Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1986 - JAN - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1986

CONTENTS PaGE NO.

COMPUTERS PLAY BIGGER ROLE IN HK INDUSTRY...................... 1

LONG SERVICE PAYMENT PROTECTION IN FORCE....................... 4

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED ...................... 5

SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL TO START ............................... 6

HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME WIDELY APPRECIATED .............. 6

'DM DAY, JANUARY 1, ^986

COMPUTERS PLA' BIGGER ROLE IN HK INDUSTRY * * * * *

HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS ARE REALISING THE VALUE THAT COMPUTERS CAN OFFER IN SIMPLIFYING DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TO MAXIMISE PROFITABILITY.

COMPUTERS HELP A DESIGNER TO PLAN A PRODUCT, EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT COMPONENTS OR DESIGNS AND TO DO SO WITHOUT THE NEED FOR LONG AND TEDIOUS CALCULATIONS EACH TIME A CHANGE IS MADE.

FOR INSTANCE, WITH A COMPUTER ASSISTED DESIGN SYSTEM ALL THE DESIGNER HAS TO DO IS TO MAKE THE INITIAL CHANGE AND THE MACHINE WILL QUICKLY CARRY OUT ALL THE DOWNSTREAM WORK. WHAT MIGHT HAVE TAKEN MONTHS TO COMPLETE CAN BE ACHIEVED IN A MATTER OF WEEKS OR SOMETIMES EVEN DAYS.

AND IN THE WORKPLACE, COMPUTERS ARE ALREADY PLAYING A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN MANUFACTURING, REDUCING COSTS, IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY AND MAINTAINING EFFICIENT QUALITY CONTROL.

THE NEED FOR HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS TO MOVE UP THE INDUSTRIAL LADDER TO MODERN PRODUCTS WITH GREATER VALUE ADDED HAS BECOME AN ESTABLISHED DOCTRINE.

THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT THESE COMPUTERISED ’TOOLS’ WILL PLAY IN HELPING INDUSTRY MEET THE CHALLENGES OF PRODUCING BETTER QUALITY, MORE INNOVATIVE, GOODS WITH HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY, SAYS DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY.

IT IS VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT HONG KONG INDUSTRY MUST KEEP PACE WITH THE ADVANCED DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES THAT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED IN MANY INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES, OR FACE THE RISK OF BEING LEFT BEHIND.

ENCOURAGING MANUFACTURERS TO EXPLOIT THE ADVANTAGES OF COMPUTER ASSISTED DESIGN - OR CAD - AND COMPUTER ASSISTED MANUFACTURE - CAM -TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN A GOVERNMENT POLICY FOR SOME YEARS.

A THREE-PRONGED APPROACH HAS BEEN PUT INTO EFFECT TO ACHIEVE THIS.

THE FIRST IS THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD (IDB) WHICH IS CHARGED WITH ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT ON ALL MATTERS RELATED TO INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE SECOND APPROACH IS THROUGH CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL IN ITS EFFORTS TO HELP MANUFACTURERS IN THE APPLICATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY.

AND FINALLY, TWO RESEARCH PROJECTS RELATED TO CAD-CAM TECHNOLOGY ARE BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

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TO MONITOR THE E-.ElOPMENT OF CAD-CAM TECHNOLOGY, THE IDB IN 1984 SET UP A CAD-CAM SUB-COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY MR YAXLEY.

AT AN INFORMAL MEETING BETWEEN SOME MEMBERS OF THE CAD-CAM SUB-COMMITTEE, INDUSTRIALISTS AND CAD-CAM EQUIPMENT VENDORS HELD IN APRIL 1935, ONE OF THE POINTS THAT EMERGED WAS THE FEELING THAT THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE IS STILL NOT WELL INFORMED ON THE NEW ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND ITS POTENTIAL.

AS A RESULT OF THAT MEETING AND IN A BID TO IMPROVE THE CLIMATE FOR WIDER APPLICATION OF CAD-CAM TECHNOLOGY, THE SUB-COMMITTEE AGREED TO TWO RECOMMENDATIONS.

THE FIRST WAS FOR REGULAR APPRECIATION SEMINARS TO BE HELD TO FAMILIARISE MANUFACTURERS WITH CAD-CAM TECHNOLOGY.

IT WAS ALSO AGREED THAT REGULAR COMMUNICATION CHANNELS SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN THE INDUSTRY, TECHNOLOGY VENDORS, ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS AND OTHER INTERESTED BODIES.

THESE RECOMMENDATIONS LED TO THE HOLDING OF A HALF-DAY APPRECIATION SEMINAR ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 8 WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY ABOUT 100 INDUSTRIALISTS, MAINLY FROM SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FACTORIES. THE SEMINAR EXAMINED THE BENEFITS, LIMITATIONS, POTENTIAL APPLICATION AREAS AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT TRENDS OF CAD-CAM TECHNOLOGY.

THE SUB-COMMITTEE IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING OF THE TWO PROJECTS AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WHICH ARE SUPPORTED BY GOVERNMENT FUNDS.

THE FIRST PROJECT, ON COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN OF ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS, BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, IS AIMED AT DEVELOPING AND PROMOTING THE APPLICATION OF CAD-CAM TECHNIQUES IN THE LOCAL ELECTRONICS SECTOR. IT IS HOPED THAT THE NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL HELP THE INDUSTRY DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE GOODS OF GREATER SOPHISTICATION AND VARIETY, BETTER QUALITY AND RELIABILITY, WITH A SHORTER PRODUCTION CYCLE, FASTER RESPONSE TO MARKET CHANGES AND BETTER INTEGRATION BETWEEN DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE.

THE PROJECT COSTING $1 790 000 BEGAN IN JANUARY 1983 AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT THREE YEARS.

A SECOND GOVERNMENT-FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECT IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE TARGET IS TO INTRODUCE CAD-CAM TECHNOLOGY TO LOCAL INDUSTRY INCLUDING MANUFACTURERS OF ELECTRONICS, TOYS AND OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS WHICH RELY HEAVILY ON PRECISION AND SPEED IN THE PRODUCTION OF DIES AND MOULDS. THE PROJECT STARTED IN JULY 1985 AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE. THE TOTAL COST IS $1.64 MILLION.

/THIS INCREASING.......

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1?86

THE INCREASING APPEARANCE OF CAD-CAM SYSTEMS ON THE FACTORY FLOOR BOTH LOCALLY AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD HAS TRIGGERED A SURGE OF INTEREST IN THE LOCAL TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS WHICH ARE PLACING GREAT EMPHASIS ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS FIELD.

ONE NOTABLE EXAMPLE IS THE WORK BEING DONE AT THE INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WHICH HAS ACQUIRED SEVERAL CNC (COMPUTER NUMERICAL CONTROL) MACHINES AND INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS. RESEARCH IS BEING DONE ON LINKING THEM TOGETHER TO STIMULATE A FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM.

ANOTHER INTERESTING PROJECT BEING UNDERTAKEN IN THE INDUSTRIAL CENTRE OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC SINCE 1982 IS GEARED TO EXPLORING THE USES OF MICRO-COMPUTERS IN CAD-CAM.

CAD-CAM TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT COME CHEAP AND MANY OF THE IMPORTED SYSTEMS CARRY PRICE TAGS OF WELL OVER 11 MILLION. FOR HARD-HEADED INDUSTRIALISTS, THE BOTTOM-LINE IS COST AND MANY ARE FINDING THE PRICES OF CAD-CAM SYSTEMS PROHIBITIVE.

TO OVERCOME THIS PROBLEM, THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, HAS DEVELOPED TWO AFFORDABLE CAD SYSTEMS FOR THE CLOTHING AND THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES TO BRING THE BENEFITS OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY WITHIN THE REACH OF HONG KONG’S MANY SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FACTORIES.

ONE IS FOR PATTERN GRADING IN THE GARMENT INDUSTRY. PATTERN GRADING IS A CRUCIAL PROCESS IN GARMENT PRODUCTION WHICH DICTATES THE STANDARD OF THE FINISHED PRODUCT. TRADITIONALLY A TIME CONSUMING AND LABORIOUS EXERCISE, PATTERN GRADING RELIES HEAVILY ON INDIVIDUAL EXPERTISE AND PERSONAL JUDGEMENT. THIS DEPENDENCE ON VARIABLE HUMAN FACTORS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HEADACHE FOR GARMENT MANUFACTURERS WHO CAN NEVER BE CERTAIN OF MEETING STRINGENT DEADLINES AND STANDARDS OF CLIENTS.

THE NEW LOW-COST SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE PRODUCTIVITY AND TO PROVIDE A CONVENIENT MEANS OF CHECKING MARKER EFFICIENCY TO FREE MANUFACTURERS FROM THEIR RELIANCE ON THE PERSONAL SKILLS OF PATTERN GRADERS.

THE SECOND CAD SYSTEM IS FOR PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD DESIGN IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY. PCB IS A KEY COMPONENT IN ALMOST ALL ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS BUT ITS DESIGN HAS ALWAYS BEEN A TEDIOUS AND ERROR-PRONE TASK. THE COUNCIL HAS ALSO DEVELOPED A PHOTOPLOTTER

TO SUPPORT THE CAD SYSTEM.

THIS CAD SYSTEM OFFERS SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN PRODUCTIVITY OVER THE MANUAL APPROACH AND REDUCES THE AVERAGE TURNAROUND TIME BY AT LEAST 80 PER CENT.

THE PROTOTYPES OF THESE TWO SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND INTRODUCED TO LOCAL MANUFACTURERS SINCE THE SUMMER OF 1984.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1986

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LONG SERVICE PAYMENT PROTECTION IN FORCE KO#

THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1985, WHICH PROVIDES FOR A LONG SERVICE PAYMENT TO WORKERS DISMISSED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS, COMES INTO OPERATION TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, A LONG SERVICE PAYMENT CALCULATED ON YEARS OF SERVICE, SHOULD BE MADE BY AN EMPLOYER TO AN EMPLOYEE WHOSE CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT IS TERMINATED FOR REASONS OTHER THAN SUMMARY DISMISSAL, REDUNDANCY OR RESIGNATION.

AN EMPLOYEE MUST SATISFY A MINIMUM QUALIFYING YEARS OF SERVICE BEFORE HE IS ENTITLED TO THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT. THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF YEARS OF SERVICE IS RELATED TO THE EMPLOYEE’S AGE AS FOLLOWS*

AGE YEARS OF SERVICE REQUIRED

LESS THAN 41 10

41 9

42 8

43 7

44 6

NOT LESS THAN 45 5

THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT WILL AMOUNT TO TWO-THIRDS OF A MONTH’S WAGES FOR EACH YEAR OF SERVICE, UP TO A MAXIMUM LIMIT OF 12 MONTHS’ WAGES.

FOR DAILY-RATED OR PIECE-RATED EMPLOYEES, THE AMOUNT WILL BE CALCULATED AT THE RATE OF 18 DAYS OF WAGES FOR EVERY YEAR OF SERVICE.

THE AMOUNT OF LONG SERVICE PAYMENT PAYABLE WILL BE REDUCED PROPORTIONALLY IN THE CASE OF YOUNGER EMPLOYEES, AS FOLLOWS*

AGE

AMOUNT OF LONG SERVICE PAYMENT PAYABLE

NOT LESS THAN 40 YEARS 100 %

36 YEARS OR MORE BUT 75 %

LESS THAN 40 YEARS

LESS THAN 36 YEARS 50 %

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1986

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UNDER THE ORDINANCE, A CUT-OFF DATE FOR RECKONABLE SERVICE HAS BEEN SET, INITIALLY AT JANUARY 1, 1980 BUT WILL RETROGRESS AT THE RATE OF ONE YEAR PER YEAR UNTIL JANUARY 1, 1977.

IF AN EMPLOYEE IS AT THE SAME TIME ENTITLED TO BOTH LONG SERVICE PAYMENT AND TO A GRATUITY BASED ON LENGTH OF SERVICE OR A PROVIDENT FUND, THE AMOUNT OF LONG SERVICE PAYMENT WILL BE REDUCED BY THE AMOUNT OF GRATUITY OR BY THAT PART OF THE PROVIDENT FUND PAYMENT WHICH IS NOT CONTRIBUTED BY THE EMPLOYEE HIMSELF.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT SHOULD BE PAID BY THE EMPLOYER, TOGETHER WITH OTHER SUMS DUE SUCH AS ARREARS OF WAGES OR WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND IN ANY CASE NOT LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF TERMINATION OF A CONTRACT.

HE SAID THE EMPLOYER SHOULD ALSO PROVIDE THE EMPLOYEE WITH A WRITTEN STATEMENT ON THE CALCULATION OF THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT.

EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE QUERIES ABOUT THE PROVISIONS ON THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT MAY CONTACT THE OFFICES OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE IN THEIR DISTRICT.

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GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY IN JANUARY TO MARCH.

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

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

SOME 5 000 HOUSEHOLDS ARE SELECTED AT RANDOM EACH MONTH FROM ALL DISTRICTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE SURVEY.

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 CARRYING AN IDENTITY CARD ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WILL VISIT THESE HOUSEHOLDS TO COLLECT 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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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 198$

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SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL TO START *****

OVER 3 600 STUDENTS FROM 251 SCHOOLS WILL TAKE PART IN THE 22 ND SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL STARTING MONDAY (JANUARY 6).

THE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELI BETWEEN JANUARY 6 AND 25.

fOTAL OF 376 TEAMS WILL PERFORM IN THE FESTIVAL «— 165 TEA.. IS ! HOM SECONDARY SCHOOLS, 192 FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND THE REMAINING 19 FROM SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

FOUR DANCE ITEMS, INCLUDING WESTERN FOLK DANCE, CHINESE DANCE, ORIENTAL DANCE AND CREATIVE DANCE, WILL BE PRESENTED AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, THE CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL IN NORTH POINT AND THE HONG KONG SZE YAP COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION WONG TAI SHAN MEMORIAL COLLEGE AT NAM CHEONG STREET.

THE OVERALL CHALLENGE AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE ATTAINED THE HIGHEST AGGREGATE SCOR : ■! THE FESTIVAL.

SCHOOLS WINNING THE HONOURS OR HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDS IN THE .'ESTIVAL WILL BE INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE WINNERS PERFORMANCES AND PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT CITY HALL COF' r ALL BETWEEN APRIL 15 AND 19, AND AT YUEN LONG LUT SAU HALL AND TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON APRIL 26 AND MAY 3 RESPECTIVELY.

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HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME WIDELY APPRECIATED XXX

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S HIGHWAY BEAUTIFICATION SCHEME HAS GONE A LONG WAY IN +GREENING+ SOME OF THE BARE ROADSIDES IN HONG KONG SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1979 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.

A TYPICAL EXAMPLE IS PROVIDED BY THE PICTURE ATTACHED WHICH SHOWS BUSES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, TAXIS AND EVEN A MTR TRAIN PASSING BY THE GREENERY STRIP ALONG KWUN TONG ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WAR MEMORIAL FUND SELECT COMMITTEE NAMED ........................ 1

LLOYDS BANK GRANTED BUSINESS LICENCE .........................

AG'S CHAMBERS MOVING TO NEW OFFICES ............................. 2

YUEN LONG SITE FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR CHOSEN ................... 2

TWO FOOD OPERATORS FINED FOR USING BORIC ACID ................... 4

PARKING SITE FOR LEASE........................................... 4

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH EXHIBITION TO BE OPENED...................

DETAILS ON LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION ...........................

CUEtPAINS DO.-N ON YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL .......................

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1986

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WAR MEMORIAL FUND SELECT COMMITTEE NAMED * * *

THE GOVERNOR AS PRESIDENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS NOMINATED MR CHAN KAM-CHUEN AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT COMMITTED CF THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND.

THE COMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED BY THE COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 4, 1985 TO CONSIDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE FUND AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON ITS FUTURE ADMiNISTRATIONSOTHATITWOULD ------------------ PRISONERS OF WAR, OTHER BENEFICIARIES AND

FAIR TO THE FORMER THE PUBLIC.

TO

THE COMMITTEE ARE UNOFFICIAL COUNCILLORS

OF

MR JOHNHSWa'|NEBQC^ MR YEUNG PO-KWAN, MR HUI YIN-FAT, MR LAU WONG-FAT AND MR MARTIN LEE QC, AND THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT,

NR IAN MACPHERSON.

THE FIRST MEETING WILL BE ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 4) AT 9 AM AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING, CHATER ROAD, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THERE WILL BE A THREE-MINUTE PHOTO-CALL FOR THE FIRST MEETING AFTER WHICH THE SELECT COMMITTEE WILL MEET IN PRIVATE.

LLOYDS BANK GRANTED BUSINESS LICENCE

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LLOYDS BANK PLC, A RECOGNISED BANK INCORPORATED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, HAS BEEN GRANTED A LICENCE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS IN HONG KONG.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE APPROVAL WAS GIVEN FOLLOWING THE MERGING OF THE LLOYDS BANK PLC (LLOYDS) WITH ITS WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY, LLOYDS BANK INTERNATIONAL LTD (LBI) BY VESTING THE LATTER’S UNDERTAKING IN THE FORMER.

+LBI ALREADY POSSESSED A BANKING LICENCE WHICH WAS GRANTED IN 1978 TO OPERATE A BRANCH IN HONG KONG BUT AS THERE IS CURRENTLY NO PROVISION UNDER THE BANKING ORDINANCE FOR A LICENCE TO BE TRANSFERRED, A FRESH APPLICATION HAD TO BE MADE,+ HE SAID.

THEREFORE, THE LICENCE FOR LLOYDS WAS GRANTED ON CONDITION THAT THE EXISTING LICENCE GRANTED TO LBI WOULD BE REVOKED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

/THE SPOKESKaE .......

HHtTRSl Y. ■ '966

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THE SPOKESMAN R7 ALLED THAT THE LLOYDS BANK (MERGER) ORDINANCE 1985 WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JULY 13, 1985 TO PROVIDE FOR THIS TRANSFER OF BUSINESS.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF LICENCED BANKS IN HONG KONG TO DATE REHaI.Xo UNCHANGED AT 143, OF WHICH EIGHT ARE FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, HE SAID.

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AG’S CHAMBERS MOVING TO NEW OFFICES K K X *

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS, PRESENTLY ACCOMMODATED IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND UNITED CENTRE, WILL BE MOVING TO THE FIRST TO SEVENTH FLOORS OF THE NEWLY-COMPLETED FIRST PHASE OF QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES FROM SATURDAY (JANUARY 4).

THE NEW BUILDING IS AT 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG, AND IS NEXT TO THE NEW SUPREME COURT BUILDING.

THE MOVE WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN TWO PHASES - VARIOUS DIVISIONS INCLUDING POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION DIVISION, CIVIL DIVISION AND LAW DRAFTING DIVISION WILL START OPERATION IN THE NEW OFFICE ACCOMMODATION WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 6), WHILE THE PROSECUTIONS DIVISION, NOW IN THE UNITED CENTRE, WILL JOIN THE REST OF THE CHAMBERS ON JANUARY 13.

FOR OPERATIONAL REASONS, THE SPECIAL DUTIES UNIT OF THE POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION DIVISION WILL REMAIN IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING).

THE NUMBER FOR THE MAIN TELEPHONE EXCHANGE AT THE NEW OFFICE IS 5-8622123.

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YUEN LONG SITE FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR CHOSEN

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL MAKE AVAILABLE THE PEDESTRIAN AREA OPPOSITE THE YUEN LONG SWIMMING POOL FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR IN YUEN LONG FROM FEBRUARY 2 TO 9.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY) AT A MEETING OF THE

YUEN LONG DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT (YUEN LONG), MR CHAN TING-PO, SAID THE ARRANGEMENT WOULD PROVIDE APPROPRIATE OUTLETS FOR SEASONAL FLOWER GROWERS TO SELL THEIR MERCHANDISE AND TO DISCOURAGE UNLICENSED HAWKING IN THE TOWNSHIP DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIOD.

/MR CHAN .......

T1TJBSDAY, JANUARY '966

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MR CHAN SAID 18 DRY GOODS, 185 WET GOODS AND Tv^O BOTTLED DRINKS STALLS WOULD BE LET BY OPEN AUCTION AT THE YUEN LONG TOaN HALL AT 9.30 AM ON JANUARY 17.

THE UPSET PRICE FOR EACH DRY GOODS STALL WAS $125 AND $159 FOR WET GOODS AND BOTTLED DRINKS STALL. THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WOULD ALSO HAVE TO PAY A TEMPORARY HAWKER LICENCE FEE OF $70.

REVIEWING THE RANGE OF RECREATION AND SPORT PROGRAMMES IN THE DISTRICT IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, THE DEPARTMENT’S DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR LAM TIN-KEE, SAID THEY WOULD INCLUDE COURSES IN TENNIS, BADMINTON, ARCHERY AND VARIOUS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

+ADDITIONALLY, MANY EVENTS SUCH AS A SQUASH FUN DAY, POTTED SPORTS DAY, EXCURSIONS AND A DANCE COMPETITION WILL BE ORGANISED TO MARK THE LUNAR NEW YEAR. THE HIGHLIGHT WILL BE A CHINESE NEW YEAR ROAD RACE ON FEBRUARY 16,+ MR LAM SAID.

ON RSD’S CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH, THE CULTURAL SERVICES OFFICER, MR LO YIU-CHUNG, SAID THESE WOULD INCLUDE LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES AT THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY, CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS AT THE LUT SAU HALL AND FREE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES.

+THE LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE BOOK EXHIBITIONS, INTEREST GROUPS, HI-FI CONCERTS, EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION VIEWINGS AND INTELLECTUAL GAMES.

+THE CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS WILL INCLUDE CANTONESE OPERAS BY THE CHOR FUNG MING OPERA TROUPE, A FLAMENCO GUITAR RECITAL, DRAMA, ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS AND BALLET, WHILE FREE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES WILL INCLUDE SEVERAL CHINESE OPERAS, A PUPPET SHOW AND VARIETY SHOWS,+ MR LO SAID.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO APPROVED THE NAME FOR AN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE BEING BUILT ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT LONG PING ESTATE AS REGIONAL COUNCIL LONG PING INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE DISTRICT, IT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS YEAR.

MEASURING ABOUT 2 470 SQUARE METRES, IT WOULD CONSIST OF A MULTI-PURPOSE GAMES ARENA, AN ACTIVITY ROOM, A FITNESS TRAINING ROOM, TWO SQUASH COURTS, CHANGING ROOMS AND TOILETS FOr< BOTH ABLED-BODIED AND THE DISABLED.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1936

TWO FOOD OPERATORS FINED FOR USING BORIC ACID * * *

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY REITERATED ITS WARNING TO FOOD OPERATORS AGAINST THE USE OF BORIC ACID AS A FOOD PRESERVATIVE.

THIS FOLLOWS TWO RECENT COURT CASES IN WHICH TWO FOOD PREMISES OPERATORS WERE FINED FOR USING BORIC ACID TO PRESERVE FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN STRESSED: +THE USE OF BORIC ACID IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED BY LAW. HEALTH STAFF FROM THE DEPARTMENT WILL STEP UP CHECKS ON FOOD PREMISES TO DETER THE

USE OF BANNED CHEMICALS IN FOOD.+

IN ONE CASE, AN UNLICENSED RESTAURANT IN PENINSULAR CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI, WAS FINED $2 OOO FOR SELLING SIU MEI CONTAINING BORIC ACID.

THE COURT WAS TOLD THE ESTABLISHMENT HAD TWICE BEEN CHARGED AND FINED FOR OPERATING AN UNLICENSED RESTAURANT AND THAT A THIRD CHARGE AGAINST IT FOR BREACH OF A PROHIBITION ORDER WAS PENDING.

IN THE OTHER CASE, THE OPERATOR OF A SEA-FOOD SHOP IN SAI YING PUN WAS FINED $600 FOR PRESERVING DRIED FISH WITH BOR IC AC ID.

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PARKING SITE FOR LEASE * * *

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF A SITE AT THE JUNCTION OF LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND CHEUNG SHUN STREET IN CHEUNG SHA WAN.

THE 3 975-SQUARE METRE SITE IS FOR A FEE-PAYING CAR PARK EXCLUDING CONTAINER VEHICLES.

TENANCY FOR THE SITE WILL BE FOR THREE YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JANUARY 17.

FORM OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT, THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON WEST, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON, AND THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 1-

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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH EXHIBITION TO BE OPENED *****

AN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROMOTION SCHEME EXHIBIT! JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, LABOUR DEPARTMENT, ASSOCIATION FOR ENGINEERING AND MEDICAL VOLUNTEER SERVICES, WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT THE KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL IN LAI FONG STREET, KWAI CHUNG, TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK? COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, NE DARWIN CHEN? AND CHAIRMAN OF THE INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHOI HING-SHUN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE 3 PM OPENING CEREMONY.

DURING THE FIVE-DAY EXHIBITION WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL JANUARY 7, WORKERS AND RESIDENTS COULD LEARN THROUGH VARIOUS DISPLAYS, VIDEOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS, ABOUT THE CAUSES AND PRECAUTIONS OF OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES.

THOSE ATTENDING THE EXHIBITION MAY ALSO HAVE FREE TESTS OF THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE AND LUNGS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING AT THE KWAI FONG C'JMUNITY HALL TOMORROW AT 3 PM.

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DETAILS ON LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION

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A COMPETITION WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TO DESIGN A LOGO FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WHICH WILL CO'2 INTO BEING ON APRIL 1.

RULES OF THE COMPETITION AS WELL AS PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2.30 PM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 4), IN THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL C_j:.'JI-CHAMBER, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

/THE CHAIRMAN .......

THUHSMY, JANUARY 2, 1986

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIl’lOGO DESIGN COMPETITION AD HOC COMMITTEE, DR RICHARD HO, WILL GIVE DETAILS ABOUT THE COMPETI' I On.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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CURTAINS

DOWN ON YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL * * * *

THE 1985

HONG KONG EVE WITH A

ON NEW YEAR’S

AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

YOUTH BAND FESTIVAL ENDED ON A RIGHT NOTE GALA FINALE HELD BEFORE A PACKED AUDIENCE

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL FOR PERFORMING ARTS, MR ALEX WU, PRESENTED SOUVENIRS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS BANDS INCLUDING THE GUEST BAND, THE OROKU JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL BAND FROM OKINAWA, BEFORE THE START OF THE PERFORMANCES.

OTHER RECIPIENTS INCLUDED THE HONG KONG LUTHERAN YOUTH BAND, ST BONAVENTURE PRIMARY SCHOOL BAND AND THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCH I No BAND.

THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM BARNES, AND A NUMBER OF LOCAL DIGNITARIES ALSO ATTENDED THE ANNUAL EVENT, ONE CF THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE FESTIVAL WAS AIMED AT STIMULATING GREATER INTEREST IN BAND MUSIC AND RAISING THE STANDARD OF PERFORMANCES AMONG LOCAL BAND PLAYERS.

THE GALA FINALE WAS JOINTLY PRESENTED WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR (IYY).

THE 68-MEMBER JAPANESE BAND LEFT FOR OKINAWA YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HECTIC TRADE YEAR kHEAD .................................. 1

REGIONAL COUNCIL M2-1BERS APPOINTED....................... 2

BABY SCREENING PROGRAMME EXTJNDED......................... 3

HAWKER GIVEN ONE MONTH'S JAIL FOR ASSAULTING GDT MEMBERS . 4

RATEPAYERS REMINDED TO PhY FIRST JJaRTER RATES ........... 5

NEW PROCEDURES TO SPEED UP RESTAURANT LICENSING PROCESS .. 6

WOMEN'S TURN AGAIN TO GET NEW I.D. CARD................... 7

MOBILE EXHIBITION ON FIGHT CRIME ......................... 8

FIGHT CRIME NIGHT AT VICTORIA PARK ....... ............... 8

URBAN COUNCIL NURSERIES OPEN TO PUBLIC ................... 9

DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES TOMORROW ........................ 9

CARNIVAL AND EXHIBITION IN TAI KOK TSUI .................. 10

BALLET DEMONSTRATION IN K./AI CHUNG ...................... 10

PAINTING COMPETITIONS FOR TaI PO CHILDREN  ............... 11

OPEN JUDO COMPETITION FOR THE YOUNG III FEBRUARY.......... 12

CARE FOR OLD CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED ........................... 12

QUEEN'S PIER STOREROOM FOR RENT .......................... 13

YUEN LONG SITE UP FOR TENDER ............................. 15

LAt CHI KOK ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGES ......................... 14

NIGHT CLOSURE OF SHAM TSiMG INTERCHANGE .................. 14

ROAD CLOSURE IN FANLING .................................. 15

SALT WATER CUT ........................................... 15

RI DAY, JANUARY 3, 1986

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HECTIC TRADE YEAR AHEAD * * *

♦1986 IS LIKELY TO BE A HECTIC YEAR ON THE TRADE FRONT,♦ SAID DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD TODAY.

THE CURRENT MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT (MFA) WHICH GOVERNS A LARGE PART OF WORLD TRADE IN TEXTILES, IS DUE TO EXPIRE IN JULY 1986 AND NEGOTIATIONS ON ITS FUTURE STARTED LAST YEAR.

IN THE COURSE OF THESE PRELIMINARY TALKS, HONG KONG HAS BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH OTHER DEVELOPING TEXTILE-EXPORTING COUNTRIES TO PUSH FOR LIBERALISATION OF TRADE IN TEXTILES AND CLOTHING, HE SAID. +WHILE IT WOULD NOT BE REALISTIC TO EXPECT FREE TRADE IN THIS SECTOR, WE ARGUE THAT AT LEAST WE SHOULD SEE A SIGNIFICANT MOVEMENT IN THIS DIRECTION - ANY NEW ARRANGEMENT SHOULD BE LESS RESTRICTIVE THAN IN THE PAST.

♦CLEARLY PROTECTIONIST PRESSURES IN THE USA IN PARTICULAR WILL NOT MAKE THIS EASY TO ACHIEVE- IN PARTICULAR THEY CLEARLY SIGNALLED IN JULY THEIR WISH TO HAVE THE PROBLEM (AS THEY SEE IT) OF NON-MFA TEXTILES SUCH AS SILK, RAMIE AND LINEN ADDRESSED. NEVERTHELESS, THERE IS A STRONG BODY OF OPINION THAT WE MUST MOVE IN A LIBERAL DIRECTION, EVEN AMONG SOME IMPORTING COUNTRIES.*

DURING THE PAST YEAR, THERE WERE ALSO EXTENSIVE DISCUSSIONS IN THE GATT ON BEGINNING A NEW ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS TO FURTHER LIBERALISE WORLD TRADE AND REAFFIRM THE COMMITMENT OF CONTRACTING PARTIES TO OBSERVE THE DISCIPLINES OF THE AGREEMENT.

AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AT THE GATT’S ANNUAL MEETING IN GENEVA TO SET UP A PREPARATORY COMMITTEE TO PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW ROUND OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE TALKS. THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE IS DUE TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS IN JULY 1986.

THE CURRENT BILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY WILL EXPIRE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND SUBSTANTIVE TALKS WILL BE HELD WITH THE EEC COMMISSION ON A POSSIBLE SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT.

♦THE EEC COMMISSION HAS SIGNALLED A CERTAIN DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY TOWARDS THE MFA AND THE BILATERAL TEXTILES NEGOTIATIONS. BUT IT’S STILL EARLY DAYS AND THERE IS NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY GIVEN THE CONFLICTING INTERESTS BETWEEN DIFFERENT MEMBER STATES IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY, WHICH HAS BEEN ENLARGED THIS YEAR THROUGH THE ACCESSION OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL,+ MR MACLEOD SAID.

THE OTHER MAJOR TEXTILES AGREEMENT TO EXPIRE IN 1986

IS THAT WITH CANADA, WHERE PROTECTIONIST SENTIMENT IS QUITE HIGH. THE EEC’S 1986 GENERALISED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES CONTINUES TO GIVE PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO HONG KONG IN RESPECT OF ALL PRODUCTS, ALBEIT AT A REDUCED QUOTA LEVEL FOR 12 ITEMS FOR WHICH EXCLUSION WAS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED BY THE COMMISSION.

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HE SAID, HONG KONG’S TRADE IN 1985 WAS CHARACTERISED BY A DECLINE IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS, SLIGHT INCREASE IN IMPORTS AND SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH IN RE-EXPORTS.

♦HOWEVER,* HE SAID, + IN TERMS OF TOTAL TRADE, HONG KONG’S PERFORMANCE IN 1985 WAS COMPARABLE WITH THAT IN 1984, WHICH WAS AN EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD YEAR FOR TRADE IN HONG KONG’S RECENT HI STORY.*

MR MACLEOD EXPLAINED THAT THE DECLINE IN HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN 1985 IN COMPARISON WITH A 32 PER CENT INCREASE IN 1984 WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE RELATIVELY LOW GROWTH RATES OF MAJOR OVERSEAS ECONOMIES, PARTICULARLY THE UNITED STATES - HONG KONG’S LARGEST EXPORT MARKET.

*THE STRENGTH OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, AGAINST THE CURRENCIES OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS (EXCEPT THE UNITED STATES) AS WELL AS AGAINST THE CURRENCIES OF MANY OF HONG KONG’S COMPETITORS, ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE EXPORT PERFORMANCE,* HE ADDED.

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CHINA, HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO PRACTICALLY ALL OF ITS MAJOR MARKETS DECLINED.

ON THE OTHER HAND, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA CONTINUED ON ITS UPWARD TREND THOUGH THERE WAS A DECELERATION IN THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE IN REAL TERMS.

♦THIS REFLECTS PARTLY CHINA’S TIGHTENING OF CONTROL OVER ITS FOREIGN EXCHANGE SPENDING, AND PARTLY THE DIFFICULTY IN MAINTAINING A HIGH GROWTH RATE GIVEN HONG KONG’S EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD EXPORT PERFORMANCE TO CHINA IN 1984.+

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REGIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS APPOINTED * M * *

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT TEN MEN AND TWO WOMEN, ALL ACTIVE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE, HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO THE 36-MEMBER REGIONAL COUNCIL WHICH WILL COME INTO BEING ON APR IL 1.

THE 12 APPOINTED MEMBERS ARE:

* MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, A MERCHANT AND A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’

* MR NATHAN MA NING-HEI, PRINCIPAL OF THE YUEN LONG LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD ;

* MR LAU HON-KIT, A MERCHANT, CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE AND A MEMBER OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD;

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* MR TANG CHl .EuNG, A MERCHANT, CHAIRMAN 0" THE KAM TIN

RURAL COMMITTEE AND A MEMBER OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD;

X MR YOUNG WING-YAU, AN INDUSTRIALIST AND AN APPOINTED MEMBER OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD;

X MRS CHAN HO ON-NEI, CHAIRWOMAN OF THE SOUTH KWAI CHUNG YIN NGA I SOCIETY;

* MR WILLIAM CHAU CHUN-WING, A MERCHANT AND A FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE YAN CHAI HOSPITAL;

X MR CARLOS CHEUNG HON-KAU, A CONSULTING CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEER AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD;

* MR CHONG KAM-NING, A MERCHANT AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD!

* DR RICHARD HO MAN-WUI, A LECTURER IN CHINESE LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG;

* MRS MIRIAM LAU KIN-YEE, A SOLICITOR WHO HOLDS OFFICE IN SEVERAL WOMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS, AND

* DR PANG HOK-TUEN, A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER AND A FORMER MEMBER OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD.

MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG AND MR NATHAN MA ARE AT PRESENT CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE TEN OTHER PEOPLE APPOINTED ARE ALSO SERVING AS APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL.

THE TERMS OF OFFICE OF THE NEWLY APPOINTED MEMBERS WILL BE ONE YEAR FROM APRIL 1.

THE REST OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP WILL COMPRISE NINE MEMBERS TO BE ELECTED BY THE NINE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA, THREE EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS, WHO ARE THE CHAIRMAN AND THE TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, AND 12 MEMBERS TO BE ELECTED DIRECTLY TO THE COUNCIL FROM CONSTITUENCIES IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTION IN MARCH.

BABY SCREENING PROGRAMME EXTENDED X * * * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT ITS COMBINED NEONATAL SCREENING PROGRAMME FOR NEW BORN BABIES HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND MATERNITY HOMES.

BEGINNING THIS MONTH, PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND MATERNITY HOMES ARE INVITED TO SUBMIT BLOOD SPECIMENS OF THEIR NEW BORNS TO THE GOVERNMENT NEONATAL SCREENING UNIT FOR SCREENING OF CONGENITAL HYPOTHYROIDISM AND G-6-PD DEFICIENCY.

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CONGENITAL HYPOTHYROIDISM IS A DEFICIENCY IN THYROID HORMONES PRODUCTION WHICH MAY RESULT IN MENTAL RETARDATION IN CHILDREN, WHILE BABIES WITH G-6-PD DEFICIENCY MAY RESULT IN HAEMOLYSIS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE INITIAL LABORATORY SCREENING AND REPORTING SERVICE ARE PROVIDED FREE TO PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND MATERNITY HOMES.

THESE INSTITUTIONS HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THE PROGRAMME, AND PROVIDED WITH GUIDELINES FOR THE FORWARDING OF BLOOD SPECIMENS.

THE DEPARTMENT’S COMBINED NEONATAL SCREENING PROGRAMME FOR G-6-PD AND CONGENITAL HYPOTHYROIDISM WAS FIRST LAUNCHED IN PHASES IN MARCH 1984 TO COVER ALL LIVE BIRTHS IN GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS.

BETWEEN MARCH 1984 AND DECEMBER 1985, SOME 70 000 NEW BORN JABIES HAD BEEN SCREENED UNDER THE PROGRAMME.

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HAWKER GIVEN ONE MONTH’S JAIL FOR ASSAULTING GDT MEMBERS X X X k X

ONE OF THREE HAWKERS ARRESTED FOLLOWING A CLASH WITH GENERAL DUTIES TEAM MEMBERS IN NULLAH ROAD, MONG KOK, LAST OCTOBER HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO ONE MONTH’S IMPRISONMENT.

+THIS IS THE FIRST TIME ANYBODY HAS BEEN SENT TO JAIL FOR AN ATTACK ON A MEMBER OF A GD TEAM,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE HAWKER, SURNAMED LEUNG, HAS BEEN REFUSED BAIL PENDING APPEAL. THE REMAINING TWO HAWKERS WERE DISCHARGED AFTER THE HEARING, IN NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY.

THE COURT ORDERED THAT SEVERAL EXHIBITS, COMPRISING IRON BARS AND AN UMBRELLA, BE CONFISCATED.

ALL THREE MEN HAD PLEADED NOT GUILTY AT THE FIRST HEARING ON NOVEMBER 5. THEY WERE CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING PUBLIC OFFICERS OCCASIONING BODILY HARM AND OBSTRUCTING PUBLIC OFFICERS IN THE EXECUTION OF THEIR DUTY.

IN THE INCIDENT ON OCTOBER 3, THREE GDT MEMBERS OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WERE INJURED WHILE ON ANTI-ILLEGAL HAWKING DUTY, AND HAD TO BE ADMITTED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1986

RATEPAYERS REMINDED TO PAY FIRST QUARTER RATES ******

RATEPAYERS ARE REMINDED THAT RATES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986 MUST BE PAID BY 4 PM ON JANUARY 31.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TREASURY SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) 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 DEHAWD NOTES.

THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES SHOULD APPLY FOR A COPY AT THE RATES SECTION OF THE TREASURY, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE* (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.

+NON-RECEIPT OF THE DEMAND NOTE DOES NOT ALTER THE REQUIREMENT THAT RATES MUST 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.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT RATEPAYERS WHO HAD SUBMITTED A VALID DIRECT DEBIT AUTHORISATION SHOULD NOTE THAT PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE BY POST OR IN PERSON AS STIPULATED IN THE DEMAND NOTE UNLESS THE WORDING +PAYMENT WILL BE MADE BY AUTOPAY+ WAS SHOWN IN THE NOTE.

IN THIS CASE THEIR PAYMENT WILL BE MADE BY DIRECT DEBIT TO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS ON JANUARY 31, 1986.

IN THIS CONNECTION, RATEPAYERS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR ACCOUNTS CONTAIN THE NECESSARY FUNDS ON THAT DATE.

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.

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NEW PROCEDURES TO SPEED UP RESTAURANT LICENSING PROCESS * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FOOD HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE TODAY ENDORSED THE ADOPTION OF NEW PROCEDURES WHICH IT IS HOPED WILL GREATLY SPEED UP THE PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FOR RESTAURANT LICENCES.

THE NEW PROCEDURES, WHICH HAVE BEEN AGREED BY THE THREE DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED -- THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT — WILL BE PUT INTO FORCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ON A TRIAL BASIS, AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE NECESSARY ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS.

UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, THE THREE DEPARTMENTS WILL MEET REGULARLY TO REVIEW ANY APPLICATIONS WHICH ARE OUTSTANDING FOR MORE THAN THREE MONTHS,+ A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE AIM WILL BE TO HOLD THESE MEETINGS EVERY MONTH.

APPLICANTS WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEETING IF AND WHEN ANY OF THE THREE DEPARTMENTS FEEL THAT THE PRESENCE OF THE APPLICANT WILL FACILITATE THE DISCUSSION AND/OR THE PROCESSING OF THE APPLICATION.

IN ADDITION, THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WILL ENABLE THE THREE DEPARTMENTS TO COLLECTIVELY EXAMINE THEIR OWN PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS IN THE LIGHT OF OPERATIONAL DIFFICULTIES AND PROBLEMS.+

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED, HOWEVER, THAT THESE NEW PROCEDURES WOULD NOT IMMEDIATELY END THE BACKLOG OF APPLICATIONS.

APPLICATIONS CAN ONLY BE APPROVED IF THE APPLICANT HAS COMPLIED WITH ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE THREE DEPARTMENTS,♦ HE SAID.

CASE HISTORIES SHOW THAT THE MAIN REASON FOR LONG-DELAYED APPLICATIONS IS THAT APPLICANTS SIMPLY HAVE NOT MET ALL OF THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS.

THIS NEW PROCEDURE WILL NOT OFFER ANY ’CORNER-CUTTING’ TO APPLICANTS — THE SPEED WITH WHICH THEIR APPLICATIONS ARE DEALT WITH WILL, AS BEFORE, DEPEND MAINLY ON THEIR FULFILLING ALL REQUIREMENTS.+

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WOMEN’S TURN AGAIN TO GET NEV. 1.9. ARD * * * *

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY FRIDAY) THAT 1942’ 1944 ’ 1945 AND 1946 "1LL ha. ?o apply for

NEW I.D. CARDS FROM JANUARY 13 TO FEBRUARY 7.

THEY ARE THE FIRST AGE-GROUP TO BE :”EC‘ ( THE SECOND

FEMALE CYCLE OF THE NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE SCHEME.

THE SECOND FEMALE CYCLE OF THE SCHE <, ?tA NG WITH WOMEN BORN IN 1946 OR BEFORE, WILL BE CARRIED OUT I> iGHT PHASES AND WILL LAST FOR NINE MONTHS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID MUST FOLLOW THE SAME APPLICATION SEPARATELY.

♦APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO WHEN THEY CALL AT ANY ONE OF THE

THAT GREEN SEA I.D. CARD HOLDERS ~ BE TREATED

SCHEDULE AND WILL NOT

BRING ALONG T- IR OLD EIGHT ISSUE O' ICES.+

CARDS HE SAID

THESE OFFICES, OPEN DAILY FROM 8 AM TO 9. ’J PM EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, ARE:

HONG KONG : BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, 'AN CHAI.

EAST KOWLOON i AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, SECOND FLC 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

WEST KOWLOON : CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OF' ICES, SECOND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

TSUEN WAN : EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CEN , ,'<E, G ’ND FLOOR, 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET.

SHA TIN I SHATIN CENTRE, PODIUM F R, 2 WANG POK STREET.

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 MOP YICK ROAD.

TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTh., G~ ,D FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN.

SHEUNG SHUI j TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOG:., 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THOSE 'SHING TO ALTER THEIR LAST NAMES WHEN APPLYING FOR NEW CARDS AS A RESULT OF A CHANGE IN MARITAL STATUS SHOULD BRING ALONG R£ EVANT DOCUMENTS SUCH AS MARRIAGE OR DIVORCE CERTIFICATES TO S' 'RT THEIR CASES.

HOWEVER, THOSE WHO ONLY WISH TO HAVE THEIR DAMAGED CARDS REPLACED OR THEIR PERSONAL DATA CHANGED SHOULD ' TO ’HE REGULAR REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICES AND NOT THE LIS ED ISSUE CENTRES.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REITERATED THAT NO AMNESTY WOULD BE GRANTED TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. ♦ONCE DETECTED,♦ HE SAID, +THEY WILL BE REPATRIATED.+

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, |986

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MOBILE EXHIBITION ON FIGHT CRIME *****

A LARGE POLICE VAN WILL BE MOBILISED IN MONG KOK TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO BRING THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE TO RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE EXHIBITION VAN WILL DISPLAY VARIOUS UP-TO-DATE DEVICES AND EQUIPMENT FOR DETECTING THEFT AND BURGLARY, WHICH ARE PARTICULARLY ACTIVE WITH THE APPROACH OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

RESIDENTS WHO VISIT THE VAN CAN TRY OUT THESE DEVICES TO OBTAIN FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ON CRIME PREVENTION.

IT WILL BE STATIONED AT THE JUNCTION OF NATHAN ROAD AND SHANTUNG STREET FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHAN LAI-SANG, AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL BE ON HAND TO DISSEMINATE THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE AND EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF CO-OPERATIVE EFFORTS BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THE POLICE IN DETECTING CRIME AND APPREHENDING CRIMINALS.

THEY WILL ALSO EXPLAIN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME WHICH WAS NEWLY LAUNCHED IN THE DISTRICT TO HELP PREVENT CRIME IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS.

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FIGHT CRIME NIGHT AT VICTORIA PARK * * * *

THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A VARIETY SHOW TOMORROW (SATURDAY) NIGHT AT VICTORIA PARK TO PROMOTE CRIME PREVENTION IN THE DISTRICT.

THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME NIGHT WILL FEATURE A SPECTACULAR GOLDEN DRAGON DANCE, LION DANCES, PERFORMANCES AND A RECITAL BY THE POLICE.

AT THE SAME TIME, PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OR OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS OF BUILDINGS WITH THE BEST SECURITY AND CRIME PREVENTION SYSTEMS AND THE WINNERS OF A RECENT SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION.

EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, AND POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (EASTERN), MR G.W. ROPER, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING AND PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONIES TOMORROW NIGHT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME NIGHT AT 7.45 PM TOMORROW AT VICTORIA PARK.

P'rtxJAY, JAaiUAxix 5, 19^6

URBAN COUNCIL NURSERIES OPEN TO PUBLIC

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STARTING THIS SUNDAY (JANUARY 5), MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE INTERESTED IN HORTICULTURE ARE BEING INVITED TO VISIT URBAN COUNCIL NURSERIES.

OPEN DAY THIS SUNDAY WILL BE STAGED AT THE BOUNDARY STREET NURSERY IN KOWLOON, WHICH SPECIALISES IN CULTIVATING ANNUALS.

NEXT SUNDAY (JANUARY 12), THE BRAEMAR HILL NURSERY ON HONG KONG ISLAND, WHICH SPECIALISES IN SHRUBS, WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC, WHILE ON SUNDAY JANUARY 19 THE HO MAN TIN NURSERY IN KOWLOON, WHICH SPECIALISES IN SHRUBS AND TREES, WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC.

VISITING HOURS ON ALL THREE OPEN DAYS WILL BE FROM 9 A.M. TO NOON, AND 1 P.M. TO 4 P.M.

+NURSERY STAFF WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BRIEF VISITORS IN ENGLISH AND CANTONESE ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF HORTICULTURE,* SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED WOULD-BE VISITORS THAT PLANTS IN THE NURSERIES WOULD NOT BE FOR SALE.

DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES TOMORROW * * *

THE THREE-WEEK KWUN TONG FESTIVAL ’85 WILL CONCLUDE WITH A LARGE-SCALE VARIETY SHOW TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING.

APART FROM PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN SINGING ARTISTES. A 1OO-MEMBER CALLISTHENICS TEAM WILL DEMONSTRATE THEIR SKILLS DURING THE SHOW.

FINALISTS OF THE RECENT +19-DISTRICT AMATEUR SINGING CONTEST* WILL ALSO PERFORM SONGS AND DANCES.

BEFORE THE VARIETY SHOW, THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE KWUN TONG FESTIVAL '85.

THE +KWUN TONG FESTIVAL ’85 CLOSING CEREMONY AND VARIETY SHOW*, TO START AT 7.30 PM IN THE TSUI PING ROAD PLAYGROUND, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG FESTIVAL ’85 ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1986

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CARNIVAL AND EXHIBITION IN TAI KOK TSUI * * * * *

THE MONG KOK NORTH AREA CIVIC DAY FEATURING AN EXHIBITION ON CIVIC EDUCATION AND A CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD FOR 1 200 RESIDENTS IN MONG KOK TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON AT THE TONG MEI ROAD CHILDREN PLAYGROUND IN TAI KOK TSUI.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE NORTH AREA COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF THE +CIVIC EDUCATION 30+ CAMPAIGN WHICH AIMS AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ CIVIC AWARENESS.

THERE WILL BE A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING CHINESE DANCES, MODERN DANCE AND A LION DANCE, AND AN EXHIBITION DEPICTING RESIDENTS’ CIVIC RIGHTS AND DUTIES AS WELL AS THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

GAMES STALLS WHICH ARE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO PUBLICISE MESSAGES OF CIVIC EDUCATION WILL BE SET UP TO ATTRACT PARTICIPANTS OF ALL AGES.

DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR LAU TAK-KI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH STARTS AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

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BALLET DEMONSTRATION IN KWAI CHUNG

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A NUMBER OF BALLET CLASSES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl DISTRICT.

THE TRAINING CLASSES, ORGANISED BY THE NEWLY-FORMED TSI NG Yl DISTRICT BALLET GROUP, WILL BE HELD IN CHEUNG CHING COMMUNITY CENTRE, TAI WO HAU COMMUNITY CENTRE, KAI KING COMMUNITY HALL AND SHEK YAM COMMUNITY HALL.

AS A TOKEN OF SUPPORT FOR BALLET ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN IN THE DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL PROVIDE THE VENUES FREE.

TO AROUSE CHILDREN’S INTEREST IN BALLET, A DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE TAI WO HAU COMMUNITY CENTRE. MORE THAN 50 DANCERS WILL PERFORM VARIOUS BALLET EXERCISES AND DANCES.

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CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TUNG-CHING, AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DEMONSTRATION.

A SIMILAR DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HELD NEXT SATURDAY (JANUARY 11) AT 2.30 PM IN THE CHEUNG CHING COMMUNITY CENTRE.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE DEMONSTRATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE BALLET DEMONSTRATION TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE TAI WO HAU COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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PAINTING COMPETITIONS FOR TAI PO CHILDREN

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CHILDREN TALENTED IN PAINTING ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF COMPETITIONS STAGED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN TAI PO.

THE COMPETITIONS ENTITLED +MY HOME+ ARE BEING HELD TO PROMOTE DISTRICT IDENTITY AND A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS.

THEY ARE PART OF A SERIES OF ON-GOING ACTIVITIES OF THE CURRENT TAI PO FESTIVAL.

THE FIRST PAINTING COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE AT TAI YUEN ESTATE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

CHILDREN LIVING NEARBY ARE ALSO WELCOME TO BRING ALONG THEIR PAINTING EQUIPMENT TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR TALENT.

ATTRACTIVE PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS.

OTHER COMPETITIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE SHUEN WAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA ON JANUARY 5; TAI PO MARKET ON JANUARY 19 YUE KOK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA ON JANUARY 25, AND THE KWONG FUK ESTATE ON JANUARY 26.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FIRST +MY HOME+ PAINTING COMPETITION IN TAI YUEN ESTATE AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

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OPEN JUDO COMPETITION FOR THE YOUNG IN FEBRUARY

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THE 1985-86 JUDO DEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR JUNIORS WILL CULMINATE IN A TERRITORY-WIDE COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT MACPHERSON STADIUM, MONG KOK, ON FEBRUARY 2.

THE SCHEME, CO-ORGANISED BY THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND THE HONG KONG JUDO ASSOCIATION, IS AIMED AT PROMOTING THE SPORT AND DISCOVERING YOUNG TALENTS.

A SERIES OF ELEMENTARY JUDO TRAINING COURSES HAD BEEN LAUNCHED IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS FOR ABOUT 300 YOUTHS.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO BOYS AND GIRLS BETWEEN 10 AND 16 YEARS OF AGE WHO ARE HOLDERS OF YELLOW BELTS OR ORANGE BELTS.

PARTICIPANTS OF VARIOUS AGE GROUPS WILL BE SUBDIVIDED INTO DIFFERENT WEIGHT CATEGORIES. OUTSTANDING CONTESTANTS IN EACH SECTION WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES.

APPLICANTS SHOULD ATTEND A WEIGHT TEST ON JANUARY 31 AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

THE CLOSING DATE OF APPLICATION IS JANUARY 18.

FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MSB OFFICE ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF RUTTONJEE HOUSE, 11 DUDDELL STREET, CENTRAL. FOR ENQUIRIES CALL 5-22U15 OR 5-8913879.

CARE FOR OLD CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED * * * *

ABOUT 1 000 SENIOR RESIDENTS OF WAN CHAI WILL ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S +CARE FOR THE OLD+ CAMPAIGN TO BE HELD AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE TRUE LIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL, TAI HANG ROAD.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE CANTONESE OPERATIC SINGING BY WELL-KNOWN ARTISTES.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR HO FAI.

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QUEEN'S PIER STOREROOM FOR RENT * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE TENANCY OF THE EASTERN AND WESTERN STOREROOM AT QUEEN’S PIER, HONG KONG.

THE PROPERTY HAS A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF 42 SQUARE METRES AND IS TO BE USED FOR STORAGE PURPOSES ONLY. TENANCY WILL BE FOR ONE YEAR AND MONTHLY THEREAFTER.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON JANUARY 31 AND TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICES AND CONDITIONS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SECTION, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1OTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE PREMISES WILL BE OPEN FOR VIEWING FROM 10.30 AM TO NOON ON JANUARY 6 AND 13.

YUEN LONG SITE UP FOR TENDER

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A SITE FOR A PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT INCLUDING A MARKET AND SHOPPING CENTRE AT YUEN LONG IS BEING OFFERED FOR TENDER BY THE GOVERNMENT.

THE 4 574 SQUARE-METRE SITE, KNOWN AS YUEN LONG TOWN LOT NO. 442, IS AT THE JUNCTION OF HOP CHOI STREET AND FAU TSOI STREET.

UNDER THE BUILDING COVENANT IT WILL HAVE TO BE DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF AT LEAST 16 322 SQUARE METRES BY MARCH 1990.

THE PLANS CALL FOR A MARKET, SHOPS, SUPERMARKETS AND RESTAURANTS ON THE GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS, NON-1NDUSTRI AL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) DEVELOPMENT OF THE SECOND FLOOR AND PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE REMAINING FLOORS.

TENDERS CLOSE AT NOON ON JANUARY 31. TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICES AND CONDITIONS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

TENDER DOCUMENTS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TAI PO, YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN, SAI KUNG, NORTH AND ISLANDS.

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LAI CHI KOK ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGES * * * *

LAI CHI KOK ROAD BETWEEN CHEUNG SHUN STREET AND TAI NAN WEST STREET, EXCEPT THE SERVICE ROAD ON THE SOUTH-WEST BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LAI CHI KOK ROAD, WILL BE MADE A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY STARTING FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 6).

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS.

MEANWHILE, WITH EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY RESTRICTION ON LAI CHI KOK ROAD BETWEEN CHEUNG LAI STREET AND TAI NAN WEST STREET WILL BE LIFTED.

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A ROUNDABOUT AT THE JUNCTION OF MA CHAI HANG ROAD AND FUNG MO INTERCHANGE FLYOVER, SLIP ROAD B LEADING FROM FUNG MO INTERCHANGE FLYOVER NORTHBOUND TO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON JANUARY 6 FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

TRAFFIC, INCLUDING KMB BUS ROUTES 2F AND 3C ON FUNG MO INTERCHANGE FLYOVER NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MA CHAI HANG ROAD EASTBOUND, WONG TAI SIN ROAD SOUTHBOUND AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND.

KMB ROUTES 1 AND 11C ON FUNG MO INTERCHANGE FLYOVER NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR CHUK YUEN BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE MA CHAI HANG ROAD WESTBOUND TO RESUME NORMAL ROUTE I NG.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF SHAM TSENG INTERCHANGE * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THAT TWO ROAD SECTIONS AT SHAM TSENG INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC NEXT WEEK TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

THESE ARE:

* THE SECTION OF THE SLIP ROAD FROM THE TUEN MUN BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD LEADING TO SHAM TSENG WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 6) TO 5.30 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE CLOSURE WILL BE REPEATED FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 7) TO 5.30 AM THE NEXT DAY.

* THE SECTION OF THE SLIP ROAD FROM SHAM TSENG LEADING TO THE TUEN MUN BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 8) TO 5.30 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE AGAIN FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 9) TO 5.30 AM THE NEXT MORNING.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES FROM TSUEN WAN HEADING FOR SHAM TSENG AND VEHICLES FROM SHAM TSENG HEADING FOR TUEN MUN VIA TUEN MUN ROAD WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN FANLING * * *

ROAD 2506 IN ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING, ON MONDAY (JANUARY 6) TO FACILITATE ROAD

WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM RECONSTRUCTION WORK.

THE MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS.

AM ON

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 7) TO 10

THURSDAY (JANUARY 9), MAN WUI STREET BETWEEN MAN SING STREET AND FERRY STREET IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO

FACILITATE ROAD REPAIR WORKS.

TRAFFIC ON MAN SING STREET SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR FERRY STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MAN YUEN STREET AND THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS ADJACENT TO MAN WUI STREET.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES TURNtu SHF FROM 9 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 6) DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

IN HO MAN TIN WILL BE TO 9 AM THE FOLLOWING

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES IN HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD AND HO MAN TIN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

BUS SERVICES STILL MAIN COMPLAINT .......................... 1

OCTOBER RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ............... 3

WAR MEMORIAL FUND GROUP MEETS .............................. 7

REGIONAL COUNCIL SEEKS LOGO ................................ 7

DISTRICT PRAISED FOR FIGHT CRIME SUCCESS ................... 9

PAMPHLET DEALS WITH PUPILS PROBLEMS ....................... 10

GUANGDONG VISITORS SEE VOCATIONAL CENTRES ................. 11

CARE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN WAN CHAI ........................ 11

VALUE OF FAMILY HARMONY TO COAKUNITY STRESSED.............. 12

DISTANT RUN SERIES CONCLUDES ON CHEUNG CHAU................ 13

YOUTH CAMP ON CIVIC EDUCATION ............................. 13

UC TRACTOR HET,PS KEEP KAI TAK SAFE AND TIDY .............. 14

BIG INCREASE IN SQUASH COURTS TO MEET DEMAND .............. 15

TINDERS INVITED FOR SWIMMING POOL RESTAURANT .............. 16

COLOURFUL STAMP PACK OUT MONDAY ........................... 17

FIRE PREVENTION VARIETY SHOW TOMORROW ..................... 17

FAMILY FUN DAY TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS ................. 18

ROAD SAFETY DAY FOR WEN MUN RESIDENTS ..................... 18

DANCE COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN MONG KOK................... 19

REST GARDENS FOR KWAI CHUNG ............................... 20

KWAI CHUNG TRAFFIC CHANGES ................................ 20

TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN SALT WATER CUT ........................ 21

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BUS SERVICES STILL MAIN COMPLAINT * * * *

REMAINED THE MATTERS,

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES AND ROAD CONGESTION MAIN SUBJECTS OF PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT TRANSPORT ACCORDING TO THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT (TCU) RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE REPORT COVERS THE PERIOD FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985. IN THE 12 MONTHS, THE TCU, A STANDING BODY UNDER THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, RECORDED 4 992 COMPLAINTS.

ALMOST HALF OF THE COMPLAINTS WERE ASSOCIATED WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES. ANOTHER ONE-F IF TH STEMMED FROM ROAD CONGESTION OTHER MAJOR COMPLAINT AREAS WERE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, ENFORCEMENT AND ROAD MAINTENANCE.

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF TCU, MR STEPHEN PANG. SAID COMPLAINTS ABOUT BUS SERVICES WERE STILL THE MOST NUMEROUS. AS IN THE YEAR BEFORE, THEY ACCOUNTED FOR ONE-THIRD OF ALL THE COMPLAINTS RECEIVED. THE ACTUAL NUMBER, HOWEVER, WENT DOWN BY 12 PER CENT FROM 1 734 IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR TO 1 530. THE MAIN AREAS OF CONCERN WERE INADEQUATE SERVICE AND STANDARD OF SERVICE.

ALTOGETHER 646 COMPLAINTS ABOUT INADEQUATE BUS SERVICES WERE RECEIVED. BUS SERVICES FOR HONG KONG ISLAND DREW MORE COMPLAINTS THAN IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. BUT SIMILAR COMPLAINTS CONCERNING KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT INADEQUATE BUS SERVICES FOR HONG KONG ISLAND ROSE FROM 94 IN 1983 - 84 TO 149. THERE WAS AN INCREASED DEMAND FOR BETTER SERVICE FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT. COMPLAINTS FROM Tri IS DISTRICT ACCOUNTED FOR 81 CASES AND TWO-THIRDS OF THEM WERE MADE BY RESIDENTS OF ABERDEEN, AP LEI CHAU AND WAHFU. THESE COMPLAINTS GENERALLY REFLECTED THE VIEW THAT AS THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WAS NOT SERVED BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (MTR), BUS SERVICES FOR THE DISTRICT SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED TO MEET GROWING DEMAND.

♦THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE IMPACT OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE ON OTHER MODES OF .PUBLIC TRANSPORT. TCU WAS ADVISED THAT THE ISLAND LINE WHICH CAME INTO OPERATION ON MAY 31 LAST YEAR HAD INCREASED PUBLIC TRANSPORT CAPACITY ALONG THE NORTHERN SHORE OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

♦THE POSSIBILITY OF RE-ALLOCATING EXISTING RESOURCES TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF BUS SERVICES IN THE VARIOUS DISTRICTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND WOULD BE THOROUGHLY ASSESSED IN CONSULTATION WITH

DISTRICT BOARDS

CONCERNED, ♦ MR PANG SAID.

THERE WERE KOWLOON AND THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S COMPLAINTS (305

431 COMPLAINTS ABOUT INADEQUATE BUS SERVICES FOR NEW TERRITORIES, A DROP OF 180 CASES OVER THE FIGURE. ALTHOUGH ABOUT 70 PER CENT OF THE CASES) WERE CONCERNED WITH BUS SERVICES FOR THE TERRITORIES, THE ACTUAL FIGURE WAS LOWER BY MORE THAN ONE-THIRD THAN THE 470 RECORDED IN 1983-84.

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MR PANG EXPLAINED THAT THE REDUCTION WAS DUE TO FEWER COMPLAINTS FROM THE RESIDENTS OF SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN WHERE BUS SERVICES HAD BEEN STRENGTHENED DURING THE YEAR.

♦COMPLAINTS ABOUT INADEQUATE EXTERNAL BUS ROUTES FROM NEW TOWN RESIDENTS WERE OFTEN ACCOMPANIED BY REQUESTS FOR DIRECT BUS SERVICES TO URBAN KOWLOON,* MR PANG SAID.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT HAD ADVISED TCU THAT CONSIDERATION OF SUCH REQUESTS WAS LIMITED BY THE LACK OF OFF-STREET TERMINAL SPACES, ESPECIALLY IN URBAN KOWLOON. ALL PROPOSED NEW ROUTES OR EXTENSION OF CURRENT ROUTES FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES TO URBAN KOWLOON WOULD HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED IN TERMS CF THEIR RESPECTIVE PRIORITIES AND JUSTIFICATIONS. EXISTING PARALLEL TRANSPORT SERVICES INCLUDING THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY AND WHETHER OTHER AREAS HAVE A MORE URGENT NEED FOR EXTRA BUS SERVICES WOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

AFTER THE OPENING OF THE ISLAND LINE IN MAY, TCU RECORDED FEWER COMPLAINTS ABOUT DIFFICULTY IN BOARDING CROSS HARBOUR BUSES. HOWEVER, THERE WERE MORE SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW ROUTES.

MR PANG SAID THAT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAD AGREED TO THE STARTING OF TWO NEW CROSS HARBOUR BUS ROUTES - ROUTE 107 BETWEEN ABERDEEN AND SAN PO KONG AND ROUTE 109 BETWEEN CENTRAL AND HO MAN TIN.

♦ACCORDING TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. OTHER PROPOSALS TO EXTEND THE CROSS HARBOUR BUS NETWORK WOULD BE CONSIDERED LATER BECAUSE A FULL TRANSPORT REVIEW IS UNDERWAY. THE REVIEW CONCERNS THE GENERAL QUESTION OF INTEGRATION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES AND THE RELATED ISSUES OF FREEDOM OF COMPETITION, THE CO-ORDINATION OF FARES AND THE LEVEL OF REGULATION TO BE APPLIED BY GOVERNMENT,♦ HE SAID.

THE STANDARD OF SERVICE OF THE FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES WAS THE SUBJECT OF 753 COMPLAINTS, 31 CASES FEWER THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

COMPLAINTS INVOLVING THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY TOTALLED 393. THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY, WITH MORE THAN TWICE THE FLEET SIZE AND RIDERSHIP OF CMB’S, ATTRACTED A LOWER NUMBER OF 272.

♦A TOTAL OF 2 068 COMPLAINTS ABOUT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT WERE RECEIVED IN THE YEAR. OF THESE COMPLAINTS, 1 019 WERE RELATED TO ROAD CONGESTION. THEY WERE MAINLY RELATED TO TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS, TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND VEHICLE OBSTRUCT ION,♦ SAID MR PANG.

MORE THAN HALF OF THE COMPLAINTS ABOUT ROAD CONGESTION WERE GENERATED FROM FIVE DISTRICTS! KWUN TONG, WAN CHAI, EASTERN, KOWLOON CITY AND YAU MA TE I. COMPLAINTS ABOUT ROAD CONGESTION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES MADE UP ONLY 22 PER CENT AND ONE-QUARTER CF THESE CASES WERE ABOUT CONGESTION AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND TSING Yl BRIDGE.

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AFTER THE OPENING OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE AT THE END OF MAY, TCU RECORDED FEWER CONGESTION-RELATED COMPLAINTS IN JUNE 1985. THE DOWNWARD TREND, HOWEVER. WAS REVERSED IN THE THREE MONTHS THAi FOLLOWED AS A RESULT OF INCREASED COMPLAINTS ABOUT PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES CONGREGATING ALONG BUSY ROADS.

mioikir tmp yfar MR PANG SAID SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT TO ROAD CONGESTION MADE THROUGH SOME 256 COMPLAINTS WERE SUPPORTED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND IMPLEMENTED AT 81 LOCATIONS COMPRISING 32 IN KOWLOON, 28 IN HONG KONG AND B21 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT WAS SET UP UNDER THE. TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO RECEIVE AND MONITOR COMPLAINTS AND SUGGESTIONS ON TRANSPORT MATTERS.

COMPLAINTS MAY BE MADE TO THE UNIT BY CALL ING THE 24-HOUR HOTLINE 5-776866. AFTER INVESTIGATION, THE UNIT WILL REPLY VERBALLY, OR IN WRITING, DEPENDING ON THE PREFERENCE OF THE CALLER.

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OCTOBER RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED *****

THE VALUE OF RETAIL SALES IN OCTOBER 1985, ESTIMATED AT $5 700 MILLION, WAS THREE PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN OCTOBER 1984, WHILE THE VOLUME WAS ONE PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

RETAIL SALES FOR THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD AUGUST-OCTOBER 1985, WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, INCREASED BY ONE PER CENT IN VALUE, BUT THEIR VOLUME REMAINED UNCHANGED.

WHEN COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1985, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, RETAIL SALES FOR OCTOBER 1985 INCREASED BY TWO PER CENT IN VALUE AND THREE PER CENT IN VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT IN VALUE AND FOUR PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES ROSE BY FOUR PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND THREE PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF FUELS WENT UP BY TWO PER CENT IN VALUE AND ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME. BOTH FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO AND +OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* REGISTERED AN INCREASE OF ONE PER CENT IN SALES VALUE, BUT NO CHANGE IN SALES VOLUME.

COMPARING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD AUGUST-OCTOBER 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY NINE PER CENT IN VALUE AND ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT AND FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO BY TWO PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. RETAIL SALES OF FUELS ROSE BY TWO PER CEN1 IN VALUE AND ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME. ON T-~ OTHER HAND, RETAIL SALES OF *OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* FELL BY TWO PER CENT IN VALUE AND THREE PER CENT IN VOLUME.

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WHEN COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1985, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS RECORDED INCREASES OF 20 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 18 PER CENT IN VOLUME. +OTHER CONSUMER GOODS+ INCREASED BY NINE PER CENT AND FUELS BY TWO PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES FELL BY ONE PER CENT IN VALUE WHILE THEIR VOLUME REMAINED UNCHANGED. FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO DROPPED BY 11 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND EIGHT PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF SUPERMARKETS, DEPARTMENT STORES AND MOTOR VEHICLES ROSE MODERATELY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984. CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES RECORDED SLIGHT INCREASES IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

COMPARING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD AUGUST-OCTOBER 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. MODERATE INCREASES, IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME, WERE RECORDED FOR RETAIL SALES OF DEPARTMENT STORES AND SUPERMARKETS. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES RECORDED SLIGHT DECREASES.

WHEN COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1985. RETAIL SALES OF DEPARTMENT STORES INCREASED CONSIDERABLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES RECORDED SLIGHT INCREASES. RETAIL SALES OF SUPERMARKETS AND MOTOR VEHICLES, HOWEVER, DROPPED MODERATELY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL SALES FIGURE FOR SEPTEMBER 1985 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR OCTOBER 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 OCTOBER 1985 RESULTS WITH THOSE OF SEPTEMBER 1985 AND OCTOBER 1984 AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD AUGUST-OCTOBER 1985 WITH THOSE IN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

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

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

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

TABU 1 » TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Retail Sales for for

October 1985 (Provisional Figure) • BKI5 700 million

September 198$ (Revised Figure) ■ SK15 571 million

TABU 2 1 VALUE AND VOLUME LND-XES OF RETAIL SALES ____________FOR SEPTBCBER AND OCTOBER 1965___________ (Monthly average of i960 ■ 100)

I tea Index of Retail Sales September 1965 October 1985 October 1985 compared with September 198$ October 1985 compared with October 1984 Aug. - Oct. 1965 compared with Aug. - Oct. 1984

(Revised figures) (Provisional figures) Points % Pointe < Points t

(A • ( r. UL RETAIL TRADES

Value 164 168 ♦ 4 ♦ 2 ♦ 4 ♦ 3 ♦ 2 1

Volume 111 115 ♦ 4 ♦ 3 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 e b

(B dY KAJOH TRADE GROUPS

Foodstuffs, alcoholic Value 189 167 - 22 - 11 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 4 2

drinks and tobacco Volume 118 108 - 10 - 8 e ♦ 2 2

Fuels Value 189 194 ♦ 4 ♦ 2 ♦ 4 ♦ 2 ♦ 3 2

Volume 122 125 ♦ 3 ♦ 2 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 4 1 1

Clothing, footwear and Value 189 227 ♦ 36 ♦ 20 ♦ 25 ♦ 12 ♦ 17 ♦, 9

a*11ad products Volume 115 136 ♦ 21 ♦ 18 ♦ 5 ♦ 4 ♦ 1 1

Consumer durables Value 154 153 - 1 - 1 ♦ 5 ♦ 4 ♦ 5 3

Volume 113 113 ♦ 4 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 3

Cther consumer goods Value 148 161 ♦ 13 ♦ 9 ♦ 2 ♦ 1 - 3 - 2

Volume 105 114 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 - 3 - 3

<1 ^ELECTED TRADES

Supermarkets Value 327 305 - 22 - 1 ♦ 29 ♦ 10 ♦ 17 6

Volume 197 183 - 14 - 7 ♦ 13 ♦ 8 ♦ 7 4

Motor vemoles Value 96 87 - 9 - 9 ♦ 8 ♦ 9 ♦ 19 25

Volume 56 51 - 5 - 9 ♦ 3 ♦ 7 ♦ 10 4 22

Consumer durables other Value 194 198 ♦ 4 ♦ 2 ♦ 4 ♦ 2 - 4 2

than actor vehicles Volume 152 155 ♦ 3 ♦ 2 ♦ 4 ♦ 3 - 2 - 1

Department stores Value 144 177 ♦ 33 ♦ 23 ♦ 16 ♦ 10 ♦ 14 9

Volume 102 125 ♦ 24 ♦ 23 ♦ 10 ♦ 8 ♦ 9 8

1. "Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco” includes "supermarkets*.

2. "Consumer durables" includes "actor vehicles”.

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

4. Figures denoting changes are derived from ths unrounded index figures.

5. • denotes no change.

Value index

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Graph 1: Value Indexes of Totai< Aetaft Sales

Value index

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Notes: (1) Monthy average of 1980 = 100

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

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WAR MEMORIAL FUND GROUP MEETS ******

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE FUTURE OF THE HONG KONG WAR MEMORIAL FUND, CHAIRED BY UNOFFICIAL COUNCILLOR, NR CHAN KAM-CHUEN, HELD ITS FIRST MEETING AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING, CHATER ROAD, THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

THE SELECT COMMITTEE INVITES ALL INTERESTED PERSONS OR ORGANISATIONS WHO MIGHT WISH TO SEE OR MAKE REPRESENTATIONS TO THE COMMITTEE TO WRITE TO THE CLERK, NOTIFYING HIM OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES BY MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 1986, TO ROOM 112 OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SELECT COMMITTEE SAID THAT THIS INFORMATION WOULD ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO DETERMINE ITS TIMETABLE AND PROCEDURES, THE NUMBER OF PERSONS OR GROUPS AFFECTED AND WHETHER THE MEETING SHOULD BE IN OPEN OR CLOSED SESSIONS.

THERE WAS NO NECESSITY FOR SUBMISSIONS TO BE MADE BY THIS DATE, HE ADDED.

THE COMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR TO CONSIDER THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE FUND AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON ITS FUTURE ADMINISTRATION SO THAT IT WOULD BE FAIR TO THE FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR, OTHER BENEFICIARIES AND TO THE PUBLIC.

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ARE UNOFFICIAL COUNCILLORS MR JOHN SWA INE, MR YEUNG PO-KWAN, MR HUI YIN-FAT, MR LAU WONG-FAT AND MR MARTIN LEE, AND THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR IAN MACPHERSON.

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REGIONAL COUNCIL SEEKS LOGO * * * *

THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL IS ORGANISING A DESIGN COMPETITION TO ACQUIRE A LOGO FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WHICH WILL COME INTO BEING ON APRIL 1.

DISCLOSING THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, SAID THAT THE COMPETITION, KNOWN AS THE +REGIONAL COUNCIL LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION*, IS A TERRITORY-WIDE EVENT.

THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, WORKING THROUGH ITS EXECUTIVE ARM -THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT - WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A WIDE RANGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE. RECREATION AND CULTURAL FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES IN NINE DISTRICTS OF THE NON-URBAN AREA, HE SAID.

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♦AS THE NEW COUNCIL IS TO SERVE SOME 1.8 M ILL ION RESIDENTS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS WHICH CONSTITUTE 88 PER CENT OF HONG KONG S TOTAL LAND AREA, IT SHOULD HAVE A SYMBOL THAT COULD INSTANTLY ESTABLISH ITS IDENTITY,♦ HE ADDED.

MR CHEUNG SAID IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT THROUGH THE COMPETITION THE PUBLIC WILL BE MADE MORE AWARE OF THE FUNCTIONS, STRUCTURE AND JURISDICTION OF THE NEW FINANCIALLY-AUTONOMOUS CORPORATE BODY.

HE ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT THE CHINESE NAME OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL BE CHANGED TO REFLECT THE SIMILARITY IN TERMS OF THE NATURE AND THE SCOPE OF WORK BETWEEN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

ALSO, THE EXISTING CHINESE NAME IS TOO SIMILAR TO THE DISTRICT BOARD’S cAlNESE NAME. THE RESULT IS THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FIND IT DIFFICULT TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE TWO.

TO EFFECT THE CHANGE, MR CHEUNG SAID, STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO AMEND THE RELEVANT PROVISION OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ORDINANCE WHICH DEFINES THE CHINESE TITLE OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

TO AVOID CONFUSION AT A LATER DATE, HE SAID THE PROPOSED NEW CHINESE TITLE OF THE COUNCIL HAS BEEN USED IN ALL PUBLICITY MATERIALS FOR THE LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION AD HOC COMMITTEE, MR RICHARD HO, TOLD THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT IN ORDER TO ATTRACT MORE AND BETTER ENTRIES, A CASH PRIZE OF $30 OOO IS OFFERED TO THE WINNER OF THE COMPETITION.

TROPHIES WILL ALSO BE AWARDED TO THE WINNER AND THE TWO RUNNERS-UP.

MR HO SAID THE PANEL OF JUDGES WILL INCLUDE THREE HONG KONG LEADING PROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS, MR ALAN CHAN, MR CHEUNG SHU-SUN AND MR BASIL PAO.

♦THE BEST 10 ENTRIES SELECTED WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL FOR FINAL DECISION ON THE WINNER AND TWO RUNNERS-UP, + HE ADDED.

ENTRY FORMS CONTAINING BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND REGULATIONS OF THE COMPETITION WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 6) AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION UNTIL JANUARY 31.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS MARCH 1, 1986.

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DISTRICT PRAISED FOR * * *

FIGHT CRIME SUCCESS * X

EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, TONIGHT (SATURDAY) URGED THE PUBLIC TO BE MORE ALERT IN PREVENTING CRIME AND TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE POLICE IN FIGHTING CRIME.

SPEAKING AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME NIGHT AT VICTORIA PARK, MR LEUNG SAID: +THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE HAD MADE MANY VALUABLE SUGGESTIONS ON CRIME PREVENTION MEASURES AND HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REPORTING ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES AND CRIME BLACKSPOTS IN THE DISTRICT SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT NINE YEARS AGO.

+WITH THE ASSISTANCE AND CO-OPERATION OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES. SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANISATIONS, SCHOOLS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MAC’S) AND OWNERS CORPORATIONS (OC’S), THE NUMEROUS CAMPAIGNS CARRIED OUT BY THE CENTRAL FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE ARE DIRECTED AT RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.+

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE RECENTLY-LAUNCHED NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME HAD RECEIVED TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS AND THE SCHEME HAD BEEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN PREVENTING CRIME WITH THE MINIMUM USE OF RESOURCES.

MR LEUNG ALSO PRAISED THE MAC’S AND OC’S OF THE SIX SELECTED BUILDINGS WHICH JOINED THE SCHEME AND REMINDED THEM TO MAINTAIN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THE POLICE TO CURB CRIME IN THESE BUILDINGS.

HE SAID THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE HAD JOINTLY ORGANISED MANY CRIME PREVENTION CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES WITH THE DB aND THE POLICE IN 1985-86.

THESE INCLUDE SELECTING THE BUILDING WITH THE BEST SECURITY AND CRIME PREVENTION SYSTEMS, AS WELL AS THE CRIME PREVENTION SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION, ALL OF WHICH ARE AIMED AT ALERTING THE COMMUNITY OF THE NEED TO PREVENT AND COMBAT CRIME.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME NIGHT WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND EASTERN DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUARTERS.

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PAMPHLET DEALS WITH PUPILS PROBLEMS * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS PRODUCED A PAMPHLET ON THE EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES.

THE PAMPHLET, ENTITLED +HELPING PUPILS WITH BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS*, IS AVAILABLE AT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, AND THE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE AT 6 PERTH STREET, HO MAN TIN.

IT IS AIMED AT ASSISTING TEACHERS AND PARENTS TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF EXISTING SERVICES AND TO MAKE AS MUCH USE OF THEM AS NECESSARY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

HE NOTED THAT SOME SCHOOL CHILDREN EXPERIENCED ADJUSTMENT DIFFICULTIES AND MANIFEST BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS AT SOME TIME DURING THEIR SCHOOL LIFE AND MOST OF THESE PROBLEMS WERE NEITHER SERIOUS NOR PERMANENT AND COULD BE OVERCOME IF APPROPRIATE HELP WAS GIVEN IN TIME.

♦ THE DEPARTMENT BELIEVES THAT A MORE POSITIVE APPROACH TOWARDS THIS PROBLEM IS TO PROVIDE SCHOOLS AND PARENTS WITH SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, SO THAT SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS CAN BE HELPED AS ADEQUATELY AND AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID THAT THE SERVICES WHICH ARE PROVIDED INSIDE A SCHOOL INCLUDE STUDENT GUIDANCE SCHEME, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SCHEME, CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICE, REVISED RESOURCE CLASSES, PERIPATETIC TEACHING SERVICE AND ADVISORY SERVICE UNDER THE ON-SITE SUPPORT.

OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL, OFF-SITE SUPPORT IS PROVIDED MAINLY THROUGH THE RESOURCE TEACHING CENTRES, ADJUSTMENT UNITS, SPECIAL SCHOOLS FOR MALADJUSTED AND SOCIALLY DEPRIVED CHILDREN, AND JUVENILE PROTECTION SCHEME TO HELP SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS.

IN ADDITION, A WIDE-RANGE OF SERVICES ARE PROVIDED FOR PRE-SCHOOL AND SCHOOL CHILDREN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRES.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1986

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GUANGDONG VISITORS SEE VOCATIONAL CENTRES *****

AN 18-MEMBER DELEGATION FROM GUANGDONG PROVINCE VISITED THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL’S TRAINING CENTRES AT KOWLOON BAY THIS MORNING (SATURDAY).

HEADED BY THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF GUANGDONG, MR YU FEI, THE DELEGATION TOURED THE TRAINING CENTRES FOR THE ELECTRONICS, HOTEL MACHINE SHOP AND METAL-WORKING, PLASTICS AND PRINTING INDUSTRIES AND SAW FACILITIES FOR TRAINING IN AN INDUSTRY-SIMULATED ENVIRONMENT.

THE DELEGATION WAS MET BY OFFICIALS FROM THE COUNCIL AND ITS TRAINING BOARDS, INCLUDING THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, MR ALEX WU.

MR WU SAID THE VISIT PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN EXCHANGE CF VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES ON MANPOWER TRAINING.

THE VISITORS SAID THET WERE IMPRESSED BY THE HIGH STANDARD CF TRAINING PROVIDED AT THE CENTRES AND BY THE RESOURCES INVESTED THERE TO IMPROVE HONG KONG’S TRAINED MANPOWER.

THEY COMPRISED KEY MEMBERS FROM THE GUNAGDONG PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, PLANNING COMMITTEE, BANKING, TRADING AND OTHER MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS.

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CARE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN WAN CHAI *****

A MONTH-LONG CARE CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT CFFICE AND VARIOUS LOCAL ORGANISATIONS BEGAN TODAY (SATURDAY) AS MORE THAN 1 □□□ SENIOR RESIDENTS WERE ENTERTAINED TO AN AFTERNOON CF CANTONESE OPERATIC SINGING.

WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, SAID AT THE OPENING CEREMONYi +AS THERE ARE MANY SENIOR RESIDENTS IN WAN CHA I, TH S ANNUAL CAMPAIGN OF ORGANISING CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIzo FOR THEM HAS BECOME A TRADITION AND IS WIDELY SUPPORTED BY THE LOCAL PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS.*

MR GARCIA EMPHASISED THAT RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY WAS A CHINESE VIRTUE THAT SHOULD BE PRESERVED AND HE CALLED FOR THE CONTINUATION CF MORE AND BETTER SERVICES FOR THEM.

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DURING THE CAMPAIGN, SENIOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE INVITED TO A TEA PARTY, A DINNER AND SEVERAL OTHER CANTONESC OPERATIC PERFORMANCES.

THOSE WHO ATTENDED TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY EACH RECEIVED A +LAI-SEE+ PACKET FROM THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

OTHER GUESTS OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN CF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR HO FAI» VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW YUM-WAHJ DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS DONNA WONG.

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VALUE OF FAMILY HARMONY TO COMMUNITY STRESSED ******

HARMONIOUS FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF A CARING COMMUNITY, THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE FESTIVAL '85, HE SAID: +MUTUAL ACCOMMODATION OF AND CONCERN FOR THE FAMILY UNIT WILL HELP INSTI AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN INDIVIDUAL PERSONS.*

KWUN TONG

FAMILY MEMBERS L CIVIC VALUES

HE CALLED ON KWUN TONG RESIDENTS TO WORK FOR THE HARMONY OF FAMILY UNITY AND THE COHESION OF THE COMMUNITY.

TONIGHT’S VARIETY SHOW FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY WELL-KNOWN SINGERS, CALLISTHENICS DEMONSTRATION, LION DANCE AND A SINGING DRAMA SHOWING THE LIVES OF LOCAL RESIDENTS.

„„„ FR0DUCED BY RAD,° TELEVISION HONG KONG, THE SHOW WILL BE BROADCAST ON TVB-JADE AT 10.30 PM NEXT SATURDAY (JANUARY 11).

FEST,VAL ’85, STARTED IN MID-DECEMBER, PROVIDED 21 EVENTS IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS.

IT WAS ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG FESTIVAL ’85 ORGANISING CO-ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, n?H-£E $ND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND COMMUNITY LEADERS AT 3650 000

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DISTANT RUN SERIES CONCLUDES ON CHEUNG CHAU * H * * *

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MICHAEL WU, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE STARTING CEREMONY OF THE FINAL RACE OF THE ISLANDS DISTANT RUN SERIES ON CHEUNG CHAU TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE CHEUNG CHAU RACE WILL ROUND UP THE RESULTS OF THREE PREVIOUS RACES AT MUI WO, PENG CHAU AND LAN A, AND THE OVERALL WINNER WILL BECOME CHAMPION OF THE SERIES.

THE AND

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE ISLANDS SPORTS ASSOCIATION THE ISLANDS DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISING COMMIT rF S DJHE RACES, HELD FOR THE FIRST TIME ON SUCH A LARGE SCALE, Wine. AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC INTEREST IN RUNNING AS WELL AS PROMOTING THE NATURAL BEAUTIES

CF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE STARTING CEREMONY OF THE CHEUNG CHAU DISTANT RUN TO BE OFFICIATED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, lS MICHAEL WU AT 11 AM AT THE CHEUNG CHAU SPORTSGROUND ON PEAK ROAD TOMORROW (SUNDAY). A PR IZE-PRESENTATI ON CEREMONY FOR THE OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE HELD AFTER THE EVENT.

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YOUTH CAMP ON CIVIC EDUCATION * * * * *

A ONE-DAY ORIENTATION CAMP FOR YOUTHS P -(TICIPATING IN THE SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION WILL BE HELD IN TSUEN WAN TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE CAMP IS THE FIRST EVENT IN THE SERIES OF ACTIVITIES CRGANISED BY THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD IN CONJUNCTION WITH SOCIAL SERVi ES GROUPS IN THE DISTRICT.

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IT WILL BE HELD IN THE YUEN YUEN INSTITUTE AT LO WAI ROAD IN TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

UC TRACTOR HELPS KEEP KAI TAK SAFE AND TIDY M M M

ONE OF THE LEAST KNOWN TASKS OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS THE CUTTING OF THE LARGE ACREAGE OF GRASS ADJOINING THE AIRPORT RUNWAY AT KAI TAK. A SPECIAL TRACTOR, TO WHICH A MECHANICAL MOWER IS ATTACHED, PERFORMS THIS TASK, WHICH IS AN ONGOING ONE.

GRASS-CUTTING HAS A VITAL BEARING ON AVIATION SAFETY. UNCUT GRASS, APART FROM ITS UNSIGHTLY APPEARANCE, CAN HARBOUR BIRfis WHICH MIGHT GET SUCKED INTO THE JET ENGINES OF AIRLINERS.

AT THE SAME TIME CUT GRASS MUST BE PROMPTLY AND EFFICIENTLY CLEARED, SINCE IT TOO COULD BE BLOWN INTO THE AIR AND AFFECT ENGINE PERFORMANCE.

THE SPECIAL TRACTOR. ACQUIRED LAST SUMMER. HAS AN ENCLOSED AND AIR-CONDITIONED CABIN, REDUCING THE IMPACT OF AIRCRAFT NOISE ON THE DRIVER, WHO KEEPS IN TOUCH WITH THE AIRPORT CONTROL TOWER BY RADIO.

HEADLIGHTS ENABLE THE TRACTOR TO BE USED AT NIGHT IF NECESSARY.

SMALLER LAWN-MOWERS ARE USED TO TRIM THE MORE REMOTE CORNERS OF GRASS.

THE COUNCIL HAS A 15-STRONG HORTICULTURAL TEAM AT THE AIRPORT, WHO ALSO TEND THE TREES, SHRUBS, FLOWERBEDS AND LANDSCAPED PRECINCTS AND ROADWAYS — MAKING HONG KONG A MORE PLEASANT AND WELCOMING PLACE FOR THE ARRIVING TRAVELLER.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1986

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BIG INCREASE IN SQUASH COURTS TO MEET DEMAND

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THIS YEAR THE URBAN COUNCIL IS ALMOST TREBLING THE NUMBER OF SQUASH COURTS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. THERE ARE NOW 17 URBAN COUNCIL COURTS BY THE END OF THE YEAR THERE SHOULD BE 52. FURTHER. THE COUNCIL WILL STEP UP ITS TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR THOSE WANTING TO TAKE UP THE SPORT.

THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO GROWING PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE GAME. SQUASH RACKETS MAY STILL BE A MINORITY SPORT COMPARED WITH. SAY, SOCCER, BASKETBALL OR COMPETITIVE SWIMMING, BUT THE GROWING DEMAND IS MADE CLEAR BY THE USAGE RATES OF COURTS NOW IN OPERATION.

FOR THE FOUR COURTS IN VICTORIA PARK THE RATE LAST YEAR WAS 98 PER CENT. THE THREE COURTS AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM WERE IN SIMILAR HEAVY DEMAND (99 PER CENT).

INTENSE INTEREST IN THE SPORT IS ALSO REFLECTED BY THE DEMAND FOR BASIC INSTRUCTION. IN THE 1985/86 SEASON THE URBAN COUNCIL IS PROVIDING BEGINNERS’ COURSES FOR 739 YOUNG PLAYERS, BUT FOR EVERY APPLICANT WHO WAS SUCCESSFUL ABOUT SIX HAD TO BE REGRETFULLY TOLD TO TRY AGAIN LATER, FOR LACK CF COURTS.

BECAUSE OF THIS SHORTAGE, THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS BEEN MAKING HEAVY USE OF COURTS OTHER THAN THOSE WHICH IT MANAGES ITSELF, FOR LEARN-TO-PLAY COURSES, EXAMPLES BEING THE SIX COURTS OF THE ISLAND SQUASH RACKETS CLUB IN BORRETT ROAD AND THE LIM POR YAN CENTRE COURTS IN KOWLOON. TH IS PRACTICE WILL CONTINUE. BUT THE SHORTAGE WILL BE EASED BY THE COMPLETION LAfER THIS YEAR OF COURTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

NOTABLE AMONG THESE NEW COURTS WILL BE THE 18 AT THE URBAN COUNCIL HONG KONG SQUASH CENTRE IN VICTORIA BARRACKS, WHICH SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR USE FROM AUGUST.

THE OTHERS ARE TWO COURTS AT THE LOCKHART ROAD INDOOR GAMES HALL IN WAN CHAI THREE AT THE HIU KONG STREET IGH IN KWUN TONG THREE AT THE CHUK YUEN IGH IN WONG TAI SIN FOUR AT THE NEW BOUNDARY STREET IGH FOUR AT THE PO ON ROAD MARKET COMPLEX IGH IN SHAM SHU I PO AND ONE AT THE NGAU CHI WAN COMPLEX IGH.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR SWIMMING POOL RESTAURANT * * * K * *

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF A GENERAL RESTAURANT AT THE NORTH KWAI CHUNG JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE TENDER WOULD BE FOR THREE YEARS FROM APRIL 1, 1986.

LOCATED NEXT TO THE MAIN POOL, THE RESTAURANT WILL HAVE ONE ENTRANCE FOR SWIMMERS AND ANOTHER AT THE WO Yl HOP ROAD, FOR NON-SWIMMING CUSTOMERS. THE POOL IS NEXT TO THE SHEK YAM ESTATE.

OPENED SINCE JULY 1984, IT HAS ATTRACTED MORE THAN 210 000 SWIMMERS DURING THE LAST SWIMMING SEASON.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE TO THE CHAIRMAN, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TENDER BOARD IN A PLAIN AND SEALED ENVELOPE WITH A SPECIALLY DESIGNED TENDER LABEL.

THEY SHOULD BE PUT IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE, AUSTIN CENTRE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, KOWLOON, BY 9 AM ON JANUARY 10, 1986.

TENDERERS MUST ATTACH TO EACH TENDER A RECEIPT SHOWING THAT THEY HAVE DEPOSITED 15 000 AT THE TREASURY REVENUE BRANCH, FIRST FLOOR, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG OR AT THE CAUSEWAY BAY SUB-TREASURY, CAUSEWAY BAY MAGISTRACY BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR, 20 ELECTRIC ROAD, HONG KONG.

DEPOSITS CAN ALSO BE MADE AT THE YAU MA TEI SUB-TREASURY, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, FOURTH FLOOR, KOWLOON OR AT THE KOWLOON CITY SUB-TREASURY, MAN SANG COMMERCIAL BUILDING, FIRST FLOOR, 348-352 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, ON THE NINTH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE ON TEL. 0-209204 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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COLOURFUL STAMP PACK OUT MONDAY * * * *

A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED STAMP PACK, CONTAINING TWO SETS OF PREVIOUSLY ISSUED STAMPS, WILL BE PUT OUT BY THE POST OFFICE ON MONDAY (JANUARY 6).

THE TWO SETS WILL FEATURE COLOURFUL LANTERNS OF THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AND THE TRADITIONAL DRAGON BOAT RACE.

♦THE PACK IS IDEAL AS A GIFT AS WELL AS FOR PERSONAL COLLECTION,+ A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IT WILL BE ON SALE AT $18 EACH AT THE PHILATELIC COUNTERS LOCATED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, TSIM SHA TSUI, GRANVILLE ROAD, PEAK AND AIRPORT OFFICES.

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FIRE PREVENTION VARIETY SHOW TOMORROW K * * *

FOR

THE

A FIRE 20 FIRE OPENING

PREVENTION VARIETY SHOW AND AN INAUGURATION CEREMONY WATCH TEAMS WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO MARK OF THE WONG TAI SIN FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN.

THE FUNCTION, TO BE HELD AT THE WONG TAI SIN FIRESTATION AT 2 PM. IS PART OF THE DISTRICT-WIDE DRIVE ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE TO PROMOTE THE AWARENESS OF FIRE HAZARDS.

A THREE-HOUR PROGRAMME INCLUDING FIRE-FIGHTING AND SELF-RESCUE DEMONSTRATIONS, SINGING, MAGIC SHOW AND ACROBATIC DISPLAYS WILL BE STAGED FOR THE PUBLIC.

A PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY ON FIRE PREVENTION MEASURES WILL ALSO BE LAID OUT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FUNCTION AT WONG TAI SIN FIRE STATION IN FUNG TAK STREET.

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FAMILY FUN DAY TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS ******

A FAMILY FUN DAY AIMED AT PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION AND CONCERN FOR SOCIETY WILL BE HELD IN MONG KOK TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE EVENT IS PART OF A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF THE MONTH-LONG CIVIC EDUCATION 30 CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN THE DISTRICT LAST MONTH.

ACTIVITIES WILL CENTRE ON ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS. THERE WILL BE A QUIZ COMPETITION, GAMES AND MATCHES, A SLIDE SHOW, A DRAMA, AND DANCING AND SINGING PERFORMANCES.

AN EXHIBITION WILL ALSO BE HELD TO ILLUSTRATE THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CITIZEN AS WELL AS THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTR ICT ADMINISTRATION.

RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FUN DAY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT SHARON LUTHERAN SCHOOL, CHERRY STREET, TAI KOK TSUI, FROM 2 PM.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK BRANCH OF THE YIN NGA I SOCIETY AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

ROAD SAFETY DAY FOR TUEN MUN RESIDENTS * * * *

THE MONTH-LONG TUEN MUN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, WHICH STARTED IN DECEMBER , WILL COME TO A CLOSE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) WITH A ROAD SAFETY DAY AT TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND IN HEUNG SZE HUI ROAD.

ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE TUEN MUN POLICE STATION, THE EVENT IS AIMED AT ALERTING RESIDENTS TO BE MORE AWARE CF THE NEGLIGENCE OF DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS IN CAUSING ROAD ACCIDENTS, THE PROPER USE AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES, AND TO REMIND CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF OBSERVING ROAD SAFETY RULES.

THERE WILL BE GAMES STALLS, COMPUTER GAMES AND AN EXHIBITION ON ROAD TRAFFIC RULES, WHILE A MINI ROAD SAFETY TOWN WILL ALSO BE PUT UP.

WINNERS OF A DRAWING COMPETITION TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY, AS WELL AS MODEL PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS CHOSEN AT TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD WILL RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES DURING THE EVENT.

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WONG-FATi DISTRICT CFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY; POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR MARTIN BROWN; DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR TRAFFIC, MR J.C. CLEMENCE; AND SENIOR STAFF OFFICER, MR D.G. ROBINSON, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY AT 2 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

DANCE COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN MONG KOK * * * *

AN OPEN DANCE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE MONG KOK KAIFONG ASSOCIATION CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE TO PROMOTE DANCING AMONG AMATEURS.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A LARGE-SCALE DANCE COMPETITION HAS BEEN ORGANISED IN THE DISTRICT.

A TOTAL OF 44 TEAMS FROM SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS WILL COMPETE FOR SPECIAL HONOURS IN THE THREE SECTIONS - CREATIVE, ORIENTAL, AND WESTERN DANCES.

THE COMPETITION IS SPONSORED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, bfl LAM KIN-MING.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 4.30 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT MONG KOK KAIFONG ASSOCIATION CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE, FUK TSUN STREET, TAI KOK TSU I.

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REST GARDENS FOR KWAI CHUNG * * *

TWO AREAS AT KWAI CHUNG ARE TO BE CONVERTED INTO REST GARDENS AND SITTING OUT AREAS.

ONE, WITH AN AREA OF 864 SQUARE METRES, IS BETWEEN WO YIP HOP ROAD AND SHEK YAM ROAD, WHILE THE OTHER, WITH AN AREA OF 966 SQUARE METRES, IS AT THE JUNCTION OF WO YIP HOP ROAD AND TAI LOONG STREET.

THEY WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH A FOUNTAIN, ARBOURS, BENCHES, PLANTERS, FLOWER BEDS AND FOOTPATHS.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH AND BE COMPLETED IN SIX MONTHS.

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KWAI CHUNG TRAFFIC CHANGES

TO FACILITATE SLOPE REPAIR WORKS IN LAI YIU ESTATE, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE CONVERTED TO ONE LANE TWO-WAY TRAFFIC FROM 9 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 7) FOR ABOUT NINE MONTHS:

* A SECTION OF ABOUT 120 METRES OF WAH YIU ROAD OUTSIDE KWAI CHUNG METHODIST COLLEGE; AND

* A SECTION OF LAI CHI LING ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH WAH YIU ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 80 METRES TO THE WEST.

IN ADDITION, THE RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENT FROM SOUTHBOUND WAH YIU ROAD TO WESTBOUND LAI CHI LING ROAD WILL BE BANNED. VEHICLES INCLUDING GREEN MINIBUSES SHOULD PROCEED ALONG SOUTHBOUND WAH' YIU ROAD, TAI WO INTERCHANGE, NORTHBOUND WAH YIU ROAD AND TURN LEFT INTO WESTBOUND LAI CHI LING ROAD.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE TRAFFIC DIVERSION, THE EXISTING STOPS OF GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES NO. 46M, 47M, 90M AND 91M ON BOTH SIDES OF WAH YIU ROAD OUTSIDE KWAI CHUNG METHODIST COLLEGE WILL BE CANCELLED. GREEN MINIBUSES ON THESE ROUTES CAN PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS OUTSIDE LOK YIU HOUSE.

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 7), THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF AUSTIN ROAD BETWEEN KWUN CHUNG STREET AND PILKEM STREET IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE MADE A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS AND GOODS.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY, THE EXISTING PROHIBITED ZONE AT THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS ADJACENT TO MAN WUI STREET BETWEEN MAN SING STREET AND FERRY STREET IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE LIFTED FOR TWO DAYS.

TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN SALT WATER CUT * * * M

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN AND ALL PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS BETWEEN TUESDAY (JANUARY 7) AND WEDNESDAY FOR MAINS WORK.

IN TUEN MUN. SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 PM ON TUESDAY TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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IN TSUEN WAN, SUPPLY TO PREMISES BOUNDED BY TAI HO ROAD, CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND CHAI WAN KOK STREET, INCLUDING YUEN TUN CIRCUIT, SHA TSUI ROAD, TSO KUNG STREET, HOI PA STREET, HEUNG CHE STREET AND TSUEN KING CIRCUIT WILL BE STOPPED FROM 10 AM

ON TUESDAY TO 10 AM THE NEXT DAY.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Sunday, January 5, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ELECTRICAL FIRES ARE MAIN DANGER............................. 1

AREA COMMITTEES' ROLE STRESSED .............................. 2

A LOOK aT WATCHES, CLOCKS INDUSTRY........................... 2

YOUTH BEHAVIOUR SURVEYED .................................... 3

NEW DATE FOR SYMPOSIUM ON LABOUR RELATIONS .................. 4

SEMINARS ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ORGANISED ............. 5

MEDICAL SCHEME SET UP FOR ELDERLY ........................... 6

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR SAFETY POSTER CONTEST .................... 6

CHINESE GARDEN NEXT TO LIN FA KUNG TEMPLE.................... 7

RECREATIONAL AREA FOR FERRY PIER............................. 8

PARK AMENITY FACILITIES TO BE IMPROVED ...................... 9

CATHOLIC BISHOP VISITS VR CaMP .............................. 9

OFFICES MOVE................................................. 9

BOaRD TO DISCUSS ANIMaL WaSTE POLLUTION ..................... 10

TENDERS CALLED FOR WATER SPORTS CENTRE RESTaURaNT ........... 11

PUBLIC INVITED TO TAKE PART IN 1986 FLOWER SHOW ............. 11

FLYOVER, ROAD CLOSED FOR REPAIRS............................. 12

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 1986

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ELECTRICAL FIRES ARE MAIN DANGER ******

ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY, OVERLOADING OF CIRCUITS AND THE USE OF SUS-STANDARD WIRES AND SOCKETS WERE THE MAIN CAUSES OF ELECTRICAL FIRES, THE DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF KOWLOON FIRE COMMAND, MR WU KWAN-KUEN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THESE CAUSED 36 PER CENT OF SOME 700 FIRES REPORTED IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FIRE PREVENTION DAY, MR WU POINTED OUT THAT ELECTRICAL FIRES WERE 3Y FAR THE MOST SERIOUS FIRE HAZARDS.

+THEY THREATEN LIVES AND CAUSE INCONVENIENCES TO RESIDENTS,+ HE SAID.

URGENT MEASURES WERE REQUIRED TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION,+ HE ADDED.

HE ALSO REFERRED TO THE SETTING UP OF 20 FIRE WATCH TEAMS IN THE DISTRICT’S SQUATTER AREAS, AND PRAISED THE PEOPLE FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN CALLING FOR HELP AND HELPING TO EVACUATE RESIDENTS, MAINTAINING ORDER AND FOR LEADING FIREMEN TO THE SCENES OF FIRES.

+ BY DOING SO THEY HELP THE FIREMEN TO TAKE PROMPT ACTION, THUS REDUCING LOSSES,* MR WU SAID.

FORTY-SEVEN PEOPLE WERE INJURED AND ONE PERSON DIED IN FIRES IN WONG TAI SIN LAST YEAR.

TODAY’S FUNCTION AT THE WONG TAI SIN FIRE STATION WAS PART OF THE DISTRICT-WIDE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

A THREE -HOUR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME, INCLUDING FIRE-FIGHTING AND SELF-RESCUE DEMONSTRATIONS, SINGING, MAGIC SHOWS AND ACROBATIC DISPLAYS, WAS STAGED FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THERE WAS ALSO A PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAY Op FIRE PREVENTION MEASURES.

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AREA COMMITTEES’ ROLE STRESSED

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AREA COMMITTEES PROVIDE A GOOD TRAINING GROUND FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO SERVE THEIR COMMUNITY, KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING AT THE PING SHEK-KAI YIP CARNIVAL, HE SAID AMONG THE 30 MEMBERS OF THE CURRENT KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, HALF CAME FROM LOCAL AREA COMMITTEES.

LAST TERM, 13 OF THE 24 UNOFFICIAL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS 'WERE ALSO CHAIRMEN OR MEMBERS OF AREA COMMITTEES, HE SAID.

MR MAK SAID THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WOULD RELY ON PEOPLE WHO ARE WELL ACQUAINTED WITH COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

♦AREA COMMITTEES ARE PRECISELY THE PLACE WHERE LOCAL PEOPLE CAN LEARN MORE ON COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND GAIN EXPERIENCE,* HE SAID.

IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING WORKLOAD OF AREA COMMITTEES, MR MAK SAID THE DISTRICT OFFICE WOULD PROPOSE TO THE DISTRICT BOARD THAT MORE FUNDS BE ALLOCATED TO THEM IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, THE BOARD ALLOCATED $210 000 TO THE 14 AREA COMMITTEES, REPRESENTING ABOUT 10 PER CENT OF ITS TOTAL BUDGET.

MR MAK ALSO CALLED ON AREA COMMITTEES TO KEEP UP THEIR ROLE AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

TODAY’S CARNIVAL WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE PING SHEK-KAI YIP AREA COMMITTEE, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE LOCAL MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD TO CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PING SHEK-KAI YIP AREA COMMITTEE.

A LOOK AT WATCHES, CLOCKS INDUSTRY

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THE FIRST AT THE WATCHES

OF A NEW SERIES OF INDUSTRY PROFILES, WHICH LOOKS AND CLOCKS INDUSTRY, HAS JJST BEEN PUBLISHED.

THE STUDY

WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND IS BASED ON INTERVIEWS AND CONSULTATIONS WITH MANUFACTURERS. INDUSTRY AND TRADE ORGANISATIONS AND RESEARCH.

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'HE SERIES WILL LOOK AT MANUFACTURING SECTORS FOR WHICH CONSULTANCY STUDIES HAVE NOT BEEN COMMISSIONED BY THE DEPARTMENT FRO" OUTSIDE ORGANISATIONS. IT WILL SEEK TO ESTABLISH THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE INDUSTRIES CONCERNED AND TO SUGGEST POSSIBLE

FUTURE TRENDS.

AMONG THE PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED IN THE WATCHES AND CLOCKS STUDY ARE : COMPETITION AND LOW PROFIT MARGIN, PROTECTIONISM, PATENT AND COPYRIGHT DISPUTES, OVER-DEPENDENCE ON OVERSEAS SUPPLIES OF MOVEMENTS AND MODULE PARTS, A RELUCTANCE TO GO UP-MARKET, A LABOUR SHORTAGE, PARTICULARLY OF EXPERIENCED PRODUCT DESIGNERS.

COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT.

THE NEXT SURVEY WILL BE ON THE OPTICS AND PHOTOGRAPHICS INDUSTRY. IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE REGULAR BIENNIAL SURVEY OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN MID 1986.

YOUTH BEHAVIOUR SURVEYED

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AN EXTENSIVE SURVEY OF THE CHARACTERISTICS, ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOUR OF LOCAL YOUTHS HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON PROBLEM YOUTH, MR MA YAT-CHEUNG, SAID: +AN INTERVIEW EXERCISE BASED ON A STANDARD QUESTIONNAIRE STARTED YESTERDAY, AND IN ABOUT A MONTH’S TIME, 5 OOO YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 21 WILL BE INTERVIEWED.

+0F THE SAMPLES SELECTED, 3 369 LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING, 1 318 IN PRIVATE HOUSING, AND 335 IN SQUATTER AREAS.+

SOME 150 VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN RECRUITED FROM YOUTH CENTRES AND CHURCHES TO CARRY OUT THE SURVEY.

MR MA ASKED YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT TO CO-OPERATE IN COMPLETING QUESTIONNAIRES WHEN APPROACHED BY INTERVIEWERS.

INITIATED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE SURVEY SEEKS TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUTHS IN THE DISTRICT, ESPECIALLY THE SO-CALLED PROBLEM YOUTHS, AND TO -ACILITATE BETTER PLANNING -OR YOUTHS IN KWUN TONG.

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TO ARRIVE AT A SOCIAL DEFINITION OF PROBLEM YOUTH, A <?UPPLCMFNTARY SURVEY WILL ALSO BE CONDUCTED TO GAUGE PUBLIC OPINION ON VARIOUS TYPES OF BEHAVIOUR, MR MA SAID.

+THE RESULTS OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY SURVEY WILL BE USED AS THE BASIS FOR THE CLASSIFICATION OF ’PROBLEM YOUTH’ IN THE maIn SURVEY.+

COSTING $50 000, THE SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR THE WORKING GROUP BY THF DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.' THE REPORT IS EXPECTED IN APRIL.

NEW DATE FOR SYMPOSIUM ON LABOUR RELATIONS

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THE SYMPOSIUM ON LABOUR RELATIONS IN THE RESTAURANT AND CATERING INDUSTRY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE HELD ON JANUARY 28 (TUESDAY) AT THE SHERATON HOTEL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE SYMPOSIUM WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 7 BUT WAS POSTPONED BECAUSE OF CHANGES OF GUEST SPEAKERS.

THE HALF-DAY SYMPOSIUM IS DESIGNED FOR EMPLOYERS, PERSONNEL AND MANAGEMENT STAFF, AND TRADE UNION MEMBERS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON LABOUR-MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

IT WILL ALSO HELP PARTICIPANTS GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THE SYMPOSIUM WILL BE OPENED BY MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR TAM YIU-CHUNG, MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND MR RON BRIDGE, COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE SYMPOSIUM MAY CONTACT THE LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON ''-3523511 FOR APPLICATION AND ENQUIRIES.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 1986


SEMINARS ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ORGANISED * * * * *

FOUR SEMINARS WILL 3E HELD IN TAI PO TO ENHANCE RESIDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND TO ENCOURAGE THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN MARCH.

THE SEMINARS ARE ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT WORKING GROUP ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

TAI PO RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SEMINARS AND EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

THE SCHEDULE OF THE SEMINARS IS AS FOLLOW:- PARTICIPANTS

DATE/TIME VENUE SPEAKER

JANUARY 12, 11 AM TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE MR MICHAEL LAI, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

JANUARY 13, 4 PM TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE MS LAM WAILING, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

JANUARY 19, 11 AM TAI YUEN COMMUNITY HALL MR LEE HO-FAI, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

JANUARY 26, tl AM KWONG FUK ESTATE PODIUM MR KWONG KAITO, DISTRICT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

BOARD MEMBER

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINARS

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 1936

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MEDICAL SCHEME SET UP FOR ELDERLY

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A SCHEME PROVIDING MEDICAL SERVICES AT A REDUCED RATE TO SENIOR RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HAS RECENTLY BEEN INTRODUCED.

THE SCHEME, INTRODUCED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, IS AIMED AT PROVIDING PRIORITY MEDICAL AND DENTAL TREATMENT AT REDUCED COST FOR PEOPLE AGED 60 OR ABOVE.

ACCORDING TO THE 1981 CENSUS, THERE ARE ABOUT 19 500 PEOPLE WHO ARE ABOVE 60 YEARS OLD IN THE DISTRICT, CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR KO TAM-KAN, SAID.

+ A NUMBER OF PRIVATE DOCTORS AND DENTISTS IN THE DISTRICT HAVE AGREED TO OFFER DISCRETIONARY REDUCTION RATES FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE JOINED THE SCHEME AND WE HOPE MORE WILL SIGN UP TO SUPPORT THIS WORTHY PROJECT,+ HE SAID.

THE SCHEME WILL BE REVIEWED AFTER 12 MONTHS. ENQUIRIES ABOUT DETAILS OF THE SCHEME CAN BE MADE TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON 5-^24429, ITS WAH FU SUB-OFFICE ON 5-509181, OR ITS STANLEY SUB-OFFICE ON 5-8130689.

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR SAFETY POSTER CONTEST

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ENTRIES ARE SOUGHT FOR THE 18TH ANNUAL INDUSTRIAL SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION, OPEN TO STUDENTS BETWEEN 14 AND 22 YEARS OF AGE.

ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT PROMOTING THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AT WORK.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT EFFECTIVELY DESIGNED POSTERS FORMED AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE ENTIRE ACCIDENTPREVENTION PLAN TO REDUCE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

HE SAID THE POSTERS SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO GENERATE AND SUSTAIN SAFETY AWARENESS.

ENTRIES WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO DIVISIONS: DIVISION ’A’ FOR STUDENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WHILE DIVISION ’B’ WILL BE FOR POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES AND VOCATIONAL INSTITUTES.

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DESIGNS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ON A SHEET OF DRAWING PAPER OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ORGANISATION, A2 SIZE (420 MM X 594 MM).

THOSE WHO QUALIFY FOR ’A’ DIVISION MAY ALSO SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR THE ’3’ DIVISION, BUT ONE ENTRY SHOULD NOT BE MADc TO BOTH DIVISIONS.

♦THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER OF DESIGNS SUBMITTED BY ANY STUDENT,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE PANEL OF JUDGES WILL BE MADE UP OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN OF LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CREATIVE SUB-DIVISION OF INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE ADJUDICATION OF ENTRIES WILL TAKE PLACE IN EARLY FEBRUARY.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE SENT BY JANUARY 30 TO THE ,NDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE AT 13TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD IN CENTRAL.

COPIES OF THE OBJECT AND RULES OF THE COMPETITION ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE AND THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, FIFTH FLOOR, NORTH POINT.

CHINESE GARDEN NEXT TO LIN FA KUNG TEMPLE * * * * *

FUTURE VISITORS TO THE POPULAR LIN FA KUNG TEMPLE IN

TAI HANG, CAUSEWAY BAY, WILL BE ABLE TO RELAX IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF PEACE, TRANQUILITY AND SECLUSION IN A NEARBY SCENIC CHINESE GARDEN.

♦ A 3 300-SQUARE-METRE SITE NEXT TO THE TEMPLE WILL SOON BE DEVELOPED INTO A S2.75 MILLION CHINESE GARDEN,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL TODAY.

AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, ALL EXISTING TREES, PLANTS AND FOLIAGE ON THE SITE WOULD BE PRESERVED TO GIVE A NATURAL LOOK TO THE GARDEN, HE SAID.

♦THE PROJECT HAS BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO HARMONISE WITH THE SERENE ATMOSPHERE OF THE TEMPLE, SO NO PLAY EQUIPMENT WILL EE PROVIDED THERE,* HE SAID.

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♦ALSO, TO TIE IN WITH THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF THE TEMPLE, NATURAL MATERIALS SUCH AS STONE AND WOOD, WILL BE USED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WHOLE PROJECT.

♦WHEN COMPLETED IN OCTOBER, THE GARDEN WILL COMPRISt TWO CHINESE PAVILIONS WITH CHESS TABLES, BENCHES, ARBOURS AND PLANTERS.

♦THE EXISTING SITTING-OUT AREA IN THE VICINITY WILL ALSO BE ABSORBED INTO THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN.+

LIN FA KUNG TEMPLE WAS BUILT IN 1864 DURING THE REIGN CF TONG ZHI IN THE QING DYNASTY. IT IS DEDICATED TO THE WORSHIP OF KWUN YUM, THE BUDDHIST GODDESS OF MERCY.

THE TEMPLE IS UNIQUE IN THAT THE BUILDING IS SHAPED LIKE A LOTUS, WHICH IS THE NAME OF THE TEMPLE.

, THE TEMPLE HAS BEEN fHE ANTIQUITIES AND

THE MANAGEMENT OF THE

BECAUSE OF ITS HISTORICAL VALUE LISTED AS AN HISTORICAL BUILDING BY MONUMENTS OFFICE, AND HAS BEEN UNDER CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE SINCE 1975

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RECREATIONAL AREA FOR FERRY PIER * * * * *

THE AREA IN FRONT OF KWUN TONG FERRY PIER IS TO BE TURNED INTO A SQUARE WITH THREE RECREATIONAL AREAS.

THEY WILL INCLUDE A WATER CASCADE, A POND, A +PAI LAU+ AND PAVILION. BENCHES, PLANTERS AND PARK LIGHTING WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED FOR THE 5 5OO-SQUARE-METRE LANDSCAPED SITE.

THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

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PARK AMENITY FACILITIES TO BE IMPROVED

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WORK WILL START NEXT MONTH TO IMPROVE THE BOATING POND AND CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND IN VICTORIA PARK.

THIS INVOLVES ENLARGEMENT OF THE POOL FOR MODEL BOATS AND THE PROVISION OF SPECTATOR AREAS AROUND THE POOL.

THE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND WILL ALSO BE RECONSTRUCTED AND MODERN PLAY EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY MATTING PROVIDED.

THE WORK WILL TAKE SEVEN MONTHS.

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS BY NOON ON JANUARY 24.

CATHOLIC BISHOP VISITS VR CAMP * * * *

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF HONG KONG, THE MOST REV JOHN BAPTIST WU, VISITED BOWRING CLOSED CENTRE IN TUEN MUN TODAY (SUNDAY) TO SAY MASS FOR THE REFUGEES THERE.

HE FIRST TOURED THE CENTRE’S FACILITIES INCLUDING THE DORMITORIES, CLASSROOMS AND SICK BAY.

BOWRING CLOSED CENTRE, OPENED IN MARCH LAST YEAR, HAS AT PRESENT ABOUT 1 OOO REFUGEES.

BISHOP WU WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE CHAPLAINS AND SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

OFFICES MOVE * *

THREE DIVISIONAL OFFICES OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE IN KOWLOON HAVE MOVED TO THE 5TH FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN YAU MA TEI.

THE DIVISIONAL OFFICES ARE FOR K-l mND K-3, FORMERLY LOCATED ON GROUND FLOOR, 14-16 HUNG HOM WAN STREET; AND K-2, PREVIOUSLY ON 22ND FLOOR, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, DUNDAS STREET.

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THE THREE OFFICES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR FACTORY INSPECTIONS AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS IN THE DISTRICTS FROM TSIM SHA TSUI TO SOUTH MONG KOK, INCLUDING TO KWA WAN AND HUNG HOM.

THE NEW ENQUIRIES TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE 3-7231042 FOR K-l, 3-688111 EXT. 426 FOR K-2 AND 3-7230054 FOR K-3.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS ANIMAL WASTE POLLUTION

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE CONSULTATIVE PAPER ON THE CONTROL OF POLLUTION CAUSED BY ANIMAL WASTES AT THEIR MEETING ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 7).

THE PAPER LISTS THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNTREATED ANIMAL WASTE DISCHARGE AND EXPLORES VARIOUS OPTIONS OF CONTROL EITHER IN EXISTENCE OR UNDER CONSIDERATION.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED AND ASKED TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON A PAPER FOR THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR TSUEN WAN DISTRICT.

THE PAPER, PRESENTED BY THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, GIVES GENERAL OVERALL PLANNING PROPOSALS FOR WORKS IN THE DISTRICT, AND REPORTS ON WORKS COMPLETED DURING THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

APART FROM THIS, THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL PRESENT PAPERS ON THE SERVICED LAND AVAILABILITY AND ON ESTIMATES OF POPULATION AND LIVING QUARTERS IN THE DISTRICT FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS AND COMMENT ON THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD REPORT.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA, THE BOARD’S REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL.

REPORTS OF VARIOUS COMMITTEES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE TABLED IN THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2.30 PM ON JANUARY 7 (TUESDAY) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 1986

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TENDERS CALLED FOR WATER SPORTS CENTRE RESTAURANT * * * *

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF A GENERAL RESTAURANT AT TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORTS CENTRE FOR THREE YEARS STARTNG MARCH 1.

THE CENTRE IS SITUATED NEAR THE MAIN DAM OF THE PLOVER COVE IN TAI PO AND IS ABOUT 20 MINUTES BY BUS FROM TAI PO.

IT IS AN IDEAL SPOT FOR CANOEING, SAILING AND WINDSURFING, AND IS THE MOST POPULAR WATER SPORTS CENTRE MANAGED BY THE GOVERNMENT. LAST YEAR MORE THAN 23 000 SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS USED ITS FACILITIES.

TENDERS FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RSD’S TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, FOURTH FLOOR, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO. CLOSING DATE IS JANUARY 17.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT TEL 0-6577111, EXTENSION 124, DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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PUBLIC INVITED TO TAKE PART IN 1986 FLOWER SHOW M * * *

FLOWER-LOVERS ARE REMINDED THAT NOw IS THE TIME TO BE MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL FLOWER SHOW 1986, WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL EXHIBITION HALL BETWEEN MARCH 14 AND 16.

♦APART FROM SHARING THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS IN HORTICULTURE WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC, PARTICIPANTS ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN TROPHIES AND PRIZE MONEY,+ A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THE EVENT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO 13 SECTIONS COVERING ALMOST EVERY ASPECT OF HORTICULTURE, NAMELY CUT FLOwERS, SCENTED CUT FLOWERS, ORCHIDS, POT PLANTS, AFRICAN VIOLETS, BONSAI-TYPE PLANTS, WESTERN-STYLE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT, ORIENTAL-STYLE FLORAL ARRANGEMENT, FLORAL ART BY CHILDREN, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT GARDEN COMPETITION (SMALL GARDEN PLOT), USD GARDEN COMPETITION (LARGE GARDEN PLOT), SCHOOL GARDEN PLOT COMPETITION, AND SCHOOL CHILDREN POT-FLOWER GROWING COMPETITION.

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+THE SHOW HAS PROVED TO BE INCREASING POPULAR IN THE PAST 18 YEARS AND LAST YEAR ATTRACTED A RECORD ENTRY OF 1 423 COMPETITIVE EXHIBITS FROM 501 FLOWER-LOVERS,+ ADDED THE SPOKESMAN.

ENTRY FORMS AND FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY JANUARY 6) FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, 1/F, CLUB LUSITANO BUILDING, ICE HOUSE STREET, CENTRAL THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING. CENTRAL AND ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS FEBRUARY 21.

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FLYOVER, ROAD CLOSED FOR REPAIRS * * * * *

CHOI HUNG INTERCHANGE FLYOVER LEADING FROM CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WESTBOUND TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WESTBOUND WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5.30 AM FROM WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 8) TO JANUARY 15 TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORKS AT THE ABUTMENTS OF THE UP RAMP AND DOWN RAMP OF THE FLYOVER.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND, HAMMER HILL ROAD SOUTHBOUND, CHOI HUNG ROAD WESTBOUND, SAN PO KONG INTERCHANGE FLYOVER BEFORE REJOINING PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WESTBOUND.

MEANWHILE, FROM 12.30 PM TO 6 PM ON JANUARY 8, A SECTION OF CANTON ROAD BETWEEN NAM TAU STREET AND ARGYLE STREET AND A SECTION OF SHAM CHUN STREET BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND NAM TAU STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO ALLOW THE +CLEAN MARKET STALL COMPETITION*, TO BE HELD.

VEHICLES ON CANTON ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR ARGYLE STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NELSON STREET AND RECLAMATION STREET.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE) NO,

NOVEMBER MONETARY STATISTICS RELEASED ....................... 1

PRICE, VOLUME CHANGES IN OCTOBER EXTERNAL TRaDE.............. 5

EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES PAYROLL SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED......... 10

HILL PIRES CAUSE BIG DAMAGE.................................. 10

KEEN BIDS FOR LUNAR N0r7 YEAR FAIR SITES .................... 11

SUBMARINE OUTFALL TO BE BUILT AT NORTH POINT ................ 12

BOARD TO DISCUSS BRITISH NATIONALITY ORDER .................. 13

DB MEMBERS LOOK AT TRANSPORT FACILITIES ..................... 13

BOARD TO DISCUSS HANKER, MARKET POLICIES .................... 14

TIN LOK LANE PROHIBITED ZONE................................. 14

TAPS OFF IN TWO AREAS ....................................... 15

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 1936

NOVEMBER MONETARY STATISTICS RELEASED * * *

HONG KONG DOLLAR AND FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS CONTINUED TO GROW IN NOVEMBER, ACCORDING TO MONETARY STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY. THE INCREASE IN FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS REMAINED FASTER THAN HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS.

MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS INCREASED, WITH THE TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY INCREASING MORE RAPIDLY THAN THE CORRESPONDING HONG KONG DOLLAR COMPONENTS.

LOAN DEMAND INCREASED MODERATELY IN NOVEMBER. LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG REVERSED THE FALLING TREND AND WERE UP MARGINALLY: OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG INCREASED MORE RAPIDLY.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 0.4 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 1.5 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 1.9 PER CENT AND OVER THE 12 MONTHS THE GROWTH RATE WAS 12.1 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY IN NOVEMBER BY 2.8 PER CENT, AFTER HAVING INCREASED BY 2.5 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS GREW BY 7.3 DER CENT AND OVER THE 12 MONTHS THE GROWTH RATE WAS 37.1 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS INCREASED BY 1.8 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER, REVERSING THE DECLINE OF 1.3 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREw SLIGHTLY FASTER, AT 0.5 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER AND 2.0 PER CENT IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER! FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, ON THE OTHER HAND, GREW AT 2.9 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER, THE SAME AS IN OCTOBER, AND AT 7.9 PER CENT IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER. .

DEPOSITS (ALL CURRENCIES) WITH BANKS INCREASED BY 2.0 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 2.5 PER CENT IN OCTOBER? TOTAL DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WERE VIRTUALLY UNCHANGED IN NOVEMBER AFTER HAVING DECREASED BY 0.2 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER, THE GROWTH OF TOTAL DEPOSITS wITH BANKS, AT 5.7 PER CENT, WAS MORE RAPID THAN THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, AT A MODEST 0.4 PER CENT. OVER THE 12 MONTHS, THE GROWTH OF DEPOSITS WITH BANKS WAS 27.2 PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WAS 11.0 PEP CENT.

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HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY

HONG KONG DOLLAR SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS GREW MODESTLY. H<$M1 (THE NARROWEST DEFINITION) ROSE BY 0.4 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER, REVERSING THE DECLINE OF 0.5 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. THE GROWTH WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE RAPID INCREASE IN THE PUBLIC HOLDINGS OF LEGAL TENDER NOTES AND COINS WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE DECLINE IN HONG KONG DOLLAR DEMAND DEPOSITS, THE OTHER COMPONENT CF HK$M1. HK$M2 AND HK$M3 ROSE BY 0.9 PER CENT AND 0.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN OCTOBER WERE 1.4 PER CENT AND 1.2 PER CENT. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER, H<$M1 AND HK$M2 GREW AT THE SAME RATE, OF 2.6 PER CENT, WHILE RK$M3 GREW BY 2.3 PER CENT? OVER THE 12 MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES WERE 29.1 PER CENT, 16.1 PER CENT AND 14.0 PER CENT.

AFTER ADJUSTING FOR SWAP DEPOSITS, HK$M2 AND HK$M3 GREW SLIGHTLY FASTER, AT 12.0 PER CENT AND 0.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN NOVEMBER. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER,THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES WERE 2.5 PER CENT AND 2.3 PER CENT.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS ROSE IN NOVEMBER.

TOTAL Ml GREW BY 0.7 PER CENT, AFTER HAVING FALLEN BY 2.1 PER

CENT IN OCTOBER. TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3 GREW BY 2.0 PER CENT AND

1.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES IN OCTOBER WERE 2.2 PER CENT AND 1.8 PER CENT. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER, TOTAL Ml GREW BY 2.1 PER CENT, TOTAL M2 BY 5.5 PER CENT AND TOTAL M3 BY 4.6 PER CENT; OVER THE 12 MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES WERE 29.0 PER CENT, 27.2 PER CENT AND 24.3 PER CENT.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY 1.8 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER, FOLLOWING A 0,7 PER CENT ,N OCTOBER. IN THE THREE MONTHS 19 r°oEo?oR THESE GREW BY 2«7 PER CENT AND OVER THE 12 MONTHS BY 6.3 PER CENT.

LOANS DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLAR GREW BY 1 5 PER CENT AhfD LOANS „DEN0M ।N ATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES GREW BY 2.1 PER ^NT. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER, THE FORMER GREW BY 1.6 PER CENT WHILE THE LATTER GREW BY 3.9 PER CENT

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WITHIN THE TOTAL, LOANS TO KONG REVERSED THE FALLING TREND

FINANCE STARTED 0.1 PER

VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG IN MAY THIS YEAR TO REGISTER

CENT.

SOME GROWTH, ALBEIT MINIMAL, AT

TO NOVEMBER, THESE LOANS FELL BY 2 6 PER CENT MONTH, THE f^ALL WAS 7.5 PER CENT.

IN THE THREE AND OVER THE

MONTHS 12

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW BY

2.3 PER CENT

IN

OCTOBER. IN THE

NOVEMBER, FOLLOWING A DROP OF 0.3 PER CENT IN

THREE MONTHS TO NOVEMBER^ THEY GREW BY 3.1 PER CENT AND OVER THE

12 MONTHS BY 8.7 PER CENT.

LIQUIDITY RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS ROSE TO 51.6 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER FROM 50.9 PER CENT IN OCTOBER. THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 24A OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) ROSE STRONGLY TO 46.3 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER FROM 42.4 PER CENT IN OCTOBER.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS ROSE BY 2 TO 143. THE NUMBERS OF REPORTING LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCAHNGED, AT 35 AND 280 RESPECTIVELY.

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hOLf/i A.'<Y Nov 1985 STAT1SI ICS - UUVL1BEK 1985

Earlier montlis C d'Jian)

(% change to November 1985)

Money, Supply Hl - hf4 41,293 Oct 1985 41,139 ( + 0.4%) Aug 1985 40,257 (+ 2.6%) Lov 1^34 31,997 (+29.1’/.)

Foreign currency 3,760 3,584 (+ 4.9%) 3,891 (- 3.4%) 2,931 (4-28.3%)

Total 45,054 44,723 (+ 0.7%) 44,147 (4 2.1%) 34,928 (+29.0%)

M2 - HK$ 191,746 190,041 (+ 0.9%) J 86,868 (+ 2.6%) 165,138 (+16.1%)

Foreign currency 190,255 184,375 (+ 3.2%) 175,164 (+ 3.6%) 135.114 (+40.8%)

Total 382,001 374,416 (+ 2.0%) 362,031 (+ 5.5%) 300,252 (+27.2%)

M3 - HK$ 229,941 228,582 (+ 0.6%) 224,802 (4- 2.3%) 201,649 (+14.0%)

Foreign currency 235,162 228,828 ( + 2.8%) 220,035 (+ 6.9%) 172,549 (+36.3%)

Total 465,102 457,411 (4- 1.7%) 444,837 (4 4.6%) 374,199 (+24.3%)

Demand deposits 28,494 28,533 (- 0.1%) 28,158 (+ 1.2%) 22,194 (+28.4%)

Savings deposits 98,063 97,942 (+ 0.1%) 96,760 (+ 1.3%) 75,566 (+29.8%)

Time deposits with banks 232,997 226,053 (+ 3.1%) 215,295 ( + 8.2%) 134,938 (+26.0%)

Time deposits with dies 80,015 80,002 ( • ) 79,709 (+ 0.4%) 72,103 (+11.0%)

All HK$ deposits 209,703 208,895 (+ 0.4%) 205,693 (+ 1.9%) 187,085 (+12.1%)

All foreign currency deposits 229,866 223,636 (4- 2.8%) 214,229 (+ 7.3%) 167,715 (+37.1%)

Total 439,569 432,531 (4- 1.6%) 419,922 (4- 4.7%) 354,801 (+23.9%)

Loans and advances

To finance Hong Kong’s visible 30,259 30,227 (4- 0.1%) 31,079 (- 2.6%) 32,709 (- 7.5%)

trade

To finance merchandising trade 3,860 4,728 (-18.4%) 4,353 (-11.3%) 4,555 (-15.3%)

not touching Hong Kong Other loans for use in Hong Kong 238,559 233,125 (4- 2.3%) 231,333 (4- 3.1%) 219,442 (+ 8.7%)

Other loans for use outside Hong 150,203 149,446 (+ 0.5%) 148,069 (+ 1.4%) 142,996 (+ 5.0%)

Kong

Other loans where the place of use 23,285 20,682 (+12.6%) 19,390 (+20.1%) 19,922 (+16.9%)

is not known

All loans in HKj 222,369 219,090 (+ 1.5%) 218,927 (+ 1.6%) 205,736 (+ 8.1%)

All loans in foreign currencies 223,796 219,117 (+ 2.1%) 215,297 (+ 3.9%) 2x3,887 (+ 4.6%)

Total 446,165 43®,207 (+ 1.8%) 434,224 (4- 2.7%) 419,623 (+ 6.3X)

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PRICE, VOLUME CHANGES IN OCTOBER EXTERNAL TRADE * * * *

COMPARING THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECLINED BY SEVEN PER CENT WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 29 PER CENT, GIVING AN INCREASE OF SIX PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IMPORTS INCREASED BY SIX PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS REMAINED UNCHANGED AND THOSE OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY TWO PER CENT. PRICES OF IMPORTS DROPPED BY THREE PER CENT.

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

COMPARING OCTOBER 1985 WITH OCTOBER 1984, THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS DROPPED BY ONE PER CENT, COMPRISING AN INCREASE CF EIGHT PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS AND A DECLINE OF SEVEN PER CENT IN THAT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY FOUR PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS DROPPED BY FOUR PER CENT AND ONE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, PRICES DECREASED BY THREE PER CENT. PRICES OF IMPORTS DECREASED BY TWO 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) REMAINED AT THE SAME LEVEL AS IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE 12 MONTHS ENDING OCTOBER 1985 WITH THE 12 MONTHS ENDING OCTOBER 1984, THE VOLUME CF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY SIX PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 29 PER CENT, GIVING AN INCREASE OF SEVEN PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS.

MEANWHILE, THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS ROSE BY SEVEN PER CENT. PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE, ON AVERAGE, BY TWO PER CENT AND THREE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THAT CF IMPORTS DROPPED BY TWO PER CENT.

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

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

INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED FOR SOME COMMODITY GROUPS SUCH AS ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+FIVE PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+THREE PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+THREE PER CENT).

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF MANY COMMODITY GROUPS DECREASED IN OCTOBER 1985 COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-32 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-31 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-27 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-25 PER CENT); ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-20 PER CENT) AS wELL AS DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-19 PER CENT). HOWEVER, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+20 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+EIGHT PER CENT)} FOOTWEAR (+SIX PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE FABRICS (+THREE PER CENT).

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

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORT PRICES OF SOME END-USE CATEGORIES DECREASED IN OCTOBER 1985 AS COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984, RANGING FROM FIVE PER CENT FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES TO EIGHT PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS. THE IMPORT PRICES OF CONSUMER GOODS AND CAPITAL GOODS BOTH ROSE BY TWO PER CENT IN OCTOBER 1985 AS COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984.

MANY OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS IN OCTOBER 1985 COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984. SIFNIFICANT GROWTHS WERE RECORDED FOR SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD; LIVE POULTRY; TEA AND COFFEE; MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS’ MILK, BUTTER, CHEESE AND EGGS; FRUIT; RICE AS WELL AS VEGETABLES. HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR WHEAT AND FLOUR AS WELL AS SUGAR.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MANY CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; WATCHES; FOOTWEAR; TOBACCO MANUFACTURES AS WELL AS CLOTHING.

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS; HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES; PASSENGER MOTOR CARS AS WELL AS CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.

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THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SOME RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE IN OCTOBER 1985 COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984, INCLUDING IRON AND STEEL I DYING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS; WATCH AND CLOCK MOVEMENTS, CASES AND PARTS; COTTON YARN AND THREAD; SPECIAL TEXTILE FABRICS FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES; YARN OF MAN-MADE FIBRES; WOVEN COTTON FABRICS AS WELL AS WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK.

DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR MAN-MADE FIBRES; WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR; THERMIONIC CATHODE VALVES AND TUbEo, DIODES, TRANSISTORS AND ELECTRICAL MICROCIRCUITS; YARN OF wOOL AND MIXTURES; CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS AS WELL Ao PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS.

IMPORTS OF FUELS ROSE BY TWO PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN OCTOBER 1985 COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SOME COMMODITIES INCREASED IN OCTOBER 1985 OVER OCTOBER 1984, THE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT AND INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY. DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR OFFICE MACHINES AND CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR OCTOBER AND FOR JANUARY-OCTOBER OF lQb5 AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1984 ARE SHOwN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF SOME END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN OCTOBER 1985 WHEN COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984, RANGING FROM 12 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS AS WELL AS RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES TO 23 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS. HOwEVER, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS AND FUELS DECREASED BY 12 PER CENT AND FIVE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN OCTOBER 1985 AS COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1984.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE OCTOBER 1985 ISSUE OF THE + HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS*, AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON JANUARY 10 AT HK$2 PER COPY.

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Table 1 t Changes in domestic exports ty commodity group

Commodity group Comparing October 1985 with October 1984 Comparing Jan.-Oot. 19^5 with Jan.-Oct. 1984

Value /° Unit value % Volume % Value % Unit value /® Volune %

Clothing - 3 - 4 ♦ 1 - 7 ♦ 3 -10

Textile fabrics - 5 - 8 ♦ 3 -13 - 4 -10

Textile yarn and thread ♦23 ♦ 3 + 20 -21 + 3 -24

Textile made-ups and related articles -26 - 2 -25 - 8 ♦ 6 -14

Radios of all kinds -39 -12 -31 -30 - 4 -27

Electronic components -15 + 5 -20 -23 - 1 -22

Footwear - 2 - 8 + 6 - 4 - 5 4- 1

Metal manufactures - 7 - 1 - 6 - 7 ♦ 4 -11

Metal ores and scrap -38 - 9 -32 -16 -17 ♦ 2

Watches and clocks * - 7 4. 8 ♦ 1 - 9 ♦11

Travel goods, handbags and Ri mi 1 ar articles -25 ♦ 3 -27 -23 ♦ 6 -27

Domestic electrical appliances -28 -10 -19 -13 - 7 - 6

All commodities -10 - 4 - 7 - 7 - 7

* Insignificant, i.o

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Table 2 i Changes in imports ty end-use category

c.nmnarinff October 1985 with October 1984 Comparing Jan.- • Oct. 1985 with Jan.-Oct. 1984

End-use category Value % Unit value $ Volune % Value Unit value % Volume %

X 1 - 8 +12 - 2 - 7 + 6

Foodstuffs J

x Q + 2 + 8 +14 +15

Consumer goods Raw materials and * 7 - 3 - 5 + 1 - 4 - 4 - 1

semi-manuf actures Fuels - 4 - 6 4- 2 + 2 + 1 -12 +17 - 6 - 2 - 6 +19

Capital goods All commodities ♦ 3 + 2 - 2 + 4 + 3 - 3 + 6

Table 3 : Changes in re-exports by end-use category

fiomnarinj October 1985 with October 1984 Comparing Jan.- • Oct. 1985 with Jan. .-Oct. 1984

End-use category Foodstuffs Consumer goods Raw materials and Value % + 21 +12 + 8 Unit value - 1 • - 4 Volume % + 23 +12 +12 Value +14 +30 ♦25 Unit value % + 1 + 1 + 2 Volume % +13 + 28 + 24

semi-manufactures Fuels Capital goods All commodities - 1 + 4 - 5 -19 + 6 -23

-11 + 7 + 1 - 1 -12 + 8 +58 +31 * 4 + 2 +52 ♦ 29

» Insignificant, i.e< less than 0»5>

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EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES PAYROLL SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED

* * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING A SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY THIS MONTH.

THE SURVEY COVERS ABOUT 33 000 ESTABLISHMENTS FROM VARIOUS SECTORS INCLUDING THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE SECTOR (WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS), THE SERVICES SECTOR (TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION} FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES; COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES) AND INDUSTRIAL SECTOR (MINING AND QUARRYING; MANUFACTURING; ELECTRICITY AND GAS).

QUESTIONNAIRES WERE MAILED TO SAMPLE ESTABLISHMENTS AT THE END OF DECEMBER 1985. REMINDERS ARE NOW BEING SENT TO ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH HAD NOT RESPONDED TO THE INITIAL QUESTIONNAIRES.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OF 1982), ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

INFORMATION IS BEING SOUGHT ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON DECEMBER 30, 1985 AT EACH ESTABLISHMENT. SOME 10 000 ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FROM THE SAMPLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1985.

RESPONDENTS HAVING DIFFICULTY COMPLETING THE FORMS SHOULD CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT AT THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONE NUMBERS (PRINTED AT THE BACK OF THE SURVEY FORMS);

5-436551 5-444301 5-455661 5-455668

HILL -IRES CAUSE BIG DAMAGE

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VISITORS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE, ESPECIALLY COUNTRY PARKS, ARE REMINDED OF THE NEED TO PROTECT IT FROM FIRES.

DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS IN RECENT WEEKS HAVE RENDERED THE COUNTRYSIDE EXTREMELY VULNERABLE TO FIRES AND CARELESSNESS BY PICNICKERS HAVE MADE THE SITUATION WORSE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE SAID THAT OVER THE WEEKEND 44 FIRES HAD BEEN REPORTED IN VARIOUS COUNTRY PARKS, DAMAGING MORE THAN 3 000 TREES AND 640 HECTARES OF GRASSLAND.

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*THIS HAd BROUGHT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FIRES REPORTED DURING CURRENT FIRE SEASON TO 653 WHICH IS CONSIDERABLY HIGHER THAN THE 277 FOR THE SAME PERIOD OF THE LAST FIRE SEASON.

+MORE THAN 241 OOO TREES AND 3 900 HECTARES OF GRASSLAND JERE DAMAGED IN THE FIRES SO FAR THIS SEASON, COMPARED WITH 20 103 TREES AND 322 HECTARES OF GRASSLAND AFFECTED IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF THE LAST SEASON.

+THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THESE FIRES CANNOT BE OVEREMPHASISED. THE MAGNITUDE OF THE DAMAGE COULD BE REDUCED ONLY WITH THE CARE AND CO-OPERATION OF THE PUBLIC,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED THE PUBLIC TO EXERCISE EXTRA CARE AND OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES WHEN VISITING THE COUNTRYSIDE.

* EXTINGUISH CIGARETTE ENDS AND MATCHES PROPERLY;

* LIGHT FIRES ONLY IN DESIGNATED BARBECUE PITS, OR BETTER STILL. BRING PRE-COOKED FOOD; AND

* REPORT ANY OUTBREAK OF PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRE

ILLEGAL LIGHTING OF FIRES LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF 35 THE SPOKESMAN WARNED.

FIRE TO THE NEAREST COUNTRY OR CALL 999.

IN COUNTRY PARKS IS AN OFFENCE 000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT,

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KEEN BIDS FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES ******

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TODAY ATTENDED THE CITY HALL CONCERT -iALL TO TAKE PART IN THE FIRST DAY’S AUCTION OF LUNAR FAIR 'ITES IN THE URBAN AREA, THE HIGHEST BID BEING $5 200 FOR A JET GOODS SITE IN VICTORIA PARK.

A TOTAL OF 436 WET GOODS SITES AT VICTORIA PARK WERE AUCTIONED TODAY, ALL WITH AN UPSET PRICE OF $1 520.

+BIDDING WAS BRISK AND MOST SITES BROUGHT ABOVE THE UPSET PRICE,* SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THIS YEAR, THE COUNCIL IS PROVIDING A TOTAL OF 1 532 SITES AT VICTORIA PARK, FA HUI PARK, KOWLOON PARK, KAI TAK EAST PLAYGROUND AND KWUN TUNG RECREATION GROUND. IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE TWO FAST FOOD CENTRE AT VICTORIA PARK.

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THE FAIRS WILL BE HELD AT THE FIVE LOCATIONS BETWEEN JANUARY 31 AND FEBRUARY 9.

THE TWO FAST-FOOD CENTRES AT VICTORIA PARK, EACH CARRYING AN UPSET PRICE OF $30 380, WILL BE AUCTIONED AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL TOMORROW (TUESDAY) MORNING. INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE CONCERT HALL BEFORE 9.15 A.M..

SOME 240 DRY GOODS SITES AT VICTORIA PARK WITH A UNI-ORM UPSET PRICE OF $770 WILL BE AUCTIONED TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND BIDDERS SHOULD BE AT THE CONCERT HALL NOT LATER THAN 2 P.M. .

PARTICIPANTS ARE REMINDED TO BRING THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS AND TWO PASSPORT SIZE FULL-FACE PHOTOGRAPHS.

A TEMPORARY LICENCE FEE OF $135 PLUS THE AMOUNT OF THE BT WILL BE PAYABLE BY EACH SUCCESSFUL BIDDER.

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SUBMARINE OUTFALL TO BE BUILT AT NORTH POINT * * * *

A SUBMARINE SEWAGE OUTFALL IS TO BE BUILT AT NORTH POINT TO SERVE THE AREA AS WELL AS CAUSEWAY BAY AND QUARRY BAY.

THE OUTFALL WILL CONSIST OF TWO PIPES EXTENDING 600 METRES INTO THE HARBOUR OFF HEALTHY STREET WEST.

IT WILL PROVIDE BETTER DILUTION AND DISPERSION OF EFFLUENT FROM THE PROPOSED NORTH POINT SEWAGE SCREENING PLANT AND WATER QUALITY IN THE EASTERN HARBOUR IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE.

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT, WORK ON WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH AND BE COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS BRITISH NATIONALITY ORDER * K * *

TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD

TO DISCUSS THE WHITE PAPER NATIONALITY) ORDER 1986.

MEMBERS WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH

ON THE FINDINGS AND

THEY WILL ALSO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD REPORT.

MFMRFRq WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE TAI PO NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AND DISCUSS THE SAP SZE HEUNG WATER SUPPLY SITUATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TA I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW IN THE .~ONFFRFNCC ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT, THIRD FLOOR, TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO MARKET.

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DB MEMBERS LOOK AT TRANSPORT FACILITIES * * * *

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON HAD A LOOK AT THE WORK OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT DURING A VISIT TO ITS KOWLOON REGIONAL OFFICES AND THE TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTRE.

THE VISIT WAS PART OF A PROGRAMME ARRANGED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO FAMILIARISE MEMBERS WITH THE OPERATIONS OF VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS.

LED BY THE BOARD’S CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG, MEMBERS FIRST WENT TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT KOWLOON REGIONAL OFFICE AT PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE IN MONG KOK.

THEY WERE BRIEFED BY THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT (KOWLOON), MRS DOROTHY CHAN, ON THE ORGANISATION OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE OPERATION OF THE KOWLOON REGIONAL OFFICES.

THEY THEN wENT TO THE TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE DIVISION AT THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, NATHAN ROAD, YAU MA TEI, WHERE THEY VISITED THE KOWLOON AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 1986

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BOARD TO DISCUSS HAWKER, MARKET POLICIES * * * *

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE HAWKER AND MARKET POLICIES AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

FIVE URBAN COUNCILLORS! DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, NR JOHN HEYWOOD; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (KOWLOON) MR TOMMY CHOY; AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (HAWKER), MR OWEN BROADLEY, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO LISTEN TO VIEWS OF MEMBERS.

DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, NR T.H. CHAU, WILL ALSO ATTEND THE MEETING.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE REHOUSING AND ADDITIONS POLICY FOR SINGLE PERSONS AND THE PUBLICITY FOR URBAN COUNCIL ELECTION.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE REVIEW OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR 1985-8b AND THE REVISED MEMBERSHIP OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

VOU ARE INVITED TO COVER REETING TO BE HELD AT 2.33 PM CF <ONG TAI SIN TEMPLE.

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW IN THE FUNG MING HALL

TIN LOK LANE PROHIBITED ZONE x x a x

THE CARRIAGEWAY WEST OF THE TRAM PLATFORM AT TIN LOK LANE WILL BE MADE A PROHIBITED ZONE TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING FOUR TONNES GROSS FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS STARTING 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 9).

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TAPS OFF IN * *

TWO AREAS *

ANDkS^

THURSDAY (JANUARY 9) AND FRIDAY FOR MAINS WORK.

IN SHAU KEI WAN SUPPLY TO ^E"1S“ BOUNDED BY SHAD «I. ^L» STREET’, W SSoUM 11 PM OK THURSDAY

TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

KENNEDY TOWN, SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

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dep6t.

as-' TERRACE, HOK SZ TERRACE AND LI PO LUNG TERRACE.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

* * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 66.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 391.760 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIMC LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED I ON

CUBIC SeTRES OF OItER, REPRESENTING 72.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Tuesday, January 7, 1986

CONTENTS PaGE NO,

POORER TO BENEFIT MOST FROM LEGAL AID PROPOSALS ................ 1

PEKING TALKS OK GATT, INTERNATIONAL RI GITS .................... 2

BIG INCREaSE IN INSOLVENCIES BEING HANDLED ..................... 3

LEGCO TO DEAL WITH T.<0 COUNCILS' RATES BILL ................... 4

AMBULANCEMAN RECjJVE MEDALo .................................... 4

NORTH DB MEMBERS VISIT KCRC .................................... 5

MONG KOK MARKET STALLS TO BE CLEANED UP ........................ 5

SECOND PHASE OF aNTI-RAT CAMPAIGN UNDER JAY .................... 6

ANTI-RABIES DRIVE TO START IN SHA TIN, TAI PO .................. 7

WORKING Party GIVES ASSURANCE OVER HANKER PROBLEMS ..........

440 000 PAID FOR FAST FOOD SITE AT AUCTION ..................... 9

BROADCASTING REVIEW REPORT TO BE DISCUSSED ..................

SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMITTEE TO MEET ........................... 10

LUNCH TIME CONCERTS FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT ...................

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

CONSTRUCTION OF FACTORIES WELL ADVANCED .............•......... 12

TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLaND ........................... 12

TUPN MUN, K./AI CHUNG RESTRICTED HONES

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POORER TO BENEFIT MOST FROM LEGAL AID PROPOSALS

*****

POORER PEOPLE WILL BENEFIT MOST FROM PROPOSALS BEFORE THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TO INCREASE THE THRESHOLD POINT AT WHICH CONTRIBUTIONS BECOME PAYABLE FROM DISPOSABLE INCOME FOR LEGAL AID.

AT TOMORROW’S MEETING, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO RAISE THE THRESHOLD AT WHICH AN AIDED PERSON BECOMES LIABLE TO PAY A CONTRIBUTION, FROM THE EXISTING $750 TO Si 100.

WHILE THE PROPOSAL WOULD RESULT IN REDUCED REVENUE FROM CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED FROM POORER APPLICANTS, IT WOULD BRING INCREASED REVENUE FROM CONTRIBUTIONS PAYABLE BY THOSE LEGALLY AIDED PERSONS IN THE HIGHER DISPOSABLE INCOME GROUP.

CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE FULL YEAR IN THIS AREA ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY ABOUT $2.12 MILLION FROM THE CURRENT LEVEL OF ABOUT $1.5 MILLION, TO ABOUT $3.62 MILLION.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO RAISE THE MEANS TEST LIMIT FOR FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY FOR LEGAL AID FROM THE PRESENT $1 500 A MONTH TO $2 200 A MONTH.

THIS PROPOSAL IS ESTIMATED TO INCUR ADDITIONAL RECURRENT SPENDING OF ABOUT $3.6 MILLION A YEAR, BUT THE FIGURE IS EXPECTED TO BE OFFSET BY THE $2.12 MILLION FROM INCREASED CONTRI BUT IONS.

BENEFITING MOST FROM THE PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE ELIGIBILITY LIMIT WILL BE PEOPLE SEEKING LEGAL AID IN CIVIL CASES.

THERE WILL LIKELY BE AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 13 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF CIVIL CASES ELIGIBLE FOR LEGAL AID -- FROM 4 934 TO 5 558 — COSTING ABOUT $3.03 MILLION, WITH ADDITIONAL STAFFING COSTS OF ABOUT $576 000, A YEAR.

ON THE OTHER HAND, SPENDING ON LEGAL AID IN CRIMINAL CASES IS NOT LIKELY TO INCREASE MUCH BECAUSE, AT PRESENT, ONLY ABOUT ONE PER CENT OF APPLICANTS FAIL TO MEET THE EXISTING MEANS TEST.

THE PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE ELIGIBILITY LIMIT TO $2 200 A MONTH IS AN INTERIM MEASURE TO REFLECT CHANGES IN THE COST CF LIVING. PENDING RECOMMENDATIONS EXPECTED EARLY THIS YEAR BY A WORKING PARTY, CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY CHIEF SECRETARY, WHICH IS LOOKING INTO THE WIDER ASPECTS OF LEGAL AID.

THE LIMITS OF FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY FOR LEGAL AID HAVE RISEN PERIODICALLY SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE LEGAL AID ORDINANCE IN 1966 FROM AN ORIGINAL LIMIT OF A DISPOSABLE MONTHLY INCOME OF $500 A MONTH, AND A DISPOSABLE CAPITAL OF $3 000.

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2

IF APPROVED, THE PROPOSALS WILL COME INTO EFFECT NEXT MONTH.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE AN ALLOCATION OF $1 646 280 000 FOR THE CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND FOR THE YEAR 1986-87, AS WELL AS A SUM OF $23 MILLION MORE FOR INVESTIGATIONS INTO COMMERCIAL CRIMES.

THE MONEY FOR THE CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND WILL BE FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS, INCLUDING LAND ACQUISITION, AND BUILDING, ENGINEERING, NEW TOWN, AND WATER WORKS.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE RECOMMENDATIONS OF BOTH THE ESTABLISHMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS SUB COMMITTEES.

AND IT WILL ALSO RECONSIDER THE POST OFFICE’S EARLIER $128.33 MILLION AND A RECURRENT THE SETTING UP OF A MECHANISED

REQUEST FOR A LUMPSUM OF SUM OF $5.72 MILLION FOR LETTER SORTING MACHINE.

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PEKING TALKS

ON GATT, INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS

*****

EXPERT TALKS ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE STATUS IN GATT AND THE CONTINUED APPLICATION OF INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN PEKING BETWEEN JANUARY 8 AND 11 FOLLOWING THE AGREEMENT IN THE SECOND MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THESE TWO SUBJECTS.

THE BRITISH TEAM OF EXPERTS ON GATT WILL BE LED BY MR ERIC HO, SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, AND OTHER MEMBERS WILL BE MR F. BURROWS, LAW OFFICER (SPECIAL DUTIES), MRS L.K.Y. WEI, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF TRADE (MULTILATERAL), MR R.C. WILSON PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (GENERAL DUTIES), MR A. TO, SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL, LEGAL DEPARTMENT AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE PEKING EMBASSY.

THE TEAM FOR TALKS ON INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS WILL BE LED BY MR F. BURROWS, AND OTHER MEMBERS WILL BE MR A. TO, M? R.C. WILSON AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE PEKING EMBASSY.

THE TEAMS WILL BE SUPPORTED BY TWO INTERPRETERS, MR Y.P. CHENG AND MRS S.Y.S. CHIU.

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BIG INCREASE IN INSOLVENCIES BEING HANDLED * K X K

A TOTAL OF 2 343 INSOLVENCIES WAS BEING HANDLED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE AT THE END OF THE YEAR, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT.

THESE INVOLVED 1 403 COMPANY LIQUIDATIONS AND 940 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES, SHOWING AN INCREASE OF 34 PER CENT OVER FIGURES AT THE END OF 1984, WHEN THERE WERE 1 746 INSOLVENCIES - 1 128 COMPANY LIQUIDATIONS AND 618 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

DURING 1985 THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER WAS APPOINTED LIQUIDATOR IN 325 NEW COMPANY LIQUIDATIONS AND TRUSTEE IN 374 NEW PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

THIS REPRESENTED A COMBINED INCREASE OF 39.2 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF NEW INSOLVENCIES OVER 1984, WHICH SAW 315 NEW COMPANY LIQUIDATIONS AND 187 NEW PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

BY COMPARISON THERE WAS A 20.4 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW INSOLVENCIES IN 1984 OVER 1983.

IT COULD BE SEEN, THEREFORE, THAT THE RATE OF NEW INSOLVENCIES WAS STILL INCREASING, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, NR NOEL GLEESON, SAID.

EVENTS OF A FEW YEARS AGO WERE STILL WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE ECONOMY AND THE LEGAL AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM, HE ADDED.

MR GLEESON NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT THE RATE OF INCREASE WAS FALLING NOTICEABLY TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR AND SAID HE WAS HOPEFUL THAT THIS TREND WOULD CONTINUE INTO 1986.

FUNDS HELD BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER AT THE END OF THE YEAR TOTALLED $1 256 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF OVER 27 PER CENT AS AGAINST $990 MILLION AT THE END OF 1984.

TOTAL DIVIDENDS PAID BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER DURING 1985 AMOUNTED TO $41.8 MILLION IN 190 INSOLVENCIES, AS AGAINST $15.7 MILLION IN 144 INSOLVENCIES IN 1984.

NOTABLE COMPANY LIQUIDATIONS DURING 1985 INCLUDED THE TIME PROCESSOR HOLDING LIMITED, THE CMF GROUP OF COMPANIES, PIONEER INTERNATIONAL BUYING AGENCIES (HK) LIMITED, DOMINICAN FINANCE LIMITED, THE H.K. CITY PARK RESTAURANT LIMITED, COB FINANCE LIMITED, GOLD MINE FINANCE COMPAMY LIMITED AND ATLAS ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING LIMITED.

AT THE END OF THE YEAR THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE MOVED FROM SUTHERLAND HOUSE TO NEW PREMISES ON THE 10TH TO 12TH FLOORS OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT NO. 66, QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, l?8b

LEGCO TO DEAL WITH TWO COUNCILS’ RATES BILL

******

A BILL PROPOSING CHANGES IN THE METHOD OF CALCULATING RATES PAYABLE TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AND PROVIDING FOR REGIONAL COUNCIL RATES, WILL BE AMONG MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 WILL BE INTRODUCED AND READ A SECOND TIME BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMR IDGE.

TWO OTHER BILLS, AND NINE QUESTIONS, AS WELL AS AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S MOTION WILL BE AMONG THE OTHER MATTERS TO BE DEALT WITH.

THE TWO BILLS ARE THE FIRE SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1985, AND THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985.

THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S MOTION, ENTITLED +THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER 1986+, WILL BE MOVED BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A STATEMENT BY MISS DUNN ON THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL ANNUAL REPORT 1984-85 WHICH WILL BE TABLED.

AND AT THE SAME MEETING, THE AFFIRMATION OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BF TAKEN BY THE HON H.H.T. BARMA, ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, ANL THE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE BY THE HON MICHAEL SZE CHO-CHEUNG, ACTING SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY.

AMBULANCEMEN RECEIVE MEDALS * * *

THE AMBULANCE SERVICE RESPONDED TO A RECORD TOTAL OF 330 905 CALLS DURING 1985, WHICH WAS A 6.6 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF AMBULANCE OFFICER, RR H. KENYON.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF LONG SERVICE MEDALS TO 24 MEMBERS OF AMBULANCE COMMAND AT SAI wAN HO AMBULANC-. DEPOT TODAY (TUESDAY).

+THIS IS A MOST IMPRESSIVE WORKLOAD AND ONE WHICH IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE QUICK TO CRITICISE THE SERVICE, WHEN FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER, THE RESPONSE OF THE SERVICE CANNOT IMMEDIATELY MEET THEIR REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE,+

MR KENYON SAID.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN A SOCIETY WHERE TRAINED ASSISTANCE IS READILY FORTHCOMING TO CONVEY THEM TO HOSPITAL IN TIMES OF INJURY OR ILLNESS.

TODAY’S MEDAL RECIPIENTS HAVE SERVED FOR PERIODS BETWEEN 18 AND 25 YEARS IN THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND HAVE ATTENDED COUNTLESS THOUSANDS OF AMBULANCE, FIRE, AND SPECIAL SERVICE CALLo.

+IN CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES THEY HAVE TURNED OUT AT ALL TIMES OF DAY, NIGHT, IN TYPHOONS, FLOODS, DURING NATURAL DISASTERS, AND DURING CIVIL DISTURBANCES ON MANY OCCASIONS IN EXTREMELY TRYING AND DANGEROUS CIRCUMSTANCES,* MR KENYON SAID.

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NORTH DB MEMBERS VISIT KCRC

* X * X

TWELVE MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION TO SEE THE OPERATION OF TRAIN SERVICES.

LED BY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG, THEY FIRST TOURED THE CONTROL CENTRE AT THE KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM BEFORE BOARDING A SPECIAL TRAIN FOR THE HO TUNG LAU WORKSHOP.

THE VISITORS LATER HELD DISCUSSIONS WITH KCRC MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR PETER QUICK AT THE CORPORATION’S HEAD OFFICE IN SHA TIN.

DURING THE DISCUSSIONS, MEMBERS ENQUIRED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PROVIDING A BIGGER AWNING AT THE SHEUNG SHU I RAILWAY STATION AND ADDITIONAL TRAINS TO SHEUNG SHUI AT NIGHT, AS WELL AS MINIMISING THE NOISE EMITTING FROM FREIGHT TRAINS IN EARLY MORNING.

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MONG KOK MARKET STALLS TO BE CLEANED UP

* * * * *

A MARKET STALL CLEAN-UP COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN MONG KOK MARKET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND CLEANLINESS AMONG STALL OPERATORS.

THERE WILL BE 130 STALLS TAKING PART IN THE COMPETITION WHICH IS PART OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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A MOBILE STREET THEATRE WILL ALSO BE STAGED AT THE MARKET WITH SINGING, ACROBATICS AND A MAGIC SHOW FROM 2.30 PM TO HELP PUBLICISE THE CLEAN ENVIRONMENT MESSAGE.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE MONG KOK ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EARNEST CHEUNG, DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT, MR HA KAM-KAYE, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR CHAN KwOK-MING, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CLEAN ENVIRONMENT SUB-COMMITTEE, MR HO KWONG-HUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MONG KOK MARKET CLEAN-UP COMPETITION AT 2.30 PM ON THE MOBILE STREET THEATRE AT MONG KOK MARKET, ARGYLE STREET.

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SECOND PHASE OF ANTI-RAT CAMPAIGN UNDER WAY * * * *

THE SECOND PHASE OF THE MONTH-LONG ANTI-RODENT CAMPAIGN IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST GOT UNDER WAY TODAY, WITH 14 HEALTH INSPECTORS FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT INSPECTING MORE THAN 150 RESTAURANTS AND SIMILAR ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE AREA TODAY AND TOMORROW.

+THE AIM OF THIS PHASE IS TO ADVISE OPERATORS OF FOOD PREMISES AND THEIR STAFF ON THE PROPER METHODS OF FOOD STORAGE, WASTE DISPOSAL AND RAT-PROOF I NG,+ SAID THE DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT OF YAU MA TEI, MR CHUNG YIU-FAN.

+RECREATION AND AMENITIES STAFF OF THE USD HAVE ALREADY POSITIONED RODENT-CONTROL DEVICES IN POTENTIAL RODENT HARBOURAGES INSIDE OTHER PREMISES AND IN OPEN SPACES IN THE DISTR ICT.

+V/HAT WE ARE DOING TODAY AND TOMORROW IS GIVING FULL ADVICE ON HOW RATS CAN BE PREVENTED FROM GETTING FOOD FROM THE MANY FOOD PREMISES IN EAST -TSIM SHA TSUI.+

DURING THEIR INSPECTIONS TODAY, HEALTH INSPECTORS PAID SPECIAL ATTENTION TO POTENTIAL RAT HARBOURAGES SUCH AS SERVICE CHANNELS, FOOD-STORAGE ROOMS AND AIR-CONDITIONING AND EXHAUST DUCTS.

THEY ALSO OFFERED ADVICE ON THE SPOT ON VARIOUS RAT-PROOFING METHODS.

THE TOUGHER SIDE OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL EMERGE LATER THIS MONTH WHEN FOLLOW-UP INSPECTIONS OF FOOD PREMISES WILL BE MADE, AND PROSECUTIONS TAKEN OUT AGAINST FOOD PREMISES FOUND TO BE BREACHING THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1986

ANTI-RABIES DRIVE TO START IN SHA TIN, TAI PO ******

A DISTRICT CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED IN SHA TIN AND TAI PO THIS MONTH TO INOCULATE DOGS AGAINST RABIES, AN AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE DRIVE IS PART OF GOVERNMENT’S ON-GOING MEASURES TO PREVENT THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE KILLER-DISEASE INTO THE TERR ITORY.

THE CAMPAIGN WOULD BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND JANUARY 31 WHEN THE DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE INOCULATION TEAM WILL VISIT VILLAGES IN THE TWO DISTRICTS FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM DAILY.

VILLAGES SELECTED IN SHA TIN ARE SHAN HA WAI, TSOK POK HANG, FUI YIU HA, SHA TIN WAI, TO SHEK TSUEN, CHAP WAI KON, NGAU PEI SHA, SIU LEK YUEN, WONG NAI TAU, TAI CHI, TAI NAM LIU, SHEK KWU LUNG, A KUNG KOK, MUI TSZ LAM, TAI SHU I HANG, MA ON SHAN, WU KAI SHA, SHA TIN TAU AND SHA TIN TAU SUN TSUEN.

TAI PO VILLAGES ARE CHEUNG UK Tl, SAM UK KA, PUN SHAN CHAU, TA TIT YAN, SHEUNG WONG Yl AU, HA WONG Yl AU, TAI PO KAU, CHUNG TSAI YUEN, CHEUNG SHUE TAN AND TAI PO MEI.

DOG OWNERS OF THESE VILLAGES ARE URGED TO MAKE USE OF THE FREE SERVICES TO HAVE THEIR DOGS INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES.

♦AFTER AN ANIMAL HAS BEEN INOCULATED, A LICENCE WILL BE ISSUED TO THE DOG OWNER FREE OF CHARGE.

♦THOUGH CATS ARE NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED TO BE INOCULATED, IT IS ADVISABLE THAT THEY SHOULD ALSO RECEIVE VICCINATION TO ENSURE IMMUNITY AGAINST THE DISEASE,+ HE SAID.

SINCE OCTOBER 1980, MORE THAN 237 000 DOGS AND 2 970 CATS HAD BEEN INOCULATED AGAINST THE DISEASE.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT THE DOGS AND CATS ORDINANCE PROVIDED FOR A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 PLUS SIX-MONTH IMPRISONMENT FOR PEOPLE KEEPING A DOG OVER FIVE MONTHS OLD WITHOUT A VALID LICENCE.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 19H

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WORKING PARTY GIVES ASSURANCE OVER HAWKER PROBLEMS *****

URBAN COUNCILLOR MR AUGUSTINE CHUNG TOLD THIS AFTERNOON’S MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD THAT THE COUNCIL’S WORKING PARTY ON HAWKERS WAS NOT TRYING TO PASS ON THE BURDEN OF HAWKER PROBLEMS TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

+IT MERELY WANTS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO RESIDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVES LIKE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO CO-OPERATE IN SOLVING THE HAWKER PROBLEM,+ HE SAID.

+ THE REPORT IS A DOCUMENT THE WORKING PARTY HAS PREPARED IN ORDER TO INDUCE MORE VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON THE ISSUE.*

HE STRESSED THAT HAWKER PROBLEMS WERE PROBLEMS OF INCONSISTENCIES BETWEEN HAWKERS AND SHOPS AS WELL AS BETWEEN HAWKERS AND THE COMMUNITY.

THIS AFTERNOON WAS THE FIRST TIME A DISTRICT BOARD HAD PUBLICLY DISCUSSED THE RECENTLY-PRODUCED HAWKER REPORT.

MRS ELSIE TU, CHAIRPERSON OF THE WORKING PARTY, EARLIER ASSURED THE BOARD THAT THE WORKING PARTY HAD CONSIDERED OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME THE MANYFOLD PROBLEMS OF HAWKERS AND HAD CONSULTED EVERY POSSIBLE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT.

+WE CONSULTED THE POLICE, ICAC, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND THE ECONOMIC BRANCH,* SHE SAID.

+THE REPORT IS THE BEST WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SUGGEST AFTER INTENSIVE STUDY AND MANY MEETINGS AND CONSULTATIONS OVER THE HAWKER PROBLEM.

+WE WILL WELCOME VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS IF THE PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT ARE NOT CONSIDERED THE BEST.*

REFERRING TO A POINT RAISED ABOUT THE SMALL NUMBER OF MEMBERS IN THE WORKING PARTY, MRS TU SAID: +ALTHOUGH MANY COUNCILLORS WERE INTERESTED IN JOINING, ONLY SIX MEMBERS WERE ACCEPTED FOR REASONS OF MANAGEABILITY.*

ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE WORKING PARTY, MR WALTER SULKE, TOLD THE MEETING THAT THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS WAS NOT IMPORTANT.

+THE IMPORTANCE WAS IN ITS FUNCTIONS,* HE SAID.


TUESDAY, JANUARY [,

MR SULKE SAID IT HAD BEEN VERY DIFFICULT TO ™Y TO ESTABLISH AN EXACT FIGURE FOR THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL HAWKERS

IN HONG KONG.

+THE FIGURES QUOTED IN THE REPORT WERE THE BEST THAT THE WORKING PARTY COULD ARRIVE AT,+ HE SAID. +BUT NOBODY CAN BE SURE.+

ALL

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE WORKING PARTY’S REPORT WAS NOT A POUNCIL DOCUMENT IT COULD ONLY BECOME SUCH AFTER ALL VIEWS HAD BEEN SIFTED AND FINALLY THE REVISED REPORT HAD GONE THROUGH THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE COUNCIL.

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840 000 PAID FOR FAST FOOD SITE AT AUCTION * * * *

AT THE SECOND DAY’S AUCTION OF LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES IN THE URBAN AREA TODAY. ONE FAST-FOOD CENTRE IN VICTORIA PARK BROUGHT $40 000 AND A SECOND $30 500. BOTH CAPPED AN UPSET PRICE OF $30 380.

A TOTAL OF 233 DRY GOODS SITES AT VICTORIA PARK WERE ALSO AUCTIONED TODAY, THE HIGHEST BID BEING $5 000. ALL CARRIED AN UPSET PRICE OF $770.

TODAY’S AUCTION CONCLUDED THE LETTING OF LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES ON HONG KONG ISLAND, BUT SOME UNLET SITES WILL BE PUT UP FOR LEASE LATER THIS MONTH AT A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

THE AUCTIONING OF FAIR SITES IN KOWLOON WILL START THIS THURSDAY (JANUARY 9). DRY AND WET GOODS SITES AT KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND WILL BE AUCTIONED IN THE MORNING AND DRY AND WET GOODS SITES AT KOWLOON PARK IN THE AFTERNOON.

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BROADCASTING REVIEW REPORT TO BE DISCUSSED * * * *

KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE REPORT OF BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD, AND INTERIM MEASURES TO RESOLVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE DISTRICT AT THEIR MEETING ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 9) AFTERNOON.

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS FOR A PLANNING AREA IN KWAI CHUNG WHICH IS BOUNDED BY KWAI CHUNG ROAD, KWAI FUK ROAD, HING FONG ROAD AND KWAI FOO ROAD, AS WELL AS DECORATIVE LIGHTINGS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

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TUESDAY, JANUAICT T,

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BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 1935 EDITION, NEW HIGHWAY PROPOSALS, AND THE PROGRESS OF DOMESTIC REHOUSING FOR AN EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT.

onr... ,SSUES T0 BE RAISED BY MEMBERS INCLUDE SERVICES

PROVIDED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES LAND USE ON TSING oo.^Hn,S,RELATED T0 THE CONTAINER TRADE, THE MANAGEMENT OF^ PRIVATE BUILDINGS AND THE OPERATION OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 9) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (NEXT TO THE KWAI HING MTR STATION), 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMITTEE TO MEET

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THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS SECOND MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE ORGANISING OF CULTURAL, RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PROVISION OF NEW BEACH MANAGEMENT BUILDINGS ON FOUR GAZETTED BEACHES IN SAI KUNG AND THE USE OF FACILITIES IN CAMPS MANAGED BY THE RSD WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

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

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1986

LUNCH TIME CONCERTS FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT X X X X X

FACTORY WORKERS AND RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BE TREATED TO FREE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT ON ALTERNATE WEDNESDAYS STARTING FROM TOMORROW IN A SERIES OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORED +LUNCH TIME CONCERTS*.

THE DATES FOR THE CONCERTS ARE JANUARY 8, JANUARY 22, FEBRUARY 5 AND FEBRUARY 19.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT INDUSTRIALISTS ASSOCIATION AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE ONE-HOUR CONCERTS WILL BE HELD AT 12.30 PM IN THE SOCCER PITCH OF THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND IN WONG CHUK HANG.

THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF PROFESSIONAL SINGERS AND TV ARTISTES PERFORMING AT EACH CONCERT.

A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APART FROM PROVIDING MEANINGFUL RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS, THE ORGANISERS ALSO HOPED TO ENHANCE THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF THE WORKING POPULATION.

+THE CONCERTS ARE BEING STAGED BECAUSE OF POPULAR DEMAND FOLLOWING OTHER SUCCESSFUL LUNCH TIME CONCERTS IN THE WONG CHUK HANG INDUSTRIAL AREA OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, WHICH ATTRACTED AN AVERAGE AUDIENCE OF ABOUT 2 000 PEOPLE EACH TIME,* HE ADDED.

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MEET THE MEDIA X X X

THE CONTROLLER OF GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSPORT AGENCY, MR JOHN GRAY, WILL MEET THE MEDIA ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 9) AT 4 PM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1986

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CONSTRUCTION OF FACTORIES WELL ADVANCED

* * *

WORK IS NOW WELL ADVANCED ON SINGLE-STOREY STANDARD FACTORY BUILDINGS GOING UP AT HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CORPORATION SITES AT TAI PO AND YUEN LONG.

THESE FACTORIES OFFER INVESTORS THE OPTION OF MOVING STRAIGHT INTO READY-BUILT STRUCTURES WHERE THEY CAN START OPERATIONS WITH A MINIMUM OF DELAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO VISIT THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 9) FOR A BRIEFING ON THE FACTORIES AND ON THE WORK OF THE CORPORATION.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE YMCA IN MIDDLE ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 1.15 PM FOR TRANSPORT TO TAI PO. TRANSPORT WILL RETURN TO TSIM SHA TSUI BY 5 PM.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND

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TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORKS, THE SECTION OF ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD BETWEEN BOTH ENDS OF YUE KWONG ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 10) AND SATURDAY (JANUARY 11).

MEANWHILE, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION AT THE SECTION OF PENNINGTON STREET BETWEEN IRVING STREET AND YEE WO STREET WILL BE LIFTED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 10).

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY, THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN MORRISON STREET AND MAN WA LANE WILL BE MADE A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY DAILY, WHILE THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM RESTRICTION AT THAT ROAD SECTION WILL BE LIFTED.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

ALSO FROM 13 AM ON FRIDAY, TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN WAN CHAI WILL BE MADE URBAN CLEARWAYS WITHIN WHICH ALL VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS 4

/THESE road .......

•TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1986

THESE ROAD SECTIONS ARE:

* THE WESTSOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LOCKHART ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH FENWICK STREET AND ABOUT 25 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE AT 7 AM TO 7 PM URBAN CLEARWAY DAILY, WHILE THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO SUN HUNG KAI CENTRE FROM HARBOUR ROAD WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FOR 24 HOURS DAILY.

X ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE FOR LOCAL ACCESS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO SUN HUNG KAI CENTRE FROM HARBOUR ROAD FROM 10 AM.

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TUEN MUN, KWAI CHUNG RESTRICTED ZONES K * * *

PUI TO ROAD BETWEEN TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND ITS SLIP ROADS TO AND FROM TUEN MUN ROAD WILL BE MADE A 24—HOUR RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 10).

AT THE SAME TIME, THE LAYBY ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI WO HAU ROAD OPPOSITE FU ON LAU IN TAI WO HAU ESTATE WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

WITH EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY, PUI TO ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONE. ALL PLB’S WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE RESTRICTED AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Wednesday, January 8, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE.. COUNCIL MEETING:

UK TO GET HK'S ’STRONG FEELINGS' ON NATIONALITY .......... 1

GOVT DUTY BOUND TO CONVEY NATIONALITY ISSUE CONCERNS ..... 1

NEW METHOD OF CALCULATING RATES PROPOSED ................. 3

BILL PROVIDES FOR NEW TDC MEMBERS ........................

POWER FOR COMPENSATION ORDER SOUGHT ...................... 5

REPATRIATION OF VR'S NOT FEASIBLE......................... 6

1 255 CHINESE VISITORS GRANTED HK STAY.................... 7

FREQUENT MOVES OF PERSONNEL EXPLAINED .................... 8

SCHOOL PLACES SYSTEM WIDELY DISCUSSED .................... 8

EDUCATION S-’STiM BEING MODIFIED TO CATER FOR ALL ........ 9

SAI KUNG WaTER ACCEPTABLE FOR FISH CULTURE ............... 10

2-2-1 COLLEGE SYSTEM ' SaTISFaCTORY '  ................... 11

34 MILLION SPENT ON STREET LIGHTS IN SQUATTER aREaS ...... 12

Parking meter times for lorries to be altered ............ 12

FIRST HONG KONG TRAINED DENTISTS START WORK .............. 13

CONSULTATION ON BRB REPORT EXTENDED a MONTH ................. 14

GOVERNOR TO VISIT FACTORIES ................................. li*

BOaRD TO DISCUSS POLLUTION CONTROLS.......................... 15

animal wastes control to be discussed ....................... 15

SAI KUNG BEaCHES BEING MADE MORE ATTRACTIVE ................. 16

SHORT-TERM TEN.JJCY SOUGHT FOR SHA TIN SITES ................ 17

130 STaLLS JOIN MONG KOK MaRKET CLEaN UP .................... 17

TEMPORARY ROaD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI ..........................

RESTRICTED ZONE IN MONG KOK .............................■ • • • 19

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1986

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UK TO GET HK’S 'STRONG FEELINGS’ ON NATIONALITY *****

THE ♦STRONG FEELINGS* OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND THE PEOPLE CF HONG KONG ON ISSUES CONCERNING THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALLY) ORDER 1986 WOULD BE CONVEYED TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

THIS ASSURANCE WAS GIVEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

EXPRESSING OFFICIAL MEMBERS’ SUPPORT OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBER’S MOTION ON +THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER 1986,+ SIR DAVID SAIDi

+THE ADMINISTRATION FULLY UNDERSTANDS THE THRUST OF THE ARGUMENTS ADVANCED IN SUPPORT OF THESE ISSUES AND THE DEPTH OF FEELING SURROUNDING THEM.+

SIR DAVID SAID THAT HE WAS SURE THAT MEMBERS WOULD RECOGNISE THAT THE ISSUES THEMSELVES RAISED A NUMBER OF DIFFICULT QUESTIONS CF PRINCIPLE FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, AND THAT THESE WOULD REQUIRE FURTHER DETAILED CONSIDERATION.

IN HER LETTER TO BRITISH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, WRITTEN ON BEHALF OF ALL THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, AND IN HER SPEECH ON THE MOTION, THE HON LYDIA DUNN HAD CONVEYED THE +STRONG AND UNANIMOUS FEELING OF THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL AND THE PEOPLE CF HONG KONG ON THREE ISSUES CONCERNING THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER 1986,+ SIR DAVID SAID.

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GOVT DUTY BOUND TO CONVEY NATIONALITY ISSUE CONCERNS *****

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS A DUTY TO CONVEY TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT THE STRENGTH OF FEELING BOTH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND AMONG THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER 1986.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN WHEN INTRODUCING A MOTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SHE SAID THAT THE MOTION REFLECTED ANXIETIES EXPRESSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON THE DRAFT ORDER.

THE SUBSTANCE OF THESE VIEWS WAS WELL KNOWN BOTH IN HONG KONG AND IN WESTMINSTER AS A LETTER HAD BEEN SENT TO ALL MEMBERS CF BOTH HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, INCLUDING ALL MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, EXPRESSING THE UNOFFICIALS’ DETAILED VIEWS, SHE ADDED.

ELABORATING, SHE SAID THAT THE VIEWS OF THE UNOFFICIALS ON THIS MATTER WERE UNANIMOUS.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1986

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SHE NOTED THAT UNANIMITY AMONG MEMBERS IN HISTORIC TIMES CF AN ENTIRELY APPOINTED COUNCIL HAD BEEN THE RULE RATHER THAN THE EXCEPTION.

♦UNANIMITY AMONG MEMBERS OF AN ENTIRELY ELECTED BODY IS RARE.

IN OUR COUNCIL I AM GLAD TO SAY THAT UNANIMITY IS NEITHER SO RARE AS TO BE ASTONISHING NOR SO COMMON AS TO BE UNREMARKABLE.

ON REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT AFFECT FUNDAMENTALLY THE LIVES OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WE ARE ABLE TO REACH AGREEMENT AMONG A VERY DIVERSE GATHERING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE,+ SHE SAID.

REITERATING THAT ON THE MATTER OF NATIONALITY THE UNOFFICIALS WERE UNANIMOUS, MISS DUNN SAID THAT THEIR VIEWS HAD RECEIVED COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY SINCE THEY WERE PUBLISHED.

IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO IGNORE THEM,+ SHE STRESSED.

THE SECOND POINT I WISH TO MAKE IS THAT THE ACTION WE ASK SHOULD BE TAKEN IS ACTION THAT CAN BE TAKEN BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ALONE AND IF IT IS NOT TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY WILL REST SOLELY WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT,+ SHE SAID.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION AND NO PROLONGED NEGOTIATIONS WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS VERE REQUIRED.

THE DECISIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE STEPS THAT WE WANT TAKEN ARE FOR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO TAKE.

THEY AFFECT THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES ENJOYED BY BRITISH NATIONALS,+ SHE STATED.

MISS DUNN SAID THAT THEY WERE ASKING THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW BRITISH NATIONALS HOLDING BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) PASSPORTS TO VISIT BRITAIN FREELY AND TO MAKE THIS RIGHT CLEAR IN THE PASSPORTS.

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO BEING ASKED TO MAKE FULL BRITISH CITIZENS OF THOSE BRITISH NATIONALS WHO WERE OF NON^-CHINESE DESCENT AS WELL AS THOSE FEW REMAINING BRITISH NATIONALS IN HONG KONG WHO FOUGHT FOR THE DEFENCE OF BRITISH TERRITORY.

WE CONSIDER THAT THESE MODEST REQUESTS ARE THE VERY LEAST THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG CAN EXPECT TO SEE SATISFIED AFTER NEARLY A CENTURY AND A HALF OF BRITISH RULE,* SHE SAID.

THEY ARE TOTALLY WITHIN THE GIFT OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT,* SHE ADDED.

/MISS DUNN

.SijNx.SuAX, JANUARY 8, 1986

DUTY BOTH

MISS DUNN STRESSED THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD A TO CONVEY TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT THE STRENGTH OF FEELING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND AMONG THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

♦IT WILL DO THEIR AUTHORITY IN THIS COMMUNITY NO GOOD IF IT FALLS ON DEAF EARS,* SHE CAUTIONED.

POINTING THEY WERE NOT

OUT THAT THEY COULD ONLY ASK IN THIS

MISS DUNN

WAY BECAUSE SAID: +IF OUR RESENTMENT

REPRESENTED IN PARLIAMENT, I---- ----

REQUESTS ARE REJECTED, IT WILL ADD TO THE PROFOUND------

FELT BY MANY OF BRITAIN’S MOST LOYAL SUBJECTS WHO WILL BELIEVE

THEIR INTERESTS HAVE BEEN BETRAYED.

♦AND IT WILL BE SEEN BY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD AS A MEAN AND UNWORTHY DENIAL OF THE JUST CLAIMS OF BRITAIN’S MOST VULNERABLE AND DESERVING NATIONALS.+

THE MOTION STATES THAT +THIS COUNCIL REQUESTS THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO CONVEY TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT THE DEEP CONCERN EXPRESSED IN THIS COUNCIL ABOUT THE EROSION OF THE RIGHTS OF HONG KONG BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZENS AND TO URGE UPON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DETAILED PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THE LETTER DATED THE 3RD JANUARY 1986 ADDRESSED BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL TO MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT AND TABLED IN THIS COUNCIL TODAY.+

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A BILL WHICH CONTAINS PROPOSALS TO CHANGE THE METHOD OF CALCULATING RATES PAYABLE TO THE URBAN COUNCIL AND PROVIDES FOR REGIONAL COUNCIL RATES WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, PROPOSED THAT WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1986, THE TWO COUNCILS SHOULD RECEIVE RATES ACTUALLY COLLECTED ON THEIR BEHALF.

HE ALSO PROPOSED THAT THE RATES PERCENTAGE IN THE URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL AREAS BE INCREASED FROM THE PRESENT 5.5 PER CENT TO 6 PER CENT TO MEET THE FINANCIAL NEEDS OF BOTH COUNCILS.

SIR JOHN SAID THE URBAN COUNCIL HAD SOUGHT AN INCREASE IN RATES REVENUE TO MEET NORMAL GROWTH AND INFLATION, INDICATING THAT THEIR REQUIREMENTS WERE FOR TOTAL RATES REVENUE OF $1 690 MILLION IN 1986-87 AND Si 772 MILLION IN 1987-88.

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WtMKdSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1986

HE SAID AFTER CLOSE EXAMINATION HE PROPOSED THAT THE PERCENTAGE PRESCRIBED FOR URBAN COUNCIL RATES SHOULD BE INCREASED BY 0.5 PER CENT IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE COUNCIL WITH YIELDS OF THIS ORDER.

+THIS WILL RFSULT IN A TOTAL RATES PERCENTAGE IN THE URBAN COUNCIL AREA OF 6 PER CENT, MADE UP 0F URBAN COUNCIL RATES OF ?,5 PER CENT AND GENERAL RATES OF 2.5 PER CENT.+

k FOR THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, SIR JOHN SAID I T HAD BEEN ESTIMATED THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL’S F।NANC!AL^REOUIREMENTS k <5744 MILLION IN 1986-87 AND AS $880 MILLION IN 1987-88, AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT REVENUE FROM FEES AND CHARGES.

+THE PROJECTED YIELD FROM THE CURRENT NEW TERRITORIES RATES OF 5 5PER CENT OF $746 MILLION AND $827 MILLION IN THESE TWO YEARS IS INSUFFICIENT TO MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS.

+1 THEREFORE PROPOSE THAT "HE RATES PERCENTAGE COUNCIL AREA ALSO BE INCREASED BY 0.5 PER CENT TO 6 THE REGIONAL COUNCIL SHOULD RECEIVE ALL THE REVENUE

IN THE REGIONAL PER GENT AND THAT FROM THE

INCREASED RATES PERCENTAGE.+

IN THE

CENT

SIR JOHN SAID THE PROPOSED INCREASE OF 0.5 PER

TOTAL RATES PERCENTAGE IN BOTH THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREAS WAS NOT EXPECTED TO CAUSE HARDSHIP TO RATEPAYERS.

♦WE HAVE CONDUCTED A CAREFUL STUDY OF WHAT IS INVOLVED PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS WILL ON AVERAGE FACE INCREASES OF $1.70 TO $6.40 PER MONTH IN 1987-88, THAT IS NO INCREASE IN 1986-87.

+FOR RATEPAYERS OF SMALL DOMESTIC UNITS WITH A NET AREA OF L^SS THAN 100 SQUARE METRES, THE AVERAGE INCREASE WILL BE ABOUT $10 AND $13 PER MONTH IN 1986-87 AND 1987-88 RESPECTIVELY.

+FOR DOMESTIC UNITS OF OVER 100 SQUARE METRES, THE AVERAGE INCREASE WILL BE ABOUT $56 PER MONTH FOR THE TWO YEARS,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

BILL PROVIDES FOR NEW TDC MEMBERS * * #

THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 WOULD PROVIDE FOR REPRESENTATION OF THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HONG KONG, ON THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON MICHAEL SZE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, HE SAID THAT WHEN THE COUNCIL WAS CREATED IN 1966, PROVISION WAS INCLUDED FOR APPROPRIATE REPRESENTATION.ON ITS COUNCIL OF RELEVANT MAJOR ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED WITH HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL i" ADE AND ITS OVERSEAS IMAGE.

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THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HONG KONG, BEING Then ALMOST WHOLLY CONCERNED WITH IMPORTS FROM CHINA DID NOT SEEr. SUCH REPRESENTATION AT THAT TIME.

♦ IN RECENT YEARS THIS POSITION HAS ALTERED MATERIALLY, NOT JK-Y WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE QUESTION OF HONG KONG, BUT 'SPECIALLY WITH THE SPECTACULAR GROWTH OF HONG KONG’S TWO-WAY TRADE WITH CHINA AND THE RE-EMERGENCE OF OUR ENTREPOT TRADE,* NR SZE SAID.

♦ACCORDINGLY, A NEW DIMENSION TO THE ACTIVITIES OF THE TDC HA SEEN CREATED, INCLUDING ITS PLANS TO OPEN AN OFFICE IN PEKI 'w THIS YEAR,* HE ADDED.

MR SZE SAID THAT WITH THE INCLUSION OF THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, HONG KONG, AS A FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY OF THE COUNCIL UNDER THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ^ELECTORAL PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE 1985, IT SHOULD BE REPRESENTED ON THE TDC IN THE SAME WAY ,s THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES AND THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION.

DEBATE ON THE BILL *AS ADJOURED.

POWER FOR COMPENSATION ORDER SOUGHT X * X X

THE FIRE SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2; Blt-L j’85 SOUGHT TO EMPOWER THE GOVERNOR OR THE DIRECTOR SE^'OES ORDER

ANY OFFICER OP MEMBER OF THE FIRE SERVICtS .3 COMPENSATE GOVERNMENT FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMaGE TO GOVERNMENT PROPcRiY WHICn THAT INDIVIDUAL MIGHT HAVE CAUSED, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL ThOMAS SAID TODAY.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE - ILL IN THE -EGISLaTj/E COUNCIL, MR THOMAS EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT THE ORDER ’'■IGHT ONLY BE MADE AS A FORM OF PUNISHMENT WHERE AN OFFICER Oh MEMBER HAD BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF AN OFFENCE aGAINST DISCIPLINE.

THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION THAT MIGHT BE ORDERED W-.. LIMITED TO ONE MONTH’S SALARY AND PAYMENT Of COMPENSAT- \ MIGHT BE ORDERED ONLY WHERE THE LOSS C? DAMaGE WAS a DIRECT RESULT OF THE NEGLECT OR FAULT OF THE PERSON CONCERNcD, MR THOMAS SAID.

♦THE BILL WILL BRING THE FIRE SERVICES ORDINANCE iNTC LINE WITH THE POLICE FORCE ORDINANCE TO MaKE >T POSSIBLE TO ORDER COMPENSAT'ON TO BE PAID. IN ADDITION TO OR INSTEAD OF A PUNISHMENT,* HE SAID.

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IN ADDITION, MR THOMAS SAID HE WOULD BE MOVING AN AMENDMENT IN COMMITTEE TO DELETE A PROVISION OF THE BILL WHICH PROVIDES A STATUTORY RIGHT OF APPEAL AGAINST A COMPENSATION ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR AS IT WOULD BE INAPPROPRIATE.

ANOTHER OBJECTIVE OF THE BILL SOUGHT TO EXTEND THE BENEFITS CF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WELFARE FUND TO CIVILIAN MEMBERS CF THE DEPARTMENT, HE SAID.

THESE BENEFITS INCLUDED CLUB FACILITIES. HARDSHIP GRANTS TO OFFICERS AND FAMILIES, LOANS FOR WELFARE PURPOSED AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.

THE THIRD OBJECTIVE SOUGHT TO AMEND THE SEVENTH SCHEDULE CF THE FIRE SERVICES ORDINANCE AS A CONSEQUENCE OF RECENT CHANGES IN THE CIVILIAN ESTABLISHMENT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

REPATRIATION OF VR’S NOT FEASIBLE ******

OUT OF THE 110 000 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHO HAVE COME TO HONG KONG SINCE 1975, 22 HAVE ASKED TO RETURN TO VIETNAM AND WONG THEM ONLY 14 HAVE ACTUALLY RETURNED, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, W THOMAS SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES (UNHCR) HAD BEEN AWAITING A REPLY FROM THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT SINCE 1983 ON WHETHER IT WAS PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE REMAINING EIGHT.

IN VIEW OF THE SMALL NUMBER OF REFUGEES WHO HAVE RETURNED TO VIETNAM, MR THOMAS SAID THE GOVERNMENT DOUBTED WHETHER VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION ON A LARGE SCALE WAS LIKELY TO BE FEASIBLc IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD NO DIPLOMATIC STATUS TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT AND SUCH NEGOTIATIONS COULD ONLY BE INITIATED THROUGH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

HE ADDED THAT THE GENERAL SITUATION WAS THAT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT ON VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION WERE UNDERTAKEN BY THE UNHCR WHICH REGARDED VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION AS THE MOST DESIRABLE SOLUTION TO REFUGEE PROBLEMS.

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AS REGARDS INVOLUNTARY REPATRIATION, MR THOMAS SAID THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY HAD TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST FEBRUARY THAT IF THOSE ARRIVING HERE WERE JUDGED TO BE ILLEGAL TRAVELLERS RATHER THAN GENUINE REFUGEES, THEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER IT A VIABLE OPTION TO RETURN THEM TO VIETNAM IN THE SAME WAY THAT ALL ILLEGAL TRAVELLERS WERE RETURNED TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.

♦HOWEVER, WE COULD ONLY DO THIS PROVIDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT CF VIETNAM WOULD ACCEPT THEM AND PROVIDED THAT WE COULD BE SATISFIED THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE TREATED INHUMANELY ON THEIR RETURN,* HE SAID.

+TO DATE THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT, WITH WHOM HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT MAINTAINS CONTACT, HAS CONSIDERED REPATRIATION ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS, BUT HAS GIVEN NO INDICATION THAT IT WOULD BE PREPARED TO MEET EITHER OF THESE PROVISOS.*

+WE DO NOT THINK, THEREFORE, THAT INVOLUNTARY REPATRIATION IS FEASIBLE AT PRESENT,* MR THOMAS ADDED.

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1 255 CHINESE VISITORS GRANTED HK STAY ******

A TOTAL OF 2 735 PEOPLE OUT OF 129 785 VISITORS FROM CHINA HOLDING TWO-WAY PERMITS HAD APPLIED FOR PERMANENT STAY IN HONG

I983 AND 1985’ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHAN YING-LUN, MR THOMAS SAID A TOTAL OF 1 255 APPLICATIONS WERE SUCCESSFUL.

♦VIRTUALLY ALL WERE APPROVED ON THE GROUND THAT THE APPLICANT HAD A STATUTORY RIGHT TO LAND IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN REASONS GIVEN IN THEIR APPLICATIONS FELL INTO TWO MAIN GROUPS.

THE FIRST COMPRISED STATUTORY CLAIMS TO RIGHT TO LAND IN HONG KONG UNDER SECTION 8(1) OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE.

THESE INCLUDED THOSE WHO CLAIM TO HAVE HONG KONG BELONGER STATUS BY VIRTUE OF BEING BORN IN HONG KONG BEFORE JANUARY 1, 1983 BY DESCENT OR BY REGISTRATION UNDER RELEVANT SECTIONS OF THE BRITISH NATIONALITY ACT 1981 AND OTHERS WHO CLAIM TO HAVE BEEN ORDINARILY RESIDENT IN HONG KONG FOR A CONTINUOUS PERIOD OF SEVEN YEARS.

THE SECOND GROUP IS COMPASSIONATE, SUCH AS THE DESIRE TO JOIN HUSBANDS, WIVES, PARENTS, CHILDREN OR OTHER RELATIVES IN HONG KONG, M? THOMAS SAID.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1986

FREQUENT MOVES OF PERSONNEL EXPLAINED X * * *

THE ADMINISTRATION WAS FULLY CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT FREQUENT MOVES OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WAS DISRUPTIVE TO DEPARTMENTS AFFECTED AS WELL AS THEIR CONTACTS IN THE PUBLIC AND THE PRIVATE SECTORS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING DR THE HON DANIEL TSE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THE POLICY WAS GENERALLY TO LEAVE EXPERIENCED MIDDLE-RANKING OFFICERS IN POST FOR A PERIOD OF BETWEEN TWO-AND-A-HALF TO THREE YEARS.

♦INDEED, MORE SENIOR OFFICERS GENERALLY STAY WITH A DEPARTMENT OR BRANCH FOR CONSIDERABLY LONGER PERIODS.

♦ON OCCASION, HOWEVER, THE DURATION IS RELUCTANTLY REDUCED DUE TO OPERATIONAL AND OTHER UNFORESEEN REASONS,♦ HE SAID.

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT GENERAL GRADE OFFICERS, SUCH AS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS, WERE SUBJECT TO TRANSFER FROM TIME TO TIME.

♦THIS IS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO GIVE THESE OFFICERS A RANGE CF EXPERIENCE FOR THEIR CAREER DEVELOPMENT.

♦EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST FOR CFFICERS DESTINED FOR VERY SENIOR APPOINTMENTS TO HAVE ACCUMULATED A WIDE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE COURSE OF THEIR CAREERS,+ SIR DAVID SAID.

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SCHOOL PLACES SYSTEM WIDELY DISCUSSED X X X X X

THERE WAS EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION FOLLOWING THE PUBLICATION OF A WORK ING PARTY’S REPORT ON THE REVIEW OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION (SSPA) SYSTEM IN 1981, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON MIKE PAGLIARI, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SZETO WAH, MR PAGLIARI SAID THAT COMMENTS ON THE REPORT WERE INVITED AT THAT STAGE FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, TEACHERS, HEADS OF SCHOOLS, SCHOOL SPONSORING BODIES AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS INTERESTED IN THE MATTER.

♦FURTHER ACTION WAS DEFERRED ON THE ADVICE OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, HOWEVER, BECAUSE IT WAS THOUGHT THAT THE IMPENDING REVIEW OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM BY THE PANEL OF VISITORS MIGHT HAVE A MAJOR BEARING ON THE SSPA SYSTEM AND THAT IT WOULD BE PRUDENT TO AWAIT THE OUTCOME OF THAT REVIEW.^ HE SAID.

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WHEN THE LLEWELLYN REPORT DID NOT OFFER ANY SPECIFIC COMMENTS ON THE SYSTEM ITSELF, IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO FURTHER DELAY IN PRESSING AHEAD WITH CERTAIN PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SYSTEM, ALL OF WHICH REFLECTED THE FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM THE EXTENSIVE EARLIER CONSULTATION, AND TOOK INTO ACCOUNT EXPERIENCE WITH OPERATION OF THE SYSTEM OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS, HE ADDED.

MR PAGLIARI SAID THAT A DISCUSSION PAPER SETTING OUT THESE PROPOSALS WAS SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION LAST AUGUST.

♦THE BOARD ENDORSED THE PROPOSALS AND AGREED THAT THE MAJOR SCHOOLS COUNCILS AND ASSOCIATIONS SHOULD BE FURTHER CONSULTED ON THE PROPOSALS AND THAT THE BOARD SHOULD BE INFORMED OF THEIR VIEWS BEFORE PROCEEDING FURTHER,* HE SAID.

MR PAGLIARI SAID THAT COPIES OF THE DISCUSSION PAPER WERE THEN CIRCULATED TO 12 MAJOR SCHOOLS COUNCILS AND SCHOOLS ASSOCIATIONS FOR THEIR VIEWS.

♦THEY WERE ALSO SENT, FOLLOWING A REQUEST BY THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION COMMITTEE, TO THE CHAIRMEN OF 25 SSPA DISTRICT COMMITTEES, WHO REPRESENT ALL THE SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE SYSTEM.

♦THESE VIEWS ARE NOW BEING COLLATED AND WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR ITS FURTHER CONSIDERATION,♦ HE SAID.

EDUCATION SYSTEM BEING MODIFIED TO CATER FOR ALL * * * *

THE ANSWER TO THE PROBLEMS OF STUDENTS WHO MAY NOT FIT INTO THE NINE-YEAR COMPULSORY EDUCATION SYSTEM BECAUSE OF THEIR LACK OF INTEREST OR ABILITIES LIES IN TRYING TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS SUFFICIENT VARIETY AND SUPPORT IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM TO CATER FOR THEIR NEEDS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON MIKE PAGLIARI SAID TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON JACKIE CHAN, MR PAGLIARI SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS VERY MUCH AWARE OF THE NEED, DURING THE NINE YEARS OF COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL, TO PROVIDE AN EDUCATION WHICH MEETS THE NEEDS OF ALL OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND NOT SIMPLY THOSE OF THE MORE ACADEMICALLY INCLINED.

♦AS REGARDS VARIETY, THE REVIEW OF THE CURRICULUM IS A CONTINUING PROCESS AND FORMS THE BASIC TASK OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE.

♦THE OBJECTIVE MUST BE TO ENCOURAGE, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, THE INCLUSION OF MORE TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL SUBJECTS ALONGSIDE THE TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC ONES,* HE SAID.

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HE NOTED THAT IN RECENT YEARS WE HAD SEEN A MOVE IN THIS DIRECTION WITHIN STANDARD SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THE DEVELOPMENT CF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WHICH PLACED A PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON SUBJECTS OF THIS KIND.

♦THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS APPROACH IS BOUND TO BE A GRADUAL ONE, HOWEVER, NOT SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE LIMITATION OF FACILITIES WITHIN INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THE VALUE ATTACHED BY MANY PARENTS TO ATTAINMENT IN ACADEMIC SUBJECTS, + MR PAGLIARI SAID.

FOR STUDENTS WHO FIND IT DIFFICULT TO COPE WITH THE NORMAL CURRICULUM BECAUSE OF LIMITED ABILITY, INADEQUATE MOTIVATION OR PERSONALITY OR BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD PROVIDED A WIDE RANGE OF SUPPORTING SERVICES TO HELP THEM, F£ SAID.

♦THESE INCLUDE SUCH MEASURES AS PROVISION OF REMEDIAL TEACHING AND PROVISION OF ADVISORY SERVICES TO SCHOOLS, CHILDREN AND PARENTS,+ HE SAID.

SAI KUNG WATER ACCEPTABLE FOR FISH CULTURE * * * *

THE QUALITY OF WATER IN YUNG SHUE AU, SAI KUNG, IN TERMS OF SALINITY, OXYGEN AND NUTRIENTS WAS ACCEPTABLE FOR FISH CULTURE, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THIS WAS DETERMINED FROM PERIODIC ANALYSES OF WATER SAMPLES CONDUCTED IN THE AREA SINCE 1982, HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, HE SAID THAT PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION SHOWED THAT GILL DAMAGE CAUSED BY PARASITIC INFECTION WAS INVOLVED IN THE DEATH OF SOME 38 TONNES OF FISH THERE IN DECEMBER 1985.

♦IT IS THOUGHT THAT DIETARY IMBALANCE, A SUDDEN TEMPERATURE DROP AND EXCEPTIONALLY STAGNANT TIDAL CONDITIONS WERE FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE MORTALITY,+ HE EXPLAINED.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT FURTHER INVESTIGATION WAS IN PROGRESS.

MEANWHILE, THE FISH FARMERS HAD BEEN PERMITTED TO RETURN TEMPORARILY TO YIM TIN TSAI EAST, WHERE MANY OF THEM USED TO FARM BEFORE MOVING TO YUNG SHUE AU.

♦NO FURTHER ASSISTANCE FOR THESE FISH FARMERS - OTHER THAN THE USUAL EXTENSION SERVICES - IS PLANNED AT THIS STAGE,+ MR CHAMBERS ADDED.

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2-2-1 COLLEGE SYSTEM ’SATISFACTORY’ * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT THE 2-2-1 SYSTEM CURRENTLY OPERATING AT ONE POST-SECONDARY COLLEGE IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE OBJECTIVES ENVISAGED IN THE 1978 WHITE PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT CF SENIOR SEDONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON MIKE PAGLIARI, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI, MR PAGLIARI SAID AT PRESENT ONLY ONE OF THE TWO REGISTERED POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES WAS OPERATING UNDER A 2-2-1 SYSTEM, THE OTHER HAD ELECTED TO CONTINUE TO OFFER A FOUR-YEAR DIPLOMA COURSE.

THE 2-2-1 SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED TO EXTEND THE RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORM 5 LEAVERS WISHING TO TAKE A TWO-YEAR COURSE AT THE SIXTH FORM LEVEL AND TO CONTINUE THEREAFTER FOR TWO FURTHER YEARS ON A COURSE WHICH WILL EQUIP THEM WITH A PROFESSIONAL OR OTHER VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION.

THE EXTRA YEAR FOLLOWING THE TWO TWO-YEAR POST FORM-5 COURSES IS OPTIONAL AND RECEIVES NO FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

IN THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR THE COLLEGE INVOLVED IS PROVIDING SOME 420 AND 680 PLACES AT THE SIXTH FORM AND THE HIGHER DIPLOMA LEVELS.

THIS MADE A SMALL BUT NONETHELESS IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE GOVERNMENT’S TARGETS FOR SIXTH FORM AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, MR PAGLIARI SAID.

THE PERFORMANCE OF THE STUDENTS AT BOTH THESE LEVELS WAS SATISFACTORY, HE SAID.

THIS WAS EVIDENCED BY THE FACT THAT 81 PER CENT OF ITS SIXTH FORM STUDENTS OBTAINED PASSES IN TWO OR MORE SUBJECTS IN THE A-LEVEL EXAMINATION IN 1985 AND THAT 95 PER CENT OF ITS HIGHER DIPLOMA GRADUATES EITHER OBTAINED EMPLOYMENT OR PROCEEDED ON FURTHER STUDIES WITHIN FOUR MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION ACCORDING TO SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE COLLEGE IN 1983 AND 1984, HE NOTED.

MR PAGLIARI SAID THESE FACTS INDICATED THAT THE SYSTEM WAS WORKING AS ENVISAGED AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO KEEP THE SITUATION UNDER REVIEW, PARTICULARLY REGARDING THE COLLEGE’S ABILITY TO MEET THE COMMUNITY’S NEEDS FOR COURSES TO SUPPLEMENT WHAT THE PUBLIC SECTOR WAS PROVIDING AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO ENABLE THE COLLEGE TO DO SO.

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$4 MILLION SPENT ON STREET LIGHTS IN SQUATTER AREAS

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ABOUT $4 MILLION HAS BEEN SPENT ON INSTALLING STREET LAMPS IN SQUATTER AREAS SINCE THE SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAMME BEGAN IN 1983, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON HAIDER BARMA, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, HE SAID 590 STREET LIGHTS HAD BEEN INSTALLED IN 21 SQUATTER AREAS.

UP TO THE END OF 1985, ELECTRICITY CHARGES HAVE AMOUNTED TO $142 000, OR $240 PER STREET LIGHT A YEAR, HE SAID.

MR BARMA SAID THE PROVISION OF STREET LIGHTING WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR TYPES OF PROJECTS CARRIED OUT UNDER THE PROGRAMME TO IMPROVE BASIC SERVICES IN SQUATTER AREAS.

PARKING METER TIMES FOR LORRIES TO BE ALTERED * * * * *

OPERATIONAL HOURS OF PARKING METERS FOR GOODS VEHICLES IN CERTAIN INDUSTRIAL AREAS WILL BE ALTERED IN ABOUT A MONTH’S TIME TO TACKLE THE PARKING PROBLEM FACED BY LORRY DRIVERS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON POON CHI-FAI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THE METER PARKING TIMES WOULD BE ADJUSTED TO OPERATE FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM, INSTEAD OF THE PRESENT 8 AM TO MIDNIGHT.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THAT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAD ALREADY IDENTIFIED AREAS WHERE SUCH PARKING PROBLEMS EXISTED.

+THESE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED AND ENDORSED BY THE RELEVANT DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE CONVERSION PROGRAMME IN THE AREAS CONCERNED WILL START IN ABOUT ONE MONTH’S TIME,+ HE SAID.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1986

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THE FIRST LOCALLY TRAINED QUALIFIED DENTISTS HAVE BEGUN TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY, MARKING AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL, THE HON LYDIA DUNN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

TABLING THE REPORT OF THE HOSPITAL TOGETHER WITH A

STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1934-35, SHE SAID THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW SAW FOR THE FIRST TIME A FULL COMPLEMENT OF STUDENTS WITH THE 1980 INTAKE ENTERING ITS FIFTH YEAR.

+SUBSEQUENTLY, 68 GRADUATES WERE AWARDED THE BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY DEGREE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND BECAME THE FIRST LOCALLY TRAINED QUALIFIED DENTISTS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY,* SHE SAID.

MISS DUNN ADDED THAT SHE WAS PLEASED AND PROUD TO

REPORT THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM GENERAL DENTAL COUNCIL HAD GIVEN RECOGNITION TO HONG KONG’S DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY.

♦THIS OF COURSE GIVES OUR DEGREE THE INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION IT FULLY DESERVES AND REFLECTS THE VERY HIGH STANDARDS OF OUR FACILITIES, OUR TEACHING STAFF AND OUR STUDENTS,* SHE SAID.

WITH THE PRODUCTION OF THE FIRST GRADUATES, SHE SAID, FORMAL POSTGRADUATE COURSES HAD COMMENCED AND RESEARCH PROGRAMMES ON THE DENTAL HEALTH OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WERE ALSO WELL UNDERWAY.

MISS DUNN ALSO CITED THE FAVOURABLE COMMENTS MADE BY THE PANEL OF EXTERNAL EXAMINERS WHO ASSESSED THE FIRST BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY EXAMINATIONS ABOUT THE QUALITY OF STUDENTS AND THE CLINICAL FACILITIES AND GENERAL STANDARD OF THE HOSPITAL.

+WE HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY IN THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL AN INSTITUTION OF WHICH WE CAN BE PROUD,* SHE SAID.

SHE EXPRESSED HER GRATITUDE TO THE FACULTY AND THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, ADDING THAT SHE WAS SURE THAT HONG KONG WOULD MAKE THE BEST POSSIBLE USL OF ITS TALENTED YOUNG GRADUATES.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1986

CONSULTATION ON BRB REPORT EXTENDED A MONTH *****

IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FROM SEVERAL DISTRICT BOARDS, THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO GIVE THE PUBLIC AN EXTRA MONTH IN WHICH TO COMMENT ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ORIGINAL THREE-MONTH CONSULTATION PERIOD FROM NOVEMBER 1985 WILL NOW BE EXTENDED TO RUN THROUGH TO THE END OF FEBRUARY.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO NOTED THAT COPIES OF THE FULL CHINESE TRANSLATION OF THE REPORT HAD BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO ALL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS IN DECEMBER.

GOVERNOR TO VISIT FACTORIES * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE. ILL VISIT TWO - ACTOR IES IN K«AI CHUNG ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 10) AFTERNOON.

THE FACTORIES ARE THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES LIMITED, LOCATED ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF GENERAL GARMENT BUILDING, 100-110 KwAI CHEONG ROAD, AND THE TYCO (H.K.) LIMITED, ON THE SECOND rLOOR, FLAT B, ROXY INDUSTRIAL CENTRE, 58-66 TAI LIN PAI ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT.

A COACH FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CARPARK AT 2 PM ON FRIDAY FOR ■ HE zL-.Tnv.'.IC DEVICES LIMITED.

THOSE TRAVELLING ON THEIR OWN SHOULD ARRIVE BEFORE 3.- ’ py'.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1986

BOARD TO DISCUSS POLLUTION CONIROlS * * * *

district board MEMBERS wILL discuss the proposal on

OF POLLUTION CAUSED BY ANIMAL WASTES AT THE MEETING

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REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE WORKING PARTY ON HAWKER AND RELATED

POLICIES UNDER THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT ON HAWKER AND MARKET POLICIES.

_„MEMBERS W,LL ALS0 DISCUSS THE PROJECT OF TH- EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING AND STAGE TWO DEVELOPMENT WORKS IN SIU SAI WAN.

THE ESTIMATED COST OF THE WORKS IS ABOUT $110 MILLION, AND IS SCHEDULED TO START IN MID-1987 AND BE COMPLETED BY LATE 1989.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE’S CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

ANIMAL WASTES CONTROL TO BE DISCUSSED

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A CONSULTATION PAPER ON CONTROL OF ANIMAL WASTES WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE WILL ALSO BE PRESENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEETING AT 'HE CONFERENCE ROOM CF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE AT JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, NEW TERRITORIES.

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SAI KUNG BEACHES BEING MADE MORE ATTRACTIVE KM****

FOUR GAZETTED BEACHES IN SAI KUNG UNDER THE REGIONAL SERVICES rtPARTMFNT’S MANAGEMENT WILL BE MADE MORE ATTRACTIVE WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF BEACH BUILDINGS AND ANCILLARY FACILITIES.

nicri HSING THIS AT A MEETING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMITTEE rr THF PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE RSD’S SsmCT LEISURE MANAGER, MR CHARLES CHU, SAID NEW BEACH BUILDINGS FOR™R% AND KIU TSUI BEACHES WERE COMPLETED AND HANDED OVER TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT IN DECEMBER 1985.

CONSTRUCTION OF SIMILAR FACILITIES FOR THE HAP MUN BAY BEACH AND CLEARTWATER°BAY (FIRST) BEACH WOULD START SOON AND EXPECTED TO EE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

MR CHU ADDED THAT EIGHT GAZETTED BEACHES IN SAI KUNG RECORDED 3 300 000 IN ATTENDANCE DURING THE LAST SWIMMING SEASON FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ONGOING EFFORT TO PROMOTE LEISURE SERVICES FOR DISTRICT RESIDENTS, MR CHU SAID IT WOULD ORGANISE 22 RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH.

+IT IS EXPECTED THAT 3 344 PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN THESE PROGRAMMES, THE HIGHLIGHTS OF WHICH ARE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED IN RESPONSE TO THE ANNUAL SAI KUNG FESTIVAL, SUCH AS THE ROAD RACE, NEW FUN GAMES DAY. CHILDREN’S GAMES DAY, AND FOOTBALL KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION,+ MR CHU SAID.

ON THE PROVISION OF RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES IN CAMPS MANAGED BY THE DEPARTMENT, MR CHU SAID MANY ADDITIONAL SPORTS FACILITIES WERE NOW AT THE PLANNING STAGE, INCLUDING SWIMMING POOLS, TENNIS COURTS, SQUASH COURTS AND HARD SURFACED SOCCER PITCHES WHICH WOULD BE BUILT ON THE RECLAMATION SITE SOUTH OF THE TOWN CENTRE.

+BUT THEY ARE NOT SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BEFORE 1988-89 AND LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS HAVE EXPRESSED GREAT INTEREST IN MAKING USE OF EXISTING FACILITIES AT THE TWO CAMPS — THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE AND LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE — IN THE INTERIM PERIOD,* MR CHU ADDED.

MR CHU EXPLAINED THAT RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES IN THE TWO CAMPS WERE ORIGINALLY DESIGNED FOR USE BY CAMPERS PARTICIPATING IN ORGANISED CAMPING PROGRAMMES. THERE WERE, HOWEVER, OCCASIONS IN WHICH THE CAMP FACILITIES WERE NOT USED. ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN MADE TO MAKE THE FACILITIES AVAILABLE BOTH TO THE CAMPERS AND OTHER GROUPS.

*IN ADDITION, LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS CAN ALSO APPLY FOR EXCLUSIVE USE OF THESE FACILITIES AT A HIRE CHARGE SIMILAR TO OTHER DISTRICT FACILITIES,* MR CHU SAID.

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THE COMMITTEE WAS ALSO TOLD THAT THE PROVISION OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH PRIMARILY CONSISTED OF LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES HELD REGULARLY IN THE SAI KUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY.

THEY INCLUDED BOOK EXHIBITIONS, INTEREST GROUPS, INTELLECTUAL GAMES, HI-FI CONCERTS, A MINI-CULTURAL PRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN. A VARIETY SHOW WAS ALSO PLANNED AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOL ON MARCH 29.

SHORT-TERM TENANCY SOUGHT FOR SHA TIN SITES * * * X

TWO SHA TIN SITES ARE BEING OFFERED ON SHORT-TERM TENANCY BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT.

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ONE AT TIN SAM MEASURING ABOUT 3.156 HECTARES WILL BE FOR SECOND OFF-STREET TRAINING CENTRE FOR DRIVERS OF ARTICULATED VEHICLES, PRIVATE CARS, MOTOR CYCLES AND OTHER FORMS OF TRANSPORT.

ANCILLARY FACILITIES TO PREPARE DRIVERS FOR THE DRIVING TEST AND TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED AT THE CENTRE.

THE TENANCY, FOR FIVE YEARS INITIALLY, CAN BE RENEWED FOR QUARTERLY PERIOD AFTERWARDS.

THE OTHER LOT AT SAN TIN WAI MEASURES ABOUT 1.928 HECTARES AND IS FOR USE AS A WATERSLIDE AND RECREATIONAL PARK.

THE INITIAL TENANCY PERIOD IS ALSO FOR FIVE YEARS, RENEWABLE FOR SIX MONTHLY PERIODS AFTERWARDS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTING TENDERS FOR BOTH SITES IS NOON ON JANUARY 24.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SHA TIN THE LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND KOWLOON DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 1OTH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

130 STALLS JOIN MONG KOK MARKET CLEAN UP

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MORE THAN 130 STALLS IN M0’3 ' MARKET TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

TOOK PART IN THE ANNUAL CLEA\-'JP COMPETITION TO BRING A NEW AND HEALTHY LOOK TO THE AREA.

THE STALLS COMPETED IN THREE GROUPS ACCORDING TO THE TYPE OF GOODS SOLD - SEAFOOD, MEAT AND VEGETABLES.

UEWi^DAY, JANUARY 8, 1986

THE PANEL OF JUDGES INCLUDED THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (MONG KOK), MR EARNEST CHEUNG*- DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT, MR HA KAM-KAYE A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR CHAN KWOK-MING, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CLEAN ENVIRONMENT SUB-COMMITTEE, MR HO KWONG-HUNG^

OUTSIDE THE MARKET, RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT WERE TREATED TO AN AFTERNOON OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT WHICH INCLUDED SINGING, ACROBATICS AND A MAGIC SHOW STAGED ON A MOBILE STREET THEATRE.

THE COMPETITION, SPONSORED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, WAS PART OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE AWARENESS IN ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND CLEANLINESS AMONG STALL OPERATORS.

FOLLOWING THE CLEANING UP OF MARKET STALLS, A CLEAN STREET COMPETITION AND A CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITION WILL BE LAUNCHED ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 10) UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH TO GIVE A THOROUGH FACE-LIFT TO THE ENTIRE DISTRICT.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI M * M *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE CLOSURE OF TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN WAN CHAI FOR DRAIN CLEARANCE WORKS. DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* JANUARY 11 TO 181

THE SECTION OF MARSH ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND JAFFE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE SECTION OF JAFFE ROAD BETWEEN CANAL ROAD WEST AND MARSH ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY WESTBOUND AND PARKING SPACES ON THIS SECTION OF JAFFE ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON JANUARY 11 TO 6 AM ON JANUARY 19.

NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ON MARSH ROAD WILL BE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT TO LOCKHART ROAD WHILE WESTBOUND VEHICLES ON INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO STEWART ROAD TO JOIN LOCKHART ROAD. HOWEVER, VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN FROM NORTHBOUND MARSH ROAD TO SOUTHBOUND MARSH ROAD UNDER THE MARSH ROAD FLYOVER.

* JANUARY 20 TO 271

THE SECTION OF MARSH- ROAD BETWEEN JAFFE ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 PM TO 6 >. THE NEXT DAY.

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DURING THE CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ON HARSH ROAD WILL EE AGAIN PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT TO LOCKHART ROAD AND WESTBOUND VEHICLES ON INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE STEWART ROAD TO JOIN LOCKHART ROAD.

MEANWHILE, TO FACILITATE THE LAUNCHING OF THE PEDAL KART RACE AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE CIRCUIT ROAD AROUND THE HONG KONG STADIUM FROM 9 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 11) TO 9 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THEY WILL ALSO BE BANNED FROM ENTERING EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD, CAROLINE HILL ROAD AND COTTON PATH FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 12).

THE METERED CAR PARKING SPACES AT STADIUM PATH WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM ON SATURDAY TO 6 PM THE NEXT DAY.

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RESTRICTED ZONE IN MONG KOK * * * *

THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF DUNDAS STREET BETWEEN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET SOUTH AND NATHAN ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY STARTING 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 11).

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR. PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIH DAVID VISITS HILL FIRE FIGHTERS.......................... 1

HIGH FIRE RISK CLOSES COUNTRY PARKS ......................... 2

VISITING MP'S TO MEET PRESS.................................. 2

campaigns having impact on heroin problem.................... 3

DEMAND FOR QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVANTS TO CONTINUE.............. 4

SIR DAVID MEETS STaFF COURSE PARTICIPANTS ................... 5

DELEGATES FOR COMMONWEALTH STUDY CONFERENCE NaMED............ 5

BUSY YEAR FOR INSURANCE AUTHORITY............................ ' 6

NEW WARRANT CaRDS FOR LABOUR INSPECTORS ..................... 8

LAUNCHING OF SEWAGE OUTFALL ................................. 9

$12 MILLION TEMPORARY MARKET FOR TAI KOK TSUI ............... 10

HAWKERS PROBLEM TO BE DISCUSSED.............................. 10

HAWKERS TO REMaIN RESPONSIBILITY OF UC ...................... 11

DETAILS OF WAN CHaI FESTIVAL ................................ 12

DETAILS OF PRE-PAID TUNNEL TICKET SCHEME..................... 13

REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTION PROMOTED........................... 13

PRIZES FOR JOG KOK COMPETITION WINNERS ...................... 14

WAN CHAI COMPLEX TOPPING-OUT ................................ 14

BROWNIES AT CENTRE JOIN THE PaCK............................. 15

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR KOWLOON WALK............................. 15

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1986

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SIR DAVID VISITS HILL FIRE FIGHTERS

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON FLEUi TO THE SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK AREA TO VISIT FIRE FIGHTERS WHO HAVE BEEN BATTLING THE THIRD STRIKE HILL FIRE THERE SINCE YESTERDAY MORNING.

AFTER ADDRESSING COURSE MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR STAFF COURSE IN MUI WO. SIR DAVID BOARDED A ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE HELICOPTER TO SEE FROM THE AIR THE DAMAGE WHICH THE HILL FIRE HAD DONE TO THE SHING MUN AND TAI MO SHAN COUNTRY PARKS.

MORE THAN 850 HECTARES OF PLANTATION AREA AND SOME 130 000 TREES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED BY THE FIRE, THE WORST IN HONG KONG SINCE 1979.

HE LATER DROPPED IN AT THE SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK

MANAGEMENT CENTRE WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE LATEST PROGRESS CF FIRE FIGHTING BY THE DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (NT), MR LI KWOK-CHOI, AND THE COUNTRY PARKS PROTECTION OFFICER, MR LAI CHING-WAI.

SIR DAVID THEN WENT TO THE TWISK MANAGEMENT CENTRE

WHERE HE CHATTED WITH FIRE FIGHTERS FROM THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE BRITISH FORCES.

BEOFRE DEPARTING, SIR DAVID SAID CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY, THE FIRE SERVICES, THE RHKAAF AND THE BRITISH FORCES IN FIGHTING THE HILL FIRE HAD BEEN GOOD AND WAS IMPROVING.

HE SAID THE IMPORTANT THING IN DEALING WITH SUCH A SITUATION WAS CO-ORDINATION OF EFFORTS, AND THAT EVERYONE INVOLVED HAD SUCCEEDED IN CONTAINING THE FIRE.

BUT SINCE THE DRY WEATHER WAS CONTINUING, SIR DAVID SAID ADDITIONAL MEASURES HAD TO BE TAKEN, NOTING THAT THE TAI MO SHAN, SHING MUN, AND TAI LAM COUNTRY PARKS AND THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE WOULD BE CLOSED FROM THIS SATURDAY.

+I’M SURE THE PUBLIC WILL UNDERSTAND THE REASONS FOR THIS AND PUT UP WITH THE MINOR INCONVENIENCE UNTIL THE DANGER HAS PASSED,+ HE SAID.

+1 WOULD APPEAL TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION AND HELP IN PRESERVING OUR COUNTRYSIDE,* HE ADDED.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1986

S COUNTRY PARKS

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SHING MUN COUNTRY PARKS AND BE CLOSED TO ALL VISITORS OF THE EXTREMELY HIGH FIRE

HIGH FIRE RISK CLOSI * * *

THE TAI LAM, TAI MO SHAN, AND THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE WILL FROM SATURDAY (JANUARY 11) BECAUSE RISK IN THESE AREAS.

THE CLOSURE ORDER WAS MADE TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE DIRECTOR CF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR JOHN RIDDELL-SWAN, WHO SAID THAT THE MOVE WAS REGRETTED BUT WAS NECESSARY IN THE INTEREST CF COUNTRY PARKS PROTECTION AND IN THE INTEREST OF VISITORS’ SAFETY.

VISITORS TO THESE AREAS WILL BE ADVISED TO LEAVE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TOMORROW AS CLOSURE SIGNS ARE BEING ERECTED AT ENTRANCES TO THESE PARKS. +NO FIRE+ SIGNS WILL ALSO BE PUT UP AT BARBECUE SITES ON THE FRINGE OF AND INSIDE THESE PARK AREAS.

ALL OTHER COUNTRY PARKS WILL REMAIN OPEN, BUT VISITORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BARBECUE. THEY ARE ADVISED TO BRING PRE-COOKED FOOD TO MINIMISE FIRE RISK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WARNED THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE FOR ANYONE TO LIGHT A FIRE IN A COUNTRY PARK OUTSIDE A DESIGNATED BARBECUE SITE. THE MAXIMUM PENALTY IS $5 OOO AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT.

♦ALSO ANYONE FOUND IN THESE AREAS AFTER THE CLOSURE CRDER HAD TAKEN EFFECT WILL BE PROSECUTED AND LIABLE TO A FINE CF $2 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR THREE MONTHS,+ HE SAID.

THE CLOSURE ORDER WILL REMAIN IN FORCE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, SAID THE SPOKESMAN, ADDING THAT +SHOULD THE SITUATION REQUIRED, MORE COUNTRY PARKS WILL BE CLOSED.+

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VISITING MP’S TO MEET PRESS * * * *

VISITING LABOUR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, DR JOHN MAREK AND NORMAN HOGG, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 11) AT 10.30 AM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1986

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CAMPAIGNS HAVING IMPACT ON HEROIN PROBLEM * * * *

THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES ARE VIGOROUSLY PURSUING ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS AS WELL AS TREATMENT AND PREVENTION ACTIVITIES IN A BID TO FIGHT DRUG ABUSE IN THE TERRITORY, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD ( INCB) PUBLISHED IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA.

♦CAMPAIGNS CONTINUE TO BE TARGETED AGAINST THE ABUSE OF HEROIN. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE CO-ORDINATED PROGRAMMES OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) ARE HAVING AN IMPACT ON THE HEROIN PROBLEM,* THE REPORT SAID.

REFERRING TO THE 50-PAGE REPORT, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, hR GORDON MORTIMER, WELCOMED THE FAVOURABLE COMMENTS MADE ON HONG KONG AND THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY THE BOARD OF THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN COMBATING THE DRUG PROBLEM.

WITH REGARD TO THE INCB’S OBSERVATION THAT HONG KONG SERVED AS A TRANS-SHIPMENT POINT FOR HEROIN DESTINED FOR AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED STATES, MR MORTIMER SAID THAT THE DOUBLE RISKS AND COST TO TRAFFICKERS OF HEROIN INTO HONG KONG, STORING IT AND SMUGGLING IT OUT AGAIN, MADE IT DOUBTFUL THAT HONG KONG WAS USED AS A TRANS-SHIPMENT POINT ON A LARGE SCALE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT MOST OF THE HEROIN OF SOUTHEAST ASIA ORIGIN WHICH WAS SMUGGLED INTO THE U.S. AND AUSTRALIA HAD NOT BEEN CONSIGNED FROM HONG KONG.

♦CERTAINLY, ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN THESE TWO COUNTRIES, FROM TIME TO TIME, OF PERSONS SMUGGLING DRUGS FROM HONG KONG, BUT THE QUANTITIES INVOLVED WERE SMALL WHEN COMPARED WITH THE BULK QUANTITIES SEIZED HERE.

♦THESE ARRESTS WERE OFTEN MADE AS A RESULT OF INFORMATION PROVIDED BY HONG KONG TO THE AUTHORITIES OVERSEAS,♦ HE SAID.

REFERRING TO ANOTHER POINT RAISED IN THE REPORT, MR MORTIMER EXPLAINED THAT THERE WAS A HIGH DEGREE OF CO-OPERATION AND LIAISON BETWEEN LAW'ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OVERSEAS AS WELL AS IN CHINA AND THOSE!IN HONG KONG.

♦BOTH THE CHINESE AND HONG KONG CUSTOMS OFFICIALS ARE ALERT TO THE EXISTENCE OF THIS INDIRECT ROUTE AND ARRESTS OF SMUGGLERS USING THIS ROUTE HAD TAKEN PLACE IN CHINA AND IN HONG KONG.+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE QUANTITIES SMUGGLED INTO HONG KONG BY THIS ROUTE WERE BELIEVED TO BE SMALL WHEN COMPARED WITH AMOUNTS SMUGGLED IN BY SEA AND BY AIR FROM THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE, WHERE THE BORDERS CF THAILAND, BURMA AND LAOS MET.

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DEMAND FOR QUALIFIED CIVIL SERVANTS TO CONTINUE X * * *

THE GOVERNMENT’S DEMAND FOR SUITABLE, QUALIFIED PERSONNEL IN A WIDE SPECTRUM OF DISCIPLINES WAS LIKELY TO BE SUSTAINED TO KEEP PACE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S DYNAMIC AND PROSPEROUS COMMUNITY, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR NICKY CHAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE POLYTECHNIC’S TWO-DAY CAREERS’ EXHIBITION, MR CHAN SAID SUCH DEVELOPMENT WAS REFLECTED IN THE GOVERNMENT’S ANNUAL CAPITAL WORKS BUDGET. THIS AMOUNTED TO $10 BILLION THIS FINANCIAL YEAR - OR ABOUT $27 MILLION PER DAY.

+AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, IT IS NOT SURPRISING TO SEE THAT POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES AT ALL LEVELS AND IN A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES, RANGING FROM ENGINEERING, BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT TO PARA-MEDICAL AND SOCIAL WORK, WILL CONTINUE TO BE WELL IN DEMAND BY THE CIVIL SERVICE,+ MR CHAN SAID.

IN JOINING THE CIVIL SERVICE, GRADUATES COULD BE ASSURED OF A CAREER WHICH WAS AS FINANCIALLY REWARDING AS THAT IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, HE SAID.

TO HELP CAREER ADVANCEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND ALSO AS PART (F MANPOWER RESOURCES PLANNING, THE LANDS AND WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS SPENT NEARLY $1 MILLION EACH MONTH ON TRAINING TECHNOLOGISTS, MR CHAN SAID.

♦REWARDING AS IT IS, A CAREER WITH THE CIVIL SERVICE IS BOTH CHALLENGING AND DEMANDING, INVOLVING AS IT DOES FREQUENT CONTACT WITH THE COMMUNITY THE CIVIL SERVICE IS SUPPOSED TO

SERVE,* HE SAID.

+IN PARALLEL WITH THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY AND IN ORDER THAT HIGH PRODUCTIVITY IS MAINTAINED, CIVIL SERVANTS DO HAVE A DEMANDING WORK SCHEDULE.

+THE JOB IS OFTEN FRAUGHT WITH DIFFICULTIES, WHICH HAVE TO BE OVERCOME WITH DETERMINATION, TACT AND PATIENCE.

+IT IS PERSUASION AND REASONING, RATHER THAN JUST THE MERE USE OF POWER, THAT WILL HELP GET THINGS DONE,* HE ADDED.

MR CHAN SAID EFFICIENCY AND GOOD ECONOMICAL JUDGMENT WERE KEY FACTORS IN ASSESSING A CIVIL SERVANT’S PERFORMANCE.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS THE POLYTECHNIC’S CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT, NR WILFRED NEWTON.

A TOTAL OF 20 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE EXHIBITION.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1986

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SIR DAVID MEETS STAFF COURSE PARTICIPANTS

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED GOVERNMENT OFFICERS UNDERGOING TRAINING FOR WIDER MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE SENIOR STAFF COURSE IN MUI WO, LANTAU.

SIR DAVID WAS GREETED ON ARRIVAL BY THE DIRECTOR OF STUDIES, W LEN SNEDDON, AND BRIEFED ON THE PROGRAMME OF THE THREE-MONTH COURSE, THE FOURTH HELD SINCE SEPTEMBER 1984.

HE ALSO HAD A DISCUSSION ON LOCAL ADMINISTRATION WITH COURSE MEMBERS.

THE 40 PARTICIPANTS ARE SPENDING THE FIRST WEEK OF THE COURSE AT THE SILVERMINE BEACH HOTEL AND WILL LATER GO ON A WEEK-LONG STUDY VISIT OF A SOUTH-EAST ASIAN COUNTRY.

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DELEGATES FOR COMMONWEALTH STUDY CONFERENCE NAMED * * * *

FIVE DELEGATES HAVE BEEN SELECTED FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND MAJOR ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG TO ATTEND THE SIXTH COMMONWEALTH STUDY CONFERENCE TO BE HELD JOINTLY IN INDIA AND AUSTRALIA FROM MAY 10 TO 30.

THE FIVE ARE MR LEUNG SAI-WAH, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE DEPUTY CHIEF SECRETARY; MR HO CHO-YING, DIRECTOR OF THE SWIRE SHIPPING (AGENCIES) LTD; MR LAU YIT-HUNG, SENIOR OFFICER OF THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE; MR SUEN MING-YEUNG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT; AND MR KO KAM-CHUEN, DIRECTOR AND GENERAL MANAGER OF JARDINE SHIPPING AGENCIES (HK) LTD.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (THURSDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE, MR ALEX WU, SAID THE QUALITY CF APPLICANTS WAS VERY HIGH.

♦INITIALLY THE CONFERENCE ORGANISERS ONLY LET HONG KONG SEND THREE DELEGATES, AND IT HAS BEEN A TRYING EXERCISE TO CHOOSE THREE OUT OF FIVE FINALISTS,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, THE ORGANISERS SUBSEQUENTLY ADMITTED TO HONG KONG’S REQUEST TO DISPATCH MORE PARTICIPANTS, AND NOW ALL FIVE WOULD BE GOING, HE ADDED.

INITIATED BY THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH IN 1956, THE COMMONWEALTH STUDY CONFERENCE IS HELD EVERY SIX YEARS, BRINGING TOGETHER REPRESENTATIVES OF INDUSTRY, COMMERCE, LABOUR AND GOVERNMENT IN AN INTERNATIONAL SETTING TO STUDY AND DISCUSS IMPORTANT MATTERS CF MUTUAL CONCERN AND INTEREST.

/Jffi WU...............

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MR WU SAID THAT THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE WAS ♦MANAGING CHANGES IN INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY* “HICH WOULD BE MOST RELEVANT TO HONG KONG, +FOR HONG KONG Io NOT ONLY UNDERGOING RAPID INDUSTRIAL CHANGES, IT IS ALSO EXPERIENCING POLITICAL CHANGES WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SINO-BRITISH AGREEMENT CF HONG KONG’S FUTURE*.

♦WHILE OUR POTENTIAL LEADERS OF THE FUTURE WILL BENEFIT THROUGH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THIS IMPORTANT CONFERENCE, THEY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH DELEGATES FROM OTHER COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES OUR EXPERTISE IN ADAPTING TO CHANGE ShILE SEEKING TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF HONG KONG’S NEARLY SIX MILLION PEOPLE AND PROVIDING THEM WITH THE FUTURE,* HE SAID.

ABOUT 3OO DELEGATES REPRESENTING 51 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES WILL BE ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE.

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BUSY YEAR FOR INSURANCE AUTHORITY * * * *

THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ORDINANCE 1983 ENTERED INTO A NEW PHASE OF ITS DEVELOPMENT WITH THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY CLOSELY MONITORING THE OPERATIONS OF INSURANCE COMPANIES IN HONG KONG, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY.

THIS HAD RESULTED IN 1985 BEING A VERY ACTIVE YEAR FOR THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY.

THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF EACH INSURER WAS EXAMINED TO SEE IF IT MET WITH THE MINIMUM SOLVENCY AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS, HE SAID.

+THE EXAMINATION OF REPORTS AND ACCOUNTS OF THE INSURERS HAD BEEN FACILITATED BY THE MORE DETAILED RETURNS UNDER THE NE* DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDINANCE.

+WHERE THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY DISCOVERED THAT AN INSURANCE COMPANY COULD NOT MEET THE STANDARDS REQUIRED OR THAT THERE WAS ANY CAUSE FOR CONCERN, APPROPRIATE INTERVENTIONARY ACTION WAS TAKEN FOR THE BETTER PROTECTION OF POLICY HOLDERS,* MR GLEESON SAID.

DURING LAST YEAR, 14 INSURANCE COMPANIES WERE AFFECTED BY THE EXERCISE OF SUCH POWERS.

AT THE END OR 1985 THE INSURANCE DIVISION HAD AN ESTABLISHMENT OF 30 AND HAD MOVED TO NEW OFFICES ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

/M4 GLEESON .......

THURSDAY, JaiIUAHY 198s

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MR GLEESON SAID THERE WERE 17 NEW APPLICATIONS FOR AUTHORISATION TC C*RRY ON INSURANCE BUSINESS IN HONG KCNG DURING THE YEAR AND MOST OF THESE APPLICATIONS WERE FROM OVERSEAS INSURERS.

THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY HAD BEEN VERY CAREFUL IN PROCESSING THE APPLICATIONS AND WOULD ONLY ADMIT A NEW INSURER IF ALL THE CRITERIA FOR AUTHORISATION UNDER THE ORDINANCE WERE MET.

DUPING THE YEAR, NINE NEW INSURANCE COMPANIES WERE AUTHORISED (THREE NCnRPORATED IN HONG KONG, FOUR IN THE U.K., ONE IN THE U.S. ANT ONE IN BERMUDA).

OF THESE FIVE WERE AUTHORISED TO CARRY ON GENERAL BUSINESS AND FOUR WERE AUTHORISED TO CARRY ON LONG-TERM INSURANCE BUSINESS.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE AUTHORISATION OF SIX EXISTING INSURANCE COMPAN ES WAS WITHDRAWN. FIVE BECAUSE THEY HAD CEASED WRITING INSURANCE BUSINESS IN OR FROM HONG KONG, AND ONE FOR GOING INTO VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION.

THE WITHDRAWALS WERE ALLOWED ONLY AFTER SATISFACTORY ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE FOR THE MEETING OF THEIR INSURANCE LI AB IL IT IES.

THERE WERE 287 AUTHRORISED INSURANCE COMPANIES OPERATING IN HONG KONG AS AT DECEMBER 31, 1985- OF THESE, 129 WERE INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG, AND THE REMAINING 158 WERE FROM 28 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE UNITED KINGDOM (48), THE UNITED STATES (31), BERMUDA (10), JAPAN (8), SINGAPORE (7), SWITZERLAND (7), CANADA (6), AND FRANCE (5).

THERE WERE 14 PENDING APPLICATIONS FROM NEW COMPANIES, MOSTLY FROM COMPANIES INCORPORATED OVERSEAS. THESE INCLUDED FRANCE (3), U.S. (2), BERMUDA (2), NETHERLANDS (2), PHILIPPINE^ (1), SWEDEN (1) AND UNITED KINGDOM (1).

THIS REFLECTED OVERSEAS INSURERS’ CONTINUED INTEREST IN HONG KONG'S INSURANCE MARKET, MR GLEESON SAID.

DURING THE YEAR TWO AMENDMENTS WERE MADE TO THE ORDINANCE FOLLOWING CONSULTATION WITH THE INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE NO, 8 OF 1985 WAS ENACTED ON FEBRUARY 7 AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) ORDINANCE NO. 74 OF 1985 WAS ENACTED ON DECEMBER 19.

♦THE FIRST ORDINANCE INTRODUCED A NE* SECT'ON 5&A WHICH ELIMINATES AN OLD PROVISION IN THE lAW «HICH WOULD HAVE RcNDERtL INVALID ALL THOSE GROUP LIFE POLICIES PROVIDING BENEFITS FOR~ SHOUPS OF PERSONS WHOSE NAMES WERE NOT SPECIFIED IN THE POLICIt.o,+ NR GLEESON SAID.

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♦THE SECOND AMENDMENT ORDINANCE INTRODUCED TWO NEw SECTIONS, 35A AND -5B, WHICH PROVIDE FOR THE MAKING OF BANK .EPOS ITS IN THE NAME OF THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY BY AUTHORISED INSURERS, AND INVALIDATE ANY CHARGE CREATED OVER SUCH BANK DEPOSITS,* HE ADDED.

MUCH WORK WAS ALSO DONE BY THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROTECTION OF MOTOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS AFFECTED BY INSOLVENT INSURANCE COMPANIES.

TWO SCHEMES WERE DEVISED AND INTRODUCED IN 1985, THE FIRST BEING THE INSOLVENCY FUND SCHEME WHICH WAS INTRODUCED ON NOVEMBER 1.

IT RELATED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF A SCHEME TO PROVIDE A FUND TO MAKE PAYMENTS TO VICTIMS OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING MOTOR VEHICLES IN THE EVENT OF THE INSURER BECOMING INSOLVENT AT SOME DATE IN THE FUTURE.

THE SCHEME WAS ADMINISTERED BY THE MOTOR INSURERS’ BUREAU OF HONG KONG FOLLOWING AN AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

THE INSOLVENCY FUND WOULD BE FINANCED BY A SURCHARGE ON ALL INSURANCE PREMIA PAYABLE BY NOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE POLICY HOLDERS, AT AN INITIAL LEVEL OF 2.5 PER CENT OF THE ANNUAL INSURANCE PREMIUM.

THE SECOND SCHEME WAS THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE FUND SUPPLEMENTARY SCHEME, WHICH WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 4 AND IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS TO VICTIMS OF PAST ACCIDENTS INVOLVING MOTOR VEHICLES INSURED WITH FIVE MOTOR VEHICLE INSURERS PRESENTLY IN LIQUIDATION, BY USING THE SURPLUS IN THE EXISTING TAVAS FUND.

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OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DIVISION HAVE BEEN ISSUED WITH NEW WARRANT CARDS THIS WEEK.

THE NEW CARDS AUTHORISE OFFICERS TO ENTER AND INSPECT ;T ALL REASONABLE TIMES, ANY PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THE EK ORCE’lENT CF VARIOUS LABOUR LEGISLATION.

THIS INCLUDES THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND ITS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS, THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE, aND 'HE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE WHICH PROHIBITS THE EMPLOYMENT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID OFFICERS WOULD SHOW THEIR WARRANT CARDS BEFORE THEY ENTERED ANY PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT.

HE WARNED THAT ANY PERSON WHO OBSTRUCTED OR DELAYED AN AUTHORISED OFFICER IN THE EXERCISE OF HIS DUTIES COMMITTED AN OFFENCE AND WAS LIABLE, ON CONVICTION, TO MAXIMUM FINES RANGING FROM $5 OOO TO $10 000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF ANY OFFICERS VISIT!.iG THEM SHOULD CONTACT THE OFFICE OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DIVISION IN THEIR DISTRICT.

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LAUNCHING OF SEWAGE OUTFALL * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE LAUNCHING OF A 3.4-KILOMETRE SUBMARINE SEWAGE OUTFALL AT JUNK BAY TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE OUTFALL IS PART OF A $168-MILLI0N SEWAGE DISPOSAL FACILITY FOR JUNK BAY WHICH WILL HAVE A POPULATION OF 180 000 BY THE EARLY 199O’S.

THE OUTFALL WILL CONVEY EFFLUENT FROM THE TREATMENT WORKS TO DEEPER WATERS IN TATHONG CHANNEL.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY. A GOVERNMENT COACH (AM 5895) WILL LEAVE FROM MURRAY BUILDING IN GARDEN ROAD AT 9.15 AM SHARP.

THOSE USING THEIR OWN TRANSPORT SHOULD WAIT FOR THE PRESS COACH AT THE JUNCTION OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD AND HANG HAU ROAD AT 10 AM.

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$12 MILLION TEMPORARY MARKET FOR TAI KOK TSUI

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THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A 312.1 MILLION PROJECT TO PROVIDE A TEMPORARY MARKET AT TAI KOK TSUI.

THE MARKET WILL HAVE 220 STALLS OR MINI-STALLS AND BE COVERED BY A LIGHTWEIGHT ROOF WHICH WILL PROTECT STALLHOLDERS FROM RAIN BUT STILL ALLOW IN NATURAL LIGHT AND VENTILATION.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE TOILETS, AN ICE STORE AND A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT.

♦THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED FOLLOWING DETAILED CONSULTATIONS WITH THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

♦TO ENSURE THAT THE TEMPORARY MARKET WILL ATTRACT WIDE PATRONAGE THERE WILL BE ENTRANCES FROM TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, FUK TSUN STREET AND IVY STREET.+

WORK WILL START AS SOON AS SQUATTER WORKSHOPS CAN BE MOVED FROM THE SITE. THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT A YEAR TO COMPLETE.

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HAWKERS PROBLEM TO BE DISCUSSED

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SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS WAYS TO RESOLVE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY ILLEGAL HAWKERS AROUND NAM CHEONG STREET AND APLIU STREET AT THEIR ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE ISSUE WAS MOOTED BY A BOARD MEMBER AND THE SHAM SHU I PO LIVELIHOOD CONCERN GROUP WHO CONDUCTED A SURVEY ON 63 HAWKER STALLS IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD EARLIER LAST YEAR.

ACCORDING TO FINDINGS, ON-STREET HAWKERS HAD APPARENTLY MULTIPLIED AND PROLIFERATED IN THE AREA DESPITE INTENSIFIED ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS BY GENERAL DUTIES TEAMS.

ABOUT 60 UNLICENSED HAWKERS TRADING IN JUNK GOODS AND USED SUNDRIES OCCUPY THE PAVEMENT AND PART OF THE CARRIAGEWAY DAILY, CAUSING SERIOUS OBSTRUCTION TO PEDESTRIAN FLOW AND VEHICULAR TRAFFIC, AS WELL AS POSING ENVIRONMENTAL NUISANCE TO RESIDENTS NEARBY.

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AT THE MEETING MEMBERS WILL ALSO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE CONSULTATIVE PAPER PUBLISHED BY THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH ON THE CONTROL OF POLLUTION CAUSED BY ANIMAL WASTES.

THE FORMATION OF A WORKING GROUP ON THE REDEVELOPMENT OF PAK TIN ESTATE BLOCK 14-16 WILL BE ANOTHER TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION.

THE MEETING, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, WILL BEGIN AT 2.15 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 39 TONKIN STREET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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HAWKERS TO REMAIN RESPONSIBILITY OF UC X X * X

THE WORKING PARTY ON HAWKERS WAS NOT ASKING DISTRICT BOARDS TO TAKE OVER THE URBAN COUNCIL’S STATUTORY AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES ON HAWKER PROBLEMS, ITS CHAIRPERSON, MRS ELSIE TU, TOLD THIS AFTERNOON’S MEETING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD.

♦THESE RESPONSIBILITIES LIE WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL,* SHE SAID.

MRS TU EMPHASISED THIS WHILE SHE WAS BRIEFING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON VARIOUS PROPOSALS IN THE REPORT.

THE BOARD DECIDED THAT BEFORE FORMALLY DISCUSSING THE REPORT ON MARCH 20, MEMBERS SHOULD CONSULT RESIDENTS AND HAWKERS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE AREAS.

MRS TU SAID: +WHAT WE WANT IS TO CONSULT DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ABOUT THE REPORT, AND TO HAVE THEIR OPINIONS SO THAT WHEN WE FORMULATE POLICIES, WE WILL HAVE THEIR CO-OPERATION AND AGREEMENT.*

ON A PROPOSAL FOR DISTRICT BOARDS TO SET UP ADVISORY COMMITTEES ON HAWKERS, MRS TU SAID: +WE DON’T PRESUME TO TELL DB MEMBERS WHAT TO DO. WE JUST WANT TO HEAR THE RESULTS OF THEIR DISCUSSIONS AND CONSULTATIONS WITH PEOPLE IN THEIR DISTRICTS.

+WE WISH TO CO-OPERATE, BUT NOT TO TELL THEM WHAT TO DO.*

/ifflS TU .............

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MRS TU REITERATED THAT THE HAWKER REPORT WAS NOT AN URBAN COUNCIL DECISION DOCUMENT, BUT SIMPLY A REPORT CONTAINING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING PARTY ITSELF.

♦NONE OF THE PROPOSALS CAN BECOME POLICY UNTIL THEY ARE FULLY DISCUSSED BY THE WHOLE COUNCIL,+ SHE SAID.

SHE ALSO STRESSED THAT THE WORKING PARTY HAD INITIALLY CONSULTED ALL DISTRICT BOARDS AND MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND WOULD CONTINUE TO LIAISE WITH THEM.

CONCERNING THE CONSULTATION PERIOD, MRS TU SAID THAT WHILE THERE WAS NO DEADLINE, THE SOONER POLICIES WERE FORMULATED, THE BETTER.

♦WE HOPE TO HAVE THE DISTRICT BOARDS’ VIEWS WITHIN TWO OR THREE MONTHS,+ SHE ADDED.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THIS AFTERNOON’S BRIEFING WERE WORKING PARTY MEMBER MR KWAN LIM-HO, THE DEPARTMENT’S DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MR JOHN HEYWOOD, AND MR OWEN BROADLEY, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (HAWKERS).

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DETAILS OF WAN CHAI FESTIVAL * * * *

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE 1986 WAN CHAI FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE FORUM. SECOND FLOOR, LEE GARDENS HOTEL, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LEE KON; WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM; CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLICITY SUB-GROUP OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR STEPHEN WONG HON-CHING; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS DONNA WONG.

NOTE TO ED I TORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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DETAILS OF PRE-PAID TUNNEL TICKET SCHEME

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PETER LEEDS, WILL ANNOUNCE

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR

DETAILS OF THE INTRODUCTION OF A PRE-PAID TICKET SCHEME FOR GOVERNMENT ROAD TUNNELS ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 11) AT 10.3° AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, SIXTH FLOOR, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

A CONTRACT WILL ALSO BE SIGNED AT THE SAME OCCASSION BY W LEEDS AND WILSON PARKING (HK) PTY LTD. FOR THE PRODUCTION AND

SALE OF THE TICKETS.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTION PROMOTED * * *

A SERIES OF MINI-EXHIBITIONS WILL BE STAGED FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN VARIOUS COMMUNITY HALLS AND CENTRES IN TUEN MUN TO PUBLICISE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTION IN MARCH.

ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE EXHIBITIONS WILL FOCUS ON THE WORK, STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL TO BE SET UP IN APRIL, AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE AT THE BUTTERFLY ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, ON TING AND YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE, AND LATER AT TAl HING COMMUNITY HALL AND TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

ADMISSION IS FREE.

DATES AND TIMES OF THE EXHIBITIONS ARE:

VENUE DATE TIME

BUTTERFLY ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE JAN. 10 TO 14 9 AM - 10 PM

ON TING AND YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE JAN. 17 TO 21 9 AM - 10 PM

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PRIZES FOR MONG KOK COMPETITION WINNERS

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A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE MONG KOK CIVIC EDUCATION ESSAY COMPETITION AND BOOK MARK DESIGN COMPETITION WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CHOW’S CLANSMEN ASSOCIATION SCHOOL.

THE COMPETITIONS WERE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SYCAMORE AREA COMMITTEE AND TAI KOK TSUI YOUTH CENTRE IN SUPPORT OF THE CURRENT 'CIVIC EDUCATION 30’ CAMPAIGN IN MONG KOK.

SENIOR LECTURER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, DR Y.N. CHAN, WILL ALSO GIVE A TALK ON CIVIC EDUCATION AT THE CEREMONY.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER;

MRS BRENDA FUNG5 THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI; URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR EDMUND CHOW; AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, NR HO FEI-CHI.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT TOMORROW AT 7.30 PM AT THE ASSEMBLY HALL OF CHOW’S CLANSMEN ASSOCIATION SCHOOL, SYCAMORE STREET, TAI KOK TSUI.

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WAN CHAI COMPLEX TOPPING-OUT * * * *

A TOPPING-OUT CEREMONY FOR A GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND COURT COMPLEX AT HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

OFFICIATING WILL BE THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR NICKY CHAN; THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR PETER TSAO; THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR N.J. BARNETT; AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF SHUI ON BUILDING CONTRACTORS LIMITED, THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR FOR THE PROJECT.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY. MEDIA REPRE SEN'T ’ VE* SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BU -DING i . T; HaRBOlU-ROAD (NEAR THE ARTS CENTRE) AT 2 PM.

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BROWNIES AT CENTRE JOIN THE PACK * * *

TWENTY-FOUR REFUGEE BROWNIES OF CAPE COLLINSON CLOSED CENTRE WILL ENROL IN THE 13OTH ISLAND PACK AT A CEREMONY ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 11).

THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, AND THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, LADY AKERS-JONES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 1.45 PM.

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR KOWLOON WALK XXX

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN KWUN TON« ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 12) TO ALLOW THE COMMUNITY CHEST’S KOWLOON WALK FOR MILLIONS TO BE HELD.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS * ILL EE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC:

M JUNK BAY ROAD SECTION BETWEEN KAI TIN ROAD AND LEI YUE MUN ROAD- AND KAI TIN ROAD SECTION BETWEEN PING TIN STREET AND LEI YUE MUN ROAD (EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND GREEN MINIBUSES) WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 AM TO 11.30 AM.

M KO CHIU ROAD SECTION BETWEEN LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE COVERED RESERVOIR WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 AM TO 12.30 PM.

M PO LAM ROAD (EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES); THE UNNAMED ROAD LINKING SAU MAU PING ROAD AND THE EXTENSION OF PO LAM ROAD; AND ANDERSON ROAD SECTION BETWEEN PO LAM ROAD AND THE EXTENSION OF PO LAM ROAD (EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES) WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM.

X KAI L IM ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7.30 AM TO 4 PM.

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FROM 7 AM TO 11.30 AM, THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD SECTION BETWEEN JUNK BAY ROAD AND KO CHIU ROAD WILL EE REDUCED FROM TWO-LANE TO ONE-LANE TRAFFIC.

FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM, THE EXTENSION OF PO LAM ROAD WILL BE REDUCED FROM THREE-LANE TO TWO-LANE TRAFFIC.

VEHICLES HEADING FOR OR DEPARTING FROM LAM TIN ESTATE SHOULD USE SAU MAU PING ROAD, JUNK BAY ROAD AND KAI TIN ROAD (SECTION NORTH OF PING TIN STREET) FROM 7 AM TO 11.30 AM. THE RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENT FROM LEI YUE MUN ROAD NORTHBOUND ONTO TSUI PING ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM 7.30 AM TO 11.30 AM.

ALL PARKING SPACES ON KAI LIM ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 PM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 11) TO 4 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 12).

BUSES ON KMB ROUTES NO. 14A, 15C, 15M AND 16 WILL BE DIVERTED BETWEEN 7 AM TO 11.30 AM AS A RESULT OF THE ROAD RE-ROUTE ING AND CLOSURE MEASURES.

WHILE KMB ROUTE NO. 90 WILL PROVIDE LIMITED SERVICES ON PO LAM ROAD FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM, NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES NO. 10 AND 10A WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM TO 3 PM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

+UK WILL SERIOUSLY CONSIDER LEGCO MOTION+ ................ 1

THE REPORT OF THE FRAUD TRIALS COMMITTEE MAJOR CHANGES PROPOSED IN THE LAW AND PROCEDURES FOR COMBATTING FRAUD .. 3

1986, A YEAR FOR LISTENING, SAYS CS ...................... 6

SIR EDWARD TOURS KWAI CHUNG FACTORIES .................... 8

SIR DAVID LAUNCHES JUNK BAY SUBMARINE PIPELINE ........... 8

SECOND MEETING ON LICENSING OF TRAVEL AGENTS ............. 10

WAN CHAI GOVERNMENT BUILDING TOPPED OUT .................. 10

EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING PLANS GAZETTED .................. 11

WARNING AGAINST UNLICENSED FOOD CATERERS ................. 13

HO RETURNING FROM TALKS .................................. 13

GRAND FESTIVAL FOR WAN CHAI RESIDENTS .................... 14

FORMER ATLAS WORKERS PAID ................................ 15

BOARD TO DISCUSS ANIMAL WASTE POLLUTION .................. 16

FOCUS ON WHOLESALE, RETAIL TRADES ........................ 16

TENDERS CALLED for supply of motor boats ................. 17

WARNING AGAINST OBSTRUCTION OF FACTORY INSPECTORS ........ 17

RED PACKETS FOR 4 500 NEEDY PEOPLE........................ 18

FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN CHAI WAN ................... 19

drawing contest in botanical Garden ...................... 19

CIVIC EDUCATION FUN DAY ON SUNDAY ........................ 20

BRANCH OFFICE ON THE MOVE................................. 21

ROOFTOP STRUCTURE TO BE CLOSED ........................... 21

FIRST ROUND OF SCHOOL DEBATE STARTS ...................... 22

CLOSING CEREMONY ......................................... 22

SHAM SHUT PO TRAFFIC CHANGES ............................. 23

YAU MA TEI WATER CUT ..................................... 23

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+ UK /.ILL SERIOUSLY CONSIDER LEGCO MOTION*

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOL'DE, SAIL TODAY (FRIDAY) HE WAS SURE THAT THE UK GOVER WOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MOTION Of THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER.

+WE ARE AFTER ALL A PART OF THE CONSULTATION PROCESS. ONE OF THE THINGS WHICH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SAID THEY WOULD DC WAS THAT THEY WOULD ADOPT THE PROCEDURE WHICH WOULD ENABLE THERE TO BE CONSULTATION OF THE DRAFT ORDER IN COUNCIL, AND THIS IS ALL PART OF THAT CONSULTATION,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD WAS REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS AT THE END OF A VISIT TO TWO FACTORIES IN KwAI CHUNG THIS AFTERNOON.

ASKED IF THERE WOULD BE ANY CHANGES IN THE POWER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE 1987 REVIEW, SIR EDWARD SAID: +WE HAVEN’T H HAD THE REVIEW YET. THE WHOLE POINT OF THE 1987 REVIEW IS TO REVIEW THE SYSTEM. BUT DURING THIS YEAR, WE SHALL BE SEEING HOW IT IS SETTLING DOWN FOLLOWING THE INSTITUTION OF THE NEW LEGCO.*

HE SAID WE WOULD NEED A LITTLE TIME BEFORE WE STARTED THINKING ABOUT FURTHER CHANGES TO SEE HOW THE PRESENT SYSTEM WAS WORK ING.

+THE WHOLE POINT OF THE REVIEW NEXT YEAR IS THAT WE SHOUL-HAVE SEEN HOw THE PRESENT SYSTEM WORKS AND WE WILL GO ON FRO-THERE,* HE SAID.

+WE HAVE ALWAYS SAID wE wOULD ADOPT A STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH, BUILDING ON WELL-TRIED INSTITUTIONS. THAT IS STILL OUR APPROACH.*

ASKED WHETHER HONG KONG wOULD CONSULT UK’S OPINION ON THE 1987 REVIEW, SIR EDWARD SAID THE MAIN THING ABOUT THE REVIEW WAS TO TAKE THE VIEWS OF HONG KONG.

+THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW IN ’87,+ HE SAID.

ON WHETHER THE V IEW OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT wOULD ALSO BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION, THE GOVERNOR SAID: +OUR CONCERN Io, WHAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT DOES IS TO TAKE THE VIEWS OF PEOPLc IN HONG KONG. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HONG KONG.

+1 THINK THAT AT THIS STAGE, THE THING TO DO IS TO MAKE THE PRESENT SYSTEM WORK AND SEE HOw IT GETS ON, AND THEN WE CA-. ALL HAVE VIEWS ON WHAT WE MIGHT D IN Tht ’87 REVIEW.*

ON THE QUESTION OF STRIKING AN +ACCORD+ BETWEEN T-E .nSIC LAw AND POLITICAL REFORMS IN h o wONG, SIR EDWARD SAIL: +1 SAID IN THE ADDRESS WHICH : LAVE IN LEGCO THAT I THOUGHT BOTH SIDES WOULD BE VERY ALIVE T T E CONCERN OF THF ,THt-

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+ AND I THINK MOST PEOPLE IN HONG KONG THINK THAT IS A VERY SENSIBLE APPROACH,* HE ADDED.

ASKED WHETHER HE WOULD BE MEETING MR LU PING, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE HONG KONG AND MACA. AFFAIRS OFFICE OF CHINA’S STATE COUNCIL, WHO IS NOW VISITING HONG KONG, SIR EDaaRd SAID NO FORMAL ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE FOR THE MOMENT.

+BUT I KNOW HIM QUITE WELL FROM MY TIME IN PEKING,* HE SAID. +SC I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF HE AND I SAW EACH OTHER INFORMALLY AT SOME POINT.*

+l SHOULD BE LISTENING TO HIM AS MUCH AS TALKING TO HIM. I THINK HE HAS COME HERE TO TALK TO PEOPLE AND HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY, AND WE MUCH ENCOURAGE ALL VISITORS FROM PEKING TO DO THAT.*

ON THE FORTHCOMING VISIT TO CHINA BY MR TIMOTHY RENTON, MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, THE GOVERNOR SAID MR RENTON WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA IN GENERAL.

+THAT ENCOMPASSES OF COURSE MANY SUBJECTS OTHER THAN HONG KONG. BUT I IMAGINE THAT HE WILL HAVE SOME EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON HONG KONG MATTERS.

+BUT HIS MAIN PURPOSE IS A VISIT TO CHINA ON THIS OCCASION AND SO THERE WILL BE MANY OTHER SUBJECTS TOO.

+THE AGENDA HASN’T BEEN FIXED YET, AND SO I DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT SUBJECTS HE WILL WANT TO TAKE UP,* HE SAID.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE LOCALISATION PROGRAMME WITHIN THE POLICE FORCE, SIR EDWARD SAID HE HAD SPOKEN ON THE REVIEw ON LOCALISATION IN HIS ADDRESS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

+IT IS VERY IMPORTANT, I THINK -- CERTAINLY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE BELIEVES THIS AND I THINK HE IS QUITE RIGHT -- THAT THERE SHOULD BE FULL CONSULTATION WITH THOSE INVOLVED, SO THAT WHATEVER MEASURES ARE DECIDED ON ARE DECIDED ON ONLY AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THOSE INVOLVED,* HE SAID.

ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD RECONSIDER SCRAPPING JURIES FOR THE TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES IN VIEW OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ROSK ILL COMMITTEE, THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT THIS QUESTION WAS NOW FIRMLY WITH THE SELECT COMMITTEE CF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

+AND I AM SURE THEY WILL BE STUDYING THE ROSKILL REPORT, WHICH IS QUITE A LONG REPORT I UNDERSTAND - I HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET - BUT I AM SURE THEY WILL HAVE TO STUD7 THE REPORT AS A WHOLE BEFORE THEY TAKE IT INTO ACCOUNT IN THEIR OWN REPORT AT THt END OF THE DAY,* HE SAID.

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THE FOLLOWING WAo ISSUED BY THE LORD CHANCELLOR’S DEPARTMENT IN LONDON' AT R PM (HONG KONG TIME) TODAY:

THE REPORT OF THE FRAUD TRIALS COMMITTEE MAJOR CHANGES PROPOSED IN THE LAW AND PROCEDURES FOR COMBATTING FRAUD * * * *

THE REPORT OF THE FRAUD TRIALS COMMITTEE IS PUBLISHED TODAY (JANUARY 10). THE COMMITTEE, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF LORD ROSKILL, CALLS FOR FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN THE LAW - AND IN ATTITUDES AND PROCEDURES - IF THE PERPETRATORS OF SERIOUS FRAUD ARE TO BE +SWIFTLY AND EFFECTIVELY DISCOVERED, CONVICTED AND PUNISHED*.

IN AN INTRODUCTORY SUMMARY TO ITS 250-PAGE REPORT THE EIGHT-MEMBER COMMITTEE STATES THAT IN RELATION TO SERIOUS CRIMES OF FRAUD AND TO THE SKILFUL AND DETERMINED CRIMINALS WHu COMMIT THEM +THE PRESENT LEGAL SYSTEM IS ARCHAIC, CUMBERSOME AND UNRELIABLE*; IT OFFERS +AN OPEN INVITATION TO BLATANT DELAY AND ABUSE*.

THE COMMITTEE EMPHASISES THAT THE CHANGES IT CALLS FOR -SOME OF WHICH WILL REQUIRE LEGISLATION - WILL MAKE DEMANDS UPOi< THE INVESTIGATING AUTHORITIES, THE JUDICIARY, THE BAR AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE COURTS. IT EXPRESSES THE HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT SHRINK FROM IMPLEMENTING THEM.

AMONG A TOTAL OF 112 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE, THE COMMITTEE CALLS FOR;

* SUBSTANTIAL REVISION OF THE RULES OF EVIDENCE;

* FOR COMPLEX FRAUD TRIALS, TRIAL BY JUDGE AND TWO LAY MEMBERS (THE +FRAUD TRIALS TRIBUNAL*) SHOULD REPLACE TRIAL BY JUDGE AND JURY;

* THE DEFENDANT’S RIGHT OF PEREMPTORY CHALLENGE OF JURORS TO BE ABOLISHED IN FRAUD CASES AS SHOULD THE PROSECUTION’S RIGHT OF +STAND BY FOR THE CROWN*;

* THE ABOLITION OF FULL COMMITTAL PROCEEDINGS IN SERIOUS FRAUD CASES;

* A REQUIREMENT THAT THE DEFENCE SHOULD DISCLOSE THE OUTLINE OF THEIR CASE IN ADVANCE OF THE TR I AL ;

* THE SETTING UP OF AN INDEPENDENT MONITORING BODY (THE +FRAUD COMMISSION*) TO STUDY THE EFFICIENCY WITH WHICH FRAUD CASES ARE PURSUED FROM DETECTION THROUGH TO TRIAL; AND

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* THE APPOINTMEN' OF +CASE CONTROLLERS* FOR THE CONTROL OF SERIOUS FRAUD CASES FROM DISCOVERY TO VERDICT.

THE COMMITTEE’S REPORT WAS UNANIMOUS, SAVE THAT ONE MEMBER, MR WALTER MERRICKS, DISSENTS ON THREE POINTS, NAMELY THE NEED FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRIAL FOR COMPLEX FRAUD CASES, THE ABOLITION OF THE RIGHT OF PEREMPTORY CHALLENGE, AND THE USE TO WHICH THE DEFENCE DISCLOSURE DOCUMENT COULD BE PUT DURING THE TRIAL.

SUMMARY OF REPORT

THE COMMITTEE’S TERMS OF REFERENCE RELATE TO FRAUD IN GENERAL, BUT THE MAIN EMPHASIS OF THE COMMITTEE’S FINDINGS IS CONCERNED WITH LARGE SCALE OR COMPLEX FRAUD CASES. IN MANY INSTANCES THE REFORMS PROPOSED COULD BE ARGUED TO BE OF BENEFIT TO A WIDER RANGE OF CRIMINAL CASES. THIS IS A QUESTION FOR OTHERS TO CONSIDER.

CHANGES ARE REQUIRED IN THE PROCEDURES FOR MOBILISING THE NECESSARY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS TO ANALYSE COMPLEX CASES. EVERY COMPLEX FRAUD CASE SHOULD HAVE A +CASE CONTROLLER* TO CONTROL THE CASE FROM DISCOVERY THROUGH TO THE VERDICT.

EXPANDED INVESTIGATORY RESOURCES WILL BE REQUIRED, AND EARLIER INTERVENTION BY LEADING COUNSEL WORKING WITH THE CASE CONTROLLER IS ALSO ESSENTIAL.

PENDING THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION ON THE 1981 RECOMMENDATION CF THE ROYAL COMMISSION ON CRIMINAL PROCEDURE TO ABOLISH COMMITTAL PROCEEDINGS, THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS AS AN INTERIM MEASURE AN ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURE DESIGNED TO BRING SERIOUS FRAUD CASES MORE QUICKLY TO THE CROWN COURT.

IT PROPOSES THE NOMINATION OF THE TRIAL JUDGE AT AN EARLY STAGE. THE JUDGE SHOULD BE EMPOWERED TO DISCHARGE THE DEFENDANT AT A PREPARATORY HEARING ON THE GROUND THAT PR IMA FACIE THE EVIDENCE DOES NOT SUPPORT THE CHARGES IN THE INDICTMENT.

PRE-TRIAL REVIEWS MUST BE MADE EFFECTIVE AND GIVEN +TEETH+. AN OBLIGATION SHOULD BE PLACED UPON THE DEFENCE TO REVEAL THE NATURE OF THE DEFENCE CASE ONCE THE PROSECUTION CASE IS DISCLOSED. THE REMUNERATION ARRANGEMENTS FOR COUNSEL MUST REFLECT ADEQUATELY THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPARATORY WORK.

SUBSTANTIAL REVISION OF THE RULES OF EVIDENCE IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL AND THE DELIBERATE OBSTRUCTIONIST.

DESPITE ALL ITS SHORTCOMINGS, THE COMMITTEE FINDS TRIAL BY JURY AN ACCEPTABLE PROCEDURE FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF FRAUD CASES. FOR COMPLEX FRAUD CASES FALLING WITHIN CERTAIN GUIDELINES, THE COMMITTEE BELIEVES, WITH ONE DISSENTIENT, THAT A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TRIBUNAL IS REQUIRED (THE +FRAUD TRIALS TRIBUNAL*), CONSISTING OF A JUDGE AND TWO SKILLED LAY MEMBERS.

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THE COMMITTEE, WITH ONE DISSENTIENT, TOOK THE VIEW THAT THE DEFENDANT’S RIGHT OF PEREMPTORY CHALLENGE OF JURORS IS NOT bEEDED AND SHOULD BE ABOLISHED IN FRAUD CASES. THE PROSECUTION’S RIGHT OF +STAND BY FOR THE CROWN* SHOULD ALSO BE REMOVED. EITHER SIDE SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE FOR CAUSE.

ONCE THE CASE PROPER BEGINS, THE COMMITTEE FAVOURS THE INCREASED USE OF WRITTEN SUMMARIES BEING MADE AVAILABLE TO THE JURY, AND VISUAL AIDS.

A CONSIDERABLE CHANGE IN THE TRAINING REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING PRACTICES OF ALL CONCERNED WITH CRIMINAL FRAUD CASES -POLICE, LAWYERS, JUDGES AND COURT ADMINISTRATORS ALIKE - WOULD EE REQUIRED.

THE COMMITTEE WELCOMES THE CLOSER COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE PROSECUTING AUTHORITIES WHICH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PERMANENT FRAUD INVESTIGATION GROUP HAS INITIATED. HOWEVER, IT THINKS THAT THE NEED FOR A NEW UNIFIED ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE FUNCTIONS OF DETECTION, INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF SERIOUS FRAUD SHOULD BE EXAMINED FORTHWITH.

AN INDEPENDENT MONITORING BODY (THE +FRAUD COMMISSION*) SHOULD BE NOMINATED WHICH SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR STUDYING AND ADVISING FROM YEAR TO YEAR ON THE EFFICIENCY WITH WHICH FRAUD CASES ARE CONDUCTED.

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

* THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO SET UP THE FRAUD TRIALS COMMITTEE, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF LORD ROSKILL, WAS ANNOUNCED ON NOVEMBER 8, 1983, AND FOLLOWED GROWING CONCERN ABOUT THE PRESENT METHODS OF COMBATTING SERIOUS COMMERCIAL FRAUD. THE COMMITTEE - AN INDEPENDENT BODY SET UP JOINTLY BY THE LORD CHANCELLOR AND THE HOME SECRETARY - BEGAN WORK IN APRIL 1984.

ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE WERE: *T0 CONSIDER IN WHAT WAYS THE CONDUCT OF CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS IN ENGLAND AND WALES ARISING FROM FRAUD CAN BE IMPROVED, AND TO CONSIDER WHAT CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW AND PROCEDURE WOULD BE DESIRABLE TO SECURE THE JUST, EXPEDITIOUS AND ECONOMICAL DISPOSAL OF SUCH PROCEEDINGS.*

* THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ARE LORD ROSKILL (CHAIRMAN), LORD BENSON, MR DAVID BUTLER, SIR JAMES CRANE, JUDGE JOHN HAZAN, SIR ARTHUR KNIGHT, DR BARBARA MARSH AND MR WALTER MERRICKS.

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198b, A YEAR FOR LISTENING, SAYS CS * * * *

THIS YEAR IS A YEAR OF LISTENING IN PREPARATION FOR THE 1987 REVIEW, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OFFICIATING AT THE LAYING-OFF CEREMONY OF A SEWAGE OUTFALL IN JUNK EAY, HE SAID IT WAS TOO EARLY TO SAY YET WHAT WOULD BE IN THE REVIEW SINCE IT WAS STILL 18 MONTHS AWAY.

THIS IS A YEAR IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE LISTENING TO TH* OPINIONS WHICH ARE BEING EXPRESSED VERY WIDELY IN HONG KONG, COLLATING AND COLLECTING THEM, AND DISCUSSING THEM WITH PEOPLE, HE SAID.

+AND OF COURSE, THIS IS A YEAR IN WHICH THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE ON THE BASIC LAW WILL ALSO BE WORKING.

+S0 THIS YEAR IS REALLY A YEAR OF LISTENING,+ HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION, HE DESCRIBED AS +SPECULATIVE+ REPUHTj THAT THE 1987 REVIEW WOULD ONLY CONCENTRATE ON THE ROLE AND STRUCTURE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND THAT IT WOULD NOT TOUCH ON ISSUES SUCH AS THE POWER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNOR.

+ IF THE PUBLIC WISH TO DISCUSS THE POWER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THE PUBLIC WILL DISCUSS THE POWER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL,* HE ADDED.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE LIKELY OUTCOME OF THE REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO THE UK GOVERNMENT OVER THE BN(O) PASSPORT ISSUE, SIR DAVID SAID HE COULD NOT SAY EXACTLY WHAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WOULD DECIDE.

+BUT I AM QUITE SURE THAT THOSE REPRESENTATIONS WILL BE GIVEN VERY FULL AND DETAILED CONSIDERATION,* HE SAID.

+BUT THEY DO, AS I SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EARLIER THIS WEEK, GIVE RISE TO IMPORTANT MATTERS OF PRINCIPLE -AND THEY ARE QUITE DIFFICULT MATTERS OF PRINCIPLE BECAUSE THtY INVOLVE NOT ONLY HONG KONG BUT A WHOLE RANGE OF PROBLEMS - AND THEREFORE THEY WILL REQUIRE DETAILED CONSIDERATION BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.*

ASKED TO ELABORATE ON THESE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS, SIR DAVID SAID THE THREE ISSUES WHICH WERE RAISED IN THE LETTER BY MISS LYDIA DUNN WERE ALL IMPORTANT QUESTIONS OF PRINCIPLE AND +CURRENT BRITISH POLICY HAS TO EE LOOKED AT IN RELATION TO THOSE ISSUES WHICH HAVE BEEN RAISED*.

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ON THE QUESTION OF COMPENSATION FOR THE FACTORIES WHICH HAVE TO BE MOVED BECAUSE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF JUNK BAY, SIR DAVID SAID HE DIDN’T THINK A FINAL FIGURE HAD BEEN REACHED YET.

+BUT IT IS QUITE A LARGE SUM OF MONEY,+ HE SAID. +BUT THEN THEY ARE VERY LARGE FACTOR IES.+

+BUT AS I SAID LAST TIME WHEN I WAS HERE, YOU WILL HAVE TO THINK OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF JUNK BAY TO HONG KONG AS A WHOLE, AND THEN ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCE OF THOSE DEC IS IONS.

■•■THE DECISION TO DEVELOP JUNK BAY MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO REMOVE THOSE POLLUTING FACTORIES FROM WHERE THEY ARE.

+AND WE HAVE DONE THIS IN MANY PLACES.

+THERE WERE MANY FACTORIES IN THE VALLEY OF SHA TIN, SEVERAL HUNDRED I SHOULD THINK.

+AND THEY HAVE ALL BEEN MOVED. AND LOOK AT SHA TIN NOW.*

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, SIR DAVID SAID HE HOPED HE WOULD BE ABLE TO MEET MR LU PING, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE OF CHINA’S STATE COUNCIL, WHO IS CURRENTLY VISITING HONG KONG.

♦BUT THE PRECISE DETAILS HAVE NOT YET BEEN WORKED OUT.

+l MET MR LU PING IN PEKING WHEN I WAS THERE, SO FIRST OF ALL IT WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RENEW OUR ACQUAINTANCE, AND WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT HONG KONG IN GENERAL AND WHAT HE WILL BE DOING HERE.*

ASKED WHETHER HE WOULD DISCUSS HONG KONG’S POLITICAL CHANGES WITH MR LU, SIR DAVID SAID THERE WOULD NOT BE A PRECIS; AGENDA FOR THEIR DISCUSSION.

+WE WILL HAVE A GENERAL TALK ABOUT HONG KONG - WHAT IS GOING ON HERE AND SO 0N,+ HE SAID. + THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG SOCIALLY, POLITICALLY AND FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT.*

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, SIR DAVID SAID HE KNEW OF NO PLANS FOR MR LU TO MEET THE GOVERNOR.

AS FOR WHETHER SIR EDWARD WOULD ACCOMPANY MR TIMOTHY RENTON MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE. ON HIS FORTHCOMING VISIT TO CHINA, SIR DAVID ALSO SAID HE KNEW OF NO PLANS FOR THE GOVERNOR TO GO TO CHINA.

+MR RENTON IS MAKING A VISIT WHICH HE SAID HE WOULD BE MAKING WHEN HE TOOK UP HIS OFFICE AS MINISTER,* HE ADDtD.

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SIR EDWARD TOURS KWAI CHUNG FACTORIES * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED TwO FACTORIES IN KWAI CHUNG TO SEE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR JOHN YAXLEY, SIR EDWARD FIRST VISITED THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES LIMITED AND WAo bET BY THE COMPANY’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR TOMMY ZAU.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1969 AND HAS A WORKFORCE CF 1 440 TODAY. EQUIPPED WITH HIGHLY-AUTOMATED MACHINES, IT MAINLY PRODUCES ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS SUCH AS TRANSISTORS AND DIODES FOR EXPORT TO THE EEC, U.S., JAPAN AND THE FAR EAST.

SIR EDWARD THEN WENT TO THE TYCO (HK) LTD., WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE COMPANY’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR ROBERT DORSEE.

A U S.-OWNED TOY FACTORY ESTABLISHED IN 1965, TYCO HAS A WORKFORCE OF 538 AND PRODUCES ELECTRIC HOBBY TRAINS. CAR-RACIN^ SETS AND TOY CONSTRUCTION BLOCKS FOR EXPORT TO THE U.S.

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SIR DAVID LAUNCHES JUNK BAY SUBMARINE PIPELINE * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (FRIDAY) LAUNCHED THE FIRST SECTION OF WHAT WILL EVENTUALLY BE A 3.4-KILOMETRE SUBMARINE OUTFALL TAKING TREATED SEWAGE FROM JUNK BAY NEW TOWN INTO THE DEEPER WATERS OF TATHONG CHANNEL.

THE *81 MILLION PIPELINE CONTRACT IS JUST ONE OF THREE PARTS OF THE 4168 MILLION JUNK BAY SEWAGE PROJECT WHICH WILL SERVE THE PROPOSED TOWN.

SIR DAVID DESCRIBED THE WORKS AS + AN INDICATION OF THE CAREFUL CONCERN WHICH NOW GOES INTO THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR NEW TOWNS AND OUR CONCERN TO DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH POLLUTION.*

+THIS MARKS AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD IN THE LATEST PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN WHICH AIMS TO PROVIDE A FULL LIFE, IN A PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT, FOR 175 000 PEOPLE.

+THESE WORKS WILL ENABLE THE EFFLUENT FROM THE POPULATION AND THE INDUSTRIAL WORKS TO BE TREATED AND DISCHARGED INTO THE TIDAL STREAM OF THE TATHONG CHANNEL WHERE THE DEPTH OF THE WATER AND THE CURRENT WILL ENSURE ADEQUATE DILUTION AND DISPERSION,* HE ADDED.

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THREE KILOMETRES OF THE PIPELINE ARE BEING LAID BY THE BOTTOM TOW METHOD IN A PREPARED TRENCH ON THE SEA BED. THE 12-METRE SECTIONS OF 1.3-METRE DIAMETER PIPE ARE BEING ASSEMBLED INTO 60-METRE LENGTHS ON SHORE AT JUNK BAY AND THEN PULLED INTO POSITION BY A WINCH SET UP ON THE OPPOSITE SHORE AT SIU CHAI WAN ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

TOWING AND POSITIONING OF THE PIPE IS EXPECTED TO TAKE TWO WEEKS WITH ENGINEERS AND CONSTRUCTION STAFF WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK.

AT TODAY’S CEREMONY SIR DAVID DOTTED THE EYE OF A DRAGON PLACED AT THE HEAD OF THE PIPE AND THEN SMASHED A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE ON THE FIRST 180-METRE SECTION BEFORE IT WAS TOWNED INTO PLACE.

THIS FIRST SECTION INCLUDES THE DIFFUSER MANIFOLD THROUGH WHICH THE TREATED EFFLUENT WILL EVENTUALLY BE DISCHARGED INTO TATHONG CHANNEL THROUGH ONE-WAY VALVES.

ONCE THE 180-METRE DIFFUSER LENGTH HAD LEFT THE LAUNCH RAMP THE FIRST 60-METRE LENGTH OF PIPE WAS PLACED INTO POSITION AND WELDED TO THE TAIL OF THE FIRST SECTION. SUBSEQUENT LENGTHS WILL BE WELDED ON OVER THE NEXT FORTNIGHT UNTIL THE WHOLE PIPELINE IS IN PLACE.

THE PIPELINE PROJECT IS BEING CARRIED OUT BY LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS PTY LTD. AND MOTT HAY AND ANDERSON FAR EAST ARE THE CONSULTANT ENGINEERS. THE CONTRACT STARTED IN APRIL LAST YEAR AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST.

THE OTHER TWO CONTRACTS FOR THE PROJECT - THE $30 MILLION TUNNEL LINKING THE MAIN SEWER FROM THE HEAD OF THE BAY AND HANG HAU TO THE TREATMENT WORKS, AND THE $57 MILLION TREATMENT WORKS THEMSELVES - ARE PROGRESSING ON SCHEDULE AND WILL BE READY TO SERVE JUNK BAY’S FIRST RESIDENTS.

ALSO ATTENDING TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT, MR BRYAN O’RORKE; HIS SUCCESSOR, MR KENNETH KWOK; THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NTDD, MR C.K. CHOW; MR JOHN MCNAUGHT, A DIRECTOR OF LEIGHTON CONTRACTORS ; AND MR JOHN WHITEFIELD, A PARTNER OF MOTT HAY AND ANDERSON FAR EAST.

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SECOND MEETING ON LICENSING OF TRAVEL AGENTS * * * *

THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TRAVEL AGENTS HELD ITS SECOND NEETING THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON TO REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF LICENSING WORK FOR TRAVEL AGENTS CARRIED OUT BY THE TRAVEL AGENTS REGISTRY.

THE MEETING NOTED THAT, UP TO JANUARY 9, 1986, A TOTAL OF 530 APPLICATIONS FROM EXISTING TRAVEL AGENTS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE REGISTRY.

OF THIS NUMBER, 156 WERE FROM INDIVIDUALS OR PARTNERSHIP AND 374 FROM BODY CORPORATE.

THE APPLICATIONS ARE BEING CLOSELY SCRUTINISED BY THE REGISTRY, INCLUDING CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK ON THE APPLICANTS AND THEIR MANAGEMENT STAFF, CONDUCTED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE POLICE.

WHERE NECESSARY, THE APPLICANTS ARE ALSO BEING CALLED FOR INTERVIEW IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF INFORMATION GIVEN IN THEIR APPLICATIONS.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT BY THE END OF THE MONTH, IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO COMPLETE PROCESSING OF THE APPLICATIONS SO FAR RECEIVED AND DECISION CAN BE TAKEN AS TO WHICH APPLICATIONS MAY BE ISSUED WITH A LICENCE.

AS IT IS INTENDED THAT ALL EXISTING TRAVEL AGENTS WILL NEED TO BE LICENSED UNDER THE TRAVEL AGENTS ORDINANCE BY FEBRUARY 1. 1986, TRAVEL AGENTS WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED ARE STRONGLY DIGGED TO SUBMIT THEIR APPL ICAT IONS BEFORE JANUARY 15, 1986 AS APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THAT DATE MAY NOT BE PROCESSED IN TIME FOR LICENCES TO BE ISSUED TO CONTINUE THE APPLICANTS’ BUSINESS AS TRAVEL AGENT AFTER

FEBRUARY 1, 1986.

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WAN CHAI GOVERNMENT BUILDING TOPPED OUT * * * *

THE FIRST BUILDING IN THE HARBOUR ROAD GOVERNMENT COMPLEX 1 WAN CHAI WAS TOPPED OUT TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR LAND AND WORKS, MR NICKY CHAN.

THE 30-STOREY, $212 MILLION BUILDING WILL HOUSE 39 DISTRICT AND MAGISTRATES’ COURTS AND SIX GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN 27 T)J SQUARE METRES OF OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

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ThE DEPARTMENTS «RE THE DATA PROCESSING AGENCY, LAND TRANSPORT AGENCY, MUSIC OFFICE, CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, COMMERCIAL CRIMES BUREAU AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

WORK ON THE BUILDING STARTED IN NOVEMBER 1984 AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

MR CHAN WAS ASSISTED IN THE TOPPING-OUT CEREMONY BY THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR PETER TSAO= THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, MR CHAM-SON CHAU-IHE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR NICHOLAS BARNETT- AND THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ARCHITECT, MR JOSE LEI.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR CHAN SAID THE COMPLEX WAS PART CF AN EXTREMELY ACTIVE WAN CHAI BUILDING PROGRAMME BEING UNDERTAKE,\ BY BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS.

THE FIRST TWO BUILDINGS IN THE COMPLEX, THE COURT AND OFFICE BUILDING AND THE HARBOUR ROAD SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION, WERE BEING BUILT BY SHU I ON BUILDING CONTRACTORS LTD.

♦THESE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY TWO 49-STOREY GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDINGS WITH THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY THE END OF 1990,+ MR CHAN SAID.

+THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFICE BUILDING PROGRAMME WAS ESTABLISHED TO REDUCE DEPENDENCE ON LEASED PRIVATELY-DEVELOPED OFFICE ACCOMMODATION,* HE ADDED.

OTHER BUILDINGS IN THE PROGRAMME INCLUDED AN EIGHT-STOREY BLOCK IN SAI KUNG, THE 27-STOREY HARBOUR BUILDING IN CENTRAL AND THE 56-STOREY QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT BUILDING.

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EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING PLANS GAZETTED

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DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED ROAD WORKS FOR THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WERE GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

ACCORDING TO THE PLANS, THE WORKS WILL PROVIDE A 2.2-KILOMETRE DUAL, TWO-LANE TUNNEL BETWEEN QUARRY BAY AND CHA KWO LING.

THE 1.76 KILOMETRES OF THE TUNNEL UNDER THE SEA WILL BE CF IMMERSED TUBE CONSTRUCTION IN WHICH PRE-CAST CONCRETE UNITS WILL BE SUNK INTO A PREPARED TRENCH.

THE TUNNEL WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR (IEC) ON HONG KONG ISLAND BY A CIRCULAR FREE-FLOW INTERCHANGE ON THE QUARRY BAY RECLAMATION.

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THIS WILL INVOLVE MODIFICATION TO THE EAST AND WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAYS OF THE IEC, REALIGNMENT OF THE GROUND-LEVEL SLIP ROADS OF THE TAIKOO SHING INTERCHANGE, CONSTRUCTION OF TUNNEL MANAGEMENT ACCESS AND SERVICE ROADS ON THE QUARRY BAY RECLAMATION, EXTENSION OF HOI YU STREET AND MODIFICATION OF THE PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS THE IEC TO THE EAST OF THE TAIKOO SHING INTERCHANGE.

ON THE KOWLOON SIDE WORK WILL INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION OF A TOLL PLAZA INCORPORATING AN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, SERVICE AREAS, ACCESS ROADS, BUS LAYBYS AND A PEDESTRIAN FOOTBRIDGE, ALL WITHIN THE PRESENT CHA KWO LING QUARRY.

OTHER WORK WILL COMPRISE REALIGNMENT OF CHA KWO LING ROAD, CONSTRUCTION OF A ROUNDABOUT ON LEI YUE MUN ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH KAI TIN ROAD AND OF A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY AND SLIP ROAD FROM THE TOLL PLAZA TO THE NEW LEI YUE MUN ROAD ROUNDABOUT.

IN ADDITION, LEI YUE MUN ROAD WILL BE WIDENED BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH YAU TONG ROAD AND CHA KWO LING ROAD AND THE NORTHERN KERBLINE MODIFIED TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR ACCESS TO A PROPOSED TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE.

A ONE-WAY ROAD WILL BE BUILT FROM LEI YUE MUN ROAD TO THE TOLL PLAZA PROVIDING LOCAL ACCESS TO THE TUNNEL. EXISTING GROUND-LEVEL ROADS ASSOCIATED WITH THE VARIOUS WORKS WILL ALSO REQUIRE MINOR MODIFICATIONS.

THE PLANS AND SCHEME CAN BE INSPECTED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG? AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 880-686, KING’S ROAD, HONG KONG? AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, THIRD FLOOR, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TONG YAN STREET, KOWLOON? AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG NORTH, 12TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG? AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST, LOTH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON? AND AT THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, NINTH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, MODY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE WORKS OR THE USE, OR BOTH, IS REQUIRED TO WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MURRAY BUILDING, 20TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE MARCH 11.

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WARNING AGAINST UNLICENSED FOOD CATERERS

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED THE PUBLIC NOT TO USE THE SERVICE OF UNLICENSED FOOD CATERER.

THIS FOLLOWED A COURT CASE IN WHICH A 56-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS FINED $4 300 IN FANLING MAGISTRACCY THIS MORNING FOR OPERATING AN UNLICENSED FOOD FACTORY AND SELLING FOOD UNFIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.

THE OFFENCES WERE COMMITTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROVISION CF FOOD FOR A WEDDING BANQUET WHICH TOOK PLACE IN LO UK CHUEN, YUEN LONG, ON DECEMBER 29.

OVER 80 GUESTS BECAME ILL AFTER TAKING FOOD PREPARED BY THE DEFENDANT.

HO RETURNING FROM TALKS

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MR ERIC HO, LEADER OF THE BRITISH TEAM OF EXPERTS ON GATT, WILL RETURN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTuR TALKS IN PEKING ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE STATUS IN GATT AND THE CONTINUED APPLICATION OF INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

HE WILL BE ARRIVING ON FLIGHT CA105, ETA 11 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER MR HO’S ARRIVAL TOMORROW. THOSE COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM BY 10.10 AM.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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GRAND FESTIVAL FOR WAN CHAI RESIDENTS * * * * *

THE 1986 WAN CHAI FESTIVAL, A GRAND-SCALE DISTRICT EVENT COMPRISING VARIETY SHOWS, COMPETITIONS, SPORTS ACTIVITIES, EXHIBITIONS AND NUMEROUS CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, aILL START ON JANUARY 19 (SUNDAY).

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (FRIDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, bR LEE KON, SAID THE AIM OF THE FESTIVAL WAS TO HELP RESIDENTS KNOW THEIR DISTRICT BETTER AND TO CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONGING.

IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT THROUGH THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL EMPHASISE THE DISTRICT’S CHARACTERISTICS, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL HAVE A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF WAN CHAI.+

WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, ALSO THE HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, SAID DEVELOPMENT IN WAN CHAI WAS ENTERING A NEW PHASE WITH LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS COMING UP IN THE RECLAMATION AREA AND COMPREHENSIVE URBAN RENEWAL PLANS FOR THE OLDER PARTS OF THE DISTRICT.

IT IS HOPED THAT RESIDENTS WOULD REALISE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SPIRIT OF CO-OPERATION AND REMEMBER THE MESSAGE OF THE FESTIVAL WHICH IS TO WORK TOGETHER IN UNITY FOR A BETTER FUTURE,♦ HE SAID.

DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MRS PEGGY LAM, SAID THE 10-DAY FESTIVAL WOULD INCLUDE 15 EVENTS, MOST OF WHICH WERE FREE-OF-CHARGE.

A SPECTACULAR OPENING CEREMONY WOULD BE STAGED AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM ON JANUARY 19. THERE WILL BE DRAGON AND LION DANCES, A FLOAT PARADE, BAND PERFORMANCE, AND A ONE-HOUR VARIETY SHOW FEATURING WELL-KNOWN SINGERS AND ARTISTES FROM TELEVISION BROADCASTS LTD.

IN ORDER THAT MORE PEOPLE CAN ENJOY THE FESTIVAL, PART OF ThE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE TELECAST ON THE TVB’S ♦ENJOY YOURSELF TDNIGHT+ SHOW THE FOLLOWING MONDAY EVEN I NG,♦ MRS LAM ADDED.

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE A CHINESE BAZAAR NIGHT TO BE HELD AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND ON THE EVENING OF JANUARY 20. THERE WILL BE FORTUNE-TELLING, PALM-READING, SINGUj AND MAGIC SHOWS, SHE SAID.

FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT, THERE WILL BE CANTONESE OPERATIC PERFORMANCE- FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, A DISCO NIGHT- FOR CHILDREN, A GAMES DAY- AND FOR OFFICE WORKERS, FREE LUNCHTIME ENTERTAINMENT.

THERE WILL ALSO BE VARIOUS SPORTS EVENTS, CONCERTS, A DRAW I MJ COMPETITION AND A FILM SHOW.

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A ONE-WEEK EXHIBITION ON HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS OF WAN CHAI AND ON CIVIC EDUCATION WILL BE STAGED AT THE HENNESSY CENTRE IN CAUSEWAY BAY FROM JANUARY 20.

MRS LAM SAID THAT A DANCE PERFORMANCE NIGHT WILL BE HELD ON JANUARY 28 FOR THE CLOSING CEREMONY AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

PAMPHLETS CONTAINING A FULL PROGRAMME OF THE FESTIVAL ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5~752477.

THE FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED BY THE 1986 WAN CHAI FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD, AND SUPPORTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

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FORMER ATLAS WORKERS PAID

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A TOTAL OF $4.26 MILLION HAS BEEN PAID OUT FROM THE PROTECTION CF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY FUND TO SOME 1 500 FORMER EMPLOYEES OF THE TWO SUBSIDIARIES OF ATLAS INDUSTRIES LIMITED.

THE LAST BATCH OF WORKERS FROM THE ALPHANETICS MANUFACTURING CO LTD AND THE ATLAS ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING LTD, WHICH CLOSED DOWN IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, RECEIVED THEIR PAYMENTS LAST MONTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THAT AS OF THE END OF DECEMBER, MORE THAN 5 700 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECIEVED FROM WORKERS INVOLVED IN INSOLVENCY CASES SINCE THE FUND BEGAN OPERATION LAST APR IL.

THE WORKERS WERE CLAIMING FOR WAGES OWED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS AMOUNTING TO MORE THAN $15.6 MILLION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID EMPLOYEES APPLYING FOR PAYMENT FROM THE FUND ARE REQUIRED TO FILL IN AN APPLICATION FORM WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED IN TRIPLICATE.

THEY MUST GIVE ACCURATE INFORMATION WHILE FILLING IN THE FORMS AS ERRORS MAY CAUSE DELAY IN THE PROCESSING OF THEIR CLAIMS.

THE APPLICANTS ALSO HAVE TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS SUCH AS EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT, PAYROLL RECEIPTS, WAGE RECORDS AND ATTENDANCE RECORDS TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIMS.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY IQ, 1986

BOARD TO DISCUSS ANIMAL WASTE POLLUTION * * * *

SUBJECTS ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD ON MONDAY (JANUARY 13), INCLUDING ANIMAL WASTE POLLUTION CONTROLS AND THE EXPANSION OF MARICULTURE ZONES.

BEFORE THE DISCUSSION, MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ON THE CONSULTATIVE PAPER PREPARED BY THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH ON THE CONTROL OF POLLUTION CAUSED BY ANIMAL WASTES.

DISCUSSION ON EXPANSION OF MARICULTURE ZONES IN SAI KUNG WAS INITIATED BY FISHERMEN WHO SUBMITTED THEIR REQUEST IN WRITING TO THE DISTRICT BOARD LAST DECEMBER.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE JUNK BAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 1985 EDITION* A REPORT BY THE BOARD’S PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE, MR WAN YUET-KAU5 AND PROGRESS REPORTS OF VARIOUS COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD NESTING AT 10 AM ON MONDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

FOCUS ON WHOLESALE, RETAIL TRADES * * X * *

A SPECIAL REVIEW, ENTITLED +A REVIEW OF THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES SECTOR*, IS INCLUDED IN THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS.

THE ARTICLE ANALYSES THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE SECTOR BETWEEN 1980 AND 1983 USING INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THE ANNUAL SURVEYS OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

BESIDES PROVIDING STATISTICS AT THE ACTIVITY LEVEL, THE ARTICLE ANALYSES THE DEVELOPMENT OF MAJOR TRADE GROUPS CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO THE COMMODITIES TRADED OR THE TYPE OF SERVICES PROVIDED.

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THE ARTICLE ALSO CONTAINS AN ANALYSIS OF THE SECTOR BY EMPLOYMENT SIZE OF ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS IS NOW ON SALE AT $25 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, OR THE CtNSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATION SALES COUNTER, KAI TAK 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

COMMERCIAL BUILDING,

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TENDERS CALLED FOR SUPPLY OF MOTOR BOATS

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THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY OF AT LEAST THREE MOTOR BOATS ON HIRE AT HOURLY RATES TO THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE FOR 24 MONTHS STARTING APRIL 1, 1986.

THE BOATS WILL BE USED TO CONVEY CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE OFFICERS BETWEEN SHORE AND SHIPS AT ANCHOR IN THE HARBOUR AND FOR PATROLS WITHIN THE WATERS OF THE TERRITORY.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE TOTAL HIRING TIME PER MONTH WILL NOT BE LESS THAN 1 600 HOURS.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE SUPPLIES SECTION OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, EIGHTH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

WARNING AGAINST OBSTRUCTION OF FACTORY INSPECTORS

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FACTORY PROPRIETORS AND THEIR MANAGEMENT STAFF ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO OBSTRUCT OR DELAY AUTHORISED OFFICER-OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN THE EXERCISE OF THEIR DUTIES.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THE MANAGEMENT OF A GARMENT FACTORY IN CHEUNG SHA WAN WAS RECENTLY BROUGHT TO COURT AND FINED $1 000 FOR DELAYING TWO FACTORY INSPECTORS FROM CARRYING OUT INSPECTION AT THE FACTORY.

HE SAID THAT UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE, ANY PERSON WHO OBSTRUCTED OR DELAYED AN OFFICER IN THE EXERCISE OF HIS DUTIES COMMITTED AN OFFENCE AND WAS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF 320 000 ON CONVICTION.

FR IDAY, JANUARY 10, 1W6

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RED PACKETS FOR 4 500 NEEDY PEOPLE * * * * *

ABOUT 320 WIDOWED FAMILIES ON HONG KONG ISLAND TODAY (FRIDAY) RECEIVED NEW YEAR +LAI-SEE+ OF MOO EACH FROM THE TANG SHIU KIN AND HO TIM CHARITABLE FUND.

A FURTHER 4 200 BENEFICIARIES WILL RECEIVE THEIR RED PACKET^ FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO JANUARY 24. THEY COMPRISE WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND LIVING IM OTHER PARTS OF THE TERRITORY, ELDERLY PEOPLE IN SELECTED RESIDENTIAL INSTITUTIONS AND ELDERLY PATIENTS IN THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

SOME $700 000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED BY THE FUND’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR DISTRIBUTION PURPOSE.

ASSISTING SIR SHIU-KIN AND MR HO TIM, FOUNDERS OF THE FUND, IN TODAY’S DISTRIBUTION AT THE TUNG wAH HOSPITAL WERE MRS ANSON CHAN. DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WHO IS THE TRUSTEE OF THE FUND, MR CHARLES LUI, ADVISER, AND TV ARTISTE, MISS DEBORAH LEE.

THE $30 MILLION FUND, WHICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, PROVIDES IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS OR FAMILIES IN COPING WITH HARDSHIP BROUGHT ON BY UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES.

GRANTS ARE PROVIDED TO MAINTAIN A CHILD’S EDUCATION AND TO MEET THE HIGH COSTS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.

PAYMENTS ARE ALSO MADE FOR NEEDY PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY OR CHRONIC ILLNESS, AND TO VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS.

APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE FUND CAN BE MADE TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, PO LEUNG KUK OR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

SOCIAL WORKERS OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES MAY ALSO REFER HARDSHIP CASES TO THE SECRETARY OF THE FUND OR THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

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FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN CHAI WAN * * * *

A FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE DANGER OF FIRE DURING THE DRY WINTER MONTHS WILL BE HELD AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE ON SUNDAY FROM NOON TO 3 PM.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHS PREPARED BY THE FIRE SERVICES AND AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENTS AMPLIFYING THIS YEAR’S FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN THEME THAT CARELESSNESS CAUSES FIRE. THERE WILL ALSO BE FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT ON SHOW.

VISITORS TO THE EXHIBITION WILL EACH RECEIVE A BOOKLET ON FIRE PREVENTION IN THE HOME, A 1986 CALENDAR CARD AND A BOOKMARis.

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DRAWING CONTEST IN BOTANICAL GARDEN * * * * *

CHILDREN IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN ARE INVITED TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR TALENT AT AN OPEN-AIR DRAWING COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN THE ZOOLOGICAL AND BOTANICAL GARDENS ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 12).

THE COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE MID-LEVEL (CENTRAL) AREA COMMITTEE, IS SPONSORED BY PENTEL (HK) LIMITED WITH THE AIM OF ENHANCING CHILDREN’S INTEREST IN ART AND CULTURE.

IT WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO CLASSES — THE JUNIOR CLASS FOR CHILDREN AGED EIGHT AND BELOW AND A HIGHER CLASS — FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 12.

CHILDREN CAN CHOOSE EITHER WATER COLOUR OR CRAYONS. DRAWING PAPER AND CRAYONS WILL BE PROVIDED ON THE SPOT BUT PARTICIPANTS MUST FINISH THEIR WORK BEFORE NOON.

CHILDREN SHOULD ALSO BRING ALONG THEIR DRAWING EQUIPMENT AND ARRIVE AT THE REGISTRATION BOOTH NEAR THE FOUNTAIN OF THE GARDEN AT 10 AM.

THE PANEL OF JUDGES WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT, MISS WINDY KWOK? CHAIRMAN OF THE MID-LEVEL (CENTRAL) AREA COMMITTEE, MR AMBROSE LAU; MEMBER OF THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), PRS VINCENT KO; AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE PENTEL (HK) LIMITED, l*R KAZUYUK I UENO.

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APART FROM GIFTS AND SOUVENIRS FOR WINNERS IN EACH CLASS, WINNING ENTRIES WILL FURTHER BE SUBMITTED FOR COMPETITION IN THE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S DRAWING COMPETITION TO BE HELD IN JAPAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMPETITION.

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CIVIC EDUCATION FUN DAY ON SUNDAY > * *

A CIVIC EDUCATION FUN DAY WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 12) AFTERNOON AT THE FOOTBALL PITCH OF ANCHOR STREET PLAYGROUND TO CONCLUDE THE MONTH-LONG +CIVIC EDUCATION 30+ CAMPAIGN IN MONG KOK.

THE FUN DAY WILL FEATURE GAMES AND MATCHES THAT INCORPORATE VARIOUS CIVIC EDUCATION MESSAGE TO ENHANCE CIVIC AWARENESS AMOhb PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS.

PROGRAMME WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS - THE FIRST WILL BE A COMPETITION AMONG EIGHT TEAMS FORMED BY SIX AREA COMMITTEES, THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND THE MONG KOK KAIFONG ASSOCIATION AND THE SECOND WILL BE A CONTEST BETWEEN TEAMS REPRESENTING THE WING ON COMPANY LIMITED, TELEVISION BROADCAST LIMITED, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

ADMISSION TICKETS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CFFICE AND THE TAI KOK TSUI BRANCH OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 4.30 P” AT THE FOOTBALL PITC OF ANCHOR STREET PLAYGROUND, TAI KOK TSUI.

FR IDAY, JANUARY 1 j, 1 -36

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BRANCH OFFICE ?N THE 'OVE > 4 4 4

THE BRANCH OFFICE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL BE MOVING TO NEw OFFICES ON THE THIRD AND NImTh FLOORo OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, KOWLOON, TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE UNITS INVOLVED INCLUDE THE ENGINEERING DIVISION, FLORA CONSERVATION SECTION, CO-OPERATIVE AND CREDIT UNION SECTION, AND CROP ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION SECTION.

THEY WILL BE OPERATING FROM THE NEW OFFICES FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 13).

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE VARIOUS UNITS ARE:

ENGINEERING DIVISION 3-7332484

FLORA CONSERVATION SECTION 3-7332493

CO-OPERATIVE AND CREDIT UNION 3-7332473

SECTION

CROP ASSESSMENT AND CERTIFICATION 3-7332272

SECTION

ROOFTOP STRUCTURE TO BE CLOSED * * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING THE CLOSURE OF AN ILLEGAL STRUCTURE ON THE ROOF OF 23D, FUK WING STREET, SHAM SHU I PO, TO ENABLE DEMOLITION.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON FEBRUARY 27 WAS POSTED ON THE STRUCTURE TODAY (FRIDAY).

IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE AN ORDER BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN SEPTEMBER 1984.

WILL BE CARRIED OUT IMMEDIATELY THE CLOSURE

THE CLOSURE ISSUED UNDER THE DEMOLITION WORK

ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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F'RST ROUND OF SCHOOL DEBATE STARTS * * * * *

THE FIRST ROUND OF THE POST SECONDARY SCHOOL DEBATE 86, ORGANISED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF STUDENTS, WILL START TOMORROa (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS INCLUDE UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR LEE YU-TAI AND SOLICITORS MR KENNETH CHOW AND MR LEUNG TING-PONG.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING WILL BE THE HEAD OF RTHK RADIO 1 MR PETER SHIU» PRESIDENT OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON WEST, DR RAYMOND HO; AND PRESIDENT OF THE HKFS, MR DANIEL FUNG.

AN INVITATION DEBATE WILL ALSO BE HELD FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS FROM VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE DEBATE TO BE HELD AT THE C.S. TSE MEMORIAL HALL OF BAPTIST COLLEGE AT 2 PM TOMORROW.

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CLOSING CEREMONY * * * *

A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 3 PM IN THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE TWO-WEEK LONG EASTERN DISTRICT SPORTS FESTIVAL.

DURING THE FESTIVAL MANY RESIDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE 12 AREA COMMITTEES HAD FORMED TEAMS TO TAKE PART IN VARIOUS COMPETITIONS AND TOURNAMENTS, SUCH AS TABLE TENNIS, TENNIS, BADMINTON, BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL AND BOWLING.

OFFICIATING AT TOMORROW’S CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG AND MR WONG KIN-FAI, REGIONAL SPORTS MANAGER (HK).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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SHAM SHU1 PO TRAFFIC CHANGES M * * *

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN NAM CHEONG STREET, SHAM SHU I PO, FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 13) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA.

THESE ARE:

* THE SOUTHWEST BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF NAM CHEONG STREET BETWEEN CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND KI LUNG STREET WILL BE MADE A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY. NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

* VEHICLES ON NAM CHEONG STREET NORTHEAST BOUND WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT ONTO YU CHAU STREET NORTHWEST BOUND.

M VEHICLES ON NAM CHEONG STREET SOUTHWEST BOUND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE U-TURNS AT ITS JUNCTION wI TH YU CHAU STREET.

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YAU MA TEI WATER CUT * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL EE TURNED OFF FROM 9 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 13) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY MAN CHEONG STREET, MAN WUI STREET AND FERRY STREET, INCLUDING THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AND WATER SELLING KIOSK AT MAN CHEONG STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Saturday, January 11, 1986

CONTHITS page no.

SEPTEMBER JOB, PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED ...................... 1

GOVERNMENT TUNNEL TICKETS ON SALE NEXT MONTH ................. 6

GOOD START FOR A CLEANER SaI KUNG............................. 6

VR GIRLS JOIN BROWNIE PACK.................................... 8

150 TEAMS TO TAKE PART IN KO .’/LOON JaLK..................... 9

INTELPOST SERVICE EXTENDED TO EGYPT .......................... 9

DB MEMBERS TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC PROBLEMS ....................... 10

RETURNING FROM TALKS ......................................... 11

CLOSURE OF TUNG v/OR ROaD PROPOSED............................ 11

EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN FOR ELDERLY................................. 12

WORKSHOPS ON REMEDIAL TEACHING ............................... 12

TENDERS INVITED FOR RESTAURANT, REFRESHMENT KIOSK............. 13

TENDERS FOR SOFT DRINKS VENDING MACHINES ..................... 13

TAPS OFF IN TWO AREAS ........................................ 14

RESTRICTED ZONE IN KHUN TONG ................................. 14

EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH CLOSED.................................. 14

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1986

SEPTEMBER JOB, PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED

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THERE WERE 848 900 PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 6.2 PER CENT OVER SEPTEMBER 1984, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IN SEPTEMBER 1985, EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AT 589 700, WAS 6.1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER 1984.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 179 200, WAS UP BY 6.9 PER CENT.

BUT EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DROPPED BY 4.9 PER CENT COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1984, MAINLY DUE TO THE COMPLETION OF THE MAJOR PART OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE AND A NUMBER OF MAJOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

A DEPARTMENTAL SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE STATISTICS FOR MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN SEPTEMBER 1985 WERE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL CONDUCTED EVERY QUARTER BY THE DEPARTMENT, COVERING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT 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.

THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT FIGURES BY MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1984 AND JUNE 1985, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

PERSONS ENGAGED

(EMPLOYMENT) IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE*

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY SEPT 84 JUNE 85 SEPT 85 SEPT 85 ON SEPT 84 SEPT 85 ON JUNE 85

MANUFACTURING 904 700 874 200 848 900 -6.2 -2.9

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) ’ 67 700 64 300 64 400 -4.9 +3.3

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WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 555 800 588 700 589 700 +6.1 +0.2

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 167 700 177 700 179 200 +6.9 +0.9

* BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1985, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECREASED BY 2.9 PER CENT. ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY 0.2 PER CENT AND 0.9 PER. CENT RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, EMPLOYMENT AT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES INCREASED BY 0.3 PER CENT.

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 SEPTEMBER 1984 AND JUNE 1985, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN

PERCENTAGE CHANGE*

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY SEPT 84 JUNE 85 SEPT 85 SEPT 85 ON SEPT 84 SEPT 85 ON JUNE 85

MANUFACTURING 37 740 19 120 20 120 -46.7 +5.2

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 6 450 5 520 5 680 -12.0 +2. >

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FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

2 230 2 320 2 580 +15.6 +11.5

* BASED ON UNROUNDED VACANCY FIGURES.

RELATIVE TO SEPTEMBER 1984, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR DECREASED RESPECTIVELY BY 46.7 PER CENT AND 12.0 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER 1985. OVFR THE SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES INCREASED BY 15.6 PER CENT FOR THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE ANn BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1985, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES INCREASED BY 5.2 PER CENT, 2.9 PER CENT AND 11.5 PER CENT FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRACES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY ARE STATISTICS ON MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RFTAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS ScTTOR' AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. QUARTERLY TOTALS FOR EAC« OF THESE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE :

selected major SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN % CHANGE

3RD QTR. 1984 3RD QTR. 1985 3RD QTR, ON 3RD QTR. 1985 1'94

manufacturing HK* mn 7 038 HK$ MN 7 091 —*

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 4 28? 5 184 *21.

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FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND 3 INESS SERVICES

2 284

2 547

♦ 11.5

* BASED ON UNROUNDED PAYROLL FIGURES.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THC ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 0.7 PER CENT, 21.0 PER CENT AND 11.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1935.

AFTER ADJUSTMENT FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN SEPTEMBER 1984 AND SEPTEMBER 1^85 ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THC 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 GIVC THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED.

THE INDICES FOR SEPTEMBER 1984 AND SEPTEMBER IN THE TABLES BELOW:

NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 = 100)

1985 ARE GIVEN

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SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY

SEPT 34

SEPT ^5

SEPT 85 ON

SEPT 84

MANUFACTURING

•'HOLESALE AND

’ETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS

FINANCING,

INSU RANCE, R-AL -STATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

176.8

192.0

+3.6

16°.6 194.1 +14.4

176.4 183.7

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REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100)

% CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR

SECTORS OF THE

ECONOMY SEPT 84

SEPT 85

SEPT 85 ON

SEPT 84

MANUFACTURING

WHOLESALE AND

RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

114.1

109.4

113.8

119.4

120.7

114.2

+4.6

+10.3

+0.4

BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1984 AND SEPTEMBER 1985, INCREASES OF 8.6 PE* CENT, 14.4 PER CENT AND 4.1 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 AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED WERE 4.6 PER CENT, 10.3 PER CENT AND 0.4 PER CENT.

DETAILED BREAKDOWNS OF THE ABOVE STATISTICS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE QUARTERLY REPORT OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS, SEPTEMBER 1985, AVAILABLE AT HK$11 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUN0 FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG, AND AT THE SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1904, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTREL, HONG KONG.

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GOVERNMENT TUNNEL TICKETS ON SALE NEXT MONTH *****

MOTORISTS USING THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILL BE ABLE TO PAY TOLLS IN THE FORM OF PRE-PAID TICKETS FROM

FEBRUARY 1.

THIS FOLLOWED AN AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND WILSON PARKING (HONG KONG) PTY LTD. TODAY (SATURDAY).

UNDER THE CONTRACT, WILSON PARKING WILL PRODUCE, MARKET AND SELL PRE-PAID TICKETS FOR ALL GOVERNMENT ROAD TUNNELS.

SPEAKING AFTER CONTRACT SIGNING, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS, SAID PRE-PAID TICKETS WOULD BE AVAILABLE AT GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS PRIVATE CARPARKS MANAGED BY WILSON PARKING/

THE AVERAGE DAILY TRAFFIC AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL WAS 69 □□□ VEHICLES AND FOR THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL 34 OOO LAST YEAR, HE NOTED.

GOOD START FOR A CLEANER SAI KUNG

* * * *

EFFORTS TO TACKLE LONG-STANDING POLLUTION PROBLEMS IN SAI KUNG WILL BE GIVEN A BOOST THIS MONTH WHEN MAJOR CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGNS ARE LAUNCHED IN TWO ENVIRONMENTAL BLACKSPOTS IN THE DISTR ICT.

THE TARGETS OF THE CAMPAIGNS ARE THE SEAFRONTS OF RENNIE’S MILL AND CHUNG MEI TUK.

WITH A SPONSORSHIP OF $47 650 FROM THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ORGANISED CLEAN-UP TEAMS, CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY, AND ARRANGED ACTIVITIES TO EDUCATE RESIDENTS ON WAYS TO IMPROVE AND MAINTAIN A CLEAN LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS REGIONAL SERVICES, HOUSING, MARINE AND NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT ARE ALSO INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGNS.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CAMPAIGNS WILL BE LAUNCHED NEXT WEEK IN RENNIE’S MILL FIRST AND THEN IN CHUNG MEI TUK.

+THE REFUSE ACCUMULATED, ABOUT ONE FOOT DEEP, ALONG THE SHORELINE OF RENNIE’S MILL HAS LONG BEEN AN EYESORE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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♦MOST OF THE RUBBISH IS CARRIED DOWN STREAMS FROM RENNIE’S MILL DURING THE RAINY SEASON AND AS THE AREA IS LOCATED ON A HILLSLOPE, REFUSE FLOWING INTO THE BAY CANNOT BE CARRIED OUT TO SEA BECAUSE THE WINDS OFTEN BLOW FROM THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION,*

HE ADDED.

THE RENNIE’S MILL CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN WILL START FROM TUESDAY (JANUARY 14) AND LAST ABOUT TWO WEEKS. BOTH THE ACTUAL CLEANUP AND PUBLICITY DRIVE WILL BE CARRIED OUT SIMULTANEOUSLY.

+IN ADDITION TO WORKERS FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, 20 EXTRA WORKERS HAVE BEEN RECRUITED TO CLEAN UP THE REFUSE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

STUDENT CLEAN-UP TEAMS HAVE ALSO BEEN ORGANISED AND WILL EE MOBILISED THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD, HE ADDED.

CONSIDERATION WAS BEING GIVEN TO SETTING UP AN ENCLOSING ICT ACROSS THE BAY T0 PREVENT REFUSE FROM DRIFTING TOWARDS THE SEASHORE, HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE PROBLEM WOULD BE RESOLVED WHEN A DAM ENCLOSING THE JUNK BAY CONTROLLED TIP WAS COMPLETED.

ACTIVITIES ORGANISED TO PUBLICISE THE CAMPAIGN INCLUDE A CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THE EVENT, A SCHEME TO REPORT REFUSE BLACKSPOTS, AND PROGRAMMES TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO BE MORE INVOLVED IN KEEPING THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND HEALTHY.

PAMPHLETS WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE 6 000 PEOPLE LIVING IN RENNIE’S MILL REMINDING THEM OF THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, FOOD HYGIENE AND PERSONAL CLEAN INESS.

THE CHUNG MEI TUK CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN WILL START ON JANUARY 20 AND LAST UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.

CHUNG MEI TUK IS A BOAT ANCHORAGE AREA WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 1 000. SINCE IT IS INCONVENIENT FOR THE BOAT PEOPLE TO CARRY THEIR RUBBISH ASHORE TO THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS, MOST OF THEM DUMP THEIR RUBBISH INTO THE STAGNANT WATER, MAKING THE AREA A POLLUTION BLACKSPOT.

THE MAIN THEME FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF THE CAMPAIGN IS TO EDUCATE THE BOAT PEOPLE AND PROMOTE THE IDEA OF MAINTAINING A CLEAN LIVING ENVIRNOMENT.

A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM ON JANUARY 24 IN CHUNG MEI TUK DURING WHICH MEMBERS OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, AND THE CHUNG MEI TUK MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE WILL DISTRIBUTE REFUSE BAGS AND PROMOTIONAL CALENDARS.

THE SECOND WEEK’S CAMPAIGN WILL AIM AT ENCOURAGING THE BOAT PEOPLE TO BE MORE INVOLVED IN CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS.

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STARTING FROM JANUARY 27 UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH, TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE PROVIDED NEAR THE KAITO PIER.

SOUVENIRS WILL BE PRESENTED TO BOAT DWELLERS WHO CARRY FIVE BAGS OF REFUSE TO THE COLLECTION POINTS WITHIN THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO STEP UP THEIR PATROL DUTY AT CHUNG MEI TUK, AND WILL TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THOSE WHO LITTER THE WATER.

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VR GIRLS JOIN BROWNIE PACK * * * * *

TWENTY-FOUR VIETNAMESE GIRLS AT CAPE COLLINSON CLOSED CENTRE TODAY (SATURDAY) ENROLLED IN THE 130TH ISLAND PACK OF THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION.

SPEAKING AT THE ENROLMENT CEREMONY, THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, SAID THE SETTING UP CF BROWNIE UNITS IN THE CLOSED CENTRES FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WAS AN +ACHIEVEMENT OF THE GIRL GUIDES MOVEMENT WHICH IS CONTINUALLY REACHING OUT TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG+.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS THE SECOND BROWNIE UNIT WHICH THE ASSOCIATION HAD ASSISTED IN FORMING FOR GIRLS IN CLOSED CENTRES.

THE ASSOCIATION HAS ORGANISED A PROGRAMME OF GUIDE TRAINING FOR GIRLS BETWEEN SIX TO 12 YEARS OF AGE, TRAINING THEM IN SELF-RELIANCE AND CITIZENSHIP, AND TO ENCOURAGE THEIR PHYSICAL, CENTAL AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT.

HE TOLD THE NEW BROWNIES THAT THEY WOULD BENEFIT FROM THIS HEALTHY ACTIVITY AND BY FOLLOWING THE MOTTO +LEND A HAND+, THEY WOULD BE READY TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES WHICH LAY AHEAD.

MR CHAN ALSO THANKED THE COMMISSIONERS, GUIDERS AND MEMBERS CONCERNED IN THE GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE EASTERN, WAN CHAI, NORTH POINT AND ISLANDS REGION, FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BROWNIE UNIT AT CAPE COLLINSON.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE ENROLMENT CEREMONY WERE THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, LADY AKERS-JONES, AND OFFICIALS FROM VARIOUS DISTRICTS OF THE ASSOCIATION.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, CHILDREN AT THE CLOSED CENTRE WERE TREATED TO FUN AT GAME STALLS 3-T UP BY THE GIRL GUIDES OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

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9

150 TEAMS TO TAKE PART IN KOWLOON WALK *****

MOPE THAN 150 TEAMS FROM THE SIX DISTRICTS OF KOWLOON WILL PARTICIPATE IN TOMORROW’S KOWLOON WALK FOR A MILLION IN KWUN TONG TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST.

LED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMEN AND DISTRICT CFFICERS, TEAMS FROM KWUN TONG, WONG TAI SIN, SHAM SHU I PO, KOwLOON CITY, YAU MA TEI AND MONG KOK, WILL BE AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND BRIGHT AND EARLY TOMORROW FOR THE 15~KILOMETRE WALK.

J

MOST OF THE TEAMS REPRESENT VARIOUS LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING AREA COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, YIN NGA I SOCIETIES, BOY SCOUTS AND GIRL GUIDES, RECREATION AND CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEES.

SHAM SHUI PO WILL FIELD THE LARGEST NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WITH 2 400 FROM 26 TEAMS; KOWLOON CITY WILL HAVE 64 TEAMS COMPRISING MORE THAN 1 0001 KWUN TONG’S 1 003 PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REPRESENTED BY 37 TEAMS; YAU MA TEI WILL FIELD 15 TEAMS WITH ABOUT 500 PEOPLE, AND MONG KOK WILL FEATURE SIX TEAMS WITH MORE THAN 30 PARTICIPANTS.

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INTELPOST SERVICE EXTENDED TO EGYPT * * * *

THE INTELPOST (INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC POST) NETWORK FROM HONG KONG WILL BE EXTENDED TO CAIRO, ALEXANDRIA, GIZA AND PORT SAID IN EGYPT FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 13), A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

INTELPOST ITEMS POSTED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BEFORE 6 PM WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY THE ADDRESSEE AT THE MAIN INTELPOST CENTRES IN THESE CITIES THE SAME DAY, HE SAID.

+ITEMS WHICH ARE TO BE DELIVERED TO THE ADDRESSEE SHOULD BE POSTED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE NOT LATER THAN 1 PM TO ENSURE SAME DAY DELIVERY,* HE POINTED OUT.

THE CHARGE FOR THE SERVICE TO EGYPT WILL BE :

+SHORT MESSAGE* FACILITY $65

FOR THE FIRST SIDE OF AN A4 SHEET OF PAPER $90

FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT A4 SIDE SENT TO THE

SAME ADDRESSEE AT THE SAME TIME $40

PEOPLE WISHING TO USE THE SERVICE SHOULD HAND OVER THEIR DOCUMENTS AT ANY ONE OF THE 23 ACCEPTANCE OFFICES.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 11,

INTELPOST IS NOW AVAILABLE TO 36 COUNTRIES. INCLUDING THE U.S., UK, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, JAPAN AND CHINA.

THOSE HAVING FACSIMILE MACHINES IN THEIR OFFICES CAN, BY ARRANGEMENT, TRANSMIT THEIR ITEMS DIRECT TO THE POST OFFICE INTELPOST TERMINAL IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE FOR RETRANSMISSION OVERSEAS.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE INTELPOST MANAGER ON TELEPHONE 5-2671148.

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DB MEMBERS TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC PROBLEMS

* * X *

MEMBERS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES EAST INTER-DISTRICT WORKING GROUP ON LION ROCK TUNNEL TRAFFIC PROBLEMS WILL MEET ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 14) TO DISCUSS THE FEASIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING AN AUTOTOLL SYSTEM AT THE TUNNEL.

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS ISSUES RELATING TO THE PROPOSED TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL LINKING SHA TIN AND KOWLOON.

GROUP MEMBERS INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THREE DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES EAST. THEY ARE MR ANDREW WONG AND MR CHOY KAN-PUI FROM SHA TIN; DR STEPHEN TANG AND MR CHEUNG HOK-MING FROM TAI PO; MR CHEUNG HON-CHUNG AND MR LAU KIN-WING FROM NORTH DISTRICT.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE MEETING WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (DEVELOPMENT) OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR JEREMY CROFT AND CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICER OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, MR CHU CHEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 14) AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1986

11

RETURNING FROM TALKS * * *

OF THE BRITISH TEAM OF EXPERTS ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE STATUS IN GATT AND THE CONTINUED APPLICATION OF RIGHTS X OBLIGATIONS, INCLUDING THE LAN OFFICER (SPECIAL DUTIES , PR FRED BURROWS, WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTER THEIR TALKS IN PEKING.

THEY WILL BE ARRIVING ON FLIGHT CA 109, ETA 10.50 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

REPRESENTATIVES TO EVENT SHOULD

A FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA COVER THE TEAM’S RETURN. THOSE COVERING THE ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM BY 10 AM.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

CLOSURE OF TUNG WOR ROAD PROPOSED * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO PERMANENTLY CLOSE TUNG WOR ROAD IN TUNG TAU ESTATE, KOWLOON, IN CONNECTION WITH PHASES 4B AND 5 OF THE ESTATE’S REDEVELOPMENT.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME CAN BE INSPECTED AT CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON WISHING TO OBJECT SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MURRAY BUILDING, 20TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE MARCH 11.

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12

EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN FOR ELDERLY * * *

a PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE TAI PO EYECARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY WILL BE HELD AT THE NEW WORLD HOTEL, FOUR SEASONS SUITE, AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 13).

PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN CfiGAN^S^NG^COMMITTEE, MR MICHAEL LAI, CHAIRMAN OF THEI TUNG -AH Soup of hospitals, mr aloysius chufee-loong and the vice-chai ri .an CF THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION, MR LAI TING-CHEUNG,

TAI PO IS THE FIRST NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT TO INTRODUCE THc. EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY.

THE CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

NOTE TO ED I TORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONFERENCE.

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WORKSHOPS ON REMEDIAL TEACHING *****

TWO IDENTICAL WORKSHOPS ON PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WILL BE

REMEDIAL ENGLISH TEACHING FOR HELD EARLY NEXT MONTH.

ORGANISED BY THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT THE CENTRE AT 9A BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG.

THE FIRST WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD IN THE AFTERNOONS OF FEBRUARY 3 AND 4 WHILE THE SECOND IN THE AFTERNOONS OF FEBRUARY 5 AND 6.

THERE WILL BE DISCUSSIONS ON MATERIALS FOR TEACHING REMEDIAL GROUPS WHILE THE TEACHING OF LISTENING AND ORAL SKILL WILL ALSO BE DEALT WITH.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT THE NAMES OF THEIR TEACHERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CENTRE BEFORE JANUARY 22.

MEANWHILE, 60 TEACHERS OF ENGLISH TEACHING REMEDIAL CLASSES IN JUNIOR SECONDARY FORMS WILL ATTEND THREE IDENTICAL WORKSHOPS ON REMEDIAL ENGLISH TEACHING AT THE CENTRE FROM JANUARY 22.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR RESTAURANT, REFRESHMENT KIOSK * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL IS INVITING SEPARATE TENDERS FOR THE OPERATION OF A GENERAL RESTAURANT AT LEI CHENG UK SWIMMING POOL IN SHAM SHU I PO AND A LIGHT REFRESHMENT KIOSK AT SAU NGA ROAD PLAYGROUND IN KWUN TONG.

SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS WILL EACH BE AWARDED A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT. THE CONTRACT FOR THE GENERAL RESTAURANT WILL BE FROM APRIL WHILE THE ONE FOR THE LIGHT REFRESHMENT KIOSK WILL BE FROM THE DATE OF SIGNING THE CONTRACT. THE CURRENT MONTHLY RENTALS ARE $4 200 FOR THE GENERAL RESTAURANT AND $4 500 FOR THE LIGHT REFRESHMENT KIOSK.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICE (ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE) AT SHAM SHU I PO POST OFFICE BUILDING, 55, UN CHAU STREET, 4TH FLOOR, AND FROM THE KOWLOON REGIONAL OFFICE (LEISURE SERVICES KOWLOON EAST) AT SHOP NO. 70-78, 2ND FLOOR, AMOY PLAZA, PHASE I, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE AND PLACED BY HAND IN THE TENDER BOX SITUATED AT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT RECEPTION COUNTER ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), ICE HOUSE STREET, BEFORE 9 A.M. ON FEBRUARY 7, 1986. LATE TENDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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TENDERS FOR SOFT DRINKS VENDING MACHINES

* * * * *

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROVISION OF COIN-OPERATED VENDING MACHINES FOR SOFT DRINKS AT RECREATION AND SPORTS FACILITIES IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

THE CONTRACTOR WOULD HAVE TO INSTALL 18 MACHINES AT VARIOUS SPORTS GROUNDS, PLAYGROUNDS, SWIMMING POOLS, INDOOR RECREATION CENTRES AND SQUASH COURTS UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE RSD.

TENDER FORMS FOR THE CONTRACT, WHICH WILL BE FOR TWO YEARS STARTING MAY 1, CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SUPPLIES OFFICE OF THE RSD ON LEVEL 3, KWAI CHUNG DEPOT, SAN KWAI STREET, KWAI CHUNG.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE PUT IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE RSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR, SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE 9 AM

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT THE SUPPLIES OFFICE OF THE RSD ON TELEPHONE 0-240230.

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TAPS OFF IN TWO AREAS * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN NORTH POINT AND THE NORTH DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS BETWEEN TUESDAY (JANUARY 14) AND WEDNESDAY FOR MAINS WORK.

IN NORTH POINT. SUPPLY TO PREMISES BOUNDED BY KING’S ^^AD, TIN CHIU STREET AND JAVA ROAD WILL BE STOPPED FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY

TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

IN THE NORTH DISTRICT, SUPPLY WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 9 AM AND 6 PM ON TUESDAY.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ROAD FROM KAM TSIN TSUEN TO LOK HANG TAU TSUEN, KWU TUNG TSUEN, TSUEN, LOK MA CHAU AND PAK SHEK

ALL PREMISES ALONG CASTLE PEAK MA CHAU, INCLUDING KAM TSIN TSUEN, HO SHEUNG HEUNG TSUEN, CHAU TAU AU.

RESTRICTED ZONE IN KWUN TONG * * * *

THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJACENT TO HIU KWONG STREET HOUSE NO. 44, KWUN TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR DAILY PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 14).

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE ROAD SECTION.

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EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH CLOSED * * * *

EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH wILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 3 PM TO 9 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 13) FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1986 LEGAL YEAR.

VEHICLES OTHER THAN THOSE WITH LABELS ISSUED BY THE JUDICIARY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE AREA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Sunday, January 12, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LOCALISATION OF LAW ESSENTIAL, AG SAYS .. ................... 1

VESSELS CARRYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FACE SEIZURE ............. 4

WOMEN BORN 194J-46 TO GET NEW I.D. CARD....................... 4

RESIDENTS' SUPPORT SOUGHT .................................... 6

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR DB FUNDS ............................. 7

CLOSURE OF KWONG FUK HOAD SECTION PROPOSED ................... 7

BRIDGE PROPOSED OVER TSUEN WAN ROAD........................... 8

PROJECTS TO MAKE KWUm TONG GREENER PLANNED ................... 9

MORE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT REQUIRED IN 'GREENING' HK ............ 9

CHINESE-STYLE GARDEN FOR FANLING ............................. 10

FIGHT CRIME BUS TO START TOUR OF ESTATES ..................... 10

URBCO TO HOLD AN; UAL CONVENTIONAL DEBATE .................... 11

FIFTH LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR IN KWUN TONG ....................... 12

TENDERS FOR REFRESHMENT SALE AT SPORTS GROUND................. 12

SCREEN PRINTING COURSES FOR TEACHERS ......................... 1?

LUNAR SCROLL, CALLIGRAPHY CONTEST ORGANISED .................. U

TAI KOK TSUI TAPS OFF ........................................ 1^

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 1986

1

LOCALISATION OF LAW ESSENTIAL, AG SAYS

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THE PROGRESSIVE LOCALISATION OF ALL LEGISLATION AT PRESENT DERIVED FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM WOULD BE ESSENTIAL, HAVING REGARD TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES MENTIONED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

♦THIS WILL RESULT IN HONG KONG’S LAWS BEING SELF-STANDING AND WHOLLY INDEPENDENT OF UNITED KINGDOM LEGISLATION BY THE TIME THE TRANSFER OF SOVEREIGNTY TAKES PLACE.

+IN THAT WAY THE HONG KONG SAR (SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION) CAN EXPECT TO INHERIT THE LAWS PRESENTLY IN FORCE IN HONG KONG IN A FORM THAT WILL NOT CONTRAVENE THE BASIC LAW,+ MR THOMAS SAID.

THE LAWS CONCERNING MERCHANT SHIPPING WERE A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS, HE SAID. THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT OF 1894, THE LONGEST ACT ON THE UNITED KINGDOM STATUTE BOOK, WITH ITS SERIES OF SUPPLEMENTARY ACTS AND AMENDING ACTS, IS AT PRESENT APPLICABLE TO SHIPS REGISTERED IN HONG KONG.

AS HONG KONG DID NOT HAVE ITS OWN SHIPPING REGISTER, IT WAS TREATED AS A PORT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM, HE SAID.

A PROVISION IN ANNEX 1 OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, COUPLED WITH THE GENERAL PROVISION FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE LAWS IN FORCE BEYOND 1997, MADE IT NECESSARY FOR HONG KONG TO PRODUCE ITS OWN SHIPPING LEGISLATION AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE, HE SAID.

OTHER EXAMPLES OF AREAS IN WHICH HONG KONG HAD TO LOCALISE ITS OWN LAWS AND CEASE TO RELY ON UNITED KINGDOM LEGISLATION wERE TO BE FOUND IN THE FIELDS OF CIVIL AVIATION, PATENTS AND COPYRIGHT.

MR THOMAS WAS SPEAKING THIS AFTERNOON ON THE SUBJECT +LEGAL REFORM IN HONG KONG PRIOR TO 1997+ AT THE ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY OF MEETING POINT.

HE HAD NO DOUBT THAT A FURTHER SERIES OF REFORM WOULD BE REQUIRED WHEN THE BASIC LAW WAS PUBLISHED. AND FORESAW THE NEED TO REMOVE FROM THE LAWS BY 1997 REFERENCES TO +COLONY+, OR +THE CROWN+, OR +THE SECRETARY OF STATE+, AMONG SOME OF THE OBVIOUS EXAMPLES HE HAD IN MIND.

OFFENCES SUCH AS TREASON, WHICH REFLECTED THE BRITISH CONCEPT CF ALLEGIANCE TO THE SOVEREIGN, MIGHT NEED TO BE CONSIDERED. AGaI . DEPENDING ON THE BASIC LAW, REFERENCES TO POSTAGE STAMPS AND COATS CF ARMS WOULD ALSO NEED SOME AMENDMENT.

+IN RELATION TO LAND, THE POSITION OF THE CROWN AS THE PROPRIETOR OF ALL CROWN LAND wILL HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED. OATHS AND DECLARATIONS PROVIDED UNDER THE LAW MAY ALSO NEED TO BE CHANGED TO REFLECT THE NEW POLITICAL ARRANGEMENTS,+ MR THOMAS SAID.

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A FURTHER TOPIC IMPLICIT IN THE JOINT DECLARATION WAS THE STRUCTURE OF HONG KONG COURTS, HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE PROVISION IN THE JOINT DECLARATION THAT THE POWER OF FINAL JUDGEMENT WOULD BE VESTED IN THE COURT OF FINAL APPEAL IN THE HONG KONG SAR, HE SAID IT IMPLIED AN END TO THE RIGHT OF APPEAL TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL IN LONDON.

♦THE POWERS OF THE HONG KONG COURTS WILL NO DOUBT BE DEALT WITH IN THE BASIC LAW. IT FOLLOWS THEREFORE THAT CHANGES MUST BE MADE TO THE LAWS OF HONG KONG IN ORDER TO CONSTITUTE A FINAL COURT OF APPEAL IN A MANNER THAT IS CONSISTENT BOTH WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE BASIC LAW,+ MR THOMAS SAID.

HE AGREED WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND OTHERS THAT IT WOULD BE DESIRABLE TO ESTABLISH THIS COURT OF APPEAL WELL BEFORE 1997 IN ORDER TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRANSITION.

+IT WOULD BE MUCH TO THE ADVANTAGE OF HONG KONG IF ITS JURISPRUDENCE COULD BE ESTABLISHED WELL BEFORE 1997 SO THAT THE AUTHORITY OF ITS JUDGEMENTS CAN BE APPRECIATED, ESPECIALLY BY IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS INTERESTS BOTH HERE AND ABROAD,+ MR THOMAS SAID.

ANOTHER TASK WAS THE DESIRABILITY THAT LEGISLATION IN HONG KONG BE PRODUCED NOT ONLY IN ENGLISH BUT ALSO IN CHINESE.

HE WAS CONVINCED THAT IN THE NEW POLITICAL SITUATION WHERE HONG KONG WOULD BECOME A PART OF CHINA, IT WOULD BECOME A POLITICAL NECESSITY FOR HONG KONG’S LAWS TO BE INTELLIGIBLE TO THOSE UNABLE TO READ ENGLISH AND THAT IT WAS IMPERATIVE TO PROMOTE THE USE CF CHINESE IN HONG KONG LEGISLATION.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD, THEREFORE, DECIDED THAT ALL EXISTING ORDINANCES SHOULD BE TRANSLATED INTO CHINESE WITHIN THE NEXT SEVEN TO TEN YEARS — A DIFFICULT AND LENGTHY TASK.

IN ADDITION, MR THOMAS SAID, ALL NEW ORDINANCES WOULD FROM NOW ON BE DRAFTED IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

+IT IS INTENDED THAT BOTH VERSIONS BE EQUALLY AUTHENTIC. A VERY HIGH STANDARD OF LEGAL DRAFTSMANSHIP WILL BE REQUIRED IF THE TWO LANGUAGES ARE TO CONVEY IDENTICAL OR NEAR IDENTICAL MEANING,+ HE SAID.

SPEAKING OF THE WORK CONNECTED WITH THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, NR THOMAS SAID ONE OF ITS EARLY TASKS WAS TO IDENTIFY WHAT ACTION NEEDED TO BE TAKEN BY THE TWO GOVERNMENTS TO ENABLE HONG KONG TO MAINTAIN ITS ECONOMIC RELATIONS AS A SEPARATE CUSTOMS TERRITORY AFTER 1997.

IN PARTICULAR WAS THE NEED TO ENSURE THE MAINTENANCE OF ITS PARTICIPATION IN THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE, THE MULTIFIBRE ARRANGEMENT AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS.

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IT ALSO HAD THE TASK OF CONSIDERING THE ACTION TO BE TAKEN EY THE TWO GOVERNMENTS TO ENSURE THE CONTINUED APPLICATION OF INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS AFFECTING HONG KONG.

THERE WERE 313 MULTILATERAL TREATIES AND AGREEMENTS AND 217 BILATERAL AGREEMENTS WHICH APPLIED TO HONG KONG.

WORK WOULD HAVE TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP TO EXAMINE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THE AGREEMENTS TO DECIDE HOW BEST ITS VALUE COULD BE PRESERVED AFTER CHANGE OF SOVEREIGNTY IN 1997, HE SAID.

ELABORATING, MR THOMAS SAID: +EACH WILL HAVE TO BE EXAMINED TO SEE WHETHER THE AGREEMENT PROVIDES FOR IT TO APPLY TO AN SAR OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC. THE WORK WILL INVOLVE CONSULTATION WITH THE OTHER COUNTRIES WHO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE AGREEMENTS SINCE THEY MAY WISH TO VARY THEIR TERMS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR APPLICATION TO HONG KONG IS NOT AFFECTED BY THE CHANGE OF SOVEREIGNTY.+

THERE HAD ALREADY BEEN MUCH PRELIMINARY WORK DONE IN HIS CHAMBERS TO GATHER TOGETHER THE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND TO REVIEW THEM, AND HE EXPECTED THIS WORK TO CONTINUE TO ASSIST THE MEMBERS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP IN CARRYING OUT THEIR TASKS.

♦THERE IS NO DISPUTE BETWEEN THE TWO GOVERNMENTS ABOUT THE GENERAL OBJECTIVE, FOR IT IS PROVIDED THAT THE HONG KONG SAR CAN MAINTAIN AND DEVELOP ITS RELATIONS AND CONCLUDE AND IMPLEMENT AGREEMENTS WITH STATES, REGIONS AND RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS IN THE APPROPRIATE FIELDS, INCLUDING THE ECONOMIC, TRADE, FINANCIAL AND MONETARY, SHIPPING, COMMUNICATIONS, TOURISM, CULTURAL AND SPORTING FIELDS,* HE SAID.

MENTIONING THAT THERE WAS AN INSUFFICIENT NUMBER OF HONG KONG CHINESE LAWYERS IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE, HE SAID THAT THE PROBLEM WAS ONE OF RETENTION.

MANY HONG KONG GOVERNMENT CIVIL SERVANTS WERE AWARDED LEGAL SCHOLARSHIPS WHICH ENABLED THEM TO BECOME TRAINED AS LAWYERS AT THE EXPENSE OF GOVERNMENT, HE SAID.

THEY COME TO US FOR THEIR INITIAL TRAINING, BUT, ALL TOO CFTEN, THEY LEAVE US WITHIN A SHORT TIME IN SEARCH OF THE LUSHER PASTURES IN PRIVATE PRACTICE,* MR THOMAS ADDED.

WHILE COMPETITION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR COULD NOT BE ELIMINATED, HE WAS HOPEFUL THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD, IN FUTURE, BE ABLE TO ATTRACT MORE HONG KONG CHINESE LAWYERS TO SERVE BOTH HIS CHAMBERS AND WITH THE JUDICIARY AND GOVERNMENT GENERALLY, MR THOMAS SAID.

THE TASK, MR THOMAS SAID, HAD TO BE TO PRESERVE THE BEST FEATURES OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM.

+IF WE DO THAT, I AM SURE HONG KON^ wILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY AFTER 1997 ALL THOSE ECONOMIC, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ADVANTAGES TO WHICH BRITAIN AND CHINA HAVE ATTACHED SO MUCH IMPORTANCE IN THE JOINT DECLARATION,* MR THOMAS SAID.

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VESSELS CARRYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FACE SEIZURE *****

THE OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF VESSELS USED TO SMUGGLE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INTO HONG KONG ARE TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED OF THE SEVERE PUNISHMENT PUT IN FRONT OF THEM.

THE NOTE OF WARNING WAS SOUNDED BY THE CHIEF IMMIGRATION OFFICER (PROSECUTIONS AND DEPORTATIONS) OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT’S INVESTIGATION DIVISION, MR MAK KWAI-YUN, AFTER CERTAIN ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT PROVISIONS OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE WERE RECENTLY EXTENDED FOR 12 MONTHS UNTIL THE END OF THIS YEAR.

UNDER THE PROVISIONS, THE OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO CONVICTION OF A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 MILLION AND LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

MR MAK SAID A TOTAL OF 22 VESSEL OWNERS OR OPERATORS HAD BEEN PROSECUTED FOR CARRYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OR ARRANGING THEIR ENTRY INTO HONG KONG DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS AND ALL OF THEM ARE NOW SERVING JAIL SENTENCE RANGING FROM TWO YEARS TO F IVE-AND-A-HALF YEARS.

NOT ONLY ARE PEOPLE FINED AND JAILED, THE VESSELS USED IN SUCH CRIMES MAY ALSO BE FORFEITED IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THEIR OWNERS OR OPERATORS WERE CONVICTED,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT SINCE 1979, A TOTAL OF 102 VESSELS INCLUDING JUNKS, SPEED BOATS AND SAMPANS HAD BEEN SEIZED OF WHICH 83 WERE FORFEITED TO THE CROWN.

MR MAK ALSO REMINDED THAT ARRANGING ANY PERSON INTO HONG KONG EVEN FOR A SHORT STAY AND WHETHER OR NOT FOR PECUNIARY ADVANTAGES, IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.

CITING AN EXAMPLE HE SAID A FISH-FARM OPERATOR IN LAU FAU SHAN WAS RECENTLY SENTENCED TO 6 MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT AND FINED $5 000 FOR BRINGING IN A GIRL FROM CHINA TO WORK FOR HIM FOR A FEW DAYS.

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WOMEN BORN 1943-46 TO GET NEW I.D. CARD

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WOMEN BORN BETWEEN 1943 AND 1946 WILL BE REQUIREDTOAPPLY FOR THE NEW I.D. CARD BETWEEN TOMORROW (MONDAY) AND FEBRUARY 7.

THIS IS THE FIRST PHASE OF AN EIGHT-STAGE REPLACEMENT I.D. CARD CYCLE FOR WOMEN WHICH WILL CONTINUE FOR ABOUT NINE MONTHS.

IT FOLLOWS CLOSELY THE SECOND MALE CYCLE WHICH ENDED YESTERDAY (SATURDAY).

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AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE SECOND MALE CYCLE ABOUT 947 OOO MEN BORN IN OR BEFORE 1947 HAVE OBTAINED THEIR NEW I.D. CARDS. THE FIGURE COMES VERY CLOSE TO THE CENSUS ESTIMATED POPULATION IN THIS AGE GROUP.

HOWEVER, ANYONE IN THAT AGE GROUP WHO IS STILL HOLDING AN OLD I.D. CARD SHOULD APPLY IMMEDIATELY AS THEIR OLD CARDS WILL SOON BE DECLARED INVAL ID,* HE SAID.

ANYONE FOUND IN POSSESSION OF AN INVALID I.D. CARD WILL BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION.

AS TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM HONG KONG AND MISSED THEIR TURN SHOULD APPLY FOR A NEW I.D. CARD WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THEIR RETURN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS IS EXPECTED FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF THE SECOND FEMALE CYCLE, WHICH STARTS TOMORROW.

THEY ARE WELCOMED TO MAKE USE OF THE PHONE-IN SERVICE WHICH WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE CURRENT FEMALE CYCLE.

APPLICANTS MAY TELEPHONE THE OFFICE OF THEIR CHOICE BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY. AND BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON ON SATURDAY TO ARRANGE FOR AN APPOINTMENT.

THE OFFICES ARE OPEN DAILY FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 AM EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. THEIR ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR BOOKING APPOINTMENTS AREi

HONG KONG « BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WANCHAI 5-747070

EAST KOWLOON 1 AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 3-7553679

77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

WEST KOWLOONi CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND 3-7232442 FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

TSUEN WAN » EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND 0-4931259

FLOOR 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET.

SHATIN 1 SHATIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 0-6959108

2-16 WANG POK STREET.

YUEN LONG 1 HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP 0-793291 YICK ROAD.

TUEN MUN 1 CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND 0-862562 FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN.

SHEUNG SHU I : TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 0-927155

82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI.

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APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO BRING ALONG THEIR OLD I.D. CARDS WHEN THEY CALL AT ANY OF THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THOSE WHO WANT TO ALTER THEIR LAST NAMES WHEN THEY APPLY FOR NEW CARDS AS A RESULT OF A CHANGE IN MARITAL STATUS SHOULD BRING ALONG RELEVENT DOCUMENTS SUCH AS MARRIAGE OR DIVORCE CERTIFICATES TO SUPPORT THEIR CASES.

RESIDENTS’ SUPPORT SOUGHT

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eoSIJy! SUPPORT FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE SUCCESS OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES. MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICFR FRS BRENDA FUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY). DISTRICT OFFICER,

SPEAKING AT THE CIVIC EDUCATION FUN DAY

PRIZE PRESENTATION KOK DISTRICT

CEREMONY, SHE SAID: +THE SUCCESS OF THE MONG ’CIVIC EDUCATION 30’ EXEMPLIFIES THIS GOOD COOPERATION BETWEEN

THE COMMUNITY AND THE GOVERNMENT.

+ THE CAMPAIGN HAD HELPED RESIDENTS GAIN A MUCH BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THEY SHOULD EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS WHEN OPPORTUNITY ARISES.*

SHE URGED ALL REGISTERED VOTERS TO VOTE IN THE URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 6.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR LAU TAK-KEI, SAID THE DISTRICT BOARD WOULD CONTINUE TO ORGANISE AND SUPPORT MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES FOR RES IDENTS.

BEFORE THE CEREMONY, A FUN DAY FEATURING GAMES AND MATCHES WAS HELD TO PUBLICISE CAMPAIGN MESSAGES.


_ , ALSO ?FFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER hE<?ISLATIVE C0UNCIl. MR CHAN CHAI-KEUNG, AND DISTRICT

BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI.

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APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR DB FUNDS

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' COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN SHAM SHU I PO CAN NOW APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO CARRY OUT COMMUNITY PROJECTS BEFORE THE END OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR ON MARCH 31.

* APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE AT A MEETING TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 31.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ABOUT $190 000 OF DB FUNDS FOR 1985-86 WERE STILL UNCOMMITTED AND AVAILABLE AS GRANTS OR SUBVENTIONS TO IMPLEMENT VARIOUS COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

+ALL BONA-FIDE LOCAL BODIES, INCLUDING AREA COMMITTEES, KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY,+ HE SAID.

THE PROJECTS MUST BE DISTRICT-BASED AND NON-PROFIT-MAKING, BUT THERE ARE NO HARD AND FAST RULES ON THEIR SIZE AND NATURE, HE ADDED.

+IN GENERAL, THE DISTRICT BOARD WELCOMES AND SUPPORTS ACTIVITIES WHICH CAN BRING PEOPLE FROM WALKS OF LIFE TOGETHER, INSTIL A SENSE OF BELONGING AND PROMOTE HARMONY AMONGST RESIDENTS,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

PROJECTS THAT HAVE RECEIVED SPONSORSHIP UNDER DB FUNDS RANGED FROM SEMINARS AND SURVEYS ON PUBLIC ISSUES, EDUCATIONAL TALKS AND CAMPAIGNS- TO VARIETY SHOWS AND TRAINING CLASSES ON HANDICRAFT AND PAINTINGS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND DETAILS OF APPLICATION PROCEDURES ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-7204251 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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CLOSURE OF KWONG FUK ROAD SECTION PROPOSED

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GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CLOSe PART OF KWONG FUK ROAD IN TAI PO TO MAKE WAY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF TAI WO ESTATE.

THE 145 METRES LONG SECTION LIES WITHIN THE ESTATE BOUNDARY.

IT IS ALSO PROPOSED TO ALTER PART OF THE ROAD TO ALLOW VEHICLES TO REVERSE DIRECTION OF TRAVEL.

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DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED WORKS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GAZETTE UNDER THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE.

A NOTICE IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE HAS ALSO BEEN POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME CAN BE SEEN AT CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES. WEST WING. MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG- DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TAI PO AND TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TAI PO MARKET, NEW TERRITORIES.

ANYONE WISHING TO OBJECT SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS AT MURRAY BUILDING, 2OTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE MARCH 11.

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BRIDGE PROPOSED OVER TSUEN WAN ROAD

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO BUILD A BRIDGE OVER TSUEN WAN ROAD IN KwA I CHUNG AND A NUMBER OF ROADS CONNECTED TO IT.

THE ROAD SYSTEM WILL FORM A NEW LINK BETWEEN KWAI FUK ROAD AND AREA 26C, IMPROVING ACCESS TO DEVELOPMENTS IN THESE AREAS, INCLUDING INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS, COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND A FUTURE CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GAZETTE.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME DISTR ICT OFF ICE, CENTRAL

CAN

BE INSPECTED

AT CENTRAL AND

WESTERN

ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

ENTRANCE LOBBY; TSUEN WAN DISTRICT LANDS

CFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN _________

OFFICE, 1OTH FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN; KWAI CHUNG SUB-DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFF IC 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG; AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE TSING Yl SUB-OFFICE, 113 CHING WAI HOUSE, CHEUNG CHING ESTATE,

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TSING Yl.

WRITTEN OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY MARCH 11.

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PROJECTS TO MAKE KWUN TONG GREENER PLANNED

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THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL SOON LAUNCH THREE PROJECTS TO PUT MORE GREENERY INTO THE PREDOMINANTLY INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT.

COSTING ABOUT $200 000, THE PROJECTS INCLUDE PLANTING TREES IN THE KAI FUK TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AND ALONG KWUN TONG ROAD, AND BUILDING A REST GARDEN IN SHUN LEE.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE (EIC), MR LAM LEUNG-KI, SAID: +DURING A VISIT TO THE THA LAST MONTH, WE FOUND THAT THE AREA, WITH A POPULATION OF 7 000, WAS IN NEED OF AMENITIES.

+THEREFORE, THE COMMITTEE AGREED TO INSTALL 100 HEXAGON CONCRETE FLOWER-POTS IN THE LANES BETWEEN HOUSING BLOCKS, AND PLANT TREES AND FLOWERS TO BEAUTIFY THE ENVIRONMENT.*

THE PROJECT WAS PROPOSED BY THE KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL AREA COMMITTEE IN RESPONSE TO THE EIC’S RECENT APPEAL FOR MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS.

ANOTHER BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT ENDORSED BY THE COMMITTEE WAS TO INSTALL 26 POTS OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS ALONG THE CENTRAL DIVIDER ON KWUN TONG ROAD BETWEEN THE NGAU TAU KOK MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION AND THE KWUN TONG TERMINUS, MR LAM SAID.

TURNING TO SHUN LEE, MR LAM SAID THE PIECE OF A HILLSLOPE BOUNDED BY NEW CLEARWATER BAY ROAD AND LEE ON ROAD, ALREADY FREQUENTED BY MORNING WALKERS, WOULD BE DEVELOPED INTO A PROPER RECREATIONAL AREA IN TWO PHASES.

UNDER PHASE I, A REST GARDEN WITH ARBOURS, BENCHES, RESURFACED PATHS, AND HORTICULTURAL AMENITIES, WOULD BE BUILT AT THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE SLOPE, HE SAID.

THE PROJECT WAS PROPOSED BY THE SHUN LEE AREA COMMITTEE.

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MORE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT REQUIRED IN ’GREENING’ HK * * * *

THE URBAN COUNCIL IS EXPLORING MORE WAYS OF GETTING THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE INVOLVED IN THE +GREENING+ OF HONG KONG, URBAN COUNCIL CHAIRMAN MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SAID THIS AFTERNOON AFTER VISITING THE BRAEMAR HILL NURSERY IN NORTH POINT.

MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID: +OVER THE YEARS THE COUNCIL HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN TRANSFORMING HONG KONG FROM THE BARE TO THE BEAUTIFUL. AS A RESULT, A GROWING NUMBER OF OASES OF GREENERY CAN BE SEEN DOTTED AMONG THE HIGH RISES IN OUR DENSELY-POPULATED URBAN AREAS.*

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HE SAID THAT LAST YEAR THE COUNCIL’S 11 NURSERIES PRODUCED ABOUT 969 000 TREES, SHRUBS, CLIMBI NG PLANTS, GROUND COVER PLANTS AND SEASONAL FLOWERS, AN INCREASE OF 52 PER CENT OVER THE 1982 OUTPUT.

+THE TARGET PRODUCTION THIS YEAR IS ABOUT ONE MILLION, WHICH WILL FURTHER ENHANCE HONG KONG’S GREEN LOOK,+ SAID MR CHEONG-LEEN.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE COUNCIL ALSO WISHED TO INVOLVE THE MAN IN THE STREET IN ITS ’GREENING’ ACTIVITIES SO THAT THE PUBLIC WOULD BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE PLEASANT BALANCE NATURE COULD PROVIDE IN OUR HIGH-RISE ENVIRONMENT.

FOR THIS REASON, THE COUNCIL WAS ORGANISING VARIOUS FUNCTIONS SUCH AS THE ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW, TREE-PLANTING PROGRAMMES AND NURSERY OPEN DAYS TO STIMULATE MORE PUBLIC INTEREST IN HORTICULTURE.

NEXT SUNDAY (JANUARY 19) THE HO MAN TIN NURSERY IN KOWLOON, WHICH SPECIALISES IN SHRUBS AND TREES WILL BE OPENED to THE PUBLIC FROM 9 A.M. TO NOON, AND 1 P.M. TO 4 P.M.

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A CHINESE-STYLE GARDEN IS TO BE BUILT ON A 1.53-HECTARE SITE AT WONG KONG SHAN NEAR CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING.

FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE PAVILIONS, AN ORNAMENTAL POND, ROCK GARDENS, A CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA, SITTING AREAS AND TOILETS.

WORK IS DUE TO START IN MARCH AND TAKE ABOUT NINE MONTHS.

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT BY JANUARY 31.

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FIGHT CRIME BUS TO START TOUR OF ESTATES * * * *

A POLICE CRIME PREVENTION BUS wILL VISIT FIVE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO DEMONSTRATE USEFUL FACILITIES TO IMPROVE HOUSEHOLD SECURITY.

THE PROGRAMME IS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S MONTH-LONG FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE WESTERN POLICE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS.

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THE BUS WILL BE PARKED FROM 11 AM TO 6 PM NEAR THE NE GHBOURHOOD POLICE OFFICE IN WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE TOMORROW (MONDAY), IN WAH HONG SQUARE OF WAH FU ESTATE ON TUESDAY «'•'

ONE OF SHEK PAI WAN ESTATE ON WEDNESDAY SPACE OF AP LEI CHAU ESTATE ON THURSDAY ELOCK 13 OF TIN WAN ESTATE ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 17).

JANUARY 14),

JANUARY 15),

JANUARY 16),

NEAR BLOCK

IN THE OPEN AND NEAR

POLICE OFFICERS FROM THE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU WILL BE ON HAND TO EXPLAIN THE USE OF SIMPLE AND PRACTICAL FACILITIES, WHICH CAN BE APPLIED IN RESIDENTIAL UNITS AND SHOPS.

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URBCO TO HOLD ANNUAL CONVENTIONAL DEBATE X * X

THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL CONVENTIONAL DEBATE OVER TWO DAYS THIS WEEK AT THE COUNCIL CHAMBER IN EDINBURGH PLACE.

THE TWO MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 P.M. ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 14) AND THURSDAY (JANUARY 16).

ON TUESDAY, THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, WILL MOVE A MOTION TO ENDORSE THE COUNCIL s> STATEMENT OF AIMS FOR THIS YEAR. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A DEBATE DURING WHICH 13 COUNCILLORS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION.

THE MEETING WILL THEN BE ADJOURNED TO THURSDAY WHEN 16 MORE COUNCILLORS WILL SPEAK.

SPEAKING ON TUESDAY WILL BE MR CHEONG-LEEN, THE VICE-CHAIRMAN, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE, MR B.A BERNACCHI, MRS ELSIE TU MR PETER C.K. CHAN, MISS CECILIA L.Y. YEUNG, MR EDMUND w’h. CHOW, DR KIM CHAM, MESSRS STEPHEN M.L. LAU AND HOWARD H W. YOUNG, MISS MARIA W.C. TAM, MR AUGUSTINE S.K. CHUNG AND DR PHILIP C.K. KWOK.

SPEAKING ON THURSDAY WILL BE MESSRS WALTER SULKE, L.H. KWAN JOSEPH Y.S. CHAN, PAO PING-WING, LAM CHAK-PIU, FREDERICK K.K. FUNG An6 LEE CHIK-YUET* MRS NELLIE FONG NF^SRS TONG KAM—BIU AND SAMUEL P.W. WONG, DR RONALD D.B. LEUNG MRS MARGARET LI AND MESSRS LO KING-MAN, FAN KAM-r-ING, MARVIN CHEUNG KIN-TUNG AND LAWRENCE H.L. FUNG.

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FIFTH LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR IN KWUN TONG * * * *

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS IN THE URBAN AREA, THE URBAN COUNCIL THIS YEAR IS STAGING A FIFTH LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR AT THE KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND.

THERE WILL BE 68 SITES FOR WET GOODS AND 34 SITES FOR DRY GOODS AT THE NEW SITE, WHICH IS BOUNDED BY LEI YUE MUN ROAD, JUNK BAY ROAD, KAI LIM ROAD AND TSUI PING ROAD.

♦ THE RECREATION GROUND IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED NEAR SEVERAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND VERY HANDY TO THE BUS TERMINUS AND MTR STATION,+ SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

+WE EXPECT THIS LATEST FAIR SITE TO BE POPULAR WITH KWUN TONG RESIDENTS.*

THE OTHER FOUR LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES THIS YEAR ARE AT VICTORIA PARK, KOWLOON PARK, FA HUI PARK AND KAI TAK EAST PLAYGROUND. ALL WILL OPERATE FROM JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 9.

TENDERS FOR REFRESHMENT SALE AT SPORTS GROUND

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THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND.

THE SPORTS GROUND, OCCUPYING 2.4 HECTARES IN THE TOWN CENTRE, IS A MAJOR MULTI-PURPOSE RECREATION AND SPORTS VENUE FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS.

FACILITIES INCLUDE A STANDARD-SIZED TURFED SOCCER PITCH, A BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL COURT, AN ALL-WEATHER 4OO-METRE RUNNING TRACK AND EQUIPMENT FOR TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE GRANTED A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT COMMENCING MARCH 1.

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

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE PUT IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE RSD HEADQUARTERS, THIRD FLOOR, SwIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE (AUSTIN CENTRE), 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE 9 AM ON FEBRUARY 7.

ENQUIRERS MAY TELEPHONE 3-2813635 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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SCREEN PRINTING COURSES FOR TEACHERS * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD 14 ONE-DAY COURSES ON SIMPLE SCREEN PRINTING TECHNIQUES FOR KINDERGARTEN, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS STARTING JANUARY 31.

THE COURSES ARE AIMED AT ACQUAINTING TEACHERS WITH VARIOUS TECHNIQUES OF SCREEN PRINTING AND EACH COURSE WILL CONSIST OF A TALK AND A WORKSHOP.

ORGANISED BY THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, THE COURSES WILL BE HELD AT THE MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT AT 182 CANTON ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE COURSES WILL ACCOMMODATE 168 TEACHERS AND ACCEPTANCE WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

SCHOOL HEADS WISHING TO NOMINATE THEIR TEACHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COURSE SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, 3RD FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, BEFORE NEXT SATURDAY (JANUARY 18).

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LUNAR SCROLL, CALLIGRAPHY CONTEST ORGANISED X * * X *

KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN A LUNAR NEW YEAR SCROLL WRITING AND CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KOWLOON CITY AND

SAI TAU AREA COMMITTEE.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS -- PRIMARY STUDENTS, SECONDARY STUDENTS AND OPEN — AND IS RESTRICTED TO 130 PARTICIPANTS FOR EACH SECTION.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION WAS TO PROMOTE CHINESE CULTURE AND PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JANUARY 26 AND ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE IN KAU PUI LUNG ROAD AND THE LOK SIN TONG PRIMARY SCHOOL IN LUNG KONG ROAD.

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TAI KOK TSUI TAPS OFF * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 15) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY BOUNDARY STREET, TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, TONG MEI ROAD AND WONG TAI STREET, INCLUDING LARCH STREET, IVY STREET, CHERRY STREET, HOI KING STREET AND WAI ON STREET.

ALSO AFFECTED ARE CHUN WING STREET, FOO KWAI STREET, POK MAN STREET, KA SHIN STREET, FUK CHAK STREET, LI TAK STREET, KOK CHEUNG STREET, TAI CHING STREET, TAI TSUN STREET, CHUNG WUI STREET, HOP KWAN STREET AND LOK KWEN STREET.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WORK ON CHINESE VERSION OF LAW CONTINUES — AG............... 1

MORE LOCAL RECRUITS JOINING THE JUDICIARY - CJ ............. 3

1 130 PEOPLE WARNED OVER COUNTRY PARK BAN .................. 6

RECORD RESPONSE TO EMERGENCY CALLS.......................... 7

GOOD JOB PROSPECTS FOR INSTITUTE GRADUATES.................. 8

FIRST NT EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED......................... 9

NATIONALITY DEBATE TO BE BROADCAST LIVE..................... 10

NSV TEXTILE LICENCE FORM TO BE INTRODUCED................... 10

REGISTRIES MOVING TO NEW OFFICE............................. 11

THANKED FOR ACCELERATING FOOTBRIDGE WORKS .................. 12

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR DENTAL CHAIR SYSTEMS................... 12

HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE TO MEET ........................... 13

bathing sheds at public beaches for hire.................... 13

COMMITTEE MEETING OPEN TO PUBLIC ........................... 14

APPROVAL NEEDED FOR HKCEE FIRST ENTRIES .................... 15

CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN TO BE LAUNCHED ........................... 15

EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH CLOSURE............................... 16

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................ 16

POK F’J LaM WATER CUT ...................................... 16

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WORK ON CHINESE VERSION OF LAW CONTINUES — AG *****

ONE OF THE WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN HELP TO ENSURE THAT THE BEST FEATURES OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM ARE PRESERVED IS BY MAKING OUR STATUTE LAw EASILY ACCESSIBLE AND UNDERSTANDABLE TO PEOPLE, BOTH IN HONG KONG AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, BY PRODUCING AN AUTHENTIC VERSION IN CHINESE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

ADDRESSING THE OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR 1986, MR THOMAS SAID THAT APART FROM THIS, IT WAS UNACCEPTABLE FOR THE LEGISLATION OF A REGION WHICH, AFTER 1997, WOULD BE PART OF CHINA, TO BE AVAILABLE ONLY IN A LANGUAGE WHICH WAS NOT CHINESE.

NOTING THAT THE PLANNING STAGE FOR THIS PROJECT WAS ALREADY WELL ADVANCED IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT, MR THOMAS SAID A COURSE WILL COMMENCE THIS MONTH TO TRAIN CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS IN THE WORK OF PREPARING A CHINESE VERSION OF THE EXISTING LAW OF HONG KONG.

ON THE DRAFTING OF NEW LEGISLATION IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS STILL DESPERATELY SHORT OF LAWYERS WITH THE NECESSARY WRITTEN LANGUAGE SKILLS WHO WERE PREPARED TO ACQUIRE LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING ABILITY.

MR THOMAS ADDED THAT PRODUCING A CHINESE VERSION OF OUR LAW WAS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE AND COULD HAVE A CONSIDERABLE EFFECT ON JUR GENERAL APPROACH TO STATUTORY INTERPRETATION.

+HAVING TWO AUTHENTIC VERSIONS OF THE LAW IN LANGUAGES AS DIFFERENT AS ENGLISH AND CHINESE WILL MAKE THE PROBLEMS OF OUR COURTS MUCH EASIER, WHICH IS ALWAYS THE PRIME AIM OF MY LEGISLATIVE DRAFTSMEN.

+IF ONE VERSION IS MORE THAN USUALLY OBSCURE, THE JUDGE MAY USE THE OTHER,+ HE SAID.

ON THE LOCALISATION OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT, MR THOMAS SAID BY 1997, +WE MUST HAVE IN PLACE IN SENIOR POSITIONS EXPERIENCED LOCAL LAWYERS WHO APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INDEPENDENT ROLE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AS PUBLIC PROSECUTOR, AND WHO ARE FULLY CAPABLE OF RENDERING UNBIASED ADVICE TO THE ADMINISTRATION IN THEIR ROLE AS PUBLIC LAWYERS.+

HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO TRAIN LOCAL PEOPLE TO QUALIFY AS LAWYERS BY GRANTING SCHOLARSHIPS AND PROVIDING TRAINING IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WAS BEARING FRUITS.

+WE NOW HAVE 28 LOCAL LAWYERS WITH MORE THAN TWO YEARS’ EXPERIENCE AFTER PUPILLAGE OR ADMISSION. WE HAVE ANOTHER 62 LOCAL OFFICERS WITH LESS EXPERIENCE.

/+THAT MAY........

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+THAT MAY SEEM SATISFACTORY BUT OUR DIFFICULTY LIES PARTLY IN KEEPING THEM, BECAUSE THEY ARE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND PARTLY IN ENSURING THAT THE EXPATRIATE LAWYERS WITH A DECADE OR MORE OF EXPERIENCE BEHIND THEM REMAIN IN HONG KONG LONG ENOUGH TO PASS ON THEIR EXPERIENCE AND ENABLE THE LOCAL LAWYERS TO STEP INTO THEIR SHOES,* HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE JOBS AHEAD OF HIM IN 1986, MR THOMAS SAID +THERE ARE MANY THINGS TO BE DONE AND THERE WILL BE MANY CHALLENGES TO MEET*.

+THE WORKING PARTY ON LEGAL AID WILL SOON BE PRODUCING ITS REPORT. THIS IS BOUND TO BE OF IMPORTANCE TO THOSE WHO CANNOT NOT ENJOY ACCESS TO THE COURTS WITHOUT PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

+THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION EXPECTS TO ISSUE REPORTS DURING 1986 ON THE LAW AND PRACTICE RELATING TO CORONERS, THE LEGAL EFFECTS OF AGE, INSURANCE AND COMPUTER CRIME.*

+WORK HAS ALSO BEEN PROCEEDING IN MY CHAMBERS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER INTERESTED DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS, ON A NUMBER CF MATTERS IN RESPECT OF WHICH WE MAY SEE LEGISLATION DURING THE COURSE OF THIS YEAR.*

THESE INCLUDED THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH PRIVATE ROADS, THE SPENT CONVICTION SCHEME, AMENDMENTS TO THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION ORDINANCE, THE GAMBLING ORDINANCE THE PROBLEM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DEPRIVING DRUG TRAFFICKERS OF PROFITS OF THEIR TRADE, OBSCENE PUBLICATIONS, LEGAL AID, AND AMENDMENTS TO THE OATHS AND DECLARATIONS ORDINANCE.

A PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE JURIES INTO THE DISTRICT COURT IS ALSO BEING STUDIED, HE SAID.

ON COMMERCIAL CRIME, MR THOMAS SAID THE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS CONTINUING TO STUDY THE PROBLEMS CREATED BY COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME AND WOULD NO DOUBT CONSIDER THE LONG AWAITED ROSK ILL REPORT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE FIGHT CRIME SUB-COMMITTEE ON GANGS ALSO WOULD SOON BE PUTTING FORWARD OPTIONS TO COMBAT ORGANISED CR IM INAL RACKETS.

IN CONCLUSION, MR THOMAS STRESSED THAT TO PRESERVE OUR WAY CF LIFE AND OUR SYSTEM OF LAW, WE MUST ALL REMAIN VIGILANT WHEN CHANGES WERE PROPOSED.

+BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE MUST RECOGNISE THAT THE LAW CANNOT BE FROZEN IN TIME. IT IS A LIVING ORGANISM WHICH MUST GROW AND DEVELOP TO MEET THE NEW DEMANDS OF A DYNAMIC SOCIETY,* HE SAID.

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MORE LOCAL RECRUITS JOINING THE JUDICIARY - CJ

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rncE-rkA?L°r h0CAL RECRUITS TO THE JUDICIARY IS CERTAINLY ANY LACK 0F TALENT AMONG PRACTISING MEMBERS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION, MANY OF WHOM POSSESS THE ATTRIBUTES WHICH WOULD ENSURE THEM A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN ANY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

Tn PAST’ SUCCESSFUL PRACTITIONERS HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT

TO ABAND°N THE GREATER FINANCIAL REWARDS, AND THE PERSONAL FREEDOM, OF PRIVATE PRACTICE, FOR THE BENCH. I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT THIS WILL CHANGE,* HE ADDED.

THAT

.S'R DENYS WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1986 LEGAL YEAR AT THE CITY HALL.

ABLE

+WE WERE ENCOURAGED, DURING 1985, BY THE FACT THAT WE WERE .un .J^RECRU,T S,X NEW MAGISTRATES WITH HONG KONG BACKGROUNDS AND HOPE THAT THIS WILL BE AN INCENTIVE TO OTHERS TO JOIN A BODY WHICH HAS SO IMPORTANT A PART TO PLAY IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

SIR DENYS SAID HE SHOULD NOT LIKE IT TO BE THOUGHT THAT ANY POLICY HAD BEEN ADOPTED TO LOCALISE THE JUDICIARY, EITHER ENTIRELY CR AT ANY COST.

NOR, HE HOPED, WOULD IT EVER BECOME THE POLICY TO APPOINT THIRD-RATE JUDGES OR MAGISTRATES BECAUSE OF THEIR ORIGINS.

ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THE COMMON LAW SYSTEM HAD PROSPERED AND SPREAD TO SO MANY COUNTRIES WITH SUCH SUCCESS WAS THAT IT WAS A SOPHISTICATED SYSTEM, FULL OF DIFFICULT CONCEPTS AND SUBTLETIES OF REASONING, HE SAID.

IT COULD BE APPLIED SUCCESSFULLY ONLY BY JUDGES AND MAGISTRATES OF THE HIGHEST CALIBRE AND NOTHING SHOULD BE DONE TO FILL THE BENCH WITH MEN OF INADEQUATE QUALITIES OF MIND AND CHARACTER.

THE COMING YEAR WOULD SEE SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONS TO BUILDINGS WHICH HOUSED THE JUDICIARY.

SIR DENYS SAID THE MOST IMPORTANT WOULD BE THE WANCHAI DISTRICT COURT HOUSE, WHICH WOULD CONTAIN 39 COURTS.

INTO THESE WOULD MOVE ALL THE DISTRICT JUDGES, FROM HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON, LEAVING DISTRICT JUDGES ONLY IN BUILDINGS OUTSIDE THE CENTRAL URBAN AREAS, AT TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN AND, PERHAPS, KWUN TONG.

THE GASCOIGNE ROAD DISTRICT COURT WOULD BECOME THE SOUTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY, AND THE OLD SOUTH KOWLOON BUILDING WILL HOUSE THE CORONERS AND A SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL.

/+LATEH IN .......

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♦LATER IN THE YEAR, WE EXPECT THE SHATIN COURT HOUSE TO OPEN, BRINGING MUCH NEEDED RELIEF TO THE OVERCROWDED AND UNSATISFACTORY BUILDINGS AT FANLING, WHICH WILL THEMSELVES BE REPLACED IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

♦WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE COURT HOUSES IN TUEN MUN IN 1987, AND AT SHAUK IWAN, IN REPLACEMENT OF CAUSEWAY BAY, A YEAR OR TWO LATER, WE SHOULD BE WELL EQUIPPED WITH COURTS FOR THE NEXT DECADE, BARRING ANY UNEXPECTED INCREASE IN WORK ON THE SCALE WHICH TOOK PLACE BETWEEN ABOUT 1975 AND 1982,+ SIR DENYS SAID.

HE THEN ADMITTED THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT THE ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT OF THE JUDICIARY WERE CAPABLE OF IMPROVEMENT.

+LIKE ANY ORGANISATION, A JUDICIARY BENEFITS FROM A PERIODICAL EXAMINATION OF AN EXPERIENCED AND IMPARTIAL EYE TO SEE IF ITS OBJECTIVES ARE RIGHT AND ITS METHODS OF ACHIEVING THEM ARE ECONOMICAL AND EFFECTIVE,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT MR PETER ROBINSON, DEPUTY CLERK TO THE CROWN IN CHANCERY, WOULD BE COMING TO HONG KONG ABOUT THE MIDDLE CF JULY THIS YEAR TO STUDY THE STRUCTURE AND ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG’S COURTS AND TRIBUNALS.

+MR ROBINSON’S TASK WILL BE TO EXAMINE THE HONG KONG JUDICIARY’S ORGANISATION AND TO MEASURE IT AGAINST OBJECTIVE STANDARDS BASED ON EXPERIENCE ELSEWHERE.

+HE WILL, IN DUE COURSE, MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO ME AS TO WHAT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY AND ECONOMICAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE COURTS, AS TO WHETHER THERE SHOULD BE ANY REARRANGEMENT OF WORK BETWEEN COURTS AND TRIBUNALS OR ANY CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE AND HIERARCHY OF THE COURTS,+ SIR DENYS SAID.

LOOKING BACK TO 1985, SIR DENYS SAID THAT, IN GENERAL THE VOLUME OF WORK IN THE COURTS DIFFERED LITTLE IN 1985 FROM THAT OF 1984.

+THE COURT OF APPEAL SAT FOR MOST OF THE YEAR IN THREE DIVISIONS, ONE DEALING ONLY WITH CIVIL APPEALS, ONE WITH CRIMINAL APPEALS AND THE THIRD WITH THE REMAINDER. IT DEALT WITH 739 APPEALS, COMPARED WITH 793 IN 1984.

+THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE FILING OF A NOTICE OF APPEAL AND ITS HEARING HAS VARIED BETWEEN FIVE AND 10 WEEKS, WITH AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT SEVEN WEEKS FOR CRIMINAL APPEALS.

+FOR CIVIL MATTERS, THE INTERVAL HAS VARIED BETWEEN FIVE AND 18 WEEKS. THESE ARE, I THINK SATISFACTORY FIGURES, BEARING IN MIND THAT IT IS USUALLY POSSIBLE TO ARRANGE FOR A SWIFTER HEARING OF AN URGENT MATTER,+ SAID SIR DENYS.

/IN THE ........

MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 1986

IN THE HIGH COURT THE NUMBER OF INDICTMENTS F'ED FELL FROM 335 TO 262. THIS WAS, UNFORTUNATELY, MORE THAN BALA :ED BY AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 20 PER CENT IN THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF A CRIMINAL TRIAL, MAINLY DUE TO A NUMBER OF LONG COMMERCIAL CASES.

CONSEQUENTLY, IT HAD BEEN NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN 13 CRIMINAL LISTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, A COMMITMENT WHICH WAS UNLIKELY TO LESSEN DURING 1986.

THE WAITING TIME BETWEEN THE FILING OF AN INDICTMENT AND THE FIRST DAY OF TRIAL HAS BEEN KEPT TO AN AVERAGE OF 75 DAYS, THOUGH THIS WAS LESS SATISFACTORY THAN THE 1984 LEVEL OF 63 DAYS.

HIGH COURT CIVIL WORK HAD FOLLOWED AN ODD PATTERN. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HIGH COURT ACTIONS STARTED TO DECLINE BY ABOUT 10. THE NUMBER OF CASES SET DOWN FOR TRIAL INCREASED FROM 710 TO A RECORD NUMBER OF 733.

+THIS DOES NOT GIVE A TRUE PICTURE OF THE WEIGHT OF THE CIVIL LISTS, HOWEVER. TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SIX OF THE 733 WERE FIXTURE LIST CASES, A CATEGORY WHICH INCLUDES THE HEAVIER CIVIL MATTERS? THERE HAS BEEN A DOUBLING OF THE NUMBER OF SUCH CASES SINCE 1981 AND AN INCREASE OF OVER A THIRD OVER 1984.

+WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DEPLOY 12 JUDGES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, OUTSIDE VACATIONS. TO DEAL WITH CIVIL WORK. AS A RESULT CF WHICH THE INTERVAL BETWEEN SETTING DOWN AND TRIAL HAS VARIED BETWEEN 11 AND 23 WEEKS WITH AN AVERAGE OF 17 WEEKS,+ IE SAID.

SIR DENYS SAID THAT, TO KEEP 12 CRIMINAL AND 12 CIVIL LISTS RUNNING, THERE WAS A NEED FOR 27 JUDGES, ALTHOUGH THE AUTHORISED ESTABLISHMENT WAS ONLY 22.

+WE CAN MEET THIS PROBLEM BY CONTINUING TO USE DISTRICT JUDGES AS DEPUTIES, WHICH IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AS A PERMANENT SOLUTION.

I HOPE DURING THE COURSE OF NEXT YEAR, WE SHALL BE ABLE TO DECIDE WHAT SOLUTION TO ADOPT,* HE SAID.

IT HAD BEEN POSSIBLE TO REINFORCE THE HIGH COURT FROM THE DISTRICT COURT WITHOUT TOO MUCH DIFFICULTY, SINCE THERE WAS A DECLINE OF ABOUT NINE PER CENT BOTH IN THE NUMBERS OF CIVIL ACTIONS STARTED AND OF THOSE SET DOWN FOR TRIAL. CRIMINAL TRIALS HAVE INCREASED FROM 1 246 TO 1 398, A JUMP OF 12 PER CENT.

THE WAITING TIME FOR A CIVIL CASE REMAINED AT ABOUT SIX WEEKS FROM SETTING DOWN AND FOR A CRIMINAL TRAIL AN AVERAGE CF ABOUT THREE MONTHS FROM TRANSFER.

IN THE MAGISTRACIES, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES DECLINED FROM 825 000 TO 655 000, A DECREASE OF ABOUT 20 PER CENT. THE NUMBER OF CHARGE SHEETS ISSUED, WHICH IS A REFLECTION OF THE MORE SERIOUS CASES, CAME DOWN FROM 184 000 TO 178 000, OR A LITTLE OVER THREE PER CENT.

/THE LABOUR ......

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THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL’S WORK INCREASED ABOVE THE 1984 LEVEL, BUT ONLY TO THAT OF 1983, SO THAT IT WAS ABLE TC OBSERVE THE STATUTORY OBLIGATION TO HEAR A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS OF IT BEING LODGED.

SIMILARLY, THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL, WITH A SLIGHTLY LARGER NUMBER OF CASES THAN 1984, WAS ABLE TO KEEP WITHIN THE SAME PERIOD.

THE CORONERS COURT CONDUCTED MORE DEATH ENQUIRIES THAN IN 1984 BUT LESS THAN IN 1983, WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME.

ALSO SPEAKING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG BAR ASSOCIATION, MR DENIS CHANG, AND THE PRESIDENT CF THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG, MR BRIAN TISDALL.

THE CEREMONIAL OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR ORGANISED BY THE JJDICIARY WAS WELL ATTENDED BY JUDGES, MEMBERS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION, HEADS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER DIGNITARIES.

IT BEGAN WITH A CHURCH SERVICE AT THE ST. JOHN'S CATHEDRAL PRESIDED BY THE DEAN OF THE CATHEDRAL, REV. PAUL CLASPER.

THE CHIEF JUSTICE THEN INSPECTED A GUARD OF HONOUR PROVIDED BY THE HONG KONG GUARD COMPANY OF THE BRITISH FORCES AT EDINBURGH PLACE.

THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY THE ADDRESSES IN THE CONCERT HALL OF THE CITY HALL.

1 130 PEOPLE WARNED OVER COUNTRY PARK BAN

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MORE THAN 1 130 PEOPLE WERE WARNED OVER THE WEEKEND FOR ATTEMPTING TO ENTER THE SHING MUN, TAI MO SHAN AND TAI LAM COUNTRY PARKS AND TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE WHICH HAD BEEN CLOSED TO ALL VISITORS LAST SATURDAY (JANUARY 11).

IN ADDITION, 52 VISITORS TO OTHER COUNTRY PARKS WERE CAUTIONED V 0LAT,NG THE BAN 0F BARBECUING WHICH CAME IN EFFECT THE SAME

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR COUNTRY PARKS OFFICER, MR S.T. LAU, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THESE INDIVIDUALS, THE PUBLIC HAD SO FAR BEEN VERY COOPERATIVE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEED TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF FIRE.

/♦DESPITE TEAT, ......

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♦DESPITE THAT, 16 REPORTS Or HILL FIRE WERE RECEIVED OVER THE WEEKEND, OF WHICH NINE OCCURRED INSIDE THREATENED COUNTRY PARKS,+ HE SAID.

MR LAU SAID THAT FOR THE PROTECTION OF COUNTRY PARKS, THE DEPARTMENT WOULD TAKE PROSECUTION ACTION AGAINST ANYONE WHO CHOSE TO IGNORE THE CLOSURE ORDER AND THE BAN.

HE WARNED THAT OFFENDERS OF THE CLOSURE ORDER WOULD BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2 OOO AND IMPRISONMENT FOR THREE MONTHS WHILE VIOLATION OF THE FIRE BAN WOULD LEAD TO A FI NE OF $5 000 AND ONE YEAR’S IMPRISONMENT.

MR LAU SAID THAT WITH THE PRESENT DRY AND WINDY WEATHER CONDITIONS, THE COUNTRYSIDE VISITORS SHOULD BRING PRE-COOKED FOOD ONLY AND BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH CIGARETTE ENDS.+ HE SAID.

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RECORD RESPONSE TO EMERGENCY CALLS

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A RECORD NUMBFR CF EMERGENCIES LAST YEAR, INVOLVING 14 722 FIRE CALLS 9 594 SPECIAL SERVICE CALLS ANfi 333 905 AMBULANCE CALLS?

NUMBER 0F F IRE CALLS ROSE FROM 14 693 IN 1984 TO

TODAY (MONDAY)’ ACC0RD,NG T0 STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE DEPARTMENT

orzlnFr <?AUSED THE DEATHS OF 29 PEOPLE AND LEFT A FURTHER 630 PEOPLE INJURED LAST YEAR.

„ n.IoL^ARGEST SINGLE CATEGORY OF CAUSES WAS CARELESS HANDLING OR DISPOSAL OF CIGARETTES, MATCHES AND CANDLES WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 3 893 CALLS, FOLLOWED BY ELECTRICAL FAULT (1 717 CASES) AND OVERCOOKING (1 450 CASES), A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID.

SQUATTER FIRES SHOWED 262 IN 1984 TO 368 IN 1985 FROM 536 TO 464.

AN INCREASE DURING THE PERIOD FROM WHILE FACTORY FIRES SHOWED A DROP

THE NUMBER OF CASES IN 1984 TO 9 COLLAPSES, DROWNING

SPECIAL SERVICES CALLS INCREASED FROM 9 004 594 LAST YEAR, INVOLVING LANDSLIDES, HOUSE , TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, GAS LEAKAGE, ETC.

^9N(? TRE CALLS> LOCK-IN CASES ROSE SIGNIF FROM 436 IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

ICANTLY TO 615

/THE DEPARTMENT'S........

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THE DEPARTMENT’S AMBULANCE SERVICE ALSO HAD A HECTIC YEAR - RECEIVING A RECORD 333 905 CALLS WITH 233 178 EMERGENCY CALLS, COMPARED WITH 313 212 IN 1984, OF WHICH 220 768 WERE EMERGENCIES.

THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS CARRIED BY AMBULANCE ACHIEVED ANOTHER RECORD OF 441 174 LAST YEAR, COMPARED WITH 417 297 IN 1984.

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GOOD JOB PROSPECTS FOR INSTITUTE GRADUATES *****

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION OF GRADUATES OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL’S TECHNICAL INSTITUTES LAST YEAR WAS ENCOURAGING, WITH MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS GETTING A JOB WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF GRADUATION, A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE COUNCIL REVEALED THAT 68 PER CENT CF THE 3 300 GRADUATES OF FULL-TIME COURSES IN THE 1984-85 ACADEMIC YEAR WERE EMPLOYED WITHIN THREE MONTHS OF GRADUATION COMPARED WITH 72 PER CENT THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE NUMBER OF GRADUATES PURSUING FURTHER FULL-TIME STUDIES INCREASED FROM 15 PER CENT TO 19 PER CENT, IT ADDED.

THE SURVEY ALSO SHOWED THAT 36 PER CENT OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES HAD TAKEN UP WORK ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER COMPLETION OF THEIR STUDIES. IN 1984, THE FIGURE WAS 33 PER CENT.

THE RESULT OF THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT GRADUATES WERE READILY ACCEPTED BY COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY AND MOST HAD BEEN ABLE TO GET JOBS RELATED TO THEIR COURSE OF STUDY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AMONG THOSE EMPLOYED, 37 PER CENT WERE IN THE MANUFACTURING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRIES, 39 PER CENT IN COMMERCE AND SERVICING SECTORS, FOUR PER CENT IN GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED BODIES WHILE THE REST WERE IN OTHER FIELDS SUCH AS EDUCATION AND NON-PROFIT ING-MAK ING INSTITUTIONS.

THE AVERAGE MONTHLY SALARY OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES AT THE TIME CF THE SURVEY WAS ABOUT $2 OOQ, WHICH WAS 10 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT OF THE 1984 SURVEY.

+THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT THE MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO PURSUED FURTHER FULL-TIME STUDIES WERE EITHER ABSORBED BY THE POLYTECHNICS OR RE-ADMITTED TO HIGH LEVEL COURSES OF TECHNICAL INSTITUTES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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SENIOR CITIZENS OF TAI PO WILL RECEIVE FREE CHECK-UPS AND LEARN THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF EYE CARE IN THE FIRST EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TWO-WEEK CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, AND CO-ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (MONDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN, CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MICHAEL LAI, SAID THE CAMPAIGN WAS A MEANINGFUL EVENT AS IT WOULD HELP PROMOTE THE TRADITION OF RESPECTING THE OLD.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT AN EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN LAUNCHED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND TAI PO IS A VERY SUITABLE PLACE. IT IS A NEW TOWN SITUATED IN THE HEART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES,+ MR LAI SAID.

IN TAI PO, WE ARE GOING TO HOLD EXHIBITIONS AND PROVIDE FREE EYE CHECK-UPS AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS AND VILLAGES IN THE DISTRICT.

MOREOVER, STAFF WILL VISIT REMOTE AREAS SUCH AS TAP MUN AND SAP SZE HEUNG IN SAI KUNG NORTH TO SERVE THE ELDERLY,+ HE ADDED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MR ALOYSIUS CHU FEE-LOONG, POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS THE GROUP’S FIRST ATTEMPT TO INTRODUCE A LARGE-SCALE SOCIAL SERVICE SCHEME IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE MAIN PURPOSE IN LAUNCHING THE CAMPAIGN IS TO PROMOTE THE SPIRIT OF RESPECTING THE OLD AND AROUSE THE PUBLIC CONCERN TOWARDS THE ELDERLY SERVICES.

THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS HOPES TO PROVIDE MORE SERVICES TO THE NEEDY THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY,* MR CHU SAID.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 2.30 PM ON JANUARY 22. THE PROGRAMMES INCLUDE AN EYE-CARE EXHIBITION AND OPHTHALMIC TESTS.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

EYE-CARE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE HELD AT VARIOUS VENUES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT IN THE FOLLOWING TWO WEEKS.

THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION WILL ALSO PROVIDE FREE EYE CHECK-UPS FOR PEOPLE AGED 60 AND ABOVE AT VARIOUS EXHIBITION CENTRES BETWEEN 9.30 AM TO 1 PM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

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ELDERLY CITIZENS WHO TAKE PART IN THE CHECK-UP WILL BE PROVIDED WITH SPECTACLES, IF NECESSARY, FROM APPOINTED OPTICAL SHOPS.

THOSE WHO NEED FURTHER MEDICAL TREATMENT WILL BE REFERRED TO THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL.

THE CAMPAIGN IS THE FINAL PHASE OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT WORKING GROUP.

THE COST OF THE CAMPAIGN IS ESTIMATED TO ABOUT $130 000 CF WHICH $120 000 IS FROM THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS AND THE REST FROM THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD.

NATIONALITY DEBATE TO BE BROADCAST LIVE * * * * *

RTHK’S RADIO 3 WILL BROADCAST LIVE THE HOUSE OF COMMONS DEBATE ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER WHICH WILL START AT ABOUT 3 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 17) HONG KONG TIME.

EDITORS OF THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA ARE REMINDED THAT THE DEBATE CANNOT BE RECORDED AND RE-BROADCAST BECAUSE OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS OF RTHK.

NEW TEXTILE LICENCE FORM TO BE INTRODUCED * * *

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT IS TO INTRODUCE A REVISED FORM FOR EXPORTS OF TEXTILES.

THE REVISED FORM TIC 353 (REV. 1985), BETTER KNOWN AS FORM 4, PROVIDES A SEPARATE BOX FOR THE MANUFACTURER’S PARTICULARS.

IN ADDITION, BOTH THE +MANUFACTURER’S DECLARATION+ AND THE +EXPORTER’S DECLARATION+ BOXES HAVE BEEN SIMPLIFIED, AND THE SPACE FOR THE MANUFACTURER’S AND EXPORTER’S SIGNATURES AND CHOPS ENLARGED.

THE REVISED FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AND BROUGHT INTO USE WHEN THE EXISTING STOCK OF FORM TIC 353 (REV. 1983) Io DEPLETED, EXPECTED TO BE EARLY NEXT MONTH.

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THE REVISED FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $20 PER

PAD AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSES:

* THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

X TRADE DEPARTMENT COLLECTION OFFICE, ROOM 822, OCEAN CENTRE, EIGHT FLOOR, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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REGISTRIES MOVING TO NEW OFFICE * * * *

THE BIRTHS AND DEATHS GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE (INCLUDING THE MARRIAGE RECORDS OFFICE), THE EASTERN DISTRICT BIRTHS REGISTRY AN£ THE WESTERN DISTRICT BIRTHS REGISTRY WILL BE MOVING NEXT MONDAY (JANUARY 20) TO THE THIRD FLOOR, LOW BLOCK OF THE NEW QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

+FROM THE SAME DATE, THE NEW OFFICE WILL BE KNOWN AS THE EIRTHS AND DEATHS GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE AND MARRIAGE RECORDS OFFICE AND WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REGISTERING ALL BIRTHS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE OUTLYING ISLANDS,* AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER SERVICES SUCH AS SEARCH FOR BIRTH, DEATH AND MARRIAGE RECORDS, ISSUE OF BIRTH, DEATH, MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES AND CERTIFICATES OF ABSENCE OF MARRIAGE RECORD WOULD ALSO BE PROVIDE.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED THAT THOSE aHO HAD ALREADY APPLIED FOR CERTIFICATES AND OTHER SERVICES AT THE THREE REGISTRIES . iEFORE JANUARY 20 TO COLLECT ThEIR DOCUMENTS AT THE NEW OFFICE.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON TEL: 3-7333111.

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THANKED FOR ACCELERATING FOOTBRIDGE WORKS

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REPRESENTATIVES OF SHOP OPERATORS FROM LAI BO AND LEE BO BUILDINGS IN TUEN MUN, AND THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT (SOUTH AND EAST) COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATION TODAY (MONDAY) PRESENTED A SOUVENIR TO THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE IN RECOGNITION OF ITS EFFORTS IN HELPING TO SPEED UP CONSTRUCTION WORKS ON THE ROOF COVERING OF A FOOTBRIDGE IN THEIR VICINITY.

THE FOOTBRIDGE, LINKING ON TING ESTATE AND AREA 37B, WAS CLOSED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

BUSINESS IN THE SHOPPING ARCADES WERE AFFECTED SINCE RESIDENTS OF ON TING ESTATE HAD TO USE AN ALTERNATE FOOTBRIDGE LOCATED SOME 150 METRES AWAY. IN ADDITION, SOME PEDESTRIANS WHO CHOSE NOT TO USE THE ALTERNATE FOOTBRIDGE HAD TO CROSS TUEN MUN ROAD AT THEIR OWN RISK.

THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE IN REFLECTING THE NEEDS AND VIEWS OF THE RESIDENTS AND SHOP OPERATORS, THE CONSTRUCTION WORK WAS SPEEDED UP. THE FOOTBRIDGE WAS REOPENED AT THE END OF NOVEMBER, FOUR MONTHS EARLIER THAN ITS SCHEDULED COMPLETION.

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CONTRACT AWARDED FOR DENTAL CHAIR SYSTEMS

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A CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED FOR SUPPLYING AND INSTALLING IWO CENTRAL COMPRESSED AIR AND VACUUM SYSTEMS FOR NINE DENTAL CHAIRS AT TWO CLINICS ON HQNG KONG ISLAND.

THE SYSTEMS WILL BE USED FOR DRIVING SURGICAL TOOLS AT THE KENNEDY TOWN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN VICTORIA ROAD AND THE wANCHAI DENTAL CLINIC IN KENNEDY ROAD.

THE $281 000 CONTRACT WAS AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER.

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HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE TO MEET * * * * *

THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS BEING MADE BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASE IN REFUSE TOWARDS THE END OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

IT WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE CONTRACTING OUT OF CLEANSING SERVICES AND THE TRANSFER OF CONTROL ON NOISE NUISANCE TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.

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

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING.

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BATHING SHEDS AT PUBLIC BEACHES FOR HIRE * * * *

ORGANISED BODIES WHICH WISH TO PROVIDE FACILITIES FOR THEIR MEMBERS OR STAFF AT POPULAR PUBLIC BEACHES DURING THE COMING SWIMMING SEASON ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR THE HIRE OF BATHING SHEDS RUN BY THE URBAN COUNCIL.

+A TOTAL OF 45 BATHING SHEDS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS BETWEEN APRIL 1 THIS YEAR AND MARCH 31, 1987,+ SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

+DUE TO THE LIMITED NUMBER OF BATHING SHEDS AVAILABLE, ONLY APPLICATIONS FROM ORGANISED BODIES, SI CH AS REGISTERED COMPANIES, CLUBS, ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGA ICED GROUPS WILL BE ACCEPTED.+

THE SHEDS ARE AVAILABLE IN THREE DIFFERENT SIZES: 28 SQUARE METRES, 33 SQUARE METRES AND 56 SQUARE METRES, AT RENTS OF 000, $4 800 AND $6 400 RESPECTIVELY FOR THE WHOLE PERIOD.

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APPLICATION FORMS AT $100 EACH WILL BE OBTAINABLE FROM THE HONG KONG REGIONAL OFFICE (LEISURE SERVICES) AT 9 - 11 LEIGHTON ROAD, 16/F FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) UNTIL FEBRUARY

23.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS MUST BE RETURNED ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 21, 1986 TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND PARTICULARS CAN BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 5-8919522 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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COMMITTEE MEETING OPEN TO PUBLIC * * * *

TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL OPEN ITS FIRST COMMITTEE MEETING TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL BE MEETING AT 3.15 IN THE DISTRICT BOARD’S CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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MEMBERS a ILL DISCUSS THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES IN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS AND REVIEW THE COMMITTEE & wORK AND THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT.

BEFORE THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL PAY A FAMILIARISATION VISIT TO FU SHIN ESTATE AT 2 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT TO FU SHIN ESTATE AND THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING.

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APPROVAL NEEDED FOR HKCEE FIRST ENTRIES * * *

SECONDARY SCHOOLS WISHING TO ENTER FORM 5 OR MIDDLE 5 CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION IN 1987 MUST APPLY TO THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY FOR APPROVAL BEFORE FEBRUARY 1.

THE SAME PROCEDURE APPLIES TO SCHOOLS WISHING TO ENTER CANDIDATES FOR' THE FIRST TIME FOR 20 PRACTICAL SUBJECTS.

THESE ARE SHORTHAND (ENGLISH), TYPING (ENGLISH), ART PAPER 9 (COURSE WORK), BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, COMPUTER STUDIES, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, DRESSMAKING, ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICITY, ENGINEERING SCIENCE, HOME ECONOMICS, HUMAN BIOLOGY, METALWORK, NEEDLEWORK-DRESS, PHYSICS, POTTERY, PRACTICAL ELECTRICITY, TECHNICAL DRAWING, TEXTILES AND WOODWORK.

APPLICATIONS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM AND RETUNED TO THE SECRETARY OF THE EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11TH FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, YAUMATEI.

HANDBOOKS OF REGULATIONS AND SYLLABUSES FOR THE 1987 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION (ENGLISH AND CHINESE VERSIONS) ARE NOW ON SALE AT THE EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY’S PUBLICATIONS UNIT AT 17 TSEUK LUK STREET, SAN PO KONG.

THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALE CENTRE, AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG.

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CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN TO BE LAUNCHED * * * *

A TWO-WEEK CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN WILL START TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN RENNIE’S MILL WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AT THE RENNIE’S MILL MIDDLE SCHOOL.

SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO! SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR WONG KWOK YEEJ SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER, MR CHU TSAI-KUENJ DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT (SAI KUNG), MR TANG PING-TO; AND MARINE OFFICER, MR CHAN SING-TONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE 9.30 AM CEREMONY.

AFTER LIGHTING A TORCH TO LAUNCH THE CAMPAIGN, CLEAN-UP TEAMS FORMED BY LOCAL STUDENTS WILL START CLEANING UP THE DISTRICT.

/PAMPHLETS WITH........

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PAMPHLETS WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON MAINTAINING A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, FOOD HYGIENE AND PERSONAL CLEANINESS WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH CLOSURE

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EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND H.M.S. TAMAR WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 1 PM TO 5 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 15) FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF THE HENRY MOORE SCULPTURE BY HELICOPTER.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 65.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 385.679 MILLION CUBIC l*ETRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 418.993 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 71.5 PER CENT CF CAPACITY.

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POK FU LAM WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN POK FU LAM WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 16) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE 5-63 AND 2-72 MOUNT DAVIS ROAD, 188-216 VICTORIA ROAD AND THE SANDY BAY FRESH WATER PUMPING STATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Tuesday, January 14, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REPORT OK PRIVATE SCHOOLS RELEASED ......................... 1

NOVEMBER EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED ................ 2

SEPTEMBER NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES PUBLISHED ................... 9

FLAT SALES REACH ALL-TIME HIGH ............................ 13

INCREASE OF LEGAL AID LIMIT SOUGHT......................... 16

MORE TO BENEFIT FROM LEGAL AID ............................ 16

UC STAND ON HAWKER PROBLEM STRESSED ....................... 16

LUNAR YEAR-END CLEAN-UP OPERATION PLANNED.................. 17

BUS TOUR TO LAUNCH ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT .................. 18

TAI PO ROAD SECTION TO BE IMPROVED ........................ 19

TEMPORARY HK-CHINA FERRY TERMINAL SEP UP .................. 20

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ..........................

PROBLEMS OF TAI PO MARICULTURISPS STUDIED.................. 21

RENNIE'S MILL CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN STARTS ..................

MULTI-PURPOSE BUILDING FOR APPROACH BEACH.................. 23

STORAGE SITE FOR LEASE..................................... 23

EXHIBITION ON LANGUAGE TEACHING ........................... 24

CLEAN HK COMMITTEE TO MEET ................................ 24

LUNCHEON SPEECH............................................ 25

NORTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE TO MEET .......................... 25

FLYOVER .CLOSED, RESTRICTED ZONES SET UP .................... 2 5

CENTRAL, JAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES ......................... 27

TSIM SHA TSUI TRAFFIC CHANGES ............................. 27

TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC CHANGES ................................. 27

YAU MA TEI TAPS OFF........................................ 28

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1986

REPORT ON PRIVATE SCHOOLS RELEASED * * *

PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN MADE bY A WORKING GROUP OF THE PRIVATt SCHOOLS ASSOCIATIONS ADVISORY BOARD FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE EDUCATION THEY ARE PROVIDING.

THE PROPOSALS AIM TO HELP PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO INTRODUCE IMPROVEMENTS IN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THEIR OPERATION, SUCH AS SCHOOL FACILITIES AND TEACHERS’ SALARIES. THIS WILL BE DONE THROUGH THE SYSTEM OF ANNUAL FEE REVISION OPERATED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE AIM IS TO ALLOW THE SCHOOLS TO OBTAIN MORE INCOME THROUGH FEES WHICH WILL, IN TURN, PAY FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SCHOOLS.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL MONITOR EXPENDITURE TO ENSURE THAT THE INTENDED IMPROVEMENTS ARE ACHIEVED.

IN ITS REPORT, THE WORKING GROUP SET OUT IN DETAIL THE AREAS OF SCHOOL EXPENSES TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY THE DEPARTMENT IN PROCESSING SCHOOL FEE APPLICATIONS.

THESE INCLUDE IMPROVEMENTS, MAJOR SERVICE GRATUITIES, CONTRIBUTIONS.

INFLATION, SALARY INCREASES, EXPENDITURE ON AND MINOR REPAIRS, SEVERANCE PAY, LONG RETIREMENT GRATUITIES AND PROVIDENT FUND

FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE WORKING GROUP PROPOSED THE SETTING OF SCHOOL FEES IN THREE BROAD BANDS. FOR FORMS 1 TO 3, FEES WILL BE SET AT THE LEVEL CALCULATED FOR FORM 3. FOR FORMS 4 AND 5, THE FEE WILL BE SET AT A POINT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE FEE LEVELS OF THESE TWO FORMS.

IN DETERMINING THIS FEE LEVEL, THE PROJECTED ENROLMENT IN EACH FORM «ILL BE USED TO CALCULATE A WE IGHTED AVERAGE. THIS FORMULA WILL ALSO APPLY TO THE CALCULATION OF THE FEE LEVELS FOR FORMS 6 AND 7.

THE WORKING GROUP ALSO CONSIDERED THAT IT IS ACCEPTABLE TO INCLUDE A 10 PER CENT PROFIT MARGIN IN THE DETERMINATION OF SCHOOL FEE LEVELS. IN ADDITION, SCHOOLS WILL BE ALLOWED TO BASE THEIR PROFIT CALCULATIONS ON CAPITAL INVESTMENT, GROSS INCOME OR TOTAL EXPENDITURE, WHICHEVER THEY CONSIDER THE MOST APPROPRIATE TO THEIR SITUATIONS.

THE WORKING GROUP’S REPORT HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY MEMBERS OF THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS ASSOCIATIONS ADVISORY BOARD AND IS BEING _ CONSIDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT BEFORE IMPLEMENTATION. IT IS HOPcJ THAT THESE IMPROVEMENTS CAN COME INTO EFFECT IN THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1986.

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NOVEMBER EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED * X * *

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FOR JANUARY-NOVEMBER 1985, VALUED AT $422 602 MILLION, INCREASED BY FIVE PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, ACCORDING TO TRADE VALUE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY SEVEN PER CENT TO $117 556 MILLION, WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 29 PER CENT TO $95 806 MILLION AND IMPORTS INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT TO $209 240 MILLION. TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY SIX PER CENT.

ALL THE TRADE STATISTICS PRESENTED HEREIN ARE MEASURED AT CURRENT PRICES AND NO ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TAKEN OF THE CHANGES IN PRICES BETWEEN THE PERIODS OF COMPARISON. A SEPARATE ANALYSIS ON THE PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR NOVEMBER 1985 WILL BE RELEASED EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. DECREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1 511 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $1 309 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $938 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $481 MILLION OR TWO PER CENT) AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $192 MILLION OR FIVE PER CENT).

MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO CHINA INCREASED RAPIDLY IN VALUE, PARTICULARLY OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $638 MILLION OR 153 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS AS WELL AS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND PARTS AND ACCESSORIES THEREOF) (BY $557 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $498 MILLION OR 126 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR FEEDING STUFF FOR ANIMALS (NOT INCLUDING UNMILLED CEREALS) (BY $35 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT) AS WELL AS NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $31 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT).

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DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $651 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $546 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT) AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS AS WELL AS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND PARTS AND ACCESSORIES THEREOF) (BY $173 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR MANUFACTURES CF METAL (BY $4 MILLION OR TWO PER CENT) AS WELL AS SANITARY, PLUMBING, HEATING AND LIGHTING FIXTURES AND FITTINGS (BY $4 MILLION OR SIX PER CENT).

DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $989 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT) AS WELL AS OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $194 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF TO JAPAN ALSO FELL (BY $378 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT AND BY $100 MILLION OR 41 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $16 MILLION OR FOUR PER CENT) AND IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN OF PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $19 MILLION OR FIVE PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION ARE PRESENTED IN TABLE 2.

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

DEMAND FOR GOODS IMPORTED FROM CHINA INCREASED IN THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1985 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $880 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGE^, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS AS WELL AS JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS) (BY $793 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $460 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $888 MILLION OR SEVEN PER CENT) AS WELL AS PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $373 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $883 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT)j PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, wATCHES ANJ CLOCKS (BY $680 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT) AS wELL AS ROAd VEHICLE (INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES) (BY $603 MILLION OR 19 PER CENi).

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ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1 179 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE (BY $583 MILLION OR NINE PER CENT).

DECREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WERE MOSTLY OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY Si 631 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT)5 NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $511 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY 5469 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR INORGANIC CHEMICALS (BY $364 MILLION OR 264 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $197 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT).

MEANWHILE, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN CF TEXTILES (BY $1 326 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT) AS WELL AS MACHINERY SPECIALISED FOR PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES (BY $474 MILLION OR 209 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR IMPORTS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $23 MILLION OR SEVEN PER CENT).

AS FOR IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $833 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $352 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT). HOWEVER, AN INCREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $49 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA INCREASED BY 76 PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY $2 909 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $2 455 MILLION OR 111 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $2 184 MILLION OR 126 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN MANUFACTURED FERTILIZERS (BY $111 MILLION OR 57 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $100 MILLION CP 25 PER CENT).

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INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S. WERE MOSTLY OF MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS AS WELL AS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND PARTS AND ACCESSORIES THEREOF) (BY 31 008 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY 8600 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS (BY $406 MILLION OR 58 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $151 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $61 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN WERE RECORDED IN NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $330 MILLION OR 331 PER CENT); TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $122 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT) AS WELL AS FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND PREPARATIONS THEREOF (BY $112 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $55 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT) AND NON-METALLIC MINERAu MANUFACTURES (BY $51 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRICaL '■aCHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY 3519 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $114 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT). RE-EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FELL (BY $267 MILLION OR 35 PER CENT), ao DID PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $58 MILLION OR EIGHT PER CENT).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN OF NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $183 MILLION OR 109 PER CENT) AND FOR RE-EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $143 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE NOVEMBER 1985 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KUNG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY* WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT wEEK AT THE GOVERNMENT -uEL ICAT ICMS CENTRE AT $5 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, '.OiiG EXTERi A E*,

WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND .-_a.----- ■ T- i . NOVEMBER 1985 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EAf_v FEBRUARY l->8c a" GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT S13 PER C:='.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT SUBSCRIPTIONS TD THESE REPORTS AND ON TRADE STATISTICS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE IL'3RMATION --rev C $ DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE H'JSE, HONG KONG (TEL.: 5-^1*305) AND ThE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL.: '-‘e,.- ;).


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Table 1 : Domestic exports by ten maj or markets

Jan.-Nov. Jan.-Nov. Increase!*)/ Percentage

1985 1984 Decrease(-) change

Major market ($ Mn) ($ Mn) ($ Mn) (%)

U.S.A. 52,566 56,933 -4,368 - 8

China 13,886 9,836 +4,050 +41

U.K. 9 7,550 9,480 -1,930 -20

F.K. of Germany • 6,908 8,450 -1,542 -18

Japan 4,126 4,765 - 638 -13

Canada 3,938 4,103 - 165 - 4

Australia 3,065 3,522 - 457 -13

Singapore 2,046 2,41’9 - 373 -15

Netherlands 1,815 2,152 - 338 -16

France 1,609 1,787 - 179 -10

Table 2

; Domestic exports by major commodity division

Commodi ty division Jan.-Nov. 1985 ($ Mn) Jan.-Nov. 1984 ($ Mn) Increase(+)/ Decrease(-) ($Mn) Percentage change (2)

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 39,884 42,372 -2,488 - 6

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly baby carriages, toys, games and sporting goods) 19,147 20,206 -1,059 - 5

Photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks 9,934 9,578 + 355 + 4

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof 9,256 10,594 -1,338 -13

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 8,242 10,120 -1,878 -19

Textile yarn, fabrics, made-up articles and related products 6,979 7,944 - 965 -12

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Table 3 : Imports hue ten major sources

Major source Jan.-Nov. 1985 ($ Mn) Jan .-Nov. 1984 ($ Mn) Increase(+)/ Decrease(-) ($ Mn) Percentage change (%)

China 52,271 50,636 +1,635 + 3

Japan 48,847 47,386 +1,460 + 3

U.S.A. 20,144 22,080 -1,936 - 9

Taiwan 19,050 15,562 +3,488 +22

Singapore 10,116 11,203 -1,087 -10

Republic of Korea 7,597 6,466 +1,131 + 17

U.K. 7,586 7,991 - 406 - 5

E.R. ot Germany 6,039 4,969 +1,070 +22

Swi tzerland 3,245 3,047 + 198 + 6

Italy 3,217 2,724 + 493 + 18

Table 4 : Imports by major commodity division

Commodity division Textile yarn, fabrics, made-up articles and related products Jan.-Nov 1985 ($ Mn) . Jan.-Nov. 1984 ($ Mn) Increase(+)/ Decrease(-) ($ Mn) _ Percentage change (7.)

29,889 29,875 + 14 + *

electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof • 17,657 20,671 -3,014 -15

Photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks 12,316 10,765 + 1 ,551 + 14

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 11,659 10,512 +1,147 + 11

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 11,133 9,185 + 1 ,948 +21

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly baby carriages, toys, games sporting goods) 10,26 r»,8b9 • 1 ,374 + 15

* Less than 'i.51

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Table 5 : Re-exports by ten major markets

Major market China Jan.-Nov• 1985 ($ Mn) Jan.-Nov. 1984 ($ Mn) Increase(+)/ De^rease(-) ($ Mn) _ Percentage change w

42,157 23,920 +18,237 + 76

U.S.A. 13,305 11,044 + 2,261 + 20

Jsuan 4,973 4,136 + 837 + 20

Taiwan * 3,980 4,477 497 - 11

Singapore 3,945 4,185 240 - 6

Republic ot Korea 3,471 3,177 + 294 + 9

Macau 2,354 2,113 + 241 + 11

[nd»M'*>sia 2,120 3,380 - 1,260 - 37

Philippines 1,374 1,336 + 38 + 3

F.R. of Germany 1,337 965 + 372 + 39

’.ra-'ie 6 : Re-exports by major commodity division

o'-iiro’?' ty . iv ision Jan.-Nov. 1985 ($ Mn) Jan.-Nov. 1984 ($ Mn) lncrease(+) ($ Mn) Percentage change (X)

’’extilt* yarn, fabrics, made-up articles and related products 14,402 11 ,401 +3,001 + 26

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof 8,333 7,549 + 784 + 10

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 6,873 5,684 +1,189 + 21

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly baby carriages, toys, games and sporting goods) 6,690 4,841 +1,849 + 38

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 6,527 3,741 +2,786 + 74

Photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks 5,115 4,617 + 497 ■t- 11

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SEPTEMBER NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES PUBLISHED

* * * * *

THE OVERALL NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR SEPTEMBER 1985, AT 127.8, INCREASED BY 6.1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1984 AND BY 0.9 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1985, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE SEPTEMBER 1985 AND SEPTEMBER 1984 INDEXES SHOWS THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 6.0 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 4.5 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 9.7 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 8.2 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 7.3 PER CENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE SEPTEMBER 1985 AND JUNE 1985 INDEXES SHOWS THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 0.6 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 0.7 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 2.0 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 0.3 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 1.8 PER CENT.

THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 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 99.4 IN SEPTEMBER 1985, WAS 2.3 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER 1984 BUT 1.0 PER CENT LOWER THAN IN JUNE 1985.

FROM SEPTEMBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 2.1 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 0.6 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 5.7 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 4.3 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 3.4 PER CENT.

COMPARING SEPTEMBER 1985 WITH JUNE 1985, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR BOTH THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORTEXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR DECREASED BY 1.3 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 1.6 PER CENT AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 0.1 PER CENT WHILE THAT FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY 0.2 PER CENT.

THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 1984 TO SETPEMBER 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 OF 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 DI REC’ 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 OF THE LABOUR FORCE.

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AS A RESULT, MOVEMENTS IN WAGE RATES DO NOT NECESSARILY CONFORM WITH THOSE IN PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED.

THE SURVEY FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE REPORT OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS STATISTICS VOL. 1, SEPTEMBER 1985 WHICH WILL BE ON SALE SHORTLY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

VOLUME 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 FEBRUARY.

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 INDEXES (MARCH 1982 - 100)

DEC 1984 MAR 1985 JUN 1985 SEPT 1985

SECTORS SEPT 1984

MANUFACTURING 120.3 120.8 124.6 126.7 127.5

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, 1MPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 115.6 117.1 120.2 120.0 120.8

TRANSPORT SERVICES 132.6 132.6 138.4 142.5 145.4

BUSINESS SERVICES 120.4 121.1 126.1 129.9 130.3

PERSONAL SERVICES 116.1 116.8 120.6 122.4 124.6

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 120.4 121.1 124.9 126.7 127.8

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TABLE 2 : NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR

INDUSTRY 1NDEXES (MARCH 1982 - 100)

SEPT 1984 DEC 1984 MAR 1985 JUN 1985 SEPT 1985

GARMENTS 115.4 116.5 119.5 120.6 120.6

GLOVES 130.2 131.1 133.9 135.7 138.3

HANDBAGS 115.6 116.3 119.0 121.4 123.0

COTTON SPI NN ING/WEAVI NG 120.3 120.5 125.5 128.4 128.8

KNITTING 123.7 124.0 126.7 130.1 129.9

BLEACHING AND DYEING 121.2 121.8 126.3 132.0 133.1

PRINTING 123.4 123.5 126.1 132.0 133.4

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 123.3 122.9 125.6 128.0 127.7

METAL PRODUCTS 121.1 123.3 125.8 128.3 130.1

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 129.4 128.2 135.0 136.0 137.3

ELECTRONICS 123.9 124.1 127.7 130.0 132.1

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 124.6 124.6 130.3 132.6 134.6

MANUFACTURING 120.3 120.8 124.6 126.7 127.5

TABLE 3 • REAL WAGE SECTORS INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS ECONOMIC SEPT 1984 1NDEXES DEC 1984 (MARCH MAR 1935 1982 « 100) JUN SEPT 1985 1935

MANUFACTUR1NG 97.1 97.7 99.1 100.4 9'. 1

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WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 93.3 94.6 95.5 95.1 93.9

TRANSPORT SERVICES 107.0 107.2 110.0 112.9 113.1

BUSINESS SERVICES 97.2 97.9 100.3 103.0 101.4

PERSONAL SERVICES 93.7 94.5 95.9 97.0 96.9

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 97.2 97.9 99.3 100.4 99.4

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FLAT SALES REACH ALL-TIME HIGH * * * * *

THE NUMBER OF SALE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS REGISTERED LAST YEAR ROSE TO AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 54 405, AN INCREASE OF 81.6 PER CENT OVER THE FIGURE FOR 1984, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

DURING 1985, 73 791 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS WERE REGISTERED, COMPARED WITH 52 358 IN 1984.

OF THESE, A TOTAL OF 8 398 ASSIGNMENTS WERE COMPLETED BY HIS DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, COMPARED WITH 9 932 IN 1984.

THE TOTAL VALUE OF CONSIDERATIONS IN ASSIGNMENT OF FLATS INCREASED BY 39.9 PER CENT FROM $22,379 BILLION TO $31,309 BILL ION.

THERE WERE 594 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS, 42.1 PER CENT MORE THAN IN 1984. THE TOTAL VALUE OF CONSIDERATIONS IN ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS INCREASED BY 218.3 PER CENT FROM $2,174 BILLION IN 1984 TO $6,920 BILLION LAST YEAR.

FIFTY-TWO BUILDING MORTGAGES AND 64 602 OTHER MORTGAGES WERE REGISTERED, UP FROM 46 AND 43 857 RESPECTIVELY IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER BUILDING MORTGAGES REGISTERED DURING THE YEAR ROSE BY 24?.e PER CENT, FROM $0,286 BILLION TO $0,974 BILLION.

THE AMOUNT SECURED UNDER MORTGAGES OTHER THAN BUILD ING MORTGAGES ALSO ROSE BY 63.7 PER CENT, FROM #15.363 BILLION TO $25,148 BILL ION.

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REPAYMENTS UNDER MORTGAGES OF ALL KINDS, AS EVIDENCED BY REASSIGNMENTS AND CERTIFICATES OF SATISFACTION, WERE UP BY 55.PER CENT, FROM $14,586 BILLION IN 1984 TO $22,735 BILLION IN 1985.

SEARCHES IN THE LAND OFFICE BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC REACHED AN ALL-TIME HIGH OF 1 010 291 UP BY 41.4 PER CENT.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES MR GLEESON SAID THEY REFLECTED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF ACTIVITY IN THE PROPERTY MARKET.

HE ATTRIBUTED THIS TO THE RETURN OF CONFIDENCE FOLLOWING UPON THE SIGNING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION IN DECEMBER 1984 WHICH HAD THE EFFECT OF RELEASING A PENT UP DEMAND FOR PROPERTY OF ALL TYPES PARTICULARLY RESIDENTIAL FLATS.

IN ADDITION, PROPERTY PRICES AND LENDING RATES WERE AT A LEVEL WHICH A MUCH GREATER NUMBER OF PEOPLE COULD AFFORD THAN PREVIOUSLY.

+THIS LEVEL OF ACTIVITY SHOWED NO DECREASE TOWARDS THE END OF 1985 AND WAS LIKELY TO CONTINUE INTO 1986,+ MR GLEESON SAID.

+HOWEVER, THERE WAS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE SPECULATION FROM WHICH THE MARKET HAD SUFFERED IN THE PAST, PARTICULARLY IN RESIDENTIAL FLATS, WAS RETURNING,* HE ADDED.

MR GLEESON SAID THAT AN INTERESTING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INDICATOR WAS THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED PROPERTY OWNERS IN HONG KONG NOW STOOD AT 827 077, AN INCREASE OF 74 062 OR 9.8 PER CENT OVER THE FIGURE AT THE END OF 1984 WHICH ITSELF WAS AN INCREASE OF 7.2 PER CENT OVER 1983.

THE NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT LAND GRANTS AND MODIFICATIONS CF GOVERNMENT LEASE CONDITIONS COMPLETED LAST YEAR INCREASED FROM 226 IN 1984 TO 273, WHILE THE TOTAL PREMIUM INVOLVED ROSE BY 51.6 PER CENT FROM $2,998 BILLION TO $4,546 BILLION.

SIGNIFICANT GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED DURING THE YEAR, INCLUDING THOSE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE INTRODUCTION CF THE 50 HECTARE LIMIT BY ANNEX I I I TO THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE 27TH MAY, INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING:

(1) THE GRANT OF A 62.202-dECTARE SITE AT u - ■ ISLAND TO THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED AT » PREMIUM OF $66 130 300 FOR THE PURPOSES CF AN ELECTRICITY GENERATING STATION.

(2) THE SALE BY PUBLIC TENDER OF A 2.443-riE STARE SITE AT CANTON ROAD TO MILLION SUCCESS LIMl’bu AT ■ PREMIUM OF $389 900 TOO FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL PURPOSE-INCLUDING A REQUIREMENT TO CONSTRUCT rtONG -CHINA FERRY TERMINAL TO BE HANDtD OVcP TU GOVERNi*i£ ON COMPLETION.

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(3) THE SALE BY PUBLIC TENDER OF A 7.292-HECTARE SITE IN AREA 75, SHA TIN TO WILLOWGARTH COMPANY LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $300 300 300 FOR DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP (PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION) SCHEME.

(4) THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION OF A 1.069-HECTARE SITE AT QUEENSWAY TO KORNHILL DEVELOPMENT LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $703 000 000 FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL PURPOSES.

(5) THE GRANT OF A 11.448-HECTARE SITE AT YAU YAT CHUEN TO CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG AT NIL PREMIUM FOR THE PURPOSES OF A POLYTECHNIC.

(6) THE GRANT OF A 6.663-HECTARE SITE AT TSING Yl AT NIL PREMIUM TO THE HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

(7) THE GRANT OF A 69.391-HECTARE SITE AT TAP SHEK KOK, TUEN MUN, TO KOWLOON ELECTRICITY SUPPLY COMPANY LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $89 552 000 FOR THE PURPOSES OF AN ELECTRICITY GENERATING STATION AND BULK OIL, COAL AND PULVERISED FLY ASH STORAGE.

(8) THE GRANT OF A 2.434-HECTARE SITE AT CHEUNG SHA WAN TO CHINA RESOURCES (HOLDINGS) COMPANY LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $64 000 000 FOR THE PURPOSES OF A CARGO HANDLING PIER AND GODOWN FACILITIES.

(9) THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION OF A 0.6449-HECTARE SITE AT CANTON ROAD TO SC ILLA LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $636 000 000 FOR NON-INDUSTR I AL PURPOSES.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, SURRENDERS AND RESUMPTIONS OF LAND DROPPED BY 30.3 PER CENT FROM 188 TO 131, WITH THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION DECREASING BY 66.1 PER CENT FROM $148.5 MILLION TO $50.3 MILLION.

MR GLEESON SAID THE LAND OFFICE IN CENTRAL WOULD MOVE TO THE NEW GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN QUEENSWAY IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1986.

+AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THEREAFTER COMPUTERISATION OF LAND OFFICE RECORDS WOULD COMMENCE AND FULL CONVERSION IS EXPECTtv TO BE COMPLETED DURING THE SECOND HALF OF 1988,+ 1 SAID.

OF THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES, FIVE HAVE NOW BEEN TAKEN OVER ~Y THE REGISTRAR G-NERAL’S_ DEPARTMENT. IT IS INTENDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT w, ILL TAKt OVER THE REMAINDER BY STAGES, MR GLEESON SAID.

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INCREASE OF LEGAL * * *

AID LIMIT SOUGHT * *

APPROVAL WILL BE SOUGHT FROM (WEDNESDAY) TO ENABLE MORE PEOPLE

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW TO BENEFIT FROM LEGAL AID.

FOR THIS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL MOVE A MOTION TO AMEND THE LEGAL AID ORDINANCE SO AS TO INCREASE THE LIMIT OF DISPOSABLE INCOME FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR LEGAL TO $2 200 PER MONTH.

AID FROM $1 500

OTHER MAIN BUSINESS AT THE MEETING TOMORROW WILL BE REPLIES TO 10 QUESTIONS BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, DEALING WITH SUCH MATTERS AS TRAFFIC FLOW CONDITIONS IN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, THE PROPOSED CLOSURE OF THE HONG KONG STUDENTS CENTRE IN LONDON, THE EXCHANGE FUND AND ANNUAL INSPECTION OF GOODS VEHICLES.

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MORE TO BENEFIT FROM LEGAL AID

X 2 X X

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS GIVEN ITS APPROVAL FOR THE RAISING OF THE ELIGIBILITY LIMIT ON DISPOSABLE INCOME FROM $1 500 PER MONTH TO $2 200 PER MONTH.

THE CAPITAL LIMIT AND ALLOWANCES WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

THE CONTRIBUTIONS BY AIDED PERSONS TOWARDS THE COST OF PROCEEDINGS WILL BE SIMPLIFIED AND PERSONS HAVING A DISPOSABLE INCOME OF $1 100 OR LESS PER MONTH WILL RECEIVE FREE LEGAL AID.

THE AMENDMENT TO THE ORDINANCE WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE NEW LIMIT WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 31, 1986 WHEN THE CHANGES WILL APPEAR IN THE GAZETTE.

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UC STAND ON HAWKER PROBLEM STRESSED K * 4 * ¥■ *

THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE WORKING PARTY ON HAWKERS MRS ELSIE TU, TODAY DISMISSED AS +INCORRECT AND A ’ MI SUNDERSTAND ING+ ANY IMPRESSION THAT THE WORKING RARTY aAs oPcUeSoVN T0 DISTR,CT BOARDS THE MANAGEMENT^AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF HAwKERS.

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MRS TU EMPHASISED THIS DURING A BRIEFING OF MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD ON VARIOUS PROPOSALS IN THE WORKING PARTY’S REPORT.

♦THE REPORT IS A CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT AND WE WOULD LIKE TO SEEK THE DISTRICT BOARDS’ ADVICE ON THE HAWKER ISSUE IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS,+ SHE SAID.

+WE NEED THE CO-OPERATION OF DISTRICT BOARDS FOR EXAMPLE, SINCE HAWKERS CREATE ENVIRONMENTAL AND OTHER PROBLEMS WE WOULD LIKE DISTRICT BOARDS TO ADVISE US ON WHICH BLACK-SPOTS SHOULD BE DEALT WITH.*

CONCERNING THE PROPOSED SETTING UP OF ADVISORY SUB-COMMITTEES, MRS TU SAID SUCH A PROPOSAL WAS ENTIRELY UP TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS THEMSELVES.

+WE ARE NOT SETTING DOWN ANY RULES ABOUT THIS,+ SHE SAID.

MRS TU SAID THAT ABOUT A YEAR AGO THE WORKING PARTY HAD CONDUCTED PRELIMINARY CONSULTATIONS WITH ALL DISTRICT BOARDS AND HAWKERS’ ASSOCIATIONS.

+WE HAVE ALSO DONE THIS WITH MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. THEY HAVE EXPRESSED INTEREST, AND HAVE PROMISED TO GIVE CO-OPERATION WHEREVER POSSIBLE,+ SHE SAID.

+MOREOVER, INFORMAL CONTACTS HAVE BEEN MADE WITH THE JUDICIARY ON THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE HAWKER ISSUE. I HAVE PERSONALLY TALKED TO SOME MAGISTRATES, AND I AM QUITE SURE THAT SHOULD THE WORKING PARTY’S PROPOSALS BE PUT INTO FORCE, THE JUDICIARY WILL GIVE ITS CO-OPERATION.*

ALSO TAKING PART IN TODAY’S BRIEFING WERE WORKING PARTY MEMBERS MESSRS LEE CHIK-YUET, WALTER SULKE AND STEPHEN LAU, AS WELL AS THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR A.K. CHUI, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (HAWKERS), MR OWEN BROADLEY.

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LUNAR YEAR-END CLEAN-UP OPERATION PLANNED * * * *

TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASE OF REFUSE IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS' BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL STEP UP ITS REFUSE COLLECTION SERVICE FROM FEBRUARY 3.

DISCLOSING THIS AT A MEETING TODAY (TUESDAY) OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE), MR LI TIN-MING, SAID THAT BASED ON PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE, DISPOSAL OF REFUSE AND JUNK WILL START TO RISE ABOUT SIX DAYS BEFORE LUNAR NEw YEAR’S DAY ON FEBRUARY 9.

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+IT WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE UNTIL NEW YEAR’S EVE WHEN IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE YIELD WILL EE IN THE REGION OF 2 Q5O TONNES, ALMOST DOUBLE THE AVERAGE DAILY YIELD OF 1 050 TONNES,+ MR LI SAID.

THE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE ADDITIONAL YIELD WILL INCLUDE VISITS BY DISTRICT HEALTH INSPECTORS TO THE COMMON PARTS OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS TO CHECK ON THE ACCUMULATION CF REFUSE AND JUNK, EXTENDED WORKING HOURS FOR CLEANSING STAFF AND REFUSE REMOVAL VEHICLES TO PROVIDE MORE INTENSIVE REFUSE CLEARANCE SERVICE, SETTING UP OF TEMPORARY JUNK COLLECTION POINTS, PUBLICITY CF THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION AND OTHER MEASURES, MR LI SAID.

ON THE RSD PILOT SCHEME TO CUT DOWN THE COSTS OF ITS CLEANSING SERVICES AND TO CONTAIN THE GROWTH OF ITS CLEANSING STAFF, ESTIMATED TO REACH $220 MILLION AND 3 610 STAFF IN THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1986-87, MR LI REPORTED THE ONE-YEAR CLEANSING CONTRACT FOR SHEK WU HUI AWARDED ON NOVEMBER 1, 1984 AT A COST OF $583 200 HAS BROUGHT A SAVING OF SOME 40 PER CENT TO THE DEPARTMENT.

A NEW CLEANSING CONTRACT TO SERVICE SHEK WU HUI WAS AaARDlJ AT A COST OF $691 800. IT CAME INTO EFFECT ON NOVEMBER 1 TO St, .JJ-THE AREA BOUNDED BY LUNG SUM ROAD, JOCKEY CLUB AND SAN FUNG AVc-.J-.

+ IN ADDITION, THE RSD IS CONSIDERING CONTRACTING OUT Sl» IL v'. SERVICES FOR THE TOWNSHIP O’7 LUEN wO HUI AT FANlING aND THt CONTRACTING OUT OF DESLUDGING SERVICES IN THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT, -r HE ADDED.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE LATER SUPPORTED IN PRINCIPLE A PROPOSAL TO TRANSFER, IN FUTURE, THE CONTROL Oc NOISE NUISANC- -r.DM VENTILATING SYSTEMS UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES ORDINANCE, CAP. 132, TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.

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BUS TOUR TO LAUNCH ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT * * * *

TwO wEEKS OF INTENSE PUBLICITY ON ROAD SAFET wiLL BE LAUNCHED IN KOwLOON CITY DISTRICT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TC ENHANCE AN AWARENESS AMONG PEDESTRIANS AND MOTORIST- V WHEN USING THE ROAD.

A PUBLICITY BUS, DECORATED WITH BANNERS AND EOUiPPEd LOUDSPEAKERS, WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT TOMORROW TO LAUi.C14 Tn:. ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT.

ROAD SAFETY AMBASSADORS REPRESENTATIVES OF 7-it . LC. CITY DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT ORGANISING COMMITTEE L BE ON HAND TC DISTRIBUTE SOUVENIRS TO PASSERS-EY.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1986

THE BUS WILL BE TOURING THE DISTRICT DAILY STOPPING AT VARIOUS TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF RESIDENTS TO ROAD SAFETY RULES.

TOMORROW’S TOUR WILL START AFTER AN OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT AT 8.20 AM IN THE TANG KING PO SCHOOL, TIN KWONG ROAD.

THE ASSISTANT KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR TOMMY YUEN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR MAK KING-LUN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

THE EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT OPENING CEREMONY AT 8.20 AM. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD BY 11 AM IF THEY WISHED TO JOIN THE BUS TOUR.

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TAI PO ROAD SECTION TO BE IMPROVED

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A SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN SHA TIN AND THE TAI WO PING INTERCHANGE IS TO BE IMPROVED TO ENHANCE TRAFFIC FLOW.

THE SECTION OF SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY, TWO-LANE RURAL ROAD LINKS THE NORTHWEST URBAN AREAS OF KOWLOON AND SHA TIN.

IT HAS STEEP GRADIENTS AND MANY TIGHT CURVES.

THE ROAD IS FREQUENTLY CONGESTED DUE TO THE LARGE VOLUME OF VISITORS TO LION ROCK COUNTRY PARK IN WHICH IT IS PARTLY LOCATED.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE PROJECT WHICH INCLUDES PROVIDING BETTER PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES AND STABILISING SOME EXISTING CUT SLOPES.

THE SCHEME WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN TWO STAGES. THE FIRST INVOLVES IMPROVING THREE SECTIONS OF ROAD ABOUT TwO \IL0METRE5 LONG BETWEEN THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT EXPLOSIVES DEPOT AND LOWEf SHING MUN ROAD. IT WILL ALSO BE WIDENED.

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OTHER IMPROVEMENTS WILL INCLUDE PROVIDING A CLIMBING LANE CR PASSING BAYS ON STEEPER GRADES, REALIGNMENT OF SECTIONS OF ROAD ON SHARP CURVES, PROVISION OF FOOTPATHS, CAR PARKING AREAS, BUS LAYBYS AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES, AND LANDSCAP ING.

THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL REQUIRE CUT SLOPE WORK AS WELL AS CONSTRUCTION OF EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES ALONG THE ROAD.

DUE TO THE STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF THE ROAD, WORK WILL BE PLANNED SO AS TO MAINTAIN TWO-WAY TRAFFIC DURING CONSTRUCTION, ALTHOUGH SOME ONE-WAY WORKING WILL BE NECESSARY AT NIGHT.

CONSTRUCTION WORK FOR STAGE ONE IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND TAKE ABOUT 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED ON BEHALF OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT BY HARRIS AND SUTHERLAND (FAR EAST) CONSULTING ENGINEERS.

TEMPORARY HK-CHINA FERRY TERMINAL SET UP

* * * #

THE FORMER MACAU FERRY TERMINAL IN CENTRAL WILL BE USED AS A TEMPORARY HONG KONG-CHINA FERRY TERMINAL FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO EASE THE PRESSURE AND HEAVY WORKLOAD ON THE EXISTING TAI KOK TSUI FERRY TERMINAL.

INITIALLY, 18 SMALL CRAFTS PLYING BETWEEN HONG KONG AND JIANGMEN, SHEKOU, ZHONGSHAN AND ZHUHAI, WILL BE USING THE NEW FACILITY BETWEEN THE OPERATIONAL HOURS OF 7 AM AND 8 PM DAILY.

AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ONLY

10 OFFICERS, OPERATING ON TWO SHIFTS COULD BE PROVIDED TO WORK AT THE TERMINAL.

+THIS IS INSUFFICIENT FOR THE MAXIMUM DAILY PASSENGER CAPACITY IS ABOUT 7 200. PROBLEMS MAY ARISE FROM THE INEVITABLE CROWDING OF PASSENGERS DURING WEEKENDS AND LONG HOLIDAYS.

+THE SITUATION WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED AND THE STAFFING SITUATION KEPT UNDER REVIEW,+ HE SAID.

+HOPEFULLY, WE SHALL SEE AN IMPROVEMENT WHEN THE NEW CHINA FERRY TERMINAL IN CANTON ROAD IS COMPLETED IN 1987,+ HE ADDED.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD AN AUCTION OF \ CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 18) AT 1( THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL. 35 SPECIAL 3 AM IN

THEY ARE:

DG388 HK2286 AC625 BB1689 DH22

DG822 DE6688 DG3088 1312 AW801

BK3 AT289 DH728 AA988 DH208

AB2923 DG8088 DE7788 AX289 DG27

AT625 DF2 AX786 AL36 DH103

CC6 DG3566 AL1689 DH286 DG8233

BL8317 AL 138 2263 DH112 DH886

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY 1 AFTER THE BIDDING. N CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN CF THE AUCTION. THAT THE A VEHICLE 12 MONTHS

PROCEEDS LOTTERIES FUND OF THE i. AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 102ND DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973. ORGANISED BY THE

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PROBLEMS OF TAI PO MARICULTURISTS STUDIED

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REFLECTING CONCERN ABOUT HARDSHIPS FACED BY MAR ICULTURI STS IN TAI PO, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN, TOGETHER WITH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND RURAL LEADERS, RECENTLY CONDUCTED SITE VISITS TO FISH-BREEDING AREAS TO LOOK INTO THE PROBLEM.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES FISHERMEN FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION, MR SO MOON-CHEUNG, THE PARTY TOURED YUNG SHUE AU, YIM TIN TSAI AND SHAM WAN.

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THE PARTY LEARNED THAT MAR ICULTUR I STS SUFFERED SERIOUS LOSSES WHEN HUNDREDS OF TONS OF FISH DIED IN YUNG SHUE AU AT THE END OF LAST MONTH, AND ABOUT 40 MARICULTURI STS MOVED TO YIM TIN TSAI WHERE IT WAS FOUND THAT FISH BREED WELL THERE.

AT SHAM WAN MARICULTURISTS BELIEVED THE AREA WAS THE BEST PLACE FOR FISH BREEDING AND HOPED THE AUTHORITIES WOULD EXTEND THE EXISTING BOUNDARY.

DURING THE VISIT, MR CHAN AFFIRMED THAT HE WOULD TRY HIS BEST TO ASSIST THEM SOLVE, THEIR PROBLEM.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR HO YUNG-SANG, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE, MR LAM PAK-PING AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, MR TANG PUl-TAT, MR CHAN KOON-YAU AND NR CHEUNG HOK-MING ALSO TOOK PART IN THE VISIT.

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RENNIE’S MILL CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN STARTS

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MAINTAINING A CLEAN LIVING ENVIRONMENT IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP FOR US IN CONTRIBUTING AND SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY, SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) AT THE OPENING OF THE RENNIE’S MILL CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN.

RENNIE’S MILL HAD LONG BEEN AN ENVIRONMENTAL BLACKSPOT BECAUSE OF THE ACCUMULATED REFUSE CAUSED BY INDISCRIMINATE DUMPING, HE SAID.

+ALTHOUGH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND VARIOUS OTHER DEPARTMENTS ARE TRYING THEIR BEST TO CLEAR AWAY ACCUMULATED RUBBISH AND TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE DISTRICT, CO-OPERATION FROM RESIDENTS IS A MORE IMPORTANT FACTOR TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM,* HE SAID.

MR HO POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN THEME OF THE CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN WAS TO MOTIVATE RESIDENTS’ PARTICIPATION IN THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION AND TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IN FUTURE.

+l BELIEVE THAT RESIDENTS COULD LEARN, THROUGH THIS TWO-WEEK CAMPAIGN, THE ADVANTAGE OF A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND WOULD PUT HIGH VALUE ON A MORE PLEASANT LIVING CONDITION,* HE ADDED.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY HELD IN RENNIE’S MILL MIDDLE SCHOOL, MR HO URGED RESIDENTS TO BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN OTHER COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

+NOMINATIONS FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS WILL CLOSE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, AND I HOPE CAPABLE PERSONS WILL USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY BY STANDING AS CANDIDATES,* HE SAID.

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HE ALSO REMINDED VOTERS ELECTION DAY ON MARCH 6.

TO TURN UP AT THE POLLS DURING

EXTRA WORKERS ACCUMULATED AT THE HOUS ING DEPARTMANT

HAVE BEEN RECRUITED TO CLEAN UP RUBBISH SEA FRONT OF RENNIE’S MILL ALONG WITH REGULAR CLEAN-UP TEAMS DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

STUDENT CLEAN-UP TEAMS HAVE ALSO BEEN ORGANISED TO CLEAN UP THE DISTR ICT.

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MULTI-PURPOSE BUILDING FOR APPROACH BEACH

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A TwO-STOREY BUILDING IS TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT APPROACH BEACH, TSUEN WAN, TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES.

THESE WILL INCLUDE CHANGING, SHOWER AND TOILET FACILITIES, AN OFFICE, A STOREROOM AND A POLICE REPORTING CENTRE.

THE ROOFTOP OF THE BUILDING WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A REFRESHMENT KIOSK.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH AND BE COMPLETED NEXT JANUARY.

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH ARE TO BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON JANUARY 31.

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STORAGE SITE FOR LEASE * * * *

A 5 351-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT FO TAN, SHA TIN, IS BEING OFFERED ON SHORT TERM TENANCY BY THE LANDS DEPARTMENT.

IT IS TO BE USED FOR THE OPEN STORAGE OF PLANT, MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING CONTAINERS.

THE TENANCY OF THE SITE WILL BE FOR THREE YEARS INITIALLY, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTING TENDERS IS NOON ON JANUARY 24.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SHA TIN} THE LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 19TH FLOOR, 253 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

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I - 24 -f. EXHIBITION ON LANGUAGE TEACHING X * X X

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION WILL HOLD AN END-OF-COURSE EXHIBITION OF WORK BY PARTICIPANTS OF THE REFRESHER COURSES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL LANGUAGE TEACHERS AND PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH FROM THIS SATURDAY (JANUARY 18).

TEACHERS ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION WHICH WILL INCLUDE PROTOTYPE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, TEACHING AIDS AND PROJECTS DESIGNED AND PRODUCED BY THE COURSE PARTICIPANTS.

THE DISPLAY WILL BE HELD EDUCATION, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL STREET, MONG KOK, ON SATURDAY WEEK DURING OFFICE HOURS.

AT THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN CENTRE, 21ST FLOOR, 56 DUNDAS AND FROM MONDAY TO THURSDAY NEXT

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THE URBAN COUNCIL’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MR WALTER SULKE, WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING FOR 1986 TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER FOUR PAPERS, INCLUDING THE FUNDING FOR THE CAMPAIGN, THE 1986 CLEAN SCHOOL COMPETITION, THE SCOUT WALKATHON AND FUN FAIR DAY, AND THE PROGRESS REPORT ON THE CAMPAIGN’S ACTIVITIES.

THE MEETING, WHICH WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, WILL START AT 4.30 PM AT ROOM 2, FOURTH FLOOR, URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT EDINBURGH PLACE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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LUNCHEON SPEECH * * *

THE COMMISSIONER WILL BE SPEAKING AT A

THURSDAY (JANUARY 16)

WORLD HOTEL IN SALISBURY ROAD

OF RATING AND VALUATION, MR GORDON BLENKINSOP LUNCHEON MEETING ON GENERAL REVALUATION ON AT THE FOUR SEASONS RESTAURANT OF THE NEW

TSIM SHA TSUI

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER MR BLENK INSOP’S SPEECH AT ABOUT 1.30 PM.

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NORTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE TO MEET * * * *

THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL BE MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE ORGANISATION OF CULTURAL, RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL ALSO LOOK INTO RECENTLY-OPENED SPORTS FACILITIES - THE CHEUNG WAH SPORTS CENTRE IN FANLING AND THE KWU TUNG GRASS SOCCER PITCH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 2.30 PM IN THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBER, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, SECOND 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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FLYOVER CLOSED, RESTRICTED ZONES SET UP * * *

ROAD ROAD FROM

TONG

ROAD WESTBOUND AND CLEAR WATER BAY _________________________TO TRAFFIC FROM 7.30 PM TO 5.30 AM FRIDAY (JANUARY 17) TO JANUARY 30 TO FACILITATE REPAIR aORK^.

THE FLYOVER AT CHOI HUNG WESTBOUND TO LUNG CHEUNG

EASTBOUND WILL BE CLOSED

INTERCHANGE LEADING FROM KWUN

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED:

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* VEHICLES ON KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE FLYOVER AT CHOI HUNG INTERCHANGE LEADING FROM KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND TO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND.

* VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTBOUND AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WESTBOUND, SLIP ROAD, FLYOVER LINKING PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND CONCORDE ROAD, AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST EASTBOUND.

KMB ROUTES NO. 3D, 11C, 38, 74A, 74X, 80, 89, 89A AND 89B OPERATING ON KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND AND CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WESTBOUND, SLIP ROAD, FLYOVER LINKING PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST AND CONCORDE ROAD, AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST EASTBOUND THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 17), THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF HING FONG ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY:

* HING FONG ROAD SECTION FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KWAI FUK ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WING FONG ROAD;

* HING FONG ROAD SECTION FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WO HAU ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 210 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

X HING FONG ROAD SECTION FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KWAI FUK ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 90 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* HING FONG ROAD SECTION FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WO HAU ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 110 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH KWAI FUK ROAD.

NO PUBLIC LIGHT BUS WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS wITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1>86

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CENTRAL, wAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES

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A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN EFFECT IN CENTRAL AND wAN CHAI FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 17).

THESE ARE:

* THE SERVICE ROAD OF MURRAY BUILDING w ILL BE MADE A 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY DAILY WITHIN WHICH NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

* PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE ACCESS ROAD TO WAN CHAI FERRY PIER CONCOURSE wEST OF TONNOCHY ROAD 24 HOURS DAILY.

* THE TEMPORARY WAN CHAI FERRY BUS TERMINUS WILL BE MADE A 24-HOUR PROHIBITED ZONE DAILY. NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE TERMINUS.

TSIM SHA TSUI TRAFFIC CHANGES

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THE AUSTIN AVENUE SECTION BETWEEN CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH AND KIMBERLEY ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE WAY WESTBOUND FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 17) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW ON NORTHBOUND CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH.

MOTORISTS WISHING TO GAIN ACCESS TO CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH FROM KIMBERLEY ROAD SHOULD DIVERT TO CHATHAM COURT.

FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON JANUARY 17, CHEUNG WONG ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE DELIVERY OF TRANSFORMER BY THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY.

TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC CHANGES

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TAI CHUNG ROAD IN TSUEN WAN w ILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR LOCAL ACCESS FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 16) TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORKS AT CHUNG HANG NULLAH.

PAK TIN PAR STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH SHA TSUI ROAD AND ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI CHUNG ROAD ..ILL BE CONVERTED FROM ONE-wAY TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING;

LEGCO TO BE INFORMED IMMEDIATELY ON UK RESPONSE........... 1

LEGAL AID INCOME LIMIT RAISED ............................ 1

NUMBER OF FUTURE ELIGIBLE ELECTORS ESTIMATED.............. 2

POINTS ON EXCHANGE FUND CLARIFIED ........................ 3

NEJ TDC FUNDING TO BENEFIT TRADE-RELATED ACTIVITIES.... 3

SEA WATER FOR FLUSHING AN ONGOING PROGRAMME............... 4

NEW LABELLING REGULATIONS TO BE INTRODUCED ............... 4

GERIATRIC PATIiiNT PROBLEM TACKLED Ti/C JAYS.............. 5

0 NEGATIVE BLOOD SUPPLY PROBLEM EXPLAINED................. 6

ANNUaL CHECK OF GOODS VEHICLES PLANNED ................... 7

TUNNEL TAX DETERRENT + JEARDG 0FF+ ....................

CLOSURE OF STUDENTS CENTRE EXPLAINED...................... 8

LU PING TO CALL ON GOVERNOR ................................ 10

OVERNIGHT STOP -FOR FCO MINISTER............................ 1°

HONG KONG VOICES CONCERN OVER U.S. GSP MOVE................. 11

UNEMPLOYMENT, UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS RELEASED .......... 12

KOWLOON CITY ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT LAUNCHED................. 14

LEISURE FACILITIES FOR NORTH DISTRICT ....................

KEEN BIDDING FOR LaST LUNaR FAIR SITE....................... 16

LBAC TO HOLD THIRD MEETING ................................. 16

PASSING-OUT PARADE ......................................... 17

SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION ................................... 17

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

PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TO MEET ....................... 18

TENANCIES FOR TWO SITES SOUGHT.............................. 19

FIGHT CRIME GROUP VISITS PIK UK............................. 19

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN WESTERN, CHaI WAN ....................... 20

NAM CIWIG STREET TRAFFIC CHANGE............................. 21

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 1986

LEGCO TO BE INFORMED IMMEDIATELY ON UK RESPONSE * * * *

IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO INFORM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AS SOON AS RESPONSE ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER 1986 IS RECEIVED FROM THE U.K. GOVERNMENT, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO THE SPEECH BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JANUARY 8, WHICH ASKED FOR A REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE DELIBERATIONS BY THE U.K. GOVERNMENT ON THIS ISSUE, SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS, HOWEVER, NOT POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO MAKE ANY INTERMEDIATE STATEMENT AT THIS STAGE.

+AS MINISTERS MADE CLEAR DURING THE DEBATES ON THE HONG KONG BILL LAST YEAR, THE PURPOSE OF THE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE ON JANUARY 16 IS TO LISTEN TO VIEWS EXPRESSED IN PARLIAMENT ON THE DRAFT ORDER.

♦UNTIL THIS DEBATE HAS TAKEN PLACE AND MINISTERS HAVE TAKEN ALL THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THAT DEBATE, AND MISS DUNN’S LETTER, INTO CONSIDERATION IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO MAKE ANY INTERMEDIATE STATEMENT AT THIS STAGE,* HE SAID.

LEGAL AID INCOME LIMIT RAISED * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ADOPTED A MOTION APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE LEGAL AID ORDINANCE TO INCREASE THE LIMIT OF DISPOSABLE INCOME FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR LEGAL AID IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES FROM 31 500 TO $2 200 PER MONTH.

MOVING THE RESOLUTION, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE INCREASE WAS TO SET A FIGURE WHICH FULLY REFLECTED INFLATION AS INDICATED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (CPA (A)) SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE LEGAL AID IN 1966, AND TO ENSURE THAT THOSE OF LIMITED MEANS WOULD CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION IN COURTS.

SIR DAVID SAID THIS WAS AN INTERIM MEASURE PENDING THE REPORT OF THE LEGAL AID WORKING PARTY AND PUBLIC CONSULTATION, WHICH WAS PLANNED TO COMMENCE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

A REVISED SCALE OF CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS AN AIDED PERSON’S OWN LEGAL COSTS AND BASED UPON THE NEW LIMIT OF DISPOSABLE IMCOME WOULD BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT CONTEMPORANEOUSLY, HE SAID.

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NUMBER OF FUTURE ELIGIBLE ELECTORS ESTIMATED * * * *

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ATTAINING THE AGE OF 21 IN THE COMING 12 YEARS AND QUALIFIED AS AN ELECTOR WILL BE BETWEEN 811 800 AND 1 018 800, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SZETO WAH, SIR DAVID SAID THE BEST ESTIMATE AVAILABLE FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INDICATED THAT 1 018 800 PEOPLE WOULD REACH THE AGE OF 21 IN THE NEXT 12 YEARS AND AMONG THEM 811 800 WOULD HAVE BEEN BORN IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE COMING 12 YEARS ATTAINING THE AGE OF 21 AND QUALIFIED AS ELECTORS EITHER THROUGH HAVING BEEN BORN IN HONG KONG OR THROUGH HAVING SEVEN YEARS’ RESIDENCE WOULD BE BETWEEN THOSE TWO FIGURES.

WHEN ASKED FOR THE ELECTORAL REGISTRATION RATE FOR THOSE ELIGIBLE YOUNG PERSONS WHO BECAME 21 IN THE IMMEDIATE PAST 12 MONTHS, SIR DAVID SAID THIS WAS NOT AVAILABLE AS NEW APPLICANTS FOR REGISTRATION AS AN ELECTOR WERE NOT REQUIRED TO STATE THEIR EXACT AGE.

♦ THEY ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO DECLARE THAT THEY ARE OVER 21 IN THE YEAR OF REGISTRATION.

+HAVING SAID THIS WE BELIEVE THAT THE RATE FOR YOUNG PERSONS AS A WHOLE IS BELOW THE OVERALL REGISTRATION RATE OF 47 PER CENT? AND THIS MUST BE A MATTER FOR CONCERN,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, SIR DAVID ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS EXAMINING THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE APPLICAT ION FORM FOR INCLUSION IN A REGISTER OF ELECTORS SHOULD REQUIRE APPLICANTS TO STATE THEIR DATE OF BIRTH.

ON THE PLAN TO ENHANCE THE REGISTRATION RATE FOR THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONCERNED THAT ALL those Eligible should be aware of their rights to be registered.

♦TO THIS END PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS ARE CONDUCTED BEFORE EACH ANNUAL PERIOD FOR REGISTRATION.

+THE CIVIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS AND POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS ALSO SERVES TO INFORM AND REMIND YOUNG PEOPLE OF THEIR RIGHTS TO REGISTER AS ELECTORS,+ HE SAID.

+THE ADMINISTRATION IS NOw CONSIDERING WHETHER IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO SEND ALL PERSONS WHEN THEY REACH THE AGE OF 21 A LETTER SETTING OUT THE FACTS AND PROCEDURES IN REGARD TO REGISTRATION AS ELECTORS,+ SIR DAVID ADDED.

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POINTS ON EXCHANGE FUND CLARIFIED *****

THE COMPOSITION OF THE EXCHANGE FUND IN TERMS OF FOREIGN CURRENCIES WAS CONFIDENTIAL, FOR IT WAS VERY SENSITIVE INFORMATION AND ANY DISCLOSURE WAS AGAINST THE PUBLIC INTEREST, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LIU LIT-FOR, SIR JOHN HOWEVER NOTED THAT THE BULK OF THE EXCHANGE FUND WAS HELD IN U.S. DOLLARS, DEUTCHMARKS, SWISS FRANCS, DUTCH GUILDERS, YEN, STERLING AND CANADIAN DOLLARS.

SIR JOHN SAID THAT THERE WAS NO UPPER LIMIT TO THE FUND.

♦AT PRESENT BORROWING FOR THE ACCOUNT OF THE FUND IS SUBJECT TO A LIMIT OF $30 BILLION AS DETERMINED BY THIS COUNCIL,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE FUND WAS NOT MANIPULATED TO INTERFERE WITH THE INTEREST RATE.

+DEPOSIT RATES ARE SET BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS. THE PRIME RATE IS DETERMINED BY INDIVIDUAL BANKS,+ HE SAID.

SIR JOHN POINTED OUT THAT PROVISION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND AND THE EMPLOYMENT OF ITS ASSETS IN HONG KONG WAS SET OUT IN THE EXCHANGE FUND ORDINANCE, ENACTED IN 1935 AND LAST AMENDED IN 1984.

CITING THE EXCHANGE FUND ORDINANCE, SIR JOHN SAID THE FUND ♦SHALL BE USED FOR SUCH PURPOSES AS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY THINKS FIT AFFECTING, EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY THE EXCHANGE VALUE CF THE CURRENCY OF HONG KONG AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES INCIDENTAL THERETO+.

NEW TDC FUNDING TO BENEFIT TRADE-RELATED ACTIVITIES

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THE NEW FUNDING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, WHICH WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, THIS YEAR, MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR ANY SURPLUS OVER THE SUM VOTED FOR THE TDC IN A YEAR, OUT OF REVENUE FROM THE AD VALOREM LEVY IN THE PRECEDING YEAR, LESS THE COST OF COLLECTION, TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR FUNDING OTHER TRADE RELATED ACTIVITIES, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON ERIC HO, SAID AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON THOMAS CLYDESDALE, MR HO SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAS UNDERTAKEN TO CONSULT THE TDC ON WHICH TRADE RELATED ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE FINANCED FROM THE SOURCE.

♦ACCORDINGLY, THE PRIORITIES WILL BE DETERMINED AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE TDC,+ HE NOTED.

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SEA WATER FOR FLUSHING AN ONGOING PROGRAMME

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS AN ONGOING PROGRAMME TO SUPPLY SEA WATER TO THE PUBLIC FOR FLUSHING OF TOILETS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON JOHN TODD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO THE HON MRS PAULINE NG, MR TODD SAID WHERE A SEA WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM WAS AVAILABLE, FRESH WATER FROM THE GOVERNMENT SYSTEM WAS USUALLY NOT PERMITTED FOR FLUSHING PURPOSES.

IN AREAS WHERE A SEA WATER SYSTEM WAS PLANNED, BUT NOT YET CONSTRUCTED, FRESH WATER WAS USED AS AN INTERIM MEASURE.

THERE WERE ALSO SOME PREMISES AND RURAL AREAS WHICH HAD THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT SUPPLY OF FLUSHING WATER, GENERALLY DER IVED FROM WELLS.

♦IN GENERAL, THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY FROM GOVERNMENT SOURCES EXCEPT IN SAI KUNG AND IN SOME REMOTE VILLAGES, MAINLY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* MR TODD SAID.

IN THE CASE OF SAI KUNG, THE PROBLEM WOULD BE RESOLVED IN ABOUT THREE YEARS WHEN THE NEW WATER TREATMENT PLANT AT PAK KONG WAS COMPLETED.

+IN RESPECT OF VILLAGES WHICH ARE AT PRESENT BEYOND REACH OF THE GOVERNMENT MAINS SYSTEM, A PROGRAMME IS IN HAND TO EXTtND SUPPLY TO MANY OF THESE AREAS,* MR TODD SAID.

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NEW LABELLING REGULATIONS TO BE INTRODUCED

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR IS CONSIDERING THE INTRODUCTION

OF REGULATIONS REQUIRING THE IDENTIFICATION AND LABELLING OF POTENTIALLY HARMFUL SUBSTANCES WHICH ARE INCREASINGLY BEING USED IN INDUSTRY, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY PROFESSOR THE HON C.K. POON AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HENDERSON SAID THAT UNDER THE PROPOSAL, INFORMATION TO BE CLEARLY SHOWN ON THE CONTAINER WOULD INCLUDE THE NAME OF THE SUBSTANCE OR SOME OTHER IDENTIFICATIONS AND ITS MAIN PROPERTIES.

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HE ADDED THAT FOR HARMFUL SUBSTANCES, POSSIBLE EFFECTS ON THOSE COMING INTO CONTACT WITH THE CONTAINER AND BASIC PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO BE TAKEN WOULD ALSO BE CLEARLY STATED.

*THE COMMISSIONER IS HOPING TO PUT THE PROPOSAL TO THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD FOR ITS CONSIDERATION IN DUE COURSE,* HE SAID.

MR HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT AT PRESENT THERE WERE PROVISIONS OF A GENERAL NATURE IN THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE AND ITS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM HARMFUL SUBSTANCES.

+SECTION 7 (4) OF THE ORDINANCE EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR TO PRESCRIBE SPECIAL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES IN ANY SPECIFIC INSTANCE,* HE EXPLAINED.

MORE GENERALLY, THERE WERE REGULATIONS REQUIRING THE REMOVAL OF HARMFUL DUST OR FUMES FROM THE WORKPLACE AND CONTROLLING CERTAIN INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES INVOLVING USE OF HARMFUL CHEMICALS.

MR HENDERSON SAID THAT TWO FURTHER SETS OF REGULATIONS, •CONTROLLING THE USE OF ASBESTOS AND CERTAIN CARCINOGENIC SUBSTANCES, WERE AT AN ADVANCED STAGE OF DRAFTING.

GERIATRIC PATIENT .-’RUBLE* TACKLED TwO WAYS 7? r rr fc *

THE CONSTRUCTION OF MORE

INFIRMARIES AL. THE EXPANSION OF

COMMUNITY NURSING SERVIC OF THE GROwiNG NUMBER OF

ARE TwO WAYS US

TO TACKLE THE PROBLE-i

SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND wELFARE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

CHRONIC GERIATRIC PATIE TS, THt

THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS,

REPLYING TO DR The. HON CH L Hrj-i\wLL Iw THc LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHAMBERS SAID PLaNS »ERE i- h«ND TO INCREttSt THE PRESENT TOTAL OF 1 040 INFIRMARY BEDS T 3 290 OVtR THE NEXT TEN YEARS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT INFIRMARIES L’HE INTENDED TO CATER FOR THE LONGER TERM AND CHRONICALLY ILu wHU wOULD OTHERWISE HAVt hAD TO BE ACCOMMODATED CROWDED GENERAL HOSPITAL-.

* INFIRMARIES ARE EQUIPPED AND STAFFED TO THE J_EVEL_OF CARE APPROPRIATE TO THESE PATIENTS AND ARE THEREFORE l-S- LABOUR-INTENSIVE AND LESS EXPENSIVE TO OPERATE,* HE SAL.

+IT IS THUS MORE COST EFFECTIVE TO PROVIDE BEDS FOR SUCr PATIENTS IN INFIRMARIES, THERE?': RELEASING THE ACUTc. BEDS FOR those who require them.*

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MR CHAMBERS ALSO SAID THE EXPANSION OF THE COMMUNITY miecimc ^FRVICF FROM THE PRESENT 45 CENTRES TO 60 OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS' HAD PEEN PLANNED TO HELP REDUCE PRESSURE ON ACUTE HOSPITAL BEDS.

+THF SERVICE PROVIDES CARE IN THE HOME FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER TREATMENT BUT ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM AN ACUTE ILLNESS,* HE SAID.

----- A TOTAL OF 12 059 PATIENTS, •, WERE TREATED BY COMMUNITY HOME VISITS WERE MADE.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT IN 1984-85 CF WHOM 40.5 PER CENT WERE ELDERLY, ,J NURSES AND MORE THAN 213 000 i:C."Z

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0 NEGATIVE BLOOD SUPPLY PROBLEM EXPLAINED ******

IT WAS NOT PRACTICABLE TO KEEP SUPPLIES OF 0 NEGATIVE BLOOD

IN ALL HOSPITALS AS ONLY ABOUT 0.3 PER CENT OF THE CHINESE POPULATION OF HONG KONG HAD THIS TYPE OF BLOOD AND VERY SMALL QUANTITIES WERE DONATED. THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM CONCERNING THE TRAGIC DEATH OF A WOMAN IN THE OBSTETRICAL UNIT OF POK 01 HOSPITAL, HE SAID THAT THE CORONER DID NOT FIND THAT THE DEATH WAS DUE TO A LACK OF EMERGENCY BLOOD TRANSFUSION FACILITIES IN THE HOSPITAL.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT THE CORONER HAD ADDED THREE RIDERS.

COMMENTING ON THE FIRST RIDER THAT 0 NEGATIVE BLOOD SHOULD BE AVAILABLE AT ALL HOURS AT THE HOSPITAL, HE SAID THAT + IN A DIRE EMERGENCY 0 POSITIVE BLOOD, WHICH IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE, CAN BE USED EVEN FOR A PATIENT WHOSE BLOOD IS RHESUS NEGATIVE*.

REGARDING THE OTHER TWO RIDERS — THAT DOCTORS AUTHORISING TRANSFERS TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE TRANSFER WAS EFFECTED WITHOUT DELAY, AND THAT TRANSFERRED PATIENTS SHOULD BE ACCOMPANIED BY FULL MEDICAL RECORDS IN ADDITION TO THE DOCTOR’S REFERRAL NOTE — MR CHAMBERS SAID THEY PRESENTED NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFICULTY AND WERE IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXISTING PROCEDURES.

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ANNUAL CHECK OF GOODS VEHICLES PLANNED

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IT IS GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OBJECTIVE THAT ALL GOODS VEHICLES SHOULD BE EXAMINED ANNUALLY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON RITA FAN, MR MACPHERSON SAID THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT CONSIDER IT SATISFACTORY THAT GOODS VEHICLES LESS THAN NINE YEARS OLD WERE NOT EXAMINED ANNUALLY.

♦HOWEVER, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT DOES NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT VEHICLE EXAMINATION FACILITIES AT PRESENT TO ACHIEVE THIS. SO, IN THE INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY, PRIORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE EXAMINATION OF PASSENGER CARRYING PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES,* HE

SAID.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THE ANNUAL INSPECTION OF ALL GOODS VEHICLES WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHIN ABOUT FOUR YEARS WHEN A NEW VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE WAS COMPLETED.

IT WAS CURRENTLY IN CATEGORY AB OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, HE ADDED.

MEANWHILE, IN ADDITION TO ANNUAL INSPECTION OF NINE-YEAR-OLD GOODS VEHICLES, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT INSPECTED ANY VEHICLES WHICH APPEARED TO BE DEFECTIVE OR WERE IN A STATE OF POOR REPAIR, HE SAID.

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TUNNEL TAX DETERRENT +WEARING OFF + *****

THE DETERRENT EFFECT OF THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNE PASSAGE TAX WAS WEARING OFF, AND THE SITUATION MIGHT BE BACK TO PRE-PASSAGE TAX LEVELS BEFORE LONG, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON NGA I SHIU-KIT, HE EXPLAINED THAT THE AIM OF INTRODUCING THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL PASSAGE TAX IN JUNE 1984 WAS TO REDUCE THE VOLUME 0^ TUNNEL TRAFFIC BY 10 PER CENT, AND IN THE THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION CF THE TAX, THERE WAS AN AVERAGE DROP IN TRAFFIC OF 13 PER CENT.

IN 1983, AN AVERAGE OF 110 194 VEHICLES USED THE TUNNEL EACH DAY.

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IN JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF WAS 92 155, 96 670 AND 96 436 AVERAGE DROP IN TRAFFIC OF 13

1984, THE THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY THE PASSAGE TAX, THE DAILY AVERAGE RESPECTIVELY, REPRESENTING AN PER CENT.

+AS EXPECTED, USAGE OF THE TUNNEL HAS SINCE THEN INCREASED STEADILY,* MR MACPHERSON SAID.

♦BY DECEMBER 1984 THE DAILY AVERAGE WAS 104 198 VEHICLES, AND BY NOVEMBER 1985, 106 036 VEHICLES, WHICH IS ONLY 3.8 PER CENT LOWER THAN THE 1983 ANNUAL DAILY AVERAGE OF 110 194.+

MR NGA I HAD ASKED FLOW CONDITIONS IN THE INCREASE.*

FOR +THE LATEST STATISTICS AND THE TRAFFIC CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL SINCE THE LAST TOLL

CLOSURE OF STUDENTS CENTRE EXPLAINED * * * * *

LIMITED PRESENCE, DECREASING OCCUPANCY RATE AND UNJUSTIFIED HIGH RUNNING COSTS WERE THE REASONS FOR CLOSING THE HONG KONG STUDENTS CENTRE IN LONDON, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON RITA FAN, MR HENDERSON SAID THE CENTRE PROVIDED ACCOMMODATION FOR ONLY 90 STUDENTS IN LONDON OUT OF A TOTAL OF OVER 12 000 IN THE UK.

OCCUPANCY RATE HAD ALSO BEEN DECREASING STEADILY IN THE PAST FEW YEARS DUE LARGELY TO COLLEGE MAINTAINED ACCOMMODATION BEING MORE READILY AVAILABLE ESPECIALLY TO OVERSEAS STUDENTS, HE SAID.

+THIRDLY, COSTS CONTINUED TO EXCEED INCOME AND THE 50 PER CENT SUBSIDY COULD NOT BE JUSTIFIED FOR THE SMALL NUMBERS INVOLVED.

+GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY FOR THE CENTRE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS WAS $6.9 MILLION AND THE ANNUAL RUNNING COSTS ARE EXPECTED TO RISE FURTHER IN FUTURE YEARS BECAUSE OF THE AGE OF THE BUILDING.

+IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, IT IS NO LONGER CONSIDERED JUSTIFIABLE TO KEEP THE CENTRE OPEN AT THIS COST TO THE HONG KONG TAXPAYER,* NR HENDERSON SAID.

HE SAID MAJOR INTERNAL ALTERATIONS HAD BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1977 TO IMPROVE THE FACILITIES OF THE CENTRE BEFORE DECISION OF ITS CLOSURE WAS MADE.

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MAIN IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED IN 1978 INCLUDED 15 EXTRA SINGLE BEDROOMS AND EXTRA BATHS AND SHOWERS, A NEW FIRE PRECAUTION SYSTEM AND FIRE ESCAPES, A NEW READING ROOM WITH 60 STUDY PLACES, A SELF-CATERING KITCHEN AND A DINING ROOM, A NEW OPEN-PLAN RECEPTION ROOM, A NEW TABLE-TENNIS ROOM AND TWO NEW TELEVISION ROOMS.

AFTER THE ALTERATIONS, THERE HAD BEEN A UPTURN IN THE OCCUPANCY RATE FROM 1978/79 FOR THREE YEARS FOLLOWED BY A RETURN TO THE LEVEL BEFORE THE ALTERATIONS FOR TWO YEARS AND A GRADUAL DECLINE SINCE THEN, HE SAID.

MR HENDERSON ADDED THAT IT WAS NOT INTENDED TO SET UP AN ALTERNATIVE TO REPLACE THE STUDENTS CENTRE.

♦THE NEED FOR THE CENTRE HAS DIMINISHED BECAUSE STUDENT ACTIVITIES IN THE UK ARE NOW COLLEGE ORIENTED.

+THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A FOCAL POINT OF CONTACT WITH THE HONG KONG STUDENTS IN BRITAIN,+ HE SA ID.

WITH THE CLOSURE OF THE CENTRE ALL HONG KONG STUDENTS WOULD BE IN THE SAME POSITION AS REGARDS ACCOMMODATION BUT THEY WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO APPROACH THE STUDENTS DIVISION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON FOR ASSISTANCE, HE ADDED.

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LU PING TO CALL ON GOVERNOR * * *

MR LU PING SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAO AFFAIRS OFFICE OF THE STATE COUNCIL, WILL PAY AN INFORMAL CALL O'l TUE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 3.30 PM.

MR LU WILL BE ACCOMPANIED riY SOME OF THE SENIOR MEMBERS OF HIS DELEGATION. A NUMBER OF SENIOR OFFICIALS WILL ALSO BE PRESENT,

OVERNIGHT STOP FOR FCO MINISTER * * * *

THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, MR TIMOTHY RENTON, WILL MAKE AN OVERNIGHT STOP IN HONG KONG ON JANUARY 23 AFTER HIS VISIT TO CHINA.

THIS WILL BE MR RENTON’S SECOND VISIT TO THE TERRITORY SINCE TAKING UP THE POST WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HONG KONG IN SEPTEMBER 1985. HE LAST VISITED HONG KONG IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

THE MINISTER IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE BY TRAIN FROM CHINA IN THE AFTERNOON OF JANUARY 23. DURING HIS SHORT STAY IN HONG KONG, HE WILL ATTEND A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BEFORE JOINING THE GOVERNOR AND UMELCO MEMBERS FOR DINNER AT THE UMELCO OFF ICE.

ON THE FOLLOWING MORNING, MR RENTON WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM BEFORE DEPARTING FOR THAILAND TO CONTINUE THE VISIT WHICH HIS PREDECESSOR, MR RICHARD LUCE, HAD PLANNED TO MAKE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEDIA COVERAGE OF MR RENTON’S PROGRAMME IN HONG KONG WILL BE ANNOUNCED WHEN DETAILS ARE FINALISED.

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HONG KONG VOICES CO.CERN OVER U.S. GSP MOVE $4 4 % 4 4

THE GOVERNMENT TOLD A GROUP OF VISITING AMERICAN SENATORS TODAY THAT IT IS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT PROPOSALS TO EXCLUDE HONG KONG FROM THE UNITED STATES GENERALISED SCHEME OF PREFERENCES (GSP).

A GROUP OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS LED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, HELD TALKS THIS MORNING WITH THE U.S. DELEGATIO FEADED BY SENATOR JOHN DANFORTH. OTHER MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT TEAM INCLUDED THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO, AND THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE OFFICIALS EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT PROPOSALS IN THE TRADE ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 1985 WHICH MIGHT RESULT IN THE EXCLUSION OF HONG KONG FROM THE U.S. GSP.

MR DANFORTH AND ANOTHER MEMBER OF THE VISITING DELEGATION, MR MAX BAUCUS, ARE CO-SPONSORS OF THE ACT.

IT WAS STRESSED THAT HONG KONG IS FIRMLY COMMITTED TO AN OPEN MARKET POLICY. THE TERRITORY ACCORDS TARIFF-FREE TREATMENT TO ALL U.S. IMPORTS, AND INDEED TO IMPORTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE UNITED STATES SHOULD TAKE THIS IMPORTANT FACTOR INTO ACCOUNT. U.S. IMPORTS INTO HONG KONG AMOUNTED TO US$3.1 BILLION IN 1984.

ABOUT 16 PER CENT OF THE UNITED STATES’ TOTAL IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG, REPRESENTING US$1 326 MILLION, ENTERED DUTY FREE IN 1984.

THE OFFICIAL ALSO POINTED OUT THAT ONLY ABOUT FOUR PER CENT CF TOTAL U.S. IMPORTS ENTERED DUTY FREE SO THAT EVEN IF SOME BENEFICIARY COUNTRIES ARE EXCLUDED THE BENEFITS TO THE UNITED STATES WILL BE MINIMAL AND IT WILL IN NO WAY HELP TO SOLVE THE COUNTRY’S DEFICIT PROBLEMS.

APART FROM THE GSP ISSUE, THE OFFICIALS ALSO REITERATED THEIR STRONG OPPOSITION TO THE PROTECTIONIST JENKINS BILL WHICH SEEKS TO CURB HONG KONG’S TEXTILE EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES.

THE TWO SIDES ALSO DISCUSSED THE NEED TO GAIN GREATER ACCESS TO THE JAPANESE MARKET.

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UNEMPLOYMENT, UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS RELEASED

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THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION REMAINED STABLE IN THE QUARTER SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1985 COMPARED WITH THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1985. ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1985 WAS 3.4 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE RATE OF 3.3 PER CENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1985.

THE RATE FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 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 0.4 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984 IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT, THAT IS, THE CHANGE IS GREATER THAN MIGHT BE EXPECTED TO ARISE FROM SAMPLING ERROR.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE QUARTER ENDING NOVEMBER 1985 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 88 900, COMPARED WITH 88 100 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1985 AND 99 800 FOR THE SAME QUARTER CF 1984.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1985 WAS 1.1 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE RATE OF 1.4 PER CENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1985. THE RATE FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1984 WAS ONE PER CENT.

THE DECREASE OF 0.3 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND THE INCREASE OF 0.1 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984 ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR THE QUARTER ENDING NOVEMBER 1985 WAS 30 100, COMPARED WITH 36 000 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1985 AND 24 900 FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984.

CONSISTENT WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO), PERSONS WHO WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK WERE REGARDED AS UNDEREMPLOYED ONLY IF THEY WERE SEEKING MORE WORK OR WERE NOT SEEKING MORE WORK BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED MORE WORK WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

COMMENTING ON 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) VARIED 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.

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HE 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.

THESE PROVIDED AN EARLY INDICATION OF THE LATEST TREND IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION. THE PROVISIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED) FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1985 WAS 3.4 PER CENT, AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1.1 PER CENT. THE UNADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1985 WAS 3.7 PER CENT.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY (GHS) CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THIS SURVEY COVERS A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 14 OOO HOUSEHOLDS OR 52 000 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED. IN THE SURVEY, THE DEFINITIONS USED IN MEASURING UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOLLOW CLOSELY THOSE RECOMMENDED BY THE ILO.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT TO CONFORM TO THE LATEST STANDARDS RECOMMENDED BY THE ILO, THE GHS DEFINITIONS OF +UNEMPLOYMENT+ AND +UNDEREMPLOYMENT+ HAVE BEEN MODIFIED SINCE JANUARY 1985.

HOWEVER, A COMPLETE CONVERSION WILL ONLY BE INTRODUCED IN MAY 1986 WHEN A SUFFICIENTLY LONG SERIES OF THE STATISTICS UNDER THE NEW DEFINITIONS IS AVAILABLE. USING THE NEW DEFINITIONS THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1985 WAS 3.3 PER CENT, AND THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 2.3 PER CENT.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR. THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING DECEMBER 1985 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE DURING THE THIRD WEEK OF MARCH.

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KOWLOON CITY ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT LAUNCHED ******

A SPECIALLY DECORATED PUBLICITY BUS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TOURED KOWLOON CITY TO PUT ACROSS THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE.

THE BUS, CARRYING BANNERS AND EQUIPPED WITH LOUDSPEAKERS, IS PART OF THE ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT WHICH OPENED TODAY.

ON BROAD THE BUS WERE ROAD SAFETY AMBASSADORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY FORTNIGHT ORGANISING COMMITTEE, WHO DISTRIBUTED ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY SOUVENIRS TO PASSERS-BY.

THE BUS ALSO STOPPED AT VARIOUS TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF RESIDENTS TO ROAD SAFETY RULES.

A SERIES OF EXHIBITIONS WILL ALSO BE HELD FROM TODAY UNTIL JANUARY 29 AT FOUR LOCAL SCHOOLS — TANG KING PO SCHOOL, TIN KWONG ROAD (FROM JANUARY 15 TO 17), SKH ST TIMOTHY’S SCHOOLS, HOK YUEN STREET (FROM JANUARY 18 TO 21), HOLY CARPENTER SCHOOL, KWEI CHOW STREET (JANUARY 22 TO 24) AND PUI CHING MIDDLE SCHOOL, PUI CHING ROAD (FROM JANUARY 25 TO 29).

THE DISPLAYS INCLUDE PHOTOGRAPHS, SLOGANS, STATISTICS AND INFORMATION ON ROAD ACCIDENTS AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENT BLACKSPOTS.

ROAD SAFETY CODES ON PEDESTRIAN CROSSING, VEHICLE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE, BICYCLE RIDING ARE ALSO ILLUSTRATED.

THE EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE.

THE ASSISTANT KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR TOMMY YUEN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR MAK KING-LUN, OFFICIATED AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY.

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LEISURE FACILITIES FOR NORTH DISTRICT * X * *

TWO NEW SPORTS FACILITIES, UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HAVE BEEN OPENED TO THE PUBLIC, THE DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (NORTH DISTRICT) OF THE RSD, MR CHU KWONG-MAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, HE SAID THE KWU TUNG GRASS SOCCER PITCH WAS OPENED ON DECEMBER 8 AND THE CHEUNG WAH SPORTS CENTRE ON JANUARY 6.

MR CHU SAID THE NEW SOCCER PITCH IN THE WESTERN SECTOR OF THE NORTH DISTRICT WAS CONSTRUCTED AT A COST OF $547 000. OCCUPYING 7 700 SQUARE METRES, IT HAS A 5 000 SQUARE METRE GRASS PITCH, WITH THE REMAINING AREA TAKEN UP BY OPEN SPACE AND SERVICE BUILDINGS. IT IS OPEN BETWEEN 8 AM AND 6 PM DAILY.

THE CHEUNG WAH SPORTS CENTRE, LOCATED IN CARPARK NO. 1 CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING, HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 430 SQUARE METRES. OPEN^ FOR USE DAILY FROM 7 AM TO 10 PM, IT HAS A FITNESS ROOM AND A DANCt ROOM.

MR CHU SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD ORGANISE A TOTAL OF 27 RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH.

♦THESE ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A WELL-BALANCED AND COST-EFFECTIVE PROGRAMME FOR THE PARTICIPANTS. ADDITIONALLY, AN ORIENTEERING COMPETITION WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE RSD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND THE HONG KONG CRIENTEERING CLUB ON MARCH 23,+ HE ADDED.

ON CULTURAL ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH, THE CULTURAL SERVICES OFFICER, MR LO YIU-CHUNG, SAID THESE CONSIST MAINLY OF LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES HELD AT RHE SHEUNG SHUI AND FANLING PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

THEY INCLUDE BOOK EXHIBITIONS, INTEREST GROUPS, HI-FI CONCERTS AND EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION PROGRAMMES.

MR LO ADDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT ALSO PLANNED CULTURAL SHOWS FOR PRESENTATION AT THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL SUCH AS AN ACROBATIC SHOW BY THE GUANGSHOU ACROBATIC TROUPE, AN ANNUAL DANCE PERFORMANCE BY THE NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION DANCE TROUPE, AN ORCHESTRAL CONCERT BY THE HONG KONG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, AND CARTOON SHOWS BY A FILM DISTRIBUTOR.

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KEEN BIDDING FOR LAST LUNAR FAIR SITE 4 4 -4 n

THE AUCTIONING OF THE LAST LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITE --THE FA HUI PARK STALLS — WAS HELD TODAY AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL WITH THE HIGHEST BID FOR A WET GOODS STALL BEING $6 600 (UPSET PRICE SI 500) AND THAT FOR A DRY GOODS STALL S500 (UPSET PRICE $340).

A TOTAL OF 236 WET GOODS STALLS AND 27 DRY GOODS STALLS WERE LET IN THE AUCTION.

UNLET LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIR SITES IN THE URBAN AREA WILL EE PUT UP FOR LEASE AT A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

THE URBAN COUNCIL IS PROVIDING FIVE LUNAR NEW YEAR FAIRS THIS YEAR AT VICTORIA PARK, KOWLOON PARK, KAI TAK EAST PLAYGROUND, KWUN TONG RECREATION GROUND AND FA HUI PARK BETWEEN JANUARY 31 AND FEBRUARY 9.

LBAC TO HOLD THIRD MEETING * * *

THE THIRD MEETING OF THE LAND AND BUILDINGS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LBAC) WILL BE HELD IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO INTERVIEW THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LBAC, MR BILL BROWN, AFTER THE MEETING. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE GROUND FLOOR LOBBY OF CGO AT 3.45 MPM.

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PASSING-OUT PARADE * * *

A PASSING-OUT PARADE FOR 30 CUSTOMS INSPECTORS AND 69 CUSTOMS OFFICERS WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 18) AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR DAVID FORD, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE DURING THE CEREMONY WHICH BEGINS AT 10.30 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

A DEPARTMENTAL VAN (AM 2970) TAKING MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO AND RETURN FROM THE TRAINING SCHOOL WILL DEPART FROM HUNG HOM FERRY PIER BY 9.15 AM.

SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD L AO, WILL PRESENT THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIPS TO SIX OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS OF THE 1985 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 17) AT 2.30 PM.

THE PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS, 12TH FLOOR, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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MEET THE MEDIA * * *

THE PRINCIPAL CONSULTANTS IN CHARGE OF THE FOUR OVERSEAS INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICES OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WILL MEET THE MEDIA TO TALK ABOUT THEIR WORK DURING THE PAST YEAR AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 17) IN GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TO MEET *****

THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL HOLD A MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE PROPOSED USE OF ANGLER’S BEACH AND GEMINI (WEST) BEACH IN TSUEN WAN FOR BARGE-LOADING OPERATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH RECLAMATION FOR THE CONTAINER TERMINAL EXPANSION AND SHAM TSENG DEVELOPMENT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DECIDE ON SENDING A HYGIENE ADVISER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND WORLD CONGRESS FOODBORNE INFECTIONS AND INTOXICATIONS IN WEST BERLIN FROM MAY 26 TO 30 THIS YEAR.

THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM IN THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAMBER, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED.

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TENANCIES FOR TWO SITES SOUGHT ******

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCIES OF TWO STORAGE SITES.

THE FIRST, AT CONCORDE ROAD, KOWLOON CITY, MEASURES ABOUT 3 175 SQUARE METRES AND IS FOR OPEN STORAGE OF GOODS, INCLUDING MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT CONTAINER VEHICLES WITH TRAILERS.

THE INITIAL TENANCY IS FOR EIGHT MONTHS, RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

THE SECOND LOT ON MOUSE ISLAND, TUEN MUN, IS FOR STORAGE, SALE AND DISPOSAL OF FOODSTUFFS.

THE TENANCY FOR THE 21.38-SQUARE-METRE SITE WILL BE FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTING BOTH TENDERS IS NOON ON JANUARY 31.

TENDER FORMS, NOTICES AND DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TUEN MUN; THE LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY DIVISION, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 1OTH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

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FIGHT CRIME GROUP VISITS PIK UK

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A GROUP OF FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBERS FROM WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED PIK UK PRISON AND THE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

DURING THE TOUR, THEY WERE BRIEFED BY HEADS OF THE INSTITUTIONS ABOUT THE CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES, AND SAW ADULT INMATES WORKING IN THE LAUNDRY, CARPENTRY AND TAILORING WORKSHOPS OF THE PRISON.

WHILE AT THE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, THEY SAW YOUNG INMATES ATTENDING EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CLASSES CONDUCTED BY QUALIFIED TEACHERS.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN WESTERN, CHAI WAN

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A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL SE IMPLEMENTED IN WESTERN DISTRICT AND CHAI WAN FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY.

DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE WESTBOUND TRAM TRACK ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES WEST OF KA ON STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 68 METRES WEST OF THE SAME STREET.

* VEHICLES WILL ALSO BE BANNED FROM THE EASTBOUND TRAM TRACK ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST FROM A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES EAST OF HILL ROAD TO WHITTY STREET.

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH WHITTY STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 55 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY. WITHIN THE ROAD SECTION, NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR GOODS OR PASSENGERS.

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF DES VOEUX ROAD WEST BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 42 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WHITTY STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 43 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

* THE HONG MAN STREET BUS TERMINUS IN CHAI WAN WILL BE MADE A 24-HOUR PROHIBITED ZONE WHICH DENIES ENTRY TO ALL VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES.

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NAM CHEONG STREET TRAFFIC CHANGE * K * *

THE UNDERPASS LEADING FROM EASTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD TO SOUTHBOUND NAM CHEONG STREET WILL 3E CLOSED TO TRAFFIC' FROM 11 PM ON SATURDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE ROAD REPAIR WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC ON EASTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD HEADING FOR SOUTHBOUND NAM CHEONG STREET WILL DIVERTED VIA EASTBOUND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO BEACON HEIGHTS IN TAI WO PING, NAM CHEONG STREET FLYOVER AND SOUTHBOUND NAM CHEONG STREET.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY, THE 24-HOUR DAILY PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF NAM CHEONG STREET FLYOVER ABOVE LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WILL BE LIFTED UNTIL 10 AM ON FEBRUARY 8.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOOD THING TO COME AND STUDY HONG KONG — SIR WARD.......... 1

CS VISITS MARINE POLICE.................................... 2

PROPERTY MARKET CONSOLIDATES .............................. 3

NEED FOR REVALUATION EXERCISE STRESSED..................... 6

TOBACCO AD RULING CLARIFIED................................ 7

STOCK EXCHANGE LISTING RULES PREPARED ..................... 8

GOVERNOR TO INSPECT CSD PARADE............................. 9

SHSUNG SHUT GETS OWN WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM................... 9

PLAN TO CLOSE BEACH SHELVED ...............................

KOWLOON CITY DB TO DISCUSS HA./KER POLICY ................. 12

SURVEY ON FEMALE 'WORKFORCE................................

FUNDS APPROVED FOR BETTER FACILITIES ...................... 13

DB MEMBERS VISIT INCINERATOR PLhNT ........................ 14

REPORT ON IYY ACTIVITIES TO BE COMPILED.................... 15

FIRE STATION COMPLEX OPENING............................... 15

SYMPOSIUM FOR RESThURaNT WORKERS ORGANISED................. 16

FIGHT CRIME DRAMA COMPETITION TO BE STAGED ................ 16

CARNIVAL ON CLEAN ENVIRONMENT FOR SUNDAY................... 17

+NT BI PHOTOt- COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED............... 18

OPEN DAY, SEMINAR AT TRAINING CENTRES ..................... 19

PROPER DISPOSAL OF LITTER URGED ...........................

BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL MATCHES ORGANISED FOR THE DEAF........ 20

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR SINGING CONTEST ........................ 20

FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL TICKETS AVAILABLE .................... 21

MENTAL HEALTH 'WORK ON SHO’..' ............................ 22

CHANGE OF PHONE NUMBERS.................................... 22

WESTERN, WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHaNGES ......................... 23

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1986

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GOOD THING TO COME AND STUDY HONG KONG — SIR EDWARD *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING THAT BOTH HE AND THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAO AFFAIRS OFFICE OF CHINA’S STATE COUNCIL, MR LU PING, AGREED THAT IT WAS A VERY GOOD THING TO COME AND STUDY THE SITUATION IN HONG KONG AS IT IS TODAY.

SIR EDWARD WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OFFCIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE UNION FLOOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG STUDENTS’ UNION.

SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT HE HAD KNOWN MR LU PING FOR QUITE A LONG TIME.

+WE HAD MANY TALKS WHEN WE WERE IN PEKING FOR THE NEGOTIATIONS. AND SO THIS AFTERNOON HE CAME UP FOR AN INFORMAL CALL WITH SOME OF HIS COLLEAGUES,+ HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THEY WERE NOT DISCUSSING MATTERS OF GREAT SUBSTANCE, SIR EDWARD SAID HE WAS EXPLAINING TO HIM THE PRESENT SITUATION IN HONG KONG AND HOW HONG KONG HAD DEVELOPED TO BECOME THE PLACE IT WAS.

♦HE OF COURSE IS QUITE FAMILIAR WITH MUCH THAT GOES ON IN HONG KONG, AND HE WAS TELLING ME SOMETHING OF THE PROGRESS OF THE CONSULTATIONS WHICH HE HAS BEEN HAVING.+

ASKED IF MR LU PING HAD REQUESTED FOR HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HONG KONG, SIR EDWARD SAID THE GOVERNMENT STOOD READY TO HELP ANY VISITOR TO HONG KONG.

+IF ANY HELP IS NEEDED, WE’LL BE VERY HAPPY TO PROVIDE IT,+ HE SAID, +BUT HIS MAIN PURPOSE OF COURSE IS TO TALK TO A WIDE VARIETY OF PEOPLE HERE.+

ASKED IF HE WAS SATISFIED WITH THE CONSULTATION MENTIONED BY MR LU PING, SIR EDWARD SAID: +l THINK MR LU PING IS MEETING A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, AND I THINK THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS IS GOING VERY WELL.+

+CERTAINLY THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF IDEAS BEING PUT TO HIM,+ HE ADDED.

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CS VISITS MARINE POLICE X * *

VIGILANCE AGAINST THE EVER-PRESENT THREAT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INTO THE TERRITORY WILL CONTINUE TO BE ONE OF THE TOP PRIORITIES OF THE MARINE POLICE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WAS TOLD TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE TOPIC WAS RAISED DURING A DEMONSTRATION OF tmf cadadh inrr B04T UNIT »HICH SPEARHUDS POLICE ACTIVITIES li IUTIES

COUNTERING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN DEEP BAY.

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY’S VISIT TO THE MARINE POLICE REGION BEGAN WHEN HE BOARDED A NEW MARK III DAMEN POLICE LAUNCH AT QUEEN’S PIER, ACCOMPANIED BY THl. ACTING COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR JAMES MORRIN- THE MARINE REGIONAL COMMANDER, MR JOHN MACDONALD, AND THE SENIOR STAFF OFFICER/OPERATIONS, MR VINCE WALSH.

HE WAS BRIEFED ON HARBOUR POLICING BY THE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER, HARBOUR, MR KENNETH MACKENZIE. AMONG THE SUBJECTS DISCUSSED WERE THE PROPOSED REPLACEMENT OF THE HARBOUR VESSELS WITH SEVEN NEW PATROL CRAFT, INCREASED TRAFFIC THROUGH THE HARBOUR, PARTICULARLY THE WESTERN SIDE, AND POLICING IN TYPHOON SHELTERS.

SIR DAVID AND HIS PARTY LATER BOARDED ANOTHER DAMEN LAUNCH FOR TAI LAM CHUNG WHERE HE WAS GIVEN A DETAILED BRIEFING BY THE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER, WEST, MR RICHARD BELL ON THE PLANNED DEVELOPMENT OF THE LOCAL MARINE BASE AND WAS INTRODUCED TO THE SMALL BOAT UNIT BY THE OFFICER IN CHARGE, MR WALLACE MURISON. SBU EQUIPMENT AND BASE FACILITIES AS WELL AS THE NEED TO EXPAND THE ROLE OF THE UNIT TO INCLUDE ANTI-CRIME AND CROWD CONTROL RESPONSIBILITIES WERE ALSO DISCUSSED.

OTHER POLICING PROBLEMS IN WEST DIVISION, PARTICULARLY THE SMUGGLING OF GOODS TO AND FROM CHINA AND THE ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING OF MINOR IIS, WERE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONVERSATION.

SIR DAVID ENDED HIS TOUR WITH A CALL AT DEEP BAY TO VIEW THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS AT THE BORDER. DISCUSSIONS WERE HELD WITH OFFICERS IN CHARGE ON THE POLICING PROBLEMS CONCERNING ILLEGAL ARRIVALS POSED TO POLICE AND THE ARMY BY THE BUILDING OF ASH LAGOONS AT TAP SHEK KOK POWER STATION.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1936

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PROPERTY MARKET CONSOLIDATES * * * *

THE PROPERTY MARKET CONTINUED TO BE ACTIVE FROM JULY TO DECEMBER LAST YEAR, ALTHOUGH IT CONSOLIDATED SOMEWHAT TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

THIS IS STATED IN A REPORT ON THE PROPERTY MARKET WHICH, TOGETHER WITH A PAPER ON SPECULATION IN THE PROPERTY MARKET, WAS CONSIDERED AT A MEETING TODAY OF THE LAND AND BUILDINGS ADVISORY COMMITTEE (LBAC).

THE REPORT STATES THE MARKET FOR MOST CATEGORIES OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY HAD GENERALLY STABILISED.

NOTING THAT IN JULY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT RECORDED 32 OOO PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS -- THE HIGHEST NUMBER FOR THE YEAR --THE PAPER SAID HOWEVER, THAT PROSPECTIVE BUYERS, PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS APPEARED TO BE TAKING A MORE REALISTIC AND CAUTIOUS VIEW OF PROPERTY PRICES.

LARGE VALUE TRANSACTIONS WERE SCARCE.

ON THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MARKET THE REPORT SAID THE DEMAND FOR ACCOMMODATION CONTINUED TO STRENGTHEN DURING MOST OF 1985 DUE TO THE CONTINUATION OF HISTORICALLY LOW PROPERTY PRICES COMPARED TO THE EARLY 1980’S, BETTER CREDIT TERMS AND LOWER MORTGAGE RATES.

ALTHOUGH THERE WERE SIGNS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR OF SPECULATION CREEPING BACK, IT WAS QUITE CLEAR BY THE END OF THE YEAR THAT THIS SPECULATION WAS SHORT-LIVED.

ALTHOUGH THERE WAS RISING DEMAND DURING THE EARLIER PART OF THE YEAR, THE SUPPLY OF NEW PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION ALSO SHOWED A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE.

COMPARING THE FIRST 10 MONTHS OF 1985 WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1984, THE REPORT SHOWED COMPLETIONS ROSE 40 PER CENT TO 23 893 UNITS.

+ IT IS EXPECTED THAT SUPPLY BY THE END OF 1985 WILL SHOW AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 36 PER CENT OVER ACTUAL COMPLETIONS IN 1984,+ THE REPORT SAID.

PRICES OF SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FLATS WERE IN THE REGION OF $9 030 - $12 030 PER SQUARE METRE, ABOUT 20 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THOSE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

THE REPORT SAID SALES OF LARGER-SIZED ACCOMMODATION AT THE LUXURY END OF THE MARKET SHOWED A STRONG RECOVERY DURING THE MIDDLE OF 1985, DUE TO +PENT UP DEMAND* WHICH HAD BEEN KEPT EAUrx IN PREVIOUS YEARS BY HIGH INTEREST RATES AND UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

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IT SAID AT PRESENT PRICES RANGED BETWEEN $12 000 AND $15 □□□ PER SQUARE METRE, BUT THERE WERE SIGNS OF AN OVER-SUPPLY EMERGING AND PRICES APPEARED TO BE CONSOLIDATING, IF NOT DECREASING.

ON THE COMMERCIAL (MAINLY SHOPS) SECTOR THE REPORT SAID IT CONTINUED TO SUFFER FROM OVER-SUPPLY ALTHOUGH THE SUPPLY OF NEW COMMERCIAL PREMISES DECREASED BY 10 PER CENT FROM THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984.

THE SUPPLY OF NEW OFFICE SPACE IN THE FIRST 10 MONTHS OF 1985 ROSE SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THAT FOR THE SAME 1984 PERIOD, THE REPORT SAID, LARGELY ATTRACTED BY THE TRADE POTENTIAL IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA, PARTICULARLY CHINA.

MANY EXISTING COMPANIES HAD EXPANDED THEIR OPERATIONS AND MORE FOREIGN COMPANIES HAD SET UP OFFICES IN HONG KONG WITH A VIEW TO USING HONG KONG AS A REGIONAL BASE OR A SPRINGBOARD TO THE CHINA MARKET.

THE REPORT PREDICTED THAT THE MARKET FOR OFFICE ACCOMMODATION IN CENTRAL WAS LIKELY TO TIGHTEN TEMPORARILY, BUT GIVEN THE NUMBER OF OFFICE PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE PRICES AND RENTALS WERE NOT EXPECTED TO SHOW MUCH INCREASE.

ON INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY, THE REPORT SAID THE DEMAND FOR HIGH QUALITY INDUSTRIAL ACCOMMODATION APPEARED TO HAVE REMAINED STEADY IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1985 AFTER THE INCREASE IN 1984 AND EARLY 1985, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE CURRENTLY SIGNS OF A SOFTENING OF PRICES DUE POSSIBLY TO THE DROP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND THE THREAT OF PROTECTIONISM IN THE UNITED STATES.

IN CONCLUSION, THE REPORT SAID THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MARKET APPEARED TO HAVE STABILISED OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS AFTER A RESURGENCE OF TRADING ACTIVITY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR.

+THE UPWARD TREND OF PRICES AND RENTALS PARTICULARLY FOR MEDIUM AND LARGER-SIZED RESIDENTIAL UNITS SHOWED SIGNS OF LEVELLING CFF.+ IT SAID.

THERE HAD BEEN A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE SUPPLY OF RESIDENTIAL UNITS DURING THE YEAR, AND SUPPLY WAS EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN THE COMING YEAR.

+PRICES AND RENTALS FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY SHOULD THEREFORE REMAIN FAIRLY STABLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE,+ THE REPORT FORECAST.

DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL ACCOMMODATION APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN SUSTAINED AT THE CURRENT LEVEL OF PRICES AND RENTALS, BUT THERE WERE CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON DUE TO THE WEAK DOMESTIC EXPORT PERFORMANCE AND THE THREAT OF PROTECTIONISM.

THE PAPER ON PROPERTY SPECULATION SAID IT wAS CONSIDERED THAT THERE wERE BASICALLY Tw‘O FORMS:

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(A) WHERE A PERSON QUEUED TO PURCHASE A PROPERTY IN A DEVELOPMENT IN ANTICIPATION OF BEING ABLE TO SELL THE UNIT FOR WHICH HE HAD SIGNED A PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE BEFORE SIGNING THE SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS AND

(B) WHERE A PERSON PAID AN INITIAL DEPOSIT AND SIGNED AN AGREEMENT FOR SALE AND PURCHASE ON A PROPERTY WITH A View TO SELLING THE BENEFIT OF THE AGREEMENT AT A PREMIUM PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF THE DEVELOPMENT.

IT WAS GENERALLY AGREED THAT MOST CONCERN WAS ABOUT THE TYPE CF SPECULATION IN (A)= THE SECOND FORM WAS LESS PROBLEMATIC AND IN ANY CASE WOULD BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO PREVENT.

IT APPEARED THAT THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO SPECULATION AROSE FROM THE -FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED+ SALES SYSTEM, LOW INITIAL DEPOSITS AND FACILITIES WHEREBY NOMINAL OWNERSHIP OF PROPERTY COULD BE FREELY TRANSFERRED PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS.

THE PAPER PROPOSED THAT:

(A) THE REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS’ ASSOCIATION (REDA) SHOULD RECOMMEND TO ITS MEMBERS A SCHEME INVOLVING INTRODUCTION OF A SALE-BY-BALLOT SYSTEM FOR DISPOSAL OF DEVELOPMENTS WHERE IT WAS ANTICIPATED THAT SPECULATORS MIGHT BE INTERESTED?

(B) A LARGER DEPOSIT OF UP TO A MAXIMUM FIVE PER CENT OF THE PURCHASE PRICE OF A UNIT SHOULD BE PAID BY THE PROSPECTIVE PURCHASER WHEN SIGNING THE PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT; AND

(C) PURCHASERS SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO TRANSFER THEIR PROPERTY RIGHTS DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN SIGNING THE PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT AND THE COMPLETION OF THE SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT.

IT SAID THE MEASURES PROPOSED HAD BEEN CONSIDERED IN DETAIL BY THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM REDA AND THE HONG KONG BRANCH OF THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS.

+ ALL ARE IN AGREEMENT THAT SOME ACTION IS REQUIRED AND THAT THE MEASURES PROPOSED WILL BE EFFECTIVE IN TACKLING THE BASIC PROBLEMS WHILST MAINTAINING THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE PROPERTY MARKET FOR GENUINE INVESTMENT PURPOSES,* THE PAPER SAID.

MEMBERS OF LBAC AGREED THAT THE PROPOSALS SHOULD BE ENDORSED FOR RECOMMENDATION BY THE REDA TO ITS MEMBERS.

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NEED FOR REVALUATION EXERCISE STRESSED

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THE RATEABLE VALUE OF PROPERTY REPRESENTS AN ESTIMATE OF TH; ANNUAL RENT AT WHICH THE PROPERTY MIGHT REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO LET AND BECAUSE RENTS DO RISE OR FALL OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, THERE IS A NEED FOR RATEABLE VALUES TO REFLECT THE CURRENT RENTAL POSITION, THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION, MR GORDON BLENKINSOP SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

EXPLAINING THE REASONS FOR THE RECENTLY COMPLETED 1984 GENERAL REVALUATION, MR BLENKINSOP SAID RENTS DID NOT NECESSARY RISE OR FALL EVENLY FOR DIFFERENT CLASSES OF PROPERTY OR IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AND SO IF WE SIMPLY RAISED THE RATES PERCENTAGE EACH YEAR INSTEAD OF REVISING THE RATEABLE VALUES ACCORDING TO CURRENT RENTS PAYABLE, CERTAIN PROPERTIES WOULD BE UNFAIRLY PENALISED wHILE OTHERS WOULD PAY CONSIDERABLE LESS THAN THEY SHOULD.

ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON, MR BLENKINSOP SAID THE OTHER REASON WAS THAT IF WE CONTINUED TO VALUE NEW PREMISES AT THE 1976 LEVEL, WHEN THE PREVIOUS REVALUATION WAS CONDUCTED, THE MORE DIFFICULT IT BECAME FOR VALUERS TO DETERMINE WHAT VALUE SHOULD BE PLACED ON NEWLY BUILT PREMISES.

+THIS WAS PARTICULARLY TRUE IN AREAS SUCH AS SHA TIN, TAI PO AND TUEN MUN WHICH DID NOT EXIST IN THEIR PRESENT FORM IN 1976.

♦WE CERTAINLY DID NOT WISH TO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF ENGLAND AND WALES, WHERE THEY HAVE NOT CONDUCTED A REVALUATION SINCE 1973, WITH THE RESULT THAT NEW ESTATES BEING BUILT ARE VALUED AT HYPOTHETICAL 1973 RENTAL LEVELS, A CONCEPT THAT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN TO RATEPAYERS,+ HE SAID.

MR BLENKINSOP ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO CONDUCT ANOTHER GENERAL REVALUATION IN 1988 AND THEN REPEAT IT EVERY THREE YEARS.

AS FOR THE RESOLUTION PROPOSING TO RAISE THE RATES PERCENTAGES FROM 5.5 PER CENT TO 6 PER CENT, MR BLENKINSOP SAID THIS WAS INCLUDE. IN THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 «HICn HAD HAD ITS SECOND READ! A. AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING ON JANUARY 8.

HE SAID THE IMPRESSION THAT MANY RATEPAYERS WOULD HAVE LITTLE OP NO INCREASE IN THEIR RATES BILLS IN THE NEXT TW. YEARS *AS NOT cTRICTLY CORRECT, AS ALL RATEPAYERS WOULD FACE INCREASED RATES 1 < 1986/87 AND MOST IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

HE ADDED: -HOWEVER, THESE INCREASt. . i_L BE LIMITED BY T< RELIEF SCHEME TO A MAXIMUM OF 20 °E-' CENT -Ch 'I-.*

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+ IN THE CASE OF PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS, AVERAGE RATES WILL INCREASE IN 1986/87 BY 20 PER CENT (OR APPROXIMATELY $11 PER MONTH) WHETHER THE PERCENTAGE CHARGE REMAINS AT 5.5 PER CENT OR IS RAISED TO 6 PER CENT AND SO, AS WAS STATED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, RAISING THE PERCENTAGE CHARGE TO 6 PER CENT WILL NOT CAUSE ANY FURTHER INCREASE IN THE RATES PAID BY THE MAJORITY OF PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS IN 1986/87.

+FOR SMALL PRIVATE FLATS (THOSE LESS THAN 100 SQUARE METRES), AVERAGE INCREASES NEXT YEAR WILL BE IN THE REGION OF $25 PER MONTH, OR $10 MORE THAN IF THE PERCENTAGE CHARGE HAD REMAINED AT 5.5 PER CENT AND FOR LARGER FLATS (THOSE OVER 100 SQUARE METRES), THE AVERAGE INCREASE NEXT YEAR WILL BE $99 OR $56 MORE THAN IF THE PERCENTAGE CHARGE HAD NOT BEEN RAISED.*

MR BLENKINSOP, NEVERTHELESS, STRESSED THAT THESE FIGURES VERE ONLY AVERAGES AND INDIVIDUAL RATEPAYERS WOULD EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT INCREASES FROM THOSE MENTIONED.

A GENERAL RATE INCREASE, HE SAID, DID BRING WITH IT THE COMPENSATION OF HIGHER SALE PRICES AND RENTAL LEVELS.

+FURTHERMORE, RATES LEVELS IN HONG KONG AS A PERCENTAGE OF G.D.P. ARE CONSIDERABLY BELOW THOSE IN BRITAIN, NEW ZEALAND AND THE U.S.A., AND IN MANY OF THE NEWER DEVELOPMENTS NOW BEING BUILT IN HONG KONG, RATES ARE IN FACT LOWER THAN MANAGEMENT CHARGES.*

AS FOR WHETHER RATES WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST IN HONG KONG, MR BLENKINSOP SAID, *1 AM AFRAID THEY ARE HERE TO STAY, AS UNDER THE TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, RATEABLE VALUE WILL BE USED TO DETERMINE THE GROUND RENT PAYABLE UPON EXTENSION OF A LARGE NUMBER OF LAND LEASES WHICH EXPIRE BETWEEN NOW AND 1997.+

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TOBACCO AD RULING CLARIFIED

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THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR PETER TSAO, TODAY CLARIFIED THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO PROHIBIT A SERIES OF TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS SUBMITTED BY THE TOBACCO INSTITUTE OF HONG KONG.

MR TSAO SAID: +SECTION 7 OF THE TELEVISION (ADVERTISING) REGULATIONS PROVIDES THAT NO ADVERTISEMENT OF A RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL NATURE OR CONCERNED WITH ANY INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE SHALL BE BROADCAST.

+THE LEGAL ADVICE GIVEN TO US IS THAT ANY ADVERTISEMENT WHICH SEEKS TO CHANGE, OR TO PREVENT A CHANGE, IN THE LAW IS LEGALLY DEPINED AS POLITICAL. THE PROPOSED ADVERTISEMENTS THEREFORE CANNOT BE APPROVED.*

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HE ADDED, +IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE PROHIBITION, ANY WEALTHY PRESSURE GROUP COULD BUY AIR TIME TO ARGUE ITS CASE, POSSIBLY TO THE PREJUDICE OF LESS WEALTHY PERSONS WHO DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO PUT THE CONVERSE POSITION. THIS WOULD NOT BE IN THE INTERESTS OF FREE SPEECH.

+IF THE TOBACCO INSTITUTE WISHES TO REVISE ITS PROPOSED ADVERTISEMENTS AND TURN THEM INTO PURELY TOBACCO ADVERTISEMENTS, IT IS OF COURSE FREE TO DO SO, IN WHICH CASE THEY WOULD HAVE TO CARRY THE STANDARD GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING (’CIGARETTE SMOKING IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH’),* HE SAID.

MR TSAO WENT ON TO SAY THAT, CONTRARY TO ONE RECENT EDITORIAL COMMENT, THE REGULATIONS RELATE PURELY TO ADVERTISING AND NOT TO OTHER PROGRAMMES BROADCAST BY THE TELEVISION COMPANIES.

PROGRAMME STANDARDS ARE GOVERNED BY A SEPARATE CODE OF PRACTICE WHICH REQUIRES ONLY THAT PROGRAMMES DEALING WITH NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS BE FAIR AND BALANCED.

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STOCK EXCHANGE LISTING RULES PREPARED * * * * *

zTLlll_TtJF COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES, MR RAY ASTIN ANNOIJNCFn thhay (THURSDAY) THAT LISTING RULES MADE BY THE SECURITIES TOMMIS^inw WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TOMORROW (FRIDAY)! C°MMISS,0N

HE EXPLAINED THAT PROPOSED LISTING RULES HAD BEEN PREPARED BY THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES IN APRIL LAST YEAR, AND SUBMITTED FOR COMMENT BY INTERESTED PARTIES — THE STOCK EXCHANGES, LEGAL, ACCOUNTING AND STOCKBROKING BODIES, ACADEMIC PUBL STE’ BANKS’ FINANC,AL PUBLICATIONS AND A LARGE NUMBER OF

DRAFT RULES WERE THEN PREPARED BY THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, ON THE BASIS OF THE MANY COMMENTS RECEIVED.

THE RULES WILL COMMENCE ON FEBRUARY 1. HOWEVER, CERTAIN PROVISIONS CONCERNING COMPLETION OF THE NEW STATUTORY UNDERTAKING AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS IN RESPECT OF ANNUAL DIRECTORS’ STATEMENTS AND INTERIM REPORTS, WILL NOT TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY.

ALSO TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ARE THE SECURITIES (STOCK EXCHANGE LI ST I NG)(AMENDMENT) RULES 1986, WHICH ALTER THE CITATION OF THE PRINCIPAL RULES MADE IN 1976 AND INTRODUCE THE DEFINITION OF ’COMPANY’ INTO THOSE RULES.

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GOVERNOR TO INSPECT CSD PARADE * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL INSPECT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL PARADE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY.

HE WILL ALSO PRESENT COLONIAL PRISON SERVICE MEDALS TO 30 OFFICERS TO MARK THEIR 18 YEARS’ EXEMPLARY SERVICE WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL START AT 4 PM. THERE WILL BE FIXED PRESS POSITIONS AND CAMERAMEN ARE ADVISED TO BRING TELEPHOTO LENS. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL LEAVE THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT GUARDIAN HOUSE, 32 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 3 PM SHARP.

SHEUNG SHU I GETS OWN WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM

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A RAPID INCREASE IN WATER REQUIREMENTS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS HAS NECESSITATED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEPARATE WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR SHEUNG SHU I DISTRICT, THE DIRECTOR O17 WATER SUPPLIES, W TOM TOMLINSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SHEUNG SHU I TREATMENT WORKS, HE SAID THE WORKS WITH AN INITIAL CAPACITY OF 100 000 CUBIC METRES PER DAY WAS THE PRINCIPAL COMPONENT OF THE SYSTEM.

IT WAS ANTICIPATED THAT THE PLANT wOULD PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY TO THE DISTRICT UP TO 1990 AND PROVISION HAD BEEN MADE TO DOUBLE ITS CAPACITY AT THAT TIME IF THE NEED AROSE.

MR TOMLINSON SAID THE NEw SYSTEM DREW WATER VIA THE PUMPING INSTALLATION AT MUK WU FROM THE EAST RIVER IN GUANGDONG PROVINCE. IT WAS TREATED AT THE NEW WORKS BEFORE BEING PUMPED FROM THE ADJACENT NEW PUMPING STATION THROUGH SIX KILOMETRES OF NEaLY-LAlD TRUNK MAIN TO THE NEW TABLE HILL RESERVOIR AND THE EXISTING TONG HANG RESERVOIR FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE AREA, FANNING NORTHWARDS FROM WO HOP SHEK TO LOK MA CHAU TO THE WEST AND SHA TAU KOK TO THE EAST.

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improvements to the distribution NETWORK HAD ALSO RFFN !?rected and a further TWO service reservoirs one AT PING CHF AND THt OTHER AT KWU TUNG, WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED IN THE FUTURE TO FURTHER

IMPROVE THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

MR TOMLINSON SAID THE COST OF THE TREATMENT WORKS ITSELF WAS 829 MILLION, BUT THE WHOLE OF THE NEW WORKS, INCLUDING THE PUMPING STATION, TABLE HILL RESERVOIR, TRUNK MAINS AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, HAD COST ABOUT $141 MILLION.

+THUS, IN TERMS OF CAPACITY, EXTENT OF SUPPLY, AREA AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT, THE SCHEME CAN CERTAINLY BE REGARDED AS ONE OF CONSIDERABLE IMPORTANCE,* HE SAID.

MR TOMLINSON GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT ANY FURTHER WATER DEMANDS IN KEEPING WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA WOULD BE MET.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WAS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEMBER, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WHO SAID IT WAS COMFORTING TO LEARN THAT WATER REQUIREMENTS OF THE DISTRICT WOULD BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW AND THAT FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE MADE AS AND WHEN NECESSARY.

HE SAID HE HOPED THAT COMMISSIONING OF THE NEW TREATMENT WORKS WOULD HELP ENSURE THE WELL-BEING OF RESIDENTS AND BRING INCREASED PROSPERITY TO THE AREA.

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTOR FOR THE PROJECT WAS NISHIMATSU CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, AND THE PLANT CONTRACTOR BIWATER (TREATMENT) HONG KONG LTD.

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PLAN TO CLOSE BEACH SHELVED

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ANGLER’S BEACH AND GEMINI (WEST) BEACH IN TSUEN WAN WILL NOT NOW HAVE TO BE CLOSED BY THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL.

THIS IS BECAUSE SHAM TSENG WILL NOT NOW BE USED AS A FILL SOURCE FOR RECLAMATION OF LAND FOR THE PROPOSED CONTAINER TERMINAL 6, AND THESE TWO BEACHES WILL NOT BE REQUIRED FOR BARGE LOADING OPERATIONS, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES (HEADQUARTERS), MR GEOFFREY ORR, TOLD A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

+HOWEVER, THE PROJECT MANAGER (TSUEN WAN) ADVISES THAT SHAM TSENG MAY STILL BE USED IN FUTURE TO PROVIDE FILL SOURCE FOR RECLAMATION OF LAND FOR THE PROPOSED CONTAINER TERMINALS 7 AND 8 OR OTHER PROJECTS. IN WHICH CASE, THE TWO BEACHES WOULD NEED TO EE CLOSED FOR THE NECESSARY BARGE LOADING OPERATIONS,* HE ADDED.

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AT THE MEETING, THE COUNCIL GAVE APPROVAL TO THE HYGIENE ADVISER OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH TO TAKE PART IN THE 2ND WORLD CONGRESS ON FOODBORNE INFECTIONS AND INTOXICATIONS TO BE HELD IN WEST BERLIN FROM MAY 26 TO 30.

THE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES, MR MICHAEL SUEN, TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT FOODBORNE INFECTIONS AND INTOXICATIONS REMAINED A WORLDWIDE PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM WHICH COULD ONLY BE SOLVED BY CLOSE COLLABORATION OF ALL RESPONSIBLE.

+THE RESULT OF THE CONGRESS SHOULD SERVE AS A BASIS FOR SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND AND CRITICALLY EVALUATED CONTROL MEASURES,+ IE SAID.

+THE SUBJECTS TO BE PRESENTED AND DISCUSSED AT THE CONGRESS WOULD BE BENEFICIAL BOTH TO THE HYGIENE ADVISER AS AN EXPERT IN HYGIENE AND THE SERVICE AT LARGE.+

THE COUNCIL ALSO GAVE ITS APPROVAL TO THE FOLLOWING PROPOSALS WHICH HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY THE RELEVANT SELECT COMMITTEES:

1. DEMARCATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES FOR FUNDING SPORTS

THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS (CRS) SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FUNDING PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS EVENTS HELD EITHER LOCALLY OR OVERSEAS, THE SELECTION AND TRAINING OF NATIONAL SQUADS AND THE TRAINING . OF SPORTS OFFICIALS. THE REGIONAL AND URBAN COUNCILS SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FUNDING EVENTS ORGANISED ON A LOCAL, MULTI-DISTRICT OR REGIONAL LEVEL.

2. AMENDMENTS TO THE PLACES OF AMUSEMENT (NEW TERRITORIES) REGULATIONS

AMENDMENTS SHOULD BE MADE TO EMPOWER THE DIRECTOR OF REGIONAL SERVICES (AND IN FUTURE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL) TO REFUSE AN APPLICATION FOR THE TRANSFER OF A LICENCE ISSUED UNDER THE REGULATIONS.

3. CONTRIBUTION TO THE 10TH NORTH DISTRICT FLOWER SHOW

A CONTRIBUTION OF $100 000 SHOULD BE MADE TO THE IDTh NORTH DISTRICT FLOWER SHOW, WHICH IS THE ONLY SHOW OF ITS KIND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE COUNCIL ELECTED MR CHOw CHUN-aING AS ITS REPRESENTATIVE TO THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE ON YOUTH.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1986

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KOWLOON CITY DB TO DISCUSS HAWKER POLICY

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KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THREE CURRENT ISSUES — THE HAWKER AND MARKET POLICIES, THE CONTROL OF POLLUTION CAUSED BY ANIMAL WASTES AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE REPORT OF THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR OWEN BROADLEY, THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY (POLLUTION) OF THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH, MR I.A. HOWARD, AND THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY (BROADCASTING) OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION BRANCH, MR J.A. CLARKE WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE RESUMPTION OF PRIVATE STREETS IN THE DISTRICT, MEDICAL SERVICES FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS, CONTROL OF BILLIARD CENTRES AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF RECENT URBAN COUNCIL PROJECTS IN THE KOWLOON CITY AREA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

SURVEY ON FEMALE WORKFORCE

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A SURVEY ON WORKING CONDITIONS OF FEMALE WORKERS IN TSUEN WAN FACTORIES WILL START FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 20).

THE SURVEY IS COMMISSIONED BY THE INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WITH A VIEW TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORKING CONDITIONS OF FEMALE WORKERS, THEIR ATTITUDE AND DISPOSITION TOWARDS THEIR WORK AND PROBLEMS IN THEIR JOB MOBILITY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE SAID IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF FEMALE WORKERS EMPLOYED IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS IN TSUEN WAN, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A PROPER STUDY ON THE SUBJECT.


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SUBSEQUENT TO THE SURVEY, THE COMMITTEE WOULD MAKE SUITABLE RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRIALISTS, HE SAID.

THE FIELD SURVEY WHICH LASTS UNTIL FEBRUARY 5 WILL BE CONDUCTED BY STUDENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THEY WILL VISIT 150 FACTORIES WHICH HAVE BEEN SELECTED AT RANDOM IN THE DISTRICT. THE MANAGEMENT AND SOME 1 000 FEMALE WORKERS AGED 1R OR ABOVE WILL BE INTERVIEWED.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT NO NAMES OF PERSONS OR INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS WOULD BE RECORDED IN THE SURVEY AND ALL DATA COLLECTED WOULD BE TREATED WITH THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD.

INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED THROUGH RANDOM SAMPLING WILL BE NOTIFIED BY AN EXPLANATORY LETTER WITH THE SCHEDULED TIME OF VISIT BY THE SURVEY STAFF. EACH SURVEY TEAM MEMBER WILL CARRY A PROPER ACCREDITED IDENTITY CARD BEARING A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE HOLDER.

MEANWHILE, STAFF OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL CALL ON THE FACTORIES TO EXPLAIN TO THEM MATTERS RELATED TO THE SURVEY.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MAY.

FUNDS APPROVED FOR BETTER FACILITIES

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THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS APPROVED AN ALLOCATION OF $20 000 TO IMPROVE EXISTING FACILITIES IN A COMMUNITY CENTRE, AND TWO COMMUNITY HALLS IN THE DISTRICT.

SINCE JUNE LAST YEAR, THE MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNITY HALLS AND CENTRES WAS TRANSFERRED FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

IN EASTERN, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS HAVE ALSO BEEN APPOINTED TO THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THESE CENTRES AND HALLS TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE OPERATION OF THE FACILITIES AND TO PROMOTE THE LOCAL MANAGEMENT ROLE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THESE COMMUNITY HALLS AND CENTRE, WHICH PROVIDE BASIS FACILITIES SUCH AS BASKETBALL COURTS, ASSEMBLY HALLS, BADMINTON COURTS AND CONFERENCE ROOMS, ARE ALSO USED FOR HOLDING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES.

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THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AGREED THAT A BETTER UTILISATION RATE CAN BE ACHIEVED WITH SOME IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING FACILITIES.

ADDITIONAL FACILITIES SUCH AS TABLES AND CHAIRS FOR CHILDREN’S PAINTING AND WRITING CLASSES, MIRRORS AND BARS FOR DANCING, BACKDROPS FOR THE STAGE, TABLE-TENNIS TABLES AND MATTRESSES WILL SOON BE PROVIDED AT THE VENUES SO THAT THERE WILL BE MORE CHOICES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD.

OTHER MEASURES BEING TAKEN BY THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES TO PROMOTE BETTER USAGE OF THESE VENUES INCLUDE MORE PUBLICITY, SIMPLIER BOOKING PROCEDURES, ADDITIONAL TRAINING CLASSES AND ENCOURAGING DISTRICT-WIDE ORGANISATIONS TO USE THE HALLS AND CENTRE.

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DB MEMBERS VISIT INCINERATOR PLANT * * * *

IN RESPONSE TO RECENT PUBLIC CONCERN OVER THE MAINTENANCE OF CHIMNEYS AT THE KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATOR PLANT, A VISIT HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TOWORROW (FRIDAY) MORNING.

THE PLANT MANAGER, MR G.W. ROWLAND, AND A GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE SURVEYOR WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE ROUTINE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE INCINERATOR.

AFTER TOURING THE PLANT, MEMBERS WILL ALSO VISIT THE KENNEDY TOWN ABBATOIR, FOLLOWED BY A DISCUSSION OF THE MORNING’S VISITS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 9.45 AM TOMORROW OUTSIDE THE ENTRANCE OF THE CENTENARY MANSION AT 9-15 VICTORIA ROAD, KENNEDY TOWN.

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REPORT ON IYY ACTIVITIES TO BE COMPILED

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TO COMMEMORATE HONG KONG’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE ON THE 1985 INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR (CCCIYY) IS COMPILING A REPORT ON ALL IYY EVENTS ORGANISED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES LAST YEAR.

ORGANISATIONS THAT SPONSORED OR ORGANISED ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE IYY ARE REQUESTED TO PROVIDE RELEVANT INFORMATION OR FEEDBACK TO THE CCCIYY BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CCCIYY, MRS PAMELA CHAN, SAID THE COMMITTEE HAD PUBLISHED TWO PROGRAMMES ON IYY ACTIVITIES LAST JANUARY AND JULY 1985 TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF EVENTS PLANNED FOR THE YOUTH YEAR.

TO ASSIST IN COMPILING THE REPORT A QUESTIONNAIRE HAS BEEN SENT TO OVER 1 500 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS INVOLVED WITH YOUNG PEOPLE. ANY VOLUNTARY AGENCY OR COMMERCIAL SPONSOR WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED A COPY AND IS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING MAY OBTAIN ONE FROM ANY DISTRICT OFFICE.

+WE ARE ALSO INTERESTED IN GATHERING INFORMATION ON THE IYY FUNCTIONS THAT WERE NOT INCLUDED IN OUR PUBLISHED PROGRAMMES,+ WS CHAN SAID.

♦THE REPORT WILL GIVE A DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF THE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED, THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH EVENT, AND THE DEGREE OF YOUTH INVOLVEMENT IN PLANNING THOSE EVENTS,* SHE ADDED.

QUESTIONNAIRES SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SECRETARY, CCCIYY, 13TH FLOOR, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, BEFORE JANUARY 30.

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FIRE STATION COMPLEX OPENING

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THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU, MR TOM GARDINER, WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENING THE FIRE STATION COMPLEX IN KOWLOON BAY TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 10.30 AM.

THE DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION HAS BEEN BUILT TO STRENGTHEN THE FIRE COVER FOR THE DENSELY POPULATED AREA OF KOWLOON EAST.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE STATION AT 5 LAM HING STREET.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1986

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SYMPOSIUM FOR RESTAURANT WORKERS ORGANISED * * * *

PEOPLE IN THE RESTAURANT AND CATERING INDUSTRY ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN A SYMPOSIUM ON LABOUR RELATIONS ON JANUARY 28 AT THE SHERATON HOTEL.

ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE HALF-DAY SESSION IS FOR EMPLOYERS, PERSONNEL AND MANAGEMENT STAFF, AND TRADE UNION MEMBERS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON LABOUR-MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

IT WILL ALSO HELP PARTICIPANTS GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING CF THEIR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THE SYMPOSIUM WILL BE OPENED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR TAM YIU-CHUNG, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, AND MR RON BRIDGE.

THE OPENING WILL BE FOLLOWED BY TALKS BY PROFESSIONALS IN THE TRADE AND LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICERS.

THOSE INTERESTED IN THE SYMPOSIUM SHOULD CONTACT THE LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT (TEL: 5-8523511) BY MONDAY (JANUARY 20).

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FIGHT CRIME DRAMA COMPETITION TO BE STAGED

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A DRAMA COMPETITION AIMED AT SPREADING THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE WILL BE STAGED AT THE COMMUNITY HALL OF CARITAS CENTRE IN CAINE ROAD ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 18) AFTERNOON.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SCHOOL HEADS COUNCIL.

WITH THE AIM OF ENHANCING CRIME PREVENTION KNOWLEDGE AND TO MOBILISE RESIDENTS AGAINST CRIME, THE THEME OF THE COMPETITION IS TO URGE RESIDENTS TO HELP THEIR NEIGHBOURS AND TO WATCH OUT FOR CRIMINAL ELEMENTS.

THERE WILL BE EIGHT SCHOOL TEAMS WITH MORE THAN 100 STUDENTS TAKING PART IN THE COMPETITION.

THE EVENT WILL START AT 6.30 PM AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

THUHJJAY, JANUARY l6, 1?86

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OF.-'IC I AT ING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DRAMA COMPETITION WILL EE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN, MISS WENDY KWOK; CHAIRMAN OF THE FIGHT CRIME DRAMA COMPETITION COMMITTEE, MR WU CHOR-NAM; POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER (WESTERN), MR MAK KWOK-KUEN; POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER (CENTRAL), MR HO SZE-MING; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT SCHOOL HEADS COUNCIL, MR LEE SHUN-TAK 5 AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE, DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS, MR LEE TAT-YU.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DRAMA COMPETITION.

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CARNIVAL ON CLEAN ENVIRONMENT FOR SUNDAY

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A LARGE-SCALE CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD AT KWUN TONG’S HONG NING ROAD PLAYGROUND THIS SUNDAY (JANUARY 19) TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE CF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS.

THE CARNIVAL, PART OF THE CURRENT CLEAN KWUN TONG CAMPAIGN, WILL FEATURE A DRAWING AND COLOURING COMPETITION WITH SOME 700 CHILDREN, ALL UNDER 12, EXPRESSING THEIR IDEAS ON A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT.

A GIANT BALLOON ELEPHANT WILL ALSO BE INSTALLED AT THE PLAYGROUND FOR CHILDREN TO PLAY INSIDE.

SEVEN GAMES STALLS WILL BE MOUNTED BY LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO EDUCATE CHILDREN ON THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THEIR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

FOR TEENAGERS IN THE CROWD, THERE WILL BE A POP CONCERT STAGED BY THREE WELL-KNOWN SINGERS DURING THt CARNIVAL. WINNERS OF A RECENT LYRIC-WRITING COMPETITION WILL ALSO PERFORM.

RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE CLEAN KWUN TONG CARNIVAL, WHICH STARTS AT 2 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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ORGANISED BY THE CLEAN KwUN TONG CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, THE CARNIVAL WILL BE OFFICIATED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK; THE DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT, MR ANTHONY SIU; A SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER, MRS IVY CHAN; THE PUBLICITY EXECUTIVE OF CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, MR JOSEPH TASHIRO; URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR STEPHEN LAU; AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLEAN KWUN TONG CARNIVAL AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY AT THE HONG NING ROAD PLAYGROUND.

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+NT IN PHOTO+ COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED * * *

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED THE RESULTS OF THE +NT IN PHOTO 1985+ COMPETITION.

IN THE MONOCHROME PRINT GROUP FOR STUDENTS, THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES WENT TO MR NG KOON-MING, MISS POON LAI-JAH AND MR FONG VAI-KEONG RESPECTIVELY.

IN THE COLOUR PRINT GROUP FOR STUDENTS, MISS LI LUN-YING WON WHILE MR JIN CHI-HUNG AND MISS CHAN PUI-LIN TOOK SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES.

THE FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE WINNERS IN THE OPEN MONOCHROME PRINT GROUP WERE MISS CHAN YIN-YEE, MR TANG PING-YUNG AND MR CHEUNG CHENG-PING.

THE FIRST THREE WINNERS IN THE OPEN COLOUR PRINT GROUP WERE MR TUNG YU-SO, MR YU KWONG-CHUN AND MISS CHEUNG SIU-HING.

THE ACTING CHIEF LIBRARIAN OF THE RSD, MR WONG WING-HAY, ..ILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AT 11 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 18) IN THE SOUTH KWAI CHUNG PUBLIC LIBRARY ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE ON DISPLAY CEREMONY. ADMISSION WILL BE FREE.

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OPEN DAY, SEMINAR AT TRAINING CENTRES * * * *

ALL 10 TRAINING CENTRES OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL BE HOLDING OPEN DAYS FOR THE FIRST TIME ON THE NEXT TWO SATURDAYS TO ENABLE VISITORS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND FACILITIES OF THE CENTRES.

THE OPEN DAY FOR THE TRAINING CENTRES AT 13-19 SAN KWAI STREET, KWAI CHUNG, WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY (JANUARY 18) WHILE CENTRES AT 46 TAI YIP STREET, KOWLOON BAY, WILL BE OPENED FROM 13 AM TO 5 PM ON JANUARY 25.

THE COUNCIL WILL ALSO ORGANISE FOR CAREERS MASTERS AND SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS A SEMINAR ON INDUSTRIAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND CAREERS PROSPECTS IN INDUSTRY FOR FORM 3 LEAVERS AT THE KOWLOON BAY TRAINING CENTRE COMPLEX ON JANUARY 25.

EIGHT OF THE 10 TRAINIG CENTRES WILL BE PROVIDING A TOTAL CF 1 300 ONE-YEAR AND SIX-MONTH FULL-TIME CRAFT TRAINING PLACES FOR FORM 3 LEAVERS IN THE 1986-87 TRAINING SESSION.

THESE ARE CENTRES FOR AUTOMOBILE, ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONICS, MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING, PLASTICS, PRINTING, TEXTILE AND GAS INDUSTRIES.

CURRENT FORM 3 STUDENTS MAY APPLY IN MARCH THROUGH THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM.

THE SEMINAR WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CAREERS MASTERS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE OBJECTIVES OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES AND FACILITIES OF THE CENTRES.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON THE SEMINAR AND RESERVATION, CONTACT Nfi N. WONG ON 5-8932341 EXT. 254 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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PROPER DISPOSAL OF LITTER URGED

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS CALLED ON RESIDENTS TO DISPOSE OF THEIR GARBAGE PROPERLY WHEN CARRYING OUT THEIR YEAR-ENJ HOME CLEAN-UP WITH THE APPROACH OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS GIVE-AaAY ITEMS, wITh AN APPEAL URGING RESIDENTS NOT TO THROW OBJECTS OUT OF WINDOWS, HAVE BEEN PRINTED AND ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE IN ABERDEEN CENTRE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES IN WAH FU AND STANLEY.

THESE ITEMS INCLUDE WALL CALENDAR, njLtRS a.. STICKERS. RULERS WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO STUDENTS THROU-- LOCAL SCHOOLS.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1986

THE DISTRICT BOARD LAUNCHED AN EXTENSIVE +CAMPAIGN AGAINST THROWING OBJECTS FROM BUILDINGS* IN SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES LAST YEAR TO ENHANCE RESIDENTS’ CIVIC-MINDEDNESS.

+THE CAMPAIGN HAS PROVED SUCCESSFUL AND THE BOARD DECIDED TO RENEW ITS CALL AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN EACH HOUSEHOLD WILL BE CARRYING OUT YEAR-END CLEAN-UPS,+ A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL MATCHES ORGANISED FOR THE DEAF

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A BASKETBALL KNOCKOUT COMPETITION AND A FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT FOR THE DEAF WILL BE HELD AT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE OVER THE NEXT TWO SUNDAYS -- JANUARY 19 AND 26.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND THE HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEAF, THE PROJECTS ARE AIMED AT STIMULATING AN INTEREST IN SPORTS AMONG THE DEAF AND TO HELP THEM DEVELOP CONFIDENCE.

THE BASKETBALL KNOCKOUT MATCHES WILL START AT 10.30 AM THIS SUNDAY AND WINNING TEAMS WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES BY THE CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER, MR RAYMOND CHAN.

FINALS OF THE FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SPORTS CENTRE BETWEEN 3 PM AND 6 PM ON JANUARY 26.

THE MANAGER OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, MR HOWARD WELLS, WILL BE PRESENTING PRIZES TO THE WINNERS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND BOTH EVENTS WHICH ARE FREE.

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ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR SINGING CONTEST * * * X

YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 30 AND LIVING, WORKING OR STUDYING IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE FOURTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SINGING CONTEST.

THE CONTEST, AIMED AT PROMOTING AN INTEREST IN SINGING ANU DISCOVERING TALENTS IN THE DISTRICT, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN).

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THE CONTEST COMPRISES THREE CATEGORIES - CLASSICAL MUSIC (SOLO SINGING), POP MUSIC/FOLK SONG (SOLO SINGING) AND POP MUSIC/FOLK SONG (GROUP SINGING).

PRELIMINARIES a ILL BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE OF THE ARTS CENTRE ON FEBRUARY 27, MARCH 1 AND 2 AND THE FINALS AT THE CONCERT HALL OF THE CITY HALL ON MARCH 30 AT 8 PM.

A CASH PRICE OF $1 000 rtlLL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNER IN EACH CATEGORY WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNER-UP RECEIVING $500 AND $300.

ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE OF THE MUSIC OFFICE AND ENQUIRY CENTRES OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES WILL BE FEBRUARY 10.

FOR ENQUIRIES, CALL 5-283257.

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FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL TICKETS AVAILABLE

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THE 1985-86 FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN FOR SAI KUNG WILL CONCLUDE WITH A CARNIVAL ON JANUARY 25 (SATURDAY) AT THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORIo GROUND IN SAI KUNG TOWN.

A PARACHUTE JUMP STAGED BY THE MILITARY, A POLICE DOG SHOW AND PERFORMANCE BY THE POLICE BAND WILL BE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS CF THE CARNIVAL.

PONY AND CAMEL RIDES, AND GAMES STALLS WILL BE THE OTHER ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY.

THE CARNIVAL WILL START AT 2 PM WITH A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OFFICIATED BY SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO; CENTRAL FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBER, MRS SOPHIA HO; AND POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (WONG TAI SIN), MR F.S. KAVANAGH.

ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE CARNIVAL ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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MENTAL HEALTH WORK ON SHOW * O *

A 16-DAY EXHIBITION ON REHABILITATION SERVICES WILL BE OPENED IN WONG TAI SIN ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 18) AS PART OF THE DISTRICT PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF MENTAL HEALTH AND REHABILITATION.

THE EXHIBITION IS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN-SAI KUNG DISTRICT REHABILITATION SERVICES CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE. IT WILL LAST TILL FEBRUARY 2 AND WILL BE MOUNTED AT FOUR DIFFERENT LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE REGIONAL OFFICER (EAST KOWLOON) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MR LOK MAN-PAN, WILL GIVE AN OPENING ADDRESS AT THE CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 3 PM ON SATURDAY.

THE CENTRE IS LOCATED AT 104 CHING TAK STREET WHERE THE FIRST EXHIBITION WILL BE MOUNTED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

CHANGE OF *

PHONE NUMBERS * *

DUE TO A DISTRICT, THE

REARRANGEMENT OF TELEPHONE NUMBERS IN KWUN TONG

„ „ . NEW NUMBERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S LOCAL

EMPLOYMENT SERVICE IN THE DISTRICT ARE : 3-452832, ^-4^2838 AND 3-452875, TWO OTHER LINES: 3-420486 AND 8-435090 WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED. '

EMPLOYERS IN THE DISTRICT WHO WANT TO RECRUIT STAFF MAY PLACE VACANCY ORDERS BY TELEPHONE. ENQUIRIES ON REGISTRATION MATTERS CAN ALSO BE MADE AT THE ABOVE TELEPHONE NUMBERS.

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WESTERN, WAN CHAI TRAFFIC CHANGES * * * * *

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM EASTBOUND

DES VOEUX ROAD WEST INTO SOUTHBOUND WHITTY STREET AND FROM WESTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST INTO NORTHBOUND WHITTY STREET FROM 10 AM SATURDAY (JANUARY 18) IN CONNECTION WITH THE COMMISSIONING OF A SIGNALISED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ON DES VOEUX ROAD WEST NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH WHITTY STREET.

VEHICLES ON THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HILL ROAD WILL ALSO EE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO DES VOEUX ROAD WEST.

MEANWHILE, FROM 9 AM TO 7 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 19), 01 KWAN ROAD CIRCUIT WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY TRAFFIC IN CLOCKWISE DIRECTION TO FACILITATE THE FLOAT PARADE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

THE METERED PARKING SPACES ON 01 KWAN ROAD OPPOSITE THE STADIUM WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR THE DURATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JaNUkRY 17, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNMENT HOPEFUL OF MORE REFUGEE RELETTLQIBiT ........... 1

1987 REVIEW NOT AN EMPTY ONE — SIR DAVID................... 2

BILL AIMS AT FIGHTING TAX AVOIDANCE ....................... 3

LAND COMMISSION HOLDS SEVENTH MEETING ..................... 4

LONG SERVICE PAYMENT LAW EXPLAINED ........................ 5

BILL DEAL WITH INJURY CLAIMS .............................. 6

+NET CAPITAL+ DEFINED IN NOTICE ........................... 7

MTR BILL PROVIDES FOR COMPENSATION CLAIMS ................. 8

BILL SETS AWARD INTEREST RATE ............................. 8

THIRD QUARTER RESTAURANT SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED .......... 8

TWO JAPANESE BANKS GRANTED LICENCES ....................... 'll

DECEMBER COOLER THAN USUAL ................................ 11

SKILLS TEAM MEETS LADY YOU DE ............................. 1^

FIRE STATION IN KOWLOON BAY OPENED......................... 1^

DREDGING IN DEEP BAY PLANNED .............................. 15

CS TO OPEN WAN CHAI FESTIVAL .............................. 16

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR TSING YI BRIDGE WORK ................. 17

PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS MAKE PROGRESS ....................... 17

TEMPLE EXPECTED TO ATTRACT VISITORS ....................... 18

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN WESTERN DISTRICT AND WAN CHAI .......... 19

PULLOVER JACKETS .......................................... 19

CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ............................. 20

ARRAN STREET TRAFFIC CHANGES START MONDAY ................. 20

WAN CHAI OFFERS FESTIVAL DISCO NIGHT ...................... 21

MOCK DISTRICT BOARD EXERCISE FOR STUDENTS ................. 21

BOARD MEMBERS SET FOR BIG CLEAN UP ........................ 22

SEA COURSE FOR ACTIVE YOUTHS .............................. 22

PRIZES FOR OUTSTANDING YOUTHS IN EASTERN .................. 23

1+00 FOR DANCE CONTEST .................................... 24

SEMINAR FOR TRADE UNIONS .................................. 2i+

SUNDAY BASKETBALL FOR OFFICE STAFF ........................ 24

WINNING PICTURES FOR SHOW ................................. 25

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GOVERNMENT HOPEFUL OF MORE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT

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THE GOVERNMENT WAS HOPEFUL OF A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN THE RATE OF RESETTLEMENT OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE SAID TODAY.

HE EXPLAINED THAT WHILE THE RATE OF lEW ARRIV LS HAD DROPPED CONSIDERABLY, SO HAD THE RATE AT WHICH THE REFUGEE. HAD BEEN RESETTLED ABROAD.

+BUT. FOLLOWING THE UNITED KINGDOM’S AGREEMENT TO INCREASE THE INTAKE OF REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG, THE GOVERNMENT IS ENGAGED IN A MAJOR CAMPAIGN TO SECURE ASSISTANCE FROM COUNTRIES TO ACCEPT REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

SPEAKING THIS AFTERNOON AT THE ANNUAL PARADE OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, SIR EDWARD SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD CONTINUED +TO SHOULDER MANFULLY ITS DEMANDING TASK OF MANAGING CLOSED CENTRES FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES*.

SIR EDWARD SAID HE HAD OFTEN SAID THAT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT PLAYED AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN THE SYSTEM OF LAW AND ORDER.

♦SOUND CORRECTIONAL AND REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES ARE NECESSARY FOR THOSE HELD IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS IF THEY ARE TO LEAD A PRODUCTIVE, LAW ABIDING LIFE ON THEIR RELEASE,+ THE GOVERNOR SAID.

THIS WAS WHY EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON THE GENERAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION OF OFFENDERS, PARTICULARLY THE YOUNGER OFFENDERS. IN 1985, 152 INMATES HAD TAKEN PART IN PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS. ALL THE RESULTS WERE NOT YET KNOWN, BUT SO FAR AN AVERAGE PASS RATE OF 90 PER CENT HAD BEEN ACHIEVED, SIR EDWARD SAID.

♦MANY CANDIDATES HAVE ACHIEVED DISTINCTIONS AND CREDITS. OVERALL THE RECORD IS ONE WHICH ANY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION WOULD BE PROUD 0F,+ HE SAID.

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES’ INDUSTRIES HAD ALSO CONTINUED TO EXPAND AND DIVERSIFY, WITH COMPLETION LAST YEAR OF A MULTISTOREY WORKSHOP COMPLEX AT PIK UK PRISON. TOTAL COMMERCIAL VALUE OF GOODS AND SERVICES PRODUCED LAST YEAR CAME TO $125 MILLION.

SIR EDWARD ALSO PRESENTED COLONIAL PRISON SERVICE MEDALS TO 30 OFFICERS + IN RECOGNITION OF THE EXEMPLARY SERVICE OF THE PEOPLE CONCERNED*.

/SPEAKING OF .......

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SPEAKING OF THE FOUR PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED OFFICERS WHO WERE AMONG THOSE RECEIVING THE MEDALS, THE GOVERNOR SA D: +THEIR ACHIEVEMENT IS CLEAR TESTIMONY TO THE FACT THAT A PHYSICAL HANDICAP IS NOT NECESSARILY A BAR TO MAKE A REAL CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY.

SEVEN CONTINGENTS, COMPRISING 196 OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT, TOOK PART IN THE PARADE COMMANDED BY THE PRINCIPAL OF THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE, SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT LAM WAH-PAK.

LIGHT AND MARCHING MUSIC WAS PROVIDED BY THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND. THE TAI TAM GIRLS’ PIPERS AND PRECISION MARCHING TEAM ALSO PERFORM DURING THE PARADE.

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1987 REVIEW NOT AN EMPTY ONE SIR DAVID *****

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) HE HAD ASSURED UMELCO MEMBERS THAT THE 1987 REVIEW WOULD NOT BE AN EMPTY ONE.

ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS AFTER HIS REGULAR MEETING WITH UMELCO MEMBERS, SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT YET MADE UP ITS MIND ABOUT THE SCOPE OF THE REVIEW AND ITS SIZE AND SHAPE.

♦ BUT IT WILL BE A PROPER REVIEW,* HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID HE COULD NOT SAY AT THE PRESENT TIME WHETHER THE REVIEW WOULD INCLUDE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE AND THE LEGISLATURE.

♦OBVIOUSLY, DURING THIS YEAR, WE’VE GOT TO LISTEN TO THE VIEWS OF THE-PEOPLE OF HONG KONG- WE’VE GOT TO GIVE TIME FOR THE PRESENT SYSTEM TO SETTLE DOWN- AND AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WE HAVE THEN GOT TO TAKE ALL THE THINGS INTO CONSIDERATION BEFORE WE START ON WRITING THE REVIEW.+

ASKED WHAT MR LU PING, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE HONG KONG AND MACAO AFFAIRS OFFICE OF CHINA’S STATE COUNCIL, HAD SAID ABOUT THE REVIEW WHEN THEY HAD DINNER TOGETHER YESTERDAY, SIR DAVID SAID, ♦WE JUST HAD A FRIENDLY DINNER PARTY. WE DIDN’T DISCUSS THE REVIEW.+

ASKED EARLIER TO COMMENT ON THE HOUSE OF COMMONS DEBATE ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID HE THOUGHT IT WAS A VERY FULL DEBATE.

♦THERE WAS A GOOD EXPRESSION OF OPINION FROM VARIOUS POINTS OF VIEW AND AS THE MINISTER SAID, THEY WILL NOW GIVE FULL CONSIDERATION TO ALL THE POINTS THAT WERE RAISED IN THE DEBATE AND IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

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BILL AIMS AT FIGHTING TAX AVOIDANCE * * * *

A BILL AIMED AT FIGHTING TAX AVOIDANCE, AND WHICH INCORPORATES RECOMMENDATIONS FROM UMELCO, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

THE INLAND REVENUE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JANUARY 29, FOR FURTHER DEBATE ON FEBRUARY 5, HAD FIRST BEEN PUBLISHED IN JULY LAST YEAR IN DRAFT FORM FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, AND WAS THE SUBJECT OF EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION AND DISCUSSION.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE BILL LAYS DOWN

THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ANTI-TAX AVOIDANCE AND TAX DEFERRAL PROPOSALS MADE BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN THE 1985 BUDGET SPEECH.

+THESE PROPOSALS HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT OF EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION AND DISCUSS ION,+ HE SAID.

AFTER THE DRAFT WAS PUBLISHED LAST YEAR, HE SAID, AN AD HOC INLAND REVENUE REVIEW PANEL WAS SET UP BY UMELCO +FOR THE PURPOSE CF REVIEWING THE BILL AND ASSEMBLING AND EXAMINING PUBLIC OPINION ON THE PROPOSALS*, AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES WERE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS. AS A RESULT, MANY REPRESENTATIONS WERE RECEIVED THROUGH UMELCO.

THE UMELCO PANEL, HE SAID, COMPLETED ITS REVIEW IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR AND SUBMITTED A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON THE DRAFT BILL, TOGETHER WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGES TO BE MADE.

+THE BILL PUBLISHED TODAY DIFFERS IN MANY RESPECTS FROM THE DRAFT AND EMBODIES ALMOST ALL OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE UMELCO PANEL,* HE SA ID.

PUBLIC OPINION AS A WHOLE SUPPORTED LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS, HE SAID.

THE PR INCIPLES OF THE

HOWEVER, CONCERN HAD BEEN EXPRESSED OVER THE SEEMINGLY WIDE DISCRETIONARY POWERS WHICH THE DRAFT BILL GAVE TO THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE AND TO THE POSSIBLE RETROSPECT OPERATION WHICH THE BILL MIGHT HAVE.

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OTHER PROPOSALS AT WHICH CRITICISM WAS DIRECTED INCLUDED THOSE TO PROHIBIT ANY DEDUCTION FOR AN ACCOUNTING PROVISION AND TO RESTRICT DEDUCTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH CERTAIN LEASING ARRANGEMENTS OF MACHINERY AND PLANT.

THE SPOKESMAN LISTED THE FOLLOWING MAJOR CHANGES MADE TO THE DRAFT BILL:

(A) THE DELETION OF CLAUSES WHICH WOULD HAVE GIVEN RISE TO POSSIBLE RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT IN APPLICATION!

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THE DELETION OF THE PROPOSAL TO PROHIBIT A DEDUCTION IN RESPECT OF ALL ACCOUNTING PROVISIONS ;

THE INTRODUCTION OF A NARROWER AND MORE OBJECTIVE TEST FOR DECIDING WHETHER A TRANSACTION COMES WITHIN THE NEW ANTI-AVOIDANCE PROVISIONS ;

THE NARROWING OF THE TEST OF PURPOSE FOR DECIDING WHETHER A CHANGE OF SHAREHOLDING IN A COMPANY SHOULD ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER TO REFUSE TO SET OFF AGAINST CURRENT YEAR PROFITS LOSSES INCURRED IN EARLIER YEARS, AND

THE EXPANSION OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH INTEREST IS DEDUCTIBLE TO INCLUDE INTEREST PAYABLE ON ALL INTER-GROUP BORROWINGS WHERE THE MONEYS BORROWED AROSE FROM A PUBLIC DEBENTURE ISSUED BY A GROUP COMPANY.

SO FAR AS THE PROPOSALS ON PLANT LEASING WERE CONCERNED THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT SUCH PROPOSALS WERE NOT INTENDED TO IMPEDE LEASING AT LARGE AS A COMMERCIAL PRACTICE.

+THE LEGISLATION IS AIMED AT TWO CAREFULLY DEFINED TYPES

CF LEASING ARRANGEMENTS WHICH EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN ARE PREDOM1NA^TLY TAX MOTIVATED AND WHICH HAVE CAUSED A VERY SERIOUS LEAKAGE IN TAX REVENUE. ORD INADY LEASING TRANSACTIONS WILL BE UNAFFECTED BY THE PROPOSALS EMBODIED IN THE BILL,+ HE SAID.

THE BILL IS SCHEDULED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JANUARY 29, WITH FURTHER DEBATE ON FEBRUARY 5.

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LAND COMMISSION HOLDS SEVENTH MEETING * X X *

THE SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION HELD ITS SEVENTH MEETING ON JANUARY 16 AND 17. THE TWO SIDES REACHED AGREEMENT ON ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR PREMIUM INCOME FROM LAND TRANSACTIONS.

THE TWO SIDES ALSO REVIEWED WITH SATISFACTION THE PROGRESS MADE BY THE COMMISSION DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF ITS OPERATION.

DURING THIS PERIOD, THE TWO SIDES, IN THE SPIRIT OF FRIENDLY COOPERATION AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF ANNEX III TO THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION, HAVE REACHED AGREEMENT ON A RANGE OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS FOR LAND TRANSACTIONS, THE LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME FOR THE 1985-86 FINANCIAL YEAR, THE AVERAGE COST OF LAND PRODUCTION FOR THE YEAR AND THE ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR PREMIUM INCOME.

THESE AGREEMENTS ARE BENEFICIAL TO THE OPERATION OF THE PROPERTY MARKET, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND LAND ADMINISTRATION IN HONG KONG.

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMISSION WILL BE HELD IN MARCH, TO DISCUSS THE LAND DISPOSAL PROGRAMME FOR THE 1986-87 ’FINANCIAL YEAR. ______0_______

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LONG SERVICE PAYMENT LAW EXPLAINED

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LABOUR DEPARTMENT FIGURES CONTRADICT RECENT CLAIMS THAT MANY EMPLOYERS HAD DISMISSED THEIR WORKERS BEFORE THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT LEGISLATION CAME INTO EFFECT CM JANUARY 1.

THE CHIEF LABOUR OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS, MR CHOW TUNG-SHAN SAID THAT OF THE 586 CASES REGISTERED WITH THE DEPARTMENT DURING THE PERIOD -- AFTER THE LEGISLATION WAS PASSED ON DECEMBER 18 AND BEFORE ITS EFFECTIVE DATE ON JANUARY 1 -- ONLY SEVEN WERE IDENTIFIED AS CASES CONNECTED WITH LONG SERVICE PAYMENT.

+THE SEVEN INDIVIDUAL CASES INVOLVE ONLY SEVEN PEOPLE AND THE TOTAL AMOUNT CLAIMED IS ABOUT $70 000. THESE CASES ARE BEING HANDLED AND THE OUTCOME IS NOT YET KNOWN,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR CHOW STRESSED THAT IN THE CASE OF TERMINATION BY NOTICE, THE LAST DAY OF THE DISMISSAL NOTICE WOULD BE COUNTED.

+THAT IS TO SAY, IF THE LAST DAY OF THE DISMISSAL NOTICE FALLS ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, THE WORKERS WILL BE PROTECTED UNDER THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT LEGISLATION.

+ 0R, IF THE EMPLOYER DISMISSED HIS WORKERS BY WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE, THE DATE UP TO WHICH SUCH WAGES ARE CALCULATED WILL BE RECKONED AS THE ’RELEVANT DATE’ FOR THE CALCULATION OF LONG SERVICE PAYMENT.

+IF THIS ’RELEVANT DATE’ FALLS BEYOND JANUARY 1, THE WORKERS WILL ALSO BE PROTECTED BY THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT LEG I SLAT I ON.+

HE SAID THE NATURE OF THE OTHER CASES RECORDED DURING THE PERIOD WAS CONCERNED WITH SEVERANCE PAYMENT, WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE AND OTHER ISSUES ARISING OUT OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS, AND NOT RELATED TO LONG SERVICE PAYMENT.

THESE CASES INCLUDED THE DISPUTES INVOLVING A TOY FACTORY IN CHAI WAN AND A RESTAURANT IN KWUN TONG.

+IN CASE OF DOUBTS OR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE LEGISLATION, WORKERS OR EMPLOYERS ARE WELCOME TO CALL ON OUR LABOUR RELATIONS OFFICES OR MAKE USE OF THE 3 HOTLINES AT 5-8523509, 3-242779 OR 0-4980208.+

MR CHOW SAID THE SPIRIT OF THE LEGISLATION WAS TO RECOGNISE THE LOYALTY OF THE OLDER WORKERS WHO HAD WORKED CONTINUOUSLY FOR A LONG PERIOD WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS AND PROVIDE THEM WITH ADDITIONAL PROTECTION WHEN THEY WERE DISMISSED.

+EVEN WITHOUT THE LEGISLATION, TRADITIONALLY MANY EMPLOYERS WOULD GIVE SOME FORM OF GRATUITY TO THEIR LONG SERVICE WORKERS,+ HE SAID.

+AS THERE WAS A PRESSING NEED TO PROTECT SUCH WORKERS, THE LEGISLATION WAS ENACTED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SO THAT QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES CAN ENJOY THIS ADDITIONAL BENEFIT.

+THE GOVERNMENT WILL COLLECT VIEWS AND COMMENTS ON THE LEGISLATION FOR AN OVERALL REVIEW IN A YEAR'S TIME,+ HE ADDED.

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BILLS DEAL WITH INJURY CLAIMS

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TWO INTERRELATED BILLS WHICH PROPOSE TO IMPLEMENT CERTAIN RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION IN ITS REPORT ENTITLED ’DAMAGES FOR PERSONAL INJURY AND DEATH’ WERE GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE LAW AMENDMENT AND REFORM (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND THE FATAL ACCIDENTS BILL 1986 ARE TO MAKE SOME LEGAL CHANGES IN RELATION TO DAMAGES RECOVERABLE BY AND ON BEHALF OF PERSONS INJURED OR KILLED THROUGH THE DELIBERATE OR NEGLIGENT ACTION OF OTHERS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THESE CLAIMS MOST COMMONLY ARISE AS A RESULT OF ACCIDENTS AT WORK OR ON THE ROADS,+ HE ADDED.

ONE OF THE MAIN AIMS OF THE BILLS IS TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF +WINDFALL+ DAMAGES.

AS THE LAW STANDS AT PRESENT, IT IS POSSIBLE IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES THAT A DEFENDANT IN A FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIM IS REQUIRED TO PAY OUT SUBSTANTIALLY MORE THAN IS NECESSARY TO COMPENSATE THE RELATIVES OF THE PERSON KILLED.

+ THE BILLS WILL ENSURE THAT WHAT IS PAID BY THE DEFENDANT IS NO MORE, AND NO LESS, THAN FAIR COMPENSATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AT THE SAME TIME THE BILLS ABOLISH SOME OUTDATED PROVISIONS IN THE PRESENT LAW AND REPLACE THEM WITH NEW REMEDIES, HE POINTED OUT.

THE CHIEF OF THESE NEW REMEDIES IS AN AWARD OF $40 000 WHICH WILL BE PAID TO THE CLOSE RELATIVES OF A DECEASED PERSON TO COMPENSATE THEM FOR THEIR BEREAVEMENT.

+WHERE A PERSON IS SO BADLY INJURED AS TO REDUCE HIS ABILITY TO GIVE HIS CLOSE RELATIVES THE BENEFIT OF HIS SOCIETY, COMPENSATION OF UP TO $40 000 CAN ALSO BE AWARDED. IF AN INJURED OR DECEASED PERSON RENDERED GRATUITOUS SERVICES TO ANY OF THEM BEFORE THE ACCIDENT, COMPENSATION MAY BE AWARDED FOR HIS LOSS OF ABILITY TO RENDER THOSE SERVICES,* HE EXPLAINED.

THE BILLS ALSO PROPOSE THAT THE RANGE OF DEPENDANTS WHO CAN MAKE A CLAIM FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY PERSON’S DEATH CAUSED BY A WRONGFUL ACT, NEGLECT OR DEFAULT SHOULD BE EXTENDED.

AT PRESENT WIVES AND HUSBANDS, PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, CHILDREN (INCLUDING ADOPTED AND STEP-CHILDREN), GRANDCHILDREN, BROTHERS, SISTERS, UNCLES AND AUNTS, COUSINS, NIECES AND NEPHEWS CAN CLAIM.

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+THE LIST WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER GREAT UNCLES AND AUNTS AND THEIR CHILDREN, GREAT-GRANDPARENTS AND OTHERS IN A DIRECT LINE, GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, GOD CHILDREN AND GOD PARENTS ACCORDING TO CHINESE CUSTOM, CHILDREN TREATED AS CHILDREN OF THE FAMILY AND PERSONS TREATED BY A CHILD AS HIS OR HER PARENTS, AND UNMARRIED CO-HABITEES AS LONG AS THEY HAVE LIVED TOGETHER FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS,+ HE SAID. THE SAME RANGE OF DEPENDANTS WOULD APPLY TO THE CLAIM FOR LOSS OF ABILITY TO RENDER GRATUITOUS SERVICES.

TURNING TO ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE BILLS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WAS PROVISION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG FOR THE COURTS TO MAKE PROVISIONAL ORDERS FOR DAMAGES.

+ A PERSON WHO IS INJURED, BUT WHOSE INJURIES HAVE NOT FINALLY SETTLED AT THE TIME HIS CASE IS HEARD IN COURT, MAY BE GIVEN THE RIGHT TO RETURN AT A LATER DATE FOR A FINAL AWARD, TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE ACTUAL RESULT OF THE INJURY,* HE SAID.

THE BILLS ALSO SEEK TO ABOLISH THE ANTIQUATED LAWS THAT ENABLED AN EMPLOYER TO RECOVER DAMAGES FROM A PERSON WHO DEPRIVED HIM OF THE SERVICES OF HIS FEMALE SERVANT BY RAPING OR SEDUCING HER, OR WHO ENTICED OR HARBOURED HIS SERVANT.

THE BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JANUARY 29.

VIEWS ON PROVISIONS OF THE BILLS CAN BE SENT TO THE ASSISANT SECRETARY OF THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION AT QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 4/F, 66 QUEENSWAY, OR TO UMELCO AT JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL.

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+NET CAPITAL* DEFINED IN NOTICE * * * *

A NOTICE MADE UNDER THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE TO SPECIFY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, DEFINITIONS OF 'NET CAPITAL’ AND ’LIQUIDITY MARGIN’ OF A DEALER OR DEALING PARTNERSHIP, WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRI DAY)•

UNDER SECTION 65B OF THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE A REGISTERED DEALER OR DEALING PARTNERSHIP WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN A MINIMUM LEVEL OF NET CAPITAL AND A LIQUIDITY MARGIN.

THE SECURITIES (SPECIFICATION OF APPROVED ASSETS, LIQUID ASSETS AND RANKING LIABILITIES) NOTICE 1986 WILL HELP DEALERS AND DEALING PARTNERSHIPS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY ARE ABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS WHICH WILL TAKE EFFECT WHEN THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE BEGINS TRADING.

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MTR BILL PROVIDES FOR COMPENSATION CLAIMS

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A BILL, PROVIDING FOR CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION BY PROPERTY OWNERS AFFECTED BY THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING HAS BEEN GAZETTED TODAY.

KNOWN AS THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, IT WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JANUARY 29.

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BILL SETS AWARD INTEREST RATE * * * * *

THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY). PROVIDES FOR AN AWARD MADE BY THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL TO CARRY INTEREST AT A RATE TO BE PRESCRIBED BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE.

THE INTEREST WILL APPLY FROM THE DATE OF THE AWARD, UNTIL EITHER THE AWARD IS PAID OR THE AWARD IS REGISTERED IN THE DISTRICT COURT FOR ENFORCEMENT.

AT PRESENT, THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD CARRIES INTEREST FROM THE DATE ON WHICH IT FELL DUE, UP TO THE DATE ON WHICH THE AWARD IS PRONOUNCED BY THE LABOUR TRIBUNAL. THEREAFTER, IT CARRIES INTEREST ONLY FROM THE DATE OF REGISTRATION IN THE DISTRICT COURT.

THE BILL WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE DATE OF THE AWARD AND THE DATE OF REGISTRATION.

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THIRD QUARTER RESTAURANT SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985, ESTIMATED AT $4 839 MILLION, WAS SIX PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984, WHILE THE VOLUME WAS THREE PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF TOTAL RESTAURANT PURCHASES IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 WAS $2 089 MILLION, WHICH WAS SIX PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1984.

ANALYSED BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, BARS RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE (14 PER CENT) IN THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1984, FOLLOWED BY FAST FOOD SHOPS (13 PER CENT), CHINESE RESTAURANTS (SEVEN PER CENT) AND NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS (ONE PER CENT).

OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES (COMPRISING HERB TEA SHOPS, CREAMERIES AND OTHER OUTLETS SELLING BEAN CURD JELLY ETC.), HOWEVER, RECORDED A DECREASE OF ONE PER CENT.

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IN VOLUME TERMS, THE TOTAL RECEIPTS OF FAST FOOD SHOPS, BARS AND CHINESE RESTAURANTS WENT UP BY 10 PER CENT, NINE PER CENT AND FOUR PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE OF NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES DROPPED BY TWO PER CENT AND SIX PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984, TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS ROSE BY FOUR PER CENT IN VALUE AND ONE PER CENT IN VOLUME, AND THE TOTAL VALUE OF RESTAURANT PURCHASES INCREASED BY ONE PER CENT.

FAST FOOD SHOPS RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE (15 PER CENT) IN THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS, FOLLOWED BY BARS (12 PER CENT), CHINESE RESTAURANTS (FOUR PER CENT) AND NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS (TWO PER CENT).

FOR OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES, THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS REMAINED UNCHANGED. IN TERMS OF THE VOLUME OF RECEIPTS, FAST FOOD SHOPS, BARS AND CHINESE RESTAURANTS SHOWED INCREASES OF 12 PER CENT, SIX PER CENT AND ONE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. ON THE OTHER HAND, NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES SHOWED DECREASES OF TWO PER CENT AND FOUR PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS WENT UP BY 11 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 10 PE CENT IN VOLUME, AND THE VALUE OF RESTAURANT PURCHASES INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT. TOTAL RECEIPTS OF CHINESE RESTAURANTS INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

TOTAL RECEIPTS OF NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS ROSE BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND NINE PER CENT IN VOLUME, AND THOSE OF BARS ROSE BY EIGHT PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME. BOTH FAST FOOD SHOPS AND OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES RECORDED INCREASES OF EIGHT PER CENT IN THE VALUE AND SEVEN PER CENT IN THE VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED FIGURES FOR TOTAL RECEIPTS AND TOTAL PURCHASES OF THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985, AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL RECEIPTS BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, WITH THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF 1982 TAKEN AS 100. COMPARISONS OF THE THIRD QUARTER 1985 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985 AND FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1984, AND COMPARISONS OF TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF 1985 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1984 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

THE REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT Si PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. : 3-7216024).

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ft^LE 1 ; TOTaL RESTaURaNT .-uSGSIPTS AND PURCHaSES

Total restaurant receipts (in HK» million)

Total restaurant purchases (in HKS million)

2nd qtr. 1985 (Revised figures)

4 *78

1 884

3rd qtr. 1985 (Provisional figures)

* 839

2 089

TASUl 2 : Value and VuLUML INDEXES Of TOTaL RESTAURANT ___________RECEIPTS FUR 2nd QUARTER 1985 AND 3rd -JJAkTER 1985

(Quarterly average of 1982 » 100)

Type of restaurant Index of total restaurant receipts 2nd quarter 1985 3rd quarter 1985 3rd qtr. compared 2nd qtr. 1985 with 1985 3rd qtr. 1985 compared with ist-3rd qtra. 1985 compared with 1st-3rd qtrs. 1984

3rd qtr. 1984

(Revised figures) (Provisional figures) Points % Points Points %

Dr.inese restaurants Value 112 124 ♦ 12 ♦ 11 ♦ 8 ♦ 7 ♦ 5 ♦ 4

Volume 96 105 ♦ 10 ♦ 10 ♦ 4 ♦ 4 ♦ 1 ♦ 1

Non-Sninese restaurants Value 124 137 ♦ 13 ♦ 10 ♦ 2 ♦ 1 ♦ 3 ♦ 2

Volume 103 112 ♦ 10 ♦ 9 - 3 - 2 - 2 - 2

F-»rt food 6hops Value 151 163 ♦ 12 ♦ 8 ♦ 18 ♦ 13 ♦20 e13

Volume 126 1’5 ♦ 9 ♦ 7 ♦ 12 ♦10 ♦ 13 *12

bar. Value 107 115 ♦ 9 ♦ 8 ♦ 14 ♦ 14 ♦12 *12

Volume 58 05 ♦ 7 ♦ 8 ♦ 6 ♦ 9 ♦ 6 ♦ 6

vtr.er e-it Ing and drinking placer Value 115 124 ♦ 9 ♦ 8 - 1 - 1 • •

Volume 95 102 ♦ 7 ♦ 7 - 7 . 6 -5 - 4

-n 11it -a etauran t SA •»<••• Value 117 129 ♦ 12 ♦ 11 ♦ 8 ♦ 6 ♦ 5 ♦ 4

Volume 1 108 ♦ 10 ♦ 10 ♦ i ♦ * ♦ 1 ♦ 1

Notes : 1. Figures denoting changes are derived from unrounded figures.

2. • denotes no change.

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TWO JAPANESE BANKS GRANTED LICENCES

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TwO JAPANESE BANKS, THE NIPPON CREDIT BANK, LTD. AND THE SUMITOMO TRUST AND BANKING CO., LTD., HAVE BEEN GRANTED BANKING LICENCES TO CONDUCT BUSINESS IN HONG KONG, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

INCORPORATED IN JAPAN, THE NIPPON CREDIT BANK LTD. HAS BEEN A LONG-TERM CREDIT BANK SINCE 1957 AND AN AUTHORISED FOREIGN EXCHANGE BANK SINCE 1964.

IT HAS AT PRESENT A WHOLLY OwNED REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY AND A REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN HONG KONG.

THE SUMITOMO TRUST AND BANKING CO., LTD., WHICH WAS SET UP AS A TRUST COMPANY IN JAPAN IN 1925, HAS A WHOLLY OWNED REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY IN HONG KONG SINCE 1«78.

THE BANK HAS BEEN PROVIDING COMMERCIAL BANKING AND FIDUCIARY SERVICES SINCE 1948.

+THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG TO 145, OF WHICH 20 ARE JAPANESE BANKS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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DECEMBER COOLER THAN USUAL * * *

DECEMBER 1985 WAS SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN USUAL, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTED.

THE MONTH’S MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 19.7 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS 1.1 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOw NORMAL AND THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 17.2 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS 0.5 DEGREE CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL.

TOTAL RAINFALL IN DECEMBER WAS 12.9 MILLIMETRES WHICH WAS ONLY ABOUT HALF THE NORMAL AMOUNT FOR THE MONTH.

WEATHER DURING THE FIRST SIX DAYS wAS MAINLY FINE AND WARM APART FROM SOME CLOUDY PERIODS AND TRACES OF LIGHT RAIN ON DECEMBER 3 AND 5.

TEMPERATURE ON DECEMBER 6 ROSE TO 25.6 DEGREES CELSIUS WHICH wAS THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH.

A WEAK SURGE OF WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED ON THE EVENING OF DECEMBER 6 AND THE WEATHER BECAME CLOUDY WITH LIGHT RAIN AT FIRST ON DECEMBER 7. HOWEVER, IT TURNED FINE AND SUNNY LATER IN THE AFTERNOON. A FURTHER REPLENISHMENT OF THt WINTER MONSOON TnAT EVENING BROUGHT DRY NORTHERLY wINDS TO HONG KONG AND FINE wEATHER CONTINUED FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

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ANOTHER SURGE OF WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED ON THE EVENING OF DECEMBER 13. WINDS BECAME STRONG EASTERLY OFFSHORE AND IT WAS OVERCAST WITH SOME LIGHT RAIN.

OVERCAST CONDITIONS CONTINUED THE NEXT DAY WHEN IT WAS COLD WITH PER IODS OF RAIN.

WINDS BECAME MODERATE ON DECEMBER 12 BUT IT REMAINED COLD WITH TEMPERATURE FALLING TO AROUND 10 DEGREES CELSIUS IN URBAN AREAS.

CONDITIONS TURNED MILDER ON DECEMBER 13 ALTHOUGH THE SKIES REMAINED OVERCAST IN THE MORNING. IT HOWEVER BECAME FINE AND SUNNY IN THE AFTERNOON.

ON THE EVENING OF DECEMBER 13, A DRY NORTHERLY SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED AND THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND SUNNY UP TO DECEMBER 17.

THE NORTHERLY WINDS BECAME STRONG ON THE EVENING OF DECEMBER 14 AND REMAINED FRESH TO STRONG UNTIL THE NEXT DAY.

IT WAS VERY DRY ON DECEMBER 15 AND A RELATIVE HUMIDITY OF

22 PER CENT - THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH - WAS RECORDED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY. MANY HILL FIRES OCCURRED ON THAT DAY.

AS THE DRY WEATHER PERSISTED, IT BECAME PROGRESSIVELY COLDER AND TEMPERATURE FELL TO A MINIMUM OF 9.6 DEGREES CELSIUS WHICH WAS THE LOWEST FOR THE MONTH. TEMPERATURES IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES FELL EVEN FURTHER AND REACHED ZERO DEGREE CELSIUS AT TA KWU LING AND HOARFROST WAS REPORTED AT TA KWU LING, SHEUNG SHU I AND FANLING.

IT WAS CLOUDY ON DECEMBER 18 AND 19 AND THE WEATHER BECAME MILDER BUT THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY REMAINED LOW.

FINE AND SUNNY WEATHER RETURNED ON DECEMBER 20 AND CONTINUED UP TO DECEMBER 27.

ANOTHER SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED ON THE EVENING OF DECEMBER 21.

FRESH TO STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED OFFSHORE AND IN EXPOSED PLACES ON THE MORNING OF DECEMBER 22.

FROM DECEMBER 23 TO 25, OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES IN THE URBAN AREAS WERE AROUND 11 DEGREES CELSIUS WHILE THOSE IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WERE BELOW FIVE DEGREES CELSIUS.

AS THE NORTHERLY WINDS SUBSIDED, IT BECAME MORE HUMID AND MILDER FROM DECEMBER 26 TO 30.

IT WAS CLOUDY FROM DECEMBER 28 TO 31 WITH TRACES OF LIGHT RAIN ON DECEMBER 28 AND 30.

/A COLD

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A COLD FRONT PASSED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST ON THE EARLY MORNING OF DECEMBER 31. NORTHERLY WINDS FRESHENED DURING THE DAY AND IT BECAME COLD DURING THE EVENING.

DURING THE MONTH TWO TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED OVER iHE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA BUT NONE AFi-ECiED HONG KONG.

NO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS TO 17, ON 22 AND AGAIN FROM 23 TO 25. WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON DECEMBER 1,

IN EFFECT FROM DECEMBER 14 THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER

2, 7, 8, 14, 19, 20, 23,

26 AND 29.

THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS MONTH AS FOLLOWS:

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON

HOISTED FOUR TIMES DURING THE

DATE AND TIME OF HOISTING DATE AND TIME OF LOWERING

DEC 10 8 AM DEC 10 2.05PM

DEC 11 4 AM DEC 11 5.05PM

DEC 14 6.05PM DEC 15 3PM

DEC 22 9.05AM DEC 22 NOON

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE :

SUNSHINE

RA INFALL

CLOUD INESS

RELATIVE HUMIDITY

bEAN MAXIMUM TERMPERATURE

PEAN TEMPERATURE

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE

MEAN DEW POINT

TOTAL EVAPORATION

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF

MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF

182.3 HOURS - 3.0 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

12.9 MM = 12.4 MM BELOW NORMAL

50 % - 2% LESS THAN NORMAL

67% - 2% LOWER THAN NORMAL

19.7 DEG. C. - 1.1 DEG. C. BELOW NORMAL

17.2 DEG. C. - 0.5 DEG. C. BELOW NORMAL

14.9 DEG. C. = 0.3 DEG. C. BELOW NORMAL

10.6 DEG. C. - 0.8 DEG. C. BELOW NORMAL

99.6 MM » 19.0 MM BELOW NORMAL

25.6 DEG. C. WAS RECORDED ON DECEMBER 6

9.6 DEG. C. WAS RECORDED ON DECEMBER 17

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SKILLS TEAM MEETS LADY YOUDE

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AT A SPECIAL RECEPTION IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE TODAY (FRIDAY), LADY YOUDE PRESENTED MEDALS TO A TEAM OF 12 DISABLED PERSONS WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL ABILYMPICS — A SKILLS CONTEST FOR DISABLED PEOPLE.

THE EVENT WAS HELD IN BOGOTA, COLUMBIA IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, AND THE HONG KONG TEAM CAME SECOND, OUT OF A TOTAL OF 60 PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES.

THE TEAM TOOK PART IN THE COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, BILLBOARD ADVERTISING, METAL LATHE TURNING, MACHINE-KNITTING, DRESS MAKING, TYPING, JOINERY AND WATCH REPAIR CONTESTS.

SPEAKING AT TODAY’S TEA RECEPTION HOSTED BY LADY YOUDE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR REHABILITATION, MR MARTIN LEWIS, POINTED OUT THAT THE RESULT WAS EXTREMELY CREDITABLE BECAUSE NEARLY ALL OF THE TEAM MEMBERS WERE PLACED IN THE TOP 10 OF THEIR CATEGORIES.

+WE KNOW OF NO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION WHERE HONG KONG HAS EVER BEFORE BEEN PLACED SO HIGH, SO THIS RESULT WAS EXTREMELY CREDITABLE, THE MORE SO SINCE HONG KONG DID NOT WIN ANYTHING IN THE FIRST ABILYMPICS IN JAPAN,+ HE SAID.

MR LEWIS ALSO APPEALED TO EMPLOYERS +T0 ACT POSITIVELY BY EMPLOYING DISABLED PEOPLE+.

+WE ARE HOPING THAT THE GOOD RESULTS ACHIEVED BY THE HONG KONG TEAM IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION WILL HELP ALERT EMPLOYERS TO THE FACT THAT DISABILITY IS NO BAR TO EMPLOYMENT,* HE SAID.

+INDEED, DISABILITY NEED NOT EVEN BE A HANDICAP,* HE ADDED.

EMPHASISING THAT DISABLED PERSONS COULD ACHIEVE SIMILAR IF NOT BETTER RESULTS THAN OTHER EMPLOYEES, MR LEWIS URGED EMPLOYERS TO CONTACT THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AT 5-85241^9 FOR FURTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION.

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FIRE STATION IN KOWLOON BAY OPENED

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A $11 MILLION DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION SERVING THE POPULATED PART OF KOWLOON BAY WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER OF FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU, MR TOM GARDINER.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR GARDINER SAID THAT THE PLANNING OF NEW STATIONS PROCEEDED TOGETHER WITH THAT FOR NEW TOWNS, NEWLY DEVELOPED AREAS AND NEW ROAD NETWORKS.

/+THE PRESENCE .......

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♦THE PRESENCE OF THIS STATION WILL PROVIDE VERY NECESSARY FIRE COVER NOT ONLY FOR THOSE BUILDINGS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE BUT ALSO THE CONSIDERABLE NUMBER WHICH HAS YET TO BE BUILT,+ HE SAID.

HE DISCLOSED THAT FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA INCLUDED COMMERCIAL, GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS AS WELL AS RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT TO HOUSE SOME 50 000 PEOPLE, AND MORE IMPORTANT, LIGHT INDUSTRY ESTABLISHMENTS.

TRACING THE HISTORY OF THE SITE, MR GARDINER SAID THIS PARTICULAR AREA HAD BEEN UNDER 4.5 METRES OF WATER, AND WHAT WAS RECENTLY SEA-BED IS NOW A RAPIDLY EXPANDING INDUSTRIAL AREA.

HE SAID THE EAST DIVISION OF KOWLOON COVERS A LOT OF TERRITORY AND IS CURRENTLY SERVED BY SEVEN FIRE STATIONS INCLUDING THE ONE OPENED TODAY, AND SEVERAL MORE WERE PLANNED OR UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

+IN DUE COURSE THERE MAY WELL BE A NEED TO CREATE A FOURTH DIVISION TO SPREAD THE WORKLOAD AND THIS IS CURRENTLY UNDER ACTIVE CONSIDERATION,* MR GARDINER ADDED.

COMMENTING ON THE HIGHER NUMBER OF EMERGENCY CALLS IN KOWLOON EAST, HE SAID THAT FIRE DID NOT JUST HAPPEN ALL ON THEIR OWN, AND IT WAS PEOPLE WHO CAUSED THEM BY BEING NEGLECTFUL OR UNTHINKING.

+IF KOWLOON EAST IS HAVING SO MANY MORE FIRES THAN ELSEWHERE THEN THAT MUST MEAN THAT THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THIS AREA ARE EXERCISING LESS CARE THAN OTHERS,* HE SAID.

+ALL I CAN ASK IS THAT THEY BE MORE FIRE CONSCIOUS - AFTER ALL IT IS THEIR LIVES AND PROPERTY AT STAKE,* MR GARDINER ADDED.

THE NEW FIRE STATION IS OF STANDARD DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION DESIGN WHICH HOUSES FOUR FIRE APPLIANCES, SIX AMBULANCES MANNED BY 134 OFFICERS AND MEN.

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DREDGING IN DEEP BAY PLANNED * * * *

GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CARRY OUT DREDGING IN DEEP BAY TO OBTAIN FILL MATERIAL TO FORM LAND AT TIN SHUI WAI FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A SELF-CONTAINED NEW TOWN WITH A POPULATION OF 146 500.

WORK IS DUE TO START IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR, AND TAKE ABOUT 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEA-BED INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF LANDS ON OR BEFORE MARCH 16.

/THE NOTICE, ........

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THE NOTICE, WITH ITS RELATED PLAN, CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT:

* LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY DIVISION, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG (WHERE COPIES CAN BE PURCHASED ON ORDER FROM THE SALES OFFICE);

* YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, YUEN LONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, 269 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG;

* YUEN LONG DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YUEN LONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND TAI KIU MARKET, 9TH TO 11TH FLOORS, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG;

* TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, 2ND FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN; AND

* TUEN MUN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, 6TH FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

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CS TO OPEN WAN CHAI FESTIVAL * * *

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1986 WAN CHAI FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 19) AT 2.30 PM.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES; REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM ; WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, NR LEE KON WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE EVENT ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM AT 01 KWAN ROAD ON SUNDAY NOT LATER THAN 2.15 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE THERE TO DISTRIBUTE PRESS BADGES. PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE REMINDED TO BRING ALONG THEIR TELEPHOTO LENSES AND THAT FLASH LIGHT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED DURING PERFORMANCES INSIDE THE STADIUM.

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CONTRACT AWARDED FOR TSI NG Yl BRIDGE WORK * * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $20 MILLION CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A 170-METRE LONG BRIDGE ACROSS LIU TO VALLEY ON TSING Yl ISLAND.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR W.H. CHIU, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY, DRAGAGES ET TRAVAUX PUBLICS.

THE PROJECT, WHICH IS PART OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT ON THE ISLAND, ALSO INVOLVES WIDENING THE SOUTHERN APPROACH ROAD OF THE PROPOSED BRIDGE, MR CHIU SAID.

THE BRIDGE WILL HAVE A 13.5-METRE WIDE CARRIAGEWAY PROVIDING

FOUR LANES OF TRAFFIC. IT WILL ALSO HAVE A 2.75-METRE FOOTPATH

ON EACH SIDE.

WORK WILL START THIS MONTH AND TAKE ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS MAKE PROGRESS

* * * *

WITH COMMUNITY SUPPORT, PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION HAD MADE RAPID’ PROGRESS IN RECENT YEARS. THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS YOW KAM YUEN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN SHA TIN, THE 15TH PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN HONG KONG.

THIRTEEN MORE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WOULD BE BUILT BY THE EARLY 1990’S, MR LEUNG SAID.

AND MORE SENIOR SECONDARY FORMS WITH A MODIFIED CLASS PATTERN FROM THE EXISTING +77722+ FOR FORMS 1 TO 5 TO +66644+ WOULD ALSO BE STARTING IN 1989.

MR LEUNG ALSO SAID THAT MORE GENERAL SUBJECTS WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS, TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF CHINESE AND ENGLISH LANGUAGES.

IT WAS ALSO INTENDED TO INCLUDE MORE PRACTICAL SUBJECTS, SUCH AS FASHION AND CLOTHING, FOOD AND HOTEL, IN THE CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, TO MEET THE DEMAND OF LOCAL INDUSTRIES.

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TEMPLE EXPECTED TO ATTRACT VISITORS

* * * *

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT WITH THE COMPLETION OF RENOVATIONS AT LIN FA KUNG, THE AREA WOULD BECOME A MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTION IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

OFFICIATING AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE REOPENING OF LIN FA KUNG, MR WIGGHAM SAID THAT THE TEMPLE WAS THE ONLY ’KUAN YIN’ TEMPLE IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT, AND WAS BUILT IN 1863, DURING THE CHING DYNASTY.

+BECAUSE OF THE HISTORICAL VALUE OF THE TEMPLE, THE GOVERNMENT CLASSIFIED IT AS A GRADE I BUILDING, WHICH MEANT THAT ANY ALTERNATIONS TO THE TEMPLE MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE LANDS DEPARTMENT,+ HE SAID.

♦ WHEN THE CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE TOOK OVER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE TEMPLE IN 1975, MOST OF THE PREMISES WERE IN DILAPIDATED STATE.

+IN ORDER TO PRESERVE THIS HISTORICAL TEMPLE, IN 1984 THE COMMITTEE DECIDED TO ALLOCATE 31.2 MILLION TO FULLY RENOVATE THE TEMPLE.

+RENOVATION WORKS INCLUDED REFURBISHING THE EXTERNAL WALL AND INTERIOR PARTS OF THE TEMPLE, RECONSTRUCTING THE LILY POND AND THE STREAM BEHIND THE TEMPLE, AND BUILDING THE MOON GATE AND CARETAKER’S QUARTER,+ MR WIGGHAM SAID.

+TO ADD TO ITS BEAUTY, AND TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATION AND AMENITIES FACILITIES TO LOCAL RESIDENTS, THE URBAN COUNCIL ALSO PLANS TO BUILD A CHINESE GARDEN BEHIND THE TEMPLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

+THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO RECONSTRUCT AND WIDEN THE STREETS IN THE VICINITY TO FACILITATE MORE LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS TO VISIT THE AREA,* HE SAID.

THE SERIES OF IMPROVEMENTS WAS THE RESULT OF CAREFUL AND TIME-CONSUMING PLANNING AND EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH THE LOCAL PUBLIC INCLUDING THE DISTRICT BOARD, URBAN COUNCIL AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND KAIFONGS, WHICH CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED THE CONCERTED COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF THE EASTERN RESIDENTS.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN WESTERN DISTRICT AND WAN CHAI * * * *

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC CHANGES WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 20) IN WESTERN DISTRICT AND WAN CHAI. DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* VEHICLES EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES ON EASTBOUND BELCHER’S STREET WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN INTO COLLINSON STREET FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS FOR ROAD WORKS. TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND KENNEDY TOWN PRAYA.

* TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS, ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES IN HIGH STREET WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO WESTERN STREET, AND WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA EASTERN STREET AND SECOND STREET BEFORE REJOINING WESTERN STREET. THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT 10 DAYS.

* THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY ON EASTBOUND HENNESSY ROAD FROM HOUSE NO. 127 TO HOUSE NO. 139 WILL BE LIFTED FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

* THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE ON EASTBOUND HENNESSY ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 165 AND HOUSE NO. 225 WILL BE EXTENDED WESTWARD TO BEGIN AT HOUSE NO. 135 FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS. NO VEHICLE EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS IN THE RESTRICTED ROAD SECTION.

MEANWHILE, TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TONNOCHY ROAD. FLYOVER, THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TONNOCHY ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND HARBOUR ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 20) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE MEASURE WILL BE REPEATED BETWEEN 10 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 21) AND 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING.

DURING THE CLOSURE, SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES ON TONNOCHY ROAD NORTH OF HARBOUR ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HARBOUR ROAD AND FLEMING ROAD TO JOIN GLOUCESTER ROAD.

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PULLOVER JACKETS X * *

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, COTTON AND MAN“MADE-FIBRE (MMF) PULLOVER JACKETS WITHOUT FULL FRONTAL OPENINGS FORMERLY CLASSIFIED IN EXPORT AUTHORISATION (EA) CATEGOR|ES 359 AND 659, WILL BE RECLASSIFIED IN CATEGORIES 333-334, 335, 633-634 AND 635 FOR VISA AND QUOTA PURPOSES WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS SUSPENDED THE RECEIPT OF APPLI9AT1?N EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS AND THE ISSUE OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS IN RESPECT OF COTTON AND MMF PULLOVER JACKETS IN CATEGORIES 359 AND 659. ---------------------------------o--------

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CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES

K * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON THE ROOFS ADJACENT TO FLATS A, B AND C ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF 130-136, SHAU KI WAN MAIN STREET EAST, HONG KONG, TO ENABLE DEMOL IT ION.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDER IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON MARCH 14 WAS POSTED ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN SEPTEMBER, 1984, REQUIRING DEMOLITION OF THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AS A RESULT OF THE OWNERS’ FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE ORDERS.

DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ORDER IS OBTAINED.

IMMEDIATELY THE CLOSURE

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ARRAN STREET TRAFFIC CHANGES START MONDAY * * * *

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC CHANGES WILL BE STREET FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 20) TO FACILITATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKS AT

INTRODUCED IN FOR ABOUT TWO TONG ME I ROAD

ARRAN MONTHS, SOUTHBOUND.

THESE ARE:

* THE JUNCTION BETWEEN ARRAN STREET AND TONG MEI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

* THE ARRAN STREET SECTION BETWEEN THE UN-NAMED ROAD 40 METRES EAST OF TONG MEI ROAD AND CANTON ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

K THE UN-NAMED ROAD 40 METRES EAST OF TONG MEI ROAD JOINING ARRAN STREET AND BUTE STREET WILL BE MADE ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

X ARRAN STREET SECTION BETWEEN THE UN-NAMED ROAD AND TONG MEI ROAD WILL BE MADE A CUL-DE-SAC.

* TRAFFIC ON SOUTHBOUND TONG MEI ROAD HEADING FOR ARRAN STREET CAN GAIN ACCESS VIA TONG MEI ROAD, MONG KOK ROAD AND CANTON ROAD.

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WAN CHAI OFFERS FESTIVAL DISCO NIGHT

*****

YOUTHS IN WAN CHAI CAN ENJOY AN EVENING OF DISCO DANCING ON JANUARY 25 (SATURDAY).

THE DISCO NIGHT IS PART OF THE PROGRAMME OF THE 1986 WAN CHAI FESTIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AND THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE DISCO DE VENUE AT ISLAND CENTRE, GREAT GEORGE STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY, AND TICKETS AT $40 EACH WHICH INCLUDE TWO DRINKS, ARE NOW ON SALE.

THE WAN CHAI FESTIVAL ALSO WILL PRESENT A CONTEMPORARY CHINESE FILM, +THE YELLOW EARTH+ AT THE NANYANG THEATRE NEXT SUNDAY (JANUARY 26) AT 10 AM.

TICKETS ARE AT $5 AND $10.

PERSONS INTERESTED IN THESE TWO EVENTS MAY NOW OBTAIN TICKETS AT THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AT 201 HENNESSY ROAD. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-752477.

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MOCK DISTRICT BOARD EXERCISE FOR STUDENTS * * * *

TAI PO SECONDARY STUDENTS TAKING PART IN A MOCK DISTRICT BOARD EXERCISE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WILL ENJOY A DAY OF FUN AND ALSO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE WORKSHOP, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE, IS PART OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MOCK DISTRICT BOARD EXERCISE, ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT WORKING GROUP ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDE SEMINARS, QUIZ, GAMES AND A MOCK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MRS PAULINE NG CHOW MAY-LIN AND TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, DR STEPHEN TANG WILL GIVE TALKS TO THE STUDENTS.

TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ’MOCK DB EXERCISE WORKSHOP FOR TAI PO STUDENTS’ AT 9 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE, HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, TAI PO MARKET.

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BOARD MEMBERS SET FOR BIG CLEAN UP

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MEMBERS OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE CLEAN KWUN TONG CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE WILL BE OUT IN FORCE TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO HELP CLEAN UP THE DISTRICT.

THEIR FIRST TASK WILL BE TO SWEEP THE STREETS IN THE TOWN CENTRE.

THEY WILL THEN MOVE TO LAM TIN ESTATE, WHERE THEY WILL DISTRIBUTE LITTER BAGS TO THE HAWKERS AT A LOCAL MARKET.

IN TAI SHING VILLAGE, SAU MAU PING, THEY WILL DISTRIBUTE LITTER BAGS TO RESIDENTS, AND ALSO HELP SET UP LITTER BINS IN THE VILLAGE.

TOMORROW’S ACTIVITY IS ORGANISED BY THE CLEAN KWUN TONG CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER TOMORROW’S +CLEAN KWUN TONG+ ACTIVITY. THOSE COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE JUNCTION OF YAN 01 COURT AND FU YAN STREET IN THE KWUN TONG TOWN CENTRE (NEXT TO THE PARK’N SHOP).

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SEA COURSE FOR ACTIVE YOUTHS

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SIX OUTSTANDING YOUNG PEOPLE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN ORGANISING ACTIVITIES FOR THE 1985 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, WERE EACH AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND AN 18-DAY SEA COURSE ON BOARD THE OUTWARD BOUND SHIP + JI FUNG+.

THESE, AND SIMILAR OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS, HAVE BEEN DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB ANNUALLY SINCE 1977 TO DISTINGUISHED YOUTH LEADERS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND RENDERED VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY HELD TODAY (FRIDAY) AT THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME POLICY COMMITTEE, MR DONALD LIAO, SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, PRESENTED THE SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE RECIPIENTS.

THE SIX AWARD WINNERS ARE: MR LIU KWONG-SANG, MISS CHAN MUI-LING, MR CHAN HON-YU, MISS WONG ME I-CHI NG, MR LEE YUK-WA, AND MR MO CH I-SUM.

/THE.SIX .......

FRIDrfF, JANUARY 17, 1936

THE SIX WERE SELECTED FROM AMONG 27 YOUTH LEADERS NOMINATED BY 20 MEMBER ORGANISATIONS OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE (SYPCCC) AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES.

THANKING THE SPONSOR AND ORGANISERS, MR LIAO SAID, +THE PROGRAMME OWES ITS SUCCESS TO THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE REMARKABLE EFFORT OF VARIOUS YOUTH ORGANISATIONS AND COMMUNITY-SPIRITED INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED ACTIVELY IN THE PLANNING AND RUNNING VARIOUS EVENTS.*

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- PRIZES FOR OUTSTANDING YOUTHS IN EASTERN

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A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR 1985-86 WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE KIANGSU AND CHEKIANG PRIMARY SCHOOL HALL IN NORTH POINT.

THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDED A YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING SCHEME, AN OUTSTANDING YOUTHS AND CHILDREN AWARD SCHEME A SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION AND A NEW LYRICS FOR OLD SONGS CONTEST FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT COURTESY CAMPAIGN.

AT TOMORROW’S CEREMONY, 50 STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES AFTER COMPLETING THE YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING SCHEME AND ABOUT 200 YOUTHS AND CHILDREN WILL BE AWARDED GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE bEDALS FOR DISTINCTIVE RESULTS IN THE OUTSTANDING YOUTHS AND CHILDREN AWARD SCHEME.

THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES WERE HELD WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND SPONSORED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT

BOARD.

EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 3 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT KIANGSU AND CHEKIANG PRIMARY SCHOOL HALL, 30 CHING WAH STREET, NORTH POINT.

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400 FOR DANCE CONTEST * * *

THE 1986 BALLROOM DANCE CONTEST, JOINTLY ORGAN SED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS SERVICE DIV IS ION OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AND THE HONG KONG DANCING ASSOCIATION, WILL BE HELD AT MACPHERSON STADIUM, MONG KOK ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 19) FROM 7 PM UNTIL 10 PM.

ABOUT 400 DANCERS WILL BE TAKING PART.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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SEMINAR FOR TRADE UNIONS X * X *

TRADE UNION MEMBERS WILL GET TOGETHER ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 19) FOR A SEMINAR IN CANTONESE ENTITLED ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT

CF TRADE UNIONS*.

THEY WILL LOOK INTO ASPECTS OF TRADE UNION MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS AND PRACTICE, FINANCIAL AND

AFFAIRS INCLUDING TAXATION MATTERS.

ORGANISED BY THE REGISTRY OF TRADE UNIONS, BE HELD FROM 9.30 AM TO 12.30 PM AT THE RECITAL ARTS CENTRE, WANCHAI, HONG KONG.

THE SEMINAR WILL HALL, HONG KONG

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SUNDAY BASKETBALL FOR OFFICE * * * *

STAFF

A BASKETBALL COMPETITION AMONG STAFF OF IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE HELD BASKETBALL PLAYGROUND ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 19)

ACCOUNTING COMPANIES AT THE POKFULAM ROAD MORNING.

SPONSORED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE THIRD INTER-HONG BASKETBALL COMPETITION (ACCOUNTING FIRMS) IS AIMED AT PROMOTING FRIENDSHIP AMONG ACCOUNTING COMPANIES.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE CHUNG WAN AREA COMMITTEE AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN RECREATION AND SPORT ASSOCIATION.

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ABOUT 150 PERSONS FROM 15 ACCOUNTING FIRMS WILL PART IN THE COMPETITION, WHICH STARTS AT 9 AM.

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ADMISSION IS FREE AND ALL ARE WELCOME TO WATCH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE INTER-HONG BASKETBALL COMPETITION.

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WINNING PICTURES FOR SHOW * * *

THE WINNING ENTRIES TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT’S PHOTOGRAPHY AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS WILL BE EXHIBITED BETWEEN 10 AM AND 8 PM IN THE ABERDEEN CULTURAL CENTRE FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO JANUARY 26 (SUNDAY).

THE DISPLAY IS SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION AND URBAN COUNCIL. ADMISSION IS FREE.

EXHIBITS INCLUDE THREE WINNING ENTRIES AND 20 SPECIAL AWARDS IN EACH OF THE FOUR DIVISIONS OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE +BEAUTIFUL SOUTHERN DISTRICT* CHILDREN’S DRAWING COMPETITIONS.

RECENT WORKS OF THE ADJUDICATORS, INCLUDING MR CHIN MAN-LEE, MR CHEUNG KAN-CHEE AND MR TAM KWOK-KWAN WILL ALSO BE EXHIBITED.

ALL THE PRIZE-WINNING PICTURES ARE COLOURFUL PORTRAYALS OF THE CHARACTERISTICS AND CURRENT LOOK — SCENERY, DEVELOPMENT, PEOPLE OR FESTIVITIES -- OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT, WHICH COVER THE ENTIRE SOUTHERN SIDE OF HONG KONG ISLAND FROM SHEK 0 IN THE EAST TO POKFULAM IN THE WEST.

AN OPENING AND AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE ABERDEEN CULTURAL CENTRE IN THE EXHIBITION HALL, 5/F ABERDEEN MARKET COMPLEX.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION, MRS SO CHOW YIM-PING AND MR S.Y. LI, MR ALBERT LI OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, AND MR C.S. TANG OF AFGA-GEVAERT (HK) LTD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING AND AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHY AND DRAWING EXHIBITION AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE ABERDEEN CULTURAL CENTRE EXHIBITION HALL, 5/F, ABERDEEN MARKET COMPLEX, HONG KONG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE_NO.,

MORE APPEAL OVER DISABILITY ALLOWANCE....................... 1

VALUE OF HALFWAY HOUSES STRESSED ............................. 2

PUBLIC SUPPORT BASIS FOR ANTI-SMOKING EFFORT ................. 3

VIEWS ON TEACHING CODE SOUGHT ................................ 5

SEMINAR TO PROMOTE ELECTIONS .............................. 6

MENTAL HEALTH BOOKLET PUBLISHED............................... 7

VIDEO ON BOARD WORK PLANNED.................................... 7

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS FETCH 3446 500 ........................... 8

PEOPLE URGED TO LEARN ABOUT GOVERNMENT ....................... 9

BOARD TO DISCUSS iOUTH AFFAIRS ................................ 10

BOARD TO DISCUSS REPORT..................................... 10

CLEAN-UP IN KWUN TONG ........................................ 11

TENDERS INVITED FOR REPAIR WORK .............................. 11

TAI PO LONG DISTANCE RUN ................................... 12

ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI ..................................... 13

RESTRICTED ZONES ............................................. 13

FOOTBRIDGES FOR TOWN PARK ............................... 13

WATER CUT ..................................................

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 1986

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MORE APPEAL OVER DISABILITY ALLOWANCE * * * *

THE SOCIAL SECURITY APPEAL BOARD RECEIVED 69 APPEALS AGAINST THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S DECISION ON ELIGIBILITY AND PAYMENT CF SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS IN THE YEAR 1984-85, ACCORDING TO THE BOARD’S ANNUAL REPORT.

THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF SIX APPEALS (9.5 PER CENT) WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIGURES FOR THE PRECEDING YEAR.

THE REPORT SHOWED THAT THE MAJORITY OF THESE APPEALS RELATED TO DISABILITY ALLOWANCE, ACCOUNTING FOR 52 CASES.

THE OTHERS WERE CONNECTED WITH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, OLD AGE ALLOWANCE AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE.

THE BOARD, COMPRISING FOUR UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CONSIDERING APPEALS FROM THE PUBLIC IN RESPECT OF SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS.

SEVENTY APPEALS WERE HEARD DURING THE YEAR, INCLUDING 17 BROUGHT FORWARD FROM THE PRECEDING YEAR.

THE BOARD CONFIRMED THE DECISIONS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN 39 CASES AND VARIED THEM IN 31 CASES.

THE HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS CONTINUED TO BE ONE OF THE IMPORTANT ROLES OF THE BOARD.

+THESE COMPLAINTS DO NOT NECESSARILY BECOME APPEALS BECAUSE THE PROBLEMS OF SOME OF THE COMPLAINANTS MAY BE SOLVED AFTER EXPLANATION BY THE STAFF OF THE BOARD OR BY A REVIEW OF THE CASE BY A SENIOR STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT,+ THE REPORT SAID.

DURING THE YEAR, 161 COMPLAINTS WERE RECEIVED AS AGAINST 142 IN THE PRECEDING YEAR. OF THESE, 95 WERE SETTLED, SEVEN WERE REFERRED FOR ACTION WHILE 59 EVENTUALLY BECAME APPEALS.

THE BOARD ALSO MADE SOME SUGGESTIONS AIMED AT IMPROVING SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES.

IT NOTED THAT UNDER THE CURRENT PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME, AN ABLE-BODIED UNEMPLOYED PERSON HAS TO REGISTER AT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND CALL AT THE SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT IN PERSON EVERY ‘1ONTH TO DECLARE HIS EMPLOYMENT STATUS IN ORDER TO QUALIFY

FOR CASH ASSISTANCE.

SUCH REQUIREMENTS CAN BY RELAXED FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN 55

TO 59 THE BOARD SUGGESTED. FOR EXAMPLE, INSTEAD OF HAVING TO REPORT TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT ONCE EVERY MONTH TO DECLARE THEIR EMPLOYMENT STATUS, THEY MIGHT ONLY BE REQUIRED TO CALL AT THE OFFICE ONCE EVERY THREE MONTHS.

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IT WAS ALSO NOTED THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF CASES WHERE DISPUTES AROSE OVER THE AMOUNT OF OVERPAYMENT TO BE RECOVERED. THE BOARD SAW A NEED FOR THE STAFF OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO GIVE, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, DETAILED EXPLANATIONS TO APPLICANTS ON THE CAUSE OF OVERPAYMENT AND THE METHOD OF CALCULATION BEFORE ATTEMPTS WERE MADE TO ASK FOR A REFUND.

ACCORDING TO EXISTING POLICY, THE PAYMENT OF SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE ALWAYS COMMENCES ON THE DATE OF APPLICATION.

IN ORDER TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDINGS, THE BOARD RECOMMENDED THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SHOULD INCLUDE A CLAUSE IN THE PAMPHLET ENTITLED +THE SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE SCHEME* TO SPECIFY THE EFFECTIVE DATE FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE ALLOWANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID THE DEPARTMENT WELCOMED THE SUGGESTIONS MADE AND THAT ACTION HAD ALREADY BEEN TAKEN. BEGINNING FROM OCTOBER 1985, THOSE ABLE-BODIED UNEMPLOYED APPLICANTS AGED BETWEEN 56 TO 59, WHO HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS AND STILL REMAINED UNEMPLOYED, NEED TO REPORT TO THE FIELD UNIT ONCE EVERY THREE MONTHS INSTEAD OF EVERY MONTH.

AS REGARD TO OVERPAYMENT CASES, THE STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO GIVE DETAILED EXPLANATIONS OF THE CAUSE CF OVERPAYMENT AND THE METHOD OF CALCULATION TO THE APPLICANTS.

ALSO, THE PAMPHLET ENTITLED +SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE SCHEME* HAS BEEN REVISED RECENTLY TO INCLUDE A CLAUSE SPECIFYING THE EFFECTIVE DATE FOR THE PAYMENT OF AN ALLOWANCE.

APPEALS CAN BE MADE AT THE OFFICE OF THE APPEAL BOARD AT 7TH FLOOR, PACIFIC HOUSE, 20-20B QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, OR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS AT WORLD TRADE CENTRE, 280 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, OR THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SECTION AT 15 WATSON ROAD, 1ST FLOOR, VICTORIA CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY, OR AT ANY OF ITS 31 SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNITS.

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VALUE OF HALFWAY HOUSES STRESSED * * * *

HALFWAY HOUSES PROVIDE A FAVOURABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR EX-MENTAL PATIENTS AND HELP TO PREVENT RELAPSE, MR LOK MAN-PAN, REGIONAL OFFICER (EAST KOWLOON) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE WONG TAI SIN-SAI KUNG JOINT EXHIBITION ON REHABILITATION SERVICES, MR LOK SAID THAT SOME EX-MENTAL PATIENTS REQUIRED HELP IN RE-1NTEGRATI NG INTO SOCIETY, AND SHOULD NOT BE SENT STRAIGHT BACK TO THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEIR PROBLEMS DEVELOPED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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+ IN THE INTEREST OF THESE EX-PATIENTS AS WELL AS THE PUBLIC, THERE IS A NEED TO SET UP HALFWAY HOUSES,+ HE SAID.

HALFWAY HOUSES ARE MANNED ROUND THE CLOCK BY TRAINED PERSONNEL, AND AN IMPROVED MANNING RATIO HAD RECENTLY BEEN APPROVED FOR THESE HOUSES.

EX-MENTAL PATIENTS REQUIRED A GREAT DEAL OF CONCERN AND SYMPATHY FROM THE COMMUNITY, BUT IN MANY INSTANCES THEY DID NOT RECEIVE AS MUCH ATTENTION WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED AND THE ELDERLY.

HE CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO HELP THESE EX-PATIENTS RE-ESTABLISH THEIR CONFIDENCE AND INDEPENDENCE.

TURNING TO REHABILITATION IN GENERAL, MR LOK SAID THERE WERE 14 GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED REHABILITATION ORGANISATIONS IN WONG TAI SIN AND SAI KUNG.

HE SAID THAT THE WONG TAI SIN-SAI KUNG DISTRICT REHABILITATION SERVICES CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WHICH ORGANISED THE EXHIBITION, AIMED TO INTRODUCE TO RESIDENTS THE SERVICES OF THESE ORGANISATIONS, THUS GAINING THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE MOUNTED AT FOUR DIFFERENT LOCATIONS TO RESIDENTS AS FOLLOWS;

WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE 104 CHING TAK STREET, WONG TAI SIN JANUARY 18-20

CHOI WAN SHELTERED WORKSHOP AND HOSTEL BOON YUET HOUSE, CHOI WAN ESTATE JANUARY 21-23

C.N. BOSTIC CENTRE FOR THE BLIND ON HAY HOUSE, TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE JANUARY 24-27

HONG KONG RECREATION CLUB FOR THE DEAF KAM HON HOUSE, CHOI HUNG ESTATE JANUARY 28-FEBRUARY 2

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PUBLIC SUPPORT BASIS FOR ANTI-SMOKING EFFORT * * * * *

PROPOSALS FOR FURTHER RESTRICTIONS ON SMOKING AND ON TOBACCO PROMOTION WOULD NEED TO HAVE A BROAD BASE OF POPULAR SUPPORT IF THEY WERE LIKELY TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE INTERNATIONAL UNION AGAINST CANCER-HONG KONG ANTI-CANCER SOCIETY CONFERENCE THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

HE SAID THAT CARE HAD THEREFORE TO BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT ANY NEW MEASURES CHOSEN WERE LIKELY TO BE SEEN BY THE PUBLIC AT LARGE AS REASONABLE AND SENSIBLE IN THE INTERESTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

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ADDRESSING THE CONFERENCE ON +STRATEGIES ON SMOKING CONTROL*, CHAMBERS SAID THESE WERE THE PRINCIPLES WHICH INFLUENCED DECISIONS ON MEASURES TAKEN IN THE PAST.

+TOBACCO SMOKING IS NOT AN EASY SUBJECT FOR A BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT TO HANDLE,* HE SAID.

+BECAUSE SMOKING IS A PERSONAL HABIT, ATTITUDES TO IT VARY CONSIDERABLY.

+AN ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN, UNLIKE THE ANTI-NARCOTICS OR THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, IS NECESSARILY CONTROVERSIAL BECAUSE NOT EVERYBODY AGREES WITH ITS AIMS.*

ALL ASPECTS OF THE ANTI-SMOKING LEGISLATION, INCLUDING RESTRICTIONS ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING OTHER THAN THROUGH THE BROADCASTING MEDIA, HAD BEEN EXAMINED BY A WORKING GROUP LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

MR CHAMBERS POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER THE CASE FOR AMENDING SUCH LEGISLATION ONCE THE QUESTION OF THE FUTURE OF TOBACCO ADVERTISING ON TELEVISION AND RADIO HAD BEEN RESOLVED.

+MUCH OF THE PRESENT DEBATE ABOUT NEW MEASURES TO CONTROL THE PROMOTION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS CENTRES ON THE RECENT RECOMMENDATION BY THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN LOOKING AT THE WHOLE QUESTION OF THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION AND RADIO SERVICES IN HONG KONG, FOR A COMPLETE PROHIBITION OF TOBACCO ADVERTISING ON TELEVISION AND RADIO.

+THE VIEWS OF ALL INTERESTED PARTIES AND OF THE PUBLIC AT LARGE HAVE BEEN SOUGHT AND ARE NOW BEING STUDIED,* MR CHAMBERS SAID. THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION ON THIS RECOMMENDATION, HE ADDED, WOULD HAVE AN IMPORTANT INFLUENCE ON THE DIRECTION OF POLICY IN THIS AREA.

HE SAID THAT, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD, MEANWHILE, ALSO CONTINUE ITS OWN EFFORTS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE HEALTH HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH SMOKING, AND $350 000 WOULD BE ALLOCATED THIS YEAR TO A MAJOR ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN.

+WE CANNOT OF COURSE HOPE TO COMPETE WITH THE ESTIMATED 3120 MILLION SPENT BY THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY ON THE ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION OF ITS OWN PRODUCTS IN HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

MUCH HAD BEEN ACHIEVED IN RECENT YEARS AND THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT CLAIM THAT IT HAD FULFILLED ITS BASIC RESPONSIBILITIES CF INFORMING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT SMOKING WAS HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH AND ENSURING THAT NON-SMOKERS ENJOYED A MEASURE OF PROTECTION IN MOST PUBLIC PLACES.

+THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP UNDER REVIEW THE CASE FOR NEW ANTI-SMOKING MEASURES,* HE SAID.

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WARNING THAT THE ISSUES PRESENTED BY SMOKING WERE CONTINUALLY CHANGING, HE SAID; +WE MUST BEAR IN MIND THAT THERE IS A RICH AND POWERFUL INDUSTRY WHICH IS DETERMINED TO ENSURE THAT THE GAINS MADE IN RECENT YEARS ARE REVERSED.+

RECALLING THE WORK DONE BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS AREA IN THE PAST, MR CHAMBERS NOTED THAT THERE WAS A 39 PER CENT DECLINE IN PER CAPITA CONSUMPTION OF CIGARETTES BETWEEN 1980 AND 1984 SUPPORTING THE DOWNWARD TREND OF THE NUMBER OF DAILY SMOKERS BORNE OUT BY SURVEYS.

THE LATEST SURVEY CONDUCTED IN JULY 1984 ESTIMATED THAT THE NUMBER OF DAILY SMOKERS HAD DECLINED BY 144 000 OR 16 PER CENT FROM THE LEVEL OF TWO YEARS PREVIOUSLY.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DAILY SMOKERS, AT 745 000 OR 18.7 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION AGED 15 AND OVER, REMAINED LOW BY WORLD STANDARDS, AND THERE WERE PARTICULARLY LOW INCIDENCES OF SMOKING AMONG WOMEN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, MR CHAMBERS SAID.

HOWEVER, DEATHS FROM LUNG CANCER CONTINUED TO RISE. IN 1984, 2 128 PEOPLE IN HONG KONG DIED FROM LUNG CANCER, AN INCREASE OF OVER 16 PER CENT ON THE FIGURE OF FOUR YEARS PREVIOUSLY, THOUGH THERE HAD BEEN SOME LEVELLING OFF IN THE NUMBER WHO DIED FROM ISCHAEMIC HEART DISEASE.

+ AS WE KNOW, IT TAKES SEVERAL YEARS BEFORE REDUCTION IN SMOKING PATTERNS’ARE REFLECTED IN FEWER DEATHS FROM SMOKING-RELATED DISEASES,+ HE SAID.

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VIEWS ON TEACHING CODE SOUGHT * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON TEACHERS ASSOCIATIONS TO PUT FORWARD THEIR VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON THE PROPOSED +CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE TEACHING PROFESSION+ TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S WORKING GROUP FOR CONSIDERATION.

SPEAKING AT THE HONG KONG TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE, MR LEUNG SAID THE CODIFICATION OF TEACHING PRACTICE WAS RECOMMENDED IN THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 1 WHICH AIMED TO FOSTER A SENSE OF PROFESSIONALISM BY ENCOURAGING TEACHERS, PRINCIPALS, SCHOOL MANAGEMENTS AND SPONSORS TO CO-OPERATE, THROUGH THE CO-ORDINATION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE CODE OF PRACTICE WOULD SET THE ETHICAL STANDARDS OF CONDUCT FOR TEACHERS IN CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES AND ALL TEACHERS WOULD BE EXPECTED TO SUBSCRIBE TO IT, HE SAID.

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THE COMMISSION’S REPORT ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE KEY ROLE CF TEACHERS WAS NOT ONLY IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, BUT ALSO IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM AS A WHOLE, HE ADDED.

> IN THIS CONNECTION, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD TAKEN THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATION AND CONDUCTED FAR-REACHING CONSULTATIONS ON THE SUGGESTED CODE OF PRACTICE, MR LEUNG SAID.

TO SEEK VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS FROM THE TEACHING PROFESSION, IE SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD WRITTEN TO THE WIDEST POSSIBLE RANGE OF BODIES CONCERNED.

WHAT WERE BEING SOUGHT WERE THE VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON THE POSSIBLE SCOPE, FORMAT AND CONTENTS OF SUCH A CODE AND THESE WOULD PROVIDE THE BASIC MATERIAL FOR A WORKING GROUP TO BE SET UP WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BODIES CONCERNED.

ON THE COMMISSION REPORT’S RECOMMENDATION TO SET UP REGIONAL TEACHERS’ CENTRES TO ENCOURAGE EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE, TO PROMOTE CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENRICHMENT, AND TO FOSTER AMONG TEACHERS A GREATER SENSE OF UNITY, MR LEUNG SAID THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FIRST REGIONAL TEACHERS’ CENTRE WAS NOW IN HAND.

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SEMINAR TO PROMOTE ELECTIONS

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THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A SEMINAR ON MONDAY (JANUARY 20) NIGHT TO PUBLICISE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN MARCH.

THE SEMINAR WILL ALSO DEAL WITH THE WORK, STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ABOUT 300 REPRESENTATIVES OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS INCORPORATIONS, VILLAGES AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN TUEN MUN WILL ATTEND THE SEMINAR TO BE HELD AT 8.30 PM AT THE ON TING AND YAU Ol COMMUNITY CENTRE.

IN ADDITION, TWO MINI-EXHIBITIONS WILL BE STAGED AT THE TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL AND THE TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING FROM JANUARY 24 UNTIL MARCH 6 TO PUBLICISE THE ELECTION.

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE MINI-EXHIBITIONS ARE AS FOLLOW:

DATE VENUE TIME

JAN 24 TO 28 TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL 9 AM TO 10 PM

JAN 30 TO MARCH 6 TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT 9 AM TO 5 PM

OFFICES BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR LIFT LOBBY

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MENTAL HEALTH BOOKLET PUBLISHED

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a ocrcMTi y PUBLISHED BOOKLET EXPLAINING THE VARIOUS ASPECTS MENTAL Helt™ S itt SI ^AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 20).

tuc nnnki FT TITLED +A SIMPLE GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH+, WAS COMPILED BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC EDUCATION IN REHABILITATION (COMPERE).

A SPOKESMAN FOR COMPERE SAID TCDAY (SATURDAY) THAT IT WOULD EE USEFUL TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH.

BESIDES EXPLAINING MENTAL HE^TH JHE BOOKLET ALSO PROV IDto A RCADY SOURCE OF INFORMATION ON THE FACILITIES AVAILABLE ASSIST PERSONS WITH EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS.

. tatai nr inn nno COPIES OF THE BOOKLET - 90 300 IN CHINESE AND 15 OTO IN EN™S° - BEEN PRINTED. THE BOOKLET WILL BE AVA IL ABLE FREE-OF-CHARGE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS.

- CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF MEDICAL AND

DEPARTMENTS

HEALTH

- DISTRICT OFFICES OF SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT;

- DISTRICT OFFICES OF CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION ;

- MARKETING SECTION OF INFORMATION SERVICES

DEPARTMENT; AND

- VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH AR: 1

REHABILITATION SERVICES FOE THE 4ENTAI LY ILL.

tup annul FT FORMS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S iERR I TORY—WI DE

ICITY CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE BET7ER UNDERSTANDING CE MENTAL

ImoncsT THE PUBLIC THE CAMPAIGN ALSO INCLUDES A SERlEo CF FACT SHEETS AND a TELEVISION PROMOTION CLIP, BOTH OF WHICH ARE BEING PRODUCED.

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VIDEO ON BOARD wORK PLANNED X * * *

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD IS PLANNING TO PRODUCE A VIDEO F3 PROMOTE ITS WORK AND THE DISTRICT’S IMAGE.

THE 20—MINUTE DOCUMENTARY IS EXPECTED TO BE AVA ILABLE BY THt klp\ng°theHpubl ic toDh!!veLaSbetterSunderstanding OF THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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THE IDEA WAS INITIATED BY THE BOARD’S PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP AND WAS GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD AND $37 OOO FOR ITS PRODUCTION AT A RECENT COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING.

A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE VIDEO WILL FOCUS ON MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE BOARD IN THE AREAS OF TRANSPORT, SOCIAL SERVICES, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT.

♦IT WILL ALSO INTRODUCE THE VARIOUS CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE PUBLIC, AND WILL FEATURE THE DISTRICT’S CHARACTERISTICS AND BEAUTIFUL SCENERY TO PROMOTE DISTRICT IDENTITY AND RESIDENTS’ SENSE OF BELONG ING,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

COPIES OF THE VIDEO CAN BE LOANED TO SCHOOLS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR USE IN THEIR CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, HE ADDED.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALSO ALLOCATED $70 640 FOR THE PUBLICATION OF A REPORT ABOUT THE DISTRICT. THE REPORT COVERS THE PERIOD FROM JANUARY 1984 TO DECEMBER 1985 AND WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER IN THE YEAR.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS FETCH $446 500

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THIRTY-FOUR SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $446 500, WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, 8TH FLOOR, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBERS DH 22 AND AA 988 EACH FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $42 000.

THE NUMBERS CC 6 AND DF 2 WERE SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $40 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR BL 8317 AND AC 625.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES:

$ $ $

DG 388 6 000 DG 3566 1 000 AX 289 9 000

DG 822 6 000 AL 138 25 000 AL 36 19 000

BK 3 30 000 DG 3088 3 500 DH 286 6 500

AB 2923 4 000 DH 728 4 000 DH 112 8 500

AT 625 2 000 DG 8233 4 000 AW 801 3 500

HK 2286 8 000 DH 886 6 500 DH 208 5 000

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AT 289 4 000 DE 7788 25 000 DG 27 16 000

DG 8088 3 000 AX 786 3 000 DH 103 5 000

AL 1689 11 000 2263 23 000

BB 1689 16 000 1312 23 000

A NUMBER, DE 6688, WAS WITHDRAWN.

THE NUMBERS WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 102ND ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO TO $36 840 232.

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PEOPLE URGED TO LEARN ABOUT GOVERNMENT

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TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN, TODAY (SATURDAY) URGED LOCAL RESIDENTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND TO TAKE PART IN THE FORTHCOMING REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTION ON MARCH 6.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MOCK DISTRICT BOARD EXERCISE WORKSHOP FOR TAI PO STUDENTS AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE, MR CHAN SAID THIS WAS THE MOST APPROPRIATE TIME TO CARRY OUT A CAMPAIGN TO PUBLICISE THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

APART FROM THE MOCK DB EXERCISE, SEMINARS, COMMUNITY RESEARCH PROJECTS AND ESSAY COMPETITIONS WOULD BE HELD TO PROMOTE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT THROUGH PARTICIPATION, HE ADDED.

DURING TODAY’S WORKSHOP, TALKS WERE GIVEN BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MRS PAULINE NG, AND DB MEMBER, DR STEPHEN TANG.

THE FUNCTION WAS PART OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT WORKING GROUP ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS YOUTH AFFAIRS

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A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS RELATING TO GOVERNMENT POLICIES ON YOUTH AFFAIRS AND PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION WILL BE RAISED AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 21).

THE DISPOSAL OF INDUSTRIAL EFFLUENTS INTO THE SHING MUN RIVER, THE QUORUM FOR MEETINGS AND THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE BOARD, WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REHOUSING AND THE POLICY FOR SINGLE PERSONS, AND PROGRESS REPORTS FROM VARIOUS COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 9.30 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 21) IN THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR OF THE KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS REPORT

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NORTH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD REPORT AT A SPECIAL MEETING ON MONDAY (JANUARY 20).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON HAWKER PROBLEMS, PARTICULARLY IN THE VICINITY OF CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING.

AND THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE DISTRICT CFFICE ON LOCAL PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WILL BE MADE KNOWN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD SPECIAL PEETING AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 20) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, NEW TERRITORIES.

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CLEAN-UP IN KWUN TONG

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MEMBERS OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE CLEAN KWUN TONG CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON BECAME +CLEAN-UP AMBASSADORS* TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS.

THEY DISTRIBUTED LITTER BAGS TO RESIDENTS OF TAI SHING VILLAGE IN SAU MAU PING AND THE HAWKERS AT A MARKET IN LAM TIN ESTATE.

THEY ALSO HELPED TO SWEEP THE BUSY STREETS IN THE TOWN CENTRE IN KWUN TONG.

AT TAI SHING VILLAGE, THEY ALSO HELPED TO INSTALL LITTER BINS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO DISPOSE OF THEIR REFUSE PROPERLY.

CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LAM LEUNG-KI, SAID THIS YEAR’S CLEAN KWUN TONG CAMPAIGN WAS AIMED AT EDUCATING SQUATTERS AND HAWKERS IN THE DISTRICT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

ABOUT 20 000 LITTER BAGS HAVE BEEN PRODUCED FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO THEM, AND 50 HUGE LITTER BINS WOULD ALSO BE SET UP IN THE SQUATTER AREAS, HE ADDED.

THE CLEAN KWUN TONG CAMPAIGN IS SPONSORED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AT A COST OF ABOUT $120 000.

TENDERS INVITED FOR REPAIR WORK X X X X *

TENDERS FOR THE

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING

REPAIR OF CHILDREN’S PLAYING EQUIPMENT IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS.

THE CONTRACTOR IS REQUIRED TO REPAIR ALL DEFECTIVE PLAYING EQUIPMENT AND OTHER ANCILLARY FACILITIES AT VARIOUS PLAYGROUNDS, PARKS AND GARDENS UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE RSD.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WILL BE GRANTED A ONE-AND-A-HALF YEAR CONTRACT FROM APRIL 1, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDER FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE RECREATION, SPORT AND AMENITIES SECTION OF THE RSD HEADQUARTERS ON THE 4TH FLOOR OF SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE, 19-23 AUSTIN ^ENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, AND SHOULD BE DEPOSITED BEFORE NOON ON FEBRUARY 14.

MORE INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 3-689479 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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TA I PO LONG DISTANCE RUN * * * * *

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIRST TAI PO FESTIVAL - THE LONG DISTANCE RUN - WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

MORE THAN 400 PARTICIPANTS Vw ILL COMPETE IN THE RACE, WHICH COVERS A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 10 KILOMETRES, FROM TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORTS CENTRE TO TIN HAU TEMPLE FUNG SHU I SQUARE.

THE LONG DISTANCE RUN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE RACE IS DIVIDED INTO MEN’S JUNIOR GROUP, MEN’S OPEN GROUP, MEN’S SENIOR GROUP AND WOMEN’S OPEN GROUP.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE 10 FASTEST RUNNERS IN EACH GROUP.

A SPECIAL PRIZE WILL ALSO BE GIVEN TO THE OLDEST PERSON WHO CAN FINISH THE JOURNEY.

TAI PO POLICE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER, MR JOHN BOYTON WILL OFFICIATE AT THE STARTING CEREMONY.

TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS CHAN' SHATIN POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR JOHN GREENE' THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FIRST TAI PO FESTIVAL CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR HO YUNG-SANG, AND THE DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR MARCUS LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE LONG DISTANCE RUN. THE RACE WILL START AT 8.30 AM AT TAI MEI TUK WATER SPORTS CENTRE. YOU ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE EARLIER AS TING KOK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AT 8.15 AM.

THE PRIZE PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD AT THE TIN HAU TEMPLE FUNG SHU I SQUARE, TING KOK ROAD AT 10.30 AM.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 1936

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ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI * * * *

,THE UNNAMED road CONNECTING WAN CHAI FERRY PIER WITH EEEM|NG R0AD W,LL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 20) FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

NORTHBOUND VEHICLES ON FLEMING ROAD HEADING FOR WAN CHAI FERRY PIER WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SOUTHBOUND FLEMING ROAD, HARBOUR ROAD, TONNOCHY ROAD AND THE NEWLY OPENED ACCESS ROAD TO WAN CHAI FERRY PIER.

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RESTRICTED ZONES * X *

TWO SECTIONS OF ROAD IN TUEN MUN WILL BE DESI GNATF D RFctdictph ^TUESDAY (JANUARY1^!)? ^HE^ARE^ PM T° 7 PM DA'LY FR°M 10 AM

* THE SECTION OF MING KUM ROAD BETWEEN SHEK PAI TAU ROAD AND PUI TO ROAD ;

*

THE SECTION OF TSI NG WUN WITH PUI TO ROAD TO A PO

ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION I NT ABOUT 400 METRES SOUTH

OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

MA

_ AJ„JHE SAME TIME, THE SECTION OF MA TAU KOK ROAD BETWEEN 7n.,JAiL,CHUNS R0AD AND TAM KUNG R0AD W,LL BE MADE A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY. WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE NO

VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR

PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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FOOTBRIDGES FOR TOWN PARK * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT’S TUEN MUN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE IS INVITING TENDERS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF TWO FOOTBRIDGES ACROSS TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD LINKING THE NEW TOWN PARK WITH THE PROPOSED LRT SYSTEM, THE CENTRAL BUS STATION AND THE CIVIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL THIS YEAR FOR COMPLETION IN MID-1987.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON FEBRUARY 7.

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WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN POK FU LAM WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 21) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY BISNEY ROAD, CONSORT RISE AND CROWN TERRACE.

nw TUF CJAMF DAY SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN TUEN MUN W°LL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5 PM FOR MAINS WORK.

IM NORTH POINT SALT WATER SUPPLY TO THE PREMISES BOUNDED BY BRAEMAR HILL ROAD CLOUD VIEW ROAD, TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD AND YEE KING ROAD, INCLUDING LAI TAK TSUEN ROAD AND LAI TAK TSUEN WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 9 AM AND 4 PM ON THAT DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 1986

CONTS'ITS PAGE NO.

PROTECTIONISM STILL BIG WORRY - SIR EDWARD................... 1

PLANS SET FOR BILINGUAL CIVIL SERVICE........................ 2

FURTHER PERIOD OF CONSIDERATION ON BIO ...................... 4

13 PER CJNT MORE COMPANIES REGISTERED ....................... 4

RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN DEMAND .............................. 6

UNUSUALLY LESS SUNSHINE IN 1985 ............................. 7

ELECTION AMBASSADOR TO BOOST POLLS .......................... 11

WAN CHAI FESTIVAL STARTS WITH BIG SHOW ...................... 11

BOARD TO DISCUSS REPORT ..................................... 13

+MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME USEFULt- ............................ 13

WINTER CLOTHES FOR THE ELDERLY IN SHA TIN ................... 14

300 TAKE PART IN LONG-DISTANCE RUN .......................... 14

TONNES OF REFUSE COLLECTED IN K.7UN TONG DAILY .............. 15

POTTED VEGETABLE GROWING EXHIBITION ......................... 15

TINDER FOR BEACH KIOSK SOUGHT ............................... 16

CAMP ON AVIATION ............................................ 17

BEST DANCE TEAMS TO COMPETE.................................. 17

RESIDENTS LEARN ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION ....................... 18

HUNG HOM TRAFFIC CHANGES .................................... 18

NEW CONNAUGHT ROAD FLYOVER PLANNED........................... 19

PA RKTNG METERS FOR YaU YaT CHUEN ........................... 20

TRAFFIC CHANGE IN SHaU KEI .................................. 20

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 1936

PROTECTIONISM STILL BIG WORRY - SIR EDWARD * * * *

THIS YEAR WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR HONG KONG’S TEXTILE AND APPAREL TRADE, WITH PROTECTIONISM IN THE MAJOR MARKETS REMAINING OF PARTICULAR CONCERN, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING JUST BEFORE OPENING THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL’S GALA FASHION PRESENTATION OF THE CASUAL APPAREL SHOW THIS EVENING, THE GOVERNOR ADDED: +PROTECTION I ST SENTIMENTS COULD ALSO HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE OUTCOME OF THE NEGOTIATIONS ARISING FROM THE EXPIRY OF THE MULTIFIBRE ARRANGEMENT IN JULY.

♦PRESIDENT REAGAN’S VETO OF THE THURMOND-JENKINS BILL A FEW WEEKS AGO IS A WELCOME STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT PROTECTIONIST PRESSURES ARE LIKELY TO PERSIST.*

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS FULLY ALERT TO THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS THREAT, AND WAS TAKING ALL POSSIBLE MEASURES TO SAFEGUARD HONG KONG’S TRADING INTERESTS.

HONG KONG WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE EASIER ACCESS TO THOSE MARKETS WHICH STILL REMAINED RESISTANT TO ITS EXPORT EFFORTS, «ND WOULD CONTINUE TO USE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO PRESS ITS CASE - THROUGH ITS REPRESENTATION ABROAD, COORDINATION WITH OTHER TRADING PARTNERS, AND THROUGH THE LAUNCHING OF TRADE MISSIONS OVERSEAS, HE SAID.

+THE TASKS WE FACE IN 1986 ARE GREAT. BUT, WE HAVE TALENTED DESIGNERS, EFFICIENT MANUFACTURERS AND RESOURCEFUL EXPORTERS. THROUGH THE CONCERTED EFFORT OF ALL THREE, I HAVE EVERY CONFIDtNCc THAT HONG KONG WILL GIVE A GOOD ACCOUNT OF ITSELF,* THE GOVERNOR SA ID.

HE SAID THAT THE WIDE SELECTION OF THE LATEST AND BEST OF HONG KONG DESIGNED CASUAL WEAR ON SHOW WOULD REINFORCE HONG KONG’S REPUTATION AS A LEADING SUPPLIER OF HIGH QUALITY LEISURE WEAR.

HE CONGRATUALTED ALL CONCERNED FOR THEIR EXCELLENT WORK IN ORGANISING THE SHOW.

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PLANS SET FOR BILINGUAL CIVIL SERVICE * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS FORMULATING A SET OF PROGRAMMES AIMED AT ENSURING A FUNCTIONALLY BILINGUAL CIVIL SERVICE BEFORE THE CHANGEOVER OF SOVEREIGNTY IN 1997, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR ADOLF HSU, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN ADDITION TO EXTENDING TRANSLATION SERVICE, STEPS WOULD PROGRESSIVELY BE TAKEN WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE, SUBJECT TO FUNDS AND MANPOWER RESOURCES BEING AVAILABLE, TO GO FOR FULL BILINGUALISM AND TO IMPROVE SERVING OFFICERS’ PROFICIENCY IN CHINESE.

+THE AIM IS TO ENSURE THAT CIVIL SERVANTS WILL BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE IN BOTH LANGUAGES WITH EASE,* HE SAID.

MR HSU WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG AFFAIRS SOCIETY ON +LANGUAGE POLICY FOR HONG KONG DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD*, WHEN HE HIGHLIGHTED THE MAJOR TASKS NOW BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS AREA.

+IN MEETING TODAY’S NEW CHALLENGES, EXISTING POLICIES MUST BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE TRENDS OF THE TIME AND SHOULD ALSO BE REV IEWED.

+IN THE YEARS TO COME, THERE CAN BE NO QUESTION THAT THERE WILL BE A WIDER USE OF CHINESE IN OFFICIAL BUSINESS,* HE SAID.

TO INDICATE THE DIRECTION IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS HEADING, W HSU CITED AS AN EXAMPLE THE RECENT RECRUITMENT OF CIVIL SERVANT WHEN APPLICANTS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND ASSISTANT LABOUR OFFICER POSTS WERE REQUIRED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS IN THE TEST PAPER IN CHINESE.

HE REVEALED THAT PLANS WERE ALSO IN HAND FOR SERVING OFFICERS TO IMPROVE THEIR PROFICIENCY IN CHINESE: +DEPENDING ON THE AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES, TRAINING COURSES GEARED TO THE NEEDS OF DIFFERENT GRADES WILL HAVE TO BE ORGANISED FOR OFFICERS WITH DIFFERENT LEVELS OF LINGUISTIC SKILL.*

+THE PRIMARY AIM IS TO ENSURE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DRAFT PAPERS AND MINUTES OF MEETINGS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER HE WARNED THAT ALL THESE PROGRAMMES, WHICH WERE BEING CARRIED OUT INITIALLY ON A TRIAL BASIS, MIGHT ENCOUNTER PROBLEMS IF IMPLEMENTED IN FULL.

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♦THIS IS WHY THE GOVERNMENT IS STILL GIVING SERIOUS AND DETAILED CONSIDERATION TO THESE MATTERS. IN ANY EVENT, IT IS STILL INTENDED THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF CIVIL SERVANTS CAN SPEAK AND WRITE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WITH FLUENCY BEFORE 1997,+ HSU SAID.

WITH REGARD TO THE TRANSLATION OF HONG KONG LAWS INTO CHINESE, MR HSU SAID A RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE CHINESE LANGUAGE COMMITTEE IN 1972 COULD NOT BE IMPLEMENTED RIGHT AWAY DUE TO DIFFICULTIES. HOWEVER, AS AN EXPEDIENT MEASURE, +EXPLANATORY NOTES-MEMORANDA ON BILLS ARE BEING PROVIDED IN CHINESE AND EXPLANATORY PAMPHLETS ARE BEING ISSUED IN CHINESE BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ON THOSE ORDINANCES THAT ARE OF WIDE PUBLIC INTERESTS,* HE SAID.

FURTHERMORE, MR HSU POINTED OUT THAT THE LAW TRANSLATION UNIT HAD BEEN SET UP IN THE CHINESE LANGUAGE DIVISION IN EARLY 1984 TO EXPEDITE THE TRANSLATION WORK.

UP TO JANUARY 15 THIS YEAR, AS MANY AS 109 ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS HAD BEEN TRANSLATED INTO CHINESE, OF WHICH 17 WERE FOR PRIORITY TRANSLATION ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE UMELCO OFFICE.

+0F THESE 109 ORDINANCES AND REGULATIONS, 83 HAVE ALREADY BEEN PUBLISHED WHILE OTHERS ARE BEING FINALISED OR PROOF-READ. ALL OF THESE ARE OF WIDE PUBLIC INTEREST,* HE SAID.

MR HSU EMPHASISED THAT THE TRANSLATION OF THE LAW FROM ONE LANGUAGE INTO ANOTHER WAS A COMPLICATED AND FORMIDABLE TASK.

HE SAID THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT HAS A PLAN TO LAUNCH A PILOT SCHEME ON PARALLEL DRAFTING OF BILLS IN BOTH LANGUAGES.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS SELECTED FROM THE CHINESE LANGUAGE DIVISION NINE CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS WITH POTENTIAL AND PROVEN ABILITY IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH TO JOIN ITS LAW DRAFTING DIVISION.

STARTING FROM THE END OF THIS MONTH, THESE OFFICERS WOULD BE UNDERGOING A FIVE-MONTH TRAINING COURSE.

+THE LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE IS TO RECRUIT A TEAM OF LAW DRAFTSMEN WITH LEGAL BACKGROUND AND GOOD LINGUISTIC SKILLS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE TO DRAFT AN AUTHENTIC VERSION CF THE LAW IN CHINESE.

+FOR THIS REASON, APART FROM SELECTING CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS OF THE RIGHT CALIBRE, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO INTENDS TO RECRUIT QUALIFIED LAWYERS WHO ARE ..ELL-VERSED IN BOTH LANGUAGEo TO TAKE PART IN THE PROJECT, NOW ONLY AT ITS EXPERIMENTAL STAGE,* HE SAID.

THE PLAN WAS TO HAVE ALL NE>< BILLS DRAFTED IN BOTH LANGUAGES FIRST, AND TO PRODUCE AN AUTHENTIC CHINESE VERSION OF ALL EXISTING LEGISLATION WHEN SUFFICIENT MANPOWER WAS AVAILABLE.

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MR HSU ALSO OUTLINED THE MEASURES RECENTLY ADOPTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR PROMOTING LANGUAGE TEACHING.

HnwFVFR IN VIEW OF HONG KONG’S STATUS AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE AND ITS ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES, MR HSU BEL!EVED THAT ENGLISH WOULD STILL BE IN POPULAR USE IN THE FUTURE.

+IT IS CLEAR THAT THE THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD IS

+NOT ONLY DOES IT TIE

ALSO MEETS

THE ASPIRATIONS

LANGUAGE POLICY FOR HONG KONG DURING TO AIM AT FULL BILINGUALISM.

IN WITH THE NEEDS OF SOCIETY, BUT IT OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+

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THERE WOULD BE A FURTHER PERIOD OF CONSIDERATION AFTER THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER WAS DEBATED IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS AFTER OPENING THE 1986 WAN CHAI FESTIVAL AT QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON REMARKS MADE BY THE UMELCO ON THE BNO DEBATE, SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD NOT HAD A CHANCE OF TALKING TO THE UNOFFICIALS YET, SO HE WAS NOT PREPARED TO COMMENT AT THIS STAGE.

+1 THINK YOU ALL HEARD THE FIRST PART OF THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, AND WE ARE NOW WAITING FOR THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE SHORTLY,* HE SAID.

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13 PER CENT MORE COMPANIES REGISTERED * * * *

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMPANIES REGISTERED UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AT THE END OF LAST YEAR INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT TO 147 636, COMPARED WITH 130 722 AT THE END OF 1984, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON.

AND THE NUMBER OF NEW COMPANIES REGISTERED LAST YEAR INCREASED BY 37 PER CENT OVER 1984, AT 18 465 COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS FIGURE OF 13 434.

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MR GLEESON ALSO REPORTED MAJOR INCREASES OF ACTIVITY IN MOST AREAS IN THE COMMERCIAL DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT DURING 1935.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF OVERSEAS COMPANIES WHICH HAD ESTABLISHED BUSINESS IN HONG KONG AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, AS COMPARED WITH THE TOTAL NUMBER AT THE END OF 1984, INCREASED BY FOUR PER CENT FROM 2 005 TO 2 092.

THE NUMBER OF NEW OVERSEAS COMPANIES ESTABLISHING BUSINESS IN HONG KONG DURING 1985 WAS 231, AN INCREASE OF SEVEN PER CENT OVER THE NUMBER OF SUCH COMPANIES IN 1984.

MR GLEESON SAID, HOWEVER, THAT SOME OVERSEAS COMPANIES INCORPORATE LOCAL SUBSIDIARIES OR TAKE UP A MAJORITY SHAREHOLDING IN HONG KONG COMPANIES, AND THIS WOULD NOT SHOW UP IN THE STATISTICS.

IN 1985, EXISTING COMPANIES INCREASED THEIR NOMINAL CAPITAL BY $14 412 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 10 PER CENT OVER THE INCREASE OF $13 141 MILLION IN 1984, WHILE THE NOMINAL CAPITAL OF NEW COMPANIES INCORPORATED DURING THE YEAR INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT FROM $3 277 MILLION TO $3 664 MILLION.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED BY CHARGES REGISTERED ON THE ASSETS OF COMPANIES DECREASED BY 0.1 PER CENT DURING 1985, FROM $30 495 MILLION TO $30 455 MILLION, WHILE THE AMOUNT REPAID ON CHARGES, AS EVIDENCED BY CERTIFICATES OF SATISFACTION, DECREASED BY 58 PER CENT FROM $14 513 MILLION TO $6 123 MILLION IN THE SAME YEAR.

DURING 1985, A TOTAL OF 116 PROSPECTUSES OF PUBLIC COMPANIES, INCLUDING 68 IN RESPECT OF MUTUAL FUNDS, WERE APPROVED AS AGAINST 90 PROSPECTUSES, INCLUDING 50 IN RESPECT OF MUTUAL FUNDS, DURING THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS RECEIVED DURING 1985 WAS 462 418, AN INCREASE OF 40 PER CENT ON THE 1984 FIGURE OF 331 055.

THE NUMBER OF ENQUIRIES FOR RESERVATION OF COMPANY NAMES DURING 1985 WAS 150 093 WHICH WAS A 39 PER CENT INCREASE OVER 107 996 IN 1984.

ANOTHER FEATURE OF THE WORK OF THE COMPANIES REGISTRY LAST YEAR WAS THE NUMBER OF PROSECUTIONS BROUGHT BY THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES AGAINST COMPANIES AND THEIR DIRECTORS FOR BREACHES OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, MAINLY FOR FAILURE TO FILE ANNUAL RETURNS WITH ACCOUNTS.

A TOTAL OF 532 SUMMONSES WERE ISSUED IN 1935, COMPARED WITH 441 DURING 1984. OF THESE 229 WERE WITHDRAWN FOR REASONS SUCH AS NON-SERVICE, 338 RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS COMPARED WITH 135 IN 1934, AND 291 REMAINED TO BE HEARD BY THE COURT.

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THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FINES IMPOSED FOR CONVICTIONS IN 1985 WAS $553 767, COMPARED WITH $110 750 IN 1984.

MR GLEESON SAID IMPROVEMENT COULD BE MADE TO THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE COMPANY REGISTRY AFTER ITS REMOVAL TO THE NEW GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN QUEENSWAY THIS MONTH.

THIS WOULD BE SUPPLEMENTED BY THE COMPUTERISATION OF COMPANY NAMES, DIRECTORS’ NAMES AND COMPANY CHARGES, WHICH WOULD BEGIN IN JUNE THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 1987, AND THE MICROFILMING PROJECT TO BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT OCTOBER 1988.

THE TRADE MARKS REGISTRY RECORDED AN INCREASE OF EIGHT PER CENT IN 1985 IN THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED — 6 966, AS AGAINST 6 409 IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

AT 2 780 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NEW TRADE MARKS REGISTERED IN 1985 WAS SLIGHTLY MORE THAN IN 1984, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TRADE MARKS NOW REGISTERED IN HONG KONG TO 44 395.

IN THE PATENTS REGISTRY THE NUMBER OF UNITED KINGDOM PATENTS RE-REGISTERED LOCALLY DURING 1985 WAS 1 030, AS AGAINST 1 010 IN 1984.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF +LIVE+PATENTS RE-REG ISTERED WAS NOW ABOUT 11 000. IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GIVE A PRECISE FIGURE AS THIS DEPENDED ON THE LIVES OF THE PATENTS AS ORIGINALLY REGISTERED IN THE PATENTS OFFICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY IN LONDON.

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RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IN DEMAND * * * *

THE CONTINUING DEMAND FOR RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY IS SHOWN IN THE NOVEMBER STATISTICS OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE.

OF THE 43 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED DURING THE MONTH - COMPARED WITH 60 FOR OCTOBER - 24 WERE FOR APARTMENT, APARTMENT-COMMERCI AL AND RESIDENCE DEVELOPMENT.

THE APPROVALS FIGURE BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER TO 418 FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 1985.

THE PLANS PASSED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE INCLUDED A FIVE-STOREY COMMERCIAL CENTRE AT TSUEN WAN FOR THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY.

OF THE PLANS APPROVED, 15 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, NINE IN KOWLOON AND 19 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO AGREED TO WORK STARTING ON 43 PROJECTS, 13 OF WHICH WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 12 IN KOWLOON AND 23 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF THESE 43 PROJECTS WAS 272 778.7 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH 77 977.1 SQUARE METRES WERE FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES AND THE REMAINDER FOR NON-DOMESTIC USE.

DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE ISSUED A TOTAL OF 36 OCCUPATION PERMITS IN RESPECT OF NEWLY-COMPLETED BUILDINGS, TOTALLING 199 745 9 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH 32 686.5 SQUARE METRES WERE FOR DOMESTIC AND THE REMAINDER FOR NON-DOMESTIC PURPOSES.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS ABOUT $741.5 MILLION.

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UNUSUALLY LESS SUNSHINE IN 1985 * * * *

THE YEAR 1985 WAS MARKED BY UNUSUALLY LOW AMOUNT OF SUNSHINE AND THE EARLIEST HAIL OCCURRENCE.

IN ITS SUMMARY OF THE YEAR’S WEATHER, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTED THAT THERE WERE 1 711.2 HOURS OF BRIGHT SUNSHINE — THE THIRD LOWEST VALUE SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1884 — WHICH IS 15 PERCENT BELOW NORMAL.

THE YEAR ALSO SAW THE EARLIEST OCCURRENCE OF HAIL IN HONG KONG ON FEBRUARY 7. IT OCCURRED AGAIN IN APRIL AND JULY.

TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY DURING THE YEAR AMOUNTED TO 2 191.4 MM, VERY CLOSE TO THE NORMAL VALUE OF 2 224.7 MM.

THE GALE OR STORM SIGNAL WAS HOISTED TWICE WITH THE APPROACH OF TYPHOON HAL IN JUNE AND TYPHOON TESS IN SEPTEMBER. BOTH CAUSED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO HONG KONG.

FURTHERMORE, HOARFROST WAS REPORTED IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES IN DECEMBER.

JANUARY WAS DRIER AND CLOUDIER THAN USUAL. THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF 13.8 MM WAS 49 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL AND THE TOTAL DURATION OF BRIGHT SUNSHINE WAS 30 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL. HOWEVER, THE AIR TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH WAS NEAR NORMAL AND THE DAILY MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FELL BELOW 10 DEGREES CELSIUS ONLY ONCE ON JANUARY 10 WHEN A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 8.8 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED.

THE WINTER MONSOON WAS LESS ACTIVE IN JANUARY AND THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WAS ONLY HOISTED ON ONE OCCASION.

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ABNORMAL, CHANGEABLE AND UNSETTLED WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE EXPERIENCED IN FEBRUARY WITH A NUMBER OF METEOROLOGICAL ELEMENTS GIVING EXCEPTIONAL RECORDS.

THE EARLIEST HAIL OCCURRENCE IN HONG KONG AND THE RECORD LOW OF THE MEAN ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE FOR FEBRUARY WERE SET IN THE MONTH.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF 218.8 MM AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF RAIN DAYS — 25 ALTOGETHER — WERE THE SECOND HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR FEBRUARY.

A FLOOD WARNING WAS ISSUED IN FEBRUARY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE YEAR. THE UNSETTLED WEATHER IN THE EARLY PART OF THE MONTH WAS DUE TO THE INFLUENCE OF AN ACTIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WHICH ALSO AFFECTED BROAD AREAS OF SOUTHERN CHINA.

THE REST OF THE MONTH WAS AFFECTED BY FREQUENT SURGES OF COLD AIR CAUSING CLOUDY WEATHER AND RAIN AT TIMES. AS A RESULT OF THE ADVERSE WEATHER, 10 AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DURING THE MONTH.

MARCH WAS CLOUDIER AND COOLER THAN USUAL. THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 16.7 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS 1.8 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL.

IN MARCH, THE CONTINENTAL ANTICYCLONE WAS STILL PREVALENT RESULTING IN THE SLIGHTLY COOLER WEATHER. A SURGE OF WINTER MONSOON IN MID-MARCH CAUSED THE TEMPERATURE TO DROP TO A MINIMUM OF 10.6 DEGREES CELSIUS. ANOTHER SURGE AT THE END OF THE MONTH BROUGHT SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS AND PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN TO HONG KONG. HAILSTORMS CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE WERE REPORTED IN THE NEARBY DISTRICTS OF GUANGDONG PROVINCE.

APRIL WAS WETTER THAN USUAL WITH SIX DAYS IN THE MONTH EACH RECORDING MORE THAN 30 MM OF RAINFALL. THE TOTAL RAINFALL WAS ALMOST TWICE THE NORMAL VALUE OF 139.4 MM.

MARBLE-SIZED HAILSTONES WERE REPORTED IN THE URBAN AREA AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ON APRIL 10. THE OCCURRENCE OF HAIL WAS ALSO REPORTED IN CANTON AND VARIOUS PARTS OF GUANGDONG PROVINCE.

THE CONTINUOUS WET SPELL IN THE SECOND WEEK OF APRIL CAUSED FLOODING AND MINOR LANDSLIPS.

THE MONTH WAS ALSO COOLER THAN USUAL. THE MEAN TEMPERATURE WAS 1.6 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW THE NORMAL OF 22.1 DEGREES CELSIUS.

MAY WAS WARMER AND DRIER THAN USUAL. THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 26.8 DEGREES CELSIUS WHICH RANKED THE SIXTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR may WAS 0.9 DEGREE CELSIUS ABOVE NORMAL.

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A SPELL OF FINE AND SUNNY WEATHER LASTING 13 DAYS WAS EXPERIENCED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH. NO MEASURABLE RAINFALL ’•'AS RECORDED FOR 20 DAYS IN THE MONTH. THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF THE MONTH AMOUNTED TO ONLY ONE THIRD OF THE NORMAL VALUE.

JUNE WAS MUCH CLOUDIER ’HAN USUAL. THE MEAN ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE RANKED THE LOWEST ON RECORD FOR JUNE.

TYPHOON HAL CAME WITHIN 400 NAUTICAL MILES OF HONG KONG ON JUNE 22 AND IT WAS NECESSARY TO HOIST TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE YEAR. GALE FORCE NORTHWEST WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED OFFSHORE IN HONG KONG WITH THE APPROACH OF TYPHOON HAL. SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS OCCURRED EARLY ON JUNE 25 AS HAL MOVED INLAND.

MORE THAN HALF OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL RAINFALL WAS ATTRIBUTED TO THE DOWNPOUR ON JUNE 25 AND THE SITUATION REQUIRED THE ISSUANCE OF THE LANDSLIP WARNING.

LAND, SEA AND AIR TRAFFIC WAS DISRUPTED AND THERE WERE FLOODING AND MINOR LANDSLIPS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE TERRITORY.

AT THE AIRPORT, 11 FLIGHTS WERE CANCELLED, 26 DELAYED AND ONE DIVERTED.

JULY WAS THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH WITH LESS THAN NORMAL RAINFALL.

THE STANDBY SIGNAL, NO. 1, WAS HOISTED FOR LESS THAN A DAY ON JULY 8 AS THE TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA TURNED NORTHWARDS AND ACCELERATED TOWARDS THE SOUTH CHINA COAST TO THE EAST OF HONG KONG.

OVER 200 MM OF RAINFALL WERE RECORDED IN SHA TIN DURING THE HEAVY SHOWERS AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ON THE EARLY MORNING OF JULY 9, CAUSING SERIOUS FLOODING AND MINOR LANDSLIPS IN THE REGION.

THE THIRD REPORT OF HAIL OCCURRENCE IN THE YEAR WAS ON JULY 26 AND IT WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS IN THE ACTIVE SOUTHWEST MONSOON. THE SIZE OF HAILSTONES WAS REPORTED TO BE ABOUT 2 MM IN DIAMETER.

AUGUST WAS WETTER AND CLOUDIER THAN USUAL. THE TOTtL RAINFALL WAS 21 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL. MOST OF THE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH. IN PARTICULAR, THE SPELL OF RAINY WEATHER IN THE LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN HALF OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL RAINFALL.

SEPTEMBER WAS COOLER, CLOUDIER AND MORE HUMID THAN USUAL. THE MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 29.0 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS 1.5 DEGREES CELSIUS BELOW NORMAL AND RANKED THE NINTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR SEPTEMBER.

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TYPHOON TESS CAME CLOSE TO HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 6, CAUSING GALE FORCE WINDS AND FREQUENT SQUALLY HEAVY SHOWERS. DURING THE APPROACH OF TESS, TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND THERE WERE LANDSLIPS AND FLOODS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG.

FLOODING WAS MORE SERIOUS IN THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. AMONG THE WORST AFFECTED AREAS WERE KAM TIN, PAT HEUNG, NGAU TAM MEI, SHEUNG SHU I AND TAI PO.

LANDSLIPS OCCURRED IN SHEUNG WAN, SHAU KEI WAN, KWUN TONG, SAI KUNG, SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN.

FERRY SERVICES WERE SUSPENDED AND AT THE AIRPORT, TWO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG, 10 FLIGHTS CANCELLED AND 50 DELAYED.

TROPICAL STORM VAL ENTERED THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON SEPTEMBER 17 BUT DISSIPATED THE FOLLOWING DAY ABOUT 240 NAUTICAL MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF HONG KONG WITHOUT CAUSING ANY DAMAGE TO THE TERRITORY. A WATERSPOUT WAS SIGHTED OVER THE SEA SOUTH OF WONG MA KOK, STANLEY PENINSULA, AT 9.35 AM ON SEPTEMBER 21.

OCTOBER WAS WARNER AND DRIER THAN USUAL. THE MONTH’S MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 25.8 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS THE SEVENTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR OCTOBER. THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF THE MONTH AMOUNTED TO ONLY 56.1 MM, WHICH WAS 54 PER CENT BELOW THE NORMAL VALUE OF 121.2 MM.

TYPHOON DOT ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON OCTOBER 19 AFTER CROSSING LUZON. UNDER THE COMBINED EFFECTS OF DOT AND THE WINTER MONSOON, STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED OFFSHORE AND IN EXPOSED PLACES IN THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

NOVEMBER WAS AGAIN WARMER THAN USUAL. THE MONTH’S MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 22.4 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS THE SIXTH HIGHEST ON RECORD WHILE THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 20.6 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR NOVEMBER. <

DECEMBER WAS SLIGHTLY COOLER THAN USUAL. THE MONTH’S MEAN

MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 19.7 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS 1.1 DEGREES CELSIUS ,,

BELOW NORMAL. A PROLONGED SPELL OF DRY AND COLD WEATHEf OCCURRED v

AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH.

THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERV ORY FELL TO 22 PER CENT ON DECEMBER 15 WHEN NUMEROUS HILL FIRES <RE REPORTED.

TEMPERATURES FELL TO 0 DEGREE CELSIUS AT TA KWU LING ON

DECEMBER 17 AND HOARFROST WAS REPORTED AT TA KWU LING, SHEUNG SHU I AND FANLING.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 1986

ELECTION AMBASSADOR TO BOOST POLLS

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THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE IS LOOKING FOR TWO ENERGETIC AND AMIABLE YOUTHS TO BE AMBASSADORS TO ASSIST IN A SERIES OF PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE 1986 URBAN COUNCIL ELECTION.

THE ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 6 AND THE AMBASSADORS WILL WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOR TWO WEEKS FROM FEBRUARY 24 UNTIL ELECTION DAY.

THEY WILL JOIN DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF TO MAN EXHIBITION CENTRES, TOUR THE DISTRICT ON A BROADCASTING VAN AND CONDUCT FAMILY VISITS TO URGE PEOPLE TO VOTE, ANSWER QUERIES AND DISTRIBUTE PUBLICITY HANDOUTS TO RESIDENTS.

TO PREPARE THEM FOR THEIR DUTIES, THEY WILL BE BRIEFED ON VOTING PROCEDURES AS WELL AS THE OPERATION AND STRUCTURE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL.

EACH AMBASSADOR WILL BE GIVEN AN HONORARIUM OF $5 OOO UPON COMPLETION OF DUTIES.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS JANUARY 31,AND FORMS AND DETAILED INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE TAI KOK TSUI BRANCH OFFICE.

WAN CHAI FESTIVAL STARTS WITH BIG SHOW * * *

THE 1986 WAN CHAI FESTIVAL WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH A SPECTACULAR SHOW FEATURING A COLOURFUL FLOAT PARADE, DRAGON AND LION DANCES, BAND PERFORMANCE AND A VARIETY SHOW AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

THF CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES DOTTED THE EYES OF THE DRAGON TO MARK THE BEGINNING OF THE 10-DAY FESTIVAL.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM PRAISED WAN CHAI FOR ITS VITALITY AND DYNAMISM IN ADAPTING TO CHANGES AND MAINTAINING ITS HISTORICAL VALUES.

WAN CHAI, HE SAID, WAS A DISTRICT OF TRADITION AND HISTORY WITH SOME OF HONG KONG’S OLDEST DEVELOPMENTS. HOWEVER, LIKE ALL OF HONG KONG, IT WAS CONSTANTLY CHANGING AND EVOLVING, AND THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS WOULD GRADUALLY TRANSFORM THE IMAGE OF OLD WAN CHAI.

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+YET, THESE DEVELOPMENTS ARE WELL IN KEEPING WITH THE CHARACTER OF WAN CHAI — VITAL AND DYNAMICj IT IS A DISTRICT OF CHANGE,+ SAID MR WIGGHAM.

+l AM PLEASED TO SEE HOW WELL WAN CHAI HAS RESPONDED TO CHANGE AND PARTICULARLY THE WIDE SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE COMMUNITY TO THE EVER-EVOLVING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

+COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IS, IN FACT, THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN THE DISTRICT FOR THAT IS HOW ITS RESIDENTS DEVELOP THEIR SENSE OF DISTRICT IDENTITY AND FAMILIARITY WITH LOCAL ISSUES, AND HOW THEY CAN BEGIN TO WORK FOR THE GOOD OF THE DISTRICT.*

HE ALSO PRAISED THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES, DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR ORGANISING ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES FOR ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE THE IMPORTANCE OF PARTICIPATION.

+ THIS FESTIVAL SYMBOLISES THE DYNAMISM OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT AND THE ENERGY OF ITS PEOPLE, AND ALSO GIVES THE COMMUNITY A SENSE OF PRIDE IN WHAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVED SO FAR,* MR WIGGHAM SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LEE KON, SAID THE AIM OF THE FESTIVAL WAS TO EMPHASISE THE DISTRICT'S CHARACTERISTICS THROUGH VARIOUS ACTIVITIES SO THAT LOCAL RESIDENTS AS WELL AS THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WOULD HAVE A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF WAN CHAI.

+IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT LOCAL RESIDENTS AND ORGANISATIONS WOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND HELP CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONGING,* HE SAID.

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRPERSON, MRS PEGGY LAM THANKED VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN LAUNCHING THE FESTIVAL.

TODAY’S PROGRAMME INCLUDED A COLOURFUL FLOAT PARADE, BAND PERFORMANCES AND SINGING BY THE WAN CHAI CHILDREN’S CHOIR. THE HIGHLIGHT WAS A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING TVB PERFORMERS.

PART OF THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE TELECAST ON TVB’S +ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT* SHOW TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AND THE WAN CHAI FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, AND SUPPORTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE URBAN COUNCIL. ACTIVITIES DURING THE 1O-DAY FESTIVAL INCLUDE COMPETITIONS, SPORTS EVENTS, AN EXHIBITION, AND A NUMBER OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, MOST OF WHICH ARE FREE-OF-CHARGE.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS REPORT * * *

TH- SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY) AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD REPORT.

AT THE SAME TIME, BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT ON HAWKER AND MARKET POLICIES. DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JOHN HEYWOOD, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MR OWEN BROADLEY, AND URBAN COUNCILLORS MRS ELSIE ELLIOTT TU AND MR WALTER SULKE WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE MEETING, AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 2/F, MEI FUNG COURT, NO. 7-11, NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE, HONG KONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SPECIAL DISTRICT BOARD MEETING.

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+MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME USEFUL*

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RESIDENTS MAY NOW MAKE APPOINTMENTS WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO MEET MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD.

A ROSTER HAS BEEN DRAWN UP FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO ATTEND THE +MEET THE PUBLIC* SESSIONS FROM NOW TO END OF DECEMBER.

THERE ARE FOUR SESSIONS EACH WEEK WITH A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER AT EACH SESSION.

TWO SESSIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S MAIN OFFICE IN ABERDEEN CENTRE ON TUESDAYS FROM 3 PM TO 5 PM, AND ON FRIDAYS FROM 7 PM TO 9 PM. ONE SESSION EACH WILL BE HELD AT THE WAH FU AND THE STANLEY SUB-OFFICES ON TUESDAYS FROM 8 PM TO 9 PM.

RESIDENTS MAY EITHER CONTACT THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON 5-524429 OR THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS OF THE THREE OFFICES FOR APPOINTMENTS. BOOKINGS SHOULD BE MADE AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE +MEET THE PUBLIC* SCHEME HAD PROVED A USEFUL CHANNEL FOR RESIDENTS TO DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS WITH THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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WINTER CLOTHES FOR THE ELDERLY IN SHA TIN * * * * *

STAFF MEMBERS OF SHA TIN DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICE WILL DISTRIBUTE QUILTED JACKETS TO THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT TOMORROW (MONDAY) MORNING.

ONE THOUSAND JACKETS, VALUED AT $60 000, WERE DONATED BY A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISHED TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS AND NEEDY PERSONS OVER THE AGE OF 60 ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CLOTHING.

DISTRIBUTION WILL

START AT WONG SIU CHING HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY AT GREEN HERON HOUSE, SHA KOK ESTATE AT 10 AM. SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT STAFF WILL THEN MOVE ON TO SHA TIN HOUSE FOR THE ELDERLY AT BLOCK 20, FLAT E OF CITY ONE AND HOME OF LOVING

KINDNESS IN TUNG LO WAN.

ELDERLY PEOPLE CAN ALSO COLLECT THEIR JACKETS AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICE ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL FIRST START AT THE WONG SIU CHING HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY AT GREEN HERON HOUSE, SHA KOK ESTATE AT 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 20).

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300 TAKE PART IN LONG-DISTANCE RUN

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MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE TODAY (SUNDAY) TOOK PART IN THE 10-KILOMETRE TAI PO DISTANT RUN FROM TAI MEI TUK TO THE TIN HAU TEMPLE FUNG SHU I SQUARE.

THE RUN WAS ONE OF THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED DURING THE FIRST TAI PO FESTIVAL.

PRIZES WERE AWARDED TO THE FIRST 10 RUNNERS IN EACH OF MEN’S JUNIOR, MEN’S OPEN, MEN’S SENIOR AND WOMEN’S GROUPS.

A SPECIAL PRIZE WAS ALSO AWARDED TO 72-YEAR-OLD CHEUNG NGA I WAH, WHO WAS THE OLDEST PARTICIPANT TO COMPLETE THE COURSE.

TODAY’S DISTANT RUN WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. IT WAS SPONSORED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD.

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TONNES OF REFUSE COLLECTED IN KWUN TONG DAILY

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REFUSE COLLECTED IN KWUN TONG IN A DAY IS EQUIVALENT TO THE WEIGHT OF 75 ELEPHANTS, KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN MAK, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CLEAN KWUN TONG CARNIVAL, MR MAK SAID: +THE 700 000 RESIDENTS AND 160 000 WORKERS IN KWUN TONG, ON THE AVERAGE, DISPOSE OF REFUSE AMOUNTING TO 345 TONNES A DAY.+

THE ALREADY SUBSTANTIAL FIGURE WOULD INCREASE FURTHER BY 50 PER CENT TO ABOUT 550 TONNES DURING LUNAR NEW YEAR, HE ADDED.

MR MAK URGED RESIDENTS TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO KEEP THEIR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND TIDY, ESPECIALLY DURING THE NEW YEAR PERIOD.

TURNING TO THE FORTHCOMING URBAN COUNCIL ELECTIONS TO BE HELD ON MARCH 6, MR MAK HOPED LOCAL PEOPLE WOULD LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE TWO SEATS IN THE KWUN TONG EAST AND 'WEST CONSTITUENCIES.

ALL REGISTERED VOTERS SHOULD ALSO TURN UP AT THE POLLING STATIONS AND CAST THEIR VOTES ON POLLING DAY, HE NOTED.

TODAY’S CARNIVAL WAS ORGANISED AS PART OF THE CURRENT CLEAN KWUN TONG CAMPAIGN BY THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND URBAN COUNCIL.

COSTING $120 OQO, THE CAMPAIGN ALSO FEATURES A LYRIC-WRITING COMPETITION, A SLOGAN COMPETITION, DISTRIBUTION OF LITTER BAGS AND BINS TO SQUATTERS AND HAWKERS, AND PROJECTS ORGANISED BY THE 14 LOCAL AREA COMMITTEES.

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POTTED VEGETABLE GROWING EXHIBITION * * * *

AN EXHIBITION OF POTTED VEGETABLES GROWN BY PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN LIVING IN THE URBAN AREA WILL BE HELD AT THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, FROM TUESDAY (JANUARY 21) AFTERNOON.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE MORE THAN 200 SELECTED ENTRIES OF THE 5TH URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN VEGETABLE GROWING (IN POTS) COMPETITION FROM 77 SCHOOLS.

THE COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN LIVING IN THE URBAN AREA TO LEARN THROUGH PARTICIPATION ABOUT THE GROWTH OF PLANTS.

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THEM TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF PLANTS SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION

IT ALSO AIMED AT ENCOURAGING FOR BEAUTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENT,

DEPARTMENT.

THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOL CHILDREN RECEIVED SEEDS FROM A SPONSORING PRIVATE FIRM LAST SEPTEMBER AND SUCCESSFULLY GREW FIVE SPECIES INCLUDING TOMATO, BUSH BEAN, CHINESE KALE, LETTUCE AND EGG PLANT.

THEY ALSO TOOK ADVICE ON TECHNIQUES ON VEGETABLE GROWING FROM THE HORTICULTURIST (VEGETABLE) OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, MR K.Y. HO.

AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF THE BEST CROP OF EACH SELECTED SPECIES ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 21).

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS) MR SO FAI-CHO, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY’AT THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM UNTIL THURSDAY (JANUARY 23).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EXHIBITION AND THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRE AT PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 21).

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TENDER FOR BEACH KIOSK SOUGHT * * * * *

THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SALE OF LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AT CLEAR WATER BAY (1ST BEACH) IN SAI KUNG.

THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER wILL BE GRANTED A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT COMMENCING APRIL 1, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDER FORMS CAN BE COLLECTED FROM THE RSD’S SAI KUNG DISTRICT CFFICE ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF THE SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE PUT INTO THE TENDER BOX AT THE RSD HEADQUARTERS, 3/F, SWIRE AND MACLAINE HOUSE, 19-23 AUSTIN AVENUE, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE 9 AM ON FEBRUARY 21.

INTERESTED PARTIES CAN TELEPHONE 3-2813680 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

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CAMP ON AVIATION * * *

YOUTHS IN KOWLOON CITY ABOUT FLYING BY TAKING PART AVIATION TRAINING CAMP.

WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN IN THE 5TH KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT

THE THREE-DAY CAMP, SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL HONG KONG AIR CADET CORPS AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL BE’HELD IN FANLING BETWEEN FEBRUARY 14 AND 16.

IT IS LIMITED TO 80 PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 25, WHO HAVE COMPLETED FORM 3 AND LIVE OR STUDY IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT.

PARTICIPANTS WILL ATTEND LECTURES ON THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND HISTORY OF AVIATION.

THEY WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES AFTER COMPLETION OF THE THREE-DAY CAMP. THE 10 MOST OUTSTANDING TRAINEES WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO LEARN HOW TO FLY AN AIRCRAFT AT SEK KONG.

THE HOM MAN TOI

THE ENTRY FEE IS $40 AND FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, ITS HUNG SUB-OFFICE AT BULKELEY STREET, HO MAN TIN SUB-OFF ICE IN HO TIN ESTATE AND THE HONG KONG AIR CADET CORPS AT SUNG WONG ROAD. APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON FEBRUARY 10.

BEST DANCE TEAMS TO COMPETE * * * *

ELEVEN WINNING TEAMS IN THE 2ND CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT DANCE CONTEST WILL COMPETE IN THE CONCERT HALL OF THE CITY HALL TOMORROW (MONDAY) EVENING.

THE CONTEST IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), AND ASSISTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE (RECREATION, SPORTS AND AMENITIES), URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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ADMISSION IS FREE AND RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO WATCH THE CONTEST STARTING AT 8 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SECOND CENTRAL AND WESTERN DANCE CONTEST AT 3 PM IN THE CONCERT HALL OF THE CITY HALL.

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RESIDENTS LEARN ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION * * * *

MORE THAN 50 OFFICE BEARERS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS IN TAI PO TODAY (SUNDAY) ATTENDED A TRAINING COURSE AND SEMINAR ON FIRE PREVENTION AND GAS SAFETY, AT THE ' SHAT IN FIRE STATION.

THE COURSE WAS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE GROUP THEN TOURED THE SHATIN FIRE STATION AND WATCHED A FIRE DRILL.

HUNG HOM TRAFFIC CHANGES

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TRAFFIC CHANGES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HUNG HOM FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 22) IN CONNECTION WITH THE RECONSTRUCTION OF CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, BETWEEN PAK KUNG STREET AND CHI KIANG STREET.

THE DETAILS ARE:

* SHEK TONG STREET AND THE EASTERN CARRIAGEWAY OF CHATHAM ROAD NORTH FROM CHI KIANG STREET TO SAN WAI STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

* KO SHAN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

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* PAK KUNG STREET BETWEEN CHATHAM ROAD NORTH AND KO SHAN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

* SHANSI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

* CHI KIANG STREET BETWEEN CHATHAM ROAD NORTH AND KO SHAN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

* SAN WAI STREET WILL BE CONVERTED TO A TWO-WAY CUL-DE-SAC WITH ACCESS ONLY FROM GILLIES AVENUE.

* KMB BUS ROUTES NO. 2K, 5, 5A, 11, 13A, 14, 15, 26, 28, 88 AND 85B! CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL ROUTES NO. 161, 108, 111 AND 116! AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES NO. 7 AND 27M WILL BE DIVERTED AS A RESULT OF THE ROAD CLOSURE AND RE-ROUTE ING MEASURES. BUS STOPS WILL BE SET UP ALONG KO SHAN ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH AND GILLIES AVENUE DUE TO THE BUS DIVERSIONS.

NEW CONNAUGHT ROAD FLYOVER PLANNED

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THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO BUILD A -LYOVER ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND WEST BETWEEN GILMAN STREET AND SUTHERLAND STREET AND TO CARRY OUT ASSOCIATED ROADWORKS IN THE AREA.

THE NEW WORKS ARE DESIGNED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND UPGRADE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES OVER CONNAUGHT ROAD 'WEST AT MORRISON STREET AND TUNG HING LANE.

THE WORKS ARE :

* CONSTRUCTION OF A FLYOVER ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND WEST FROM WEST OF GILMAN STRRET TO EAST OF SUTHERLAND STREET;

* MODIFICATIONS TO CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND WEST AND ITS ROAD JUNCTIONS BETWEEN HARBOUR VIEW STREET AND SUTHERLAND STREET;

* MODIFICATIONS TO JUBILEE STREET, QUEEN VICTORIA STREET, THE SECTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN POTTINGER STREET AND JUBILEE STREET, HARBOUR VIEW STREET, GILMAN STREET NORTH AND RUMSEY STREET;

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* REALIGMENT OF THE SERVICE ROADS ON THE SOUTH AND WEST OF THE NEW MACAU FERRY TERMINAL,

* CONSTRUCTION OF A BUS TERMINUS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE NEW MACAU FERRY TERMINAL;

* CONSTRUCTION OF A FEEDER ROAD SYSTEM ON WESTERN RECLAMATION NEAR QUEEN STREET NORTH;

M CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AT MORRISON STREET; AND

# CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE AT TUNG HING LANE, ACROSS CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND LINKING TO THE NEW BUS TERMINUS WEST OF THE NEW MACAU FERRY TERMINAL.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS IS PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY MARCH 18.

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PARKING METERS FOR YAU YAT CHUEN

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THIRTY-TWO NEWLY-INSTALLED PARKING METERS ON MAGNOLIA ROAD AND DIANTHUS ROAD IN YAU YAT CHUEN WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL FROM 11 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 22), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE METERS ARE FOR TWO HOURS AND FOR VEHICLES OTHER THAN MEDIUM AND HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES, BUSES, MOTOR CYCLES AND BICYCLES.

THE CHARGE WILL BE fil FOR 30 MINUTES.

TRAFFIC CHANGE IN SHAU KEI WAN * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 22), THE EXISTING TRAM ONLY LANE RESTRICTION ON THE WESTBOUND TRAM TRACK OF SHAU KEI WAN ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 310 AND ITS JUNCTION WITH SUN SING STREET WILL BE LIFTED FOR ABOUT SIX DAYS FOR ROAD WORKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Monday, January 20, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

STATISTICS ON IMPACT OP MTS ISLaND LINE RELEASED ................. 1

NOVEMBER ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL FIGURES OUT ......... 5

OVERSEAS PROMOTION OF HK PRODUCTS STRESSED ....................... 6

NEW CHAIRMAN APPOINTED .........................................   7

LORDS' DEBATE TO BE BROADCAST LIVE................................ 7

ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY NEEDS SKILLED JONKERS ........................ 7

APPLY EARLY FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ................................. 8

CAREERS CONVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS ORGANISED ....................... 9

DRIVE TO INOCULATE FISHERMEN'S DOGS ............................. 10

REGIONAL COUNCIL SELECT COMMITTEE TO MEET ....................... 11

FINALS OF MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD ON SATURDAY ...................... 11

PUBLIC SESSION MEETING .........................................  12

SPECIAL STAMP SET ON HALLEY'S COMET ............................. 12

INSPECTION OPERATION TO BE CONDUCTED............................. 13

NON-URBAN BATHING SHEDS FOR LEASE ............................... 13

EXHIBITION ON WAN CHAI DEVELOPMENT OPENS ....................... 12*

CONTRACT FOR LIFT, FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATION .................. I2*

CHINESE BAZAAR NIGHT FOR WAN CHAI ............................... 15

FIRE STATION SITE FORMATION WORK TO STaRT ....................... 15

WATER STORAGE FIGURES ........................................... 16

MID-LEVELS WATER CUT ............................................ 16

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STATISTICS ON IMPACT OF MTR ISLAND LINE RELEASED

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THE PASSENGER DECLINE ON VARIOUS PUBLIC TRANSPORT MODES AS A RESULT OF THE OPENING OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE TAPERED OFF IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER LAST YEAR BUT THE PATRONAGE LOSS ON EXPRESS BUS SERVICES OPERATED BY CMB ALONG THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR OF HONG KONG ISLAND REMAINED WELL OVER 40 PER CENT.

IMPACT^ THE ISLODE?INE VtJFNSm™L^ARTMENT REP0RT 0N THE THE STATISTICS WERE^BASED LARGFLy^o^tdacfN0VEMBER> 1985. OPERATORS AND SUPPLEMENTED1^?^!}!? VEYS^ONDUCTEdTbyNtHE^DEPARTMENT.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, TOTAL PASSENGERS ON THE MTR NUMBERED AROUND 1.4 MILLION PASSENGERS PER DAY IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF ABOUT 27 PER CENT OVER THE MARCH AVERAGE. IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER, THE AVERAGE DAILY RIDERSHIP LEVELLED OFF TO 1.38 MILLION PASSENGERS.

THE RATE OF PASSENGER DECREASE ON BUS AND FERRY SERVICES IN NOVEMBER COMPARED WITH THE MARCH LEVEL WAS THE LOWEST RECORDED SINCE THE OPENING OF THE ISLAND LINE. AS FOR TRAMS, THE PASSENGER VOLUMES IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER EXCEEDED THE MARCH FIGURES.

EVEN SO, CMB CORRIDOR EXPRESS SERVICES, WHICH INCLUDE SUCH ROUTES AS NO. 10B, 20, 21, 22, 80 AND 81M, CONTINUED TO SUFFER AN AVERAGE PATRONAGE LOSS OF 42 PER CENT IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER AND AN AVERAGE LOSS OF 47 PER CENT IN THE PRECEDING TWO MONTHS.

THE AVERAGE DECREASE REGISTERED BY CMB BUS SERVICES VIA THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WAS 32 PER CENT IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, AND 27 PER CENT IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.

CORRIDOR URBAN BUS SERVICES, SUCH AS ROUTES NO. 2, 16 AND 82 WHICH RUN PARALLEL TO THE ISLAND LINE REPORTED AN AVERAGE DROP OF 21 PER CENT IN DAILY PASSENGER VOLUME IN AUGUST AND 10 PER CENT IN NOVEMBER. FOR ROUTES WHICH ARE ONLY PARTLY PARALLEL WITH THE ISLAND LINE, SUCH AS NO. 5, 10, 24 AND 81, THE PASSENGER LOSS ALSO EASED FROM THE 17 PER CENT RECORDED IN AUGUST TO SEVEN PER CENT IN NOVEMBER.

HOWEVER CMB’S FEEDER ROUTES TO MTR STATIONS CONTINUED TO SHOW OVERALL INCREASES OF 28 PER CENT IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER COMPARED WITH MARCH.

OVERALL, HONG KONG ISLAND INTERNAL BUS ROUTES RECORDED A PATRONAGE DECLINE OF 20 PER CENT IN AUGUST COMPARED WITH THE MARCH VOLUME. THE FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER WERE 16 PER CENT, 11 PER CENT AND NINE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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AS FOR CMB AND KMB CROSS-HARBOUR SERVICES RUNNING IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE ISLAND, INCLUDING ROUTES NO. 132, 106, 112 AND 116, THE DECREASE IN PASSENGER VOLUME DURING THE FOUR MONTHS UNDER REVIEW RANGED FROM 12 TO 37 PER CENT.

AS PART OF ITS ON-GOING EXERCISE TO STREAMLINE BUS OPERATIONS FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE ISLAND LINE, CMB HAS REDUCED THE FREQUENCY OF SERVICES ON ROUTES NO. 5 AND 23B AND SUSPENDED THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON SERVICE OF ROUTE NO. 16.

MEANWHILE, THE PASSENGER VOLUMES FOR TRAMS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER WERE UP BY FIVE PER CENT AND TWO PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER THE MARCH FIGURES. HOWEVER, IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, DECREASES CF FOUR PER CENT AND THREE PER CENT WERE REGISTERED RESPECTIVELY.

IN SEPTEMBER, HYF’S CROSS-HARBOUR FERRY ROUTES RECORDED THE LOWEST PATRONAGE SINCE THE ISLAND LINE COMMENCED OPERATION, WITH THE DAILY PASSENGER FIGURES DROPPING TO 12 PER CENT BELOW THE MARCH VOLUME. ALTHOUGH A MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN PATRONAGE WAS NOTED IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS, THE RATE OF DECREASE STILL STOOD AT SEVEN PER CENT IN NOVEMBER. THE NORTH POINT - HUNG HOM SERVICE REMAINED THE HARDEST HIT, FOLLOWED BY THE SAI WAN HO - KOWLOON CITY AND THE SAI WAN HO - KWUN TONG SERVICES.

THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW SAW GREAT FLUCTUATIONS IN PATRONAGE ON STAR FERRY SERVICES. IN SEPTEMBER, THE DECLINE IN PASSENGERS COMPARED WITH MARCH WAS NINE PER CENT BUT IN NOVEMBER, PATRONAGE CLIMBED BACK TO THE PRE-ISLAND LINE OPENING LEVEL.

AS FOR THE KCR, RIDERSHIP HAD INCREASED STEADILY. BETWEEN AUGUST AND OCTOBER, THE RISE IN PATRONAGE WAS AROUND 12 PER CENT OVER THE FIGURES IN MAY, AND BY NOVEMBER, THE INCREASE ROSE TO 15 PER CENT.

THE GROWTH IN PATRONAGE ON GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES WAS ALSO SUSTAINED. IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF DAILY PASSENGERS CARRIED BY GREEN MINIBUSES ON HONG KONG ISLAND WAS EIGHT PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE MARCH FIGURES WHILE IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER, THE INCREASE WAS 15 PER CENT.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE PATRONAGE CHANGES RECORDED MIGHT NOT BE WHOLLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE OPENING CF THE ISLAND LINE. OTHER FACTORS SUCH AS SEASONAL VARIATIONS IN DEMAND, POPULATION CHANGES AND SERVICE CHANGES MIGHT ALSO HAVE PLAYED A PART IN AFFECTING THE PASSENGER VOLUMES.

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NOVEMBER ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL FIGURES OUT * * * *

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) IN THE 200 LARGEST FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECLINED SLIGHTLY IN NOVEMBER 1985 COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE WEARING APPAREL, PLASTIC PRODUCTS, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES REPORTED A DECLINE IN THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS, WHEREAS THE OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES REPORTED NO CHANGE.

THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE ALSO FELL SLIGHTLY AS SOME FIRMS LAID OFF WORKERS. DECREASES IN EMPLOYMENT MAINLY OCCURRED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND, TO A LESSER EXTENT, IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE WEARING APPAREL, TEXTILES, FABRICATED f-ETAL PRODUCTS, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES REPORTED A STABLE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

INCREASES IN BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE REPORTED BY THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, MAINLY DUE TO THE SEVERANCE PAY GIVEN BY SOME FIRMS TO LA ID-OFF WORKERS.

THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY HAD A NOTABLE DECLINE IN PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, THE NUMBER OF OPERATIVES DECLINED AS SOME PROJECTS WERE COMPLETED.

BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE SERVICES SECTORS DECLINED AS THERE HAD BEEN PAYMENT OF BONUSES BY SOME FIRMS IN OCTOBER.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS ARE SHOWN IN THE TABLES BELOW.

THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT IN MARCH 1983.

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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 NOVEMBER 1985 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, AT $1.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT AT 3-7212854.

A. ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRY (% CHANGE OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH) ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS)

SEPT. 1985 OCT. 1985 NOV. 1985 FOR NOVEMBER 1985

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR -2 * -2 4.32

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL * 8 * 2.37

PLASTIC PRODUCTS -7 -5 -2 3.71

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS -5 -3 * 3.15

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS -3 -2 -1 4.83

OTHERS * * * 4.41

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES -3 -1 -1 4.12

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B. EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE COMPANIES SURVEYED PER CAPITA EARNINGS PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR NOVEMBER 1985 HK i

INDUSTRY/ SERVICES (% CHANGE OVER THE SEPT. OCT. NOV. 1985 1985 1985 PRECEDI SEPT. 1985 NG MONTH) OCT. NOV. 1985 1985

MANUFACTURING -3 14 1 -1 -1 2 1 3 095

FOOD AND DRINKS * -1 -1 -2 * -4 3 644

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR * * * -5 5 * 2 622

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL * * * 1 3 1 3 162

PLASTIC PRODUCTS -11 -2 -3 -7 1 -5 2 581

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS -4 -1 * 6 7 6 3 142

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS -3 -3 * * * 2 2 906

OTHERS -2 -1 -2 -1 2 5 4 317

CONSTRUCTION * * -2 -1 -2 2 -4 1 4 426

SERVICES * * * 4 -4 -2 5 367

BANKS * * * 1 -1 * 4 918

HOTELS 1 1 1 -1 2 -3 3 519

PUBLIC UTILITIES * * * 12 -6 -6 5 444

OTHERS * 1 * -8 -1 -1 6 533

* CHANGES WITH I N + 0.5 PER CENT

** PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY- SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS NOT INCLUDED.

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OVERSEAS PROMOTION OF HK PRODUCTS STRESSED

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AN EFFICIENT GARMENT INDUSTRY ALONE WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO ENSURE SUCCESS AND MUCH WOULD DEPEND ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH ITS PRODUCTS WERE PROMOTED AND GIVEN ACCESS TO OVERSEAS MARKETS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

ADDRESSING THE OPENING OF THE CASUAL APPAREL SHOW ORGANISED BY THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AT THE HONG KONG EXHIBITION CENTRE, MR HO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE TDC FOR ITS EFFORTS IN PROMOTING HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS MARKETS.

+CREDIT MUST BE DUE TO THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, WHICH HAS OVER THE YEARS BEEN CONSISTENTLY PUTTING UP EFFECTIVE AND IMPRESSIVE TRADE PROMOTION PROGRAMMES TO ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT CF OUR TRADE.

+THAT THE COUNCIL IS RESPONDING EFFECTIVELY TO CHANGING NEEDS IS WELL ILLUSTRATED BY THE COUNCIL’S EFFORTS IN THE AREA OF GARMENTS PROMOTION.

+THE COUNCIL’S FAMOUS READY-TO-WEAR FESTIVAL WAS A PROMINENT FEATURE IN THE INTERNATIONAL CALENDAR OF FASHION BETWEEN 1968 AND 1979.+

MR HO SAID AS THE COUNCIL ENTERED THE 1980’S, AND TO MEET THE INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED AND DISCRIMINATING DEMAND OF APPAREL BUYERS WORLDWIDE, A NEW APPROACH EMPHASISING SPECIALITY HAD BEEN ADOPTED.

+THE SUCCESS OF THIS APPROACH HAS BEEN WELL ILLUSTRATED BY THE WIDE ACCEPTANCE OF THE TWO PREVIOUS SPECIALISED GARMENT SHOWS ORGANISED BY THE COUNCIL - ONE ON WOOL KNITWEAR AND THE OTHER Oh WOMEN’S SPORTSWEAR.+

SPEAKING ON GOVERNMENT’S ROLE, MR HO SAID IT HAD ALWAYS PROVIDED AN ADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE INDUSTRY TO GROW AND PROSPER.

+0N THE ADVICE OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD, PLANS ARE ON HAND FOR A TECHNO-ECONOMIC AND MARKETING RESEARCH STUDY IN TEXTILES AND CLOTHING TO BE CARRIED OUT IN 1986.+

+THE FINDINGS OF SUCH A STUDY SHOULD ASSIST MANUFACTURERS IN PLANNING FOR EXPANSION AND MOVING UPMARKET,+ MR HO SAID.

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NEw CHAIRMAN APPOINTED * * *

ThE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED MR WONG CHUNG-HIN TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SECURITIES COMMISSION AND COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT UNTIL AUGUST 31, 1986.

MR WONG, AGED 52, IS A SENIOR PARTNER IN P.C. WOO AND CO, SOLICITORS. HE HAS SERVED ON THE SECURITIES COMMISSION FROM 1974 TO 1984 AND IS PRESENTLY A MEMEBER OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION TO WHICH HE WAS FIRST APPOINTED IN 1977.

MR WONG IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM AND HAS A DISTINGUISHED RECORD OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

MR WONG SUCCEEDS THE LATE MR A. ZIMMERN WHO PASSED AWAY ON DECEMBER 20, 1985.

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RTHK’S RADIO 3 WILL BROADCAST LIVE THE HOUSE OF LORDS DEBATE ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER WHICH WILL START AT ABOUT 1.30 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 21) HONG KONG TIMt.

EDITORS OF THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA ARE REMINDED THAT THE DEBATE CANNOT BE RECORDED AND RE-BROADCAST BECAUSE OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS OF RTHK.

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ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY NEEDS SKILLED WORKERS * * * *

THE LOCAL ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY IS GENERALLY MOVING UP-MARKET WITH INCREASED APPLICATION OF MODERN MACHINERY AND THUS REQUIRES A MORE SKILLED WORKFORCE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WAS REFLECTED IN THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY PUBLISHED BY THE ELECTRICIAL INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD CF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, IN WHICH THE NUMBER OF TECHNICAL PERSONNEL AT CRAFT, TECHNICIAN AND TECHNOLOGIST LEVELS IN THE INDUSTRY INCREASED FROM 34 000 IN 1983 TO 36 000 IN 1985.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF OPERATIVES AND UNSKILLED WORKERS DROPPED BY ABOUT 2 000 FROM 23 000 TO 21 000.

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THE TOTAL WORKFORCE OF THE INDUSTRY STOOD AT ABOUT 58 000, ALMOST THE SAME AS THAT IN 1983.

ACCORDING TO THE SURVEY, THE CONTRACTING BRANCH OF THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY EMPLOYED MORE TECHNOLOGISTS AND TECHNICIANS IN 1985 THAN THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS, FROM 460 TO 630 FOR TECHNOLOGISTS AND FROM 1 400 TO 1 800 FOR TECHNICIANS.

THE BOARD ATTRIBUTED THE PHENOMENON TO THE COMMISSIONING CF MORE CONTRACTING WORKS OF COMPLEXITY AND SOPHISTICATION WHICH REQUIRED MORE TECHNOLOGISTS AND TECHNICIANS TO HANDLE.

HOWEVER, MANPOWER OF THE INDUSTRY’S MANUFACTURING BRANCH, WHICH AFTER A NOTABLE GROWTH IN EXPORT OF ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS, DECLINED FROM 25 000 IN 1983 TO 22 000 IN 1985 BECAUSE OF THE RECENT SLUGGISH ECONOMY IN MAJOR WORLD MARKETS.

THE ADOPTION OF AUTOMATION TO RAISE PRODUCTIVITY AND THE MOVING OF SOME FACTORIES TO THE SHENZHEN ECONOMIC ZONE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CHEAPER OPERATING COST THERE ALSO REDUCED THE EMPLOYMENT SIZE IN THE MANUFACTURING BRANCH, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, THE BOARD CONCLUDED THAT THE GROWING USE OF MODERN MACHINERY COUPLED WITH THE ANTICIPATED EXPANSION OF THE INDUSTRY AS A RESULT OF INCREASING BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS WOULD BRING ABOUT A STEADY DEMAND FOR WELL-TRAINED TECHNICAL PERSONNEL FOR THE WHOLE INDUSTRY IN THE YEARS TO COME.

IT FORECAST THAT UP TO THE YEAR 1991 THE INDUSTRY WOULD NEED AT LEAST AN ADDITION OF 220 TECHNOLOGISTS, 380 TECHNICIANS AND 1 350 CRAFTSMEN ANNUALLY TO MEET ITS MANPOWER REQUIREMENT.

COPIES OF THE SURVEY REPORT ARE NOW FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AT $15 EACH.

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTENDING TO TRAVEL ABROAD DURING THE COMING LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS SHOULD APPLY FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS NOW, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRAVELLING OUTSIDE HONG KONG WOULD BE GREATLY INCREASED DURING THIS TIME OF THE YEhR. +IN ORDER TO AVOID LAST MINUTE RUSH, PEOPLE ARE ADVISED TO APPLY FOR PASSPORT AND CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE DATE ON WHICH THEY INTEND TO TRAVEL,+ HE SAID.

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+IT NORMALLY TAKES 10 WORKING DAYS TO ISSUE THESE DOCUMENTS IF APPLICATIONS ARE MADE IN THE IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTERS BUT LONGER IF MADE IN THE BRANCH OFFICES.

+RE-ENTRY PERMIT AND DOCUMENT OF IDENTITY FOR VISA PURPOSES ARE NORMALLY ISSUED ON THE SAME DAY BUT DELAY IS LIKELY IF TOO MANY APPLICANTS COME AT THE SAME TIME,* HE SAID.

+BY APPLYING EARLY, IT WILL NOT ONLY SPREAD THE WORKLOAD OF THE DEPARTMENT BUT WILL ALSO GIVE APPLICANTS EXTRA TIME TO MEET ANY FURTHER VISA PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS WHERE NECESSARY,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC wHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES MAY TELEPHONE 3-7333111.

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CAREERS CONVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS ORGANISED

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THE FIRST OF SIX TWO-DAY REGIONAL CAREERS CONVENTIONS FOR SECONDARY STUDENTS WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE YU CHUN KEUNG MEMORIAL COLLEGE IN CHI FU FA YUEN, POK FU LAM.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS, THE CONVENTIONS WILL FEATURE A CAREERS DISPLAY PREPARED BY STUDENTS OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS AND TALKS ON SELECTED CAREERS BY SPECIALISTS AND PROFESSIONALS.

SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE, MR LEUNG LIT-CHEONG, SAID STUDENTS WOULD BE ABLE TO ACQUIRE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CAREERS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM THROUGH THE CONVENTIONS.

IN PREPARING THE DISPLAY PROJECTS, STUDENTS WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN OBTAINING AND PRESENTING CAREERS INFORMATION, HE SAID.

+THE COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND SERVICES SECTORS, TRAINING INSTITUTES AS WELL A§ GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUPPORT THE FUNCTION^ BY SENDING REPRESENTATIVES TO GIVE CAREERS TALKS ON VARIOUS TOP I Co,+ l*R LEUNG SAID.

♦THESE INCLUDE HOTEL AND TOURISM, ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, BROADCASTING, ACCOUNTANCY, JOURNALISM, MASS COMMUNICATION, COMPUTER, NURSING, CIVIL SERVICE OPENINGS, BANKING, AIRLINE, DESIGN, TRANSPORT, VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND FURTHER STUDIES.*

HE ADDED THAT THE CONVENTIONS WOULD BE HELD OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS IN DIFFERENT REGIONS FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF STUDENTS.

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THE VENUES OF THE OTHER FIVE CONVENTIONS ARE C.C.C. KWE I WAH SHAN COLLEGE AT CLOUD VIEW ROAD (JANUARY 24 AND 25), POO I TUN SECONDARY SCHOOL AT HAMMER HILL ROAD (JANUARY 31 AND FEBRUARY 1). BUDDHIST KOK KWONG SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SHA TIN (FEBRUARY 4 AND 5), TSUEN WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AT HOI PA STREET (FEBRUARY 21 AND 22) AND CARMEL ENGLISH COLLEGE IN HOMANTIN (FEBRUARY 28 AND MARCH 1).

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN VISITING ANY OF THE CONVENTIONS MAY CONTACT THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE AT TELEPHONE 5-7956051.

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DRIVE TO INOCULATE FISHERMEN’S DOGS K H * X K *

A SPECIAL INOCULATION DRIVE WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT BEFORE THE LUNAR J^W yEAR FOR FISHERMEN WISHING TO GET THEIR DOGS INOCULATED AGAINST

RABIES.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE DRIVE, THE FOURTH SINCE 1983 WAS PART OF GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO PREVENT THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE DISEASE IN HONG KONG.

IT WOULD TAKE THE FORM OF BOAT-TO-BOAT VISITS AND WOULD LAST FOR SIX WORKING DAYS BETWEEN JANUARY 27 AND FEBRUARY 4 FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM DAILY.

THE DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE INOCULATION TEAM WOULD THE FISHING PORTS OF ABERDEEN AND SAM MUN TSAI, TAI JANUARY 27 AND 28, AND SAI KUNG AND SHAU KEI WAN ON AND 31.

BE VISITING

PO, ON JANUARY 30

THE TEAM WOULD ALSO CALL ON FISHING VESSELS IN CASTLE PEAK BAY, CHEUNG CHAU AND SHA TAU KOK ON FEBRUARY 3 AND 4.

+THE PERIOD IS SPECIALLY CHOSEN BECAUSE MOST FISHERMEN WOULD BE BACK FROM FISHING TRIPS FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE URGED FISHERMEN TO MAKE FULL USE OF THIS SPECIAL SERVICE TO HAVE THEIR DOGS INOCULATED.

+THE INOCULATIONS ARE FREE AND AT THE TIME OF INOCULATION, THEY WILL BE ISSUED WITH A DOG LICENCE WHICH IS VALID FOR THREE YEARS.+

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT ALL DOGS OVER FIVE MONTHS OLD WERE REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED, INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES AND KEPT UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES.

FAILURE TO OBSERVE THESE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS MAY RESULT IN A MAXIMUM FINE OF S5 000 AND SIX-MONTH IMPRISONMENT, HE WARNED.

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REGIONAL COUNCIL SELECT COMMITTEE TO MEET

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THE RECREATION AND CULTURE SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL HOLD A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

IT WILL DISCUSS THE CURRENT FEE AND CHARGES FOR THE USE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES MANAGED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT, THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO THE SHEUNG YIU FOLK MUSEUM, AND A PROPOSED SIX MONTHS’ TRIAL SCHEME TO SELL TICKETS FOR REGIONAL COUNCIL PRESENTATIONS AT RSD TOWN HALLS AND CIVIC CENTRES THROUGH THE URBAN COUNCIL’S COMPUTERISED TICKETING SYSTEMS IN THE URBAN AREA.

THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER AT TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED.

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FINALS OF MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD

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ON SATURDAY

FORTY FINALISTS WILL CONTEST IN THE FINALS OF THIS YEAR’S HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 25) MORNING.

THE FINALS WILL BE HELD AT THE SCHOOL HALL OF THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT SASSOON ROAD, POKFULAM.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT RESULTS OF THE HEAT EVENTS ON DECEMBER 14 WERE SATISFACTORY.

••■OUT OF A FULL SCORE OF 100. THE MEAN SCORE OF ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS WAS 31 AND’THE BEST WAS 61,* THE SPOKESMAN SA ID.

+FORTY OUT OF 166 SCHOOLS WITH THE HIGHEST SCORES IN THE HEAT EVENTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE FINALS. EACH TEAM WILL CONSIST OF SIX MEMBERS WHO ARE STUDENTS OF FORM 4 OR BELOW,+ HE ADDED.

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THERE WILL BE 10 EVENTS DIVIDED INTO FIVE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS AND FIVE GROUP EVENTS.

THE TOP THREE SCHOOLS WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES AND TROPHIES, WHICH MAY BE KEPT UNTIL THE NEXT HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR SO FAI-CHO, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FINAL TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY MORNING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FINALS OF THE HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD AT 21, SASSOON ROAD, POKFULAM, AT 9.30 AM. THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY IS EXPECTED TO BE HELD AT 11.30 AM.

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PUBLIC SESSION MEETING * * * *

THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES, CHAIRED BY MR PETER C. WONG, WILL MEET WITH THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT IN A PUBLIC SESSION AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 5.15 PM.

THE SOLICITOR GENERAL, MR JAMES FINDLAY, AND TWO CROWN PROSECUTORS FROM THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT, MESSRS. DANIEL MARASH AND JOHN SULAN, WILL GIVE A PRESENTATION EXPLAINING THE PROBLEMS AND THE DIFFICULTIES INVOLVED IN PROSECUTING COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME

CASES.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERY.

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SPECIAL STAMP SET ON HALLEY’S COMET

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A SPECIAL SET OF FOUR STAMPS TO COMMEMORATE THE RETURN OF HALLEY’S COMET WILL BE ISSUED BY THE POST OFFICE ON FEBRUARY 26.

THE STAMPS, SHOWING DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES OF THE COMET, ARE

* PATH OF HALLEY’S COMET IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM -- 50 CENTS.

* HALLEY’S COMET VIEWED FROM SPACE — $1.30. A PORTRAIT OF EDMUND HALLEY IS ALSO DEPICTED.

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* HALLEY’S COMET OBSERVED IN THE SOUTHERN SKY OF HONG KONG -- SI.70.

* HALLEY’S COMET VIEWED ABOVE THE ATMOSPHERE -- $5.

THE STAMPS, DESIGNED BY MR ANTHONY CHAN YUK-TONG, A DESIGNER FOR THE SPACE MUSEUM, ARE PRINTED IN FRANCE BY CARTOR S.A. SECURITY PRINTERS LIMITED.

A SOUVENIR SHEET OF A FULL SET OF THE STAMPS WOULD ALSO BE ISSUED, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON FEBRUARY 12.

FURTHER DETAILS WOULD BE ANNOUNCED CLOSER TO THE DAY OF ISSUE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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INSPECTION OPERATION TO BE CONDUCTED * * * *

AND EXCESSIVE STORAGE OF

AN OPERATION TO CHECK FOR ILLEGAL

DANGEROUS GOODS AT IDENTIFIED LOCATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY OFFICERS OF THE SOUTH DIVISION OF KOWLOON FIRE COMMAND AND KOWLOON REGIONAL OFFICE OF FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

A SERIES OF CHECKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN HUNG HOM, TO KWA wAN AND THE KOWLOON CITY AREAS INCLUDING KOWLOON WALLED CITY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPERATION. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE MA TAU CHUNG FIRE STATION IN MA TAU CHUNG ROAD TOMORROW BEFORE 9.15 AM.

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NON-URBAN BATHING SHEDS FOR LEASE

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A TOTAL OF NINE BATHING SHEDS IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR LEASE FOR TWO YEARS STARTING APRIL 1.

OF THESE, SEVEN ARE AT APPROACH BEACH AND ONE EACH AT LIDO BEACH AND OLD CAFETERIA BEACH, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID.

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THE SHEDS WILL BE LEASED BY A BALLOT WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE RSD’S TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE ON FEBRUARY 21 AT 10 AM.

THE ANNUAL PERMIT FEE OF THE SHEDS RANGES FROM $2 500 TO $3 030. ONLY REGISTERED COMPANIES, CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS WILL BE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN THE BALLOT.

APPLICATION FORMS, COSTING $50 EACH, ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE ACCOUNTS OFFICE OF THE RSD, FIFTH FLOOR, GOLDEN GATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 136-138 AUSTIN ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, BEFORE JANUARY 31.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED IN PERSON OR BY POST TO THE RSD’S TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, 135 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, BEFORE 1 PM ON FEBRUARY 7. LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

ENQUIRER MAY CALL 0-444281 EXT. 431 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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EXHIBITION ON WAN CHAI DEVELOPMENT OPENS

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A ONE-WEEK EXHIBITION ON THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF WAN CHAI AND ON CIVIC EDUCATION OPENED TODAY (MONDAY) AT THE HENNESSY CENTRE IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

AS PART OF THE 1986 WAN CHAI FESTIVAL, IT IS AIMED AT HELPING THE PUBLIC GAIN A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF THE DISTRICT.

THE EXHIBITION TRACES THE DEVELOPMENT OF WAN CHAI FROM ITS EARLY HISTORY TO ITS LATEST PROJECTS SHOWING HOW THE DISTRICT HAS CHANGED FROM A PREDOMINANTLY RESIDENTIAL AREA INTO A COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT.

ANOTHER PART OF THE EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS THE FUNCTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD, VARIOUS FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THE DISTRICT AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

THE EXHIBITION IS OPEN DAILY FROM 10.30 AM TO 9 PM UNTIL JANUARY 26. THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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CONTRACT FOR LIFT, FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATION * * * * *

A CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED FOR THE LIFT AND ESCALATOR INSTALLATION FOR FA YUEN STREET MARKET COMPLEX.

WORK a ILL INCLUDE io escalators, four passenger lifts anl TwC GOODS LIFTS.

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ThE ^.67 MILLION CONTRACT wAS AWARDED BY THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

another contract valued at ..1.76 million has been awarded FOR THE ARKET’b FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATION.

ThE EQUIPMENT TO BE INSTALLED WILL INCLUDE AN ALARM SYSTEi., HOSE REELS, FIRE-HYDRANTS, SPRINKLERS, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, AS WELL AS SMOKE AND FIRE DETECTORS.

wORK ON BOTH PROJECTS IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN DECEMBER 1987.

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CHINESE BAZAAR NIGHT FOR WAN CHAI

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WAN CHAI RESIDENTS CELEBRATED THE WAN CHAI FESTIVAL AT A CHINESE BAZAAR NIGHT AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

THE MAIN ATTRACTION WAS A VARIETY OF STALLS CONSISTING CF CHINESE HANDICRAFT SUCH AS FAN PAINTING, SHADOW CUTTING AND SKETCHING, AND MAKING FLOUR FIGURINES.

CROWDS GATHERED AT THE FORTUNE TELLING STALLS TO HAVE THEIR PALM READ, WHILE OTHERS WATCHED CHINESE CHESS GAMES, KUNG FU SHOWS, SINGING AND DANCING PERFORMANCES AND A BICYCLE DEMONSTRATION.

MEANWHILE, A CANTONESE OPERATIC PERFORMANCE WILL BE HELD AT 7.33 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

BOTH EVENTS ARE ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AND THE WAN CHAI FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

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FIRE STATION SITE FORMATION wORK TO START ******

SITE FORMATION WORK FOR A SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION AT AP LEI ChAU BRIDGE ROAD, AP LEI CHAU, wILL START NEXT MONTH.

THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT RECENTLY AWARDED A j>1.35 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE PROJECT.

THE TOTAL AREA OF LAND TO EE FORMED IS ABOUT 3 600 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH ABOUT 1 673 SQUARE METRES wILL BE FOR THc FIRE STATION AND THE REST FOR A SECTION OF NEW ROAD.

THE wORK, WHICH ALSO INCLUDES ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORK, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN JULY.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURES * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 64.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 379.522 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 414.104 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 70.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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MID-LEVELS WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN THE MID-LEVELS WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 23) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY CONDUIT ROAD, ROBINSON ROAD, CASTLE ROAD AND SEYMOUR ROAD, INCLUDING SEYMOUR TERRACE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HOUSING INVESTIGATION AUTHORISED ......................... 1

PROGRAMME FOR FCO MINISTER'S STOP-OVER ................... 1

CMB KEEPING UP SAFETY, CLEANLINESS STANDARD .............. 3

FUNDS SOUGHT FOR BETTER POLICE WORK ......................

FEES FOR KSD FACILITIES, ACTIVITIES TO REMAIN UNCHANGED .. 5

WARNING ON BRINGING IN ANIMALS, PLANTS ................... 6

SCHOOL PRINCIPALS FORM LIAISON COMMITTEE ................. 7

SURVEY TO PROBE TRANSPORT NEEDS. OF DISABLED ............. 8

SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE SILVER JUBILEE ....................... 9

VARIETY SHOW TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ................ 10

BOARD MEMBERS TO VISIT CITY POLYTECHNIC .................. 10

OPENING OF BRADBURY MOVEMENT CENTRE ...............•...... 11

LAUNCHING OF TAI PO EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN .................... 11

WORK TO START ON ROAD NETWORK IN FANLING ................. 12

WOMEN'S CLUB SERVING THE COMMUNITY ....................... 12

CONTRACT AWARDED FOR FURTHER MA ON SHAN DEVELOPMENT....... 13

DETAILS ON CL JiNLINESS AND SAFETY CAMPAIGN .............. 13

1 000 MUSICIANS TO PERFORM AT CONCERT .............•...... 11*

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR ROAD WORKS ........................... 15

PLB RESTRICTED ZONES FOR KWAI CHUNG ...................... 15

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN POK FU LAM, CENTRAL ................... 16

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1986

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HOUSING INVESTIGATION AUTHORISED * * X *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY TODAY (TUESDAY) ISSUED TO THE COMMISSIONER OF THE ICAC A CERTIFICATE UNDER SECTION 18A(2) OF THE ICAC ORDINANCE STATING THAT THE GOVERNOR, HAVING BEEN APPRAISED OF THE FACTS REGARDING THE STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS OF THE 26 PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE BLOCKS SCHEDULED TO BE DEMOLISHED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, CONSIDERED THAT THESE DISCLOSED THE POSSIBILITY OF OFFENCES SUFFICIENTLY HEINOUS TO WARRANT ACTION.

THE ICAC WILL THEREFORE CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION INTO POSSIBLE CORRUPTION OFFENCES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THESE BLOCKS.

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PROGRAMME FOR FCO MINISTER’S STOP-OVER X X K K

THE MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, MR TIMOTHY RENTON, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG FOR AN OVERNIGHT VISIT ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 23) AFTER HIS VISIT TO CHINA.

MR RENTON IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT LOWU AT ABOUT 2 PM. DURING HIS SHORT STAY IN HONG KONG, HE WILL ATTEND A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BEFORE JOINING THE GOVERNOR AND UMELCO MEMBERS FOR A MEETING AND DINNER AT THE UMELCO OFFICE.

ON THE FOLLOWING MORNING (JANUARY 24), MR RENTON WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM AT 7.45 AM BEFORE DEPARTING FOR THAILAND AT 9.10 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

FOLLOWING ARE PRESS ARRANGEMENTS FOR COVERING MR RENTON’S ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG.

JANUARY 23, 1986

1. ARRIVAL AT LOWU

MR RENTON WILL ARRIVE AT LOWU AT ABOUT 2 PM AND WILL BE MET BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE. A FIXED POSITION WILL BE SET UP AT THE LOWU TRAIN STATION FOR MEDIA COVERAGE OF HIS ARRIVAL.

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TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO LOWU STATION, WHICH IS INSIDE THE FRONTIER CLOSED AREA. A COACH WILL LEAVE THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES CARPARK AT 12 NOON SHARP. NO OTHER MEDIA VEHICLES WILL BE GIVEN ACCESS INTO THE CLOSED AREA.

2. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING

MR RENTON WILL ATTEND A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN THE COUNCIL’S CHAMBER AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 4 PM. A FIXED POSITION WILL BE PROVIDED INSIDE THE CGO LOBBY FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC COVERAGE OF HIS ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE.

3. MEETING AND DINNER WITH UMELCO

MR RENTON WILL ARRIVE AT THE UMELCO OFFICE AT 7 PM FOR A MEETING WITH UMELCO MEMBERS WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A DINNER. A FIXED POSITION WILL BE SET UP AT THE JACKSON ROAD ENTRANCE TO UMELCO FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC COVERAGE OF HIS ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE.

JANUARY 24, 1986

4. PRESS CONFERENCE AT GIS

MR RENTON WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 7.45 AM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION WILL BE PROVIDED AND A FULL TRANSCRIPT, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WILL BE ISSUED BY GIS.

5. DEPARTURE FOR THAILAND

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE, MR RENTON WILL DEPART HONG KONG FOR THAILAND BY FLIGHT CX 713, ETD 9.10 AM. A FIXED POSITION WILL BE SET UP AT THE AIRPORT DEPARTURE HALL +FINGER+ FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC COVERAGE OF HIS DEPARTURE. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE TERMINAL BUILDING AT 8.20 AM.

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CMB KEEPING UP SAFETY, CLEANLINESS STANDARD * * * * *

THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN A SATISFACTORY STANDARD OF SAFETY AND CLEANLINESS OF ITS BUSES, THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE LEARNED TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE EIGHTH PROGRESS REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE TAC WORKING GROUP ON CMB MAINTENANCE SHOWED THAT THE COMPANY’S BUSES IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR HAD AN AVERAGE OF 0.5 SAFETY DEFECT PER BUS COMPARED WITH 0.6 IN AUGUST AND 3 LAST JANUARY.

TAC ALSO NOTED THAT THE RATE OF BUS BREAKDOWNS IN NOVEMBER 1985 SHOWED A 25 PER CENT IMPROVEMENT OVER THE PERIOD IN 1984.

THE LEVEL OF BUS SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE COMPANY WAS ALSO SATISFACTORY, PARTICULARLY IN OVERALL CLEANLINESS.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WERE ALSO INFORMED THAT THE CHARTERED ENGINEER EMPLOYED TO HEAD CMB’S ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT ASSUMED DUTY ON JANUARY 17.

THE TAC ALSO NOTED THAT THE COMPANY’S NEW $35 MILLION DEPOT AT WONG CHUK HANG HAD BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE DECEMBER LAST YEAR. THE NEW DEPOT, TOGETHER WITH IMPROVED FACILITIES AT THE OLD WONG CHUK HANG DEPOT AND THE JAVA ROAD DEPOT, HAVE REPLACED FACILITIES AT THE NORTH POINT UPPER DEPOT WHICH HAS BECOME SURPLUS TO REQUIREMENT.

MEMBERS WERE ALSO INFORMED THAT A BUS WITHDRAWAL PROGRAMME WAS BEING PREPARED BY CMB TO REDUCE THE ASSORTMENT OF MODELS IN ITS BUS FLEET AND ALSO TO PHASE OUT THE AGED BUSES.

THE TAC LEARNED THAT CMB FORMALLY APPLIED ON DECEMBER 30, 1985 TO EXTEND ITS FRANCHISE FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS UPON THE EXPIRY OF ITS CURRENT FRANCHISE ON AUGUST 31, 1987.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WAS ASSESSING CMB’S OVERALL PERFORMANCE AND WOULD SOON SUBMIT CMB’S APPLICATION FOR THE ' TAG’S CONSIDERATION.

TAC MEMBERS ALSO HELD A PRELIMINARY DISCUSSION ON CMB’S APPLICATION FOR A FARE INCREASE. TAC HAS ESTABLISHED A SUBCOMMITTEE TO LOOK INTO THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THEIR INCREASED MAINTENANCE MEASURES AS REFLECTED IN THE COMPANY’S FARE INCREASE PROPOSALS.

ALSO DISCUSSED AT TODAY’S MEETING WERE PENALTIES FOR VEHICLE SPEEDING OFFENCES, AND THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY’S APPLICATION FOR WITHDRAWAL OF ITS CHAI WAN TO KWUN TONG PASSENGER SERVICE. RECOMMENDATIONS ON THESE MATTERS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION.

TAC MEMBERS ALSO CONSIDERED THE ROLE OF TAXIS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES’ TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT.

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FUNDS SOUGHT FOR BETTER POLICE WORK * * * *

PLANS OVER FIVE YEARS FOR SPLITTING THE PRESENT KOWLOON POLICE REGION INTO TWO REGIONS — EAST AND WEST -- TO PROVIDE A MORE EFFECTIVE STRUCTURE FOR THE POLICING OF THE AREA WILL BE EXAMINED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

FOR THIS, AN INITIAL SUM OF $103.6 MILLION FOR PUTTING UP AND EQUIPPING TWO NEW BUILDINGS WILL BE REQUIRED, TOGETHER WITH AN ANNUAL RECURRENT SUM OF $22.7 MILLION.

A NEW BUILDING WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE KOWLOON EAST REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS AT SAU MAU PING, TO COVER FOUR LAND DISTRICTS: KWUN TONG, SAU MAU PING, WONG TAI SIN AND JUNK BAY, AND THE NON-TERRI TOR I AL MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY DISTRICT.

AND A NEW BUILDING TO SERVE AS AN OPERATIONAL BASE AT MONG KOK WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE KOWLOON WEST REGION, COVERING THE FOUR LAND DISTRICTS OF KOWLOON CITY, MONG KOK, SHAM SHU I PO AND YAU MA TEI, AND THE NON-TERRI TOR I AL AIRPORT DISTRICT, WITH THE PRESENT ARGYLE STREET HEADQUARTERS BEING RETAINED.

A LEAD TIME OF FIVE YEARS STARTING FROM THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR WORK ON THE BUILDINGS.

THE PROPOSED CHANGES RESULT FROM AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE COMMAND STRUCTURE OF THE POLICE FORCE.

AT PRESENT, THE FORCE IS DIVIDED INTO THREE LAND REGIONS -- HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES — AND THE MARINE REGION.

THE HONG KONG ISLAND REGION, SPANNING FOUR DISTRICTS — CENTRAL, EASTERN, WAN CHAI AND WESTERN -- WHICH WILL BE EXPANDED TO FIVE IN 1989 WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT, COVERS A POPULATION OF 1.2 MILLION. IN 1985, THERE WERE 16 539 REPORTED CRIMES.

THE KOWLOON REGION COVERS A POPULATION OF 2.4 MILLION, AND HAS A COMMAND SPAN OF SEVEN LAND DISTRICTS — KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, SAU MAU PING, MONG KOK, SHAM SHU I PO, WONG TAI SIN, AND YAU MA TEI — AND WILL BE EXPANDED TO EIGHT, WITH THE JUNK BAY DISTRICT COMING INTO STREAM IN 1989, TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE NEW TOWN.

IN 1985, THERE WERE 47 365 REPORTED CRIMES IN KOWLOON, OR 186 PER CENT MORE THAN IN HONG KONG ISLAND.

PLANS ARE FOR MANPOWER TO BE BUILT-UP ALSO OVER THE FIVE-YEAR SPAN, WITH IMMEDIATE EMPHASIS BEING PLACED ON STRENGTHENING THE OPERATIONAL COMMAND STRUCTURE.

/OTHER REQUESTS .......

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OTHER REQUESTS BEFORE THE FINANCE COMMITTEE INCLUDE:

. * SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $33.1 MILLION FOR THE STUDENT TRAVEL SCHEME 1

* SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $7 MILLION FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO PAY THE BRITISH MILITARY HOSPITAL FOR BED PATIENT AND OUT-PATIENT CARE;

* AN INCREASE IN AID OF $4,505 MILLION TO ENABLE THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IN CHINA TO BUILD AND EQUIP A PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOL AT TAI PO;

* CAPITAL GRANTS FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND OF $9,197 MILLION FOR THE ASIA WOMEN’S LEAGUE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A HOME FOR THE AGED IN KOWLOON TONG, AND $12,237 MILLION FOR YAN CHAI HOSPITAL TO CONSTRUCT A CARE AND ATTENTION HOME FOR THE AGED AT LA I CHI LING ROAD, KWAI CHUNG I AND

* ADDITIONAL PROVISION OF ABOUT $5 MILLION FOR SUPPLY OF TEMPORARY TEACHERS AND STAFF IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS, AND ADULT EDUCATION CENTRES.

* TO AGREE TO CHANGES IN THE STANDARD MORTGAGE TERMS TAKEN OUT BY PURCHASERS OF HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME -- HOS — AND PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME — PSPS — FLATS, TO ENCOURAGE THE PURCHASE OF MORE OF THESE FLATS.

* A REQUEST FOR THE RATES OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES PAYABLE TO OPERATORS OF FISH FRY PONDS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED FOR CLEARANCES IN TIN SHU I WAI TO CONTINUE TO APPLY IN FUTURE CLEARANCES OF FISH FRY PONDS.

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FEES FOR RSD FACILITIES, ACTIVITIES TO REMAIN UNCHANGED * * * * *

THE RECREATION AND CULTURE SELECT COMMITTEE O^JHE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL TODAY (TUESDAY) DECIDED TO RETAIN THE CURRENT SCALE CF FEES AND CHARGES FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

EXPLAINING THE COMMITTEE’S DECISION, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (LEISURE SERVICES), MR ALEX NG, SA ID THAT THE CURRENT FOUR-TIER FEE STRUCTURE, FIRST IMPLEMENTED ON FEBRUARY 1 LAST YEAR, WOULD BE MAINTAINED FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1986-87.

THE FEES WERE SET AT $10 FOR PARTICIPATION IN PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES, $20 FOR ESTABLISHED ACTIVITIES, $30 FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND $40 FOR HIGH-DEMAND ACTIVITIES.

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THEY WOULD NOT, HOWEVER, APPLY TO THREE CATEGORIES OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING PILOT PROJECTS ORGANISED ON A TRIAL PASIS; SPECIAL GROUP ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED, THE DISABLED AND ELDERLY PEOPLE; AND CARNIVAL-TYPE ACTIVITIES, WHICH HAVE REMAINED FREE FOR THE PUBLIC THROUGH THE YEAR.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO DECIDED TO MAINTAIN THE EXISTING FEE LEVEL FOR THE USE OF CAMPS AND WATER SPORTS CENTRES UNDER ITS MANAGEMENT, THAT IS FROM $3 TO $30.

ON A PROPOSED SCHEME TO SELL TICKETS FOR REGIONAL COUNCIL PRESENTATIONS AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, LUT SAU HALL, NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL AND TAI PO CIVIC CENTRE THROUGH THE URBAN COUNCIL’S COMPUTERISED TICKETING SYSTEM (URBTIX) IN THE URBAN AREA, THE COMMITTEE AUTHORISED THE DEPARTMENT TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROPOSAL FOR A SIX-MONTH TRIAL PERIOD STARTING APRIL 1.

MR NG SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIAL SCHEME WAS +T0 GAUGE THE DEMAND FOR TICKETS IN THE URBAN AREA FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL’S PRESENTATIONS, AND TO BENEFIT POTENTIAL PATRONS OF THE COUNCIL’S MANY PERFORMING VENUES.+

AT THE SAME TIME, TICKETS FOR A SPECIFIC PORTION OF SEAT, NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE URBTIX, WOULD CONTINUE TO BE SOLD MANUALLY AT THE COUNCIL’S VENUES.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WERE ALSO BRIEFED ON THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO THE SHEUNG YIU FOLK MUSEUM. THE VILLAGE, COMPRISING EIGHT RESIDENTIAL UNITS IN A ROW, A COMMON YARD AND ANCILLARY STRUCTURES INCLUDING A GATE TOWER, TWO PIG PENS, A CATTLE PEN AND A LARGE KITCHEN, WAS PARTIALLY RESTORED AT A COST OF ABOUT $500 000. BY THE END LAST MONTH, IT HAD ATTRACTED OVER 130 000 VISITORS SINCE ITS OPENING ON JANUARY 21, 1984.

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WARNING ON BRINGING IN ANIMALS, PLANTS

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RESIDENTS VISITING OTHER COUNTRIES INCLUDING CHINA DURING THE COMING LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD WERE TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT NOT TO BRING BACK DOGS AND CATS WITHOUT A VALID PERMIT.

THEY ARE ALSO ADVISED TO BE CAREFUL WITH THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS THEY INTEND TO BRING INTO HONG KONG. MANY OF THESE ANIMALS AND PLANTS ARE SUBJECT TO STRICT IMPORT CONTROLS UNDER THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE.

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A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD STEP UP CONTROL MEASURES AT ALL IMMIGRATION POINTS DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD TO CHECK ON TRAVELLERS.

+IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD REFRAIN FROM BRINGING IN DOGS AND CATS ILLEGALLY BECAUSE THESE ANIMALS MIGHT BE POTENTIAL RABIES CARRIERS. THEIR ILLEGAL IMPORTATION WOULD POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH.

+OFFENDERS WILL BE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 OOO AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT ON CONVICTION,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO WARNED THAT IT WOULD BE AN EQUALLY SERIOUS CFFENCE IF THE PUBLIC BROUGHT IN +ENDANGERED SPECIES* AND THEIR PARTS AND DERIVATIVES.

THE MOST COMMON PROTECTED SPECIES INCLUDE THE CHINESE PANGOLINS, OWLS, BIRDS OF PREY, TURTLES, CROCODILES, BIG CATS, PYTHONS, WILD AMERICAN GINSENG AND WILD ORCHIDS.

ILLEGAL IMPORTATION, POSSESSION OR EXPORTATION OF THE SCHEDULED SPECIES WILL LEAD TO PROSECUTION AND A MAXIMUM FINE CF $5 000 FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE, AND 810 000 AND IMPRISONMENT CF SIX MONTHS FOR A REPEATED OFFENCE, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED THOSE WHO WISHED TO IMPORT ANY ANIMALS, BIRDS OR REPTILES INCLUDING THE PROTECTED SPECIES TO APPLY EARLY FOR A LICENCE FROM THE DEPARTMENT.

+THIS SHOULD BE DONE BEFORE ARRANGEMENT IS MADE FOR THE SHIPMENT OF THE ANIMALS OR SPECIMENS, WHETHER THEY ARE LIVE, DEAD OR PARTS,* HE ADDED.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD.

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SCHOOL PRINCIPALS FORM LIAISON COMMITTEE *****

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ LIAISON COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SET UP TO FOSTER BETTER CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL SCHOOLS, AND AMONG SCHOOLS THEMSELVES.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 170 SCHOOLS IN KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT, THE MOST IN ANY OF THE 19 ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE COMMITTEE WAS FORMED TO IMPROVE LIAISON AMONG SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT, TO FOSTER BETTER CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOLS IN MATTERS OF MUTUAL CONCERN AND TO PROMOTE AN INTEREST AMONG SCHOOLS IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

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SOME 70 SCHOOLS HAVE JOINED THE COMMITTEE.

MR LOI TING-SHI IN AND MR KO CHOK-KAI HAVE BEEN SELECTED CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN AMONG 14 EXECUTIVE MEMBERS.

TO MARK THE FORMATION OF THE COMMITTEE, AN INAUGURATION CEREMONY AND A SEMINAR ON +INTER-RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND SCHOOLS+ WILL BE HELD AT THE REGAL MERIDIEN AIRPORT HOTEL AT 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 23).

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GORDON JONESl CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON CITY PRINCIPALS’ LIAISON COMMITTEE, MR LOI TING-SHI IN AND MR KO CHOK-KAI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR C.M. LEUNG, WILL TALK ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WHILE THE REV. PETER CHOW, CHAIRMAN OF KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD COMMUNITY COMMITTEE, WILL SPEAK ABOUT THE INTER-RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND SCHOOLS AND THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A PANEL DISCUSSION TO BE LED BY KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, DR DANIEL TSE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SCHOOLS PRINCIPALS’ LIAISON COMMITTEE INAUGURATION MEETING AT THE REGAL MERIDIEN AIRPORT HOTEL (OPPOSITE KAI TAK AIRPORT) AT 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 23).

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SURVEY TO PROBE TRANSPORT NEEDS OF DISABLED X X X *

THE

TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD HAS COMMISSIONED THE HONG KONG Pol-YTECHNIC TO CONDUCT A SURVEY ON THE TRANSPORT NEEDS OF THE DISABLED IN THE

DISTR ICT.

FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), ABOUt 4 003 BE SENT TO THE BLIND OR THOSE WITH PHYSICAL THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

THE QUESTIONNAIRES SHOULD BE COMPLETED KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE BEFORE JANUARY

QUESTIONNAIRES WILL DISABILITIES

AND RETURNED TO THE 31.

THOSE HAVING DIFFICULTIES COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON 3-7110171 EXTENSION 31 TO ARRANGE FOR INTERVIEWS BY HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC STUDENTS.

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AT THE SAME TIME, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL CONTACT VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT TO INTERVIEW ABOUT 200 DISABLED PERSONS.

THE SURVEY, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND CONDUCTED BY A DISTRICT BOARD, IS TO BE CARRIED OUT UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A WORKING tftOUP OF THE BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP, MR PAO PING-WING. SAID THE SURVEY WAS AIMED AT FINDING OUT THE TRANSPORT PATTERNS OF THE DISABLED, WHAT EXISTING TRANSPORT FACILITIES WERE BEING PROVIDED FOR THEM AND TO RECOMMEND TO GOVERNMENT FUTURE TRANSPORT POLICIES REGARDING DISABLED PERSONS.

MR PAO SAID THE DEGREE OF SUCCESS OF THE SURVEY DEPENDED VERY MUCH ON THE RESPONSE BY THOSE WHO WERE SENT QUESTIONNAIRES.

HE THEREFORE URGED THEM TO EXTEND THEIR FULLEST CO-OPERATION BY COMPLETING AND RETURNING THE QUESTIONNAIRES TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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THE SHAU IN 1961, WILL DAY ON FR IDAY

SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE SILVER JUBILEE

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KF I WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL, ESTABLISHED HOLD ITS SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS AND OPEN (JANUARY 24).

the niRFCTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY AND PLANT A TREE AT THE SCHOOL GARDEN TO NARK THE EVENT ON FRIDAY MORNING.

mcmdcdq ac tmc PURL IC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND A SILVER "“OhibitioU a? ?he school hall at az chai wan road 2 PM AND 7 PM ON THE OPEN DAY.

JUBILEE BETWEEN

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AT SHAU KEI WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCH0^ TO MARK THE SCHOOL’S p LVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS AND OPEN DAY AT 9.50 AM ON FRIDAY.

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VARIETY Shd* TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY * * * *

A VARIETY SHOW AIMED AT PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AMONG EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS * ILL DE STAGED AT THE A.C. HALL, WATERLOO ROAD, ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 24).

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND RTHK, SPONSORED BY THE DOW CHEMICAL PACIFIC LTD.

DETAILS OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY VARIETY SHOW WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 23).

SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE MR YIP YUK-LUN, CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, AND MISS JOHANNA LAU, TV EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, TELEVISION DIVISION OF RTHK.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE LOCAL TV ARTISTES AND SINGERS DEANIE YIP, PAT CHAN, ALBERT AU, ANNIE LIU AND TONY LEUNG KA-FAI WHO WILL BE APPEARING IN THE VARIETY SHOW ON FRIDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT, WAH DO HOUSE, WATERLOO ROAD, AT 12.30 PM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 23).

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BOARD MEMBERS TO VISIT CITY POLYTECHNIC * * * *

SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL VISIT THE CITY POLYTECHNIC TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO LOOK AT ITS FACILITIES AND DEVELOPMENT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE, THE 15-MEMBER PARTY WILL ARRIVE AT THE INSTITUTION’S PRESENT CAMPUS AT MONGKOK CENTRE AT 9.30 AM, AND MEET THE DIRECTOR, DR DAVID JOHNS, FOR A SLIDE PRESENTATION AND BRIEFING.

MEMBERS WILL THEN TOUR THE CENTRALISED LABORATORIES AND WORKSHOPS, THE COMPUTER CENTRE, THE EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CENTRE AND THE LIBRARY BEFORE PROCEEDING TO VISIT THE PERMANENT CAMPUS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT TAT CHEE ROAD IN KOWLOON TONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO JOIN THE VISIT ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 39 TONKIN STREET AT 9 AM.

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OPENING OF BRADBURY MOVEMENT CENTRE * * *

LADY YOUDE WILL BE OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE BRADBURY MOVEMENT CENTRE AT THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN SHA TIN ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 23).

THE CENTRE, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE PHYSICAL TRAINING FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

IT WILL ALSO HOUSE THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND THE HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING AT 11 AM ON THURSDAY.

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LAUNCHING OF TAI PO EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN

X X X X X

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY TO BE HELD AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 2.30 PM TOMORROM (WEDNESDAY).

TAI PO IS THE FIRST NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT TO LAUNCH THE EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY.

THE TWO-WEEK CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, AND CO-ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY.

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*ORK TO jTART ON ROAD NETWORK IN FANLING * * * *

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A CONTRACT WORTH MORE THAN i6O MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A ROAD NETWORK IN A NEW DEVELOPMENT AREA OF FANLING LATER THIS MONTH.

THE CONTRACT WAS SIGNED BY THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE TAI PO AND FANLING DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR YU KWOK-LEUNG, AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CONTRACTOR, LILLEY CONSTRUCTION LTD.

THE NEW DEVELOPMENT AREA LIES TO THE SOUTH OF SHEK WU HUI BETWEEN SHEUNG SHU I RAILWAY STATION AND JOCKEY CLUB ROAD.

THE CONTRACT INVOLVES CONSTRUCTING ABOUT FOUR KILOMETRES CF DISTRIBUTOR AND INTERNAL ROADS AND AN ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE SYSTEM, AS WELL AS TWO FOOTBRIDGES LINKING SHEUNG SHUI STATION WITH THE NEW DEVELOPMENT AREA.

WHEN DEVELOPED, THE AREA WILL HAVE A TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE WITH A MAXICAB TERMINUS AND TAXI STANDS, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE.

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WOMEN’S CLUB SERVING THE X X X X X

TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO

COMMUNITY

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, TODAY (TUESDAY) PRAISED THE KOWLOON WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB FOR ITS EFFORTS IN PROMOTING WOMEN’S WELFARE AND SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

SPEAKING AT THE 3OTH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL DINNER OF THE KOWLOON WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB, MRS CHAN SAID THE CLUB CONSTANTLY ORGANISED CROUP WORK ACTIVITIES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF MODERN WOMEN FOR KNOWLEDGE AND A FULLER LIFE.

THE CLUB ALSO MAINTAINED CONTACT WITH OVERSEAS WOMEN WELFARE AGENCIES AND EXCHANGED WORKING EXPERIENCE, SHE SAID.

ON MANY OCCASIONS THE CLUB HAD CLOSELY CO-OPERATED WITH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN HELPING THE VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS, ASSISTING THE NEEDY PEOPLE, PROVIDING EDUCATION, OFFERING SERVICES TO THE ELDERLY AND CARING FOR CHILDREN, MRS CHAN SAID.

WOMEN OF TODAY MUST BE BOTH INDEPENDENT AND PROGRESSIVE IN CRDER TO KEEP UP WITH THE TIMES, SHE SAID.

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CONTRACT AWARDED FOR FURTHER MA ON SHAN DEVELOPMENT ****** /

A $33 MILLION CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FOR SITE FORMATION AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION *ORK AT MA ON SHAN.

WORK WILL INCLUDE FORMING 3.2 HECTARES OF LAND NEAR

WU KAI SHA AND CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 2.3 KILOMETRES OF SINGLE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY WITH FOOTPATH AND CYCLE TRACKS AROUND YIU ON ESTATE WHICH IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT ARE STORMWATER DRAINS, A TRUNK SEWER, A FOUL SEWER SYSTEM, A BOX CULVERT AND A PEDESTRIANCYCLIST SUBWAY.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST 1987.

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DETAILS ON CLEANLINESS AND SAFETY CAMPAIGN

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl CLEAN HONG KONG AND KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE CAMPAIGN CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHAN KWOK-WAH, WILL MEET THE PRESS AT 11.30 AM THURSDAY (JANUARY 23) TO INTRODUCE DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl DISTRICT OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (NEXT TO KWAI HING MTR STATION), 166-174 HING FONG ROAD.

THE CHAIRMEN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEES IN KWAI CHUNG EAST, SOUTH, WEST, NORTH, CENTRAL, KWAI SHING AND TSI NG Yl WILL ALSO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO INTRODUCE CAMPAIGN PROGRAMMES IN THEIR RESPECTIVE AREAS.

FOLLOWING THE PRESS CONFERENCE, THERE WILL BE A PENNANTPRESENTATION CEREMONY WITH MR CHAN PRESENTING PENNANTS TO THE CHAIRMEN OF THE VARIOUS ORGANISING COMMITTEES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION IN ORGANISING THE CAMPAIGN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE AND PENNANTGIVING CEREMONY.

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1 000 MUSICIANS TO PERFORM AT CONCERT K K * *

MORE THAN 1 000 YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE SAME TIME AT A CONCERT TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26).

THE 1986 ANNUAL TRAINEES’ GALA WILL REVIEW' THE TRAINEES’ ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PAST YEAR UNDER THE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING SCHEME RUN BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE GALA WILL BE A GRAND COMBINED PERFORMANCE EY THE 1 OOO-STRONG ORCHESTRA COMPRISING STRING, WOODWIND AND BRASS PLAYERS AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE COMBINED YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA.

♦ THIS IS PROBABLY THE FIRST TIME BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE INSTRUMENTALISTS COMBINE TOGETHER TO PRESENT SUCH A LARGE SCALE PERFORMANCE,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC OFFICE SAID.

+IT IS A CHALLENGE FOR THE TRAINEES WHO HAVE BEEN REHEARSING HARD DURING THE PAST FEW WEEKS FOR THIS GALA PERFORMANCE,+ HE ADDED.

UNDER THE BATON OF ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MR THOMAS WANG, THE 1 000 TRAINEES WHOSE AGES RANGE FROM SEVEN TO 26 WILL PLAY A PIECE ENTITLED +DANCE OF THE YAO+, ARRANGED BY LIU ZHAN-LIN.

THE ANNUAL TRAINEES’ GALA IS ONE OF THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE TO PROVIDE TRAINEES WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM BEFORE THEIR PARENTS IN PUBLIC.

♦WHEN PARENTS WATCH THEIR CHILDREN PERFORM ON STAGE AND PARTICULARLY BEFORE A LARGE AUDIENCE, THEY FEEL PROUD OF THE RESULTS ACHIEVED BY THE YOUNGSTERS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND LADY AKERS-JONES WILL OFFICIATE AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY DURING WHICH OUTSTANDING TRAINEES, ORCHESTRAL, CHOIR AND BAND MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF MERIT OR AWARDS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS DURING THE PAST YEAR.

THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM BARNES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, AND THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MRS DORIS HO, WILL ALSO ATTEND THE GALA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONCERT AT 3 PM.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR ROAD WORKS X * * *

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHEUNG SHUI FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 24) TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS.

THESE ARE:

* THE SECTION OF JOCKEY CLUB ROAD BETWEEN SAN FUNG AVENUE AND JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR LOCAL ACCESS. TRAFFIC, INCLUDING KMB ROUTES NO. 69, 70, 70K, 73 AND 79K, WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE NEW ROAD PARALLEL TO THE JOCKEY CLUB ROAD.

* THE SECTION OF THE NEW ROAD BETWEEN SAN FUNG AVENUE AND JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY. NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

* THE EXISTING RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM

4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY AT THE SECTION OF JOCKEY CLUB ROAD BETWEEN SAN FUNG AVENUE AND JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC WILL BE LIFTED.

WITH EFFECT FROM THE SAME TIME, THE PROHIBITED ZONES ON PUI TO ROAD BETWEEN TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL ALSO BE LIFTED.

MEANWHILE, YUK WAH STREET BETWEEN TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD AND HONG WAH STREET IN TSZ WAN SHAN WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE WATER MAINS LAYING WORKS.

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PLB RESTRICTED ZONES FOR KWAI CHUNG * * * *

A NUMBER OF ROAD SECTIONS IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY WITH EFFECT FROM FRIDAY (JANUARY 24).

THESE ARE:

* HING FONG ROAD NORTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KWAI FUK ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WING FONG ROAD,

* HING FONG ROAD NORTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WO HAU ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 210 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION,

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M HING FONG ROAD SOUTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION Vk I TH KWAI FUK ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 90 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION,

fc HING FONG ROAD SOUTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WO HAU ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 110 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH KWAI FUK ROAD, AND

* KwA I FOO ROAD BETWEEN HING FONG ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 90 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO PUBLIC LIGHT BUS WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES.

MEANWHILE, THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES ON THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS wILL BE LIFTED:

X HING FONG ROAD BETWEEN KWAI FOO ROAD AND TAI WO HAU ROAD,

* KWAI FOO ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HING FONG ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 39 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, AND

* HING FONG ROAD BETWEEN KWAI FOO ROAD AND KWAI FUK ROAD.

ALSO, THE SECTION OF LAM KAM ROAD NEAR PAK NGAU SHEK WILL EE CONVERTED TO ONE-LANE TWO-WAY TRAFFIC BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 5 AM DAILY FROM JANUARY 23 TO JANUARY 31. DRIVERS OF HEAVY VEHICLES ARE ADVISED NOT TO USE LAM KAM ROAD DURING THIS PERIOD.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN POK FU LAM, CENTRAL * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 24), THE SECTION OF SANDY BAY ROAD BETWEEN ITS NORTHERN JUNCTION WITH VICTORIA ROAD AND THE DUCHEsS CF KENT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT SANDY BAY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO FACILITATE MAINS LAYING WORKS.

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, THE SECTION OF MAN WA LANE FROM A POINT 20 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL TO ITS JUNCTION WITH DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE MADE AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY FOR ABOUT 10 WEEKS. THE MEASURE IS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM RESTRICTION ON GOODS VEHICLE ON THE SAME SECTION OF MAN WA LANE WILL BE LIFTED.

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TOEbDAY, JANUARY 21, 1986

MAI PO WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PP^ISES IN MAI PO WILL BE TURNED OFF BETWEEN 9 AM AND 3 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 24) FOR

MAINS WORK.


MAI PO LO WAI, MAI TIN, AND WING PING

TSUEN.

ALSO AFFECTED

TUNG CHAN WAI

PrTFD ARF CASS I NO LINES, SHEK WU WAI, ON LUNG TSUEN, SAN LUNG TSUEN AND PREMISES ALONG OCCUPATION ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1986

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING;

CHINA NOW.BKJS LARGEST.TRADING PARTNER...................... 1

WORK AGAINST TRADE. PROTEGTIONIS:.'.. CONTINUES ............ 1

BALANCED, BUDGET. FOR. URDC Q. IN. SIGHT . ................. 3

EART.Y CQNSTDFIHaTION OP. RO' S. FU-.d'ClAL NEEDS URGED..... 4

FIRST GROUP. OF. DENIAL. GRADUATES. gJSPLOYED........... 5

SPECIAL. MEASURES. TO EASE. DO JU TRAFFIC .................. 6

CODE DRA.iN- UP FOR CaR. TESTING CENTRES. ■................. 1

TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITY. FOR HOSTELS EXPECTED............ 8

PLANS TO. IMPROVE,. EXTEND AIRPORT FACILITIES .............. 8

NEW ELECTRICITY BILL UNDER PREPARATION ..................... 9

JPC TO CONTINUE IMPROVING POLICE-COMMUNITY TIES............. 10

CONTROL OF ASBESTOS IN THE PIPSLINB . ...................... 11

ESCALATORS REGULARLY INSPECTED TO INSURE SAFETY............. 11

INDUSTRIAL BANK NOT NECESSARY — FS.......................... 12

BOUNDARY RECTIFICATION ORDINANCE BEING CONSIDERED........... 13

MEASURES TAKEN TO REDUCE CYCLING ACCIDENTS.................. 14

THIRD UNIVERSITY PROPOSALS BEING EXAMINED........-.......... 15

/STRICT CONTROLS-........

STRICT CONTROLS ADOPTED OVER LPG STORAGE

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TDC ACTIVELY PROMOTING TRADE................................... 17

SHA TIN-MEISHA FERRY TERMINAL UNDER-UTILISED................... 18

REQUEST MADE FOR EARLY RETURN OF BOAT BRIDES .................. 18

' tw bills passed ..............................................  19

TURN MUN IMAGE ENHANCING EXHIBITION ON FRIDAY . . --2O

TUEN MUN DISTRICT COMMITTEE'TO MEET .............................. 21

FIRST LAND 'AUCTI® ’OF '1986 ..................................

PRESS BRIEFING ........... ....................................... 22

TOUR OF POLLUTION CONTROL FACILITIES ..........................

PRESENTATION- CEREMONY............................................ 23

GREATER CONCERN' ATTACHED TO THE ELDERLY ......................... 23

SAI KUNG CLEAI'T-UP' TO START'  .................................. 24

COOKING CONTEST FOR ELDERLY ORGANISED ............................ 24

LUNCH-TIME ENTERTAINMENT FOR OFFICE WORKERS ...................... 25

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1986

CHINA NOW HK’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER * * * *

CHINA NOW RANKS AS HON® KONG’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER, EVEN BIGGER THAN THE UNITED STATES, AND HAS RISEN TO BECOME THE SECOND LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS, THE HON LYDIA DUNN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE OF THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, WHICH SEEKS TO PRVIDE FOR THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO BE REPRESENTED ON THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

MISS DUNN SUPPORTED THE BILL AND SAID SINCE 1979, HONG KONG’S BILATERAL TRADE WITH CHINA HAD GROWN FROM $17 BILLION TO $95 BILLION IN 1984 AND $98 BILLION IN THE FIRST 10 MONTHS OF LAST YEAR.

AS A MARKET FOR OUR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, CHINA HAD RISEN FROM J7TH PLACE IN 1978 TO SECOND PLACE IN 1984, SHE ADDED.

IN ASSISTING THE HONG KONG TRADING COMMUNITY TO REALISE THE POTENTIAL THAT THIS IMPORTANT MARKET OFFERED, MISS DUNN SAID, THE TDC MUST HAVE ACCESS TO AUTHORITATIVE INFORMATION AND EXPERTISE THAT WAS AVAILABLE ON THE PRACTICALITIES OF DOING BUSINESS WITH CHINA.

+THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS THIS INFORMATION AND EXPERTISE, AND THE MAIN PROVISION IN THIS BILL THAT IT SHOULD BE REPRESENTED ON THE COUNCIL IS VERY TIMELY INDEED,* SHE SAID.

+THE WELL-ESTABLISHED CONTACTS AND BUSINESS RELATIONS WHICH THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER HAVE WITH CHINA AND THEIR.INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF TRADING CHANNELS IN THAT MARKET WILL BE INVALUABLE IN THE TDC’S WORK,* SHE ADDED.

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WORK AGAINST TRADE PROTECTIONISM CONTINUES

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THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL WILL CONTINUE TO WORK IN CLOSE CO-OPERATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER TRADE ORGANISATIONS TO SAFEGUARD AND PROMOTE HONG KONG’S INTERESTS AGAINST TRADE PROTECTIONISM.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN SHE TABLED THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TDC FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1984-85 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MISS DUNN SAID ALTHOUGH THE JENKINS’ BILL WAS VETOED BY PRESIDENT REAGAN, PROTECTIONIST SENTIMENT REMAINED STRONG IN THE UNITED STATES, HONG KONG’S LARGEST MARKET.

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SHE ADDED THAT THE TDC HAD BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS THE GROWING THREAT OF PROTECTIONISM IN THE UNITED STATES, AND WAS ALREADY FINANCING THREE FIRMS OF LOBBYISTS TO WORK FOR HONG KONG’S INTERESTS IN WASHINGTON.

MISS DUNN REPORTED THAT WORK ON THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE WAS PROCEEDING ON SCHEDULE AND COMPLETION WAS EXPECTED IN 1988.

SHE SAID THE DECISION TO BUILD THE CENTRE WAS A MAJOR MILESTONE EVENT IN HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT AS AN INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE.

+THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS FELT THE NEED FOR SUCH A FACILITY FOR MANY YEARS, BUT IT WAS ONLY AFTER GOVERNMENT PASSED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROJECT TO THE TDC IN 1984 -TOGETHER WITH A GENEROUS LAND GRANT - THAT THE IDEA HAS BECOME A REALITY,* SHE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE TRADE PROMOTIONS PROGRAMME MOUNTED BY THE TDC DURING THE YEAR UNDER REVIEW, MISS DUNN SAID EMPHASIS WAS GIVEN TO CAPITALISING ON THE IMPROVED DEMAND IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS, PARTICULARLY THE UNITED STATES.

+ IN PARALLEL WITH THIS, THE TDC CONTINUED TO PURSUE ITS ON-GOING CAMPAIGN IN THE JAPANESE MARKET AND TO BUILD UP ITS ROLE AS A CATALYST FOR HONG KONG’S RAPIDLY EXPANDING BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA,* SHE SAID.

REPORTING ON TDC’S OVERSEAS ACTIVITIES, MISS DUNN SAID IN ADDITION TO DAY-TO-DAY CONTACTS WITH BUYERS AND SELLERS BY ITS NETWORK OF 20 OVERSEAS OFFICES, OVER 60 OVERSEAS TRADE PROMOTIONS WERE ORGANISED.

+SOME 1 300 HONG KONG COMPANIES PARTICIPATED IN THESE EVENTS. THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF BUSINESS NEGOTIATED AND CONCLUDED ON THE SPOT DURING THESE PROMOTIONS REACHED ALMOST $1.5 BILLION.

+IN ADDITION, NEARLY 25 000 TRADE ENQUIRIES WERE PROCESSED AS A RESULT OF THESE ACTIVITIES OVERSEAS,* SHE SAID.

ON TDC’S LOCAL ACTIVITIES, MISS DUNN SAID IN ADDITION TO HIGH PROFILE EVENTS SUCH AS THE WOMEN’S SPORTSWEAR SHOW, THE COUNCIL HANDLED 190 INWARD MISSIONS FROM 34 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING 49 FROM CHINA.

+OUR TRADE ENQUIRY SERVICE PROCESSED OVER 130 000 INDIVIDUAL ENQUIRIES; AND AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAMME OF EXPORT SEMINARS, INCLUDING MAJOR SEMINARS ON WEST GERMAN, CANADIAN AND JAPANESE MARKETS WERE CONDUCTED FOR LOCAL MANUFACTURERS AND TRADERS,* SHE SAID.

+IN SUPPORT OF OUR VARIOUS PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS, OUR PUBLICITY DEPARTMENT DISTRIBUTED MORE THAN 1.6 MILLION COPIES OF ALL TYPES CF PUBLICATIONS ABOUT HONG KONG PRODUCTS TO BUYERS IN 175 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD,* SHE ADDED.

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WEDNESDAY, JANURY 22, 1986

BALANCED BUDGET FOR URBCO IN SIGHT

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A NEW FINANCIAL PACKAGE HAS BEEN DRAWN UP TO ENSURE THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AT LEAST FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE OF THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THAT UNDER THE EXISTING FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE COUNCIL WAS GRADUALLY BUT INEXORABLY SLIPPING INTO AN EVER-INCREASING DEFICIT POSITION.

HE SAID THAT THIS, IN A FEW MORE YEARS, WOULD HAVE JEOPARDISED THE HIGH STANDARD OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES AT PRESENT PROVIDED FOR THE FOUR MILLION URBAN DWELLERS OF HONG KONG.

+TO ENABLE THE COUNCIL TO CONTINUE WITH ITS LONG-TERM AND MEANINGFUL TASK, THE COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT SET UP A WORKING PARTY EARLY LAST YEAR TO FORMULATE A NEW FINANCIAL PACKAGE AND FURTHERMORE DEVISE PRACTICAL AMENDMENTS TO THE OUTDATED MEMORANDUM OF ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COUNCIL WHICH WAS DRAWN UP IN 1973,+ MR CHEONG-LEEN EXPLAINED.

HE SAID THAT A NEW FINANCIAL PACKAGE HAD BEEN DRAWN UP WHICH NECESSITATED THE PROPOSED ADJUSTMENTS TO THE RATES PERCENTAGE IN THE URBAN COUNCIL AREA TO ENSURE THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AT LEAST FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

+ALTHOUGH THE COUNCIL WILL BE IN A BETTER POSITION AS A RESULT CF THE NEW FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS, I MUST EMPHASISE THAT URBAN COUNCILLORS AND THE URBN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO BE VER CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED T ECONOMISE,* HE SAID.

+1 WOULD FURTHERMORE ASSURE THE RATEPAYERS OF HONG KONG THAT THE HIGH STANDARD OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES THEY HAVE COM TO EXPECT AND TAKE FOR GRANTED WILL BE MAINTAINED,* HE ADDED.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO NOTED THAT AS A RESULT OF THE NEW FINANCIAL PACKAGE, THE URBAN COUNCIL WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTINUE ITS CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME WITH ANTICIPATED CASH EXPENDITURE OF $1.57 BILLION FOR THE PERIOD 1985-86 TO 1989-90 TO PROVIDE STILL MORE MODERN FACILITIES FOR THE CITY, AND THUS MEET THE RISING ASPIRATIONS OF THE DYNAMIC COMMUNITY.

ALSO SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS CONTAINED IN THE BILL, THE HON MARIA TAM SAID THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE SALARY GRANT FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL BY THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE OFFSET BY A 0.5 PER CENT INCREASE IN RATES INCOME FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S SHARE CF THE GENERAL RATES- AND ANOTHER 0.5 PER CENT INCREASE IN RATE REVENUE WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE URBAN COUNCIL TO MEET NORMAL GROWTH AND INFLATION.

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TH IS WILL FREE THE URBAN COUNCIL FROM FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES FOR A FEW YEARS TO COME,* MISS TAM SAID.

NOTING THAT THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL HAD INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE YEARS, SHE SAID ITS SERVICES WERE EXPANDING BOTH IN SCOPE AND VOLUME.

+ l TRUST THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN ITS FIRST CENTENARY YEAR IN 1985 WILL AGREE THAT HONG KONG IS NO LONGER A CULTURAL DESERT.

+AND THOSE OF US WHO FREQUENTLY HAVE TO DRIVE OR WALK IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE URBAN AREA SHOULD NOTICE THE INCREASED NUMBER OF CASES OF SITTING-OUT AREAS AND PLANTING AREAS WHICH SOFTEN THE LANDSCAPE OF THIS ’CONCRETE JUNGLE’,* MISS TAM SAID.

SHE SAID THE URBAN COUNCIL WAS STILL TACKLING THE OLD PROBLEM OF HAWKER CONTROL AND WOULD HAVE TO TACKE NEW PROBLEMS SUCT AS BILLIARD-SALOON LICENSING.

+ BUT WITHIN THE LAST THREE YEARS THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS MANAGED TO PROVIDE EXPANDING SERVICES WHILE REDUCING ITS STAFF,* MISS TAM ADDED.

REFERRING TO THE SPEECHES BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ON THE BILL, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE SAID THAT THE DIFFICULT APPROACH TO A SENSITIVE RATING AMENDMENT BILL HAD BEEN MUCH EASED BY THE UNDERSTANDING OF BOTH COUNCILS IN GENERAL, AND THEIR CHAIRMEN IN PARTICULAR.

THE GOVERNMENT, HE SAID, WAS AWARE OF POSSIBLE PROBLEMS LOOMING FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IN THE LATE 198O’S , AND THAT ADVANCED CONSIDERATION AND DISCUSSION WOULD CERTAINLY BE NEEDED IN 1987.

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EARLY CONSIDERATION OF RC’S FINANCIAL NEEDS URGED * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD GIVE EARLY CONSIDERATION TO THE LONGTERM FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND REVIEW THE PROPOSED INTERIM MEASURE AT THE BEGINNING OF 1987 AT THE LATEST, THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE OF THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG SAID THE REGIONAL COUNCIL MUST BE PROVIDED WITH SUFFICIENT REVENUE TO COVER THE COST OF ITS ACTIVITIES IF IT WAS TO FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY AND TO PROVIDE RESIDENTS OF THE AREA WITH ALL THE MUNICIPAL. SERVICES AND FACILITIES THEY REQUIRED.

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HE SAID THE PROPOSAL AS CONTAINED IN THE BILL INVOLVED A SMALL INCREASE IN THE RATES IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA.

+UNDER THE SAME PROPOSAL, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL RECEIVE ALL THE REVENUE ARISING FROM THIS INCREASED RATES PERCENTAGE,+ PE SAID.

FURTHERMORE, HE ADDED, GOVERNMENT HAD AGREED TO MEET THE COUNCIL’S EXPENDITURE FOR CAPITAL WORKS FOR THE TWO YEARS 1986-87 AND 1987-88 WITHIN THE AVERAGE LEVEL OF SPENDING IN THIS AREA DURING RECENT YEARS IN RESPECT OF ITEMS RECOMMENDED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL TO PROCEED WITHIN THIS PERIOD.

MR CHEUNG NOTED THAT THE MAIN ADVANTAGE OF THIS ARRANGEMENT WAS THAT IT WOULD ENABLE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL TO MEET ALL ITS RECURRENT EXPENDITURE WITH A SMALL INCREASE IN THE RATES.

+IT IS ACCEPTABLE AS AN INTERIM MEASURE.

+THE ARRANGEMENT FOR 1988-89 AND THEREAFTER WOULD CLEARLY HAVE TO BE MADE DIFFERENTLY IF LARGE INCREASES IN THE INCIDENTS CF REGIONAL COUNCIL RATES ARE TO BE AVOIDED,* HE SAID.

POINTING OUT THAT THE NEW TOWNS IN THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA WERE MUCH MORE RAPID GROWTH AREAS THAN THE REST OF THE TERRITORY, MR CHEUNG SAID THE PRESSURE ON THE REGIONAL COUNCIL TO PROVIDE MORE MUNICIPAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES WOULD MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL DEMAND ON THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO IT.

+1, THEREFORE, THINK THAT IT WOULD ONLY BE PRUDENT FOR GOVERNMENT TO GIVE ADVANCE CONSIDERATION TO THIS MATTER AND TO COMMENCE WITH A REVIEW OF THE INTERIM ARRANGEMENT AT THE BEGINNING CF 1987 AT THE LATEST,* HE SAID.

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FIRST GROUP OF DENTAL GRADUATES FULLY EMPLOYED X X X *

ALL OF THE FIRST GROUP OF 59 DENTAL GRADUATES, WHO FINISHED THEIR STUDIES EARLY IN 1985, HAD FOUND EMPLOYMENT EITHER IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, GOVERNMENT SERVICE, OR THE UNIVERSITY DENTAL FACULTY, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE APPOINTMENTS SERVICE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE ANNUAL INTAKE INTO THE DENTAL SCHOOL WAS REDUCED FROM 76 TO 60 IN 1984, LARGELY BECAUSE THE WASTAGE RATE PROVED TO BE LOWER THAN EXPECTED.

+N0 FURTHER ADJUSTMENT IS PROPOSED FOR THE PRESENT BUT THE SITUATION WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED, AND CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO REDUCING THE INTAKE IF THIS APPEARS TO BE APPROPRIATE,* HE SAID.

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SPECIAL MEASURES TO EASE LO WU TRAFFIC * * * *

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ADOPTS SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS AT THE LO wU BORDER CROSSING DURING PEAK TIMES AND FESTIVAL PERIODS TO REDUCE THE WAITING TIME, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, W THOMAS SAID THE DEPARTMENT DEPLOYED STAFF FROM OTHER DUTIES TO LO WU TO MAN 14 TEMPORARY CLEARANCE COUNTERS IN ADDITION TO THE 3i> REGULAR COUNTERS.

SECONDLY, HE SAID, RE-ENTRY PERMIT HOLDERS WHO DID NOT HAVE TO COMPLETE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE CARDS AND THEREFORE REQUIRED LESS PROCESSING TIME THAN PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON OTHER DOCUMENTS WERE SEGREGATED AND DIRECTED TO SPECIAL COUNTERS FOR CLEARANCES.

♦THIRDLY, THE CONTROL POINT OPERATES FROM 3 AM TO 10.30 PM DURING THE BUSIEST PERIODS, AND FOURTHLY, AN ADDITIONAL FOURTH THROUGH TRAIN DAILY FROM KOWLOON TO CANTON AND EXTRA EXPRESS TRAINS TO LO WU ARE RUN. PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON ALL THESE TRAINS ARE PROCESSED AT KOWLOON STATION, THUS HELPING TO RELIEVE THE CONGESTION AT LO WU.+

MR THOMAS SAID ALL THOSE MEASURES WERE ADOPTED IN THE LAST FESTIVAL PERIOD FROM DECEMBER 21 TO JANUARY 2 AND THEY PROVED TO BE REASONABLY EFFECTIVE.

♦ A SURVEY OF THE PASSENGER WAITING TIME DURING THAT PERIOD SHOWED THAT FOR THE 90 PER CENT OF THE TIME PASSENGERS HAD TO WAIT FOR LESS THAN 30 MINUTES EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE 23 PER CENT MORE PASSENGERS THAN AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR,+ HE SAID.

MR THOMAS SAID THE LONG WAITING TIMES AT LO WU WERE DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF SPACE AND A STEEP INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS.

+THERE CAN BE NO DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT UNTIL THE NEW TERMINAL AT LO WU HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND PROPERLY STAFFED,* HE SAID. .

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CODE DRAWN UP FOR CAR TESTING CENTRES

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TO ENSURE AN EVEN STANDARD OF INSPECTION OF PRIVATE CARS AT DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRES, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS DRAWN UP A CODE OF PRACTICE WHICH BY LAW THE OPERATORS ARE REQUIRED TO FOLLOW, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING A QUESTION BY THE HON POON CHI-FAI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR MACPHERSON SAID EACH CENTRE HAD TO NOMINATE A RESPONSIBLE PERSON, TO BE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, TO SUPERVISE ALL VEHICLE INSPECTIONS, WHICH COULD ONLY BE DONE BY SIMILAR APPROVED TESTERS.

+THE INSPECTIONS MUST FOLLOW PRECISELY THE PROCEDURES LAID DOWN IN A TESTER’S MANUAL ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT,+ HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT HAD ESTABLISHED A MONITORING UNIT TO MAKE RANDOM VISITS TO THE CENTRES TO CHECK COMPLIANCE WITH THE CODE OF PRACTICE AND THE TESTER’S MANUAL.

+IT IS NOT ANTICIPATED THAT INCONVENIENCE WILL BE CAUSED BY THESE RANDOM CHECKS TO CAR OWNERS, AS RE-TESTS WILL BE DONE ON THE SPOT.+ HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON SAID CAR OWNERS WHO MIGHT BE AGGRIEVED BY THE WORK OF ANY DESIGNATED CENTRE MIGHT APPEAL TO THE UNIT, WHICH ACTED AS A FURTHER CHECK AGAINST ABUSES BY THE CENTRES.

AS REGARDS THE PREVENTION OF CORRUPTION, MR MACPHERSON STRESSED THAT THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION HAD BEEN CONSULTED ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE SCHEME AND, WHEREVER PRACTICABLE, PREVENTIVE PEASURES HAD BEEN ADOPTED.

HE SAID ALL DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRES WERE REQUIRED TO DISPLAY A NOTICE WARNING THEIR STAFF AGAINST THE COMM ISSI ON .OF OFFENCES UNDER THE PREVENTION OF BRIBERY ORDINANCE, THE ICAC ORDINANCE AND THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICE ORDINANCE.

PROPRIETORS OF THE CENTRES WERE ALSO REQUIRED TO SIGN AN UNEQUIVOCAL STATEMENT THAT THEIR EMPLOYEES WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SOLICIT OR ACCEPT ANY ADVANTAGE IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR WORK, PR MACPHERSON SAID.

+IF SERIOUS ABUSES OR MALPRACTICES ARE PROVED, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT MAY EXERCISE HIS POWERS UNDER SECTION 88D OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE AND REVOKE THE DESIGNATION GRANTED.

+FURTHERMORE, SHOULD ANY STAFF OF ANY DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRE BE FOUND TO HAVE ACTED IN A CORRUPT MANNER, IT IS FOR THE COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION TO INVESTIGATE AND THEN AS APPROPRIATE FOR THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO CONSIDER REVOKING THE DESIGNATION GRANTED TO THE CENTRE,+ HE SAID.

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TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR HOSTELS EXPECTED X X X *

THE GOVERNMENT HOPES TO IMPLEMENT THE TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUBVENTING AND MONITORING CAMPS AND HOSTELS OPERATED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH DURING THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE TRANSFER OF RESPONSIBILITY WAS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE SEVERAL YEARS AGO, BUT BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS CONNECTED WITH THE TRANSFER OF THE NECESSARY RESOURCES IT HAD NOT YET PROVED POSSIBLE TO IMPLEMENT THAT DECISION.

♦ THE PRESENT POSITION IS NOT SATISFACTORY AND I INTEND TO TAKE UP THIS QUESTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT AND THE BRANCH, WITH THE HOPE GF IMPLEMENTING THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR,+ HE SAID.

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PLANS TO IMPROVE, EXTEND AIRPORT FACILITIES K * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT DID HAVE PLANS FOR IMPROVING AND EXTENDING THE FACILITIES AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON S.L. CHEN, HE SAID PLANS INCLUDED A MAJOR EXTENSION OF THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING? CONSTRUCTION OF FLYOVERS BETWEEN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING; IMPROVEMENTS TO THE RUNWAY AND TAXIWAYS; EXTENSION OF BOTH PASSENGER AND CARGO AIRCRAFT APRON AND PARKING AREAS; AND A MAJOR MODERNISATION PROGRAMME OF EQUIPPING THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SERVICES WITH ADVANCED ELECTRONICS RADAR, DISPLAY AND RADIO NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT, TO OPTIMISE RUNWAY UTILISATION.

SIR JOHN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT ACTIVELY PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT, BUT A POSSIBLE NEED FOR IT REMAINED UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE CONTEXT CF LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY.

+ACCORDINGLY, TWO POSSIBLE SITES ARE BEING SAFEGUARDED -AT CHEK LAP KOK AND DEEP BAY.+ HE SAID.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1986

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NEW ELECTRICITY EILL UNDER PREPARATION * * * *

AN ELECTRICITY BILL ON THE SAFETY ELECTRICITY APPLIANCES AND INSTALLATION IS NOw UNDER PREPARATION, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON JOHN TODD, REVEALED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANSWERING QUESTIONS BY THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN, MR TODD SAID THE PROPOSED BILL WOULD ENABLE REGULATIONS TO BE MADE TO DEFINE THE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED OF ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS AND HOW THEY WOULD BE REGISTERED AND DI SC I PLINED.

REGULATIONS WOULD ALSO BE MADE TO SET DOWN MINIMUM SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WIRING OF FIXED INSTALLATIONS IN BUILDINGS.

MINIMUM SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLIANCES, LIGHTING FITTINGS AND ACCESSORIES WOULD ALSO BE SPECIFIED IN DUE COURSE.

+ IN ADDITION, THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY ITS PUBLICITY PROGRAMME TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE SAFE USE CF ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AT HOME AND WORK.+

MR TODD SAID AGENTS OF ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES WERE NOT REQUIRED UNDER THE EXISTING LEGISLATION TO EMPLOY QUALIFIED ELECTRICIANS TO TAKE CHARGE OF ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION WORK.

+THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THE ELECTRICIANS EMPLOYED ARE INCOMPETENT,* HE SAID.

+ IT IS RATHER A REFLECTION OF THE FACT THAT UNDER THE EXISTING LAW THERE IS NO DEFINITION OF QUALIFIED ELECTRICIANS OR ELECTRICAL WORKERS.*

AC A nroFD-rAB0UT THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS DURING THE PAST YEAR AS A RESULT OF UNSAFE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND INSTAH AT ION'S NR TODD SAID 46 SUCH ACCIDENTS WERE REPORTED TO THE ELECTRiFaI’ AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, OF WHICH 19 WERE FATAL

THE MAJORITY OF THESE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED ON CONSTRUCTION SITES, HE SAID.

THERE WERE EIGHT CASES, INCLUDING FIVE FATAL ONES, IN DOMESTIC PREMISES.

OF THE EIGHT CASES, THREE WERE DIRECTLY CAUSED BY FAULTS IN THE APPLIANCES AND ACCESSORIES USED, WHILE THE REMAINDER WERE CAUSED BY CARELESSNESS OR FAULTY CONNECTIONS.

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JPC TO CONTINUE IMPROVING POLICE-COMMUNITY TIES *****

THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL (JPC) WILL CONTINUE TO BRING ABOUT FURTHER IMPROVEMENT IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE COMMUNITY, THE ATTORENY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING A QUESTION BY THE HON SELINA CHOW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR THOMAS SAID THAT IN THE FUTURE, THE JPC MOVEMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO PURSUE ITS PRESENT THREE MAIN OBJECTIVES.

THESE ARE:

* TO PROVIDE RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO GIVE THEM AN ALTERNATIVE TO PLAYING IN THE STREETS AND THE POSSIBILITY OF FALLING INTO BAD COMPANY?

* TO TEACH MEMBERS TO BECOME GOOD CITIZENS AND TO ENCOURAGE A GOOD COMMUNITY SPIRIT? AND

* TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO LOOK UP MEMBERS OF THE POLICE FORCE AS THEIR FRIENDS AND TO BUILD A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE YOUTH OF HONG KONG AND THEIR POLICE FORCE.

MR THOMAS NOTED THAT MOST JPC MEMBERS CAME FROM THE POORER SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THESE WOULD CONTINUE TO BE THE SECTORS AT WHICH THE MOVEMENT WAS MAINLY DIRECTED.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT TO BE SPENT IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR ON JPC WOULD BE SOME $2.1 MILLION, $1.1 MILLION ON ORGANISING ACTIVITIES FOR JPC MEMBERS AND THE REST ON RENTING CLUB HOUSES AND BUYING RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT.

IN COMPARING THIS WITH JUST OVER $1 MILLION SPENT IN 1981-82, MR THOMAS SAID THAT AT THE END OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, ANNUAL EXPENDITURE WOULD BE DOUBLED OVER FIVE YEARS.

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CONTROL OF ASBESTOS IN THE PIPELINE * * * *

A SET OF REGULATIONS HAS BEEN DRAFTED TO CONTROL THE USE CF ASBESTOS AND ANY SUBSTANCE CONTAINING ASBESTOS IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS, INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION SITES, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR HENDERSON SAID THE REGULATIONS, TO BE INTRODUCED UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE, WOULD BAN THE USE OF BLUE ASBESTOS (CROCIDOLITE), BROWN ASBESTOS (AMOSITE) AND ANY SUBSTANCE CONTAINING EITHER OF THESE MINERALS.

+USE OF LESS DANGEROUS ASBESTOS MATERIALS WOULD BE CLOSELY CONTROLLED AND THE PROCESS OF SPRAYING WITH A SUBSTANCE CONTAINING ANY FORM OF ASBESTOS WOULD BE PROHIBITED,* HE SAID.

MR HENDERSON ADDED THE REGULATIONS WERE MADE BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR YESTERDAY AND WOULD EE PUT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

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ESCALATORS REGULARLY INSPECTED TO ENSURE SAFETY

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ESCALATORS ARE SUBJECT TO REGULAR INSPECTION TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE IN SAFE WORKING ORDER, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON JOHN TODD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM ON ACCIDENTS INVOLVING ESCALATORS, MR TODD SAID ALL ESCALATOR OWNERS AND CONTRACTORS HAD BEEN ADVISED THAT THEY SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE GAP BETWEEN ESCALATOR BALUSTRADES AND ADJOINING PARAPET WALLS SHOULD NOT BE WIDER THAN 100 MILLIMETRES.

HE SAID THE CONSTRUCTION OF ESCALATORS WAS GOVERNED BY THE ^!L21NG (ESCALATORS) REGULATIONS OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE WHILE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WERE GOVERNED BY THE LIFTS AND ESCALATORS (SAFETY) ORDINANCE.

._+CERTIF I CATES FOR THE OPERATION OF AN ESCALATOR WILL ONLY BE ISSUED IF INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS GOVERNING THE SAFE USE CF ESCALATORS ARE COMPLIED WITH + HE SAID.

MR TODD SAID THERE WAS NO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT TO REPORT ESCALATOR ACCIDENTS AND HE COULD GIVE DETAILS ONLY OF THE EIGHT CASES INVESTIGATED IN THE LAST YEAR BY THE ELECTRICAL AND btCHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND OF THOSE INCLUDED IN REGULAR REPORTS MADE BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

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HE SAID OF THE EIGHT CASES THREE INVOLVED ADULTS, OF WHICH TWO WERE ATTRIBUTABLE TO INFIRMITY.

THE THIRD INVOLVED A 60-YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO DIED OF A HEART ATTACK WHILE WALKING UP AN ESCALATOR WHICH wAS STATIONARY AT THE TIME.

THE OTHER ACCIDENTS ALL INVOLVED SMALL CHILDREN AND WERE MAINLY CAUSED BY INADEQUATE ADULT SUPERVISION, MR TODD SAID.

ONE OF THESE ACCIDENTS WAS FATAL WHEN AN 18-MONTH OLD GIRL FELL TO HER DEATH THROUGH A GAP BETWEEN THE ESCALATOR AND THE ADJOINING PARAPET WALL.

+ALL THE ESCALATORS CONCERNED WERE FOUND ON SUBSEQUENT INSPECTION TO BE IN SAFE WORKING ORDER,+ MR TODD SAID.

HE SAID THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION WITH ALMOST AOO ESCALATORS WAS MUCH THE LARGEST OPERATOR OF ESCALATORS IN HONG KONG.

THE MOST RECENT FIGURES AVAILABLE RELATED TO THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985, THE PERIOD FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE ISLAND LINE.

DURING THAT QUARTER, 104 PASSENGERS WERE INVOLVED IN ESCALATOR-RELATED ACCIDENTS, OF WHOM 10 REQUIRED HOSPITAL TREATMENT.

THE MAIN CAUSE OF THESE ACCIDENTS, HE SAID, WAS PEOPLE LOSING THEIR BALANCE WHEN USING THE ESCALATOR.

AGAIN THE ESCALATORS WERE IN SAFE WORKING CONDITION AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENTS.

+T0 PUT THESE FIGURES IN PERSPECTIVE I SHOULD ADD THAT DURING THE PERIOD 127 MILLION PASSENGERS TRAVELLED ON THE RAILWAY,* MR TODD SAID.

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INDUSTRIAL BANK NOT NECESSARY — FS * * * *

THE SETTING UP OF AN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BANK WOULD INEVITABLY BE BOTH EXPENSIVE FOR THE TAX-PAYER AND WHOLLY OPPOSED TO LONG-STANDING POLICY, WHICH HAS DEMONSTRABLY SERVED HONG KONG WELL THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING A QUESTION FROM THE HON NGA I SHU-KIT, SIR JOHN SAID A COMMITTEE HAD BEEN SET UP BY THE GOVERNOR IN 1959 TO CONSIDER THE NEED FOR AN INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BANK AND IT ADVISED THAT NO SUCH NEED EXISTED.

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HE NOTED THAT NEARLY ALL HONG KONG’S FLOURISHING INDUSTRIAL SECTOR HAD BEEN CREATED SINCE 1949 AND THE MAJOR SOURCE OF FUNDS HAD BEEN BANK LOANS.

HE SAID: +1 AM UNAWARE OF ANY EVIDENCE THAT INDUSTRI AL ISTo WITH SOUND BUSINESS PROPOSITIONS HAVE BEEN OR ARE NOW UNABLE TO GET APPROPRIATE LOANS.

THE BANKS INDEED HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY HELPFUL, FREQUENTLY LENDING MONEY BASED ON ASSESSMENT OF PERSONAL CHARACTER RATHER THAN FULL COLLATERAL.

INDEED, I KNOW OF MANY INDUSTRIALISTS WHO HAVE SECURED LOANS BUT WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE.*

SIR JOHN NOTED THAT APART FROM THE NUMEROUS DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND THE POSSIBILITY OF SECURING OFFSHORE LOANS, THERE WERE NOW 143 HIGHLY COMPETITIVE BANKS IN HONG KONG AND THERE WAS AMPLE LIQUIDITY.

HE ADDED THAT THE PRIME RATE HERE wAS LOWER THAN IN THE US, CANADA OR UK AND THE STOCK EXCHANGES, LEASING AND THE NEW DEVELOPMENT CF VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS INDICATED OTHER POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS.

I SEE NO GOOD REASON TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IN A NEw FORM OF VENTURE BANKING WHICH WOULD REQUIRE US TO COMPETE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

+IT WOULD INCIDENTALLY BE A DISASTROUS VENTURE FOR THE HANG LUNG OR OVERSEAS TRUST BANKS, WHICH WE SEEK TO RETURN TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AT THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE PR ICE,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

BOUNDARY RECTIFICATION ORDINANCE BEING CONSIDERED *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING THE NEED FOR A BOUNDARY RECTIFICATION ORDINANCE, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON JOHN TODD.

THIS WAS TO REMEDY DEFICIENCIES IN THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF BOUNDARY DEFINITION OF LAND FOR TITLE PURPOSES, HE SAID IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN.

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MR TODD SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NEW TERRITORIES HEUNG YEE KUK AND OTHER INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS, CONSIDERING THE NEED FOR A BOUNDARY RECTIFICATION ORDINANCE WHICH WOULD ENABLE LEASE BOUNDARIES TO BE RECTIFIED OR AUTHENTICATED AND LAND TITLE DISPUTES SETTLED BY SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURES.

+IN PARALLEL, THE GOVERNMENT IS EXAMINING THE PROPOSAL FOR A LAND SURVEY ORDINANCE WHICH WOULD ENABLE QUALIFIED LAND SURVEYORS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO UNDERTAKE SOME OF THE WORK THAT WOULD ARISE FROM THE ENACTMENT OF THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY RECTIFICATION ORDINANCE,* HE SAID.

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MEASURES TAKEN TO REDUCE CYCLING ACCIDENTS * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS THAT APART FROM THE DETERRENT EFFECT CF PROSECUTIONS, PUBLICITY, EDUCATION AND THE PROVISION OF PROPERLY DESIGNED FACILITIES FOR CYCLISTS CAN FURTHER REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CYCLING ACCIDENTS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR MACPHERSON SAID THE CYCLIST HAD BEEN INCLUDED AS ONE OF THE TARGET GROUPS FOR ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY IN 1984-35.

+AN ’ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC INTEREST’ ON ’SAFE RULES FOR CYCLING’ WAS PRODUCED AND REGULARLY SHOWN ON TELEVISION.

A DOCUMENTARY ON ROAD SAFETY WAS INCLUDED IN THE ’COMMON SENSE’ SERIES, AND PART OF IT WAS DEDICATED TO ACCIDENTS INVOLVING CYCLISTS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY.

+POSTERS ON SAFETY IN CYCLING WERE DISPLAYED AND LEAFLETS DISTRIBUTED,* HE SAID.

ON THE EDUCATION FRONT, MR MACPHERSON SAID SAFETY IN CYCLING WAS INCLUDED IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY TEACHING KIT WHICH WAS BEING WIDELY USED IN SCHOOLS.

+THE REVISED ROAD USERS' CODE, WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED LATER THIS YEAR, WILL INCLUDE A SECTION GIVING GUIDANCE TO CYCLISTS.*

HE ADDED THAT SPECIALISED FACILITIES SUCH AS CYCLE TRACKS AND CYCLE PARKS WERE BEING PROVIDED * I TH THE OBJECTIVE TO SEGREGATE CYCLISTS FROM MOTORISTS TO REDUCE CHANCE OF ACCIDENTS.

+IT IS HOPED THAT THESE MEASURES WILL PROVE EFFECTIVE,* HE SAID.

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MR MACPHERSON SAID THERE WERE 820 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING BICYCLES IN 1984 AND 460 IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF LAST YEAR.

+ARISING FROM THESE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, 234 PROSECUTIONS WERE TAKEN AGAINST CYCLISTS IN 1984 AND 172 IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS CF 1985,+ HE SAID.

THERE WERE 3 808 PROSECUTIONS AGAINST CYCLISTS NOT INVOLVED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN 1984 AND 8 096 IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF 1985,+ HE ADDED.

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THIRD UNIVERSITY PROPOSALS BEING EXAMINED * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS EXAMINING RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE ON THE POSSIBLE ACADEMIC PROFILE AND ORGANISATIONAL ASPECTS PERTAINING TO THE THIRD UNIVERSITY, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HENDERSON SAID PROPOSALS WOULD VERY SHORTLY BE SUBMITTED TO THE EDUCATION COMMISSION AND THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR THEIR ADVICE.

+A PLANNING COMMITTEE WOULD THEN BE ESTABLISHED TO PLAN AND OVERSEE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROJECT,* HE SAID.

ON THE PROPOSED SITE FOR THE NEW UNIVERSITY, MR HENDERSON SAID A NUMBER OF SUITABLE SITES HAD BEEN EARMARKED, ALL OF WHICH WERE IN THE NEW TERR I TOR IES.

+THE PLANNING COMMITTEE WILL HAVE, UNDER ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE, TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION ON THE CHOICE OF THE MOST SUITABLE SITE WHEN THE TYPE AND SIZE OF THE NEW INSTITUTION HAS BEEN DECIDED.

+THE FINAL SELECTION OF THE SITE IS NOT LIKELY TO BE MADE FOR SOME TIME.+ MR HENDERSON ADDED.

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STRICT CONTROLS ADOPTED OVER LPG STORAGE * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ASSURED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE STORAGE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (LPG) FOR SALE OR OTHER PURPOSES IS STRICTLY CONTROLLED.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON LEE YU-TA I, MR LIAO SAID ANY PERSON WISHING TO STORE QUAMTIJIES OF LPG IN EXCESS OF 50 KILOGRAMES, OR 25 KILOGRAMES IN GA\ CARTRIDGES OR LIGHTER REFILLS, HAD TO APPLY TO THE DIRECTOR-OF FIRE SERVICES FOR A LICENCE TO DO SO.

+BEFORE ISSUING SUCH A LICENCE THE DIRECTOR ENSURES THAT ADEQUATE SAFETY MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN, AND HE ALSO SPECIFIES IN THE LICENCE THE MAXIMUM QUANTITY OF LPG THAT MAY BE STORED BY THE LICENSEE,+ HE SAID.

+LPG STORES ARE INSPECTED ANNUALLY PRIOR TO THE RENEWAL OF LICENCES,+ HE ADDED.

+IN ADDITION, THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT UNDERTAKES AREA SURVEYS FROM TIME TO TIME SUBJECT TO MANPOWER AVAILABILITY, DURING WHICH CHECKS ARE MADE TO ENSURE THAT PERSONS STORING LPG HAVE VALID LICENCES AND THAT QUANTITIES STORED DO NOT EXCEED PERMITTED LIMITS,* MR LAIO SAID.

HE NOTED THAT ANYONE IGNORING THE LICENSING REQUIREMENT WERE SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION, WITH A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF A FINE CF $25 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

LAST YEAR, THERE WERE 25 PROSECUTIONS FOR OFFENCES ARISING FROM THE STORAGE OF LPG, HE SAID.

MR LIAO ADDED THAT IN 1985 THERE WERE ONLY 22 FIRES (0.15 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL) WHERE THE CAUSE OF IGNITION WAS IDENTIFIED AS LPG, AND OF THESE ONLY THREE (0.02 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL) TOOK PLACE IN SHOPS.

THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR 1984 WERE 23 AND NIL.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 198<

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TDC ACTIVELY PROMOTING TRADE

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THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL IS THE STATUTORY BODY SET UP TO PROMOTE, ASSIST AND DEVELOP HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS TRADE, ESPECIALLY EXPORTS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON E.P. HO TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR HO SAID DIVERSIFICATION OF EXPORT MARKETS FOR HONG KONG PRODUCTS HAD BEEN AN IMPORTANT PROMOTIONAL OBJECTIVE OF THE COUNCIL.

+ITS PROMOTIONAL STRATEGY IS TO FOCUS ON THOSE MARKETS WHERE THE POTENTIAL FOR INCREASING TRADE IS GREATEST AND ITS SUPPORT CAN BE OF GREATEST VALUE IN COMPLEMENTING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY’S OWN MARKETING EFFORTS. PRIORITY IS CURRENTLY BEING GIVEN TO DEVELOPING THE JAPANESE AND CHINESE MARKETS,+ HE SAID.

MR HO WAS SPEAKING IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI ON WHAT STEPS THE GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS HAD TAKEN TOWARDS ACHIEVING DIVERSIFICATION OF MARKETS FOR HONG KONG PRODUCTS, PARTICULARLY IN SUCH REGIONS AS THE MIDDLE EAST, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA.

+AS FAR AS THE MIDDLE EAST IS CONCERNED, THE COUNCIL HAS OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS ORGANISED OVER 40 BUSINESS GROUPS TO THE AREA.

+IN 1985-86, THE COUNCIL HAS SCHEDULED TWO BUSINESS GROUPS TO AND RECEIVED FIVE INCOMING TRADE MISSIONS FROM THIS REGION. IT WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE MORE MIDDLE EAST BUSINESSMEN TO COME TO HONG KONG IN THE FUTURE.+

AS REGARDS CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA, MR HO SAID THE COUNCIL HAD A BRANCH OFFICE IN PANAMA WHICH LIAISED CLOSELY WITH IMPORTERS IN THE REGION, KEPT IN CONTACT WITH BUYERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AN MAINTAINED AN UP-TO-DATE DATA BANK TO ANSWER TRADE ENQUIRIES FROM HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS.

MR HO SAID THE OFFICE ALSO PARTICIPATED AND PUBLICISED HONG KONG AMONG CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA BUYERS IN MAJOR TRADE FAIRS IN THE REGION AS WELL AS IN NORTH AMERICA.

+ATHOUGH MARKT CONDITIONS IN THE REGION ARE STILL GENERALLY UNFAVOURABLE, THE COUNCIL IS READY TO RESPOND POSITIVELY TO ANY PROMOTIONAL OPPORTUNITIES WHICH MAY ARISE IN THE FUTURE.+

MR HO NOTED THAT BESIDES ACTIVE TRADE PROMOTION, HONG KONG NEEDED TO HAVE ITS OWN COMPETITIVE INDUSTRIES IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE DIVERSIFICATION OF MARKETS FOR ITS PRODUCTS.

AS REGARDS PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN TAKING ACTIVE MEASURES TO PROVIDE AN EFFICIENT AND ADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE, PROVIDE A STABLE ENVIRONMENT CONDUCIVE TO INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT, ENSURE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF TRAINED MANPOWER, ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT AND INTRODUCTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY, AND PROVIDE TECHNICAL BACK-UP SERVICES.

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SHA TIN-MEISHA FERRY TERMINAL UNDER-UTILISED * * * *

THE UTILISATION RATE OF THE SHA TIN-MEISHA FERRY TERMINAL HAS SO FAR NOT COME UP TO EXPECTATION AND THE FACILITIES ARE AT PRESENT UNDER-UTILISED, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ANDREW WONG, MACPHERSON SAID THE PROVISION OF THE SERVICE WAS, HOWEVER, PART OF THE 1982 AGREEMENT ENTERED INTO WITH THE SHENZHEN MUNICIPALITY TO FACILITATE CROSS-BORDER COMMUNICATION.

HE SAID THE MONTHLY AVERAGE OF PASSENGERS USING THE SHA TIN-HEISHA FERRY TERMINAL SINCE IT HAD COME INTO OPERATION IN AUGUST 1984 HAD BEEN 2 100 AND 2 230 IN 1984 AND 85 RESPECTIVELY, NOTING THAT THE SERVICE WAS NOT OPERATED DURING THE WINTER MONTHS.

ON STEPS TO SPEED UP THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ME I SHA RESORT AREA, MR MACPHERSON SAID DEVELOPMENTS IN SHENZHEN WERE A MATTER FOR THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES.

+ HOWEVER IT IS KNOWN THAT A 3OO-R0OM HOTEL IN XIAO ME I SHA WAS DUE TO OPEN TOWARDS THE END OF 1985, A HOTEL IN DA ME I SHA IS BEING REDEVELOPED, AND PLANS FOR A SECOND HOTEL THERE HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, WITH CONSTRUCTION STARTING THIS YEAR.+ HE ADDED.

AS REGARDS THE UTILISATION OF THE TERMINAL FACILITIES BY TOLO HARBOUR AND TAP MUN FERRY SERVICES, MR MACPHERSON SAID IT WAS SOMETHING WHICH COULD BE CONSIDERED IF SATISFACTORY WAYS COULD BE FOUND TO SEPARATE PASSENGERS USING EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL SERVICES.

+INTERNAL FERRY SERVICES AT PRESENT USE THE TWO FERRY PIERS AT NEARBY MA LIU SHUI WHICH, ALTHOUGH ADEQUATE IN TERMS OF CAPACITY, ARE SOMEWHAT INCONVENIENTLY LOCATED,+ HE SAID.

REQUEST MADE FOR EARLY RETURN OF BOAT BRIDES *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE A FORMAL REQUEST TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES, ARGUING STRONGLY FOR PRIORITY TO BE GIVEN TO APPLICATIONS FROM THE BOAT BRIDES FOR ONE-WAY EXIT PERMITS TO RETURN TO HONG KONG, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MARIA TAM, THOMAS SAID THAT AS PROMISED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY ON JULY 10 LAST YEAR, THE GOVERNMENT MADE THE REQUEST VIA THE NEW CHINA NEWS AGENCY FOLLOWING THE VOLUNTARY DEPARTURE OF THE BOAT BRIDES.

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+ >wE ARE CONFIDENT THAT THEIR PROSPECTS FOR RETURNING TO HONG KONG IN DUE COURSE ARE GOOD,* HE SAID.

AS FOR HOW LONG IT wOULD TAKE FOR EACH OF THE BOAT BRIDES TO BE RETURNED TO HONG KONG, MR THOMAS SAID THAT WAS A MATTER FOR THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES IN CHINA.

+IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXISTING POLICY, WIVES IN CHINA OF HONG KONG RESIDENTS MAY BE ADMITTED FOR SETTLEMENT IN HONG KONG ONLY IF THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES IN CHINA ISSUE THEM WITH ONE-WAY EXIT PERMITS,* HE SAID.

HE SAID 13 BOAT BRIDES RETURNED VOLUNTARILY TO CHINA IN AUGUST 1985 FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT’S REJECTION OF THEIR PETITION FOR PERMISSION TO STAY. A 14TH BOAT BRIDE WAS ALLOWED TO REMaIN TO GIVE BIRTH IN HONG KONG BUT LEFT FOR CHINA IN OCTOBER 1985.

+OF THESE 14 BOAT BRIDES, ONE HAS COME BACK TO HONG KONG ON A ONE-WAY CHINESE EXIT PERMIT. ANOTHER ONE IS NOW IN HONG KONG ON A TWO-WAY EXIT PERMIT,* HE SAID.

AS FOR THE OTHER 12 BOAT BRIDES, MR THOMAS SAID THEY WERE BELIEVED TO BE IN CHINA.

ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY THE BOAT BRIDES TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT BEFORE THEIR DEPARTURE, EIGHT OF THEM CAME FROM ZHONGSHAN AND FOUR CAME FROM ZHUHAI, HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE CHILDREN OF THE BOAT BRIDES, MR THOMAS SAID THAT OF THE CHILDREN WHO HAD RETURNED TO CHINA WITH THEIR MOTHERS, ONLY THREE WOULD NEED TO OBTAIN A ONE-WAY EXIT PERMIT TO RETURN TO HONG KONG FOR SETTLEMENT.

+THE OTHER CHILDREN HAVE LEGAL RESIDENT STATUS IN HONG KONG AND COULD COME BACK HERE AT ANY TIME,* HE SAID.

+ACCORDING TO INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, TWO CAME FROM ZHUHAI AND ONE CAME FROM ZHONGSHAN.

+THEIR PROSPECTS FOR RETURNING TO HONG KONG ARE PRESUMABLY THE SAME AS FOR THEIR MOTHERS,* HE ADDED.

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TwO EILLS PASSED * * * *

TWO BILLS, THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985 AND THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1985, WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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TUEN MUN IMAGE ENHANCING EXHIBITION ON FRIDAY X X * X

THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TUEN MUN - ITS PRESENT AND PAST SUCCESSES AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT - AT A LARGE-SCALE EXHIBITION TO BE OPENED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN EREMRIDGE, IN THE TSIM SHA TSUI CENTRE ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 24).

ENTITLED +TUEN MUN - A NEW CITY FOR NEW PEOPLE*, THE EXHIBITION IS AIMED AT HIGHLIGHTING TUEN MUN’S INFRASTRUCTURE, GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT PROJECTS BEING PLANNED AND BOOSTING THE IMAGE OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE EXHIBITION WILL ALSO CONCENTRATE ON THE DISTRICT’S POTENTIAL AS A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL CENTRE, AND ITS TRANSPORT LINKS WITH OTHER NEIGHBOURING DISTRICTS, WHICH ARE ATTRACTIONS FOR MORE INVESTMENT TO THE NEW TOWN.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE MODELS OF LARGE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, THE FUTURE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, REGIONAL HOSPITAL, AND THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT- AS WELL AS GRAPHICS, PHOTOGRAPHS, LAYOUT PLANS OF FUTURE PUBLIC WORKS AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS BY THE GOVERNMENT, PRIVATE DEVELOPERS AND PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES. THERE WILL ALSO BE AN INTRODUCTION TO SCENIC AREAS IN TUEN MUN.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL FEBRUARY 2, WILL BE STAGED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE TSIM SHA TSUI CENTRE. IT WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 9 PM AND IS FREE.

COUNTER STAFF WILL BE AVAILABLE TO HELP COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL INVESTORS SEEKING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TUEN MUN.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE SINO LAND COMPANY LIMITED, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE EXHIBITION IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, COMMERCIAL FIRMS AND PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES.

THE EXHIBITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO PARTS - THE PRESENT TUEN MUN AND ITS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT FOCUSING ON HOUSING, TRANSPORT, INDUSTRY AND JOB AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT INCLUDE A TOWN CENTRE COMPLEX, PHASE TWO OF THE TOWN PARK, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MARINER AT SO KWUN WAT, AND A TOWN PLAZA.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION AT 11.30 AM ON FRIDAY AT THE LOWER EASEMENT OF TSIM SHA TSUI CENTRE IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT COMMITTEE TO MEET * * * *

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL BE MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS THE ORGANISING OF CULTURAL, RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE PROVISION OF NEW CULTURAL

FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

AMONG THE NEW FACILITIES ARE THE BUTTERFLY ESTATE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND NEW CULTURAL COMPLEXES AT SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DECIDE THE NAMING OF A NEW INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

THE MEETING WILL START AT 11.30 AM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER AT TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING, SECOND FLOOR, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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FIRST LAND AUCTION OF 1986

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THE FIRST LAND AUCTION OF 1986 WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 2.30 PM.

A PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL SITE AT SOUTH BAY ROAD, REPULSE BAY, ON HONG KONG ISLAND, AND THREE INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE.

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PRESS BRIEFING

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, DR STEPHEN TANG, WILL HOLD A PRESS BRIEFING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) ON MATTERS DISCUSSED AT A RECENT MEETING CF THE COMMITTEE.

THE BRIEFING WILL BE HELD AT 2.33 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM CF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO MARKET.

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TOUR OF POLLUTION CONTROL FACILITIES * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL INSPECT WATER POLLUTION CONTROL FACILITIES DURING A TOUR OF THE DISTRICT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

THEY WILL VISIT THE KING YIP STREET SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, WHICH IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, AND THE PILOT OXYGEN INJECTION SCHEME FOR THE KAI TAK NULLAH AND KOWLOON BAY TYPHOON SHELTER.

MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED BY THE CHIEF PUBLIC WORKS OFFICER OF THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION, MR C.S. LEUNG, DURING THE TOUR.

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PRESENTATION CEREMONY X * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR HARNAM GREWAL, WILL RECEIVE TWO SILVER-PLATED SHIELDS FROM +LACOSTE+ AND CROCODILE GARMENTS LIMITED FOR CONTINUING EFFORTS AGAINST COUNTERFEIT ACTIVITIES.

A PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 4 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 24) AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE SENIOR OFFICERS’ Jess, RUMSEY STREET CAR PARK BUILDING, NINTH FLOOR, HONG KONG.

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GREATER CONCERN ATTACHED TO THE ELDERLY X * * X X

HEALTHY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPENDS ON THE PROVISION OF BALANCED SERVICES, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE, DR HAYES NOTED THAT THE COMMUNITY HAD ATTACHED GREATER IMPORTANCE TO THE RENDERING OF ELDERLY SERVICES AS THE NUMBER OF ELDERLY PEOPLE INCREASED.

+THE EYE-CARE CAMPAIGN NOT ONLY PROVIDES ACTUAL BENEFIT TO THE AGED, BUT ALSO AROUSES PUBLIC CONCERN TOWARD ELDERLY SERVICES AND PROMOTES THE TRADITION OF RESPECTING THE OLD,+ DR HAYES SAID.

THE CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, WITH THE SUPPORT FROM THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION.

DURING THE TWO-WEEK CAMPAIGN, WHICH STARTS TODAY UNTIL FEBRUARY 4, SENIOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE PROVIDED WITH FREE EYE CHECK-UPS AND FREE SPECTACLES WHEN NECESSARY. THEY WILL ALSO BE REFERRED TO THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL FOR FURTHER NED I CAL TREATMENT IF REQUIRED.

DR HAYES COMMENDED THE TUNG wAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS FOR THEIR CONTINUOUS EFFORTS IN PROMOTING CHARITABLE SERVICES IN HONG KONG AND THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD FOR ATTACHING GREAT IMPORTANCE TO LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES.

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I KUNG. 0--. aN-UP TO START W r ft r

A GLEAN-JP CAMPAIGN AIMED >T EDUCATING BOAT PEOPLE IN SAI KJiG ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENT _ HYGIENE wILL BE LAUNCHED AT ChxAG MEI TUK AT THE wATERFRC’T > SAI KUNG TA I STREET ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 24).

THE TWO-WEEK CAMPAIGN WluL EE DIVIDED INTO TwO STAGES. THE MAIN THEME FOR ThE FIRST t.EEK IS TO EDUCATE EOAT PEOPLE AND PROMOTE THE IDEA OF MAINTAINING A CLEAN LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

Frit SECOND WEEK OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL AIM AT ENCOURAGING ‘ DaT PEOPLE TO EE MORE INVOLVED IN CLEAN-UP DERATIONS.

SAI KUNG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR RAYMOND LI 5 DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MP LAD WAN-HEI'- DIST ICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT (SAI KUNG’*, MR TANG PING-TO, AND A MARINE OFFICER, TAM PAK-LOK . ILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY..

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COOKING CONTEST FOR ELDERLY ORGANISE^ * * * *

A COOKING CONTEST IS BEING ORGANISED TO PROVIDE SENIOR RESIDENTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THEIR SKILL AND TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE IN COOKING.

THE CONTEST, TO EE HELD ON FEBRUARY 22, IS SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THt KOwLOON CITY DISTRICT COUNCIL FOR THE WELFARE AND RECREATION CF TtiE ELDERLY, THE KOLwOON WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB AND THc.

DI STR ICT OFF ICE.

TWENTY TEAMS, EACH OF TwO MEMBERS WITH ONE BE I NG AGED 6' Ct- ABOVE, APE INVITED TO TAKE PART If: THE COMPETITION.

A PARTICIPATING TEAM IS REQUIRED TO COOK A SPECIAL -'ISr FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AT A COST OF NOT -'ORE THAN S4J WHICH '■ I--BE REIMBURSED AFTER THE CONTES7.

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THE CRITERIA FOR ADJUDICATION INCLUDE COOKING SKILL, RECIPE DESIGl^TAsIe miNESS AND TEAM COOPERATION.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS AND SOUVENIRS WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO ALL PARTICIPATING TEAMS.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES ' | FEBR U AR Y 17 AND FORMER EflAVA I LAB'S AT THE KOWLOON C TY D I STRI CT OFF IC- A i u T)N SUB-OFFICE ^NSoH2aNST?NOEs!C.Te'!!nDU™|Lk™lJROENE»OMEN'S WELFARE CLUB AT SHING TAK STREET.

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LUNCH-TIME ENTERTAINMENT FOR

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OFFICE WORKERS IN WAN CHAI WILL BE ENTERTAINMENT THIS WEEK FEATURING MAGIC

OFFICE WORKERS

TREATED TO FREE LUNCH-TIME AND ACROBATIC PERFORMANCES.

STAGED EARLIER THIS WEEK OUTSIDE THE HOPEWELL THE LUNCH-TIME ENTERTAINMENT IS PARI

THE FIRST SHOW, CENTRE, DREW LARGE CROWDS. CF THE WAN CHAI FESTIVAL.

THERE WILL BE ONE SHOW TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE OPEN SPACE

MS* "TH SH0WS

WILL START AT 1 PM AND LAST FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JV.JARI 23, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FCO MINISTER AWARE OF HK'S NATIONALITY CONCERN ............ 1

VIOLENT CRIME CASES DOWN, OVERALL CASES UP ................ 2

LAND AUCTION FETCHES <>116.4 MILLION ...................... 5

BUSY DAY FOR HEADS OF OVERSEAS OFFICES .................... 6

PAY CLAIM FROM NGN-DIRECTORATE STAFF .....................• 6

SPORT CENTRE FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED OPENED .............. 7

VISIT TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE .............................. 8

RSD LEISURE ACTIVITIES IN TUEN MUN ........................ 8

WARNING AGAINST CUTTING TREES, PLANTS ..................... 9

SURVEY TO CANVASS VIEWS ON HAWKER POLICIES ................ 10

SEMINAR ON REGIONAL COUNCIL ORGANISED ..................... 11

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR CENTRAL, WESTERN........... 11

COMMITTEE TO FOSTER BETTER COMMUNITY LINKS ................ 12

IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPING MANAGERIAL TALENT STRESSED ....... 14

STUDENTS GET CHANCE TO LEARN FROM ELECTIONS ............... 15

LIBRARY SKILL WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS ...................... 15

EXHIBITION TO HIGHLIGHT FEELINGS, EXPERIENCES ............. 16

ANTI-NARCOTICS RUN ON SUNDaY .............................. 17

ETV NOTES ON ShLE TOMORROW ................................ 17

VARIETY SHOW TO PROMOTE CLEAN YUEN LONG .................. 18

WINNING DANCERS TO PERFORM ................................ 19

VARIETY SHOW TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ................. 19

YOUTH FORUM TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS .................. 20

SEMINAR TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION ........................ 21

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON ................ 21

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CENTRAL ................................ 22

EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH CLOSURE ............................. 22

TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC CHANGES ....................... 23

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1986

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FCO MINISTER AWARE OF HK ’ S NATIONALITY CONCERN

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MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, J0DAY (THURSDAY) HE FULLY REALISED THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE NATIONALITY ISSUE WAS A MATTER OF CONCERN AND

SENSITIVITY IN HONG KONG.

NR RFNTONK<!A?nT2cR£*2RI^S AT L0WU 0N HIS ARRIVAL FROM CHINA

ON THIS SUBJECT? FOLLOWING THE DEBATES IN HONG KONG

+1 ATTENDED THE HOUSE OF COMMONS DEBATE ON THIS ISSUE LAST THURSDAY, JUST A FEW HOURS BEFORE I CAUGHT THE AEROPLANE FOR PEKING.

+AND I SHALL NOW IN HONG KONG BE LISTENING CAREFULLY TO THE VIEWS EXPRESSED TO ME WHILE I AM HERE, AND THEN WHEN I GO BACK TO LONDON NEXT WEEK AFTER MY VISIT TO THAILAND, I SHALL BE REFLECTING THOSE VIEWS AND TALKING ABOUT THEM WITH MY MINISTERIAL COLLEAGUES IN LONDON,* HE SAID.

MR RENTON SAID THIS WAS HIS SECOND MINISTERIAL VISIT TO HONG KONG IN UNDER THREE MONTHS, AND THAT IT REFLECTED HIS OWN CLOSE PERSONAL INTEREST IN THE TERRITORY.

HE SAID HE HAD COME HERE TO BRIEF THE GOVERNOR ON THE HONG KONG ELEMENT OF HIS DISCUSSIONS IN PEKING, TO MEET THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS AND DINNER WITH THE UNOFFICIALS.

+AND I AM PARTICULARLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT,* HE ADDED.

MR RENTON SAID HE WOULD HAVE NO TIME ON THIS OCCASION TO VISIT THE NEW TOWNS AND SEE SOME OF THE EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG AS HE DID LAST OCTOBER.

+BUT I SHALL BE USING MY TIME HERE TO THE BEST ADVANTAGE, INCLUDING I HOPE SEEING ALL OF YOU AT MY PRESS CONFERENCE AT 7.45 AM TOMORROW MORNING.*

ON HIS VISIT TO CHINA — THE FIRST HE HAD EVER MADE — bR RENTON SAID HE WAS PICKING UP AN INVITATION EXTENDED TO HIS PREDECESSOR, MR RICHARD LUCE, WHICH HAD TO BE CANCELLED WHEN HE BECAME MINISTER OF ARTS.

+IN THE COURSE OF THE LAST FIVE DAYS IN CHINA, I’VE BEEN ABLE TO VISIT SHANGHAI, CANTON AND JUST NOW SHENZHEN,* HE SAID.

SHENZHEN WAS OF CONSIDERABLE INTEREST TO HONG KONG BECAUSE OF THE GROWING FINANCIAL INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS LINKS TOGETHER, SAID.

+IN PEKING, I HAD VERY USEFUL TALKS WITH A NUMBER OF CHINESE LEADERS AND I WAS VERY SATISFIED WITH THE GENERAL TONE OF THOSE TALKS,* HE ADDED.

MEETING MR RENTON AT LOWU WERE THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR REG HOLLOWAY, ‘AND THE GOVERNOR’S AIDE-DE-CAMP, SUPERINTENDENT PAUL COLLIER.

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VIOLENT CRIME CASES DOWN, OVERALL CASES UP * * * *

REPORTED CASES OF VIOLENT CRIME DECLINED BY 4.5 PER CENT THOUGH OVERALL CRIME ROSE BY 3.4 PER CENT IN THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF LAST YEAR, COMPARED WITH THE SIMILAR PERIOD IN 1984.

THESE ARE AMONG SOME OF THE STATISTICS CONTAINED IN THE JUST RELEASED FIFTH REPORT OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE RECENTLY SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR.

WHILE OVERALL REPORTED CRIME IN THE PERIOD ROSE FROM 61 947 CASES TO 64 062, VIOLENT CRIME CASES DECLINED FROM 18 027 IN JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER 1984 TO 17 215 CASES IN THE SIMILAR 1985 PERIOD.

AMONG OTHER MATTERS DISCUSSED IN THE REPORT ARE THE PROPOSED BAN ON IMITATION FIREARMS, THE QUALITY OF WATCHMEN, THE CLOSURE OF VICE ESTABLISHMENTS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, TRIAD AND GANG ACTIVITIES, ARRANGEMENTS FOR DEALING WITH YOUNG OFFENDERS, AND THE CRIME LEVEL IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

THE REPORT OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, WHOSE CHAIRMAN IS THE CHIEF SECRETARY, ALSO SHOWS THAT THERE WAS A DECREASE OF 10.6 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF ROBBERIES.

THE NUMBER OF BURGLARIES INCREASED BY OVER 10 PER CENT, AND SHOPLIFTING SHOWED A MARKED INCREASE OF OVER 50 PER CENT FROM 2 907 TO 4 483 CASES.

THE MAIN SUBJECTS COVERED BY THE REPORT ARE AS FOLLOWS*

* THE LAUNCHING OF A TERRITORY-WIDE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME TO DETER CRIME, PARTICULARLY BURGLARIES, IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS.

THE SCHEME INVOLVES GROUPS OF 10 TO 15 HOUSEHOLDERS IN

THE SAME BUILDING GETTING TOGETHER TO HELP EACH OTHER BY KEEPING AN EYE ON THEIR NEIGHBOURS’ HOMES WHEN THEY ARE AWAY AND BY REPORTING TO THE POLICE ANY SUSPICIOUS PERSONS LOITERING AROUND THE AREA.

* THERE HAS BEEN A DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CASES INVOLVING THE USE OF GENUINE FIREARMS AND +PISTOL-LIKE-OBJECTS+ IN CRIME. THE WORKING GROUP ON THE USE OF FIREARMS IN CRIME WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION.

A BILL TO BAN IMITATION FIREARMS IS STILL BEING PURSUED.

IT IS DESIGNED TO PROHIBIT THE IMPORT, SALE OR POSSESSION

OF REALISTIC IMITATIONS. MANUFACTURERS WOULD BE ABLE TO

APPLY FOR A LICENCE TO MANUFACTURE SUCH IMITATIONS BUT FOR EXPORT ONLY.

A PROBLEM THAT HAS ARISEN IS HOW TO DEFINE SUFFICIENTLY SPECIFICALLY AN IMITATION FIREARM OF THE PRESCRIBED CLASS.

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* THE WORKING GROUP ON HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS CONTINUED TO WORK ON A DRAFT BILL TO INTRODUCE AMENDMENTS TO THE WATCHMEN ORDINANCE.

IT HAS ISSUED A CIRCULAR CONTAINING GUIDELINES TO ADVISE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, WHICH ARE THE MAJOR EMPLOYERS OF WATCHMEN, ON LETTING AND SUPERVISING CONTRACTS FOR WATCHMEN.

THE GIST OF THIS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES SO THAT ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND OTHER BUILDING MANAGEMENTS MAY DRAW ON THE GOVERNMENT’S EXPERIENCE.

* ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP FOR A PROPOSED SCHEME TO EASE THE PROBLEM OF NUISANCE CAUSED BY VICEESTABLISHMENTS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.

UNDER THE SCHEME, THE COURTS WOULD BE ASKED TO MAKE PROVISIONAL CLOSURE ORDERS IN CASES WHERE NUISANCE WAS PROVED BY RESIDENTS, AND BY SUCH ORGANISATIONS AS MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OR RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS.

THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WILL PREPARE FORMAL DRAFTING INSTRUCTIONS AND WILL LIAISE WITH THE RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS TO WORK OUT FURTHER DETAILS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SCHEME.

* A SURVEY REPORT WAS CONSIDERED BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR OF PUPILS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS. IT REVEALED THAT THERE WAS A GENERAL DECREASE IN THE LEVEL OF UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 1984 AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1983. CATEGORIES SHOWING AN INCREASE WERE +FAILING TO HAND IN ASSIGNMENTS/BRING TEXTBOOKS TO SCHOOLS* AND +POSSESSION OF PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS*.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE WILL KEEP A CLOSE WATCH ON THE SURVEYS FOR JANUARY TO APRIL AND MAY TO AUGUST 1985 TO SEE IF ANY SIGNIFICANT CONCLUSIONS MAY BE DRAWN.

PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO STUDENT GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING.

THE STANDING COMMITTEE ALSO MONITORED CLOSELY STATISTICS ON CRIMES INVOLVING STUDENTS AND YOUNG PERSONS AGED UNDER 21. ON TRIAD INFLUENCE OR GANG ACTIVITIES IN SCHOOLS, THE POLICE, WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, HAVE CRACKED DOWN ON SOME GANGS WHICH HAD COERCED SCHOOL CHILDREN TO BECOME THEIR MEMBERS.

* THE WORKING GROUP ON GANGS IS FORMULATING PROPOSALS TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS OF TRIAD INVOLVEMENT IN HAWKING, WHOLESALE FISH MARKETS AND SQUATTER AREAS.

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THERE ARE MANY THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL HAWKERS IN THE URBAN AREAS AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. SUCH LARGE-SCALE ILLEGAL HAWKING PROVIDES CONSIDERABLE POTENTIAL FOR TRIAD ACTIVITY.

TRIADS OR GANGS ARE THOUGHT TO BE INVOLVED IN LEASING AND THE GENERAL ALLOCATION OF ILLEGAL HAWKING SPACES, AMONG OTHER ACTIVITIES.

INFORMATION GATHERED BY THE WORKING GROUP SUGGESTED THAT TRIAD ACTIVITIES ARE ALSO TAKING PLACE IN FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION (FMO) WHOLESALE FISH MARKETS. THE MAIN PROBLEM APPEARED TO BE UNAUTHORISED ACCESS TO THE SORTING AREAS OF THE FISH MARKETS.

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, WHO IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FMO, WILL ACT ON, AND HAS ALREADY TAKEN ACTION IN MOST OF, THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE WORKING GROUP.

IN SQUATTER AREAS, PARTICULARLY IN KOWLOON EAST, THERE WAS A MAJOR PROBLEM OF TRIAD INVOLVEMENT IN THE ILLEGAL SUPPLY OF WATER AND ELECTRICITY. THE WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDED THAT SUFFICIENT BASIC AMENITIES SUCH AS WATER AND ELECTRICITY SHOULD BE PROVIDED IN SQUATTER AREAS TO REDUCE THE RISKS OF CRIMINAL EXPLOITATION OF THE SITUATION.

THE WORKING GROUP IS ALSO CONSIDERING SEVERAL PROPOSALS FOR LEGISLATIVE CHANGES TO FACILITATE THE PROSECUTION OF ORGANISED CRIME INVOLVING TRIADS AND GANGS.

* THE WORKING GROUP ON YOUTH MADE RECOMMENDATIONS ON A RANGE OF ISSUES INCLUDING PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT’S DISCRETION SCHEME, THE SEPARATION OF YOUNG OFFENDERS FROM NON-OFFENDERS, AND THE SUGGESTION THAT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES IN PROBATION HOMES AND REFORMATORY SCHOOLS SHOULD BE RUN BY PROPERLY TRAINED TEACHERS.

THE WORKING GROUP IS ALSO CONSIDERING THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A YOUNG OFFENDER AUTHORITY BASICALLY TO ADVISE THE COURTS ON SENTENCING SO AS TO ENSURE THAT YOUNG OFFENDERS RECEIVE CONSISTENT TREATMENT AND THAT EACH YOUNG OFFENDER RECEIVES A SENTENCE MOST LIKELY TO REFORM HIM.

* THE RESEARCH SUB-COMMITTEE STUDIED A REPORT ON CRIME IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE BUILDINGS AND ON THE INVOLVEMENT OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE TENANTS IN CRIME.

THE REPORT SHOWED THAT THE RATES PER 1OO 000 POPULATION LIVING IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES FOR OFFENCES SUCH AS SERIOUS ASSAULT, SNATCHING, TRAFFICKING IN DANGEROUS DRUGS, RAPE AND INDECENT ASSAULT WERE ALL HIGHER THAN THE RATES IN PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS.

/THE SUB-COMMITTEE .......

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THE SUB-COMMITTEE DISCUSSED THE PROBLEM WlTH THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE. IT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE CRIME SITUATION IN P^l-JC HOUSIJG ESTATES TO SEE IF THERE IS A TREND AND WILL STUDY THE POSSIBLE CAUSES OF THE HIGH OFFENDER RATE OF YOUNG PERSONS.

* A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS INCLUDING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

* WATCH SCHEME, TRIAD ACTIVITIES JUVENILE DEUINQUEHCV AND VICE ESTABLISHMENTS WERE DISCUSSED BY THE 19 DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES. MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE ATTEND DISTRICT MEETINGS ON A REGULAR BASIS AND ARE REGULARLY BRIEFED ON DISTRICT CONCERNS. THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES ARE PLAYING AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE

THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

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LAND AUCTION FETCHES $116.4 MILLION *****

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT’S FIRST AUCTION OF 1986 REALISED A TOTAL OF $116.4 MILLION TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE HIGHEST PRICE PAID WAS $60 MILLION FOR A 3 650-SQUARE-METRE RESIDENTIAL SITE AT SOUTH BAY ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND ($16 438 PER SQUARE METRE).

THE SITE WAS PREVIOUSLY SOLD LAST MAY, BUT THE SALE WAS CANCELLED WHEN THE BUYER FAILED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF THE PURCHASE PRICE.

IT WAS BOUGHT BY BEST ADVANCED LIMITED WHO IS REQUIRED UNDER THE BUILDING COVENANT TO DEVELOP NOT LESS THAN 6 570 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON THE SITE BEFORE MARCH 31, 1990.

THE REMAINING THREE SITES, ALL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, ARE FOR INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN DEVELOPMENT, ALTHOUGH IT IS STIPULATED IN THE CONDITIONS OF SALE THAT THEY ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR OFFENSIVE TRADES.

ONE MEASURING 13 350 SQUARE METRES AT NGAU PEI SHA STREET, SHA TIN, WAS BOUGHT FOR $36 MILLION ($2 697 PER SQUARE METRE) BY CRUCIAL INVESTMENTS LIMITED WHO MUST DEVELOP AT LEAST 28 035 SQUARE METRES OF FLOOR AREA BEFORE JANUARY 31, 1990.

ANOTHER MEASURING 3 231 SQUARE METRES AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG, WAS BOUGHT BY ASSOCIATED ENGINEERS LIMITED FOR $6.1 MILLION ($1 888 PER SQUARE METRE).

UNDER THE BUILDING COVENANT A MINIMUM 4 847 SQUARE METRES CF FLOOR AREA MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE MARCH 31, 1989.

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THE THIRD, MEASURING 1 670 SQUARE METRES, IS AT TAI LIN PAI ROAD KWAI CHUNG, AND WAS BOUGHT BY CHUN SHUN INDUSTRIES COMPANY LIMITED FOR $14.3 MILLION ($8 563 PER SQUARE METRE).

SALE CONDITIONS STIPULATE THAT THE BUYER MUST DEVELOP AT LEAST 9 519 SQUARE METRES OF FLOOR AREA BEFORE MARCH 31, 1990.

THE AUCTION HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE WAS CONDUCTED BY GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR BOB POPE.

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BUSY DAY FOR HEADS OF OVERSEAS OFFICES

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THE HEADS OF HONG KONG’S OVERSEAS OFFICES TODAY (THURSDAY) MET WITH MEMBERS OF THE TEXTILES AND TRADE ADVISORY BOARDS AND WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF LEADING TRADE AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS.

THE JOINT MEETING IN THE AFTERNOON OF TEXTAB AND TAB WAS ATTENDED BY MR COLVYN HAYE, COMMISSIONER, LONDON 5 MR PETER WISE, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER COMMERCIAL, LONDON; MR DEREK JONES, MINISTER, BRUSSELS; MR MICHAEL CARTLAND. COUNSELLOR, GENEVA; MR BILL DORWARD, COMMISSIONER, NEW YORK; AND MR PETER LO, COUNSELLOR, WASHINGTON.

THE MEETINGS GAVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR DISCUSSION OF ISSUES CURRENT IN EACH AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY AND ENABLED MEMDERS OF THE TWO BOARDS AND THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS TO HEAR OF THE PROBLEMS TO BE FACED IN THE COMING YEAR.

THEY ALSO MET WITH MR DUNCAN DWELLE OF THE AMERICAN FAIR TRADE COUNCIL WHO BRIEFED THEM ON THE WORK OF THE COUNCIL, A COALITION OF UNITED STATES INTERESTS ON THE WEST COAST CONCERNED ABOUT THE THREAT OF INCREASED PROTECTIONISM AGAINST THE TEXTILE AND APPAREL TRADE.

THE COALITION WAS PROMINENT IN LOBBYING AGAINST LAST YEAR’S THURMOND-JENKINS BILL.

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PAY CLAIM FROM NON-D I RECTORATE STAFF * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR DAVID FORD, MET THE STAFF SIDES OF THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL AND THE MODEL SCALE 1 STAFF CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL THIS (THURSDAY.) MORNING IN CONNECTION WITH THEIR PAY CLAIM SUBMITTED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER.

THE POLICE FORCE COUNCIL ALSO MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH.

/THE RECENT .......

THURSDAY, JANUARY ' '

THE RECENT FINDINGS OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE *ERE EXPLAINED TO ? STAFF, PARTICULARLY AS REGARDS THE QUESTION WHETHER NONDIRECTORATE CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES HAVE LAGGED BEHIND THOSE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

THOSE FINDINGS SHOWED THAT DURING THE PERIOD 1980-85 NONDIRECTORATE CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES HAD LAGGED BEHIND THE PRIVAT-SECTOR BY 2.70 PER CENT CUMULATIVELY IN THE UPPER BAND (MASTF-PAY SCALE 38-51), BY 0.36 PER CENT IN THE MIDDLE BAND (MPS 14-37) AND BY 0.32 PER CENT IN THE LOWER BAND (MPS 1-13).

THE STAFF SIDES MADE SOME PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS AND WOULD LET THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE HAVE THEIR FORMAL Vltwo a SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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SPORT CENTRE FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED OPENED *****

LADY YOUDE TODAY (THURSDAY) OPENED THE BRADBURY MOVEMENT CENTRE OF THE HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AT THE LEK YUEN COMMUNITY HALL IN SHA TIN.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, LADY YOUDE SAID THAT SPORT AND RECREATION PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN PEOPLE’S LIVES AND IT WAS AS TRUE FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AS FOR THOSE MORE FORTUNATE.

+AS WELL AS DEVELOPING OUR PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND CO-ORD I NAT 10 SPORT AND RECREATION ALSO BRING US INTO CONTACT * I TH OTHER PEOPLE. THIS HELPS TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY,* SHE S I?.

THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, THE CENTRE IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED -THE PHYSICAL TRAINING OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AND TO EE US AS THE BASE FOR TRAINING VOLUNTEERS AND COACHES OF SPORTS FIR HANDICAPPED.

IT ALSO PROVIDES YEAR-ROUND TRAINING FOR ATHLETES TA, PA3T I’ SPORTS PROGRAMMES OF THE HONG KONG SPEC I Al. OLYMPICS ■■ ATTRACTED 10 003 PARTICIPANTS LAST YEAR.

SIX ATHLETES wERE SELECTED TO COMPETE IN THE 198* INTERN* I, "INTER SPECIAL OLYMPICS mND WON ONE GOLD, TWO SILVEr- AND T' ERONZE MEDALS.

LADY YOUDE THANKED THE ADM INISTPATO-S IF THE BRAD? JRY CHAR•"A: RUST FUND i-OR THEIR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

SHE SAID there aAS NO DOU?T T-AT Th. --D AND XHAT Thu MENTALL HANDICAPPED t1' JENERATIO'iS WOULD -EAD RICHEr AND HAPPIER

CENTRE aOULD Lt wiDEL TODAY and future LIVES AS A RESULT.

-ADY YOUDE ALSO TRIBUTE TO THE WORK i • TH

X?-... SPORT* ASSOCIATION -OR THE -t’TALLY -iA\ • 3' AN?

1 ■■ - The community’s respect cCIat' on for

Thursday, January ld, i. j6

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VISIT TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

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ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR A VISIT TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE AT YUNG LONG IN DEEP BAY WHERE A’ EXCAVATION COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT IS IN PROGRESS.

MR BRIAN PEACOCK, A FORMER CURATOR OF THE HONG KONG MUS^. CF HISTORY AND CONSULTANT IN CHARGE OF THE RECENTLY COMPLEX ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY, AND EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE ANTIC, ' ’' AND MONUMENT OFFICE, MR YIP CHO-HONG, WILL BE PRESENT AT THE Yl

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER BY 9.30 AM.

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RSD LEISURE ACTIVITIES IN TUEN MUN * * * *

ABOUT 600 RECREATION AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES WERE OR WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN TUEN MUN FROh APRIL 1985 TO MARCH 1986.

AT A MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE REG IONAL SERV ICES S

DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER (TUEN MUN), MR JIMMY CHOW, SAID ACTIVITIES INCLUDED FITNESS TRAINING, RACKET GAMES, TEAM SPORTS, OUTDOOR PURSUITS, INDIVIDUAL SPORTS AND VARIOUS ATHLcTIC AND AQUATIC TRA ININg’AND COMPETITIONS.

+THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THESc PROGRAMMES, EXPECTED TO ATTRACT OVER 28 000 PARTICIPANTS ESTIMATED TO BE $578 030, OF WHICH $433 333 WILL COME F:<0™ in

RSD,+ MR CHOW SAID.

+ T0 BRING ENJOYMENT AND PLEASURE T0 -GCAL RESIDENTS DukI.^ THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAY. A SEP I EC- •?- RECR" .T k."\ AND SPO . ; ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELL FROt -ErRL-- - 13 Tu 26,+ HE AL..-.-.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED EY ’HE RSD IN THE ... T F. MONTHS IlL BE MAINLY IL THE FOR: LIBRARY EXTENSION AC' • • I ■ »-->

HELD IN THE TAI HING AND YAU 01 PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

THEY INC-JDE BUCK EXHIBITIONS, i l.TERES’ GROL . . •—

"IL- SHOWS, .'IDE SCREE: : ;GS AND :* EC EDUCATIONAL CH :-DR;X' PR0GRAMME3, T-E D-.PAP.T«ENT’S CULTlrA_ SERVICES OFFICER, M-lO SAID.

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^ADDITIONALLY, FREE ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH INCLUDE VARIETY SHOWS, CANTONESE OPERAS, ORCHESTRAL CONCERTS AND A DISC JOCKEY SHOW,+ HE ADDED.

ON LIBRARY SERVICES IN TUEN MUN, MR LO SAID THAT PENDING COMPLETION OF THE PERMANENT CENTRAL LIBRARY AT THE TUEN MUN JIvIC AND CULTURAL COMPLEX IN 1988-89, ANOTHER INTERIM LIBRARY WOULi. . SET UP AT BUTTERFLY tSTATE. OCCUPYING AN AREA OF 285 SQUARE RETRES, IT WILL BE THE 17TH STATIC LIBRARY IN THE NON-URBAN AREAS WHEN COMPLETED IN MARCH.

AT PRESENT, TUEN MUN IS SERVED BY TWO INTERIM LIBRARIES AT TAI HING ESTATE AND YAU 01 ESTATE.

AT THE MEETING, THE COMMITTEE DECIDED TO NAME THE CULTURAL COMPLEX NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT TUEN MUN AS +TUEN MUN TOWN H«uu+ IT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR. ITS FACILITIES WILL BE COMPARABLE TO THOSE AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL.

IT ALSO DECIDED TO NAME A NEW INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE AT AREA 5 OF TUEN MUN AS +TAI HING INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE*. IT WlLu BE THE FIRST INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE RUN BY THE RSD IN TUEN MUN. PHASE I OF THIS PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN FEBRUARY, 1987.

WARNING AGAINST CUTTING TREES, PLANTS * * X *

THE PUBLIC WERE TODAY CR PLANTS ON CROWN LAND OR

(THURSDAY) REMINDED NOT TO CUT ANY TREE 3 IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT MRNED THAT CUTTING TREES OR PLANTS ILLEGALLY WAS AN OFFENCE UNDER *2™ THE COUNTRY PARKS AND SPECIAL AREAS REGULATIONS AND THE FOREST AND COUNTRYSIDE ORDINANCE.

rr. a.n+™E MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR VIOLATING THE REGULATIONS IS A FINE AND MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT. PROSECUTIONS BROUGHT

UNDER THE ORDINANCE CAN RESULT IN A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2 000 AND ONE YEAR’S JAIL SENTENCE,+ HE SAID.

FINES IMPOSED ON

PE0PLE *'ERE PROSECUTED LAST YEAR FOR CUTTING TREES AND PLANTS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE THEM BY THE COURTS --------

EXCEEDED 56 200.

SOME OF THESE (ENKIANTHUS) TREES PURPOSE DURING THE

CASES INVOLVED FLOWERING BRANCHES OF + TIU CHUNG+ WHICH ARE MUCH SOUGHT AFTER FOR DECORATIVE

LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID WILD IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT AND

FLOWERS SHOULD BEST BE APPRECIATE^ SHOULD NOT BE PICKED.

+IT IS IN THEIR OWN INTEREST THAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD ABIDE LAW AND MELP CONSERVE THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WHICH IS FOR ALL TO ENJOY,+ HE ADDED.

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SURVEY TO CANVASS VIEWS ON HAWKER POLICIES * * * *

AN EXTENSIVE OPINION SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED IN MONG KOK TO ELICIT VIEWS OF RESIDENTS ON THE HAWKER AND MARKET POLICIES DOCUMENT RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON HAWKER AND RELATED POLICIES.

THE SURVEY IS CONDUCTED BY A SPECIAL WORKING GROUP FORMED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

+THE BOARD HAD EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE NEW HAWKER POLICIES BECAUSE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROPOSALS WILL GREATLY AFFECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND HAWKING ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT,* THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP, MR CLEMENT TAO, SAID.

+AS THERE ARE MORE THAN 6 OOQ HAWKERS OPERATING IN MONG KOK, THE BOARD HAS FOUND IT NECESSARY TO CONDUCT A THOROUGH STUDY OF THE DOCUMENT AND A COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY ON PUBLIC VIEWS,* HE SAID.

THE WORKING GROUP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR STUDYING THE FEASIBILITY CF THE PROPOSALS, THEIR EFFECTS ON FUTURE URBAN COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND THE EXISTING HAWKER SITUATION ON THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS FOR GATHERING PUBLIC VIEWS ON THE CONSULTATION DOCUMENT.

MORE THAN 800 PEOPLE WILL BE INTERVIEWED IN THE SURVEY.

THEY INCLUDE SHOP OPERATORS AND MEMBERS OF BUILDING MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES WHERE LARGE NUMBERS OF HAWKER OPERATE NEARBYHAWKERS MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN TUNG CHOI STREET, FA YUEN STREET AND CANTON ROAD- MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL YIN NGA I SOCIETY, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

THEY WILL BE ASKED ABOUT THEIR SHOPPING HABITS AND TO COMMENT ON THE ADEQUACY OF EXISTING HAWKER CONTROLS, AND VARIOUS ASPECTS CF THE NEW PROPOSALS, PARTICULARLY ON THE PROVISION OF HAWKER PERMITTED PLACES, THE RESITING OF ON-STREET HAWKERS AND THE REVISION OF LICENCE FEES.

AT PRESENT, DISCUSSIONS ON THE HAWKER POLICIES ARE BEING CARRIED OUT IN THE SIX AREA COMMITTEES TO ELICIT OPINIONS FROM A WIDE SPECTRUM OF THE PUBLIC.

A SEMINAR IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONTH TO DISCUSS THE FEASIBILITY CF THE NEW PROPOSALS AND ITS EFFECTS ON MONG KOK. REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, THE CITY POLYTECHNIC, SCHOOLS, SOCIAL WELFARE AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND.

+THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY AND COMMENTS COLLECTED FROM THE DISCUSSIONS AND SEMINAR WILL BE COMPILED AND SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD AT THE END OF MARCH,* MR TAO SAID.

+WE URGE RESIDENTS TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT THEIR VIEWS ON THE DOCUMENT. WE NEED THEIR COOPERATION AND SUPPORT TO MAKE OUR SURVEY A FAIR AND ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF MONG KOK RESIDENTS’ VIEWS ON THE NEW HAWKER POLICIES,* HE ADDED.

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SEMINAR ON REGIONAL COUNCIL ORGANISED

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A SEMINAR TO INTRODUCE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE MARCH 6 ELECTION WILL BE HELD IN YUEN LONG ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26).

THE SEMINAR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YUEN LONG JAYCEES AND THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL PROVIDE A FORUM FOR DISCUSSION ON THE ORGANISATION AND FUNCTIONS OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR INCLUDE MR MICHAEL SUEN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT; TV/O MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ANDREW WONG AND MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE CHAIRED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR PR TAI CHIN-WAH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR ON REGIONAL COUNCIL. AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26) IN LUT SAU HALL, TAI YUK ROAD

YUEN LONG.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR CENTRAL, WESTERN

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A SEMINAR ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE SEMINAR, AIMED AT ENHANCING BUILDING MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE AND STRENGTHENING TIES BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL RESIDENTS, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFF ICE, THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING OWNERS ASSOICATION OF CENTRAL DISTRICT AND THE MULTI----------------------------------- OF WESTERN DISTRICT.

STOREY BUILDING OWNERS ASSOCIATION

GUEST SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR HONG KONG DEED OF MUTUTAL COVENANT PR ALEXANDER CHANG- AND THE POLICE OFFICER (HONG KONG ISLAND), MR SAN

INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE AFFAIRS ASSOCIATION, REGIONAL CRIME PREVENTION WING-KAN.

SUBJECTS INCLUDE DEED OF MUTUAL COVENANT OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS, THE ORDINANCE OF THE OWNERS’ CORPORATION, BUILDING SECURITY AND CRIME PREVENTION.

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ABOUT 2OQ REPRESENTATIVES OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE MEETING.

THE SEMINAR WILL START AT 8 PM IN THE ASSEMBLY HALL OF THE CHIU CHOW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 10TH FLOOR, 81-85 DES VOEUX ROAD WEST. DISTRICT RESIDENTS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE SEMINAR.

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COMMITTEE TO FOSTER BETTER COMMUNITY LINKS * * * *

THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TAKES A STEP FORWARD FOLLOWING THE FORMATION OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SCHOOL PRINCIPALS' LIAISON COMMITTEE, KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GORDON JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION MEETING OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE, MR JONES SAID IT SHOULD DEVELOP STRONG LINKS AND BETTER COMMUNICATION WITH THE GOVERNMENT, DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT’S COMMITTEES, AREA COMMITTEES AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

THROUGH THESE CHANNELS, MORE PEOPLE WOULD BECOME CONCERNED WITH THE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY AND PARTICIPATE MORE ACTIVELY IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, HE ADDED.

+IN THE CAPACITIES AS SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS, THEY HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG.

+HONG KONG’S ONLY NATURAL RESOURCE IS ITS PEOPLE AND SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, AS THE EDUCATORS OF YOUNG MINDS, BEAR A VERY WEIGHTY RESPONSIBILITY IN ENSURING THAT THIS RESOURCE IS CULTIVATED TO THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE STANDARDS,* HE SAID.

MR JONES SAID THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG DEPENDED ON THE YOUNG, AND IT WAS THROUGH THE EFFORTS AND EXAMPLES OF EDUCATORS THAT STUDENTS WOULD DEVELOP INTO MATURE, THINKING AND CARING CITIZENS WITH COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG AND ITS WAY OF LIFE.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HOPED TO ESTABLISH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ LIAISON COMMITTEES IN ALL OF THE 19 ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS TO PROMOTE BETTER COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

/+IN RECO4T

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2J, 1986

+IN RECENT YEARS, SCHOOLS HAVE BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN ALL KINDS OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES,* SAID MR JONES.

+IN PARTICULAR, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS HAVE PLAYED AN INCREASING IMPORTANT ROLE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND MANY PRINCIPALS ARE ALREADY MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES, LOCAL DISTRICT COUNCILS FOR ARTS AND CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS AND WELFARE FOR THE ELDERLY.*

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD HAS 28 MEMBERS, NINE OF WHOM ARE EITHER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, PRINCIPALS OR TEACHERS.

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT, WITH OVER 170 SCHOOLS, HAS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF SCHOOLS IN ANY OF THE 19 ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG.

THESE INCLUDE 79 SECONDARY SCHOOLS, 51 PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND 41 KINDERGARTENS. SOME 70 SCHOOL PRINCIPALS HAVE JOINED THE COMMITTEE.

MR JONES SAID IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ESTABLISHED FORMAL LINKS WITH SCHOOLS IN ORDER TO BROADEN ITS LIAISON NETWORK IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

IT WAS HOPED THAT THE COMMITTEE WOULD PROVIDE AN INFORMAL FORUM FOR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS IN THE DISTRICT, THROUGH REGULAR MEETINGS, TO DISCUSS MATTERS AND PROBLEMS OF MUTUAL CONCERN, HE SAID.

MR JONES SAID THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD WOULD FOCUS ITS COMMUNITY BUILDING EFFORTS ON CIVIC EDUCATION IN 1986 AND SCHOOL PRINCIPALS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO GIVE FULL SUPPORT TO IT.

IN RELATION TO THE FORTHCOMING URBAN COUNCIL ELECTION ON MARCH 6, MR JONES URGED COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO GIVE THEIR FULL SUPPORT BY CASTING THEIR VOTES AND TO ENCOURAGE THEIR COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME.

PRESENT AT TODAY’S INAUGURATION MEETING INCLUDED A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, 14? C.M. LEUNG- CHAIRMAN OF KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE, THE REV PETER CHOW; CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ LIAISON COMMITTEE, MR LOI TING-SHI IN AND MR KO CHOK-KAI.

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IMPORTANCE OF DEVELOPING MANAGERIAL TALENT STRESSED * X * * *

IF HONG KONG IS TO CONTINUE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND EXPORT-ORIENTED MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, LOCAL MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES MUST HAVE ADEQUATE OPPORTUNITIES TO KEEP ABREAST WITH MODERN CONCEPT AND PRACTICE OF MANAGEMENT.

SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG. SAID THIS WHEN HE ADDRESSED A GROUP OF SENIOR MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES IN A FORUM AT THE OPEN DAY OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL’S MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (MDC) THIS AFTERNOON.

HE SAID NEW AND MORE SOPHISTICATED MANAGEMENT TOOLS WERE NECESSARY TO KEEP PEOPLE AND MACHINES OPERATING AT HIGH PRODUCTIVITY LEVELS BECAUSE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AND MANAGEMENT ITSELF WERE BECOMING MORE COMPLEX.

SIR S.Y. SAID THE ADVANCEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY, SUCH AS THE USE OF COMPUTER AND MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS IN PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING, DEMANDED MANAGERS WITH HIGHER LEVEL OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

ON THE OTHER HAND, HE ADDED, MANAGERS OF TODAY HAD TO COPE WITH A NEW BREED OF MORE HIGHLY EDUCATED AND GREATER ASPIRATION WORKFORCE THAN IN THE PAST.

IT WAS GOOD TO SEE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MDC FOR DEVELOPING HONG KONG’S MANAGERIAL TALENT TO MEET THE CHANGING AND CHALLENGING DEMANDS IN THE WORLD MARKET PLACE OF THE FUTURE, SIR S.Y. SAID.

THE MDC, MANAGED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL’S COMMITTEE ON MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISORY TRAINING (CMST), HAS BEEN SET UP TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF MANAGEMENT IN HONG KONG.

THE COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, MR PETER BARRETT, SAID THE CENTRE HAD NOW PROVED ITS WORTH BY THE CONTINUING OVER-SUBSCRIPTION TO ITS PROGRAMMES.

IN PARTICULAR, HE SAID, THE GENERAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME, DESIGNED TO DEVELOP CONFIDENT, PROFESSIONAL GENERAL MANAGERS FOR HONG KONG BUSINESS, HAD BEEN WELL RECEIVED.

THE CENTRE ALSO PUBLISHED SOME INTERESTING RESEARCH WORK IN THE PAST YEAR AND MADE AVAILABLE INFORMATION ABOUT MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT, COURSES AND RESOURCES TO,LOCAL COMPANIES.

IN THE PLANNING STAGE WERE SOME MLOT PROJECTS IN DISTANCE OR OPEN MANAGEMENT LEARNING, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, THAT COULD BE USED BY BUSINESS ON AN IN-COMPANY BASIS, MR BARRETT SAID.

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STUDENTS GET CHANCE TO LEARN FROM ELECTIONS if X * * if

STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY OF LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF HONG KONG DURING THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS ON MARCH 6, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITAL S.C. GAW MEMORIAL COLLEGE IN TSI NG Yl, MR LIAO SAID THE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIC EDUCATION WAS A CONTINUOUS EFFORT.

+BY ATTENDING LECTURES AND JOINING ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE CLASSROOMS, STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO PREPARE THEMSELVES BETTER FOR THE FUTURE AND AT THE SAME TIME LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STRUCTURE OF THE SOCIETY AND THE MEANING OF PART ICI PAT ION,+ HE SAID.

A SERIES OF EXHIBITIONS AND FORUMS WOULD BE HELD THROUGHOUT HONG KONG IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO INTRODUCE THE WORK OF THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE PLATFORMS OF CANDIDATES.

+STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE ACTIVITIES TO LEARN THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND THE MEANING CF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION,+ HE SAID.

MR LIAO PRAISED THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS FOR ITS DIVERSIFIED DEVELOPMENT AND ITS EFFORT TO PROVIDE EDUCATION SERVICES FOR NEW TERRITORIES RESIDENTS.

SITUATED AT TIGER’S HEAD ON TSI NG Yl, THE S.C. GAW MEMORIAL COLLEGE IS ONE OF THE MANY SCHOOLS SPONSORED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, PROVIDING SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES FOR STUDENTS LIVING ON TSI NG Yl AND THE NEARBY AREAS.

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LIBRARY SKILL WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS * * * * M

GOVERNMENT AND AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND TWO SEPARATE SERIES OF WORKSHOPS ON CURRICULUM-RELATED ACTIVITIES AND BASIC LIBRARY SKILLS FROM MARCH TO JUNE.

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ORGANISED BY THE LIBRARY SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, EACH OF THE 24 WORKSHOPS WILL CONSIST CF TWO SESSIONS.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 2J, 1986

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE AIM OF THE WORKSHOPS WAS TO INTRODUCE TO TEACHERS SUITABLE ACTIVITIES TO STIMULATE PUPILS’ READING INTEREST AND TO ACQUAINT PUPILS WITH CERTAIN BASIC LIBRARY SKILLS. ;

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE ILLUSTRATED TALKS, PRACTICAL WORK AND DISCUSSIONS.

THE WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT THE EXTRA-MURAL TOWN CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, WING ON CENTRE, EIGHT FLOOR, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOL HEADS WISHING TO NOMINATE TEACHERS TO THE WORKSHOPS ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATION FORMS TO TH£ SENIOR INSPECTOR, LIBRARY SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, BEFORE JANUARY 31.

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EXHIBITION TO HIGHLIGHT FEELINGS, EXPERIENCES *****

THE VIEWS, FEELINGS AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF FORMER MENTAL PATIENTS AND OF THEIR FRIENDS, RELATIVES AND NEIGHBOURS WILL BE EXPRESSED THROUGH ABOUT 30 ARTICLES TO BE DISPLAYED AT AN EXHIBITION AT THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA.

THE SEVEN-DAY EXHIBITION STARTING ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 25) IS ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD.

BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, DR FANNY CHEUNG, AND SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM WOON-KWONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION.

THE EXHIBITION IS PART OF THE SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE’S WORKING GROUP ON COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION EDUCATION.

THE WORKING GROUP WAS SET UP LAST JUNE WITH THE AIM OF EDUCATING RESIDENTS IN SHA TIN ON COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION, f-ENTAL ILLNESS AND PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION SERVICES.

PROJECTS COMPLETED BY THE WORK I NG! GROUP INCLUDE A TWO-MONTH TRAINING COURSE JOINTLY HELD WITH THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, AND A FOUR-SESSION TRAINING PLAN UNDER A VOLUNTEER SCHEME WITH 33 PARTICIPANTS. i

/THE PABTICIPANTS

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THE PARTICIPANTS HAVE CONTRIBUTED WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED BY TAKING PART IN VARIOUS RELATED ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEEDY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION AT 1.30 PM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 25) AT THE ENTRANCE ARENA IN THE NEW TOWN PLAZA, SHA TIN.

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ANTI-NARCOTICS RUN ON SUNDAY

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ABOUT 1 300 RUNNERS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE 4 000-METRE-LONG ANTI-NARCOTICS RUN ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26) MORNING.

THE RUN, STARTING FROM KOWLOON TSAI PARK SPORTS GROUND, IS ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGANIST NARCOTICS (ACAN) YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT’S NARCOTICS DIVISION.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GORDON MORTIMER. WILL OFFICIATE AT THE STARTING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 10.30 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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ETV NOTES ON SALE TOMORROW X * * *

THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION (ETV) NOTES FOR THE SECOND SCHOOL TERM OF 1985-86 WILL BE ON SALE FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

BULK SALES OF THE NEW ETV NOTES WILL BE CONDUCTED AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS STORE AT 665 KING’S ROAD, NORTH POINT, WHILE INDIVIDUAL SALES WILL AS USUAL BE HANDLED AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CENTRAL, AND MAJOR BOOKSTORES.

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diNNIt'G DA'iCERS TO PERFORM # ft H

WINNERS OF THE SIXTH SHA TIN DISTRICT DANCE COMPETITION WILL GIVE A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE AT THE SCHOOL HALL OF THE KIANGSU-CHEKIANG COLLEGE IN SHA TIN ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 25).

THE WINNERS, OF THE CHILDREN, JUNIOR, SOCIAL DANCE NOVICES AND THE OPEN GROUPS, WILL ALSO RECEIVE PRIZES FROM MRS CHRISTINE LIAO, WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THE JING YING DANCE TROUPE AND THE HONG KONG DANCING ASSOCIATION WILL PERFORM THAT EVENING.

OTHER GUESTS AT THE FUNCTION INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, MR NG CHAN-LAM? CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S CULTURE AND SPORTS COMMITTEE, MR WONG PO-MING; CHAIRMAN OF THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION, MR WONG LUEN-KIN; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG AND THE DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR LAU TAK-SHIU.

A TOTAL OF 26 TEAMS TOOK PART IN THE ANNUAL COMPETITION HELD ON JANUARY 12.

THE DANCE COMPETITION, SEEN AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES IN THE PROMOTION OF DANCING IN THE DISTRICT, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN ARTS ASSOCIATION AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND CO-ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WINNERS' PERFORMANCE AND PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE SIXTH SHA TIN DISTRICT DANCE COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT 7.30 PM ON SATURDAY IN THE SCHOOL HALL OF THE KIANGSU-CHEKIANG COLLEGE IN WO CHE, SHA TIN.

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VARIETY SHOW TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

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THE EMPHASIS OF PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY LIES NOT ONLY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, BUT ALSO IN EDUCATION AND THE CO-OPERATION OF ALL PARTIES CONCERNED, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, YIP YUK-LUN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY VARIETY SHOW, HE SAID THE PROGRAMME WAS AIMED AT AROUSING AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AMONG WORKERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC, BY COMBINING SAFETY MESSAGES WITH ENTERTAINMENT.

/+IT ALSO

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+IT ALSO SIGNIFIES THE TRIPARTITE EFFORTS BY THE GOVERNMENT, EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS IN ACHIEVING A COMMON GOAL -- THE PROMOTION CF SAFETY AT WORK AND THE PREVENTION OF ACCIDENTS,* MR YIP SAID.

THE SHOW IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, CO-SPONSORED BY DOW CHEMICAL PACIFIC CO. LTD. AS PART OF THE 1985-86 INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

DR HO KAM-FAI, A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR RON BRIDGE, COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR AND MR SIMON LUN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CF BROADCASTING, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 8 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL.

+WE HOPE THE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND RTHK WILL BE EVEN MORE FRUITFUL IN PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN THE FUTURE,* MR YIP ADDED.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WAS MR PAUL TSE, TV PRODUCER OF RTHK.

THE VARIETY SHOW WILL FEATURE LOCAL TV ARTISTES AND SINGERS, DEANIE YIP, PAT CHAN, ALBERT AU, ANNIE LIU AND TONY LEUNG KA-FAI.

THE SHOW WILL BE RECORDED FOR SCREENING ON TVB’S JADE NETWORK AT 10.30 PM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 25).

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YOUTH FORUM TO

A FORUM WILL BE HELD TO AROUSE A CONCERN AMONG

DISCUSS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS * * * *

ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26) IN YAU MA TEI YOUTHS IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

ENTITLED +CHANNELS FOR YOUTHS IN PARTICIPATING COMMUNITY AFFAIRS*, THE FUNCTION IS ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI-MONG KOK DISTRICT YOUTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 60 PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AT 2.30 PM.

GUEST SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MRS ROSANNA TAM AND MR SZETO WAH- THE CHAIRMAN OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD, MR YIP WAH, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI.

MR CHAN YUK-CHEUNG OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG WILL THE MODERATOR OF THE FORUM.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE FORUM.

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SEMINAR TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION * * * * *

ABOUT 400 COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB SUPERVISORS AND HEADS OF SCHOOLS WILL ATTEND A SEMINAR ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION THROUGH CYC ACTIVITIES ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 25).

THE SEMINAR, ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT THE LECTURE THEATRE OF GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GASCOIGNE ROAD, YAU MA TEI, AT 9 AM.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING, WHILE AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR YEUNG PO-KWAN, WILL GIVE A TALK AT THE SEMINAR.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

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TOLO HIGHWAY SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE AND MA LIU SHU I INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 5 AM AND 2 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26) TO ALLOW THE +1986 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL MARATHON+ TO BE HELD.

DURING THE CLOSURE, KMB EXPRESS ROUTES 72X AND 74X WILL CONTINUE TO USE TOLO HIGHWAY ON NORTHBOUND JOURNEYS.

ON SOUTHBOUND JOURNEYS, THE EXPRESS ROUTES WILL BE DIVERTED NON-STOP TO TAI PO ROAD AND SHA TIN ROAD.

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR MA LIU SHU I PIER, ME I SHA PIER, THE SHAT IN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AND NEARBY DESTINATIONS SHOULD TRAVEL ALONG TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND AND PROCEED VIA THE MA LIU SHU I INTERCHANGE.

VEHICLES LEAVING THE AREA CAN ONLY TRAVEL ALONG TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND WHILE THOSE HEADING FOR DESTINATIONS SOUTH OF ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE CAN PROCEED VIA THE INTERCHANGE TO JOIN SOUTHBOUND TAI PO ROAD.

AS TRAFFIC CONGESTION MAY OCCUR ON TAI PO ROAD NEAR KWONG FUK ESTATE, RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CENTRAL * * * * *

CENTRAL BUS STATION WILL BE MADE A 24-HOUR PROHIBITED ZONE FROM IQ AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 25) WHERE NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER.

MEANWHILE, GLENEALY AND THE SECTION OF LOWER ALBERT ROAD BETWEEN WYNDHAM STREET AND ICE HOUSE STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26).

VEHICLES HEADING FOR GLENEALY WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA UPPER ALBERT ROAD. HONG KONG ISLAND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 8, 11, 22 AND 28 WILL ALSO BE DIVERTED TO UPPER ALBERT ROAD AND CAINE ROAD ON THEIR JOURNEYS TO BAGUIO VILLA (LOWER), TIN WAN, POK FU LAM GARDENS AND BAGUIO VILLA (NORTH).

IN ADDITION, VEHICLES EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES GROSS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SECTION OF SEYMOUR ROAD BETWEEN CAINE ROAD AND CASTLE ROAD FROM 8 PM ON SUNDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA BREEZY PATH AND ROBINSON ROAD. CMB ROUTE NO. 12 ON ITS JOURNEY TO ROBINSON ROAD AND ROUTE NO. 23A ON ITS JOURNEY TO LAI TAK TSUEN WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA PARK ROAD AND ROBINSON ROAD.

THE MEASURE WILL BE REPEATED BETWEEN 8 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 27) TO 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING.

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EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH CLOSURE * * * *

EDINBURGH WILL BE CLOSED TO MIDNIGHT IN

KONG ARTS FESTIVAL 1986.

PLACE NORTH BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND HMS TAMAR TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 25) CONNECTION WITH THE GALA OPENING OF THE HONG

DURING THE CLOSURE, ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG TO ENTER THE SAID ROAD.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE WITH LABLES ARTS FESTIVAL SOCIETY WILL BE ALLOWED

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TUEN MUN, TSUEN WAN TRAFFIC CHANGES * * *

THE JUNCTION BETWEEN BUTTERFLY ESTATE ACCESS ROAD IN

TUEN MUN AND LUNG MUN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 25) FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE LIGHT RAIL SYSTEM.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC INCLUDING KMB ROUTES NOS. 59, 59A, 59B, 59M, 59S AND 61A, NOW USING LUNG MUN ROAD AND BUTTERFLY ESTATE ACCESS ROAD TO AND FROM THE BUTTERFLY-WU KING AREA, WILL BE DIVERTED TO WU KING ROAD AND WU SHAN ROAD.

WITH EFFECT FROM THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF SHING MUN ROAD, TSUEN WAN, WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY:

K SHING MUN ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND SAI LAU KOK ROAD I

* SHING MUN ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN TEXACO ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES.

MEANWHILE, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR RESTRICTED ZONE ON THE SECTION OF SHING MUN ROAD BETWEEN TEXACO ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD WILL BE LIFTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WORK TO BE DONE CW ENDORSEMENT — GOVERNOR .................... 1

GOVT COMMITTED TO IMPROVE EDUCATION, SAYS GOVERNOR ........... 2

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR DECEMBER ....................... 3

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR DECEMBER........................... 5

NEW TOWN SUCCESS REFLECTED IN TUEN MUN ....................... 7

MORE POWER TO ARTS CENTRE PROPOSED ........................... 9

POPULATION BY-CENSUS TO BE CONDUCTED ......................... 11

FIRE PREVENTION IN SQUATTER AREAS PROMOTED ................... 11

OPEN GOVERNMENT PROMOTES CIVIC EDUCATION ..................... 12

FIREMEN TOLD TO BE PATIENT ................................... 14

FIRE PREVENTION DISPLAY FOR SHAM SHUT PO...................... 15

JOINT EFFORTS TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ................... 15

PREHISTORIC KILN UNCOVERED AT YUNG LONG ...................... 16

MORE NEW ROADS PROPOSED FOR TAI PO ........................... 17

CUSTOMS THANKED FOR COUNTERFEIT FIGHT ........................ 18

MUSIC TO SPREAD CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGE ..................... 19

BIG DEMAND FOR LOGO DESIGN ENTRY FORMS ....................... 19

FESTIVE WEEKEND FOR WAN CHAI RESIDENTS ....................... 20

BOARD MEMBERS COMPETE WITH GOVT MEN .......................... 21

CHAMBER EXPRESSES VIEWS ON ANIMAL WASTE POLLUTION ............ 22

CHEUNG SHA WAN SITE OFFERED FOR SALE ......................... 22

CAS TO HOLD FIRST-AID COMPETITION ............................ 23

FRIENDS OF POLICE TO RECEIVE PRIZES .......................... 23

forum on hawker and market policies for Sunday ............... 24

MEMBERS TO TALK ON DB WORK ................................... 24

PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STANDS SET UP ............................... 25

WATER CUT IN TWO r.REAS ...................................... 26

KORNHILL FLYOVERS OPENING .................................... 26

FRIDA , JANUAr Y 1 >86

c'l -< - jQMr ON ENDOCSEMENT — GOVERNOR

* * * * *

-v.ys- *: PRACTICAL WORK TO BE DONE REGARDING AN

„-.£NT IN THE NE* 'VO: PASSPORT STATING THAT ENTRV VISAS WOU D NOT be REQUIRED BY ;ONA FIDE VISITORS TO TriE UNITED KINGDOM, -G0; RNMENT wOULD BE GETTING OK W • TH THAT, THE GOVERNOR, £?wARD fOUDE, SAID ThIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

AKIN' REPORTERS AFTER OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY CF THE New CAMPUS OF THE oHUE YAN COLLEGE IN BRAEMAR HILL, SIR Eu<vAr^ SAID ’HERE WOULD BE FURTHER DISCUSSIONS V* I TH THE UK GOVERNMENT Oj THE FORMULA FOR THE ENDORSEMENT.

ASKED WHETHER HE SA* THE POSSIBILITY OF FINDING A SATISFACTORY ENDORSEMENT, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE JOB NOW WAS TO GO AND COKTINU-THE DISCUSSIONS AND LOOK COR ONE.

AND If : DIDN’T THINK WE *OULD FIND ONE, I WOULDN’T BE TALK IN □ TO THEM ABOUT IT,* HE SAID.

* i THINK IF PEOPLE ARE KEEN TO FIND A SATISFACTORY SOLUTION, THEN A SOLUTION OUGHT TO BE AVAILABLE.+

SIR EDWARD °OINTED OUT THAT THERE W^S QUITE A LOT GF POSITiV^ THINGS IN THE STATEMENT ISSUED THIS MORNING BY MR TIMOTHY RENT'.!., MINISTER OF STATE AT THE -ORE I GN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE.

THEY HAV'R SAID THAT -OVIDING THE SATISFACTORY FORMULA CAN K FOUND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL AGREE TO THE POSITION BEING MADE PLAIN in ‘ iE >ASSPORT, AND THEY HAVE AGREED THAT THIS TtAM shall go.

SC I THINK THAT THERE wAS QUITE A LOT K SAIL, AND HE ALSO SPOKE QUITE POSITIVELY THE DETERM I NA"I ON OF "HE BRITISH GOVERNMENT vOINT DECLARATION.

OF POSITIVE THINGS THIS MORNING ABOuT TO IMPLEMENT THE

♦AND WHEN THE TEAM IS READY — IT WILL EE A WORKING LEVEL TEAM __ *ILL SEND IT OF" TO LONDON T , AS MR RENTON PUT IT, ESTABLISH MOPE Oc THE FACTS.* HE SAID.

aSKED WH•"-DR THE PASSAGE OF THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISn NAT \ALITY) ORDER WOULD 3E DELAYED AS THERE «E E ONLY TWO-ANv-

MONTHS NO* BEFORE IT *OULD BE HEARD AGA'K IK PARLIA '-NT, _ SIR :D*ARD ..AD < DOUBTED THERE *OULD BE A DElAY BECAUSc T-l Dr UH GOVERNMENT HAD SAI. THEY WANTED iO GET IT THROUGH I .< OK_ YEAR.

♦ AND THAT MEANS IT WOUuD HAVE TC GO THROUGH I'- SPRING SA ID.

FP.TDAY, JANIIA'X- 24, 19fab

- ^AP'- SAO HE DID NOT KNOW •••A” THE PLAN IN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WOULD BE NOW. *THEY'«£ ONLY JUST HAD THE DEBATE, BUT They WOULD NO* HAVE TO LOOK AGA I * AT "HE ORDER IN THE LIGHT OF THE DEBATE,* HE SAID.

ON MF ENTON’S VISIT TO HONG KONG, SIR EDwARD SAID IT WAS A VERY USEFUL ONE.

-IT GAVE KIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO TELL US ABOUT HIS VISIT TO PEKING, AND OF COURSE TO LISTEN TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND uEGISLAT COUNCIL, AND TELL THE HONG KONG PRESS ALL ABOUT IT THIS MORNING,* HE SAID.

ASKED WHETHER THE 1987 REVIEW WOULD ONLY FOCUS ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, SIR EDWARD SAID THE AGENDA FOR THE 1987 REVIEW WAS IN THE WHITE PAPER.

♦WHEN WE PUBLISHED THE WHITE PAPER WE SAID THERE WERE A NUMBER CF THINGS WHICH WOULD BE COVERED AT THAT TIME AND THERE THE AGEND-> IS, AND THE AGENDA STILL STANDS,* HE SAID.

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GOVT COMMITTED TO IMPROVE EDUCATION, SAYS GOVERNOR

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THE GOVERNMENT REMAINS COMMITTED TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT BOTH IN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND IN THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW CAMPUS OF SHUE YAN COLLEGE, SIR EDWARD SAID THE DEMAND FOR POST-SECONDARY PLACES WAS ulKELY TO GROW AS WE MOVED TOWARDS THE 199O’S.

--HE GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY ACCEPTED THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION THAT THE PROVISION OF SUBSIDIZED POST-FORM-THRcc. EDUCATION PLACES SHOULD BE EXPANDED.

THIS EXPANSION ' ILL RESULT IN MORE WELL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES SEEKING SIXTH-eORM PLACES AND THIS, IN TURN, WILL INCREASE THE DEMAND FOR POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID "’OST-SECONDARY COLLEGES PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PAR" IN THE TERT IAF7 EDUCATION IN HONG KONG AND THE RESPECT AND PRESTIGE WHICH SHUE YAN COLLEGE ENJOYED IN OUR COMMUNITY WAS REFLECTED IN THE FACT THAT NO LESS THAN 4 785 YOUNG PEOPLE APPLlEu FOR ADMISSION FOR THE CURRENT ACADEMIC YEAR.

’SHUE YAN’ MEANS THE CULTIATI ON AND NURTURING OF THE VIRTUES OF MAN. THIS IS THE IDEAL OF SHUE YAN COLl-EGE.

♦OUR FUTURE DEPENDS VERY MUCH ON OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND, AS OUR SOCIETY GROWS IN SIZE AND COMPLEXITY, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT OUR YOUNT PEOPLE ARE WELL TRAINED AND EDUCATED SO THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO FACE UP TO THE MANY CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD,* j!-' EDWARD SAID.

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T°ADE CIGURES FOR DECEMBER

qf .. '-E- - '"RTS In DECEMBER <°85, AT $12 326

r a : CENT OR ..<+53 MILLION COMPARED WITH

- 4LUF OF ^-EXPORTS GREW BY 4.9 PER CE».'

£" ’Q "c - ' •'uulON, ACCORDING TO .HE PROVISION -

•JR A 7 "ICL-7S PUBLISHED "ODaY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

aKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND E-EXPORTS TOGETHER, THE

■ A' U- ’ '■"T ’ EXPORT^ GREa BY 4." PER CENT OP 3898 MILLION TO

<£? Xo. IN DECEMBER 1985. MEANWHILE, THE VALUE OF

Imp '■ TS GREW PY 6.0 PER CENT OR SI 250 MILLION TO $22 180 MILLION.

CONSEQUENCE, IBLE - ADE GAP (THAT IS, THE PROPOP.TIC the V-.lL IMPORTS ' _’T COVERED BY THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPur. i PE CENT WAS RECORDED I* DECEMBER 1985, COMPARED WITH

CENT in DECEMBER 1984.

TOTAL EX°ORTS WAS EXPORTS OF S129 882 M LLI0‘-

"OR 1985 AS A //HOLE. Tuc VALuZ OF 323' I*- v . _L - 0^ DOMESTIC

AND RE-EXPORTS OF SIG; 271 ULLIC .

OF TOTAL EXPORTS AND OF 26.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVEL'

FELL Bv 5. =ER CENT. CVER a =Y 3.6 °ER CENT TO

COMPARED .<TH 1°--, THE VALUES RE-E PORTS GRE>- BY 6.2 °cc CENT AND WHILr T-:£ /al O'7 DOMESTIC EX=ORTS TH1: ’SRIOD, ThE VALUE OF IMO0RTS GR $231 420 v • uL ■ . •.

- RESULT VISIBLE RADE SURPLUS OF 73? MILLION, c A e ;t - p=r cent "HE -;-uvE OF l"POR S

---CORDED IN 1385. THIS WAS CONTRAST TO 984 WHEN THE

VISIBLE TRADE ACCOUNT RECORDED A DEFICIT OF SI 929 MILLION 'anting a trade jAd tf .9 per cent.

■70MME NT IN'. 0 S-■' EL 'aN SAID Tri '•'‘-.THS I’ TERMS 0" j?MESTIC EGOR'S TH; 7 THE DECLINE I

:S, ■ GOVERNMENT £ECRETAPIA~_ -CuiNED FOR NINE CONSECUTIVE j.- '’OMPiR ISONS, THE VALUE Or

. . ASF -a ZCEMBER 1985, SUGGES" G

•; -SPORTS YIGHT HAVE BOTTOMED OUT.

E -Pou* " RE-EXPORTS REMAINED RELATIVELY

a , . m c: . reflc . I'-' * E-FECT THE MEASURES IMPOSE. dlr Ni- 1985 70 ■'.-ORE'GN EXCHANGE SPtND NG.

-jLLO*ING ’'BLE E ‘ ’ PROVISIONAL -iEPCHANDISE TRAD- FIGURES DECEMPS 1985 “

'-RCHANDISEs DOMEST'C EXPQP' ? RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORT!

trade balance

: 712 326 MlLION

• S * 465 MILLION

•. 521 791 MILLION

: .22 180 MILLION

38Q ’ ILL ION (IN DEF I 7. IT)

/COMPARATIVE FIGURES .......

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

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COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS OCT.-DEC. 1985 OCT.-DEC. 1984 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. 8 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 34 939 36 048 - 1 109 - 3.1

RE-EXPORTS 26 623 24 922 + 1 701 + 6.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 61 562 60 970 + 592 + 1.3

IMPORTS 62 463 60 299 ♦ 2 164 + 3.6

TRADE BALANCE 901 671 - 1 572

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR DECEMBER 1985 DECEMBER 1984 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. 8 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 12 326 (56.6%) 11 873 (56.8%) + 453 ♦ 3.8

RE-EXPORTS 9 465 9 020 + 445 + 4.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 21 791 20 893 + 989 +4.3

IMPORTS 22 180 20 930 + 1 250 + 6.0

TRADE BALANCE 389 37 - 352

LAST MONTH DECEMBER 1985 NOVEMBER 1985 INCREASE OR DECREASE

5 MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 12 326 (56.6%) 11 450 (56.8%) + 876 + 7.7

RE-EXPORTS 9 465 8 724 + 741 +8.5

TOTAL EXPORTS 21 791 20 174 ♦ 1 617 + 8.3

IMPORTS 22 180 20 317 + 1 863 + 9.2

TRADE BALANCE 389 - 143 246

/LAST 12........

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

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LAST 12 MONTHS JAN.-DEC. 1985 JAN.-DEC. 198U INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. S MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 129 882 (55.296) 137 937 (62.396) - 8 055 - 5.8

RE-EXPORTS 105 271 83 504 +21 767 +26.1

TOTAL EXPORTS 235 153 221 441 +13 712 + 6.2

IMPORTS 231 420 223 370 + 8 050 + 3.6

TRADE BALANCE + 3 733 - 1 929 + 5 662

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR DECEMBER * * * *

THE AVERAGE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND AVERAGE CONSUMER PRICE .'.DEX (B) FOR THE WHOLE YEAR OF 1985, AT 159.8 AND 160.1 RESPECTIVELY, WERE 3.2 PER CENT AND 3.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER ’HAN THE AVERAGES FOR 1984, ACCORDING TO FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY 'FRIDAY'' BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

HE CPI (A) AND CPI (B) FOR DECEMBER 1985 WERE 160.8 AND 161.7 RESPECTIVELY. COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1984, CPI (A) ROSE BY 2.7 PER CENT -ND CP I (B), BY 3 PER CENT COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1985 ANI BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, BOTH CPI (A) AND CPI (B) INCREASED BY 0.1 PER CENT.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED DECEMBER 1985, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED C°I (A) INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.1 PER CENT PE” MONTH AND THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CPI (B), AT 0.2 PER CENT PER MONTH.

DURING DECEMBER. RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH SEA PRODUCTS, ELECTRICAL CONSUMER GOODS, TELEVISION SETS AND SOUND EQUIPMENT, AND ? ’^GES -D» MEAL' IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES WERE

HIGHER.

CHARGES FOR PACKAGE TOURS AND ADMISSION TO NIGHT CLUBS AND DISCOTHEQUES AROUND THE CHRICTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS ALSO WENT UP. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR WERE LOWER.

THE CPI (A) AND CPI (B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 50 °ER CCNT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1979/80 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. 7-E CPI (A) REFERS TO HOUSEHOLDS ^PENDING BETWEEN SI 000 AND S? 400 A MONTH AT THAT TIME, AND THE CPI (B), BETWEEN S3 500 AND Se 4QQ A MONTH.

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FRIDA*. JANUAR-' *+. 1986

CHANGE-' HE INDEXES FCR DECEMBER 1 85 IN RESPECT Or THt NINE CC^MODITV-SE?'.''CE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, AS COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1985 AND DECEMBER 1984, ARE

GIVEN BELO*.

(OCTOBER 1979 TO SEPTEMBER 1980 AVERAGE - 100)

CPI(A) CPI(B)

SECTION INDEX FOR DEC 85 % CHANGE OVER NOV 85 % CHANGE OVER DEC 84 INDEX FOR DEC 85 % CHANGE OVER NOV 85 % CHANGE OVER DEC 84

FOODSTUFFS 154.6 * ♦0.0 +0.4 155.9 ♦3.1 +0.8

HOUSING 157.1 +0.1 +2.9 156.1 +2.6

FUEL AND LIGHT 145.4 -0.1 -1.0 14-5.7 -0.7

ALCOHOL IC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CON- SUMPTION) 234.2 + 12.4 224.8 ♦0.0 * ♦ 12.0

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 173.8 -0.6 +5.1 176.5 -0.9 +5.5

DURABLE GOODS 125.6 + 1.3 + 1.2 130.3 ♦0.9 +1.4

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 151.8 -0.1 + 1.0 149.7 +2.0

TRAN3P0RT AND VEHICLES 184.5 * -0.0 +6.9 185.2 -0.0 * +5.8

SERVICES 192.8 +0.3 +7.9 187.0 +0.5 +7.0

all ITEMS 160.8 ♦0.1 +2.7 161.7 ♦0.1 +3.0

4 LESS THAN 0.05 °ER CENT

COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1985, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS LITTLE CHANGED IN BOTH CPI (A) AND CPI (B). THE INCREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH SEA PRODUCTS AND IN THE AVERAGE CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES WERE lARGELy OFFSET BY THE DECREASE IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH VEGETABLES.

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TH" EFFECT 0- MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE 'NDE FOP FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR DECREASED BY 0.6 PER

-'ENT In’cPi (A) AND 0.9 PER CENT IN CPI (B) BECAUSE OF LOWER PRICcS -F MEN’S AND WOMEN’S OUTERCLOTHING.

THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS ROSE BY 1.3 PER CENT IN CPI (A) AND 0.9 PER CENT IN CPI (B) MAINLY DUE TO HIGHER PRICES OF ELECTRICAL CONSUMER GOODS, TELEVISION SETS AND SOUND EQUIPMENT

IMPORTED FROM JAPAN.

THE INDEX FOR SERVICES INCREASED BY 0.3 PER CENT IN CPI (A) AND 0.5 PER CENT IN CPI (B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR PACKAGE TOURS AND ADMISSION TO NIGHT CLUBS AND DISCOTHEQUES AROUND THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

(FIGURES HER IN REFER TO CPI SERIES NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. ALL PERCENTAGE CHANGES ARE DERIVED FROM CPI FIGURES TO 2 DECIMAL PLACES.)

MORE DETAILS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR DECEMBER 1985, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT S3 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG? OR FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, ROOM 1904, KAI TAK COMMERCI AL BU LDI NG, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG? OR FROM THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BASKERVILLE HOUSE, DUDDELL STREET, HONG KONG FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MAILINGS.

FOR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE INDEXES, PLEASE TELEPHONE THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 3-7216512.

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NEW TOWN SUCCESS REFLECTED IN TUEN MUN * * * *

Tr_- SUCCESS OF THE STRATEGY OF DEVELOPING NEW TOWNS BY THE GOVERNMENT aND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS CLEARLY VISIBLE IN ■Rj-'f. MUN, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, aAID TODAY FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE + TUEN MUN - A NEW CITY FOR NEW PEOPLE* EXHIBITION AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI CENTRE, SIR JOHN SAID TUEN MUN REPRESENTED A MAJOR INVESTMENT ON THE

PART OF THE GOVERNMENT.

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THE COMMITMENT FOR FORMING AND BUILDING THE NEW TOWN INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUPPLYING ESSENTIAL COMMUNITY FACILITIES SUCH AS SCHOOLS AND THE HOSPITAL WAS ABOUT $5.8 BILLION AND THE INVESTMENT THROUGH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR RENTAL HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP ESTATES WAS ABOUT $2.3 BILLION, FE SAID.

AS REGARDS THE PRIVATE SECTOR, SIR JOHN SAID A LARGE NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL UNITS HAD BEEN BUILT OR WAS BEING BUILT BY PRIVATE DEVELOPERS.

SIR JOHN NOTED THAT 1986 WOULD BE A LANDMARK YEAR FOR TUEN MUN.

♦THE NEW TOWN HALL WILL OPEN, THERE WILL BE A SHARP INCREASE IN POPULATION INTAKE WITH THE OPENING OF SHAN KING ESTATE AND THREE NEW ROAD INTERCHANGES WILL OPEN TO ALLOW THE AREAS TO THE EAST AND WEST OF THE TUEN MUN RIVER TO BECOME A SINGLE ENTITY FOR THE FIRST TIME,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

' +THE KCRC HAS STARTED WORK ON THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM, WHICH, IN 1989, WILL MAKE TUEN MUN THE ONLY AREA IN HONG KONG WITH AN INTERNAL TRANSPORT SYSTEM SPECIFICALLY PLANNED AROUND THE USE OF TRAMS,+ HE ADDED.

SIR JOHN SAID THE CAPITAL INVESTMENT WAS ONE THING, OVERCOMING PEOPLE’S LONG-HELD PREJUDICES ABOUT LIVING AND WORKING OUTSIDE THE URBAN AREA WAS ANOTHER.

♦TUEN MUN STILL HAS SOME WAY TO GO IN WOOING PEOPLE AWAY FROM THEIR FONDLY-HELD BELIEF THAT IT IS ABOUT AS ACCESSIBLE AS SHENZHEN,♦ HE SAID.

SIR JOHN SAID MANY WHO LIVED IN TUEN MUN WOULD ALSO LIKE IT TO BE THE PLACE THEY WORKED IN.

♦IT IS IMPORTANT AT THIS STAGE IN THE TOWN’S DEVELOPMENT FOR INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT TO KEEP PACE,* HE SAID.

♦AT THE MOMENT IT IS LAGGING BEHIND WITH THE RESULT THAT TOO MANY OF THE WORKFORCE HAVE TO SPEND TIME AND MONEY REACHING JOBS IN TSUEN WAN AND KOWLOON,♦ SIR JOHN SAID.

HE ENCOURAGED INDUSTRIAL OPERATORS TO LOOK AT THE EXHIBITION WITH AN OPEN MIND AND WEIGH UP THE ADVANTAGES IN TERMS OF LOWER COSTS OF INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY AND THE RELATIVELY YOUNG, EDUCATED WORKFORCE THAT TUEN MUN HAD TO OFFER WHEN PLANNING THEIR NEW INVESTMENT.

FOLLOWING THE OPENING, SIR JOHN TOURED THE EXHIBITION WHICH HIGHLIGHTED VARIOUS MAJOR ASPECTS OF TUEN MUN, INCLUDING HOUSING, INDUSTRY, TRANSPORT, AND ITS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

/ON DISPLAY .......

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ON DISPLAY WERE MODELS, GRAPHICS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT, TUEN MUN HOSPITAL, TUEN MUN INSTITUTE, AND THE TOWN CENTRE COMPLEX, WHICH ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN THE DISTRICT. THE FINDINGS OF A RECENTLY CONDUCTED INDUSTRIAL SURVEY WERE ALSO SHOWN ON A COMPUTER.

THE +TUEN MUN — A NEW CITY FOR NEW PEOPLE+ EXHIBITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE AND SINO LAND COMPANY LIMITED, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND VARIOUS COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS AND PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES, WITH THE AIM OF BOOSTING THE IMAGE OF TUEN MUN AND ATTRACTING MORE INVESTMENT TO THE NEW TOWN.

THE EXHIBITION, NOW ON DISPLAY ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF TSIM SHA TSUI CENTRE, WILL LAST UNTIL FEBRUARY 2, AND BE OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 9 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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MORE POWER TO ARTS CENTRE PROPOSED

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A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO REPLACE THE EXISTING HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE ORDINANCE AND TO PROVIDE FOR AN IMPROVED ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE FOR THE ARTS CENTRE WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE BILL 1986 WOULD ALSO SPELL OUT MORE CLEARLY THE OBJECTS AND POWERS OF THE ARTS CENTRE.

♦IT ALSO PROVIDES THAT THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS WILL BE THE SOLE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CENTRE AND WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EFFICIENT FUNCTIONING AND OPERATION OF THE CENTRE,+ HE ADDED.

WHILE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ARTS CENTRE AS SET OUT IN THE BILL ARE SIMILAR TO THOSE IN THE PRESENT ORDINANCE, THEY ARE EXPANDED AND CLARIFIED.

THERE IS A NEW PROVISION UNDER THE BILL CLARIFYING ITS POWERS TO INITIATE, SUPPORT AND SPONSOR THE CREATION, COMPOSITION AND PRODUCTION OF ARTISTIC ENDEAVOURS, THEREBY UNDERLINING ITS POSITIVE ROLE IN FOSTERING AND DEVELOPING LOCAL ARTISTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD ENABLE THE CENTRE TO ACT MORE ACTIVELY AND INDEPENDENTLY IN PROMOTING THE ARTS.

♦THE BILL MAKES EXPLICIT THE POWER OF THE CENTRE TO SET ITS OWN FEES, AND TO SPECIFY CONDITIONS FOR THE USE OF THE CENTRE’S FACILITIES, RECEIVE AND SOLICIT GIFTS, PRINT, REPRODUCE CR PUBLISH ANY MATERIAL IT WISHES, AND TO COMMISSION NEW WORKS.

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+THECE EXTENDED POWERS WILL ALLOW THE CENTRE TO OPERATE EFFICIENTLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS OBJECTS, BOTH AS A COMMERCI ALLY-SOUND ORGANISATION IN ITS OWN RIGHT AN~ AS A FULLY-FLEDGED PROMOTER OF THE ARTS,* HE SAID.

AS FOR THE MEMBERSHIP AND STRUCTURE OF THE BOARD, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR A LARGER BOARD OF GOVERNORS COMPRISING UP TO 15 MEMBERS AS OPPOSED TO THE PRESENT NINE.

♦THREE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS ARE TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR. TWO ARE TO BE ELECTED BY INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE CENTRE. AND ANOTHER TWO BY ORGANISATION MEMBERS. THERE WILL ALSO BE ONE MEMBER EACH TO BE APPOINTED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL. THE CHAIRMAN WILL BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE BOARD WOULD, IN ADDITION, EE EMPOWERED TO CO-OPT AT LEAST TWO BUT NOT MORE THAN FIVE OTHER bEMBERS, BEING PERSONS INTERESTED IN VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE ARTS.

♦THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL PROVIDE A BALANCE OF PERSPECTIVES AMONG THE DIFFERENT INTERESTS OF THE VARIOUS BODIES INVOLVED IN THE ARTS CENTRE.*

+THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WHO WILL BE CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATION AND OPERATION OF THE CENTRE, WILL BE APPOINTED BY RESOLUTION CF THE BOARD,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THIS POST WOULD BE FILLED BY THE EXISTING GENERAL MANAGER OF THE ARTS CENTRE UNTIL THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE WAS SO APPOINTED BY THE BOARD.

THE ARTS CENTRE COMMITTEE, PREVIOUSLY THE EXECUTIVE ARM CF THE CENTRE, WILL BE DISBANDED ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BILL.

+THE BOARD IS, HOWEVER, EMPOWERED TO FORM WHATEVER COMMITTEES IT WISHES FOR THE PURPOSE OF PERFORMING OTHER FUNCTIONS WHICH MAY ARISE AND THE BOARD MAY ALSO DELEGATE ITS AUTHORITY AS NECESSARY TO SUCH COMMITTEES.*

OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BILL DEAL WITH THE PROCEDURES BY WHICH INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF ORGANISATION MEMBERS MAY BE ELECTED TO THE BOARD, THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF THE BOARD’S RESPONSIBILITIES AND MATTERS RELATED TO THE RUNNING CF THE CENTRE.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE BILL HAD BEEN DRAWN UP IN CLOSE CONSULTATION WITH THE ARTS CENTRE BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND ITS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE WHO FOUND THE PROVISIONS ACCEPTABLE.

THE BILL WOULD EE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON FEBRUARY 5, 1986, HE SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO COMMENT ON THE BILL CAN WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, AT HARBOUR CENTRE, 10TH FLOOR, HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, OR TO UMELCO AT 8 JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL.

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POPULATION BY-CENSUS TO BE CONDUCTED * * K X

A POPULATION BY-CENSUS IS TO BE CONDUCTED IN THE NEXT ™O MONTHS TO UPDATE INFORMATION ON THE DEMOGRAPHIC, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

DETAILS OF THE BY-CENSUS ARE CONTAINED IN THE THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS (1986 POPULATION CENSUS)(MAR I NE) ORDER 1986 AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS (1986 POPULATION CENSUS)(LAND) ORDER 1986 PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THERE WOULD IN FACT . y TWO BY—CENSUSES NAMELY, THE 1986 POPULATION BY—CENSUS (MARINE) TO BE CARRIED OUT FROM FEBRUARY 4 TO 8 WHEN VIRTUALLY ALL VESSELS RETURN TO PORT FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, AND THE 1986 POPULATION BY-CENSUS (LAND) TO BE CARRIED OUT FROM MARCH 7 TO 16.

♦UNLIKE A FULL CENSUS, A BY-CENSUS INVOLVES ONLY A SAMPLE CF THE POPULATION. THE 1986 BY-CENSUS WILL COVER A ONE-IN-SEVEN SAMPLE OF THE POPULATION, THAT IS, ABOUT 210 000 HOURSEHOLDS, CF WHICH ABOUT 1 000 WILL BE MARINE,* HE SAID.

HE REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO CHECK THE CENSUS ENUMERATORS BEFORE ADMITTING THEM TO

THE IDENTITY OF THEIR PREMISES.

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FIRE PREVENTION IN SQUATTER AREAS PROMOTED

X X X X X

FIRE PREVENTION IN SQUATTER AREAS WILL BE THE THEME OF A +KWUN TONG FIRE PREVENTION DAY* TO BE HELD IN TSUI PING ROAD PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

OFFICERS FROM THE KWUN TONG FIRE STATION WILL BE ON HAND TO DEMONSTRATE HOW TO PUT OUT A FI RE ON A MAKE-SHIFT SQUATTER HUT BUILT IN THE PLAYGROUND.

THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY WILL ALSO SET UP COUNTERS TO SHOW VARIOUS METHODS IN WHICH ELECTRICITY IS ILLEGALLY TAPPED AND HOW SUCH ACTIVITIES MAY CAUSE FIRES IN SQUATTER AREAS.

KWUN TONG FIRE STATION STAFF WILL ALSO BE THERE TO ANSWER ENQUIRIES ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE GAMES STALLS, A VARIETY SHOW, CHINESE LION DANCES AND MARTIAL ART PERFORMANCE.

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RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FIRE PREVENTION DAY HELD AT 2 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE.

THE EVENT, WHICH FORMS PART OF THE KWUN TONG FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN, IS ORGANISED BY THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT PROMOTING FIRE PREVENTION IN SQUATTER AREAS, PLACING EMPHASIS ON ILLEGAL ELECTRICITY TAPPING.

TOMORROW’S EVENT WILL BE OFFICIATED BY THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, MR ERNEST HUNG; DISTRICT COMMANDER (KOWLOON EAST) OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR PAUL CHAN? DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI; AND CHINA LIGHT’S CHIEF ENGINEER (TRANSMISSION AND DEVELOPMENT), MR A.D. LONGMORE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG FIRE PREVENTION DAY AT 2 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE TSUI PING ROAD PLAYGROUND.

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OPEN GOVERNMENT PROMOTES CIVIC EDUCATION

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEM OF OPEN GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG HAS HELPED TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION IN THE TERRITORY, ^EGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR BARRIE WIGGHAM SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND WEST, MR WIGGHAM SAID CIVIC EDUCATION WAS AN ON-GOING PROCESS OF LEARNING TO PREPARE INDIVIDUALS TO BE RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS.

♦IT HAS TO DO WITH DEVELOPING IN THE INDIVIDUAL A PROPER SENSE OF PERSONAL AND SOCIAL VALUES, AS WELL AS A PROPER AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH HE LIVES, ITS SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT AND HIS OWN RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS AS A MEMBER OF THAT COMMUNITY,+ HE SAID.

♦THE OPEN MEETINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, ITS FINANCE AND PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEES, THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE REGIONAL AND URBAN COUNCILS HAVE GIVEN MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBSERVE, AT FIRST HAND, THE FUNCTIONING CF THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT,+ HE ADDED.

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♦ALTHOUGH EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS TAKE PLACE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE COUNCIL ARE PUBLICISED ON A REGULAR AND SYSTEMATIC BASIS,+ HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM SAID WIDE PRESS COVERAGE WAS OFTEN GIVEN TO MATTERS OF MAJOR IMPORTANCE WHICH HAD ENABLED THE PUBLIC TO BECOME AWARE OF AND UNDERSTAND BETTER HOW THE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WORKED.

♦THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADM INISTRATION*S EFFORTS IN THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION HAVE BEEN CONCENTRATED ON PUBLICISING THE WORK OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE PART PLAYED BY DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IN HONG KONG’S SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT,+ SAID.

♦ IN ADDITION TO SUCH PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES, CAMPAIGNS TO ENCOURAGE VOTER REGISTRATION, THE NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES AND VOTER TURNOUT AT DISTRICT BOARD AND OTHER ELECTIONS ALSO PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART IN FOSTERING A SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AMONG MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, THUS HELPING TO MEET THE OBJECTIVES CF CIVIC EDUCATION,* HE ADDED.

MR WIGGHAM SAID CIVIC EDUCATION COULD ALSO BE PROMOTED THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND ACTIVITIES.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN UNDERTAKING DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION FOR MANY YEARS, AND WOULD CONTINUE TO UPDATE THESE ACTIVITIES IN RESPONSE TO THE DEMANDS OF CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES.

THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS FIELD IS MAINLY ONE OF DISSEMINATING INFORMATION ON THE STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT MACHINERY AND ANY CHANGES IN THE LAW OR POLICIES, THE ORGANISATION OF PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS ON SPECIFIC SUBJECTS WHICH PROMOTE AN AWARENESS OF CIVIC AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF MORE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE ORGANISATION OF CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITIES.

+SUCH ACTIVITIES ARE MORE EFFECTIVE WHEN ORGANISED NOT BY THE GOVERNMENT BUT VOLUNTARILY BY PUBLIC AND NON-GOVERNMENT BODIES AND ORGANISATIONS,* HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM SAID AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WAS SET UP LATE LAST YEAR TO MONITOR AND CO-ORDINATE GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD OF CIVIC EDUCATION OUTSIDE SCHOOLS, AND A MAJOR TERRITORY PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ON CIVIC EDUCATION WOULD EE MOUNTED IN 1986-87.

HE SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS FOR MANY YEARS THROUGH COURSES ON SOCIAL STUDIES AND ON ECONOMIC AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ISSUED A SET OF +GUIDELINES FOR CIVIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS* LAST AUGUST, AND A CIVIC EDUCATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED IN EACH COLLEGE OF EDUCATION TO ENSURE THAT FUTURE TEACHERS ARE TRAINED TO IMPLEMENT THE GUIDELINES.

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♦SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE GUIDELINES, MORE THAN 1500 IN-SERVICE TEACHERS AND HEADS OF SCHOOLS HAVE ATTENDED SEMINARS^ AND WORKSHOPS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO ENCOURAbc THEM TO INTEGRATE CIVIC EDUCATION INTO THE SCHOOL PROGRAMME,♦ WIGGHAM SAID.

SAID THAT AMONG

HE

HE SAID THAT AMONG THE MANY RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF A CITIZEN WERE THE RIGHT TO STAND FOR ELECTION AND THE RIGHT TO

VOTE.

HE REMINDED THE GATHERING THAT THE NOMIATION PERIOD FOR CANDIDATES IN THE FORTHCOMING URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS WOULD CLOSE ON JANUARY 31.

♦THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN SATISFACTORY SO FAR BUT I STILL HOPE THAT MORE CANDIDATES WILL BE NOMINATED IN THE FEW REMAINING DAYb OF THE NOMINATION PERIOD,* HE SAID.

MR WIGGHAM ALSO URGED ALL REGISTERED VOTERS TO TURN OUT ON MARCH 6 TO CAST THEIR VOTES.

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FIREMEN TOLD TO BE PATIENT * * * * *

FIREMEN SHOULD SHOW PATIENCE AND COMPASSION EVEN THOUGH THEY MIGHT RECEIVE BRICKBAT INSTEAD OF BOUQUET FOR THEIR GOOD WORK, THE CIVIL SECRETARY FOR THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR PETER WALKER, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PASSING-OUT CEREMONY FOR 37 RECRUITS AT THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAINING SCHOOL IN PAT HEUNG, MR WALKER SAID: +SOMETIMES THE PUBLIC YOU SERVE MAY BE CRITICAL BUT THAT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDER STRESS DUE TO FIRE, CALAMITY OR BEREAVEMENT.

♦WHEN IT HAPPENS BE PATIENT AND COMPASSIONATE,* HE ADDED.

MR WALKER SAID THE FIREMEN’S FUNCTION WAS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY, USUALLY IN DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS DEMANDED GREAT COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION AS WELL AS COURAGE.

+T0 HELP YOU TO DO THIS, YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT ORDINARY CIVILIAN JOBS CANNOT PROVIDE - AND THAT IS COMRADESHIP. THAT WILL SUSTAIN YOU IN TIMES OF DANGER; YOU WILL NOT BE ALONE BUT WILL HAVE YOUR COMRADES TO RELY ON - AND WHO WILL RELY ON YOU,* HE ADDED.

MR WALKER LATER REVIEWED A PARADE BY THE GRADUATES AND A CONTINGENT OF 67 RECRUITS UNDER TRAINING AND PRESENTED THE BEST RECRUIT AWARD TO MR LEUNG KING-CHEUNG.

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FIRE PREVENTION DISPLAY FOR SHAM SHUI i-'O *****

THE MINI FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP TO REMIND RESIDENTS OF THE PREVAILING HIGH FIRE RISK WILL MOVE TO SHAM SHUI PO ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26).

THE DISPLAY WILL BE STAGED AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND FROM NOON TO 3 PM.

VISITORS WILL SEE PANELS OF PHOTOGRAPHS PREPARED BY THE FIRE SERVICES AND AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENTS HIGHLIGHTING THIS YEAR’S FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN THEME THAT CARELESSNESS CAUSES FIRE. THERE WILL ALSO BE FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCES ON SHOW.

A BOOKLET ON FIRE PREVENTION IN THE HOME AS WELL AS BOOKMARKS AND CALENDAR CARDS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS.

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JOINT EFFORTS TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY * * *

THE AIMS OF PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WILL BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE CONTINUING CONCERTED EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS IN VARIOUS TRADES, AND THROUGH THE POSITIVE PARTICIPATION BY PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT SECTORS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TV

VARIETY SHOW AT A.C. HALL THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING, A LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, DR HO KAM-FAI, SAID HE FIRMLY BELIEVED THAT THIS TARGET COULD BE REACHED.

DR HO SAID INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WAS SOMETHING THAT EVERYBODY SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT.

OVER THE YEARS, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT HAD DONE A LOT OF WORK IN ENFORCING SAFETY LAWS AND IN PUBLICISING SAFETY MESSAGES THROUGH PUBLICITY EFFORTS.

MANY SUCCESSFUL INDUSTRIALISTS AND RESPONSIBLE WORKERS HAD ALSO DONE A GREAT JOB IN PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, HE ADDED.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR RON BRIDGE, AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR SIMON LUN.

THE VARIETY SHOW, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, WAS RECORDED FOR SCREENING AT 10.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) ON TVB’S JADE NETWORK.

/THE SHOW

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THE SHOW IS ONE OF A SERIES OF PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO PROMOTE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

THESE INCLUDED A SEVEN-MONTH RADIO SERIES ON RTHK’S RADIO I, AN ^INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WEEK* ON TVB’S +ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT* SHOW, A TV DOCUMENTARY ON RTHK’S COMMON SENSE PROGRAMME, VARIOUS QUIZZES, SLOGAN AND POSTER DESIGN COMPETITIONS, TV AND RADIO API’S (ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC INTEREST), AND THE DISPLAY CF POSTERS.

DISPLAY MATERIALS AT THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE WHICH HAS MOVED TO THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS IN HARBOUR BUILDING HAVE BEEN UPDATED.

ALSO FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF VISITORS AND PEOPLE ATTENDING SAFETY COURSES AT THE CENTRE IS THE ADDITION OF MODERN AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT.

NEXT MONTH, THE DEPARTMENT WILL STAGE A LARGE-SCALE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH EXHIBITION AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA IN TSIM SHA TSUI.

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PREHISTORIC KILN UNCOVERED AT YUNG LONG XXX*

THE GOVERNMENT-COMMISSIONED ARCHAEOLOGICAL TEAM WHICH HAS BEEN INVESTIGATING REMAINS AT YUNG LONG ON THE COAST OF DEEP BAY SINCE EARLY DECEMBER, IS NOW ENTERING A CRITICAL STAGE OF ITS EXCAVATION AS IT IS WORKING ROUND WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE A PREHISTORIC KILN.

THE PRESENT EXCAVATION APPEARS TO CONFIRM THE EARLIER EYAL,UAI1ON IHERE WAS AN UNDISTURBED STRATUM APPARENTLY DATING TO NENL^RN?ISRLroH^TPHA?'??ME?NTA'NING °F ‘ 4"D 4SS0CI4TED

ocue?f.TJJE PRESENT EXCAVATION PROCEEDS, MORE AND MORE IS BEING ARE ASSOc°ATEDEWITh'ITT *’STRUCTURE AND THE ARTEFACTS WHICH r,r-nn>THE DIRECT0R 0F THE EXCAVATION, MR BRIAN PEACOCK SAID: +KILN ofnnn^r-^N^FURNITURE VERY SIMILAR TO THAT FROM YUNG LONG HAVE BEEN ARCHAEOLOGI CAL SITES IN HONG KONG, BUT UP TO NOW, NO STRUCTURES SIMILAR TO THIS ONE HAVE BEEN RECOGNISED.*

MR PEACOCK SAID THAT THE TEAM WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE QUANTITY °F THE FINDS FR0M THE EXCAVATION SHOULD PERMIT A PARTICULARLY ACCURATE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE KILN AND THE TECHNOLOGICAL PROCESSES IN WHICH IT WAS INVOLVED.

/THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL

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THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE AT YUNG LONG WAS FIRST REPORTED BY THE HONG KONG ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY. ITS PROBABLE IMPORTANCE WAS SUBSEQUENTLY REVEALED IN THE COURSE OF WORK CONDUCTED BY THE GOVERNMENT-COMMISSIONED ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY. K

THE SITE WHICH APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN LEFT UNDISTURBED FOR SEVERAL THOUSAND YEARS IS NOW BEING THREATENED BY LARGE-SCALE CONSTRUCTION WORKS IN THE AREA AND ITS MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM SECURITY IS IN DOUBT BECAUSE OF THE DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE LOCALITY.

BECAUSE OF THIS THREAT AND THE EXTREME VULNERABILITY TO DAMAGE OF THIS ANCIENT SITE, THE GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO COMMISSION THE EXCAVATION WHICH IS EXPECTED TO UNCOVER ABOUT 20 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL SITE.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL TEAM CONSISTS OF MR YIP CHO-HONG, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE) OF THE MUNICIPAL Services branch and a graduate of the institute of archaeology, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, AND MISS TARYN NIXON AND MISS SARAH JANE WILCOCK, BOTH OF WHOM ARE GRADUATES OF THE INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY.

MR PEACOCK HIMSELF IS A PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGIST AND FORMER CURATOR OF THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY. HE WAS THE CONSULTANT ARCHAEOLOGIST WHO CONDUCTED THE GOVERNMENT’S ARCHAEOLOGI CAL SURVEY.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL TEAM IS ASSISTED BY A DEDICATED GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS, MANY OF WHOM ARE EXPERIENCED IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION IN HONG KONG AND ELSEWHERE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH SAID EXCAVATION WORK WOULD CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL MORE WEEKS, AND ANYONE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS COULD CONTACT THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS OFFICE), TELEPHONE 3-7216283.

MORE NEW ROADS PROPOSED FOR TAI PO *****

THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS PROPOSING THE CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROADS IN TAI PO TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO EXISTING AND PROPOSED DEVELOPMENTS TO THE EAST OF KWONG FUK AND FU SHIN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

THE WORKS INVOLVE CONSTRUCTING TWO DISTRIBUTOR ROADS TOTALLING ABOUT 1.8 KILOMETRES IN LENGTH, A ROAD BRIDGE, A PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST BRIDGE, FOUR PEDESTRIAN-CYCLIST SUBWAYS, A FOOTPATH AND CYCLETRACKS, A STORMWATER CULVERT AND ASSOCIATED STORMWATER DRAINAGE SYSTEMS.

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LAND FORMATION AND CONSTRUCTION OF RIVER WALLS AND SEA WALLS WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED.

PERMANENT ALTERNATIVE ACCESS WILL BE PROVIDED TO CATER FOR EXISTING ACCESSES THAT HAVE TO BE CLOSED.

TEMPORARY ROADS AND FOOTPATHS WILL BE MAINTAINED DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD TO MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE.

ANYONE WHO WANTS TO OBJECT TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY MARCH 25.

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CUSTOMS THANKED FOR COUNTERFEIT FIGHT *****

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR HARNAM GREWAL, TODAY (FRIDAY) RECEIVED TWO PLAQUES FROM THE AGENT OF +LACOSTE+ AND +CROCODILE+ FOR THE DEPARTMENT’S EFFORTS AGAINST THE MARKETING CF FALSELY-MARKED PRODUCTS.

SPEAKING AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE SENIOR OFFICERS’ MESS, MR GREWAL SAID THAT THE FIGHT AGAINST COUNTERFEITING AND COPYRIGHT VIOLATIONS WOULD BE MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE IF GOVERNMENT AND OWNERS OF TRADE MARKS AND COPYRIGHT JOINED FORCES AND COOPERATED TO THE FULL.

HE SAID THE CUSTOMS WOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE VIGOROUS ACTION AGAINST TRADERS DEALING IN COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS.

♦WITH CONTINUING SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION FROM TRADE MARK CWNERS, WE SHALL BE ABLE TO CONTAIN THE COUNTERFEITING PROBLEM AND THEREBY REDUCE THE DAMAGE TO LEGITIMATE TRADERS AND PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM THE FRAUD WHICH COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS REPRESENT.+

DURING 1985, THE DEPARTMENT CARRIED OUT A TOTAL OF 1 295 OPERATIONS AGAINST TRADERS IN COUNTERFEIT GOODS WHICH RESULTED IN GOODS VALUED AT $30.6 MILLION BEING SEIZED AND 571 ARRESTS;

774 TRADERS WERE PROSECUTED AND FINES TOTALLING $3.4 MILLION l»ERE IMPOSED; AND 29 PERSONS WERE GIVEN EITHER IMMEDIATE OR SUSPENDED CUSTODIAL SENTENCES.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

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MUSIC TO SPREAD CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGE *****

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WILL STAGE AN ELABORATE MUSICAL SHOW ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26) AFTERNOON IN YUEN LONG ESTATE TO ENHANCE AWARENESS AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS OF THE NEED TO PREVENT CRIME DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD.

THE SHOW, TO BE HELD NEAR THE YUEN LONG ESTATE CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, WILL FEATURE AN ON-THE-SPOT +SONG DEDICATION* BY WELL-KNOWN DISC JOCKEYS FROM RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND LIVE PERFORMANCES BY PROFESSIONAL SINGERS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A QUIZ ON CRIME PREVENTION FOR AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION.

MEANWHILE, AS PART OF THE YEAR-END FIGHT CRIME DRIVE, THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO ORGANISE A SEMINAR IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE YUEN LONG POLICE STATION AT THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL ON MONDAY (JANUARY 27) EVENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FIGHT CRIME SHOW AND SEMINAR, TO BE HELD AT 3 PM ON SUNDAY AND AT 8 PM ON MONDAY.

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BIG DEMAND FOR LOGO DESIGN ENTRY FORMS * * * *

ENTRY FORMS FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ONLY ONE MORE WEEK.

A REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THERE HAD BEEN A BIG DEMAND FOR THE FORMS SINCE THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE COMPETITION EARLY THIS MONTH.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID ENTRY FORMS WERE OBTAINABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY'AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION. ,

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MARCH 1. THE PANEL OF JUDGES WILL INCLUDE LEADING PROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS MR ALAN CHAN, MR CHEUNG SHU-SUN AND MR BASIL PAO.

/The competition

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THE COMPETITION OFFERS A CASH PRIZE OF $30 000 AND A TROPHY FOR THE WINNER. TROPHIES WILL ALSO BE AWARDED TO THE TWO RUNNERS UP.

ORGANISED BY THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL, THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT ACQUIRING A LOGO FOR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WHICH WILL COME INTO BEING ON APRIL 1.

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FESTIVE WEEKEND FOR WAN CHAI RESIDENTS * * * * *

THE WAN CHAI FESTIVAL WILL PRESENT A VARIETY OF EVENTS FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS DURING THE WEEKEND.

A DRAWING COMPETITION WITH THE THEME +WAN CHAI AND ME+ WILL BE HELD FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN AT THE MORRISON HILL ROAD TEMPORARY PLEASURE GROUND AT 10 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

TWO FREE CONCERTS HAVE ALSO BEEN ORGANISED TOMORROW FOR RESIDENTS AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND FROM 3 PM TO 5 PM AND 8 PM TO 10 PM. THE CONCERTS WILL FEATURE WESTERN AND CHINESE ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES.

ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26), A CHILDREN’S DAY WILL BE HELD AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM. THE FAIR WILL FEATURE VARIOUS GAMES STALLS.

IN ADDITION, A +MUSIC BUS+ FEATURING THE HONG KONG BRASS BAND PERFORMING ON AN OPEN-DECK BUS WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT STOPPING AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS. THE BUS WILL START FROM THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND AT 2 PM.

THAT EVENING, AN INTER-SCHOOL MUSIC NIGHT WILL BE HELD AT 7 PM IN THE LADY HO-TUNG TECHNICAL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS AT KA NING PATH, CAUSEWAY BAY. SCHOOL CHOIRS, FOLK SONG AND DANCE GROUPS, ORCHESTRAS, PIPE BANDS FROM 15 SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

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BOARD MEMBERS COMPETE WITH GOVT MEN * * * *

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL COMPETE AGAINST GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN THE THIRD SOUTHERN DISTRICT TELEMATCH ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26) AT THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND IN WONG CHUK HANG.

THE TELEMATCH IS THE LAST EVENT OF THE DISTRICT’S YEAR-LONG INTER-FIRM-AND-FACTORY CHAMPIONSHIP CUP AND INTER-AREA CHAMPIONSHIP CUP COMPETITIONS, BOTH OF WHICH ARE SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION COUNCIL.

TEAMS FROM THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES AND ABOUT 16 FIRMS AND FACTORIES HAD TAKEN PART IN RECENT COMPETITIONS OF SOCCER, BASKETBALL, SWIMMING, COLOURED BOAT, 4 BY 100 RELAY RACES AND TELEGAMES.

♦THE AIM OF THESE ACTIVITIES IS TO PROMOTE SPORTS PARTICIPATION AMONG PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND ALL WALKS OF LIFE,+ A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FOUR TEAMS — TWO FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AND ONE EACH FROM THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE SPORTS AND RECREATION COUNCIL — WILL PARTICIPATE IN SUNDAY’S INVITATION TELEMATCH FEATURING THE RESCUE OF A PRINCESS FROM A CASTLE.

MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD TEAMS ARE MR KAN MAN-LEE, W CHAN YAU-YUE, MR POON SHUN-KWOK, MR MAN HON-MING, MR KO TAM-KAN, MR CHU YIU-WAH, MR CHAN YUEK-SUT AND MR KWOK WAI-MING.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TEAM, LED BY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, INCLUDES MR D. DEPTFORD OF THE POLICE FORCE, MR LEE KA-MO OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND M? LEE WANG-ON OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE EVENT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE PRESENTATION OF AWARDS FOR THE INTER-AREA AND INTER-FIRM-AND-FACTORY CHAMPIONSHIPS, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ATHLETES FITNESS DEVELOPMENT MOTIVATION SCHEME, AND THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR OUTSTANDING ATHLETE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

EVENTS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT TELEMATCH WILL START AT

9 AM, WHILE THE INVITATION MATCH FOLLOWED BY THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL STARTAT 11 AM ON SUNDAY. YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT TO BE HELD AT THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND, WONG CHUK HANG ROAD.

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CHAMBER EXPRESSES VIEWS ON ANIMAL WASTE POLLUTION

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THE NEW TERRITORIES GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS EXPRESSED THE VIEW THAT MEASURES SHOULD BE TAKEN TO CONTROL POLLUTION CAUSED BY ANIMAL WASTE, BUT THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD SHOW CONCERN TO THOSE WHO MAY BE AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION.

THIS VIEW WAS EXPRESSED AT A MEETING HELD YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) BETWEEN THE CHAMBER AND OFFICIALS OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TO DISCUSS THE CONSULTATIVE PAPER ON POLLUTION CONTROLS ON ANIMAL WASTE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR CNTA SAID THE MAJORITY OF CHAMBER MEMBERS FELT THAT THE PROBLEM OF POLLUTION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS A MATTER FOR SERIOUS CONCERN.

+THEY EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD PROVIDE SOME ASSISTANCE TO THOSE WHO MAY BE AFFECTED TO COPE WITH RELOCATION AND OTHER MATTERS,+ HE ADDED.

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CHEUNG SHA WAN SITE OFFERED FOR SALE *****

THE LANDS DEPARTMENT IS PUTTING UP FOR SALE BY TENDER A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK AND BUS TERMINUS SITE AT CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE 6 675-SQUARE-METRE SITE, KNOWN AS NEW KOWLOON INLAND LOT NO. 5955, IS ALSO PERMITTED TO BE USED FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL, BUT EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL, PETROL-FILL I NG STATION, HOTEL AND GODOWN PURPOSES.

UNDER THE BUILDING COVENANT, THE DEVELOPER HAS TO COMPLETE AT LEAST 43 700 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON THE SITE BEFORE JUNE 30, 1990.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY FEBRUARY 28.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

CAS TO HOLD FIRST-AID COMPETITION * * * *

INTER-UNIT FIRST AID AND CADET TRAINING CENTRE IN 12 NOON ON SUNDAY.

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD AN CASUALTY HANDLING COMPETITION AT THE CAS CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KOWLOON FROM 9 AM TO

A TOTAL OF 17 TEAMS WILL COMPETE IN THE EVENT AND THE KOWLOON REGIONAL COMMANDER, MR LEE HOK-SEE, WILL PRESENT A TROP TO THE WINNING TEAM AND SOUVENIR PENNANTS TO OTHER TEAMS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL BE HELD FROM 9 AM TO 12 NOON ON SUNDAY AT THE CAS CADET TRAINING CENTRE, 325 CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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FRIENDS OF POLICE TO RECEIVE PRIZES * * * *

A TOTAL OF 23 PEOPLE WHO HAD HELPED THE POLICE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT WILL BE GIVEN AWARDS AT A CEREMONY ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26).

THE AWARDEES — 22 MEN AND A WOMAN - AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 68, WILL RECEIVE SOUVENIRS AND PRIZES DONATED BY THE LIONS AND LIONESS CLUB OF LION ROCK WHICH SPONSOR THE FRIENDS OF THE POLICE AND CITIZENS’ AWARD.

PRIZES WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO THE WINNERS OF THE FIGHT CRIME BOOKMARK DESIGN COMPETITION.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRESENTATION WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, W GORDON JONES? KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, BENNY NG; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, M? CHENG WOO-YICK; PRESIDENT OF LIONS CLUB OF LION ROCK, MR SIU YUK-SHING AND PRESIDENT OF LIONESS CLUB OF LION ROCK, MISS CATHERINE LO.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FRIENDS OF POLICE AND CITIZENS’ AWARD PRESENTATION AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY IN THE RECREATION ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR OF HO MAN TIN POLICE STATION, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

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FORUM ON HAWKER AND MARKET POLICIES FOR SUNDAY *****

HAWKERS, TRADERS AND RESIDENTS OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE ABLE TO AIR VIEWS ON THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT ON HAWKERS AND MARKET POLICIES AT AN OPEN FORUM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26).

THE FORUM. TO BE HELD AT THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE, IS ORGANISED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD.

GUEST SPEAKERS AT THE FORUM INCLUDE URBAN COUNCILLOR, W STEPHEN M.L. LAU? STAFF OFFICER (HAWKER LICENSING) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR YU HON-PING? PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON MERCHANTS AND HAWKERS ASSOCIATION, WUT CHIU? AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG VEGETABLE, FOOD, GROCERY HAWKERS’ WELFARE FRATERNITY ASSOCIATION LIMITED AND THE HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND N.T. JOINT HAWKERS RESEARCH LIMITED, PR LO WAI-MAN.

RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FORUM WHICH WILL START AT 8 PM. ADMISSION IS FREE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:


YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FORUM AT 8 PM ON SUNDAY AT THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE, 36A WESTERN STREET, SAI YING PUN.

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MEMBERS TO TALK ON DB WORK * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL TALK ON THE WORK CF THE BOARD AND ITS COMMITTEES TO SOME 50 YOUTHS TAKING PART IN A CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME AT A CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 26).

THIS IS THE CONCLUDING ACTIVITY CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME ORGANISED COMMITTEE AND SOCIAL SERVICES BODIES

OF A THREE-WEEK PROMOTION OF BY THE BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE DI STR ICT.

/TSUEN WAN .......

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, THE CONFERENCE.

MR ANGUS MIU, WILL BE ATTENDING

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE AT 4 PM AT THE SHEK WAI KOK COMMUNITY HALL, SHEK WAI KOK ESTATE, TSUEN WAN.

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PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STANDS SET UP * * * * *

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A SERIES OF MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN MONG KOK TAI SIN FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 27) TO IMPROVE IN THE AREAS:

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THESE ARE:

* A NEW PUBLIC LIGHT BUS (PLB) STAND WITH SIX SPACES WILL BE SET UP IN FIFE STREET BETWEEN TUNG CHOI STREET AND FA YUEN STREET, MONG KOK;

* A NEW PLB STAND WITH 14 SPACES WILL BE SET UP IN SHEUNG TAK STREET, WONG TAI SIN, NEAR THE EXISTING GREEN MINIBUS TERMINUS;

* A NEW PLB STAND WITH THREE SPACES WILL BE SET UP IN WAI WAH STREET, TSZ WAN SHAN, 30 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD;

* THE EXISTING PLB STAND IN WAI WAH STREET 50 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WAN WAH STREET WILL BE EXTENDED TO PROVIDE FOUR ADDITIONAL SPACES;

* RAILINGS WILL BE INSTALLED ALONG THE EASTERN KERBSIDE OF FA YUEN STREET BETWEEN MONG KOK ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET; AND

* SEVEN METERED PARKING SPACES IN FIFE STREET BETWEEN TUNG CHOI STREET AND FA YUEN STREET WILL BE CANCELLED.

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WATER CUT IN TWO AREAS *****

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KOWLOON CITY AND THE NORTH DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR SEVERAL HOURS BETWEEN MONDAY (JANUARY 27) AND THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

IN KOWLOON CITY, SUPPLY TO PREMISES BOUNDED BY JUNCTION ROAD, TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD AND NGA TSIN LONG ROAD, INCLUDING NGA TSIN WAI ROAD, DUMBARTON ROAD, FUK LO TSUEN ROAD, HAU WONG ROAD AND LION ROCK ROAD WILL BE STOPPED FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

IN NORTH DISTRICT, SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES ALONG JOCKEY CLUB ROAD FROM SAN FUNG AVENUE TO HUNG KIU AND MAN KAM TO ROAD FROM HUNG KIU TO MUK WU INCLUDING SHEUNG SHU I TSUEN, SHEUNG SHUI WA SHAN, HUNG KIU SAN TSUEN, FU TEI AU ROAD, LO WU TSUEN. LIU POK TSUEN, SAN UK LING TSUEN, MUK WU TSUEN AND SHA LING TSUEN WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM ON MONDAY.

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KORNHILL FLYOVERS OPENING *****

THE FLYOVERS LINKING THE IN KORNHILL WILL BE OPENED TO (JANUARY 27).

ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WITH ROAD B TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN - SUPPLEMENT

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

STATEMENT BY MR TIMOTHY RENTON, MINISTER OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, AT PRESS CONFERENCE IN HONG KONG ON JANUARY 24, 1986

I AM DELIGHTED TO MEET YOU ALL AGAIN, ALTHOUGH SORRY ONCE AGAIN TO GET YOU ALL UP SO EARLY IN THE MORNING. AS YOU KNOW, THE PRIME PURPOSE OF MY VISIT THIS TIME IS TO TAKE UP THE PLAN RICHARD LUCE HAD BEFORE HE BECAME MINISTER OF THE ARTS TO VISIT CHINA AND THE FAR EAST. I AM PARTICULARLY PLEASED THAT THIS GIVES THE CHANCE OF A FURTHER SHORT VISIT TO HONG KONG, LESS THAN THREE MONTHS AFTER I LAST LEFT. I CAME AS YOU KNOW FROM CHINA WHERE I HAVE JUST SPENT FIVE DAYS. THIS WAS MY FIRST VISIT AND IT PRESENTED AN INVALUABLE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE CHINA AT FIRST HAND. THIS INCLUDED VISITS TO SHANGHAI, CANTON AND SHENZHEN, WHERE I WAS ABLE TO SEE DEVELOPMENTS MANY OF WHICH WILL BE OF CONSIDERABLE FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL INTEREST TO HONG KONG.

I AM SURE IT IS RIGHT THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BROADER AND DEEPER ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BRITAIN AND CHINA, AND THE INCREASE IN CONTACT AND UNDERSTANDING WHICH WILL GO WITH IT, CAN ONLY BE GOOD FOR HONG KONG. THIS WILL CONSOLIDATE CHINA’S OPEN-DOOR POLICY, AND ENHANCE HONG KONG’S IMPORTANCE AS A UNIQUELY CONVENIENT PLACE FROM WHICH BUSINESS CAN BE DONE IN CHINA.

IN PEKING, I HAD A SERIES OF USEFUL TALKS WITH CHINESE LEADERS, PRIMARILY WITH VICE MINISTER ZHOU NAN BUT ALSO WITH FOREIGN MINISTER WU XUEQIAN AND STATE COUNCILLOR JI PENGFEI, THE HEAD CF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE OF THE STATE COUNCIL, WHO WAS OF COURSE THE GOVERNOR’S GUEST HERE IN HONG KONG RECENTLY, AND WITH XU ZHEN OF THE STATE ECONOMIC COMMISSION. THE ATMOSPHERE AND THE TONE OF THE MEETINGS WERE VERY SATISFACTORY. IT HARDLY NEEDS SAYING THAT THE BETTER MINISTERS ON EACH SIDE KNOW EACH OTHER, THE MORE LIKELY THERE IS TO BE TRUST AND UNDERSTANDING.

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SINCE MY ARRIVAL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRIEF THE GOVERNOR ON MY TALKS AND HAVE HAD USEFUL AND -- I THINK IT IS FAIR TO SAY -- STIMULATING MEETINGS WITH EXCO AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. I HAVE LISTENED CAREFULLY TO WHAT I HAVE HEARD AND WILL OF COURSE BE CONVEYING THE VIEWS EXPRESSED TO ME TO MY COLLEAGUES BACK IN LONDON.

YOU WILL NOT BE SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT THE MAIN SUBJECT OF YESTERDAY’S DISCUSSIONS WAS NATIONALITY. I APPRECIATE THAT THIS IS A MATTER OF DEEPLY FELT CONCERN IN HONG KONG, AND, PERHAPS, BEFORE INVITING YOUR QUESTIONS, I CAN JUST SAY A FEW WORDS ON THAT SUBJECT. YOU WILL BE AWARE THAT I ATTENDED THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ON THE DRAFT (AND I EMPHASISE THE WORD DRAFT) ORDER-IN-COUNCIL. THE DEBATES IN PARLIAMENT WERE PRELIMINARY ONES BEFORE THE ORDER IS FORMALLY SUBMITTED, PROBABLY SOME TIME IN MARCH. I HAVE ALSO FOLLOWED AT A DISTANCE THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS ON MONDAY WHICH TOOK PLACE WHILE I WAS IN CHINA. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I HAVE ALSO BEEN FOLLOWING THE DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND IN THE PRESS HERE. AS I TOLD THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS LAST NIGHT, I SHOULD LIKE TO MAKE CLEAR THAT, AS REGARDS AN ENDORSEMENT IN THE BN(O) PASSPORT, PROVIDING A SATISFACTORY FORMULA CAN BE FOUND, HMG WILL AGREE TO THE POSITION BEING MADE CLEAR IN THE PASSPORTS. AS REGARDS THE ETHNIC MINORITIES AND THE EX-SERVICEMEN, IT WAS RIGHT THAT MINISTERS SHOULD MAKE CLEAR TO PARLIAMENT THE DIFFICULTIES INVOLVED IN THE PROPOSALS WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE TO THEM. BUT, AS THEY ALSO MADE CLEAR, THEIR MINDS ARE NOT CLOSED ON THESE ISSUES AND, HAVING ENSURED THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE DIFFICULTIES, THEY ARE READY TO EXAMINE THESE MATTERS FURTHER. THEY HAVE AGREED WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT THAT A TEAM OF OFFICIALS SHOULD VISIT LONDON TO PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE MINORITIES AND THE STATUS OF THE EX-SERVICEMEN CONCERNED. IN CONCLUSION, I SHOULD LIKE TO EMPHASISE THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS VISIT IS PRIMARILY TO ESTABLISH MORE OF THE FACTS. THE DIFFICULTIES ARE REAL ONESj I DO NOT WISH TO RAISE HOPES TOO HIGH.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS :

IVOR ROBERTS: YES, SIR.

Q. I’M FROM WHAT INVESTMENT, BUT I SPEAK ALSO AS A CONSTITUENT CF MR RENTON BACK IN HIS OWN CONSTITUENCY. I HAVE TOO MANY QUESTIONS FOR A NEWS CONFERENCE. I WILL PUT THEM IN WRITING. FIRST OF ALL, DOES MR RENTON NOT AGREE THAT THE SI NO-BRITISH AGREEMENT IS IN FACT AN UNEQUAL TREATY FROM THE POINT OF VIEW CF THE PEOPLE OF BRITAIN AND HK? AND SECONDLY, DOES HE RECOGNISE THAT THERE ARE VERY DEEP FEARS FELT BY THE CATHOLIC AND OTHER CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES HERE ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS OF RELIGION AFTER 1997?

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

W RENTON : I KNOW MR BURKE OF OLD. HE’S A CONSTITUENT OF MINE AND HAS IN THE PAST BEEN A POLITICAL OPPONENT OF MINE. I WELCOME HIM HERE IN HK. ON HIS QUESTION OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION BEING AN UNEQUAL AGREEMENT, NO, SIR. I THINK FROM THE RECEPTION GIVEN TO THAT AGREEMENT WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED, FROM THE OVERWHELMING VIEWS OF THE ASSESSMENT OFFICE HERE IN HK, THIS AGREEMENT WAS WIDELY WELCOMED. IT WAS A UNIQUE ACHIEVEMENT AND OUR AIM NOW, AND I WISH TO STRESS THIS RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE QUESTIONS, IS TO SEE THAT THE PRINCIPLES OF THAT AGREEMENT ARE ENUNCIATED, ARE IMPLEMENTED IN FULL IN THE YEARS AHEAD. WE STAND FOUR SQUARE BEHIND THAT AGREEMENT. ON YOUR QUESTION OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS, THESE ARE GUARANTEED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION, AND WE WISH TO SEE, AS I’VE SAID, THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION IS IMPLEMENTED TO THE FULL.

Q. EMILY LAU, FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW : MR RENTON, IN PEKING YOU STATED THE IMPORTANCE OF CONVERGENCE BETWEEN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN HK AND THE DRAFTING OF THE BASIC LAW WITHOUT SAYING HOW THAT CAN BE DONE. SOME PEOPLE IN HK ARE SUGGESTING THAT THE FIRST DRAFT OF THE BASIC LAW, DEALING WITH THE POLITICAL SYSTEM, SHOULD BE RELEASED IN 1987 TO COINCIDE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S REVIEW, OR MAYBE EVEN TO PRE-EMPT IT AS A WAY OF HELPING CONVERGENCE. HOW DO YOU FEEL ON THIS?

W RENTON : THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THREE POINTS QUICKLY. FIRST, I THINK FAR TOO MUCH PLAY, IF I MAY SAY SO, HAS BEEN MADE ABOUT THE WORD CONVERGENCE. IT IS A TECHNICAL TERM. WHAT IT MEANS IS A QUESTION OF TWO SIDES COMING TOGETHER, IF YOU LIKE, TWO RAILWAY TRACKS MEETING, AT A CROSSING AT A GIVEN POINT IN TIME AND SEEING THAT THE RAILWAY STATION ... THE RAILWAY TRAIN THEN GOES OVER SMOOTHLY FROM ONE SET OF TRACK TO THE OTHER. IT’S NOTHING MORE THAN THAT AND I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON THE SEMANTICS OF THE WORD CONVERGENCE. THE QUESTION OF HOW THIS COMING TOGETHER IS WORKED OUT IN THE YEARS AND MONTHS AHEAD BETWEEN THE REVIEW HERE IN 1987 FOR EXAMPLE AND THE ELECTIONS OF 1988 AND THE BASIC LAW, THAT OF COURSE IS OBVIOUSLY wHAT THE DISCUSSIONS AND THE DETAILED WORK IS GOING TO BE ABOUT IN THE MONTHS AHEAD, AND I DON’T WISH TO ANTICIPATE THE RESULTS OF THAT. IT IS OBVIOUSLY QUITE CLEAR TO ME THAT IF THERE IS TO BE THE SUCCESS THAT WE WANT TO SEE OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, THAT COMING TOGETHER HAS TO HAPPEN SO THAT THERE IS A SMOOTH TRANSITION AND CONTINUING STABILITY AND PROSPERITY THROUGHOUT THE 1990’S.

EMILY LAU : WHAT ABOUT THE QUESTION OF THE BASIC LAW BEING RELEASED IN 1987?

W RENTON s OH, YES. YOUR THIRD POINT. I’M SORRY. I HAVEN’T ANY PRE-VIEW ON THAT. IT IS OF COURSE UP TO THE CHINESE, THE QUESTION CF THE DRAFTING OF THE BASIC LAW. I UNDERSTAND THAT MEMBERS OF bOTH THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING COMMITTEE AND THE CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPOINTED, AND PRESUMABLY THERE ARE, I KNOW, MANY HONGKONGERS REPRESENTED ON BOTH OF THOSE COMMITTEES. IF THEY THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE THAT A DRAFT SHOULD BE RELEASED EARLY ON, THEY WILL BE MAKING THAT POINT KNOWN TO THE CHINESE SIDE THROUGH THE COMMITTEES.

/Q. NICK .......

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Q. NICK BEACROFT FROM RTHK. ON OUR PROGRAMME LAST NIGHT WE HAD AN UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MR DESMOND LEE SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF A NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL COUNCILLORS, SAYING THAT THEY MAY PASS A MOTION DENOUNCING THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT OVER THE NATIONALITY ISSUE. I’D LIKE YOUR REACTION TO THAT. I KNOW YOU’VE GIVEN US SOME COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE NATIONALITY ISSUE, BUT I’D LIKE YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT NOW THAT LEGCO MAY ACTUALLY DENOUNCE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT?

|VR RENTON : WELL, THEY’RE PARLIAMENTARIANS ON LEGCO, THEY’RE REPRESENTING ALL VIEWS OF HK AS ARE PARLIAMENTARIANS IN WESTMINSTER REPRESENTING ALL VIEWS AND IT’S UP TO THEM, INDIVIDUAL PARLIAMENTARIANS, TO EXPRESS THE OPINIONS THAT THEY WANT TO, THAT AFTER ALL BE IT IN HK, BE IT IN WESTMINSTER, IS THE BENEFIT OF THE FREE SOCIETY IN WHICH WE ALL LIVE. I MUST CONFESS THOUGH THAT FROM THE ATMOSPHERE THAT I FOUND IN LEGCO YESTERDAY WITH THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS I WOULD BE VERY SURPRISED IF THIS HAPPENED. I FOUND A ... OBVIOUSLY INTERESTED RECEPTION, A CONCERNED RECEPTION, THAT LISTENED VERY CAREFULLY TO WHAT I HAD TO SAY AND THE STATEMENT THAT I HAVE JUST GIVEN YOU, AND MY OWN VIEW IS THAT IT SHOWS WHAT WE’VE SAID ALL ALONG, THAT MINISTERS IN LONDON DO NOT HAVE CLOSED MINDS ON THESE ISSUES. WE ARE LISTENING AND I WOULD HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE STATEMENT OF MINE WAS MUCH WELCOMED BY THE UNOFFICIALS AND THAT THEY WILL NOW BE WAITING TO SEE, FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT COMES OUT OF THE TEAM OF OFFICIALS GOING TO LONDON WHO ARE GOING TO TALK MORE, OBVIOUSLY, ABOUT THE WORDING OF THE ENDORSEMENT, ALL OF THESE THINGS LIE AHEAD OF US. I FOUND A VERY INTERESTED AND DARE I SAY FRIENDLY RECEPTION FROM UNOFFICIALS LAST NIGHT.

NICK BEACROFT s IS THERE A DANGER THOUGH THAT AN ANTI-BRITISH FEELING IS BUILDING UP IN HK?

MR RENTON : WELL, YOU’RE THE HONGKONGERS. YOU CAN TELL ME BETTER ... (INTERJECTION FROM N. BEACROFT) ... I WOULD JUST MAKE THE POINT THAT I DON’T SEE IT MYSELF AT ALL.

Q. I HAVE A QUESTION IN CHINESE. (TRANSLATOR) s I’M FROM COMMERCIAL RADIO. WHEN YOU LAST VISITED HK YOU SAID THAT BRITAIN WILL IN FUTURE PLAY AN ADVISORY ROLE IN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN HK. IS THIS STILL THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S STAND AND IS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ... WHAT IS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S VIEW ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF H.E.’S POSITION AND THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN HK?

MR RENTON : I’M VERY SORRY. I DIDN’T CATCH MOST OF THAT IN TRANSLATION. WOULD SOMEONE LIKE TO GIVE IT TO ME IN ENGLISH?

I DO APOLOGISE. I DON’T THINK THIS ONE IS WORKING. WOULD SOMEONE LIKE TO GIVE ME THAT QUESTION ... YES.

COMMERCIAL RADIO ENGLISH : WE WERE ASKING THAT LAST TIME, DURING YOUR VISIT HERE, YOU SAID THAT BRITAIN WILL NOT REALLY TAKE THE ACTIVE ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF HK, PARTICULARLY THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT. IS THE BRITISH STAND STILL THE SAME NOW?

/MR RSNTON • ........

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MR RENTON : I THINK THE POSITION ON THIS IS QUITE CLEAR AND I HOPE THAT IS AN ACCURATE TRANSLATION, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING IT TO ME. THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HK UP UNTIL THE YEAR 1997 LIES FIRMLY AND SQUARELY WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, AND THERE’S NO QUALIFICATION TO THAT. THAT IS AN ABSOLUTE STATEMENT. BUT I HAVE NO DOUBT, AND I HOPE THAT I MADE THIS CLEAR WHEN I WAS LAST HERE ON MY VERY INTERESTING VISIT IN OCTOBER, THAT WHAT WE ALL WISH TO DO IS TO DEVELOP AN ELECTORAL SYSTEM, A GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM, A CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM, WHATEVER YOU THINK IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE WORD, IN HK THAT IS APPROPRIATE TO THE UNIQUE NEEDS AND SYSTEM OF HK. NOW I’VE NO DOUBT THAT THROUGH LEGCO, WITH THE HELP OF LEGCO, THE ADMINISTRATION, THE GOVERNMENT HERE IN HK WILL BE CONSIDERING HOW BEST TO TAP OPINION IN HK OVER THE MONTHS AHEAD PRIOR TO THE 87 REVIEW. THAT IS AFTER ALL THEIR JOB, SOMETHING THAT WAS DONE, FOR EXAMPLE, IN RELATION TO THE ASSESSMENT OFFICE OR BEFORE THE GREEN PAPER A FEW YEARS AGO THAT LED ON TO THE WHITE PAPER OF 84. FROM THAT OF COURSE THE HK GOVERNMENT WILL BE GIVING VIEWS TO US IN LONDON AS TO WHAT SHOULD GO INTO THE ELECTORAL REVIEW OF 87. BUT THIS IS A MATTER IN WHICH THE VIEWS IN HK, BECAUSE IT IS A UNIQUE SITUATION, ARE OBVIOUSLY OF VERY SUBSTANTIAL IMPORTANCE. THIS IS A SYSTEM TO BE DEVELOPED THAT WILL SUIT THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE IN HK. BUT IN SAYING THAT I’M NOT BACKING OUT IN ANY SENSE FROM THE OVERRIDING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HK THAT RESTS WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN LONDONr_

Q. I’M FROM THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION. PATRICIA PENN. THERE DOES SEEM TO BE A MASSIVE CONTRADICTION BETWEEN WHAT YOU SAID IN NOVEMBER AND WHAT YOU SAID IN PEKING BECAUSE THE TERM CONVERGENCE WAS USED BY YOURSELF ABOUT EIGHT TIMES IN PEKING I THINK. NOW, IN NOVEMBER YOU EMPHASISED THAT IT WOULD BE UP TO HONGKONGERS TO DEVISE A SYSTEM THAT WOULD BE SUITABLE TO HK AND IT WOULD NOT BE FOR BRITAIN. NOW THE MESSAGE WE’RE GETTING IS THAT CHINA AND BRITAIN ARE TOGETHER GOING TO STEER HK TOWARDS SOMETHING THAT IS SUITABLE TO FUTURE GOVERNMENT.

fR RENTON : I REALLY WOULD SUGGEST, WITH ALL RESPECT, THAT YOU DON’T LOOK TOO MUCH FOR HIDDEN MEANINGS OR SIGNIFICANCES IN THE USE OF THE WORD CONVERGENCE. FIRST, I USED THAT IN PEKING BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW OF A BETTER WORD. I’VE TRIED TO EXPLAIN BRIEFLY WHAT IS IN OUR MIND THE CONCEPT OF TWO RAILWAY TRACKS COMING TOGETHER AT THE CROSSING POINT, BUT IF YOU CAN SUGGEST TO ME, MADAM, A BETTER WORD THAT MEANS THE SAME THING I’LL GLADLY USE IT. I SAID THAT IN PEKING, I’LL SAY THAT NOW. NOW THE QUESTION ABOUT THE FUTURE GOVERNMENT AND LEGISLATURE OF THE HK SPECIAL ADMINISTRATION, IT IS ENSHRINED IN ANNEXE ONE ATTACHED TO THE JOINT DECLARATION THAT ... I’LL READ THE ACTUAL WORDS ... THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LEGISLATURE OF THE HK SPECIAL ADMINISTRATION SHOULD BE COMPOSED CF LOCAL INHABITANTS. THE WORD LOCAL IS THEN USED TWO OR THREE TIMES, AT LEAST TWICE, AGAIN IN THAT PARAGRAPH. SO OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT THAT HAS TO SUIT LOCAL PEOPLE AND THE LOCAL CONDITIONS HERE IN HK. THAT IS ENSHRINED IN, AS I SAY, ANNEXE ONE ATTACHED TO THE JOINT AGREEMENT. BUT IN SAYING THAT I DON’T RUN AWAY FROM THE OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY OF HMG FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HK, NOR DO I DENY THE CONCEPT THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR A COMING TOGETHER OF WHAT HAPPENS IN 87 WITH THE REVIEW, THE ELECTIONS OF 88, WITH THE BASIC LAW, BECAUSE IF THERE WEREN’T THERE OBVIOUSLY COULD BE A VERY UNPLEASANT JOLT SOME TIME AFTER 97. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THAT’S COMMONSENSE.

/Q. SIMON .........

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Q SIMON FUNG FROM RTHK. AFTER YOUR MEETING

OFFICIALS YOU MENTIONED SOMETHING AND I QUOTE : THERE WAS CONVERGENCE IN OUR VIEWS ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT IN HK BUT YOU ALSO SAID THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS NO PRECONCEIVED IDEA ON OUR POLITICAL REFORMS, SO WHY IS THERE A DISCREPANCY THERE?

MR RENTON : I DON’T SEE ANY DISCREPANCY AT ALL. THERE IS CONVERGENCE ABOUT THE •• THERE'S AGREEMENT ON THE NEED TO CONVERGt ON THE PRINCIPLE, THAT IS A PRINCIPLE STATEMENT, IT IS A STATEMENT AROtJT PRINCIPLES AND IT MUST BE ACCEPTABLE TO ALL OF THOSE ... AND FORGET ABOUT*THE WORD CONVERGENCE, GIVE ME A BETTER ONE IF YOU WISH BUT THAT PRINCIPLE OF THE NEED FOR COMING TOGETHER SO THAT THERE AREN’T SEVERE JOLTS MUST BE ONE THAT THE PEOPLE IN HK, WHO ARE PRAGMATIC PEOPLE, WHO ABOVE ALL WISH TO SEE A CONTINUITY CF THE PROSPERITY AND STAB L TY THAT HAS BEEN THE HALLMARK Or HK ?N THE 20 YEARS SINCE I FIRST CAME HERE, THAT THEY WANT TO SEE THAT GO ON. THAT’S QUITE CLEAR, BUT AS TO WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS IN THE 87 REVIEW THE DETAIL OF THAT, I SAY, AND I REPEAT, WE AS A BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAVE NO PRECONCEIVED IDEAS ABOUT WHAT SHOULD So Into that review, we’re waiting to listen and to be told through THF HK GOVERNMENT EQUALLY I HAVE TO SAY I DON’T THINK THAT THE CHINESE AT THIS EARLY STAGE HAVE ANY PRECONCEIVED IDEAS ABOUT WHAT SHOULD GO INTO THE BASIC LAW.

Q. CLAUDIA MO, AFP. SIR, WHY DID YOU FAIL TO MENTION THE WISHES OF HK PEOPLE ALTOGETHER IN YOUR STATEMENTS IN PEKING?

NR RENTON : I’M NOT AWARE THAT I DID AND IN ANY CASE I HAVE JUST MADE IT ABSOLUTELY PLAIN NOW IN MY STATEMENT, IN WHAT I HAVE SAID, AND SO I RE-EMPHASISE THAT OF COURSE THE WISHES OF HK PEOPLE HAVE TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. IF I DIDN’T SAY THAT IN PEKING, PERHAPS I WASN’T ASKED THE RIGHT QUESTION.

Q. HUGH DAVIES, DAILY TELEGRAPH s IF DURING THIS REVIEW THERE’S A MOVE FROM LEGCO FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS, WHAT WOULD BE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S ATTITUDE?

hR RENTON : THAT’S A TOTALLY HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION. I’M NOT PREPARED TO GIVE HYPOTHETICAL ANSWERS TO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SITUATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS THAT DON’T YET EXIST.

Q. HUGH DAVIES t BUT SURELY THIS AGREEMENT IS BASED ON A ' HYPOTHETICAL CONCEPT THAT CAPITALISM AND COMMUNISM CAN EXIST IN A MARXIST STATE?

/MR RENJOH : .......

FRIDAY, JANUARY .4, 1986

,*R RENTON : WELL OBVIOUSLY THE AGREEMENT IS BASED ON THE CONCEPT, AS YOU SAY, OF ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS. THAT IS A UNIQUE CONCEPT. IT WAS WIDELY HERALDED AND APPLAUDED IN 1984 WHEN THE DECLARATION WAS SIGNED AND WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET HOW WELL RECEIVED THAT DECLARATION AND THE AGREEMENT WAS. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED TO CHANGE THAT, BUT THE WORKING OUT OF THIS IN PRACTICE ... THERE ARE NOT SET TEXTBOOK RULES OBVIOUSLY AND IT IS THAT THAT IS NOW GOING TO CONCERN US ALL IN THE YEARS AHEAD, THAT WE’RE ALL GOING TO BE THINKING ABOUT AND THAT STIMULATES THE QUESTIONS FROM YOU THIS MORNING AND FROM THE UNOFFICIALS IN MANY CASES LAST NIGHT. IT WOULD BE QUITE WRONG FOR ME TO MAKE PRIOR JUDGEMENTS ABOUT DIRECT OR INDIRECT ELECTIONS FOR EXAMPLE WHEN IT IS ALL HYPOTHETICAL, NONE OF THESE PROPOSITIONS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD YET. WE’VE GOT TO WAIT AND SEE HOW THE SUGGESTIONS FLOW FORWARD IN THE PERIOD LEADING UP TO THE 87 REVIEW TO WHICH, AS A GOVERNMENT, WE’RE COMMITTED AND WE’RE ALSO COMMITTED TO THE KNOWLEDGE THAT IT MUST BE A SERIOUS REVIEW.

Q. LAI TING-YIU FROM HK ECONOMIC JOURNAL. MR RENTON YOU TOLD THE PRESS IN PEKING THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WOULD GET IN TOUCH WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IN FUTURE TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDINGS. I WANT TO KNOW, WERE THERE ANY MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN THESE TWO SIDES BEFORE YOU WENT TO PEKING. AND WAS IT THIS KIND OF MISUNDERSTANDING THAT CAUSED THE STATEMENT OF MR XU JIATUN, THE DIRECTOR OF XINHUA, SAYING THAT SOMEBODY VIOLATED THE AGREEMENT? WERE THERE ANY MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN THE BRITISH AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENTS BEFORE YOU WENT TO PEKING?

MR RENTON : THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP HAS NOW MET TWICE, WHICH IS THE MOST REGULAR AND OFFICIAL CONTACT BETWEEN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AS YOU WILL KNOW, AND THE PURPOSE OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP MEETINGS, AND THE LAST ONE WAS IN DECEMBER, IS TO HAMMER OUT MISUNDERSTANDINGS, TO IRON THEM OUT AND TO ARRIVE AT SENSIBLE CONCLUSIONS. NOW OBVIOUSLY IN THE YEARS AHEAD THERE ARE GOING AT TIMES TO BE WHAT I WOULD CALL MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS WORKING OUT THE DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT. BUT THE POINT OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP FIRST OF ALL WILL BE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT SENSIBLE, PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS ARE ARRIVED AT, AND THIS HAS ALREADY HAPPENED IN THE JLG. I THINK AFTER THE FIRST TWO MEETINGS WE CAN SEE JUST WHAT A SUCCESSFUL BODY IT IS BEING, AND THE AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE ON THE RIGHT OF ABODE ENDORSEMENT IN THE NEW PASSPORT, THAT IS ONE VERY CONCRETE INSTANCE OF THAT. SO OF COURSE THESE CONTACTS BETWEEN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE NOT ONLY THROUGH THE JLG BUT ALSO AT MINISTERIAL LEVEL BECAUSE I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT IT IS ONLY BY REGULAR CONTACT AND INCREASED EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AT ALL LEVELS THAT WE CAN AVOID FUTURE MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND IN PRACTICE AND IN A PRAGMATIC WAY WORK OUT THE DETAIL OF THIS REMARKABLE DECLARATION AND AGREEMENT.

Q. MAY CHENG OF ATV. THE HK UMELCO MEMBERS SAID IF BRITAIN INSISTS ON EVADING ITS RESPONSIBILITY ON THE BN(O) PASSPORT, THE NON-CHINESE MINORITY GROUP AND THE EX-SERVICEMEN, THEN THE HK GOVERNMENT WILL BE MADE INTO A LAME DUCK GOVERNMENT. DO YOU SEE THAT AS THE SITUATION OF THE HK GOVERNMENT?

/MR REHTON : ........

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hfi RENTON : NO, I CERTAINLY DON’T. I SEE ABSOLUTELY NO SIGN OF THE * GOVERNMENT BEING A LAME DUCK GOVERNMENT. THE ECONOMY HERE IS STRONG, THE HANG SENG INDEX WAS AT A RECORD HIGH A FEW DAYS AGO, PROPERTY PRICES ARE GOOD, AND FOR EXAMPLE THE LAND COMMISSION WORKING JOINTLY BETWEEN HK OFFICIALS AND THE CHINESE HAS ALREADY REACHED AGREEMENT ON THE HANDLING OF LAND PROPERTY SALES AND ON HOW THE PREMIUM ON THESE SALES SHOULD BE DIVIDED. NOW ALL OF THIS IS A SIGN OF ABSOLUTELY ... AN ABSOLUTELY EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT LIVING UP TO ITS RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THE SAME WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, I MEAN INSOFAR AS WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION WE’RE GOING TO LIVE UP TO OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO IMPLEMENT THE JOINT DECLARATION IN FULL. ON THE ACTUAL QUOTATION, MADAM, WITH WHICH YOU STARTED OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE TO THINK AND I HAVE STRONG CONFIDENCE THAT THIS WILL BE SO, THAT IN THE LIGHT OF THE STATEMENT THAT I ANNOUNCED LAST NIGHT AND THAT I REPEATED TO YOU THIS MORNING UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, AS I SAID EARLIER, THEY WILL NOW SEE THAT WE HAVE NOT GOT A CLOSED MIND ON THESE VERY SENSITIVE NATIONALITY ISSUES AND THEY OF COURSE WILL BE RIDING ALONG WITH US TO SEE WHAT WE CAN WORK OUT IN PRACTICAL DETAILS IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS AHEAD ON THESE ISSUES. BUT LET

STRESS AGAIN THERE ARE VERY SUBSTANTIAL DIFFICULTIES OF PRINCIPLE ON THE QUESTION OF THE ETHNIC MINORITIES AND THE EX-SERVICEMEN. THESE WERE SPELT OUT IN DETAIL IN BOTH THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND HOUSE OF LORDS DEBATE BY THE RESPONSIBLE MINISTERS. I DON’T WANT THEREFORE TO GO INTO THEM IN DETAIL AGAIN THIS MORNING UNLESS YOU WISH ME TO. BUT IT WOULD BE QUITE WRONG NOT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THESE VERY SUBSTANTIAL DIFFICULTIES OF PRINCIPLE EXIST.

Q. MR RENTON, FENELLA SUN FROM RTHK. YOU MENTIONED THAT BRITAIN HAS NO PRECONCEIVED IDEA ABOUT HOW HK IS TO BE RUN, BUT IS IT TRUE THAT BRITAIN AND CHINA HAVE SOME KIND OF AGREEMENT ON THE BASELINE OR THE PRINCIPLES OF HOW HK IS GOING TO BE RUN? IF SO, WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPLES, AND, IF NOT, WHY DON’T YOU RAISE THIS POINT WITH THE CHINESE?

t'R REN’rON : I THINK, MADAM, YOU REALLY ARE ANTICIPATING THE DISCUSSIONS, THE DETAILED DISCUSSIONS AS I SAID EARLIER THAT ARE GOING TO OCCUPY YOU ALL OVER THE WEEKS AND MONTHS AHEAD. I MEAN, QUITE CLEARLY YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE AN INTENSIVE POLITICAL DEBATE IN HK. THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY MADE CLEAR TO ME WHEN I WAS HERE IN OCTOBER. THERE ARE GOING TO BE ALL SORTS OF VIEWS EXPRESSED BY INTERESTED HK PEOPLE, BE THEY PROFESSORS, BE THEY JOURNALISTS, BE THEV PARLIAMENTARIANS, ABOUT THE WAY THE COURSE OF CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE SHOULD HAPPEN. NOW THAT IS YOUR RIGHT, YOUR PRIVILEGE, IN A FREE SOCIETY. I DON’T, AND MY GOVERNMENT DOESN’T HAVE A PRECONCEIVED VIEW ON THE DETAIL, WE DON’T HAVE PRECONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE FORM OF CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE THAT SHOULD HAPPEN BECAUSE WE WANT TO SEE WHAT’S IN THE 87 REVIEW, AS YOU DO. AND THEREFORE WE AREN’T HAVING DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THIS WITH THE CHINESE, THE DETAIL AT THIS STAGE, BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE, I THINK YOU USED THE PHRASE, A BASEL'HE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT THAT WE STAND FOUR SQUARE BEHIND IMPLEMENTING THIS DOCUMENT, THE DRAFT AGREEMENT THESE ARE WHERE THE PRINCIPLES ARE, THIS IS WHERE THE BASELINE IS, AND WE ARE WHOLLY COMMITTED TO IMPLEMENTING THIS.

SO I HAVE TO TELL YOU, DO I BELIEVE, ARE THE CHINESE.

/Q. STEPHS! .........

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Q. STEPHEN DAVIES, RTHK : IN YOUR STATEMENT TODAY YOU’VE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF BROADER AND DEEPER ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN ERITAIN AND CHINA. I THINK THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE IN HK SUPPOSE THAT THAT’S ACTUALLY THE BASIS OF BRITAIN’S RELATIONS WITH CHINA OVER THE JOINT DECLARATION, AND WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT, THAT IS WHAT INFORMS THE RELATIVELY SUPINE ATTITUDE THAT SEEMS TO COME ACROSS WITH WORDS LIKE CONVERGENCE ETC. OVER THE LAST SIX OR SEVEN MONTHS AND THAT IN FACT IS LOSING THE DIPLOMATIC BATTLE, IF YOU LIKE, FOR THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF HK PEOPLE.

bR RENTON i I DO GET VERY BORED WITH THIS CONCEPT OF SUPINE

ATTITUDE. THERE IS NO REALITY TO IT. IT’S SUCH AN EASY THING TO SAY, BUT WHO DOES IT HELP WHEN YOU SAY IT? IF ANYONE WISHES

TO SEE GHOSTS IN THE SHADOWS, IF YOU WISH TO SIR, IT’S YOUR

PRIVILEGE, BUT IT’S NOT MY JOB TO SEE GHOSTS THAT DON’T EXIST. THERE HAS BEEN NO SUPINE ATTITUDE ON THE PART OF THE BRITISH. THERE HAS BEEN NO SUPINE ATTITUDE IN THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP. AS I SAID EARLIER THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP MEETINGS HAVE ALREADY PRODUCED CONCRETE RESULTS SUCH AS THE AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE ON THE RIGHT OF ABODE ENDORSEMENT IN THE NEW PASSPORT. TO GO AROUND SAYING, OH BUT THE BRITISH ARE ALL SUPINE, I THINK THAT YOU IN DOING THAT ARE ACTUALLY GOING AGAINST WHAT I’M TRYING TO ACHIEVE, WHICH IS THIS CONTINUANCE OF PROSPERITY AND STABILITY. THAT IS MY JOB, THAT IS THE JOB OF MINISTERS IN LONDON, AND THAT IS WHAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO.

STEPHEN DAVIES : THE THRUST OF THE QUESTION WAS YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN BRITAIN AND CHINA.

NR RENTON : I’M COMING ON TO THAT. OF COURSE, OF COURSE. BUT LET bE GIVE YOU THAT BACKGROUND. I DON’T AGREE WITH YOU AT ALL ON THESE WORDS SUPINE OR WHATEVER AND I DON’T THINK IT IS HELPFUL TO WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE TO USE THEM. I MEAN THEY MAY MAKE GOOD HEADLINES, BUT THEY’RE NOT FACTS. NOW, THE TRADE BETWEEN BRITAIN AND CHINA. OF COURSE, CHINA, WE ALL KNOW, IS IN THE BUSINESS OF A MAJOR CAPITAL EXPANSION PROGRAMME. THE SEVENTH FIVE YEAR PLAN IS ABOUT TO BE ANNOUNCED. WE AS A MAJOR EXPORTING NATION HOPE TO WIN SUBSTANTIAL CONTRACTS THERE, LIKE THE GEC CONTRACT FOR THE TURBINES IN THE DAYA BAY POWER PROJECT. WE BELIEVE THAT THESE CONTRACTS WILL BE OF SUBSTANTIAL HELP TO HK, OFTEN BECAUSE OF HK’S OWN INVESTMENT, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL INTERESTS IN CHINA. WE CAN RIDE IN MANY CASES ON EACH OTHER’S BACKS. WE SEE THIS HAPPENING. BUT TO SAY ON FROM THAT THAT WE’RE NOT INTERESTED IN TRADE WITH HK IS TO FORGET THAT OUR EXPORTS TO HK TODAY ARE NEARLY THREE TIMES OUR EXPORTS TO CHINA. HK IS A MAJOR TRADING PARTNER FOR BRITAIN, AND I’VE NO INTENTION THAT WE SHOULD LOSE SIGHT OF THAT FACT.

/q. JANE........

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

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Q. JANE HUTCHEON FROM ATV NEWS : INDICATED ITS DISAPPROVAL (A) FOR AND (B) FOR THE PRESENT POLITICAL

HAS THE PEKING GOVERNMENT

THE CONCEPT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS REFORMS?

I»R RENTON : THE ANSWER IS NO TO BOTH QUESTIONS.

WONG FROM FINANCIAL DAILY: YOU DID TALK A LOT ON THE WORD CONVERGENCE. COULD I PUT THIS TO YOU : CONVERGENCE, DOES THAT WORD ALSO MEAN THAT THE SYSTEM ’ ~ --------------- * SHOULD BE CONVERGED WITH THAT TO BE LAID

Q. MICHAEL

DEVELOPING BEFORE 1997

DOWN BY THE BASIC LAW

AND NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND?

NOT A PROFESSOR OF PERHAPS IT SHOULD BE.

NR RENTON : I THINK YOU CAN READ ... I’M SEMANTICS, MY NAME IS NOT HENRY HIGGINS. BUT I SAY AGAIN THAT THE CONCEPT OF CONVERGENCE, AS I SEE IT, IS TO DRAW ONCE AGAIN ON THE RAILWAY TRACK ANALOGY. WE ARE CREATING A SET OF RAILWAY LINES THAT LEAD UP TO 1997, THE CHINESE WILL BE CREATING A SET OF RAILWAY LINES THAT LEAD ON FROM 1997. THE NEED IS TO SEE THAT THOSE TWO RAILWAY LINES MEET TOGETHER AT A CROSSING POINT AT WHICH THERE WON’T BE GREAT JOLTS THAT WILL UPSET EITHER THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE OF HK OR THEIR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY THAT IS SO FUNDAMENTAL TO YOU ALL. THAT’S ALL. TO ME CONVERGENCE t€ANS TWO OR MORE PEOPLE MOVING IN THE SAME DIRECTION IN ORDER TO ARRIVE IN APPROXIMATELY THE SAME PLACE AT APPROXIMATELY THE SAME TIME. NOW THAT’S NOT A DEFINITION OF CONVERGENCE, BUT THERE’S NOTHING MORE SINISTER TO IT THAN THAT, IT IS NOT ONE BEING INFERIOR TO THE OTHER OR THE OTHER BEING SUPERIOR TO THE FIRST. I SAY AGAIN, SUGGESTIONS FOR A NEW WORD FOR CONVERGENCE PLEASE WILL BE VERY GRATEFULLY RECEIVED, BECAUSE I THINK IT IS A PITY WE SHOULD SPEND SO MUCH TIME ON SEMANTIC POINTS WHEN OF COURSE THERE ARE

FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS TO BE DISCUSSED.

™a/'cONCERNINGFPOL mCALEREFORMA|NNHK YOU SnuWt Y0U HAVE SA,D

* PEOPLE WANT. HOW DO YOU SEE T^GAP bLSg BR | DGEDj™" """

^^E^TON : 1 THINK SIR YOU ARE PUTTING WORDS INTO MY MOUTH THAT I D DN T EXACTLY SAY, PARTICULARLY IN WHAT YOU SAID AT THE SEINING J WAS TALKING ABOUT EXCHANGE OF VIEWS HERE IN HK ON issUES, ON THE POLITICAL REFORM. I’M NOT AWARE AB0UT ^CHANGE OF VIEWS IN PEKING ABOUT THE POLITICAL

REFORMS OF THE MONTHS AND YEARS IMMEDIATELY AHEAD.

RELATIONSHIP^ETWEE^PEOPLE WHO^IvJ'lS’rn/n’ C0NCERNS THE

COUNTRY. COULD YOU TELL US s?rL ijuv Tuc°h0NIES AND THE MOTHER DIFFERENTLY BY THE BRITISH THE PEOPLE OF HK ARE TREATED

GIBRALTAR AND THE FALKLANDS - W MALVINAS ifLANDS?E WH° L'VE *N

/MH RENTCN-; ........

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1986

MR RENTON : I THINK YOU GIVE ME PART OF THE ANSWER IN YOUR USE OF THE WORDS FALKLANDS OR MALVINAS ISLANDS. THERE IS NO PARALLEL AT ALL BETWEEN THE SITUATION IN HK AND THAT IN THE FALKLANDS. THE BRITISH NATIONALITY ACT (FALKLAND ISLANDS) OF 83 CONFERRED BRITISH CITIZENSHIP ON THE FALKLAND ISLANDS BECAUSE OF THEIR PARTICULAR ROLE IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC HOSTILITIES, AND IT HAS TO EE REMEMBERED THAT ARGENTINA HAS STILL NOT FORMALLY CEASED A DECLARATION OF HOSTILITIES AGAINST THE FALKLAND ISLANDS. IT WAS MADE CLEAR DURING THE PASSAGE OF THAT ACT THAT THIS SITUATION WAS WHOLLY EXCEPTIONAL AND THAT IT DIDN’T PROVIDE A PRECEDENT FOR OTHER DEPENDENT TERRITORIES. THE MAJORITY OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS, I HAVE TO TELL YOU, AND I WAS THERE MYSELF LAST MAY, THEY ARE ALREADY BR ITISH CITI ZENS EITHER BECAUSE THEY WERE PREVIOUSLY CITIZENS OF THE UK AND COLONIES WITH THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE UK THROUGH THEIR PARENTS OR THROUGH THEIR GRANDPARENTS. THERE IS THEREFORE NO PARALLEL WHATSOEVER WITH THE POSITION, THE SENSITIVE POSITION, OF NON-ETHNIC CHINESE MINORITIES IN HK. ON THE QUESTION CF GIBRALTAR ... I’M SORRY TO TAKE A LITTLE LONG ANSWERING THIS QUESTION, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT AND THERE’S IMPORTANT DETAIL IN IT, THERE IS NO PARALLEL EITHER. BRITISH CITIZENSHIP HAS NOT BEEN CONFERRED ON THE GIBRALTARIANS IN THE WAY THAT IT IS SUGGESTED THAT ‘WE SHOULD CONFER IT ON THE NON-ETHNIC MINORITIES IN HK. PEOPLE CLOSELY CONNECTED WITH GIBRALTAR, AND I STRESS THE WORDS CLOSELY CONNECTED, BECAUSE THIS IS OF COURSE AN ESSENTIAL CONCEPT OF OUR CITIZENSHIP THESE DAYS, THEY ARE ALREADY BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZENS. THEY HAVE AN UNCONDITIONAL ENTITLEMENT TO REGISTRATION AS BRITISH CITIZENS BECAUSE THEY NOW FALL TO BE TREATED AS UK NATIONALS FOR EUROPEAN COMMUNITY PURPOSES. THIS IS THEREFORE THE TWO REASONS ABOUT OR WHY IT’S QUITE INAPPROPRIATE TO DRAW A PARALLEL WITH EITHER FALKLANDS OR WITH GIBRALTER.

Q. BETTY LIU, TVB NEWS. THIS IS A QUESTION ON NATIONALITY. UMELCO STATED LAST WEEK THAT UNLESS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS THE UNOFFICIAL’S STAND ON IT, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IS NOT DISCHARGING ITS MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THE PEOPLE OF HK, THE COMMITTMENT MRS THATCHER MADE THREE YEARS AGO. DOES THIS COMMITTMENT STILL STAND?

MR RENTON : FIRST OF ALL CAN I SAY THAT AS FAR AS THE POSITION OF THE UNOFFICIALS, I WOULD ASSUME THAT, THAT WHAT I’VE ALREADY SAID, THAT THE STATEMENT I ANNOUNCED LAST NIGHT AND REPEATED TO YOU ALL THIS MORNING, THAT THIS WILL HAVE AN IMPORTANT IMPACT ON THE MINDS OF UNOFFICIALS. I HOPE IT DOES BECAUSE THEY’RE FAIR-MINDED PEOPLE AND THEY WILL SEE NOW THAN OUR MINDS ARE, AS WE’VE SAID ALL ALONG, NOT CLOSED, THAT THE POINT OF HAVING A PRELIMINARY DEBATE ON THE DRAFT OF A DRAFT ORDER WAS THAT WE SHOULD HEAR ABOUT OBJECTIONS AND THEN CONSIDER WHETHER AMENDMENTS ARE POSSIBLE.

THAT IS EXACTLY THE COURSE WE’RE FOLLOWING. ON THE QUESTION OF MORAL RESPONSIBILITY I DO HAVE TO SAY THIS: OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS AS I HAVE SAID EARLIER, OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITY, IS TO SEE THAT THE AGREEMENT THAT WE SO PAINFULLY NEGOTIATED AND THAT WAS HERALDED WORLDWIDE AS SUCH AN ACHIEVEMENT, THAT THAT IS IMPLEMENTED TO THE FULL. THIS IS OUR MORAL RESPONSIBILITY AND IT IS A RESPONSIBILITY THE FIVE MILLION PEOPLE IN HK ARE, NOW MATTER WHAT NATIONALITY THEY ARE, AND IT IS THAT RESPONSIBILITY THAT AS I’VE SAID WE SHALL CONTINUE TO DISCHARGE TO THE FULL. THAT IS WHERE OUR" MORAL RESPONSIBILITY LIES.

/Q. FANNY.........

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Q FANNY WONG, ORIENTAL DAILY NEWS : MR RENTON IT WAS EARLIER SUGGESTED THAT NEXT YEAR’S POLITICAL REVIEW WILL AN EMPTY REVlt^ AND LAST NIGHT YOU ASSURED UMELCO MEMBERS THAT OUR REVIEW WILL BE A SERIOUS ONE. COULD YOU GIVE US AN IDEA OF HOW SERIOUS?

NR RENTON : I HONESTLY THINK THAT’S UP TO YOU PEOPLE IN HK TO SHOW - -- - - ARE going TO BE MAKING

HOW SERIOUSLY YOU TAKE IT. IT IS YOU WHO

THE SUGGESTIONS, AS I’VE ALREADY SAID, NOT ME. BUT I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT I HAVE ADVISED THE CHINESE THAT THIS MUST BE A SERIOUS REVIEW. THAT IS WHAT WE EXPECT IT TO BE AND THE CONTENT THOUGH NOW CF WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT IS UP TO YOU, BECAUSE IT IS UP TO YOU TO COME FORWARD WITH YOUR FEELINGS, YOUR SUGGESTIONS.

HUGH DAVIES, DAILY TELEGRAPH : HOW CAN YOU GIVE GUARANTEES OF WHAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S REACTION IS GOING TO BE?

W RENTON : OF COURSE ONE DOESN’T GIVE HYPOTHETICAL GUARANTEES ABOUT DOCUMENTS THAT HAVEN’T BEEN WRITTEN YET. IT REALLY WOULD

HUGH DAVIES : YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE REVIEW, SAYING THAT YOU’LL TAKE EVERYTHING SERIOUSLY, BUT YOU STILL WON’T MAKE ANY PROMISE AS TO WHAT, TO THE PEOPLE HERE, AS TO WHAT YOU WILL DO IF THEY COME UP WITH A MAJOR, AH, SOMETHING THAT WILL OBVIOUSLY UPSET THE CHINESE, SUCH AS DIRECT ELECTIONS.

M? RENTON s I REALLY DON’T THINK IT IS HELPFUL OR USEFUL TO SPEND OUR TIME CHASING THE WILLOWISPS OF OVER FERTILE MINDS. THE REVIEW IS AHEAD OF THE PEOPLE OF HK. IT IS UP TO THEM TO MAKE THEIR SUGGESTIONS AND I’M SURE THE OFFICIALS AND UNOFFICIALS WILL BE SEEKING FOR THE APPROPRIATE AVENUES FOR THOSE SUGGESTIONS TO BE CHANNELLED SO THEY CAN LISTEN TO THEM. THEY DID THIS WITH THE ASSESSMENT OFFICE, FOR EXAMPLE, OVER THE AGREEMENT, AND THAT IS THE PROPER COURSE FOR ME TO FOLLOW, FOR HK PEOPLE TO FOLLOW, FOR THE ADMINISTRATION HERE TO FOLLOW, AND ALL OF THIS WILL BE VERY CLOSELY LISTENED TO BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AS WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAiT. AND TO HYPOTHECATE SIR ON WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IF IT ...IF DOESN’T FIT IN, WHEN WE OURSELVES HAVE NO PRECONCEIVED IDEAS, AS I REPEAT, FRANKLY THAT IS NOT EITHER A HELPFUL OR PRACTICAL EXERCISE.

Q. DAISY LEE FROM MING PAO : JUST RECENTLY IN HK THERE HAS BEEN DIVERGENT INTERPRETATION OF SOME OF THE TERMS IN THE JOINT DECLARATION BETWEEN HK PEOPLE AND CHINESE OFFICIALS. WHY DID BRITAIN, AS A SIGNING PARTY OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, NOT TURN ROUND AND REVERSE (?) THEM?

/MR HENTON .........

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 198t>

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MR RENTON : BECAUSE IF YOU ARE FOR EXAMPLE ... I DON’T KNOW PRECISELY WHAT YOU ARE REFERRING TO, BUT THERE WILL OBVIOUSLY BE INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN HK OFFICIALS AND THE CHINESE ON A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES. THERE ARE FORMAL DISCUSSIONS, IF THAT’S THE RIGHT WORD FOR IT, IN THE LAND COMMISSION, r.HICH HAS ALREADY REACHED POSITIVE PROPOSALS. THERE WILL OF COURSE IN THIS AT TIMES BE DIVERGENT VIEWS ABOUT DETAIL AND IT’S NOT FOR US TO STEP IN SURELY ON EVERY OCCASION AND EVERY DETAIL AND SAY WHAT WE THINK, THAT WE ARE THERE WITH THE OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY AND WHERE ... IF MATTERS BECOME DIFFICULT ON A MAJOR ISSUE, AND I STRESS THE WORD IF, THAT IS WHAT THE JLG WILL BE LOOKING AT, THAT IS WHAT MINISTERIAL MEETINGS MAY BE ABOUT. I DON’T THINK IT IS NECESSARY OR RIGHT FOR US TO STEP IN EVERY TIME THERE’S AN ARGUMENT ABOUT THE MEANING OF A WORD.

MR ROBERTS : WE’VE GOT TIME FOR JUST TWO MORE QUESTIONS. THE FIRST IS MARK BRAYNE.

MARK BRAYNE, BBC : MR RENTON YOU JUST SAID THAT IT WOULD BE WRONG TO SPEND TIME CHASING THE WILLOWISPS OF OVER FERTILE MINDS. ARE YOU SUGGESTING IN ANY WAY THAT THE IDEA OF DIRECT ELECTIONS IS A WILLOWISP OF AN OVER FERTILE MIND?

MR RENTON t OF COURSE NOT. WHAT I WAS SUGGESTING, AND YOU KNOW THAT VERY WELL, DON’T TRY TO PUT SUGGESTIONS INTO MY MOUTH, WHAT I WAS SUGGESTING, WITH ALL RESPECT TO THE GENTLEMAN BEHIND YOU, THIS WISH THAT WE SHOULD GIVE HYPOTHETICAL ANSWERS TO HYPOTHETICAL PROBLEMS THAT HAVEN’T YET OCCURRED, THAT I REGARD THAT AS A WILL OF THE WISP.

Q JAMIE WALKER, SCM POST « MR RENTON, IF YOU ACCEPT THAT LEGCO IS, THE RO£.E OF LEGCO IS, TO BE REPRESENTATIVE OF HK PEOPLE AND TO REFLECT THE VIEWS OF HK PEOPLE, IS NOT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT

THEN BOUND TO FOLLOW WHAT IT RECOMMENDS?

MR RENTON 1 THE EXACT ROLE, AS YOU WILL KNOW, OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LEGCO AND EXCO IN THE FUTURE IS ONE OF THE MATTERS OF DETAIL TO BE WORKED OUT IN THE FUTURE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT. WE ALL KNOW THAT LEGCO ITSELF HAS BEEN EVOLVING OVER THE YEARS, BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU HAVE, AND I ATTENDED THE OPENING SESSION IN OCTOBER, LEGCO SITTING WITH ELECTED UNOFFICIALS, ALBEIT INDIRECTLY ELECTED. NOW THIS IN ITSELF IS A MAJOR CHANGE. NOW THAT PATTERN IS ONE THAT YOU, THE PEOPLE OF HK, AND THE GOVERNMENT OF HK WILL CLEARLY BE LOOKING AT TO SEE WHAT THE APPROPRIATE NEXT STEP SHOULD BE. THAT IS WHAT THE 87 REVIEW WILL BE ABOUT.

STEPHEN DAVIES, RTHK 1 MR RENTON, I’M SORRY SIR, THAT COMPLETELY MISSED THE QUESTION. THE QUESTION WAS THAT GIVEN THAT LEGCO IS SUPPOSED TO BE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF HK NOW, DOES THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT NOW FEEL OBLIGED TO LISTEN TO WHAT LEGCO SAYS AND ACT UPON IT?

MR RENTON : THAT IS ACTUALLY NOT THE PATTERN THE WAY THINGS HAPPEN AT THE MOMENT, IS IT? LEGCO AT THE MOMENT IS A COMBINATION OF APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS ...

FRIDAY, JA1JUARY 24, 1986

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INTERJECTION « SO YOU SEE IT IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE OF HK.

NR RENTON s PLEASE DO NOT PUT WORDS INTO MY MOUTH. THAT MAY BE WHAT YOU’D LIKE ME TO SAY, BUT I’M NOT SAYING IT. IF YOU WISH TO INDULGE IN INSULTS, THAT’S YOUR PRIVILEGE, BUT IF YOU WANT A CLEAR ANSWER YOU’D BETTER LISTEN TO ME. WE ALL KNOW THE POSITION CF LEGCO AT THE MOMENT, THAT IT IS A MIXTURE OF OFFICIALS, APPOINTED NEMBERS, APPOINTED UNOFFICIALS AND ELECTED UNOFFICIALS. THIS IS A VERY UNIQUE COMPOSITION. I DON’T KNOW OF ANY OTHER LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY IN THE WORLD THAT IS LIKE THIS, BUT IT HAS EVOLVED AS APPROPRIATE TO THE UNIQUE SYSTEM OF HK AND I AM SURE THAT FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS WILL BE EQUALLY, MUST BE EQUALLY APPROPRIATE, TO THE SYSTEM Of HK BECAUSE YOU ARE IN A UNIQUE SITUATION.

Q. WITH RESPECT MR RENTON, THAT WASN’T THE QUESTION. THE QUESTION WAS, IS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT LISTENING TO LEGCO AND IS IT OBLIGED TO DO WHAT LEGCO ASKS IT TO DO NOW?

MR RENTON i YOU ARE ... I’M VERY SORRY SIR, I HAVE NOTHING TO ADD TO THE QUESTION THAT ... THE ANSWER I HAVE JUST GIVEN YOU, WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY ACCURATE AND FAIR IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HK, NOT ONLY THE PAST BUT THE FUTURE. BUT IF YOU READ THE DEBATES IN BOTH THE HOUSE OF COMMONS AND THE HOUSE OF LORDS, THE DEBATES RECENTLY, YOU WILL SEE THAT THE VIEWS OF LEGCO CERTAINLY COUNT IN LONDON BECAUSE THEY WERE FREQUENTLY QUOTED IN THAT DEBATE. LEGCO MEMBERS COME OVER TO LONDON TO LOBBY US, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, SO ANY IDEA THAT WE’RE IGNORING LEGCO, IF THAT IS WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO SUGGEST - I HOPE YOU’RE NOT -THAT’S QUITE INACCURATE.

Q. THE MAJORITY OF OUR REQUESTS WERE REJECTED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT. THIS LAST REQUEST WAS REJECTED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

MR RENTON: FORGIVE ME, SIR. NOTHING HAS BEEN REJECTED. YOU MUST SEE THAT FROM THE STATEMENT I MADE THIS MORNING. THERE WILL BE COPIES AVAILABLE AT THE END, BUT I MADE IT ABUNDANTLY PLAIN IN THAT STATEMENT THAT THESE REQUESTS THAT CAME THROUGH ON THE THREE POINTS ARE ALL BEING CONSIDERED. SPECIFICALLY ON THE QUESTION OF THE ENDORSEMENT, I REPEAT THE WORDS I SAID EARLIER, THAT ON THE QUESTION CF THE ENDORSEMENT, PROVIDED A SATISFACTORY FORMULA CAN BE FOUND IMG WILL AGREE TO THE POSITION BEING MADE CLEAR IN THE PASSPORT. THAT SHOWS THE DEGREE, IN ANSWER TO YOU, THAT WE ARE LISTENING TO LEGCO AS WELL AS TO THE VIEWS OF HK THAT MAY BE EXPRESSED THROUGH OTHER DIRECTIONS AS WELL.

MR ROBERTS t THANK YOU, WE HAVE TO LEAVE IT THERE TO GO TO THE AIRPORT.

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION A MEANINGFUL TASK ............. 1

26 MODEL CITIZENS PRESENTED WITH AWARDS.................. 2

MORE WORK ACTIVITY CENTRES IN THE PIPELINE............... 3

ILLEGAL ELECTRICITY TAPPING DECLINING.................... 4

FOUR MORE TRAINING CENTRES TO BE OPENED.................. 5

PHOTO DISPLAYS ON REGIONAL COUNCIL ...................... 6

ENTRIES INVITED FOR SAI KUNG ROaD RACE................... 7

WOMEN REMINDED TO GET NEW I.D. CARDS .................... 7

TENDERS FOR PROVISION OF SECURITY GUARDS ................ 9

COURSE FOR SWIMMING TEACHERS ............................ 9

GIETS FOR THE ELDERLY IN KO,/LOON CITY .................. 10

RECRUITMENT DRIVE FOR LIFE GUARDS ....................... 10

SURVEY ON NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY .......................... 11

FIRST MATCH IN MINI-SOCCER TOURNAMENT STARTS ............ 12

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGE!,LENTS......................... 12

HILLSIDE CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING..................... 13

RECREATIONAL SPACE IN KWAI CHUNG......................... 13

TAPS OFF IN YUEN LONG

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 1936

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CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION A MEANINGFUL TASK * * * *

PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION WAS A MEANINGFUL AND CHALLENGING TASK AND IT WOULD BE FURTHER ENHANCED THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ON PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION THROUGH CYC ACTIVITIES, MR LEUNG SAID THE CLUB FOUNDED NINE YEARS AGO HAD GROWN TO A TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF 160 000 FROM 897 SCHOOLS THIS YEAR.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO MEMBERS OF THE CLUB’S CENTRAL COMMITTEE FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO ORGANISE CAMPAIGNS AND ACTIVITIES FOR CYC f-EMBERS, MR LEUNG SAID THE PERFORMANCE OF YOUNGSTERS IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS HAD WON THE CREDITABILITY FROM SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, PARENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO JOINED THE CLUB WOULD HAVE THE CHANCE CF TAKING PART IN COMMUNITY SERVICES AND MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY, HE ADDED.

MR LEUNG ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF THE CYC WAS TO PROVIDE SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH EDUCATION OTHER THAN THAT IN TEXTBOOKS AND TO ENHANCE THEIR SENSE OF CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH INFORMAL AND HIDDEN CURRICULUM.

ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE CLUB INCLUDED CLEANING UP FOR CHARITY, FORESTRY WORK CAMPS, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES.

IN ADDITION, SPECIAL FUNCTIONS WERE HELD LAST YEAR TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR, HE SAID.

ALL THESE ACTIVITIES WERE IN LINE WITH THE TEACHING POLICY IN SCHOOLS AS WELL AS PUTTING EMPHASIS ON CIVIC EDUCATION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHARACTER OF THE YOUNGSTERS, HE ADDED.

THE CYC MOVEMENT NOT ONLY OFFERED SCHOOLS WITH A CHANNEL FOR POSITIVE AND PRACTICAL EXPRESSION THROUGH EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, IT ENABLED SCHOOL CHILDREN TO GAIN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE THROUGH THEIR PARTICIPATION IN VARIOUS SERVICES, VISITS, COMPETITIONS AND TRAINING AND THEIR AWARENESS OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION, ME LEUNG SAID.

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26 MODEL CITIZENS PRESENTED WITH AWARDS *****

TWENTY-SIX RESIDENTS IN SHAM SHU I PO, SELECTED AS +MODEL CITIZENS* BY THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE IN RECOGNITION CF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO COMBATTING CRIME, WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) PRESENTED WITH AWARDS.

THE +MODEL CITIZEN AWARD* SCHEME IS ONE OF THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF THE 1985-86 SHAM SHU I PO FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN AIMED AT HONOURING PEOPLE WHO HAD SHOWN EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY, WISDOM OR INITIATIVE IN PREVENTING CRIME, ARRESTING CRIMINALS, ASSISTING THE POLICE OR HELPING TO MAINTAIN PEACE IN THE COMMUNITY.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE LOCAL FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE AWARD WINNERS, NOTING THAT STORIES OF THEIR UNSELFISH BEHAVIOUR HAD PROVIDED EXCELLENT EXAMPLES OF CIVIC-MINDEDNESS AND ANTI-CRIME CONSCIOUSNESS FOR THE PUBLIC.

IN HIS ADDRESS, MR TSE SAID THAT THE OVERALL CRIME STATISTICS IN THE DISTRICT HAD RISEN ONLY MARGINALLY BY 1.2 PER CENT FROM 7 OOI REPORTED CASES IN 1984 TO 7 088 LAST YEAR.

♦OF THESE, BURGLARIES AND THEFT INCREASED BY 2.1 PER CENT FROM 919 TO 938 CASES. HOWEVER, THIS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN LIGHTLY AS BURGLARY CASES IN DOMESTIC PREMISES NOTABLY CONTINUED TO INCREASE IN THE COMMUNITY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.

♦NONETHELESS, ONE GRATIFYING ASPECT WORTH MENTIONING IS THE REMARKABLE INCREASE IN 1985 IN THE NUMBER OF CASES WHERE RESIDENTS’ ASSISTANCE PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN CURBING CRIME, WHICH DEMONSTRATED THAT THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE DID PAY,* HE SAID.

+1 HOPE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME, JOINTLY LAUNCHED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE POLICE WILL FURTHER AROUSE HOUSEHOLDS TO THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-VIGILANCE AND MUTUAL COOPERATION,* MR TSE CONTINUED.

DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN CHENG- THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (SHAM SHU I PO), MR TSANG YAM-PUI AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS WERE ALSO PRESENT TO GIVE PRIZES AND COMMENDATION CERTIFICATES TO THE AWARD WINNERS.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, A TWO-HOUR ENTERTAINMENT SHOW COMPRISING ACROBATICS, SINGING, DRAMAS, DANCING AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCES WAS STAGED.

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MORE WORK ACTIVITY CENTRES IN THE PIPELINE

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TWENTY-NINE WORK ACTIVITY CENTRES FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED WILL BE SET UP IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, WITH NINE PROVIDING HOSTEL SERVICES, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG’S SHUN TIN HOSTEL AND WORK ACTIVITY CENTRE IN KWUN TONG, SHE NOTED THAT WORK ACTIVITY CENTRES WERE RUN BY TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS WHO WOULD TAILOR TRAINING PROGRAMMES TO THE NEEDS AND ABILITY OF INDIVIDUALS.

IN SUCH CENTRES, THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED WOULD BE TAUGHT

SELF CARE, COMMUNICATION, DOMESTIC CHORES, PERSONAL HYGIENE AND BASIC WORK HABITS, WITH THE ULTIMATE AIM OF HELPING THEM TO LEAD INDEPENDENT LIVES.

DAY WORK ACTIVITY CENTRES CATERED TO THOSE HANDICAPPED WHO LIVED AT HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES, AND AT PRESENT THERE WERE SOME 500 SUCH PLACES IN SERVICE.

+ACCORDING TO OUR PLANS, 20 DAY CENTRES WILL BE COMPLETED IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. THESE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT HONG KONG AND PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 1 400 PLACES,* MRS CHAN SAID.

SOME WORK ACTIVITY CENTRES HAD RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES AND PROVIDED ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS IN ADDITION TO TRAINING. THERE WERE AT PRESENT EIGHT SUCH CENTRES PROVIDING 295 PLACES FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AGED 16 AND ABOVE.

RESIDENTS OF THESE CENTRES WERE MAINLY THOSE WHO, FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER, COULD NOT RECEIVE ADEQUATE CARE AT HOME — THEY MIGHT BE FROM BROKEN FAMILIES OR ABANDONED BY THEIR FAMILIES. MANY ’WERE WARDS OF THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

+DUE TO THE DEMAND FOR THIS SERVICE, THERE ARE PLANS TO SET UP NINE CENTRES WITH RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS, TO BE OPERATED EITHER BY MY DEPARTMENT OR SUBVENTED AGENCIES.

+THE RELATED DESIGN AND BUILDING WORK ARE IN HAND, AND I AM GLAD TO SAY THAT SUCH A CENTRE TO BE RUN ALSO BY THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG WILL OPEN IN SHA TIN IN A FEW MONTHS’ TIME,* MRS CHAN SAID.

THE NINE NEW CENTRES WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 600 HOSTEL PLACES AND HELP MEET THE NEEDS OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED IN THIS AREA.

/MES CHAN .......

Saturday, January 25, 1986

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MRS CHAN STRESSED THAT THESE CENTRES WERE NOT INTENDED TO REPLACE THE SECURITY AND WARMTH OF A NORMAL HOME, BUT SERVED AS A SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR THOSE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS WHO LACKED FAMILY CARE OR WERE HOMELESS.

ON TRAINING FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, MRS CHAN SAID THAT MOST MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A FEW WHO WERE SEVERELY HANDICAPPED, COULD GROW UP TO BECOME CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY WITH THE PROPER CARE AND TRAINING FROM PROFESSIONAL STAFF.

+OF COURSE, NOT EVERY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PERSON CAN LIVE COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT LIVES. BUT GIVEN SUITABLE SUPPORT AND PROPER TRAINING, THEY CAN ACHIEVE A MEASURE OF INDEPENDENCE AND LIVE WITH SELF-RESPECT, INSTEAD OF BECOMING A BURDEN ON SOCIETY,* SHE SAID.

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ILLEGAL ELECTRICITY TAPPING DECLINING *****

THE AVERAGE ELECTRICITY LOSS DUE TO ILLEGAL TAPPING IN KWUN TONG HAS DROPPED BY 20 PER CENT DURING THE PAST FOUR MONTHS, THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, MR ERNEST HUNG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE KWUN TONG FIRE PREVENTION DAY, MR HUNG SAID: +LAST SEPTEMBER WHEN THE DISTRICT BOARD DISCUSSED THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY IN SQUATTER AREAS, THE FIGURE WAS AS HIGH AS 41 PER CENT.

+DURING THE PAST FEW MONTHS, DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF HAVE BEEN VISITING SQUATTER RESIDENTS TO EXPLAIN THE HAZARDS OF ILLEGAL TAPPING AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR PROPER ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.*

IN DECEMBER, THE POWER LOSS IN KWUN TONG DECREASED TO ABOUT 21 PER CENT, AND SOME 350 ELECTRICITY APPLICATIONS FOR ELECTRICITY SUPPLIES WERE RECEIVED IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.

ABOUT 43 000 PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN THE 39 SQUATTER AREAS IN THE DISTRICT.

+APPLICATIONS FROM SQUATTER AREAS ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM OTHER APPLICATIONS, AND THERE ARE NO EXTRA COSTS FOR CONNECTIONS,* NR HUNG EXPLAINED.

HE ALSO REMINDED RESIDENTS OF THE PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY IN SQUATTER AREAS AND THE FIRE RISKS INVOLVED IN SUCH ACTIVITIES.

/+m ca:se...........

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 1986

♦IN CASE THEY NEED ANY ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING FOR ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF ARE ALWAYS READY TO HELP,* HE ADDED.

TODAY’S KWUN TONG FIRE PREVENTION DAY FEATURED A FIRE FIGHTING DRILL, DISPLAY COUNTERS, GAME STALLS AND A VARIETY SHOW.

PART OF THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN, THE EVENT WAS ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

ALSO OFFICIATING TODAY WERE THE BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI; THE DISTRICT COMMANDER (KOWLOON EAST) OF FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR PAUL CHAN; AND THE CHIEF ENGINEER (TRANSMISSION AND DEVELOPMENT) OF CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY LIMITED, MR A.D. LONGMORE.

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y FOUR MORE TRAINING CENTRES TO BE OPENED X * * *

THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL PLANS TO OPEN FOUR MORE CENTRES LATER THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE MORE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, THE COUNCIL’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MR MORRIS MORGAN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE NEW CENTRES ARE THE PRECISION TOOLING TRAINING CENTRE, INSURANCE TRAINING CENTRE, ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING TRAINING CENTRE, AND JEWELLERY INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE.

SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ON INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ATTENDED BY CAREER TEACHERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS, MR MORGAN SAID THE CONTINUED EXPANSION OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY DEPENDED ON THE INCREASING COMPETENCY AND EFFICIENCY OF ITS WORKFORCE.

THESE IN TURN RESTED ON THE AVAILABILITY OF APPROPRIATE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE WORKERS.

THE COUNCIL ALREADY HAS 10 INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRES IN TWO LARGE COMPLEXES AT KOWLOON BAY AND KWAI CHUNG.


THESE CENTRES WILL ADMIT FORM 3 AND FORM 5 STUDENTS TO FULL-TIME CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN COURSES IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND THERE WILL ALSO BE UPGRADING COURSES FOR IN-SERVICE WORKERS, HE SAID.

PRACTICAL TRAINING, CONDUCTED IN A SIMULATED INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENT, IS FREE AND TRAINEES ARE GIVEN AN ALLOWANCE TO HELP DEFRAY SOME OF THEIR EXPENSES.

THERE IS ALSO AN EMPLOYMENT PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR TRAINEES LEAVING THE CENTRES TO ENABLE THEM TO ENTER INDUSTRY OR BECOME APPRENTICES TO RECEIVE FURTHER TRAINING ON THE JOB.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 1936

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PHOTO DISPLAYS ON REGIONAL COUNCIL

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THREE MINI-PHOTO EXHIBITIONS DEPICTING THE WORK OF THE PROVISIONAL REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE STAGED IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS IN THE NON-UREAN AREAS FOR ABOUT A MONTH FROM NEXT WEEK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID THE DISPLAYS WERE AIMED AT GIVING RESIDENTS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, WHICH WILL COME INTO BEING ON APRIL 1, AND THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE PHOTOGRAPHS, ALL IN COLOUR, SHOW VARIOUS TYPES OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND LEISURE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE EXECUTIVE ARM OF THE FUTURE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

THE EXHIBITIONS ARE TO BE HELD AT THE FOLLOWING VENUES AND DATES:

VENUES

LIFT LOBBY OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING

SHA TIN CITY PLAZA

ON TING/YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE, ON TING ESTATE, TUEN MUN

TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL FOYER

CHEUNG WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY HALL, FANLING

SAI KUNG TOWN HALL

TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE

LIFT LOBBY OF KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES, KWAI CHUNG

LIFT LOBBY OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING

JANUARY 28-FEBRUARY 3

FEBRUARY 1-7

FEBRUARY 1-7

FEBRUARY 13-19

FEBRUARY 13-19

FEBRUARY 19-24

FEBRUARY 25-28

FEBRUARY 24-28

FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 7

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, l^o6

ENTRIES INVITED FOR SAI KUNG ROAD RACE

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SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS IN SAI KUNG WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO COMPETE IN A LONG DISTANCE ROAD RACE TO BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE COMING SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG SPORTS ASSOCIATION SAI KUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE. SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE RACE WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE FIFTH DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR ON FEBRUARY 13.

THE ANNUAL SPORTS EVENT IS AIMED AT PROVIDING LOCAL RESIDENTS WITH A HEALTHY ACTIVITY DURING THE FESTIVAL, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE RACE WILL START FROM THE LADY MACLEHOSE HOLIDAY VILLAGE AND FINISH AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND, A DISTANCE OF ABOUT 10 KILOMETRES.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE RACE, WHICH IS DIVIDED INTO MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SECTIONS, ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE ORGANISING PARTIES AND ANYONE AGED 14 AND ABOVE IS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE.

AS ENROLMENT IS LIMITED TO 300, IT WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE AT THE RSD’S SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE ON TELEPHONE 3-2814149.

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8 WOMEN REMINDED TO GET NEW I.D. CARDS * * * *

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED WOMEN BORN IN 1943, 1944, 1945 AND 1946 TO APPLY FOR THEIR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE FEBRUARY 7.

♦IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS, THE EIGHT NEW I.D. CARD ISSUE OFFICES RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 59 384 APPLICATIONS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 37 216 WOMEN IN THIS TARGET GROUP HAVE NOT YET APPLIED.

♦TO AVOID THE LAST MINUTE RUSH, THEY ARE ADVISED TO COME EARLY,♦ HE SAID.

/applicants may

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APPLICANTS MAY ALSO MAKE USE OF THE PHONE-IN SERVICE TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING THE OFFICE BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON ON SATURDAY.

♦APPLICANTS HAVE TO PROVIDE PERSONAL PARTICULARS SUCH AS NAME, I.D. CARD NUMBER AND YEAR OF BIRTH TO COMPLETE THE BOOKING PROCEDURE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE ADDRESSES OF THE ISSUE OFFICES AND THEIR TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR BOOKING APPOINTMENTS AREs

HONG KONG i BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, 5-747070 WAN CHAI.

EAST KOWLOON i AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR,