARMER AND DRIER THAN USUAL, WITH A MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 25.8 DEGREES CELSIUS WHICH WAS THE SEVENTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR OCTOBER, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTED TODAY.

THE MONTH’S MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 24 DEGREES WAS THE SIXTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR OCTOBER, WHILE THE TOTAL RAINE,. CF 56.1 MM WAS 54 PER CENT BELOW THE NORMAL VALUE OF 121.2 MM.

HOWEVER, THE RAINFALL AMOUNT FOR THE FIRST 10 MONTHS OF 1985 REACHED 2 132.6 MM, CLOSE TO THE NORMAL VALUE OF 2 164.7 MM.

ON THE ARRIVAL OF A SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON, THE WEATHER ON OCTOBER 1 WAS INITIALLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS. RAINF WAS VERY LOCALISED, MAINLY ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN THE URBAN AREAS OF KOWLOON. IT RAPIDLY BECAME FINE AND SUNNY DURING THE DAY.

AS NORTHERLY WINDS PERSISTED, THE WEATHER REMAINED FINE Ai. BECAME PROGRESSIVELY DRIER UP TO OCTOBER 5, WHEN A LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY OF 33 PER CENT WAS RECORDED.

ON OCTOBER 6, A MOIST AIRSTREAM REACHED HONG KONG AND REPLACED THE DRY CONTINENTAL AIR. THE WEATHER CONTINUED GENERALLY FINE ON OCTOBER 6 AND 7 WITH SOME LIGHT SHOWERS AT NIGHT.

THE WEATHER TURNED CLOUDY WITH PATCHES OF LIGHT RAIN ON OCTOBER 8.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A BROAD RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN COAST OF CHINA, THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG WAS MAINLY FINE FROM OCTOBER 9 TO 16 APART FROM A FEW ISOLATED SHO \

IN THE AFERNOON OF OCTOBER 13, THE TEMPERATURE ROSE TO A MAXIMUM OF 30.4 DEGREES, THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH.

SCATTERED SHOWERS OCCURRED FROM OCTOBER 17 TO 19 BUT THERE WERE ALSO SOME SUNNY PERIODS DURING THE DAY.

/TYPHOON DOT .......

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1985

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TYPHOON DOT ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON OCTOBER 19 AFTER CROSSING LUZON. UNDER THE COMBINED EFFECTS OF DOT AND THE WINTER MONSOON, STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED OFFSHORE AND IN EXPOSED PLACES IN THE EARLY MORNING OF OCTOBER 20.

THE ANTICYCLONE OVER CHINA INTENSIFIED AND WINDS REMAINED STRONG ON OCTOBER 21.

THE WEATER ON OCTOBER 20 AND 21 WAS CLOUDY WITH PERIODS OF RAIN. ON OCTOBER 20 THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO A MINIMUM OF 23.3 DEGREES, THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH.

WINDS MODERATED ON OCTOBER 22. APART FROM SOME LIGHT RAIN PATCHES ON OCTOBER 24 AND FROM OCTOBER 27 TO 29, FINE WEATHER SET IN AND PREVAILED UP TO OCTOBER 31.

A SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED IN HONG KONG ON OCTOBER 31. WINDS TURNED NORTHERLY AND THE WEATHER BECAME DRY WITH THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY FALLING BELOW 55 PER CENT.

DURING THE MONTH NO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON OCTOBER 6 AND 22, WHILE THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON OCTOBER 4, 5, 13, 19, 20 AND 27.

NO THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED DURING THE MONTH.

SIX TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

TROPICAL CYCLONE AND MONSOON SIGNALS HOISTED DURING OCTOBER WERE AS FOLLOWS:

.vEATHER SIGNAL DATE AND TIME OF DmTE AND TIME

SYSTEM ------- HOISTING OF LOWERING

TYPHOON DOT 1 OCT 20 9.50 AM OCT 21 5 AM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG OCT 21 5 AM OCT 22 5 AM

MONSOON

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

SUNSHINE 218.2 HOURS - 8.3 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

RAINFALL 56.1 MM - 65.1 MM BELOW NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 54 PER CENT - 2 PER CENT MORE THAN

NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 76 PER CENT - 4 PER CENT HIGHER

THAN NORMAL

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‘•EAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 28.0 DEGREES - 0.1 DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL

NEAN TEMPERATURE 25.8 DEGREES - 0.8 DEGREE ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 24.0 DEGREES -1.3 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 20.9 DEGREES - 1.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 134.2 MM - 28.4 MM BELOW NORMAL

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 30.4 DEGREES WAS RECORDED ON OCTOBER 13

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 20.3 DEGREES WAS RECORDED ON OCTOBER 20

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SIX TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING OCTOBER, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTED TODAY.

TYPHOON ANDY, AFTER CROSSING SOUTHERN HAINAN IN LATE SEPTFMPFR WEAKENED INTO A SEVERE TROPICAL STORM. IT LANDED OVER VIETF’M " ’ AM?Ui[ic2?oNAUT,CAL M,LES SOUTH OF HANOI ON THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 1 AND DISSIPATED OVERLAND THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

IN CENTRAL VIETNAM. 46 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 25 000 HECTARES CF PADDY FIELDS WERE DESTROYED. RIVERS ALSO OVERFLOWED, DISRUPTING TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN HANOI AND HO CHI MINH CITY FOR A FEw DAYS.

TROPICAL STORM BRENDA WHICH FORMED ABOUT 440 NAUTICAL MIL'.ZS EAST OF LUZON ON SEPTEMBER 30 WAS SLOW-MOVING AT FIRST.

IT MOVED NORTHWESTWARDS ON OCTOBER 2 AND INTENSIFIED INTO A TYPHOON THE FOLLOWING DAY ABOUT 440 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST CF TAIPEI.

BRENDA TURNED NORTHWARDS EARLY ON OCTOBER 4 AND PASSED ABOUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF TAIPEI AROUND NOON. IT THEN RECURVED IN THE AFTERNOON AND TOOK A NORTHEASTERLY COURSE OVER THE EAST CHINA SEA.

ON OCTOBER 5 IT PASSED ABOUT 50 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF CHEJU. THE SAME EVENING, BRENDA SKIRTED THE SOUTHERN COAST OF KOREA AND FINALLY BECAME AN EXTRATROP I CAL CYCLONE OVER THE SEA OF JAPAN ABOUT 240 NAUTICAL MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF SEOUL.

LANDSLIPS WERE REPORTED IN THE EASTERN AND NORTHERN PARTS OF TAIWAN WHERE TRAFFIC WAS SERIOUSLY DISRUPTED.

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A JAPANESE CARGO SHIP WAS PARTLY SUNK SOUTH OF OKINAWA AND A CREW MEMBER K ILLED.

IN SHANGHAI, A HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION WAS BLOWN DOWN, RESULTING IN ONE PERSON KILLED AND THREE OTHERS INJURED.

IN SOUTHERN KOREA, 12 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, 20 INJURED AND 46 REPORTED MISSING.

BRENDA MADE 484 PEOPLE HOMELESS AND DAMAGED 254 HOUSES AND 857 VESSELS. ABOUT 3 000 HECTARES OF FARMLAND WERE INUNDATED. PROPERTY DAMAGES WAS ESTIMATED AT US$1 MILLION.

CECIL WHICH DEVELOPED AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVER THE SULU SEA ABOUT 250 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTH OF MANILA ON OCTOBER 12 DESTROYED CR SANK 70 FISHING BOATS IN THE ILOILO AREA OF THE PHILIPPINES.

IT MOVED NORTHWESTWARDS OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND INTENSIFIED INTO A TYPHOON ABOUT 210 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF XISHA ON OCTOBER 14.

EARLY ON OCTOBER 16, CECIL CROSSED THE COAST OF VIETNAM ABOUT 83 NAUTICAL MILES NORTHWEST OF DANANG, BRINGING TREMENDOUS DAMAGE TO CENTRAL VIETNAM. CECIL CAUSED THE DEATH OF 769 PEOPLE wHILE 128 WERE REPORTED MISSING AND 200 WERE INJURED.

IT ALSO RESULTED IN 130 000 HOUSES COLLAPSING OR BEING DAMAGED WHILE ABOUT 70 000 HECTARES OF CROPS WERE DEVASTATED.

DURING THE EVENING CECIL MOVED WESTWARDS ACROSS LAOS 'TO THAILAND WHERE IT DISSIPATED. IT BROUGHT HEAVY RAIN TO NOiL.ERN AND NORTHEASTERN THAILAND, CAUSING THE DEATH OF ONE PERSON.

DOT ORIGINATED ABOUT 290 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF GUAM ON OCTOBER 13. IT MOVED WEST-NORTHWESTWARDS AND INTENSIFIED 1 iTO A TYPHOON ABOUT 420 NAUTICAL MILES WEST OF GUAM ON OCTOBER 15.

PASSING ABOUT 50 NAUTICAL MILES NORTH OF MANILA, THPHOON

DOT CROSSED LUZON EARLY ON OCTOBER 19 AND BROUGHT ABOUT A DEATH TOLL OF 69 IN THE PHILIPPINES.

ON OCTOBER 21 DOT CROSSED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND PASSED CLOSE TO YULIN ON THE SOUTHERN TIP OF HAINAN. IT THEN CROSSED THE VIETNAM COAST THAT EVENING ABOUT 150 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTH OF HANOI AND DISSIPATED OVER LAOS THE FOLLOWING DAY.

TROPICAL STORM ELLIS FORMED ABOUT 460 NAUTICAL MILES EASTSOUTHEAST OF GUAM ON OCTOBER 16 AND REMAINED SLOW-MOVING. IT INTENSIFIED INTO A SEVERE TROPICAL STORM ON OCTOBER 18, MOVING SOUTHWESTWARDS THAT DAY AND THE FOLLOWING DAY.

ELLIS THEN TURNED WEST-NORTHWESTWARDS ON OCTOBER 20 AND DISSIPATED OVER THE OCEAN ABOUT 110 NAUTICAL MILES WEST OF YAP EARLY ON OCTOBER 22.

/THDPICaL DiiPiiBSSIOK...........

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION FAYE FORMED ABOUT 80 NAUTICAL MILES EAST CF VAN ILA ON OCTOBER 24. DURING THE DAY, FAYE MOVED NORTHWESTWARDS ACROSS LUZON. IN THE EVENING IT RECURVED ABOUT 250 NAUTICAL MILES NORTHWEST OF MANILA AND MOVED EAST-NORTHEASTWARDS.

ON OCTOBER 27 AND 28 FAYE REMAINED SLOW-MOVING OVER THE BAL INTANG CHANNEL. IT THEN MOVED NORTHEASTWARDS ON OCTOBER 29 AND BECAME A TYPHOON ABOUT 280 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF TAIPEI THAT EVENING.

FAYE CONTINUED MOVING NORTHEASTWARDS AND PASSED ABOUT 110 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF OKINAWA EARLY ON OCTOBER 31. AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT WEAKENED INTO A TROPICAL STORM ABOUT 340 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF OKINAWA AND MOVED EAST-NORTHEASTWARDS.

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MORE LAND TO BE RECLAIMED AT JUNK BAY * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO RECLAIM TWO AREAS OF FORESHORE AND SEABED IN THE NORTH-WESTERN PART OF JUNK BAY AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE NEW TOWN.

THE TWO AREAS - ONE OF ABOUT 13.09 HECTARES AND THE OTHER CF 1.1 HECTARES - WILL BE USED FOR FUTURE GOVERNMENT FACILITIES AND INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

THE NOTICE AND ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG, AND AT LANDS DEPARTMENT’S SURVEY DIVISION, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSED WORKS MUST REACH THE DIRECTOR CF LANDS BY JANUARY 14 NEXT YEAR.

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JOINT EFFORT ON WORK SAFETY ENCOURAGED * * * M

ONE OF THE MAIN PURPOSES OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY GOVERNMENT IS TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TO MAKE A JOINT EFFORT TO IMPROVE SAFETY, THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR YIU YAN-NANG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE HONG KONG INTER-COMPANY FORKLIFT TRUCK DRIVING COMPETITION ORGANISED BY HONG KONG AIR CARGO TERMINALS LIMITED, NR YIU SAID THE COMPETITION WAS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF VOLUNTARY EFFORTS BY EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES TO IMPROVE SAFETY IN A SPECIFIC WORK SITUATION.

HE SAID ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FORKLIFT TRUCKS WERE MOSTLY ASSOCIATED WITH CARELESS AND INEXPERIENCED DRIVING.

+THE COMPETITION TODAY IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY OF SHOWING HOw FORKLIFT TRUCKS ARE DRIVEN SAFELY AND TO AROUSE INTEREST IN SAFEDR IV ING,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS PART ICI PANTS GA I NED IN THE COMPETITION WOULD BE HELPFUL IN THEIR DAILY OPERATION OF FORKILFT TRUCKS.

YOUTHS URGED TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE * * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD EQUIP THEMSELVES FULLY AND BE PREPARED TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF THE FAST-EVOLVING SOCIETY OF HONG KONG, THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH DAY, MR CHAU DESCRIBED YOUNG PEOPLE AS THE +PILLARS OF HONG KONG’S FUTURE WHO WILL BE FACING UP TO THE CHALLENGES AHEAD*.

IN HIS ADDRESS, MR CHAU ALSO NOTED THAT IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, MORE THAN 50 ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN ORGANISED IN SHAM SHU I PO WHICH ATTRACTED ABOUT 100 000 PARTICIPANTS THIS YEAR.

+APART FROM BEING POPULAR ART AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES, MOST OF THESE ACTIVITIES ALSO SERVE TO STRESS THE ROLE PLAYED BY YOUNG PEOPLE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS,* HE SAID.

+THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE, DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND IDENTIFY WITH THE COMMUNITY.

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♦ ALL THESE ARE IN ACCORD vJITH THE IYY THEME OF PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE,+ MR CHAU SAID.

+WITH THE FERVENT SUPPORT AND DIRECT PARTICIPATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT, THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH FESTIVAL HAS NOT ONLY ECONOMISED COSTS, BUT ALSO PROVIDED A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTHS TO SHOW THEIR CAPABILITIES, TO LEARN TO GET ALONG AND COOPERATE WITH EACH OTHER,+ HE ADDED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S COMMITTEE ON 1985 IYY, MR LEE CHIK-YUET, SAID: +THE IYY PROGRAMME MARKS THE BEGINNING, AND NOT THE END GF A NEW ERA FOR INCREASED CONCERN FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION.+

+1 HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND AUTHORITIES CONCERNED wOULD STUDY THE PROBLEMS CONFRONTING YOUNG PEOPLE, AND MAP OUT A LONG-TERM STRATEGY FOR GROOMING LOCAL YOUTHS TO EE CONSCIENTIOUS AND DEDICATED CITIZENS,+ HE SAID.

MR LEE ALSO THANKED THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE OTHER LOCAL BODIES FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN ORGANISING THE TWO-WEEK FESTIVAL.

ALSO PRESENT WERE THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN CHENG, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, HUNDREDS OF YOUNG SPECTATORS wERE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE CREATION OF THE ALUMINIUM SCULPTURE OF A DOVE.

THE TWO-METRE SCULPTURAL WORK WOULD LATER BE TRANSFERRED TO THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL AND PUT UP AS A PERMANENT DISPLAY.

OTHER EVENTS OF THE DAY INCLUDED A TWO-HOUR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME FEATURING AEROBICS, BREAK DANCE, MARCHING BANDS, POP MUSIC AND A PANTOMIME.

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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER AS VOTERS

* * * * *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS TO MAKE USE OF THE NEXT FEW DAYS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS FOR NEXT YEAR’S URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 13TH SOUTHERN DISTRICT ATHLETICS MEET, MR CHAN SAID THOSE AGED 21 OR ABOVE, AND HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED WOULD HAVE A SECOND CHANCE TO DO SO UNTIL WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 20).

/+THEY CAN .......

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+THEY CAN OBTAIN FORMS FROM ANY DISTRICT OFFICE AND MAKE THEIR APPLICATION IN PERSON TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION,* HE SAID.

MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL’S WORK COVERS THE DEVELOPMENT AND ORGANISATION OF SPORTS, RECREATION, ARTS AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND THE MANAGEMENT OF AMENITIES, ALL OF WHICH ARE CLOSELY RELATED TO THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE PUBLIC AT LARGE.

+THE STAGING OF THIS ATHLETICS MEET, FOR EXAMPLE, WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE WORK AND THE VENUE PROVIDED BY THE COUNCIL,* HE SAID.

THE 10TH SOUTHERN DISTRICT ATHLETICS MEET WAS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, AND CO-ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG SOUTH.

A HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME THIS MORNING WAS A 4 BY 100-METRE INVITATION RELAY RACE BETWEEN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

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HANDBOOK ON YUEN LONG REVISED WITH MORE DETAILS * * * * *

THE YUEN LONG RESIDENTS’ HANDBOOK HAS BEEN REVISED AND WILL GIVE NEW AND EXISTING RESIDENTS A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF THE DISTRICT.

THE HANDBOOK, FIRST PRINTED IN 1983, HAS BEEN REVISED WITH MORE INFORMATION AND PHOTOGRAPHS ABOUT YUEN LONG WHICH HAS DEVELOPED RAPIDLY IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

IT PROVIDES INFORMATION ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN YUEN LONG INCLUDING SOCIAL SERVICES, RECREATION AND SPORTS, TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC HOUSING.

A CHAPTER ON TIN SHU I WAI TELLS OF PLANS TO BUILD THE NEW TOWN WHICH WILL HOUSE 135 000 PEOPLE IN THE 199O’S.

IT ALSO TELLS ABOUT THE TRANSFORMATION OF YUEN LONG FROM A RURAL COMMUNITY TO A MODERN NEW TOWN WHICH HAS NOT LOST ITS COUNTRY CHARM.

THE CHAPTER ON RURAL COMMITTEE TELLS HOW RESIDENTS OF THE SIX 'HEUNGS’ COMPRISING 138 VILLAGES LIAISE WITH EACH OTHER. THE STRUCTURES OF THE RURAL COMMITTEES AND THEIR EFFORTS TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT ARE ALSO DESCRIBED.

/THERE IS .......

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THERE IS INFORMATION IN OTHER CHAPTERS ON WHERE AND WHEN NEDICAL AND TRANSPORT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED.

THE HANDBOOK ALSO DEVOTES A CHAPTER ON THE FUNCTIONS AND STRUCTURE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

IT COVERS VARIOUS MAJOR AND MINOR SERVICES PROVIDED i-Y THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

THE YUEN LONG RESIDENTS’ HANDBOOK, COMPILED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, IS AVAILABLE FREE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY ESSAY COMPETITION * * * *

STUDENTS AGED 12 TO 19 WHO TAKE PART IN THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY ESSAY COMPETITION 1985-86 CAN LOOK FORWARD TO PRIZES THAT INCLUDE AIR TRAVEL, CASH AND BOOKS.

THE ANNUAL COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY IN LONDON TO ENCOURAGE COMMONWEALTH STUDIES IN SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE CLASSES - CLASS A FOR CANDIDATES AGED 16 AND UNDER 19 ON DECEMBER JI, CLASS B FOR STUDENTS FROM 14 TO 16 AND CLASS C FOR THOSE BETWEEN 12 AND 14.

ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE IN ENGLISH AND EACH ESSAY SHOULD BE FROM 500 WORDS IN CLASS C TO 2 000 WORDS IN CLASS A.

THERE ARE FOUR SUBJECTS RELATING TO COMMONWEALTH STUDIES FOR CANDIDATES TO CHOOSE FROM IN EACH CLASS.

ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE CERTIFIED BY THE PRINCIPAL OR A SENIOR TEACHER AS BEING COMPOSITION OF THEIR STUDENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN TO FIVE WINNERS IN EACH CLASS BY THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY IN LONDON WHICH INCLUDE A RETURN FLIGHT FOR TWO TO ENGLAND TO THE WINNER OF CLASS A AND A REGIONAL AIR TOUR FOR TWO TO THE WINNER OF CLASS B.

ALL FIVE WINNING ENTRIES IN EACH CLASS WILL BE AWARDED CASH AND BOOK PRIZES TOTALLING BETWEEN 15 POUNDS STERLING TO 50 POUNDS STERLING.

aS AN ADDITIONAL ENCOURAGEMENT, THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL SPONSOR A LOCAL COMPETITION WITH BOOK PRIZES RANGING FROM $150 TO $500 FOR THE BEST THREE ENTR IES IN EACH CLASS.

/THS 30YAL .......

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THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY IN HONG KONG WILL ALSO SPONSOR THE LOCAL COMPETITION BY OFFERING AN ADDITIONAL PRIZE TO A LOCAL WINNING ENTRY IN CLASS A. THIS WILL INCLUDE A ROUND-TRIP BY AIR TO KUALA LUMPUR, ACCOMMODATION FOR TWO NIGHTS IN THE COMMONWEALTH HOUSE IN KUALA LUMPUR, SIGHTSEEING AND $500 SPENDING MONEY.

THE ADDITIONAL AWARD WILL BE DECIDED BY THE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN LONDON AND ALL THE BEST ENTRIES OF THE LOCAL COMPETITION AS WELL AS OTHER SELECTED ESSAYS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE ROYAL COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY IN LONDON FOR THE MAIN COMPETITION.

ALL ENTRIES FOR THE LOCAL COMPETITION MUST REACH THE INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY BEFORE JANUARY 31 FOR THE PRELIMINARY ROUND OF JUDGING.

ENQUIRIES RELATING TO THE COMPETITION SHOULD BE MADE ON TEL. 5-8392274 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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UC GARDENERS PLANNING AHEAD, PLANTING AHEAD * * *

LIKE ALL GARDENERS EVERYWHERE, THE URBAN COUNCIL’S HORTICULTURAL STAFF HAVE TO PLAN AHEAD, AND PLANT AHEAD. THEY ARE NOW LOOKING NEARLY FOUR MONTHS AHEAD — TO MARCH 14, THE DATE WHICH HAS JUST BEEN SET FOR THE 1986 UC FLOWER SHOW.

NEXT YEAR’S THREE-DAY SHOW WILL BE HELD, AS USUAL, AT THE CITY HALL. THE MAIN DISPLAY THEME WILL CENTRE ON SOME ASPECT OF +ANNUALS+, THOSE FLOWERS WHICH LIVE FOR ONE SEASON ONLY MARIGOLDS AND CHRYSANTHEMUMS ARE COMMON VARIETIES.

THE COUNCIL’S STAFF OFFICER FOR HORTICULTURE, MR LAURENCE Y.K. CHEUNG, SAYS THAT THE SHOW’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE WILL BE ORDERING THE SEEDS OF ABOUT EIGHT SPECIES CF ANNUALS FROM OVERSEAS. THE SEEDS THEMSELVES WILL COME FROM ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA BUT THE COUNTRIES OF NATURAL ORIGIN WILL RANGE FROM CHINA (THE SOURCE OF SO MANY OF THE WORLD’S FINEST FLOWERS) TO MEXICO, AND THE REGIONS OF ORIGIN aILL INCLUDE SOUTHERN AFRICA AS WELL AS EUROPE. AT THE LAST SHOW THE EMPHASIS WAS ON ROSES FROM AUSTRALIA.

+THIS TIME WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO PUT ON DISPLAY ONE OR TWO SPECIES OF ANNUALS WHICH WILL BE NEW TO HONG KONG,+ SAYS YR CHEUNG. +THEY WILL PROBABLY BE SENT FROM ENGLAND. AND IF WE ARE FORTUNATE WITH TIME OF FLOWERING AND SEEDING, THESE SPECIES COULD YIELD NEW SEEDS FOR US NEXT SUMMER.+

/THE FLOWER.......

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THE FLOWER SHOW WILL INCLUDE A SPECIAL DISPLAY OF LANDSCAPE GARDENING WHICH, LIKE THE SELECTION OF IMPORTED ANNUALS, WILL BE LOCATED IN THE MEMORIAL GARDEN OF THE CITY

HALL COMPLEX.

AT THE 1985 SHOW, THE COUNCIL’S LANDSCAPE GARDENING TEA'' ON HONG KONG ISLAND PROVIDED THIS FEATURE, WHICH WAS MUCH PRAISED. NEXT MARCH THE DISPLAY WILL BE PRODUCED BY THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN KOWLOON, WHO HAVE ALREADY BEGUN PRELIMINARY WORK ON IT — INCLUDING SOME PLANTING. IN ALL, ABOUT 200 OF THE COUNCIL’S 800 GARDENERS WILL BE INVOLVED IN VARIOUS PREPARATIONS FOR THE SHOW.

ALSO BUSILY ENGAGED ON PLANNING ARE HONG KONG’S MANY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETIES, WHICH ARRANGE THE COMPETITIVE CLASSES. THESE BODIES COLLABORATE CLOSELY WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL IN ORGANISING THE SHOW, BEING WIDELY REPRESENTED ON THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

THE 1986 FLOWER SHO* a ILL BE THE 19TH TO BE PRESENTED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL. THE 18TH SHOW, STAGED LAST APRIL, ATTRACTED AN ALL-TIME RECORD ATTENDANCE OF 34 874 VISITORS. OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS, BOTH ATTENDANCES AND THE NUMBER OF EXHIBITS HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED.

+wE ALWAYS NEED GOOD LUCK WITH THE WEATHER,+ LAWRENCE CriEUNG POINTS OUT. +GIVEN THAT LUCK, THE 19TH SHOW SHOULD BE the BEST YET. WE’RE CERTAINLY STRIVING TO MAKE IT S0.+

MONG KOK COURSE ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT * X * X

MONG KOK RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A BUILDING

management training course.

OF EVENTS ORGANISED FOR

THE COURSE IS PART OF A SERIES

A THREE-MONTH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN FROM LATE NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY 1986 TO CLEAN UP HOMES AND IMPROVE THE

ENVIRONMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

THE COURSE CONSISTS OF SIX TALKS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF MULT l-BU ILD ING MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING SECURITY, ILLEGAL EXTENSIONS, AND STRUCTURES, ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, FIRE PREVENTION, ANTI-CORRUPTION AND THE FORMATION OF MANAGEMENT ORGANISATIONS. REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL BE

INVITED TO SPEAK.

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES FOR COMPLETING THE COURSE, WHICH WILL BE HELD FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE EVENINGS FROM DECEMBER 5 TO 7 IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF MONG KOK DISTR ICT OFF ICE.

/NO i’EfiS.............

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NO FEES WILL BE CHARGED BUT PLACES WILL BE RESERVED ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS AND THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IS L IMITED TO 50.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AND TAI KOK TSUI BRANCH OFFICE.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN, SPONSORED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, IS AN ANNUAL EVENT ORGANISED TO DRIVE HOME THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS AND HYGIENE TO THE RESIDENTS.

OTHER ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED FOR THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDE THE DEMOLITION OF ABANDONED AND DANGEROUS SIGNBOARDS, AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SEMINAR, A HOME DECORATION COURSE, STREET, BUILDING, MARKET STALLS CLEAN-UP COMPETITIONS AND A YEAR-END CLEAN-UP DRIVE TO COINCIDE WITH THE APPROACH OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

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RECORD ENTRIES FOR WALK IN SAI KUNG * * * *

A RECORD 1 000 HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED PERSONS TOOK PART IN THE 12TH PHAB (PHYSICALLY-HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED) WALK IN SAI KUNG THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING.

THE WALK WAS ORGANISED BY THE PHAB ASSOCIATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WHO STARTED THE WALK SAID THAT IT WAS MEANINGFUL IN PROMOTING MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND INTEGRATION OF THE HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED AND COMMENDED THE ORGANISING PARTIES FOR THEIR EFFORT.

PARTICIPANTS STARTED FROM WONG SHEK PIER AND COMPLETED THE TWO-KILOMETRE ROUND TRIP BEFORE NOON.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1985

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TENDERS INVITED FOR REPAIRING BEACH RAFTS *****

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SCRAPING OFF AND REMOVAL OF MARINE GROWTH, AND THE REPAIR AND REMOORING OF BEACH RAFTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

THE SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED TO 20 RAFTS AT 12 GAZETTED BEACHES UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE RSD, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SA ID.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE REQUIRED TO FINISH THE JOB WITHIN 14 WEEKS ON SIGNING OF THE CONTRACT.

THOSE INTERESTED CAN OBTAIN A TENDER FORM AT THE RECREATION, SPORT AND AMENITIES SECTION OF THE RSD HEADQUARTERS, FOURTH FLOOR, SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE PUT IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TENDER BOX AT THE LIFT LOBBY, LOWER GROUND FLOOR, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING). LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE NOON ON DECEMBER 13. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

THOSE INTERESTED MAY TELEPHONE 3-689479 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

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HEATED POOL RE-OPENS

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SWIMMING ENTHUSIASTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS CAN ENJOY THEIR DIPS AS USUAL IN WINTER WHEN THE HEATED MAIN POOL OF THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IS RE-OPENED ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 23).

THIS IS MADE POSSIBLE AFTER THE AIR SUPPORT STRUCTURE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO SHELTER SWIMMERS IN THE COLD SEASON HAS BEEN PUT UP, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

THERE WILL BE FOUR OPENING SESSIONS DAILY FROM 9.30 AM TO 11.45 AM, 12.45 PM TO 3 PM, 3.30 PM TO 5.45 PM AND 6.45 PM TO 9 PM.

AFTER THE RE-OPENING OF THE MAIN POOL, ALL OTHER POOLS IN THE COMPLEX WILL BE CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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FREE CONCERT BY DISTRICT YOUTH CHOIR M * * *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A FREE CONCERT BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT YOUTH CHOIR NEXT SUNDAY EVENING (NOVEMBER 24) AT THE WAH FU COMMUNITY HALL.

THE CONCERT, JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION AND THE HOUSING MANAGEMENT OF WAH FU ESTATE, FEATURES GROUP AND SOLO PERFORMANCES OF CHINESE AND WESTERN POP AND FOLK SONGS.

+NEW MEMBERS WHO JOINED THE CHOIR DURING A RECENT RECRUITMENT EXERCISE WILL BE MAKING THEIR DEBUT AT THE SHOW, WHICH IS A WARM-UP FOR THE YOUTH CHOIR’S PARTICIPATION IN THE DI STR ICT-WI De ANNUAL CONCERT OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT CHOIRS EARLY NEXT YEAR,+ A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS, ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE IN ABERDEEN CENTRE AND SUB-OFFICES IN WAH FU AND STANLEY, AND THE ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION AT LEI CHAK HOUSE, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE.

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EYE-CARING CAMPAIGN SET TO START * * * *

A TWO-WEEK CAMPAIGN FEATURING EXHIBITIONS, FREE EYE CHECK-UPS AND TALKS TO EDUCATE THE ELDERLY ON EYE-CARE WILL BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW (MONDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE YAU MA TEI EYE-CARING CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE DISTRICT BOARD.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AT HENRY G. LEONG COMMUNITY CENTRE, PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, AT 2.30 PM.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1985

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SHEUNG SHU I TAPS OFF X * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHEUNG SHU I WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 9 AM AND 8 PM ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 20) FOR MAIL. WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM TSUNG PAK LONG TO LOK MA CHAU AND FAN KAM ROAD FROM PING KONG TSUeL TO YING PUN TSUEN, INCLUDING TSUNG PAK LONG TSUEN, YIN KONG TSUEN, KAM TSIN TSUEN, HANG TAU TSUEN, KWU TUNG TSUEN, HO SHEUNG HEUNG TSUEN, CHAU TAU TSUEN, LOK MA CHAU AND PAK SHEK AU.

PING KONG TSUEN, TONG KUNG LENG TSUEN, LIN TONG MEI TSUEN, TSIU KENG TSUEN, AND YING PUN TSUEN WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN YUEN LONG * *

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TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION LANE 0F LONG YIP STREET IN YUEN WILL BE CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER 20 8 AM AND 6 PM.

WORK A SHORT SECTION OF THE FAST LONG NEAR THE TAI KIU ROAD FOOTBRIDGE (WEDNESDAY) TO DECEMBER 31 BETWEEN

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HK EXPERIENCE A VALUABLE LESSON - SIR EIDWaRD................ 1

GOVERNMENT MORE AWARE OF TRIAD ACTIVITIES — CS .............. 4

HK BOWLERS ON PAR WITH WORLD'S BEST - SIR DAVID ............. 5

SECOND JOINT LIAISON GROUP MEETING........................... 6

UPDATE ON AIR QUALITY IN HONG KONG........................... 7

QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED................... 8

U.S. GSP PROPOSALS MONITORED IN WASHINGTON .................. 11

CHINESE VERSION OF REPORT READY ............................. 11

PIPELINE TO BE STRUNG ALONG SEABED........................... 12

HOUSEHOLD MOVE INTO PUBLIC ESTATES REVIEWED.................. 13

WINNING ROAD SAFETY POSTER DESIQIS SELECTED ................. 14

BEAUTY FOR SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS AUCTION ...................... 15

ELDERLY NOT OVERLOOKED IN YEAR OF YOUTH ..................... 16

NO LETUP IN PROSECUTION OF LITTERERS ........................ 17

ADOLESCENT HEALTH EXHIBITION FOR SHA TIN .................... 17

WARNING AGAINST USE OF FOOD ADDITIVE......................... 18

OPEN DAY AT TRAINING INSTITUTE............................... 18

BOARD TO DISCUSS ELDERLY PRIORITY SCHEME .................... 19

DETAILS OF ANTI-NARCOTICS FAIR............................... 20

BORDER LINK CONTRACT ........................................ 20

RECREATION, CULTURE SELECT C01MTTEE TO MEET ................. 21

JOINT YOUTH CHOIR CONCERT TO BE STAGED ...................... 21

MEETING TO DISCUSS TRAM DEPOT ............................... 22

TAI PO WATER CUT ............................................ 2 3

WATER STORAGE FIGURE......................................... 2 3

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1985

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HK EXPERIENCE A VALUABLE LESSON - SIR EDWARD *****

THE HONG KONG EXPERIENCE CAN OFFER A NUMBER OF LESSONS WHICH COULD BE OF VALUE ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

ADDRESSING A DINNER GATHERING OF DELEGATES ATTENDING A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE CENTRE FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, SIR EDWARD SAID THE FIRST LESSON WAS THE SUCCESS OF THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY IN BUILDING UP ITS ECONOMY, AND A DISTINCTIVE LIFE-STYLE, AND A CONSTRUCTIVE AND CO-OPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH ITS MAINLAND NEIGHBOUR AND THE REST OF THE WORLD.

♦THE SECOND IS PROVIDED BY THE AGREEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.+ HE SAID. +THIS GIVES AN ENCOURAGING EXAMPLE OF HOW A COMPLEX INTERNATIONAL ISSUE WHICH RAISED IMPORTANT DEEPLY FELT POINTS OF PRINCIPLE ON BOTH SIDES CAN BE TACKLED AND SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVED.♦

♦IN A WORLD WHERE PROBLEMS AND NATIONS OFTEN PROVE SO INTRACTABLE AND INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES LEAD TO SUCH IMMENSE PROBLEMS AND SUFFERING, NOT ONLY FOR THOSE DIRECTLY CONCERNED BUT FOR THEIR NEIGHBOURS TOO, IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED BY NEGOTIATION WHEN THERE IS A WILL TO SUCCEED AND A SHARED INTEREST IN SUCCESS.

♦FINALLY, THERE IS THE LESSON THAT MUCH CAN BE DONE IF THE THINKING OF THOSE INVOLVED IS NOT TRAMELLED BY PRECEDENT AND THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM OF THE PAST.

♦THAT IS THE THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE WITH YOU AS HONG KONG’S CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR DELIBERATIONS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS,+ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD OUTLINED THE KEY FEATURES OF THE AGREEMENT, WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE ESSENTIALS OF HONG KONG’S LIFE-STYLE AND ECONOMIC SYSTEMS, AND SAID ITS CONCLUSION HAD ENGENDERED A NEW DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT INVESTMENT IN PLANT AND MACHINERY PICKED UP, AND THE PROPERTY MARKET SHOWED SIGNS OF REVIVAL.

♦EXPORTS TO CHINA HAVE CONTINUED TO GROW, AS HAVE RE-EXPORTS,* HE ADDED.

♦OVERALL GROWTH OF OUR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IN 1985 IS LIKELY TO BE A RESPECTABLE 4-1/2 PER CENT.

♦THE LABOUR FORCE IS EFFECTIVELY FULLY EMPLOYED, AND OUR RATE OF INFLATION IS DOWN TO JUST OVER 3 PER CENT.+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

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♦AFTER THREE DIFFICULT YEARS,* HE ADDED, +CAUSED IN PART BY A DECLINE IN REVENUE FROM LAND SALES, WE ARE NOW ON TRACK FOR A RETURN TO A BALANCED BUDGET.*

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THE RETURN OF CONFIDENCE HAD BEEN HELPED BY THE CLEAR COMMITMENT BY THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS TO THE FAITHFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT AND TO ENSURING A SMOOTH TRANSITION IN 1997.

HE SAID THAT THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP MADE AN ENCOURAGING START IN JULY IN DISCUSSING MATTERS SUCH AS HONG KONG'S CONTINUED PARTICIPATION AFTER 1997 IN THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE AND IN THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.

IT WOULD BE HOLDING ITS SECOND MEETING NEXT WEEK, SIR EDWARD TOLD THE GATHERING.

ELABORATING FURTHER ON THE SAME SUBJECT, HE SAID THAT THE LAND COMMISSION HAD MADE EXCELLENT PROGRESS IN ENSURING THAT LAND WOULD CONTINUE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO MEET HONG KONG’S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS.

THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMISSION ATTRACTED LITTLE ATTENTION ABROAD, BUT ANOTHER HISTORIC MILESTONE WAS REACHED A FEW MONTHS AGO WHEN LEASES TO LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE SOLD WITH TERMS NOT UP TO 1997 AS BEFORE BUT UP TO 2047 — +FIRM AND SUBSTANTIAL PROOF OF THE INTENTIONS OF BOTH GOVERNMENTS TO HONOUR THE TERMS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION*.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, FOR ITS PART, HAD DEMONSTRATED ITS CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE BY MAINTAINING ITS AMBITIOUS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES.

♦PLANS ARE NOW WELL ADVANCED FOR LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT IN THE 199O’S AND BEYOND, INCLUDING MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS TO HONG KONG’S ROAD AND RAIL NETWORKS, PORT FACILITIES AND THE AIRPORT,+ HE SAID.

♦OUR PLANS WILL ENSURE THAT THERE IS AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF LAND COMING ON STREAM TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR AMBITIOUS HOUSING PROGRAMMES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL EXPANS ION,+ HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE IMPROVEMENT IN TIES WITH CHINA, SIR EDWARD SAID HONG KONG WAS ALSO DEVELOPING A +TRULY SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH ITS MAINLAND NEIGHBOUR+.

HONG KONG NOW PLAYED AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE AMBITIOUS PROGRAMMES OF ECONOMIC MODERNISATION BEING PURSUED IN CH INA.

♦THE TOTAL VOLUME OF DIRECT VISIBLE TRADE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE MAINLAND GREW FROM $6.97 BILLION IN 1978 TO $38.92 BILLION IN 1984.

/♦THE VALUE........

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♦THE VALUE OF THE ENTREPOT TRADE GREW FROM $8,873 BILLION TO 556.181 BILLION DURING THE SAME PERIOD.+

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD ALSO BEEN THE LARGEST SOURCE OF INVESTMENT IN THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES.

HE ADDED THAT LATEST REPORTS SUGGESTED THAT ABOUT 80-90 PER CENT OF OUTSIDE INVESTMENT IN THE SHENZHEN SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE HAD BEEN CONTRIBUTED BY INVESTORS FROM HONG KONG.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HONG KONG WAS ALSO A VALUABLE SOURCE OF SERVICES AND EXPERTISE, OF WHICH CHINA WAS MAKING EXTENSIVE USE IN ITS MODERNISATION PROGRAMME.

♦IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, MANY CHINESE VISITORS HAVE COME TO HONG KONG TO ATTEND SEMINARS, TO DO BUSINESS AND TO STUDY HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING AND MANAGERIAL TECHNIQUES.

♦HONG KONG’S EFFICIENT POST, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, AIR TRANSPORT AND BANKING FACILITIES, COMBINED WITH GEOGRAPHICAL PROXIMITY AND THE ABSENCE OF A SIGNIFICANT LANGUAGE BARRIER HAVE ALL MEANT THAT HONG KONG’S ATTRACTION AS A CONDUIT FOR CHINA’S ECONOMIC RELATIONS WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD HAVE CONTINUED TO GROW, EVEN AS CHINA ESTABLISHES DIRECT LINKS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES,* HE SAID.

WHILE ALL THIS GAVE GOOD GROUNDS FOR CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, THERE WERE CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON WHICH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE AGREEMENT NOR WITH HONG KONG’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ITS MAINLAND NEIGHBOUR.

♦FOR A TRADING COMMUNITY LIKE HONG KONG OUR STRONGEST CONCERNS ARE RESTRAINTS ON TRADE,* HE SAID.

+THE MOST IMMEDIATE DANGER AT THIS TIME IS THE RISING TIDE CF PROTECTIONIST SENTIMENT, PARTICULARLY IN THE UNITED STATES, WHICH REMAINS HONG KONG’S FOREMOST EXPORT MARKET, AND THE LARGEST SOURCE OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG.*

THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT HONG KONG VIEWED THIS TREND WITH SERIOUS CONCERN AS EXPORTS WERE THE LIFE BLOOD OF THE ECONOMY AND ANY MOVES TO CURTAIL THEM COULD HAVE FAR-REACHING AND DAMAGING CONSEQUENCES FOR ITS STABILITY AND PROSPERITY.

♦HONG KONG IS ONE OF THE FEW PLACES WHICH PRACTICES FULLY THE FAIR TRADING AND FREE MARKET PRINCIPLES WHICH MANY WORLD LEADERS PREACH.

♦OUR DOMESTIC MARKET IS COMPLETELY OPEN.

♦OUR INDUSTRY SINKS OR SWIMS BY ITSELF,♦ HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT WHILE HONG KONG RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION TO ALLOW THE U.S. TO REDUCE ITS TRADE DEFICIT, IT WAS ALSO FAIR TO CLAIM THAT HONG KONG WAS DOING EVERYTHING IT COULD TO ACHIEVE THIS.

/IN CONCLUDING........

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1>o>

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IN CONCLUDING SIR EDWARD SAID THAT HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC FUTURE DEPENDED ON THE INGENUITY AND ENERGY OF ITS PEOPLE.

HE SAID THAT APART FROM A FINE NATURAL HARBOUR AND A FAVOURABLE GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION THIS HAD BEEN HONG KONG’S ONLY RESOURCE: ^EXPERIENCE SHOWS THAT IT MAY WELL PROVE TO BE A MORE DURABLE RESOURCE THAN EVEN THE RICHEST MINERAL DEPOSITS OR VAST TRACTS OF FERTILE LAND+.

+IT HAS ALREADY PRODUCED ONE OF THE MORE REMARKABLE POST-WAR SUCCESS STORIES, AND THERE IS EVERY REASON TO BEL IEVE THAT THE SUCCEEDING CHAPTERS WILL BE NO LESS REMARKABLE,* HE SAID?

WILL BE NO LESS REMARKABLE,+ HE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT MORE AWARE OF TRIAD ACTIVITIES — CS M M M H M

THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW MORE AWARE OF THE TRIAD PROBLEM AND THE NEED FOR SERIOUS MEASURES TO STAMP IT OUT, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OPENING THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL BOWLS CLASSIC AT THE KOWLOON BOWLING GREEN CLUB, SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH THE TRIAD PROBLEM WAS NOT GETTING OUT OF HAND, IT WAS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM.

♦AND WE’VE GOT TO TAKE A VERY CAREFUL LOOK AT THE SITUATION TO SEE HOW WE, AS A COMMUNITY, ARE GOING TO DEAL WITH THIS SPECIAL PROBLEM,♦ HE SAID.

ASKED HOW SERIOUS THE PROBLEM WAS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT +BY ITS VERY NATURE, IT’S INSIDIOUS*.

♦IT ROTS AWAY AT THE COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITY LIFE; IT’S A SECRET ACTIVITY; IT FEEDS ON EXTORTION; AND WE WANT TO ROOT IT OUT.

+BASICALLY, IT FEEDS ON THE FEAR OF THE COMMUNITY.*

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, SIR DAVID SAID THERE WERE NO INDICATIONS THAT TRIAD SOCIETIES HAD INFILTRATED SOME SECTORS OF THE GOVERNMENT.

♦ BUT AS MR ANN ING HAD SAID HIMSELF, IT IS A SECRET ORGANISATION, AND THEREFORE IF IT DID EXIST, WE PROBABLY WOULDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT BECAUSE OF ITS SECRET NATURE.♦

ASKED WHETHER THE WORKING GROUP ON GANGS SET UP BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WOULD CARRY OUT AN IN-DEPTH REVIEW OF THE PROBLEM OR WHETHER IT WOULD LOOK MORE INTO SPECIFIC STRATEGIES, SIR DAVID SAID THE WORKING GROUP WAS REALLY TO GIVE ADVICE ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM.

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♦SO IT IS REALLY DEALING WITH SPECIFICS,* HE ADDED.

HE SAID THE WORKING GROUP’S REPORT WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THEN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, AND IF LEGISLATION WAS INVOLVED, IT WOULD ALSO GO TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF OPTIONS, AS YOU HEARD THE OTHER DAY, WHICH WOULD ALSO BE PUT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN A WORKING PAPER,* HE SAID.

ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SET UP A +CENTRAL BUREAU* TO FIGHT THE TRIADS, SIR DAVID SAID:+WE MUST WAIT UNTIL WE HAVE THE WORKING PARTY’S REPORT, TO SEE WHAT SORT OF RESPONSE THE COMMUNITY SHOULD MAKE AND HOW WE NEED TO COPE WITH THIS PROBLEM.*

ASKED WHEN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ANNOUNCE THE SUCCESSOR TO SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE AS FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR DAVID SAID, +AS SOON AS WE ARE READY TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT, WE WILL MAKE IT.*

*l COULDN’T SPECULATE AT ALL WHO IS GOING TO TAKE SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE’S PLACE. SIR JOHN HAS GOT TO INTRODUCE THE BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR. HE’S GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO YET.*

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HK BOWLERS ON PAR WITH WORLD’S BEST - SIR DAVID *****

HONG KONG HAS UP TO A THOUSAND BOWLING ENTHUSIASTS AND IS BEGINNING TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE WITH THE WORLD’S BEST, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

♦DESPITE OUR VERY CROWDED ENVIRONMENT, THIS HAS NOT HINDERED THE GROWTH OF BOWLING HERE, NOR THE PROVISION OF EXCELLENT PRIVATE AND PUBLIC GREENS,+ HE SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY CF THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL BOWLS CLASSIC 1985, SAID THAT BOWLING HAD QUITE A LONG HISTORY IN HONG KONG.

♦THIS YEAR THE HONG KONG LAWN BOWLS ASSOCIATION IS CELEBRATING ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY, AND I AM TOLD THAT BOWLING GOES BACK TEN YEARS BEFORE THAT,* HE SAID.

IN RECENT YEARS, BOWLING HAD DEVELOPED INTO ONE OF THE MAJOR SPORTS, AND THAT HONG KONG HAD BEGUN TO PRODUCE ITS OWN CROP OF WORLD CLASS BOWLERS, HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID THE INTERNATIONAL BOWLS CLASSIC HAD GROWN TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL BOWLING CALENDAR, ATTRACTING TOP PLAYERS FROM THOSE COUNTRIES WHERE BOWLING WAS A MAJOR SPORT.

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+WE ARE VERY HONOURED THAT FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN SUCCESSION HONG KONG HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY HOST TO SUCH A MAJOR EVENT,+

r€ SAID.

OVER THE WEEKEND WE HAVE SEEN SOME MAGNIFICENT SINGLES THIS AFTERNOON IT IS THE TURN OF THE PAIRS, AND THE LEVEL OF COMPETITION WILL BE EQUALLY HIGH.

MATCHES.

I AM SURE

+MAY I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY AND ENJOYABLE COMPETITION.

+AND

+AND MAY I SAY ESPECIALLY TO ALL OF OUR OVERSEAS VISITORS, THAT I HOPE YOU TAKE HOME WITH YOU NOT ONLY THE MEMORY OF AN INTERESTING AND EXCITING CONTEST, BUT ALSO SOME WARM MEMORIES AND IMPRESSIONS OF OUR DYNAMIC CITY,+ HE ADDED.

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SECOND JOINT LIAISON GROUP MEETING

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THE BRITISH MEMBERS OF THE SI NO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP WILL LEAVE HONG KONG FOR PEKING ON NOVEMBER 25 TO ATTEND THE SECOND MEETING OF THE GROUP.

THEY WILL BE LED BY THE SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE DR DAVID WILSON, AND WILL INCLUDE MR ERIC HO, MR JOHN BOYD, MR ANTHONY GALSWORTHY AND MR PETER THOMSON.

THEY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR ALAN CARTER, LAW OFFICER (SPECIAL DUTIES), MR FRED BURROWS, PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (GENERAL DUTIES), MR RICHARD HOARE, CHIEF INTERPRETER, MR Y.P. CHENG, AND SENIOR PERSONAL SECRETARY, MISS M. MCINTOSH.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE TWO UK-BASED MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH SIDE, DR WILSON AND MR GALSWORTHY, AND MR THOMSON FROM PEKING WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON NOVEMBER 21 FOR CONSULTATIONS PRIOR TO THE MEETING.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WOULD MEET FROM NOVEMBER 26-29. A PRESS COMMUNIQUE WILL BE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING.

MR HO, MR BOYD AND THE OTHER HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON NOVEMBER 30.

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UPDATE ON AIR QUALITY IN HONG KONG * * * * *

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) HAS REPORTED ON THE FIRST MEASUREMENTS OF ACID RAIN UNDERTAKEN IN HONG KONG. THIS FORM CF POLLUTION HAD BEEN SAMPLED DURING 1984-85 AT KWUN TONG, CENTRALWESTERN AND JUNK BAY.

INITIAL RESULTS FROM THIS WORK HAD DEMONSTRATED THAT THE TERRITORY’S RAINFALL COULD BE HIGHLY ACIDIC ON OCCASIONS. ACID RAIN APPEARED TO BE A TERRITORY-WIDE PROBLEM WHICH WAS RELATIVELY INDEPENDENT OF LOCALISED POLLUTANT EMISSIONS. IT WAS F SSIBLE THAT LONG-RANGE TRANSPORT OF POLLUTANTS FROM OUTSIDE THE TERRI'iOHY MIGHT BE INVOLVED.

THE RESULTS OF ACID RAIN AND FINE PARTICULATE 1EASUREMENTS ARE CONTAINED IN A MAJOR UPDATE REPORT ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION IN HONG KONG, RELEASED TODAY BY THE EPA.

THE REPORT PROVIDES AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF MEASUREMENTS DURING 1984-85 FROM THE EPA’S NETWORK OF ADVANCED POLLUTION MONITORING STATIONS.

DURING THE YEAR, A NEW MONITORING STATION WAS ESTABLISHED IN SHAM SHUI PO, BRINGING THE NUMBER OF SITES IN THE NETWORK TO SIX. EXISTING STATIONS AT KWUN TONG, TSIM SHA TSUI, CAUSEWAY BAY, CENTRAL-WESTERN AND JUNK BAY CONTINUED IN OPERATION.

THE GOVERNMENT’S AIR QUALITY MONITORING EFFORT PROVID COMPREHENSIVE DATA ON POLLUTION LEVELS IN AND AROUND URBAN CORE AREAS OF THE TERRITORY. THIS INFORMATION IS USED TO AS SS POPULATION EXPOSURE AND POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF MAJOR AIR POLLUTANTS.

AIR QUALITY DATA PRODUCED BY THE EPA’S NETWORK OF MON "ORING STATIONS ALSO PROVIDE A SOUND BASIS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF > R QUALITY CONTROL POLICY AND REGULATORY ACTION.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, CORRESPONDING SULPHATE AND NET ACIDITY DEPOSITION RATES FROM RAINFALL WERE ALSO HIGH.

IN VIEW OF THE POTENTIAL FOR HARMFUL EFFECTS ON THE ECOSYSTEM AND DAMAGE TO EXPOSED MAN-MADE SURFACES, MATERIALS AND BUILDINGS, ACID RAIN LEVELS IN HONG KONG WILL NEED TO BE KEPT UNDER CLOSE REVIEW IN THE FUTURE, THE REPORT NOTED.

ANOTHER FORM OF AIR POLLUTION MEASURED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG WAS RESPIRABLE PARTICULATE MATTER. MEASUREMENTS SHOWED THAT FINE RESPIRABLE SIZE FRACTIONS, WHICH POSED THE GREATEST RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH, REPRESENTED AN UNUSALLY HIGH PROPORTION (60-70 PER CENT) OF TOTAL PARTICULATES IN URBAN AREAS.

THE EPA’S LATEST AIR QUALITY REPORT ALSO SHOWED THAT AMBIENT CONCENTRATIONS OF SULPHUR DIOXIDE AND OXIDES OF NITROGEN WERE GENERALLY LOW THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

/Di FACT.........

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IN FACT, OVERALL CONCENTRATIONS OF SULPHUR DIOXIDE HAD DECLINED FROM 1983-84 LEVELS AT MOST LOCATIONS.

HOWFVFR MR JONATHAN BOWER, SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION CFFICER IN THE EPA ADVISED AGAINST COMPLACENCY IN THIS SITUATION, 9INCE THE DECLINE APPEARED TO REFLECT CHANGED METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS DURING 1984-85, RATHER THAN A TERRITORY-WIDE REDUCTION IN POLLUTING EMISSIONS.

FiiRTHFRMORF RELATIVELY HIGH LEVELS OF THESE POLLUTANTS CONTINUED TO BE OBSERVED IN AND AROUND KWUN TONG, Aj-™OUGH LEVELS IN 1984-85 WERE NOT AS SERIOUS AS DURING 1983-84. ^R BOWER INDICATED THAT LEVELS OF SULPHUR AND NITROGEN OXIDES WERE ALSO LIKELY TO BE HIGH IN OTHER SIMILARLY INDUSTRIALISED ARE'S OF HONG KONG.

INCREASING EMPHASIS HAD BEEN PLACED THIS YEAR UPON MEASUREMENT CF ATMOSPHERIC PARTICULATE LEVELS. AL™OUGH A DROP IN OV^A!;L LEVELS WAS OBSERVED DURING 1984-85, SUSPENDED PARTICULATE CONCENTRATIONS REMAIN GENERALLY HIGH, MOST NOTABLY SO DURING THE DRY WINTER MONTHS.

JUNK BAY WAS THE ONLY MONITORING STATION WHERE, AGAINST THE GFNFRAL TREND PARTICULATE LEVELS ROSE VERY SUBSTANTIALLY IN 1984-85 THE*UNUSUALLY HIGH PARTICULATE LEVELS OBSERVED THIS YEAR RESULTED FROM EARTH-MOVING, SITE FORMATION AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY IN THIS RAPIDLY DEVELOPING AREA.

THE COMPREHENSIVE MONITORING PROGRAM CARR ED OUT WOULD CONTINUE AND FURTHER REPORTS ON THE TERR TORY S WOULD BE RELEASED IN THE FUTURE, THE REPORT SAID.

BY THE EPA

AIR ,-ALITY

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QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED * X H X *

FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 COMPARED WITH Th- SECOND QUARTER, ACCORDING TO SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

MANUFACTURING FIRMS EXPECT THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985 TO REMAIN LARGELY SIMILAR TO THAT EXPERIENCED IN THE THIRD QUARTER.

CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER WAS REPORTED BY CONSTRUCTION FIRMS AND A FURTHER UPTREND IN BUSINESS IS EXPECTED FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.

AS FOR THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, FIRMS ON THE AVERAGE EXPERIENCED SOME IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.

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ABOUT 1 OOO FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES, FORMING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY AND WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AND EXPECTATIONS.

WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, FIRMS IN THE FOOD, BEVERAGE AND TOBACCO, TEXTILES, PRINTING, PLASTICS AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS INDUSTRIES REPORTED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE THIRD QUARTER OVER THE SECOND QUARTER. AS FOR THE OTHER INDUSTRIES, THE BUSINESS EXPERIENCED BY FIRMS IN THE THIRD QUARTER WAS LARGELY SIMILAR TO THAT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

FIRMS IN THE WEARING APPAREL, TEXTILES AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS INDUSTRIES ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE FOURTH QUARTER AND SOME IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IS EXPECTED.

IN CONTRAST, FIRMS IN THE PLASTICS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES ARE FAIRLY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT IMMEDIATE BUSINESS PROSPECTS. THEY EXPECT A DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

FIRMS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR EXPERIENCED A CONTINUED UPTURN IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND FURTHER ADVANCEMENT IN BUSINESS IS PREDICTED FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.

FIRMS IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES IN GENERAL EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND A FAVOURABLE BUSINESS SITUATION FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER IS EXPECTED.

AS FOR RESTAURANTS, RESPONDING FIRMS REPORTED SOME IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND A MAJORITY OF THEM IS LOOKING FORWARD TO FURTHER ADVANCE IN BUSINESS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER DUE MAINLY TO SEASONAL EFFECTS.

A FALL IN BUSINESS WAS EXPERIENCED BY FIRMS IN THE HOTELS BUSINESS IN THE THIRD QUARTER FOR SEASONAL REASONS AND AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IS EXPECTED IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

WITH REGARD TO OTHER SERVICES SECTOR, FIRMS IN TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION AND REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED SERVICES EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVED BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE THIRD QUARTER WHILE THE BUSINESS LEVEL FOR BANKS IN THE THIRD QUARTER WAS SIMILAR TO THAT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

FIRMS ACROSS ALL BUSINESSES IN THE OTHER SERVICES SECTOR ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT PROSPECTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.

THE SURVEY ALSO COVERED BUSINESS PROBLEMS FACED BY FIRMS.

INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS CONTRACTS, PRICE COMPETITION BOTH FROM FIRMS IN HONG KONG AND FROM OVERSEAS CONTINUED TO BE THE MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR THE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTORS IN THE THIRD QUARTER. THIS IS PARTICULARLY THE CASE FOR ELECTRONICS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND PLASTICS INDUSTRIES. THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

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PRICE COMPETITION WAS GENERALLY CONSIDERED AS A PROMINENT PROBLEM IN THE THIRD QUARTER BY FIRMS IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR. THIS IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN SO IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS REMAINED THE MAJOR PROBLEM FOR RESTAURANTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER BUT ITS INTENSITY IS EXPECTED TO EASE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. HIGH STAFF TURNOVER WAS ONCE AGAIN CITED AS A MAJOR PROBLEM IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE SO IN THE FOURTH QUARTER THOUGH ITS INTENSITY HAD SHOWN SOME TENDENCY TO LEVEL OFF IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS WAS QUOTED AS A MAJOR PROBLEM BY HOTELS IN THE THIRD QUARTER DUE TO SEASONAL EFFECTS BUT THE PROBLEM IS EXPECTED TO SUBSIDE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE SURVEY RESULTS, OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG, WERE BASICALLY INTENDED TO PROVIDE ONE SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION OF HONG KONG.

IN THE SURVEY, PARTICIPATING FIRMS WERE ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER, IN THEIR OPINION, THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION AND LEVEL OF CAPACITY UTILISATION HAD IMPROVED, REMAINED THE SAME CR DETERIORATED IN THE QUARTER JUST ENDED AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER.

FOR THE FORTHCOMING QUARTER, THEY WERE ALSO ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER THE SITUATION WILL IMPROVE, REMAIN THE SAME OR DETERIORATE.

THE BALANCE OF OPINIONS OF RESPONDENTS WERE TABULATED AND ANALYSED. THE SURVEY REPORT ALSO CONTAINS A SECTION ON BUSINESS PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED AND EXPECTED BY FIRMS IN DIFFERENT ECONOMIC SECTORS AND A BREAKDOWN OF VIEWS OF FIRMS BY SIZE GROUPS.

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT IN A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, •DIE RESULTS SHOULD BE INTERPRETED WITH CARE AS IT WAS DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY THE EXTENT TO WHICH RESPONDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ACCORDS WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDS.

COPIES OF THE REPORT, CONTAINING AN ANALYSIS OF THE SURVEY FINDINGS AND STATISTICAL TABLES, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO FIRMS TAKING PART IN THE SURVEY AND TO OTHER BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY OBTAIN COPIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT 13 PER COPY.

FURTHER DETAILS ON THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NATIONAL INCOME BRANCH OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 5-423401.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1985

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U.S. GSP PROPOSALS MONITORED IN WASHINGTON * * *

HONG KONG’S REPRESENTATIVES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE LOBBYING AGAINST POSSIBLE CHANGES RELATING TO THE RULES GOVERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR BENEFICIARY STATUS UNDER ITS GENERALISED SCHEME OF PREFERENCES (GSP).

ACCORDING TO REPORTS, REPUBLICAN SENATORS ARE DRAFTING

A TRADE BILL SEEKING AMONG OTHER THINGS TO EXCLUDE SOME DEVELOPING NATIONS FROM THE U.S. GSP.

+WE HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THIS ISSUE FOR SOME TIME + SAID

OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD. +HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER FOR COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS, BILL DORWARD, HIS STAFF AND OUR LOBBYISTS HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH KEY SENATORS AND THEIR AIDES TO EXPLAIN WHY HONG KONG CONTINUES TO NEED THE ASSISTANCE WHICH GSP OFFERS.

FINAL VERSION OF THE BILL HAS YET BEEN PUBLISHED BUT WE UNDERSTAND THAT ONE IDEA WAS TO SET A LOW PER CAPITA GSP FIGURE WITH BENEFICIARIES EXCLUDED AS THEY REACHED IT HOWEVER 71 SeImS IpfcicFcai I V Tn'cv PVERTAKEN BY ANOTHER PROPOSAL WHICH WOULD SEEK T0 EXCLUDE THE MAIN BENEFICIARIES OF THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS. EITHER VERSION COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT HONG KONG +

A SIMILAR MOVE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WAS DEFEATED IN OCTOBER 1984 WHEN CONGRESS DECIDED TO EXTEND THE GSP SCHEME FOR A FURTHER 10 YEARS.

MR MACLEOD SAID THAT A CLOSE WATCH WOULD BE KEPT ON DEVELOPMENTS.

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CHINESE VERSION OF REPORT READY

* * *

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE CHINESE VERSION OF THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE AND THAT THE PUBLIC WOULD HAVE UNTIL THE END OF JANUARY TO COMMENT ON IT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT COPIES OF THE CHINESE REPORT HAD BEEN SENT TO DISTRICT OFFICES AND LIBRARIES WHERE INTERESTED PARTIES COULD GO AND READ THEM IF THEY WISHED. FURTHER COPIES HAVE ALSO BEEN SENT TO DISTRICT BOARDS.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT ARE THOSE OF THE BOARD, AND ARE NOT GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS.

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THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOW STUDYING THE REPORT, AND FOLLOWING THE PERIOD OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION WOULD DRAW UP RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE BROADCASTING POLICIES TO BE ADOPTED AFTER THE EXPIRY OF THE COMMERCIAL TELEVISION AND RADIO LICENCES IN 1988 AND 1989 RESPECTIVELY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT HE HOPED THE PUBLIC WOULD CONTINUE TO COME FORWARD AND GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE REPORT. COMMENTS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY (BROADCASTING), ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION BRANCH, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES EAST WING, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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PIPELINE TO BE STRUNG ALONG SEABED * * * *

A $67.5 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE LAYING OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST-DIAMETER, PRESSURE, SUBMARINE, PIPELINES TO EE LAID ACROSS TOLO CHANNEL BETWEEN PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR AND SAI 0 WAS SIGNED TODAY (MONDAY).

THE 2 300-METRE-LONG, 2 OOO-MILLIMETRE-DIAMETER PIPELINE WILL BE BUILT AND LAID BY A JOINT VENTURE FORMED BY LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS PTY. LTD., AND LAND AND MARINE AND SALVAGE CONTRACTORS S.A. (PTY.) LTD.

IT WILL FORM PART OF THE PROJECT FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF INCREASED WATER SUPPLIES FROM CHINA.

THE ALL-WELDED, STEEL, PRESSURE, PIPE WILL BE ENCASED IN REINFORCED CONCRETE AND WILL BE INSTALLED BY THE BOTTOM-PULL hETHOD. THIS MEANS THE PIPE SECTIONS WILL BE BUILT ON SHORE AND JOINED INTO STRINGS. AS THE STRINGS ARE PROGRESSIVELY JOINTED TOGETHER WITH SPECIAL TIE-IN JOINTS THEY WILL BE PULLED INTO POSITION ON THE SEABED.

WORK WILL START ON THURSDAY AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 1987.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, NR TOM TOMLINSON. SIGNING FOR THE CONTRACTORS WERE MR JOHN MCNAUGHT, GENERAL MANAGER AND MR JOHN HAMILTON, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LEIGHTON’S AND MR BOB HARVEY, DIRECTOR OF LAND AND MARINE AND SALVAGE.

THE CONSULTING ENGINEERS, BINNIE AND PARTNERS (HONG KONG), HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN AND WILL SUPERVISE THE WORK ON BEHALF OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

/OTHER WORKS .......

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OTHER WORKS ALREADY CARRIED OUT UNDER THIS PROJECT, BUT UNDER SEPARATE CONTRACTS. ARE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TA I ME I TUK AND HARBOUR ISLAND PUMPING STATIONS AT PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR AND THE SAI O-PAK KONG TUNNEL.

RAW WATER STORED AT PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR WILL BE PUMPED FROM HARBOUR ISLAND PUMPING STATION VIA THE SUBMARINE PIPELINE AND THE TUNNEL TO PAK KONG, WHERE A WATER TREATMENT PLANT WILL SOON BE BUILT.

TREATED WATER WILL THEN BE SUPPLIED TO THE SAI KUNG AREA, JUNK BAY, THE EASTERN PART OF KOWLOON AND NORTHEASTERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

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HOUSEHOLD MOVE INTO PUBLIC ESTATES REVIEWED M M M M M

THE.SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS CONTAINS A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE ENTITLED +ANALYSIS OF HOUSEHOLDS REHOUSED INTO PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING AT THE TIME CF INTAKE*.

THIS REVIEW ARTICLE DESCRIBES BRIEFLY THE DIFFERENT GROUPS CF HOUSEHOLDS ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING, GIVES AN ACCOUNT OF THE SUPPLY OF RENTAL FLATS, AND ANALYSES THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HOUSEHOLDS REHOUSED INTO HOUSING AUTHORITY RENTAL ESTATES AT THE TIME OF INTAKE FOR THE PERIOD FROM 1973-74 TO 1983-84.

THE CHARACTERISTICS COVERED IN THE ANALYSIS INCLUDE HOUSEHOLD SIZE. HOUSEHOLD INCOME, THE PROPORTION OF RENT TO HOUSEHOLD INCOME, GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION OF ^RECEPTION* ESTATES AND AVERAGE WAITING TIME FOR THE ALLOCATION OF PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING.

THE ARTICLE REVEALS THAT BEFORE 1979-80, THE ANNUAL PRODUCTION OF HOUSING AUTHORITY RENTAL FLATS WAS LESS THAN THAT OF PRIVATE FLATS, BUT SINCE THEN, THE TREND HAD BEEN REVERSED.

THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC RENTAL FLATS PRODUCED ANNUALLY ROSE STEADILY FROM 8 170 IN 1973-74 TO 14 130 IN 1978-79. IT THEN INCREASED RAPIDLY TO 29 760 IN 1979-80, AND THIS LEVEL OF PRODUCTION HAD BEEN MAINTAINED SINCE THEN.

BECAUSE MANY NEW RENTAL ESTATES WERE LOCATED IN THE NEW TOWNS IN RECENT YEARS, THE PROPORTIONS FOR HOUSEHOLDS REHOUSED INTO ESTATES ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND TSUEN WAN DECREASED WHILE THOSE*FOR HOUSEHOLDS REHOUSED INTO ESTATES IN THE NEW TOWNS INCLUDING TUEN MUN, FANLING, TAI PO AND YUEN LONG INCREASED. CORRESPONDINGLY, THE WAITING TIME FOR REHOUSING WAS LONGER IN URBAN AREAS AND SHORTER IN THE RECENTLY DEVELOPED NEW TOWNS.

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DURING 1983-84 THE AVERAGE TIME FOR +WAITING LIST APPLICANTS* TO AWAIT THEIR TURN FOR THE ALLOCATION OF PUBLIC RENTAL FLATS IN THE DISTRICT PREFERRED WAS 10.5 YEARS FOR HONG KONG ISLAND AND 10 YEARS FOR KOWLOON.

THE CORRESPONDING WAITING TIME FOR TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, SHA TIN, AND FANLING, TAI PO AND YUEN LONG WERE 9, 4.5, 7 AND 5 YEARS RESPECTIVELY.

MORE DETAILED FINDINGS ARE INCLUDED IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE CF THE MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS, WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT $25 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE.

IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER CF CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1904, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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WINNING ROAD SAFETY POSTER DESIGNS SELECTED *****

THIRTEEN OUTSTANDING ENTRIES FOR THE ROAD SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION WERE SELECTED TODAY (MONDAY) BY A PANEL OF FIVE ADJUDICATORS.

THEY WERE SELECTED FROM 541 ENTRIES SUBMITTED BY YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 25.

THE COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY THE ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY COMMITTEE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST AND WEN WEI PO IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, WAS AIMED AT INCREASING ROAD SAFETY CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE FIRST PRIZE WENT TO CHAN CHI-WAH WHO WILL BE AWARDED WITH A CASH COUPON FOR $1 500. THE SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE WINNERS WERE REBECCA MA AND LAI YU-HIN WHO WILL RECEIVE CASH COUPONS WORTH $1 000 AND $500.

THE TEN CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNERS, WHO WILL EACH RECEIVE A $100 BOOK TOKEN, WERE CHEUNG CHUN-CHIU, TAM TAK-HO, LIANG WING-MAN, PATRICK LAU, FUNG KWOK-WAI, MAK HUNG-FAT, AU WING-WAH, CHAN SAU-MAN, CHAN KAM-FAI AND TSANG PING-FAI.

THE ADJUDICATORS WERE CHIEF INSPECTOR, ROAD SAFETY SECTION, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, MISS MEAGE CHOY? TRANSPORT OFFICER, ROAD SAFETY AND STANDARDS DIVISION, MISS ESTHER CHAN; INSPECTOR OF ART AND CRAFT, CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MR LI KOK-LEUNG; MARKETING MANAGER, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, MR KENNETH PANG AND SENIOR INFORMATION OFFICER, CREATIVE SUB-DIVISION, INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR AGAY NG.

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cT*uriinn ^RE PLEASED WITH THE RESPONSE TO THIS COMPETITION AND THE STANDARD IS SO HIGH THAT WE HAD QUITE A DIFFICULT TIME SELECTING THE WINNING ENTRIES,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE PANEL SAID.


*'^ BE PUB<-'SHED AGAIN IN THE WEI PO ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24)

WRITING INDIVIDUALLY.

FULL DETAILS OF THE WINNERS SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST AND WEN AND THEY WILL ALSO BE NOTIFIED IN

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BEAUTY FOR SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS AUCTION

* * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD THE 100TH AUCTION OF LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 23) AT 10 AM IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THE DEPARTMENT HAS INVITED MISS ASIA PACIFIC HONG KONG, MISS EVA LAI YIN-SAN, TO AUCTION A VERY SPECIAL NUMBERS — HK 3. MISS LAI WILL PRESENT THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITH THE NUMBER PLATE BEARING THE SPECIAL NUMBER.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR IAN MACPHERSON, WILL ALSO BE ATTENDING AND WILL PRESENT A PLAQUE TO MISS LAI AS A SOUVENIR IN APPRECIATION OF HER PARTICIPATION AT THE AUCTION.

IN ADDITION TO THE SPECIAL NUMBER HK 3, ANOTHER 35 LUCKY NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDER. THEY ARE:

DG1885 BG 180 8328 DG 138 2398

DG 248 BU 11 DB 603 DD 99 DG8938

DF3393 DF8999 DG 368 DG 218 8138

DH 1 DG2699 CN3388 DG 328 DG 108

DG 228 DG 986 DG1088 BB7228 DF9526

DF8378 DD 33 DG2823 CK3388 DG 751

DF7888 DG1323 AC3386 DG 668 DD3399

/PAYMENT MUST

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PAYMENT MUST BE IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO REGISTERED IN THE NAMES OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 CF THE AUCTION, HE ADDED.

VEHICLE^

MONTHS

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL GO TO THE LOTTERIES FUND.

AMOUNT OF MONEY RAISED DURING THE PAST 99 AUCTIONS ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973 IS NEARLY 835 MILLION WITH THE REGISTRATION NUMBER 3 FETCHING THE HIGHEST PRICE OF ’

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ELDERLY NOT OVERLOOKED IN YEAR OF YOUTH * * * *

IT IS GRATIFYING TO SEE THAT IN THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR CARE FOR THE ELDERLY HAD NOT BEEN OVERLOOKED, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE YAU MA TEI EYE-CARING CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY, MR WIGGHAM NOTED THAT THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT WOULD BENEFIT CONSIDERABLY FROM THE PROGRAMME.

THE CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION AND LOCAL ELDERLY CENTRES.

♦AS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES IN THE FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY, THE CAMPAIGN NOT ONLY PROMOTES A GENERAL SPIRIT OF RESPECTING THE AGED, BUT ALSO EDUCATES THEM ON THE IMPORTANCE AND METHODS OF EYE CARE,+ MR WIGGHAM SAID.

DURING THE TWO-WEEK CAMPAIGN, WHICH STARTS TODAY UNTIL DECEMBER 2, THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE PROVIDED WITH FREE EYE TESTS AND FREE SPECTACLES WHEN NECESSARY. THEY WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED TO OPHTHALMIC SERVICES CURRENTLY PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND CHARITABLE BODIES.

MR WIGGHAM COMMENDED THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS FOR THEIR CONTINUOUS EFFORTS IN PROMOTING CHARITABLE SERVICES IN HONG KONG AND THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD FOR ATTACHING GREAT IMPORTANCE TO LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES.

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NO LETUP IN PROSECUTION OF LITTERERS

*****

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT PROSECUTED A TOTAL OF 663 LITTER OFFENDERS IN THE NON-URBAN AREA LAST MONTH, RESULTING IN $107 970 IN FINES COLLECTED.

THESE REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 51 PER CENT IN FINES AND 36 PER CENT IN OFFENDERS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES OF $71 450 IN FINES AND 487 PROSECUTED OFFENDERS IN SEPTEMBER.

AMONG THE LITTER OFFENDERS LAST MONTH, 466 PEOPLE WERE PROSECUTED FOR LITTER DUMPING. 109 FOR SPITTING AND 77 FOR UNAUTHORISED DISPOSAL OF TRADE WASTE.

THEY WERE ORDERED TO PAY FINES RANGING FROM $50 TO $650 IN VARIOUS ANTI-LITTER COURTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREA.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT TO PREVENT THE ENVIRONMENT BEING SPOILED BY INDISCRIMINATE LITTERING, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE ITS ON-GOING EFFORTS TO PROSECUTE LITTERBUGS.

HE ADDED THAT THOSE WHO LITTER WERE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF SIX MONTHS. __

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ADOLESCENT HEALTH EXHIBITION FOR SHA TIN

* * *

A SEVEN-DAY EXHIBITION ON ADOLESCENT HEALTH WILL BE HELD IN SHA TIN FROM SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 23) TO AROUSE AWARENESS AMONG YOUTHS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES OF THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY LIFESTYLES.

ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, IT WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BETWEEN 11 AM AND 6 PM DAILY AT LEVEL I OF THE NEW TOWN PLAZA IN SHA TIN.

THE ADOLESCENT HEALTH EXHIBITION PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ON SEX EDUCATION, MENTAL HEAlTH AND PHYSICAL CHANGES DURING PUBERTY, THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION AND EXERCISE, AS WELL AS THE EFFECTS OF SMOKING, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS ON HEALTH.

BESIDES LOOKING AT THE DISPLAYS, VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN COMPUTER GAMES AND WRITE-UP COMPETITIONS. SOUVENIRS AND PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNER OF THE BEST WRITE-UP EACH DAY.

FREE BOOK-MARKERS AND CALENDARS WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO PARTICIPANTS DURING THE EXHIBITION PERIOD.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1985-

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WARNING AGAINST USE OF FOOD ADDITIVE * ¥■ *

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY AGAIN WARNED OPERATORS OF FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS NOT TO USE BORIC ACID IN PRESERVING FOOD.

THIS FOLLOWED TWO COURT CASES IN WHICH THE OPERATORS OF TWO RESTAURANTS WERE FINED FOR USING THE BANNED PRESERVATIVE.

+BORIC ACID IS NOT A PERMITTED PRESERVATIVE SINCE IT IS AN IRRITANT TO THE STOMACH AND OTHER ORGANS,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

HE SAID THE OFFENCE CARRIES A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

+THE DEPARTMENT’S HEALTH INSPECTORS ARE REGULARLY TAKING FOOD SAMPLES FROM VARIOUS RESTAURANTS AND WALL STALLS FOR ANALYSIS TO ENSURE THAT BORIC ACID IS NOT CONTAINED IN - FOOD FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION,* HE ADDED.

IN ONE CASE, THE OPERATOR OF A RESTAURANT IN KWUN TONG" ','’ WAS FINED 1750 AT KWUN TONG COURT FOR SELLING *DIM SUM* CONTAINING BORIC ACID, PLUS $228.80 COSTS.

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IN THE OTHER CASE, THE LICENSEE OF A RESTAURANT IN ABERDEEN WAS FINED $1 000 PLUS $222.50 COSTS.

OPEN DAY AT TRAINING INSTITUTE

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE WILL BE HOLDING ITS FIRST OPEN DAY ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 23) TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE WORK GF THE DEPARTMENT AND ITS STAFF TRAINING PROGRAMME.

THE INSTITUTE, AT 47 TUNG TAU WAN ROAD IN STANLEY, WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM. T

VISITORS TO THE INSTITUTE MAY TOUR ITS MANY FACILITIES INCLUDING MOCK CELLS, AN INDOOR FIRING RANGE, A MUSEUM, A LIBRARY, A TRAINING COURT, A TRAINING NURSING WARD, A GYMNASIUM AND CLASSROOMS.

DEMONSTRATIONS ON PHYSICAL TRAINING, MULTIGYM EXERCISE, JUDO AND SELF-DEFENCE EXERCISE AS WELL AS FIRST AID WILL BE PRESENTED.

/PHOTOGHAPE hND .......

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1985

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PHOTOGRAPH AND VIDEO DISPLAYS WILL BE USED TO SHOW ACTIVITIES IN PRISONS, TRAINING CENTRES, DETENTION CENTRES, DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES AND„TRAIN ING PROGRAMMES FOR CORRECTIONAL STAFF. SOME OF THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS MADE BY PRISONERS, STAFF UNIFORMS AND RANK INSIGNIA WILL ALSO BE ON DISPLAY.

THERE WILL ALSO BE PERFORMANCES BY THE CAPE COLLINSON BAND AND THE TAI TAM GIRLS’ PIPERS AND PRECISION TEAM.

THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD CONTACT JHE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE ON 5-8138418 FOR ARRANGEMENT. SCHOOL GROUPS ARE ALSO WELCOME.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS ELDERLY PRIORITY SCHEME * * * *

A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS RELATING TO THE GOVERNMENT’S ^POLICIES ON THE PROVISION OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OFFICES AND THE ELDERLY PRIORITY SCHEME IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WILL BE RAISED AND ANSWERED AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO EXPRESS VIEWS ON THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEE MEETINGS TO THE PUBLIC AND THE ENDORSEMENT Or ERECTING NOTICE BOARDS AT FIVE LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE REVISED DB STANDING CRDERS AND PROGRESS REPORTS FROM VARIOUS COMMITTEES OF THE BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR OF KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1985


DETAILS OF ANTI-NARCOTICS FAIR

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A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE KOWLOON CITY i.TRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS FAIR WILL BE HELD AT 3.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE KOwLOON CITY DISTRICT cffIce.

THE FAIR, ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE NARCOTICS DI V IS ION OF hE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT «NTI-.'.ARCOTICS COMMITTEE, WILL BE HELD AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24).

PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE wILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF

• OWL OON CITY ANTI-NARCOTICS COMMITTEE, MR WONG WING-HU > EsiSTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS DIANA TONG; KOWLOON CITY POLICc CO <UNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, MR LI KA-KIN AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NARCOTICS DIVISION.

'.DTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE 0 .TERENCE ROOM OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD.

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BORDER LINK CONTRACT * * * * *

A S26O MILLION CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A VEHICULAR BORDER LINK AT LOK MA CHAU AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD WILL BE SIGN ED TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE CONTRACT SIGNING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, NINTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, AT 10.30 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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RECREATION, CULTURE SELECT COMMITTEE TO MEET * * * *

THE RECREATION AND CULTURE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS MONTHLY MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

IT WILL DISCUSS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE 1986-87 DRAFT ESTIMATES OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE RELATING TO RECREATION AND CULTURE ACTIVITIES IN THE NON-URBAN AREA.

OTHER ITEMS INCLUDE THE POLICY ON SPONSORSHIP OF RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT’S INVOLVEMENT IN DISTRICT ARTS FESTIVALS IN 1985-86.

THE MEETING, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, WILL START AT 2.30 PM IN THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBER ON THE SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

™^ARE ,NVITED TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH IS CONDUCTED If, CANTONESE. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED.

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JOINT YOUTH CHOIR CONCERT TO BE STAGED

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THE FIRST EVER JOINT YOUTH CHOIR CONCERT AMONG FOUR DISTRICTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) EVENING.

THE 200-MEMBER YOUTH CHOIR FROM CENTRAL AND WESTERN, SOUTHERN, WAN CHAI AND EASTERN WILL PERFORM IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT YOUTH CHOIR ANNUAL CONCERT AT THE CITY HALL.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), AND IS SPONSORED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND URBAN COUNCIL.

THE PERFORMANCES AT THE ANNUAL CONCERT WILL INCLUDE MIX CAROL SINGING, FEMALE CHORUS, CHILDREN’S CHOIRS, TENOR SOLO, FLUTE PERFORMANCES, OPERATIC SINGING AND CAROLS.

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THE CITY HALL.

OFFICIATING AT THE OKH I NG CEREMONY °F TH^CONCERT WILL BE Sht"? “trIcRTNOFDFKEREMISs'SiNDY KWOK I AND THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR VINCENT KO. _____

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MEETING TO DISCUSS TRAM DEPOT *****

AT ITS REGULAR MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) THE EASTERN DISTRICT SOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE PROPOSED TRAM DEPOT TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN SHAU KEI WAN.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE CHINA MOTOR BUS 1985-37 ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, AND A PROPOSAL TO WIDEN THE CURVE IN SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE’S CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

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TAI PO WATER CUT * * *

FRESH uvATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TAI SUSPENDED FROM 9 PM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 21) TO 6 DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

PO WILL EE

AM THE FOLLOWING

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES ALONG TAI PO ROAD FROM TING KOK ROAD TO TAI PO KAU, INCLUDING TAI PO MARKET, KAM SHAN TbUEN, PUN CHUNG, PUN CHUNG SAN TSUEN, MA WO, PAK KIU TSUEN, TO YUcN TudG, YIU TSZ KIN AND LAI CHI SHAN.

TAI PO KCR STATION, KWONG FUK ESTATE, HOUSE, WONG Yl AU, MEI WOON SAN TSUEN, YIN TAI PO KAU SAN WAI, LOOKOUT LANE, L. -------

WANG FUK COURT, ISLAND

STRAFFORD HOUSE WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED

ucm, >in TSZ LANE, TAI PO KAU ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOME AND

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 73.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 433.188 MILLION CUBIC IE TRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 464.807 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 79.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF EDUCATION .......... 1

BUSY DAY FOR LEGCO MEMBERS ................................... 3

TWO LOTS SOLD FOR $72-5 MILLION .............................. 4

NEW GROUP TO FIGHT PROTECTIONISM.............................. 4

DORWARD Mflliirs U.S. TRADE CHIEF ON J3NKINS BILL ............ 5

'EDUCATION THE KEY TO MANAGING CHANGE' ....................... 6

GAME CENTRE APPEAL REJECTED................................... 7

RECREATION, CULTURE FACILITIES ON THE RISE.................... 8

NEW CONTROL MEASURES FOR ANIMALS, PLANTS ..................... 9

LADY YOUDE TOURS T SUH’S WAN DISTRICT ........................ 10

PLANS TO CHANGE RENT CONDITIONS FOR ARTS CENTRE............... 11

SECOND QUARTER INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION INDEX RELEASED........... 12

ANNUAL DIGEST OF STATISTICS AVAILABLE ........................ 13

WATER TREATMENT WORKS HANDED OVER............................. 14

TRAINING SCHEME LAUNCHING..................................... 14

COUNCIL RECOMMENDS GRANTS FOR 1985 ........................... 15

SPECIAL TREAT FOR THE ELDERLY................................. 15

STUDENTS INVITED TO WRITE FIGHT CRIME ESSAY .................. 1$

HAYES TO OFFICIATE AT KAM TIN TA CHIU ........................ 17

COMMITTEE TO HOLD FIRST MEETING ..............................

SHAM SHUI PO TO DISCUSS NATIONALITY ACT ...................... 18

EASTERN DB TO DISCUSS NATIONALITY ORDER....................... 19

RESIDENTS URGED TO REPORT DRUG ACTIVITIES .................... 20

CONTRACT PAVES WAY FOR NEV BORDER LINK ....................... 21

KOWLOON CITY WATER CUT ....................................... 22

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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1935

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MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF EDUCATION * * * *

MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION THAT WILL HAVE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS AMOUNTING TO THOUSANDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL BE ASKED TO CONSIDER THE RECURRENT AND NON-RECURRENT EXPENDITURE NEEDED TO IMPLEMENT THOSE RECOM '2P DAT IONS CONTAINED IN REPORT NO. 1 OF THE EDUCATION COMM ISS ON AND WHICH HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS FALL INTO FOUR BROAD AREAS, COVERING THE JUN OR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM, LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, TEACHER SEPARATION AND THE TEACHING SERVICE, AND EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH.

' ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATION TO PHASE OUT THE JUN;OR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM IN 1991, AN ADD’TIONAL 24 SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL HAVE TO BE BUILT BETWEEN 1989 AND 1991.

,’DDITION, THE NUMBER OF ONE-YEAR FULL-TIME BASIC CRAFT PLACE- WILL HAVE TO BE INCREASED BY ABOUT 600 TO A TOTAL OF 7 600 BY 1939-90.

AMD MORE SENIOR SECONDARY PLACES WILL HAVE TO BE BOUGHT FROM SATISFACTORY PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS, WHILE THE CURRICULUM FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THE EXAMINATION SYSTEM WILL HAVE TO BE REVIEWED IN PARALLEL WITH THE PROVISION OF MORE SUBSIDISED POST-FORM III PLACES.

AS FOR LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, THE COMMISSION FELT THAT THE QUALITY OF CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING IN SEDONDARY SCHOOLS SHOULD BE FURTHER STRENGTHENED BY THE PROVISION OF AN EXTRA GRADUATE TEACHER OF CHINESE IN EVERY SECONDARY SCHOOL WITH 18 CLASSES OR MORE.

THE COMMISSION ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT INDIVIDUAL SECONDARY SCHOOL AUTHORITIES SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO ADOPT CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF TEACHING.

AND TO COMPENSATE FOR THE CONSEQUENTIAL LOSS OF EXPOSURE TO ENGLISH WHICH MIGHT RESULT IN A FALL IN STANDARDS, THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THAT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES, INCLUDING EXTRA ENGLISH TEACHERS SO THAT ENGLISH LESSONS IN FORMS I AND I I CAN BE CONDUCTED IN SMALLER CLASSES AND THE PROVISION OF LIBRARY GRANTS TO BUY ENGLISH READING MATERIALS, BE MADE AVAILABLE TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHICH USE CHINESE AS THE INSTRUCTING MEDIUM.

AS FOR THE TEACHING SERVICE, THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THAT A NEW COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO STRENGTHEN BOTH THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF TEACHER PREPARATION.

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ON EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, THE COMMISSION FELT THAT THE EFFORTS OF THE EDUCATION RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT THE UNIVEPSI I THC POLYTECHNICS AND INSTITUTE O’7 LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION SHOULD SUSTAINED AND THAT ALL EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ACTIVITIES SHOULD c CO-ORDINATED WITH THE PLANNING AND FORMULATION OF EDUCATION =OLIC IES.

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THE ROUGH ESTIMATED COST FOR IMPLEMENTING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE ABOUT 790 000 IN 1985-86, RISING TO ABOUT 3333.1 MILLION IN 1994-95.

ALSO AT TOMORROW’S MEETING, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO ACCEPT A FINANCIAL COMMITMENT FOR BUILDING 35 SECONDARY SCHOOLS BETWEEN 1987 AND 1993 AT A COST C~ 3553 MILLION AND THE ANNUAL RECURRENT COST OF OPERATING THESE SCHOOLS.

TO ENABLE COMPUTER STUDIES TO BE FURTHER EXTENDED, THE COMMITTEE'S CONSENT WILL BE SOUGHT ON THE EXPENDITURE OF ABOUT Sil MILLION ON THE PURCHASE OF MICROCOMPUTERS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT AS WELL AS CONSUMABLES FOR 92 MORE PUBLIC SECTOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WILL ALSO BE SEEKING SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $3 MILLION TO MEET THE COST OF REPLACEMENT AND ADDITIONAL FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT FOR EXISTING AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

OTHER ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED AT TOMORROW’S MEETING INCLUDE:

X SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION TO ENABLE THE PROCEEDS OF A DEBT REPAYMENT BY THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION TO BE SET ASIDE TOWARDS AN EQUITY INJECTION OF 31 000 MILLION FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION IN 1987-88:

X INCREASED COMMITMENT FOR EXPO 86;

X FURTHER SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION TO MEET EXPENDITURE FROM THE WAR MEMORIAL FUND FOR THE REMAINDER OF 1985-86;

X FINANCIAL COMMITMENT OF 36 MILLION IN RESPECT OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE QUEEN TO HONG KONG;

X REVISION OF MONTHLY FEES FOR THE DEPARTMENTAL SECURITY GUARDS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT;

X THE EXTENSION OF THE LEDGER ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION SYSTEM TO SIX ADDITIONAL USERS IN APRIL 1«S6;

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* EX-GRAT1A PAYMENTS TO TWO DECREASED OFFICERS:

* INCREASED COMMITMENT TO ENABLE THE SENIOR STAFF COURSE TO BE EXTENDED FOR A PERIOD Or THREE YEARS -ROM SEPTEMBER 1986 TO AUGUST 1989;

the PURCHASE OF a DISABLED AIRCRAFT RECOVERY TRANSPORT SYSTEM FOR THE AIRPORT; AND

* THE REPLACEMENT AND EXPANSION OF SECUOITY CHECKING EQUIPMENT USED WITHIN THE SECURITY SEARCH AREA OF THE AIRPORT.

BUSY DAY FOR LEGCO MEMBERS * * * *

FOUR BILLS, 13 QUESTIONS AND THREE MOTIONS WILL E; MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION Bv THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO'<-(WEDNESDAY).

THE ARBITRATION (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985 -ILL BE INTRODUCED AND READ FOR THE SECOND TIME, WHILE DEBATE a ILL RESUME ON THE CHIT-FUND BUSINESSES (PROHIB IT ION)(AMENDMENT, BILL 1985, THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILl _985 AK THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985, PRIOR TC COMM: r-STAGE AND FINAL READING.

<-n.1^L^0TI0NS WILL BE introduced, TWO BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER TO AMEND THE EMPLOYEES’ COWPENS-’1' ‘NANCE AND THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE, A-THE THIRD BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN TO APPOINT A SELECT COM^iTT-7 TO EXAMINE THE REPORT ON THE PROSECUTION AND TRIAL OF COM31

COMMERCIAL CR IMES.

QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED BY UNOFFICIALS WILL DEAL wITh SUCH MATTERS AS WAYS TO RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE iI?NNEL AND THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, CENSORSHIP PROCEDUR OF ADVtRTISING AND PROMOTION MATERIAL RELATING TC - ILMS AN' RESUMPTION OF PUBLICATION OF CERTAIN PORNOGRAPHIC MAGAZINES

TWO STATEMENTS WILL ALSO BE MADE BY THE CHIEF SECRETAR* AND THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON GOVERNMENT PAPERS ON THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT’S REPORT ON THE ACCOUNTS OF THE HOM KON-GOVERNMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1985 AND CHANGES " APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE APPROVED DURING T-E SCCC ' QUARTER OF 1985-86 — PUBLIC FINANCE ORDINANCE: SECT " r RESPECTIVELY.

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TWO LOTS SOLD FOR $72.5 MILLION

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TWO LOTS OF GOVERNMENT LAND — ONE IN WATERLOO ROAD, KOWLOON, AND THE OTHER IN CHAI WAN ON HONG KONG ISLAND — WERE SOLD FOR A TOTAL OF $72.5 MILLION AT AN AUCTION TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE WATERLOO ROAD LOT, A 1 635-SQUARE-METRE RESIDENTIAL SITE, WAS SOLD FOR $60 MILLION AFTER FAIRLY BRISK BIDDING AT $1 MILLION A BID.

THE BUYER WAS WORLD WIDE EXHIBITION COMPANY WHO WILL HAVE TO DEVELOP NOT LESS THAN 4 400 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON THE SITE BEFORE JUNE 30, 1989.

GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR C.M. MO, WHO WAS THE AUCTIONEER, DESCRIBED THE PREMIUM OF $36 697 A SQUARE METRE AS +QUITE A GOOD PRICE. WE WERE THINKING IT WOULD FETCH IN THE REGION OF $30 MILLI_. CR $40 MILLION.

+IT INDICATES THE PROPERTY MARKET IS GOING TO BE STABLE FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

+1 DON’T THINK THE PRICE WAS EXCESSIVE OR THAT THERE WAS ANY SPECULATIVE ELEMENT IN IT. IT INDICATES THAT THE HONG KONG PROPERTY MARKET IS GOING TO BE STABLE FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

+1 WOULD SAY THAT THE PROPRETY MARKET IS STEADILY GOING UP BUT NOT TO THE EXTENT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST.+

THE SECOND LOT, A 1 400-SQUARE-METRE INDUSTRIAL SITE AT KAI YIP STREET, CHAI WAN, WAS BOUGHT FOR $12.5 MILLION BY FAIR EAGLE DEVELOPMENT LIMITED. THIS WAS SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE UPSET PRICE CF $10 MILLION AND WAS REACHED IN BIDS OF $500 000.

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NEW GROUP TO FIGHT PROTECTIONISM X X X

A JOINT SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE TRADE AND TEXTILES ADVISORV BOARDS IS TO BE FORMED TO REVIEW HONG KONG’S EFFORTS AGAINST PROTECTIONISM, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, DIRECTOR OF TRADE, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR MACLEOD SAID THAT THE NEW BODY WOULD BE CALLED THE SUBCOMMITTEE AGAINST PROTECTIONISM AND ITS CORE MEMBERSHIP3 *OUL. COMPRISE NOT MORE THAN SIX MEMBERS OF EACH BOARD, INCLUDING PEMBERS CONNECTED WITH MAJOR ASSOCIATIONS SUCH AS THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION, THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES AND LEADING TEXTILE GROUPS.

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THE 3L--O'N’‘’TEE WILL BE CHAIRED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, AND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TDC, WHICH HAS A SPECIAL ROLE IN THE FUNDING OF HONG KONG’S LOBBYISTS IN THE UNITED STATES, a ILL BE A CO-OPTED MEMBER.

+THE F IRST ASS IGNMENT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE WILL BE TO LOOK AT POTENTIAL TRADE PROBLEMS IN THE UNITED STATES IN 1986 AND TO REVIE* EXISTING RESOURCES,* MR MACLEOD SAID.

♦TO ASSIST ITS DELIBERATIONS IT WILL MEET AND CONSULT VARIOUS LOCAL INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL GROUPS,* HE ADDED.

THE NEW GROUP HAS EVOLVED FROM A STANDING COMMITTEE OF TEXTAB, WHICH WAS SET UP IN AUGUST THIS YEAR TO LOOK AT LOBBYING EFFORTS IN THE UNITED STATES, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON THE JENKINS BILL.

♦UNFORTUNATELY IT SEEMS LIKELY THAT PROTECTIONIST PRESSURES IN THE UNITED STATES WILL CONTINUE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE,+ MR MACLEOD SAID.

♦ALTHOUGH THE TEXTILES SECTOR WILL BE THE MAIN CONCERN, THERE ARE OTHER AREAS WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO NEED WATCHING, AND ACTION, BY THE TEAM IN WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK,+ HE SAID.

A PARTICULAR CONCERN IS LIKELY TO BE THE PRESERVATION OF HONG KONG’S U.S. GSP BENEFICIARY STATUS. LEGISLATION IS BEING DRAFTED IN THE SENATE WHICH WOULD SEEK TO EXCLUDE SOME DEVELOPING TERRITORIES FROM GSP. THIS COULD ADVERSELY AFFECT HONG KONG OVER A WIDE RANGE OF IMPORTS, AND LOBBYING IS PROCEEDING TO INFLUENCE THE CONTENTS OF THIS LEGISLATION.

♦WHILE THE MAJORITY OF TOPICS CAN CONTINUE TO BE DEALT WITH IN CONSULTATION WITH THE TWO MAIN COMMITTEES, TEXTAB AND TAB, PROTECTIONIST PROBLEMS IN THE UNITED STATES REQUIRE A LEVEL OF DETAIL, SUCH AS THE SELECTION AND OVERSIGHT OF LOBBYISTS, NOT NORMALLY EXPECTED OF THE MAIN COMMITTEES. MOREOVER, THEY CUT ACROSS BOTH TEXTILE AND NON-TEXTILE AREAS,* NR MACLEOD SAID.

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DORWARD MEETS U.S.

TRADE CHIEF ON JENKINS BILL * * * *

HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER FOR COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS IN THE UNITED STATES, MR BILL DORWARD, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) MADE PUBLIC HIS DISCUSSIONS LAST FRIDAY WITH THE UNITED STATES TRADc REPRESENTATIVE, MR CLAYTON YEUTTER.

MEETING IN THE WAKE OF THE 60-39 VOTE IN THE U.S. SENATE IN FAVOUR OF THE TEXTILE BILL, MR DORWARD AND MR YEUTTEP DISCUSSED THE BILL’S PROBABLE FUTURE COURSE.

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♦MY TALKS WITH AMBASSADOR YEUTTER REFLECTED THE REAGAN ADMINISTRATION’S CONTINUED OPPOSITION TO PROTECTIONIST LEGISLATE.. AND THE STRONG LIKELIHOOD OF A PRESIDENTIAL VETO,+ MR DORWARD SA ID.

THE DISCUSSIONS ALSO COVERED REPORTED CONGRESSIONAL PROPOSALS FOR CHANGES IN HONG KONG’S STATUS WITHIN THE GENERALISED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES (GSP), WHICH GIVES CERTAIN TRADERS WITH THE UNITED STATES FAVOURED TARIFF STATUS FOR THEIR EXPORTS.

MR DORWARD SAID THAT HE HAD BEEN ASSURED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE OPPOSED TO ANY ARBITRARY CHANGES IN THE GSP.

♦AMBASSADOR YEUTTER AFFIRMED THAT ANY CHANGES WOULD HAVE TO BE PRECEDED BY AN OBJECTIVE STUDY OF THEIR CONSEQUENCES, A PROCESS IN WHICH HONG KONG WOULD BE INVITED TO PART ICIPATE,+ MR DORWARD SAID.

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’EDUCATION THE KEY TO MANAGING CHANGE’

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CHANGES WHICH LEAD HONG KONG FROM A BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORY INTO A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLEo REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN 12 YEARS’ TIME CAN BE MANAGED AND EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO BETTER MANAGEMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE SPEECH DAY OF ST. PAUL’S CONVENT SCHOOL, NR LEUNG SAID THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION PROVIDED A SOUND FRAMEWORK FOR HONG KONG’S TRANSITION, AND BOTH THE BRITISH AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENTS HAD PLEDGED TO MAKE THIS TRANSITION A

SMOOTH ONE.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM PLANS ON ITS SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS AND THERE WAS NO REASON WHY CHANGES COULD NOT BE PROPERLY MANAGED GIVEN ALL THESE GUARANTEES AND PLANS, AND THE WILL POWER TO DO SO, HE SAID.

♦CHANGES IN HONG KONG OVER THE PAST CENTURY HAVE BEEN DRAMATIC -INDEED ITS TRANSFORMATION HAS BEEN SO COMPLETE AS TO MAKE IT UNRECOGNISABLE - FROM A BARREN ISLAND TO A MODERN COSMOPOLITAN CITY AND ONE OF THE LEADING FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC CENTRES OF Th=. WORLD,+ MR LEUNG SAID.

♦SURELY WE IN HONG KONG HAVE BEEN QUITE ACCUSTOMED TO CHANGE, AND CHANGE IS A FACT OF LIFE,+ HE ADDED.

HOWEVER, CHANGE PROVIDED THE CHALLENGE RATHER THAN THE RESTRAINT FOR THOSE WHO LOOKED AT THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THINGS.

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WE SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT CHANGE CAN BE MANAGED IF WE ARE DETERMINED TO GET ON TOP OF IT,+ MR LEUNG SAID.

TO PREPARE FOR CHANGES WHICH WERE A FACT OF LIFE AND WERE AS INEVITABLE AS DEATH, MR LEUNG SAID EDUCATION WAS THE KEY TO THE WHOLE MATTER.

♦EDUCATION BROADENS ONE’S OWN HORIZON, DEEPENS ONE’S KNOWLEDGE, PREPARES ONE INTELLECTUALLY, PHYSICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY FOR MATURITY,+ HE SAID.

IT IS ONLY WITH MATURITY THAT CHANGES CAN BE FACED AND DEALT WITH ADEQUATELY AND CONFIDENTLY.

MATURITY MEANS THE GROWTH AND EVOLUTION OF ONE’S OWN PERSON OVER TIME, AND EDUCATION MUST AIM AT CULTIVATING THE WHOLE =ERSONALITY.+ MR LEUNG ADDED.

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GAME CENTRE APPEAL REJECTED

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THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TODAY (TUESDAY) REJECTED AN APPEAL BY THE LICENSEE OF AN AMUSEMENT GAME CENTRE WHOSE LICENCE RENEWAL WAS REFUSED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING (CTEL).

THE APPELLENT, MR KAN MING-CHAU, WHO OPERATED AN AMUSEMENT GAME CENTRE IN TAI PO ROAD, SHAM SHU I PO. WAS TOLD ON JULY 25 THAT HIS LICENCE EXPIRING ON AUGUST 26 WOULD NOT BE RENEWED.

THE COMMISSIONER’S DECISION WAS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF OFFENCES COMMITTED BY THE LICENSEE IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE LICENCE CONDIT ION 1 MR KAN HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF 14 OFFENCES INVOLVING INSTALLATION OF UNAPPROVED MACHINES BETWEEN NOVEMBER 8, 1984 AND MARCH 5, 1985.

SUBSEQUENTLY, MR KAN MADE A REPRESENTATION UNDER THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES REGULATIONS AND WAS AGAIN NOTIFIED BY CTEL CF THE SAME DECISION. HE LODGED AN APPEAL AGAINST THE COMMISSIONER’S DECISION ON AUGUST 20, 1985.

ALTHOUGH THE LICENSEE MAINTAINED IN HIS APPEAL THAT NO FURTHER OFFENCE OF ANY OTHER NATURE WAS COMMITTED, RECORDS CF COURT CONVICTIONS SHOWED THAT HE WAS FURTHER FINED BETWEEN $200 AND $500 BETWEEN MARCH 26 AND MAY 15, 1985 FOR THE SAME OFFENCE SEVEN TIMES.

IN REJECTING THE APPEAL, THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL NOTED THE POSSIBLE EFFECT OF UNDESIRABLE GAMES ON PLAYERS HAD LONG BEEN, AND STILL WAS, AN AREA OF PUBLIC CONCERN. FUTHERMORE, IF THE INSTALLATION OF UNAPPROVED MACHINES WERE TAKEN LIGHTLY BY THE LICENSING AUTHORITY, THIS WOULD GIVE THE OPERATOR AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OVER THOSE WHO COMPLIED WITH THIS CONDITION.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 198

RECREATION, CULTURE FACILITIES ON THE RISE

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL SPEND ABOUT $1.2 MILLION PRESENTING 75 CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES AS PART THE 'OUR DISTRICT FESTIVALS TO BE HELD IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS

IN 1985-86.

THIS W\S STATED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANT SECTOR (LEISURE SERVICES), MR DAVID WEEKS, AT A MEETING OF THE "REATiON AND CULTURE COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL.

MR 4EEKS SAID THE RSD WILL PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN COORDINATING CO-SPONSORING THE TSUEN KWAI ARTS FESTIVAL, YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL, TUEN MUN FESTIVAL AND THE TAI PO FESTIVAL.

♦THE LARGEST OF THESE, THE 1986 TSUEN KWAI ARTS FESTIVAL, WILL COST AN ESTIMATED $1.98 MILLION. OF THIS AMOUNT, 8855 OOO

COME FROM THE RSD WHICH WILL CONTRIBUTE 22 INDOOR AND 18 DOOR PROGRAMMES TOWARDS THE FESTIVAL,* HE ADDED.

THE 1986 TSUEN KWAI ARTS FESTIVAL WILL REPLACE THE TSUEN ARTS FESTIVAL FOLLOWING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KWAI CHUNG TSING Yl ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT THIS YEAR. IT WILL BE HELD . JANUARY 31 TO MARCH 2 WHEN MORE THAN 40 CULTURAL PERFORMANCES FEATURING RENOWNED LOCAL AND OVERSEAS ARTISTS AND TWO EXHIBITIONS . ILL BE STAGED AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THE 1986 YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ■'CM FEBRUARY 21 TO MARCH 9. THE RSD WILL CONTRIBUTE $170 000 •RDS THE ORGANISING OF SIX INDOOR AND SIX OUTDOOR PROGRAMMES SUPPORT OF THE FESTIVAL WHICH HAS BEEN ORGANISED ANNUALLY SINCE 1981.

THE 1985 TUEN MUN FESTIVAL, A BIENNIAL EVENT, STARTED LAST -TURDAY UNTIL DECEMBER 8, DURING WHICH THE RSD WILL CONTRIBUTE GHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES IN SUPPORT OF THE FESTIVAL AT A COST OF $50 000.

THE 1985-86 TAI PO FESTIVAL, THE FIRST LARGE-SCALE FESTIVAL BE ORGANISED IN THE DISTRICT, WILL TAKE PLACE FROM DECEMBER 15 ) FEBRUARY 23 NEXT YEAR. IT WILL FEATURE CULTURAL, SPORTS AND NTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES AND SPECIAL ACTIVITIES IN CELEBRATION OF "HE CHINESE NEW YEAR.

THE ESTIMATED BUDGET FOR THE FESTIVAL IS $800 000, OF WHICH “J0 000 WILL BE PAID BY THE RSD FOR 12 INDOOR AND THREE OUTDOOR PROGRAMMES.

ON THE DRAFT ESTIMATES OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE FOR

16—87, RELATING TO RECREATION AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE ■ON-URBAN AREA, THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR TREASURY ACCOUNTANT, 7:S MARIA YIP, SAID REVENUE SHOWS AN INCREASE OF 23 PER CENT •~?M $16.79 MILLION IN 1985-86 TO $20.61 MILLION IN 1986-87,

:LE EXPENDITURE IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 77 PER CENT FROM 143.7 MILLION TO $254.69 MILLION.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBiffl 19. 19b’

+A MAJOR SOURCE OF REVENUE THAT IS EXPECTED TO GROW IS IN THE ADMISSION AND HIRE CHARGES FOR RECREATION FACILITIES. THE INCREASE OF $1.9 MILLION IN 1986-87 OVER THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR IS MAINLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE OPENING OF THE TUEN MUN SWIMMING POOL, REFRESHMENT AND PLEASURE BOAT KIOSKS AT SHA TIN CENTRAL PARK AND NEW INDOOR GAMES HALL,* SHE EXPLAINED.

+ON THE OTHER HAND, ANOTHER 504 NEW POSTS WILL BE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO MEET ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS AND TO MANAGE NEW PROJECTS COMING ON STREAM. THE ADDITIONAL COST OF SALARIES FOR THESE NEW POSTS IS ESTIMATED TO BE S12 MILLION,* SHE ADDED.

THE COMMITTEE ENDORSED THAT THE DRAFT ESTIMATES FOR 1986-37 RELATING TO RECREATION AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES BE INCLUDED, IN THE OVERALL ESTIMATES FOR THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCILS CONSIDERATION.

ON A RELATED MATTER, MR WEEKS SAID THAT THE RSD SHOULD ACCEPT SPONSORSHIP OF RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT FROM COMMERCIAL COMPANIES, EXCEPT TOBACCO COMPANIES, FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS. THEY ARE TO SUPPLEMENT ANY BUDGETARY SHORTFALLS, TO IMPROVE THE SCOPE OF THE ACTIVITIES, TO FACILITAT-MORE MANPOWER SUPPORT IN ORGANISING THE PROGRAMMES AND TO ENHANCE PUBL ICITY.

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NEW CONTROL MEASURES FOR ANIMALS, PLANTS X X X * X

MORE SPECIES OF ENDANGERED ANIMALS AND PLANTS WILL SOON BE SUBJECTED TO LICENSING CONTROL WITH THE AMENDMENT ORDER TO THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE BEING APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL TODAY (TUESDAY).

EXPLAINING THE NEW MEASURES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURc AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID THE ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN 1976 TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGzs-l SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES).

THIS PROTECTED AND CONSERVED ENDANGERED SPECIES OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS BY CONTROLLING IMPORT AND EXPORT OF BOTH LIVE SPECIMENS AND READILY RECOGNISABLE PARTS AND DERIVATIVES OF Tnto_ SPECIES.

+THESE SPECIES ARE LISTED IN THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD SCHEDULES TO THE ORDINANCE WHICH COVER ANIMALS, ANIMAL PARTS AND DERIVATIVES AND PLANTS RESPECTIVELY. THE CURRENT AMENDMENTS AIM TO BRING THE THREE SCHEDULES IN LINE *iTH THE UPDATED CITES LIST,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGE IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE, WHICH LsTcD LIVE ANIMAL SPECIES, IS T~E ADDITION OF ALL EXCEPT THREE SPECIti (NAMELY, THE BUDGERIGAR, COCKATIEL AND ROSE-RINGED PARAKEti) OF PARROTS AND RELATED BIRDS.

OTHER CHANGES TO THE FIRST SCHEDULE INCLUDE THE ADDITION OF ILL OWLS, FLAMINGOS, WHALES, DOLPHINS, PORPOISES, RORQUALS AND BLACK CORALS.

THE SECOND SCHEDULE LISTS THE ANIMALS PARTS AND WHICH ARE BEING TRADED. THE REVISED SECOND SCHEDULE THE WHOLE OR PARTS OF DEAD SPECIMEN AND MEATS OF ALL IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE.

DERIVATIVES NOW INCLUDES ANIMALS LISTED

THE MOST IMPORTANT CHANGE IN THE THIRD SCHEDULE IS THE ADDITION CF SIX SPECIES OF PITCHER PLANT.

THE IMPORT AND EXPORT OF NEWLY-SCHEDULED SPECIES WILL BE _ SUBJECTED TO LICENSING CONTROL WHEN THE AMENDMENT ORDER IS PUELlanzx. IN GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON DECEMBER 20.

THE AMENDMENT ORDER ALSO PROVIDES FOR AN EXEMPTION IN RESPECT CF AR ROTS KEPT IN HONG KONG AS PETS BUT THE EXEMPTION DOES Nw i APPLY TO BIRD TRADERS AND ANYONE WHO POSSESSED PARROTS FOR COMi’ic-.v I

PURPOSES.

THESE CHANGES HAD BEEN FORMULATED WITH THE ENDORSEMENT OF i H: ENDANGERED SPECIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE WHICH COMPRISED TRADE REPRESENTATIVES RELATED TO THE EXPORT AND IMPORT OF ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA.

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LADY YOUDE TOURS TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

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LADY YOUDE SPENT THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON TOURING TSUEN WAN AND VISITING CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

SHE FIRST CALLED AT THE YUEN YUEN INSTITUTE, A CHARITABLE ORGANISATION SITUATED ON THE SLOPES OF LO WAI WHICH IS ALSO USED AS A PLACE OF WORSHIP.

LADY YOUDE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DISTRICT COMMISSIONER OF TSUEN WAN, MR CHAN SUI-JEUNG, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ANGUS MIU, AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF YUEN YUEN INSTITUTE.

AFTER A BRIEFING ON GENERAL DEVELOPMENTS IN TSUEN WAN, LADY YOUDE VISITED THE INSTITUTE’S HOME FOR THE AGED , WITH ITS CAPACITY FOR 120 PERSONS, OF WHICH 80 PER CENT ARE REFERRAL CASES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 198$

LADY YOUDE THEN WENT TO SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE AND VISITED A FAMILY IN SHEK KUK HOUSE.

SHE NEXT CALLED AT THE YAN CHAI HOSPITAL AT YAN CHAI STREET, WHERE SHE WAS BRIEFED ON PLANS TO EXPAND THE INSTITUTION.

THE HOSPITAL IS A CHARITABLE INSTITUTION WITH 175 BEDS AND IS PRESENTLY SERVING AS A DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOR TSUEN WAN AND NEIGHBOURING DISTRICTS.

BEFORE LEAVING TSUEN WAN, LADY YOUDE ALSO VISITED A FACTORY IN TEXACO ROAD WHICH PRODUCES KNITTED APPAREL AND FABRICS.

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PLANS TO CHANGE RENT CONDITIONS FOR ARTS CENTRE * * * * *

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS ENDORSED A PROPOSAL TO PERMIT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE TO LEASE ITS OFFICE SPACE AT PREVAILING MARKET RENTS TO COMMERCIAL, PROFIT-MAKING AND NON-ARTS RELATED ORGANISATIONS.

HOWEVER, ARTS RELATED ORGANISATIONS WISHING TO TAKE UP ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE CENTRE AT FULL MARKET RENT WOULD BE GIVEN PRIORITY AT ALL TIMES.

THE CHANGES ARE AIMED AT IMPROVING THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE ARTS CENTRE WHICH HAD BEEN SUFFERING SERIOUS LOSS IN INCOME DUE TO POOR OCCUPANCY OF ITS OFFICE SPACE.

EXPLAINING THE MODIFICATIONS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE TERMS OF A PRIVATE TREATY GRANTED TO THE ARTS CENTRE IN 1975, VARIOUS SPECIAL CONDITIONS LIMITING THE USE CF THE ARTS CENTRE BUILDING WERE IMPOSED. AMONG OTHER THINGS, IT WAS STIPULATED THAT THE GRANTEE COULD ONLY SUBLET THE OFFICE AREAS TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING ARTS RELATED ORGANISATIONS.

DURING THE FIRST YEARS OF ITS ESTABLISHMENT, THE ARTS CENTRE MANAGED TO FILL THE LEASEABLE SPACE TO NON-PROFIT-MAKING ARTS CRGANISATIONS BECAUSE OF THE RELATIVE SHORTAGE IN OFFICE ACCOMMODATION IN WAN CHAI.

HOWEVER, THE POSITION NOW HAD CHANGED RADICALLY DUE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF CHEAPER AND MORE ACCESSIBLE ACCOMMODATION ELSEWHERE. AT PRESENT, FOUR OF THE EIGHT FLOORS OF OFFICE SPACE ARE VACANT.

♦THE RENTAL INCOME DERIVED FROM THE OFFICE LEASES HAS CONTRIBUTED 50 PER CENT OF THE ARTS CENTRE’S TOTAL INCOME OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, AND THE LOSS OF A LARGE PROPORTION CF THIS INCOME IS NOW HAVING A SERIOUS EFFECT ON THE ARTS CENTRE’S ABILITY TO FUNCTION AS WAS ORIGINALLY INTENDED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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12

SECOND QUARTER INDUSTRIAL =>RODUCTION INDEX RELEASED *******

THC INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985, AT 124.6, WAS 5.9 POINTS OR 4.5 PER CENT LOWER THAN THA~ IN ’HE SAME QUARTER OF 1984, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER, THE INDEX SHOWED A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE OF 15.1 POINTS OR 13.8 PER CENT. THIS INCKcmj-UAS MAINLY DUE TO SEASONAL FACTOR, AS THE FIRST QUARTER HAD FEwER aORKING DAYS BECAUSE OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR.

INDUSTRIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN PRODUCTION OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1984 INCLUDED TOBACCO (+65.0 PER CENT), CHtMICAL^ AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS (+32.3 PER CENT), NON-ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (+24.4 PER CENT), AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCio (+14.4 PER CENT).

HOWFVER, SEVERAL INDUSTRIES REPORTED SIGNIFICANT DECLINE IN PRODUC' ON OVER THE SAME PERIOD. THES ’ INCLUDED WEARING APPAREL (-14.9 PER CENT) AND BASIC METALS (-10.0. PER CENT). THE BEVERAo-INDUSTRY ALSO SHOWED A DROP IN PRODUCTION OF 9.3 PER CENT FROM THE SAME °ERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF DUTY ON NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND THE INCREASE IN DUTY ON BEER IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR HAD CAUSED SOME DECLINE IN THE SALES, AND IN THE LOCAL PRODUCTION OF THESE COMMODITIES.

MOST INDUSTRIES RECORDED INCREASE IN PRODUCTION IN THE SECOKu QUARTER OF 198^ OVER THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. THE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RUBBER PRODUCTS (+44.7 PER CENT), BEVERAGE (+39.8 PER CENT), TEXTILES (+39.2 PER CENT), LEATHER PRODUCTS AND FOOTWEAR (+38.8 PER CENT), FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS (+29.8 PER CENT), BASIC METALS (+27.7 PER CENT) AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS (+25.2 PER CENT).

THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY RECORDED A DECLINE OF 5.6 PER CENT IN PRODUCTION VOLUME COMPARED WITH THE PEAK IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER. WOOD AND CORK PRODUCTS SHOWED A DECLINE OF 5.2 PER CENT IN PRODUCTION VOLUME OVER THIS PERIOD.

IN RELEASING THESE FIGURES, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IS PRIMARILY INTENDED T.‘ REFLECT THE LEVELS AND TRENDS OF INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT IN REAL TER"S. IN OTHER WORDS, THE VOLUME OF PRODUCTION IS MEASURED AFTER REMOVING THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES.

TWO TABLES ON THE QUARTERLY INDEXES O"7 INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT I. FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985 WILL BE SENT BY FACSIMILE NETWORK AND BOXED SEPARATELY. ONE IS A SUMMARY TABLE FOR BROAD INDUSTr GROUPS, WHILE THE OTHER GIVES MORE DETAILED INDUSTRY BREAKDOWN^.

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NOVEMBER 19, 19&7

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION CAN EE POUND IN THE +REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, SECOND QUARTER 1985+.

ON SALE AT S3 A COPY, THE PUBLICATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATION SALES COUNTER, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL. REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY .ALSO BE ARRANGED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPART..£7 AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 3-7224504.

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ANNUAL DIGEST OF STATISTICS AVAILABLE *****

THE 1985 EDITION OF THE ANNUAL DIGEST OF STATISTICS, PUBLISHEj BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, IS NOw ON SALE aT a COPY.

THE PUBLICATION IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SOURCE OF OFFICIAL STATISTICS.

IT BRINGS TOGETHER IN ONE VOLUME UP-TO-DATE STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS OF HONG KONG.

IT COVERS STATISTICS ON A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS, INCLUDING POPULATION, VITAL STATISTICS, LABOUR, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES, EXTERNAL TRADE, GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, PUBLIC FINANCE, MONEY AND BANKING, PRICES, FOOD SUPPLIES, TRANSPORT, COMMUNICATIONS, BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION, HOUSING, EDUCATION, MEDICAL AND HEALTH, SOCIAL WELFARE AS WELL AS LAW AND ORDER.

THIRTEEN NEW TABLES HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE 1985 ISSUE WHlCn PROVIDES 291 TABLES AND COVERS, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, A TEN-YEAR PERIOD FROM 1975 TO 1Q84.

IT IS AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AND THE PUBLICATIONS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, KA! TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1935

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“■ATER TREATMENT WORKS HANDED OVER * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR TOM TOMLINSON, TODAY (TUESDAY) OPENED THE INLET VALVE AT YAU KOM TAU TREATMENT WORKS TO SIGNIFY THE TAKING OVER O’7 THE NEW WATER TREATMENT WORKS FROM THE CONTRACTORS.

THE TREATMENT WORKS, SITUATED TO THE NORTH OF TUEN MUN ROAD, WILL MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR WATER IN TSUEN WAN, TSING LUN-TAU, SHAM TSENG, KWAI CHUNG, TSING Yl AND TING KAU DISTRICTS.

THE PROJECT IS PART OF THE SCHEME TO TREAT AND DISTRIBUTE ADDITIONAL WATER SUPPLIES FROM CHINA.

FACILITIES AT YAU KOM TAU INCLUDE THE WATER TREATMENT WORKS, WITH A CAPACITY OF 160 MILLION LITRES PER DAY WITH PROVISION FOR 250 MILLION LITRES PER DAY, A PRIMARY SERVICE RESERVOIR OF 36 403 CUBIC METRE CAPACITY AND A 2.6-K ILOMETRE-LONG TRUNK MAIN FROM THE TREATMENT WORKS TO TSUEN WAN.

INITIAL PLANNING OF THE PROJECT STARTED IN 1981 AND POTABLE WATER WAS FIRST TAKEN INTO SUPPLY FROM YAU KOM TAU IN OCTOBER 1935. CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT UNDER SEVEN DIFFERENT CONTRACTS.

CONTRACTORS FOR THE MAIN CIVIL WORKS, TREATMENT PLANT, PIPELINE, PUMPING PLANT AND SWITCHGEAR WERE NISHIMATSU CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD., PORTALS WATER TREATMENT (HK) LTD., FRANK I CONTRACTORS LTD. AND GILMAN ENGINEERING LTD.

THE CONSULTANTS FOR THE PROJECT WERE BINNIE AND PARTNERS (HONG KONG). ---------------------------------o--------

TRAINING SCHEME LAUNCHING

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A SIX-WEEK YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING SCHEME WILL BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 7.30 PM, AT THE MANSION STREET YOUTH CENTRE, 55 MODEL LANE, NORTH POINT.

EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FUNCTION.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1985

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COUNCIL RECOMMENDS GRANTS FOR 1985 * * *

THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS HAS RECOMMENDED THAT FIVE LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS AND ONE LOCAL PERFORMING ARTIST BE AWARDED GRANTS UNDER THE COUNCIL’S NEW GRANT APPLICATION SCHEME.

THE COUNCIL HAS ADVISED THAT GRANTS FOR 1985 BE AWARDED TO THE CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY, ZUNI ICOSAHEDRON, THE HARMONIOUS DANCE TROUPE, THE SEALS PLAYERS FOUNDATION AND THE HONG KONG FESTIVAL FRINGE.

IT HAS ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT AN AWARD BE MADE TO JOANNE LEE AS +GRANT TO AN INDIVIDUAL*.

IN ADDITION, IT HAS RECOMMENDED THAT SUPPLEMENTARY GRANTS EE AWARDED TO THE CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY, THE CHUNG YINL THEATRE COMPANY AND THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT TO BE AWARDED IS ABOUT $600 000. THE NEXT ROUND OF THE GRANT APPLICATION SCHEME, COVERING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1986-87, WILL START IN DECEMBER 1985 WHEN GUIDES FOR APPLICANTS AND APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

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SPECIAL TREAT FOR THE ELDERLY

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MORE THAN 600 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE TREATED TO A FEAST AND A TWO-HOUR CANTONESE OPERA TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) EVENING.

THE PARTICIPANTS, ALL AGED OVER 70, ARE SENIOR RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT AND MOST OF THEM COME FROM THE SEVEN CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY.

THE PROGRAMME, WHICH STARTS AT 5 PM, WILL FEATURE TWO PERFORMANCES BY FAMOUS CANTONESE OPERA TROUPES.

ABOUT 30 VOLUNTEER WORKERS AND STAFF FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WILL BE PRESENT TO ATTEND TO THE ELDERLY.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE WESTERN COMMUNITY CENTRc AND THE SHUN TAK FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION, THE GATHERING IS AIMED AT SHOWING RESPECT TO THE AGED AND PROMOTING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

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TUESDAY, MOVEMBEH 19, 1$O

OFFICIATING GUESTS *> ILL INCLUDE THE A»S IbTANT D ISTR KT ^FF ICE *ISS WINDY KWOK? “HE D STRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR KAM flhiG-TONG' THE CHAIRWOMAN EN nF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE wESTthK MRS 'RENE TANG; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING ““ THE CHAIRMAN

COMMUNITY CENTRE, GROUP OF THE ELDERLY NIGHT

CF THE SHUN TAK FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION

MR CHEUNG YIU-KEE5 AND

MR HO FAI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ELDERLY NIGHT TO BE HELD AT_5 PM TOMORROW AT TAI TUNG RESTAURANT, 271-285 DES VOEUX ROAD wtST.

STUDENTS INVITED TO WRITE FIGHT CRIME ESSAY * * * *

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO SUGGEST WAYS TO COMBAT CRIMES IN AN ESSAY COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

ENTRIES FOR THE INTER-SCHOOL CRIME PREVENTION ESSAY CONTE3T WILL CLOSE ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 23). THE COMPETITION IS OKE OF THE SERIES OF ACTIVITIES OF THE DISTRICT’S CRIME PREVENTION CAMPAIGI HELD IN WONG TAI SIN THIS YEAR.

A CARNIVAL, A VARIETY SHOW, VISITS, SEMINARS AND PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS, TOGETHER WITH THE FORMATION OF NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UNITS IN FIVE SELECTED BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN PLANNED TO ENHANCE CRIME PREVENTION KNOWLEDGE AND TO MOBILISE RESIDENTS AGAINST CRIME.

THE CARNIVAL, TO BE HELD THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24) AFTERNOON AT THE TSZ WAN SHAN CENTRAL PLAYGROUND, WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY THE AUXILIARY POLICE BAND, A DEMONSTRATION BY POLICE DOGS, DANCING AND KUNG FU SHOWS. GAME STALLS WILL ALSO BE SET UP TO PROVIDE A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR PARTICIPANTS.

OFFICIATING AT THE CARNIVAL WILL BE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MR F.S. KAVANAGH, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICE*, MISS ROSA CHAN, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE FIGHT CRIME VARIETY SHOW ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR ALBERT LI.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND TICKETS FOR THE GAME CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE BRANCH OFFICES OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, TSE Ki SHAN POLICE STATION AND THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE OF THE WONG TAI SIN POLICE STATION.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBSa 1$, 19S5

- - MONTH SEMINARS MATURING SLIDE SHOWS WILL BE ORGANISED . •-'•-.OL AREA COMMITTEES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE

DI STRICT.

MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CR PIK UK PRISON, THE MARINE POLICE BASE ‘ TICN BUREAU IN JANUARY.

IME COMMITTEE WILL ALSO VISIT IN TSO WO HANG AND THE CRIME

NOTE TO EDITORS:

ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT CRIME '• 'ON CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24 AT the 7SZ WAN SHAN CENTRAL PLAYGROUND.

HAYES TO OFFICIATE AT KAM TIN TA CHIU * * * *

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, ^R JAMcS

• WILL OFFICIATE AT THE KAM TIN TA CHIU, WHICH IS HELD .1 EVERY 10 YEARS, THIS THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 21).

THE TA CHIU, WITH RITUALS LASTING FOR SIX DAYS, IS AN .TANT EVENT FOR THE TANG CLAN LIVING IN KAM TIN AND IS

I SED TC SHOW THEIR RESPECT AND THANKSGIVING TO TWO OFF’CiALo ELPED THEIR ANCESTORS TO MOVE BACK TO KAM TIN AFTER FLEilNb PIRATES SOME 300 YEARS AGO.

IE BUDGET FOR THE KAM TIN TA CHIU IS MORE THAN $1 MILLION, JCH IS SHARED BY THE VILLAGERS.

'APER OFFERINGS AND SOME VALUABLE ANTIQUES BELONGING TO ( AN, WHICH DEPICT THE CLAN’S HISTORY, WILL BE ON DISPLAY DURING THE TA CHIU PERIOD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

IF REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES /ILL OFFICATE AT THE CEREMONY OF THE KAM TIN TA CHIU AT ' IN SHU I TAU TSUEN, KAM TIN, YUEN LONG, NEAR THE +CHOW .ONG YEE KUNG SHE YUEN+.

OU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

' GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM TSUI AT 3 PM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 21) FOR YUEN LONG.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1935

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COMMITTEE TO HOLD FIRST MEETING * * *

THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS A WIDE RANGE OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES PROVIDED FY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

AND

IT WILL ALSO DISCUSS SPORTS FACILITIES AND

A HOST OF OTHER CULTURAL, RECREATION ACTIVITIES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMITTEE WILL BE CALLED UPON TO DECIDE ON A PROPOSAL FOR THE RSD TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ORGANISING OF THE 1OTH NORTH DISTRICT FLOWER SHOW FROM MARCH 15 TO 18 NtXT YEAR.

THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM IN THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBER ON THE SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, 174-208

CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING WHICH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE. THERE WILL BE NO SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION SERVICE.

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SHAM SHU I PO TO DISCUSS NATIONALITY ACT * * * *

SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL GIVE THEIR VIEwS On THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER 1986 AT THEIR MEETING THIS FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 22).

THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY A LOCAL VOLUNTARY GROUP ON THE NEEDS OF STUDY ROOM FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

AT THE MEETING MEMBERS WILL ASK ABOUT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AT THE LAI CHI KOK INCINERATORS, FOCUSING ON THE DIFFERENT METHODS CF WASTE DISPOSAL TO BE ADOPTED.

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

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVERS AND RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE BY

ATTEND THE MEETING AS TELEPHONING 3-720425*.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 2 PM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 22) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 39 TONKIN STREET.

EASTERN DE TO DISCUSS NATIONALITY ORDER * * * *

BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE DRAFT HONG ITY) ORDER 1986 AT THEIR MEETING ON

EASTERN DISTRICT KONG (BRITISH NATIONAL THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 21)

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MRS CARRIE LAM, AND SENIOR IMMIGRATION OFFICER, MR LAI TUNG-KWOK, WILL BE PRESENT TO BRIE57 BOARD MEMBERS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS.

AT THE MEETING, THE BOARD WILL ALSO BE CONSULTED ON THE PROPOSED REALIGNMENT OF THE SECTION OF SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST BETWEEN TAM KUNG TEMPLE AND A KUNG NGAM ROAD FOR A PROPOSED SEWAGE SCREENING PLANT.

THE PLANT, DESIGNED FOR A POPULATION OF ABOUT 300 000 PEOPLE, WILL HELP TO RELIEVE POLLUTION IN ALDRICH BAY.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE NAMING OF AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT, AND PROGRESS REPORTS FROM THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD’S VARIOUS COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY DISTRICT OFFICE’S CONFERENCE ROOM KING’S ROAD.

EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING (NOVEMBER 21) IN THE EASTERN ON THE FIRST FLOOR, 880-886,

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 19o5

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RESIDENTS URGED TO REPORT DRUG ACTIVITIES * * * *

RESIDENTS OF KOWLOON CITY WERE TODAY (TUESDAY) URGED TO REPORT DRUG TRAFFICKING ACTIVITIES THAT COME TO THEIR NOTICE IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S ANTI-NARCOTICS COMMITTEE, MR WONG WING-PIU, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF AN ANTI-NARCOTICS FAIR TO BE HELD AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24).

♦THE EARLIER DRUG ACTIVITIES ARE REPORTED, THE LESS THE CHANCE OF IT SPREADING IN THE COMMUNITY,* SAID MR WONG.

INFORMATION ON DRUG ACTIVITIES COULD BE PASSED TO THE POLICE THROUGH TWO HOTLINES 5-271234 AND 5-433226 WHICH ARE MANNED ROUND-THE-CLOCK. ALL INFORMATION WOULD BE TREATED WITH THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE, MR WONG SAID.

HE SAID HE BELIEVED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN HAD BEEN PLAYING A POSITIVE ROLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS.

+THE NUMBER OF DRUG-RELATED PROSECUTIONS IN 1984 HAD DROPPED SLIGHTLY BY ABOUT 0.2 PER CENT.

+AT THE SAME TIME, THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BELOW 21 ALSO DECLINED BY ABOUT 11 PER CENT,* M? WONG SAID.

IN RESPONSE TO THE FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE HAS LAUNCHED ITS OWN ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR WHICH INCLUDE A SLOGAN COMPETITION, A DISPLAY BOARD COMPETITION AND A CARNIVAL.

THE ANTI-NARCOTICS FAIR ON SUNDAY WOULD FEATURE 20 GAMES STALLS ALL DESIGNED WITH THE ANT I-NARCOTICS THEME PUT UP BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS INCLUDING AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, THE YIN NGA I SOCIETY AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

OTHER PROGRAMMES AT THE FAIR INCLUDE AN EIGHT-METRE-TALL INFLATABLE +RUBBER ELEPHANT* FOR CHILDREN, MAGIC, MIME AND ACROBATIC SHOWS AND PERFORMANCES BY THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL BAND.

THE FAIR WILL START AT 2.30 PM AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, l'J

CONTRACT RAVES WAY FOR NEW BORDER LINK

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A $26Q MILLION CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A VEHICULAR BORDER LINK A' LOK MA CHAU AND IMPROVEMENTS TO A SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD WAS SIGNED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER, MR HAROLD BEATON.

THE CONTRACT, AWARDED TO KOREA SHIPBUILDING AND ENGINEERING CORPORATION, COVERS THE FIRST STAGE OF THE BORDER LINK AND THE SECOND PHASE OF THE MAI PO TO PAK SHEK AU CIRCULAR ROAD IMPROVEMENT.

THE BORDER LINK AT LOK MA CHAU IS NEEDED TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING VOLUME OF TRAFFIC TO AND FROM CHINA AND WILL SUPPLEMENT EXISTING CROSSINGS AT MAN KAM TO AND SHA TAU KOK.

IT WILL BRANCH OFF FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD AT A GRADE SEPARATED INTERCHANGE NEAR THE JUNCTION OF LOK MA CHAU ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND CROSS THE SHENZHEN RIVER TO THE WEST OF HA WAN TSUEN.

THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF THE CROSSING UP TO MID-RIVER WILL BE BUILT BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THE NORTHERN SECTION BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT.

APART FROM THE SHENZHEN RIVER BRIDGE

THE CONTRACT COMPRISES

A 1.8-KILOMETRE DUAL TWO-LANE ROAD CONNECTING THE BRIDGE TO THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD TOGETHER WITH SITE FORMAT ION FOR BORDER CONTROL FACILITIES AND A TWO-KILOMETRE DUAL TWO-LANc ROAD FROM PAK SHEK AU TOWARDS MAI PO. IT IS EXPECTED TO TAKt 33 MONTHS TO COMPLETE THE WORKS.

THIS SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD WILL GENERALLY FOLLOW THE ROUTE OF THE EXISTING CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN YUEN LONG, FANLING AND FAIRVIEW PARK HAVE ALREADY GENERATED A SIGNIFICANT VOLUME OF TRAFFIC ON THE SECTION OF THE CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM AU TAU TO FAN KAM ROAD, WITH FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS BEING PLANNED AT MAI PO, SAN TIN AND KWU TUNG.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS SECTION OF THE NEW

TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD IS EXPECTED TO EASE TRAFFIC FLOW IN

THE AREA.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE ROAD SECTION BETWEEN FAN KAM ROAD AND PAK SHEK AU IS CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS AND IS EXPECTED TO B= COMPLETED BY EARLY 1987. IT IS PLANNED TO COMPLETE THE REMAUI SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD FROM MAI PO TO AJ TAU BY 1990.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1°, 1=^

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KOWLOON CITY WATER CUT * * *

FRPSH WATER SUPPLY "0 CERTAIN PREMISES IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE*TURNED OFF FROM 9 PM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 22) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE 376-386 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, 1-43 HAU WONG ROAD AND 2-44B LION ROCK ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 9 AM AND 6 PM ON THE SAME DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES ALONG HOI YUEN ROAD, KING YIP STREET, WING YIP STREET, FUNG SHING STREET, NGAU CHI WAN STREET, SAU MAU PING ROAD, HIU KWONG STREET, CHA KWC LING ROAD, JUNK BAY ROAD, HONG NING ROAD, CHUN WAH ROAD, KUNG LOK ROAD AND HONG LEE ROAD.

ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE SHUN LEE ESTATE, SHUN TIN ESTATE, SHUN ON ESTATE. SHUN LEE TSUEN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, SHUN CHI COURT, CHOI WAN ESTATE, SAU MAU PING ESTATE, LAM TIN ESTATE, LOK WAH ESTATE AND THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE * * *

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST BETWEEN FACTORY STREET AND KAM WA STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 AM ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 20) FOR ABOUT THREE DAYS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE FACTORY STREET, WANG WA STREET AND KAM WA STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME, BUSES ON CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL ROUTE 102 WILL TEMPORARILY TERMINATE AT THE SHAU KEI WAN BUS TERMINUS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1985

CONTENTS PaGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL' MEETING;

SIR JOHN EXPLAINS AIR TRANSPORT POLICY ................... 1

STATEMENT ON DIRECTOR OF AUDIT'S REPORT .................. 3

SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION AMOUNTS TO $262.5M................ 4

MOVE TO SET UP NEW SELECT COMMITTEE....................... 4

HIGHER LEVELS' OF COMPENSATION FOR EMPLOYEES.............. 5

DELEGATION OF POWERS BY DBD CLARIFIED .................... 7

PLAN TO'REMOVE 'DIFFICULT' SUBSECTION IN ORDINANCE........

WATT. MARKETS ON TARGET TO METRICATION ...................

CONCERN EXPRESSED OVER FALLING WORKERS ...................

NEW PROCEDURE TO' APPROVE' FILM ADVERTISING MATERIALS..... 11

ACTION AGAINST OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS PAYING OFF...... 12

CONSULTATION SOON ON ANIMAL WASTES CONTROL PACKAGE........ 13

TUNNEL ENTRANCE WARNING SIGNAL NO SOLUTION ............... 14

LEAFLET ON WAYS TO USE SCHOOL VANS PLANNED................ 14

PRIORITY FOR NEW SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECTS, SERVICES........

JOB PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR DISABLED EXPLAINED.............. 1$

PREMATURE PUBLICITY WILL ONLY BENEFIT CULPRITS............ 17

ELDERLY ENCOURAGED TO REMAIN IN COMMUNITY................. 1®

/PUBLIC CONCERN .......

PUBLIC CONCERN DECIDED CHOICE OF PROBE ORDINANCE ........... 19

NO PLANS TO DROP TUNNEL CHARGES ............................ 19

THREE BILLS PASSED ......................................... 20

CALL TO STRENGTHEN POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES ................. 21

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE TO HOLD OPEN MEETINGS ............... 23

SEPTEMBER ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL FIGURES OUT ... 23

DRAFT TRADE BILL FOR U.S. SENATE............................... 26

LADY YOUDE TO OPEN NORTH DISTRICT FLOjER SHOW.................. 27

EUROPEAN COMMISSION OFFICIAL VISITS FACTORY.................... 29

YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME STARTS ............................. 30

SHARES DISCLOSURE ............................................. 30

FIRE INSPECTION TOUR........................................... 31

MEET THE MEDIA................................................. 31

NATIONALITY ORDER ON DB AGENDa ................................ 32

NEW' TSUEN WAN OFFICE OPENS TOMDRROW........................... 32

NEW JURY LIST TO BE PUT UP .................................... 33

SAI KUNG DB MEETING ........................................... 34

UR-RAW CLEARWAYS SET UP IN WAN CHAI ........................... 34

CADOGAN STREET PROHIBITED ZONE................................. 34

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1935

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SIR JOHN EXPLAINS AIR TRANSPORT POLICY * * * * *

THE MOST- HEAVILY TRAVELLED AIR ROUTES TO AND FROM HONG KONG ARE ALREADY WELL SERVED BY SEVERAL ESTABLISHED OPERATORS AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS THEREFORE DECIDED THAT AS A GENERAL RULE, DESIGNATION IN RESPECT OF ROUTES'AVAILABLE TO HONG KONG WILL BE LIMITED TO ONE AIRL INE PER ROUTE. . .

IN A STATEMENT-ON AIR TRANSPORT POLICY AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THE AIRLINE FIRST LICENSED BY THE AIR TRANSPORT LICENCE AUTHOIRITY FOR A ROUTE WOULD NORMALLY BE THE ONE TO BE DESIGNATED FOR THAT ROUTE.

SIR JOHN SAID THAT TO OPERATE SCHEDULED SERVICES ON ANY GIVEN ROUTE, AN AIRLINE ALREADY HOLDING AN AIR OPERATOR’S CERTIFICATE MUST, AS A FIRST STEP, OBTAIN THE REQUISITE LICENCE FROM ATLA, AN INDEPENDENT BODY ESTABLISHED UNDER THE AIR TRANSPORT (LICENSING OF Al R’SERV ICES) REGULATIONS TO DETERMINE IJCENC^APPL I CAT IONS.

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♦ ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR DOING SO ARE LAID DOWN IN LAW IN SOME DETAIL, BUT GENERALLY SPEAKING IT MUST HAVE REGARD TO THE CO-ORDINATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF AIR SERVICES WITH THE OBJECT OF ENSURING THE MOST EFFECTIVE SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC WHILE AVOIDING UNECONOMICAL OVERLAPPING,* SIR JOHN SAID.

+AN ATLA DECISION ON A LICENCE APPLICATION IS FINAL,* HE

ADDED.

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SIR JOHN SAID THE NEXT STEP WAS FOR THE AIRLINE TO BE DESIGNATED UNDER THE RELEVENT AIR SERVICES AGREEMENT TO EXERCISE RIGHTS ON THE ROUTE FOR WHICH IT HAD BEEN LICENSED OR, IF

'• THE RIGHTS DID NOT EXIST, FOR A DECISION TO BE TAKEN AS TO WHETHER THOSE RIGHTS SHOULD BE SOUGHT.

+DESIGNATION AND THE DECISION ON WHETHER TO SEEK ADDITIONAL RIGHTS ARE MATTERS FOR HMG ACTING ON THE ADVICE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

+WHERE THE RIGHTS EXIST, IT IS ONLY IN THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT A GOVERNMENT CAN DECLINE TO ACCEPT DES I GNAT I ON CF AN AIRLINE,* SIR JOHN SAID.

SIR JOHN SAID INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT WAS HIGHLY REGULATED AND AIR TRAFFIC RIGHTS WERE NOT AVAILABLE TO EVERYBODY.

+SUCH VALUABLE RIGHTS ARE JEALOUSLY GUARDED AND GOVERNMENTS SEEK TO RETAIN THE MAXIMUM SHARE FOR THEIR OWN AIRLINES. OFTEN THcRE IS ONLY ONE INTERNATIONAL CARRIER, WHICH MAY WELL BE WHOLLY OR PARTLY STATE-OWNED.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1985

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♦CONSEQUENTLY, MANY, IF NOT MOST, BILATERAL AIR SERVICES ARRANGEMENTS PROVIDE FOR ONLY ONE AIRLINE TO BE DESIGNATED BY EACH PARTY TO OPERATE ALL ITS ROUTES? OTHERS PERMIT NO MORE THAN ONE AIRLINE PER ROUTE FOR EACH SIDE,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, SIR JOHN SAID, DESIGNATION OF MORE THAN ONE HONG KONG AIRLINE ON ANY ROUTE WOULD BE CONSIDERED ONLY IN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE IT WAS JUDGED THAT MORE COMPETITION WAS NEEDED IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE TRAFFIC WAS SUFFICIENT TO SUSTAIN A SUBSTANTIAL OPERATION BY MORE THAN ONE HONG KONG AIRLINE.

SIR JOHN SAID THAT IN SEEKING RIGHTS TO SATISFY AN AIRLINE LICENSED TO OPERATE A NEW ROUTE OR IN DESIGNATING AN AIRLINE FOR AN EXISTING ROUTE, IT MIGHT BE FOUND THAT THE OTHER PARTY TO THE AIR SERVICES ARRANGEMENTS WAS TRYING TO EXACT A PRICE FOR THOSE RIGHTS OR THE DESIGNATION OF A NEW CARRIER RESPECTIVELY.

+IF THIS PRICE WAS, IN THE OPINION OF THE GOVERNMENT, UNACCEPTABLE IN THE OVERALL INTERESTS OF HONG KONG OR UNDULY DAMAGING TO THE INTERESTS OF AN AIRLINE ALREADY OPERATING ANOTHER ROUTE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE DESTINATION COUNTRY, THEN THAT PRICE WOULD NOT BE PAID,* HE SAID.

TURNING TO NON-SCHEDULED SERVICES, SIR JOHN SAID THAT UNDER THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE AIR TRANSPORT (LICENSING OF AIR SERVICES) REGULATIONS, IT WAS THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION WHO DECIDED WHETHER OR NOT TO GRANT A PERMIT AND WHAT CONDITIONS, APPROPRIATE TO THE NATURE AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE APPLICATION, TO ATTACH TO A PERMIT.

+THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION WILL NORMALLY APPROVE AN APPLICATION FOR A PERMIT FOR AN AD HOC, NON-SCHEDULED SERVICE, IF THE APPLICANT AIRLINE HOLDING AN AIR OPERATOR’S CERTIFICATE HAS REASONABLY DEMONSTRATED THAT CORRESPONDING SCHEDULED SERVICES CANNOT SATISFY A GENUNI NE DEMAND BY PROVIDING THE SERVICE OR CAPACITY REQUESTED, WHETHER FOR PASSENGERS OR CARGO, AT THE PRICE OFFERED.

+APPLICATIONS FOR NON-SCHEDULED SERVICES FOR THE SAME ROUTE WILL BE DEALT WITH ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS. OF COURSE APPROVAL BY THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION MUST BE MATCHED BY EQUIVALENT APPROVAL BY THE OTHER ADMINISTRATION CONCERNED,* SIR JOHN SAID.

SIR JOHN SAID THAT FOR MANY YEARS THERE HAD BEEN ONLY ONE ACTIVE HONG KONG AIRLINE.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, TWO ADDITIONAL AIRLINES HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED, ONE WAS ALREADY OPERATIONAL AND HAD MOUNTED A NUMBER OF CHARTER SERVICES, AND THE OTHER WAS PLANNING TO START OPERATIONS AT AN EARLY DATE.

/SIR JOHN .......

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1985

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SIR JOHN SAID THEY HAD TOGETHER MADE * TOTAL OF 15 LICENCE APPLICATIONS TO ATLA AND THERE WAS ALSO A PROSPECT OF FURTHER AIRLINES SEEKING TO ENTER THE AIR TRANSPORT MARKET SHORTLY.

♦THIS NEW SITUATION HAS REQUIRED THE GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER ITS POLICY IN RELATION TO CERTAIN AIR SERVICES MATTERS.

+IT HAS DONE SO, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ITS OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE INTERESTS OF THE TRAVELLING ^BLIC AND SHIPPERS. IT HAS ALSO HAD TO TAKE COGNISANCE OF THE HIGHLY REGULATED NATURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT INDUSTRY,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

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STATEMENT ON DIRECTOR OF AUDIT’S REPORT * * * *

THE APPROPRIATE FORUM FOR CONSIDERING POLICY ISSUES, INCLUDING ANY THAT MAY BE RAISED IN THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT’S ANNUAL REPORT, IS THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHERE THEY CAN BE PROPERLY AND FULLY DEBATED, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

SIR DAVID WAS MAKING A STATEMENT WHILE TABLING A GOVERNMENT PAPER IN RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ON CERTAIN POLICY ISSUES CONTAINED IN THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT’S ANNUAL REPORT.

THE ANNUAL REPORT, FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1985, WAS ALSO TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

EXPLAINING THE REASONS FOR GOVERNMENT PROCEEDING IN THIS WAY, HE SAID: +MOREOVER, FROM A PRACTICAL POINT OF VIEW, CONTROLLING OFFICERS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO APPEAR BEFORE THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE, ARE RARELY THE OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR POLICY, AND ARE NOT THEREFORE USUALLY IN A POSITION TO RESPOND AUTHORITATIVELY ON MATTER OF POLICY.*

SIR DAVID SAID THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT’S REPORT WAS A ■•■THOROUGH AND HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL* PIECE OF WORK.

+THE POINT I MAKE IS ONE OF PRINCIPLE REGARDING THE PROCEDURES TO BE USED FOR DISCUSSION OF POLICY ISSUES RAISED BY THE REPORT- BUT LET ME, AT THE SAME TIME, ASSURE MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL THE GOVERNMENT WILL ANSWER ALL THE POINTS RAISED IN IT,* HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1985

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SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION AMOUNTS TO $262.5M

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SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION APPROVED FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1985-86 AMOUNTS TO JUST UNDER $262.5 MILLION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

OF THIS SUM, SIR JOHN SAID, $145.8 MILLION WERE INCLUDED IN SUPPLEMENTARY WARRANTS.

+SOME MAJOR PROVISIONS INCLUDED $198.7 MILLION FOR THE PAYMENT OF GRANTS TO THE UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNICS, BAPTIST COLLEGE AND URBAN COUNCIL AS A RESULT OF THE 1985 CIVIL SERVICE PAY ADJUSTMENT? $8.2 MILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CITY POLYTECHNIC PREMISES AND $7.3 MILLION FOR REIMBURSEMENT TO THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION OF RENT ALLOWANCES FOR FORMER GOVERNMENT TEACHERS AND THEIR REPLACEMENTS,+ HE ADDED.

SIR JOHN SAID IT WAS REASSURING TO NOTE THAT THERE WOULD BE NO NET INCREASE IN EXPENDITURE RESULTING FROM THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION APPROVED BECAUSE IT HAD BEEN OFFSET EITHER BY SAVINGS UNDER THE SAME OR OTHER HEADS OF EXPENDITURE OR BY DELETION OF FUNDS UNDER THE ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS VOTES.

HE SAID APPROVED COMMITMENTS WERE INCREASED BY $43.5 MILLION AND NEW COMMITMENTS OF $151.4 MILLION WERE ALSO APPROVED.

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MOVE TO SET UP NEW SELECT COMMITTEE *****

A MOTION TO APPOINT A SELECT COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE THE PROSECUTION AND TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES WAS MOVED BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

INTRODUCING THE MOTION, MISS DUNN RECALLED THAT A SELECT COMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED ON MAY 1 THIS YEAR TO CONSIDER AND REPORT ON THE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO BE TAKEN TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE PROSECUTION AND TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES, INCLUDING CHANGES IN THE PROCEDURES BEFORE AND DURING TRIAL AND THE MODE OF TRIAL.

+HOWEVER, UNDER STANDING ORDER 61(5) A SELECT COMMITTEE IS AUTOMATICALLY DISSOLVED AT THE END OF EACH SESSION AND BY THE TIME MEMBERS WERE NOMINATED ON MAY 25, THIS COMMITTEE HAD ONLY SOME TWO MONTHS TO TACKLE A VERY IMPORTANT AND COMPLEX TASK,* SHE SAID.

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SHE POINTED OUT THAT THE PRESENT MOTION AROSE FROM A RECOMMENDATION BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE IN ITS REPORT TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON AUGUST 7.

THE RECOMMENDATION WAS THAT A SELECT COMMITTEE BE APPOINTED IN THE NEW SESSION TO CONSIDER FURTHER THE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO BE TAKEN TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE PROSECUTION AND TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES.

+ IT SAID THAT A STUDY OF THE FRAUD TRIALS (ROSKILL) COMMITTEE REPORT WHEN IT IS PUBLISHED IN THE UK WILL BE HELPFUL, BUT ANY RECOMMENDATIONS BY THAT COMMITTEE WILL NEED TO BE EXAMINED IN THE CONTEXT OF HONG KONG,+ MISS DUNN ADDED.

ON THE PREVIOUS SELECT COMMITTEE, SHE SAID SHE BELIEVED THAT ALTHOUGH THE COMMITTEE REACHED NO FINAL CONCLUSION, ITS PRELIMINARY ENQUIRIES WERE BOTH ENCOURAGING AND PRODUCTIVE AND WOULD SERVE AS A USEFUL STARTING POINT FOR THE NEW SELECT COMMITTEE.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO ASSURE MISS DUNN AND HER COLLEAGUES OF +THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO DO ALL IT CAN TO ASSIST THE SELECT COMMITTEE IN ITS DELIBERATIONS*.

SIR DAVID SAID THE SELECT COMMITTEE APPOINTED IN THE

LAST SESSION UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR PETER WONG HAD ALREADY DONE MUCH VALUABLE WORK IN IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES.

+ | AM SURE THAT THE NEW COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE THIS EXCELLENT WORK,* HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID ALSO THANKED MR WONG AND THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE APPOINTED ON MAY 1 LAST YEAR FOR THEIR DEDICATED EFFORTS TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM.

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HIGHER LEVELS OF COMPENSATION FOR EMPLOYEES * * * *

A RESOLUTION AIMED AT RAISING THE PRESENT LEVELS OF COMPENSATION SPECIFIED UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE BY ABOUT 23.5 PER CENT FROM JANUARY NEXT YEAR WAS ADOPTED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE RESOLUTION UNDER SECTION 48A OF THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID THE LEVELS OF COMPENSATION WERE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF A 1978 WORKING PARTY WHICH REVIEWED THE THEN WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE, REVISED EVERY TWO YEARS.

/since the .......

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1985

SINCE THE PRESENT LEVELS HAD BEEN IN FORCE SINCE JULY 1983, A FURTHER REVISION WAS NOW DUE, HE SAID.

+T0 GIVE INSURERS SUFFICIENT TIME TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THEIR RATES OF PREMIUM, IT IS PROPOSED TO BRING THE REVISED LEVELS OF COMPENSATION INTO FORCE ON JANUARY 1, 1986,+ HE NOTED.

MR HENDERSON SAID THE BASIS FOR THE PROPOSED 23.5 PER CENT WAS THE 15.6 PER CENT INCREASE IN OVERALL WAGE RATES, ACCORDING TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, BETWEEN MARCH 1983 -THE DATE AGAINST WHICH THE PRESENT LEVELS OF COMPENSATION WERE SET - AND MARCH 1985.

HE ADDED: +THE PRESENT LEVELS OF COMPENSATION WERE SET ON THE BASIS OF CALCULATIONS MADE SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE THEIR INTRODUCTION WHICH UNDERESTIMATED THE INCREASE IN WAGE RATES IN THE MEANTIME.

+ALLOWING THEREFORE FOR AN ADJUSTMENT TO CORRECT THIS UNDERESTIMATION AND ASSUMING A FURTHER FIVE PER CENT INCREASE IN OVERALL WAGE RATES BETWEEN MARCH 1985 AND JANUARY 1986, COMPENSATION LEVELS SHOULD BE SET, WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1986, 23.5 PER CENT HIGHER THAN AT PRESENT.*

MR HENDERSON SAID ACCORDINGLY, IT WAS PROPOSED TO RAISE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF COMPENSATION FOR DEATH AND FOR PERMANENT TOTAL INCAPACITY FROM $242 000 TO $299 000- AND FROM $276 000 TO $341 000 RESPECTIVELY? AND THE MINIMUM AMOUNTS FROM $81 000 TO $100 000 AND FROM $92 000 TO $114 000 RESPECTIVELY.

COMPENSATION FOR THE NEED FOR CONSTANT ATTENTION WOULD ALSO BE RAISED FROM $111 000 TO $137 000.

A SIMILAR INCREASE WAS PROPOSED IN THE MAXIMUM PAYMENTS TO BE MADE BY AN EMPLOYER TOWARDS THE COSTS OF SUPPLYING AND FITTING A PROSTHESIS OF A SURGICAL APPLIANCE AND FOR ITS REPAIR OR RENEWAL.

THE PRESENT AMOUNTS OF $10 000 AND $30 000 WOULD ACCORDINGLY BE RAISED TO $12 000 AND $37 000, MR HENDERSON NOTED.

HE SAID THE MAXIMUM DAILY RATES PAYABLE BY THE EMPLOYER FOR, RESPECTIVELY, HOSPITAL STAY AND OUT-PATIENT TREATMENT FOR AN EMPLOYEE RECEIVING MEDICAL TREATMENT ALSO REQUIRED ADJUSTMENT TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT RECENT INCREASES IN THE DAILY CHARGES OF GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS.

+THESE RATES HAVE NOT BEEN ADJUSTED SINCE 1977 AND ACCORDINGLY A RATHER HIGHER LEVEL OF INCREASE IS PROPOSED, FROM $20 TO $30 FOR EACH DAY OF STAY IN A HOSPITAL AND FROM $10 TO $15 FOR EACH DAY OF OUT-PATIENT TREATMENT.

/+THE REVISED .......

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+THE REVISED RATES SHOULD ENABLE AN EMPLOYEE TO RECOVER FULL MEDICAL EXPENSES FROM HIS EMPLOYER IF HE RECEIVES TREATMENT IN A GOVERNMENT OR SUBVENTED HOSPITAL OR TO RECEIVE A REASONABLE SUBSIDY IF HE CHOOSES TO RECEIVE TREATMENT AT PRIVATE HOSPITALS OR FROM PRIVATE DOCTORS,* MR HENDERSON SAID.

IN ANOTHER RESOLUTION, MR HENDERSON ALSO PROPOSED THAT AN EMPLOYEE’S MINIMUM EARNINGS USED AS THE BASIS FOR CALCULATING COMPENSATION BE RAISED FROM THE PRESENT $600 TO $800.

IN ADDITION, A SEPARATE RESOLUTION AIMED AT RAISING THE MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM LEVELS OF COMPENSATION SPECIFIED IN THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE FOR DEATH, TOTAL INCAPACITY AND CONSTANT ATTENTION, AND FOR DAILY RATES OF MEDICAL EXPENSES WERE ADOPTED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE INCREASES WERE IN LINE WITH THE EQUIVALENT LEVELS STIPULATED IN THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE, MR HENDERSON SAID.

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DELEGATION OF POWERS BY DBD CLARIFIED ******

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUP ON THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1985 HAS PROPOSED THAT IT SHOULD BE SPECIFIED IN A SCHEDULE TO THE ORDINANCE THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO WHICH THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT MAY DELEGATE HIS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR CHENG SAID THE MORE SERIOUS OF THE GROUP’S TWO POINTS OF CONCERN ABOUT THE BILL WAS THAT IF ENACTED AS IT WAS THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE ABLE TO DELEGATE HIS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS TO ANY GOVERNMENT OFFICERS IN ANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

+THE GROUP TAKES THE VIEW THAT THE SCOPE OF DELEGATION SHOULD NOT BE WIDER THAN NECESSARY.

+0N THE UNDERSTANDING THAT CURRENTLY DELEGATIONS HAVE TO K MADE TO OFFICERS IN ONLY FOUR DEPARTMENTS, NAMELY, BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THESE DEPARTMENTS SHOULD BE SPECIFIED IN THE LEGISLATION,* HE SAID.

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THE GROUP HOWEVER RECOGNISED THE NEED FOR FLEXIBILITY, HE ADDED.

♦IN ORDER THAT THE SCOPE OF DELEGATION MAY BE EXTENDED, IF AND WHEN NECESSARY IN FUTURE, WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE ELABORATE PROCEDURE INVOLVED IN AMENDING AN ORDINANCE, THE GROUP HAS PROPOSED THAT THE SPECIFICATION BE IN THE FORM OF A SCHEDULE TO THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE AND THAT THE SCHEDULE MAY EE REVISED BY RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL,* HE SAID.

MR CHENG NOTED THAT THE OTHER POINT OF CONCERN RELATED TO THE EFFECT CLAUSE 3 MIGHT HAVE ON CASES DUE TO BE HEARD IN COURT.

THE CLAUSE SOUGHT TO VALIDATE RETROSPECTIVELY THE DELEGATIONS PREVIOUSLY MADE TO OFFICERS OUTSIDE THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE GROUP IN ITS MEETING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION WAS ASSURED THAT THERE WAS NO PENDING LITIGATION AND IT ACCEPTED THAT THE RETROSPECTIVE PROVISION WAS NECESSARY TO PUT BEYOND DOUBT THE BUILDING AUTHORITY’S POWER TO RECOVER COSTS OF WORKS WHICH HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT BY, FOR EXAMPLE, THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, ON BEHALF OF PRIVATE DEVELOPERS.

THE RELEVANT AMENDMENTS WERE MOVED BY THE HON HO SAI-CHU AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE.

DURING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, SAID THAT IT WOULD BE INCONCEIVABLE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT WOULD DELEGATE HIS STATUTORY POWERS AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO A PUBLIC OFFICER WHO WAS NOT COMPETENT NOR QUALIFIED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT HE AGREED THAT SUCH A DELEGATION SHOULD BE WRITTEN INTO THE LAW BY WAY OF A SCHEDULE, LISTING THE SPECIFIC DEPARTMENTS TO WHICH POWERS MIGHT BE DELEGATED.

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PLAN TO REMOVE ’DIFFICULT’ SUBSECTION IN ORDINANCE

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T * B’LL AIMED AT REMOVING A POTENTIAL DIFFICULTY IN A SUBSECTION CF THE ARBITRATION ORDINANCE WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ARBITRATION (AMENDMENT) (NO 2) IHE ATT0RNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS? SAID

SECTION bB EMPOWERED THE COURT TO CONSOLIDATE TWO OR MORE ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS ON ANY OF THE GROUNDS SPECIFIED IN SUBSECTION (1).

/♦THE DIFFICULTY .......

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+ THE DIFFICULTY WITH THE SECTION IS THAT WHERE THE COURT IS REQUIRED TO APPOINT AN ARBITRATOR OR OR UMPIRE FOR CONSOLIDATED ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS, THE EXISTING PROVISION DOES NOT EXPRESSLY GIVE THE COURT POWER TO REMOVE ANY ARBITRATOR OR UMPIRE ALREADY APPOINTED TO ACT IN THE VARIOUS ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS WHICH THE COURT WISHES TO CONSOLIDATE,* HE SAID.

MR THOMAS EXPLAINED THAT THE VERY PROBLEM HAD ARISEN IN A RECENT HIGH COURT CASE.

+ALTHOUGH IT WAS HELD THAT THE COURT DID HAVE THE POWER TO REMOVE AN EXISTING ARBITRATOR, IT HAD TO IMPLY THAT POWER FROM A LIBERAL READING OF THE SECTION IN THE ABSENCE OF EXPRESS PROVISION TO THAT EFFECT.

+AS A CONSEQUENCE, THE JUDICIARY HAS PROPOSED THAT THE SECTION BE AMENDED TO PUT BEYOND DOUBT THAT THE COURT’S POWER UNDER SECTION 6B(2) OF THE ARBITRATION ORDINANCE TO APPOINT AN ARBITRATOR OR UMPIRE FOR CONSOLIDATED PROCEEDINGS INCLUDES THE POWER TO REMOVE ANY EXISTING ARBITRATOR OR UMPIRE,* SAID MR THOMAS.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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RETAIL MARKETS ON TARGET TO METRICATION

* * * *

METRICATION IN ALL RETAIL MARKETS WILL BE ATTAINED WHEN THERE IS WILLINGNESS AND A DESIRE ON THE PART OF BOTH THE RETAILERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR THIS CHANGE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON ERIC HO, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, MR HO SAID THE METRICATION COMMITTEE HAD SINCE 1978 EMBARKED ON A PUBLICITY AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME TO ENCOURAGE, HELP AND PERSUADE ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY TO ADOPT THE METRIC SYSTEM AND USE METRIC UNITS.

+THE RATIONALE IS THAT THE INTERNATIONAL TREND IS TOWARDS hETR I CAT I ON, + HE SAID.

THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE COMMITTEE, MR HO SAID, MUCH PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE.

+IN THREE OF THE FIVE BROAD TARGET AREAS IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMITTEE METRICATION HAS BEEN ACHIEVED: THESE ARE EDUCATION AND TRAINING, BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION AND PUBLIC UTILITIES.*

/•♦•PROGRESS HAS..........

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+PROGRESS HAS ALSO BEEN MADE AT THE RETAIL LEVEL WHERE METRIC UNITS ARE NOW USED IN THE LABELLING OF PREPACKAGED FOOD AND DRINKS AND IN A WIDE RANGE OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES,* NR HO SAID.

HE ADDED THAT A RECENT SURVEY BY THE COMMITTEE SHOWED THAT 70 PER CENT OF CLOTHING AND FASHION PRODUCTS HAD CONVERTED TO THE NEW SYSTEM.

MR HO SAID MUCH REMAINED TO BE DONE IN THE TRADITIONAL MARKET PLACES WHERE THERE APPEARED TO BE RELUCTANCE TO GOING METRIC.

■•■WHILE IT IS THE INTENTION OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE" TO CONCENTRATE ITS EFFORTS IN THIS AREA,* HE SAID, +l AM AFRAID IT WOULD BE RATHER RASH OF ME TO ATTEMPT ANY FORECAST OF THE LIKELY TIMETABLE FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THIS GOAL.*

TO THE CONSUMER, MR HO SAID, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF METRICATION WOULD REMOVE THE CONFUSION WHICH RESULTED FROM DIFFERENT SYSTEMS BEING USED SIMULTANEOUSLY: IT SHOULD MAKE PRICE COMPARISON EASIER.

+HOWEVER, TO THE EXTENT THAT THE STANDARD UNIT IN THE HAWKER AND MARKET STALLS IS THE CATTY THERE IS ALREADY EASE OF COMPARISON,* HE SAID.

+l SUSPECT THAT THE PRESSURE FOR CHANGE WILL COME THROUGH COMPETITION FROM THE SUPERMARKETS WITH THEIR PREPACKAGED ITEMS WITH METRIC UNITS,* HE ADDED.

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CONCERN EXPRESSED OVER FALLING WORKERS

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THE NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS INVOLVING WORKMEN FALLING FROM HEIGHT HAS BEEN AND REMAINS A MAJOR PRIORITY OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HENDERSON SAID THAT THESE CASES WERE VERY CAREFULLY INVESTIGATED AND ANALYSED WITH A VIEW TO IDENTIFYING CAUSES AND SEEKING THE PREVENTIVE MEASURES REQUIRED.

HE SAID, THE DEPARTMENT’S STRATEGY IN THIS AREA WAS COMPOSED OF THREE BROAD ELEMENTS: LEGAL ENFORCEMENT, EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY.

+AS REGARDS THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK, THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS WERE AMENDED IN 1983 TO MAKE MORE SPECIFIC PROVISION FOR PERSONS WORKING AT HEIGHT.

/+THESE A1CWDMENTS

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+THESE AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN VIGOROUSLY ENFORCED. OF 492 PROSECUTIONS IN 1984 FOR BREACHES OF CONSTRUCTION SITES REGULATION^, 282 CASES WERE RELATED TO THIS AREA.+

ON EDUCATION, MR HENDERSON SAID, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE.CONDUCTED^AFETYCTURSE^^^

SPECIFICALLY TAILORED TO THE NEEDS OF THE

AND ALSO COURSES.

TO ASSIST OTHER ORGANISATIONS IN

RUNNING SIMILAR

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT RAN 40 COURSES LAST YEAR AND WERE ATTENDED BY SOME 850 PEOPLE.

MR HENDERSON SAID PUBLICITY WAS THE THIRD MAJOR WEAPON.

+IN RECENT YEARS, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT — IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD’S COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS — HAS CONDUCTED AN INTENSIVE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN AIMED AT PROMOTING GOOD SAFETY PRACTICES AND INSTILLING A SENSE OF SAFETY-CONSCIOUSNESS AT

WORK.+

+SAFETY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS FEATURED PROMINENTLY IN THIS EFFORT,+ HE SAID.

NOTING THAT STATISTICS OF FALLS FROM HEIGHT AS DISTINCT FROM THE MUCH LARGER CATEGORY OF FALLS OF PERSONS UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES WAS NOT AVAILABLE, MR HENDERSON SAID FATAL CASES WERE ALMOST ENTIRELY THE RESULT OF FALLS FROM HEIGHT AND THAT AROUND THREE-QUARTERS OF SUCH CASES OCCURRED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

+THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FATALITIES IS DECLINING — FROM 52 IN 1981 TO 24 IN 1984 AND TO 19 SO FAR THIS YEAR.+ HE SAID.

+ACTION OF THE KIND I HAVE DESCRIBED WILL CONTINUE TO BE TAKEN AND I TRUST THAT THIS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO A FURTHER DECLINE IN FATALITIES CAUSED BY THIS TYPE OF ACCIDENT,+ HE ADDED.

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NEW PROCEDURE TO APPROVE FILM ADVERTISING MATERIALS * fc * *

A NEW PROCEDURE ALLOWING TWO CLEAR WORKING DAYS FOR THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING TO APPROVE ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION MATERIALS RELATING TO FILMS TO BE SHOWN IN PUBLIC HAS BEEN INTRODUCED FROM NOVEMBER 1, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ALSO, A FORMAL RECORD OF REGISTERING THE MATERIALS SUBMITTED AND CONVEYING DETAILS OF THE DECISION WOULD BE INTRODUCED.

/replying to........

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REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SELINA CHOW, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THESE WERE BEING DONE BECAUSE THE COMMISSIONER CONSIDERED THAT THE FILM CENSORSHIP AUTHORITY WOULD NEED MORE TIME TO PROPERLY ASSESS THE MATERIAL SUBMITTED, AND WHERE NECESSARY, TO CONSULT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ADVISORY GROUP.

BEFORE THE NEW PROCEDURE WAS INTRODUCED, THE AUTHORITY GAVE IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION TO ADVERTISING MATERIAL ON THE SPOT WHEN IT WAS SUBMITTED.

HOWEVER, IT WAS THE AUTHORITY’S VIEW THAT THIS PRACTICE DID NOT ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME TO SCRUTINISE PROPERLY ALL THE MATERIAL PRESENTED, SIR DAVID SAID.

♦SUPPORT FOR THIS VIEW IS EVIDENCED BY COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE LOOSE STANDARDS BEING APPLIED TO FILM ADVERTISING MATERIALS, IN PARTICULAR THOSE IN NEWSPAPER,+ HE ADDED.

ACCORDING TO SECTION 5 OF THE PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT ORDINANCE (CAP. 172), ALL POSTERS, PICTURES, FIGURES OR THE TEXT OF ANY ADVERTISEMENT USED IN CONNECTION WITH ANY FILM INTENDED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE FILM CENSORSHIP AUTHORITY, THAT IS THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING, FOR APPROVAL.

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ACTION AGAINST OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS PAYING OFF *****

BOTH THE NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS DEEMED TO BE OBJECTIONABLE AND THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS TAKEN AGAINST THESE PUBLICATIONS HAVE DROPPED SINCE MAY THIS YEAR, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI, SIR DAVID

SAID SINCE MAY THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN FIRMER ACTION TO DEAL WITH THE SALE OF PUBLICATIONS DEEMED TO BE OBJECTIONABLE.

♦FOLLOWING SEIZURES AT NEWSPAPER STANDS IN MAY, BOTH PUBLISHERS AND VENDORS BECAME MORE CAUTIOUS ABOUT WHAT THEY HAD PUBLISHED OR DISPLAYED FOR SALE, AND SOME HAD EVEN CEASED CR DISCONTINUED PUBLICATION^ HE NOTED.

SIR DAVID SAID THE NUMBER OF TITLES REQUIRING REGULAR SURVEILLANCE HAD DECREASED FROM 13 IN MAY TO ABOUT NINE AT PRESENT.

/♦AS AN........

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+AS AN INDICATION OF THE OVERALL SITUATION DURING APRIL AND MAY THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 29 PROSECUTIONS, WHEREAS OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS, THERE HAVE BEEN ONLY EIGHT.

+AS REGARDS SALES VOLUME, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO SUCH STATISTICS, BUT INDIRECT SOURCES INDICATE THAT THE POPULARITY OF THESE MAGAZINES HAS DECLINED,* HE ADDED.

THE SALES OF THE MOST TO BE ABOUT 100 000 COPIES COPIES IN MAY. THE AVERAGE COPIES PER ISSUE,* HE SAID.

CcoUl7ec.J,TLES WAS CURRENTLY BELIEVED PER ISSUE, COMPARED TO ABOUT 200 000 CIRCULATION FOR OTHERS WAS ABOUT 20 000

+GOVERNMENT ACTION TO CONTROL AND ELIMINATE THIS OBJECTIONABLE TRADE CONTINUES,* HE ADDED.

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CONSULTATION SOON ON ANIMAL WASTES CONTROL PACKAGE * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO START PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON A PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS FOR THE CONTROL OF ANIMAL WASTES, INCLUDING A BAN ON THE KEEPING OF PIGS IN THE MAIN URBAN AREAS, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON KIM CHAM, MR CHAMBERS SAID IT WAS CERTAINLY THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY THAT PIG BREEDING ACTIVITIES WHICH CAUSED ENVIRONMENTAL NUISANCE SHOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE BY-LAWS WHICH CONTROLLED THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH PIGS AND OTHER ANIMALS COULD BE KEPT AND IN PARTICULAR THE MEANS OF DISPOSAL OF ANIMAL WASTES, HAD PROVED VERY DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE AND WERE LARGELY INEFFECTIVE.

HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT GOVERNMENT WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS FOR THE CONTROL OF THE NUISANCE.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 198

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TUNNEL ENTRANCE WARNING SIGNAL NO SOLUTION * * * *

WARNING SIGNALS AT THE ENTRANCES TO THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL AND LION ROCK TUNNEL AREAS WOULD BE OF LITTLE USE TO HELP EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION DURING PEAK HOURS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN, NR MACPHERSON SAID TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AT THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL WERE NOT SUCH AS TO WARRANT THE USE OF WARNING SIGNALS.

IN THE CASE OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL, THERE ARE PRACTICAL PROBLEMS WHICH MEAN THAT THE USE OF SIGNALS WOULD NOT HELP.

+IF SIGNALS WERE TO BE USED THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE PLACED SO FAR BACK FROM THE TUNNEL, PARTICULARLY ON THE SHA TIN SIDE COMING SOUTHBOUND, IN ORDER TO ENABLE DR I VERS TO TAKE AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE, THAT THEY MIGHT WELL NOT REFLECT THE ACTUAL TRAFFIC SITUATION AT THE TUNNEL BY THE TIME A VEHICLE REACHED

IT,-*- HE EXPLAINED.

♦TAI PO ROAD, WHICH IS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE ROUTE TO LION ROCK TUNNEL, IS ALREADY BEING USED TO CAPACITY DURING PEAK PERIODS,* HE ADDED.

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LEAFLET ON WAYS TO USE SCHOOL VANS PLANNED X X X X X X

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO PRODUCE A LEAFLET FOR DRIVERS OF SCHOOL VANS AND LIGHT BUSES, PARENTS AND CHILDREN ON THE CORRECT WAY TO BEHAVE IN THESE VEHICLES AND TO ADVISE THEM ON HOW TO GET ON AND OFF SUCH VEHICLES SAFELY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN, HE SAID THE LEAFLET SHOULD BE READY EARLY NEXT YEAR AND THAT IT WOULD SUPPLEMENT THE REGULAR POLICE TALKS TO KINDERGARTENS AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS ABOUT ROAD SAFETY.

THESE TALKS, MR MACPHERSON SAID, DEALT MAINLY WITH THE BEHAVIOUR OF CHILDREN AS PEDESTRIANS BUT THEIR BEHAVIOUR IN VEHICLES WAS ALSO COVERED.

EXPLAINING THE WAYS PARENTS AND OPERATORS OF SCHOOL VANS AND LIGHT BUSES ARE ASSISTED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN BOARDING AND ALIGHTING FROM THESE VEHICLES, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ISSUED GUIDELINES EACH YEAR TO KINDERGARTEN SUPERVISORS ON THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN TRAVELLING IN SUCH VEHICLES.

/♦these hecowjijd

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+THESE RECOMMEND AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT CHILDREN SHOULD BE SUPERVISED BY A TEACHER OR AN ADULT OTHER THAN THE DRIVER WHILE TRAVELLING AND THAT THEY SHOULD BE TAUGHT THE CORRECT WAY TO GET ON AND OFF THE BUS,+ HE SAID.

TURNING TO EXISTING LEGISLATION GOVERNING THESE VEHICLES, PR MACPHERSON STATED THAT IT WAS CONSIDERED ADEQUATE TO MEET PRESENT NEEDS TO THE EXTENT THAT IT REQUIRED THEM TO BE CONSTRUCTED TO A SAFE DESIGN AND TO BE DRIVEN SAFELY.

+ALL VEHICLES USED FOR THE TRANSPORT OF SCHOOL CHILDREN HAVE TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS PRESCRIBED IN THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES WHILE ALL DRIVERS ARE REQUIRED BY THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE TO EXERCISE PROPER CARE TO ENSURE THAT THEY DO NOT ENDANGER THEMSELVES, THEIR PASSENGERS AND OTHER ROAD USERS.

+PERSONS LICENSED TO DRIVE PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE HELD A VALID DRIVING LICENCE FOR A PRIVATE CAR FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS AND TO PASS A DRIVING TEST FOR LIGHT BUSES.+

A TOTAL OF 1 598 VAN-TYPE VEHICLES ARE REGISTERED WITH THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AS BEING USED FOR SCHOOL TRANSPORT.

THIS FIGURE IS MADE UP OF 1 430 LIGHT AND 14 SEATS WHICH HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AS (SCHOOL SERVICE) AND 167 SEVEN-SEATER VANS REGISTERED AS PRIVATE CARS AND ISSUED WITH

BUSES WITH BETWEEN SEVEN PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES WHICH HAVE BEEN SCHOOL HIRE CAR PERMITS.

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PRIORITY FOR NEW SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECTS, SERVICES X * X * X

IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT NEW PROJECTS AND EXPANSION OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES SHOULD BE ACCORDED A HIGHER PRIORITY THAN IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING SERVICES FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT IMPROVEMENTS TO SOCIAL WERLFARE SERVICES, LIKE ALL OTHtn PROJECTS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR, DEPENDED ON THE AVAILABILITY OF MANPOWER RESOURCES AND FUNDS.

+IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MANNING RATIO FOR SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK, WHICH HAVE FIGURED IN THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN SINCE 1982 HAVE NOT YET BEEN IMPLEMENTED,+ MR CHAMBERS SAID.

/HE NOTED .......

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HE NOTED THAT 28 OF THIS YEAR’S SOCIAL WORK GRADUATES WERE STILL UNEMPLOYED LAST MONTH.

+ | DO NOT KNOW WHETHER THESE GRADUATES HOPE TO GET JOBS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES OR ELSEWHERE.+

+IN ANY CASE, THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT GUARANTEE TO FIND EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL GRADUATES IN ANY SUBJECT ALTHOUGH THE UNIVERSITIES DO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE DEMAND AND SUPPLY SITUATION WHEN PLANNING THEIR ENROLMENT,* HE SAID.

AS FOR IMPROVEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS, MR CHAMBERS SAID HE UNDERSTOOD FROM THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THAT THE SCHEME FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL TEACHERS WHICH WAS IMPLEMENTED LAST SEPTEMBER WAS PART OF A LONGER-TERM PROJECT BEGUN IN 1981 FOR THIS TO TAKE PLACE IN STAGES.

+IT WAS NOT DEVISED WITH THE SOLE OBJECT OF ABSORBING THE GRADUATES OF THE COLLEGES OF EUCATION,* HE ADDED.

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JOB PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR DISABLED EXPLAINED X X X X X

UP TO SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE HAD REGISTERED OR RE-REGISTERED SOME 8 000 DISABLED JOB-SEEKERS AND HAD MADE 3 300 PLACEMENTS, A PLACEMENT RATE OF ABOUT 41 PER CENT, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE WAS ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN JULY 1980 WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF PROVIDING JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE TO BLIND, DEAF AND OTHERWISE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS SEEKING EMPLOYMENT. IT WAS EXTENDED TO THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED IN JULY 1984.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR HENDERSON SAID, +PLACEMENT OFFICERS OF THE SPS MAKE REGULAR VISITS TO EMPLOYERS BOTH TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THE WORKING ABILITY OF THE DISABLED AND TO IDENTIFY JOBS WHICH ARE SUITABLE FOR DISABLED PERSONS.*

THE SERVICE HAD ALSO PRODUCED FIVE PAMPHLETS, DEALING WITH DIFFERENT KINDS OF DISABILITY TO ADVISE PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS ON HOw TO COPE WITH DISABLED EMPLOYEES, HE SAID.

APPEALS TO EMPLOYERS TO TAKE ON DISABLED WORKERS WERE REGULARLY MADE THROUGH THE USE OF TELEVISION ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PUBLIC INTERESTS AND LIAISON WAS ALSO MAINTAINED WITH MAJOR EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS, b£ ADDED.

/+AT PRESENT, .......

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+AT PRESENT, THE TSUEN *AN OFFICE IS ATTENDING TO PERSONS WHO ARE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED WHILE THE NGAU TAU KOK OFFICE LOOKS AFTER THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND THE HONG KONG OFFICE OFFERS SERVICE TO BOTH TnE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AND THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED,* MR HENDERSON SAID.

PLANS WERE IN HAND TO OPEN UP THE FORMER TWO OFFICES TO BOTH CATEGORIES SO THAT ALL THREE OFFICES OF THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE WOULD PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE TO DISABLED PERSONS, HE ADDED.

+THE PROBLEM OF PLACING THE DISABLED IS BEING TACKLED AND I THINK IT IS FAIR TO SAY TO GOOD EFFECT, + MR HENDERSON NOTED, ADDING* +WE SHALL NEVERTHELESS BE LOOKING OUT FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE THIS SERVICE FURTHER.*

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PREMATURE PUBLICITY WILL ONLY BENEFIT CULPRITS * * * *

PREMATURE PUBLICITY ON TWO RECENT POISONING OF SOFT DRINKS CASES WOULD ONLY HAVE PLAYED INTO THE HANDS OF THE CULPRITS BY CREATING UNNECESSARY PUBLIC ALARM AND IMPROVING THE CHANCE OF A SUCCESSFUL EXTORTION, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ASKED BY DR THE HON RICHARD LAI WHY NO ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE ABOUT THE TWO CASES UNTIL AFTER THE SUSPECTS HAD BEEN ARRESTED, MR THOMAS EXPLAINED THAT IN THE FIRST BLACKMAIL ATTEMPT, EIGHT BOTTLES OF SOFT DRINK ON SALE IN A LOCAL SUPERMARKET WERE AFFECTED WITH NOTHING MORE THAN PINHOLES.

+THE SECOND ATTEMPT DID INVOLVE THE DISCOVERY OF 12 BOTTLES OF ADULTERATED SOFT DRINKS -- BUT THE POLICE WERE QUICKLY ABLE TO ESTABLISH THAT THE AMOUNTS OF POISON INTRODUCED WERE SO MINUTE THAT EVEN IF DRUNK BY A CHILD, IT WOULD ONLY HAVE CAUSED MILD REACTIONS,* HE ADDED.

+HAD THE DANGER TO THE PUBLIC BEEN MORE SERIOUS, A WARNING WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE BEEN GIVEN,* HE SAID.

+BUT CAREFUL CONSIDERATION LED THE POLICE TO CONCLUDE, ON REASONABLE GROUNDS, THAT THIS WAS NOT NECESSARY.*

MR THOMAS SAID THE POLICE WERE QUICKLY ABLE TO ESTABLISH A LINK BETWEEN THE TWO ATTEMPTS, THE LACK OF SOPHISTICATION CF THE CULPRITS, THE FACT THAT THE AFFECTED DRINKS APPEARED TO BE IN ONE LOCATION, AND, MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, THE ' INIMAL QUANTITIES OF ADULTERANT FOUND.

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MR THOMAS ADDED THAT WORLD EXPERIENCE SHOWED

A DISTRESSING TENDENCY FOR IMITATIVE OR +COPYCAT+ CRIMES TO RESULT FROM THE PUBLICITY GIVEN TO CASES OF THIS SORT.

+ACCORDINGLY, THE LESS PUBLICITY THE BETTER WHERE THERE IS NO SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH,+ HE SAID.

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ELDERLY ENCOURAGED TO REMAIN IN COMMUNITY * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL POLICY FOR THE WELFARE OF THE ELDERLY IS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY AS LONG AS POSSIBLE, PREFERABLY WITHIN THE FAMILY OR A FAMILIAR ENVIRONMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHAMBERS SAID PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE ENABLED MANY ELDERLY PEOPLE TO MAINTAIN A DEGREE OF FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE, WHICH HELPED TO AVOID ONE OF THE MAIN CAUSES OF FRICTION WITHIN THE FAMILY.

+THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMME PLACES CONSIDERABLE EMPHASIS ON RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE NEED TO IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE GENERATIONS,+ HE SAID.

+IN ADDITION A VARIETY OF OTHER SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY ARE PROVIDED, MAINLY BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, INCLUDING HOME HELP AND COMMUNITY NURSING, DAY CENTRES, SOCIAL CENTRES AND MULTI-SERVICE CENTRES,* HE ADDED.

FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE WHO COULD NO LONGER LIVE ON THEIR OWN OR WITH THEIR FAMILIES, MR CHAMBERS SAID, A RANGE OF ACCOMMODATION SERVICES WERE PROVIDED, INCLUDING HOSTELS, CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES AND SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR COMPASSIONATE RE-HOUSING IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

+ALL THESE SERVICES ARE AIMED AT IMPROVING THE LOT OF THE ELDERLY, AND LESSENING THE LIKELIHOOD OF THEIR BEING SUBJECT TO ABUSE,* HE ADDED.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THERE WAS NO INDICATION THAT ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY WAS A MAJOR PROBLEM AREA.

HE SAID ABUSE OF THE ELDERLY COULD TAKE MANY FORMS, INCLUDING PHYSICAL ABUSE, PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE, AND VARIOUS FORMS OF NEGLECT.

+THE FAMILY WELFARE CASE RECORDS DO NOT INCLUDE A SPECIFIC CATEGORY WHICH COVERS THESE TYPES OF CASE, BUT A RECENT STUDY IDENTIFIED A TOTAL OF 277 CASES BEING HANDLED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE WELFARE AGENCIES AND THE SUBVENTED HOSPITALS IN LATE 1983,* HE SAID.

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PUBLIC CONCERN DECIDED CHOICE OF PROBE ORDINANCE

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INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE AFFAIRS OF EDA INVESTMENTS LIMITED WERE CONDUCTED UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE RATHER THAN THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE BECAUSE IT DIRECTLY GOVERNED THE AREA THAT WAS OF GREATEST CONCERN TO THE PUBLIC, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON DAVID LI, SIR JOHN SAID BOTH THE SECURITIES COMMISSION AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAD CAREFULLY CONSIDERED IN MARCH 1983 UNDER WHICH ORDINANCE INSPECTORS INTO THE AFFAIRS OF EDA INVESTMENTS LIMITED AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES SHOULD BE APPOINTED.

+THE ARGUMENTS WERE FINELY BALANCED; BUT THE CONCLUSION /.AS THAT AN INVESTIGATION UNDER SECTION 127 OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE WAS PREFERABLE,* HE SAID.

+ THIS ORDINANCE DIRECTLY GOVERNS THE AREA THAT WAS OF GREATEST CONCERN TO THE PUBLIC, I.E. DEALINGS IN SECURITIES. IT ALSO GIVES GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND WIDER POWERS.*

SIR JOHN SAID THE NEED TO APPOINT INSPECTORS TO INVESTIGATE THE AFFAIRS OF THE CARR I AN GROUP OF COMPANIES BECAME APPARENT IN APRIL 1983.

+BECAUSE THE INVESTIGATION INTO EDA HAD SHOWN A HIGH DEGREE CF INTERACTION BETWEEN EDA AND THE CARRIAN GROUP OF COMPANIES AND BETWEEN CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS, THE SECURITIES COMMISSION AND THE ADMINISTRATION BOTH AGREED THAT FOR SPEED OF ENQUIRY AND THE GENERAL BENEFIT TO BE DERIVED FROM IT, THE SAME INSPECTORS SHOULD BE APPOINTED UNDER THE SAME LEGISLATION,* HE ADDED.

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NO PLANS TO DROP TUNNEL CHARGES * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT INTEND TO TEMPORARILY DISPENSE WITH TUNNEL CHARGES AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL PENDING COMPLETION CF THE ADDITIONAL THREE TOLL BOOTHS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO THE HON WONG WANG-FAT, MR MACPHEnSO ■. SAID THAT TO DO SO WOULD ADD TO THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC USING THE TUNNEL AS IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT UP TO 50 PER CENT OF VEHICLES CURRENTLY USING THE ~OlL FREE TAI PO ROAD WOULD BE DIVERTED TO LION ROCK TU.\NEL ROAD.

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THIS WAS NOT DESIRABLE AS THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC USING THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND WATERLOO ROAD WAS INCREASING STEADILY AND THERE WAS NO WAY OF KNOWING WHETHER TRAFFIC DIVERTED TO THE TUNNEL WOULD REVERT TO TAI PO ROAD WHEN TOLLS WERE RE IMPOSED, HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON ALSO STATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO SUPPLEMENT THE PRESENT WARRANT SYSTEM USED BY LARGE FLEET OPERATORS W TH A PREPAID TICKET SYSTEM AVAILABLE TO ALL AS Son AS THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRINTING AND SELLING THE TICKETS WERE FINALISED.

HE ADDED THAT THIS SHOULD BE EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR.

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THREE BILLS PASSED * * *

THREE BILLS. THE CHIT-FUND BUSINESSES (PROHIBITION)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE MATRIMONIAL CAUSES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 ANDTHE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985 WERE PASSED IN THE LEGIoLaTIVc COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ONE BILL, THE ARBITRATION (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985, WAS INTRODUCED ANfl READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON IT WAS ADJOURNED.

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED TO NOVEMBER 27.

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CALL TO STRENGTHEN POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES *****

PURELY LEGISLATIVE CONTROLS ON POLLUTION ARE UNLIKELY TO BE WHOLLY SUCCESSFUL UNTIL THERE HAS BEEN CREATED IN SOCIETY A CLIMATE OF OPINION DEMANDING THAT THE ENVIRONMENT BE PROTECTED ACCORDING TO EPCOM (ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE).

TO THAT END, A WORKING GROUP SET UP BY THE COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED A SERIES OF MEASURES TO STRENGTHEN EXISTING ENVIRONMENT-RELATED SUBJECTS IN SCHOOLS, EXPAND EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES AND OPEN MORE FIELD STUDIES CENTRES.

IN ENDORSING THE PROPOSALS AT ITS MEETING THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING, EPCOM ALSO STRESSED THE NEED FOR MORE SPECIALISED AND TECHNICAL ENVIRONMENTAL TRAINING TO DEVELOP SKILLS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND POLLUTION CONTROL AMONG PERSONNEL WORKING IN INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE.

IN ADDITION THERE WAS A NEED FOR MANY PROFESSIONS, AND NOT ONLY THOSE OF A SCIENTIFIC OR TECHNICAL NATURE, TO BE AWARE OF THE IMPACT THAT DECISIONS OF THEIR MEMBERS MIGHT HAVE UPON THE ENVIRONMENT.

THE WORKING PARTY PLACED PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON SCHOOLS APPROACHING THE SUBJECT IN A PRACTICAL RATHER THAN THEORETICAL WAY, THAT LEARNING BE ACTIVE RATHER THAN PASSIVE AND THAT ANALYSIS BE PREFERRED TO DESCRIPTION.

SPECIFICALLY, EPCOM HAS SUGGESTED THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD INCORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES INTO ANY GENERAL STUDIES PROGRAMMES, AND THAT MORE QUESTIONS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES BE INCLUDED IN PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS.

MEANS SHOULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED WHEREBY SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES MIGHT USEFULLY LIAISE WITH VOLUNTARY BODIES OVER THE PROVISION OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS AND IN THE FIELD.

EPCOM ADVISED THAT THERE WAS AN URGENT NEED FOR ADDITIONAL RESIDENTIAL FIELD STUDIES CENTRES FOR THE USE OF SCHOOL CHILDREN. IT RECOMMENDED THAT CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO EXPANDING EXISTING FACILITIES IN CERTAIN OF THE COUNTRY PARKS AND THAT SCHOOLS BE ENCOURAGED TO MOUNT DAY FIELD TRIPS AND MAKE USE OF EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES BEING PROVIDED IN THE PARKS AND AT THE MAI PO MARSHES.

THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE AGREED TO GIVE HIS SUPPORT TO FURTHERING THESE RECOMMENDATIONS WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT.

OTHER ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE WORKING GROUP’S RECOMMENDATIONS WERE TO:

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1985

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(A) RECOMMEND TO THE UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNICS AND SECONDARY COLLEGES THAT ENVIRONMENTAL TOPICS BE INTRODUCED INTO A WIDER RANGE OF UNDERGRADUATE SUBJECTS AND THAT, IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH IN THIS NEW FIELD OF ENDEAVOUR, THEY PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AT THE POST-GRADUATE LEVEL;

(B) PROMOTE SHORT COURSES FOR MANAGERS AND TECHNOLOGISTS EITHER THROUGH ESTABLISHED UNIVERSITY EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES PROGRAMMES OR THROUGH THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE;

(C) APPROACH PROFESSIONAL BODIES WITH THE PROPOSAL THAT ENVIRONMENTAL TOPICS BE INTRODUCED INTO THEIR CONSTITUTIONS AND QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS; AND

(D) ASK GOVERNMENT TO RESEARCH THE NEED FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY-TRAINED PERSONNEL IN INDUSTRY WITH A VIEW TO CLARIFYING THE SCALE OF NEED FOR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING IN POLLUTION CONTROL.

IN ADDITION TO DISCUSSING THE PROPOSALS FOR EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, EPCOM ALSO REVIEWED THE CURRENT PRACTICE OF RELEASING QUARTERLY STATISTICS ON AIR AND WATER QUALITY.

IT WAS DECIDED THAT IN FUTURE REPORTS WOULD BE ISSUED ANNUALLY SO THAT MORE MEANINGFUL COMPARISONS COULD BE MADE. EXPLANATORY SUMMARIES IN LAYMAN’S LANGUAGE WOULD ALSO BE ISSUED AS REQUIRED.

THE COMMITTEE WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR THE REORGANISATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE CONTROL OF POLLUTION, AND WELCOMED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW DEPARTMENT TO CO-ORDINATE THE WORK.

EPCOM ALSO DISCUSSED THE PROGRESS BEING MADE ON THE DRAFT WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (GENERAL) REGULATIONS. MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT A NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED SINCE THE DRAFT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE IN MAY AND THAT A REVISED DRAFT SHOULD BE READY FOR RE-SUBMISSION TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23,

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PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE TO HOLD OPEN MEETINGS *****

OPEN HEARINGS OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE WILL BE HELD DURING THE NEXT TWO WEEKS FOLLOWING THE TABLING OF THE REPORT Or THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THEY WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER ON NOVEMBER 25, 29 AND DECEMBER 5. THE AGENDA FOR THE HEARINGS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

CONTROLLING OFFICERS WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE COMMITTEE IN RELATION TO POINTS MADE IN THE. REPORT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG THEIR COPIES CF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT’S REPORT WHICH WILL BE BOXED THIS EVENING FOR REFERENCE.

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SEPTEMBER ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL FIGURES OUT ******

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) IN THE 200 LARGEST FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECLINED IN SEPTEMBER 1985 COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. |

MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES RECORDED SOME DECREASES IN THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DECREASES OCCURRED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. THE ORDERS POSITION IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY WAS STABLE.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE FELL. THIS WAS PARTICULARLY THE CASE FOR THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AS SUMMER WORKERS CONTINUED TO LEAVE EMPLOYMENT. THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS, WEARING APPAREL AND TEXTILES INDUSTRIES, HOWEVER, REMAINED STABLE.

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DECREASES IN BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE REPORTED BY MOST INDUSTRIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. THE NOTABLE EXCEPTION WAS THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY WHERE BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED, IN SPITE OF A DROP IN EMPLOYMENT. THIS WAS MAINLY DUE TO SEVERANCE PAY FOR LA ID-OFF WORKERS.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR DECLINED AS SOME CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS WERE NEARLY COMPLETED. ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICES SECTORS REMAINED UNCHANGED.

THERE WAS A SLIGHT INCREASE IN PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR BECAUSE OF THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES.

IN THE SERVICES SECTORS, THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES REPORTED SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS MAINLY DUE TO SALARY ADJUSTMENT AND PAYMENT OF BONUSES.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN THE TABLES BELOW.

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 SEPTEMBER 1985 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, AT $1.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT AT 3-7212854.

(A) ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURI NG INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRY (% CHANGE OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH) ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) FOR SEPT. 1985

JULY 1985 AUG. 1985 SEPT. 1985

V£AR ING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 2 1 -2 4.40

/TEXTILES, EXCEPT........

.^<3SDr.r, ?;OVEJ£BER 20,

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL 4 2. _ -

plastic PRODUCTS * * - •• 3.

FABRICATED N'ETAL — 1 X' _ Q 3 2

PRODUCTS

ELECTRICAL AND -3 * -3 4.Q4

ELECTRONIC

PRODUCTS

OTHERS * * 4.41

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES * -3 4.19

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(B) EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED BY

INDUSTRY/ SERVICES THE COMPANIES SURVEYED PER CAPITA EARNINGS PER CAPIT~ EARNING^ FOR SEPT. D85 ( HKS)

(% JULY 1985 CHANGE AUG. 1985 OVER THE SEPT. 1985 PRECEDING MONTH) SEPT. 1985

JULY 1985 AUG. 1985

MANUFACTURING * -2 -3 3 1 -1 2 ^8^

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FOOD AND DRINKS 1 1 * 6 -1 -2 3 834

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR * -2 * 5 3 -5 2 489

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL -1 1 * 1 -2 1 3 346

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 7 -2 -11 7 9 -7 2 685

FABRICATED -3 -4 -4 13 -2 6 2 7 .b

METAL

PRODUCTS

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CONSTRUCT’ W* 1 -2 1 K 2 4 =>25

SERVICES * * 8 -2 4 5 712

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BANKS * * 5 -2 1 4 942

• HOTELS * * -i a. -2 * -1 3 545

PUBLIC UTILITIES * * * 11 -6 12 6 14G

OTHERS * CHANGES 1 WITHIN * +/- 0. * 5 PER CENT 5 5 £ rd"

MM PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE aORkE □

EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CON' TRACTORS NOT INCLUDE D.

DRAFT TRADE BILL FOR U.S. SENATE M M M

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY DETAILS OF A DRAFT TRADE BILL TO EE STATES SENATE.

IT HAD RECEIVED FURTHER INTRODUCED TO THE UNITED

THE BILL HAS BEEN PREPARED EY A GROUP OF REPUBLICAN SENATOR^ AMD. AS REPORTED BY THE DEPARTMENT EARLIER THIS WEEK, IT SEEKS TO EXCLUDE SOME DEVELOPING NATIONS FROM THE UNITED STATES GENERALISED SCHEME OF PREFERENCES (GSP).

A COVERING LETTER TO THE BILL, LIKELY TO BE INTRODUCED TODAY (U.S. TIME) AND SIGNED BY 18 LEADING FIGURES IN THE SENaI INCLUDING SENATORS PATRICK MOYNIHAN, JACK DANFORTH AND BOE Duu-SAYS THAT THE BILL SETS OUT TO +ENSURE SYSTEMATIC ENFORCEMENT EXISTING TRADE LAWS AGAINST FOREIGN UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICtS, EXPAND TRADE THROUGH MARKET LIBERALIZATION, PROMOTE MEANINGFUi ADJUSTMENT OF IMPORT-RELATED INDUSTRIES TO NEw COMPETITIVE CONDITIONS, AND REMEDY MISALIGNMENT OF THE DOLLAR, DEVEL.PING COUNTRY DEBT, AND DISINCENTIVES TO U.S. EXPORTS.*

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MR PAUL WONG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, SAID ™E MOST DIRECT THREAT TO HONG KONG CAME IN THE BILL’S PROPOSALS ON GSP GRADUATION.

+IT SAYS THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO SET CRITERIA FOR FULL GRADUATION OF ADVANCED DEVELOPING COUNTRIES (INCLUDING HONG KONG, KOREA AND TAIWAN; WITHIN 90 DAYS OF ENACTMENT.

+THE CRITERIA ARE TO BE BASED ON PER CAPITA INCOME AND DEMONSTRATED EXPORT CAPABILITY IN THE ABSENCE OF GSP. THE BILL REQUIRES THAT SUCH COUNTRIES WOULD BE GRADUATED FROM GSP WITHIN TWO YEARS OF ENACTMENT,+ MR WONG SAID.

MR WONG SAID HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER FOR COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS IN NEW YORK, MR BILL DORWARD, AND THE TERRITORY S LOBBYISTS WERE MEETING WITH KEY SENATORS AND THEIR ASSISTANTS TO EXPLAIN WHY HONG KONG STILL NEEDED GSP ELIGIBILITY.

♦THE PRECISE MEANING OF THE GSP PROVISION IS UNCLEAR,+ SAID MR WONG. +THIS IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND IT IS NOT A FOREGONE CONCLUSION THAT THIS PROVISION WILL BE INCLUDED IN ANY FINAL VERSION OF THE BILL.

+THERE ARE. OF COURSE, THREE OTHER SIMILAR TRADE PACKAGES WHICH flAVE ALREADY BEEN RELEASED IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE AND IT IS NOT CLEAR HOW FAR ANY OF THESE BILLS WILL G0,+ l£ SAID.

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LADY YOUDE TO OPEN NORTH DISTRICT FLOWER SHOW H * K X

LADY YOUDE WILL BE THE GUEST-OF-HONOUR AND WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TENTH NORTH DISTRICT FLOWER SHOW IN MARCH.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY BY THE RSD’S STAFF OFFICER (HORTICULTURE), MR WOO WING-KUI, AT THE FIRST MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL.

THE FLOWER SHOW, SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND A NUMBER OF OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS.

TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THAT THE FLOWER SHOW HAD BECOME A MAJOR COMMUNITY EVENT AND WAS STILL THE ONLY SHOW OF ITS KIND IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS, THE COMMITTEE DECIDED TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION OF $50 OOP. ____ __________

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+THE CONTRIBUTION WILL BE IN THE FORM OF DIRECT PAYMENTS FOR SOME OF THE GOODS AND SERVICES REQUIRED FOR THE FLOWER SHOW WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD FROM MARCH 8-11 AT THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND,* MR WOO SAID.

REPORTING TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE RANGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SERVICES PROVIDED IN NORTH DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT (NORTH), MR UN WAI-KWOK, SAID THAT PUBLIC CLEANSING, DISTRICT HYGIENE WORK AND MANAGEMENT OF HAWKERS AND MARKETS IN THE DISTRICT WERE PROVIDED BY A WORK FORCE OF 680 STAFF.

+T1EY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DAILY COLLECTION OF AN AVERAGE OF 75 TONNES OF REFUSE AND JUNK, STREET SWEEPING AND WASHING MANAGEMENT OF 122 REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND 160 PUBLIC TOILETS, IN ADDITIONAL TO SPECIAL CLEANSING SERVICES PROVIDE) TO SOME 120 VILLAGES SCATTERED OVER AN AREA OF ABOUT 44 000 4ECTARES,* HE SAID.

MR UN ADDED THAT DISTRICT HYGIENE WORK INVOLVED THE REGULAR AND SURPRISE INSPECTION OF 285 LICENSED FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS AND PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT AS WELL AS ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST UNLICENSED BUSINESSES.

THE DISTRICT’S 626 LICENSED AND SOME 350 UNLICENSED HAWKERS WERE CONTROLLED BY FIVE GENERAL DUTIES TEAM SQUADS WHILE A SEPARATE STREAM OF STAFF WITHIN THE HAWKERS AND MARKETS SECTION WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING FIVE PUBLIC MARKETS, ONE PRIVATE MARKET AND TWO OFF-STREET HAWKER BAZAARS.

ON THE PROVISION OF RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES AND SERVICES, THE DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (NORTH), MR CHU KWONG-MAN, SAID IT WAS LOOKED AFTER BY A IIO-STRONG LEISURE SERVICES SECTION, WHICH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OVERALL MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC PLEASURE GROUNDS AS WELL AS TWO MAJOR RECREATION VENUES - THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND AND THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL.

THE SECTION ALSO HELPED TO INITIATE AND DEVELOP RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITY GROUPS. FROM APRIL TO SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, 137 PROJECTS WERE ORGANISED, INVOLVING 7 412 PARTICIPANTS. MANY OF THESE PROJECTS WERt JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH LOCAL SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD.

AS REGARDS THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE NORTH DISTRICT, THE RSD’S CULTURAL SERVICES OFFICER, MR LO YIU-CHUNG, SAID THEY CENTRED AROUND THE TOWN HALL AND THE SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC LIBRARY.

THE LIBRARY, WHICH WAS WELL PATRONISED, ISSUED A TOTAL OF 71 219 LIBRARY ITEMS FOR HOME USE FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER 1985, REPRESENTING AN AVERAGE DAILY LOAN OF 900 ITEMS. IT ALSO OFFERED EXTENSION ACTIVITIES RANGING FROM STORY-TELLING TO INTEREST CLUBS, BOOK EXHIBITIONS, SUBJECT TALKS, MINI CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS, MUSIC APPRECIATION, FILM SHOWS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 198?

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♦DURING THE SAME PERIOD. AN AVERAGE OF JUST OVER 6 000 PEOPLz PARTICIPATED IN THESE LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES EACH MONTH,+

ADDED.

MR LO ALSO SAID THAT A NEW PUBLIC LIBRARY AT CHEUNG LOK HOUSE, CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING, WOULD BE OPENED NEXT MONTH CARRYING AN INITIAL STOCK OF 12 600 BOOKS AND 900 AUDIO CASiETTto.

IT WOULD PROVIDE THE USUAL RANGE OF LIBRARY LENDING SERVICES, INCLUDING ADULT AND CHILDREN LENDING, REFERENCE AND ENQUIRY, NEWSPAPER AND PERIODICAL AND AUDIO CASSETTE LENDING.

ON THE CULTURAL FRONT, MR LO SA ID THAT A WIDE VAR IETY OF POPULAR PRESENTATIONS, INCLUDING CHINESE OPERAS, DRAMA, VARIE7 SHOWS DANCE ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS, AND SO ON WERE HtLD Ai THt NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL. WHILE FREE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES, SUCH AS PUPPET SHOWS, POP CONCERTS, WERE REGULARLY ARRANGED AT 15 OUTDOOR VENUES.

ON AVERAGE, ABOUT THREE PROGRAMMES WERE PRESENTED EACH MONTH, ATTRACTING AN AUDIENCE OF BETWEEN 100 TO 400 PEOPLE EACH TIME.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION OFFICIAL VISITS FACTORY

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THE DIRECTOR GENERAL (EXTERNAL RELATIONS) OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION, MR LESLIE FIELDING, NOW IN HONG KONG ON A 3-DAY VISIT, TOURED AN ELECTRONICS FACTORY IN KWUN TONG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO SEE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE INDUSTRY.

ACCOMPANIED BY MRS TERESA NG, A TRADE OFFICER OF THE INDUSTRY DEPERTMENT, MR FIELDING VISITED RADOFIN ELECTRONICS (FAR EAST) LTD AT SHING YIP STREET. HE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE COMPANY’S VICE PRESIDENT, MR WILLIAM LITTLE.

THE COMPANY WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1974 AND HAS A WORKFORCE CF 900. IT MAINLY PRODUCES ELECTRONIC CONSUMER AND BUSINESS GOODS FOR EXPORT TO THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY HAS EXPANDED RAPIDLY IN RECENT YEARS AND IS HONG KONG’S SECOND LARGEST EXPORT EARNER, ACCOUNTING FOR 22.5 PER CENT OF TOTAL VALUE OF LAST YEAR’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

IN JUNE THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 1 340 ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING A TOTAL OF OVER 87 000 WORKERS - OR 10 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

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YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME STARTS * * * *

A SIX-WEEK LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMME IN EASTERN DISTRICT WAS LAUNCHED TODAY TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SERVICES.

THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF SEMINARS IN THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING SCHEME WAS HELD THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING AT THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS MANSION STREET YOUTH CENTRE IN NORTH POINT.

EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, GAVE A TALK ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, THE OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS NEXT MARCH.

THE 60 PARTICIPANTS IN THE SCHEME, AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 25, WILL BE ATTENDING SEMINARS EACH WEDNESDAY ON SUBJECTS THAT INCLUDE LEADERSHIP SKILLS, WORKS AND FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES, HUMAN RELATIONSHIP, AND SKILL IN ORGANISING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO ATTEND A WORK CAMP ON DECEMBER 14 AND 15.

AT THE END OF THE TRAINING COURSE, THEY WILL EACH HAVE TO ORGANISE A COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT IN THE DISTRICT.

THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING SCHEME IS ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, wITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AND IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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SHARES DISCLOSURE * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS UNDER RULE 29 OF THE HONG KONG CODE ON TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS ADVISES THAT CHUANG’S FINANCE LTD., A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF CHUANG’S (HOLDINGS) LTD., HAS DEALT IN LAMBDA TECHNOLOGY LTD. SHARES AS FOLLOWS:-

DATE BOUGHT/SOLD NO OF SHARES PRICE PER SHARE

19.11.85 BOUGHT 292,000 HKD0.81

19.11.85 BOUGHT 641,000 HKD0.82

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F IRE INSPECTION TOUR * * *

WITH THE APPROACH OF THE DRY SEASON, OFFICERS OF THE KOWLOON FIRE COMMAND WILL BE CARRYING OUT AN INSPECTION Or A NUMBER OF SQUATTER AREAS IN YAU TONG TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS IN THE AREA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE INSPECTION TOUR.

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MEET THE MEDIA * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE KwAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHOI HING-SHUN, WILL MEET •DIE PRESS AT 11.30 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 22) TO INTRODUCE THE

WORK OF THE COMMITTEE.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (NEXT TO KWAI HING MTR STATION), 166-174 HING FONG ROAD.

CHAIRMEN OF VARIOUS ORGANISING COMMITTEES ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS INITIATED BY THE INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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NATIONALITY ORDER ON DB AGENDA * * *

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DRAFT ORDER ON BRITISH NATIONALITY AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MRS REGINA IP, WILL BE PRESENT TO LISTEN TO MEMBERS’ VIEWS AND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE HUNG HOM BAY RECLAMATION (PHASE 1) PROJECT IN WHICH ABOUT 15 HECTARES OF LAND AT HUNG HOM BAY WILL BE RECLAIMED TO MEET THE EXPANSION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION’S CARGO YARD.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A MOTION ON THE +CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND FEASIBILITY STUDY+5 THE PROVISION, PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT, AND THE PROPOSED PRIVATISATION OF GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD FETING TO BE HELD AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE rttllNb iu ct tu -------- DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD.

ROOM OF THE KOWLOON CITY

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NEW TSUEN WAN OFFICE OPENS TOMORROW

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THE NEW PREMISES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE - ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD - WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING WILL BE HELD AT 11 AM. FOUR JUSTICES OF THE PEACE WITH LONG ASSOCIATION IN COMMUNITY SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

THEY ARE MR CHAN PO-FONG, A VETERAN COMMUNITY LEADER;

W CHAU HOW-CHEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD;

HO TUNG-CHING, CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl DISTRICT BOARD; AND MR CHAN LAU-FONG, CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE.

/THE CEREMONY........

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20,

THE CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A HOUSE-WARMING RECEPTION FOR GUESTS.

THE NEW PREMISES NEXT TO ITS PREVIOUS LOCATION AT FOU WAH CENTRE, ACCOMMODATES THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE HEADQUARTERS, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE SUB-HEADQUARTERS FORMERLY LOCATED IN HOI PA STREET, THE WORKS SECTION OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT.

INCLUDING A PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE, IT HAS A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 1 800 SQUARE METRES.

OPERATIONS BEGAN LAST MONDAY, AND WITH DIFFERENT UNITS HOUSED UNDER ONE ROOF, THE NEW OFFICE WILL PROVIDE MORE EFFICIENT SERVICES WHICH ARE WITHIN EASY REACH OF THE PUBLIC.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW OFFICE PREMISES AT 11 AM ON THURSDAY. THE OFFICE IS LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING AT 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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NEW JURY LIST TO BE PUT UP

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THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR NICHOLAS JOHN BARNETT, ANNOUNCED THAT A FURTHER LIST OF COMMON JURORS WILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING AT NO. 38 QUEENSWAY, ON NOVEMBER 26.

THE LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS DURING WHICH TIME ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE REGISTRAR REQUIRING THAT HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN SUCH NOTICE.

THE REGISTRAR SHALL IN HIS DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL IF NECESSARY ALTER THE LIST.

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SAI KUNG DB MEETING * * *

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 22).

MEMBERS WILL TRAINING COUNCIL, WILL BE SUBMITTED

BE BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE VOCATIONAL

AND PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES

FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 10 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS SET UP IN WAN CHAI *****

THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LOCKHART ROAD, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH ARSENAL STREET AND A POINT 50 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE MADE AN URBAN CLEARWAY 24-HOUR DAILY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 22).

IN ADDITION, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF HENNESSY ROAD, BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ARSENAL STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE EXTENDED ABOUT 70 METRES EASTWARD.

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NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THESE ROAD SECTIONS.

CADOGAN STREET PROHIBITED ZONE * * *

CADOGAN STREET SOUTH OF BELCHER’S STREET IN KENNEDY TOWN WILL 3E MADE A PROHIBITED ZONE TO ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES 24-HOUR DAILY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 22).

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FLAT TRANSACTION AGREEMENTS SHOW INCREASE ................... 1

TEXTILE BILL MAY GO TO HOUSE................................. 3

PAC OPEN HEARINGS TO BE HELD ON MONDAY ...................... 4

26 BLOCKS INCLUDED IN EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME....... 5

LADY YOUDE OPENS HOME FOR THE ELDERLY ....................... 8

EXTRA OVERTIME HOURS NEED WORKERS' SUPPORT .................. 9

SHARES DISCLOSURES .......................................... 10

PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TO MEET ........................ 11

TENANCIES SOUGHT FOR FOUR SITES ............................. 12

AMENDMENTS PROPOSED FOR NEW FOOTBRIDGE....................... 13

ROAD SAFETY DAY TO LAUNCH CAMPaIG-J ......................... 13

TRAINING COURSES TO PROMOTE DANCING ORGANISED................ 14

KAM TIN ON TARGET OF PROSPEROUS GROWTH....................... 15

RELIGIOUS CEREMONY...........t............................... 16

FIREMEN PRAISED FOR PROMPT ACTION ........................... 16

TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE PLANNED FOK TAI WAI ................... 17

LEARNING ABOUT A CAREER IN CUSTOMS .......................... 17

SYMPOSIUM ON BENEFIT PLANS .................................. 18

BIG TURNOUT FOR EXHIBITION ON TUEN MUN ...................... 18

FIGHT CRIME SEMINaR FOR K..UN TONG........................... 19

CHARITY WALK TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS............................ 20

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1985

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FLAT TRANSACTION AGREEMENTS SHOW INCREASE * * K *

THE LAND OFFICE REGISTERED A TOTAL OF 28 924 SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF PRIVATE SECTOR UNITS IN THE URBAN AREA DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, OF WHICH ABOUT 95 PER CENT WERE IN RESPECT OF RESIDENTIAL FLATS, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY.

REPORTING THE DEPARTMENT’S FIGURES FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS IN THE URBAN AREA (HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON) DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE 1985-86 FINANCIAL YEAR, MR GLEESON SAID THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE CF 109.5 PER CENT AND 58.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY COMPARED WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CONSIDERATIONS IN THESE AGREEMENTS HAD INCREASED BY 112.8 PER CENT FROM $7,056 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF AND BY 48.9 PER CENT FROM $10,085 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85 TO $15,017 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, 39 467 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS WERE REGISTERED, COMPARED WITH 28 178 AND 26 539 RESPECTIVELY DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85, SHOWING INCREASES OF 40.1 PER CENT AND A8.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CONSIDERATIONS IN ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS ALSO INCREASED BY 32.8 PER CENT FROM $12,061 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85 AND BY 44.8 PER CENT FROM $11,056 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF TO $16,011 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

A TOTAL OF 4 096 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS WERE COMPLETED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, COMPARED WITH 4 248 AND 5 265 IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85 RESPECTIVELY, SHOWING CONTINUED GOOD PROGRESS IN THIS AREA.

THERE WERE 291 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS I.E. AS DISTINCT FROM ASSIGNMENTS OF BUILDINGS. THIS WAS 36 PER CENT AND 38.6 PER CENT MORE RESPECTIVELY THAN IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85. THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CONSIDERATIONS IN THESE ASSIGNMENTS INCREASED BY 241.1 PER CENT FROM $1,175 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85 AND BY 194.9 PER CENT FROM $2,650 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF TO $4,010 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THIRTY-SEVEN BUILDING MORTGAGES AND 34 411 OTHER MORTGAGES WERE REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, UP FROM 17 AND 24 449 RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST HALF AND UP FROM 16 AND 20 960 RESPECTIVELY IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85.

/THE TOTAL .......

THUHSMY, NOVEMBER 21, 1985

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THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER BUILDING MORTGAGES REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR ROSE BY 741.9 PER CENT FROM $0.08 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF AND BY 368.3 PER CENT FROM $0,145 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85 TO $0,678 BILLION.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER MORTGAGES OTHER THAN BUILDING MORTGAGES ALSO ROSE BY 68.2 PER CENT FROM $7,791 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF AND BY 76.8 PER CENT FROM $7,415 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85 TO $13,107 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

REPAYMENTS UNDER MORTGAGES OF ALL KINDS, AS EVIDENCED EY REASSIGNMENTS AND CERTIFICATES OF SATISFACTION, WERE UP BY 47.3 PER CENT FROM $7,886 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF AND BY 58.3 PER CENT FROM $7,340 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR OF 1984-85 TO $11,619 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF CF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

SEARCHES IN THE LAND OFFICE DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC REACHED AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 531 175, UP BY 53.2 PER CENT AND 32.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY COMPARED WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85.

SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES HAD ALSO BEEN SEEN IN THE AMOUNT CF STAMP DUTY AND LAND REGISTRATION FEES PAID.

MR GLEESON SAID THESE FIGURES DID NOT INCLUDE THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHERE HIS DEPARTMENT HAS NOW TAKEN OVER FIVE OF THE EIGHT DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES THERE.

HOWEVER, WITH INCREASES THERE IN THE REGION OF 30 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR COMPARED WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1984-85 IT WOULD BE TRUE TO SAY THAT THE INCREASE IN ACTIVITY IN THE PROPERTY MARKET IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WHILE NOT AS DRAMATIC AS THAT IN THE URBAN AREA, WAS NONE THE LESS SIGNIFICANT.

LIKE THE URBAN AREA, THE BIG INCREASES HAD COME DURING THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

IN THE TERRITORY AS A WHOLE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTY Owners HAD INCREASED FROM 738 696 AS AT SEPTEMBER 30, 1984 AND 767 407 AS AT MARCH 31, 1985 TO 803 038 AS AT SEPTEMBER 30, 1985, AN INCREASE OF ALMOST 65 000 IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS.

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TEXTILE BILL MAY GO TO HOUSE * * * *

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT HAS RECEIVED INFORMATION THAT THE TEXTILE BILL PASSED RECENTLY BY THE SENATE MAY GO TO THE HOUSE CF REPRESENTATIVES TODAY (U.S. TIME).

+WE HAVE BEEN CLOSELY MONITORING DEVELOPMENTS AND IT SEEMS THAT THIS MOVE BY THE BILL’S PROPONENTS WILL REMOVE THE NEED FOR THE BILL TO GO TO A CONFERENCE STAGE BETWEEN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,* DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID TODAY.

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED THE BILL, KNOWN THERE AS THE JENKINS BILL, IN AN UNAMENDED FORM - WHILE IN THE SENATE, WHERE IT IS KNOWN AS THE THURMOND BILL, AN AMENDED VERSION WAS APPROVED.

MR MACLEOD EXPLAINED THAT THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT AVENUES IN THE U.S. POLITICAL SYSTEM THROUGH WHICH LEGISLATION COULD PROCEED.

INITIALLY IT HAD SEEMED THAT THE CONFERENCE STAGE WOULD EE NEEDED FOR THE TWO CHAMBERS TO AGREE TO A JOINT VERSION WHICH WOULD THEN BE SUBMITTED TO THE PRESIDENT.

+WE UNDERSTAND THAT AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED FOR THE HOUSE TO SIMPLY VOTE ON THE VERSION AS APPROVED BY THE SENATE. BOTH CHAMBERS WILL THEN HAVE APPROVED THE SAME BILL AND IT CAN THEN EE FORWARDED TO THE PRESIDENT WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A CONFERENCE STAGE,* SAID MR MACLEOD.

+IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO READ TOO MUCH INTO THIS AS IT IS fvERELY ONE OF A NUMBER OF ALTERNATIVES. THE IMPORTANT THING NOW IS WHETHER THE PRESIDENT WILL VETO THE BILL AND RECENT STATEMENTS BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO GIVE GROUNDS FOR CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM THAT HE WILL DO SO.*

THE DEPARTMENT HAS NOW EXAMINED A COPY OF THE LATEST SENATE VERSION OF THE BILL. THE EARLIER THURMOND REVISED VERSION PROVIDED FOR CUTBACKS OF NO MORE THAN 30 PER CENT IN ANY PARTICULAR CATEGORY. THIS NO LONGER APPLIES.

AVERAGE CUTBACKS OVERALL FOR HONG KONG WOULD THEREFORE Bx ABOUT 12.4 PER CENT IN THE MFA SECTOR AND 70 PER CENT IN NON-MFA - THE SAME EFFECT FOR HONG KONG AS IN THE ORIGINAL JENKINS BILL.

IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN WHETHER ANY FURTHER CHANGES «RE MADE BEFORE A FINAL VERSION EMERGES.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1985

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PAC OPEN HEARINGS TO BE HELD ON MONDAY *****

THE FIRST SESSION OF THIS YEAR’S OPEN HEARINGS OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE WILL BE HELD NEXT MONDAY (NOVEMBER 25) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER BETWEEN 9.15 AM AND NOON.

THE OTHER SESSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 29 AND DECEMBER 5.

THE HEARINGS ARE HELD FOLLOWING THE TABLING OF THE DIRECTOR CF AUDIT’S ANNUAL REPORT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL YESTERDAY. CONTROLLING OFFICERS WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE COMMITTEE IN RELATION TO POINTS MADE IN THE REPORT.

THE TIMETABLE OF THE VARIOUS HEARINGS IS AS FOLLOWS:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25

9.15 AM DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, PARAGRAPHS 69-71.

9 30 AM DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES AND DIRECTOR OF NEW

TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, PARAGRAPHS 205-217.

10.30 AM SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, PARAGRAPHS 72-74.

13 45 AM DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY, PARAGRAPHS 39-42 AND PARAGRAPH 149.

11 15 AM DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT AND SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, PARAGRAPHS 201-204.

11.43 AM DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, PARAGRAPHS 196-200.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

9.15 AM SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, PARAGRAPHS 7-11.

9.40 AM DIRECTOR OF MARINE, PARAGRAPHS 150-153.

10 am DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION AND DEPUTY FINANCIAL

SECRETARY, PARAGRAPHS 125-129.

10.15 AM SECRETARY, UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE, PARAGRAPHS 107-123.

11 10 AM SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT aND COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, PARAGRAPHS 97-136.

11 45 AM SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT AND COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, PARAGRAPHS 184-192.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5

9.15 AM SECRETARY FOR CIVIL SERVICE, PARAGRAPHS 58-62.

9 45 AM SECRETARY FOR CIVIL SERVICE AND DIRECTOR OF

ACCOUNTING SERVICES, PARAGRAPHS 63-68.

10.15 AM SECRETARY FOR CIVIL SERVICE, PARAGRAPHS 154-162.

10 45 AM SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND

INFORMATION, PARAGRAPHS 46-54.

11.15 AM DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY, PARAGRAPHS 134-137.

11.30 AM DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY, PARAGRAPHS 138-140.

2 pm DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, PARAGRAPHS 76-96.

2.45 PM SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, PARAGRAPHS 163-182

3 45 PM DIRECTOR OF LANDS AND DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING

SERVICES, PARAGRAPHS 25~38.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE OPEN HEARINGS °F THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG A COPY OF THE DIRECTOR REPORT FOR REFERENCE.

CF AUDIT’S

26 SLOCKS INCLUDED IN EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ******

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS DECIDED TO EXTEND ThE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO INCLUDE 26 BLOCKS IN 11 MIDDLE-AGED ESTATES.

THOSE BUILDINGS, TOGuT-ER aIThThE REMAINING MARK I AND II BLOCKS, ARE NO.-; SCHEDULED TO BE REDEVELOPED 3Y The END OF THIS DECADE.

/announcing THIS........

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1985

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a-MOJNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY said that tme criteria for further redevelopment would no longer BE BASED ON ThE MARK OR DESIGN OF A BUILDING, AS WITH THE MARK I AND II REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, BUT rtOULD BE RELATED TO THE STRUCTURAL CONDITION OF BLOCKS AND OTHER FACTORS SUCH AS LACK JF FACILITIES, ESTATE ENVIRONMENT AND REHOUSING RESOURCES.

THE condition of these blocks IS SUCH THAT they will require A" EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF REPAIRS TO RETAIN THEM FOR OCCUPATION. ALTHOUGH They are not unsafe it has been DECIDED on THE GROUNDS OF COST EFFECTIVENESS TO REDEVELOP RATHER THAN TO REPAIR THEM.

♦THIS CONCLUSION IS DRAWN FROM THE EXPERIENCE GAINED IN DEALING WITH BLOCK 6 OF KwAI FONG ESTATE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

REDEVELOPMENT WOULD ALSO MEAN THAT IMPROVEMENTS COULD BE MADE TO THE ESTATES’ AMENITIES AND THE TENANTS’ LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAD ALREADY ANNOUNCED THE REDEVELOPMENT OF BLOCKS % 10 AND 11 OF KwAI FONG. THE EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME COMPRISES:

ESTATE BLOCK PERIOD OF REMOVAL

KjAI HING 5 12/85 12/87

SA J MAU PING 1 26 9 9 OA/88

LAM TIN III 13 9 9 J 9

LAM TIM III 12 9 9 9 9

LAM TH II 17 9 9 9 9

.•<ONG CHUK HANG 9 9 9 9 9

SHEK PAI *aN 2 9 } 9 9

3 HE •< LEI 1 4 9 9 05/RH

S HE K LEI 1 6 9 9 9 9

KJaI HING 3 9 9 9 9

KwAI HING 4 9 9 9 9

K..AI FONG 8 J 9 - 9 9

TSZ 01 01 jING > 9 9 >

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1985

TSZ MaN MAN KIN 9 9

MAN TAI 9 9

MAN YAN 9 9

MAN YUE 9 9

MAN CHI 9 9

PAK TIN 14 9 9 07/89

PAK TIN 15 9 9 9 9

PAK TIN 16 9 9 & 9 9

KtfAI SHING E 18 9 9 9 9 -

KwAI SHING E 20 9 9 9 9

IT IS EXPECTED THAT OVER A PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS, 15 100 FAMILIES

COMPRISING 78 000 PEOPLE WILL MOVE TO A NEW ENVIRONMENT UNDER THE

EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION HAS BEEN RESERVED IN THE VICINITY ■ THE BLOCKS TO BE REDEVELOPED AND INCLUDES KWAI FONG, SAU MING h ISE LAM TIN EXTENSION, HlN KENG, LEI TUNG, SHEK LEI EXTENSION, CHEUNG ON, CHUK YUEN, TAI HANG TUNG, LEI CHENG UK AND KWAI CHUNG.

/ACANCIES IN EXISTING ESTATES WILL ALSO BE EARMARKED FOR THIS PURPOSE AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

7H- HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS GIVEN CAREFUL THOUGHT TO REHOUSING ARRANGEMENTS. all TENANTS WILL BE OFFERED A GOOD CHOICE O' I VIE.. OF THE HIGH LEVEL OF PRODUCTION ANTICIPATED THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD.

+IN ADDITION, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY PLANS TO 3UILD NEW RECEPTION BLOCKS AT SITES IN OR NEAR THE ESTATES,+ THE SPO EC SAID.

TO ENSURE SMOOTH REHOUSING ARRANGEMENTS AND TO MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE TO TENANTS, THE AUTHORITY HAS ALSO DECIDED THAT ThE TENANTS OF ThE BLOCKS CONCERNED WILL BE GIVEN A PERIOD OF NOTICE VARYING FROM ONE AND A HALF YEARS TO OVER THREE YEARS.

this means, the spokesman said, they can now apply for

PREDEVELOPMENT TRANSFER TO OTHER ESTATES OF THEIR CHOICE.

♦THIS WILL GIVE TENANTS AMPLE TIME TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS .. ITED TO ThEIR OWN NEEDS. REMOVAL ALLOWANCES WHERE APPROPRI-TE ..ILL mLSO BE GRANTED ON MOVING, + HE SAID.

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■'j--itRC I AL TENANTS WHOSE TENANCIES WILL EXPIRE WITHIN THE FIRST T-REE YEARS OF THE EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME CAN CHOOSE EITHER to STAY ON UNTIL THE EXPIRY OF THEIR TENANCIES OR t.i TERMINATE THEIR TENANCIES EARLIER.

IN BOTH CASES THEY ARE ELIGIBLE - EXCEPT FOR FINANCIAL _ INSTITUTIONS - FOR AN EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH T Ht AUTHORITY'S CURRENT PRACTICE, AND THE CHANCE TO TAKE PART IN RESTRICTED TENDERS FOR COMMERCIAL PREMISES IN OTHER ESTATES.

OTHER COMMERCIAL TENANTS WILL BE ADVISED IN WRITING THAT THE AUTHORITY DOES NOT INTEND TO RENEW THEIR TENANCIES WHEN THE EXISTING ONES EXPIRE.

although there is no legal obligation under the tenancy agreement the housing authority will, out of good will, offer EX-GRAT I a’ALLOWANCE AND OTHER ARRANGEMENTS FOR THESE COMMERCIAL TENANTS.

HL ADDED THAT EACH TENANT AFFECTED BY THE REDEVELOPMENT WILL DECEIVE A LETTER CONTAINING INFORMATION ON THE EXTENDED PROGRAMME.

^TAFF OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BRIEF RELEVANT '(STRICT BOARDS ON THE PROGRAMME AT SUBSEQUENT MEETINGS.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT ANY NEW ACCOMMODATION ARISING fpom this extended programme will be additional to those already INCLUDED IN The ANNUAL PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME.

THE EXTENDED PROGRAMME WILL NOT SLOW DOWN THE MARK I A ND II REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

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LADY YOUDE OPENS HOME FOR THE ELDERLY

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LADY YOUDE TODAY (THURSDAY) OPENED A CARE AND ATTENTION HOME FOR THE ELDERLY IN YAU TONG, THE FIRST SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICE TO BE SPONSORED BY THE HONG KONG CHINESE WOMEN’S CLUB.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE MADAM WONG CHAN SOOK YING MEMORIAL CARE AND ATTENTION HOME FOR THE AGED, LADY YOUDE SAID THE PLACES WHICH THIS HOME OFFERED 'WOULD BE A MOST WELCOME ADDITION TO RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION FOR THE ELDERLY.

+1 AM CONFIDENT THAT THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF THE CLUE’S MEMBERS AND THE STAFF * ILL ENSURE THAT THE ELDERLY RESIDENTS ENJOY EFFICIENT AND FRIENDLY ATTENTION.

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+l SHOULD LIKE TO WISH STAFF AND CLUB MEMBERS ALIKE EVERY SUCCESS IN RUNNING THE HOME. YOU HAVE ALL OUR ADMIRATION FOR THE PATIENCE AND DEDICATION YOU BRING TO YOUR WORK,+ LADY YOUDE SAID.

AFTER THE OPENING, LADY YOUDE WAS SHOWN AROUND THE FOUR-STOREY BUILDING WHICH CAN ACCOMMODATE 250 PEOPLE. SHE ALSO TALKED TO SOME ELDERLY RESIDENTS NOW STAYING AT THE CENTRE.

SHE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG CHINESE WOMEN’S CLUB, MRS KHO CHEE-SENG, AND CHAIRMAN FOR THE AGED COMMITTEE, MRS KITTY SIU.

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EXTRA OVERTIME HOURS NEED WORKERS’ SUPPORT

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MANUFACTURERS WHO WANT TO APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL OVERTIME HOURS FOR WOMEN WORKERS MUST HAVE THEIR APPLICATIONS SUPPORTED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE WORKERS AFFECTED, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, MR CHOW TUNG-SHAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

MR CHOW MADE THE REMARKS IN RESPONSE TO DISCUSSIONS AT A RECENT MEETING OF THE INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, WHEN THE PROBLEM OF OVERTIME HOURS WAS BROUGHT UP.

HE SAID UNDER THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS, OVERTIME HOURS FOR A WOMAN WORKER COULD NOT EXCEED THE QUOTA OF 200 HOURS A YEAR.

+SOME MEMBERS OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE WERE CONCERNED THAT WHEN THE ANNUAL QUOTA WAS ALMOST USED UP AND THERE WAS A SUDDEN RUSH OF NE* ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR, MANUFACTURERS WOULD FACE DIFFICULTIES MEETING ORDERS,+ MR CHOW SAID.

+MANUFACTURERS IN SUCH SITUATIONS CAN APPLY FOR ADDITIONAL OVERTIME HOURS OF 50 OR MORE, PROVIDED THAT THE WORKERS’ INTERESTS HAVE BEEN TAKEN CARE OF AND THE APPLICATION HAS THE SUPPORT OF MOST WORKERS.+

MR CHOw SAID WHEN THE APPLICATION WAS SUPPORTED BY A WORKERS’ OPINION POLL, IT WOULD NORMALLY BE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WHO WOULD BE EXERCISING HIS POWER UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE TO GRANT SPECIAL PERMISSION.

♦IN 1984, APPROVAL WAS GIVEN TO 49 SUCH APPLICATIONS. ONE WAS WITHDRAWN BECAUSE THE APPLICATION FAILED TO SECURE THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY OF WORKERS AFFECTED,+ HE SAID.

/MR OHO'w ...........

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MR CHOW ADDED THAT APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WHEN THERE WERE ONLY 25 OR 30 OVERTIME HOURS LEFT.

EMPLOYERS SHOULD ALLOW TWO WEEKS FOR THE PROCESSING OF SUCH APPLICATIONS, AS THE OPINION POLL HAD TO BE VERIFIED.

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SHARES DISCLOSURES * * *

i?BBSF

DATE BOUGHT/SOLD NO OF SHARES PRICE PER SHARE

15.11.85 SOLD 15.11.85 SOLD 18.11.85 SOLD 214,000 HKD2.35O HKD2.375 HKD2.325 ARY OF THE HK AND G TAI DEVELOPMENT

209,000

20,000

HE ALSO ADVISES THAT SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATI CO LTD SHARES AS FOLLOWS: AN INDIRECT SUBSIDI

ON HAS DEALT IN wIN

DATE BOUGHT/SOLD NO OF SHARES PRICE PER SHARE

15.11.85 SOLD 362,000 HKD4.875

15.11.85 SOLD 638,000 HKD4.850

15.11.85 SOLD 35,000 HKD4.95O

15.11.85 SOLD 46,000 HKD4.925

15.11.85 SOLD 110,000 HKD4.900

18.11.85 SOLD 6,557,875 HKD4.800

18.11.85 SOLD 734,000 HKD4.825

18.11.85 SOLD 313,000 HKD4.850

HE ALSO ADVISES THAT SUN HUNG KAI SECUR 1 TIES LTD, A FELLOW

SUBSIDIARY OF SUN HUNG KAI INTERNATIONAL LTD, HAS DEALT IN

HENDERSON LAND DEVELOPMENT AS FOLLOWS: CO LTD SHARES FOR ITS OWN ACCOUNT

DATE BOUGHT/SOLD NO OF SHARES PRICE PER SHARE

15.11.85 BOUGHT 50,000 HKD2.30

15.11.85 BOUGHT 34,000 HKD2.35

/HE ALSO .......

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HE ALSO ADVISES THAT SUN HUNG KAI SECURITIES LTD, A FELLOW SUBSIDIARY OF SUN HUNG KAI INTERNATIONAL LTD, HAS DEALT IN WING TAI DEVELOPMENT CO LTD SHARES FOR ITS OWN ACCOUNT AS FOLLOWS:-

DATE BOUGHT/SOLD NO OF SHARES PRICE PER SHARE

15.11,85 BOUGHT 7,000 HKD4.95

18.11.85 SOLD 7,125 HKD4.80

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PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TO MEET * * * *

THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL BE HOLDING A MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT WHICH A NUMBER OF ISSUES OF PUBLIC INTEREST TO RESIDENTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS WILL BE DEALT WITH.

IT w’ILL DECIDE ON A BUDGETARY PROPOSAL TO FINANCE AN OPEN COMPETITION FOR AN OFFICIAL LOGO FOR THE COUNCIL.

A STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING SEPTEMBER 30 WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE COUNCIL WHICH WILL ALSO BE INFORMED OF NEW CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE OF DIRECT CONCERN TO THE RSD AND THE FUTURE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

THE OPEN MEETING WILL START AT 9.30 AM IN THE COUNCIL’S CHAMBER AT THE TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, NEW TERRITORIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1985

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TENANCIES SOUGHT FOR FOUR SITES * * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT TENANCIES OF FOUR SITES.

IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM

THE FIRST SITE AT KA YIP STREET IN CHAI WAN, MEASURES 700 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR SAWMILL OR STORAGE OF GOODS, BUT EXCLUDING VEHICLES PURPOSES.

TENANCY IS TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY.

THE NEXT SITE, FOR THE STORAGE OF GOODS AND VEHICLES INCLUDING CONTAINERS, IS AT TAI WAN ROAD IN HUNG HOM. IT HAS AN AREA OF 1.02 HECTARES. TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR AND RENEWABLE QUARTERLY.

THE LAST TWO SITES AT TSUEN WAN RECLAMATION, MEASURING 6028 AND 5 351 SQUARE METRES, ARE FOR USE AS FEE-PAYING PUBLIC CAR PARKS FOR CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS.

THE TENANCY FOR THE TWO SITES IS TWO YEARS AND RENEWABLE QUARTERLY.

DEADLINE FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR THE SITES IS NOON ON DECEMBER 6.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND PLANS AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT:

* LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON;

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG NORTH, 12TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG, FOR THE CHAI WAN SITE ; AND

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TSUEN WAN, 10TH FLOOR, TSUEN wAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE TSUEN WAN SITES.

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AMENDMENTS PROPOSED FOR NEW FOOTBRIDGE

* * * *

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO AMEND THE PLAN FOR A FOOTBRIDGE LINKING THE FUTURE SEAFRONT ROAD AT WAN CHAI RECLAMATION WITH HARBOUR ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH FENaICK STREET.

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT INVOLVES EXTENDING THE SOUTHERN END OF THE SEAFRONT ROAD FOOTBRIDGE TO LINK UP WITH FIRST FLOOR LEVEL OF THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

ALSO PROPOSED IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RECTANGULAR STAIRCASE AT THE SOUTHERN FOOTPATH OF HARBOUR ROAD PROVIDING ACCESS TO THc. FOOTBRIDGE INSTEAD OF A SPIRAL STAIRCASE.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL -NQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

X DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG NORTH, 12TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, HONG KONG; AND

* WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, TUNG w'AH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG.

OBJECTIONS IN WRITING TO THE PROPOSED WORKS SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JANUARY 14.

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ROAD SAFETY DAY TO LAUNCH CAMPAIGN

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A ROAD SAFETY DAY WILL BE HELD THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24) AT VICTORIA PARK TO LAUNCH THE MONTH-LONG EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

THE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT EDUCATING RESIDENTS ON ROAD SAFETY awareness, with special emphasis on the importance of observing ROAD SAFETY RULES.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY, STARTING AT 2.30 PM, WILL INCLUDE A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS AND WINNERS OF AMATEUR SINGING COMPETITIONS, ACROBATIC PERFORMANCES, MAGIC SHOW, AND GAMES STALLS SET UP BY THE 12 AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTR ICT.

/THESE WILL .......

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1?85

THERE WILL ALSO BE A MINIATURE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, COMPUTER GAMES ON ROAD SAFETY, A ROAD SAFETY BUS, EXHIBITIONS AND A SEVEN-METRE-HIGH INFLATED GORILLA FOR CHILDREN.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD, THERE WILL BE AN EDUCATIONAL FORTNIGHT, IN WHICH THE POLICE WILL EDUCATE PEDESTRIANS ON THE PROPER USE OF ROAD CROSSING FACILITIES AND FOOTBRIDGES. THE POLICE WILL ALSO VISIT SCHOOLS TO GIVE ROAD SAFETY TALKS.

IN THE FINAL TWO WEEKS OF THE CAMPAIGN, ACTION WILL BE STEPPED UP AGAINST PEOPLE WHO BREACH TRAFFIC RULES.

A TOTAL OF 55 MODEL PEDESTRIANS WILL BE CHOSEN AT VARIOUS TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS IN THE DISTRICT.

ABOUT 340 000 WILL BE SPENT ON THE CAMPAIGN, WHICH IS ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT OFFICE, THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, AND THE 12 AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT.

OFFICIATING AT THE ROAD SAFETY DAY CEREMONY WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, W G.W. ROPER, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, POLICE SENIOR STAFF OFFICER (TRAFFIC) HONG KONG ISLAND, MR LAM KIN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR YUE HUI-KWONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24) AT FOOTBALL PITCH NO. 2 IN V ICTORI A PARK.

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TRAINING COURSES TO PROMOTE DANCING ORGANISED * * * *

THP RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE DIVISION OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH HAS ORGANISED TWO TRAINING COURSES FOR MODERN DANCE AND AEROBIC DANCE INSTRUCTORS.

THE COURSES ARE AIMED AT TRAINING QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS AND IMPROVING THE STANDARD OF DANCING.

THOSE AGED 18 OR ABOVE AND WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN MODERN OR AEROBIC DANCE ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART.

/THE THAINING

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THE TRAINING COURSE FOR MODERN DANCE INSTRUCTORS, CO-ORGANISED WITH THE HONG KONG DANCE FEDERATION, WILL BE CONDUCTED BY MR WILLY TSAO.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS FROM DECEMBER 6 TO FEBRUARY 7 NEXT YEAR.

THE TRAINING COURSE FOR AEROBIC DANCE INSTRUCTORS WILL BE HELD AT THE TO KWA WAN SPORTS CENTRE ON TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS FROM DECEMBER 17 TO FEBRUARY 25.

APPLICANTS FOR THE ABOVE COURSES ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AUDITIONS TO BE HELD LATER. FEE FOR EACH COURSE IS $30.

MEANWHILE, THE BRANCH IS ORGANISING A TWO-DAY CAMP TO BE HELD AT THE LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE IN SAI KUNG ON DECEMBER 14 AND 15. PEOPLE AGED 18 OR ABOVE ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART.

CAMP FEE IS $16 EACH WITH ANOTHER $22 FOR MEALS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND DETAILS FOR THE ABOVE ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BRANCH AT 14TH FLOOR, RUTTONJEE HOUSE, 11 DUDDELL STREET, CENTRAL.

FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE RING 5-214416.

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KAM TIN ON TARGET OF PROSPEROUS GROWTH

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT KAM TIN HAD, IN RECENT YEARS, GROWN FROM A RURAL COMMUNITY INTO A MODERN TOWNSHIP IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

SPEAKING AT THE KAM TIN TA CHIU CEREMONY, DR HAYES SAID THAT WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE PROPOSED KAM TIN BY-PASS AND OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT IN COMING YEARS, KAM TIN TOWN WOULD BE MORE PROSPEROUS.

DR HAYES ALSO PRAISED THE TRADITIONAL TA CHIU SPIRIT OF THE TANG CLAN IN KAM TIN, WHICH -NOT ONLY SHOWED THEIR RESPECT AND GRATITUDE TO TwO ANCIENT GOVERNORS OF KAM TIN, KNOWN AS +CHOW WONG YEE KUNG+, BUT ALSO CARRIED THE CLAN’S UNITY.

THE SIX-DAY LONG KAM TIN TA CHIU IS HELD ONCE EVERY TEN YEARS. THE ESTIMATED COST FOR THIS YEAR’S TA CHIU WILL BE MORE THAN $1 MILLION WHICH IS TO BE SHARED BY MEMBERS OF THE CLAN.

PAPER OFFERINGS AND SOME VALUABLE ANTIQUES BELONGING TO THE CLAN, WHICH DEPICT THE CLAN’S HISTORY, WILL BE ON DISPLAY DURING THE TA CHIU PERIOD.

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RELIGIOUS CEREMONY * * *

T— REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYtS, WILL OFFICIATE AT A RELIGIOUS CEREMONY AT 3 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE YUEN YUEN INSTITUTE, LO WAI, TSUEN wAN.

THE MAIN THEME OF THE CEREMONY IS TO PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY.

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FIREMEN PRAISED FOR PROMPT ACTION

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-IPEMEN wERE TODAY COMMENDED BY THE MANAGEMENT OF A YAU MA TEI -STAUFANT FOR THEIR PROMPT AND EFFICIENT ACTION IN TACKLING AN EARLY MORNING FIRE LAST WEEK IN WHICH OVER 100 RESIDENTS WERE RESCUED.

TH- DAMAGE TO THE RESTAURANT WAS ALSO REDUCED AS A RESULT OF ThE S.iFT ACTION BY FIREMEN.

A CEREMONY AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION TODAY, KAN SEE-KO OF THE EVERGREEN RESTAURANT PRESENTED A BANNER AND A S3 000 CHEQUE TO THE FIRE SERVICES WELFARE FUND TO ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL OFFICER OF TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION, MR TSANG LING-WAI.

THE NO. 3 ALARM FIRE BROKE OUT ABOUT 6 AM ON NOVEMBER 11 ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE RESTAURANT AT WOOSUNG STREET.

AT THE HEIGHT Oc THE BLAZE, FIREMEN RESCUED A TOTAL OF 120 RESIDENTS STRANDED ON THE ROOF. THE FI RE WAS PUT OUT IN LESS THAN TWO HOURS. NO ONE WAS INJURED.

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TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE PLANNED FOR TAI WAI X * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT AN INTERIM TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE AT THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY’S NEW TAI WAI STATION IN SHA TIN.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BUS AND MAXICAB TERMINUS AT A SITE BETWEEN THE TAI WAI STATION AND CHE KUNG MIU ROAD.

A CYCLE PARK AND FACILITIES FOR TAXIS AND PRIVATE VEHICLES ..ILL ALSO BE PROVIDED AT TSUEN NAM ROAD NORTH OF THE STATION, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE IN USE IN MID-1986.

AT THE SAME TIME, TSUEN NAM ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH MEI TIN ROAD AND AN UNNAMED ROAD PARALLEL TO CHE KUNG MIU ROAD WILL BE CLOSED.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT:

* CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, ■iAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

> DISTRICT LANDS OFF ICE, SHa TIN, 2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SECOND FLOOR, SHA TIN; AND

* SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

-J-CTIONS IN WRITING TO THE PROPOSED WORK SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JANUARY 14.

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LEARNING ABOUT A CAREER IN CUSTOMS * * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE ASPIRING FOR A CAREER IN THE CUSTOMS AND EaCISE SERVICE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO UPDATE THEIR KNOWLEDGE CF THE wORK OF THE SERVICE ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 23) WHEN DETAILS OF THE SERVICE’S ACTIVITIES ARE DISPLAYED AT EDINBURGH PLACE.

THE EXHIBITION, TO BE OPENED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR HARNAM GREWAL, wILL INCLUDE A DRUG 1ZTECTI0N DOG SHO,, wALK-THROUGH METAL DETECTOR DEMONSTRATION AND PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS OF DUTIES OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS.

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IN ADDITION, CUSTOMS LAUNCHES WILL PUBLIC AT QUEEN’S PIER, WHILE SAMPLES OF EQUIPMENT USED WILL BE ON SHOW.

ALSO BE OPEN TO THE CUSTOMS SEIZURES AND

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 10 AM.

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SYMPOSIUM ON BENEFIT PLANS * * * * *

BRIDGE, WILL OFFICIATE AT PERFORMANCE THROUGH

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON tmf OPENING OF THE SYMPOSIUM ON ENHANCED . .... .

EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS AT 9 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE BALLROOM CF SHERATON HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM IS ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE A BETTER UNDERSTANDIH6 OF THE MORE PROMINENT EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS ADMINISTERED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN HONG KONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING AND THE SYMPOSIUM.

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BIG TURNOUT FOR EXHIBITION ON TUEN MUN * * *

AN EXHIBITION ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AT THP BUTTERFLY ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, RESIDENTS DURING THE LAST FEW DAYS.

OF TUEN MUN, HELD HAS ATTRACTED MANY

TH- EXHIBITION IS ONE OF THE MANY ACTIVITIES ORGANISED DURING THE THREE-WEEK TUEN MUN FESTIVAL.

STARTING FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO NOVEMBER 24, THE

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EXHIBITION WILL BE STAGED AT THE ON TING - YAU CENTRE- FROM NOVEMBER 25 TO 28 AT THc. TAI HING AND FROM NOVEMBER 30 TO DECEMBER 8 AT THE TUxN

COMMUNITY HALL, MUN PLAYGROUND.

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AN IMITATION PLATFORM OF THE FUTURE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT TERMINAL AND A VIDEO SHOW INTRODUCING THE LRT SYSTEM AND ITS ROUTES ARE THE MAJOR ATTRACTIONS OF THE EXHIBITION.

MODELS OF LARGE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, PHOTOGRAPHS AND LAYOUT PLANS SHOWING FUTURE PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT, ARE ALSO ON DISPLAY.

AN EYE-CATCHING PHOTOGRAPH EXHIBITION SHOWING THE LIVELIHOOD CF RESIDENTS IN TUEN MUN HAD ALSO ATTRACTED MANY VISITORS.

DURING THE DISTRICT-WIDE EXHIBITION, SOME DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS wILL BE AT SOME OF THE VENUES FROM 6 PM TO 8 PM TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON DISTRICT MATTERS FROM THE PUBLIC.

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FIGHT CRIME SEMINAR FOR KWUN TONG X * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE 14 AREA COMMITTEES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE ABLE TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON LAW AND ORDER IN THE DISTRICT AT A SEMINAR THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24) AFTERNOON.

♦THE 120 PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE ’KUNG TONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME SEMINAR’, WILL BE DIVIDED INTO SEVEN GROUPS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE SAID.

+TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION INCLUDE CRIME PREVENTION, TRIAD SOCIETIES, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME, THE ROLE OF AREA COMMITTEES IN FIGHTING CRIME, VIOLENT CRIMES AND RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE CF WEAPONS, JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, AND SOCIAL CRIMES,+ HE ADDED.

BEFORE THE GROUP DISCUSSIONS, THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICERS OF THE KWUN TONG AND SAU MAU PING POLICE, AND AN OFFICER FROM THE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU WILL ALSO DELIVER TALKS ON CRIME PREVENTION.

THE SEMINAR, ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, IS TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES TO SHARE THEIR IDEAS ON HOW TO PREVENT CRIME IN THE DISTRICT.

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tu- qcminar WII L START AT 1.45 PM IN THE SHUN LEE ESTATE g*™ 1 JIstI I?TEf ISHT CR !me”JoSmIAt™ iEHlc2F llSSeJ'THt POLICE WCAl! AREA COMMITTEES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES DURING THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER SEMINAR AT 1.45 PM ON SUNDAY

CENTRE.

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME IN THE SHUN LEE ESTATE COMMUNITY

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CHARITY WALK TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS * * *

TO FACILITATE THE YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN JOINT DISTRICT CHARITY WALK, TAI LAM CHUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 5 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24).

KAM TIN ROAD, KAM SHEUNG ROAD AND ROUTE TWISK WILL BE CLOSED FOR 15 MINUTES FOR THE START OF THE WALK AT 9.15 AM.

THE CAR PARK OPPOSITE SHEK KONG BUS TERMINUS WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 7 AM TO NOON. AND THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND OFi-KAM SHEUNG ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8.30 AM TO 9.30 AM.

SPECIAL BUS SERVICES WILL OPERATE ON SUNDAY : ROUTE 61S

FROM BUTTERFLY ESTATE TO SHEUNG TSUEN, ROUTE 53S FROM

CASTLE PEAK BAY TO SHEUNG TSUEN. ROUTE 52S FROM TAI LAM CHUNG

TO TUEN MUN TOWN CENTRE, AND 50$ FROM TAI LAM CHUNG TO YUEN LONo.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1985

CONTENTS PaGE NO.

BRITAIN, CHINA COMMITTED TO CARRY OUT JOINT DECLARATION .......... 1

’VALUE FOR MONEY’ STUDIES ACHIEVE SAVINGS ........................ 2

MOVE TO DE-REGULATE PEAK TRAM iARES............................... 3

SAFETY RULES ON BOXING TO REMAIN ................................. 4

INSURANCE POLICY-HOLDERS TO GET MORE PROTECTION................... 5

MEDICAL BILL CLARIFIES IRISH QUALIFICATION ....................... 6

_ STOCK EXCHANGES ORDINANCE SECTIONS IN OPERATION .................. 6

TAKING HONG KONG’S MESSAGE ACROSS AhiERICA........................ 7

GROUP FORMED TO FIGHT PROTECT ION ISM ............................ 8

U.S. HOUSE TO DEBATE TRADE BILL................................... 8

CANADA TO LIFT IMPORT QUOTAS ON FOOTWEAR ......................... 9

EPA PRESS CONFERENCE ............................................. 9

BROAD AND BALANCED EDUCATION STRESSED............................ 10

HK: AN EXCITING PLaCE IOR EDUCATIONISTS ......................... 11

COUNTRY PARKS SURVEY TO START ................................... 12

DB MEMBERS CALL ON WIGGHAM ...................................... 13

MANPOWER SURVEf TO START NEXT WEEK .............................. 1}

FIRST IN LINE FOR NEW STAMPS .................................... 14

TRANSPORT ASSISTANTS RETIRE ..................................... 14

RSD PROJECTS TO START WORK NEXT YEAR .,.......................... 15

BOARD MEMBERS MEET PUBLIC .....................................   15

ISLANDS ATHLETIC MEET ON SUNDAY.................................. 16

STUDENTS’ ART WORKS ON DISPLAY................................... 16

KOWLOON CITY ANTI-DRUGS FAIR..................................... 17

SPORTS WEEKEND FOR TSUEN WAN..................................... 18

CHARITY WALK IN NT WEST ......................................... 18

ELDERLY CARNIVAL TO BE STAGED IN CENTRAL......................... 19

CHILDREN’S STORY TELLING COMPETITION ............................ 19

IMPROVEMENT PLANNED FOR MAN KAM TO ROAD.......................... 20

EARLY MORNING CLOSURE OF TUEN MUN ROAD........................... 20

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRAfKTlfZNTS IN WAN CHAI ....................... 21

ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI ........................................ 21

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 1985

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BRITAIN, CHINA COMMITTED TO CARRY OUT JOINT DECLARATION

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BOTH THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS ARE VERY FIRMLY COMMITTED TO THE SCRUPULOUS CARRYING OUT OF THE JOINT DECLARATION AND BOTH GOVERNMENTS HAVE MADE QUITE CLEAR THAT THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE INTENT ON DOING, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TONIGHT (FRIDAY).

SIR EDWARD WAS SPEAKING TO A GROUP OF REPORTERS AFTER ATTENDING THE SILVER JUBILEE DINNER OF THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON +THE INDICATION BY MR XU JIATUN THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD DONE SOMETHING WHICH HAD CONTRADICTED THE SPIRIT OF THE JOINT DECLARATION* SIR EDWARD SAIDi +1 DON’T KNOW WHAT MR XU HAD IN MIND, AND I THINK YOU MUST ASK HIM ABOUT THAT.*

SIR EDWARD ADDED THAT HE DID NOT THINK THERE WAS ANY CHANGE SINCE HE SPOKE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO.

HE NOTED: +l SAID THERE THAT I THOUGHT THAT THE TWO GOVERNMENTS WOULD EACH BE ALIVE TO THE VIEWS AND CONCERNS OF THE OTHER AND THE CONCERNS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

AND I WAS QUITE CONFIDENT THAT ON STRUCTURES WHICH WOULD ENDURE AND WHICH TO HAVE A SMOOTH TRANSITION, AND THAT’S ADDED.

THAT BASIS WE COULD DEVISE I THOUGHT WOULD ENABLE US STILL MY VIEW,* SIR EDWARD

NOTE:

FOR YOUR REFERENCE, THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXTRACT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH AT THE OPENING OF THE 1985/86 SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 30 RELATING TO THE COMMITMENTS OF BOTH THE BRITISH AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENTS:

+BOTH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA ARE FIRMLY COMMITTED TO MAINTAINING THE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY CF HONG KONG AND TO ENSURING A SMOOTH TRANSITION IN 1997. BOTH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, WHICH WILL REMAIN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG UP TO 1997, AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRAFTING THE BASIC LAW, HAVE AS THEIR STARTING POINT THE JOINT DECLARATION, WHICH SETS OUT IN ANNEX I THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT FOR THE FUTURE. BOTH GOVERNMENTS HAVE PLEDGED THEMSELVES TO CONSULT EXTENSIVELY WITH THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. I AM SURE THAT THE TWO GOVERNMENTS WILL AT ALL TIMES BE ALIVE TO THE CONCERNS AND THE VIEWS OF THE OTHER, AS WELL AS OF THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. I AM ALSO CONFIDENT THAT, ON THESE FOUNDATIONS, A FRAMEWORK CF ENDURING INSTITUTIONS CAN BE CONSTRUCTED, WHICH WILL MAINTAIN CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG AND ENABLE A SMOOTH TRANSFER OF GOVERNMENT IN 1997.+

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’VALUE FOR MONEY’ STUDIES ACHIEVE SAVINGS *****

ABOUT S43O MILLION HAS BEEN SAVED AS A RESULT OF 70 +VALUE FOR MONEY* STUDIES, ONE OF THE MEASURES UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

THESE STUDIES INVOLVED THE FORMING OF DEPARTMENTAL STEERING GROUPS WHICH IDENTIFIED PRIORITY AREAS FOR EXAMINATION, MONITORED PROGRESS AND FOLLOWED THROUGH ON PLANS FOR ACHIEVING ECONOMIES.

+l AM PLEASED THAT OUR EFFORTS HAVE ACHIEVED A CONSIDERABLE DEGREE OF SUCCESS. THROUGH THE JOINT EFFORTS OF MANAGEMENT AND STAFF WORK HAS BEEN RE-ORGANISED AND PRODUCTIVITY INCREASED, MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO STABILISE THE SIZE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE AND HAVE ONLY MINIMAL STAFF INCREASES FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE SILVER JUBILEE DINNER OF THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT ANOTHER MEASURE ADOPTED ALONG THE SAME LINE HAD BEEN TO SEEK THE HELP OF THE STAFF.

MANY DEPARTMENTAL WORK IMPROVEMENT TEAMS HAD BEEN FORMED THAT wERE COMPOSED OF FRONT-LINE STAFF AND THEIR SUPERVISORS.

THEY MEET REGULARLY TO DISCUSS THEIR WORKING ARRANGEMENTS AND TO SEE HO a BETTER SERVICE MIGHT BE PROVIDED TO THE PUBLIC.

THUS SUGGESTIONS LEADING TO IMPROVEMENT FREQUENTLY ORIGINATE FROM THE FRONT-LINE STAFF THEMSELVES.

+AS A RESULT, THEY FEEL A SENSE OF PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT AND JUSTIFIABLE PRIDE IN THEIR WORK,* HE SAID.

EMPHASISING FURTHER ON THE IMPORTANCE PLACED ON MANAGEMENT TRAINING, SIR EDWARD SAID SPECIAL ATTENTION WAS BEING PAID TO TRAINING OFFICERS IN MID-CAREER FOR SENIOR DIRECTORATE RESPONSIBILITIES.

+SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN SEPTEMBER 1984, THERE HAVE BEEN THREE SENIOR STAFF COURSES AND A FURTHER THREE WILL BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR,* HE SAID.

+ BY THAT TIME A TOTAL OF 188 CIVIL SERVANTS WILL HAVE PASSEL THROUGH THE COURSE,* HE ADDED.

CIVIL SERVANTS COULD ALSO ATTEND IN-HOUSE MANAGEMENT TRAINING PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED BY THE CIVIL SERVICE TRAINING CENTRE AND PROGRAMMES SPONSORED BY OTHER LOCAL AND OVERSEAS TRAINING INSTITUTIONS.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE CONTINUED TO MAKE USE OF THESE EXTERNAL COURSES AS IT ENABLED IT T”) KEEP ABREAST OF THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN MANAGEMENT PRACTICt OUTSIDE THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

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FRIDAY, NOVIHBER 22, 1985

HE ADDED THAT IT ALSO ENABLED CIVIL SERVANTS AND THEIR PRIVAic. SECTOR COUNTER-PARTS TO EXCHANGE IDEAS TO THEIR MUTUAL BENEFIT.

CONGRATULATING THE ASSOCIATION FOR 1tstc°NTRI BUT I ON TO PROMOTING EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS, SIR EDwARD SAID THAT HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS WAS DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE HARD WORK, INITIATIVE AND SKILL OF ITS PEOPLE.

+THP PROPER MANAGEMENT OF THIS VITAL HUMAN RESOURCE IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THAT SUCCESS,+ HE SAID.

+BUT IF WE ARE TO CONTINUE TO SUCCEED WE CANNOT AFFORD TO RELAX OUR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE HONG KONG’S MANAGEMENT SKILLS.

+AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF A STILL SLUGGISH WORLD ECONOMY, THE MOUNTING THREAT OF PROTECTIONISM AND THE EVER-INCREASING COMPETITION FOR THE MARKETS AVAILABLE, HONG KONG’S FUTURE PROSPERITY REQUIRES THAT MANAGEMENT BE CONSTANTLY ON THE ALERT TO MEET NEW CHALLENGES,+ HE SAID.

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MOVE TO DE-REGULATE PEAK X X * X

TRAM FARES

THE PEAK TRAMwAY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, PUBLISHED IN THE »ZETTC TODAY PROVIDES FOR THE DE-REGULATION OF PEAK TRAM FARES JL THE GRANTING OF A RIGHT TO THE PEAK TRAMWAY COMPANY TO OPERATE Tr.E TRAMwAY FOR 20 YEARS AT A PREMIUM OF 52.6 MILLION.

. GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AS THE PEAK TRAM wAS ... LARGELY A RECREATIONAL FACILITY AND NOT AN ESSENTIAL FORM OF PUBLIC TFANSPORT, IT wAS NO LONGER NECESSARY FOR GOVERNMENT TO EXERCISE CONTROL OVER THE PEAK TRAM FARES.

HOwEVER, IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THE SMALL NUi'.EEH OF PEOPLE WHO USE THE PEAK TRAMwAY FOR COMMUTING,’ THE BILL PROVIDE^ FOR MONTHLY TICKETS TO EE ISSUED BY THE COMPANY AT CONCESSIONARY FATES.

THE CHARGE FOR A MONTHLY TICKET IS NOT TO EXCEED 25 TIMES THE LOWEST FARE FOR A FULL DISTANCE SINGLE JOURNEY, PROVIDED THAT THE Charge IS not less than the current LEVEL of 5130 FOR AN ADULT AND S50 FOR A STUDENT UNDER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS.

THE PREMIUM FOR THE 20-YEAR RIGHT TO OPERATE THE TRAMWAY IS ! .TENDED TO REPLACE THE OBSOLETE ANNUAL PERMIT FEE SYSTEM PROVIDED IN THS EXISTING PEAK TRAMWAY ORDINANCE.

UNDER THE EXISTING ORDINANCE, THE PEAK TRAMWAY COMPANY IS REQUIRED TO PAY GOVERNMENT AN ANNUAL PERMIT FEE FOR THE USE OF GOVERNMENT LAND TO OPERATE THE TRAMwAY. THE PROPOSED PREMIUM FOR THE 20-YEAR RIGHT IS A COMMERCIAL RENT FOR THE USE OF GOVERNMENT LAND FOR TRAMWAY PURPOSES. THE 20-YEAR RIGHT WOULD ^50 PROVIDE SUFFICIENT SECURITY FOR THE COMPANY TO MODERNISE THE EQUIPMENT OF THE TRAMWAY.

/THIS BILL .......

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THIS BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 4.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO COMMENT MAY WRITE TO UMELCO AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING, JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, EIGHTH FLOOR, ST JOHN’S BUILDING, 33 GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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SAFETY RULES ON BOXING TO REMAIN X X X X X

THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT HAS RECENTLY CONDUCTED A REVIEW OF THE CONDITIONS IMPOSED ON PERMITS FOR FREE FIGHT AND KICK BOXING EVENTS AND RECOMMENDED THAT THEY SHOULD REMAIN IN

FORCE.

WHEN THESE CONDITIONS wERE FIRST IMPLEMENTED BY THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY (TELA) ON JANUARY 1, 1985, THE COUNCIL UNDERTOOK TO REVIEW THEM AFTER SIX MONTHS.

THE RECOMMENDATION WAS MADE ON THE ADVICE OF A WORKING GROUP CONSISTING OF MEMBERS FROM THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY, THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND VARIOUS GOVERNING BODIES OF THE MARTIAL ARTS SPORTo.

THESE PERMIT CONDITIONS ARE INTENDED TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF CONTESTANTS, AND SEVERAL CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN AMENDED AND REFINED TO REFLECT MORE ACCURATELY THEIR ORIGINAL INTENTION.

A CONDITION REQUIRING THAT ALL CORNER POSTS IN THE RING_oHAli_ EE CUSHIONED AND THE FLOORING CUSHIONED AND CANVASSED HAS BEtN REVISED TO STATE THAT THE CUSHIONING AND CANVASSING SHOULD Be. oeT ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL SPECIFICATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION (AIBA).

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* I TH REGARD TO THE TREATMENT OF INJURIES, THE AMENDED CONDITION STIPULATES THAT ALL INJURIES, IF ATTENDED TO IN THE VENUE, SHALL TREATED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITION WHO SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT, SHOULD HE CONSIDER IT NECESSARY, TO EXAMINE THE CONTESTANTS BEFORE THE CONTESTANTS LEAVE THE VENUE.

THE WORKING GROUP ALSO REFINED THE CONDITION wHICH SPELLS OUT .EIGHT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CONTESTANTS. THE DIFFERENCE SHOULD NOT EXCEED FIVE KILOGRAMS wHEN THE CONTESTANTS ARE WEIGHED IN NAKED aITHIN 12 HOURS OF THE CONTEST.

THE CONDITION REQUIRING THE PERMIT HOLDER TO HIRE POLICE INSIDE THE VENUE DURING THE CONTEST HAS BcEN DROPPED.

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ANOTHER CONDITION STATING THAT CONTESTANTS SHOULD PRODUCE MEDICAL CERTIFICATION OF FITNESS TO COMPETE, ISSUED BY A REGISTERED ■EDICAL PRACTITIONER NOT MORE THAN THREE MONTHS BEFORE THE CONTEST, HAS ALSO BEEN RELAXED. IT WILL NOW BE SUFFICIENT FOR CONTESTANTS TO EE EXAMINED AND CERTIFIED FIT TO COMPETE BY A REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE CONTEST.

AS REGARDS THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TERMINATING A BOUT, THIS HAS NOW BEEN PLACED wITH THE REFEREE. HOWEVER, THE REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO ADVISE THE REFEREE TO TERMINATE THE CONTEST, IF HE CONSIDERS IT NECESSARY FOR THE SAFETY CF THE CONTESTANTS. THE REFEREE SHALL FOLLOW THAT ADVICE.

OTHER PERMIT CONDITIONS REMAIN UNCHANGED AND THE PERMIT HOLDER SHALL EE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DUE OBSERVANCE OF ALL THE CONDITION^. WHERE ANY CONDITION OF SUCH PERMIT IS CONTRAVENED, THE PERMIT HOLDcF. SHALL BE GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE AND SHALL BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $10 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

THE NEw PERMIT CONDITIONS WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON DECEMBER 22. COPIES OF THE NEW CONDITIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE LICENSING CFFICE OF THF TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY, NINTH FLOOR, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

INSURANCE POLICY-HOLDERS TO GET MORE PROTECTION

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INSURANCE POLICY-HOLDERS «ILL BE GIVEN GREATER PROTECTION UNDER PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ORDINANCE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

UNDER THE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985, aHERE THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY HAD REQUIRED AN INSURANCE COMPANY TO MAKE A BANK DEPOSIT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROTECTING THE INTERESTS OF POLICY-HOLDERS, ANY CHARGE CREATED OVER THE DEPOSIT WOULD BE VOID.

THE MONEY DEPOSITED WOULD THEREFORE BE AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION AMONGST CREDITORS, MAINLY POLICY-HOLDERS, ON A rtINDING-UP OF THE COMPANY.

THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, AS THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY, SAID THAT THE PROPOSAL HAD RECEIVED THE SUPPORT OF THE INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE BILL IS SCHEDULED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 4, 1985.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED BILL CAN BE SUBMITTED TO UMELCO AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING, JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL OR THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, CENTRAL.

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MEDICAL BILL CLARIFIES IRISH QUALIFICATION K H M K

HONG KONG BELONGERS WHO HAVE OBTAINED MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS IN THE IRISH REPUBLIC ON OR AFTER APRIL 30, 1985 WILL BE ENABLED TO REGISTER AS MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN HONG KONG UNDER AN AMENDMENT TO THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION ORDINANCE.

UNDER THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), NATIONALS CF COUNTRIES NOT IN THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY (EEC), INCLUDING HONG KONG BELONGERS, WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED PRIMARY MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS IN THE IRISH REPUBLIC ON OR AFTER APRIL 30, 1985 WILL BE ENTITLED TO REGISTER AS MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN HONG KONG.

EARLIER IN THE YEAR, THE GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM DECIDED THAT PERSONS WHO WERE NOT NATIONALS OF A MEMBER STATE OF THE EEC AND WHO HAD OBTAINED A DIPLOMA IN MEDICINE IN THE IRISH REPUBLIC ON OR AFTER APRIL 30, 1985 .vERE NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR FULL REGISTRATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE BILL SEEKS TO AMEND THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO PLACE ALL HOLDERS OF UNITED KINGDOM OR IRISH MEDICAL DIPLOMAS ON AN EQUAL FOOTING IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR NATIONALITIES.

IT aILL ENABLE NON-EEC NATIONALS WITH MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS FROM THE IRISH REPUBLIC TO CONTINUE TO BE REGISTRABLE AS MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN HONG KONG AS THEY HAVE DONE IN THE PAST.

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STOCK EXCHANGES ORDINANCE SECTIONS IN OPERATION * * * * *

SECTIONS 14 AND 15 OF THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1985 REQUIRING THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG LIMITED (THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE) TO ALTER ITS CONSTITUTION TO REFLECT THE VARIOUS LEGISLATIVE CHANGES MADE TO THE ORDINANCE ENACTED IN AUGUST THIS YEAR SHALL COME INTO OPERATION TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE RELEVANT NOTIFICATION wAS CONTAINED IN THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1985 (COMMENCEMENT) NOTICE 1985 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG LIMITED HAS CALLED FOR AX EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING ON DECEMBER 11 FOR THE ,-URPOSE OF "■ENDING ITS MEMORANDUM AND ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION ACCORDINGLY.

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO BRING INTO OPERATION THE REMAINING PROVISIONS IN THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE. 1985, itITH THE EXCEPTION OF SECTION 9, ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20.

SECTION 9 WHICH RENDERS VOID DEEDS OF TRUST ETC. .vILL COME INTO OPERATION ON THE DAY OF COMMENCEMENT OF OPERATION OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 198?

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TAKING HONG KONG’S MESSAGE ACROSS AMERICA

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THE REPRESENTATIONAL ROLE OF THE HONG KONG COMMISSION IN NEW YORK HAS NOT BEEN DIMINISHED BY THE GREAT PRESSURE PLACED OK ITS RESOURCES IN COMBATING THE JENKINS BILL, ACCORDING TO THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS, MISS DENISE YUE, ON WHOSE SHOULDERS MUCH OF THE REPRESENTATIONAL WORK HAS FALLEN IN RECENT MONTHS.

SPEAKING IN AN INTERVIEW IN NEW YORK, MISS YUE SAID THAT ThE PRIMARY FUNCTION OF THE NEW YORK OFFICE WAS TO REPRESENT HONG KONG’S INTERESTS IN NORTH AMERICA AND TO MAKE SURE ITS POSITIVE IMAGE WAS REINFORCED AMONG THE RIGHT PEOPLE.

HOWEVER, A LOT OF THE WORK OF THE OFFICE, AND PARTICULARLY CF THE COMMISSIONER, MR BILL DORWARD, HAS RECENTLY BEEN DIVERTED TO FIGHTING TRADE BATTLES IN WASHINGTON.

MISS YUE, wHO TOOK UP HER POST AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER SEVEN MONTHS AGO, SAID THAT IN HER VISITS TO VARIOUS PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA SHE HAD ENCOUNTERED GREAT INTEREST IN HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY ABOUT ITS FUTURE.

+1 HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT THE SECURITY FOR HONG KONG PROVIDED BY THE SINO-BRITISH AGREEMENT, AND THE GROUNDWORK BEING LAID BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FOR A STABLE AND PROSPEROUS FUTURE,* SHE SAID.

DURING THE PAST TwO MONTHS, MISS YUE HAD SPOKEN BEFORE AUDIENCES In VANCOUVER, ALABAMA, CLEVELAND, SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES, PLATFORMS HAVE INCLUDED WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCILS AND TRADE GROUPS, AS WELL AS THE CAMPUSES OF SEVERAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. SHE HAD ALSO GIVEN INTERVIEWS TO LOCAL NEWSPAPER AND RADIO AND TELEVISION STATIONS WHEREVER SHE SPOKE.

+IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT HONG KONG’S INTERESTS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE NOT SEEN AS ONLY BEING CONCERNED WITH ONE ISSUE, THAT OF ACCESS FOR ITS EXPORTS,* SHE SAID.

+OF COURSE THIS IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, BUT IT ALSO MUST BE EMPHASISED THAT HONG KONG HAS MUCH TO OFFER AS A REGIONAL CENTRt FOR MAJOR CORPORATIONS, AS AN ENTREPOT TO CHINA, AND AS A PLACt. TO MAKE A PROFITABLE INVESTMENT.*

MR DORWARD HAS ALSO BEEK PREACHING THE HONG KONG MESSAGE . < HE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY, WITH RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS IN GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT AND MONTREAL.

+BOTH THE COMMISSIONER AND I ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE FhaT AMERICANS AND CANADIANS ARE AwARE OF THE ’MIRACLE’ THAT IS HO.-KONG,* MISS YUE SAID.

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GROUP FORMED TO FIGHT PROTECTIONISM ' * X * * *

THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW SUB-COMMITTEE AGAINST PROTECTIONISM (SCAP) WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD.

THE NEW GROUP COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES OF BOTH THE TRAD- ADVISORY BOARD AND THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD. THERE ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF OTHER LEADING INDUSTRY AND TRADE BODIES, INCLUDING THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION.

SERVING ON THE SUB-COMMITTEE WILL BE: MR KENNETH FANG, MP "ILL I AM FUNG, MR JACK TANG AND MISS ELEANOR WONG, OF TEXTAB” MR S.H. SUNG, MR KENNETH TING, MR PAUL YIN AND MRS ELEANOR LING, O- tab AND MR CHRISTOPHER CHENG, TEXTAB AND TAB. MR JACK SO 0" THC TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL IS A CO-OPTED MEMBER.

MR MACLEOD, WHO WILL CHAIR THE GROUP, SAID MEMBERS WOULD ASSIST IN TWO-WAY COMMUNICATIONS WITH RELEVANT INDUSTRY AND tpahe BODIES EXCEPT, OF COURSE, WHERE CONFIDENTIALITY RULED THAT OUT. IT WAS ALSO LIKELY THAT SCAP WOULD HOLD DISCUSSIONS '|TH INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS ETC. THE SUB-COMMITTEE WOULD PROBABLY HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING IN MID-DECEMBER WHEN IT WOULD CONSIDER CURRENT PROBLEMS AND DEVISE WORK PROGRAMME.

+ THIS NEW GROUP WILL ENABLE US TO CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND GUIDE WAYS TO PROTECT HONG KONG’S INTERESTS AS EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE, PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF U.S. PROTECTIONISM,* MR MACLEOD SAID.

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U.S. HOUSE TO DEBATE TRADE BILL * * * *

LATEST INFORMATION FROM WASHINGTON IS THAT THE HOUSE CF REPRESENTATIVES WILL CONSIDER THE SENATE VERSION OF THE JENKINS-THURMOND BILL ON DECEMBER 3, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE,

MR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID TODAY.

MR MACLEOD EXPLAINED .THAT THE RULES COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE DECIDED YESTERDAY TO PERMIT THE SENATE VERSION TO BE CONSIDERED ON DECEMBER 3.

+DEBATE WILL PROBABLY TAKE PLACE UNDER wHAT IS KNOWN AS CLOSED RULE ARRANGEMENTS,* MR MACLEOD SAID.

+THIS MEANS THAT NO AMENDMENTS WILl BE ALLOWED. IF THE HOUSE APPROVES THE SENATE VERSION ON A SIMPLE MAJORITY BASIS, THEN IT WILL GO TO THE PRESIDENT WITHOUT THE NEED FOR A CONFERENCE STAGE,* HE ADDED.

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CANADA TO LIFT IMPORT QUOTAS ON FOOTWEAR * * * *

THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IMPORT QUOTAS ON FOOTWEAR IMPOSED IN 1977 WILL BE LIFTED FROM DECEMBER 1 WITH ONE EXCEPTION.

THP EXCEPTION IS IN THE WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’ FOOTWEAR SECTOR WHICH COVERS BOTH DRESS AND CASUAL FOOTWEAR. QUOTAS ON THESE TYPES OF FOOTWEAR WILL REMAIN IN FORCE FROM DECEMBER 1, 1985 TO NOVEMBER 30, 1988. BUT THEY WILL BE GRADUALLY PHASED OUT OVcR THIS THREE YEAR PERIOD.

CANADA INTRODUCED IMPORT CONTROL MEASURES IN 1977 FOLLOWING A FINDING BY THE CANADIAN IMPORT TRIBUNAL THAT THE DOMESTIC FOOTwEAR INDUSTRY WAS BEING HURT BY FOREIGN IMPORTS. THE ACTION WAS EXTENDED IN 1981 AND 1982.

THE RECENT DECISION TO LIFT GLOBAL IMPORT QUOTAS WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT ON NOVEMBER 20 FOLLOWING ^REVIEW OF THE FOOTwEAR INDUSTRY’S POSITION CARRIED OUT EARLIER THIS YEAR BY THE CANADIAN IMPORT TRIBUNAL. THE JR’^UNaL

0 THAT WITH THE eXCEPTION_OF.WOHEVS ““„G,!^EIGN |J?ORTS.

CONCLUD

THE INDUSTRY NO LONGER NEEDS TO

BE PROTECTED

IN 1984, CANADA’S FOOTwEAR T 38.1 MILLION OF WHICH $15.1 FOOT.-. EAR.

IMPORTS FROM

MILLION WERE

HONG KONG AMOUNTED WOMEN’S AND GIRLS’

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EPA PRESS CONFERENCE

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DETAILS OF A NEWLY-COMPLETED REPORT SETTING OUT ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINES FOR PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 25).

IT WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, 11TH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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BROAD AND BALANCED EDUCATION STRESSED i * * * *

CHILDREN ARE ALLOCATED TO SCHOOLS ON THE BASIS OF PARENTAL CHOICE AND INDIVIDUAL ATTAINMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

CLARIFYING A SUGGESTION THAT GOVERNMENT WAS DIRECTING THE LESS ABLE AND MOST TROUBLESOME CHILDREN TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS, NR LEUNG SAID +THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT DIRECT CHILDREN IN THIS WAY*.

MR LEUNG WAS SPEAKING AT THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPEECH DAY OF DELIA MEMORIAL SCHOOL.

ON THE SETTING UP OF A SYSTEM WHEREBY PARENTS WERE ENTIRELY FREE TO SEND CHILDREN TO WHATEVER PRIVATE SCHOOL THEY WISHED WITH GOVERNMENT MEETING THE FEES, MR LEUNG SAID THIS METHOD OF PROVIDING PLACES HAD BEEN FULLY CONSIDERED WITHIN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

♦ BUT THE PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IT WOULD RAISE ARE THOUGHT TO HEAVILY OUTWEIGH ANY ADVANTAGES IT MIGHT HAVE,* HE SAID.

+FOR ONE THING, IT WOULD INEVITABLY LEAD TO HIGHLY UNDESIRABLE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS AND MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS WHICH WOULD ONLY EE HARMFUL TO ALL CONCERNED, IN PARTICULAR THE CHILDREN,+ HE ADDED.

COMMENTING ON THE PROBLEMS OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS, MR LEUNG SAID THEY WERE PROBLEMS WHICH HAD ARISEN AS A RESULT OF THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS OR SO, FROM PARTIAL TO UNIVERSAL PROVISION OF A BASIC COURSE OF EDUCATION.

+WE ARE STILL IN THE MIDST OF THAT DEVELOPMENT IN THAT HAVING SECURED THE NECESSARY QUANTITY OF PROVISION wE ARE NOW CONCENTRATING ON ACHIEVING THE REQUIRED QUALITY OF CONTENT IN WHAT WE ARE PROVIDING,* HE SAID.

TURNING TO GOVERNMENT’S CURRENT POLICY, MR LEUNG SAID THE WHOLE THRUST WAS TO ENSURE THE PROVISION OF A BROAD AND BALANCED EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM WITH EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL.

+THIS DOES NOT MEAN THE CREATION OF A COMPLETELY UNIFORM SYSTEM OF SCHOOLS ALL EXACTLY THE SAME.

+WHAT IT DOES MEAN IS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SYSTEM IN WHICn CERTAIN MINIMUM STANDARDS ARE SECURED TO PROVIDE THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH DIVERSITY CAN FLOURISH, AND WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO FLOUR ISH,+ HE ADDED.

+ IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S DECLARED POLICY, REVIEWED AND REVISED RECENTLY IN THE LIGHT OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE REPORT NO. 1 CF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION, TO ACHIEVE THIS SOUND SCHOOL SYSTEM BY BUILDING FULLY AIDED SCHOOLS, BUT MAKING FULL USE 0; EXISTING, ALTERNATIVE RESOURCES SUCH AS PLACES AVAILABLE IN PRIVATE SCHOOLo ABLE TO OFFER THE REQUIRED QUALITY EDUCATION,* HE SAID.

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+SUCH SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR OF EDUCATION.

+WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE CURRENTLY PLANNED SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME WE SHOULD HAVE A SYSTEM IN WHICH MANY OF THE PRESENT DIFFICULTIES, SUCH AS TRANSFERRING PUPILS AMONG SCHOOLS AND INADEQUATE CURRICULA, WILL BE RESOLVED,* MR LEUNG SAID.

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HK: AN EXCITING PLACE FOR EDUCATIONISTS

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HONG KONG IS AN EXCITING PLACE FOR EDUCATIONISTS TO WORK IN COMPARED WITH MOST DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR LI YUET-TING, SAID TODAY (FR IDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE CENTRAL EAST REGIONAL COUNCIL OVERSEAS SCHOOLS 85 CONFERENCE, MR LI SAID IT WAS BECAUSE HONG KONG WAS STILL IN AN EXPANDING SITUATION AND THE COMMUNITY HERE FIRMLY BELIEVED IN EDUCATION AND WAS EVER-READY TO SUPPORT IT AND TO PAY FOR ITS DEVELOPMENT.

MR LI SAID HONG KONG WAS PROBABLY THE FIRST CHINESE COMMUNITY IN THE vORLD TO ACHIEVE NEAR UNIVERSAL SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD ACCEPTED A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS CF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S FIRST REPORT AND IMPLEMENTATION HAD already started, these included a further expansion of senior SECONDARY EDUCATION, HE ADDED.

♦THERE WILL NO LONGER BE ANY NEED FOR THE PRESENT SELECTION ARRANGEMENTS AT THE END OF THE COMPULSORY EDUCATION PERIOD, WHICH CAN THEN BE PHASED OUT IN 1991,+ MR LI SAID.

HONG KONG WAS FULLY COMMITTED TO PROVIDING THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE FOR ALL CHILDREN BECAUSE IN A PLACE WHICH HAD VIRTUALLY NO NATURAL RESOURCES, HUMAN RESOURCES WERE OUR +LIFE-LINE+, HE SAID.

+AT PRESENT 17 PER CENT OF GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE IS DEVOTED TO EDUCATION AND I WILL NOT BE SURPRISED IF THIS PERCENTAGE IS INCREASED OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS,+ MR LI SAID.

IN THIS CONNECTION, MR LI SAID, THE EDUCATION COMMISSION WAS LIKELY TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION, SIXTHFORM EDUCATION AND OPEN EDUCATION IN ITS NEXT REPORT.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO JUST ANNOUNCED THAT THE PLANNING OF A THIRD UNIVERSITY WILL START, MR LI SAID.

♦THUS, EDUCATION WILL CONTINUE TO OCCUPY A CENTRAL PLACE I HONG KONG’S LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT,* HE ADDED.

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COUNTRY PARKS SURVEY TO START * * * *

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT A MAJOR SURVEY IN HONG KONG’S POPULAR COUNTRY PARKS TO FIND OUT THE UiAGc PATTERN OF PARK VISITORS AND TO IDENTIFY THEIR NEEDS FOR FACILITIbu AND SERVICES.

THE SURVEY, THE SECOND CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT SINCE 1982, COVERS 15 COUNTRY PARKS AND THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE.

THE COUNTRY PARKS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY INCLUDE ABERDEEN, POK FU LAM, TAI TAM, QUARRY BAY, LANTAU, SAI KUNG, MA ON SHAN, CLEAR WATER BAY, KAM SHAN, LION ROCK, SHING MUN, TAI LAM, TAI MO SHAN, PAT SIN LENG AND PLOVER COVE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE SURVEY WOULD EE CARRIED OUT FROM NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 30.

♦DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD, ABOUT 6 000 VISITORS TO THESE DESIGNATED COUNTRY PARKS WILL BE SELECTED AT RANDOM FOR INTERVIEWS EY THE DEPARTMENT’S PARK WARDENS AND OTHER FIELD STAFF WHO WILL EEAR AN OFFICIAL IDENTITY BADGE.

♦THEY WILL BE ASKED SUCH SIMPLE QUESTIONS AS THEIR GROUP SIZE GROUP COMPOSITION, THEIR HOME DISTRICT, MEANS AND COST OF TRANSPOR’ TO THE COUNTRY PARKS, THE FREQUENCY OF VISITS TO THE COUNTRY PARKS, PARK ACTIVITIES PREFERRED AND ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

EACH INTERVIEW WILL LAST FOR ONLY FIVE TO EIGHT MINUTES AND EVERY INTERVIEWEE WILL EE GIVEN A SOUVENIR AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW IN APPRECIATION OF THEIR SUPPORT.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THE PUBLIC VISITING THE SELECTED COUNTRY PARKS IN THE SURVEY PERIOD TO CO-OPERATE FULLY WITH SURVEY STAFF WHEN THEY wERE APPROACHED FOR INTERVIEW.

♦THE SURVEY wILL BE OF LONG-TERM BENEFIT TO THE PUBLIC AS THl RESULTS WILL PROVIDE A YARDSTICK FOR BETTER PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF THE COUNTRY PARKS, AND FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS OF PARK FACILITIES AND SERVICES,+ HE SAID.

THE INFORMATION GATHERED WILL BE COMPILED INTO A STATISTICAL SUMMARY REPORT AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY EFERENCE BE MADE TO THE PERSONAL DaTA OF INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWEES. THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

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D3 MEMBERS CALL ON WIGGHAM if * if If

FjJN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING PAin A COURTESY CALL ON THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK, BOARD MEMBERS HAD AN EXTENSIVE DISCUSSION WITH MR WIGGHAM ON VARIOUS ISSUES INCLUDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND THE ROLE OF DISTRICT BOARDS IN RELATION TO THE FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THEY ALSO TALKED ABOUT STAFF SITUATIONS IN DISTRICT OFFICES, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS OFFICES, AND THE APPOINTMENT 0" AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

THE BOA’D CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, SAID AFTER THE MEETING THE INFORMAL GATHERING WAS USEFUL IN FOSTERING BETTER COMMUNICATIONS AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE CITY AND NEW T LRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS AND THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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MANPOWER SURVEY TO START NEXT WEEK * * * *

T- VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL BE CONDUCTING A SURVEY --XT w£EK TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE MANPOWER NEEDS OF THE ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING INDUSTRY.

+ THE DATA COLLECTED WILL ASSIST THE COUNCIL’S COMMITTEE ON ’-■'ECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING TRAINING TO FORMULATE APPROPRIATE TRAINING PLANS TO MEET DEMANDS FROM THE INDUSTRY. EMPLOYER- ARt THEREFORE URGED TO COOPERATE IN SUPPLYING INFORMATION,* Trie COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, MR J.E. STRICKLAND SAID.

■jUESTICNNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY NOTES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ABOUT 1 500 ESTABLISHMENTS INCLUDING MANUFACTURERS, SUPPLJEris, CONSULTANCY COMPANIES, SERVICE BUREAUS IN THE INDUSTRY AN-COMPUTER USERS IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES.

DURING THE SURVEY, FROM NOVEMBER 29 TO DECEMBER 18, INTCRVI EWERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT wILL CALL AT THE SELECTED COMPANIES TO COLLECT AND ASbl^T IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

INFORMATION COLLECTED w ILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDE .Ce pJeUSHeJ ONLY IN THE FORM OF S'- 71 ST I CAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE to INDIVIDUAL establishment.

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FIRST IN LINE FOR NEW STAMPS * * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION, MR MICHAEL SANDBERG, WILL BE BUYING THE FIRST SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS TO BE ISSUED ON NOVEMBER 27, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DAVID LAN, i-R SANDBERG wILL ARRIVE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE AT 7.45 AM ON THAT DAY TO BUY THE SPECIAL STAMPS ON NEW BUILDINGS.

AS POST OFFICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE CROWDED ON THAT DAY, ADDITIONAL COUNTERS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS AT 17 POST OFFICES.

THEY ARE THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HENNESSY ROAD, MORRISON HILL, NORTH POINT, QUEEN’S ROAD AND SHEUNG WAN POST OFFICES ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON CENTRAL, CHEUNG SHA WAN, GILLIES AVENUE, KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, MONG KOK, SHAM SHU I PO, TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICES IN KOWLOON AND THE TSUEN wAN POST OFFICE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT EXTRA STAFF WILL BE ON DUTY AT MOST POST OFF ICES THAT DAY.

AS QUEUES- ARE EXPECTED, HE REQUESTED THE PUBLIC TO SHOW TOLERANCE AND TO TRANSACT THEIR NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS ON THE “AY BEFORE OR A^TER THE DATE OF SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE IF POSSIBLE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU aRE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE EASTERN MAIN GATE NEAR THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE TO THE YARD OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE AT 7.30 A." ON NOVEMBER 27.

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TRANSPORT ASSISTANTS RETIRE * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS, TODAY (FRIDAY) PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO TWO TRANSPORT ASSISTANTS, MR KO HUNG AND MR LEUNG WAH, WHO ARE RETIRING FROM GOVERNMENT SERV ICE.

MR KO JOINED THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN 1952

AND MR LEUNG JOINED THE SAME DEPARTMENT IN 1956. BOTH WERt TRANSFERRED TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN 1975 AND WERE PROMOTED TO TRANSPORT ASSISTANTS I IN 1981.

AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY HELD AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL CONTROL ROOM, MR LEEDS PRAISED THEM FOR THEIR LONG AND DEDICAicJ SERVICE IN THE DEPARTMENT.

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RSD PROJECTS TO START WORK NEXT YEAR

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WORK ON 20 CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WORTH A TOTAL OF $291.4 MILLION IS EXPECTED TO START IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE RSD’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (HEADQUARTERS), MR GEOFFREY ORR, AT A MEETING OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TODAY.

AMONG THE MAJOR ONES ARE THE YEUNG UK ROAD MARKET, OFFICE AND INDOOR GAMES HALL IN TSUEN WAN ($60 MILLION) AND A CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX IN TUEN MUN ($40 MILLION).

THE OTHERS INCLUDE A NUMBER OF PARKS, SUCH AS THE LARGE TOWN PARK RECENTLY OPENED AT TUEN MUN.

AT THE MEETING, THE COUNCIL APPROVED THE PROPOSED BUDGET OF $138 800 FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE BUDGET INCLUDES $97 300 FOR PUBLICITY ON THE COMPETITION AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, A CASH PRIZE OF $30 000 FOR THE WINNER AND TROPHIES FOR THE WINNER AND RUNNERS-UP.

ON THE TRAINING RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO RSD STAFF AT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TRAINING SCHOOL, THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL, MR ALBERT WONG, SAID THE RSD’S TRAINING ESTIMATES FOR 1986/87 PROVIDED FOR 23 OVERSEAS AND 66 LOCAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES. THE ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THESE AMOUNT TO $4.87 MILLION.

HE SAID THE SCHOOL HAD STARTED A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE TO IMPROVE EXISTING TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND INTRODUCt NEW PROGRAMMES TO MEET CHANGING OPERATIONAL NEEDS THROUGH INCREASING AND CHANGING DEMANDS FOR SERVICES FROM THE PUBLIC.

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BOARD MEMBERS MEET PUBLIC * * * *

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD HAS HANDLED SOME 50 CASES SINCE APRIL IN THE MEET THE PUBLIC SCHEME.

THE MOST COMMON CASES WERE ON HOUSING AND BUILDING MANAGEMENT MATTERS, REPRESENTING ABOUT 30 PER CENT AND 25 PER CENT OF THE CASE LOAD RESPECTIVELY.

OTHER SUBJECTS INCLUDED TRAFFIC, ENVIRONMENT AND LANE MATTERS. SOME 20 PER CENT OF THE CASES WERE ON PERSONAL MATTERS.

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FOUR MEET THE PUBLIC SESSIONS ARE HELD EACH MONTH, ALL ON FRIDAY AFTERNOONS.

TODAY, THE BOARD’S SESSION WAS HELD AT THE NEW PREMISES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AT THE TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN, SAID APART FROM ENQUIRIES, COMPLAINTS AND REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE, SUGGESTIONS TO THE BOARD WERE ALSO WELCOMED.

MR CHAU SAID CASES WOULD BE DEALT WITH PROMPTLY WHILE OTHERS WOULD BE REFERRED TO THE BOARD OR ITS COMMITTEES IF NECESSARY. MATTERS THAT REQUIRED FURTHER ATTENTION WOULD BE MASSED TO RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, HE ADDED.

ISLANDS ATHLETIC MEET ON SUNDAY * * *

MORE COMPETI NG (NOVEMBER

THAN 200 ATHLETES FROM THE ISLANDS DISTRICT WILL BE ™THE8TH ISLANDS DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET OH SUNDAY 24) AT THE WONG CHUK HANG SPORTS GROUND IN ABERDEEN.

TH- ANNUAL EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

ISLAND^

THERE wILL BE ABOUT 70 TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS IN THE THE 3ROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDE A 1 500-METRE RACE, LONG JUMP AND A 4 tY ano-METRE RELAY RACE.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET STARTING AT 13.30 AM ON SUNDAY. THc ASSISTANT ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ANDREW PYNE, AND OHTER LOCAL DIGNITARIES WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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STUDENTS’ ART WORKS ON DISPLAY

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ABOUT 800 PIECES OF ART WORKS WILL BE ON DISPLAY IN A JOh.T SCHOOL aRTS EXHIBITION IN SHAM SHU I PO FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY .

ITFMS ON DISPLAY INCLUDE TRADITIONAL CHINESE PAINTINGS, SEA! cI^INGS, CALLIGRAPHY, MODERN SCULPTURES, PHOTOGRAPHS, handicraft and ceramics.

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THE EXHIBITS ARE PRODUCED MAINLY BY STUDENTS AND ART TEACHERS FROM 38 KINDERGARTENS, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTR ICT.

PRESENTED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE, THE TwO-DAY EXHIBITION IS ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF THE 1985 INTERNATIONA Y'uTH YEAR AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR FAN KAM-PING, SAID THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE EXHIBITION WAS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE AND OPINIONS IN ART CREATION AND APPRECIATION.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPENED FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM IN CONCORDIA LUTHERAN SCHOOL AT 12 TAI HANG TUNG ROAD. ADMISSION IS FREE.

DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN CHENG- DISTRICT OFFICE^, ;R SYLVESTER TSE, AND OTHER LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT ID AM.

..OTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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KOWLOON CITY ANTI-DRUGS FAIR * * X *

aO.vlOON CITY RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO AN AFTERNOON OF - . -NL ENTERTAINMENT AT THE DISTRICT ANT I-NARCOTICS FAIR TO __ • ..D AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24).

THERE WILL BE 20 GAMES STALLS, AN EIGHT-METRE TALL MPLATABLE ELEPHANT FOR CHILDREN, MAGIC, MIME AND ACROBATIC SrtOwS AND PERFORMANCES BY THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL BAND.

THE FAIR IS ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT’S |-NARCOTICS COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE THE THEME OF THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GORDON MORTIMER-..LOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GORDON JONES- THE DISTRICT’S SLICE COMMANDER, MR BENNY NG, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT ' TI-NARCOTICS COMMITTEE, MR WONG WlNG-PUl, wILL OFFICIATE T THE OPENING CEREMONY.

•?TE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOwLOON CI7Y DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS FAIR AT 2.30 PP ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER aT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

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SPORTS WEEKEND FOR TSUEN WAN * K *

PROGRAMMES OF THE 1985 TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG SPORTS FESTIVAL WILL CONTINUE THIS WEEKEND WITH A MINI-TENNIS DEMONSTRATION AND A VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION.

THE MINI-TENNIS DEMONSTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD FOOTBALL FIELD IN TSUEN WAN.

KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TUNG-CHING, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING.

ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24) AT 1 PM, SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT, MR PATRICK LAU; DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, YAU HON-KEE, SIN CHUN-KAI AND LAM YUK-TONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE VOLLEYBALL INVITATION COMPETITION AT THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK INDOOR GAMES HALL, HING FONG ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER BOTH EVENTS.

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CHARITY wALK IN NT WEST * * * *

THE YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN COMMUNITY CHEST WALK WILL TAKE PLACE THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24) TO RAISE 875'3 OOO FOR THE CHEST.

THE WALK WILL START AT THE SHEUNG TSUEN PARK, YUEN LONG AND END AT ThE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL, TAI LAM CHUNG COVERING A DISTANCE OF 20 KILOMETRES.

SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR IAN MACPHERSON, >-.ILL OFFICIAL AT THE STARTING CEREMONY AT 9.15 AM IN SHEUNG TSUEN PARK AT THE JUNCTION OF KAM SHEUNG ROAD AND KAM TIN ROAD, YUEN LONG.

ABOU’ 5 000 RESIDENTS OF YUEN LONG AND TUEN MUN WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE WALK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COvER THE EVENT.

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ELDERLY CARNIVAL TO BE STAGED IN CENTRAL K * *

A CARNIVAL FOR MORE THAN 2 OOO ELDERLY PEOPLE WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24) AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL.

THE THREP-HOUR PROGRAMME, STARTING AT 2 PM, WILL INCLUDE CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMANCES, TELEMATCH GAMES, LIONS DANCE, HANDICRAFT EXHIBITION AND GAMES STALLS.

SPONSORED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD, THr URBAN COUNCIL AND THE LIONS CLUB OF CAMERON MOUNT, THE CARNIVAL IS AIMED AT PROMOTING A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND CARE FOR THE ELDERLY, AND AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT FOR the AGED.

AD”I SSI ON TO THE CARNIVAL IS FREE.

T-. ' CARNIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TH- DI' "ICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (CENTRAL AND .EST-RN), „i AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT, THE SOCIAL ■■-lFAR- DEPARTMENT AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN AND ISLANDS REHABILITATION AND ELDERLY SERVICES CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

G> -STS WILL INCLUDE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, CEHT-’^- AND WESTERN, MISS WINDY KWOK, URBAN COUNCILLOR, I5S '■'■A''' TAM, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, *•••. VINCENT KO.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ELD. _v CA-: IVAL FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY CNOVEMBER 24) AT ’HE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL.

CHILDREN’S oTORY TELLING COMPETITION it & > ft r

THE FINAL OF THE CHILDREN’S STORY TELLING COMPETITION * ILL i- HELD -T THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24) AFTERNOON.

THE COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY TELEVISION

HONG KONG AND THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONb.

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tu- u-An nr THr C , -Sc PROGRAMME SERVICE OF THE RTHK, f CHU PUSHING AND i Irt OF THE ASSOCIATION'S TREASURER, JrS MTHEi STRICKLAND* WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMPETITION WHICH WILL START AT 2.30 PM AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

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IMPROVEMENT PLANNED FOR MAN KAM TO ROAD

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO IMPROVE THE SECTION OF MAN KAM TO ROAD FROM JOCKEY CLUB ROAD TO LIN MA HANG ROAD.

THE IMPROVEMENT WILL INCLUDE WIDENING OF THE THREE-KILOMETRE CARRIAGEWAY FROM SIX METRES TO 10.3 METRES TO CATER FOR THREE-LANE TRAFF IC.

IT ALSO INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 1.6-METRE wI DE FOOTPATH ALONG THE CARRIAGEWAY, THE PROVISION OF RETAINING WALLS AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS.

TwO EXISTING BRIDGES ON JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FIVE REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND A VEGETABLE STATION ALONG MAN KAM TO ROAD a ILL EE RECONSTRUCTED.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND aESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG= AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, NORTH AND AT THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, FANLING, NEW TERRITORIES.

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORKS OR THE USE SHOULD BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JANUARY 21.

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EARLY MORNING CLOSURE OF TUEN MUN ROAD * * * * *

TO FACILITATE ROAD SURFACING WORK, THE KOwLOON BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD BETWEEN ROAD D8 AND SIU LAM INTERCHANGE wILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 11.30 PM AND 5 AM THE MONDAY AND TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 25 AND 26).

FOLLOWING MORNING ON

TRAFFIC HEADING CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

KMB ROUTES 57*, AND 68M wILL ALSO BE

FOR TSUEN WAN wILL BE DIVERTED TO

59A 59*. 59S, 60, 60M, 66, 66M, 67M, 68 DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA CASTLE °EAK ROAD.

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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IN WAN CHAI

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WAN CHAI ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 24) IN CONNECTION WITH THE CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING TO BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM.

THE FOLLOWING MEASURES (UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED) WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 1 PM AND LAST UNTIL CROWDS HAVE DISPERSED AFTER THE EVENT:

* CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND STADIUM PATH a ILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM 1 PM TO 3.45 PM. THE SAME ROAD SECTION WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND FROM 5.15 PM UNTIL THE DISPERSAL OF MOST PARTICIPANTS.

* CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD AND COTTON PATH wILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND; WHILE THE SECTION OF CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN COTTON PATH AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO PREMISES.

* EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD ..ILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, BUT VEHICLES WILL STILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE CAR PARK OF ST PAUL’S HOSPITAL FROM TUNG LO WAN ROAD.

r LINK ROAD BETWEEN CAROLINE HILL ROAD AND BROADWOOD ROAD wILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY UPHILL. VEHICLES LEAVING THE UPPER SECTION OF BROADwOCD ROAD, HAPPY VIEW TERRACE AND LEIGHTON HILL SHOULD PROCEED VIA BROADWOOD ROAD TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN wAN CHAI * * * * *

CHAI ROAD WILL BE TO NOVEMBER 29,

rtAN 25)

BURROWS STREET BETWEEN JOHNSTON ROAD AND CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DAILY FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER BETWEEN 8 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR DRAINAGc WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON JOHNSTON ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR WAN CHAI ROAD MAY USE THE SLIP ROAD LINKING JOHNoTON ROAD AND wAN CHAI ROAD NEAR FLEMING ROAD.

THE METERED PARKING SPACES ALONG THE CLOSED ROAD SECTION v. ILL ALSO EE SUSPENDED.

IN ADDITION TRIANGLE STREET BETwEEN JOHNSTON ROAD AND ,.AN CHAI ROAD with BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 25) TO 4 PM ON DECEMBER 7 FOR ROAD wORK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

U.S. RECOGNISES HONG KONG'S OPEN TRADING......................... 1

1OOTH CAR NUMBERS AUCTION RETCHES J1 fi.......................... 2

JAPANESE FIRM GETS ROAD CONTRACT ................................ 3

FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT ON DISPLAY............................... 3

MONG KOK CLEAN-UP TO BE LAUNCHED................................. 5

FIRE DRILL FOR RESIDENTS ........................................ 6

ANTI-MOSQUITO EFFORTS TO CONTINUE................................ 6

TWO +PEACS- SPECTACULARS PLANNED................................. 7

MARICULTURISTS REMINDED TO OPERATE LEGALLY ...................... 8

CHEMISTRY TEACHERS ATTEND SEMINAR................................ 9

CUSTOMS WORK ON DISPLAY.......................................... 9

TRAINING FOR CORRECTIONAL STAFF STRESSED ....................... 10

ELDERS PRAISED FOR CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY ..................... 11

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION FOR YOUTHS STRESSED ...................... 12

RESULTS OF CAREERS QUIZ ANNOUNCED............................... 12

CHINESE MUSIC WEEK LAUNCHED IN SOUTHERN ........................ 13

CYCLISTS TO SHOW SAFETY SKILLS ................................. 14

FUN DAY FOR SHAM SHUT PO RESIDENTS ............................. 14

LUNG CHEUNG ROAD RESTRICTED ZONES .............................. 15

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN WAN CHAI .................................... 16

CLOSURE OF SLIP ROAD PROPOSED .................................. 16

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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U.S. RECOGNISES HONG KONG’S OPEN TRADING

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WASHINGTON (NOVEMBER 22) -- A REPORT ON TRADE BARRIERS IN OVERSEAS COUNTRIES JUST RELEASED BY THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE DELIBERATELY EXCLUDES HONG KONG, ACCORDING TO A LEADING US GOVERNMENT TRADE OFFICIAL.

THE REPORT LOOKS AT TRADE BARRIERS MAINTAINED BY 34 OF THE WORLD’S LEADING MARKET ECONOMIES, INCLUDING THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY.

BUT ACCORDING TO THE ASSISTANT TRADE REPRESENTATIVE FOR INDUSTRY AND SERVICES, BRUCE WILSON, HONG KONG WAS EXCLUDED BECAUSE OF ITS LACK OF TRADE BARRIERS.

+HONG KONG WAS LOOKED AT FOR THE REPORT. COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING, IT HAS AN OPEN TRADE REGIME AND WE DID NOT FIND ANYTHING CF SIGNIFICANCE TO MAKE IT WORTHY OF INCLUSION,+ MR WILSON SAID.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG COULD BE INCLUDED IN A FUTURE REPORT IF IT IS FOUND THAT THE SITUATION ON TRADE BARRIERS OR PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IS NOT UP TO STANDARD.

COMMENTING ON HONG KONG’S EXCLUSION FROM THE REPORT, THE TERRITORY’S COMMISSIONER IN NEW YORK, BILL DORWARD, SAID THAT THIS OFFICIAL US RECOGNITION OF HONG KONG’S FREE TRADE POLICIES WAS VERY USEFUL IN THE PRESENT WASHINGTON DC CLIMATE.

+AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT MR WILSON WILL NOT FIND THAT HONG KONG’S INCLUSION WILL BE NECESSARY IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, EITHER BECAUSE OF TRADE RESTRICTIONS OR LACK OF ADEQUATE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. OUR STRICT ANTI-COUNTERFEITING REGULATIONS AND THE RIGOROUS ENFORCEMENT OF THEM ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY WELL KNOWN,+ MR DORWARD SAID.

THE REPORT, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO BE ISSUED, IS IN RESPONSE TO A REQUIREMENT IN THE TRADE AND TARIFF ACT OF 1984. IT WILL BE UPDATED ANNUALLY.

IN A STATEMENT ACCOMPANYING THE REPORT, THE US TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, CLAYTON YEUTTER, SAID THAT THE US IS SEEKING TO ELIMINATE ALL THE UNFAIR TRADE BARRIERS LISTED IN IT, +EITHER THROUGH BILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS, AGGRESSIVE ENFORCEMENT OF US LA^S, CR CHALLENGES AT INTERNATIONAL TRADE ORGANISATIONS.*

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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1OOTH CAR NUMBERS AUCTION FETCHES $1 M * * * *

LUCKY CAR REGISTRATION NUMBER HK3 WAS SOLD THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING BY AUCTION FOR $420 000 WHICH WILL GO TO THE LOTTERIES FUND AND BE USED FOR CHARITABLE PURPOSES.

THE REGISTRATION NUMBER ALSO FETCHED THE HIGHEST BID AT TODAY’S AUCTION, BOOSTING THE TOTAL PROCEEDS OF THE SALE OF ALL 35 LUCKY NUMBERS TO $1 005 000.

TODAY’S AUCTION, HELD AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, IS THE 100TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

TO MARK THE SPECIAL OCCASION, THE DEPARTMENT INVITED MISS ASIA PACIFIC (HONG KONG), MISS EVA LAI, TO BE THE HONORARY AUCTIONEER FOR THE SPECIAL NUMBER HK3.

THE BIDDING FOR THE AUSPICIOUS NUMBER, WHICH IN CANTONESE MEANS +HONG KONG ALIVE+ WAS BRISK RIGHT FROM THE FIRST CALL OF $30 000. MISS LAI FINALLY BROUGHT THE HAMMER DOWN AT $420 000.

SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR IAN MACPHERSON, AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS WERE ALSO AT THE AUCTION. AFTER THE AUCTION OF THE SPECIAL NUMBER, MR MACPHERSON PRESENTED MISS LAI WITH A SOUVENIR IN APPRECIATION OF HER PARTICI PAT I ON IN THE CHARITABLE CAUSE.

ANOTHER NUMBER DD33 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $100 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR DG 1885 AND DF9526.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES:

$ $ 3

DG 248 3 000 DG1323 4 000 DG 328 12 000

DF3393 3 500 8328 36 000 BB7228 10 000

DH 1 95 000 DB 603 2 500 CK3388 41 000

DG 228 5 000 DG 368 10 000 DG 668 17 000

DF8378 4 000 CN3388 40 000 DG8938 3 503

DF7888 4 500 DG1088 4 000 8138 20 000

BG 180 10 000 DG2823 6 800 DG 138 6 000

BU 11 31 000 AC3386 10 500 DG 751 1 200

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DF8999 7 000 DG 138 11 000 DD3399 21 000

DG2699 3 000 DD 99 50 000

DG 986 4 500 DG 218 6 000

TODAY’S SALE BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT REALISED SO FAR TO $35 851 732.

OF MONEY FOR CHARITY

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JAPANESE FIRM GETS ROAD CONTRACT

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A JAPANESE COMPANY HAS WON A $62.8 MILLION CONTRACT TO BUILD ROADS FOR THE LEUNG TIN HOUSING ESTATE IN TUEN MUN AND A BRIDGE TO CARRY THE LIGHT RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM OVER A NULLAH IN THE AREA.

THE CONTRACT, AWARDED TO THE TOBISHIMA CORPORATION, INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 1 O5O-METRE DUAL-CARRIAGEWAY ROAD IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AND A TOTAL OF 980 METRES OF SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY ROAD.

ALSO INCLUDED IS A 75-METRE BRIDGE TO TAKE THE LRT TRACKS ACROSS A NULLAH AND THREE PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGES IN THE AREA.

THE ROADS WILL SERVE THE HOUSING ESTATE WHICH IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THE ESTATE WILL HOUSE 65 000 PEOPLE WHEN COMPLETED.

WORK ON THE CONTRACT WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT ON DISPLAY X X X X X

THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO LOOK AT SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCES IN DEALING WITH FIRES AND OTHER EMERGENCIES IN AN OUTDOOR EXHIBITION STAGED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT THE EDINBURGH PLACE TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE DISPLAY IS PART OF THE ACTIVITY OF THE CAREERS EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AT THE CITY HALL.

/THE OUTDOOfi .........

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

THE OUTDOOR DISPLAY, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM, IS TO INTRODUCE THE ROLES PLAYED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN PROTECTING LIVES AND PROPERTIES.

VISITORS TO THE SHOW WILL BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THE WEST GERMAN-MADE 50-METRE TURNTABLE LADDER, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST MODERN FIRc APPLIANCES IN THE WORLD. THE GIANT FIRE BOAT NO. 6 WILL MOOR AT QUEEN’S PIER, AND CONDUCTED TOURS OF THE SPECIALLY DESIGNED VESSEL WILL BE ARRANGED BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5 PM.

OTHER MAJOR APPLIANCES ON DISPLAY WILL INCLUDE A HYDRAULIC PLATFORM, AN AMBULANCE, AN AMBULANCE LANDROVER, A MOBILE CASUALTY TREATMENT CENTRE, A MOBILE COMMAND UNIT TO BE MANNED BY SENIOR FIREWOMEN, AND VARIOUS RESCUE EQUIPMENT USED IN DEALING WITH ALL FORMS OF EMERGENCIES, RANGING FROM LANDSLIDES, FIRE FIGHTING, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, HOUSE COLLAPSES TO MOUNTAIN RESCUES.

THE SHOW WILL ALSO FEATURE COLOURFUL PHOTOGRAPHS OF FIREMEN AT WORK AND AT LEISURE, SOME OF THE WORST FIRES THAT OCCURRED IN RECENT YEARS AND FIRE FIGHTING OPERATIONS FROM LAND, AIR AND SEA.

A VIDEO CORNER WILL BE SET UP WHERE VIDEO TAPES ON SOME MAJOR INCIDENTS WILL BE SHOWN.

A TEMPORARY RECRUITMENT CENTRE WILL ALSO BE SET UP WHERE INTERESTED SPECTATORS CAN HAVE A TRY-OUT OF MEASUREMENT, EYE-SIGHT AND STRENGTH TESTS.

FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT AT A FIRE PREVENTION COUNTER TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND DEMONSTRATE THE OPERATION CF SOME COMMON TYPES OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

OFFICER WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

FIRE SERVICES INFORMATION

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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MONG KOK CLEAN-UP TO BE LAUNCHED

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THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE CAMPAIGN, SPONSORED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, IS AN ANNUAL EVENT ORGANISED TO EMPHASISE THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS AND HYGIENE TO RESIDENTS.

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY IN THE CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AFTER THE OPENING, IN WHICH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE URBAN SERVICES, TRANSPORT, HOUSING AND BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL GIVE TALKS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM PARTICIPANTS.

A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN PLANNED TO ENHANCE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL LAST THREE MONTHS, FROM NOVEMBER 24 TO FEBRUARY 23, 1986.

THESE INCLUDE A BUILDING MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE- A HOME DECORATION COURSE- STREET, BUILDING AND MARKET STALLS CLEAN-UP COMPETITIONS, PRIMARY STUDENT DRAWING AND PAINTING COMPETITIONS, A HOME BEAUTIFICATION CONTEST AND A VISIT TO THE INCINERATION PLANT AT LAI CHI KOK.

FUNDS WILL ALSO BE ALLOCATED TO ASSIST OWNERS INCORPORATIONS IN THE DISTRICT TO TEAR DOWN ABANDONED AND DANGEROUS SIGNBOARDS OF BUILD INGS.

A YEAR-END CLEAN-UP DRIVE WILL LATER BE HELD TO COINCIDE WITH THE APPROACH OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AT 11 AM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE ASSEMBLY HALL OF THE CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE AT 45 FUK TSUN STREET, TAI KOK TSUI.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1935

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FIRE DRILL FOR RESIDENTS

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qun.H n0AcceL,'rV]JED T0 C0VER THE EVENT- PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ^nc?TCAS!E^£ AT 10-15 AM AT THE ENTRANCE TO NAM ON FONG VILLAGE OPPOSITE SUN SING CENTRE AT 8 SUN SING STREET.

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ANTI-MOSQUITO EFFORTS TO CONTINUE * * * *

EFFORTS TO ELIMINATE MOSQUITO BREEDING WILL CONTINUE DESPITE THE APPROACH OF COLD WEATHER AND THE END OF THE TWO MONTH-LONG ANTI-MOSQUITO CAMPAIGNS LAUNCHED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN THE NON-URBAN AREA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT RESIDENTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREA WHO ENCOUNTERED MOSQUITO PROBLEMS WERE URGED TO CONTACT VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE RSD.

DURING THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, PEST CONTROL STAFF INSPECTED 40 140 HOUSES AND 21 923 BUILDING SITES AND OPEN SPACES, HE SAID.

AS A RESULT, 9 875 MOSQUITO-BREEDING PLACES WERE DETECTED AND ACTIONS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY TAKEN TO ERADICATE THEM.

AT THE SAME TIME, 323 PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT BREEDING WERE RECEIVED, RESULTING IN 63 SUMMONSES AND 95 WARNING LETTERS BEING ISSUED AGAINST OFFENDERS.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN ORDINANCE, IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW TO ALLOW MOSQUITO BREEDING IN PRIVATE PREMISES AND OFFENDERS WERE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10 000 AND A DAILY FINE OF $250.

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TWO +PEACE+ SPECTACULARS PLANNED * * * * *

OVER 33 003 YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN TWO SPECTACULAR EVENTS NEXT MONTH AS THE CLIMAX OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR.

DISCLOSING DETAILS OF THE +PEACE HI-TOUCH EXHIBITION* AND THE +PEACE RALLY* AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (SATURDAY), MRS SELINA CHOW, CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR (CCCIYY) SAID THE EVENTS WERE THE RESULT CF MANY MONTHS OF HARD WORK BY THE MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP TASKED WITH PLANNING THEM.

SHE THANKED THOSE INVOLVED FOR THEIR STRENUOUS EFFORTS AND EXPRESSED HER APPRECIATION OF THE GENEROSITY OF THE 20 SPONSORS AND THE ASSISTANCE GIVEN BY THE 19 DISTRICT BOARDS.

+WITHOUT THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS, I AM SURE WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CREATE THESE EVENTS,+ MRS CHOW SAID.

HIGH-TECH AND MULTI-MEDIA WILL BE USED IN THE +PEACE HI-TOUCH EXHIBITION* TO BE HELD BETWEEN DECEMBER 17 AND 20 AT THE CITY HALL, LOW BLOCK, EXHIBITION HALL.

MR LEUNG WING-TAI, TECHNICAL CO-ORDINATOR OF THE EXHIBITION, SAID VISITORS WOULD DISCOVER THAT THE +PEACE HI-TOUCH EXHIBITION* WOULD BE VERY DIFFERENT FROM ORDINARY EXHIBITIONS.

VISITORS WILL BE MET BY A +PEACE AMBASSADOR* WHO WILL ISSUE THEM WITH A +VISA+ TO A TRIP THROUGH A NUMBER OF +VISUAL TUNNELS*, CONTRASTING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PEACE AND STRIFE.

+YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE INVITED TO CREATE THEIR OWN PEACE LOGO ON COMPUTERSI WRITE DOWN THEIR WISH FOR PEACE ON A PIECE OF PAPER AND TIE IT TO A TREE OF PEACE! AND TO PLAY A GAME IN WHICH THEY TAKE THE ROLE OF A WORLD LEADER IN STARTING A NUCLEAR WAR ON A LOCATION OF THEIR CHOICE IN FRONT OF A WORLD MAP,* MR LEUNG SAID.

A FOUR-HOUR LONG CARNIVAL WILL BE STAGED AT THE HAPPY VALLEY SPORTS GROUND ON DECEMBER 22.

DR CHAN CHOI-LAI, CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP PLANNING THE CARNIVAL SAID THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG, MORE THAN 53 LOCAL ARTISTES AND GROUPS WOULD BE MOBILISED TO PERFORM TO PROMOTE PEACE.

THE EXTRAVAGANZA ENTITLED THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR PEACE RALLY WILL FEATURE DANCING, SINGING, DRAMA, BALLET AND MIME AND vILL START AT 3 PM, GRADUALLY BUILDING UP TO THE CLIMAX IN THE EVENING WHICH wILL BE A SPECTACULAR SHOW PERFORMED BY THE CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE CAMPANY ENTITLED +LOVE AND PEACE*.

/+THIS WILL .......

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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+THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A CANDLE-LIT SINGING PARADE LED BY

A POPULAR SINGER, MR MICHAEL KWAN AND DISC-JOCKEYS FROM BOTH THE RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND COMMERCIAL RADIO. EVERYONE WILL SING TOGETHER THE IYY PEACE SONG SPECIALLY WRITTEN FOR THIS OCCASION,* DR CHAN ADDED.

TICKETS PRICED AT $10 EACH, COVERING ADMISSION TO BOTH EVENTS wILL BE AVAILABLE ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 25) AT ALL BRANCHES OF TOM LE_ PIANO COMPANY LTD., YOUTH CENTRES UNDER THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS AND THE BREAKTHROUGH BOOKSTORE.

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED MAR ICULTURISTS THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE IN LAW TO OPERATE MARINE FISH CULTURE WITHIN AND OUTSIDE A FISH CULTURE ZONE WITHOUT A VALID LICENCE.

OFFENDERS WILL BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $20 000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT UPON CONVICTION, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID MANY MAR ICULTURI STS HAD SET UP ILLEGAL OPERATIONS IN AND AROUND FISH CULTURE ZONES WITHOUT OBTAINING A LICENCE.

♦SUCH ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES HAVE CAUSED CONSIDERABLE OBSTRUCTION TO THE LEGITIMATE MAR ICULTURISTS AND BLOCKED NAVIGATION FIARWAYS. THOSE ILLEGAL MARICULTURISTS WHO HAVE BEEN WARNED BUT FAIL TO REMOVE THEIR ILLEGAL RAFTS ARE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE MARINE FISH CULTURE ORDINANCE IN JULY 1982, 27 FISH CULTURE ZONES HAD BEEN GAZETTED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF MARICULTURISTS.

+SINCE THEN, OVER 2 600 APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FOR

THE GRANTING OF FISH CULTURE SITES AND ABOUT 1 300 LICENCES HAVE BEEN ISSUED. THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE REMAINING APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW BEEN PROCESSED AND ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO ISSUE THE SUCCESSFUL ONES WITH LICENCES,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THE DEMAND FOR FISH CULTURE SITES HAD FAR EXCEEDED THE CAPACITIES OF THE GAZETTED ZONES.

+APPLICANTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOCATED SITES HAVE BEEN ADVISED THAT THEIR APPLICATIONS ARE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST. THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN WARNED NOT TO OPERATE MARINE FISH CULTURE BEFORE THE ISSUE OF A VALID LICENCE,* HE ADDED.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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CHEMISTRY TEACHERS ATTEND SEMINAR * * * *

SOME 400 SECONDARY SCHOOL CHEMISTRY TEACHERS TODAY (SATURDAY) ATTENDED A SEMINAR ON METAL CORROSION AND PROTECTION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG CHEMICAL SOCIETY AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE TWO-DAY SEMINAR WAS HELD AT KEI CHI MIDDLE SCHOOL THIS MORNING WHILE THE SECOND MEETING WILL BE HELD NEXT SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 30).

THE AIM OF THE SEMINAR WAS TO GIVE THE PART ICI PANTS AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PRINCIPLE AND FORMS OF METAL CORROSION, CORROSION CONTROL AND PROTECTION METHODS, WITH PART'CULAR EMPHASIS ON THE USE OF ELECTROPLATING IN CORROSION PROTECTION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

AT TODAY’S SEMINAR, DR T.T. KAM, CHEMIST OF GOVERNMENT LABORATORY, GAVE TWO ILLUSTRATED TALKS ON METAL CORROSION AND CORROSION PROTECTION.

NEXT SATURDAY, MR M.K. LAU, SENIOR LECTURER OF HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC’S DEPARTMENT OF APPLIED SCIENCE, WtLL GIVE LECTURE TO THE PARTICIPANTS ON THE USE OF ELECTROPLATING IN CORROSION PROTECTION. THERE WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSION SESSIONS, A FILM SHOW AND AN EXHIBITION.

ACCORDING TO SOME PARTICIPANTS TODAY, THE SEMINAR WAS VERY USEFUL AS IT WAS IN LINE WITH THE SYLLABUS CONTENTS OF THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE’S SYLLABUS FOR CHEM STRY FOR FORMS 4 AND 5 AND THE HONG KONG ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS.

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CUSTOMS WORK ON DISPLAY

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A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUTHS FLOCKED TO EDINBURGH PLACE TODAY (SATURDAY) TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THE WORK OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT AT A CAREERS EXHIBITION.

FOLLOWING AN OPENING CEREMONY BY THE AND EXCISE, MR HARNAM GREWAL, A SERIES OF STAGED TO SHOW THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE INCLUDING A DRUG DETECTION DOG SHOW AND A CF METAL DETECTOR.

COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS DEMONSTRATIONS WERE JOB OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS, DEMONSTRATION OF THE USE

/VISITORS ALSO

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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VISITORS ALSO SAW A WIDE RANGE OF CONTRABAND ON DISPLAY, INCLUDING DANGEROUS DRUGS AND SMOKING PARAPHERNALIA, WHICH HAD BEEN SEIZED BY THE CUSTOMS DURING PAST OPERATIONS.

AMONG THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS WERE SOME SPECIAL EQUIPMENT USED BY THE CUSTOMS AND TWO CUSTOMS LAUNCHES MOORED AT QUEEN’S PIER.

THERE WERE ALSO PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS DEPICTING THE DUTIES CF THE MAJOR DIVISIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE CUSTOMS EXHIBITION WAS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE ID-DAY CAREERS '86 EXHIBITION NOW BEING STAGED IN THE CITY HALL.

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TRAINING FOR CORRECTIONAL STAFF STRESSED * * * X

’mc CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT PLACES GREAT IMPORTANCE ON GIVING THEIR STAFF APPROPRIATE TRAINING IN CORRECTIONAL WORK, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR GARTH HYDES, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE FIRST OPEN DAY OF THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY, MR HYDES SAID THE CORRECTIONAL STAFF WERE CONFRONTED DAILY BY OFTEN VIOLENT AND DIFFICULT PRISONERS WHO DID NOT EASILY CHANGE THEIR WAYS ON ADMISSION TO PRISONS.

THE STAFF HAD ALSO TO DEAL WITH DIFFERENT TYPES OF OFFENDERS WHICH INCLUDED YOUNG OFFENDERS, DRUG DEPENDENTS, FIRST OFFENDERS, HABITUAL CRIMINALS AND GANG MEMBERS, HE ADDED.

+OBVIOUSLY THIS IS NOT A EASY TASK AND, THEREFORE, GREAT IMPORTANCE IS PLACED ON GIVING OUR OFFICERS APPROPRIATE TRAINING,+ HE SAID.

+THIS IS NOT ONLY LIMITED TO PRACTICAL SUBJECT SUCH AS FOOT-DRILL, SELF-DEFENCE, WEAPONRY, RIOT-CONTROL AND WORKSHOP PROCEDURES WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL ASPECTS OF DAY TO DAY WORK, BUT ALSO THE MORE THEORETICAL SUBJECTS SUCH AS PSYCHOLOGY, CRIMINOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK AND PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT,* HE SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY WAS OPENED IN 1968 AND WAS FURTHER EXPANDED IN 1983. TRAINING FACILITIES INCLUDE MOCK CELLS, AN INDOOR FIRING RANGE, A MUSEUM, A LIBRARY, A TRAINING COURT, A TRAINING NURSING WARD, A GYMNASIUM AND CLASSROOMS.

THE OPEN DAY WAS AIMED AT INTRODUCING THE WORK OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES AND ITS STAFF TRAINING PROGRAMMES TO THE PUBLIC.

/TEEdE WERE........

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

THERE WERE EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS SHOWING THE ACTIVITIES IN VARIOUS CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS, STAFF TRAINING PROGRAMMES AS WELL AS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS MADE BY PRISONERS.

DEMONSTRATIONS ON PHYSICAL TRAINING, MULTI-GYM EXERCISE, JUDO AND SELF-DEFENCE EXERCISE AS WELL AS FIRST AID WERE PRESENTED.

IN ADDITION, THERE WERE PERFORMANCES BY THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND AND THE TAI TAM GIRLS’ PIPERS AND PRECISION MARCHING TEAM.

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ELDERS PRAISED FOR CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO, TODAY (SATURDAY) PRAISED THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG.

+WHILE THERE HAVE BEEN MANY CHANGES IN TODAY’S SOCIETY, THE ELDERLY HAVE NOT REMAINED PASSIVE,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY AT THE SAI KUNG CENTRAL PRIMARY SCHOOL, MR HO SAID THAT MANY ELDERS WERE MAKING USE OF THEIR SPARE TIME TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND VOLUNTARY SERVICES.

HE STATED THAT A GREAT NUMBER OF ELDERS IN SAI KUNG HAD ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN MARCH THIS YEAR.

HE CALLED AGAIN FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND THAT OF THE COMMUNITY IN THE COMING REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS NEXT YEAR.

THE ACTIVITIES ARRANGED FOR THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE A CARNIVAL, PICNICS, VISITS, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, OPEN DAYS AT ELDERLY CENTRES, +THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD FEAST+, VISITS TO OTHER ELDERLY PEOPLE, MEDICAL CHECK-UPS AND A DISCOUNT SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY.

MR HO NOTED THAT FROM RECENT REPORTS, HE LEARNED THAT MANY OLD PEOPLE WERE BEING IGNORED BY THEIR FAMILIES AND HE HOPED THAT DISTRICT ACTIVITIES WOULD BENEFIT THE ELDERLY AND MOTIVATE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SHOW CONCERN FOR THEIR SENIORS.

♦FILIAL PIETY IS A TRADITIONAL VIRTUE OF THE CHINESE. ALTHOUGH YOUTHS ARE EXPECTED TO BE THE PILLAR OF THE FUTURE SOCIETY, PEOPLE SHOULD ALSO SHOW REGARD AND RESPECT FOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE ELDERS HAD MADE IN THE PAST,+ HE ADDED.

EXPENDITURE FOR THE FESTIVAL WAS ABOUT $140 000 AND

THE SAI KUNG DISTIRCT BOARD APPROVED A SPONSORSHIP OF $90 000 WHILE THE REST WAS DONATED BY LOCAL ENTHUSIASTS.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION FOR YOUTHS STRESSED

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND WELFARE AGENCIES PLACE GREAT EMPHASIS ON THE PROMOTION OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION FOR YOUTHS, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (OPERATIONS), MRS EVELYN DOE, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF AN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR EVENT +TWO TO ONE+ AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, MRS DOE SAID ONE OF THE AIMS WAS TO ENHANCE YOUNG PEOPLE’S KNOWLEDGE CF THEIR PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND ON THE POSITIVE VALUES CONCERNING SEX AND MARRIAGE.

+THROUGH THESE PROGRAMMES, IT IS HOPED THAT A YOUNG PERSON MAY DEVELOP A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY IN RESPECT OF HIMSELF, HIS SPOUSE, HIS FAMILY AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY,* SHE SAID.

MRS DOE SAID SOME YOUNG PEOPLE MIGHT ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTY WHEN GROWING UP BECAUSE OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIP AND ADAPTABILITY, AND THEY SHOULD BE PROPERLY GUIDED AND ADVISED TO ALLEVIATE THEIR WORRIES AND MISCONCEPTIONS.

+A FEW MAY EVEN COMMIT SEX OFFENCES DUE TO BAD INFLUENCE AND MISUNDERSTANDING OF SEX RELATIONSHIP,* SHE SAID.

SHE DESCRIBED TODAY’S EVENT, ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG CATHOLIC MARRIAGE ADVISORY COUNICL, AS A +TIMELY ONE* FOR YOUNG PEOPLE REQUIRING CORRECT INFORMATION ON SEX AND MARRIAGE.

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RESULTS OF CAREERS QUIZ ANNOUNCED

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MORE THAN 90 000 STUDENTS FROM 200 SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE FOURTH ANNUAL CAREERS QUIZ ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

ANNOUNCING THE RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION TODAY (SATURDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID 600 STUDENTS WHO HAD SCORED HIGH MARKS WOULD BE AWARDED PRIZES.

THE THREE STUDENTS WHO HAVE SCORED THE HIGHEST MARKS WILL EACH RECEIVE AN ATARI HOME COMPUTER. THEY ARE LUK LAI-MEI AND NG KIT-YEE OF SHUN LEE CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL, AND CHIU WAI-SHING OF CHENG GENE HANG COLLEGE.

THREE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE MARKS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH TROPHIES. THEY ARE CHENG GENE HANG COLLEGE, CHEUNG SHA WAN CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL AND KOWLOON TRUE LIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL.

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 198$

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APART FROM THE THREE GRAND PRIZES, THE NEXT 100 TOP STUDENTS WOULD ALSO EACH BE AWARDED AN ELECTRONIC QUARTZ M-WATCH WHILE ANOTHER 500 STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE PENS AS SOUVENIRS.

THE CAREERS QUIZ, SPONSORED BY WONG’S KONG KING LIMITED, wAS ORGANISED TO AROUSE CAREERS AWARENESS AMONG STUDENTS AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO CARRY OUT MORE IN-DEPTH RESEARCH ON CAREERS INFORMATION AND FURTHER STUDIES OPPORTUNITIES.

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CHINESE MUSIC WEEK LAUNCHED IN SOUTHERN * * * *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A WEEK-LONG SERIES OF FREE CONCERTS, EXHIBITIONS AND TALKS ON CHINESE MUSIC FROM NOVEMBER 30 (SATURDAY).

THE CHINESE MUSIC WEEK, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE MUSIC OFFICE, WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCE BY ORCHESTRAS AND ARTISTS, AS WELL AS LOCAL AND STUDENT GROUPS.

THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA NOVEMBER 30 IN THE ABERDEEN CULTURAL CF THE CULTURAL EVENT.

WILL STAGE TWO SHOWS ON CENTRE TO MARK THE OPENING

FOUR INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 30 AND DECEMBER 1 AND A TALK ON CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS WILL Bt HELD ON DECEMBER 6.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS EXHIBITION, A CONCERT BY LOCAL GROUPS, HI-FI CONCERTS AND TWO OUTDOOR CONCERTS AT STANLEY PLAYGROUND AND SHEK PAI WAN PLAYGROUND RESPECTIVELY.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMMES AND FREE ADMISSION TICKETS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE IN ABERDEEN CENTRE AND ITS STANLEY AND WAH FU SUB-OFFICES AND THE ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION AT LEE CHAK HOUSE, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 198

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CYCLISTS TO SHOW SAFETY SKILLS * * * * *

A CYCLING DEMONSTRATION FOR MORE THAN 500 RESIDENTS IN SHA T WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN CYCLE RECREATION GROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THERE WILL BE CYCLING SKILL DEMONSTRATION BY THE HONG KONG CYCLING ASSOCIATION AS WELL AS A CYCLING SAFETY COMPETITION BY 32 YOUTHS SELECTED FROM THE EIGHT AREAS OF THE DISTRICT.

SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

THERE WILL BE A CYCLING PARADE ROUND THE RECREATION GROUND B DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF, INCLUDING THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER, l*R JOHNATHAN NG, AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR LEE KWONG' THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHNATHAN NG? THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHAN-LAM? THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER rOR SHA TIN, MR J.F. GREENE, AND OTHER DB MEMBERS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 10.30 AM TOMORROW.

NOTE TO ED I TORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVFR THE OPENING CEREMONY AND THE DEMONSTRATION AT 10.30 AM TOMO' 1W (SUNDAY) AT THE SHA TIN CYCLE RECREATION GROUND NEAR Tr, WAI RAILWAY STATION, SHA TIN.

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FUN DAY FOR SHAM SHU I PO RESIDENTS

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RESIDENTS IN THE NAM SHAN AND YAU YAT CHUEN CONSTITUENCY OF SHAM SHU I PO WILL ENJOY A DAY OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE NAM SHAN ESTATE BASKETBALL COURT TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE EVENT, ORGANISED BY THE NAM SHAN AND YAU YAT CHUEN AREA COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, IS AIMED AT PROMOTING NEIGHBOURLINESS AND COMMUNITY IDENTITY.

/♦HUNDREDS OF........

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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♦HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS FROM THE AREA’S MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ INCORPORATIONS, KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS, SCHOOLS AND OTHER VOLUNTARY BODIES HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE PREPARATION AND ORGANISING WORK OF THE PROGRAMME, WHICH DEMONSTRATES A HIGH DEGREE OF TEAM SPIRIT AND ENTHUSIASM FOR COMMUNITY AFFAIRS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AREA COMMITTEE SAID.

THE DAY’S PROGRAMME WILL BEGIN WITH A ROUND-THE-DISTRICT MARATHON IN THE MORNING, FOLLOWED BY A GAMES STALL DESIGN CONTEST IN THE AFTERNOON AND A VARIETY SHOW AND PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION IN THE EVENING.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND ABOUT 3 000 PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.

DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN CHENG, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE, AND MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEES WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING AT 10.45 AM TOMORROW.

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LUNG CHEUNG ROAD RESTRICTED ZONES * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 26), THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE CF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 370 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HAMMER HILL ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 3^5 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

MOTOR VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS.

THE

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AT THE SAME TIME, THE RESTRICTED ZONE AT THE LAY-BY ON WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AT POINT ABOUT METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HAMMER HILL ROAD WILL BE

RESCINDED.

FROM THE SAME DAY, THE PROHIBITION IMPOSED ON GOODS VEHICLES FROM ENTERING CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN ITS TWO JUNCTIONS WITH l£W CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WILL ALoO

BE RESCINDED.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1985

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN WAN CHAI * * *

THE JUNCTION OF WAN CHAI ROAD (WESTBOUND) AND TAK YAN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 25) TO 5 PM ON NOVEMBER 27 FOR ROAD WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON WAN CHAI ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR 01 KWAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WOOD ROAD AND WING CHEUNG STREET.

IN ADDITION, 01 KWAN ROAD IN WAN CHAI WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY CLOCKWISE FROM 12.30 PM TO 4.30 PM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBET 2c. FOR THE 5TH COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB ANNUAL PARADE AT QUEEN EL IZAL r I STADIUM TO BE HELD.

THE METERED PARKING SPACES ON 01 KWAN ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED DURING THE PARADE.

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CLOSURE OF SLIP ROAD PROPOSED * * *

A TEMPORARY SLIP ROAD OFF KAI KUK ROAD TO SHEUNG YEE ROAD IS PROPOSED TO BE CLOSED TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PERMANENT ROAD SYSTEM IN KOWLOON BAY.

THE PROPOSED CLOSURE, PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE, IS AN AMENDMENT TO THE ORIGINAL PLAN FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND DRAINAGE IN KOWLOON BAY WHICH WAS FIRST GAZETTED IN OCTOBER 1983.

THE AMENDED PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG? THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET; AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET, THIRD AND FOURTH FLOORS.

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORKS SHOULD BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS NOT LATER THAN JANUARY 21, 1986.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE _NO.

YOUTH’S SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY GROWING - SIR DAVID ........... 1

PAC OPEN HEARINGS STaRT TOMORROW............................. 1

57 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN SEPTEMBER...................... 2

PARENTS URGED TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUGS ................ J

PUBLIC HAVE BIGGER ROLE ON ROAD SAFETY....................... 4

MORE COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO COME ........................... 5

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS BUS SERVICES ........................... 6

ROADS TO CLOSE FOR AIRPORT EXTENSION SCHEME.................. 7

HIGHER DEMAND FOR LIBRARY SERVICES ...........................  ’’ 7

SEMINARS ON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME....................... 8

REFRESHMENT KIOSK aT CASTLE PEkK BEACH ...................... 8

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 19 1

YOUTH’S SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY GROWING - SIR DAVID *****

THOUGH YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG GROW UP IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD AND WITH THESE CHANGES HAS COME AN INCREASE IN MATERIAL PROSPERITY IN WHICH THERE IS FREEDOM OF CHOICE, THIS HAS NOT MEANT IN HONG KONG, IN CONTRAST TO MANY PLACES, THAT THERE HAS BEEN A DECLINE IN SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE HONG KONG RED CROSS YOUTH PARADE 1985, SIR DAVID SAID DURING THE PAST 30 YEARS, WE HAD SEEN THE AMAZING GROWTH OF ORGANISATIONS TO CARE FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE IN OUR COMMUNITY.

♦I AM GLAD TO NOTE THAT THIS CONCERN IS GROWING, FOR THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT, AS A COMMUNITY, WE WILL HAVE TO DO MORE FOR THE SICK, AND MORE FOR THE DISABLED, THE ELDERLY AND THOSE WHO DO NOT ENJOY THE SUPPORT AND CARE OF A FAMILY,* HE NOTED.

SIR DAVID SAID OVER A PERIOD OF NEARLY 30 YEARS, THE RED CROSS YOUTH HAD HELPED A GREAT MANY THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO GAIN AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD-WIDE HUMANITARIAN WORK OF THE RED CROSS AND HAD LEARNED TO APPRECIATE THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY TO THE SOCIETY IN WHICH THEY LIVE.

THIS YEAR, 7 300 MEMBERS OF THE RED CROSS YOUTH HAD SHARED IN THE WORK, HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT DURING THIS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, THE +RED CROSS YOUTH HONG KONG ONE TWO THREE* AND +YOUTH HEALTH DEVELOPMENT CAMPAIGN* HAD SUPPORTED THE THEME OF +PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE*, THUS EXTENDING THE KNOWLEDGE OF THESE IDEAS AMONG OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.

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PAC OPEN HEARINGS START TOMORROW * * * *

THE FIRST SESSION OF THIS YEAR’S OPEN HEARINGS OF THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE WILL START AT 9.15 AM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

APPEARING BEFORE THE COMMITTEE TO ANSWER POINTS RAISED IN THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT’S ANNUAL REPORT WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, THE DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT AND THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS.

/FURTHER HEARINGS .......

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1985

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FURTHER HEARINGS WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 29 AND DECEMBER 5. THE TIMETABLE FOR TOMORROW’S HEARING IS AS FOLLOWS:

9 15 AM DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES, PARAGRAPHS 69~71.

9.30 AM

DIRECTOR OF WATER SUi’FLIES AND DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, PARAGRAPHS 205-217.

10 30 AM SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, PARAGRAPHS 72-74.

10 45 AM DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY, PARAGRAPHS 39-42 AND PARAGRAPH 149.

11 15 AM DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT AND SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, PARAGRAPHS 201-204.

11 40 AM DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, PARAGRAPHS 196-200.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA ADVISED TO REPORT.

REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE OPEN HEARINGS ARE BRING WITH THEM A COPY OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT S

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57 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN SEPTEMBER * * *

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED 57 BUILDING PLANS IN SEPTEMBER, COMPARED WITH 40 IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THE 57 APPROVED PLANS WERE THE HIGHEST SO FAR THIS YEAR.

OF THOSE APPROVED, 14 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 10 WERE IN KOWLOON AND 33 WERE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED EIGHT DOMESTIC BLOCKS OVER A TWO-STOREY PODIUM ACCOMMODATING A KINDERGARTEN AND SHOPS AT KORNHILL, THREE DEMESTIC BLOCKS OVER A FOUR—STOREY PODIUM WITH CARPARK, RESTAURANT MARKET AND SHOPPING ARCADES AT HENG FA CHUEN, CHAI WAN1 20 APARTMENT BLOCKS AT DISCOVERY BAY ON LANTAU ISLAND, AND THREE BLOCKS OF 38-STOREY APARTMENT/COMMERCI AL BUILDINGS AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN,

/OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1985

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS APPROVED DURING THE MONTH INCLUDED TwO SCHOOLS AT SANDY BAY, POK FU LAM AND LEI YUE MUN ROAD, KWUN TONG; A PETROL FILLING STATION AT TAI HANG TUNG ROAD, YAU YAT TSUEN ? TWO ELECTRICITY SUB-STATIONS AT LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD; AND THREE SWIMMING POOLS IN TAI PO - ONE FOR THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION LIMITED AND TWO FOR HONG LOK YUEN.

DURING THE MONTH, CONSENT WAS GIVEN FOR WORK TO START ON 22 NEW PROJECTS - SIX ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THREE IN KOWLOON AND 13 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED THREE APARTMENT/COMMERCI AL BLOCKS AT TAIKOO SHING 5 A GODOWN AND CARGO PIER OFF TUNG CHAU STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN; A FOOTBRIDGE AT TEXACO ROAD, TSUEN WAN; A FACTORY BLOCK ACCOMMODATING NINE WORKSHOPS, A GODOWN AND A PETROL FILLING STATION AT KOWLOON BAY; AND A GENERATOR HOUSE AND ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION AT DAI SHING STREET IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO ISSUED 45 OCCUPATION PERMITS FOR THE NEWLY COMPLETED STRUCTURES DURING THE MONTH.

THEY INCLUDED TWO SCHOOLS AT GUILDFORD ROAD, THE PEAK AND SHA TIN; THE EXTENSION TO THE ACADEMIC BUILDING OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG; THE EXTENSION OF A SEWAGE SCREENING PLANT AT TAIKOO SHING ; TWO MARKETS AT SAI WAN HO AND TSUEN WAN MTR STATION; AN OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL AT TAI MONG TSAI, SAI KUNG AND A TELEPHONE EXCHANGE AT SOUTH LANTAU ROAD.

THE TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF THESE NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE 168 430.2 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 110 080.8 SQUARE METRES FOR DOMESTIC USE AND 58 349.4 SQUARE METRES FOR NON-DOMESTIC PURPOSES.

THE DECLARED COST OF THESE BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS ABOUT $669 MILLION.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO ISSUED 16 DEMOLITION ORDERS IN RESPECT OF 42 BUILDINGS DURING THE MONTH.

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PARENTS URGED TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM DRUGS K M M

PARFNTS ARE URGED TO DEVOTE AS MUCH TIME AND ATTENTION TO THEIR CHILDREN AS POSSIBLE TO PREVENT THEM FROM FALLING PR-TO DRUG PEDLARS.

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CITY DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

/+AN UNCARING .......

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1985

+AN UNCARING FAMILY ENVIRONMENT, WITHOUT PARENTAL LOVE, WARMTH, GUIDANCE AND A SENSE OF SECURITY, MAY CAUSE A CHILD TO RESORT TO DRUGS AS A MEANS OF ESCAPE,+ MR MORTIMER SAID.

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

MR MORTIMER POINTED OUT THAT THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION

AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMME OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS WAS AIMED AT CREATING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE DRUG MENACE AND WAS DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS.

♦THESE OBJECTIVES ARE BEING ACHIEVED THROUGH THE DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS WHICH ARE COMMUNITY ORIENTED, SELF-INITIATED AND TAILORED TO APPEAL ESPECIALLY TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DISTRICT,* HE ADDED.

TODAY’S ANTI-NARCOTICS FAIR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MARKED THE HIGHLIGHT OF AN INTENSIVE MONTH-LONG ANTl-NARCOTICS PUBLICITY AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT.

KOWLOON CITY IS THE FOURTH DISTRICT TO MOUNT AN ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR FOLLOWING THE SOUTHERN, NORTH AND SHA TIN DISTRICTS. IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT LATER THIS YEAR.

DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS ARE HELD EVERY YEAR AS PART OF THE PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

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PUBLIC HAVE BIGGER ROLE ON ROAD SAFETY * * * *

tup PURI IC SHOULD PLAY A BIGGER ROLE IN HELPING TO REDUCE TCP JlSLS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTIES BY EXERCISING SrE CARE ON THE ROADS, THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER FOR EASTERN, MR 6.3. roper! SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

IN PARTICULAR HE SAID, PEDESTRIANS SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTION JUST AS MUCH AS DRIVERS WERE.

ROAD ™ ICTOR I !%Ca"EHm"VROOPE™Ia^SIlP™o2ghTT^T

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/HE POINTED .......

SUNJaY, NOVEMBER 24, 1965

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HE POINTED OUT , T ALMOST ALL OF THESE ACCIDENTS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED.

MR ROPER SAID MUCH HAD BEEN DONE TO PUBLICISE ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS IN EASTERN IN RECENT YEARS.

THESE INCLUDED THE SUPPORT OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD IN PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY, AND THE WORK OF THE ROAD SAFETY PATROLS IN PROTECTING SCHOOL CHILDREN.

DURING THE MONTH-LONG EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, THE POLICE WILL EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON ROAD SAFETY, AS WELL AS ENFORCING ROAD TRAFFIC LAWS, PAYING PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO CFFENCES BY PEDESTRIANS, MR ROPER SAID.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE DISTRICT OFFICER, NR BOWEN LEUNG AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT OFFICE, THE POLICE AND Trie. AREA COMMITTEES, FEATURED A VARIETY SHOW, ACROBATIC PERFORMANCE.;, GAMES STALLS, A MINIATURE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, A ROAD SAFETY BUS, EXHIBITIONS AND A GIANT INFLATABLE GORILLA FOR CHILDREN.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDED AN EDUCATIONAL FORTNIGHT, FOLLOWED BY TWO WEEKS ON TRAFFIC LAWS ENFORCEMENT, AND THE SELECTION OF A MODEL PEDESTRIAN.

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MORE COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO COME * * *

MONG KOK RESIDENTS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO EARLIER PROVISION OF MUCH NEEDED COMMUNITY FACILITIES FOLLOWING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PROPOSED LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN, MRS FUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE LACK OF SUITABLE SITES WAS THE MAIN CONSTRAINT IN THE PROVISION OF ADEQUATE COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

IN MARCH THIS YEAR, THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD PUBLISHED A REPORT EMPHASISING THE SHORTAGE OF SUCH FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

+THE GOVERNMENT WILL RESPOND TO THE CONCERN SHOWN BY THE DISTRICT BOARD BY REVIEWING THE LEVEL OF PROVISION OF SUCH FACILITIES AND REDUCING ANY SHORTFALL AS FAR AS POSSIBLE,+ SHE SAID.

SHE SAID THE GOVERNMENT PLANNED TO ESTABLISH A LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION WHICH WOULD COOPERATE WITH PRIVATE DEVELOPERS AND OWNERS OF RUN-DOWN PROPERTIES TO PRODUCE NEW HOUSING BLOCKS WITH A FULL RANGE OF COMMERCIAL, COMMUNITY AND WELFARE FACILITIES.

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MONG KOK WAS A ENSELY POPULATED DISTRICT AND THE PROVISION CF ADEQUATE COMMUNI ' FACILITIES WAS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR TO IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT, MRS FUNG SAID.

IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ADDITIONAL WELFARE FACILITIES ARE EXPECTED TO COME ON STREAM. THEY INCLUDE THE URBAN COUNCIL FA YUEN STREET COMPLEX AND THE SECOND INDOOR GAMES HALL AT BOUNDARY STREET, BOTH OF WHICH ARE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THE SAI YEE STREET COMPLEX WHICH IS INCLUDED IN URBCO’S FIVE-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN, THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE HK SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN PORTLAND STREET CENTRE, A CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE AT ANCHOR STREET, AND A SIMILAR CENTRE WITH DAY NURSERY FACILITIES IN LAI CHI KOK ROAD.

MRS FUNG URGED RESIDENTS TO ACTIVELY TAKE PART IN THE CAMPAIGN SO THAT THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS AND HYGIENE COULD BE SPREAD TO THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

AT AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SEMINAR HELD AFTER TODAY’S OPENING, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE URBAN SERVICES, TRANSPORT, HOUSING AND BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS WERE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM RESIDENTS.

A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO BE ORGANISED DURING THE CAMPAIGN WHICH LASTS UNTIL FEBRUARY 23.

THEY INCLUDE THE TEARING DOWN OF ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS; A BUILDING MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE; A HOME DECORATION COURSE; STREET, BUILDING AND MARKET STALLS CLEAN-UP COMPETITIONS; PRIMARY STUDENTS DRAWING AND PAINTING CONTESTS, A HOME BEAUTIFICATION COMPETITION AND A YEAR-END CLEAN-UP DRIVE.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS BUS SERVICES * * * *

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY S 1985-87 ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO LOOK INTO THE PROVISION OF BUS SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT AND THE ROUTING OF ABERDEEN-BOUND TRAFFIC ALONG WONG CHUK HANG ROAD TO YIP KAN STREET AND TONG BIN LANE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL’S EXTENSION AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY) AT 2 30 PM IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM AT 7-11 NAM NING STREET, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

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ROADS TO CLOSE FOR AIRPORT EXTENSION SCHEME * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING TO CLOSE AIRPORT DRIVE NO. 2, COMET ROAD, VISCOUNT ROAD AND A PORTION OF AIRPORT DRIVE NO. 3 TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE EXTENSION OF THE EAST WING OF THE AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING.

THE CLOSURE OF THE ROADS WOULD BE INSIGNIFICANT AS THEY SERVED THE FORMER AIRPORT STORES BUILDING WHICH HAD BEEN DEMOLISHED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN

DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 1OTH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, 1ST FLOOR, KOWLOON.

OBJECTIONS IN WRITING MUST BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JANUARY 21.

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HIGHER DEMAND FOR LIBRARY SERVICES

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THE DEMAND FOR LIBRARY SERVICES IN THE NON-URBAN AREA IS GROWING STEADILY FOLLOWING THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA IN RECENT YEARS.

OF REGISTERED BORROWERS IN

THIS IS REFLECTED IN THE NUMBER

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC LIBRARIES WHICH

ROSE FROM 251 571 IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR TO 304 566 IN OCTOBER

THIS YEAR, AN INCREASE OF 21.06 PER CENT, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF BOOKS ISSUED FOR HOME USE REGISTERED AN INCREASE OF 11.87 PER CENT, FROM 242 465 TO 271 237, WHILE THE NUMBER OF BOOKS READ IN THE LIBRARIES WAS UP BY 12.32

PER CENT, FROM 434 586 TO 488 122.

TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMAND, THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES OF THE RSD PURCHASE NEW BOOKS AND AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS REGULARLY TO STRENGTHEN THE STOCK.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UP TO THE END OF OCTOBER THIS YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT’S 15 STATIC AND TWO MOBILE LIBRARIES CARRIED A STOCK OF 681 539 BOOKS AND 27 118 ITEMS OF AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS, INCLUDING AUDIO CASSETTES, VIDEO CASSETTES AND COMPACT DISCS.

THESE REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 20.19 PER CENT AND 50.25 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WHEN COMPARED WITH 567 057 BOOKS AND 18 049 ITEMS OF AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

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SEMINARS ON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME

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FIVE BLOCKS OF RESIDENTIAL PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR A +NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME+ AND RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND A SERIES OF SEMINARS TO LEARN OF THE SCHEME.

ORGANISED BY THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUARTERS, THE SEMINARS ARE AIMED AT INTRODUCING THE CONCEPT AND THE WAY CF IMPLEMENTING THE SCHEME.

THE SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO MOBILISE RESIDENTS AGAINST CRIME. RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FORM A +NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UNIT+ TO KEEP AN EYE ON THEIR NEIGHBOURS’ HOME AND PROPERTY.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UNITS WILL SOON BE FORMED IN

SHEK YAM ESTATE BLOCK 2, SHEK LEI ESTATE BLOCK 14, KWAI HING ESTATE BLOCK 1, KWAI CHUNG ESTATE BLOCK 19 AND CHEUNG HONG ESTATE HONG WO HOUSE.

THE FIRST SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT 8 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CHEUNG TSING COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSING Yl. THE SECOND WILL TAKE PLACE AT 8 PM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 26) IN THE SHEK YAM COMMUNITY HALL.

THE LAST SEMINAR WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 2 (MONDAY) EVENING IN THE CNEC TA TUNG SCHOOL IN KWAI CHUNG ESTATE BLOCK 1.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUARTERS WILL ATTEND THE SEMINARS AND INTRODUCE THE SCHEME TO THE RESIDENTS.

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REFRESHMENT KIOSK AT CASTLE PEAK BEACH

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF A LIGHT REFRESHMENT KIOSK AT THE CASTLE PEAK BEACH IN TUEN MUN.

SITUATED AT 19-MILESTONE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD, THE BEACH IS AN ATTRACTIVE SCENIC SPOT FOR BOTH LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE GRANTED A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT WHICH WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1.

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TENDER FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE RSD HEADQUARTERS AT SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE 'AUSTIN CENTRE), THIRD FLOOR, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI OR THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE RSD AT THIRD FLOOR, TL'EN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE PUT IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE RSD HEADQUARTERS BEFORE 9 AM ON DECEMBER 13. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT EE ACCEPTED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE RSD’S TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 0-4513093 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SLOWER EXPORT GROWTH, LOW INFLATION IN THIRD QUARTER.......... 1

GUIDELINES SET OUT TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT ....................... 4

DETAILS ON PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEIE......................... 5

LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD MEETS ..................................... 6

DISTRICT OFFICER ON TIES-STRENGTHENING CALLS .................... 6

DISCUSSION ON THIRD UNIVERSITY PROPOSAL ......................... 7

KWUN TONG GEARED FOR STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE........................ 7

COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR AIDS GROUPS.............................. 8

REGIONAL COUNCIL COMMITTEE TO MEET .............................. 9

PUBLIC INQUIRY CENTRE STARTS WORK ............................... 9

POTTED PLANT COMPETITION FOR N.T. STUDENTS ..................... 10

MARKET COMPLEX CONTRACT AWARDED ................................ 10

COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB PARADE..................................... 11

EXHIBITION IN YUEN LONG......................................... 11

NT STUDENTS TO PERFORM IN CONCERT .............................. 12

ROOFTOP STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED ................................ 12

WATER STORAGE FIGURE............................................ 13

ROAD CLOSURE IN K.RJN TONG...................................... 13

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 19

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SLOWER EXPORT GROWTH, LOW INFLATION IN THIRD QUARTER * * * * *

RE-EXPORTS GREW BY AN ESTIMATED 23 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR WHILE DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY AN ESTIMATED 11 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS, SO THAT TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY AN ESTIMATED ONE PER CENT IN REAL TERMS, ACCORDING TO THE THIRD QUARTER ECONOMIC REPORT 198; PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE GOVERNMENT.

OVER THIS PERIOD THE RATES OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND INFLATION wERE RELATIVELY LOW.

REFLECTING THE RELATIVELY WEAK DOMESTIC DEMAND, RETAINED IMPORTS OF CONSUMER GOODS WERE ESTIMATED TO SHOW NO CHANGE IN REAL TERMS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 OVER THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR WHILE RETAINED IMPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS DECLINED BY ABOUT 14 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS.

THE REPORT NOTES THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION FOR THE LABOUR FORCE AS A WHOLE DETERIORATED SLIGHTLY IN THE THIRD QUARTER COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985, BUT WAS LITTLE CHANGED FROM THE FIRST QUARTER.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE THIRD QUARTER CF 1985. AT 3.4 PER CENT, WAS HIGHER THAN IN THE SECOND QUARTER, AT 3.0 PER CENT, BUT ROUGHLY THE SAME AS IN THE FIRST QUARTER, AT 3.3 PER CENT.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR WAS 1.3 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 1.0 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER AND 1.3 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

THE

THE RATE OF INFLATION REMAINED AT A RELATIVELY LOW LEVEL DURING FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF 1985. THE YEAR-ON-YEAR RATE OF INCREASE IN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AVERAGED 3.0 PER CENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985, AGAINST 3.3 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND 8.6 PER CENT RECORDED IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1984.

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) WAS ON AVERAGE 3.3 PER CENT HIGHER IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 THAN IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1984, wHILc THE HANG SENG CONSUMER PRICE INDEX WAS 3.4 PER CENT HIGHER.

THE REPORT ASSESSES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS !N THE THIRD QU AR Tc.-. CF 1985 USING SUCH STATISTICS AS ARE AVAILABLE. IT ALSO UPDATES i He ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMY WHICH WAS GIVEN IN THE HALF-YEARLY ECONc I REPORT 1985 PUBLISHED IN AUGUST. APART FROM GIVING AN OVERALL V^zd, THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS INDIVIDUAL CHAPTERS ON THE EXTERNAL SECTJrf, THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE LABOUR SECTOR, ACTIVITY IN SELECTED

SECTORS AND PRICES.

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ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE REPORT NOTES THAT WITH THE MAJO-EXCEPTION OF CHINA, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS DECLI IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. aHI_-DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA GREW BY ABOUT 21 PER CENT IN REAL TERM’S, THOSE TO THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE FEDERAL REPUdlI CF GERMANY AND JAPAN DECLINED BY ABOUT 11 PER CENT, 22 PER CENT, 18 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN REAL TERMS.

THE RELATIVELY HIGH VALUE OF THE U.S. DOLLAR AND THUS THE KONG KONG DOLLAR AND THE RELATIVELY LOW GROWTH RATES OF MAJOR OVERSEAS ECONOMIES, PARTICULARLY THE UNITED STATES, IN THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF THIS YEAR LARGELY CONTRIBUTED TO THESE DECLINES.

THERE WAS A SHARP DECELERATION IN THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA DURING THE COURSE OF THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1985, FROM 96 PER CENT IN JANUARY TO Al. ESTIMATED NINE PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER, REFLECTING CHINA’S RECENT TIGHTENING OF CONTROL OVER ITS FOREIGN EXCHANGE SPENDING.

COMPARING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 WITH THE THIRD QUARTER CF 1984, IMPORTS GREW BY ABOUT TWO PER CENT IN REAL TERMS. REFLECTING THE FASTER GROWTH IN IMPORTS FOR SUBSEQUENT RE-EXPORT, RETAINED IMPORTS DECLINED BY AN ESTIMATED NINE PER CENT IN REAL TERMS.

THE REPORT FURTHER POINTS OUT THAT OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS) SHOWED NO CHANGE WHILE THAT OF IMPORTS DECREASED BY TWO PER CENT. A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS, WHICH WAS EQUIVALENT TO EIGHT PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF Th Io YEAR, AGAINST A SURPLUS OF FIVE PER CENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1984.

ON THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE REPORT NOTES THE FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS. FIRST, THE EXCHANGE RATE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR WAS SLIGHTLY STRONGER THAN THE LINKED RATE OF HK$7.8O TO U.S.Sl IN JULY AND FOR MOST OF AUGUST, BUT WAS GENERALLY CLOSE TO IT THROUGHOUT THE THIRD QUARTER.

SECOND, THERE CONTINUED TO BE AMPLE LIQUIDITY IN THE HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY MARKET, WHICH EXERTED DOWNWARD PRESSURE ON LOCAL INTEREST RATES. THIS WAS PARTICULARLY SO IN JULY AND EARLY AUGUST, DURING WHICH THE OVERNIGHT INTERBANK RATE FELL AT TIMES TO BELOW TWO PER CENT. ADMINISTERED INTEREST RATtS WERE ADJUSTED DOWNWARDS TWICE IN JULY AND, DESPITE AN UPWARD REVISION IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, WERE STILL LOWER AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER THAN AT THE END OF JUNE.

THIRD, AS BOTH THE MONEY MARKET RATES AND THE DEPOSIT RATES SET BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS WERE CONSISTENTLY BELO.. THE U.S. DOLLAR INTEREST RATES, THE GROWTH RATE OF HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WAS LOWER THAN THAT OF FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS.

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ON THE LABOUR SECTOR, THE REPORT OBSERVES THAT, COMPARING JUNE 1985 WITH JUNE 1984, EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICES SECTOR — PARTICULARLY IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADe. INCREASED. BUT THIS WAS PARTLY OFFSET BY THE DECLINE IN EMPLOY... IN MANUFACTURING AND ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE REPORT FURTHER SAYS THAT OVER THIS PERIOD, EARNINGS (i: TERMS OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED) IN THE MANUFACTURING AND , SERVICES SECTORS CONTINUED TO RISE BOTH IN MONEY TERMS AND IN REAL TERMS.

HOWEVER, REFLECTING THE ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE WEAK DOMESTIC EXPORT PERFORMANCE ON INCOMES, THERE WAS A MARKED DECELERATION IN THE RATE OF INCREASE IN MANUFACTURING EARNINGS. MEANWHILE, CONSTRUCTION WAGE RATES SHOWED SOME INCREASE IN BOTH MONEY AND REAL TERMS.

THE REPORT OBSERVES THAT THE SLOWING DOWN IN MANUFACTURING-ACTIVITY CONTINUED INTO THE THIRD QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, AS EVIDENCE BY THE FIGURES ON DOMESTIC EXPORTS, THE ORDER-BOOK POSITION OF A SELECTION OF LARGE MANUFACTURERS, RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATER I ALj AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES, AND ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION BY THE INDUSTRI. SECTOR.

ON THE PROPERTY SECTOR, THE REPORT NOTES THE FOLLOWING TRENDS. FIRST RENEWED CONFIDENCE COUPLED WITH THE SUCCESSIVE REDUCTIONS I . MORTGAGE RATES HAVE HELPED TO STIMULATE DEMAND FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.

WHILE RENTALS FOR SMALL FLATS HAVE SHOWN SOME SLIGHT INCREAS--SO FAR THIS YEAR, THOSE FOR MEDIUM AND LARGE FLATS HAVE BEEN ONA STEADY UPTREND. PRICES GENERALLY ALSO SHOWED SOME INCREASE, EXCEPT FOR MEDIUM FLATS WHERE THE EARLIER RISE IN PRICES APPEARED TO HAVt LEVELLED OFF.

HOWEVER, SECOND, COMPLETIONS OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY WERe RUNNING AT A HIGH LEVEL.

THIRD, DEMAND FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY IN PRIME LOCATIONS CONTINUED TO IMPROVE, AND PRICES AND RENTALS IN THESE AREAS INCREASED.

FOURTH, THE DEMAND FOR HIGH QUALITY INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY APPEhRE TO HAVE BEEN SUSTAINED, WITH PRICES AND RENTALS SHOWING SOMe INCREASE.

FIFTH, COMPARING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 WITH THE SAME QUARTER IN 1984, PLANNED DEVELOPMENTS OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN TERMS OF TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA, BUT WAS VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED IN TERMS OF NUMBER OF UNITS, INDICATING A CONTINUED SHIFT TO THE PRODUCTION OF LARGER RESIDENTIAL FLATS. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, PLANNED DEVELOP r.Y . . CF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY INCREASED, BUT THOSE OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY DECREASED.

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ON PRICES, THE REPORT SAYS THAT THE RELATIVELY LOW RATE OF INFLATION WAS DUE TO A NUMBER OF DOMESTIC AND EXTERNAL FACTORo. FOR EXAMPLE, AGGREGATE DEMAND IN THE ECONOMY WAS NOT PARTICULARLY STRONG, THE EXCHANGE RATE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR REMAINED RELATIVELY STABLE AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR, THE RATES OF INFLmTIu.. IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS WERE MODERATE, AND wORL^ COMMODITY PRICES WERE GENERALLY SOFT.

THE REPORT IS NOW ON SALE AT 312 A COPY.

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GUIDELINES SET OUT TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT *****

THE ENVIRONMENT OF NEW AND RE-DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN HONG KO.’.-a IS EXPECTED TO BE CONSIDERABLY IMPROVED WITH THE COMPLETION OF A REPORT SETTING OUT ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINES FOR PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON, |*R BRIAN ASHCROFT, A SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, SAID THE REPORT WAS COMPILED AS A NEW CHAPTER ON ENVIRONMENT FOR INCLUSION IN THE HONG KONG PLANNING STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES -- THE MANUAL THAT DIRECTS DEVELOPMENT PLANNING IN HONG KONG.

MR ASHCROFT SAID THE ENVIRONMENT CHAPTER WAS A SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARDS ENSURING A MORE RIGOROUS AND SYMPATHETIC CONS I DERAT 10 J CF ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS IN DEVELOPMENT PLANNING IN HONG KONG.

+QUITE PURPOSELY,* HE SAID, +THE CHAPTER HAS NOT SET RIGID ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS. IT HAS, HOWEVER, ESTABLISHED EFFECTIVE BENCHMARKS WHICH CAN NOW BE USED IN EVALUATING PLANNING DECISIONS AND WHICH WILL SERVE AS GOALS IN FUTURE PLANNING WORK.*

HE ADDED THAT IN THIS WAY THE CHAPTER ON ENVIRONMENT WOULD COMPLEMENT EXISTING AND INTENDED ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS.

+ IN DRAFTING THE ENVIRONMENT CHAPTER, THE AIM HAS BEEN TO EQUIP PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES TO FORESEE AND TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS,* W ASHCROFT SAID.

THE ENVIRONMENT CHAPTER, WHICH WAS PREPARED BY A GOVERNMENT WORKING GROUP CHAIRED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AS A SEPARATE DOCUMENT ENTITLED +ENVIRONMENTAL GUIDELINES FOR PLANNING IN HONG KONG.*

A SUBSTANTIAL DOCUMENT IN ITSELF, THE ENVIRONMENT CHAPTER INCLUDES SECTIONS ON AIR AND WATER QUALITY, NOISE, WASTE MANAGEMENT, URBAN LANDSCAPE AND THE RURAL ENVIRONMENT.

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EACH SECTION PROVIDES PRACTICAL GUIDELINES ON HOW ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS CAN BE AVOIDED AT THE PLANNING STAGE, FREQUENTLY AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.

THE CHAPTER IS THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO HELP

>6 PLANNERS OVERCOME THE SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS CREATED BY THE HIGH POPULATION DENSITIES FOUND IN MANY ASIAN CITIES.

THE REPORT HAS GENERATED CONSIDERABLE INTEREST, BOTH IN HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS. AT A RECENT MINISTERIAL-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON THE ENVIRONMENT IN ASIA HELD IN BANGKOK, THE REPORT WAS DISCUSSED AND A RESOLUTION WAS PASSED URGING OTHER ASIAN CITIES TO FOLLOW HONG KONG'S LEAD IN THIS AREA.

MR ASHCROFT WILL BE PRESENTING A PAPER ON THE HONG KONG PLANNING STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES TO DELEGATES ATTENDING POLMET '85, AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POLLUTION IN THE NETROPOLITAN AND URBAN ENVIRONMENT TO BE HOSTED BY HONG KONG FROM DECEMBER 2 TO 5.

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DETAILS ON PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEME * * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND THE MOTOR TRADERS ASSOCIATION AT 3 PM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 28) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEME.

UNDER THE SCHEME, PRIVATE CARS WHICH ARE SIX YEARS OLD OR MORE WILL BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO ANNUAL INSPECTIONS AT GOVERNMENT-DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRES BEFORE RELICENSING.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT DAH CHONG HONG MOTOR SERVICE BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR (RECEPTION AREA), 20 KAI CHEUNG ROAD, KOWLOON BAY.

CHAIRING THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MOTOR TRADERS ASSOCIATION, MR RICHARD LEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD USE THE MINIBUS SHUTTLE SERVICE PROVIDE^ BY DAH CHONG HONG FROM TELFORD GARDENS BUS TERMINUS, OPPOSITE THE YUE HWA CHINESE PRODUCTS (HOLDINGS) LTD, TO ITS MOTOR SERVICE CE..TrtE IN KOWLOON BAY.

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LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD MEETS

KO*

MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD MET TODAY (MONDAY) TO DISCUSS SEVERAL ISSUES RELATING TO LABOUR MATTERS AND LEGISLATION.

THE BOARD CONSIDERED THE ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE WAGE CEILING CF NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, AND ADVISED THAT SUITABLE ADJUSTMENTS SHOULD BE MADE TO KEEP IN STEP WITH THE GENERAL WAGE MOVEMENT.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE TRADE UNIONS ORDINANCE TO REMOVE CERTAIN RESTRICTIVE PROVIS IONS. AND TO IMPROVE UNION ADMINISTRATION GENERALLY WERE DISCUSSED.

MEMBERS ALSO AGREED THAT HONG KONG SHOULD ACCEPT THE INVITATION FROM THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION TO SEND A TRIPARTITE DELEGATION TO ATTEND THE 1OTH ASIAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN JAKARTA, INDONESIA, NEXT MONTH.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL COMPRISE THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, AND SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, MR SUNG KWAN-CHAK, AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT, MR TAM YIU-CHUNG AS REPRESENTATIVE OF EMPLOYEES, AND MR J.A. CHEETHAM, AS REPRESENTATIVE OF EMPLOYERS.

THE MEETING WAS CHAIRED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

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DISTR ICT OFFICER ON

TIES-STRENGTHENING CALLS XX X

TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY, WILL VISIT RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT STARTING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN A MOVE TO STRENGTHEN TIES BETWEEN THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

THERE ARE ABOUT 150 MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS INCORPORATIONS WHICH SERVE A TOTAL OF 51 220 HOUSEHOLDS IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

IN ADDITION TO THESE ORGANISATIONS, MR SELBY WILL ALSO VISIT 30 VILLAGES IN THE RURAL AREAS TO SEE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

+1 HOPE TO HEAR FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ON THE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS AND THEIR VIEWS ON HOW THESE PROBLEMS CAN BE TACKLED,♦ MR SELBY SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS HAD AN ACTIVE ROLE IN SUPPORTING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION THROUGH DIRECT PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT ACTIVITIES.

+THEIR HARD WORK AND ENTHUSIASM IN PARTICIPATING IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED,* HE ADDED.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1935

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DISCUSSION ON THIRD UNIVERSITY PROPOSAL

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IN RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSAL TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF BUILDING A THIRD UNIVERSITY, TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOaRu hEMBERS WILL AGAIN SPEAK OUT ON A SUGGESTION TO ESTABLISH THE UNIVERSITY IN THE NORTH-WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AT THE I.. bEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) MORNING.

BOARD MEMBERS MADE THE SUGGESTION LAST YEAR AND HAD PROPOSED THAT THE LAND NEAR FU TEI WAS THE MOST SUITABLE FOR THE THIRD UNIVERSITY.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ASK THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TO EXPLAIN THE POLICY ON ENLARGED HOUSEHOLDS FOR SINGLE PERSONS IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS.

THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL ALSO PRESENT A PAPER ON THE DEMAND FORECAST FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THE CONVERSIO OF SURPLUS PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOMED TO COVER THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 10 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THRID FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9 AM SHARP TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO TUEN MUN.

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KWUN TONG GEARED FOR STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE *****

KWUN TONG WILL STRATEGICALLY BECOME AN IMPORTANT AREA FOR HONG KONG IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL BALL AND INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG KWUN TONG INDUSTRIES AND COMMERCE ASSOCIATION, MR WIGGHAM SAID« +THE INDUSTRIAL AREA OF KWUN TONG HAS ALREADY BEEN PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENTS OF LOCAL INDUSTRIES AND COMMERCE, EVER SINCE IT WAS DEVELOPED IN THE FIFTIES.

♦WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, AND THE NEW TRAFFIC SYSTEMS PROPOSED IN THE MEDIUM-LONG TERM STUDY REPORT OF THE EAST KOWLOON TRAFFIC STUDY, KWUN TONG WILL BECOME A MORE STRATEGIC POSITION.*

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MR WIGGHAM SAID HE BELIEVED THAT CURRENT INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT WERE HEADING FOR ANOTHER MILESTONE OF ACHIEVEMENT.

THERE ARE NOW SOME 1 6OQ INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN KWUN TONG EMPLOYING ABOUT 160 000 WORKERS, WHICH WILL INCREASE TO 200 000 WHEN KOWLOON BAY IS FULLY DEVELOPED.

MR WIGGHAM ALSO PRAISED THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION IN PROMOTING LOCAL INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES AND PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

♦ THE RISE IN MEMBERSHIP FROM ABOUT 100 TO MORE THAN 300 DURlt.b ITS BRIEF FOUR-YEAR HISTORY SHOWS THAT THE ASSOCIATION IS FULL OF VITALITY AND INITIATIVE,* HE SAID.

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COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR AIDS GROUPS * * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP A SPECIAL COUNSELLING SERVICE FOR PEOPLE IN THE ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME (AIDS) HIGH RISK GROUPS.

THOSE IN THE HIGH RISK GROUPS CAN FROM TODAY (MONDAY) DIAL 3-7102553 FROM 2 PM TO 4.30 PM DAILY TO SEEK COUNSELLING ON AIDS. THE SERVICE, AVAILABLE MONDAY TO FRIDAY, IS MANNED BY A SENIOR HEALTH NURSE SPECIALLY TRAINED FOR THE JOB.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE TELEPHONE HAD BEEN SET UP TO COUNSEL PEOPLE IN THE HIGH RISK GROUPS INCLUDING HOMOSEXUALS, HAEMOPHILIACS AND INTRAVENOUS DRUG ADDICTS.

CALLERS USING THE SERVICE COULD CHOOSE TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS AND WOULD BE GIVEN A CODE NUMBER AS IDENTIFICATION.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT CALLERS WHO NEEDED FURTHER MEDICAL COUNSELLING COULD ASK TO SPEAK TO A DOCTOR AND IF NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS WOULD BE MADE FOR A BLOOD TEST AND FOLLOW-UP CLINICAL EVALUATION AT SPECIAL MEDICAL CONSULTATION CLINIC WHICH HAD BEEN SET UP TO PROVIDE BACK-UP CLINICAL SERV ICE.

+WE WISH TO EMPHASISE THAT STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY WILL BE KEPT FOR PEOPLE USING BOTH THE COUNSELLING SERVICE AND THE SPECIAL MEDICAL CONSULTATING CLINIC,* HE ADDED.

THE NEW COUNSELLING SERVICE IS DIFFERENT FROM THE EXISTING AIDS HOTLINE (TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-724533) SERVICE WHICH HAS BEEN SET UP SINCE MARCH THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE HEALTH EDUCATION ON AIDS FOR THE PUBLIC.

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REGIONAL COUNCIL COMMITTEE TO MEET * * * *

THE WAYS AND MEANS SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE ONLY ITEM TO BE DISCUSSED ON THE AGENDA WILL BE THE DRAFT ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND OTHER GENERAL SUPPORT FUNCTIONS OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IN 1986/87.

THE MEETING, WHICH WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, WILL START AT 2.33 PM IN THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBER IN THE TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED.

PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE STARTS WORK

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE (WEST) PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE WAS OPENED FOR SERVICE TODAY ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 60 TAI HO ROAD.

THE CENTRE, WITH A LIAISON OFFICER AND SUPPORTING STAFF, HANDLES SERVICES RANGING FROM ENQUIRIES, DISTRIBUTION OF GOVERNMENT FORMS AND LEAFLETS TO THE TAKING OF STATUTORY DECLARATIONS.

IT WAS FORMERLY LOCATED AT THE SUB-DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT HOI PA STREET. THE RELOCATION OF THE CENTRE FOLLOWED THE RECENT MOVE OF THE SUB-DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS TO NE* PREMISES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD WHERE THERE IS ALSO A PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC.

THE OFFICE HOURS OF THE CENTRE ARE FROM 8.45 AM TO 5.15 Pm ON WEEKDAYS AND 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-493548.

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POTTED PLANT COMPETITION FOR N.T. STUDENTS

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SCHOOL CHILDREN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A POTTED PLANT COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION IN SUPPORT OF THE +ME I FA+ PHASE OF THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN.

THE COMPETITION, TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENT, WILL ALSO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT POTTED PLANTS.

THE CONTEST, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS — THE PRIMARY SCHOOL SECTION FOR STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY 4 TO 6 AND THE SECONDARY SCHOOL SECTION FOR FORMS 1 TO 7 STUDENTS.

EACH SECTION COMPRISES NINE GROUPS OF DIFFERENT SPECIES OF PLANT INCLUDING AFRICAN VIOLETS, ANNUALS, CACTI, CHRYSANTHEMUMS, FERNS FOLIAGE PLANTS, SUCCULENT PLANTS, HANGING BASKETS PLANTS AND BULBOUS PLANTS. THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES FROM EACH SCHOOL IS LIMITED TO FIVE PER GROUP.

ALL WORK FOR THE PLANT GROWING IN POTS SHOULD BE PERFORMED BY STUDENTS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF TEACHERS.

TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED TO THREE STUDENTS WITH THE HIGHEST MARKS IN EACH SECTION WHILE BOOK AND STATIONERY TOKENS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THREE PRINCIPLE PRIZES AND 10 MERIT PRIZES FOR EACH GROUP.

THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND THREE-DAY EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE (LUK YEUNG SUN CHUEN) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, TSUEN WAN, ON MARCH 7 NEXT YEAR.

SCHOOL HEADS ARE REQUESTED TO SEND THEIR ENTRY FORMS TO THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ROOM 437, LEE GARDENS, FOURTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, BEFORE DECEMBER 18.

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MARKET COMPLEX CONTRACT AWARDED * * * *

A $30.8 MILLION CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MARKET COMPLEX AT THE JUNCTION OF MONG KOK ROAD AND FA YUEN STREET.

THE 14-STOREY COMPLEX, BUILT FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL BY THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, WILL BE ON A 1 600-SQUARE-METRE SITE NOW OCCUPIED BY A HAWKER BAZAAR.

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THREE FLOORS OF THE COMPLEX a ILL EE FOR MARKET STALLS AND ONE FLOOR FOR COOKED pOOD STALLS. OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE OFFICE , A L 3RARY, SQUASH COURTS, GAMES ROOMS AND A MULTI-PURPOSE SPORTS HALL.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MID-DECEMBER AND BE COMPLETE J BY LATE 1987.

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COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB PARADE * * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, WILL TAKE TH SALUTE AT THE FIFTH ANNUAL PARADE OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, TOMORR. (TUESDAY) AT 2.30 PM.

MORE THAN 3 000 CYC MEMBERS WILL ATTEND THE PARADE, WHICH WILL FEATURE CHINESE DANCE, CHILDREN’S CHOIR, BRASS BAND AND INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE CHESS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO BE SEATED BY 2.15 PM.

EXHIBITION IN YUEN LONG * * * *

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ORGANISE A DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION EXHIBITION FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO NOVEMBER 21 AS PART OF A CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR TAI KUEN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 3.30 PM AT THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, TAI YUK ROAD, YUEN LONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AND THE EXHIBITION.

MONDAY, N./ ■.

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NT STUDENTS TO PERFORM IN CONCERT * X * *

THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH WILL PRESENT A STUDENTS’ CONCERT ON SUNDAY (DECEMBER 1) AT 3 PM AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

THE NEw TERRITORIES STUDENTS’ CONCERT WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY THE TSUEN WAN CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA, BOTH OF THE MUSIC OFFICE, AND THE TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL CHOIR.

VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR NaThA.J MA NING-HEI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE CONCERT.

THE CONCERT IS ONE OF THE REGULAR MUSIC ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE TO PROVIDE ITS TRAINEES AN OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM IN PUBLIC.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING MUSIC CENTRES;

* TSUEN WAN MUSIC CENTRE, CHEUNG YIU BUILDING, 167-173 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN

* YUEN LONG MUSIC CENTRE, YUEN LONG CENTRE, 55 SHAU FU STREET, THIRD FLOOR, YUEN LONG

* SHA TIN MUSIC CENTRE, KCR HOUSE, FOURTH FLOOR, SHA TIN

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-428127.

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ROOFTOP STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED * * * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING THE CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON THE ROOF OF NO. 2 TO 20, TAK WAH STREET, TSUEN WAN, TO ENABLE DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURES WITHOUT A DANGER TO PEOPLE.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON DECEMBER 30 WAS POSTED ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (MONDAY).

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF THE EXERCISE TO ENFORCE THE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN FEBRUARY 1=»85 REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THESE STRUCTURES.

DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CLOSURE ORDERS ARE MADE.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD It 72% PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 427.246 MILLION CUBIC NE TRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 457.785 THIS TIMEM^^sY^\ATERf REPRESENTING 78.1 PER CENT

MILLION CUBIC CF CAPACITY.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN KwUN TONG * * * * *

ELEGANCE ROAD IN KWUN TONG WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 12.01 AM AND 6 AM FROM NOVEMBER 28 (THURSDAY) TO DECEMBER 4, EXCEPT ON DECEMBER 2, TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORK.

TRAFFIC HEADING FOR KWUN TONG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, WHILE TRAFFIC HEADING FOR NGAU TAU KOK ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE KWUN TONG ROAD.

MEANWHILE, FA YUEN STREET BETWEEN SHANTUNG STREET AND SOY STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 28) TO IMPROVE TRAFF IC CIRCULATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR OCTOBER ........................ 1

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR OCTOBER............................ 3

UNOFFICIALS TO DEBATE GN GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS................... 5

NEED TO PROMOTE, STRENGTHEN CIVIC EDUCATION .................. 6

DRAFT ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE TABLED......................... 7

GOOD RESPONSE TO +CLEAN AND GREIN+ SCHEME .................... 8

APPLICATION FOR TIGER GOLD COINS ............................. 9

BRIEFING ON EPA .............................................. 10

DETAILS ON T6UEN KWAI ARTS FESTIVAL .......................... 10

SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TEAM FOR JAKARTA ............................ 10

DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION EXHIBITION OPENED..................... 11

DTC REGISTRATION SUSPENDED ................................... 12

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING ON HOUSING PROGRAMME ................... 12

VISIT TO TSING YI NORTH BRIDGE ............................... 12

TUEN MUN DISTRICT COMMITTEE TO MEET........................... 13

VARIETY SHOW TO HIGHLIGHT ANTI-CRIME CAMPAIGN ................ 14

SOUTHERN DISTRICT TAPS OFF.................................... 14

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR SIGNALS................................... 15

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR OCTOBER

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THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS GREW BY $538 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT IN OCTOEER 1985 OVER OCTOBER 1984 TO REACH $8 434 MILLION, WHILE THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS FELL BY $1 309 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT TO $11 164 MILLION, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS DECLINED BY $771 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT TO $19 598 MILLION IN OCTOBER 1985. MEANWHILE, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY $345 MILLION OR 2 PER CENT TO $19 966 MILLION.

IN CONSEQUENCE, A VISIBLE TRADE GAP (THAT IS, THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS) OF 2 PER CENT WAS RECORDED IN OCTOBER 1985, COMPARED WITH A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS IN OCTOBER 1984 WHICH WAS EQUIVALENT TO 4 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS.

PUTTING THE MONTH’S TRADE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF 1985 WAS $193 188 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $106 107 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $87 081 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF 1984, THE VALUES OF TOTAL EXPORTS AND OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 7 PER CENT AND 31 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS FELL BY 7 PER CENT. OVER THIS PERIOD THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY 3 PER CENT TO $188 923 MILLION.

A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS, EQUIVALENT TO 2 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED FOR THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH A VISIBLE TRADE GAP OF 1 PER CENT IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE CONTINUED DECLINE IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS (YEAR-ON-YEAR) WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE RELATIVELY LOW GROWTH RATES OF THE ECONOMIES OF HONG KONG’S EXPORT MARKETS, IN PARTICULAR THE UNITED STATES, IN THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF 1985.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR OCTOBER 1985 -

MERCHAND ISE: DOMESTIC EXPORTS RE-EXPORTS : $11 164 MILLION : $ 8 434 MILLION

TOTAL EXPORTS : $19 598 MILLION

IMPORTS : $19 966 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE : $ 368 MILLION ( IN DEFICIT)

/COMPARATIVE

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COMPARATIVE FIGURES

AUG - OCT AUG - OCT INCREASE OR

LATEST 3 MONTHS 1985 1984 DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 34 123 38 627 - 4 504 -11.7

RE-EXPORTS 25 527 22 208 + 3 319 +14.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 59 650 60 835 - 1 185 ~ 1.9

IMPORTS 57 291 57 332 t - 41 - 0.1

TRADE BALANCE + 2 359 + 3 503 - 1 144

OCTOBER OCTOBER INCREASE OR

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR 1985 1984 DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN, $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 11 164 12 473 - 1 309 -10.5

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (57.0%) (61.2%)

RE-EXPORTS 8 434 7 896 + 538 +6.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 19 598 20 369 - 771 - 3.8

IMPORTS 19 966 19 621 + 345 + 1.8

TRADE BALANCE 368 + 748 - 1 116

OCTOBER SEPTEMBER INCREASE OR

LAST MONTH 1985 1985 DECREASE

3 MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 11 164 10 976 + 188 + 1.7

OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (57.0%) (57.0%)

RE-EXPORTS 8 434 8 286 + 148 +1.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 19 598 19 262 + 336 +1.7

IMPORTS 19 966 18 209 + 1 757 + 9.6

TRADE BALANCE 368 + 1 353 - 1 421

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calendar year to-date JAN - OCT 1985 JAN - OCT 1984 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 106 107 (54.9%) 114 362 (63.2%) - 8 255 - 7.2

RE-EXPORTS 87 081 66 478 +20 603 +31.0

TOTAL EXPORTS 193 188 180 840 +12 348 + 6.8

IMPORTS 188 923 182 693 + 6 230 + 3.4

TRADE BALANCE + 4 265 - 1 853 + 6 118

LAST 12 MONTHS NOV 1984 TO OCT 1985 NOV 1983 TO OCT 1984 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. SMN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 129 681 135 676 - 5 995 - 4.4

RE-EXPORTS 104 108 78 441 +25 667 +32.7

TOTAL EXPORTS 233 789 214 117 +19 672 + 9.2

IMPORTS 229 601 218 650 +10 951 + 5.0

TRADE BALANCE + 4 188 - 4 533 + 8 721

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR OCTOBER * * * *

THE

CENT AND

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) ROSE BY 3.3 PER CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) BY 3.5 PER CENT BETWEEN OCTOBER 1984 AND OCTOBER 1985, ACCORDING TO FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE

CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE CPI(A) AND CPI(B) FOR OCTOBER 1985 wERE 161.1 AND 161.7 RESPECTIVELY. COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1985 AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, CP I(A) DECREASED BY 1.0 PER CENT AND CPI(B), BY 0.5 PER CENT.

THE AVERAGE CPI(A) AND AVERAGE CP I(B) FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 1985, AT 159.1 AND 159.3 RESPECTIVELY, WERE 3.4 PER CENT AND 3.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGco FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 1984.

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?UR,NG THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED OCTOBER 1985, THE StASONALLY ADJUSTED CP 1(A) INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF ?i2 P£R CENT ?ER MONTH AND THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CP 1(B) AT 0.3 PER CENT PER MONTH.

DURING OCTOBER, RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, SALT-WATER FISH AND LIVE POULTRY WERE LOWER. ON THE OTHER HAND, SCHOOL FEES, TEXTBOOK PRICES, TELEPHONE CHARGES AND RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUIT, CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR WERE HIGHER.

THE CP 1(A) AND CP 1(B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS CF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. THE CP 1(A) REFERS TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN SI 000 AND $3 499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME, AND THE CPI(B), BETWEEN S3 500 AND $6 499 A MONTH.

CHANGES IN THE INDEXES FOR OCTOBER 1985 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, AS COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1985 AND OCTOBER 1984, ARE GIVEN BELOW.

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

SECTION INDEX FOR OCT 85 CPI(A) CP 1(B)

% CHANGE OVER SEP 85 % CHANGE OVER OCT 84 INDEX FOR OCT 85 % CHANGE OVER SEP 85 % CHANGE OVER OCT 84

FOODSTUFFS 156.0 -3.4 +0.9 156.9 -2.9 + 1.1

HOUSING 156.9 +0.1 + 5.0 156.0 +0.3 +4.3

FUEL AND LIGHT 145.6 -0.9 145.8 -0X0# -3.6

ALCOHOL IC DR INKS AND TOBACCO (FOR 234.3 +0.1 + 12.4 224.8 +0.1 + 11.8

HOME CONSUMPTION)

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 171.7 + 1.0 +8.2 174.6 + 1.3 +3.9

DURABLE GOODS 122.7 +0.2 -1.7 127.9 +0.3 -0.9

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 151.8 -0.2 +0.7 149.4 -0.2 + 1.6

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 184.0 +□.1 +7.3 184.4 +0.2 +o. 0

SERV ICES 192.4 +4.2 +8.4 186.5 +3.4 +7.3

ALL ITEMS 161.1 -1.0 +3.3 161.7 -0.5 +3.5

> LESS THAN 0.05%.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1985

COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1985, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 3.4 PER CENT IN CP 1(A) AND 2.9 PER CENT IN CPI(b). THIS WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE DECREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, SALT-wATER FISH AND LIVE POULTRY, WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE INCREASE IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICt OF FRESH FRUIT. THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES CF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR INCREASED BY 1.0 PER CENT IN CP 1(A) AND 1.3 PER CENT IN CPI(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES OF MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OUTERCLOTHING.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES ROSE BY 4.2 PER CENT IN CP 1(A) AND 3.4 PER CENT IN CP 1(B) DUE TO HIGHER SCHOOL FEES, TEXTBOOK PRICES AND TELEPHONE CHARGES.

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.)

MORE DETAILS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR OCTOBER 1985, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT $3 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG; OR FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, ROOM 1904, 19TH FLOOR, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG; OR FROM THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BASKERVILLE HOUSE, DUDDELL STREET, HONG KONG FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MAILINGS.

FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE INDEXES, PLEASE CONTACT THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NO. 3-7216512.

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UNOFFICIALS TO DEBATE ON GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS

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A TwO-DAY DEBATE ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, TO BE MOVED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, wILL BEGIN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, WILL START THE •-EATE, TO BE FOLLOWED BY ALL THE OTHER MEMBERS OVER THE NEXT

TwO DAYS.

USS DUNN WILL BE FOLLOWED BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, THE HON K.C. CHA , THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG, THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, THE riON MRS SELINA CHOW, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, THE HON HO SAI— -ii , ’HE -?N' MARTIN LEE, THE HON LEE YU-TAI, THE HON HELMUT SOHMEN u’thE HON ANDREW WONG.

/THEY WILL ........

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THEY wILL BE SPEAKING ON THE STRUCTURE AND MACHINERY OF GOVERNMENT, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARaTI AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

TOUCHING ON THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL SITUATION WILL BE THE HON S.L. CHEN, THE HON ALLEN LEE, THE HON WONG PO-YAN, THE HON PETER POON, DR THE HON KIM CHAM, THE HON THOMAS CLYDESDALE, THE HON DAVID LI AND THE HON NGA I SHIU-KIT, WHILE THE HON J.J. SWA I NE, THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN AND THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM WILL SPEAK ON LAW, ORDER AND SECURITY.

ON THURSDAY THE OTHER 23 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION. SPEAKING ON EDUCATION ARE THE HON PETER C. WONG, THE HON CHAN YING-LUK, THE HON RITA FAN, THE HON PAULINE NG, THE HON LIU LIT-FOR, PROF THE HON POON CHUNG-KWONG, THE HON SZETO WAH AND DR THE HON DANIEL TSE.

THE HON PANG CHUN-HOI AND THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG WILL TOUCH ON LABOUR WHILE THE HON F.K. HU, THE HON RICHARD LAI, DR THE HON CONRAD LAM AND THE HON POON CHI-FA I WILL CONCENTRATE ON HOUSING.

THE HON HUI YIN-FAT AND THE HON ROSANNA TAM WILL ELABORATE ON SOCIAL WELFARE, DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP AND DR THE HON CHIU HIN-KwONG ON MEDICAL SERVICES? AND THE HON MARIA TAM, THE HON JACKIE CHAN, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN, THE HON LAU WONG-FAT AND THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH ON DEVELOPMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE.

THE SPEECHES WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RTHK’S CHINESE AND ENGLISH SERVICES RADIO 1 AND 3.

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NEED TO PROMOTE, STRENGTHEN CIVIC EDUCATION * * * * *

THERE IS AN URGENT NEED TO PROMOTE AND STRENGTHEN CIVIC EDUCATION AMONG THE YOUNG AS THE PRESENT HONG KONG SOCIETY UNDERGOES INCESSANT CHANGES AND DEVELOPMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE FIFTH ANNUAL PARADE OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUE AT ^UEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, HE SAID THERE WERE MANY WAYS TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION WHICH INCLUDED THE THEORETICAL APPROACH AND THE PRACTICAL APPROACH.

+A PRACTICAL APPROACH THROUGH DIRECT PARTICIPATION IN CO/MUNITY AFFAIRS WOULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE IN ATTAINING THE Al MS OF CIVIC EDUCATION,+ HE SAID.

+THROUGH THIS PROCESS, THE AIMS OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUE, wHICH DEVELOP THE CORRECT CONCEPT OF VALUES AND THE SENSE ?■ CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES THROUGH POSITIVE PARTICIPATION IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR COMMUNITY-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES, IS WELL O'.RkESPOI.DED WITH THE GENERAL AIMS OF EDUCATION,+ HE ADDED.

/recognising the

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1985

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YEAR,B^i^N^LTLHLOf^G¥JET,2^^L^ ^^TsUTSeADS "’™ «***• ™ “J

+THEIR STRONG EFFORTS IN EQUIPPING OUR YOUTHS WITH CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY WILL SURELY NURTURE GOOD CITIZENSHIP OF THE FUTURE,* HE SAID.

MR LEUNG THEN PRESENTED TWO PURPLE BADGES - THE HIGHEST HONOUR OF THE CYC MERIT AWARD SCHEME - TO TWO PRIMARY SCHOOL CYC MEMBERS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

PRESENTING THE AWARDS TO CHUNG TSUI-YEE AND TONG SHUI-LEUNG CF CHO YIU CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL IN KWAI CHUNG, HE SAID THEIR CAPABILITY OF MAKING SUCH CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY AT THEIR YOUNG AGE WAS ALL THE MORE WORTHY OF HIGH APPRECIATION.

MR LEUNG URGED THEM TO JOIN THE CYC SENIOR MEMBER’S SERVICE GROUP, WHICH WAS INAUGURATED LAST YEAR, TO HELP LEAD THE 150 000 PLUS MEMBERS AND CONTINUE TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

uc 1 £?G USE 0F WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNT FROM THEIR SCHOOL

HEADS AND TEACHERS, MEMBERS OF THIS GROUP ARE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO ORGANISE AND LEAD VARIOUS KINDS OF ACTIVITIES AND TRAIN THEMSELVES IN REASONING AND EXERCISING THEIR ANALYTICAL

POWER,* MR LEUNG SAID.

+THEY WILL ALSO LEARN THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS OF TACKLING DIFFERENT PROBLEMS TO BRING FORTH BETTER RESULTS.*

+THIS KIND OF TRAINING IS BENEFICIAL AND ESSENTIAL TO THE HEALTHY GROWTH OF OUR YOUTHS,* MR LEUNG SAID.

+AS A CONCERNED MEMBER IN THE FIELD OF EDUCATION, I EARNESTLY LONG FOR A HEALTHY YOUNGER GENERATION CAPABLE OF CONTRIBUTING MUCH TO OUR COMMUNITY,* MR LEUNG SAID.

ATTENDING TODAY’S PARADE WERE MORE THAN 3 000 CYC MEMBERS FROM VARIOUS SCHOOLS.

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DRAFT ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE TABLED * * * *

AND

THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 666 POSTS ENGAGED IN ADMINISTRATIVE OTHER GENERAL SUPPORT FUNCTIONS OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BY

MARCH 31, 1986.

DISCLOSING THIS AT A MEETING OF THE WAYS AND MEANS SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE SENIOR TREASURY ACCOUNTANT OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, M’S MARIA YIP, SAID SALARIES IN RESPECT OF THESE POSTS IN 1935-86 WOULD AMOUNT TO $33.4 MILLION.

/Urs yip........

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MRS YIP SAID AN ADDITIONAL 131 POSTS, INCLUDING 27 ON LOAN TO THE DEPARTMENT ON 1985-86, WOULD BE REQUIRED IN 1986-87, REPRESENTING A 15 PER CENT INCREASE IN ESTABLISHMENT. SALARIES FOR THESE NEw POSTS IN 1986-87 AMOUNT TO $7.2 MILLION.

+TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE FULL YEAR COST FOR NEW POSTS CREATED DURING 1985-86, STAFF ANNUAL INCREMENTS AND ASSUMING INFLATION AT EIGHT PER CENT, THE TOTAL SALARY COST IN 1986-87 FOR ALL STAFF ENGAGED IN ADMINISTRATIVE AND OTHER GENERAL SUPPORT FUNCTION IS ESTIMATED AT $47 MILL ION,+ SHE SAID.

THE COMMITTEE DECIDED AT THE MEETING TO INCLUDE THE DRAFT ESTIMATES FOR 1986-87 RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE AND OTHER GENERAL SUPPORT ACTIVITIES IN THE OVERALL ESTIMATES FOR THE COUNCIL’S CONSIDERATION.

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GOOD RESPONSE TO +CLEAN AND GREEN+ SCHEME

M K * *

THE +CLEAN AND GREEN+ SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE _ AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAS ATTRACTED A RECORD PARTICIPATION OF 5393 PEOPLE AND MORE ARE EXPECTED TO JOIN BEFORE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON DECEMBER 1.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE RESPONSE TO THE SCHEME WAS ^OOURAG!NG, AND THE TURN-OUT HAD ALREADY EXCEEDED THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 5 OOO PEOPLE SET BY THE 1984/85 SCHEME.

OF THE PARTICIPANTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, 81 PER CENT OR 300 ARE YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 21. THERE ARc

©0 ?THERS IN THE 22-41 AGE BRACKET. THE REMAINDERS ARE OVER 49 INCLUDING ONE AGED 32.

+THP AGE PATTERN INDICATES THAT THE SCHEME HAS NOT ONLY AROUSED THE INTEREST OF THE YOUNGER GENERATION FOR WHOM THIS PROJECT IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED, BUT ALSO ELDERLY COUNTRYSID-LOVERS,HE SAID.

THE SCHEME, ORGANISED JOINTLY WITH THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, AIMS AT DRIVING HOMc THx MESSAGE FOR A CLEANER AND GREENER COUNTRYSIDE. IT IS OPEN TO ANYONE AGED 12 AND OVER.

PRI7FS FOR THE SCHEME INCLUDE TWO RETURN AIR TICKETS TO AUSTRAL lA^AND Two 15-DAY AUSSIE PASSES, A TAIWAN MOUNTAIN CLIMBING PACKAGE TOUR, A CAMERA WITH ACCESSORIES, CAMPING EQUIPMENT AND HlKING GEAR.

A MAXIMUM OF 19 000 PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THE SCHEME HELD IN THREE STAGES BETWEEN OCTOBER AND DECEMBER.

/IN THE

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1<

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IN The first stage, participants are required to collect LITTER AFTER REPORTING TO ONE OF THE 12 COUNTRY PARK REPORTING POSTS ON WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAYS BEFORE DECEMBER 1.

+ON HANDING IN A FULL BAG OF LITTER, THEY WILL BE ISSUED j TH A SOUVENIR AND A REGISTRATION CUM QUIZ ENTRY FORM, ENABLING THEM TO ENTER THE SECOND STAGE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE SECOND STAGE, PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COLLECT LITTER IN A MAXIMUM OF NINE COUNTRY PARKS, FILLING OUT THE QUIZ FOR,V AND SUBMITTING A PIECE OF DESIGN ON THE THEME OF COUNTRYSIDE F IRE*PREVENT ION OR TREE PLANTING BEFORE DECEMBER 9.

THE FINAL STAGE WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 28 IN THE FORM OF AN OUTDOOR COMPETITION.

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APPLICATION FOR TIGER GOLD COINS

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APPLICATIONS FOR THE YEAR OF THE TIGER GOLD COINS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO COMMEMORATE THE COMING LUNAR NEW YEAR WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 28).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE LIMITED QUANTITY OF Si 000 GOLD COINS WERE OBTAINABLE FROM ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION BRANCHES.

+THE PROOF VERSION OF THE COIN IS PRICED AT S3 300 AND THE BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED COIN IS AT $2 200,+ HE SAID.

COMPLETED FORMS, TOGETHER WITH CROSSED CHEQUES MADE PAYABLE TO +HONG KONG GOVERNMENT 1986 SPECIAL COIN ACCOUNT* OR BANKER’S CASHIER ORDERS MUST REACH ANY OF THE 10 HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION BRANCHES LISTED IN THE APPLICATION FORM BEFORE 12.30 PM ON DECEMBER 14.

+THE YEAR OF THE TIGER GOLD COIN IS THE PENULTIMATE COIN IN A SERIES TO COMMEMORATE THE CYCLE OF 12 LUNAR YEARS, EACH REPRESENTED BY AN ANIMAL, WHICH FALLS IN THE WESTERN CALENDAR Y-ARS 1976-87. APPLICATIONS NOW BEING INVITED ARE RESTRICTED TO RESIDENTS WITH A HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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BRIEFING ON EPA

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THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR NIGEL SHIPMAN, THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON VISITED THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, WHICH IS TO BE UPGRADED TO A DEPARTMENT IN APR IL NEXT YEAR.

MR SHIPMAN WAS GIVEN A DETAILED BRIEFING OF THE AGENCY’S WORK BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED.

OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF THE AIR, NOISE, WATER AND WASTE MANAGEMENT DIVISIONS LATER SHOWED MR SHIPMAN AROUND THE AGENCY AND EXPLAINED THE WORK OF THEIR DIVISIONS.

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DETAILS ON TSUEN KWAI ARTS FESTIVAL * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ARTS FESTIVAL 1986 WILL BE IN THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM OF NATHAN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE TSUEN KWAI HELD AT 3 PM ON NOVEMBER 29 (FRIDAY) THE HOLIDAY INN (GOLDEN MILE) IN

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN KWAI ARTS FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR CHENG WING-CHUN, WILL CHAIR THE CONFERENCE.

FEATURING A DAZZLING VARIETY OF PERFORMANCES, THE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD FROM JANUARY 31 TO MARCH 2, 1986. IT IS PRESENTED JOINTLY BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD, TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION, KWAI CHUNG PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE.

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SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TEAM FOR JAKARTA X * * X

THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS SPORTS COUNCIL IS SENDING A HONG KONG SCHOOLS FOOTBALL TEAM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 14TH ASIAN SCHOOLS INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT IN JAKARTA, INDONESIA, STARTING DECEMBER 10.

A FLAG-PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE HONG KONG TEAM AND - PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE TOURNAMENT wILL BE HELD AT 4 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

/THE DiidSCTOR...........

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT LEE GARDENS, FOURTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

I'.OTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION EXHIBITION OPENED * * * *

YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JAMES WILSON, TODAY (TUESDAY) CALLED ON RESIDENTS TO SHOW SUPPORT TO THEIR DISTRICT BY TAKING PART IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 6.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION EXHIBITION, HE SAID: +THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IS THE POLICY-MAKING BODY IN ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, RECREATIONAL AND AMENITY PROGRAMMES FOR DISTRICTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND YUEN LONG wILL BE REPRESENTED IN THE COUNCIL THROUGH AN ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE.*

MR WILSON URGED ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS TO STAND AS CANDIDATES IN THE ELECTION AND TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY.

THE EXHIBITION COVERED VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE URBAN COUNCIL, DISTRICT BOARDS, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THROUGH SLIDES, GRAPHICS AND

CHARTS.

ITS AIM WAS TO AROUSE RESIDENTS’ INTEREST, ESPECIALLY AMONG_ THE YOUNG, IN THE POLITICAL SYSTEM, STIMULATE THEIR CONCERN ABOU i SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS.

THE EXHIBITION WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICc. AND THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, AND WILL LAST UNTIL FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 29).

IT IS PART OF THE PROMOTION PROGRAMME IN CIVIC EDUCATION ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE. OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT STUDY CA