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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 1, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FINAL REGISTRATION RESULT SATISFACTORY ....................... 1

MORE DEBATE EXPECTED FROM NEW SYSTEM ......................... 2

LATE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED ................................... 3

HIDDEN EFFORT SEEN AGAINST JENKINS BILL....................... 4

HK'S ECONOMY - NO NEED FOR CHANGE ............................ 6

SPOTLIGHT ON DEVELOPMENTS IN KWUN TONG ....................... 7

DEVELOPMENT OF SHAM TSENG TO BE DISCUSSED..................... 7

TUEN MUN TO BE GIVEN PRIORITY CONSIDERATION .................. 8

REAR LANE STRUCTURES TO BE PULLED DOWN ....................... 8

GROUP TO STUDY CHILD CARE SERVICES .......................... 9

INTEGRATED SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY STUDIED................... 11

FAMILIARISATION VISIT STARTS ................................. 15

BOARD TO HEAR ABOUT MEDICAL SERVICE PLANS .................... 14

TRAINING SCHEMES OFFERED ..................................... 14

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY TO BE CONDUCTED...................... 15

ABERDEEN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED ..................... 16

COUNCIL CO-SPONSORING SURVEY OF TREES ........................ 16

SAU MAU PING TAPS OFF ............................... 17

TUEN MUN ROAD CLOSURE ........................................ 1?

RIGHT-TURN BANNED ............................................ 17

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ......................................... 17

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FINAL REGISTRATION RESULT SATISFACTORY

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THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, NR PETER TSAO THIS EVENING SAID HE WAS HAPPY WITH THE RESULT OF THE VOTER REGISTRATION EXERCISE FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS WHICH ENDED TODAY.

♦WE HAVE A TOTAL REGISTRATION OF 66.3 PER CENT, A FIGURE MUCH HIGHER THAN ANY OF THE PREVIOUS ELECTION REGISTRATION FIGURES’ AND EVEN THE LOWEST FIGURE IS 53 PER CENT, WHICH MEANS THAT IN EVERY ORGANISATION, HALF OR MORE THAN HALF OF THEIR MEMBERS HAVE IN FACT REGISTERED,+ HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SOME 12 □□□ APPLICATIONS OUT OF A POSSIBLE TOTAL OF ABOUT 40 000 HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN THE LATE REGISTRATION PERIOD, WHICH MEANS SOME 30 PER CENT OF THOSE WHO DID NOT REGISTER THE FIRST TIME CAME FORWARD THE SECOND TIME.

HE THOUGHT LAST MINUTE PUBLICITY CONTRIBUTED TO THE FINAL RESULT. STAFF OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WHO WENT AROUND TO ALL THE TEACHERS WERE THANKED FOR THEIR EFFORTS. MR TSAO HIMSELF WROTE TO EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE CONSTITUENCIES WHO DID NOT REGISTER IN THE FIRST PHASE, SENDING 40 000 LETTERS IN ALL.

COMMENTING ON REGISTRATION FIGURES FOR THE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL CONSTITUENCIES, MR TSAO POINTED OUT THAT NONE OF THE FIGURES *AS VERY FAR FROM THE AVERAGE, ALTHOUGH THEY WERE LOW COMPARED WITH THOSE OF THE OTHER CONSTITUENCIES. +IN NONE OF THE ORGANISATIONS HAS THE RESULT BEEN DISAPPOI NT I NG,+ HE SAID.

FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF VOTER REGISTRATION, THE NEXT JOB TO BE DONE IS TO ENACT ELECTORAL REGULATIONS TO SPELL OUT HOW ELECTIONS ARE TO BE CONDUCTED, SUCH AS THE VENUES, TIMING, AND NOMINATION AND ELECTION PROCEDURES.

♦WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE THIS WITHIN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS MONTH. WE WILL THEN BE SENDING OUT NOMINATION FORMS TO ORGANISATIONS. THE ACTUAL NOMINATIONS SHOULD START ON AUGUST 2 AND CLOSE ON AUGUST 20,+ MR TSAO SAID.

THE DATE OF ELECTION WILL BE SOMETIME TOWARDS THE END OF SEPTEMBER, AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED ONCE IT HAS BEEN NOMINATED BY THE GOVERNOR, HE ADDED.

MR TSAO THOUGHT THAT THE INFORMAL PART OF THE ELECTIONEERING WILL START EARLIER, WHEN THE NOMINATION FORMS ARE MADc AVAILABLE. ALTHOUGH THERE a ILL NOT BE A LONG PERIOD BETWEEN THE START OF __£CTIONEERING AND THE CLOSING DATE OF NOMINATION, MR TSAO THOUGHT CANDIDATES WOULD NOT NEED ALL THAT MUCH TIME.

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+ I N NO CASE WILL ANY CANDIDATE HAVE TO FACE MORE THAN ABOUT 60 VOTERS IN THE DISTRICT BOARDS FOR EXAMPLE, ALTHOUGH EACH DB CONSTITUENCY REPRESENTS ROUGHLY HALF A MILLION PEOPLE, AND I THINK THE PERIOD IS REALLY QUITE SUFFICIENT.

+IN CASE OF THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, I THINK CANDIDATE^ ARE LIKELY TO BE WELL-KNOWN TO THEIR MEMBERS, BECAUSE AFTER ALL, CANDIDATES MUST HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTITUENCIES, AND THEREFORE, I DO NOT THINK YOU NEED ALL THAT MUCH TIME FOR THE ELECTIONEERING PROCESS,+ HE SAID.

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MORE DEBATE EXPECTED FROM NEW SYSTEM * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, W PETER TSAO SAID TODAY THAT THE NEW SYSTEM OF APPOINTMENT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WOULD DEMAND FAR MORE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION BY THE MAN IN THE STREET AND WAS LIKELY TO ENGENDER RATHER NOISIER DEBATE, AT LEAST DURING THE ELECTION PERIODS.

SPEAKING TO THE SWISS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG AT LUNCH TODAY, MR TSAO POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG HAD WORKED UNTIL NOW WITHIN A CONSENSUS SYSTEM.

+IT IS A QUIET SYSTEM - QUIET BOTH IN THE APPOINTMENT OF THE COMMUNITY’S REPRESENTATIVES BY THE GOVERNOR, AND IN THE NEAR-ABSENCE OF NOISY PUBLIC DEBATE OVER INDIVIDUAL ISSUES.

+APPOINTMENT TO LEGCO HAS DEPENDED ON INDIVIDUAL INTEREST, PERFORMANCE ON SOME OF THE MYRIAD CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEES, AND A GENUINE DESIRE TO GET INVOLVED RATHER THAN ON HAVING A POLITICAL PLATFORM, OR BEING ABLE TO CONVINCE AN ELECTORATE OF ONE’S SUITABILITY.

+ BY THE SAME TOKEN IT IS A SYSTEM WHICH HAS DEMANDED LITTLE CONSCIOUS EFFORT ON THE PART OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC,* HE SAID.

THERE MIGHT BE SEVERAL REASONS FOR HONG KONG PEOPLE’S LIMITED INTEREST IN POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, BUT MR TSAO SAID, HE PREFERRED TO THINK THAT THE REAL TRUTH LAY MORE IN THE FACT THAT PEOPLE HAD SEEN HONG KONG NOT ONLY SURVIVING ALL KINDS OF ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CRISES, BUT PROSPERING TO BOOT.

+AND SEEING THIS HAS STRENGTHENED THEIR FAITH IN THE ABILITY OF THE ADMINISTRATION, AND ITS PROCLAIMED POLICIES OF 'POSITIVE NON-INTERVENTION’ AND ’GOVERNMENT BY CONSENSUS’,* HE SAID.

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MR TSAO SAID THIS IMPRESSION wAS REINFORCED A FEW MONTHS AGO WHEN HE WAS INFORMED BY THE HEADS OF SEVERAL PROFESSIONAL BODIES THAT THEY SUSPECTED MANY OF THEIR MEMBERS, LACKING AN INTEREST IN DISTRICT LEVEL POLITICS, HAD NEVER REGISTERED FOR DISTRICT BOARD OR URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS AND WERE THEREFORE NOT ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE FORTHCOMING LEGCO ELECTION.

TO ENCOURAGE AS MUCH PARTICIPATION AS POSSIBLE, THE GOVERNMENT RELAXED THE RULE FOR 1985 ONLY AND ALLOWED THESE PEOPLE TO VOTE, AS LONG AS THEY WERE ENTITLED TO REGISTER FOR ELECTIONS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT DESPITE ALL THE PUBLICITY AND PERSUASION, SOME ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS HAD DECLINED, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE, TO REGISTER FOR THE LEGCO ELECTION.

+THE ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSIBILITY IS TO GIVE ALL THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. WE HAVE EVEN GONE TO THE EXTENT OF WRITING A LETTER TO EVERY SINGLE ELIGIBLE PERSON, AS WELL AS TAKING PAINS TO EXPLAIN TO PEOPLE THE WHOLE REGISTRATION AND ELECTION PROCESS.

+ULTIMATELY, THE DECISION TO PARTICIPATE RESTS WITH THE INDIVIDUAL AND A HUNDRED PER CENT REGISTRATION RATE CAN NEVER EE EXPECTED. HOWEVER, AS LONG AS THE LEGCO MEMBERS ARE ELECTED FROM A WIDE ENOUGH BASE WE CAN BE SATISFIED THAT THEY ARE TRULY REPRESENTING THEIR GEOGRAPHICAL AND FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES. AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS WILL BE THE CASE,+ MR TSAO SAID.

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LATE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

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UP TO 4 PM TODAY (MONDAY), 11 963 LATE APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION AS ELECTORS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. AS A RESULT OF THE EARLIER REGISTRATION EXCRCISC 34 531 ELECTORS HAVE ALREADY BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER PUBLISHED ON JUNE 21.

A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN IS AS FOLLOWS:

NUMBER OF

ESTIMATED ELECTORS ON

SIZE OF PROVISIONAL LATE

ELECTORATE REGISTER APPLICATIONS

ELECTORAL COLLEGE

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434 428 5

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FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES

COMMERCIAL I 2 347 681 601

COMMERCIAL II 5 512 1 730 1 027

INDUSTRIAL I 772 364 123

INDUSTRIAL II 2 324 913 394

FINANCIAL 141 119 16

LABOUR 393 285 19

SOCIAL SERVICES 155 129 21

MEDICAL 4 548 2 109 859

LEGAL 1 511 727 236

TEACHING 49 047 25 337 8 014

ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PLANNING 2 890 1 709 648

TOTAL 70 074 34 531 11 963

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HIDDEN EFFORT SEEN AGAINST JENKINS BILL * * * *

BILL IS LIKE AN THE WHOLE EFFORT,

JENKINS PART OF

THE FIGHT AGAINST THE PROTECTIONIST ICEBERG - WHAT IS VISIBLE IS BUT A SMALL

SAID MR ROBERT FOOTMAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF TRADE, TODAY.

MR FOOTMAN WAS SPEAKING TO MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TEXTILES COMMITTEE AT A LUNCH AT THE GOLDEN MILE HOLIDAY INN.

+THE MESSAGE I BRING TODAY IS THIS : FIRST, THIS IS AN ISSUE OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO THE U.S., "TRADING PARTNERS AND HONG KONG, SECONDLY, THERE ARE MANY PLAYERS ALL OF WHOM MUST BE MOBILISED AND MOTIVATED TO PLAY THEIR PART - THESE INCLUDE U.S. INTFRESTS ACROSS THE BOARD, ANYBODY WHO HAS CONTACT WITH THEM, AND THE U S ’S INTERNATIONAL TRADING PARTNERS AS GROUPS AND AS Individuals' thirdly« the hong kong government has made, and will CONTINUE TO MAKE, EVERY EFFORT TO OPPOSE THE BILL.

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MR FOOTMAN SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD PLAYED A VERY ACTIVE PART IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE BILL BUT THAT: + IT WOULD NOT BE BENEFICIAL FOR HONG KONG TO ADOPT A HIGH PROFILE OR TO LEAD THE OPPOSITION TO THE BILL, EITHER WITHIN THE U.S. OR IN GENEVA. A HIGH PROFILE APPROACH WOULD NEITHER ENDEAR US TO OUR COLLEAGUES AMONG THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN GENEVA, WHO ARE WELL ABLE TO IDENTIFY AND FIGHT FOR THEIR OWN INTERESTS, NOR WOULD IT ENDEAR US TO OUR ALLIES IN THE UNITED STATES, FOR SIMILAR REASONS.+

THE BILL NOW HAS ABOUT 283 CO-SPONSORS, OUT OF 435 MEMBERS, IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND 52, OUT OF 100 MEMBERS, IN THE SENATE, HE SAID.

+THESE FIGURES ARE ALARMING EVIDENCE OF THE GENERAL PROTECTIONIST MOOD IN THE UNITED STATES.+

HE DESCRIBED THE FIGHT AS BEING: +LIKE AN ICEBERG, THE VAST MAJORITY OF ALL EFFORTS, BE THEY BY U.S. INTERESTS, HONG KONG INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT OR INDIVIDUALS, TAKES PLACE WITHOUT EMERGING ABOVE THE SURFACE. EQUALLY, WITHOUT THOSE INVISIBLE EFFORTS THERE WOULD BE NOTHING TO SEE AT THE TOP OF THE ICEBERG.*

RECENT WELCOME DEVELOPMENTS HAD INCLUDED MAJOR INITIATIVES MOUNTED BY THE RETAIL INDUSTRY TRADE ACTION COALITION, INCLUDING A GRASSROOTS EFFORT TO FLOOD THE OFFICES OF CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS WITH ANT I-PROTECT ION I ST MAIL. THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION CF EXPORTERS AND IMPORTERS HAS ORGANISED TWO MAJOR LOBBYING ACTIVITIES IN WASHINGTON, AND THE SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION HAD WRITTEN A LETTER OPPOSING THE BILL TO ALL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.

+A WORD OF WARNING WOULD BE APPROPRIATE, THE ADMINISTRATION’S OPPOSITION TO THE BILL IS ONE THING, BUT WITHOUT CONTINUED AND GROWING SUPPORT FROM A WIDE SPECTRUM OF U.S. INTERESTS SUCH OPPOSITION CANNOT WITHSTAND THE IMPETUS OF 283 AND 52 CO-SPONSORS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE,* SAID MR FOOTMAN.

+THE LETTER IS THUS NOT A SIGNAL THAT THE BATTLE IS OVER, RATHER IT IS A SIGNAL THAT A NEW ALLY HAS EMERGED AND THE BATTLE SHOULD BE FOUGHT WITH CONTINUED AND INCREASING COMMITMENT.*

HONG KONG’S EFFORTS HAD SEEN IT ALERTING U.S. INTERESTS TO THE BILL, IT HAD BEEN IN TOUCH WITH MANY MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS BOTH IN THE TERRITORY AND IN THE U.S.? MR BILL DORWARD, COMMISSIONER FOR COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS IN NEW YORK HAD WRITTEN TO 1 000 INFLUENTIAL CONTACTS; MEETINGS HAD BEEN HELD WITH ABOUT 70 SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN, CONTINUOUS CONTACT WAS MAINTAINED WITH KEY U.S. OFFICIALS, AND ONLY LAST WEEK MR ERIC HO, SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY WAS IN WASHINGTON.

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ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT HONG KONG IS PARTICIPATING FULLY IN DISCUSSIONS WITH OTHER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES IN GENEVA. AT LEAST TWO NEW INITIATIVES WERE BEING PLANNED.

+LOOKING AHEAD TO JULY, WE ENVISAGE THAT THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENTS,+ SAID MR FOOTMAN.

+WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT OPPOSITION TO THE BILL WILL GROW AS U.S. INTERESTS REALISE THE TRUE NATURE OF THE BILL AND ITS IMPLICATIONS. BUT THERE ARE ALSO DANGERS, THE SENATE WILL HOLD HEARINGS ON THE BILL ON JULY 15 AND THAT WILL BE AN IDEAL FORUM FOR PROPONENTS OF THE BILL. DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING ARRANGEMENTS WHICH WILL FOLLOW THE EXPIRY OF THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT WILL COMMENCE IN GENEVA ON JULY 23. IT IS TO BE EXPECTED THAT THE TEXTILE CAUCUS WILL MOUNT A FURTHER MAJOR INITIATIVE IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS BILL TO CONSTRAIN THE U.S. NEGOTIATORS IN GENEVA.+

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HK’S ECONOMY - NO NEED FOR CHANGE X X * X

HONG KONG’S ECONOMY IS OPEN AND MARKET-ORIENTED, AND THE GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO INTERVENE ONLY WHERE PRUDENT REGULATION AND THE GOOD NAME OF HONG KONG SO REQUIRES, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR GERALD HIGGINSON, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A MEETING OF THE UNESCO REGIONAL NETWORK OF MICROBIOLOGY, MR HIGGINSON TRACED THE TRANSFORMATION OF HONG KONG FROM A SMALL TRADING PORT TO A THRIVING INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING ECONOMY AND AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

+IN HONG KONG, WE HAVE AN ECONOMY AND AN ATMOSPHERE WHICH IS WELCOMED BY OVERSEAS BUSINESSMEN AS IT IS ONE IN WHICH THEY CAN FEEL AT HOME BOTH PERSONALLY AND IN THEIR BUSINESS ACTIVITIES,+

HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, MR HIGGINSON SAID IT HAD RETAINED THE FEATURES OF AN EFFICIENT ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE, TOGETHER WITH THE RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLE.

+THE ESSENCE OF THE AGRcEMENT IS THAT IT PROVIDES FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THOSE CHARACTERISTICS aHICH HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO HONG KONG’S SUCCESS IN THE PAST AND, AS SUCH, IT REMOVES MUCH OF THE UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE FUTURE,+ HE ADDED.

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SPOTLIGHT ON DEVELOPMENTS IN KWUN TONG * * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, TODAY (MONDAY) TOURED KWUN TONG TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ON-GOING AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS PLANNED FOR THE DISTRICT.

AFTER ATTENDING THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, MR LIAO VISITED CHA KWO LING AND LEI YUE MUN, WHICH MAKE UP THE SZE SHA AREA WITH A POPULATION OF 17 850.

AT CHA KwO LING HE WAS BRIEFED ON A MAJOR ROAD PROJECT AND THE SITE FOR THE PROPOSED SECOND CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL.

THE CHA KwO LING ROAD PROJECT, SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION EARLY NEXT YEAR, WILL PROVIDE AN ESSENTIAL ALTERNATIVE TO THE CONGESTED LEI YUE MUN ROAD, *HICH AT PRESENT IS THE ONLY SERVICEABLE ROAD LINK BETWEEN KWUN TONG CENTRE AND THE YAU TONG AREA.

CHA KwO LING, THE SITE OF THE KOWLOON LINK OF THE SECOND CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, wILL Bt EXTENSIVELY DEVELOPED. THERE ARE PROPOSALS TO BUILD A REGIONAL STADIUM, A DISTRICT HOSPITAL, DISTRICT OPEN SPACE, A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, A PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA AND A CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION.

MR LIAO THEN TOURED THE LEI YUE MUN VILLAGE WHICH IS THE LARGEST SQUATTER AREA IN LEI YUE MUN WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 2 500 PEOPLE.

HE WAS TOLD THAT LIVING CONDITIONS IN THE VILLAGE HAD IMPROVED THROUGH GOVERNMENT EFFORTS TO PROVIDE STREET LIGHTING AND POSTAL SERVICES ALONG THE MAIN FOOTPATH. THE DISTRICT BOARD ALSO ALLOCATED 349 500 FOR THE PROVISION OF A BASKETBALL COURT AT THE ENTRANCE FOR THE RESIDENTS.

MR LIAO WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON THE SAM KA TSUEN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT WHICH WILL PROVIDE ABOUT 1.6 HECTARES OF RECLAIMED LAND FOR A NUMBER OF MUCH NEEDED FACILITIES INCLUDING A MARKET, A MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND A PROMENADE TO SERVE RESIDENTS IN THE NEARBY LEI YUE MUN VILLAGe.

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DEVELOPMENT OF SHAM TSENG TO BE DISCUSSED

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS wILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS A PAPER ON DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR SHAM TSENG.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ALTERNATIVE LAYOUT PLANS FOR THE TSUEN WAN NEw TOWN AREA 35, AND PROPOSALS TO INCORPORATE VILLAGE VEHICLES IN THE TRAFFIC LAWS.

INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA ARE PAPERS ON THE SHORT-TERM USE OF THE PROPOSED YEUNG UK. ROAD MARKET SITE, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT 1°85 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR PROGRAMME AND REPORTS FROM VARIOUS COMMITTEES OF THE BOaRD.

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TUEN MUN TO BE GIVEN PRIORITY CONSIDERATION * * * *

TUEN MUN WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY CONSIDERATION IN THE ALLOCATION CF 35 SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT BETWEEN 1987 AND 1993.

THIS ASSURANCE WAS GIVEN TODAY (MONDAY) BY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS TO 11 MEMBERS OF THE TUEN MUN RESIDENTS’ LIVELIHOOD CONCERNED GROUP WHEN THEY CALLED ON THE DEPARTMENT TO AIR THEIR CONCERN OVER THE SHORTAGE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES IN THE AREA.

THEY WERE TOLD THAT ALL DISTRICT BOARDS WILL SHORTLY BE INFORMED OF THE LOCATION OF THE 35 SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT AND THE RATIONALE BEHIND THE ALLOCATION.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN TO THE (SOUP THE POLICY OF PROVISION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES WHICH WAS ON A TERRITORIAL BASIS AND NOT ON A DISTRICT BASIS.

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REAR LANE STRUCTURES TO BE PULLED DOWN

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FORTY-TWO ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AT THE REAR LANE OF CHUNG KING MANSION IN TSIM SHA TSUI, POSING A FIRE HAZARD AND SANITATION PROBLEM, WILL BE CLEARED NEXT MONTH.

SANITARY CONDITIONS IN CHUNG KING MANSION, BUILT IN THE EARLY 196OS WITH 850 UNITS AND SOME 3 500 RESIDENTS, HAD STEADILY DETERIORATED OVER THE YEARS.

RECOGNISING THESE PROBLEMS, THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, wI TH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE BUILDING'S OWNERS CORPORATION, LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN IN APRIL LAST YEAR TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN CHUNG KING MANSION.

A SERIES OF IMPROVEMENT WORK, INCLUDING INTERNAL WHITE-WASHING, REFURBISHING OF LETTER BOXES, CLEANSING OF STAIRCASES AND PODIUMS, REPAIRING BROKEN WINDOWS, SMOKE DOORS AND REMOVING OBSTRUCTIONS IN COMMON AREAS, HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

THESE EFFORTS WERE REINFORCED WITH REGULAR INSPECTIONS BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TH- CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR BOWEN LEUNG, SAID TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND TC PROVIDE SAFER mCCESS TO THE BUILDING, 42 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AT THE REAR uANE WILL HAVE TO BE CLEARED.

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THE STRUCTURES COMPRISE SIX FOOD PREMISES, FOUR ILLEGAL SHOP TWO ABANDONED COOLING TOWERS AND PURPOSES.

SHOPS, FOUR UNLICENSED EXTENSIONS, 12 STORAGE STRUCTURES, TWO STRUCTURES USED FOR DOMESTIC

♦CLEARANCE NOTICES WILL BE POSTED BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT TOMORROW (TUESDAY), ALLOWING THE OPERATORS SEVEN WEEKS TO WIND UP THEIR BUSINESS,+ MR LEUNG SAID.

ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT FOR PAYMENT OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES BEFORE THE CLEARANCE DATE.

♦THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER RESTRICTED TENDERS FOR THE FOUR COOKED FOOD STALL OPERATORS AFFECTED BY THE CLEARANCE. THERE ARE 34 VACANT COOKED FOOD STALLS IN SIX MARKET COMPLEXES AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN KOWLOON FOR THE OPERATORS TO CHOOSE FR0M,+ HE SAID.

INVITATION LETTERS WILL BE ISSUED TO THE FOUR COOKED FOOD STALL OPERATORS TOMORROW, AND THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD ON JULY 18.

MR LEUNG SAID THAT AFTER THE CLEARANCE, VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT REGULAR INSPECTIONS OF THE LANES.

♦THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE WILL IMMEDIATELY REPAVE THE SURFACE AND IMPROVE THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM OF THE LANES AFTER THE CLEARANCE OPERATION,* HE SAID.

THE CLEARANCE IS CO-ORDINATED BY THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND CARRIED OUT BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT.

GROUP TO STUDY CHILD CARE SERVICES

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A WORKING GROUP UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SWAC) WILL BE FORMED SHORTLY TO CARRY OUT A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF EXISTING POLICIES AND PLANS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE SERVICES AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THEIR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

THE PROPOSAL WAS ENDORSED AT A MEETING TODAY (MONDAY) OF SWAC.

RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE SERVICES AIM TO PROVIDE SUPERVISION CR CARE FOR ALL VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS WHO CANNOT BE ADEQUATELY LOOKED AFTER BY THEIR FAMILIES AND FOR WHOM NO BETTER ALTERNATIVES ARE AVAILABLE.

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AT PRESENT THE SERVICES AVAILABLE INCLUDE RESIDENTIAL CRECHES AND NURSERIES, RECEPTION CENTRES, CHILDREN’S HOMES, BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ HOMES, SMALL GROUP HOMES AND FOSTER CARE.

ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE SUBVENTED SECTOR, HAD FROM TIME TO TIME EXAMINED CERTAIN ASPECTS OF RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE SERVICES, NO SYSTEMATIC STUDY OF THE PLACEMENTS OF CHILDREN IN RESIDENTIAL CARE HAS BEEN UNDERTAKEN IN RECENT YEARS.

IT IS NOW FELT THAT A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT TO DETERMINE OVERALL POLICIES ON RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE AND TO ADVISE ON THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO ENSURE THAT ALL CHILDREN REQUIRING CARE OUTSIDE THEIR FAMILY HOMES RECEIVE THE MOST APPROPRIATE FORM OF PLACEMENT.

THE WORKING GROUP WILL BE CHAIRED BY A MEMBER OF SWAC, AND MEMBERSHIP WILL INCLUDE ONE OR TWO OTHER MEMBERS OF SWAC, SOCIAL WORKERS INVOLVED IN THE PROVISION OF CHILD CARE SERVICES AND PROFESSIONALS IN RELATED DISCIPLINES SUCH AS PAEDIATRICS OR PSYCHIATRY.

OFFICIALS FROM THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED.

THE SWAC ALSO ENDORSED A PROPOSAL TO REVISE THE PLANNING RATIO FOR CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES FROM THE EXISTING FOUR PLACES PER THOUSAND ELDERLY POPULATION ABOVE THE AGE OF 60 TO FIVE PLACES PER THOUSAND.

THE REVISION WAS BASED ON A SURVEY OF THE NUMBER OF CASES ON THE CENTRAL WAITING LIST FOR CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES, AND ALSO TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE HIDDEN DEMAND FOR SUCH SERVICES.

VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ARE ALREADY EXTREMELY INVOLVED IN THE PROVISION OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, AND IT IS NOT ENVISAGED THAT THERE WILL BE ANY DIFFICULTY IN ATTRACTING SPONSORSHIP TO MEET THE REVISED PLANNING TARGET.

THE SWAC ALSO DISCUSSED A PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. MEMBERS’ VIEWS WILL BE CONVEYED TO THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY WHO IS THE RESPONSIBLE POLICY SECRETARY FOR CONSIDERATION.

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INTEGRATED SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY STUDIED

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THE GOVERNMENT WAS EXPLORING THE FEASIBILITY OF PROVIDING INTEGRATED SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY ON ONE SITE WHICH WOULD BENEFIT BOTH THE PERSON IN CARE AND THE OPERATOR, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CHAIRMEN CF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, SHE SAID THAT IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT THE PROJECT WOULD PROVIDE INTEGRATED CARE-AND-ATTENTION AND INFIRMARY SERVICES FOR FRAIL AND SENILE ELDERLY PEOPLE, TO BE MANAGED JOINTLY BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

AS PART OF THE OVERALL DESIGN, A SMALL PART OF THE SITE WOULD BE GRANTED TO A SUBVENTED AGENCY TO RUN A MIXTURE OF DAY-CARE AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR MORE ABLE-BODIED OLD PEOPLE.

THE PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION IN HONG KONG AGED OVER 60 HAD RISEN FROM 4.8 PER CENT IN 1961 TO 11.1 PER CENT IN 1984. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT BY 1995 THIS WOULD RISE TO ABOUT 13 PER CENT, CR SOME 800 000 PEOPLE.

MRS CHAN SAID THERE WAS A NEED TO RECOGNISE THAT THE CHANGING AGE BALANCE OF THE POPULATION WOULD NECESSITATE SIMILAR CHANGES IN THE MIX OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

AT PRESENT, APART FROM THE PROVISION BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY CF SHARED FLATS AND SINGLETON HOUSING UNITS, THERE WERE THREE MAIN TYPES OF GROUP ACCOMMODATION FOR THE ELDERLY - HOSTELS, HOMES AND CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES, MRS CHAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, THERE WERE TWO GOLD COIN SHELTERED HOUSING PROJECTS CATERING FOR OLD PEOPLE CAPABLE OF SELF-CARE. THESE ARE AT SHA TIN CITY ONE AND SPRING GARDEN LANE IN WAN CHAI.

IN ALL, THERE WERE 55 RESIDENTIAL ESTABLISHMENTS PROVIDING ABOUT 5 800 PLACES.

+1 DEALLY WE SHOULD BE MOVING TOWARDS A SITUATION WHERE SERVICES ARE GROUPED TOGETHER SO THAT THERE IS NO NEED TO PUT ELDERLY RESIDENTS THROUGH THE POSSIBLE TRAUMA OF BEING MOVED FROM ONE DISTRICT TO ANOTHER SHOULD THEIR CONDITION WORSEN.

♦ THUS IN ONE ESTATE THERE WOULD BE A HOUSING DEPARTMENT HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY WHO CAN LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES, AM a HOME FOR THE AGED WITH CARE-AND-ATTENTICN PLACES TO BE RUN EITHER BY GOVERNMENT OR BY A SUBVENTED .ELFARE aGENCY,+ MRS CHAN SAID.

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WAS NOW REVIEWING THE OVERALL PROVISION OF HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY WITH THE AIM OF MEETING ANY SHORTFALLS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SHE ADDED.

TURNING TO HOME HELP SERVICES, MRS CHAN SAID THAT IN MARCH 1985, 39 TEAMS PROVIDED SUCH SERVICES TO ABOUT 1 630 OLD PEOPLE, SUCH AS BRINGING THEM HOT MEALS AND ASSISTING THEM WITH DAILY CHORES.

FOR THE FIT AND HEALTHY, THERE WERE 94 SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY WHERE THEY COULD ENJOY THE COMPANY OF THEIR PEERS AND TAKE PART IN LEISURE PURSUITS. THE NUMBER OF SUCH SOCIAL CENTRES WAS INCREASING BY ABOUT 12 PER YEAR.

♦OTHER THAN SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY, IT IS OUR AIM TO SET UP A MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IN EACH DISTRICT, WHERE A FULL RANGE OF SERVICES, INCLUDING COUNSELLING, LAUNDRY, CANTEEN, HOME HELP AND RECREATIONAL SERVICES, CAN BE PROVIDED UNDER THE SAME ROOF FOR THE ELDERLY MEMBERS,+ MRS CHAN SAID.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE EIGHT SUCH CENTRES IN OPERATION, THREE WILL OPEN LATER THIS YEAR AND TWO OTHER NEXT YEAR.

DAY CARE CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY, WHICH PROVIDED NURSING AND PERSONAL CARE TO OLD PEOPLE SO THAT FAMILY MEMBERS COULD BE RELIEVED FROM CARING FOR THEM DURING THE DAY, WERE ALSO PLANNED ON A DISTRICT BASIS.

+ALTHOUGH THERE ARE NOW ONLY TWO CENTRES IN OPERATION, THE NUMBER WILL BE INCREASED TO 17 BY 1989-90,+ SHE SAID.

IN RECENT YEARS, AN INCREASING NUMBER OF PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY HAD COME INTO OPERATION.

+WHILE THE STANDARD OF SERVICE VARIES FROM HOME TO HOME, OVERALL wE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY CAUSE FOR CONCERN AT PRESENT. WE HAVE MADE IT A POINT TO VISIT ALL SUCH HOMES KNOwN TO US TO OFFER ADVICE AND OPERATORS HAVE BEEN GENERALLY RECEPTIVE,+ NRS CHAN SAID.

BUT THERE WAS OBVIOUSLY A NEED TO REMAIN ALERT TO SUCH SERVICE^ PROVIDED BY PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, SHE ADDED.

w I TH REGARD TO FINANCIAL SUPPORT, A SINGLE OLD PERSON WOULD RECEIVE -510 PER MONTH UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME, PLUS A RENTAL ALLOWANCE OF UP TO ^276 AND OLD AGE SUPPLEMENT OF $255, ADDING UP TO A TOTAL OF $1 041 AT MAXIMUM.

IN THOSE CASES WHERE A CLIENT HAD BEEN ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FOR OVER 12 MONTHS, HE WAS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN ANNUAL SUPPLEMENT OF $645.

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+IN 1984-85, GOVERNMENT SPENT $583 MILLION ON ASSISTANCE SCHEME. OF THE 60 161 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE 1985, SOME 63 PER CENT (37 980) WERE THOSE AGED 60 MRS CHAN SAID.

ITS PUBLIC CASES AT APRIL OR OVER,+

AGE ALLOWANCE

IN ADDITION, THERE WAS A NON-MEANS TESTED OLD

SCHEME WHICH WAS DESIGNED TO MEET THE SPECIAL FINANCIAL NEEDS OF

SENIOR CITIZENS AGED 70 AND ABOVE.

THERE WERE CURRENTLY 215 000 OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CASES, AND IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 85 PER CENT OF THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS BENEFIT CURRENTLY RECEIVED IT. THE AMOUNT PAID OUT UNDER THIS SCHEME DURING 1984-85 WAS $586 MILLION.

LAST YEAR, A FAMOUS PSYCHO-GERIATRICIAN FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION ON AGING, DR CEES VAN TIGGELEN, VISITED THE RANGE OF SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE ELDERLY IN HONG KONG.

HE ADVOCATED THE NEED FOR PSYCHO-SOCIAL STIMULATION IN CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES SO AS TO SLOW DOWN THE PROCESS OF MENTAL DETERIORATION AND DEGENERATION OF RESIDENTS.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT SUCH PROPOSALS WOULD REQUIRE DOCTORS TO GO OUT INTO THE FIELD TO PROVIDE CONSULTATION, SUPPORT AND PREVENTIVE INFORMATION BOTH TO THE PATIENT AND TO THOSE PROVIDING CARE AT THE PRIMARY LEVEL.

+FOR RESOURCE REASONS, GOVERNMENT IS UNABLE TO MAKE SUCH A COMMITMENT AT PRESENT, SO WE WILL NEED TO RELY ON THE NON-GOVERNMENT SECTOR TO DEVELOP THIS NEW AREA OF SERVICE,+ SHE ADDED.

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FAMILIARISATION VISIT STARTS * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL THIS (MONDAY) MORNING TOURED FACILITIES OFFERED BY THE COUNCIL’S EXECUTIVE ARM, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IN THE TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG AREAS.

THE TOUR WAS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF FAMILIARISATION VISITS FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

LED BY THE VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR NATHAN MA, MEMBERS VISITED THE TAK WAH STREET TEMPORARY MARKET, THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, NORTH KWAI CHUNG TANG SHIU KIN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND A MARKET IN KWAI CHUNG.

DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, THEY * ILL SEE RSD FACILITIES IN THE NORTH, TAI PO, SHA TIN AND SAI KUNG DISTRICTS.

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BOARD TO HEAR ABOUT MEDICAL SERVICE PLANS * * * *

UONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON EXISTING AND PLANNED MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

COMMUNITY PHYSICIAN (KOWLOON REGION), DR S.S. LAI, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ABOUT FUTURE GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED MEDICAL PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT WANG TAU HOM AND TUNG TAU OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AND THE ADOPTION OF THE DISTRICT BOARD STANDING ORDERS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL, THE DISTRICT BOARD LOGO, THE ALLOCATION OF DB FUNDS. AND THE DISTRICT WORKS PROGRAMME 1984.

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TRAINING SCHEMES OFFERED * * *

YOUNG EMPLOYEES IN ACCOUNTANCY OR INSURANCE FIRMS ARE INVITED TO JOIN TRAINEESHIP SCHEMES IMPLEMENTED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL TO HELP IMPROVE THEIR CAREER PROSPECTS.

THE THREE-YEAR SCHEMES ARE SPONSORED BY EMPLOYERS AND OPERATED BY THE ACCOUNTANCY TRAINING BOARD AND INSURANCE TRAINING BOARD OF THE VTC FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES IN THIS FIELD OF BUSINESS ACTIVITY.

TO JOIN THE SCHEME, THE TRAINEE AND HIS EMPLOYER ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN A PROPERLY DRAWN-UP AGREEMENT OF TRAINEESHIP. EMPLOYERS WILL PROVIDE THE PRACTICAL TRAINING, WHILE THE TECHNICAL •NSTITUTES WILL OFFER PART-TIME DAY RELEASE COURSES COVERING ONE DAY SESSION AND TWO EVENING SESSIONS A WEEK.

ON COMPLETION OF THREE YEARS’ TRAINING, THE TRAINEE WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION ISSUED BY THE EMPLOYER AND COUNTER-SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING.

TRAINEES WILL ALSO PROCEED TO SIT FOR EXAMINATIONS CONDUCTED BY PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS - THE ASSOCIATION OF ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS OR THE AUSTRALIAN INSURANCE INSTITUTES.

COURSES AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL BE GEARED TO THE EXAMINATION SYLLABUS OF THESE PROFESSIONAL BODIES.

+AS VIRTUALLY EVERY ORGANISATION IN HONG KONG HAS ACCOUNTING STAFF, YOUNG PERSONS TRAINED IN ACCOUNTANCY WILL FIND VERY PROMISING CAREER PROSPECTS OPEN TO THEM,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE VTC SAID.

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HONG KONG ALSO NEEDED A WELL-TRAINED AND COMPETENT WORKFORCE TO UPHOLD ITS POSITION AS AN INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE CENTRE, HE SAID.

FOR THE ACCOUNTANCY SCHEME, THE TRAINEE MUST HOLD THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION WITH GRADE E OR ABOVE IN FIVE SUBJECTS, INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS AND FOR THE INSURANCE SCHEME, THE TRAINEE MUST BE A FORM 5 GRADUATE. TRAINEES MUST ALL BE SPONSORED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS.

THE VTC PLACEMENT UNIT ALSO HELPS EMPLOYERS WHO WISH TO RECRUIT NEW TRAINEES.

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GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY TO BE CONDUCTED * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY IN JULY TO SEPTEMBER, 1985.

THE SURVEY, CONDUCTED MONTHLY SINCE AUGUST 1981, COLLECTS INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT, AND THE GENERAL SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION.

ABOUT 5 OOO HOUSEHOLDS ARE SELECTED AT RANDOM EACH MONTH FROM ALL DISTRICTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE SURVEY.

ABOUT HALF OF THE HOUSEHOLDS INTERVIEWED THREE MONTHS AGO, WILL BE SURVEYED AGAIN TO MEASURE MORE ACCURATELY THE CHANGES THAT HAVE OCCURRED SINCE THEN.

AN OFFICIAL LETTER, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, HAS BEEN SENT TO THE SAMPLED HOUSEHOLDS TO EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY AND TO SEEK THEIR COOPERATION.

ASSISTANT CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS, EACH WITH AN IDENTITY CARD ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WILL VISIT THESE HOUSEHOLDS TO COLLECT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION.

ALL INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE TREATED CONFIDENTIALLY AND WILL NOT BE REVEALED TO ANY PERSON OR ORGANISATION OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT.

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ABERDEEN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED

X X X X

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING

THE CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL OLD MAIN STREET,

STRUCTURES ON THE ROOF OF 112 AND 114, T11«11T

ABERDEEN, TO ENABLE THE DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURES WITHOUT

DANGER TO PEOPLE.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN THE VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON AUGUST 1 WAS POSTED ON THE STRUCTURE TODAY (MONDAY).

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF THE EXERCISE TO ENFORCE THE ORDER ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE ON NOVEMBER 23, 1984 REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AS A RESULT OF THE OWNERS’ FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDER.

DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CLOSURE ORDER IS MADE.

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COUNCIL CO-SPONSORING SURVEY OF TREES

XXX

THE URBAN COUNCIL IS TO CONTRIBUTE $65,700 TOWARDS A SURVEY OF TREES IN THE URBAN AREA.

THE SURVEY, ESTIMATED TO COST $128,600, WILL BE JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION.

THE AIM OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH IS TO:-

(A) COLLECT INFORMATION THROUGH FIELD SURVEYS BY STUDENTS

(B) MAINTAIN MONTHLY TREE PLANTING, FELLING AND MAINTENANCE RECORDS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF USD STAFF AND

(C) ESTABLISH AND UPDATE THE TREE DATABASE THROUGH THE USE OF COMPUTERS.

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SAU MAU PING TAPS OFF * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SAU MAU PING WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 4) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY SAU MAU PING ROAD, SAU MING ROAD, SAU PO STREET AND SAU MAU PATH, INCLUDING BLOCK NOS. 32 TO 41, SAU MAU PING ESTATE.

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TUEN MUN ROAD CLOSURE

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THE TUEN MUN BOUND SECTION OF TUEN MUN ROAD BETWEEN SIU LAM INTERCHANGE AND ROAD D8 WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 12.45 AM AND 5.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 3) TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE THE SLIP ROAD AT SIU LAM INTERCHANGE AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

RIGHT-TURN BANNED * *

RIGHT-TURN FROM TAI HANG TUNG ROAD WESTBOUND ONTO TAI HANG KING ROAD NORTHBOUND IS BANNED FROM 10 AM TODAY (MONDAY) TO ENHANCE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA TONG YAM STREET.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 59.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 348.650 MILLION CUBIC NETRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 467.182 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 79.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR LEAVES EARLY ........................................ 1

HONG KONG — A MIDDLEMAN FOR SINO-JAPANESE TRADE .............. 1

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ATTACK JENKINS BILL ..................... 2

LATE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED ................................... 5

DETAILS OF FINNISH GSP SCHEME ANNOUNCED ...................... 6

ELECTRICITY INSTALLATION AT ESTATE IMPROVED................... 6

KWAI CHUNG, TSING YI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING .................. 7

SEMINAR TO STRENGTHEN MONG KOK TIES .......................... 7

CAREERS GUIDANCE FOR SENIOR FORM STUDENTS .................... 8

PROVISIONAL RC MEMBERS CONTINUE VISIT ........................ 8

APPLICATION SOUGHT FOR PERFORMING ARTS GRANTS ................ 9

FOUR COMMENDED FOR RESCUE ................................... 10

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ...................................... 10

NEW TERRITORIES ROADS TO BE MAINTAINED........................ 10

TUEN MUN TRAFFIC CHANGES ..................................... 11

FLYOVER CLOSED ............................................... 11

NO FLUSHING WATER............................................. 11

TUESDA'-', JU_Y 2, 1985

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governor leaves early

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, a ILL RETURN TO LONDON ON LEAVE ON THURSDAY (JULY 4) EVENING INSTEAD OF ON FRIDAY AS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED.

HE WILL EE STARTING HIS LEAVE ONE DAY EARLIER BECAUSE CF °ERSONAL REASONS.

HE WILL BE TRAVELLING ON FLIGHT CX2O1, ETD 10.50 PM.

SIR EDWARD IS EXPECTED TO RETURN IN MID-AUGUST.

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HONG KONG — A MIDDLEMAN FOR SI NO—JAPANESE TRADc * * * * X

THF SINO—BRITISH AGREEMENT ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE HAS REINFORCED THE CONFIDENCE OF OVERSEAS INVESTORS AND THE TERRI iORY IS NOW MOVING CONFIDENTLY AND STEADFASTLY FORWARD, THE DIRECTOR CF INDUSTRY, MR PAUL WONG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HE MADE THESE REMARKS WHEN HE ADDRESSED A SYMPOSIUM IN TOKYO ON INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG DURING HIS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION TOUR TO JAPAN.

AS REGARDS JAPANESE INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG, MR WONG Sa ID: +DIRECT INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG BY JAPAN wAS ABOUT US4.563 ILLlOL AT THE END OF MARCH 1984. THIS WAS AN INCREASE OF 43.8 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR, AND THE CUMULATIVE TOTAL JAPANESE INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG AMOUNTED TO 3.9 PER CENT OF TOTAL JAPANESE INVESTMENT OVERSEAS.

+THE JAPANESE PRESENCE IN HONG KONG IN THE RETAILING AND FINANCIAL SECTORS IS ALREADY VERY CONSIDERABLE. NAMES LIKE DAIMARU, MITSUKOSHI, MATSUZAKAYA, TOKYU, ISETAN, YAOHAN AND SOGO ARE HOUSEHOLD NAMES TO THE HONG KONG CONSUMERS. OF THE 141 FULLY-LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG, 18 ARE JAPANESE.*

REGARDING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, MR WONG SAID THAT TH-RE WERE ABOUT 120 FACTORIES EITHER WHOLLY OR PARTLY OWNED 3Y JAPANESE INTERESTS WITH TOTAL INVESTMENT AMOUNTING TO US>3'?° MILLION, OR 21 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG.

/♦JAPANESE INDUSTRIAL ..

JULY 2, 1^85

♦JAPANESE INDUSTRIAL 'NVESTMENTS ARE MOSTLY IN CLOCKS AND BATCHES, ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS, ELECTRONICS, TEXTILES AND GARMENTS, AMD PRINTING AND PUBLISHING.*

HE ADDED THAT iL ADDITIC. TO THESE, THERE IS FURTHER EVIDENCE TO ILLUSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF JAPANESE ECONOMIC TIES a I TH HONG KONG.

IN 1984, JAPAN WAS THE SECOND LARGEST SOURCE OF IMPORTS FOR HONG KONG AFTER CHINA, AS WELL AS THE FIFTH LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KONG PRODUCTS AFTER THE UNITED STATES, CHINA, BRITAIN AND GERMANY.

♦AS HONG KONG HAS A LONG HISTORY OF DOING BUSINESS WITH CHINA, AND AS A RESULT OF OUR ACCUMULATED EXPERIENCE, THE TERRITORY IS PERFECTLY PLACED TO OFFER A UNIQUE SERVICE TO THOSE FROM ELSEWHERE, INCLUDING JAPAN, WHO ARE SEEKING TO ESTABLISH CONTACTS WITH CHINA FOR THE FIRST TIME,* HE SAID.

♦MANY JAPANESE FIRMS HAVE COME TO HONG KONG TO USE US AS A SPRING BOARD TO EXPAND INTO CHINA, AND I HOPE THAT MANY MORE WILL DO THE SAME,* HE ADDED.

IN 1978, HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS OF JAPANESE PRODUCTS INTO CHINA AMOUNTED TO A LITTLE LESS THAN US$5 MILLION.

BY 1983, THESE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED SHARPLY TC US$435 ILLI. , AND LAST YEAR THEY GREW BY A FURTHER 180 PER CENT TO REACH US$1 215 MILLION, A STAGGERING 240-FOLD INCREASE SINCE 197<

♦THESE INDICATE THE FOR JAPAN AND CHINA,* MR

IMPORTANCE OF HONG KONG AS A MIDDLEMAN WONG SAID.

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DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ATTACK JENKINS BILL MM**

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES HAVE SET OUT THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE PROTECTIONIST JENKINS BILL IN A LETTER SENT TO SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION, SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN.

AMONG THOSE SENT .ETTERS BY THE GROUP, WHICH INCLUDES HJNb KONG ARE: SECRETARY OF STATE, VR GEORGE SHULTZ, SECRETARY 0 COMMERCE, MR MALCOLM BALDRICE, SECRETARY OF THE TP.^Ai RY, MF JA.-.co BAKER, SECRETARY OF LABOUR, MR WILLIAM BROCK, DEPUIY U. . TP« » REPRESENTATIVE, MR MICHAEL SMITH, AND SECRETARY r - ICU_> ,

NR JOHN BLOCK.

TUl JULY 2, 1°85

OTHER RECIPIENTS INCLUDE LEADING FIGURtS IN THE SENATE AND CONGRESS AND IN THE ADMINISTRATION.

THE LETTER WAS SIGNED BY MR FELIPE JARAMILLO, THE CHAIRMAN CF THE INFORMAL GROUP OF 28 DEVELOPING COUNTRIES INCLUDING HONG KONG WHICH EXPORT TEXTILES AND CLOTUING.

THE GROUP WARNED THAT THE BILL WOULD HURT U.S. EXPORT INDUSTRIES BY REDUCING THE PURCHASING POWER OF DEVELOPING COUNTRI co WHICH ARE A BIGGER MARKET FOR U.S. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS THAN JAPAN AND WESTERN EUROPE COMBINED. IT WOULD ALSO CAUSE AN INFLATIONARY IMPACT ON U.S. PRODUCTION WHICH WOULD IN TURN RAISE U.S. PRICES ON WORLD MARKETS.

THE PROPOSED CUTBACKS ON IMPORTS TO THE U.S. FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WOULD PROBABLY BE MADE UP BY DEVELOPED COUNTRIES WHO ARE NOT RESTRAINED, PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE STRONG DOLLAR. IT wAS UNLIKELY THAT DOMESTIC PRODUCERS WOULD FILL THE GAP.

THE BILL WOULD ENCOURAGE U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL FIRMS TO INVEST BILLIONS OF EXTRA DOLLARS IN MORE TEXTILE MACHINERY. INCREASED MECHANISATION WOULD LEAD TO INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY, THt PRINCIPAL CULPRIT LEADING TO JOB LOSSES.

THE COST OF PROTECTION WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY RAISED FOR CONSUMERS WHO ALREADY BEAR A HEAVY BURDEN AND THE IMPORT LICENSING SYSTEM ENVISAGED BY THE BILL WOULD POSE A FURTHER EXPENSIVE ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE EARNINGS OF DEVELOPING SUPPLIERS WOULD DROP, AGGRAVATING THEIR DEBT AND BALANCE OF PAYMENT PROBLEMS AND SETTING BACK DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS, PARTICULARLY FOR THE POOREST NATIONS.

+THE RATIONALE UNDERLYING THE BILL CONTAINS SERIOUS FACTUAL INCONSISTENCIES AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE IMPACT OF TEXTILc AND APPAREL IMPORTS ON THE DOMESTIC U.S. INDUSTRY,+ THE NOTE SAYS.

+THUS IT IS DOUBTFUL THAT IT WILL ACHIEVE ITS OBJECTIVE OF PREVENTING PERCEIVED DISRUPTION TO THE U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL INDUSTRIES. YET IT WILL INCUR CONSIDERABLE COSTS TO THE U.S. ECONOMY AS WELL AS TO DEVELOPING COUNTRY ECONOMIES, WHICH wILL EXPERIENCE SERIOUS CUTBACKS IN THEIR CAPACITY TO IMPORT AND iO REPAY THEIR DEBTS.

+THE REPERCUSSIONS ON TRADE POLICY WOULD BE NO LESS SEVERE, AS THE BILL WOULD AMOUNT TO AN ABROGATION OF U.S. COMMITMENTS UNDER THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT AND OTHER TRADE AGREEMENTS.+

THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES POINTED OUT THAT:

* ALTHOUGH THE BILL REFERS TO A ONE PER CENT GROWTH RATE IN CONSUMER D-MAND FROM 1980 TO 19&“, ..S. DEPARTMENT OF CO' .E-CE DATA SHOWS THAT CONSUME' SPENDING ON A°PAFEL GREW ON AVERAGE 5.5 PER CEN■ A YEAR ADJUSTED F'- INFLATION DURING THE JERIOu.

v’LY 2, 1985

K U.S. DEPARTMENT OF L-l^'JR DATA SHOTS THAT. DESPITE THE DECLINE IN EMPLOYMENT, THE EARNINGS OF WORKERS ACTUALLY INCREASED . Y 2.5 PEP CELT IN THE U.S. TEXTILE INDUSTRY AU. BY 3.5 PER CENT IN THE APPAREL INDUSTRY O’ AVERAGE PE' year BETWEEN 1980 AND 1984.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DATA INDICATES AN AVERAGE ANNUAL INCREASE OF 12 PER CENT IN AFTER-TAX PROFITS FOR THE U.S. TEXTILE INDUSTRY DURING THE

SAME PERIOD.

*

PRODUCTIVITY GAINS BROUGHT ABOUT BY TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES, RATHER THAN IMPORTS, HAVE BEEN PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR DECLINING EMPLOYMENT IN TtXTILES AND APPAREL. LABOUR SHEDDING IN TEXTIuES HAS dEE . MUCH GREATER THAN IN APPAREL, AVERAGING THREE PER CENT A YEAR VERSUS CNE PER CENT FROM 1980 TO 1984. THE REVERSE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE CASE HAD IMPORTS BEEN TO BLAME FOR. JOE LOSSES AS IMPORT PENETRATION IN APPAREL HAS BEEN MUCH HIGHER AND MORE RAPID THAN IN TEXTILES.

X THE BILL HIGHLIGHTS PLANT CLOSINGS AND JOB LOSSES IN THE LESS COMPETITIVE TEXTILES AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY BRANCHES .ITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THE FIRMS ENTERING AND JOBS CREATED IN OTHER MORE COMPETITIVE SECTORS.

* THE INCREASE IN THE U.S. TRADE DEFICIT IN TEXTILES AND APPAREL FROM 1983 TO 1984 MUST BE SEEN AGAINST THE VERY MUCH LARGER INCREASE IN THE OVERALL MERCHANDISE TRADE DEFICIT DURING THE SAM- PERIOD -CAUSED PRIMARILY BY THE STRONG DOLLAR, THE FASTER GROWTH OF THE U.S. ECONOMY RELATIVE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD AID REDUCED EXPORTS TO DEBT-RIDDEN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. FOUR-FIFTHS OF THE INCREASE IN THE OVERALL MERCHANDISE DEFICIT WAS ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE INCREASE IN THE TRADE DEFICIT IN MANUFACTURES OTHER THAN TEXTILES AND CLOTHING, THE BULK OF WHICH WAS WITH DEVELOPED TRADING PARTNERS.

THE BILL'S SUPPORTERS THAT EXISTING IMPORT EFFECTIVE DOES NOT STAND UP, SAY THE DEVELOP । AND CLC’HIUG IMPORTS FROM ALL SOURCES r.AAcv OF 108-4 AND HAVE BEEN DECLINING SINCE Wl - cl-BORNE BY THE RESTRICTED SUPPLIERS AS A -ESUL.

DISCRIMINATORY RESTRICTIONS AGAINST DEVELOPI -

THE ARGUMENT BY RESTRICTIONS ARE NOT COUNTRIES. TEXTILES IN THE THIRD QUARTER BRUNT OF THE DECLINE CF INTENSIFICATION OF

COUNTRIES.

IMPORTS FROM MFA DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DUR ING THc PE' OCTOBER 1984 TO MARCH 1085 DECLINED FOUR PER CENT AS CO I

THE SAME PERIOD THE PRECEDING YEAR - WHILE IMPORT -' RESTRAINED SUPPLIERS, THE EEC, EFTA AND CANADA, SPz-'-i 35 PER CENT.

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LATE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED

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UP TO 4 PM REGISTRATION AS BEEN RECEIVED.

TODAY (TUESDAY), 13 031 LATE APPLICATIONS FOR ELECTORS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS HAVc. AS A RESULT OF THE EARL'ER REGISTRATION EXERCISz, . HAVE ALREADY BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PROVISIONAL

34 531 ELECTORS REGISTER PUBLISHED ON JUNE 21.

A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN IS AS FOLLOWS:

ESTIMATED SIZE OF ELECT -ATE NUMBER OF ELECTORS ON PROVISIONAL REGISTER LATE applications

(REVISED)

ELECTORAL COLLEGE 434 428 1 5

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENC IES

COMMERCIAL 1 2 347 631 612

COMMERCIAL II 5 512 1 730 1 073

INDUSTRIAL 1 772 364 l-O

INDUSTRIAL II 2 324 913 4

FINANCIAL 141 119 16

LABOUR 393 285 21

SOCIAL SERVICES 155 129 die-

MEDICAL 4 548 2 139 914

LEGAL 1 511 727 255

TEACHING 49 047 25 337 8 8^5

ENGINEER ING, ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING A .3 PLANNING 2 393 1 709

TOTAL 70 074 34 531

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DETAILS OF FINNISH GSP SCHEME ANNOUNCED * * * *

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) ANNOUNCED DETAILS OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FINNISH GENERALISED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES (GoP) IN CERTIFICATE OF PREFERENCE CIRCULAR NO. 5/35 DATED JUNE 28, 1985.

UNDER THE FINNISH GSP SCHEME, CERTAIN PRODUCTS ORIGINATING IN KING KONG WILL BE EXEMPTED FROM IMPORT DUTIES AND IMPORT LEVIES WHEN IMPORTED INTO FINLAND PROVIDED THAT THE RELEVANT ORIGIN CRITERIA AND CONSIGNME T CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN MET.

THE EXEMPTIONS ARE APPLICABLE TO CONSIGNMENTS RELEASED FROM THE FINNISH CUSTOMS AUTHORITIES TO THE IMPORTER ON OR AFTtR MAY 24, 1985.

THE CLAIM FOR PREFERENCES UNDER THE SCHEME MUST BE SUPPORTED BY A CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN FORM A. APPLICATIONS FOR THt CE-.I-IC-MAY BE MADE TO THE FOLLOWING APPROVED CERTIFICATION ORGANISATIONS:

(A) TRADE DEPARTMENT;

(B) HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ;

(C) FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES;

(D) INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HONG KONG;

(E) CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG;

(F) CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

COPIES OF THE CERTIFICATE OF PREFERENCE CIRCULAR NO, ’/ ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE RECEPTIONIST COUNTER OF THE TRADE DEPAR • AT THE GROUND FLOOR OF OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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ELECTRICITY INSTALLATION AT ESTATE IMPROVED

* X X X X X

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS TO RENEW ITS ELECTRICAL IST Ai L ATI ON AT WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE FOR THE BENEFITS OF THE TENANTS,

+ WORKS WILL BEGIN SHORTLY UNDER A NEWLY-APPROVED '■.DT' ,»ORTH OVER $7.8 MILLION,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY fcD-*.

HE SAID THE WORKS WOULD INCLUDE THE IMPROVEMENT OF LIGHTING IN PUBLIC AREAS AND UPGRADING OF ELECTRICITY SUP0 I- ’’ " PRESENT-DAY HOUSING AUTHORITY STANDARDS.

+ INTERNAL ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION WITHIN TENANT;’ -• - * ,D NOT INCLUDED.

/♦THE TEN.-EB .........

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 1Q85

+THE TENDER WAS APPROVED BY THE AUTHORITY’S BUILiV’IG COi-ITTEE AT ITS LAST MEETING.*

AT THE MEETING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, T.-'O OTHER OVER *24.9 MILLION WERE ALSO ACCEPTED FOR BUILDING NEW ESTATES.

TENDERS TOTALLING SERVICES IN TWO

ONE TENDER VALUED AT MILLION IS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF 24 PASSENGER LIFTS ON FOUR SLOCKS I’: 0<K YUE?: ESTATE. T’-iESE BLOCKS WILL HOUSE 15 300 PEOPLE O' COMPLETION BY 1987.

The other tender, worth ^12.1 million, is for the supply -nd INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL WOHKS AT CHEUNG OH ESTATE BEP ITS Fl RST PHASE.

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KWAI CHUNG, TSI.NG Yl DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ******

KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl DISTR'C’ BOARD MEMBERS RECREATIONAL FACILITIES ON TSI NG Yl AND VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT: ROADS AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS ON THE ISLAND AT T-.EIR -.T: . O' THURSDAY (JULY 4) AFTERNOON.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE OUTLINE P.ROPOS-LS KWAI CHUNG PARK, THE ARTS AND SPORTS FESTIVALS, OVERCROWD • I II TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS, CO-OPTED MEMBERSHIP L.-.n. . 3U. _iS CF THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE EXTENSION OF .cNU-z -A.ono PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS ELtCTED FRO D I s I -J - ■ US THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL PUBLISulU LmSI MONiH.

AS PROPOSED IN

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A SEMINAR ORGANISATIONS EVENING BY THE

SEMINAR TO STRENGTHEN MONG KOK TIES

******

AIMED AT STRENGTHENING TIES AMONG VARIOUS LOCAL

IN MONG KOK WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (wEU-.ESjA

SYCAMORE AREA COMMITTEE.

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION INCLUDE THE ROLE OF AREA CO... I

IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, B-ILD Nu MANAGEMENT AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND ACTIV Tit-.

MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, *IL. GIVE TALK ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING A CLOSc RELATjjNo^ MONG LOCAL ORGANISATIONS. OTHER PARTICIPANTS INCuUuE .

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL A Id OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT^.

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TUESDAY, J.-Y 2, 1935

£

CAREERS GUIDANCE FOR SENIOR FORM STUDENTS * * * * *

A FURTHER STUDIES AND CAREERS GUIDANCE PROJECT a ILL BE -AUNCHED EETWEEN JULY AND AUGUST TO PROVIDE SENIOR FOR'-' STUDENTS ■ INFORMATION ON FURTHER STUDIES AND CAREERS, -.3 ■ cLL Ao vi.

EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE MANAGEMEN- COMMITTEE -ND THE CENTRALJV. .STERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE PROJECT HAD RECEIVED FA. cuRASLc Rtor .N FHc LAST TWO YEARS.

THE PROJECT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE.

ON JULY 23 AND 24, THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDIES AND STUDENTS.

SPECIALIST TALKS 0

EMPLOYMENT FOR SEN OR FORM

AT THE SAME TIME, AN EXHIBITION ON CAREERS WILL THE CENTRE WITH SLIDE SHOWS.

BE STAGED AT

'HE CENTS EDUCAT I ON STUDIES i JED.

AN EXHIBITION ON FURTHER STUDIES WILL BE STAGED A-FROM AUGUST P TO 11 AFTER RESULTS 0- THE CERT I - ICA't EXAMINATION BECOME KNOWN. A HOT-LINE SERVICE ON FJR THE-COUNSELLING SERVICE ON EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS WILL -L'/.'

A IJ

THOSE WISHING TC ENROL FOR THE SPECIALIST 'ALKS M-; 'WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE (TEL. 5-495141) OR DEPARTMENT YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE (TxL. -D~ ■ •

PROVISIONAL RC MEMBERS CONTINUE VISIT * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, CONTINUING THEIR VISITS TO DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS IN ORDER ’ HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISTRICTS’ NEEDS IN MUNICIPAL SERVICES, TODAY CALLED ON THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD.

THE GROUP WAS LED BY THE VICE CHAIRMAN, MR NATHAN MA AND «AS NET ON THEIR ARRIVAL BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN DB, MH <G CHAM-LAM, AND HIS COLLEAGUES.

THEY HAD A MEETING WITH DB MEMBERS AT WHICH THE DISTRICT’S NEEDS IN SPORT FACILITIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS WERE DISCUSSED.

THE DB MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD SET UP A DISTRICT COMMITTEE IN EACH OF THE DISTRICTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

THE DISTRICT COMMITTEE, *HICH WILL BE HANDLING THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS ON DISTRICT LEVEL, WILL CONSIST OF SEVEN MEMBERS, COMPRISING FOUR COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THREE CO-OPTED MEMBERS FROM THE RESPECT I Vt DISTRICT BOARD AND/OR LEADING MEMBERS OF LOCAL COMMUNI-ORGANISATIONS OR INSTITUTIONS.

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TUESDAY, JULY 2, 1935

9

APPLICATION SOUGHT FOR PERFORMING ARTS GRANTS * * * *

THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH IS INVITING LOCAL ARTISTS AND ORGANISATIONS TO APPLY FOR GRANTS UNDER THE COUNCIL’S GRANT APPLICATION SCHEME.

THE SECRETARY OF THE COUNCIL, MR MICHAEL STONE, TODAY (TUESDAY) SAID THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR, THE COUNCIL WOULD HAVE LIMITED FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR DISBURSEMENT AS GRANTS TO PERFORMING ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANISATIONS.

PERFORMING ARTS ARE DEFINED AS MUSIC (INCLUDING SINGING), DANCE, DRAMA AND OPERA, WITH EQUAL EMPHASIS ON CHINESE AND WESTERN FORMS.

MR STONE SAID THAT AS THE MAIN PURPOSE ENCOURAGE AND FOSTER ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE IN

OF THE GRANTS IS TO THE PERFORMING ARTS

IS OF A PROFESSIONAL

FIELD, ARTISTS AND ORGANISATIONS WHOSE WORK IS OF A PROFESSIONAL STANDARD WOULD RECEIVE PREFERENCE WHEN APPLICATIONS ARE CONSIDERED.

♦THE ORGANISATIONS MUST BE BONA FIDE, REGISTERED BODIES WHICH ARE EITHER REGISTERED CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS OR HAVE CLEARLY STATED NON-PROFIT-MAKING AIMS. IN ADDITION THEY MUST BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITY TO CARRY OUT THE PROPOSALS FOR WHICH THEY ARE SEEKING FUNDS,+ HE POINTED OUT.

THE FOLLOWING ARE FOUR TYPES OF GRANTS FOR WHICH FUNDS ARE AVAILABLEi

K A GENERAL SUPPORT GRANT WHICH IS INTENDED TO SUPPLEMENT AN ORGANISATION’S ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS »

M A PROJECT GRANT MAY BE GIVEN FOR SPECIFIC PROJECT OR EVENT:

M CAPITAL GRANTS ARE INTENDED TO ASSIST IN THE PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT SUCH AS LIGHTS, COSTUMES, ETC I AND

M GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS MAY BE GIVEN TO LOCAL PROFESSIONALS, IN ORFER TO ASSIST THEM IN COVERING COSTS EITHER FOR SPECIFIC PROJECTS OR FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNIQUES OR IDEAS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS FIELD.

♦APPLICATIONS FOR GENERAL SUPPORT GRANTS FOR 1986-87 ARE BEING INVITED. THE GRANTS WILL BE PAID FROM APRIL 1986 ONWARDS TO SUPPLEMENT OPERATING COSTS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1986-87. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE COUNCIL ON CR BEFORE AUGUST 10.+

IN ADDITION, MR STONE SAID, THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS HAS SET ASlf)E A SMALL SUM OF MONEY FOR THE ALLOCATION OF PROJECT GRANTS, CAPITAL GRANTS AND GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1985-86.

/APPLICATIONS .......

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 198?

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APPLICATIONS FOR THESE GRANTS ARE ALSO BEING INVITED. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS SHOULD ENVISAGE STARTING THE PROJECT WITHIN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS AND MAY EXPECT THE SUBSIDIES TO

PAID BEFORE MARCH 1986. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS

AUGUST 31.

APPLICATION FORMS AND A DETAILED +GUIDE FOR GRANT APPLICANTS* ARE NOW OBTAINABLE FROM THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Sth floor, harbour centre, 25 harbour road, wan chai, hong kong.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 5-735878 OR 5-735569.

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FOUR COMMENDED FOR RESCUE

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A FIRE OFFICER AND THREE FIREMEN WHO STAGED A DRAMATIC RESCUE ON AN ELDERLY MAN WHO THREATENED TO JUMP FROM A WAN CHAI BUILDING EARLIER THIS YEAR WILL BE PRESENTED THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES’ COMMENDATION TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

SENIOR STATION OFFICER CHAN CHOR-SING AND THE THREE FIREMEN, HAU KAM-PING, CHAN PING-WING AND TAM YEE-KEUNG, WERE COMMENDED FOR THEIR COURAGE, PROFESSIONAL SKILL AND DEVOTION TO DUTY DURING •THE RESCUE OPERATION.

THE ACTING CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND, NR LAM CHEK-YUEN, WILL PRESENT THE COMMENDATION TO THE FOUR MEN AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT WAN CHAI FIRE STATION TOMORROW aT 10 AM SHARP.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED *****

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON YUEN KWOK-HUNG ON JANUARY 26, 1984 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

YUEN WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF SOO PUI-HA ON JULY 21, 1983.

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NEW TERRITORIES ROADS TO BE MAINTAINED

* * *

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF ROADS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE COVER THE COMPLETED SECTIONS OF ROUTE 1, FROM LION RiJCK TUNNEL TO FANLING, AND ROUTE 2 FROM LAI CHI KOK TO TUEN MUN.

/Maintenance of

TUESDAY, JULY 2, 1985

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MAINTENANCE OF OTHER SECTIONS WILL BE INCLUDED ON COMPLETION AND WHEN OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

THE TWO-YEAR CONTRACT CALLS FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND CLEANING CF ROADS, DRAINAGE AND SLOPES’ MINOR ROAD WORKS’ AND THE CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPPING OF TWO ROAD MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS CENTRES.

MECHANICAL ROADSWEEPING, LITTER PICKING AND GULLY EMPTYING EQUIPMENT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT.

TENDERS MUST REACH THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD BY NOON ON JULY 26.

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TUEN MUN TRAFFIC CHANGES * * *

TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK, ROAD A EAST OF THE JUNCTION CF TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND WONG CHU ROAD, AS a'ELL AS ROAD C LINKING TUEN MUN ROAD AND WONG CHU ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 12.45 AM TO 13 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 4).

TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE HEUNG SZE WU I ROAD A'-D ROAD D8.

ON THE SAME DAY, THE NEW FLYOVER CONNECTING WONG CH ECAD WITH THE TUEN MUN ROAD SLIP ROADS WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 A . A TEMPORARY ROAD LINKING HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND WONG CHU > WILL ALSO BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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FLYOVER CLOSED

* * *

TUP FASTBOUND LANE OF THE FLYOVER LEADING FROM KAI FUK ROAD TO KwIn ToJg ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM FRIDAY (JULY 5 TO JULY 18 EETWEE N 8 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KAI FUK ROAD, WAI YIP STREET, LAI YIP STREET AND KWUN TONG ROAD.

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NO FLUSHING WATER * * *

SAN PO KONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM (JULY 6) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

SALT WATER SUPPLY IN 9 AM TO 5 PM ON SATURDAY

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DORWARD ATTACKS PROTECTIONISM IN THE U.S....................... 1

NEW AIRPORT TRANSPORT TERMINUS TO OPEN ........................ 2

APRIL RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED .................... 3

THIRD QUARTER RATE PAYMENTS DUE ............................... 7

POST OFFICE LOOKING FOR BETTER TV SOUND SYSTEM................. 8

MORE LATE APPLICATIONS ...................................... 10

PLACEMENT OF REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN PROGRESS ................... 11

MORE SPECIALISED VEHICLES FOR CLEANSING FLEET ................. 12

FOUR FIREMEN COMMENTED FOR RESCUE.............................. 12

WORK STARTS ON FERRY PIER SUPERSTRUCTURE....................... 13

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED....................................... 13

CARNIVAL LAUNCHES SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.............. 14

PARTICIPANTS FOR MASS PAINTING EXERCISE SOUGHT ................ 14

SEARCH FOR A ’SHORT TEi'JNIS’ CHAMPION ........................ 15

CLEAN BEACH CEREMONY AT STANLEY ............................... 16

D’AGUILAR STREET ROAD WORK .................................... 16

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ........................................ 16

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1985

1

DORWARD ATTACKS PROTECTIONISM IN THE U.S.

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HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER IN THE UNITED STATES, MR BILL DORWARD, TOOK THE BATTLE AGAINST THE PROTECTIONIST JENKINS BILL TO THE WEST CF THE COUNTRY RECENTLY, WITH SPEECHES ATTACKING IT IN COLORADO SPRINGS, DENVER AND SAN FRANCISCO.

SPEAKING BEFORE THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE FOR FOREIGN TRADE AND FINANCE IN DENVER, COLORADO, MR DORWARD OUTLINED THE DEMANDS FOR PROTECTION FROM THE AMERICAN TEXTILE AND APPAREL INDUSTRY.

+WITH THE HIGHEST PROTECTIVE TARIFFS AND A 25-YEAR HISTORY OF QUOTAS ON IMPORTS, THIS SECTOR HAS ENJOYED MORE AND LONGER PROTECTION THAN ANY SINCE THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. BUT IT WANTS MORE AND TO GET IT IT IS SPENDING U.S. $500 000 A MONTH ON ONE OF THE MOST INTENSIVE LOBBYING CAMPAIGNS FOR PROTECTIONIST LEGISLATION WASHINGTON HAS EVER SEEN,* MR DORWARD TOLD THE INSTITUTE.

HE SAID THE AIM OF THE BILL WAS, IN EFFECT, TO MAKE THE CONSUMER PAY U.S. $35 000 A YEAR FOR EVERY MARGINAL U.S. $10 000 A YEAR JOB IT PRESERVED.

+IT HAS ALL THE HALLMARKS OF THE KIND OF SHORT-SIGHTED PROTECTIONISM WHICH DEVASTATED THE WORLD ECONOMY IN THE THIRTIES.*

IF PASSED, MR DORWARD SAID, IT WOULD RESULT IN SERIOUS BREACHES CF U.S. INTERNATIONAL TREATIES, RETALIATION AGAINST U.S. EXPORTS, AND A REDUCTION IN THE ABILITY OF THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES TO SERVICE THEIR DEBTS AND IMPORT AMERICAN GOODS.

HE SAID THE PROTECTIONISTS SHOULD REMEMBER THE DICTUM OF THE PHILOSOPHER SANTAYANA; +THOSE WHO DO NOT LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF HISTORY ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT THEM.*

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 198?

2

NEW AIRPORT TRANSPORT TERMINUS TO OPEN * * * *

A LANDSCAPED TERMINUS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT WILL BE OPEN FOR USE AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE $8 MILLION TRANSPORT TERMINUS IS THE FIRST IN HONG KONG TO INCORPORATE LANDSCAPING IN ITS DESIGN.

LOCATED TO THE WEST OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING, THE TERMINUS PROVIDES ARRIVING PASSENGERS WITH A COVERED AREA FOR TAXIS, MINI-BUSES, LIMOUSINES AND AIRPORT BUSES.

NOT ONLY DOES IT PROVIDE WAITING PASSENGERS WITH A MORE PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT, IT ALSO HELPS TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE ON THE EXISTING ARRIVALS KERB.

THE TERMINUS HAS A TOTAL AREA OF 14 OOO SQUARE METRES AND A SPACE FRAME ABOVE THE QUEUEING AREA.

A TAXI QUEUEING RANK FOR 50 TAXIS AND A LOADING BAY PROVIDES SPACE FOR SIMULTANEOUS LOADING BY UP TO FIVE TAXIS.

THE AIRPORT BUS-LOADING BAY IS LARGE ENOUGH FOR THREE VEHICLES AND AN EQUAL NUMBER CAN BE ACCOMMODATED IN THE HOLDING BAY.

THERE IS ALSO SUFFICIENT SPACE FOR LOADING BY MINI-BUSES AND LIMOUSINES.

OTHER FACILITIES AT THE TERMINUS INCLUDE TELEPHONES, PUBLIC TOILET, REFRESHMENT KIOSK AND SEATS.

WORK ON THE TRANSPORT TERMINUS BEGAN IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID THE TERMINUS FORMED PART OF THE $273 MILLION AIRPORT EXPANSION SCHEME KNOWN AS STAGE V DEVELOPMENT.

+THE OBJECTIVE OF STAGE V DEVELOPMENT IS TO INCREASE THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING CAPACITY FROM THE PRESENT 3 400 TO 5 300 PASSENGERS PER HOUR IN EACH DIRECTION,* HE SAID.

WITH DEVELOPMENT OF THIS STAGE EARMARKED FOR COMPLETION IN EARLY 1988, THE PASSENGER HANDLING CAPACITY AT THE AIRPORT IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 12 MILLION TO 18 MILLION PASSENGERS A YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1985

5

APRIL RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED * * * *

THE VALUE OF RETAIL SALES IN APRIL 1985, ESTIMATED AT $5 406 MILLION, WAS ONE PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN APRIL 1984, WHILE THEIR VOLUME WAS ONE PER CENT LOWER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

RETAIL SALES FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD FEBRUARY - APRIL 1985, WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, ROSE BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND EIGHT PER CENT IN VOLUME.

COMPARING APRIL 1985 WITH MARCH 1985, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, RETAIL SALES DECREASED BY THREE PER CENT IN VALUE AND FOUR PER CENT IN VOLUME.

IN APRIL 1985, RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY FOUR PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1984. FUELS ALSO INCREASED BY TWO PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS SHOWED AN INCREASE OF EIGHT PER CENT IN SALES VALUE BUT A DECREASE OF ONE PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. BOTH CONSUMER DURABLES AND +OTHER CONSUMER GOODS+ DROPPED BY TWO PER CENT IN SALES VALUE, WHILE THEIR DECREASES IN SALES VOLUME WERE FOUR PER CENT AND THREE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE PERIOD FEBRUARY - APRIL 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 13 PER CENT IN VOLUME. THOSE OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO ROSE BY 11 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

CONSUMER DURABLES SHOWED AN INCREASE OF NINE PER CENT IN VALUE AND SIX PER CENT IN VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF +OTHER CONSUMER GOODS+ AND FUELS INCREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT AND TWO PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1985, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS ROSE BY FOUR PER CENT IN VALUE AND ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO AND FUELS DECREASED BY ONE PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. CONSUMER DURABLES DECREASED BY TWO PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND THREE PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME, WHILE +OTHER CONSUMER GOODS+ FELL BY SIX PER CENT IN VALUE AND SEVEN PER CENT IN VOLUME.

/ANALYSED BY .......

WEDNESDAY, JULI 5, 19^5

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1984. SUPERMARKETS ALSO SHOWED MODERATE INCREASES. HOWEVER, SALES OF DEPARTMENT STORES AND CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES DROPPED IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

COMPARING THE PERIOD FEBRUARY - APRIL 1985 WITH THE SAME

PERIOD IN 1984, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES ROSE CONSIDERABLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. SUPERMARKETS AND DEPARTMENT STORES ALSO SHOWED LARGE INCREASES IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. HOWEVER, CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES RECORDED NO CHANGE IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1985, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES INCREASED MODERATELY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. HOWEVER, SUPERMARKETS, DEPARTMENT STORES AND CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES ALL RECORDED DECREASES IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL SALES FIGURE FOR MARCH 138? AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR APRIL 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 APRIL 1985 RESULTS WITH THOSE OF MARCH 1985 AND APRIL 1984 AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE TH?EE“MONTH PERIOD FEBRUARY - APRIL 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984 ARE AL-0 GIVEN.

GRAPHS 1 AND 2 DEPICT THE INDEX MOVEMENTS OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES FROM JANUARY 1983 TO MARCH 1985.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE APRIL 1985 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS 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. : 3-7216024).

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5 WEI’' "DAI, JOLI J, 1985

TABLE 1 » TOTAL RETAIL &ALE3

Total Rotail Sales for April 198$ (Provisional Figure) ■ HJ35 06 MD lor for March 1985 (Revised Figaro) • HK>5 5*5 silll«®

TABLS 2 I VALUE AMD VOLUME INDEXES Of RETAIL SALES ______________TOR MARCH AMD APRIL 198^_________________ (Monthly aversge of l?80 « 100)

April 1985 April 1985 Feb. . April 19*5

Ites Ro all Ss -es March 1985 Aprix 1985 compared with March 1985 compared with April 1984 compared ritn Fob. - April 1984

(Revised (Provis- Pointa % Points % Pbints

figures) ionol / \ ‘

figurao) If T .

(A) fa< ALL Ki .TA IL TRADED Value 163 159 - * -3 4 1 4 1 4 15 ♦ 10

Volume 11J 109 -4 - * - 1 - 1 49 *8

(B) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS

Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks Value 179 178 - 1 - 1 4 7 ♦ * ♦ 18 e 11

and tobacco Volume 116 115 - 1 - 1 ♦ 4 e 4 4 11 ♦ U

>1a«1s ViJLuo 19* 193 - 1 - 1 ♦ 4 4 2 4 4 0 2

Volume 124 123 -1 - 1 ♦ 3 ♦ 2 45 ♦ 2

Clothing, footwear and Value 191 199 4 9 ♦ * ♦ 15 ♦ 8 ♦ 38 *22

allied products Voluso 122 123 el el - 1 - 1 ♦ 15 ♦ 13

Consumer durablea Value 1*7 194 - 5 -2 - 3 - 2 4 12 *9

Volume 109 105 - 3 -5 - 5 - * 46 46

Other conaemer goods Value 15* 1*5 .9 - 6 - 3 - 2 e 11 *8

Volume 111 103 -8 -7 - 3 - 3 4 8 *8

(C) £y. SUffiTlD TRADII

Supermarkets Value 293 289 -4 - 1 ♦ 26 e 10 4 49 4 19

Volume 177 1?* -3 - 2 ♦ 13 ♦ 8 ♦ 28 e 18

Meter rohiclea Value 82 89 ♦ 7 *8 ♦ 24 ♦ 57 e 29 *51

Volume *9 52 4 4 ♦ 8 ♦ 15 *32 4 15 ♦ **

Ca-yr-’f durables ether than Value 191 182 -10 i 5 - 22 - 11 e

motor vehicles Volume 150 142 - 8 - 5 ' - 16 - 10 • •

Dvparioent stores Value 15* 136 - 19 - 12 -5 .2 4 24 4 18

Volume 111 96 - 15 - 13 - 3 - 3 4 17 ♦ 18

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Graph 1: Value Indexes of Total Retail Sales

Value index Value inde>

Graph 2: Volume Indexes of Total Retail Sales

Volume index Volume index

Notes (1) Monrhy average of 1980 = 100

i2) The seasonally adjusted value ana volume index md Henderson Irenes die compiled using theX-11 variant seasonal adjustment program of the U.S Bureau of the Census

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1985

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THIRD QUARTER RATE PAYMENTS DUE * * *

RATEPAYERS ARE REMINDED THAT RATES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 MUST BE PAID BY 4 PM ON JULY 31.

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

HE SAID RATEPAYERS SHOULD HAVE BY NOW RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES.

THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES SHOULD APPLY FOR A COPY AT THE RATES SECTION OF THE TREASURY, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), NINTH FLOOR, 11 ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG-THE YAU MA TEI SUB-TREASURY, FOURTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON OR THE KOWLOON CITY SUB-TREASURY, MAN SANG COMMERCIAL BUILDING, FIRST FLOOR, 348-352 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD (CORNER OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD), KOWLOON.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1935

8

POST OFFICE LOOKING FOR BETTER TV SOUND SYSTEM

*****

THE POST OFFICE IS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE SELECTION OF A SUITABLE SYSTEM FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF MULTIPLEX SOUND ON TELEVISION, THE DtPUTY POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LIONS CLUB OF BAYVIEW LUNCHEON, MR LAN SAID THAT IT WAS THE POST OFFICE’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE SYSTEM TO BE ADOPTED COULD WORK SATISFACTORILY IN THE HONG KONG ENVIRONMENT AND THAT IT WAS COMPATIBLE TO EXISTING TELEVISION TRANSMISSIONS.

+THE SYSTEM SHOULD BE A WIDELY ADOPTED ONE IN OTHER PARTS CF THE WORLD SO THAT THE DECODERS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT COULD BE WIDELY AVAILABLE AT EASILY AFFORDABLE PRICES TO THE PUBLIC,* HE ADDED.

EXPLAINING THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SIDE OF THE POST OFFICE’S WORK. HE SAID THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, AS THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY IN HONG KONG, WAS THE ADVISER TO GOVERNMENT ON THE TECHNICAL PERFORMANCES OF COMMERCIAL TELEVISION AND RADIO BROADCASTING COMPANIES.

THE POST OFFICE WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED, HE SAID, IN THE EXTENSION CF TELEVISION AND RADIO COVERAGES TO POOR RECEPTION AREAS. THIS INCLUDED THE FORMULATION OF TRANSMISSION PLANS AND THE CHOICE OF SITES AND FREQUENCIES.

EXTENSIVE WORK HAD BEEN DONE, HE ADDED, IN FORMULATING A TERRITORY-WIDE TRANSMISSION PLAN FOR THE EXTENSION OF FM BROADCASTING TO ALL PARTS OF HONG KONG.

IF IMPLEMENTED, THE PLAN COULD PROVIDE SEVEN FM SERVICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

TURNING TO RADIO SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT, ANOTHER MAJOR AREA CF WORK FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS BRANCH OF THE POST OFFICE, MR LAN SAID THAT THE RADIO WAVES WERE USED FOR ALL TYPES OF RADIO COMMUNICATIONS — TELEVISION AND RADIO BROADCASTING, SATELLITES, WALKIE-TALKIES USED BY THE POLICE AND OTHER USERS, RADIO PAGERS, MOBILE RADIOS USED BY TAXIS AND LORRIES, AND EVEN TOYS FOR CHILDREN.

+ALL THESE USAGES CF RADIO REQUIRE A SLOT IN THE RADIO FREQUENCY SPECTRUM .111 CH IS A LIMITED RESOURCE.

+ IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT THAT THS LIMITED RESOURCE IS MANAGED PROPERLY SO THAT IT CAN BE FULLY DEPLOYED IN THE MOST EFFICIENT MANNER.+

/WHILE CAREFUL .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY J, 1?

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WHILE CAREFUL PLANNING WAS DONE IN CONSISTENCY WITH INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH HONG KONG’S NEIGHBOURS, EACH INDIVIDUAL USE OF RADIO WOULD ALSO HAVE TO BE ASSIGNED A FREQUENCY FROM A CENTRAL RECORD KEPT BY THE POS■ OFFICE, SO THAT UNWANTED INTERFERENCE AMONG USERS COULD BE AVOID? HE SAID.

MOREOVER, THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS BRANCH ALSO HAD A RADIO MONITORING UNIT TO INVESTIGATE AND ELIMINATE RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE AND A HOT LINE HAD BEEN SET UP TO ACCEPT COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC, HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THE POST OFFICE ISSUED 25 DIFFERENT TYPES OF TELECOMMUNICATION LICENCES WITH A TOTAL OF ABOUT 40 000 LICENCES CURRENTLY IN FORCE.

TURNING TO THE MORE FAMILIAR SERVICE OFFERED BY THE POST OFFICE, MR LAN SAID THAT POSTAL SERVICE IN HONG KONG HAD KEPT IN STEP WITH THE TIMES.

IN THE 1840S WHEN HONG KONG WAS FOUNDED, THE POST OFFICE HANDLED SOME 250 LETTERS A DAY AND THIS HAD GROWN TO 1.5 MILLICt LETTERS AND PARCELS BEING PROCESSED DAILY TODAY.

THE POST OFFICE WAS CURRENTLY HANDLING SOME 530 MILLION POSTAL ITEMS EACH YEAR, WITH AN ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF ABOUT 8 TO PER CENT, HE SAID.

TO ENABLE HONG KONG TO PLAY AN EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE COMMERC: ROLE INTERNATIONALLY A NUMBER OF SPECIAL SERVICES FOR SPEEDY TRANSMISSION OF TIME-SENSITIVE DOCUMENTS HAD BEEN INTRODUCED, HE SAID.

THESE INCLUDED:

* ENLARGED PARCEL SERVICE WHICH ENABLED LARGER AND HEAVIER PARCELS OF 20 KILOGRAMS TO BE SENT BY SURFACE OR AIR TO OVER 60 COUNTRIES?

* SPEEDPOST SERVICE COVERING OVER 300 MAJOR CITIES IN 32 COUNTRIES INCLUDING CHINA, JAPAN, AND MANY EUROPEAN COUNTRIES: AND

K INTELPOST SERVICE WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN LATE 1982 AND AVAILABLE TO 30 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNITED STATES, FRANCE, WEST GERMANY, JAPAN AND SINGAPORE.

MR LAN SAID ANOTHER SERVICE BEING CONSIDERED BY THE POST OFFICE WAS THE PROVISION OF A NEW TYPE OF LICENCE WHICH WOULD ENABLE PLEASURE VESSELS TO CARRY AND USE RADIO EQUIPMENT WITH A MINIMUM DEGREE OF CONTROL.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1985

10

MORE LATE APPLICATIONS *****

UP TO 4 PM TODAY (WEDNESDAY), 13 338 LATE APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION AS ELECTORS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED. AS A RESULT OF THE EARLIER REGISTRATION EXERCISE, 34 531 ELECTORS HAVE ALREADY BEEN INCLUDED IN THE PROVISIONAL

REGISTER PUBLISHED A STATISTICAL ON JUNE 21. BREAKDOWN IS AS FOLLOWS:

NUMBER OF ESTIMATED ELECTORS ON SIZE OF PROVISIONAL ELECTORATE REGISTER LATE APPLICATIONS

(REVISED)

ELECTORAL COLLEGE 434 428 5

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES

COMMERCIAL 1 2 347 681 621

COMMERCIAL II 5 512 1 730 1 079

INDUSTRIAL 1 772 364 130

INDUSTRIAL II 2 324 913 419

FINANCIAL 141 119 16

LABOUR 393 285 21

SOCIAL SERVICES 155 129 23

MEDICAL 4 548 2 109 918

LEGAL 1 511 727 256

TEACHING 49 047 25 337 9 164

ENGINEERING, ARCHITECTURAL SURVEYING AND PLANNING , 2 890 1 709 686

TOTAL 70 074 34 531 13 338

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WEDNESDAY, JULY J, 1985

11

PLACEMENT OF REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN PROGRESS * * * *

MORE THAN 220 OF THE 600 REDUNDANT AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WHO REGISTERED WITH THE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PLACED IN VARIOUS SCHOOLS LAST MONTH (JUNE).

THE ANNUAL EXERCISE OF PLACING REDUNDANT TEACHERS INTO NEW POSTS STARTED IN MAY AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ANOTHER TWO MONTHS TO COMPLETE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

TO SPEED UP THE PLACEMENT EXERCISE, HE URGED ALL AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL SUPERVISORS TO REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICE ALL AVAILABLE VACANCIES IN THEIR SCHOOLS, ARISING FROM NEW CLASSES, WASTAGE AND RETIREMENT.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO CALLED ON SCHOOL MANAGEMENT TO ACCEPT THE REDUNDANT TEACHERS REFERRED TO THEM BY THE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT.

+WITHOUT THE FULL SUPPORT OF SCHOOL MANAGEMENT, IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR THE PLACEMENT SERVICE TO PLACE ALL REDUNDANT TEACHERS AT AN EARLY DATE.+

+AS A RESULT, VACANCIES IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE TO BE FROZEN,+ HE SAID.

IN THIS CONNECTION, SCHOOL SUPERVISORS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD NOT ENTER INTO ANY EMPLOYMENT WITH OTHER TEACHERS BEFORE THE PLACEMENT SERVICE HAD COMPLETED ITS TASK.

FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS, THE DEPARTMENT HAD CARRIED OUT THE ANNUAL EXERCISE OF HELPING TO PLACE REDUNDANT AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS INTO NEW JOBS BECAUSE OF A DROP IN POPULATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE AND A SHIFT OF POPULATION FROM URBAN AREAS TO THE NEW TOWNS.

BETWEEN 1975 AND 1984, MORE THAN 3 500 AFFECTED TEACHERS HAD BEEN HELPED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO SECURE ALTERNATIVE TEACHING POSTS.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1985

12

MORE SPECIALISED VEHICLES FOR CLEANSING FLEET X X X X

TO ACHIEVE GREATER URBAN COUNCIL IS TO BUY COLLECTION VEHICLES.

EFFICIENCY IN CLEANSING WORK, THE

SIX HIGHLY SPECIALISED REFUSE

THE ORDER, AT A COST OF OVER $1.9 MILLION, COMPRISES TWO TRACTORS AND FOUR ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC COMPACTION TRAILERS.

ONE OF THE MAIN ADVANTAGES OF THESE VEHICLES IS THAT THE TRACTOR CAN TAKE A TRAILER TO A DESIGNATED REFUSE COLLECTION POINT WHERE IT WILL BE UNCOUPLED AND CONNECTED TO AN AUXILIARY POWER PACK TO DRIVE THE COMPACTION UNIT READY FOR LOADING.

THIS WILL NOT ONLY REDUCE THE NOISE LEVEL AND ENGINE EXHAUST BUT ALSO LEAVE THE TRACTOR FREE TO PICK UP A SECOND TRAILER AT ANOTHER LOCATION FOR A SIMILAR TASK TO BE UNDERTAKEN.

IN FACT, THE COUNCIL HAS PUT ON TRIAL A TRACTOR AND TWO TRAILERS SINCE AUGUST 1983. IT HAS BEEN ASCERTAINED THAT THE SYSTEM OFFERS SUBSTANTIAL OPERATIONAL AND, PARTICULARLY, ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS.

AT PRESENT THE COUNCIL MAINTAINS SOME 780 VEHICLES, OF WHICH ABOUT 420 ARE SPECIALISED ONES SUCH AS REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES, STREET WASHERS, MEAT VANS, MECHANICAL SWEEPERS AND GULLY CESSPIT EMPTIERS. THE REST ARE GENERAL PURPOSE VEHICLES INCLUDING PICK-UP VANS, MOTOR CYCLES AND LORRIES.

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FOUR FIREMEN COMMENDED FOR RESCUE X X * X

THE DRAMATIC RESCUE OF AN ELDERLY MAN WHO THREATENED TO JUMP FROM A BUILDING LAST MAY WAS AN EXAMPLE OF THE REPUTATION FOR PROFESSIONALISM AND EFFICIENCY ENJOYED BY THE FI RE SERV ICES DEPARTMENT, THE ACTING CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF HONG KONG, MR LAM CHEK-YUEN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY AT WAN CHAI FIRE STATION THIS MORNING AT WHICH A FIRE OFFICER AND THREE FIREMEN WERE PRESENTED WITH THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES’ COMMENDATION FOR THE RESCUE OPERATION.

/+IT MAY .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY J, 1985

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+IT MAY LOOK LIKE A SIMPLE OPERATION, BUT TO CARRY IT OUT TO PERFECTION IS NOT EASY. IT CALLS FOR PROFESSIONAL SKILL AND GOOD TEAM-WORK WHICH CAN ONLY BE ACQUIRED THROUGH YEARS OF RIGOROUS TRAINING,+ MR LAM SAID.

THE INCIDENT OCCURRED LAST MAY WHEN AN 80-YEAR-0LD MAN SAT ON THE LEDGE OF A SIXTH FLOOR WINDOW AND THREATENED TO JUMP FROM THE WAN CHAI BUILDING. SENIOR STATION OFFICER CHAN CHOR-SING LED A TEAM OF FIREMEN, INCLUDING CHAN PING-WING, TAM YEE-KEUNG AND HAU KAM-PING, TO RESCUE THE DISTRESSED MAN.

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WORK STARTS ON FERRY PIER SUPERSTRUCTURE

* * * *

WORK HAS STARTED ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REINFORCED CONCRETE SUPERSTRUCTURE FOR THE TUEN MUN FERRY PIER.

THE PIER, ON THE SOUTHWEST TUEN MUN SEAFRONT NEAR BUTTERFLY AND WU KING ESTATES, WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING TEMPORARY STRUCTURE AT THE TYPHOON SHELTER.

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT RECENTLY AWARDED THE $19.8 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

A FINGER PIER EXTENSION OF THE MAIN FERRY PIER WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED SEAWARD TO PROVIDE BERTHING FACILITIES FOR HOVERFERRIES AND DOUBLE AND TRIPLE-DECK FERRIES.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT ARE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PROMENADE FROM MELODY GARDENS TO THE FERRY PIER, A TEMPORARY ACCESS ROAD FOR EMERGENCY AND SERVICE VEHICLES, A TAXI BAY, SITE FORMATION FOR A CARPARK AND AN EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING TEMPORARY BUS TERMINUS.

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DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED * * * *

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REVOKED THE REGISTRATION OF ATB FINANCE LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY, ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE COMPANY HAS FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE LIQUIDITY REQUIREMENT UNDER SECTION 24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE AND THE COMPANY HAS MADE A REPORT TO HIM UNDER SECTION 19(A) OF THE ORDINANCE THAT IT IS LIKELY TO BECOME UNABLE TO MEET ITS OBLIGATIONS.

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION CF K-REX FINANCE 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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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1935

14

CARNIVAL LAUNCHES SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME * * * *

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME 1985 WILL BE LAUNCHED THIS SATURDAY (JULY 6) WITH A CARNIVAL AT THE SAI KUNG MAN YEE REHOUSING ESTATE PLAYGROUND.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE OFFICIATED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO.

THE PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, CO-ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

A TOTAL OF 47 EVENTS HAS BEEN ARRANGED BY THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND 15 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS. THESE INCLUDE A CARICATURE COMPETITION, A FAMILY GAMES DAY AND YOUTH AND FAMILY LIFE EXHIBITION, A FUN DAY FOR ABLED AND DISABLED, A FILM SHOW FOR FAMILIES, A HOME HELP SERVICE PROJECT AND VARIOUS SERVICE PROJECTS FOR VILLAGE CHILDREN.

THE AIM OF THE CARICATURE COMPETITION IS TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION AMONG YOUTHS THROUGH PARTICIPATION. THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS AUGUST 15 AND THE WINNING CARICATURES WILL BE EXHIBITED AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN SEPTEMBER AT THE SAI KUNG MAN YEE REHOUSING ESTATE PLAYGROUND.

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BOOKLETS WITH DETAILED INFORMATION OF ALL FUNCTIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE.

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PARTICIPANTS FOR MASS PAINTING EXERCISE SOUGHT * * * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE IN MONG KOK ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A MASS PAINTING EXERCISE FOR 1 000 PARTICIPANTS WHICH WILL LAUNCH THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND LATER THIS MONTH.

THE CREATIVE PAINTING EVENT WILL HIGHLIGHT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE PROGRAMME ON JULY 21.

THE THEME OF THE PAINTING EXERCISE CENTRES ON THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR’S THESIS OF +PARTICI PAT I ON, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE+.

EACH PARTICIPANT WILL BE GIVEN A PIECE OF RUBBER FOAM MEASURING 66 CM BY 100 CM AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAINT A PICTURt WITH THE COLOURS AND THEME OF THE IYY.

/+THE PROGRAMME,

WET*’3SDAY, JULY 5, 1985

+THE PROGRAMME, WHICH LASTS TILL THE END OF AUGUST, PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND THEIR HOLIDAYS MEANINGFULLY AND ENJOYABLY,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE SAID.

THE FINISHED PIECES WILL BE PUT TOGETHER ON THE GROUND TO FORM A 6OO-SQUARE-METRE PAINTING, AND PARTICIPANTS WILL BE GIVEN PERSONAL PRINTS OF A GROUP PHOTOGRAPH TO COMMEMORATE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE EXERCISE.

ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AT 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

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SEARCH FOR A ’SHORT TENNIS’ CHAMPION * * * *

THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl DISTRICT BOARD, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS

A NEW SPORTS - SHORT TENNIS - FOR CHILDREN

CENTRE, IS INTRODUCING UNDER 12 YEARS OLD.

♦SHORT TENNIS+ IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR SMALL HALLS. THE SIZE OF THE COURT, NET AND RACKET ARE MINIATURISED AND A LIGHT SPONGE BALL IS USED TO ENABLE CHILDREN TO PLAY WITH SOME DEGREE CF SKILL AND ENTHUSIASM.

A SERIES OF COACHING SESSIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE SEVEN AREAS OF THE KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT, FOLLOWED BY AN AREA COMPETITION, THE WINNERS OF WHICH WILL COMPETE FOR THE DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP.

A PRESS CONFERENCE, ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WILL BE FELD ON FRIDAY (JULY 5) AT 3.30 PM IN THE GAMES ROOM OF THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL GAMES HALL AT 176 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TUNG-CHING, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHORT TENNIS PROMOTION COMMITTEE, MR CHENG WING-CHUN, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION WILL INTRODUCE THE SCHEME.

A TEAM FROM THE HONG KONG TENNIS ASSOCIATION WILL DEMONSTRATE THE GAME AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1985

16

CLEAN BEACH CEREMONY AT STANLEY * * *

A CLEAN BEACH CEREMONY WHICH INCLUDES ENTERTAINMENT WILL HELD ON JULY 6 (SATURDAY) AT NOON AT STANLEY MAIN BEACH WITH MEMBER OF THE URBAN COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE,

BE A

M?S MARGARET LI, OFFICIATING.

A BEACH CLEAN-UP WILL FOLLOW THE CEREMONY. MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, ST. JAMES’ SETTLEMENT AND VARIOUS DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE TAKING PART.

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D’AGUILAR STREET ROAD WORK * * *

D’AGUILAR STREET BETWEEN WYNDHAM STREET AND WELLINGTON STREET

BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1_PM ON ..SATURDAY (JULY^6)

IN CENTRAL WILL

TO 6

ROAD

AM ON JULY WORK.

8 AND FROM 1 PM ON JULY 13 TO 6 AM ON JULY

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE X * *

ROAD

TO 6

STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND DES WEST IN SAI YING PUN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 2 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 6) FOR DRAINAGE WORK.

SUTHERLAND

VOEUX PM

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST EASTBOUND READING FOR THE WESTBOUND LANE OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST WILL HAVE TO TURN RIGHT AT THE JUNCTION WITH WING LOK STREET.

C

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1985

CONTBITS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR UK ..................................... 1

SIR DAVID SWORN IN ......................................... 1

+UNFAIR FOR BOAT BRIDES TO JUMP QUEUED ..................... 1

DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES' REGISTRATION REVOKED ............. 3

REGISTRATION REVOKED ....................................... 5

NEW ORIGIN RULES PROMPT SPECIALISED KNITWEAR TRAINING.... 5

MAY MONETARY STATISTICS RELEASED ........................... 6

REPORT OK SHIPPING OUT ..................................... 8

TURKISH PM ON VISIT ........................................ 10

OVERSEAS TRAINING VISITS GET APPROVAL ..................... 11

DEPARTMENT TO RUN NEW-TYPE HOUSING ........................ 11

ROOFTOP STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED ........................... 13

PROVISIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS VISIT BOARD ................... 13

CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR ROADS, DRAINAGE WORKS................ 14

PRIZES FOR BOOKMARK DESIGN WINNERS ........................ 1^

YUEN LONG TREAT FCR YOUNG PEOPLE .......................... 15

NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT FOR TSING YI ........................   16

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1935

GOVE-NOR LEAVES FOR UK * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LEFT FOR LONDON ON LEAVE TONIGHT (THURSDAY).

HE WAS SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, AND THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL NEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR ROGER LOBO.

WHILE IN LONDON, SIR EDWARD WILL TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO l*EET MINISTERS FOR CONSULTATION ON HONG KONG AFFAIRS.

HE IS EXPECTED TO RETURN TO HONG KONG IN MID-AUGUST.

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SIR DAVID SWORN IN * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WAS SwORN IN Ao ACTING GOVERNOR THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

THE OATHS WERE ADMINISTERED BY THE ACTING CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR ALAN HUGGINS, IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL DEPART HONG KONG LATER TONIGHT ON LEAVE AND IS EXPECTED TO RETURN IN MID-AUGUST.

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+UNFAIR FOR BOAT BRIDES TO JUMP QUEUE*

******

TO ALLOW A SMALL GROUP OF +BOAT BRIDES+ AND SETTLE IN HONG KONG WOULD NOT ONLY SET A BUT WOULD ALSO BE GROSSLY UNFAIR TO THE VAST

TO JUMP THE QUEUE DANGEROUS PRECEDENT, MAJORITY WHO ARE

WAITING PATIENTLY IN CHINA FOR ONE-WAY PERMITS, THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR JOHN YEUNG, SAID THIS (THURSDAY)

MORN ING.

THERE WAS AN ESTIMATED QUEUE IN CHINA WHICH COULD BE AS LONG AS 180 000 OR EVEN UP TO 200 000 PEOPLE WAITING TO COME TO HONG KONG LEGALLY THROUGH THE ONE-WAY PERMIT SYSTEM, HE SAID.

MR YEUNG WAS SPEAKING ON RTHK’S +OPEN LINE* OVER THE ISSUE OF THE 14 + EOAT BRIDES* «H0 HAD BEEN ASKED TO LEAVE HONG KONG BECAUSE THEY HAD BREACHED THEIR CONDITIONS OF STAY.

/♦WHAT tfE ......

THUhSD. , JULY 1985

+WHAT WE ARE NOW ASKING THESE BOAT BRIDES TO DO IS TO klTURN TO THE PLACE FROM WHERE THEY CAME AND APPLY TO COME TO HONG KONG LEGALLY,+ HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT STATISTICS COMPILED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN 1983-84 SHOWED THAT ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF ALL PEOPLE WHO CAME TO HONG KONG ON ONE-WAY PERMITS WERE wIVES AND CHILDREN — SOME 30 PER CENT WIVES AND 30 PER CENT CHILDREN.

♦THAT MEANS ABOUT 8 000 WIVES COME IN EACH YEAR UNDER THE ONE-WAY PERMIT SCHEME.+

HE SAID IT HAD BEEN MADE VERY CLEAR TO FISHERMEN AND THEIR ASSOCIATIONS THAT ARRANGEMENTS UNDER WHICH +BOAT BRIDES* wERE TOLERATED IN HONG KONG WATERS ONLY APPLIED TO FISHERMEN.

+IF THEY WERE NOT FISHERMEN, THEY SHOULD FOLLOW THE PROPER PROCEDURES,* HE SAID.

+IN FACT I THINK FISHERMEN’S WIVES ARE IN A SLIGHTLY BETTER POSITION THAN WIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THAT IF THEY HAD APPLIED FOR ONE-WAY PERMITS DURING THE TIME THEY WERE FISHERMEN, ThlY COULD IN FACT BE STAYING WITH THEIR HUSBANDS ALL THE TIME UNTIL THE PERMIT IS ISSUED > AND THEY COULD IN FACT COME TO HONG KONG EVEN WITHOUT A TWO-WAY PERMIT, WHICH IS REQUIRED BY WIVES OF OTHER HONG KONG RESIDENTS,* HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID HE DID NOT THINK REPORTS THAT THE 14 *BOAT BRIDES* HAVE HAD THEIR NAMES STRUCK OFF THE PROVINCIAL REGISTER IN CHINA WERE ACCURATE.

+IT HAS BEEN A LONG STANDING PRACTICE FOR HONG KONG TO REPATRIATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO CHINA. SOME OF THESE MIGHT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

+THEY HAVE ALL BEEN ACCEPTED BACK READILY AND AS A MATTER CF FACT SIX BOAT WIVES WHO VIOLATED THEIR CONDITIONS OF REMAINING IN HONG’KONG WATERS WERE ALSO REPATRIATED TO CHINA EARLY THIS YEAR.

+THEY wERE ALSO READILY ACCEPTED BACK.*

COMMENTING ON REPORTS THAT MARRIAGE TO FOREIGNERS MAY CAUSE A WOMAN’S NAME TO BE DELETED FROM THE REGISTER, MR YEUNG SAID HE AGAIN DID NOT BELIEVE THEY wERE ACCURATE.

+BECAUSE THERE ARE OTHER WIVES IN CHINA — WE ESTIMATE THE NUMBER IS ABOUT 83 030.

+HONG KONG RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO GET MARRIED IN CHINA EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT WE ISSUE ABOUT 15 033 CERTIFICATE -F ABSENCE OF MARRIAGE IN HONG KONG PER YEAR.

JULY ^98

+ !F -uL ~H£S£ . .JES APE

-aAY PERMTS, tH£RE jS ‘«C STRUCK ^Elh RE" i STR AT » THE IR N’AFR I ACE.*

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MR YEUNG SAIL HE COULD ■ "T oAv K' L'.G TO GET A ONE-WAY PERM'".

ONE

+BUT WE HAVE INFORMATION THAT THERE ARE AY PERMITS IN A FE.> ‘ON HS, >OM=. PcO°LE

PEOPLE

I" TOOK FOR SOMEONE

SOME PEOPLE OBTAINING OBTAINING IT IN A

FEW YEARS.

+1 CAN ONLY SAY THAT THE CHINtSE EXAMINING EACH CASE OF <3 That THE CASE IS DUE,* Hl oAU.

AUTHORITIES must be GRANTING THE P-IO-'TY

EXPLAINING THE BACKGPOl T OF Trit +BOAT BR ID_* ISSU^, SAID THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISED SEVERAL Yt;R. THAT t_CA -THE SPECIAL NATURE Or r«- J L " HC e> ixONG

PRACTICAL NEED FOR THEM TO PLY?-c JENTL.^BETz__a HC.o KONG Mt CHINA AW Or'TH£3t''^C

KONG WATERS AS LONG aS THEY WERE ENGAutv Ai THEY DID NOT COME ASHORE.

BOA’S nONG LONG

AND EXIT OF THEIR WERE TOLERAT'D IN IN F I SHI NG AND AS

HE SAID THEY WEP' TREATED AS HE CREw OF THE FISHING BOmTs.

+• although they

TO COME IN AND WORK 'v

njot HAVE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, ThE boats.

WE ALLOw

♦THIS IS NORMAL PRACTICE ON HOW WE TREAT CRE* 'E tEnS

EVEN OCEAN-. ING VESSELS.

♦CREW MEMBERS .vHO HAVE FOR LANDING WILL BE LANDED

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS wHICH QUALIFY ACCORDING TO THEIR DOCUMENTS.

THEM

FRG>

THEM

+THOSF v.r- DO N T HAVE VALID TRAVEL DOCUMENTS FOR HONG *QNG WILL BE CONFINED ON BOARD AND WILL HAVE TO LEAVt -.nt Ht ..w.

LEAVE,+ HE SAID.

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DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES’ REGISTRATION REVOKED

*****

THE COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAS ^VCKtD THE REGISTRATION OF 14 DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WHICH HAD £FFECTIVELr CASED BUSINESS AND HAD STOPPED TAKING ANY DEPOSITS.

THE COMMISSIONER’S ACTION WAS TAKEN IN THE COURSE OF A INTO THE OPERATION OF DTCS IN HONG KONG TO ENSURE THAT THEY CO..PLY ii™ th! REQUIREMENTS OF THE TEROS IT-TAKI NG COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

/SECTION 14(1) .......

THURSDA , JULY 4, 1985

SECTION 14(1) >* THE ORDINANCE PROVIDES THAT THE COMMISSIONER "•AY REVOKE >HE REGISTRATION OF A REGISTERED DTC IF THE COMPANY HAS CEASED TO CARRV ON A BUSINESS OF TAKING DEPOSITS.

DRIOR TO REVOCATION, THE COMMISSIONER CONSULTED THE BANKING AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ADVISORY COMMITTEES. BOTH COMMITTEES SUPPORTED THE ACTION TAKEN SY THE COMMISSIONER.

THE COMMISSIONER IS NOT ALLOWED UNDER THE LAW TO DISCLOSE THE AMOUNT OF DEPOSITS HELD BY EACH O-T 'HE 14 COMPANIES, BUT HE HAS CONFIRMED THAT THE TOTAL .AS SUITE SMALL, AMOUNTING TO ABOUT SIX MILLION DOLLARS. IN ANV -VENT UNDE "HE TERMS OF THE ORDINANCE-THE COMPANIES MAY CONTINUE TO HOLL UNTIL MATURITY ANY DEPOSITS TAKi .

PRIOR TO REVOCATION.

THE COMMISSIONER SAID THAT THE REVOCATION «OULD NOT HAVE ANY EFFECT WHATSOEVER ON THE OPERATION OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING BUSINESS IN HONG KONG, HAVING DEGAr.L TO THE FACT THAT Thc COMPANIES WHOSE REGISTRATION HAS BEEN REVOKED HAD CEASED TO CARRY ON BUSINESS.

A NOTICE OF REVOCATION -ILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE. A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT "HE COMPANIES INVOLVED ARE AS FOLLO«S:~

FOREST OCEAN FINANCE LIMITED

KIAN NAN FINANCIAL LIMiTED

THE GREAT EAGLE FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED

EUROPA FINANCE (INTERNATIONAL) LIMITED

HIND FINANCE AND INDUSTRIES LIMITED

COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT FINANCE LIMITED

PAN SEAS FINANCE AND INVESTMENT LIMITED

MAN SUN FINANCE (INTERNATIONAL) CORPORATION LIMITED

SHARIKAT SAFETY FINANCE COMPANY (HONG KONG) LIMITED

MULTI-CREDIT FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED

PHILMONT FINANCE AND INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED KING CHONG (FINANCE) LIMITED CROWN PRINCE FINANCE LIMITED BEACONS FINANCE LIMITED

THURSDAY, JULY 4,

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REGISTRATION REVOKED * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF UNPACIFIC FINANCE (INTERNATIONAL::) LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TaKI NG COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 14(2) OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKI NG COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

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NEW ORIGIN RULES PROMPT SPECIALISED KNITWEAR TRAINING *****

ABOUT 30 TRAINEES ARE NOw RECEIVING SPECIALISED TRAINING IN THE USE OF COMPUTERISED KNITTING MACHINES AT THE TRAINING CENTRE RUN BY THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY AT KOWLOON BAY.

THIS FOLLOWS A RECENT MOVE BY LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO ACQUIRE A LARGE NUMBER OF AUTOMATIC KNITTING MACHINES TO PRODUCE KNITTED SWEATERS IN HONG KONG WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW U.S. COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN RULES IN APRIL THIS YEAR.

THESE RULES AFFECT THE IMPORT OF KNITTED PANELS FROM CHINA WHICH WERE MADE UP INTO FINISHED GARMENTS HERE FOR EXPORT.

AS MORE HOME-MADE KNITTED PANELS ARE REQUIRED UNDER THE NEW RULES, THE DEMAND FOR TRAINED WORKERS TO OPERATE THE NEW MACHINES HAS INCREASED.

IN RESPONSE TO THE URGENT NEED FOR TRAINING IN THE USE OF THESE MACHINES, THE AUTHORITY HAS ACQUIRED A MACHINE FROM THE JAPANESE SHIMA SEIKI MANUFACTURING COMPANY LIMITED ON LOAN, FREE CF CHARGE, TO TRAIN LOCAL WORKERS, THE CENTRE’S MANAGER, MR CHING LICK-SUN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

MR CHING SAID THAT TRAINING IN THE USE OF THE NEW MACHINE WAS ACTUALLY SUPPLEMENTARY TO THE TRAINING FOR THOSE ALREADY TAKING COURSES IN KNITWEAR PROCESSING AND POWER-FLAT KNITTING.

HE SAID THE DEMAND FOR LOCAL WORKERS IN THE KNITWEAR INDUSTRY HAD FLUCTUATED DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS BECAUSE A NUMBER OF MANUFACTURERS HAD MOVED THEIR PRODUCTION LINES FOR KNITTED PANELS TO CHINA.

+TIMES HAVE CHANGED AS A RESULT OF THE NEW U.S. ORIGIN RULES AND THE JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNGSTERS WHO WISH TO «ORK IN THE KNITWEAR INDUSTRY HAVE GREATLY IMPROVED,* MR CHING SAID.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, IT WAS REPORTED THAT SOME 330 MACHINES HAD BEEN ORDERED BY THE LOCAL KNITTERS AND IT IS ESTIMATED THAT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR THE NUMBER OF UNITS INSTALLED WOULD INCREASE TO 600.

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MAY MONETARY STATISTICS RELEASED

*****

BOTH HONG KONG DOLLAR AND FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS CONTINUED TO INCREASE IN MAY, ACCORDING TO MONETARY STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE INCREASE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS AS MORE RAPID, AS SOME DEPOSITORS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE STRENGTH OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AND THE HIGHER INTEREST RATES FOR THE U.S. DOLLAR TO SWITCH FROM HONG KONG DOLLARS TO U.S. DOLLARS. THE INCREASE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS SLOWED DOWN DURING THE MONTr..

MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS INCREASED FURTHER, WITH THE HONG KONG DOLLAR COMPONENTS SHOWING SLOWER GROWTH.

LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG FELL IN MAY, AF Fl.. RISING SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS. OTHER LOADS F USE IN HONG KONG SHOWED SOME INCREASE.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS ROSE BY 1.3 PER CENT IN MAY, FOLL I ARISE OF 1.2 PER CENT IN APRIL. THESE DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 3.? CENT IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, AND BY 22.2 PER CENT OVER THE 12 MONTHS. FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS GREw BY 2.5 PER CENT IN MAY, COMPARED WITH 1.2 PEP CENT IN APRIL. THESE DEPOSITS WERE 8.7 PEia CENT HIGHER IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY AND 20.4 PER CENT HIGHER 0V;_ THE 12 MONTHS.

FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS GREW BY A RELATIVELY SLOW RATE OF 0.5 PER CENT IN MAY, TO $25.2 BILLION AT THE END OF MAY. ADJUSTE TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 1.2 PER CENT IN MAY AND 4.4 PER CENT OVER THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY. FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, ON THE OTHER HAND, GREW BY 2.8 PER CENT IN MAY AND 8.8 PER CENT OVER THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY.

TOTAL DEPOSITS WITH BANKS ROSE BY 2.3 PER CENT IN MAY, COMpakE-D WITH 1.3 PER CENT IN APRIL WHILE TOTAL DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKINb COMPANIES WERE VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED AFTER A MODEST INCREASE OF 3.5 PER CENT IN APR IL.

OVER THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, THE GROWTH RATE OF TOTAL DEPOSITS WITH BANKS, AT 6.5 PER CENT, WAS HIGHER THAN THAT WITH DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES, AT 5.0 PER CENT.

HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY

THE HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY ON THE NARROWEST DEF INITIO ..

HK&M1, ROSE BY 2.0 PER CENT IN MAY, AFTER FALLING MARGINALLY BY 0.2 PER CENT IN APRIL. ON THE BROADER DEFINITIONS, HKSM2 AND HKSM3 ROSE BY 1.4 PER CENT AND 1.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

/THE CORRESPONDING .........

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1985

THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN APRIL WERE 0.9 PER CENT AND 1. ) PER CENT.

OVER THE THREE MONTHS, HK3M1 FELL BY 4.0 PER CENT WHILE HK . AND HK$M3 ROSE BY 2.4 PER CENT AND 3.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. uVc« THE 12 MONTHS THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES WERE 23.9 PER CENT, 24.7 PER CENT AND 21.7 PER CENT.

THE GROWTH RATES OF HK5M2 AND HKJM3 AFTER ADJUSTING FOR SWA-DEPOSITS WERE 1.3 PER CENT AND 1.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY INrAY, AND 3.0 PER CENT AND 3.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY FOR TriE THRtL MONT-i, TO MAY.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS CONTINUED TC INCR-aozl. TOTAL Ml ROSE BY 2.4 PER CENT, TOTAL M2 BY 2.2 PER CENT AND TOTA_ M3 BY 1.8 PER CENT. THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN APRIL E-:_ 0.2 PER CENT, 1.2 PER CENT AND l.D PER CENT.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, TOTAL Ml FELL BY 3.7 PER CENT wHIL TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3 INCREASED BY 5.5 PER CENT AND 5.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE 12 MONTHS, THE GROWTH RATES WERE 24.4 PER CENT, 22.6 PER CENT AND 21.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES CONTINUED TO REGISTER SOME INCREASE, BY 0.9 PER CENT IN MAY AFTER A RISE OF 0.5 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH. OVER THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, THESE GREW BY 2.1 PER CENT AND OVER THE 12 MONTHS BY 7.1 PER CENT.

WITHIN THE TOTAL, LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE FELL BY 2.0 PER CENT, AFTER A RISE CF 3.7 PER CENT IN APRIL. OVER THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, THESE GREW BY 4.3 PER CENT BUT ONLY BY 1.9 PER CENT OVER THE 12 MONTHS, LARGELY REFLECTING DECREASES

IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1984.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG ROSE BY 0.7 PER CENT IN

MAY FOLLOWING A 0.9 PER CENT RISE IN APRIL. OVER THE THREE MONTHS TO MAY, THEY ROSE BY 1.6 PER CENT AND OVER THE 12 MONTHS BY 7.5 PER CENT. ABOUT 83 PER CENT OF THESE LOANS WERE DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS.

REFLECTING RELATIVELY LOW HONG KONG DOLLAR LENDING RATES, THERE WAS IN MAY A SWITCH FROM FOREIGN CURRENCY LENDING TO HONG KONG DOLLAR LENDING. THOSE OTHER LOANS DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS INCREASED IN MAY BY 1.9 PER CENT WHILE THOSE DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES FELL BY 4.7 PER CENT.

/FOREIGN CURRENCY .......

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FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

THE SPOT FOREIGN CURRENCY POSITION OF THE MONETARY SECTOR SHOWED A FURTHER DECREASE IN NET ASSETS FROM $5.9 BILLION AT THE ENL OF APRIL, TO $4.5 BILLION AT THE END OF MAY.

SIMILAR STATISTICS COLLECTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (ON THE BASIS OF SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS) SHOWED A SUBSTANTIAL DECREASE IN NET SPOT c'REIGN CURRENCY ASSETS OF $3.1 BILLION TO $0.7 BILLION. NET FORWARD FOREIGN CURRENCY ASSETS, HOWEVER, ROSE BY $2.1 BILLION TO S26.2 BILLION OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

LIQUIDITY RATIO

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 18 OF THE BANKIN-ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS wAS SLIGHTLY LOWER, AT 40.3 PER CENT IN .MAY, COMPARED m I TH 40.7 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FOR ALL DEPCS IT-TAKI NG COMPANIES WAS HIGHER, AT 45.1 PER CENT, COMPARED wITH 44.7 PER CENT A MONTH EARLIER.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF OPERATING LICENSED BANKS AND THE NUMBER OF OPERATING LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 140 AND 33 RESPECTIVELY. THE NUMBER OF REPORTING REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMAPNIES ROSE BY 1 TO 307.

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REPORT ON SHIPPING OUT * * *

LAST YEAR, 11 695 SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 68.7 MILLION hRT (NET REGISTERED TONNAGE) ARRIVED IN HONG KONG, REPRESENTING INCREASE OF 500 OR 0.8 PER CENT IN CAPACITY OVER 1983, ACCORDING TO THE 1984 ANNUAL REPORT ON +HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS* PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO DISCHARGED IN HONG KONG FROM INCOMING SHIPS OVER THE SAME PERIOD, INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT AND THE NUMBER OF CONTAINERS (MEASURED IN TEUS) DISCHARGED IN HONG KONG INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT.

/WHEN ANALYSED .......

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^HEN ANALYSED BY SHIP TYPE, NOTABLE INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF CONTAINER VESSELS (+261), ROLL-ON/ROLL-OFF VESSELS (+138) AND SEMI-CONTAINER VESSELS (+133), WHILE THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN THE NUMBER OF CONVENTIONAL CARGO VESSELS (-388).

INCREASES IN NUMBER WERE NOTED FOR SHIPS REGISTERED IN CHINA (+250), IN PANAMA (+149) AND IN TAIWAN (+119), BUT DECLINES WERE RECORDED FOR LIBERIAN SHIPS (-113) AND SINGAPOREAN SHIPS (-78). THE NUMBER OF SHIPS wITH CAPACITY UNDER 10 000 DWT INCREASED (+524).

LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 11 716 DEPARTING SHIPS, WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 68.8 MILLION NRT, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 514 IN NUMBER AND ONE PER CENT IN CAPACITY OVER 1983.

THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS POSE BY 15 PER CENT, AND THE NUMBER OF CONTAINERS (MEASURED IN TEUS) LOADED IN HONG KONG ALSO ROSE BY 15 PER CENT. ABOUT 65 PEP CENT OF THE DEPARTING VESSELS HAD SiAYED IN HONG KONG FOR LESS T;iAN TWO DAYS.

BASED ON INFORMATION EXTRACTED FROM OCEAN CARGO MANIFESTS, PER CENT IN TERMS OF GROSS WEIGHT OF TH- INWARD SEABORN: CAaoj WAS IMPORTS AND 11 PER CENT WAS FOR TRANSHIPMENT.

OF THE OUTWARD SEABORNE CARGO, 69 PER CENT WAS EXPORTS (INCLUDING RE-EXPORTS) AND 40 PER CENT WAS FOR TRANSHIPMENT.

THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF LOADING FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS .EFE JAPAN (20 PER CENT IN TERMS OF GROSS WEIGHT), SINGAPORE (It PER CENT) AND CHINA (13 PER CENT), AND THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF DISCHARGE FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS WERE THE U.S. (22 PER CENT), TAIWAN (13 PER CENT) AND CHINA (11 PER CENT).

TRANSHIPMENT CARGO WAS MAINLY LOADED FROM CHINA (30 PER CENT) AND THE U.S. (26 PER CENT), AND TRANSHIPPED TO THE U.S. (17 PER CENT) AND CHINA (9 PER CENT).

INCREASE SMALL CENT)

COMPARING LAST YEAR WITH 1983, THERE WAS A SLIGHT IN THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE IMPORTS (+8 PER CENT). INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS FROM JAPAN (+7 PtR AND SINGAPORE (+3 PER CENT), WHILE IMPORTS FROM CHINA DROPPED

(-8 PER CENT).

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORTS OF CHEMICAL MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS, N.E S. (+64 PER CENT); INORGANIC CHEMICALS (+49 PER CENT)’ AND PAPER, PAPERBOARD AND ARTICLES OF PAPER PULP, OF PAPER OR 0F_ PAPERBOARD (+35 PER CENT). SEABORNE IMPORTS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT, HOWEVER, DROPPED BY 12 PER CENT.

/CVER THE .......

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1985

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, SEABORNE EXPORTS TO MOST COUNTRIES INCREASED IN TERMS OP TONNAGE, WITH THE MAIN INCREASE RECORDED IN EXPORTS TO CHINA (+286 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN EXPORTS TO THE PHILIPPINES (-26 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (-5 PER CENT).

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED FOR INORGANIC CHEMICALS (+163 PER CENT), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, N.E.S. (+60 PER CENT) AND TOYS (+43 PER CENT), WHILE EXPORTS OF CANNED FOOD DROPPED (-21 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.

PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS ARE COMPILED FROM OCEAN CARGO MANIFESTS SUPPLIED BY SHIPPING COMPANIES OR AGENTS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. BECAUSE OF RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS, A SAMPLE OF ALL CONSIGNMENTS LISTED IN THE MANIFESTS IS USED FOR COMPILING THE STATISTICS. THE SAMPLING METHODS IS DESCRIBED IN THE EXPLANATORY NOTES OF THE RtPORT.

MORE DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE +HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS, 1984+ WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $19 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SHIPPING STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, AT 5-452701 OR 5-455422.

TURKISH PM ON VISIT * * * *

THE PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY, MR TURGUT OZAL, AND HIS WIFE WILL VISIT HONG KONG BETWEEN JULY 5 AND 7 FOLLOWING THEIR OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINA.

PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITIES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED FOR THE PRESS TO COVER THEIR ARRIVAL AT TAI KOK TSUI PIER AT 4 PM TOwORRCw (FRIDAY).

THERE WILL BE A FIXED PRESS POSITION INSIDE THE RESTRICTED AREA OF THE PIER.

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THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1985

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OVERSEAS TRAINING VISITS GET APPROVAL * * * *

THE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED OVERSEAS VISITS BY VARIOUS AMENITIES GRADE STAFF TO ATTEND TRAINING COURSES THAT WILL GREATLY ENHANCE THEIR SKILLS.

ONE AMENITIES OFFICER WILL BE SENT TO CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, TO ATTEND THE ID-MONTH GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN RECREATION COURSE.

ANOTHER AMENITIES OFFICER WILL GO TO BRITAIN TO TAKt PART IN THE ADVANCED NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN HORTICULTURE COURSE WITH POST-COURSE STUDIES IN HORTICULTURAL TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT. THIS WILL ALSO INVOLVE ABOUT 10 MONTHS’ OVERSEAS TRAINING.

FOUR AMENITIES ASSISTANTS WILL BE SENT TO BRITAIN TO

TAKE PART IN OTHER COURSES AS FOLLOWS:

+ ONE TO THE NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN HORTICULTURE (NURSERY PRACTICE) COURSE n I TH POST-COURSE STUDIES IN COMMERCIAL NURSERIES.

+ TWO TO THE NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IN HORTICULTURE (LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION) COURSE WITH POST-COURSE STUDIES IN LANDSCAPE GARDENS.

+ ONE ON A 12-MONTH TRAINING ATTACHMENT TO VARIOUS ZOOS.

ATTENDANCE AT AGREED AT THE LAST ADMINISTRATION AND

THESE OVERSEAS TRAINING COURSES WAS MEETINGS OF THE RECREATION, FINANCE SELECT COMMITTEES OF THE COUNCIL.

DEPARTMENT TO RUN NEW-TYPE HOUSING X X X X

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL RUN A NEW TYPE OF HOUSING WITH WARDEN SERVICE FOR ABLE-BODIED ELDERLY PEOPLE IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

THIS WAS DECIDED TODAY AT A MEETING OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

MEMBERS OF THE AUTHORITY AGREED THAT THE AUTHORITY COULD ASSUME MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE HOUSING OF ABLE-BODIED ELDERLY PFRSONS THUS ENABLING THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO DEVOTE THEIR VALUABLE EXPERTISE AND RESOURCES TO THE CARE OF THOSE ELDERLY PERSONS WHO REQUIRE MORE INTENSIVE CARE AND ATTENTION SERVICE.

/+IN FUTURE, ........

THURSDAY, JULY 198?

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+IN FUTURE, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WOULD TAKE OVER THE RUNNING OF THE HOSTEL TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION NOW NORMALLY PROVIDED ON HOUSING ESTATES, + A HOUSING SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID A NEW TYPE OF SHELTERED HOUSING WOULD BE BUILT TO MEET THE SHORTFALL OF HOUSING FOR ELDERLY.

+ IN THIS WAY A VARIETY OF TYPES OF HOUSING, RANGING FROM SINGLE AND SHARED UNITS TO SHELTERED HOUSING AND HOSTELS, WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR LETTING TO ELDERLY PERSONS ACCORDING TO THEIR CHOI CE.

*THE SCALE OF PROVISION WOULD BE ONE GROUP OF SHELTERED HOUSING IN A NEW ESTATE WITH MORE THAN 3 OOO FLATS.

+EACH GROUP WOULD HAVE A CAPACITY FOR ABOUT 150 ELDERLY PERSONS, WITH A COMMUNAL RECREATION ROOM.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS ELDERLY PERSONS LIVING IN SHELTERED HOUSING WOULD GENERALLY BE CAPABLt OF LOOKING AFTER THEMSELVES, ONLY MINIMUN MANAGEMENT CARE WOULD BE PROVIDED, SUCH AS A PANIC ALARM SYSTEM CONNECTED TO A WARDEN.

HE SAID THE ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR SHELTERED HOUSING WOULD BE THE SAME AS FOR ELDERLY PERSONS APPLYING FOR PUBLI C HOUSING.

+CONSIDERATION WILL ALSO BE GIVEN TO CREATE SUCH SHELTERED HOUSING ON EXISTING ESTATES IF SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROVISION OF SHELTERED HOUSING WOULD BE IN ADDITION TO THE 1 000 SHARED FLATS AND 300 SINGLE-PERSON HOUSING UNITS NOW ALREADY MADE AVAILABLE FOR HOUSING THE ELDERLY EACH YEAR.

+THE SCALE OF THESE PROVISIONS WILL BE REVISED IN THE LIGHT OF THE OVERALL REVIEW ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.*

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT IT WAS NOT THE INTENTION THAT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WOULD TAKE OVER THE HOSTELS AND HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY AT PRESENT RUN BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN EXISTING ESTATES.

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+THESE HOSTELS AND HOMES WILL CONTINUE TO BE OPERATED BY THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH ARE PROVIDING VERY GOOD SERVICE TO OUR SENIOR CITI ZENS.* ••

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ROO^TO0 STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING THE CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON THE ROOF OF 58A TO D, YnN CHO*/ STREET, KOwLOON, TO ENABLE THE DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURES WITHOUT DANGER TO PEOPLE.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF THE EXERCISE TO ENFORCE THE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE ON SEPTEMBER 22, 1984 REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THESE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS FROM THE KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.3'3 AM ON AUGUST 5 WAS POSTED ON THz STRUCTURES TODAY (THURSDAYS.

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

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PROVISIONAL COUNCIL MEM BERS- VI SI T BOARD * X X

THE PROVISION OF A SPORTS GROUND FOR TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS ON LANTAU ISLAND WAS AMONG THE TOPICS DISCUSSED AT AN INFORMAL MEETING THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD.

THE MEETING WAS HELD DURING A VISIT BY THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, WHO ARE CURRENTLY CALLING ON DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NON-URBAN AREA FOR DISCUSSIONS OF MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

THE MEETING WAS CO-CHAIRED BY MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL AND MR LAM WAI-KEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE ISLANDS DI STRI CT BOARD.

ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD WAS THE THIRD BOARD VISITED BY THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, WHO WILL BE CALLING ON THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW.

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CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR ROADS, DRAINAGE WORKS

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THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $20 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEVEN DUAL SINGLE-LANE CARRIAGEWAYS ON RECLAIMED LAND NEAR PILLAR POINT, TUEN MUN.

THESE NEW ROADS ARE TO PROVIDE LOCAL ACCESS TO SITES PLANNED FOR BOATYARDS, MARINE WORKSHOPS, A PUBLIC WATERFRONT AND A LOG STORAGE AREA FOR SAWMILL OPERATORS.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE 18-MONTH CONTRACT ARE THE PROVISION OF A 260-METRE LONG. FOUR-CELL REINFORCED CONCRETE CULVERT, A CAR PARK IN KIN ON STREET AND PROTECTION WORKS TO SLOPES ACROSS LUNG MUN ROAD.

MEANWHILE, A $15 MILLION CONTRACT HAS ALSO BEEN AWARDED TO IMPROVE STORMWATER DRAINAGE IN THE LOW-LYING AREAS OF YUEN LONG.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 900 METRES OF BOX CULVERTS, 400 METRES OF PIPES AND 2 200 METRES OF CHANNELS AT YAU TIN AND LAM HAU.

WORK HAS STARTED AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN 17 MONTHS.

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PRIZES FOR BOOKMARK DESIGN WINNERS

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WINNERS OF THE BOOKMARK DESIGN COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT PUBLIC LIBRARIES WILL RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS ON SATURDAY (JULY 6).

THE COMPETITION, DIVIDED INTO THREE AGE GROUPS, ATTRACTED 4 000 ENTRIES.

THE WINNERS AREs

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OPEN GROUP (AGE 18 AND OVER): MS TANG YIN-YEE, WINNER? MR TAM KAM-HUNG, 1ST RUNNER-UP; AND MR CHAN KIN-HING, 2ND RUNNER-UP.

STUDENT GROUP (AGE 14 - 17): MISS LAU K IU—YIN, WINNER?

MISS LAM LAI-KAI, 1ST RUNNER-UP? AND MISS LO PUI-MAY, 2ND RUNNER-UP.

CHILDREN’S GROUP (AGE 13 AND UNDER): MISS MA PUI-LIN, WINNER? PR CHENG KAR-CHEONG, 1ST RUNNER-UP ? AND MR TSUI WING-CHIU, 2ND RUNNER-UP.

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THE 15 PUBLIC LIBRARIES MANAGED BY THE RSD HAVE A TOTAL REGISTERED MEMBERSHIP OF ABOUT 280 000. THE COMPETITION IS PART CF THE RSD’S ON-GOING LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES TO ATTRACT MC . READERS.

LAST YEAR, 3.5 MILLION BOOKS WERE ISSUED FROM THE RSD LIBRARIES FOR HOME USE, AND 5.8 MILLION WERE READ IN THE LIBRARIES.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE CHIEF LIBRARIAN OF THE RSD, NR ALEX NG, AT A CEREMONY AT SOUTH KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY AT 11 AM ON SATURDAY.

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YUEN LONG TREAT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE * * * X

A +MIDSUMMER NIGHT CONCERT+ WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) EVENING TO LAUNCH THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE POP AND FOLK CONCERT, STAGED AT THE LUT SAU HALL, WILL PROVIDE FREE ENTERTAINMENT FOR ABOUT 900 PEOPLE.

MORE THAN HALF OF THE DISTRICT’S 118 ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE.

THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR THE ACTIVITIES IS ABOUT $300 000, CF WHICH ONE THIRD IS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FUND, AND THE REST CONTRIBUTED BY ABOUT 29 PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS.

THE TWO-MONTH-LONG YUEN LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HAS A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES SUCH AS STUDY CAMPS, PICNICS, VISITS, EXHIBITIONS, CONCERTS, MOVIES, SPORTS AND FUN-FAIRS.

FOLLOWING TOMORROW’S OPENING CEREMONY, VARIOUS ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD IN YUEN LONG TOWN AS WELL AS IN THE RURAL AREAS. IT IS EXPECTED THAT MORE THAN 30 000 YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME.

+THE PROGRAMME IS A COMMUNITY BUILDING EXERCISE AIMED AT PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID.

/+THE ACTIVITIES

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 1985

+THE ACTIVITIES ARE DESIGNED TO ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND INTERESTS, TO UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE INTERHUMAN RELATIONSHIP, TO GET TO KNOW THE COMMUNITY, AND TO ENHANCE THEIR SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY,* HE ADDED.

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JAMES WILSON, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR TAI KUEN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT LUT SAU HALL, TAI YUK ROAD, YUEN LONG.

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NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT FOR TSI NG Yl * * * *

A NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT SERVING RESIDENTS OF TSING Yl ISLAND WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED TOMORROW (FRIDAY) BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF NEW TERRITORIES, MR CHEUNG SHU-SHING.

THE NEW DEPOT, WITH EIGHT AMBULANCES AND 76 AMBULANCE PERSONNEL, IS THE 13TH AMBULANCE DEPOT LOCATED STRATEGICALLY THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 5. 1985

CONTENTS PAGE :i0.

JOINT EFFORT URGED AGAINST JENKINS BILL.................. 1

LIMITS SEP FOR LEGCO ELECTION EXPENSES .................. 2

STOPOVER BY SHULTZ ...................................... 2

BETTER COMPENSATION FOR BUS ACCIDENT VICTIMS SOUGHT...... 3

FACTORY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM PROPOSED..................... 4

PROPOSALS FOR SAFE WIRING READY SOON .................... 5

RE-OCCUPATION RIGHTS PROPOSED ........................... 6

PROVISIONAL RC MEMBERS VISIT YUST LONG DISTRICT BOARD.... 7

STUDENTS REMINDED TO APPLY FOR LOANS, GRANTS............. 7

SCOUTS HAVE GOOD INFLUENCE ON YOUTHS .................... 9

TH A TN TNG SCHOLARSHIPS IN SPEECH SCIENCES OFFERED .....

AMBULANCE CALLERS SHOULD GIVE MORE DETAILS .............. 11

DB MEMBERS LEARN ABOUT HALFJAY HOUSE..................... 12

CHOI PO COURT FULLY COMPLETED FOR OCCUPATION ............ 12

castle peak bay reclamation proposed .................... 13

modification to pui to road PLANNED...................... 13

NEW HOLIDAY BUS ROUTES FOR LANTAU ....................... 14

CARNIVAL FUN FOR WAN CHAI YOUTHS ........................ 14

TIPS FOR AN ENJOYABLE DIP IN SWIllUNG POOLS ............. 15

FRIDAY, JULY 5, 1985

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JOINT EFFORT URGED AGAINST JENKINS BILL * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL TELL THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION OF THE UNREASONABLE ASPECTS OF THE JENKINS BILL BEFORE THE BILL IS PUT FORWARD FOR DEBATE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, E.P. HO, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ON HONG KONG’S TRADE AND INDUSTRY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, M? HO SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD ALREADY POINTED OUT TO THE COUNCIL CF THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) AND ITS TEXTILES COMMITTEE THAT THE BILL VIOLATED GATT PROVISIONS.

HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE CONCERTED EFFORTS WITH OTHER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO CREATE STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE BILL, HE ADDED.

THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL HAD RECENTLY APPOINTED A LOBBYIST IN THE U.S. TO LOBBY CONGRESSMEN IN A BID TO SAFEGUARD AND PROMOTE TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND THE TERRITORY.

+WE WILL LIAISE CLOSELY WITH THE LOBBYIST SO THAT HE CAN CONVINCE CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS TO OPPOSE THE BILL,+ HE SAID.

MR HO SAID HE HOPED THAT THE LOCAL TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS WOULD RECOGNISE THE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES OF THE BILL AND WOULD ENDEAVOUR TO INFLUENCE THE DECISION OF THE U.S. CONGRESS THROUGH EVERY MEANS.

HE CALLED ON LOCAL EXPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS TO EXPLAIN TO THEIR U.S. TRADING PARTNERS THE DAMAGE THE JENKINS BILL WOULD CAUSE TO THE TRADE OF THE U.S. AND HONG KONG.

HE CRITICISED THE U.S. TEXTILE INDUSTRY FOR BEING UNREASONABLE IN BACKING THE BILL.

MR HO SAID IT WAS A VIOLATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND HE HOPED THAT AS A RESULT OF THE JOINT EFFORTS, THE U.S. CONGRESS WOULD MAKE A WISE DECISION TO RULE OUT THE BILL.

MR HO HOPED THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS SHOULD WORK CLOSELY TO RESIST EXTERNAL PRESSURE SO AS TO ACHIEVE GREATER SUCCESS INTHE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRIAL DIVERSIFICATION AND THE PROMOTION OF OVERSEAS MARKETS.

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THE CE IL INGS ELECTION

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LIMITS SET FOR LEGCO ELECTION EXPENSES * * K K

GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) GAZETTED AN ORDER GETTING FOR EXPENSES THAT MAY BE INCURRED BY .ANDIDATES SEEKING TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTION EXPENSES ORDER 1985 SETS AN ELECTION EXPENSE LIMIT OF $10 000 FOR A CANDIDATE NOMINATED IN AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONSTITUENCY.

IN THE CASE O'" A CANCIDATE NOMINATED IN A FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY, THE LIMIT IS $30 000.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE LIMIT *HICH APPLIED TO A FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY WAS $10 000 HIGHER THAN THE CEILING FOR DISTRICT BOARD CONSTITUENCIES.

HE EXPLAINED: +THIS IS IN RECOGNITION OF THE -ACT THAT THE FUNCTIONAL CONST ITUENCIES COVER A VERY MUCH LARGER GEOGRAPHICAL AREA, WITH SOME CASES A WIDELY DISPERSED ELECTORATE.

♦CONSEQUENTLY, THEY GAN BE EXPECTED TO CALL FOR EXTENSIVE TRAVELLING BY CANDIDATES "0 ADDRESS SMALL SCAf.ERED POCKETS OF CONSTITUENTS.*

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE CEILING OF $10 000 IN THE CASE OF THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONSTITUENCIES HAD BEEN SEi FOR PRECISELY THE OPPOSITE REASONS.

+THE ELECTORATE IN THESE CONSTITUENCIES,* EXPLAINED THE SPOKESMAN, +IS VERY LIMITED IN NUMBERS AND IS ALSO HIGHLY CONCENTRATED.*

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STOPOVER BY SHULTZ * K * *

THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, MR GEORGE SHULTZ, WILL STOP OVER IN HONG KONG BETWEEN JULY 6 AND 8.

MR SHULTZ IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG BY A SPECIAL FLIGHT ABOUT 4.30 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 6). HE WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON MONDAY (JULY 8) MORNING.

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BETTER

COMPENSATION FOR BUS ACCIDENT VICTIMS SOUGHT

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THE FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES FOR THE COMPENSATION OF IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT ALWAYS CARRY ADEQUATE INSURANCE COVER VICTIMS IN BUS ACCIDENTS IS PUBLISHED

UNDER

ORDINANCE, CAN OPT TO INSTEAD OF

THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) AN OWNER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE OR A FLEET OF VEHICLES MAKE A DEPOSIT WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES OBTAINING A MOTOR INSURANCE POLICY AGAINST THIRD PARTY

RISKS.

AT PRESENT, ONLY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY LIMITED AND THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY LIMITED HAVE TAKEN UP THIS OPTION BY LODGING A DEPOSIT OF $400 030.

♦THIS DEPOSIT LIMIT, SET IN 1968, WILL BE RAISED UNDER THE BILL TO $2 MILLION TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT INFLATION OVER THE YEARS,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE TWO BUS COMPANIES HAVE OTHER FINANCIAL PROVISION TO MEET CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION BY VICTIMS OF BUS ACCIDENTS, INCLUDING AN ACCIDENT RESERVE FUND AND AN EXCESS OF LOSS INSURANCE POLICY.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO EMPOWER THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TO DISALLOW SPECIFIED PERSONS TO MAKE A DEPOSIT INSTEAD OF OBTAINING A MOTOR INSURANCE POLICY. THIS PROVIS ION IS WR ITTEN '({TO THE BILL TO PROVIDE THE GOVERNMENT WITH AN EFFECTIVE MEANS TO MONITOR THE INSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS OF THE BUS COMPANIES.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE BILL BORE NO REFLECTION ON THE SAFETY STANDARDS OF THE TWO COMPANIES, BUT WAS INTRODUCED TO ENSURE THAT IN ALL EVENTUALITY, THE INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC WOULD BE SAFEGUARDED.

IF THE BILL IS ACCEPTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS WILL BE MADE TO THE MOTOR VEH ICLEo INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) REGULATIONS. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE NEW LEGISLATION WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON DECEMBER 1 THIo YEAR.

THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 WILL RECEIVE ITS FIRST READING ON JULY 10. PUBLIC COMMENTS MAY BE SENT TO UMELCO AT 12TH FLOOR, SWIRE HOUSE, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT AT ST JOHN’S BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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FACTORY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM PROPOSED

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THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, WHICH SEEKS TO REPLACE THE EXISTING REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE BY A SYSTEM OF NOTIFICATION, IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

UNDER THE PRESENT REGISTRATION SYSTEM, INTRODUCED IN 1955 AND MODIFIED IN 1963, CERTAIN WORKPLACES ARE REQUIRED TO BE REGISTERED WITH THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

THIS REQUIREMENT IS TO ENSURE THAT THE WORKPLACE IS INSPECTED AND THAT ADEQUATE HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS ARE MAINTAINED.

HOWEVER, WITH THE ENACTMENT OF 21 SETS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM IS NO LONGER NECESSARY AS A MEANS OF ENSURING THE MAINTENANCE OF HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS IN WORKPLACES.

THE BILL PROPOSES A SET OF NEW NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES WHICH IS SIMPLER AND MORE EASILY UNDERSTOOD BY PROPRIETORS OF WORKPLACE, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID THE SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURES WOULD ALSO PROVE MORE EFFICIENT IN THE USE OF MANPOWER, AS THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WOULD BE ABLE TO DEPLOY MORE RESOURCES ON PRIORITY TASKS.SUCH AS ENFORCEMENT OF SAFETY REGULATIONS.

THE BILL PROVIDES THAT THE PROPRIETORS OF CERTAIN WORKPLACES SHOULD NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR OF AN INTENTION TO COMMENCE AN INDUSTRIAL PROCESS OR CARRY ON AN INDUSTRIAL OPERATION ON THE PREMISES.

ANY CHANGE IN THE LOCATION OR NAME OF THE WORKPLACE, IN THE NATURE OF THE INDUSTRIAL PROCESS OR OPERATION OR IN THE IDENTITY CF THE PERSON HAVING MANAGEMENT OR CONTROL OF THE WORKPLACE IS ALSO TO BE NOTIFIED.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR IS EMPOWERED TO PROHIBIT THE OPERATION OF ANY NOTIFIABLE WORKPLACE IF HE CONSIDERS THAT IT IS NOT SUITABLE IN RESPECT OF THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE OF PERSONS EMPLOYED OR, IN CERTAIN CASES, OF PERSONS GENERALLY.

THE COMMISSIONER MAY CANCEL A PROHIBITION NOTICE, BUT IN DOING SO MAY GIVE DIRECTIONS AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE WORKPLACE.

PROVISION IS MADE FOR A PROPRIETOR TO APPLY TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR FOR THE LIFTING OF A PROHIBITION NOTICE AND TO APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AGAINST SUCH A NOTICE.

/THB BILL .......

FRIDAY, JULY 5, 1985

tup nut MiKFS IT AN OFFENCE TO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENT TO GIVE THE PRESCRIBED PARTICULARS OF A NOTIFIABLE WORKPLACE OR OF A RELEVANT CHANGE IN THE PARTICULARS OR TO OPERAT A NOTIFIABLE WORKPLACE IN BREACH OF A PROHIBITION NOTICE.

WORKPLACES WHICH WERE REGISTERED UNDER THE REPEALED

PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE ARE NOT REQUIRED TO GIVE NOTIFICATION. mhtifari F WORKPLACES WHICH WERE NOT REGISTERED WITH THE COMMISSIONER FOR "bOUR* BUT WHOSE EXISTENCE WAS KNOWN TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, WILL BE EXEMPTED FROM THE REQUIREMENT OF NOTIFICATION.

THF RIIL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EOR FIRST READING AND COMMENCEMENT OF SECOND READING ON JULY 10, 1985.

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PROPOSALS FOR SAFE WIRING READY SOON * * X * * X

THE GOVERNMENT HAD PRACTICALLY FINALISED ITS INITIAL PROPOSALS ON THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR WIRING INSTALLATIONS IN BUILDINGS AND PREMISES, THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT A DINNER FOR THE INAUGURATION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION, MR OSBORNE SAID HE HOPED THAT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, ALL THE DETAILS IN THE DRAFT CODE OF PRACTICE WOULD BE AGREED BY ALL THE PARTIES CONCERNED.

+IN FACT I SEE NO REASON WHY THE INDUSTRY SHOULD NOT FOLLOW THE CODE EVEN WELL BEFORE THE ENACTMENT OF THE BILL,* HE SAID.

HE ASSERTED THAT THE CODE, IN PRACTICE, WOULD BE AS GOOD AS THE LAW ITSELF, AND ACHIEVE THE SAME RESULT IF NOT EVEN BETTER.

THE EMSD DIRECTOR SAID HE FELT THAT ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE ELECTRICAL TRADE HAD A PART TO PLAY, AND SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS AN ENHANCEMENT ON THE SAFE USE OF ELECTRICITY.

+IT IS A RESPONSIBILITY, NOT ONLY JUST TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BUT TO OURSELVES AS WELL,* MR OSBORNE SAID.

+IT IS, THEREFORE, A L^GAL RESPONSIBILITY AS WELL AS MORAL RESPONSIBILITY.

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+LEGALLY, ALL I NEED IS TO REASSURE YOU PROVISIONS WILL BE ■••'ADE TO ENSURE THAT RESPONSIBILITIES WILL BE PLACED RIGHTLY AND RELY ONTO THOSE WHO ASSUME SUCH RESPONSIBILITIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWj BUT MORALLY, I SHALL HAVE TO RELY ON YOUR INDIVIDUAL PROFESSIONALISM,* HE SAID.

MR OSBORNE ADDED THAT HE LOOKED FORWARD TO MORE FREQUENT .•OPERATION AND EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATION, THE POWER COMPANIES AND THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL CONCERNED.

RE-OCCUPATION RIGHTS PROPOSED * * * *

k BILL SEEKING TO REINFORCE THE PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS ■ ^-OCCUPATION BY TENANTS TEMPORARILY DISPLACED BY A CLOSURE ORDER HAS BEEN GAZETTED TODAY.

KNOWN AS THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, IT WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS ON WEDNESDAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE SAID THE CURRENT LEGISLATION DID NOT PROVIDE ANY PENALTY IF THE OWNER I LED TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS AND THE BILL NOW PROPOSES ‘ ’EMALTY OF $10 000 AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT.

THE REQUIREMENTS, ALREADY PROVIDED IN THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE., ARE:

*

*

THE OWNER OF A PROPERTY, AFTER RECEIVING A COPY OF A NOTICE OF THE LIFTING OF A CLOSURE ORDER, MUST SEND COPIES OF THE NOTICE TO ALL THE FORMER OCCUPIER* WHO HAVE TEMPORARILY VACATED THE PREMISES BECAUSE OF THE CLOSURE ORDER, AND

THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY MUST ALSO PROVIDE THE BUILDING AUTHORITY A CERTIFICATE SETTING OUT THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE FORMER OCCUPIERS WHO HAVE NOTIFIED HIM-HER OF THEIR ADDRESSES, AND THE DATE UPON WHICH EACH OF THE PREVIOUS OCCUPIERS WAS SERVED WITH A COPY OF THE NOTICE OF THE LIFTING OF A CLOSURE ORDER.

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PROVISIONAL RC MEMBERS VISIT YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD

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MEMBERS OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) CALLED FOR THE PROVISION OF A CULTURAL COMPLEX AND A TOWN PARK IN THE NEw TOWN TO COPE WITH THE NEEDS.

THE CALL WAS MADE TO THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL DURING A VISIT TO THE BOARD THIS AFTERNOON BY ITS CHAIRMAN, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, AND MEMBERS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR TAI KUEN, SAID THAT THE DISTRICT’S CIVIC CENTRE, THE LUT SAU HALL, WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO COPE THE DISTRICT’S NEEDS AS THE POPULATION OF THE NEW TOWN IS TO SOAR TO 330 000 IN THE NINETIES.

DURING THE VISIT, THE BOARD WAS INFORMED THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD SET UP THREE SELECT COMMITTEES TO DEAL WITH POLICY ISSUES OF THE COUNCIL.

THE wAYS AND MEANS SELECT COMMITTEE, WHICH DEALS WI TH MATTERS RELATING TO FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION AND CAPITAL WORKS, WILL HOLD Iio FIRST MEETING LATER THIS MONTH. THE OTHER TWO SELECT COMM TTEES— THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE AND THE RECREATION AND CULTURE SELECT COMMITTEE WILL MEET IN SEPTEMBER.

THE BOARD WAS DELIGHTED TO LEARN THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD ALSO SET UP A DISTRICT COMMITTEE IN EACH OF THE NINE NON-URBAN AREA TO DEAL WITH THE MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS ON DISTRICT LEVEL.

DISTR ICTS

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STUDENTS REMINDED TO APPLY FOR LOANS, GRANTS * * *

THE STUDENTS PRODUCTS EARLY.

AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (FR I DAY) REM INDcv ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE AGRI CULTURAL AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS TO MAKE THEIR APPLICATIONS

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APPLICATIONS FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION SUBSIDIES N THE FORM OF SCHOLARSHIPS GRANTS AND INTEREST-FREE LOANS •ILL CLOSE ON JULY 19 AND LATE APPLICATION

WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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APPLICATION FORMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, AND FROM VARIOUS DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES LIAISON OFFICES.

THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS All- TO HELP PEOPLE WHO WISH TO SERVE THE LOCAL AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES INDUSTRIES OR THEIR RELATED TRADES ON COMPLETION OF THEIR STUDIES, AND THOSE EMPLOYED IN THE INDUSTRIES, AS WELL AS DEPENDANTS OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES WHO WISH TO PURSUE FURTHER EDUCATION OR TRAINING.

THE AWARDS WILL BE TENABLE AT ANY UNIVERSITY IN HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, CITY POLYTECHNIC, ANY TECHNICAL INSTITUT;, OR ANY ACCEPTABLE OVERSEAS INSTITUTION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SCHOLARSHIPS MAY BE AWARDED TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED A STANDARD OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.

+GRANTS TO COVER TUITION FEES AND PURCHASE OF BOOKS, AND INTEREST-FREE LOANS TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS LIVING EXPENSES MAY BE AWARDED TO DESERVING CANDIDATES ON A FINANCIAL NEED BASIS,* HE SAID.

STUDENTS APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS MAY ALSO APPLY FOR GRANTS AND-OR INTEREST-FREE LOANS, HE ADDED.

CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION SUBSIDIES SHOULD BE HONG KONG RESIDENTS, PREFERABLY AGED UNDER 30, THEY SHOULD STUDY COURSES ON AGRICULTURE, VETERINARY SCIENCE, FISHERY SCIENCE, MARINE BIOLOGY OR ANY APPLIED SCIENCE RELEVANT TO THE LOCAL AGRICULTURAL OR FISHERIES INDUSTRIES OR THEIR RELATED TRADES.

MEANWHILE, APPLICANTS ARE ALSO OPEN TO STUDENTS IN FORM 4 TO 7 WHO ARE CHILDREN OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS TO COMPLETE THEIR SCHOOLING AS A PREREQUISITE FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION.

+APPLICATIONS FOR SUCH ASSISTANCE WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 16,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT APPLICATION PROCEDURES CAN BE MADE TO THE SECRETARY OF THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT 3-688111 EXT. 510.

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SCOUTS HAVE GOOD INFLUENCE ON YOUTHS * * * * *

SCOUTING ACTIVITIES HAVE A LONG-LASTING INFLUENCE ON GOOD MORAL ATTITUDES OF YOUNG PEOPLE, WHICH HELP STRENGTHEN FAM ILY TIES AND CREATE A STABLE SOCIAL ATMOSPHERE, THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR ALBERT LAM, SAID TONIGHT.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE NINTH INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF OFFICE BEARERS OF THE REGIONAL SCOUTS COUNCIL, EAST KOWLOON REGION, SCOUTo ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

SCOUTING IN HONG KONG STARTED ABOUT 70 YEARS AGO, AND TODAY THERE ARE MORE THAN 100 000 YOUNGSTERS PARTICIPATING IN VARIOUS KINDS OF DISCIPLINARY AND CHALLENGING ACTIVITIES AND TRAININGS, MR LAM SA ID.

THE REGIONAL SCOUTS COUNCIL OF EAST KOWLOON HAS BEEN PROVIDING A SERIES OF TRAINING FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN KWUN TONG, WONG TAI SIN AND SAI KUNG.

+IN ADDITION, THE COUNCIL TRIES TO COMPLY WITH THE MAIN THEME OF THE 80’S TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES,+ MR LAM SAID.

+AT PRESENT, THERE ARE ABOUT 140 SCOUT GROUPS WITH 6 800 MEMBERo IN THE EAST KOWLOON REGION,+ HE ADDED.

♦ AND THE SCOUT RECRUITING EXERCISE WILL BE EXTENDED TO TEMPORARY HOUSING AND SQUATTER AREAS,+ HE SAID.

IN ORDER TO EXPAND ITS SERVICE NETWORK, THE REGIONAL SCOUTS COUNCIL OF EAST KOWLOON IS PLANNING TO RENOVATE THE REGIONAL HEAD OFFICE AND TO DEVELOP A REGIONAL CENTRE SO THAT RESOURCES COULD BE USED EFFICIENTLY.

AN ACTIVITY CENTRE AT PAK SHA WAN IS ALSO BEING PLANNED TO PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A VENUE OF WATER SPORTS.

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TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS IN SPEECH SCIENCES OFFERED *****

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS TO READ A FOUR-YEAR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE COURSE IN SPEECH SCIENCES IN AUSTRALIA STARTING FEBRUARY OR MARCH 1986.

THERE WILL BE FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS AIMED AT ENABLING SCHOLARS TO OBTAIN A QUALIFICATION THAT WILL MAKE THEM ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION FOR APPOINTMENT AS SPEECH THERAPIST IN AIDED SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

THE PRESENT SALARY SCALE OF A SPEECH THERAPIST IN AN AIDED SPECIAL SCHOOL IS FROM $6 165 TO $13 565 PER MONTH.

THE DUTIES OF A SPEECH THERAPIST INCLUDE ASSESSMENT DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT TO SPEECH-1 MPA I RED CHILDREN WITH THE PROBLEMS OF DISORDERS OF VOICING, LANGUAGE, ARTICULATION, RHYTHM OR TONE.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE BORN IN HONG KONG OR HAVE RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR NOT LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AND PREFERABLY BE NOT MORE THAN 33 YEARS OF AGE BY THE TIME THEY COMPLETE THE COURSE.

THEY SHOULD BE FLUENT IN SPOKEN AND WRITTEN ENGLISH, BE ABLE TO SPEAK CANTONESE FLUENTLY AND BE PROFICIENT IN THE CHINESE LANGUAGE. KNOWLEDGE OF OTHER CHINESE DIALECTS WILL BE AN ADVANTAGE.

ACADEMICALLY, APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE ATTAINED THREE GCE A-LEVEL SUBJECTS WITH GRADE B, ONE OF WHICH MUST BE BIOLOGY OR PHYSICS WHILE THE OTHER TWO SHOULD PREFERABLY BE CHEMISTRY AND MATHEMATICS. CANDIDATES WITH SLIGHTLY LOWER GRADES MAY ALSO BE CONSIDERED.

IN ADDITION, CANDIDATES SHOULD POSSESS PASSES IN TWO GCE O-LEVEL SUBJECTS, INCLUDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

THE SCHOLARSHIP WILL INCLUDE PAYMENT OF TUITION AND EXAMINATION FEES, BOOK ALLOWANCE, A MONTHLY SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCE FOR BOARD AND LODGING, AND RETURN AIR PASSAGE.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A WRITTEN UNDERTAKING TO RETURN TO HONG KONG ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE AND TO SERVE IN AN AIDED SPECIAL SCHOOL FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN FIVE YEARS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE TRAINING CENTRE, 17TH FLOOR, WING ON CENTRE, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CIVIL SERVICE TRAINING CENTRE BEFORE JULY 27.

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AMBULANCE CALLERS SHOULD GIVE MORE DETAILS * * * *

PEOPLE SHOULD GIVE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE WHEN CALLING FOR AN AMBULANCE, A CHIEF FIRE OFFICER SAID.

WHILE THE AMBULANCE FLEET WAS ALWAYS READY TO ASSIST THOSE IN NEED OF THE SERVICE, AS MUCH DETAILED INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE SHOULD BE GIVEN, SAID MR CHEUNG SHU-SHING, CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, NEW TERRITORIES COMMAND.

SPEAKING AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE TSI NG Yl AMBULANCE DEPOT — THE 13TH AMBULANCE DEPOTS SO FAR -- MR CHEUNG SAID THERE WAS A NEED FOR A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE INJURY OR ILLNESS, CLEAR AND CORRECT LOCATION AND ADDRESS OF THE PERSON WHO REQUIRED EMERGENCY TREATMENT, TO BE GIVEN IN MAKING THE CALL.

THE QUICKEST MEANS OF COMMUNICATION WAS BY CALLING +999+, WHICH WOULD ENABLE A PROMPT RESPONSE TO THE REQUEST AND WITH THE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT, MR CHEUNG ADDED,.

REFERRING TO TSI NG Yl ISLAND, MR CHEUNG SAID THE DEPOT WAS PUT INTO OPERATION LATE LAST YEAR, THE AMBULANCE DEPOT HAD RESPONDED TO MORE THAN 9 OOO CALLS AND CARRIED OVER 15 000 PATIENTS.

+1 AM SURE ALL OF YOU WOULD AGREE WITH ME THAT THE AMBULANCE WORK IS VERY ARDUOUS AND DEMANDING BUT MEANINGFUL AND REWARDING. OUR AMBULANCE PERSONNEL HAVE GAINED THE TRUST AND RESPECT OF THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

HE NOTED THE STANDARD OF THE LOCAL AMBULANCE PERSONNEL WAS EQUAL TO THAT OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE NEW DEPOT HAS A FLEET OF EIGHT AMBULANCE, AND 76 AMBULANCE PERSONNEL AND WAS BUILT AT A COST OF $5.25 MILLION.

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DB MEMBERS LEARN ABOUT HALFWAY HOUSE * * * * *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TODAY£(FRIDAY)£VISITED#THEc

ABOUT THE OPERATION AND

TUEN MUN HOSTEL, A HALFWAY HOUSE RUN

REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION, TO LEARN daticmtc

LIVING CONDITIONS OF AN INSTITUTION FOR FORMER MENTAL PATIENTS.

THEY WERE BRIEFED BY STAFF OF THE HOSTEL ON THE OBJECTIVES AND FACILITIES OF THE INSTITUTION. THE HOSTEL IS SITUATED IN A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND CAN ACCOMMODATE 35 MALE FORMER MENTAL PATIENTS.

THE HALFWAY HOUSE RESIDENTS ARE TAUGHT ABOUT SO THAT THEY CAN COPE WITH THE PRESSURES OF DAILY

SELF-RELIANCE LIFE.

THE VISIT IS PART OF A FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMME PREPARED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE TO HELP DB MEMBERS OBTAIN A SETTER KNOWLEDGE OF THE OPERATION OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE SERVICES RENDERED BY VARIOUS LOCAL INSTITUTIONS.

SINCE APRIL, MEMBERS HAD VISTED SEVERAL SOCIAL WELFARE INSTITUTIONS, THE AP LEI CHAU POWER STATION, THE MA HANG AND STANLEY PRISONS AND A NUMBER OF PROJECT SITES.

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CHOI PO COURT FULLY COMPLETED FOR OCCUPATION

* * * *

All FLAT OWNERS OF HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME CHOI PO COURT WILL SOON BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO THEIR NEW HOMES FOLLOWING THE RECENT COMPLETION OF THE LAST DOMESTIC BLOCK ON THE ESTATE IN SHEUNG SHU I.

^COMPLETION CERTIFICATE HAS JUST BEEN ISSUED FOR THE 528 FLATS ON BLOCK D IN THE SECOND PHASE OF THE ESTATE WHICH PROVES A TOTAL OF 2 112 ONE-BEDROOM AND TWO-BEDROOM FLATS IN FOUR DOMESTIC BLOCKS,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY.

HE SAID LETTERS HAD BEEN SENT TO THE FLAT-BUYERS ASKING THEM TO COMPLETE THE LEGAL FORMALITIES AND FINALISE PAYMENTS WITHIN 14 DAYS.

+THEY WILL ALSO BE NOTIFIED WHEN TO COLLECT THE KEYS TO THEIR FLATS ONCE THEY HAVE PAID UP THE BALANCE OF THE PURCHASE PRICE,* HE ADDED.

BEING THE SECOND HOS ESTATE IN THE UPCOMING SHEUNG SHUI-PANLING NEW TOWN, CHOI PO COURT WAS PUT ON SALE UNDER PHASES VIA AND VIIA OF THE SCHEME AND HAD PROVED POPULAR AMONG hOME-B'JYERS.

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CASTLE PEAK BAY RECLAMATION PROPOSED * * *

GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A 525-METRE SEAWALL AND TO RECLAIM 6.2 HECTARES OF LAND IN CASTLE PEAK BAY, SOUTH OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LANDS DEPARTMENT SAID THE LAND. WHEN FORMED BEHIND THE PROPOSED SEAWALL, WOULD BE USED FOR PUBLIC CARGO HANDLING AND INDUSTRIAL GODOWN PURPOSES AND ASSOCIATED ROADS.

THE AREA AFFECTED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTIFICATION PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE NOTICE AND PLANS CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE* AT THE SURVEY DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG» AND AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, 201 CASTLE MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

PEAK ROAD, TUEN

OBJECTIONS BY SEPTEMBER 5.

IN WRITING SHOULD REACH THE DIRECTOR

OF LANDS

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MODIFICATION TO PUI TO ROAD PLANNED M * * *

THE NEW MODIFI CAT I ON PROGRAMME OF TUEN MUN.

TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CARRY OUT WORK TO PUI TO ROAD AS PART OF THE PHASE I WORKS THE PROPOSED LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) SYSTEM IN

THE WORK INCLUDES THE AND CENTRAL DIVIDER ON THE STREET AND TUEN MUN NULLAH OF A CARRIAGEWAY.

REMOVAL OF SECTIONS OF FOOTPATH, VERGE SECTION OF PUI TO ROAD BETWEEN KIN FAT SO AS TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION

RECONSTRUCTION OF KIN FAT STREET WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICES, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY. HONG KONG; THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

OBJECTIONS IN WRITING SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 3.

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NEW HOLIDAY BUS ROUTES FOR LANTAU

* * * *

TWO NEW BUS ROUTES WHICH WILL BE IN OPERATION ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS WILL BE INTRODUCED ON LANTAU ISLAND FROM THIS SUNDAY (JULY 7).

NLE ROUTE 1R WILL OPERATE EVERY 30 MINUTES BETWEEN MUI WO AND TAI 0 TO SUPPLEMENT THE SERVICES OF THE EXISTING ROUTE 1.

THE FIRST DEPARTURE FROM MUI WO WILL BE AT 8.30 AM AND THE

LAST DEPARTURE FROM TAI 0 WILL BE AT 7.55 PM.

A ONE-WAY SECTIONAL FARE SYSTEM WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR THE

NEW SERVICE, WHICH WILL BE ONE-MAN OPERATED. THE FULL FARE WILL BE $6.

THE SECOND ROUTE, NLB ROUTE 4R, WILL RUN ONE-WAY FROM CHEUNG SHA VILLAGE TO MUI WO ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FROM JULY 7 UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

IT WILL OPERATE FROM 12.45 PM TO 4.45 PM AT ONE-HOUR INTERVALS FOR A FARE OF $2. A SECTIONAL FARE OF 81.7 IS CHARGED FOR THE SECTION BETWEEN PUI 0 AND MUI WO.

THE SERVICE WILL ALSO BE ONE-MAN OPERATED.

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CARNIVAL FUN FOR WAN CHAI YOUTHS

* * * *

WAN CHAI YOUTHS WILL SHARE AN AFTERNOON OF FUN AT A CARNIVAL TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT THE LOCKHART ROAD PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE CARNIVAL, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ ASSOCIATION, WILL FEATURE A NUMBER OF GAMES STALLS AND QUIZZES SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR DISTRICT.

PARTICIPANTS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO BRING ALONG T-SHIRTS AS THEY CAN RECEIVE FREE IRON-ON BADGES OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME LOGO.

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, THE CHAIRMAN CF THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR TERENCE TENG, AND THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ ASSOCIATION, MRS JUSTINA LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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TIPS FOR AN ENJOYABLE DIP IN SWIMMING POOLS * * *

SWIMMING AT ANY OF THE 11 URBAN COUNCIL PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL COMPLEXES CAN BE VERY REFRESHING AND ENJOYABLE DURING THE CURRENT HOT SPELL. HOWEVER, EVEN IN A SWIMMING POOL WELL GUARDED BY HIGHLY-QUALIFIED AND PROFESSIONAL LIFEGUARDS, ACCIDENTS CAN HAPPEN IF CARE AND CAUTION ARE NOT EXERCISED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY URGED THE PUBLIC TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING BASIC RULES OF SAFETY WHILE ENJOYING THEMSELVES IN A SWIMMING POOL:

+ DON’T SWIM AFTER A HEAVY MEAL NOR WITH AN EMPTY STOMACH. ALLOW AT LEAST AN HOUR AFTER A MEAL BEFORE GOING INTO WATER.

+ DON’T TAKE ALCOHOL AND DON’T CHEW GUM WHILE

Swimming.

+ DON’T SWIM BELOW DIVING BOARDS BECAUSE SOMEONE MAY LAND ON YOUR HEAD.

+ DON’T USE A MASK OR FINS IN THE POOL SAVE THEM FOR THE BEACH.

+ DON’T RUN NEAR THE EDGE OF THE POOL FOR YOU MAY SLIP AND FALL.

+ IF YOU ARE A LEARNER, STAY IN SHALLOW WATER AND DON’T GO FARTHER THAN WAIST-DEEP. CHECK AREAS WHERE THE DEPTH OF THE POOL CHANGES SUDDENLY.

+ IF YOUR CHILDREN CANNOT SWIM, STAY WITH THEM AT ALL TIMES IN OR NEAR WATER.

+ DON’T RELY ENTIRELY ON SWIMMING AIDS AND WHENEVER YOU ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTY IN THE WATER. SHOUT FOR HELP AND KEEP CALM, AS PANIC IS YOUR WORST ENEMY.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 6, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HK REPRESENTATIVE IN U.S. ATTACKS JENKINS .................... 1

SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES, PAYROLL IN PROGRESS ......... 1

HOUSEHOLD SURVEY MAKING GOOD PROGRESS ........................ 2

PRAISE FOR CO-OPERaTTVE SOCIETIES............................. 3

RSD LIBRARIES GAIN RECORD READERSHIP ......................... 5

GOOD START TO WAN CHAI YOUTH PROGRAMME ....................... 6

YOUTH CENTRES HELP IN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT................... 7

SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHERN TO START ................. 7

MORE FACILITIES PLANNED FOR SAI KUNG ......................... 8

ROAD SAFETY COMPUTER COMPETITION CLOSING ..................... 9

VISITORS INSPECT UC REFUSE COLLECTION FACILITIES ............. 10

COURSE WORK, TEACHING RESOURCES FOR DISPLAY .................. 10

NEW PLAYGROUND IN YUEN LONG OPENS..... ....................... 11

SUBWAYS TO BE BUILT IN JORDAN ROAD AREA ...................... 11

FANLING TENNIS COURTS EXTEND OPENING HOURS ................... 11

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

YAU MA TEI TRAFFIC CHANGES ................................... 12

CASTLE PEAK ROAD DIVERSION ................................... 13

SATURDAY, JULY 6, 1935

1

HK REPRESENTATIVE IN U.S. ATTACKS JENKINS * * * *

HONG KONG COMMISSIONER FOR COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS IN NEW YORK, RE BILL DORWARD, TOC AY (SATURDAY) TOOK ISSUE WITH RECENT STATEMENTS BY CONGRESSMAN EDGAR JENKINS, CO-AUTHOR OF THE BILL SEEKING TO RESTRICT TEXTILE IMPORTS TO THE U.S. NOW BEFORE THE CONGRESS.

SPEAKING IN AN INTERVIEW IN NEW YORK, MR DORWARD DESCRIBED AS +POPPYCOCK+ THE CONTENTION OF CONGRESSMAN JENKINS THAT +FREE TRADE COULD ONLY WORK IN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE WAGE SCALES WERE EQUAL IN COMPETING TERRITORIES.*

+ON THAT BASIS,* VR DORWARD SAID, +ALL IMPORTS INTO THE U.S. WOULD BE BARRED.*

HE NOTED THAT WEST GERMANS ONLY EARN 75 PER CENT OF WHAT THEIR U.S. COUNTERPARTS DO, WHILE BRITISH WORKERS, AT 40 PER CENT, EARN LESS THAN THE JAPANESE AT 50 PER CENT.

+THIS IS SURELY THE SORT OF PHONEY JUSTIFICATION FOR TRADE BARRIERS THAT ANY FIRST YEAR STUDENT OF ECONOMICS COULD DESTROY WITH EASE,* MR DORWARD SAID.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT DESPITE THE STRENGTH OF THE AMERICAN DOLLAR, WHICH WAS THE MAIN CAUSE OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY PROBLEMS, TOTAL U.S. EXPORTS WERE EXPECTED TO REACH U.S.$230 BILLION THIS YEAR, ABOUT FIVE PER CENT ABOVE THE 1984 FIGURE.

ONE JOB IN SIX IN AMERICAN INDUSTRY DEPENDS ON EXPORTS AND ABOUT 49 PER CENT OF U.S. FARMLAND PRODUCES FOR EXPORT.

+T0 THREATEN THESE PROSPECTS BY ADDED PROTECTIONISM IS, AS MAO TSE-TUNG SAID, PICKING UP A STONE TO DROP ON YOUR FOOT,* MR DORWARD SAID.

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SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES, PAYROLL IN PROGRESS * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING THE JUNE 1985 ROUND OF THE SURVY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY, COVERING ABOUT 140 000 ESTABLISHMENTS.

THEY ARE RANDOMLY DRAWN FROM THOSE IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR (MINING”AND QUARRYING; MANUFACTURING; ELECTRICITY AND 'aAS) AND SERVICES SECTOR (TRANSPORT, STORAGE ^D COMMUNICATION;FINANC , INSURANCE REAL ESTATE AUD BbSINtSo SERVICES; COMMUNTY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES), AND COVER ALL THOSE IN THE DI STR I BUT IVE TRADES SECTOR (WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS).

/QUESTIONNAIRES .......

SATURDAY, 'DY 6, 1985

2

JESTIONNA I RES wERE MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS INCLUDED IN THE SURVEY AT THE END OF JUNE 1985. REMINDERS ARE NO« BEING SENT TO ESTABLISHMENTS NOT RESPONDING TO THE INITIAL 'AIL ENQUIRY.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OF 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5, 1982), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID, ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD.

INFORMATION IS BEING SOUGHT ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON JUNE 28, 1985 FOR EACH ESTABLISHMENT. SOME 10 030 ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM THE 140 000 ESTABLISHMENTS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF APRIL - JUNE 1985.

ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES SECTOR ARE ALSO ASKED TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE MAJOR KIND OF BUSINESS ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1985.

RESPONDENTS WHO FIND DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLETING THE FORMS, MAY CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE AT THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONE NUMBERS: 5-436551, 5-444331, 5-455661 AND 5-455668.

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HOUSEHOLD SURVEY MAKING GOOD PROGRESS * * * * *

THE 1984-85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY HAS DRAWN GOOD PUBLIC RESPONSE SINCE IT STARTED LAST OCTOBER.

SOME 3 733 HOUSEHOLD^ HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE SURVEY IN THE PAST NINE (MONTHS REPRESENTING A 67 °ER CENT RESPONSE RATE AS COMPARED WITH 55 PER CENT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN THE 1979-83 SURVEY.

THE YEAR-LONG SURVEY IS JOINTLY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND THE HANG SENG BANK LIMITED, ft I TH A VIEW TO UPDATING THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES TO REFLECT REALISTICALLY THE PRICE MOVEMENTS OF CONSUMER GOODS AND SERVICES.

EACH HOUSEHOLD PARTICIPATING IN THE SURVEY *।LL RECEIVE A REMUNERATION OF $50 FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTIC^ DEPARTMENT OR A SOUVENIR SAVINGS BOX FROM rlANG SENG BANK AS A TOKEN OF

APPRECIATION.

A CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID, +BY THE -i. 1 E COMPLETE THE SURVEY IM SEPTEMBER, ABOUT 1 303 MORE '-OUEEHjLDS WILL HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED.+

/Hi URGED........

SA >.L

JULY 6, 1985

HE URGED THOSE HOUSEHOLDS SELECTED FOR INTERVIEWS IN THE COMING THREE MONTHS TO CO-OPERATE BY SUPPLYING HIS STAFF WITH THE REQUIRED INFORMATION.

+AT THE SAME TIME, A SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE HAS BEEN LEFT WITH EACH HOUSEHOLD THAT TOOK PART IN THE SURVEY BETWEEN APRIL AND JUNE, SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT EXPENDITURES ON SELECTED INFREQUENTLY-PURCHASED COMMODITIES AND SERVICES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE REMINDED THESE HOUSEHOLDS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE AND RETURN IT TO THE DEPARTMENT BY WEDNESDAY (JULY 10).

♦ANYONE HAVING DIFFICULTY COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE CAN RING US ON 3-7225054 DURING OFFICE HOURS FOR CLARIFICATION^ HE SAID.

THE DATA COLLECTED SO FAR IS BEING PROCESSED ON A COMPUTER SYSTEM SPECIALLY DEVELOPED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

EASED ON THE FULL RESULTS OF THE SURVEY, WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE EARLY NEXT YEAR, A NEW SERIES OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES WILL BE PRODUCED.

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PRAISE FOR CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES X * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR JOHN RYDELL-swan, this (Saturday) evening paid tribute to members and officials CF LOCAL CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE SUCCESS OF THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG.

IN THE PAST YEAR, ALL THE WIDELY DIFFERING SPHERES OF CO-OPERATIVE ACTIVITIES PROSPERED, HE SAID.

DR RIDDELL-SWAN, WHO IS ALSO THE REGISTRAR SOCIETIES, WAS ADDRESSING A DINNER GATHERING OF OF LOCAL CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES CELEBRATING THE CO-OPERATIVE DAY.

OF CO-OPERATIVE REPRESENTATIVES 63RD INTERNATIONAL

♦FARMERS’ CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES PLAYED A VALUABLE PART IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF AGRICULTURAL CREDIT.+ HE SAID.

♦OF THE TOTAL OF $18.3 MILLION LOANED TO FARMERS FROM THE LOAN FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, IN 1984-85 NEARLY ONE QUARTER WAS CHANNELLED THROUGH THESE SOCIETIES.+

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO ISSUED $13.6 MILLION IN CREDIT TO FISHERMEN FROM ITS LOAN FUNDS.

/DR RIDDELL-SWAN

SATURDAY, JULY 6, 1985

DR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID THAT GENERALLY GOOD WEATHER FAVOURED VEGETABLE GROWING AND PRODUCTION WAS 159 OOO TONNES OR FOUR PER CENT UP ON 1983 FIGURES.

VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES SUPPLIED MORE THAN HALF OF THE LOCALLY-PRODUCED VEGETABLES MARKETED THROUGH THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION.

+IN ADDITION, THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLE MARKETING SOCIETIES HAD ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN ANCILLIARY OPERATIONS SUCH AS THE SALE OF CULTIVATORS, PLASTIC BASKETS AND GOOD QUALITY PESTICIDES AT LOW PRICES WHICH BENEFITED FARMERS.+

DR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID THE FEDERATION ALSO MADE FULL USE OF VOCATIONAL TRAINING ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

+THE VISIT BY VEGETABLE FARMERS TO THE UNITED STATES LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND SPONSORED BY THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION, WAS A GREAT SUCCESS,+ HE SAID.

THE FEDERATION OF PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES CONTINUED TO HELP MEMBERS TO UPGRADE THEIR BREEDING STOCK BY IMPORTING PEDIGREED ANIMALS FROM OVERSEAS, DR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID.

REFERRING TO FISHERMEN’S CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, HE SAID THAT THEY CONTINUED TO DO WELL AND, DESPITE POOR FISHING AND DEPRESSED PRICES, PRODUCTION WAS FAIR AND THEY STILL MANAGED TO INCREASE THEIR LOAN FUND CAPITAL BY FOUR PER CENT AND REGISTERED A SURPLUS OF ABOUT $210 000.

TO PROVIDE LOCAL FISHERMEN WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN FISHING TECHNOLOGY AND MARKETING, THE DEPARTMENT AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION HAD ORGANISED AND SPONSORED A VISIT TO THE INTERNATIONAL FISHERY AND PROCESSING EXHIBITION IN GUANGZHOU LAST YEAR.

IN THE URBAN SECTOR, DR RIDDELL-SWAN SAID THAT CONSUMERS’ CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES RECORDED A TRADING SURPLUS OF $1.3 MILLION LAST YEAR DESPITE A DECREASE IN SALE TURNOVER.

DR RIDDELL-SWAN ALSO PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO MR LEUNG CH IK, CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION OF PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, LAU WING-YAU, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUNG CHING VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY AND MR NG CHUEN-HEE, CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION OF FISHERMEN’S CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT, IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR SERVICE TO THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT.

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RSD LIBRARIES GAIN RECORD READERSHIP

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF 19 PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND TWO MOBILE LIBRARIES BEFORE THE END OF 1985, THE CHIEF LIBRARIAN, MR ALEX NG, ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

PRESENTING PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE BOOKMARK DESIGN COMPETITION 1985, MR NG SAID THE LIBRARIES WILL INCLUDE FOUR NEW STATIC AND ONE MOBILE LIBRARIES.

THESE ARE THE FANLING PUBLIC LIBRARY, TSI NG Yl PUBLIC LIBRARY, TSUEN WAN (SHEK WAI KOK) PUBLIC LIBRARY, TUEN MUN (BUTTERFLY ESTATE) PUBLIC LIBRARY AND A SECOND MOBILE LIBRARY.

TROPHIES AND PRIZES OF DRAWING SETS WERE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS AND THEIR ENTRIES WILL BE ON DISPLAY IN VARIOUS RSD PUBLIC LIBRARIES FROM TODAY STARTING AT THE SOUTH KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY.

AN INDICATION OF THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR LIBRARY FACILITIES IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS, MR NG POINTED OUT, IS SEEN IN THE CURRENT RECORD HIGH REGISTERED MEMBERSHIP OF 280 000 FOR THE 15 PUBLIC LIBRARIES AND ONE MOBILE LIBRARY, AN INCREASE OF 60 000 FROM LAST YEAR’S TOTAL MEMBERSHIP.

♦ IN FACT, THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES HAS COME TO

A STAGE WHERE WE NO LONGER PASSIVELY AND QUIETLY WAIT FOR READERS TO COME. INSTEAD, WE ARE ACTIVELY ATTRACTING READERS TO THE LIBRARIES THROUGH OUR PLANNED EXTENSION ACTIVITIES OF WHICH THE BOOKMARK DESIGN COMPETITION IS ONE,+ MR NG SAID.

THE RECORD NUMBER OF 4 000 ENTRIES RECEIVED THIS YEAR WAS 50 PER CENT MORE THAN IN 1984.

MR NG ATTRIBUTED THIS TO GREATER PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE EXTENSIVE LIBRARY RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS, AND A WIDE RANGE OF LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE THEM.

THESE ACTIVITIES NOW COVER, AMONG OTHER THINGS, EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES PRESENTED IN THE FORM OF BOOK EXHIBITIONS, COMPETITIONS, SUBJECT TALKS, INTEREST CLUBS, FILM SHOWS, HI-FI CONCERTS, VIDEO SCREENING, STORY HOURS, MANDARIN CLASSES AND ORGANISED LIBRARY VISITS.

ABOUT 450 000 PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS PARTICIPATED IN LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES LAST YEAR.

THERE ARE NOW 760 000 BOOKS AND 30 000 AUDI(?-yiSUAL ITEMS IN THE RSD’S PUBLIC LIBRARIES. LAST YEAR, 3.5 MILLION BOOKS WERE ISSUED FOR HOME BORROWING AND 5.8 MILLION OTHERS READ IN THE LIBRARIES.

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SLAVE XNS|UN?TlSLTSTOcJH|FS2‘oTiSoCEBSKSLANiBlo"o6o ITEMS OF AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS ON ITS 3 250-SQUARE-METRE PREMISES, WILL BE OPENED AROUND SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

THIS CENTRAL LIBRARY WILL FUNCTION AS A DISTRICT LIBRARY IN SHA TIN BUT WILL ALSO PROVIDE SUPPORTING REFERENCE AND INFORMATION AND AUDIO-VISUAL SERVICES FOR THE SURROUNDING AREAS.

GOOD START TO WAN CHAI YOUTH PROGRAMME

* * * *

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME GOT OFF TO A GRAND START TODAY (SATURDAY) AS HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE GATHERED AT A CARNIVAL IN THE LOCKHART ROAD PLAYGROUND FOR A DAY OF FUND AND GAMES.

THE CARNIVAL, WHICH FEATURED GAMES STALLS, FILM SHOW AND QUIZ, WAS ORGANISED WITH THE AIM OF ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, SAID THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR’S THESIS OF +PARTICI PAT I ON, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE* WAS ADOPTED AS THE CENTRAL THEME OF THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME.

+ IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE WILL PAY MORE ATTENTION TO AND GET INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SERVICES AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS,* HE SAID.

+THIS MAY SERVE AS A KIND OF CIVIC EDUCATION AND MAY HELP STRENGTHEN THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF GOVERNMENT,* MR GARCIA ADDED.

+THROUGH MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE CAN NOT ONLY DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND CHARACTER, BUT ALSO HELP PROMOTE AND ENHANCE THE HARMONY AND PROSPERITY OF THE SOCIETY,* HE SAID.

THE CARNIVAL, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION, WAS ONLY THE FIRST OF ABOUT 170 INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EVENTS ORGANISED BY VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT.

A PAMPHLET ON THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT PROGRAMME HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS BRANCH OFFICES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR TERENCE TENG, AND THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION, MRS JUSTINA LEUNG, ALSO OFFICIATED AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY.

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YOUTH CENTRES HELP IN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ****** htuoy j

CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES HELP TO ASSIST AND ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME MATURE AND RESPONSIBLE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY AND TO DIRECT THEIR ENERGIES TOWARDS POSITIVE GOALS IN LIFE.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (SUBVENTIONS), MISS NANCY LAW, SAID THIS TODAY (SATURDAY) WHEN SHE OPENED THE BOYS’ BRIGADE KWAI HING CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRE.

+THROUGH INTEREST GROUPS, YOUNG PEOPLE CAN ACQUIRE SKILLS AND WIDEN THEIR HORIZON AND EXPERIENCE BEYOND THE NARROW CONFINES CF FAMILY AND SCHOOL,+ SHE SAID.

THEY COULD ALSO STRENGTHEN THEIR CONFIDENCE AND LEARN TO CARE FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMME, SHE ADDED.

MISS LAW POINTED OUT THAT THOUGH YOUNG PEOPLE WERE INQUISITIVE, EAGER TO LEARN AND TO EXPLORE, THEY COULD OFTEN EXPERIENCE FRUSTRATION AND INDECISION DURING THE CRUCIAL PERIOD OF ADOLESCENCE, AND THIS WAS WHERE CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES COULD HELP.

PROGRAMMES PROVIDED AT THE NEW CENTRE, LOCATED ON THE SE/ENTH FLOOR OF THE KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, INCLUDE SOCIAL GROUPS, SKILL AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY SERVICE.

OVER $160 □□□ FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND AND GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION TOTALLING MORE THAN $391 000 WERE GRANTED TO THE AGENCY TO COVER THE CAPITAL COST OF THE CENTRE AND ITS CURRENT YEAR’S EXPENDITURE RESPECTIVELY.


SUMMER YOUTH

THE TWO-MONTH-LONG

ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHERN TO START

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL AT THE ABERDEEN CENTRE

WILL BE LAUNCHED WITH A SQUARE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR JASPER LAM, THE DIRECTOR CF THE ABERDEEN CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE, SISTER GEMMA CHOW, ANb AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, MR ALBERT LI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE CARNIVAL, ORGANISED BY CARITAS, WILL PROVIDE FUN AND GAMES FOR PARTICIPANTS AT GAMES STALLS, EXHIBITIONS, A DRAWING COMPETITION AND CRAFTSWORK STALLS.

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THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES CENTRE AROUND THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR’S THEME OF +PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE+.

MORE THAN 100 ACTIVITIES WILL BE STAGED THIS SUMMER WITH A ■5147 000 SPONSORSHIP FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB. THEY INCLUDE SEMINARS, TRAINING CLASSES, VISITS, CLEAN BEACH EXERCISES, CAMPING AND PICNICS.

+WE HOPE THESE ACTIVITIES WILL HELP YOUTHS DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL, BETTER UNDERSTAND INTER-HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS AND ENHANCE THEIR SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY,* SAID MR LAM, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME SUB-COMMITTEE.

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MORE FACILITIES PLANNED FOR SAI KUNG M * * * *

CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES IN SAI KUNG WILL UNDERGO EXTENSIVE DEVELOPMENT AND THERE ARE PLANS TO BUILD A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX AND GYMNASIUM IN THE NEAR FUTURE, SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

+THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO BUILD THE SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX FOR THE DISTRICT IN THE YEAR 1986-87, AND A SITE HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO THE SAI KUNG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GYMNASIUM,* HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, MR HO SAID THE GOVERNMENT PAID GREAT ATTENTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES IN SAI KUNG WHICH, WITH A POPULATION OF ONLY 40 000, HAS A STANDARDISED SPORTS GROUND AND NUMEROUS COUNTRY PARKS, CAMPING AREAS AND BEACHES.

+THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD HAVE HELPED BUILD MANY SUCH PROJECTS SUCH AS REST GARDENS FOR RESIDENTS IN RENNIE’S MILL AND TAI PING VILLAGE,* MR HO SAID.

+THERE ARE ALSO PLANS FOR A GARDEN AT HO CHUNG AS WELL AS aORK TO IMPROVE THE HO CHUNG MINI SOCCER PLAYGROUND,* HE ADDED.

MR HO ALSO URGED YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT TO PARTICIPATE IN VOLUNTARY SERVICES AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES SO AS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COMMUNITY THEY LIVE IN.

A TOTAL OF 47 EVENTS HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR THE SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL-THE END OF AUGUST.

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ROAD SAFETY COMPUTER COMPETITION CLOSING * * * *

COMPUTER USERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY HAVE ONLY TWO WEEKS TO DEVISE A ROAD SAFETY PROGRAMME IF THEY WANT TO WIN TWO RETURN AIR TICKETS TO FRANKFURT OR KUALA LUMPUR.

A COMPUTER PROGRAMME DESIGN COMPETITION, ORGANISED BY THE ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY COMMITTEE AND COMMERCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF ROAD SAFETY AMONG YOUNGSTERS, WILL CLOSE ON JULY 20.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS. THE SENIOR SECTION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC INCLUDING POST-SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, AND THE JUNIOR SECTION IS INTENDED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS UP TO FORM 7 LEVEL.

THE PROGRAMME DESIGN SHOULD BRING OUT AT LEAST ONE, IF NOT ALL, ASPECTS OF ROAD SAFETY, WITH EMPHASIS ON PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, GOOD DRIVING BEHAVIOUR AND CYCLING SAFETY.

REFERENCE MATERIAL ON ROAD SAFETY IS AVAILABLE AT THE MARKETING SECTION OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AT BASKERVILLc HOUSE, ICE HOUSE STREET, CENTRAL.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED IN GRAPHIC AND IN ENGLISH. THEY MUST BE APPLICABLE TO APPLE II E COMPUTER WITH APPLESOFT BASIC, ACCOMPANIED BY DOCUMENTATION AND FLOPPY DISK CONTAINING THE PROGRAMME AND AN ENTRY FORM.

THEY MUST REACH THE PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT OF SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, TONG CHONG STREET, QUARRY BAY, HONG KONG BY JULY 20.

ENTRY FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM ALL DISTRICT OFFICES. THEY ARE ALSO PUBLISHED REGULARLY IN THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, WAH KIU YAT PO AND THE HONG KONG COMPUTER JOURNAL.

THREE WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED FROM EACH SECTION, AND THEIR ENTRIES WILL BE USED ON THE COMPUTER IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE’S ROAD SAFETY BUS. THE BUS PAYS REGULAR VISITS TO SCHOOLS, HOUSING ESTATES, COMMUNITY HALLS ETC. WITH AN AIM TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY.

SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES COMPRISE GIFT COUPONS WORTH 32 000 AND 31 000 RESPECTIVELY PLUS SIX-MONTHS’ FREE SUBSCRIPTION OF HONG KONG COMPUTER JOURNAL. IN ADDITION, FIVE CONSOLATION PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED IN EACH SECTION.

RESULTS OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN EARLY AUGUST.

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VISITORS INSPECT UC REFUSE COLLECTION FACILITIES *****

TWO MEMBERS OF THE + KEEP SOUTH AFRICA BEAUTIFUL* ASSOCIATION OF RANDBURG SPENT A WHOLE DAY TODAY INSPECTING VARIOUS TYPES OF REFUSE COLLECTION FACILITIES IN HONG KONG.

THEY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR W. DU P. HEUNIS, AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MR A.J.B. STRYDOM.

THEY FIRST CALLED AT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED ON ITS ORGANISATION AND WORK. THE USD IS THE EXECUTIVE ARM OF THE URBAN COUNCIL.

LATER, THEY WERE TAKEN TO THE DUNDAS STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINT IN MONG KOK TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF A MODERN STANDARD RCP. THIS RCP IS EQUIPPED WITH A CARBON AIR FILTER SYSTEM TO ELIMINATE DUST AND SMELL EMISSIONS.

THEY ALSO INSPECTED SOME OF THE COUNCIL’S SPECIALISED REFUSE COLLECTION AND CLEANSING VEHICLES AND THE STANDARD BIN-LIFT REFUSE COLLECTION SYSTEM IN ONE OF THE HOUSING ESTATES.

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COURSE WORK, TEACHING RESOURCES FOR DISPLAY

* * * *

AN EXHIBITION OF THE WORK AND TEACHING RESOURCES BY PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ATTENDING A RECENT RETRAINING COURSE WILL BE HELD AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ANNEXE ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (JULY 8 AND 9).

TEACHERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE DISPLAY AT ARGYLE CENTRE, PHASE I, 20TH FLOOR, 688 NATHAN ROAD, MONG KOK, BETWEEN 9 AM AND 4.30 PM.

THE EXHIBITION, CONDUCTED BY THE COLLEGE WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IS AIMED AT DISPLAYING THE WORK DONE BY THE RETRAINING COURSE PARTICIPANTS AND PROMOTING THE USE OF TEACHING RESOURCES IN LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OF INTEREST TO ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT HAVE ADOPTED OR INTEND TO IMPLEMENT THE ACTIVITY APPROACH IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE THE COURSE WORK IN BASIC SKILLS AND CULTURAL SUBJECTS, TEACHING KITS AND BULLETIN DISPLAYS IN GENERAL SUBJECTS, TEACHING AND LEARNING RESOURCES FOR USE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

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NEW PLAYGROUND IN YUEN LON&IDPENS

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A NEW MULTI-PURPOSE PLAYGROUND WAS OPENED TODAY (SATURDAY) IN YUEN LONG TO CATER FOR THE RECREATIONAL NEEDS OF RESIDENTS IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE PLAYGROUND, WHICH OPENS FROM 7 AM TO 11 PM DAILY, COMPRISES A SMALL SITTING-OUT AREA AND TWO STANDARD-SIZE BASKETBALL COURTS WHICH CAN ALSO BE USED FOR VOLLEYBALL.

FLOODLIGHTS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED AT THESE COURTS TO FACILITATE NIGHT MATCHES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SA

ID.

COSTING ABOUT $1 MILLION, THE PLAYGROUND IS LOCATED ON A 2 3OO-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT CHUNG SING PATH IN THE TOWN CENTRE.

THE PLAYGROUND WAS DESIGNED AND BUILT BY THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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SUBWAYS TO BE BUILT IN JORDAN ROAD AREA

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A SUBWAY SYSTEM WILL BE BUILT AT THE JUNCTION OF JORDAN ROAD, FERRY STREET AND CANTON ROAD IN KOWLOON.

IT CONSISTS OF TWO SUBWAYS CROSSING JORDAN ROAD AND FERRY STREET WITH COVERED RAMPS AND STAIRCASES.

THE FERRY STREET SUBwAY WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING STEEL FOOTBRIDGE IN THE AREA.

ON COMPLETION, THE SUBWAYS WILL PROVIDE A SAFE GRADE-SEPARATED FACILITY FOR PEDESTRIANS TO REACH THE FERRY PIER AND BUS TERMINUS AT JORDAN ROAD, AS WELL AS TO CROSS JORDAN ROAD AND FERRY STREET.

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT AND WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER AND BE COMPLETED BY NOVEMBER 1986.

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FANLING TENNIS COURTS EXTEND OPENING HOURS *****

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT THE OPENING HOURS FOR THE FANLING TEMPORARY TENNIS COURTS WILL BE EXTENDED FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

THE ARRANGEMENT IS TO FACILITATE MORE TENNIS PLAYERS TO MAKE USE OF THE COURTS AND TO PROMOTE THE SPORT, AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE OPENING HOURS OF THE COURTS HAVE BEEN EXTENDED ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS SINCE LATE APRIL, INDICATING THAT RESPONSE TO THE EXTENSION WAS VERY ENCOURAGING, THE SPOKESMAN

SAID.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON FIVE DAYS NEXT WEEK.

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

ARE HOISTED.

THE PRACTICE (JULY 8) AND FROM (JULY 12).

TIME WILL BE FROM 8.30 AM TO 1 PM MONDAY

8.30 AM TO 5 PM TUESDAY (JULY 9) TO FRIDAY

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YAU MA TEI TRAFFIC CHANGES

* * *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN YAU MA TEI FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 9) FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD REPAIR WORK AT SAIGON STREET.

THESE ARE:

* SAIGON STREET BETWEEN RECLAMATION STREET AND BATTERY STREET WILL BE CLOSED;

* BATTERY STREET BETWEEN SAIGON STREET AND PAK HOI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO TWO-WAY;

* PAK HOI STREET BETWEEN RECLAMATION STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND ;

* TRAFFIC ON BATTERY STREET HEADING FOR RECLAMATION STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA BATTERY STREET AND PAK HOI STREET; AND

* METERED GOODS VEHICLE PARKING SPACES IN BATTERY STREET BETWEEN SAIGON STREET AND PAK HOI STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED.

ON THE SAME DAY, HILLWOOD ROAD BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND PINE TREE HILL ROAD WILL BE RESURFACED LANE BY LANE. TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION WORK, WHICH WILL LAST FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS, METERED PARKING SPACES ON THIS SECTION OF ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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CASTLE PEAK ROAD DIVERSION * * *

CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN KAM TSIN AND HANG TAU WILL EE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FROM 2 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 9), TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE A NEW ROAD PARALLEL TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

BUS STOPS WILL ALSO BE REPROVIDED ON THE NEW ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 7, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF APRIL EXTERNAL TRADE RELEASED . 1

RIGHT-TURN GREEN ARROW SIGNAL TO BE INTRODUCED............... 5

37 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY............................ 8

FROM COURTHOUSE TO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.............. 9

SPECIAL QUEEN MOTHER STAMPS.................................. 12

REMINDER TO NT LORRY DRIVERS................................. 12

URBCO MEETS BEFORE RECESS.................................... 13

BOOK REPORT WRITING COMPETITION ORGANISED.................... 13

TREE-PLANTING DAYS ARRANGED.................................. 14

VALUE OF YOUTH PROJECTS STRESSED............................. 15

FREE GAMES COUPONS FOR YOUTH CARNIVAL ....................... 16

CARNIVAL FUN FOR YOUTHS...................................... 17

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF APRIL EXTERNAL TRADE RELEASED X X X X X

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECLINED BY THREE PER CENT WHI LE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 40 PER CENT, GIVING A 13 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS, COMPARING THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1935 WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IMPORTS INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY FOUR PER CENT AND FIVE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WHILE THOSE OF IMPORTS DECLINED BY ONE PER CENT.

COMPARING APRIL 1935 WITH APRIL 1934, THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT. WITHIN TOTAL EXPORTS, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY NINE PER CENT WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 52 PER CENT. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY TWO PER CENT AND THREE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN APRIL 1985 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1984, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT.

PRICES OF IMPORTS, ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASED BY THREE 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 SI X PER CENT.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE 12 MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1985 WITH THE 12 MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1934, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT AND 33 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, GIVING A 17 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS.

MEANWHILE, THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 12 PER CENT. PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, RE-EXPORTS AND IMPORTS ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY NINE PER CENT, 10 PER CENT AND SIX PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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. CHANGES IN THE VOLUME OF TRADE ARE DERIVED FROM CHANGES IN TRADE VALUES, AFTER DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR APRIL 1935 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

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AS SEEN FROM TABLE 1, THE EXPORT PRICES OF SOME COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN APRIL 1935 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1984. RANGING FROM FOUR PER CENT FOR TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD TO 12 PER CENT FOR TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES.

DECREASES IN EXPORT PRICES WERE REGISTERED FOR COMMODITY GROUPS SUCH AS METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-19 PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-NINE PER CENT). DOMESTIC ELECTRI CAL APPLIANCES (-SIX PER CENT), TEXTILE FABRICS (-FOUR PER CENT) AND FOOTWEAR (-FOUR PER CENT).

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF NEARLY ALL COMMODITY GROUPS DECREASED IN APRIL 1935 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1984, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-42 PER CENT), RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-37 PER CENT), TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-25 PER CENT), ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-22 PER CENT), DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-19 PER CENT), TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-18 PER CENT), CLOTHING (-17 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE FABRICS (-16 PER CENT). HOWEVER, SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WAS RECORDED FOR METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+63 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR APRIL AND FOR JANUARY-APRIL OF 1935 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORT PRICES OF ALL THE END-USE CATEGORIES DECREASED IN APRIL 1985 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1934, RANGING FROM -ONE PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO -SEVEN PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS.

SOME OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS DECLINED IN VOLUME TERMS IN APRIL 1985 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1984, THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TEA AND COFFEE; RICE AND SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD. HOWEVER, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR FRUIT; WHEAT AND FLOUR; CEREALS AND CEREAL PREP AR ATI ONS, OTHER than rice, wheat and flour as well as live poultry.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MANY CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS; HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES; PASSENGER MOTOR CARS;

TOBACCO MANUFACTURES AS WELL AS CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UP ARTICLES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS.

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the import volume of some of the raw materials and semimanufactures ROSE IN APRIL 1935 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1984, AMONG WHICH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED FOR WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAI R; BASE METALS, EXCLUDING IRON AND STEEL; PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS, SILK FABRICS AS WELL AS FABRICS OF MAN-MADE Fl BRES.

HOWEVER, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW COTTON; MAN-MADE FIBRES COTTON YARN AND THREAD 5 LEATHER AND DRESSED FUR SKINS; CLAY AND REFRACTORY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, BUILDING MATERIALS, ETC., EXCEPT GLASS; AND CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS DECREASED RATHER SIGNIFlCANTLY.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DROPPED BY 11 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN APRIL 1935.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF NEARLY ALL THE COMMODITIES INCREASED OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE MORE NOTABLE ONES BEING OFFICE MACHINES, TEXTILE MACHINERY, CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY AS WELL AS SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR APRIL AND FOR JANUARY-APRIL OF 1985 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF NEARLY ALL THE END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN APRIL 1985 WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1984, RANGING FROM THREE PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS TO 108 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS. HOWEVER, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF FUELS DECREASED BY 23 PER CENT.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE APRIL 1985 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS*, AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON JULY 10, 1935 AT HK$2 PER COPY.

TABLE 1 : CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1985 WITH APRIL 1984 OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP

commodity group VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

% % %

CLOTHING - 12 + 7 - 17

TEXTILE FABRICS - 19 - 4 - 16

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD - 40 + 4 - 42

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textile made-ups and RELATED ARTICLES - 9 + 12 - 18

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS - 36 X - 37

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS - 24 - 2 - 22

FOOTWEAR - 5 - 4 - 2

METAL MANUFACTURES - 2 + 5 - 7

METAL ORES AND SCRAP + 32 - 19 + 63

WATCHES AND CLOCKS - 7 - 9 + 2

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES - 19 + 7 - 25

DOMESTIC ELECTRI CAL APPLI ANCES - 24 - 6 - 19

ALL COMMODITIES - 8 + 2 - 9

X INSIGNIFl CANT, I.E. LESS THAN +- 0.5%

TABLE 2 : CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1985 WITH APRIL 1984 OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

% % %

FOODSTUFFS - 2 - 7 + 5

CONSUMER GOODS + 21 - 1 + 22

RAW MATERI ALS AND SEMI -MANUFACTURES - 1 - 3 + 2

FUELS - 14 - 4 - 11

CAPITAL GOODS + 19 - 2 + 22

ALL COMMODITIES + 7 - 3 + 10

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TABLE 3 : CHANGES COMPARING APRIL 1935 WITH APRIL 1984 OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE UNIT VALUE VOLUME

% % %

FOODSTUFFS + 6 + 3 + 3

CONSUMER GOODS + 53 + 1 + 52

RAW MATERI ALS AND + 47 + 4 + 41

SEMI -MANUFACTURES

FUELS - 19 + 6 - 23

CAPITAL GOODS + 118 + 5 + 108

ALL COMMODITIES + 56 + 3 + 52

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RIGHT-TURN GREEN ARROW SIGNAL TO BE INTRODUCED

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A NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL AIMED AT IMPROVING TRAFFIC FLOW PREVENTING ACCIDENTS INVOLVING RIGHT-TURNING VEHICLES AT BUSY JUNCTIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS AT THE TAI PO ROAD JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD ON TUESDAY (JULY 9), STREET JUNCTION WITH YIM PO FONG STREET THE

AND AT THE ARGYLE FOLLOWING DAY.

♦THE SIGNAL, VEHICLES, WILL BE A SENIOR ENGINEER

AN INDICATIVE GREEN ARROW FOR RIGHT-TURNING TRIED OUT AT 15 SELECTED JUNCTIONS IN KOWLOON,+ OF THE TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE DIVISION CF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, MR ROBERT SIMPSON, EXPLAINED. THE TRIAL PROGRAMME WOULD TAKE 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

MR SIMPSON SAID THE RIGHT-TURN GREEN ARROW WOULD BE INSTALLED AS AN ADDITION TO THE GREEN LENS ON SECONDARY SIGNALS AT JUNCTION;, wITH A HIGH RIGHT-TURNING TRAFFIC VOLUME.

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♦UNLIKE THE GREEN ARROWS CURRENTLY USED FOR AHEAD OR LEFT-TURN FILTER MOVEMENTS, WHICH ARE ALWAYS EXTINGUISHED WHEN THE FULL GREEN IS LIT, THE INDICATIVE RIGHT-TURN GREEN ARROW WILL ONLY BE LIT WHEN THE GREEN LIGHT IS ON,+ HE SAID.

♦WHEN A RIGHT-TURN GREEN ARROW IS LIT, IT ONLY INDICATES TO DRIVERS THAT THE ASPECTS FOR THE ONCOMING OPPOSING TRAFFIC HAS TURNED TO RED, AND MOTORISTS CAN THEREFORE TURN RIGHT UNOPPOSED.

+IN A SITUATION WHERE THE INDICATIVE GREEN ARROW IS OFF AND ONLY THE GREEN LIGHT IS ON, THIS MEANS THAT THE ASPECTS ARE GREEN FOR THE OPPOSING TRAFFIC FLOW. IN SUCH A CASE, MOTORISTS CAN STILL TURN RIGHT BUT THEY HAVE TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN CROSSING THE ONCOMING TRAFFIC,* MR SIMPSON STRESSED.

UNDER THE PRESENT SIGNALLING ARRANGEMENT AT SOME JUNCTIONS, RIGHT-TURNERS ARE LEFT TO JUDGE NOT ONLY WHEN AN ACCEPTABLE GAP OCCURRED IN THE ONCOMING TRAFFIC FLOW BUT ALSO SIMULTANEOUSLY TO JUDGE WHETHER OR NOT THE ASPECTS HAD TURNED TO RED FOR OPPOSING TRAFFIC. IN LOW OR UNSTABLE TRAFFIC FLOW CONDITIONS, THIS COULD LEAD TO POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATIONS.

AT OTHER JUNCTIONS, A SEPARATE PHASE FOR RIGHT-TURNING TRAFFIC IS PROVIDED, I.E., VEHICLES ARE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT ONLY WHEN ASPECTS FOR THE ONCOMING TRAFFIC ARE SET TO RED. THIS METHOD OF CONTROL, THOUGH DESIRABLE FROM THE SAFETY POINT OF VIEW, WOULD HOwEVER REDUCE THE CAPACITY AT JUNCTIONS, PARTICULARLY FOR RIGHTTURNING VEHICLES.

♦ THE INDICATIVE RIGHT-TURN GREEN ARROW PROVIDES A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM AS IT CAN REMOVE HAZARDOUS SITUATIONS AT JUNCTIONS WITHOUT REDUCING TRAFFIC CAPACITY. IN FACT, THE SIGNAL HAS BEEN WIDELY AND SUCCESSFULLY ADOPTED IN BRITIAN,* MR SIMPSON NOTED.

HE SAID THE NEW GREEN ARROW WOULD BE INTRODUCED AT 13 OTHER JUNCTIONS AT THE RATE OF ABOUT TWO A MONTH AFTER JULY. THESE LOCATIONS INCLUDE : NATHAN ROAD JUNCTION WITH PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, GASCOIGNE ROAD, SALISBURY ROAD AND PEKING ROAD? JORDON ROAD JUNCTION WITH COX’S ROAD, FERRY STREET AND GASCOIGNE ROAD? WATERLOO ROAD JUNCTION WITH FERRY STREET AND PUI CHING ROAD? LAI CHI KOK ROAD JUNCTION WITH TONKIN STREET, SALISBURY ROAD JUNCTION WITH CHATHAM ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD JUNCTION WITH WYLIE ROAD, AND AUSTIN ROAD JUNCTION WITH COX’S ROAD.

THE TRIAL PROGRAMME WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED BY THE TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE DIVISION AS WELL AS THE ROAD SAFETY AND STANDARDS DIVISION.

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Indicative Green Arrow for Right-turning Vehicles

When the indicative green arrow is off and only the green light is on, motorists can still turn right but they have to exercise caution when crossing the oncoming traffic in acceptable gaps.

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37 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN MAY * * * *

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED 37 BUILDING PLANS IN MAY - NINE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, SEVEN IN KOWLOON AND 21 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE INCLUDED A SIX-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCK AT WAN CHAI GAP ROAD, A 19-STOREY HOTEL BLOCK AT SALISBURY ROAD, A RECREATIONAL BUILDING AT MUI WO ON LANTAU ISLAND, A FACTORY BUILDING AT THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND A COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT PAK SHA WAN IN SAI KUNG.

DURING THE SAME MONTH, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 32 PROJECTS, SEVEN ON HONG KONG ISLAND, EIGHT IN KOWLOON AND 17 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE INCLUDED AN APARTMENT BLOCK AT WOODLANDS TERRACE, A COMMERCIAL BLOCK AT SUGAR STREET, AN ELECTRICITY SUBSTATION AT THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND TAI NAN WEST STREET, A FACTORY IN YUEN LONG, A SQUASH AND BADMINTON COURT AT LO WAI IN TSUEN WAN, AND SEVEN APARTMENT BLOCKS AT TSUEN KING CIRCUIT, ALSO IN TSUEN WAN.

THE TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF THESE 32 PROJECTS WAS 158 330.95 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH 79 515.65 SQUARE METRES WERE FOR NONDOMESTIC PURPOSES AND THE REST FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES.

A TOTAL OF 33 OCCUPATION PERMITS WERE ISSUED FOR NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS DURING THE MONTH.

THESE INCLUDED TWO SEVEN-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCKS AT POKFIELD ROAD FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, A 17-STOREY APARTMENTCOMMUNITY CENTRE AT SAI YUEN LANE FOR THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY, A 21-STOREY COMMERCIAL BLOCK AT SUN WUI ROAD, A SCHOOL EXTENSION AT WING MING STREET, THREE BLOCKS OF WORKSHOP ON TSING Yl ISLAND, AND A PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL AT TIN SUM IN SHA TIN.

THE TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF ALL NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS 283 741.3 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH 153 195.6 SQUARE METRES WERE FOR NON-DOMESTIC PURPOSES AND THE REMAINDER FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COSTS OF THESE BUILDINGS WAS ABOUT 8851.6 MILLION.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO ISSUED 16 DEMOLITION ORDERS IN RESPECT OF 36 BUILDINGS DURING THE MONTH.

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FROM COURTHOUSE TO LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBERS ******

FROM OCTOBER THIS YEAR, HONG KONG’S VENERABLE AND HISTORIC SUPREME COURT BUILDING IN THE HEART OF CENTRAL WILL BECOME A BEEHIVE OF ACTIVITY — NOT FOR DELIBERATIONS OF THE COURT, BUT FOR DISCUSSIONS AND DEBATES ON LEGISLATIVE MATTERS.

SINCE THE JUDICIARY VACATED THE 73-YEAR-OLD BUILDING IN JULY 1984 TO MOVE TO ITS NEW HEADQUARTERS ON QUEENSWAY, THE OLD COURT HOUSE HAS BEEN UNDERGOING INTERNAL REMODELLING TO SUIT THE NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS OF THE MODERN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

+THE MOVE OF THE COUNCIL CHAMBER FROM ITS PRESENT LOCATION IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES WILL PHYSICALLY SEPARATE THE LEGISLATURE FROM THE EXECUTIVE AND ENHANCE THE STANDING OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN THE COMMUNITY IN A MORE PUBLIC VENUE,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COURT HAS SEVERAL LARGE ROOMS AND IS IDEALLY SUITED FOR USE AS THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER, HE ADDED.

THE BUILDING WILL ALSO HOUSE THE OFFICES OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS (UMELCO) AND OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SECTION OF THE SECRETARIAT’S COUNCILS DIVISION.

TWO YEARS AGO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL APPROVED THAT THE BUILDING BE CONVERTED FOR USE AS THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER AND FOR ASSOCIATED PURPOSES AFTER DECLARING THE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING OF HISTORIC INTEREST.

PRELIMINARY STUDIES BY THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOUND THAT THE LANDMARK WAS QUITE SOUND IN ITS FOUNDATIONS AND SUPERSTRUCTURE.

THE DEPARTMENT ALSO CONFIRMED THAT THE CONVERSION COULD BE CARRIED OUT IN A WAY WHICH WOULD NOT ONLY RETAIN THE CHARACTER CF THE BUILDING BUT WOULD ADAPT IT EFFECTIVELY TO ITS NEW ROLE.

SENIOR ARCHITECT, MR ROGER MATTHEWS, SAID THAT CHANGES ARE NOW BEING MADE BY A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, WHICH WAS AWARDED THE $37.5 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONVERSION AND GENERAL FITTING-OUT 'WORK.

HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR-CONDITIONING, LIFT, ELECTRICAL AND FIRE SERVICES WORKS ARE BEING CARRIED OUT BY SEPARATE SUBCONTRACTORS.

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A FURTHER SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR WOULD EE RESPONSIBLE, HE SAID, FOR THE PRINCIPAL SPACES SUCH AS THE CHAMBER, THE ANTE-CHAMBER AND THE UMELCO SOCIAL-DINING AREA.

SERVICING THE BUILDING TO CONTEMPORARY STANDARDS HAD ALSO MEANT VERY CAREFUL PLANNING OF TRUNKING AND CONDUIT ROUTINGS, MACHINERY LOCATIONS, AND EQUIPMENT SELECTION, MR MATTHEWS POINTED OUT, AND THESE WERE NOW PROGRESSING TOGETHER WITH THE MAIN WORK.

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE WORKS, MR MATTHEWS NOTED, HAD BEEN THE CAREFUL DEMOLITION AND REMOVAL OF REDUNDANT PARTITIONS, ENCLOSURES, AIR-CONDITIONING AND OTHER EQUIPMENT.

THESE DEMOLITION WORKS HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED BY STRUCTURAL CONVERSION WORKS, INCLUDING RECONSTRUCTION OF THE TWO PRINCIPAL STAIRCASES, THE ADDITION OF A PASSENGER LIFT AND DUMB-WAITER, AND INSTALLING TWO GALLERIES INTO THE CHAMBER ITSELF.

IN SOME PARTS OF THE BUILDING, THE OLD BRICK AND GRANITE STRUCTURE HAD REQUIRED STRENGTHENING, PARTICULARLY THOSE ELEMENTS wHICH SUFFERED FROM DE-WATERING AND SETTLEMENT OF THE GROUND DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION’S CENTRAL STATION.

AFTER CONVERSION, THE FIRST FLOOR WILL BE USED AS THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER WITH CONFERENCE FACILITIES, AND THE GROUND AND SECOND FLOORS OF THE THREE-STOREY COURT BUILDING WILL BE OCCUPIED BY UMELCO.

KEEPING UP WITH MODERN DAY DEVELOPMENT THE CHAMBER WILL HAVE SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION FACILITIES AS WELL AS IMPROVED ARRANGEMENTS FOR FOUR PERMANENT TELEVISION POSITIONS AND FOUR RADIO COMMENTARY BOXES AT THE SECOND FLOOR LEVEL.

ON THE FIRST FLOOR, THERE WILL ALSO BE A SUITE FOR THE GOVERNOR (OR +PRESIDENT+ OF THE COUNCIL) AND HIS SUPPORTING STAFF, A FINANCE COMMITTEE ROOM, TWO CONFERENCE ROOMS FOR UMELCO, AND A PRESS ROOM.

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED ON THE GROUND FLOOR ARE THE COMPLAINTS OFFICE ROOMS, THREE INTERVIEW ROOMS, ONE COMPLAINTS WAITING ROOM, ONE COMPLAINTS MEETING ROOM, A GENERAL OFFICE WITH PRINTING FACILITIES AND A KITCHEN.

THE TOP FLOOR WILL HAVE OFFICES FOR UMELCO, A LIBRARY MEMBERS’ SUITE AND A SOCIAL-DINING AREA FOR OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS.

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THE IMMEDIATE ENVIRONS OF THE BUILDING ARE ALSO BEING IMPROVED IN A MANNER APPROPRIATE TO THE PRECINCTS OF THE BUILDING, wVHICH WILL BE DEFINED BY MEANS OF CAST-IRON EDWARDIAN LAMP STANDARDS AND BOLLARDS. AND WITHIN THE PRECINCTS, THERE wILL BE REMODELLING, USING MOSTLY HARD LANDSCAPE, BUT WITH SOME TREES.

ORIGINALLY DESIGNATED THE COURTS OF JUSTICE, THE BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED DURING THE PERIOD 1899-1910. A MEMORIAL STONE WAS LAID IN NOVEMBER 1903 BY THE THEN GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, SIR HARRY ARTHUR BLAKE.

THE BUILDING WAS OCCUPIED IN JANUARY 1912 AND SINCE THEN HAS HAD A SPECIAL POSITION AS THE CENTRE OF LEGAL AND JUDICIAL LIFE IN HONG KONG, IN ADDITION TO BEING A FAMILIAR LANDMARK.

IT WAS DESIGNED IN LONDON BY ARCHITECTS ASTON WEBB AND INGRESS BELL.

THE STYLE OF THE BUILDING IS +ECLECTIC+ - COMBINING FEATURES BELONGING TO THE +ENGLISH SCHOOL+ WITH ELEMENTS OF GREEK ARCHITECTURE.

THE BUILDING IS SURROUNDED BY TALL GRANITE COLUMNS SIMILAR TO IONIC ORDER, 18 METRES HIGH, AND AN ORNAMENTAL BALUSTRADE.

THE CENTRAL PORTION IS SURMOUNTED BY A PEDIMENT CONTAINING A SEMI-CIRCULAR OPENING AROUND WHICH ARE GROUPED THE ROYAL ARMS AND THE FIGURES OF MERCY AND TRUTH. ABOVE THE PEDIMENT IS A STATUE OF THE GREEK GODDESS +THEMIS+, DENOTING JUSTICE, WHICH STANDS THREE METRES HIGH.

THE WHOLE BUILDING IS FACED WITH GRANITE AND IS CROWNED BY A GRACEFUL DOME WITH FOUR PINNACLES AT EACH CORNER.

LARGE TILED ROOFS WITH GENEROUS EAVES SUPPORTED ON BLACK PAINTED TIMBER BRACKETS COVER THE REST OF THE BUILDING.

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DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE THREE LARGE COURTS, THE BUILDING HAS BEEN MODIFIED INTERNALLY SEVERAL TIMES SINCE IT WAS COMPLETED TO HOUSE A TOTAL OF 10 COURTROOMS* AND IT WAS IN THIS CONDITION THAT THE JUDICIARY SURRENDERED THE BUILDING.

ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE MAIN ROOMS HAVE RETAINED THEIR ORIGINAL STYLES, OTHERS HAVE BEEN ALTERED TO SUIT MODERN NEEDS. WORK ON THE EXTERIOR, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN PRIMARILY OF A RESTORATIVE NATURE TO PRESERVE THE HISTORIC VALUE OF THE BUILDING.

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SPECIAL QUEEN MOTHER STAMPS

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A SPECIAL SET OF STAMPS ON THE LIFE AND TIMES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER WILL BE ISSUED BY THE POST OFFICE ON AUGUST 7.

THIS SET IS PART OF AN OMNIBUS SERIES, ISSUED IN CONJUNCTION WITH 19 OTHER POSTAL ADMINISTRATIONS, FEATURING VARIOUS SCENES, PORTRAITS AND HISTORICAL EVENTS.

THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THAT HONG KONG IS PRODUCING STAMPS DEPICTING THE QUEEN MOTHER. A SI.3 STAMP WAS ISSUED ON AUGUST 4, 1980 TO COMMEMORATE HER 80TH BIRTHDAY.

THE STAMPS, WHICH HAVE ALL BEEN APPROVED BY THE QUEEN AND THE QUEEN MOTHER ARE IN DENOMINATIONS OF 40 CENTS, Sl, $1.3 AND $5.

THEY HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY THE RENOWNED BRITISH ARTIST, CLIVE ABBOTT, AND PRINTED IN UNWATERMARKED PAPER.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE ON SALE ON JULY 24.

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REMINDER TO NT LORRY DRIVERS * * * *

LORRY DRIVERS DELIVERING MUD, DEBRIS AND ALL KINDS OF REFUSE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ARE ADVISED TO PROPERLY COVER THEIR VEHICLES WITH CANVAS OR PLASTIC SHEET SO AS TO PREVENT RUBBISH FROM BEING BLOWN ONTO THE ROAD.

THEY ARE ALSO REMINDED OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO WASH THE WHEELS OF THEIR VEHICLES BEFORE LEAVING CONSTRUCTION SITES.

UNDER THE PUBLIC CLEANSING AND PREVENTION OF NUISANCES (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS, OFFENDERS WILL BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, 90 PERSONS WERE CONVICTED OF THE OFFENCES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES RESULTING IN A TOTAL FINE CF $40 400.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO STRESSED THAT IF EFFORTS TO CATCH THE DRIVER CF THE OFFENDING VEHICLE PROVE UNSUCCESSFUL, THE REGISTERED OwNER OR HIRER OF THE VEHICLE COULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OFFENCES.

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SUNDAY, JULY 7, 1985

URBCO MEETS BEFORE RECESS * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS LAST MONTHLY OPEN MEETING AT 2.30 P.M. ON TUESDAY BEFORE ITS GOES INTO ITS SUMMER RECESS.

THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, WILL MAKE A STATEMENT AND THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE MARKETS AND STREET TRADERS SELECT COMMITTEE, MR LEE CHIK-YUET, WILL MOVE A MOTION TO DECLARE A NUMBER OF MARKETS.

DURING QUESTION TIME, MRS MARGARET LI WILL ASK WHETHER THERE IS A PRIORITY LIST FOR CUTTING COSTS WITHOUT CUTTING SERVICES.

SHE WILL ALSO ENQUIRE IF THE COUNCIL WOULD MEASURE THE STRENGTH AND FORCE OF THE MANAGEMENT SERVICES AND AUDIT UNIT OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT OR ENLIST THE SERVICES OF OUTSIDE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS.

MR KWAN LIM-HO WANTS TO KNOW IF THE COUNCIL WOULD CONSIDER DEVELOPING THE OPEN SPACE AT THE JUNCTION OF MAN CHEONG STREET AND FERRY STREET INTO A BMX VELODROME, SIMILAR TO THE ONE AT LAI KOK ESTATE.

COUNCILLORS WILL DISCUSS NINE PAPERS AT COMMITTEE STAGE. THESE INCLUDE THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE PUBLIC TOILET AND SITTING-OUT AREA AT LAN KWAI FONG, THE ALIENATION OF A PORTION OF THE AMENITY PLOT NEAR THE JORDAN ROAD VEHICULAR FERRY PIER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ADDITIONAL VEHICULAR FERRY BERTH, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SITTING-OUT AREA AT KOWLOON PARK.

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BOOK REPORT WRITING COMPETITION ORGANISED

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IN SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR 1985, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE ORGANISING A BOOK REPORT WRITING COMPETITION FOR SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN.

THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT PROMOTING WIDE READING AND ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO READ DURING THE SUMMER VACATION, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

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THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTORS — THE SENIOR SECONDARY SECTION FOR STUDENTS OF FORM 4 TO 7, THE JUNIOR SECONDARY SECTION FOR FORM 1 TO 3 STUDENTS AND UPPER PRIMARY SECTION FOR STUDENTS OF PRIMARY 4 TO 6.

THOSE WISHING TO TAKE PART ARE ADVISED TO READ SUPPLEMENTARY CHINESE BOOKS, INCLUDING FABLES, STORIES, FICTIONS AND BIOGRAPHIES.

ENTRANTS SHOULD BE PRIMARY OR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 AND HOLDERS OF URBAN COUNCIL PUBLIC LIBRARY CARDS. THEY SHOULD ALSO BE MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL READING PROGRAMME.

THE LENGTH OF ENTRIES FOR THE SENIOR SECONDARY GROUP AND JUNIOR SECONDARY GROUP SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN 1 500 AND 1 000 WORDS RESPECTIVELY WHILE UPPER PRIMARY GROUP SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN 500 WORDS.

EACH STUDENT IS ALLOWED TO SUBMIT ONE ENTRY WHICH MUST BE THE ORIGINAL WORK WRITTEN ON CHINESE DRAFTING PAPER VERTICALLY OR HORIZONTALLY WITH PUNCTUATION MARKS WRITTEN INSIDE THE SQUARES. STUDENTS ARE ADVISED NOT TO WRITE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE PAPER.

THE BOOK REPORT SHOULD INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE BOOK, WRITER, PUBLISHER, SUMMARY OF CONTENT AND COMMENTS.

STUDENTS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR ENTRIES THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL HEADS TO THE CHINESE SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30.

BOOK COUPONS AND SOUVENIRS WILL BE AWARDED TO WINNING ENTRIES AND THERE WILL BE A FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE AND SEVEN MERIT AWARDS FOR EACH CATEGORY.

RESULTS WILL BE POSTED IN ALL URBAN COUNCIL PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN NOVEMBER AND PRIZE-WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY LETTERS SENT TO THEIR SCHOOLS.

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TREE-PLANTING DAYS ARRANGED

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS ARRANGED FOR A TREE PLANTING DAY TO BE HELD IN EACH OF THE NINE DISTRICTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

TWO SUCH DISTRICT-LEVEL TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGNS WILL BE ORGANISED THIS WEEK.

/ONE WILL .......

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ONE wILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY (JULY 9) IN NORTH DISTRICT /.HERE SOME 60 ENVIRONMENT-CONSCIOUS STUDENTS FROM THREE SCHOOLS .ILL PLANT 40 SAPLINGS AT THE KWU TUNG GRASS SOCCER PITCH IN

SHEUNG SHU I.

THEY WILL BE JOINED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH DISTRICT rOARD, MR PANG HANG-YIN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAW CHAK-TONG, THE DISTRICT OFFICER (NORTH), MR PETER TAM, AND THE NORTH DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR CHU KWONG-MAN.

THE OTHER TREE PLANTING DAY WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JULY 11), AT A MINI-SOCCER PITCH ON PENG CHAU ISLAND FOR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT RESIDENTS.

TAKING PART IN THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAM WAI-KEUNGl THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, MR YOUNG WING-YAU, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (ISLANDS), MR RAYMOND WONG, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR TAM PAK-HANG, AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT, MR IP KIT-TIT.

THEY WILL BE JOINED BY 30 STUDENTS WHO WILL PLANT 50 TREES TO MARK THE OCCASION.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS HAS BEEN UNDERLINED IN THE PLANNING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

+THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL HAVE MORE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES OR SOCIAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE MORE CONCERNED AND TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY,* MR MAK SAID.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE SCOUTS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON BAY DISTRICT.

/THEBE ABE ..

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THERE ARE ABOUT 400 EVENTS IN THE kWUN TONG ’SYP’, RANGING FROM RECREATION, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES TO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMMES.

+THIS YEAR, THERE WAS A 30 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMMES ORGANISED FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF KWUN TONG,+ SAID MR MAK.

THE SIX-WEEK SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL START OFF NEXT WEEK WITH A FAMILY FILM SHOW AND A TREE PLANTING DAY FOR YOUTHS.

MR MAK URGED THE MORE THAN 250 000 YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT TO JOIN THE PROGRAMME, WHICH HAS, LIKE MANY OTHER DISTRtCTS, ADOPTED THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR THEME OF ’PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT

AND PEACE*.

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE RECEIVED ABOUT 700 APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FROM MORE THAN 100 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES. THE COMMITTEE

APPROVED 391 APPLICATIONS.

KwUN TONG DISTRICT WAS ALLOCATED $345 000 FROM THE JOCKEY CLUB FUND.

PUBLICITY PAMPHLETS AND BOOKMARKS ON THE SYP ARE AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ITS SUB-OFFICES AND LOCAL YOUTH ORGANISATIONS. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-416315.

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FREE GAMES COUPONS FOR YOUTH CARNIVAL

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THE SEVEN-WEEK NORTH DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, FEATURING VARIOUS RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES, WILL BE OPENED ON SUNDAY (JULY 14).

A CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD TO LAUNCH THE PROGRAMME AT THE CENTRAL PLAYGROUND OF CHEUNG WAH ESTATE IN FANLING.

ABOUT 15 GAME STALLS WILL BE PUT UP AT THE CARNIVAL BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, THE ICAC AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO PROVIDE FUN AND GAMES FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ALIKE.

/PARTICIPANTS ABE........

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PARTICIPANTS ARE ADVISED THEY CAN OBTAIN FREE GAMES COUPONS ..HIGH ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS BRANCH OFF 1GES>, AND THE HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES AT CHOI YUEN ESTATE AND CHEUNG WAH ESTATE.

THE ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER TAM, AND THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG, WILL OFFICIATE AT AN OPENING CEREMONY.

OTHER EVENTS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME 4 INCLUDE VARIOUS SPORTS TRAINING AND COMPETITIONS, BARBECUES, FORUMS, PICNICS, VOLUNTEER TRAINING AND TRAINING CAMPS.

A LEAFLET WITH DETAILED INFORMATION OF THE PROGRAMME CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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CARNIVAL FUN FOR YOUTHS

*****

HUNDREDS OF YOUNGSTERS IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HAD LOTS OF FUN

.„ THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE MR JASPER LAM URGED YOUTHS TO MAKE GOOD USE OF THEIR VACATION BY ACTIVELY TAKING PART IN THE MANY ACTIVITIES ARRANGED FOR THEM OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, HE SAID: +THESE ACTIVITIES, -vHICH INCLUDE RECREATION, SPORTS, CRAFTWORK, INTEREST COURSES AND ACADEMIC ITEMS, WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTHS TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL, AND TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HUMAN RELATIONSHIP AND THE COMMUNITY THEY LIVE IN.+

-riur- *RARENTS SHOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN TO SPEND MORE cai ,H^T?Z™CTIVITIES’ RATHER THAN ALLOW THEM TO BE IDLE AND

RISK FALLING INTO CRIME,+ MR LAM SAID.

ROYAL H0NG K0NG UOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED $150 000 FOR ORGANISING SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT A ^°™eToEININS deTAILS OF THESE ACTIVITIES CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS BRANCH OFFICES.

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ADDITIONAL WORK ON TUEN MUN TOWN PARK *****

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE TUEN MUN TOWN PARK.

THE PARK, WHICH WILL COVER ABOUT 11.5 HECTARES, IS LOCATED NEXT TO THE NEW TOWN CENTRE AND CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND THE MAJOR HOUSING ESTATES OF YAU 01, ON TING AND SAN FAT.

THE MAIN FEATURE OF THE PROJECT’S SECOND PHASE IS A WATER CASCADE TO BE BUILT ON AN ARTIFICIAL HILL. THE HILL WILL BE PROVIDED WITH PATHWAYS, FOUR FOOTBRIDGES AND ACCESS TO A NUMBER OF VIEWING POINTS AT DIFFERENT LEVELS. SMALLER CASCADES AND POOLS FOR CHILDREN WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT.

OTHER FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED ARE CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS, A ROLLER SKATING RINK ON A 1 600-SQUARE-METRE SITE NEAR YAU 01 ESTATE, AND A PROMENADE LINKING YAU 01 ESTATE TO PUI TO ROAD.

THE PARK WILL BE EXTENSIVELY LANDSCAPED AND SURROUNDED BY ATTRACTIVELY MOUNDED AND PLANTED AREAS.

WORK ON THE SECOND PHASE WILL START IN SEPTEMBER WHEN THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PARK IS COMPLETED.

WORK ON THE FIRST PHASE, WHICH INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A LARGE ORNAMENTAL LAKE, WITH BOATING FACILITIES AND AN ISLAND CAFE, AN AMPHITHEATRE FOR OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT, CHILDREN’S PLAY AND SITTING AREAS, A PAVILION, TOILETS AND OTHER ANCILLARY FACILITIES, STARTED IN OCTOBER, 1983.

THESE FACILITIES WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC LATER THIS YEAR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 8, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE NEWS REPORTS ABOUT DISTRICTS URGED ...................... 1

NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS INCREASES ........................... 1

VIEWS ON RC BILL WILL BE CONSIDERED .......................... J

RSD MOUNTS ANTI-RODENT OPERATION IN TAI PO ................... 3

BRIEFING ON ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ............................... 4

SPECIAL SUMMER FOR YOUTHS IN TUEN MUN ........................ 4

BAMBOO — THE GRASS OF MANY USES .............................. 5

TRACK CYCLING SCHEME TO BE LAUNCHED .......................... 5

HK TEAM BOUND FOR WORLD GAMES ................................ 6

CONCERT CENTRES ON +LOVE AND PEACE+ .......................... 7

JOINT GRADUATION OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION..................... 7

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ......................................... 7

WATER CUTS IN TWO AREAS ...................................... 8

MONDAY, JULY 8, 1985

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MORE NEWS REPORTS ABOUT DISTRICTS URGED ******

KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK, THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON CALLED ON THE MEDIA TO GIVE MORE ATtENTION TO DISTRICT AFFAIRS, SO AS TO HELP PROMOTE RESIDENTS’ COMMUNITY AWARENSS.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE TV PROGRAMME, +GOOD MORNING, KWUN TONG+, MR MAK SA IDs +WHETHER IT IS NEWS REPORTS ON THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND DISTRICT AFFAIRS, OR FEATURES ABOUT THE DISTRICT’S LEGENDS AND DAILY LIFE, THE MEDIA HAVE A VITAL ROLE TO HELP FOSTER RESIDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE AND CONCERN ABOUT THEIR DISTRICTS.+

THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA, IN PARTICULAR, SHOULD PROVIDE MORE INFORMATIVE PROGRAMMES TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG, HE SAID.

+RESIDENTS MUST KNOW MORE ABOUT DISTRICT AFFAIRS BEFORE THEY CAN DEVELOP THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING AND EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON DISTRICT MATTERS,* MR MAK SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAM HANG-FAI, SAID: +IN THE PAST 10 YEARS AND IN THE NEXT DECADE, MANY PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT HAVE MADE OR WILL MAKE TO KWUN TONG THEIR HOME.*

+IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HELP NEW-COMERS TO THIS DISTRICT FEEL AT HOME, WHICH IS ONE OF THE TARGETS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD,* HE ADDED.

MR LAM SAID THE PROGRAMME +GOOD MORNING, KWUN TONG* WAS ONE WAY IN WHICH THE BOARD COULD ACHIEVE THIS.

SPEAKING ABOUT THE PROGRAMME, WHICH WILL BE HELD IN YUET WAH STREET PLAYGROUND ON JULY 19 AND BROADCAST LIVE ON TVB-JADE, THE DEPUTY PRODUCTION CONTROLLER OF THE HONG KONG TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED, MR TANG WAI-HUNG, SAID IT WOULD INCLUDE FEATURES ON THE HISTORY OF KWUN TONG, INTERVIEWS WITH LOCAL PERSONALITIES AND DISCUSSIONS ON DISTRICT ISSUES.

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NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS INCREASES ******

A TOTAL OF 90 554 WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS WERE IN OPERATION DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1983, WITH 551 711 PERSONS ENGAGED, ACCORDING TO SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED «I TH 1982, THE NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS AND PERSONS ENGAGED INCREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT AND FOUR PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

/TN 1983, THESE ........

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IN 1983, THESE ESTABLISHMENTS GENERATED $381 559 MILLION IN SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AND SPENT $18 672 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, $34 918 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES, AND $313 527 MILLION ON PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE.

COMPARED WITH 1982, SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS INCREASED

BY 18 PER CENT, WHILE COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES AND PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE WENT UP BY 16 PER CENT, 17 PER CENT AND 19 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

VALUE ADDED, REPRESENTING THE CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG, GREW BY 23 PER CENT TO $40 605 MILLION IN 1983, FROM $32 903 MILLION IN 1982.

ANALYSED BY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, THE SURVEY REVEALED THAT IN 1983, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADE RECORDED THE LARGEST SHARE OF SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AT $249 599 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT OF THE SECTOR TOTAL.

RETAIL TRADE ACCOUNTED FOR ANOTHER 16 PER CENT, WHILE WHOLESALE TRADE TOOK UP 13 PER CENT, RESTAURANTS FOUR PER CENT, AND HOTELS-BOARDING HOUSES ONE PER CENT.

IMPORT-EXPORT TRADE CONTRIBUTED 56 PER CENT

OF TOTAL VALUE WAS ACCOUNTED

ADDED IN THE SECTOR. THE REMAINING CONTRIBUTION -----------

FOR BY RETAIL TRADE (18 PER CENT), RESTAURANTS (13 PER CENT), WHOLESALE TRADE (EIGHT PER CENT) AND HOTELS-BOARDING HOUSES

(FIVE PER CENT).

WHEN COMPARED WITH 1982, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADE HAD THE LARGEST INCREASE IN SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS (22 PER CENT), FOLLOWED EY WHOLESALE TRADE (14 PER CENT), HOTELS-BOARDING HOUSES (13 PER CENT), RETAIL TRADE (10 PER CENT) AND RESTAURANTS (10 PER CENT).

IN TERMS OF VALUE ADDED, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADE ALSO RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE (35 PER CENT), FOLLOWED BY WHOLESALE TRADE (15 PER CENT), HOTELS-BOARDING HOUSES (14 PER CENT), RESTAURANTS (10 PER CENT) AND RETAIL TRADE (NINE PER CENT).

THE 1983 SURVEY wAS ONE IN A SERIES OF ANNUAL SURVEYS CONDUCTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASCERTAINING THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE AND SERVICE SECTOR AND UPDATING ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG.

DATA COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDED TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, FLOOR AREA, NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES, PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE, STOCKS, SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

THE DEPARTMENT IS NOW PREPARING A REPORT ON THE 1983 SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS, WHICH wILL CONTAIN A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS BY MAJOR TRADE GROUP AND ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE DEPARTMENT’S WHOLESALE-RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION AT 3-7244358. _____0________

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VIEWS ON RC BILL WILL BE CONSIDERED

*****

VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL WILL BE CONSIDERED BY UMELCO, MEMBERS OF THE KWAI CHUNG/TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD WERE TOLD TODAY.

THE ASSURANCE WAS GIVEN BY MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON WHEN HE AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL CONTINUED THEIR VISITS TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

MR CHEUNG TOLD THE BOARD THAT IT WAS ENCOURAGING THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAD SHOWN INTEREST IN THE BILL.

SUBJECTS RELATING TO MUNICIPAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT WERE ALSO DISCUSSED DURING THE MEETING WHICH WAS CO-CHAIRED AND MR HO TUNG-CHING, CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI CHUNG/TSING

BY MR CHEUNG

Yl DISTRICT

BOARD.

MR CHEUNG ALSO SAID THAT THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WOULD MAKE AN EFFORT TO PROMOTE THE CULTURAL, RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

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RSD MOUNTS ANTI-RODENT OPERATION IN TAI PO ******

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) MOUNTED A THREE-WEEK ANTI-RODENT OPERATION IN TwO TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS

IN TAI PO.

THEY ARE THE YUE KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AND SHUEN WAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, WITH A TOTAL POPULATION OF MORE THAN 15 000 PEOPLE.

THE OPERATION IS AIMED AT INSTILLING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF RODENTS AS A SANITARY NUISANCE AND TO SUPPRESS RODENT BREEDING li\ THE TWO TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

DURING THE OPERATION, RODENT CONTROL TEAMS WILL BE DEPLOYED TO INSPECT ALL POSSIBLE RODENT BREEDING PLACcS AND APPLYING TRAPS OR POISON BAITS ONCE RAT BREEDING IS TRACED.

HEALTH INSPECTORS OF THE RSD WILL VISIT RESIDENTS TO GIVE TECHNICAL ADVICE ON EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO tLIMINATE RODENT BREEDING AND EDUCATION TALKS ON WAYS TO DEAL wI TH ANY ASSOCIATED HEALTH HAZARDS.

THEY a ILL ALSO DISTRIBUTE POSTERS, HANDBILLS AND LEAFLETS TO RESIDENTS.

/THE SPOKESMAN .........

MONDAY, HJLY 8, 1985

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THERt WERE NO EFFECTIVE LONG-LASTING METHODS TO EXTERMINATE RATS BECAUSE ALL CONTROL MEASURES COULD BE EASILY OFFSET BY THE RAPID RATE OF REPRODUCTION OF RATS.

AS RATS WOULD MAKE FULL USE OF AVAILABLE FOOD AND SHELTERING THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE BEST WAY TO STOP THEM WAS TO KEEP ALL FOOD IN CONTAINERS AND LEAVE

PLACES TO BREED, FROM MULTIPLYING

NO REFUSE IN THE OPEN.

+A PREMISES THAT IS CLEAN AND TIDY KEEPS RATS AWAY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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BRIEFING ON ILLEGAL STRUCTURES * * * *

THE CHIEF BUILDING SURVEYOR OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, NR C.P. TSANG, WILL BE BRIEFING THE MEDIA ON ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN HOI FUNG BUILDING IN YAU MA TEI AT 10 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE BUILDING, AT 137-139 SHANGHAI STREET, IS ONE OF THE BUILDINGS SELECTED BY THE ACTION GROUP ON MULTI-STOREY BUILDING PROBLEMS, FORMED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

FOLLOWING THE BRIEFING, A TOUR WILL BE CONDUCTED TO SEE THE BUILDING’S ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND EXTENSIONS TO BE CLEARED.

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SPECIAL SUMMER FOR YOUTHS IN TUEN MUN

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THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL GROUPS HAVE ORGANISED A SPECIAL SUMMER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES IN THE COMING TWO MONTHS.

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, WHICH STARTS ON SATURDAY (JULY 13), WILL HAVE MORE THAN 400 EVENTS, OF WHICH ABOUT 100 HAVE ADOPTED THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR THEME OF +PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE+.

THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE LEADERSHIP-TRAINING COURSES, CAMPS, VISITS, SPORTS COMPETITIONS, PICNICS, FUN FAIRS AND MANY OTHER RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS.

THE TOTAL COST FOR THE PROGRAMME IS ABOUT >180 000, OF WHICH $165 000 IS FROM THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD FUND AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, WHILE THE REST COMES FROM LOCAL DONATIONS.

TO MARK THE OPENING CEREMONY ON SATURDAY AT YAN 01 SQUARE, A SPECTACULAR VARIETY SHOW CONSISTING OF VARIOUS INTERESTING GAME STALL COMPETITIONS, SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGE OF SIX AND 15 WILL BE STAGED.

TO PUBLICISE THIS YEAR’S TUEN MUN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, THE DISTRICT BOARD ISSUED AN ACTIVITIES LEAFLET, WHICH IS AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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BAMBOO -- THE GRASS OF MANY USES

X X * X

A MOST REMARKABLE GIFT OF NATURE IS THE BAMBOO, THE MOST VERSATILE GRASS IMAGINABLE. IT CAN BE USED AS A MEDICINE, TO MAKE ROPES, FOR FISHING RODS, TO MAKE SKIS OR POLE-VAULTS, OR OF COURSE IT CAN BE EATEN. LITERALLY THERE ARE A THOUSAND AND ONE DIFFERENT USES TO WHICH MANKIND PUTS TH IS REMARKABLE GRASS.

THE BOOKLET +HONG KONG BAMBOOS+ IS THE LATEST PRODUCTION IN THE URBAN COUNCIL’S VALUABLE SERIES OF BOOKLETS ON THE FLORA AND FAUNA OF HONG KONG.

IT WAS WRITTEN BY DR PAUL PUI-HAY BUT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG,MESSRS CHIA LIANG-CHI AND FUNG HOK-LAM OF THE SOUTH CHINA INSTITUTE OF BOTANY, ACADEMIA SINICA AND MR SHIU-YING HU OF THE ARNOLD ARBORETUM, HARVARD UNIVERSITY.

FEW OF US PROBABLY EVER GIVE MORE THAN A GLANCE TO A CLUMP OF BAMBOO, YET THE AUTHORS HAVE PRODUCED A FASCINATING ACCOUNT OF THE MANY DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF BAMBOO TO BE FOUND IN HONG KONG, AND, MORE IMPORTANT FOR THE LAYMAN PROBABLY, THE EXTRAORDINARILY WIDE RANGE OF USES TO WHICH THEY ARE PUT IN HONG KONG.

PRICED AT $18, THE RICHLY ILLUSTRATED, FULL-COLOUR 90-PAGE BOOKLET IS AVAILABLE FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, 1/F, CLUB LUSITANO BUILDING, 16 ICE HOUSE STREET DURING OFFICE HOURS AND FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL BOOKSHOP, CITY HALL LOW BLOCK, BETWEEN NOON AND 8 P.M. DAILY EXCEPT ON MONDAYS.

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TRACK CYCLING SCHEME TO BE LAUNCHED * * * * *

WITH

SCHEME

(TH THE LAUNCHING OF ‘TERRITORY-WIDE TOACK CYCLING DEVELOPMENT , YOUNG PEOPLE WILL SOON BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE SPORT.

tup srnFME JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE DIVISION OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND THE H^NG KONG Sn SI ASSOCIATION WILL BE HELD AT THE VELODROME OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN sSa TIN FROM MID-JULY UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST.

. DcrDCATinu ANn SPORT OFFICER. MR LI CHUN-MAN, SAID THAT THE SCHEME WAS TO PROMOTE THE SPORT AND PREPARE PARTICIPANTS FOR FUTURE COMPETITIONS.

/THE PROGRAMME

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THE PROGRAMME WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO STAGESi ELEMENTARY (STAGE I) TRAINING FROM JULY 13 TO AUGUST 18 AND INTERMEDIATE (STAGE II) TRAINING IS FROM JULY 30 UNTIL AUGUST 27.

APPLICANTS, WHO SHOULD BE AGED 14 AND ABOVE WITH SOME CYCLING EXPERIENCE, MUST ATTEND AN AUDITION. THOSE WHO FAIL TO MEET THE NECESSARY REQUIREMENT MUST TAKE PRELIMINARY LESSONS BEFORE JOINING THE ELEMENTARY TRAINING COURSE.

ON COMPLETION OF THE ELEMENTARY TRAINING WHICH COMPRISES FOUR PRACTICAL AND TWO THEORETICAL SESSIONS, PARTICIPANTS MAY SHARPEN THEIR SKILLS IN THE INTERMEDIATE TRAINING COURSE.

THEY WILL ALSO HAVE THE CHANCE TO TEST THEIR SKILLS IN COMPETITIONS TO BE HELD ON AUGUST 29 AND SEPTEMBER 3.

OUTSTANDING CYCLISTS WILL BE AWARDED PRIVILEGE CARDS TO USE THE FACILITIES AT THE VELODROME FREE TO PRACTISE TRACK CYCLING MORE FREQUENTLY.

INTERESTED PERSONS SHOULD APPLY NOW FOR FORMS AT THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE DIVISION, MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AT 14TH FLOOR, RUTTONJEE HOUSE, 11 DUDDELL STREET, CENTRAL.

FOR ENQUIRIES CALL 5-224415.

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HK TEAM BOUND FOR WORLD GAMES ******

A TEAM FROM HONG KONG WILL LEAVE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FOR LOS ANGELES TO TAKE PART IN THE 15TH WORLD GAMES FOR THE DEAF.

THE TEAM — MADE UP OF SEVEN ATHLETES AND FOUR OFFICIALS --WILL BE THE FIRST TO BE SENT FROM HONG KONG TO THE EVENT, WHICH IS-HELD EVERY FOUR YEARS.

THE TEAM WILL COMPETE IN TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS AND TABLETENNIS COMPETITIONS.

PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (RECREATION AND SPORT) OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, MR DICKEN YUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT A SEND-OFF CEREMONY FOR THE TEAM AT 10 AM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE AIRPORT PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM.

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CONCERT CENTRES ON +LOVE AND PEACE+ *****

a CONCERT «I TH A THEME ON LOVE AND PEACE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE *ILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH TO PROMOTE THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

THE CONCERT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT CFFICc THE NORTH POINT WEST AREA COMMITTEE AND THE NORTH POI NT YOUTH~CENTRE OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUP, AND SPONSORED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FUND.

THE CONCERT, FEATURING BALLET, S ’NGING, DANCING AND SLIDE SHOwS, WILL BE HELD AT 8 PM ON AUGUST 1 (THURSDAY) AT THE SHOUSON THEATRE OF THE ARTS CENTRE.

TICKETS AT $10 ARE AVAILABLE AT THE NORTH POINT YOUTH CENTRE, NORTH POINT ESTATE.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CONCERT CAN BE MADE ON TELEPHONE 5-613769.

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JOINT GRADUATION OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION * * * *

A TOTAL OF 953 GRADUATES OF THE GRANTHAM, NORTHCOTE AND SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGES OF EDUCATION WILL RECEIVE THEIR CERTIFICATES AT A JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY ON FRIDAY (JULY 12).

THE CEREMONY FOR THE GRADUATES, WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TWO-YEAR OR THREE-YEAR FULL-TIME PRE-SERVICE TRAINING COURSE, WILL BE HELD AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL, KOWLOON.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, MR PETER WONG, WILL ADDRESS THE GRADUATES WHILE MRS WONG WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES AT THE CEREMONY.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, WILL CHAIR THE CEREMONY.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 5^.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 349.154 MILLION CUBIC l-ETRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 470.474 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 80.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WATER

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO A WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 AM WATER MAINS WORK.

CUTS IN TWO AREAS * * *

NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KOWLOON CITY TO 6 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 11) FOR

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY MOK CHEONG STREET, TO KWA WAN ROAD, MA TAU KOK ROAD AND KOWLOON CITY ROAD, INCLUDING 3-19 MOK CHEONG STREET AND THE LARGE ANIMAL QUARANTINE DEPOT AT MA TAU KOK ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SAU MAU PING WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THE SAME DAY (THURSDAY) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY SAU MAU PATH AND SAU MAU PING ROAD, INCLUDING BLOCK NOS. 42 TO 45, SAU MAU PING ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PLAN TO REMOVE REPORTING RESTRICTIONS..........................   1

JENKINS BILL SAID TO BE BAD ALL ROUND ........................... 2

12 BILLS FOR LEGCO MEETING ...................................... 4

PRESS FACILITY FOR LAND COMMISSION MEETING ...................... 5

URBCO MINDFUL OF NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE — CHEONG-LEEN ............ 5

87 095 GET FREE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ......................... 6

FOUR NEW FaCES ON TRADE ADVISORY BOARD ......................... 10

FIRST CHOLERA CASE CONFIRMED ..................................  10

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED........................................ 11

HK SHIPPING REGISTER - SUBMISSIONS REQUIRED BY END JULY ........ 11

PUBLIC WELCOME TO ATTEND MEETINGS .............................. 13

HK TEAM LEAVES FOR LOS ANGELES GAMES ........................... 15

COUNCIL RECORDS +PAPER SURPLUS+ OF SJ2 MILLION ...............   14

$5M EXTRA GRANT SOUGHT FOR SCHOOL............................... 15

S^.7 MILLION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR LAN KWAI FONG ............  16

LAYOUT PLAN FOR SITTING-OUT AREA APPROVED ...................... 16

USD'S MANAGEMENT SERVICES, AUDIT UNIT UNDER REVIEW ............. 17

PERMANENT DEVELOPMENT OF OPEN SPACE DEFERRED ................... 18

LICENSING OFFICE ON THE MOVE ................................... 18

LAND ALIENATED FOR ADDITIONAL VEHICULAR FERRY BERTH ............ 19

COURTESY VISIT TO SAI KUNG ..................................... 19

PROHIBITED ZONE IN SAI KUNG..................................... 19

GRADUATION CEREMONY...........................................   20

CALL FOR CARE IN COUNTRYSIDE..................................   20

SHA TAU KOK ROAD BEING IMPROVED ................................ 21

LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGES  ............................   21

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1985 1

PLAN TO REMOVE REPORTING RESTRICTIONS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL MOVE A MOTION AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO REMOVE RESTRICTIONS ON REPORTING CF PUBLIC SESSIONS OF THE COUNCIL’S SELECT COMMITTEES. THIS CHANGE HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE TRIAL OF COMMERCIAL CRIMES IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE COMMITTEE’S WORK.

UNDER STANDING ORDER 63 OF THE COUNCIL, EVIDENCE TAKEN BEFORE A SELECT COMMITTEE AND DOCUMENTS PRESENTED TO THE COMMITTEE MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED BY ANY PERSON OR ANY MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE BEFORE IT HAS REPORTED TO THE FULL COUNCIL.

THIS WAS INTENDED TO AVOID ANY PREMATURE PUBLICATION OF EVIDENCE WHICH MIGHT UNDULY INTERFERE WITH THE WORK OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE BEFORE IT HAS CONCLUDED ITS DELIBERATIONS.

HOWEVER, AS THERE IS PROVISION UNDER ANOTHER STANDING ORDER (62) FOR THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO MEET IN PUBLIC IF IT WANTS TO DO SO, AN ANOMALOUS SITUATION MAY ARISE IN WHICH EVIDENCE GIVEN IN PUBLIC MAY NOT BE IMMEDIATELY REPORTED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

TO AVOID SUCH A SITUATION, A PROPOSAL WILL BE MOVED TOMORROW TO AMEND STANDING ORDER 63, WHICH WILL THEN READ AS FOLLOWS:

+THE EVIDENCE TAKEN BEFORE A SELECT COMMITTEE AND DOCUMENTS PRESENTED TO THE COMMITTEE SHALL NOT, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF SITTINGS OF THE COMMITTEE HELD IN PUBLIC, BE PUBLISHED BY A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE OR BY ANY OTHER PERSON BEFORE THE COMMITTEE HAVE PRESENTED THEIR REPORT TO THE COUNCIL.+

IT CANNOT BE RULED OUT THAT THERE WOULD BE OCCASIONS WHEN THERE IS GENUINE NEED FOR CONFIDENTIALITY TO BE KEPT ABOUT MATTERS COMING BEFORE A SELECT COMMITTEE. AN EXAMPLE WOULD BE WHERE THE REPUTATION OF INDIVIDUALS COULD BE JEOPARDISED. ANOTHER EXAMPLE WOULD BE ON MATTERS RELATING TO CONFIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL INFORMATION OR THE PUBLICATION OF FINANCIAL OR COMMERCIAL INFORMATION WHICH MIGHT UNDULY AFFECT THE STOCK MARKET, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE NOTED THAT STANDING ORDERS AND AMENDMENTS TO THEM WERE MADE BY RESOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND WERE DESIGNED TO REGULATE THE COUNCIL’S OWN PROCEEDINGS. +THEY HAVE EVOLVED AS A RESULT OF LONG EXPERIENCE BOTH IN HONG KONG AND ELSEWHERE AND HAVE WORKED WELL IN PRACTICE,* HE SAID.

AT THE SAME MEETING, CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS WILL BE MADE TO THE STANDING ORDERS TO DELETE REFERENCES TO THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE.

FOLLOWING THE ENACTMENT OF THE OATHS AND DECLARATIONS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS NOW HAVE THE CHOICE OF AN ALTERNATIVE OATH WHICH THEY MIGHT PREFER WHEN THEY TAKE UP THEIR SEATS.

/THE SPOKESMAN

JULY 9, 1985 .

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THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT OTHER THAN THESE TWO CHANGES, IT IS NOT THE INTENTION TO PROPOSE FURTHER CHANGES TO STANDING ORDERS IN THE PRESENT SESSION.

HOWEVER IT IS RECOGNISED THAT FURTHER CHANGES WILL BE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ADAPT THE PROCEDURES OF THE COUNCIL TO THOSE REQUIRED EY THE ENLARGED AND PARTIALLY ELECTED COUNCIL WHICH WILL BE FORMED IN OCTOBER. SOME THOUGHT HAS ALREADY BEEN GIVEN TO THESE CHANGES BUT INSUFFICIENT TIME REMAINS IN THE CURRENT SESSION TO COME TO ANY CONCLUSIONS. IN ANY EVENT IT IS FOR THE NEW COUNCIL TO DECIDE HOW ITS PROCEEDINGS SHOULD BE REGULATED.

ANY

IT WAS THEREFORE THE PRESIDENT’S INTENTION TO CONSULT MEMBERS CF THE NEW COUNCIL ON THE PROCEDURE FOR REVIEW AND THE PUBLICITY ARRANGEMENTS.

+ IN EXISTING CLERK OF SAID.

THE

THE MEANTIME, IF ANY ORGANISATION WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE STANDING ORDERS, THEY ARE FREE TO SEND THEIR VIEWS TO THE COUNCILS AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFF ICES,+ THE SPOKESMAN

SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE STANDING ORDERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ARE CONTAINED IN THE LAWS OF HONG KONG. THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR STUDY IN THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES LIBRARY OR THEY MAY BE PURCHASED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

CENTRE FOR $55, INCLUDING AMENDMENTS.

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JENKINS BILL SAID TO BE BAD ALL ROUND *****

THE PROTECTIONIST JENKINS BILL IS FUNDAMENTALLY BAD — BAD FOR THE UNITED STATES, BAD FOR MANY FRIENDS OF THE UNITED STATES AND BAD FOR WORLD TRADE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO, TOLD VISITING AMERICAN CONGRESSMEN LAST NIGHT.

MR HO WAS SPEAKING AT A DINNER IN HONOUR OF THE PARTY, LED BY CONGRESSMAN DON BONKER, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUB-COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY AND TRADE.

MR HO OUTLINED THE EXTENT OF AMERICAN INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG AND THE TERRITORY’S COMMITMENT TO FREE TRADE. THE JENKINS BILL, HE SAID, +WOULD HIT HONG KONG WHICH IS UNJUST AND UNJUSTIFIED. BUT STEPPING FOR A MOMENT OUTSIDE OUR PAROCHIAL INTERESTS, I BELIEVE THE BILL IS FUNDAMENTALLY BAD, BAD FOR THE UNITED STATES, BAD FOR MANY FRIENDS OF THE UNITED STATES, AND BAD FOR WORLD TRADE. I WOULD URGE YOU ALL TO DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO OPPOSE IT.+

HE ADDED THAT HONG KONG WAS +NOT A LITTLE BEWILDERED BECAUSE WE ARE A COMPLETELY OPEN ECONOMY - DOING WHAT SUCCESSIVE U.S. ADMINISTRATIONS PREACH - AND YET YOUR ACTIONS SEEM TARGETTED AT US. THESE SHOCKS NOTWITHSTANDING, I WOULD LIKE TO CONCLUDE BY REAFFIRMING OUR TRUST IN FAIR PLAY AND OUR COMMITMENT TO MAINTAINING OUR OPEN MARKET POLICIES AND OUR EXCELLENT COMMERICAL RELATIONS WITH THE U.S.+

/MR HO .......

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1985

MR HO POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG’S IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. HAVE GROWN AT AN AVERAGE OF 13 PER CENT PER ANNUM BETWEEN 1974 AND 1984. IN PER CAPITA TERMS U.S. IMPORTS INTO THE TERRITORY IN 1984 REPRESENTED ABOUT U.S.$570 PER HEAD, SUBSTANTIALLY MORE THAN THE EEC AT $170, JAPAN AT $200, KOREA AT $150, TAIWAN AT $270 AND AUSTRALIA AT $310.

HONG KONG PROVIDES A BASE FOR OVER 800 U.S. FIRMS AND IT WELCOMES OVERSEAS INVESTMENT OFFERING AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THERE IS FREE FLOW OF CAPITAL AND OF RETURN ON INVESTMENT WITHOUT EXCHANGE CONTROLS.

THE U.S. IS THE LARGEST SOURCE OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, ACCOUNTING FOR 54 PER CENT OF TOTAL OVERSEAS INVESTMENT. OVER 120 FACTORIES ARE WHOLLY OR PARTLY OWNED BY U.S. INTERESTS, EMPLOYING 40 000 WORKERS, OVER FOUR PER CENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKFORCE. SALES OF THESE CONCERNS IN 1983 AMOUNTED TO U.S.$1.7 BILLION, NEARLY 10 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN THE YEAR.

+IN THE IMPORTANT AREA OF PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, HONG KONG HAS UNIQUELY STRONG LEGISLATION WHICH IS VIGOROUSLY ENFORCED BY THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT AND, IN CIVIL AREAS, BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. WE BELIEVE THAT THE REMEDIES AVAILABLE UNDER OUR LEGISLATION ARE UNRIVALLED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD,+ MR HO SAID.

STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF TEXTILES AND APPAREL TO HONG KONG, MR HO EXPRESSED DISMAY AND ALARM AT THE JENKINS BILL: +WHICH WE BELIEVE TO BE IN NO-ONE’S INTEREST, LEAST OF ALL THE U.S.+

THE BILL WOULD RESULT IN INCREASED COSTS TO CONSUMERS WHICH WOULD BE MOST CONCENTRATED IN LOWER INCOME GROUPS, IT WAS IN CONFLICT WITH THE GATT, THE MFA AND WITH BILATERAL AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE U.S. AND MANY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, IT WAS DISCRIMINATORY IN THAT LIMITS WOULD NOT APPLY TO CANADA AND THE EEC, IT WOULD EXACERBATE EXISTING FRICTIONS IN DEVELOPED-DEVELOPING COUNTRY RELATIONS, IT WOULD INVITE RAPID AND DAMAGING RETALIATION AGAINST U.S. EXPORTS, AND IT WOULD THREATEN WORLD TRADE GENERALLY.

+IT WOULD CERTAINLY NOT FURTHER THE PROPOSAL, TO WHICH THE U.S. IS COMMITTED, OF LAUNCHING A MAJOR ROUND OF NEW TRADE NEGOTIATIONS TO HALT AND REVERSE THE SPREAD OF PROTECTIONISM,* SAID MR HO WHO ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES COULD NOT EARN FOREIGN CURRENCY THEY COULD NOT SPEND IT OR USE IT TO SERVICE THEIR DEBTS.

+IN 1983 FIGURES, DEVELOPING COUNTRIES PURCHASED MORE THAN U.S.$75 BILLION WORTH, ABOUT 38 PER CENT, OF U.S. MERCHANDISE EXPORTS, EXCEEDING U.S. EXPORTS TO WESTERN EUROPE AND JAPAN COMBINED,* HE SAID.

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12

TWELVE BILLS, SIX

BILLS FOR LEGCO MEETING

* * * *

QUESTIONS AND A MOTION TO AMEND THE _____________ LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL BE AMONG MATTERS

FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW.

THE SEVEN NEW BILLS ARE:

* PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES (JOINT LIAISON GROUP) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

* BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 19855

K MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 19855

* COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) felLL 1985 5

* CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

* EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985 AND

* FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985.

FIVE BILLS ARE DUE FOR COMMITTEE STAGE AND FINAL READING:

* REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL 1985;

* CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985’

* ELECTIONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1985;

* WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 AND

* LLOYDS BANK (MERGER) BILL 1985.

QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED WILL DEAL WITH SUCH MATTERS AS THE REPATRIATION OF SOME HONG KONG FISHERMEN’S WIVES BACK TO CHINA, THE BOUGHT PLACE SCHEME IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND PREVENTIVE NEASURES AGAINST MALARIA.

AND A STATEMENT WILL BE MADE BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON CHANGES TO THE APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE APPROVED DURING THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1984-85.

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TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1985

5

PRESS FACILITY FOR LAND COMMISSION MEETING

* * * *

THE FIRST MEETING OF THE LAND COMMISSION WILL BE HELD IN A SCHOOL BLOCK AT THE VICTORIA BARRACKS AT 10 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

PRESS AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE CONFERENCE ROOM FOR A FEW MINUTES BEFORE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION PROCEED WITH THEIR BUSINESS.

URBCO MINDFUL OF NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE — CHEONG-LEEN

* * * *

IN CARRYING OUT ITS LONG-TERM AND CHALLENGING TASK OF BRINGING A BETTER, HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER LIFE TO THE LOCAL POPULATION, THE URBAN COUNCIL IS PARTICULARLY MINDFUL OF THE NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

THIS IS BECAUSE THE COUNCIL ALWAYS MAINTAINS THAT HONG KONG’S REAL WEALTH IS IN ITS BUDDING YOUNG PEOPLE.

ADDRESSING THE COUNCIL OPEN MEETING TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN, MR CHEONG-LEEN, SAID THAT APART FROM ORGANISING A WIDE VARIETY OF YOUTH PROGRAMMES, THE COUNCIL ALSO GIVES BACKING TO ANY ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL FOSTER THE DEVELOPMENT CF BOTH MIND AND BODY.

HE SAID: +SINCE THE EARLY 197OS, THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS STRIVEN TO MEET ITS AMBITIOUS TARGETS OF PROVIDING RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURE WITHIN THE REACH OF THE MAN IN THE STREET, YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR, AS WELL AS PROMOTING THE GENERAL STANDARDS OF SPORTS, ARTS AND CULTURE. AND LET ME ADD THAT MUCH HAS BEEN ACHIEVED OVER THE PAST YEARS.

+ INDEED THE COUNCIL’S ROLE IN PROVIDING HEALTHY OUTLET FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S ENERGIES HAS PAID OFF HANDSOMELY. THIS CAN BE SEEN FROM THE FACT THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE HARD-WORKING, DEDICATED AND LAW-ABIDING, AS WELL AS, OF COURSE, BEING FUN-LOVING.

♦THEY TAKE A HEALTHY INTEREST IN WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND THEM, ARE AWARE OF THE BENEFITS OF MORE ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT IN CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, AND COMMUNITY WORK.*

/MR CHEONG-LEEN .......

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1985

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MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THIS YEAR IS PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AS THE UNITED NATIONS HAS DESIGNATED IT AS THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, IN WHICH THE URBAN COUNCIL IS PLAYING AN ACTIVE ROLE.

+WITH HONG KONG’S FUTURE ASSURED, OUR YOUNG PEOPLE CAN HAVE GREATER CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG AND CAN SHARE IN THE PROSPERITY THAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE TERRITORY.

+l TRUST THAT THEY WILL JOIN HANDS IN HELPING TO CREATE NOT ONLY A BETTER FUTURE OF HONG KONG, BUT ALSO A BETTER LIFE-STYLE FOR ALL,+ ADDED MR CHEONG-LEEN.

ON THE BASIC LAW, THE CHAIRMAN URGED ALL URBAN COUNCILLORS TO MAKE THEIR VIEWS KNOWN TO THE 23 HONG KONG REPRESENTATIVES, ADDING THAT +THE CONSIDERED VIEWS OF COUNCIL MEMBERS COULD ALSO BE MADE THE SUBJECT OF A MOTION IN THIS COUNCIL AT AN APPROPRIATE DATE.*

HE SAID HE BELIEVED IT WAS VITAL TO THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE THAT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE OF THE DISCUSSIONS OF THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING COMMITTEE SHOULD BE DISCLOSED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION, THEREBY STRENGTHENING LOCAL CONFIDENCE IN OUR LONG-TERM FUTURE.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO RAISED THE POSSIBILITY THAT MORE OF THE COUNCIL’S SELECT COMMITTEES AND PANELS WOULD FOLLOW THE LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD, THE LIBRARIES SELECT COMMITTEE AND THE MARKETS AND STREET TRADERS SUB-COMMITTEE IN HOLDING THEIR MEETINGS IN PUBLIC.

ON RELATIONS WITH THE URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS, THE CHAIRMAN SAID CONSULTATIONS WITH ALL 10 WERE IN PROGRESS ON THE COUNCIL’S 5-YEAR CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE IMPROVED MUNICIPAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES.

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87 095 GET FREE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES

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ALL 87 095 PUPILS PARTICIPATING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SYSTEM HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED FORM I OR MIDDLE I PLACES IN GOVERNMENT, AIDED OR PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

+ALL PLACES ALLOCATED ARE THREE-YEAR PLACES FOR WHICH NO TUITION FEES WILL BE CHARGED,+ HE SAID.

RESULTS OF ALLOCATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL PARTICIPATING PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON FRIDAY (JULY 12).

/WHEN INQUIRING

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TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1985

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WHEN INQUIRING ABOUT THEIR ALLOCATION, PUPILS SHOULD FOLLOW THE ARRANGEMENTS SET DOWN BY THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOLS. THEY SHQULD ALSO TAKE WITH THEM THEIR PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORMS THAT THEIR ALLOCATION SLIPS MAY BE ATTACHED TO THE FORMS. f ;

+ALL PUPILS SHOULD REPORT DURING THE FIRST REGISTRATION PERIOD TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DATES AND TIMES SPECIFIED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN SUPPLIED TO ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS,* HE ADDED.

WHEN REPORTING TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR REGISTRATION, PUPILS MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING!

(A) PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORMS, TO WHICH THEIR INDIVIDUAL ALLOCATION SLIPS HAVE BEEN STAPLED OR GLUED;

(B) THE ADMISSION SLIPS ;

(C) BIRTH CERTIFICATES, HONG KONG JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS OR OTHER DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF THEIR DATE OF BIRTH AND THEIR STATUS AS PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG;

(D) LATEST SCHOOL REPORTS, IF ANY ; AND

(E) TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS.

PUPILS WHO FAIL TO REPORT TO THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOLS ALLOCATED DURING THE FIRST REGISTRATION PERIOD WHICH FALLS ON JULY 16 AND 17, WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO TAKE UP THE PLACES ALLOCATED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PUPILS OR THEIR PARENTS WHO HAVE GENUINE DIFFICULTY IN REPORTING TO THEIR ALLOCATED SECONDARY SCHOOLS DURING THE FIRST REGISTRATION PERIOD SHOULD CONTACT THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION BEFORE JULY 16 SO THAT OTHER ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE MADE.

+THE SECOND REGISTRATION DAY (JULY 24) IS MAINLY FOR PUPILS WHO HAVE TO SEEK TRANSFER DUE TO HOME-MOVING OR REASONS OF ACCESSIBILITY,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

+THEY OR THEIR PARENTS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARY OR HIS ASSISTANT, OR THE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER CF THE NET-AREA TO WHICH THEY WISH TO TRANSFER,* HE ADDED.

THE PUPILS OR THEIR PARENTS COULD ALTERNATIVELY CONTACT A SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THEIR CHOICE IN THE NET TO WHICH THEY WISH TO TRANSFER, AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL SHOULD THEN SEEK APPROVAL FROM THE DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARY OF HIS NET ON BEHALF CF THE PUPILS BEFORE ADMITTING THE PUPILS.

/+IN THE........

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+IN THE CASE OF A TYPHOON AFFECTING HONG KONG DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIODS, HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE MEDIA FOR ANY NECESSARY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-8912200.

THE NAMES, OFFICE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARIES ARE PROVIDED IN THE ATTACHED LIST.

(A) DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARIES

SCH NET/AREA SECRETARY ADDRESS TEL NO. EXT

HK 1 2 3 4 CWS WC E CWS MR C.S. POON MS B.L. CHAN MRS JOYCE LUI MR K.H. LAW 3/F, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, HK 5-8392350 5-8392342 5-8392334 5-8392353

K 1 2 YMT MK MRS M.C. CHAN MR T.T. LIU KOWLOON GOVT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 6/F AND 7/F, KLN 3-884111 3-884111 297 288

3 KC MRS C.M. KWAN TO KWA WAN MARKET AND GOVT OFFICES, 8/F, 165 MA TAU WAI ROAD, KLN 3-7140444

4 5 SSP SSP MS H.Y. LEUNG MRS K.L. LI KOWLOON GOVT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 6/F AND 7/F, KLN 3-884111 3-884111 273 236

6 KC MR C.K. CHOW TO KWA WAN MARKET AND GOVT OFFICES, 8/F, 165 MA TAU WAI ROAD, KLN 3-7140835

7 8 WTS WTS MR P.W. TAM MS L.F. CHOI, ANITA KOWLOON GOVT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 6/F AND 7/F, KLN 3-884111 3-884111 250 259

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9 13 11 KT KT KT MR C.C. TAI MR G. SINGH MRS Y. CHOW KOWLOON EAST GOVT OFFICES, 9/F, 12 LE1 YU MUN ROAD, KWUN TONG, KLN 3-498712 3-498186 3-497138

NT 1 2 3 KWC KWC TW MS Y.H. WONG MRS F.P. WONG MRS L.K. CHEUNG KWAI HING GOVT OFFICES, 7/F, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG NT 0-213019 0-215617 0-213279

4 TM MR C.K. TAM FAR EAST BANK BLDG, 1/F, (FRONT), 135-143 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NT 0-4989758

5 YL MS W.Y. YEUNG YUEN LONG GOVT OFFICES, 4/F, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG, NT 0-799308

6 TP MRS M.H. LIU ROOM 400-401, 4/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN, NT 0-6981817

7 ST MR T.K. AU 3/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN, NT 0-6981076

8 SK MR K.L. LAM SAI KUNG GOVT OFFICES, 1/F, SAI KUNG MARKET, SAI KUNG, NT 3-2813938

9 1 MR S.N. LAU ROOM 707-9, YU YUET LAI BLDG, 43-45 WYNDHAM STREET, HK 5-231719

13 N MR W.M. CHOI ROOM 400-1, 4/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN, NT 0-6981774

(B) SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION

LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE, 5-8912200 269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, 5/F, WAN CHAI,

HK

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FOUR NEW FACES ON TRADE ADVISORY BOARD * * * *

FOUR NEW MEMBERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO THE TRADE ADVISORY BOARD WHICH HELD ITS FIRST MEETING FOR THE JULY 1985 TO JUNE 1986 'rEAR TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE FOUR ARE MR ALAN CHUANG, MR GARY HARILELA, MR RAY MAN LEUNG AND MRS ELEANOR LING.

FIGHT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WHO SERVED ON THE BOARD LAST YEAR HAVE BEEN REAPPOINTED FOR ANOTHER YEAR. THEY ARE MR WILLIAM TURNBULL, W PAUL YIN, MR ALEXANDER AU, MR CHRISTOPHER CHENG, MR WARREN HUI, S.H. SUNG, MR KENNETH TING AND MR K.Y. YEUNG.

RETIRING FROM THE BOARD ARE MR EDMUND YOUNG, WHO SERVED FOR FIVE YEARS SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1980, MR K. SITAL, M? I.R. TOMLIN, MR K.Y. SHAM, MR STEPHEN LAU AND MR FRANK LIN.

+1 WOULD LIKE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THESE RETIRING MEMBERS FOR

THE VALUABLE SERVICE WHICH THEY HAVE GIVEN AND FOR THE CONSCIENTIOUS WAY IN WHICH THEY HAVE CARRIED OUT THEIR DUTIES ON THE BOARD,+ THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR ERIC HO, SAID TODAY.

THE BOARD ADVISES THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY ON MATTERS AFFECTING HONG KONG’S TRADE — OTHER THAN IN TEXTILES AND GARMENTS WHERE ADVICE IS GIVEN BY THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD.

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FIRST CHOLERA CASE CONFIRMED

HISTORY OF TRAVELLING ABROAD RECENTLY. K°NG TH'S

IBlu«

area...

AS SATISFACTORY.

/HEALTH OFFICERS

TUF 'AY, JULY 9, 1985

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HEALTH OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT HAVE VISITED THE PATIENT’S HOME IN KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT AND HAVE GIVEN PROPHYLATIC DRUGS TO HER HOME CONTACTS, INCLUDING HER SON, DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, AND HER GRAND DAUGHTER.

MEANWHILE, THE PATIENT’S HOME HAS ALSO BEEN DISINFECTED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THERE IS NO IMMEDIATE hEED TO DECLARE HONG KONG AS A CHOLERA INFECTED AREA, BECAUSE THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF SPREAD OF INFECTION FROM THIS PRIMARY

CASE.

HE SAID THAT ALL NECESSARY PREVENTIVE AND CONTROL MEASURES WERE BEING TAKEN AND THE SITUATION WAS BEING CLOSELY MONITORED.

+THERE IS NO CAUSE FOR PUBLIC ALARM AS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO PREVENT THE DISEASE IS TO OBSERVE PERSONAL, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE,+ HE SAID.

THE PUBLIC IS URGED TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IN THE CONSUMPTION OF FOOD AND DRINKS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS AS CHOLERA IS TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONTAMINATED FOOD AND WATER.

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DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED * * *

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF THAI UNITED FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED AND KWONG LEE FINANCE LIMITED AS DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAS BEEN REVOKED AT THEIR OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 14(2) OF THE DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

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HK SHIPPING REGISTER - SUBMISSIONS REQUIRED BY END JULY ******

THE THIRD AND FINAL SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON THE CONDITIONS FOR THE REGISTRATION OF SHIPS IS NOW UNDER WAY IN GENEVA. IT WILL LAST UNTIL JULY 19.

AS USUAL THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS REPRESENTED BY A SENIOR OFFICER OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WHO IS ATTACHED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM DELEGATION. TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION ATTEND AS OBSERVERS.

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THE OUTCOME OF THE CONFERENCE MAY HAVE AN IMPORTANT BEARING ON THE PROPOSED SEPARATE AND AUTONOMOUS REGISTER OF SHIPPING FOR HONG KONG. ANY DECISIONS BY THE CONFERENCE WILL NEED TO BE REFLECTED IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE NEW REGISTER. SUCH ISSUES AS THE LINK BETWEEN SHIP OWNERSHIP AND THE FLAG STATE AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH VESSELS MIGHT BE MANNED BY NATIONALS OF THE FLAG STATE WILL BE DEBATED.

A CONSULTATIVE PAPER ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG REGISTER OF SHIPPING WAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED BY THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. THIS PAPER PROPOSED A SEPARATE AND AUTONOMOUS REGISTER WITH THE FOLLOWING PR INCIPAL FEATURES:

(A) ITS STANDARDS AND OBLIGATIONS SHOULD BE SET OUT IN LOCAL LEGISLATION;

(B) IT SHOULD NOT BE, NOR BE REGARDED AS, A FLAG OF CONVENIENCE;

(C) IT SHOULD OPERATE TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS;

(D) IT SHOULD HAVE A DISTINCTIVE FLAG;

(E) FULL COSTS SHOULD BE RECOVERED BY FEES OR DUES;

(F) IT SHOULD ALLOW SHIPS TO BE REGISTERED AND DEREGISTERED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE rtITH THE MINIMUM OF +RED-TAPE+;

(G) IT SHOULD BE AS ATTRACTIVE AS POSSIBLE TO SHIPOWNERS WITHIN THE CONSTRAINTS OF (A) - (F).

IT ALSO PROPOSED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SHIPPING ADVISORY BOARD.

THE FORM OF THE HONG KONG REGISTER WILL HAVE A PROFOUND EFFECT ON ALL ASPECTS OF SHIPPING AND RELATED INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG AND A WIDE RESPONSE IS EXPECTED. ALL SUBMISSIONS SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES BY JULY 31.

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PUBLIC WELCOME TO ATTEND MEETINGS

* * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DI STR IC AFFAIRS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND MEETINGS OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS SEVEN COMMITTEES.

ALL BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE 13TH FLOOR OF THE YUEN LONG GOVE OFFICES AT 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

THE CONFERENCE ROOM CAN ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 25 MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND 50 MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

PEOPLE WISHING TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS ARE ADVISED TO CONTACi THE BOARD SECRETARIAT ON 0-753831 TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, AS LATE COMERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN WHEN THE PUBLIC GALLERY IS FULL.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE DATES AND TIME OF FORTHCOMING MEETINGS:

DISTRICT BOARD MEETING: AUGUST 1, 9.30 AM

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE: AUGUST 23, 10 AM

COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE: JULY 16, 10 AM

TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE: JULY 19, 10 AM

TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: JULY 24, 3 PM

SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE: JULY 12, 3 PM

RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE: AUGUST 28, 3 PM

CULTURE COMMITTEE: SEPTEMBER 3, 3 PM.

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HK TEAM LEAVES FOR LOS ANGELES GAMES * * * * *

HONG KONG’S FIRST-EVER TEAM, COMPRISING SEVEN ATHLETES AND FOUR OFFICIALS, LEFT FOR LOS ANGELES THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 15TH WORLD GAMES FOR THE DEAF.

THE ATHLETES HAD UNDERGONE THREE MONTHS OF INTENSIVE TRAINING IN A PROGRAMME CONDUCTED BY COACHES OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE AND CO-ORDINATED BY THE HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF.

THEY WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN NUMEROUS TRACK INCLUDING TABLE TENNIS COMPETITIONS.

AND FIELD EVENTS,

THIS MORNING, SPORT) OF THE

AT A SENDING-OFF CEREMONY AT KAI TAK AIRPORT THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (RECREATION AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, MR DICKEN YUNG, PRESENTED JUE HONG K0;; TEAM WITH A FLAG AND WISHED TEAM MEMBERS EVERY SUCCESS IN THE GAMtb.

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COUNCIL RECORDS +PAPER SURPLUS* OF $32 MILLION KO*

BECAUSE OF A DELAY IN BILLINGS AND AN INCREASE IN INCOME FROM SECONDARY AND MISCELLANEOUS SOURCES, THE URBAN COUNCIL RECORDED A +PAPER SURPLUS* OF $32 MILLION FOR 1984/85, INSTEAD OF THE ANTICIPATED DEFICIT.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY BY MR H.M.G. FORSGATE, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AMD CHAIRMAN OF ITS FINANCE SELECT COMMITTEE, WHEN THE COUNCIL’S UNAUDITED ANNUAL ACCOUNTS FOR 1984/85 WERE TABLED.

MR FORSGATE SAID: +THIS TURN-AROUND WAS MAINLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO UNDERSPENDING ON CAPITAL PROJECTS AMOUNTING TO $126 MILLION, A LARGE PROPORTION OF WHICH WILL REMAIN A COMMITMENT SINCE IT MUST BE CARRIED FORWARD TO THE PRESENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

+ANOTHER CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR WAS THAT THE MOST STRINGENT ECONOMIES WERE PUT INTO FORCE DUR I NG THE YEAR, INCLUDING THE STRICTEST CONTROLS'ON STAFFING LEVELS, THE ADOPTION OF TIGHTER FINANCIAL CONTROLS AND IMPROVED MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY MEASURES.

+ON TOP OF THIS, EVERY PROJECT AND FINANCIAL PROPOSAL WAS PAINSTAKINGLY RE-EXAMINED INTERNALLY AND ’FINE-TUNED’ AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE BEING SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL.

+ON PRESENT INDICATIONS — AND PRESUMING THAT THE BILLINGS COME IN ON TIME FOR THE LATEST CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS — THE COUNCIL WILL RECORD A DEFICIT OF ABOUT $180 MILLION IN THE PRESENT FINANCIAL YEAR, REDUCING ITS RESERVES TO ABOUT $140 MILLION, OR THE EQUIVALENT OF LESS THAN ONE MONTH’S EXPENDITURE.

THE COUNCIL’S

+FOR THIS AND OTHER FINANCIAL REASONS, THE COUNCIL S WORKING GROUP ON AMENDING THE MEMORANDUM OF ADMINISTRAT VE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IS CONTINUING ITS DIALOGUE WITH THE FINANCE BRANCH CONCERNING THE COUNCIL’S

FINANCIAL FUTURE.*

MR FORSGATE STRESSED THAT THE COUNCIL’S POSITION WAS THAT THE COUNCIL, WHILE EXERCISING ALL REASONABLE ECONOMIES DID NOT WISH TO &EDUCE THE MANIFOLD SERVICES THAT THE 4,5 MILLION URBAN DWELLERS OF HONG KONG HAD BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO, AND WERE IN THE COUNCIL’S OPINION ENTITLED TO CONTINUE RECEIVING.

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$5M EXTRA GRANT SOUGHT FOR SCHOOL

*****

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO APPROVE AN EXTRA GRANT OF $5.29 MILLION TO ENABLE A RELIGIOUS 30? TO BUILD AND EQUIP A PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN KWAI CHUNG.

THE PROPOSAL, IF APPROVED, WILL RAISE TO $20 658 000 GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL COMMITMENT TO ENABLE THE HONG KONG COUNCIL CF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN CHINA TO BUILD THE SCHOOL.

IN 1981, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVED A CAPITAL GRANT OF $15 363 000 TOWARDS THE PROJECT.

LATEST ESTIMATES SHOW THAT THE BUILDING COST HAS GONE UP, AND THAT $3.75 MILLION WILL BE NEEDED FOR EXTRA UNDERGROUND SLAB WORKS BECAUSE OF DIFFICULT SITE CONDITIONS.

OTHER INCREASES ARE DUE TO RISING COSTS AND IMPROVED STANDARD PROVISION OF FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT.

THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN CHINA HAS CONFIRMED THAT IT IS UNABLE TO INCREASE ITS ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION CF $1 707 000 TOWARDS THE PROJECT.

IN VIEW OF THE COUNCIL’S HEAVY COMMITMENT IN TWO OTHER PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOL PROJECTS IN TA I PO AND TUEN MUN, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE THE INCREASED COMMITMENT OF $5 295 000 IN THE FORM OF A CAPITAL GRANT.

OTHER ITEMS ON TOMORROW’S AGENDA ARE:

* SUPPLEMENTARY GRANTS TO ENABLE THE UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNICS, AND THE BAPTIST COLLEGE TO AWARD PAY INCREASES TO THEIR STAFF FOLLOWING THE CIVIL SERVICE PAY RISE IN APRIL;

* SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS FOR ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION SCHOOLS ;

* A PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE LIMIT OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES FROM $500 TO $600 PER QUARTER, AND TO DELEGATE THE AUTHORITY FOR FUTURE REVISIONS TO THE DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY; AND

* A PROPOSAL TO EXCLUDE LOSSES UNDER $500 ARISING FROM THEFT OR SUSPECTED THEFT FROM THE REQUIREMENT THAT THEY BE TREATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF WRITE-OFF AS LOSSES INVOLVING FRAUD OR NEGLIGENCE ON THE PART OF A PUBLIC OFFICER.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT SUB-COMMITTEE.

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$4.7 MILLION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR LAN KWAI FONG * * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL IS TO SPEND $4,784,000 ON FURTHER BEAUTIFYING AND IMPROVING THE AVANT GARDE LAN KWAI FONG AREA IN CENTRAL.

THE MAIN PROJECTS ARE A SITTING-OUT AREA AND A PUBLIC TOILET. THE SITTING-OUT AREA WILL INCORPORATE A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT.

+THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL COMPLEMENT THE ROAD-WIDENING AND REGRADING SCHEME FOR LAN KWAI FONG AND D’AGUILAR STREET AND ADD TO THE AMENITIES THERE,+ SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINT WILL HAVE A CARBON FILTRATION SYSTEM TO REDUCE THE EMISSION OF SMELLS TO A MINIMUM WHILE THE SITTING-OUT AREA WILL BE PLEASANTLY LANDSCAPED WITH ARBOURS AND BENCHES.

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LAYOUT PLAN FOR SITTING-OUT AREA APPROVED

* * * *

WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SITTING-OUT AREA AT THE NORTHERN END OF KOWLOON PARK IS DUE TO START EARLY NEXT YEAR AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN ABOUT A YEAR’S TIME.

THE PROJECT, FOR WHICH THE LAYOUT PLAN WAS APPROVED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AT ITS OPEN MEETING TODAY, IS ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $3.7 MILLION.

THE 4 500-SQUARE-METRE SITE IS LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF NATHAN ROAD AND AUSTIN ROAD AND FORMS PART OF THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR KOWLOON PARK.

MAJOR FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A WATER FEATURE, PERGOLAS WITH SEATING, A PAVILION, A TODDLERS’ PLAY AREA, PLANTERS AND A LANDSCAPED AREA.

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USD’S MANAGE:'ENT SERVICES, AUDIT UNIT UNDER REVIEW

* * *

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS NOW HOLDING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE FINANCE BRANCH OVER THE STRENGTHENING AND MANNING OF THE DEPARTMENT’S MANAGEMENT SERVICES AND AUDIT UNIT, AND AN ADDITIONAL SENIOR OFFICER IS EXPECTED TO JOIN THE TEAM IN SEPTEMBER, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ADMINISTRATION SELECT COMMITTEE, DR KIM CHAM, TOLD THE URBAN COUNCIL’S MONTHLY MEETING TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY URBAN COUNCILLOR MRS MARGARET LI WHO HAD ASKED IF THERE WERE PLANS TO INCREASE THE STRENGTH AND FORCE OF THE UNIT GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE COUNCIL IS LOOKING FOR WAYS AND MEASURES TO CUT COST WITHOUT CUTTING SERVICES.

ON THE WORK OF THE UNIT, DR CHAM REVEALED THAT A PRIORITY LIST OF THE COUNCIL’S SERVICES HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED FOR STUDY. THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO REGULAR REVIEW, IN ORDER TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES AND NEEDS, AND TO REFLECT CHANGES IN EMPHASIS.

WHEN A NEW HEAD IS APPOINTED FOR THE UNIT IN SEPTEMBER, DR CHAM ADDED, THE OPPORTUNITY WOULD BE TAKEN TO REVIEW PROGRESS SO FAR AND TO SEE IF ADDITIONAL STUDIES COULD BE PUT IN HAND WITH THE STRENGTHENED TEAM.

TURNING TO THE POSSIBILITY OF APPOINTING OUTSIDE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS TO CARRY OUT THESE STUDIES, DR CHAM SAID: +THIS COULD CREATE DIFFICULTIES AND IT WOULD CALL FOR CAREFUL MANAGEMENT IN ORDER TO AVOID DUPLICATION OF EFFORT.

+ IT WOULD ALSO ADD TO THE DEPARTMENT’S TASK OF DIRECTING THE WORK OF SEPARATELY ORGANISED STUDIES.

+BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT’S IN-HOUSE TEAM IS GOING TO BE STRENGTHENED SHORTLY THIS MAY NOT BE AN OPPORTUNE TIME TO CONSIDER BRINGING IN OUTSIDE CONSULTANTS FOR THIS WORK AT THIS MOMENT, BUT THIS NEED WILL BE REVIEWED AGAIN TOWARDS THE END OF THIS YEAR,+ HE ADDED.

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PERMANENT DEVELOPMENT OF OPEN SPACE DEFERRED

* * *

CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO BUILD A FACILITY FOR BMX BICYCLES WHEN DETAILED PLANS FOR THE PERMANENT DEVELOPMENT CF THE OPEN SPACE AT THE JUNCTION OF MAN CHEONG STREET AND FERRY STREET ARE DRAWN UP.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE, MR HOWARD YOUNG, WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY MR KWAN LIM-HO AT THE URBAN COUNCIL OPEN MEETING TODAY.

MR YOUNG SAID THE 4 OOO-SQUARE-METRE SITE WAS ALLOCATED TO THE COUNCIL IN 1975 ON A TEMPORARY BASIS WITH THE CONDITION THAT IT HAD TO BE HANDED BACK TO THE GOVERNMENT AT FOUR MONTHS’ NOTICE FOR USE AS A WORKS AREA FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR.

+PERMANENT DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE HAS TO BE DEFERRED AND IT IS FOR THIS REASON THAT THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES AT THE SITE HAVE SO FAR BEEN KEPT TO A MODEST LEVEL,+ HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THE SITE IS BEING MAINTAINED AS A GARDEN WITH PARK BENCHES AND AMENITY PLANTING.

BECAUSE IT IS SEPARATED FROM THE NEARBY RESIDENTIAL AREA BY FERRY STREET WHICH IS A MAJOR THOROUGHFARE, MR YOUNG ADDED, THE FACILITY IS NOT VERY POPULAR EXCEPT ON OCCASIONS WHEN THE ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT RACES ARE HELD.

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LICENSING OFFICE ON THE MOVE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT ITS KWUN TONG LICENSING OFFICE IN HIU KWONG STREET WILL CEASE OPERATION AFTER CLOSE OF BUSINESS AT 4.10 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND WILL OPERATE FROM NEW PREMISES AT FIFTH FLOOR, KOWLOON EAST GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 12 LEI YUE MUN ROAD FROM 2 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 15).

+THE NEW OFFICES ARE MORE CENTRALLY LOCATED THAN THE OLD ONE,+ A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID. +IT IS JUST A FIVE-MINUTE WALK FROM THE KWUN TONG MTR STATION, AND THERE IS A BUS TERMINUS NEARBY.+

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT FROM JULY 15, WORKING HOURS AT ALL LICENSING OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE REVISED AS 9 AM TO 4 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND 9 AM TO 11.30 AM ON SATURDAYS TO STREAMLINE DAILY OPERATIONS.

THE KWUN TONG LICENSING OFFICE’S ENQUIRY TELEPHONE WILL REMAIN 3-7754950. THE P.O. BOX FOR POSTAL APPLICATIONS FOR VEHICLE AND DRIVER LICENSING DOCUMENTS — BOX 69511, KWUN TONG POST OFFICE — ALSO REMAINS UNCHANGED. ------------------------------o-------

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LAND ALIENATED FOR

ADDITIONAL VEHICULAR FERRY BERTH * * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS AGREED TO ALIENATE SOME 300 SQUARE METRES OF LAND AT THE JORDAN ROAD ^ERRY

PIER LANDING AMENITY PLOT TO ENABLE THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATEI FERRY COMPANY TO BUILD AN ADDITIONAL VEHICULAR FERRY BERTH THERE.

THE PROPOSED BERTH IS INTENDED FOR USE BY DANGEROUS GOODS TRAFFIC SO AS TO RELEASE THE EXISTING FA£।LITIES FOR SOLE USE BY THE CENTRAL/JORDAN ROAD VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICE.

MEMBERS

MEETING TODAY

AT THE URBAN COUNCIL OPEN MEETING TODAY, MEMBERS

EXAMINED THE PROPOSAL AND WERE SATISFtED THAT THE ALIENATION WAS IN THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC AND WOULD NOT SUBSTANTIALLY

REDUCE THE AREA OF THE AMENITY PLOT.

THE EXISTING JORDAN ROAD VEHICULAR FERRY PIER LANDING AMENITY PLOT MEASURES ABOUT 1 050 SQUARE METRES. IT WAS DEVELOPED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL IN MARCH LAST YEAR FOLLOWING COMPLAINTS BY LOCAL RESIDENTS THAT THE LAND HAD BEEN OCCUPIED BY STREET SLEEPERS.

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COURTESY VISIT TO SAI KUNG

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THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD TODAY (TUESDAY) CALLED ON THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TO HELP DEVELOP SAI KUNG INTO A FAVOURITE HOLIDAY SPOT FOR HONG KONG PEOPLE.

THE REQUEST WAS MADE WHEN MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, LED BY THE CHAIRMAN, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, PAID A COURTESY VISIT TO THE BOARD THIS MORNING.

THE COUNCIL AND BOARD MEMBERS ALSO EXCHANGED VIEWS ON ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

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PROHIBITED ZONE IN SAI KUNG

ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS OFF PO TUNG ROAD IN SAI KUNG TOWN FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 12).

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GRADUATION CEREMONY * * * *

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR STEPHEN LAW WILL ADDRESS THE CHILD CARE COURSE GRADUATING CEREMONY OF LEE ..A Lt. TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ON THURSDAY (JULY 11) AT 3 PM.

A TOTAL OF 30 STUDENTS WILL GRADUATE THIS YEAR ON COMPLETI ON rc a Tu/n-YPAR PULL—TIME COURSE AND WILL BE ACCEPTED AS HAVING MET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT IN A CHILD-CARE CENTRE.

THE COURSE IS ONE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES. COMPETED FOR ADMISSION

OF THE MOST POPULAR OFFERED BY THE LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 3 000 APPLICANTS TO THE 40 FIRST-YEAR PLACES.

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CALL FOR CARE IN COUNTRYSIDE * * *

PEOPLE WERE URGED TODAY (TUESDAY) TO ADOPT A MORE RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE IN HELPING CONSERVE THE COUNTRYSIDE.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE SENIOR COUNTRY PARKS OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, MR S.P. LAU, WHEN LAUNCHING AN OUTDOOR EDUCATIONAL PROJECT AT SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK.

THE PROJECT, ENTITLED +1 LOVE THE COUNTRYSIDE+, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND A LOCAL TV STATION, TO ENABLE SCHOOL CHILDREN TO GET INVOLVED IN COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION WORK.

MR LAU SAID THAT THE INCREASING POPULARITY OF THE COUNTRY PARKS HAD BROUGHT WITH IT A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS, THE MOST SERIOUS OF WHICH WERE HILL FIRES AND LITTERING.

HILL FIRES CAUSE IMMEASURABLE DAMAGE TO WILDLIFE, WHILE LITTERING ADVERSELY AFFECTS ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, BOTH ALSO DEFACING THE LANDSCAPE.

CONSIDERABLE RESOURCES HAD TO BE DEPLOYED TO CONTAIN THE PROBLEMS AND BRING ABOUT REMEDIES, MR LAU SAID.

THE MAGNITUDE OF THE PROBLEMS COULD BE GREATLY REDUCED IF EVERY VISITOR TO THE COUNTRYSIDE SHOWED A LITTLE MORE CARE BY ADOPTING A MORE RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE, HE SAID.

TODAY’S ACTIVITY WAS ATTENDED BY 500 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, WHO HAD BEEN HELPING WITH SUCH CONSERVATION WORK AS LITTER PICKING, WEEDING, FERTILISING AND PRUNING OF TREES.

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SHA TAU KOK ROAD BEING IMPROVED

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IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO SHA TAU KOK ROAD STARTED TODAY (TUESDAY) FOLLOWING THE RECENT AWARD OF THE $9.6 MILLION CONTRACT BY THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF SEVEN KILOMETRES OF 1.6-METRE WIDE FOOTPATH ALONG SHA TAU KOK ROAD, AND THE WIDENING CF TWO BRIDGES AT LUNG YEUK TAU AND MA MEI HA TO ACCOMMODATE THE FOOTPATHS.

THESE WORKS WILL BE COMPLETED IN 14 MONTHS.

MEANWHILE, WORK WILL ALSO START ON THE 30 BUS BAYS ON THE ROAD, 15 WITH LOADING AND UNLOADING FACILITIES.

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LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGES * * *

«■<- SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT LUNG T^FAr I l^?TATpRTMF v'l’iur ' DA Y (jULY 12) F0R AB0UT S,X MONTHS TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF WATER MAINS.

THESE INCLUDE:

* THE FAST AND MIDDLE LANE OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN THE LION ROCK PARK ACCESS ROAD AND WONG TAI SIN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED.

* THE WESTBOUND FAST LANE OF THE SAME SECTION OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WILL BE CONVERTED TO EASTBOUND TRAFFIC. THE CENTRAL ROAD DIVIDER WILL BE REMOVED TO MAINTAIN TWO-WAY TRAFFIC. FOR SAFETY REASONS, HEAVY VEHICLES HEADING EASTWARDS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE INNER LANE OF THE CARRIAGEWAY.

* SPEED LIMIT OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD BETWEEN LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD AND WONG TAI SIN ROAD, AS WELL AS THE SLIP ROAD FROM LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE 50 KILOMETRES AN HOUR.

ON THE SAME DAY, THE SECTION OF BUTE STRFFT RFTwffm qai YEUNG CHOI STREET AND TUNG CHOI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC

CIRCULATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING

LAND ASSESSMENT TIME EXPLAINED........................... 1

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GOVT OFFERS TO PUT +BOAT BRIDES*- CASE TO CHINA.......... 1

ACCORD REACHED ON +PRIVILSGES, IMMUNITIES+ .............. 5

AMPLE NOTICE GIVEN TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS ................... 4

MORE MALARIA CASES REPORTED.............................. 5

AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES ’WITHIN TARGET’ ................ 6

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TWO MORE EVENING CLINICS THIS YEAR....................... 8

FURTHER CHANGES TO STANDING ORDERS NEEDED ............... 8

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CHAN ABSTAINS FROM VOTING ON MOTION ..................... 9

'NO NET INCREASE IN EXPENDITURE' ........................ 10

BILL PROTECTS REOCCUPATION RIGHTS........................ 10

MORE POWER SOUGHT FOR BUS INSURANCE CHECKS .............. 11

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FINANCIAL FUTURES MARKET WELCOMED ....................... 12

BILL TO PROTECT HK WORKERS OVERSEAS ..................... 14

BILL OFFERS CLARIFICATION OF PRINCIPLES ................. 15

'SIMPLER' SYSTEM OF FACTORY NOTIFICATION PROPOSED ....... 16

DELETION OF CLAUSE 60 IN BILL PROPOSED .................. 17

FLEXIBILITY SUPPORTED ................................ 19

IMMUNITY FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS CALLED FOR ................. 20

/WORK OF ......

WORK OF COUNCILS SHOULD COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER................. 22

+DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE ELECTION OPTION+ ....................... 2?

FINE-TUNING OF ELECTIONS BILL NEEDED........................   2k

REACTION TO DRAFT REGULATIONS 'DISAPPOINTING' ...............  25

NO INTENTION TO REPLACE EXISTING CONTROLS .................... 27

AMENDMENTS TO LLOYDS BANK (MERGER) BILL DESIRABLE ............ 28

FIVE BILLS PASSED ...............'..........................   28

RENT REIMBURSEMENT FOR ESF ................................ 29

S5 MILLION MORE FOR BUILDING KWAI CHUNG SCHOOL................ JO

FIRST MEETING HELD ............................................   51

MEET THE MEDIA ...............................................    51

BRIEFING ON LAW AND ORDER IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT .................  51

OVER 11 OOO CHILDREN RECEIVING FEE ASSISTANCE ..................  52

RETURNED HOS FLATS ON SALE TOMORROW ...........................   55

RATEPAYERS PROPOSALS DEALT WITH ................................  5^

URBCO AGREES TO HOVERFERRY SERVICE TRIAL ......................   Jk

YOUTHS TO ENTERTAIN THE PUBLIC................................    55

CHANCE FOR RESIDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY ................... 55

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ROAD CLOSURE IN UI CHI KOK ....................................   56

BUS ONLY’ LANE IN THEN MUN CLOSED .............................   57

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LAND ASSESSMENT TIME EXPLAINED X * X X X X

SIMPLE CASES OF ASSESSMENT OF NEW TERRITORIES LAND PROPERTY VALUES FOR ESTATE DUTY COULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN ONE MONTH, BUT COMPLEX CASES MIGHT TAKE UP TO SIX MONTHS OR MORE TO COMPLETE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG ABOUT THE LENGTH OF TIME TAKEN IN ASSESSING SUCH CASES.

WHILE THE COMMISSIONER FOR ESTATE DUTY AND OTHERS INVOLVED DID THEIR BEST TO COMPLETE VALUATIONS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND THEIR PROFESSIONAL ADVISERS COULD DO MUCH TO HELP BY FULLY DISCLOSING IN THEIR ESTATE DUTY AFFIDAVIT^ ALL LANDED PROPERTY WITH REALISTIC ASSESSMENTS OF THE OPEN MARKET VALUE, MR JACOBS SAID.

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GOVT OFFERS TO PUT +BOAT BRIDES+ CASE TO CHINA X * * *

IF THE 14 +BOAT BRIDES+ REQUIRED BY LAW TO RETURN TO CHINA LEFT VOLUNTARILY, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CERTAINLY PUT THEIR CASE TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES FOR THEM TO GET PRIORITY IN THE ISSUE CF ONE-WAY PERMITS TO COME BACK TO HONG KONG LEGALLY, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR JEAFFRESON WAS REPLYING TO A SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION OVER THE DECISION TO REPATRIATE 14 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WIVES LIVING IN DWELLING BOATS IN THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER.

HE SAID HE SAW NO REASON WHY THESE 14 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WIVES LIVING IN THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER SHOULD BE TREATED ANY BETTER THAN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WIVES LIVING ANYWHERE ELSE.

+ ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT HUSBANDS AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WIVES FOUND LIVING ON LAND IN HONG KONG ARE RETURNED TO CHINA — EVEN THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN REUNITED WITH THEIR FAMILIES FOR SOME TIME,+ HE SAID.

+THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THESE WIVES IN THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER ARE IN HONG KONG ILLEGALLY, ARRIVED HERE RELATIVELY RECENTLY, AND PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT OF ALL, HAVE JUMPED A LONG QUEUE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO COME HERE LEGALLY USING THE ONE-WAY PERMIT SYSTEM.+

MR JEAFFRESON POINTED OUT THAT BETWEEN 8 OOO AND 9 000 WIVE^ WERE COMING TO HONG KONG LEGALLY EVERY YEAR BY THIS MEANS.

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+IF THESE 14 WIVES WERE ALLOWED TO STAY, TYPHOON SHELTERS --INSTEAD OF BEING PLACES WHERE LEGITIMATE WORKING BOATS CAN SHELTER IN EMERGENCIES, OR WHEN THEY ARE NOT WORKING — THESE TYPHOON SHELTERS WILL BECOME A BOAT SQUATTERS’ PARADISE AS A LOOPHOLE FOR GETTING WIVES ILLEGALLY INTO HONG KONG.

+THAT THE HUSBANDS OF SOME OF THESE WIVES MAY ONCE HAVE BEEN FISHERMEN IS IRRELEVANT.

+THE FACT THAT WHEN SOME OF THEIR HUSBANDS WERE FISHERMEN, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO STAY ON BOARD THEIR VESSELS CERTAINLY DOES NOT LEAD TO AN ARGUMENT THAT WHEN THEIR HUSBANDS CEASE TO BE FISHERMEN, THE WIVES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO LAND,+ HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION OVER THE CHILDREN CF THESE +BOAT BR IDES+, MR JEAFFRESON POINTED OUT THAT PROVIDED THAT THEIR HUSBANDS WERE HONG KONG RESIDENTS, AND PROVIDED THE CHILDREN WERE BORN IN HONG KONG — WHICH MEANT IN HONG KONG WATERS AS WELL AS ON HONG KONG LAND -- THEIR RIGHT TO LAND IN HONG KONG WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE FACT THAT THEIR MOTHERS HAVE RETURNED TO CHINA.

+THEY MAY REMAIN IN HONG KONG, OR IF THEIR MOTHERS CHOOSE TO TAKE THEM WITH THEM TO CHINA, THEY WOULD NOT LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO LAND AND THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WOULD ASSIST THE CHILDREN IN GETTING THEM TO THE BORDER,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT AS FAR AS HE COULD RECALL FROM THE RECORDS THAT HE HAD SEEN, NONE OF THESE CHILDREN WAS YET OF SCHOOL AGE.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, MR JEAFFRESON SAID IT WAS NOT TRUE THAT THESE 14 +BOAT BRIDES+ COULD NOT BE ACCEPTED BACK IN THEIR COMMUNITIES IN CHINA BECAUSE THEIR HOUSEHOLD REGISTRATION HAD BEEN CANCELLED.

♦THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA IS THAT ONLY THOSE HOLDING ONE-WAY PERMITS CAN BE CONSIDERED FOR SETTLEMENT IN HONG KONG.

♦THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THOSE NOT HOLDING ONE-WAY PERMITS WILL HAVE THEIR HOUSEHOLD REGISTRATION IN CHINA CANCELLED.

♦EVEN IF SOME MAY HAVE DELIBERATELY CANCELLED THEIR OWN REGISTRATION IN CHINA, THERE SHOULD BE NO PROBLEM FOR THEM TO RE-REGISTER WHEN THEY RETURN TO CH INA.+

HE ADDED THAT CHINA HAD BEEN ACCEPTING BACK ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOR YEARS AND THAT SIX BOAT-DWELLING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WIVES HAD BEEN REPATRIATED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

♦THERE IS NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER THAT THEY WERE NOT ACCEPTED BACK IN THE PLACE FROM WHICH THEY CAME,+ HE SAID.

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REPLYING TO ANOTHER QUESTION, MR JEAFFRESON SAID AS I-AR AS THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WAS AWARE, THERE wERE ABOUT 840 GENUINE FISHERMEN’S WIVES WHO WERE ALLOWED INTO HONG KONG WATERS AND TO REMAIN ON THEIR BOATS WHILE THEY WERE HERE.

♦THESE 840 ARE THE WIVES OF GENUINE FISHERMEN, THAT IS, PEOPLE WHO LIVE ON BOATS AND GO OUT AND FISH REGULARLY.

+WE HAVE NO INDICATION WHATSOEVER THAT ANY OF THEIR HUSBANDS ARE TURNING TOWARDS OTHER JOBS AND WE HAVE HAD NO REPRESENTATIONS FROM THEM TO BE ALLOWED TO LAND IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

EARLIER, MR JEAFFRESON TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT FOR SOME YEARS, IT HAD BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S PRACTICE TO MAKE AN EXCEPTION TO THE GENERAL RULE IN RESPECT OF FISHERMEN’S WIVES.

+THE GENERAL RULE IS THAT WIVES FROM CHINA WISHING TO JOIN THEIR HUSBANDS IN HONG KONG PERMANENTLY MUST COME TO HONG KONG BY MEANS OF THE ONE-WAY PERMIT SYSTEM.

+BUT BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF FISHERMEN’S WORK, WE ALLOW THEIR WIVES TO ENTER HONG KONG IN THEIR BOATS FOR FISHING ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE PERMITTED SYSTEM PROVIDED THAT THE wIVES ARE INCLUDED IN A CHINESE MOBILE FISHERMEN’S CENSUS RECORD, HOLD VALID CHINESE FISHERMEN’S IDENTITY CARDS, AND PROVIDED THEY STAY ON THE BOATS AND LEAVE WHEN THE BOATS LEAVE.+

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD TOLD 14 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WIVES FROM CHINA WHO HAD BEEN FOUND LIVING ON DWELLING BOATS IN THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER THAT THEY MUST RETURN TO CHINA.

+THEY ARE NOT FISHERMEN’S WIVES. THEY ARE RECENTLY ARRIVED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS,* HE SAID.

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ACCORD REACHED ON +PRIVILEGES, IMMUNITIES* * X * X

IT HAS BEEN AGREED THAT THE CHINESE EXPERTS AND SUPPORTING STAFF AS WELL AS THE CHINESE MEMBERS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WILL ENJOY APPROPRIATE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES WHEN THEY GO TO LONDON FOR THE MEETINGS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, THE FIRST OF WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE LATER THIS MONTH, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID TODAY.

SIMILARLY, EXPERTS AND SUPPORTING STAFF ON THE BRITISH SIDE, INCLUDING THOSE FROM HONG KONG, * ILL ENJOY PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES WHEN THEY GO TO PEKING FOR MEETINGS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP HELD THERE.

mr Thomas was moving the second reading of the privileges AND IMMUNITIES (JOINT LIAISON GROUP)(AMENDMENT i SILL 1985 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

/HE RECALLED ........

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HE RECALLED THAT WHEN MOVING T HE SECOND READING OF THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES (JOINT LIAISON GROUP) ORDINANCE 1985, WHICH WAS PASSED ON MAY 1, HE HAD STATED THAT SOME FURTHER PROVISION MIGHT LATER HAVE TO BE MADE FOR THE EXPERTS AND SUPPORTING STAFF OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, AS WELL AS FOR THE CHINESE MEMBERS AND SUPPORTING STAFF OF THE LAND COMMISSION.

AGREEMENT HAD LATER BEEN REACHED WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT THAT THE WORK OF The TWO BODIES WOULD BE FACILITATED IF APPROPRIATE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES WERE PROVIDED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS ON BOTH SIDES.

♦THIS IS IN LINE WITH NORMAL INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE WHEN REPRESENTATIVES OF DIFFERENT GOVERNMENTS MEET,+ MR THOMAS SAID.

THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE BILL WAS TO MAKE SIMILAR ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEETINGS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP AND THE LAND COMMISSION IN HONG KONG. IT DID THAT BY EXTENDING THE PROVISIONS OF THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES (JOINT LIAISON GROUP) ORDINANCE 1985 TO EXPERTS AND SUPPORTING STAFF ON THE CHINESE SIDE OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP AND TO THE CHINESE MEMBERS AND SUPPORTING STAFF OF THE LAND COMMISSION, MR THOMAS SAID.

TWO FURTHER PROVISIONS MADE IN THE BILL WERE THE PRIVILEGE OF FREEDOM OF COMMUNICATION, AND A MINOR TECHNICAL AMENDMENT TO PARAGRAPH 5(3) OF THE SCHEDULE TO THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE, HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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AMPLE NOTICE GIVEN TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS *****

EIGHTEEN MONTHS’ NOTICE HAD BEEN GIVEN TO EACH OF THE 17 PRIVATE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CEASE TO BUY FORM 1 PLACES FROM THEM AS FROM SEPTEMBER 1986, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO THE HON RITA FAN ON HOW MUCH ADVANCE NOTICE WAS GIVEN TO THE 17 SCHOOLS THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE BOUGHT PLACE SCHEME FROM NEXT SEPTEMBER, MR LEUNG SAID THAT THE AMOUNT OF ADVANCE NOTICE WAS THE SUBJECT OF CONSULTATION WITH THE PRIVATE SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS ADVISORY BOARD AS EARLY AS DECEMBER l?^.

ALL AGREED THAT 18 MONTHS WOULD BE SUFFICIENT.

THE 17 PRIVATE SCHOOLS WERE INFORMED IN MARCH THIS YEAR AND THE MATTER WAS ALSO DISCUSSED AT A MEETING OF THE PRIVATE SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS ADVISORY BOARD THE SAME MONTH.

/IN REPLY

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IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION FROM MRS FAN CONCERNING THE CRITERIA USED FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A PRIVATE SCHOOL WAS FIT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BOUGHT PLACE SCHEME, MR LEUNG SAID THEY WERE THE SCHOOL MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION, THE TEACHING STAFF. THE PREMISES, THE FACILITIES, ITS PROVISION OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND ITS POPULARITY AMONG PARENTS AND STUDENTS.

+IT IS FROM AN OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF THE SCHOOL IN ALL THESE AREAS THAT DECISIONS ARE MADE ON WHETHER PLACES SHOULD BE BOUG-FROM THE SCHOOL. THIS ASSESSMENT IS MADE THROUGH INSPECTIONS OF THE SCHOOL AND IS REVIEWED ANNUALLY TO SEE IF CONTINUED BUYING IS JUSTIFIED,* HE SAID.

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MORE MALARIA CASES REPORTED

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IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 72 IMPORTED CASES AND ONE INDIGENOUS CASE OF MALARIA REPORTEI., THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR THE HON RUDY , SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP ON WHETHER MALARIA CASES WERE ON THE INCREASE AND WHAT CONTROL MEASURES WERE BEING TAKEN, DR KHOO SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF MALARIA CASES IN HONG KONG IN RECENT YEARS AND THAT THIS INCREASE CORRESPONDED WITH THE GLOBA. SITUATION, PARTICULARLY AMONG ASIAN COUNTRIES.

IN 1981, 1982, 1983 AND 1984, THE NUMBER OF IMPORTED CASES WERE 61, 77, 94 AND 101, WHILE THE NUMBER OF INDIGENOUS CASES WERE 1, 1, 30 AND 10 RESPECTIVELY.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE INCREASE WAS MAINLY IN IMPORTED CASES WHICH REPRESENTED ABOUT 90 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL FIGURE.

ON THE WORK OF MONITORING AND CONTROLLING MALARIA, HE SAID THAT AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON MALARIA HAD BEEN SET UP TO CO-ORDINATE MATTERS SINCE OCTOBER 1983.

THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO PREPARED AN +OPERATIONAL MANUAL ON THE INVESTIGATION AND MANAGEMENT OF MALARIA* FOR THE GUIDANCE OF THE NEDICAL AND OTHER STAFF, DR KHOO SAID.

+IT ALSO MADE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL CF MALARIA,* HE ADDED.

BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE COMMITTEE, VARIOUS MEASURES HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. THESE INCLUDE A SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM. VECTOR MOSQUITO CONTROL, HEALTH EDUCATION, LABORATORY FACILITIES AND STAFF TRAINING.

/THE SURVEILLANCE

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THE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM CONSISTS OF A NETWORK OF PUBLIC HOSPITALS AND CLINICS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DETECTION, REPORTING, INVESTIGATION AND TREATMENT OF ALL COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, INCLUDING MALARIA.

UNDER THE VECTOR MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAMME OPERATED BY STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES AND MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, POTENTIAL BREEDING SITES ARE OILED WEEKLY TO DESTROY MOSQUITO LARVAE. IN AREAS WHERE CONDITIONS ARE CONDUCIVE TO MOSQUITO BREEDING, INSECTICIDES ARE SPRAYED.

TO EDUCATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC, TERRITORY-WIDE PUBLICITY ON MALARIA THROUGH THE PRESS, TELEVISION AND RADIO NETWORKS IS BEING CARRIED OUT. SPECIAL PAMPHLETS, POSTERS, HEALTH TALKS, SLIDE SHOWS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE IN CERTAIN AREAS CF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TRAINING PROGRAMMES INCLUDING SEMINARS FOR MEDICAL AND LABORATORY STAFF HAVE BEEN HELD TO KEEP THEM ABREAST OF THE KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELD.

A CENTRAL REFERENCE LABORATORY WAS ESTABLISHED AT SA I YING PUN INSTITUTE OF PATHOLOGY TO PROVIDE CONSULTATIVE SERVICES TO OTHER LABORATORIES. IT ALSO SERVES AS A REFERENCE AND MONITORING CENTRE FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF MALARIA.

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AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES ’WITHIN TARGET’ * * * *

AN ANALYSIS CARRIED OUT LAST MONTH BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SHOWED THAT IN 90 PER CENT OF THE EMERGENCY CALLS IT TOOK AN AMBULANCE 10 MINUTES TO REACH THE SCENE OF A CALL IN THE URBAN AREAS AND 20 MINUTES TO REACH THE SCENE IN THE RURAL AREAS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID TODAY.

THE TIMES, HE SAID, WERE WITHIN THE TARGET ATTENDANCE TIMES THE GOVERNMENT USED FOR PLANNING PURPOSES.

AND THE RESULT WAS CONSIDERED SATISFACTORY, AS IT WOULD hEVER BE POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE THE TARGET TIMES IN 100 PER CENT OF CASES, GIVEN SUCH UNCONTROLLABLE FACTORS IN HONG KONG'S PARTICULAR ENVIRONMENT AS TRAFFIC CONGESTION, HE SAID.

MR JEAFFRESON WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG ABOUT THE AVERAGE TIME TAKEN FOR AN AMBULANCE TO REACH THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT.

HE SAID HE DID NOT HAVE A FIGURE FOR THE AVERAGE TIME TAKEN FOR AN AMBULANCE TO REACH THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT, BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT DID NOT HAVE THE STAFF NECESSARY TO ANALYSE THE 850 CALLS A DAY WHICH THE AMBULANCE SERVICE RECEIVED.

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♦BUT FROM TIME TO TIME THE DEPARTMENT ANALYSED SAMPLES OF CALLS IN ORDER TO CHECK ON OPERATING PERFORMANCE,+ MR JEAFFRES SA ID.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD CARRIED OUT AN ANALYSIS LAST MONTH ON SAMPLE OF 850 EMERGENCY CALLS ANSWERED, COMPRISING 50 CALLS S EACH OF 17 DEPOTS DISTRIBUTED OVER THE WHOLE TERRITORY.

WITH REGARD TO THE NUMBER OF AMBULANCES IN HONG KONG, HE SAID THE AMBULANCE SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT HAD A FLEET OF ' 8 AMBULANCES — STATIONED AT 18 DEPOTS AND 17 FIRE STATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY. FORTY-THREE AMBULANCES WERE DEPLOYED IN THE HONG KONG REGION, 77 IN THE KOWLOON REGION AND 72 IN u. NEW TERRITORIES REGION. SIX AMBULANCES WERE IN THE AMBULANCE TRAINING DIVISION.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THAT THE ST JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION AND BRIGADE HAD SIX AMBULANCES, LARGELY USED FOR MOVING PATIE' TO AND FROM HOSPITALS AND TREATMENT CENTRES.

♦THE ASSOCIATION HAS INDICATED THAT IT WOULD CONSIDER FAVOURABLY ANY REQUEST FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE USE OF THE AMBULANCES IN AN EMERGENCY.

+A FEW PRIVATE HOSPITALS IN HONG KONG HAVE THEIR OWN AMBULANCES. THESE ARE UNLIKELY TO BE AVAILABLE IN AN EMERGENCY.-HE SAID.

AS FOR THE MOTORCYCLE AMBULANCE SUPPORT SCHEME WHICH MR -ALSO ASKED ABOUT, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE ISSUE WOULD BE REV IV AS SOON AS THE GOVERNMENT’S FINANCIAL SITUATION IMPROVED.

♦FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, BUT BASICALLY BECAUSE THE MOTO- . □ CAN GET TO THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT MINUTES AHEAD OF AMBULANCE;-OFTEN IN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE SECONDS MAY COUNT IN SAVING A PERSON’S LIFE, WE BELIEVE THE SCHEME TO HAVE BEEN HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL.

♦BUT PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CLIMATE AND PARTLY BECAUSE OF THE POLICY OF ZERO GROWTH IN THE CI VIL SERVICE, FUNDS COULD NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE CAPITAL AND RECURRENT COSTS OF CONTINUING OR EXPANDING THE SCHEME FOR THE TIME BE ING,-

HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, MR JEAFFRESON SAID, THE MOTORCYCLE AMBULANCE SUPPORT SCHEME WAS BEING LOOKED AT AGAIN IN THE CONTEXT OF A GENERAL REVIEW OF THE AMBULANCE SERVICE AS A WHOLE.

THE TRIAL PERIOD OF THE SCHEME BEGAN IN DECEMBER, 1982 AND ENDED IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

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TWO MORE EVENING CLINICS THIS YEAR *****

PLANS ARE UNDERWAY TO START EVENING CLINIC SERVICE AT CLINIC IN WONG TAI SIN AND LEK YUEN HEALTH CENTRE IN SHA TIN L* THIS YEAR.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR THE HON RUDY KHOO, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN ANSWER: A QUESTION FROM THE HON PAULINE NG.

DR KHOO SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD MONITORED THE UTILISATION PATTERN OF ALL GOVERNMENT CLINICS AND DECIDED THAT EVENING CL SESSIONS SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN THE TWO DENSELY-POPULATED ARE WONG TAI SIN AND SHA TIN.

EXPLAINING THE FUNCTION OF EVENING CLINICS, HE SAID THAT WERE PROVIDED WITH THE BASIC OBJECTIVE OF RELIEVING EXCESSIVE PRESSURE ON DAY CLINICS OR ON THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPA.

+WITH THE MOVEMENT OF POPULATION TO NEW AREAS, ADDITIONAL CLINICS WILL BE DEVELOPED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE WHICH ARE Sl.R FOR THE LOCAL NEED IN MOST CASES,* DR KHOO SAID.

+ IN AREAS WHERE SUCH CLINICS ARE OVER-SUBSCRIBED, EVEN IN CLINIC SERVICE WILL BE CONSIDERED SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FINANCE AND STAFF RESOURCES.*

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 15 GOVERNMENT CLINICS PROVIDING 44 DOCTOR SESSIONS IN THE EVENING. THESE INCLUDE FIVE ON HONG K?‘ ISLAND WITH 15 SESSIONS PER EVENING, SIX IN KOWLOON WITH 19 SESSIONS AND FOUR IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH 10 SESSIONS.

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FURTHER CHANGES TO STANDING ORDERS NEEDED *****

FURTHER CHANGES TO STANDING ORDERS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO MEE" THE NEEDS OF THE ENLARGED AND PARTLY ELECTED LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHICH WOULD COME INTO BEING ON OCTOBER 30 THIS YEAR, THE ATTORNl GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID TODAY.

AND SOME THOUGHT HAD PART OF THE REVIEW OF ALL THE COUNCIL, HE SAID.

ALREADY BEEN GIVEN TO THESE CHANGES, THE LEGISLATIVE ARRANGEMENTS AFFECT I N

+BUT IT IS NOW CLEAR THAT THERE IS NOT SUFFICIENT TIME LEF THIS SESSION FOR MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL TO COME TO ANY DECISIOi,

+ACCORDINGLY, SIR, LATER THIS YEAR I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT iH-PRESIDENT WILL CONSULT MEMBERS OF THE NEW COUNCIL UPON THE PROCEDURES THAT THEY WISH TO ADOPT FOR REVIEWING STANDING ORDL INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY OF SETTING UP A SELECT COMMITTEE,* M? THOMAS SAID.

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MEANWHILE, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAD ANY COMMENTS TO MAKE ON THE EXISTING STANDING ORDERS OR ON THE NEED FOR AMENDMENT WERE INVITED TO WRITE TO THE CLERK OF COUNCILS IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

THE ORDERS WERE INCLUDED IN THE LAWS OF HONG KONG AND WERE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, HE SAID.

MR THOMAS WAS SPEAKING WHEN MOVING THE RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE STANDING ORDERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE RESOLUTION, WAS TWOFOLD:

+FIRST, IT PROVIDES FOR AMENDMENTS TO STANDING ORDERS 1, 6 AND 11 IN ORDER TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO TAKE THE ALTERNATIVE FORM OF OATH PROVIDED FOR IN THE OATHS AND DECLARATIONS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE RECENTLY ENACTED BY THIS COUNCIL AND WHICH WAS BROUGHT INTO FORCE BY A NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE FOR JULY 5. THIS AMENDMENT IS DESIGNED TO PERMIT THE SWEARING IN OF NEW MEMBERS AT THE FIRST SITTING OF THE NEW SESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REVISED PROCEDURES.

+SECOND, THE RESOLUTION PROVIDES FOR AN AMENDMENT TO STANDING ORDER 63, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THAT WHEN SITTINGS OF A SELECT COMMITTEE ARE HELD IN PUBLIC, EVIDENCE AND DOCUMENTS MAY BE PUBLISHED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE HAS PRESENTED ITS REPORT TO THE COUNCIL.

+THIS AMENDMENT, WHICH WAS REQUESTED BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE TRIAL OF COMMERCIAL CRIME AT ITS MEETING ON JUNE 4 THIS YEAR, WILL BE OF ASSISTANCE TO ITS WORK WHEN IT WISHES TO TAKE EVIDENCE IN PUBLIC.

+IT WILL

THE REPORTING ITS REPORT TO

REMOVE THE RESTRICTION THAT EXISTS PRESENTLY UPON OF SUCH EVIDENCE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE HAS PRESENTED THE COUNCIL.+

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CHAN ABSTAINS FROM VOTING ON MOTION

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THE HON K.C. CHAN ABSTAINED FROM VOTING ON THE MOTION TO AMEND STANDING ORDERS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID WHEN THE OATHS AND DECLARATIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL WAS DEBATED IN THE COUNCIL IN MAY THIS YEAR, HE HAD ABSTAINED FROM VOTING.

+THE REASONS FOR MY ABSTENTION WERE SET OUT IN MY SPEECH DELIVERED IN THIS COUNCIL ON MAY 15.

+AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE, I SHALL ALSO ABSTAIN FROM VOTING ON THIS MOTION,+ HE ADDED.

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’NO NET INCREASE IN EXPENDITURE’ * * * * *

THERE WAS NO NET INCREASE IN EXPENDITURE RESULTING FROM THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF THE 1984-85 FINANCIAL YEAR, COVERED BY THE SUMMARY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

TABLING THE SUMMARY OF THE PROVISIONS FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION, M? JACOBS SAID THAT OF THE $1.5 BILLION APPROVED SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION, $1.1 BILLION AROSE FROM THE 1984 CIVIL SERVICE AND SUBVENTED SECTOR PAY ADJUSTMENTS.

+1 AM PLEASED TO RECORD THAT THERE IS NO NET INCREASE IN EXPENDITURE RESULTING FROM THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION COVERED BY THE SUMMARY.

♦THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION UNDER EACH HEAD WAS OFFSET EITHER BY SAVINGS UNDER THE SAME HEAD OR OTHER HEADS OF EXPENDITURE OR BY THE DELETION OF FUNDS UNDER THE ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS VOTES,+ HE SAID.

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BILL PROTECTS REOCCUPATION RIGHTS

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THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 SOUGHT TO REINFORCE THE PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF REOCCUPATION BY TENANTS TEMPORARILY DISPLACED BY A CLOSURE ORDER, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND wORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, SAID TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND COUNCIL, MR CHAN SAID; BUILDINGS ORDINANCE TO TO COMPLY WITH SECTION

READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE +IT SEEKS TO AMEND SECTION 40 OF THE PROVIDE FOR A SANCTION AGAINST FAILURE 27(10) OF THE ORDINANCE.+

HE EXPLAINED THAT THIS SECTION RELATED TO THE NOTICE OF EXPIRY OF A CLOSURE ORDER AND REQUIRED THE OWNER TO SERVE COPIES OF THE NOTICE ON ALL FORMER OCCUPIERS AND TO CERTIFY TO THE BUILDING AUTHORITY THAT SUCH COPIES HAD BEEN SERVED.

THIS WAS TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF REOCCUPATION OF TEMPORARILY DISPLACED TENANTS.

MR CHAN SAID THAT BEFORE 1979,

A TABLE OF OFFENCES FOR HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN

FAILURE TO GIVE THE REQUIRED NOTICE

SECTION 40. IN A MAJOR AMENDMENT TO THE ORDINANCE IN THAT YEAR, THE GENERAL OFFENCE WAS OMITTED, LEAVING SECTION 27(U) WITHOUT ANY SANCTION.

HE TOLD THE COUNCIL: +FOR SECTION 27-0) TO BE EFFECTIVE, THERE MUST BE A SANCTION.

♦CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL AMENDS SECTION 40 OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR AN OWNER WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH SUCH REQUIREMENTS UNDER SECTION 27(10) TO BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $10 000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.*

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MORE POWER SOUGHT FOR BUS INSURANCE CHECKS * * * *

THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 WOULD GIVE GOVERNMENT GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN MONITORING THE INSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS OF THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY (1933) LIMITED AND THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY LIMITED, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR MACPHERSON SAID THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) ORDINANCE HAD BEEN ENACTED IN NOVEMBER 1951 TO PROVIDE FOR THE PROTECTION CF THIRD PARTIES AGAINST RISKS ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

THE PRESENT BILL HAD TWO MAIN OBJECTIVES.

+FIRST, IT INCREASES THE AMOUNT OF DEPOSIT OR SECURITY THAT MUST BE LODGED WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES BY AN OWNER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE OR A FLEET OF VEHICLES AS AN ALTERNATIVE. TO OBTAINING A POLICY OF MOTOR INSURANCE AGAINST THIRD PARTY RISKS.

+SECOND, IT EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL TO PROVIDE BY ORDER THAT SPECIFIED PERSONS SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO MAKE A DEPOSIT INSTEAD OF OBTAINING A POLICY OF MOTOR INSURANCE,* M? MACPHERSON SAID.

THE TWO COMPANIES WERE THE ONLY +PERSONS+ WHO HAD MADE SUCH A DEPOSIT WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO OBTAINING A POLICY OF MOTOR INSURANCE AGAINST THIRD PARTY RISKS.

CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL AMENDED SECTION 4 OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO INCREASE THE DEPOSIT LIMIT FROM $400 000 TO $2 MILLION.

THE $400 000 LIMIT HAD BEEN PRESCRIBED IN 1968 AND THE INCREASE WAS TO REFLECT INFLATION OVER THE YEARS,* MR MACPHERSON SAID.

SIMILARLY, HE SAID, THE SECURITY LIMIT AND UNDERTAKING LIMITS AS PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 7 WERE ALSO INCREASED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT INFLATION.

AMENDMENTS WERE ALSO MADE TO PREVENT A SPECIFIED PERSON FROM OPTING FOR A DEPOSIT IN LIEU OF OBTAINING A POLICY OF MOTOR INSURANCE AGAINST THIRD PARTY RISKS, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE RETURN OF THE DEPOSIT TO THE OWNER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE IF HE WAS A PERSON AS SPECIFIED IN CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL, MR MACPHERSON SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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FINANCIAL FUTURES MARKET WELCOMED ******

THE GOVERNMENT WELCOMED THE SETTING UP OF A FINANCIAL FUTURES MARKET IN HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON GERRY HIGGINSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, HE SAID THIS WAS BASED ON THE GROWING MATURITY OF THE FUTURES INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, THE BENEFITS TO EE GAINED FROM DEVELOPING HONG KONG’S POSITION AS A MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRE, AND THE EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM THE SUCCESSFUL OPERATION OF FINANCIAL FUTURES TRADING IN THE USA, SYDNEY, TORONTO, LONDON AND SINGAPORE.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO AWARE OF THE NEED FOR AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE IN THE LIGHT OF THE RAPIDLY CHANGING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FUTURES INDUSTRY AND FURTHER AMENDING LEGISLATION WOULD BE PRESENTED AFTER COMPLETION OF THE REVIEW, HE SAID.

THE BILL, MR HIGGINSON SAID, HAD THREE MAIN OBJECTIVES.

♦FIRST, TO FACILITATE THE REORGANISATION OF THE HONG KONG FUTURES EXCHANGE- SECOND, TO MAKE PROVISION FOR TRADING FINANCIAL FUTURES- AND THIRD, TO IMPROVE THE OPERATION OF AND THE PROTECTION TO BE AFFORDED BY THE EXCHANGE COMPANY’S COMPENSATION FUND.

NEW DEFINITIONS OF ’COMMODITY’ AND ’FUTURES CONTRACTS’ ARE PROVIDED IN ORDER TO ALLOW FINANCIAL FUTURES CONTRACTS, IN GENERAL, TO BE BROUGHT WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THE ORDINANCE.+

MR HIGGINSON SAID THAT THE BILL PROPOSED CERTAIN IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE STRUCTURE OF THE EXCHANGE COMPANY.

THE MANAGEMENT OF THE EXCHANGE WILL BE VESTED IN A PROPERLY CONSTITUTED BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

IN ADDITION, THE EXCHANGE WILL BE ABLE TO USE MORE THAN ONE CLEARING HOUSE AND GUARANTEE CORPORATION IN RESPECT OF DIFFERENT MARKETS IN THE FUTURE, IF IT SO WISHES.

HOWEVER, THE CLEARING HOUSES AND THE GUARANTEE CORPORATIONS WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE PRIOR APPROVAL OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION,* HE SAID.

THE BILL ALSO REMOVED THE PRESENT DISQUALIFICATION AGAINST LICENSED BANKS AND DEPOSIT TAKING COMPANIES OR THEIR DIRECTORS AND EMPLOYEES, PRACTISING SOLICITORS AND PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS FROM BECOMING SHAREHOLDERS OF THE EXCHANGE COMPANY, MR HIGGINSON SAID.

/CORPORATIONS .......

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CORPORATIONS INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG AND ENGAGED IN TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS ON THE FUTURES EXCHANGE WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP AND BANKS AND DTCS WOULD BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EXCHANGE THROUGH SUBSIDIARIES INCORPORATED FOR THE PURPOSE, HE SAID.

TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF INVESTORS, HE SAID, THE BILL PROVIDED FOR THE SETTING UP OF A NEW AND SELF-SUSTAINING COMPENSATION FUND AND FOR STREAMLINING THE PROCEDURES IN CONNECTION WITH THE LODGING, DETERMINING AND SETTLING OF CLAIMS.

HE SAID THAT THE EXCHANGE WOULD CONTRIBUTE A MAXIMUM OF $100 000 TO THE FUND ON BEHALF OF EACH OF ITS MEMBERS.

+T0 PROVIDE REGULAR INJECTIONS INTO THE FUND, A LEVY, THE RATE OF WHICH WILL BE FIXED BY THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION, WILL BE CHARGED ON EVERY CONTRACT TRADED ON THE EXCHANGE,* W HIGGINSON SAID.

THE MAXIMUM PAYOUT FROM THE COMPENSATION FUND PER DEFAULTING SHAREHOLDER, HE SAID, WAS TO BE RAISED FROM THE EXISTING $1 MILLION TO $2 MILLION.

♦CLAIMS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE EXCHANGE, BUT PERSONS AGGRIEVED BY THE EXCHANGE'S DECISIONS WILL HAVE A RIGHT OF APPcAL TO THE APPEALS COMMITTEE OF THE COMMISSION, IN ADDITION TO THEIR EXISTING RIGHT TO ESTABLISHING THEIR CLAIMS IN COURT.

♦THE NEW COMPENSATION FUND WILL BE ESTABLISHED WHEN THE EXCHANGE COMPANY HAS COMPLETED ITS INTERNAL REORGANISATION AND IS READY TO ADMIT NEW MEMBERS,* HE SAID.

THE CONSIDERABLE INCREASE CF THE COMMISSION’S ACTIVITIES ABLE TO ENLARGE THE MEMBERSHIP COMMISSION.

IN THE SCOPE AND THE COMPLEXITY HAD GIVEN RISE TO THE NEED TO BE OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING

CLAUSE 3, THEREFORE, PROVIDED THAT THE COMMISSION SHOULD CONSIST OF NOT LESS THAN SEVEN MEMBERS, MR HIGGINSON SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE BILL ALSO PROVIDED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT CF A FIVE-MEMBER COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION APPEALS COMMITTEE FOR HEARING ANY APPEALS UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

HE SAID THAT TRADING IN HANG SENG INDEX FUTURES CONTRACTS, THE FIRST NEW CONTRACT PROPOSED TO BE INTRODUCED IN THE EXCHANGE WOULD NOT COMMENCE UNTIL THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL WAS ADVISED BY THE SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSIONS THAT TWO IMPORTANT CONDITIONS HAD BEEN MET.

♦FIRST, THAT THE EXCHANGE HAS BEEN PROPERLY REORGANISED; SECOND, THAT THE COMMISSIONS ARE SATISFIED WITH THE SAFEGUARDS INTRODUCED TO DETER, DETECT AND PREVENT MANIPULATION IN RESPECT CF TRADING IN THE HANG SENG INDEX AND TO PROTECT THE INVESTING PUBLIC,* HE SAID.

/♦IT CONTINUES .......

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♦IT CONTINUES TO BE OUR POL EXCHANGE TO OPERATE IN HONG KONG BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE AND BE

CY TO PERMIT ONLY ONE FUTURES IN WHICH MAJOR INTERESTED PARTlEo REPRESENTED IN ITS MANAGEMENT.

+THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO CONTINUE TO WISH TO THAT THE EXCHANGE IS PROPERLY MANAGED AND OPERATED INTERESTS OF THE PUBLIC ARE FULLY SAFEGUARDED,+ HE

BE REASSURED AND THAT THE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL TO PROTECT HK WORKERS OVERSEAS *****

THE CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL SOUGHT TO PROVIDE FOR A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF A FINE OF $50 000 FOR AN EMPLOYER OR HIS AGENT WHO EITHER FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDINANCE HIMSELF CR SOLICITED OR INDUCED A WORKER TO LEAVE HONG KONG TO TAKE UP EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT COMPLYING WITH THE ORDINANCE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON DARWIN CHEN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE WERE THE RESULT OF A REVIEW OF THE ORDINANCE FOLLOWING A DISPUTE AFFECTING HONG KONG WORKERS IN SRI LANKA LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHEN SAID THE MAIN WEAKNESS OF THE PRESENT ORDINANCE WAS THAT IT DID NOT PROVIDE FOR ANY PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE.

HE SAID BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY OF TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST EMPLOYERS WHO WERE NOT RESIDENT IN HONG KONG, THE BILL PROPOSED THAT THE ORDINANCE SHOULD ALSO APPLY TO EMPLOYERS’ AGENTS IN HONG KONG, AND THEIR LIABILITY TO PROSECUTION HAD BEEN MADE CLEAR IN THE BILL.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT PERSONS RESPONDING TO ADVERTISEMENTS AND OTHER PUBLICITY REGARDING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES OUTSIDE HONG KONG SHOULD IN THEIR OWN INTEREST CHECK WHETHER THE EMPLOYER IS LOCALLY BASED, OR REPRESENTED BY A LOCAL AGENT.

IF NEITHER WAS THE CASE, THE JOB-SEEKER SHOULD CHECK WITH THE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDED FOR THE AMENDMENT OF A NUMBER OF EXPRESSIONS WHICH WERE EITHER OUT-OF-DATE OR MISLEADING, INCLUDING RETITLING THE ORDINANCE AS +THE CONTRACTS FOR EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG ORDINANCE* IN ORDER TO REMOVE ANY POSSIBLE AMBIGUITY IN THE EXPRESSION +OVERSEAS+.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL OFFERS CLARIFICATION OF PRINCIPLES ******

PROPOSALS IN THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT)(NO. L) BILL 1085 ARE INTENDED TO CLARIFY THE PRINCIPLES TO BE FOLLOW BY THE COMPENSATION ASSESSMENT BOARDS AND SHOULD NOT LEAD TO ANY MAJOR CHANGE IN THEIR CURRENT PRACTICE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON DARWIN CHEN, IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHEN ALSO SAID THAT THE AMENDMENTS SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE RATES OF PREMIA FOR EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT EXPERIENCE HAD SHOWN THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF POINTS WHERE THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE NEEDED FURTHER CLARIFICATION.

HE SAID SECTION 9 OF THE ORDINANCE PROVIDED THAT CERTAIN SPECIFIC INJURIES WERE CONSIDERED TO RESULT IN A SPECIFIC DEGREt OF LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY AS LISTED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE ORDINANCE.

IF AN INJURY WAS NOT LISTED IN THE SCHEDULE, THE DEGREE OF LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY HAD TO BE DECIDED BY AN APPOINTED ASSESSMENT BOARD.

+DIFF ICULTIES HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCED BY THE BOARDS IN THE ASSESSMENT OF CERTAIN NON-SCHEDULED INJURIES AND THE BILL SEEKS TO SPELL OUT MORE CLEARLY THE PRINCIPLES GUIDING THE BOARDS IN SUCH CASES,* MR CHEN SAID.

HE SAID THAT FOR SCHEDULED INJURIES, COMPENSATION WAS BASED ON THE PERCENTAGE OF LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY SPECIFIED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE, WHETHER OR NOT THE INJURED PERSON HAD MANAGED TO FIND A JOB AT A SALARY EQUIVALENT TO WHAT HE WAS EARNING BEFORE THE INJURY.

HOWEVER, IT APPEARED FROM A RECENT APPEAL COURT CASE THAT UNDER THE EXISTING ORDINANCE, IF AN INJURY WAS NOT LISTED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE, THE INJURED PERSON MIGHT LOSE HIS ENTITLEMENT TO COMPENSATION IF HE OBTAINED EMPLOYMENT AT A SALARY EQUIVALENT TO WHAT HE WAS EARNING BEFORE HE WAS INJURED.

+THIS IS FELT TO BE UNFAIR, SINCE THERE IS STILL THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THE INJURED PERSON’S ABILITY TO KEEP HIS JOB HAS BEEN REDUCED. THUS IN THE LONG RUN HIS EARNING CAPACITY IS LIKELY TO BE REDUCED.*

TO DEAL WITH THIS ANOMALY, MR CHEN SAID, THE BILL PROVIDED THAT THE BOARD MIGHT, BUT WAS NOT OBLIGED TO, GIVE WEIGHT TO ANY ACTUAL EARNINGS AFTER THE INJURY.

IT ALSO SOUGHT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT COMPENSATION COULD COVER LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY, PRESENT OR FUTURE.

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HE ALSO SAID THAT FOR INJURIES SPECIFIED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE, THE ORDINANCE ALREADY PROVIDED THAT WHERE LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY FROM A COMBINATION OF INJURIES AMOUNTED TO MORE THAN 100 PtR CtNT, THE INCAPACITY WAS DEEMED TO BE TOTAL.

+THE PRESENT BILL SEEKS TO APPLY THE SAME PRINCIPLE TO A COMBINATION OF INJURIES NOT SPECIFIED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE, AND TO A COMBINATION OF SCHEDULED AND UNSCHEDULED INJURIES,* HE ADDED.

+THE BILL FURTHER SEEKS TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT PARTIAL LOSS OF A MEMBER OR ITS USE SHOULD BE ASSESSED IN PROPORTION TO THE TOTAL LOSS OF THAT MEMBER AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE.*

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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’SIMPLER’ SYSTEM OF FACTORY NOTIFICATION PROPOSED * * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON DARWIN CHEN, TODAY SAID THE NEW NOTIFICATION SYSTEM PROPOSED UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 WOULD BE SIMPLER THAN THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF REGISTRATION AND WOULD REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF PAPER WORK FOR BOTH PROPRIETORS OF WORKPLACES AND THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE OF LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

SPEAKING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR CHEN SAID THE BILL SOUGHT TO REPLACE THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF REGISTRATION OF WORKPLACES BY A NOTIFICATION SYSTEM.

+UNDER THIS PROPOSAL, THE PERSON HAVING MANAGEMENT OR CONTROL OF A NOTIFIABLE WORKPLACE IS REQUIRED TO NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR BEFORE THE WORKPLACE BEGINS OPERATION. THE DEFINITION OF ’NOTIFIABLE WORKPLACE’ IS THE SAME AS THE EXISTING DEFINITION OF ’REGISTRABLE WORKPLACE’,* MR CHEN SAID.

IF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR CONSIDERED THAT A NOTIFIABLE WORKPLACE COULD NOT BE OPERATED WITH DUE REGARD TO HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE STANDARDS, HE MIGHT ISSUE A NOTICE TO PROHIBIT ITS OPERATION.

THE COMMISSIONER MIGHT CANCEL A PROHIBITION NOTICE BUT IN DOING SO MIGHT GIVE DIRECTIONS AS TO THE OPERATION OF THE WORKPLACE CONCERNED. A PROPRIETOR MIGHT APPLY TO THE COMMISSIONER TO LIFT A PROHIBITION NOTICE. HE MIGHT ALSO APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL AGAINST THE COMMISSIONER’S DECISION.

THE BILL PROPOSED THAT ALL WORKPLACES WHICH HAVE BEEN REGISTERED OR PROVISIONALLY REGISTERED UNDER THE EXISTING ORDINANCE WOULD BE CONSIDERED AS HAVING BEEN NOTIFIED TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

/IT FURTHER .......

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IT FURTHER PROPOSES THAT ALL OTHER NOTIFIABLE WORKPLACES WHICH WERE ALREADY ON THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE’S RECORDS BEFORE THE NEW BILL CAME INTO EFFECT WOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM NOTIFICATION AND THE PROPRIETORS WOULD BE SO INFORMED INDIVIDUALLY WITHIN SIX MONTHS.

MR CHEN SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE EXISTING REGISTRATION SYSTEM, FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1955, WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE WORKPLACE WAS INSPECTED AND THAT ADEQUATE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE STANDARDS WERE MAINTAINED.

♦DEVELOPMENTS SINCE THEN HAVE CONSIDERABLY REDUCED THE USEFULNESS OF THE REGISTRATION SYSTEM. DURING THE LAST TWO DECADES 21 SETS OF SAFETY REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN ENACTED UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE, AND IT IS NOW NO LONGER NECESSARY TO RELY ON ENFORCEMENT OF THE REG I STRAT L/ REQUIREMENTS TO MAINTAIN SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE STANDARDS IN WORKPLACES,+ HE SAID.

MR CHEN SAID THE NEW SIMPLIFIED SYSTEM OF NOTIFICATION WOULD DO AWAY WITH SOME TIME-CONSUMING PROCEDURES AND ENABLE THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE TO CONCENTRATE ON MORE IMPORTANT WORK SUCH AS ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION, FACTORY INSPECTION AND SAFETY AND HEALTH PROMOTION.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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DELETION OF CLAUSE 60 IN BILL PROPOSED X X X * *

IT WAS REGRETTABLE THAT SOME DISTRICT BOARDS WERE NOT ADVISED CF THE INTENTION THAT THE NINE REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS ELECTED FROM DBS TO THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL SHOULD CONTINUE TO SERVE ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL UPON ITS INCEPTION.

THIS WAS SAID BY THE HON F.K. HU DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL 1985 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE GREAT MAJORITY OF DBS WERE ADVISED OF THIS INTENTION BEFORE THE ELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS TO THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL.

SINCE PUBLICATION OF THE BILL, THERE HAD BEEN REPRESENTATIONS FROM SOME DB MEMBERS WHO OBJECTED TO CLAUSE 60, WHICH DEALT WITH THE AUTOMATIC EXTENSION OF TENURE OF OFFICE FOR THE NINE REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS ON THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS ON THE NEW COUNCIL, ON THE GROUND THAT IT DEPRIVED DB MEMBERS OF THEIR RIGHT TO ELECT THEIR OWN REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS.

♦THESE DB MEMBERS EMPHASISED THAT THEIR OBJECTION WAS A MATTEk CF PRINCIPLE AND NOT DIRECTED AT THEIR OWN ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS SERVING ON THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL AT PRESENT,* MR HU SAU.

/HE SAID

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HE SAID THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS DEALING WITH THIS BILL CONSIDERED THERE WAS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR SUCH OBJECTION FROM THOSE DBS WHICH WERE ADVISED OF THE INTENTION OF EXTENSION BEFORE ELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS TO THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL, BUT THE OBJECTION FROM THOSE DBS WHICH WERE NOT ADVISED WAS UNDERSTANDABLE.

+THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AGREE THAT DBS WITH NO UNDERSTANDING OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S INTENTION SHOULD NOT BE DEPRIVED OF THEIR RIGHT TO ELECT THEIR FIRST REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS TO THE NEW COUNCIL WHILE THE MAJORITY OF DBS WHICH WERE FULLY BRIEFED OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S INTENTION SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY ALLOW THEIR REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS IN THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL TO CONTINUE SERVICE IN THE NEW COUNCIL FOR TWO YEARS,* HE ADDED.

+FOR THE SAKE OF CONTINUITY AND EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF THE NEW COUNCIL, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THOSE DBS WHICH OPTED FOR NEW ELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS FOR THE NEW COUNCIL SHOULD CONSIDER SERIOUSLY THE RE-ELECTION OF THE SAME REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS, AND NATURALLY IT WILL BE UP TO THE DBS CONCERNED TO DECIDE,+ HE SAID.

HE NOTED THE ADMINISTRATION HAD ACCEPTED THIS POINT OF VIEW AND HE WOULD PROPOSE DELETION OF CLAUSE 60 AND INTRODUCE NECESSARY AMENDMENTS AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE TO ACHIEVE THIS ARRANGEMENT.

TURNING TO THE REQUEST FROM THE HEUNG YEE KUK THAT CLAUSE 6(C) BE AMENDED TO THE EFFECT THAT THE 12 APPOINTED MEMBERS SHOULD INCLUDE THREE MEMBERS FROM THE KUK, MR HU SAID THE REGIONAL COUNCIL HAD TO PERFORM MANY FUNCTIONS VESTED IN IT BY THIS BILL.

+IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A BALANCED COMPOSITION OF MEMBERS IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IN ORDER TO ENSURE THERE WILL BE AN ADEQUATE NUMBER OF KNOWLEDGEABLE AND DEDICATED MEMBERS TO LOOK AFTER EVERY FUNCTION,* HE SAID.

ONE OF THE MAIN ADVANTAGES OF THE APPOINTMENT SYSTEM WAS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION COULD DECIDE AND CHOOSE THE RIGHT TYPE OF APPOINTED MEMBERS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE BALANCED COMPOSITION OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL TO COVER EVENLY EVERY ASPECT OF THE FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES TO BE PERFORMED BY THE COUNCIL, HE OBSERVED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT MANY MEMBERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK COULD BE ELECTED TO THE NEW COUNCIL THROUGH DIRECT ELECTION OR ELECTION THROUGH DISTRICT BOARDS, AND THE NEW COUNCIL MIGHT ALREADY HAVE ADEQUATE REPRESENTATION OF RURAL INTEREST.

HE WAS THEREFORE IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE VIEW OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY IN HIS SPEECH ON JUNE 26 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT OUT OF 12 APPOINTED MEMBERS THREE MEMBERS WOULD, AS CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRED, BE MEMBERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK ESPECIALLY CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE THREE CONSTITUENCIES OF THE KUK.

+SUCH FLEXIBILITY IS PRACTICAL AND REALISTIC,* HE SAID.

HE SUPPORTED THE MOTION SUBJECT TO THE AGREED AMENDMENTS.

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FLEXIBILITY SUPPORTED

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APPOINTMENTS TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL SHOULD RETAIN AN ELEMENT OF FLEXIBILITY, THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL 1985, MR YEUNG SAID THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL HAD SUGGESTED THAT CLAUSE 6(C) BE AMENDED TO THE EFFECT THAT THE THREE APPOINTMENTS FROM THE HEUNG YEE KUK SHOULD BE WRITTEN INTO THE LAW.

+WHILE I FULLY APPRECIATE THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION THAT THE HEUNG YEE KUK HAS MADE OVER THE YEARS AND HAVE NO INTENTION TO UNDERMINE ITS ROLE IN THE FUTURE, I AGREE WITH THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL SHOULD RETAIN AN ELEMENT OF FLEXIBILITY,* HE SAID.

+THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ASSURED THAT THE THREE APPOINTMENTS FROM THE HEUNG YEE KUK WOULD BE CONSIDERED AS ’CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE’? 1 AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS UNDERTAKING WILL ENSURE THAT THE INTEREST OF THE KUK BE ADEQUATELY REPRESENTED IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

+1 SUPPORT CLAUSE 6(C) IN ITS PRESENT FORM.*

MR YEUNG SAID HE SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL TO REPEAL CLAUSE 60 WHICH STIPULATED THAT DISTRICT BOARD REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED TO THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY SERVE ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL UNTIL MARCH 31, 1988.

CERTAIN DISTRICT BOARDS HAD EXPRESSED DISSATISFACTION TOWARDS THIS PROPOSED ARRANGEMENT AND ALLEGED THAT THEY HAD ELECTED THEIR REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THEIR TENURE OF OFFICE WOULD EXPIRE IN ONE YEAR’S TIME.

UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, HE SUPPORTED THE ADDITION OF PART IX WHICH GAVE A DISTRICT BOARD AN OPTION TO ELECT AT A MEETING TO BE HELD NOT EARLIER THAN MARCH 1, 1986, OR LATER THAN MARCH 31, 1986, ONE OF ITS MEMBERS TO BE THE FIRST REPRESENTATIVE MEMBER OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

+THIS OPTION WILL GIVE THOSE DISTRICT BOARDS WHICH SO WISH TO HOLD FRESH ELECTIONS,* MR YEUNG SAID.

DISTRICT BOARDS WHICH WISHED TO LET THEIR PRESENT REPRESENTATIVES STAY IN OFFICE MAY CHOOSE NOT TO HOLD ELECTIONS, THEREBY ENABLING THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO CONTINUE THEIR SERVICE IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL UNTIL MARCH 31 OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THE NEXT ORDINARY ELECTION WAS HELD FOR DISTRICTS.

/♦THE SUCCESS .......

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+THE SUCCESS OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL DEPENDS HEAVILY UPON THE SUPPORT RENDERED BY DISTRICT BOARDS TOWARDS THEIR REPRESENTATIVES ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL,* HE SAID.

THE SELECTION OF DISTRICT BOARD REPRESENTATIVES WAS ESSENTIALLY AN INTERNAL ADMINISTRATIVE MATTER FOR DISTRICT BOARDS, AND SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE DISCRETION OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS THEMSELVES.

CLAUSE 60 LIMITED THE CHOICE OF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND SHOULD ACCORDINGLY BE REPEALED.

+IN MAKING THEIR DECISION, HOWEVER, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS SHOULD BEAR IN MIND THAT BOTH THE CONTINUITY OF SERVICE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF THE INCUMBENT DISTRICT BOARD REPRESENTATIVES ON THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL ARE IMPORTANT FOR THE EFFICIENCY OF THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL,* HE SAID.

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IMMUNITY FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS CALLED FOR *****

SOME KIND OF PROTECTIVE IMMUNITY MUST BE GRANTED TO MEMBERS OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, WAS SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL 1985.

HE SAID ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER ABSOLUTE PRIVILEGE AGAINST SLANDER AND LIBEL SHOULD BE GRANTED HE THOUGHT IT HAD TO BE RECOGNISED THAT THE REGIONAL COUNCIL CONDUCTED OPEN MEETINGS AND THAT MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WERE RECOGNISED SPEAKERS FOR LOCAL INTERESTS.

+THEREFORE, IN ORDER TO ENABLE MEMBERS TO SPEAK UP AND TO ENCOURAGE GENUINE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS IN ITS DELIBERATION, SOME KIND OF PROTECTIVE IMMUNITY MUST BE GRANTED TO THEM,* HE SAID.

IF MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL WERE PROVIDED WITH QUALIFIED PRIVILEGE UNDER SECTION 51 OF THE URBAN COUNCIL ORDINANCE WHICH GAVE PROTECTION TO MEMBERS FROM PERSONAL LIABILITY FOR +ANY MATTER OR THING DONE* BY THEM BONA FIDE FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE COUNCIL,IT SHOULD BE LOGICAL AND REASONABLE THAT MEMBERS OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL SHOULD BE +PRIVILEGED+ ACCORDINGLY.

+IT IS AMPLY UNDERSTOOD THAT QUALIFIED PRIVILEGE DOES NOT EXEMPT MEMBERS FROM MALICIOUS DEFAMATION OR ILL-WILL STATEMENTS WHICH I THINK EMINENT PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE WOULD NOT INDULGE IN, AND I BELIEVE THAT WHEN THEY SPEAK ON A MATTER OF INTEREST IN THE LOCALITY THEY DO HONESTLY BELIEVE WHAT THEY SAY IS TRUE,* MR CHEUNG SAID.

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ON THE SUBJECT OF HEUNG YEE KUK MEMBERSHIP OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG SAID THERE HAD BEEN A +CONTROVERSY+ ON WHETHER OR NOT THE THREE APPOINTED SEATS WHICH WERE ONCE UNDERSTOOD TO BE DESIGNATED FOR KUK MEMBERS SHOULD BE WRITTEN INTO THE BILL. SOME MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL HAD SUGGESTED THAT THESE THREE APPOINTMENTS SHOULD BE WRITTEN INTO THE LAW.

+AS CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL,* MR CHEUNG SAID, + l AGREE THAT SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT WILL GIVE THE HEUNG YEE KUK POSITIVE RECOGNITION OF ITS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES (REGIONAL COUNCIL AREAS), NOT ONLY IN PREVIOUS YEARS BUT IN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION.*

THE COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL COULD THEN SUFFICIENTLY REFLECT THE WEIGHT OF THE VIEWS OF THE KUK.

ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGED THE NECESSITY OF APPOINTING THREE KUK MEMBERS TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AT PRESENT, IT SHOULD NOT PRESUME THAT THIS NECESSITY WOULD NOT CONTINUE TO EXIST IN 1987 AND MR CHEUNG BELIEVED AN ACCESS FOR THE INDIGENOUS POPULATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WAS ALSO ESSENTIAL.

+HENCE, A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT CAN ASCERTAIN THE LINK BETWEEN THE KUK AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IS ALWAYS DESIRABLE,* l£ SAID.

MR CHEUNG SAID TOWARDS THE END OF LAST YEAR, THERE WAS A COMMUNICATION FROM THE CHIEF SECRETARY’S OFFICE ADDRESSED TO THE HEUNG YEE KUK WHICH INDICATED THAT SUFFICIENT WEIGHT AND SPECIAL f-EMBERSHIPS WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE KUK IN THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL.

+RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG RESTS PARTLY ON TRUST AND CONTINUITY OF POLICIES, WHETHER THEY ARE MADE ORALLY OR COMMITTED IN WRITING BY PREDECESSORS,* HE SAID.

+THEREFORE, I PERSONALLY CONSIDER THAT WE SHOULD GIVE THE APPOINTMENT OF KUK MEMBERS TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL A LEGAL FOOTING NOW, AND AMEND SUCH PROVISION AT A TIME WHEN THE NECESSITY CEASES TO EXIST.*

CHEUNG

COUNCIL

ON THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR SAID HE HAD LITTLE OPTIMISM IN EXPECTING EXPENDITURE TO BE ADEQUATELY MET FROM REVENUE GENERATED FROM RATES LEVIED ON _

AREAS, AND ADJUSTMENT OF RATES TO A HIGHER LEVEL WOULD BRING ABOUT MUCH CONTROVERSY.

+THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE TO PREPARE FOR ADEQUATE SUPPORT TO AFFORD THE COUNCIL A HEALTHY AUTONOMY WHEN IT IS ESTABLISHED,* HE SAID.


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AS TO THE FUNCTION AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL, HE APPRECIATED THAT THE BILL DID NOT SEEK TO LIMIT THE REGIONAL COUNCIL’S POwER TO THE +REGIONAL COUNCIL AREAS* AND HE HOPED A SIMILAR AMENDMENT WOULD BE MADE TO THE URBAN COUNCIL ORDINANCE. THIS PROVISION WOULD ALLOW MORE FLEXIBILITY AND ENABLE AMICABLE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO COUNCILS AND FOR THEM TO WORK TOGETHER UNDER APPROPRIATE CIRCUMSTANCES.

ON THE NAME OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IN CHINESE, MR CHEUNG SAID THAT THE SUGGESTION BY A MEMBER, DR HO MAN-WUI, HAD THE BLESSING OF THE COUNCIL.

+WE APPRECIATE THAT ’NON-URBAN AREAS’ HAS BEEN CHANGED TO ’REGIONAL COUNCIL AREAS’.

+WE WOULD FURTHER APPRECIATE IF THE NAMES IN CHINESE CAN BE MODIFIED ACCORDINGLY.*

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WORK OF COUNCILS SHOULD COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER X X X * X

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A REGIONAL COUNCIL SOUGHT TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT, AS WELL AS TO ENRICH THE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL LIFc OF RESIDENTS IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA, DR THE HON KIM CHAM SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE SECOND READING OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL 1985, DR CHAM SAID, HOWEVER, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A REGIONAL COUNCIL WITH FUNCTIONS AND POWERS SIMILAR TO THE URBAN COUNCIL DID HAVE SIGNIFICANCE FOR BOTH COUNCILS.

WHILE THIS BILL WOULD IN THE MAIN FOLLOW THE FORMAT OF THE URBAN COUNCIL ORDINANCE IT DID DIFFER FROM THE EXISTING ORDINANCE IN A NUMBER OF RESPECTS, HE SAID.

AS THE URBAN COUNCIL WAS PRESENTLY CONSIDERING PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ITS OWN ORDINANCE THIS MIGHT RESULT IN THE NEED FOR AMENDMENTS TO RESOLVE ANY INCONSISTENCIES BETWEEN THE TWO ORDINANCES.

+AMENDMENTS MAY ALSO BE SUGGESTED TO ENABLE THE TWO rniJNOii > TO WORK TOGETHER MORE EFFECTIVELY, FOR T IS SURELY IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THAT THE TWO COUNCILS CAN WORK TOGETHER HARMONIOUSLY FOR THE COMMON GOOD * HE SAID

+IT IS THEREFORE IMPORTANT FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO RECOGNISE THE POSSIBLE NEED TO FURTHER AMEND THIS BILL EVEN AFTER ENACTMENT,* HE ADDED.

+1 DO RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE FOR THIS BILL TO BE PASSED TODAY TO SET IN MOTION THE ELECTORAL MACHINERY «HICH WILL CULMINATE IN ELECTIONS TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL NEXT MARCH.*

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♦DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE ELECTION OPTION*

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DISTRICT BOARDS WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF HOLDING ANOTHER ELECTION IN MARCH 1986, IF THEY SO WISH, TO ELECT REPRESENTATIVES TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, EMPHASISED TODAY THAT SUCH AN ELECTION WAS NOT MANDATORY AND THE NINE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES MAY DECIDE THAT THE CURRENT REPRESENTATIVES THEY ELECTED LAST APRIL TO THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL SHOULD CONTINUE TO HOLD OFFICE.

MR LIAO WAS SPEAKING DURING THE SECOND READING DEBATE OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL WHICH WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY WITH SEVERAL AMENDMENTS.

ONE AMENDMENT DELETED CLAUSE 60 WHICH PROVIDED FOR AUTOMATIC EXTENSION OF TENURE FOR DISTRICT BOARD REPRESENTATIVES ON THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL.

MR LIAO EXPLAINED THAT THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WAS SET UP TO ALLOW SOME WORKING EXPERIENCE TO BE GAINED BEFORE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL COMES INTO BEING IN 1986.

IT WAS INTENDED, HE SAID, THAT SUCH VALUABLE EXPERIENCE SHOULD BE CARRIED FORWARD TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, AND CLAUSE 63 OF THE BILL WAS A TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENT DESIGNED TO MAINTAIN SUCH CONTINUITY.

+1 SHOULD STRESS THAT THIS INTENTION WAS AND STILL IS BASED ON LOGICAL AND SENSIBLE GROUNDS,* HE SAID.

MR LIAO NOTED THAT THE CONTINUITY CLAUSE HAD BEEN WELL RECEIVED BY THE MAJORITY OF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, BUT SOME HAD ARGUED THAT DISTRICT BOARDS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO ELECT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IF THEY WISH TO DO SO.

♦HAVING CAREFULLY BALANCED THIS ARGUMENT AGAINST THE NEED TO PROVIDE FOR CONTINUITY, THE ADMINISTRATION AGREES THAT PROVISIONS SHOULD BE MADE TO GIVE THE NINE DISTRICT BOARDS CONCERNED THE OPTION OF HOLDING ANOTHER ELECTION OF THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IN MARCH 1986,+ HE SAID.

ON ANOTHER PROPOSAL THAT THERE SHOULD BE STATUTORY PROVISION FOR THREE APPOINTED REGIONAL COUNCILLORS TO BE MEMBERS OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK IN ADDITION TO THE THREE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS FROM THE KUK, MR LIAO REITERATED THAT THE ARRANGEMENT AGREED BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE KUK WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE INTEREST OF THE RURAL COMMUNITY IS BEING ADEQUATELY TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.

♦AS LONG AS THIS UNDERSTANDING IS OBSERVED IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE TO ADOPT A DOGMATIC APPROACH DURING THE FORMATIVE PERIOD OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL,* HE SAID.

MR LIAO ASSURED THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, THAT THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENT WOULD EE REVIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS.

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FINE-TUNING OF ELECTIONS BILL NEEDED * K K *

UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE SATISFIED THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE ELECTIONS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL WERE BOTH NECESSARY AND JUSTIFIED, BUT SOME FINE-TUNING WAS NEEDED, THE HON PETER WONG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, HE OUTLINED THE AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE:

ON CLAUSE 9 WHICH AMENDED SECTION 12 OF THE DISTRICT BOARD ORDINANCE AND PROVIDED FOR NOTICE OF RESIGNATION BY A MEMBER OF THE DISTRICT BOARD TO BE GIVEN TO THE DESIGNATED OFFICER INSTEAD OF TO THE CHAIRMAN AS PRESENTLY STIPULATED IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE, HE SAID THIS CHANGE WAS CONSIDERED INAPPROPRIATE, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DISTRICT BOARDS WERE NOW CHAIRED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

+T0 MEET THE ADMINISTRATION’S ARGUMENT THAT PROVISION SHOULD BE MADE FOR CONTINGENCIES WHERE, FOR EXAMPLE, NO CHAIRMAN HAS YET BEEN ELECTED, IT HAS BEEN AGREED THAT SUCH NOTICE MAY BE GIVEN TO THE CHAIRMAN OR THE DESIGNATED OFFICER,* MR WONG EXPLAINED.

HE ADDED THAT CLAUSE 11(B) WHICH AMENDED SECTION 14 OF THE DISTRICT BOARD ORDINANCE WOULD BE SUITABLY AMENDED ALONG THE LINES AS AGREED FOR CLAUSE 9.

IN CLAUSE 19(A)(I I) WHICH AMENDED SECTION 14 OF THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS ORDINANCE, THE WORD +NEXT+ IN THE PHRASE +THE NEXT FOLLOWING YEAR* WOULD BE DELETED BECAUSE IT APPEARED TO BE REDUNDANT.

ON CLAUSE 26 WHICH AMENDED SECTION 3 OF THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES ORDINANCE, MR WONG SAID, UNWITTINGLY, A RELEVANT PROVISION IN THIS SECTION HAD BEEN OMITTED AND FOR OBVIOUS REASONS AN AMENDMENT TO RECTIFY THE OMISSION WOULD BE IN ORDER.

HE POINTED OUT THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSES 9 AND 11(B) WOULD ENTAIL CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSES 16 AND 20 CF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL 1985 AND AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THAT BILL, HE WOULD BE MOVING THE RELEVANT AMENDMENTS AS WELL AS A TECHNICAL AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 8(1)(D).

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HE SAID THE BILL BEFORE THE COUNCIL, THOUGH NOT INVOLVING IMPORTANT POINTS OF PRINCIPLE, WAS NEVERTHELESS FAIRLY COMPLEX, CONTAINING NO LESS THAN 28 CLAUSES AND 6 SCHEDULES, AND AMENDED A NUMBER OF ORDINANCES AND ITEMS OF SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

+THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL WILL CLEAR THE WAY FOR ELECTIONS TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WHICH WILL BE FORMALLY ESTABLISHED IF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL RECEIVES ITS THIRD READING THIS AFTERNOON,♦ HE SAID.

MOVING THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL, SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, THE HON PETER TSAO, THANKED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FOR THE CAREFUL STUDY OF THE BILL AND FOR THE CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS THAT HAD BEEN MADE ON THEIR BEHALF BY MR PETER WONG.

+THE AMENDMENTS TO WHICH MR WONG HAS REFERRED WILL SERVE TO IMPROVE THE BILL, NOT LEAST BY MINIMISING THE POSSIBILITY OF MISUNDERSTANDING, AND I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION,* MR TSAO SAID.

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REACTION TO DRAFT REGULATIONS ’DISAPPOINTING’ * * * *

A LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUP WHICH HAD BEEN STUDYING THE DRAFT WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (GENERAL) REGULATIONS HAD RECEIVED ONLY THREE REPRESENTATIONS SO FAR AND CONSIDERED THE RESPONSE +D ISAPPOI NT I NG*.

DR THE HON HARRY FANG, CONVENOR OF THE GROUP, WHICH IS ALSO STUDYING THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) MEMBERS FELT THE DRAFT REGULATIONS WOULD HAVE WIDE-RANGING IMPLICATIONS AND THEY HAD ♦GREAT RESERVATIONS* ABOUT ITS INTRODUCTION.

THEY HAD INVITED INDUSTRIALISTS, FACTORY OWNERS AND THE PUBLIC TO PRESENT THEIR VIEWS BUT SO FAR ONLY THREE REPRESENTATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, THE HONG KONG PRINTERS’ AND DYERS’ ASSOCIATION LIMITED AND THt CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION.

THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES MAINTAINED THAT THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (GENERAL) REGULATIONS 1985 SHOULD BE FURTHER CLARIFIED AND REFINED SO THAT, WHILE THE OBJECTIVES OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WERE ACHIEVED, SUCH REGULATIONS SHOULD NOT DAMAGE THE FLEXIBILITY OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY OR INHIBIT INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT AND RE-INVESTMENT, DR FANG SAID.

HE SAID THE FEDERATION ALSO PRESSED THAT THERE SHOULD BE CLOSE CONSULTATION WITH INDUSTRY PRIOR TO THE DESIGNATION OF ADDITIONAL WATER CONTROL ZONES AS THE COST IMPACT VARIED FROM ONE ZC\x TO ANOTHER.

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THE HONG KONG PRINTERS’ AND DYERS’ ASSOCIATION LIMITED WAS CF THE OPINION THAT THE DRAFT REGULATIONS WERE IMPRACTICAL- IT WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE EXTENSION OF THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL SCHEME TO OTHER PARTS OF HONG KONG AND REQUESTED THAT THE PASSAGE CF THE DRAFT REGULATIONS BE DEFERRED.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION SUPPORTED THE DRAFT REGULATIONS AND URGED THAT THEY BE PASSED AS SOON AS POSSIbi_E TO PREVENT FURTHER DETERIORATION OF WATER QUALITY IN THE TERRITORY.

+THE AD HOC GROUP CONSIDERS THE PRESENT RESPONSE TO THE DRAFT REGULATIONS DISAPPOINTING,* DR FANG TOLD THE COUNCIL.

+WE ATTRIBUTE THE UNENTHUSI AST IC RESPONSE TO THE COMPLICATED PROCEDURES AND TECHNICAL TERMS IN THE DRAFT REGULATIONS, WHICH MOST PEOPLE FIND DIFFICULT TO GRASP.

+WE ARE ALSO GIVEN TO UNDERSTAND THAT MANY INDUSTRIALISTS AND FACTORY OWNERS HAVE THE FALSE IMPRESSION THAT THE REGULATIONS WOULD ONLY APPLY TO TOLO HARBOUR.*

SINCE POLLUTION CONTROL IN TOLO HARBOUR ON INDUSTRY WOULD NOT BE SUBSTANTIAL, SOME INDUSTRIALISTS DID NOT TAKE THE TROUBLE TO RESPOND WHEN CONSULTED.

DR FANG REQUESTED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION CARRY OUT WIDER CONSULTATION AND REPORT TO THE COUNCIL BEFORE THE DEFINITIVE REGULATIONS WERE TABLED.

+SUCH CONSULTATION SHOULD NOT BE CONFINED TO INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS BUT SHOULD INCLUDE THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHO SHOULD BE ASKED TO STUDY AND COMMENT ON THE DRAFT REGULATIONS,* HE SAID.

+IT SHOULD ALSO BE POINTED OUT CLEARLY THAT WHILE THE DRAFT REGULATIONS WILL ONLY APPLY TO TOLO HARBOUR AND THE CHANNEL WATER CONTROL ZONE INITIALLY, THE ONLY ZONE SO FAR DECLARED UNDER THE ORDINANCE, IT IS THE INTENTION OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO DECLARE WATER CONTROL ZONES IN OTHER PARTS OF HONG KONG,* HE ADDED.

DEPENDING ON THE RESPONSE TO THE WIDER CONSULTATION UNOFFICIAL NEMBERS WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO COMMENT FURTHER ON THE REGULATIONS AT A FUTURE DAVF, HE SAID.

DR FANG SAID HAVING SCRUTINISED THE AMENDMENT BILL AND THE DRAFT REGULATIONS MEMBERS OF THE GROUP HAD COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE BILL ITSELF APPEARED TO BE A STRAIGHTFORWARD, TIDYING-UP EXERCISE, WHICH SOUGHT TO CLARIFY CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE, AND THEY AGREED THAT THE BILL SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PROCEED.

+THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES HAS, NEVERTHELESS, EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE POSSIBLE IMPACT THAT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WILL HAVE ON THE OIL INDUSTRY, ESPECIALLY IN THE CASc OF OIL SPILLAGE,* DR FANG SAID.

+WE HAVE CONSULTED THE ADMINISTRATION WHICH CONFIRMS THAT THE AMENDMENT BILL WILL NOT HAVE ANY IMMEDIATE EFFECT ON THE OIL INDUSTRY,* HE ADDED.

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NO INTENTION TO REPLACE EXISTING CONTROLS ******

IT WAS NOT THE INTENTION TO REPLACE EXISTING CONTROLS ON MARINE OIL POLLUTION UNDER THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL ORDINANCE BY THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY.

THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE WILL REMAIN THE CONTROL AUTHORITY UNDER THE FORMER ORDINANCE, UNDER WHICH ALL DISCHARGES CONTAINING OIL ARE SUBJECT TO CONTROL REGARDLESS OF THEIR CONCENTRATION AND SOURCE.

HOWEVER, THE CONTROLS UNDER THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL ORDINANCE WERE ONLY EFFECTIVE IN PRACTICAL TERMS IN RELATION TO THE PROTECTION OF THE SEA FROM DISCHARGES FROM SHIPS, OIL TERMINALS, OIL STORAGE TANKS, MARINE OIL TRANSFER OPERATIONS, OIL SPILLS AND SO ON, HE SAID, MOVING THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING OF THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985.

+THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT AIMS TO SEAL A LOOPHOLE WHICH MAKES THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE INCAPABLE OF CONTROLLING INDUSTRIAL DISCHARGES CONTAINING SMALL CONCENTRATIONS OF OIL THROUGH THE EXEMPTION AND LICENSING SYSTEM,+ HE SAID.

REFERRING TO DR FANG’S COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (GENERAL) REGULATIONS, HE REITERATED THAT EXTENSIVE CONSULTATIONS WERE CONDUCTED WITH INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL FIRMS WHICH WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE REGULATIONS.

+HOWEVER IN VIEW OF THE AD HOC GROUP’S COMMENTS I PROPOSE TO ARRANGE FOR FURTHER PUBLICITY TO BE GIVEN TO THE PROPOSALS TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT IN THE MINDS OF THOSE LIKELY TO BE AFFECTED ABOUT WHAT IS INTENDED BOTH IN THE TOLO AREA AND ELSEWHERE,* HE ADDED.

HE ALSO ASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO WEIGH VERY CAREFULLY THE ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES AND ACCEPTED THAT A BALANCED APPROACH WAS NECESSARY.

+1 BELIEVE THAT THE DRAFT REGULATIONS MEET THIS REQUIREMENT,* HE SAID.

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AMENDMENTS TO LLOYDS BANK (MERGER) BILL DESIRABLE

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. r^.nS^AK,NG DURING THE second reading of the bill in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR BROWN SAID: +IN ORDER TO ENABLE THIS TO BE ACHIEVED, I SHALL MOVE AMENDMENTS IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE TO RECOMMEND, INTER ALIA, THE EFFECT OF THE UK LLOYDS BANK (MERGER)

ACT.+

HE ASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE AMENDMENTS DID LITTLE MORE

THAN ALTER THE WAY IN WHICH THE ORIGINAL OBJECTIVES MIGHT BE ACHIEVED, ALTHOUGH AT FIRST SIGHT THEY MIGHT SEEM RATHER RADICAL, ESPECIALLY SINCE IT LEFT ONLY SIX OF THE ORIGINAL CLAUSES UNTOUCHED.

+THE AMENDMENTS TO THE DEFINITION OF ’APPOINTED DAY’ AND TO SECTION 3 SIMPLY ENSURE THAT HONG KONG WILL NEVER BE OUT OF STEP WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM.

+IN OTHER WORDS, IF LLOYDS BANK APPOINTS A DAY FOR PURPOSES OF THE UK LLOYDS BANK (MERGER) ACT, THEN THAT DATE WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE APPOINTED FOR PURPOSES OF THE HONG KONG ORDINANCE,* W BROWN SAID.

HE SAID THE NEW CLAUSE 4 GAVE EFFECT TO THE VESTING PURSUANT TO THE UK ACT.

+IN THIS CONNECTION, I SHALL ADD THAT THERE ARE ARGUMENTS IN FAVOUR OF THE PROPOSITION THAT THE UK ACT IS IN ITSELF SUFFICIENT FOR PURPOSES OF HONG KONG TO EFFECT THE VESTING.

+HOWEVER, IT IS BY NO MEANS CERTAIN THAT THESE ARGUMENTS ARE CORRECT AND THIS IS OF COURSE THE REASON FOR INTRODUCING THE BILL INTO THIS COUNCIL,* HE SAID.

+OTHER AMENDMENTS, WHICH I SHALL PROPOSE LATER ON IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE, ARE ALL MINOR AND CONSEQUENTIAL,* MR BROWN ADDED.

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FIVE BILLS PASSED * * *

FIVE BILLS, INCLUDING ONE UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S BILL, WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY ARE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL BILL 1985 THE CUSTOMS Awn Firrw

AMENDMENTS1|ERI|1MFNToraILthf98atcTHE ELECT l0NS* M 1SCELLANEOUS

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SEVEN BILLS WERE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNED.

LIAISON GROUP)

THEY ARE THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES (JOINT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE COMMODITIES TRADING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE EMPLOYEES COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1985 AND THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985.

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED TO JULY 24.

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RENT REIMBURSEMENT FOR ESF ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO REIMBURSE THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION (ESF) A SUM OF Sil 218 000 AS RENT ALLOWANCES FOR FORMER GOVERNMEN TEACHERS AND THEIR REPLACEMENTS FOR THE PERIOD 1979-80 TO 1935-86.

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THE REIMBURSEMENT WAS APPROVED THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

IN 1979 WHEN THE GOVERNMENT ENGLISH SCHOOLS WERE TRANSFERRED TO THE ESF, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AGREED THAT STAFF OF THESE SCHOOLS WOULD REMAIN GOVERNMENT SERVANTS ON THEIR EXISTING TERMS CF SERVICE FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS.

AT THE SAME TIME GOVERNMENT WOULD FUND THE CONSTRUCTION OF 85 FLATS FOR THE ESF TO HOUSE TEACHERS PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

UNTIL THE NEW QUARTERS WERE COMPLETED THE FORMER GOVERNMENT TEACHERS WOULD BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN THEIR QUARTERS, OR BE PAID A RENT ALLOWANCE (BASED ON PRIVATE TENANCY ALLOWANCE RATES), AND REPLACEMENTS FOR THESE TEACHERS WOULD BE PAID A SIMILAR ALLOWANCE.

THE 85 FLATS ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1985/86 AND NO RENT ALLOWANCES WILL BE PAYABLE BY GOVERNMENT AFTER THAT.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WAS INFORMED THAT THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WILL ARRANGE TO RECOVER FROM THE ESF A SUM OF |8 675 032 BEING THE COSTS OF SALARIES, PASSAGES, EDUCATION ALLOWANCES, CONTRACT GRATUITIES AND MEDICAL EXPENSES FOR THE FORMER GOVERNMENT TEACHERS DURING THE TWO-YEAR TRANSITIONAL TRANSFER PERIOD.

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$5 MILLION MORE FOR BUILDING KWAI CHUNG SCHOOL

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AN ADDITIONAL COMMITMENT OF NEARLY $5.3 MILLION TO BUILD AND EQUIP A PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOL AT KWAI CHUNG WAS APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE COMMITTEE HAD ORIGINALLY APPROVED IN 1981 A CAPITAL SUBSIDY OF $15 363 000 TOWARDS THE PROJECT WITH THE SPONSOR, THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN CHINA, CONTRIBUTING $1 707 000.

HOWEVER, DUE TO THE DIFFICULT SITE CONDITION, AN EXTRA $3.75 MILLION IS NEEDED FOR ADDITIONAL BELOW-GROUND-LEVEL SLAB WORKS AND THE BALANCE TO MEET THE STANDARD PROVISION OF FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN EXPANDED AND IMPROVED.

THE COMMITTEE WAS INFORMED THAT THE SPONSOR WAS UNABLE TO INCREASE ITS CONTRIBUTION OF $1 707 000 BECAUSE OF ITS HEAVY COMMITMENT IN TWO OTHER PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOL PROJECTS AT TAI PO AND TUEN MUN. THIS WAS ACCEPTED.

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FIRST MEETING HELD * * *

THE SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION HELD ITS FIRST MEETING TODAY (JULY 13), AS AGREED BY THE TwO SIDES.

AT TODAY’S MEETING, THE BRITISH SIDE AND THE COMMISSION EXCHANGED VIE*S ON THE WORKING COMMISSION. THE DISCUSSIONS WERE CONDUCTED IN BUSINESSLIKE ATMOSPHERE.

THE CHINESE SIDE OF PROCEDURES OF TnE A FRIENDLY AND

THE MEETING WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW.

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MEET THE MEDIA * * * *

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR GERRY HIGGINSON, AND THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES MR WILFRED WONG. WILL MEET THE MtDIA TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO PRESENT GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS FOR THE REGULATION OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY.

THESE PROPOSALS ARE CONTAINED IN A TRAVEL AGENTS BILL 1< WHICH WILL BE GAZETTED ON FRIDAY (JULY 12).

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BRIEFING ON LAW AND ORDER IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION IN THE DISTRICT AT THEIR BOARD MEETING ON FRIDAY (JULY 12).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY THE PROPOSED REVISED STANDING ORDERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD (1985-88). AT THE SAME TIME, QUESTIONS WILL BE RAISED ON FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BOARD’S CONSULTATIVE PROCESS, BETTER UTILISATION OF NOTICE BOARDS, AND THE PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF A YOUTH COUNCIL IN THE DISTRICT.

DISCUSSIONS AT THE MEETING INCLUDE THE COMPULSORY THIRD PARTY INSURANCE FOR FRANCHISED AND LICENSED FERRY SERVICES, THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THE ABERDEEN CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERY, THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT AP LEI CHAU MAIN STREET, AND THE REVISED PROPOSAL FOR A BUS TERMINUS AT REPULSE BAY,

OTHER QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED INCLUDE AN INCIDENT INVOLVING THE DEATH OF A CHILD AT THE AP LEI CHAU ESTATE, THE MONITORING OF MAINTENANCE WORK OF CMB BUSES, AND INCREASES IN LICENCE FEES FOR FISHING BOATS AND SMALL CRAFT.

A PAPER ON THE +1 LOVE AP LEI CHAU+ CAMPAIGN AND ANOTHER ON FAMILIARISATION VISITS FOR DB MEMBERS WILL BE TABLED AT THE bEETING.

/AN APPLICATION

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 1985

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AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS TO HOLD A MINI-SOCCER TOURNAMENT AT TIN WAN ESTATE wILL BE SCREENED BY THE BOARD.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS ON MEETINGS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, VARIOUS BOARD COMMITTEES AND AREA COMMITTEES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE TRANSFER OF COMMUNITY CENTRE FACILITIES FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT IN RESPECT OF THE DB FUNDS FOR MINOR IMPROVEMENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS, AND AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT ABERDEEN AND AP LEI CHAU OUTLINE ZONING PLAN.

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OVER 11 000 CHILDREN RECEIVING FEE ASSISTANCE *****

MORE THAN 22 600 CHILD CARE CENTRE PLACES ARE BEING PROVIucu FOR CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN TWO AND SIX - COMPRISING 14 500 IN THt AIDED SECTOR AND 8 100 IN THE NON-PROFIT-MAKING OR PRIVATE SECTOR, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YAN CHAI HOSPITAL’S SHAN KING CHILD CARE CENTRE, MRS CHAN SAID PARENTS OR GUARDIANS COULD APPLY FOR FEE ASSISTANCE IF THEY COULD NOT AFFORD THE FULL FEE CHARGED BY THESE CENTRES AND PROVE THAT THEY WERE UNABLE TO CARE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AT HOME DURING THE DAY.

+FAMILIES NEEDING SUCH ASSISTANCE COULD APPLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR,* SHE SAID.

AT THE END OF MAY, 11 328 CHILDREN WERE RECEIVING FEE ASSISTANCE.

ON THE NEW CENTRE ITSELF, MRS CHAN SAID IT WAS AN IMPORTANT WELFARE PROVISION FOR RESIDENTS OF SHAN KING ESTATE WHICH WOULD EVENTUALLY HAVE A POPULATION OF ABOUT 34 000.

+1 AM SURE THIS CENTRE WILL BE A HAPPY AND SAFE PLACE FOR CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS ARE AT WORK, AND THAT IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE A STIMULATING AND IMAGINATIVE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY CAN DEVELOP THEIR ABILITIES,* SHE SAID.

APART FROM A LOTTERIES FUND GRANT OF 8378 000, THE CENTRE WAS PROVIDED WITH REFUNDS OF RENT AND RATE, AND FEE SUBSIDIti.

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RETURNED. HOS FLATS ON SALE TOMORROW

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SALES xILL BEGIN FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) COR A TOTAL OF 1OA RETURNED HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS AND PRIVATE SECTOR APPLICANTS.

LOCATED AT 17 ESTATES IN V AR I OUS PARTS OF THE URBAN AREA AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, The RETURNED FLATS WILL BE P^ ON OPEN SALE AT ThE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE IN hO MAN TIN ON A F IRST-COME-F IRST-SERVED BASIS. ;..;

AS BEFORE, TWO-PERSON FAMILIES LN THE PRIVATE SECTOR WlTn A MONTHLY INCOME NOT EXCEEDING «7 500>ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPL^,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY.

PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS OCCUPY I NG. MOR E THAN ONE RENTA'. FL->' WILL ONLY BE REQUIRED TO SURRENDER ONE: OF THEIR FLATS ON ACQUIRING AN HOS FLAT,* HE ADDED.

•'‘ras’ ■

♦APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS, COPIti OF FAMILY MEMBERS’ IDENTITY CARDS, HOUSEHOLD INCOME PROOF « <'. OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO ESTA BL I S H.j T HE I R ELIGIBILITY.

♦PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS WILL HAVE TO PRODUCE THEIR TENANCY CARDS AS WELL.*

THE RETURNED FLATS ARE PRICED FROM <103 300 TO «36R «S00 AND HAVE GROSS AREAS BETWEEN 41.9 AND 64.6 SQUARE METRES.

IN ADDITION, A NUMBER OF RETURNED FLATS AT THE MIDDLE INCOME HOUSING PROJECT AT MELODY GARDEN IN TUEN MUN WILL ALSO Br AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT PRICES RANGING FROM «220 200 TO <327 600, WITH GROSS AREAS BETWEEN 63.1 AND 88.2 SQUARE METRES.

♦THERE WILL BE NO RESTRICTIONS ON THE INCOME, HOUSEHOLD SIZE PROPERTY OWNERSHIP AND PERIOD OF HONG KONG RESIDENCE FOR MELODY GARDEN APPLICANTS, BUT THEY WILL HAVE TO ARRANGE FOR their own mortgage facilities,* the spokesman said.

DETAILS OF THE RETURNED FLATS, INCLUDING APPLICATION FORMS AND AN HOS GUIDE, ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE WHERE PROSPECTIVE BUYERS WILL BE REGISTERED FROM 11 AM TODAY TO SAVE THEM FROM WAITING UNTIL THE COMMENCEMENT OF SALES TOMORROW.

APPLICANTS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR FORMS IN PERSON TO THE CENTRE FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) WHEN THEY WILL BE INVITED TO SELECT THEIR FLATS AND COMPLETE THE NECESSARY FORMALITIES.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 1985

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RATEPAYERS PROPOSALS DEALT WITH

* * *

ALL PROPOSALS LODGED BY RATEPAYERS IN MARCH THIS YEAR FOR THE ALTERATION OF THE VALUATION LIST FOR THE YEAR 1985-86 HAD BEEN DEALT WITH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

HE URGED ANY PERSON WHO HAD SERVED SUCH A PROPOSAL AND HAD NOT RECEIVED A NOTICE OF DECISION YET, TO IMMEDIATELY CONTACT NR YEUNG CHE-KEUNG OF THE DEPARTMENT AT TEL: 5-7957629.

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URBCO AGREES TO HOVERFERRY SERVICE TRIAL * * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL TODAY AGREED TO A PROPOSAL BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO ALLOW THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY TO OPERATE A HOVERFERRY SERVICE BETWEEN NORTH POINT AND THE TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE ON TRIAL FOR THREE MONTHS.

THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED FOLLOWING A LENGTHY DISCUSSION AT A MEETING OF THE RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MR HOWARD YOUNG.

MEMBERS WERE CONCERNED THAT THE SETTING UP OF A HOVERFERRY LANDING POINT AT THE PROMENADE WOULD SPOIL THE AREA AS A PUBLIC AMENITY. FURTHERMORE, ITS USE AS A THOROUGHFARE FOR PASSENGERS AND THEIR EMBARKATION AND DISEMBARKATION COULD CREATE SUCH PROBLEMS AS LITTERING, CONCENTRATION OF HAWKERS, QUEUING AND PEDESTRIAN OBSTRUCTION.

HOWEVER, IN THE LIGHT OF THE STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE PROPOSED FERRY SERVICE BY VARIOUS BODIES CONCERNED, MEMBERS AGREED THAT IT SHOULD BE PUT ON TRIAL FOR THREE MONTHS DURING WHICH TIME THE COUNCIL WOULD CLOSELY ASSESS THE EFFECT ON THE PROMENADE, ITS USE AS A PLEASURE GROUND AND THE STAFF REQUIREMENT OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO KEEP THE AREA IN ORDER.

THE COUNCIL RESERVED THE RIGHT TO REQUEST TERMINATION OF THE TRIAL IF THE PUBLIC USE OF THE PROMENADE WAS UNDULY INCONVENIENCED OR ITS USE AS A GENERAL AMENITY WAS PREJUDICED.

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YOUTHS TO ENTERTAIN THE PUBLIC

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YOUTHS FROM SCHOOLS IN YAU MA TEI, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE Y.M.C.A. WILL ENTERTAIN THE PUBLIC AT A VARIETY SHOW IN THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, TSIM SHA TSUI, THIS SATURDAY (JULY 13) TO LAUNCH THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND THE POLYTECHNIC CHOIR WILL PERFORM DURING THE THREE-HOUR SHOW STARTING AT 2 PM. THERE WILL ALSO BE PERFORMANCES BY THE YMCA DANCE GROUP AND THE LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE GROUP.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SUSAN LOK, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD, MR YIP WAH, WILL OFFIuHT-AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, WHICH WILL END ON SEPTEMBER 15, COMPRISES NUMEROUS EVENTS INCLUDING CAMPING, TRAINING COURSES, MUSIC CAMPS, PICNICS, RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES.

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CHANCE FOR RESIDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY * * * *

RESIDENTS OF TUNG TAU, LOK FU AND WANG TAU HOM AREAS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF THEIR AREA COMMITTEES AND THE ROLE THEY PLAY IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AT A SPECIAL EVENT TO BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY (JULY 14).

THE WONG TAI SIN WEST SUB-DISTRICT FORTNIGHT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE AREA COMMITTEES OF TUNG TAU, LOK FU AND WANG TAU HOM, IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

EVENTS ORGANISED IN THE FORTNIGHT INCLUDE A VARIETY SHOW, AN EXHIBITION, A CHILDREN DRAWING COMPETITION, AND A CROSSWORD PUZZLE COMPETITION.

THE OPENING CEREMONY AND A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE MORSE PARK OPEN-AIR THEATRE. THERE WILL BE DANCING AND SINGING PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN ARTISTES AND A LUCKY DRAW.

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE HAS PRINTED INFORMATION PAMPHLETS ABOUT THE TUNG TAU, LOK FU AND WANG TAU HOM AREA COMMITTEES, WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS DURING THE FORTNIGHT.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 193-5


CENTRAL, NORTH POINT TRAFFIC CHANGES * * * *

THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF MURRAY ROAD BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD IN CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 13) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE THE INSTALLATION OF COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL EQUIPMENT.

MOTORISTS ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL ARE ADVISED TO USE JACKSON ROAD TO REJOIN CHATER ROAD.

IN NORTH POINT, THE EXISTING TRAM-ONLY LANE AT KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH JAVA ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE OPENED TO ALL VEHICLES FROM MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY (JULY 13) TO MIDNIGHT ON AUGUST 20, TO ALLOW ROAD RESURFACING WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT AT THE KERBSIDE LANE OF THE ROAD SECTION.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN LAI CHI KOK ******

THE SLIP ROAD LINKING THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE AND MEI LAI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 13) TO 6 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 14), TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

* KMB ROUTES 30, 33, 33A, 35A, 36A, 37, 40, 42, 45, 46, 52, 59A, 59S, 60, 66, 68 AND 848 ON EASTBOUND JOURNEYS WILL PROCEED VIA LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD.

* KMB ROUTE 44 HEADING FOR MEI FOO BUS TERMINUS WILL PROCEED VIA LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE, KWAI CHUNG ROAD, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG MOU STREET, CHEUNG SHUN STREET, CHEUNG LAI STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD WESTBOUND, THE FLYOVER LEADING FROM CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD TO LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD WESTBOUND.

* TRAFFIC ON LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE EASTBOUND HEADING FOR MEI FOO SUN CHUEN AREA WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA KWAI CHUNG ROAD, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG MOU STREET, CHEUNG SHUN STREET, CHEUNG LAI STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD WESTBOUND, FLYOVER LEADING FROM CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD TO LAI CHI KOK ROAD, AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD WESTBOUND.

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BUS ONLY LANE IN TUEN MUN CLOSED * * *

PPik JnfnSASI'2N 0F BUS 0NLY LANE 0N Pul TO LTAK ROAP £ND TUEN MUN R0AD WILL BE CLOSED rnwcToF^.FR0M 10 AM 0N SATURDAY (JULY 13) CONSTRUCTION OF PUI TO ROAD INTERCHANGE

ROAD BETWEEN CASTLE TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT TO FACILITATE THE

PEAK ROAD?°UTE 53 T° YUEN L°NG W'LL BE AVERTED TO USE CASTLE

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TRAFFIC CHANGES

* * *

-m _ $^A TAU KOK ROAD BETWEEN SAN WAI AND KWAN TEI W11 1 rp ri nccn (JULYC12)TATE C0NSTRUCTI0n WORK FROM 11 PM TO MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY

whichTisFparallel to shaEtauDkok road?HE R0AD AT gallipoli LINES

BUS STOPS ALONG THIS SECTION OF ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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ROUTE TWISK BAN * * *

ROU’E TWISK WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE TO ALL VEHICLE?, EXCEEDING 10 METRES IN LENGTH FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 1.3),

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TO ATTEND FIRST JLG TALKS ..................................... 1

LAND COMMISSION TO MEET AGAIN JULY 31 ......................... 1

BILL PROPOSES PROTECTION FOR TRAVELLING PUBLIC ................ 2

employment, vacancies, payroll statistics for march released . 4

SOUTH .AFRICA URGED TC CONTINUE SEARCH ........................ 9

INSPECTORS appointed........................................... 9

FREE TEXTILE QUOTA SCHEJ'iE ANNOUNCED ... . ................... 10

LADY YOUDE OPENS CHINESE CERAMICS COLLECTION IN U.K............ 10

SIR DAVID VISITS IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT........................ 11

CNTA BIDS ALBERT LAM FAREWELL ................................. 11

COUNCIL TO REVIEW RSD’S POLICIES .............................. 12

provisional rc calls for guidance by uc ....................... 12

RESIDENTS URGED TO CALL AT BOARD OFFICES....................... 13

SEMINARS FOR LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ARRANGED ..................... 14

CHILD CARE SERVICE EXPANDS TO MEET DEMAND ..................... 15

FIGHT CRIME Ca-IMITTEE VISITS ANTI-THEFT DISPLAY .............. 16

FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE FOR SHEUNG SHUI RESIDENTS.................. 16

COUNCIL CO-SPONSORS WORKSHOP ON TREES ......................... 17

SPEEDPOST TO FINLAND ......................................... 18

TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY IN PROGRESS ........................ 18

YOUTHS INVITED TO TAKE PART IN CONFERENCE ..................... 19

DRAMA WORKSHOP SET FOR YAU MA TEI ............................. 20

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FOR KWAI CHUNG, TSING YI ............... 20

NORTH DISTRICT TO HOLD SWIMMING GALA .......................... 21

TREE PLANTING DAY FOR ISLANDS DISTRICT ........................ 22

ISLANDS YOUTH PROGRAMME IN FULL SWING ......................... 22

THURSDAY, JULY 11,

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TO ATTEND FIRST JLG TALKS * * * *

MR E.P. HO AND MR JOHN BOYD, MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH SIDE GF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP, WILL LEAVE FOR LONDON ON JULY 17 TO ATTEND THE FIRST MEETING OF THE GROUP.

THEY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LAW OFFICER (SPECIAL DUTIES), NR FRED BURROWS, PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (GENERAL DUTIES), NR RICHARD HOARE, AND CHIEF INTERPRETER, MR Y.P. CHENG.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WILL MEET IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ON THE MORNINGS CF JULY 22, 23 AND 25. A PHOTOCALL WILL BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON JULY 22.

THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, NR RICHARD LUCE, WILL HOST A DINNER FOR THE TwO DELEGATIONS ON JULY 22.

A PRESS STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING ON JULY 25.

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land commission to meet again july 31

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the SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION HELD ITS FIRST MEETING Oj JULY 10 AND 11. THE TWO SIDES REACHED AGREEMENT ON ThE WORKING PROCEDURES OF T ME COMMISSION AND HELD CONSULTATIONS ON THE : "AILS FOR The IMPLEMENTATION OF the COMMISSION’S TERMS OF REFERENCE. THE MEETING WAS CONDUCTED IN a FRIENDLY AND BUSINESSLIKE ATMOSPHERE.

the two SIDES agreed That The SECOND-MEETIng COMMISSION WILL BEGIN ON JULY 31. THE QUESTION OF WILL CONSTITUTE THE AGENDA FOR THAT MEETING.

OF The LAND

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BILL PROPOSES PROTECTION FOR TRAVELLING PUBLIC

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THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING A THREE-PRONGED APPROACH TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FROM UNSCRUPULOUS TRAVEL AGENTS.

A TRAVEL AGENTS BILL, TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TOMOR (FRIDAY) WILL PROVIDE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRAVEL AGENT RESERVE FUND, AN OFFICE FOR A REGISTRAR OF TRAVEL AGENTS, Ar ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TRAVEL AGENTS.

THE RESERVE FUND WILL BE EMPLOYED TO HELP CLIENTS WHO ARE Ow'ED SUMS OF MONEY BY a LICENSED TRAVEL AGENT AND WHO HAVE Ml OTHER RESORT TO OBTAIN SATISFACTION.

THE FUND WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE REGISTRAR, wHO WILL BE CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF VETTING LICENCE APPLICATl-;. AND ENFORCING THE REGULATIONS.

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, I PROVIDE GUIDELINES FOR THE EFFICIENT OPERATION OF THE LAW AND I PARTICULAR THE LICENSING SCHEME.

DETAILED REGULATIONS WILL BE PUBLISHED IF THE BILL RECEIVE THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. IT WILL RECEIVE li. FIRST READING ON JULY 24 AND ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON H-PROVISIONS MAY WRITE TO UMELCO AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHA i-ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT LEGISLATION FOR n-CONTROL OF TRAVEL AGENCIES WAS REQUIRED BECAUSE OF THE SPECIAL-NATURE OF THE BUSINESS.

IN THE CASE OF OUTBOUND TRAVEL AND TOUR ACTIVITIES, MEMBER--OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC ARE VULNERABLE TO UNSCRUPULOUS OR BOGUS FLY-BY-NIGHT OPERATORS WHO VANISH WITH DEPOSITS OR WHO GO BANKRUPT, HE SAID.

ALTHOUGH THERE WERE NO ABSCONDMENTS IN 1983 AND 1984 AND THEr.E WAS ONLY ONE INSTANCE SO FAR THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT, THE TR«Vc_ INDUSTRY AND THE PUBLIC ALL REMAIN CONCERNED AT THE VULNERABILITY THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC, GIVEN THE INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE SPEND THEIR HOLIDAYS OUTSIDE HONG KONG EACH YEAR, HE SAID.

THE PROPOSALS TO BE PUT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WERE FORMULATED BY A WORKING PARTY CHAIRED BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AND WITH REPRESENTATION FROM THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY COUNCIL, HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS, THE POLICE AND THE CONSUMER COUNCIL.

/IN FUTURE........

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1985

IN FUTURE, IN ORDER TO OPERATE AN OUTBOUND TRAVEL SERVICc, a PERSON WILL HAVE TO OBTAIN A LICENCE FROM THE REGISTRAR OF TRAVEL AGENTS. IN ADDITION, ANY ADVERTISEMENT OF TRAVEL SERVICES JILL ONLY BE ALLOWED IF THE AGENT IS LICENSED AND IF IT STATES THE AGENT’S LICENCE NUMBER.

THE REGISTRAR MAY REFUSE TO ISSUE A LICENCE IF THE APPLICANT IS NOT A +FIT AND PROPER PERSON*, FOR EXAMPLE, IF HE HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF AN OFFENCE INVOLVING FRAUD, CORRUPTION OR DISHONESTY, OR IS INSOLVENT; OR IF HIS OFFICE IS UNSUITABLE FOR THE OPERATION CF THE BUSINESS OF A TRAVEL AGENT.

A LICENSED TRAVEL AGENT wILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN PRIOR PERMISSION FOR A CHANGE OF CONTROL OR OWNERSHIP AND ANY CHANGE IN HIS BUSINESS ADDRESS WILL REQUIRE AN APPLICATION FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE LICENCE.

THE REGISTRAR WILL BE EMPOWERED TO INVESTIGATE THE ACTIVITIES OF A TRAVEL AGENT AND TO REQUEST A MAGISTRATE TO STOP A PERSON WHO CAN ASSIST IN HIS INQUIRIES FROM LEAVING HONG KONG.

AS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RESERVE FUND, THE PROPOSAL IS FOR EACH LICENSED TRAVEL AGENT TO MAKE A ONE-OFF CONTRIBUTION CF $2 500. WITH ABOUT 2 000 LICENSEES EXPECTED TO BE REGISTERED, THE FUND WILL START OFF WITH ABOUT 35 MILLION.

THERE IS PROVISION IN THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION FOR A FURTHER LEVY SHOULD THE FUND BE DEPLETED AND NEEDED TOPPING UP.

AN EX-GRATIA PAYMENT CAN BE MADE FROM THE FUND BY THE REGISTRAR UPON APPLICATION BY A PERSON WHO HAS OBTAINED JUDGMENT FOR A SUN OF MONEY AGAINST A LICENSEE OR WHO HAD LODGED A PROOF OF DEBT, EITHER OF WHICH IS UNSATISFIED.

THE JUDGMENT OR PROOF OF DEBT HAS TO BE RELATED TO TRAVEL SERVICES PROVIDED BY A LICENSED TRAVEL AGENT WHO IS REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE COMPOSITION OF THE ADVISuaY COMMITTEE HAS YET TO BE FINALISED, BUT IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY, THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION AND A FEW OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY. THE REGISTRAR WILL BE AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER AND THE SECRETARY.

AE NOTED.........

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1985

HE NOTED THAT THE PROPOSALS IN THE BILL WOULD UNLIKELY HAVE ANY SIGNIFICANT INFLATIONARY IMPACT ON TRAVEL SERVICES, CONSIDER I Io THE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE NATURE OF THE OUTBOUND TRAVEL INDUSTRY.

+ALTHOUGH THERE MIGHT BE AN INITIAL CONTRACTION IN THE NUMBER CF TRAVEL AGENTS, THIS CAN BE REGARDED AS PART OF THE PROCESS OF CONSOLIDATION OF THE INDUSTRY.

+IT IS UNLIKELY THAT ANY BONA FIDE BUSINESSMAN WOULD BE DISCOURAGED BY THE LICENSING SCHEME TO ENTER INTO OR oTAY IN THE TRADE,+ HE SAID.

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EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES, PAYROLL STATISTICS FOR MARCH RELEASED *****

THERE WERE 867 900 PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECT'.' IN MARCH 1085, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 0.2 PER CENT OVER -ARCri '984 ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY Trie CENSu^ AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IN MARCH 1985, EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADE, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AT 573 403, WAS 7.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN MARCH 1984.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 171 600, WAS UP BY 4.0 PER CENT.

BUT EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DROPPED BY 5.4 PER CENT RELATIVE TO THE MARCH 1984 LEVEL.

A DEPARTMENTAL SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE STATISTICS FOR MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN MARCH 1985 WERE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY CF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL CONDUCTED EACH QUARTER BY THE DEPARTMENT, COVERING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

THERE IS A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERING BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

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THURSDAY, JULY V, 1985

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THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR MARCH 1985 BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER wI TH A COMPARISON »I TH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1984 AND DECEMBER 1984, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

PERSONS ENGAGED

(EMPLOYMENT) IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE*

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR. , 84 DEC. 84 MAR. . 85 MAR. 85 ON MAR. 84 is AR. 35 DEC. 84

MANUFACTURING 869 300 898 900 867 900 -0.2 -3.5

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) 71 600 68 600 67 700 -5.4 -1. j

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 533 100 573 800 573 400 +7.6 -0.1

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 165 000 169 500 171 600 +4.0 + 1.2

* BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES.

COMPARING MARCH 1985 WITH DECEMBER 1984, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES AND Tri_ WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR DECREASED BY 3.5 PER CENT, 1.3 PER CENT AND 0.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY 1.2 PER CENT.

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THE SURVEY ALSO PROVIDES VACANCY STATISTICS FOR THESE MAJOR SECTORS, OTHER THAN FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION. THE OVERALL FIGURES BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1934 AND DECEMBER 1934, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

NUMBER OF REPORTED

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY VACANCIES IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE*

MAR. 84 DEC. 84 MAR. 85 MAR. 85 ON MAR. 84 MAR. 85 ON DEC. 84

MANUFACTURING 49 060 23 810 29 010 -40.9 +21.8

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 6 580 6 160 7 710 + 17.2 +25.2

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 2 500 2 330 2 900 + 16.0 +24.7

* BASED ON UNROUNDED VACANCY FIGURES.

RELATIVE TO MARCH 1984, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECREASED BY 40.9 PER CENT IN MARCH 1985. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES INCREASED BY 17.2 PER CENT FOR THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND BY 16.0 PER CENT FOR THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

COMPARING WITH DECEMBER 1984, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES INCREASED BY 21.8 PER CENT, 25.2 PER CENT AND 24.7 PER CENT FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY.

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ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY ARE STATISTICS ON MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. QUARTERLY TOTALS FOR EACH OF THESE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE:

TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY 1ST QTR. 1984 1ST QTR. 1985 1ST QTR. 1935 ON 1ST QTR. 1934

HK& MN HKS MN

MANUFACTURING 7 006 7 899 + 12.7

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 4 793 5 912 +23.3

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 2 421 2 752 + 13.7

COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 12.7 PER CENT, 23.3 PER CENT AND 13.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985.

AFTER ADJUSTMENT FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN MARCH 1984 AND MARCH 1985 ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS OBTAINED.

TO ALLOW FOR THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES, THE NOMINAL INDEX IS DEFLATED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. THESE TWO INDICES FOR MARCH 1984 AND MARCH 1985 ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES BELOW:

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Y JH1 v . ■ <. ii? . G^A 3JA2; •'H SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED XJUNE 1980 - 100) MAR. 84 MAR. 85 % CHANGc. MAR. 85 ON MAR. 84

MANUFACTURING 171.5 181.0 + 5.5

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 166.8 187.6 +12.5

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 164.0 185.9 + 13.4

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 = 100) MAR. 84 MAR. 85 A > % CHANGE MAR. ‘85 ON n. MAR. 34

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MANUFACTURING 113.6 115.1 + 1.3

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 110.5 119.3 + 8't0 ■

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 108.6 118.2 p A 0

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BETWEEN MARCH 1984 AND MARCH 1985, INCREASES OF 5.5 PER ^ENT, 12.5 PER CENT AND 13.4 PER CENT WERE REGISTERED IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE ANU BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY.

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OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PEP PERSON ENGAGED WERE 1.3 PER CENT. 8.3 PER CELT AND 8.8 PER CENT.

DETAILED BREAKDOWNS OF THE ABOVE STATISTICS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE QUARTERLY REPORT OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS, MARCH 1985, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT HKSll PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG AND AT THE SALES COUNTER CF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1904, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

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SOUTH AFRICA URGED TO CONTINUE SEARCH K * * X *

IN RESPONSE TO QUERIES A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS IN TOUCH WITH HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT IN LONDON WHICH, IN TURN HAD CONTACTED THE SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHORITIES URGING THEM TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO PURSUE THE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING SHIP +ARCTIC CAREER+ AND POSSIBLE SURVIVORS.

THE GOVERNMENT REMAINS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE FATE OF THE MISSING PANAMANIAN VESSEL AND ITS LARGELY HONG KONG CREW, AND IS CONTINUING TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHORITIES, HE SAID.

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INSPECTORS APPOINTED * * * *

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT HE HAS APPOINTED INSPECTORS UNDER THE TERMS OF SECTION 143(1)(C) OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE TO INVESTIGATE THE AFFAIRS OF C.T. NOMINEES LIMITED, MIDLAND NOMINEES LIMITED AND STANDARD NOMINEES LIMITED AND TO REPORT TO HIM THEREON.

THE INSPECTORS APPOINTED ARE MR THOMAS BRIAN STEVENSON AND MR ANTHONY TING YUK WU, CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS, BOTH OF MESSRS ERNST AND WHINNEY, CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS.


THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1935

FREE TEXTILE ,<UOTA SCHEME ANNOUNCED * * * * *

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT ThE 19j5 FREE QUOTA EXPORT AUTHORISATION SCHEME III FOR TEXTILE EXPORT TO THE U.S. WILL BE OPERATED FROM JULY 15.

DETAILS OF THE SCHEME ARE CONTAINED IN A NOTICE TO EXPORTERS ISSUED ON JULY 8. COPIES OF THE NOTICE ARE AVAILABLE FROM COUNTER NOS. 47 AND 48 OF THE DEPARTMENT’S U.S.A. BRANCH ON THE 15TH FLOOR CF OCEAN CENTRE, KOWLOON.

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LADY YOUDE OPENS CHINESE CERAMICS COLLECTION IN U.K.

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LADY YOUDE, WHO IS NOW ON HOLIDAY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING OF A COLLECTION OF CHINESE CERAMICS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HULL’S ART COLLECTION TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE CEREMONY WAS HELD IN THE MIDDLETON HALL OF THE UNIVERSITY IN YORKSHIRE AT 6 PM (LONDON TIME).

THE COLLECTION OF CHINESE CERAMICS OF THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD (CIRCA 1620-1680 AD) HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE UNIVERSITY ON LONG-TERM LOAN BY MR PETER THOMPSON AND HIS WIFE NANCY.

MR THOMPSON, A HULL GRADUATE (BACHELOR OF LAWS (LLB), 1958), IS A SOLICITOR, NOW LIVING IN HONG KONG.

THE COUPLE HAVE BEEN COLLECTING CHINESE ART, ESPECIALLY CERAMICS, SINCE THE LATE 1960S. THEIR COLLECTION OF CHINESE CERAMICS WILL BE ON DISPLAY WITH THE UNIVERSITY’S ART COLLECTION IN THE MIDDLETON HALL AND WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON WEEKDAYS DURING TERM TIME.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WAS PRESENT AT THE OPENING CF THE CERAMICS COLLECTION.

AMONG SOME 100 GUESTS ATTENDING THE FUNCTION WERE MR THOMPSON HIMSELF, AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, DR Q.W. LEE, WHO WILL BE CONFERRED HONORARY DEGREES OF DOCTOR OF LAWS AT CONGREGATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HULL TO BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL KINGSTON UPON HULL, ON FRIDAY (JULY 12) AT 2.30 PM AMD 13.30 AM (LONDON TIME) RESPECTIVELY.

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SIR DAVID VISITS IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT * * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TOURED THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST TO SEE THE MANY SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

SIR DAVID, CURRENTLY ON A FAMILIARISATION TOUR OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR, MR JAMES MURPH IE, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE DIRECTORATE.

FOLLOWING A SHORT BRIEFING ON THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT, HE WAS SHOWN THE INFORMATION OFFICE WHICH HANDLED ENQUIRIES FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS SECTION, WHERE HE SAW THE PASSPORT-HANDLING ARRANGEMENTS AND THE NATIONALITY AND CONSULAR FACILITIES PROVIDED.

SIR DAVID WAS ALSO SHOWN THE EXTENSION SECTION, THE CROSS BORDER PERMIT OFFICE, THE ENTRY VISA SECTION AND THE TRAFFIC INDEX SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE ONE-AND-A-HALF HOUR VISIT ENDED WITH A BRIEFING BY THE DIRECTORATE STAFF.

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CNTA BIDS ALBERT LAM FAREWELL

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THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, W ALBERT LAM, WHO HAS BEEN CLOSELY INVOLVED IN THE ESTABLISHMENT CF DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE PROMOTION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, WILL BE LEAVING THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION NEXT MONTH.

AT A DINNER YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) IN HONOUR OF MR LAM, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, PRAISED HIM FOR HIS DEVOTION AND HARD WORK DURING HIS YEARS IN THE CNTA.

MR LIAO NOTED THAT MR LAM DEDICATED MUCH OF HIS TIME IN THE PROMOTION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

MR LAM JOINED THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN JUNE 1981. HE BECAME DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON WHEN THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND THE NE.. TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WERE AMALGAMATED IN APRIL 1982.

MR LAM WILL GO ON LEAVE ON AUGUST 8, BEFORE HIS NEXT POSTING.

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COUNCIL TO REVIEW RSD’S POLICIES * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL EXAMINE THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S POLICIES ON SEVERAL ASPECTS OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THEY WILL DISCUSS THE RSD’S POLICY ON RENTS FOR PUBLIC MARKET STALLS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS AND CONSIDER WHETHER IT SHOULD BE REVISED.

ANOTHER RELATED ISSUE THAT WILL COME UP FOR DISCUSSION IS PROPOSED RENTALS TO BE CHARGED AT THE NEW MUI WO COOKED FOOD MARKET WHICH WILL BE READY FOR OCCUPATION IN OCTOBER.

OTHER POLICIES THAT WILL COME UP FOR DISCUSSION INCLUDE THOSE RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND ABATEMENT OF SANITARY NUISANCES, THE LICENSING OF FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS AND PLACES OF ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLIC CLEANSING, THE PROVISION OF MUSEUMS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS, THE SERVICING OF SWIMMING POOLS AND BEACHES, AND THE MAINTENANCE OF CEMETERIES AND CREMATORIA.

MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE GENERAL POSITION REGARDING TOLERATED UNLICENSED SLAUGHTERHOUSES IN THE NON-UREAN AREAS.

THEY WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE NUMBER OF CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME FALLING UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT WHICH ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTS' OR PLANNING.

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PROVISIONAL RC CALLS FOR GUIDANCE BY UC

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, TONIGHT CALLED ON THE URBAN COUNCIL TO OFFER CRITICISMS AND ASSISTANCE SO THAT THE NEWLY-FORMED COUNCIL CAN DISCHARGE ITS DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS SMOOTHLY.

THE CALL WAS MADE AT A DINNER GIVEN IN HONOUR OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, AND MEMdERo OF THE UC.

IN HIS WELCOMING SPEECH, MR CHEUNG DESCRIBED THE DINNER AS A -tCLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE FOURTH KIND+ - A K I ND OF URBAN REGIONAL ENCOUNTER AND TERRITORIAL CO-OPERATION.

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HE REFERRED TO THE THREE-TIER SYSTEM OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND SAID THE +CREATION OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IN Th. REGIONAL AREA COMPLETES A SYMMETRICAL ORGANISATIONAL ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY THE TWO COUNCILS WILL WORK SIDE BY SIDE TO SERVE THE CIVIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,*

MR CHEUNG SAID: +NATURALLY, BOTH THE RESIDENTS IN THE REGIONS AND WE WOULD BE MAKING INCESSANT COMPARISONS BETWEEN THE GOOD WORK OF THE TWO COUNCILS.*

HE HOPED, HOWEVER, THAT THE COMPARISON WOULD BREED WELL-INTENTIONED COMPETITION AND CREATIVE IDEAS IN THE DELIVERY OF URBAN AND REGIONAL SERVICES.

IN REPLY, MR CHEONG-LEEN ASSURED THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL WOULD GIVE ALL THE COOPERATION AND HELP IT COULD WHENEVER REQUESTED.

HE SAID THAT IN VIEW OF THE SIMILAR NATURE OF THE SPHERES CF WORK, HE WAS CERTAIN THAT THE TWO COUNCILS SHARED THE COMMON GOAL OF IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

ALTHOUGH THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WAS STILL IN THE FORMATIVE STAGE, HE ADDED, HE WAS SURE IT WOULD QUICKLY SETTLE DOWN TO THE WIDE RANGE OF RESPONSIBILITIES IT FACED IN SERVING THE CIVIC NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR CHEONG-LEEN WAS CONFIDENT THAT WITH THE FULL IMPLEMENTATI u.m OF THE WHITE PAPER ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WOULD BE GIVEN MANY MORE OPPORTUNITI TO WORK HAND IN HAND FOR THE BETTERMENT OF LIVING CONDITIONS OF TH PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

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RESIDENTS URGED TO CALL AT BOARD OFFICES * * * X *

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD SHOULD BECOME MORE ACCESSIBLE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS NOW THAT ITS OFFICES ARE OPENED, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

+WHETHER THEY WANT TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON VARIOUS ISSUES, OR BRING OUR ATTENTION TO CERTAIN PROBLEMS, I HOPE RESIDENTS WILL COME FORWARD AND GET IN TOUCH WITH THE BOARD,* HE SAID.

+IT IS ONLY WITH THE PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT OF THE LOCAL PEOPLE THAT THE BOARD, AND IN FACT THE ENTIRE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, COULD FUNCTION PROPERLY AND EFFECTIVELY,* HE ADDED.

/MR Uh.

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MR LAM WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICES FOR THE BOARD CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS.

THE OFFICES ARE SITUATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING IN TUNG YAN STREET, AND THE CHAIRMAN WOULD BE AVAILABLE AT HIS OFFICE FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY BETWEEN 2 AND 4 PM.

TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE CHAIRMAN’S AND MEMBERS’ OFFICES ARE 3-418Q14 AND 3-898134 RESPECTIVELY.

RENOVATION WORK ON THE OFFICES STARTED IN APRIL, AND THE FLOOR ACCOMMODATES THE DB SECRETARIAT, A LIBRARY AND AN INTERVItW-MEETING ROOM.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S OPENING WAS THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK.

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SEMINARS FOR LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ARRANGED

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THE WONG CHUK HANG AND BAYS AREA COMMITTEE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL HOLD A SEMINAR WITH LOCAL RESIDENT ORGANISATIONS ON SATURDAY (JULY 13) TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

THE EVENT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE AREA COMMITTEE, IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF SEMINARS ORGANISED FOR THE DISTRICT’S SIX CONSTITUENCIES.

A SEMINAR BETWEEN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND THE AREA COMMITTEES WILL BE HELD EARLY NEXT YEAR TO WRAP UP THE WHOLE EXERCISE OF STRENGTHENING TIES AMONG THE BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND RESIDENT BODIES.

SATURDAY’S SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE A SLIDE SHOW ON THE AREA COMMITTEE’S WORK, FOLLOWED BY A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION ON TRANSPORT, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING MATTERS.

ABOUT 80 REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AREA’S MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS, RESIDENT ASSOCIATION AND SHOPOWNERS ASSOCIATION ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), W MAYER NG, WILL TALK ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AT THE OPENING CF THE SEMINAR. SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ANGELA TSE, AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL ALSO ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

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CHILD CARE SERVICE EXPANDS TO MEET DEMAND KOO

ABOUT 25 000 CHILDREN ARE AT PRESENT BEING CARED FOR IN SOME 250 CHILD CARE CENTRES AND MORE THAN 60 PER CENT OF THOSE IN AIDED CENTRES ARE RECEIVING FEE ASSISTANCE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR LAW CHI-KIN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE FOURTH CHILD CARE CERTIFICATE COURSE OF LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, MR LAW SAID THE NUMBER OF CHILD CARE CENTRES AND PLACES WAS EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

THIS WOULD HELP MEET THE GROWING DEMAND FOR CHILD CARE SERVICE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE INCREASING NUMBER OF WORKING MOTHERS.

OUTLINING THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHILD CARE SERVICES OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS, MR LAW NOTED THAT GOVERNMENT’S DIRECT SUBSIDIES TO CHILD CARE CENTRES CATERING FOR CHILDREN FROM LOW INCOME FAMILIES BEGAN IN THE 1960S.

+BY 1975, THE SERVICE HAD DEVELOPED SO EXTENSIVELY THAT IT WAS NECESSARY TO REGULATE ACTIVITIES THROUGH THE ENACTMENT OF THE CHILD CARE CENTRES ORDINANCE AND THE SETTING UP OF THE CHILD CARE CENTRES ADVISORY INSPECTORATE.

+THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE SERVICE HAS BEEN ABLE TO HELP OPERATORS TO PROVIDE AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD OF SERVICE FOR THE YOUNG CHILDREN UNDER CARE.+ HE SAID.

THE SERVICE WAS EXPANDED IN 1978 TO INCLUDE THE MILDLY DISABLED CHILDREN IN AN INTEGRATED PROGRAMME SO THAT THEY COULD GROW UP IN A NORMAL ENVIRONMENT.

IN 1982 THE FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME WAS IMPLEMENTED TO ENSURE THAT CHILD CARE SERVICE WAS AVAILABLE TO ALL FAMILIES IN NEED AND THAT PARENTS PAID FOR THE SERVICE ACCORDING TO THEIR INCOME.

MR LAW ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO CHILD CARE WORKERS WHO HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE SERVICE THROUGH THEIR DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS.

HE TOLD THE GRADUATES THAT THEY WOULD NOT ONLY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND TO THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHILDREN BUT ALSO TO PROVIDE THE STIMULATION AND EXPERIENCE THAT WOULD PROMOTE THEIR SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND INTELLECTUAL GROWTH.

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THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1935

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FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE VISITS ANTI-THEFT DISPLAY * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF CRIME PREVENTION METHODS AND FACILITIES.

THE AIM OF THEIR VISIT TO THE BUREAU’S ANTI-THEFT EXHIBITION, WAS TO ENHANCE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF CRIME PREVENTION OPERATIONS, SO AS TO BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO PLAN FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGNS FOR THE DISTRICT.

THE COMMITTEE HAS PLANNED A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES FOR 1985-86 SAI KUNG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN, AND TODAY’S VISIT IS THE FIRST FUNCTION OF THE CAMPAIGN.

A SIMILAR VISIT WILL BE ARRANGED FOR MEMBERS OF RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS IN SAI KUNG NEXT MONTH, WHILE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL VISIT THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL AND THE EMERGENCY REPORTING CENTRE IN SEPTEMBER.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE A CRIME PREVENTION CARNIVAL IN THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND TO BE HELD AT THE END OF THE YEAR.

OTHER ACTIVITIES SUCH AS A CRIME PREVENTION SEMINAR AND SLIDE SHOWS FOR RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS' QUIZ, ESSAY AND SLOGAN COMPETITIONS FOR YOUTHS HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR THE COMING MONTHS.

NEW 1986 CALENDARS CONTAINING CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGES WILL BE PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED TO ALL RESIDENTS IN SAI KUNG AT THE END OF THIS YEAR. SPECIAL PAMPHLETS DESCRIBING CRIME PREVENTION MEASURES WILL ALSO BE PRINTED FOR THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY IN THE DISTRICT.

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A VARIETY SHOW FOR RESIDENTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN SHEUNG SHU I WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (JULY 13), TO DRIVE HOME THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE.

THE VARIETY SHOW, TO BE HELD AT THE COVERED PLAYGROUND IN CHOI YUEN ESTATE AT 7 PM, WILL BE A THREE-HOUR ENTERTAINMENT SHOW FEATURING POPULAR SONGS, TRADITIONAL CANTONESESONGS, A MAGIC SHOW, ACROBATICS AND AN EDUCATIONAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE.

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THURSDAY, JULY V, 1985

THE NORTH DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR TAO MAN-KWONG, SAID: +AS THE POPULATION OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN SHEUNG SHU I HAS GROWN TO ABOUT 35 033 PEOPLE, IT IS TIME FOR LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO SHOW CONCERN BY ORGANISING LARGE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

+THE PRIMARY AIM OF THIS VARIETY SHOW IS TO INSTIL RESIDENTS WITH THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE ON CRIME PREVENTION AND HOME SAFETY THROUGH ENTERTAINMENT.*

THE VARIETY SHOW IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE THE FRONTIER POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIVISION, THE FINNISH MISSIONARY SOCIETY CHOI YUEN CHRISTIAN CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICE CENTRE, THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OF CHOI YUtN _ ESTATE, THE YUK PO COURT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION AND CHOI PO COum REPRESENTATIVES.

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COUNCIL CO-SPONSORS WORKSHOP ON TREES * X * *

A WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT THE VICTORIA PARK CENTRE COURT ON SATURDAY IN CONNECTION WITH A SURVEY ON TREES IN THE URBAN AREAS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, WILL OPEN THE WORKSHOP WHICH IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION.

GUEST SPEAKERS AT THE WORKSHOP WILL INCLUDE DR. C.Y. JIM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND GEOLOGY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, MR Y.K. CHEUNG, STAFF OFFICER (HORTICULTURE) AND MR CHOY NIM-CHO, SENIOR AMENITIES ASSISTANT (TREE SECTION), BOTH FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. THEY WILL SPEAK RESPECTIVELY ON THE SURVEY IN GENERAL, THE USD’S RESPONSIBILITY ON TREE MAINTENANCE AND IDENTIFICATION OF TREES.

ABOUT 40 TEACHERS WILL ATTEND THE WORKSHOP AND THEY WILL IN TURN BRIEF ABOUT 1 000 STUDENTS WHO WILL TAKE PART IN THE SURVEY DUE TO BE HELD LATER THIS MONTH.

A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID THE AIM OF THE SURVEY IS TO COLLECT INFORMATION THROUGH FIELD RESEARCH, TO MAINTAIN MONTHLY TREE PLANTING, FELLING AND MAINTENANCE RECORDS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF USD STAFF AND TO ESTABLISH AND UPDATE THE TREE DATABASE THROUGH THE USE OF COMPUTERS.

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SPEEDPOST TO FINLAND

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SPEEDPOST SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO FINLAND FROM MONDAY (JULY 15), BRINGING TO 33 THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES IN THE SPEEDPOST NETWORK SERVED FROM HONG KONG, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEEDPOST ITEMS, ACCEPTABLE FOR TRANSMISSION TO ALL AREAS IN FINLAND, WHICH ARE POSTED IN HONG KONG WILL BE DELIVERED ON THE SECOND WORKING DAY AFTER POSTING. HOWEVER, DELIVERY SERVICE ON SATURDAYS IS RESTRICTED TO MAJOR CITIES IN FINLAND ONLY.

BOTH +CONTRACT+ AND +ON DEMAND* SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE.

THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT LIMIT PER ITEM IS 10 KG AND THE POSTAGE RATES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* ITEMS WEIGHING UNDER 25OG $105;

M ITEMS WEIGHING BETWEEN 250G AND 500G $115? AND

K EACH SUBSEQUENT ADDITIONAL 500G $25.

SPEEDPOST IS A FAST AND RELIABLE MEANS FOR FORWARDING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE OVERSEAS AND FREE PICK-UP SERVICE IS AVAILABLE.

CUSTOMERS REQUIRING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE SHOULD CALL THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-2671108.

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TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL SURVEY IN PROGRESS * * * *

A LARGE-SCALE INDUSTRIAL SURVEY IS BEING CARRIED OUT IN ■RJEN MUN TO COLLECT RELEVANT INFORMATION ON THE CHAR ACTER I ST I Ci> AND NEEDS OF WORKERS AND INDUSTRIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE ARE JOINTLY UNDERTAKING A SURVEY ON TUEN MUN INDUSTRIES, AT THE REQUEST OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE.

/A SJOKiSMAN

THURSDAY, JULY i'l, 1985

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WORKING GROUP ON THE INDUSTRIAL SURVEY SAID THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE SURVEY WAS TO IDENTIFY WAYS AND MEANS TO IMPROVE AND PROMOTE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT.

THIS YEAR’S SURVEY, TO BE CARRIED OUT SOON, INCLUDES INTERVIEWS WITH OWNERS OF VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL PREMISES AND SITE OBSERVATIONS OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS.

+ ANY INFORMATION COLLECTED ON INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND WILL BE COMPILED AND ANALYSED COLLECTIVELY TO PROVIDE AN OVERALL PICTURE OF THE INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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YOUTHS INVITED TO TAKE PART IN CONFERENCE

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YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 28 ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE SECOND STAGE OF THE CONFERENCE ON +YOUTH POLICIES IN PERSPECTIVE* TO BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC ON JULY 28 AND 2Q.

THE TWO-DAY SEMINAR, A FOLLOW-UP EVENT TO THE STAGE I CONFERENCE HELD IN APRIL THIS YEAR, IS ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR (CCCIYY) IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF STUDENTS (HKFS).

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED WILL INCLUDE +FAMILY+, +WORK AND EMPLOYMENT*, +COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION*, +POLITICAL PARTICIPATION* AND +THE MASS MEDIA*.

THE MAJORITY OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SELECTED FROM NOMINATIONS MADE BY VARIOUS YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, BUT INTERESTED INDIVIDUALS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY SCHOOLS OR REGISTERtD BODIES ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) HEADQUARTERS, 13TH FLOOR, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, KOWLOON, (TEL.: 3-676226) AND THE HKFS, FLAT a, EIGHTH FLOOR, KINGLAND APARTMENTS, 739 NATHAN ROAD, KOwLOON, (TEL.: 3-932738).

FOR FILLING OUT THE FORMS, APPLICANTS MUST GIVE THE NAMES Ai.-i ADDRESSES OF THE ORGANISATIONS TO WHICH THEY BELONG. COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO CNTA ON OR BEFORE JULY 19, AND SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED INDIVIDUALLY.

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DRAMA WORKSHOP SET FOR YAU MA TEI

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YOUNG DRAMA ENTHUSIASTS IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE ABLE TO ACQUIRE BASIC TECHNIQUES IN STAGE PERFORMANCE AND DRAMA WRITING IN A THREE-DAY WORKSHOP STARTING AUGUST 2 (FRIDAY).

THE THREE-DAY WORKSHOP IS ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIri SHA TSUI CULTURAL AND ARTS ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ASSOCIATION SAIDt +TO TIE IN WITH THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR’S THEME OF +PARTICI PAT I ON, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE+, YOUTHS TAKING PART IN THE WORKSHOP CAN PLAN, PRODUCE AND PERFORM THEIR OWN WORKS WITH THE GUIDANCE OF DRAMA EXPERTS.+

RENOWNED DRAMA DIRECTOR AND ACTRESS MADAM MOK YAN-LAN ; FILM PRODUCER MISS JOANNA TO? A LECTURER IN THE ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS, MR LAM LAP-SAM ?FILM DIRECTOR, MR TO KWOK-WAI ? THE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG REPERTORY THEATRE, MR MAK CHAU, AND MAKEUP ADVISER, MADAM LEE YUK-PING, WILL BE SPEAKERS IN A SERIES OF SEMINARS DURING THE WORKSHOP.

THE SEMINARS INCLUDE TOPICS ON DRAMA PRODUCTION, SCRIPT WRITING, MAKE-UP TECHNIQUES AND BACK STAGE PRODUCTION.

YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 30, AND LIVING, WORKING OR STUDYING IN YAU MA TEI wILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY IN THEIR APPLICATION.

FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, AT A90-492 NATHAN ROAD- THE TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE AT 40 CARNARVON ROAD, AND THE PUBLIC SQUARE STREET HENRY G. LEONG COMMUNITY CENTRE.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-323791.

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FOR KWAI CHUNG, TSI NG Yl * * * *

AN OPENING CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THE 1985 KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE CEREMONY WILL START WITH A LION DANCE, FOLLOWED BY WESTERN AND ORIENTAL DANCES, GYMNASTIC DEMONSTRATION AND A BRASS BAND PERFORMANCE.

/THU CHAIRMAN........

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD, PR HO TUNG-CHING, THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICER, PR BRIAN COAK, AND THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (NEW TERRITORIES), MR CHUI WING-MAN, WILL PERFORM A RIBBON-CUTTING ID MARK THE OPENING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SUMMER YOUTH CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE SAID THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE PROGRAMME WOULD BE HELD IN THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT. DURING THE TWO-MONTH-LONG PROGRAMME, MORE THAN 400 EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE FOR NEARLY 60 300 YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIX AND 25.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE RECREATION CAMPS, TRAINING CAMPS, VISITS, PICNICS, EXHIBITIONS, INTEREST GROUP ACTIVITIES, AND SPORTS COMPETITIONS. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE A SUMMER CARNIVAL IN SEPTEMBER.

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NORTH DISTRICT TO HOLD SWIMMING GALA * * * X

MORE THAN 200 SWIMMERS IN THE NORTH DISTRICT ARE TO COMPETE IN SOME 40 EVENTS IN THEIR DISTRICT-WIDE SWIMMING GALA ON SATURDAY (JULY 13).

THE FIFTH NORTH DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION, WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE FANLING SWIMMING POOL FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM.

THE ANNUAL ACTIVITY IS AIMED AT PROMOTING THE SPORT AS WELL AS UPGRADING THE STANDARD OF LOCAL SWIMMERS, AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO SHARE THE JOY AND FUN OF THE SWIMMING COMPETITION AS NO ADMISSION FEE IS REQUIRED.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR CHONG KAM-NING, THE NORTH DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR CHU KWONG-MAN, AND TWO MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, MR TO MAN-KWONG AND MR CHEUNG KAN-KWAI, WILL JOINTLY PRESENT PRIZES AND SOUVENIRS AFTER THE EVENT.

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niURSDAY, JULY 11, 1935

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TREE PLANTING DAY FOR ISLANDS DISTRICT * * * *

COMMUNITY LEADERS AND ENVIRONMENT-CONSCIOUS STUDENTS IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT TODAY (THURSDAY) LAUNCHED THEIR DISTRICT-WIDE TREE PLANTING DAY BY PLANTING 50 YOUNG EVERGREEN TREES AT AN MINI-SOCCER PITCH ON PENG CHAU.

THE SAPLINGS, INCLUDING CASUARI NA EQU I SETIFOLI A, MACARANGA TANARIUS. MELALEUCA LEUCADENDRON AND HIBISCUS TILIACEUS, WILL PROVIDE MORE SHADE FOR FOOTBALL PLAYERS WHEN THEY BECOME FULLY GROWN YEARS LATER.

ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY IS AIMED AT ENLISTING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN TREE PLANTING.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAM WAI-KEUNG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD, MR YOUNG WING-YAU, LATER PLANTED A SAPLING TO HIGHLIGHT THE EVENT.

THEY WERE ASSISTED BY THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, LEISURE MANAGER AND HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT, RAYMOND WONG, MR TAM PAK-HANG AND MR IP KI-TIT.

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ISLANDS YOUTH PROGRAMME IN FULL SWING * * * *

HUNDREDS OF YOUTHS IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT ARE EXPECTED TO BENEFIT FROM A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES UNDER THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME RECENTLY LAUNCHED THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE SAID THAT APPLICATIONS TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR HAD BEEN PARTICULARLY KEEN.

+IN SELECTING SOME 57 ACTIVITIES, EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE, AS WELL AS THEIR RECREATIONAL PURPOSE.+

/+IN Via»

THURSDAY, JU1.' 11, 1985

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+IN VIEW OF THE GEOGRAPHICAL NATURE OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICTS, IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT THERE WAS A GROWING NUMBER OF JOINT FUNCTIONS AIMED AT ENHANCING INTER-ISLAND RELATIONSHIP,* l£ SAID.

THIS YEAR, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE PROMOTED IN THE DIRECTION OF +DEVELOPMENT, PARTICIPATION AND PEACE* TO COINCIDE WITH THE THEME OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR.

THE PROGRAMME WILL COVER A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS SPORTS EVENTS, TRAINING CAMPS, A SINGING COMPETITION AND A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PROGRAMME INCLUDE A CARNIVAL IN CHEUNG CHAU, A +CARE ABOUT GIRLS* PROJECT ORGANISED BY THE YWCA AND A VARIETY SHOW NIGHT, TO BE HELD THIS SATURDAY (JULY 13) IN TAI 0, LANTAU.

A LEAFLET, WITH DETAILS OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, IS AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION FROM THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE IN CENTRAL AND ITS TWO COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICES IN CHEUNG CHAU AND MUI WO, AS WELL AS VARIOUS RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

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T FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HK'S INVISIBLE TRADE CONSISTENTLY IN SURPLUS ................. 1

BASIC LAW NOT DB AGENDA ITEM ................................. 2

'REPATRIATED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ACCEPTED BACK IN CHINA' ...... J

HONG KONG'S MAN IN U.S. EIGHTS JENKINS BILL ................. It

JOINT HK-CHINA YOUTH EFFORT URGED ............................ 5

MAYOR BRIEFED ON HK'S EXPO '86 PUNS .......................... 7

GREAT CHANCE FOR VISIBILITY IN EXPO '86.....................   8

SPECIAL VISITOR FOR SPECIAL EVENT ........................... 10

STOCK EXCHANGE MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA CHANGE PROPOSED .......... 11

COMMITTEES WILL HELP MONITOR VIEWS .......................... 1J

BILLS aIM TO SIMPLIFY OBJECTIONS, CLAIMS .................... 15

FOUR NEW MEMBERS FOR EDUCATION BOARD......................... 15

'WIDER USE OF CHINESE PARAMOUNT AND ESSENTIAL' .............. 16

CONCESSIONARY FERRY FARES FOR DISABLED PROPOSED ............. 18

HK-CHINA WEATHER STATION SET UP ............................. 18

RSD POLICY ON MARKET STALL RENTALS ENDORSED ................. 19

FREE QUOTA SCHEME FOR TEXTILES TO CANADA ANNOUNCED .......... 21

STRINGENT MEASURES FOR +TOLERATED+ SLAUGHTERHOUSES .......... 22

RSD WORKS PROJECTS OUTLINED ................................. 23

DRAFT CHAI WAN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDED .................. 24

/TAX RELIEF.......

TAX RELIEF FOR DONATIONS ......................................  25

MORE RECLAMATION PUNNED FOR TSUEN WAN .......................... 25

MODERN HOMES FOR 28 OOO COMING UP IN SHA TIN ................... 26

MUSEUM PROJECT GETS GREEN LIGHT ..............................   26

HONG KONG ISLAND TRAFFIC CHANGES .............................   27

WEEKEND OF FUN FOR THOUSANDS OF YOUTHS ........................  27

SEMINAR TO INTRODUCE SPORTS FACILITIES ......................... 29

ISLANDS SWIMMING GaLA ON SUNDAY...............................   30

SURVEY ON YOUTH PROBLEMS IN KWUN TONG PLANNEE..................  30

THAI OFFICIALS VISIT TAI LAM PRISONS ........................... 31

PUNTING DAY FOR KWUN TONG ....................................   32

HEALTH EDUCATION EXHIBITION FOR EASTERN ......................   32

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1985

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HK’S INVISIBLE TRADE CONSISTENTLY IN SURPLUS

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HONG KONG’S INVISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT HAD CONSISTENTLY BEEN IK' SURPLUS, AND CONTRIBUTED TO OFFSETTING ON AVERAGE ABOUT THREE-QUARTERS OF THE DEFICIT ON ITS VISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY.

IN 1984, AS A RESULT OF THE RAPID GROWTH IN HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE, A SURPLUS OF HK$11.6 BILLION WAS RECORDED ON THE COMBINED VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT, THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1977, HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE BRITISH INVISIBLE EXPORTS COUNCIL SEMINAR, SIR DAVID TOLD MEMBERS THAT DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF SERVICE GREW RAPIDLY, FROM HK$19 BILLION IN 1979 TO HK$44 BILLION IN 1984, REPRESENTING AN AVERAGE ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF 18 PER CENT.

OVER THIS PERIOD, HE SAID, IMPORTS OF SERVICES ALSO GREW, FROM HKS12 BILLION TO HK$29 BILLION, OR BY 20 PER CENT A YEAR.

IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OF SERVICES TOGETHER AMOUNTED TO 30 PER CENT OF THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT IN 1984.

SIR DAVID SAID ALSO THAT HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY AND EXPORT TRADE HAD PROVIDED A FIRM BASIS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY.

MORE RECENTLY, HE SAID, THERE HAD BEEN A PARTIAL SHIFT IN EMPHASIS FROM DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO RE-EXPORTS, PARTICULARLY TO MAINLAND CHINA.

+THIS HAS PROVIDED HONG KONG WITH AN IMPORTANT NEW DIMENSION TO OUR ECONOMY AND AN ADDITIONAL STABILITY,+ HE SAID.

AND OVER THE YEARS HONG KONG’S PROSPERING INTERNATIONAL TRADE HAD SPURRED THE DEMAND FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES SUCH AS COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORTATION, BANKING AND INSURANCE.

+IN CONSEQUENCE, SITUATED AS IT IS MID-WAY BETWEEN THE TIME ZONES OF THE WORLD, WITH EXCELLENT SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, FREEDOM FROM UNNECESSARY BUREAUCRATIC RESTRICTIONS, A READY SUPPLY OF SOME OF THE FINEST AND MOST UP-TO-DATE OFFICE BUILDINGS IN THE WORLD, HONG KONG HAS EVOLVED INTO A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE,+ HE SAID.

THIS, IN TURN, WAS A REFLECTION OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT AND ENTERPRISE WHICH WAS SUCH A STRIKING CHARACTERISTIC CF HONG KONG, HE SAID.

WHILE BILATERAL RELATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE UNITED KINGDOM ON THE INVISIBLE TRADE FRONT HAD BEEN ACTIVE, THERE WAS STILL +CONSIDERABLE SCOPE FOR FURTHER EXPANSION*.

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♦I THUS WELCOME THE CITY OF LONDON, UNDER THE AUSPICES

(V THF BRITISH INVISIBLE EXPORTS COUNCIL AND LED BY THE EARL OF LIMERICK, TO COME TO HONG KONG TO PROMOTE THESE SERVICES AND TO EXPLAIN THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE IN THE CITY OF LONDON,+ HE SAID.

HONG KONG SITUATED AS IT IS ON THE COAST OF CHINA, IN THE MlliST OF ABOUT’a THIRD OF THE POPULATION ON THE WORLD= IN A REGION THAT IS DEVELOPING MORE RAPIDLY THAN ANY OTHER, OFFERED IMMENSE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE BRITISH INVISIBLE EXPORTS INDUSTRIES.

THIS SEMINAR, HE SAID, PROVIDED A USEFUL OCCASION TO EXAMINE THESE OPPORTUNITIES IN DETAIL.

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BASIC LAW NOT DB AGENDA ITEM * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) HE DID NOT EXPECT DISCUSSION OF THE BASIC LAW TO BE AN AGENDA ITEM OF DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS BECAUSE THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AND THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE WAS GOING TO BE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG.

SIR DAVID WAS REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS AFTEH OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE BRITISH INVISIBLE EXPORTS COUNCIL SEMINAR AT THE REGENT HOTEL.

+ DI STR I CT BOARDS IN HONG KONG ARE ENTITLED BY THEIR TERMS OF REFERENCE, OF COURSE, TO DISCUSS ANYTHING WHICH THEY THINK IS AFFECTING THE LIVES OF THE CITIZENS OF HONG KONG.+

BUT THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, AND A CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE WOULD ALSO BE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG, HE SAID.

+S0 WHETHER OR NOT DISTRICT BOARDS WILL DISCUSS MATTERS AFFECTING THE BASIC LAW I COULDN’T SAY.+

ASKED WHETHER DISTRICT BOARDS SHOULD FORM PART OF THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE, THE ACTING GOVERNOR SAID.+ THIS IS ENTIRELY A MATTER FOR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND FOR THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING COMMITTEE AND ITS REPRESENTATIVES IN HONG KONG, WHO, I BELIEVE, HAD BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF COMPOSING THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE.+

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE JENKINS BILL, SIR DAVID SAID HE HOPED THE PRESENT TIDE OF OPINION AGAINST THE BILL WOULD EVENTUALLY OVERWHELM IT AND THAT IT WOULD NOT BE PASSED INTO

LAW.

THE BILL, IF PASSED, WOULD AFFECT HONG KONG’S EXPORT VERY SEVERELY, HE SAID.

/ASKED WHETHER .....

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 19&;

ASKED WHETHER HE EXPECTED THE UK GOVERNMENT TO DO SOMETHING FOR HONG KONG OVER THE BILL, THE ACTING GOVERNOR SAID IT WAS BASICALLY HONG KONG’S PROBLEM.

+l THINK IT IS BASICALLY A QUESTION FOR HONG KONG AND FOR EXPORTERS IN HONG KONG TO THE UNITED STATES, AND FOR OUR OWN TRADE DEPARTMENT,+ HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, SIR DAVID SAID CRITICISMS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT HELPING INDUSTRY TO PROMOTE HIGH TECHNOLOGY WERE UNJUSTIFIED.

ONE MUST LOOK AT THE WORKINGS AND THE ADVICE OF BODIES SUCH AS THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, AND THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, HE SAID.

+MANY, MANY ORGANISATIONS ARE AT WORK IN VARIOUS WAYS UPGRADING OUR TECHNOLOGY AND OUR TRADING AND COMMERCIAL INTERESTS, HE ADDED.

ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD +BEND THE RULE* ON HUMANITARIAN GROUNDS FOR THE 14 +BOAT BRIDES+ WHO HAVE BEEN ASKED TO RETURN TO CHINA, SIR DAVID SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THEY WERE GOING TO UMELCO TODAY AND THE GOVERNMENT MUST WAIT UNTIL UMELCO HAS HAD TIME TO LISTEN TO WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY AND PASS ON WHATEVER ADVICE THEY WISH TO GIVE.

HE ADDED THAT THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY HAD GIVEN A VERY DETAILED RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BOAT BRIDES IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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’REPATRIATED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ACCEPTED BACK IN CHINA’

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) REITERATED THAT THERE WAS NO GROUND TO BELIEVE THAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT BOAT WIVES WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THEIR ORIGINAL COMMUNITIES IN CHINA.

AS WAS EXPLAINED BY THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR JOHN YEUNG ON JULY 4, IT HAS BEEN THE LONG STANDING PRACTICE OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO REPATRIATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO CHINA, SOME OF WHOM MIGHT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

THEY HAVE ALL BEEN ACCEPTED BACK READILY AND AS A MATTER OF FACT, SIX BOAT WIVES WHO VIOLATED THEIR CONDITIONS OF REMAINING IN HONG KONG WATERS HAVE BEEN REPATRIATED EARLIER THIS YEAR AND WERE READILY ACCEPTED BACK.

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IM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS WEEK, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY ALSO POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NOT TRUE THE 14 WIVES IN YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER COULD NOT BE ACCEPTED BACK INTO THEIR COMMUNITIES.

+THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA IS THAT ONLY THOSE HOLDING ONE WAY PERMITS CAN BE CONSIDERED FOR SETTLEMENT IN HONG KONG. THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THOSE NOT HOLDING ONE WAY PERMITS WILL HAVE THEIR HOUSEHOLD REGISTRATION IN CHINA CANCELLED. EVEN IF SOME MAY HAVE DELIBERATELY CANCELLED THEIR OWN REGISTRATION IN CHINA, THERE SHOULD BE NO PROBLEM FOR THEM TO RE-REGISTER WHEN THEY RETURN TO CHINA,+ MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

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HONG KONG’S MAN IN U.S. FIGHTS JENKINS BILL * * * *

HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER FOR COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS IN THE UNITED STATES, MR BILL DORWARD, MET YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WITH SENATORS AND LEGISLATIVE AIDES ON CAPITAL BILL TO- LOBBY AGAINST THE PROTECTIONIST JENKINS BILL NOW BEFORE CONGRESS.

MR DORWARD SAID THE JENKINS BILL HAD BEEN PRESENTED AS MERELY ENFORCING EXISTING U.S. AGREEMENTS, BOTH BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL, BUT IT WAS IN FACT THE OPPOSITE. HE SAID ITS PROPOSALS WERE IN CLEAR AND UNDENIABLE CONTRAVENTION OF THE GATT, THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT (MFA), AND AT LEAST 12 BILATERAL AGREEMENTS CONCLUDED UNDER THE MFA.

THE EXCLUSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND CANADA FROM THE BILL’S PROVISIONS WAS BOTH ILLEGAL AND ILLOGICAL, HE SAID.

■♦•ILLEGAL UNDER WORLD TRADE LAW; ILLOGICAL IN THAT EUROPE AND CANADA PROVIDED THE MAIN SOURCE OF GROWTH IN U.S. TEXTILE AND APPAREL IMPORTS IN 1984.+

MR DORWARD SAID THAT WHILE MUCH HAD BEEN MADE OF THE ARGUMENT THAT THE COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY THE BILL DID NOT OFFER RECIPROCAL ADVANTAGES TO THE U.S. IN THEIR OWN MARKETS, HONG KONb COULD POINT WITH CONFIDENCE TO ITS OwN POLICIES AS THEY AFFECTED THE U.S. AND ALL ITS TRADING PARTNERS.

+HONG KONG OFFERS THE UNITED STATES ARGUABLY THE MOST UNTRAMMELED EXPORT MARKET OF ANY SUBSTANTIAL SIZE IN THE WORLD. AT A TIME WHEN THE ’TILTED PLAYING FIELD’ CONCEPT IS GETTING MASSIVE ATTENTION, IT IS FAIR TO REMIND THAT HERE IS ONE PLACE WHERE IT IS EITHER SCRUPULOUSLY LEVEL OR TILTED THE OTHER WAY,+ HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE NO TARIFFS, QUOTAS OR OTHER NON—TARIFF BARRIERS ON IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. OR ANYWHERE ELSE, NOR ARE THERE INHIBITIONS ON TRADE IN SERVICES. BY CONTRAST, ABOUT 40 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO THE U.S. ARE SUBJECT TO QUOTA AND ONLY ABOUT 16 PER CENT BENEFIT FROM THE GSP.

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iAklv i./n»<?FNING OF THAT POSITION WOULD STRAIN CREDIblU' m FPEOUWL? r"p"»T°D U?S A'Ml XISTRATION CLAIMS THAT TS AWTUM TO TRiDING PARTNERS .ILL SE CONDITIONED BY THE IF TREATMENT OF U.S. TRADE,* HE -AID.

MR DORhARD ALSO POINTED TO THE a/I DE RANGE OF AMERICAN INTEREST? ll HONG KONG? AS wELL Ab THE STRONG LINKS BETwEE>

THE TWO.

+OIJR CONCERN IS THAT, IN THE HEAT OF SEEKING URGENT SOLUTIONS TO THESE PROBLEMS, THE U.S. SHOULD NOT TAKE SWEEPING measures which would be unwarranted, ineffectual and inimical TO THE INTERESTS OF VALUABLE TRADING PARTNERS LIKE HONG KONG-AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, DAMAGING TO THE WHOLE FABRIC OF WORLD TRADE.+

HE SAID THAT IT MUST BE STRESSED THAT WHILE HIS REMARKS RELATED TO THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE BILL PASSING INTO LAW, THEY WOULD EQUALLY APPLY IF THE POLITICAL LcVcRAGt WHICH CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE BILL OFFERED WERE TO BE TOANSLATED INTO ADMINISTRATION POLICY EVEN IM THE ABSENCE OF LEGISLATION.

MR DORWARD WHO IS COMMISSIONER FOR HONG KONG COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS BASED IN NEW YORK, MET SENATORS BINGAMAN OF NEw MEXICO AND BOREN OF OKLAHOMA. HE ALSO HAD TALKS wI TH AIDES TO SENATORS DANFORTH OF MISSOURI, HECHT OF NEVADA AND PUDMAN OF NEw HAMPSHIRE, AND wITH TwO STAFF MEMBERS OF THE P)*ERFUL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED DURING HIS TALKS BY HONG KONG’S COUNSELLOR IN WASHINGTON, MR PtTER LO, AND THE TjC s LOBBY b IN THE CAPITAL, MR VERRICK FRENCH.

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JOINT HK-CHINA YOUTH EFFORT URGED * * *

tuc crrocTiUY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, TODAY (FRIDAY) STRESSED THE NEED FOR +BETTER MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, CLOSER CO-OPERATION AND COMMUNICATION IN FURTHER DEVELOPING FHt SySbiStIc RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA.*

MR LIAO WAS SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF A BUSINESo CPIFNTATION PROGRAMME JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE AMERICAN CHAMBtR % COMMERCE IN HONG KONG AND THE HONG KONG PEI HUA EDUCATION SuSaTION THE PROGRAMME WAS DESIGNED TO GIVE STUDENTS FROM gC IJS HoIgEKONG A DETAILED PICTURE OF HO.. THE HONG KONG BUSINESS WORLD OPERATES.

HGUG KONG’S YOUNG PEOPLE, HE SAID, +SHOULD BE EQU IPPED WI TH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HUMAN, ^ONOMIC SOCIAL AND ^TICAL FAuTORo PRFV/.’LING in HONG KONG, AS wELL AS IN CH I NA, N ORDER IU full ASSESS THE POSITION yHICH HONG KONG IS MOVINb INTO.*

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BUT IT WAS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN CHINA +TO UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEMS OPERATING IN HONG KONG IN ORDER TO APPRECIATE THE REASONS AND THE FACTORS BEHIND ITS SUCCESS.*

TWENTY-FIVE STUDENTS FROM ZHONGSHAN IN CANTON AND UNIVERSITY IN HONG KONG HAD TAKEN PART IN THE PROGRAMME OVER THE PAST 12 DAYS, STUDYING AND ATTENDING SEMINARS ON A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS SUCH AS FINANCE, COMMUNICATIONS, TRADE DEVELOPMENT, TEXTILES, TOURISM, SHIPPING, PETROLEUM AND CHEMICALS.

MR LIAO SAID HONG KONG HAD A REPUTATION FOR ITS RESILIENCE IN CHALLENGING TIMES, RESPONSIVENESS TO CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES, AND RESOURCEFULNESS IN FINDING SOLUTIONS TO ITS MANY PROBLEMS.

♦HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS RESTS UPON ITS FREE-ENTERPRISE SYSTEM, THE INNOVATIVE AND HARDWORKING POPULATION, AND A STABLE LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE FRAMEWORK WHICH IS CONDUCIVE TO ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PROSPERITY,* HE SAID.

COMPARING THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO THAT OF A MAJOR COMPANY, NR LIAO SAID THE ADMINISTRATION WAS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE TAXPAYERS AND THE PUBLIC WHOSE INTERESTS IT SERVED, IN THE SAME WAY A COMPANY WAS ANSWERABLE TO ITS SHAREHOLDERS AND THE CUSTOMERS IT SERVED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE INDEPENDENT BODIES, SUCH AS THE ICAC AND THE AUDIT DEPARTMENT, TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS GF THE PEOPLE AND TO PUT RIGHT ANY WRONG-DOINGS.

TURNING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG, MR LIAO SAID THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME MANIFESTED THE IMPORTANCE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT ATTACHED TO PUBLIC OPINIONS.

+THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE NOW BEEN FUNCTIONING FOR OVER FOUR YEARS, AND HAVE PROVED THEIR WORTH.*

♦THEY HAVE BECOME AN IMPORTANT STRAND IN THE POLITICAL FABRIC CF HONG KONG.*

HE SAID HONG KONG HAD MOVED INTO A NEW PHASE IN ITS HISTORY WITH THE RATIFICATION OF THE SINO-BRITISH AGREEMENT WHICH HAD SET A CLEAR FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH THE TERRITORY WAS TO CONTINUE ITS DEVELOPMENT WITH A SENSE OF DIRECTION AND PURPOSE.

♦THERE WILL OF COURSE BE CHANGES DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD LEADING UP TO 1997, AND TO COPE WITH THESE CHANGES, HONG KONG IS DEVELOPING REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AT THREE LEVELS,* NR LIAO SAID.

THESE INCLUDE THE STRENGTHENING OF THE REPRESENTATIVE STATUS CF THE DISTRICT BOARDS, ESTABLISHING THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, AND INTRODUCING INDIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS, THE URBAN COUNCIL aND THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, AS WELL AS THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES REPRESENTING LOCAL INTEREST AND THE MAJOR ECONOMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY, WOULD ELECT 24 REPRESENTATIVES TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THESE CHANGES IN POLITICAL STRUCTURE HAD BEEN INTRODUCED TO BETTER SERVE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG IN THE COMING YEARS, HE SAID.

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MAYOR BRIEFED ON HK’S EXPO ’86 PLANS * X * *

THE MAYOR OF VANCOUVER, MR MICHAEL HARCOURT, WAS BRIEFED TODAY (FRIDAY) ON HONG KONG’S PLANS TO PARTICIPATE IN EXPO 86, WHICH WILL BE HOSTED BY HIS CITY FROM M$Y 2 TO OCTOBER 13 NEXT

YEAR.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SENIOR CANADIAN TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR JOHN TRELEAVEN MR HARCOURT MET WITH THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION IN EXPO ’86 AND WITH ITS CHAIRMAN, MR PETER TSAO, SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION.

ALSO PRESENT WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN HONG KONG, MR JOHN HENDERSON, AND THE VICE PRESIDENT, MR PETER TULLOCH.

MR TSAO ASSURED THE VISITORS THAT HONG KONG VIEWED EXPO ’86 AS AN IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW ITSELF TO THE REST OF THE WORLD AS THE REGIONAL CENTRE OF THE FAR'jEAST, WITH A FUTURE SECURED WELL INTO THE NEXT CENTURY.

THE EXPOSITION IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT SOME 14 MILLION VISITORS, AND THE ROSTER OF PARTICIPANTS NUMBERS MORE THAN 30 NATIONS, INCLUDING BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES, CHINA, THE SOVIET UNION, JAPAN, FRANCE, GERMANY AND AUSTRALIA.

THIS WILL BE ONLY THE SECOND TIME THAT HONG KONG HAS TAKEN PART IN AN INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION. THE LAST WAS EXPO ’70, Hc.LD IN OSAKA, JAPAN.

MR TSAO REMINDED MR HARCOURT OF KONG HAD ESTABLISHED WITH VANCOUVER, THAN A CENTURY.

THE CLOSE LINKS WHICH HONG EXTENDING BACK OVER MORE

WAS HELD IN GREAT AFFECT ION

MR HARCOURT SAID THAT HONG KONG WAS HELD IN GRtAT AFFtC IO.» By the PEOPLE OF CANADA AND BY CITIZENS OF VANCOUVER IN PARTICULA-x, WHO WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION.

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HONG KONG’S DECISION TO ENTER EXPO ’86 IS INFLUENCED BY Tnc FOLLOWING CONSIDERATIONS:

X THE VENUE, TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE KEY POSITION OF VANCOUVER ON THE WESTERN SEABOARD OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT, ITS CLOSE LINKS WITH HONG KONG AND ITS COMMON INTEREST IN THE FAST DEVELOPING PACIFIC REGION.

* THE THEME OF THE EXPOSITION, WHICH IS CONCERNED WITH TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATIONS- TWO OF THE PRINCIPAL FACTORS ACCOUNTING FOR HONG KONG’S PREDOMINANT ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FINANCE.

* THE TIMING OF THE EVENT, WHICH COINCIDES WITH RENEWED CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG FOLLOWING UPON THE JOINT DECLARATION BETWEEN BRITAIN AND CHINA AND THEIR MUTUAL DETERMINATION TO ENSURE ITS CONTINUED PROSPERITY.

REPRESENTED ON THE HONG KONG EXPO ’86 CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ARE THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK, CAdLc AND WIRELESS LIMITED, THE SWIRE GROUP AND THE SING TAO NEWSPAPER GROUP.

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GREAT CHANCE FOR VISIBILITY IN EXPO ’86 * * * *

HONG KONG WILL HAVE AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR GREATER VISIBILITY AT THE RIGHT TIME BY TAKING PART IN EXPO ’86 IN VANCOUVER - +JUST WHEN WE NEED IT+ - THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR PETER MOSS, SAID TODAY.

+MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, HONG KONG WILL BE IN EXPO NEXT YEAR,* HE TOLD MEMBERS OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON NORTH AT LUNCH TODAY.

+ONE IMPORTANT MESSAGE WE WANT TO CONVEY TO THE WORLD IS THAT WHEN THE EARTH SPINS ON ITS AXIS, AND WHEN LONDON, AND THEN NEw YORK HAVE SERVED THEIR SHIFTS AS WORLD MONEY MARKETS AND CLOSED DOWN FOR THE NIGHT, THE SUN IS SHINING HERE ON HONG KONG, AND WE’RE THE ONES IN CHARGE,* MR MOSS SAID.

+MANY HAVE ALREADY GOT THAT MESSAGE. OTHERS HAVE STILL TO LEARN IT,* HE SAID.

TIMING WAS ONE OF THE THREE REASONS WHICH MADE EXPO ’86, WHICH WILL BE HELD BETWEEN MAY 2 AND OCTOBER 13, ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE TO HONG KONG.

THE OTHER REASONS WERE THE VENUE AND THE THEME, MR MOSS SAID.

+FOR EXPO ’86 WILL BE STAGED IN VANCOUVER, A CITY SO POPULATED WITH OUR EMIGRANTS THAT - IF MY CANADIAN FRIENDS WILL PERMIT ME A SLIGHT EXAGGERATION - IT IS ALMOST A SATELLITE OF HONG KONG.

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+AT ANY RATE, THE LINKS BETWEEN OUR TWO CITIES GO BACK A LONG WAY AND HAVE GAINED STRENGTH IN THEIR MATURITY,* HE SAID.

WITH REGARD TO THE EXPO THEME OF +WORLD IN MOTION - WORLD IN TOUCH*, HE SAID IT WAS ONE THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN COINED mI TH SPECIFIC APPLICATION TO HONG KONG.

+FOR WHO COULD BE MOVING IN A MORE RESOLUTE AND DETERMINED FASHION? AND WHO COULD BE MORE IN TOUCH?,* MR MOSS ASKED.

TWENTY-TWO REPLIES HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE 105 DESIGNERS WRITTEN TO, BOTH LOCALLY AND OVERSEAS, INVITING THEM TO PUT FORWARD THEIR BIDS FOR DESIGNING THE PAVILION. AND THREE WOULD BE ASKED TO MAKE DETAILED PRESENTATIONS OF THEIR PROPOSALS.

MR MOSS SAID THAT IT WAS HOPED THAT THE DESIGN WOULD BE APPROVED BY THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WHICH IS PLANNING HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION IN EXPO ’86, BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH.

+THE BUDGET WE ARE WORKING TO, STANDS AT THE MOMENT, AT $10.3 MILLION, CONTRIBUTED BY THE MAIN SPONSORS TO THE PROJECT, ALL OF WHOM ARE REPRESENTED ON THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.*

THOSE PARTNERS ARE THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, THE TOURIST ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI BANK, THE SWIRE GROUP, CABLE AND WIRELESS, AND THE SING TAO NEWSPAPER GROUP, HE SAID.

+WITH THE FUNDS WE HAVE ALREADY, WE CAN BUILD, STAFF AND RUN A PAVILION THAT WILL PUT OVER HONG KONG’S MESSAGE AT EXPO ’86. ANY ADDITIONAL MONEY WE CAN RAISE WILL SERVE AS ICING ON THE CAKE. FOR, AS WITH ANY OTHER VENTURE, THE MORE WE INVEST, THE BETTER THE END RESULT,* MR MOSS SAID.

EARLIER TODAY, HE AND FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE HAD MET WITH THE MAYOR OF VANCOUVER, MR MICHAEL HARCOURT.

+OUR CHAIRMAN, THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR PETER TSAO ASSURED MR HARCOURT THAT HONG KONG WAS COMMITTED TO THIS EXPOSITION AND DETERMINED TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITY IT AFFORDS US,+ HE SAID.

MR HARCOURT HAD MADE IT +ABUNDANTLY CLEAR* THAT HONG KONG WOULD BE GIVEN AN ESPECIALLY WARM WELCOME IN VANCOUVER, AND THAT CITIZENS THERE FELT THEY HAD A PARTICULAR AFFINITY WITH HONG KONG.

+S0, MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, HONG KONG WILL BE IN EXPC NEXT YEAR. AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL BE ATTRACTING OUR FAIR SHARE OR ATTENTION DESPITE THE SCOPE AND THE QUALITY OF THE RIVAL ATTRACTIONS,* MR MOSS SAID.

THIRTY NATIONS WILL BE TAKING PART IN EXPO ’86, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO DRAW SOME 14 MILLION VISITORS.

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SPECIAL VISITOR *

FOR SPECIAL EVENT * * H

SERVICES, MR GRAHAM BARNES, TODAY

THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL I--------, . _

(FRIDAY) ATTENDED A SPECIAL EVENT IN THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO SEE HOW YOUNG PEOPLE SPEND THEIR SUMMER VACATION MEANINGFULLY.

HE VISITED THE WATER CARNIVAL FOR THE SEVERE GRADE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ORGANISED BY THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND THE ----------------------------- THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED IN THE

HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR LADY MACLEHOSE POKFULAM CENTRE.

ON ARRIVAL THIS MORNING, MR BARNES WAS MET BY THE CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, NR RAYMOND CHAN, AND THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, MRS POLLY LAI.

TODAY’S WATER CARNIVAL INVOLVED COMPETITIONS BETWEEN 65 ABLE-BODIED YOUTHS AND 65 MENTALLY HANDICAPPED YOUNG PEOPLE FROM NINE SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CARNIVAL WERE TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AND TO BUILD THEIR CONFIDENCE THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN WATER SPORTS. IT ALSO PROVIDED A CHANCE FOR THE ABLE-BODIED YOUTHS TO UNDERSTAND AND HELP THE

HANDICAPPED.

ACTIVITIES IN THE SPORTS, THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE JUNIOR SECTION SECTION.

CARNIVAL INCLUDED VARIOUS TYPES OF WATER OF WHICH WERE A +TREASURE BOAT+ WATER GAME AND A +TAKE AND THROW+ FOR THE SENIOR

MR BARNES SAID HE PEOPLE AND ABLE-BODIED FROM THE FUNCTION.

WAS PLEASED TO SEE BOTH HANDICAPPED YOUNG YOUTHS ENJOYING THEMSELVES AND BENEFITING

THE WATER CARNIVAL WAS ONE THIS YEAR UNDER THE SUMMER YOUTH INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR’S THEME

OF THE 10 000 ACTIVITIES ORGANISED PROGRAMME, WHICH HAD ADOPTED THE OF +DEVELOPMENT, PARTICIPATION

AND PEACE+.

IN A SERIES OF TOURS ORGANISED

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STOCK EXCHANGE MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA CHANGE PROPOSED

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED TWO BILLS WHICH, IF PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL RESULT IN CHANGES IN THE MEMBERSHIP STRUCTURE AND CRITERIA OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG LIMITED (+THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE*), AND IN THE REGISTRATION CF DEALERS IN SECURITIES.

UNDER A STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, CORPORATIONS WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE CORPORATE MEMBERS OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE. HOWEVER THEY WILL HAVE TO BE INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG, CF GOOD FINANCIAL STANDING AND INTEGRITY AND REGISTERED AS A DEALER UNDER THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE.

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL HAVE TO CARRY ON THE BUSINESS OF DEALING IN SECURITIES AND THOSE ACTIVITIES WHICH ARE NORMALLY ANCILLARY TO A STOCKBROKING BUSINESS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT ONLY INDIVIDUALS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE EXCHANGE.

ANOTHER MAJOR CHANGE, PROPOSED TO THE MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA, IS TO REMOVE THE EXISTING DISQUALIFICATION FROM MEMBERSHIP OF DIRECTORS OR EMPLOYEES OF LICENSED BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, SOLICITORS AND PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS.

- IN ADDITION, THE EXISTING REQUIREMENT ON THE EXCHANGE COMPANY TO PROHIBIT A MEMBER FROM ENTERING INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH ANY PERSON WHO IS NOT A MEMBER WILL BE DELETED.

+INSTEAD, THE BILL SPECIFIES THAT THE EXCHANGE COMPANY SHALL ALTER ITS CONSTITUTION TO REQUIRE ANY MEMBER WHO INTENDS TO TRADE IN PARTNERSHIP TO NOTIFY THE EXCHANGE WHEN THE MEMBER’S APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION AS A DEALING PARTNERSHIP IS MADE TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

THE BILL ALSO RENDERS VOID ANY DEED OF TRUST ARRANGEMENTS CREATING THIRD PARTY CONTROL. HOWEVER THIS DOES NOT AFFECT NORMAL INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN BY CLIENTS OF A STOCKBROKER, AND TRANSACTIONS UNDERTAKEN IN THE ORDINARY COURSE OF STOCKBROKING BUSINESS, PARTNERSHIP ARRANGEMENTS, OR AGREEMENTS UNDER WHICH THE MEMBER ACTS AS AN AGENT FOR FOREIGN BROKERS.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT AMENDMENT RELATES TO THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS ON MEMBERS. THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT FROM THE DAY THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE BEGINS OPERATION, INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE MEMBERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE AND AT ALL TJMES MAINTAIN IN THE BUSINESS A NET CAPITAL OF NOT LESS THAN HK31 MILLION AND HK$5 MILLION RESPECTIVELY.

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♦FOR DEALING PARTNERSHIPS, THE REQUIREMENT WILL BE CALCULais^ ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER AND TYPE OF MEMBERS IN THE PARTNERSHIP. I ADDITION THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN AT ALL TIMES IN THE BUSINESS A LIQUIDITY MARGIN OF NOT LESS THAN 10 PER CENT OF THc MINIMUM NET CAPITAL REQUIREMENT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THESE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS, SPECIFIED UNDER

A SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, WOULD BE EXTENDED TO ALL REGISTERED DEALERS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE.

THE EXCHANGE COMPANY WILL HAVE A STATUTORY DUTY TO ENSURE THAT ITS MEMBERS COMPLY WITH THE FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS AND MAY MAKE RULES TO FULFIL THIS DUTY.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR THE EXCHANGE COMPANY TO ALTER ITS CONSTITUTION TO AVOID CONFLICT WITH THE NEW MEMBERSHIP PROVISIONS AND TO PROVIDE FOR TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS.

THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, ALSO PUBLISHED TODAY FOLLOWING ENDORSEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, ARISES FROM RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE SECURITIES COMMISSION TO CHANGE THE POLICY ON THE REGISTRATION OF DEALERS IN SECURITIES.

PART 3 OF THE BILL ALSO CONTAINS CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE AS A RESULT OF INCORPORATING THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE EXISTING STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION ORDINANCE.

+THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS EARLIER DECIDED THAT THERE SHOULD BE THREE TYPES OF TRADING ENTITY IN THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE, NAMELY INDIVIDUAL DEALERS, CORPORATE DEALERS AND DEALING PARTNERSHIPS, AND THAT EACH TRADING ENTITY MUST COMPLY WITH A MINIMUM NET CAPITAL AND A LIQUIDITY MARGIN REQUIREMENT.

+GIVEN THIS DECISION, THE COMMISSION HAS RECOMMENDED THAT ALL THREE TRADING ENTITIES SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER AND BE SUBJECT TO NEW REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PRE-REQUISITES FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO REGISTER AS A DEALER ARE THAT HE MUST BE OF GOOD CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY, HAVE NOT LESS THAN THREE YEARS EXPERIENCE IN DEALING IN SECURITIES IN HONG KONG OR ON ANY OVERSEAS STOCK MARKET RECOGNISED BY THE COMMISSION, OR HAVE PASSED ANY PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION.

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR REGISTRATION AS A DEALER, A CORPORATION MUST BE A REGISTERED COMPANY OR AN OVERSEAS COMPANY COMPLYING WITH THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE. ALL ITS DEALING DIRECTORS MUST BE REGISTERED DEALERS, WHO WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED TO CARRY ON BUSINESS ON BEHALF OF THE CORPORATION.

A PARTNERSHIP WHICH CARRIES ON A BUSINESS OF DEALING IN SECURITIES MUST REGISTER AS A DEALING PARTNERSHIP. EVERY PARTNER IN A PARTNERSHIP AND EVERY GENERAL PARTNER IN A LIMITED PARTNERSHI IS REQUIRED TO BE A REGISTERED DEALER AND CAN ONLY DEAL IN SECURITIES ON BEHALF OF THE PARTNERSHIP.

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LIMITED PARTNERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS DEALERS THOUGH DETAILS OF THE PARTNERSHIP ARRANGEMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO EE DISCLOSED IN THE APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION.

INDIVIDUALS, CORPORATIONS AND DEALING PARTNERSHIPS WILL ALL HAVE TO COMPLY WITH THEIR FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS ON THE COMMENCE '-OF OPERATION OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE.

+THESE NEW REGISTRATION CRITERIA ARE DESIGNED TO IMPROVE Trie QUALITY AND STANDARD OF DEALERS IN SECURITIES IN HONG KONG. THEY SHOULD IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE STOCKBROKING BUSINESS IN HONG KONG AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE. IN THE END THEY WILL A-PQRD GREATER PROTECTION TO THE INVESTING PUBLIC,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE NEW REGISTRATION CRITERIA WOULD COME INTO FORCE AS SOON AS THE SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION ON REGISTRATION MATTERS WAS MADE.

THE TWO BILLS WILL RECEIVE THEIR FIRST READING ON JULY 24. ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THEIR PROVISIONS CAN WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, SAID THAT A NETWORK OF DISTRICT COMMITTEES TO BE SET UP BY THE COUNCIL WILL BE ABLE TO HELP IT MONITOR DIRECTLY THE LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS AND ASSESS THEIR NEEDS AND RESPOND QUICKLY TO THEIR LEGITIMATE GRIEVANCES.

ADDRESSING A ROTARY CLUB MEETING, MR CHEUNG SAID THESE LOCALLY ORIENTATED COMMITTEES WILL HELP THE COUNCIL AND ITS EXECUTIVE ARM, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, FACE UP TO THE CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY THE ON-GOING URBANISATION AND WIDESPREAD NATURE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TOWNSHIPS - OFTEN EACH WITH ITS DISTINCT CHARACTER I ST I Co, NEEDS AND PROBLEMS.

EACH DISTRICT COMMITTEE WILL BE MADE UP OF COUNCIL MEMBERS, DISTRICT BOARD REPRESENTATIVES AND MEMBERS OF LEADING LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS.

♦MOST WILL AGREE THAT THE GEOGRAPHICALLY SCATTERED CONCENTRATIONS OF POPULATION MAKE IT EXTREMELY DESIRABLE THAT DECISIONS ON THE PROVISION OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH STRONG LOCAL AND DISTRICT LEVEL INPUTS,* MR CHEUNG SAID.

MR CHEUNG SAID THAT THE COUNCIL COMPOSITION AND COMMITTEE STRUCTURE WILL ENSURE THAT THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE FUTURE REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL BENEFIT FROM A MORE CONSTITUTIONAL, ORGANISATIONAL AND FUNCTIONAL LINK * I TH THE DISTRICT BOARDS, THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND OTHER LEADING LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

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+IT ALSO GUARANTEES THAT NO GROUP OF PEOPLE wILL BE WITHOUT A REPRESENTATIVE TO REFLECT THEIR VIEwS TO THE COUNCIL ON THE WjDE RANGE OF BASIC SERVICES AND FACILITIES TO WHICH THEY ARE ENTITLED,+ MR CHEUNG ADDED.

+AT THIS POINT IN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, IT iwOULD BE DIFFICULT INDEED TO DEVISE A BETTER WAY THAT GIVES THE LOCAL PEOPLE A CLOSER INVOLVEMENT AND GREATER INFLUENCE IN THE AFFAIRS OF GOVERNMENT,+ HE SAID.

ON THE COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP ITSELP, MR CHEUNG NOTED THAT THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL COMPRISES 24 MEMBERS. NINE OF THEM ARE ELECTED BY EACH OF THE NINE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS, WHILE THE CHAIRMAN AND THE TWO VICE CHAIRMEN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK ARE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS. THE REMAINING 12 ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

THE ELECTED ELEMENT, HOWEVER, WILL BE INCREASED BY 12 IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL NEXT YEAR WHEN THE TOTAL COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP WILL REACH ITS FULL STRENGTH OF 36 MEMBERS. +THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN OUR CONSTITUTIONAL EVOLUTION AS WE PROGRESS TOWARDS A MORE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT,* MR CHEUNG SAID.

REITERATING HIS COMMITMENT TO THIS DEMOCRAT I SAT I ON PROCESS, HE DESCRIBED IT AS ONE WAY TO MAINTAIN HONG KONG’S POLITICAL AND SOCIAL STABILITY.

MR CHEUNG SAID, +TRUE DEMOCRACY IS GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE AND OF THE PEOPLE. BECAUSE IT IS ONLY THROUGH THE DIRECT INPUT OF DIRECTLY ELECTED MEMBERS, AS WELL AS THOSE INDIRECTLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES VIA THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND HEUNG YEE KUK, AND APPOINTMENTS OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE WELL-KNOWN FOR THEIR PUBLIC SERVICE, THAT THE MAN IN THE STREET CAN EXPECT TO RECEIVE THE BEST POSSIBLE SERVICE FROM THE COUNCIL IN RESPECT OF MANY SERVICES THAT AFFECT THEIR DAILY LIVES.

+THE PRESENT SET-UP OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL BRINGS US THAT MUCH CLOSER TOWARDS THIS IDEAL, AT LEAST IN SO FAR AS THE RESIDENTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS ARE CONCERNED. BECAUSE UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE COUNCIL, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE AS RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE AS ITS RESOURCES WOULD ALLOW WITH REGARD TO THE PROVISION OF A WIDE RANGE OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES,* MR CHEUNG SAID.

THE WORK OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, COVERING ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND RECREATION AND CULTURAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES, WAS SO WIDE THAT THE QUALITY OF ITS SERVICES HAD A DIRECT BEARING ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF PEOPLE IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS, HE SAID.

WHILE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IS A GIANT STEP FORWARD IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG, THIS MOMENTUM CANNOT BE MAINTAINED WITHOUT THE ACTIVE SUPPORT OF THE MAN IN THE STREET AND VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS, HE URGED.

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BILLS AIM TO SIMPLIFY OBJECTIONS, CLaIMS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS GAZETTED THREE NEw BILLS AIMED AT SIMPLIFYING OBJECTIONS AND CLAIMS PROCEDURES .vHEN LAND IS R=.$U _ BY THE GOVERNMENT.

KNOWN AS THE FORESHORE AND SEA-EED (RECLAMATIONS AND RElaT^ PROVISIONS) BILL lq85, THE CROwN LANDS RESUMPTION (AMENDMENT'! BILL 1985 AND THE LAND ACQUISITION (POSSESSORY TI TLE)(AMEqD l T) BILL 1985, THEY ARE EXPECTED TO EE TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL GN JULY 24.

THE FIRST BILL IS INTENDED TO REPLACE THE FORESHORES AND SEA-EED ORDINANCE OF 1901 AND THE PUBLIC RECLAMATIONS AND wORKS ORDINANCE OF 1956.

BOTH ORDINANCES SERVE THE SAME BASIC PURPOSE - TO ENAELt CROWN FORESHORE AND SEA-BED TO BE RECLAIMED OR USED AND T< EXTINGUISH ALL RELEVANT RUEL IC AND PRIVATE RIGHTS.

THEY ALSO ENABLE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO STATE DEucCTIuNo AND TO MAKE CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION.

THE NEW BILL CONSOLIDATES THE TaO OLDER ORDINANCES ANv ALLOWS THE PROCEDURES FOR CLAIMS ANu COMPENSATION lO BE REVlJck. IN LINE a I TH THE ROADS (wORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANC-.

THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION ORDINANCE AND THE LAND ACQUISITION (POSSESSORY TITLE) ORDINANCE IS AMENDED TO SPECIFY THAT INTEREST BE RAID ON COMPENSATION CLAIMS FOR THE TIME BETWEEN LIABILITY ARISING AND ACTUAL PAYMENT BEING HADE.

THE AMENDED BILLS ALSO PROVIDE FOR THE RECOVERY OF ANY EXCESS PAYMENT AND INTEREST ACCRUED ON IT.

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FOUR NEW MEMBERS FOR EDUCATION BOARD * * * * *

FOLLOWING THE RETIREMENT OF FOUR MEMBERS OF THE jpCARD OF EDUCATION AT THE END OF LAST MONTH, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE APPOINTMENT OF POUR New MEMBERS.

THE NEW APPOINTEES ARE MRS KATHERINE CHAU MA PUI-KlN, PRINCIPAL OF YING «A GIRLS’ SCHOOL, DR JOHN CHEN, PRESIDENT CF LINGNAN COLLEGE, MR DAVID CHEUNG, PRINCIPAL Or CARMEL __ ENGLISH COLLEGE, AND MISS MARI N PANG SUM-SUK, PRINCi- \L Jr THE JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTRE.

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OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD HAVE ALL BEEN REAPPOINTtD. THEY ARE MR PETER wONG (CHA IF.‘AN), THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (VICE-CHAIRMAN). MR CHAN YING-LUN, MR CHARLES CHEUNG WAI-BUN, MRS MABLE CHOW, PRO- B.L. COOKE, MRS RITA FAN, THE REV JOSEPH FOLEY MR TIMOTHY hA, MRS PEGGY LAM, MRS ELEANOR LING, MR i Am MAN-KWAN, PROF CHO-YEE TO, AND THE DtPUTY SECRETARY FOR

SECRETARY FOR

EDUCATION AND MANPOWER.

THE APPOINTMENT a ILL EE FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR, EXPIRING JUNE 30, 1986.

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’WIDER USE OF CHINESE * *

PARAMOUNT AND ESSENTIAL’ X * X

AN IMPROVEMENT OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY AND A WIDER USE OF CHINESE WERE PARAMOUNT AND ESSENTIAL TO KEEP ABREAST OF THE CHANGING TIME, UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, NR PETER WONG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

ADDRESSING GRADUATES OF THE GRANTHAM, NORTHCOTE AND SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AT A JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY, MR WONG SAID THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN ITS DELIBERATIONS WAS VITALLY CONCERNED WITH THE ISSUE OF THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN SCHOOLS AS wAS THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY.

FROM AN EDUCATION POINT OF VIEW, MR WONG SAID, AN INADEQUATE COMMAND OF LANGUAGE HAMPERED LEARNING.

+FROM A WIDER ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE, CHINESE IS LIKELY TO ASSUME GREATER SIGNIFICANCE WHILE ENGLISH WILL STILL BE ESSENTIAL AS AN INTERNATIONAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION IN COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY,* MR WONG SAID.

BEING THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION, MR WONG SAID THE COMMISSION WAS FIRMLY CONVINCED THAT BILINGUALISM WAS ESSENTIAL FOR HONG KONG TO RETAIN ITS POSITION AS A LEADING INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF FINANCE, TRADE AND INDUSTRY.

NOTING THE TRADITIONAL DISTINCTION THAT ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS USED ENGLISH AS THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND CHINESE MIDDLE SCHOOLS USED CHINESE, MR WONG SAID THIS HAD BECOME BLURRED WITH THE EXPANSION OF UNIVERSAL JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION.

+BOTH LANGUAGES ARE, IN FACT, BEING USED IN VARYING DEGREES IN BOTH TYPES OF SCHOOLS,* HE CONTINUED.

*IT SEEMS LIKELY TO ME THAT RESEARCH BEING CONDUCTED BY THc EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL REVEAL THAT CHINESt CHILDREN WILL BeREF I 1 MUCH MORE FROM THEIR EDUCATION IF THEY ARE TAUGHT THROUGH THE '■ .E D IL • OF CHINESE.*

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♦ IF THE RESEARCH FINDINGS DO SO INDICATE, THEN INDIVIDUAL SECONDARY SCHOOL AUTHORITIES WILL BE ENCOURAGED TO ADOPT CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF TEACHING AND THOSE SCHOOLS WHICH USE CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION WILL BE GIVEN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO STRENGTHEN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH TO AVERT ANY SUBSEQUENT I AL DROP IN THE STANDARD OF ENGLISH DUE TO REDUCED EXPOSURE.

+THIS WILL BE ACHIEVED BY THE PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL ENGLISH TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOLS AND OTHER RESOURCES,* MR WONG SAID.

♦ACCORDINGLY TEACHER PREPARATION FOR NEW AND SERVING TEACHERS WILL NEED TO BE MODIFIED TO PREPARE FOR A WIDER USE OF CHINESE IN THE CLASSROOM.

♦THIS WILL MEAN A STRENGTHENING OF COLLEGE STUDENTS’ PROFICIENCY IN CHINESE AND THE GREATER USE OF CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN THE COLLEGES, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ENSURING THAT COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE EQUALLY COMPETENT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESs,

♦I UNDERSTAND THAT STEPS IN THIS DIRECTION ARE ALREADY BEING TAKEN WITHIN THE COLLEGES,* MR WONG SAID.

ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF BUILDING A FURTHER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION, MR WONG SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD ENDORSED THE PROPOSAL.

♦THIS WILL GIVE THE COLLEGES MUCH BREATHING SPACE AND ENABLE THEM TO CATER FOR FURTHER PROJECTED EXPANSION WITHOUT HAVING TO RELY HEAVILY ON LEASED AND BORROWED ACCOMMODATION AS THEY ARE DOING NOW,'* SAID MR WONG.

IT WILL ALSO ENABLE THE TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE TO OCCUPY ACCOMMODATION SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR ITS USE AND ULTIMATELY ALLOW FOR THE SEPARATION OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMMES.

♦IN OTHER WORDS, THE FOURTH COLLEGE WILL FACILITATE QUALITATIVE ADVANCES IN TEACHER EDUCATION AND ALSO ALLOW FOR THE EXPANSION OF IN-SERVICE TRAINING AND REFRESHER COURSES FOR TEACHERS,* HE SAID.

MRS WONG LATER PRESENTED CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES TO THE 953 GRADUATES WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TWO-YEAR AND THREE-YEAR FULL-TIME PRE-SERVICE TRAINING AT THE COLLEGES.

EARLIER, THE PRINCIPAL OF NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, M? HO SIU-LUN, SAID STUDENT ENROLMENT IN THE THREE COLLEGES LAST OCTOBER REACHED A RECORD 2 481 FULL-TIME STUDENTS WHEN HE PRESENTED THE REPORT ON BEHALF OF THE PRINCIPALS OF THE COLLEGES.

♦COMPARED WITH 2 255 AT THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1983, THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 10 PER CENT,+ MR HO SAID.

TAKING THE CHAIR AT THE CEREMONY WAS THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, PR MICHAEL LEUNG.

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CONCESSIONARY FERRY FARES FOR DISABLED PROPOSED

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AN AMENDMENT ORDER WHICH SEEKS TO ENABLE THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY (HYF) TO IMPLEMENT ITS CONCESSIONARY FARE SCHEME FOR THE DISABLED WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT HYF HAD OFFERED TO INTRODUCE CONCESSIONARY FARES FOR THE HANDICAPPED ON ITS CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES IN 1983 WITH EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1, 1984. HOWEVER, THE CONCESSIONARY FARES HAD BEEN HELD IN ABEYANCE IN THE ABSENCc OF A DEFINITION FOR THE TERM +HANDICAPPED+.

♦THE DEFINITION IS NOW CLEARLY SPELT OUT IN THE FERRY SERVICES (HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY, LIMITED) (DETERMINATION OF FARES)(AMENDMENT) ORDER 1985,+ HE EXPLAINED.

THE AMENDMENT ORDER WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR. IT DEFINES +HANDICAPPED+ AS A PERSON WHO IS AGED 12 YEARS OR OVER- WHO IS RECEIVING OR IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE FROM SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT A DISABILITY ALLOWANCE BECAUSE OF SEVERE PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABLEMENT AS CERTIFIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES AND WHO IS THE HOLDER CF A VALID HANDICAPPED PERSON’S TRAVEL CARD ISSUED BY HYF.

+DISABLED PERSONS UNDER 12 YEARS OF AGE ARE ALREADY CATERED FOR IN THE CONCESSIONARY FARE SCHEME FOR CHILDREN,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

-IT IS ESTIMATED THAT SOME 42 OOO HANDICAPPED PERSONS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO TRAVEL AT CONCESSIONARY CHILD FARE ON THE ORDINARY CLASS OF 12 CROSS-HARBOUR PASSENGER FERRY ROUTES. FIVE OF THESE ROUTES, HOWEVER, WILL NOT BE SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIR USERS BECAUSE OF LIMITATIONS IN PIER FACILITIES.

THE HANDICAPPED PERSON’S TRAVEL CARDS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE FERRY COMPANY FREE OF CHARGE, VALID FOR ONE YEAR AND RENEWABLE.

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hk-china WEATHER STATION set up * X *

A TEAM OF SEVEN OFFICERS FROM THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, HONG KONG, AND THE GUANGDONG METEOROLOGICAL BUREAU, PRC HAS INSTALLED AN AUTOMATIC WEATHER STATION AT HUANGMAO ZHOU, WHICH IS A SMALL UNINHABITED ISLAND OFF THE PEARL RIVER ESTUARY ABOUT 50 KM TO THE SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF HONG KONG.

THE SETTING UP OF THE STATION FOLLOWED AN AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND ThE GUANGDONG METEOROLOGICAL BUREAU IN FEBRUARY LAST YEAR, WHICH AIMED AT OBTAINING METEOROLOGICAL DATA FROM AN OFFSHORE LOCATION FOR MONITORING SEVERE WEATHER SYSTEMS APPROACHING THE SOUTH CHINA COASTAL AREAS.

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the royal observatory designed and constructed the equipment FOR The STATION WHILE ThE GUANGDONG METEOROLOGICAL BUREAU PROVIDED THE SITE AND CARRIED OUT THE NECESSARY CIVIL WORKS, INCLUDING A HELICOPTER LANDING PAD.

THE AUTOMATIC WEATHER STATION AT HUANGMAO ZHOU IS EQUIPPED WITH FIVE SENSORS TO MEASURE THE WIND DIRECTION, WIND SPEED, AIR TEMPERATURE, ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE AND RAINFALL.

THE OUTPUTS FROM THE SENSORS ARE SAMPLED BY A MICROPROCESSOR WHICH PERFORMS THE NECESSARY CALCULATIONS AND TRANSMITS THE PROCESSED DATA EVERY HALF AN HOUR BY UHF RADIO TO A RECEIVING STATION AT STANLEY FROM WHICH THE DATA ARE RELAYED TO THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HEADQUARTERS BY DEDICATED TELEPHONE LINES.

AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HEADQUARTERS, THE DATA ARE DISPLAYED IN THE CENTRAL FORECASTING OFFICE AND ARCHIVED BY T«E ROYAL OBSERVATORY'S MAIN COMPUTER SYSTEM, WHICH ALSO RE-TRANSMITS THE DATA TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE GUANGDONG METEOROLOGICAL BUREAU IN GUANGZHOU AND THE STATE METEOROLOGICAL ADMINISTRATION IN BEIJING VIA THE EXISTING METEOROLOGICAL TELECOMMUNICATION LINK.

THE AUTOMATIC WEATHER STATION IS POWERED BY SOLAR ENERGY AND IS THE FIRST SOLAR-POWERED STATION DESIGNED AND INSTALLED BY ThE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

THE INSTALLATION TEAM CONSISTED OF THREE OFFICERS FROM THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND FOUR OFFICERS FROM THE GUANGDONG METEOROLOGICAL BUREAU. THEY FLEW FROM ZHUHAI TO HUANGMAO Z HO J BY HELICOPTER ON THE MORNING OF JULY 10 AND COMPLETED ThE INSTALLATION OF THE STATION ON THE FOLLOWING MORNING. A SIMPLE OPENING CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED ON THE ISLAND IMMEDIATELY ArTER THE STATION WAS PUT INTO OPERATION.

THE AUTOMATIC WEATHER STATION WILL PROVIDE USEFUL DATA T^ THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY FOR MONITORING TROPICAL CYCLONE^ AND JThER SEVERE WEATHER SYSTEMS APPROACHING HONG KONG FROM THE SOUTH.

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RSD POLICY ON MARKET STALL RENTALS ENDORSED * K * *

MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TODAY (FRIDAY) ENDORSED THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S POLICY GOVERNING RENTS FOR PUBLIC MARKET STALLS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

THE COUNCIL ALSO AGREED TO DEVISE A NEW FORMULA GOVERNING THE SIZE OF RENT INCREASES SO THAT IN NORMAL CASES PUBLIC SUBSIDY IS KEPT TO A MINIMUM, BUT SPECIAL CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN IN HARDSHIP CASES.

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EXPLAINING THE DEPARTMENT’S PRESENT POSITION ON THE ISSUE, THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES (HEADQUARTERS), M? PETER CHEUNG, SAID ALL STALLS IN PUBLIC MARKETS IN THE NON-URdAN AREAS ARE LET OUT BY AUCTION, WITH AN UPSET PRICE DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT HAVING REFERENCE TO THE CURRENT MARKET RATE (CMR) CF THE STALLS AS ASSESSED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION.

MR CHEUNG SAID THAT IN OPEN AUCTIONS, THE UPSET PRICE IS NORMALLY SET AT 100 PER CENT OF THE CMR. IN RESTRICTED AUCTIONS, WHICH ARE HELD PURSUANT TO A RESITING EXERCISE OF HAWKERS OR DISPLACED MARKET LESSEES, THE UPSET PRICE IS REDUCED.

+INITIAL MARKET LEASES NORMALLY ARE FOR THREE YEARS. ON THE EXPIRY OF THE LEASE, THE OPERATOR OF THE STALL IS GIVEN THE OPTION TO RENEW HIS CONTRACT FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS. THE NEW RENT ON SUCH AN OCCASION IS DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT HAVING REGARD TO THE UPDATED CMR AND THE POLICY OBJECTIVE OF EVENTUALLY CHARGING ALL MARKET STALL HOLDERS A COMMERCIAL RENT,* MR CHEUNG ADDED.

IN NORMAL CASES, THE DEPARTMENT’S PRACTICE IS TO SET THE NEW RENT AT 100 PER CENT OF THE CMR. BUT IN THE CASE OF STALLS OBTAINED THROUGH A RESTRICTED AUCTION, A CONCESSION IS MADE THAT THE RENT INCREASE IN ANY ONE YEAR IS NOT TO EXCEED 100 PER CENi AND THAT THE REVISED RENT WILL NOT EXCEED 50 PER CENT OF THE CMR IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE NEW CONTRACT, 75 PER CENT IN THE SECOND, AND 100 PER CENT IN THE THIRD.

ON A RELATED SUBJECT, THE COUNCIL DECIDED TO SET THE UPSET PRICES FOR COOKED FOOD STALLS AT THE NEW MUI WO COOKED FOOD MARKET, WHICH WILL BE READY FOR OCCUPATION IN OCTOBER, AT 50 PER CENT OF CMR (RANGING FROM $1 250 TO $1 650) AND THAT FOR MINI STALLS AT 45 PER CENT ($337.50).

BRIEFING THE COUNCIL, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE) MR LI TIN-MING, SAID THE MARKET CONSISTS OF 16 COOKED FOOD STALLS AND FOUR MINI STALLS. IT IS INTENDED TO ACCOMMODATE SIX STATIC COOKED FOOD HAWKERS NOW OPERATING IN STRUCTURES ON A PIECE OF CROWN LAND NEAR THE MUI WO FERRY PIER AND 26 MOBILE HAWKERS TRADING IN THE VICINITY.

WHEN THE MARKET IS READY FOR OPERATION, THE STALLS WILL BE LET BY RESTRICTED AUCTION TO THE HAWKERS IN THE AREA. SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WILL BE OFFERED A THREE-YEAR TENANCY AGREEMENT WITH A FLAT MONTHLY RENTAL THROUGHOUT THE TENANCY PERIOD.

THE COUNCIL DECIDED TO SET THE UPSET PRICES OF THE STALLS BELOW THE CMR IN ORDER TO ALLEVIATE THE HARDSHIP OF THE HAWKERS AT THE RESITING STAGE, A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THIS SCHEDULE OF RENTALS WAS ARRIVED AT AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE VARIOUS FACTORS AND WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE FACT THAT BUSINESS IN THIS NEW COOKED FOOD MARKET IS SEASONAL AND DEPENDS MAINLY ON PICNIKERS DURING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE DATE OF THE RESITING EXERCISE WILL BE DETERMINED AS SOON AS THE NEW MARKET IS COMPLETED AND HANDED OVER TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT. ELIGIBLE BIDDERS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE DETAILS CF THE RESITING ARRANGEMENTS IN DUE COURSE.

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FREE QUOTA SCHEME FOR TEXTILES TO CANADA ANNOUNCED * * * *

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED'THAT THE FREE QUOTA EXPORT AUTHORISATION SCHEME III FOR EXPORT OF RESTRAINED TEXTILES TO CANADA WILL BE OPERATED FROM JULY 15.

DETAILS OF THE SCHEME ARE CONTAINED IN A NOTICE TO EXPORTERS ISSUED ON JULY 9. COPIES OF THE NOTICE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM CANADA SECTION OF THE TRADE DEPARTMENT, 15/F, OCEAN CENTRE, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

QUANTITIES OF QUOTAS OPEN TO APPLICATION ARE AS FOLLOWS:

QUANTITIES AVAILABLE

12 OOO PC (PIECES)

41 000 PC

33 000 PC

4 000 PC

76 000 PC

304 000 PC

9 000 PC

208 000 PC

378 000 PC

10 000 PC

14 000 PC

8 000 PC

56 000 PC

25 000 PC

92 000 PC

97 000 PC

46 000 PC

23 000 PC

33 000 DOZEN PAIRS

18 000 PC

10 000 KG

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STRINGENT MEASURES FOR +TOLERATtD+ SLAUGHTERHOUStS * * * *

THE OPERATION OF UNLICENSED SLAUGHTERHOUSES IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE NON-URBAN AREAS IS BEING TOLERATED BECAUSE OF A LACK OF CONVENIENT ALTERNATIVE FACILITIES, THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES (HEADQUARTERS), MR PETER CHEUNG, TOLD THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TODAY.

EXPLAINING THE DEPARTMENT’S POLICY ON THE LICENSING OF SLAUGHTERHOUSES, HE SAID THESE ESTABLISHMENTS wERE REGULARLY CHECKED BY HEALTH INSPECTOR TO ENSURE THAT THEY MET THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS IN RESPECT OF HYGIENE STANDARDS.

MR CHEUNG SAID IN THE MORE RURAL PARTS OF THE TERRITORY -ESPECIALLY SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS DISTRICTS - UNLICENSED PRIVATE SLAUGHTERING ON A SMALL SCALE WAS STILL PRACTISED.

IN GENERAL, HE SAID, TOLERATED SLAUGHTERHOUSES WERE SMALL IK SIZE, OPERATED ON A LIMITED SCALE WITH ACTIVITIES CONFINED TO THE EARLY HOURS OF THE DAY ONLY.

ON AVERAGE, THE DAILY KILL WAS BELOw THREE PIGS - MOSTLY FR LOCAL SOURCES, HE ADDED.

MR CHEUNG SAID THERE WERE 34 SUCH TOLERATED SLAUGHTERHOUSES UNSUITABLE FOR LICENSING AS THEY DID NOT MEET REQUIREMENTS.

+AS THESE ESTABLISHMENTS ARE SCATTERED AND OPERATING DURING VERY INCONVENIENT HOURS AND IRREGULARLY, THE PROVISION OF REGULAR FEAT INSPECTION AT THESE PLACES IS DIFFICULT,* HE SAID.

+EVEN IF REGULAR INSPECTIONS COVERING ALL THESE ESTABLISHMENTS COULD BE WORKED OUT, THE COST IN TERMS OF STAFF TIME aOULD BE EXCEEDINGLY HIGH AND THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THE MEAT INSPECTION SERVICE WOULD BE MADE USE OF.

+HOWEVER, IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC HEALTH. DISTRICT HEALTH INSPECTORS PAY MONTHLY VISITS TO THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO ENSURE THAT THE BASIC STANDARD OF HYGIENE IS MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES.

+IN ADDITION, HEALTH INSPECTORS MAKE REGULAR VISITS TO MARKETS AND FRESH PROVISION SHOPS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE MEAT AND OFFAL ON SALE ARE WHOLESOME. IN THE RARE CASE THAT MEAT OR CFFAL OF DUBIOUS QUALITY ARE DETECTED, THE MARKET STALLHOLDER OR SHOP OPERATOR IS REQUIRED TO SURRENDER THEM FOR DESTRUCTION,-FE SAID.

MR CHEUNG SAID IT WAS GOVERNMENT INTENTION TO PHASE OUT TOLERATED UNLICENSED SLAUGHTERHOUSES.

PLANS WERE IN HAND TO INTRODUCE TWO ABATTOIRS-SLAUGHTERHOUoE. IN SAI KUNG AND CHEUNG CHAU IN 1988-89. TWO OTHER SMALL ABATTcl..^-SLAUGHTERHOUSES — ON PENG CHAU AND ONE AT MUI WO — .'.ERE IK THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME BUT CONSTRUCTION DATES WERE UNCERTAIN.

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MR CHEUNG SAID THERE WERE THREE LICENSED PRIVATE SLAUGHT,- IOUoEj — ONE IN KwAI CHUNG, ONE IN TAI PO AND THE OTHER IN YUE' LONG.

ITHIN THE AREAS SERVED BY THESE SLAUGHTERHOUSES, ILLEGAL SLAUGHTERING WAS PROHIBITED.

ANY PERSON FOUND OPERATING AN ILLEGAL SLAUGHTERHOUSE OR TO BE IN POSSESSION OF CARCASSES NOT CARRYING THE OFFICIAL MEAT INSPECTION STAMP FACES PROSECUTION.

IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 23 PRE-Da* RAIDS ON ILLEGAL SLAUGHTERHOUSES WERE CONDUCTED AND EIGHT PERoC^ wERE SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED, WITH FINES RANGING FRO >1 03- TO 3 530.

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RSD WORKS PROJECTS OUTLINED * * * *

ABOUT 433 CAPITAL wORKS PROJECTS, INCLUDING PARKS, Sw IF >■ -POOLS, CULTURE COMPLEXES AND MARKETS, ARE BEING PLANNED FOR J BUILT IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF »4 OJ -LI DURING THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

THIS wAS STATED BY THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF REG l '_ AL SERVICES (HEADQUARTERS), MR PETER CHEUNG, TODAY wHEI HE BRIEFED -EMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THE NUMBER GF capital works projects in the public works programme falling ,ITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT.

MAJOR PROJECTS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR INCLuDl THE SHA TIN CENTRAL PARK (550 MILLION), THE TUEN MUN SwIMMIi^ POOL COMPLEX ($38.7 MILLION) AND THE TUEN MUN TOwN PARK PoAjl (546.5 MILLION).

OTHER MAJOR PROJECTS NOw UNDER CONSTRUCTION INCLUDE THE SHA TIN CULTURAL COMPLEX AND LIBRARY AND THE TUEN MUN CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX PHASE I - AUDITORIUM, EACH COSTIi.b OVER 5137 MILLION.

THE RSD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS AND FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF SUPPORTING FACILITIES.

MR CHEUNG SAID wHILE THE PLANNING OF THESE FACILITIES IS INITIATED BY THE DEPARTMENT, THE PHYSICAL CONSTRUCTION JF SUCH FACILITIES IS BEING HANDLED BY SPECIALIST DEPARTMtNTS WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT.

MEMBERS OR THE COUNCIL wERE ALSO INFORMED OF THE Rc'.JjJkc FOR INCLUDING A PROJECT INTO THE PUBLIC wORKS PROGRAMME AND HOw PROJECTS ARE CATEGORISED.

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DRAFT CHAI wAN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AMENDE^ * * * * *

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED A NUMBEh 0c AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR CHAI WAN.

THE ANNOTATION FOR HENG FA CHUEN DEVELOPMENT HAS EEEN A’.EwDEu FROM +MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY DEPOT, COMMERCIAL/RESI DENT I AL DEVELi.PI'E NT AND GOVERNMENT/INST I TUT ION/COMMUNITY FACILITIES-*- TO +MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT AREA+.

THE SITE TO THE SOUTH OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY DEPOT HAS BEEN REZONED FROM +INDUSTRIAL+ TO -^GOVERNMENT/ I NST I TUT ION/CCUN I T -' + USE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THAT THE SITE wAS RESERVE. FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT INVOLVES THE REZONING OF THE AREA TC T .. SOUTH OF wING TAI ROAD FROM +COMMERCIAL/RESI DENT I AL*, +G VEr. < E.,T/ INST ITUTION/COMMUNITY+ AND +OPEN SPACE* TO +RESIDENTIAL <WRUU- ■ >-.

THIS wILL FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROPOSED RUEL I. HOUSING ESTATE FOR; 10 000 PEOPLE.

THE AREA IMMEDIATELY TO THE WEST OF THE PROPOSED HOUS r\ . HAS BEEN REZONED FROM +GOVERNMENT/ I NST I TUT ION/COMMON I TY+ _> I T. • ♦OPEN SPACE*.

BESIDES, THE USE OF THE AREA TO THE WEST OF THE CHAI vA . ASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION HAS BEEN REZONED FROM + INDUSTR I AL <• T ♦GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY+ AND +OPEN SPACE*.

+ THE GOVERNMENT/INSTI TUT ION/COMMUNITY SITE IS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF AN EXISTING HISTORICAL HAKKA BUILDING AT WUT SHING STREET AS A FOLK MUSEUM, WHILE THE AREA SURROUNDING THi MUSEUM IS ZONED TO ’OPEN SPACE’ TO ENHANCE ITS ENVIRONMENT AM PROVIDED RECREATIONAL OUTLETS FOR FACTORY WORKERS IN THE AREA,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ANOTHER MAJOR AMENDMENT CONCERNS THE RE-ALIGNMENT OF THl CHAI WAN SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WHICH HAS EEEn ADJUSTED AND SHIFTED EASTWARD.

THE ROAD NETWORK LEADING TO THE ISLAND EASTERN-CORR I DCF NEAR WING TAI ROAD HAS ALSO BEEN REVISED.

THE AMENDED PLAN CAN BE' INSPECTED AT THE TOWN PLAM-. I.:_ DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILD I'. , GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; CENTRAL AND ..ESTERN DISTRICT J F PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE.^, WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG » AND EASTERN DI STR ICT OFF ICr., - .

KING’S ROAD, GROUND FLOOR, NORTH POINT, HONG KONb.

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COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE P AND PLAN SALES SECTION, SURVEY DIVISION, LANDS DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG ; AND KOWLOON MAP AND PLAN SALES SECTION, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON AT $10 FOR UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 FOR COLOURED ONE.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTIJN IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG BY AUGUST 1.

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TAX RELIEF FOR DONATIONS

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

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

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

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MORE RECLAMATION PLANNED FOR TSUEN WAN X * X X

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT AN 840-METRE SEAWALL AND TO RECLAIM AN AREA OF ABOUT 8.41 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED SOUTHWEST OF CHAI WAN KOK IN TSUEN WAN.

THE LAND FORMED BEHIND THE SEAWALL WILL BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS AND OPEN SPACE.

THE NOTICE AND ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE OFF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND THE PROPOSAL IS PUBLISHED IN GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE PLAN IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONGS AND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, FOU WAH CENTRE, 210 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL AND/OR CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS BY SEPTEMBER 12.

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MODERN HOMES FOR 28 009 COMING UP IN SHA TIN * * * * *

ANOTHER MODERN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IS TO RISE IN SHA TIN, PROVIDING HOMES FOR 28 000 PEOPLE BY 1989.

KWONG YUEN ESTATE, THE 11TH PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING PROJECT IN THE NEW TOWN, WILL BE DEVELOPED IN TWO PHASES ON A 12.5-HECTARE SITE IN THE SIU LEK YUEN VALLEY.

+TENDERS WILL BE INVITED SHORTLY FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF THE NEW PROJECT,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY.

HE SAID WORKS WOULD INCLUDE PILING TO FOUNDATIONS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOUR 35-STOREY TRIDENT BLOCKS, A PRIMARY SCHOOL, A COMMUNITY HALL, AS WELL AS RELATED ROADS AND EXTERNAL WORKS.

+THE FOUR RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS WILL ACCOMMODATE 13 500 PEOPLE IN 2 832 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS WHEN THEY ARE READY BY 1983.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THESE BLOCKS WOULD BE BUILT BY USING TIME-SAVING SEMI-MECHANISED CONSTRUCTION METHOD.

+WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.+

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MUSEUM PROJECT GETS GREEN LIGHT * * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, HAD ENDORSED THE COUNCIL’S PROPOSALS FOR THE PHASED DEVELOPMENT OF A COMBINED PROJECT FOR A PERMANENT MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

THE DECISION WAS HAILED BY MEMBERS OF THE MUSEUMS SELECT COMMITTEE AT THEIR MEETING EARLIER TODAY.

MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT, TO BE BUILT IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, WAS ESTIMATED TO COST $150 MILLION. THIS INITIAL PHASE WOULD COMPRISE THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

IN A LETTER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, THE GOVERNOR SAID HE RECOGNISED THE VALUE AND RELEVANCE OF SUCH MUSEUM FACILITIES TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE COUNCIL WELCOMED THE GOVERNOR’S SUPPORT.

THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS PHASED DEVELOPMENT WOULD NOW BE FURTHER STUDIED WITH A VIEW TO PROCEEDING WITH PLANS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND COMMISSIONING OF THE MUSEUM.

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HONG KONG ISLAND TRAFFIC CHANGE^ * * * *

IN CONNECTION WITH THE INSTALLATION OF COMPUTERISED TRAFFIC CONTROL EQUIPMENT, A COUPLE OF TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CENTRAL FOR FOUR CONSECUTIVE EVENINGS FROM MONDAY (JULY 15).

THE MEASURES, TO BE IN FORCE FROM 7.30 PM TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* DOUGLAS STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

* BUSES ON CMB ROUTES 81M, 90M AND 781 HEADING FOR CENTRAL WILL TERMINATE AT THE LAY-BY ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL (WESTBOUND) IN FRONT OF HOUSE NO. 13 TO 23.

* OTHER VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE LAYBY ON THIS ROAD SECTION.

IN CAUSEWAY BAY, INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 25b AND 257 WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE EVENINGS FROM MONDAY (JULY 15), BETWEEN 8 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD HEADING FOR PERCIVAL STREET WILL BE DIVERTED TO GLOUCESTER ROAD.

IN ABERDEEN, THE DOWN RAMP LEADING FROM AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE ROAD NORTHBOUND TO THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE COASTAL ROAD ALONG ABERDEEN RECLAMATION WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE RECONSTRUCTION WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS WILL HAVE TO CONTINUE ALONG AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE ROAD UNTIL THEY REACH THE JUNCTION WITH THE NORTHERN CARRIAGEWAY OF THE COASTAL ROAD WHERE THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT TO PROCEED TO WONG CHUK HANG OR TURN RIGHT TO ABERDEEN.

WEEKEND OF FUN FOR THOUSANDS OF YOUTHS

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IT WILL BE A WEEKEND OF FUN AND GAMES FOR THOUSANDS OF YOUNGSTERS WHEN A NUMBER OF SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES ARE LAUNCH^ IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS ON SUNDAY (JULY 14).

VARIETY SHOWS, CARNIVALS, COMPETITIONS, TREE-PLANTING AND FILM SHOWS — ALL DESIGNED FOR YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25, SILl BE HELD IN FIVE DISTRICTS IN THE URBAN AREA AND ONE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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ADOPTING THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR’S THEME OF +PARTICIPaTI ON, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE+ NEARLY' ALL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED Jiri THE AIM OF ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR TIME AND ENERGY TOWARD SERVING THEIR COMMUNITY, AND ALSO TO ENJOY THEIR SUMMER

HOLIDAYS IN A MEANINGFUL wAY.

IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT, A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN TELEVISION ARTISTS, LION DANCES, BAND MUSIC AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENT.

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT HAS ORGANISED AN ENTERTAINING PROGRAMME FEATURING BALLET BY 150 CHILDREN FROM THE YWCA, MAGIC SHOW, CHORAL SINGING, A TAEKWANDO DEMONSTRATION AND OTHER ACTIVITIES.

HIGHLIGHTS AT THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT PROGRAMME INCLUDE A CREATIVE CONTEST BY ABOUT 300 YOUTHS, AND PERFORMANCES BY THE HONG KONG BUDDHIST NICHIREN SHOSUN (DRUM AND FIFE) TEAM AND THE SHAM SHUI PO CHILDREN’S CHOIR.

AT WONG TAI SIN, NUMEROUS EVENTS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT SUCH AS A CARNIVAL, TELEGAMES FOR CHILDREN, A BOOK EXHIBITION, A FUN FAIR AND A TABLE-TENNIS COMPETITION. A FOLK DANCE WILL PRECEDE THE OPENING CEREMONY AT THE WONG TAI SIN TEMPLc.

ORGANISERS IN KWUN TONG DISTRICT HAVE PLANNED A SPECIAL FAMILY FILM SHOW AT THE COSMOS THEATRE AND A TREE-PLANTING EXERCISE BY MORE THAN 100 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AT THE TSUI PING ROAD PLAYGROUND.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE NORTH DISTRICT SYP, RESIDENTS AND VISITORS CAN ENJOY VARIOUS GAMES STALLS AT A CARNIVAL IN THE PLAYGROUND OF CHEUNG WAH ESTATE IN FANLING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONIES AND EVENTS OF THE ABOVE DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES.

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF THE TIME, VENUE AND OFFICIATING GUESTS OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES:

CENTRAL AND WESTERN, 2 PM AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT, CENTRAL. OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDE DISTRICT OFFICER, NR LAM KAM-KWONG, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KIM SALKELD, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR VINCENT KO, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR WU CHOR-NAM.

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KOWLOON CITY, 4 TO 6 PM AT THE KO SHAN ROAD PARK IN HUNG HOM. OFFICIATING GUESTS: ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (KOWLOON CI-TIwEST), MS DIANA TONG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP CO-ORDTNATINb COMMITTEE, MR TANG TAI-CHUEN.

SHAM SHU I PO, 10 AM TO 1 PM AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND. OFFICIATING GUESTS: DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE, AND^HE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT SYP WORKING GROUP, MR C.K. LIU. M

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WONG TAI SIN, 8 PM AT THE FUNG MING HALL OF THE WONG TAIWIN TEMPLE (OPENING CEREMONY). OFFICIATING GUESTS: DISTRICT OFFICER, PR PHILIP CHOK, REGIONAL OFFICER (KOWLOON EAST) OF THE SOCIAL JELFARc DEPARTMENT, MR KWOK KA-CHI, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHWG TAK-KIN, ,W

ALSO IN WONG TAI SIN, A CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD AT THE LOK Fff' SHOPPING CENTRE PODIUM BETWEEN 2.30 AND 4.30 PM. A FUN FAIR AT,^ THE TSZ WAN SHAN CENTRAL PLAYGROUND BETWEEN 9.30 AND 11.30 AM. I A TELEGAME FOR CHILDREN AT THE SHEK FU LUNG ROAD PLAYGROUND BET.vlc 2.30 AND 4.30 PM. A YOUTH BOOK EXHIBITION AT THE CHOI HUNG CENT.Rc AND A TABLE-TENNIS TOURNAMENT AT THE KAI TAK EAST INDOOR GAMES HaLL IN SAN PO KONG. BOTH EVENTS ARE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

KWUN TONG, 11 AM TREE-PLANTING EXERCISE AT THE TSUI PING ROAD PLAYGROUND.

NORTH DISTRICT, 4 PM AT THE CENTRAL PLAYGROUND OF CHEUNG aAH ESTATE IN FANLING, OFFICIATING GUESTS: ACTING DISTRICT OFFICER, PR PETER TAM, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG.

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SEMINAR TO INTRODUCE SPORTS FACILITIES X * * *

SOME 80 TEACHERS IN YUEN LONG TODAY (FRIDAY) ATTENDED A SEMINAR ON EXISTING RECREATION AND AMENITY FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR LAM TIN-KEE, <*H0 OFFICIATED AT THE SEMINAR, SAID THE MAIN PURPOSE WAS TO BRIEF THE TEACHERS ON THE BOOKING PROCEDURE OF ALL SPORTS FACILITIES UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE RSD AND TO ENABLE THEM TO BETTER PLAN THEIR PROGRAMMES FOR THE STUDENTS.

THE SEMINAR WAS ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICc. OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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ISLANDS SWIMMING GALA ON SUNDAY * * * *

ABOUT 120 ATHLETES WILL COMPETE IN THE TENTH ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (JULY 14) AT THE KENNEDY TOWN SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IN SMITHFIELD ROAD.

THE ANNUAL EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

THERE WILL BE 21 EVENTS IN THE PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDE FREE STYLE, BREASTSTROKE AND BUTTERFLY. TWO 4 BY 50 METRES RELAY RACES WILL ALSO BE HELD.

WINNERS OF THE RACES WILL BE SELECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE FIRST NEW TERRITORIES INTER-DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA, TO EE IN THE NORTH DISTRICT, NEW TERRITORIES.

LATER THIS YEAR

FELD

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER GALA WHICH STARTS AT 1 PM ON TOWN SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, DIGNITARIES WILL OFFICIATE AT AT 4 PM.

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING UNDAY (JULY 14) AT THE KENNEDY SMITHFIELD ROAD, WESTERN.

MR WILLIAM YAP AND OTHER LOCAL A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY

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SURVEY ON YOUTH PROBLEMS IN KWUN TONG PLANNED * * X * *

THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WILL UNDERTAKE A SURVEY ON YOUTH PROBLEMS IN KWUN TONG BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

+A SENIOR STATISTICIAN OF THE COMMUNITY INFORMATION DIVISION IN CNTA AND THE WORKING GROUP ON PROBLEM YOUTH UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD ARE WORKING ON THE METHODS FOR CARRYING OUT THE SURVEY AS .vcLL AS THE CONTENTS OF THE QUESTIONNAI RE,+ HE SAID.

MR MAK WAS SPEAKING AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE SCOUTS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, KWUN TONG DISTRICT.

HE SAID: +ONCE THE QUESTIONNAIRE IS FINALISED, THE SURVEY WILL BE FARMED OUT TO A PRIVATE RESEARCH COMPANY.+

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THE SURVEY, TO BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN OCTOBER AND DECEMBER AT A COST OF ABOUT $50 030, IS AIMED AT COLLECTING INFORMATION THROUGi SCIENTIFIC METHODS ON THE BEHAVIOUR, THINKING AND CHARACTER I ST ICS CF THE +PROBLEM YOUTH+ IN THE DISTRICT.

+THE FINDINGS WILL PROVIDE VALUABLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR THE WORKING GROUP TO EXPLORE WAYS OF DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM,+ MR MAK SAID.

THE WORKING GROUP WAS FORMED IN MARCH 1984 UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD TO ANALYSE THE CAUSES FOR THE YOUTH PROBLEM IN KWUN TONG AND TO RECOMMEND SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS.

DURING LAST YEAR, THE WORKING GROUP INVITED A SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER, A SOCIAL FIELD TEAM LEADER, A PROBATION OFFICER AND OTHER YOUTH WORKERS TO SHARE THEIR WORKING EXPERIENCES.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE SCOUT MOVEMENT FOR PROVIDING HEALTHY LEISURE ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, MR MAK ALSO CALLED ON PARENTS TO "ENCOURAGE THEIR CHILDREN TO JOIN THE SCOUTS OR SIMILAR ORGANISATIONS.

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A GROUP OF 33 SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM THAILAND’S DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED TWO PRISONS IN TAI LAM TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES ADMINISTERED BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN HONG KONG.

THE DELEGATION, LED BY DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, DR CHAU PATTANACHAREON, IS IN HONG KONG ON A STUDY VISIT. MOST MEMBERS ARE PARTICIPANTS OF A CORRECTIONAL ADMINISTRATOR COURSE CONDUCTED BY THE THAI GOVERNMENT.

THEY FIRST WENT TO THE TAI LAM CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, A MINIMUM SECURITY PRISON, WHERE THEY SAW PRISONERS WORKING AT VARIOUS WORKSHOPS. THE GROUP WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE PRISON’S PRECAST CONCRETE WORKSHOP, WHICH PRODUCES KERB STONES CABLE DUCT TILES AND PAVING SLABS FOR THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THt ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE GROUP THEN VISITED THE ADJACENT TAI LAM CENTRE FOR wOi'-N, WHICH HOUSES ADULT FEMALE OFFENDERS AND IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS: THk REMAND, THE PRISON AND THE DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE SECTIONS.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, THE DELEGATION MET WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK.

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PLANTING DAY FOR KvCUN TONG

THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE KWUN TONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ARE JOINTLY ORGANISING A PLANTING DAY ON SUNDAY (JULY 14).

URBAN COUNCILLOR MR STEPHEN LAU AND A NUMBER OF KwUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL OFFICIATE AT THE EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE KwUN TONG RECREATION GROUND.

MORE THAN 200 STUDENTS FROM VARIOUS SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT WILL PLANT SOME 50 TREES AND 200 SHRUBS AT THE VENUE.

A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID THE AIM OF THE PLANTING DAY IS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNGSTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN A MEANINGFUL ACTIVITY IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THEIR PARTICIPATION IN TREE PLANTING THEY WILL GAIN AN APPRECIATION OF THE BEAUTY OF NATURE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF A GREEN ENVIRONMENT, HE ADDED.

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A TWO-DAY HEALTH EDUCATION EXHIBITION, STARTING TOMORROW (SATURDAY), WILL BE HELD AT THE TAIKOO SHING CITY PLAZA.

ORGANISED BY A WORKING GROUP ON MEDICAL SERVICES UNDER THE EASTERN BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE, THE EXHIBITION IS AIMED AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE ON HEALTH AND TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE THAT PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.

THE EXHIBITION, SPONSORED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, WILL FEATURE DRAWINGS, CHARTS AND INFORMATION MATERIAL ON THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS WHICH ARE VITAL FOR GOOD HEALTH, SUCH AS HOUSEHOLD HYGIENE, EXERCISE, PROPER FOOD, COMMON DISEASES, AND CARE FOR MENTAL PATIENTS.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND THE EXHIBITION, PRODUCED BY THE CENTRAL FEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WILL CLOSE AT 4 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 14).

A LEAFLET PUBLISHED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD ON +GOOD HEALTH ORIGINATES IN THE FAMILY* WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE EXHIBITION.

AN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VINCENT LEUNG, THE CHAIRMAN CF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE, MR LEE KWONG-LAM, AND THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE HEALTH EDUCATION EXHIBITION ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MRS LAU MA LAI-WAH, WILL OFFICIAT AT AN OPENING CEREMONY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 13, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

'REX' REPORT ADOPTED BY EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ............... 1

RESIDENTS URGED TO EXPRESS VIEWS .......................... 3

ONLY ONE I.D. CARD TO A PERS® ............................. 4

MORE VIEWS SOUGHT CN OPEN EDUCATION ....................... 5

NEED FOR GUARDING MACHINERY STRESSED ...................... 6

CAS OPENS NEW CADET CENTRE................................. 6

YOUTHS URGED TO TAKE UP TECHNICAL COURSES ................. 7

CALIFORNIA STUDENTS TO TOUR EASTERN ....................... 8

TEACHING TEACHERS ABOUT PUPILS' PROBLEMS .................. 8

WORKSHOP HELD TO INTRODUCE SURVEY ON TREES ................ 9

SHOWS TO BOOST RESIDENTS' EFFORTS ......................... 9

FAIR STARTS OFF THEN WN SUMMER ACTIVITIES ................ 10

OFFICE MOVING ............................................ 1°

RECLAIMED LAND FOR HOUSING PLANNED ....................... 11

TENDERS CALLED FOR LIGHT REFRESHMENT SALE................. 11

ROAD JUNCTION TO BE MODIFIED FOR SAFETY................... 12

ROAD CLOSED .............................................. 12

TAPS OFF . ............................................... 12

STREETS RE-ROUTED FOR ROAD WORKS ......................... 13

PRESS CONFERENCE ON TOUTING FOR LEGAL SERVICES

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SATURDAY, JULY 13, 1985

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’REX’ REPORT ADOPTED BY EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT * * * *

A REPORT ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF ECONOMIC AND TRADE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND HONG KONG, PREPARED BY THE EXTERNAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE (REX) OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, WAS ADOPTED BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT YESTERDAY (FR IDAY).

THE REPORT wAS PREPARED AFTER THE RAPPORTEUR, MR HANS-JOACHIM SEELER, AND THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, DAME SHELAGH ROBERTS, VISITED ■ HONG KONG EARLIER THIS YEAR.

IN ADOPTING THE REPORT, THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PASSED A RESOLUTION (160 VOTES IN FAVOUR, THREE AGAINST AND TWO ABSENTIONS), WHICH:

* WELCOMES THE SOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE PARTIES TO THE JOINT DECLARATION TO THE FUTURE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL POSITION OF HONG KONG;

* NOTES THAT THIS AGREEMENT ENABLES ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE AND BE FURTHER DEVELOPED AND MOREOVER MAY EE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRADE AND ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA;

* NOTES IN THIS CONNECTION THE IMPORTANCE FCR THE FOREIGN TRADE OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA OF HONG KONG AS THE LARGEST POET ON THE CHINA COAST AND THE THIRD LARGEST FINANCIAL CENTRE IN THE WORLD i

* NOTES THAT BECAUSE OF THE DE FACTO RETENTION OF ITS EARLlcn STATUS COMBINED WITH A CERTAIN DEGREE OF INTEGRATION .JTh THE NATIONAL ECONOMY OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AS A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION, HONG KONG CAN DEVELOP CONSIDERABLY ITS PRESENT INTERMEDIARY ROLE IN ECONOMIC

. RELATIONS BETWEEN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC AND THE WESTERN

' INDUSTRIALISED NATIONS AND THAT SUCH A DEVELOPMENT COULD HAVE VERY POSITIVE EFFECTS ON FUTURE ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA;

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CALLS ON THE COMMISSION TO FOLLOW CLOSELY THE SITUATION IN HONG KONG OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, AND IN PARTICULAR TO CONSIDER CAREFULLY THE PRACTICAL WAYS IN WHICH HONG KONG S FULL PARTICIPATION IN THE BENEFITS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL TRADING SYSTEM CAN BE MAINTAINED AFTER 1997, AND ESPECIALLY THE QUESTION OF HONG KONG CONTINUING TO BE INCLUDED IN THE GENERALISED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES?

EXPECTS, HOWEVER, THE COMMISSION AND THE COUNCIL TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE ON BEHALF OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT FIRSTLY HONG KONG AND SECONDLY THE PEOPLE S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN THEIR ENDEAVOURS TO ATTAIN THE OBJECTIVES SET OUT IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND ITS ANNEXES;

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* EXPECTS IN PARTICULAR THE COMMISSION AND COUNCIL TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO ENABLE HONG KONG TO REMAIN A MEMBER OF GATT AND THE IMF AFTER 1997 AS LONG AS HONG KONG AS A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THESE BODIES AND NOTES THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL BE DISCUSSING WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES THE CONTINUED PARTICIPATION OF HONG KONG AFTER 1997 IN GATT, WHICH IS A MATTER OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE J

* EXPECTS THAT EVEN AFTER 1997 HONG KONG WILL BE REPRESENTED IN THE COMMUNITY BY AN ECONOMIC AND TRADE MISSION AND THAT THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY FOR ITS PART WILL BE DULY REPRESENTED IN HONG KONG,

* BELIEVES IT NECESSARY FOR THE COMMISSION TO TAKE STEPS TO ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBER STATES OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY TO FACILITATE BUSINESS AND TRADE CONTRACTS AND CONSEQUENTLY PERSONAL TRAVEL TO AND FROM HONG KONG BY ELIMINATING THE VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR CITIZENS OF HONG KONG FOR VISITS UP TO THREE MONTHS AND EXPECTS FROM HONG KONG IN RETURN RECIPROCAL MEASURES INCLUDING A WAIVER OF ANY FURTHER INCREASE IN AIRPORT TAXES J

K EXPECTS FURTHER THAT THE COMMISSION WILL WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER THROUGH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WITH THE SI NO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP WHICH WILL BEGIN ITS WORK ONCE THE JOINT DECLARATION ENTERS INTO FORCE ON JUNE 30, 1985 ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO RELATIONS IN FUTURE BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND HONG KONG AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

MR DEREK JONES, MINISTER, BRUSSELS, WHO WAS IN LUXEMBOURG TO ATTEND THE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE ON THE REPORT, SAID HE WAS PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT IT RECOGNISED THE ROLE HONG KONG COULD PLAY OVER THE COMING DECADES AS A TRADE, BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL CENTRE ESPECIALLY IN REGARD TO ITS POSITION AS A GATEWAY TO CHINA.

HE WELCOMED THE STRESS PLACED IN THE REPORT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HONG KONG’S CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE GATT AND ITS CALL FOR THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY’S FULL SUPPORT TO ACHIEVE THIS.

+1 AM SURE THAT THE ADOPTION OF THIS REPORT WILL ASSIST IN THE EXPANSION OF ECONOMIC AND TRADE TIES BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

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REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL RESIDENTS ORGANISATIONS HAVE BEEN URGED TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS ON LOCAL ISSUES TO THEIR AREA COMMITTEES WHICH WILL IN TURN REFLECT THEM TO THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MAYER NG, SAID THE SUCCESS OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION DEPENDED ON RESIDENTS’ SUPPORT, AND THEIR COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS WERE IMPORTANT IN HELPING THE GOVERNMENT IMPROVE PEOPLE’S LIVING CONDITIONS.

HIS COMMENTS CAME TONIGHT (SATURDAY) AT A SEMINAR JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE WONG CHUK HANG AND BAYS AREA COMMITTEE FOR ALL RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS IN THE AREA.

HE NOTED THAT AS SOME OF THE AREA COMMITTEE’S INCUMBENT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, WHO ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS OR RESIDENTS ASSOCIATIONS, CAN HELP BRING VARIOUS PROBLEMS TO THE ATTENTION OF AREA COMMITTEES.

+THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT BECAUSE PROBLEMS IN THE AREA ARE REGULARLY REFLECTED BY THE AREA COMMITTEE TO THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS COMMITTEES,* MR NG SAID.

THIS PROCESS PROVIDES A SOLID FOUNDATION IN THE FORMATION OF THE THREE-TIERED INTEGRATED CONSULTATIVE SYSTEM COMPRISING T ' DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES AND THE RESIDENTS ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, HE SAID.

MR NG SAID THE ROLE OF AREA COMMITTEES HAD EXPANDED SINCE THEIR ESTABLISHMENT MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO, AND THEIR SUGGESTIONS HAD RESULTED IN IMPROVEMENTS TO TRAFFIC, ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

-►INITIALLY, AREA COMMITTEES WERE MAINLY INVOLVED IN THE PUBLICITY WORK ON VARIOUS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNS, BUT WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE ONSET OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION THEIR INTERESTS WERE EXTENDED TO COVER NUMEROUS PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE AREA AND GOVERNMENT POLICIES,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN THE WONG CHUK HANG AND BAYS AREA, FOR EXAMPLE, DISCUSSIONS BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE HAD BROUGHT ABOUT THE CONVERSION OF THE TWO-LANE WONG CHUK HANG ROAD INTO A THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY WHICH HAD GREATLY IMPROVED TRAFFIC FLOW.

TWO-THIRDS OF THE SQUATTER AREAS IN WONG CHUK HANG AND BAYS AREA HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE DISTRICT BOARD’S COMPREHENSIVE SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT SCHEME, UNDER WHICH FUNDS WILL BE ALLOCATED TO INSTAL STREET LIGHTS, METERED WATER SUPPLY AND TO RESURFACE FOOTPATHS.

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THE rtONG CHUK HANG AND BAYS AREA COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR KO KAM-CHEUNG, SAID THE COMMITTEE HAD BEEN ABLE TO REFLECT ITS VIEmS REGULARLY TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD BECAUSE FOUR OF ITS MEMBERS ARE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, WHILE TWO OTHERS ARE CO-OPTED MEMBERS OF THE BOARD’S COMMITTEES.

ABOUT 80 REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS ORGANISATIONS ATTENDED TONIGHT’S SEMINAR WHICH WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF VARIOUS CONSULTATIVE BODIES TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER AND TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ORGANISE ANOTHER SEMINAR WITH THE WAH FU AREA COMMITTEE EARLY NEXT MONTH FOR RESIDENTS ORGANISATIONS THERE.

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ONLY ONE I.D. CARD TO A PERSON * * *

THE PUBLIC IS REMINDED THAT IT IS THAN ONE HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD.

AGAINST THE LAW TO HOLD MORE

+UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS REGULATIONS, IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR A PERSON TO APPLY FOR, OBTAIN OR BE IN POSSESSION OF MORE THAN ONE HONG KONG I.D. CARD,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR THE OFFENCE IS A FINE OF $20 000 AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

SO FAR THIS YEAR, 10 CASES OF SUCH A BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT

NATURE HAVE BEEN

IN MOST CASES, OFFENDERS CLAIMED THAT THEY HAD EARLIER LOST THEIR I.D. CARDS AND APPLIED FOR REPLACEMENTS, BUT THE LOST CARDS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY RECOVERED. THEY THEN DECIDED TO KEEP THE RETRIEVED CARDS, THINKING THAT THEY COULD USE THEM IN CASE THEY LOST THE REPLACEMENT CARDS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS IMPROPER AS ONCE A CARD WAS REPORTED LOST, IT AUTOMATICALLY WAS INVALIDATED.

+USING AN INVALIDATED I.D. CARD CAN CAUSE A PERSON A GREAT DEAL OF INCONVENIENCE AND EMBARRASSMENT,+ HE WARNED.

+THE PROPER THING TO DO IS TO RETURN THE OLD CARD TO THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY FOR CANCELLATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+AND IF, UNFORTUNATELY. THEY LOSE THEIR REPLACEMENT CARD LATER ON, THEY WILL SIMPLY HAVE TO APPLY FOR ANOTHER ONE.+ HE ADDED.

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MORE VIEWS SOUGHT ON OPEN EDUCATION * * *

THE QUESTION OF OPEN EDUCATION IN HONG KONG IS AN IMPORTANT ONE, AND A MAJOR TOPIC TO BE COVERED BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN ITS NEXT REPORT.

BUT A COMMISSION SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THERE WAS +SCOPE FOR MORE PUBLIC COMMENT* ON OPEN EDUCATION, AND THAT THE COMMISSION HOPED FOR A +LARGER RESPONSE* THAN IT HAD RECEIVED SO FAR TO ITS CALL A MONTH AGO FOR THE PUBLIC TO COME FORWARD WITH ITS VIEWS ON HOW IT SHOULD DEVELOP IN HONG KONG.

THE PUBLIC HAS UNTIL THE END OF JULY TO MAKE KNOWN WHAT IT THINKS ABOUT THE IDEA OF OPEN EDUCATION.

OPEN EDUCATION IS ONE OF THE MAJOR TOPICS WHICH THE COMMISSION INTENDS TO COVER IN ITS SECOND REPORT, THE FIRST REPORT HAVING BEEN PRODUCED IN OCTOBER 1984.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN ITS FIRST REPORT THE COMMISSION HAD GIVEN PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATION TO OPEN EDUCATION, STATING THAT +WHILST WE ENDORSE THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION THAT AN OPEN UNIVERSITY SHOULD NOT BE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG, WE SHALL, IN THE NEXT PHASE OF OUR WORK, EXAMINE THE DEVELOPMENT OF OPEN EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS.

OPEN EDUCATION REFERS TO OPPORTUNITIES FOR BASIC OR FURTHER EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT OTHERWISE BE ELIGIBLE FOR IT.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT A PERSON MIGHT NOT NORMALLY BE ELIGIBLE BECASUE HE OR SHE WAS BEYOND THE NORMAL AGE LIMITS OR WAS INADEQUATELY QUALIFIED, BUT OPEN EDUCATION COULD OFFER SUCH A PERSON A SECOND CHANCE.

OPEN EDUCATION INCLUDES DISTANCE LEARNING BY CORRESPONDENCE COURSES, RADIO AND TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, PART-TIME ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOLS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, EXTERNAL DEGREE AND DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES OFFERED BY A UNIVERSITY, POLYTECHNIC OR RECOGNISED COLLEGE, AND FULL-TIME COURSES FOR MATURE STUDENTS.

+THE EDUCATION COMMISSION WISHES TO CONSIDER WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO EXTEND OPEN EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PUBLIC SHOULD SEND THEIR VIEWS, IN CHINESE OR ENGLISH, TO THE SECRETARY TO THE EDUCATION COMMISSION, EAST WING, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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NEED FOR GUARDING MACHINERY STRESSED * * * *

FACTORY PROPRIETORS WERE REMINDED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OF THE NEED TO GUARD THE DANGEROUS PARTS OF MACHINERY.

THE REMINDER FOLLOWED A RECENT INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT IN WHICH A WORKER’S RIGHT HAND WAS SEVERED BY A PLASTIC INJECTION MOULDING MACHINE HE WAS OPERATING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS, PROPRIETORS OF FACTORIES MUST EFFECTIVELY GUARD DANGEROUS PARTS OF EVERY PIECE OF MACHINERY AND PLANT DRIVEN BY MECHANICAL POWER.

HE SAID THE PROPRIETOR IN THE CASE WAS LATER FINED $15 000 BY A COURT AND ORDERED TO PAY A COURT CHARGE OF $5 000.

THE MAXIMUM FINE FOR THE OFFENCE IS $30 000.

FACTORY PROPRIETORS ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR ADVICE ON -ANY MATTERS CONCERNING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

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CAS OPENS NEW CADET CENTRE

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THE CIVIL AID SERVICES’ NEW CADET TRAINING CENTRE WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON.

MR JEAFFRESON FIRST UNVEILED OF A LION TO START A LION DANCE, OPENING.

A PLAQUE AND THEN DOTTED THE EYES PERFORMED BY CAS CADETS FOR.THE

SATURDAY, JULY 13, 1985

THE CAS CADET CORPS WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1968 TO IRA IN YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 18 TO BECOME GOOD CITIZENS BY DEVELOPING THEIR PERSONALITIES, PERSONAL TALENTS, PHYSICAL FITNESS, INITIATIVE AND A SENSE OF CO-OPERATION THROUGH A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES.

IT NOW HAS 24 UNITS ESTABLISHED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, WITH OVER 2 600 MEMBERS.

THE OLD CAS CENTRE AT MA TAU WAI, HAS BEEN HANDED BACK TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

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YOUTHS URGED TO TAKE UP TECHNICAL COURSES *****

SECONDARY SCHOOL-LEAVERS ARE URGED TO AVAIL THEMSELVES OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TO BECOME WELL-TRAINED TECHNICAL PERSONNEL.

+ IN FUTURE HONG KONG WILL NEED A HIGHLY-TRAI NED AND EDUCATED WORK FORCE AT ALL LEVELS TO MAINTAIN ITS COMPETITIVENESS IN A PERIOD OF UNPRECEDENTED AND RAPID TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE,+ SAID f*R HORACE KNIGHT, ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, AT THE SPEECH DAY OF THE CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE COLLEGE THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

+ONLY THE ALERT AND WELL-TRAINED WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP ABREAST CF AND GRASP THE OPPORTUNITIES PROVIDED BY NEW DEVELOPMENTS,* HE ADDED.

WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL IN 1982, PROVISION OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING HAS BEEN EXPANDING DRASTICALLY TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL MANPOWER NEEDS.

WHEN IN FULL OPERATION, THE COUNCIL’S EXISTING FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, TOGETHER WITH THREE NEW INSTITUTES SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN A COUPLE OF YEARS WILL PROVIDE 65 000 FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME PLACES IN DISCIPLINES WHICH ARE RELEVANT TO THE NEEDS CF THE ECONOMY.

OFF-THE-JOB INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN BASIC SKILLS AT ALL LEVELS ARE ALSO OFFERED AT THE KOWLOON BAY TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEX. ANOTHER COMPLEX AT KWAI CHUNG WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL THIS SEPTEMBER.

THE TWO COMPLEXES WOULD PROVIDE 9 000 TRAINING PLACES PER YEAR FOR ALMOST ALL THE MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY, MR KNIGHT SAID.

HE ALSO STRONGLY ADVISED YOUNG PEOPLE TO CONSIDER JOINING THE APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME, WHICH COMBINES EMPLOYMENT IN A TRAINING CAPACITY AND RELATED TECHNICAL EDUCATION, AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO FULL-TIME EDUCATION.

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CALIFORNIA STUDENTS TO TOUR EASTERN

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TWENTY-FIVE GRADUATES FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, WHO ARE ON A PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION STUDY TOUR, WILL VIS T EASTERN DISTRICT TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON DURING THEIR ER IEF STAY IN HONG KONG.

THE TOUR WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCES IN CITY MANAGEMENT AND OTHER URBAN MATTERS.

THEY WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG, BY ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICERS, DR SIMON VICKERS AND MR VINCENT LEUNG.

THE STUDENTS WILL TOUR THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, THE LAI TAK TSUEN AND NGAR CHOI HANG SQUATTER VILLAGES TO LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HOUSING, AND TO SEE THE IMPROVEMENTS MADE TO LIVING CONDITIONS IN HILLSIDE SQUATTERS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MR SHUM CHOI-SANG AND THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD S THREE SUB-COMMITTEES, WILL ALSO MEET THE GROUP TO DISCUSS MATTERS OF GENERAL INTERESTS.

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TEACHING TEACHERS ABOUT PUPILS’ PROBLEMS

ABOUT 600 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL ATTEND A THREE-DAY COURSE ON +UNDERSTANDI NG AND HANDLING PUPILS’ PROBLEMS IN THE CLASSROOM-*- STARTING MONDAY (JULY 15).

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THE COURSE, ORGANISED BY THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT THE SCHOOL HALL OF THE HOMANTIN GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOLmjrht htiw R3HTM0T

AIMED AT HELPING TEACHERS TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEMS OF PUPILS IN THE CLASSROOM AND TO DISCUSS VARIOUS WAYS OF HANDLING SUCH PROBLEMS IN A CLASSROOM SETTING, THE COURSE WILL ALSO PROVIDE UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES AND RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.

RESPONSE TO THE COURSE BY TEACHERS WAS VERY ENCOURAGING AS THOSE HAVING SUCH PUPILS IN THEIR CLASSES WOULD FIND THE COURSE PARTICULARLY USEFUL, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS A RESULT, THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS ACCEPTED FOR THE COURSE HAD INCREASED REMARKEDLY FROM 200 TO 600, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TALKS DURING THE THREE-DAY COURSE WILL INCLUDE STUDENT GUIDANCE SERVICE IN SCHOOLS, HOW TO HELP PUPILS WITH LEARNING PROBLEMS OR WITH BEHAVIOUR AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS, THE ROLE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES IN HELPING SCHOOL CHILDREN, AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND CLASSES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS IN HONG KONG.

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WORKSHOP HELD TO INTRODUCE SURVEY ON TREES

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ABOUT 40 TEACHERS TODAY (SATURDAY) ATTENDED A WORKSHOP AT THE VICTORIA PARK CENTRE COURT IN CONNECTION WITH A COMING SURVEY ON TREES IN THE URBAN AREAS.

THE WORKSHOP WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION.

THE AIM OF THE SURVEY IS TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON TREES THROUGH FIELD RESEARCH, TO MAINTAIN MONTHLY TREE PLANTING, FELLING AND MAINTENANCE RECORDS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF USD STAFF, AND TO ESTABLISH AND UPDATE THE TREE DATABASE THROUGH THE USE OF COMPUTERS.

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SHOWS TO BOOST RESIDENTS’ EFFORTS

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EVEN I NGV( 5uL YY14) °W ILL UUNC^THE PJoNG°TA I "s IN WESTluB-D I STR I CT which aims at encouraging residents to take part in COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND AT THE SAME TIME, PUBLICISE THE WORK OF

AREA COMMITTEES.

THERE WILL BE DANCING AND SINGING PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN ARTISTES, AND ACROBATIC AND MAGIC SHOWS.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE wONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PHILIP CHOK, POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR D.C. BUTLER, THE CHAIRMAN OF LOK FU AREA COMMITTEE, MR WONG KAN-FONG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF TUNG TAU AREA COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG SHE-YEN.

THE VARIETY SHOW IS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, AND THE AREA COMMITTEES OF TUNG TAU, LOK FU AND WANG TAU HOM.

OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE FORTNIGHT INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION, A CHILDREN’S DRAWING COMPETITION AND CROSS-WORD PUZZLE COMPETITION, AND OTHER EVENTS.

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FAIR STARTS OFF TUEN MUN SUMMER ACTIVITIES X K K

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (SATURDAY) WITH A FUN FAIR AT THE YAN Ol TOWN SQUARE.

HUNDREDS OF YOUNGSTERS THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THEMSELVES AT THE FAIR, WHICH HIGHLIGHTED THE OPENING OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN THE DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, PR SO SHIU-SHING, SAID THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME WAS PLANNED TO COINCIDE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR’S THEME OF ■►PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PEACE*.

A TOTAL OF 536 EVENTS, COSTING MORE THAN $300 000, HAS BEEN ORGANISED FOR YOUTHS IN TUEN MUN.

MR SO SAID HE HOPED THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAMME YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD HELP TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY IN THE FUTURE.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF TUEN MUN. MR CHRISTOPHER WONG, AND TH" DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR CHAN CHE-HIM, ALSO OFF’ClATED AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY.

A LEAFLET ON THE TIME-TABLE OF THE TUEN MUN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND IS AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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( OFFICE MOVING * * *

THE KWUN TONG OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE AT TUNG YAN STREET WILL MOVE TO NEW PREMISES ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, KWUN TONG EAST GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LEI YUE MUN ROAD ON MONDAY (JULY 15).

THE OFFICE WILL HANDLE LABOUR DISPUTES IN THE DISTRICT AND GIVE ADVICE ON MATTERS RELATING TO CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT IN GENERAL. ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT 3-490977.

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RECLAIMED LAND FOR HOUSING PLANNED * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A 480-METRE SEAWALL AND TO RECLAIM AN AREA OF ABOUT 10.35 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEA-BED AT KELLETT BAY, POK FU LAM.

THE RECLAIMED LAND WILL BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE AND A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME HOUSING ESTATE, COMPRISING A TOTAL OF 4 110 FLATS FOR 18 500 PEOPLE, AND RELATED FACILITIES.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORK IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE NOTICE TOGETHER WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, SHOP 25, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN, HONG KONG.

OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSAL IN WRITING AND-OR CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS BY SEPTEMBER 12.

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TENDERS CALLED FOR LIGHT REFRESHMENT SALE *****

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AT THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.

THE POOL COMPLEX IS A MAJOR AQUATIC SPORTS CENTRE FOR YUEN LONG RESIDENTS, AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

LAST YEAR, IT WAS FREQUENTED BY MORE THAN 250 000 SWIMMERS.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDER CAN START HIS BUSINESS ON SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 1987.

TENDER FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE CF THE RSD ON ROOM 201 OF THE YUEN LONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND TAI KIU MARKET, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG; OR THE ADMINISTRATION DIVISION OF THE RSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE, AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE TENDER BOX SITUATED ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE RSD HEADQUARTERS BEFORE 9 AM ON AUGUST 9 (FRIDAY). LATE TENDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE TENDER SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO TELEPHONE 0-753433, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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ROAD JUNCTION TO BE MODIFIED FOR SAFETY * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CONVERT KENG HAU ROAD IN SHA TIN INTO A CUL-DE-SAC TO ENHANCE ROAD SAFETY IN THE AREA.

FOLLOWING THE DEVELOPMENT OF TIN SUM VALLEY IN SHA TIN VEHICLUAR TRAFFIC IN KENG HAU ROAD HAD BECOME SO HEAVY THAT IT EXCEEDED THE SAFE CAPACITY OF THE ROAD.

A DECISION HAD BEEN TAKEN TO CLOSE THE JUNCTION OF KENG HAU ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD TO VEHICLEKJOA SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID.

MODIFICATION WILL BE MADE TO THE JUNCTION FOR THE CLOSURE, INCLUDING THE PROVISION OF A TURNING AREA FOR MOTOR VEHICLES, PEDESTRIAN PAVEMENTS, AMENITY RAILINGS AND A LOCKABLE BARRIER.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG, DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SHA TIN, 2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, SHA TIN AND SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORKS OR THE USE, OR BOTH, SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 10.

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ROAD CLOSED * K

THE SLIP ROAD LINKING THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF HIP WO STREET AND THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SHUN LEE TsUEN ROAD WI Lu BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT FIVE WEEKS FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 16) TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF WATER MAINS.

MOTORISTS USING HIP WO STREET NORTHBOUND AND HEADING FOR SHUN LEE AREA WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE SHUN LEE TSUEN ROAD.

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TAPS OFF * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 16) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY TAI KOO SHING ROAD, SHAU KEI WAN ROAD, TAI ON STREET, INCLUDING THE SEA FRONT.

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STREETS RE-ROUTED FOR ROAD WORKS * * * *

A NUMBER OF STREETS IN CHEUNG SHA WAN AND TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 16) FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

THEY ARE:

* CHEUNG MOU STREET BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND CHEUNG SHUN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

* MAPLE STREET BETWEEN BEDFORD ROAD AND TUNG CHAU STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

MOTORISTS GOING TO LAI CHI KOK ROAD ARE ADVISED TO USE TAI NAN WEST STREET. MOTORISTS HEADING FOR BEDFORD ROAD SHOULD USE WALNUT STREET.

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON TOUTING FOR LEGAL SERVICES * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO TOUTING FOR LEGAL SERVICES AT 3 PM.

LAUNCH A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN AGAINST WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 15)

MR TIM FRESHWATER, MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE LAW SOCIETY WILL DELIVER A SPEECH.

Al so PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE MR DENIS CHANG, Q.C.,

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LATEST LABOUR FORCE FIGURES RELEASED ........................... 1

JSEA PARTICIPANTS ALLOCATED FORM 4 PLACES ...................... 2

PUBLIC URGED TO REPORT DRUG ACTIVITIES ......................... 4

AREA GROUPS PRAISED FOR CIVIC WORK.............................. 5

HISTORIC PHOTOS BRING OLD HONG KONG BACK TO LIFE................ 6

STUDENT TEA!® ENTER FINALS ..................................... 7

YOUTHS' CREATIVE WORKS SHOWN ................................... 8

MORE HYGIENE FACILITIES FOR TAI PO ............................. 8

WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES ......................................  8

KWUN TONG LICENSING OFFICE MOVES ............................... 9

OPEN AREAS FOR MONG KOK, KWAI CHUNG ............................ 9

SALT WATER MAINS WORK .......................................... 9

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LATEST LABOUR FORCE FIGURES RELEASED * * * *

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION REMAINED STABLE IN THE QUARTER MARCH-MAY 1985 WHEN COMPARED WITH THE QUARTER ENDING FEBRUARY 1985, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH-MAY 1985 WAS 3.2 PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH THE RATE OF 3.1 PER CENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING FEBRUARY 1985. THE RATE FOR MARCH-MAY 1984 WAS 3.8 PER CENT.

WHILE THE INCREASE OF 0.1 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PREVIOUS QUARTER IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT, THE DECREASE OF 0.6 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE YEAR IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT — IT IS GREATER THAN MIGHT BE EXPECTED TO ARISE FROM SAMPLING ERROR.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE QUARTER ENDING MAY 1985 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 83 700, AS COMPARED WITH 82 100 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING FEBRUARY 1985 AND 98 300 FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH-MAY 1985 WAS ONE PER CENT, AS COMPARED WITH THE RATE OF 1.2 PER CENT FOR THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. THE RATE FOR MARCH-MAY 1984 WAS 0.9 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE OVER THE RESPECTIVE QUARTERS ARE STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT. THE ESTIMATED NUMBER CF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR THE QUARTER ENDING MAY 1985 WAS 26 700, AS COMPARED WITH 31 800 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING FEBRUARY 1985 AND 24 300 FOR MARCH-MAY 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 (THAT IS 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-MONTH PERIOD COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE WITHIN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SURVEY.

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THESE PROVIDE AN INDICATION OF THE LATEST TREND IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION. THE PROVISIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED) FOR APRIL-JUNE 1=>35 WAS 2.9 PER CENT, AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS ONE PER CENT. THE UNADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH-MAY 1985 WAS 3.1 PER CENT.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS orta i mc c CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY (GHS) CONDUCTED EY Thf^

AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. THIS SURVEY COVERS A QuJrTERL?

OF SOME 14 OOO HOUSEHOLDS OR 52 000 PERSONS SELECT?

W»UL«^oSA!NVHONGRKoS“E" THE L4NI>-B‘SE>> CIV.L.AN . ..

PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN Th-' ^USEHOLDS SAMPLED- IN THE SURVEY, THE DEFINITIONS USED IN RECOMMENDEDNBYPTHEM|LO UNDEREMPL0YMENT POl-LOW CLOSELY THOSE

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 CONVERSION WILL ONLY BE INTRODUCED IN MAY 1086 WHEN A SUFFICIENTLY LONG SERIES OF THE STATISTICS UNDER THE NEW DEFINITIONS IS AVAILABLE. USING THE NEW DEFINITIONS THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH-MAY 1985 WAS 3.1 PER CENT, AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1.3 PER CENT.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVE.. IN THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR. THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1985 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN SEPTEMBER.

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JSEA PARTICIPANTS ALLOCATED FORM 4 PLACES

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SEVENTY-THREE PER CENT OF STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM WERE ALLOCATED SUBSIDISED FORM 4 AND MIDDLE 4 PLACES THIS YEAR, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

A TOTAL OF 75 237 PUPILS ENTERED FOR THE SYSTEM THIS YEAR, HE ADDED.

AMONG THE STUDENTS, 2 020 ACCEPTED PLACES ON FULL-TIME CRAFT COURSES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRES AND ANOTHER 1 915 OPTED OUT DURING THE YEAR.

OF THE REMAINING 71 302 PARTICIPATING STUDENTS, 73 PER CENT HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED SUBSIDISED FORM 4 AND MIDDLE 4 PLACES.

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OF THE STUDENTS ALLOCATED SUBSIDISED FORM 4 AND MIDDLE 4 PLACES, MORE THAN 84.87 PER CENT HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO THEIR OWN +FEEDER+ SCHOOLS, AND 86.50 PER CENT WERE ALLOCATED TO SCHOOLS CF THEIR FIRST CHOICE (84.6 PER CENT IN 1984 AND 82.5 PER CENT IN 1983).

A TOTAL OF 97.92 PER CENT WERE ALLOCATED TO SCHOOLS WITHIN THEIR CHOICES (97.3 PER CENT IN 1984 AND 96.7 PER CENT IN 1983).

REGISTRATION OF FEEDER PUPILS (SUCH AS THOSE ‘ALLOCATED PLACES IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS) WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY (JULY 16), THE SAME DATE THE ALLOCATION RESULTS ARE RELEASED. STUDENTS ARE, THEREFORE, REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD LEAVE THEIR REGISTRATION FORMS WITH THE SCHOOL OFFICE.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED TO OTHER SCHOOLS SHOULD REPORT FOR REGISTRATION ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 17). WHEN REPORTING FOR REGISTRATION, THIS GROUP OF STUDENTS SHOULD BRING THE FOLLO.-.I

K PUPIL IDENTIFICATION FORM;

* REGISTRATION FORM;

M INDIVIDUAL RESULT SLIP;

* PUPIL’S HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD; AND

* TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZED PHOTOGRAPHS AND SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF MONEY UP TO ABOUT ONE MONTH’S SCHOOL FEE WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED BY THE SCHOOL FOR REGISTRATION PURPOSE.

PUPILS WHO HAVE ACCEPTED A PLACE OFFERED BY A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE SHOULD REPORT FOR REGISTRATION ON THURSDAY (JULY 18).

IF A PUPIL IS UNABLE TO COLLECT HIS ALLOCATION RESULT OR GO FOR REGISTRATION ON JULY 16 OR JULY 17, THE PARENT(S) SHOULD AUTHORISE, IN WRITING, A REPRESENTATIVE TO COLLECT THE RESULT OR REPORT TO THE SCHOOL FOR REGISTRATION ON HIS BEHALF. THE LETTER OF AUTHORISATION MUST HAVE BEEN ENDORSED BY THE ORIGINAL SCHOOL. IT SHOULD BE PRODUCED AT THE TIME OF COLLECTION OR REGISTRATION BY THE APPOINTED REPRESENTATIVE.

IN REGISTERING WITH A SCHOOL, A PUPIL MUST SURRENDER HIS REGISTRATION FORM TO THE SCHOOL. IN THE EVENT OF A SUBSEQUENT TRANSFER. THE PUPIL MUST RETRIEVE HIS REGISTRATION FORM FROM THE ORIGINAL SCHOOL WHICH WILL THEN CANCEL HIS REGISTRATION IN THAT SCHOOL.

+SCHOOLS MAY NOT ADMIT ANY PUPIL WITHOUT HIS REGISTRATION FORM,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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PUPILS WHO HAVE MOVED TO ANOTHER DISTRICT AND WISH TO TRANSFER TO A SCHOOL NEARER TO HIS NEW RESIDENCE AFTER ALLOCATION MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM WHICH IS AVAILABLE FROM THE SCHOOL IN WHICH HE COMPLETED HIS FORM/MIDDLE III.

THE COMPLETED FORM MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL FOR ONWARD TRANSMISSION TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY (JULY 19) BY 5 PM AT THE LATEST AND ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE.

PUPILS REALLOCATED TO OTHER SCHOOLS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY PHONE FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 22). REGISTRATION OF TRANSFERRED PUPILS WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 24).

PUPILS WHO ARE NOT ALLOCATED A SUBSIDISED FORM 4 AND MIDDLE 4 PLACE WILL BE PROVIDED WITH AN INFORMATION SHEET OUTLINING THE ALTERNATIVE OPPORTUNITIES OPEN TO THEM. THE SHEET CONTAINS ADDRESSES AND THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS FROM WHICH PUPILS MAY OBTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION INTO GOVERNMENT EVENING SECONDARY CLASSES WILL CLOSE ON THURSDAY (JULY 18). APPLICANTS MUST CALL IN PERSON AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ASIAN HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, 1 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG (TEL.: 5-295708), BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR JSEA RESULT SLIPS AND A PHOTOCOPY OF THE SLIP FOR RETENTION PURPOSE.

IN CASE OF A TYPHOON AFFECTING HONG KONG DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD, HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND PUPILS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE MEDIA FOR ANY NECESSARY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS.

ALL ENQUIRIES CONCERNING ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SECTION CF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-8919099.

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PUBLIC URGED TO REPORT DRUG ACTIVITIES

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE URGED BY THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY OF NARCOTICS DIVISION, MR ISAAC CHOW, TO REPORT DRUGPEDDLING ACTIVITIES.

MAKING THE APPEAL AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ANTI-DRUG BEACH CONCERT AT REPULSE BAY, HE NOTED THAT THIS YEAR’S PUBLICITY WAS AIMED AT PARENTS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO REPORT DRUG-PEDDLERS SO AS TO MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO OPERATE.

THE CONCERT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, AND SPONSORED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD.

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MR CHOW SAID THAT IT WAS HOPED THAT, THROUGH THE BEACH CONCEPT, ANTI-DRUG MESSAGES COULD BE DISSEMINATED TO THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY THOSE AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 24 WHO ARE MOST AT RISK OF BEING LURED INTO TAKING DRUGS OR TRAFFICKING IN DRUGS.

FOLLOWING THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT, DISTRICT ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGNS WILL BE LAUNCHED IN KOWLOON CITY, SHA TIN AND KWAI CHUNG LATER THIS YEAR.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ANNUAL ANTI-DRUG DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS ARE NOT ONLY TO CREATE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE DRUG MENACE, BUT ALSO TO HELP PREPARE, YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD MEANINGFUL LIVES FREE FROM THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS.

TODAY’S CONCERT, BROADCAST LIVE ON RTHK’S RADIO 2, ATTRACTED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BEACH-GOERS.

ALSO PRESENT WERE MR LAM KWOK-KWONG, CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, MR EDDY CHAN, DISTRICT OFFICER (SOUTHERN) AND M? CHU PUI-HING, HEAD OF CHINESE PROGRAMME SERVICE, RTHK.

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AREA GROUPS PRAISED FOR CIVIC WORK X X X X X

AREA COMMITTEES IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT WERE PRAISED TONIGHT (SUNDAY) FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN MEETING THE INTERESTS AND NEEDS OF THE DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE WONG TAI SIN WEST SUB-DISTRICT FORTNIGHT. WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER MR PHILIP CHOK, SAID THE AREA COMMITTEES, BEING AN EFFECTIVE CONSULTATION CHANNEL BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, HAVE MADE VALUABLE SUGGESTIONS ON MANY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES.

+A NUMBER OF DISTRICT POLICIES AND PLANS, SUCH AS THE PUBLIC HOUSING ALLOCATION POLICY AND THE KMB ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, WERE DRAWN UP AFTER CONSULTATION WITH RESIDENTS THROUGH THE AREA COMMITTEES,* MR CHOK SAID.

THE WEST SUB-DISTRICT FORTNIGHT OPENING CEREMONY AND VARIETY SHOW HELD AT THE MORSE PARK OPEN-AIR THEATRE, ATTRACTED MORE THAN 4 000 PEOPLE THIS EVENING. THE THREE-HOUR SHOW PROVIDED SPECTATOR^ WITH AN EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT WITH SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES BY WELL KNOWN ARTISTES.

+WE HOPE TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE AFFAIRS AND, AT THE SAME TIME, HELP THEM UNDERSTAND WORK OF AREA COMMITTEES,* MR CHOK SAID.

IN COMMUNITY MORE ABOUT THE

THE FORTNIGHT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE AREA COMMITTEES OF TUNG TAU, LOK FU AND WANG TAU HO.i.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE COMPETITIONS FOR CHILDREN AND EXHIBITIONS TO BE HELD IN LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE ON JULY 27 AND 28, AND IN LOK SIN TONG WONG CHUNG MING SECONDARY SCHOOL ON JULY 29 AND 30.

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HISTORIC PHOTOS BRING OLD HONG KONG BACK TO LIFE * * * * *

TWO ALBUMS OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS OF OLD HONG KONG HAVE BEEN DONATED TO THE URBAN COUNCIL’S MUSEUM OF HISTORY.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS COMPRISE A REMARKABLE AND VALUABLE ADDITION TO THE TERRITORY’S PICTORIAL RECORDS OF THE LAST TWO DECADES OF THE 19TH CENTURY AND THE FIRST YEARS OF THE 2DTH.

THE ALBUMS CONTAIN 87 PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY ROBERT KENNAWAY LEIGH, ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL FIRM OF LEIGH AND ORANGE. MR LEIGH CAME TO HONG KONG AS A YOUNG MAN OF 27 IN 1879 AND WORKED INITIALLY IN THE SURVEYOR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT.

DURING THE 25 YEARS HE SPENT IN HONG KONG HE PHOTOGRAPHED MANY OF THE BUILDINGS ON WHICH HE WORKED, AS WELL AS A VARIETY OF MORE GENERAL SCENES.

MR LEIGH RETURNED TO ENGLAND IN 1904 AND DIED AGED 73 IN 1927. THE DONOR OF THE TWO ALBUMS IS HIS DAUGHTER ROSE LEIGH, LATER MRS CLAUD LUTTRELL. NOW AGED 91, SHE IS LIVING IN SOMERSET IN SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND.

A NEIGHBOUR OF MRS LUTTRELL IS LADY GASS, THE WIDOW OF SIR MICHAEL GASS, THE FORMER COLONIAL SECRETARY OF HONG KONG (1965-69). LADY GASS, WHO TOOK A KEEN INTEREST IN THE TWO ALBUMS WHEN SHE LEARNED ABOUT THEM, SUGGESTED TO MRS LUTTRELL THAT SHE MIGHT CONSIDER SENDING THE ALBUMS BACK TO HONG KONG TO FORM PART OF THE PERMANENT PICTORIAL ARCHIVES. RRS LUTTRELL RESPONDED BY MAKING THIS GENEROUS DONATION.

SHE HERSELF LEFT HONG KONG AT THE AGE OF 12, BUT SHE INDICATED IN A RECENT LETTER TO LEIGH AND ORANGE THAT SHE STILL HAS VIVID MEMORIES OF LIFE IN HONG KONG AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, WHEN SHE RESIDED IN THE HOUSE THAT HER FATHER BUILT ON THE PEAK, +LEIGH TOR+.

DURING THE FOUR YEARS WHEN ROBERT KENNAWAY LEIGH WORKED FOR THE GOVERNMENT (1879-1882) HE BECAME SUPERINTENDENT OF THE EXTENSIVE CONSTRUCTION SCHEME OF TAI TAM RESERVOIR.

AS A PARTNER IN LEIGH AND ORANGE HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KOWLOON GODOWN AND THE ADMIRALTY DOCK IN KOWLOON.

HIS NAME IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH SOME OF THE GREAT BUILDINGS IN CENTRAL WHICH WERE LANDMARKS OF OLD HONG KONG FOR SEVERAL DECADES -- LIKE QUEEN’S BUILDING, PRINCE’S BUILDING AND ST GEORGE’S BUILDING.

PARTICULARLY INTERESTING AND VALUABLE AS PART OF THE HISTORICAL RECORD ARE THE PICTURES HE TOOK SHOWING VARIOUS STAGES OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF TAI TAM RESERVOIR, THE OLD ADMIRALTY DOCK AND THE TAI KOO SUGAR REFINERY.

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STUDENT TEAMS ENTER FINALS

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NINETEEN WINNING TEAMS HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO THE FINALS OF THE INTER-DISTRICT STUDENT TEAM CHAMPION AWARD COMPETITION.

THE COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF •85 YOUTH FESTIVAL TO COINCIDE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR ( IYY).

A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE CNTA, MRS FANNY LAW EXPLAINED TODAY THAT THE COMPETITION WAS AIMED AT SELECTING THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT TEAM WITH APTITUDE FOR LEADERSHIP, ORGANISING ABILITY, CREATIVITY, SOCIAL KNOWLEDGE, VITALITY AND TEAM WORK.

THE SECOND ROUND OF THE COMPETITION CONSISTS OF THREE PARTS — A SOCIAL PROJECT, A STAGE PERFORMANCE AND A QUIZ CONTEST.

EACH TEAM OF ABOUT 15 STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT A SOCIAL PROJECT IN 5 OOO WORDS ON A STUDY, IN ENGLISH OR CHINESE, ABOUT THEIR OWN DISTR ICT.

THE STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO FOCUS ON THE PROBLEMS AND NEEDS CF THE DISTRICT AND TO MAKE CONSTRUCTIVE SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMci.T AND DEVELOPMENT.

♦THROUGH INVOLVEMENT IN SOCIAL PROJECTS, IT IS HOPED THAT THE STUDENTS CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR DISTRICT AND FULFIL PART OF THE IYY THEME OF PARTICIPATION AND DEVELOPMENT,* MRS LAW SAID.

THE STAGE PERFORMANCE AND QUIZ CONTEST WILL BE HELD LATER TH I SUMMER AND THE FINALS WILL BE FEATURED IN AN HOUR-LONG TV PROGRAMM

THE 19 TEAMS PROMOTED TO THE FINALS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FROM ABOUT 100 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

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HONG KONG CHAN WAI CHOW MEMORIAL COLLEGE; ST LOUIS SCHOOL; PRECIOUS BLOOD GIRL’S MIDDLE SCHOOL; ST PETER’S ANGLO-CHINESE SECONDARY SCHOOL; CHRISTIAN FAITH COLLEGE, KOWLOON CITY; MING KEI COLLEGE; NEWMAN COLLEGE; LEUNG SHEK CHEE COLLEGE; HO LAP COLLEGE; CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL; NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK TAI PO DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL; KEI SAN SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL; PO LEUNG KUK LEE SHING PIK COLLEGE; ST SIMON LUI MING CHOI SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL; NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK SOUTHERN DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL; KIANGSU CHEKIANG COLLEGE, SHA TIN; CHING YIH GIRLS’ MIDDLE SCHOOL SHUE TAK COLLEGE; SUNG TSUN MIDDLE SCHOOL, SAI KUNG.

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YOUTHS’ CREATIVE WORKS SHOWN

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CREATIVE WORKS OF SHAM SHU I PO YOUNGSTERS DREW THE ATTENTION TODAY (SUNDAY) OF THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM BARNES WHO WAS ATTENDING THE OPENING OF THE 1985 SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE ITEMS. MADE FROM A VARIETY OF MATERIALS, INCLUDING BUTTONS. POPSICLE STICKS, WALLPAPER AND CLOTH, WERE THE WORKS 300 CHILDREN WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN A CREATIVE TALENT CONTEST THE THEME, +BEAUTIFUL SHAM SHU I P0+.

ON

FIFTEEN WINNING TEAMS SELECTED FROM EACH OF TWO AGE GROUPS IN THE CONTEST, WERE LATER PRESENTED WITH SOUVENIRS BY MR BARNES.

PRESENT TO GREET MR BARNES AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND AND TO SHOW HIM AROUND WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROGRAMME’S SUB-COMMITTEE, MR LIU CHI-KEUNG, THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICER, NR TSE TAK-KAN, AND THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, NR CHENG PO-HONG.

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MORE HYGIENE FACILITIES FOR TAI PO

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROVIDE MORE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE FACILITIES IN TAI PO THIS YEAR.

A TOTAL OF $380 000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FOR THE WORK.

+AMONG THE NEW PROJECTS ARE THE CONSTRUCTION OF REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AT WAI TAU AND KAU LUNG HANG, THE PROVISION OF WATER SUPPLY TO 11 AQUA PRIVIES AND ENCLOSURES TO FIVE REFUSE BIN SITES,+ AN RSD SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦IN ADDITION, IMPROVEMENT WORK IS TO BE CARRIED OUT AT AN AQUA PRIVY AT TAI MEI TUK AND REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS BY THE SIDE OF LUK HEUNG PRIMARY SCHOOL AND WAN TAU TONG.+

THE DEPARTMENT PLANS TO BUILD TWO REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS, ONE EACH AT TAI HANG AND NAM WAH PO, IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES

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VEHICLES ON GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO O’BRIEN ROAD FOR FOOTBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION WORK FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 17) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD, FENWICK STREET AND JAFFE ROAD.

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KWUN TONG LICENSING OFFICE MOVES * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S KWUN TONG LICENSING OFFICE WILL OPERATE FROM ITS NEW OFFICES AT FIFTH FLOOR, KOWLOON EAST z GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 12 LEI YUE MUN ROAD FROM 2 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY).

ALSO FROM TOMORROW, WORKING HOURS AT ALL LICENSING OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE REVISED AS 9 AM TO 4 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND 9 AM TO 11.30 AM ON SATURDAYS.

THE KWUN TONG LICENSING OFFICE HANDLES ALL DRIVER AND VEHICLE LICENCE APPLICATIONS EXCEPT FIRST REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES AND APPOINTMENTS FOR DRIVING TESTS.

THE ENQUIRY TELEPHONE IS 3-7754950.

MEANWHILE, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT POSTAL APPLICATIONS FOR VEHICLE AND DRIVER LICENSING DOCUMENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE SENT TO BOX 69511, KWUN TONG POST OFFICE.

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OPEN AREAS FOR MONG KOK, KWAI CHUNG

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THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO CONSTRUCT A SITTING-OUT AREA IN MONG KOK AND AN OPEN SPACE IN KWAI CHUNG TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONmL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE TWO DISTRICTS.

THE MONG KOK SITE, COVERING ABOUT 700 SQUARE METRES, IS AT THE JUNCTION OF NATHAN ROAD AND BOUNDARY STREET.

IT WILL INCLUDE A PARTLY ENCLOSED CASCADE FOUNTAIN, A PAVILION, SITTING-OUT SPACES, A LANDSCAPED +TAI CHI+ LAWN, PAVED OPEN SPACE AND A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA.

THE OTHER SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 4 500 SQUARE METRES, IS AT HANG PING STREET AND WILL INCLUDE A MINI-SOCCER PITCH, CHILDREN S PLAYGROUND WITH PLAY EQUIPMENT, OPEN SPACE FOR LEISURE WALKING AND TOILET FACILITIES.

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS THE PROJECTS WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO COMMENCE COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

INVITING TENDERS FOR IN SEPTEMBER AND BE

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SALT WATER MAINS WORK * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO 13 AREAS IN KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 17) TO 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 19) FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE AREAS TO BE AFFECTED WILL INCLUDE HUNG HOM, TO KWA wAN, KOWLOON CITY, KAI TAK, LOK FU, KOWLOON TONG, WANG TAU HOM, WONG TAI SIN, TUNG TAU ESTATE, FUNG WONG VILLAGE, HAMMER HILL, TSZ WAN SHAN AND DIAMOND HILL.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

MONDAY, JULY 15, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JANUARY-MAY EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED .............. 1

MARCH NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES PUBLISHED ........................ 9

GOVT HELPS IN ANTI-TOUTING DRIVE............................. 13

SHA TIN BOARD TO ASK ABOUT RIVER POLLUTION CONTROL .......... 15

BRIEFING SESSION FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ................. 16

MORE LAND TO BE FORMED ...................................... 16

DISPLAY ON SCHOOL CUSS LIBRARIES ............................ 17

CAMP FUN FOR FISHERFOLK CHILDREN ............................ 17

TUNNEL EXIT ROAD WORK........................................ 18

TRAFFIC CHANGE............................................... 18

WATER WORK................................................... 18

WATTS STORAGE FIGURES ....................................... 19

SPORTS PLAN FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT ........................... 19

MONDAY, JULY 15, 1985

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JANUARY-MAY EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED *****

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY-MAY 1985, VALUED AT $186 767 MILLION, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 12 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY TWO PER CENT TO $49 452 MILLION, BUT RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 45 PER CENT TO $44 301 MILLION AND IMPORTS BY EIGHT PER CENT TO $93 014 MILLION.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS

COMPARING THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A. DECREASED BY FIVE PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $754 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $492 MILLION CR 26 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $448 MILLION OR FIVE PER CENT), WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $85 MILLION CR SEVEN PER CENT), AND POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $30 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO CHINA INCREASED RAPIDLY IN VALUE, PARTICULARLY OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $814 MILLION OR 1 186 PER CENT), TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $679 MILLION OR 131 PER CENT), AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $341 MILLION OR 171 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $117 MILLION CR 13 PER CENT) AND FEEDING STUFF FOR ANIMALS (BY $24 MILLION OR 63 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $223 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $103 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $85 MILLION OR 83 PER CENT).

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DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $509 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT) AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $111 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING TO JAPAN ALSO FELL (BY $104 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY OF METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $46 MILLION OR 146 PER CENT) AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $32 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT) AND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN CF TEXTILES (BY $12 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT).

IMPORTS

DEMAND FOR GOODS IMPORTED FROM JAPAN INCREASED IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 1985 COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1 284 MILLION OR 70 PER CENT), ROAD VEHICLES (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $987 MILLION OR 78 PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $706 MILLION OR 97 PER CENT), MACHINERY SPECIALISED FOR PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES (BY $311 MILLION OR 63 PER CENT) AND POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $138 MILLION OR 125 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $475 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT) AND MANUFACTURES OF METAL (BY $153 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM CHINA, LARGE DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $1 195 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT) AND MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS (BY $207 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT). HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $218 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT) AND TRAVEL GOODS, HAND BAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS (BY $193 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S.A. WERE MOSTLY OF TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD AND AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY $461 MILLION OR 79 PER CENT) AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $423 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $156 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT), OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $124 MILLION CR 12 PER CENT) AND INORGANIC CHEMICALS (BY $88 MILLION OR 139 PER CENT).

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MEANWHILE. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN CF TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $613 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT) AND IN IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $284 MILLION OR 220 PER CENT). HOWEVER, IMPORTS OF IRON AND STEEL FROM TAIWAN DECREASED (BY $36 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT), AS DID IMPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FROM SINGAPORE (BY $93 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS

BELGIUM AND

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN ^-EXPORTS TO CHINA (BY $12 467 MILLION OR 151 PER CENT), U.S.A. (BY $939 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT), JAPAN (BY $434 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), MACAU (BY $228 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), ITALY (BY $115 MILLION OR 116 PER CENT). FRANCE (BY $81 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT), BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG (BY $65 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT) AND THE PHILIPPINES (BY $61 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS TO INDONESIA (BY 18 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (BY $281 MILLION OR

HAND, DECREASES $283 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT).

KONG EXHIBITED

MOST COMMODITIES RE-EXPORTED THROUGH HONG STRONG GROWTH THE MORE SIGNIFICANT ONES BEING TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $2 476 MILLION OR 207 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1 428 MILLION OR 47 PER CENTj, OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $1 405 MILLION OR 182 PER CENT) AND TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS (BY $1 400 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT).

DECREASES WERE REGISTERED IN RE-EXPORTS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $137 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT), FERTILIZERS MANUFACTURED (BY $76 MILLION OR 95 PER CENT) AND FEEDING STUFF FOR ANIMALS (NOT INCLUDING UNMILLED CEREALS) (BY $60 MILLION OR 62 PER CENT).

(RELEVANT TABLES ARE SET OUT BELOW)

THE MAY 1985 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY* WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER TH1SAMONTH Al JHE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $5 PER COPY. A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE*, WITH A DETAILED ANALYS S OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN MAY 1985 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY AUGUST 1985 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $13 PER COPY.

/enquiries concerning

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FNOUIRIES CONCERNING SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE mocrTrn Tn THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE

Eni? ISng (TEL NO 1 5-214375). ENQUIRIES CONCERNING TRADE* STAT%T?CS mIy BE DIRECTED TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. : 5-444436).

FOLLOWING ARE THE TABLES:

TABLE 1 : DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN.-MAY 1985 ($ MN) JAN.-MAY 1984 ($ MN) INCREASE(+)/ DECREASE(-) ($ MIO PERCENTAGE CHANGE (%)

U.S.A. 21 031 22 179 - 1 148 - 5

CHINA 6 722 3 652 + 3 071 + 84

U.K. 3 187 3 730 - 543 - 15

F.R. OF GERMANY 2 915 3 619 704 - 19

JAPAN 1 698 1 858 160 - 9

CANADA 1 505 1 605 100 - 6

AUSTRALIA 1 304 1 413 109 - 8

SINGAPORE 934 1 089 - 155 - 14

NETHERLANDS 809 889 80 - 9

FRANCE 658 714 57 - 8

TABLE 2 : DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMOD1TY DIVISION JAN.-MAY 1985 (S MhQ JAN.-MAY 1984 ($ MN) INCREASE(+)/ DECREASE(-) ($ MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE _(%) _

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 16 144 16 671 - 526 - 3

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MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS, JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND

PLASTIC ARTICLES) 7 446 7 346 + 100 + 1

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY HOUSEHOLD TYPE APPLIANCES AND SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS) 4 348 4 423 75 - 2

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 3 853 3 771 + 82 + 2

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPROCUD I NG APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 3 705 3 927 * 222 - 6

OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT 3 198 3 222 * 24 - 1

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TABLE 3 • IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SOURCES

MAJOR SOURCE JAN.-MAY 1985 ($ MN) JAN.-MAY 1984 (S MN) INCREASE(+)/ DECREASE(-) (S MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE (%)

JAPAN 23 067 19 941 + 3 126 + 16

CHINA U.S.A. 21 166 9 184 21 957 9 362 - 790 - 178 * 4 - 2

TAIWAN 8 847 6 380 + 2 467 + 39

SINGAPORE 4 843 4 600 + 244 + 5

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 3 807 2 736 + 1 070 + 39

U.K. F.R. OF GERMANY 3 281 2 636 3 566 2 007 285 + 629 - 8 ♦ 31

ITALY 1 370 1 141 + 228 + 20

FRANCE 1 309 1 220 + 89 ♦ 7

TABLE 4 I IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY SECTION

COMMOD1TY SECTION MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT equipment JAN.-MAY 1985 ($ MN) JAN.-MAY 1984 ($ MN) INCREASE(+)/ DECREASE(-) (« MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE _W

27 283 21 017 + 6 266 + 30

manufactured

GOODS CLASS IFIED CHIEFLY BY

MATER 1 AL

(MAINLY TEXTILE PRODUCTS, DIAMONDS,

IRON AND STEEL, AND PAPER) 24 810 25 725 - 915 - 4

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MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES AND CLOCKS, ARTICLES OF APPAREL) 16 516 14 739 + 1 776 + 12

FOOD AND LIVE ANIMALS CHIEFLY FOR FOOD 7 581 7 981 400 - 5

CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS 6 097 6 012 + 85 + 1

MINERAL FUELS, LUBRICANTS AND RELATED MATERIALS 4 502 4 677 175 - 4

TABLE 5 1 RE" EXPORTS BY TEN MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN.-MAY 1985 (S MN) JAN.-MAY 1984 ($ MN) INCREASE(+)/ decrease(-) (3 MN) PERCENTAGE CHANGE (%)

•• ••

CHINA 20 747 8 280 +12 467 + 151

U.S.A. 5 549 4 609 + 939 + 20

JAPAN 2 271 1 836 + 434 + 24

TAIWAN 1 881 2 009 128 — 6

SINGAPORE 1 638 1 919 281 - 15

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1 455 1 414 41 + 3

INDONESIA 1 321 1 604 283 - 18

MACAU 1 180 952 + 228 + 24

PHILIPPINES 586 525 61 + 12

SAUDI ARABIA 546 525 + 21 + 4

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TABLE 6 : RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION PERCENTAGE CHANGE (%)

COMMODITY DIVISION JAN.-MAY 1985 ($ MN) JAN.-MAY 1984 ($ MN) INCREASED) ($ MN)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 6 047 4 647 + 1 400 + 30

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES 4 492 3 064 + 1 428 + 47

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 3 670 1 194 + 2 476 +207

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 2 835 2 537 + 298 + 12

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES 2 582 1 639 + 943 + 58

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2 258 1 914 + 344 + 18

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MARCH NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES PUBLISHED X X X X *

THE OVERALL NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR MARCH 1985, AT 124.9, INCREASED BY 6.9 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1984 AND BY 3.1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1984, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE MARCH 1985 AND MARCH 1984 INDEXES SHOWS THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 6.8 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 5.8 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 10.5 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 8.2 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 6.3 PER CENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE MARCH 1985 AND DECEMBER 1984 INDEXES SHOWS THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 3.1 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 2.6 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 4.4 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 4.1 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 3.3 PER CENT.

THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD MARCH 1984 TO MARCH 1985 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 1. DETAILED BREAKDOWNS FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 2.

THE OVERALL REAL WAGE INDEX, AT 99.3 IN MARCH 1985, WAS 2.7 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN MARCH 1984 AND 1.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN DECEMBER 1984.

FROM MARCH 1984 TO MARCH 1985, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 2.6 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALERETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 1.6 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 6.0 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 3.9 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 2.1 PER CENT.

COMPARING MARCH 1985 WITH DECEMBER 1984, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 1.4 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 1.0 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 2.6 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 2.5 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 1.5 PER CENT.

THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD MARCH 1984 TO MARCH 1985 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 3.

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THESE NOMINAL AND REAL WAGE INDEXES ARE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONDUCTED EACH QUARTER BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT COVERING BOTH MANUAL AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS (EXCLUDING WORKERS AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL LEVELS) IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR, THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR AND THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR.

SUCH INDEXES MEASURE CHANGES IN WAGE RATES BY HOLDING THE STRUCTURAL PATTERN OF THE LABOUR FORCE WITH RESPECT TO INDUSTRY, OCCUPATION, SEX AND MODE OF PAYMENT THE SAME AS THAT OF MARCH 1982, WHICH IS THE BASE PERIOD OF THE WAGE INDEXES.

WHILE THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX MEASURES CHANGES IN WAGE RATES IN MONEY TERMS, THE REAL WAGE INDEX, WHICH IS OBTAINED BY DEFLATING THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A), MEASURES CHANGES IN THE PURCHASING POWER OF WAGES (ALTHOUGH THE SAME DEFLATOR IS USED FOR EACH INDUSTRY TO DERIVE THE REAL WAGE INDEX FROM ITS NOMINAL COUNTERPART, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MOVEMENTS OF THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX AND THE REAL WAGE INDEX BETWEEN ANY TWO TIME PERIODS MAY VARY SLIGHTLY FROM INDUSTRY TO INDUSTRY DUE TO ROUNDING).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT DREW ATTENTION TO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WAGE INDEXES AND THE INDEXES CF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED WHICH ARE ALSO PUBLISHED AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE WAGE RATES PROVIDE A MEASURE OF THE UNIT PRICE OF LABOUR, PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS A MEASURE OF PER CAPITA EARNINGS.

WAGE RATES REPRESENT THE AMOUNT OF REMUNERATION FOR NORMAL HOURS OF WORK, AND ARE DEFINED TO INCLUDE BASIC WAGES AND SALARIES, COST-OF-LIVING ALLOWANCE, MEAL BENEFITS, COMMISSION AND TIPS, GOOD ATTENDANCE BONUS AND NIGHT SHIFT ALLOWANCE.

IN ADDITION, YEAR-END BONUS AND OTHER GUARANTEED AND REGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES THAT ARE PAID LESS FREQUENTLY THAN MONTHLY, ARE CONVERTED TO AN EQUIVALENT MONTHLY RATE WHEN COMPILING THE WAGE RATE INDEXES.

TOTAL PAYROLL, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS THE AMOUNT OF DIRECT CASH PAYMENTS THAT EMPLOYEES RECEIVE FROM EMPLOYERS. APART FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED CASH RECEIPTS, IT ALSO INCLUDES OVERTIME PAY AND OTHER NON-GUARANTEED AND IRREGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES.

HENCE, STATISTICS ON PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED TEND TO BE SENSITIVE TO CHANGES IN THE NUMBER OF HOURS ACTUALLY WORKED, THE TIMING OF THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES AND BACK-PAY, AND THE COMPOSITION CF THE LABOUR FORCE.

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AS A RESULT, MOVEMENTS IN WAGE RATES WITH THOSE IN PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED.

DO NOT NECESSARILY CONFORM

THE REPORT OF WAGES, VOL. I, MARCH 1985

THE SURVEY FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS STATISTICS ,

WHICH WILL BE ON SALE SHORTLY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

CENTRE.

THE VOL. II ISSUE OF THE REPORT CONTAINING DETAILED OCCUPATIONAL STATISTICS, SUCH AS WAGE RATES, NUMBER OF NORMAL HOURS OF WORK AND NUMBER OF STANDARD WORKING DAYS IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN EARLY AUGUST 1985.

FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE WAGE INDEXES, PLEASE CONTACT THE WAGES AND LABOUR COSTS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NOS. 5-455774 OR 5-416062.

TABLE 1 : NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS INDEXES (MARCH 1982 - 100)

MAR. 1984 JUN. 1984 SEPT 1984 DEC. 1984 MAR. 1985

MANUFACTURING 116.7 118.9 120.3 120.8 124.6

WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 113.6 113.8 115.6 117.1 120.2

TRANSPORT SERVICES 125.3 129.7 132.6 132.6 138.4

BUSINESS SERVICES 116.5 120.3 120.4 121.1 126.1

PERSONAL SERVICES 113.4 116.1 116.1 116.8 120.6

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 116.8 118.8 120.4 121.1 124.9

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TAELE 2 : NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR

INDUSTRY INDEXES (MARCH 1982 - 100)

MAR. 1984 JUN. 1984 SEPT 1984 DEC. 1984 MAR. 1985

GARMENTS 113.0 114.7 115.4 116.5 119.5

GLOVES 117.6 124.7 130.2 131.1 133.9

HANDBAGS 112.9 114.6 115.6 116.3 119.0

COTTON SPI NN ING/WEAVI NG 118.9 120.0 120.3 120.5 125.5

KNITTING 120.1 123.4 123.7 124.0 126.7

ELEACHING AND DYEING 117.1 119.8 121.2 121.8 126.3

PR INTING 115.7 122.0 123.4 123.5 126.1

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 118.5 121.3 123.3 122.9 125.6

rtTAL PRODUCTS 118.9 120.1 121.1 123.3 125.3

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 126.1 127.8 129.4 128.2 135.3

ELECTRONICS 119.9 120.9 123.9 124.1 127.6

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 121.2 123.5 124.6 124.6 130.2

MANUFACTURING 116.7 118.9 120.3 120.8 124.6

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TABLE 3 : REAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS INDEXES (MARCH : 1982 - 100)

MAR. 1984 JUN. 1984 SEPT 1984 DEC. 1984 MAR. 1985

MANUFACTURING 96.6 96.8 97.1 97.7 99.1

WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 94.0 92.6 93.3 94.6 95.5

TRANSPORT SERVICES 103.8 105.6 107.0 107.2 110. 3

BUSINESS SERVICES . 96.5 98.0 97.2 97.9 100.3

PERSONAL SERVICES 93.9 94.5 93.7 94.5 95.9

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 96.7 96.7 97.2 97.9 99.3

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GOVT HELPS IN ANTI-TOUTING DRIVE

*****

THE GOVERNMENT IS LAUNCHING A PUBLICIJY CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT CF THE LEGAL PROFESSION’S EFFORTS TO COMBAT THE PRACTICE OF TOUTING FOR LEGAL BUSINESS.

ANNOUNCING THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (MONDAY), FRESHWATER, MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE LAW SOCIETY SAID, LEGAL PROFESSION EXISTS TO SERVE THE PUBLIC AS A WHOLE AND IS ABLE TO SEEK HELP FROM A SOL IC I TOR.+

MR TIM

♦ THE

EVERYBODY

+WE WISH TO MAKE IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THAT THERE IS NO NEED TO APPROACH A SOLICITOR THROUGH ANY CLERK OR MIDDLEMAN- YOU CAN AND SHOULD APPROACH HIM DIRECT,+ HE SAID.

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THE PRACTICE OF TOUTING OCCURS IN MANY FORMS. A TYPICAL EXAMPLE IS WHERE PEOPLE KNOWN AS +RUNNERS+ ARE PLACED IN DISTRICT COURTS AND MAGISTRACIES. THEY APPROACH DEFENDANTS WHO DO NOT APPEAR TO HAVE LEGAL REPRESENTATION, AND INTRODUCE THEM TO A TOUT WHO THEN INTRODUCES THEM TO A SOLICITOR’S CLERK.

A TOUT IS NOT LEGALLY QUALIFIED AND IS NOT EMPLOYED BY A LAW FIRM. HE ASKS FOR A FEE, KEEPS PART OF IT, AND PASSES THE BALANCE ON TO THE CLERK. THE CLERK WILL TAKE STATEMENTS AND ARRANGE MEETINGS. AND THEN INTRODUCE THE DEFENDANT TO A SOLICITOR OR BARRISTER, OFTEN NOT UNTIL THE MORNING OF THE COURT HEARING. THE CLERK USUALLY RECEIVES A COMMISSION FOR HIS WORK AS WELL, AND THE ULTIMATE RESULT IS THAT THE DEFENDANT PAYS FAR TOO MUCH FOR THE LEGAL SERVICE HE RECEIVES, AND MAY ALSO RECEIVE LESSER QUALITY REPRESENTATION THAN HE OUGHT.

ELABORATING ON THE STEPS TAKEN BY THE LEGAL PROFESSION TO COMBAT TOUTING, MR TIM FRESHWATER SAID THAT THE SOCIETY HAD ENLISTED THE HELP OF THE ICAC IN CERTAIN AREAS.

♦ IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE POLICE AND THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WE HAVE DEVISED A SYSTEM WHEREBY ACCESS TO DETAINED PERSONS BY UNQUALIFIED CLERKS IS CONTROLLED.+

+HENCEFORWARD, THE NUMBER OF CLERKS AFFILIATED TO SOLICITORS’ FIRMS WILL BE LIMITEDj EACH CLERK WILL BE PERMITTED TO BE AFFILIATED WITH ONLY ONE FIRM. A LIST OF THE AFFILIATED CLERKS WILL BE HELD BY THE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE POLICE, AND ACCESS TO DETAINED PERSONS WILL BE ALLOWED ONLY TO THOSE CLERKS CARRYING A LETTER NAMING THE DETAINED PERSON CONCERNED AND SIGNED BY A SOLICITOR OF THE RELEVANT FIRM,+ MR FRESHWATER SAID.

ACTING SOLICITOR GENERAL, MR W.R. MARSHALL ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE REPORTS THE GOVERNMENT RECEIVED OF THE ACTIVITIES OF TOUTS.

+WHILE THE INSTITUTION OF MIDDLEMEN BETWEEN THE CHINESE SPEAKING COMMUNITY AND THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COURTS HAS HAD A RESPECTED PLACE IN OUR SOCIETY, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF UNSCRUPULOUS TOUTS WHO HAVE BETRAYED THIS TRADITION, TAKING PEOPLE’S MONEY ON TOE PRETEXT THAT THEY WILL ASSIST THEM TO OBTAIN THE BEST LEGAL ADV ICE,+ MR MARSHALL COMMENTED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT TO A LARGE DEGREE THESE TOUTS SUCCEED BECAUSE OF THE IGNORANCE OF MANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC OF THEIR RIGHT TO DIRECT ACCESS TO LAWYERS, AND THEIR RIGHT TO LEGAL AID.

♦IT IS TO COMBAT THIS IGNORANCE THAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS DESIGNED,* HE ADDED.

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THE CAMPAIGN IS TO INFORM THEM OF HOW THEY PROPER CHANNELS.

WARN PEOPLE AGAINST THE USE OF TOUTS AND CAN OBTAIN LEGAL SERVICES THROUGH THE

THE MESSAGE +NEVER

PAY A TOUT; GO DIRECT TO A SOLICITOR* WILL BE CONVEYED THROUGH TELEVISION SLIDES AND RADIO ANNOUNCEMENTS. POSTERS AND COPIES OF A LEAFLET EXPLAINING IN DETAIL HOW TO APPLY FOR LEGAL SERVICES WILL BE DISPLAYED AND MADE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT LOCATIONS WHERE TOUTING ACTIVITIES ARE COMMON.

THE CAMPAIGN HAS THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION, MR DENIS CHANG, Q.C., WHO SAID, + AN INFORMED PUBLIC IS THE BEST DEFENCE AGAINST UNDESIRABLE PRACTICES, AND ALL OF US HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN KEEPING THE PUBLIC ADEQUATELY INFORMED.+


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SHA TIN BOARD TO ASK ABOUT RIVER POLLUTION CONTROL * * * *

A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS, INCLUDING ONE ON THE GOVERNMENT’S LONG TERM PLAN TO CONTROL POLLUTION IN THE SHING MUN RIVER, WILL BE RAISED AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

OTHER QUESTIONS DEAL WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S PRESENT POLICY REGARDING THE SIU WO COURT YOUTH CENTRE AND A DECISION TO CLOSE ALL ACCESS ROADS AND THE CANCELLATION OF BUS STOPS ALONG THE LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE NAMING OF THE SHA TIN TO TAI PO COASTAL ROAD.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE APPOINTMENT OF CO-OPTED NEMBERS OF BOARD COMMITTEES AND WORKING GROUPS, AND PROGRESS REPORTS FROM VARIOUS COMMITTEES UNDER THE BOARD.

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BRIEFING SESSION FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS * * * *

A GROUP OF 50 MEMBERS FROM FOUR DISTRICT BOARDS TODAY DISCUSSED PUBLIC HOUSING POLICIES WITH HOUSING DEPARTMENT DIRECTORATE DURING A BRIEFING SESSION AT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT.

THIS WAS PART OF A SERIES OF PRE-ARRANGED BRIEFINGS ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO UPDATE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON THE LATEST PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND TO PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING.

MEMBERS OF THE KWAI CHUNG-TSING Yl, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND EASTERN DISTRICT BOARDS VERE FIRST WELCOMED BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR FRED PANG.

THE GROUPS TOURED THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S EXHIBITION HALL LOOKING AT MODELS AND PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS WHICH DEPICTED THE EVOLUTION OF PUBLIC HOUSING SINCE THE 195O’S. THEY WERE SHOWN A FILM WHICH EXPLAINED THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S SET-UP AND THE WORK OF THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A SERIES OF BRIEFINGS AND DISCUSSIONS WITH DEPUTY DIRECTORS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING, INCLUDING ADMINISTRATION, PLANNING, CONSTRUCTION, ESTATE MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS. THE LAST HOUR WAS DEVOTED TO ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

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SEVENTEEN HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE FORMED TO THE WEST OF TIN PING ESTATE WHICH IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN SHEK WU HUI, NEW TERRITORIES, FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME HOUSING ESTATE.

THE LAND FORMED WILL ALSO PROVIDE SPACE FOR COMMUNITY FACILITIES SUCH AS A SPORTS GROUND, INDOOR GAMES HALLS, LOCAL OPEN SPACE, A CAR PARK AND A BUS TERMINUS.

TWO ROADS, TOTALLING 1.3 KILOMETRES, WILL ALSO BE BUILT TO THE NORTH OF JOCKEY CLUB ROAD TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE ABOVE DEVELOPMENTS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER, AND BE COMPLETED IN 20 MONTHS.

THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

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DISPLAY ON SCHOOL CLASS LIBRARIES

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PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL BE GETTING SOME IDEAS ON HOW TO SET UP SCHOOL CLASS LIBRARIES FROM A DISPLAY WHICH WILL BE PUT ON AT GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT GASCOIGNE ROADyYAU MA TCI, ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (JULY 17 AND 18).

THE DISPLAY FOLLOWS A PILOT SCHEME INTRODUCED IN STAGES AMONG 25 PRIMARY SCHOOLS SINCE 1982.

IT HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE 25 SCHOOLS AND THE LIBRARY SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, TO PREPARE TEACHERS FOR FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CLASS LIBRARY SCHEME IN ALL GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

TEACHERS WILL FIND THE EXHIBITION HELPFUL FOR THEIR PURPOSES, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DISPLAY WILL BE OPEN TO TEACHERS FROM 9.45 AM TO 4 PM ON THE TWO DAYS.

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CAMP FUN FOR FISHERFOLK CHILDREN * * * *

SOME 800 CHILDREN FROM 13 FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION SCHOOLS ENDED THEIR ANNUAL SUMMER CAMP AT WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TODAY WITH A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY.

VISITING THEM TO SPEAK TO THEM AND GIVE OUT PRIZES WAS THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, WHO SAID THAT THEY HAD ALL BEEN VERY FORTUNATE +T0 ENJOY COMMUNITY LIFE AND MUTUAL CO-OPERATION AND TO SEE JUST HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS,+ IN THE CAMP.

♦GOOD TEAM SPIRIT IS FOSTERED WHEN EVERYONE WORKS HARD TOGETHER TO KEEP THE CAMP CABINS TIDY AND WHEN COMPETING IN SPORTING EVENTS.+

THE PRIZES WERE FOR THE WINNERS OF THE VARIOUS COMPETITIONS HELD DURING THE FOUR-DAY CAMP, THE 17TH ORGANISED SINCE 1969 AS PART OF THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME. DR RIDDELL-SWAN WAS SHOWN AROUND BY THE FMO SCHOOL SUPERVISOR, MR P.K. TUNG.

THE SUMMER CAMP BUDGET CAME TO $133 000, OF WHICH $90 000 WAS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, AND THE BALANCE fTCT BY THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION.

THE SUMMER CAMP, HE SAID, OWED A GREAT DEAL OF ITS SUCCESS TO THE GENEROSITY AND HARD WORK OF +MANY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES+.

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MEMBERS OF THE T.S. COLLINGWOOD SEA CADET CORPS OF THE FMO ABERDEEN TECHNICAL SECONDARY SCHOOL ALSO TOOK PART IN THE CAMP ACTIVITIES.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED ARCHERY, ROLLER SKATING, ROPE BRIDGE CLIMBING, SWIMMING, SINGING, FOLK DANCING, DRAWING AND BALL GAMES.

THERE WERE ALSO BARBECUE PARTIES AND SONG AND CHEER LEADER GROUP CONTFJIIS^..

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TUNNEL EXIT ROAD WORK * * *

THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM THE EXIT OF THE TUNNEL TO NORTH POINT WILL BE CLOSED FROM 12.30 THURSDAY (JULY 18) FOR ROAD WORK.

CROSS HARBOUR AM TO 4 AM ON

DURING THE CLOSURE, ROAD LEADING TO CAUSEWAY ROAD FLYOVER, GLOUCESTER

TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE EXIT BAY, THEN TO PROCEED VIA GLOUCESTER ROAD AND CAUSEWAY ROAD.

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TRAFFIC CHANGE X *

TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS, THE NORTHERN JUNCTION OF TSIING HO I CIRCUIT WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD (CASTLE PEAK BAY SECTION) WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS FROM 10.30 AM ON THURSDa (JULY 18).

AT THE SAME TIME, THE SOUTHERN JUNCTION OF TSI NG HOI CIRCUIT WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

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WATER WORK * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREM ISESIN SAN PO KONG W1 BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 18) TO 6 AM THc FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, S7E MEI STREET CHOI HUNG ROAD, TAI YAU STREET AND SAM CHUK STREET INCLUDING NG FONG STREET, LUK HOP STREET, TSAT PO STREET, PAT TAT STREET AND KING FUK STREET.

MONDAY, JULY 15, 1985

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WATER STORAGE FIGURES * * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 60.2 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 352.645 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 477.938 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 81.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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SPORTS PLAN FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT * * * *

IN PROMOTING THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE HONG KONG ROTARY CLUB SOUTH ARE CURRENTLY ORGANISING A SPORTS PROGRAMME IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

THE PROGRAMME, KNOWN AS THE +SOUTHERN DISTRICT SPORTS CONNECTION+, IS SPECIALLY TAILORED TO PROVIDE RECREATIONAND SPORTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED OVER 15 WHO HAVE ALREADY MASTERED THE BASIC SKILLS OF CERTAIN SPORTS.

IT ALSO AIMS AT ENCOURAGING THEM TO DEVELOP A CONSISTENT HABIT OF RECREATION, TO IMPROVE ™EMSELVES THROUGH PRACTICE AND COMPETITION, AND TO MEET OTHER SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS.

UNDER THE PROGRAMME, TRAINING IN THREE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES - BADMINTON, DANCING AND ARCHERY - AT BEGINNER & LEVEL IS ORGANISED. EACH COURSE COMPRISES TEN TWO-HOUR TRAINING PERIODS.

THE ENTRY FEES ARE $30 FOR A BADMINTON COURSE, $20 FOR A DANCING COURSE AND $20 FOR AN ARCHERY COURSE.

FURTHER INFORMATION IS OBTAINABLE AT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE (RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS^, SHOP NO. 3. SITE 5, ABERDEEN CENTRE, HONG KONG (TELEPHONE NO. 5-551268).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE 1-10.

GOVT STANDS FIRM ON +B0AT WIVESf ISSUE .................. 1

DANGER FROM ASBESTOS PLASTER IS MINIMAL ................. 3

+CONCERN FOR ELDERLY IMPORTANT+ ......................... 4

JUNE MUCH CLOUDIER THAN USUAL ........................... 5

FIRST QUARTER RESTAURANT SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ........ 8

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES DOWN ............... 11

LEAVING FOR LIAISON GROUP TALKS ......................... 12

MEET THE PRESS .......................................... 13

WORKING TOWARDS COMMON GOAL ............................. 13

RENT REVISION FOR 39 POST-1973 PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.... 14

MORE JOBS SOUGHT FOR DISABLED WORKERS ................... 15

THREE MORE DAYS FOR EDUCATION GRANTS .................... 16

CAREERS EDUCATION SEMINAR................................ 1$

GROUP GOES TO SEE POLICE TRAINING........................ 17

SERVICE WITH COURTESY.................................... 17

DB MEMBERS TOUR TO KWA WAN ARE!.......................... 18

BACKLANE STRUCTURES CLEARED ............................. 19

ALL UNDER ONE ROOF....................................... 19

TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND ..................... 20

FIVE FOOTBRIDGES FOR NORTH POINT ........................ 20

TENDERS CALLED FOR TSDJG YI BRIDGE WORK.................. 21

GARDEN OPENS IN TOURIST SPOT ............................ 21

TENDERS INVITED FOR THE SUPPLY OF PLANTS................. 22

GOING ON LEAVE........................................... 22

FREE CONCERT FOR RESIDENTS............................... 23

TRANSPORT GUIDE ON SALE.................................. 23

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1985

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GOVT STANDS FIRM ON +BOAT WIVES+ ISSUE * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT, ON THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, IS STANDING BY ITS DECISION NOT TO PERMIT THE 14 BOAT DWELLING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WIVES IN YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT AFTER VERY CAREFULLY CONSIDERING ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES IT HAD BEEN DECIDED AGAIN TO REQUEST THE WIVES TO RETURN TO CHINA AND APPLY FOR ONE-WAY PERMITS TO CROSS THE BORDER.

AS A RESULT OF THIS MORNING’S DECISION LETTERS WERE BEING SENT TO THE 14 WIVES ADVISING THEM TO RETURN TO CHINA VOLUNTARILY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +IF THE LADIES DO NOT RETURN VOLUNTARILY THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION WILL HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO ISSUE REMOVAL ORDERS AGAINST THEM.+

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, IF THE WIVES DID LEAVE VOLUNTARILY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE REPRESENTATIONS TO THE NEW CHINA NEWS AGENCY FOR THE EARLY ISSUE BY THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES CF ONE-WAY PERMITS.

THE 14 BOAT SQUATTER WIVES HAD ARGUED FOR PERMISSION TO REMAIN IN HONG KONG ON THE BASIS THAT:

* THEIR HUSBANDS WERE FISHERMEN;

* THEIR REMOVAL WQULD RESULT IN THE BREAKUP OF FAMILIES;

* THEY DID NOT KNOW THE WIVES WOULD NO LONGER HAVE PERMISSION TO STAY ON THEIR BOATS ONCE THEIR HUSBANDS CEASED TO BE FISHERMEN; AND

# THE WIVES WOULD HAVE NOWHERE TO GO IN CHINA BECAUSE THEIR HOUSEHOLD REGISTRATION HAD BEEN CANCELLED.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE HUSBANDS OF THE WOMEN WERE NOT WORKING AS FISHERMEN DUALLY REGISTERED IN HONG KONG AND CHINA AND, THEREFORE, THEY DID NOT QUALIFY FOR PERMISSION TO REMAIN ON BOATS AS DO THE WIVES OF GENUINE FISHERMEN.

HONG KONG AND

HE SAID: +THE WIVES OF FORMER FISHERMEN OR HONG KONG RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT BE TREATED BETTER THAN GENUINE FISHERMEN’S WIVES AND BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN HERE. THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON GENUINE FISHERMEN’S WIVES IS WELL KNOWN TO THE FISHERMEN’S ASSOC I AT IONS.+

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THIS COULD CREATE A +DANGEROUS PRECEDENT*, HE SAID, WHICH COULD LEAD TO HUNDREDS OF OTHER ILLEGALLY RESIDENT WIVES PRESSING FOR SIMILAR TREATMENT.

WORSE STILL, MANY MORE HONG KONG RESIDENTS COULD BE ENCOURAGED TO BRING IN THEIR WIVES ILLEGALLY. AND INSIST ON STAYING, PARTICULARLY AFTER THEY HAD BEEN HERE FOR A FEW YEARS AND, PERHAPS, HAD CHILDREN.

+AND THERE IS THE ADDED PROBLEM,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN, +OF WHAT DO YOU THEN DO ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WIVES OR HUSBANDS LIVING ON LAND WITH THEIR FAMILIES?*

HE WENT ON: +THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR DISCRIMINATING IN FAVOUR OF THESE BOAT SQUATTER WIVES. IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE MAY BE AS MANY AS 80 030 WIVES AND 100 000 CHILDREN IN CHINA WHO WOULD IMMEDIATELY QUALIFY FOR PERMISSION TO COME TO HONG KONG IF OUR CURRENT RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED.*

HE SAID GIVING PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO THE 14 WIVES WOULD +AMOUNT TO PUTTING A PREMIUM ON QUEUE-JUMPING*.

UNDER THE LEGAL ONE-WAY PERMIT SYSTEM ABOUT 8 000 WIVES A YEAR JOINED THEIR HUSBANDS IN HONG KONG IN 1983 AND 1984. IN ADDITION TO THIS ABOUT ANOTHER 8 000 CHILDREN UNDER 20 YEARS OF AGE JOINED THEIR PARENTS HERE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THERE WAS NO TRUTH IN THE CLAIM THAT THE WIVES WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES ON THEIR REPATRIATION AND WOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE ISSUE OF ONE-WAY PERMITS.

+AS THESE BOAT SQUATTER WIVES HAVE NOT LOST THEIR CHINESE NATIONALITY,* HE SAID, +AND AS THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAVE MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT HOUSEHOLD REGISTRATION WOULD BE CANCELLED ONLY IN THE CASE OF THOSE ISSUED WITH ONE-WAY PERMITS, THERE ARE NO GROUNDS FOR BELIEVING THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO RE-ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN CHINA.*

ALSO, THE WIVES ARE FREE TO TAKE THEIR CHILDREN WITH THEM WHEN THEY LEAVE AND MOST OF THE CHILDREN WILL NOT LOSE THEIR +HONG KONG BELONGER+ STATUS IF THEY ARE RAISED IN CHINA.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT: +IN THIS RESPECT THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WIVES WHO HAVE GIVEN BIRTH TO CHILDREN AND HAVE LIVED HERE ILLEGALLY FOR THREE OR FOUR YEARS BEFORE BEING SENT BACK TO CHINA.

+IN MOST OF THESE CASES THE MOTHERS TOOK THEIR CHILDREN WITH THEM.*

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DANGER FROM ASBESTOS PLASTER IS MINIMAL

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A SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICER HAS ADVISED THE PUBLIC NOT TO BE ALARMED ABOUT THE USE OF ACOUSTIC PLASTER CONTAINING ASBESTOS IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS.

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT’S TECHNICAL SECRETARY, MR C.J. KING, SAID A REPORT COMMISSIONED BY BRITAIN’S HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMISSION HAD SHOWN THAT PUBLIC EXPOSURE TO DAMAGED ASBESTOS WAS LIKELY TO CAUSE ONE DEATH IN TEN MILLION A YEAR.

THIS COMPARED WITH 2 QOO DEATHS IN TEN MILLION THROUGH ROAD ACCIDENTS AND 50 000 DEATHS IN TEN MILLION CAUSED BY SMOKING.

MR KING SAID: +THERE IS VERY LITTLE DANGER INDEED TO THE CASUAL USER OR EVEN THE REGULAR OCCUPANT OF THESE BUILD INGS.+

SOME CONCERN HAS BEEN SHOWN FOLLOWING REPORTS IN THE LOCAL PRESS THAT AN ACOUSTIC PLASTER - AUDEX - CONTAINING ASBESTOS HAD BEEN USED IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS, PARTICULARLY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG’S NEW HAKING WONG BUILDING.

MR KING CONFIRMED ONE OF THE REPORTS WHICH STATED THAT TESTS INSIDE THE HAKING WONG BUILDING HAD SHOWN ASBESTOS LEVELS TO BE MUCH LOWER THAN THOSE IN THE STREET.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE DANGER POSED BY THE PLASTER COULD ONLY BE INCREASED IF IT WAS REMOVED DURING DEMOLITION OR ALTERATION OF A BUILDING.

+FOR THIS REASON WE ARE CARRYING OUT AN INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE IN WHICH GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS THIS PLASTER HAS BEEN USED. THIS WILL ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS WHEN ANY WORK IS CARRIED OUT ON THESE BUILDINGS.+

MR KING SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN AN ASBESTOS SCARE IN BRITAIN AND THIS HAD LED AUTHORITIES TO SPEND 50 MILLION POUND-STERLING ON REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS-CONTAINING MATERIALS FROM BUILDINGS.

NOT ONLY HAD MUCH OF THE WORK BEEN UNNECESSARY, BUT DISTURBING THE MATERIAL HAD IN MANY CASES CAUSED A HIGHER CONCENTRATION OF ASBESTOS FIBRES IN THE AIR, HE SAID.

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♦CONCERN FOR ELDERLY IMPORTANT* * * * * *

CONCERN AND RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY WERE AS IMPORTANT AS COMMUNITY SERVICES AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID AT A +PARTY FOR THE THOUSAND AGED* TODAY (TUESDAY).

SHE SAID IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT IN RECENT YEARS, MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WERE HELPING SENIOR CITIZENS IN RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND WERE TAKING PART IN VOLUNTARY WORK.

+THIS WOULD NOT ONLY PROMOTE THE WELL-BEING OF THE ELDERLY, BUT ALSO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF THE AGED,* SHE SAID.

ON THE OTHER HAND, MORE ELDERLY PEOPLE WERE WILLING TO TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, TO MAKE FRIENDS AND TO FOSTER THEIR INTERESTS.

MRS CHAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT POLICY ON ELDERLY SERVICES FOCUSED ON THREE MAIN AREAS - FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, RESIDENTIAL CARE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT.

ON RESIDENTIAL CARE, SHE REITERATED THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WAS REVIEWING THE OVERALL PROVISION OF HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY, WITH THE OBJECT OF MEETING ANY SHORTFALLS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAD AGREED TO PROVIDE AND OPERATE SELF-CARE HOSTELS FOR THE ABLE-BODIED ELDERLY, SHE SAID, AND AN OLD PEOPLE’S HOME WOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN FUTURE NEW HOUSING ESTATES WITH OVER 6 OOO FLATS OR A POPULATION OF 25 000.

ONE THIRD OF THE PLACES IN EACH HOME WOULD BE DESIGNATED FOR THOSE NEEDING CARE AND ATTENTION FACILITIES.

FOR THE FIT AND HEALTHY, THERE ARE AT PRESENT 94 SOCIAL CENTRES WHERE THEY CAN ENJOY THE COMPANY OF THEIR PEERS AND TAKE PART IN LEISURE PURSUITS.

THE NUMBER OF SUCH CENTRES WAS INCREASING BY ABOUT 12 PER YEAR, WS CHAN SAID.

SHE SAID THE PACE OF EXPANSION OF THIS SERVICE HAD NEVER SLACKENED, BUT STRESSED THAT THIS EXPANSION COULD NOT BE AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHER PRIORITY SERVICES.

SHE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE SHUN TAK FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION FOR ORGANISING THE PARTY, WHICH SHE SAID HAD SET A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE TO THE COMMUNITY.

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JUNE THIS HOURS OF TOTAL 1=19.2 HOURS.

JUNE MUCH CLOUDIER THAN USUAL * * * *

YEAR WAS MUCH CLOUDIER THAN USUAL, WITH ONLY 94.5 BRIGHT SUNSHINE -- 41 PER CENT BELOW THE NORMAL

THIS WAS THE FIFTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR JUNE, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTED TODAY.

BUT THE MEAN MONTH’S PRESSURE OF 1002.2 MILLIBARS WAS THE LOWEST ON RECORD FOR JUNE.

ON JUNE 22, TYPHOON HAL CAME WITHIN 400 NAUTICAL MILES OF HONG KONG, BRINGING OUT THE FIRST TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNAL OF THE YEAR.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, THE WEATHER WAS OVERCAST WITH PERIODS OF RAIN ON JUNE 1. ALTHOUGH THERE WERE SUNNY INTERVALS, IT WAS MAINLY CLOUDY WITH LIGHT RAIN AND SCATTERED SHOWERS ON JUNE 2 AND 3.

A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE FORMED OVER SOUTH CHINA EARLY ON JUNE 4 AND MOVED SOUTHWARDS. THE WEATHER CONTINUED CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS ON JUNE 4 AND 5. A WATERSPOUT WAS SIGHTED ABOUT 40 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTH OF HONG KONG IN THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 5. ON JUNE 6, APART FROM SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS, IT WAS CLOUDY WITH SUNNY INTERVALS. HOWEVER, SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS ACCOMPANIED BY OCCASIONAL HEAVY SHOWERS OCCURRED ON JUNE 7 WHEN THE TROUGH PASSED OVER HONG KONG, CAUSING MINOR FLOODING IN KWAI CHUNG.

APART FROM CLOUDY INTERVALS, THE WEATHER WAS GENERALLY FINE ON JUNE 8 AND 9.

A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE FORMED OVER CENTRAL CHINA EARLY ON JUNE 9 AND MOVED SLOWLY SOUTHWARDS. THE WEATHER TURNED CLOUDY AND SCATTERED SHOWERS WERE REPORTED ON JUNE 10. SUNNY INTERVALS THEN SET IN ON JUNE 11 AND THE WEATHER TURNED FINE ON JUNE 12. THE TROUGH EVENTUALLY CROSSED HONG KONG EARLY ON JUNE 13 AND THE WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL THUNDERY SHOWERS. THE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE REMAINED OVER THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA UNTIL JUNE 16.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE TROUGH, THE WEATHER FROM JUNE 14 TO 16 WAS CLOUDY, WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS. WINDS BECAME STRONG EASTERLY OFF-SHORE AND IN EXPOSED PLACES ON JUNE 14. THEY MODERATED DURING THE DAY ON JUNE 15 BUT BECAME STRONG IN THE EVENING THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO A MINIMUM OF 23.9 DEGREES CELSIUS ON JUNE 14, THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH.

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THE WEATHER BECAME FINE AND SUNNY ON JUNE 17 APART FROM A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS. HOWEVER, THERE WERE SCATTERED SHOWERS FROM JUNE 18 TO 21 WITH SUNNY INTERVALS REPORTED ONLY IN THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 21.

WHEN TYPHOON HAL CAME WITHIN 400 NAUTICAL MILES OF HONG KONG ON JUNE 22, THE WEATHER TURNED FINE, SUNNY AND HOT WITH A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 32.2 DEGREES CELSIUS, THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH.

AS HAL APPROACHED, THE WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY WITH SQUALLY SHOWERS ON JUNE 23 AND WINDS STRENGTHENED FROM THE NORTHWEST. SQUALLY SHOWERS CONTINUED ON JUNE 24 WITH GALE FORCE NORTHWESTERLY WINDS. THE WIND DIRECTION GRADUALLY CHANGED TO THE SOUTHWEST AND STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS CONTINUED TO AFFECT HONG KONG UNTIL LATER IN THE MORNING OF JUNE 25.

ON JUNE 25, THERE WERE SQUALLY THUNDERY SHOWERS, HEAVY AT TIMES, DAILY RAINFALL OF 208.1 MM WAS RECORDED WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 56 PER CENT OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL. LAND, SEA AND AIR TRAFFIC WAS DISRUPTED AND THERE WERE MINOR LANDSLIPS AND FLOODING IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TERRITORY. ON THE WHOLE, DAMAGE DUE TO TYPHOON HAL WAS SLIGHT.

THERE WERE HEAVY THUNDERY SHOWERS ON JUNE 26 AND SCATTERED SHOWERS CONTINUED ON JUNE 27. THE WEATHER GRADUALLY IMPROVED ON JUNE 28 AND APART FROM SCATTERED SHOWERS, THERE WERE SUNNY INTERVALS FROM JUNE 28 TO 30.

THREE TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING

OVER THE WESTERN NORTH THE MONTH:

A TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ABOUT 40 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF XISHA ON JUNE 17. IT REMAINED ALMOST STATIONARY FOR THE FIRST TWO DAYS AND LANDED OVER HAINAN EARLY ON JUNE 20. IT DISSIPATED ABOUT 60 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHWEST OF HA I KOU THE SAME DAY.

TYPHOON HAL HAD FORMED ABOUT 860 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF MANILA ON JUNE 19. IT MOVED WEST-NORTHWESTWARDS AND PASSED CLOSE TO THE NORTH OF LUZON ON JUNE 22. IT CROSSED THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND TURNED NORTH-NORTHWESTWARDS EARLY ON JUNE 24.

HAL LANDED NEAR SHANWEI, ABOUT 65 NAUTICAL MILES EASTNORTHEAST OF HONG KONG AROUND 2 PM ON JUNE 24, AND FINALLY DISSIPATED ABOUT 140 NAUTICAL MILES NORTH OF HONG KONG ON JUNE 25.

ON JUNE 25, TYPHOON IRMA DEVELOPED ABOUT 880 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHEAST OF MANILA. IT MOVED NORTHWESTWARDS AT FIRST, BUT TURNED NORTHWARDS ON JUNE 27 OVER THE PACIFIC TO THE EAST OF PHILIPPINES.

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IRMA TOOK A MORE NORTHEASTERLY TRACK NEAR THE RYUKYUS ON JUNE 29. IT SKIRTED THE COAST OF SOUTHERN HONSHU ON JUNE 30, AND BY THE END OF THE DAY, WAS CENTRED ABOUT 90 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTHWEST OF TOKYO, MOVING NORTHEASTWARDS.

IRMA CAUSED SOME DEATHS, AND DESTRUCTION IN JAPAN.

DURING THE MONTH ONE INCOMING AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH TYPHOON HAL, 11 FLIGHTS WERE CANCELLED AND 26 DELAYED.

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JUNE 7, 13, 25, 26 AND 27. FLOOD WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JUNE 7, 25 AND 26. A LANDSLIP WARNING WAS ISSUED ON JUNE 25. NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WAS ISSUED DURING THE MONTH.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE AND TIME OF HOISTING DATE AND TIME OF LOWERING

NORTHEAST MONSOON STRONG MONSOON JUNE 14 1.00 AM JUNE 15 8.15 AM

NORTHEAST MONSOON STRONG MONSOON JUNE 15 11.00 PM JUNE 16 4.20 PM

NORTHEAST MONSOON STRONG MONSOON JUNE 18 1.05 PM JUNE 20 8.10 AM

TYPHOON HAL 1 JUNE 22 10.00 AM JUNE 23 12.40 AM

3 JUNE 23 12.40 AM JUNE 24 4.15 AM

8 NW JUNE 24 4.15 AM JUNE 24 8.00 PM

3 JUNE 24 8.00 PM JUNE 25 10.45 AM

NORTHEAST MONSOON STRONG MONSOON JUNE 29 9.45 PM JUNE 30 5.00 AM

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

SUNSHINE 94.5 HOURS - 64.7 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

f

RAINFALL 378.4 MM » 53.4 MM BELOW NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 81 PER CENT » SIX PER CENT MORE THAN

NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 84 PER CENT - NORMAL

/MEAN MAXIMUM

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1?85

Mean maximum temperature - 8 29.4 DEG. c. = 1.0 DEG. C. BELOW NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE 27.2 DEG. c. = 0.5 DEG. C. BELOW NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 25.5 DEG. C. “ 0.1 DEG. C. BELOW NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 24.2 DEG. c. - 0.3 DEG. C. BELOW NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 94.4 MM - 56.8 MM BELOW NORMAL

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 32.2 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JUNE 22.

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 23.9 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JUNE 14.

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FIRST QUARTER RESTAURANT SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED K K * *

THE VALUES OF TOTAL RECEIPTS AND TOTAL PURCHASES OF THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985 WERE ESTIMATED TO BE $4 580 MILLION AND $1 974 MILLION RESPECTIVELY, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1984, TOTAL RECEIPTS INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS BUT REMAINED UNCHANGED IN VOLUME TERMS, WHILE TOTAL PURCHASES DECREASED BY TWO PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS. WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER, TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS DECREASED BY FOUR PER CENT IN VALUE AND FIVE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS, AND TOTAL PURCHASES DECREASED BY THREE PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

ANALYSED BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, FAST FOOD SHOPS RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE (18 PER CENT) IN THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS, FOLLOWED BY BARS (SEVEN PER CENT), OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES (SIX PER CENT), NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS (TWO PER CENT) AND CHINESE RESTAURANTS (ONE PER CENT) WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1984. IN VOLUME TERMS, FAST FOOD SHOPS AGAIN RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE (15 PER CENT) IN TOTAL RECEIPTS, FOLLOWED BY BARS (TWO PER CENT). THE VOLUME OF TOTAL RECEIPTS OF OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES, HOWEVER, REMAINED UNCHANGED, WHILE THOSE OF CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS DROPPED BY ONE PER CENT AND TWO PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1984, DECREASES IN THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS WERE RECORDED IN ALL TYPES OF RESTAURANTS. THE SMALLEST DECREASE (ONE PER CENT) WAS RECORDED FOR FAST FOOD SHOPS, AND SLIGHTLY GREATER DECREASES OF THREE PER CENT WERE RECORDED FOR CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES (COMPRISING HERB TEA SHOPS, CREAMERIES AND CATERING OUTLETS SELLING BEAN CURB JELLY, ETC.). FOR NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND BARS, THE DECREASES WERE EIGHT PER CENT. IN VOLUME TERMS, THE TOTAL RECEIPTS OF FAST FOOD SHOPS WENT DOWN BY ONE PER CENT, CHINESE RESTAURANTS BY FOUR PER CENT, OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES BY FIVE PER CENT, NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS BY NINE PER CENT AND BARS BY TEN PER CENT.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED FIGURES FOR TOTAL RECEIPTS AND TOTAL PURCHASES OF THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1984, AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER CF 1985.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL RECEIPTS BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, WITH THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF 1982 TAKEN AS 1QO. COMPARISONS OF THE FIRST QUARTER 1985 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR THE FIRST AND FOURTH QUARTERS OF 1984 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

THE REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985 WILL BE SHORTLY ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT 51 PER COPY.

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

TABLE 1 : TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES

4TH QTR. 1984 1ST QTR. 1985 (REVISED FIGURES (PROVISIONAL FIGURES IN HK$ MILLION) IN HK$ MILLION)

TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS 4 771

TOTAL RESTAURANT PURCHASES 2 040

4 580

1 974

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TABLE 2 : VALUE AND RECEIPTS VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL FOR 4TH QUARTER 1984 AND RESTAURANT 1ST QUARTER 1985

— — — — — — (QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF 1982 - 100)

TYPE OF RESTAURANT INDEX OF TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS 4TH QUARTER 1984 1ST QUARTER 1985 1ST QTR. 1985 COMPARED WITH 4TH QTR. 1984 1ST QTR. 1985 COMPARED WITH 1ST QTR. 1984

(REVISED FIGURES) (PROVISIONAL FIGURES) POINTS % POINTS . %

CHINESE RESTAURANTS VALUE VOLUME 126 110 122 106 -4 -3 -4 - 4 + 2 - 1 + 1 - 1

NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS VALUE VOLUME 128 108 118 99 -10 - 3 -9 -9 + 2 - 2 + 2 - 2

FAST FOOD SHOPS VALUE VOLUME 136 115 135 114 - 1 - 1 -2 - 1 +21 +15 + 18 + 15

BARS VALUE VOLUME 118 101 109 91 -9 -8 -10 -10 + 7 + 2 + 7 + 2

OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES VALUE VOLUME 109 94 106 89 -3 -3 -5 -5 + 6 * + 6 *

ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR VALUE VOLUME 127 109 122 104 - 5 - 4 - 5 -5 + 3 * + 3 *

NOTES; 1. FIGURES DENOTING CHANGES ARE DERIVED FROM UNROUNDED FIGURES.

2. * DENOTES NO CHANGE.

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TUESDAY, JULY 16,

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES DOWN ******

AS FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES WILL BE 3.36 PER CENT (TAX FREE) AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE OF 3.6 PER CENT (TAX FREE), THE COMM ISc I

FOR INLAND REVENUE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE SO.28 PER MONTH PER $100. WILL BE CREDITED AS BEFORE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETE MONTHS BETWEEN PURCHASE AND SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX.

INTEREST IS ONLY CREDITED WHEN CERTIFICATES ARE USED TO PAY TAX AND NO INTEREST IS DUE WHERE THE PRINCIPAL VALUE OF A CERTIFICATE

IS REPAID BY A CHEQUE.

THE NEW RATE WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JULY 17, 1985.

CERTIFICATES ISSUED BEFORE JULY 17, 1985 WILL CONTINUE iO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWS:

12.84 PER CENT

10.8

PER CENT

9.6

PER CENT

8.52 PER CENT

8.04 PER CENT

7.56 PER CENT

7.08 PER CENT

6.6

PER CENT

5.52 PER CENT

5.04 PER CENT

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JULY 13, 1984 AND BEFORE AUGUST 10, 1984;

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 10, 1984 AND BEFORE AUGUST 31, 1984:

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 31, 1984 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 5, 198^;

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 5, 1984 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 31, 1984;

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 31, 1984 AND BEFORE NOVEMBER 28, 1984;

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 28, 1984 AND BEFORE DECEMBER 28, 1934;

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 28, 1984 AND BEFORE JANUARY 16, 1985?

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 16, 1985 AND BEFORE JANUARY 30, 19855

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 30, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 3, 1985)

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 3, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 24, 1985;

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4.56 PER CENT

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 24, 1985 AND BEFORE MAY 22, 1985?

4.08 PER CENT

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MAY 22, 1985 AND BEFORE JUNE 27, 19855 AND

3.6

PER CENT

PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 27, 1985 AND BEFORE JULY 17, 1985

hut always subject to the general rule that interest ceases to

ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETE MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR PAYMENT OF

BUT ALWAYS

TAX.

EXAMPLE; $1 000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON AUGUST 3, 1985, SEPTEMBER 3, 1985 AND OCTOBER 3, 1985 RESPECT IVELY, SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON NOVEMBER 2, 1985 WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS:

ON $1 000, AUGUST 3, 1985 TO NOVEMBER 2, 1985

THREE COMPLETE MONTHS AT $2.80 PER MONTH “ S

8.40

ON $1 000, SEPTEMBER 3, 1985 TO NOVEMBER 2, 1985 TWO COMPLETE MONTHS AT $2.80 PER

MONTH " $ 5.61

ON $1 000, OCTOBER 3, 1985 TO NOVEMBER 2, 1985 ONE COMPLETE MONTH AT $2.80 PER MONTH “ $ z-80

$16.80

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LEAVING FOR LIAISON GROUP TALKS X X X *

MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH SIDE OF THE SI NO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP MR E.P. HO AND MR JOHN BOYD, WILL LEAVE FOR LONDON TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) EVENING TO ATTEND THE FIRST MEETING OF THE GROUP.

THEY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LAW OFFICER (SPECIAL DUTIES), M? FRED BURROWS; PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (GENERAL DUTIES), PR RICHARD HOARE; AND CHIEF INTERPRETER, MR Y.P. CHENG.

THE PARTY WILL LEAVE ON FLIGHT BR 381, ETD 9.30 PM.

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MEET THE PRESS * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, NR PETER TSAO AND ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY, MR L.R. MACCULLOCH WILL MEET THE PRESS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 4 PM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM TO EXPLAIN THE PROCEDURES FOR LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS SET OUT UNDER A NEW SET OF REGULATIONS.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE: PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (GENERAL) OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR C.M. LEUNG, AND ACTING PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (ELECTORAL SERVICES), MR K.T. LAI.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (ELECTORAL PROVISIONS) (PROCEDURE) REGULATIONS 1985 WILL BE PUBLISHED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY GAZETTE TOMORROW? COPIES OF THE GAZETTE AND A CHINESE VERSION OF THE REGULATIONS MAY BE COLLECTED FROM GIS PRESS BOXES AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW.

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WORKING TOWARDS COMMON GOAL

*****

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG TODAY (TUESDAY) CALLED ON THE HEUNG YEE KUK TO URGE OUTSTANDING PEOPLE IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS TO STAND FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

MR CHEUNG MADE THE APPEAL WHILE LEADING A DELEGATION OF COUNCIL MEMBERS TO THE HEUNG YEE KUK THIS AFTERNOON.

HE

SAID THE PROVISIONAL RC AND THE FUTURE REGIONAL COUNCIL WOULD BE FACING CHALLENGES AHEAD AND IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE COUNCIL SHOULD INCLUDE PROFESSIONALS FROM VARIOUS FIELDS.

HE DESCRIBED THE SETTING UP OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL NEXT APRIL AS A MILESTONE IN HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS A MORE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, AS THE COUNCIL ALLOWED LOCAL PEOPLE A DIRECT INVOLVEMENT AND GREATER INFLUENCE IN THE AFFAIRS OF GOVERNMENT.

IN HIS WELCOMING SPEECH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, l*R LAU WONG-FAT, SAID THE KUK AND THE COUNCIL WOULD BE WORKING HARMONIOUSLY TOWARDS THE COMMON GOAL OF IMPROVING THE LIVING STANDARD OF THE RESIDENTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

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is^wgwp WORKED WHOLE-HEARTEDLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PEOPLE IN NON-URBAN AREAS.

DURING THE MEETING, MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL AND THE KUK DISCUSSED A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS RELATING TO THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

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RENT REVISION FOR 39 POST-1973 PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES *****

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS COMPLETED A BIENNIAL RENT REVIEW FOR 79 POST-1973 ESTATES, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE RISING COSTS OF MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE AS WELL AS INCREASES IN RATES OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A HOUSING SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FROM SEPTEMBER 1, NET RENTS FOR THESE ESTATES WOULD BE INCREASED BY $2.00 TO $2.80 PER SQUARE METRE.

+FOR THE MAJORITY OR 86 PER CENT OF THE TENANTS INVOLVED, THIS MEANS AN EXTRA OF ONLY $61 TO $130 A MONTH, OF WHICH $15 TO $29 WILL BE ADDITIONAL RATES PAID TO THE GOVERNMENT.

+SINCE THE LAST RENT REVIEW, RATES HAVE INCREASED TWICE. THE AUTHORITY HAS PAID FOR THE TENANTS A TOTAL OF $15.8 MILLION ON RATES AND THIS AMOUNT WOULD BE RECOUPED FROM THE TENANTS OVER THE NEXT 24 MONTHS.

+ NEW INCLUSIVE RENT LEVELS $10.15 TO $18.62 A SQUARE METRE TENANTS WHO WILL BE PAYING 8 TO INCOME AS RENT.+

WILL STILL REMAIN REASONABLE AT AND SHOULD BE AFFORDABLE BY 12 PER CENT OF THEIR HOUSEHOLD

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE RENT REVISION WOULD OFFSET PART OF THE DEFICIT INCURRED IN THE MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF THE ESTATES.

THE RENT REVISION WILL APPLY TO 71 097 FLATS IN 39 POST-1973 ESTATES, WHICH ARE AMONG THE BEST OF THE AUTHORITY’S ESTATES WITH SERVICES AND FACILITIES COMPARABLE TO NEWLY-BUILT ONES.

TENANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE RENTS AND RATES BOTH AT EXISTING AND NEW LEVELS, TOGETHER WITH AN EXPLANATORY NOTE.

ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO BRIEF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OFFICIALS, LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON THE RENT REVISION.

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TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1935

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MORE JOBS SOUGHT FOR DISABLED WORKERS ******

THERE WERE MANY SKILLED WORKERS AMONG THE DISABLED PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, BUT THEIR POTENTIAL COULD NOT BE REALISED UNTIL EMPLOYERS PROVIDE THEM WITH SUITABLE JOBS, A SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, MR JOHN SUNG KWAN-CHAK SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR SUNG, WHO HEADS THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, WAS SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE SECOND HONG KONG ABILYMPIC, WHICH WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING AND PRESENT SOUVENIRS.

MR SUNG SAID THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE PROVIDES A SERVICE TO EMPLOYERS AND DISABLED PERSONS THROUGH THE SELECTION AND MATCHING CF A PERSON TO A JOB, SO THAT THE ABILITIES OF THE DISABLED PERSON WILL HAVE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR FULL DEVELOPMENT.

HE SAID THAT THERE WERE EMPLOYERS WHO BELIEVED IN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISABLED PERSONS AND WHO HAD HELPED TO IDENTIFY POSTS SUITABLE FOR DISABLED JOB-SEEKERS.

+TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND TO GIVE PUBLIC RECOGNITION TO THESE EMPLOYERS, SO THAT OTHER EMPLOYERS MAY FOLLOW THEIR GOOD EXAMPLES, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HOLDS AN ANNUAL CEREMONY DURING WHICH SOUVENIRS ARE PRESENTED TO THE OUTSTANDING EMPLOYERS,* HE SAID.

THIS YEAR, THE ANNUAL PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE SECOND HONG KONG ABILYMPIC.

MR SUNG SAID THIS WOULD PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYERS AND THE DISABLED WORKERS TO GET TOGETHER AND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT EACH OTHER.

THE SECOND ABILYMPIC WOULD ALSO PROVIDE A CHANCE FOR EMPLOYERS TO OBSERVE THE VARIETY OF TASKS THAT DISABLED PERSONS COULD PERFORM, HE ADDED.

MR SUNG SAID THE SKILL CONTEST AT THE ABILYMPIC WOULD GIVE EMPLOYERS CONFIDENCE THAT THERE WERE MANY SKILLED DISABLED WORKERS, AND HE INVITED ALL EMPLOYERS TO VISIT THE CONTEST.

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THREE MORE DAYS FOR EDUCATION GRANTS * * *

STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION SUBSIDIES UNDER THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS HAVE ONLY THREE MORE DAYS TO MAKE THEIR APPLICATIONS, AN AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APPLICATIONS FOR THESE SUBSIDIES IN THE FORM OF SCHOLARSHIPS. GRANTS AND INTEREST-FREE LOANS WILL CLOSE ON JULY 19 AND LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, AND FROM VARIOUS DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL AND FISHERIES LIAISON OFFICES.

CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION SUBSIDIES SHOULD BE HONG KONG RESIDENTS, PREFERABLY UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE. THEY SHOULD TAKE COURSES IN AGRICULTURE, VETERINARY SCIENCE, FISHERY SCIENCE, MARINE BIOLOGY OR ANY APPLIED SCIENCE RELEVANT TO THE LOCAL AGRICULTURAL OR FISHERIES INDUSTRIES OR THEIR RELATED TRADES.

MEANWHILE, APPLICATIONS ARE ALSO OPEN TO STUDENTS IN FORMS 4 TO 7 WHO ARE CHILDREN OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES AND WHO NEED FINANCIAL HELP FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS TO COMPLETE THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOLING AS A PREREQUISITE FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION. APPLICATIONS FOR SUCH ASSISTANCE WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 16.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT APPLICATION PROCEDURE MAY BE MADE TO THE SECRETARY OF THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT 3-688111 EXT. 510.

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CAREERS EDUCATION SEMINAR

A SEMINAR ON (JULY 19) AT THE CF HONG KONG.

CAREERS EDUCATION WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY INSTITUTE OF CHINESE STUDIES, CHINESE UNIVERSITY

THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS.

/THK ACTING........

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1985

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THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR DARwIN CHEN AND THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION MR MICHAEL LEUNG. WILL OFFICIATE AT Tnt OPENING OF THE SEMINA^, WHICH WILL BE ATTENDED BY ABOUT 100 CAREERS TEACHERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY, WHICH STARTS AT 10 AM, AND THE SEMINAR.

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GROUP GOES TO SEE POLICE TRAINING

X X X X

SOUTHERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBERS, LED BY THE CHAIRMAN, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER MR EDDY CHAN, WENT TODAY TO SEE POLICEMEN IN TRAINING AT THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL IN WONG CHUK HANG.

WHILE LEARNING FROM THE SCHOOL’S COMMANDANT, MR HUI CHIU-YIN ABOUT THE TRAINING PROGRAMME AND LIVING CONDITIONS THERE, THE MEMBERS ALSO LOOKED IN AT THE GYMNASIUM, INDOOR SHOOTING RANGE, THE LAUNDRY AND JUNIOR POLICE OFFICERS’ MESS.

THEY THEN SPENT SOME TIME CHATTING WITH POLICE OFFICERS.

THE GROUP WERE ACCOMPANIED BY POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, WESTERN, MR E.J. STEVENSON.

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SERVICE WITH COURTESY * * X *

SEVEN FRONTLINE OFFICES OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL SEND ABOUT 130 STAFF MEMBERS TO ATTEND CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS COURSES WHICH ARE PART OF A TWO-MONTH EXERCISE WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE TO PROMOTE COURTESY IN THE DELIVERY OF SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC.

EIGHTEEN MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION AND STUDENT TRAVEL OFFICE HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE COURSE ORGANISED BY THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH SINCE IT STARTED IN EARLY JULY.

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TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1985

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THE SEVEN OFFICES TO TAKE PART IN THE EXERCISE ARE THREE LICENSING OFFICES, TWO DRIVING TEST APPOINTMENT OFFICES AND THE ENQUIRIES COUNTER AT THE REGIONAL OFFICES.

TO DEMONSTRATE MANAGEMENT’S SUPPORT FOR THE COURTESY DRIVE, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR JAMES SO, TODAY (TUESDAY) TOURED THE PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION AND THE STUDENT TRAVEL OFFICE TO DISCUSS THE COURTESY EXERCISE WITH FRONTLINE STAFF.

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DB MEMBERS TOUR TO KWA WAN AREA * * *

KOwLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED THE TO KWA WAN SOUTH CONSTITUENCY TO GET TO KNOW THE AREA BETTER.

THIS WAS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF VISITS TO BE MADE BY THE BOARD TO THE EIGHT CONSTITUENCIES IN THE DISTRICT, ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GORDON JONES, THE PARTY WENT TO THE LOK MAN SUN CHUEN TO INSPECT PROGRESS IN MAINTENANCE WORK BEING CARRIED OUT ON TWO BLOCKS AT THE ESTATE. THEY ALSO OBSERVED MINI-BUS OPERATIONS OUTSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE CF THE ESTATE.

AFTER VISITING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AT LOK SHAN ROAD AND THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINT CONSTRUCTION SITE AT KOWLOON CITY ROAD, THEY SPENT SOME TIME AT THE TO KWA WAN ROAD JUNCTION LOOKING AT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

THEY ALSO INSPECTED A PIG ROASTING FACTORY IN KOWLOON CITY ROAD, TO STUDY ITS ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT ON THE AREA.

AT MA TAU KOK ROAD, THEY SAW THE VARIOUS PROBLEMS RESULTING FROM THE LARGE NUMBER OF HAWKERS OPERATING IN THE AREA.

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BACKLANE STRUCTURES CLEARED K ¥ ¥ * ¥

SEVENTEEN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, INCLUDING CANOPIES, WERE DEMOLISHED TODAY (TUESDAY) IN A CLEARANCE OPERATION IN TAI KOK TSUI.

THEY WERE LOCATED AT THE REAR LANES OF LARCH STREET AND TONG l*E I ROAD.

ABOUT HALF OF THE STRUCTURES WERE USED FOR STORAGE PURPOSES, AND THE REST INCLUDED FOUR DOMESTIC UNITS, TWO SHOPS AND TWO ABANDONED COCKLOFTS.

THE CLEARANCE OPERATION WAS CO-ORDINATED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AND CARRIED OUT BY A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR. IT WAS PART OF A REGULAR PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

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ALL UNDER ONE ROOF ¥ ¥ ¥

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SIX UNITS, WHICH PREVIOUSLY OPERATED AT SEPARATE LOCATIONS, ARE NOW ALL UNDER ONE ROOF IN THE KOWLOON EAST GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE, WHICH CO-ORDINATES SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES IN THE AREA, AND ITS FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE, YOUTH AND COMMUNITY OFFICE, PROBATION OFFICE, JUVENILE COURT PROBATION OFFICE, CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES UNIT, AND REHABILITATION AND ELDERLY OFFICE, ARE NOW ALL AT 12 LEI YUE MUN ROAD, OPPOSITE THE KWUN TONG SWIMMING POOL.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THESE OFFICES ARE :

DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICE ......... 3-470047

FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE ................. 3-7757034

YOUTH AND COMMUNITY OFFICE ............. 3-7758606

PROBATION OFFICE ....................... 3-7750591

JUVENILE COURT PROBATION OFFICE ....... 3-497559

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES UNIT ......... 3-7750548

REHABILITATION AND ELDERLY OFFICE ...... 3-7757O4O

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TRAFFIC .CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND

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SEVSR^L ROAD SECTIONS IN HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS’, FROM Id AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 19).

THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SHAN KWONG ROAD BETWEEN WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND YIK YAM STREET. ALONG WITH THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE CF YIK YAM STREET BETWEEN SHAN KWONG ROAD AND HOUSE NO. 28 WILL BE DESIGNATED 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAYS.

IN ADDITION, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF KING KWONG STREET BETWEEN SING WOO ROAD AND HOUSE NO. 10 WILL BE MADE AN URBAN CLEARWAY, FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO MOTOR VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS DURING THE RESTRICTED PERIODS WITHIN THESE ROAD SECTIONS.

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 19), TAI LOK STREET BETWEEN SAI WAN HO STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC, FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF ROAD WORK.

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FIVE FOOTBRIDGES FOR NORTH POINT ******

WORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH ON CONSTRUCTION OF FIVE FOOTBRIDGES IN NORTH POINT AND QUARRY BAY.

THE BRIDGES, WITH STAIRCASES AT BOTH ENDS WILL SPAN KING’S ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH NORTH POINT ROAD, TIN CHIU STREET, JAVA ROAD, PAN HOI STREET AND MOUNT PARKER ROAD. .

TO MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE TO TRAFFIC, STEEL DECKS OF THE FOOTBRIDGES WOULD BE FABRICATED AT THE SITE OFFICE IN QUARRY BAY AND TRANSPORTED TO CONSTRUCTION SITES FOR ERECTION AT NIGHT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID.

A S15-MILLI0N CONTRACT AWARDED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE WORK WAS SIGNED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE REGIONAL HIGHWAYS ENGINEER-HONG KONG, MR LEUNG MIN-SUN AND A REPRESENTATIVE CF HENRY BOOT INTERNATIONAL LIMITED.

THE WORK WILL TAKE 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1985

TENDERS CALLED FOR TSING Yl BRIDGE WORK ******

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS CALLED FOR TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE ACROSS THE LIU TO VALLEY ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

AS PART OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT ON THE ISLAND, THE PROJECT ALSO CALLS FOR THE WIDENING OF THE SOUTHERN APPROACH ROAD OF THE PROPOSED BRIDGE.

THE 17O-METRE BRIDGE WILL HAVE A 13.5-METRE CARRIAGEWAY PROVIDING FOUR LANES OF TRAFFIC, TWO IN EACH DIRECTION. IT WILL ALSO HAVE A 2.75-METRE FOOTPATH ON EACH SIDE OF THE CARRIAGEWAY.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE BRIDGE WILL FORM PART OF A ROAD LINK BETWEEN THE CHEUNG HONG ESTATE PHASES IV AND V, CHING WAH COURT HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND THE TSING Yl NORTH BRIDGE NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER AND TAKE 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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GARDEN OPENS IN TOURIST SPOT

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A MODERN PLAYGROUND AND SITTING-OUT AREA OPPOSITE ONE CF THE OLDEST TEMPLES IN HONG KONG - THE MAN MO TEMPLE - HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND OPENED TO THE PUBLIC.

KNOWN AS THE HOLLYWOOD ROAD GARDEN, IT IS BOUNDED BY LADDER STREET, UPPER LASCAR ROW AND HOLLYWOOD ROAD, AN AREA RENOWNED FOR AN ABUNDANCE OF ANTIQUE SHOPS.

FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THIS URBAN COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT INCLUDE VARIOUS TYPES OF CHILDREN’S PLAY EQUIPMENT, FLOWER BEDS, BENCHES, ARBOURS AND PARKLIGHTS.

THE SITE MEASURES SOME 320 SQUARE METRES AND TOTAL CONSTRUCTION COST AMOUNTED TO $470 000.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR THE SUPPLY * * *

OF PLANTS

FROM COMMERCIAL

THE URBAN COUNCIL IS INVITING TENDERS

NURSERIES FOR THE SUPPLY OF A LARGE QUANTITY OF PLANTS.

THESE INCLUDE TREES, PALM TREES AND SHRUBS. THEY WILL BE USED TO PROVIDE INSTANT IMPROVEMENTS TO LANDSCAPE DEVELOPMENT AT THE CHOI HUNG ROAD PLAYGROUND, CARPENTER ROAD PARK, CHAI WAN PARK AND SHEUNG SHING STREET PARK.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE URBAN COUNCIL’S SUPPLIES OFFICE, SIXTH FLOOR, CLUB LUSITANO BUILDING, 16, ICE HOUSE STREET, CENTRAL.

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

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GOING ON LEAVE

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THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, WILL GO ON LEAVE FOR SIX WEEKS FROM FRIDAY (JULY 19).

DURING HIS ABSENCE, MR ALBERT LAM wILL ACT AS SDA IN ADDITION TO HIS DUTIES AS ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON UNTIL AUGUST 6.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, WHO IS CURRENTLY ON LEAVE, WILL BE ACTING SDA FROM AUGUST 7 UNTIL MR LIAO RETURNS FROM LEAVE ON SEPTEMBER 2.

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TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1985

FREE CONCERT FOR RESIDENTS * * * * *

HUNDREDS OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A FREE CONCERT ON THURSDAY (JULY 18) EVENING AT THE CARITAS CENTRE, CAINE ROAD.

THE SIXTH YOUTH CONCERT IS SPONSORED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD, AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE MID-LEVEL (WESTERN) AREA COMMITTtE.

IT WILL BE HELD IN THE COMMUNITY HALL OF THE CARITAS CENTRE, CAINE ROAD, STARTING AT 8 PM.

THE TWO-HOUR CONCERT WILL INCLUDE FOLK SONGS AND POPULAR MUSIC BY THE EIGHT WINNERS IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SINGING COMPETITION, AND PERFORMANCES BYTHE CENTRAL AND WESTERN YOUTH CHOIR.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CONCERT WILL BE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KIM SALKELD; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MID-LEVEL (WESTERN) AREA COMMITTEE, MR YUEN BUN-KEUNG AND SEVERAL OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SIXTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT YOUTH CONCERT, STARTING AT 8 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 18) AT THE COMMUNITY HALL OF CARITAS CENTRE, CAINE ROAD, CENTRAL.

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TRANSPORT GUIDE ON SALE * * *

A BOOK ENTITLED +GUIDE TO HONG KONG’S BUS, LIGHT BUS, RAIL AND FERRY SERVICES* IS NOW ON SALE AT $16 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CENTRAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

THE PUBLICATION, IN ENGLISH, GIVES DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE ROUTES, FARES AND TIMETABLES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT, INCLUDING +KAITO+ SERVICES. IT GENERALLY INDICATES THE POSITION OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR, BUT INCLUDES THE LATEST INFORMATION ON KCR AND MTR FARES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 18, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BANKS’ MOVE WELCOMED........................................ 1

SIR DAVID LOOKS INTO WELFARE WORK........................... 2

TALKS HELD ON BANK BUMEPUTRA PROBE.......................... 2

CAR CHECKS BY PRIVATE GARAGES PROPOSED...................... 3

APPLICATIONS FOR 3 77$ HOS FLATS OPEN TOMORROW.............. 5

AVERAGE TAXI LICENCE PREMIUM UP ............................ 6

WARNING ABOUT ENDANGERED SPECIES............................ 7

CONTROLS SOUGHT ON LIVE POULTRY, REPTILES, FISH AS FOOD.. 7

ANTI-NARCOTICS EFFORTS SHOW RESULTS......................... 8

PROVISIONAL RC MEMBERS VISIT TAI PO DB................... 9

GENERAL DUTIES MEN PRAISED................................. 10

ISLANDS SET UP SPORTS EVENTS FOR ALL....................... 10

SEMINAR DEALS WITH MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS .................... 11

1 000 YOUTHS IN SUNDAY PAINTING EVENT...................... 12

CORRECTIONAL CHIEF TO Iffl THE MEDIA....................... 12

OUTDOOR VARIETY SHOW....................................... 13

RAILWAY GOODS YARD BEING BUILT............................. 13

ANTI-MOSQUITO CAMPAIGN IN CENTRAL ......................... 14

THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1935

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BANKS’ MOVE WELCOMED

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FOLLOWING THE STATEMENT ISSUED EARLIER TODAY BY , COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS ANNOU;. FURTHER REDUCTIONS IN INTEREST RATES, THE FINANCIAL SEC”-"" M? PIERS JACOBS, SAID HE WELCOMED THIS MOVE.

HE SAID THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM TRANSFER? OR DOWNWARD PRESSURES ON THE EXCHANGE RATE ONTO DOMES'-, INTEREST RATES. HE EXPLAINED THAT THIS MEANS THAT JHFJ MARKET EXCHANGE RATE IS WEAK IN RELATION TO THE LINKED RA INTEREST RATES RISE.

ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN THE MARKET EXCHANGE RATE IS STRONGER THAN THE LINKED RATE AS AT PRESENT, THEN INTEREST RATES DECLINE UNTIL THE MARKET RATE MOVES CLOSE TO THE LINKED RATE. TODAY’S DECISION OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE ASSOCIATION CF BANKS IS A REFLECTION OF THIS PROCESS.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY RE-EMPHASISED GOVERNMENT’ DETERMINATION TO MAINTAIN THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYS". ■ .

ASKED WHETHER HE THOUGHT INTEREST RATES COULD GO LOWER, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY REPLIED THAT NEGATIVE RATES HAVE IN THE PAST BEEN OFFERED TO DEPOSITORS IN SOME FINANCIAL CENTRES AND ALTHOUGH HE WOULD NOT LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN HERE, THE POSSIBILITY OF EVEN LOWER INTEREST RATES RESULTING FROM THE LINKED RATE ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM COI BE RULED OUT.

ASKED WHETHER SUCH LOW INTEREST RATES WERE UNFAIR , SAVERS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT THE GOVERNMc-'~ THAT THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG AS A WHOLE DERIVES CONS!., E BENEFITS FROM A STABLE EXCHANGE RATE, AND THIS MUST BE THE GOVERNMENT’S PRIME OBJECTIVE.

ASKED ABOUT THE INFLATIONARY EFFECTS OF MAINTAINING LINK AT HKS7.8O TO US$1 AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF A DEPRECIATING U.S. DOLLAR, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY REPEATED THAT THE IMPORTANT THING WAS TO MAINTAIN A STABLE EXCHANGE RATE.

LONG TERM MOVEMENTS IN EXCHANGE RATES, AS MANY PROFESSIONAL FORECASTERS HAD HAD TO ADMIT, WERE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT, AND NO ONE COULD BE SURE THAT THE U.S. DOLLAR WOULD NOT RECOVE' SOME OF THE VALUE LOST RECENTLY.

IN ANY CASE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID, HONG KONG’S CURRENT RATE OF INFLATION REMAINS LOW AT AROUND 3.5 PER CE 1. . AND TAKING LOWER INTEREST COSTS INTO ACCOUNT, NO DRAMATIC CHANGES ARE EXPECTED.

ALSO A WEAKER EXCHANGE RATE SHOULD IMPROVE HONG KONG’S COMPETITIVE POSITION IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS GENERALLY Ai'iD IN THE LIGHT OF THE RECENT DECLINE IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS r COULD BE REGARDED AS A FAVOURABLE DEVELOPMENT, HE CONCLUD.-. ,

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SIR DAVID LOOKS INTO WELFARE WORK * * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON VISITED THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN WORLD TRADE CENTRE, CAUSEWAY SAY.

STARTING OFF WITH A TOUR OF THE GENERAL OFFICE, SIR DAVID, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN WENT ON TO SEE THE DEVELOPMENT BRANCH, THE SUBVENTIONS BRANCH AND THE PAYMENTS CONTROL SECTION.

SIR DAVID ALSO MET SENIOR STAFF AND DISCUSSED WITH THEM THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT.

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TALKS HELD ON BANK BUM I PUTRA PROBE * * * , . . , _

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS TODAY CONFIRMED THAi HE HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE MALAYSIAN ATTORNEY GENERAL, TAN SRI ABU TALIB OTHMAN, ON THE INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE .AFFAIRS OF BANK BUMIPUTRA MALAYSIA FINANCE LIMITED, AND IN-PARTICULAR LOANS GRANTED BY THE COMPANY IN HONG KONG.

MR THOMAS SAID THAT TAN SRI ABU TALIB OTHMAN EXPRESSED HIS SATISFACTION WITH THE MANNER IN WHICH THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES WERE DEALING WITH ALLEGATIONS OF SUSPECTED WRONGDOING MADE BY THE PRESENT CHAIRMAN OF THE BANK BUMIPUTRA MALAYSIA BERHAD IN APRIL.

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THE MALAYSIAN ATTORNEY GENERAL HAD ASSURED MR THOMAS THAT THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT WOULD CO-OPERATE FULLY IN THE INVESTIGATIONS.

FOLLOWING THEIR MEETING MR THOMAS AND TAN SRI ABU TALIB OTHMAN WERE HOPEFUL THAT BY EARLY NEXT YEAR THE INVESTIGATIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND FINAL DECISIONS COULD BE TAKEN AS TO THE ACTUAL CFFENCES COMMITTED AND BY WHOM.

AS THE INVESTIGATIONS WERE STILL UNDER WAY NO FURTHER DETAILS COULD BE GIVEN AT THIS STAGE.

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CAR CHECKS BY PRIVATE GARAGES PROPOSED * * * *

A BILL PROPOSING TO AUTHORISE PRIVATE GARAGES TO UNDERTAKE THE ANNUAL EXAMINATION OF PRIVATE CARS WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

UNDER THE SCHEME, WHICH IS PROVIDED FOR IN THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, A PRIVATE CAR MORE THAN SIX YEARS OLD WOULD HAVE TO PASS AN EXAMINATION AT A GOVERNMENT-APPROVED CAR TESTING CENTRE BEFORE IT COULD BE RE-LICENSED FOR ANOTHER YEAR.

THE PRIVATISATION PLAN, DRAWN UP IN CONSULTATION WITH THE MOTOR TRADERS ASSOCIATION (MTA) AND THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, WAS ENDORSED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. BARRING UNFORESEEN DELAYS, THE SCHEME COULD BE IMPLEMENTED BY DECEMBER THIS YEAR.

EXPLAINING THE SCHEME, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE OBJECTIVE OF EXAMINING ANNUALLY PRIVATE CARS OVER SIX YEARS OLD WAS SET OUT IN THE 1979 WHITE PAPER ON INTERNAL TRANSPORT. THE AIM OF THE SCHEME WAS TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY BY REDUCING THE LIKELIHOOD OF ACCIDENTS.

THE ANNUAL EXAMINATION OF CARS OVER SIX YEARS OLD WOULD MEAN ABOUT 60 000 INSPECTIONS IN 1986, GRADUALLY RISING TO 100 000 IN 1988.

+AT PRESENT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT ABLE TO CONDUCT ANY ANNUAL INSPECTION ON PRIVATE CARS BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO GIVE PRIORITY TO THE EXAMINATION OF PASSENGER SERVICE VEHICLES AND OLDER GOODS VEHICLES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+AND IF THE GOVERNMENT WAS TO EXAMINE CARS OVER SIX YEARS OLD IT WILL NEED TO BUILD TWO NEW VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES IN ADDITION TO FOUR CENTRES WHICH ARE ALREADY UNDER PLANNING.*

+THE PRIVATISATION SCHEME WILL THEREFORE ALLOW THE OBJECTIVE OF ANNUAL CAR INSPECTIONS OF OVER SIX YEARS OLD CARS TO BE MET MUCH EARLIER THAN WOULD OTHERWISE BE POSSIBLE AND WILL ALSO ENABLE FUTURE EXAMINATION CENTRES TO CONCENTRATE ON THE EXPANDING FLEET OF PASSENGER SERVICE VEHICLES AND GOODS VEHICLES,* HE CONTINUED.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT AT LEAST 12 GARAGES WOULD BE DESIGNATED AS CAR TESTING CENTRES AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE SCHEME. THESE GARAGES, BEING LOCATED IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE TERRITORY AND WITH SOME OF THEM OFFERING WEEKEND CHECKS AS WELL, 'WOULD GIVE CAR OWNERS A WIDER CHOICE OF EXAMINATION CENTRES THAN THE GOVERNMENT COULD ITSELF PROVIDE.

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THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT A GARAGE WOULD BE DESIGNATED AS A CAR TESTING CENTRE ONLY AFTER ITS PREMISES HAD BEEN INSPECTED TO ESTABLISH THE SUITABILITY OF ITS FACILITIES AND THE TECHNICAL COMPETENCE OF ITS STAFF. THE DESIGNATION WOULD BE VALID INITIALLY FOR THREE YEARS.

+ TO ENSURE UNIFORMITY OF STANDARDS, CAR TESTING CENTRES WILL HAVE TO COMPLY WITH A CODE OF PRACTICE SETTING OUT THE DETAILED PROCEDURES AND SPECIFYING THE EQUIPMENT TO BE USED FOR CHECKS. IN PARTICULAR, INSPECTIONS WILL HAVE TO BE CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH A TESTER’S MANUAL DEVELOPED FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S VEHICLE EXAMINATION PROCEDURES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+IN ADDITION, GARAGE STAFF WILL HAVE TO ATTEND A TRAINING COURSE AT A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE AND BE ASSESSED FOR COMPETENCE IN ORDER TO QUALIFY THEMSELVES 'AS 'APPROVED C'A'R TESTERS’.*

CAR TESTING CENTRES WOULD ISSUE. A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS FOR ANY PRIVATE CAR WHICH HAD PASSED AN . INSPECTION. HOWEVER, THE CERTIFICATE MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WITHIN FOUR MONTHS OF THE ISSUE DATE FOR RE-LICENSING A VEHICLE.

OTHERWISE ITS VALIDITY WILL LAPSE.

SHOULD A CAR OWNER DISAGREE WITH THE RESULT OF AN INSPECTION, HE COULD APPEAL TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR A FRESH, INDEPENDENT EXAMINATION. ALTERNATIVELY, HE COULD TRY ANOTHER CAR TESTING CENTRE.

THE EXAMINATION FEE FOR CAR INSPECTIONS WOULD BE'FIXED AT $160 AND A RE-CHECK FEE OF $50 WOULD BE CHARGED WHEN DEFECTS FOUND AT THE ORIGINAL INSPECTION WERE REMEDIED AND EXAMINED WITHIN 14 DAYS. IN CASES OF SPECIFIED MINOR FAULTS, THE RE-CHECK WOULD BE FREE OF CHARGE.

+THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL CLOSELY MONITOR ACTUAL 'CAR ■ INSPECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT THE LEVEL OF STANDARDS IS MAINTAINED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MOREOVER, THE ICAC WOULD ALSO CARRY OUT PERIODIC CHECKS ON THE EFFICACY OF OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES.

+AS A FORM OF CONTROL ON THE CAR TESTING CENTRES, AUTHORISATION WILL BE WITHDRAWN IMMEDIATELY FROM ANY GARAGE WHICH ISSUED CERTIFICATES OF ROADWORTHINESS JUST TO PROMOTE THE SALE OF ITS OWN VEHICLES OR ENGAGED ITSELF IN OTHER FORMS OF MALPRACTICE. AUTHORISATION WILL ALSO LAPSE IMMEDIATELY ON THE FIRM CEASING TO TRADE OR BECOMING INSOLVENT,* HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE EXAMINATION OF NEW CARS FOR TYPE APPROVAL PRIOR TO REGISTRATION WOULD CONTINUE TO BE CONDUCTED AT GOVERNMENT VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 24).

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APPLICATIONS FOR 3 778 HOS FLATS OPEN TOMORROW

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THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR THE PURCHASE OF 3 778 FLATS AT THREE PROJECTS UNDER PHASE 70 OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

+THE FLATS ARE AT SUI HEI COURT PHASE I IN TUEN MUN, MING NGA COURT IN TAI PO AND NEPTUNE TERRACE IN CHAI WAN,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY SAID TODAY.

BEING BUILT IN TWO PHASES, SIU HEI COURT IS SITUATED NEXT TO WU KING AND BUTTERFLY ESTATES AT THE BURGEONING BUTTERFLY BEACH AREA, COMMANDING PICTURESEQUE VIEWS OF THE SEA AND GREEN SURROUNDINGS.

ITS FIRST TWO 34/38-STOREY BLOCKS, NOW BEING OFFERED FOR SALE, WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF 1 120 ONE-BEDROOM AND TWO-BEDROOM FLATS WITH GROSS AREAS VARYING BETWEEN 42.9 AND 52.7 SQUARE METRES.

THE FLATS ARE PRICED FROM $81 100 TO $163 800 EACH.

FRONTING THE LAM CHUEN RIVER, MING NGA COURT WILL HAVE 1 680 ONE-BEDROOM AND TWO-BEDROOM FLATS IN THREE 36-STOREY BLOCKS WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS OF TOLO HARBOUR AND DISTANT HILLS.

WITH GROSS AREAS RANGING BETWEEN 42.5 AND 55.1 SQUARE METRES, THE FLATS ARE PRICED FROM $101 400 TO $217 000 EACH.

NEPTUNE TERRACE, A PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME PROJECT, IS LOCATED NEAR CHAI WAN ROAD AND IS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE CHAI WAN MTR STATION.

MOST OF ITS 978 FLATS IN THREE 33-STOREY BLOCKS VARY IN GROSS AREAS BETWEEN 62.7 AND 74.6 SQUARE METRES AND HAVE TWO OR THREE BEDROOMS EACH.

FLAT PRICES RANGE FROM $272 700 TO $415 400.

ANOTHER TYPE OF THREE-BEDROOM FLATS, WITH A SIZE OF ABOUT 91.8 SQUARE METRES, HAS AN ADDITIONAL BATHROOM ATTACHED TO THE MASTER BEDROOM AND IS PRICED FROM $359 500 TO $450 500.

SAMPLE FLATS FOR THE THREE PROJECTS WILL BE OPEN FROM TOMORROW FOR VIEWING BY PROSPECTIVE HOME-PURCHASERS, GIVING THEM A CHANCE TO PERSONALLY ASSESS THE DESIGN AND VALUE OF THE FLATS.

FOR MING NGA COURT, TWO SAMPLE FLATS WILL BE SET UP ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF 01 MAN COMMERCIAL CENTRE AND OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND SATURDAYS AND FROM 10 AM TO 7 PM ON SUNDAYS.

SAMPLE FLATS AT NEPTUNE TERRACE IN CHAI. WAN WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM WHILE THOSE AT SIU HEI COURT IN TUEN MUN WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM DURING WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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FULL DETAILS OF THE THREE PROJECTS WILL BE ON DISPLAY FROM TOMORROW AT THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF Ol MAN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, HO MAN TIN FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM (10 AM TO 7 PM ON SUNDAYS).

APPLICATION FORMS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRE IN ADDITION TO HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S APPLICATIONS SECTION AT MA TAU KOK ROAD, ESTATE OFFICES OF HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING SOCIETY AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF APPLICATION FORMS, GREEN AND WHITE, FOR DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF APPLICANTS.

+GREEN FORMS ARE FOR PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS INCLUDING TENANTS OF HOUSING SOCIETY ESTATES; RESIDENTS OF TEMPORARY HOUSING AND COTTAGE AREAS MANAGED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY; AND HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES OF GREEN FORM STATUS ISSUED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TO FAMILIES FROM WAITING LIST, CLEAREES AND DISASTER VICTIMS AND JUNIOR CIVIL SERVANTS.

+WHITE FORMS ARE FOR APPLICANTS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, OR FAMILY GROUPS SPLIT FROM PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS, WITH FAMILY INCOME NOT EXCEEDING $7 500 A MONTH.

+ TWO-PERSON FAMILIES MAY ALSO APPLY.+

HE SAID A TWO-PERSON FAMILY SHOULD COMPRISE HUSBAND AND WIFE; TWO CLOSELY RELATED PERSONS, E.G. PARENT AND CHILD, GRANDPARENT AND GRANDCHILD, BROTHER AND SISTER; OR APPLICANT AND RELATIVE, IF DEPENDENT ON AND LIVING TOGETHER WITH APPLICANT.

APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 5.

AVERAGE TAXI LICENCE PREMIUM UP

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS COMPLETED PROCESSING THE LATEST TENDERS FOR 100 URBAN TAXI LICENCES.

A TOTAL OF 292 TENDERS HAD BEEN RECEIVED WHEN THE OFFER CLOSED ON JUNE 21. THE HIGHEST TENDER ACCEPTED WAS 3223 100, AND THE LOWEST $217 936.

THE AVERAGE PREMIUM OF $219 771.40 MARKED AN INCREASE OF 10.3 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE LAST TENDER EXERCISE IN JANUARY.

DETAILS OF SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS AND THE AMOUNTS OFFERED WILL BE PUBLISHED IN TOMORROW’S (FRIDAY) GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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WARNING ABOUT ENDANGERED SPECIES

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THE PUBLIC WERE REMINDED AGAIN TODAY THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO POSSESS, IMPORT OR EXPORT ANY ENDANGERED SPECIES OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORISATION OF THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES.

THE REMINDER WAS GIVEN BY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, FOLLOWING A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH A MAN HAD BEEN FINED $2 500 AT FANLING MAGISTRACY FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING 17 OWLS.

THE BIRDS WERE CONFISCATED.

SO FAR THIS YEAR, 165 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE. MOST OF THE CASES CONCERNED THE ILLEGAL IMPORTATION OF OWLS, KESTRELS, BUZZARDS, PANGOLINS AND STUFFED SPECIMENS OF SEA TURTLES AND CROCODILES.

FINES TOTALLED $74 000.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED PEOPLE GOING ABROAD IN THE SUMMER VACATION PERIOD NOT TO BRING BACK ANY ENDANGERED SPECIES OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS.

+FAILURE TO OBSERVE THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE MAY LEAD TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 ON CONVICTION FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE, AND $10 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT FOR THE SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENCES,+ HE WARNED.

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CONTROLS SOUGHT ON LIVE POULTRY, REPTILES, FISH AS FOOD *****

LEGISLATION IS BEING PROPOSED TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE SO THAT LIVE POULTRY, LIVE REPTILES AND LIVE FISH CAN BE REGARDED AS FOOD FOR THE PURPOSES OF PUBLIC HEALTH CONTROL.

IF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985 IS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE REGULATIONS TO COVER THESE THREE FOOD CATEGORIES, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR LEUNG PAK-CHUNG EXPLAINED.

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THE AMENDMENT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE FURTHER CONSUMER PROTECTION IN THE AREA OF PUBLIC HEALTH, AND IS PROMPTED BY THE NEED TO PROHIBIT THE IMPORTATION AND SALE OF POULTRY WHICH HAS RESIDUES OF CERTAIN NOXIOUS HORMONES.

IT IS HOPED TO INTRODUCE THE REGULATIONS SHORTLY, MR LEUNG SAID.

THE AMENDMENT BILL WILL BE GAZETTED TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AND WILL RECEIVE ITS FIRST AND SECOND READINGS ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 24). IF APPROVED, THE LEGISLATION IS EXPECTED TO BE IMPLEMENTED AROUND THE END OF AUGUST.

PUBLIC COMMENTS MAY BE SENT TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, AT HARBOUR CENTRE, HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

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ANT I-NARCOTICS EFFORTS SHOW RESULTS

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THE DECLINE IN THE NUMBER OF PERSONS NEWLY REPORTED FOR INVOLVEMENT IN DRUGS RECORDED IN 1984, CONTINUED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY (THURSDAY) AT THE 57TH MEETING OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN).

IN THE FIRST QUARTER, 867 PERSONS WERE NEWLY REPORTED TO THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE (CRDA) FOR INVOLVEMENT IN DRUGS. THIS WAS A DECREASE OF 4.9 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1984 WHEN 912 NEW CASES WERE REPORTED.

THE NUMBER OF NEWLY REPORTED YOUNG PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 FELL BY 3.8 PER CENT FROM 236 IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1984 TO 227 IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985.

A DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PERSONS PROSECUTED FOR MAJOR AND MINOR DRUG OFFENCES WAS ALSO RECORDED. IN THE FIRST QUARTER, 2 825 PERSONS WERE PROSECUTED FOR DRUG OFFENCES, REPRESENTING A 4.7 PER CENT DECREASE COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

AS A RESULT OF THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF THE POLICE FORCE AND THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, SOME 180 KILOGRAMMES OF ILLICIT OPIATES, MAINLY HEROIN BASE, WERE SEIZED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985.

AT TODAY’S MEETING ACAN ENDORSED A NEW PUBLICITY STRATEGY FOR THE 1985-86 CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL -

(1) FOCUS ATTENTION ON DRUG PUSHERS AND THE DESTRUCTION THEY CAUSE TO PEOPLE’S LIVES,

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(2) ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO REPORT DRUG PEDDLING ACTIVITIES, AND

(3) BE TARGETED AT PARENTS, PUTTING ACROSS THE MESSAGE THAT 'YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER COULD BE THE NEXT VICTIM REPORT DRUG ACTIVITIES’.

EFFORTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE MADE TO REACH OUT TO YOUNG PEOPLz, WHO ARE MOST EXPOSED TO THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE, AND TO PREVENT THEM FROM GETTING INVOLVED IN DRUGS.

WITH THIS OBJECTIVE IN MIND, THE HELP OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND COMMUNITY SOCIAL WORKERS HAS BEEN ENL(STED AND DRUG EDUCATION TALKS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE BEING GIVEN BY THE SCHOOL TALKS TEAM “ THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

CF THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF

TO DATE, 408 TALKS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO SOME 120 000 SECONDARY STUDENTS IN 221 SCHOOLS.

DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS WITH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT CONTINUE THIS YEAR FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ANT I-NARCOTI Co CAMPAIGN WITH A BEACH CONCERT HELD ON JULY 14 AT REPULSE BAY, DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS WILL BE MOUNTED IN KWAI CHUNG, SHA TIN AND KOwLOON CITY LATER THIS YEAR.

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PROVISIONAL RC MEMBERS VISIT TAI PO DB * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, CALLED ON THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD TO SUPPORT THE COUNCIL IN IMPROVING THE MUNICIPAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES FOR THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING INDUSTRIAL CENTRE.

THE CALL WAS MADE THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON WHEN MR CHEUNG AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL PAID A VISIT TO THE BOARD.

TAI PO HAS BECOME A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL CENTRE AND MANY RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS WERE BUILT IN THE NEW TOWN IN RECENT YEARS, MR CHEUNG SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE TOWN WOULD BE BETTER LINKED WITH THE URBAN AREAS WHEN THE TAI PO-SHA TIN COASTAL ROAD WAS COMPLETED LATER THIS YEAR.

AT A MEETING HELD DURING THE VISIT, SOME MEMBERS OF THE BOARD SUGGESTED THAT THE RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMES FOR THE RESIDENTS IN TAI PO SHOULD BE FAMILY ORIENTATED. THEY ADDED THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE 0-12 AGE GROUP IN THE ‘‘ THAN THOSE IN OTHER DISTRICTS.

DISTRICT ARE COMPARATIVELY HIGHER

THE BOARD MEMBERS ALSO ASKED RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES SHOULD BE IN THE RURAL AREAS.

THAT

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general duties men praised

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THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR ARTHUR JOHNSON, TODAY PRAISED FOUR MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL DUTIES TEAM, WHO WERE WOUNDED WHILE CARRYING OUT ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST ILLEGAL HAWKERS IN KWAI CHUNG YESTERDAY, FOR THEIR DEVOTION TO DUTY.

MR JOHNSON WAS VISITING TWO OF THE INJURED OFFICERS IN PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL.

ACCOMPANYING MR JOHNSON ON THE VISIT WERE THE SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT (ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE), MR CHAN TING-PO; THE KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT. MR LEE SHEUNG-YEE; AND THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY (STAFF WELFARE) OF THE RSD, MISS KATIE CHING.

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS TO ORGANISE A WIDE RANGE OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ON THE ISLANDS DISTRICT THIS YEAR FOR RESIDENTS AND YOUNGSTERS WHO FLOCK TO VARIOUS OUTLYING ISLANDS ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.

THERE WILL BE MORE THAN 30 RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING CAMPING, HORSE RIDING, FISHING, FAMILY CAMP, DAY CAMP, BOAT ROWING, RUNNING AND A VARIETY SHOW.

THE ACTIVITIES, WHICH WILL LAST TILL JANUARY NEXT YEAR, WILL BE LAUNCHED AT A CEREMONY AT THE SILVERMINE BAY BEACH ON LANTAU ISLAND ON SATURDAY (JULY 20) AT 3 PM.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAM WAI-KEUNG; THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF ISLANDS, MR RAYMOND WONG; THE CHIEF LEISURE MANAGER OF THE RSD, MR JOHN YEUNG, AND THE ISLANDS DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR TAM PAK-HANG.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY WILL INCLUDE FUN GAMES AND LIFE-SAVING DEMONSTRATION.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE FUN GAMES FOR WHICH NO ADMISSION TICKETS ARE REQUIRED.

TO INTRODUCE THE ACTIVITIES TO THE PUBLIC, THE RSD HAS PUBLISHED A COMPREHENSIVE PAMPHLET OUTLINING THE VENUE, DATE AND TIME OF EACH INDIVIDUAL EVENT.

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COPIES OF THE PAMPHLET, TOGETHER WITH APPLICATION FORMS, ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT RSD’S ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, ALL SUB-OFFICES OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE AND ALL RURAL COMMITTEES OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT SILVERMINE BAY BEACH ON SATURDAY (JULY 20) AT 3 PM.

A GOVERNMENT LAUNCH WILL BE AVAILABLE TO TAKE MEMBERS OF THE PRESS WHO WISH TO COVER THE EVENT. FOR RESERVATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT MRS LEE CHAN YUEN-NUI, ASSISTANT RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER OF ISLANDS DISTRICT ON TELEPHONE 5-423085 BEFORE 5 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 19).

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SEMINAR DEALS WITH MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS *****

MODERN CORPORATION MANAGEMENT AND THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE STRUCTURE OF COMPLEX GROUPS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT A SEMINAR TO BE LED BY DR ROBERT I. TRICKER, DIRECTOR OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL’S MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE OF HONG KONG, ON SATURDAY (JULY 20).

THE SEMINAR IS AN ANNUAL EVENT OF THE +MANAGEMENT FOR EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME+ OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

DR TRICKER WILL ALSO GIVE TWO LECTURES ON HOW A MODERN CORPORATION IS DIRECTED, SUPERVISED, CONTROLLED AND HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

THE THEME OF THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR IS +DI RECT I NG THE MODERN CORPORATION - ISSUES IN STRATEGY, STRUCTURE AND CONTROL*.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE SEMINAR MAY TELEPHONE 5-278626.

DR TRICKER OF HARVARD AND OXFORD WAS THE DIRECTOR OF THE CORPORATE POLICY GROUP AT NUFFIELD COLLEGE, OXFORD, WHERE HE HELD A RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP UNDERTAKING STUDIES INTO THE WORK OF COMPANY DIRECTORS. PRIOR TO THAT, HE DIRECTED THE OXFORD CENTRE FOR MANAGEMENT STUDIES FOR 10 YEARS. HE WAS ALSO THE FIRST PROFESSOR OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN BRITAIN, AT WARWICK UNIVERSITY.

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1 000 YOUTHS IN SUNDAY PAINTING EVENT

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ONE THOUSAND YOUTHS In ILL BE TAKING PART IN A CREATIVE PAINTING EVENT AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND ON SUNDAY (JULY 21), CENTERING ON THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR’S THESIS OF 'PARTICIPATION, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE’.

THE EVENT WILL START OFF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MRS SELINA CHOW? MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, AND THE CHAIRMAN CF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CLEMENT TAO WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

ABOUT 80 EVENTS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT FOR YOUTHS, INCLUDING FAMILY OUTINGS AND CAMPINGS, WATER SPORTS, COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION LECTURES AND SEMINARS, TRAINING CLASSES ON SPORTS AND MUSIC, CONCERTS AND TALENT SHOWS.

PAMPHLETS ABOUT THE PROGRAMME MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE TAI KOK TSUI BRANCH OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT 4.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 21) AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND, SAI YEE STREET.

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CORRECTIONAL CHIEF TO MEET THE MEDIA

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THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, WILL MEET THE MEDIA IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, AT 3 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MR CHAN ASSUMED THE POST ON JULY 1. HE IS THE FIRST CHINESE TO HEAD THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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OUTDOOR VAR IETY SHOW X * * *

AN OUTDOOR VARIETY SHOW FEATURING POPULAR SINGERS WILL BE JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND RTHK AT SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND, TSUEN WAN, ON SATURDAY (JULY 20) FROM 3 PM TO 4 PM.

THE ONE-HOUR EPISODE, WHICH WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON RTHk RADIO ONE, IS PART OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY RADIO PROGRAMME SERIES +MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK+.

TAIWANESE; SINGER, MISS CAI XING JUAN AND TWO LOCAL SINGERS, MR ALBERT AU AND MISS ANNABELLA LUI WILL PERFORM AT THE SHOW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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RAILWAY GOODS YARD BEING BUILT * * * *

THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED AN $11.3 MILLION CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A RAILWAY GOODS YARD AT MONG KOK.

THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE LOADING AND UNLOADING FACILITIES FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY. IT IS PART OF THE RECONSTRUCTION CF MONG KOK STATION UNDER KCR’S MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION SCHEME.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RAILWAY LOOP LINE, A SHUNT NECK AND SIX SIDINGS FOR MARSHALLING THE WAGONS. OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS WILL INVOLVE DRAINAGE AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION, FENCING AND THE PROVISION OF AN AMENITY BLOCK NEAR THE STATION.

THE SITE AREA MEASURES ABOUT 25 HECTARES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START EARLY NEXT MONTH AND BE COMPLETED IN 12 MONTHS.

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ANTI-MOSQUITO CAMPAIGN IN CENTRAL * X * *

PEST CONTROL STAFF FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S CENTRAL DISTRICT OFFICE BRAVED THE RAINY WEATHER THIS MORNING (THURSDAY) TO LAUNCH THE SECOND PHASE OF THE ANT I-MOSQUITO CAMPAIGN IN THE DISTRICT.

THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD WILL LAST UNTIL THE END OF NEXT WEEK. DURING THIS PERIOD, PEST CONTROL STAFF FROM THE DISTRICT WILL CHECK AND IDENTIFY ALL POTENTIAL MOSQUITO BREEDING PLACES IN COMMON PARTS OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION SITES, PUBLIC PLACES, LANES AND YARDS IN THE DISTRICT.

THEY WILL ALSO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO ELIMINATE POTENTIAL MOSQUITO BREEDING GROUNDS FOUND DURING INSPECTIONS AND ADVISE THE PUBLIC ON HOW TO PREVENT MOSQUITO BREEDING.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN, AIMED AT THE ELIMINATION OF POTENTIAL BREEDING PLACES ON HILLSLOPES IN THE PEAK AND UPPER LEVELS AREA, WAS CONDUCTED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NO CHANGE OF DECISION, BOAT WIVES TOLD .......................... 1

U.S. RECOGNISES H.K. 'S FAIR TRADE............................... 1

DORWARD LOBBIES TOP CONGRESSMEN ................................. 2

DRAFT BILL TO COMBAT TAX AVOIDANCE............................... 4

UMELCO AD HOC INLAND REVENUE REVIEW GROUP ....................... 6

ELECTION CONSTITUENCIES SET OUT ................................  7

MORE POWER SOUGHT TO FREEZE ILL-GOTTEN GAINS .................... 7

$100 000 MINIMUM DEPOSIT PROPOSED ............................... 8

MOVE TO CONTROL OPTOMETRY ....................................... 9

MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL PROPOSED.............. 10

BILL SEEKS TO CLARIFY GOODS VEHICLE LOAD LIMIT.................. 11

MOVE TO IMPROVE LICENCE RENEWAL PROCEDURES ..................... 12

OPENING OF 'ABILYNPIC .........................................  12

APPOINTMENT TO LONDON POST CONFIRMED ........................... 13

NEU MEMBER APPOINTED TO EDUCATION COMMISSION ................... 14

IMPORTANCE OF CAREERS ADVICE STRESSED .......................... 14

MANPOWER FOR COMPUTERS IN DEMAND ............................... 16

FIGHTING CRIME THE ACTIVITY WAY ................................ 17

MORE APPLY TO START INSURANCE HERE ............................. 18

FINAL STAGE OF REDEVELOPMENT FOR ESTATE......................... 19

BOARD HELPS WORK FOR SQUATTERS................................   20

DB MEMBERS LEARN ABOUT POLICE WORK ............................. 21

VIEI/S EXCHANGED ON DISTRICT ISSUES ............................ 22

TECHNICAL SCHOOLS INVITE ENROLMENT ............................. 22

FOOTWEAR LEVY FOR TRAINING STARTS AUGUST ....................... 23

ORIENTATION FOR PROBATION WORK VOLUNTEERS ...................... 23

MAKING OF FIREMEN .............................................. 24

YOUTH MUSIC CAMP OPENING........................................ 24

BRIDGE FOR LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES IN TUEN MUN ..................... 24

LANDING FACILITIES FOR LIGHT BEACON PLANNED .................... 25

GOVERNMENT PROPERTY FOR RENT ................................... 25

RECORD NUMBER OF UC PROJECTS TO BE LET ......................... 26

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN SAI YING PUN ................................ 27

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NO CHANGE OF DECISION, BOAT WIVES TOLD * * * *

THE 14 BOAT WIVES AT YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER ARE BEING TOLD THAT THE POINTS THEY MADE IN THEIR PETITION TO THE GOVERNOR YESTERDAY HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BUT THE CONCLUSION IS THAT THEY PROVIDE NO GOOD REASON TO REVERSE THE DECISION OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

REPLYING TODAY ON THE AUTHORITY OF THE

GOVERNOR, THE REITERATED THAT IF

SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON THE BOAT WIVES RETURN TO CHINA VOLUNTARILY ASK THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES TO GIVE THEM PRIORITY IN GRANTING ONE-WAY PERMITS FOR THEM TO RETURN TO HONG KONG.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL

BUT IF THEY NOW FAIL TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY, THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO MAKE REMOVAL ORDERS AGAINST THEM, MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

THE REPLY TO THE PETITION MADE ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNOR WAS SENT TO THE 14 BOAT WIVES THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

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U.S. RECOGNISES H.K.’S FAIR TRADE * * * *

RECOGNITION BY THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, NR CLAYTON YEUTTER, OF HONG KONG’S FAIR TRADE PRACTICES WAS WELCOMED BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR DONALD TSANG, TODAY (FRIDAY).

MR YEUTTER SPOKE YESTERDAY BEFORE THE HOUSE TRADE SUBCOMMITTEE IN WASHINGTON ON U.S. TRADE POLICY TOWARDS THE PACIFIC RIM.

IN QUESTION AND ANSwER, MR YEUTTER SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD AN OPEN MARKET WITH NO TARIFF OR OTHER BARRIERS AND THAT THE UNITtD STATES HAD NO CONTROVERSY IN TRADE MATTERS WITH THE TERRITORY.

NR TSANG WELCOMED THIS STATEMENT.

THE AUTHORITIES IN HONG KONG HAVE A GOOD RECORD OF ENFORCEMENT,«■ SAID MR YEUTTER ON THE QUESTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION. THE LEGAL SYSTEM IN THE TERRITORY, WHICH IS BASED ON THE BRITISH SYSTEM, PROVIDES A REASONABLE BASIS ON WHICH RIGHTS CAN BE PROTECTED, HE SAID.

MR YEUTTER SAID THAT THE UNITED STATES WAS WILLING TO EXPLORt. A VARIETY OF ROUTES TOWARDS TRADE LIBERALISATION WHICH WERE CONSISTENT WITH THE GATT.

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HE SAID: +THE UNITED STATES HAS SET ITS COURSE CLEARLY. WE SUPPORT A SIMULTANEOUS LIBERALISATION OF ALL THE ECONOMIES IN THE PACIFIC REGION, INCLUDING OUR OWN.+

ON TRADE POLICY OBJECTIVES IN ASIA, MR YEUTTER SAID THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE RECENT ECONOMIC DYNAMISM OF THE PACIFIC REGION HAD BEEN THE OPEN AND EXPANDING U.S. ECONOMY.

+THE PHENOMENAL GROWTH OF THE ASIAN ECONOMIES COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ACHIEVED WITHOUT THE VORACIOUS AMERICAN APPETITE FOR IMPORTS RESULTING FROM OUR UNPRECEDENTED ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THAT THOSE WHO HAD BENEFITED SO SIGNIFICANTLY FROM THIS SITUATION HAD AN OBLIGATION TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONTINUATION OF PACIFIC PROSPERITY.

+THE OBLIGATION OF THE PACIFIC COUNTRIES IS TO OPEN THEIR ECONOMIES TO FOREIGN PARTICIPATION,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THE PROPOSED TEXTILE APPAREL TRADE AND ENFORCEMENT ACT AND THE UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATION OF IMPORT RELIEF FOR NON-RUBBER FOOTWEAR WERE CONSIDERED BY ASIAN COUNTRIES AS MAJOR IMPEDIMENTS TO THEIR ABILITY TO LIBERALISE THEIR OWN ECONOMIES FURTHER.

POLITICALLY IT IS DIFFICULT TO PERSUADE THEIR OWN BUSINESS COMMUNITIES, LEGISLATURES AND PUBLIC THAT THEY SHOULD LIBERALISE THEIR ECONOMIES WHEN THE U.S. APPEARS TO BE INCREASINGLY PROTECTIONIST.

ECONOMICALLY, IT IS DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO LIBERALISE IF THE PROSPECTS FOR THEIR FLAGSHIP EXPORT INDUSTRIES ARE UNCERTAIN.+

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DORWARD LOBBIES TOP CONGRESSMEN * * *

HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER FOR- COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS IN NEW YORK, WILLIAM DORwARD, MET wI TH SOME OF THE MOST POWERFUL MEMBERS OF THE U.S. CONGRESS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) TO LOBBY AGAINST THE JENKINS BILL, WHICH SEEKS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN TEXTILE INDUSTRY BY RESTRICTING IMPORTS.

IN A SERIES OF CALLS ON CAPITOL HILL, HE HAD TALKS WITH THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, ROBERT DOLE, SENATOR BILL BRADLEY OF NE.. JERSEY, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WAYS ANu r-EANS COMMITTEE, DAN ROSTENKOWSK I .

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MR DORwARD SAID HE MET WITH THE CONGRESSMEN +TO CONVEY TO THEM HONG KONG’S DEEP CONCERN OVER THE JENKINS BILL+.

+IT IS IN VIOLATION OF BOTH THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) AND THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT (MFA), AS WELL AS AT LEAST A DOZEN BILATERAL AGREEMENTS CONCLUDED UNDER THE MFA,+ HE SAID.

MR DORwARD SAID HE POINTED OUT TO THE CONGRESSMEN TnAT HONG KONG WAS A COMPLETELY OPEN MARKET FOR UNITED STATES GOODS, AS WELL AS THdSE FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY, MEANING THE BILL WAS FUNDAMENTALLY UNFAIR TO THE TERRITORY.

+IN ADDITION, PASSAGE OF THE BILL WOULD NOT BODE WELL FOR NEGOTIATIONS CONCERNING A NEW ROUND OF THE MFA.+

MR DORWARD, WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED DURING HIS TALKS BY HONG KONG’S COUNSELLOR IN WASHINGTON, MR PETER LO, AND THE TDC’S LOBBYIST, VERRICK FRENCH, SAID THE CONGRESSMEN NOTED HONG KONG’S ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE JENKINS BILL, BUT ALSO POINTED TO THE GROWING SUPPORT FOR IT.

AT THE LATEST COUNT, IT HAD 290 CO-SPONSORS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND 53 IN THE SENATE, THE HOUSE HAS 435 MEMBERS AND THE SENATE HAS 100.

SENATOR DOLE IS THE LEADER OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE, AND HAS BEEN MENTIONED AS A CONTENDER FOR THE 1988 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION, SENATOR BRADLEY IS A MEMBER OF THE INFLUENTIAL StNATE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

AS CHAIRMAN OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE MR ROSTENKOWSKI । ONF OF THE MOST POWERFUL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE;). the committee has control over all legislation affecting taxation AND OTHER GOVERNMENT REVENUE.

MR ROSTENKOWSKI wAS ONE OF THREE LEADING DEMOCRATS WHO INTRODUCED A BILL TO CONGRESS «HICH aOULD IMPOSE A 25 PER CENT DUTY ON GOODS FROM JAPAN AND THREE OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE LARGE TRADE SURPLUSES WITH THE UNITED STATES AND ARE ACCUSED OF MAINTAINING UNFAIR TRADE BARRIERS AGAINST U.S. GOODS. HONG KONG WOULD BE EXEMPT, BECAUSE ALTHOUGH IT HAS A LARGE SURPLUS, IT HAS NO TRADE RESTRICTIONS.

FRIDAY, JULY 19, 1935

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DRAFT BILL TO COMBAT TAX AVOIDANCE

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A DRAFT BILL WHICH SEEKS TO PROVIDE THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE WITH MORE EFFECTIVE POWERS TO FIGHT TAX AVOIDANCE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION.

THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT)(NO. 4) BILL 1985 MAINLY LAYS DOWN THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ANT I-TAX AVOIDANCE AND TAX DEFERRAL PROPOSALS MADE BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS.BUDGET SPEECH IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN VIEW OF THE LENGTH AND COMPLEXITY OF THE PROVISIONS, IT WAS FELT THAT THEY SHOULD BE PUBLISHED IN DRAFT FORM SO THAT PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND THE PUBLIC COULD COMMENT ON THEM BEFORE THE BILL’S INTRODUCTION INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

+AMENDMENTS CAN THEN BE MADE IF NECESSARY BEFORE THE BILL GOES THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS,* HE SAID.

TO ENABLE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE MORE TIME TO STUDY THE BILL IN DETAIL, CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS SEPTEMBER 10, 1985.

EXPLAINING THE PROVISIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE BILL, IF ENACTED, WOULD GIVE EFFECT TO THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS MADE BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH:

(A) TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING GENERAL ANT I-AVOI DANCE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN SECTION 61 OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE WITH LEGISLATION WHICH WILL PROVIDE THE COMMISSIONER WITH MORE EFFECTIVE ANT I-AVOI DANCE POWERS;

(B) TO LIMIT THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TAX DEFERRAL THROUGH LEVERAGED LEASING ARRANGEMENTS FOR EQUIPMENT USED OFF-SHORE AND SO-CALLED ’SALE AND LEASE-BACK’ DEVICES IN GENERAL;

(C) TO NARROW THE SCOPE FOR MANIPULATION OF THE PROFITS TAX EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS PROVISIONS FOLLOWING A 1983 PRIVY COUNCIL DECISION; AND

(D) TO INTRODUCE SOME RELATIVELY MINOR TECHNICAL CHANGES TO THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

REFERRING TO THE BACKGROUND OF THE PROPOSALS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT HAD, IN RECENT YEARS, SEEN INCREASING EVIDENCE OF TAX AVOIDANCE AND TAX DEFERRAL DEVICES BEING UNDERTAKEN BY TAX-PAYERS AT A CONSIDERABLE ANNUAL COST TO THE TREASURY.

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♦THESE DEVICES INCLUDE THE USE OF LEVERAGED LEASING ARRANGEMENTS AND ’SALE AND LEASE-BACK’ ARRANGEMENTS.

♦THIS BILL THEREFORE SEEKS, INTER ALIA, TO INTRODUCE PROVISIONS TO DENY TAX-PAYERS DEPRECIATION ALLOWANCES IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN EQUIPMENT LEASING SCHEMES. THE PROPOSALS ARE MEANT TO DISCOURAGE TAX AVOIDANCE AND TO PROVIDE THE COMMISSIONER WITH ADDITIONAL POWERS WHERE AVOIDANCE SCHEMES ARE DISCOVERED,+ HE SAID.

THE BACKGROUND TO ANOTHER KEY FEATURE OF THE BILL DATED BACK TO 1983 WHEN THE PRIVY COUNCIL HANDED DOWN A DECISION WHICH HAD THE EFFECT OF PERMITTING TAX-PAYERS TO CLAIM, AS EXPENSES DEDUCTIBLE FOR PROFITS TAX PURPOSES, CERTAIN ACCOUNTING PROVISIONS NOTWITHSTANDING THAT ACTUAL PAYMENT OF SUCH EXPENSES MAY NOT BE LEGALLY DUE FOR MANY YEARS AHEAD.

+IT IS THOUGHT THAT THIS DECISION HAS FAR-REACHING CONSEQUENCES AND HAS OPENED UP POSSIBILITIES FOR TAX ABUSE.

♦ACCORDINGLY, IT IS PROPOSED TO AMEND THE LAW TO NARROW THE SCOPE FOR MAN IPULATION,+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO BEING TAKEN TO INTRODUCE CERTAIN REFINEMENTS TO THE BASIC LEGISLATION CONCERNING THE DEDUCTION OF INTEREST FOR PROFITS TAX PURPOSES.

♦THESE REFINEMENTS WILL PERMIT THE ALLOWANCE OF INTEREST PAYABLE IN RESPECT OF PUBLICLY LISTED DEBENTURES (IRRESPECTIVE OF THE DATE OF LISTING) AND IN RESPECT OF MARKETABLE ’COMMERCIAL PAPER’, SUCH AS FLOATING RATE NOTES AND CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSITS,+ HE SAID.

THE PROPOSED REFINEMENTS ARE A RESULT OF VARIOUS REPRESENTATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984.

THE BILL ALSO CONTAINS A NUMBER OF TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS WHICH ARE IN GENERAL OF A MINOR NATURE.

IN A SEPARATE PRESS RELEASE TO BE ISSUED TODAY, UMELCO ANNOUNCED THE FORMATION OF AN AD HOC INLAND REVENUE REVIEW GROUP, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF HON Q.W. LEE, TO STUDY THE GENERAL ISSUE OF TAX AVOIDANCE AND TO CONSIDER THE BILL PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

PUBLIC COMMENTS AND VIEWS ON THE BILL MAY, THEREFORE, BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE AD HOC GROUP AT THE UMELCO OFFICE, SWIRE HOUSE, 12/F, CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL, AND, IN ADDITION OR ALTERNATIVELY, TO THE DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, 5/F, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, CENTRAL.

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UMELCO AD HOC INLAND REVENUE REVIEW GROUP * * * *

UMELCO ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE FORMATION OF AN AD HOC INLAND REVENUE REVIEW GROUP TO STUDY THE GENERAL ISSUE OF TAX AVOIDANCE AND TO CONSIDER THE DRAFT BILL PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT TODAY, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION ANY FURTHER REPRESENTATIONS THAT MAY BE FORWARDED BY THE PUBLIC.

THE GROUP WILL ALSO LOOK INTO THE FEARS AND RESERVATIONS EXPRESSED BY SOME SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY THAT THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS OF RECENT AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING INLAND REVENUE LEGISLATION MIGHT HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON BUSINESS CONFIDENCE AND INVESTMENT INTEREST IN HONG KONG.

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE GROUP ARE:-

HAVING REGARD TO HONG KONG’S LONG STANDING POLICY OF MAINTAINING A SIMPLE AND STABLE TAX ENVIRONMENT CONDUCIVE TO INVESTMENT AND CONFIDENCE, THE AD HOC GROUP WILL:

(1) EXAMINE THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1984 AND THE RELEVANT PRACTICE NOTE TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER THEY CONFORM WITH THE DECLARED INTENTION AND SPIRIT OF THE ORDINANCE;

(2) EXAMINE THE DRAFT BILL PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY, 19.7.85 (TODAY) ON ANTI-AVOIDANCE MEASURES;

(3) EXAMINE THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS OF RECENT AMENDMENTS TO THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE TO ASCERTAIN THEIR EFFECT ON THE ECONOMY AND BUSINESS CONFIDENCE;

(4) CONSULT WIDELY AND RECEIVE FURTHER REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC! AND

(5) REPORT TO UMELCO BY 1OTH SEPTEMBER.

MEMBERS OF THE GROUP COME FROM VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING BANKING, INDUSTRY, BUSINESS, THE PROFESSIONS AND SOCIAL SERVICES. THEY ARE: HON Q.W. LEE, HON PETER POON, HON LI FOOK-WO, HON M.G.R. SANDBERG, HON ALLEN LEE, HON ANDREW SO, HON WONG PO-YAN, HON W.C.L. BROWN, HON K.C. CHAN, HON J.J. SwAINE, HON STEPHEN CHEONG, HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, HON MRS RITA FAN, DR HON KIM CHAM AND HON CARL TONG.

HON Q.W. LEE WILL SERVE AS CONVENER AND HON PETER POON AS DEPUTY CONVENER. THE GROUP WILL REPORT ITS CONCLUSIONS TO UMELCO ON SEPTEMBER 10.

THE AD HOC GROUP WELCOMES PUBLIC COMMENTS AND VIEWS ON THE SUBJECT. AS THE AD HOC GROUP WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE ITS REPORT BY SEPTEMBER 10, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO FORWARD THEIR REPRESENTATIONS TO THE UMELCO OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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ELECTION CONSTITUENCIES SET OUT * * *

TWO ORDERS DECLARING THE CONSTITUENCIES FOR ELECTIONS TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AND TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THEY ARE THE DECLARATION OF CONSTITUENCIES (URBAN COUNCIL) ORDER 1985 AND THE DECLARATION OF CONSTITUENCIES (REGIONAL COUNCIL) ORDER 1985.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE ORDER IS MERELY A REDECLARATION OF THE EXISTING CONSTITUENCY BOUNDARIES. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE WILL STILL BE TEN DISTRICTS WITH A TOTAL OF 15 CONSTITUENCIES.

IN THE CASE OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL FOR WHICH NEW BOUNDARIES HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP, THERE WILL BE NINE DISTRICTS WITH 12 CONSTITUENCIES (IN BRACKETS) AS FOLLOWS:

ISLANDS (ISLANDS), KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl (KWAI CHUNG EAST, KWAI CHUNG WEST AND TSING Yl), NORTH (NORTH), SAI KUNG (SAI KUNG), SHA TIN (SHA TIN EAST, SHA TIN WEST), TAI PO (TAI PO), TSUEN WAN (TSUEN WAN), TUEN MUN (TUEN MUN EAST, TUEN MUN WEST), YUEN LONG (YUEN LONG).

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DETAILS OF THE DELINEATION OF THE CONSTITUENCY AREAS WERE OUTLINED ON MAPS IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRATION OFFICER.

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MORE POWER SOUGHT TO FREEZE ILL-GOTTEN GAINS * * * * *

THE HIGH COURT MAY HAVE WIDER POWERS IN FUTURE TO GRANT INJUNCTIONS TO FREEZE THE ILL-GOTTEN GAINS OF SUSPECTED CRIMINALS PUT IN BANK ACCOUNTS.

UNDER A SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY), THE HIGH COURT MAY GRANT SUCH AN INJUNCTION ON APPLICATION BY THE POLICE AS A SEPARATE SUBSTANTIVE PROCEEDING. UNDER EXISTING LEGISLATION, AN APPLICATION FOR AN INJUNCTION AS AN ANCILLARY RELIEF HAS TO BE ADJUNCT TO AN ACTION ASSERTING A LEGAL OR EQUITABLE RIGHT.

THE BILL ONLY GIVES, AMONG OTHER APPLICANTS, THE POLICE A LEGAL STATUS TO MAKE THE APPLICATION AS LONG AS THEY CAN ESTABLISH A RELEVANT DEGREE C- INTEREST IN THE SUBJECT MATTER CF THE APPLICATION. THE HIGH COURT «ILL STILL HAVE TO BE SATISFIED THAT THE GRANT OF AN INJUNCTION IS JJST AND CONVENIENT.

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT SIMILAR MEASURES wERE PROVIDED IN BRITAIN UNDER SUPREME COURT ACT 1981, AND THE PROPOSAL TO ADOPT THE RELEVANT PROVISION IN THE ACT WAS FIRST PUT FORWARD BY THE STANDING LIAISON COMMITTEE ON COMMERCIAL CRIME.

THE BILL ALSO EMPOWERS THE HIGH COURT TO GRANT A ■hMAREVA INJUNCTION*, WHICH PREVENTS THE REMOVAL OF ASSETS ABROAD BY A DEFENDANT, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER HE IS DOMICILED, RESIDENT OR PRESENT IN HONG KONg.

CONSULTATIONS HAD BEEN CONDUCTED WITH THE LAW SOCIETY, THE BAR ASSOCIATION, THE LAW DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE JUDICIARY, WHO WERE ALL IN SUPPORT OF THE MEASURES TO WIDEN THE INJUNCTION AND TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY BASIS FOR MAREVA INJUNCTIONS, HE SAID.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 24. ANYONE WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON ITS PROVISIONS MAY WRITE TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOwER ALBERT ROAD, CENTRAL.

$100 000 MINIMUM DEPOSIT PROPOSED * * *

A BILL WILL SOON BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL INCREASING FROM $50 000 TO $100 000 THE MINIMUM AMOUNT A REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY CAM TAKE AS A DEPOSIT.

THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 AMENDS THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE ALONG THE LINES EXPLAINED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON FEBRUARY 27 WHEN HE MOVED THE SECOND READING OF THE APPROPRIATION BILL 1985.

THE BILL, RECENTLY ENDORSED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), STIPULATES THAT THE AMENDED SPECIFIED SUM WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE FROM MARCH 1 NEXT YEAR.

IT IS ALSO PROPOSED IN THE BILL THAT THE ORDINANCE BE AMENDED SO THAT DEPOSITS ALREADY IN PLACE WHEN THE NEW INCREASED SPECIFIED SUM TAKES EFFECT WOULD BE PERMITTED TO RUN TO MATURITY.

WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT THE OBJECT IN SETTING THE MINIMUM DEPOSIT AT B50 030 IN 1976 WAS TO PROTECT THE SMALL DEPOSITOR BY +IN EFFECT, DEBARRING HIM FROM DEPOSITING WITH A DTC.+

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BUT, HE SAID, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS MEASURE HAD BEEN ERODED BY THE PASSAGE OF TIME, AND THE LIMIT THEREFORE NEEDED TO BE INCREASED.

THE BILL WILL RECEIVE ITS FIRST READING ON JULY 24. PUBLIC COMMENTS MAY BE SENT TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, AT ADMIRALTY CENTRE, TOWER II, 24TH FLOOR, HARCOURT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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MOVE TO CONTROL OPTOMETRY * * * * *

LEGISLATIVE CONTROL ON THE PRACTICE OF OPTOMETRY IN HONG KONG WILL SHORTLY BE INTRODUCED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THIS IS ONE OF THE PROVISIONS OF A NEW BILL - THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS, MIDWIVES REGISTRATION AND NURSES REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 - WHICH IS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION.

UNDER THE BILL, OPTOMETRISTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER BEFORE THEY CAN PRACTISE IN HONG KONG. THIS MEANS THAT A PERSON WHO IS TRAINED IN THE PRACTICE OF TESTING VISION, PRESCRIBING OPTICAL APPLIANCES, FITTING OPTICAL APPLIANCES OR SUPPLYING OPTICAL APPLIANCES ON PRESCRIPTION HAS TO BE REGISTERED.

THE OPTOMETRY PROFESSION WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULE OF THE PRINCIPAL SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE.

AT PRESENT THERE ARE FOUR PROFESSIONS LISTED IN THE SCHEDULE: MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIANS, RADIOGRAPHERS, PHYSIOTHERAPISTS AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS WHO ARE GOVERNED SEPARATELY BY FOUR STATUTORY BOARDS SET UP TO PROMOTE ADEQUATE STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AMONG MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSIONS AND TO CARRY OUT THE FUNCTIONS ASSIGNED TO THEM UNDER THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

IF THE BILL IS PASSED, A STATUTORY BOARD WILL ALSO BE SET UP FOR OPTOMETRISTS.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS IN THE BILL PROVIDES THAT IN CONDUCTING DISCIPLINARY INQUIRIES, THE BOARDS WILL BE EMPOWERED TO DETERMINE WHETHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC OR THE PRESS SHOULD BE ADMITTED OR NOT.

ANOTHER PROVISION WILL SIMPLIFY THE PROCEDURES FOR REGISTRATION UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE, THE MIDWIVES REGISTRATION ORDINANCE AND THE NURSES REGISTRATION ORDINANCE.

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AT PRESENT THE THREE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCES REQUIRE THE BOARDS TO HOLD FORMAL INQUIRIES BEFORE ADMITTING ANY APPLICANTS TO THE REGISTER. THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WILL PROVIDE THAT INQUIRIES WILL BE REQUIRED ONLY FOR THOSE CASES WHEN THE BOARDS PROPOSE TO DECLINE THE APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION.

THE AMENDED LEGISLATION WILL ALSO REQUIRE THAT AT LEAST ONE DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY WHICH OPERATES ANY SERVICES RELATED TO THE FIVE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS SHOULD BE PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED TO THE STANDARD REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION TO PRACTISE THE PROFESSION CONCERNED.

IN ADDITION, THE BILL MAKES PROVISIONS FOR VARIOUS AMENDMENTS TO THE MISCELLANEOUS LICENCES ORDINANCE, THE MEDICAL CLINICS ORDINANCE AND THE MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS ORDINANCE IN RELATION TO THE PRACTICE BY PHYSIOTHERAPISTS. THESE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ARE INTENDED TO COME INTO OPERATION WHEN REGULATIONS ARE DRAWN UP FOR THE REGISTRATION AND PRACTICE OF PHYSIOTHERAPISTS BY THE STATUTORY BOARD CONCERNED.

THE NEW BILL IS SCHEDULED TO BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 24, 1985.

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MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL PROPOSED

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A BILL TO ENABLE THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL TO CARRY OUT ITS FUNCTIONS WITH GREATER FLEXIBILITY WAS GAZETTED TODAY.

THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 PROVIDES FOR THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL, MODIFIES THE FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK AND REMOVES REFERENCES TO THE PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE, THUS MAKING IT CLEAR THAT THE COUNCIL OPERATES AS A SINGLE ENTITY.

IT WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 24.

THE BILL STEMS FROM A REVIEW UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COUNCIL IN THE LIGHT OF THE MORE ACTIVE APPROACH BEING TAKEN BY THE COUNCIL IN PROVIDING SUPPORT SERVICES TO INDUSTRY, AS RECOMMENDED IN THE REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION.

IF THE BILL IS PASSED, SAID A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, THE COUNCIL WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SUITABLE COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDING, FOR EXAMPLE, THE PATENTING OF INVENTIONS DEVELOPED BY IT AND THE RECEIVING OF ROYALTIES, AND TO PARTICIPATE IN JOINT VENTURES.

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BILL SEEKS TO CLARIFY GOODS VEHICLE LOAD LIMIT * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS SEEKING TO CLARIFY THE LAW ON THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ALLOWED ON GOODS VEHICLES AND THE MAXIMUM LOAD THEY ARE PERMITTED TO CARRY.

UNDER A ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY, IT WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO ASSIGN OR DETERMINE A PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT TO A GOODS VEHICLE INDIVIDUALLY AS WAS THE CASE BEFORE THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE WAS REVISED IN AUGUST LAST YEAR.

FOLLOWING THE REVISION OF THE ORDINANCE, GOODS VEHICLES ARE NOW CLASSIFIED UNDER SEVERAL CATEGORIES ACCORDING TO WEIGHT AND A UNIFORM GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT IS PRESCRIBED FOR EACH CATEGORY OF VEHICLE.

IF THE AMENDMENT BILL IS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO INTRODUCE CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC (REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF VEHICLES) REGULATIONS, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TRAFFIC CONTROL) REGULATIONS AND THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES) REGULATIONS.

THESE FURTHER AMENDMENTS WILL DETAIL HOW THE COMMISSIONER MAY ASSIGN A PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT TO A VEHICLE AT THE TIME IT IS REGISTERED OR LICENSED, AND TO VALIDATE ALL ASSIGNMENTS ALREADY MADE FOLLOWING THE ENACTMENT OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE.

THE REGULATIONS WILL ALSO SPECIFY THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS ON GOODS VEHICLES THAT MAY BE CARRIED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 1989, WHEN A NEW PROVISION UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TRAFFIC CONTROL) REGULATIONS STIPULATING PROPERLY CONSTRUCTED SEATS AND A CONTROLLED NUMBER OF PASSENGERS COMES INTO EFFECT.

FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1989, THE PASSENGER CARRYING CAPACITY OF GOODS VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO CONFORM STRICTLY TO THAT LAID DOWN IN THE REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS OF THE VEHICLES. BEFORE THEN, DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, A LIGHT GOODS VEHICLE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CARRY MORE THAN ONE PASSENGER IN ADDITION TO THE NUMBER SPECIFIED IN ITS REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF FIVE PASSENGERS. A MEDIUM OR HEAVY GOODS VEHICLE WILL ONLY BE PERMITTED TO CARRY UP TO FIVE PASSENGERS SEATED OR UNSEATED.

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WOULD REFLECT MORE SPECIFICALLY THE INTENTION OF THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE AND ENHANCE ROAD SAFETY.

THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1935 WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 24. PUBLIC COMMENTS MAY BE SENT TO UMELCO AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD, OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, AT ST JOHN’S BUILDING, STH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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MOVE TO IMPROVE LICENCE RENEWAL PROCEDURES * * *

A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO IMPROVE THE RENEWAL PROCEDURES FOR LICENCES, REGISTRATIONS AND PERMITS GRANTED UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE IS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES, WHO ARE THE LICENSING AUTHORITY IN THE URBAN AREA AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES RESPECTIVELY, HAVE TO INVALIDATE THE LICENCES, REGISTRATIONS OR PERMITS AND AT THE SAME TIME INVITE FRESH APPLICATIONS IF ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS ARE TO BE PRESCRIBED.

+THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WILL EMPOWER THE LICENSING AUTHORITY TO DISPENSE WITH THIS FORMALITY AND SIMPLY CHANGE THE CONDITIONS WHEN THEY ARE DUE FOR RENEWAL,* HE SAID.

+THE LICENSEE OR PERMITTEE*WILL BE GIVEN WRITTEN NOTICE OF THE INTENDED CHANGES IN THE’7 CONDITIONS AT LEAST 90 DAYS BEFORE THE LICENCE, REGISTRATION OR PERMIT, EXPIRES,* HE ADDED.

IN ORDER TO ALLOW MORE TIME FOR THE LODGING OF APPEAL AGAINST A DECISION BY THE AUTHORITY, THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO EXTEND THE PERIOD FOR APPLICATION TO REVIEW A DECISION FROM THE PRESENT SEVEN DAYS TO 14 DAYS.

BOTH THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL HAVE BEEN CONSULTED AND SUPPORTED THESE AMENDMENTS, THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 3) BILL 1985 WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 24. PUBLIC COMMENTS MAY BE SENT TO UMELCO, AT SWIRE HOUSE, 12TH FLOOR, CHATER ROAD OR TO THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, AT HARBOUR CENTRE, HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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OPENING OF ’ABILYMPIC’ * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES wILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE 2ND HONG KONG ABILYMPIC TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 10 AM, AT THE KESwICh HALL OF TnE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

MEMBERS OF THE PRESS COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE KESWICK HALL BY 9.40 AM.

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APPOINTMENT TO LONDON POST CONFIRMED O * *

IN ANOTHER OF ITS SERIES OF ANNOUNCEMENTS OF SENIOR DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS THE GOVERNMENT CONFIRMED TODAY THAT MR ALBERT LAM CHI-CHIU WILL SHORTLY TRANSFER TO THE LONDON OFFICE AS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER.

MR LAM HAS BEEN DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON) IN THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SINCE APRIL 1982, AND IS CURRENTLY ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

MR LAM IS EXPECTED TO LEAVE FOR LONDON IN MID-AUGUST AND WILL REPLACE MR STEUART WEBB-JOHNSON WHO HAS BEEN DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, LONDON OFFICE FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS.

MR WEBB-JOHNSON WILL BE TAKING SOME HOLIDAY PRIOR TO RETURNING TO HONG KONG LATER IN THE YEAR.

MR MAYER NG CHAK-LAM HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON) IN MR LAM’S PLACE.

FOLLOWING ARE BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THESE OFFICERSi

MR ALBERT LAM CHI-CHIU, JP (AGED 45) HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT DIRECTORATE POSITIONS, INCLUDING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES (1974-78), PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE (1978-79), ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL, STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE (1979-81) AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS (1981-82) AND DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HK-KOWLOON) SINCE 1982. IN 1973-74 MR LAM ATTENDED THE FOREIGN SERVICE COURSE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY AND IN 1983 HE UNDERTOOK FURTHER SENIOR MANAGEMENT TRAINING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

HIS PRESENT RANK IS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B.

MR STEUART WEBB-JOHNSON (AGED 52) JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1956. IN THE EARLY PART OF HIS CAREER HE SERVED MAINLY AS AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY IN THE (THEN) COLONIAL SECRETARIAT (1957-70), AND AS A DISTRICT OFFICER IN THE NEW TERRITORIES (1961-67). HE WAS FIRST POSTED TO LONDON AS AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN 1970. HIS CURRENT RANK IS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B.

MR MAYER NG CHAK-LAM, JP (AGED 46) HAS HELD A WIDE VARIETY OF POSTS IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE. IN RECENT YEARS HE HAS BEEN A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY, FIRST IN CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH (1977-80) AND THEN IN HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH (1980-35). AND THEN DURING THE LATTER POSTING HE ACTED FOR PERIODS AS DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS. MR NG’S PRESENT RANK IS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C.

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NEW MEMBER APPOINTED TO EDUCATION COMMISSION * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT MR B.H.TISDALL, JP, HAS BEEN APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION.

MR TISDALL, A LONG-TIME RESIDENT OF HONG KONG, WAS A MEMBER CF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FROM 1975 UNTIL THIS YEAR.

HE IS PRESIDENT OF THE LAW SOCIETY, AND AMONG OTHER COMMUNI i Y SERVICES HE IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DUCHESS OF KENT CHILDREN S

HOSPITAL.

MR TISDALL FILLS A VACANCY ON THE COMMISSION, FOLLOWING THE RESIGNATION OF MRS BETSY LEE FOR PERSONAL REASONS.

WITH MR TISDALL’S APPOINTMENT, THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION, CHAIRED BY THE HON Q.W. LEE, RETURNS TO 14.

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IMPORTANCE OF CAREERS ADVICE STRESSED

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN STEPS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND FACILITIES TO PROMOTE CAREERS ADVICE AND GUIDANCE FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED TODAY BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR DARWIN CHEN AND THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, AT THE OPENING OF A SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION.

THESE STEPS INCLUDED THE PROVISION OF COMPUTERISED OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION, AND THE ADDITION OF CAREERS TEACHERS IN ALL GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECTOR STANDARD-SIZED SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

MR CHEN TOLD A GATHERING OF ABOUT 100 CAREERS TEACHERS WHO ATTENDED THE SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION 1985 THAT THE THREE CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES RUN BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE WOULD AGAIN BE EQUIPPED WITH MICROCOMPUTERS THIS AUGUST TO DISSEMINATE COMPUTERISED CAREERS INFORMATION TO STUDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE VISITING THE CENTRES.

THE SEMINAR WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AT THE INSTITUTE OF CHINESE STUDIES, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

LAST YEAR, MR CHEN SAID, SOME 7 000 STUDENTS BENEFITED FROM THIS COMPUTER FACILITY.

/♦THE OCCUPATIONAL........

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♦THE OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION, AVAILABLE INSTANTLY BOTH ON TELEVISION SCREEN AND IN THE FORM OF A COMPUTER PRINT-OUT, COVERS SOME 200 TYPES OF JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR,+ HE SAID.

MR CHEN SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO KEEP ITS WORK UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW TO MEET THE EVER-GROWING DEMANDS FOR ITS SERVICES.

IN SEPTEMBER, HE SAID, AS PART OF AN ON-GOING PROCESS TO BRING THE SERVICES OF THE 'YEAS’ CLOSER TO THE NEEDS OF SCHOOLS, A NEW SERVICE WOULD BE LAUNCHED WHEREBY SOME OF THE SLIDE SERIES ON CAREERS WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR SHORT-TERM LOANS TO SCHOOLS AND INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS.

+WE ARE ALSO PLANNING TO PUBLISH MORE PAMPHLETS TO WIDEN THE RANGE OF CAREERS COVERED BY THESE INFORMATIVE PUBLICATIONS,* MR CHEN ADDED.

HE SAID THE 'YEAS’ ALSO ORGANISED A WORK ORIENTATION PROGRAMME IN MAY THIS YEAR WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY SOME 700 STUDENTS FROM 23 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN SHA TIN, TAI PO AND THE NORTH DISTRICT.

FEEDBACK FROM THE PARTICIPANTS INDICATED THAT THE PROGRAMME HAD FULLY MET ITS OBJECTIVE OF INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO THE WORLD OF WORK BY VISITING THE ACTUAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND OBSERVING PEOPLE IN VARIOUS OCCUPATIONS AT WORK, MR CHEN SAID.

+IN VIEW OF THE FAVOURABLE RESPONSE OF SCHOOLS, WE ARE PLANNING NOT ONLY TO IMPROVE THE CONTENT BUT ALSO TO EXTEND THE COVERAGE OF THE PROGRAMME IN THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR,* HE SAID.

MR CHEN POINTED OUT THAT CAREERS GUIDANCE WORK COULD ONLY SUCCEED WITH THE FULL CO-OPERATION AND SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY AND REQUIRED THE DETERMINED AND CONCERTED EFFORTS OF ALL QUARTERS -THE GOVERNMENT, SCHOOLS, YOUTH BODIES, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, PARENTS, EMPLOYERS AND ABOVE ALL, TEACHERS.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, SAID ALL GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECTOR STANDARD-SIZED SECONDARY SCHOOLS WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH ONE ADDITIONAL NON-GRADUATE TEACHER IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND A SECOND TEACHER IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

*IN FACT, THIS IMPLEMENTATION IS ONE YEAR AHEAD OF THE ORIGINAL PLAN. A PART OF THE SERVICES OF THESE NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS WITH THE THIRD GRADUATE TEACHER PROVIDED IN SEPTEMBER 1983 IS FOR PUPIL COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE, INCLUDING CAREERS ADVICE,* HE SAID.

MR LEUNG SAID FOR MANY YEARS NOW, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS HAD BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE PREPARATION AND DISSEMINATION OF CAREERS INFORMATION AND RESOURCE MATERIALS TO STUDENTS AND MEMBERS

OF THE PUBLIC.

/REGULAR EXHIBITIONS,

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REGULAR EXHIBITIONS, CONVENTIONS, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS HAD ALSO BEEN ORGANISED, HE ADDED.

MR LEUNG RECALLED THAT IN ADDITION TO ANNUAL SEMINARS, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN 1983 JOINTLY ORGANISED A FORMAL TRAINING COURSE FOR CAREERS TEACHERS.

+THE PURPOSE OF THIS COURSE WAS TO PROVIDE SERVING TEACHERS W|TH UP-TO-DATE KNOWLEDGE IN CAREERS EDUCATION AND GUIDANCE AND TO DEVELOP TECHNIQUES FOR CARRYING OUT CAREERS WORK IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS,+ HE SAID.

THE FIRST TWO COURSES HAD PROVED VERY POPULAR AND USEFUL AND THE THIRD COURSE WOULD START IN SEPTEMBER.

MR LEUNG SAID THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS HAD CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE PROMOTION OF CAREERS GUIDANCE IN SCHOOLS.

+THE ASSOCIATION’S ENQUIRY SERVICE FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND THE PUBLIC, OPERATED BY CAREERS TEACHERS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, IS A GOOD EXAMPLE. TO MEET THE GROWING NEEDS, THIS SERVICE WILL BE EXPANDED FROM THE PRESENT THREE CENTRES TO FIVE IN SEPTEMBER 1985.+

HE SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, JOINTLY WITH THE ASSOCIATION, WAS NOW USING THE COMPUTER IN CAREERS EDUCATION AND TWO MASTER DISKETTES ON THE OPPORTUNITIES OF FURTHER STUDIES IN HONG KONG WOULD SOON BE AVAILABLE TO ALL CAREERS TEACHERS.

MR LEUNG PAID TRIBUTE TO THE TRIPARTITE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS.

+TOGETHER WE ARE DOING MUCH TO PROVIDE A VITAL SERVICE IN CAREERS EDUCATION AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT FOR SCHOOLS,* HE ADDED.

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MANPOWER FOR COMPUTERS IN DEMAND * * * *

THE GROWTH OF THE ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING INDUSTRY AND THE ENSURING INCREASING DEMAND FOR MANPOWER FOR COMPUTER INSTALLATIONS WILL CONTINUE FOR SOME YEARS TO COME, THE ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, MR HORACE KNIGHT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE REASON FOR THE RAPID AND CONTINUING EXPANSION IS BECAUSE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HAS PERVADED EVERY FACET OF INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES, NOT TO MENTION THE HOME, SAID MR KNIGHT AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE COMPUTER SCIENCE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME GF THE CHU HAI COLLEGE.

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MR KNIGHT SAID THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY IS REFLECTED BY THE 32.1 BILLION EXPENDITURE ON COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE IN 1984, A TEN-FOLD INCREASE ON THE AMOUNT SPENT FIVE YEARS AGO.

+THE FINDINGS OF THE MANPOWER SURVEY CONDUCTED IN 1983 BY THE COMMITTEE ON ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING TRAINING OF THE COUNCIL INDICATED THAT THE EDP INDUSTRY WOULD NEED ON AVERAGE AN EVERY YEAR IN THE FORESEEABLE

ADDITIONAL 800 TRAINED WORKERS FUTURE,* HE SAID.

THE CONCOMITANT EFFECT OF THERE WILL BE THE NEED FOR THE PRODUCE THE ADDITIONAL TRAINED

THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY IS THAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEMS TO MANPOWER REQUIRED.

ANOTHER OUTCOME OF THE GROWTH WOULD BE ENHANCED JOB AND ADVANCEMENT PROSPECTS FOR BOTH NEW ENTRANTS TO THE INDUSTRY AS WELL AS FOR EXISTING STAFF, MR KNIGHT ADDED.

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FIGHTING CRIME THE ACTIVITY WAY X X *

MANY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR THE YAU MA TEI CRIME PREVENTION CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

SEMINARS, A VARIETY SHOW, LUCKY DRAWS AND VARIOUS COMPETITIONS WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT TO BRING HOME THE CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGE.

+THROUGH VARIOUS ACTIVITIES WE HOPE TO EMPHASISE, ESPECIALLY TO YOUTHS, THAT LAW AND ORDER ARE ESSENTIAL IN MAINTAINING STABILITY AND PROSPERITY IN THE COMMUNITY,* SAID MRS ENA CHAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

A SEMINAR ON HOW TO IMPROVE SECURITY MEASURES WILL BE HELD ON JULY 25 (THURSDAY) FOR JEWELLERY AND GOLDSMITH SHOP OPERATORS AT THE HENRY G. LEONG COMMUNITY CENTRE. THOSE WISHING TO ATTEND SHOULD CALL 3-323791 FOR RESERVATIONS. (

A COMPETITION ON THE BEST SECURITY MEASURES ADOPTED IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS WILL BE LAUNCHED NEXT MONTH AND LA.ST UNTIL DECEMBER. .

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A NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED NEXT MONTH TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE LIVING IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS TO FORM CLOSE-KNIT GROUPS AS A DETERRENT AGAINST CRIME.

A SCHOOL QUIZ COMPETITION AND A DAY CAMP WILL BE HELD IN OCTOBER FOR STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

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REGULAR VISITS WILL ALSO BE ARRANGED FOR YOUTHS AND MEMBERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS CORPORATIONS, TO TOUR THE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU AND THE NEW YAU MA TEI POLICE STATION.

AN OPENING CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THE CRIME PREVENTION CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD AT THE HENRY G. LEONG COMMUNITY CENTRE IN PUBLIC SQUARE STREET TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 2 PM.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SUSAN LOK AND THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, B.W. MUNFORD.

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MORE APPLY TO START INSURANCE HERE

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THREE NEW COMPANIES WERE AUTHORISED TO CARRY ON INSURANCE BUSINESS IN HONG KONG IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

AND 14 OTHER APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED FOR THE SETTING UP OF NEW COMPANIES, MOSTLY FROM COMPANIES INCORPORATED OVERSEAS.

THESE FIGURES, MR GLEESON SAID, REFLECTED INCREASING OVERSEAS INTEREST IN HONG KONG’S INSURANCE MARKET.

AMONG THE REQUESTS RECEIVED WERE FIVE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, TWO FROM BERMUDA, TWO FROM THE PHILIPPINES, ONE FROM THE UNITED STATES, ONE FROM FRANCE AND ONE FROM THE ISLE OF MAN.

AS THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ORDINANCE PRESCRIBES STRICT REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTHORISATION, APPLICATIONS FROM NEW COMPANIES HAD TO BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BEFORE THEY WERE AUTHORISED TO COMMENCE BUSINESS, MR GLEESON EXPLAINED.

FOUR EXISTING INSURANCE COMPANIES WERE AUTHORISED TO EXTEND THEIR CLASSES OF BUSINESS HERE.

MR GLEESON ALSO SAID THAT DURING THE PERIOD HE HAD EXERCISED HIS POWERS OF INTERVENTION ON TEN INSURANCE COMPANIES FOR THE BETTER PROTECTION OF POLICY HOLDERS.

/THESE INTERVIHTIQNAftY ........

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THESE INTERVENT IONARY ACTIONS INCLUDED CONDUCTING SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE COMPANIES’ ACTIVITIES AND THEIR FINANCIAL POSITION AND REQUIRING THEM TO CEASE WRITING NEW INSURANCE BUSINESS, TO LIMIT THEIR PREMIUM INCOME AND TO DEPOSIT FUNDS IN THE NAME OF THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY.

AS AT JUNE 30, THERE WERE 286 AUTHORISED INSURANCE COMPANIES OPERATING IN HONG KONG.

OF THESE, 130 WERE INCORPORATED LOCALLY. THE REMAINING 156 COMPANIES CAME FROM 25 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE UNITED KINGDOM (50), THE UNITED STATES (31), BERMUDA (TEN), JAPAN (EIGHT), SINGAPORE (SEVEN), SWITZERLAND (SEVEN), CANADA (SIX) AND FRANCE (FIVE).

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FINAL STAGE OF REDEVELOPMENT FOR ESTATE * * * * *

THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE IS ENTERING ITS FINAL STAGE AS BUILDING TENDERS ARE INVITED TODAY FOR ITS FIFTH PHASE.

+THREE 11-STOREY LINEAR BLOCKS WILL BE BUILT ON THE SITES OF FOUR MARK I BLOCKS TO PROVIDE 420 SELF-CONTAINED FLATS FOR 2 100 PEOPLE BY 1987,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

HE SAID WORKS WOULD ALSO COVER THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE, A COVERED WALKWAY AND ASSOCIATED EXTERNAL WORKS AND DRAINAGE.

+TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE HAS ALREADY TAKEN ON A FRESH LOOK W|TH THE COMPLETION OF A NEW BLOCK AND THE CONVERSION OF THREE OLD BLOCKS UNDER THE INITIAL STAGES OF THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME.

+AT PRESENT, THREE OTHER MODERN DOMESTIC BLOCKS FOR 2 100 PEOPLE ARE BEING BUILT IN THE ESTATE.*

ALSO INVITED TODAY ARE PILING TENDERS FOR THREE MORE BLOCKS AT CHEUNG ON ESTATE WHICH IS THE SIXTH PUBLIC RENTAL HOUSING PROJECT ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

+WORKS WILL INCLUDE PILING TO FOUNDATIONS FOR TWO 35-STOREY TRIDENT BLOCKS A 21-STOREY SLAB BLOCK, A SECONDARY SCHOOL AND A CARPARK, PLUS ASSOCIATED COVERED WALKWAYS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HE SAID THESE WOULD FORM PART OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE NEW ESTATE.

♦THE THREE DOMESTIC BLOCKS WILL HOUSE 9 400 PEOPLE IN 2 122 FLATS WHEN THEY ARE READY BY 1988.+

CHEUNG ON ESTATE IS BEING DEVELOPED IN TWO PHASES AND WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR ALTOGETHER 32 000 PEOPLE IN 10 BLOCKS ON FULL COMPLETION BY LATE 1988.

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BOARD HELPS WORK FOR SQUATTERS * * * *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR JASPER LAM, TODAY (FRIDAY) PLEDGED THAT THE BOARD WOULD CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR PROGRAMMES TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITION OF PEOPLE IN SQUATTER AREAS.

THE BOARD HAD ALREADY INITIATED A NUMBER OF PROJECTS SUCH AS THE SQUATTER AREA STREET LIGHTING PROGRAMME, THE COMPREHENSIVE SQUATTER IMPROVEMENT SCHEME AND OTHER MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, MR LAM POINTED OUT.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY FOR THE INSTALLATION OF STREET LIGHTS AT KAU WAI, TAI SHU I HANG, TAI HAU WAN AND TIN WAN HILL VILLAGES. THE $89 500 PROJECT WAS CARRIED OUT UNDER THE SQUATTER AREA STREET LIGHTING PROGRAMME.

+THE BOARD HAD ALSO ALLOCATED $36 000 TO INSTALL LIGHTS AT THE UPPER KELLET BAY AND THE NORTHERN AP LEI CHAU SQUATTER AREAS THIS YEAR,+ MR LAM SAID.

SINCE THE STREET LIGHTING SCHEME WAS INITIATED THREE YEARS AGO, THE BOARD HAD ALLOCATED $120 000 FOR THE INSTALLATION OF 58 STREET LIGHTS AT SEVEN SQUATTER AREAS, HE ADDED.

THE SQUATTER AREA STREET LIGHTING PROGRAMME WAS PIONEERED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD IN 1983 AS A COST-SHARING SCHEME, IN WHICH THE BOARD CONTRIBUTES 80 PER CENT OF THE COST AND LOCAL MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES THE REMAINING AMOUNT.

LOCAL RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS SHARE THE SUBSEQUENT MAINTENANCE AND ELECTRICITY CHARGES AND HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SECURITY AGAINST ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY.

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MR LAM ADDED THAT THE BOARD HAD ALLOCATED $600 000 FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, OF WHICH $45 000 WOULD BE USED TO CARRY OUT COMPREHENSIVE SQUATTER IMPROVEMENT WORKS AT HOK TSUI VILLAGE IN SHEK 0, TAI HAU WAN VILLAGE IN BISNEY ROAD AND MARY NEW VILLAGE IN STANLEY.

+IN-DEPTH STUDIES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN THESE VILLAGES TO IDENTIFY THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS AND IMPROVEMENTS WILL BE MADE TO BASIC FACILITIES SUCH AS ELECTRICITY AND WATER SUPPLIES, PUBLIC TOILETS, REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICES, DRAINAGE, POSTAL SERVICES, ACCESS AND AMENITIES,* MR LAM SAID.

+THE BOARD ALSO CARRIES OUT MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS SUCH AS PAVING FOOTPATHS, CONSTRUCTING STAIRWAYS AND STANDPIPE PLATFORMS, AND BUILDING SITTING-OUT AREAS AND GUARD RAILINGS,* HE ADDED.

PRIOR TO THE SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER GUESTS TOURED TIN WAN HILL VILLAGE TO SEE THE NEW STREET LIGHTS, AND INSPECT WORK BEING CARRIED OUT ON STREET LIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AT TWO SQUATTER VILLAGES IN STANLEY AND AP LEI CHAU.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MADAM MAR YUET-HAR.

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DB MEMBERS LEARN ABOUT POLICE WORK

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, MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS wENT TODAY TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORK AND OPERATION OF THE MONG KOK POLICE STATION.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG THEY WERE GREETED BY THE DISTRICT COMMANDER (MONG KOK), MR WONG TSAN-KWONG.

THEY WERE BRIEFED ON VARIOUS TOPICS, INCLUDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE, DEPLOYMENT OF STAFF, AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT, AND THE PROBLEM CF VICE ESTABLISHMENTS.

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VIEWS EXCHANGED ON DISTRICT ISSUES

*****

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS VISITED THE CHOI HUNG, CHOI WAN AND NGAU TSUEN AREA COMMITTEES THIS EVENING (FRIDAY) TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON DISTRICT ISSUES.

THE VISIT WAS THE FIRST OF MEETINGS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE TO ENHANCE THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE AREA COMMITTEES.

VIEWS ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING THE DISTRICT WERE DISCUSSED DURING THE MEETING.

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR MICHAEL CHENG TAK-KIN, SAID THE VISIT WAS HELPFUL IN STRENGTHENING THE LINK BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEES.

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TECHNICAL SCHOOLS INVITE ENROLMENT

* * *

THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL ARE NOW INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED FORM 3 AND FORM 5 FOR ENTRY INTO THEIR FULL-TIME, PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE AND BLOCK-RELEASE COURSES FOR THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR.

OVER 150 CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN COURSES WILL BE OFFERED AT MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG, HAKING WONG AND LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE FIELDS OF STUDY INCLUDE HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, PRINTING, TEXTILE INDUSTRIES, CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, MARINE AND FABRICATION, DESIGN AND MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINEERING.

DETAILS OF THE COURSES ARE ADVERTISED IN MAJOR NEWSPAPERS TODAY. OTHER INFORMATION INCLUDING MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS CAN BE FOUND IN THE +GUIDE TO APPLICANTS+.

APPLICANTS ARE REMINDED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY SATISFY THE MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSES FOR WHICH THEY APPLY. THOSE APPLYING FOR PART-TIME, DAY-RELEASE AND BLOCK-RELEASE COURSES, HOWEVER HAVE TO BE SPONSORED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND GUIDE TO APPLICANTS MAY BE OBTAINED FREE FROM TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OR DISTRICT OFFICES. APPLICATION FORMS FOR PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE AND BLOCK-RELEASE COURSES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE APPRENTICESHIP SECTION OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE RE'.LATED - . TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 19. CLASSES OF MOST COURSES WILL START IN MID-SEPTEMBER.

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FOOTWEAR LEVY FOR TRAINING STARTS AUGUST * * * *

THE PRESENT RANGE OF TRAINING COURSES RUN BY THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY WILL BE EXTENDED TO CATER FOR WORKERS IN THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY.

THE NEW CRAFT COURSES IN FOOTWEAR ARE BEING ORGANISED AT THE REQUEST OF LOCAL FOOTWEAR MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATIONS AND HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY AND THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL. THE FIRST COURSES WILL START THIS AUTUMN.

TO PROVIDE FOR THE RUNNING EXPENSES OF THESE COURSES, THE LEVY ON THE F.O.B. VALUE OF CLOTHING ITEMS, COLLECTED TO FINANCE THE WORK OF THE TRAINING AUTHORITY, WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER FOOTWEAR ITEMS AS FROM AUGUST 1 THIS YEAR.

DETAILS OF THE FOOTWEAR ITEMS SUBJECT TO THE LEVY AND A LIST OF THE OTHER CLOTHING ITEMS, REORGANISED TO REFLECT AMENDMENTS TO THE HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST, ARE CONTAINED IN AN INDUSTRIAL TRAINING (CLOTHING INDUSTRY)(AMENDMENT OF SCHEDULE) ORDER 1985 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

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ORIENTATION FOR PROBATION WORK VOLUNTEERS

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NINETY VOLUNTEERS WILL BE ATTENDING AN ORIENTATION COURSE ON SUNDAY (JULY 21) IN CONNECTION WITH THE VOLUNTEER SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO GIVE THE VOLUNTEERS AN UNDERSTANDING OF PROBATION SERVICE BEFORE THEY TAKE UP A SIX-MONTH ASSIGNMENT TO hELP REHABILITATE PROBATIONERS.

THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WEST KOWLOON), RR ALEXANDER FUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE EVENT TO BE HELD AT THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE, 44 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 2 PM.

THREE SWD OFFICERS, INCLUDING A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST, WILL. BRIEF THE VOLUNTEERS ON THE WORK OF PROBATION OFFICERS, RESIDENTIAL AND AFTERCARE SERVICES FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH TO JUVENILE DELINQUENCY.

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MAKING OF FIREMEN * * * * *

PHYSICAL FITNESS, COURAGE, TACT, PATIENCE, AND AN ENQUIRING MIND WERE THE REQUIREMENTS OF A FIREMAN, A GROUP OF NEWLY-GRADUATED FIREMEN WERE TOLD TODAY BY THE ACTING CHIEF FIRE OFFICER CF HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND MR TAM YUK-FAN.

MR TAM WAS SPEAKING AT A PASSING-OUT OF 44 FIREMEN AND TEN OFFICERS AT FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAT HEUNG. THREE OFFICERS FROM BRUNEI, WHO HAD COMPLETED SIX MONTHS OF INTENSIVE TRAINING, WERE AMONG THE GRADUATES.

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YOUTH MUSIC CAMP OPENING

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THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1985 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP WILL BE HELD AT THE PO LEUNG KUK PAK TAM CHUNG HOLIDAY CAMP IN SAI KUNG ON SUNDAY, JULY 21 AT 10 AM.

THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM BARNES AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL AND MEMBER CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

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BRIDGE FOR LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES IN TUEN MUN

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THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW BRIDGE AS PART OF THE PHASE I WORKS PROGRAMME OF THE PROPOSED LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) SYSTEM IN TUEN MUN.

THE BRIDGE WILL BE NEAR THE EXISTING ROAD BRIDGE AT PUI TO ROAD AND WILL ENABLE THE LRT VEHICLES TO CROSS THE NULLAH BETWEEN THE THEN MUN TOWN PARK AND THE REST GARDEN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE, AN EXISTING RIGHT OF WAY WOULD BE AFFECTED.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS IS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG-THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, 201 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

OBJECTIONS IN WRITING SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 17.

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LANDING FACILITIES FOR LIGHT BEACON PLANNED * * * *

GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO CONSTRUCT LANDING FACILITIES FOR AN EXISTING LIGHT BEACON AT NGA I YING PAI, AN ISLAND SITUATED SOUTH WEST OF TUNG LUNG CHAU IN THE TATHONG CHANNEL.

tup PROPOSED PROJECT WITHIN AN AREA OF 335 SQUARE METRcS OF FOREsISrEaSd SEABED WIL? FACILITATE THE UNLOADING OF EQUIPMENT AND ENHANCE THE SAFETY OF MAINTENANCE WORK.

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

OBJECTIONS OR CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD REACH THE DIRECTOS OF LANDS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 19.

THE NOTICE TOGETHER WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE

ROAD, HONg’kONG AND AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

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GOVERNMENT PROPERTY FOR RENT * * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS TO LET BY TENDER A PRE-WAR THREE-STOREY BUILDING AT 11 HONG LOK STREET, AND THE GROUND FLOOR OF 12 HONG LOK STREET IN MONG KOK.

THE 379-SQUARE-METRE PREMISES IS FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL, BUT EXCLUDING GODOWN, PURPOSES.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE MONTHLY, AND THE DEADLINE FOR TENDERS IS NOON ON AUGUST 9.

TENDER FORM, NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SECTION OF THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1OTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE PREMISES WILL BE OPEN FOR VIEWING FROM 10.30 AM TO NOON ON JULY 26 AND AUGUST 2.

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RECORD NUMBER OF UC PROJECTS TO BE LET * * * * *

A RECORD NUMBER OF URBAN CONTRACTS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE OF NEXT MONTH.

COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKS

SIGNED BETWEEN NOW AND THE END

ALTOGETHER, 15 CONTRACTS WORTH A TOTAL OF $212 MILLION WILL BE AWARDED TO CONTRACTORS IN THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID TODAY THAT THESE PROJECTS WOULD PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF BOTH THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE MAJOR ONES ARE THE WESTERN UC MARKET COMPLEX IN SHEUNG WAN, QUARRY BAY UC COMPLEX IN SA I WAN HO, SHU I WO STREET UC COMPLEX AND KOWLOON BAY RECREATION GROUND IN KWUN TONG, TO KWA WAN RECREATION GROUND IN KOWLOON CITY AND A MULTI-STOREY COLUMBARIUM AT DIAMOND HILL. PILING WORK FOR THESE PROJECTS HAS ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED AND THE CONTRACTS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE ARE TO BE LET SHORTLY.

MINOR WORK CONTRACTS INCLUDE:

+ KUT SHING STREET COOKED-FOOD CENTRE

+ COOKED-FOOD CENTRE/CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AT NAM LONG SHAN ROAD

+ PUBLIC TOILET/REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT CROSS LANE

+ REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT BATTERY STREET

+ REST GARDEN/CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AT THE JUNCTION OF ABERDEEN PRAYA ROAD AND SHEK PAI WAN ROAD

+ SITTING-OUT AREA NEAR ABERDEEN CENTRE

+ FEI TSUI ROAD SITTING-OUT AREA

+ AMENITY AREA AT STAR FERRY CONCOURSE

+ SITTING-OUT AREA AT BLUE POOL ROAD

/TH3 SPOKLoMAN ........

FHIDAY, JULY 19, 1985

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT DESPITE ITS SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT FINANCIAL OUTLOOK, THE URBAN COUNCIL IS STILL MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO MEET THE COMMUNITY’S ASPIRATIONS AS EXPRESSED THROUGH THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

MEANWHILE, HE SAID, SOME 30 OTHER MAJOR AND MINOR WORKS PROJECTS ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION INCLUDING THE TSIM SHA TSUI CULTURAL CENTRE WHICH IS A JOINT GOVERNMENT-UC PROJECT AND FOUR URBAN COUNCIL COMPLEXES AT LOCKHART ROAD, PO ON ROAD, NGAU CHI WAN AND KOWLOON CITY.

DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF PROJECTS WHICH HAVE COME ON STREAM, THE COUNCIL’S TOTAL EXPENDITURE ON CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS IS EXPECTED TO AMOUNT TO OVER $500 MILLION.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN SAI YING PUN *****

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAI YING PUN WILL BE CHANGED FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS FROM 8 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 22) TO ALLOW ROAD WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT AT THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN WESTERN STREET AND EASTERN STREET.

THE TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS TO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST ARE:

DAILY BETWEEN 8 PM AND 11 PM

* VEHICLES NOT EXCEEDING 10 TONNES GROSS WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE EASTBOUND TRAM LANE. IN ADDITION, THE EASTBOUND TRAM-ONLY LANE AT DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN EASTERN STREET AND WILMER STREET WILL BE OPENED FOR THESE VEHICLES.

* FRANCHISED BUSES AND VEHICLES EXCEEDING 10 TONNES GROSS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WESTERN STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND EASTERN STREET.

DAILY BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM OF THE FOLLOWING DAY

* ALL EASTBOUND VEHICLES EXCEPT TRAMS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WESTERN STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND EASTERN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NO CUT AND DRIED ELECTION - SIR DAVID ....................... 1

SIR DAVID LAUNCHES SECOND ABILYMPIC ......................... 2

TWO MORE 'WEEKS TO GET I.D. CARDS ........................... 5

MAY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT FIGURES RELEASED ............. 4

MAJOR CAMPAIGN TO RE-EDUCATE FOOD HANDLERS................... 6

DRAMATIC RISE IN CITIZEN'S ARRESTS .......................... 7

TRAINING COURSE III TEACHING HANDICAPPED OFFERED ............ 9

DIVERSE ACTIVITIES HELPING ELDERLY ADAPT ................... 10

'MUSIC WHILE ZOU WORK' BROADCAST LIVE ...................... 11

SCOUT MOTTO A FINE EXAMPLE TO YOUTHS ....................... 11

SCOUTS HELP IN FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS ......................... 12

NEW DIRECTION SIGNBOARD FOR HOSPITAL ....................... 12

APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING PLACES FREE ...................... 15

ELEVATED ACCESS ROAD PROPOSED .............................. 15

NEW CARRIAGEWAY PLANNED FOR TUEN MUN ....................... 14

SHA TIN LAUNCHES TREE PLANTING DAY ......................... 14

FAMILY FIIM SHOWS FOR SHA TIN RESIDENTS .................... 15

DRAWING COMPETITION FOR 200 CHILDREN ....................... 16

NO STOPPING HERE ........................................... 16

WESTERN TAPS OFF ........................................... 16

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 1985

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NO CUT AND DRIED ELECTION - SIR DAVID * * * *

THE REPEATED BALLOT SYSTEM WILL ENCOURAGE VOTERS TO COME FORWARD DURING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTION BECAUSE IT SHOWS THAT IT WILL NOT BE A CUT AND DRIED ELECTION, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

IT WOULD NOT DISSUADE ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTERS FROM TURNING OUT TO VOTE BECAUSE IT PROVIDED FOR A CONSENSUS AND AN ABSOLUTE MAJORITY, HE SAID.

+1 THINK IT IS MORE INCLINED TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO THINK THAT THEY HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE IF THEY STAND FOR ELECTION, AND I THINK IT’S GOT A GOOD CHANCE OF ENCOURAGING VOTERS TO COME FORWARD BECAUSE THEY WON’T THINK THAT IT IS A CUT AND DRIED ELECTION,+

SIR DAVID WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SECOND HONG KONG ABILYMPIC AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

HE SAID HE SUPPORTED THE TWO VOTING SYSTEMS FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTION BECAUSE HE WAS +A GREAT BELIEVER IN THE FACT THAT THE CANDIDATES THAT WILL BE ELECTED, SHOULD BE ELECTED, WILL HAVE MAJORITY SUPPORT*.

HE WAS SURE THAT THE ELECTION WOULD GO ON SMOOTHLY AND HOPED THAT IT WOULD REPRESENT THE PEOPLE FULLY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON TRANSPORT FOR THE DISABLED, SIR DAVID SAID ALTHOUGH THERE MUST BE SOME AREAS WHERE IMPROVEMENTS COULD NOT BE MADE, HONG KONG HAD COME A LONG WAY IN THE PAST FEW YEARS.

+YOU CAN SEE THAT IN THE CONSTRUCTION, FOR EXAMPLE, OF OUR PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGES. VERY FEW CITIES IN THE WORLD HAVE PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGES WHICH IN THE MOST PART CATER FOR THE DISABLED, WHEREAS IN HONG KONG WE HAVE FOOTBRIDGES WHICH, GENERALLY SPEAKING, DISABLED PEOPLE CAN USE,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS QUITE DIFFICULT TO PRODUCE, IN THE BUSY AND CROWDED STREETS OF HONG KONG, BUSES AND MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY FOR THE DISABLED.

+AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THE REHAB BUS SYSTEM IN HONG KONG.

+AND I SHOULD THINK THE CONCENTRATION OF EFFORT REALLY SHOULD BE IN EXTENDING THE REHAB BUS SYSTEM.*

ASKED WHETHER AVIATION MATTERS WOULD BE ON THE AGENDA OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, SIR DAVID SAID HE COULD NOT SPECULATE ON IT.

+THERE IS REALLY NOTHING I CAN ADD TO THE NEWS ABOUT THE 1G THAN WHAT HAS APPEARED IN THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASES,* HE SAID.

/ASKED IF .......

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 1985

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ASKED IF THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO HAVE ALL DIRECTORATE POSTS FILLED BY CHINESE OFFICERS IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997, SIR DAVID SAID, +YOU KNOW WHAT IT SAYS IN THE JOINT DECLARATION ABOUT THE GRADES IN THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE WHICH WILL BE OCCUPIED BY LOCAL PEOPLE.*

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, HE SAID THE NUMBER OF OVERSEAS OFFICERS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE HAD BEEN GRADUALLY REDUCING OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS IN ABSOLUTE TERMS.

+ IT WON’T AFFECT HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

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SIR DAVID LAUNCHES SECOND ABILYMPIC

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO HELP THE DISABLED TO HELP THEMSELVES AND TO SERVE HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SECOND HONG KONG ABILYMPIC AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, SIR DAVID SAID THAT ON EACH WORKING DAY A DISABLED WORKER MET PEOPLE WHO BY THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND SUPPORT COULD MAKE HIM FEEL A PART OF THE HUMAN FAMILY.

AN EMPLOYER OF A DISABLED PERSON, NOT ONLY PROVIDED THE WORK TO BE DONE BUT ALSO CREATED AN INVISIBLE RELATIONSHIP WITHIN SOCIETY, GIVING OTHERS A CHANCE TO RECOGNISE AND ACCEPT THE DISABLED AS EQUAL MEMBERS OF THAT SOCIETY, HE SAID.

AND THE AIM OF THE ABILYMPIC, SIR DAVID SAID, WAS TO DEMONSTRATE TO EMPLOYERS IN HONG KONG THAT MANY DISABLED PERSONS, DESPITE THEIR DISABILITY, WERE ABLE TO WORK, SERVE THE COMMUNITY AND LEAD HAPPY AND RESOURCEFUL LIVES.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT FULLY SUPPORTED THESE OBJECTIVES.

THERE WERE NEARLY 2 000 DISABLED PERSONS ALREADY EMPLOYED IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE, AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WOULD REFER DISABLED JOB-SEEKERS TO PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT SINCE 1981 WHEN HONG KONG HAD ITS FIRST ABILYMPIC, COMMITTED AND RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYERS HAD TAKEN ON DISABLED PEOPLE IN A WIDE RANGE OF WORK.

THESE EMPLOYERS, HE SAID, BY THEIR PRESENCE HERE TODAY EMPHASISED THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHEME.

SIR DAVID THEN PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO TEN EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE ENGAGED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION FOR THE PART THAT THEY HAD PLAYED IN THE REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED.

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SATURDAY, JULY 20, 1935

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TWO MORE WEEKS TO GET I.D. CARDS * * * *

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED MEN 3">RN IN 1933, 1934, 1935 AND 1936 TO APPLY FOR NEW I.D. CARDS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.

♦SINCE JULY 1, WE HAVE RECEIVED OVER 83 000 APPLICATIONS FROM MEN BELONGING TO THIS AGE-GRO'J?,+ A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SA ID.

+IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 35 513 MORE APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED BEFORE THE CLOSE OF THIS PHASE ON AUGUST 3,+ HE SAID.

TO AVOID LAST-MINUTE RUSH, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO CALL AT ANY OF THE EIGHT I.D. CARD ISSUE OFFICES WITHOUT DELAY.

THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM, MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS, BUT WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 29 WHICH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

ADDRESSES OF THE EIGHT OFFICES ARE:

HONG KONG

EAST KOWLOON

: BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI.

: 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 s EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET.

SHA TIN : SHATIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 2-16 WANG POK

STREET.

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD.

TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR,

CHI LOK FA YUEN.

SHEUNG SHU I

: TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT NO AMNESTY WOULD BE GRANTED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

+CNCE DETECTED, THEY WILL BE REPATRIATED,+ HE ADDED.

SATURDAY, JULY ??

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MAY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT FIGURES RELEASED ******

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS? THE 200 LARGEST FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECLINE' $L IN MAY 1985 COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, ACCORDING "3 TH.: RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTIC DEPARTMENT.

THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND ELEC AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES RECORDED SOME DECREASES i I AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS, WHEREAS THE WEARING APPAREL AIL -r INDUSTRIES REPORTED NO CHANGE.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE STABLE. AMONG INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES, INCREASES IN EMP'C WERE REPORTED IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS, PLASTIC PRODUCT FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, BUT DECLINES WF' ' IN THE TEXTILES AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRON IC PRODUCT

MILD DECREASES IN BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA ' RECORDED FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE. SIGNIFICANT DECREASE WAS REPORTED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, WHICH WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE DISTRIBUTION OF SPECIAL BONUS AND SALARY REVISION BY A FEW FIRMS IN APRIL.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR INCREASED SLIG'LY BUT REMAINED STABLE IN THE SERVICES SECTORS. BOTH PAYROLL AN? PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE SERVICES SECTORS DECLINED IN MAY. THOSE IN HOTELS AND PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES SHOWED SHARPS” 7‘" r MAINLY DUE TO THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES BY A FEW FIRMS IN APRIL.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND r: 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 MAY 1985 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVE;.: 32 PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, AT $1.50 PER COPY.

/INQUIRIES ABOUT........

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 1985

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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 MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

(% CHANGE OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH) ORDERS-ON-HAND

(IN TERMS OF

INDUSTRY MAR. 1985 APR. 1985 MAY 1985 MONTHS) FOR MAY 1985

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR -4 * M 4.38

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL * -3 * 2.08

PLASTIC PRODUCTS -1 -1 -1 4.31

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 2 2 -1 3.69

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS -1 * -4 5.19

OTHERS 2 * -1 4.40

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES -2 * -2 4.32

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(B) EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE COMPANIES SURVEYED PER CAPITA EARNINGS PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR MAY 1985 (HKS)

INDUSTRY/ SERVICE MAR. 1985 (% CHANGE APR. 1985 OVER THE MAY 1985 PRECEDING MONTH) MAR. APR. MAY 1985 1985 1985

MANUFACTURING -1 -2 * -23 6 -1 2 978

FOOD AND DRINKS * 1 - 8 5 6 3 794

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR 1 -1 * -20 -3 5 2 514

/TEXTILES, ........

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 1985

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TEXTILES, -1 M -2 -28 11 5 3 160

EXCEPT

WEARING

APPAREL

PLASTIC -1 M 2 -44 33 -19 2 685

PRODUCTS

FABRICATED -1 .3 2 -36 6 -2 2 469

METAL

PRODUCTS

ELECTRICAL -4 .4 -i -21 6-42 833

AND

ELECTRONIC

PRODUCTS

OTHERS * M2 -17 * -1 4 °37

CONSTRUCTION** * Ml -12 -5 * 4 347

SERVICES * * * _ Z- 5 230

BANKS * MM 2 2 1 4 784-

HOTELS * M i -33 12 -10 3 572

PUBLIC * M * - 8 3 -5 5 161

UTILITIES

OTHERS * 1 -19 -1 M 6 644

* CHANGES WITHIN (+/- 0.5 PER CENT)

** PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES'ONLY- SITE

WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS NOT

INCLUDED. :— —. — ——

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major campaign to re-educate food handlers

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OF SANITATION IN FOOD PREMISES.

/A SPOKESMAN

SATURDAY, JUL' 20, 1985

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN WILL FOCUS ON +FOOD POISONING AND ITS PREVENTION+.

THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN, SENIOR OFFICERS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT A SERIES OF SEMINARS FOR MANAGERIAL AND SUPERVISORY STAFF OF FOOD PREMISES, USING SPECIALLY-TAILORED SLIDES, FILM SHOWS AND DISCUSSIONS.

IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES OF THE CAMPAIGN WE CAN FURTHER ALERT FOOD BUSINESS OPERATORS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF FOOD HYGIENE, AND ALSO SUGGEST TO THEM SOME PRACTICAL METHODS TO RAISE THE HYGIENIC STANDARD OF THEIR PREMISES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT IS ALSO OUR AIM TO REDUCE THE OCCURRENCE OF FOOD-BORNE DISEASES SUCH AS CHOLERA, TYPHOID FEVER, DYSENTERY, VIRAL HEPATITIS AND FOOD POISONING WHICH ARE EASILY TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONSUMPTION OF UNCLEAN FOOD,* HE ADDED.

THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN WILL ALSO COVER THE NEW TERRITORIES, WITH THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS LAUNCHING.

NOTE TO EDITORS! DETAILS OF THE FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN IN THE URBAN AREA WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FOOD HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE, MR WALTER SULKE, AND DR. R.A. PERRY, HYGIENE ADVISER OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2.30 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 24) AT THE RECITAL HALL, STH FLOOR, CITY HALL HIGH BLOCK.

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DRAMATIC RISE IN CITIZEN’S ARRESTS * * X *

CITIZEN’S ARRESTS HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY TO 14.3 PER CENT OF ALL ARRESTS, A DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION OF GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS TO A RECORD 70 PEOPLE, THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, OPERATIONS, MR GEORGE HINDHAUGH, SAID IT WAS QUITE REMARKABLE TO NOTE THE RECENT TREND IN CITIZEN’S ARRESTS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

/•’WHEN THE .......

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 198?

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’’WHEN THE GOOD CITIZEN AWARD WAS LAUNCHED IN 1973, AS PART OF THE FIRST FIGHT VIOLENT CRIME CAMPAIGN, CITIZEN’S ARRESTS CONTRIBUTED ABOUT THREE PER CENT TO TOTAL ARRESTS,” MR HINDHAUGH SAID.

’’LAST YEAR, THEY ACCOUNTED FOR 11.7 PER CENT OF ALL ARRESTS AND IN THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY TO MAY THIS YEAR, THEY SHOWED A DRAMATIC RISE TO 14.3 PER CENT.

’’IN OTHER WORDS, 2,132 ARRESTS WERE MADE BY ORDINARY CITIZENS UPHOLDING THE LAWS - AND THIS IS THE HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR ANY EQUIVALENT PERIOD.”

MR HINDHAUGH SAID HE BELIEVED THERE WERE INCREASING NUMBERS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO LEAP INTO ACTION TO SAFEGUARD LIFE AND PROPERTY, TO ASSIST THE POLICE UNRESERVEDLY, AND TO TAKE A FI RM STAND ON THE SIDE OF LAW AND ORDER.

’’THIS IS INDICATIVE OF A MATURING SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND A GREATER DESIRE BY INDIVIDUALS TO RESPOND UNSELFISHLY — WHEN CALLED UPON — IN THE INTERESTS OF COMMUNITY WELL-BEING,” HE SAID.

ALL OF THE AWARDS PRESENTED AT TODAY’S CEREMONY, IN THE NEW WORLD CENTRE PLAZA, WERE FOR ACTS OF EXCEPTIONAL COURAGE, RESOURCEFULNESS OR INITIATIVE IN PREVENTING OR DETECTING CRIMc, OR IN APPREHENDING CRIMINALS.

THE RECIPIENTS RANGED IN AGE FROM 14 TO 69 AND COVERED A WIDE RANGE OF OCCUPATIONS. THERE WERE 11 PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS, EIGHT STUDENTS, SIX CIVIL SERVANTS, A HOUSEWIFE, A MANAGER, A HAWKER, A SAILOR, A SALESMAN, A PAINTER AND A COOK. THERE WERE ALSO TWO AUXILIARY POLICEMEN AND TWO JUNIOR POLICE CALL LEADERS AND A JPC MEMBER.

ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS, MR CHU KWOK-KEI, A HAWKER, RECEIVED TWO SEPARATE AWARDS FOR HIS BRAVERY IN BRINGING TO JUSTICE THE SUSPECTS IN TWO ’SNATCHING’ CASES.

THE INDIVIDUAL AWARDS VARIED IN VALUE BETWEEN Si,000 AND $2,500, AMOUNTING TO A TOTAL OF S118,000.

MR HINDHAUGH SAID IT SHOULD BE EMPHASISED, HOWEVER, THAT AT THE TIME THE RECIPIENTS PERFORMED THEIR VALUABLE SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY, THEY DID SO WITHOUT ANY THOUGHT OF RECONGN ITI ON, FINANCIAL GAIN, OR EVEN THANKS.

’’QUITE THE OPPOSITE, IN FACT.”

” BY ARRANGING THIS CEREMONY TODAY, WE NOW HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THANK YOU TO THEM,” HE SAID.

IT WAS PARTICULARLY APPROPRIATE THAT IN A YEAR IN WHICH THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE THEME IS : ’’THE POLICE AND THE PEOPLE FIGHTING CRIME TOGETHER”, THE PUBLIC COULD SEE SUCH TANGIBLE RESULTS.

/IN CONGRATULATING .........

SATU;

LY 20, 1985

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IN CONGRATULATING THE 70 RECIPIENTS ON THEIR OUTSTANDING DISPLAYS OF CITIZENSHIP, MR HINDHAUGH SAID THEIR ACTS HAD NOT ONLY BEEN OF DIRECT BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY. ’’THEY ALSO ENCOURAGE THE POLICE IN THEIR UNREMITTING WORK AND INSPIRE OTHERS TO ACT AGAINST CRIME IN THE SAME DECISIVE AND RESPONSIBLE WAY,” HE SAID.

A FIGHT CRIME CONCERT BY POPULAR SINGERS, MISS CARMEN WONG AND MR TERENCE TSOI WAS HELD AFTER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH ATTRACTED THOUSANDS OF AUDIENCE.

MR CHAN PAK-KEUNG OF HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (HKGCC) AND MR DAVID CHIU TAT-CHEONG, DIRECTOR OF ASIA TELEVISION LIMITED (ATV) ALSO OFFICATED AT TODAY’S GOOD CITIZENS AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY WHICH WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE POLICE, HKGCC AND ATV.

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TRAINING COURSE IN TEACHING HANDICAPPED OFFERED

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SPECIAL SCHOOL WORKSHOP AND TRADE INSTRUCTORS ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR A TWO-YEAR PART-TIME IN-SERVICE COURSE IN TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF WORKING WITH THE HANDICAPPED IN THE FORTHCOMING ACADEMIC YEAR STARTING OCTOBER.

THE COURSE, RUN BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, IS AIMED AT EQUIPPING PARTICIPANTS WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE NATURE OF VARIOUS HANDICAPS AND ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS AND THE TEACHING AND LEARNING PROCESSES AS THEY APPLY TO HANDICAPPED ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS.

IN ADDITION, THE COURSE WILL HELP PARTICIPANTS LEARN THE TECHNIQUES OF TEACHING TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL SKILLS TO HANDICAPPED PERSONS AND PROFESSIONAL ATTITUDES APPROPRIATE FOR THOSE IN THE VOCATION OF TEACHING HANDICAPPED PERSONS.

CONTENTS OF THE COURSE WILL COVER STUDIES IN EDUCATION PRINCIPLES, THE NEEDS OF THE HANDICAPPED AND THE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF TEACHING THE HANDICAPPED, VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND TOOLS ADAPTATION.

APART FROM LECTURES AND TUTORIALS, TEACHING DEMONSTRATIONS AND EDUCATIONAL VISITS WILL ALSO FORM AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME.

THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL PROVIDE TEACHING SUPERVISION AT EACH PARTICIPANT’S WORK-PLACE.

ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, TRAINEES WHO ARE QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS WILL BE AWARDED THE CERTIFICATE ON SPECIALISATION IN TECHNICAL SUBJECTS INSTRUCTION FOR THE HANDICAPPED.

/TRAINEES WHO

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 1985

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TRAINEES WHO ARE NOT QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS WILL BE AWARDED A PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATE IN THE FORM OF A LETTER AND WILL BE AWARDED A FULL CERTIFICATE ONCE THEY HAVE ATTAINED THE STATUS GF QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS.

THOSE ACCEPTED FOR THE COURSE MUST CONTINUE TO TEACH IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE DURATION OF THE COURSE.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND CLASSES ON MONDAYS DURING THE FIRST YEAR AND ON ONE EVENING A WEEK DURING THE SECOND YEAR INCLUDING SATURDAY MORNINGS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, THIRD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, AND EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SUB-OFFICE AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, NATHAN ROAD, YAU MA TEI.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE PRINCIPAL CF THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL HEADS OR SUPERVISORS BEFORE JULY 27.

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DIVERSE ACTIVITIES HELPING ELDERLY ADAPT *****

ACTIVITIES IN SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE DIVERSIFIED TO HELP THE AGED ADAPT TO RAPID CHANGES IN FAMILY AND COMMUNITY LIFE. THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE METHODIST HING WAH SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IN CHAI WAN, MRS CHAN SAID THE DIVERSE ACTIVITIES WOULD HELP ELDERLY PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE CHANGES IN THEMSELVES AS WELL AS IN SOCIETY.

THERE WERE AT PRESENT OVER 90 SUCH SOCIAL CENTRES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG PROVIDING CONVENIENT LOCATIONS FOR THE ELDERLY TO PARTICIPATE IN RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.

MANY OF THE VOLUNTEERS CAME FROM STUDENT AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, RELIGIOUS GROUPS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS.

+BUT MOST ENCOURAGING OF ALL, QUITE A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS ARE THEMSELVES MEMBERS OF SOCIAL CENTRES,+ MRS CHAN SAID.

SUITABLE ARRANGEMENTS OF VOLUNTARY WORK AMONG THE ELDERLY WOULD HELP THEM REGAIN THEIR SELF-CONFIDENCE AS WELL AS DISPELLING ANY FEELINGS OF LONELINESS, SHE ADDED.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT WHEN SHE OPENED THE HING WAH SOCIAL CENTRE FIVE YEARS AGO, THERE WERE ONLY 80 MEMBERS. THIS NUMBER HAD SINCE RISEN TO ABOUT 300 MEMBERS.

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MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK’ BROADCAST LIVE

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THE +MUSIC WHILE YOU WORK+ INDUSTRIAL SAFETY RADIO SERIES, wHICH ENTERED ITS THIRD YEAR, PROVIDED OVER THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS AND HOME AUDIENCE WITH A MUSICAL AFTERNOON TODAY (SATURDAY) BY ITS LIVE BROADCAST FROM THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND, TSUEN WAN.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, THE RADIO SERIES COMPRISES 30 EPISODES, INCLUDING THREE LIVE BROADCAST OF OUTDOOR VARIETY SHOWS FROM DIFFERENT INDUSTRIAL AREAS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE PROGRAMME WAS PART OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN PACKAGE AND WAS AIMED AT AROUSING SAFETY AND HEALTH AWARENESS OF WORKERS BY MEANS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND CONTESTS.

+THE PROMOTION PACKAGE INCLUDES EXHIBITIONS, TRAINING COURSES AND SEMINARS, POSTER DESIGN AND PHOTO COMPETITIONS, PUBLICATION OF SAFETY LITERATURE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST (APIS) ON TV AND RADIO,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT WAS HOPED THAT BY USING DIFFERENT MEANS AND ALL AVAILABLE ACCESSES, THE MESSAGE OF SAFETY AT WORK WILL REACH WORKERS IN ALL INDUSTRIES, HE ADDED.

+THIS RADIO SERIES WAS WELL-RECEIVED BY WORKERS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, AND HAD BEEN FOUND TO BE BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THROUGH FACTORY VISITS, SLOGAN CONTEST AND QUIZ IN THE PROGRAMME, HE SAID, PARTICIPATING WORKERS AND HOME AUDIENCE WOULD BE GIVEN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON PROPER WORKING PROCEDURES AND NECESSARY SAFETY MEASURES IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES.

THE PROGRAMME WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED AT A SAFETY GALA NIGHT FEATURING POPULAR SINGERS AND CELEBRITIES TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM LATER THIS YEAR, HE ADDED.

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SCOUT MOTTO A FI NE EXAMPLE TO YOUTHS

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON LOCAL YOUTHS TO FOLLOW THE BOY SCOUTS’ MOTTO OF + BE PREPARED* TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS A BETTER HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE SECOND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG ISLAND SOUTHERN DISTRICT SCOUT COUNCIL, NR CHAN SAID THAT IN A TIME OF CHANGES IN HONG KONG, THE SCOUT MOVEMENT HAD AN IMPORTANT PART TO PLAY IN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION AND IN HELPING TO INSTIL A SENSE OF SOCIAL COMMITMENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

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+FR0M THE VOWS TAKEN AND THE DISCIPLINE INVOLVED IN SCOUT TRAINING, YOUNG PEOPLE WILL LEARN TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE, CONSCIENTIOUS, SENSIBLE AND OPTIMISTIC CITIZENS, AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE WILL STAND TO BENEFIT,* HE SAID.

MR CHAN ALSO PRAISED THE BOY SCOUTS FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY THROUGH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SOCIAL SERVICE ACTIVITIES AND COMMENDED THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SCOUT COUNCIL’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN THESE AREAS.

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SCOUTS HELP IN FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS *****

A COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT BADGE SCHEME HAS BEEN DEVISED FOR SCOUTS IN HONG KONG TO JOIN THE BATTLE AGAINST DRUG ABUSE.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE BADGE, SCOUTS HAVE TO PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN ANTI-DRUG ACTIVITIES.

+THE BADGE SCHEME IS VERY VALUABLE AND MEANINGFUL IN THAT IT WILL NOT ONLY HELP IN STEERING THE AT-RISK-GROUP AWAY FROM DRUGS, BUT ALSO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE DEVELOP A BETTER PERSONALITY AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY WELL,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

TO ACHIEVE THESE OBJECTIVES, A COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING COURSE ORGANISED BY THE DIVISION TO PROVIDE SCOUTS WITH A GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE DRUG PROBLEM WAS HELD TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) YOUTH VOLUNTEERS’ CLUBHOUSE.

+THROUGH THE TRAINING COURSE, SCOUTS WILL ALSO LEARN HOW TO TACKLE THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM AND TO DISSUADE PEOPLE OF THEIR AGE GROUP FROM ABUSING DRUGS,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

COURSES FOR VENTURE SCOUTS AND ROVER SCOUTS WILL BE ORGANISED LATER THIS YEAR.

A VISIT TO THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME.

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NEW DIRECTION SIGNBOARD FOR HOSPITAL

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THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL SPEND $12 000 ERECTING A HUGE DIRECTION SIGNBOARD FOR FANLING HOSPITAL.

THE SIGNBOARD WILL BE LOCATED AT THE TURN-OFF ROAD TO THE HOSPITAL ON JOCKEY CLUB ROAD.

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+AS MORE PEOPLE FROM THE URBAN AREA MOVE INTO FANLING NEW TOWN, THE DEMAND FOR MEDICAL SERVICES HAS INCREASED RECENTLY, + THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR LAW CHAK-TON, SAID.

♦SINCE THE HOSPITAL IS AWAY FROM THE MAIN ROAD AND CANNOT BE SPOTTED EASILY, IT IS NECESSARY TO ERECT A PROPER SIGNBOARD GIVING DIRECTIONS,* HE ADDED.

THE SIGNBOARD, MEASURING 1.7 METRES BY 2.8 METRES, DENOTES THE DIRECTION TO THE HOSPITAL, THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY UNIT AND THE OUT-PATIENT CLINIC.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN AUGUST AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN A MONTH’S TIME.

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APPLICATIONS FOR TRAINING PLACES FREE

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THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL REMINDED STUDENTS AND PARENTS^ THAT APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO COURSES OFFERED AT THE COUNCIL ’ S TRAINING CENTRES AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WERE FREE OF CHARGE.

THE COUNCIL’S NINE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRES HAVE STARTED TO ENROL TRAINEES AND APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE KOWLOON BAY AND KWAI CHUNG TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEXES AS WELL AS ALL DISTRICT OFFICES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE ADDED THAT THE COUNCIL HAD NOT COMMISSIONED ANY AGENTS OR PROXIES TO HELP APPLICANTS TO FILE OR HANDLE THEIR APPLICATIONS. APPLICANTS WERE ADVISED TO HAND IN THEIR APPLICATION FORMS TO TRAINING CENTRES OR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN PERSON.

APPLICANTS WITH ANY ENQUIRIES CONCERNING APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR INDUSTRI AL TRAIN ING OR TECHNICAL EDUCATION PLACES SHOULD CALL THE KOWLOON BAY TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEX ON 3-7506818 ™E KWAI CHUNG TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEX ON 0-204253, OR ANY ONE OF THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

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ELEVATED ACCESS ROAD PROPOSED

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GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT AN ELEVATED ROAD TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR ACCESS FROM SHIU FAI TERRACE TO A REDEVELOPMENT SITE AT 134-136 KENNEDY ROAD.

THE PROPOSED WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY THE REGISTERED OWNER OF THE SITE WHO wlm BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION COST.

DISTURBANCE TO EXISTING FOOTPATHS UNDER THE PROPOSED ELEVATED ACCESS ROAD WILL BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM.

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A NOTICE CONCERNING THE WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY’ THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE (HONG KONG NORTH), 25 HARBOUR ROAD, HARBOUR CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR, HONG KONG, AND THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, GROUND, FIRST AND EIGHTH FLOORS, HONG KONG.

OBJECTIONS IN WRITING SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 17.

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NEW CARRIAGEWAY PLANNED FOR TUEN MUN * * * *

A 600-METRE PERMANENT ROAD WILL BE BUILT IN THE SOUTH-WESTERN PART OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

THE PROPOSED ROAD WILL STRETCH FROM WU KING ROAD NEAR THE TEMPORARY BUS TERMINUS TO THE TEMPORARY CARGO HANDLING AREA.

ABOUT 250 METRES OF THE CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE DUAL TWO LANES AND THE REST ONE-WAY TWO-LANES.

THE PROJECT WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF FOOTPATHS AND MODIFICATIONS AT THE JUNCTIONS OF THE PROPOSED ROAD.

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- AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TUEN MUN, AND AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, 201 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES.

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORKS OR THE USE, OR BOTH SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 17.

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SHA TIN LAUNCHES TREE PLANTING DAY ******

MORE THAN 400 COMMUNITY-SPIRITED RESIDENTS OF SHA TIN TODAY (SATURDAY) PLEDGED SUPPORT TO THEIR DISTRICT-WIDE + BEAUTIF ICATION+ PROGRAMME BY PLANTING SOME 400 YOUNG TREES AND PALMS AT AN AMENITY PLOT ADJACENT TO THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURT.

THE SAPLINGS, INCLUDING HIBISCUS TILIACEUS, GREVILL.EA ROBUSTA AND ARCHONTOPHOENIX ALEXANDRAE, WERE PLANTED AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE SHA TIN DISTRICT TREE PLANTING DAY.

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ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE TREE PLANTING DAY WAS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH VEGETATION.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHAN-LAM, SAID TREE PLANTING ENHANCED THE ENVIRONMENT NOT ONLY VISUALLY, BUT ALSO HELPED TO MINIMISE NOISE AND DUST NUISANCE.

+WHEN PLANTED ON HILLSLOPES, TREES CAN ALSO PREVENT LANDSLIP AS THEY CAN HELP RETAIN AND REGULATE THE WATER CONTENT IN THE SUBSOIL,* MR NG ADDED.

MR NG, TOGETHER WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF HOUSING COMMITTEE OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, PLANTED A SAPLING TO MARK THE EVENT.

THE DEVELOPMENT AND BOARD, MR KAN CHUNG-NIN, MR LAU TAK-SHIU, LATER

NEXT TUESDAY (JULY 23), RESIDENTS OF KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT WILL ALSO LAUNCH THEIR TREE PLANTING DAY AT THE CHING HONG ROAD PLAYGROUND ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

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FAMILY FILM SHOWS FOR SHA TIN RESIDENTS ******

MORE THAN 1 000 SHA TIN RESIDENTS WILL SEE TWO FAMILY FILMS TOMORROW (SUNDAY), WHICH HAVE BEEN ARRANGED TO LAUNCH THE DISTRICT^ JOINT INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR AND SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE FILM SHOWS ARE PART OF SOME 90 EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL MIDDECEMBER.

THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE EVENT’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, DR FANNY CHEUNG, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHAN-LAN, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM WOON-KWONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THE PROGRAMME.

ACTIVITIES WHICH INCLUDE CAMPING, COMPETITIONS, PICNICS, TRAINING COURSES AND INTEREST CLASSES HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR THE COMING MONTHS.

TO PUBLICISE THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS PUBLISHED A SUPPLEMENT, WHICH IS AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

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DRAWING COMPETITION FOR 200 CHILDREN * * * *

Ao-r, ot?°UT ,200 CH,LDREN IN WONG TAI SIN WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR ARTISTIC TALENT IN A DRAWING COMPETITION AT THE LOK FU MTR ROOF GARDEN TOMORROW AFTERNOON (SUNDAY).

THE COMPETITION, ENTITLED +MY WEST SUB-DI STR ICT+ IS ONE OF MANY ACTIVITIES OF THE WONG TAI SIN WEST SUB-DISTRICT FORTNIGHT JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE AREA COMMITTEES OF TUNG TAU, LOK FU AND WANG TAU HOM.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, BOARD MEMBERS MR LEE SZE-BAY

MRS PAULINE NG, WONG TAI MR LIU SING-LEE, MR FUNG

SIN DISTRICT KWONG-CHUNG

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LOK FU AREA COMMITTEE wHE|Cnr*AnAN 0F THE TUNG TAU AREA COMMITTEE WILL BE ADJUDICATORS FOR THE COMPETITION.

MR WONG KAN-FONG, AND , MR CHUNG SHE-YEN,

NO STOPPING HERE

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FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 23), TWO SECTIONS OF ROADS IN KWUN TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED 24-HOUR RESTRICTED ZONES, AND ALL MOTOR VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS ON THEM.

THEY ARE s

* THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE OF SHING YIP STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING YIP STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 38 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

* THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE OF HUNG TO ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HOI YUEN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION^

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WESTERN TAPS OFF * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 23) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

PREMISES TO BE AFFECTED ARE BOUNDED BY CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST. MORRISON STREET, BONHAM STRAND, BONHAM STRAND WEST. DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, SUTHERLAND STREET, INCLUDING SHEUNG WAN FIRE STATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE VIEWS SOUGHT ON WATER POLLUTION MEASURES ................. 1

SALES OF FLATS RISE ........................................... 2

YOUTH MUSIC CAMP 1985 OPENED .................................. 4

198J INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION SURVEY RESULTS OUT ................. 5

INTELPOST SERVICE EXTENDED .................................... 9

HK STADIUM GETS A NEW LOOK .................................... 9

RSD TO OPEN FIRST MULTI-STOREY VEHICLE DEPOT .................. 11

KITE-FLYERS GET DANGER WARNING ................................ 12

MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT CLOSED ......................... 13

THREE PARKS TO BE BUILT IN KWAI CHUNG ......................... 14

NEW VEHICULAR BORDER LINK AT LOK MA CHAU ...................... 14

HUGE PAINTING DEPICTS IYY THEME ............................... 15

'•ORE VIEWS SOUGHT ON WATER POLLUTION MEASURES * * * * *

INDUSTRIALISTS. ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND ANY INTERESTED Mxi<B OF THE PUBLIC tVERE URGED AGAIN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE PROPOSED WATER POLLUTION CONTROL (GENERAL) REGULATIONS.

THE CONTROL REGULATIONS wERE PUBLISHED IN DRAFT FORM ON MAY 31 FOR INFORMATION AND PUBLIC COMMENT.

HOWEVER, AS WAS POINTED OUT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST WEEK, ONLY THREE REPRESENTATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED, FROM THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES AND THE HONG KONG PRINTERS AND DYERS ASSOCIATION LTD, WHO HAD RESERVATIONS, AND THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION, WHO WERE IN SUPPORT.

THE UMELCO LEGCO AD HOC GROUP CONVENED BY DR HARRY FANG TO STUDY THE REGULATIONS SAID THAT THIS RESPONSE wAS DISAPPOINTING. THE GROUP LEARNED THAT SOME INDUSTRIALISTS AND FACTORY OhNERo WERE UNDER THE FALSE IMPRESSION THAT THE REGULATIONS WOULD ONLY APPLY TO TOLO HARBOUR AND HAD NOT THEREFORE TAKEN THE TROUBLE TO RESPOND WHEN CONSULTED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY REITERATED THAT THE REGULATIONS WERE TO BE MADE UNDER THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE WHICH PROVIDES FOR REGULATIONS TO APPLY INSIDE WATER CONTROL ZONES WHICH MAY BE DECLARED IN ANY PART OF HONG KONG.

+WATER CONTROL ZONES CAN ONLY BE DECLARED BY THE GOVERNOR I.. COUNCIL AND, WHILE IT IS TRUE THAT AT PRESENT ONLY ONE SUCH ZONE HAS BEEN DECLARED, NAMELY THE TOLO HARBOUR AND CHANNEL WATER CO'.T JL ZONE. IT IS THE INTENTION TO PROPOSE THE DECLARATION OF MORE Z' j IN OTHER PARTS OF HONG KONG. BUT THIS WOULD ONLY BE DONE AFTER CONSULTATION WITH INTERESTED PARTIES - FOR EXAMPLE, THE DISTR ICi BOARDS AND AFFECTED INDUSTRIES. IN ANY EVENT, IT WILL NOT BE uOixc UNTIL THE EXPERIENCE OF OPERATING AND ADMINISTERING TH- FIRoT .\mT_.. CONTROL ZONE HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY EVALUATED,+ HE SAID.

THE TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES BEING PRESCRIBED FOR_ CONTROL INSIDE THE TOLO HARBOUR AND CHANNEL WATER CONTROL ZONz. COULD ALSO BE PRESCRIBED FOR OTHER ZONES IN FUTURE- AND THE REGULATIONS COULD HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

+BUT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE NO LESS AFFECTED BECAUSE Th£ PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION IS TO STOP ANY FURTHER DETERIORATION IN THE QUALITY OF A VERY LARGE PART OF OUR LIV I NG ENVIRON-ENT._ WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO AGRtt ThAT THE ENVIRONMENT IS WORTH TRYING TO PRESERVE. THEIR PREitNCc v„T MAKE ITSELF FELT VERY STRONGLY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HE CALLED ON ALL CONCERNED MEMBERS OF THE P jLIC TO STUDY THE REGULATIONS AND TO GIVE THEIR COMMENTS TO THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN LOWER ALBERT

ROAD.

THE REGULATIONS ARE CONTAINED IN A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 1985. COPIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE OR FROM THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH. COMMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED DURING

THE NEXT SIX WEEKS.

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SALES OF FLATS RISE * * * * *

THE NUMBER OF SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS INCREASED BY 65.6 PER CENT AND 78.6 PER CENT DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1985 COMPARED WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1984 RESPECTIVELY, PR NOEL GLEESON, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, REPORTED TODAY.

IN ALL, 25 741 SUCH AGREEMENTS WERE REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1985.

DURING THE FIRST HALF YEAR OF 1985. 28 939 ASSIGNMENTS OF cfAwraEREaRtaIaITEacD’ C0MPARED with 27 003 IN THE SAME PERIOD CF 1984. A TOTAL OF 5 090 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS WERE COMPLETED BY THE LAND OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT ON UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S HOME

BEHALF OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OWNERSHIP SCHEME, COMPARED WITH 1984.

4 457 IN THE FIRST HALF OF

THERE WERE 232 ASSIGNMENTS

- OF LOTS AND SECTIONS, 8.9 PER

CENT MORE THAN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1984. THE TOTAL VALUE OF CONSIDERATIONS IN ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS INCREASED BY 213.3 PER CENT FROM $894 MILLION IN THE SAME PERIOD OF 1984 TO $2,801 BILLION IN 1985, WHJLE THAT FOR THE ASSIGNMENT OF

CENT FROM $11,741 BILLION TO

FLATS ALSO INCREASED BY 7.2 PER $12,592 BILLION.

AND 24 078 OTHER MORTGAGES WERE

FIFTEEN BUILDING MORTGAGES

RE^'BTERED’ D0WN FR0M 29 AND UP FROM 22 083 RESPECTIVELY IN THE OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER

BUILDING MORTGAGES REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR

ROSE BY 4.4 PER CENT, FROM $182 MILLION TO $190 MILLION. THE JSoUNT

RYCSR^DpppDccmt0RJdamEL0IH^R THAN BU,LDING MORTGAGES ALSO ROSE

BY 4.3 PER CENT, FROM $8,336 BILLION TO $8,694 BILLION.


SEARCHES IN THE LAND OrFICE DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF

B* MFoBoRS 0F THE PUBLIC REACHED AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 455 279, UP BY 30.8 PER CENT COMPARED WITH SAME PERIOD OF 1984

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BUT MR GLEESON CAUTIONED THAT THE VARIOUS . IGURES CITED DID NOT INCLUDE TRANSACTIONS IN THE NEw TERRITORIES AND THUS DID NOT COVER THE TOTAL PROPERTY MARKET.

OF THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES, FOUR HAVE BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. IT IS INTENDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE OVER THE REST BY STAGEo, THE NEXT, TUEN MUN, LATER THIS YEAR.

SIGNIFICANT GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED DURING THE HALF YEAR INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING:

(1) THE GRANT BY PRIVATE TREATY OF A 11.71-HECTARE SITE (FORMERLY PART OF THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE) TO THE HONG KONG AND CHINA GAS COMPANY LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $93 680 000 FOR THE PURPOSES OF A GAS PRODUCTION PLANT.

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THE SALE BY PUBLIC TENDER OF A 7.292-HECTARE SITE IN SHA TIN AREA 75 TO WILLOWGARTH COMPANY LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $300 300 300 FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP (PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION) SCHEME.

THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION OF A 1.069-HECTARE SITE (FORMERLY PART OF THE VICTORIA BARRACKS) AT QUEENSWAY TO A SWIRE SUBSIDIARY, KORNHILL DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED, AT A PREMIUM OF $703 000 000 FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL PURPOSES.

THE SALE BY PUBLIC TENDER OF A 2 516-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT SING WOO ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY TO HAYNES ESTATES LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $62 000 000 FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AND MULTI-STOREY CARPARK PURPOSES.

THP GRANT BY PRIVATE TREATY OF A 11.448-HECTARE SITE IN YAU YAT CHUEN TO CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG AT NIL PREMIUM FOR THE PURPOSES AS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE CITY POLYTECHNIC ORDINANCE.

THE GRANT BY PRIVATE TREATY OF A 1.32-HECTARE SITE AT KENNEDY TOWN TO LU ZHEN Yl, TRUSTEE FOR CHINA MERCHANTS STEAM NAVIGATION COMPANY LIMITED, AT A PREMIUM OF $30 015 000 FOR GODOWN AND CARGO HANDLING AND CARGO HANDLING PIER PURPOSES.

THE GRANT BY PRIVATE TREATY OF A 69.39-HECTARE SITE IN TAP SHEK KOK, TUEN MUN TO KOWLOON ELECTRICITY SUPPLY COMPANY LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $89 552 000 FOR THE PURPOSES OF A COAL AND/OR OIL-FIRE ELECTRICITY GENERATING STATION AND BULK OIL AND COAL AND PULVERISED FLY ASH STORAGE.

THE

NUMBER OF LAND GRANTS AND MODIFICATIONS OF LEASE CONDITJONo COMPLETED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1985 INCREASED FROM 124 IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1984 TO 159, WHILE THE TOTAL PREMIUM INVOLVED ROS<_ EY 46 PER CENT FROM $2,016 BILLION TO $2,944 BILLION.

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OVER THE SAME PERIOD, SURRENDERS AND RESU1TIONS OF LAND DROPPED BY 38.5 PER CENT FROM 109 TO 67, WITH THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION DECREASING BY 35.3 PER CENT FROM $66.3 MILLION TO $42.Q MILLION.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTY OWNERS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY ROSE BY 4.0 PER CENT FROM 724 389 IN JUNE 1984 TO 753 015 IN DECEMBER 1984 AND AGAIN BY 4.1 PER CENT TO 784 155 IN JUNE 1985.

IN MAY 1984 THE LAND OFFICE OBTAINED APPROVAL OF FUNDS FOR THE COMPUTERISATION OF ALL LAND OFFICE REGISTER CARDS. PLANS ARE IN HAND TO COMMENCE COMPUTERISATION IN MID 1986. THE COMPUTERISED SYSTEM WILL REDUCE MUCH OF THE TIME REQUIRED FOR MAKING A SEARCH AND CONSEQUENTLY WILL REDUCE THE WAITING TIME OF A SEARCHER FROM ABOUT 30 MINUTES AT PRESENT TO ABOUT 10 MINUTES.

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YOUTH MUSIC CAMP 1985 OPENED * * *

HONG KONG’S FUTURE LIES IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG SAID THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING WHEN HE OPENED THE 1985 HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP.

+EVERYONE OF US,+ MR CHEUNG SAID, +BE IT THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE URBAN COUNCIL OR THE GOVERNMENT HAS A VERY DEFINITt ROLE TO PLAY IN HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GROW UP TO BECOME •ORE INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY THEY LIVE IN AND TO TAKE UP THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AS PARTICIPATING CITIZENS OF OUR COMMUNITY.+

THE ANNUAL MUSIC CAMP, NOW IN ITS SIXTH YEAR, IS BEING HELD AT THE PO LEUNG KUK PAK TAM CHUNG HOLIDAY CAMP IN SAI KUNG AND WILL LAST UNTIL AUGUST 4.

MR CHEUNG, WHO IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SAID THAT IN THIS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, THE HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP PROVIDED AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF DEVELOPMENT AND PARTICIPATION.

+THE HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP IS A GOOD TRAINING GROUND, FOR IT NOT ONLY PROVIDES EXCELLENT MUSIC EDUCATION, BUT ALSO TRAINING IN LIFE, SHARPENING THE PARTICIPANTS’ AWARENESS OF THE NEEDS OF OTHERS, LEARNING CONSIDERATION AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS’ PROPERTY AS WELL AS THEIR FEELINGS AND NEEDS, HELPING ONE ANOTHER TO OVERCOME DIFFICULTIES, AND UNDERSTANDING THE TRUE VALUE OF MUTUAL COOPERATION.

+OUR YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE THEIR PROBLEMS BUT THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM THOSE OF YOUNG PEOPLE ELSEWHERE. BY CHANNELLING ?AeIR InJrGI^S INTO USEFUL PURSUITS SUCH AS MUSIC TRAINING AND HEALTHY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, WE HOPE THAT THEY wILL BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO TACKLE WHATEVER PROBLEMS THEY MAY FACE IN FUTURE,* ME CHEUNG SAID.

/THE SECRETARY........

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THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM BARNES, SAID THE OBJECTIVES OF THE CAMP WERE TO GIVE YOUNG MUSICIANS INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING IN A PLEASANT SUMMER-CAMP ATMOSPHERE, CF EXCHANGING MUSICAL EXPERIENCE AND OF FOSTERING INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE.

+l AM DELIGHTED TO WELCOME OUR DISTINGUISHED TEACHERS FROM OVERSEAS, WHOSE EXPERT TEACHING AND GUIDANCE WILL GO A LONG WAY TO HELP US MEET THESE OBJECTIVES,+ HE SAID.

MR BARNES POINTED OUT THAT MUCH PLANNING HAS GONE INTO THE CAMP PROGRAMME TO ENSURE THAT IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, PARTICIPANTS WOULD ENJOY THEMSELVES NOT JUST ON MUSIC TRAINING BUT ALSO THROUGH A PROGRAMME OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

MR EARNES THEN THANKED THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR ITS CONTINUOUS SUPPORT AND FOR CONTRIBUTING $285 000 TO THE MUSIC CAMP THIS YEAR.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, AND THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MRS DORIS HO.

SOME 250 YOUNGSTERS ARE TAKING PART IN THIS YEAR’S MUSIC CAMP WHICH COMPRISES A SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, A CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND A JUNIOR BAND.

DURING THE TWO-WEEK CAMP, ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE MASTER CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS, CHAMBER MUSIC, SECTIONAL AND ORCHESTRAL REHEARSALS TO BE CONDUCTED BY RENOWNED MUSICIANS.

TO PROVIDE A BALANCED PROGRAMME, THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE DIVISION HAS ORGANISED A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR THE CAMPERS.

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1983 INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION SURVEY RESULTS OUT

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED SUMMARY STATISTICS FROM THE SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR THE YEAR 1983. FIELD WORK FOR THIS SURVEY WAS UNDERTAKEN BETWEEN MAY 1984 AND MARCH 1985.

THE SURVEY COVERED ESSENTIALLY THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. HOWEVER, IT ALSO INCLUDED ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN MINING AND QUARRYING, AND IN THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER.

SOME $170 681 MILLION WORTH OF GROSS OUTPUT WAS PRODUCED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN 1983, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 2P PER CENT OVER 1982 ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY. THE BASIC STATIoTICj APE PROVIDED IN TABLE A.

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AS REGARDS EXPENSES, $119 526 MILLION WAS SPENT ON PURCHASING MATERIALS, SUPPLIES AND INDUSTRIAL SERVICES? $28 056 MILLION WAS PAID OUT AS COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES 5 OTHER EXPENSES TOTALLED $14 77q MILLION AND GROSS SURPLUS AMOUNTED TO $14 657 MILLION.

THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR TO VALUE ADDED IN NATIONAL ACCOUNTS TERMS WAS $44 140 MILLION. RANKED ACCORDING TO THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO VALUE ADDED, THE TOP FIVE INDUSTRY GROUPS WERE WEARING APPAREL ($11 132 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR), METAL PRODUCTS, MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT ($7 627 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT), ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS ($7 246 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT), TEXTILES ($6 409 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT), AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS ($3 252 MILLION OR SEVEN PER CENT).

AS REGARDS THE LOCATION OF INDUSTRIES, NEW KOWLOON STOOD OUT AS THE MOST IMPORTANT MANUFACTURING ZONE, FOLLOWED BY THE TSUEN wAN, KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl DISTRICT. INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN THESE LOCATIONS TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 65 PER CENT EACH OF THE TOTAL GROSS OUTPUT AND OF THE TOTAL VALUE ADDED OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR. TABLE B GIVES DETAILS.

THE BULK OF THE GROSS OUTPUT AND VALUE ADDED PRODUCED WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR WAS GENERATED BY LIMITED COMPANIES. THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO TOTAL GROSS OUTPUT AND VALUE ADDED WERE 76 PER CENT AND 74 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. SOLE PROPRIETORSHIPS CONTRIBUTED ANOTHER 16 PER CENT OF TOTAL GROSS OUTPUT AND 17 PER CENT OF TOTAL VALUE ADDED, WHILE THE REST WAS PRODUCED BY PARTNERSHIP UNDERTAKINGS. DETAILS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE C.

ESTABLISHMENT ENGAGING LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE AMOUNTED TO 30 ODD CR SOME 64 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL. HOWEVER, THEY ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY SEVEN PER CENT OF THE TOTAL GROSS OUTPUT AND EIGHT PER CENT OF THE VALUE ADDED OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

IN CONTRAST, ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING 100 OR MORE PERSONS, WHICH AMOUNTED TO ONLY 1 636 OR ABOUT FOUR PER CENT OF THE TOTAL, ACCOUNTED FOR OVER HALF OF THE SECTOR’S TOTAL GROSS OUTPUT AND VALUE ADDED. DETAILS ARE PROVIDED IN TABLE D.

THE 1983 SURVEY WAS ONE IN A SERIES OF ANNUAL INDUSTRIAL SURVEYS CONDUCTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF UPDATING THE ESTIMATES OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND ASCERTAINING THE OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES.

SUMMARY STATISTICS FROM THE 1983 SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE FORTHCOMING JUNE 1985 ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS. A MORE DETAILED ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS OBTAINED FROM THE 1983 SURVEY WILL BE GIVEN IN THE SURVEY REPORT TO BE PUBLISHED IN AUGUST.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING THE SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (AT 3-7221914).

/Summary results........

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Summary results of the 1983 Survey of Industrial Production

Tabic A Analysis by manufacturing industry group

Industry Group Number of establishments Compensation of employees ($ Mn) Purchases of materials, supplies and industrial services ($ Mn) Gross output National accounts value added (S Mn)

Food, beverages & tobacco 1 020 (7.0) 893 (11.1) 5 041 (11.9) 7 439 (12.2) 1 815 (14.8)

Textile (including knitting) 4 504 (-5.3) 3 775 (21.4) 21 363 (47.9) 28 502 (41.9) 6 409 (41.3)

Wearing apparel, except knitwear & footwear 9 674 (2.4) 8 223 (14.0) 23 286 (28.5) 36 006 (22.4) 11 132 (16.0)

Leather, wood & cork products 3 200 (1.9) 798 (14.3) J 018 (50.4) 4 441 (39.M 1 097 (20. <)

Paper products, printing •r publishing 4 711 (7.0) 1 515 (13.1) 4 609 (35.4) 7 737 (26.3) 2 584 (16.8)

Chemicals, rubber & non-metallic mineral products 1 260 (-10.3) 671 (24.J) 4 505 (42.6) 6 084 (39.0 1 348 (34.0)

Plastic products 4 466 (-7.6) 2 213 (9.2) 7 928 (44.4) 11 915 (31.0) 3 252 (11.4)

Basic metals, fabricated metal products, machinery 4 equipment 12 196 (3.9) 5 067 (10.9) 22 6c8 (38.7) 31 405 (29.2) 7 627 (17.6)

•Hectrical d electronic products 2 12J (22.6) 3 855 (22.2) 23 119 (36.2) 31 166 (27.9) 7 246 (23.5)

Other manufacturing industries 3 155 (13.3) 1 066 (18.9) 4 050 (27.0) 5 987 (27.1) 1 629 (28.7)

Total 46 309 (2.5) 28 056 (15.3) 119 526 (36.5) 170 681 (29.0) 44 1U0 (21.3)

Notes : (1) The statistics presented in this press release cover all manufacturing establishments that were known to be in operation for the whole or part of the reference year 1983. The imputed economic contribution of those establishments that were closed prior to the survey enumeration period is also included.

(2) For this table and all subsequent tables, individual entries may not add up exactly to the respective totals due to rounding.

(3) Figures in brackets represent percentage changes of 1983 over 1982. ------- . • - —

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Table B Analysis by geographic location

District Hong Kong Island Number of establishments Compensation of employees (S Mn ) Purchases of materials, supplies and industrial services (S Ma) Gross output (1—Mnl National accounts value added (S Mn)

6 869 3 703 16 901 24 J16 6 173

Kowloon 8 064 3 594 13 130 19 566 5 470

New Kowloon 15 751 11 677 45 208 65 024 17 370

Tsuen Wan, Kwai Chung, Ising Yi 10 572 6 887 33 485 46 653 11 420

Hest of N. T. 5 052 2 194 10 80? 15 122 3 708

Total 46 509 28 056 119 526 170 681 44 14c

Table C Analysis by type of ownership

Purchases of materials, National

supplies and accounts

.'lumber of Compensation industrial Gross value

establish- of employees services output added (S Mn)

Type of ownership □ents (S Mn) (5 Mn) ($ Mn)

Limited company 7 634 19 889 93 557 130 495 32 448

ole proprietorship 30 129 5 369 17 548 26 848 7 659

? irtnersnip 8 547 2 797 8 421 13 338 4 034

Total 46 309 28 056 119 526 170 681 u4 140

Table D Ana lysis by employment size ranges

Purchases of materials, Nb tional

supplies and accounts

Number of Compensation industrial Gross value

..umber of persons engaged 1 - 9 establishments of employees kS Mm) services ($ Mn) output (S Mn) added k- *'n)

29 751 2 152 6 728 11 281 3 510

1. - 19 7 332 2 626 9 531 14 uG9 3 673

20 - -9 5 504 4 984 18 453 26 673 6 819

50 - 99 2 C85 379 18 740 25 978 6 203

10c - 199 1 025 4 521 19 985 27 778 6 736

2CC - 499 452 4 376 22 127 5c 082 7 283

50c - 999 117 2 676 14 753 20 666 5 186

1 000 & over 42 2 342 9 208 14 214 4 723

Total 46 309 28 056 119 526 170 681 44 14C

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INTELPOST SERVICE EXTENDED * X * *

THE INTELPOST SERVICE FROM HONG KONG wILL BE EXTENDED TO SWITZERLAND AND LIECHTENSTEIN TOMORROW (MONDAY), THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

INTELPOST ITEMS POSTED IN HONG KONG BEFORE 6 AM WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY THE ADDRESSEE AT THE INTELPOST CENTRES OR DELIVERED TO THE ADDRESSEE THE SAME DAY THROUGHOUT SWITZERLAND, INCLUDING LIECHTENSTEIN.

CHARGES FOR THE SERVICE TO THESE TWO PLACES WILL BE :

* $65 FOR THE FIRST SIDE OF AN A4 SHEET OF PAPER

* $30 FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT A4 SIDE SENT TO THE SAME ADDRESSEE AT THE SAME TIME

THOSE WISHING TO USE THE SERVICE, WHICH NOW COMPRISE 32 COUNTRIES, SHOULD HAND IN THEIR DOCUMENT AT ANY OF THE 11 ACCEPTANCE OFFICES.

CUSTOMERS HAVING FACSIMILE MACHINES IN THEIR OFFICES CAN MAKE USE OF INTELPOST TO RETRANSMIT MESSAGES DIRECT TO OVERSEAS INTELPOST CENTRES FOR DELIVERY IN A FEW HOURS.

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

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HK STADIUM GETS A NEW LOOK MM

THE 30-YEAR-0LD HONG KONG STADIUM IS AT PRESENT UNDERGOING A MAJOR FACELIFT IN TIME FOR THE STAGING OF A WORLD CUP SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN HONG KONG AND JAPAN IN SEPTEMBER.

♦WHEN THE $2.8 MILLION RENOVATION WORK IS COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT MONTH, THE STADIUM WILL HAVE MODERN PUBLIC ADDRESS AND TURNSTILE SYSTEMS,+ SAID THE AMENITIES MANAGER (HONG KONG) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR EDDY YAU, WHO IS ALSO THE MANAGER OF THE STADIUM.

+THIS IS GOOD NEWS FOR OUR LOCAL SOCCER FANS BECAUSE THE HONG KONG STADIUM IS THE MAJOR VENUE FOR INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL MATCHES. +

THE PREVIOUS PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM HAD BEEN IN USE FOR SOME 30 YEARS. THE SOUND COULD ONLY REACH THE WEST COVERED STAND OF THE STADIUM AND ITS QUALITY «AS FAR FROM SATISFACTORY.

/THE NEW

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THE NEw SYSTEM WILL, HOWEVER, PROVIDE BETTER SOUND QUALITY AND WILL BE ABLE TO REACH EVERY CORNER OF THE STADIUM. IT ALSO INCORPORATES A CLOSED-CIRCUIT TV SYSTEM WHICH a ILL ENABLE THE CONTROL ROOM IN THt STADIUM’S PAVILION TO HAVE AN OVERALL VIEW OF THE STADIUM, THEREBY FACILITATING BETTER CROWD CONTROL.

FURTHERMORE, AN INTERCOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM WITH A MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF 40 STATIONS WILL BE INSTALLED TO ENHANCE INTERNAL COMMUNICATION.

THE TURNSTILE SYSTEM, WHICH HAD ALSO BEEN USED FOR SOME 30 YEARS, WAS PROVING INEFFICIENT WHEN DEALING WITH LARGE CROWDS.

+ THE NEW TURNSTILES WITH A FULLY-RELI ABLE COUNTING SYSTEM, CAN BE OPERATED EITHER ELECTRICALLY OR MECHANICALLY,* SAID MR YAU.

+ALSO, THE NUMBER OF TURNSTILES WILL BE INCREASED FROM THE PRESENT 28 TO 30 TO FACILITATE ADMISSION.*

THE HONG KONG STADIUM IS CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE EVERY SUMMER AT THE END OF THE FOOTBALL SEASON. THE STADIUM IS ALSO CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS AROUND THE END OF EVERY AUTUMN FOR SEEDING WITH WINTER RYE GRASS IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP THE GRASS SOCCER PITCH GREEN THROUGHOUT THE WINTER MONTHS.

+IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE STADIUM’S SOCCER PITCH IS KEPT UP TO THE REQUIRED INTERNATIONAL STANDARD BECAUSE IT IS USED MAINLY FOR PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL MATCHES,* MR YAU SAID.

+ITS TURF SURFACE IS SUBJECT TO EXCESSIVE USE AS THE HKFA PUTS ON ABOUT 12 FIRST DIVISION MATCHES A MONTH THERE. THIS USAGE RATE IS HIGHER THAN FOR ANY OTHER STADIA THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

+THROUGH THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF OUR STAFF, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN THE TURF SURFACE IN A GOOD CONDITION THROUGHOUT THE SOCCER SEASON.*

APART FROM BEING THE VENUE FOR SOCCER LEAGUES, THE STADIUM IS ALSO USED BY SCHOOLS TO STAGE ATHLETIC MEETS AND FOR MANY OTHER FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING RUGBY MATCHES, POP CONCERTS, RELIGIOUS GATHERINGS AND CHARITABLE EVENTS.

EFFORTS ARE BEING MADE TO ENCOURAGE MORE SUITABLE OUTDOOR EVENTS TO BE HELD THERE SO AS TO MAXIMISE ITS USAGE.

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RSD TO OPEN FIRST MULTI-STOREY VEHICLE DEPOT

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT wILL OPEN ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 24) THE FIRST GOVERNMENT MULTI-STOREY VEHICLE DEPOT CAPABLE OF PROVIDING A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF REPAIR, MAINTENANCE AND RELATED SERVICES FOR A QUARTER OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FLEET OF 480 VEHICLES.

TRANSPORT MANAGER OF THE RSD, ALTHOUGH THE INITIAL OUTLAY OF S50

MR JOHN HARRISON, SAID THAT MILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION

CF THE DEPOT WAS SLIGHTLY HIGH, IT OFFERED MANY ADVANTAGES IN BEING ABLE TO CONCERNTRATE THE DEPARTMENT’S TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN IN ONE WELL-EQUIPPED CENTRE.

+T0 BEGIN WITH, THE FACT THAT THE KWAI CHUNG DEPOT CAN TAKE OVER MANY OF THE VEHICULAR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES PRESENTLY RENDERED BY THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT MEANS THAT IT WILL CONSIDERABLY SHORTEN THE 'DOWN TIME’ CF OUR VEHICLES.

+THE QUALITY SERVICE THAT THE DEPOT CAN PROVIDE EXPEDITIOUSLY SHOULD ENABLE THE DEPARTMENT TO INCREASE ITS PRODUCTIVITY AND AT THE SAME TIME MAINTAIN THE SERVICE LIFE OF THESE EXPENSIVE SPECIAL-PURPOSE VEHICLES.

+ALL THESE ARE COST-EFFECTIVE MEASURES THAT SHOULD BECOME APPARENT SOON,+ MR HARRISON SAID.

ONE NOTABLE FEATURE OF THE SIX-STOREY DEPOT IS THAT IT HAS A FLOOR-LOADING CAPACITY OF 1.2 TONNES PER SQUARE METRE, MAKING IT CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING 25-TONNE VEHICLES. AT PRESENT, THE HEAVIEST SPECIALIST VEHICLES OWNED BY THE RSD WEIGH ONLY 19 TONNES.

LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI LIN PAI ROAD AND SAN KWAI STREET, THE DEPOT HAS 6 300 SQUARE METRES OF FLOOR AREA. AMONG ITS MODERN FACILITIES ARE A FULLY-EQUIPPED HYDRAULIC REPAIR ROOM, A TYRE ROOM AND AN ELECTRICAL FAULT-FINDING AND BATTERY-RECHARGING ROOM.

THERE ARE THREE SERVICE PITS, TWO REPAIR BAYS AND VEHICLE GREASING AND WASHING BAYS.

REFUELLING POINTS FOR BOTH DIESEL AND PETROL ENGINED VEHICLES ARE ALSO PROVIDED. IT HAS SUFFICIENT PARKING SPACE FOR SOME 130 VEHICLES.

TO FACILITATE THE MOVEMENT OF BIG MUNICIPAL SERVICES VEHICLES, THE DEPOT IS FITTED WITH CONVEX MIRRORS AT EVERY CORNER ON EACH FLOOR. REVERSING BARRIERS ARE ALSO PROVIDED AT ALL PARKING BAYS TO SIGNIFY TO DRIVERS WHEN TO STOP wHILE BACKING THEIR VEHICLES INTO THEIR PARKING SPACE.

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wITH A MANAGERIAL, WORKSHOP AND DRIVING STAFF TOTALLING SOME 160 PERSONNEL, THE DEPOT ALSO PROVIDES AN EMERGENCY SERVICE, MOBILISING THE DEPARTMENT’S VEHICLES AND MANPOWER DURING TYPHOONS OR NATURAL DISASTERS. A TRANSPORT OPERATION CONTROL ROOM LOCATED AT THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE DEPOT SERVES AS THE CENTRAL COORDINATION CENTRE FOR THE DEPARTMENT’S TRANSPORT DIVISION.

ADJACENT TO THE DEPOT BUILDING IS A FOUR-STOREY ANNEX WHICH HOUSES STAFF QUARTERS AND A REST ROOM FOR DRIVERS. BOTH THE DEPOT AND THE ANNEX ARE FITTED OUT WITH A PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM TO MAKE IT EASIER TO LOCATE DRIVERS AND THEIR VEHICLES.

POINTING TO THE FACT THAT A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF THE RSD’S SERVICES ARE TRANSPORT-BASED, MR HARRISON SAID FIVE ADDITIONAL DEPOTS WITH SIMILAR FACILITIES - THOUGH NOT NECESSARILY IN A MULTI-STOREY CONFIGURATION - WILL BE BUILT IN TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, TAI PO, SHA TIN AND SAI KUNG TO REPLACE THE EXISTING TEMPORARY ONES WHERE THE REMAINING 350 OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FLEET ARE PARKED.

+THESE OTHER DEPOTS WILL NOT BE BUILT LIKE THE ONE IN KWAI CHUNG WHICH SUFFERS FROM AN ACUTE RESTRICTION OF AVAILABLE LAND. THESE OTHER DEPOTS WILL PROBABLY BE TWO OR, AT THE MOST, THREE-STOREY STRUCTURES AS WE DO NOT EXPECT SIMILAR LAND CONSTRAINTS IN THESE DISTRICTS. THEY WILL ALSO PROBABLY INCORPORATE OTHER DEPARTMENTAL USERS TO MAXIMISE BUILDING UTILISATION. CONSEQUENTLY. CONSTRUCTION COSTS FOR THEM COULD BE CHEAPER,+ MR HARRISON SAID.

THE RSD HAS 229 VEHICLES FOR HEAVY DUTY AND SPECIAL FUNCTIONS, SUCH AS REFUSE COLLECTORS AND GULLY CESSPIT EMPTIERS. TRAINING COURSES FOR THEIR OPERATION AND DAILY MAINTENANCE WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE KWAI CHUNG DEPOT, SAID MR HARRISON, ADDING THAT THE RSD WILL SPEND UP TO $17 MILLION NEXT YEAR FOR VEHICLE MAINTENANCE.

MR HARRISON SAID THAT IT WAS THE DEPARTMENT’S ULTIMATE AIM TO BECOME SELF-SUFFICIENT WITH REGARD TO THE MAINTENANCE OF ITS VEHICLE FLEET.

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KITE-FLYERS GET DANGER WARNING

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KITE-FLYING AND MODEL AIRCRAFT ENTHUSIASTS ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO FLY A KITE OR A MODEL AIRCRAFT TOO CLOSE TO AN AIRPORT.

IT IS ALSO AN OFFENCE TO FLY KITES OR MODEL AIRCRAFT MORE THAN 60 METRES ABOVE THE GROUND AT ANY LOCATION WITHOUT THE PERMISSION CF THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION.

/THL LAW •••••••

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THE LAW PROHIBITS THE FLYING OF A KITE OR AIRCRAFT WITHIN FIVE KILOMETRES OF AN AIRPORT, AS WELL AS HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

RELEASING OF A MODEL INCLUDING SEK KONG,

THE AREAS WHERE SUCH ACTIVITIES ARE PROHIBITED INCLUDE ALL OF KOWLOON PENINSULA, NEW KOWLOON, KOWLOON TONG, KWUN TONG AND LAI CHI KOK IN KOWLOON, THAT PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND FROM CAUSEWAY BAY TO QUARRY BAY, AND YUEN LONG IN THE VICINITY OF SEK KONG IN THE NEW TERR I TOR IES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT STATED THAT UNDER THE AIR NAVIGATION (OVERSEAS TERRITORIES) ORDER, IT IS AN OFFENCE TO WILFULLY OR NEGLIGENTLY ACT IN A MANNER LIKELY TO ENDANGER AN AIRCRAFT OR PEOPLE IN IT.

THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR THE OFFENCE IS A $4 000 FINE AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

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MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT CLOSED

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THE MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM FRIDAY (JULY 26) TO SUNDAY (AUGUST 11) TO FACILITATE THE OVERHAUL OF THE UNIT S EQUIPMENT.

THE MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT, RUN BY THE VI$UAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE DEPARTMENT, WILL RE-OPEN ON MONDAY (AUGUST 12).

LOCATED AT 182 CANTON ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSU I, THE UNIT IS OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, EXCEPT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, TO ALL TEACHERS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF TEACHING AIDS.

OPENING HOURS ARE BETWEEN 9 AM AND 12 30[PM AND BETWEEN 1.30 PM AND 5 PM FROM MONDAY TO SUNDAY. OPENING HOURS ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON WILL BE EXTENDED TO 7 PM.

TEACHERS MAY EITHER BRING THEIR OWN CONSUMABLE MATERIALS OR PURCHASE RELEVANT CONSUMABLE MATERIALS FROM A SUPPLIER AT THE UNIT FOR PRODUCING THEIR OWN TEACHING AIDS.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE UNIT ON 3-660881 DUR ING OPENING HOURS.

SUNDAY, JULY 21, 1985

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THREE PARKS TO BE BUILT IN KWAI CHUNG

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THREE PARKS WILL BE BUILT IN SOUTH KWAI CHUNG TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

THE FIRST PARK, TO BE BUILT ON A ONE-HECTARE SITE BETWEEN KwAI LUEN ROAD AND KWAI SHING CIRCUIT, WILL INCLUDE A PLAYGROUND, SITTING-OUT AREA, GARDEN AND TENNIS COURTS.

THE SECOND ONE WILL BE ADJACENT TO THE KWAI HING MTR STATION NEAR TAI WO HAU ROAD. FACILITIES ON THE 1.2-HECTARE PARK WILL INCLUDE TOILETS, GARDENS, A REFRESHMENT KIOSK, A MINI SOCCER PITCH, A ROLLER-SKATING RINK AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND.

THE THIRD PARK WILL BE NEAR LAI KING FLYOVER. FACILITIES SUCH AS SITTING-OUT AREA, PLAYGROUND, BASKETBALL COURTS, TOILETS AND CHANGING ROOMS WILL BE PROVIDED.

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH WILL TAKE 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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NEv» VEHICULAR BORDER LINK AT LOK MA CHAU *****

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST STAGE OF A VEHICULAR BORDER LINK AT LOK MA CHAU.

WORK WILL INCLUDE SITE FORMATION FOR BORDER CONTROL FACILITIES AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HONG KONG PORTION OF A BRIDGE ACROSS THE SHENZHEN RIVER AND A DUAL TWO-LANE ROAD CONNECTING THE BRIDGE WITH THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD.

THE TWO-AND-A-HALF-YEAR CONTRACT WILL ALSO INCLUDE IMPROVEMENT TO THE SECTION OF NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD FROM MAI PO TO PAK SHEK AU, WHERE A DUAL TWO-LANE ROAD WILL BE BUILT AS WELL AS AN INTERCHANGE AT THE JUNCTION OF LOK MA CHAU ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

BRIDGES AND ASSOCIATED ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

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HUGE PAINTING DEPICTS IYY THEME

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ABOUT ONE THOUSAND YOUTHS TODAY (SUNDAY) PUT BRUSH TO HAND AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND IN A CREATIVE PAINTING EVENT WHICH HIGHLIGHTED THE OPENING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

PAINTINGS, WITH THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR THEME OF +PART ICI PAT ION, DEVELOPMENT, PEACE + , WERE PUT TOGETHER BY ALL THE PARTICIPANTS TO FORM A HUGE PAINTING.

THROUGH THIS EVENT, THE MESSAGE OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WAS BROUGHT HOME TO PARTICIPANTS, UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MRS SELINA CHOW, SAID AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CLEMENT TAO, ALSO OFFICIATED AT THE CEREMONY.

THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 80 EVENTS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT. THEY INCLUDE FAMILY OUTINGS AND CAMPINGS, WATER SPORTS, COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION LECTURES AND SEMINARS, TRAINING CLASSES ON SPORTS AND MUSIC, CONCERTS AND TALENT SHOWS.

PAMPHLETS WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ON ALL THE EVENTS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE TAI KOK ToUI BRANCH OFFICE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 22, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COUNCIL’S BEACHES CHIEF PRAISES WORK OF USD ................... 1

TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATE INTEREST RATE DOWN .................... 1

SPECIAL QUEEN MOTHER STAMPS OUT AUGUST 7 ...................... J

FIRST MEETING FOR COMMITTEE ................................... 4

UNLICENSED FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FACE PROSECUTION ............... 5

REGISTRATION REVOKED .......................................... 5

85 PASS LICENTIATE EXAMINATION ................................ 6

NEW POST OFFICE FOR KWUN TONG OPENS ........................... 6

UK VISITORS TOUR KWUN TONG ............................... 6

SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION FOR WAN CHAI ...................... 7

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN ...................... 8

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN WAN CHAI ................................... 8

TUEN MUN FOOTBRIDGE TO BE MODIFIED ............................ 9

SLIP ROAD CLOSED FOR REPAIR ................................... 9

TUEN MUN ROAD SECTION CLOSED .................................. 10

TAPS OFF IN TWO AREaS ......................................... 10

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................... 10

MONDAY, JULY 22, 1935

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COUNCIL’S BEACHES CHIEF PRAISES WORK OF USD

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE, MR HOWARD YOUNG, TODAY (MONDAY) PRAISED THE VALUABLE WORK OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND ITS LIFE GUARDS IN PARTICULAR, IN ACTING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IN COMBATTING THE OIL POLLUTION ON HONG KONG’S BEACHES.

+THE DEPARTMENT REACTED QUICKLY ONCE THE DANGER BECAME APPARENT, WHILE THE LIFE GUARDS AND OTHER BEACH CLEANSING STAFF HAD WORKED TIRELESSLY SINCE SATURDAY AFTERNOON TO CLEAN UP THE BEACHES AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE,* HE SAID.

MR YOUNG SAID EVERY EFFORT WOULD BE MADE BY THE DEPARTMENT TO CLEAN UP THE BEACHES BEFORE THE COMING LONG WEEKEND.

MR YOUNG THIS AFTERNOON VISITED REPULSE BAY AND TURTLE COVE BEACHES ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JOHN HEYWOOD, AND TWO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL’S RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE, MRS MARGARET LI AND MR PAO PING-WING.

MR HEYWOOD FULLY SUPPORTED MR YOUNG’S REMARK ABOUT THE WORK OF THE BEACH STAFF IN CLEANING UP AND MOPPING UP THE OIL POLLUTION.

+THEY HAVE PULLED OUT ALL STOPS AND DONE A SPLENDID JOB --'WE ARE ALL PROUD OF THEIR EFFORTS,* HE SAID.

MR HEYWOOD PRAISED THE INGENUITY OF BEACH STAFF DEALING WITH THE HEAVY POLLUTION AT TURTLE COVE BEACH, WHERE MORE THAN 500 BASKETS OF POLLUTED SAND HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY MOTORISED CATAMARAN AROUND THE BAY TO STANLEY, FOR LOADING ON TO LORRIES FOR DUMPING.

+THE ALTERNATIVE WILL BE FOR STAFF TO CARRY THE HEAVY BASKETS ONE AT A TIME UP ABOUT 150 STEPS TO THE ROADWAY,* SAID MR HEYWOOD.

+INSTEAD, USING THEIR INITIATIVE, THEY HAVE FOUND THIS NOVEL WAY TO SOLVE A PARTICULARLY TOUGH PROBLEM.*

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TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATE INTEREST RATE DOWN ******

FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY), THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST ON TAX . RESERVE CERTIFICATES WILL BE 2.76 PER CENT (TAX FREE) AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE OF 3.36 PER CENT (TAX FREE).

NOTICE OF THIS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE SO.23 PER MONTH PER $100. INTEREST WILL BE CREDITED AS BEFORE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETE MONTHS BETWEEN PURCHASE AND SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX.

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INTEREST IS ONLY CREDITED WHEN CERTIFICATES ARE USED TO PAY TAX AND NO INTEREST IS DUE WHERE THE PRINCIPAL VALUE OF A CERTIFICATE IS REPAID BY A CHEQUE.

THE NEW RATE WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED TOMORROW (JULY 23) OR AFTER.

CERTIFICATES ISSUED BEFORE JULY 23 WILL CONTINUE TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWS:

10.8 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 10, 1984 AND BEFORE AUGUST 31, 1934 ;

9.6 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 31, 1984 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 5, 1984 ;

8.52 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 5, 1984 AND BEFORE OCTOBER 31, 1984 5

8.04 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 31, 1984 AND BEFORE NOVEMBER 28, 1984;

7.56 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 28, 1984 AND BEFORE DECEMBER 28, 1984;

7.08 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 28, 1984 AND BEFORE JANUARY 16, 1935 ;

6.6 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 16, 1985 AND BEFORE JANUARY 30, 1935 5

5.52 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 30, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 3, 1985;

5.04 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 3, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 24, 1985 5

4.56 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 24, 1985 AND BEFORE MAY 22, 1985 ;

4.08 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MAY 22, 1985 AND BEFORE JUNE 27, 1985 ;

/3.6 P2H .......

MONDAY, JULY 22, 1985

5

3 6 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 27, 1985 AND BEFORE JULY 17, 1985; AND

3 36 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JULY 17, 1985 AND BEFORE JULY 23,

1985

BUT ALWAYS SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL RULE THAT INTEREST CEASES TO ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETE MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR PAYMENT

OF TAX.

EXAMPLE : SI 000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON JULY 27, 1985, AUGUST 27, 1985 AND SEPTEMBER 27, 1985 RESPECTIVELY, SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON OCTOBER 26, 1985 WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS

ON SI 000, JULY 27, 1985 TO OCTOBER 26, 1985 THREE COMPLETE MONTHS AT 32.30 PER MONTH

3 6.90

ON 31 000, AUGUST 27, 1985 TO OCTOBER 26, 1985 TWO COMPLETE MONTHS AT 32.30 PER

MONTH ’ '

ON 31 000, SEPTEMBER 27, 1985 TO OCTOBER 26, 1985 ONE COMPLETE MONTH

AT 32.30 PER MONTH

313.80

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SPECIAL QUEEN MOTHER STAMPS OUT AUGUST 7

K K K H K

A SET OF FOUR SPECIAL STAMPS ON THE LIFE AND TIMES OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER, WILL BE ISSUED BY THE POST OFFICE ON AUGUST 7.

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SET IS PART OF AN OMNIBUS SERIES ISSUED IN CONJUNCTION WITH 19 OTHER POSTAL ADMINISTRATIONS.

THE FOUR STAMPS, DEPICTING PORTRAITS AND SCENES IN THE LIFE OF THE QUEEN MOTHER, ARE :

40 CENTS - AT GLAMIS CASTLE AGED NINE DRESSED FOR A DANCING LESSON. THIS STAMP IS A MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPH.

$1 - ON THE BALCONY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE WITH PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCE WILLIAM ON HER 84TH BIRTHDAY.

31.30 - A PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT BY CECIL BEATON TAKEN IN 1970.

/85 - LORD .......

V' •

. i->85

$5 - LORD SNOWDON’S PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN MOTHER AND PRINCE HENRY AT WINDSOR AFTER CHRISTENING OF THt INFANT PRINCE. THIS PHOTOGRAPH IS COMMONLY USED IN THE WHOLE OMNIBUS SER IES.

THE STAMPS HAVE A SPECIALLY DESIGNED COMMON BORDER INCORPORATING ELEMENTS FROM THE COAT OF ARMS OF THE QUEEN AT THE TOP CORNERS AND TWO CHINESE JUNKS SYMBOLISING HONG AT THE LOWER CORNERS.

MOTHER

KONG

THE DAY

DESIGNED BY THE WELL-KNOWN U.K. ARTIST CLIVE ABBOTT, STAMPS ARE PRINTED ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER. AND THE FIRST COVER SHOWING WEDGEWOOD’S POTTERY EFFECT WITH THE CIRCULAR CAMEO COMPLEMENTING THE STAMP DESIGNS, IS DESIGNED BY LESLIE CURTIS.

THE STAMPS WILL BE ON DISPLAY DAILY FROM JULY 24 TO AUGUST 6 AT THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AND IN TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, MIDDLE ROAD, KOWLOON, THE POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE ON SALE FROM JULY 24 ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM JULY 24 TO AUGUST 2 AT ALL POST OFFICES, HE ADDED.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT POSTMARKED OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS WILL NO LONGER BE SOLD AT PHILATELIC COUNTERS _ AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. HOWEVER SOUVENIR COVERS WHICH ARt POSTMARKED WITH THE DAY OF PURCHASE WILL BE ON SALE AT PHILATELIC " ADVISED TO OBTAIN THEIR FIRST DAY COVERS

COUNTERS. THEY ARE ALSO AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

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FIRST MEETING FOR COMMITTEE

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THE WAYS AND MEANS SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL IS TO HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS, 12TH FLOOR, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, AT 3 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE COMMITTEE, WHICH WAS FORMED LAST MONTH, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HANDLING COUNCIL MATTERS RELATING TO FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION AND CAPITAL WORKS.

AMONG THE SUBJECTS TO BE DISCUSSED WILL BE THE FIVE-YEAR FORECAST OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE 1985-86 TO 1989-93 AND CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE MEETING IS OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 1985

5

UNLICENSED FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS FACE PROSECUTION

* * * * *

A TOTAL OF 770 PEOPLE WERE FINED $679 000 DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR FOR OPERATING UNLICENSED FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS AND FOR BREACHING INJUNCTION ORDERS IN THE NON-URBAN AREA, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST FOOD ESTABLISHMENT OPERATORS WHO STARTED BUSINESS BEFORE BEING ISSUED A LICENCE.

THESE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS INCLUDE RESTAURANTS, PLACES SERVING LIGHT REFRESHMENT, FOOD FACTORIES. BAKERIES, +SIU ME I+ AND +L0 MEI + SHOPS, FRESH PROVISION SHOPS AND FACTORY CANTEENS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT 546 PEOPLE WERE FINED $329 000 FOR OPERATING SUCH ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD.

UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE FOOD BUSINESS (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS, THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR OPERATING A FOOD ESTABLISHMENT WITHOUT A LICENCE IS A FINE OF $10 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR THREE MONTHS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IF A PREMISES WAS FOUND TO BE USED REPEATEDLY AS AN UNLICENSED FOOD ESTABLISHMENT, THE MAGISTRATE NORMALLY ISSUED AN INJUNCTION ORDER PROHIBITING THE PREMISES TO CONTINUE BUSINESS.

ANYONE BREACHING THE INJUNCTION ORDER WILL BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $25 000 AND SIX-MONTH IMPRISONMENT.

HE ADDED THAT IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS, 224 SUCH CASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH A TOTAL FINE OF $350 000.

HE STRESSED THAT TO SAFEGUARD PUBLIC HEALTH, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO ACT AGAINST UNLICENSED FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS.

PEOPLE WISHING TO START FOOD BUSINESS IN "THE NEW TERRITORIES SHOULD APPLY TO THE LICENSING SECTION OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON THE SEVENTH FLOOR OF GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 136-138 AUSTIN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

FOR ENQUIRIES, THEY SHOULD TELEPHONE 3-674251 OR 3-673944.

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REGISTRATION REVOKED * * * *

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAS TODAY REVOKED THE REGISTRATION OF AMERICAN UNITED FINANCE LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY, ON THE GROUND THAT THE COMPANY HAS FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE LIQUIDITY REQUIREMENT UNDER SECTION 24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE, AND UNDER SECTION 14(1) (H) OF THE ORDINANCE ON THE GROUND THAT IT APPEARS TO HIM THE COMPANY HAS SUSPENDED PAYMENT.

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 198!?

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85 PASS LICENTIATE EXAMINATION

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THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT 85 CANDIDATES OUT OF A TOTAL OF 167 HAD PASSED THE FINAL PART OF THE LICENTIATE EXAMINATION FOR UNREG I STRABLE DOCTORS.

THIS FINAL PART, HELD BETWEEN JULY 10 AND 12, WAS AN ORAL EXAMINATION OF A CANDIDATE’S ABILITY TO APPLY PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE TO CLINICAL PROBLEMS.

CANDIDATES WERE GIVEN A 30-MINUTE EXAMINATION BY TWO PANELS CF EXAMINERS IN EACH OF THE THREE DISCIPLINES — MEDICINE, SURGERY AND OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL NOW BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO AN 18-MONTH PERIOD OF ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING IN HOSPITALS APPROVED BY THE MEDICAL COUNCIL, STARTING IN SEPTEMBER.

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NEW POST OFFICE FOR KWUN TONG OPENS

X K * M

THE KOWLOON EAST POST OFFICE IN KWUN TONG WAS OPENED THIS • (MONDAY) MORNING TO PROVIDE BETTER POSTAL SERVICES TO RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE NEW POST OFFICE, THE 101ST IN HONG KONG, WILL PROVIDE NORMAL COUNTER SERVICES, SPEEDPOST ON-DEMAND POSTINGS, METERRESETTING AND POST OFFICE BOX FACILITIES.

BUSINESS HOURS ARE 9 AM TO 5 PM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY AND 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY.

OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S OPENING WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAM HANG-FAI, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, W HUGH ARDLEY, AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK.

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UK VISITORS TOUR KrfUN TONG

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A RESEARCHER AND A MEMBER OF THE JOINT COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE OF IMMIGRANTS (JCWI) FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM TODAY (MONDAY) TOURED KWUN TONG TO GAIN FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ABOUT LIFE IN THE DISTRICT.

FUNDED MAINLY BY BRITISH CHURCHES AND CHARITABLE TRUSTS, THE JCWI IS A VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION INVOLVED IN IMMIGRATION POLICY MATTERS.

/3i£ RESEARCHER, ........

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THE RESEARCHER, MRS ANNE OWERS, AND THE COUNCILLOR, MR RAMAN RUPARELL, WERE BRIEFED ON THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BY ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS ANNIE TAM.

THEY THEN WENT TO THE KAI YIP COMMUNITY HALL AND THE NEWLY-DEVELOPED LOK WAH ESTATE WHERE THEY VISITED VARIOUS COMMUNITY FACILITIES INCLUDING A YOUTH CENTRE AND AN INDOOR GAMES HALL.

MRS OWERS AND MR RUPARELL ALSO VISITED SHUN LEE ESTATE, A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATE, AND A TRAINING CENTRE FOR THE HANDICAPPED AT SHUN CHI COURT.

AT TSUI PING ESTATE, THE VISITORS CALLED ON A FAMILY WHO MOVED FROM AN OLDER TYPE ESTATE TO A RE-DEVELOPED BLOCK.

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SUBDIVISION AL FIRE STATION

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FOR WAN CHAI

A SUB-DIVISIONAL METRE SITE AT HARBOUR

FIRE STATION IS TO ROAD IN WAN CHAI.

BE BUILT ON A 2 156-SQUARE-

BUILDING WILL HAVE INCLUDE FACILITIES

THE THREE-STOREY

FIRE ENGINES AND WILL -------

DANGEROUS GOODS STORES, BARRACKS, EXERCISE ROOMS CANTEEN, KITCHEN, DRYING ROOMS AND TOILETS.

APPLIANCE ROOM FOR FIVE LIKE A DRILL YARD, OFFICES

RECREATION ROOM

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRE STATION WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBcR AND BE COMPLETED IN 12 MONTHS. ■

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT IS TO DEMOLISH THREE BUILDINGS WITHIN THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL AT WONG CHUK HANG TO MAKE WAY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW TRAINING WING.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE DEMOLITION WORK AND SITE FORMATION WORK FOR THE PROPOSED TRAINING WING, WHICH IS THE THIRD PHASE OF STAGE 5 DEVELOPMENT OF THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER AND BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER.


IONDAY, JULY 22, I>o5

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN * * * *

NEW TRAFFIC MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE IN SHAU KEI WAN FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 25), AS PART OF A TRAFFIC PLAN TO FACILITATE THE OPENING OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BETWEEN TAIKOO SHING AND SHAU KEI WAN ON FRIDAY (JULY 26).

THE NEW MEASURES ARE:

* MONG LUNG STREET BETWEEN KAM WA STREET AND FACTORY STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

* FACTORY STREET BETWEEN TAI TAK STREET AND MONG LUNG STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

* NAM ON STREET BETWEEN NAM HONG STREET AND SUN SING STREET WILL BECOME ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

* SUN SING STREET BETWEEN NAM ON STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

M LEFT TURNS FROM TAI TAK STREET SOUTHBOUND INTO FACTORY STREET WILL BE BANNED.

* THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS AT FACTORY STREET WILL BE RESITED TO NAM ON STREET BETWEEN NAM HONG STREET AND SUN SING STREET.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN WAN CHAI

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT QUEEN’S ROAD EAST IN WAN CHAI FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 26) FOR ROAD WORK.

THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE REROUTED FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS:

* LANDALE STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND. VEHICLES ON EASTBOUND QUEEN'S ROAD EAST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LANDALE STREET TO JOHNSTON ROAD WESTBOUND.

* ANTON STREET WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTH-BOUND. VEHICLES ON JOHNSTON ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ANTON STREET TO EASTBOUND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

/IN ADDITION

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IN ADDITION, THE EXISTING BUS-ONLY LANE ON QUEEN'S ROAD EAST FROM HOUSE NO. 23 TO 57 WILL BE TEMPORARILY OPENED TO ALL VEHICLES. THE SAME ROAD SECTION WILL BE MADE AN URBAN CLEARwAY DAILY FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT. THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS.

WITHIN THIS ROAD SECTION, NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS DURING THE RESTRICTED PERIOD.

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TUEN MUN FOOTBRIDGE TO BE MODIFIED * * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CARRY OUT MODIFICATION WORK TO A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THr TU-N MUN NULLAH LEADING TO SIU HONG COURT.

THE WORK IS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TUEN MUN LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM.

THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE IMPROVEMENT WORK TO THE FOOTPATH AND RAMP ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE FOOTBRIDGE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL SIDE RAMPS AND A PEDESTRIAN RAMP AT THE NORTH-EASTERN CORNER OF THE SECOND PHASE OF SIU HONG COURT

A RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIM ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG AND THE TU-N MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING, 201 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TUEN MUN, N^W TERRITORIES.

OBJECTIONS TO THE WORKS OR THE USE, OR BOTH, SHOULD BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY SEPTEMBER 17.

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SLIP ROAD CLOSED FOR REPAIR * * *

THE SLIP ROAD LINKING SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD AND HONG CHONG ROAD IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 25) TO 2 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 2f) tq FACILITATE ROAD REPAIR WORKS.

TRAFFIC ON EASTBOUND SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD HEADING -OR HONG CHONG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD, MODY ROA^ MODY LANE, SALISBURY ROAD AND HONG CHONG ROAD.

MONDAY, JULY 22, 1985

TUEN MUN ROAD SECTION CLOSED * * * *

TUEN MUN ROAD BETWEEN ROAD D8 AND D9 ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 12.45 AM AND 5.30 AM FROM WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY (JULY 24-27) TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

TRAFFIC HEADING FOR YUEN LONG WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE ROAD D8, TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, ROAD D2N, ROAD D9 AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

TRAFFIC HEADING FOR TSUEN WAN OR KOWLOON WILL BE DIVERTED TO ROAD D9.

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TAPS OFF IN TWO AREAS * * * *

PRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KENNEDY TOWN AND KOWLOON CITY WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 2B) TO F AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN KENNEDY TOWN, THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY HOUSE NO. 12-12T Or SMITHFIELD, FORBES STREET, CADOGAN STREET, KA WAI MAN ROAD AND HOUSE NO. 1-61 0- VICTORIA ROAD, INCLUDING SAI WAN ESTATE AND SAI NING STREET.

IN KOWLOON C.ITY, THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY CARPENTER ROAD, GRAMPIAN ROAD, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND NGA TSIN LONG ROAD, INCLUDING HAU WONG ROAD, LION ROCK ROAD, FIJK LO TSUN ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD.

WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 60.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 355.224 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 475.204 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 81.1 PER CENT CF CAPACITY.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ROAD-RAIL HARBOUR LINK GETS GO AHEAD ............................. 1

24 BILLS FOR LEGCO MEETING ....................................... 2

STIPEND FOR LEGCO MEMBERS SOUGHT ................................. 4

NEW IEC SECTION OPENING .......................................... 6

NEW CORRIDOR SECTION OPEN TO TRAFFIC FRIDAY ...................... 6

BEACH ROUND-UP ................................................... 8

MULTIPLE EXHIBITION VENUES FOR HOS SALES ......................... 9

ONE MAIL DELIVERY ............................................    10

OFFICER RETIRES AFTER 58 YEARS' SERVICE ......................... 10

WAYS AND MEANS SELECT COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY ..................... 10

SEMINAR FOR WAN CHAI RESIDENTS................................... 11

SUBMARINE OUTFALL TO BE BUILT IK CENTRAL ........................ 11

LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD TO CONSIDER SIX APPLICATIONS ............. 12

KOWLOON CITY PROJECTS WILL IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT .................. 12

SAI KUNG VIES FOR MAJOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT PLACE ................. 13

KWAI CHUNG LAUNCHES TREE PLANTING DAY ........................... 14

YUEN LONG WATER CUT ............................................. 14

SAI KUNG CAR PARK SUSPENDED ..................................... 14

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 1935

1

ROAD-RAIL HARBOUR LINK GETS GO AHEAD

* * * *

GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO BUILD A SECOND CROSS-HARBOUR LINK BETWEEN QUARRY BAY AND CHA KWO LING COMPRISING A COMBINED ROAD AND RAILWAY TUNNEL.

THE ROAD PORTION WILL BE OPERATED BY THE PRIVATE qfi-tad SIMILAR TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND THE RA IL PORTm^Sn i BE LEASED TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORA‘LL

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START EARLY NEXT YEAR AND TO BE COMPLETED BY THE MIDDLE OF 1989.

RECOMMENDATIONS ON EXACTLY WHO SHOULD BE AWARDED THE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT WOULD BE PUT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT IAN MACPHERSON SAID THAT MOST OF THE PROPOSALS RECEIVED FROM THE INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF CONSORTIA HAD BEEN +OF A HIGH STANDARD IN ENGINEERING, TRANSPORT PLANNING AND COMMERCIAL TERMS*.

HE ADDED: +SOME OF THEM DEMONSTRATED CONSIDERABLE INGENUITY AND INNOVATION.+

IN RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NOTICE PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR A TOTAL OF NINE CONSORTIA HAD SUBMITTED PROPOSALS. ALTHOUGH ONLY A FOUR-LANE ROAD TUNNEL WAS STIPULATED OTHER INNOVATIONS WERE INVITED, INCLUDING A RAIL FACILITY.

MR MACPHERSON EXPLAINED: +THE EXERCISE WAS IN THE NATURE CF A DESIGN, ENGINEERING AND FINANCIAL COMPETITION TO MAKE THE BEST POSSIBLE USE OF THE CROSSING AT THE LOWEST COST TO THE COMMUNITY, BEARING IN MIND THE NEED FOR SUBMISSIONS TO BE COMMERCIALLY VIABLE.*

THE RESULT WAS THAT MOST FELT A RAIL TUNNEL IN ADDITION TO THE FOUR-LANE ROAD TUNNEL WAS VIABLE.

+GOVERNMENT WAS PERSUADED THAT IF A RAIL TUNNEL WAS FEASIBLE AT NO COST TO THE GOVERNMENT, IT SHOULD CLEARLY BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO INCLUDE IT AS PART OF THE PROJECT,* SAID MR MACPHERSON.

THERE ARE SIX MAIN BENEFITS THAT WOULD DERIVE FROM A SECOND MTR HARBOUR CROSSING:

K THE SECTION OF THE MTR IN NATHAN ROAD IS ALREADY HIGHLY CONGESTED AND A SECOND RAIL LINK UNDER THE HARBOUR IS ESSENTIAL IF THE POTENTIAL OF THE MTRC IS TO BE MAXIMISED ;

* IT WOULD PROVIDE A STRATEGIC SECOND CROSSING FOR USE IN EMERGENCIES ;

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* AS THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND NEW ROADS IN KWON TONG BECOME CONGESTED IN THE MID TO LATE 1990S THE MTR wILL PROVIDE AN INCREASINGLY ATTRACTIVE ALTERNATIVE TO BUSES;

* ECONOMIES WILL BE ACHIEVED IN BUILDING A ROAD-RAIL TUNNEL COMPARED WITH A POSSIBLE SUBSEQUENT SEPARATE RAIL TUNNEL;

* IN THE NEAR TERM ANY NEW MTR STATION AT CHA KWO LING WOULD PROVIDE A VERY SUITABLE INTERCHANGE STATION FOR FEEDER BUS SERVICES TO THE MTR FROM JUNK BAY AND POSSIBLY THE NORTHEAST NEW TERRITORIES; AND

* PASSENGERS FROM KWUN TONG AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT WILL BE OFFERED AN IMPROVED CHOICE OF TRANSPORT MODES ACROSS THE HARBOUR INCLUDING BOTH RAIL AND BUS SERVICES THROUGH THE EASTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL.

ALL THE PROPOSALS PRESENTED WERE SUBJECTED TO DETAILED ASSESSMENT BY THREE SEPARATE TERMS ON THEIR ENGINEERING, OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL ASPECTS. THESE TERMS WERE ASSISTED BY INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISERS AND AN ASSESSMENT OF THE RAIL OPTION WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE MTRC.

FOLLOWING THIS CAREFUL SCREENING THE ASSESSMENT REPORTS wERE SCRUTINISED BY A STEERING GROUP.

MR MACPHERSON SAID: +AS IN ANY COMPETITION, THE PROCESS OF ASSESSMENT DETERMINED THAT SOME PROPOSALS WERE CLEARLY SUPER I OR.+

THE TRANSPORT BRANCH, HE SAID, WOULD NOW CONCENTRATE ON DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CONSORTIA WHO SUBMITTED THE MOST ATTRACTIVE PROPOSALS.

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24 BILLS FOR LEGCO MEETING

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TWENTY-FOUR BILLS, EIGHT QUESTIONS AND TWO MOTIONS WILL BE AMONG MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW.

OF THE 24 BILLS, 16 WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL FOR THE FIRST TIME. THEY ARE:

* DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985?

* SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1984-85) BILL 19855

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* SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 5

K HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

* CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985?

K FORESHORE AND SEA BED (RECLAMATION) BILL 1985 ?

* LAND ACQUISITION (POSSESSORY TITLE) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

* BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985?

* ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985?

* ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1985;

* SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985

* STOCK EXCHANGE UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

K TRAVEL AGENTS BILL 1985?

X SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS, MIDWIVES REGISTRATION AND NURSES REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

X PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1985; AND

* PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1985.

EIGHT BILLS DUE FOR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING ARE;

H PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES (JOINT LIAISON GROUP) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

X BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

X MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985?

* MERCHANT SHIPPING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985?

* CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985;

* EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1985?

K FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT)

BILL 1985; AND

X ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND BILL 1985.

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TwO MOTIONS WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED, ONE BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES TO AMEND THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE, AND THE OTHEf EY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR TO SEEK APPROVAL FOR THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (FIRE PRECAUTIONS IN REGISTRABLE WORKPLACES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1985.

QUESTIONS TO BE RAISED BY UNOFFICIALS WILL DEAL WITH SUCH MATTERS AS THE COST OF ACQUISITION OF THE HANG LUNG BANK AND PLANS FOR ITS FUTURE' PLANS TO STEP UP THE SUPERVISION OF FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC, AND OFFICIALS REPLYING IN CANTONESE TO CANTONESE QUESTIONS PUT TO THEM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

A STATEMENT WILL ALSO BE MADE BY THE HON SIR ROGER LOBO ON THE 1984 ANNUAL REPORT BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

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STIPEND FOR LEGCO MEMBERS SOUGHT * * * *

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) CONSIDER A PROPOSED STIPEND OF UP TO $8 500 A MONTH FOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE PROPOSAL, IF APPROVED, WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR WHEN THE NUMBER OF UNOFFICIALS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL RISE TO 46.

PAYMENT OF THE STIPEND, UPON CLAIM, WILL THEN BE AUTOMATIC, ONE MONTH IN ARREARS, STARTING FROM THE DATE A MEMBER ASSUMES HIS SEAT UNTIL HE CEASES TO HOLD OFFICE OR OTHERWISE NOTIFIES AMENDMENT TO THE PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS.

IN THE WHITE PAPER ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, IT WAS PROPOSED THAT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHOULD BE PROVIDED WITH A STANDARD RATE OF REMUNERATION TO ENABLE THEM TO DEVOTE THE PROPER AMOUNT OF TIME AND ATTENTION TO THEIR DUTIES AS COUNCILLORS.

IT WOULD ALSO HELP TO ENSURE THAT PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES FOR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WERE NOT PREVENTED FROM STANDING FOR ELECTION FOR FINANCIAL REASONS.

ALSO AT TOMORROW’S MEETING, MEMBERS WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE AN INCREASE IN THE MONTHLY MAXIMUM FOR REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF BOTH THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS FROM $9 500 TO $10 200.

THE PROPOSED INCREASE IS TO COVER INCREASED COSTS OF SECRETARIAL AND CLERICAL SERVICES, AS WELL AS LOCAL TRAVELLING AND ENTERTAINMENT EXPENSES SINCE AUGUST LAST YEAR.

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INCLUDED IS A PROPOSAL THAT THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT EQUAL TO TV/ICE THE AMOUNT APPLICABLE TO OTHER MEMBERS, TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE INCREASED EXPENSES INCURRED BY THE HOLDER OF THAT POSITION.

THESE PROPOSALS, IF APPROVED, WILL COST $5 235 OOO A YEAR AND SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $3 530 000 WILL BE NEEDED FOR THE REST OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

OTHER ITEMS ON TOMORROW’S AGENDA INCLUDE!

* SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $97 592 000 TO THE URBAN COUNCIL TO MEET THE COST OF THE CIVIL SERVICE PAY RISE;

* SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $7 057 000 TO ENABLE VARIOUS SUBVENTED MEDICAL ORGANISATIONS TO MEET INCREASED EXPENDITURE ARISING FROM SALARY ADJUSTMENTS AWARDED IN LINE WITH THE CIVIL SERVICE PAY RISE;

* A NEW NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENT OF $25 500 000 FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THREE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SECTOR LAUNCHES.

* EXPENSES FOR THE PRODUCTION OF A DOCUMENTARY FILM ON THE 1985 DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS AND

* A REPORT ON THE CHANGES TO THE APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985-86.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF THE AGENDA FOR TOMORROW’S FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING, WHICH WILL BE HELD IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SITTING, WILL BE BOXED THIS EVENING.

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NEW IEC SECTION OPENING * * * *

THE SECTION OF ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BETWEEN TAIKOO SHING AND SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, ON THURSDAY (JULY 25) AT 3 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. THOSE ATTENDING SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE SHAU KEI WAN MTR STATION NEXT TO THE ALDRICH STREET BUS TERMINUS AT 2.30 PM.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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NEW CORRIDOR SECTION OPEN TO TRAFFIC FRIDAY

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A NEW SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 26), PROVIDING AN ALTERNATIVE ROAD LINK BETWEEN TAIKOO SHING AND SHAU KEI WAN.

THE 1.8-KILOMETRE SECTION HAS INTERSECTIONS WITH THE EXISTING ROAD NETWORK AT TAI HONG STREET, NAM ON LANE AND CHAI WAN ROAD.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE NEW CORRIDOR SECTION AND ITS SLIP ROADS WOULD BE PROHIBITED TO PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, LEARNER DRIVERS, CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS, AND NO STOPPING WOULD BE ALLOWED.

MOTORISTS ON THE CORRIDOR WOULD BE SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 70 KILOMETRES AN HOUR.

IN ADDITION, A HOST OF NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDING EXTENSIVE CLEARWAY RELAXATIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN SHAU KEI WAN AND TAIKOO SHING TO COINCIDE WITH THE CORRIDOR OPENING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ROAD CLOSURE

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE CORRIDOR EXIT ROAD LEADING FROM TAIKOO WAN ROAD VIA TAIKOO SHING ROAD TO SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. MOTORISTS ON ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR EASTBOUND HEADING FOR SAI WAN HO, SHAU KEI WAN AND CHAI WAN SHOULD CONTINUE ALONG THE NEWLY OPENED SECTION OF THE CORRIDOR.

HOWEVER, VEHICLES BOUND FOR TAIKOO SHING MAY STILL LEAVE VIA TAI WING AVENUE.

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HEAVY VEHICLE BAN

THE EXISTING BAN ON VEHICLES OVER SIX TONNES GROSS FROM ENTERING TAIKOO SHING ROAD NORTHBOUND AT THE JUNCTION WITH SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BE LIFTED.

REROUTING

NAM ON STREET BETWEEN NAM HONG STREET AND NAM ON LANE WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

TRAFFIC PROHIBITION

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS BUS-ONLY

LANES:

K THE OUTERMOST WESTBOUND TRAFFIC LANE IN NAM ON STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH ALDRICH STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

* THE EASTBOUND TRAFFIC LANE IN NAM ON STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH NAM ON LANE AND A POINT ABOUT 55 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

HOWEVER, ALL VEHICLES ON TAIKOO SHING ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND.

CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS FOR ALL VEHICLES

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE MADE URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY, DURING WHICH NO VEHICLE^ OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGER^ OR GOODS:

H THE SLIP ROAD OFF ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BETWEEN TAI HONG STREET AND TAI ON STREET.

X TAI ON STREET.

K SHING ON STREET BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND SAI WAN HO STREET.

* HONG CHEUNG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI HONG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ON THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE LIFTED:

* SHING ON STREET BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND SAI WAN HO STREET.

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* THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE OF FACTORY STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION SAME JUNCnONSTREET AND * P0INT AB0UT 15 METRES WEST OF THE

*

*

HONG CHEUNG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI CHEONG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

THE WESTERN KERBSIDE OF TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN HONG CHEUNG STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE OF TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG CHEUNG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE OF TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 45 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

PLB CLEARWAYS

HONG CHEUNG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI HONG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE AN URBAN CLEARWAY FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES BETWEEN 7 AM AND MIDNIGHT DAILY.

HOWEVER, EXISTING PLB CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ON THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE LIFTED:

X HONG CHEUNG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI CHEONG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE OF TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN HONG CHEUNG STREET AND SHAU KEI WAN ROAD.

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE OF TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG CHEUNG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

X THE EASTERN KERBSIDE OF TAI CHEONG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH SHAU KEI WAN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 45 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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BEACH ROUND-UP

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ONLY TWO OF THE 12 BEACHES ON HONG KONG ISLAND REMAINED CLOSED THIS AFTERNOON BECAUSE OF OIL POLLUTION -- TURTLE COVE AND CHUNG HOM KOK.

CHECKS ON BOTH WILL BE MADE EARLY TOMORROW AND ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE LATER CONCERNING THE CONDITION OF EACH.

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A USD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT BOTH BEACHES, PARTICULARLY TURTLE COVE, WERE IN CONFINED AREAS AND HAD SUFFERED BADLY FROM SEABORNE OIL.

+TEAMS OF LIFE GUARDS, CLEANSING WORKERS AND OTHER STAFF WILL BE BACK AT WORK AT BOTH BEACHES FROM 7 A.M. TOMORROW,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

+THE DEPARTMENT IS TRYING ITS BEST TO COMPLETE CLEANSING WORK AND MOPPING UP OPERATIONS AT BOTH BEACHES BEFORE THE WEEKEND.+

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MULTIPLE EXHIBITION VENUES FOR HOS SALES

* * * *

A SERIES OF HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME EXHIBITIONS BEING STAGED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS HAVE ALREADY DRAWN THE ATTENTION OF THOUSANDS OF HOME-SEEKERS ASPIRING FOR THE 3 778 FLATS CURRENTLY ON SALE UNDER PHASE 7C OF THE SCHEME.

♦FEATURING A VIDEO PRESENTATION, THE EXHIBITIONS INCLUDE FULL DETAILS OF THE THREE PROJECTS FOR SALE AS WELL AS APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA OF APPLICANTS,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TODAY.

+IT IS INTENDED THAT THE MESSAGE OF THE CURRENT HOS SALES COULD REACH HOME-SEEKERS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE BY STAGING EXHIBITIONS IN COMMERCIAL CENTRES, MTR-KCR STATIONS AND PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

HOUSING STAFF ARE ON HAND TO DISTRIBUTE APPLICATION FORMS AND COPIES OF A SALES PAMPHLET AS WELL AS ANSWERING ENQUIRIES FROM INTERESTED HOME-SEEKERS, THUS SAVING THEM A TRIP TO THE HOME OWNERSHIP CENTRE IN HO MAN TIN,+ HE ADDED.

IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE STAGED AT THE WAN TSUI COMMERCIAL CENTRE IN CHAI WAN, BUTTERFLY AND YAU Ol COMMERCIAL CENTRES IN TUEN MUN AND MTR CENTRAL STATION FROM 10 AM TO 7 PM.

THEY WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE IN TSIM SHA TSUI, THE KCR SHATIN STATION AND THE MTR MONGKOK STATION IN THE WEEKEND.+

THE THREE PROJECTS FOR SALE ARE SIU HEI COURT IN TUEN MUN, MING NGA COUR.T IN TAI PO AND NEPTUNE TERRACE IN CHAI WAN, WITH FLAT PRICES RANGING FROM $81 100 TO $450 500 EACH AND GROSS AREAS BETWEEN 42.5 AND 91.8 SQUARE METRES.

APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 5.

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ONE MAIL DELIVERY

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THERE WILL BE ONE MAIL DELIVERY NEXT MONDAY (JULY 29), WHICH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIRTY-NINE POST OFFICES, INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICES IN KOWLOON, TSUEN WING STREET, SHA TIN CENTRAL AND TAI PO POST OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 AM TO NOON.

DETAILS OF THE POST OFFICES WHICH WILL BE OPEN ON THAT DAY CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE LOCAL POST OFFICE OR FROM THE POST OFFICE ENQUIRY BUREAU AT 5-231071-2.

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OFFICER RETIRES AFTER 38 YEARS’ SERVICE X * * * X

THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM BARNES, TODAY (TUESDAY) PRESENTED A VALEDICTORY LETTER TO THE SECRETARY OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS, MR FRANCISCO DE SALES OZORIO, WHO IS RETIRING AFTER 38 YEARS OF GOVERNMENT SERVICE.

MR OZORIO FIRST JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN NOVEMBER 1947 AS A LABORATORY ASSISTANT. HE WAS APPOINTED A LAND BAILIFF IN JUNE 1954 AND TRANSFERRED TO BECOME AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER II IN JULY 1960.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE OFFICER I IN 1964, TO SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER IN 1968 AND TO CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER IN 1975.

MR OZORIO, WHO WILL BE PROCEEDING ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE ON AUGUST 1, HAD SERVED IN NUMEROUS DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING MEDICAL AND HEALTH, PUBLIC WORKS, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, THE POST CFFICE, EDUCATION, URBAN SERVICES, LONDON OFFICE, RECREATION AND CULTURE AND THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

IN RECOGNITION OF HIS DISTINGUISHED AND LOYAL SERVICE, MR OZORIO WAS AWARDED THE M.B.E. IN 1982.

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WAYS AND MEANS SELECT COMMITTEE MEETS TODAY

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CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS AND THE FIVE-YEAR FORECAST OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE 1985/86 TO 1989/90 OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WERE AMONG THE ITEMS DISCUSSED IN THE FIRST MEETING OF THE WAYS AND MEANS SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL HELD THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE COMMITTEE, FORMED LAST MONTH, COMPRISES 13 COUNCIL MEMBERS. IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HANDLING COUNCIL MATTERS RELATING TO FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION AND CAPITAL WORKS.

AT ITS FIRST MEETING, THE MEMBERS AGREED THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL MEET IN FUTURE ONCE A MONTH. ALL ITS'MEETINGS WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC.

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SEMINAR FOR tfAN CHAI RESIDENTS

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A SEMINAR AIMED AT IMPROVING BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND INSTILLING A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS IN WAN CHAI WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) EVENING.

THE +KNOW YOUR SUB-DI STR ICT+ SEMINAR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE TAI HANG/SO KON PO AREA COMMITTEE, COMPRISES A SLIDE SHOW AND TALKS FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSIONS.

PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AREA COMMITTEE, OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR ALBERT LAM, AND THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, WILL ALSO SPEAK AT THE SEMINAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 7 PM AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE SOUTH CHINA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, CAROLINE HILL ROAD.

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SUBMARINE OUTFALL TO BE BUILT IN CENTRAL * * * *

FOR AND

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SUBMARINE OUTFALL TO SHEUNG WAN AREAS.

INVITING TENDERS SERVE THE CENTRAL

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THE OUTFALL CONSISTS OF METRES FROM THE CENTRAL

TWO 1 200-MILL I METRE PIPES, EXTENDING SCREENING PLANT OUT INTO VICTORIA

HARBOUR.

ON COMPLETION, IT WILL PROVIDE BETTER DILUTION AND DISPERSION OF SEWAGE FROM THE SCREENING PLANT.LOCATED NEXT TO THE NEW MACAU FERRY TERMINAL, AND WATER QUALITY OFF WESTERN VICTORIA HARBOUR IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD TO CONSIDER SIX APPLICATIONS M M X

THE LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD TOMORROW WILL CONSIDER SIX APPLICATIONS DURING ITS PUBLIC SESSION AT THE URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

THE HEARING WILL COVER:

1. APPLICATION FOR A CLUB LIQUOR LICENCE IN RESPECT OF THE KA WO RECREATIONAL GENERAL ASSOCIATION LIMITED AT 339 JAFFE ROAD, FIRST AND SECOND FLOORS, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG.

2. APPLICATION FOR TRANSFER AND RENEWAL OF THE LIQUOR LICENCE IN RESPECT OF THE SHANGHAI NIGHT CLUB AT 9-10, TAK HING STREET, SIXTH FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

3. APPLICATION FOR A LIQUOR LICENCE IN RESPECT OF THE HAPPY VALLEY FAST FOOD SHOP AT 26 TAT CHEE AVENUE, GROUND FLOOR, YAU YAT CHUEN, KOWLOON.

4. APPLICATION FOR A LIQUOR LICENCE IN RESPECT OF THE SCHOONER PUB AT 54 HILLWOOD ROAD, SHOP NO. 2, GROUND FLOOR, LEADER COMMERCIAL BUILDING, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

5. APPLICATION FOR A LIQUOR LICENCE IN RESPECT OF THE DA DA DEPARTMENT STORES LIMITED AT BLOCK 2, GROUND FLOOR (PORTION), CITY GARDEN, 233 ELECTRIC ROAD, NORTH POINT, HONG KONG.

6. APPLICATION FOR A CLUB LIQUOR LICENCE IN RESPECT OF THE WOOD AND LAKE CLUB LIMITED AT 287-299, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, 1, 2 AND 3 FLOORS, THE CENTRE MARK, HONG KONG.

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KOWLOON CITY PROJECTS WILL IMPROVE ENVIRONMENT * * * *

A NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN KOWLOON CITY OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS WILL GREATLY IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE DISTRICT.

TRAFFIC BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND TO KWA WAN WILL IMPROVE WHEN A MAJOR CARRIAGEWAY ON THE TO KWA WAN RECLAMATION IS COMPLETED, ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CLEMENT CHEUNG, TOLD DI STRICT BOARD MEMBERS DURING A TOUR OF THE HUNG HOM NORTH CONSTITUENCY.

WORK ON THE NORTH-SOUTH DUAL CARRIAGEWAY IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN MID-1986 AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED THREE YEARS LATER, HE SAID.

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+CONSTRUCTION OF A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT ON THE RECLAIMED SITE IS ALSO SCHEDULED TO START NEXT YEAR,* MR CHEUNG SAID.

c„u +FARJ 0F THE AREA ,S INTENDED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF

PUBL?CS+ HEVADDEDNT 0FFICES AND SITTING-OUT AREAS FOR THE

AT PRESENT, MOST OF THE RECLAMATION SITE IS BEING USED AS WORK AREAS BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

DURING THE TOUR, KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG, AND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS VISITED THE WHAMPOA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND PRIVATE STREETS ALONG THE WATERFRONT.

THEY ALSO INSPECTED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN MAN YUE STREET AND TOURED MA TAU WAI ROAD TO TAKE NOTE OF HAWKING ACTIVITIES THERE.

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SAI KUNG VIES FOR MAJOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT PLACE X * * *

AN OPEN COMPETITION WILL BE HELD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SAI KUNG DISTRICT TO SELECT REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES INTERDISTRICT TENNIS COMPETITION.

SAI KUNG TOOK PART IN THE COMPETITION LAST YEAR, BUT REPRESENTATIVES IN THE TOURNAMENT WERE APPOINTED BY THE SAI KUNG SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT TENNIS COMPETITION 1985 IS SPONSORED ---------------------------------------------- SERV|CES

BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL DEPARTMENT AND THE SAI KUNG SPORTS ASSOCIATION- AND BY SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE.

CO-ORGANISED

AT TENNIS

ALL MATCHES IN THE COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE

GROUNDS ADJACENT TO THE SHAT IN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SQUASH COURT ARE NO PUBLIC TENNIS COURT FACILITIES IN SAI KUNG

AS THERE

ALL

STUDY OR

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD WORK IN SAI KUNG.

BE EITHER SAI KUNG RESIDENTS, OR

THE DOUBLES, START ON

COMPETITION WILL BE

WOMEN’S SINGLES AND _ _

MONDAY (AUGUST 12) FROM 7 PM TO 10 PM.

DIVIDED INTO MEN’S SINGLES, MEN’S WOMEN’S DOUBLES. THE FIRST ROUNDS WILL

ONLY SAI KUNG RESIDENTS WHO ARE WINNERS IN THE COMPETITION CAN REPRESENT SAI KUNG DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES INTERDISTRICT TENNIS COMPETITION IN OCTOBER.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE; REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (SAI KUNG OFFICE); OR SAI KUNG SPORTS ASSOCIATION. CLOSING DATE IS AUGUST 3 (SATURDAY).

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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 1995

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KWAI CHUNG LAUNCHES TREE PLANTING DAY * * * *

ABOUT 50 ENVIRONMENT-CONSCIOUS STUDENTS IN KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT HELD THEIR TREE PLANTING DAY TODAY (TUESDAY) BY PLANTING 53 YOUNG TREES AT THE CHING HONG ROAD PLAYGROUND ON TSING YI INLAND.

ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE TREE PLANTING DAY IS AIMED AT ENLISTING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT TO SUPPORT THE +BEAUTIFICATION+ PROGRAMME.

v*Dic^r.S?^ rGS’ INCLUDING MELALEUCA LEUCADENDRON, BAUHINIA VARIEGATA AND ERYTHRINA CAFFRA, WHEN FULLY GROWN WILL PROVIDE MORE SHADE TO SOCCER PLAYERS.

WERE THE BOARD, MR HO

ruA 1d^°JAKING PART ,N THE TREE PLANTING TODAY CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT TUNG-CHING; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS OF THF BOARD, MR CHOW SUM; THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF KWAI CHUNG AND

BRIAN COAK; THE CHAIRMAN OF TSING Yl RURAL COMMITTEE NR CHAN TIN-SUNG; AND THE KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, ’

MRS LORAN MAO.

TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH PLANTS AND VEGETATION, THE RSD HOLDS TREE PLANTING DAYS IN EACH OF THE NINE NON-URBAN DISTRICTS EVERY YEAR.

SEVEN DISTRICTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS - TSUEN WAN, SAI KUNG, TUEN MUN, NORTH AND ISLANDS DISTRICTS, SHA TIN AND KWAI CHUNG -HAVE SO FAR ORGANISED TREE PLANTING ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR.

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YUEN LONG WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 26) TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM PING SHAN TO YUEN LONG, INCLUDING WANG CHAU, SHAP PAT HEUNG, SHU I PIN WAI AND YUEN LONG ESTATE.

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SAI KUNG CAR PARK SUSPENDED * * *

PAK SHA WAN CAR PARK, LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO PAK SHA WAN FERRY PIER, WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM ON JULY 26 (FRIDAY) TO 10 PM ON AUGUST 6, TO FACILITATE CHINESE OPERA PERFORMANCES DURING THE KWUN YAM FESTIVAL.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

BUDGET DEFICIT S1J1M BELOW ESTIMATE ...................... 1

GREATER EFFICIENCY DELAYS PHONE CHARGES RISE ............. 2

TIMELY FOR UNIFIED EXCHANGE TO HAVE CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP .. 3

BILL TO SAFEGUARD INVESTORS’ INTERESTS ................... 4

TRAVEL AGENTS BILL AIMS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS.............. 5

BILLS SIMPLIFY LAND OBJECTIONS, CLAIMS PROCEDURES......... 8

NEED FOR REGULAR CHECKS ON PRIVATE CARS STRESSED ......... 9

OVERSEAS WORKERS’ CONTRACT LOOPHOLES TO BE PLUGGED ...... 10

RIGHT . TO ORDER REHEARING SUPPORTED..................... 12

BILL CONFIRMS POWERS OF THE COURTS....................... 14

MOVE TO BAN SALE OF HARMFUL LIVE POULTRY................. 15

FIRST STEP TAKEN TO CONTROL OPTOMETRY.................... 16

BILL CLARIFIES GOODS VEHICLE LOAD LIMIT.................. 17

AMENDMENTS TO BANK BILL WILL REMOVE DOUBTS .............. 17

MEASURE TO PROTECT SMALL DEPOSITOR ...................... 18

PLAN TO MAKE LICENSING RENEWAL EASIER.................... 19

MORE ACTIVE ROLE FOR PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL................ 19

BETTER WAY TO PAY FOR LOTTERIES SERVICE FEE.............. 20

FIRE PRECAUTION REGULATIONS SIMPLIFIED................... 21

LAWS ADEQUATE TO DETER FRAUDULENT FUND-RAISING .......... 22

/PUBLIC ......

PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN ICAC HIGH ............................... 23

BANK TRYING HARD TO RECOVER MONEY ...........................  24

use of Cantonese being encouraged ............................ 25

BUILDING PLANS FOR ESF SCHOOLS OUTLINED ...................... 25

SAI KUNG ROAD LINK MAY BE READY EARLIER ...................... 25

LEAVE RELIEF POOL FOR NURSES ADEQUATE......................... 26

WAN CHAI DEPOT WILL BE MOVED ................................  26

EIGHT BILLS PASSED ......................................      2?

STIPEND FOR LEGCO MENBE&?'APPROVED .............................  28

WARNING OF NEW PROTECTIONIST MEASURES ........................... 29

+DEVELOPING EXPORTERS FAVOUR LIBERALISATION-^- .................. 30

'INSOLVENCY RATE STILL RISING1 .................................. 31

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JUNE ................................. 32

ALL BEACHES ON HONG KONG ISLAND OPEN ...........................  34

LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD REFUSES TWO APPLICATIONS ................. 34

RSD'S MULTI-STOREY GARAGE OPENS ................................. 35

RESIDENT GROUPS URGED TO BE MORE ACTIVE ......................... 36

UC ANNUAL FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN OPENS ........................... 37

5-STAR BADGES FOR 42 STUDENTS .................................   38

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES DEMOLISHED ................................... 39

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS OFFERED....................................   40

22 PROTECTED BIRDS RELEASED ..................................... 40

CENTRAL, WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES ............................... 41

TAI PO ROAD SECTION CLOSED ...................................... 41

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WEDNESD* ■, JULY 24, 1985

1

BUDGET DEFICIT S131M BELOW ESTIMATE *****

The FINAL BUDGET DEFICIT FOR FISCAL 1984-85, AT 5559 MILLION, -AS S131 MILLION BELOW THE ESTIMATED 5690 MILLION MENTIONED IN SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE’S CONCLUDING SPEECH IN THE BUDGET DEBATE LAoT APRIL THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY.

ACCOUNTS FINALISED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES FCR THE FINANCIAL YEAR SHOWED THAT ACTUAL REVENUE AMOUNTED TO 536 343 MILLION AND TOTAL EXPENDITURE TO 536 902 MILLION.

+AS MEMBERS WILL RECOLLECT, THE DEFICIT ORIGINALLY ENVISAGED IN THE 1984 BUDGET WAS 32.1 BILL ION,+ MR JACOBS SAID.

WHILE THE ACTUAL EXPENDITURE ON GENERAL REVENUE ACCOUNT FOR THE WHOLE OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR WAS 3431 MILLION LESS THAN THE TOTAL APPROVED ESTIMATE OF $37 333 MILLION IN THE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1984, THE EXPENDITURE CHARGED TO 51 HEADS WAS IN EXCESS OF THE SUM APPROPRIATED FOR THOSE HEADS BY THE ORDINANCE, HE SAID.

THIS WAS BECAUSE SUFFICIENT OFFSETTING SAVINGS COULD NOT BE FOUND WITHIN THE HEADS CONCERNED.

+IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 9 OF THE PUBLIC FINANCE ORDINANCE, THIS EXCESS HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1984-85) BILL NOW BEFORE MEMBERS.

♦THE BILL SEEKS TO GIVE FINAL LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY FOR THE AMOUNT OF SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION APPROVED IN RESPECT OF PARTICULAR READS OF EXPENDITURE BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OR UNDER POWERS DELEGATED BY IT,+ HE SAID.

THE TOTAL NET SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRI AT ION REQUIRED IN RESPECT CF THE 51 HEADS OF EXPENDITURE WAS 31 789 MILLION. THIS EXCESS WAS LARGELY ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE 1984 SALARIES REVISION FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE ($758 MILLION) AND GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS ($410 MILLION) AND FOR THE PAYMENT OF PENSIONS, RETIRING ALLOWANCE AND GRATUITIES TO CONTRACT OFFICERS ($81 MILLION).

OTHER MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTORS INCLUDED THE TRANSFER Or PROCEEDS FROM THE ISSUE OF GOVERNMENT BONDS TO THE CAPITAL WORK i RESERVE FUND ($1 004 MILLION), AND THE PAYMENT TO THE MASS TRANSIT FUND TO ENABLE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION TO PAY THE PREMIUM FOR THE PAK CHAI WAN DEPOT AND THE DEVELOPMENT ABOVE IT (3248 MILLION), HE SAID.

♦SAVINGS MADE IN OTHER SUBHEADS ARE DUE TO CONTINUED TIGHT CONTROL OVER PUBLIC EXPENDITURE, AND I wOULD LIKE TO THANK THE CONTROLLING OFFICERS AND OTHERS wHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO RESTRAINT,-HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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GREATER EFFICIENCY DELAYS PHONE CHARGES RISE

GREATER OPERATING EFFICIENCY ON THE PART OF THE TELEPHONE COMPANY HAD DELAYED BY MORE THAN ONE YEAR THE NEED FOR INCREASES IN CHARGES, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON GERRY HIGGINSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE MOTION TO AMEND THE SCHEDULE SETTING OUT THE NEW MAXIMUM CHARGES THAT MAY BE LEVIED, MR HIGGINSON SAID THAT CHARGES FOR LINE RENTALS AND INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS CHARGES HAD BEEN LAST INCREASED BY RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL, FROM JANUARY 1, 1983.

+AT THAT TIME, A WARNING WAS GIVEN THAT A FURTHER ROUND OF INCREASES, TO MEET RISING COSTS, WOULD PROBABLY BE REQUIRED IN EARLY 1984,+ HE SAID.

THE TELEPHONE COMPANY HAD SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION IN APRIL THIS YEAR TO INCREASE ITS TARIFFS BY AN AVERAGE OF TEN PER CENT TO COVER INCREASED OPERATING COSTS AND TO ENABLE IT TO MAINTAIN ITS HIGH STANDARD OF SERVICE.

THE APPLICATION HAD BEEN THOROUGHLY EXAMINED AND THE ITEMS IN THE RESOLUTION BEFORE THE COUNCIL WERE CONSIDERED TO BE JUSTIFIED, HE SAID.

MAJOR ITEMS INCLUDE INCREASED RENTALS FOR LEASED CIRCUITS AND PRIVATE PAYPHONES AND INCREASED CONNECTION AND REMOVAL CHARGES.

THE EFFECT ON ORDINARY BUSINESS AND RESIDENTIAL SUBSCRIBERS WAS MODESTi THE MONTHLY COST OF A SINGLE BUSINESS TELEPHONE WOULD BE INCREASED FROM $64 TO $71 AND FOR A SINGLE RESIDENTIAL TELEPHONE FROM $43 TO $48. THE CHARGES FOR PRIVATE AUTOMATIC BRANCH EXCHANGE EXTENSIONS AND INTERNAL EXTENSIONS WOULD BE REDUCED.

POINTING OUT THAT THE NEW CHARGES WOULD TAKE EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1 THIS YEAR, MR HIGGINSON SAID THAT BASED ON CURRENT PROJECTIONS, THERE WAS UNLIKELY TO BE ANY NEED FOR FURTHER INCREASES UNTIL 1988.

THE MOTION WAS APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL.

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TIMELY FOR UNIFIED EXCHANGE TO HAVE CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

*****

IN VIEW OF THE IMPORTANT ROLE PLAYED BY CORPORATIONS AND BANKING INSTITUTIONS IN STOCK MARKETS, AND THE GROWING MATURITY OF THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, IT WAS CONSIDERED DESIRABLE AND TIMELY TO ALLOW THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE TO INTRODUCE CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP.

STATING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN MOVING THE SECOND READING CF THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON GERRY HIGGINSON, SAID THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE OF THE BILL WAS TO PROVIDE NEW MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA FOR THE UNIFIED STOCK EXCHANGE.

HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT AT PRESENT ONLY INDIVIDUALS WERE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE.

♦THE BILL ENABLES LOCALLY INCORPORATED BODY CORPORATES, INCLUDING SUBSIDIARIES OF BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, TO BECOME ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE FOR CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP.

♦APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND RULES OF THE EXCHANGE COMPANY BUT THE PREREQUISITES ARE THAT THE CORPORATIONS MUST BE OF GOOD FINANCIAL STANDING AND INTEGRITY AND ALREADY BE REGISTERED AS DEALERS UNDER THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE,+ MR HIGGINSON SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL ALSO REMOVED THE CURRENT DISQUALIFICATIONS AGAINST DIRECTORS AND EMPLOYEES OF BANK AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, SOLICITORS AND PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS FROM BECOMING MEMBERS OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE.

IT ALSO PROVIDED FOR THE FORMATION OF PARTNERSHIPS, MR HIGGINSON SAID, NOTING THAT THE NEW MEMBERSHIP PROVISIONS WOULD MEET THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR AND FURTHER THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SECURITIES INDUSTRY.

HE ADDED THAT THESE PROVISIONS WOULD AT THE SAME TIME SERVE THE INTERESTS OF BOTH THE BROKING AND INVESTING COMMUNITIES.

AMONG OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BILL WAS THE IMPOSITION OF A DUTY ON THE EXCHANGE COMPANY TO ENSURE ITS MEMBERS’ COMPLIANCE WITH CERTAIN MINIMUM FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 65B OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PARTICULAR PROVISION WAS TO ENHANCE THE EXCHANGE COMPANY’S ROLE IN MONITORING THE ACTIVITIES OF ITS MEMBERS, HE SAID.

♦THE PROPOSALS REFLECTED IN THE BILL HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF LENGTHY AND DETAILED DISCUSSION BY THE SECURITIES COMMISSION AND BY THE COMMITTEE OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE AND HAVE THEIR SUPPORT,♦ HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL TO SAFEGUARD INVESTORS’ INTERESTS

* * * *

TO SAFEGUARD FURTHER THE INTERESTS OF INVESTORS, THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 PROPOSED TO STRENGTHEN THE POWERS OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES IN MONITORING DEALERS’ FINANCIAL VIABILITY.

STATING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN MOVING THE BILL’S SECOND READING, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON GERRY HIGGINSO&, SAID IT WAS ONE OF THE FOUR MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE BILL.

+ON BECOMING AWARE OF THEIR INABILITY TO COMPLY WITH THE SPECIFIED FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS, DEALERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CEASE TRADING AND TO INFORM THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES, WHO MAY THEN REVOKE OR SUSPEND REGISTRATION.

♦AUDITORS WHO, DURING THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES, DISCOVER THAT A DEALER HAS FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS, WILL HAVE TO SO NOTIFY THE COMMISSIONER.

♦THE COMMISSIONER IS FURTHER EMPOWERED TO EXAMINE AT WILL THE ACCOUNTS AND BOOKS OF ANY DEALERS,* HE SAID.

MR HIGGINSON POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL ALSO PROVIDED ADDITIONAL GROUNDS FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO REFUSE, REVOKE OR SUSPEND THE REGISTRATION OR RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION OF A DEALER CR AN INVESTMENT ADVISER AND TO INQUIRE INTO ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT.

♦GIVEN THE DECISION TO PERMIT PARTNERSHIPS TO TRADE IN THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE, PROVISION FOR THE REGISTRATION OF PARTNERSHIPS, AS DEALING PARTNERSHIPS UNDER THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE, IS REQUIRED,+ HE SAID, MOVING ON TO ANOTHER BASIC OBJECTIVE OF THE BILL.

HE ADDED THAT THE BILL MADE SIMILAR PROVISION FOR THE REGISTRATION OF INVESTMENT ADVISERS’ PARTNERSHIPS.

ONE FURTHER AIM OF THE BILL WAS TO REQUIRE NEW DEALERS TO HAVE CERTAIN QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE, HE SAID.

♦IN VIEW OF THE NEED TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND STANDARD OF STOCKBROKING ACTIVITIES, THE BILL INTRODUCES NEW AND IMPORTANT EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATION AND FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR DEALERS.

♦DEALERS WILL BE REQUIRED EITHER TO HAVE AT LEAST THREE YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN DEALING IN SECURITIES IN HONG KONG OR ON ANY RECOGNISED OVERSEAS STOCK MARKET, OR HAVE PASSED A PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION APPROVED BY THE SECURITIES COMMISSION,+ HE SAID.

/MR HIGGINSON .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 1985

MR HIGGINSON NOTED THAT ALL DEALERS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH CERTAIN MINIMUM FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS, WHICH INCLUDED MAINTAINING IN THE STOCKBROKING BUSINESS A MINIMUM NET CAPITAL CF $1 MILLION FOR INDIVIDUAL DEALERS AND $5 MILLION FOR DEALING CORPORATIONS.

♦FOR DEALING PARTNERSHIPS, THE MINIMUM NET CAPITAL REQUIREMENT WILL BE CALCULATED ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER AND TYPE CF REGISTERED DEALERS IN THE PARTNERSHIP^ HE ADDED.

ANOTHER FINANCIAL REQUIREMENT WOULD BE TO MAINTAIN A MINIMUM LIQUIDITY MARGIN EQUAL TO 10 PER CENT OF THE MINIMUM NET CAPITAL REQUIREMENT.

♦FINALLY, PROVISIONS PREVIOUSLY CONTAINED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE TO THE STOCK EXCHANGES UNIFICATION ORDINANCE, TOGETHER WITH NECESSARY AMENDMENTS, ARE NOW RE-ENACTED IN PART I I I OF THE BILL,+ HE SAID.

MR HIGGINSON TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE PROVISIONS CONTAINED IN THE BILL HAD BEEN DRAWN UP IN CONSULTATION WITH AND HAD THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE SECURITIES COMMISSION AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE.

♦IT IS PROPOSED THAT PART II OF THE BILL, WHICH DEALS PRINCIPALLY WITH REGISTRATION MATTERS, BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION ONCE THE SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION ON SUCH MATTERS IS MADE. PART III CF THE BILL WILL THEN COME INTO FORCE WHEN THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE COMMENCE OPERATION IN EARLY 1986,+ HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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TRAVEL AGENTS BILL AIMS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS X K M K X

THE PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF THE TRAVEL AGENTS BILL 1985 IS TO PROTECT CONSUMERS, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON GERRY HIGGINSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE BILL DOES THIS BY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SYSTEM OF LICENSING OF TRAVEL AGENTS WHO PROVIDE OUTBOUND TRAVEL SERVICES AND THE CREATION OF A RESERVE FUND FROM WHICH EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS MAY BE MADE TO CLIENTS IN THE EVENT THAT COURT JUDGMENTS AGAINST SUCH TRAVEL AGENTS CANNOT BE SATISFIED.

THE BILL ALSO AIMS TO PROVIDE THE BASIC FRAMEWORK ON WHICH THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY CAN DEVELOP ITS OWN STANDARDS AND SELFREGULATION. _—---- ■- —— ---—■— • - - -

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WEDNESDAY, JULI 24, 1985

THf SPECIAL NATURE OF THE TRAVEL BUSINESS, ME HIGGINSON SAiD, ESPECIALLY IN RESPECT OF OUTBOUND ACTIVITIES, MADE MEMBERS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC VULNERABLE TO TRAVEL AGENTS WHO ABSCONDED OR WHO BECAME INSOLVENT. IN OFFERING A FUTURE SERVICE TO HIS CLIENTS IN AN OVERSEAS DESTINATION, A TRAVEL AGENT ASSUMED A POSITION OF TRUSTEE WHEN HE RECEIVED MONEY IN ADVANCE FROM HIS CLIENTS. SINCE THE LATE 197O’S, THERE HAD BEEN SERIOUS ABUSES OF TRUST BY A NUMBER OF TRAVEL AGENTS WHO ABSCONDED AFTER HAVING RECEIVED DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS FROM CLIENTS, HE SAID.

PARTS II AND III OF THE BILL REQUIRE A PERSON WHO WISHES iO CARRY ON OUTBOUND TRAVEL SERVICES IN HONG KONG TO OBTAIN A LICENCE AND SET OUT THE REGISTRAR’S POWERS IN RELATION TO LICENSEES.

+A PERSON WHO OPERATES AS A TRAVEL AGENT WITHOUT A LICENCE COMMITS AN OFFENCE PUNISHABLE BY A MAXIMUM FINE OF «1OO OOO AND TWO YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

+ONLY A ’FIT AND PROPER PERSON’ MAY OBTAIN A LICENCE. FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS BILL, A PERSON IS NOT FIT AND PROPER IF, AMONG OTHER THINGS, HE HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF AN OFFENCE INVOLVING FRAUD, CORRUPTION OR DISHONESTY, OR IS INSOLVENT,* HE SAID.

AN APPLICATION FOR A LICENCE MIGHT BE REFUSED IF THE PREMISES TO WHICH THE APPLICATION RELATED WAS NOT SUITABLE FOR THE OPERATION OF THE BUSINESS OF A TRAVEL AGENT.

+THE LICENSING CRITERIA TO BE APPLIED IS NOT OVER-STRINGENTs SOME MAY REGARD IT AS TOO LAX, BUT IT IS NOT THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO STIFLE HEALTHY COMPETITION,* HE SAID.

THE BILL PROVIDES FOR A PERSON WHO PUBLISHES ADVERTISEMENTS FOR A TRAVEL SERVICE TO BE SATISFIED, BEFORE SO DOING, THAT THE AGENT IS LICENSED OR EXEMPT FROM LICENSING.

+THE AIM OF THIS MEASURE IS TO ELIMINATE ADVERTISEMENT FROM UNLICENSED AGENTS IN THE MEDIA. BEFORE PUBLISHING ADVERTISEMENTS FOR TRAVEL SERVICES, PUBLISHERS WILL BE ABLE TO CHECK WITH THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE OR CONSULT THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE THAT THE AGENT IS LICENSED. THE COOPERATION OF THE MEDIA IN THIS MANNER WILL DO MUCH TO HELP THE ORDINARY CITIZEN,* HE SAID.

LEGISLATION ALONE, HE SAID, COULD NOT PREVENT ABSCONDMENTS OR INSOLVENCY.

PART IV OF THE BILL, THEREFORE, PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OR A TRAVEL AGENTS’ RESERVE FUND TO BE FUNDED PRIMARILY BY A LEVY IMPOSED ON EACH LICENSEE.

+THIS WILL BE A FUND OF LAST RESORT. ,, S/

/+AN EX-GRATIA

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♦ AN EX-GRATIA PAYMENT CAN BE MADE FROM IT BY THE REGISTRAR UPON APPLICATION BY A PERSON WHO HAS OBTAINED A JUDGEMENT FOR A SUM OF MONEY AGAINST A LICENSEE OR WHO HAS LODGED A PROOF OF DEBT, EITHER OF WHICH IS UNSATISFIED.

♦PAYMENTS IN RESPECT OF SUCH JUDGEMENTS OR PROOF OF DEBT ARE TO BE LIMITED TO THE PROVISION OF TRAVEL SERVICES PROVIDED BY A LICENSED TRAVEL AGENT,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING OF THE LICENSING SCHEME AND THE RESERVE FUND, HE SAID, AN OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR FOR TRAVEL AGENTS WOULD BE ESTABLISHED.

THE REGISTRAR WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE VETTING OF LICENCE APPLICATIONS, THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE FUND AND THE ENFORCEMENI OF THIS LEGISLATION.

THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR WAS EXPECTED TO BECOME OPERATIVE IN EARLY 1986.

♦HOPEFULLY BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR WHEN SO MANY HONG KONG PEOPLE TRAVEL,+ HE SAID.

TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY GUIDELINES FOR THE EFFI Cl ENT OPERATION OF THE BILL, CLAUSE 7 PROVIDES FOR AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TRAVEL AGENTS TO BE ESTABLISHED.

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE WOULD EXAMINE SUCH MATTERS AS THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE ORDINANCE AND WOULD HAVE REGARD TO THE INTERESTS OF BOTH TRAVEL AGENTS AND THEIR CUSTOMERS.

♦IT IS IN THIS COMMITTEE THAT I F2RESEE PROPOSALS BEING DEVELOPED FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARDS AND SELF REGULATION IN THE INDUSTRY,* HE ADDED.

THE PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE BILL HAD BEEN FORMULATED ON THE ADVICE OF THE WORKING PARTY ON TRAVEL AGENTS, AND HE WAS GRATEFUL TO ALL THE MEMBERS WHO HAD HAD TO SPEND SO MUCH TIME IN STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN THE INTERESTS OF THE INDUSTRY AND OF THE PUBLIC.

IF THE BILL WERE ENACTED, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD RECEIVE A DEGREE OF PROTECTION, HE SAID.

, AT THE SAME TIME, THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY ITSELF SHOULD HAVE A FORUM IN WHICH IT COULD BE ABLE TO GET TOGETHER TO BUILD A SELF-REGULATORY FRAMEWORK, WHICH HE BELIEVED WAS THE PROPER APPROACH TO ACHIEVE IMPROVED QUALITY AND PROFESSIONALISM.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILLS SIMPLIFY LAND OBJECTIONS, CLAIMS PROCEDURES *******

THREE BILLS AIMED AT SIMPLIFYING OBJECTIONS AND CLAIMS PROCEDURES WHEN LAND IS RESUMED BY THE GOVERNMENT WERE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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THE BILLS ARE THE FORESHORE AND SEA-BED (RECLAMATIONS) BILL 1985, THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 AND THE LAND ACQUISITION (POSSESSORY TITLE) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE FORESHORE AND SEA-BED (RECLAMATIONS) BILL 1985, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, SAID THE BILL WAS INTENDED TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE PUBLIC RECLAMATIONS AND WORKS ORDINANCE AND THE FORESHORES AND SEA-BED ORDINANCE.

HE SAID THAT APART FROM MINOR POINTS OF DIFFERENCE THE TWO ORDINANCES SERVED THE SAME PURPOSE. THE EXISTENCE OF TWO SIMILAR ORDINANCES HAD GIVEN RISE IN THE PAST TO DUPLICATION OF GAZETTING PROCEDURES.

CONSOLIDATION WOULD ELIMINATE THESE PROBLEMS WHILE RETAINING THE PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO BE INFORMED, TO OBJECT TO PROPOSED RECLAMATIONS AND TO BE COMPENSATED, HE SAID.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, HE SAID THE PRINCIPAL OBJECT OF THE BILL WAS TO ALLOW PAYMENT OF INTEREST ON PROVISIONAL PAYMENTS.

SECTION 16A OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE ENABLED THE DIRECTOR CF LANDS TO MAKE PROVISIONAL PAYMENTS OF COMPENSATION PENDING THE DETERMINATION BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL OF DISPUTED CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION FOR THE RESUMPTION OF LAND BY THE CROWN.

+AS THE LAW NOW STANDS, IF NO PROVISIONAL PAYMENT IS MADE, INTEREST WOULD BE PAID ON THE WHOLE AWARD WHEN DETERMINED BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

+HOWEVER, WHEN A PROVISIONAL PAYMENT IS MADE THAT SUM WOULD NOT ATTRACT INTEREST BETWEEN THE DATE LIABILITY AROSE AND THE DATE THE PROVISIONAL PAYMENT IS MADE.

+THIS ARRANGEMENT IS CONSIDERED UNSATISFACTORY AND CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL AMENDS THE SECTION SO AS TO ENABLE THE AUTHORITY TO PAY INTEREST ON SUCH PAYMENTS, CALCULATED HAVING REGARD TO THE LOWEST RATE PAYABLE FROM TIME TO TIME BY MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS ON TIME DEPOSITS,* SAID MR CHAN.

THE PRINCIPAL OBJECT OF THE LAND ACQUISITION (POSSESSORY TITLE) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 WAS TO ALLOW PAYMENT OF INTEREST ON PROVISIONAL PAYMENTS, MR CHAN SAID IN MOVING THE SECOND READING CF THE BILL.

/+S£CTION 9

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+SECTION 9 OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE ENABLES THE DIRECTOR CF LANDS TO MAKE PROVISIONAL PAYMENTS OF COMPENSATION PENDING THE DETERMINATION BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL OF DISPUTt CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION IN RESPECT OF ANY ACQUISITION OF LAND, REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES THAT IS OR MAY BE HELD UNDER A POSSESSORY TITLE BY VIRTUE OF THE LIMITATION ORDINANCE.

♦CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL AMENDS THE SECTION TO ENABLE THE DIRECTOR TO PAY INTEREST ON SUCH PAYMENTS, CALCULATED HAVING REGARD TO THE LOWEST RATE PAYABLE FROM TIME TO TIME BY MEMBERS CF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS ON TIME DEPOSITS,-*- HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE THREE BILLS WAS ADJOURNED.

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NEED FOR REGULAR CHECKS ON PRIVATE CARS STRESSED *****

THE OBJECT OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 WAS TO ALLOW PRIVATE GARAGES TO CARRY OUT ANNUAL INSPECTIONS ON THE ROADWORTHINESS OF OLDER PRIVATE CARS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID REGULAR VEHICLE EXAMINATIONS WERE NECESSARY TO REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF ACCIDENTS, AS IN 1984 MECHANICAL DEFECTS WERE IDENTIFIED AS A CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR IN ALMOST 2 OOO TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CAUSING INJURY, AMOUNTING TO 12 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS IN THE YEAR.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL MR MACPHERSON SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S OBJECTIVE IN RESPECT OF PRIVATE CARS WAS TO EXAMINE ANNUALLY ALL VEHICLES OVER SIX YEARS OLD.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, HE SAID, OPERATED FOUR VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES AND THESE WERE FULLY COMMITTED TO THE INSPECTION OF ALL PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES AND OLDER GOODS VEHICLES.

♦THERE WERE PLANS TO CONSTRUCT FOUR MORE CENTRES, BUT SINCE THESE WERE REQUIRED FOR THE EXPANDING FLEET OF PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES AND ALL GOODS VEHICLES, THERE WAS NO PROSPECT OF THE DEPARTMENT EXAMINING PRIVATE CARS IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.+

USING THE PRIVATE SECTOR WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR SIX-YEAR-OLD CARS TO BE EXAMINED ANNUALLY, AND WOULD OBVIATE THE NEED FOR NEW VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES IN ADDITION TO THE FOUR ALREADY PLANNED, HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THAT CAR TESTING CENTRES WOULD HAVE TO COMPLY WITH A CODE OF PRACTICE, THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDINANCE AND ANY CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN THE DESIGNATION NOTICE.

/THE CODE .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2^, 1965

THE CODE OF PRACTICE SPECIFIED ~-.E INSPECT I OK --OSES-'E-WICH WERE BASED OK THOSE USED lh THE GOVERNMENT'S O»K Ve-iCLE EXAMINATION CENTRES, AS WELL AS THE EQUIPMENT AND CHECKLISTS TO BE USED IN CONDUCTING EXAMINATIONS.

THIS SHOULD ENSURE THAT INSPECTIONS ARE FAIR AND THAT STANDARDS ARE CONSISTENT.

A CAR OWNER WHO IS DISSATISFIED WITH THE RESULT OF AN INSPECTION WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPEAL TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR A FRESH INDEPENDENT EXAMINATION.

GARAGE STAFF WOULD HAVE TO ATTEND A TRAINING COURSE AT A GOVERNMENT VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE AND WOULD BE ASSESSED FOR COMPETENCE.

THOSE UP TO STANDARD WOULD BE APPOINTED AS APPROVED CAR TESTERS.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WOULD CARRY OUT REGULAR VISITS TO CAR TESTING CENTRES TO MONITOR INSPECTIONS AND TO ENSURE THAT UNIFORMITY OF STANDARDS WAS MAINTAINED.

THE EXAMINATION FEE WOULD BE $160, THE SAME AS THE FEE FOR CAR INSPECTIONS AT THE GOVERNMENT'S VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES.

A RE-CHECK FEE OF $50 WOULD BE CHARGED WHEN DEFECTS AT A FIRST INSPECTION WERE REMEDIED AND EXAMINED WITHIN 14 DAYS. IN THE CASE OF SPECIFIED MINOR FAULTS THE RE-CHECK WOULD BE FREE OF CHARGE, HE SAID.

A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS WOULD BE ISSUED BY THE CAR TESTING CENTRE WHEN A CAR PASSED AN EXAMINATION AND THE DETAILS WOULD BE PASSED TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

CARS OVER SIX YEARS OLD WOULD BE RE-LICENSED ONLY UPON PRESENTATION OF A VALID CERTIFICATE, MR MACPHERSON SAID.

THE TRANSPORT COMMISSIONER WOULD BE EMPOWERED TO REFUSE TO LICENSE A CAR THAT HAD NOT PASSED AN EXAMINATION AT A CAR TESTING CENTRE, HE ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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OVERSEAS WORKERS’ CONTRACT LOOPHOLES TO BE PLUGGED * * * *

LOOPHOLES IN THE CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WOULD BE PLUGGED IN THE INTEREST OF WORKERS BY VIRTUE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL, DR HO SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO NOTE THAT ONE PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE OF THE BILL WAS TO INTRODUCE OFFENCES AND PENALTIES FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

/he said .......

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HE SAID IF THE BILL WAS PASSED, IT WOULD BECOME MANDATORY FOR WRITTEN CONTRACTS FOR EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG TO BE PRESENTED TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR FOR ATTESTATION BEFORE A WORKER LEFT HONG KONG TO TAKE UP EMPLOYMENT.

THIS PROCEDURE PROVIDED THE COMMISSIONER WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SCRUTINISE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE CONTRACT, THUS ENSURING THAT THEY WERE COMPARABLE TO, IF NOT BETTER THAN, THE GENERAL EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS IN HONG KONG AND THAT THEY WERE ADEQUATE TO PROTECT WORKERS’ INTERESTS.

+IN THE EVENT OF THE CONTRACT BEING BREACHED, THE AGGRIEVED WORKER WILL BE ABLE TO GET COMPENSATION BY CLAIMING AGAINST THE LOCAL GUARANTOR OR FROM THE BANK BOND PUT UP EARLIER BY THE OVERSEAS EMPLOYER IN CASE A LOCAL GUARANTOR CANNOT BE FOUND,+ DR HO EXPLAINED.

UNDER THE PRESENT ORDINANCE, WHEN A CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT WAS TERMINATED AS A RESULT OF THE WORKER’S DEFAULT OR RESIGNATION, THE WORKER MIGHT RISK BEING DENIED A PAID PASSAGE HOME.

+THE AMENDMENT IN THIS BILL UNAMBIGUOUSLY PUTS THE OBLIGATION ON THE EMPLOYER TO REPATRIATE THE WORKER REGARDLESS OF HOW THE CONTRACT IS TERMINATED,+ HE SAID.

+NO DOUBT, AS A RESULT OF THE AMENDMENTS IN THIS BILL, THE ORDINANCE WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE BETTER PROTECTION TO OUR WORKERS TAKING UP EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

ON PUBLICISING THE EFFECTS OF THE LEGISLATION, DR HO REQUESTED THE ADMINISTRATION NOT TO CONFINE ITS PUBLICITY EFFORTS TO LABOUR ORGANISATIONS.

♦SPECIAL EFFORT MUST BE MADE TO CONVEY THE MESSAGE TO THE GENERAL WORK-FORCE, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM MAY NOT BELONG TO ANY LABOUR ORGANISATION OR UNION,* HE SAID.

THANKING DR HO FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE BILL, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON DARWIN CHEN SAID THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HOPED TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE MASS MEDIA AS WELL AS RELEVANT ORGANISATIONS IN INFORMING WORKERS INTERESTED IN EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG OF THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE AMENDED CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

HE SAID DR HO’S POINT THAT PUBLICITY ON THE AMENDMENTS SHOULD BE AIMED AT THE GENERAL WORKFORCE HAD BEEN WELL TAKEN.

WORKERS INTERESTED IN OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT SHOULD BE INFORMED, IN PARTICULAR, OF THE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR CONTRACTS WERE ATTESTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, HE SAID.

THE AMENDMENTS RETITLE THE ORDINANCE AS +CONTRACTS FOR EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG ORDINANCE* AND REQUIRE ALL CONTRACTS FOR EMPLO'MENT OF LOCAL WORKERS OUTSIDE HONG KONG TO BE ATTESTED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

/The amendments........

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THE AMENDMENTS ALSO PROVIDE FOR A FINE OF $50 030 FOR AN EMPLOYER OR HIS AGENT WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS CF THE ORDINANCE.

MR CHEN MOVED THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READINGS OF THE BILL.

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RIGHT TO ORDER REHEARING SUPPORTED * * * *

THE AMENDMENT PROPOSED UNDER THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNOR MAY ORDER REHEARING OF AN INVESTIGATION BY A MARINE COURT INTO THE CASUALTY AFFECTING A SHIP WAS BOTH +LOGICAL AND INDEED DESIRABLE* AND SHOULD THEREFORE BE SUPPORTED.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE HON PETER WONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL.

♦HOWEVER, CLAUSE 2(B) OF THE BILL STIPULATES THAT THE AMENDMENT SHALL APPLY IN RESPECT OF ANY INVESTIGATION WHETHER «LD BEFORE OR AFTER THE AMENDMENT TAKES EFFECT,* HE SAID.

CLEARLY, HE ADDED, IT INTRODUCED A RETROSPECTIVE ELEMENT AND WAS OF DIRECT RELEVANCE TO THE OSPREY INQUIRY.

MR WONG RECALLED THAT DURING THE PASSAGE OF TYPHOON ELLEN ON SEPTEMBER 9 1983, THE BARQUENTINE OSPREY FOUNDERED AT SEA WITH THE LOSS OF EIGHT LIVES.

ON DECEMBER 29 1983, THE GOVERNOR APPOINTED A MARINE COURT, UNDER SECTION 52(1) OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ORDINANCE, TO INVESTIGATE THE CASUALTY.

SINCE THE REPORT WAS MADE ON JULY 30 1984, ACCORDING TO THE ADMINISTRATION, FRESH EVIDENCE HAD EMERGED WHICH TENDED TO CONTRADICT SEVERAL OF THE FINDINGS OF FACTS OF THE REPORT.

THE ADMINISTRATION WAS OF THE VIEW THAT THE NEW EVIDENCE SUGGESTED THAT A REHEARING SHOULD BE ORDERED, HE SAID.

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT UNDER THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ORDINANCE A REHEARING MIGHT ONLY BE HELD UNDER SECTION 56(1) IN CASES IN WHICH +AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CONDUCT OF A HOLDER OF A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY HAS BEEN HELD*.

THE WARRANT APPOINTING THE MARINE COURT IN THE CASE OF THE OSPREY RELATED ONLY TO THE COURT MAKING INVESTIGATION AS TO THE CASUALTY AFFECTING THE SHIP.

/+IT IS .......

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♦IT IS THEREFORE BY NO MEANS CERTAIN THAT, IN VIEW OF THE WORDING OF SECTION 56(1), A REHEARING CAN BE ORDERED BY THE GOVERNOR IN RESPECT OF THE OSPREY CASE EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS, IN FACT, AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CONDUCT OF A HOLDER CF A CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY DURING THE COURSE OF THE HEARING,♦ HE SAID.

THE BILL BEFORE THE COUNCIL PROPOSED TO AMEND THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO MAKE CLEAR THAT THE GOVERNOR MAY ORDER THE REHEARING OF AN INVESTIGATION BY A MARINE COURT INTO THE CASUALTY AFFECTING A SHIP.

UMELCO HAD RECEIVED ONE WRITTEN REPRESENTATION REGARDING THE RETROSPECTIVE ASPECT OF THE BILL, WHICH MR WONG BELIEVED IN ANY EVENT DESERVED CAREFUL EXAMINATION.

THE UNOFFICIALS’ GROUP STUDYING THE BILL MET THE ADMINISTRATION TWICE AND AFTER CAREFUL DELIBERATION THEY WERE OF THE VIEW THAT THERE WAS MERIT IN THE ARGUMENTS PUT FORWARD BY THE ADMINISTRATION IN RESPECT OF THE RETROSPECTIVE ELEMENT.

ELABORATING, MR WONG SAIDt +THERE IS NO LEGAL IMPEDIMENT TO MAKING AN AMENDMENT APPLY TO PROCEEDINGS ALREADY COMMENCED CR COMPLETED.

♦THE REAL ISSUE IS WHETHER IT IS REASONABLE TO DO SO.+

GENERALLY SPEAKING, HE SAID, RETROSPECTIVE LAWS OFFENDED AGAINST THE GENERAL PRINCIPLE THAT LEGISLATION INTENDED TO REGULATE HUMAN CONDUCT OUGHT TO DEAL WITH FUTURE ACTS AND OUGHT NOT TO CHANGE THE CHARACTER OF PAST TRANSACTIONS CARRIED ON UPON THE FAITH OF THE THEN EXISTING LAW.

AS REGARDS CRIMINAL OFFENCES, RETROSPECTIVE OPERATION WAS NEVER GIVEN TO A STATUTE, HE SAID.

♦IT SHOCKS ONE’S SENSE OF JUSTICE THAT AN ACT LEGAL AT THE TIME OF DOING IT SHOULD BE MADE CRIMINAL BY A NEW ENACTMENT.

♦LIKEWISE, IT IS EQUALLY UNJUST IF A NEW LAW CONVERTS AN ACT WRONGFULLY DONE AT THE TIME INTO A LEGAL ACT IN SUCH A WAY THAT A PERSON INJURED BY THAT ACT IS DEPRIVED OF HIS REMEDY,+ PE ADDED.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, IN THE FIELD OF CIVIL LAW, RETROSPECTIVE LAW WAS PERMISSIBLE AND SOMETIMES DESIRABLE, SUCH AS VALIDATING MARRIAGES WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE BE VOID OWING TO SOME DEFECT IN THE CEREMONY.

♦FOR THE LEGISLATOR, IT IS A MATTER OF JUDGING WHAT IS REASONABLE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

♦IF THE LEGISLATION IS INTENDED TO OPERATE RETROSPECTIVELY TO CONFER A BENEFIT ON PRIVATE PERSONS WITHOUT IMPOSING A CORRESPONDING OBLIGATION, THEN NO SUBSTANTIAL OBJECTION IS LIKELY TO ARISE,♦ HE SAID.

/MR WONG .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2U, 1985

MR «CNG ADDED UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS IN GENERAL SHARED TnE ADMINISTRATION’S VIE* THAT BASIC PRINCIPLES HAD NOT BEEN INFRINGED.

AN AMENDMENT TO ENABLE THE REOPENING OF MARINE INQUIRY PROCEEDINGS DID NOT CHANGE THE NATURE OR CHARACTER OF ANYTHING THAT HAD OCCURRED, NOR DID IT IMPAIR EXISTING RIGHTS OR OBLIGATIONS, HE OBSERVED.

NOTING THAT THE ESSENCE OF THE AMENDMENT WAS PROCEDURAL, HE SAID IT WAS TO CLARIFY WHAT WAS PERCEIVED TO BE A PRESENT ILLOGICAL DEFECT IN ESTABLISHED REHEARING PROVISIONS RELATING TO HONG KONG MARINE INQUIRIES.

+WE ACCEPT THAT THE APPLICATION OF THE AMENDMENT TO PAST AS WELL AS FUTURE HEARINGS IS, IN FACT, CONSISTENT WITH ANOTHER IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE, THAT JUSTICE SHOULD BE DONE BETWEEN THE PARTIES,- HE SAID.

HE MENTIONED THAT SINCE CLAUSE 2(B) INVOLVED IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES OF LAW, THE ATTENTION OF BOTH THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE LAW SOCIETY HAD BEEN DRAWN TO THE RETROSPECTIVE ASPECT CF THE BILL.

MOVING THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING OF THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON GERRY HIGGINSON, SAID THAT THE ISSUES WHICH MR WONG HAD REFERRED TO HAD BEEN SUBJECT TO DETAILED DELIBERATION WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION AND BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE UMELCO GROUP CHAIRED BY MR WONG.

THANKING MR WONG AND HIS COLLEAGUES FOR THE TIME AND TROUBLE TAKEN TO EXAMINE THE LEGISLATION, AND FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR THE MOTION, MR HIGGINSON SAID THAT THESE DELIBERATIONS +HAVE FURTHER CONFIRMED OUR VIEW THAT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IS BOTH NECESSARY AND DESIRABLE+.

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BILL CONFIRMS POWERS OF THE COURTS

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THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, WHICH SEEKS TO CONF IRb THE POWERS OF THE COURTS IN THE AREA OF THE LAW CONCERNED WITH ™I|SDICTION AND PROCEDURE, WAS READ THE SECOND TIME TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING ITS SECOND READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID THE BILL INCLUDED PROVISIONS ENABLING THE COURTS TO PREVENT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ASSETS AND THE DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE.

THESE NEW FORMS OF JUDICIAL REMEDY WERE GIVEN STATUTORY RECOGNITION IN ENGLAND BY THE SUPREME COURT ACT 1981, HE SAID, StING THE -MAREVA+ AND -ANTON PILLER- CASES IN WHICH THE COURTS USED -IN A NOVEL WAY- THE POWER TO PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION CF THE OBJECTS ABOUT WHICH PARTIES WERE CONTESTING.

/THE ATTORNEY .....


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THE ATTORNEY GENERAL RECALLED THAT NEW REMEDIES WHICH ASSISTED LITIGANTS WERE DEVELOPED IN THE MID-SEVENTIES BY THE COURTS IN ENGLAND SO THAT THEIR ACTION IN COURT WOULD NOT BE FRUITLESS.

SINCE OUR LAW IN MATTERS OF HIGH COURT JURISDICTION, PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE IS LARGELY BASED ON THE LAW IN ENGLAND, IT IS DESIRABLE THAT THOSE PROVISIONS IN THE 1981 ACT SHOULD BE FOLLOWED HERE, AS THIS BILL PROPOSES.

THE EFFECT ON THE BILL WILL BE TO GIVE STATUTORY AUTHORITY TO THESE POWERS EVOLVED BY THE COURTS. IT SUBSTANTIALLY STATES THE EXISTING LAW AND PRACTICE,* HE SAID.

MR MATHEWS POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL ALSO MADE IT CLEAR THAT AN ORDER TO PREVENT THE REMOVAL OF ASSETS MAY BE MADE AGAINST PERSONS WHETHER THEY WERE IN HONG KONG OR NOT.

THE BAR ASSOCIATION, THE LAW SOCIETY, THE LAW DEPARTMENT CF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE JUDICIARY HAVE ALL BEEN CONSULTED OVER THIS BILL AND IT HAS THEIR SUPPORT,* HE NOTED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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MOVE TO BAN SALE OF HARMFUL LIVE POULTRY *****

THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1985 WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO MAKE REGULATIONS TO PROHIBIT THE SALE BY RETAIL OF LIVE POULTRY CONTAINING HARMFUL HORMONE RESIDUES, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON CHAU TAK-HAY, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR CHAU SAID THAT UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE, THE DEFINITION OF +FOOD* EXCLUDES LIVE ANIMALS, LIVE BIRDS OR LIVE FISH. IT WAS THEREFORE NOT POSSIBLE TO MAKE REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE COMPOSITION OF FOOD UNDER SECTION 55 OF THE ORDINANCE TO COVER LIVE ANIMALS, LIVE BIRDS OR LIVE FISH.

♦IN SPITE OF THE DEFINITION OF ’FOOD’, HOWEVER, SECTION 57 OF THE ORDINANCE PROVIDES THE NECESSARY ENABLING POWER FOR REGULATIONS RELATING TO FOOD HYGIENE TO BE MADE UNDER SECTION 56 TO COVER LIVE POULTRY, LIVE REPTILES AND LIVE FISH AS IF THEY WERE FOOD,* HE SAID.

THE BILL SOUGHT TO EXTEND THE COVERAGE OF SECTION 57 SO THAT THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL MIGHT MAKE REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE COMPOSITION OF FOOD UNDER SECTION 55 TO COVER LIVE POULTRY, LIVE REPTILES AND LIVE FISH AS IF THEY WERE FOOD.

IF THE BILL WAS APPROVED, HE ADDED, IT WAS PROPOSED TO MAKE SUCH REGULATIONS SHORTLY.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED

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FIRST STEP TAKEN TO CONTROL OPTOMETRY * * * *

A FIRST STEP TOWARDS PLACING THE OPTOMETRY PROFESSION UNDER LEGISLATIVE CONTROL WAS BEING TAKEN UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTARY NED I CAL PROFESSIONS, MIDWIVES REGISTRATION AND NURSES REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON CHAU TAK-HAY, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR CHAU SAID THAT IT WOULD OPEN THE WAY TO MAKE REGULATIONS PRESCRIBING THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION AS AN OPTOMETRIST AND THE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES APPLICABLE TO MEMBERS OF THAT PROFESSION.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO EXPAND THE REGULATION-MAKING POWERS SET DOWN IN THE ORDINANCE.

THIS WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE THE SETS OF REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE PARA-MEDICAL PROFESSIONS WERE AT AN ADVANCED DRAFTING STAGE, AND WITHOUT SUCH AN AMENDMENT, SOME OF THE PROVISIONS OF THESE REGULATIONS WOULD BE ULTRA VIRES.

THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES AT LEAST ONE DIRECTOR OF A COMPANY CARRYING ON A PARA-MEDICAL BUSINESS TO BE PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED TO THE STANDARD REQUIRED TO PRACTISE THAT PROFESSION ON HIS OwN ACCOUNT.

MR CHAU POINTED OUT THAT SUCH A REQUIREMENT WAS CONSIDERED TO BE APPROPRIATE, HAVING REGARD TO A PROPOSAL IN THE REGULATIONS TO BE MADE UNDER THE ORDINANCE THAT A MEMBER OF A PARA-MEDICAL PROFESSION SHOULD BE DEBARRED FROM CARRYING ON THE BUSINESS OF PRACTISING HIS PROFESSION ON HIS OWN ACCOUNT, OR IN A PARTNERSHIP, UNLESS HE HAD THE ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY TO QUALIFY HIM FOR REGISTRATION TO SO PRACTISE.

THE OPPORTUNITY HAD ALSO BEEN TAKEN TO MAKE CERTAIN OTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE AND, IN PARTICULAR, TO ALIGN SOME OF ITS PROVISIONS TO THOSE IN SIMILAR ORDINANCES, SUCH AS THE DENTISTS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE AND THE MEDICAL REGISTRATION ORDINANCE.

THE BILL ALSO SEEKS TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCEDURES FOR REGISTRATION UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE, THE MIDWIVES REGISTRATION ORDINANCE AND THE NURSES REGISTRATION ORDINANCE - HENCE THE TITLE OF THIS BILL, HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL CLARIFIES GOODS VEHICLE LOAD LIMIT *****

A BILL TO ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO ASSIGN A PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT TO AN INDIVIDUAL GOODS VEHICLE WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1985, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON EXPLAINED THAT THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT THAT COULD BE CARRIED SAFELY COULD BE DIFFERENT FOR INDIVIDUAL VEHICLES WITHIN THE SAME CLASS OF HEAVY, MEDIUM OR LIGHT GOODS VEHICLE.

FOR THIS REASON, IT HAD BEEN THE PRACTICE FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO ASSIGN A PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT TO AN INDIVIDUAL VEHICLE AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT SUCH FACTORS AS THE MANUFACTURERS DESIGN CAPACITY AND ANY LOCAL ADAPTATIONS MADE TO THE VEHICLE BODY.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, DUE TO AN OVERSIGHT, THIS PROVISION HAD BEEN OMITTED FROM THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE INTRODUCED ON AUGUST 25 LAST YEAR, WHICH ONLY ALLOWED THE COMMISSIONER TO PRESCRIBE DIFFERENT GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHTS FOR VARIOUS CLASSES CF VEHICLE RATHER THAN FOR INDIVIDUAL VEHICLES.

♦THE BILL OVERCOMES THIS PROBLEM BY AMENDING THE DEFINITION CF PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT SO THAT IT MEANS THE MAXIMUM GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT ASSIGNED OR DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER AS OPPOSED TO THE MAXIMUM GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT PRESCRIBED FOR A CLASS OF VEHICLE.

♦IT ALSO VALIDATES INDIVIDUAL PERMITTED GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHTS ASSIGNED BY THE COMMISSIONER SINCE AUGUST 25, 1984,+ M? MACPHERSON SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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AMENDMENTS TO BANK BILL WILL REMOVE DOUBTS *****

THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR ROGER LOBO, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) MOVED SEVERAL AMENDMENTS TO THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND BILL TO REMOVE +ANY POSSIBLE DOUBTS+ THAT ITS PROVISIONS MAY HAVE UNINTENDED EXTRA-TERRITORIAL APPLICATION.

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR ROGER SAID SUBSEQUENT TO INTRODUCTION CF THE BILL ON JUNE 26 IT HAD BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE PROVISIONS CF THE BILL MAY HAVE UNINTENDED EXTRA-TERRITORIAL APPLICATION.

+AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION, I HAVE DECIDED THAT IT WOULD BE ADVISABLE TO REMOVE FROM THE BILL ANY POSSIBLE DOUBTS IN THIS AREA.

/♦ACCORDINGLY.........


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■•■ACCORDINGLY, I SHALL MOVE AMENDMENTS TO ACHIEVE THAT PURPOSE IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE,* HE SAID.

SIR ROGER ADDED THAT ALTHOUGH THERE WERE SEVERAL AMENDMENTS NEEDED, THE EFFECT OF THE REVISED BILL CONTINUED TO BE THE TRANSFIS CF THE EXISTING ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND’S HONG KONG BUSINESS TO A NEW BANK AS PART OF THE WORLDWIDE MERGER OF THE BANKING BUSINESSES OF WILLIAMS AND GLYN’S BANK AND THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND.

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MEASURE TO PROTECT SMALL DEPOSITOR *****

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A REQUIREMENT DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE SMALL DEPOSITOR BY DEBARRING HIM FROM DEPOSITING WITH A REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAD CLEARLY BEEN ERODED BY THE PASSAGE OF TIME.

AN INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF THE MINIMUM DEPOSIT FROM $50 003 ID $100 000 WAS NEEDED, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, MR JACOBS SAID THE MINIMUM DEPOSIT REQUIREMENT WHICH APPLIED TO REGISTERED DTCS WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 1976.

HE POINTED OUT THAT EARLIER THIS YEAR, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE HAD ANNOUNCED THE INTENTION TO REVISE SUCH MINIMUM DEPOSIT REQUIREMENT AND THERE HAD BEEN NO DISCERNIBLE PUBLIC REACTION SINCE.

+NOR HAS ANY REPRESENTATION BEEN RECEIVED FROM REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES,* HE SAID.

IF THE BILL PASSES INTO LAW, THE NEW LIMIT OF $100 000 WILL TAKE EFFECT ON MARCH 1, 1986.

MR JACOBS ADDED THAT IT WAS PROVIDED IN THE BILL THAT DEPOSITS TAKEN BEFORE BUT MATURING AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF ANY NEW LIMIT COULD RUN TO MATURITY.

HE SAID THE SECOND PURPOSE OF THE BILL WAS TO REMOVE A TECHNICAL ANOMALY ARISING FROM SECTION 27 OF THE ORDINANCE WHICH PROHIBITED THE ISSUE OF AN ADVERTISEMENT OR INVITATION SOLICITING THE DEPOSIT OF MONEYS.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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PLAN TO MAKE LICENSING RENEWAL EASIER * * *

A BILL SEEKING TO CHANGE THE EXISTING ’CUMBERSOME’ PROCEDURE FOR IMPOSING NEW CONDITIONS OR FOR VARYING EXISTING ONES UPON THE RENEWAL OF ANY REGISTRATION, LICENCE OR PERMIT GRANTED UNDER THE PUILIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE, WAS INTRODUCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON CHAU TAK-HAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 3) BILL 1985, MR CHAU SAID THAT IT PROPOSED TO EMPOWER THE LICENSING AUTHORITY, THAT IS THE URBAN COUNCIL IN THE URBAN AREAS AND THE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES IN THE l€W TERRITORIES, TO IMPOSE ADDITIONAL OR ALTERNATIVE CONDITIONS UPON RENEWAL OF ANY REGISTRATION, LICENCE AND PERMIT. NINETY DAYS NOTICE WOULD, HOWEVER, BE GIVEN BEFORE THE EXPIRY OF SUCH REGISTRATION, LICENCE OR PERMIT.

HE EXPLAINED THAT FOR REASONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HYGIENE, IT WAS SOMETIMES NECESSARY FOR THE LICENSING AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE NEW CONDITIONS OR TO VARY EXISTING ONES UPON THE RENEWAL OF ANY REGISTRATION, LICENCE OR PERMIT.

THE BILL ALSO SOUGHT TO EXTEND THE PERIOD ALLOWED FOR AN APPLICATION FOR REVIEW OF A DECISION OF THE LICENSING AUTHORITY FROM SEVEN TO 14 DAYS.

THE CONTENTS OF THE BILL HAD BEEN ENDORSED IN PRINCIPLE BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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MORE ACTIVE ROLE FOR PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL * * * * *

THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL HAD SINCE I960 BEEN ASSUMING A MORE ACTIVE APPROACH IN THE PROVISION OF DIRECT INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES AND FACILITIES TO INDUSTRY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON HARNAM GREWAL, SAID TODAY.

THIS FOLLOWED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMY, HE SAID.

MR GREWAL WAS MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL.

THE BILL WOULD ENABLE THE COUNCIL TO CARRY OUT ITS FUNCTIONS WITH GREATER FLEXIBILITY, HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

♦IN THE LIGHT OF THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE COUNCIL. A REVIEW WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER THE AMENDMENTS REQUIRED TO ITS LEGISLATIVE AND FINANCIAL FRAMEWORK TO ENABLE IT TO FURTHER DISCHARGE ITS BROADENED RANGE OF RESPONSIBILITIES,+ HE EXPLAINED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BETTER WAY TO PAY FOR LOTTERIES SERVICE FEE * * * *

A BILL PROVIDING FOR A MORE SATISFACTORY BASIS FOR THE ERTS BOARD TO PAY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR - 'CT I NG MARK VI LOTTERIES WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATI COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMEK 1985, THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND .'.'FORMATION, THE HON ADOLF HSU, SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL AS '0 AMEND THE BETTING DUTY ORDINANCE SO THAT THE JOCKEY ,T"JLL BE REIMBURSED THE EXACT EXPENSES FOR PROVIDING FACILI1 THE HONG KONG LOTTERIES BOARD TO CONDUCT THE MARK VI LOTTERIES.

SECTION LC(2) OF THE ORDINANCE PROVIDES FOR THE LOTTER k BOARD TO PAY TO THE JOCKEY CLUB SUCH PERCENTAGE OF THE PROCc-CF A LOTTERY AS THE BOARD MAY FROM TIME TO TIME DETERMINE IN DISCHARGE OF ALL OPERATING COSTS INCURRED OR CHARGED BY THE CLUE FOR RUNNING THE GOVERNMENT’S MARK VI LOTTERIES.

MR HSU SAID THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS HAD AD THAT ON A PROPER CONSTRUCTION, SECTION 4C(2) REQUIRED THAT L PERCENTAGE OF THE PROCEEDS OF A LOTTERY PAYABLE TO THE JOCKE CLUB BE PRE-DETERMINED.

♦THERE IS NO PROVISION UNDER EXISTING LAWS TO REIMBURSE CLUB SHOULD THE PRE-DETERMINED PERCENTAGE IN RESPECT OF ITS BUDGETED PERCENTAGE SHARE PROVE INADEQUATE TO MEET ALL ACTUAL EXPENSES WHEN THE ACCOUNTS ARE FINALISED AND AUDITED.

♦NOR IS THERE PROVISION TO REQUIRE THE CLUB TO PAY INTO LOTTERIES FUND ANY EXCESS OF ITS PRE-DETERMINED PERCENTAGE SHARE,* MR HSU SAID.

IN THE PAST, MR HSU SAID, THE CLUB HAD ON ITS OWN INITIA UNDERTAKEN TO PLACE ANY SUCH SURPLUSES FROM ITS PERCENTAGE SF THROUGH THE LOTTERIES BOARD, TO THE LOTTERIES FUND, ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT FOR THE CLUB TO DO SO.

♦IN A RECENT REVIEW, THE PRINCIPLE THAT PAYMENT TO THE CLU SHOULD BE NO MORE OR LESS THAN THE ACTUAL OPERATING EXPENSES WAS AGREED BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LOTTERIES BOARD,+ Mb SAID.

THE PRESENT BILL STIPULATED THAT THE CLUB WAS REQUIRED TO ANY SURPLUS IN EXCESS OF ITS ACTUAL EXPENSES FROM THE PERCENT/. SHARE INTO THE LOTTERIES FUND, HE SAID.

IT ALSO AUTHORISED PAYMENT TO BE MADE OUT OF THE LOTTERi FUND WHEN THE CLUB’S ACTUAL OPERATING EXPENSES EXCEEDED THE AMOUNT OF THE PERCENTAGE SHARE PAID TO IT.

/♦SEPARATELY,

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21*, *9^5

588*^'

♦SEPARATELY, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE IS ALINING THE EFFECTS OF THIS SILL ON THE FINANCING OF SCCIAc LFAPE --CJECTS EY T-E LOTTERIES -UND, *S IS Th£ CLLB IN NSIDEPING «AYS AND MEANS OF IMPROVING THE OVERALL TURNOVER MARK VI LOTTERIES, WHICH WILL, AS A CONSEQUENCE, INCREASE THc OUNT OF FUNDS AVAILABLE EACH YEAR FOR SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECTS, HSU SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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FIRE PRECAUTION REGULATIONS SIMPLIFIED * M * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A MOTION TO AMEND THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (FIRE PRECAUTIONS IN REGISTRABLE WORKPLACES) REGULATIONS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR FACTORY PROPRIETORS TO COMPLY WITH THEM AND FOR THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE TO ENFORCE THEM.

MOVING THE MOTION, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON DARWIN CHEN, SAID THAT SINCE THE REGULATIONS CAME INTO OPERATION IN 1981, EXPERIENCE HAD SHOWN THAT SOME OF THE PROVISIONS WERE UNCLEAR AND DIFFICULT TO INTERPRET.

MR CHEN POINTED OUT THAT EXISTING REGULATION 4(1)(D) REQUIRED EVERY DOOR LEADING OUT OF A REGISTRABLE WORKPLACE TO HAVE A FIRE RESISTING PERIOD OF AT LEAST HALF AN HOJR.

♦IN CASES WHERE THE MATERIAL OF THE DOOR NEEDS TO BE TESTED TO DETERMINE ITS FIRE RESISTING PERIOD, DIFFICULTIES HAVE ARISEN,+ HE SAID.

THE AMENDED REGULATIONS, HE CONTINUED, SPECIFIES THE TYPES OF DOORS WHICH ARE ACCEPTABLE BY REFERENCE TO MATERIAL, THICKNESS AND STANDARD OF CONSTRUCTION, BUT DOES NOT ALTER THE FIRE RESISTANCE STANDARD REQUIRED.

MR CHEN SAID THE REGULATION WAS ALSO AMENDED TO MAKE CLEAR THAT EVERY DOOR LEADING OUT OF A REGISTRABLE WORKPLACE, OTHER THAN A SLIDING DOOR, MUST OPEN OUTWARDS WITHOUT REDUCING THE EFFECTIVE WIDTH OF ANY MEANS OF ESCAPE, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE SIZE OF THE WORKFORCE.

OTHER AMENDMENT, HE ADDED, PROVIDES THAT A PROPRIETOR MAY BE PROSECUTED IF HE ALLOWS ANY UNAUTHORISED ALTERATION OR ADDITION WHICH SERIOUSLY AFFECTS THE FIRE SAFETY OF HIS WORKPLACE TO CONTINUE.

UNDER THE EXISTING WORDING OF THE REGULATIONS, THE PROPRIETOR COULD NOT BE PROSECUTED IF THE ALTERATION OR ADDITION WAS CARRIED OUT MORE THAN SIX MONTHS BEFORE DISCOVERY, HE SAID.

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LAWS ADEQUATE TO DETER FRAUDULENT FUND-RAISING

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THERE WERE VERY FEW CASES OF FRAUDULENT FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES, AND THE LAWS AGAINST SUCH OFFENCES WERE ADEQUATE TO PROVIDE A DETERRENT EFFECT, THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, THE HON ADOLF HSU, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP, MR HSU SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT, THEREFORE, DID NOT CONSIDER IT NECESSARY, AT THIS STAGE, TO IMPOSE AN ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM TO SUPERVISE EACH AND EVERY PROJECT BEFORE AND AFTER THE EVENT.

+AFTER ALL, DONATIONS ARE MADE ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS, AND THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE SEEN TO BE DISCOURAGING BONA FIDE CHARITABLE BODIES FROM SEEKING PUBLIC DONATIONS,* HE SAID.

ANY ORGANISATION WHICH TRIED TO RAISE FUNDS FROM THE PUBLIC UNDER THE GUISE OF CHARITY COMMITTED AN OFFENCE UNDER SECTIONS 17 AND 18 OF THE THEFT ORDINANCE, CAP. 210 AND THE POLICE WOULD ACT ON ANY RESPONSIBLE COMPLAINT, HE SAID.

ANY PERSON FOUND GUILTY OF THIS OFFENCE WAS LIABLE ON CONVICTION UPON INDICTMENT TO IMPRISONMENT FOR 10 YEARS.

IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, HE ADDED, THE POLICE HAD DEALT WITH VERY FEW CASES RELATING TO FRAUDULENT FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES.

GIVING DETAILS OF SOME OF THE CONTROLS EXERCISED OVER VARIOUS TYPES OF FUND-RAISING ACTIVITIES, MR HSU SAID THAT THE SAFEGUARDS WERE, HOWEVER, NOT FOOL-PROOF AGAINST FRAUDULENCE, WHICH COULD TAKE A VARIETY OF FORMS.

+IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, IT IS STILL LEFT TO INDIVIDUAL hEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO BE ON THEIR GUARD WHEN BEING APPROACHED BY DOUBTFUL AGENCIES, HE SAID.

A LIST OF APPROVED CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE FOR TAX EXEMPTION PURPOSES, AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MIGHT REFER TO IT, AND CHECK OUT THE CHARACTER OF A PARTICULAR ORGANISATION SEEKING DONATIONS, HE SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, HE ADDED, SHOULD REPORT TO THE POLICE ON DETECTION OF ANY SIGN OF FRAUD AND DECEIT.

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PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN ICAC HIGH

* * *

OF THE CORRUPTION REPORTS RECEIVED BY THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION (ICAC) IN 1984, 63 PER CENT OF COMPLAINANTS IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES, THE HON SIR ROGER LOBO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

♦THIS IS A CONTINUING INDICATION OF THE HIGH LEVEL OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE WORK OF THE COMMISSION,* HE SAID, WHEN TABLING THE ICAC REPORT FOR LAST YEAR.

HE NOTED THE COMMISSIONER OF THE ICAC, IN HIS REVIEW OF THE REPORT, NOT ONLY LOOKED BACK ON THE wORK OF THE COMMISSION IN THE PAST YEAR BUT ALSO LOOKED AHEAD AND HAD CONFIDENCE THAT THE COMMISSION WOULD CONTINUE TO PLAY A VITAL PART IN SUSTAINING HONG KONG’S WELL-BEING AND STABILITY.

THE REPORT SHOWED THAT THERE HAD BEEN LITTLE CHANGE IN THE PATTERN OF CORRUPT ACTIVITY DURING 1984.

+THERE WAS A MARGINAL RISE IN CORRUPTION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR- THE COMMISSIONER BELIEVES THAT THIS MAY WELL HAVE BEEN DUE TO ECONOMIC PROBLEMS COMPELLING MANAGEMENT TO REPORT SUSPECTED IRREGULARITIES IN SUCH A WAY WHICH WAS NOT PRACTISED IN EARLIER YEARS WHEN MARKET CONDITIONS WERE MORE FAVOURABLE,* SIR ROGER SAID.

THE REVIEW OF THE WORK OF THE OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT SUMMARISED THE MORE INTERESTING CASES INVESTIGATED AND PROSECUTED IN 1984 AND IT INCLUDED BANK FRAUD CASES INVOLVING ENQUIRIES INTO LARGE-SCALE FRAUD IN MORE THAN 10 LOCAL BANKS'AND CREDIT COMPANIES.

THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT CONTINUED TO EXERCISE AN INFLUENCE ON THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE IN EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ON THE EVILS OF CORRUPTION.

ONE OF THE MAIN ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT IN 1984 WAS THE LAUNCHING OF A SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL GROUPS IN THE FORM OF A +CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS ETHICS* WHICH WAS HELD JOINTLY WITH THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.

SIR ROGER SAID AMONG THE MAJOR PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES WERE A 13-PART ICAC SPOT SERIES SHOWN IN THE TWO CHINESE TELEVISION STATIONS AND A NEW TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES SHOWN IN MAY AND JUNE THIS YEAR.

ON THE PUBLIC EDUCATION FRONT, A TEACHING PROGRAMME ENTITLED +THE WAY AHEAD* WAS PUBLISHED AND TARGETTED TO SENIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS.

ANOTHER TEACHING PROGRAMME ENTITLED *LET’S TALK JUSTICE* WAS IN THE FINAL STAGE OF PREPARATION WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF PROMOTING THE CONCEPT OF JUSTICE IN JUNIOR FORMS.

/+TEACHING MATERIALS .......

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+TEACH ING MATERIALS OF A SIMILAR NATURE HAVE BEEN WELL RECEIVED BY PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN THE PAST YEAR,* HE SAID.

IN THE CORRUPTION PREVENTION FIELD, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT HAD BEEN THE FORMATION OF CORRUPTION PREVENTION GROUPS WITHIN DEPARTMENTS.

+THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO INVOLVE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS MORE DIRECTLY IN IDENTIFYING AREAS OF THEIR OWN ACTIVITIES WHICH MAY PROVE WHERE CORRUPTION OPPORTUNITIES MAY OCCUR.

♦ASSOCIATED WITH THE SETTING UP OF THESE GROUPS IS A TREND THAT MORE AND MORE ASSIGNMENT WORK HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT AT_THE SPECIFIC REQUEST OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PUBLIC BODIES,* SIR ROGER SAID.

BANK TRYING HARD TO RECOVER MONEY

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THE ULTIMATE COST OF THE ACQUISITION OF THE HANG LUNG BANK WILL DEPEND ON THE PRICE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS ABLE TO OBTAIN WHEN THE BANK IS RETURNED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

♦THIS PRICE WILL IN TURN DEPEND TO A SUBSTANTIAL DEGREE ON THE SUCCESS OF THE BANK IN RECOVERING MONEY OWED TO IT,+ HE SAID.

♦THE BANK IS STRENUOUSLY CONTINUING ITS EFFORTS IN THIS AREA.+

MR JACOBS WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR THE BANK WAS IT TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

LYDIA DUNN.

STILL TO RETURN

CAN SAFELY SAY

♦AS TO THE CAUSES OF THE BANK’S TROUBLES, ALL I L„.. — -

THIS AFTERNOON IS THAT THERE WAS A LARGE ELEMENT OF MISMANAGEMENT

IN THAT THE BANK LENT IMPRUDENTLY.

♦THE LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE HANG LUNG EXERCISE FORM PART OF THE INPUT TO THE CURRENT REVIEW OF PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION.

♦WE HOPE TO PRESENT THE RESULTS OF THAT REVIEW TO THE BANKING AND DEPOSIT-TAKING ADVISORY COMMITTEES IN EARLY SEPTEMBER. DEPENDING UPON THE ADVICE OF THE TWO COMMITTEES, WE EXPECT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR TO BE IN A POSITION TO DEVELOP FURTHER THE FUTURE SHAPE AND SCALE OF OUR REGULATORY SYSTEM,+ HE SAID.

MR JACOBS ALSO THANKED THE PRESENT HANG LUNG BANK BOARD, ITS MANAGEMENT AND STAFF FOR ALL THEY HAD DONE TO IMPROVE THE PROSPECTS OF THE BANK. THEREBY ADVANCING THE DATE WHEN THE BANK COULD BE RETURNED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

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'•.st y QAWTONtSE BEING ENCOURAGED * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ENCOURAGE CANTONESE-SPEAKING OFFICIAL MEMBERS TO REPLY IN CANTONESE, WHENEVER APPROPRIATE AND IF THEY SO WISHED, TO QUESTIONS RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS IN CANTONESE.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, THE HON ADOLF HSU, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON WONG LAM.

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BUILDING PLANS FOR ESF SCHOOLS OUTLINED

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BUILDING PLANS TO MEET THE PROJECTED DEMAND FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING SCHOOL PLACES IN THE TERRITORY WERE OUTLINED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

RESPONDING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG ON THE PLANNING AND PROGRESS OF ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION SCHOOLS IN SAI KUNG AND OTHER PARTS OF THE TERRITORY, MR LEUNG SAID THAT HAVING REVIEWED THE CURRENT PROVISION AND THE PROJECTED DEMAND FOR SUCH PLACES IT HAD BEEN DECIDED TO BUILD A NEW 18-CLASSR00M PRIMARY SCHOOL IN THE SAI KUNG AREA TO REPROVISION THE EXISTING BOUNDARY JUNIOR SCHOOL IN KOWLOON.

AT THE SAME TIME, SHA TIN JUNIOR SCHOOL WILL BE REDUCED IN SIZE FROM 24 TO 18 CLASSROOMS WHILE GLENEALY JUNIOR SCHOOL WILL BE REPROVISIONED AS A 12-CLASSROOM SCHOOL INSTEAD OF 18.

THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION HAD BEEN INFORMED AND NECESSmHY ACTION HAD BEEN TAKEN BY ALL PARTIES CONCERNED, MR LEUNG SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THERE WERE TWO OTHER ESF PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE — THE SHA TIN SECONDARY SCHOOL IN AREA 41A, SHA TIN, AND THE SANDY BAY JUNIOR SCHOOL AT POKFULAM, HONG KONG.

+THE SECONDARY SCHOOL IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AND OPERATIONAL BY SEPTEMBER 1985 WHILE THE JUNIOR SCHOOL IS CURRENTLY AT THE DESIGN STAGE, SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1987-88,+ MR LEUNG SAID.

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SAI KUNG ROAD LINK MAY BE READY EARLIER

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THE PLANNED ROAD LINK FROM NAI CHUNG TO MA ON SHAN MAY BE COMPLETED BY MID-1988 INSTEAD OF THE END OF THAT YEAR AS SCHEDULED, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG ON THE PROVISION OF AN ALTERNATIVE ACCESS TO SAI KUNG IN VIEW OF EXISTING CONGESTION ALONG HIRAM’S HIGHWAY.

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+A ROAD LINK FROM NAI CHUNG TO MA ON SHAN COMPRISING A 7.3-METRE WIDE SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY HAS BEEN PLANNED, WITH CONSTRUCTION EXPECTED TO COMMENCE TOWARDS THE END OF 1986 AND TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1988,+ MR CHAN SAID.

+HOWEVER,+ HE CONTINUED, +AFTER A DETAILED REVIEW OF THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME FOR THIS PROJECT, IT IS NOW CONSIDERED THAT THIS ROAD LINK COULD POSSIBLY BE BROUGHT FORWARD FOR COMPLETION IN MID-1988.+

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LEAVE RELIEF POOL FOR NURSES ADEQUATE * * * *

THE f1!0.’?*1- AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD CREATED 642 NURSING POSTS AS LEAVE RELIEF TO REPLACE NURSES WHO GO ON LEAVE INCLUDING MATERNITY LEAVE, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR THE HON RUDY KHOO, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP WHETHER GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER CREATING A LEAVE RELIEF POOL TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY REPLACEMENTS FOR NURSES ON MATERNITY LEAVE. DR KHOO SAID THAT THE 642 POSTS REPRESENTED 7.3 PER CENT OF THE PRESENT ESTABLISHMENT OF 9 423 NURSES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

LAST YEAR, HE SAID, 423 NURSES TOOK MATERNITY LEAVE WHICH REQUIRED 110 NURSES FOR THEIR RELIEF.

♦EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT THE LEAVE RELIEF POOL IS ADEQUATE TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY COVERAGE FOR SUCH LEAVE, ALTHOUGH THE MAJOR PART OF THE POOL PROVIDES FOR THE RELIEF OF NURSES TAKING OTHER FORMS OF LEAVE SUCH AS VACATION LEAVE,+ DR KHOO SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS KEEPING THE SITUATION UNDER REGULAR REVIEW, AND EFFORTS WERE BEING MADE CONTINUOUSLY WITH A VIEW TO ENSURE THAT THE LEAVE RELIEF REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCH A LARGE WORK FORCE WERE ADEQUATELY MET WITHIN AVAILABLE RESOURCES.

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WAN CHAI DEPOT WILL BE MOVED * * * *

THE WATERWORKS FACILITIES LOCATED AT BULLOCK LANE IN WAN CHAI WILL BE RELOCATED AND THIS WOULD INVOLVE THE REPROVISIONING OF A CENTRALISED WORKSHOP AND THE OPERATIONAL AND SERVICE CENTRE FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN ON PLANS BEING TAKEN TO RELOCATE THE DEPOT'AND THE TIMING OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION, MR CHAN SAID +DESIGN WORKS FOR THE NEW CENTRALISED WORKSHOP AT LUNG CHEUNG ROAD ARE CURRENTLY IN HAND AND CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1988.+

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HE ADDED THAT DETAILED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW OPERATIONAL AND SERVICE CENTRE WOULD TAKE ABOUT THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE, FOLLOWING RESOLUTION OF THE PLANNING ISSUES.

♦ON COMPLETION OF THE REPLACEMENT PROJECTS, THE BULLOCK LANE SITE CAN BE RELEASED,+ HE SAID.

REPLYING TO ANOTHER QUESTION BY MR YEUNG ON THE FOOTBRIDGE LINKING O’BRIEN ROAD WITH THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION, MR CHAN SAID WORK ON THE PROJECT HAD STARTED AND WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

HE CONFIRMED THAT FOUR ESCALATORS WOULD BE PROVIDED AT THE NORTH OF HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI NORTH MTR STATION, JAFFE ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD RESPECTIVELY.

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EIGHT BILLS PASSED

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EIGHT BILLS, INCLUDING ONE UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S BILL, WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THEY ARE THE PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES (JOINT LIAISON GROUP) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE BUILDINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE CONTRACTS FOR OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985, THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, AND THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND BILL 1985.

SIXTEEN BILLS WERE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNED.

THEY ARE THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1984-85) BILL 1985, THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE CROWN LANDS RESUMPTION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE FORESHORE AND SEA-BED (RECLAMATION) BILL 1985, THE LAND ACQUISITION (POSSESSORY TITLE)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE BETTING DUTY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985, THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE STOCK EXCHANGE UNIFICATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE TRAVEL AGENTS BILL 1985, THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS, MIDWIVES REGISTRATION AND NURSES REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1985 AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 3) BILL 1985.

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED TO AUGUST 7.

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STIPEND FOR LEGCO MEMBERS APPROVED * * * * *

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WOULD IN FUTURE BE ABLE TO CLAIM A MONTHLY STIPEND OF UP TO $8 500 - AND THE GOVERNMENT HOPED THIS WOULD ENCOURAGE SUITABLY QUALIFIED PEOPLE, WHO MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE BE IN A FINANCIAL POSITION TO DO SO, TO SEEK ELECTION.

UMELCO MEMBERS WOULD ALSO BE ABLE TO CLAIM IN FUTURE MORE REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXPENSES INCURRED. THE MAXIMUM MONTHLY ALLOWANCE CF $9 500 HAD BEEN INCREASED TO $10 200.

BOTH GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS WERE APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TODAY (WEDNESDAY), AND WOULD TAKE EFFECT ON OCTOBER 1.

IN AGREEING TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE STIPEND AND TO THE INCREASED EXPENSES CEILING THE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVED A SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF FUNDS AMOUNTING TO $3 530 000.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE REIMBURSEMENT ALLOWANCE WAS NOT NEW; IT WAS INTRODUCED IN 1976.

♦THE OBJECT OF THE ALLOWANCE IS TO REIMBURSE MEMBERS FOR EXPENSES INCURRED IN CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN. +NATURALLY, IT HAS HAD TO BE CHANGED REGULARLY AS COSTS HAVE RISEN, BUT IN NO WAY DOES IT TAKE ACCOUNT OF MEMBERS’ LIVING COSTS.*

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ALSO TOOK NOTE OF THE FACT THAT THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER - BY VIRTUE OF HIS HIGHER POST-INCURRED MORE EXPENSES THAN THE ORDINARY MEMBERS.

♦THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER WILL BE ABLE,* EXPLAINED THE SPOKESMAN, *T0 CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT TO A CEILING DOUBLE THAT OF AN ORDINARY MEMBER.*

WITH REGARD TO THE STIPEND, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT IN THE WHITE PAPER ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG IT WAS PROPOSED THAT UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR +A STANDARD RATE OF REMUNERATION.*

HE STRESSEDi *THE INTENTION IS THAT NOBODY SHOULD BE DEBARRED FROM SERVING ON THE COUNCIL BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. AT THE SAME TIME THE SUM SHOULD NOT BE SO GENEROUS THAT A PERSON WOULD STAND FOR ELECTION SIMPLY FOR THE MONEY.*

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, HE SAID, THE SUFFICIENT TO PROVIDE AN ASSURED INCOME AND THEIR FAMILIES SO THAT IT WOULD NOT ABILITY FROM STANDING.

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WARNING OF NEW PROTECTIONIST MEAS .S * * * *

THE FIERCE BATTLE AGAINST U.S. TRADE PROTECTIONISM WILL PROBABLY CONTINUE FOR SOME TIME, AND A NEW WAVE OF PROTECTIONIST MEASURES MAY EMERGE IN OTHER MARKETS FOR HONG KONG’S EXPORTS, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR DONALD TSANG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

” HE GAVE THESE WARNINGS WHEN HE SPOKE AT A LUNCHEON MEETING CF THE ROTARY CLUB, KOWLOON WEST, AND ADDING THAT THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT (MFA) RENEGOTIATION STARTED YESTERDAY WOULD BE A TWELVE-MONTH TASK.

♦WE HAVE MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS AHEAD,+ HE STRESSED.

MR TSANG SAID THE TRADE DEPARTMENT WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE TRADE AND TEXTILE ADVISORY BOARDS WHICH WERE FULLY INFORMED OF ALL TRADE DEVELOPMENTS AND ISSUES.

♦AS THE SUBJECTS OF CONSULTATION OFTEN RELATE TO SENSITIVE TRADE INTELLIGENCE AND DETAILED NEGOTIATING POSITION, THE DELIBERATIONS OF THESE BOARDS HAVE TO BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.

♦ALL THIS EXPLAINS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHY WE DID NOT PUBLICLY DISCUSS THE JENKINS BILL UNTIL RECENTLY, ALTHOUGH WE HAD BEEN WORKING BEHIND THE SCENE AND CONSULTING CLOSELY WITH TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD SINCE FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.+

♦THIS EXPLAINS WHY, IN THE PUBLIC EYES, THE TRADE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT ALWAYS SEEM TO ACT SWIFTLY, DECISIVELY AND ACCORDING TO PUBLIC PERCEIVED INTERESTS.+

AS REGARDS THE JENKINS BILL, MR TSANG SAID HONG KONG KNEW ABOUT IT SIX WEEKS BEFORE IT WAS PUBLISHED.

♦LET THERE BE NO DOUBT THAT WE WERE THE FIRST TEXTILE TRADING TERRITORY IN THE WORLD TO IDENTIFY THE DANGERS OF THE BILL AND TO ACT AGAINST IT.+

THE DIRECTOR SAID THE DEPARTMENT’S MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES VERE TO CONDUCT HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL COMMERCIAL RELATIONS- TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS WITH THE OBJECT CF FACILITATING TRADE- AND TO ADMINISTER TRADE CONTROLS - SUCH AS TEXTILE QUOTAS - WHICH FLEW FROM OUR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THOSE AGREEMENTS.

♦IT IS A DEPARTMENT WHICH DEALS WITH OTHER GOVERNMENTS ON TRADE. IT IS NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF TRADE PROMOTION.

♦THUS, THE TRADE DEPARTMENT’S JOB IS NEVER GLAMOUROUS OR HIGH PROFILE. THE TASK IS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS MOSTLY CREATED BY OTHER COUNTRIES.+ HE SAID.

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♦DEVELOPING EXPORTERS PA^OUr LIBERALISATION* * * * * *

♦THE DEVELOPING EXPORTERS’ POSITION IS CLEAR - WE FAVOUR LIBERALISATION,* THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID BEFORE THE GATT TEXTILES COMMITTEE IN GENEVA.

HE TOLD THE COMMITTEE THAT IF OTHERS SAW THE NEED FOR ANY VARIATION OF THIS THEME, THEN IT WAS FOR THEM TO EXPLAIN IT AND JUSTIFY IT.

♦AFTER ALL, THIS DIALOGUE COMMENCED AGAINST THE BACKGROUND CF THE COMMITMENTS TO LIBERALISE TRADE IN TEXTILES AND CLOTHING MADE IN THE NOVEMBER 1982 MINISTERIAL DECLARATION. HOW AND WHEN CAN THESE COMMITMENTS BE HONOURED?* HE QUERIED.

HE SAID IF IMPORTING COUNTRIES STILL REGARD ANY FORM OF PROTECTION AS NECESSARY, ALBEIT LIBERALISED, AND DESPITE THE LENGTHY PERIOD OF PROTECTION THEY HAD ALREADY *ENJOYED+ - AT THE COST OF THEIR CONSUMERS AND TAXPAYERS, AND THE EFFICIENCY CF THEIR INDUSTRY - THEN IT IS FOR THEM TO STATE A CASE WHICH CAN THEN BE DISCUSSED RATIONALLY.

ON JENKINS BILL, MR MACLEOD SAID IT GAVE NO ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE WHO WERE INTERESTED IN RATIONAL ANALYSIS AND EXCHANGES.

♦IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND HOW A PROTECTIONIST, UNILATERAL MEASURE LIKE THIS BILL CAN BE AS WELL RECEIVED IN THE U.S. CONGRESS AS IT REPORTEDLY HAS BEEN, WHEN THE U.S. STATISTICS SHOW THAT THINGS ARE NOT NEARLY AS BAD AS THE PROPONENTS OF THE BILL WOULD HAVE US BELIEVED.*

♦FOR EXAMPLE, STATISTICS SHOW THAT EMPLOYMENT IN BOTH THE TEXTILE AND APPAREL SECTIONS IN THE USA WENT UP IN 1984 OVER 1983 AND SO DID THE VALUE OF US TEXTILE AND APPAREL SHIPMENTS IN REAL TERMS,* HE SAID.

THIS WAS THE FIRST FORMAL MEETING OF THE TEXTILE COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE EXISTING MFA WHICH EXPIRES IN JULY 1986 AND IT WAS ATTENDED BY MOST MAJOR TEXTILE TRADING NATIONS.

THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES CAME OUT STRONGLY IN FAVOUR OF AN EXTENSION OF THE MFA BUT THERE WAS GENERAL AGREEMENT ON THE NEED FOR LIBERALISATION.

AT THE MEETING MR MACLEOD SAID THAT HONG KONG SUPPORTED THE JOINT STATEMENT MADE BY THE KOREAN REPRESENTATIVE ON BEHALF OF THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WHICH ASKED THE TEXTILE COMMITTEE TO FOCUS ON THREE QUESTIONS : 1, WHETHER CONTINUED PROTECTION TO DEVELOPED COUNTRY TEXTILES AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES IS JUSTIFIED; 2, WHETHER THESE INDUSTRIES CAN CONTINUE TO CLAIM SPECIAL TREATMENT IN THE FORM CF A DEROGATION FROM GATT RULES; 3, WHETHER A CONVINCING CASE CAN BE MADE TO JUSTIFY PERSISTENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.

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♦THE ATMOSPHERE WAS PRAGMATIC AND RATIONAL,* SAID MR MACLEOD. IT WAS AGREED THAT THE NEXT FORMAL MEETING WOULD TAKE PLACE IN DECEMBER PROBABLY WITH INFORMAL MEETINGS BEFORE THEN.

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’INSOLVENCY RATE STILL RISING’

* * *

A TOTAL OF 2 096 INSOLVENCIES WAS BEING HANDLED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE BY THE END OF JUNE THIS YEAR, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT, FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

THESE INVOLVED 1 294 COMPANY LIQUIDATIONS AND 802 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES, AN INCREASE OF 37 PER CENT OVER THE FIGURES AT THE END OF JUNE LAST YEAR, WHEN THERE WERE 1 530 INSOLVENCIES — 1 005 COMPANY LIQUIDATIONS AND 525 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

j IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER WAS ALSO APPOINTED LIQUIDATOR IN 189 NEW COMPANY LIQUIDATIONS AND TRUSTEE IN 208 NEW PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

THIS REPRESENTED A COMBINED INCREASE OF 69.7 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF NEW INSOLVENCIES OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, WHICH SAW 155 NEW COMPANY LIQUIDATIONS AND 79 NEW PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

THE OVERALL INCREASE, THEREFORE, WAS ATTRIBUTABLE MAINLY TO A SHARP INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

BY COMPARISON THERE WAS A 8.8 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW INSOLVENCIES IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1984 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1983.

+IT COULD BE SEEN, THEREFORE, THAT THE RATE OF NEW INSOLVENCIES WAS STILL INCREASING,* THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID.

FUNDS HELD BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER AT THE END OF JUNE THIS YEAR TOTALLED $678 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF OVER 105 PER CENT AS AGAINST $329 MILLION AT THE END OF JUNE LAST YEAR.

TOTAL DIVIDENDS PAID BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER DURING THE

FIRST SIX MONTHS IN 1985 AMOUNTED TO $11.2 MILLION IN 77 INSOLVENCIES, AS AGAINST $5.2 MILLION IN 55 INSOLVENCIES IN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984.

NOTABLE COMPANY FAILURES DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR INCLUDED THE TIME PROCESSOR HOLDING LIMITED- THE CMF GROUP OF COMPANIES- PIONEER INTERNATIONAL BUYING AGENCIES (HK) LIMITED AND DOMINICAN FINANCE LIMITED.

MR GLEESON PRAISED THE PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER STAFF OF THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE WHO WERE COPING +AS BEST THEY COULD WITH A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION*.

STAFF HAD BEEN REDEPLOYED FROM OTHER DIVISIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT BUT THIS FELL FAR SHORT OF WHAT WAS REQUIRED TO DEAL WITH THE PRESENT VOLUME OF INSOLVENCIES, HE SAID.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR JUNE * * * *

THE AND

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) ROSE BY 2.8 PER CENT AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) BY 3.2 PER CENT BETWEEN JUNE 1984 JUNE 1985, ACCORDING TO FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE CP I (A) AND CPl(B) FOR JUNE 1985 WERE 159.8 AND 160.1 RESPECTIVELY OR 4.3 POINTS AND 4.9 POINTS RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN THOSE FOR JUNE 1984. COMPARED WITH MAY 1935 AND BEARING N MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, CP I(A) INCREASED BY 0.8 POINT OR 0.5 PER CENT AND CPI(B), BY 0.7 POINT OR 0.4 PER CENT.

THE AVERAGE CP I(A) AND AVERAGE CP 1(B) FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED JUNE 1985 BOTH AT 157.5, WERE 4.8 PER CENT AND 5.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGES FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED

ENDED

JUNE 1984.

THE

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED JUNE 1985

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED JUNE 1985, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CP I(A) AND CP 1(B) BOTH INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF

0.2 PER CENT EACH MONTH.

DURING JUNE. RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, SALT-WATER FISH AND LIVE POULTRY, AND MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY FARES WERE HIGHER. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH FRUIT, KEROSENE AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS DECREASED.

THE CPI(A) AND CPI(B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979-80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. THE CPl(A) REFERS TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $1 000 AND $3 499 A MONTH, AND THE CPI(B) TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN S3 500 AND S6 499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME.

THE INDEXES FOR JUNE 1985 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/ SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ARE GIVEN -------------------------- FQR MAy 19Q5 AND JUNE 1984.

BELOW, TOGETHER WITH THOSE

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

SECTION JUN. 34 CP 1(A) JUN. 85 CP 1(B)

MAY 85 JUN. 84 MAY 85 JUN. 8

FOODSTUFFS 157.4 154.5 156.2 157.8 155.6 157.1

HOUSING 143.8 154.8 155.1 144.1 154.2 1543

FUEL AND LIGHT 148.7 146.8 145.8 148.4 146.7 145.9

/ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 208.4 233.5 233.7 201.2 223.9 224.0

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 156.5 170.4 170.3 158.0 172.4 172.0

DURABLE GOODS 125.6 123.5 123.2 129.4 128.2 128.1

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 150.9 151.6 151.3 143.2 148.6 148.4

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 170.2 181.8 182.4 172.9 182.4 182.9

SERVICES 167.6 181.6 182.2 165.9 177.4 178.1

ALL ITEMS 155.5 159.0 159.8 155.2 159.4 160.1

COMPARED WITH MAY 1985, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 1.7 POINTS IN CPI(A) AND 1.5 POINTS IN CP I(B). THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH VEGETABLES INCREASED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING THE MONTH WHILE THAT OF SALT-WATER FISH ROSE DUE TO INADEQUATE SUPPLY.

THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF LIVE POULTRY ALSO WENT UP AS A RESULT OF INCREASED DEMAND AROUND THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH FRUIT DECREASED DUE TO LOWER PRICES FOR SEASONAL FRUITS, NAMELY, WATER MELONS AND PEARS. THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT DECREASED BY 1.0 POINT IN CPI(A) AND 0.8 POINT IN CPI(B) DUE TO LOWER PRICES OF KEROSENE AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES INCREASED BY 0.6 POINT IN CPI(A) AND 0.5 POINT IN CPI(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER MTR AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUS FARES.

HIGHER CHARGES FOR ADMISSION TO SWIMMING POOLS AND AMUSEMENT PARKS PUSHED UP THE INDEX FOR SERVICES BY 0.6 POINT IN CP I(A) AND 0.7 POINT IN CPI(B).

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

(FIGURES REFER TO CPI SERIES NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. ALL PERCENTAGE CHANGES ARE DERIVED FROM CPI FIGURES TO 2 DECIMAL PLACES.)

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DETAILS OF THESE PRICE MOVEMENTS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR JUNE 1985, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT Si 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 DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BASKERVILLE HOUSE, DUDDELL STREET, HONG KONG FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MAILINGS.

FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, PLEASE CONTACT THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NO. 3-7216512.

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ALL BEACHES ON HONG KONG ISLAND OPEN * * * *

TURTLE COVE BEACH WAS RE-OPENED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT 2 P.M. TODAY AFTER ALMOST FIVE DAYS’ OF CLEANING-UP AND MOPPING-UP WORK BY BEACH STAFF FOLLOWING SATURDAY’S OIL-POLLUTION INCIDENT.

AT THE HEIGHT OF THE OIL POLLUTION SITUATION, 11 OF THE 12 BEACHES ON HONG KONG ISLAND HAD TO BE CLOSED.

WITH THIS AFTERNOON’S RE-OPENING OF TURTLE COVE, ALL 12 BEACHES ARE NOW OPEN FOR PUBLIC USE.

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LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD REFUSES TWO APPLICATIONS * * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S LIQUOR LICENSING BOARD TODAY REFUSED TWO APPLICATIONS FOR CLUB LIQUOR LICENCES.

THE POLICE HAD STRONGLY OBJECTED TO THE APPLICATION FOR A CLUB LIQUOR LICENCE FROM THE KA WO RECREATIONAL GENERAL ASSOCIATION LIMITED IN JAFFE ROAD, WAN CHAI. ON THE GROUND THAT IT WAS SUSPECTED OF OPERATING IN AN UNDESIRABLE MANNER WITH KNOWN TRIAD INFLUENCE.

THE POLICE HAD ALSO OBJECTED TO THE OTHER APPLICATION, FOR A CLUB LIQUOR LICENCE FROM THE WOOD AND LAKE CLUB LTD AT QUEEN’S ROAD, CENTRAL. THE POLICE SUBMITTED THAT KNOWN AND CONVICTED TRIAD OR CRIMINAL ELEMENTS WERE INVOLVED IN THE OPERATION OF THE CLUB. ADDITIONALLY, THEY SAID, THERE HAD BEEN COMPLAINTS FROM OTHER TENANTS OF THE BUILDING ABOUT THE NUISANCE CAUSED BY MEMBERS OF THE CLUB.

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IN OTHER CASES, THE BOARD 12-MONTH LIQUOR LICENCE TO THE

APPROVED THE ISSUE OF A SCHOONER PUB IN HILLWOOD DEPARTMENT STORE IN ELECTRIC

ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, THE DA DA

ROAD, NORTH POINT, ON CONDITION THAT NO LIQUOR BE SOLD AFTER MIDNIGHT, THE HAPf>Y VALLEY FAST FOOD SHOP IN TAT CHEE AVENUE, ^AU YAT CHUEN, FOR SELLING BEER ONLY, AND TO THE SHANGHAI NIGHT CLUB IN TAK HING STREET, TSIM SHA TSUI, WITH A RIDER THAT ITS EMPLOYEES MUST BE VETTED BY THE BOARD.

THE MEETING WAS PRESIDED OVER BY THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR KWAN LIM-HO, AND WAS ATTENDED BY COUNCILLORS MISS CECILIA YEUNG, MR SAMUEL WONG AND MRS MARGARET LI.

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RSD’S MULTI-STOREY GARAGE OPENS * * *

THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRST MULTI-STOREY PURPOSE-BUILT GARAGE WAS OPENED IN KWAI CHUNG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO SERVICE ABOUT 130 OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S FLEET OF VEHICLES.

THE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES, MR TONY HAMMOND, SAID THE DEPOT +REPRESENTS THE FIRST STEP IN THE DEPARTMENT’S STRATEGY TO PROVIDE SERVICING AND GARAGING FACILITIES FOR THE WHOLE OF ITS VEHICLE FLEET.*

THE SIX-STOREY DEPOT, BUILT AT A COST OF $50 MILLION, IS EQUIPPED WITH A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF MODERN FACILITIES TO PROVIDE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES AND PARKING SPACES FOR SOME 130 VEHICLES. ONE OF ITS MANY UNIQUE FEATURES IS THAT IT HAS A FLOOR-LOADING CAPACITY OF 1.2 TONNES PER SQUARE METRE, MAKING IT CAPABLE OF SUPPORTING 25-TONNE VEHICLES.

MR HAMMOND SAID SIMILAR GARAGE FACILITIES WERE PLANNED FOR SAI KUNG, SHA TIN, TAI PO AND YUEN LONG, ALTHOUGH IT WAS UNLIKELY THAT A MULTI-STOREY GARAGE WOULD BE REQUIRED IN ™OSE PLACES WHICH PROBABLY DID NOT HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THE PROBLEM OF LAND CONSTRAINTS AS IN THE CASE OF KWAI CHUNG.

♦THE PROVISION OF THESE GARAGES WILL ENSURE THAT HIGH LEVELS OF VEHICLE AVAILABILITY CAN BE MAINTAINED, WHICH WILL, IN TURN, MEAN THAT THE NUMBER OF RESERVE VEHICLES CAN BE KEPT TO THE MINIMUM.

♦THIS COMBINED WITH IMPROVED MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, INCLUDING COMPUTERISATION OF THE VEHICLE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM, IMPROVED OPERATING SYSTEMS, AND MORE TRAINING FOR DRIVERS AND MANAGEMENT STAFF, SHOULD ENSURE THAT WE GAIN THE MAXIMUM VALUE FOR MONEY FROM ALL OUR VEHICLE RESOURCES,* MR HAMMOND SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1985

IN ADDITION TO THE GARAGING AND SERVICING FUNCTIONS, THE DEPOT WOULD ALSO PROVIDE TRAINING FACILITIES ON THE OPERATION AND DAILY MAINTENANCE OF THE RSD’S FLEET OF VEHICLES, WHICH INCLUDED MANY MUNICIPAL SERVICE SPECIALIST VEHICLES SUCH AS GULLY CESSPIT EMPTIERS AND REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES, SOME OF WHICH COST UP TO $600 000 EACH.

MR HAMMOND SAID THAT THE RSD WAS HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON THESE VEHICLES FOR THE SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION OF MOST OF ITS FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

RESIDENT GROUPS URGED TO BE MORE ACTIVE ******

RESIDENT AND COMMUNITY GROUPS SHOULD BE MORE ACTIVE IN PROMOTING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WHICH AIMS AT PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PEOPLE, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, ALBERT LAM, SAID THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING.

♦THE OBJECTIVES OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION ARE TO PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS AND TO LISTEN TO PUBLIC OPINION ON VARIOUS MATTERS,+ NR LAM SAID.

♦IN THIS WAY, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BETTER UNDERSTAND THE VIEWS OF THE DISTRICT, AND WHENEVER POSSIBLE, TAKE EFFECTIVE NEASURES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS,+ HE ADDED.

MR LAM WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI HANG AND SO KON PO AREA COMMITTEE AND THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, AIMED AT ENHANCING A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS.

DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, TOLD THE MEETING THAT AS MOST BUILDINGS IN WAN CHAI ARE PRIVATE THERE MAY BE MANY PROBLEMS INVOLVING BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

EMPHASISING THE NEED TO OVERCOME SUCH PROBLEMS, MR GARCIA SAID RESIDENT AND COMMUNITY GROUPS SHOULD SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE VIEWS AND SHARE EXPERIENCES ON MATTERS THAT AFFECT THEM AND ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

♦SEMINARS SUCH AS THIS ONE ARE GOOD OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK TOWARDS FINDING SOLUTIONS,♦ HE SAID.

ABOUT 70 REPRESENTATIVES FROM AREA COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE TAI HANG AND SO KON PO AREA ATTENDED THE SEMINAR.

WEDNESDAY, J--' c.^,

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jC ANNUAu r00D HYGIESE CAM3AIGN O’ENS * * * *

THE FOOD HYGIENE CAMPAIGN IS AN ANNUAL HEALTH EDUCATION FUNCTION ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH EVERY SUMMER TO EDUCATE MANAGERIAL AND SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL OF LICENSED FOOD PREMISES. COOKED FOOD STALLS, CANTEENS AND CLUBS WITH CATERING SERVICE ON THE PRINCIPLES OF FOOD HYGIENE BY MEANS OF SEMINARS, FILM AND SLIDE PRESENTATIONS AND DISCUSSION. THIS YEAR, THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER THE NEW TERRITORIES, WITH THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS LAUNCHING.

THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN IS ’FOOD POISONING AND ITS PREVENTION’. THE CAMPAIGN WILL COMMENCE AS FROM TODAY (JULY 24) AND LAST UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST.

A SERIES OF 30 FOOD HYGIENE SEMINARS WILL BE ORGANISED AND CONDUCTED AT 17 CONVENIENTLY LOCATED CENTRES ALL OVER THE URBAN AREA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MANAGERIAL AND SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL OF LICENSED FOOD PREMISES, COOKED FOOD STALLS, CANTEENS AND CLUBS WITH CATERING SERVICE WILL ALL BE INVITED TO ATTEND SEMINARS CONDUCTED BY DISTRICT CHIEF HEALTH INSPECTORS. SPECIALLY-TAILORED SLIDE AND FILM PRESENTATION WILL BE FEATURED TO SUPPLEMENT THE INFORMATION GIVEN AT THE SEMINARS. OPEN DISCUSSION WILL BE INTRODUCED TO ENABLE THE EXCHANGE OF VIEWS, AND HANDOUTS WILL BE PROVIDED TO THE PARTICIPANTS FOR REFERENCE.

WITH THE CHANGE OF EATING HABITS AND THE INTRODUCTION CF NEW FOOD ITEMS, MORE COMPLICATED METHODS OF FOOD HANDLING AND COOKING ARE INVOLVED. THIS WOULD INDIRECTLY MEAN THAT THERE IS GREATER RISK FOR FOOD TO BE CONTAMINATED.

DURING THE HOT AND HUMID SUMMER, FOOD-BORNE DISEASES SUCH AS CHOLERA, TYPHOID FEVER, DYSENTERY, VIRAL HEPATITIS AND FOOD POISONING ARE EASILY TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONSUMPTION OF UNCLEAN FOOD.

AMONG THE FOOD-BORNE DISEASES, FOOD POISONING IS THE COMMONEST THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. FOOD POISONING IN ITS BROADEST SENSE MEANS THOSE ACUTE DISEASES WITH SUDDEN ONSET CF GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISTURBANCE FOLLOWING THE CONSUMPTION CF FOOD. IT INCLUDES THE ILL EFFECTS CAUSED BY THE CONSUMPTION OF NATURAL POISONOUS FOODS SUCH AS PUFFER FISH OR SOME POISONOUS FUNGI RESEMBLING MUSHROOMS.

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DURING Trtc ' IRST SIX MONTrl OF - i v'-t

CASES OF FOOD POISONING INVOLVING MORE TnAN _

THIS COMPARED WITH 41 CASES AFFECTING SC*E 339 PEOPLE IN The CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR. OF THE 33!S0NING CAatS REPORTED THIS YEAR, 13 EACH TOOK PLACc IN LICENSED PREMlSca/ RESTAURANTS AND DOMESTIC PREMISES, 15 IN HAWKER STALLS AND THE REST IN CANTEENS, ILLEGAL FOOD CATERING OUTLETS AND STORES.

PREVENTION OF FOOD POISONING IS ELEMENTARY. THE PRIMARY PREVENTIVE MEASURE IS STRICT OBSERVANCE OF ALL THE RULES OF FOOD HYGIENE WHILE IMMUNIZATION IS ONLY OF SECONDARY SIGNIFICANCE. PAYING ATTENTION TO PERSONAL HYGIENE, FOOD HYGIENE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE REMAIN TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT METHODS OF PREVENTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE USD SAID TODAY: + IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER TO WASH OUR HANDS EVERY TIME BEFORE WE TOUCH FOOD AND AFTER VISITING THE TOILET. IT IS MOST DESIRABLE TO MAKE WASHING HANDS A HABIT.

♦MAKE PROPER USE OF THE REFRIGERATOR BY PUTTING ALL FOOD ITEMS INSIDE UNLESS THEY ARE REQUIRED FOR USE. COOK FOOD THOROUGHLY AND SERVE IT HOT. KEEP COLD DISHES UNDER REFRIGERATION UNTIL THEY ARE SERVED.

♦DISCARD ALL FOOD REMNANTS. ALL REFUSE SHOULD BE PUT IN PROPER DUSTBINS LINED WITH STRONG PLASTIC BAGS BEFORE DISPOSAL. ALWAYS KEEP THE PLACE CLEAN AND AVOID INFESTATION BY PESTS AND RODENTS.♦

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5-STAR BADGES FOR 42 STUDENTS * * *

UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. MRS RITA FAN, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PRESENTED STAR BADGES TO 42 STUDENTS OF THE HOI PING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SCHOOL FOR THEIR GOOD PERFORMANCE IN A PHYSICAL FITNESS AWARD SCHEME.

THE 5-STAR AWARD SCHEME, PART OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION TO DEVELOP THE BASIC MOTOR ABILITIES IN PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AMONG PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN.

THE TESTS INCLUDE SUCH ITEMS AS STANDING LONG JUMP, SIT AND REACH, SHUTTLE RUN, SIT-UPS, STANDING BASKETBALL THROW AND 8OO-METRE RUN-WALK.

ONE OF THE TWO SESSIONS TO MEASURE THE ABILITY OF PARTICIPANTS WAS HELD TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE LAI CHI KOK PARK INDOOR GAMES HALL. FIFTY STUDENTS OF THE HOI PING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRIMARY SCHOOL WERE THE FIRST TO TAKE PART.

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PARTICIPANTS WHOSE TOTAL SCORES IN THE TEST ITEMS REACHED THE PHYSICAL FITNESS NORMS SET BY THE ORGANISERS WERE PRESENTED WITH AWARDS.

DURING THE MEASUREMENT SESSION, MRS FAN WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE PHYSICAL FITNESS STANDARD OF HONG KONG YOUNGSTERS.

ACCOMPANYING MRS FAN WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MRS FANNY LAW- THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), DR Y.F. KONG- AND PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), ffiS S.H. CHIU.

ALSO TAKING PART IN TODAY’S SESSION WERE THE TACK CHING PRIMARY SCHOOL, PO LEUNG KUK NO. 4 PRIMARY SCHOOL, TAI KOK TSU I CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, TUNG KUN FONG SHU CHUEN SCHOOL AND HEEP WOH PRIMARY SCHOOL.

THE SECOND MEASUREMENT SESSION WILL BE HELD ON JULY 30 AT THE OSMAN RAMJU SADICK MEMORIAL INDOOR GAMES HALL, TSUEN WAN.

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A TOTAL OF 23 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN CAUSEWAY BAY WERE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DEMOLISHED AS PART OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

WORKERS FROM THE LANDS DEPARTMENT CARRIED OUT THE CLEARANCE OPERATION IN WUN SHA STREET AND LILY STREET. THE STRUCTURES WERE USED FOR STORAGE, COMMERCIAL AND DOMESTIC PURPOSES.

THE WORK WAS CARRIED OUT IN CO-ORDINATION WITH THE POLICE, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE OPERATION, WHICH IS CARRIED OUT EVERY THREE MONTHS, WAS PART OF A CONTINUOUS CLEARANCE PROGRAMME INITIATED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL

CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SA CITY HALL RECITAL HALL. ,TURDAY (JULY 27) AT 10 AM IN THE

THIRTY-EIGHT SPECIAL CAR BIDDING. THEY ARE: DF1368 DE9902 DD22 XX1608 HK1608 DF822 DE6186 DE3338 AU33 DF1500 DC99 BD8555 DE4928 AX8555 CR18 DD9 DF281 DE8188 AL8555 AT872 AP77OO AL173 BB731 CW33 NUMBERS * ILL BE AVAILABLE FOR AU8555 CT281 DF1668 DF1622 AW8555 DF1689 HK3388 AB7 EB8555 DF2888 DF865 BM3O96 AA2828 DE9668

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID PAYMENT MUST BE MADE I CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

HE ALSO REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION . nOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME ~-SUCCESSFUL BIDDER, WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 98TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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22 PROTECTED BIRDS RELEASED * * * * *

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) RELEASED 22 BIRDS OF THE PROTECTED SPECIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE BIRDS INCLUDED 11 SPOTTED DOVES, NINE NIGHT HERONS, ONE WARBLER AND AN OWL.

MOST OF THE BIRDS WERE SEIZED DURING ROUTINE OPERATIONS BY THE POLICE AND HAWKER CONTROL OFFICERS EARLIER THIS MONTH WHILE THE OWL WAS INTERCEPTED BY CUSTOMS OFFICERS AT THE BORDER RECENTLY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT ALL WILD BIRDS IN HONG KONG WERE PROTECTED UNDER THE WILD ANIMALS PROTECTION ORDINANCE.

+IT IS ILLEGAL TO HUNT, TRAP, POSSESS OR SELL PROTECTED BIRDS AND ANIMALS. VIOLATIONS MAY LEAD TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000.+ HE WARNED. ______0________

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CENTRAL, WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES *****

NO VEHICLES EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES GROSS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER ABERDEEN STREET BETWEEN GOUGH STREET AND WELLINGTON STREET IN CENTRAL FROM 1 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 27) TO 6 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 29) TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

THE SAME MEASURE WILL BE REPEATED FROM 1 PM ON AUGUST 3 TO 6 AM ON AUGUST 5 AND FROM 1 PM ON AUGUST 10 TO 6 AM ON AUGUST 12.

DURING THE PERIOD, VEHICLES EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES GROSS WILL BE DIVERTED TO GOUGH STREET, SHING WONG STREET AND HOLLYWOOD ROAD.

IN WAN CHAI, TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORK.

THE SOUTHBOUND SLIP ROAD OF FLEMING ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS FROM FRIDAY (JULY 26), BETWEEN 10 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA STEWART ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD TO REJOIN FLEMING ROAD SOUTHBOUND- WHILE JAFFE ROAD BETWEEN STEWART ROAD AND FLEMING ROAD WILL BE REROUTED TWO-WAYS.

THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD OF FLEMING ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR SEVEN CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS FROM AUGUST 1, BETWEEN 10 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

DURING EHE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON NORTHBOUND FLEMING ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LOCKHART ROAD AND LUARD ROAD TO REJOIN INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD- WHILE JAFFE ROAD BETWEEN O’BRIEN ROAD AND FLEMING ROAD WILL BE REROUTED TWO-WAYS.

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TAI PO ROAD SECTION CLOSED * * *

THE KOWLOON BOUND TAI PO ROAD (FANLING SECTION) WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 27 AND 28 AND AUGUST 4 TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR TAI PO OR KOWLOON ARE ADVISED TO USE JOCKEY CLUB ROAD.

KMB ROUTE 78K PLYING BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I AND SHA TAU KOK WILL ALSO BE REROUTED TO JOCKEY CLUB ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 1985

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GATT, MFA TOP LIST AT JLG TALKS .................................. 1

ROAD WORKS ARE FOR LONG-TERI-1 BENEFIT - SIR DAVID................ 1

BASIC LAW DISCUSSION A MATTER FOR LEGCO MEMBERS .................. 3

DORWARD REPEATS JENKINS BILL MESSAGE ............................. 4

VALUE OF U.S. GSP TO HK STRESSED ................................. 5

+BOAT BRIDES+ GIVEN MORE TIME TO LEAVE ........................... 6

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JUNE ............................... 7

REPORT ON DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES OUT ................................ 9

SELF-HELP ESSENTIAL TO REHABILITATION OF DISABLED ............... 10

J 778 HOS FLATS TO BE SOLD EQUALLY..............................  12

YOUTH POLICIES TO BE EXAMINED BY YOUTH .......................... 12

YOUTHS HELP WITH CONSERVATION WORK .............................. 13

MORE SITES TO LET ............................................... 14

NEW COMPLEX TO PROVIDE BETTER TRAINING ........................   15

DB MEMBERS OBSERVE USD OPERATIONS ............................... 15

OPEN AIR ART GALLERY FOR MONG KOK ............................... 16

HISTORIC ROCK CARVINGS PROTECTED ................................ 17

COUNCIL TO LOOK INTO FEES ....................................... 17

FOOD HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE GOING PUBLIC ...................... 18

HOLIDAY HOURS FOR RSD LIBRARIES ................................. 18

ROOFTOP STRUCTURES TO BE CLOSED ................................. 18

YOUTHS TO HELP CLEAN TUEN MUN ................................... 19

TUEN MUN TAPS OFF ............................................... 19

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the following press communique was issued by the foreign

AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE AT 4 PM LONDON TIME TODAY (THURSDAY):

GATT, MFA TOP LIST AT JLG TALKS * * *

♦THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP HELD ITS FIRST MEETING IN LONDON FROM JULY 22-25, 1985.

THE ATMOSPHERE WAS FRIENDLY AND COOPERATIVE.

THE TWO SIDES DISCUSSED AND ESTABLISHED WORKING PROCEDURES FOR THE GROUP.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 4 OF ANNEX II TO THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION, THE GROUP HELD A WIDE-RANGING DISCUSSION ON HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS. AMONG OTHER THINGS THEY DISCUSSED THE QUESTION OF HOW HONG KONG SHOULD CONTINUE, AS A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION, ITS PARTICIPATION IN THE GATT. MULTIFIBRE ARRANGEMENTS, AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS. THE GROUP EXCHANGED IDEAS ON THE WORKING PROCEDURES FOR EXAMINING THE CONTINUED APPLICATION OF INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS TO HONG KONG.

THE GROUP ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE TO THE ROLE OF THE GATT AND MFA IN HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PARTICULARLY IN ITS EXTERNAL TRADE ACTIVITIES. BOTH SIDES EXPRESSED THEIR WISH TO COOPERATE CLOSELY TO ENSURE THE MAINTENANCE OF HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION IN THE ABOVE INTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS. THE GROUP WILL CONTINUE ITS WORK ON THESE SUBJECTS.

THE GROUP DECIDED THAT THE NEXT MEETING WOULD TAKE PLACE IN BEIJING FROM NOVEMBER 26 TO 29, 1985.+

ROAD WORKS ARE FOR LONG-TERM BENEFIT - SIR DAVID

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EXISTING AND FUTURE WORKS ON HONG KONG’S ROAD SYSTEM UNDERLINED THE COMMITMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE TO KEEP THE WHEELS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TURNING SO AS TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT AND STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

+AND THEY ARE BUILT FOR THE LONG-TERM FUTURE AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG,* HE ADDED.

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OPENING THE SECOND SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR FROM TAIKOO SHING TO SHAU KEI WAN, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THE SPECTACULAR HIGHWAY, BUILT AT A COST OF $1.5 BILLION, RUNS TO THE HEART OF EASTERN DISTRICT.

HE SAID THE SECOND STAGE OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, AND THE ISLAND LINE OF THE MTR, COMPLETED IN THE SAME YEAR, HAD BROUGHT ABOUT A DRAMATIC CHANGE TO LIFE ON THE NORTHERN SHORE CF HONG KONG ISLAND.

IN PARTICULAR THEY HAVE ENHANCED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND WILL ENCOURAGE URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT AND BRING GREATER PROSPERITY TO EASTERN HONG KONG.

+BUT NOT ONLY HAS THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR COST $1.5 BILLION, EACH AND EVERY YEAR WE SPEND $1.5 BILLION ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR ROAD SYSTEM.

LATER THIS YEAR WHEN FURTHER STRETCHES OF THE MAIN NORTHSOUTH TRAFFIC ROUTE ARE OPENED, WE WILL HAVE COMPLETED A MODERN HIGHWAY SYSTEM STRETCHING FROM SHAU KEI WAN TO FANLING,* HE SAID.

BEYOND FANLING, SIR DAVID SAID, CONSTRUCTION WAS ALREADY IN PROGRESS TO COMPLETE THE NORTHERN CIRCULAR ROAD, AND BY THE END OF THE YEAR WORK WOULD START ON A NEW HIGHWAY, CROSSING THE BORDER TO SHENZHEN AND GUANGZHOU.

RECALLING THAT PLANS TO COMPLETE A ROAD AND RAIL LINK IN THE EASTERN HARBOUR HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY, SIR DAVID ADDED: ♦NEXT YEAR, CONSTRUCTION OF A TUNNEL HIGHWAY LINKING SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN WILL BEGIN. FROM SHAM SHU I PO TO WAN CHAI, WORKS ARE IN PROGRESS EXPANDING AND IMPROVING THE ROAD SYSTEM,* HE SAID.

THE FULL LIST OF ALL THAT WAS BEING DONE WAS TOO LONG TO hENTION, BUT IT WOULD BE CLEAR FROM WHAT HE HAD SAID THAT HONG KONG WAS NOT STANDING STILL, SIR DAVID SAID.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS SECTION OF THE PLAN WAS AN IMPRESSIVE TRIBUTE TO THE ENGINEERS WHO CONCEIVED AND DESIGNED IT AND TO THE CONTRACTORS WHO BUILT IT, HE SAID.

ALL THOSE INVOLVED CAN BE JUSTLY PROUD OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROJECT AND TO HONG KONG AND I CONGRATULATE THEM ON A JOB WELL DONE,* SIR DAVID SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, DR K.F. NIP, SAID THAT WITH THE OPENING OF THE NEW SECTION MOTORISTS WOULD BE ABLE TO TRAVEL FROM CAUSEWAY BAY TO SHAU KEI WAN IN JUST SIX MINUTES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT *SINCE THE OPENING OF THE FIRST SECTION CF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, FROM CAUSEWAY BAY TO TAIKOO SHING LAST YEAR, THE COMMUNITIES ALONG KING’S ROAD HAVE RECEIVED SUBSTANTIAL RELIEF FROM TRAFFIC CONGESTION, NOISE AND FUMES.

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♦THIS HAS RESULTED IN MUCH SHORTER JOURNEi Tl IMPROVED LIVING AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND SAFER BOTH PEDESTRIANS AND MOTORISTS.

MES, AN CONDITIONS FOR

♦THESE BENEFITS WILL NOW BE EXTENDED TO SAI WAN HO AND SHAU KEI WAN.+

THE COMMUNITIES OF

DR NIP SAID THE SECOND SECTION, COSTING $450 MILLION, HAD TAKEN THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE. HE DESCRIBED IT AS A DUAL THREE-LANE HIGHWAY WITH CONNECTIONS TO THE EXISTING AND PROPOSED ROAD NETWORKS CF KORNHILL, SAI WAN HO AND SHAU KE'I WAN.

POINTING OUT THE ADDED BENEFITS FROM THE ROAD’S CONSTRUCTION, ER NIP SAID RECLAMATION FOR THE PROJECT HAD MADE AVAILABLE LARGE AREAS OF LAND FOR OPEN SPACE USE. OVER 20 000 SQUARE METRES OF LANDSCAPING WORK WAS BEING PROVIDED AS PART OF THE PROJECT.

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BASIC LAW DISCUSSION A MATTER FOR LEGCO MEMBERS * * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT IF MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WISHED TO DISCUSS THE BASIC LAW, HE WAS SURE THEY WOULD DO SO.

HE WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OPENING THE SECOND SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR THIS AFTERNOON.

ASKED ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S VIEWPOINT ON THE LEGITIMACY OF LEGCO MEMBERS DISCUSSING THE BASIC LAW IN OPEN MEETINGS OF THE COUNCIL, HE SAID: +AS I SAID, I THINK, A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC HAVE SAID THAT THEY WILL CONSULT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON THE DRAFTING OF THE BASIC LAW, AND THEY ARE FORMING A CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE IN HONG KONG FOR THAT PURPOSE.

+l IMAGINE THAT THE INPUT INTO THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE WILL COME FROM A GREAT MANY SOURCES, AND IF THE MEMBERS OF LEGCO WISH TO DISCUSS THE BASIC LAW, I AM SURE THEY WILL DO S0.+

ASKED IF HE WOULD EXPECT LEGCO MEMBERS TO DISCUSS THE BASIC LAW IN OPEN MEETINGS OF LEGCO, SIR DAVID SAID HE COULD NOT ANSWER THAT QUESTION BUT WOULD NOT EXPECT IT.

ASKED ABOUT HIS VIEW ON MISS LYDIA DUNN’S STATEMENT THAT LEGCO SHOULD DISCUSS THE BASIC LAW, HE REPLIED: +l DIDN’T HEAR HER MAKE THAT STATEMENT BUT I AM SURE IF MISS DUNN MAKES IT, IT IS A VERY SERIOUS STATEMENT.+

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE SECOND CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO AWARD OF A CONTRACT YET.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD ONLY ANNOUNCED THE DECISION TO GO AHEAD WITH THE PROJECT IN PRINCIPLE, AND THAT EVALUATION OF VARIOUS TENDERS WAS STILL GOING ON.

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ASKED IF THERE HAD BEEN ANY REACTION FROM THE U.K. ON THE AWARDING OF THE LRT CONTRACT TO AN AUSTRALIAN CONSORTIUM, HE SAID THERE HAD BEEN NONE TO HIS KNOWLEDGE.

ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD GO AHEAD WITH THE ERP SCHEME, HE SAID THE CONSULTANT’S REPORT WAS BEING LOOKED AT BY THE TRANSPORT BRANCH.

ASKED IF THERE WOULD BE A PAY RISE FOR TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICERS. HE SAID THERE WERE VARIOUS PAY REVIEWS UNDER CONSIDERATION ALL THE TIME AND THAT SOME PAY REVIEWS HAD BEEN LONG OUTSTANDING.

HE CONFIRMED THAT PAY REVIEWS FOR DIRECTORATE OFFICERS WOULD BE COMING UP SHORTLY.

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DORWARD REPEATS JENKINS BILL MESSAGE * * * * *

COMMISSIONER FOR HONG KONG COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS IN NEW YORK, MR WILLIAM DORWARD HAS WRITTEN THIS WEEK TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE U.S. CONGRESS SAYING THE JENKINS BILL, IF ENACTED, WILL REDUCE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT (MFA) EXPORTS COVERED BY THE CURRENT U.S./HONG KONG TEXTILES AGREEMENT BY 13 PER CENT AND NON-MFA TEXTILE AND APPAREL EXPORT BY AS MUCH AS 70 PER CENT.

IN THE LETTER MR DORWARD SAID SUCH ACTION AGAINST HONG KONG WAS BOTH UNJUST AND UNJUSTIFIED, POINTING OUT THAT THE TERRITORY MAINTAINED A COMPLETELY OPEN MARKET, WITHOUT IMPORT RESTRICTIONS CR CUSTOMS DUTIES, AND HAD ALWAYS RESPECTED ITS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT), THE MFA AND ITS BILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENTS WITH THE UNITED STATES.

HE ALSO WARNED THAT THE BILL, IF ENACTED, WOULD DESTROY THE l“FA, POSE A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE GATT, AND INEVITABLY HINDER THE PROPOSED NEW ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS.

♦IT WOULD SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE EARNINGS BY DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, WHICH WOULD IN TURN REDUCE THEIR ABILITY TO PURCHASE IMPORTS FROM THE UNITED STATES, MOST IMPORTANTLY IN AREAS NECESSARY TO THEIR DEVELOPMENT. IT WOULD AFFECT THE ABILITY OF CERTAIN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO REPAY DEBTS. AND IT WOULD INVITE RAPID AND DAMAGING RETALIATION AGAINST U.S. EXPORTS.*

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VALUE OF U.S. GSP TO HK STRESSED

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HONG KONG’S GOOD TRADE PRACTICES MEAN THAT THE TERRITORY SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ENTITLED TO THE FULL BENEFITS OF A BENEFICIARY COUNTRY UNDER THE UNITED STATES GENERALISED SYSTEM CF PREFERENCES.

THIS WAS THE CONCLUSION OF THE SUBMISSION MADE BY HONG KONG TO'■THE UNITED STATES AUTHORITIES WHICH IS NOW REVIEWING THE OPERATION OF THE GSP SCHEME IN WASHINGTON.

+THE GSP PROGRAMME IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND WELL-BEING. THE GOOD TRADE PRACTICES MAINTAINED BY HONG KONG REPRESENT THE FULL EXTENT OF THE DESIRED BENEFICIARY COUNTRY PRACTICES STIPULATED IN THE TRADE AND TARIFF ACT OF 1984,+ SAID THE SUBMISSION PREPARED BY THE TRADE DEPARTMENT.

+HONG KONG SHOULD THUS CONTINUE TO BE ENTITLED TO THE FULL BENEFITS OF A BENEFICIARY COUNTRY UNDER UNITED STATES GSP.+

HONG KONG IS FIRMLY COMMITTED TO AN OPEN MARKET POLICY AND THIS APPLIES TO TRADE IN GOODS AND FINANCIAL AND OTHER SERVICES AS WELL AS TO INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG INDUSTRY. LEGISLATION ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS COMPARES FAVOURABLY WITH THAT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, AND IT IS RIGOROUSLY ENFORCED. THE WORK FORCE ENJOYS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED WORKER’S RIGHTS.

THE SUBMISSION POINTED OUT THAT THE TERRITORY ADHERES STRICTLY TO THE DISCIPLINE OF THE WORLD’S TRADING SYSTEM - IN PARTICULAR THE GATT. ECONOMIC PLANNING, EXCEPT IN THE VERY BROADEST SENSE, IS NOT PRACTISED BY THE GOVERNMENT WHICH SEES ITS MAJOR ROLE AS TO PROVIDE A SUITABLE AND STABLE FRAMEWORK FOR COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TO FUNCTION EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY WITH A MINIMUM OF INTERFERENCE.

i IN 1984 THE TERRITORY IMPORTED U.S. $3.1 BILLION WORTH OF GOODS FROM THE UNITED STATES - ALL FREE OF IMPORT DUTY. IN CONTRAST ONLY U.S. $1.3 BILLION WORTH OF IMPORTS IN THE OTHER DIRECTION, OR 16.1 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL, ENTERED THE U.S. FROM HONG KONG FREE OF DUTY UNDER GSP.

POINTING OUT THAT THERE WERE NOW SOME 14 OOO AMERICAN CITIZENS RESIDENT IN HONG KONG, THE SUBMISSION SAID THAT THE TERRITORY PROVIDES A BASE FOR OVER 800 AMERICAN FIRMS. THE U.S. IS THE LARGEST SOURCE OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, ACCOUNTING FOR 54 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL.

+HONG KONG IS FAITHFUL TO LIBERAL ECONOMIC POLICIES OF FREE ENTERPRISE AND FREE TRADE,* SAID THE SUBMISSION. THERE ARE NO IMPORT TARIFFS OR QUOTA RESTRICTIONS, HONG KONG HAS NO CONTROLS ON' IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS OTHER THAN THOSE ARISING FROM INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS AND THOSE REQUIRED FOR HEALTH, SAFETY u SECURITY REASONS.

/THE TERRITORY'S

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THE TERRITORY’S COMMITMENT TO THE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS WAS STRESSED. THERE ARE COMPREHENSIVE LAWS COVERING TRADE MARKS, TRADE DESCRIPTIONS, COPYRIGHT, INDUSTRI A DESIGNS AND PATENTS AND SUBSTANTIAL RESOURCES HAVE BEEN COMMITTED TO ENFORCEMENT.

+HONG KONG DOES NOT HAVE ANY TRADE-DISTORTING INVESTMENT PRACTICES OR POL IC IES.+ SAID THE STATEMENT. +FREE MARKET INFLUENCES PREDOMINATE IN HONG KONG AND GOVERNMENT’S ROLE IN THIS AREA IS STRICTLY LIMITED. THERE IS NO CENTRAL DIRECTION GIVEN TO ANY OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY, OTHER THAN EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE HONG KONG INDUSTRY TO DIVERSIFY FROM ITS HEAVY RELIANCE ON THE TEXTILES SECTOR.+

THF TERRITORY’S LIBERAL POLICIES ON SERVICES WERE DEMONSTRATED BY THE LARGE HUMBER OF FOREIGN FIRMS INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES SUCH AS BANKING INSURANCE. ADVERTISING AND ENGINEERING. BOTH FOREIGN Sd LOCALLY-OWNED COMPANIES ARE SUBJECT TO THE SAME REQUIREMENTS COVERING REGISTRATION AND OPERATION.

FINALLY IT WAS STATED THAT THE TERRITORY’S LABOUR FORCE ENJOYS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED WORKERS’ RIGHTS AND THAT COMPREHENSIVE LABOUR LEGISLATION IS IN FORCE REFLECTING HONG KONG’S STATUS AS A SIGNATORY TO INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONVENTIONS.

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+BOAT BRIDES+ GIVEN MORE TIME TO LEAVE

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THC IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT THIS jTHUBSDAY) MORNING AGREED ™E\0M?HE™09«0RTEHE><EHUEKSBA??SPRFEPm So/tHEIR DEPASTURE FOR CHINA.

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+WE EXPECT THE MATTER TO BE RESOLVED BY AUGUST 9,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

T Tuc MCPTiNr THE DEPARTMENT ALSO AGREED TO HELP ANY

• MAT IrM. ShJ Sigh} H«?f DIFFICULTY IN ARRANGING FOR HER DEPARTURE.

aqdmcmTs TO RETURN BY LAND WOULD BE MADE BY THE TPAR?Xe« ™ }hoI? ho™ WHO would no- be able to return

-L.I A |\ THEIR own BOATS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

/+AS regards ........

THURSDAY, JULI 25, 1985

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+A5 REGARDS THEIR REQUEST THAT BABIES BORN IN CHINA AFTER Their -eturn should be allowed to come to hong kong together A) > ■ -IR MOTHERS, WE WILL RELAY THIS TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES FOR their CONSIDERATION,+ HE SAID.

; HIS MORNING’S MEETING WAS CONDUCTED IN A CORDIAL MANNER

HE S A I D. *

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JUNE M * * *

THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS CONTINUED TO GROW IN JUNE 1985. ■-SI 579 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT OVER JUNE 1984, TO REACH $8 341 MILLION, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED T0D> BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS, HOWEVER, FELL BY $1 410 ■'•ILL ION OR 11 PER CENT, TO $10 956 MILLION. THUS, TAKING DO!-EXPORTS’AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPOR S BY $169 MILLION, OR ONE PER CENT, TO $19 297 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, AT $19 758 MILLION IN JUNE 1985, ' S TaO PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN JUNE 1984.

AS THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS GREW AT A SLOWER RATE THAN CF IMPORTS, A VISIBLE TRADE GAP (THAT IS THE PROPORT ION OF .r VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS; TwO PER CENT WAS RECORDED IN JUNE 1985, COMPARED WITH ONE PER CENT IN JUNE 1984.

PUTTING THE MONTH’S TRADE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, A GOVERN’ SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR THE - R^T HALF OF 1985 WAS $113 050 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPOR. $60 408 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $52 642 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1984, THE VALUES OF TOTAL EXPORTS AND OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 13 PER CENT AND 41 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS FELL BY FOUR PER CENT. THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY SEVEN PER CENT TO $112 772 MILLION. A SMALL VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS, EQUIVALENT TO 0.2 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, WAS RECORDED FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH A VISIBLE TRADE GAP OF FIVE PER CENT IN THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE DECLINING TREND IN THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SLOWING DOWN IN THE GROWTH RATE OF THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1985.

THE RELATIVE STRENGTH OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR OVER THE PASI YEAR AND IN THE BEGINNING MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS ALSO A CONTRIBUTORY FACTOR. RE-EXPORTS, ON THE OTHER HAND, CONTINUED TO EXPAND.

/THE FOLLOWING ........

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 1985

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THE FOLLOWING TABLE PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR JUNE 1985i

MERCHANDISES DOMESTIC EXPORTS I $10 956 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS i $ 8 341 MILLION

TOTAL EXPORTS i $19 297 MILLION

IMPORTS : $19 758 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE i $ 461 MILLION (IN DEFICIT)

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS APR - JUN 1985 APR - JUN 1984 INCREASE OR DECREASE

S MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 31 432 34 525 3 093 - 9.0

RE-EXPORTS 27 169 19 509 7 660 +39.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 58 601 54 034 4 567 +8.5

IMPORTS 58 772 56 770 2 002 +3.5

TRADE BALANCE 171 - 2 736 2 565

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR JUNE 1985 JUNE 1984 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPOR