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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAi, MAY 1, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FEBRUARY RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS OUT .................... 1

EXPO '86 — HONG KONG SAYS IT WITH POSTCARDS ................. 5

PHYSICAL CLOSURE OF UNLICENSED FOOD PREMISES................. 6

RUNDOWN ON URBCO'S PLANNED CIVIC PROJECTS ................... 6

FOUR-DAY SUSPENSION OF FOOD SHOP LICENCE UPHELD.............. 8

CHANCE TO LOOK AT WORKING WORLD ............................. 9

VISION OF RELIEF TO LION ROCK CONGESTION .................... 9

SUMMER WORK FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS ................ 10

CIVIC EDUCATION CARTOONS ON DISPLAY.......................... 11

ROUTE FOR CHARITY WALK ...................................... 11

DETAILS OF TV PROGRAMME

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1986

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FEBRUARY RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS OUT *****

THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN FEBRUARY 1986, ESTIMATED AT $5 547 MILLION, WAS 5 PER CENT LOWER THAN IN FEBRUARY 1985, WHILE THEIR VOLUME WAS 8 PER CENT LOWER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS COMPARISON, HOWEVER, IS AFFECTED BY THE DIFFERENT TIMING OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, WHICH COMMENCED ON FEBRUARY 9 THIS YEAR BUT ON FEBRUARY 20 LAST YEAR.

COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985, RETAIL SALES OF FUELS INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. HOWEVER, CONSUMER DURABLES RECORDED DECREASES OF 3 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS FELL BY 4 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO DROPPED BY 5 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME. +OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* WENT DOWN BY 7 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF SUPERMARKETS INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. MOTOR VEHICLES REGISTERED A RISE IN SALES VALUE BUT A FALL IN SALES VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES SHOWED SLIGHT DECREASES, WHILE THOSE OF DEPARTMENT STORES EXPERIENCED MODERATE DECREASES IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS.

COMPARING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD DECEMBER 1985-FEBRUARY 1936 WITH THE SAME PERIOD 12 MONTHS PREVIOUSLY, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT FELL BY 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS ROSE BY 8 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES WENT UP BY 4 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE BUT RECORDED NO CHANGE IN SALES VOLUME. FUELS RECORDED INCREASES OF 2 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO SHOWED A 2 PER CENT INCREASE IN SALES VALUE BUT NO CHANGE IN SALES VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF +OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* FELL BY 1 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. RETAIL SALES BY SUPERMARKETS INCREASED MODERATELY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS WHILE THOSE OF MOTOR VEHICLES ROSE MODERATELY IN VALUE AND SLIGHTLY IN VOLUME.

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CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES SHOWED A SLIGHT INCREASE IN SALES VALUE BUT A SLIGHT DROP IN SALES VOLUME. DEPARTMENT STORES HAD SLIGHT DECREASES IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH JANUARY 1986, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR FEBRUARY 1986 DECLINED BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 11 PER CENT IN VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO REMAINED UNCHANGED IN VALUE BUT DECREASED BY 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS AND CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS HAD DECREASES OF 11 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

+OTHER CONSUMER GOODS+ FELL BY 11 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 12 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES DROPPED BY 17 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 18 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS, RETAIL SALES OF SUPERMARKETS INCREASED MODERATELY WHILE THOSE OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES RECORDED MODERATE DECREASES. A SUBSTANTIAL DECLINE IN SALES VALUE AND VOLUME WAS REGISTERED BY DEPARTMENT STORES, _

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL SALES FIGURE FOR JANUARY 1986 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR FEBRUARY 1986.

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 FEBRUARY 1986 RESULTS WITH THOSE OF JANUARY 1986 AND FEBRUARY 1985 AND COMPARISONS OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD DECEMBER 1985 - FEBRUARY 1986 WITH THOSE IN THE SAME PERIOD 12 MONTHS PREVIOUSLY ARE ALSO GIVEN. GRAPHS 1 AND 2 DEPICT THE INDEX MOVEMENTS OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES FROM JANUARY 1983 TO JANUARY 1986.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE FEBRUARY 1986 SURVEY RESULTS IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, 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.: 3-7216024).

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Total Retail Sales for February 1986 (Provisional Figure) « HKIS 567 million for January 19&€ '.Revise-! Figure) ■ HKS6 1^7 million

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VALUE aND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES

FOR JANUARY AND FEBkUAhY 1986_____________

(Monthly average of 1980 • 100)

Item Index of Retail Sales January 1996 February 1986 February 1986 compared with January 1986 February 1986 compared with February 1985 Dec. 85 - Feb. 86 compared with Dec. 86 - Feb. 85

(Revised figures) (Provisional figures) Points % Points % Points %

(A) rJn ALL RETaIL TRADES

Value 181 163 - 18 - 10 - 9 - 5 ♦ 3 ♦ 2

Volume 123 110 - 13 - 11 - 10 . 8 - 1 - 1

(B) 3Y KaJuA TRnDE GROUPS

Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and tobacco Value Volume 186 121 18a i 18 • • 3 • - 3 - 9 - 8 1 <r v« ♦ 3 • ♦ 2 •

Fuels Value 192 170 - 22 - 11 ♦ 2 ♦ 1 ♦ 3 ♦ 2

Volume 126 110 - 16 - 11 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 1

Clothing, footwear and allied products Value Volume 265 162 235 1U5 ft V 1 1 - 11 - 11 • 9 - 1** . «♦ - 9 ♦ 20 ♦ 6 ♦ 8 ♦ 3

Consumer durables Value 170 12*0 - 30 - 17 - 5 - 3 ♦ 5 ♦ 6

Volume 121 99 - 22 - 18 - 7 - 7

Other consumer goods Value 168 150 . 18 - 11 - 12 - 7 . 2 - 1

Volume 118 106 - 1A - 12 - 12 - 10 . 6 - 3

CC> BY cELECTtD TRADES

Supermarkets Value 333 375 ♦ 62 ♦ 13 ♦ 26 ♦ 7 ♦ 66 ♦ 15

Volume 200 225 ♦ 25 ♦ 12 ♦ 8 ♦ M ♦ 22 ♦ 12

Motor vehicles Value 111 91 - 20 - 18 ♦ 6 ♦ 7 ♦ 11 ♦ 12

Volume 61 50 - 12 - 19 • 1 - 2 ♦ 3 ♦ 5

Consumer durables other than motor veniclee Value 210 17** - 36 - 17 - 12 - 6 ♦ 2 ♦ 1

Volume 162 133 - 2b - 17 - 12 - 8 - 1 - 1

Department stores Value 212 158 - 53 - 25 - 30 - 16 - 5 - 3

Volume 1U9 111 - 39 - 26 - 25 - 19 - 8 - 5

Notes : 1. "Foodstuffa, alcoholic drinks and tobacco" includes "supermarkets".

2. "Consumer durablea" includes "motor vehicles".

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

6. Figures denoting changes are derived from the unrounded index figures.

5. • denotes no change .

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Graph 2: Volume Indexes of Total Retail Sales

Volume index Volume index

Notes (1) Monthy average of 1980 = 100.

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

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THURSDAY, HAY 1, 196'5

EXPO ’86 — HONG KONG SAYS IT ■I TH POSTCARDS

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w I TH A COLLECTIVE VOICE, HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE TELLING THE W)RLD THEY ARE HAPPY TO LIVE HERE AND VALUE WHAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVED.

AND THEY’RE SAYING IT WITH POSTCARDS — IN PROSE AND IN ART FORM.

OFFICIATING THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING AT THE FOUR-DAY EXHIBITION OF THE BEST POSTCARDS SUBMITTED SO FAR IN THE ’HONG KONG IN TOUCH WITH THE WORLD’ PROJECT, THE SECRETARY TOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR JAMES SO, SAID THE GENERAL PUBLIC, IN PARTICULAR SCHOOLS, WERE QUICK TO SUPPORT THE IDEA.

THE MASSIVE PEN-FRIEND OPERATION, GEARED FOR THE ESTIMATED 17 MILLION VISITORS TO EXPO '86 IN VANCOUVER BETWEEN MAY 2 AND OCTOBER 13, HAS DRAWN AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE WITH MORE THAN 330 000 CARDS RECEIVED SO FAR.

OF THE EXHIBITION, MR SO SAID +0N DISPLAY IS A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF THE QUALITY OF CARDS WE HAVE RECEIVED. WHAT WILL STRIKE ANY OBSERVER IS THE LOVE AND PRIDE THE DRAWINGS ON THESE CARDS EXPRESS — LOVE FOR HONG KONG AND PRIDE IN BELONGING TO THIS VERY SPECIAL COMMUNITY.*

HE ADDED THAT PEOPLE OF ALL AGES HAD SENT IN CARDS, EACH AN INDIVIDUAL EXPRESSION OF THE PREVAILING SENTIMENT OF GOODWILL WITH WHICH THE COMMUNITY WAS ENDOWED.

MR SO POINTED OUT THAT THE DRIVE FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THIS +NEW FORM* OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATION WAS CONTINUING.

*WE ARE HOPING THAT THE IDEA WILL CATCH ON EVEN MORE WIDELY THAN IT ALREADY HAS. AND THAT THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET JOINED IT WILL DO SO,* MR SO SAID.

MEANWHILE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ORGANISERS SAID BLANK

POSTCARDS WOULD BE AVAILABLE UP TO THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND COUlD BE COLLECTED FROM THREE POINTS — THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE HEADQUARTERS, QUEEN’S ROAD, CO-ORDINATING CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR, WEST WING AND AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING IN CONNAUGHT PLACE.

DURING THE FOUR-DAY EXHIBITION, A FOURTH DISPENSING-COLLECTION BOOTH WOULD BE AVAILABLE AT THE LANDMARK’S WEST BRIDGE.

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1986

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PHYSICAL CLOSURE OF UNLICENSED FOOD PREMISES

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THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL SEEK DRAFTING APPROVAL FROM THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES FOR THE NECESSARY AMENDMENT TO THE LAW TO ENABLE PHYSICAL CLOSURE OF UNLICENSED FOOD PREMISES.

THIS WAS AGREED TODAY BY THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FOOD HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MISS CECILIA YEUNG, AT ITS MONTHLY OPEN MEETING.

THE COMMITTEE WAS TOLD THAT UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE, A MAGISTRATE’S COURT WAS EMPOWERED TO MAKE EITHER A CLOSURE ORDER OR A PROHIBITION ORDER AGAINST UNLICENSED FOOD PREMISES.

PREVIOUSLY, THE DEPARTMENT’S PRACTICE WAS TO OBTAIN A CLOSURE ORDER AND AT THE SAME TIME AN ORDER FROM THE COURT ADDRESSED TO THE DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE REQUIRING THEM TO PHYSICALLY CLOSE THE FOOD PREMISES CONCERNED.

HOWEVER. DOUBTS WERE EXPRESSED AS TO THE LEGALITY OF THIS PRACTICE.

SUBSEQUENTLY, THE EXISTING PRACTICE OF THE DEPARTMENT WAS TO APPLY FOR PROHIBITION ORDERS ONLY AGAINST THE USE OF PREMISES FOR FOOD BUSINESS WITHOUT A LICENCE.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT THIS WAS NOT PROVING TO BE AN EFFECTIVE DETERRENT TO THE CONTINUED OPERATION OF SUCH PREMISES ALTHOUGH A BREACH OF SUCH AN ORDER INVOLVED A GREATER MAXIMUM PENALTY THAN THE MERE CARRYING ON OF THE UNLICENSED BUSINESS.

IN 1985, THERE WERE 25 SUSPENDED PRISON SENTENCES AND SIX ACTUAL PRISON SENTENCES IMPOSED IN CASES INVOLVING SUCH BREACHES.

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RUNDOWN ON URBCO’S PLANNED CIVIC PROJECTS

THE URBAN COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON BEGAN ITS TWO-MONTH CONSULTATION EXERCISE WITH ALL 10 URBAN DISTRICT BOARDS ON THE COUNCIL’S CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME.

.JnL.AS?ISTANT DIRECTOR (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MISS ELLE SHUM, GAVE MEMBERS CF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD A HIGHLY DETAILED RUNDOWN ON THE VARIOUS CAPITAL AND MINOR WORKS PROJECTS PLANNED BY THE COUNCIL FOR THE DISTRICT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

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IN ALL, THERE ARE SIX CAPITAL WORKS AND 15 MINOR WORKS PROJECTS IN THE PLANNING PIPELINE FOR MONG KOK, OF WHICH OVER 70 PER CENT ARE RELATED TO RECREATION AND SPORT ACTIVITIES.

THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PROGRAMME, INCLUDING FIVE PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, COVERS A WIDE FIELD RANGING FROM MARKET COMPLEXES, COOKED-FOOD CENTRES, INDOOR GAMES HALLS AND PLAYGROUNDS TO SITTING-OUT AREAS AND REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS.

MISS SHUM SAID THE CURRENT CONSULTATION EXERCISE WAS VERY USEFUL IN THAT IT GAVE THE COUNCIL AND THE DEPARTMENT A BETTER IDEA OF THE NEEDS AND THE TYPES OF FACILITIES BEST-SUITED FOR A DISTRICT AS ITS DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS SAW THEM.

SHE ALSO EXPLAINED TO MEMBERS THE CONSTRAINTS AND COMPLICATIONS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING AND BUILDING OF THE VERY WIDE RANGE OF PROJECTS.

IN THE ENSUING DISCUSSIONS, MEMBERS TOOK A KEEN INTEREST IN THE SAI YEE STREET COMPLEX PROJECT AND URGED THAT IT BE UPGRADED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

MISS SHUM EXPLAINED THAT DUE TO SHORTAGE OF LAND RESOURCES IN THE DISTRICT AND IN ORDER TO MAKE THE FULLEST USE OF THE SITE FOR A COMPLEX, INCLUDING MARKET FACILITIES, THE PROJECT WOULD HAVE TO AWAIT THE OUTCOME OF CONSULTATIONS ON THE COUNCIL’S HAWKER REPORT.

UNDER THE COUNCIL’S WORKS PROGRAMME FOR EACH DISTRICT, PROJECTS ARE CLASSIFIED INTO FOUR CATEGORIES — COMMITTED, APPROVED, ADVANCED PLANNING AND PRELIMINARY PLANNING.

EXCEPT FOR THE COMMITTED PROJECTS, EACH ITEM IS TENTATIVELY GIVEN A HIGH, MEDIUM OR LOW PRIORITY.

FOLLOWING THE CONSULTATION EXERCISE, A FINALISED DRAFT CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL.

THEN, AFTER RATIFICATION BY THE COUNCIL, THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT BOARDS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE FINALISED DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THEIR DISTRICTS.

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1986'

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FOUR-DAY SUSPENSION OF FOOD SHOP LICENCE UPHELD

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THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FOOD HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE TODAY UPHELD AN EARLIER DECISION TO SUSPEND FOR FOUR DAYS THE LICENCE OF A SIU MEI AND LO MEI SHOP IN SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

THIS WAS DECIDED AFTER THE COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MISS CECILIA YEUNG, HEARD AN APPEAL BY THE LICENSEE, MISS CHONG KIT-FONG.

THE COMMITTEE WAS TOLD MISS CHONG HAD WRITTEN TO CLAIM THAT THE SHOP LICENCE WAS TRANSFERRED TO HER LAST AUGUST AND THAT ALL PREVIOUS OFFENCES COMMITTED BY THE FORMER LICENSEE SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT FORWARD TO COUNT AGAINST HER FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPOSING A SUSPENSION ORDER.

THE LICENCE WAS FIRST SUSPENDED FOR TWO DAYS LAST JUNE FOLLOWING THREE OFFENCES RESULTING IN CONVICTIONS FOR CONTRAVENING THE PROVISIONS OF THE FOOD BUSINESS BY-LAWS WITHIN A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS.

ANOTHER SUSPENSION ORDER FOR FOUR DAYS WAS MADE AFTER THREE FURTHER OFFENCES RESULTING IN CONVICTIONS WERE REGISTERED AGAINST THE SHOP WITHIN A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS. BUT THE ORDER WAS HELD IN ABEYANCE ON RECEIPT OF THE NOTIFICATION OF TRANSFER OF THE LICENCE TO MISS CHONG LAST SEPTEMBER.

FOLLOWING INVESTIGATIONS BY STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, RECOMMENDATIONS WERE MADE TO ENFORCE THE EARLIER FOUR-DAY SUSPENSION ORDER ON THE BASIS OF THE TRANSFER BEING AN INGENUINE ONE.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE COMMITTEE WAS TOLD, NO SIGN OF ALTERATION HAD BEEN ERECTED AND THE BUSINESS HAD BEEN CARRIED ON AS USUAL ON THE PREMISES UNDER THE SAME SHOP SIGN DURING AND AFTER THE TRANSFER.

THE FOUR-DAY SUSPENSION WILL GO INTO FORCE AT A DATE TO BE FIXED.

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CHANCE TO LOOK AT WORKING WORLD

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THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING A MONTH-LONG WORK ORIENTATION PROGRAMME FOR STUDENTS TO SEE THE REAL WORLD OF WORK.

MORE THAN 700 STUDENTS FROM 28 SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG, TSI NG Yl AND SAI KUNG WILL TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAMME WHICH STARTS ON TUESDAY (MAY 6).

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES VISITS TO VARIOUS ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS SUCH AS VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES, TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS, HOTELS AND TOYS AND GARMENT FACTORIES.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROGRAMME WHICH WAS LAUNCHED LAST YEAR WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ON VARIOUS OCCUPATIONS AND TO SEE ACTUAL WORKING ENVIRONMENT.

♦THE VISITS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY SPECIALLY ASSIGNED PERSONNEL CF EACH ESTABLISHMENT AND EXPLANATIONS WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS WITH THE USE OF AUDIO-VISUAL AIDS WHERE NECESSARY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+IT IS HOPED THAT BY ACTUALLY EXPERIENCING THE REAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE WORKPLACE AND OBSERVING PEOPLE AT WORK, STUDENTS WOULD BE ABLE TO DEVELOP A MORE REALISTIC UNDERSTANDING CF THE WORKING WORLD THUS FACILITATING THEIR EVENTUAL TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO THE SOCIETY,* HE ADDED.

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VISION OF RELIEF TO LION ROCK CONGESTION

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THE LONGEST ROAD TUNNEL IN HONG KONG - A FOUR-KILOMETRE TUBE UNDER TATE’S CAIRN COSTING $1 200 MILLION - IS LIKELY TO RESULT FROM A FEASIBILITY STUDY COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS APPOINTED CONSULTANTS MOTT, HAY AND ANDERSON HONG KONG LTD. TO CARRY OUT THE SEVEN-MONTH STUDY INTO THE PROJECT WHICH WOULD LINK SHA TIN AND THE NORTHEAST NEW TERRITORIES WITH EAST KOWLOON.

IT WOULD ALSO RELIEVE PRESENT CONGESTION AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

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IF THE GO-AHEAD IS GIVEN THE TUNNEL WOULD TAKE THREE TO FOUR YEARS TO BUILD. IT IS EXPECTED THAT ITS SOUTHERN PORTAL WOULD BE IN DIAMOND HILL WITH CONNECTING ROADS TO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST.

AT THE SHA TIN END THE TUNNEL WOULD BE CONNECTED TO THE TRUNK ROAD AND LOCAL ROAD SYSTEM AT A POINT TO BE DETERMINED.

IT IS TO DECIDE SUCH POINTS AS CONNECTION TO EXISTING ROAD SYSTEMS AND THE BEST ROUTE FOR THE TUNNEL THAT THE STUDY HAS BEEN COMM ISSIONED.

THE STUDY WILL ALSO DECIDE WHAT ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL AND TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS WOULD BE NECESSARY FOR THE TUNNEL’S SAFE OPERATION.

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SUMMER WORK FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS

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EMPLOYERS IN THE INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND SERVICE SECTORS ARE URGED TO OFFER ATTACHMENT PLACES FOR SOME 1 400 TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS THIS SUMMER.

FULL-TIME STUDENTS FROM THE FIVE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WILL BE SENT TO WORK IN ESTABLISHMENTS RELATED TO CLOTHING, TEXTILES, COMMERCIAL, COMPUTING, DESIGN, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING AND PRINTING INDUSTRIES.

+PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IS A VITAL PART OF THE CURRICULUM OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND EXPOSURE TO INDUSTRIAL OR REAL-LIFE 'WORKING ENVIRONMENT WILL HELP STUDENTS TO APPLY WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SAID.

THE SUMMER ATTACHMENT SCHEME WOULD BENEFIT BOTH STUDENTS AND EMPLOYERS IN THE LONG RUN, HE ADDED.

EMPLOYERS ABLE TO OFFER PRACTICAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDENTS BETWEEN MID-JULY AND MID-SEPTEMBER SHOULD CONTACT THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES DIRECT DURING OFFICE HOURS AT THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS; MORRISON HILL (5-745321), KWAI CHUNG (0-246221), KWUN TONG (3-7274331), HAKING WONG (3-615161) AND LEE WAI LEE <3-383611).

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CIVIC EDUCATION CARTOONS ON DISPLAY * * * *

WINNING ENTRIES IN THE CIVIC EDUCATION CARTOON DRAWING COMPETITION FOR MONG KOK DISTRICT ARE BEING PUT ON A MONTH-LONG DISPLAY AT THE SYCAMORE OPEN-AIR ART GALLERY STARTING TODAY (THURSDAY).

LOCAL RESIDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO SEE THE EXHIBITION IN THE GALLERY LOCATED AT AN ACCESS LANE BOUNDED BY BOUNDARY STREET AND SYCAMORE STREET.

THE COMPETITION WAS ORGANISED BY THE TAI KOK TSUI AREA COMMITTEE AND THE TAI KOK TSUI YOUTH CENTRE OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS TO ENHANCE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND DUTIES.

COMPETITORS WERE REQUIRED TO DEPICT THE MAIN THEMES OF IDENTIFYING THE DISTRICT’S CHARACTERISTICS AND PROMOTING RESIDENTS’ CONCERN FOR PUBLIC PROPERTY AND HELPFULNESS.

+THE CARTOONS HAD BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN ILLUSTRATING THE THEMES AND CONVEYING THE IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN VIVID AND SIMPLISTIC DRAWINGS,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AREA COMMITTEE SAID.

+THE COMMITTEE HOPED THAT THROUGH THE DISPLAY OF DRAWINGS AT THE GALLERY THE CIVIC AWARENESS MESSAGE COULD BE MORE WIDELY SPREAD TO PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT,* HE SAID.

THIRTY WINNING CARTOONS WERE SELECTED FOR DISPLAY. THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN PUBLISHED IN A BOOKLET, COPIES OF WHICH ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED TO SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

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ROUTE FOR CHARITY WALK * * *

MOTORISTS IN SAU MAU PING SHOULD TAKE SPECIAL CARE DURING A CHARITY WALK THERE FROM 10.30 AM TO 1 PM ON SUNDAY (MAY 4) THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ADVISED.

THE WALK WILL TAKE IN HIP WO STREET, SAU MAU PING ROAD AND HIU KWONG STREET.

IS ORGANISED BY THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL EXTENSION FUND RAISING ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

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DETAILS OF TV PROGRAMME * * *

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND HONG KONG TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED WILL SOON BE JOINTLY PRESENTING A TWO-HOUR PROGRAMME, +GOOD MORNING SOUTHERN DISTRICT*, PORTRAYING THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DISTRICT.

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE LOTUS ROOM OF THE ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR JASPER LAM, DEPUTY PRODUCTION MANAGER OF TVB, SOPHIA CHAN, AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE +GOOD MORNING KONG+ PROGRAMME, MR JOHNNY WONG, WILL ATTEND THE CONFERENCE.

MISS HONG

NOTE TO ED I TORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RO CLOSELY MONITORING SITUATION — GOVERNOR ................... 1

CS: MORE POWERS NEEDED TO FIGHT TRIADS ....................... 3

OTB COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL MEMBERS APPOINTED .................. 4

SIR EDWARD BRIEFED ON TRANSPORT SITUATION .................... 5

LAST VICTORIA BARRACKS SITE UP FOR AUCTION ................... 6

FOUR NT SITES OFFERED FOR LETTERS A-B ........................ 8

ADDITION OF NEW FUTURES CONTRACTS ............................ 9

BANK OF YOKOHAMA GRANTED LICENCE ............................. 9

ADB GETS ASSURANCE ON HK'S PARTICIPATION...................... 10

PEAK'S PANORAMIC VIEW TO BE PROTECTED ........................ 11

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION SURVEY UNDERWAY ........................ 13

JEWELLERY INDUSTRY NEEDS MORE SKILLED WORKERS ................ 14

EDUCATION CHIEF PRAISES PO LEUNG KUK .................... 15

FOUR CANDIDATES CONTEST MONG KOK DB BY-ELECTION .............. 16

HUNDREDS TO WALK FOR HOSPITAL EXTENSION ...................... 16

DRAWING CONTEST FOR THE YOUNG ................................ 17

SWIMMING POOL TO CLOSE FOR MAINTENANCE ....................... 18

CAUSEWAY BAY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ...................... 18

NO FLUSHING WATER ............................................ 18

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RO CLOSELY MONITORING SITUATION -- GOVERNOR

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID HE HAD BEEN ADVISED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING THAT THE THREAT OF RADIATION AFFECTING HONG KONG FOLLOWING THE SOVIET NUCLEAR ACCIDENT IN CHERNOBYL IS MINIMAL.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER TOURING THE GOVERNMENT VEHICLE INSPECTION CENTRE AT KOWLOON BAY, SIR EDwARD SAID THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY WAS CLOSELY MONITORING THE SITUATION.

SIR EDWARD SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THE PUBLIC’S CONCERN FOLLOWING THE CHERNOBYL DISASTER, AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS KEEPING IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH LONDON SO THAT IT WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO ANY INFORMATION THAT WOULD BECOME AVAILABLE.

HE BELIEVED THERE WOULD CERTAINLY BE AN INTERNATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPLICATIONS OF WHAT HAD HAPPENED AND THAT WOULD ENABLE THE WORLD’S NUCLEAR INDUSTRY TO DRAW A LESSON FROM THE INCIDENT.

WHEN QUESTIONED ABOUT THE DAYA BAY NUCLEAR PLANT PROJECT, SIR EDWARD SAID THE PLANT, WHICH WAS BEING BUILT BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, WAS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT KIND OF PLANT AND NOT IN ANY WAY LIKE THE ONE IN THE SOVIET UNION.

+AND IT WILL HAVE VERY HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS WHICH WILL MEET FRENCH STANDARDS, CHINESE STANDARDS, AND INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS,+ HE NOTED.

AS FAR AS HONG KONG WAS CONCERNED, SIR EDWARD SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD SOME TIME AGO SEEN THE NEED FOR BOTH MONITORING AND EXPERT ADVICE ON CONTINGENCIES WHICH MIGHT ARISE.

THAT WAS WHY A FEW YEARS AGO THE GOVERNMENT HAD ASKED THc UNITED KINGDOM ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY AT HARWELL, WHICH WAS ONE OF THE LEADING AUTHORITIES IN THE WORLD, TO BE ITS CONSULTANT ON THESE MATTERS, HE SAID.

ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE INVOLVED IN ANY STEPPING UP OF SAFETY MEASURES AT THE DAYA BAY PLANT, SIR EDwA REITERATED THE GOVERNMENT’S ROLE WAS IN REGARD TO HONG KONG.

HONG KONG WAS GOING TO TAKE ELECTRICITY FROM DAYA BAY, BUT THE ATOMIC PART OF THE DAYA BAY PLANT WAS BEING DONE Bv FRAMATOME, HE SAID.

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HE ADDED: +THE FRENCH ATOMIC ENERGY PROGRAMME IS OF COURSE A VERY WELL ESTABLISHED PROGRAMME AND THE KIND OF REACTORS WHICH THEY USED AND THE KIND OF STATIONS WHICH THEY BUILT ARE VERY WELL TESTED AND WIDELY USED IN FRANCE.

+SO I THINK THAT THAT PART OF IT IS IN WELL EXPERIENCED AND EXPERT HANDS,* HE SAID.

ASKED WHETHER IN THE LIGHT OF THE SOVIET ACCIDENT THERE SHOULD BE A NEED FOR INTENSIFIED SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AT DAYA BAY, SIR EDWARD SAID IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE A QUESTION FOR ONLY

DAYA BAY.

HE SAID* + l THINK WHEN THIS KIND OF THING HAPPENS. THE WHOLE OF THE WORLD’S NUCLEAR INDUSTRY WILL BE SEEING WHETHER THERE ARE ANY LESSONS TO BE LEARNED.

+DAYA BAY IS OF COURSE ONLY ONE OF VERY MANY ATOMIC POWER PLANTS AND ONE OF THE REASONS WHY A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES HAVE ASKED FOR A LOT MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE SOVIET UNION IS THAT THEY WANT TO SEE WHETHER THERE ARE ANY LESSONS TO BE LEARNED IN RELATION TO THE SAFETY OF NUCLEAR PLANTS.*

AND THAT WAS ON A WORLD-WIDE BASIS RATHER THAN ON THE BASIS CF JUST HONG KONG, SIR EDWARD ADDED.

DEALING WITH OTHER QUESTIONS, SIR EDWARD DISCOUNTED A SUGGESTION THAT NEW RETIREMENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS WOULD LEAD TO A BRAIN DRAIN.

HE SAID WHAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD LOOKED AT WAS THE PROMOTION AND MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE THROUGH THE CIVIL SERVICE. *WE WANT TO USE THE EXPERIENCE OF EXPERIENCED PEOPLE, AND ALSO TO PROVIDE THE KIND CF PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES WHICH WILL ENCOURAGE THOSE COMING BEHIND.

ON THE WHOLE, SIR EDWARD SAID THE SYSTEM BEING USED NOW +WILL ENSURE THAT HONG KONG HAS A HIGHLY EFFICIENT CIVIL SERVICE.*

THE GOVERNOR STRESSED THAT THE SERVICES OF THE EXPATRIATE ELEMENT WERE VERY HIGHLY VALUED, AND THAT THERE WAS A GOOD ROLE FOR THEM TO PLAY IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.

HE ADDED THAT HONG KONG HAD A VERY GOOD SUPPLY OF HIGHLY TALENTED CIVIL SERVANTS AMONG BOTH HONG KONG CHINESE AND YOUNGER EXPATRIATES.

ASKED WHETHER HE WOULD BE VISITING JAPAN LATER THIS MONTH, SIR EDWARD SAID HE WOULD BE ATTENDING A BUSINESS COMMITTEE MEETING THERE.

/HE NOTED

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1986

HE NOTED THAT HONG KONG’S TRADE WITH JAPAN WAS VERY IMPORTANT AND + l ALWAYS LIKE TO SEE THINGS FOR MYSELF. I WILL ALSO TELL PEOPLE THAT HONG KONG IS GETTING ALONG REALLY QUITE WELL.*

SIR EDWARD SAID HE WOULD CALL ON SOME JAPANESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH THEM.

+ | KNOW WE WOULD ALL LIKE TO SEE AN INCREASE IN HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO JAPAN,* HE SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF AUSTRALASIAN LAwYERS, THE GOVERNOR SAID HE wAS LISTENING VERY CAREFULLY TO THIS DEBATE BETWEEN THE LAWYERS. HE HAD HEARD CAREFULLY WHAT THE BAR ASSOCIATION HAD SAID WHEN THEY WERE IN UMELCO, AND ALSO WHAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAD SAID YESTERDAY WHEN HE MADE SOME IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT THE GENERAL PUBLIC INTEREST.

SIR EDWARD SAID HE WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT UMELCO*S RECOMMENDATIONS WERE BECAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE HEARD BOTH SIDES OF THE ARGUMENT.

+ | AM SURE THEY WILL COME TO SOME REASONABLE CONCLUSIONS.*

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CS: MORE POWERS NEEDED TO FIGHT TRIADS * * * *

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (FRIDAY) HELD AN INFORMAL MEETING WITH THE CHAIRMEN OF THE 19 DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE RECENTLY RELEASED DISCUSSION PAPER ON OPTIONS TO COUNTER THE TRIAD PROBLEM.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT WHILE SOME OF THE OPTIONS IN THE DISCUSSION PAPER DID CARRY WITH THEM SOME RESTRICTIONS ON CIVIL LIBERTY THE GOVERNMENT NEEDED TO HAVE MORE POWERS IF INROADS INTu TRIADS AND ORGANISED CRIME WERE TO BE MADE.

+WHAT WE NEED IS A COMMUNITY VIEW OF WHETHER SOME CURTAILMENTS IN FREEDOM ARE A PRICE WORTH PAYING TO TRY AND ERADICATE THIS EVIL FROM OUR SOCIETY,* HE SAID.

THE COMMITTEES MIGHT HAVE THEIR OWN IDEAS ON HOW TO ELin -Tc TRIADS AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE PLEASED TO RECEIVE SUGGESil HE SAID.

SIR DAVID, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN MUCH ADVERSE COMMENT ON THE OPTION THAT THERE COULD BE MORE LEGAL GAMBLING. HE SAID THAT IN VIEW OF THE CLEAR PUBLIC CONCERN HE DID NOT THINK THIS OPTION WOULD BE TAKEN FURTHER.

/HE TOLD ......

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1986

HE TOLD THE CHAIRMEN THAT EACH POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER HAD BEEN FULLY BRIEFED ON THE DISCUSSION DOCUMENT AND MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY BRANCH AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS WOULD ATTEND EACH DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEETING AT WHICH IT WAS CONSIDERED.

+WE WILL NOTE DOWN THE POINTS THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES RAISE AND GRADUALLY GATHER THEM TOGETHER SO THAT WE CAN FORM A DEFINITE VIEW TO PUT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AS TO THE wAY AHEAD,+ SIR DAVID SAID.

SIR DAVID TOLD REPORTERS AFTER THE MEETING THAT THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN CLEARLY HAD A DESIRE TO SEE BILLIARD SALOONS IN PRIVATE CLUBS BROUGHT UNDER SOME CONTROL. +ALL CHAIRMEN SPOKE OUT VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THE NEED TO BRING PRIVATE BILLIARD CLUBS UNDER CONTROL.*

THE MEETING WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, f-R DAVID JEAFFRESON, THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (OPERATIONS), MR LI KWAN-HA, MR ANDREW BRUCE AND MR PATRICK CHEUNG OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS, AND THE SECRETARY OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR MIKE STONE.

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OTB COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL MEMBERS APPOINTED O * *

THE GOVERNOR HAS APPOINTED THREE MEMBERS TO THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL WHICH IS SET UP TO JUDGE ANY CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION FROM FORMER SHAREHOLDERS OF THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK.

THE TRIBUNAL WILL BE CHAIRED BY MR JUSTICE MORTIMER WITH DR KIM CHAM YAU-SUM, A LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, AND MRS BARBARA THOMAS, A COMPANY DIRECTOR, AS MEMBERS.

A NOTICE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TRIBUNAL AND THE APPOINTMENT OF ITS MEMBERS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK (COMPENSATION OF REGISTERED HOLDERS OF SHARES) REGULATIONS 1986, A COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL, WHICH COMPRISES A JUDGE AS CHAIRMAN AND TWO MEMBERS WHO ARE NOT PUBLIC OFFICERS, MAY BE SET UP BY THE GOVERNOR AND WILL BE SET UP BY HIM IF REQUESTED IN WRITING BY ANY FORMER SHAREHOLDER.

THE REGULATIONS ALSO SET OUT THE MECHANICS OF APPLYING FOR, DETERMINING AND PAYING, ANY COMPENSATION TO FORMER SHAREHOLDERS.

/+THE TRIBUNAL ......

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+ THE TRIBUNAL WILL NOTIFY THE CLAIMANTS BY POST OF ITS DECISION. THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY INCORPORATED WILL ALSO PUBLISH THE DECISION OF THE TRIBUNAL AND MAY IF IT THINKS FIT DISCLOSE OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE DECISION,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ALL HEARINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED IN PRIVATE AND THE DATE OF THE FIRST HEARING HAS NOT YET BEEN FIXED.

HE NOTED THAT FORMER SHAREHOLDERS OF THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK NUMBERED MORE THAN 9 OOO.

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SIR EDWARD BRIEFED ON TRANSPORT SITUATION * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO KEEP HIMSELF UP TO DATE ON THE OVERALL TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT SITUATION IN HONG KONG.

SIR EDWARD SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN THE AREAS OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT, TRANSPORT FACILITIES AND VEHICLE ROAD SAFETY WHEN BEING BRIEFED BY EXPERTS.

ON TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT, THE GOVERNOR LEARNED THAT THE HONG KONG ISLAND AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) SYSTEM, WHICH CONTROLS AT PRESENT ABOUT 90 JUNCTIONS EAST OF ARSENAL STREET, WILL BE EXTENDED TO COVER 200 TRAFFIC SIGNALS BETWEEN KENNEDY TOWN AND SHAU KEI WAN BY 1987.

FOR KOWLOON, PLANS ARE IN HAND TO EXTEND THE KOWLOON ATC SYSTEM TO WONG TAI SIN, SAN 00 KONG AND KWUN TONG. THE SYSTEM NOW CONTROLS 230 JUNCTIONS WEST OF THE AIRPORT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER LEEDS, THE GOVERNOR FIRST TOURED THE KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT AT DUNDAS STREET.

THERE SIR EDWARD WAS BRIEFED ON THE ORGANISATION AND WORK CF THE DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING DIVISION, THE DAY-TO-DAY TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND RESEARCH AND PLANNING FUNCTIONS.

ONE MAJOR PROJECT NOW IN HAND IS THE TRAFFIC DIVERSION SCHEME FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER. THE GOVERNOR WAS INFORMED THAT TRAFFIC USING THE THREE-LANE FLYOVER IS REACHING SATURATION LEVEL. AN ADDITIONAL TRAFFIC LANE WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER THc RECONSTRUCTION wHItH IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE. WHEN RECONSTRUCTION BEGINS IN JULY, THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF THE FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED AND TRAFFIC REROUTED TO GROUND LEVEL.

/THE DEPARTMENT .......

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THE DEPARTMENT IS AWARE OF THE NEED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC CF THE DIVERSION SCHEME WELL IN ADVANCE AND IS NOW CONSULTING RELEVANT DISTRICT BOARDS ON THE MEASURES, THE GOVERNOR WAS TOLD.

AFTER TOURING THE KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL OFFICES, THE GOVERNOR PROCEEDED TO THE KOWLOON LICENSING OFFICE WHICH HANDLES ABOUT 3 OOO LICENSING TRANSACTIONS A DAY. HE THEN WENT TO THE KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE.

AT THE CENTRE, SIR EDWARD TOURED THE FACILITIES AND SAW HOW GOODS VEHICLES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ARE EXAMINED FOR ROADWORTHINESS. THE GOVERNOR LEARNED THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S FOUR VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRES CONDUCTED 86 000 INSPECTIONS LAST YEAR.

THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OBJECTIVE IS TO INSPECT ANNUALLY ALL PASSENGER VEHICLES, GOODS VEHICLES AND PRIVATE CARS OVER SIX YEARS OLD. THE ANNUAL INSPECTION OF PASSENGER SERVICE VEHICLES SUCH AS TAXIS. PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, FRANCHISED AND NONFRANCHISED BUSES HAS BEEN ACHIEVED.

OWING TO LACK OF RESOURCES, ONLY GOODS VEHICLES AND PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES MANUFACTURED BEFORE 1977 AND 1983 RESPECTIVELY ARE BEING INSPECTED ANNUALLY. THE INSPECTION OF PRIVATE CARS OVER SIX YEARS OLD IS NOW CARRIED OUT IN 17 PRIVATE GARAGES AUTHORISED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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LAST VICTORIA BARRACKS SITE UP FOR AUCTION

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KEEN BIDDING IS EXPECTED WHEN THE LAST SITE AT VICTORIA BARRACKS IS AUCTIONED ON MAY 27.

tuc 1 mn-SOUARE-METRE SITE AT SUPREME COURT ROAD IS NEXT

TO THE PLOT SWIRE PROPERTIES BOUGHT FOR $703 MILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR TO BUILD A HOTEL/OFFICE COMPLEX.

THE AUCTION WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 2.30 PH.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: -fTHE PRIME SITE. KNOWN AS

FROM DEVELOPERS.

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 19&6

♦THE SALE CONDITIONS ARE DESIGNED TO GIVE CONSIDER ;LE FLEXIBILITY IN THE USES TO WHICH THE BUILDINGS MAY BE rui. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THERE WILL BE A PODIUM STRUCTURE UP TO 31 METRES FOR SHOPS AND CAR PARKING. ABOVE THE PODIUM OFFICES, A HOTEL, RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS, INCLUDING SERVICED APARTMENTS, OR ANY COMBINATION OF THESE, ARE ENVISAGED. THE ONLY USES NOT PERMITTED ARE INDUSTRIAL OR GODOWN.

+A TOTAL OF 450 PARKING SPACES WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE SCHEME, 280 FOR THE NON-RESIDENTI AL ELEMENTS AND THE REST FOR RESIDENTS.*

TO PRESERVE TREES, ESPECIALLY THE OLD BANYAN TREES AT THE EASTERN END OF THE SItL THE SITE BOUNDARY DELIBERATELY EXCLUDES AREAS OCCUPIED BY THEM. IT IS SPECIFIED IN THE SALE CONDITIONS THAT AN OLD TREE CLOSE TO SUPREME COURT ROAD WITHIN THE BOUNDARY CF THE SITE MUST NOT BE FELLED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT.

THE PODIUM SHOULD BE BUILT TO ACCORD WITH THE LEVEL OF SUPREME COURT ROAD IN ORDER TO MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF THE DEVELOPMENT ON THE SURROUNDING RECREATIONAL AND AMENITY AREA WHICH IS TO BE DEVELOPED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL.

ON THE PODIUM, THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC OPEN SPACE OF 3000 SQUARE METRES. IT MAY BE STEPPED OR TERRACED DEPENDING ON THE STYLE OF DEVELOPMENT. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE OPEN SPACE WILL INCORPORATE THE MATURE BANYAN TREE WHICH EXISTS WITHIN THE SITE.

ON THE WESTERN FLANK OF THE SITE THE DEVELOPER HAS TO PROVIDE ESCALATORS AND STAIRCASES FROM THE FOOTBRIDGE OVER QUEENSWAY UP TO SUPREME COURT ROAD. THEY WILL SERVE AS DIRECT PUBLIC PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE FUTURE RECREATIONAL AND AMENITY AREA.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT HAD BEEN AGREED TO PROVIDE A SALT WATER SUPPLY FOR THE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM WITHIN

THE SCHEME.

THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AT LEAST

96 000 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON THE SITE BEFORE JUNE 30, 1992. THERE IS NO OVERALL HEIGHT RESTRICTION ON THE DEVELOPMENT.

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1986

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FOUR NT SITES OFFERED FOR LETTERS A-B

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM REGISTERED OWNERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS (LETTERS A-B) FOR FOUR GOVERNMENT LOTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TWO OF THE SITES ARE IN YUEN LONG AND THE OTHERS IN TUEN MUN AND TSUEN WAN.

ONE OF THE YUEN LONG SITES, COVERING 1 434 SQUARE METRES, IS AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD NEAR KAI TEI. ANY BASEMENTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT ARE TO BE FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL BUT EXCLUDING GODOWN AND RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES- THE GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL BUT EXCLUDING GODOWN USES- AND THE REMAINING FLOORS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

ALSO FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL BUT EXCLUDING GODOWN USES ARE TWO SITES AT THE JUNCTION OF YAU SAN AND FAU TSOI STREETS, YUEN LONG, AND AT THE JUNCTION OF SHEK PAI TAU AND TSUN WEN ROADS, TUEN MUN. THEY MEASURE 1 080 AND 10 080 SQUARE METRES.

THE FOURTH SITE MEASURES 3 750 SQUARE METRES AND IS AT WAI TSUEN ROAD, TSUEN WAN. THE LOWER THREE FLOORS OF THE DEVELOPMENT ARE TO BE FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL BUT EXCLUDING GODOWN PURPOSES, WHILE THE REMAINING FLOORS ARE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL USE.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE SITES MAY OPT TO SUBMIT EITHER A +VINTAGE+ TENDER OR A +MONETISED LETTER B+ TENDER CALCULATED BY REFERENCE TO A LIST OF CURRENCY VALUES PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ON MARCH 14, 1986. +VINTAGE+ TENDERS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY.

APPLICATION FORMS, NOTICES AND CONDITIONS OF GRANT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM, AND RELATED PLANS AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT:

* BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, SURVEY OFFICE, MURRAY BUILDING, FIFTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK

BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON: AND

* DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES OF SHA TIN, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG,

TSUEN WAN, TAI PO, NORTH, SAI KUNG AND ISLANDS.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS BY NOON ON MAY 30.

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1986

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ADDITION OF NEW FUTURES CONTRACTS * * * *

THE commodities trading (amendment of first schedule)

ORDER 1986 WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), ANNOUNCING THE ADDING OF HANG SENG INDEX FUTURES CONTRACTS TO THE FIRST SCHEDULE OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 250), THEREBY PERMITTING SUCH NEW CONTRACTS TO BE TRADED ON THE HONG KONG FUTURES EXCHANGE.

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BANK OF YOKOHAMA GRANTED LICENCE

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THE BANK OF YOKOHAMA LIMITED HAS BEEN GRANTED A BANKING LICENCE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS IN HONG KONG. A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

INCORPORATED IN JAPAN IN 1920, THE BANK OF YOKOHAMA RANKS PATH AMONG ALL JAPANESE BANKS AND HAS OVERSEAS PRESENCE IN EIGHT COUNTRIES OR TERRITORIES. WITH THE GRANT OF LICENCE TO THIS BANK, THERE ARE NOW 21 JAPANESE BANKS IN HONG KONG.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH SAID THAT THE CONTINUED ARRIVAL OF FOREIGN BANKS REFLECTED THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF HONG KONG AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

-APART FROM THE PRESENT APPLICATION, SIX FOREIGN BANKS, FOUR OF WHICH ARE FROM AUSTRALIA, HAVE ALREADY BEEN GRANTED BANKING LICENCES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

♦THERE ARE AT PRESENT 151 LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG. AMONG THEM, 115 WERE INCORPORATED IN 23 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES OUTSIDE HONG KONG,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE NUMBERS OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES STAND AT 273 AND 36 RESPECTIVELY. .’ORE THAN 25 9£R CENT OF THESE COMPANIES ARE OWNED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY BY FOREIGN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

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ADB GETS ASSURANCE ON HK’S PARTICIPATION

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SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, TODAY (FRIDAY) ASSURED THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT HONG KONG’S CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE ADB AFTER 1997.

ADDRESSING THE 19TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE BOARD IN MANILA, MR NENDICK SAID THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS HAD AGREED, THROUGH DISCUSSIONS IN THE SI NO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP, THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BANK.

+THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO AGREED TO ASSUME IN 1997 RESPONSIBILITY FOR GUARANTEEING HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS TO THE BANK,* HE SAID.

+ WE WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY OUR ROLE AS A MEMBER IN THE BANK. THROUGH MEMBERSHIP, WE HOPE TO CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ASIAN-PACIFIC REG I ON,+ HE ADDED.

TURNING TO PROTECTIONISM, MR NENDICK SAID A TREND TOWARDS GREATER PROTECTIONISM POSED A REAL THREAT TO TERRITORIES LIKE HONG KONG WHICH HAD EXPORT-ORIENTED ECONOMIES.

HE SAID PROTECTIONIST MEASURES HAD AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON WORLD TRADE AND HENCE ON ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THAT IN THE LONG RUN NO ONE WOULD BENEFIT.

+ THEY ARE PARTICULARLY UNJUST WHEN APPLIED TO HONG KONG, AS WE ARE COMMITTED TO AN OPEN MARKET POLICY IN TRADE AS WELL AS FOR INVESTMENT IN OUR INDUSTRY,* HE SAID.

ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMY, MR NENDICK SAID THE GOVERNMENT MAINTAINED A POLICY OF ALLOWING MARKET FORCES TO PLAY THE MAJOR ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECONOMY.

+THE GOVERNMENT SEES ITS ROLE AS BEING THAT OF CREATING A SOUND AND STABLE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH FREE ENTERPRISE CAN FLOURISH.

+IT IS WITHIN THIS FRAMEWORK THAT TRADE AND INDUSTRY HAVE PROSPERED IN HONG KONG AND WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF CHANGING THESE GROUND RULES,* HE SAID.

MR NENDICK SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONTINUED TO INVEST IN DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERRITORY’S PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND OF HUMAN RESOURCES.

/+THrIR£ AR£ •••••••

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1986

+THERE ARE ON-GOING PLANS FOR FURTHER INPROVEMENTS TO ROAD AND RAIL NETWORKS AND TO PORT FACILITIES- WORK HAS STARTED ON A SECOND CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL PLANS ARE IN THE PIPELINE.

+WHERE HUMAN RESOURCES ARE CONCERNED, THERE ARE PLANS FOR THE SETTING UP OF A THIRD UNIVERSITY AND OF OTHER TERTIARY EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES,+ HE SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF INVESTMENT INCENTIVES, MR NENDICK SAID THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT OFFER CASH OR ANY OTHER FORM OF SUBSIDY FOR INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG, BUT IN MAINTAINED A LOW TAX RATE WHICH WAS APPLIED EVEN-HANDEDLY TO RESIDENTS AND NON-RESIDENTS ALIKE.

+HONG KONG IS A FREE PORT AND WE DO NOT IMPOSE TARIFFS OR QUOTAS ON OUR IMPORTS. THERE IS NO FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTROLPROFITS AND CAPITAL CAN MOVE FREELY IN AND OUT OF THE TERRITORY.

+OUR BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNICATION FACILITIES COMPARE FAVOURABLY WITH THOSE OF OTHER MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRES.

+OVERALL WE BELIEVE THAT THESE FEATURES PROVIDE A FAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR WHETHER HE BE BORN IN HONG KONG OR ELSEWHERE,* HE SAID.

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PEAK’S PANORAMIC VIEW TO BE PROTECTED * * * * *

STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO PRESERVE THE VIEW FROM THE PEAK BY IMPOSING BUILDING HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS.

THE RESTRICTIONS ARE CONTAINED IN AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TO THE PEAK OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, AFFECTING THE NORTH-EASTERN, WESTERN AND NORTH-WESTERN, AND SOUTHERN BOUNDARIES OF THE PEAK. THE AMENDMENTS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID THE HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS WOULD BE BETWEEN THREE AND 12 STOREYS DEPENDING ON LOCATION.

APART FROM PRESERVING THE VIEW, AMENITIES IN THE AREA AND POOR ROAD ACCESS WERE ALSO REASONS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE RESTR I CT IONS.

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♦DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PEAK WILL CONTINUE TO BE SUBJECT TO A PLOT RATIO RESTRICTION OF 0.5 TO MAINTAIN ITS LOW DENSITY AND LOa-RISE CHARACTER,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

THE SECOND MAJOR AMENDMENT INVOLVES THE PROPOSAL FOR A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK AT THE GOVERNMENT/INSTI TUT ION/COMMUNITY SITE NEXT TO THE PEAK TRAM STATION.

THIS WILL NO LONGER BE PURSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PROPOSAL HAS BEEN DELETED FROM THE TOWN PLAN.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID OPPORTUNITY WAS ALSO TAKEN TO AMEND THE PLAN BY REFLECTING THE EXTENSION OF THE GERMAN SWISS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SITE AT GUILDFORD ROAD AS GOVERNMENT/INSTI TUTION/COMMUNITY USE AND ALSO TO RATIONALISE THE RESIDENTIAL LOT BOUNDARY OF INLAND LOT 8361.

THE AMENDED PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED ATs

* THE DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, GROUND AND 11TH FLOORS, HONG KONG ;

* THE DISTRICT OFFICE (WAN CHAI), 201 HENNESSY ROAD, TUNG WAH MANSION, GROUND, FIRST AND EIGHTH FLOORS, HONG KONG ;

* PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG ; AND

* THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE AMENDMENTS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, BY MAY 22.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MAP SALES COUNTER, SURVEY OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONGl AND THE KOWLOON MAP SALES SECTION, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, AT $10 FOR AN UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 FOR A COLOURED ONE.

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FRIDAY, MAY 2, 198

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INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION SURVEY UNDERWAY * * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING A SURVEY CF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION TO COLLECT DATA FOR THE YEAR 1985.

THE SURVEY IS CONDUCTED ANNUALLY AND REPRESENTS PART OF A CONTINUOUS PROGRAMME TO COLLECT ECONOMIC STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE OF THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

+THE AIM OF THE SURVEY IS TO OBTAIN DATA FOR UPDATING THE ESTIMATES OF THE RELEVANT SECTORS’ CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT AND TO ASCERTAIN THE OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES,* HE SAID.

♦RESULTS OF THE SURVEY WILL BE USEFUL TO THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS STATISTICAL USERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC,* HE ADDED.

ABOUT 7 500 ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE ENUMERATED IN THE SECTORS CF MANUFACTURING, MINING AND QUARRYING, AND ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER.

INFORMATION SOUGHT IN THE SURVEY INCLUDES TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF INVESTMENT, FLOOR AREA, EMPLOYMENT, MAN-HOURS WORKED, COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES (l.E. WAGES, SALARIES AND OTHER EMPLOYEE BENEFITS), CONTRACT AND COMMISSION WORK, PURCHASES OF MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES, OTHER EXPENSES, SALES AND WORK DONE, OTHER RECEPITS, STOCKS AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURE.

THE SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS (ANNUAL SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION) ORDER 1984, WHICH WAS MADE UNDER THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE (CHAPTER 316) AND ISSUED AS LEGAL NOTICE NO. 15 IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT GAZETTE OF JANUARY 13, 1984.

SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRES ARE BEING SENT BY RECORDED DELIVERY TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED. MANAGEMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE DEPARTMENT BY THE END OF JULY 1986.

ON REQUEST, OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT MAY VISIT ESTABLISHMENTS AND ASSIST IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE. THESE OFFICERS WILL CARRY GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARDS WHILE ON DUTY.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS APPEALED TO MANAGEMENTS TO RETURN THE COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRES PROMPTLY AND TO CO-OPERATE WITH OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT, THUS FULFILLING THEIR LEGAL AS WELL AS SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

/THE COMMISSIONER

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THE COMMISSIONER EMPHASISED THAT INFORMATION RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS WOULD BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD ONLY BE USED IN AN AGGREGATE FORM FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT AUDITED ACCOUNTS WERE NOT ESSENTIAL FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION RELATING TO INCOME AND EXPENDITURE. THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ACCEPTS FIGURES BASED ON PRELIMINARY ACCOUNTS OR ESTIMATES WHICH ARE CORRECT TO THE BEST OF THE RESPONDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION OF RETURNS. THIS APPROACH IS NECESSARY TO AVOID THE DELAY THAT WOULD OTHERWISE RESULT FROM WAITING FOR AUDITED ACCOUNTS.

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JEWELLERY INDUSTRY NEEDS MORE SKILLED WORKERS

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THE JEWELLERY INDUSTRY’S WORKFORCE HAS GROWN FROM 5 600 IN 1983 TO ABOUT 7 200 IN 1985. REPRESENTING A SUBSTANTIAL ANNUAL INCREASE OF 13.6 PER CENT, ACCORDING TO THE FINDINGS OF A VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL SURVEY.

THE GROWTH WAS MAINLY THE RESULT OF REMARKABLE EXPORT PERFORMANCES IN THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN, THE INDUSTRY’S TWO LARGEST OVERSEAS MARKETS, SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL’S JEWELLERY INDUSTRY TRAINING BORAD WHICH CONDUCTED THE SURVEY LAST

JUNE.

COMMENTING ON THE DEVELOPMENTS OF THE INDUSTRY, HE SAID +CHINA MAY ALSO BECOME ANOTHER MAJOR EXPORT MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S JEWELLERY ITEMS FOLLOWING RECENT RELAXATION IN CHINA ON JEWELLERY OWNING.*

THE BOARD WAS ALSO OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE DOMESTIC MARKET.

HOWEVER, THE INDUSTRY HAD FELT INCREASING COMPETITION FROM NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES IN THE LOWER PRICE OF RANGE OF JEWELLERY IN WORLD MARKETS. SOME OF THESE COUNTRIES HAD THE ADVANTAGE CF A READY SUPPLY OF GEMSTONES AND LOWER LABOUR COST.

THE BOARD EXPECTED THE INDUSTRY TO CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE YEARS AHEAD BUT AT A MODERATE RATE.

THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE BOARD FORECAST THAT MANPOWER AT TECHNOLOGIST, TECHNICIAN AND CRAFT LEVELS SHOULD INCREASE EIGHT PER CENT, 4-1/2 PER CENT AND SEVEN PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

/THAT M.JkNT...........

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 1986

THAT MEANT THAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD TRAIN ABOUT FOUR TECHNOLOGISTS, 34 TECHNICIANS AND 470 CRAFTSMEN ANNUALLY TO MEET THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY.

THE BOARD ALSO STATED IN THE SURVEY THAT THE RAPID GROWTH CF THE INDUSTRY IN THE PAST 12 YEARS HAD RESULTED IN AN ACUTE SHORTAGE OF PROPERLY TRAINED CRAFTSMEN.

IF THE INDUSTRY WANTED TO MAINTAIN ITS SHARE OF INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, IT MUST MOVE UP MARKET IN TERMS OF QUALITY AND STYLING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE COUNCIL’S JEWELLERY INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE IN KWAI CHUNG, SCHEDULED TO BE OPERATIONAL IN AUTUMN, WOULD PROVIDE BASIC TRAINING COURSES IN GOLDSMITHY (K-GOLD), GOLDSMITHY (FINE-GOLD) AND PRECIOUS STONE SETTING FOR ABOUT 100 TRAINEES, HE ADDED.

THE 1985 MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT ON THE JEWELLERY INDUSTRY IS AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AT $9.50 A COPY.

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EDUCATION CHIEF PRAISES PO LEUNG KUK * * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, TODAY PRAISED THE PO LEUNG KUK FOR ITS EFFORTS IN PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE CF EDUCATION SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY.

epcAKiNr at THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE PO LEUNG KUK CHEE JING YIM pIimIrI SCHOOL IN SHA TIN MR LEUNG PLACED ON RECORD HIS THANKS TO THE KUK FOR RUNNING SEVEN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, 10 PRIMARY SCHOOLS, SrIe SPECIAL EDUCATION SCHOOLS AND SIX KINDERGARTENS WITH A TOTAL ENROLMENT OF MORE THAN 20 000 PUPILS.

tuc kicu cauaai WHICH BEGAN CLASSES IN SEPTEMBER, NOW HAD AN ENBOlJenTW MOrM ILS"aTTENDING 30 CLASSES IN AH AND

PM SESSIONS, MR LEUNG NOTED.

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FOUR CANDIDATES CONTEST MONG KOK DB BY-ELECTION

* * * * *

FOUR CANDIDATES WILL CONTEST A SEAT ON THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD IN A BY-ELECTION TO BE HELD ON MAY 22.

THE CANDIDATES FOR THE TAI KOK TSUI CONSTITUENCY ARE MR LAI SHIU-NIN (52), MR CHAN CHUNG-KIT (37), MR LEE CHUNG-MING (40) AND MISS ELAINE WONG (26).

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL FILL THE SEAT VACATED BY A BOARD MEMBER WHO WAS ELECTED TO THE URBAN COUNCIL.

IN THE CHUNG WAN CONSTITUENCY OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT, YUEN BUN-KEUNG (42) WAS THE ONLY CANDIDATE, AND HAS BEEN DULY ELECTED UNOPPOSED. HIS SEAT WAS ALSO VACATED BY A MEMBER BEING ELECTED TO THE URBAN COUNCIL.

REGISTERED VOTERS OF THE TAI KOK TSUI CONSTITUENCY WILL RECEIVE POLL CARDS IN DUE COURSE INFORMING THEM OF THE ELECTION AND OF THE LOCATION OF THEIR POLLING STATIONS.

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HUNDREDS TO WALK FOR HOSPITAL EXTENSION *****

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN KWUN TONG WILL TAKE PART IN A WALK ROUND THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL THIS SUNDAY (MAY 4) TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE HOSPITAL’S EXTENSION PROJECT.

THE EVENT +WALK WITH OUR HEARTS*, IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES CF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD TO RAISE $5 MILLION FOR THE HOSPITAL.

+PARTICI PANTS IN THE FOUR—KILOMETRE CHARITY WALK SHOULD WING ALONG THEIR SPONSORSHIP FORMS AND ARRIVE AT THE SAU NGA ROAD PLAYGROUND IN SAU MAU PING BY 10.30 AM,* VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL EXTENSION FUND-RAISING ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LAM KIN-KWOK, SAID.

SO FAR, 8 000 SPONSORSHIP FORMS WERE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE.

+MORE THAN 70 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS INCLUDING SCHOOLS, FACTORIES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES HAVE ALREADY FORMED TEAMS TO JOIN THE WALK,* MR LAM ADDED.

/THE TWO .......

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THE Two TELEVISION STATIONS WILL ALSO SEND ARTISTES TO WALK FOR THE EXTENSION PROJECT.

BEFORE THE WALK STARTS AT 10 AM, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL PRESENT FLAGS TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE 14 AREAS IN KWUN TONG TO INAUGURATE THE YEAR-LONG FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE UNITED CHRISTIAN MEDICAL SERVICE, REVEREND KWOK NAI-WANG, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FUND RAISING COMMITTEE, MRS JUNE LI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE +KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL EXTENSION FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN* TO BE HELD AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY IN THE SAU NGA ROAD PLAYGROUND IN SAU MAU PING.

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DRAWING CONTEST FOR THE YOUNG

*****

THE 1986 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN DRAWING CONTEST, WITH THE THEMES ON +MY HOME TOWN* AND +MY FUTURE WORLD*, WILL BE HELD IN THE UC CENTENARY PARK IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST THIS SUNDAY (MAY 4) FROM 9 AM TO 3 PM.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS: SECTION A FOR THOSE AGED FOUR TO EIGHT; SECTION B FOR THOSE BETWEEN NINE AND 135 AND SECTION C FOR DISABLED CHILDREN UNDER 13.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL, HARBOUR JAYCEES AND SING TAO LIMITED, AND SPONSORED BY THE TSIM SHA TSUI EAST PROPERTY DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION.

AMONG OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR KWAN LIM-HO, YAU MA TEI ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS SUSAN MAK, AND CHAIRMAN OF TSIM SHA TSUI EAST PROPERTY DEVELOPERS ASSOCIATION, MR LUI CHE-wOO.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

'YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE 1986 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN ERAWING CONTEST vHICH wILL START AT 9 AM ON SUNDAY IN THE UC CENTENARY PAR* IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

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SWIMMING POOL TO CLOSE FOR MAINTENANCE

******

THE POPULAR MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX IN WAN CHAI. WHICH HAS REMAINED OPEN THROUGHOUT THE WINTER, WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM NEXT MONDAY (MAY 5) TO FACILITATE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE WORK.

+IT WILL REOPEN IN TIME FOR THE PEAK SWIMMING SEASON IN JULY,+ SAID AN URBAN COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

CAUSEWAY BAY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION * * * *

THE EXISTING PEAK HOUR (7 AM-10 AM AND 4 PM-7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 2 AND 6 WILL BE EXTENDED SOUTHWARDS ABOUT 20 METRES TO HOUSE NO. 14 FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 5).

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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NO FLUSHING WATER * * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN SAN PO KONG WILL BE TURNED OFF BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5 PM ON MONDAY (MAY 5).

THIS IS TO FACILITATE MAINS WORK IN THE AREA.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BUSY FIRST BAY FOR EXPO PAVILION ............................... 1

GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON ...................................... 2

MFA TALKS IN GENEVA END......................................... 3

ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION STEPPED UP ............................ 3

REMINDER FOR ./OMEN BORN 1931 TO 1934 .......................... 4

DRAGON BOAT RACES IN ABERDEEN ................................. 5

+KILOPAK+ ENVELOPE OUT MONDAY................................... 6

3200 OOO FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMIES ........................... 7

MOVE TO EASE BORDER TRAFFIC CONGESTION ......................... 7

MEET THE MEDIA ................................................. 8

COMPUTER WORKSHOPS FOR PHYSICS TEACHERS ........................ 8

NEW WATERWORKS DEPOT AT TAI 0................................... 9

YUEN LONG WATER CUT ............................................ 9

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1936

BUSY FIRST DAY FOR EXPO PAVILION

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AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF PLANNING AND CONSTRUCT I ON, THE 1986 WORLD EXPOSITION OPENED NEXT TO FALSE CREEK IN VANCOUVER, CANADA YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) AND THE HONG KONG PAVILION WAS ONE OF THE 90 PARTICIPANTS WHICH WELCOMED THE FIRST BATCH OF EXPO VISITORS.

SHORTLY BEFORE THE OPENING TIME AT 10 AM, PEOPLE ALREADY FLOCKED INTO THE SITE THROUGH THE FOUR MAIN ENTRANCES AND THEY STARTED TO SAMPLE THE EXHIBITS THROUGHOUT EXPO WHEN THE CLOCK STRUCK TEN.

AN AVERAGE OF 100 000 VISITORS IS EXPECTED A DAY THROUGHOUT THE 165 DAYS UNTIL EXPO CLOSES ON OCTOBER 13. ACCORDING TO EXPO OFFICIALS, A TOTAL OF 15 MILLION 'VISITS’ HAVE ALREADY BEEN SOLD.

IT IS NOW EXPECTED THAT THE TOTAL VISITS TO BE SOLD WOULD BE MORE THAN 20 MILLIONS THROUGH THE SALES OUTLETS IN 39 COUNTRIES.

EXPO EMPLOYS MORE THAN 15 000 PEOPLE TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATIONAL AND ON-SITE CATERING FACILITIES AND TO MAN THE PAVILIONS. ANOTHER 15 000 ARE VOLUNTEER WORKERS.

THE FIRST DAY AT EXPO GAVE THEM A TASTE OF HOW BUSY AND ENJOYABLE IT WAS TO LOOK AFTER BATCHES AND BATCHES OF VISITORS.

AT THE HONG KONG PAVILION, THE SIGHT OF VISITORS QUEUEING UP TO GET A GLIMPSE OF LIFE IN HONG KONG SEEMED NEVER TO END.

THE OPENING DAY ALSO PROVED TO BE A BUSY DAY FOR THE COMMISSIONER OF THE HONG KONG PAVILION, MR PETER TSAO, WHO IS IN VANCOUVER TO SEE THAT THE HONG KONG SHOWPIECE IS UP AND RUNNING ACCORDING TO PLAN.

MR AND MRS TSAO ATTENDED THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE BRITISH COLUMBIA PLACE STADIUM RIGHT NEXT TO THE EXPO SITE.

THE OPENING CEREMONY, OFFICIATED BY THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES, WAS ATTENDED BY 60 000 PEOPLE, INCLUDING ALL COMMISSIONERS GENERAL OF THE PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES AND VIP GUESTS.

EACH COUNTRY NOMINATED A REPRESENTATIVE TO CARRY ITS NATIONAL FLAG TO MARCH INTO THE STADIUM DURING THE CEREMONY AND A HONG KONG PAVILION HOSTESS, MISS PAT NG, REPRESENTED HONG KONG IN THE PROCESSION.

/THE INVITATION .......

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1986

•_,f >NV'TAT|ON TO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS EXTENDED .. pr^miER OF THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, - v ... - AM BFNNETT, WHO PLAYS HOST TO THIS WORLD FAIR.

thF GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF CANADA, MADAM JEANNE SAUVE AND prime MINISTER OF CANADA, MR BRIAN MULRONEY, WERE ALSO -^SENT at the CEREMONY.

THE EXPO WORLD ORPHEUM THEATRE.

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tHE EVENING, AN OFF-SITE GALA OPENING OF OF THE ARTS WAS STAGED IN THE DOWNTOWN

THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES PRESIDED AT THE OCCASION v„,>h the HONG KONG COMMISSIONER AND MRS TSAO ALSO ATTENDED.

mr AND MRS TSAO WILL BE AMONG THE AUDIENCE F0R _ iPcT JN-SITE GALA PERFORMANCE TO BE HELD TODAY AT THE EXPO

thEATRF.

’HROUGHOUT THE EXPO PERIOD, A TOTAL OF 43 OOO FREE ntfrtaiNMENT PROGRAMMES WILL BE PUT ON FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF ;$iTORS TO EXPO AND PEOPLE VISITING VANCOUVER.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL VISIT LONDON FROM MAY 13 ’ ■. this VISIT WILL BE ANOTHER IN THE SERIES OF HIS REGULAR '•>NSJltAT IONS WITH MINISTERS AND SENIOR OFFICIALS ON MATTERS OF 'IRRENT INTEREST.

THE GOVERNOR LAST VISITED LONDON IN FEBRUARY.

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1986

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MFA TALKS IN GENEVA END * * * *

THE MULTILATERAL DISCUSSION OF THE FUTURE OF THE MFA ENDED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON IN GENEVA.

COMMENTING ON THE TWO-DAY TALKS, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID THAT A MAJORITY OF THE MAIN ELEMENTS OR ISSUES HAD NOW RECEIVED AT LEAST PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATION, ALTHOUGH AT THIS STAGE ACTUAL DRAFTING HAD NOT COMMENCED AND THE MAIN NEGOTIATING PHASE STILL LAY AHEAD.

FURTHER INFORMAL-FORMAL TALKS WOULD TAKE PLACE IN EARLY JUNE, AND AGAIN IN LATE JUNE, AND A MORE INTENSIVE FINAL PHASE WAS LIKELY TO OCCUPY MUCH OF JULY.

ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION STEPPED UP *****

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE ITS ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION DRIVE THIS MONTH ON AN EXPANDED BASIS, A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE DEPARTMENT WAS STEPPING UP THE ACTIVITIES TO GIVE FULLER COVERAGE TO THE REMOTE PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE ADDED.

IN ADDITION TO MOBILE SERVICES TO INOCULATE DOGS IN RURAL VILLAGES ON A DISTRICT BASIS, INOCULATION TEAMS WOULD ALSO BE VISITING VARIOUS FISH CULTURE ZONES TO MAKE THEIR SERVICE AVAILABLE TO DOG OWNERS THERE.

♦ THE MOBILE TEAMS WILL VISIT TAI PO FROM MAY 5 TO 30 ; TUEN MUN FROM MAY 7 TO 31 AND SAI KUNG FROM MAY 13 TO 29,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID

+DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THEY WILL ALSO CALL ON FISH RAFTS IN THE MARICULTURE ZONES OF SHA TAU KOK, AP CHAU, MA NAM WAT, TAI TAU CHAU, TIU CHAM WAN, YUNG SHUE AU, YIM TIN TSAI, CHEUNG SHA WAN AND TUNG CHUNG.+

TAI PO VILLAGES INCLUDE TAI WO TSUEN, YUEN LING LEE UK TSUEN, YUEN LING YIP UK TSUEN, KAU LUNG HANG, TAI HANG TSUEN, NAM WAH PO, MUI SHU HANG, SHU I WAI, WAI TAU TSUEN, KAU LIU HA, HANG HA PO, FONG MA PO. SAN UK TSAI, CHUNG UK TSUEN, TONG MIN TSUEN (TONG SHEUNG TSUEN) AND MA PO ME I.

/the villages .......

SATUBDAY, MAY 3, 1986

THE VILLAGES IN TUEN MUN ARE NAI WAI, KWONG SHAN TSUEN, FU TEI, TUEN MUN SUN TSUEN, TAO YUEN WAI, TSENG TAU HA TSUEN, TSENG TAU CHUNG TSUEN, CHUNG WONG TOI, TUEN TSZ WAI, SUNG HING TSUEN, TSZ TIN TSUEN, PO TONG HA, SIU HANG TSUEN, KEI LUN WAI, SUN WAI TSAI, LEUNG TIN AND TSING SHAN KURK.

THE SAI KUNG VILLAGES ARE TSENG LAN SHUE, TAI PO TSAI, HANG HAU, SHUI PIN, SEUNG SZ WAN, SHEUNG YEUNG, HA YEUNG, MAU WU TSAI, MA YAU TONG, TSEUNG KWAN 0, YAU YUE WAN AND PO TOI 0.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED DOG OWNERS IN THESE VILLAGES AND FISH CULTURE ZONES TO USE THE MOBILE SERVICE TO HAVE THEIR DOGS INOCULATED AND LICENSED.

+ THE DOGS AND CATS ORDINANCE REQUIRES EVERY DOG OVER FIVE-MONTH-OLD TO BE INOCULATED AND LICENSED. FAILURE TO DO SO WOULD RENDER THE OWNER LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN CONTAINING THE THREAT OF RABIES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, IT WAS IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN VIGILANCE TO PREVENT A RESURGENCE OF THE DEADLY DISEASE.

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REMINDER FOR WOMEN BORN 1931 TO 193*

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WOMEN BORN IN 1931, 1932, 1933 AND 1934 WERE REMINDED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THEY SHOULD APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE MAY 17.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT UP TO MAY 2, THE EIGHT NEW ID CARD ISSUE OFFICES HAD RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 78 693 APPLICATIONS.

+IN THE REMAINING 12 WORKING DAYS, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 21 007 MORE APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED.

+T0 AVOID THE LAST MINUTE RUSH, WOMEN IN THIS TARGET GROUP ARE ADVISED TO COME EARLY,* HE SAID.

APPLICANTS ARE ALSO WELCOMED TO MAKE USE OF THE PHONE-IN SERVICE TO ARRANGE AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING THE OFFICE OF THEIR CHOICE 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, ID CARD NUMBER AND YEAR OF BIRTH TO COMPLETE THE BOOKING PROCEDURE,* HE ADDED.

/THE ADDRESSES .......

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1986

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THE ADDRESSES OF THE ISSUE OFFICES AND THEIR TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR BOOKING APPOINTMENTS ARE:

HONG KONG BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI. 5-747070

EAST KOWLOON AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD. 3-7553679

'WEST KOWLOON CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI. 3-7232442

TSUEN WAN EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET. 0-4981259

SHA TIN SHATIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 2-16 WANG POK STREET. r 0-6059108

YUEN LONG HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD. 0-793291

TUEN MUN CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN. 0-862562

SHEUNG SHUI TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI. 0-927155

THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

+APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR OLD ID CARDS WHEN THEY CALL AT ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES, AND THOSE WHO WANT TO ALTER THEIR LAST NAMES AS A RESULT OF A CHANGE IN MARITAL STATUS SHOULD BRING ALONG RELEVANT DOCUMENTS SUCH AS MARRIAGE OR DIVORCE CERTIFICATES AS WELL,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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DRAGON BOAT RACES IN ABERDEEN *****

BUSINESS FIRMS, FACTORIES AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DRAGON BOAT RACES TO BE HELD IN ABERDEEN ON JUNE 11 (WEDNESDAY) TO CELEBRATE THE ANNUAL TUEN NG FESTIVAL.

AN ABERDEEN DRAGON BOAT RACES ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAS BEEN FORMED TO CO-ORDINATE THE EVENT WHICH WILL LAST FROM 9.30 AM TO 5.30 PM ALONG A 400-METRE CHANNEL OFF THE ABERDEEN WATERFRONT.

/THE HAGES .......

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1986

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THE RACES WILL BE DIVIDED INTO OPEN, SECTIONS. EACH TEAM SHOULD CONSIST OF NOT INCLUDING THE DRUMMER AND LEADER.

INVITATION AND LADIES’ MORE THAN 24 MEMBERS

A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN URGED LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO GIVE FULL SUPPORT TO THE RACES WHICH HAVE A LONG TRADITION IN ABERDEEN.

SENT INVITATION LETTERS

HE SAID THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAS

TO VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS WHICH HAD TAKEN PART IN THE RACES IN THE PAST OTHER BODIES WHICH ARE INTERESTED CAN CONTACT THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON 5-540271 BEFORE MAY 10 (SATURDAY).

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+KILOPAK+ ENVELOPE OUT MONDAY

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THE +KILOPAK+, AN ENVELOPE INTRODUCED FOR POSTING URGENT DOCUMENTS BY SPEEDPOST AT DISCOUNT RATE, WILL BE ON SALE AT $5 EACH AT ALL SPEEDPOST ACCEPTANCE COUNTERS FROM MONDAY (MAY 5).

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT, SPEEDPOST DOCUMENTS IN +KILOPAKS+ WILL BE OFFERED A DISCOUNT OF $10 TO THE POSTAGE RATE WHICH IS BASED ON THE ONE KILOGRAM SPEEDPOST RATE TO THE DESTINATION CONCERNED.

THERE WILL BE NO MAXIMUM WEIGHT LIMIT FOR THE DOCUMENTS POSTED IN THESE ENVELOPES.

HOWEVER, NORMAL SPEEDPOST RATE, TAKING THE WEIGHT OF THE POSTED ITEMS INTO ACCOUNT, WILL APPLY TO +KILOPAKS+ CONTAINING MERCHANDISE OR SAMPLES.

THE +KILOPAK+, MEASURING APPROXIMATELY 35OMM X 25OMM WITH A SELF-ADHESIVE FLAP, IS LARGE ENOUGH FOR DOCUMENTS OF FOOLSCAP SIZE.

THE POST OFFICE HAS INTRODUCED THE +KILOPAK+ AS AN ONGOING EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE WHICH HANDLED ABOUT 1.2 MILLION SPEEDPOST ITEMS IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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S200 000 FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES

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MORE THAN 5200 000 WILL BE SPENT ON THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES IN TAI PO, AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ARE BEING INVITED TO APPLY FOR FUNDS TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES.

THp TA| po DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WAS FORMED RECENTLY TO ORGANISE THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMMES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR HO YUNG-SANG, IS SERVING AS CHAIRMAN OF THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES TO THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, COMMUNITY LEADERS, REPRESENTATIVES FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

THE COMMITTEE HAS PLANNED A WIDE RANGE OF INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

OF THE TOTAL FUNDING, ABOUT 5122 000 COMES FROM THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD FUND AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, AND THE REMAINDER FROM LOCAL DONATIONS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, AND MUST BE RETURNED BY MAY 22.

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MOVE TO EASE BORDER TRAFFIC CONGESTION

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WORK ON CONSTRUCTING AN ADDITIONAL VEHICLE HOLDING AREA AT MAN KAM TO TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE BORDER IS LIKELY TO START IN AUGUST.

THE WORK, FOR WHICH TENDERS HAVE BEEN INVITED, WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING CHINA-BOUND HOLDING AREA AT THE JUNCTION OF MAN KAM TO AND LIN MA HANG ROADS IS 100 VEHICLES.

IT WILL NOW BE EXPANDED TO 300 VEHICLES WHICH WILL SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE CONGESTION ALONG MAN KAM TO ROAD.

THE EXTENSION OF THE VEHICLE PARK WILL ALSO INVOLVE CONSTRUCTION OF EARTH EMBANKMENTS TOGETHER WITH PROVISION OF DRAINS AND PAVEMENT.

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MEET THE MEDIA * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR ANTHONY AU-YEUNG, WILL MEET THE MEDIA ON MONDAY (MAY 5) AT 4 PM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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COMPUTER WORKSHOPS FOR PHYSICS TEACHERS

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION LIMITED WILL JOINTLY RUN FOUR WORKSHOPS ON THE USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF COMPUTER ASSISTED LEARNING PACKAGES IN PHYSICS TEACHING LATER THIS MONTH AND NEXT MORTH.

INVITATIONS ARE OPEN TO TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS AT THE AUDIO-VISUAL ROOM OF SKH TANG SHIU KIN SECONDARY SCHOOL AT 9, 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, ON FOUR CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS BETWEEN MAY 24 AND JUNE 21.

PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO THOSE TEACHING PHYSICS AT ADVANCED LEVEL AS THE WORKSHOPS AIM AT AROUSING INTEREST IN THE USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF COMPUTER ASSISTED LEARNING PACKAGES THROUGH DISCUSSION, DEMONSTRATION AND PRACTICE.

SCHOOL HEADS WISHING TO NOMINATE PHYSICS TEACHERS TO THE WORKSHOPS ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT THEIR NAME LIST TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICS), ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, BY MAY 7.

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NEW WATERWORKS DEPOT AT TA I 0 * * *

TENDERS ARE INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW WATERWORKS DEPOT AT LUNG TIN ESTATE IN TAI 0.

THE NEW DEPOT WILL REPLACE THE ONE IN SHEK TSAI PO STREET, WHICH WILL LATER BE USED AS A WATERWORKS CONSUMER SERVICES CENTRE.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN JULY AND TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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YUEN LONG WATER CUT ,* * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (MAY 6) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE IN LAU FAU SHAN, FUK LO TSUEN, HANG HAU TSUEN, SHA KONG TSUEN, SAN HING TSUEN, NGAU HOM, SHA KONG WAI, FUNG KONG TSUEN AND TUNG TAU TSUEN.

SAN WAI, LO UK TSUEN, SIK KONG TSUEN, SIK KONG WAI, SAN UK TSUEN, LEI UK TSUEN, DEEP BAY ROAD, PING HA ROAD AND TIN HA ROAD WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, MAY 4, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

URBAN COUNCIL TO HOST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ................ 1

PLANS APPROVED FOR CONVENTION CENTRE, HOTELS .................. 2

WALK A GOOD EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT ....................... 3

SELECT COMMITTEE TO MEET LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES ................ 4

REVISED RATES FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS .................... 4

MEASURES TAKEN TO IMPROVE STAFF WELFARE ....................... 5

TRANSPORT GUIDE AND DB PAMPHLETS PUBLISHED .................... 5

CLEANER STREETS PLANNED FOR FOUR DISTRICTS .................... 6

BUILDING MANAGEMENTS SHOW IMPROVEMENTS ........................ 7

TSUEN WAN BOARD TO DISCUSS TRIAD PROBLEM ...................... 8

WAN CHAI TRAFFIC-TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETS .................... 9

PUBLIC VIEWS ON JSEA REPORT INVITED ........................... 9

STREET LIGHTING SUGGESTION TO DB PAYS OFF ..................... 10

KOWLOON BAY ROADS TO BE COMPLETED ............................. 11

LEARN-TO-SWIM SCHEME FOR PRIMARY PUPILS ....................... 11

EQUIPMENT FOR SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS .......................... 12

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGE IN CENTRAL ........................... 12

SUNDAY, MAY 4, 1986

URBAN COUNCIL TO HOST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE *****

THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS SUCCEEDED IN ITS BID TO HOST THE 1992 CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARKS AND RECREATION ADMINISTRATION (IFPRA) - THE FIRST EVER TO TAKE PLACE IN AISA.

+THIS IS A GREAT COMPLIMENT TO HONG KONG,+ SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

+IFPRA IS WIDELY RECOGNISED AS THE WORLD’S FOREMOST BODY CONCERNED WITH THE PROVISION AND MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC PARK AND RECREATION FACILITIES.+

HE SAID THE TRIENNIAL CONGRESS OF IFPRA CONSTITUTES A UNIQUE FORUM AT WHICH PROGRESS IN RECREATION PROVISION ON A WORLD-WIDE SCALE CAN BE REVIEWED.

+ AT THE SAME TIME, IT PROVIDES THE ’HOST’ WITH THE IDEAL OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW PARTICIPANTS ITS OWN ACHIEVEMENTS IN THIS MULTI-FACETTED FIELD,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, THE URBAN COUNCIL, THROUGH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HAD BEEN A CORPORATE MEMBER OF THE IFPRA.

THE COUNCIL DECIDED LAST YEAR TO SUBMIT A BID TO HOST THE 1992 CONGRESS OF THE IFPRA.

+THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONCERT WITH THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, THEN PREPARED THE FORMAL BIDDING DOCUMENTS WHICH INCLUDED A FORMAL INVITATION FROM THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN TO IFPRA TO SELECT HONG KONG AS THE VENUE,+ HE SAID.

♦ THE PROVISION AND USAGE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN HONG KONG IS AMONG THE MOST INTENSIVE TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, AND SO WE HAVE MUCH TO INTEREST THE PROFESSIONAL RECREATION ADMINISTRATOR.

+IN BOTH RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL TERMS, HONG KONG IS A UNIQUE BLEND OF EAST AND WEST, CALCULATED TO FASCINATE THE VISITOR AND PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT ’SPRINGBOARD’ FOR PRE- AND POST-CONGRESS VISITS.

+HONG KONG IS FURTHERMORE AN IDEAL VENUE FOR A CONFERENCE WITH EXCELLENT BACK-UP FACILITIES AND COMMUNICATIONS. IT IS ALSO EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO TRAVELLERS FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD.+

THE IFPRA CONGRESS HELD IN NEW ZEALAND IN FEBRUARY/MARCH THIS YEAR ACCEPTED THE URBAN COUNCIL’S OFFER AND SELECTED HONG KONG AS THE VENUE FOR 1992.

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PLANS APPROVED FOR CONVENTION CENTRE, HOTELS

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THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE HAS APPROVED PLANS FOR TWO “ULTI-STORFY HOTELS, A 36-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCK AND TWO COMMERCIAL "LOCKS ALL PART OF THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE IN HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE PLANS WERE AMONG 50 APPROVED IN MARCH BY THE BOO. THIS WAS THREE FEWER THAN IN FEBRUARY, BUT THREE MORE THAN IN JANUARY.

THE CONTINUING DEMAND IN THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY MARKET WAS REFLECTED IN THE APPROVAL OF 18 SETS OF PLANS FOR APARTMENT OR APARTMENT-COMMERCIAL BLOCKS.

THESE INCLUDED A 42-STOREY BLOCK AT BABINGTON PATH AND LYTTELTON ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND, TO BE BUILT BY ASDOM PROPERTIES LTD5 FIVE 36-STOREY BLOCKS IN TSUEN WAN FOR WAYLEE DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCE CO; THREE 32-STOREY BLOCKS IN TUEN MUN TO BE BUILT BY STARLITE LAND DEVELOPMENT CO AND FOUR 28-STOREY BLOCKS IN TAI PO FOR CHANWAY INVESTMENT CO.

OTHER PLANS INCLUDED A SCHOOL AND 552-ROOM HOTEL TO BE BUILT BY HANG LEUNG (R.E.A.) LTD AS PART OF THE KORNHILL DEVELOPMENT PHASE TWO.

AMONG OTHER PROJECTS APPROVED WERE A CABLE TROUGH SUPPORTED ON A CAISSON IN KELLET BAY AS PART OF THE HONGKONG ELECTRIC COMPANY’S WAH FU TO BOWEN ROAD 275 KV CABLE ROUTE; A CANTEEN AT PENNY’S BAY, LANTAU ; A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT DISCOVERY BAY, LANTAU; EXTENSIONS TO AN ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION AT PING SHAN, YUEN LONG; TWO TRANSFORMER ROOMS AT SHA TIN; AND A WATER TREATMENT PLANT CONTROL KIOSK AT DAI SHING STREET, TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE. .

INDUSTRIAL PLANS INCLUDED A FURTHER TWO FACTORIES ON TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, A WORKSHOP AT SHA TIN AND A GODOWN-WORKSHOP IN KOWLOON BAY.

OF THE 5Q APPROVALS, 22 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, FIVE IN KOWLOON AND 23 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN MARCH, CONSENT WAS GIVEN FOR WORK TO START ON 41 BUILDINGS AND WORK STARTED ON 24 PROJECTS.

OCCUPATION PERMITS WERE ISSUED FOR 30 BUILDINGS: 13 ON HONG KONG ISLAND, SIX IN KOWLOON AND 14 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. THESE INCLUDED TWO 25-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCKS IN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, HONG KONG ISLANDIA 26-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCK IN TAI HANG ROAD, HONG KONG ISLAND; AND A CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL IN RENFREW ROAD, KOWLOON.

IN MARCH, BUILDINGS WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF MORE THAN 90 000 SQUARE METRES WERE COMPLETED WITH A TOTAL VALUE OF MORE THAN 5306 MILLION.

IN THE SAME MONTH, THE BOO GAVE 21 DEMOLITION ORDERS IN RESPECT OF 49 BUILDINGS.

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WALK A GOOD EXAMPLE OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT * K KK *

THE CHARITY WALK IN SUPPORT OF THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL EXTENSION PROJECT IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE SPIRIT OF CIVIC-MINDEDNESS AND OF PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE +WALK WITH OUR HEART+, MR CHAU SAID HE HOPED THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT COULD BE CONTINUED AND FURTHER DEVELOPED IN KWUN TONG UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, WHICH ORGANISED THE WALK, AND VARIOUS DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS.

MORE THAN 5 000 PEOPLE IN KWUN TONG JOINED THE WALK THIS MORNING WHICH TOOK THEM ROUND THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL.

THE WALKERS, INCLUDING TEAMS FROM ABOUT 70 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, WERE THERE TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR A MAJOR EXTENSION PROJECT OF THE DISTRICT’S ONLY HOSPITAL.

THE WALK WAS ALSO THE OPENING ACTIVITY OF THE YEAR-LONG CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD TO RAISE $5 MILLION FOR THE HOSPITAL’S EXTENSION PROJECT.

THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, ALSO THE FUND-RAISING ORGANISING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, SAID HE HOPED +AS A WALKER KEEPS UP HIS ENERGY TO COMPLETE HIS JOURNEY, THE PEOPLE IN KWUN TONG WILL ALSO KEEP UP THEIR EFFORTS IN MAKING THE FUND-RAISING EXERCISE A SUCCESS.+

MR LAM THEN THANKED THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE FOR ASSISTING IN THE CAMPAIGN.

AT THE CEREMONY MR CHAU ALSO PRESENTED FLAGS TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE 14 AREAS IN KWUN TONG TO SIGNIFY THE OPENING OF THE WHOLE FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WERE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE UNITED CHRISTIAN MEDICAL SERVICE, REVEREND KWOK NAI-WANG- AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FUND-RAISING COMMITTEE, MRS JUNE LI.

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SUNDAY, MAY 4, 1986

SELECT COMMITTEE TO MEET LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES * X * * *

THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME, CHAIRED BY MR PETER C. WONG, WILL MEET WITH THE HONG KONG BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG IN A PUBLIC SESSION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER TOMORROW (MONDAY) AT 5 PM.

REPRESENTING THE BAR ASSOCIATION WILL BE ITS CHAIRMAN, MR DENIS CHANG, QC AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS MR ALAN HOO AND MR JOHANNES CHAN. REPRESENTING THE LAW SOCIETY WILL BE ITS VICE-PRESIDENT, MR SIMON IP, AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS, MR PETER VINE AND MR WILLIAM RADCLIFFE.

BOTH THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND LAW SOCIETY WILL PRESENT A WRITTEN SUBMISSION ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE FRAUD TRIALS (ROSKILL) REPORT AS THIS AFFECTS HONG KONG AND EXPLAIN ANY DIFFERENCES THEY MAY HAVE WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S COMMENTS ON THE REPORT.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERY.

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REVISED RATES FOR FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS M X X * *

FROM MAY 12, THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION WILL ONLY CONSIDER THE ENTRY OF FOREIGN DOMESTIC HELPERS WHO ARE PAID AT THE CURRENT MARKET RATE. ACCORDINGLY, EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS ATTESTED FROM THAT DATE BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR MUST CARRY A WAGE NOT BELOW THE RANGE OF $1 9OO-S2 050 A MONTH.

RE-ENGAGEMENT CONTRACTS ATTESTED BEFORE MAY 12 MAY CARRY THE OLD RATE OF $1 800-51 950 IF THE CONTRACTS TAKE EFFECT ON OR BEFORE JUNE 5 THIS YEAR.

SUNDAY, MAY 4, 1986

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MEASURES TAKEN TO IMPROVE STAFF WELFARE

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MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO IMPROVE STAFF WELFARE WHICH PLAYS AN IMPORTANT PART IN THE MAKING OF AN EFFICIENT AND CONTENTED SERVICE, THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, SAID LAST (SATURDAY) NIGHT.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL STAFF DINNER, MR CHAN SAID MANY WELFARE-RELATED ASPECTS WERE IN THE PIPELINE AND INCLUDED INCREASED AVAILABILITY OF QUARTERS AND IMPROVING ACCOMMODATION CONDITIONS, THE EXPANSION OF VARIOUS WELFARE AND TRUST FUNDS, CAREER DEVELOPMENT WITH EMPHASIS ON MORE LOCAL AND OVERSEAS TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND THE CHANCE FOR SENIOR ASSISTANT OFFICERS I TO BE PROMOTED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF A MORE PARTICIPATIVE FORM OF MANAGEMENT AT ALL LEVELS HAD HELPED IMPROVED EFFICIENCY AND MORALE.

MR CHAN ANNOUNCED THE PROMOTION OF 42 ASSISTANT OFFICERS II Ttfc ASSISTANT OFFICERS I AND SIX ASSISTANT OFFICERS II MADE ACTING WITH A VIEW FOR SUBSTANTIVE PROMOTION TO ASSISTANT OFFICERS I?

29 OFFICER CADETS TO OFFICERS; 11 OFFICERS TO PRINCIPAL OFFICERS AND 21 OFFICERS MADE ACTING WITH A VIEW FOR SUBSTANTIVE PROMOTION TO PRINCIPAL OFFICERS.

THIRTEEN STAFF MEMBERS WERE ALSO AWARDED THE COMMISSIONER’S COMMENDATION CERTIFICATES FOR THEIR DEVOTION TO DUTY AND OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES.

MORE THAN 1 600 MEMBERS OF THE STAFF AND GUESTS ATTENDED THE DINNER, AND INCLUDED 90 RETIRED STAFF WHO HAD RECENTLY FORMED THE +ASSOCIATION FOR RETIRED STAFF OF THE HONG KONG CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT*.

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TRANSPORT GUIDE AND DB PAMPHLETS PUBLISHED * * * *

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD HAS PRODUCED A TRANSPORT GUIDE A DISTRICT BOARD INFORMATION PAMPHLET, AND A SQUATTERS’ HANDBOOK FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

FREE COPIES OF THE BOOKLETS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE FOUR BRANCH OFFICES OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AT SAN PO KONG, LOK FU, TSZ WAN SHAN, AND CHOI WAN.

/THE TRANSPORT

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THE TRANSPORT GUIDE IS A HANDY, POCKET-SIZED BOOKLET PREPARED BY THE WORKING GROUP SET UP UNDER THE BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE.

IT IS AN EASY REFERENCE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE IN THE DISTRICT AND CARRIES THE ROUTES AND OPERATING HOURS OF BUSES, MAXI-CABS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, AND THE MTR.

IT ALSO LISTS THE TELEPHONE HOTLINES OF TRANSPORT ENQUIRIES AND THE LOCATIONS OF TAXI STANDS AND PUBLIC CARPARKS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE DISTRICT BOARD INFORMATION PAMPHLET GIVES AN ACCOUNT OF THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE STRUCTURE, CONSULTATIVE MECHANISM AND WORKING RELATIONSHIP OF THE BOARD AND THE DMC.

IT ALSO CARRIES A STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE COMMUNITY FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SQUATTERS’ HANDBOOK, COMPILED BY THE SQUATTER AREA COMMITTEE OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, CONTAINS INFORMATION ON SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO THE SQUATTERS.

SOME SUGGESTIONS OF PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST FIRE, BURGLARY AND LANDSLIP ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE HANDBOOK.

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CLEANER STREETS PLANNED FOR FOUR DISTRICTS X * * * *

A FULL-SCALE CLEAN-UP OF KWUN TONG’S BACK LANES AND STREETS IS UNDERWAY AND WILL SOON SPREAD TO THREE OTHER URBAN DISTRICTS.

BY THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE, EASTERN, WONG TAI SIN, SOUTHERN AND KWUN TONG SHOULD BE VISIBLY CLEANER AS A RESULT OF EFFORTS BY URBAN COUNCIL CLEANSING PERSONNEL.

EARLIER THIS YEAR WORKMEN CONCENTRATED ON SQUATTER-AREAS IN THE FOUR DISTRICTS.

THE BLITZ IN SOUTHERN WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (MONDAY) AND IN EASTERN AND WONG TAI SIN ON MAY 12.

OPERATIONS IN SOUTHERN END ON MAY 27, IN EASTERN AND KWUN TONG BY THE END OF MAY, AND IN WONG TAI SIN ON JUNE 7.

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SUNDAY, MAY U, 1986

EACH DISTRICT HAS BEEN DIVIDED INTO SECTORS AND A FULL DAY WILL BE SPENT CLEANING UP EACH SECTOR.

KWUN TONG HAS 25 SECTORS, WONG TAI SIN 24, SOUTHERN 20 AND EASTERN 14.

DURING THE BLITZ IN A PARTICULAR SECTOR REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES WILL BE ON THE SPOT SERVING AS TEMPORARY COLLECTION POINTS AT WHICH PEOPLE MAY DISCARD THEIR UNWANTED JUNK.

IN SOUTHERN, HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA TEMPORARY COLLECTION POINTS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY CALL THE LITTER HOTLINE 5-95555 TO FIND OUT WHEN THE CLEAN-UP IS TO TAKE PLACE IN THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENTS SHOW IMPROVEMENTS

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CONSIDERABLE MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE AT 30 BUILDINGS IN NORTH POINT THROUGH THE JOINT EFFORTS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM (BMCT), THE BUILDINGS’ MANAGEMENT ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

THIS WAS STATED BY MR LIN KA-TIN, HOUSING MANAGER OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BMCT, IN A REVIEW OF THE TEAM’S WORK.

HE SAID HALF OF THE 30 BUILDINGS, WHICH WERE SELECTED FOR IMPROVEMENT IN 1985, HAD ACHIEVED GOOD RESULTS AND WERE NOW BEING HANDED BACK TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE FOR FOLLOW-UP ACTION.

+HOWEVER, SOME WORK IS STILL NEEDED AT THE REMAINING 15 BUILDINGS IN THE COMING MONTHS,+ HE SAID.

BESIDES TACKLING PROBLEM BUILDINGS, THE TEAM ORGANISED DISTRICT-WIDE SEMINARS ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT, DEALT WITH COMPLAINTS, CO-ORDINATED ENFORCEMENT ACTION AND GAVE ADVICE ON GENERAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT ISSUES AND LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS.

THE BMCT HAD ALSO BEEN INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN TWO BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINARS ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN AND WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICES, TO HELP TACKLE BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS IN THEIR DISTRICTS.

/+SINCE January, ........

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+SINCE JANUARY, THE BMCT HAS BEGUN WORK ON A NEW LIST OF 21 BUILDINGS, OF WHICH FOUR ARE IN CHAI WAN, SIX IN SAI WAN HO, ONE IN AH KUNG NGAM AND TEN IN NORTH POINT,+ MR LIN SAID.

IN ORDER TO ASSIST BUILDING MANAGEMENT ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE WOULD ALSO PUBLISH INFORMATION LEAFLETS WHICH WOULD LIST COMMON MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AND WAYS TO TACKLE THEM, HE ADDED.

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TSUEN WAN BOARD TO DISCUSS TRIAD PROBLEM *****

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL MEET ON TUESDAY (MAY 6) TO DISCUSS THE CONSULTATIVE PAPER ON THE TRIAD PROBLEM.

MEMBERS WILL EXPRESS THE FOR CHANGES IN THE LAW AND IN THE PROBLEM.

R VIEWS ON OPTIONS PUT FORWARD ADMINISTRATION OF THE LAW TO COUNTER

IN OTHER MATTERS, THE PROJECT MANAGER OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL BRIEF MEMBERS AND SEEK THEIR VIEWS ON A COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE DISTRICT.

REPRESENTATIVES OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL REPLY ON MATTERS ON VARIOUS DISTRICT ISSUES WHICH WERE RAISED BY MEMBERS AT A PREVIOUS MEETING.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE WORK REPORTS FROM CHAIRMEN OF COMMITTEES AND A VIDEO PRESENTATION BY THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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

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WAN CHAI TRAFFIC-TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETS

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT SOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO ELECT A NEW CHAIRMAN FOR 1986-87.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ADEQUACY OF TAXIS AND THE LACK OF PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES AT CERTAIN ROAD JUNCTIONS IN THE DISTRICT.


NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 3 PM TOMORROW IN THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, EIGHTH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD.

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PUBLIC VIEWS ON JSEA REPORT INVITED

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MORE THAN 10 000 COPIES OF THE REPORT ON THE REVIEW OF THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT (JSEA) SYSTEM HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED SINCE THE REPORT WAS PUBLISHED TEN DAYS AGO FOR PUBLIC

CONSULTATION.

THE REPORT HAS GONE TO MEMBERS OF UMELCO, EDUCATION COMMISSION, BOARD OF EDUCATION, AND DISTRICT BOARDS AS WELL AS SCHOOLS, HIGHER INSTITUTES OF LEARNING, OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES AND INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF PUBLIC.

COPIES ARE STILL OBTAINABLE AT THE JSEA SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE, 229 ^EEN’S ROAD EAST WAN CHAI. THE REPORT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECiION AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES.

THE REPORT WAS COMPILED BY A WORKING PARTY APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TO REVIEW THE JSEA SYSTEM AND TO RECOMMEND, AMONG OTHER THINGS, A NEW PLACEMENT SERVICE TO REPLACE JSEA WHICH WILL BE PHASED OUT IN 1991.

/A SPOKESMAN ........

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID VIEWS ON THE REPORT ARE BEING SOLICITED.

♦MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND INTERESTED PARTIES WILL HAVE UNTIL END OF JUNE TO SUBMIT THEIR VIEWS TO THE JSEA SECTION. IF NECESSARY THE CONSULTATION PERIOD CAN BE EXTENDED, BUT NO DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN AT THIS STAGE.*

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT ALL COMMENTS WILL BE FULLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BEFORE A FINAL DECISION IS TAKEN ON THE WORKING PARTY’S RECOMMENDATIONS.

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STREET LIGHTING SUGGESTION TO DB PAYS OFF *****

STREET LIGHTS WILL BE INSTALLED ALONG A FOOTPATH BESIDE YUE FAI COURT IN ABERDEEN UPON THE SUGGESTION OF A CIVIC-MINDED RESIDENT WHO WROTE TO SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD.

PEDESTRIANS WILL FIND IT SAFER TO WALK AT NIGHT ALONG THE FOOTPATH, WHICH LEADS FROM YUE KWONG ROAD TO ABERDEEN OLD MAIN STREET.

UNDER THE +MY SUGGESTIONS TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD* ’POSTGRAMME’ SCHEME, A YUE FAI COURT RESIDENT DREW THE BOARD’S ATTENTION TO SAFETY PROBLEMS AND INCONVENIENCE CAUSED TO PEDESTRIANS BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF STREET LIGHTING ALONG THE FOOTPATH.

THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE WAS INFORMED, AND IT SUBSEQUENTLY INCLUDED THE INSTALLATION OF STREET LIGHTS THERE IN ITS LIGHTING PROGRAMME FOR 1986-87. THE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT LATER IN THE YEAR.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE POSTGRAMME SCHEME WAS DESIGNED FOR RESIDENTS, PARTICULARLY THOSE LIVING IN REMOTE PARTS OF THE DISTRICT SUCH AS THE BAYS AREA, STANLEY AND SHEK 0, TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS TO THE BOARD IN A MORE CONVENIENT WAY.

♦ THE POSTAGE-FREE POSTGRAMMES, PUBLISHED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, ARE OBTAINABLE AT ABOUT 60 DISTRIBUTION POINTS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

+THESE INCLUDE THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES, POST OFFICES, SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICES, COMMUNITY HALLS, MAJOR BANKS, RESTAURANTS, SUPERMARKETS, PETROL FILLING STATIONS AND SOME LOCAL ORGANISATIONS,* HE ADDED.

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KOWLOON BAY ROADS TO BE COMPLETED *****

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST ON COMPLETING MORE THAN 1 OOO METRES OF CARRIAGEWAY AND ACCESS ROADS ON KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION.

THE SECTIONS ARE:

* 210 METRES AT WANG TAI ROAD;

* 70 METRES AT WANG YUEN STREET ;

* 200 METRES AT WANG CHIU ROAD ;

* 175 METRES AT LAM FUNG STREET I

* 100 METRES AT TSUI HING STREET;

* 100 METRES AT CHEUNG YIP STREET; AND

* 200 METRES OF FIRE EMERGENCY ACCESS BETWEEN TSUI HING AND CHEUNG YIP STREETS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE SAID THE WORK, TO BE DONE IN STAGES, WILL IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THE AREA.

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG I DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, KOWLOON EAST, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET, THIRD AND FOURTH FLOORS, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL MUST WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JULY 1.

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LEARN-TO-SWIM SCHEME FOR PRIMARY PUPILS *****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL AGAIN CONDUCT ITS POPULAR +LcARN-TO-SWIM+ SCHEME FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS AS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD FROM MONDAY TO SATURDAY BETWEEN 8 AM AND 5 PM IN THREE SERIES DURING THE PERIOD JULY 14 TO AUGUST 23. EACH CLASS WILL CONSIST OF 12 ONE-HOUR LESSONS.

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CLASSES WILL BE CONDUCTED AT SWIMMING POOLS IN CHAI WAN, ABERDEEN, VICTORIA PARK, MORRISON HILL, KWUN TONG, LAI CHI KOK PARK, SHAM SHU I PO PARK, LEI CHENG UK, MORSE PARK, TAI WAN SHAN, FANLING, KWAI SHING, SHA TIN AND YUEN LONG.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE QUALIFIED SWIMMING INSTRUCTORS TO TEACH SCHOOL CHILDREN WHO MUST BE BEGINNERS AND OVER 10 YEARS OF AGE. THEY ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND ALL 12 LESSONS.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE +LEARN-TO-SWIM+ SCHEME ARE REQUESTED TO APPLY TO THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, BY MAY 24.

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A 51.8 MILLION CONTRACT HAS BEEN SIGNED TO SUPPLY ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE PROPOSED SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS AT SHA TAU KOK.

THE WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AT THE END OF 1987 AT THE SAME TIME AS THE FIRST PHASE OF A RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN SHA TAU KOK.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY CONSULTING ENGINEERS MOTT, HAY AND ANDERSON HONG KONG LTD., ON BEHALF OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGE IN CENTRAL * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 7), NO VEHICLE ON EASTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO __

JUBILEE STREET FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS. THE MEASURE IS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

CMR ROUTES 80 AND 780 WILL BE DIVERTED TO QUEEN VICTORIA STREET, HARBOUR VIEW STREET AND CONNAUGHT PLACE BEFORE RESUMING NORMAL* ROUTE ING.

OTHER AFFECTED VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED TO PEDDER STREET BEFORE REJOINING CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 5, 1986

CONTUJTS PAGE NG.

AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES ESTABLISHMENT ENDORSED ................. 1

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR MARCH ................................. 2

PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF FEBRUARY EXTERNAL TRADE ............ 8

BOARD TO DISCUSS TRIAD, MEDICAL REPORTS ....................... 15

NEW DISTRICT OFFICER BEGINS VISITS ............................ 1^

TEACHERS TO SEE SEWAGE TREATMENT OPERATIONS ................... 14

HALF-DAY BRIEFING FOR MANAGERS ................................ 15

LAUNCHING NEW PROGRAMMES ...................................... 16

MORE WORKS AT SIU SAI WAN ..................................... 16

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

MINIATURE DRAGON BOAT RACE AT REPULSE BAY ..................... 17

TSIM SHA TSUI WATER CUT ....................................... 18

MONDAY, MAY 5,

AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES ESTABLISHMENT ENDORSED X X X * X

THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (EPCOM) TODAY (MONDAY) ENDORSED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES AND THE DECLARATION IN PHASES OF AIR CONTROL ZONES WHICH WOULD FORM THE BASIS FOR AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN HONG KONG.

INDUSTRY AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS CONCERNED WILL BE CONSULTED ON THESE PROPOSALS.

PROVISIONS FOR THE DECLARATION OF AIR CONTROL ZONES BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL AND FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE OF.AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES FOR EACH CONTROL ZONE ARE SET OUT UNDER THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE.

AT ITS MEETING TODAY, EPCOM NOTED THAT AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES WERE EXPRESSED IN TERMS OF CONCENTRATION OF AIR POLLUTANTS AND THEY REPRESENTED THOSE VALUES WHICH WERE CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO PROMOTE THE CONSERVATION AND BEST USE OF AIR IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

IN THIS CONTEXT, PUBLIC INTEREST WAS DEFINED FAIRLY STRICTLY AND BY REFERENCE TO EFFECTS ON THE PUBLIC HEALTH.

A SINGLE SET OF OBJECTIVES WAS ADOPTED FOR THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG FOR EACH OF THE POLLUTANTS, WHICH INCLUDED SULPHUR DIOXIDE, TOTAL SUSPENDED PARTICULATES, NITROGEN DIOXIDE, CARBON MONOXIDE, PHOTOCHEMICAL OXIDANTS SUCH AS OZONE, AND LEAD.

AS REGARDS AIR CONTROL ZONES, EPCOM NOTED THAT SUCH ZONES SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN SELF-CONTAINED CHARACTERISTICS OF AIR POLLUTANT EMISSIONS, METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS AND TOPOGRAPHICAL FEATURES.

IN ADDITION, PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS OF AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT ALSO MADE IT DESIRABLE THAT THE BOUNDARIES OF ZONES SHOULD APPROXIMATE THOSE OF ADMINISTRATIVE BOUNDARIES AND CARE HAD BEEN TAKEN TO MATCH THEM, WHERE POSSIBLE, WITH DISTRICT BOARD AREAS.

THE USE OF DISTRICT BOARD BOUNDARIES, WHERE THIS WAS FEASIBLE, WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO SEEK THE VIEWS OF THE BOARDS ON PERCEIVED NEEDS IN THEIR AREAS.

EPCOM AGREED THAT 10 AIR CONTROL ZONES SHOULD EVENTUALLY BE DECLARED. TSUEN WAN/KWAI CHUNG AND HARBOUR, WHICH INCLUDES THE NORTHERN SHORE OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON PENINSULA AND KWUN TONG AREA, WILL BE THE FIRST TWO ZONES TO BE DECLARED.

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IT wAS NOTED THAT A PHASED DECLARATION OF SUCH ZONES HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF ALLOWING RESOURCES TO BE FOCUSED INITIALLY ON THOSE AREAS WHICH REQUIRED URGENT ACTION.

PHASES WOULD ALSO FACILITATE THE AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES IN DECLARED ONE ZONE COULD BE APPLIED LATER TO

DECLARATION OF ZONES BY REVIEW OF IMPLEMENTATION OF ZONES SO THAT EXPERIENCE IN

OTHER ZONES.

EPCOM ALSO ADVISED THE GOVERNMENT TO SUBMIT THE DRAFT AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND THE DRAFT AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (SPECIFIED PROCESSES) REGULATIONS 1986 TO INDUSTRIAL REPRESENTATIVES FOR FURTHER CONSULTATION BEFORE CONSIDERATION BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. ♦

THE DRAFT REGULATIONS SEEK TO PROVIDE FOR THE LICENSING OF 23 CLASSES OF INDUSTRIES, NAMELY THE SPECIFIED PROCESSES, WHICH HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE MAJOR AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS, AND FOR THE CONTROL OF AIR POLLUTION FROM THESE PROCESSES.

EPCOM ALSO DISCUSSED THE FINAL STUDY REPORT ON THE PROBLEM OF MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS IN HONG KONG PREPARED BY A CONSULTANT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION, MR M. WALSH.

THE COMMITTEE WAS TOLD THAT A FOLLOW-UP PROGRAMME WOULD BE PREPARED BY THE GOVERNMENT WHICH WOULD DRAW ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CONSULTANT’S REPORT.

CONTROLS ON AIR POLLUTION FROM SPECIFIED PROCESSES AND MOTOR VEHICLE EMISSIONS ARE BOTH IMPORTANT FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF AIR QUALITY OBJECTIVES.

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR MARCH * * * * *

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEMAND AND SAVINGS DEPOSITS SHOWED A SEASONAL DECREASE IN MARCH, ACCORDING TO MONETARY STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY. AS A RESULT TOTAL DEPOSITS IN HONG KONG DOLLARS DROPPED, DESPITE GROWTH IN TIME DEPOSITS. TOTAL DEPOSITS IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES ALSO FELL, THOUGH SLIGHTLY.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS FELL. THE SEASONAL DECREASE IN LEGAL TENDER NOTES AND COINS HELD BY THE PUBLIC, AND IN DEMAND DEPOSITS, LED TO A LARGER FALL IN Ml (THE NARROWEST DEFINITION OF MONEY SUPPLY).

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TABLE 1 SETS OUT SUMMARY FIGURES FOR MARCH 1986 AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER MONTHS. TABLE 2 SETS OUT FIGURES FROM THE QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR.

DEPOSITS

IN MARCH, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEMAND DEPOSITS FELL BY 3.0 PER CENT AFTER FALLING BY 5.0 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH- SAVINGS DEPOSITS ALSO FELL BY 1.6 PER CENT, BUT TIME DEPOSITS WITH BANKS INCREASED BY 1.2 PER CENT. TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS DECREASED BY 1.0 PER CENT IN MARCH-THEY GREW BY 2.0 PER CENT IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MARCH AND BY 9.2 PER CENT OVER THE 12 MONTHS.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS FELL SLIGHTLY, BY 0.1 PER CENT, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 3.7 PER CENT AND 4.2 PER CENT IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MARCH FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS GREW BY 7.8 PER CENT AND OVER THE 12 MONTHS BY 36.4 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS INCREASED, BY 2.4 PER CENT, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 3.2 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY. ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS FELL BY 0.7 PER CENT IN MARCH, WHILE FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS FELL BY 0.4 PER CENT.

DEPOSITS (ALL CURRENCIES) WITH BANKS DROPPED BY 0.1 PER CENT IN MARCH, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 2.4 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY; TOTAL DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 2.5 PER CENT AFTER AN INCREASE OF 1.2 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MARCH, THE GROWTH OF TOTAL DEPOSITS WITH BANKS WAS 5.7 PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF DEPOSITS WITH DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES WAS 2.1 PER CENT; OVER THE 12 MONTHS, THE RESPECTIVE GROWTH RATES WERE 24.3 PER CENT AND 14.4 PER CENT.

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HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY

HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY Ml FELL BY 2.0 PER CENT AFTER DECREASING BY 2.4 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY. THE FALL IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH IS IN LINE WITH THE SEASONAL PATTERN IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. HK$M2 AND HK$M3 ALSO FELL, BY 0.6 PER CENT AND 1.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 0.2 PER CENT FOR BOTH OF THEM IN FEBRUARY.

IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MARCH, HK$M1 GREW BY 0.1 PER CENT WHILE HK$M2 AND HK$M3 GREW BY 2.9 PER CENT AND 2.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY- OVER THE 12 MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES WERE 15.8 PER CENT, 12.2 PER CENT AND 11.2 PER CENT.

AFTER ADJUSTING FOR SWAP DEPOSITS, HK$M2 AND HK$M3 FELL BY 0.3 PER CENT AND 0.6 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY. IN MARCH. IN THE THREE MOMTHS TO MARCH, THE.CORRESPOND I NG GROWTH RATES WERE 3.7 PER CENT AND 3.3 PER CENT.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY FELL ON ALL COUNTS. TOTAL Ml FELL BY 2.7 PER CENT, AFTER A DECREASE OF 0.7 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY. TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3 FELL BY 0.1 PER CENT AND 0.5 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, AFTER GROWING BY 2.3 PER CENT AND 2.1 PER CENT IN THE PRECEDING MONTH. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MARCH, TOTAL Ml GREW BY 1.3 PER CENT, TOTAL M2 BY 5.9 PER CENT, AND TOTAL M3 BY 5.1 PER CENT- OVER THE 12 MONTHS, THE CORRESPONDING GROWTH RATES WERE 16.7 PER CENT, 24.2 PER CENT AND 22.5 PER CENT.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES GREW BY 1.5 PER CENT IN MARCH, AFTER INCREASING BY 1.3 PER CENT AND 1.6 PER CENT IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MARCH THESE GREW BY 4.4 PER CENT AND OVER THE 12 MONTHS BY 7.6 PER CENT.

LOANS DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS GREW BY 0.7 PER CENT IN MARCH, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 0.5 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY. LOANS DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES GREW FASTER, BY 2.3 PER CENT IN MARCH, AGAINST AN INCREASE OF 2.6 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY-IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MARCH, THE FORMER GREW BY 1.9 PER CENT WHILE THE LATTER BY 6.9 PER CENT.

WITHIN THE TOTAL, LOANS TO FINANCE THE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG GREW FASTER, BY 2.4 PER CENT, AFTER A DECREASE OF 0.4 PER CENT IN JANUARY AND AN INCREASE OF 1.3 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY.

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IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MARCH, THESE LOANS GREW BY 3.3 PER CENT, BUT OVER THE 12 MONTHS, THERE WAS A FALL OF 0.4 PER CENT.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG, HOWEVER, SHOWED ALMOST NO CHANGE IN MARCH, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 1.5 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY. IN THE THREE MONTHS TO MARCH, THEY GREW BY 2.4 PER CENT AND OVER THE 12 MONTHS BY 7.4 PER CENT.

QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR

IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986, LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 7.4 PER CENT, REVERSING THE FALL RECORDED IN THE FOURTH QUARTER LAST YEAR. OVER THE 12 MONTHS TO MARCH THESE LOANS GREW BY 9.2 PER CENT. LOANS TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES ROSE MORE RAPIDLY, BY 9.9 PER CENT FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 3.9 PER CENT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985. OVER THE 12 MONTHS THESE LOANS GREW BY 17.1 PER CENT.

LOANS TO THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR FELL FOR THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE QUARTER, BY 5.3 PER CENT FOLLOWING A DECLINE CF 8.3 PER CENT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985. OVER THE 12 MONTHS THESE LOANS FELL BY 18.8 PER CENT.

REFLECTING THE CONTINUED STRENGTH OF THE PROPERTY MARKET, LOANS TO INDIVIDUALS FOR THE PURCHASE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (OTHER THAN FLATS IN THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME) CONTINUED TO RISE, BY 4.3 PER CENT, AFTER AN INCREASE OF 5.2 PER CENT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER LAST YEAR. OVER THE 12 MONTHS THESE LOANS GREa BY 25.2 PER CENT.

LIQUIDITY RATIOS

THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO (AS DEFINED IN S. 18 OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE) FOR ALL BANKS INCREASED TO 51.3 PER CENT IN MARCH FROM 50.9 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY. THE AVERAGE LIQUIDITY RATIO FOR ALL DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES (AS DEFINED IN S. 24A CF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE) FELL TO 43.7 PER CENT IN MARCH FROM 44.4 PER CENT IN FEBRUARY.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 147. THE NUMBER OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 36. THE NUMBER OF REPORTING REGISTERED DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY TWO TO 279.

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TABLE 1 : MONETARY STATISTICS - MARCH 1986

Mar 1986 Earlier months

(% change to March 1986)

Money Supply Feb 1986 Dec 1985

Ml - HK3 41,850 42,690 (- 2.0%) 41,806 (+ 0.1%)

Foreign currency 4,021 4,433 (- 9.3%) 3,460 (+16.2%)

Total 45,871 47,123 (- 2.7%) 45,266 (+ 1.3%)

M2 - HK$ 200,196 201,422 (- 0.6%) 194,641 (+ 2.9%)

Foreign currency 212,897 211,938 (+ 0.5%) 195,597 (+ 8.8%)

Total 413,093 413,360 (- 0.1%) 390,239 (+ 5.9%)

M3 - HKi 239,171 241,476 (- 1.0%) 233,230 (+ 2.5%)

Foreign currency 261,217 261,279 ( = ) 242,730 (+ 7.6%)

Total 500,388 502,755 (- 0.5%) 475,960 (+ 5.1%)

Deposits

Demand deposits 27,367 28,509 (- 4.0%) 28,409 (- 3.7%)

Savings deposits 100,013 100,976 (- 1.0%) 98,765 (+ 1.3%)

Time deposits with banks 260,825 259,234 (+ 0.6%) 240,050 (+ 8.7%)

Time deposits with dtcs 83,487 85,626 (- 2.5%) 81,744 (+ 2.1%)

All HKj deposits 216,294 218,574 (- 1.0%) 212,132 (+ 2.0%)

All foreign currency deposits 255,398 255,770 (- 0.1%) 236,837 (+ /.8%)

Total 471,692 474,344 (- 0.6%) 448,968 (+ 5.1%)

Loans and advances

To finance Hong Kong’s visible 31,885 31,131 (+ 2.4%) 30,855 (+ 3.3%)

trade To finance merchandising trade 5,657 4,732 (+19.5%) 3,738 (+51.3%)

not touching Hong Kong Other loans for use in Hong Kong 240,655 240,740 ( - ) 234,943 (+ 2.4%)

Other loans for use outside Hong 155,372 152,196 (+ 2.1%) 146,319 (+ b.2%)

Kong Other loans where the place of use 25,672 23,619 (+ 8.7%) 24,109 (+ 6.5%)

is not known All loans in HK$ 227,254 225,712 (+ 0.7%) 222,929 (+ 1.9%)

All loans in foreign currencies 231,987 226,705 (+ 2.3%) 217,035 (+ 6.9%)

Total 459,241 452,417 (+ 1.5%) 439,964 (+ 4.4%)

■ less than 0 05%

Mar 1985

36,131 (+15.8%)

3,186 (+26.2%)

39,316 (+16.7%)

178,409 (+12.2%)

154,297 (+38.0%)

332,706 (+24.2%)

215,017 (+11.2%) 193,400 (+35.1%) 408,417 (+22.5%)

24,386 (+12.2%)

86,797 (+15.2%)

201,153 (+29.7%)

72,947 (+14.4%)

198,097 (+ 9.2%)

187,187 (+36.4%)

385,284 (+22.4%)

32,008 (- 0.4%)

4,166 (+35.8%)

224,084 (+ 7.4%)

145,727 (+ 6.6%)

20,951 (+22.5%)

211,782 (+ 7.3%)

215,154 (+ 7.8%)

426,935 (+ 7.6%)

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TABLE 2 : QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR - MARCH 198b

(HKimn)

Mar 1986 Earlier quarters (% change to March 1986)

Dec 1985 Sep 1985 Mar 1985

Manufacturing 21,191 19,726 (+7.4%) 20,419 (+ 3.8%) 19,411 (+ 9.2%)

Transport and transport equipment 20,438 19,744 (+3.5%) 22,267 (- 8.2%) 20,229 (+ 1.0%)

Building, construction and property development 37,944 40,080 (-5.3%) 43,712 (-13.2%) 46,710 (-18.8%)

Wholesale and retail trade 32,460 29,540 (+9.9%) 28,444 (+14.1%) 27,709 (+17.1%)

Financial concerns (other than banks and deposit-taking companies) 19,619 19,532 (+0.4%) 17,805 (+10.2%) 18,823 (+ 4.2%)

Individuals

to purchase flats in the Home Ownership Scheme and Private Sector Participation Scheme 5,959 5,708 (+4.4%) 5,713 (+ 4.3%) 4,351 (+37.0%)

to purchase other residential property 32,875 31,522 (+4.3%) 29,973 (+ 9.7%) 26,255 (+25.2%)

other purposes 23,373 22,989 (+1.7%) 21,918 (+ 6.6%) 20,625 (+13.3%)

Others 46,797 46,102 (+1.5%) 43,631 (+ 7.3%) 39,972 (+17.1%)

Total 240,655 234,943 (+2.4%) 233,882 (+ 2.9%) 224,084 (+ 7.4%)

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PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF FEBRUARY EXTERNAL TRADE

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STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INDICATE THAT THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS DECLINED BY EIGHT PER CENT AND SIX PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF 1986 AS COMPARED WITH ™E SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. THERE WAS, THEREFORE, AN OVERALL DECREASE OF SEVEN PcR CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS.

HOWEVER, IMPORTS INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. ON THE SAME &ASIS OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPOR iS AND RE-EXPORTS AND ALSO THOSE OF TOTAL EXPORTS REMAINED UNCHANGED.

PRICES OF IMPORTS, ON THE OTHER HAND, ROSE 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) DROPPED BY TWO 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. THE VOLUME OF TRADE IS DERIVED FROM TRADE VALUES BY DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

AS TRADE FIGURES FOR THE BEGINNING MONTHS OF A YEAR TEND TO EE MORE SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, IT IS MORE USEFUL TO CONSIDER FIGURES COVERING A LONGER PERIOD. COMPARING THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1986 WITH THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1985, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY TWO PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS DECREASED BY ONE PER CENT, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, A DECREASE OF TWO PER CENT WAS RECORDED IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS, HOWEVER, ROSE BY FIVE PER CENT. ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS BOTH DROPPED BY ONE PER CENT, WHILE IMPORT PRICES ROSE BY ONE PER CENT.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE 12 MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1986 WITH THE 12 MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1985, THE VOLUME CF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT, WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 17 PER CENT, GIVING AN INCREASE OF TWO PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS.

THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS ROSE BY FIVE PER CENT. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS REMAINED UNCHANGED, WHILE THOSE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS DROPPED BY ONE PER CENT AND OF IMPORTS DROPPED BY TWO PER CENT.

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THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR FEBRUARY 1986 AS COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS FELL IN FEBRUARY 1986 COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985. THESE INCLUDED RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-9 PER CENT)? DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-8 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-5 PER CENT)? METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-5 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (-3 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-3 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CLOTHING (-3 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE, HOWEVER, RECORDED FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+10 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+8 PER CENT).

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS DECREASED IN FEBRUARY 1986 COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985, INCLUDING METAL ORES AND SCRAP (-37 PER CENT) ; TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-36 PER CENT); ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-28 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-26 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-24 PER CENT) ; TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-19 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (-15 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CLOTHING (-4 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED FOR TEXTILE FABRICS (+17 PER CENT)? WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+6 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+4 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS

BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR FEBRUARY 1986 AS COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1935 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORT PRICES OF SOME END-USE CATEGORIES DECREASED IN FEBRUARY 1986 AS COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985, RANGING FROM ONE PER CENT FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES TO 11 PER CENT FOR FUELS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT PRICES OF CAPITAL GOODS AND CONSUMER GOODS ROSE BY 13 PER CENT AND SIX PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

MANY OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED IN VOLUME TERMS IN FEBRUARY 1986 COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985. SIGNIFICANT GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN TEA AND COFFEE; LIVE POULTRY; FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS SUGAR VEGETABLES; MILK, BUTTER CHEESE AND EGGS;

RICE AS WELL AS WHEAT AND FLOUR.

HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD;- CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS, OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR; FRUIT; SWINE; ANIMALS OF THE BOVINE SPECIES AS WELL AS MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS.

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OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MANY CONSUMER GOODS DECREASED, THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES; PASSENGER MOTOR CARS; RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS, TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS; TOBACCO MANUFACTURES AS WELL AS CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.

HOWEVER, INCREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR WATCHES; ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; CLOTHING; FOOTWEAR AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UP ARTICLES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE IN FEBRUARY 1986 COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985, INCLUDING IRON AND STEEL; PAPER AND PAPER BOARD; WATCH AND CLOCK MOVEMENTS, CASES AND PARTS; CHEMICAL ELEMENTS AND COMPOUNDS; DYEING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS; CLAY AND REFRACTORY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, BUILDING MATERIALS, ETC.,.EXCEPT GLASS; SILK FABRICS ; FABRICS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES; MAN-MADE FIBRES; SPECIAL TEXTILE FABRIC FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSE; WOVEN COTTON FABRICS; COTTON YARN AND THREAD; CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS; YARN OF MAN-MADE FIBRES AS WELL AS PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS.

DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR; THERMIONIC CATHODE VALVES AND TUBES, DIODES, TRANSISTORS AND ELECTRICAL MICROCIRCUITS, RAW COTTON AS WELL AS FABRICS OF WOOL AND MIXTURES.

IMPORTS OF FUELS ROSE BY 140 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN FEBRUARY 1986 AS COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SOME COMMODITIES DECREASED IN FEBRUARY 1986 OVER FEBRUARY 1985, THE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING OFFICE MACHINES ; CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY TEXTILE MACHINERY; INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY OTHER THAN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY AS WELL AS SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS. AN INCREASE IN IMPORT VOLUME WAS RECORDED FOR TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR FEBRUARY 1986 AS COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF SOME END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN FEBRUARY 1986 WHEN COMPARED WITH FEBRUARY 1985, RANGING FROM 10 PER CENT FOR RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES TO 93 PER CENT FOR FUELS. HOWEVER, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF CAPITAL GOODS AND CONSUMER GOODS DECREASED BY 32 PER CENT AND 16 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE FEBRUARY 1986 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS* AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE ON MAY 10 AT HKS2.5O PER COPY.

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TABLE 1: INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMOD ITY GROUP

COMPARING JAN-FEB 1986 WITH JAN-FEB 1985 COMPAR1 Wl NG FEBRUARY TH FEBRUARY 1986 1985

COMMODITY GROUP VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE VOLUME % %

CLOTHING - 7 - 2 - 5 - 6 - 3 - 4

TEXTILE FABRICS 4 - 6 10 14 - 3 17

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD* 5 - 5 11 - 1 - 5 4

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES - 9 - 3 - 6 -21 - 3 -19

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS -26 - 9 -19 -31 - 9 -24

ELECTRONIC ! COMPONENTS -12 8 -19 -20 10 -23

FOOT'wEAR 4 - 1 5 - 8 * - 8

METAL MANUFACTURES -10 - 2 - 8 -16 * -15

METAL ORES AND SCRAP -30 - 6 -26 -40 - 5 -37

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 9 - 1 10 6 * 6

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES -20 5 -24 -31 8 -36

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES -28 - 8 -22 -32 - 8 -26

ALL COMMODITIES - 8 * - 8 -11 1 -12

NOTE: * INSIGNIFICANT, I.E. LESS THAN 0. 5 PER CENT

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TABLE 2 s INCREASES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

END-USE COMPARING JAN-FEB 1986 COMPARING FEBRUARY 1986 WITH JAN-FEB 1985 WITH FEBRUARY 1985 UNIT UNIT VALUE VALUE VOLUME VALUE VALUE VOLUME

CATEGORY % % % % % 9b

FOODSTUFFS 12 - 4 17 8 - 4 12

CONSUMER GOODS 5 5 * 5 6 - 2

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 6 - 2 8 12 - 1 13

FUELS 10 - 9 21 114 -11 140

CAPITAL GOODS - 2 11 -12 14 13 1

ALL COMMODITIES 5 2 3 13 3 11

TABLE 3: INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

END-USE COMPARING JAN-FEB 1986 WITH JAN-FEB 1985 UNIT VALUE VALUE VOLUME COMPARING FEBRUARY 1986 WITH FEBRUARY 1985 UNIT VALUE VALUE VOLUME

CATEGORY % % % 1 1 x 1 1 L 1 1 70

FOODSTUFFS 32 1 30 39 2 36

CONSUMER GOODS - 6 2 - 8 -13 4 -16

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 2 - 5 7 4 - 5 ID

FUELS 33 * 33 94 1 93

CAPITAL GOODS -31 7 -35 -27 7 -32

ALL COMMODITIES - 6 X - 6 - 8 1 - 3

NOTE: * INSIGNIFICANT, I.E. LESS THAN 0.5 PER CENT

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BOARD TO DISCUSS TRIAD, MEDICAL REPORTS

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WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE DOCUMENT ON THE TRIAD PROBLEM AND THE REPORT ON MEDICAL SERVICES AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL STUDY THE PROPOSED OPTIONS FOR CHANGES IN THE LAW AND IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE LAW TO COUNTER THE TRIAD PROBLEM.

PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE SECURITY BRANCH, PR MICHAEL STONE, AND MR ANDREW BRUCE OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT TO LISTEN TO MEMBERS’ VIEWS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE REPORT ON THE DELIVERY OF PEDICAL SERVICES IN HOSPITALS.

SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DR T.Y, CHAU, AND PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH, MR WILFRED TSUI, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE REPORT.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR KEVIN MAK.

THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ADEQUACY OF TAXI SERVICES AND THE REHOUSING POLICY FOR SINGLE PERSONS.

VIEWS ON THESE TWO TOPICS HAVE ALREADY BEEN EXPRESSED BY PEMBERS OF THE BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE AND THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE FUNDS AMONG THE SIX COMMITTEES FOR 1986-87 REPORTS.

APPORTIONMENT OF AND COMMITTEE PROGRESS

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TO BE

BOARD MEETING

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE DISTRICT ------

HELD ON MAY 6 (TUESDAY) AT 2.30 PM AT THE FUNG MING HALL, WONG

TAI SIN TEMPLE.

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NEW DISTRICT OFFICER BEGINS VISITS . • * * * * *

THE NEW NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, WILL 1EGIN A ROUND OF COURTESY VISITS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY BODIES AND ORGANISATIONS TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE VISITS AIM AT ENHANCING UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

MR CHEUNG WILL FIRST VISIT THE TA KWU LING RURAL COMMITTEE

AND THE SHEUNG SHU I RURAL COMMITTEE AT 10 AM TOMORROW. HE WILL

CALL ON THE LUEN WO AND THE SHEK WU HUI CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

AS WELL AS THE FUNG YING SIN KOON ON FRIDAY (MAY 9).

ON MAY 12 (MONDAY), HE WILL VISIT THE SHEUNG SHU I FEDERATION CF SOCIETIES, AND THE FANLING RURAL COMMITTEE WHERE HE WILL PRESENT A MERIT CERTIFICATE TO A VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE WHO HAD SERVED THERE FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISITS BY THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AND ON MAY 9 AND 12. A GOVERNMENT VAN WILL LEAVE THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE AT JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT AT 9.15 AM ON THE RESPECTIVE DATES.

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TEACHERS TO SEE SEWAGE TREATMENT OPERATIONS

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THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL ORGANISE FOUR HALF-DAY VISITS BY BIOLOGY TEACHERS TO THE TAI PO SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS BETWEEN JUNE AND AUGUST.

THE VISITS WILL AIM AT ASSISTING THEM IN TEACHING ABOUT SEWAGE TREATMENT AS PART OF THE HONG KONG ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION AND HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION BIOLOGY SYLLABUSES.

THEY WILL ALSO PROVIDE TEACHERS WITH THE NECESSARY INFORMATION FOR REFERENCE WHEN ORGANISING SIMILAR VISITS FOR THEIR OWN STUDENTS IN THE FUTURE.

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THc VISITS ARE DESIGNED MAINLY FOR SIXTH FORM BIOLOGY TEACHER BUT SENIOR FORM BIOLOGY TEACHERS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO JOIN IN AS TH SUBJECT MAY CONSTITUTE A PROJECT FOR PUPILS TAKING BIOLOGY AT HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION LEVEL.

SCHOOL HEADS WISHING TO NOMINATE TEACHERS TO TAKE PART IN THE VISITS ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE INSPECTOR. F'ELD 3™DIES CENTRE, SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG, BY MAY 13.

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HALF-DAY BRIEFING FOR MANAGERS

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THE MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL ORGANISE A BRIEFING FOR PERSONNEL AND TRAINING DIRECTORS, AND MANAGERS, ON MAY 29 TO PROMOTE ITS MANAGEMENT PROGRAMMES AND TRAINING FACILITIES.

IN THE HALF-DAY BRIEFING SESSION, THE CENTRE’S FOUR SENIOR ADVISERS WILL GIVE LECTURES ON MANAGEMENT TRAINING PROGRAMMES, ACTIVITIES FOR MANAGEMENT TEACHERS, RESEARCH WORK AND THE FUNCTION OF THE CENTRE’S COMPUTER UNIT.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISORY TRAINING, MR PETER BARRETT, WILL DESCRIBE THE FUNCTIONS OF THE CENTRE, WHICH WAS SET UP IN 1984 WITH THE AIM OF IMPROVING MANAGEMENT IN HONG KONG.

THE BRIEFING, TO BE HELD AT THE CENTRE’S OFFICE ON 17TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, WILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTICIPANTS TO RAISE QUESTIONS AND DISCUSS MATTERS OF GENERAL INTEREST.

DETAILS ABOUT THE SESSION CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SENIOR ASVISERS ON 5-8932341.

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LAUNCHING NEW PROGRAMMES

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A PRESS LUNCHEON CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE A SERIES OF NEW RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG EDUCATION PROGRAMMES TO BE LAUNCHED THIS MONTH WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 7).

IT WILL BE ATTENDED BY RTHK HEAD OF CULTURAL PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT. MR CHUNG WAI-MING, HEAD OF EDUCATION UNIT, MRS TERESA LEE, PRODUCERS MR BENNY NGA I AND MISS JENNY LEE, PRODUCER OF CHILDREN PROGRAMME, MRS MARY LI, AND SEVERAL NEW PRESENTERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. THE PRESS LUNCHEON CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT UNITED RESTAURANT, SIXTH FLOOR, QUEENSWAY, AT 12.45 PM.

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MORE WORKS AT SIU SAI WAN * * * *

PLANS HAVE BEEN FINALISED FOR CHAI WAN ROAD TO BE EXTENDED BY ABOUT 850 METRES TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE PROPOSED SIU SAI WAN HOUSING ESTATE.

IN ADDITION, A BUS TERMINUS WILL BE BUILT NEAR THE ESTATE AND A 320-METRE SEWER LAID ALONG SUN YIP STREET.

THE PLANNED WORKS ARE PART OF DEVELOPMENT AT SIU SAI WAN.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY} DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG NORTH, HARBOUR CENTRE, 12TH FLOOR, HARBOUR ROAD, HONG KONG- AND EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 880-886, KING’S ROAD, GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS.

ANYONE OBJECTING TO THE WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JULY 1.

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. WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 41.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 243.871 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 334.538 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 57.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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MINIATURE DRAGON BOAT RACE AT REPULSE BAY *

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DRAGON BOAT ENTHUSIASTS WILL HAVE AN EARLY CHANCE TO DISPLAY STAMINA AND SKILLS IN A MINIATURE RACE AT REPULSE BAY BEFORE THE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT COLOUR BOAT COMPLETION, JOINTLY ORGANISED FOR JUNE 1 BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND OTHER BODIES, IS NOW OPEN TO ENTRIES ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

+PEOPLE AGED OVER 14 AND ABLE TO SWIM UNAIDED FOR 50 f-ETRES MAY GROUP THEMSELVES INTO TEAMS OF EIGHT TO 10 AND JOIN THE RACE,+ SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

HE SAID HELMSMEN AND BOATS WOULD BE PROVIDED BY THE ORGANISERS.

+THE RACE WILL COMPRISE SIX DIVISIONS - MEN, WOMEN, FISHERMEN, COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS, AREA COMMITTEES, AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC BODIES,+ HE SAID.

+THE WINNER OF EACH DIVISION WILL BE INVITED TO VIE FOR THE TITLE OF OVERALL CHAMPION OF THE EVENT.+

ENTRY FEES ARE $10 PER TEAM AND ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S SOUTHERN DISTRICT RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS OFFICE AT 6-12 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED ON 5-551268.

THE EVENT IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AS WELL AS THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB, AND IS SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN • DISTRICT BOARD.

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TSIM SHA TSUI WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (MAY 8) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, CAMERON ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, OBSERVATORY ROAD AND KIMBERLEY ROAD, INCLUDING CARNARVON ROAD, GRANVILLE CIRCUIT, HAU FOOK STREET, CAMERON LANE, SHUN YEE STREET, KIMBERLEY STREET AND GRANVILLE ROAD,

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WRITE-OFF OF FIXED PENALTY DEBTS, COSTS SOUGHT ............... 1

STUDENT TRAVEL SUBSIDY SCHINE REVISED ........................ 2

MILESTONE FOR FUTURES INDUSTRY REACHED ....................... 3

COUNTRY PARK LITTER PROBLEM TO BE TACKLED .................... 4

EA CALL ON DRESSING GOWNS .................................... 5

THIRD READING FOR APPROPRIATION BILL.......................... 6

RURAL COMMITTEES ’PLAY VITAL ROLE’ ........................... 6

MORE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT ....................... 7

HEALTH EXHIBITION FOR TSIM SHA TSUI .......................... 8

MEET THE MEDIA ............................................... 8

ABERDEEN FIRE HAZARD INSPECTION............................... 9

ROAD, DRAINAGE WORKS FOR VILLAGE ............................. 9

YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS...................... 9

CENTRAL DISTRICT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ........................ 10

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1936

1

WRITE-OFF OF FIXED PENALTY DEBTS, COSTS SOUGHT * * * *

A PROPOSAL TO WRITE OFF AN AMOUNT OF ABOUT $54.9 MILLION IN OUTSTANDING DEBTS AND COURT COSTS IN RESPECT OF THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) FOR THE PERIOD BETWEEN APRIL 1, 1981 AND MARCH 31. 1984 WILL BE PUT BEFORE THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THIS AMOUNT INCLUDES $34 189 OOO OF FIXED PENALTIES STILL OUTSTANDING AT MARCH 31, 1986 AND $20 752 745 OF COURT COSTS AWARDED TO THE GOVERNMENT.

THE WRITE-OFF OF THESE DEBTS IS TO CLOSE LONG OUTSTANDING ACCOUNTS AND TO ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE AND THE REGISTRAR, SUPREME COURT TO CONCENTRATE ON MORE RECENT CASES.

THE WRITE-OFF IS NECESSARY IN CASES WHERE THE FIXED PENALTY AND COSTS HAVE BEEN RIGHTLY IMPOSED BUT THESE CANNOT BE COLLECTED BECAUSE THE SUBJECT VEHICLES HAD BEEN SCRAPPED, EXPORTED, CONFISCATED OR THE OWNERS ARE NOT TRACEABLE.

THERE WERE ALSO OTHER TECHNICAL PROBLEMS AND AS A RESULT THE CANCELLATION OR WAIVER OF CERTAIN FIXED PENALTIES WERE NECESSARY.

MEANWHILE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN REMEDIAL MEASURES TO REDUCE ARREARS AND RECOVER DEBTS.

SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE AMENDED FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) ORDINANCE IN APRIL 1984, THE COLLECTION RATE OF FIXED PENALTIES HAS IMPROVED AND THERE HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF CASES REFERRED TO COURTS.

THE AMENDED LEGISLATION INTRODUCED AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY FOR PARKING OFFENCES IN CASES WHERE THE FIXED PENALTY NOTICE IS IGNORED, OR WHERE A PERSON OFFERS NO DEFENCE OR A DEFENCE WHICH IS FRIVOLOUS OR VEXATIOUS, AND EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO REFUSE TO ISSUE OR RENEW A DRIVING LICENCE OF THE PERSON WHO FAILS TO PAY THE SUM ADJUDGED TO BE PAID BY THE COURT IN RESPECT OF PARKING OFFENCES.

THE AMENDMENTS WERE MADE TO INDUCE EARLIER PAYMENT OF FIXED PENALTY FINES THEREBY REDUCING THE NEED TO RESORT TO SUMMONS ACTION; TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF SUMMONSES BY PLACING THE ONUS FOR NOTIFYING DISPUTED LIABILITY UPON THE DEFENDANT; AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO IMPROVE THE MEASURES THEN IN EXISTENCE FOR ENFORCING COLLECTION CF FINES.

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OTHER ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED AT TOMORROW’S MEETING AREi

* REDUNDANCY PAYMENT SCHEMES FOR LOCALLY ENGAGED STAFF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON AFFECTED BY THE CLOSURE OF THE STUDENTS CENTRE AND THE EDINBURGH AND MANCHESTER SUB-OFFICES ;

* NON-RECURRENT GRANTS FOR THE BAPTIST COLLEGE BUILDING PROGRAMMES;

M PURCHASE OF TWO EMERGENCY TENDERS TO REPLACE TWO EXISTING FIRE SERVICES APPLIANCES ; AND

M PURCHASE OF A RADIO OUTSIDE BROADCAST VEHICLE BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE.

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STUDENT TRAVEL SUBSIDY SCHEME REVISED * * M *

tup cvPruTivF COUNCIL HAS DECIDED TO REVISE THE EXISTING

A aowcoiiMCNT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THIS DECISION WAS BASES ON TrECOMWNDATION OF THE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING GROUP TO ABOLISH SUBSIDISING RECREATIONAL TRAVEL BY STUDENTS.

oh THE BACKGROUND OF THE REVIEW, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE urroKiNC a»OUP WAS FORMED IN JULY 1985 UNDER THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT IN RESPONSE TO CONCERN EXPRESSED UNOFFICIAL-MEMBERS rc tup 1 PC I st AT IVE COUNCIL WHO HAD IN THE PAST RAISED QUERIES IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.CONCERNING EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SCHEME.

THE

THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT. IN HIS ANNUAL REPORT, ALSO CRITICISED THE GOVERNMENT FOR TO DEFINE CLEARLY THE POLICY OBJ|CnVES

AND TO FULLY RECONSIDER OPTIONS TO ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES BErUKt LAUNCHING THE SCHEME.

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IN ITS REVIEW. THE WORKING GROUP AFFIRMED THE CASE FOR A SCHEME OF SUBSIDISED TRAVEL ON EDUCATIONAL GROUNDS TO ASSIST NEEDY STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO WOULD OTHERWISE EXPERIENCE HARDSHIP IN MEETING THE COST OF ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO AM* FROM A PLACE OF STUDY.

HOWEVER, IT ALSO CONCLUDED THAT THE EXISTING PRACTICE OF PROVIDING UNLIMITED SUBSIDY FOR ALL JOURNEYS WAS AN INEFFICIENT WAY OF PROMOTING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AMONG STUDENTS.

IT HAS THEREFORE RECOMMENDED THAT RECREATION TRAVEL BY STUDENTS SHOULD CEASE TO BE SUBSIDISED BY GOVERNMENT.

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT THE MONEY IS ACTUALLY SPENT ON SUBSIDISING THE TRAVELLING COST OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WHICH ARE WORTHY OF SUBSIDY.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ALLOWING STUDENTS TO TRAVEL AT HALF-FARE ON WEEKENDS AND SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ALONE ACCOUNTS FOR 36 PER CENT OR S1O6 MILLION OF THE COST OF THE SCHEME FOR THE 1985-06 ACADEMIC YEAR, ASSUMING THAT STUDENT RIDERSHIP ON NON-SCHOOL DAYS IS THE SAME AS ON SCHOOL DAYS.

IT IS RECOGNISED THAT SCHOOLS VARY SOMEWHAT IN THEIR HOLIDAYS. TO AVOID CONFUSION. IT HAS BEEN DECIDED THAT THE SCHEME SHOULD . ONLY EXCLUDE THE f6lL0WING PERIODSi ALL SUNDAYS, DECEMBER M TO JANUARY 1 INCLUSIVE AND JULY 16 TO AUGUST 31 INCLUSIVE.

PUBLICITY WILL BE ARRANGED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH ACADEMIC YEAR TO INFORM STUDENTS OF THE PERIODS DURING WHICH CONCESSIONARY FARES ARE NOT AVAILABLE. MOREOVER, SUCH INFORMATION WILL BE PRINTED ON THE STUDENT TRAVEL CARDS.

MILESTONE FOR

FUTURES INDUSTRY REACHED X X M M X

THE OPENING OF THE STOCK INDEX FUTURES MARKET REPRESENTS A MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FUTURES INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE HANG SENG INDEX FUTURES MARKET IN THE HONG KONG FUTURES EXCHANGE, SIR JOHN SAID THESE FUTURES CONTRACTS WOULD PROVIDE AN ADDED DIMENSION TO HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE AS SUCH TRADING HAD PROVED SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRES.

/♦THIS DEVELOPMENT........

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1986


♦ THIS DEVELOPMENT OWES NOTHING TO GOVERNMENT BUT EVERYTHING TO PRIVATE ENTERPRISE. YOU MUST STAND OR FALL BY YOUR OWN EFFORTS, ♦ HE SAID.

SIR JOHN SAID HE APPRECIATED THE EFFORTS MADE BY THE HONG KONG FUTURES EXCHANGE DURING THE LAST TWO YEARS IN REORGANISING ITS STRUCTURE AND IN DRAWING UP NEW FINANCIAL AND SURVEILLANCE REQUIREMENTS WHICH SHOULD ENSURE THE SMOOTH OPERATION OF A SELF-REGULATING EXCHANGE.

TURNING TO THE GOVERNMENT’S OBJECTIVES IN REGULATING THE FUTURES MARKET, SIR JOHN SAIDi +THE GOVERNMENT RELIES ON FAIR MARKET FORCES AND PROPER COMPETITION. OUR PRIME CONCERN IS THAT YOUR EXCHANGE SHOULD OPERATE WITHIN AN EFFECTIVE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK. THIS MUST BE A BLEND OF REGULATION BY THE GOVERNMENT AND SELF-REGULATION BY THE EXCHANGE ITSELF.

♦SUCH A FRAMEWORK WILL BEST SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF THE INVESTING PUBLIC AND ENSURE THE HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDUSTRY. THERE WILL BE CHANGE. RIGIDITY WOULD BE STUPID.♦

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COUNTRY PARK LITTER PROBLEM TO BE TACKLED ft ft ft ft

A MONTH-LONG CLEAN-UP DRIVE WILL BE MOUNTED FROM THIS SUNDAY TO TACKLE THE SERIOUS LITTER PROBLEM IN COUNTRY PARKS, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS) OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, MR K.C. IU, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

IN 1985, OVER 9.3 MILLION VISITS WERE MADE TO THE 21 COUNTRY PARKS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, REPRESENTING A 28 PER CENT INCREASE OVER THE FIGURE RECORDED IN 1982.

THESE VISITORS LEFT BEHIND A RECORD 4 000 TONNES OF LITTER WHICH TOOK MORE THAN 35 160 MAN-DAYS, OR ABOUT 16 PER CENT OF COUNTRY PARK STAFF RESOURCES, TO COLLECT AND DISPOSE OF.

♦WHAT IS CAUSING US GRAVE CONCERN IS THAT MANY VISITORS DO NOT USE THE 4 880 LITTER BINS AND 235 LITTER STOCKADES PROVIDED AT BARBECUE AND PICNIC SITES AND DISCARD LITTER IND ISCR IMINATELY,+ KR IU SAID.

♦DESPITE OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION EFFORTS, THESE PEOPLE CONTINUE WITH THEIR ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AND TURN THE SCENIC COUNTRYSIDE INTO A LITTER DUMP.+

/A PERSON .......

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1986

A PERSON WHO LITTERS WITHIN A COUNTRY PARK IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2 OOO AND THREE MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT ON CONVICTION.

LAST YEAR, 1 153 PEOPLE WERE PROSECUTED FOR LITTERING OR POLLUTING WATER COURSES INSIDE COUNTRY PARKS, AND PAID FINES TOTALLING $178 600.

MR IU THEN REVEALED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS TAKING POSITIVE ACTIONS TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM.

♦WHILE LAW ENFORCEMENT WOULD BE STEPPED UP TO PENALISE OFFENDERS, STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO INCREASE THE FREQUENCY OF THE CLEANSING SERVICES IN THE MORE POPULAR COUNTRY PARKS.

♦AS A MEANS OF ABATING THE PROBLEM OF LITTER OVERFLOWING FROM BINS ALREADY INSTALLED, MORE STOCKADES CAPABLE OF HOLDING A LARGER AMOUNT OF LITTER WOULD BE USED TO REPLACE SMALLER BINS,+ HE SAID.

VISITORS ARE ADVISED THAT IN THE EVENT OF A LITTER BIN BEING FULL, THEY SHOULD USE OTHER CONTAINERS NEARBY INSTEAD OF DEPOSITING LITTER ON THE GROUND.

MR IU SAID THE CLEAN-UP DRIVE WOULD START WITH A SERIES OF LITTER PICKING EXPEDITIONS IN VARIOUS COUNTRY PARKS BY MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES AND THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF HIKERS.

IT WOULD BE FOLLOWED BY DAILY MOBILE BROADCASTS OF TAPED MESSAGES IN COUNTRY PARKS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY PARTICULARLY IN AREAS WHERE LITTERING IS A PERSISTENT PROBLEM.

THE DRIVE WOULD BE RE-VITALISED IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR WHEN THE HIKING SEASON REACHED ITS PEAK.

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EA CALL ON DRESSING GOWNS *****

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS MADE AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION (EA) CALL ON CATEGORY 650 (MAN-MADE FIBRE DRESSING GOWNS, INCLUDING BATHROBES AND BEACH ROBES). THIS IS THE SECOND EA CALL MADE BY THE UNITED STATES THIS YEAR.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HONG KONG/UNITED STATES BILATERAL TEXTILE AGREEMENT, THE DEPARTMENT HAS SUSPENDED ISSUE OF FURTHER EA’S IN THE CATEG6RY WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT PENDING CONSULTATIONS

WITH THE U.S. GOVERNMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO APPROVE AND ISSUE EXPORT LICENCES FOR THIS CATEGORY AGAINST VALID EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS APPROVED PRIOR TO THE SUSPENSION.

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THIRD READING FOR APPROPRI AT ION BILL * * * *

THE APPROPRIATION BILL 1986 WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

TWO OTHER BILLS AND NINE QUESTIONS ARE AMONG THE OTHER MATTERS TO BE DEALT WITH.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON THESE TWO BILLS, DEFAMATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, PRIOR TO COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READINGS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A-STATEMENT BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, ON THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION’S ANNUAL REPORT 1985, WHICH WILL BE TABLED.

RURAL COMMITTEES 'PLAY VITAL ROLE’ ft ft ft * ft

RURAL COMMITTEES AND OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN PROMOTING BOTH A SENSE OF DISTRICT IDENTITY AND CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG RESIDENTS AND IN ENHANCING COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIP, NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THIS WAS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT AS ON AVERAGE 1 OOO PEOPLE WERE MOVING INTO PUBLIC HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATES IN THE DISTRICT EACH MONTH, HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG, WHO HAS JUST TAKEN A COURTESY CALL ON THE TA KWU LING COMMITTEES.

UP HIS POST, WAS MAKING AND THE SHEUNG SHU I RURAL

WITH RAPID DEVELOPMENT, THE POPULATION IN NORTH DISTRICT WOULD INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 175 000 TO 250 000 IN 1995. IT WAS INEVITABLE THAT THE ARRIVAL OF NEW RESIDENTS MIGHT POSE CERTAIN PROBLEMS TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, HE SAID.

THUS IT WAS THE TASK OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE TO MAINTAIN A BALANCED ENVIRONMENT BY FUSING OLD TRADITIONS WITH NEW DEVELOPMENTS. HOWEVER, MUCH ALSO DEPENDED ON THE SUPPORT OF RURAL COMMITTEES AND Lock ORGANISATIONS IN ENHANCING A COHESIVE AND HARMONIOUS COMMUNITY IN THE DISTRICT.

/MR CHEUNG .......

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1986

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MR CHEUNG SAID THE IMPORTANCE OF PROMOTING RURAL DEVELOPMENT HAD NOT BEEN OVERLOOKED. AT PRESENT, ABOUT 65 OOO PEOPLE WERE LIVING OUTSIDE THE FANLING NEW TOWN AREA IN THE MORE RURAL PARTS CF THE DISTRICT.

♦THE REDEVELOPMENT OF SHA TAU KOK TOWN IS UNDERWAY AND CONSIDERATION IS BEING GIVEN TO CREATING A RURAL CENTRE AT TA KWU LING.+ HE ADDED.

DURING HIS VISIT, MR CHEUNG WAS BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE TA KWU LING AND SHEUNG SHU I RURAL COMMITTEES BY THEIR CHAIRMEN, MR CHAN YAU-CHOI AND MR LIU CHING-LEUNG, RESPECTIVELY.

ON FRIDAY. MR CHEUNG WILL CALL ON THE LUEN WO AND SHEK WU HUI CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. ON MAY 12, HE WILL PAY A COURTESY.CALL ON THE SHEUNG SHUI FEDERATIONS OF SOCIETIES, AND THE FANLING AND SHA TAU KOK RURAL COMMITTEES.

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MORE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT * * * MM

PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS ARE PLAYING A ROLE AS IMPORTANT AS GRAMMAR AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF CHINESE MANUFACTURERS* ASSOCIATION PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL. MR LI SAID 13 MORE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WOULD BE BUILT TO ME^T THE NEED AS PREVOCATIONAL EDUCATION BECAME MORE POPULAR IN RECENT YEARS.

THIS WOULD BRING THE NUMBER OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TO 28, HE ADDED.

MR LI SAID MORE SENIOR SECONDARY FORM CLASSES WOULD BE PROVIDED IN 1989 BY MODIFYING THE CLASS PATTERN FROM THE EXISTING ♦77722+ FOR FORMS 1 TO 5 TO ♦66644* IN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS UNDER THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN ITS REPORT NO. ONE.

AS A RESULT, THE CHANCE FOR FORM 3 STUDENTS PROGRESSING TO FORM 4 WOULD BE INCREASED, HE SAID.

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HEALTH EXHIBITION FOR TSIM SHA TSUI * * * * *

A FIVE-DAY PUBLIC EXHIBITION ON HEALTHY LIFESTYLES FOR ADOLESCENTS WILL BE HELD IN TSIM SHA TSUI BEGINNING ON FRIDAY (MAY 9).

THE ADOLESCENT HEALTH EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, will BE OPEN BETWEEN 11 AM AND 6 PM DAILY AT LEVEL II OF THE NEWLWORLD CENTRE UNTIL MAY 13. THE OPENING HOURS WILL BE EXTENDED TO 7 PM ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

THE EXHIBITION PROVIDES INFORMATION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF NUTRITION AND EXERCISE, PHYSICAL CHANGE DURING ^BERTY AND ocy EDUCATION IT ALSO FEATURES SUBJECTS SUCH AS MENTAL HEALTH MD THE SIrHFUL EFFECTS OF SMOKING, ALCOHOL AMD DRUG ADDICTION.

THERE WILL BE SLIDE SHOWS AND TAPES ON VARIOUS HEALTH ISSUES WILL BE PLAYED. A BOOKLET TITLED ’HEALTHY YOUTHI OUR BEST RESOURCE AND HEALTH PAMPHLETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. . .

THE ADOLESCENT HEALTH EXHIBITION WAS STAGED IN CENTRAL AND SHA TIN LAST YEAR AND IN TSUEN WAN IN MARCH.

MEET THE MEDIA

MM*

THE DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, MR PATRICK SHAM, WILL f€ET THE MEDIA ON THURSDAY (MAY 8) AT 4 PM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1986

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ABERDEEN FIRE HAZARD INSPECTION

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL CARRY OUT A FIRE HAZARD INSPECTION AT CERTAIN INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS IN ABERDEEN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.

THE INSPECTION, A JOINT OPERATION BY THE HONG KONG FIRE COMMAND AND THE FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU, WILL START AT 10 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPERATION. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE ABERDEEN FIRE STATION AT 47 WONG CHUK HANG ROAD BEFORE 10 AM.

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ROAD, DRAINAGE WORKS FOR VILLAGE

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A NUMBER OF ENGINEERING WORKS HAVE BEEN PROPOSED FOR A BUILDING LOT IN NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE, KOWLOON.

THEY INCLUDE FORMING AND CONSTRUCTING PART OF a NEW ROAD AND

A DRAINAGE RESERVE-PEDESTRIAN WAY TO IMPROVE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS AND THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN THE AREA.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE WORKS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT BY THE OWNER OF THE PLOT.

A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE, AND ANYONE WISHING TO OBJECT SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JULY 1.

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YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

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TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN YUEN LONG WILL BE DESIGNATED 24-HOUR DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 9).

THEY ARE:

* THE SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD (TAM Ml) BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH FAIRVIEW PARK BOULEVARD AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

/• THE .......

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* THE SECTION OF FAIRVIEW PARK BOULEVARD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD (TAM Ml) AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

MEANWHILE, DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, THE OPENING OF ROAD D4 NORTH, AND ROAD P2 SECTION BETWEEN ROAD D4 NORTH AND TUEN MUN ROAD, HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE TWO ROADS WERE CRIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR OPENING ON MAY 2.

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CENTRAL DISTRICT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ft ft ft ft ft

THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CENTRAL FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 8) TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK*

ft VEHICLES ON WING LOK STREET WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING INTO CLEVERLY STREET.

ft VEHICLES ON WING LOK STREET HEADING FOR DES VOEUX ROAB CENTRAL WILL BE DIVERTED TO BONHAM STRAND TO REJOIN CLEVERLY STREET.

ft

THE SECTION OF CLEVERLY STREET BETWEEN WING LOK STREET AND BONHAM STRAND WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND. NO VEHICLE ON THIS SECTION OF CLEVERLY STREET WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO WING LOK STREET.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 9), THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN CENTRAL WILL BE MADE 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS*

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THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TAMAR STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HARCOURT ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WESTBOUND HARCOURT ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAMAR STREET TO ITS JUNCTION WITH COTTON TREE DRIVE;

ft THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF COTTON TREE DRIVE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HARCOURT ROAD TO THE EXIT FROM THE MTR ADMIRALTY STATION (WEST) BUS TERMINUS;

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THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE EXIT FROM THE MTR STATION ADMIRALTY (WEST) BUS TERMINUS FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH COTTON TREE DRIVE TO A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAYS, NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

BEST STANDARDS APPLY AT DAYA BAY — FS..................... 1

INCIDENCE OF SHOPLIFTING CAUSES CONCERN .................. 3

ADEQUATE STAFF AT CHILD RECEPTION CENTRES ................ 4

EXPERIENCE THE REASON FOR SERVICE EXTENSION .............. 5

SQUATTERS TO BE CLEARED FROM DANGEROUS SLOPES............. 6

PROTECTION PROVIDED FOxl INTERESTS OF INVESTORS .......... 7

STEPS TAKEN TO MINIMISE LRT DISRUPTION ................... 8

TAXI VOUCHER SCHEME TO ASSIST DISABLED ................... 9

11 276 DEMOLITION ORDERS ISSUED .......................... 10

aDEQUaTE TRAINING OF aFTERCARE STAFF URGED................ 10

DEFAMATION (AMENDMENT) BILL WELCOMED ..................... 12

40 PER CENT BOOST FOR KCR CAPACITY ....................... 13

THREE BILLS PASSED........................................ 14

LAND COMMISSI® GROUP TO VISIT GUANGDONG ..................... 15

SHIPPING, PORT, CaRGO STATISTICS RELEASED ................... 15

RESPECT HELPS BUILD A HAPPY FAMILY........................... 17

DB TO DISCUSS MEDICAL SERVICES REPORT ....................... 18

THREE STORAGE SITES TO LET .................................. 18

traffic changes in western, central ......................... 19

CASTLE PEAK ROAD TRaFFIC CHANGES ............................ 20

YAU TONG WATER CUT .......................................... 20

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1986

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BEST STANDARDS APPLY AT DAYA BAY -- FS ******

THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ADVISED THAT THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO BE BUILT AT DAYA BAY WOULD BE GOVERNED BY THE BEST AVAILABLE INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS IN RESPECT OF DESIGN, MANUFACTURE, ERECTION, COMMISSIONING AND OPERATION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MARIA TAM IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR JOHN SAID THESE STANDARDS HAD BEEN INCORPORATED IN ALL CONTRACTS BEING PLACED BY THE GUANGDONG NUCLEAR POWER JOINT VENTURE COMPANY (JVC).

♦THE NUCLEAR EQUIPMENT AND NUCLEAR DESIGN FOR THE PLANT ARE BEING OBTAINED BY THE JVC FROM FRANCE SO AS TO TAKE THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE BENEFIT OF THE SUCCESSFUL NUCLEAR PROGRAMME THERE AND, IN PARTICULAR, OF THE VERY HIGH SAFETY STANDARD RECORD OF THE FRENCH,* SIR JOHN SAID.

THERE WERE NOW OVER 40 SIMILAR PRESSURISED WATER REACTORS (PWR’S) OPERATING SATISFACTORILY IN FRANCE ALONE, THE SECOND LARGEST NUCLEAR POWER PROGRAMME IN THE WORLD, AND THERE WERE 160 PWR’S ALTOGETHER, HE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT THE DESIGN OF THE DAYA BAY STATION WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT TO THAT AT CHERNOBYL IN THE SOVIET UNION.

SIR JOHN WENT ON TO SAY THAT IN ADDITION TO THE SELECTION OF THE FRENCH COMPANY, FRAMATOME, TO SUPPLY THE NUCLEAR EQUIPMENT, THE FRENCH NATIONAL UTILITY ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE (EDF) HAD A SUPERVISING ROLE TO ENSURE THAT SPECIFIED STANDARDS WERE MET.

TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE, EDF IS PARTICIPATING WITH THE JVC ON ALL TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PROJECT,* HE SAID.

THUS, ALTHOUGH THE DAYA BAY NUCLEAR PROJECT IS BEING BUILT BY THE CHINESE IN CHINA, THERE IS INTENSIVE INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION IN AND COMMITMENT TO INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS.+

SIR JOHN SAID THAT BESIDES THE FRENCH SAFETY STANDARDS THAT HAD BEEN ADOPTED FOR THE PROJECT, APPLICABLE INTERNATIONAL AND CHINESE STANDARDS WOULD ALSO BE OBSERVED.

IN THE APPLICATION OF THESE VARIOUS STANDARDS, THE FRENCH STANDARDS WILL BE TAKEN AS A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT,* HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, CHINA HAS ESTABLISHED ITS OWN NATIONAL LICENSING AUTHORITY (THE NATIONAL NUCLEAR SAFETY AUTHORITY DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE TO THE STATE COUNCIL) WHICH HAS A CO-OPERATION AGREEMENT WITH THE FRENCH LICENSING AUTHORITY (THE FRENCH CENTRAL SERVICE FOR THE SAFETY OF NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS) REGARDING THE USE OF FRENCH STANDARDS.+

/CHINA'S LICENSING........

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CHINA’S LICENSING AUTHORITY HAD INFORMED THE JVC TLA. ...iE STANDARDS WOULD BE THE BASIS FOR ITS LICENSING OF THE DAYA BAY PLANT.

+ALL POSSIBLE SAFEGUARDS AS REGARDS THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLANT TO THE HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS HAVE BEEN TAKEN,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

SUCH SAFETY STANDARDS WOULD APPLY AT ALL STAGES AT THE NUCLEAR PROJECT DURING DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION.

SIR JOHN SAID* +ACCORDING TO CHINA’S LICENSING REGULATIONS, THERE ARE SEVERAL KEY STAGES OF THE CONSTRUCTION WHERE DETAILED SAFETY ANALYSIS REPORTS HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE CHINESE LICENSING AUTHORITY FOR APPROVAL.

+ON OTHER ASPECTS OF THE NUCLEAR PROJECT, THE SAFETY ANALYSIS REPORTS WILL BE PREPARED ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL FORMS AND STANDARDS, WITH INPUT FROM THE FRENCH CONTRACTORS INVOLVED AND UNDER THE TOTAL SUPERVISION OF EDF. CONSTRUCTION WORK CANNOT CONTINUE UNTIL THE LICENSING AUTHORITY IS SATISFIED THAT THE APPLICABLE STANDARDS HAVE BEEN MET.

+THIS WILL ENSURE, THEREFORE, THAT INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED SAFETY STANDARDS WILL ALREADY BE ATTAINED BEFORE THE PLANT IS PUT IN OPERATION.+

SIR JOHN SAID THE JVC WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE APPLICATION OF THE SAFETY STANDARDS DURING THE OPERATIONAL STAGE, BUT UNDER THE TERMS OF THE JOINT VENTURE CONTRACT, THE OPERATIONS MANAGER AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE OPERATIONS STAFF WOULD BE NOMINATED BY THE HONG KONG NUCLEAR INVESTMENT COMPANY (HKNIC).

+THIS CLOSE OPERATIONAL LINK WILL ENABLE HKNIC TO KNOW THE OPERATING STATUS OF THE PLANT, INCLUDING THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF ANY ABNORMAL DEVELOPMENT,+ HE SAID.

OPERATING STAFF OF THE JVC WOULD BE TRAINED IN FRANCE BEFORE THE START OF OPERATIONS.

FRENCH SPECIALISTS WOULD ALSO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL STAGES OF THE COMMISSIONING AND START UP AT THE PLANT, AND THE OPERATING PROCEDURES AND STANDARDS WOULD BE ESTABLISHED AT THE PRE-OPERATIONAL STAGE.

+THE PRINCIPLE ADOPTED IN MOST COUNTRIES OPERATING NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS IS THAT THE OPERATOR IS MADE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE APPLICABLE SAFETY STANDARDS* THE NATIONAL SAFETY OR LICENSING AUTHORITY UNDERTAKES A MONITORING ROLE TO ENSURE ADHERENCE TO THESE STANDARDS,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

THE SAME APPROACH WILL APPLY AT DAYA BAY, WHEREBY THE CHINESE LICENSING AUTHORITY WILL MONITOR THE OPERATION OF THE PLANT 3Y THE JOINT VENTURE COMPANY AND ITS COMPLIANCE WITH THE OPERATING LIMITS.+

/ANY UNUSUAL........

WEMSSD1Y, MAY 1, 1986

ANY UNUSUAL INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVITY WOULD BE PICKED UP BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY THROUGH ITS RADIATION MONITORING EQUIPMENT WHICH WAS BEING SET UP IN HONG KONG.

SIR JOHN NOTED THAT PROPER CONCERNS HAD ARISEN NOT ONLY IN HONG KONG BUT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AS A RESULT OF THE CHERNOBYL DISASTER.

+THERE WILL BE NEED TO STUDY CLOSELY FULL REPORTS, WHEN THESE BECOME AVAILABLE, AND TO APPLY ANY FURTHER LESSONS THAT CAN BE LEARNT,+ HE SAID.

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INCIDENCE OF SHOPLIFTING CAUSES CONCERN *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE STEEP RISE IN REPORTED CASES OF SHOPLIFTING OFFENCES AND IS TAKING A NUMBER OF STEPS TO COUNTER IT, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FOR EXAMPLE, HE SAID, ADVICE WAS GIVEN BY THE POLICE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU AND POLICE AT DISTRICT LEVEL TO DEPARTMENT STORES AND SUPERMARKETS ON HOW TO IMPROVE THEIR SECURITY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, ffi THOMAS AGREED ON THE NEED TO ENLIST THE ACTIVE SUPPORT OF SHOPKEEPERS IN DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM.

THERE IS MUCH THAT CAN BE DONE BY THE SHOPKEEPERS THEMSELVES TO COUNTER THE RISE OF SHOPLIFTI NG,+ HE SAID.

SECURITY STAFF, USE OF SPACE IN A WAY THAT FACILITATES SURVEILLANCE, MIRRORS AND ALARMS - ALL THESE WOULD MAKE IT EASIER TO DETECT THE THIEF.

AND AS IN ALL FIELDS OF CRIME, THE GREATER THE CERTAINTY OF DETECTION, THE GREATER THE DETERRENCE.♦

IN ADDITION, MR THOMAS SAID, SPECIAL ATTENTION NEEDED TO BE GIVEN TO YOUNG PEOPLE, WHO SEEMED PARTICULARLY PRONE TO SHOPLIFTING.

IN PART, MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS AND TALKS BY THE POLICE ARE DESIGNED TO DISCOURAGE CHILDREN FROM SHOPLIFTING,* HE SAID.

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE CAUGHT SHOPLIFTING ARE USUALLY REFERRED TO PROBATION OFFICERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS, WHO COUNSEL THEM AGAINST COMMITTING FURTHER OFFENCES.+

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ALSO SUGGESTED THAT PARENTS HAD TO ACCEPT A MAJOR ROLE IN DISCOURAGING THEIR CHILDREN FROM THEFT.

/THE FIGHT .......


tuc ciamt rftlME COMMITTEE WOULD CONTINUE TO PAY CLOSL ;TT£NT!ON TO this'pmbleh "» the^overhnent woJld do all that it could to discourage shoplifting, he said.

♦THE EFFECTIVE REMEDY TO THIS PROBLEM ULTIMATELY RESTS WITH THE VIGILANCE OF SHOPKEEPERS AND EDUCATION OF THE COMMUNITY, particularly children" as to the truly dishonest nature of this FORM OF THEFT,♦ HE ADDED.

campapph WITH 198A THERE HAD BEEN A 70 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SHOPLIFTING OFFENCES LAST YEAR - FROM 3 971 CASES TO 6 752.

♦THE INCREASE IS MOST NOTICEABLE IN THE NEW TOWNS,* MR iHOMAS SAID.

ARIC caatad me THF INCREASE WAS THE CHANGE OF POLICY ON THE PART OF INSURANCE COMPANIES WHICH WERE NOW PR|SS I NG ™R ^ES FROM THEFT TO BE REPORTED TO THE POLICE BEFORE THEY wuulu rMI OUT ON CLAIMS.

SECOND, THE NUMBER OF SECURITY STAFF DEPLOYED IN SHOPS HAD INCREASED.

THIRD THERE HAD BEEN SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF THAT65PER CENT OF REPORTED SHOPLIFTING CASES OCCUR.*

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ADEQUATE STAFF AT CHILD RECEPTION CENTRES ******

STAFF AND FACILITIES OF THE FOUR GOVERNMENT CHILDREN’S CENTRES AUTHORISED FOR DETENTION UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE ARE ADEQUATE FOR THE PROPER CARE OF CHILDREN WHO NEED TO STAY THERE, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR CHAMBERS WAS REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN ABOUT THE DEATH OF A TWO-MONTH-OLD BABY AT THE CHUK YUEN CHILDREN’S RECEPTION CENTRE.

♦EACH CENTRE IS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF AN EXPERIENCED SOCIAL WORK OFFICER AND THEIR FACILITIES ARE REGULARLY INSPECTED BY JUSTICES OF PEACE,* HE SAID.

BABIES AND CHILDREN AWAITING REPATRIATION WERE NORMALLY ALlO^ED TO STAY WITH RELATIVES. +WHERE THE MOTHER IS AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT AND IS HELD IN DETENTION, THE CHILD IS DETAINED WITH THE MOTHER,* W CHAMBERS SAID.

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♦EXCEPTIONALLY, A CHILD MAY BE DETAINED IN A CHILDREN’S CENTRE IF THERE IS NO ONE TO TAKE CARE OF HIM OR HER OR WHEN THERE ARE STRONG INDICATIONS THAT AN OLDER CHILD WOULD ABSCOND IF RELEASED.

♦IN EVERY CASE THE CHILD’S BEST INTERESTS ARE THE FOREMOST CONSIDERATION.+

IN DESCRIBING THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DEATH, MR CHAMBERS EXPLAINED THAT THE CHILD WAS TAKEN BY HER PARENTS TO THE BIRTHS REGISTRY ON OCTOBER 30, 1985. THE CHILD’S MOTHER PRODUCED A SUSPECT IDENTITY CARD BUT BEFORE A MORE DETAILED ENQUIRY COULD EE CARRIED OUT INTO HER IDENTITY SHE FLED, AND COULD NOT BE TRACED.

THE CHILD WAS ADMITTED TO CHUK YUEN CHILDREN’S RECEPTION CENTRE WITH HER FATHER’S WRITTEN CONSENT AFTER IT WAS ESTABLISHED THAT SHE HAD NO RIGHT TO LAND IN HONG KONG AND HAD TO BE REMOVED TO CHINA.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE CHILD WAS PHYSICALLY EXAMINED BY A VISITING MEDICAL OFFICER ON NOVEMBER 15 AND TREATED FOR AN UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION. SHE WAS SEEN AGAIN BY THE VISITING DOCTOR ON NOVEMBER 22 AND 29 AND TREATED FOR THE SAME AILMENT. LATER ON NOVEMBER 29 THE CHILD WAS FOUND TO HAVE DEVELOPED A FEVER AND WAS SENT TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL WHERE SHE DIED ON DECEMBER 2.

THE CORONER’S COURT FOUND THAT DEATH WAS DUE TO NATURAL CAUSES, F£ NOTED.

THE CHUK YUEN CHILDREN’S RECEPTION CENTRE, THE ONLY GOVERNMENT RECEPTION CENTRE FOR CHILDREN FROM BIRTH UP TO THE AGE OF EIGHT, AT PRESENT ACCOMMODATED 64 BABIES AND CHILDREN, NONE OF WHOM WAS DETAINED AWAITING REPATRIATION, WHILE 153 WERE STAYING IN THE OTHER THREE CENTRES WITH TWO AWAITING REPATRIATION.

EXPERIENCE THE REASON FOR SERVICE EXTENSION * * * * *

THE REASON WHY SOME DIRECTORATE

OFFICERS AGED OVER

55 ARE

THEIR EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS IN THOSE PARTICULAR POSTS, THE

GRANTED EXTENSION OF SERVICE IS THAT ARE STILL REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT . CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID IN THt LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN, SIR DAVID SAID OUT OF A TOTAL ESTABLISHMENT OF 1 070 DIRECTORATE GRADE POSTS, 98 DIRECTORATE OFFICERS WERE SERVIN^ BEYOND THE NORMAL RETIREMENT AGE OF 55.

HE SAID THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WHEREBY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS WOULD NORMALLY ONLY SERVE UNTIL 57 *AS ONLY APPLICABLE TO OVcRSeAo ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS, +THE PURPOSE BE I NG TO ENABLE MORE LOCAL OFFICERS TO BE GIVEN EXPERIENCE IN SeNIOR POSITIONS IN THt PeRIOD RUNNING UP TO 1997.♦

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AS REGARDS TRAINING FOR LOCAL OFFICERS, SIR DAVID SAID THE ADMINISTRATION WAS CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AND EXPAND THE GOVERNMENT’S TRAINING CAPABILITY IN THE COMING YEARo.

IN ORDER TO PREPARE MID-CAREER OFFICERS FOR WIDER MANAGERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES, GENERALLY AT THE DIRECTORATE LEVEL, A SENIOR STAFF COURSE, WHICH WAS A THREE-MONTH FULL-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1984, HE SAID.

+BY THE END OF 1989, OVER 400 OFFICERS WILL HAVE BENEFITTED FROM THIS COURSE,* HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT GOOD USE WAS ALSO MADE OF MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES RUN BY OVERSEAS INSTITUTIONS.

IN SELECTING OFFICERS FOR SUCH PROGRAMMES, PARTICULAR REGARD WAS GIVEN TO THE LONGER TERM COMPOSITION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE AND THE DIRECTORATE STAFFING NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED, FE SAID.

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SQUATTERS TO BE CLEARED FROM DANGEROUS SLOPES M H

ABOUT 50 000 SQUATTERS LIVING ON SLOPES CONSIDERED SUSCEPTIBLE TO LANDSLIPS ARE TO BE CLEARED BY 1990, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON POON CHI—FAI, MR CHAN SAID IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GIVE EXACT FIGURES ON THE NUMBER OF SQUATTERS AT RISK, BUT IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 50 000 PEOPLE LIVED ON THESE SLOPES IN SOME 10 000 STRUCTURES.

+MAJOR STABILISATION WORKS ON MOST OF THE SLOPES ARE PRECLUDED BY THE NEED TO CLEAR THE SQUATTERS BEFORE WORK CAN COMMENCE,* HE SAID. +SOME MINOR STABILISATION HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT AS PART OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT SCHEME.*

THE LONGER-TERM SOLUTION, MR CHAN POINTED OUT, WAS SQUATTER CLEARANCE AND THOSE LIVING ON THE MORE VULNERABLE SLOPES WOULD BE CLEARED BY 1990 UNDER THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S NON-DEVELOPMENT CLEARANCE PROGRAMME.

+UNTIL SUCH TIME AS ALL SQUATTERS ARE CLEARED FROM UNSAFE SLOPES, THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO RELY ON ITS LANDSLIP WARNING SYSTEM TO WARN SQUATTERS OF POSSIBLE LANDSLIPS,* HE ADDED.

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PROTECTION PROVIDED FOR INTERESTS OF INVESTORS *****

MEASURES TO SAFEGUARD INVESTORS’ INTERESTS AND TO MINIMISE CHANCES FOR MALPRACTICE ARE ALREADY ENSHRINED IN COMPANIES AND SECURITIES LEGISLATION AND THE RULES OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI, SIR JOHN SAID THAT THE PRIME CONCERN OF THE GOVERNMENT AND OF THE SECURITIES COMMISSION HAD ALWAYS BEEN TO PROTECT THE REASONABLE INTERESTS OF THE INVESTING PUBLIC.

SIR JOHN SAID DURING THE LAST FIVE YEARS, 20 LISTED COMPANIES HAD BEEN SUSPENDED AND REMAINED SUSPENDED, WHILE 26 COMPANIES’ LISTINGS HAD BEEN CANCELLED.

OF THE 26 COMPANIES SUSPENDED, HE ADDED, FIVE WERE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION- SIX WERE INVOLVED IN RECONSTRUCTION OR REORGANISATION, AND NINE HAD BEEN PUT IN LIQUIDATION OR HAD BECOME INSOLVENT. THESE FIGURES DID NOT INCLUDE THE NUMEROUS TEMPORARY SUSPENSIONS WHICH RESULTED FROM PENDING ANNOUNCEMENTS, TAKEOVER SITUATIONS ETC.

♦OF THE 26 LISTED COMPANIES WHOSE LISTINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED, SIX HAVE BEEN REACTIVATED THROUGH THE LISTING OF ANOTHER COMPANY, 15 HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED BY ANOTHER COMPANY THROUGH TAKEOVERS AND MERGERS AND FIVE HAVE BEEN WOUND UP,+ SIR JOHN SAID.

ON THE NUMBER OF SUSPENSIONS AND CANCELLATIONS THAT HAD ARISEN FROM POSSIBLE MALPRACTICES OF LISTED COMPANIES, SIR JOHN SAID THAT THESE SUSPENSIONS AND CANCELLATIONS HAD BEEN MADE AT THE REQUEST OF THE COMPANIES CONCERNED.

♦IT IS DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO SAY HOW MANY OF THESE SUSPENSIONS AND CANCELLED LISTINGS MIGHT HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO MALPRACTICES SINCE IT IS NOT EASY TO DEFINE MALPRACTICE AND THERE ARE DIFFERENT DEGREES OF MALPRACTICE.*

BESIDES THE PROTECTION PROVIDED BY LEGISLATION, SIR JOHN SAID, INVESTORS MUST ALSO EXERCISE COMMONSENSE AND GOOD JUDGEMENT. THOSE WHO INVEST MUST ACCEPT THE DISCIPLINE OF THE MARKET PLACE.

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STEPS TAKEN TO MINIMISE LRT DISRUPTION * * * * *

ALL CONSTRUCTION WORKS AND TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS ASSOCIATED WITH CONSTRUCTION OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM IN THE NORTH-WEST NEW TERRITORIES ARE BEING CO-ORDINATED TO MINIMISE TRAFFIC DISRUPTION AND INCONVENIENCE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE CO-ORDINATION IS BEING EFFECTED BY A WORKS CO-ORDINATION GROUP CHAIRED BY THE DEPUTY PROJECT MANAGER, TUEN MUN.

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH, MR MACPHERSON SAID THE LIGHT RAIL WAS DESIGNED AS AN ON-STREET SYSTEM RUNNING ALONG EXISTING ROADS, AND IT WAS UNAVOIDABLE THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK AND RELATED UTILITY DIVERSIONS SHOULD AFFECT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

+TRAFFIC ALONG THE TUEN MUN TO YUEN LONG CORRIDOR IS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTED BY LRT CONSTRUCTION WORKS AS THE LRT RESERVE IS MAINLY ALONGSIDE CASTLE PEAK ROAD,* HE SAID. +ACCESS TO ADJACENT PROPERTIES IS BEING MAINTAINED DURING CONSTRUCTION.*

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEMES HAD BEEN INTRODUCED TO TIE IN WITH LRT WORKS WITHIN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG TOWN CENTRES, MR MACPHERSON SAID. THESE INCLUDED RE-ROUTING OF TRAFFIC, ADJUSTMENTS TO TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNAL PHASING AND PROVISION OF TEMPORARY PEDESTRIAN FACILITIES.

+THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEES OF THE TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARDS ARE CONSULTED ON THE TRAFFIC DIVERSION PROPOSALS AND THEIR VIEWS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE SCHEME AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

+ADVANCE PUBLICITY IS ARRANGED TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THE CHANGES IN THE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS,* HE SAID.

MR MACPHERSON SAID TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS IN YUEN LONG TOWN CENTRE WERE DIFFICULT AS THE LRT RESERVE RAN ALONG THE CENTRE OF THE CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

+THE CURRENT PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION PERMITS TWO LANES WESTBOUND AND ONE LANE EASTBOUND. AS FROM NEXT WEEK, TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC IN EACH DIRECTION WILL BE PROVIDED AND THIS WILL EASE THE PROBLEM CONSIDERABLY.*

MR MACPHERSON REGRETTED THERE HAD BEEN A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC • ACCIDENTS ALONG THIS SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD SINCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME THERE.

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TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY, A NUMBER OF MEASURES WHICH SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED THE POSSIBILITY OF ACCIDENTS HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT. THESE INCLUDED TEMPORARY BARRIERS TO FENCE OFF THE WORKS AREAS AND TO PREVENT PEDESTRIANS FROM RANDOMLY CROSSING CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

TRAFFIC CONES AND TEMPORARY LIGHTING HAD BEEN SET UP TO PROVIDE A WARNING AND TO PHYSICALLY SEGREGATE THE TWO DIRECTIONS OF TRAFFIC FLOW, AND TEMPORARY REFUGE ISLANDS WERE BEING PROVIDED AT THREE SIGNAL-CONTROLLED CROSSINGS FOR PEDESTRIANS.

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TAXI VOUCHER SCHEME TO ASSIST DISABLED ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING A TAXI VOUCHER SCHEME AND A MAXI TAXI SCHEME TO IMPROVE TRANSPORT FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED, PARTICULARLY THE WHEELCHAIR DISABLED WHO CANNOT USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT EXCEPT TAXIS.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP ON TRANSPORT FACILITIES FOR THOSE DISABLED PERSONS WHO COULD NOT USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

MR HENDERSON SAID THE TAXI VOUCHER SCHEME PROPOSED THAT THE WHEELCHAIR DISABLED AND THOSE WITH WALKING DIFFICULTIES SO SEVERE THAT THEY COULD ONLY USE TAXIS WOULD BE ISSUED WITH TAXI VOUCHERS BY THE GOVERNMENT. THESE VOUCHERS WOULD BE TO THE VALUE OF $55 PER MONTH AND PERMIT THEM TO MAKE AN AVERAGE OF TWO JOURNEYS PER WEEK FOR SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

THE REHABILITATION DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE HAD AGREED LAST WEEK THAT A PILOT SCHEME SHOULD BE TRIED OUT AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOW EXAMINING DETAILS OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION, HE SAID.

THE 12-MONTH PILOT SCHEME WOULD BE ADMINISTERED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SOCIAL WELFARE AND MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENTS.

CONSIDERATION WAS ALSO BEING GIVEN TO INTRODUCTION OF A MAXI TAXI SCHEME USING SPECIAL TAXIS THAT COULD EASILY ACCOMMODATE A WHEELCHAIR, MR HENDERSON SAID.

THESE TAXIS WOULD GIVE PRIORITY TO THE WHEELCHAIR DISABLED PERHAPS AT CONCESSIONARY FARES AND WOULD SUPPLEMENT THE REHABUS SERVICE WHICH DISABLED PEOPLE NOW USED FOR GETTING TO WORK AS WELL AS BEING AVAILABLE FOR USE FOR SOCIAL PURPOSES.

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MR HENDERSON SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE OTHER SPECIAL TRANSPORT SERVICES SUBVEMTED BY IT INCLUDING THE REHABUS AND THOSE CENTRE-BASED VEHICLES AT REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS WHICH THE DISABLED ATTENDED FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING

OR EMPLOYMENT.

♦ TWO ADDITIONAL REHABUSES WILL BE COMING INTO OPERATION IN ADDITION TO OPERATING FIXED ROUTES, THE THE DISABLED FOR

LATER THIS YEAR.

REHABUS SERVICE IS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST BY

SPECIFIC JOURNEYS,* HE ADDED.

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11 276 DEMOLITION ORDERS ISSUED * * * * *

OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE HAS ISSUED 11 276 DEMOLITION ORDERS AGAINST ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND 6 068 OF THESE HAVE BEEN COMPLIED WITH.

THIS WAS STATED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN.

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY DR THE HON DANIEL TSE, MR CHAN SAID OF AROUND 5 000 DEMOLITION ORDERS NOT YET CARRIED OUT THE LONGEST OUTSTANDING ORDER WAS SERVED ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1978.

+THERE ARE ADMINISTRATION GUIDELINES FOR DEALING WITH DEMOLITION ORDERS AND, AS A STATUTORY REQUIREMENT, TIME LIMITS FOR THE REQUIRED DEMOLITION EXERCISE TO BE UNDERTAKEN ARE ALWAYS SPECIFIED IN SUCH ORDERS,* HE SAID.

+PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO CASES POSING OBVIOUS AND IMMEDIATE DANGER TO LIFE AND LIMB.*

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ADEQUATE TRAINING OF AFTERCARE STAFF URGED

* * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN URGED TO ENSURE THAT THE TRAINING AND STRENGTH OF AFTERCARE OFFICERS IN THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WOULD BE ADEQUATE TO PROVIDE THE NEEDED SUPERVISION AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR DRUG ADDICTS RELEASED FROM THE DEPARTMENTS TREATMENT CENTRES.

THE CALL WAS MADE BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE OF THE DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

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IN THE TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTS, HE POINTED OUT THE MOST CRUCIAL PHASE OF WORK WAS TO ASSIST THEM, AFTER THEIR RELEASE FROM TREATMENT CENTRES, TO ADAPT TO THE PRESSURE ARISING FROM LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY. HOLDING A JOB AND ASSOCIATING WITH FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.

DR HO NOTED THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT AMENDMENT PROPOSED IN THE BILL WAS TO SHORTEN THE MINIMUM PERIOD OF DETENTION IN ORDER TO MAXIMISE THE EFFECT OF AFTERCARE.

♦THE INTENTION IS TO REDUCE TO THE MINIMUM THE CHANCES OF RELAPSE AND IS BASED ON EXPERIENCE THAT IN MILD CASES THE SHORTER THE TIME SPENT INSIDE THE TREATMENT CENTRE THE LOWER THE CHANCES OF RELAPSE,* HE ELABORATED.

DR HO SAID THIS APPROACH WAS IN LINE WITH THE CURRENT REHABILITATION PRACTICE FOR DRUG ABUSERS AND WAS THEREFORE WORTHY OF SUPPORT.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THE SUCCESS OF AFTERCARE DEPENDED TO A LARGE EXTENT ON THE QUALITY OF SUPERVISION.

HE SAID THAT IF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WERE LEGISLATED, THERE WOULD BE AN ESTIMATED 1OO-ODD DETOXICATED DRUG ABUSERS RELEASED FOR SUPERVISION.

♦IF THERE ARE ANY SHORTFALLS IN MANPOWER, ADDITIONAL RESOURCES MUST BE ALLOCATED TO REMEDY THEM, OTHERWISE THE ENACTMENT OF THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL WILL BE A FRUITLESS EXERCISE,* HE STRESSED.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, THEN THANKED DR HO FOR HIS SUPPORT AND MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL’S AD HOC GROUP FOR SCRUTINISING THE BILL.

HE SAID THAT HE HAD LEARNED FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES THAT THERE MIGHT’BE AN INITIAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF DRUG ADDICTS RELEASED ON SUPERVISION AFTER THE BILL’S ENACTMENT, BUT IN THE LONG TERM IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THE INCREASE, IF ANY, SHOULD BE MINIMAL.

♦THE COMMISSIONER BELIEVES THAT HIS DEPARTMENT WILL BE QUITE CAPABLE OF MEETING ANY ADDITIONAL DEMAND ON STAFF RESOURCES SR IS I NG FROM THE ENACTMENT OF THIS BILL.

♦NEVERTHELESS DR HO’S SUPPORT FOR ALLOCATING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR THIS PURPOSE IS MUCH WELCOMED AND IF SUCH A NEED IS DEMONSTRATED IN THE FUTURE, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE’S APPROVAL WILL BE SOUGHT,* HE SAID.

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DEFAMATION (AMENDMENT) BILL WELCOMED ******

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, THE HON SELINA CHOW, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WELCOMED THE LEGISLATIVE CLARIFICATION PROVIDED FOR BY THE DEFAMATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986.

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MRS CHOW SAID THAT IN SPITE OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL’S EFFORTS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC BY EXPOSING THE FRAUDULENT PRACTICES OF UNETHICAL TRADERS, THE MEDIA WERE RELUCTANT TO REPORT THE NAMES OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE, FOR THEY WERE UNSURE WHETHER THE NAMED TRADERS MIGHT SUCCEED IN DEFAMATION ACTION AGAINST THEM FOR PUBLISHING THOSE NAMES.

♦THE AMENDMENT WILL EXTEND QUALIFIED PRIVILEGE TO FAIR AND ACCURATE NEWSPAPER, TELEVISION AND RADIO REPORTS OF FUTURE CONSUMER COUNCIL NOTICES,♦ SHE SAID.

MRS CHOW PRAISED THE ADMINISTRATION FOR ITS EXCEPTIONALLY SPEEDY WORK IN THE LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENT.

ALSO SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, THE HON HUI YIN-FAT CALLED ON GOVERNMENT TO TAKE EFFECTIVE STEPS TO ENSURE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 28 OF THE DEFAMATION ORDINANCE AND OF SECTION 16 OF THE CORRUPT AND ILLEGAL PRACTICES ORDINANCE RECEIVED SUFFICIENT PUBLICITY IN FUTURE ELECTIONS.

MR HUI POINTED OUT THAT CLAUSE 3 OF THE BILL EXTENDED SECTION 28 CF THE ORDINANCE TO PREVENT THE DEFENCE OF QUALIFIED PRIVILEGE BEING AFFORDED TO DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS MADE BY CANDIDATES IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

HE ADDED THAT SECTION 28 ALREADY COVERED URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS, AND IT WAS A TIMELY REMINDER OF THE NEED FOR FAIR PLAY TO CANDIDATES IN THE CONDUCT OF ELECTION CAMPAIGNS.

♦CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF AN OPPONENT’S ELECTION PLATFORM IS ONE THING- BUT UNFOUNDED PERSONAL ATTACKS UPON ONE’S OPPONENTS SHOULD HAVE NO PLACE IN ELECTIONS IN HONG KONG.+ HE STRESSED.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 1986

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40 PER CENT BOOST FOR KCR CAPACITY * * * *

THE CARRYING CAPACITY OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WILL BE INCREASED BY 40 PER CENT WHEN 25 ADDITIONAL SETS OF ELECTRIC MULTIPLE UNITS COME INTO OPERATION IN 1987-1988, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE ADDITIONAL ROLLING STOCK WAS REQUIRED TO MEET A RAPID INCREASE IN PASSENGER DEMAND, SIR JOHN SAID IN TABLING THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION’S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 1985.

NET PROFIT FOR THE YEAR WAS $55 MILLION COMPARED WITH A NET LOSS OF $65 MILLION THE PREVIOUS YEAR, THE REPORT SHOWED.

SIR JOHN NOTED THAT 1985 WAS A YEAR OF SIGNIFICANT GROWTH AND ACHIEVEMENT FOR THE CORPORATION!

- TOTAL DOMESTIC PASSENGER TRAFFIC HAD INCREASED BY 30 PER CENT OVER 1984 TO REACH A RECORD OF 101.8 MILLION PASSENGER TRIPS.

- CROSS BORDER TRAVEL THROUGH LO WU INCREASED BY 36 PER CENT TO 18 MILLION PASSENGER MOVEMENTS.

- FREIGHT CARRIED TO AND FROM CHINA IN TERMS OF WEIGHT INCREASED BY 114 PER CENT AND TWO PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

♦DESPITE THE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRAFFIC, THE PUNCTUALITY OF TRAINS WAS MAINTAINED AT A HIGH LEVEL, WITH 95 PER CENT OF ALL PASSENGER TRAINS ARRIVING AT THEIR DESTINATION ON TIME.+ HE SAID.

SIR JOHN SAID THE CORPORATION HAD ALSO TAKEN SEVERAL STEPS TO FURTHER DEVELOP RAILWAY FACILITIES.

♦THE CONTRACT FOR PHASE ONE OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT PROJECT WAS AWARDED IN AUGUST 1985. CONSULTANTS HAVE BEEN ENGAGED TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING TERMINAL FACILITIES ON THE HUNG HOM BAY RECLAMATION AND EXTENDING THE LRT TO THE URBAN AREA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE ACCOUNTS, SIR JOHN SAIDi *THE OPERATING PROFIT BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND INTEREST CHARGES WAS $237 MILLION, A REMARKABLE INCREASE OF 60 PER CENT OVER 1984.

♦AFTER DEPRECIATION AND INTEREST CHARGES, THE NET PROFIT wAS $55 MILLION, A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT OVER THE NET LOSS OF $65 MILLION RECORDED IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.*

TOTAL REVENUE AMOUNTED TO $604 MILLION AND TOTAL LIABILITIES AT YEAR-END WERE $233.4 MILLION.

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THE DEBT OUTSTANDING TO THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN REDUCED TO *500 million following the repayment of 3500 million in 1985, and SINCE THEN HAD BEEN REPAID IN FULL, SIR JOHN SAID.

IN CONCLUSION, HE SAID THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY HAD NOW CLEARLY ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS AN ESSENTIAIL PART OF HONG KONG’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED ITS ABILITY TO OPERATE THE RAILWAY EFFICIENTLY AND PROFITABLY.

HE CONGRATULATED THE BOARD, MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF THE CORPORATION ON THEIR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE.

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THREE BILLS PASSED * * *

THREE BILLS WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY). THEY ARE THE APPROPRIATION BILL 1986, THE DEFAMATION {AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND THE DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986.

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED TO MAY 14.

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LAND COMMISSION GROUP TO VISIT GUANGDONG * * * * *

THE BRITISH SIDE OF THE SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION, LED BY SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE MR JOHN TODD, WILL BE PAYING A THREE-DAY VISIT TO GUANGDONG PROVINCE AT THE INVITATION OF THE CHINESE SIDE.

THE PURPOSE OF THE VISIT, THE PROGRAMME FOR WHICH HAS BEEN ARRANGED BY THE CHINESE, IS t6 ENABLE BOTH SIDES TO CONTINUE THEIR DIALOGUE AND TO EXCHANGE VIEWS.

THE EIGHT-MEMBER GROUP WILL LEAVE TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AND WILL BE VISITING GUANGZHOU. FOSHAN, ZHONGSHAN AND ZHUHAI. THEY WILL BE RETURNING ON SATURDAY (MAY 10).

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SHIPPING, PORT, CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED *****

IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985, 3 387 SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY CF 20.3 MILLION NRT (NET REGISTERED TONNAGE) ARRIVED IN HONG KONG, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 384 IN NUMBER AND OF 14 PER CENT IN CAPACITY OVER THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1984.

THESE FIGURES ARE CONTAINED IN THE +HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS* REPORT PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO DISCHARGED IN HONG KONG FROM INCOMING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM SAMPLED MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT. WHEN ANALYSED BY SHIP TYPE, NOTABLE INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF CONTAINER VESSELS (♦228), CONVENTIONAL CARGO VESSELS (+104) AND DRY BULK CARRIERS (♦49), WHILE THE NUMBER OF OIL TANKERS DROPPED (-15).

INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR SHIPS REGISTERED IN CHINA (+166), PANAMA (+152), THE PH IL IPP INES - (+.28) AND TAIWAN (+18), BUT DECLINES WERE RECORDED FOR JAPANESE AND l IBERlAhl SHIPS (-36 AND -12 RESPECTIVELY). THE NUMBER OF SHIPS WITH CAPACITY UNDER 10 000 DWT INCREASED (+287).

IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985, THERE WERE 3 384 OUTGOING SHIPS, WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 20.5 MILLION NRT, AN INCREASE OF 398 IN NUMBER AND OF 16 PER CENT IN CAPACITY OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1984. THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO LOADED IN HONG KONG ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM SAMPLED MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) ROSE BY 17 PER CENT. ABOUT 65 PER CENT OF THE DEPARTING SHIPS STAYED IN HONG KONG FOR LESS THAN TWO DAYS.

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OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, 85 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS IMPORTS AND 15 PER CENT WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO. OF THE CARGO LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS, 55 PER CENT WAS EXPORTS (INCLUDING RE-EXPORTS) AND 45 PER CENT WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO.

THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF LOADING FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS IN TONNAGE TERMS WERE JAPAN (18 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (13 PER CENT). CHINA (12 PER CENT) AND THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA (10 PER CENT), WHILE THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF DISCHARGE FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS WERE THE U.S. (20 PER CENT), CHINA (16 PER CENT), TAIWAN (14 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (6 PER CENT).

TRANSHIPMENT CARGO WAS MAINLY LOADED IN CHINA (28 PER CENT) AND THE U.S. (23 PER CENT), AND WAS ALSO MAINLY DISCHARGED IN CHINA (26 PER CENT) AND THE U.S. (14 PER CENT).

COMPARING THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985 WITH THE SAME QUARTER IN 1984. INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR IMPORTS FROM CANADA (+93 PER CENT), THAILAND (+83 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA (+58 PER CENT), AND CHINA (+24 PER CENT), BUT A DECLINE WAS RECORDED FOR IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. (-22 PER CENT).

AS A WHOLE, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 13 PER CENT. AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, INCREASES IN CARGO TONNAGE WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORTS OF INORGANIC CHEMICALS (+82 PER CENT), LOG AND TIMBER (+71 PER CENT) AND COAL, COKE AND BRIQUETTES (+45 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS NOTED FOR THE IMPORTS OF PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (-22 PER CENT).

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE TONNAGE OF TOTAL SEABORNE EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS) INCREASED BY 14 PER CENT. INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS TO CHINA (+39 PER CENT), JAPAN (+38 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+29 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+23 PER CENT), BUT DECREASES WERE NOTED FOR EXPORTS TO INDONESIA (-16 PER CENT) AND SOUTH KOREA (-5 PER CENT).

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, INCREASES WERE NOTED FOR EXPORTS OF IRON AND STEEL (+128 PER CENT), VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (+55 PER CENT) AND CEMENT AND CEMENT CLINKER (+54 PER CENT). HOWEVER, THE EXPORTS OF TOYS DROPPED (-21 PER CENT).

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

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

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MORE DETAILS ON SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985 ARE CONTAINED IN THE *HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS* REPORT FOR OCTOBER TO DECEMBER 1985, WHICH IS ON SALE AT THE^SOVERHMEHT PUBLICATIONS CEHTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT 112 PER COPY.

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

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RESPECT HELPS BUILD A HAPPY FAMILY

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RESPECT AND JOY SHOULD BE BORNE IN MIND BY THE YOUNGER GENERATION IN RELATIONSHIPS WITH PARENTS, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS EVELYN DOE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION HELD BY THE WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB OF EASTERN DISTRICT, MRS DOE SAID THE TWO GENERATIONS MIGHT LEAD A HARMONIOUS FAMILY LIFE BY LIVING IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF MUTUAL RESPECT AND LOVE.

ALTHOUGH INDIVIDUALS MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN CLOSE INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN A RAPID CHANGING WORLD, MOTHER’S LOVE REMAINED CONSTANT AND UNCHANGED, SHE SAID.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, PROMOTED FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION EVERY YEAR SO AS TO AROUSE PUBLIC RECOGNITION OF ITS IMPORTANCE, MRS DOE NOTED.

THIS YEAR’S FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION THEME - +HONOUR YOUR PARENTS* AIMS AT INSTILLING IN THE YOUNGER GENERATION RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF PARENTS’ EFFORTS IN BRINGING THEM UP.

+IT IS HOPED THAT THE TWO GENERATIONS WOULD BETTER UNDERSTAND AND RESPECT EACH OTHER, ENHANCE BETTER COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF ONE’S ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES, THUS MAINTAINING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS,* SHE SAID.

MRS DOE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB OF EASTERN DISTRICT FOR ITS ACTIVE ROLE IN PROMOTING SOCIAL SERVICES AND VARIOUS TYPES OF SOCIAL WORK.

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DB TO DISCUSS MEDICAL SERVICES REPORT

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KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS THE REPORT ON THE DELIVERY OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN HOSPITALS, AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS CAUSED BY THE TO KWA WAN GAS WORKS.

A FIVE-YEAR URBAN COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKING PROGRAMME WILL BE TABLED AT THE MEETING TO SEEK MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON THE PRIORITY RATINGS ACCORDED TO VARIOUS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE BOARD’S 1986-87 BUDGET AND ALLOCATION OF FUNDS TO CARRY OUT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS.

A REVIEW OF THE USE OF NOTICE BOARDS FOR THE AREA COMMITTEES AND DISTRICT BOARD WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A PROPOSAL TO HOLD AN OPEN BOARD MEETING ONE EVENING TO PROMOTE THE CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN AND TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE BOARD, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND THE PUBLIC.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD OFFICE AT 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

THREE STORAGE SITES TO LET * * *

THREE SITES ARE BEING OFFERED FOR RENT ON SHORT TERM TENANCY BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

ONE, AT KAI FUK ROAD IN THE KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION, IS 3 025 SQUARE METRES IN AREA AND IS FOR STORING NON-DANGEROUS GOODS AND VEHICLES, AS WELL AS FOR THE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES. IT MAY ALSO BE USED AS A BUILDER’S YARD.

THE SECOND SITE, MEASURING 20 390 SQUARE METRES, AT SIU LAM IN TUEN MUN, IS FOR STORING GOODS, VEHICLES, CONTAINERS, AND CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS.

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TENANCIES FOR THESE TWO SITES ARE FOR TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE LAST SITE, AT FUK LO TSUEN, LA'J FAU SHAN, YUEN LONG, IS FOR USE AS A CAR PARK OR FOR THE STORAGE OF GOODS OR EQUIPMENT. IT HAS AN AREA OF 158 SQUARE METRES.

TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 23.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN WESTERN, CENTRAL

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE EFFECTIVE IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 10).

IN WESTERN, POK FU LAM ROAD SOUTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE MADE 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

THE 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY RESTRICTION ON POK FU LAM ROAD NORTHBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 78 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HILL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 45 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HILL ROAD FLYOVER, WILL BE EXTENDED TO OPERATE 24 HOURS DAILY.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONES, NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

IN CENTRAL, THE FOLLOWING TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK TO FACILITATE THE REPLACEMENT OF CONCRETE ROAD SLABS:

* VEHICLES EXCEEDING 5.5 TONNES GROSS ON WESTBOUND CONNAUGHT ROAD WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO GILMAN STREET.

AFFECTED VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WING WO STREET TO REJOIN DES VOEUX ROAD.

* THE EXISTING PEAK HOUR (7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM) URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WING WO STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD AND DES VOEUX ROAD WILL BE EXTENDED TO OPERATE 24 HOURS DAILY.

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAY FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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CASTLE PEAK ROAD TRAFFIC CHANGES

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD SATURDAY <MAY 10> TO FACILITATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION

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* I2L?B!!!LX“C0NSTRUCTED seCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN TSUNG PAK LOONG AND KAM TSIN WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC; AND

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YAU TONG WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU TONG WILL EE TURNED OFF FROM 9 PM ON SATURDAY (MAY 10) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE MA YAU TONG, PO LAM ROAD, MAU WU TSAI AND RENNIE’S MILL, INCLUDING HAVEN OF HOPE SANATORIUM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE KO.

PERMIT SYSTEM FOR VILLAGE VEHICLES PROPOSED.................. 1

CALL TO EMPLOY THE DISABLED ................................. 2

A YEAR OF CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS FOR POLICE.................... 4

HONG KONG ENERGY STATISTICS PUBLISHED........................ 5

YUEN LONG BUILDINGS IN DANGEROUS CONDIHCH ................... 6

AIRPORT RUNWAY IMPROVEMENT CONTRACT AWARDED ................. 7

MOTHERS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE................•....... 7 -

SCHEME TO TRAIN ACCOUNTING STAFF OFFERED ....................

CARNIVAL FUN FOR MOTHERS .................................... 9

COMHTTEE TO DISCUSS NOISE POLLUTION SOLUTION ................ 9

PRESENTATION OF GUITAR MASTERCLASS........................... 10

LOK FU GETS NEW POST OFFICE.................................. 11

TSING YI BRIDGE, ROAD CLOSURE................................ 11

THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1986

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PERMIT SYSTEM FOR VILLAGE VEHICLES PROPOSED

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THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CONTROL THE SAFETY AND NOISE ASPECTS OF VILLAGE VEHICLES THROUGH THE INTRODUCTION OF A PERMIT SYSTEM.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE PROPOSED PERMIT SYSTEM WAS AIMED AT BRINGING THESE MOTORISED CARTS WITHIN THE LAW AND ALLOWING THE OPERATION OF SUCH VEHICLES, WHICH IS ESSENTIAL IN SOME RURAL AREAS, TO CONTINUE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID VILLAGE VEHICLES WERE USED TO TRANSPORT AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE, BUILDING MATERIALS AND OTHER GOODS IN RURAL AND OTHER AREAS WHICH WERE INACCESSIBLE OR CLOSED TO ORDINARY VEHICLES.

♦ THEY CREATE A PARTICULAR RISK WHEN FULLY LOADED AND USED ON STEEP AND NARROW FOOTPATHS. OTHER DANGEROUS FEATURES INCLUDE THE LACK OF SUITABLE BRAKES AND HORNS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

BUT VILLAGE VEHICLES HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RURAL AREAS BY SERVING A USEFUL PURPOSE IN PROVIDING A CONVENIENT MEANS OF TRANSPORTING GOODS AND BUILDING MATERIALS IN AREAS WHERE THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE TO USE MANUAL LABOUR.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE USE OF VILLAGE VEHICLES WAS ILLEGAL BECAUSE THEY WERE UNREGISTERED, UNLICENSED AND UNINSURED. UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE THESE VEHICLES WERE +MOTOR VEHICLES* BEING USED ON +ROADS+ AND THEREFORE HAD TO BE REGISTERED AND LICENSED.

♦NEVERTHELESS, REGISTRATION AND LICENSING IS NOT POSSIBLE BECAUSE THESE VEHICLES CANNOT SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES) REGULATIONS.

♦AS THEY CANNOT BE LICENSED UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL NOT INSURE THEM,* HE SAID.

THE PROPOSED PERMIT SYSTEM IS SIMPLER THAN THE REGISTRATION AND LICENSING SYSTEM APPLICABLE TO OTHER TYPES OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

UNDER THE PROPOSED SYSTEM, VILLAGE VEHICLES WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO SUB-CATEGORIES: PEDESTRIAN-CONTROLLED TYPE AND DRIVEROPERATED TYPE. OWNERS OF THESE VEHICLES WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN PERMITS, EACH BEING VALID FOR A YEAR AND TO BE ISSUED OR RENEWED FOR A FEE OF $50.

♦OWNERS OF VILLAGE VEHICLES WILL BE GIVEN A GRACE PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PERMIT SYSTEM TO ADAPT THEIR VEHICLES TO SATISFY CERTAIN CONSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS, SUCH AS BRAKING SYSTEM, WARNING INSTRUMENT AND SILENCER.

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+ THEY ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO BE INSURED AGAINST THIRD PARTY RISKS, AND A PERMIT WILL NOT BE ISSUED WITHOUT AN INSURANCE POLICY VALID FOR THE PERIOD OF THE PERMIT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE PROPOSED PERMIT SYSTEM HAD BEEN SUPPORTED IN PRINCIPLE BY HEUNG YEE KUK.

+TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT SUB-COMMITTEES OF DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, INCLUDING THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, HAVE ALSO BEEN CONSULTED AND THEY ARE GENERALLY IN AGREEMENT WITH THE PROPOSALS, ALREADY ENDORSED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE,* HE SAID.

THE PROVISION FOR THE USE AND THE CONTROL OF VILLAGE VEHICLES BY REGULATIONS WILL BE CONTAINED IN THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 WHICH WILL BE GAZETTED ON MAY 16.

CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS WILL ALSO BE MADE TO EXTEND THE APPLICATION OF THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) ORDINANCE TO VILLAGE VEHICLES AND ENSURES THAT FIRST REGISTRATION TAX IS NOT LEVIED ON VILLAGE VEHICLES.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR FIRST READING ON MAY 28.

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CALL TO EMPLOY THE DISABLED

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THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR DARWIN CHEN, TODAY (THURSDAY) CALLED ON EMPLOYERS TO HELP RESETTLE DISABLED PERSONS INTO THE COMMUNITY BY OFFERING THEM JOBS.

ADDRESSING A ROTARY CLUB LUNCHEON MEETING, HE STRESSED, HOWEVER, THAT THE PROVISION OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THE DISABLED WAS NOT AN ACT OF CHARITY.

MR CHEN SAID THAT IN THE IDEAL EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP THAT THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD HELPED CREATE, NO CHARITY WAS EXPECTED AND NO CHARITY GIVEN.

♦ IN ALL OF THEM, EMPLOYERS’ CONFIDENCE IN THE WORKING ABILITY OF THE DISABLED AND THE FAIRNESS WHICH THEY GIVE TO THE DISABLED AND THE NON-DISABLED ALIKE HAVE BEEN RECIPROCATED WITH LOYALTY AND GOOD PERFORMANCE FROM DISABLED WORKERS,* HE SAID.

♦THIS IS THE MESSAGE I HOPE YOU WILL REMEMBERi HELPING TO PLACE THE DISABLED IN EMPLOYMENT IS NOT A CHARITY BUT IS AN ACT OF GOOD FELLOWSHIP AND A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS OUR COMMUNITY.*

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NOTING THAT MANY EMPLOYERS HAD GENERALLY BEEN UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT DISABLED PERSONS WERE ONLY CAPABLE OF DOING MENIAL JOBS, MR CHEN SAID THIS WAS SIMPLY MOT TRUE.

HE SAID THE ADVANCES IN RECENT YEARS IN THE VARIOUS REHABILITATION DISCIPLINES HAD HELPED TO WIDEN THE RANGE OF OCCUPATIONS WHICH DISABLED PERSONS WERE CAPABLE OF TAKING UP.

TECHNICAL AIDS HAD BEEN DEVELOPED TO HELP DISABLED PERSONS DO PARTICULAR JOBS. AND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL TECHNIQUES, COUPLED WITH A PARALLEL DEVELOPMENT IN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, SURGICAL METHODS, PROSTHETIC EQUIPMENT, VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING OR RETRAINING, HAD ALSO ENHANCED SUBSTANTIALLY THE EMPLOYABILITY OF THE DISABLED.

IN FACT, MR CHEN POINTED OUT, THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE HAD BROUGHT MANY SATISFIED EMPLOYERS AND DISABLED EMPLOYEES TOGETHER OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

+MANY EMPLOYERS HAVE BEEN TAKING ON DISABLED EMPLOYEES REGULARLY THROUGH THE SERVICE AFTER A SUCCESSFUL FIRST PLACEMENT.

♦THESE EMPLOYERS ARE HAPPY BECAUSE THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DISABLED WORKERS IS OFTEN ON A PAR WITH THEIR ABLE-BODIED EMPLOYEES.+

MR CHEN APPEALED TO THOSE EMPLOYERS WHO STILL HAD LITTLE UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORKING CAPACITY OF DISABLED PERSONS TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND ON THEIR WORKING ABILITY.

♦DO NOT JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, BUT LET A PLACEMENT OFFICER CF THE SERVICE ARRANGE FOR YOU A VISIT TO A FACTORY OR OFFICE IN WHICH DISABLED PERSONS ARE EMPLOYED, AND YOU CAN SEE FOR YOURSELF,* HE SAID.

ON THE WORK OF THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT SERVICE, MR CHEN SAID IT PROVIDED A FREE EMPLOYMENT PLACEMENT SERVICE TO PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED OR MENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS WHO WISHED TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT IN THE OPEN LABOUR MARKET.

IT ALSO SERVED EMPLOYERS WHO WISHED TO EMPLOY WORKERS WHO WERE CAPABLE ALTHOUGH DISABLED.

BUT, HE SAID, THE PLACEMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS INTO EMPLOYMENT WAS NOT DONE IN A HAPHAZARD MANNER.

PLACEMENT OFFICERS ASSISTING HANDICAPPED CLIENTS OFTEN HAD TO ASSESS RESIDUAL ABILITIES, EDUCATIONAL OR TRAINING BACKGROUND, WORK EXPERIENCES, APTITUDES AND ASPIRATIONS.

THEY WOULD THEN BE GIVEN BRIEFINGS ON THE PREVALENT LABOUR MARKET CONDITIONS AND VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE AS WELL AS MOCK INTERVIEWS TO PREPARE THEM FOR OPEN EMPLOYMENT.

TO PROVIDE PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT, THE PLACEMENT OFFICER WOULD ALSO ACCOMPANY THE JOB-SEEKER TO THE INTERVIEW.

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ONCE A CANDIDATE WAS PLACED IN EMPLOYMENT, MR CHEN THE OFFICER WOULD CONDUCT A FOLLOW-UP SERVICE FOR AT LEAS' MONTHS TO ENSURE THAT HE OR SHE WAS SETTLING DOWN WELL IN THE JOB.

+ALTHOUGH SOME EMPLOYERS MAY REGARD THE VISIT AS A NUISANCE, THE MAJORITY AGREE THAT IT CAN BE VERY USEFUL TO THEM BECAUSE THEY MAY BE DEALING WITH EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITY FOR THE FIRST TIME,+ HE SAID.

AFTER ALL, MR CHEN ADDED, +HELPING THE DISABLED PERSON TO FIND THE RIGHT JOB IS WHAT THE ’SELECTIVITY’ OF THE^ SERVJCE IS ABOUT.*

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A YEAR OF CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS FOR POLICE * * *

WANTED CRIMINALS IN HONG KONG STAND A NEARLY 50 PER CENT CHANCE OF BEING CAUGHT.

THIS IS REVEALED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON ANN ING, IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE REVIEW OF 1985, RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE COMMISSIONER SAID THE CROSS-THE-BOARD CRIME DETECTION RATE OF 45.8 PER CENT FOR LAST YEAR WAS A COMMENDABLE ACHIEVEMENT.

’’OVERALL, 1985 WAS A YEAR OF CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE,” SAID MR ANNING, NOTING THAT IT WAS PARTICULARLY GRATIFYING TO SEE A DECREASE IN THE CRIMINAL USE OF FIREARMS AND A REDUCTION IN VIOLENT CRIME — A PHENOMENON WHICH FEW LARGE CITIES IN THE WORLD COULD BOAST.

HE SAID THE SMALL INCREASE IN TOTAL CRIME FOR THE YEAR WAS DUE, IN PART, TO INCREASING CASES OF SHOPLIFTING AND BURGLARY — THE LATTER BEING A PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT OFFENCE TO DETECT AND ONE IN WHICH PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN CURE.

”1 HOPE THAT WE WILL ENLIST THE CO-OPERATION OF EVEN MORE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY TO REDUCE THESE STATISTICS DRAMATICALLY IN THE COMING YEAR,” SAID THE COMMISSIONER.

ANTI-NARCOTICS OPERATIONS HAD BEEN MAINTAINED AT A HIGH LEVEL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, RESULTING IN THE SEIZURE OF 467 KILOGRAMS OF OPIATE DRUGS AND THE PROSECUTION OF OVER 4,500 PEOPLE FOR SERIOUS NARCOTICS OFFENCES -- A RISE OF 33 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

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"DESPITE ANOTHER ABUNDANT HARVEST IN THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE AND THE CONSEQUENT READY AVAILABILITY OF DRUGS FROM THIS SOURCE, THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTl-NARCOTICS AGENCIES ARE MAINTAINING AN EFFECTIVE BARRIER AGAINST SMUGGLING DANGEROUS DRUGS INTO THE TERRITORY," HE SAID.

"THIS THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO, AIDED BY STRONG INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION.’’

ON THE TRAFFIC FRONT, A WELCOME DOWNWARD TREND IN BOTH TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND CASUALTIES, WHICH BEGAN IN MID-1982 AND WAS MAINTAINED DURING 1985, SAW THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS DROP BY 1.4 PER CENT TO SLIGHTLY UNDER 15,000, AND CASUALTIES DECREASE BY 2.1 PER CENT TO ABOUT 19,700.

"WHILST IT IS HEARTENING TO SEE THESE REDUCTIONS," SAID THE COMMISSIONER, "THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE AND ROAD ACCIDENT STATISTICS ARE ALWAYS TOO HIGH IN THE ENORMITY THAT THEY REPRESENT AS WELL AS THE MAKE ON POLICE MANPOWER AND PUBLIC

OF HUMAN MISERY AND SUFFERING UNRELENTING DEMANDS THAT THEY FUNDS.’’

ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THERE HAD BEEN INTENSE INTEREST AND CONSIDERABLE PUBLICITY DURING THE YEAR OVER THE WORK BEING CARRIED OUT TO DESIGN A SCHEME TO INCREASE LOCALISATION IN THE FORCE, NR ANN I NG SAID HE WAS SATISFIED THAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE A SYSTEM WHICH WILL ACHIEVE A VIABLE AND EFFICIENT POLICE FORCE CONTINUING UP TO 1997 AND BEYOND.

"MORALE IS OFTEN INDICATED BY THE AMOUNT OF WORK BEING DONE AND I CAN REPORT THAT EVERYONE IN THE FORCE IS WORKING HARD, THE RESULTS ARE GOOD — ARRESTS AND THE DETECTION RATE ARE UP. CERTAINLY, THERE IS A GOOD SPIRIT ABROAD IN THE FORCE," SAID NR ANNING.

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HONG KONG ENERGY STATISTICS PUBLISHED ******

A STATISTICAL REPORT, +HONG KONG ENERGY STATISTICS 1975-1985+ HAS BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ENERGY SUPPLIES TO THE HONG KONG ECONOMY AND IN RESPONSE TO THE INTEREST EXPRESSED WITHIN GOVERNMENT AND BY THE PUBLIC.

THE REPORT PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ON DIFFERENT FORMS OF ENERGY, INCLUDING OIL PRODUCTS, ELECTRICITY AND GAS, AS WELL AS COAL AND CHARCOAL.

LIST PRICES. STORAGE CAPACITY. TANK STOCK. IMPORT. RE-EXPORT AND QUANTITY OF SALES BY TYPE OF USER FOR VARIOUS OIL PRODUCTS ARE PRESENTED.

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FOR ELECTRICITY AND GAS, THE REPORT SHOWS THEIR TARIFF CHARGES, GENERATING CAPACITY. PRODUCTION AS WELL AS CONSUMPTION BY TYPE OF USER. FIGURES ON IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS OF COAL AND CHARCOAL ARE ALSO PRESENTED.

ANNUAL DATA FOR THE YEARS 1975 TO 1985 ARE SHOWN FOR MOST OF THE STATISTICS MENTIONED. IN ADDITION, QUARTERLY FIGURES FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SOME OF THE ITEMS.

THE REPORT INCLUDES FRESH INFORMATION NOT PUBLISHED ELSEWHERE AS WELL AS ENERGY STATISTICS AVAILABLE FROM OTHER PUBLICATIONS, SUCH AS FUEL IMPORTS FROM +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS*.

THE MATERIALS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT ARE USEFUL FOR STUDYING AND ANALYSING HONG KONG’S ENERGY SUPPLIES.

THE REPORT IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER AT 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, AT 18.50 A COPY.

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YUEN LONG BUILDINGS IN DANGEROUS CONDITION ******

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY (THURSDAY) DECLARED THREE BUILDINGS AT 16A, 18A AND 20A CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN YUEN LONG TOWN TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THESE BUILDINGS, EACH OF TWO STOREYS, WERE MAINLY CONSTRUCTED WITH LOAD-BEARING BRICK WALLS AND TIMBER FLOORS AND ROOFS.

RECENT INSPECTIONS HAVE FOUND THE LOAD-BEARING BRICK WALLS FRACTURED IN MANY PLACES. THERE WERE ALSO SIGNIFICANT FRACTURES OF THE FRONT MAIN ROOF BEAM.

ADDITIONALLY AN EXISTING CRACK IN THE WALL NEAR THE TOP CF THE COMMON ACCESS STEPS HAD WIDENED INDICATING UNEVEN SETTLEMENT OF THE BUILDINGS.

THE AGE, THE OVERALL POOR CONDITION OF THESE BUILDINGS AND THE RECENT MOVEMENT OF THE WALL HAD LED TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE WAS A RISK OF COLLAPSE. IT WAS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THESE THREE BUILDINGS.

ACCORDINGLY, NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON JUNE 5, 1986 VERE POSTED TODAY.

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THURSDAY, MAY 8, 1986

AIRPORT RUNWAY IMPROVEMENT CONTRACT AWARDED * * * *

THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $72.7 MILLION CONTRACT TO GAMMON (HONG KONG) LIMITED TO IMPROVE THE RUNWAY AND TAXIWAYS AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

THE CONTRACT, SIGNED TODAY (THURSDAY) AT THE DEPARTMENT’S "-----------CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, WILL TAKE 22 MONTHS

OFFICES IN EMPIRE TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT

THE PROJECT, INTENDED TO IMPROVE OPERATIONAL SAFETY AT THE AIRPORT, INCLUDES RECONSTRUCTION OF THE KOWLOON CITY END OF THE RUNWAY, PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL PAVEMENT DOWN EITHER SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND RESURFACING OF THE RUNWAY AND MAIN TAXIWAYS.

LIGHTING AND SIGNALLING INSTALLATIONS WILL ALSO BE IMPROVED.

MOST OF THE WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT NIGHT TO KEEP DISRUPTION AT THE AIRPORT TO A MINIMUM, BUT NOISE LEVELS WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED AND KEPT AS LOW AS POSSIBLE.

THE PROJECT HAS BEEN DESIGNED, AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED, BY STAFF OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND AIRPORT DIVISION CF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE.

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MOTHERS PRAISED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE * O » * M

MODERN WOMEN PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT PART IN COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES, BESIDES BEING WIVES AND MOTHERS, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS EVELYN DOE, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION HELD BY THE WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB OF WESTERN DISTRICT, MRS DOE PAID TRIBUTE TO THOSE MOTHERS WHO HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THESE SERVICES.

SUCH MOTHERS, SHE SAID, WOULD AT THE SAME TIME MAINTAIN A HARMONIOUS FAMILY LIFE AND BRING UP AND EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN SO THAT THEY TOO MIGHT BECOME WORTHY MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.

ALL MOTHERS WOULD BE PROUD TO BE HONOURED BY SOCIETY, BUT THEIR GREATEST ENCOURAGEMENT WOULD COME FROM APPRECIATION AND APPRAISAL FROM WITHIN THEIR OWN FAMILIES, SHE ADDED.

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MRS DOE NOTED THAT THIS YEAR'S FAM ILY LIFE EDUCATION JHEME, ■♦HONOUR YOUR PARENTS*, AIMED AT INSTILLING IN THE YOUNGER GENERATION RECOGNITION AND APPRECIATION OF PARENTS’ EFFORT IN RAISING THEM.

♦ IT IS HOPED THAT CONCERN AND RESPECT AS WELL AS UNDERSTAND ING AND SUPPORT BETWEEN THE TWO GENERATIONS WOULD ENHANCE A BETTER FAMILY LIFE AND UNTOWARD INCIDENTS WOULD BE PREVENTED,♦ SHE SAID.

MRS DOE THANKED THE WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB FOR ITS EFFORTS IN CONTRIBUTING TO SERVICES IN CARING FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE CHILDREN AND IN EDUCATION.

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SCHEME TO TRAIN ACCOUNTING STAFF OFFERED * * * * *

THE ACCOUNTANCY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAIN ING COUNCIL IS INVITING EMPLOYERS TO JOIN AN ACCOUNTANCY TRAINEESHIP SCHEME BY OFFERING THREE-YEAR ON-THE-JOB TRAINING TO YOUNG PEOPLE SEEKING A CAREER IN THE PROFESSION.

TRAINEES RECRUITMENT EXERCISE FOR THE SCHEME THIS YEAR HAS EEGUN AND THE BOARD IS READY TO HELP EMPLOYERS WHO WISH TO SET UP ORGANISED TRAINING SCHEMES AND TO FIND RECRUITS FOR THEIR ACCOUNTING TEAMS, A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID.

EMULATING THE APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME FOR INDUSTRY. THE ACCOUNTANCY SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO TRAIN MID-LEVEL ACCOUNTING STAFF FOR ALL ECONOMIC SECTORS IN HONG KONG.

MORE THAN 120 YOUNG PEOPLE WITH FORM 5 EDUCATION HAVE BEEN ENROLLED IN THE SCHEME SINCE IMPLEMENTATION IN 1904, AND 50 PER CENT OF THEM WILL BE ENTERING THEIR THIRD AND FINAL YEAR OF TRAINING THIS SEPTEMBER, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF EMPLOYERS, TRAINEES ARE SENT TO ATTEND RELATED THEORETICAL CLASSES ON A PART-TIME DAY RELEASE BASIS FOR TWO YEARS AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

CURRICULUM OF THE COURSES IS GEARED TO PREPARE TRAINEES FOR THE LEVEL II EXAMINATION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN.

EMPLOYERS INTERESTED IN THE SCHEME SHOULD CONTACT THE SECRETARY OF THE BOARD FOR MORE DETAILS ON 5-8932341 EXT 259.

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CARNIVAL FUN FOR MOTHERS * * *

A +MOTHERS’ DAY CARNIVAL* ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI/MONG KOK DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WILL BE HELD AT THE NEw WORLD PLAZA IN TSIM SHA TSUI BETWEEN 11.30 AM AND 5 PM ON SUNDAY (MAY 11).

THE FUNCTION IS PART OF THIS YEAR’S FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES A STAGE PERFORMANCE, LIVE RECORDINGS, FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION EXHIBITION, VIDEO SHOW AND QUIZ. CHILDREN MAY ALSO DRAW THEIR OWN MOTHERS’ DAY CARD AND RECORD A MESSAGE TO THEIR MOTHER ON A GIFT TAPE.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE MR ALEXANDER FUNG, REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WEST KOWLOON)I MR WONG KING-TONG, CHAIRMAN OF YAU MA TEI/MONG KOK DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION; MR YIP WAH, CHAIRMAN OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD; MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, CHAIRMAN OF MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS NOISE POLLUTION SOLUTION X X X X

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE wILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO CONSIDER MEASURES TO REDUCE THE NOISE NUISANCE CAUSED BY SURFACE WATER DRAINAGE NEAR BLOCK 9 OF PAK TIN ESTATE.

THE PROPOSALS, FOR WORKS RANGING FROM $8 000 TO AS MUCH AS $160 000, WERE DRAWN UP FOLLOWING A SITE VISIT ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE, FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN FEBRUARY. DURING THE VISIT NOISE READINGS WERE MADE BY EXPERTS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT.

SUBJECT TO THE COMMITTEE’S AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE, THE DEPARTMENT AND THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE WILL WORK OUT DETAILS ON IMPLEMENTATION AND ALSO A MORE REALISTIC ESTIMATION OF COSTS FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS MINOR REPAIRS TO THE SHAM SHUI PO CLOCK TOWER. THE TOWER WAS BUILT IN 1983 WITH BOARD FUNDS AND PRIVATE DONATIONS. IT IS NOW REGARDED AS A LANDMARK.

/recently, the

THDBSMY, MAY 8, 1986

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RECENTLY, THE NEON LIGHTS ILLUMINATING THE CLOCK FACES FAILED AND VANDALS HAVE ALSO CAUSED SOME DAMAGE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT IN BUTTERFLY VALLEY NEW VILLAGE AND KIM SHIN LANE, ERECTION OF GUARD RAILS AT NAM CHEONG STREET, STREET LIGHTS IN SQUATTER AREAS, REFUSE DUMPING NEAR SHAM SHU I PO MTR STATION, AND RENT INCREASES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND WILL START AT 2.15 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD, 39 TONKIN STREET, THIRD FLOOR, KOWLOON.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING.

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PRESENTATION OF GUITAR MASTERCLASS

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THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH WILL PRESENT A GUITAR MASTERCLASS BY RENOWNED GUITARIST GERALD GARCIA ON MAY 15 AT THE MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE.

HE HAS PERFORMED REGULARLY IN BRITAIN AND EUROPE AND IN HONG KONG WHERE HE HAS CONDUCTED A NUMBER OF MASTERCLASSES AND LECTURE DEMONSTRATION CONCERTS.

UNDER HIS DIRECTION, FOUR TO FIVE GUITAR STUDENTS WILL PLAY POPULAR PIECES BEFORE THE AUDIENCE.

ADMISSION IS FREE. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 3-7149255.

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LOK FU GETS NEW POST OFFICE ******

A NEW POST OFFICE IN SHOP F3 ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE WILL BE OPENED AT 9 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 12) TO REPLACE THE EXISTING LOK FU POST OFFICE AT 176-8 JUNCTION ROAD.

THE NEW POST OFFICE WILL OPERATE IN LARGER ACCOMMODATION WITH IMPROVED COUNTER FACILITIES, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

IT WILL PROVIDE THE NORMAL RANGE OF COUNTER SERVICES BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY AND 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER REMAINS THE SAME 3-376192, THE SPOKESMAN SAU».

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TSI NG Yl BRIDGE, ROAD CLOSURE ******

THE TSING Yl BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON SUNDAY (MAY 11) FOR ROUTINE MONITORING OF THE STRUCTURE.

THE BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 12.30 AM TO 2.30 AM, 6.30 AM TO 7.30 AM AND 3 PM TO 4 PM.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE BRIDGE WILL BE OPENED AT FIVE-MINUTE INTERVALS TO GENERAL TRAFFIC AND IMMEDIATELY TO EMERGENCY SERVICE VEHICLES.

FROM 12.01 AM TO 6 AM ON THE SAME DAY, TUNG CHAU STREET IN MONG KOK BETWEEN WALNUT STREET AND MAPLE STREET *‘^1. BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG TUNG CHAU STREET HEADING FOR TAI KOK TSUI ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WALNUT STREET AND FUK TSUN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO SPREAD FREE TR..DE MESSAGE ....................... 1

LOCAL VALIDATION BODY TO BE ESTABLISHED ...................... 2

SIR EDWARD OPENS LABORATORY SERVICES BUILDING ................ 3

CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS ..................... 4

MEMBERS OF POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE NAMED ................. 6

PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR TEACHERS RE-OPENS MONDAY ............... 7

FIIM CENSORSHIP FEES RAISED .................................. 8

NEW FIREMEN REMINDED OF MAIN TASK ............................ 9

ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT FOR NORTH DISTRICT .................. 10

SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR NOTICES TO EXPORTERS REVISED ........... 11

NEW ID CARDS FOR WOMEN BORN 1926 - 1930 ....................• 11

CAUSEWAY BAY, NORTH POINT OUTLINE ZONING PLANS CHANGED ....... 12

EXHIBITION ON COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN TAI PO ............... 13

CENTRaL TRAFFIC C-LaLGES BEGIN MONDAY ........................ 14

SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET TO BE WIDENED ....................... 15

CENTRAL, SHAU KEI WAN TRAFFIC CHANGES  ....................... 16

FLYOVER AND ROAD CLOSED FOR REPaIR ........................... 16

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 1986

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GOVERNOR TO SPREAD FREE TRADE MESSAGE

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF FREE TRADE DURING HIS TRIP TO THE UNITED STATES IN JULY.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS TODAY (FRIDAY) AFTER OPENING THE HONG KONG STANDARDS AND TESTING CENTRE AT THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, HE SAID PROTECTIONISM ALWAYS WORRIED HIM.

+ IF PROTECTIONISM SPREADS, IT WOULD AFFECT NOT ONLY HONG KONG, BUT THE REST OF THE WORLD. THE WORLD OUGHT TO WANT FREER AND UNFETTERED TRADE, AND SO ANYTHING THAT GOES IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION WE SPEAK AGAINST AS WELL AS WE CAN.*

WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE DAYA BAY CONSULTANCY REPORT, SIR EDWARD POINTED OUT THAT THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID QUITE CLEARLY WHEN HE SPOKE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE ONE WAY TO ALLAY PEOPLE’S FEARS WAS TO BE AS OPEN AS POSSIBLE ON THESE ISSUES, ♦AND THAT’S CERTAINLY WHAT WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND DO.+

+ WE HAVEN’T GOT THE REPORT YET, WE DON’T KNOW IN WHAT FORM IT’S GOING TO COME. BUT IF THERE’S SECRECY THEN PEOPLE GET ANXIOUS AND THAT’S WHY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SPOKE AS HE DID THE OTHER DAY.+

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE DID NOT EXPECT TO MEET THE PRIME MINISTER DURING HIS TRIP TO LONDON NEXT WEEK.

+THIS IS ONE OF THE REGULAR VISITS WHERE I SHALL BE TALKING MAINLY TO THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE.

+ BUT I WILL BE SEEING MINISTERS, INCLUDING MR RENTON AND THE SECRETARY OF STATE THERE, AND THEN I SHALL ALSO GO ACROSS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE TO TALK TO SOME SENIOR OFFICIALS ABOUT THE PROSPECTS FOR TRADE, AND PARTICULARLY THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT NEGOTIATIONS.+

ASKED WHETHER HIS TRIP HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE PARLI AMENTART DEBATE ON THE NATIONALITY ISSUE, SIR EDWARD DESCRIBED THE TIMING AS A COINCIDENCE.

♦I FIXED THE TIME OF MY VISIT BEFORE THEY ANNOUNCED THE DATE OF THE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE, SO THAT REALLY IS A COINCIDENCE.

BUT I WILL OF COURSE BE TAKING AN INTEREST WHILE I AM THERE IN THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE DEBATE.*

ON HIS MEETINGS WITH MEMBERS OF THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS AND DISTRICT BOARDS, THE GOVERNOR SAID THERE WAL NOTHING VERY NEW ABOUT THESE MEETINGS.

+ | MEET THEM ALL QUITE REGULARLY AS YOU KNOW. I VlS.T THE DISTRICTS AND THEN I MEET THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS. BUT I HAVEN’T BEEN TO SEE THE URBAN COUNCIL AS A BODY FOR A WHILE,* SIR EDWARD SAID.

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+S0 I HAD DINNER WITH THEM THE OTHER EVENING AND I AM GOING TO HAVE A TALK TO THEM. BUT THE OBJECT OF THE EXERCISE IN JUST TO ALLOW THEM TO TELL ME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY WANT TO TELL ME ABOUT AND TO DISCUSS ANY PROBLEMS OF COMMON INTEREST.*

ASKED WHETHER HE WOULD TALK TO URBAN COUNCILLORS ABOUT THE POLITICAL SYSTEM IN HONG KONG, THE GOVERNOR SAID HE WOULD DO A LOT OF LISTENING, + AND IF THEY’VE GOT VIEWS TO EXPRESS ON THAT I SHALL BE VERY INTERESTED TO HEAR THEM.*

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, SIR EDWARD SAID HE HAD NO COMMENT TO MAKE ON THE +CHINA AIRLINES INCIDENT.*

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LOCAL VALIDATION BODY TO BE ESTABLISHED

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE FORMATION OF A PLANNING COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC AWARDS TO CONSIDER IN DETAIL HOW FULL LOCAL VALIDATION OF DEGREES AWARDED BY NON-UNI VERSITY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG MIGHT BEST BE ARRANGED AND MANAGED.

IT IS ALSO ACCEPTED IN PRINCIPLE THAT THERE SHOULD BE A HONG KONG COUNCIL FOR ACADEMIC AWARDS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT DEGREE COURSE PROPOSALS FROM THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC (HKP) ARE FORWARDED TO THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE (UPGC) WHICH DETERMINES WHETHER THE UNITED KINGDOM COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARDS (CNAA) SHOULD BE ASKED TO ASSESS THE PROPOSALS.

+IF THE ASSESSMENT IS FAVOURABLE AND IF THE UPGC DECIDES TO SUPPORT A PARTICULAR DEGREE COURSE PROPOSAL, THE GOVERNMENT WILL SUBMIT THE PROPOSAL TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR ADVICE.

+DEGREE COURSE PROPOSALS APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAVE TO BE RE-VALIDATED AFTER SIX YEARS,* HE SAID.

BESIDES THE TWO EXISTING UNIVERSITIES AND THE HKP, THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG AND THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE ARE EXPECTED TO OFFER DEGREE COURSES IN THE 1986-67 ACADEMIC YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF DEGREE COURSE PROPOSALS FROM NON-UNI VERS ITY HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS REQUIRING VALIDATION AND THE SUBSEQUENT DEMAND FOR RE-VALIDATION WOULD INCREASE SIGNIFICANTLY.

IT WOULD THEREFORE BE DIFFICULT TO ASK THE CNAA, AN OVERSEAS BODY, TO DEVOTE A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF ITS RESOURCES SOLELY TO THE VALIDATION AND REVALIDATION OF DEGREE COURSES IN HONG KONGl BUT A LOCAL VALIDATION BODY ESTABLISHED FOR THE PURPOSE CAN BE CALLED UPON, AS OF RIGHT, TO DO THE JOB.

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♦ THIS WOULD NOT ONLY ENSURE THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF DEGREE rniJRSFS WOULD NOT BE HINDERED BY A SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES FOR VALIDATION BUT ALSO CONTRIBUTE TOwARDS ACHIEVING SELF-SUFFICIENCY OF OUR HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE ON ACADEMIC AWARDS WILL COMPRISE LOCAL AS WELL AS OVERSEAS ACADEMICS AND LOCAL LAY MEMBERS. THE COMMITTEE WILL REPORT ITS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT WITHIN NINE MONTHS OF ITS ESTABLISHMENT.

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SIR EDWARD OPENS LABORATORY SERVICES BUILDING ******

THE PROVISION OF A LABORATORY SERVICES BUILDING BY THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES IS EVIDENCE OF THE FEDERATION’S RECOGNITION OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSTANTLY IMPROVING THE QUALITY CF HONG KONG’S PRODUCTS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE BUILDI NG AJ TA I PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, SIR EDWARD SAID ITS CONSTRUCTION WAS TESTWNY TO THE FEDERATION’S DETERMINATION TO IMPROVE HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL AND TRADING PERFORMANCE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IF HONG KONG PRODUCTS WERE TO GAIN THE REQUIRED LEVEL OF INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION, LOCAL SERVICES HAD TO BE AVAILABLE TO ENSURE THAT PRODUCTION PROCESSES MET INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED STANDARDS.

TO THIS END, HE ADDED, THE GOVERNMENT’S STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY PROVIDED A VALUABLE SERVICE.

♦THE LABORATORY HOLDS PRIMARY PHYSICAL STANDARDS OF hEASUREMENT AND PROVIDES CALIBRATION FOR PRECISION MEASURING EQUIPMENT IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS FIELD,+ SIR EDWARD SAID.

IN ADDITION, INDIVIDUAL MANUFACTURERS COULD USE THE LABORATORY FACILITIES TO TEST AND CERTIFY THE QUALITY OF THEIR OWN MATERIALS, COMPONENTS AND PRODUCTS TO BE ACCREDITED UNDER THE HONG KONG LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME. AND THEREBY ACQUIRE RECOGNITION THAT THEY WERE UP TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.

+ONCE THE STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY AND THE HONG KONG LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME HAVE BECOME FIRMLY ESTABLISHED AND THEIR SERVICES ACCEPTED BY MANUFACTURERS, WE CAN EXPECT SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS IN THE PROMOTION OF QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HONG KONG, WITH BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE REPUTATION OF OUR PRODUCTS OVERSEAS.+

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SIR EDWARD SAID THAT HE WAS PLEASED J^AT THE HONG KONG STANDARDS AND TESTING CENTRE’S LABORATORIES HOUSED N THE BUILDING, WERE AMONG THOSE TO BE ASSESSED FOR ACCREDITATION THIS YEAR.

HE SAID THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN I960, HAD CONSISTENTLY WORKED FOR THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF THE INTERESTS OF THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

THE GOVERNOR PRAISED THE FEDERATION’S EFFORTS TO HELP THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY TO BECOME ONE OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR SUCCESS STORIES.

HE ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO MR H.C. TANG, HONORARY PRESIDENT rr THE FEDERATION FOR HIS GENEROUS DONATION TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING AND FOR HIS DEDICATED SUPPORT FOR THE FEDERATION OVER MANY YEARS.

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CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS *****

APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED TO ENSURE THAT GOOD QUALITY TEXTBOOKS WRITTEN IN CHINESE FOR VARIOUS SUBJECTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET.

THE COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR SZETO WAH, IS COMPOSED OF THE FOLLOWING:

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS

* MR CHAN TING-LAP (SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHER)

* MR CHAN WING-CHIU (DEPUTY SECRETARY, HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY)

* MR DAVID CHEUNG CH I-KONG (MEMBER OF BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL)

* DR KENNETH HO PUI-HUNG (SENIOR LECTURER OF CHINESE DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG)

* DR KWAN SIK-HUNG (PRINCIPAL LECTURER OF APPLIED SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC)

* DR PHILIP LAI KONG-HOU (MEMBER OF TEXTILE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING BOARD AND INDUSTRIALIST)

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* MR PETER LEE SHUNG-TAK (MEMBER OF EDUCATION COMMISSION AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD, CO-ORDINATOR OF CARITAS VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND EDUCATION SERVICE)

* DR VICTOR MOK HOI (SENIOR LECTURER OF ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG)

r MR TONG PO-KWAI (SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL)

* DR BENJAMIN K.Y. TSOU (HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG)

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

* ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS), MR WONG SIK-WAH

* ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR SO FA I-CHO

SECRETARY

PRINCIPAL CURRICULUM PLANNI NG.OFF ICER (SECONDARY), MRS KONG LI CHI-HO

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE COMMITTEE ARE:

(A) TO IDENTIFY THE DEMAND FOR CHINESE TEXTBOOKS, INCLUDING TEXTBOOKS FOR THE TEACHING OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE, IN THE LIGHT OF THE POLICY TO ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS TO USE CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION: AND

(B) TO ENSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF A VARIETY OF GOOD SECONDARY SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS WRITTEN IN CHINESE, IN DIFFERENT SUBJECTS AT DIFFERENT LEVELS, ON THE MARKET FOR USE BY THE 1989-90 SCHOOL YEAR TO MEET THE NEEDS OF SCHOOLS.

THE COMMITTEE WILL BE SERVICED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND IS EXPECTED TO HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH.

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MEMBERS OF POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE NAMED

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ANNOUNCED THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE RECENTLY APPOINTED POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE WHICH HAS TAKEN OVER THE WORK FORMERLY UNDERTAKEN BY THE UMELCO POLICE GROUP.

THIS COMMITTEE, APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, IS AN INDEPENDENT MON-STATUTORY BODY COMPRISING A CHAIRMAN AND TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN, DRAWN FROM UMELCO, AND EIGHT MEMBERS, DRAWN FROM UNOFFICIAL JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE WILL ATTEND MEETINGS OF THE COMMITTEE AND PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE.

THE MEMBERSHIP IS AS FOLLOWS:

CHAIRMAN

MR CHEN SHOU-LUM

FIRST VICE-CHAIRMAN

DR HO KAM-FAI

SECOND VICE-CHAIRMAN

MRS RITA FAN

MEMBERS -

MR CHAN SIU-KAM

MR WILFRED CHAN SIU-YUEN

MR CHIU CHUN-BONG

MR HO CHUN-TUNG

DR RONALD LEUNG DING-BONG

PROFESSOR MA CHUNG HO-KEI

DR RAYMOND MOK WAH-CHAAN

MR PETER PUN YEN-SHOU

MEMBERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED UP TO DECEMBER 31, 1987.

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE COMMITTEE ARE:

* TO MONITOR AND, WHERE IT CONSIDERS APPROPRIATE, TO REVIEW THE HANDLING BY THE POLICE OF COMPLAINTS BY THE PUBLIC:

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* TO KEEP UNDER REV IE* STATISTICS OF THE TYPES OF CONDUCT BY POLICE OFFICERS WHICH LEAD TO COMPLAINTS BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC?

* TO IDENTIFY ANY FAULTS IN POLICE PROCEDURES WHICH LEAD OR MIGHT LEAD TO COMPLAINTS? AND

* WHERE AND WHEN IT CONSIDERS APPROPRIATE, TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE OR, IF NECESSARY, TO THE GOVERNOR.

A POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE SECRETARIAT HAS BEEN FUNCTIONING SINCE JANUARY THIS YEAR TO SERVICE THE COMMITTEE AND TO ASSIST ITS MONITORING ROLE.

THIS SECRETARIAT OPERATES AS A SEPARATE GOVERNMENT AGENCY, WITH A SECRETARY, MR WILLIAM YAP. MR YAP IS ASSISTED BY MR T.W. CHIU, DEPUTY SECRETARY, AND MR DAVIS HUI, SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL.

THE SECRETARIAT IS LOCATED ON THE 16TH FLOOR OF MELBOURNE PLAZA, 33 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

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PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR TEACHERS RE-OPENS MONDAY

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THE PLACEMENT SERVICE UNIT OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL RE-OPEN ON MONDAY (MAY 12) FOR THE ANNUAL EXERCISE OF ASSISTING REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO OBTAIN NEW TEACHING POSTS.

THE UNIT WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED IN 1975 TO ASSIST TEACHERS IN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO SEEK ALTERNATIVE JOBS AS A RESULT OF THE DROP IN POPULATION OF PRIMARY SCHOOL AGE AS WELL AS MOVEMENT OF POPULATION FROM THE URBAN AREA TO NEW TOWNS.

THE UNIT HAS HELPED MORE THAN 4 OOO TEACHERS IN SECURING ALTERNATIVE POSTS OVER THE YEARS.

+OUR 100 PER CENT SUCCESS RATE IS DUE TO THE CO-OPERATION OF SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES FOR WHICH THE DEPARTMENT IS MOST GRATEFUL,+ SAID MRS CORINA WONG, SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER, WHO EEADS THIS YEAR’S PLACEMENT SERVICE UNIT.

STAFFED BY FOUR OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S SCHOOL DIVISION THE UNIT IS LOCATED IN ROOM 611, SIXTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD.

REDUNDANT TEACHERS ARE REQUESTED TO REGISTER WITH THE UNIT BETWEEN MAY 23 AND 30.

/THE SCHEDULE .......

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THE SCHEDULE OF REGISTRATION IS AS FOLLOWS:

VAY 23 FOR TEACHERS ON_HONG KONG ISLAND

MAY 26 FOR TEACHERS IN KOWLOON

(EXCEPT KWUN TONG AND WONG TAI SIN)

MAY 27 FOR TEACHERS IN KWUN TONG, KOWLOON

MAY 28 FOR TEACHERS IN WONG TAI SIN, KOWLOON

MAY 29 FOR TEACHERS IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG, N.T.

MAY 30 FOR TEACHERS IN OTHER AREAS IN N.T.

(EXCEPT TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG)

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT 3-853058, 3-850824, 3-853442 OR 3-850448 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

MRS WONG REMINDED TEACHERS WHO WILL BE INFORMED BY LETTERS OF THEIR REDUNDANCY UNDER THE AGREED PRINCIPLE OF +LAST IN, FIRST OUT+ TO REGISTER WITH THE UNIT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SCHEDULE.

ONCE REGISTERED WITH THE UNIT, ALL WILL BE HELPED TO ALTERNATIVE TEACHING POST IN AN AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL THIS

FIND AN SEPTEMBER.

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FILM CENSORSHIP FEES RAISED * * * *

FEES PAYABLE FOR FILMS SUBMITTED FOR CENSORSHIP HAVE BEEN REVISED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT TO HELP RECOVER THE RISING ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF THE SERVICE.

UNDER THE FILM CENSORSHIP (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1986 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY), CHARGES PER 10 METRES OF 35 MILLIMETRE FILM SHOWN FOR CENSORSHIP OR REVIEW BY THE BOARD OF REVIEW ARE INCREASED FROM $5.5 TO $9 WHILE CHARGES FOR THE SAME LENGTH OF 16 OR 8 MILLIMETRE FILM RISE FROM $11 TO $18.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY (THE COMMISSIONER OF WHICH IS THE FILM CENSORSHIP AUTHORITY) SAID THAT THERE WERE PROVISIONS UNDER THE REGULATIONS FOR FILM CLUBS OR CULTURAL AND NON-PROFIT MAKING UNDERTAKINGS TO SEEK EXEMPTION FROM CENSORSHIP FEES.

+IN PRACTICE, FILMS PRESENTED DURING FILM FESTIVALS AND BY BONA FIDE FILM CLUBS ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE PAYMENT OF CENSORSHIP FEES,+ HE SAID.

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THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE FEES WERE LAST REVISED IN DECEMBER 1980 AND NO LONGER REFLECTED THE COSTS INVOLVED.

HE EXPLAINED FURTHER THAT THE REVISION IN 1980 ONLY TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE SALARY COSTS OF OFFICERS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN FILM CENSORSHIP, BUT NOT THE ASSOCIATED ADMINISTRATIVE OVERHEADS.

+AN UP-TO-DATE COSTING OF FILM CENSORSHIP HAS SHOWN THAT THE FEES WOULD NEED TO BE INCREASED BY 118 PER CENT IF THE FULL COSTS WERE TO BE RECOVERED AT LATE 1985 PRICES,* HE SAID.

AFTER CONSULTATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRADE AND IN VIEW OF THE LIKELY FINANCIAL HARDSHIP WHICH WOULD BE CAUSED TO SMALLER OPERATORS, THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL DECIDED THAT THE RECOVERY OF FULL COSTS SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED OVER A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS.

TO ALLOW FOR MINIMAL FEE INCREASES ON A REGULAR BASIS, A SECOND STAGE OF INCREASES WOULD BE CONSIDERED IN EARLY 1987 WHEN THE ACTUAL COSTS WOULD AGAIN BE ASSESSED, HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE AUTHORITY HAD TAKEN MEASURES TO MINIMISE COSTS AND TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY THROUGH CENSOR REDEPLOYMENT.

NEW FIREMEN REMINDED OF MAIN TASK * * * *

A GROUP OF NEWLY-GRADUATED FIREMEN WERE TOLD TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THEIR MAIN TASK WAS TO HELP THE NEEDY IN DISTRESS RATHER THAN MAKE THEMSELVES POPULAR IN THE PUBLIC EYE.

ADDRESSING THE GRADUATES AT A PASSING-OUT CEREMONY AT THE FIRE SERVICES PAT HEUNG TRAINING SCHOOL, THE DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, MR WOO KWAN-KUEN, SAID THEY SHOULD NOT FORGET THAT AS A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG FIRE SERVICES, THEY HAD A DUTY TO FULFIL.

+IT IS UP TO YOU TO UTILISE THE SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE ACQUIRED FROM TRAINING TO SATISFY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO TURN TO YOU IN TIME OF NEED AND DISTRESS AND BRING THEM RELIEF.*

MR WOO THEN REVIEWED A PARADE OF 19 GRADUATES AND ABOUT 100 NEW RECRUITS UNDER TRAINING AND PRESENTED THE BEST RECRUIT AWARD TO MR CHAN KWOK-HUNG.

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ENCOURAGING DEVELOPMENT FOR NORTH DISTRICT * * * * *

NORTH DISTRICT HAS GREAT POTENTIAL IN INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING DURING HIS VISIT TO THE LUEN WO AND SHEK WUI HUI CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, MR CHEUNG SAID THAT WITH THE ELECTRIFICATION CF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND THE OPERATION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD, TRAVELLING TIME BETWEEN THE URBAN AREA AND THE DISTRICT HAD BEEN GREATLY REDUCED.

+NORTH DISTRICT IS NO LONGER A REMOTE AREA IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,+ HE SAID.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SHENZHEN SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE AND IMPROVEMENTS TO CROSS-BORDER TRAFFIC LINKS WOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT, HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, BORDER-CROSSING POINTS ARE PROVIDED AT LO WU FOR RAIL PASSENGERS, AND AT MAN KAM TO AND SHA TAU KOK FOR VEHICULAR TRAFFIC. A NEW PASSENGER TERMINAL WOULD BE COMPLETED AT LO WU STATION EARLY NEXT YEAR.

MR CHEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS TAKING AN ACTIVE ROLE IMPROVING THE BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE OF ON LOK TSUEN WHERE MANUFACTURERS COULD SET UP FACTORIES AND PROVIDE MORE JOB OPPORTUNITIES.

THUS, IN THE LONG TERM, THE ECONOMIC PROSPECT OF NORTH DISTRICT WAS ONE THAT WE COULD LOOK UPON WITH GREAT OPTIMISM, HE ADDED.

DURING THE VISIT, MR CHEUNG EXCHANGED VIEWS WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LUEN WO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MR TAM SHIU-KWONG, AND THE SHEK WU HUI CHAMBER CHAIRMAN, MR CHEUNG KUEN.

HE ALSO PAID A VISIT TO THE FUNG YING SIN KOON, A FAMOUS TAOIST TEMPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

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SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR NOTICES TO EXPORTERS REVISED X * * * *

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT SUBSCRIPTION FEES FOR NOTICES TO EXPORTERS WILL BE INCREASED FROM JUNE 1.

EXISTING SUBSCRIPTION FEES, WHICH HAVE REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE JANUARY 1980, WILL BE RAISED FROM $35 TO $100 A YEAR FOR EACH OF SERIES 1, 2 AND 3? AND FROM $10 TO $40 A YEAR FOR EACH CF SERIES 1A, 2A AND 3A.

SERIES 1 2 AND 3 CONTAIN INFORMATION ON THE CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS FOR, AND ANY MODIFICATION TO, THE TEXTILES EXPORT CONTROL SYSTEM.

SERIES 1A, 2A AND 3A REPORT MONTHLY ON QUOTA UTILISATION IN INDIVIDUAL RESTRAINT MARKETS, IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING LISTS OF QUOTA-HOLDERS AND THEIR HOLDINGS.

NEW OR RENEWED SUBSCRIPTIONS TAKING EFFECT ON OR AFTER JUNE 1 WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE REVISED RATES. SUBSCRIPTIONS ALREADY PAID FOR AT EXISTING RATES WILL CONTINUE AT SUCH RATES UNTIL THEY EXPIRE.

HOWEVER, THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE ITS EXISTING PRACTICE CF MAKING AVAILABLE, FREE OF CHARGE, COPIES OF NOTICES TO TRADE AND INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CALLING IN PERSON AT THE DEPARTMENT.

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NEW ID CARDS FOR WOMEN BORN 1926 - 1930

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT WOMEN BORN IN 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929 AND 1930 WILL HAVE TO APPLY FOR NEW I.D. CARDS FROM MAY 19 TO JUNE 28.

DURING THE SIX-WEEK PERIOD, APPLICANTS CAN BRING ALONG THEIR OLD CARDS AND CALL AT ANY OF THE EIGHT ISSUE OFFICES WHICH ARE OPEN DAILY FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM, EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE ADDRESSES OF THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE:

HONG KONG : BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI

EAST KOWLOON : AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

WEST KOWLOON : CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

/TSUEN WAN

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TSUEN WAN : EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET.

SHA TIN : SHA TIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 2-16 WANG POK

STREET.

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

TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN.

SHEUNG SHU I : TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HU I.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS ALL APPLICANTS IN THE COMING PHASE ARE IN THEIR LATE FIFTIES, SOME MIGHT BE IN POOR HEALTH, AND IT COULD CAUSE THEM A GREAT DEAL OF HARDSHIP AND INCONVENIENCE TO GO TO THE ISSUE OFFICES.

HE REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT UNDER THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS REGULATIONS, PERSONS WHO ARE AGED, BLIND OR INFIRM* AND WHO CAN SATISFY THE COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION THAT THEIR PERSONAL ATTENDANCE FOR REGISTRATION WOULD INJURE THEIR HEALTH, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REGISTER OR APPLY FOR THE ISSUE OF AN IDENTITY CARD.

+IN SUCH CASES, THEY MAY APPLY IN WRITING FOR A CERTIFICATE CF EXEMPTION TO BE ISSUED TO THEM,* HE SAID.

FOR INFORMATION ON HOw TO APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SHOULD TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT’S INFORMATION OFFICE ON 3-7333111.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED APPLICANTS TO ASCERTAIN THEIR YEARS OF BIRTH BEFORE MAKING THEIR VISITS TO AN ISSUE OFFICE.

+IF IN DOUBT, THEY ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG THEIR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS SUCH AS PASSPORTS OR CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY,* HE SAID.

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CAUSEWAY BAY, NORTH POINT OUTLINE ZONING PLANS CHANGED *****

THE BOUNDARIES OF VICTORIA PARK AND THE NEARBY TYPHOON SHELTER ARE TO BE DELETED FROM THE CAUSEWAY BAY OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AND WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE NORTH POINT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID TODAY (FR IDAY).

OTHER AMENDMENTS WERE ALSO NECESSARY TO ALLOW PLANNED DEVELOPMENTS IN NORTH POINT TO PROCEED, HE ADDED.

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THEY INCLUDE THE EXTENSION OF wHARF ROAD AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF HUNG HING ROAD FLYOVER AND A BUS TERMINUS AT THE JUNCTION OF LAI TAK TSUEN AND YEE KING ROADS.

OTHER PLANNED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTS INCLUDE A PARK ALONG TAI HANG ROAD TO THE EAST OF HONG KONG STADIUM AND A SECONDARY SCHOOL AT BRAEMAR HILL ROAD.

DUE TO POOR VEHICULAR ACCESS, HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA AROUND FUK KWAN ROAD AND COMFORT TERRACE HAVE BEEN IMPOSED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE AMENDED PLANS MAY BE INSPECTED AT:

* EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, 880-886 KING’S ROAD, GROUND FLOOR;

* WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, GROUND FLOOR;

* PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE; AND

* TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

OBJECTIONS TO THE AMENDMENTS MUST BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BY MAY 29.

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EXHIBITION ON COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN TAI PO * * * * *

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION ON COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN TAI PO TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT NOON.

THE EXHIBITION, TO BE HELD AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE IN TSIM SHA TSUI IS AIMED AT PROMOTING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTR ICT.

IT IS ORGANISED BY THE PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE CF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND SPONSORED BY THE BOARD.

DIVIDED INTO TWO STAGES, THE EXHIBITION WILL FIRST BE HELD IN THE NEW WORLD CENTRE FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO MAY 12, THEN MOVE TO THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE FROM MAY 17 TO MAY 19.

/INFORMATION ON

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INFORMATION ON THE DISTRICT'S GROWTH INCLUDING DEVELOPMENT POPULATION, AGE GROUPS, AVAILABILITY OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PREMISES WILL BE PRESENTED THROUGH DISPLAY BOARDS AND A 15-MINUTE

VIDEO-FILM.

A PAMPHLET * INVEST IN TA I PO*, PREPARED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE, WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO

VISITORS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION ON COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN TAI PO AT THE FLYOVER CF THE NEW WORLD CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT NOON TOMORROW.

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CENTRAL TRAFFIC CHANGES BEGIN MONDAY * * * *

A SCHEME TO IMPROVE BOTH VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC IN THE QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AREA IS TO BE IMPLEMENTED SHORTLY.

+A MAJOR ELEMENT OF THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IS THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 12), THE EXISTING THROUGH MOVEMENT FROM WYNDHAM STREET TO PEDDER STREET WILL BE BANNED. THE MEASURE IS TO SIMPLIFY THE OPERATION OF TRAFFIC SIGNALS AT THE JUNCTION CF WYNDHAM STREET WITH QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND PEDDER STREET IN ORDER TO PROVIDE GREATER TRAFFIC THROUGHPUT,* A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

+TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LOWER ALBERT ROAD, ICE HOUSE STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL. AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE DIVERSION, GLENEALY AND A SHORT SECTION OF LOWER ALBERT ROAD BETWEEN GLENEALY AND ICE HOUSE STREET HAVE ALREADY BEEN RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY DOWNHILL AND ONE-WAY EASTBOUND RESPECTIVELY,* HE CONTINUED.

GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 1, 2, 3, 3A, 8 AND 9 ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE WYNDHAM STREET TO PEDDER STREET THROUGH TRAFFIC BAN AND WILL BE DIVERTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ABOVE ROUTE ING.

ALSO ON MAY 12, NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS WILL BE COMMISSIONED AT THE JUNCTIONS OF ICE HOUSE STREET WITH QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

BY JUNE, NEW TRAFFIC SIGNALS WILL COME INTO OPERATION AT THE JUNCTION OF GLENEALY WITH WYNDHAM STREET AND LOWER ALBERT ROAD. THIS WILL IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES THERE.

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MOREOVER, A NEW PEDESTRIAN CROSSING WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE JUNCTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL WITH D’AGUILAR STREET WHEN THE TRAFFIC SIGNAL THERE COMES INTO OPERATION NEXT MONTH.

♦THE NEw OR IMPROVED FACILITIES AT THE VARIOUS JUNCTIONS WILL PROVIDE A SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR PEDESTRIANS,* THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

+EVENTUALLY, TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN THE AREA WILL BE IMPROVED WITH PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY UNDER CONTROL AND TRAFFIC SIGNAL^ LINKtD UP ON QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN PEDDER STREET AND D’AGUILAR STREET, AND ON ICE HOUSE STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IN JUNE, URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED NEAR THE JUNCTIONS OF QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL WITH PEDDER STREET, WYNDHAM STREET AND D’AGUILAR STREET TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO WATCH OUT FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION DATES CF THE TRAFFIC MEASURES, WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

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SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET TO BE WIDENED

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THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE IS TO WIDEN SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST BETWEEN KAM WA STREET AND MIU TUNG STREET.

THE DRAINAGE SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE REPLACED TO ALLEVIATE PERSISTENT FLOODING ON THAT SECTION OF THE STREET.

THE PLANS, AIMED AT COPING WITH PRESENT AND FUTURE TRAFFIC REQUIREMENTS, CALL FOR THE CARRIAGEWAY TO BE WIDENED TO 7.3 METRlo WITH A 2.45-METRE FOOTPATH ON EITHER SIDE. THE ROAD LEVEL WILL BE RAISED BY AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT 0.7 METRE.

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

THE PROJECT WILL ENTAIL REMOVAL OR REPOSITIONING OF UTILITIES SUCH AS GAS MAINS, ELECTRICITY AND TELEPHONE CABLES. NOTICES REGARDING THE REPOSITIONING wILL BE PUBLISHED IN SUBSEQUENT ISSUES CF THE GAZETTE.

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CENTRAL, SHAU KEI WAN TRAFFIC CHANGES *****

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 12), POTTINGER STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL TO A POINT ABOUT 29 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE MADE A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE DAILY FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, NO PUBLIC LIGHT BUS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS.

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY, HOI FOO STREET AT ITS JUNCTION WITH SHAU KEI WAN ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO HOI FOO STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SUN SHING STREET AND SAI WAN HO STREET.

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FLYOVER AND ROAD CLOSED FOR REPAIR

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THE FLYOVER AT CHOI HUNG INTERCHANGE LEADING FROM KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND TO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 8 PM AND 5.30 AM FROM MONDAY (MAY 12) TO MAY 19 TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORKS.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ALONG KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND FOR CHOI HUNG ESTATE OR CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD SHOULD USE THE FLYOVER CONNECTING CONCORDE ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY.

ALSO FROM MONDAY, THE SLIP ROAD LEADING OFF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI PO ROAD (SHA TIN HEIGHTS SECTION) NEAR 5-1/2 MILESTONE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS.

THE CAR PARKING AREA ON TAI PO ROAD ADJACENT TO TAI PO ROAD LOOKOUT WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTMENT IN TAI PO................... 1

CALL TO KEEP UP COMMUNITY SPIRIT ............................... 2

REHABILITATION CAMPAIGN GETS UNDERWAY........................... 3

PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN AUSTRALIA.................... 3

CIVIC EDUCATION FUN DAY IN CENTRAL ...........................   4

SIR PATRICK WRIGHT DUE ON MONDAY..............................   5

BEAUTY CONTESTANTS VISIT ROAD SAFETY TOWN ...................... 6

VOLUNTEERS TO HOLD ANNUAL PaRADE................................ 6

600 ATTEND SEMINAR ON SECONDARY EDUCATION ...................... 7

READY TO COMBAT OIL POLLUTION .................................. 8

CHANCE FOR CHILDREN TO SHOW ARTISTIC- SKILL..................... 8

SPORTS DAY FOR KWUN TONG WORKERS................................ 9

TELEMETRIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HOSPITAL ........................ 10

ROAD CLOSED FOR FOOTBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION ....................... 11

TSIM SHA TSUI WATER CUT

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BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTMENT IN TAI PO ******

IMPROVEMENTS TO TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT AS WELL AS TO OTHE COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN AND AROUND TAI PO HAVE MADE THE ISTRICT A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE AND ALSO CREATED OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE +EXHI BITION ON COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN TAI P0+ HELD AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE, DR HAYES SAID: +WITH THE MOST MODERN AND EFFICIENT ROAD AND RAIL NETWORKS IN HONG KONG, TAI PO IS WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF URBAN KOWLOON AS WELL AS OTHER AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+THE ENVIRONMENTAL, AMENITY, EDUCATION, MEDICAL SERVICE AND CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES HAVE DEVELOPED SATISFACTORILY IN TAI PO WHICH IS NOW AN IDEAL HOME FOR EVERYONE.*

+CONTINUOUS COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND INFLOW OF OUTSIDE INVESTMENT WILL HELP THE PEOPLE TO BUILD A MORE PROSPEROUS COMMUNITY.*

THE EXHIBITION, AIMED AT PROMOTING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN TAI PO, IS SPONSORED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND ORGANISED BY THE BOARD’S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE.

IT PROVIDES INFORMATION AND FIGURES ON POPULATION, AGE GROUPS, AND AVAILABILITY OF COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PREMISES IN THE DISTR ICT.

IT ALSO GIVES TAI PO RESIDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR OWN COMMUNITY AND HELPS INVESTORS TO ANALYSE THE SITUATION WHEN PLANNING INVESTMENT STRATEGY.

THE EXHIBITION WILL RUN AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE UNTIL MONDAY, AFTER WHICH IT WILL MOVE TO THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE AT HEUNG SZE WUI STREET FOR THREE DAYS STARTING FROM MAY 17.

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CALL TO KEEP UP COMMUNITY SPIRIT

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THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, W KEVIN MAK, THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING CALLED ON MEMBERS OF THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY TO KEEP UP THEIR CO-OPERATIVE SPIRIT AND TOGETHER BUILD AN EVEN BETTER FUTURE FOR THE DISTRICT.

MR MAK, WHO HAD BEEN KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER UNTIL MID-APRIL, WAS SPEAKING AT A +KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CELEBRATION DINNER* ORGANISED TO FAREWELL HIM AND TO WELCOME THE NEW DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN.

LOOKING BACK ON HIS THREE YEARS IN KWUN TONG, MR MAK SAID l£ WAS MOST IMPRESSED BY THE CO-OPERATION AND COHESIVENESS OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

+WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THIS CIVIC SPIRIT HAS BECOME EVEN STRONGER, WITHOUT WHICH MANY ACHIEVEMENTS WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE,* HE SAID.

HIS SUCCESSOR, MR CHAN, SAID: +STEPPING INTO THE SECOND HALF OF THE 198O’S, KWufi TONG IS ALREADY SET FOR A NEW METAMORPHOSIS, AS MANY MAJOR PROJECTS ARE IN THE PIPELINE.*

+THE CO-OPERATION AND SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY IS AN IMPORTANT CATALYST TO THIS METAMORPHOSIS,* HE ADDED.

CITING THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING PROJECT AS MOST SIGNIFICANT, MR CHAN SAID IT WOULD NOT ONLY AFFECT THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PATTERNS OF KWUN TONG AND THE WHOLE TERRITORY, BUT GIVE NEW IMPETUS TO LOCAL DEVELOPMENT.

HE SAID THE COMPANY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TUNNEL PROJECT HAD BEEN INVITED TO PROVIDE DATA FOR THE EAST KOWLOON TRAFFIC STUDY, SO THAT A MORE ACCURATE ASSESSMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE DISTRICT’S TRAFFIC DEVELOPMENTS UP TO 1996 COULD BE ARRIVED AT.

+THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH IS ALSO SEEKING COMMENTS FROM DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED TO REVIEW THE DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR CHA KWO LING, WHICH WILL BE THE TUNNEL’S LANDING POINT IN KOWLOON,* HE SAID.

WITH VARIOUS HOUSING PROJECTS IN HAND SUCH AS TSUI PING ROAD ESTATE, LAM TIN AND JORDAN VALLEY NORTH, PLUS OTHER DEVELOPMENTS, KWON TONG WAS READY TO MEET AN EXCITING FUTURE, W CHAN ADDED.

MORE THAN 700 GUESTS ATTENDED THE DINNER.

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REHABILITATION CAMPAIGN GETS UNDERWAY * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT’S REHABILITATION CAMPAIGN FOR THE DISABLED THIS YEAR a/ILL BEGIN WITH AN OUTDOOR PROGRAMME AT THE URBAN COUNCIL CENTENARY GARDEN, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE PROGRAMME, RUNNING FROM 2.30 PM TO 5 PM, WILL INCLUDE A MASS DRAWING EXERCISE FOR THE +PEN-FRIEND+ OPERATION HELD IN CONNECTION WITH EXPO ’86, INVOLVING 400 ABLE-BODIED AND DISABLED CHILDREN. SOME WINNING ENTRIES IN THE RECENT +DRAW A CARD FOR EXPO ’86+ COMPETITION FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL BE DISPLAYED AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A CONCERT.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, MISS MARIA TAM, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR CLIVE OXLEY, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PUBLICITY) OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR GEORGE YUEN, AND THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR REHABILITATION, MR ALDAN KWOK, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE PROGRAMME AIMS AT PROMOTING INTEGRATION BETWEEN ABLE-BODIED AND DISABLED PERSONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE REHABILITATION CAMPAIGN EVENT AT TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, URBAN COUNCIL CENTENARY GARDEN, TOMORROW. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE VENUE AT 2.15 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT IN AUSTRALIA * * * *

TWO MEMBERS OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WERE DUE TO LEAVE TONIGHT (SATURDAY) ON A THREE-WEEK INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION MISSION TO AUSTRALIA.

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, MR C.L. CHU, AND MR TOMMY LAI, A CONSULTANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S +ONE STOP UNIT+, WILL VISIT SYDNEY, NEWCASTLE AND BRISBANE.

DURING THEIR STAY THERE, MR CHU AND MR LAI WILL TOUR PRESELECTED COMPANIES IN THE LIGHT AND MEDIUM HEAVY ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES, IN THE FIELDS OF CHEMICAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS, METAL PRODUCTS, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, MACHINERY, FOOD PROCESSING, FURNITURE AND FIXTURES, RUBBER AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND LIGHT TO MEDIUM ENGINEERING PRODUCTS.

/THEY WILL

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1986

THEY WILL ALSO PAY FOLLOW-UP VISITS TO COMPANIES WHICH HAVE ALREADY SHOWN AN INTEREST IN INVESTING IN HONG KONG AND WHICH ARE ALREADY IN TOUCH WITH THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT. THEY WILL ALSO HAVE MEETINGS WITH BANK GROUPS, TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN AUSTRALIA.

THE MISSION IS ONE OF A REGULAR SERIES OF INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT PROMOTION MISSIONS TO AUSTRALIA WHICH HAVE BEEN ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT SINCE 1976.

AT PRESENT, AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG RANK EIGHTH IN THE LEAGUE OF OVERSEAS COUNTRIES WITH A TOTAL OF 28 ESTABLISHMENTS AND INVESTMENT ESTIMATED ABOUT S191 M1ULQM.

IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT IS IN CONTACT WITH ABOUT 120 AUSTRALIAN COMPANIES WHICH HAD EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN MANUFACTURING IN HONG KONG.

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CIVIC EDUCATION FUN DAY IN CENTRAL * * *

PEOPLE GOING TO CENTRAL TOMORROW (SUNDAY) WILL BE TREATED TO FIVE HOURS OF EDUCATION AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES ON CIVIC EDUCATION WHICH START AT 11 AM AT THE CHATER ROAD PRECINCT.

THE +CIVIC EDUCATION FUN DAY+ IS ORGANISED BY THE COUNCIL CF CENTRAL AND WESTERN SCHOOL HEADMASTERS AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE FUN DAY BRINGS TOGETHER 23 SCHOOLS AND MORE THAN 10 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS AND BETTER CO-OPERATION.

THE PROGRAMMES WILL INCLUDE A CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION, STALL GAMES, BRASS BAND PERFORMANCES, BAND MUSIC, FLUTE PERFORMANCES, CHINESE AND WESTERN ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES, FOLK DANCES, SONGS, AND HOME SAFETY DEMONSTRATIONS.

THE PROGRAMMES WILL START WITH THE CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BE HELD ALONG PART OF CHATER ROAD, AND THE STALL GAMES WITH THE THEME OF CIVIC EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION. OTHER ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES WILL START HALF AN HOUR LATER.

/OFFICIATING AT1

SATUHBAY, MAY 10, 1986

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OFFICIATING AT TOMORROW’S FUN DAY WILL BE THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG; LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, PR LIU LIT-FOR; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR SO FAI-CHO; AND THE PRESIDENT OF ST JOAN OF ARC SCHOOL PARENT/TEACHER ASSOCIATION, MRS CHAN LEE LAI-KUEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION FUN DAY TO BEGIN AT 11 AM TOMORROW AT THE CHATER ROAD PRECINCT IN CENTRAL.

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SIR PATRICK WRIGHT DUE ON MONDAY * * * *

THE PERMANENT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE AND HEAD OF THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICES (DESIGNATE), SIR PATRICK WRIGHT. WILL VISIT HONG KONG FROM MONDAY (MAY 12) TO WEDNESDAY (MAY 14) AS PART OF A FAMILIARISATION TOUR OF ASIA. HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LADY WRIGHT.

DURING HIS STAY, SIR PATRICK WILL MEET THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND UMELCO MEMBERS.

HE WILL ALSO VISIT SHA TIN NEW TOWN AND CALL ON THE BRITISH TRADE COMMISSION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

SIR PATRICK AND LADY WRIGHT WILL ARRIVE ON FLIGHT MH 16 (ETA 1.40 PM) ON MONDAY (MAY 12).

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS WISHING TO COVER THEIR ARRIVAL SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT AT 12.50 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1986

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BEAUTY CONTESTANTS VISIT ROAD SAFETY TOWN

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THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (TRAFFIC), ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, W JOHN CLEMENCE, TODAY (SATURDAY) JOINED 30 MISS HONG KONG SEMI-FINALISTS TO HELP EDUCATE SCHOOL CHILDREN ON ROAD SAFETY.

THE EXERCISE WAS HELD AS PART OF THIS YEAR’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, AND ALSO TAKING PART WAS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PUBLICITY) OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR GEORGE YUEN.

ABOUT 40 SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE TAKEN ON A GUIDED TOUR OF THE SAU MAU PING ROAD SAFETY TOWN AND SHOWN THE PROPER WAY TO CROSS THE ROAD.

EARLIER, BOTH THE CONTESTANTS AND THE CHILDREN WERE TOLD ABOUT THE ROAD SAFETY CODE BY THE ROAD SAFETY TOWN’S STAFF.

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT STATISTICS SHOW THAT CHILDREN AGED BELOW THE AGE OF 14 ARE A HIGH RISK GROUP IN ROAD ACCIDENTS. THE ROAD SAFETY TOWN HELPS TO EDUCATE THE YOUNG WITHIN THIS AGE GROUP ON VARIOUS ROAD SAFETY ASPECTS.

THE ROAD SAFETY TOWN IS MAINTAINED BY GOVERNMENT AND VISITS TO ITME"ORGANISED THROUGH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

A RENOVATION PROGRAMME IS NOW BEING PLANNED FOR THE 16-YEAR-OLD ROAD SAFETY TOWN AND THE COST WILL BE MET BY SPONSORSHIP FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

A CELEBRITY DRIVE GAME WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY COMMITTEE ON MAY 24 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THIS PURPOSE.

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VOLUNTEERS TO HOLD ANNUAL PARADE

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THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS IN HAPPY VALLEY TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

COMMANDER OF THE GURKHA FIELD FORCE, BRIGADIER R.A. PETT, WILL INSPECT THE PARADE OF 85 MEN AND SIX WOMEN OF RECRUIT CADRE NO. 42 WHO HAD COMPLETED A SIX-MONTH MILITARY TRAINING PROGRAMME.

/BHICUDIEH PETT........

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BRIGADIER PETT WILL PRESENT AWARDS TO THE BEST RECRUIT, THE BEST SHOT AND THE BEST TROOP AT SPORTS DURING THE CEREMONY.

FOUR LONG-SERVING OFFICERS OF THE REGIMENT WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED WITH EFFICIENCY DECORATION AND FIRST OR SECOND CLASP TO THE DECORATION WHILE 11 OTHERS WILL RECEIVE THE EFFICIENCY MEDAL AND THE FIRST OR SECOND CLASP TO THE MEDAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PARADE WHICH BEGINS AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW AT THE REGIMENTAL HEADQUARTERS IN SPORTS ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY.

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600 ATTEND SEMINAR ON SECONDARY EDUCATION * * * * *

ABOUT 600 PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM WAN CHAI DISTRICT ATTENDED A SEMINAR ON SECONDARY EDUCATION AT THE LINGNAN MIDDLE SCHOOL THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

THE SEMINAR, SPONSORED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT HEADMASTERS' CONFERENCE AND THE ST. JAMES’ SETTLEMENT.

THE SEMINAR IS TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ON THE SECONDARY EDUCATION SYSTEM SO THAT THEY COULD PREPARE AND ADJUST TO A NEW SCHOOL LIFE, CHAIRMAN OF THE HEADMASTERS’ CONFERENCE, MR CHEUNG HO-YIN, EXPLAINED.

THE SEMINAR CONSISTED OF TALKS BY SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, A SLIDE SHOW, AND A TOUR OF THE SCHOOL PREMISES TO SEE THE VARIOUS FACILITIES.

EACH PARTICIPANT ALSO RECEIVED A SET OF PAMPHLETS INTRODUCING THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL LIFE.

A SIMILAR SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE ST PAUL’S CONVENT SCHOOL AT CAUSEWAY BAY NEXT SATURDAY.

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READY TO COMBAT OIL POLLUTION

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a I TH THE ADVENT OF THIS YEAR’S SWIMMING SEASON, THE URBAN COUNCIL IS TOPPING UP ITS STOCKS OF OIL BOOM AND OIL SORBENT IN THE EVENT OF OIL SPILLS.

AT ITS LAST MEETING, THE COUNCIL’S TENDER BOARD APPROVED A TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF 20 BALES OF OIL BOOM AT A TOTAL COST OF $26 840 AND ANOTHER TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF 118 SHEETS OF OIL SORBENT AT A TOTAL COST OF $88 382.

A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY: +THE OIL BOOM AND OIL SORBENT WILL BE HELD IN RESERVE IN CASE OF OIL POLLUTION SUCH AS HAPPENED LAST JULY, WHEN 11 OF THE 12 BEACHES ON HONG KONG ISLAND WERE POLLUTED.

+THE OIL BOOM IS USED TO STOP OIL FROM SPILLING ON TO A BIGGER PATCH OF BEACH WHILE THE OIL SORBENT IS USED FOR ABSORBING OIL SPILLS AND PROTECTING SHORELINES AGAINST EFFLUENT DISCHARGES.

+ THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE COUNCIL HAS PURCHASED AN OIL BOOM. THESE ARE ALREADY WIDELY USED IN OTHER COUNTRIES FOR CONTAINING OIL SPILLS.+

IN A FURTHER OIL-RELATED DEVELOPMENT, A TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF 1 000 PAIRS OF JUNGLE BOOTS AT A TOTAL COST OF $60 000 WAS ALSO APPROVED BY THE TENDER BOARD.

THESE HEAVY DUTY BOOTS WOULD BE WORN BY LIFEGUARDS IN OIL CLEARANCE OPERATIONS TO PROTECT THEIR FEET FROM CONSTANT IMMERSION IN OIL.

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CHANCE FOR CHILDREN TO SHOW ARTISTIC SKILL * * * * *

SCHOOL CHILDREN WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DISPLAY THEIR TALENT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAINTING WHEN TWO COMPETITIONS ON THE THEME OF +COLOURFUL HONG KONG+ ARE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE COMPETITIONS ARE AIMED AT PROMOTING THE INTEREST OF SCHOOL CHILDREN IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAINTING. THEY ARE ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS’ UNION AND SING TAO WAN PAO, AND SPONSORED BY THE CULTURAL CRAFTS CENTRE OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

/the photographic .......

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THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS, SECONDARY AND PRIMARY.

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR ENTRIES, PREFERABLY COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS NOT BIGGER THAN 410 MM BY 510 MM, TO THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS’ UNION AT 7-10 FERRY STREET, FIRST FLOOR, YAU MA TEI, BY JUNE 10.

IN THE PRIMARY SECTION, ENTRANTS MUST TAKE PART IN AN ON-THE-SPOT PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTEST AT TIGER BALM GARDEN IN TAI HANG ROAD ON THE MORNING OF SUNDAY, JUNE 15. CAMERAS FOR INSTANT PHOTOGRAPHY, AND FILM, WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE ORGANISERS.

SCHOOL HEADS SHOULD SUBMIT ENTRY FORMS FOR THIS SECTION TO THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS’ UNION BY JUNE 10.

THE PAINTING COMPETITION IS FOR PRIMARY PUPILS ONLY. PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUESTED TO BRING THEIR OWN PAINT TO TIGER BALM GARDEN ON THE MORNING OF JUNE 15. PAPER AND DRAWI.NG BOARDS WILL BE PROVIDED.

ENTRY FORMS FOR THIS COMPETITION SHOULD BE SENT TO ,THE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS’ UNION BY JUNE 10.

THE PRIZES INCLUDE GIFT COUPONS FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC EQUIPMENT, CAMERAS, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND CHILDREN’S MAGAZINES, PENS AND TOYS. THEY WILL BE PRESENTED AT A CEREMONY ON JUNE 15.

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SPORTS DAY FOR KWUN TONG WORKERS

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FACTORY WORKERS IN KWUN TONG WILL BE ABLE TO SHOW THEIR ATHLETIC SKILLS AT A SPORTS DAY AT SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE +KWUN TONG INTER-FACTORY SPORTS DAY+, THE FIRST CF ITS KIND, WILL FEATURE 10 TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS FOR PARTICIPANTS.

TWO FACTORY TEAMS, WHICH BEAT SIX OTHERS DURING THE PRELIMINARY, WILL COMPETE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF AN INTER-FACTORY SOCCER MATCH.

CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR POON CHI-FA I, SAID THE SPORTS DAY IS TO PROVIDE RECREATION AND FUN FOR WORKERS, AND TO PROMOTE GOOD RELATIONSHIP AMONG FACTORIES IN THE DISTRICT.

/IT IS ......

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IT IS ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRIAL AREA BRANCH OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KWUN TONG RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICE.

OFFICIATING AT THE SPORTS DAY WILL BE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER MR EDDY CHAN, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG KWUN TONG INDUSTRIES AND COMMERCE ASSOCIATION, MR PETER LOO, AND AND SPORT OFFICER, MR S.L. CHOW.

THE DISTRICT RECREATION

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG INTER-FACTORY SPORTS DAY AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW IN THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND, YUEN WO ROAD.

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TELEMETRIC CONTROL SYSTEM FOR HOSPITAL * * * * *

THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS TO CALL TENDERS FOR THE SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION AT QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL CF A TELEMETRIC CONTROL AND MONITORING SYSTEM FOR PUMPING SEA WATER.

THE SYSTEM WILL CONSIST OF A MASTER CONTROL AND MONITORING STATION LINKED TO TWO OUTSTATIONS THROUGH LEASED TELEPHONE LINES.

IT WILL ALLOW DUTY STAFF AT THE MAIN PLANT ROOM OF THE HOSPITAL TO REMOTELY CONTROL AND MONITOR THE OPERATION OF PUMPS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT IN THE SEAWATER PUMP HOUSE AT TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE; AND TO REMOTELY MONITOR THE OPERATION CF AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT INSIDE THE RED CROSS BLOOD IRANSFUSION CENTRE NEXT TO THE HOSPITAL.

THE DEPARTMENT’S ELECTRONICS DIVISION WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN OF THE SYSTEM AND SUPERVISION OF THE INSTALLATION WORKS.

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SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1986

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ROAD CLOSED FOR FOOTBRIDGE CONSTRUCTION * * M K

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE, SHA TIN CENTRE STREET, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH TAI PO ROAD AND PAK HOK TING STREET, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM FROM TUESDAY (MAY 13) TO MAY 15.

TRAFFIC HEADING FOR SHA TIN TOWN CENTRE FROM TAI PO ROAD NORTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD, YUEN WO ROAD, TAM KOM PO STREET AND SHA TIN CENTRE STREET.

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TSIM SHA TSUI WATER CUT * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (MAY 13) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY CHATHAM ROAD, CAMERON ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, HAIPHONG ROAD, HANKOW ROAD, PEKING ROAD AND CANTON ROAD INCLUDING HUMPHREYS AVENUE, PRAT AVENUE, CARNARVON ROAD AND LOCK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDaY, MAY 11, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DAYA BAY PLANT DIFFERENCES STRESSED........................... 1

GOVERNOR TO LEAVE CK TUESDAY.................................. 2

SEMINARS ON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME ORGANISED.............. 3

REHABILITATION CaMPAI® PROMOTES INTEGRATION .................. 4

FLASHING LIGHTS EXPERIMENT AT CHILDREN’S CROSSINGS............ 5

THE Acm MUST BE MORE ROAD SAFETY CONSCIOUS.................... 6

SUCCESSFUL CLOSE FOR TREE PLANTING SCHEME..................... 6

CALL TO TaKE PART IN FIRST AID TRAINING....................... 7

COMMITTEE MEETINGS OPEN TO PUBLIC ............................ 8

DESI® COMPETITION ON CIVIC EDUCATION ......................... 9

FREE USE OF COMMUNITY CENTRES ................................ 1°

ROCK CLIMBERS AND C.A.S. HELP WITH CLEAN-UP .................. 11

MORE SPORTS FACILITIES PLANNED FOR KWUN TONG.................. 12

HOTLINE SEP.VICE HELPS CHECK ID CARDS ........................ 13

AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY TO BEGIN ................. 13

TENDERS INVITED FOR WATER TREATMENT WORKS CONTRACT ........... 14

COOLING SYSTEM FOR KWUN TONG POLYCLINIC

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DAYA BAY PLANT DIFFERENCES STRESSED *****

THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT BEING BUILT AT DAYA BAY IS OF A TYPE TOTALLY DIFFERENT TO THAT AT CHERNOBYL IN THE SOVIET UNION, THE FRENCH FIRM MAKING THE NUCLEAR EQUIPMENT, FRAMATOME, HAS EMPHASISED

PRESSURISED WATER REACTORS (PWR’S) WILL BE INSTALLED AT DAYA BAY WHEREAS CHERNOBYL HAS GRAPHITE REACTORS BASED ON A DESIGN THAT WESTERN NUCLEAR ENGINEERS NOW CONSIDER LARGELY OUTMODED.

+GRAPHITE REACTORS OF THE SOVIET MODEL DATE BACK ALMOST TO ORIGINAL CONCEPTS IN USING NUCLEAR POWER FOR PRODUCING ELECTRICITY, THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, SAID IN DISCUSSING DIFFERENCES PINPOINTED BY FRAMATOME.

GRAPHITE IS A PARTICULARLY PURE FORM OF CARBON BUT IS UNSTABLE AT HIGH TEMPERATURES, AND IN THE EVENT OF OVER-HEATING IT POSES A FIRE RISK.

THE GRAPHITE—BETWEEN 1 700 AND 2 000 TONS WERE USED IN THE STRICKEN CHERNOBYL REACTOR—MODERATES THE NUCLEAR PROCESS SO THAT THE EVENTUAL GENERATION OF ELECTRIC POWER IS REGULATED. WATER IS USED AS A COOLANT.

HOWEVER, IN A PWR PRESSURISED WATER ACTS AS BOTH MODERATOR AND COOLANT, AND NO OTHER MATERIAL IS REQUIRED.

BECAUSE OF THE HUGE AMOUNT OF GRAPHITE NEEDED, THE ’RBMK’ TYPE REACTOR AT CHERNOBYL HAS A CORE VOLUME MUCH LARGER THAN THAT FOR A PWR THOUGH THE OUTPUT OF POWER WILL BE THE SAME.

THE RBMK’S CORE HAS A DIAMETER OF 12.2 METRES AND A HEIGHT OF SEVEN METRES, WHEREAS THE DAYA BAY PWR WILL BE THREE METRES IN DIAMETER AND 3.6 METRES IN HEIGHT.

IN THE RBMK, THE URANIUM FUEL ASSEMBLIES AND THE COOLING WATER ARE CONTAINED IN ABOUT 1 660 THIN PRESSURE TUBES MADE OF A ZIRCONIUM ALLOY. SHOULD THERE BE SERIOUS OVER-HEATING, THE ZIRCONIUM MAY BURN BY SELF-1 GN ITI ON IN CONTACT WITH WATER, PRODUCING A LARGE QUANTITY OF HYDROGEN.

OVER-HEATING IN A FUEL ASSEMBLY MAY ALSO CAUSE THE GRAPHITE TO IGNITE, LEADING TO AN INTENSE FIRE, AS OCCURRED AT CHERNOBYL.

THESE DANGERS DO NOT ARISE IN A PWR, WHICH CONTAINS THE URANIUM RODS IN ONE SINGLE THICK PRESSURE VESSEL MADE OF STEEL, AND USES WATER AS BOTH MODERATOR OF THE NUCLEAR PROCESS AND COOLANT.

/ANOTHEB MAJOR .......

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ANOTHER MAJOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO DESIGNS IS THAT THE RBMK IS A DIRECT-CYCLE SYSTEM IN THAT THE STEAM PRODUCED IN THE REACTOR DIRECTLY DRIVES THE TURBINES. THE PWR, ON THE OTHER HAND, COMPLETELY ISOLATES THE REACTOR COOLANT FROM THE STEAM DRIVING THE TURBINES, BY USING STEAM GENERATORS, THUS AVOIDING ANY COMPLICATIONS IN THIS AREA.

IN ADDITION, THE DAYA BAY PWR WILL BE HOUSED IN A THICK CONCRETE CONTAINMENT BUILDING WITH A STEEL LINER. THIS CONTAINMENT, WHICH IS NOT USED AT CHERNOBYL, IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT ANY LEAKAGE OF RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL INTO THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT.

MR OSBORNE SAID THE RISK INHERENT IN USING WATER-COOLED GRAPHITE REACTORS WAS CLEARLY IDENTIFIED IN 1957 WHEN A SERIOUS FIRE OCCURRED IN SUCH A PLANT IN BRITAIN. THE FIRE AT THE BRITISH ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY’S EXPERIMENTAL PLANT AT WINDSCALE LED WESTERN ENGINEERS TO DRAW APPROPRIATE CONCLUSIONS AND THEY TURNED TOWARDS THE PRESSURISED WATER REACTOR.

A FEW WESTERN NUCLEAR PLANTS STILL USE GRAPHITE, BUT THE ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT CARBON-DI OX I DE GAS IS USED AS COOLANT, NOT WATER. THIS AVERTS THE POSSIBILITY OF AN EXPLOSION OF THE SORT THAT OCCURRED AT CHERNOBYL.

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GOVERNOR TO LEAVE ON TUESDAY X * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL LEAVE FOR LONDON ON TUESDAY (MAY 13) BY FLIGHT CX 201, ETD 11 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S DEPARTURE. THOSE COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM BY 10.10 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1986

SEMINARS ON NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME ORGANISED

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RESIDENTS OF FIVE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl, WHICH HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR A +NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME+, ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A SERIES OF SEMINARS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SCHEME.

THE SEMINARS, ORGANISED BY THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUARTERS, WILL PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH INFORMATION ON THE CONCEPT OF, AND HOW TO IMPLEMENT, THE SCHEME.

THE SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO MOBILISE RESIDENTS AGAINST CRIME. THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO FORM A + NE I GHBOURHOOD WATCH UNIT+ TO KEEP AN EYE ON THEIR NEIGHBOURS’ HOME AND PROPERTY.

THE BUILDINGS CHOSEN FOR THE SCHEME INCLUDE BLOCK 13, LEI MUK SHUE ESTATE, YEUNG KING HOUSE IN LAI KING ESTATE, CHING YUNG HOUSE IN CHEUNG CHING ESTATE, BLOCKS 1-3, KWAI FONG TERRACE AND BLOCK 19, KWAI SHING ESTATE.

THE DATES AND VENUES OF THE SEMINARS ARE AS FOLLOW:

MAY 13 (TUESDAY) 8.30 PM LEI MUK SHUE COMMUNITY HALL

MAY 15 (THURSDAY) 8.30 PM LAI KING COMMUNITY HALL

MAY 20 (TUESDAY) 8.30 PM CHEUNG CHING ESTATE CHING

YUNG HOUSE GROUND FLOOR

MAY 22 (THURSDAY)

8.30 PM

KWAI FONG COMMUNITY HALL

MAY 27 (TUESDAY)

8.30 PM

KWAI SHING ESTATE BLOCK 18 GROUND FLOOR, KWAN CHI KINDERGARTEN

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUARTERS WILL ATTEND THE SEMINARS AND INTRODUCE THE SCHEME.

SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1986

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REHABILITATION CAMPAIGN PROMOTES INTEGRATION

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THE MAIN THEME OF THIS YEAR’S REHABILITATION CAMPAIGN WAS TOkENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO ACCEPT THE DISABLED, ESPECIALLY THE EX-^ENTALLY ILL, AND HELP THEM TO RE-INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY.

t THIS WAS REVEALED BY THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR REHABILITATION, MR ALDAN KWOK, WHEN HE WAS ADDRESSING THE OPElANG CEREMONY OF A CONCERT HELD AT RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG*TODAY (SUNDAY), TO BEGIN THIS YEAR’S REHABILITATION CAMP^GN.

»|THE CAMPAIGN’S SECONDARY THEME IS TO AROUSE THE PUBLIC’S AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO EXTEND COURTESY TO DISABLED PASSENGERS TRAVELLING ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT,+ HE SAID.

MR KWOK ADDED THAT PUBLICITY MATERIALS FOR THIS YEAR’S REHABILITATION CAMPAIGN INCLUDED TWO TELEVISION ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST (API), TWO SUPPORTING RADIO ANNOUNCEMENTS, A NEW POSTER, AN EXISTING BOOKLET ON MENTAL HEALTH, AND A LEAFLET ON HALF-WAY HOUSES.

THE REHABILITATION CAMPAIGN, WITH A FUNDING OF 5200 000, IS ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S MAJOR CAMPAIGNS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1986/87.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, MISS MARIA TAM? DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR CLIVE OXLEYJ AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PUBLICITY) OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR GEORGE YUEN.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A TWO-HOUR CONCERT WITH PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS MICHAEL KWAN, DANNY CHAN AND ALBERT AU.

TODAY’S CONCERT FORMED THE SECOND EPISODE OF THE INFORMATION ’86 SERIES JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE RADIO SECTION OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

THE INFORMATION ’86 SERIES TAKES THE FORM OF OUTDOOR SHOWS WITH THE AIM OF PROMOTING VARIOUS GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGN MESSAGES. THE SHOWS, ORGANISED ON A MONTHLY BASIS, WILL BE BROADCAST ON RTHK.

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FLASHING LIGHTS EXPERIMENT AT CHILDREN’S CROSSINGS *****

AN EXPERIMENT USING FLASHING AMBER LIGHTS TO WARN MOTORISTS THAT A SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL IS AHEAD WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ON THURSDAY (MAY 15).

THE SYSTEM ON TRIAL CONSISTS OF A PAIR OF VERTICALLY MOUNTED AMBER LIGHTS ERECTED BENEATH A +CHILDREN+ WARNING SIGN AND +SCHOOL+ SUPPLEMENTARY PLATE ABOUT 75 METRES IN ADVANCE OF THE CROSSING POINT ON BOTH APPROACHES.

WHEN A SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL IS IN OPERATION, THE LIGHTS WILL FLASH INTERMITTENTLY, WARNING DRIVERS THAT SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE CROSSING THE ROAD AHEAD SO THAT THEY SHOULD TAKE EXTRA CARE AND STOP AT THE CROSSING IF NECESSARY.

+THE FLASHING AMBER LIGHTS ARE NOT REGULATORY, NOR SHOULD THEY BE CONFUSED WITH TRAFFIC SIGNAL LIGHTS. THEY ARE MERELY A DEVICE TO GIVE ADVANCE WARNING OF THE SCHOOL CROSSING PATROL,+ A SENIOR ENGINEER OF THE DEPARTMENT’S ROAD SAFETY AND STANDARDS DIVISION, MR ERIC WYATT, EXPLAINED.

HE SAID THAT THREE SITES HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR THE TRIAL. ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE AMBER LIGHTS ARE INSTALLED AT THE CAUTIONARY CROSSING ON STUBBS ROAD IN FRONT OF LINGNAN COLLEGE.

IN KOWLOON, THE LIGHTS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED AT THE CAUTIONARY CROSSING ON FU NING STREET, IN FRONT OF THE CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE COLLEGE, IN KOWLOON CITY. IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THEY ARE ON HIRAM’S HIGHWAY IN FRONT OF SAI KUNG CENTRAL PRIMARY SCHOOL.

+THESE LIGHTS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY USED IN OTHER COUNTRIES UNDER SIMILAR CONDITIONS, AND IT IS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE THAT THEY SHOULD BE TRIED OUT IN HONG KONG TO MAINTAIN THE ALREADY EXCELLENT RECORD OF SCHOOL CROSSING PATROLS,+ MR WYATT ADDED.

THE EXPERIMENT WILL BE REVIEWED IN A YEAR’S TIME AND THE DEPARTMENT WILL THEN DECIDE WHETHER THE FLASHING AMBER LIGHTS SHOULD BE INSTALLED WIDELY IN THE TERRITORY.

SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1986

THE AGED MUST BE MORE ROAD SAFETY CONSCIOUS

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED ON ELDERLY PEOPLE TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO ROAD SAFETY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ROAD SAFETY VARIETY SHOW FOR THE ELDERLY AT THE CITY HALL ORGANISED BY THE ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION, SHE NOTED THAT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS INVOLVING OLD PEOPLE RESULTING FROM TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS HAD RISEN LAST YEAR DESPITE A SLIGHT DROP IN THE OVERALL NUMBER OF FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT CASES.

+A TOTAL OF 309 PEOPLE DIED AS A RESULT OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS LAST YEAR, AND 148 OF THEM, OR SOME 48 PER CENT, WERE PEOPLE OVER 60 YEARS OF AGE. THIS SITUATION CAUSES SOME CONCERN,* MRS CHAN SAID.

OLD PEOPLE ARE NOT AS AGILE AS THE YOUNG, AND ACCIDENTS CAN EASILY OCCUR IF THEY ARE NOT CAREFUL WHEN CROSSING BUSY ROADS.

MRS CHAN HOPED THAT THE ELDERLY ATTENDING THE VARIETY SHOW WOULD PASS ON THE MESSAGE OF ROAD SAFETY TO OTHER ELDERLY PEOPLE TO ENSURE SAFETY FOR ALL.

SUCCESSFUL CLOSE FOR TREE PLANTING SCHEME

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ENTHUSIASTIC PUBLIC SUPPORT HAS MADE THE 1986 COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AN UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS.

THE FIVE-WEEK PROJECT, WHICH ENDED TODAY (SUNDAY), ATTRACTED MORE THAN 17 000 PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEERED THEIR SERVICES IN PLANTING 20 000 TREE SEEDLINGS IN SHING MUN, TAI MO SHAN AND OTHER COUNTRY PARKS DEVASTATED BY FIRES EARLY THIS YEAR.

+ WE ARE GREATLY ENCOURAGED BY THIS NEW RECORD WHICH REPRESENTS ALMOST A THREE FOLD RISE OVER LAST YEAR’S FIGURE OF 7 000 TREES PLANTED BY 6 700 PEOPLE,* THE DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS), MR K.C. IU, SAID THIS MORNING.

MR IU WAS ADDRESSING MEMBERS OF THE LIONS AND LIONESS CLUBS OF BRAEMAR HILL AT A BRIEF CEREMONY TO MARK THE YEAR’S LAST TREE PLANTING DAY FOR ORGANISED GROUPS AT POK FU LAM COUNTRY PARK.

/+THE AIM

SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1?86

+THE AIM OF THE ANNUAL TREE PLANTING SCHEME IS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF, AND THE NEED FOR, COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION THROUGH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE PLANTING OF TREE SEEDLINGS TO MAKE AMENDS FOR TREES LOST AS A RESULT OF HILL FIRES.

+IT IS EVIDENT THAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED THIS AIM,+ HE SAID.

MR IU SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO THE TREES PLANTED BY THE PUBLIC, DEPARTMENT STAFF WOULD BE PLANTING ANOTHER 400 000 TREES THIS YEAR TO RESTOCK THE COUNTRY PARK PLANTATIONS.

AT THE CEREMONY, MR IU WAS PRESENTED WITH POSTERS BY THE PRESIDENTS OF THE LIONS AND LIONESS CLUBS OF BRAEMAR HILL, MR SIMON MAK AND MRS PHEBA LEE.

THE CLUBS WERE AMONG 137 PUBLIC ORGANISATIONS WHICH TOOK PART IN THE COMMUNITY TREE PLANTING SCHEME THIS YEAR.

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CALL TO TAKE PART IN FIRST AID TRAINING * * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS URGED SCHOOL HEADS TO ENCOURAGE THEIR STAFF AND STUDENTS TO UNDERGO FIRST AID TRAINING SO AS TO GIVE ASSISTANCE IN EMERGENCIES AND TO ORGANISE TRAINING COURSES IN SCHOOLS FOR FELLOW TEACHERS AND STUDENTS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID AN INCREASING NUMBER OF SCHOOLS WERE ORGANISING COURSES IN FIRST AID OR IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHER AGENCIES AS PART OF EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.

SUCH COURSES ARE ARRANGED BY THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION.

IN ADDITION TO FIRST AID AND HOME NURSING, THE CADET SECTION OF ST. JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE ALSO OFFERED COURSES SUCH AS FIRE FIGHTING, SWIMMING AND LIFE SAVING, MAP READING, CAMPING AND SILKSCREEN PAINTING.

TO ORGANISE FIRST AID COURSES AND TO ESTABLISH A CADET DIVISION, SCHOOLS ARE ADVISED TO CONTACT THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION AND BRIGADE AT NO. 2 MACDONNELL ROAD, HONG KONG.

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AT THE SAME TIME, THE DEPARTMENT’S PHYSICAL EDUCATION SECTION WILL HOLD TWO FIRST AID COURSES LATER THIS MONTH AND JUNE FOR PRIMARY TEACHERS.

SEVENTY TEACHERS WILL TAKE PART IN THE COURSE AT THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE TWO AREA HEADQUARTERS.

CERTIFICATES FROM ST. JOHN AMBULANCE WILL BE AWARDED TO CANDIDATES ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE AND EXAMINATION WILL BE HELD TOWARDS THE END OF JULY.

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COMMITTEE MEETINGS OPEN TO PUBLIC

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MEETINGS OF THE TWO COMMITTEES FORMED UNDER THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL NOW BE OPEN TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INTERESTED IN DISTRICT MATTERS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT SAID.

THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MR HO FEI—CHI, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANISING AND PROMOTING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES TO CULTIVATE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND NEIGHBOURLINESS AMONG RESIDENTS.

THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY MR CLEMENT TAO, HELPS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS RELATING TO TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, BUILDING AND STREET MANAGEMENT, AS WELL AS THOSE RELATING TO UNLAWFUL OCCUPATION OF CROWN LAND.

THE MEETINGS ARE HELD IN THE AFTERNOONS FROM 2.30 PM. THE TIMETABLE FOR THE TWO COMMITTEES’ MEETINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

MAY 13.

JULY 15.

SEPTEMBER 23.

NOVEMBER 18.

JANUARY 20, 1987

MARCH 17, 1987

JUNE 10.

AUGUST 5.

OCTOBER 21.

DECEMBER 16.

FEBRUARY 17, 1987

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AT THE CBC MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (MAY 13), MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE ALLOCATION OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, THE PROMOTION OF THE SYCAMORE ART GALLERY AND VARIOUS OTHER PROJECTS.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

BECAUSE OF THE LIMITED CAPACITY OF THE CONFERENCE ROOM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO ATTEND THE MEETING ARE REQUESTED TO RESERVE SEATS WITH THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT (TEL : 3-802251).

NOTE TO THE EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (MAY 13) AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

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DESIGN COMPETITION ON CIVIC EDUCATION * * * X

STUDENTS FROM KINDERGARTENS, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN EASTERN DISTRICT WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF CIVIC EDUCATION BY TAKING PART IN A CIVIC EDUCATION DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, THE EASTERN DISTRICT SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, IS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES IN THE YEAR-LONG CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO BE LAUNCHED IN THE DISTRICT LATER THIS MONTH.

THE MAIN THEME OF THE COMPETITION - +KNOWING YOURSELF AND THE COMMUNITY* - IS DESIGNED TO HELP STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND BETTER THE CIVIL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY.

STUDENTS MAY USE PHOTOGRAPHS, PICTURES AND ILLUSTRATIONS, WHICH WILL BE BOUND TOGETHER IN A VOLUME, TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS: SECONDARY SCHOOL, PRIMARY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN. THE STUDENTS CAN ENTER EITHER AS INDIVIDUALS OR AS SMALL GROUPS.

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SUNDAY, MAY 11, 1986

THE PROJECT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS SHOULD CONSIST OF A VOLUME OF AT LEAST 13 PAGES OF 580 X 380 MM DRAWING PAPERS WHILE THE PROJECT FOR PRIMARY GROUPS SHOULD CONSIST OF A VOLUME OF AT LEAST SIX PAGES OF 380 X 290 MM DRAWING PAPERS.

STUDENTS FROM KINDERGARTENS CAN JOIN THE COMPETITION WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THEIR PARENTS, AND THE PROJECT SHOULD CONSIST OF A VOLUME OF AT LEAST FOUR PAGES OF 380 X 290 MM DRAWING PAPERS

SCHOOLS ARE ENCOURAGED TO HOLD THEIR OWN DESIGN COMPETITIONS ON CIVIC EDUCATION SO AS TO SELECT THE BEST ENTRIES TO JOIN THE DISTRICT COMPETITION.

STUDENTS CAN ALSO SEND THEIR OWN PROJECTS TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES BY JUNE 10.

ATTRACTIVE PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNERS OF EACH GROUP AND THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME SCHEDULED IN JULY.

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO TAKE PART IN THIS EVENT MAY CONTACT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE CAUSEWAY BAY SUB-OFFICE AT 5-662411 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

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FREE USE OF COMMUNITY CENTRES

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SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS AND NON-PROFIT MAKING BODIES MAY BE EXEMPTED FROM CHARGES FOR USE OF COMMUNITY CENTRE FACILITIES MANAGED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID THE AIM WAS TO ENCOURAGE MORE PEOPLE TO USE THE CENTRES AS A BASE FROM WHICH TO DEVELOP COMMUNITY SPIRIT, ACTIVITIES, RELATIONSHIPS AND GROUP INTERESTS.

HE SAID CANDIDATES STANDING FOR ELECTIONS TO DISTRICT BOARDS URBAN COUNCIL, REGIONAL COUNCIL AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MIGHT ALSO MAKE FREE USE OF THE FACILITIES FOR ELECTION MEETINGS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID FACILITIES IN COMMUNITY CENTRES, ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRES AND COMMUNITY HALLS WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE IF THEY WERE USED TO RUN NON-PROFIT MAKING PROGRAMMES FOR PROMOTING CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH SERVICES, COMMUNITY EDUCATION, AND CULTURAL, SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL AND OTHER COMMUNITY ACTIV ITlES.

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♦ORGANISATIONS WHICH COME UNDER A CERTAIN CATEGORY MAY APPLY FOR EXEMPTION FROM CHARGES,+ HE SAID.

THESE INCLUDED SUBVENTED WELFARE AGENCIES, SUBVENTED EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, NON-PROFIT MAKING BODIES SUCH AS MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, RURAL COMMITTEES, KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS, AND LOCAL COMMITTEES RECOGNISED BY THE GOVERNMENT SUCH AS SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME DISTRICT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEES AND DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES.

TO APPLY FOR THE USE OF THE COMMUNITY CENTRES, THE APPLICANT ORGANISATION SHOULD SUBMIT, AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS IN ADVANCE, A COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM IN DUPLICATE TO THE CENTRES CONCERNED TOGETHER WITH A DETAILED PROGRAMME OF THE PROPOSED ACTIVITIES.

APPLICATION FOR REDUCTION OR WAIVER OF HIRE CHARGES SHOULD ALSO BE SUBMITTED AT THE SAME TIME.

THE APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE CENTRES. FOR FURTHER DETAILS, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN CONTACT THE VARIOUS CENTRES OR ANY DISTRICT OFFICE.

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ROCK CLIMBERS AND C.A.S. HELP WITH CLEAN-UP

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A TEAM OF FIVE PROFESSIONAL ROCK CLIMBERS AND 20 CIVIL AID SERVICES CADETS PLEDGED THEIR SUPPORT TO THE MONTH-LONG CLEAN COUNTRY PARKS DRIVE LAUNCHED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE ROCK CLIMBERS FROM THE HONG KONG MOUNTAINEERING TRAINING CENTRE VOLUNTEERED THEIR SERVICE FOR THE FIRST TIME BY COLLECTING LITTER ON THE HILL TOP AND STEEP SLOPES OF LION ROCK. THEY HAD TO USE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO REACH THESE DIFFICULT SPOTS.

EQUIPPED WITH POLYTHENE BAGS PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT, THE CAS GROUP ASSISTED IN REMOVING LITTER FROM REMOTE AREAS IN THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK.

TODAY’S OPERATIONS WERE AMONG A SERIES OF LITTER COLLECTION ACTIVITIES TO CLEAN UP THE DIFFICULT AND HILLY AREAS IN VARIOUS COUNTRY PARKS THEY WERE CARRIED OUT BY VOLUNTARY GROUPS OF HIKERS AND ROCK CLIMBERS.

DURING THE MONTH, TAPED MESSAGES URGING PEOPLE NOT TO LEAVE LITTER LYING ABOUT WILL BE BROADCAST IN COUNTRY PARKS’ PARTICULARLY IN AREAS WHERE LITTERING IS A PROBLEM. THESE WILL BE REINFORCED BY REGULAR RADIO ANNOUNCEMENTS.

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+THESE ORGANISED GROUPS ARE DOING A MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY SERVICE WHILE CONTRIBUTING SIGNIFICANTLY TO CLEANING UP THE COUNTRY PARKS,+ A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE PUBLIC CAN HELP US BETTER IF THEY WOULD REFRAIN FROM LITTERING IN THE COUNTRYSIDE,* HE ADDED.

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MORE SPORTS FACILITIES PLANNED FOR KWUN TONG *****

MANY MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ARE UNDERWAY TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS FACILITIES FOR WORKERS AND RESIDENTS IN KWUN TONG, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE KWUN TONG INTER-FACTORY SPORTS DAY AT THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND, MR CHAN SAID THESE INCLUDED THE $20 MILLION HIU KWONG STREET PLAYGROUND AND INDOOR GAMES HALL WHICH WOULD BE OPENED SHORTLY.

+ANOTHER MAJOR PROJECT, MORE CONVENIENTLY LOCATED TO THE WORKERS, IS THE $20 MILLION, 5.7-HECTARE KOWLOON BAY RECREATION GROUND WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1987,+ HE SAID.

THE SPORTS GROUND, THE FIRST ONE IN KWUN TONG WITH STANDARD TRACK AND FIELD FACILITIES, WOULD BE A MAJOR VENUE FOR HOLDING SPORTS EVENTS IN EAST KOWLOON.

MR CHAN SAID THE KWUN TONG PIER SQUARE, WHEN COMPLETED EARLY NEXT YEAR, WOULD ALSO PROVIDE A LEISURELY ENVIRONMENT FOR THE RESIDENTS TO RELAX AFTER WORK.

HE NOTED THAT FACTORIES IN KWUN TONG WERE RECEIVING MORE ORDERS AS HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE IMPROVED.

+WHILE WORKING HARD FOR HONG KONG’S PROSPERITY, OUR WORKERS SHOULD ALSO TAKE CARE OF THEIR HEALTH AND TAKE PART IN MORE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES,+ MR CHAN URGED.

THE KWUN TONG INTER-FACTORY SPORTS DAY, THE FIRST IN THE DISTRICT, FEATURED 10 TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS AND TEAM COMPETITION FOR THE INTER-FACTORY SOCCER FINAL.

THE SPORTS DAY WAS ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRIAL AREA BRANCH OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICE.

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HOTLINE SERVICE HELPS CHECK ID CARDS *****

LAW TO INSPECT THE IDENTITY

EMPLOYERS WHO ARE REQUIRED BY _ tiii_o

DOCUMENTS OF PEOPLE THEY INTEND TO EMPLOY ARE REMINDED THAT THEY CAN SEEK ADVICE FROM THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT BY CALLING ITS HOTLINE 5-420412 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

+WITH THE GRADUAL PHASING OUT OF THE OLD STYLE IDENTITY CARDS AND THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW CARDS WHICH ARE DIFFICULT TO FORGE, THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT MORE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE TRYING TO USE IDENTITY CARDS WHICH DO NOT BELONG TO THEM TO APPLY FOR JOBS,+ AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

BY USING THE HOTLINE SERVICE TO CHECK ON ANY DOUBTFUL IDENTITY CARDS. EMPLOYERS ARE NOT ONLY FULFILLING THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE LAW BUT ALSO HELPING IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

THE HOTLINE IS BACKED BY A COMPUTER BASED RECORD SYSTEM TO ENABLE QUICK CHECKS TO BE MADE ON THE AUTHENTICITY OF IDENTITY CARDS.

HOWEVER THE PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF THE CARD HOLDER WILL NOT BE DISCLOSED BY STAFF MANNING THE HOTLINE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY TO BEGIN

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THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT A SURVEY TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON THE MANPOWER SITUATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENT OF THE INDUSTRY.

THE BIENNIAL SURVEY WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN MAY 20 AND 28 WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

EMPLOYERS SELECTED IN THE SURVEY ARE URGED TO CO-OPERATE BY PROVIDING ACCURATE INFORMATION WHICH WILL BE USED TO FORMULATE MANPOWER TRAINING PLANS TO MEET INDUSTRY DEMANDS.

DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD, OFFICERS FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CALL AT THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR WATER TREATMENT WORKS CONTRACT *****

TENDERS ARE INVITED FOR THE FINAL PHASE OF THE $475 MILLION PAK KONG WATER TREATMENT WORKS IN SAI KUNG.

THIS CONTRACT IS THE LAST OF NINE TO BE AWARDED FOR THE PAK KONG PROJECT, WHICH WILL SUPPLY FRESH WATER TO SAI KUNG, JUNK BAY NEW TOWN AND EAST KOWLOON TO MEET THE NEEDS OF INCREASING POPULATION IN THESE AREAS.

IT INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION OF INLET WORKS, METERING FACILITIES, FILTERS, AN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, A PUMPING STATION AND ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION, AS WELL AS OTHER ASSOCIATED SMALL BUILDINGS.

THE TREATMENT WORKS, THE SECOND LARGEST IN HONG KONG, WILL HAVE AN ULTIMATE CAPACITY OF 727 OOO CUBIC METRES OF WATER PER DAY. HOWEVER, THIS STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION WILL ENABLE THE TREATMENT OF 273 000 CUBIC METRES PER DAY.

WORK ON THE FINAL CONTRACT IS EXPECTED TO START IN JULY AND LAST FOR 20 MONTHS.

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COOLING SYSTEM FOR KWUN TONG POLYCLINIC *****

A $4.2 MILLION CONTRACT TO SUPPLY AND INSTALL AN AIR-CONDITIONING AND VENTILATION SYSTEM AT KWUN TONG POLYCLINIC HAS BEEN AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE NEW POLYCLINIC, TO BE KNOWN AS THE PAMELA YOUDE POLYCLINIC, IS BEING CONSTRUCTED ON TWO EXTRA FLOORS ABOVE THE TWO-STROREY LOW BLOCK OF YUNG FUNG SHEE MEMORIAL CENTRE AT CHA KWO LING ROAD, KWUN TONG.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 12, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

RESIDENT POPULATION PUT AT 5 520 000 ....................... 1

UK UNDER-SECRETARY ARRIVES ................................. 3

BUILDING MANAGEMENT TEAM SOUGHT FOR MONG KOK................ 3

LEARNING ABOUT AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES ................... 5

REPORT ON MEDICAL SERVICES TO BE DISCUSSED ................. 6

HUNDREDS EXPECTED FOR BUN FESTIVAL ......................... 6

NINETY TEAMS ENTER SHA TIN BOAT RACES ...................... 8

LIBRARY WORKSHOP FOR GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS..................... 8

ANOTHER PUBLIC SESSION ..................................... 9

NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR FABLING.............................. 9

PUBLIC TOILET BEING BUILT ON TSING YI ...................... 9

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF WING LOK STREET ......................... 10

KOWLOON TONG WATER CUT ..................................... 10

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................ 10

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RESIDENT POPULATION PUT AT 5 520 000 * * * *

THE PRELIMINARY COUNT OP THE 1986 BY-CENSUS RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) SHOWED AN ENUMERATED POPULATION OF 5 444 000 ON MARCH 11, 1986. THIS FIGURE INCLUDES 26 000 TRANSIENTS AND 9 000 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, dUT EXCLUDES 111 000 RESIDENTS WHO WERE AWAY FROM HONG KONG ON THE REFERENCE DATE. TAKING THESE INTO ACCOUNT, THE TOTAL RESIDENT POPULATION OF HONG KONG BECOMES 5 520 000.

THE MARCH 1986 HEADCOUNT REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 423 000 PEOPLE OR 8.4 PER CENT OVER THE 1981 CENSUS COUNT. A BREAKDOWN OF THE POPULATION BY DISTRICT BOARD, WITH THE 1981 CENSUS RESULTS FOR COMPARISON, IS AS FOLLOWSi

(A) (B)

1981 CENSUS 1986 BY-CENSUS

DISTRICT BOARD ENUMERATED ENUMERATED

-------------- POPULATION PER CENT POPULATION PER CENT

HONG KONG ISLAND 1 184 000 23.6 1 180 000 21.7

CENTRAL AND 277 000 5.5 253 000 4.7

WESTERN

WAN CHAI 229 000 4.6 197 000 3.6

EASTERN 461 000 9.2 492 000 9.3

SOUTHERN 217 000 4.3 238 000 4.4

KOWLOON AND NEW 2 449 000 48.7 2 308 000 42.4

KOWLOON

KOWLOON CITY 480 000 9.5 426 000 7.8

KWUN TONG 610 000 12.1 680 000 12.5

MONG KOK 241 000 4.8 203 000 3-7

SHAM SHUI PO 455 000 9.1 425 000 7.8

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WONG TAI SIN 492 000 9.8 430 000 7.9

YAU MA TE1 171 000 3.4 144 000 2.7

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l£W TERRITORIES 1 304 000 26.0 1 885 000 34.6

ISLANDS 46 000 0.9 47 000 0.9

NORTH 114 000 2.3 145 000 2.7

SAI KUNG 42 000 0.8 45 000 0.8

SHA TIN 116 000 2.3 358 000 6.6

TAI PO 73 000 1.5 140 000 2.6

TSUEN WAN 197 000 3.9 241 000 4.4

TUEN MUN 119 000 2.4 285 000 5.2

YUEN LONG 187 000 3.7 210 000 3.8

KWAI CHUNG AND 410 000 8.2 414 000 7.6

TSI NG Yl

MAR INE 50 000 1.0 36 000 0.6

TRANSIENTS 14 000 0.3 26 000 0.5

VIETNAMESE REFUGEES 20 000 0.4 9 000 0.2

TOTAL 5 021 000 100.0 5 444 000 100.0

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FIGURES ARE ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST THOUSAND.

(A) THE BOUNDARIES FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN, WAN CHAI, TSUEN WAN, TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG HAVE BEEN RE-DELINEATED SINCE MARCH 1985. THE 1981 CENSUS FIGURES FOR THESE DISTRICT BOARDS WERE ADJUSTED APPROXIMATELY TO THE NEW BOUNDARIES FOR COMPARISON.

(Bl THE 1986 BY-CENSUS WAS BASED ON A ONE-SEVENTH SAMPLE OF THE ( POPULATION. ESTIMATES OF POPULATION FOR THE DISTRICT BOARDS OBTAINED FROM THE BY-CENSUS, THEREFORE, ARE SUBJECT TO SAMPLING ERRORS. THE CENSUS IN 1981 WAS A FULL CENSUS COVERING THE ENTIRE POPULATION.

OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT REDISTRIBUTION OF THE POPULATION FROM THE MAIN URBAN AREAS (HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON) TO ™E NEW TERRITORIES. THE PROPORTION OF THE POPULATION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ROSE FROM 26 PER CENT IN 1981 TO 35 PER CENT IN 1986. INDEED, SHA TIN, TUEN MUN AND TAI PO TOGETHER HAVE RECORDED AN ABSOLUTE INCREASE OF NEARLY 480 000 PEOPLE DURING THIS PERIOD.

/the marine........

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THE MARINE POPULATION HAS CONTINUED TO DECREASE. ITS NUMBER IN 1986 KAS LESS THAN THREE-QUARTERS OF THAT IN 1981. THE AVERAGE RATE OF DECREASE WAS 6.4 PER CENT PER ANNUM.

+THE DATA OF THE 1986 BY-CENSUS ARE NOW BEING PROCESSED BY COMPUTER. FINAL AND MORE DETAILED RESULTS WILL BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.+ A SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE 1986 BY-CENSUS, WHICH COST SOME $21 MILLION, TOOK PLACE FROM MARCH 7 TO 16. ONE-SEVENTH OF THE POPULATION IN THE TERRITORY wAS ENUMERATED. DATA COLLECTION WAS CARRIED OUT BY SOME 3 700 TEMPORARY STAFF WHO VISITED THE SAMPLED HOUSEHOLDS TO OBTAIN THE INFORMATION.

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UK UNDER-SECRETARY ARRIVES M * * *

THE PERMANENT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE AND HEAD OF THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICES (DESIGNATE), SIR PATRICK WRIGHT, ACCOMPANIED BY LADY WRIGHT, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON FOR A THREE-DAY VISIT.

THEY WERE GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY THE AIDE-DE-CAMP, MR PAUL COLLIER, AND THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR REG HOLLOWAY.

DURING HIS STAY, WHICH IS PART OF HIS FAMILIARISATION TOUR OF ASIA, SIR PATRICK WILL MEET THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND UMELCO MEMBERS AND CALL ON THE BRITISH TRADE COMMISSION.

BUILDING MANAGEMENT TEAM SOUGHT FOR MONG KOK * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN URGED TO SET UP A BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM IN MONG KOK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO HELP SOLVE BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

THIS CALL IS AMONG RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MULTI-STOREY BUILDING MANAGEMENT (PILOT SCHEME) WORKING GROUP WHICH HAS JUST COMPLETED A REPORT ON A CASE STUDY OF A 20-YEAR-0LD BUILDING IN TAI KOK TSUI.

/THE GHOUP

MONDAY, MAY 12, 1986

THE GROUP wAS FORMED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD TO EXAMINE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT AND SECURITY OF BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE GROUP FOCUSED ON THREE ASPECTS IN STUDYING THE BUILDING: THE DEED OF MUTUAL COVENANT, ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND MANAGEMENT AFFAIRS.

LIMITED POWERS AND FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS ON THE PART OF OWNERS INCORPORATIONS AND THE LACK OF EFFECTIVE LEGISLATION POSED DIFFICULTIES, THE GROUP REPORTED.

IT SUGGESTED THAT A DEED OF MUTUAL COVENANT SHOULD GIVE A BUILDING’S OWNERS INCORPORATION THE RIGHT TO TAKE UP MANAGEMENT OF COMMON AREAS WHICH BELONGED TO THE DEVELOPER.

LEGISLATION SHOULD BE ENACTED TO ALLOW A DEED TO BE AMENDED IF JUSTIFIED AND AGREED TO BY 90 PER CENT OF THE OWNERS OR BY 75 PER CENT OF THE OWNERS IN THE CASE OF A NEW BUILDING.

THE CROWN LAND RESUMPTION ORDINANCE SHOULD ALSO BE AMENDED TO ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT TO RESUME IMPROPERLY MANAGED PRIVATE REAR LANES TO IMPROVE MAINTENANCE AND TO ENSURE HYGIENIC CONDITIONS PREVAILED.

THE REPORT SUGGESTED THAT THE OWNERS INCORPORATION SHOULD HAVE POWER TO REMOVE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, AND BE PROVIDED WITH LEGAL ADVICE AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS RESPECT.

ON GENERAL MANAGEMENT, THE REPORT SAID THE SETTING UP OF A BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM IN MONG KOK WOULD ASSIST OWNERS INCORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN TACKLING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

A SPECIAL TRIBUNAL SHOULD ALSO BE SET UP TO HANDLE CLAIMS AGAINST TENANTS CONCERNING BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE FEES. AT THE SAME TIME, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER SIMPLIFYING THE LEGAL PROCEDURES CONCERNING SUCH CLAIMS.

THE REPORT CALLED FOR MORE BUILDING MANAGEMENT COURSES TO BE ORGANISED TO EXPLAIN RELEVANT REGULATIONS AND UP-TO-DATE MANAGEMENT SKILLS TO OFFICE-BEARERS OF OWNERS INCORPORATIONS.

IT NOTED THAT BUILDING MANAGEMENT WAS ONE OF THE MAIN SUBJECTS CF PUBLIC CONCERN AND COMPLAINT IN THE DISTRICT.

DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, THE TWO PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTERS CF THE DISTRICT OFFICE HANDLED NEARLY 6 000 ENQUIRIES ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT MATTERS.

OVER 300 COMPLAINTS WERE RECEIVED BY STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ANOTHER 71 CASES WERE REPORTED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE REPORT OBSERVED THAT AMONG 1 800 PRIVATE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS, ABOUT 200 DESERVED ATTENTION.

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 1986

LEARNING ABOUT AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES # * W K

THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR JOHN YAXLEY, TODAY (MONDAY) INSPECTED VARIOUS FACILITIES OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AS PART OF A FAMILIARISATION TOUR.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAwRENCE LEE, HE STARTED HIS VISIT AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET OF THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION AND SAW THE MARKETING OF LOCALLY-PRODUCED VEGETABLES.

THE PARTY THEN WENT TO YIM TIN TSAI IN TAI PO BY WAY OF THE SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK AND TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE.

ALONG THE WAY, MR YAXLEY WAS BRIEFED ON THE REPLANTING PROGRAMME BY THE DEPARTMENT TO RESTOCK COUNTRY PARK PLANTATIONS FOLLOWING A SERIOUS FIRE IN JANUARY THIS YEAR. HE WAS ALSO TOLD THAT A NEW MANAGEMENT CENTRE AND A VISITOR CENTRE WERE BEING BUILT IN SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK.

THE GROUP THEN WENT BY BOAT TO INSPECT THE YIM TIN TSAI WEST FISH CULTURE ZONE, ONE OF 27 DESIGNATED CULTURE ZONES.

MR YAXLEY WAS TOLD OF THE CURRENT SITUATION IN THE MARICULTURE INDUSTRY, PROBLEMS CONFRONTING MAR ICULTURI STS AND ACTION TAKEN TO SOLVING THEM.

IN THE AFTERNOON, MR YAXLEY TOURED THE DEPARTMENT’S TAI LUNG EXPERIMENTAL FARM, WHERE CROP INVESTIGATORY WORK IS CARRIED OUT TO SOLVE MAJOR FARM PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY THE LOCAL FARMING COMMUNITY.

HE TOURED THE FARM’S CROPS LABORATORY WHERE EXPERIMENTS ARE BEING CONDUCTED ON THE USE OF SAWDUST AND OTHER BIODEGRADABLE WASTE MATERIALS AS A GROWING MEDIUM FOR THE CULTIVATION OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF EDIBLE MUSHROOMS.

HE ALSO SAW FIELD TESTS ON THE USE OF PESTICIDES ON VEGETABLE CROPS AND VARIOUS DESIGNS OF PROTECTIVE STRUCTURES FOR FORCED-CROPPING TO ENSURE CONTINUING PRODUCTION EVEN UNDER ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITION.

MR YAXLEY SHOWED AN INTEREST IN THE VARIOUS NON-CHEMICAL METHODS EXPERIMENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO PROTECT CROPS FROM DAMAGE BY DISEASES, INSECTS AND AGRICULTURAL PESTS.

ALSO ACCOMPANYING MR YAXLEY ON THE VISIT WERE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AGRICULTURE), DR THOMAS YIP, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS), MR K.C. IU, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (FISHERIES), DR CHRISTOPHER LEE.

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 1986

REPORT ON MEDICAL SERVICES TO BE DISCUSSED

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A REPORT ON THE DELIVERY OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN HOSPITALS ill BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE DOCUMENT, COMPILED BY AN AUSTRALIAN CONSULTANCY FIRM, WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR (NT) OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DR T.Y. CHAU, AND THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH, MR ALFRED TSUI.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE PLANNED LAND USE OF TWO SITES SOUTH OF LUEN WO HUI. THE SITES, COVERING AN AREA OF 11.3 HECTARES, WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO A CIVIC CENTRE WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICES SURROUNDED BY SUCH FACILITIES AS A CLINIC, RECREATION GROUND AND A PRIMARY SCHOOL.

IN ADDITION, THE LAYOUT PLAN OF PAK FUK TSUEN, WHICH INCLUDES THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS, OPEN SPACE AND OTHER ANCILLARY FACILITIES, WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED.

DURING THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE REVIEW OF THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM.

?JOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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HUNDREDS EXPECTED FOR BUN FESTIVAL

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HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO FLOCK TO CHEUNG CHAU THIS SUNDAY (MAY 18) TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ISLAND’S BUN FESTIVAL.

THE ANNUAL PROCESSION WILL COMPRISE 13 FLOATS AND NUMEROUS LION, UNICORN AND CHINESE FLOK DANCES ALONG WITH THE TRADITIONAL GONGS AND DRUMS. THE CHERISHED SwORD OF THE GOD PAK TEI AND VARIOUS SHRINES OF OTHER GODS AND GODDESSES WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN THE PARADE.

ABOUT 2 5Q0 PEOPLE, INCLUDING SEVERAL HUNDRED CHILDREN, WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE PROCESS COM' WHICH STARTS AT 2 PM FROM THE PAK TEI TEMPLE TO THE RECLAMATION SITE AT PRAYA STREET ALONG THE WATERFRONT.

/THE ACTING........

MONDAY, MAY 12, 1986

THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, ■R PETER NG, ..III OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

THE Bl. FESTIVAL, HELD TC APPEASE THE SPIRITS OF PEOPLE KILLED EY PIRATES IN tHE EARLY HISTORY OF THE ISLAND, HAD BEEN nELD UNDISTURBED EACH YEAR FOR ABOUT 1OO YEARS.

A SMALLER SCALE PROCESSION .<ILL ALSO BE HELD ON MONDAY (MAY 19).

THE BUN FESTIVAL ACTUALLY STARTS ON THURSDAY (MAY 15) WITH WEEK-LONG DAILY CANTONESE OPERA SHOWS, WITH THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FESTIVITIES BEING SUNDAY’S PROCESSION.

AS A SIGN OF SINCERITY AND HUMBLENESS, THE ISLANDERS WILL ABSTAIN FROM MEAT FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS FROM FRIDAY AND ANIMALS WILL NOT BE SLAUGHTERED DURING THIS PERIOD.

THE BUNS OF THE THREE 15-METRE-TALL BUN TOWERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON MONDAY (MAY 19) MORNING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CHEUNG CHAU BUN FESTIVAL AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY AT THE RECLAMATION SITE OF PRAYA STREET. THERE WILL BE A PRESS POSITION FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND TELEVISION CREW NEAR THE VIP STAND.

YOU ARE REMINDED THAT MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO MOVE ONTO THE PATH OF THE PROCESSION DURING THE FESTIVAL. PRESS BADGES WILL BE ISSUED BUT AS THE NUMBERS ARE LIMITED AN ORGANISATION WILL BE ENTITLED TO ONLY ONE BADGE.

THE PRESS BADGES, ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS, ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE NEWS AND PUBLICITY DIVISION CF CNTA HEADQUARTERS, 12TH FLOOR, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, NO. 7 CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI, KOWLOON.

A HONG KONG AND YAU MA TEI FERRY WILL LEAVE QUEEN’S PIER IN CENTRAL AT 12.30 PM SHARP TO TAKE PRESS MEMBERS AND INVITED GUESTS TO CHEUNG CHAU.

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 1986

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NINETY TEAMS ENTER SHA TIN BOAT RACES

*****

THERE WILL BE A FESTIVE AIR AT THE SHING MUN RIVER WHEN DRAGON BOATS OF ALL SIZES COMPETE FOR TOP HONOURS IN THE SHA tin DRAGON 30AT RACES DURING THE TUEN NG FESTIVAL ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11.

THE ANNUAL COMPETITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE A FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE BUT WILL GIVE RESIDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PURSUE HEALTHY ACTIVITIES THROUGH PARTICIPATION.

NINETY TEAMS HAVE ENTERED THE COMPETITION, AND INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, PRIVATE COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE COMPETITION, WHICH HAS A WOMEN’S SECTION, WILL BE DIVIDED INTO THREE DIVISIONS - MEDIUM BOATS, SMALL BOATS AND PHEONIX DRAGON BOATS. ALTOGETHER THERE ARE 36 TEAMS FOR THE MEDIUM, 36 TEAMS FOR THE SMALL AND 18 FOR THE PHEONIX.

THE RACES WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SHING MUN RIVER BETWEEN THE SAN MARTIN BRIDGE AND BANYON BRIDGE, A DISTANCE OF 650 METRES.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR.

MORE THAN 50 000 SPECTATORS ARE EXPECTED TO WATCH THE EVENTS.

THE COST OF ORGANISING THE DRAGON BOAT RACE COMPETITION IS MORE THAN $300 000, OF WHICH $55 300 HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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LIBRARY WORKSHOP FOR GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS

*****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A WORKSHOP IN JUNE TO SHOW SECONDARY SCHOOL GEOGRAPHY TEACHERS WAYS OF MAKING FULL USE CF LIBRARY RESOURCES IN TEACHING THE SUBJECT.

THE ONE-DAY WORKSHOP, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LIBRARY SECTION AND THE GEOGRAPHY SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE CF THE DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT ST STEPHEN’S GIRLS’ COLLEGE AT 2 LYTTELTON ROAD, ON FRIDAY, JUNE 6.

SCHOOL HEADS WISHING TO NOMINATE TEACHERS TO TAKE PART IN THE WORKSHOP ARE ADVISED TO APPLY TO THE SENIOR INSPECTOR, LIBRARY SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, BY MAY 28.

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 1986

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ANOTHER PUBLIC SESSION * * * *

THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME, CHAIRED BY MR PETER C. WONG, WILL MEET WITH THE HONG KONG BAR ASSOCIATION IN A PUBLIC SESSION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 5 PM TO HEAR PART II OF THE BAR ASSOCIATION’S SUBMISSION.

REPRESENTING THE BAR ASSOCIATION WILL BE ITS CHAIRMAN, MR DENIS CHANG, QC AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS MR ALAN HOO AND MR JOHANNES CHAN WHO ALSO SPOKE FOR THE BAR AT THE FIRST SESSION ON MAY 5.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERY.

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NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL * * X *

FOR FANLING *

A PRIMARY SCHOOL IS TO BE BUILT ON A 3 700 SQUARE METRE SITE TO THE SOUTHEAST OF FANLING RAILWAY STATION.

THE SCHOOL WILL HAVE 24 CLASSROOMS, THREE SPECIAL ROOMS, TWO STAFF ROOMS, TWO HEADMASTER ROOMS, OFFICES, AN ASSEMBLY HALL AND A COVERED PLAYGROUND.

OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE A BASKETBALL COURT AND CAR PARKING SPACES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN JULY AND TAKE A YEAR TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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PUBLIC TOILET BEING BUILT ON TSI NG Yl * * * *

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A PUBLIC TOILET IN CHEUNG FAI ROAD ON TSI NG Yl. FACILITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED WILL BE INCLUDED.

WORK WILL START IN JULY AND BE COMPLETED IN JANUARY.

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 1986

10

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF WING LOK STREET * * * X

TO FACILITATE TRENCH EXCAVATION WORK, THE SECTION OF WING LOK STREET BETWEEN HILLIER STREET AND RUMSEY STREET IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 PM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 14) TO 7 AM THE NEXT MORNING.

THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE AGAIN BETWEEN 7 PM ON THURSDAY (MAY 15) AND 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

KOWLOON TONG WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KOWLOON TONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (MAY 15) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY BEACON HILL ROAD, EDE ROAD, BROADCAST DRIVE, WATERLOO ROAD AND RHONDDA ROAD INCLUDING MARCONI ROAD, FESSENDEN ROAD, EASTBOURNE ROAD AND ALNWICK ROAD.

WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 43.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 256.094 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 330.631 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 56.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THIRD UNIVERSITY PLANNING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED................ 1

SENIOR STAFF MOVEMENTS....................................... 2

GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR LONDON .................................. 4

JACOBS EXPLAINS UK’S SIGNIFICANT ROLE ....................... 4

SIR PATRICK SEES HOUSING PROGRESS ........................... 7

UK UNDER-SECRETARY LEAVING .................................. 8

LEGCO APPROVAL SOUGHT FOR PENSIONS INCREASE.................. 8

COMMONS DEBATE BROADCAST LIVE................................ 9

CONVERSION TO COAL MEANS CHEAPER ELECTRICITY................. 9

COUNCIL’S BUDGET DEFICIT TOTALS *21 MILLION ................. 10

COUNCIL SEEKS WAYS TO PROMOTE IMAGE.......................... 11

FOURTH QUARTER CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS OUT............ 12

SIR DAVID TO TOUR NORTH DISTRICT ............................ 13

MEET-THE-MEDIA............................................... 13

NEW ROAD TO SERVE SIU SAI JAN DEVELOPMENT.................... 14

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS FOR WORKERS............................... 14

SEMINAR ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR DISABLED.................. 15

ETV PROGRAMMES TO FEATURE VTC FILMS.......................... 15

CIVIC EDUCATION CENTRE EXTENDS HOURS......................... 16

TENDERS CALLED FOR LANDSCAPING IN TAI PO..................... 17

CENTRAL, EASTERN DISTRICT TRAFFIC CHANGES.................... 17

SHAU KEI WAN, CENTRAL TRAFFIC CHANGES........................ 17

TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG WATER GUT .............................. 18

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1986

1

THIRD UNIVERSITY PLANNING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENTS OF SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE THIRD UNIVERSITY PLANNING COMMITTEE AND W IAN MACPHERSON AS THE SECRETARY-GENERAL (DESIGNATE).

THE TWO APPOINTMENTS SIGNIFY THE FORMAL COMMENCEMENT OF THE PLANNING OF THE NEW INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION. SIR SZE-YUEN, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, PREVIOUSLY LED THE PLANNING COMMITTEES FOR THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG. MR MACPHERSON IS CURRENTLY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT AND IS EXPECTED TO ASSUME DUTY AS SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE THIRD UNIVERSITY PLANNING COMMITTEE IN AUGUST 1986.

THE THIRD UNIVERSITY PLANNING COMMITTEE WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEMBERSHIP:

CHAIRMAN : SIR SZE-YUEN CHUNG

MEMBERS : 8 LOCAL LAY MEMBERS

5 OVERSEAS ACADEMICS

5 LOCAL ACADEMICS

(ONE FROM EACH OF THE TWO EXISTING UNIVERSITIES, THE TWO POLYTECHNICS AND THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE)

SECRETARY GENERAL I MR IAN MACPHERSON

IT IS EXPECTED THAT OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL BE APPOINTED IN JULY AND THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL START WORK IN AUGUST THIS YEAR.

THE PLANNING COMMITTEE’S TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE:

♦HAVING REGARD TO THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION THAT -

(A) THE THIRD UNIVERSITY SHOULD BE A GROUPING OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS EMPHASISING SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY, MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS STUDIES,

(B)

BY 1999-2000 THE UNIVERSITY SHOULD PROVIDE DEGREE PLACES FOR 7 000 FULL-TIME AND EQUIVALENT PART-TIME STUDENTS, WITH ROOM FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT UP TO ABOUT 10 000;

(C) THE UNIVERSITY SHOULD HAVE ITS FIRST INTAKE NO LATER THAN THE 1994-97 TRIENN I UM;

(D) A SITE OF ABOUT 20 HECTARES WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE UNIVERSITY; AND

/(E) THE LEGISLATION.........

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 19&6

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(E) THE LEGISLATION, STAFF SALARY SCALES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF THE THIRD UNIVERSITY SHOULD BE DRAWN UP WITH DUE REGARD TO THOSE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

THE PLANNNG COMMITTEE IS INVITED TOi

(I) TENDER ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT ON -

(A) THE NAME AND THE LEGISLATION REQUIRED FOR THE THIRD UNIVERSITY;

(B) THE ADMINISTRATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR THE PROPER FUNCTION AND REGULATION OF THE UNIVERSITY;

(C) THE DETAILED ACADEMIC PROFILE AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS OF THE UNIVERSITY, TOGETHER WITH THE NECESSARY RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS;

(D) THE CAPITAL WORKS AND PROGRAMME OF CONSTRUCTION TOGETHER WITH THE NECESSARY RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS;

(E) STAFF SALARY SCALES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE;

(F) THE SELECTION OF A SUITABLE SITE FOR THE UNIVERSITY; AND

(G) ANY OTHER RELEVANT MATTERS; AND

(II) (A) RECOMMEND FOR APPOINTMENT THE FIRST VICE-CHANCELLOR AND OTHER STAFF FOR THE UNIVERSITY; AND

(B) CARRY OUT ANY EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS AS DIRECTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.*

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SENIOR STAFF MOVEMENTS

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THE FOLLOWING SENIOR STAFF MOVEMENTSi

MR IAN MACPHERSON WILL LEAVE HIS PRESENT POST OF SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT IN LATE JUNE THIS YEAR. FOLLOWING A PERIOD OF LEAVE HE WILL IN AUGUST BECOME SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE WHICH IS TO BE SET UP TO OVERSEE PREPARATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF HONG KONG’S THIRD UNIVERSITY;

MR HARNAM GREWAL, THE PRESENT COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, WILL SUCCEED MR MACPHERSON AS SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT AT THE END OF JUNE; AND

/MB PATRICK .......

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1986

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MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, WILL ALSO IN JUNE, TAKE OVER FROM MR GREWAL AS COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THESE OFFICERS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

MR IAN MACPHERSON, OBE, JP

AGED 56. JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE IN MAY 1962 AFTER SERVICE IN TANGANYIKA. HE HAS HELD A NUMBER OF SENIOR POSTS, INCLUDING COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES, REGIONAL SECRETARY, NEW TERRITORIES, AND COMMISSIONER, ASSESSMENT OFFICE. MR MACPHERSON HAS BEEN IN HIS PRESENT POST OF SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT SINCE FEBRUARY 1985. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN JANUARY 1986.

MR HARNAM GREWAL, ED, JP

AGED 48. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 1962. MR GREWAL’S SERVICE INCLUDES APPOINTMENTS AS DISTRICT OFFICER TAI PO, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, AND AS A DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE. HE HAS BEEN IN HIS PRESENT POST OF COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SINCE JUNE 1984, AND WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE A IN SEPTEMBER 1985.

MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, JP

AGED 44. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN NOVEMBER 1964. HE HAS PREVIOUSLY SERVED IN THE FORMER NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, AS ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY, UMELCO, AND IN SECURITY BRANCH AS A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY AND, LATER, AS DEPUTY SECRETARY. HE WAS ALSO COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE IN THE FORMER RECREATION AND CULTURE DEPARTMENT AND HAS BEEN IN HIS PRESENT POST OF DEPUTY SECRETARY (RECREATION AND CULTURE), MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH SINCE APRIL 1985. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1978.

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GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR LONDON * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LEFT FOR LONDON TONIGHT (TUESDAY).

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

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JACOBS EXPLAINS HK’S SIGNIFICANT ROLE * * * *

WITH A VIGOROUS AND IMAGINATIVE HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE, THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO BE A SIGNIFICANT FINAnCINCENTRE, PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO CHINA BUT ALSO IN THE REGION A^D ON A FULL INTERNATIONAL BASIS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY (DESIGNATE). NR PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN VANCOUVER YESTERDAY (THIS MORNING HK TI'E).

THE HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE COULD BE CALLED HONG KONG’S MOST SIGNIFICANT ASSET INSOFAR AS FINANCIAL SERVICES WERE CONCERNED, NR JACOBS SAID IN ADDRESSING THE HONG KONG CANADA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION ON HONG KONG’S ROLE IN CHINA’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT aNJ ITS FUTURE AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE.

MR JACOBS, VISITING VANCOUVER IN CONNECTION WITH EXPO ’86, SAD THIS HUMAN INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH PROVIDED A FULL RANGE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPRISED NOT ONLY LOCAL PEOPLE BUT ALSO MANY FROM OVERSEAS WHO HAD ESTABLISHED A PRESENCE IN HONG KONG.

REFERRING TO HONG KONG’S POSITION AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE, FR JACOBS SAID NOTWITHSTANDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF TOKYO AND THE EXISTENCE OF LONDON AND NEW YORK, THERE WAS STILL PLENTY OF ROOF. F^.-> OTHER FINANCIAL CENTRES, PARTICULARLY WHEN THEY HAD SOMETHING TO OFFER AND HONG KONG HAD TO BE REGARDED IN THAT LIGHT.

THERE WERE FOUR FACTORS OF SPECIAL RELEVANCE, HE SAID.

THE FIRST WAS LOW DIRECT TAXATION. THEN CAME FLEXIBILITY. +HONG KONG HAS A SMALL AND COMPARATIVELY TIGHTLY ORGANISED ADMINISTRATION. IT IS ABLE TO MOVE QUICKLY WHEN THE NEED AR ISES,+ l€ EXPLAINED.

THE THIRD FACTOR CONCERNED THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND LANGUAGE. HONG KONG WAS A COMMON LAW JURISDICTION AND WAS TIED IN WITH THE THINKING OF OTHER COMMON LAW JURISDICTIONS. THIS WAS PARTICULARLY RELEVANT IN RELATION TO LONDON AND NEW YORK, HE SAID.

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HONG KONG’S MAIN BUSINESS LANGUAGE WAS ENGLISH WHICH HAD cECO. -THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE OF COMMERCE AND ITS USE LOCALLY was OF INESTIMABLE ADVANTAGE.

♦AND, MOST IMPORTANT FOR THE FUTURE, THERE IS PROVISION IN THE SINO—BRITISH DECLARATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF BOTH THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE,+ HE ADDED.

GEOGRAPHY WAS THE FOURTH FACTOR, MR JACOBS SAID. HONG KONG’S LOCATION ON THE COAST OF CHINA HAD LED TO NOTEWORTHY DEVELOPMENT^ IN RELATION TO ITS ROLE VIS A VIS THE MAINLAND.

HE NOTED THAT RECENTLY CHINA HAD MADE INCREASING USE OF HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL SECTOR.

MR JACOBS ALSO SAID MANY OF THE DEPOSIT TAKING INSTITUTIONS, LEGAL AND ACCOUNTANCY FIRMS AND MERCHANTS BANKS IN HONG KONG fimli BRANCHES OR PARENT FIRMS OVERSEAS. MEANWHILE, HONG KONG’S OwN LOCAL BANKS MAINTAINED A PRESENCE IN OVER 30 COUNTRIES.

HE SAID THIS INTERNATIONAL ASPECT WAS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE FOP THE FUTURE.

TURNING TO THE GROWING TRADING AND INVESTMENT LINKS wITH CHINA, MR JACOBS SAID THIS SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP HAD BEEN AND WOULD CONTINUE TO BE OF INCREASING SIGNIFICANCE.

HE SAID THERE WERE TWO MORE SIGNIFICANT RECENT DEVELOPMENTS I THE ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA.

THE FIRST WAS THE RE-EMERGENCE OF HONG AS AN ENTREPOT PORT FOR CHINA.

KONG’S TRADITIONAL ROL.

THE LARGEST MARKET Fu

SINCE 1980 CHINA HAD ONCE AGAIN BECOME

HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS, IN ADDITION TO ITS MORE TRADITIONAL AN> AS THE LARGEST SOURCE OF GOODS RE-EXPORTED THROUGH

IMPORTANT ROLE HONG KONG.

MR JACOBS SAID HONG KONG HAD MODERN AND EFFICIENT PORT FACILITIES AND FREQUENT SHIPPING AND AIR LINKS WITH MOST PARTS OF THE WORLD.

THE EFFICIENCY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG WERE OF DIRECT^ BENEFIT TO CHINA IN ITS DRIVE TO EXPAND ITS INTERNATIONAL TRADE.

IN ADDITION, THE PORT ACTIVITY WAS MATCHED BY OR RELATED TO THE MANY FINANCIAL OR COMMERCIAL SERVICES AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG -INSURANCE, BANKING, LEGAL SERVICES, IMPORT/EXPORT AND MANY OTHERo, ALL OF BENEFIT NOT ONLY TO HONG KONG BUT ALSO TO CHINA, HE SaIu.

MR JACOBS SAID THE SECOND IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT *AS THE _

GROWTH OF HONG KONG’S OWN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE MAINLAND, THOUi’ ii SOME EXTENT THIS TRADE HAD BEEN CURTAILED RECENTLY HAVING REGA: .. CHINA'S WISH TO PRESERVE ITS FOREIGN EXCHANGE.

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IN THE FIELD OF PERSONAL TRAVEL, HE SAID ABOUT 11 MILLION BUSINESS AND LEISURE TRIPS WERE MADE BY HONG KONG RESIDENTS TO THE MAINLAND IN 1985, AN INCREASE OF 40 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS

YEAR.

THIS GENERAL DEVELOPMENT IN TRADE AND COMMERCE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA HAD GENERATED GROWING DEMAND FOR SUCH SERVICES AS SHIPPING, TRANSPORTATION, INSURANCE, FREIGHT HANDLING, BANKING, ADVERTISING, LEGAL AND ACCOUNTANCY SERVICES AND SO ON.

+THIS DEMAND AND ALSO CHINA’S EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE FOREIGN INVESTMENT HAVE ALL CONTRIBUTED TO BUILDING UP HONG KONG’S STRENGTH AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE OF INTERNATIONAL IMPORTANCE,+ HE SAID.

ON THE INVESTMENT RELATIONSHIP, MR JACOBS SAID HONG KONG REPRESENTED AN IMPORTANCE SOURCE OF INVESTMENT IN CHINA, ESPECIALLY INVESTMENT IN THE SHENZHEN SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE, WHERE ABOUT 80 CR 90 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL INVESTMENTS WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CONTRIBUTED BY INVESTORS FROM HONG KONG.

ON THE OTHER HAND, SINCE THE LATE 1970’S CHINA HAD BEEN EXPANDING ITS OWN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG, HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT CHINESE TRADING COMPANIES HAD DEVELOPED FROM THEIR MORE TRADITIONAL ROLES INTO AREAS SUCH AS PROPERTY INVESTMENT AND MANUFACTURING.

APART FROM MAKING PROFITS, HE SAID THROUGH THEIR INVESTMENTS, CHINESE COMPANIES AND THEIR STAFF COULD ACQUIRE INTERNATIONAL TRADING AND MODERN MANAGEMENT SKILLS, AS WELL AS PROMOTE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER.

IN CONCLUSION, MR JACOBS STRESSED THAT FINANCIAL SERVICES WERE IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG.

♦WITHOUT THIS SECTOR, AS WELL AS OUR STRONG MANUFACTURING BASE, IT MIGHT BE INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO PRESERVE THE FULL FLAVOUR AND CHARACTER OF HONG KONG IN THE YEARS AHEAD,+ HE SAID.

AS TO OTHER FINANCIAL CENTRES, HE SAID THE GROWTH OF ANY NE.. MAJOR INTERNATIONAL CENTRE HAD TENDED TO COMPLEMENT THOSE EXISTING RATHER THAN TO DETRACT FROM THEM.

HE ADDED THAT HONG KONG HAD ALWAYS THRIVED ON COMPETITION, AND THERE WAS NO REASON WHY IT SHOULD NOT ADAPT TO NEW DEVELOPMENT^ IN FUTURE JUST AS IT HAD IN THE PAST.

IN SO DOING, HONG KONG WOULD SAFEGUARD THE WAY OF LIFE OF ITS PEOPLE AND ENSURE THAT ITS ECONOMIC RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MAINLAND WOULD CONTINUE TO FLOURISH, HE SAID.

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SIR PATRICK SEES HOUSING PROGRESS *****

THE PERMANENT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE AND HEAD OF THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE (DESIGNATE), SIR PATRICK WRIGHT, THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON VISITED THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG.

THE BRIEFING WAS GIVEN BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR FRED

PANG.

SIR PATRICK, ACCOMPANIED BY LADY WRIGHT, ALSO TOURED THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S EXHIBITION HALL WHERE HE WAS SHOWN MODELS AND PHOTOGRAPHS ILLUSTRATING THE VARIOUS STAGES OF PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

AFTER THIS, SIR PATRICK WAS TAKEN ON A HELICOPTER TOUR OF THE TERRITORY BY THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, AND THE DIRECTOR OF TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT, MR KENNETH KWOK.

IN THE MORNING, SIR PATRICK ATTENDED A MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THEN VISITED THE BRITISH TRADE COMMISSION IN BANK OF AMERICA TOWER WHERE HE MET THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE STAFF AND SPOKE TO THEM ABOUT THE COMMISSION’S WORK.

HE THEN CALLED ON UMELCO MEMBERS AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING AND HAD LUNCH WITH THEM.

THIS EVENING, SIR PATRICK WILL ATTEND A COCKTAIL RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR REG HOLLOWAY, AT WHICH GUESTS WILL INCLUDE MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE ON SECONDMENT TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

LATER HE WILL MEET A NUMBER OF SENIOR LOCAL BUSINESSMEN AT A DINNER AT MR HOLLOWAY’S RESIDENCE.

DURING THE MORNING, LADY WRIGHT MADE A SEPARATE VISIT TO AP LEI CHAU WHERE SHE INSPECTED A DAY NURSERY RUN BY THE WOMEN’S WELFARE CLUB OF WESTERN DISTRICT.

LADY WRIGHT WAS ACCOMPANIED BY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS EVELYN DOE, AND WAS WELCOMED AT THE NURSERY BY BOARD MEMBERS OF THE CLUB. SHE LOOKED OVER THE FACILITIES O’7 THE NURSERY AND CHATTED TO THE CHILDREN.

THE NURSERY ACCOMMODATES 100 CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN TWO AND SIX.

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UK UNDER-SECRETARY LEAVING

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THE PERMANENT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE AND HEAD OF THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICES (DESIGNATE), SIR PATRICK WRIGHT, AND LADY WRIGHT WILL LEAVE HONG KONG TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTER A THREE-DAY VISIT.

SIR PATRICK WILL LEAVE FOR PEKING BY FLIGHT CA 102, ETD 12.30 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

PRESS PHOTOGRAPHERS WISHING TO COVER HIS DEPARTURE SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT AT 11.AO AM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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LEGCO APPROVAL SOUGHT FOR PENSIONS INCREASE * * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) BE ASKED TO APPROVE AN INCREASE OF THREE PER CENT IN ALL CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS, INCLUDING PENSIONS PAYABLE UNDER THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSION SCHEME AND UNDER THE WIDOWS’ AND CHILDREN’S PENSIONS SCHEME. THE INCREASES WOULD TAKE EFFECT FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

FOR THIS PURPOSE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, WILL MOVE TWO MOTIONS TO AMEND THE PENSIONS (INCREASE) ORDINANCE AND THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSION (INCREASE) ORDINANCE.

IN ADDITION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, WILL MOVE A MOTION SEEKING APPROVAL TO RAISE TO tlO 500 PER MONTH THE WAGE CEILING IN THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON TWO BILLS - SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (FEES) BILL 1986 AND PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 - PRIOR TO COMMITTEE STAGE AND FINAL READING.

OTHER MAIN BUSINESS AT THE MEETING CONCERNS REPLIES TO 10 QUESTIONS BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, INCLUDING AN INQUIRY FROM THE HON HUI YIN-FAT ON A RECENT CASE CONCERNING A SIX-YEAR OLD GIRL WHO HAD BEEN CONFINED TO HER HOME.

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COMMONS DEBATE BROADCAST LIVE *****

RTHK’S RADIO 3 WILL BROADCAST LIVE THEHOUSEOFCOMMONSDEBATE ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER WHICH WILL START AT ABOUT 5 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) 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.

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CONVERSION TO COAL MEANS CHEAPER ELECTRICITY *****

ELECTRICITY IN HONG KONG IS CHEAPER IN REAL TERMS THAN IT .vAS THREE YEARS AGO, THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

OPENING THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING SHOW, ELENEX 86, AT THE HONG KONG EXHIBITION CENTRE, MR OSBORNE SAID THE REDUCTION WAS BECAUSE OF THE CONVERSION OF POWER STATIONS FROM OIL TO COAL BURNING.

DESPITE THE DROP IN OIL PRICES, HE SAID, CONSUMERS HAD BENEFITED FROM THE USE OF COAL INSTEAD OF OIL. +THEREFORE, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT NORMAL COST ESCALATION, THE HONG KONG CONSUMER IS ACTUALLY ENJOYING, IN REAL TERMS, CONSIDERABLY LOWER ELECTRICITY CHARGES THAN THREE YEARS AGO,+ HE SAID.

MR OSBORNE EXPLAINED THAT PLANS FOR INSTALLING ADDITIONAL GENERATING CAPACITY WERE ON SCHEDULE AND THAT BY 1990 PRACTICALLY ALL POWER GENERATED IN HONG KONG WOULD BE COAL-FIRED.

ALONG WITH THE DROP IN PRICE HAD COME A RISE IN CONSUMPTION MAKING HONG KONG THE THIRD LARGEST CONSUMER OF ELECTRICITY PER PERSON IN THE REGION AFTER JAPAN AND SINGAPORE.

CONSUMPTION GREW BY FIVE PER CENT IN 1985 TO 10 GIGA-JOULES (2.8 MEGA-WATT-HOURS) PER HEAD. THIS WAS 65 PER CENT OF JAPAN’S CONSUMPTION AND 85 PER CENT OF SINGAPORE’S, SAID MR OSBORNE.

THE RISE IN CONSUMPTION WAS REFLECTED IN THE RISE IN IMPORTS OF HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES. THESE GREW BY OVER 40 PER CENT IN 1985 FROM ABOUT $1 800 MILLION IN 1984 TO $2 500 MILLION LAST YEAR.

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TH^RE HAD ALSO BEEN AN INCREASE OF 80 PER CENT OVER THE .UMBEr OF EXHIBITORS AT THE LAST ELENEX IN 1984 AND MR OSBORNE -/PRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT THERE WOULD BE A CORRESPONDING RISE I- THE AMOUNT OF BUSINESS GENERATED.

THE THREE-DAY EXHIBITION HAS ATTRACTED MORE THAN 150 EXHIBITORS INCLUDING NATIONAL GROUPS FROM AUSTRALIA FINLAND, GERMANY, INDIA, ITALY, HOLLAND, SPAIN, TAIWAN, FRANCE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM, AS WELL

AS HONG KONG.

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COUNCIL’S BUDGET DEFICIT TOTALS $21 MILLION X X * X

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S UNAUDITED PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOR 1985/86 SHOWS A DEFICIT OF ONLY ABOUT $21 MILLION, WHICH IS 3159 MILLION BETTER THAN THE ORIGINALLY FORECAST DEFICIT OF 3180 MILLION.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL’S FINANCE SELECT COMMITTEE, MR WALTER SULKE, SAID THIS AT THE COUNCIL’S MONTHLY OPEN MEETING TODAY.

+THIS VERY MUCH BETTER RESULT WAS ACHIEVED IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT DURING THE YEAR JUST ENDED THE COUNCIL SPENT A RECORD 3274 MILLION ON CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS TO PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED CIVIC FACILITIES THUS FURTHER UPGRADING THE LIVING STANDARDS OF HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

♦ THIS FIGURE OF $274 MILLION IS $62 MILLION MORE THAN THE COUNCIL HAS EVER SPENT IN ANY YEAR IN THE PAST ON CIVIC PROJECTS AND UNDERLINES THE COUNCIL’S COMMITMENT TO CONTINUALLY IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.+

MR SULKE POINTED OUT THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL HAD FORECAST DEFICITS FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS BUT ONLY HAD ACTUAL EFI CITS IN THREE OF THOSE YEARS.

IN HIS VIEW, IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT THAT BUDGETS BE ACCURATE BECAUSE THEY SERVED A DUAL PURPOSE. +THEY ARE A MANAGEMENT TOOL AND THEY INFORM THE PUBLIC, AND ESPECIALLY THAT PART OF THE PUBLIC WHO PAY RATES AND WHOSE MONEY WE ARE SPENDING, WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING IN THE COMING YEAR,+ HE SAID.

+AND AS FAR AS THE PUBLIC IS CONCERNED, IF WE REPEATEDLY STATE THAT WE WILL HAVE A DEFICIT AND THEREFORE WILL NEED MORE MONEY AND THEN IT TURNS OUT THAT WE DON’T HAVE A DEFICIT, WE WILL LOSE CREDIBILITY.

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+ THEN WHEN WE REALLY NEED MONEY WE MAY NOT GET IT BECAUSE THE PUBLIC’S REPRESENTATIVES IN LEGCO MAY WELL THEN TURN AROUND AND TELL US THAT SINCE OUR BUDGETS HAVE BEEN OVER-PESSIMISTIC NO DOUBT THIS TIME WE CAN LIVE WITH LESS MONEY.+

THUS, MR SULKE APPEALED TO ALL URBAN COUNCIL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AND ALL DEPARTMENT MANAGERS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COUNCIL’S FORTHCOMING BUDGET, TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR IN DECEMBER, WAS MUCH MORE ACCURATE THAN THOSE OF THE LAST TEN YEARS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THERE WERE MANY REASONS FOR OVER-BUDGETING AND ONE OF THE MAJOR FACTORS WAS THAT PROJECTS WERE DELAYED AS A RESULT OF CONTRACTORS’ FAILURE TO MEET WORK SCHEDULES.

+ l WOULD THEREFORE LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT, TO AVOID THESE WIDE FLUCTUATIONS FROM YEAR TO YEAR BETWEEN PROJECTED AND ACTUAL EXPENDITURE ON CAPITAL PROJECTS, A DEDICATED CAPITAL WORKS FUND, SEPARATE FROM THE COUNCIL’S GENERAL FUND, BE CREATED LATER IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.+ HE SAID.

FINALLY, MR SULKE STRESSED THAT THE AIM OF THE FINANCE SELECT COMMITTEE WAS NOT TO CURB SPENDING FOR THE SAKE OF MAKING CUTBACKS.

+THE COUNCIL HAS MANY BROAD RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE FINANCE SELECT COMMITTEE WISHES TO SEE THEM ALL FULFILLED SO THAT CITY SERVICES ARE MAINTAINED AND BETTERED WHENEVER POSSIBLE, AND MORE AND BETTER FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED FOR THE USE AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

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COUNCIL SEEKS WAYS TO PROMOTE IMAGE

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THE URBAN COUNCIL IS NOW LOOKING AT VARIOUS WAYS TO HELP PROMOTE ITS IMAGE AND ACTIVITIES SO THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC WILL GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ITS ROLE AND THE DAY-TO-DAY WORK OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE, SAID THIS TODAY AT THE COUNCIL’S MONTHLY OPEN MEETING.

HE SAID THE COUNCIL WAS STRIKING A NEW AND QUICKER PACE AS IT SET OUT TO DO AN EVER BETTER JOB TO MEET THE RISING ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS PROSPEROUS AND TREMENDOUSLY VITAL TERRITORY. .

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♦ THIS CAN BE EVIDENCED FROM THE MANY FRESH, STIMULATING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING, INTERESTING AND CONSTRUCTIVE QUESTIONS AND IDEAS THAT WILL BE PUT FORWARD BY COUNCIL MEMBERS AT TODAY’S MEETING,* HE SAID.

+JUDGING FROM THIS IT SEEMS WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO THE CUT-AND-THRUST OF MANY VIGOROUS DEBATES IN THE MONTHS AHEAD AS COUNCILLORS STRIVE TO DO THEIR BEST FOR THE 4 MILLION URBAN DWELLERS THEY SERVE.*

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FOURTH QUARTER CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS OUT * * * * *

THE TOTAL GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY ALL CONTRACTORS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985 AMOUNTED TO $9 911 MILLION, WHICH WAS 10.0 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 4.2 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS (AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, ERECTED BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES, AND OTHER MINOR WORK LOCATIONS) IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985 WAS $6 486 MILLION. THIS GAVE AN INDEX OF 98.4, WHICH WAS 10.2 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND 2.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE SAME QUARTER CF 1984. THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF 1982 WAS TAKEN AS 100.

AS DISTINCT FROM THE FIGURES ON CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY ALL CONTRACTORS, THE FIGURES FOR MAIN CONTRACTORS ARE FREE FROM THE EFFECT OF DOUBLE COUNTING OF CONSTRUCTION VALUE DUE TO THE SUB-CONTRACTING PRACTICE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES IN THE 4TH QUARTER OF 1985 AMOUNTED TO $5 063 MILLION, WHICH WAS 12.9 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT 0.8 PER CENT LOWER THAN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984. THE INCREASE OVER THE PRECEDING QUARTER WAS MAINLY ATTRIBUTED TO MORE CONSTRUCTION WORK IN RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL - RESIDENTIAL (COMPOSITE) BUILDINGS.

THE OUTPUT VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985 WAS $1 821 MILLION. WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984, IT INCREASED BY 18.5 PER CENT AND 8.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE OUTPUT VALUE OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS WAS $700 MILLION, REPRESENTING DECREASES OF 5.9 PER CENT IN COMPARISON WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 28.4 PER CENT IN COMPARISON WITH THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984.

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PORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT IS GIVEN If THE +REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT, FOURTH QUARTER 1985+ RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE REPORT MAY BE BOUGHT AT $2 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL. REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED.

ENQUIRIES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE

NUMBER 3-7224490.

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SIR DAVID TO TOUR NORTH DISTRICT XXX

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL TOUR THE NORTH DISTRICT ON THURSDAY (MAY 15) AFTERNOON TO KEEP UP-TO-DATE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, SIR DAVID WILL TOUR FANLING, SHEUNG SHUl AND WILL ALSO SEE POLLUTION PROBLEMS IN BEAS RIVER.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

PRESS FACILITIES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED FOR SIR DAVID’S VISIT. GOVERNMENT VEHICLES WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 12.45 PM ON THURSDAY (MAY 15) TO TAKE PRESS MEMBERS TO FANLING. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST.

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MEET-THE-MEDIA * * * * *

THE REGISTRAR OF TRADE UNIONS, MR MAK SAI-YIU, WILL MEET THE NEDIA ON THURSDAY (MAY 15) AT 4 PM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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NEW ROAD TO SERVE SIU SAI WAN DEVELOPMENT * * * *

. S'LTION OF CHAI WAN ROAD AND THE PRIVATE ACCESS ROAD TO SIU SAI WAN SEAMEN’S TEMPORARY TRAINING CENTRE ARE TO BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED SO THAT A HOUSING ESTATE AND HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AT SIU SAI WAN CAN BE DEVELOPED.

HOWEVER, A NEW ROAD WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO REPLACE THE CLOSED SECTION.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS ..ILL BE MAINTAINED UNTIL THE NEW ROAD IS COMPLETED ON RECLAIMED LAND TO THE NORTHEAST.

ANY PERSON WISHING TO OBJECT TO THE WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND wORKS, MURRAY BUILDING, 2OTH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, BY JULY 8.

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS FOR WORKERS * * * *

THE MUSIC OFFICE IS ORGANISING A NUMBER OF FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERTS IN SHA TIN AND WAN CHAI TO ENTERTAIN WORKING PEOPLE IN THOSE DISTRICTS.

FOUR CONCERTS WILL BE HELD EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM TOMORROW (MAY 14) TO JUNE 4 AT THE SHA TIN MUSIC CENTRE. THESE WILL INCLUDE A MUSIC SOLO, CHINESE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE, GUITAR DUET, GUITAR SOLO AS WELL AS GUITAR AND VIOLIN DUET PERFORMANCES.

IN WAN CHAI, THE HONG KONG BRASS, HONG KONG WIND ENSEMBLE SOCIETY, MUSIC OFFICE CHINESE ENSEMBLE AND THE BAROQUE GUITAR ENSEMBLE WILL BE ASSOCIATED IN FOUR CONCERTS TO BE GIVEN ON ALTERNATE TUESDAYS STARTING ON MAY 20. THE VENUE WILL BE THE BASEMENT OF THE TAI YAU BUILDING AT THE CORNER OF JOHNSTON AND FLEMING ROADS.

ALL THE CONCERTS WILL START AT 1.15 PM. FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON 5-283257 (HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE) AND 0-6065731 (SHA TIN MUSIC CENTRE).

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1936

SEMINAR ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR DISABLED * * * * *

THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR THE DISABLED SECTION OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT WLL ;-<OLD A SEMINAR FOR TEACHING STAFF AND PRINCIPALS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION ON THURSDAY (MAY 15).

ABOUT 120 PARTICIPANTS WlLL HEAR INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND EXPERTS ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING DELIVER TALKS ON THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENTS IN VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES, JOB PREPARATION AND OPPORTUNITIES AND RELATED SERVICES SUCH AS VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE DISABLED.

THE HALF-DAY SEMINAR, ENTITLED + AN INSIGHT INTO VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR THE DISABLED+, WILL BE HELD AT THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL’S MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE OF HONG KONG ON THE 17TH FuOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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ETV PROGRAMMES TO FEATURE VTC FILMS

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VOCATIONAL TRAINING GUIDANCE OFFERED AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND TRAINING CENTRES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S TELEVISION BROADCASTS.

TWO 20-MINUTE FILMS ENTITLED +TECHNICAL INSTITUTES IN HONG KONG* AND +INDUSTRI AL TRAINING CENTRES IN HONG KONG+ WILL BE SHOWN ON TVB (PEARL) AT NOON ON MAY 15 AND 29.

THE FILMS DEPICT THE TYPES OF COURSES OFFERED AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND TRAINING CENTRES, THEIR MODES OF STUDIES, TRAINING APPROACH, FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENTS, PLACEMENT SERVICES AVAILABLE AND ENTRY REQUIREMENT FOR ADMISSION.

PRODUCED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, THE FILMS ARE AIMED AT INFORMING THE PUBLIC OF TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO FORM 5 AND FORM 3 LEAVERS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF OBTAINING VOCATIONAL TRAINING BEFORE EMPLOYMENT.

SCHOOLS ARE ADVISED TO MAKE COPIES OF THE FILMS FOR SHOWING TO PARENTS ON OCCASIONS SUCH AS PARENTS’ DAYS OR OPEN DAYS, SO THAT MESSAGES ON FURTHER STUDIES AND CAREER PLANNING CAN REACH PARENTS AS WELL.

/THE VTC .......

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THE VTC HAS PRODUCED FOUR OTHER PUBLICITY FILMS ON APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING AND CAREER PROSPECTS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL SECTORS.

ALL VTC FILMS ARE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE FOR LOAN TO SCHOOLS OR THE PUBLIC. DETAILS ABOUT THEM CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE COUNCIL’S INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION.

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CIVIC EDUCATION CENTRE EXTENDS HOURS

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THE OPENING HOURS OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE EXTENDED FROM THURSDAY (MAY 15) FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF TEACHERS.

THE NEW HOURS ARE:

MONDAY TUESDAY 9 AM TO 12.30 PM AND 2 PM TO RESERVED FOR GROUP VISITS 4.30 PM

WEDNESDAY 9 AM TO 12.30 PM AND 2 PM TO 6.30 PM

THURSDAY RESERVED FOR GROUP VISITS

FRIDAY 9 AM TO 12.30 PM AND 2 PM TO 6.30 PM

SATURDAY 9 AM TO NOON

THE CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO ARRANGE GROUP VISITS FOR TEACHERS ARE ADVISED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE CENTRE ON 5-614364. NO PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR INDIVIDUAL VISITS.

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TENDERS CALLED FOR LANDSCAPING IN TAI PO *****

LANDSCAPING WORK IS TO BE CARRIED OUT ALONG THE WATERFRONT AT TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

THE WORK, PART OF THE CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO, WILL CONSIST OF SCREEN MOUNDS, GRASSING AND PLANTING.

TENDERS FOR THE SCHEME, EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT FIVE MONTHS TO COMPLETE, ARE BEING INVITED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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CENTRAL, EASTERN DISTRICT TRAFFIC CHANGES *****

THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF RUMSEY STREET BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL TO A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE LIFTED FROM 13 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 16).

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, THE SECTION OF YEE SHUN STREET BETWEEN CHAI WAN ROAD AND YEE FUNG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

IN ADDITION, THE SECTION OF SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST BETwEEN KAM WA STREET AND A KUNG NGAM ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM ON FRIDAY FOR THE TAM KUNG FESTIVAL.

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FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 15), THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT FIVE DAYS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK:

* THE SECTION OF FACTORY STREET BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST AND WANG WA STREET;

* THE SECTION OF WANG WA STREET BETWEEN FACTORY STREET AND KAM WA STREET; AND

/* THE SECTION

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1986

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> THE SECTION OF KAM WA STREET BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST AND WANG WA STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME, CROSS-HARBOUR BUS ROUTE 102 WILL BE TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO TERMINATE AT SHAU KEI WAN BUS TERMINUS.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 16), THE PEAK HOUR (7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM) BUS ONLY LANE RESTRICTION ON THE EASTBOUND KERBSIDE LANE OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL FROM A POINT ABOUT 46 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HARBOUR VIEW STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 188 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WHICH HAS BEEN LIFTED SINCE MARCH 14 FOR ROAD WORK, WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR ANOTHER MONTH.

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TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG WATER CUT * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY (MAY 16) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TEXACO ROAD, TAI HO ROAD AND THE SEA FRONT, INCLUDING TSUEN WAN POLICE STATION, TSUEN WAN PUMPING STATION, TSUEN WAN SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL, CARITAS CENTRE, KWU HANG VILLAGE, TSE KWU wAN AND WAH KAI INDUSTRIAL BUILDING.

EARLIER THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM FOR REPAIR WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES ALONG LAU FAU SHAN ROAD FROM TUNG TAU TSUEN TO LAU FAU SHAN INCLUDING TUNG TAU TSUEN, FUNG KONG TSUEN, SAN HING TSUEN, SAN HING SAN TSUEN, SHA KONG WAI AND SHA KONG TSUEN.

NGAU HOM TSUEN, SHA KONG MEI, CHUNG HAU TSUEN, HANG HAU TSUEN, LAU FAU SHAN AND FUK LO TSUEN WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

NO DECISION YET ON.'CONFINED' CHILD'S FUTURE .............. 1

BOAT OWNERS MUST BEAR SHARE OF COSTS....................... 2

SHIPPING FEIS BILL COMES IN TIMELY......................... 3

CONTROL ON MANUFACTURE, SALE OF MINERAL WATER WELCOMED '... 4

CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS. RAISED BY 3 PER CENT .............. 6

WAGE CEILING RAISED. TO $10 500 ........................... 7

NUMBER OF SQUATTER. FIRE VICTIMS DECLINING................. 7

COMMUNITY OPINION SOUGHT ON BETTING CENTRES ............... 9

NO PLANS TO RAISE SEVERANCE PAY LIMITS .................... 10

HK RESIDENTS ENTITLED TO CONSULAR PROTECTION .............. 11

SATISFACTORY MONITORING OF LEAD IN CERAMICS ............... 12

ITC DE-REGISTRATIQN: NOT MANY DEPOSITORS SUFFERED.......... 12

LOW SUCCESS RATE IN FILLING VACANCIES FOR INSPECTORS....... 13

ELDERLY FESTIVAL DESERVES, RECEIVES SUPPORT ............... 14

SEATING CAPACITY IN PRIVATE CARS EXPLAINED ................ 14

TWO BILLS PASSED  ......................................... 15

JOBLESS RATE REMAINS STABLE.................................. 16

COMMITTEE ON CIVIC EDUCATION SET UP ......................... 18

GREEN MINIBUS FARE REVISION APPROVED ........................ 19

/BRIEFING ON .......

BRIEFING ON TOKYO SUMMIT ....................................... 20

RESULTS OF LATEST CIGARETTE SURVEY RELEASED .................... 20

85 MILLION DONATION TO..ARDS HOSPITAL EXTENSION ................ 21

SOCIAL WORKERS PLAY USEFUL PENAL ROLE .......................... 22

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ON SATURDAY....................   23

TALKS HELD ON U.S. EA CkLL...................................... 24

JUNE DATE FOR HONG KONG-U'.S. TEXTILE TALKS .................... 24

SHA TIN PARKING SITE TO LET .................................... 24

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS MTR WESTERN EXTENSION ..................... 25

DB MEMBERS TC VISIT MEDICAL CENTRE.............................. 25

FORUM FOR MONG KCK DB BY-ELECTION .............................. 26

NO ENTRY TO PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.................................. 26

SHEUNG SHUT PROHIBITED ZONE..................................... 27

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1986

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NO DECISION YET ON ’CONFINED’ CHILD’S FUTURE *****

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE INTENDS TO APPLY FOR A CARE AND PROTECTION ORDER TO REGULARISE THE POSITION UNTIL DECISIONS COULD BE TAKEN ON THE FUTURE OF A 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO WAS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN CONFINED TO HER HOME SINCE BIRTH, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DEPENDING ON THE OUTCOME OF THE VARIOUS ASSESSMENTS, THE AIM WAS TO REUNITE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IF THIS IS POSSIBLE, BUT +WHATEVER IS THE DECISIOH IT WILL BE TAKEN WITH THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD IN MIND,* SAID.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR CHAMBERS SAID IT WAS NOT TRUE TO SAY, AS HAD BEEN WIDELY REPORTED, THAT THE CHILD HAD NEVER BEEN OUTSIDE HER HOME SINCE BIRTH.

GIVING A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE CASE, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S KWAI CHUNG FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE CAME TO KNOW OF THE CASE LAST NOVEMBER THROUGH A TELEPHONE REPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT HOT-LINE THAT IT APPEARED THAT THE GIRL WAS NOT BEING PROPERLY CARED FOR BY HER MOTHER.

HE SAID THE CENTRE’S SOCIAL WORKER VISITED THE FLAT ON FIVE OCCASIONS BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND MAY BUT WAS UNABLE TO GAIN ACCESS.

+AS FAR AS COULD BEEN SEEN THE FLAT APPEARED TO BE CLEAN AND TIDY AND THERE WAS NOTHING TO INDICATE THAT THE CHILD WAS BEING ABUSED,* HE SAID.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT ACCORDING TO NEIGHBOURS, THE CHILD WAS TAKEN OUT BY HER MOTHER A FEW TIMES.

+ SHE WAS SEEN TO SPEAK GENTLY TO THE GIRL AND THERE WAS CERTAINLY NO SIGN OF VIOLENCE,* HE ADDED.

MR CHAMBERS SAID AS THE CASE WAS RECEIVING WIDE PUBLICITY AND THE FLAT WAS VIRTUALLY UNDER SIEGE BY THE PRESS, THE DEPARTMENT WAS AFRAID THAT THIS MIGHT UPSET THE MOTHER AND RESULT IN UNDESIRABLE CONSEQUENCESj THEY THEREFORE ENLISTED THE AID OF THE POLICE TO BREAK INTO THE FLAT ON MAY 8 AND TO REMOVE THE CHILD UNDER THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN AND JUVENILES ORDINANCE.

HE SAID THE GIRL HAD ADAPTED SATISFACTORILY TO HER NEW ENVIRONMENT AT CHUK YUEN CHILDREN’S RECEPTION CENTRE WHILE THE MOTHER WAS STILL UNDER OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT IN THE KWAI CHUNG HOSPITAL.

HE ADDED THAT A VISITING MEDICAL OFFICER FOUND THE GIRL TO BE IN GOOD GENERAL HEALTH BUT RECOMMENDED THAT SHE SHOULD BE SEEN BY A CHILD PSYCHIATRIST, A CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST AND A PAEDIATRICIAN.

/QUESTIONED ON .......

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QUESTIONED ON THE NUMBER OF SUCH CASES THAT HAD NOT BEEN REPORTED AND THE PREVENTION OF SIMILAR INCIDENTS OCCURRINb, MR CHAMBERS SAID IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO GIVE ANY PRECISE FIGURES AND THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT TO SAY WHAT WAS A +SIMILAR INCIDENT* UNTIL A CASE WAS THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED AND ASSESSED.

HE STRESSED THAT THE BEST MEANS OF PREVENTING SUCH CASES WAS FOR ANYONE WHO GENUINELY SUSPECTED THAT ABUSE OR NEGLECT WAS TAKING PLACE TO INFORM EITHER THE POLICE OR THE SOCIAL WELFARt DEPARTMENT SO THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES COULD BE INVESTIGATED AND APPROPRIATE ACTION TAKEN.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OPERATE*. HOT-LINE SERVICE AND THE PUBLIC WERE ENCOURAGED THROUGH THE MED I -TO REPORT SUSPECTED CASES OF CHILD ABUSE.

MR CHAMBERS ADDED THAT A SET OF STANDARD PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH CHILD ABUSE CASES WAS DRAWN UP SEVERAL YEARS AGO FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WHICH WERE ACTIVE IN THIS FIELD.

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BOAT OWNERS MUST BEAR W W * K

SHARE OF COSTS K

IT IS GOVERNMENT’S POLICY THAT, WHENEVER POSSIBLE, THOSE WHO USE SERVICES PROVIDED AT PUBLIC EXPENSE SHOULD PAY IN FULL FOR THAT USE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRID3-, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN CONCLUDING THE DEBATE ON THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (FEES) BILL 1986 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

EXPRESSING GRATITUDE TO THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE BILL, SIR JOHN SAID HE SAW NO GOOD REASON WHY THE GENERALITY OF TAXPAYERS SHOULD SUBSIDISE THOSE WHO COULD AFFORD TO RUN PRIVATE BOATS AND YACHTS IN HONG KONG.

+THOSE WHO USE PLEASURE VESSELS IN HONG KONG WATERS MUST EXPECT TO BEAR THEIR PROPER SHARE OF THE PUBLIC EXPENDITURE FOR SERVICES PROVIDED IN SUPPORT OF PLEASURE BOATING,+ HE SAID.

+WE SHALL DO THIS THROUGH SETTING FEES FOR VESSELS AND FOR THE KEEPING OF PRIVATE MOORINGS.+

SIR JOHN SAID THE BILL WOULD ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO RECOVER MORE OF THE COSTS OF OPERATING HONG KONG’S PORT AND SHIPPING SERVICES. +IT WILL DO NO MORE THAN THAT.*

+MOREOVER, THE BILL DOES NOT INTRODUCE A TAX IN THE SENSE OF A RAISING OF GENERAL REVENUE,* HE SAID.

/SI.-. JOHN ..............

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SIR JOHN NOTED THAT THERE HAD NOT BEEN AN INCREASE IN MOORING AND OTHER FEES SINCE 1970.

+AT LEAST TWO THIRDS OF CAUSEWAY BAY IS GIVEN UP TO PRIVATE BOATS. IF THEY DO NOT PAY A FAIR IMPOST THERE MUST BE A CASE FOR LAND RECLAMATION OR FOR EXPANDED TYPHOON-PROOF FACILITIES FOR WORKING CRAFT AND FISHING JUNKS,+ HE SAID.

SIR JOHN REITERATED THAT CHARITABLE OR WELFARE ORGANISATIONS NEED HAVE NO WORRY REGARDING THIS BILL AS ADEQUATE ARRANGEMENTS ALREADY EXISTED FOR FEES TO BE REBATED, OR SUBVENTIONS INCREASED, TO ENSURE THAT ANY GENUINE ADVERSE EFFECTS MIGHT BE AMELIORATED.

ON THE MAKING OF REGULATIONS, SIR JOHN SAID THE HONG KONG YACHTING ASSOCIATION HAD BEEN GIVEN SIX WEEKS TO PROPOSE METHODS FOR CALCULATING MOORING FEES.

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SHIPPING FEES BILL COMES IN TIMELY X X * X X * X

THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (FEES) BILL 1986 IS A TIMELY PIECE OF LEGISLATION AND SERVES TO REAFFIRM THE POLICY THAT IT IS IN THE MACRO INTEREST OF HONG KONG TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW A POLICY OF LOW RATES OF DIRECT TAXATION, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHEONG SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO MAINTAIN IN REAL TERMS THE YIELDS FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT FEES AND CHARGES, HAVING REGARD TO THE PRINCIPLE THAT COST TO THE PUBLIC PURSE OF PROVIDING SERVICES AND FACILITIES SHOULD, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, BE PAID FOR BY THOSE WHO USED THEM.

+SUCH POLICIES, WHICH ARE REALLY FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR FUTURE ECONOMIC SURVIVAL, MUST BE WORTHY OF OUR SUPPORT,+ HE STRESSED.

+FURTHERMORE, THE SCALE OF CHARGES TO BE LEVIED AT HKS500 PER MONTH FOR AN AVERAGE SIZE YACHT IS NOT MUCH MORE THAN THE AVERAGE MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTIONS NEEDED FOR BECOMING MEMBERS OF MOST RECREATIONAL CLUBS IN HONG KONG IN ORDER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES PROVIDED,* HE SAID.

EARLIER IN HIS SPEECH, MR CHEONG APPLAUDED THE GOVERNMENT IN ITS HANDLING OF THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1985 AND THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (FEES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1985 WHICH HE SAID FULLY DEMONSTRATED HOw WELL HONG KONG’S SYSTEM HAD BEEN PERFORMING.

/+TH2SL REGULATIONS........

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1986

+THESE REGULATIONS WERE INTRODUCED IN 1985 WITH A SIMPLE OBJECTIVE TO CONSTANTLY REVIEW AND UPDATE ALL FEES AND CHARGES LEVIED FOR VARIOUS SERVICES GOVERNMENT PROVIDES SO THAT THE IR YIELDS CAN BE MAINTAINED IN REAL TERMS AND THAT THE COST TO THE PUBLIC PURSE OF PROVIDING SUCH SERVICES MUST, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, BE PAID FOR BY THOSE WHO USED THEM,* HE OBSERVED.

HOWEVER, SUBSEQUENT TO STRONG PROTEST BY SOME MEMBERS OF THE YACHTING COMMUNITY, THE HONG KONG YACHTING ASSOCIATION HAD APPLIED FOR AND BEEN GRANTED BY THE HIGH COURT LEAVE TO APPLY FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE REGULATIONS.

MR CHEONG SAID THIS PRECIPITATED THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO ADMINISTRATIVELY REFUND THOSE AFFECTED BY THE 1985 REGULATIONS.

HE COMMENDED THE GOVERNMENT FOR CHOOSING THE ROUTE TO REFUND THUS AVOIDING THE TREMENDOUS COST TO THE PUBLIC PURSE OF A POSSIBLE PROTRACTED BATTLE OVER LEGAL JARGONS AND INTERPRETATIONS.

+AT THE VERY LEAST, GOVERNMENT SUBSCRIBES TO THE LIMITATIONS IMPOSED ON HER THROUGH AN INDEPENDENT LEGAL SYSTEM AND THAT THOSE AGGRIEVED HAVE HAD A TEMPORARY RELIEF,+ HE SAID.

MR CHEONG ALSO APPLAUDED THE ADMINISTRATION IN HER RESOLVE TO EXAMINE AND TO TRY TO IMPLEMENT POLICIES WHICH WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO THE MACRO INTEREST OF HONG KONG.

HE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE THE GOVERNMENT WAS RIGHT IN NOT PURSUING THE MATTER OF THE 1985 REGULATIONS FURTHER THROUGH COURT, ■ITS DECISION TO REFUND DID NOT NECESSARILY SANCTIFY THE RATIONALE CF ARGUMENTS PUT FORWARD BY PEOPLE WHO MIGHT EASILY HAVE BEEN PERCEIVED TO HAVE ACTED AND REACTED WITH A DEGREE OF PERSONAL INTERESTS.

+ IN MY VIEW, THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (FEES) BILL 1986 COMES IN TIMELY, AND GOVERNMENT IS FULLY JUSTIFIED IN MERELY SEEKING TO CLARIFY ANY GREY AREAS THAT MIGHT HAVE EXISTED,* MR CHEONG SAID.

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CONTROL ON MANUFACTURE, SALE OF MINERAL WATER WELCOMED

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THREE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 WHICH PROPOSED THAT THE MANUFACTURE AND SALE OF +MI NERAL WATER* BE PUT UNDER THE EXISTING FOOD LAWS.

AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS OF MINERAL WATER.

/THOUGH REGULAR .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1986

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THOUGH REGULAR SAMPLES WERE TAKEN FOR BACTERIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, HE SAID HE CONSIDERED IT MOST UNDESIRABLE THAT THERE WAS NO PROVISION UNDER EXISTING LEGISLATION TO REMEDY THE SITUATION AND TO MAKE IT AN OFFENCE TO SELL THE PRODUCT IN QUESTION SHOULD SAMPLES BE FOUND TO BE UNHYGIENIC OR UNSAFE.

MR CHEUNG NOTED THAT THE PROPOSAL UNDER THE BILL TO AMEND BOTH THE DEFINITIONS OF +FOOD+ AND +DRINK+ IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO INCLUDE WATER PLACED IN A SEALED CONTAINER FOR SALE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION WOULD BRING THE MANUFACTURE AND SALE CF +MI NERAL WATER* UNDER THE EXISTING FOOD LAWS REGARDING CONTROL OVER SALE, CONTENT AND LABELLING.

+ADDITIONALLY, MANUFACTURERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A FACTORY LICENCE FOR THE OPERATION,* HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG SAID HE BELIEVED THESE MEASURES WERE BOTH TIMELY AND NECESSARY AS PUBLIC HEALTH WOULD BE SAFEGUARDED.

HE ALSO OBSERVED THAT THE ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION COST TO THE MANUFACTURERS WOULD VARY DEPENDING ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH THEIR EXISTING PROCESSES MET PROPOSED STANDARDS.

♦HOWEVER, THE EFFECT ON THE PRICES OF SUCH BOTTLED ’MINERAL WATER’ IS ON THE WHOLE EXPECTED TO BE MARGINAL.

+IT IS WELL WORTH PAYING A SMALL PREMIUM IN RETURN OF A GREATER HEALTH PROTECTION THEREBY MADE AVAILABLE,♦ MR CHEUNG SAID.

THE HON SELINA CHOW, IN SUPPORTING THE BILL, SAID SHE LOOKED FORWARD TO MORE OPPORTUNITIES WHERE THE CONSUMER COUNCIL, THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL COULD WORK CLOSELY IN THE BEST INTEREST OF CONSUMERS.

SHE SAID CONSIDERABLE PUBLIC ATTENTION HAD BEEN FOCUSSED ON ♦MINERAL WATER* WHICH HAD HITHERTO ESCAPED MUCH NOTICE SUBSEQUENT TO THE PUBLICATION OF A TEST REPORT ON IT BY THE CONSUMER COUNCIL IN ITS MONTHLY PUBLICATION.

MRS CHOW NOTED THAT THE QUESTIONS POSED BY THE CONSUMER COUNCIL ON WHETHER GOVERNMENT HAD ANY REGULATIONS FOR THE PRODUCTION OF MINERAL WATER OR ANY CONTROL ON THE QUALITY OF IMPORTED MINERAL WATER AND NATURAL SPRING WATER, TOGETHER WITH PUBLIC REACTION TO THE REPORT, HAD PROVED INSPIRING TO GOVERNMENT AND LED TO THE AMENDMENT BILL.

ALSO SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SAID ITS PASSAGE WAS DESIRABLE AND WOULD ENABLE THE URBAN COUNCIL TO PREPARE A LICENSING POLICY SO THAT LOCAL PRODUCERS COULD BE PROPERLY LICENSED AS FOOD FACTORIES.

/♦THE PUBLIC .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1986

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+THE PUBLIC CAN THEREAFTER BE ASSURED THAT WATER THAT IS BOTTLED OR PACKAGED IN ANY FORM FOR SALE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION WILL BE PROPERLY LABELLED AND WILL MEET THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION CF THE UNITED NATIONS AND WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION,* HE ADDED.

THANKING MR CHEUNG, MRS CHOW AND MR CHEONG-LEEN FOR THEIR SUPPORT THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE. THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS ASSURED THEM THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS AND THE CONSUMER COUNCIL FOR THE PROTECTION OF PUBLIC HEALTH.

+THIS LEGISLATION IS ADDED.

A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF THIS CO-OPERATION,*

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CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS RAISED BY 3 PER CENT X * * *

A MOTION SEEKING TO RAISE THE PENSIONS FOR CIVIL SERVANTS BY THREE PER CENT FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR WAS ADOPTED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE MOTION UNDER THE PENSIONS (INCREASE) ORDINANCE AND WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSION (INCREASE) ORDINANCE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THE TOTAL COST OF THE INCREASE WAS ESTIMATED AT $21.7 MILLION FOR A FULL YEAR.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S DECLARED POLICY WAS TO MAINTAIN THE ORIGINAL PURCHASING POWER OF CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS, WHICH WAS ACHIEVED BY PERIODIC ADJUSTMENTS TO REFLECT CHANGES IN THE COST OF LIVING.

SIR JOHN SAID: +DURING THE LATEST REVIEW PERIOD FROM APRIL 1, 1985 TO MARCH 31, 1986, THE MOVING ANNUAL AVERAGE OF THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) ROSE BY 4.6 POINTS OR 2.94 PER CENT.*

+IN LINE WITH ESTABLISHED PRACTICE, PENSIONS IN PAYMENT ON APRIL 1, 1986, INCLUDING PREVIOUS INCREASES ALREADY APPROVED, SHOULD BE INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT WITH EFFECT FROM THE SAME DATE,* HE ADDED.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1986

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WAGE CEILING RAISED TO $10 500 * * * *

A MOTION TO RAISE THE WAGE CEILING UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE FROM *9 500 TO $10 500 WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE MOTION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID WHEN THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN SEPTEMBER 1968, ITS PROVISIONS WERE APPLIED TO NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES WHOSE WAGES DID NOT EXCEED $1 500 PER MONTH.

+SINCE THEN, THIS WAGE CEILING HAS BEEN REVISED PERIODICALLY TO MAINTAIN ITS ORIGINAL VALUE,+ HE SAID.

+THE MOST RECENT REVISION WAS IN DECEMBER 1984, WHEN THE CEILING WAS RAISED TO $9 500.+

MR HENDERSON SAID A RECENT REVIEW BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD INDICATED THAT THE ORIGINAL MONTHLY WAGE OF $1 500 WOULD BE EQUIVALENT TO AN ESTIMATED MONTHLY WAGE OF $10 214 IN DECEMBER 1985.

AFTER SLIGHTLY ROUNDING UP THE FIGURE TO ALLOW FOR A LIKELY RISE IN THE OVERALL WAGE LEVEL BEFORE THE NEXT REVISION, IT WAS PROPOSED THAT THE WAGE CEILING BE RAISED TO $10 500 PER MONTH.

THIS PROPOSAL HAD RECEIVED THE UNANIMOUS SUPPORT OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD, MR HENDERSON SAID.

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NUMBER OF SQUATTER FIRE VICTIMS DECLINING * * * *

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE MADE HOMELESS IN SQUATTER FIRES HAS DECLINED DRAMATICALLY IN THE PAST THREE YEARS ALTHOUGH THERE WERE MORE REPORTED FIRES OF A RELATIVELY MINOR NATURE, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MORE THAN 85 PER CENT OF SUCH FIRES WERE EXTINGUISHED BY INITIAL ATTENDANCE AND THERE WERE ONLY ONE FOURTH ALARM FIRE IN 1983, 1984 AND 1985 COMPARED TO FIVE IN 1981 AND 1982, HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS FROM THE HON CHAN YING-LUN, MR LIAO SAID THAT WHILE DATA ON THE CAUSES OF FIRES WERE AVAILABLE, IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE FROM AN EXAMINATION OF SUCH INFORMATION AS TO wHY THE NUMBER OF SQUATTER FIRES HAD INCREASED OR DECREASED DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS.

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♦THE NUMBERS FIRST DECREASED AND THEN INCREASED, BUT IT IS NOTEWORTHY THAT WHILE THE NUMBER OF FIRES HAD INCREASED SINCE 1982, THE NUMBER OF FIRE VICTIMS HAD DECREASED CONSIDERABLY FROM MORE THAN 26 OOO IN 1981 TO 1 260 IN 1985,+ HE SAID.

+SINCE SEPTEMBER 1982, A POLICY WHEREBY VICTIMS OF SQUATTER AREA FIRES ARE REHOUSED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ONLY HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED.

+THE DRAMATIC FALL IN THE NUMBER OF SQUATTER FIRE VICTIMS IN THE THREE YEARS FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS POLICY INDICATES THE EXTENT TO WHICH IT HAS ACTED AS A DETERRENT AGAINST DELIBERATE FIRES IN URBAN SQUATTER AREAS,+ HE ADDED.

FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT OFFICERS INVESTIGATED THE CAUSE OF EACH FIRE, AND IN 1985 THE FINDINGS OF SUCH INVESTIGATIONS INDICATED THAT ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF SQUATTER FIRES RESULTED FROM FAULTY ELECTRICAL WIRING, 22 PER CENT FROM SMOKING MATERIALS, MOSQUITO COILS, JOSSTICKS, AND SO ON, 19 PER CENT FROM COOKING STOVES AND SEVEN PER CENT WERE SUSPECTED ARSON.

MR LIAO SAID MEASURES UNDERTAKEN BY GOVERNMENT TO PREVENT SQUATTER FIRES INCLUDED PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES, SETTING UP FIRE WATCH TEAMS AND IMPLEMENTING SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES.

+STAFF OF LOCAL FIRE STATIONS PAY REGULAR VISITS TO SQUATTER COMMUNITIES TO GIVE ADVICE ON FIRE PROTECTION AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

+FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGNS ARE ALSO ORGANISED ESPECIALLY FOR SQUATTER COMMUNITIES BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT JOINTLY.

+LOCAL FIRE WATCH TEAMS COMPRISING SQUATTER RESIDENTS ARE TRAINED BY STAFF OF THE FSD TO RECOGNISE FIRE HAZARDS SO THAT THEY MAY BETTER GIVE ADVICE TO SQUATTER COMMUNITIES,* HE SAI...

MR LIAO SAID AS PART OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME, A NUMBER OF MEASURES HAD BEEN TAKc.. TO MINIMISE FIRE RISKS IN SQUATTER COMMUNITIES.

+FOURTEEN SQUATTER AREAS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH A LEGAL AND PROPER ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, WHICH OBVIATES THE NEED - 0 ■ TAPPING AND THEREBY REMOVES ONE OF THE PRIMARY FIRE RISrxS,* HE SAID.

OTHER MEASURES INCLUDED BUILDING - IRE BREAKS OF _EaS’ 10 METRES WIDE TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF FIRE, PROVIDING PIPELINES FOR FIRE FIGHTING, AND IMPROVING hCCESS K. ,c-3U7 SQUATTER AREAS SO THAT FIREMEN CAN GET TO THE SCENE > FIRES QUICKLY, MR LIAO SAID.

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COMMUNITY OPINION SOUGHT * * * *

ON BETTING CENTRES *

CONSULT COMMUNITY OPINION

THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO -------

•HEN CONSIDERING FUTURE APPLICATIONS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUE TO OPEN OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY

(WEDNESDAY).

H A REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI IN THE legislative council, mr liao said there had been no profilerai ion cf off-course betting centres in recent years.

♦INDEED, THE NUMBER HAD DROPPED SLIGHTLY FROM 134 IN 1976 T'_ 128 NOW, + HE SAID.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SEEK LOCAL VIEWS THROUGH THE DISTRICT OFFICE WHENEVER AN APPLICATION WAS RECEIVED FROM THc. JOCKEY CLUB.

+IN THE PAST, OBJECTIONS FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS, TOGETHER WITH OTHER FACTORS, SUCH AS POLICE INTELLIGENCE ON ILLEGAL GAMBLING, POTENTIAL CROWD CONTROL PROBLEMS, AND THE PROXIMITY OF SCHOOLS -OUTH "ENTRES AND OTHER OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES IN THE VICINITY, ,AD BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REJECTION OF A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS,* HE SAID.

MR LIAO SAID THAT IN THE PAST THREE YEARS. A TOTAL OF SEVEN Ew CENTRES HAD BEEN OPENED, THREE EACH IN 1984 AND 1985, AND ONE THIS YEAR.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS AT PRESENT PROCESSING THREE APPLICATIONS FROM THE CLUB, ALL FOR CENTRES TO BE OPENED IN 1987.

MR LIAO ALSO SAID THAT OF THE TOTAL BETTING TURNOVER OF .12 BILLION IN 1983, $15 BILLION IN 1984 AND $19 B ILL ION IN 1^85 OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRES ACCOUNTED FOR 47 PER CENT, 57 ?ER CENT AND 60 PER CENT IN EACH YEAR RESPECTIVELY.

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NO PLANS TO RAISE SEVERANCE PAY LIMITS * * X * *

THE PRESENT PREFERENTIAL LIMITS UNDER THE COMPANIES AND BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCES WERE ADEQUATE AS REGARDS WAGES IN ARREARS AND WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE, ALTHOUGH THE AVERAGE CLAIM FOR SEVERANCE PAY WAS SUBSTANTIALLY ABOVE THE LIMIT, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG, MR HENDERSON SAID THERE WERE NO PLANS AT PRESENT TO RAISE THE PREFERENTIAL LIMITS UNDER THESE TWO ORDINANCES.

HE ADDED THAT IF THESE LIMITS wERE RAISED, THEN HIGHER-PAID EMPLOYEES WOULD OBTAIN A SOMEWHAT LARGER SHARE OF THE FINITE SUM REALISED ON DISPOSAL OF A COMPANY’S REMAINING ASSETS, WHILE LOwER-PAID EMPLOYEES WOULD GET LESS.

MR HENDERSON EXPLAINED THAT THE PREFERENTIAL LIMITS UNDER THE COMPANIES AND BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCES WERE SET BY REFERENCE TO THE NON-MANUAL WAGE CEILING IN FORCE AT THAT TIME UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

HE SAID THE LIMITS IN RESPECT OF WAGES AND SEVERANCE PAYMENT wERE SET AT FOUR TIMES THE CEILING FIGURE OF $2 000 PER MONTH AND THE LIMIT FOR WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE AT THE SAME AMOUNT AS THE CEILING FIGURE, REFLECTING THE LENGTH OF THE PREFERENTIAL PERIOD FOR WAGES IN ARREARS AND WAGES IN LIEU LAID DOWN IN THE FORMER TWO ORDINANCES.

ACCORDING TO REVIEWS OF PREFERENTIAL PAYMENT CLAIMS CONDUCTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SINCE 1977, THE LAST BEING COMPLETED IN APRIL THIS YEAR, THE RESULTS INDICATED THAT THE AVERAGE CLAIM IN 1985-86 FOR WAGES IN ARREARS AMOUNTED TO $2 892, FOR WAGES IN LIEU OF NOTICE TO $1 776 AND FOR SEVERANCE PAY TO $13 068.

MR HENDERSON SAID THERE WAS LOGIC IN THE ARGUMENT THAT THE REAL VALUE OF PREFERENTIAL LIMITS SHOULD BE MAINTAINED BY INCREASING THEM IN LINE WITH THE MANUAL WAGE CEILING.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE OBJECT OF THE WAGE CEILING IN THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE WAS TO DEFINE THE CATEGORY OF EMPLOYEES COVERED, WHILE THE PREFERENTIAL LIMITS UNDER THE COMPANIES AND BANKRUPTCY ORDINANCES GOVERNED THE DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS IN THE EVENT OF WINDING UP OR BANKRUPTCY.

HENCE, THERE WAS NO NECESSARY LINK BETWEEN THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND THE LATTER TWO ORDINANCES REGARDING THESE LIMITS, HE SAID.

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MR HENDERSON ADDED THAT THE SCOPE AND OPERATION OF THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON INSOLVENCY FUND WAS RELEVANT TO THE WHOLE QUESTION.

HE SAID WHEN THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS WERE TO BE REVIEWED AFTER TWO YEARS’ EXPERIENCE, IT MIGHT BE OPPORTUNE TO CONSIDER THE ISSUE OF PREFERENTIAL LIMITS.

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HK RESIDENTS ENTITLED TO CONSULAR PROTECTION * * * *

HONG

KONG RESIDENTS WHO ARE BRITISH NATIONALS ARE ENTITLED TO CONSULAR ASSISTANCE AND PROTECTION FROM BRITISH CONSULAR AUTHORITIES, 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, MR THOMAS SAID, HOWEVER, NO SUCH ENTITLEMENT EXISTED WHEN SUCH PERSONS WERE TRAVELLING IN A COUNTRY WHOSE GOVERNMENT REGARDED THEM AS ITS OWN- NATIONALS.

MR THOMAS SAID THE MAJORITY OF CHINESE HONG KONG RESIDENTS WHO TRAVELLED TO CHINA DID SO, NOT ON BRITISH PASSPORTS, BUT ON RE-ENTRY PERMITS ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND +HOME VISIT PERMITS* ISSUED BY THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES.

HE SAID: +BRITISH CONSULAR OFFICIALS IN CHINA HAVE NO FORMAL STANDING TO OFFER CONSULAR ASSISTANCE OR PROTECTION TO SUCH HONG KONG RESIDENTS.

+IN PRACTICE, HOWEVER, INFORMAL APPROACHES TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES ON BEHALF OF SUCH HONG KONG RESIDENTS CAN BE MADE.

+VARIOUS APPROPRIATE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION EXIST FOR SUCH APPROACHES,* HE NOTED.

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SATISFACTORY MONITORING OF LEAD

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IN CERAMICS

THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR MONITORING THE LEVEL OF LEAD CONTENT IN CERAMIC WARE, ESPECIALLY ARTICLES USED IN RESTAURANTS, APPEAR TO BE SATISFACTORY AND THERE ARE NO PLANS TO INTRODUCE FURTHER CONTROL MEASURES, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON RICHARD LAI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHAMBERS SAID NONE OF THE REPORTED CASES CF LEAD POISONING DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS HAD BEEN FOUND TO BE ATTRIBUTABLE TO CERAMIC UTENSILS.

HE SAID THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH HAD ADVISED RESTAURANT OPERATORS THAT CERTAIN TYPES OF HIGHLY COLOURED EATING UTENSILS MIGHT CONTAIN AN EXCESSIVE LEVEL OF LEAD AND THAT FOOD SHOULD NOT BE SERVED OR STORED IN THEM.

IMPORTERS, TRADERS AND LOCAL MANUFACTURERS OF EATING UTENSILS WERE ALSO ADVISED OF A NUMBER OF PRECAUTIONS THAT THEY SHOULD TAKE TO PROVIDE A SAFE PRODUCT FOR USE BY CONSUMERS, HE SAID.

+THE GUIDELINE LEVEL OF LEAD CONTENT WHICH HAS BEEN ADOPTED IS THAT OF THE BRITISH STANDARD SPECIFICATION WHICH IS SEVEN PARTS PER MILLION (PPM),* HE SAID.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE CONSUMER COUNCIL HAD ALSO WARNED THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE DANGERS OF USING HIGHLY COLOURED POTTERY AND HAD OBTAINED AN ASSURANCE FROM CHINESE EXPORTERS, WHO WERE A MAJOR SUPPLIER OF EATING UTENSILS, THAT SUB-STANDARD UTENSILS WOULD NOT EE IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG.

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WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE CASE, NO DEPOSITORS HAD SUFFERED THE DE-REGISTRATION OF 44 DEPOSIT-1985, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT THE LEGISLATIVE

MONETARY LOSS AS A RESULT OF TAKING COMPANIES SINCE APRIL HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID COUNC IL.

+TH IS SINGLE CASE,-.- SIR JOHN SAID IN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LIU LIT-FOR, + IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF THE COMMERCIAL CRIME BUREAU AND THE LIQUIDATOR. IT WOULD NOT BE PROPER FOR NE TO DISCLOSE DETAILS.*

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HE ADDED THAT NO DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES LICENCES HAD BEEN REVOKED DURING THE PERIOD.

SIR JOHN SAID SMALL DEPOSITORS WITH LESS THAN *100 000 aERE DEBARRED FROM DEPOSITING THEIR MONEY WITH REGISTERED DTC S.

IT *AS ALSO EXPLAINED THAT DISTINCTION BETWEEN VOLUNTARY CR REQUESTED REVOCATION WAS MEANINGLESS AS IN MANY CASES VOLUNTARY REVOCATIONS *ERE A FACE-SAVING ROUTE FOR INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED.

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LOW SUCCESS RATE IN FILLING * * *

VACANCIES FOR INSPECTORS * *

THERE IS NO LACK OF RESPONSE TO RECRUITMENT EXERCISES FOR POLICE INSPECTORS, BUT THE SUCCESS RATE OF BOTH LOCAL AND OVERSEAS CANDIDATES REMAINS LOW, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, MR THOMAS SAID, IT WAS NOT THOUGHT NECESSARY TO INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES - RATHER NEW MEASURES WERE AIMED AT ATTRACTING AN INCREASED NUMBER OF SUITABLE LOCAL APPLICANTS.

MR THOMAS SAID THE VACANCY POSITION HAD REMAINED AT ONLY TwO-AND-A-HALF PER CENT OR LESS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS.

♦ IT IS OF COURSE NOT POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE FULL ESTABLISHMENT IN ANY LARGE ORGANISATION - RESIGNATIONS, RETIREMENTS AND CREATION OF NEW POSTS INEVITABLY MEAN THERE WILL BE VACANCIES ON ANY PARTICULAR DAY.

■•■INDEED IN THE CIVIL SERVICE OVERALL, ABOUT THREE PER CENT,+ HE ADDED.

THE VACANCY POSITION IS

MR THOMAS POINTED OUT THAT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR APPOINTMENT, CANDIDATES WERE REQUIRED TO MEET CERTAIN MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ON SUCH MATTERS AS AGE, ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS AND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS.

APPOINTMENTS WERE MADE FROM A RIGOROUS SELECTION PROCEDURE DESIGNED TO TEST COMMON-SENSE, MATURITY, SELF-CONFIDENCE, LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ABLITY AND PHYSICAL FITNESS.

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ELDERLY FESTIVAL DESERVES, RECEIVES SUPPORT

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THE FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY, A COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROJECT INITIATED BY THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE IN 1979, CERTAINLY DESERVES AND RECEIVES OFFICIAL SUPPORT, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CHIU HIN-KWONG, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF JOINED WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN ORGANISING SPECIAL ACTIVITY PROGRAMMES FOR THE ELDERLY DURING THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL WHICH HAD TWICE RECEIVED FINANCIAL SUPPORT THROUGH GRANTS FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND.

+1 AM SURE THAT THE PRESENT BLEND OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES’ INITIATIVE, ENTHUSIASTIC AND GENEROUS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND OFFICIAL SUPPORT WILL ENSURE ITS CONTINUED SUCCESS,* HE SAID.

IT WAS ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND ITS MEMBER AGENCIES WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM CHARITABLE AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, DISTRICT BOARDS, BUSINESS FIRMS AND INDIVIDUALS.

♦ AND ITS AIMS ARE TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY AND THE CONCEPT OF CARING FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE COMMUNITY TO PUBLICISE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR THE ELDERLY AND TO ENCOURAGE CO-OPERATION AMONG AGENCIES OPERATING IN THIS FIELD,* HE ADDED.

SEATING CAPACITY IN PRIVATE CARS EXPLAINED * * *

THE MAXIMUM PASSENGER SEATING CAPACITY FOR A PRIVATE CAR UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES) REGULATIONS IS SEVEN, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY PROFESSOR THE HON POON CHUNG-KWONG, NR MACPHERSON SAID THE SEATING CAPACITY FOR A PARTICULAR TYPE OR MODEL OF PRIVATE CAR WAS ASSIGNED HAVING REGARD TO REGULATION 27(4) OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS.

THIS PROVIDED THAT SEATS IN PRIVATE CARS SHOULD +MEASURE AT LEAST 380 MILLIMETRES FROM THE BACKREST TO THE FRONT EDGE SEAT AND 380 MILLIMETRES ALONG THE BACK,* MR MACPHERSON SAID.

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TWO BILLS PASSED * * *

THE SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (FEES) BILL 1986 AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED TO MAY 21.

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JOBLESS RATE REMAINS STABLE

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THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION REMAINED STABLE IN THE QUARTER JANUARY-MARCH 1986 COMPARED WITH THE QUARTER ENDING DECEMBER 1985, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS POINTED OUT THAT THE DEFINITIONS OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT HAVE BEEN MODIFIED SINCE JANUARY 1985 TO CONFORM WITH THE LATEST RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO).

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS COMPILED UNDER THE NEW DEFINITIONS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED FOR A YEAR, ALONG WITH THOSE COMPILED UNDER THE OLD DEFINITIONS. HOWEVER, FROM NOW ON, ONLY THE NEW SERIES WILL BE PUBLISHED.

UNDER THE NEW DEFINITIONS, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JANUARY-MARCH 1986 WAS 3.2 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE RATE CF 3.1 PER CENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING DECEMBER 1985 AND FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR.

THE INCREASES OF 0.1 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE QUARTER JANUARY-MARCH 1986 WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 85 000, COMPARED WITH 83 300 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING DECEMBER 1985 AND 81 100 FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR.

UNDER THE NEW DEFINITIONS, THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JANUARY-MARCH 1986 WAS 2.3 PER CENT, WHICH IS THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING DECEMBER 1985. THE RATE FOR JANUARY-MARCH 1985 WAS 1.5 PER CENT. THE INCREASE OF 0.8 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR THE QUARTER JANUARY-MARCH 1986 WAS 61 700, COMPARED WITH 62 100 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING DECEMBER 1985 AND 39 700 FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR.

CONSISTENT WITH THE LATEST RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ILO, PERSONS WHO WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK DUE TO ECONOMIC REASONS (SUCH AS SLACK WORK, MATERIAL SHORTAGE, MECHANICAL BREAKDOWN AND INABILITY TO FIND FULL-TIME WORK) WERE REGARDED AS UNDEREMPLOYED ONLY IF THEY WERE EITHER SEEKING OR AVAILABLE FOR MORE WORK.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS POINTED OUT THAT WHILE THE EFFECT OF THE MODIFICATION OF DEFINITION ON THE ESTIMATE CF UNEMPLOYMENT IS MARGINAL, ITS EFFECT ON THE ESTIMATE OF UNDEREMPLOYMENT IS QUITE CONSIDERABLE.

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATES UNDER THE OLD AND THE NEW DEFINITIONS IS MAINLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE FACT THAT PERSONS WORKING LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK FOR ECONOMIC REASONS WHO WERE NOT SEEKING MORE WORK BUT WERE AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL WORK ARE REGARDED AS UNDEREMPLOYED UNDER THE NEW DEFINITIONS BUT NOT UNDER THE OLD DEFINITIONS.

COMMENTING UPON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (THAT IS PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIES FROM MONTH TO MONTH, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES THAT HAD BEEN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED FOR THc VARIATION IN THE FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS SHOULD BE USED IN MAKING COMPARISONS OVER TIME.

THE COMMISSIONER 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 THREE-MONTH PERIOD COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE WITHIN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SURVEY. THESE PROVIDE AN EARLY INDICATION OF THE LATEST TREND IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

THE PROVISIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED) FOR FEBRUARY-APRIL 1986 WAS 3.2 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 2.2 PER CENT. (THE UNADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JANUARY-MARCH 1986 WAS 3.1 PER CENT.)

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS SURVEY COVERS A QUARTERLY SAMPLE 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.

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 MARCH 1986 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AROUND THE THIRD WEEK OF JUNE.

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COMMITTEE ON CIVIC EDUCATION SET UP

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A COMMITTEE UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR NRS RITA FAN HAS BEEN SET UP TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION OUTSIDE SCHOOLS.

THE INTENTION OF SETTING UP THE COMMITTEE IS TO STIMULATE INITIATIVES FROM THE COMMUNITY IN PROMOTING CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY GUIDELINES AND SUPPORT.

THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, WHICH COMPRISES 11 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES, FELD ITS INAUGURAL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE COMMITTEE ARE:

* TO STUDY, DISCUSS 'AND MAKE PROPOSALS ON THE OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF CIVIC EDUCATION!

* TO LIAISE WITH AND ASSIST IN THE EFFORTS OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION? AND

* TO ENCOURAGE ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY TO ACTIVELY PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION AND TO PARTICIPATE IN RELATED ACTIVITIES, AND TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY GUIDELINES AND SUPPORT.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ARE MR SZETO WAH, FfiS PAULINE NG, MR MAK HOI-WAH, DR C.Y. HUANG, MR CHENG KAI-NAM, W CHAN WING-TAI, MISS NORA YAU, DR KWAN LAI HUNG, MRS KWAN KO SIU-WAH AND MR YIP JING PING, LUKE.

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS REPRESENTED ON THE COMMITTEE INCLUDE THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADM INISTRATlONl EDUCATION DEPARTMENT; INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT ? RAD IO TELEVISION HONG KONG; SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT; THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

AT TODAY’S MEETING, MEMBERS AGREED TO SET UP FOUR WORKING GROUPS UNDER THE COMMITTEE:

WORKING GROUP

CONVENOR

PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP MR GEORGE YUEN, ACTING ASSISTANT

DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROJECTS WORKING GROUP

MR MAK HOI-WAH

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ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR MR C.M. LEUNG, PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT CONFERENCE ON CIVIC SECRETARY OF CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION

STUDY GROUP ON GUIDELINES MR CHENG KAI-NAM

OF CIVIC EDUCATION

VARIOUS PROPOSALS FOR PUBLICITY AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WERE ALSO CONSIDERED AT TODAY’S MEETING.

IT WAS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE THAT THE 1986 CIVIC EDUCATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN SHOULD BE AIMED AT THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND IT SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN TWO PARALLEL PHASES, THAT IS TO PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS THROUGH THE MASS MEDIA AND TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION.

THE AWARENESS PHASE WILL INCLUDE THE WORK AND FUNCTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE LEGAL, ECONOMIC, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL SYSTEM OF HONG KONG, AND THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PEOPLE.

ONE OF THE MAJOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS WILL BE A CONFERENCE ON CIVIC EDUCATION TO BE HELD LATER IN THE YEAR.

THE RESPECTIVE WORKING GROUPS WERE ASKED TO STUDY AND PURSUE THESE PHASES IN GREATER DETAIL.

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GREEN MINIBUS FARE REVISION APPROVED

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS APPROVED FARE INCREASE FROM FRIDAY (MAY 16) FOR SIX GREEN MINIBUS PACKAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES COMPRISING 18 ROUTES.

FARE INCREASES FOR THESE ROUTES, WHICH OPERATE IN SAI KUNG, YUEN LONG, SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN, RANGE FROM 20 CENTS TO $1.

ONLY TWO OF THEM WOULD CHARGE UP TO THE NEW FARE CEILINGS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT APPROVAL WAS GIVEN AFTER CAREFUL EXAMINATION OF THE OPERATING DETAILS AND FINANCIAL RETURNS SUBMITTED BY GREEN MINIBUS OPERATORS.

SO FAR, SIX PACKAGES OF GREEN MINIBUS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES COMPRISING 19 ROUTES HAD APPLIED FOR A FARE REVISION AND THE APPLICATION BY THE REMAINING ROUTE WAS BEING EXAMINED. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 66 ROUTES OPERATING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

OPERATORS ARE REQUIRED TO INFORM PASSENGERS OF THE FARE REVISION BY PUTTING UP NOTICES AT THE GREEN MINIBUS TERMINI AND INSIDE VEHICLES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

/APPROVAL FOR .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1986

APPROVAL FOR HIGHER FARE CEILINGS FOLLOWED CAREFUL ANALYSIS CF THE TRADE'S OPERATING ECONOMICS IN 1985. IT WAS FOUND THAT SINCE THE LAST SURVEY IN 1982, OVERALL OPERATING COSTS PER GREEN MINIBUS HAD GONE UP 12 PER CENT WHILE THE REGIONAL INCREASE FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS ONE PER CENT.

FARE CEILINGS FOR GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES WERE LAST REVISED IN JULY 1982.

BRIEFING ON TOKYO SUMMIT * * * *

THE JAPANESE DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER, MR SHINICHI YANAI, CALLED ON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR. AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO BRIEF HIM ON THE RECENT TOKYO SUMMIT.

HONG KONG IS THE SECOND STOP IN MR YANAI’S ASIAN TOUR TO BRIEF LEADERS OF SEVEN GOVERNMENTS ON THE SUMMIT.

MR YANAI ARRIVED SHORTLY BEFORE NOON TODAY FROM SEOUL AND WILL LEAVE FOR JAKARTA LATER THIS AFTERNOON.

RESULTS OF LATEST CIGARETTE SURVEY RELEASED *****

MORE THAN HALF OF THE BRANDS OF CIGARETTES ON SALE IN HONG KONG WERE OF +LOW TAR + AND +LOW TO MIDDLE TAR+, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST IN THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD STARTING AUGUST 1985.

THE SURVEY WAS THE SIXTH OF AN ON-GOING SERIES OF TESTS CARRIED OUT SINCE 1983. THE FINDINGS PROVIDE CIGARETTE SMOKERS WITH INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE INHALING AND ENABLE THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY TO HAVE OFFICIAL TAR GROUP DESIGNATIONS FOR THEIR BRANDS.

A TOTAL OF 107 BRANDS OF CIGARETTE SAMPLES WERE INITIALLY DRAWN FOR THE SURVEY, BUT TWO BRANDS HAD SUBSEQUENTLY WITHDRAWN FROM THE LOCAL MARKET AND INCOMPLETE SAMPLES WERE DELIVERED BY 14 BRANDS OVER THE SIX MONTHS TESTING PERIOD.

RESULTS OF THE LATEST SURVEY, TO BE ADVERTISED TOMORROW (THURSDAY), CLASSIFIED 91 SAMPLE BRANDS INTO ONE OF THE FIVE TAR GROUPS RANGING FROM +LOW TAR+ TO +HIGH TAR+.

/OUT OF

OUT OF THESE 91 BRANDS, 18 BELONGED TO THE *LOW TAR + GROUP, 32 wERE RANKED AS +LOW TO MIDDLE TAR + , 38 FELL INTO THE +MIDDLE TAR + GROUP, AND THE REMAINING THREE BRANDS WERE CLASSIFIED AS ■♦MIDDLE TO HIGH TAR+. NO -►HIGH TAR+ CIGARETTE WAS DETECTED IN THE

SURVEY.

IT WAS ALSO FOUND THAT THE NUMBER OF +MIDDLE TO HIGH TAR+ CIGARETTES DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THREE, AS COMPARED WITH SIX IN THE LAST SURVEY CONDUCTED IN THE PERIOD FEBRUARY-JULY 1985.

FINDINGS INDICATED THAT TAR GROUPS OF 12 BRANDS DEVIATED FROM THAT CLAIMED BY THE MANUFACTURERS. FOUR BRANDS WERE FOUND TO BELONG TO A HIGHER GROUP THAN THE LABELLED CLAIMS, WHILE EIGHT WERE IN A LOWER GROUP THAN THEIR CLAIMS.

THE AVERAGE TAR VALUE OF THE 91 BRANDS TESTED ROSE SLIGHTLY TO 15.2 MG PER CIGARETTE AFTER A CONTINUOUS DROP FOR TWO YEARS. THE VALUES OBTAINED IN THE PREVIOUS FIVE SURVEYS WERE 17.6 MG, 16.5 MG, 15.5 MG, 15.4 MG AND 15.0 MG RESPECTIVELY.

A COMPARISON WAS MADE BETWEEN IMPORTED AND LOCALLY MANUFACTURED CIGARETTES. RESULTS SHOWED THAT ALL OF THE +LOW TAR+ CIGARETTES WERE IMPORTED. OVERSEAS MANUFACTURERS ALSO MAINTAINED A HIGH PROPORTION OF +LOW TO MIDDLE TAR+ CIGARETTES, WHILE LOCAL MANUFACTURERS INCREASED THE PROPORTION OF +MIDDLE TAR+ BRANDS.

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$5 MILLION DONATION TOWARDS HOSPITAL EXTENSION *****

THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) RECEIVED ANOTHER S5 MILLION DONATION FROM PHILANTHROPIST SIR SHIU-KIN TANG FOR THE EXTENSION PROGRAMME AT TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL IN WAN CHAI.

TO MARK THE OCASSION, A BRIEF CEREMONY WAS HELD DURING WHICH SIR SHIU-KIN PRESENTED THE CHEQUE TO THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR K.L. THONG.

DR THONG THANKED SIR SHIU-KIN FOR HIS CONTINUOUS SUPPORT IN PROVIDING THE PUBLIC WITH BETTER MEDICAL SERVICES AND FOR HIS GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE EXTENSION WHICH WILL COST A TOTAL $75.7 MILLION.

THE PROPOSAL TO EXTEND THE TANG SHIU KIN BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE IMPROVING ITS FUNCTION AS A CASUALTY HOSPITAL

HOSPITAL WAS ENDORSED WITH A VIEW TO IN THE DISTRICT.

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THE PROJECT INCLUDES A TEN-STOREY EXTENSION BLOCK TO BE BUILT ON' TOP OF THE EXISTING HOSPITAL CARPARK AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS ON THE MAIN HOSPITAL BLOCK. CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 1989.

THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE NEW BLOCK WILL BE A 40-BED WARD AND TWO OPERATING THEATRES AND X-RAY FACILITIES FOR THE EXISTING ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WHICH WILL BE REHOUSED THERE.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A PHYSIOTHERAPY AND AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DEPARTMENT, A PATHOLOGY LABORATORY, AND NURSEi QUARTERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES.

THE TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL, NAMED AFTER THE PHILANTHROPIST, WAS OPENED IN 1969. A DONATION FROM SIR SHIU-KIN COVERED HALF THE CONSTRUCTION COST.

THE HOSPITAL HAS TWO WARDS WITH 80 BEDS, AND IT PROVIDES BOTH EMERGENCY AND OUT-PATIENT CLINIC SERVICES FOR THE PUBLIC.

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SOCIAL WORKERS PLAY USEFUL PETNAL ROLE * * * *

SOCIAL WORKERS ARE POSTED IN ALL PENAL INSTITUTIONS TO GIVE ASSISTANCE TO INMATES AND THE USEFULNESS OF THEIR ROLE IN THE REFORMING PROCESS HAS BEEN WELL PROVEN, A SUPERINTENDENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS WU, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING, MR WU SAID ABOUT 160 TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS WERE INVOLVED IN TREATMENT PROGRAMMES IN VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND OVER 20 QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKERS WERE ENGAGED IN ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT TEAM WORK WAS IMPORTANT IN ASSISTING INMATES TO REFORM AND THE SOCIAL WORKER WAS A MEMBER OF THE CORRECTION TEAM+ WHICH ALSO COMPRISED ADMINISTRATORS, CUSTODIAL STAFF, MEDICAL OFFICERS, NURSING STAFF, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS, TEACHING STAFF AND THE INMATES’ FAMILIES.

A SOCIAL WORKER ACTED AS FRIEND, HELPER, ADVISER, COUNSELLOR, AND SUPERVISOR IN ASSISTING AN INMATE TO REFORM, HE SAID.

ON ADMISSION TO PENAL INSTITUTIONS, INMATES WERE HELPED BY SOCIAL WORKERS TO UNDERSTAND THE TREATMENT PROGRAMME AND WHAT COULD BE GAINED FROM IT, SO THAT THEY WERE PSYCHOLOGICALLY WELL PREPARED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME.

SOCIAL WORKERS WOULD BUILD UP A GOOD WORKING RAPPORT WITH INMATES, AND ASSIST THEM IN DEALING WITH INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS WHICH MIGHT INCLUDE FAMILY RECONCILIATION, CORRECT ATTITUDE TOWARDS STUDIES, MAKING FRIENDS AND DEVELOPING A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY.

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WHEN INMATES WERE RELEASED FROM DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES, TRAINING CENTRES, DETENTION CENTRES OR CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS FOR YOUNG PRISONERS, SOCIAL WORKERS WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE DURING A STATUTORY SUPERVISION PERIOD.

MR WU NOTED THAT SUCH AFTER-CARE SERVICE HAD PROVED TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THE TREATMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR DRUG ADDICTS AND YOUNG OFFENDERS.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THIS SERVICE WOULD BE EXTENDED TO ADULT PRISONERS THROUGH THE INTRODUCTION OF A PAROLE SYSTEM IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR * * * *

NUMBERS ON SATURDAY * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (MAY 17) AT 10 AM HALL RECITAL HALL.

OF SPECIAL IN THE CITY

A TOTAL OF 35 SPECIAL CAR BIDDING.

THEY ARE:

NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

DG2888 DJ638 DH3996

XX328 AT1386 DH500

BK6 DJ229 DJ3231

DG3888 DH838 DJ36O

XX668 DJ812 DH31H

CC9 CW2982 DH88

AT3O8 DH717 DJ981

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY AFTER THE BIDDING.

DJ102 XX1283

DJ320 DJ179

AL1313 AA39OO

DJ3228 AL313

DH3987 AS863

CK8866 DH8393

DJ268 DD77

IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER

WITHIN 12 MONTHS Of THE AUCTION.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 105TH ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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TALKS HELD ON U.S. EA CALL * * * *

CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE UNITED STATES TOOK PLACE IN WASHINGTON ON MONDAY ON AN EXPORT AUTHORISATION CALL ON CATEGORY 651 (MAN-MADE FIBRE PYJAMAS AND OTHER NIGHTWEAR) RECEIVED ON APRIL 1.

NO AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AFTER DISCUSSIONS. THE UNITED STATES EXERCISED ITS RIGHT UNDER THE HONG KONG/U.S. BILATERAL TEXTILE AGREEMENT TO IMPOSE A LIMIT OF 229 332 DOZEN ON HONG KONG EXPORTS IN CATEGORY 651 THIS YEAR. IN AGREEING TO HONOUR THIS LIMIT, HONG KONG RESERVED ITS RIGHTS UNDER THE AGREEMENT AND UNDER THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WAS LED BY MR PETER LO, COUNSELLOR (WASHINGTON). THE U.S. DELEGATION LEADER WAS MR P. PILKAUSKAS, CF THE STATE DEPARTMENT.

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JUNE DATE FOR HONG KONG-U.S. TEXTILE TALKS * * * * X

A TRADE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 16 HAD PROVISIONALLY BEEN SET FOR A SECOND ROUND OF TALKS REQUESTED BY THE UNITED STATES CONCERNING HONG KONG’S TEXTILES EXPORTS.

THE VENUE FOR THE TALKS HAS NOT BEEN DECIDED.

THE FIRST ROUND WAS HELD IN HONG KONG ON MARCH 19-20.

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SHA TIN PARKING SITE TO LET

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A SITE FOR PARKING MOTOR VEHICLES AT SHA TIN NEW TOWN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IS TO BE LET ON SHORT TERM TENANCY BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

THE FEE-PAYING CAR PARK WILL MEASURE ABOUT 1.334 HECTARES IN AREA.

TENANCY IS INITIALLY FOR TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTING TENDERS IS NOON ON MAY 30.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS MTR WESTERN EXTENSION

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MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR WESTERN EXTENSION AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE TOPIC HAD BEEN RAISED FOR DISCUSSION AT PREVIOUS MEETINGS CF BOTH THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE COMMITTEE.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT^ FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION AT THE JUNCTIONS OF SANDS STREET AND BELCHER’S STREET, AND SMITHFIELD AND BELCHER’S STREET.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE PROGRESS REPORT ON THE RECONSTRUCTION OF DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL AND A REVIEW OF PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

DB MEMBERS TO VISIT MEDICAL CENTRE

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SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL VISIT THE CARITAS NEDICAL CENTRE ON FRIDAY (MAY 16).

MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE FACILITIES AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE MEDICAL CENTRE AND WILL TOUR VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS, WARDS, LABORATORIES AND THE SCHOOL FOR GENERAL NURSING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE VISIT ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE AT THE OFFICE OF THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN AT 39 TONKIN STREET, SECOND FLOOR, KOWLOON AT 9.30 AM.

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FORUM FOR MONG KOK DB BY-ELECTION

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AN OPEN FORUM WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO ALLOW THE FOUR CANDIDATES CONTESTING A SEAT ON THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD IN THE COMING BY-ELECTION TO INTRODUCE THEIR ELECTION PLATFORMS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FORUM WHICH WILL START AT 8 PM IN KEI TSUN PRIMARY SCHOOL AT 150 TAI KOK TSUI ROAD.

CONSTITUENCY ARE

THE FOUR CANDIDATES FOR THE TAI KOK TSUI

NR LAI SHIU-NIN (52), AN AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN; MR CHAN CHUNG-KIT (37), AN ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER; MR LEE CHUNG-MING (39), A SEWING MACHINE TECHNICIAN; AND MISS ELAINE WONG (26), A REPORTER.

THEY WILL ALSO ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR.

THE BY-ELECTION, TO BE HELD ON MAY 22, IS FOR A SEAT VACATED BY A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR CHAN KWOK-MING, WHO WAS RECENTLY ELECTED TO THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THE FORUM IS ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE AND WILL BE MODERATED BY THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EARNEST CHEUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPEN FORUM FOR THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD BY-ELECTION AT 8 PM TOMORROW IN KEI TSUN PRIMARY SCHOOL AT 150 TAI KOK TSUI ROAD.

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NO ENTRY TO PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES

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NO PUBLIC LIGHT BUS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER HEALTHY STREET WEST SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD 24 HOURS DAILY FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 17).

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SHEUNG SHU I PROHIBITED ZONE

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THE SECTION OF SAN FUNG AVENUE BETWEEN LUNG SUM AVENUE AND THE SHEUNG SHU I SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 17).

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THIS SECTION OF SAN FUNG AVENUE.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HK TO PRESS FOR FURTHER VR RESETTLEMENT ................... 1

SIR DAVID SEES NORTH DISTRICT PROGRESS .................... 2

MARCH EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED .................. 3

TRADERS TO BE CONSULTED ON NEW ELECTRICITY BILL .......... 10

NT DEVELOPMENT AIMS AT BALANCE............................ 11

FOUR HONOURED WITH GOVERNOR'S COMMENDATION ............... 12

PAPAL AUDIENCE FOR HK POLICE BAND ........................ 12

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES REVISED.............. 14

WINNING SCHOOL TEAM GETS TICKETS FOR EXPO ................ 16

CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURE SOUGHT ...................... 16

EXAM DISTINCTIONS FOR STANLEY MEN ........................ 17

LORDS' DEBATE TO BE BROADCAST LIVE........................ 17

PLAQUE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.............................. 18

CHANGE OF PLAN SAVES STANLEY'S BANYAN TREE ............... 18

MUSIC OFFICE SEEKS PART-TIME PERFORMERS................... 19

BALLET DEMONSTRATION BY POPULAR DEMAND.................... 19

SONGS OF THE SEa. CONCERT TO BE STAGED ................... 20

THOUSANDS TO CELEBRATE TAM KUITG FESTIVAL ................ 21

REGISTRATION REVOKED

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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1986

HK TO PRESS FOR FURTHER VR RESETTLEMENT

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS FOR BRITAIN AND OTHER COUNTRIES TO TAKE MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, THE DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER A TOUR OF NORTH DISTRICT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, HE SAID THERE WAS AT THE PRESENT MOMENT A SLOW OFF-TAKE OF REFUGEES BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

+WE ARE ENCOURAGING OTHER COUNTRIES TO TAKE MORE REFUGEES AND I THINK WE HAVE TO TAKE A LONG TERM VIEW OF THIS QUESTION.*

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT HONG KONG MUST UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEMS THAT OTHER COUNTRIES HAD.

+WE HOPE TO GAIN MORE INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF OUR OWN PROBLEMS IN HONG KONG AND THE PROBLEMS OF THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN NOW IN HONG KONG FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND HAVE BEEN LIVING IN CLOSED CAMPS FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

+ONE HAS EVERY SYMPATHY FOR THEM AND WE MUST CONTINUE TO PRESS OUR CASE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.*

COMMENTING ON SUGGESTIONS THAT REFUGEES WHO HAVE BEEN IN CLOSED CAMPS FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME SHOULD BE MOVED TO OPEN CAMPS, SIR DAVID SAID ONE COULD SYMPATHISE WITH THAT POINT OF VIEW.

HE SAID IT WAS SOMETHING THAT, FROM TIME TO TIME, MUST BE LOOKED INTO. +BUT WE MUST ALWAYS HAVE IN THE BACK OF OUR MINDS THE EFFECT THAT SUCH A RELAXATION MIGHT HAVE.

+AND IF IT’S FELT THAT IT WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE REFUGEES TO COME TO HONG KONG THEN WE MUST MAINTAIN OUR PRESENT POSITION.*

ASKED WHETHER MORE REFUGEES WOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN HONG KONG, HE SAID: +AS I SAID JUST NOW, THAT IS ONLY SOMETHING WHICH WE CAN CONSIDER VERY CAREFULLY WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE IS EXHAUSTED BECAUSE WE MUST THINK OF THE POSSIBLE EFFECT THAT THIS WOULD HAVE ON ENCOURAGING MORE PEOPLE TO COME HERE TO SEEK

ASYLUM.*

ON THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ON THE NATIONALITY ISSUE, SIR DAVID SAID IT REFLECTED THE VIEWS WHICH HONG KONG WAS ALREADY AWARE OF IN THE REPLY BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO THE REPRESENTATIONS WHICH HAD BEEN MADE BY UMELCO ON BEHALF OF HONG KONG.

/+so, as ........

THUBSMY, MAY 15, 1986

+S0 AS I SAY, THE DEBATE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS WAS A RPCLCCTION OF THOSE VIEWS WHICH HAD ALREADY BEEN EXPRESSED TO IJMELCO I': THE REPLY FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE. +

SIR DAVID DISAGREED WITH A SUGGESTION THAT HONG KONG WOULD BE IN + A\ AWKWARD POSITION* IF AIRLINE OFFICIALS FROM TAIWAN AND CHINA WERE TO HAVE TALKS HERE TO DISCUSS THE RETURN OF THE TAIWAN CARGO PLANE.

HE ADDED: + l THINK IT IS A VERY'GOOD THING THAT THIS QUESTION SHOULD BE SETTLED SATISFACTORILY. I DON’T THINK WE WILL BE IN AN AWKWARD POSITION AT ALL.+

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SIR DAVID SEES NORTH DISTRICT PROGRESS * * * * *

THE DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (THURSDAY) TOURED NORTH DISTRICT TO SEE THE CHARACTERISTICS AND LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

ARRIVING BY HELICOPTER AT THE FRONTIER POLICE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, SIR DAVID WAS MET BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, NR MATTHEW CHEUNG.

THEY THEN PROCEEDED TO THE CHEUNG WAH SPORTS CENTRE IN CHEUNG WAH ESTATE WHERE SIR DAVID INSPECTED FACILITIES THAT INCLUDED A DANCE ROOM, A FITNESS ROOM AND GENERAL OFFICE.

SINCE ITS OPENING IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, THE CENTRE HAD PROVIDED 92 DIFFERENT COURSES TO MORE THAN 2 QOO PARTICIPANTS.

SIR DAVID NEXT WENT TO THE ROOFTOP OF CHEUNG TAK HOUSE FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TOWN WHICH WOULD PROVIDE HOUSING FOR 181 000 PEOPLE BY 1995. HE WAS BRIEFED BY THE PROJECT MANAGER (NTE), MR R.B. HANNA.

SIR DAVID WAS ALSO TOLD OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE 15-HECTARE ON LOK TSUEN WHICH HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES AND HAS 130 FACTORIES OPERATING IN THE AREA.

SIR DAVID THEN WENT TO BEAS RIVER NEAR KAM TSIN VILLAGE WHERE IE WAS BRIEFED BY THE ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY, HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH, MR I.A. HOWARD, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, MR R.W.M. HOARE, ON POLLUTION PROBLEM.

SIR DAVID WAS TOLD THAT THE POLLUTION, CAUSED MAINLY BY ANIMAL WASTE, WAS DUE TO THE COMMON PRACTICE OF LOCAL FARMERS HOSING WASTE FROM PIGSTIES AND POULTRY SHEDS INTO NEARBY STREAMS.

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IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THE DAILY DISCHARGE IS EQUIVALENT TO THAT FROM A HUMAN POPULATION OF 2OO 000.

FROM BEAS RIVER, SIR DAVID WENT TO SHEUNG SHU I AND VISITED MAN SHEK TONG, THE ANCESTRAL HALL (CHI-TONG) OF THE LIU CLAN WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1751 AND DECLARED AN HISTORICAL MONUMENT LAST YEAR.

BEFORE LEAVING THE AREA, SIR DAVID WENT TO PING CHE VILLAGE IN TA KWU LING AND WAS BRIEFED ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT.

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MARCH EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS RELEASED

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) RELEASED TRADE VALUE STATISTICS FOR MARCH 1986. TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JANUARY TO MARCH 1986, VALUED AT $108 823 MILLION, INCREASED MARGINALLY BY 0.3 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED

BY 1 PER CENT TO $29 146 MILLION WHILE RE-EXPORTS DECREASED BY

6 PER CENT TO $24 005 MILLION, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, THE

TRADE VALUE DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT TO $5C- 672 MILLION.

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 MARCH 1986 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY JUNE.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 1986 WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $228 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT)» MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND PARTS AND ACCESSORIES THEREOF (BY $151 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $63 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $209 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS (BY $30 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

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MOST COMMODITIES EXPORTED TO CHINA DECREASED IN VALUE, PARTICULARLY OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY 3596 MILLION OR 93 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY 3321 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $177 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT). HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $160 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT) AS WELL AS MACHINERY SPECIALISED FOR PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES (BY $35 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $186 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $59 MILLION OR 95 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $27 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $32 MILLION OR 82 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TEXTILES (BY $11 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE RECORDED IN OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $108 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT) AS WELL AS METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $89 MILLION OR 88 PER CENT). HOWEVER, AN INCREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING (BY $73 MILLION OR 9 PER CENT).

AS FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS (BY $59 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $37 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR ESSENTIAL OILS AND PERFUME MATERIALS? TOILET, POLISHING AND CLEANSING PREPARATIONS (BY $17 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION ARE PRESENTED IN TABLE 2.

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM THE TEN MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

DEMAND FOR GOODS IMPORTED FROM CHINA INCREASED IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 1986 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $938 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $799 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT) AS WELL AS MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $327 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REG I STERE®. FOR TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $270 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT) AS WELL AS NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $89 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT).

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AS FOR IMPORTS FROM JAPAN, DECREASES WERE REGISTERD FOR ROAD VEHICLES, INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY $778 MILLION OF ^9 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $728 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT) AS WELL AS OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $519 MILLION OR 61 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $136 MILLION OR 126 PER CENT) AS WELL AS GENERAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, AND MACHINE PARTS (BY $100 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $279 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT) I OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $212 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $168 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT). HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY $544 MILLION OR 652 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $116 MILLION OR 1 170 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $540 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT) AS WELL AS OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $189 MILLION OR 80 PER CENT). AS FOR IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $198 MILLION OR 68 PER CENT) AS WELL AS PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $147 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT). HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN 0F TEXTILES (BY $172 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT), AND FOR IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE OF ORGANIC CHEMICALS (BY $23 MILLION OR 316 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DI VI SION.

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 1986 WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA DECREASED BY 33 PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TELECOMMUNI Ct IONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1 184 MILLION OR 69 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $990 MILLION OR 85 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $977 MILLION OR 66 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY $137 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT) AS WELL AS LEATHER, LEATHER MANUFACTURES AND DRESSED FURSKINS (BY $110 MILLION OR 190 PER CENT).

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INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S. WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $565 MILLION OR 67 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $117 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TRAVEL GOODS. HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS (BY $59 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED TOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $127 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT) AS WELL AS NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $47 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

DECREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $173 MILLION OR 82 PER CENT); NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $33 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $27 MILLION OR 93 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS (BY $26 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT) AS WELL AS TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY $25 MILLION OR 1 292 PER CENT).

INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $86 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT) AS WELL AS CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $36 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT). RE-EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT INCREASED (BY $72 MILLION OR 127 PER CENT) AS DID MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, PARTS AND ACCESSORIES THEREOF (BY $64 MILLION OR 214 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN OF FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND PREPARATIONS THEREOF (BY $20 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT), AND FOR RE-EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $7 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE MARCH 1986 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY+ WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE NEXT WEEK AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT $5 PER COPY. A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, +HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE+, WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN MARCH 1986 WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY JUNE AT $13.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON REGULAR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS AND ON TRADE STATISTICS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG (TEL. s 5-214375) AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. : 5-444436).

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Table 1: Domestic exports by ten major markets

Major Market Jan-Mar 1986 (HKD Mn.) Jan-Mar 1985 (HKD Mn.) Increase Percentage Increase

(HKD Mn.) ' ( % )

U.S.A. 12,411 12,111 301 2

China 3,136 3,912 -778 -20

F.R. of Germany 2,120 1,833 287 16

U.K 1,859 1,891 -32 -2

Japan 1,067 986 81 8

Canada 1,043 876 167 19

Australia 731 859 -128 -15

Singapore 534 544 -10 -2

Netherlands 530 520 10 2

France 494 362 132 36

Table 2:

Domestic exports by

major commodity division

'ommodity division

Jan-Mar Jan-Mar

1986 1985

(HKD Mn.) (HKD Mn.)

Increase Percentage Increase (HKD Mn.) ( % )

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 10,208 9,778 430 4

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly baby carriages,toys,games and sporting goods) 4,327 3,988 339 8

Photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks 2,489 2,178 312 14

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof 2,187 2,638 -451 -17

Textile yarn,fabrics, made-up articles and related products 1,944 1,715 229 13

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 1,880 2,147 -267 /T%ble 3s -12

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Major Supplier Table 3: Imports from ten major suppliers

Jan Mar 1986 (HKD Mn.) Jan-Mar 1985 (HKD Mn.) Increase (HKD Mn.) Percentage Increase ( % )

China 15,241 12,094 3,146 26

Japan 11,573 13,454 -1,880 -14

U.S.A. 5,322 5,663 -342 -6

Taiwan 4,460 4,974 -514 -10

Singapore 2,739 3,010 -271 -9

U.K. 1,966 1,937 29 1

Republic of Korea 1,915 2,154 -239 -11

F’.R of Germany 1,651 1,505 146 10

Sw:tzerland 1,101 736 365 50

t a 1 y 885 749 136 18

Table 4:Imports by major commodity division

.'ommodi ty division Jan-Mar 1986 (HKD Mn.) Jan-Mar 1985 (HKD Mn.) Increase Percentage

(HKD Mn.) Increase ( % )

extile yarn,fabrics, made-up articles and related products 8,126 6,981 1,145 16

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts tnereof 4,234 5,532 -1,298 -23

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 3,601 2,532 1,069 42

Photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks 3,362 2,817 545 19

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly baby carriages,toys,games and sporting goods) 2,546 2,257 289 13

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 2,447 3,607 -1,160 -32

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Table 5: Major Market Re-exports by ten major markets

Jan Mar 1986 (HKD Mn.) Jan-Mar 1985 (HKD Mn.) Increase (HKD Mn ) Percentage Increase ( % )

China 7,964 11,812 -3,848 -33

•J. S. A. 3,938 3,202 736 23

J apart 1,374 1,428 -54 -4

Taiwan 1,276 1,047 229 22

Singapore 1,206 919 287 31

Republic of Korea 1, 160 865 295 34

Macau 589 686 -97 -14

Philippines 481 356 125 35

T A of Germany 471 284 187 66

ndonesia 467 716 -249 -35

Table 6: Re-exports by major commodity division

Commodity division Jan-Mar 1986 (HKD Mn.) Jan-Mar 1985 (HKD Mn.) Increase Percentage Increase

(HKD Mn.) ( * )

Textile yarn,fabrics, made-up articles and related products 3,882 3,355 527 16

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 2,390 1,660 730 44

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof 1,865 2,850 -985 -35

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly baby carriages,toys,games and sporting goods) 1,567 1,410 156 11

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 1,150 2,078 -928 -45 Cy

Photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks 1,148 1,309 -162 -12

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TRADERS TO BE CONSULTED ON NEW ELECTRICITY BILL ******

THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL CIRCULATE A DRAFT CONSULTATION PAPER TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES FOR COMMENTS IN PREPARATION FOR A PROPOSED BILL ON THE SAFETY CF ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, AT THE ANNUAL DINNER OF THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ELECTRIC TRADE ASSOCIATION TODAY (THURSDAY).

+WHILE MUCH CAN BE ACHIEVED BY SELF-REGULATION, IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SET DOWN A LEGISLATIVE FRAME-WORK TO ENSURE THAT SAFETY CONTROLS ARE FOLLOWED,+ MR OSBORNE SAID.

+WITH THIS IN MIND THE GOVERNMENT IS ACTIVELY PROMULGATING THE NEW ELECTRICITY BILL.

+l AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT PREPARATORY WORK FOR THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION HAS PROGRESSED SMOOTHLY AND THE ELECTRICAL AND f-ECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL SHORTLY CIRCULATE TO ALL PARTIES FOR COMMENTS, INCLUDING YOUR ASSOCIATION, A DRAFT CONSULTATION PAPER WHICH SETS OUT IN DETAIL THE PROPOSED SCOPE, PRINCIPLES, AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.*

MR OSBORNE SAID IT WAS WORTH REPEATING AN ASSURANCE GIVEN BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, IN MARCH THAT THE PROPOSED BILL WOULD STRIKE A PROPER BALANCE BETWEEN CONSUMER SAFETY AND THE AVOIDANCE OF UNDUE INTERFERENCE WITH TRADE AND INDUSTRY.

MR OSBORNE SAID ONE PARTICULAR SAFETY PROBLEM WAS THE INCOMPATIBILITY OF PLUGS ON SOME ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, PARTICULARLY DOMESTIC APPLIANCES, WITH SOCKET OUTLETS IN HONG KONG.

HE APPEALED TO MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION TO ENSURE THAT PRODUCTS SOLD HERE WERE FITTED WITH GOOD QUALITY PLUGS OR ADAPTORS SUITABLE FOR LOCAL USE.

THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WOULD BE PLEASED TO PROVIDE ANY TECHNICAL ADVICE THE ASSOCIATION MAY REQUIRE, HE ADDED.

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NT DEVELOPMENT AIMS AT BALANCE

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THE GOVERNMENT IS ADOPTING A MORE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO VILLAG' IMPROVEMENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN ORDER TO STRIKE A MORE BALANCED DEVELOPMENT OF VILLAGES AND NEW TOWNS, THEN MU'. DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTH, MR SELBY SAID DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT SPENT ABOUT $4 MILLION ON VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN TUEN MUN UNDER THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORK SCHEME OPERATED BY DISTRICT OFFICE’S WORK SECTION.

+ALTHOUGH THE ENVIRONMENT OF MOST VILLAGES HAD IMPROVED GREATLY OVER THE YEARS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN WITH ITS INTEGRATED FACILITIES HAD BROUGHT ABOUT A STRIKING CONTRAST WITH THE RURAL AREAS, AND MANY VILLAGES STILL FACE SANITATION PROBLEMS AND THE LACK OF BASIC FACILITIES,* HE SAID.

THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORK SCHEME HAD HELPED IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OF VILLAGES THROUGH THE PROVISION OF BETTER FACILITIES SUCH AS DRAINAGE, PUBLIC TOILETS, CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA, FOOTPATHS, VAN TRACKS AND MANY OTHER MINOR IMPROVEMENT WORKS. ALL THE WORK WAS DONE WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF VILLAGERS.

THROUGH THE SCHEME, TEAMS OF EXPERIENCED STAFF HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED IN EACH DISTRICT TO SURVEY ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AND TO WORK OUT CHEAP AND EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS TO VARIOUS PROBLEMS.

OVERALL, HE SAID, THE GOVERNMENT WAS PLANNING A BROADER APPROACH TO VILLAGE IMPROVEMENTS. THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WAS EXPLORING WAYS TO CARRY OUT VILLAGE ROAD UPGRADING SCHEMES SO THAT VILLAGERS WOULD HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO THEIR HOMES, FACILITIES IN THE VILLAGES COULD BE SERVICED MORE EFFICIENTLY, AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES COULD GAIN EASY ACCESS TO VILLAGES.

♦ MORE IMPORTANTLY, ANOTHER APPROACH IS TO USE THE GOVERNMENT’S PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME TO UNDERTAKE LARGE-SCALE IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES IN CERTAIN RURAL AREAS,* HE SAID.

AN EXAMPLE WAS THE PILOT SCHEME WHICH WOULD SOON BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE AREA AROUND SAN HING TSUEN IN TUEN MUN. APART FROM PROVIDING PROPER ROADS, DRAINAGE AND CERTAIN COMMUNITY FACILITIES, THE SCHEME WOULD ENABLE RESIDENTS AND FACTORIES TO RE-INFORCE THEIR TEMPORARY STRUCTURES WITH BETTER MATERIALS.

THE SCHEME WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO BE LAUNCHED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AND ITS SUCCESS WOULD RELY HEAVILY ON CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND THE GOVERNMENT TO BRING ABOUT THE DESIRED IMPROVEMENTS, MR SELBY SAID.

IN THE LONG TERM, HE POINTED OUT, THE ULTIMATE AIM WOULD BE TO BRING ALL VILLAGES UP TO THE STANDARD OF THE MODERN RESITE VILLAGES THAT HAD BEEN BUILT.

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17OUR HONOURED WITH GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION

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FOUR CITIZENS WERE HONOURED WITH THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING AND VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THEIR PHYSICAL EFFORTS OR INNOVATIVE IDEAS.

AT A CEREMONY HELD IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT TODAY (THURSDAY), THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR JAMES SO, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION TO MR CHARLES Y.H. CHAN, MR LAM YIU-HUNG AND MR YUEN CHAU. THE FOURTH RECIPIENT, MRS MARGARET STEPHENIE HENDERSON, WAS UNABLE TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

MR CHARLES CHAN, GENERAL MANAGER OF A FASHION MANUFACTURING COMPANY, WAS RECOGNISED FOR HIS EFFORTS IN COMMUNITY WORK IN SUNG TZE BUILDINGS, A PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATE, AND FOR ORGANISING PROJECTS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN SUNG CHI STREET.

MR LAM YIU-HUNG WAS NOTED FOR HIS LONG STANDING COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY SERVICE IN TO KWA WAN, ESPECIALLY AFTER HIS RETIREMENT. HIS INITIATIVE IN ORGANISING BLOCK-TO-BLOCK CLEANSING EXERCISES IN SUPPORT OF THE TO KWA WAN SOUTH AREA CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN WAS PRAISED BY THE AUTHORITIES.

A RESTAURANT OWNER, MR YUEN CHAU, WAS ACTIVE IN FOSTERING

A UNITED COMMUNITY SPIRIT IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE. HE ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE WELFARE OF TRE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT.

MRS MARGARET STEPHENIE HENDERSON, EX-DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY ADVICE BUREAU, WAS COMMENDED FOR HER STRENUOUS EFFORTS IN ASSISTING NEW ARRIVALS TO HONG KONG TO SETTLE IN THEIR NEW ENVIRONMENT.

TWENTY-FOUR CITIZENS HAD BEEN AWARDED THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION SINCE THE SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN 1982.

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PAPAL AUDIENCE FOR HK POLICE BAND * * *

THE MUSICAL AMBASSADORS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE DREW IHF ATTENTION OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST INFLUENTIAL RELIGIOUS LEADERS - POPE JOHN PAUL II - WHEN THEY PERFORMED IN ROME RECENTLY

WHILE THE POLICE BAND AND RIBBON DANCERS PERFORMED IN ST PETER’S SQUARE ON APRIL 23, THE POPE APPROACHED THEM TO EXPRESS HIS APPRECIATION AND SHOOK HANDS WITH THEM.

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"I AM NOT A ROMAN CATHOLIC, BUT IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME,” SAID MR COLIN WOOD, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC.

THE BAND WAS INVITED TO PERFORM IN ROME AND PARIS BETWEEN APRIL 22 AND MAY 1 BY CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS TO MARK THE AIRLINE’S FIRST DIRECT FLIGHT TO ROME.

THE SCHEDULE WAS BUSY AND EXHAUSTING MOST OF THE TIME, BUT THE PERFORMERS FELT REWARDED BECAUSE OF THE LARGE APPRECIATIVE AUDIENCES IN BOTH CITIES. THEY PERFORMED IN SEVERAL PUBLIC VENUES AND APPEARED ON TELEVISION.

THE BANDSMEN AND RIBBON DANCERS WERE NOT GIVEN ANY TIME TO SUFFER FROM JET LAG ON THE DAY OF ARRIVAL BECAUSE THEY WERE EXPECTED IN ST PETER’S SQUARE ONLY HOURS AFTER LANDING.

TWO HOURS AFTER THE BAND HAD PERFORMED, ALTERNATING WITH ANOTHER GROUP BEFORE AN AUDIENCE OF 50,000, THE POPE, WHO HAD FINISHED A SERVICE, WENT FORWARD TO TALK TO THE POLICE BAND.

’’THE POPE WELCOMED US AND SAID HE ENJOYED THE MUSIC.

HE GAVE HIS BLESSINGS TO US AND OUR FAMILIES. THEN HE SPOKE TO BANDSMEN AND THE DANCERS AND SHOOK HANDS WITH THEM,” MR WOOD SAID.

”HE WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND CORDIAL AND THE BAND WAS OVERWHELMED BY THE OCCASION.’’

THE REST OF THE DAY’S PROGRAMME INCLUDED A PERFORMANCE IN THE CITY HALL AND A SEVEN-MINUTE SHOW ON A POPULAR ITALIAN NATIONAL NEWS FEATURE PROGRAMME IN THE EVENING.

ON THE FOLLOWING TWO DAYS, THE BAND AND RIBBON DANCERS PERFORMED OUTSIDE THE CATHAY PACIFIC OFFICE IN THE CENTRE OF ROME, AT THE VILLA BORGHESE AND THE ROME POLO CLUB.

AFTER A DAY’S SIGHT-SEEING AND SHOPPING, THE PARTY FLEW ON TO PARIS.

THERE THEY MET THE FRENCH ARMY BAND AND THE TWO GROUPS, PERFORMED IN A RIVER CRUISE ALONG THE RIVER SEINE.

WHILE THE AUDIENCE OF 1,000 ON THE LAUNCH ENJOYED THE MUSIC AND DANCING, THE BANKS WERE ALSO CROWDED WITH SPECTATORS.

THE CLIMAX OF THE SHOW CAME WHEN THE FRENCH AIR FORCE STAGED A FLYPAST, LEAVING COLOURFUL SMOKE TRAILS IN THE SKY.

A TELEVISION CREW FILMED THE PERFORMANCE AND IT WAS SHOWN ON A PUBLIC STATION THE SAME NIGHT.

OTHER PERFORMANCES TOOK PLACE AT THE CHAMPS DE MARS AND THE PRE CATALAN VILLA.

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’’THIS WAS ONE OF OUR SHORTEST YET BEST TRIPS,” SAID MR WOOD. IT WAS THE BAND’S EIGHTH AMBASSADORIAL TOUR SINCE 1977.

MEANWHILE, THE BANDSMEN AND RIBBON DANCERS HAVE ANOTHER TWO MONTHS OF FRANTIC PREPARATION BEFORE THEY HEAD OFF FOR SAN FRANCISCO AND VANCOUVER IN JULY. THIS WILL BE FOR CATHAY INAUGURAL DIRECT FLIGHT TO SAN FRANCISCO AND THE HONG KONG DAY AT EXPO 86.

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INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES REVISED

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THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST FOR TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES WILL NOW BE 4.08 PER CENT (TAX FREE) AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE OF 4.32 PER CENT (TAX FREE).

NOTICE OF THIS WAS PUBLISHED IN AN EXTRAORDINARY ISSUE OF THE GAZETTE PUBLISHED ON MONDAY (MAY 12).

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE $0.34 PER MONTH PER $100. INTEREST WILL BE CREDITED AS BEFORE IN RESPECT OF COMPLETE MONTHS BETWEEN PURCHASE AND SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT SAID.

INTEREST IS ONLY CREDITED WHEN CERTIFICATES ARE USED TO PAY TAX AND NO INTEREST IS DUE WHERE THE PRINCIPAL VALUE OF A CERTIFICATE IS REPAID BY A CHEQUE.

THE NEW RATE WILL APPLY TO ALL CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MAY 14, 1986.

CERTIFICATES WHICH WERE ISSUED BEFORE MAY 14, 1986 WILL CONTINUE TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWS -

8.04% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER OCTOBER 31, 1984 AND BEFORE NOVEMBER 28, 1984J

7.56% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER NOVEMBER 28, 1984 AND BEFORE DECEMBER 28, 1984?

7.08% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 28, 1984 AND BEFORE JANUARY 16, 1985»

6.60% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 16, 1985 AND BEFORE JANUARY 30, 1985 J

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1986

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5.52% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 30, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 3, 1985!

5.04% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 3, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 24, 19855

4.56% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 24, 1985 AND BEFORE MAY 22, 1985!

4.08% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MAY 22, 1985 AND BEFORE JUNE 27, 19855

3.60% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 27, 1985 AND BEFORE JULY 17, 19855

3.36% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JULY 17, 1985 AND BEFORE JULY 23, 1985;

2.76% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JULY 23, 1985 AND BEFORE SEPTEMBER 4, 1985;

3.36% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 4, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 3, 1986; AND

4.32% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 3, 1986 AND BEFORE MAY 14, 1986,

BUT ALWAYS SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL RULE THAT INTEREST CEASES TO

ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETE MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR PAYMENT OF TAX.

EXAMPLE: $1 000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON MAY 17, 1986, JUNE 17, 1986 AND JULY 17, 1986 RESPECT IVELY, SURRENDER IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON AUGUST 16, 1986 WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS -

ON SI 000, MAY 17, 1986 TO AUGUST 16, 1986 = 10.20 3 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $3.40 PER MONTH

ON $1 000, JUNE 17, 1986 TO AUGUST 16, 1986 - 6.80

2 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $3.40 PER MONTH

ON $1 000, JULY 17, 1986 TO AUGUST 16, 1986 - 3.40

1 COMPLETE MONTH AT $3.40 PER MONTH

20.40

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WINNING SCHOOL TEAM GETS TICKETS FOR EXPO * * X X

KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH THE WORLD WITH POSTCARDS HAS PAID OFF HANDSOMELY FOR STUDENTS OF THE ST. CATHARINE’S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS IN KWUN TONG - SIX AIR TICKETS AND A WEEK-LONG ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO EXPO ’86 IN VANCOUVER.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, NOT ONLY PRAISED THEM FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THIS NOVEL FORM OF GLOBAL COMMUNICATION, BUT ALSO DESCRIBED THEIR CONTRIBUTION AS HAVING A ♦HIGH DEGREE OF ORIGINALITY AND VERSATILITY*.

THEIR ARTISTIC MEDIUM RANGED FROM PENCIL SKETCHES, WATER COLOUR AND CRAYON DRAWINGS TO BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE PROSE -SOME OF WHICH WERE DISPLAYED AT A RECENT +SAYING IT WITH POSTCARDS* EXHIBITION AT THE LANDMARK.

WISHING THEM A HAPPY TRIP, MR LEUNG TOLD THE STUDENTS TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY OF MAKING AS MANY OVERSEAS FRIENDS AS THEY COULD AT EXPO.

THIS, HE SAID, WOULD HELP BROADEN THEIR HORIZON AND OUTLOOK OF LIFE.

THE FIVE STUDENTS AND THEIR TEACHER WILL LEAVE ON JULY 15 AND WILL BE PRESENT FOR THE +HONG KONG DAY* CELEBRATIONS ON JULY 18 AT THE HONG KONG PAVILION.

MORE THAN 470 SCHOOLS TOOK PART IN THE CONTEST WITH AN OVERWHELMING RETURN OF MORE THAN 300 000 CARDS OVER A THREE-WEEK PERIOD.

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CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURE SOUGHT X * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING THE CLOSURE OF AN ILLEGAL STRUCTURE ON THE ROOF OF KWA FUNG MANSION AT 7~9A, TIN HEUNG STREET, KWUN TONG, SO THAT DEMOLITION CAN BEGIN.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON JUNE 25 WAS POSTED ON THE STRUCTURE TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE ACTION IS BEING TAKEN TO ENFORCE AN ORDER ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN DECEMBER 1984, REQUIRING DEMOLITION CF THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURE.

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EXAM DISTINCTIONS FOR STANLEY MEN * * * * *

THREE INMATES OF STANLEY PRISON ACHIEVED DISTINCTIONS IN THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIANS (PART TWO) EXAMINATION OF THE CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE.

THE EXAMINATIONS WERE HELD AT THE END OF LAST YEAR AND THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR JOHN WONG, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES TO THE SUCCESSFUL TRIO AT A CEREMONY HELD AT STANLEY PRISON TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE TRIO GAINED A TOTAL OF EIGHT DISTINCTIONS AND ONE CREDIT IN THE THIRD-YEAR EXAMINATION. THE SUBJECTS TAKEN INCLUDED MATHEMATICS, ELECTRICAL PRINCIPLES AND ELECTRONICS.

THE RECIPIENTS, IN THEIR 2O’S, BEGAN STUDYING FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS TECHNICIANS COURSE WHEN IT WAS INTRODUCED IN THE PRISON IN 1982. THEY ATTAINED GOOD RESULTS IN EARLIER

EXAMINATIONS.

ONE OF THE RECIPIENTS WAS DISCHARGED RECENTLY AND THE OTHER TWO WILL BE DISCHARGED LATER THIS YEAR.

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LORDS’ DEBATE TO BE BROADCAST LIVE

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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 6.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) 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.

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PLAQUE PRESENTATION CEREMONY

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THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR JOHN YAXLEY, WILL OFFICIATE AT A PLAQUE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 10 AM.

MR YAXLEY WILL PRESENT PLAQUES TO THE HONG WEATHER OBSERVING SHIPS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE ORGANISATION VOLUNTARY OBSERVING SHIPS SCHEME.

KONG VOLUNTARY SERVICES TO THE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. PRESS MEMBERS SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 9.45 AM ON THE GROUND FLOOR, CENTENARY BUILDING, ROYAL OBSERVATORY, 134A NATHAN ROAD, KOwLOON. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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CHANGE OF PLAN SAVES STANLEY’S BANYAN TREE * * *

A BANYAN TREE IN STANLEY MARKET ROAD WILL BE PRESERVED FOLLOWING AN URBAN COUNCIL’S DECISION TO CONVERT THE SITE WHERE THE TREE STANDS INTO A SITTING-OUT AREA.

THE 570 SQUARE-METRE-SITE WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE AUCTIONED FOR SALE IN MARCH 1984, BUT THE PLAN WAS LATER SHELVED FOLLOWING PRESSURE FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION GROUPS TO RETAIN THE TREE.

+THE COUNCIL THEREFORE DECIDED TO TURN THE SITE INTO OPEN SPACE,+ A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

+WE WILL EXCHANGE A SITE IN STANLEY MAIN STREET WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY EARMARKED FOR THE BUILDING OF A SITTING-OUT AREA, WITH THE BANYAN TREE SITE.+

THE MOVE HAS MET WITH WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FROM MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT WORKS PROJECTS COMMITTEE AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AS WELL AS LOCAL RESIDENTS.

+THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL SOON GO AHEAD WITH ITS PLAN TO BUILD A SITTING-OUT AREA AT THE BANYAN TREE SITE, WHICH IS FOUR TIMES THE SIZE OF THE STANLEY MAIN STREET SITE,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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MUSIC OFFICE SEEKS PART-TIME PERFORMERS

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LOCAL MUSICIANS NOw HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK PART-TIME FOR HE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH AS INSTRUCTORS, PERFORMERS ON BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE INSTRUMENTS OR AS PIANO ACCOMPANISTS.

APPLICANTS FOR WORK AS PART-TIME INSTRUCTORS (WESTERN MUSIC) AND AS PIANO ACCOMPANISTS SHOULD BE GRADUATES OF THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, OR HAVE A DIPLOMA IN MUSIC FROM A REG IpT=RcD POST-SECONDARY COLLEGE. A FURTHER ALTERNATIVE WOULD BE TO POauEsi LRSM, LRAM, ARCM, OR GRSM OR EQUIVALENT.

THOSE INTERESTED IN APPLYING AS PART-TIME INSTRUCTORS (CHINESE MUSIC) SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED MUSICAL TRAINING IN AN ACCEPTABLE INSTITUTION OR HAVE AT LEAST FIVE YtARS’ RELEVANT EXPERIENCE IN AN ACCEPTABLE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING GROUP OR ACADEMY.

FOR THE POST OF PART-TIME PERFORMER, ALL CANDIDATES SHOULD BE ABLE TO PLAY AN ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENT UP TO LRSM, LRAM, ARCM, LGSM, CP LTCL LEVEL OR EQUIVALENT, AND PREFERABLY HAVE PREVIOUS PERFORMING

EXPERIENCE IN A PROFESSIONAL ORCHESTRA.

APPLICATION FORMS (GF 340) ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES. FORMS TOGETHER WITH COPIES OF RELEVANT DOCUMENTS AND "IPLOMAS SHOULD REACH THE MUSIC OFFICE, MUNICIPAL SERVICES ERANCH, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, 11TH FLOOR, WING ON CENTRE, V CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG, BY MAY 31.

CANDIDATES WHO ARE NOT INVITED FOR ..I TH IN FOUR WEEKS FROM THE CLOSING DATE APPLICATIONS ARE UNSUCCESSFUL.

AN AUDITION OR AN INTERVIEW MAY ASSUME THAT THEIR

PERSONNEL REGISTRY OF THE

THE

INTERESTED PERSONS MAY CONTACT --------------- .

MUSIC OFFICE AT 5-458791 EXT 22 FOR DETAILS CONCERNING DUTIES AND

REMUNERATION

BALLET DEMONSTRATION BY POPULAR DEMAND

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MORC THAN 1 □□□ SAI KUNG RESIDENTS *ILL BE TREATED TO A BALLET DEMONSTRATION BY THE HONG KONG BALLET COMPANY THIS SATURDAY (MAY 17).

THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THE COMPANY HAS GIVEN A DEMONSTRATION IN THE DISTRICT, FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL APPEARANCE THERE LAST YEAk.

THE DEMONSTRATION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG ISTRICT OFFICE AND THE HONG 'ONG BALLET COMPANY, AND IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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+THE MAJORITY OF PARTICIPANTS, SOME 700 OF THEM, WILL BE SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT,* A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DURING THE DEMONSTRATION, THE VAR I OUS MOVES AND STEPS CF BALLET WILL BE EXPLAINED IN CHINESE SO THAT THE AUDIENCE CAN UNDERSTAND THE SPECIAL MEANINGS OF THE DANCE.

THE BALLET DEMONSTRATION WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM IN THE SAI KUNG TOWN HALL, NEXT TO THE BUS TERMINUS OF SAI KUNG TOWN.

frpf TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE TOWN HALL TICKET OFF ICt AND THEESa1 KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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SONGS OF THE SEA CONCERT TO BE STAGED

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MORE THAN 150 MEMBERS OF THE MUSIC OFFICE YOUTH CHOIR AND THE CHINESE FOLK SINGING CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE WILL PERFORM AT A CHORAL CONCERT ON MAY 25 AT THE SHOUSON THEATRE, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

THE SONGS OF THE SEA CONCERT, ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, WILL FEATURE A REPERTOIRE WHICH INCLUDES POPULAR PIECES LIKE MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS THEME SONG, SONG OF THE BEACHES, FILM MUSIC ON SEA, SEA SONG FOR MIXED VOICES, IN EXITU ISRAEL, EXCERPTS FROM +ISRAEL IN EGYPT*, FISHERMEN’S SONGS AND EXCERPTS FROM +SA I KUNG SUITE*.

TO ADD COLOUR TO THE TWO-HOUR PROGRAMME, WHICH BEGINS AT 3 PM, CHOIR MEMBERS WILL SING IN LATIN, ENGLISH, CANTONESE, MANDARIN AND THE FUJIAN DIALECT AND ALSO DANCE TO SOME OF THE SONGS.

TICKETS AT $5 EACH ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL THE MUSIC CENTRES CF THE MUSIC OFFICE. FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL 5-283257.

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THOUSANDS TO CELEBRATE TAM KUNG FESTIVAL

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THOUSANDS OF FISHERFOLK AND WORSHIPPERS WILL GATHER AT SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO CELEBRATE TAM KUNG FESTIVAL.

THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL IS HELD ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF THE FOURTH LUNAR MONTH, THE BIRTHDAY OF A LEGENDARY FIGURE, TAM KUNG, WHO IS SAID TO BESTOW LUCK AND FORTUNE ON WORSHIPPERS.

THIS YEAR, A GRAND PROCESSION FEATURING 28 LIONS, SIX UNICORNS AND TWO DRAGONS FROM OVER 40 LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS, WILL DANCE ALONG SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST TO THE TAM KUNG TEMPLE.

THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, WILL PAY A VISIT TO THE TEMPLE AT 11 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CELEBRATION OF TAM KUNG FESTIVAL AT SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST WHICH STARTS AT 10 AM TOMORROW.

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REGISTRATION REVOKED * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF THYE HONG COMMERCIAL AND FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 14(2) OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DRUG ABUSE IN HONG KONG UNDER CONTROL .......................... 1

PRAISE FOR VOLUNTARY +WEATHER SHIPS* ........................... 2

GOVERNOR TO VISIT JAPAN ........................................ 3

GOVERNOR RETURNING TUESDAY ...................................

CHANGES PROPOSED IN STRUCTURE OF ANTIQUITIES BOaRD ............. 4

BILL PROPOSES TO CORRECT ACCOUNTING ANOMALIES .................. 5

QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ....................  6

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TALKS ON DEEP BAY END ................. 9

ITALIAN BANK GRANTED LICENCE .................................. 10

REPRESENTATIONS FOR COMPUTATION HEARING ....................... 10

NEW WAGE CEILING IN FORCE ..................................... 11

REGISTRATION REVOKED .......................................... 11

HONG KONG PAVILION SHOW AMONG THE BEST ........................ 11

j{l6 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS ................. 12

MAGISTRATES TAKE LOOK AT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY .................... 12

SHA TAU KOK FORESHORE TO BE RECLAIMED ......................... 13

CHTNF.SE PAINTING, CALLIGRAPHY ON DISPLAY TOMORROW ............ 14

TREE PLANTING DAY AT SHAN KING ESTATE ........................ 11*

CONTEMPORARY DANCE TREAT IN STANLEY ........................... 15

ESTATE STREET TO BE CLOSED .................................... 16

MAINTENANCE WORK AT LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD ..................... 16

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1936

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DRUG ABUSE IN HONG KONG UNDER CONTROL

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HONG KONG HAS MANAGED TO KEEP THE PROBLEM OF DRUG ABUSE UNDER CONTROL, WHILE IT REMAINED AT A HIGH LEVEL IN MANY COUNTRIES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GORDON MORTIMER, SAID TODAY (FR IDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG HOST LUNCHEON, HE POINTED OUT THAT IN SOME COUNTRIES, ABUSE WAS EVEN INCREASING AND VERY FEW COUNTRIES WERE UNAFFECTED.

♦ABUSE BY YOUNG PEOPLE GRAVELY IMPERILS COUNTRIES’ FUTURES,* HE SAID.

+THE WORLD SITUATION WITH REGARD TO DRUG ABUSE HAS MOVED THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO LAUNCH UNPRECEDENTED AND COMPREHENSIVE COUNTER-ATTACKS AGAINST DRUG ABUSE, ILLICIT CULTIVATION, PRODUCTION MANUFACTURE AND TRAFFICKING.

♦IN HONG KONG, WE HAVE MANAGED TO KEEP THE CONSUMPTION OF ILLICIT DRUGS GENERALLY UNDER CONTROL.

♦THE COMMUNITY IS STRONGLY OPPOSED TO DRUG ABUSE IN ALL ITS FORMS AND STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE EFFORTS WHICH ARE BEING MADE TO ERADICATE THE PROBLEM,+ HE SAID.

MR MORTIMER STRESSED THAT THE MESSAGE BEING PUT TO THE PUBLIC WAS CLEAR AND UNEQUIVOCAL, THAT THE ABUSE OF ADDICTIVE DRUGS WAS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, AND COULD RUIN LIVES AND SHOULD NOT BE TRIED - NOT EVEN ONCE.

HE WARNED THAT ALL INDIVIDUALS WERE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE ADDICTIVE POWER OF THE MAJOR ILLICIT DRUGS AND ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO ABUSED THEM WAS COURTING DISASTER.

ACKNOWLEDGING THE EXISTENCE OF THE PROBLEM IN HONG KONG AND THE INCREASED AWARENESS BY THE PUBLIC, MR MORTIMER URGED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THEY SHOULD KEEP A CAREFUL WATCH OVER THEIR OWN CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY TEENAGERS AND TO STEER THEM AWAY FROM DRUGS.

♦AS ABOUT 980 YOUNG PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 21 ARE NEWLY REPORTED FOR INVOLVEMENT IN DRUGS EACH YEAR, I FEEL THAT PARENTS COULD DO MORE IN HELPING THEIR CHILDREN.+ HE ADDED.

MR MORTIMER REASSURED THAT COMBINED EFFORTS COULD HELP PROTECT PEOPLE FROM ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD TODAY AND SHOULD BE CONTINUED UNTIL DRUG ABUSE CEASED TO BE +A MENACE TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WHOSE BRIGHT FUTURE SHINES BEFORE THEM+.

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PRAISE FOR VOLUNTARY +WEATHER SHIPS* * * * *

THC CONTRIBUTION THAT VOLUNTARY WEATHER OBSERVING SHIPS MAKE TO HONg'kONG’S MARINE WEATHER FORECASTING SYSTEM WAS PRAISED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR JOHN YAXLEY.

AN ACCURATE AND RELIABLE WEATHER SERVICE ENABLED SHIPS TO PLAN THEIR MOVEMENTS SO AS TO MAXIMISE BOTH EFFICIENCY AND SAFETY, HE SAID.

THE LOCAL SYSTEM HAD A DIRECT BENEFIT FOR PARTICIPATING VESSELS AS WELL AS ALL SHIPPING APPROACHING OR DEPARTING HONG KONG, HE ADDED.

MR YAXLEY WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY, HELD AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, AT WHICH PLAQUES WERE PRESENTED TO REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE VOLUNTARY WEATHER SHIPS.

+THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG AS A TRADING CENTRE, AND ALSO AS A GROWING TRANSHIPMENT POINT (LARGELY FOR CARGO TO AND FROM CHINA) HAS MADE INCREASING DEMANDS ON THE PORT AS BOTH THE NUMBER OF VESSELS ENTERING HONG KONG AND THE VOLUME OF CARGO MOVED CONTINUE TO INCREASE,* HE SAID.

MORE THAN 13 OOO OCEAN-GOING SHIPS AND 80 000 RIVER TRADE VESSELS CALLED AT HONG KONG LAST YEAR, AND ALL BENEFITTED FROM THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY’S EXCELLENT MARINE WEATHER SERVICE AND THUS FROM THE DATA PROVIDED BY THE VOLUNTARY OBSERVING SHIPS.

MR YAXLEY ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION FOR ITS SUPPORT OF THE SCHEME.

HE THEN PRESENTED THE PLAQUES TO 75 MASTERS AND OFFICERS FROV VOLUNTARY WEATHER OBSERVING SHIPS, INCLUDING FIVE? ROYAL NAVY VESSELS, IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR SERVICES TO THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION (WMO) VOLUNTARY OBSERVING SHIPS (VOS) SCHEME.

AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR PETER Y.Y. CHAN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION, MR KENNETH K.W. LO.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY MOUNTED AN EXHIBITION ON +PORT AND MARINE METEOROLOGICAL SERVICES* WHICH SHOWED HOW THE WORLD’S METEOROLOGICAL AND SHIPPING COMMUNITIES HAD BENEFITTED FROM THE VOS SCHEME.

IN HIS SPEECH, THE DIRECTOR OF THE OBSERVATORY, MR PATRICK SHAM, NOTED THAT HONG KONG HAD TAKEN PART IN THE WMO’S VOS SCHEME SINCE 1949.

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+AS AT MAY 1, THE NUMBER OF HONG KONG VOLUNTARY OBSERVING SHIPS WAS 79, WHICH STOOD VERY NEAR THE ALL-TIME HIGH OF 73 IN 1960,+ HE SAID.

WORLDWIDE, WELL OVER 7 000 SHIPS OPERATING UNDER THE SCHEME MADE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WEATHER OBSERVATIONS EACH YEAR.

MR SHAM SAID THE METEOROLOGICAL AND OCEANOGRAPHIC INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE REPORTS WAS USED FOR THE DESIGN OF MARINE STRUCTURES AND FOR THE PLANNING OF SHIPPING ROUTES OR OTHER OCEAN OR COASTAL ACTIVITIES.

ON PORT AND MARINE WEATHER SERVICES, HE SAID THAT AFTER CLOSER CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND MARINE DEPARTMENT AND CONSULTATIONS WITH THE SHIPPING, FERRY AND WHARF I NG COMPANIES, THE OBSERVATORY WAS NOW +BETTER PREPARED TO PROVIDE SPECIALISED WEATHER SERVICES TO MEET THEIR OPERATIONAL REQU IREMENTS+.

+THESE REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE METEOROLOGICAL WATCH AND WARNINGS FOR SPECIFIC FERRY ROUTES WITHIN AND OUTSIDE HONG KONG WATERS, THE FORECASTING OF WINDS, WAVES AND SWELLS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AS WELL AS A COMPREHENSIVE WEATHER SERVICE TO CATER FOR OFF-SHORE OIL DRILLING AND OTHER OPERATION,* HE SAID.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT JAPAN

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL VISIT JAPAN AS THE GUEST OF THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS FROM MAY 25 TO MAY 27, 1986.

SIR EDWARD WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE HIGH-LEVEL MEMBERS CF THE HONG KONG-JAPAN BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEE.

DURING HIS STAY IN JAPAN THE GOVERNOR WILL MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS.

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GOVERNOR RETURNING TUESDAY

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG FROM LONDON ON TUESDAY (MAY 20) INSTEAD OF SUNDAY AS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED. THIS WILL ENABLE HIM TO HAVE MORE TIME FOR DISCUSSIONS WITH MINISTERS AND SENIOR OFFICIALS.

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CHANGES PROPOSED IN STRUCTURE OF ANTIQUITIES BOARD

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A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO CHANGE THE PRESENT STRUCTURE OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 PROVIDED FOR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD TO BE A PERSON APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE PRESENT STATUTORY ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY THE SAME GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL, THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICEo, IS BOTH THE ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD WHICH ADVISES IT, IS CONSIDERED OUTDATED, BECAUSE IT DOES NOT PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE CHECKS AND BALANCES.

THE BILL ALSO REMOVES THE PRESENT LIMITATION ON THE NUMBER CF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. THE CURRENT LIMIT OF NINE WHICH INCLUDES THE CHAIRMAN AND THE POST OF VICE-CHAIRMAN HAS PROVED UNNECESSARILY RESTRICTIVE AND HAS HAMPERED THE WORK OF THE BOARD.

+T0 ALLOW FOR THE REPRESENTATION OF A WIDER RANGE OF EXPERTISE, THE BILL PROVIDES FOR THE REMOVAL OF THIS STATUTORY LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER PROVISIONS IN THE BILL DELETE THE POST OF VICE-CHAIRMAN, PROVIDE FOR MEMBERS IN THE ABSENCE OF THE CHAIRMAN TO ELECT FROM AMONG THEMSELVES A PERSON TO PRESIDE AT A MEETING AND FOR A QUORUM AT A MEETING OF NOT LESS THAN HALF THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE BILL HAD BEEN DRAWN UP IN CONSULTATION .-/ITH THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD WHICH SUPPORTED THE PROPOSALS.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON MAY 28. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO COMMENT ON THE BILL CAN wRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES AT HARBOUR CENTRE, 11TH FLOOR, HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, OR TO UMELCO AT 8 JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL.

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BILL PROPOSES TO CORRECT ACCOUNTING ANOMALIES ******

PROVISIONS TO REMEDY MINOR ACCOUNTING ANOMALIES IN THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME FOR THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY (1933) LTD AND THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY ARE CONTAINED IN THE PUBLIC BUS SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

UNDER THE PUBLIC BUS SERVICES ORDINANCE, OPERATION OF THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME CONTAINED THEREIN IS TO BE REVIEWED BY THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL EVERY TWO YEARS. EARLIER REVIEW OF THE SCHEME INDICATED THAT IT WAS WORKING SATISFACTORILY, EXCEPT FOR A SMALL NUMBER OF ANOMALIES.

FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE BUS COMPANIES, IT WAS DECIDED THAT LEGISLATION SHOULD BE DRAFTED TO BRING THE OPERATION OF THE SCHEME MORE IN LINE WITH STANDARD ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR TRANSPORT BRANCH EXPLAINED THAT THE BILL, IF ENACTED, WOULD SERVE THREE MAJOR PURPOSES!

* CURRENCY EXCHANGE PROFITS OR LOSSES ARISING FROM TRANSACTIONS RELATING TO THE FRANCHISES WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEME ;

* INCOME FROM THE SALE OF STORES AND SPARE PARTS BY THE TWO BUS COMPANIES WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEME; AND

* TAX CHARGES RELATING TO OPERATIONS OUTSIDE THE SCHEME WOULD BE EXCLUDED.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR FIRST READING ON MAY 28.

COMMENTS ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL CAN BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, ST JOHN’S BUILDING, EIGHTH FLOOR, OR TO UMELCO AT 8, JACKSON HOUSE, CENTRAL.

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1986

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QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ******

THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE REMAINED LARGELY STABLE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986 COMPARED WITH THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985.

HOWEVER. FIRMS ACROSS DIFFERENT MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES EXPECT AN IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986 COMPARtD TO THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986.

THIS IS PART OF SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY).

FIRMS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR EXPERIENCED A CONTINUED UPTREND IN BUSINESS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986 AND EXPECT THE BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE SECOND QUARTER TO IMPROVE FURTHER.

A MILD DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS WAS REPORTED BY FIRMS IN THE -►WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS* SECTOR AND THE BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE SECOND QUARTER IS EXPECTED TO BE SIMILAR TO THAT IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

GENERAL IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS WAS EXPERIENCED BY FIRMS IN THE ♦OTHER SERVICES* SECTOR DURING THE FIRST QUARTER AND THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR THE SECOND QUARTER.

ABOUT 1 OOQ FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES, FORMING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY AND WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AND EXPECTATIONS.

WITHIN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, A DECLINE IN BUSINESS WAS REPORTED BY FIRMS IN THE +FOOD, BEVERAGE AND TOBACCO*, +WEARING APPAREL*, +FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS* AND +WATCHES AND CLOCKS* INDUSTRIES IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

BY CONTRAST, RESPONDING FIRMS IN THE +ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES* AND ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES ACHIEVED SOME IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS DURING THE FIRST QUARTER WHILE THOSE IN THE TEXTILES, PRINTING AND PLASTICS INDUSTRIES REPORTED LITTLE CHANGE.

REGARDING BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR THE SECOND QUARTER, RESPONDING FIRMS ACROSS ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES EXPECT AN UPTURN IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

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FIRMS IN Trr +WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS* SECTOR REPORTED A STABLE LEVEL OF BUSINESS IN THE FIRST QUARTER. THE HOTELS TRADE, HOWEVER, EXPERIENCED A SEASONAL DECLINE IN BUSINESS.

FIRMS IN THE +WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES* EXPECT THE BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE SECOND QUARTER TO REMAIN SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE FIRST QUARTER. A SEASONAL DOWNTREND IN BUSINESS IS PREDICTED BY RESPONDENTS IN THE RESTAURANTS SECTOR. ON THE CONTRARY, FIRMS IN THE HOTELS TRADE EXPECT A SEASONAL UPTREND IN BUSINESS IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

WITH RHaAnD TO THE +OTHER SERVICES* SECTOR, A GENERAL IMPROVEMENT IN BUSINESS WAS ACHIEVED BY FIRMS IN THE BANKS AND +REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED SERVICES* SECTORS WHEREAS FIRMS IN THE +TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION* SECTOR EXPERIENCED A DETERIORATION IN BUSINESS IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

FIRMS IN THE +OTHER SERVICES* SECTOR ARE GENERALLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR THE SECOND QUARTER, PARTICULARLY FOR FIkMS IN Tnt +kcAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED SERVICES*.

THE SURVEY ALSO COVERED BUSINESS PROBLEMS FACED BY FIRMS.

ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE RESPONDENTS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INDICATED INSURE C'^NT BUSINESS ORDERS, PRICE COMPETITION FROM FIRMS IN HONG KONG AND FROM FIRMS OVERSEAS AS THE MORE SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

ALTHOUGH THE PROBLEM OF INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS ORDERS IS EXPECTED TO LEVEL OFF IN THE SECOND QUARTER, THE PROBLEM OF HIGH MATERIAL PRICES IS EMERGING AS A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM.

FOR THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS CONTRACTS AND PRICE COMPETITION FROM HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS FIRMS WERE REGARDED AS MAJOR PROBLEMS FOR BOTH THE FIRST AND THE SECOND QUARTERS.

AS FOR THE +WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES* BUSINESS, PRICE COMPETITION WAS CONSIDERED THE MOST PROMINENT PROBLEM. THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN THE PROPORTION OF FIRMS INDICATING UNCERTAINTIES THROUGH EXCHANGE RATE FLUCTUATIONS AS A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

INSUFFICIENT BUSINESS, PRICE COMPETITION AND HIGH STAFF TURNOVER CONTINUED TO BE THE MAIN PROBLEMS FACED BY RESTAURANTS FOR THE FIRST AND THE SECOND QUARTERS.

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THE MAJOR PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY RESPONDENTS IN THE HOTELo BUSINESS WERE PRICE COMPETITION AND HIGH STAFF COSTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND THESE PROBLEMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

ALL TRADES ACROSS THE +OTHER SERVICES* SECTOR CONSIDERED PRICE COMPETITION AS A PREDOMINANT PROBLEM IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND THE SECOND QUARTER. MOREOVER, THE PROBLEM OF INSUFFICIENT BUS INESS WAS ALSO ENCOUNTERED BY RESPONDENTS IN THE +TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION* INDUSTRY WHILE FIRMS IN THE +REAL EbTATc DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED SERVICES* SECTOR HAD THE PROBLEM OF HIGH STAFF TURNOVER IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT, THE SURVEY RESULTS OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG PROVIDED ONE SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR MAKING A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION OF HONG KONG.

IN THE SURVEY, PARTICIPATING FIRMS WERE ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER, IN THEIR OPINION, THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION AND LEVEL of CAPACITY UTILISATION HAD IMPROVED, REMAINED THE SAME, CR DETERIORATED IN THE QUARTER JUST ENDED AS COMPARED wI TH THE PRECEDING QUARTER.

FOR THE FORTHCOMING QUARTER, THEY WERE ALSO ASKED TO INDICATE WHETHER THE SITUATION WILL IMPROVE, REMAIN THE SAME, OR DETERIORATE. THE BALANCE OF OPINIONS OF RESPONDENTS WERE TABULATED AND ANALYSED.

THE SURVEY REPORT ALSO CONTAINED A SECTION ON BUSINESS PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED AND EXPECTED BY FIRMS IN DIFFERENT ECONOMIC SECTORS AND A BREAKDOWN OF VIEWS OF FIRMS BY SIZE GROUPS.

THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT IN A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, Thl RESULTS SHOULD BE INTERPRETED WITH CARE AS IT WAS DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY THE EXTENT TO WHICH RESPONDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ACCORDED WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDo.

COPIES OF THE SURVEY REPORT, CONTAINING AN ANALYSIS OF THE FINDINGS AND STATISTICAL TABLES, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO FIRMS TAKING PART IN THE SURVEY AND TO OTHER BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS. NUMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY OBTAIN COPIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AT $3 PER COPY.

FURTHER DETAILS OF THE QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NATIONAL INCOME BRANCH OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 5-423401.

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1986

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TALKS ON DEEP BAY END

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A SEVEN-MEMBER DELEGATION LED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, DR STUART REED, RETURNED TO HONG KONG TODAY (FRIDAY) AFTER A SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO GUANGDONG FOR TALKS ON THE COLLABORATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN DEEP BAY.

THE TALKS WERE HELD IN TWO STAGES WITH THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, KF FRANKLIN CHUNG, HEADING FIRST STAGE DISCUSSIONS IN HONG KONG BETWEEN MAY 12 AND 14.

THE TALKS WERE AIMED AT FINALISING THE REPORTS PREPARED BY THE HONG KONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT AND THE GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BUREAU.

DURING THE SECOND STAGE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BUREAU, MR QIANG BING-HUAN, AND DR REED FORMALLY AGREED ON THE RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS OF THE TWO-YEAR-LONG COLLABORATIVE STUDY AND DISCUSSED THE NEED FOR FURTHER COLLABORATION IN THIS AREA.

+THE STUDIES WE HAVE CARRIED OUT HAVE CONFIRMED OUR WORST FEARS+, DR REED SAID ON HIS ARRIVAL. +ANY POLLUTANTS EMITTED INTO THE DEEP BAY WATERS OR THE AIR IN THAT REGION ARE LIKELY TO HANG AROUND FOR A LONG TIME BEFORE THEY ARE DISPERSED.+

HE WARNED THAT WITH PLANS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND THE POPULATION EXPECTED TO DOUBLE BEFORE 1996 AROUND THE DEEP BAY AREA, THERE *<AS A NEED TO PREVENT ADDITIONAL POLLUTION.

THE FINDINGS SHOWED THAT LIQUID EFFLUENT DISCHARGED INTO DEEP BAY COULD HANG AROUND FOR 15 DAYS OR MORE BEFORE THEY WERE DISPERSED INTO THE MORE TURBULENT WATERS OUTSIDE DEEP BAY.

THE STEEP TERRAIN IN THE VICINITY OF TAI MO SHAN ALSO CAUSED LOW WIND-SPEEDS AND RECIRCULATION IN DEEP BAY. COMBINED WITH A 40 PER CENT INCIDENCE OF GROUND BASED INVERSIONS, THIS WOULD MEAN THAT AIR POLLUTANTS WERE LIKELY TO BE TRAPPED IN THE AREA FOR LONG PERIODS.

+THIS IS NOT A VERY PROMISING SITUATION FROM AN ENVIRONMENTAL POINT OF VIEW, BUT THE OPTIMISTIC SIDE TO IT IS THAT WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS IL GUANGDONG AND THERE IS PROSPECT OF ARRIVING AT A COORDINATED ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN FOR THE AREA RATHER THAN EACH AUTHORITY ACTING ALONE,+ DR REED SAID.

THE STUDY WAS CARRIED OUT BETWEEN JULY 1984 AND DECEMBER 1985 BY A JOINT TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP COMPRISING OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF THE GUANGDONG ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BUREAU.

BESIDE DR REED, OTHER MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATION WERE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF AIR AND NOISE CONTROL DIVISION, MR CHUNG M30N-KUN, PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICERS, MR FRED TROMP AND MR PAUL HOLMES, SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICERS, DR MICHAEL CHIU AND MR TSUI WING-SING, AND SENIOR SCIENTIFIC OFFICER DR W.L. CHANG FROM THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1936

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ITALIAN BANK GRANTED LICENCE * * * * *

AN APPLICATION FROM AN ITALIAN BANK, BANCA NAZIONALE DELL’AGRICOLTURA, FOR A BANKING LICENCE HAS BEEN APPROVED.

THIS BRINGS THE NUMBER OF LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG TO 152, OF WHICH FOUR ARE ITALIAN, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

ESTABLISHED IN 1921, BANCA NAZIONALE DELL’AGRICOLTURA IS THE LARGEST PRIVATE BANK IN ITALY AND HAS OVERSEAS PRESENCE IN SIX COUNTRIES.

+THE CONTINUING INTEREST OF FOREIGN BANKS IN ESTABLISHING BRANCHES HERE REFLECTS THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF HONG KONG AND ENHANCES ITS STATUS AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A NOTICE OF THE GRANT OF LICENCE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

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REPRESENTATIONS FOR COMPENSATION HEARING

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FORMER SHAREHOLDERS OF THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK WHO WISH TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT COMPENSATION ARE REQUESTED TO NOTIFY THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL OF THEIR INTENTION.

IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRIBUNAL, THE HONOURABLE MR JUSTICE MORTIMER, INDICATED THAT THE TRIBUNAL INTENDS TO CONDUCT A HEARING AT WHICH REPRESENTATIONS MAY BE MADE BY OR ON BEHALF OF A REGISTERED HOLDER OF SHARES OF THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK OR THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY INCORPORATED.

SHAREHOLDERS WHO INTEND TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS MUST GIVE NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE OVERSEAS TRUST BANK COMPENSATION TRIBUNAL AT 11TH FLOOR, SUPREME COURT, QUEENSWAY, BY JUNE 9, 1986.

A DATE FOR THE HEARING HAS YET TO BE FIXED, MR JUSTICE MORTIMER SAID.

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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1986

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NEW WAGE CEILING IN FORCE

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A MOTION PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST WEDNESDAY TO RAISE THE WAGE CEILING FOR NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES FROM $9 500 TO $10 500 UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE COMES INTO OPERATION TODAY (FRIDAY).

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

THE WAGE CEILING FOR NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES HAD BEEN RAISED PERIODICALLY TO MAINTAIN ITS REAL VALUE AND IN THE LIGHT OF WAGE INCREASES. THE LAST REVISION WAS MADE IN DECEMBER 1984.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT AFTER THE REVISION ABOUT 2.3 PER CENT CF EMPLOYEES WOULD REMAIN OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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REGISTRATION REVOKED

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THE COMMISSIONER OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF 0 AND S (CREDIT) LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 14(2) CF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

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HONG KONG PAVILION SHOW AMONG THE BEST *******

THE HONG KONG PAVILION’S AUDIO-VISUAL PRESENTATION AT EXPO '86 IN VANCOUVER HAS BEEN RATED AMONG THE BEST BY VISITORS TO THE WORLD FAIR.

LAYMEN AND AUDIO-VISUAL SPECIALISTS ALIKE HAVE ALL EXPRESSED HOW MUCH THEY ENJOYED THE NINE-AND-A-HALF MINUTE SLIDE SHOW WHICH ALSO FEATURED LIVE DANCING.

THEY CONSIDERED THAT IN TERMS OF CONCEPT, PRESENTATION AND CONTENT, IT HAD IMPRESSIVELY DESCRIBED HOW WELL HONG KONG WAS DOING AT PRESENT.

UP TO MAY 12, THE HONG KONG PAVILION HAS ATTRACTED MORE THAN 82 000 VISITORS, REPRESENTING SEVEN PER CENT OF EXPO VISITORS.

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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1936

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$16 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS *****

LOCAL PERFORMING ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANISATIONS WILL RECEIVE MORE THAN $16 MILLION IN PUBLIC SUBSIDIES IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR UNDER THE GRANT APPLICATION SCHEME (GAS) OF THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

THE COUNCIL HAD ADVISED THE GOVERNMENT THAT SOME $15 MILLION BE AWARDED AS GENERAL SUPPORT GRANTS TO ASSIST EIGHT OF HONG KONG’S MOST PROMINENT ORGANISATIONS TO MEET PART OF THEIR RECURRENT COSTS.

A FURTHER $1.2 MILLION HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR THE AWARD OF PROJECT GRANTS, CAPITAL GRANTS AND GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS. THESE GRANTS ARE TO HELP GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS MOUNT SPECIFIC PERFORMANCES AND PROJECTS OR PURCHASE NECESSARY EQUIPMENT.

GROUPS WHICH WILL RECEIVE GENERAL SUPPORT GRANT UNDER THE GAS 1986 INCLUDE THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, THE CHUNG YING THEATRE COMPANY, THE SEALS PLAYERS FOUNDATION, THE CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY AND THE HONG KONG BALLET COMPANY.

GENERAL SUPPORT GRANTS WILL ALSO GO TO TWO TRAINING ORGANISATIONS, THE HONG KONG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF BALLET, WHICH LATER THIS YEAR WILL BECOME PART OF THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS.

THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL SOCIETY, WHICH ORGANISES HONG KONG’S ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, WILL ALSO RECEIVE A GENENAL SUPPORT GRANT UNDER THE GAS 1986.

PROJECT GRANT APPLICATIONS FROM 21 LOCAL GROUPS AND PERFORMERS ARE CURRENTLY BEING SCRUTINISED BY THE COUNCIL AND RESULTS WILL BE KNOWN AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE GAS 1986 IS THE COUNCIL’S FIRST FULL-SCALE GRANT-AWARDING EXERCISE. THE LARGELY EXPERIMENTAL GAS 1985 SAW THE SUM OF $255 OOO AWARDED AS PROJECT GRANTS TO FIVE PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS AND ONE INDIVIDUAL ONLY.

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MAGISTRATES TAKE LOOK AT INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

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TEN MAGISTRATES SPENT THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON VISITING AN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING IN KOWLOON.

THE VISIT WAS PART OF A PROGRAMME ARRANGED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO FAMILIARISE MAGISTRATES WITH INDUSTR 11 AL SAFETY AND HEALTH MATTERS IN FACTORIES AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

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ACCOMPANIED BY A FACTORY INSPECTION SUPERINTENDENT, MR LEE HUNG-KWONG, THE MAGISTRATES SAW FOR THEMSELVES HOW EFFECTIVE GUARDS AND SAFETY DEVICES WERE PROVIDED AT DANGEROUS PARTS OF MACHINERY AND PLANT.

THEY WERE IMPRESSED BY THE GENERAL PLANT LAYOUT AND HIGH STANDARD OF HOUSE KEEPING OF THE FACTORY WHICH CONTRIBUTED TO A HEALTHY AND SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT.

MR LEE SAID SIMILAR VISITS WOULD BE ORGANISED FOR OTHER MAGISTRATES IN THE COMING MONTHS.

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SHA TAU KOK FORESHORE TO BE RECLAIMED * * * * *

AS PART OF DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR SHA TAU KOK, 22.1 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED TO THE SOUTH OF THE TOWN ARE TO BE DREDGcu AND RECLAIMED.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN JULY AND TAKE ABOUT A YEAR ID COMPLETE. IT WILL PROVIDE LAND FOR A RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE, ROADS, A SEAWALL, PROMENADE AND MAIN DRAINAGE OUTFALL.

THE ENTIRE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT, COSTING $200 MILLION, IS DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1994. IT INCLUDES THE PROVISION OF RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING FOR 4 500 SQUATTERS FROM YIM LIU HA AND TSOI YUEN KOK WHO MAKE UP 90 PER CENT OF SHA TAU KOK’S POPULATION.

THE SCHEME ALSO INCLUDES A LANDSCAPED TOWN SQUARE. A PRIMARY SCHOOL, RECREATION GROUND, NEW POLICE STATION. SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AND A SHELTERED ANCHORAGE FOR THE AREA’S FISHING FLEET.

OBJECTORS TO THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION SHOULD WRITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS BY JULY 15.

PLANS CAN BE INSPECTED AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY OFFICE, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG- AND AT THE NORTH DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, FANLING.

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CHINESE PAINTING, CALLIGRAPHY ON DISPLAY TOMORROW

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MORE THAN 300 PIECES OF CHINESE PAINTINGS AND CALLIGRAPHY WILL BE ON DISPLAY FOR FOUR DAYS IN THE MIDDLE SECTION OF PARK ,-ANE BOULEVARD IN NATHAN ROAD STARTING TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI CULTURE AND ARTS ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD, IS AIMED AT STIMULATING PUBLIC INTEREST IN ARTS AND CULTURE.

THE EXHIBITS WERE PRODUCED BY LOCAL PAINTERS AND CALL I GRAPH I STS AT GATHERINGS ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, 14? KEVIN MAK, WILL DOT THE EYES OF A DRAGON ON A PAINTING TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION OF CHINESE PAINTINGS AND CALLIGRAPHY TO BE HELD AT 2 PM TOMORROW IN THE MIDDLE SECTION OF THE PARK LANE BOULEVARD IN NATHAN ROAD.

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TREE PLANTING DAY AT SHAN KING ESTATE * X * *

ABOUT 60 COMMUNITY LEADERS, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL TAKE PART IN A TREE PLANTING DAY TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT SHAN KING ESTATE IN TUEN MUN.

ORGANISED BY THE CLEAN TUEN MUN CAMPAIGN SUB-COMMITTEE, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE EVENT IS AIMED AT PROMOTING THE CLEAN HONG KONG DRIVE, ENCOURAGING THE PLANTING OF TREES AND BEAUTIFYING THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE ESTATE, WHICH WILL HAVE A POPULATION OF ABOUT 36 000 WHEN INTAKES ARE COMPLETED.

EACH GUEST WILL PLANT A SIX-FEET-TALL TREE ON THE HILLSLOPE.

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TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHAN WING-HING, CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR TSO SHIU-WAI, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HOUSING, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS AND THE POLICE WILL OFFICIATE AT AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM AT" THE HILLSLOPE NEAR KING ON HOUSE IN THE ESTATE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHAN KING ESTATE TREE-PLANTING DAY AT 11 AM TOMORROW AT THE HILLSLOPE NEAR KING ON HOUSE, SHAN KING ESTATE IN MING KUM ROAD (SOUTH-WEST OF TAI HING ESTATE) IN TUEN MUN.

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CONTEMPORARY DANCE TREAT IN STANLEY * * * *

VISITORS TO STANLEY THIS SUNDAY (MAY 18) WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH AN OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE BY HONG KONG’S FIRST FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL CONTEMPORARY DANCE GROUP.

STAGED BY THE CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY, THE 90-MINUTE SHOW, ENTITLED +CONTEMPORARY DANCE IN 1986+, HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION AND THE URBAN COUNCIL. AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE SEVEN GROUP AND SOLO DANCES CHOREOGRAPHED BY THE COMPANY’S RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHERS WILLY TSAO AND SUNNY PANG. THEY ARE +VERNAL FANTASIES+, +DUET FROM REQUIEM+, ♦THE SUN RISING*, +SOME DANCE SOME DUET+, +THE TREACHEROUS ROADS TO SHU (PART III)*, +SONG OF THE GOOD EARTH+, +LOVE SONG+ AND +GAMES+.

THE MUSIC RANGES FROM CHINESE FOLK TUNES, WESTERN CLASSICAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY J.S. BACH AND GABRIEL FAURE, TO AMERICAN SYNTHESIZER MUSIC BY HERBIE HANCOCK.

+VERNAL FANTANSIES+ USES CHINESE POET LI PO’S POEMS TO PORTRAY A PERSON'S LOVE FOR BEAUTIFUL SCENERY AND WOMEN, WHILE +THE SUN RISING* DEPICTS THE ENERGY AND STRIVINGS OF HUMAN BEINGS SEEKING A BRIGHTER TOMORROW. ANOTHER DANCE, +GAMES+, EXPRESSES JOY AND YOUTHFULNESS THROUGH A COMBINATION OF GAMES ONCE PLAYED IN THE OLD TIMES.

THE PROGRAMME WILL START AT 12.30 PM IN THE STANLEY URBAN COUNCIL PLAYGROUND, STANLEY NEW STREET. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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ESTATE STREET TO BE CLOSED * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CLOSE PERMANENTLY FU MOU STREET IN WANG TAU HOM ESTATE, KOWLOON.

THE CLOSURE, UNDER THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE, FORMS PART OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR THE ESTATE.

IT WILL PERMIT THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLANTING BERMS AND THE REPROVISIONING OF A PEDESTRIAN ACCESS AS PART OF PHASE FIVE OF THE REDEVELOPMENT.

ANYONE OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, 2OTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BY JULY 15.

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MAINTENANCE WORK AT LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD * * * * *

LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD LANES WILL BE SEPARATELY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TEMPORARILY TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK.

NORTHBOUND, THE FAST LANE ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN TUNNEL TOLL BOOTHS AND HUNG MUI KUK INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 ?M ON MAY 19 TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE SLOW LANE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 PM ON MAY 21 TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE FAST LANE ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN HUNG MUI KUK INTERCHANGE AND TSANG TAI UK WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 PM ON MAY 2j TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE SLOW LANE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 PM ON MAY 26 TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

SOUTHBOUND, THE FAST LANE ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN TUNNEL TOLL BOOTHS AND HUNG MUI KUK INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 PM ON JUNE 9 TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE SLOW

LANE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 PM ON JUNE 17 TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE FAST LANE ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN HUNG MUI KUK INTERCHANGE AND TSANG TAI UK WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 PM ON

JUNE 20 TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE SLOW LANE WILL BE CLOSED

FROM 9 PM ON JUNE 21 TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1986

CONTENTS PaGE NO.

JLG MEETING AGAIN NEXT WEEK................................ 1

FUJIAN DELEGATION INVITED TO HK............................ 1

PUBLICITY STEPPED UP FOR BY-ELECTION ...................

RAINFALL TO APRIL - 10 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL .............. 3

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD................................... 5

DRAGON BOAT RACES IN VANCOUVER............................. 6

UK-BOUND STUDENTS URGED TO aVCID RUSH ..................... 7

CHINESE PAINTINGS, CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION OPENED........... 8

EMPHaSIS ON COMMUNITY CARE FOR ELDERLY..................... 8

HEALTHY LIFE CAMPAIGN FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS ...........

WIDE-RANGING SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES APPROVED............. 10

EXHIBITION OF EDUCATIONAL BOOKS, PERIODICALS.............. 11

DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION FOR SIU LEK YUEN ............... 12

MORE FACILITIES FOR RESERVOIR PARK ....................... 12

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR FESTIVAL ............................. 13

CHOI HUNG ESTATE ..ATER CUT............................... 13

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1936

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JLG MEETING AGAIN NEXT WEEK ******

AS AGREED AT THE THIRD MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, BRITISH AND CHINESE TEAMS OF EXPERTS WILL MEET IN HONG KONG BETWEEN f*Y 21 AND 23 TO CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS RELATING TO THE CONTINUED APPLICATION AFTER 1997 OF INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS AFFECTING HONG KONG. DISCUSSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE VENUE IN VICTORIA BARRACKS USED FOR THE LAST MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP.

THE CHINESE TEAM WILL BE LED BY MR WANG JIAJI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR CF THE HONG KONG AND MACAU AFFAIRS OFFICE OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, AND THE BRITISH TEAM BY 14? FRED BURROWS, LAW OFFICER, SPECIAL DUTIES. BOTH TEAMS WILL BE SUPPORTED BY EXPERTS CONCERNED.

IN RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS FROM THE MEDIA, A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO MR BURROWS, THE BRITISH TEAM WOULD COMPRISE MR ROBERT WILSON, PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY, GENERAL DUTIES, MR ANTHONY TO, SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL, MR HUGH ARDLEY, POSTMASTER GENERAL, M? PATRICK SHAM, DIRECTOR OF ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND MR HERBERT WEBB, ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL. THE TEAM WILL BE SUPPORTED BY TWO INTERPRETERS, MR Y.P. CHENG AND MRS LILY KING.

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FUJIAN DELEGATION INVITED TO HK * * *

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT, AT THE INVITATION OF THE POLITICAL ADVISER, MR JOHN BOYD, FOUR OFFICIALS FROM THE FUJIAN PROVINCIAL FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICE WILL BE VISITING HONG KONG FROM MONDAY MAY 19. THE DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE PROVINCIAL FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICE, MF YU GUANGLU.

POLITICAL ADVISER

VISIT IS

THE VISIT FOLLOWS ONE MADE TO FUJIAN BY THE AND THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION IN MAY 1985. THE INTENDED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE STRENGTHENING OF RELATIONS BETWEEN FUJIAN AND HONG KONG, AND WILL ENABLE THE VISITORS TO SEE SOMETHING OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG.

A THREE-DAY PROGRAMME OF VISITS TO VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PLACES OF INTEREST HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MAY 20-22.

THE DELEGATION WILL THEN REMAIN PRIVATELY IN HONG KONG UNTIL THEIR DEPARTURE ON MAY 26.

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1986

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PUBLICITY STEPPED UP FOR BY-ELECTION

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PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES ARE wELL UNDERWAY TO PROMOTE THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD BY-ELECTION TO BE HELD ON MAY 22 FOR THE TAI KOK TSUI CONSTITUENCY.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, SAID THE BY-ELECTION WAS TO RETURN A MEMBER TO THE SEAT VACATED BY A DISTRICT BOARD NEMBER, MR CHAN KWOK-MING, WHO WAS ELECTED TO THE URBAN COUNCIL RECENTLY.

FOUR CAND-IDATES, MR LAI SHIU-NIN, MR CHAN CHUNG-KIT, MR LEE CHUNG-MING AND MISS ELAINE WONG, ARE CONTESTING THE SEAT.

MRS FUNG URGED ALL REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE CONSTITUENCY TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE FOR A CIVIC-MINDED AND CAPABLE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE DISTRICT BOARD ON POLLING DAY.

TWO POLLING STATIONS WILL BE SET UP AT KEI TSUN PRIMARY SCHOOL AT 150 TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND AT MING KEI COLLEGE AT 16 OAK STREET. POLLING HOURS ARE FROM 7.30 AM TO 10.30 PM.

STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE ARE GEARED UP FOR THE BY-ELECTION PUBLICITY DRIVE AND HAVE JUST FINISHED PACKAGING SETS OF ELECTION MATERIALS TO SEND TO MORE THAN 18 000 RESIDENTS IN THE AREA.

THESE INCLUDE A LETTER FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICER APPEALING TO RESIDENTS TO VOTE, THE CANDIDATES’ PLATFORMS, A MAP OF THE DISTRICT AND EXPLANATORY NOTES ON HOW TO VOTE.

BROADCASTING VANS ARE BEING MOBILISED TO TOUR THE AREA UP TO ELECTION DAY TO BRING HOME POLLING MESSAGES AND TO DISTRIBUTE ELECTION PAMPHLETS WITH INFORMATION ON THE BY-ELECTION, HISTORY OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS.

BANNERS AND POSTERS HAVE ALSO BEEN PUT UP THROUGHOUT THE AREA TO REMIND VOTERS OF THE BY-ELECTION.

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RAINFALL TO APRIL - 10 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL

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TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED UP TO APRIL THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO 236.3 MM WHICH WAS ABOUT 10 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTED TODAY.

THE RAINFALL RECORDED DURING APRIL 21 AND 22 WAS 106.3 MM, ACCOUNTING FOR MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL.

THE WEATHER WAS CLOUDY WITH COASTAL FOG AND SOME LIGHT

RAIN DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF APRIL. STRONG EASTERLY WINDS WERE EXPERIENCED OFFSHORE AND IN EXPOSED AREAS ON THE MORNING OF APRIL 1 WHEN TEMPERATURES FELL TO A MINIMUM OF 15.4 DEGREES CELSIUS, THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH.

WHILE MORNING MIST AND COASTAL FOG CONTINUED TO OCCUR IN THE NEXT THREE DAYS, THERE WERE SUNNY AFTERNOONS ON APRIL 3 AND 4.

THE WEATHER WAS CLOUDY WITH TRACES OF RAIN ON APRIL 5.

IT BECAME FINE AND SUNNY WHEN A DRIER NORTHEASTERLY AIRSTREAM ARRIVED ON APRIL 6. HOWEVER CLOUDY CONDITIONS RETURNED THE NEXT DAY AND THERE WERE TRACES OF RAIN ON APRIL 8 AND 9.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A MOIST SOUTHEASTERLY AIRSTREAM, SEA FOG OCCURRED ON THE MORNINGS OF APRIL 10 AND 11 CAUSING DISRUPTION TO FERRY SERVICES. TWO PASSENGERS WERE SLIGHTLY INJURED DURING A MINOR COLLISION BETWEEN TWO FERRIES ON APRIL 11.

A SURGE OF WINTER MONSOON REACHED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST ON THE EVENING ON APRIL 11 AND BROUGHT STRONG EASTERLY WINDS TO HONG KONG THAT NIGHT AND THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

THERE WAS SOME LIGHT RAIN AT FIRST ON APRIL 13 BUT SUNNY PERIODS OCCURRED LATER DURING THE DAY.

THE WEATHER WAS RATHER HUMID WITH COASTAL FOG FROM APRIL 14 TO 2D. ANOTHER SURGE OF NORTHEAST MONSOON ARRIVED EARLY ON APRIL 16 BRINGING SOME LIGHT RAIN ON APRIL 16 AND 17. IT WAS CLOUDY ON APRIL 2D WITH TRACES OF RAIN IN THE URBAN AREAS BUT THUNDERY SHOWERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES CAUSED MINOR FLOODING IN TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG AND TAI PO.

THE WEATHER DETERIORATED FURTHER ON APRIL 21 AND THERE wERE FREQUENT SQUALLY THUNDERY SHOWERS. SOME BOULDERS FELL FROM HILLSIDES IN MONG KOK AND LAI CHI KOK, TEMPORARILY OBSTRUCTING ROAD TRAFFIC.

OCCASIONAL THUNDERY SHOWERS CONTINUED THE NEXT DAY AND A MINOR LANDSLIP WAS REPORTED AT POK FU LAM.

ACCORDING TO NEWS REPORTS, GUANGDONG PROVINCE SUFFERED WIDESPREAD DAMAGE BECAUSE OF HEAVY RAIN, HAILSTORMS AND TORNADOES FROM APRIL 18 TO 22. HAILSTONES OF 20 MILLIMETRES IN DIAMETER WERE REPORTED.

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IT REMAINED CLOUDY WITH SOME RAIN ON APRIL 23 AND 24, BUT BECAME MAINLY FINE THE NEXT DAY APART FROM SOME MIST AND COASTAL FOG IN THE MORNING.

FINE AND SUNNY WEATHER PREVAILED FROM APRIL 26 TO 28. TEMPERATURES ROSE TO A MAXIMUM OF 30.5 DEGREES CELSIUS ON THl AFTERNOON OF APRIL 28, THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH.

IT TURNED CLOUDY THE NEXT DAY AND THERE WERE TRACES OF RAIN ON APR II 30.

ONLY ONE TROPICAL CYCLONE OCCURRED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE MONTH. KEN FORMED AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION ABOUT 240 KILOMETRES SOUTHEAST OF YAP EARLY ON APRIL 26 AND DRIFTED NORTH-NORTHWESTWARDS SLOWLY. IT INTENSIFIED INTO A TYPHOON ON THE AFTERNOON OF APRIL 28 ABOUT 90 KILOMETRES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF YAP.

KEN TURNED WESTWARDS GRADUALLY OVERNIGHT AND BEGAN TO WEAKEN ON APRIL 29. LATE ON APRIL 30, KEN BECAME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION ABOUT 170 KILOMETRES NORTHWEST OF YAP AND MOVED AT ABOUT 19 KILOMETRES PER HOUR TOWARDS THE WEST-SOUTHWEST.

DURING THE MONTH NO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DU TO ADVERSE WEATHER.

THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON APRIL 20 TO 22.

A FLOOD WARNING WAS ISSUED ON APRIL 21.

THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON APRIL 5 AND 6 WHILE THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON APRIL 6 AND 12.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE AND TIME OF HOISTING DATE AND TIME OF LOWERING

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON MARCH 31 11.30 PM APRIL 1 8.40 AM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON APRIL 11 7.55 PM APRIL 12 3.00 PM

THE MONTH’S SUNSHINE 104 RAINFALL 115 CLOUDINESS 79 RELATIVE 84 HUMIDITY FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE: .9 HOURS “15.3 HOURS BELOW NORMAL .7 MM =23.7 MM BELOW NORMAL PER CENT =3 PER CENT MORE THAN NORMAL PER CENT =1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN NORMAL

/MEAN MAXIMUM........

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MEAN MAX 1 MUM TEMPERATURE 25.2 DEG. C. -0.2 PEG. C. ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE 22.6 DEG. C^ -0.5 DEG. C. ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 20.8 DEG. C. -0.8 DEG. C. ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 19.7 DEG. C. -0.8 DEG. C. ABOVE NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 89.1 MM -25. 3 MM BELOW NORMAL

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD * * *

THIRTY-FIVE SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCT ON TH S(SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $507 800 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION. HELD REGISTRATION NUMBER DH AT RECITAL HALL 88 FETCH THE HI OF THE CITY HALL, GHEST PRICE OF $60 SAW 000.

CF DH ANOTHER NUMBER CC 9 WAS SOLD $59 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE 8393. AT THE SECOND WAS $1 000 FOR HIGHEST DH 3987 PRICE AND

THE OTHER SPECIAL FOLLOWING PRICES: REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE

s $ $

DG 2888 7 800 CW 2982 3 000 DJ 3228 7 000

XX 328 38 009 DH 717 9 500 CK 8866 22 000

BK 6 33 000 DH 3996 2 000 DJ 268 8 000

9 DG 3888 20 000 DJ 3231 5 500 XX 1283 6 □00

XX 668 34 000 DJ 360 4 000 DJ 179 4 000

AT 308 15 000 DH 3111 3 000 AA 3900 4 500

DJ 638 10 000 DJ 981 4 000 AL 313 8 000

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AT 1386 11 000 DJ 102 4 000 AS 863 3 000

DJ 229 6 000 DJ 320 5 000 DD 77 40 000

DH 838 23 000 AL 1313 20 000 DJ 812 6 500

DH 500 20 000

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITH 12 MONTHS CF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 1O5TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO S38 021 032.

DRAGON BOAT RACES IN VANCOUVER

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OVER WEEKENDS DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS, THE UNUSUAL SIGHT CF DRAGON BOAT CREWS PRACTISING IN VANCOUVER WATERS IN CANADA HAS CAPTURED THE CURIOUS ATTENTION OF ONLOOKERS ALONG FALSE CREEK WHERE THE 1986 WORLD EXPOSITION IS LOCATED.

THE DRAGON BOAT RACES TO BE HELD ON JUNE 14 AND 15 AS A FEATURE OF HONG KONG’S PARTICIPATION IN EXPO ’86 MARKS THE FIRST ANNUAL VANCOUVER RACES OF ITS KIND.

30 TEAMS FROM VANCOUVER’S BUSINESS COMMUNITY, LOCAL SCHOOLS, ATHLECTIC AND SERVICE ORGANISATIONS HAVE REGISTERED TO COMPETE AT THE VANCOUVER RACES.

+WE ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THE EXCELLENT RESPONSE AND ENTHUSIASM OVER THE EVENT AND CREW MEMBERS WILL BE PRACTISING HARD IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS PRIOR TO THE RACE DAYS,+ SAID THE CHAIRMAN OF THE VANCOUVER DRAGON BOAT RACES ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LARRY CHU.

+WE ARE PARTICULARLY HAPPY THAT THIS TRADITIONAL CHINESE EVENT INVOLVES VANCOUVERITES FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE INCLUDING FIREFIGHTERS, THE POLICE, TEACHERS AND MANY OTHERS,+ MR CHU SAID.

THE OVERALL WINNING MEN’S OR WOMEN’S TEAM WILL BE FLOWN TO HONG KONG, COURTESY OF CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS, TO REPRESENT VANCOUVER IN THE 1986 HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL RACES TOGETHER WITH TEAMS FROM 14 OTHER COUNTRIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL RACES IN HONG KONG ON JUNE 21 AND 22.

/THE VANCOUVER .......

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THE VANCOUVER DRAGON BOAT RACES ARE ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRA IN COOPERATION WITH THE HONG KONG PAVILION AT EXPO ’86.

OTHER SUPPORTING CORPORATE SPONSORS, WHO DONATED SIX DRAGON BOATS FOR THE EVENT, INCLUDE CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS, EMPIRE STEVEDORING COMPANY LIMITED, HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION AND

□ING TAO NEWSPAPER.

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UK-BOUND STUDENTS URGED TO AVOID RUSH * * * * *

STUDENTS INTENDING TO STUDY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM SHOULD APPLY FOR IMMIGRATION ENTRY CLEARANCE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID THE SUMMER RUSH.

+SUMMER TIME IS THE PEAK SEASON OF STUDENTS APPLYING FOR VISAS TO STUDY ABROAD. LAST YEAR MORE THAN 4 000 APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED OF WHICH NEARLY HALF WERE SUBMITTED DURING THE PERIOD JUNE TO AUGUST,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

+BY APPLYING EARLY IT WILL NOT ONLY SPREAD THE WORKLOAD OF THE DEPARTMENT BUT ALSO GIVE APPLICANTS EXTRA TIME TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THE TRIP AHEAD,+ HE ADDED.

ON THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS, IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THEIR ENTRY, MAY OBTAIN ENTRY CERTIFICATES BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM. HOLDERS OF A HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY, DOCUMENT OF IDENTITY OR DECLARATION OF IDENTITY FOR VISA PURPOSES MUST HAVE A CURRENT VISA.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED FOR UP TO ONE YEAR IN THE FIRST INSTANCE TO FOLLOW A COURSE OF STUDIES AT A UNIVERSITY, A POLYTECHNIC OR FURTHER EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT, AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL OR ANY BONA FIDE PRIVATE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION.

THE STUDENTS MUST BE ENTERING THE UNITED KINGDOM TO SPEND NOT LESS THAN 15 HOURS A WEEK IN ORGANISED DAYTIME STUDIES, AND THEY MUST GIVE EVIDENCE THAT THEY CAN MEET THE COST OF THE COURSE AND MAINTAIN THEMSELVES. IN ADDITION, AN INTENTION TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY AFTER COMPLETING THE COURSE MUST ALSO BE SHOWN.

ON THE PROCESSING TIME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +A STUDENT APPLICATION, IF SUBMITTED AT THE IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTERS, WILL NORMALLY TAKE THREE WORKING DAYS TO PROCESS. BUT FOR SOME CASES WHICH REQUIRE APPROVAL FROM THE UK AUTHORITIES, THE PROCESSING TIME WILL BE LONGER.*

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON 3-7333111.

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CHINESE PAINTINGS, CALLIGRAPHY EXHIBITION OPENED

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THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, I4i KEVIN MAK, DOTTED THE EYES OF A DRAGON IN A PAINTING TODAY (SATURDAY) TO OFFICIALLY OPEN AN EXHIBITION OF CHINESE PAINTINGS AND CALLIGRAPHY.

THE EXHIBITION, HELD IN THE MIDDLE SECTION OF THE PARK LANE BOULEVARD IN NATHAN ROAD, IS ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI CULTURE AND ARTS ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD.

MR MAK SAID THE EXHIBITION WOULD NOT ONLY PROMOTE INTEREST IN ARTS AND CULTURE, BUT ALSO ENRICH THE CULTURAL LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS EFFORTS IN PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

MR MAK NOTED THAT MORE TRAINING CLASSES AND GATHERINGS WOULD BE HELD IN THE ASSOCIATION’S NEW ACTIVITY CENTRE TO BE OPENED IN SALISBURY ROAD SHORTLY.

TODAY’S EXHIBITION FEATURED ABOUT 300 PAINTINGS AND CALLIGRAPHY PRODUCED BY LOCAL ARTISTS AT GATHERINGS ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION IN THE PAST TWO YEARS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM UNTIL MAY 20.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, 14? AUGUSTINE CHENG, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR YANG TZE-KIANG.

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EMPHASIS ON COMMUNITY CARE FOR ELDERLY

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SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY IN HONG KONG HAVE DEVELOPED SYSTEMATICALLY IN THE 1980'S WITH THE EMPHASIS ON COMMUNITY CARE, THE DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (TUEN MUN) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MR CHAN CHE-HIM, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE BUTTERFLY ESTATE SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY OF THE BAPTIST MID-MISSION, MR CHAN SAID COMMUNITY CARE AIMED AT HELPING SENIOR CITIZENS TO CONTINUE LIVING IN AN ENVIRONMENT TO WHICH THEY WERE ACCUSTOMED.

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SATUBDAY, KAY 17, 1986

THUS THE TRADITION OF RESPECTING THE ELDERLY COULD BE MAINTAINED WHILE THE COMMUNITY COULD TAKE OVER PART OF THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LOOKING AFTER THEM.

+IT IS THE DUTY OF EVERY RESIDENT TO ENSURE THAT THE ELDERLY LEAD A HAPPY AND CONTENTED LIFE, AND ARE RESPECTED AND CARED FOR IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS IN THEIR FAMILIES,* YR CHAN SAID.

HE ALSO SAID THAT OLD PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BECOME PESSIMISTIC BECAUSE OF THEIR AGE BUT SHOULD TAKE THE INITIATIVE IN ADAPTING TO SOCIAL CHANGES.

MR CHAN NOTED THAT OVER 600 000 PEOPLE. OR SOME 11 PER CENT CF THE POPULATION, WERE AGED OVER 60. THE VARIOUS SERVICES FOR THEM PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED AGENCIES INCLUDED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, MEDICAL, HOUSING, TRANSPORT, DAY CARE, LAUNDRY AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES.

THE GOVERNMENT’S TARGET IS THAT THERE SHOULD BE ONE CENTRE HOR THE ELDERLY FOR EVERY 30 000 PEOPLE TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATIONAL, SOCIAL AND COUNSELLING SERVICES.

TWENTY-FOUR OF THE 76 CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY ARE LOCATED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE BUTTERFLY ESTATE SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY WAS THE SIXTH CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IN TUEN MUN, MR CHAN SAID, ADD NG THAT SEVERAL MORE CENTRES WOULD COME INTO SERVICE TO COPE WITH DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

HE COMMENDED THE BAPTIST MID-MISSION FOR TAKING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN HONG KONG’S SOCIAL SERVICES.

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HEALTHY LIFE CAMPAIGN FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS

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ENCOURAGING A WHOLESOME LIFESTYLE IS THE KEY MESSAGE OF A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO BE LAUNCHED IN MONG KOK TO PROMOTE THE HEALTHY GROWTH OF YOUTH AND CHILDREN, AND TO ENHANCE BETTER UNDERSTANDING AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS.

THE PROJECT, ENTITLED +HEALTHY LIFE CAMPAIGN*. IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, LOCAL RELIGIOUS BODIES AND VARIOUS VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT.

IT IS AIMED AT COUNTERACTING THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF PORNOGRAPHIC PUBLICATIONS ON THE MENTAL DEVELOPMENT, PHYSICAL GROWTH AND SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

/TUB CAMrAICai .........

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1986

THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD IN FOUR STAGES, NAMED AFTER THE YEAR’S FOUR SEASONS TO SYMBOLISE GROWTH FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD.

ACTIVITIES IN EACH STAGE WILL BE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO CATER TO THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF A DIFFERENT TARGET GROUP. THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE BOOK EXHIBITIONS, DRAWING AND PAINTING SESSIONS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN} SPORTS, GAMES AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS FOR STUDENTS AND YOUTHS I SEMINARS AND CAMPS FOR PARENTS? AND VARIETY SHOWS FOR WHOLE FAMILIES.

THE PROJECT WILL COST AN ESTIMATED $60 000 WITH $47 000 CF THIS BEING CONTRIBUTED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

A BOOK AND MAGAZINE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO MARK THE START OF THE YEAR-LONG CAMPAIGN.

MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WEST KOWLOON), MR ALEXANDER FUNG, AND THE REPRESENTATIVE CF THE MONG KOK CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, REV DAVID CHU, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HEALTHY LIFE CAMPAIGN TO BE HELD TOMORROW AT 2 PM IN TAI KOK TSUI YOUTH CENTRE AT 54 BEDFORD ROAD.

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WIDE-RANGING SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES APPROVED

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MORE THAN 140 SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL AND COHhUi.lTY ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT THIS SUMMER, A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WITH A FUND OF $154 000, HAS APPROVED APPLICATIONS FROM 28 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO ORGANISE 142 ACTIVITIES BETWEEN JULY AND SEPTEMBER. ALTOGETHER, THE COMMITTEE RECEIVED APPLICATIONS TO ORGANISE 226 ACTIVITIES.

THE BULK OF THE FUND IS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, WITH LOCAL ORGANISATIONS CONTRIBUTING THE REST.

/+APPLICATIONS WERE

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♦APPLICATIONS WERE THAT THE COMMITTEE RECEIVED FROM SCHOOLS, RESIDENTS ORGANISATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS, REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS AND VARIOUS SOCIETIES,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT COVERS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, SEMINARS, FORUMS, COMPETITIONS, RECREATIONAL AND TRAINING CAMPS, CARNIVALS, VARIETY SHOWS, FILM SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS.

THESE ACTIVITIES, CENTRED ON THE THEME OF +CARING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY AND GETTING TO KNOW IT BETTER*, WILL CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN, STUDENTS AND YOUNG WORKERS UP TO THE AGE OF 25.

+IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATION YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS, POTENTIALS AND HEALTHY INTERESTS.* THE SPOKESMAN SAID. +THESE ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO ENHANCE THEIR SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO THE COMMUNITY.*

A BOOKLET GIVING DETAILS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AT THE END OF JUNE.

EXHIBITION OF EDUCATIONAL BOOKS, PERIODICALS * * * * *

SECONDARY AND PRIMARY TEACHERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AN EXHIBITION OF BOOKS AND PERIODICALS ON +EDUCATIONAL STUDIES* TO BE HELD AT GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (MAIN WING) AT 42 GASCOIGNE ROAD, YAU MA TEI, STARTING MONDAY (MAY 19).

BOOKS AND PERIODICALS ON DISPLAY AT THE FOUR-DAY EXHIBITION, WHICH IS OPENED BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 4.30 PM, ARE PREPARED BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL FOR EXHIBITIONS IN COUNTRIES LIKE JAPAN, KOREA AND INDONESIA.

THEY COMPRISE ABOUT 300 BOOKS AND 40 JOURNALS WITH SUBJECTS COVERING ADULT EDUCATION AND DISTANCE TEACHING, CLASSROOM ORGANISATION, METHODS OF TEACHING, ASSESSMENT, COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, CURRICULUM STUDIES, EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION, EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS, HIGHER EDUCATION AND TEACHER TRAINING.

MOST BOOKS WERE RECENTLY PUBLISHED AND GIVE A PERSPECTIVE OF THE RANGE OF MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON EDUCATION IN BRITAIN AND ABROAD.

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DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION FOR SIU LEK YUEN * * * * *

PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION AT SIU LEK YUEN IN SHA TIN ARE NOW AT AN ADVANCED STAGE.

THE EIGHT-STOREY BLOCK WILL BE BUILT OVER A TWO-LEVEL PODIUM TO PROVIDE OFFICES, A PUBLIC REPORT ROOM AND BARRACK ACCOMMODATION.

VEHICLE SERVICING AREA, DOG KENNEL AND

IT WILL ALSO HAVE UNDERGROUND FUEL OIL TANKS AND A SINGLE STOREY ANCILLARY BUILDING TO ACCOMMODATE THE TRANSFORMER ROOM, DANGEROUS GOODS STORE, STOREROOM.

TENDERS HAVE BEEN INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD BEFORE NOON ON JUNE 6.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER NEXT YEAR.

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MORE FACILITIES FOR RESERVOIR PARK *****

MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE SECOND STAGE OF THE DEVELOPMMENT OF WONG NAI CHUNG RESERVOIR AS A PARK.

THEY INCLUDE FITNESS STATIONS, SITTING AREAS WITH ARBOURS A PAVILION AND PLANTERS WHICH WILL BE BUILT ON A SITE OF 1 800 SQUARE METRES FORMERLY USED AS THE RESERVOIR’S FILTER BEDS.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT, WORK ON WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED NEXT FEBRUARY.

TENDERS ARE ALSO INVITED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A MINI-SOCCER PITCH AT THE JUNCTION OF TSUEN NAM ROAD AND CHIK LUK LANE IN TAl WAI, SHA TIN.

WORK WILL START IN JULY AND TAKE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR FESTIVAL * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THEN MUN FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM ON TUESDAY (MAY 20) IN CONNECTION WITH THE CELEBRATION OF THE SAM CHAU TIN HAU FESTIVAL.

THE EXISTING RIGHT-TURN BAN FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD ON TO TSING HOI CIRCUIT AT THEIR NORTHERN JUNCTION WILL BE LIFTED, AND THE EXISTING RIGHT-TURN AND LEFT-TURN MOVEMENTS FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD ON TO TSING HOI CIRCUIT AT THEIR SOUTHERN JUNCTION WILL BE PROHIBITED.

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CHOI HUNG ESTATE WATER CUT X X X X

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (MAY 20) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY HUNG MUI AVENUE, LUK LAU AVENUE, CHANG FA AVENUE, CHING YEUNG AVENUE, LAM CHUNG AVENUE, WONG KUK AVENUE AND TSE WAI AVENUE, INCLUDING HUNG NGOK HOUSE, KAM HON HOUSE, KAM WAN HOUSE, KAM PIK HOUSE, CHUI KING HOUSE PAK SUET HOUSE, TAN FUNG HOUSE, KAM WAH HOUSE, LUK CHING HOUSE AND CHI MEI HOUSE.

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

SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONCERTED EFFORTS NEEDED TO COMBAT PORNOGRAPHY .............. 1

WARNING ON ELECTRICAL HAZARDS ............................... 2

36 HECTARES OF RECLAIMED LAND FOR TUEN MUN .................. 2

SOUTHERN DB FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES .................. 3

SPORTS EVENTS TO MARK QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY ...................... 4

DAY CAMP FOR WAN CHAI AREA COMMITTEES........................ 5

WOMEN BORN 1926-1950 TO GET NEW ID CARDS..................... 6

SCOUTING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG INMATES ...................... 7

VOLUNTEERS TO HELP PROBATIONERS.............................. 8

NATURE WORKSHOPS FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS .................. 8

LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD BEING WIDENED ......................... 9

STREETS CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK ........................ 9

SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1936

CONCERTED EFFORTS NEEDED TO COMBAT PORNOGRAPHY *****

THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND THE PUBLIC ARE ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GROW PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY HEALTHY, THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S HEALTHY LIFE CAMPAIGN, MR CHOW STRESSED THAT MORE EFFECTIVE POLICIES AND MEASURES WERE URGENTLY REQUIRED TO CURB THE PUBLICATION AND SALE OF PORNOGRAPHIC MAGAZINES.

MR CHOW CALLED FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS OF ALL DISTRICTS TO POOL THEIR RESOURCES TOGETHER TO HELP WORK OUT FEASIBLE AND PRACTICAL WAYS TO DETER THE PROLIFERATION OF SUCH PUBLICATIONS.

HE ALSO URGED RESIDENTS, LOCAL VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN THE CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF SEX EDUCATION AND FAMILY LIFE.

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD CARRIED OUT A STUDY OF PORNOGRAPHIC PUBLICATIONS LAST SUMMER AND FOUND THE READING OF SUCH MAGAZINES COMMON AMONG ADOLESCENTS.

AS FOLLOW-UP ACTION, THE BOARD LAUNCHED THE HEALTHY LIFE CAMPAIGN IN COLLABORATION WITH 33 LOCAL RELIGIOUS BODIES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THIS IS TO ARRANGE EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE HEALTHY GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTHS AND TO PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR JACOB CHAN, SAID THE PROJECT WAS ORGANISED IN FOUR STAGES AND WOULD LAST UNTIL DECEMBER. THE STAGES WERE NAMED AFTER THE FOUR SEASONS IN A YEAR TO SYMBOLISE THE NATURAL GROWTH OF MAN FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD.

ACTIVITIES IN EACH STAGE WERE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF DIFFERENT TARGET GROUPS AND INCLUDED BOOK EXHIBITIONS, DRAWING SESSIONS, SPORTS, GAMES, SEMINARS AND VARIETY SHOWS, HE SAID.

THE ENTIRE PROJECT WOULD COST $60 000 WITH $47 000 CONTRIBUTED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WERE THE DISTRICT OFFICER. NRS BRENDA FUNG, REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WEST KOWLOON), ALEXANDER FU&G, AND THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MONG KOK CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, REV. DAVID CHU.

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WARNING ON ELECTRICAL HAZARDS

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CONTRACTORS AND PROPRIETORS ARE URGED TO TAKE ADEQUATE SAFETY MEASURES TO GUARD AGAINST ELECTRICAL HAZARDS.

THE APPEAL BY A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN FOLLOWS A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH A CONTRACTOR WAS FINED $45 000 FOR FAILING TO TAKE PROPER PROTECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE.

THE CASE INVOLVED A WORKER WHO WAS ELECTROCUTED WHILE WELDING ON THE SITE IN AUGUST LAST YEAR.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (ELECTRICITY) REGULATIONS LAY DOWN THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS TO GUARD AGAINST HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE DISTRIBUTION AND USE OF ELECTRICITY IN INDUSTRIES.

FACTORY PROPRIETORS AND CONTRACTORS SHOULD OBSERVE THESE SAFETY MEASURES AND ANY PERSON WHO CONTRAVENES THE REGULATIONS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $30 000 ON CONVICTION.

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36 HECTARES OF RECLAIMED LAND FOR TUEN MUN *****

ANOTHER 36 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT AT TUEN MUN NEW TOWN AFTER RECLAMATION.

ABOUT 10 HECTARES OF THE NEWLY-RECLAIMED LAND, TO THE SOUTH OF THE NEW TOWN, WILL BE FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, FIVE HECTARES FOR A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, 2.6 HECTARES FOR PUBLIC CARGO HANDLING SPACE AND THE REMAINDER FOR VARIOUS COMMUNITY, GOVERNMENT AND INSTITUTION PROJECTS, ROADS AND LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT RESERVES.

A 600-METRE-L0NG SEAWALL, A RIVER WALL MEASURING 250 METRES AND A MAIN STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED.

FILL MATERIAL FOR THE RECLAMATION WILL BE EXTRACTED FROM YUNG LONG AND TAN KWAI TSUEN IN TUEN MUN.

A ROAD WILL BE BUILT AT TAN KWAI TSUEN TO CONNECT CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO THE FILL SOURCE.

AT YUNG LONG, A JETTY WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO FACILITATE TRANSPORTATION OF MATERIALS BY SEA.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN TWO AND A HALF YEARS.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE INVITED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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SOUTHERN DB FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

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RESIDENT ORGANISATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT CAN APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS THROUGH THEIR RESPECTIVE AREA COMMITTEES TO SPONSOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES.

THE DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE HAS SET ASIDE A BLOCK ALLOCATION OF $50 030 THIS YEAR FOR SUCH PURPOSE.

IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN TIES BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES AND RESIDENT BODIES, THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH THE POWER TO VET APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED UNDER THIS SCHEME AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION AND ENDORSEMENT BY THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WOULD SHORTEN THE TIME AND SIMPLIFY PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION FOR SPONSORSHIP.

+EACH AREA COMMITTEE IS ALLOCATED FUNDS ACCORDING TO THE POPULATION AND THE NUMBER OF RESIDENT ORGANISATIONS IN THE CONSTITUENCY,* HE SAID.

+THE MAXIMUM GRANT TO EACH APPLICATION IS $1 500, WHILE THAT FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS PICNICS AND VEGETARIAN MEALS IS $750,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE HAD DECIDED TO RAISE THE MAXIMUM GRANT FOR NON-RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FROM LAST YEAR’S $1 000 TO $1 500 THIS YEAR TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENT BODIES TO ORGANISE MORE MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES.

HE NOTED THAT IN THE PAST YEAR, SOME 70 PER CENT OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED UNDER THIS SCHEME WERE RECREATIONAL IN NATURE.

RESIDENT BODIES CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS BRANCH OFFICES AT ABERDEEN CENTRE, WAH FU AND STANLEY AND COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TEN DAYS BEFORE EACH AREA COMMITTEE MEETING.

APPLICATION FOR FUNDS EXCEEDING $1 500 TO ORGANISE LARGE-SCALE ACTIVITIES MUST BE DIRECTED TO THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE. ENQUIRIES ON DETAILS OF BLOCK ALLOCATION SCHEME CAN BE MADE TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON 5-540271.

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SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1986

SPORTS EVENTS TO MARK QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY * * *

A SERIES OF SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL EVENTS WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR ON JUNE 14 TO CELEBRATE THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY.

AT VICTORIA PARK, A FULL MORNING’S SPORTS PROGRAMME RANGING FROM BASKETBALL TO MINI-SOCCER WILL BE HELD. EVEN CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND 13, AND SENIOR CITIZENS WILL EE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN IN TwO POTTED SPORTS EVENTS ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THESE TWO AGE GROUPS.

FOR THE LESS ENERGETIC, THERE WILL BE JOGGING AND FITNESS EXERCISES IN THE MORNING. A FITNESS CENTRE. PROVIDING A SERIES OF PHYSICAL HEALTH TESTS AND INTRODUCING A NUMBER OF FITNESS ACTIVITIES, WILL ALSO BE SET UP.

IN KOWLOON, EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT MORSE PARK AND THE CHEUNG SHA WAN PLAYGROUND. EVENTS AT MORSE PARK WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE SWIMMING POOL WHERE A WATER CARNIVAL, A SWIM-FOR-ALL AND A 50-METRE SWIMMING AWARD WILL BE HELD.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE AN EXCITING PARACHUTE DEMONSTRATION. OTHER EVENTS INCLUDE A BAND PERFORMANCE, A TAI CHI DISPLAY, DANCE DEMONSTRATION AND FUN GAMES SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

EVENTS AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN PLAYGROUND WILL BE PRECEDED BY AN ARMY BAND PERFORMANCE, FOLLOWED BY A THREE-A-SIDE BASKETBALL COMPETITION, WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL COMPETITION, VOLLEYBALL COMPETITION AND A FOOTBALL SKILL DEMONSTRATION.

DANCE ENTHUSIASTS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN A DANCE-FOR-ALL SESSION IN WHICH EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS WILL SHOW THE WAY IN VARIOUS BRANCHES OF DANCE SUCH AS JIVE, CHA CHA AND DISCO.

OTHER ITEMS INCLUDE A SILK EXERCISE DEMONSTRATION, A ROLLER-SKATING DEMONSTRATION AND A F ISHING-FOR-ALL.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO JOIN AS PARTICIPANTS OR SPECTATORS. APPLICATION FORMS AND PARTICULARS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS OFFICE OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

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DAY CAMP FOR WAN CHAI AREA COMMITTEES

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ABOUT 80 MEMBERS FROM THE FIVE AREA COMMITTEES IN THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ATTENDED A DAY CAMP AT THE PO LEUNG KUK PAK TAM CHUNG HOLIDAY CAMP IN SAI KUNG TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE CAMP, ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GOVERNMENT WORK AND TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER BETTER.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT FIVE AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT — WAN CHAI EAST, WAN CHAI WEST, CAUSEWAY BAY CENTRAL, TAI HANG-SO KON PO, AND HAPPY VALLEY.

WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, SAID THE CAMP WAS THE FIRST FUNCTION ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOR ALL THE AREA COMMITTEES, AND HE URGED MEMBERS TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES IN COMMUNITY SERVICE.

MEMBERS CAME FROM DIFFERENT SECTORS OF SOCIETY AND ALL HAD MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN SERVING THE WAN CHAI COMMUNITY AND, THEREFORE, THEIR OPINIONS WERE MUCH VALUED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

HE HOPED THAT WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE GOVERNMENT WORKED, MEMBERS COULD SERVE THE COMMUNITY BETTER.

THE CAMP INCLUDED TALKS BY WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, l*RS PEGGY LAM, ON THE BOARD’S WORK, AND BY ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS DONNA WONG, ON THE ORGANISATION AND FUNCTIONS OF BOTH THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE AREA COMMITTEES.

OFFICIALS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WERE ALSO INVITED TO DESCRIBE THEIR WORK IN WAN CHAI DISTRICT.

AFTER THE TALKS IN THE MORNING, THE PARTICIPANTS SPENT AN AFTERNOON ENJOYING THE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES PROVIDED AT THE CAMP AS WELL AS TAKING PART IN VARIOUS GAMES AND COMPETITIONS ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ALSO ATTENDED.

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WOMEN BORN 1926-1930 TO GET NEW ID CARDS £ « 4 4

WOMEN BORN IN 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929 AND 1930 ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR NEW ID CARDS BETWEEN TOMORROW (MONDAY) AND JUNE 28.

WOMEN IN THIS AGE-GROUP SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR OLD ID CARDS AND CALL AT ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW ID CARD ISSUE OFFICES.

THEY CAN ALSO MAKE USE OF THE PHONE-IN SERVICE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING THE OFFICE OF THEIR CHOICE BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON ON SATURDAY.

+T0 COMPLETE THE BOOKING PROCEDURE, ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS TO PROVIDE PERSONAL PARTICULARS SUCH AS NAME, ID CARD NUMBER AND YEAR OF BIRTH,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE ADDRESSES OF THE ISSUE OFFICES AND THEIR TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR BOOKING APPOINTMENTS ARE:

HONG KONG : BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, 5-747070

WAN CHAI.

EAST KOWLOON : AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 3-7553679

77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

WEST KOWLOON ! CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 3-7232442

SECOND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI.

TSUEN WAN : EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 0-4981259

GROUND FLOOR, 29~37 TSUEN FU STREET.

SHA TIN : SHATIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 0-6059108

2-16 WANG POK STREET.

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 0-793291

31 HOP YICK ROAD.

TUEN MUN i CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 0-962562

GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN.

SHEUNG SHU I : TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 0-927155

82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI.

THESE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM, MONDAY TO SATURDAY.

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A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS APPLICANTS IN THE LATEST PHASE ARE IN THEIR LATE FIFTIES, SOME MIGHT BE IN POOR HEALTH, AND IT COULD CAUSE THEM A GREAT DEAL OF HARDSHIP AND INCONVENIENCE TO GO TO THE ISSUE OFFICES.

HE REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT UNDER THE REGISTRATION CF PERSONS REGULATIONS, PERSONS WHO ARE AGED, BLIND OR INFIRMED, AND WHO CAN SATISFY THE COMMISSIONER OF REGISTRATION THAT THEIR PERSONAL ATTENDANCE FOR REGISTRATION WILL INJURE THEIR HEALTH OR THAT OF OTHERS, ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REGISTER OR APPLY FOR THE ISSUE OF AN IDENTITY CARD.

+IN SUCH CASES, THEY MAY APPLY IN WRITING FOR A CERTIFICATE CF EXEMPTION TO BE ISSUED TO THEM,* HE SAID.

FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO APPLY FOR SUCH A CERTIFICATE, ('■EMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT’S INFORMATION OFFICE ON 3-7333111.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED APPLICANTS TO ASCERTAIN THEIR YEARS OF BIRTH BEFORE VISITING AN ISSUE OFFICE.

+IF IN DOUBT, THEY ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG THEIR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS SUCH AS PASSPORTS OR CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY,* HE SAID.

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SCOUTING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG INMATES

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YOUNG INMATES AT TRAINING CENTRES WILL SOON BE ABLE TO ENROL AS SCOUTS AND PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE FOSTERING GOOD CITIZENSHIP.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT SAID A PLAN TO PROMOTE SCOUTING AT TRAINING CENTRES WAS IN THE PIPELINE.

IT WOULD BE INTRODUCED AS ONE OF THE HOBBY CLASSES FOR TRAINING CENTRE INMATES TO SUPPLEMENT THE HALF-DAY EDUCATION AND HALF-DAY VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME.

TWO TROOPS, WITH SCOUTS AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 17, WILL SOON BE SET UP AT LAI KING TRAINING CENTRE, WHILE A VENTURE TROOP FOR THOSE WHO ARE OVER 16 WILL BE SET UP AT CAPE COLLINSON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.

YOUNG INMATES CAN ENROL IN THE TROOPS ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS.

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SUNDAY. MAY 18,

A GROUP OF 18 CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS FROM VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS RECENTLY COMPLETED A SCOUT LEADER TRAINING COURSE CONDUCTED BY THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

THEY WILL ASSIST IN THE FORMATION OF THE TROOPS AND ORGANISE SCOUTING ACTIVITIES AT THE TRAINING CENTRES.

♦SCOUTING WILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT PART IN MORAL AND DISCIPLINE REINFORCEMENT AS WELL AS LEADING INMATES TO TAKE A CONSTRUCTIVE PLACE IN SOCIETY THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THIS WORTHWHILE ACTIVITY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

VOLUNTEERS TO HELP PROBATIONERS * * * *

PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS PLACED ON PROBATION ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S VOLUNTEER SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS.

VOLUNTEERS SHOULD PREFERABLY BE AGED 21 OR OVER, HAVE A SECONDARY EDUCATION, BE MATURE IN PERSONALITY AND WILLING TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH OFFENDERS.

THE NEWLY-RECRUITED VOLUNTEERS WILL TAKE AN ORIENTATION COURSE EEFORE THEY START TO ASSIST PROBATION OFFICERS BY BEFRIENDING, HELPING AND ADVISING PROBATIONERS MATCHED TO THEM ON A PERSONAL EASIS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE VOLUNTEER SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS CENTRE AT ROOM 1028, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL DISTRICT, AND AT PROBATION OFFICES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE CENTRE BY THE END OF

THIS MONTH. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM MR P.Y. FUNG AT 5-7955230.

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NATURE WORKSHOPS FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS *****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS TO ORGANISE SIX IDENTICAL WHOLE-DAY WORKSHOPS ON THEMES RELATED TO +NATURE CORNER ACTIVITIES* FOR 240 KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

THE WORKSHOPS AIM TO PROMOTE AN AWARENESS OF NATURE AMONG CHILDREN THROUGH SETTING UP A STIMULATING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS ARRANGING RELATED ACTIVITIES.

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THERE WILL ALSO BE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARTICIPANTS TO DESIGN LEARNING ACTIVITIES ON SELECTED THEMES.

KINDERGARTEN HEADS WISHING TO NOMINATE TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE WORKSHOPS SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR NAMELIST TO THE PRJ NC I PAL INSPECTOR KINDERGARTEN SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, BEF6RE JUNt 2.

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ABOUT 300 METRES OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD AT THE SHA TIN END IS TO BE WIDENED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

THE WIDENING WILL TAKE PLACE OPPOSITE WORLDWIDE GARDEN WHERE AN ADDITIONAL LANE WILL BE ADDED TO THE SOUTHBOUND, TWO-LANE CARR I AGEWAY.

ANCILLARY ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS, AS WELL AS LANDSCAPING, WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT, WORK ON WHICH WILL START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN SIX MONTHS.

+TRAFFIC FLOW EMERGING FROM HUNG MUI KUK INTERCHANGE ONTO LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD WILL BE VERY MUCH IMPROVED,* A HIGHWAYS OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TENDERS FOR THE WORKS ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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STREETS CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION WORK

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TWO STREETS IN MONG KOK WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM FROM WEDNESDAY (MAY 21) TO MAY 23 FOR THE INSTALLATION OF PRECAST BEAMS FOR THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR.

THE TWO STREETS ARE TUNG CHAU STREET, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TONG MEI ROAD AND WALNUT STREET, AND LIME STREET, BETWEEN TUNG CHAU STREET AND BEDFORD ROAD.

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST HEADING FOR TAI KOK TSUI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO SYCAMORE STREET.

VEHICLES IN LIME STREET HEADING FOR PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO BEDFORD ROAD, TONG MEI ROAD, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, BOUNDARY STREET, TAI NAN STREET, CEDAR STREET AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 19, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DTC SECTOR MUCH HEALTHIER WITH SUPERVISION ..................... 1

QUARTERLY INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION INDEX PUBLISHED................ 2

SIGNBOARD UNVEILING CEREMONY.................................... 6

DISCUSSION ON ADEQUACY OF TAXI NUMBERS.......................... 6

GOVERNOR RETURNING TOMORROW .................................... 7

IN-SERVICE COURSE FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS ....................... 7

SHA TIN BOARD TO DISCUSS TRIAD REPORT .......................... 8

PUBLIC PARK PROJECT WELL UNDER WAY.............................. 8

DETAILS OF MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES............................. 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ........................................... 9

SEWER EXTENSION FOR JAVA ROAD.................................. 10

TRAFFIC CHANGES AND ROAD CLOSURES ............................. 10

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................... 11

KHUN TONG WATER CUT ........................................... 11

MONDAY, MAY 19, 1986

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DTC SECTOR MUCH HEALTHIER * I TH SUPERVISION K K * *

HONG KONG HAS NOW A HEALTHY DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES SECTOR WITH A SUPERVISORY SYSTEM WHICH SHOULD PROMOTE AND MAINTAIN THAT HEALTH, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ASSOCIATION, SIR JOHN SAID THE DTC SECTOR WAS ALMOST A DIFFERENT INDUSTRY FROM WHAT IT WAS WHEN IT BEGAN TO EMERGE FROM THE JUNGLE.

AND THE NEW BANKING LEGISLATION EMBRACING BOTH BANKS AND DTC’S WOULD COMPLEMENT OUR APPROACH TO THE SUPERVISION OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE NOTED THAT WHILE WE PONTIFICATED ABOUT HONG KONG’S POSITION AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE, OTHER FINANCIAL CENTRES AND INVESTORS WOULD JUDGE US BY OUR PERFORMANCE RATHER THAN BY TALK.

HE SAID: +WHAT WE CAN CLAIM IS THAT SOMETHING APPROACHING A QUIET REVOLUTION HAS TAKEN PLACE IN THE DTC SECTOR.

♦AND THE REVOLUTION HAS BEEN ACHIEVED WITH MINIMUM OR NIL DAMAGE TO THE DEPOSITOR EXCEPT FOR THE HANDFUL OF CASES WHICH ARE NOW A MATTER FOR THE COURTS.*

SIR JOHN ADDED THAT NONE OF US WOULD CLAIM THAT WE WERE ESTABLISHING A PERFECT SYSTEM WHICH WOULD NEVER AGAIN SEE A FAILURE.

+IT CANNOT GUARANTEE INTEGRITY. BUT WHAT WE CAN CLAIM IS THAT MY SUCCESSOR - AND MORE IMPORTANT, HONG KONG - HAS NOW A HEALTHY DTC SECTOR WITH A SUPERVISORY SYSTEM WHICH SHOULD PROMOTE AND MAINTAIN THAT HEALTH,* HE SAID.

SIR JOHN SAID IN JUNE 1981 THERE WERE 346 REGISTERED DTC’S, AS COMPARED WITH THE PRESENT 279.

+IN THE LAST YEAR ALONE 44 DTC’S WERE TAKEN OFF THE REGISTER,* HE NOTED.

HE SAID ON THE PLUS SIDE, IN JUNE 1981, THERE wERE NO LICENSED DTC’S WITH THEIR BIGGER CAPITAL BASE.

♦SINCE THEN 36 DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAVE SUFFICIENTLY DEVELOPED THEIR CAPITAL AND BUSINESS SIZE TO ENABLE THEIR BEING GIVEN LICENSED STATUS.*

IN ADDITION TO THIS GRADUATION PROCESS, SIR JOHN SAID THE GOVERNMENT WELCOMED NEW ENTRANTS TO THE INDUSTRY.

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HE SAID: +OUR PROCESS OF SELECTION IS NOW RIGOROUS AND WE LOOK CLOSELY AT THE PARENTAGE OF THE NEW ENTRANTS.

+SOMETHING LIKE TWO-THIRDS OF ALL DTC’S ARE NOW OWNED BY BANKS. THE NEW ENTRANTS ARE OFFSPRING OF JURISDICTIONS WHERE WE ARE CONTENT WITH THE DEGREE OF PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION EXERCISED BY THE LOCAL AUTHOR I TIES.+

RECALLING THE PERIOD SINCE HE BECAME FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN SAID SOME OF THE MORE INTERESTING EVENTS CAME SIZZLING OUT OF THE DTC INDUSTRY.

HE RECOUNTED: +WE STARTED WITH THE COLLAPSE OF DOLLAR CREDIT IN NOVEMBER 1982, WHICH LED TO A CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN THE INTERBANK MARKET AND THE DTC’S GENERALLY.

♦WE SORTED THAT IMMEDIATE PROBLEM FAIRLY QUICKLY WITH THE HELP OF THE NOTE ISSUING BANKS. THIS WAS A WARNING SHOT OF TROUBLES AHEAD.

+ IN THE FOLLOWING THREE YEARS WE HAVE HAD SOME NEAR RUN AFFAIRS. BUT I THINK THAT WE CAN CLAIM THAT THE DTC SECTOR IS NOW IN A MUCH HEALTHIER POSITION.

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QUARTERLY INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION INDEX PUBLISHED

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THE INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985, AT 137.9, WAS 5.8 POINTS OR 4.0 PER CENT LOWER THAN THAT IN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1984, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER, THE INDEX SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 5.8 POINTS OR 4.4 PER CENT.

INDUSTRIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN PRODUCTION OVER THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1984 INCLUDED TOBACCO (+42.7 PER CENT); CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PRODUCTS (+21.9 PER CENT); FOOD (+20.6 PER CENT) AND PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT, RHOTOGRAPHIC AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+20.2 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, SEVERAL INDUSTRIES REPORTED DECLINES IN PRODUCTION OVER THE SAME PERIOD. THESE INCLUDED RUBBER PRODUCTS (-33.2 PER CENT); TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (-24.3 PER CENT); CONSUMER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS (-20.3 PER CENT)? ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PARTS, ACCESSORIES AND MACHINERY (-18.6 PER CENT); PAPER AND PAPER PRODUCTS (-12.9 PER CENT) AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS (-12.2 PER CENT).

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COMPARIN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985 WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER ANV INDUlTRIES RCPORTED AN INCREASE IN PRODUCTION. THE MORE il'CREASES WERE RECORDED FOR TOBACCO (+21.7 PER CENT);

CONSUMER ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS (+18.4 PER CENT);

■.'EARING APPAREL (+17.4 PER CENT); NEWSPAPER PRINTING, JOB

PRINTING AND OTHER PRINTING (+11.5 PER CENT); RUBBER PRODUCTS (11.' PER CENT); AND WOOD AND CORK PRODUCTS AND FURNITURE AND FIXTURES (+11.0 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, SOME INDUSTRIES RECORDED A DECLINE IN PRODUCTION COMPARED WITH THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985 BECAUSE OF LOWER SEASONAL DEMAND FOR THEIR PRODUCTS: BEVERAGES (-24.1 PER CENT) AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS (-16.8 PER CENT). THE PAPER AND PAPcR PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PARTS, ACCESSORIES AND MACHINERY INDUSTRY ALSO REPORTED A DECLINE OF 19.4 PER CENT AND 12.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IN RELEASING THESE FIGURES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IS PRIMARILY INTENDED TO REFLECT THE LEVELS AND TRENDS OF OUTPUT IN REAL TERMS. IN OTHER WORDS, THE VOLUME OF PRODUCTION IS MEASURED AFTER REMOVING THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES.

TWO TABLES ON THE QUARTERLY INDEXES OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1988 ARE INCLUDED. ONE IS A SUMMARY TABLE FOR BOARD INDUSTRY GROUPS, WHILE THE OTHER GIVES A ORE DETAILED INDUSTRY BREAKDOWN.

■'ORE DETAILED INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND IN THE +REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY INDEX OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, FOURTH QUARTER 1985+.

THE PUBLICATION IS ON SALE AT S3 A COPY AND CAN BE OBTAIN-D FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION SALES CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATION SALES COUNTER, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL. REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TELEPHONE NUMBER 3-7224504.

Table 1 Summary cable of quarterly indexes of industrial production by broad industry group, 4th quarter 1982 to 4th quarter 1985

(1981 • 100)

1982 1983 1984 1985

broad iaauacr* group . . 1 Weight i ! 982 1983 1984 1985

4Q IQ 20 3Q 4Q IQ 2Q 3Q 4Q IQ 20 3Q 4Q

1 • food, ne/erages and tohacce 34.8 1U0.7 110.9 119.0 138.5 106.7 94.5 105.0 121.5 122.6 102.9 122.8 126.6 123.6 125.6 133.6 145.1 149.7

2. Wearing apparel, except knitwear and footwear 251.3 99.b 10b.0 113.8 105.0 113.5 89.6 109.8 108.8 115.6 104.3 114.1 115.9 120.7 95.3 97.1 104.6 122.8

3. Textiles (including knitting) 1 127.4 94.b 103.5 115.0 119.b 98.5 7b.b 109.3 117.1 110.8 99.6 119.5 120.7 120.1 85.9 119.6 132.3 140.7

4. Paper products and printing bl.3 111.7 133.1 157.1 15b.8 123.9 110.5 132.3 148.0 141.7 121.4 160.2 177.4 169.3 139.2 157.9 163.5 166.5

5. Chemical, rubber, plastic and non-metalllc mineral products 110.0 106.9 120.8 160.3 160.5 106.b 92.9 129.5 138.3 122.6 113.2 153.0 199.9 175.1 134.6 163.9 183.0 160.5

b. Basic aetals, fabricated seta* products and nonelectrical machlnerv 104.1 101.4 105.1 132.2 130.8 104.0 90.3 106.6 112.1 111.2 113.1 139.1 151.9 124.8 108.1 140.5 136.2 138.2

7. Electrical and electronic products, professional equipment and optical goods 21b.2 99.7 123.2 133.5 128.9 109.5 93. b 123.5 133.5 142.2 109.3 126.7 143.0 155.1 118.8 129.1 129.7 138.1

8. Miscellaneous manufacturing industries 94.9 93.9 1 117.6 154.6 114.1 95.8 98.0 112.6 118.4 141.6 119.1 145.1 168.3 185.8 104.5 105.7 121.8 124.5

All manufacturing Industries 1000.0 100.2 113.9 132.0 126.0 107.7 91.5 116.0 122.5 125.4 109.1 130.5 144.5 143.7 109.5 124.6 132.1 137.9

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Ajar-tejsy-indexes, ui >Qdu»tria. pr-Uut_',u; by-W.dusttf _____________4th gcafter 1982 to 4th quarter 1985

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(1981 - 100)

Ir.dusf”- r.tur r -eign I 1982 1983 198- 1985 1982 1983 1984 1985

1 4Q 10 20 30 4Q 10 2Q X 30 40 IQ 20 30 4Q

1.1 Food 20.5 101.1 120.5 119.1 135.4 108.3 106.3 110.3 126.3 139.2 108.3 123.5 121.9 122.6 128.9 129.9 135.1 147.8

1.2 Beve--*g« <0 IU6.5 98.0 109.5 107.6 102.4 01.9 106.6 128.3 95.1 74.7 124.4 140.2 98.5 80.7 112.8 134.6 102.2

I. Hoac *.7 86.8 95.3 137.9 215.1 108.7 109.4 78.9 86.5 106.4 137.1 116.3 119.2 178.X, 203.2 191.9 209.8 255.3

2 wearing apparel, excep: v.itwear and footwear 251.3 1 99.6 106.0 113.8 105.0 113.5 89.6 109.8 108.8 115.6 104.3 114.1 115.9 120.7 95.3 97.1 104.6 122.8

3 Text. .es S incHdi- K knlttIng. 1 127.- 103.5 115.0 119.6 98.5 76.6 109.3 117.1 110.8 99.6 119.5 120.7 120.1 85.9 119.6 132.3 140.7

M • Paper and paper product* 11.M 116.0 182.5 240.2 223.8 105.0 143.7 187.7 191.0 207.6 190.9 255.7 270.9 243.4 187.6 232.4 263.2 212.1

4.. Newspaper printing, job printing ana other printing 49.4 110.7 121.2 137.1 140.7 128.5 102.5 118.9 137.7 125.8 104.7 137.2 154.9 151.5 127.6 140.0 139.5 155.5

5.1 Cnemicals ana chemical products 15.1 97.8 125.3 133.2 160.5 103.4 105.2 132.2 131.0 132.7 124.8 116.3 147.9 143.6 148.5 153.9 164.5 175.1

5.2 Kuboer product* 3.2 119.3 134.6 150.4 122.4 131.0 103.3 121.6 140.1 173.3 108.5 141.) 158.3 193.7 99.6 144.1 116.5 129.4

5.3 Plastic products 81.1 107.0 121.1 174.0 169.7 101.4 89.6 132.0 143.3 119.3 114.0 168.0 225.0 189.1 139.0 174.0 199.6 166.0

5.4 Non-metal I ic mineral products 10.6 116.1 108.5 97.0 102.2 143.7 97.9 108.4 109.8 117.7 91.8 93.7 94.9 107.4 91.6 107.2 102.9 107.2

6.1 basic metals 9.0 102.7 109.7 98.1 89.9 109.2 97.4 112.6 119.5 109.1 94.4 99.8 97.7 100.4 70.3 89.8 95.7 103.7-

6.2 Fabricated metai products, except machinery and equipment 77.0 99.0 95.9 138.r 133.2 101.8 81.5 94.8 104.2 103.0 114.1 146.9 165.9 125.6 110.0 142.8 139.0 140.9

6.3 Machinery, except electrical 18.1 110.8 141.9 124.2 140.7 110.8 124.1 154.1 142.3 147.1 118.4 125.2 119.5 133.6 118.8 155.7 144.3 144.0

7.1 Consumer electrical and electronic products 103.2 96.0 113.1 150.0 134.9 97.7 93.4 107.9 123.1 128.0 116.0 134.3 164.6 185.2 128.9 138.2 124.7 147.6

7.2 Electrical and electronic parts, accessories and machinery 60.3 90.3 114.3 105.0 99.8 97.6 78.4 118.5 123.1 137.0 87.5 105.8 110.8 115.9 95.6 101.6 107.7 94.4

7.3 Frotesslonal and sc lent ific 52.7 117.5 153.2 133.8 150.6 146.1 111.3 159.6 165.9 176.1 121.1 135.8 137.5 140.9 125.5 142.7 164.8 169.4

equipment, photographic and optical goods, watches and clocks

8.1 Leather products and footwear 12.2 69.0 72.8 67.9 66.4 65.9 51.4 70.8 74.5 94.4 60.7 74.3 65.2 71.3 50.3 69.8 74.5 70.8

(except rubber, plastic and wooden footwear)

8.2 Wood and cork products, and 18.5 84.5 83.1 83.7 86.9 85.8 69.9 87.5 85.4 89.7 85.1 81.8 85.0 83.0 87.9 83.3 83.6 92.8

furniture and fixtures (except primarily of metal) »

8.3 Transport equipment 27.0 107.3 98.5 133.2 113.0 98.2 83.8 95.0 98.0 117.2 111.7 118.4 155.3 147.5 109.2 112.6 118.4 111.6

8.4. Miscellaneous manufacturing industries, n.e.c. 37.2 97.0 163.3 233.8 144.3 108.8 137.5 151.0 164.1 200.5 160.6 219.2 252.9 302.3 127.2 123.7 158.8 167.3

411 manutacturIng industries 1000.0 100.2 113.9 132.0 126.0 107.7 91.5 116.0 122.5 125.4 109.1 130.5 144.5 143.7 109.5 124.6 132.1 137.9

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SIGNBOARD UNVEILING CEREMONY * * * *

AN UNVEILING CEREMONY OF A ’WELCOME TO TSING Yl’ SIGNBOARD, ONE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED BY THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE SIGNBOARD, THREE-METRE HIGH AND 3.9-METRE WIDE, WAS CONSTRUCTED AT A COST OF MORE THAN $72 000.

KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK? DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO TUNG-CHING* CHAIRMAN OF TSING Yl RURAL COMMITTEE,MR CHAN TIN-SUNG? AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR CHOW SUM, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE UNVEILING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT AN OPEN SPACE IN KWAI CHUNG NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF TSING Yl BRIDGE. TRANSPORTATION WILL BE PROVIDED AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE BY 2 PM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

DISCUSSION ON ADEQUACY OF TAXI NUMBERS * X X *

MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE ADEQUACY OF TAXI NUMBERS AT ITS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 21).

A CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT +1986 TAXI NUMBER REVIEW+ PREPARED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL BE TABLED. IN 1984, THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL ORDERED A +FREEZE+ FOR TWO YEARS ON THE ISSUE OF l£w LICENCES FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS AND A LIMIT OF 200 PER YEAR FOR THOSE IN THE URBAN AREAS.

THE DECISION, PUBLISHED IN THE FORM OF A NOTICE, WILL BE REVIEWED AS THE TAXI (LIMITATION ON NUMBER) NOTICE IS DUE TO EXPIRE IN JULY THIS YEAR.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE TRAFFIC RE-ARRANGEMENT AT SAN FUN AVENUE AND AN ACTION PROGRAMME REVIE* ON PEDESTRIAN BLACKSPOTS IN TH DISTRICT.

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/OTHER ITEMS

MONDAY; MAY 19, 1986

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A COMPLAINT FROM FANLI NG TAXI DRIVERS AGAINST PROSECUTION AND A PROGRAMME TO CONSTRUCT BUS SHELTERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING AT 2 PM ON WEDNESDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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GOVERNOR RETURNING TOMORROW

XXX*

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL ARRIVE FROM LONDON TOMORROW (TUESDAY) BY FLIGHT BA 3, ETA 3.45 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND

HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA GOVERNOR’S ARRIVAL. THOSE COVERING THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM BY 2.55 PM. TO ASSIST.

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IN-SERVICE COURSE FOR TECHNICAL TEACHERS

X X X X X X

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR A TWO-YEAR PART-TIME COURSE FOR SERVING TECHNICAL TEACHERS TO BE RUN BY THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE.

APPLICANTS MUST BE FULL-TIME TEACHERS OF TECHNICAL OR COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS IN GOVERNMENT, AIDED AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS, OR THE POLYTECHNICS, FOR TWO YEARS. THEY MUST POSSESS A DIPLOMA, OR A HIGHER CERTIFICATE, OR HIGHER DIPLOMA AWARDED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC OR A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS.

AT THE END OF THE FREE COURSE, CERTIFICATES CARRYING +QUALIFIED TEACHERS* STATUS WILL BE AWARDED TO THOSE WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS JUNE 3.

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SHA TIN BOARD TO DISCUSS TRIAD REPORT

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THE DOCUMENT ON OPTIONS FOR CHANGES IN THE LAW AND IN ADMINISTRATION OF THE LAW TO COUNTER TRIAD PROBLEMS WILL BE DISCUSSED BY SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS PROGRESS REPORTS OF VARIOUS COMMITTEES AND THE APPOINTMENT OF CO-OPTED MEMBERS TO THE COMMITTEES.

OTHER ITEMS TABLED FOR INFORMATION ARE ™E FINANCIAL SITUATION CF THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE DIVERSION OF KMB ROUTE 71 TO SERVE

TOWN CENTRE A^D THE INTERNAL ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED

SHA TIN MATTERS

OF THE BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TOMORROW AT 9.30 AM AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SIXTH FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM AT THE KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN.

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PUBLIC PARK PROJECT WELL UNDER WAY * * *

WORK IS WELL UNDER WAY ON THE URBAN COUNCIL’S $9.5 MILLION PUBLIC PARK AT BRAEMAR HILL ROAD NORTH POINT, WHICH WILL PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED PASSIVE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE INTENSIVELY DEVELOPED AREA.

+THE PROJECT, KNOWN AS THE CHOI SAI WOO PARK, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY NEXT MONTH,* SAID A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN TODAY.

COVERING A 2.45 HECTARE SITE, IT WILL FEATURE A LARGE, BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED GARDEN WITH AN EXTENSIVE PLANTJNG AREA.

+OTHER PROVISIONS INCLUDE A WATERFALL, SITTING-OUT AREAS, LOOKOUT PAVILIONS, CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS WITH MODERN SAFETY EQUIPMENT, A REFRESHMENT KIOSK AND TOILET FACILITIES,* HE SAID.

MONDAY, MAY 19, 1986


DETAILS OF MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES * M * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT AD HOC COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH. MR CHAN CHE-HIM, WILL ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A SERIES OF MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES AT A PRESS BRIEFING IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, THIRD FLOOR, TUEN HI ROAD AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (MAY 22).

MR SO SHIN-SHING, CHAIRMAN OF SOCIAL SERVICE COMMITTEE OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, WILL BE PRESENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

* * * *

THE APPROACH ROAD LEADING FROM VICTORIA PARK ROAD TO CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5.30 AM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 21) TO FACILITATE THE REMOVAL OF OLD LAMP POLES.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON VICTORIA PARK ROAD HEADING FOR CROSS HABOUR TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA INNER GLOUCESTER ROAD, STEWART ROAD, LOCKHART ROAD, MARSH ROAD FLYOVER, HUNG HING ROAD AND TONNOCHY ROAD TO JOIN CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TRAFFIC.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 22), THE SECTION OF RUMSEY STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND PIER ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND- AND THE SECTION OF PIER ROAD BETWEEN RUMSEY STREET AND GILMAN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND^

VEHICLES HEADING FOR THAT SECTION OF PIER ROAD FROM THE WEST WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND RUMSEY STREET, WHILE VEHICLES APPROACHING FROM THE EAST MAY TRAVEL VIA DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, WING LOK STREET AND RUMSEY STREET.

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 1986

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SEWER EXTENSION FOR JAVA ROAD

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.-ro A^99^ETRE-I-OnG SEWER IS to BE CONSTRUCTED IN JAVA ROAD AT

ITS JUNCTION WI.Th TONG SHU I ROAD AND HEALTHY STREET WEST.

™ nrJ!^J-8-METRE DIAMETER PIPE IS PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE SCHEME TO^PROVIDE SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITY FOR NORTH POINT AND CAUSEWAY

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND TAKE ABOUT 14 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

IT WILL BE LINKED TO THE PROPOSED SCREENING PLANT AT HEALTHY STREET WEST.

A CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID CONSTRUCTION OF THE SEWER WOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN FOUR STAGES TO MINIMISE DISRUPTION TO VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC.

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

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TRAFFIC CHANGES AND ROAD CLOSURES

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Fung nin road in yuen long, between castle peak road and KAU Yuk road, will be re-routed from one-way southbound to ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 21) FOR ABOUT FIVE WEEKS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT system.

j MEANWHILE, LUK YUEN STREET, A CUL-DE-SAC OFF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MAY 22 FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS FOR ROAD RESURFACING WORK.

£ METERED PARKING SPACES IN LUK YUEN STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL THE ROAD IS REOPENED TO TRAFFIC.

t ALSO, BETWEEN 11 PM AND THE FOLLOWING 5.30 AM FROM MAY 22 TO MAp’29, THE APPROACH ROAD LEADING FROM PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST WESTBOUND TO THE PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER, AND THE FLYOVER FROM PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, WILL BE CLOSED FOR ROAD REPAIR WORKS.

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST FROM CHOI HUNG ROAD AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST SHOULD USE THE GROUND-LEVEL CARRIAGEWAY OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST LEADING TO KOWLOON CITY ROUNDABOUT BEFORE TURNING LEFT ON TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE K M M

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 45.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 264.073 MILLION CUBIC Mi TRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 325.589 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 55.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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KWUN TONG WATER CUT * * *

TURNEDROF? FROMR11UPMLONTTHURSDAYR(SaYE22) ^TaJ^FoLoW I NG DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE TSUI PING ROAD AND BLOCKS 2 TO 6 AND 11 OF KWUN TONG (TSUI PING ROAD) ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG TEL 5-233,91

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIR EDWARD TO STAY ON AT LEAST UNTIL 1988 ...................... 1

APPROVAL SOUGHT FOR HK COMMITMENT ‘TO ADB ...................... 2

MARCH ORDERS-®-HAND, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL FIGURES OUT.......... 4

ONE BILL, NINE QUESTIONS FOR LEGCO ............................. 7

$1 MILLICK FOR KWAI CHUNG ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT............. 7

FUJIAN TEAM SEES IMMIGRATION WORK............................... 8

SUMMARY. OF PUBLIC OPINION ON BRB REPORT ....................... 8

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR 7/ELFaRE SERVICE PREMISES ................ 9

HAWAII VENUE FOR TEXTILES 'TALKS ............................... 9

SEAWALL TO BE BUILT IN HUNG HOM BAY............................ 10

MEET THE MEDIA................................................. 10

OPEN DAY AT SKILLS CENTRE FuR DISABLED .......................  11

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS D TSUEN JaN ................................ 11

MAIL TO FINLAND RESUMES ....................................... 12

PUBLIC TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE RESTRICTION ...................... 12

GOODS VEHICLE PROHIBITION

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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 1936

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SIR EDWARD TO STAY ON AT LEAST UNTIL 1988 ******

THE GOVERNOR. SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) HE WOULD REMAIN AS GOVERNOR AT LEAST UNTIL THE END OF 1988.

+SINCE SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT IT IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, AND IT’S JUST ABOUT MY FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG, I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW THAT I AM AUTHORISED TO TELL YOU THAT I EXPECT TO REMAIN AS GOVERNOR AT LEAST UNTIL THE END OF 1988,+ HE TOLD REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT ON HIS RETURN FROM LONDON.

+THAT WILL MEAN I WILL CERTAINLY BE HERE FOR THE ELECTIONS IN THAT YEAR.+

SIR EDWARD SAID DURING HIS FIVE DAYS IN LONDON, HE HAD A SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH MINISTERS AND SENIOR OFFICIALS AND DISCUSSED WITH THEM THE PRESENT STATE OF AFFAIRS IN HONG KONG.

THESE INCLUDED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE NEXT JOINT LIAISON GROUP MEETING, VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, NATIONALITY AND A SERIES OF OTHER SUBJECTS.

ON THE NATIONALITY ISSUE, SIR EDWARD SAID HE WAS ENCOURAGED, AS OTHERS WERE, BY THE FURTHER ASSURANCE GIVEN BY LORD GLENARTHUR.

+1 THINK IN RESPONSE TO THE CONSISTENT AND STEADY REPRESENTATIONS FROM HONG KONG, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAVE GONE A LONG WAY TOWARDS MEETING THE WISHES EXPRESSED BY LEGCO AND OTHERS,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD SAID HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT TRADE MATTERS +WHICH ARE SO IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG+.

HE SAID HE WENT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY AND TALKED TO OFFICIALS THERE ABOUT THE NEGOTIATIONS WHICH WERE ALREADY IN PROGRESS ON THE MULT I-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT.

HE ALSO TOLD THEM OF THE IMPORTANCE WHICH HONG KONG ATTACHED TO FURTHER LIBERALISATION OF THE MULT I-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT AND TO PARTICULAR REGARD BEING GIVEN TO TERRITORIES SUCH AS HONG KONG WHICH HAVE OPEN MARKETS.

SIR EDWARD SAID HE ALSO WENT TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND TALKED TO OFFICIALS THERE ABOUT THE QUEEN’S VISIT. HE NOTED THAT PLANS CONCERNING THE VISIT WERE GOING WELL.

ASKED WHY HE HAD TO EXTEND HIS STAY IN LONDON, SIR EDWARD SAID IT WAS SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF SUBJECTS HE HAD TO DEAL WITH, AND THE FACT THAT A NUMBER OF MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS WERE RATHER TIED UP AT THE END OF LAST WEEK ON PARLIAMENTARY AND OTHER COMMITMENTS.

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+ WE COULDN’T GET IT FINISHED IN THE THREE DAYS I ALLOTTED. IT WAS QUITE A SHORT VISIT. SO IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WE GOT RIGHT THROUGH THE LIST I STAYED ON AN EXTRA WORKING DAY,+ HE SAID.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE TALKS BETWEEN CHINA AIRLINES AND CIVIL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OF CHINA OFFICIALS ON THE STRANDED CAL CARGO PLANE AND ITS CREW, SIR EDWARD SAID THE TALKS WERE NOT REALLY FOR HIM, +AND THAT HAD NO CONNECTION WHATSOEVER WITH MY STAYING 0N+.

ON HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH BRITISH OFFICIALS ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, SIR EDWARD SAID WHAT HE MADE CLEAR TO LONDON WAS THE IMPORTANCE WHICH HONG KONG ATTACHED TO THE CONTINUING OFF-TAKE OF REFUGEES.

♦THE INITIATIVE WHICH WAS SET IN MOTION SOME TIME AGO ISN’T GOING TOO BADLY. BUT OF COURSE WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IS A STEADY OFF-TAKE SO THAT THE NUMBERS IN HONG KONG CONTINUE TO FALL,+ HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON WHO WOULD BECOME THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, SIR EDWARD SAID IT WAS A BIT TOO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT THAT.

SIR EDWARD WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG, AND THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MISS LYDIA DUNN.

APPROVAL SOUGHT FOR HK COMMITMENT TO ADB * * * * *

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE A SUM OF $16.6 MILLION AS HONG KONG’S COMMITMENT TO THE PAID-IN PORTION OF THE THIRD GENERAL CAPITAL INCREASE OF THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THIS SUM WILL FORM PART OF A TOTAL FINANCIAL COMMITMENT OF $331.8 MILLION, WHICH WILL ALSO BE PUT BEFORE THE FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR APPROVAL TOMORROW, ARISING FROM A SUBSCRIPTION BY HONG KONG TO THE BANK’S THIRD GENERAL CAPITAL INCREASE.

THE REMAINING FINANCIAL COMMITMENT, AMOUNTING TO $315.2 MILLION, WILL BE A CONTINGENT LIABILITY OF THE CALLABLE SHARES WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO CALL ONLY AS AND WHEN REQUIRED BY ADB TO MEET ITS FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS.

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ADB’S THIRD GENERAL CAPITAL INCREASE, WHICH THE BANK APPROVED IN APRIL 1983, IS AIMED AT SUSTAINING ITS DEVELOPMENT LENDING ACTIVITIES FROM 1983-1987.

SjtIBSCR I PT I ON TO THE GENERAL CAPITAL INCREASE IS ESSENTIAL IF HONG KONG IS TO FULFIL ITS ROLE AS A MEMBER OF THE BANK.

OTHER ITEMS ON TOMORROW’S AGENDA INCLUDE:

* MORE FUNDS FOR A REPLACEMENT AIRCRAFT FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE;

* INCREASE^ in TEXTBOOKS AND STATIONERY GRANTS FOR ELIGIBLE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS;

* AN INCREASE IN GOVERNMENT’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS AN EXTENSION TO THE PATHOLOGY BUILDING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG;

* A GRANT TO THE HONG KONG FAMILY WELFARE SOCIETY FOR REPROVISIONING AND EXPANDING ITS HOME HELP SERVICE;

X FUNDS FOR A CARE AND ATTENTION HOME IN HA TSUEN, YUEN LONG;

X FUNDS FOR HONG KONG’S SUBSCRIPTION TO THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE;

* FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT;

* A BLOCK CAPITAL GRANT FOR FITTING OUT 5* WELFARE PROJECTS IN VARIOUS PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES;

X EX-GRATIA REFUND OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSION SCHEME TO TWO OFFICERS; AND

* PROPOSED HIGHER LIMITS OF OVER-COMMITMENT FOR FIVE CAPITAL ACCOUNT BLOCK VOTES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT SUB-COMMITTEE.

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 1986

MARCH 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 INCREASED IN MARCH COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MONTH, ACCORDING TO RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

INCREASES IN THE LEVEL OF ORDERS-ON-HAND WERE GENERALLY REPORTED BY MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES. THE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REPORTED BY THE MANUFACTURERS OF PLASTIC PRODUCTS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, WEARING APPAREL, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS.

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AS A WHOLE WAS STABLE WHEN COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS MONTH. INCREASES IN EMPLOYMENT WERE RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES WHILE A DECLINE WAS REPORTED BY THE MANUFACTURERS OF WEARING APPAREL.

DECREASES IN PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE REPORTED BY MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES DUE TO THE PAYMENT OF YEAR-END BONUSES AND DOUBLE PAY BY SOME FIRMS IN FEBRUARY.

HOWEVER, THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRY REPORTED INCREASES IN BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS AS A FEW FIRMS REVISED THE SALARIES OF THEIR EMPLOYEES IN MARCH.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, THE NUMBER OF OPERATIVES DECLINED SLIGHTLY AS SOME PROJECTS WERE COMPLETED. BUT EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICES SECTORS REMAINED STABLE.

THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR AND MOST SERVICES SECTORS RECORDED DECLINES IN BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS DUE TO THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES AND DOUBLE PAY BY SOME FIRMS IN FEBRUARY. NO CHANGE WAS REPORTED BY BANKS.

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 MARCH 1986 IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, AND AT 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)

JAN. FEB. MAR.

1986 1986 1986

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT 1

FOOTWEAR

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING -1

APPAREL

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 2

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS -1

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC *

PRODUCTS

OTHERS *

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES *

ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) FOR MARCH 1986

1 3 4.62

* 1 2.47

* 4 4.03

6 4 3.47

4 3 5.22

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2 2 , 4.38

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(B) EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED

BY THE COMPANIES PER CAPITA

SURVEYED EARNINGS

INDUSTRY/SERVICES (% CHANGE OVER THE JAN. FEB. MAR. 1986 1986 1986 PRECEDING MONTH) JAN. FEB. MAR. 1986 1986 1986 PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR MARCH 1986 HK$

MANUFACTURING * -1 * 39 -28 -5 3 162

FOOD AND DRINKS * * * 49 -42 2 3 645

WEARING APPAREL, EXCEPT FOOTWEAR -2 -2 -2 30 -28 1 2 654

TEXTILES, EXCEPT WEARING APPAREL * -1 * 42 -34 -2 3 358

PLASTIC PRODUCTS * -3 2 72 -29 -7 3 105

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS * -3 1 22 - 7 -23 2 765

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 1 -1 * 46 -32 -4 2 925

OTHERS * -1 * 30 -20 -9 4 298

CONSTRUCTION** -1 -2 -1 17 2 -18 4 498

SERVICES -1 * * 20 -34 -2 5 676

BANKS * * * -7 -35 5 122

HOTELS -1 -2 * 99 -58 -T 3 910

PUBLIC UTILITIES -1 * * 38 -38 -1 5 496

OTHERS * * * 3 -16 -3 7 450

* CHANGES WITHIN +/- 0.5 PER CENT

* * PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY J SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS NOT INCLUDED.

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ONE BILL, NINE QUESTIONS FOR LEGCO * * ft * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL BE DEALING WITH ONE BILL AND NINE QUESTIONS RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY)

THE DRUG ADDICTS TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, TO BE INTRODUCED BY THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JAMES FINDLAY, WILL BE READ A SECOND TIME PRIOR TO ADJOURNMENT.

THE NINE QUESTIONS BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL DEAL WITH VARIOUS MATTERS INCLUDING THE EXCESSIVE MEDIA PUBLICITY TO SUSPECTED AIDS CARRIERS, PROBLEM OF SOFT DRUGS. PHASED REDUCTION CF BOUGHT PLACES FROM PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND DOUBLE TAXATION ON PROFITS AND REMUNERATION FOR CHINA TRADE.

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THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL SPEND Si MILLION THIS YEAR TO PROMOTE A BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT IN THE DISTRICT, COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, bR CHOW SUM, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT ON MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, POLLUTION SURVEYS, TREE PLANTING, GRASS-CUTTING AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE CLEAN HONG KONG AND HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGNS.

SPEAKING AT THE UNVEILING OF A +WELCOME TO TSING YI+ SIGNBOARD AT THE KWAI CHUNG END OF THE TSING Yl BRIDGE, MR CHOW SAID ONE OF THE TASKS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD WAS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

♦ IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, THE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ALLOCATED S53O 000 FOR THE COMPLETION OF 19 MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.*

♦SUCH PROJECTS INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF RAIN SHELTERS, FLOWER BEDS, SITTING-OUT AREAS, FOOTSTEPS AND SO ON. THEY HAVE NOT ONLY IMPROVED THE ENVIRONMENT, BUT HAVE ALSO MADE IT MORE CONVENIENT FOR RESIDENTS IN THE AREA,* HE SAID.

MR CHOW SAID THE $72 000 +WELCOME TO TSING YI + SIGNBOARD WAS A SIGNIFICANT PROJECT BECAUSE IT ADDED A TOUCH OF COLOUR TO TSING Yl AS WELL AS GIVING PEOPLE OF TSING Yl A SENSE OF PRIDE. THE LOGO OF THE DISTRICT BOARD ON THE SIGNBOARD ALSO SYMBOLISED THE CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE ISLAND.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, bR HO TUNG-CHING, AND CHAIRMAN OF TSING Yl RURAL COMMITTEE, MR CHAN TIN-SUNG.

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FUJIAN TEAM SEES IMMIGRATION WORK

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A FOUR-MEMBER DELEGATION FROM THE FUJIAN PROVINCIAL FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICE TODAY (TUESDAY) VISITED THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT FOR A FIRST HAND LOOK AT THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THIS WAS PART OF A THREE-DAY PROGRAMME OF VISITS TO VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PLACES OF INTEREST.

THE DELEGATION. LED BY DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE PROVINCIAL FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICE, MR YU GUANGLU, MET THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR LEUNG MING-YIN, WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT THE IMMIGRATION HEADQUARTERS AT MODY ROAD THIS MORNING.

FOLLOWING THIS, THEY WERE BRIEFED BY A PRINCIPAL EMIGRATION OFFICER ON THE NEW fRAVEL’RECORD AND IMMIGRATION CONTROL ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM TO BE INTRODUCED BY EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THEY THEN TOURED THE TRAFFIC INDEX SECTION AND THE COMPUTER OPERATION SECTION WHERE THEY SHOWED MUCH INTEREST IN THE SYSTEM.

IN THE AFTERNOON, THE DELEGATION VISITED THE DEPARTMENT’S AIRPORT SUB-DIVISION AND THE TAI KOK TSUI CONTROL POINT.

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SUMMARY OF PUBLIC OPINION ON BRB REPORT

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THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) PUBLISHED A SUMMARY OF PUBLIC VIEWS GATHERED DURING SEVERAL MONTHS OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD REPORT.

THE SUMMARY NOTES THAT DURING THE CONSULTATION PERIOD THE GOVERNMENT RECEIVED ALMOST 1 000 SUBMISSIONS FROM THE PUBLIC, WHILE THE BRB REPORT WAS ALSO THE SUBJECT OF OVER 100 ARTICLES IN THE PRESS AND WAS DISCUSSED BY MOST DISTRICT BOARDS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE PUBLIC DURING THE CONSULTATION PERIOD WOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN THE NEW BROADCASTING POLICIES WERE DRAWN UP.

THE SUMMARY, WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN BOTH CHINESE AND ENGLISH VERSIONS, IS AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT $6 PER COPY.

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APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR WELFARE SERVICE PREMISES *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS RESERVED 23 PREMISES IN NEW PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE OPERATION OF NURSERIES AND SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS INVITING WELFARE AGENCIES TO APPLY FOR SUCH PREMISES WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

THE WELFARE PREMISES WILL BE LOCATED IN 10 PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES AND 10 PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS PLANNED FOR VARIOUS DISTRICTS.

WHEN COMPLETED, 16 OF THESE PREMISES WILL BE USED AS NURSERIES AND THE REMAINING S^VEN AS SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY.

A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF WELFARE PREMISES HAS BEEN SENT TO WELFARE AGENCIES FOR THEIR INFORMATION.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN CALLED ON INTERESTED AGENCIES TO APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD REACH THE DEPARTMENT AT WORLD TRADE CENTRE, 19TH FLOOR, 280 GLOUCESTER ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, BY JUNE 30.

+SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY IMPLY THAI-RECURRENT SUBVENTIONS OR A CAPITAL GRANT FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND WILL BE FORTHCOMING.

-♦•SEPARATE APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE MADE IN DUE COURSE AND EACH CASE WILL BE CONSIDERED ON ITS OWN MERITS,-*- THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HAWAII VENUE FOR TEXTILES TALKS

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THE HONG KONG-U.S. TEXTILES TALKS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON JUNE 16 WILL TAKE PLACE IN HAWAII AND ARE EXPECTED TO LAST ABOUT THREE DAYS, A TRADE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE HONG KONG TEAM WILL BE LED BY THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR HAMISH MACLEOD.

THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD, CHAIRED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR E.P. HO, WILL ACCOMPANY THE NEGOTIATING TEAM.

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THIS WILL BE THE SECOND ROUND OF TALKS HELD AT THE UNITED STATES’ REQUEST CONCERNING HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF TEXTILES TO

THAT COUNTRY.

THE FIRST ROUND TOOK PLACE IN HONG KONG ON MARCH 19-20.

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SEAWALL TO BE BUILT IN HUNG HOM BAY

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT HAS GRANTED A LICENCE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEAWALL AT HUNG HOM BAY AS PART OF THE REDEVELOPMENT OF WHAMPOA DOCKYARD.

THE AREA AFFECTED WILL BE 11 000 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND AND SEABED.

A NOTICE OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT HAS BEEN POSTED ON BOARDS NEAR THE SITE AND THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY OFFICE, FIFTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141-143, KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, KOWLOON.

ANYONE WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEABED INVOLVED SHOULD WRITE TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS WITHIN ONE MONTH.

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, AND THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY (DESIGNATE), MR PIERS JACOBS, WILL MEET THE rEDIA ON THURSDAY (MAY 22) AT 2.30 PM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO ED I TORSt

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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OPEN DAY AT SKILLS CENTRE FOR DISABLED * * * *

EMPLOYERS, REHABILITATION WORKERS AND THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE OPEN DAY OF THE KWUN TONG SKILLS CENTRE FOR THE DISABLED ON THURSDAY (MAY 22).

THE CENTRE’S DISABLED TRAINEES HAVE MADE MORE THAN 2 000 PRODUCTS, RANGING FROM SWEATERS, LEATHER GOODS, TEAK FURNITURE AND ELECTRICAL ACCESSORIES WHICH WILL BE ON DISPLAY AND ALSO FOR SALE.

VISITORS CAN ALSO LEARN HOW THE DISABLED RECEIVE VOCATIONAL TRAINING WHICH IS GEARED TO FUTURE EMPLOYMENT.

MANAGED BY THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT, THE CENTRE OFFERS 320 FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME TRAINING PLACES IN GARMENT-MAKING, OFFICE MACHINE PRACTICE, ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION, PRINTING, CARPENTRY AND SO ON.

THE OPEN DAY WILL BE FROM 9.30 AM TO NOON AND 1.30 PM TO 4 PM AT THE KWUN TONG SKILLS CENTRE FOR THE DISABLED AT 487 KWUN TONG ROAD, KOWLOON.

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LUNCHTIME CONCERTS IN TSUEN WAN * * * *

A SERIES OF LUNCHTIME CONCERTS WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN MUSIC CENTRE EVERY FRIDAY STARTING THIS WEEK UNTIL JUNE 6.

THE CONCERTS, BEGINNING AT 1.15 PM, ARE ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH WITH THE AIM OF PROMOTING RESIDENTS’ INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC OFFICE SAID THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT SUCH LUNCHTIME CONCERTS HAVE BEEN HELD IN TSUEN WAN AND MORE WILL BE ORGANISED IF THE RESPONSE IS FAVOURABLE.

PART-TIME INSTRUCTORS AND PERFORMERS OF THE OFFICE WILL SHOW THEIR SKILLS AT THE CONCERTS DURING WHICH VARIOUS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND REPERTOIRES WILL BE INTRODUCED.

ADMISSION IS FREE. FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON 0-428127.

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 1986

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MAIL TO FINLAND RESUMES

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AIRMAIL. AIR PARCEL AND SPEEDPOST SERVICES TO FINLAND, WHICH HAD BEEN SUSPENDED SINCE APRIL 1, RESUMED TODAY (TUESDAY), A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SUSPENSION HAD BEEN DUE TO A STRIKE AFFECTING AIRMAIL OPERATIONS IN FINLAND.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE RESTRICTION

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NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE RUMSEY STREET PUBLIC TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE 24 HOURS DAILY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 23).

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GOODS VEHICLE PROHIBITION *****

A SECTION OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED PROHIBITED ZONE FOR GOODS VEHICLES WITH EFFECT FROM 9 AM ON SUNDAY (JUNE 1), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

THE SAI KUNG-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD, BETWEEN ANDERSON ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 200 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HIRAM’S HIGHWAY, WILL BE MADE A GOODS VEHICLE PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 9 AM TO 2 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

MEANWHILE, THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON THE $AME SECTION OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

NO GOODS VEHICLES OTHER THAN THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PROHIBITED AREAS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

LEGISLATIVE STEP TO HELP YOUNG ADDICTS.................... 1

EXAMINATION OF DOUBLE TAXATION ISSUE ..................... 2

ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS AGAINST IDENTIFYING AIDS VICTIMS...... 3

PROMOTION FOCUS ON NOISE HAZARD AT WORKPLACE.............. 4

'SOFT DRUG' SITUATION MONITORED CLOSELY .................. 5

CRO7/N COUNSEL REMINDED OF TIME FACTOR.................... 6

BOUGHT PLACES SCHEME: THREE SCHOOLS CLOSE ................ 7

BANNING OF IMITATION FIREARMS UNDER STUDY................. 7

REVIEW OF LIMITS ON ELECTION EXPFNSES .................... 8

USEFUL ADVICE FOR NSV MAGISTRATES ........................ 8

MONG KOK DB BY-ELECTION TOMORROW............................. 9

HK PAVILION VISITORS PASS 100 000 MARK ...................... 10

NEW DIRECTORATE POSTS APPROVED............................... 10

B16.6 MILLION COMMITMENT TO ADB ............................. 12

BUS TERMINI RELOCATED TO RUMSEY STREET ...................... 14

NEW CFNTRE TO CATER FOR NEEDS OF YOUTH....................... 14

STVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME TO BE DISCUSSED.......... 15

SPECIAL FOCUS ON ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, INDUSTRY............... 16

PRAISE FOR GROUP'S EDUCATION SERVICES ....................... 17

ROAD CLOSED, RESTRICTED ZONE SET UP ......................... 17

TEMPORARY LEFT TURN BAN ..................................... 18

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LEGISLATIVE STEP TO HELP YOUNG ADDICTS *****

LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS WOULD REMEDY THE SITUATION WHERE ADDICTS AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 19 WERE PREVENTED FROM SEEKING VOLUNTARY TREATMENT BECAUSE THE CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS WAS NOT FORTHCOMING, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JAMES FINDLAY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE DRUG ADDICTS TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, MR FINDLAY SAID THE BILL SOUGHT TO AMEND SECTION (7) OF THE DRUG ADDICTS TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION ORDINANCE.

UNDER THIS SECTION, HE SAID, A YOUNG ADDICT AGED UNDER 19 REQUIRED THE CONSENT OF A PARENT OR GUARDIAN BEFORE HE OR SHE COULD BE ADMITTED TO ONE OF THE TWO TREATMENT CENTRES RUN BY THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ABUSERS.

IF THE CONSENT WAS NOT FORTHCOMING, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL 'WELFARE MIGHT APPLY FOR A CARE AND PROTECTION ORDER UNDER THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN AND JUVENILES ORDINANCE TO ASSUME LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP OF THE ADDICT AND THEREAFTER APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE CENTRE ON THE ADDICT’S BEHALF.

♦ THE DIRECTOR’S POWER, HOWEVER, IS CONFINED TO YOUNG PERSONS AGED 18 YEARS OR BELOW,+ MR FINDLAY SAID.

THE BILL THEREFORE PROPOSED TO LOWER THE MAXIMUM AGE LIMIT FOR A YOUNG PERSON FROM 19 TO 18 YEARS.

+THIS AMENDMENT WOULD BRING THE DRUG ADDICTS TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION ORDINANCE IN LINE WITH THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN AND JUVENILES ORDINANCE.+

MR FINDLAY SAID OTHER AMENDMENTS PROPOSED INCLUDED A PROVISION FOR VISITS BY JUSTICES OF THE PEACE TO THE TREATMENT CENTRES AT LEAST ONCE IN EVERY THREE MONTHS INSTEAD OF MONTHLY AND CANCELLATION OF THE PROVISION FOR GAZETTING SUCH VISITS.

THE BILL ALSO SOUGHT TO UPDATE THE MONETARY PENALTIES UNDER THE ORDINANCE WHICH HAD NOT BEEN REVISED SINCE 1960 AND, IN ADDITION, PROVIDED FOR THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY TO REPLACE THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, A DEFUNCT POST, ON THE ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRE APPEAL BOARD.

MR FINDLAY PAID TRIBUTE TO THE COUNCIL’S AD HOC GROUP WHICH, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF DR HO KAM-FAI, +DEVOTED A LOT OF TIME IN SCRUTINISING THIS BILL+.

HE SAID THE AD HOC GROUP WAS IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE BILL EXCEPT THAT ITS MEMBERS PREFERRED TO RETAIN THE EXISTING ARRANGEMENT OF MONTHLY VISIT BY JP’S.

/+IN FACT

wEDiiESLAY, MAY 21, 1986

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+ IN FACT MR HUI YIN-FAT, A MEMBER OF THE AD HOC GROUP, IS GO I NG TO MOVF A COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENT TO THE BILL TO PRESERVE THE "XII NG ARRANGEMENT OF A MONTHLY VISIT,* HE SAID, AND THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD SUPPORT THIS COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENT.

HF NOTED THAT THE WORK OF THESE TREATMENT CENTRES WAS A VALUABLE SERVICE TO THOSE MOST IN NEED OF HELP IN CORING THEIR ADDICTION TO NARCOTICS AND HE WAS SURE +MEMBERS WILL Tn THESE REFINEMENTS TO THE LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK UNDER

WISH TO SUPPORT

WHICH THEY

OPERATE.*

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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EXAMINATION OF DOUBLE TAXATION ISSUE

*****

THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE WILL EXAMINE THE ISSUE OF DOUBLE TAXATION, WHICH COULD ARISE FOR SOME COMPANIES TRADING WITH CHINA, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON THOMAS CLYDESDALE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAIDi +GIVEN THE CONCERN EXPRESSED, AND ITS SOURCE, I SHALL ASK THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE TO CONSULT WITH THE TAXATION SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

+HE WILL EXAMINE ALL THE ISSUES, INCLUDING IF AND HOW THE PROBLEMS OF TAXATION OF HONG KONG SOURCED INCOME BY OTHER JURISDICTIONS MIGHT BE OVERCOME WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT LOSS OF REVENUE OR THE CREATION OF EXPENSIVE PRECEDENTS*.

SIR JOHN SAID THAT AS A RESULT OF INCREASING INVOLVEMENT OF HONG KONG COMPANIES AND THEIR EMPLOYEES IN BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, AND THE POSSIBILITY OF DIFFERING VIEWS BEING TAKEN ON THE SOURCE OF INCOME ARISING THEREFROM, IT WAS LIKELY THAT SOME HONG KONG SOURCED INCOME WAS BEING TAXED THERE.

HOWEVER, HE WAS NOT YET CONVINCED THAT IT POSED A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE CONTINUATION OF HONG KONG AS A SU I TABLE*BASE FOR TRADE WITH CHINA OR ELSEWHERE.

SIR JOHN SAID DOUBLE TAXATION AROSE WHEN THE SAME ITEM OF INCOME WAS LIABLE TO TAX IN TWO JURISDICTIONS.

+RELIEF CAN BE PROVIDED EITHER BY ONE TAX AUTHORITY RELINQUISHING ITS CLAIM TO TAX IN FAVOUR OF ANOTHER, OR BY ONE TAX AUTHORITY ALLOWING TAX PAID TO ANOTHER AS A DEDUCTION AGAINST INCOME OR AS A CREDIT AGAINST TAX ASSESSED,* HE SAID.

/+THE COBNERSTONE........

WEDNESDAY, XAY 21, 1986

♦ THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR TAXATION SYSTEM IS THE TERRITORIAL SOURCE PRINCIPLE UNDER WHICH ONLY PROFITS AND REMUNERATION HAVING A SOURCE IN HONG KONG ARE CHARGEABLE TO HONG KONG TAX.+

THE GOVERNMENT’S VIEW WAS THAT CONVENTIONAL DOUBLE TAXATION AGREEMENTS HAD NO PLACE IN HONG KONG, HE SAID.

SINCE ONLY HONG KONG SOURCED INCOME WAS TAXED, THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVED THAT IF AND WHEN DOUBLE TAXATION AROSE, RELIEF SHOULD BE GIVEN NOT BY HONG KONG BUT BY THE JURISDICTION SEEKING TO TAX SUCH INCOME.

SIR JOHN ADDED THAT MANY OF HONG KONG’S TRADING PARTNERS, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, BRITAIN, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA, RECOGNISED THIS AND PROVIDED UNILATERAL RELIEF TO AVOID DOUBLE TAXATION OF HONG KONG SOURCED INCOME.

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ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS AGAINST * * *

IDENTIFYING AIDS VICTIMS * *

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE TO SAFEGUARD THE ANONYMITY OF PEOPLE BEING INVESTIGATED AS SUSPECTED AIDS CARRIERS OR PATIENTS, INCLUDING SAFEKEEPING OF RECORDS, USE OF CODE-NAMES FOR PEOPLE UNDER INVESTIGATION AND SPECIAL METHODS OF LABELLING SPECIMENS, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH, MR CHAMBERS SAID WHENEVER POSSIBLE AIDS VICTIMS WERE ACCOMMODATED IN SEPARATE HOSPITAL ROOMS FOR ADDITIONAL PRIVACY.

+IN ADDITION, ALL STAFF WORKING IN HOSPITALS AND CLINICS ARE REGULARLY REMINDED TO OBSERVE GOVERNMENT SECURITY REGULATIONS AND NOT TO COMMUNICATE TO UNAUTHORISED PERSONS WITHOUT AUTHORITY ANY INFORMATION RELATING TO PATIENTS UNDER THEIR CARE.+ MR CHAMBERS SAID.

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALSO MADE AN APPEAL RECENTLY FOR THE CO-OPERATION OF THE NEWS MEDIA IN REFRAINING FROM PUBLISHING THE NAMES OR OTHER PARTICULARS OF PEOPLE SUSPECTED OF’HAVING BEEN EXPOSED TO THE AIDS VIRUS.

+SO FAR THIS APPEAL HAS BEEN RESPECTED, AND I TRUST THAT OUR PRESS AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO,+ HE SAID.

CONCERNING ASSISTANCE RENDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO THE SUSPECTED AIDS CARRIER, MR CHAMBERS SAID A SPECIAL CLINIC STAFFED BY EXPERIENCED SENIOR MEDICAL AND NURSING STAFF WAS SET UP IN SEPTEMBER 1985 TO PROVIDE CONSULTATION AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR SUSPECTED AIDS CARRIERS OR PATIENTS.

/♦WHERE NECESSARY........

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1986

+WHERE NECESSARY THE SERVICES OF SOCIAL WORKERS AND CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS CAN ALSO BE ENLISTED.

+THFRF IS ALSO A TELEPHONE COUNSELLING SERVICE AND PAMPHLETS HAVE BEEN PREPARED AND PRINTED FOR DISTRIBUTION BOTH TO THE PUBLIC AND TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS,+ HE ADDED.

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PROMOTION FOCUS ON NOISE HAZARD AT WORKPLACE

*****

THE PROMOTION OF PUBLIC AWARENESS THAT NOISE IS A HEALTH HAZARD IN THE WORKPLACE HAS BEEN ONE OF THE AREAS OF FOCUS IN THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY CAMPAIGNS SINCE 1978, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP, MR HENDERSON SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD PRODUCED A RANGE OF PUBLICITY MATERIAL ON THE SUBJECT AND HAD DRAWN UP A CODE OF PRACTICE ON THE PROTECTION OF HEARING.

+THERE ARE SPECIAL COURSES ON THE SUBJECT AT THE DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE AND THE TOPIC IS ALSO COVERED IN MORE GENERAL COURSES AND SEMINARS ON INDUSTRIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE PROMOTION EFFORT WAS SUPPORTED BY THE WORK OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD’S TRIPARTITE SAFETY COMMITTEE AND ITS INDUSTRY-BASED SUB-COMMITTEES AND BY OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S OWN NOISE CONTROL OFFICE AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH DIVISION.

MR HENDERSON EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE PROVISION OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS REGULATIONS, THE PROPRIETOR OF AN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKING WAS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE SUITABLE EAR PROTECTORS AND TO MAKE THEM READILY AVAILABLE FOR THE USE OF THOSE EMPLOYEES WHO WERE EXPOSED TO LEVELS OF NOISE LIKELY TO POSE A THREAT TO HEALTH.

+EMPLOYEES ARE SIMILARLY REQUIRED TO WEAR THE EAR PROTECTORS PROVIDED,* HE SAID.

ON THE REPORTED NUMBER OF WORKERS SUFFERING FROM LOSS OF HEARING DUE TO EXPOSURE TO EXCESSIVE NOISE LEVEL IN THE WORKPLACE, MR HENDERSON SAID THERE WAS NO READY SOURCE OF STATISTICS.

+LOSS OF HEARING IS A GRADUAL PROCESS WHICH MAY TAKE PLACE OVER A LONG PERIOD OF YEARS AND IS THEREFORE DIFFICULT TO MEASURE OBJECTIVELY.

+IT MAY ALSO BE CAUSED BY FACTORS OTHER THAN NOISE AT THE WORKPLACE,* HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1986

’SOFT DRUG’ SITUATION MONITORED CLOSELY

*****

A3USE OF NON-OPIATE DRUGS, OR ’SOFT’ DRUGS, DOES NOT APPEAR TO 3E A SERIOUS PROBLEM AT THE PRESENT TIME WHEN COMPARED WITH ABUSE Or HEROIN, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JAMES CINDLAY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ROSANNA TAM, MR FINDLAY SAID, HOWEVER, THAT SURVEY RESULTS AND FIGURES FOR DRUG SEIZURES, PROSECUTIONS AND HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS HAD INDICATED SOME INCREASE IN THE ABUSE OF MANDRAX AND MARIJUANA.

THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) WOULD BE REVIEWING THE POSITION IN THE NEAR FUTURE, HE SAID.

MR FINDLAY SAID THE NUMBER OF YOUTHS PROSECUTED FOR NON-OPIATE DRUG OFFENCES IN THE PAST THREE YEARS WAS 76 IN 1983, 61 IN 1984 AND 101 IN 1985.

A SURVEY COVERING 18 SCHOOLS AND 2 500 STUDENTS HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT IN JUNE LAST YEAR TO COLLECT DATA ON THE ABUSE OF NON-OPIATE DRUGS.

+THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO CONDUCT ANOTHER SCHOOL SURVEY IN 1987-88,+ HE SAID.

+ALSO, THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE IS PROPOSING TO CONDUCT A SURVEY ON THE ABUSE OF DRUGS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL.+

MR FINDLAY SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN MONITORING THE ’SOFT’ DRUG SITUATION VERY CLOSELY SINCE 1983 WHEN ACAN ESTABLISHED A WORKING PARTY ON THE CONTROL OF PSYCHOTROPIC AND NON-OPIATE NARCOTIC SUBSTANCES.

THE WORKING PARTY HAD SUBMITTED ITS FIRST INTERIM REPORT TO ACAN IN JUNE 1984, AND MADE A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO TIGHTEN CONTROLS ON THE DRUGS IN QUESTION.

THE MAJORITY OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE APPROVED AND IMPLEMENTED. THESE INCLUDED THE SCHEDULING OF SECONAL AS A DANGEROUS DRUG; A REQUIREMENT FOR WHOLESALERS OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS TO EMPLOY A QUALIFIED PHARMACIST; THE SENDING OF RETURNS TO ACAN OF THE IMPORT, EXPORT, MANUFACTURE, STOCK HOLDING AND CONSUMPTION TRENDS OF NON-OPIATE DRUGS OF ABUSE; AND THE INSPECTION OF THE DANGEROUS DRUG RECORDS OF REGISTERED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS.

IN ADDITION, PREVENTIVE EDUCATION PUBLICITY THROUGH POSTERS, TELEVISION ANNOUNCEMENTS AND SCHOOL TALKS WAS BEING UNDERTAKEN TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1986

6

CROWN COUNSEL REMINDED OF TIME FACTOR X X X X X

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS HAS CIRCULATED REMINDERS TO ALL CROWN COUNSEL DRAWING THEIR ATTENTION TO THE SIX-MONTH STATUTORY PERIOD FOR THE PROSECUTION OF A SUMMARY OFFENCE, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JAMES FINDLAY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT ON A RECENT CASE IN WHICH A CHARGE AGAINST A BUSINESSMAN FOR BETTING WITH A BOOKMAKER WAS DISMISSED DUE TO THE EXPIRY OF THE SIX-MONTH STATUTORY PERIOD.

MR FINDLAY SAID THE DISMISSAL OF THE CHARGE IN QUESTION RESULTED FROM A SIMPLE OVERSIGHT WHICH, ALTHOUGH REGRETTABLE, WAS ALSO UNDERSTANDABLE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

HE SAID THE CHARGE AROSE FROM A VERY EXTENSIVE OPERATION, CALLED +OPERATION BOXBUSH+, MOUNTED BY THE POLICE AGAINST ILLEGAL BOOKMAKING.

A TOTAL OF 29 PEOPLE WERE CHARGED IN WHAT WAS AN IMPORTANT AND SUCCESSFUL OPERATION BY THE POLICE AND THE OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS.

♦IN CONSIDERING THE APPROPRIATE CHARGES TO BE LAID, ON THE BASIS OF AN ENORMOUS VOLUME OF DOCUMENTATION SEIZED IN TWO SERIES CF RAIDS ON 65 PREMISES, THE STATUTORY PERIOD FOR THE PROSECUTION OF SUMMARY OFFENCES WAS OVERLOOKED,* HE EXPLAINED.

MR FINDLAY SAID NO ACTION HAD BEEN TAKEN AGAINST THE CROwN COUNSEL wHO INADVERTENTLY FAILED TO ADVISE THE POLICE TO LAY THE CHARGE WITHIN THE STATUTORY PERIOD -- NOR DID HE BELIEVED THAT DISCIPLINARY ACTION WAS WARRANTED IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

+ INDEED, THE PARTICULAR CROWN COUNSEL WAS PRAISED BY THE STAFF OFFICER OF THE ORGANISED AND SERIOUS CRIMES BUREAU FOR THE QUALITY OF HIS OVERALL LEGAL ADVICE ON AN IMMENSELY COMPLICATED OPERATION,* HE NOTED.

HE ADDED THAT THAT ASSESSMENT HAD BEEN ENDORSED $Y THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1^36

BOUGHT PLACES SCHEME! THREE SCHOOLS CLOSE * * * * *

THREE PRIVATE SCHOOLS HAVE CLOSED SINCE THE GOVERNMENT INFORMED 17 SUCH SCHOOLS IN MARCH LAST YEAR THAT IT WOULD CEASE TO BUY FORM 1 PLACES FROM THEM, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON ■EIL HENDERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON SELINA CHOW, MR HENDERSON SAID IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO SAY WHETHER CLOSURE WAS THE RESULT OF FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES ARISING FROM THE PHASING OUT OF THREE SCHOOLo FROM THE BOUGHT-PLACE SCHEME OR FROM OTHER CAUSES.

OF THE 1 332 STUDENTS AFFECTED, HE SAID 266 WERE FORM 5 GRADUATES, THE MAJORITY OF WHOM WOULD BE COMPLETING THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION AT THAT POINT.

MR HENDERSON SAID THE 17 PRIVATE SCHOOLS WERE INFORMED IN MARCH LAST YEAR THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WOULD CEASE TO BUY FORM 1 PLACES FROM THEM WITH EFFECT FROM SEPTEMBER 1986. THE REMAINING BOUGHT PLACES, IN FORM 2 AND FORM 3, WOULD BE PHASED OUT OVER THE FOLLOWING TWO YEARS.

♦WHENEVER A SCHOOL INDICATES ITS INTENTION TO CLOSE, FOR WHATEVER REASON, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT PROVIDES THE SCHOOL rt I TH INFORMATION ABOUT VACANCIES IN NEARBY SCHOOLS FOR THE ASSISTANCE OF STUDENTS,* HE SAID.

♦ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE IS ALSO PROVIDED BY DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICERS DIRECTLY TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS APPROACHING THEM.*

PLACES WERE FOUND IN THIS wAY FOR THE STUDENTS DISPLACED FROM THE SCHOOLS WHICH HAD CLOSED IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, HE ADDED.

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BANNING OF IMITATION FIREARMS UNDER STUDY *****

LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS AIMED AT BANNING THE POSSESSION OF IMITATION FIREARMS THAT VERY CLOSELY RESEMBLE GENUINE FIREARMS OR REPLICA FIREARMS, THEREBY REDUCING THE POTENTIAL FOR THEIR USE IN CRIME, ARE BEING EXAMINED BY A WORKING GROUP OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JAMES FINDLAY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE WAS REPLYING TO DR THE HON CHIU HIN-KWONG, WHO HAD ASKED WHAT PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE WITH PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION ORDINANCE RELATING TO IMITATION WEAPONS.

/MH FINDLAY .......

WEDNBSDAY, MAT 21, 1?86

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MR FINDLAY SAID AS WAS NOTED IN THE LAST FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE REPORT, A NUMBER OF DIFFICULTIES HAD ARISEN IN PREPARING THIS UNIQUE LEGISLATION, PARTICULARLY IN DEFINING ADEQUATELY IN LAW THE MEANING OF IMITATION FIREARMS.

♦SOME OF THESE DIFFICULTIES ARE STILL UNSOLVED,* HE SAID. +THE WORKING GROUP IS NOW STUDYING THE PROBLEM.*

+THE INTENTION IS TO SEEK THE VIEWS OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE ON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS AND ON WHETHER THEY ARE IN FACT PRACTICABLE IN LEGAL TERMS, AT THE COMMITTEE’S NEXT MEETING IN JULY.*

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REVIEW OF LIMITS ON ELECTION EXPENSES * * * * *

A REVIEW OF THE LIMITS ON ELECTION EXPENSES IS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY A WORKING GROUP, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI, SIR DAVID SAID AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING GROUP HAS BEEN SET UP TO REVIEW ELECTORAL PROVISIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES, IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE GAINED IN THE RECENT URBAN COUNCIL AND REGIONAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

+THE LIMITS ON ELECTION EXPENSES IS ONE OF THE SUBJECTS FOR THE REVIEW WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN SIX MONTHS,* SIR DAVID SAID.

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USEFUL ADVICE FOR NEW MAGISTRATES * * * *

A REVIEW CARRIED OUT IN 1985 SHOWED THAT THE LAY,ASSESSOR SCHEME WAS USEFUL IN ASSISTING NEWLY-ARRIVED EXPATRIATE MAGISTRATES TO UNDERSTAND HONG KONG AND CHINESE CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR THE HON DANIEL TSE, SIR DAVID SAID THE REVIEW RECOMMENDED THAT UPON APPOINTMENT EACH NEW EXPATRIATE MAGISTRATE SHOULD HAVE THE ASSISTANCE OF AN ASSESSOR FOR UP TO THRcE MONTHS.

+THIS HAS BEEN AND IS BEING DONE,* SIR DAVID SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1986

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MONG KOK DB BY-ELECTION TOMORROW * * * * *

IT IS ELECTION DAY TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD TAI KOK TSUI CONSTITUENCY.

THE BY-ELECTION IS TO RETURN A CANDIDATE TO FILL A SEAT VACATED BY A MEMBER WHO HAS BEEN ELECTED TO THE URBAN COUNCIL.

REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE CONSTITUENCY ARE URGED TO MAKE ThEIR BEST EFFORTS TO VOTE TOMORROW.

FOUR CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTESTING THE SEAT - MR LAI SHIU-NIN (52), AN AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN; MR CHAN CHUNG-KIT (37), AN ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER; MR LEE CHUNG-MING (39), A SEWING MACHINE TECHNICIAN; AND MISS ELAINE WONG (26), A REPORTER.

TWO POLLING STATIONS WILL BE OPENED BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND ID.30 PM FOR ELECTORS TO CAST THEIR VOTES.

THEY ARE KEI TSUN PRIMARY SCHOOL AT 150 TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND MING KEI COLLEGE AT 16 OAK STREET.

ELECTORS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD ONLY VOTE AT THE DESIGNATED STATIONS SPECIFIED IN THE POLLING CARDS.

THEY MUST CAST THEIR VOTES IN PERSON AND MAY NOT VOTE FOR MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE.

A BROADCAST VAN WILL ALSO BE TOURING THE TAI KOK TSUI AREA TOMORROW APPEALING TO ELECTORS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

PRESS ARRANGEMENTS FOR BY-ELECTION:

A PRESS CENTRE FOR THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD TAI KOK TSUI CONSTITUENCY BY-ELECTION WILL BE SET UP AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

THE PRESS CENTRE WILL OPEN AT 7.30 AM TOMORROW WHEN POLLING STARTS UNTIL THE TWO POLLING STATIONS CLOSE AT 10.30 PM. PRESS ENQUIRIES MAY ALSO BE MADE TO THE CENTRE ON 3'802251 AND 3-815291.

THE COUNTING OF VOTES WILL TAKE PLACE AFTER THE POLL AT THE COUNTING STATION IN THE T.S. LO HALL AT QUEEN ELIZABETH II YOUTH CENTRE, 10 YIM PO FONG STREET.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1986

TWO OF THE NEW POSTS APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ARE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS AND GOVERNMENT ENGINEER WITH THE NEW HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT. THE POST OF PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER, PREVIOUSLY HEAD OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE, HAS BEEN DELETED.

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT FOR IMPLEMENTING TRANSPORT POLICY. HOWEVER, ON VORKS POLICY, CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS, CONTRACT PROCEDURES AND 7O-ORDINAT I ON OF THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME, IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE RESPONSIBLE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS.

IT WAS FELT NECESSARY TO CREATE A SEPARATE DEPARTMENT FOR HONG KONG’S ROADS BECAUSE OF THE INCREASING DEMANDS ON THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

EXPENDITURE ON CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ROADS HAS INCREASED FROM $36 MILLION IN 1969, WHEN THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE WAS FORMED, TO $825 MILLION THIS FINANCIAL YEAR. ANNUAL ROAD MAINTENANCE EXPENDITURE HAS INCREASED IN THE SAME PERIOD FROM $14 MILLION TO $325 MILLION.

THE NEW DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR 150 HIGHWAY-RELATED PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION (WORTH $1 800 MILLION), 85 PROJECTS IN AN ADVANCED PLANNING STAGE, 1 323 KILOMETRES OF EXISTING ROADS, THREE MAJOR ROAD TUNNELS, 540 FLYOVERS AND 390 FOOTBRIDGES.

IT WILL BE ORGANISED IN THREE REGIONS - HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES - EACH HEADED BY A REGIONAL HIGHWAY ENGINEER. THE THREE REGIONS WILL BE SUPPORTED BY A HEADQUARTERS COMPRISING TWO SPECIALIST DIVISIONS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIGHWAYS STRUCTURES AND LIGHTING, AND FIVE UNITS SPECIALISING IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, CONTRACT MANAGEMENT ADVICE, LANDSCAPING, SURVEYING AND COMPUTERISED BILL SERVICES.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO INCLUDE AN EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING TEAM RESPONSIBLE FOR CO-ORDINATING GOVERNMENT INPUT AND PROVIDING LIAISON BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE NEW HONG KONG TUNNEL COMPANY. THIS TEAM WILL ALSO DEAL WITH ENGINEERING WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

THE THREE OTHER DIRECTORATE POSTS APPROVED BY FINANCE COMMITTEE ARE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES (TO HEAD THE NEW CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT), ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES AND CHIEF ENGINEER.

THESE WILL BE OFFSET BY DELETION OF THE POSTS OF DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT AND CHIEF ENGINEER.

AT THE SAME TIME THE COMMITTEE HAS DELETED THE PERMANENT POST OF MASS TRANSIT ADVISER WITH THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND REPLACED IT WITH THE SUPERNUMERARY POST OF CHIEF ENGINEER IN THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

/THE RESTRUCTURED .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1986

THE RESTRUCTURED DEPARTMENT WILL CONSIST OF THREE OFFICES. THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF MARINE WORKS, INCLUDING RECLAMATION, DRAINS AND SEWERS SEWAGE DISPOSAL AND TREATMENT SYSTEMS, AND MAINTENANCE OF CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS AT THE AIRPORT.

EXCEPT IN THE NEW TOWNS IT WILL ALSO CARRY OUT ENGINEERING FEASIBILITY STUDIES OF PLANNED DEVELOPMENT AND MAJOR SITE FORMATION WORKS FOR SUCH DEVELOPMENT.

THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A WIDE RANGE OF GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE SAFE AND ECONOMIC UTILISATION OF LAND. IT W>LLPLACE PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON THE STABILITY OF EXISTING AND FUTURE SLOPES ASSOCIATED WITH BUILDING AND ENGINEERING WORKS.

THE RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING, DESIGNING AND CONSTRUCTING ENGINEERING WORKS FOR THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ALSO APPROVED THE TRANSFER OF 1 632 PERMANENT, NON-DI RECTORATE POSTS FROM THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (TO BE RETITLED CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT) TO THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT.

IN ADDITION APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR THE TRANSFER OF 36 PERMANENT POSTS FROM THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FORMED UNDER THE FIRST STAGE OF THE REORGANISATION LAST MONTH BY COMBINING THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WITH THE LANDS DEPARTMENT.

ALSO AS PART OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE REORGANISATION THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE BDD WAS FORMED INTO A SEPARATE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT WAS RESTRUCTURED INTO THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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$16.6 MILLION COMMITMENT TO ADB *****

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A SUM OF $16.6 MILLION AS HONG KONG’S COMMITMENT TO THE PAID-IN PORTION OF THE THIRD GENERAL CAPITAL INCREASE OF THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.

THIS SUM FORMS PART OF THE TOTAL APPROVED FINANCIAL COMMITMENT OF $331.8 MILLION ARISING FROM A SUBSCRIPTION BY HONG KONG TO THE BANK’S CAPITAL INCREASE.

/THE HOUIN ING

WEDNESDAY, KAY 21, 1986

THE REMAINING FINANCIAL COMMITMENT, AMOUNTING TO $315.2 MILLION, IS A CONTINGENT LIABILITY OP THE CALLABLE SHARES WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO CALL ONLY AS AND WHEN REQUIRED BY ADB TO MEET ITS FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS. IN THE HISTORY OF ADB, THERE HAS NOT BEEN A CALL ON THE CALLABLE SHARES.

ADB’S THIRD GENERAL CAPITAL INCREASE, WHICH THE BANK APPROVED IN APRIL 1983, IS AIMED AT SUSTAINING ITS DEVELOPMENT LENDING ACTIVITIES FOR 1983-87.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID HONG KONG HAD BEEN A MEMBER OF THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK SINCE MARCH 1969. +IT IS THE ONLY INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL ORGANISATION OF WHICH HONG KONG IS A MEMBER IN ITS OWN RIGHT.*

HE SAID SUBSCRIPTION TO THE BANK’S THIRD GENERAL CAPITAL INCREASE WAS ESSENTIAL IF HONG KONG WAS TO FULFIL ITS ROLE AS A MEMBER OF THE BANK.

+ IT IS ALSO A CLEAR DEMONSTRATION THAT HONG KONG INTENDS TO CONTINUE AS A MEMBER IN THIS INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION AFTER 1997,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN FURTHER SAID HONG KONG’S CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN ADB AFTER 1997 HAD BEEN ASSURED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, BY AN AGREEMENT REACHED BETWEEN THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS IN THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP.

OTHER THAN THE INTANGIBLE BENEFIT OF POLITICAL GOODWILL, HE ADDED, HONG KONG HAD ALSO OBTAINED DIRECT BENEFITS FROM ITS MEMBERSHIP OF THE BANK.

+LOANS TOTALLING SOME US$95 MILLION HAVE BEEN RAISED FROM ADB TO FINANCE FIVE LOCAL PROJECTS. THEY ARE THE LOK ON PAI SEA WATER DESALTING PLANT IN 1972, THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT IN 1976, THE SHA TIN URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HOUSING) IN 1977, THE SHA TIN HOSPITAL-POLYCLINIC IN 1978 AND THE SECOND SHA TIN URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN 1980.

+COMPANIES IN HONG KONG ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE TO BID FOR TENDERS RELATED TO ADB-FINANCED PROJECTS AS A RESULT OF HONG KONG’S MEMBERSHIP OF ADB. AS OF DECEMBER 1985, THE VALUE OF SUCH CONTRACTS AWARDED TO HONG KONG FIRMS WAS ESTIMATED TO’BE US$89 MILLION,* HE SAID.

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BUS TERMINI RELOCATED TO RUMSEY STREET

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THE TERMINI OF TWO BUS ROUTES OPERATED BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY WILL BE RELOCATED FROM MACAU FERRY PIER TO RUMSEY STREET FROM FRIDAY (MAY 23) TO COPE WITH THE OPENING OF THE SHEUNG WAN MTR STATION.

THE TWO BUS ROUTES ARE 3 AND 71 CURRENTLY LINKING MACAU FERRY PIER WITH POKFIELD ROAD AND WONG CHUK HANG RESPECTIVELY.

+THE RUMSEY STREET BUS TERMINUS IS LINKED TO AN EXIT OF THE SHEUNG WAN MTR STATION’S EASTERN CONCOURSE BY A FOOTBRIDGE SPANNING CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND COMMUTERS CAN EASILY INTERCHANGE AT THIS POINT,+ A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT ON ROUTE 3, BUSES DEPARTING FROM THE RUMSEY STREET TERMINUS WILL TRAVEL VIA PIER ROAD AND GILMAN STREET INSTEAD OF VIA MACAU FERRY PIER ACCESS ROAD BEFORE TURNING INTO CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

ON RETURN JOURNEYS TO CENTRAL, BUSES WILL PROCEED TO RUMSEY STREET DIRECT AFTER TURNING INTO DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL. THEY WILL NO LONGER PASS THROUGH QUEEN VICTORIA STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND MACAU FERRY PIER ACCESS ROAD.

ON ROUTE 71, BUSES LEAVING RUMSEY STREET WILL PROCEED TO GILMAN STREET VIA PIER ROAD.

FREQUENCY OF THE BUSES REMAINS UNCHANGED, RANGING FROM 15 TO 20 MINUTES ON ROUTE 71 AND SIX TO 12 MINUTES ON ROUTE 3.

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NEW CENTRE TO CATER FOR NEEDS OF YOUTH

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THE POPULATION IN BUTTERFLY ESTATE IS VERY YOUNG AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO SET UP A CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRE WITH STUDYREADING ROOM FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SALVATION ARMY BUTTERFLY ESTATE CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRE IN TUEN MUN, SHE SAID: +THE POPULATION IN TUEN MUN IS RELATIVELY YOUNG, WITH ABOUT 49 PER CENT AGED 24 OR BELOw.

+1 UNDERSTAND THAT THE POPULATION HERE IN BUTTERFLY ESTATE AND IN NEIGHBOURING WU KING ESTATE IS SIMILARLY YOUTHFUL.+

/THS BUTTERFLY........

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THE BUTTERFLY ESTATE CENTRE IS THE SIXTH CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRE FUN BY THE SALVATION ARMY IN HONG KONG, AND HAS BEEN DEVELOPED WITH A $923 500 GRANT FROM THE LOTTERIES FUND.

+1 AM SURE THAT THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE USED THE CENTRE SINCE IT COMMENCED OPERATIONS IN DECEMBER 1985, AND THOSE WHO US-IT IN FUTURE WILL FIND OPPORTUNITIES FOR MAKING FRIENDS AND ESTABLISHING NEW INTERESTS AS WELL AS THE CHANCE FOR SELF DEVELOPMENT,+ MRS CHAN SAID.

TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES IN THE CENTRE, YOUTH WORKERS NEED TO DEVELOP PROGRAMMES THAT ARE STIMULATING, WELL ORGANISED AND SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE YOUNG WHO ARE EXPOSED TO DIFFERENT PATTERNS OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL EEHAV lOUR.

YOUTH WORKERS SHOULD ALSO BE PREPARED TO REACH OUT TO THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE LESS LIKELY TO ATTEND ORGANISED ACTIVITIES, MRS CHAN ADDED.

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME TO BE DISCUSSED

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MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE w ILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS A PROPOSED PROGRAMME OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT ACTIVITIES FOR 1986-87.

THESE PROJECTS INCLUDE CLEARING BACK LANES, TIDYING-UP CLEARED LANES, PROVIDING SITTING-OUT FACILITIES ON A CLEARED SITE AT MODEL VILLAGE AND THE INSTALLATION OF FOUR DIRECTORY BOARDS.

THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS ENDORSED THE ALLOCATION OF $350 003 FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT SAID THAT ANOTHER $466 000 HAD BEEN EARMARKED TO CARRY OUT FOUR PROJECTS THIS YEAR WHICH HAD BEEN ENDORSED TOWARDS THE END OF 1985-86.

THESE INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTSTEPS ON A SLOPE BETWEEN HO MAN TIN STREET AND HO MAN TIN HILL ROAD. THE PROJECT, AT THE COST OF $184 000, WILL PROVIDE A PROPER FLIGHT OF STAIRS ON THE SLOPE WHICH IS STEEP AND COVERED WITH SCRUBS AND MOSS, AND HAS BEEN EXTENSIVELY USED BY RESIDENTS AS A SHORT CUT.

ANOTHER PROJECT IS THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC STREET LIGHTS IN LAI CHI YUEN, HO KAR YUEN AND HAU WONG TEMPLE NEW VILLAGE. THE PROJECT WILL COST $205 000.

/BOARD MEMBERS .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1986

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DISCUSS A PROPOSAL THAT PUBLIC STREET AREAS BY DISTRICT BOARD BE TAKEN OVER MAINTENANCE AND PAYMENT OF ELECTRICITY

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO LIGHTS INSTALLED IN SQUATTER BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT FOR

CHARGES.

VIEWS OF MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE SOUGHT ON ADDITIONAL STREET LIGHTING INSTALLATIONS IN SQUATTER AREAS UNDER THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION 2 OOO-METRE-LONG SEWAGE SUBMARINE OUTFALL IN TO KWA WAN ADDITIONAL POPULATION IN THE WHAMPOA REDEVELOPMENT AREA

OF A TWIN TO MEET AND HUNG

HOM BAY RECLAMATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

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SPECIAL FOCUS ON ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, INDUSTRY

*****

A SPECIAL REVIEW, ENTITLED +STUDY OF THE STATISTICAL CLASSIFICATION OF ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY*, IS INCLUDED IN THE MARCH ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS.

THE ARTICLE DESCRIBES THE NEED FOR A STUDY ON THE CLASSIFICATION OF ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES, THE PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES INVOLVED, AND THE CLASSIFICATION PRINCIPLES THAT WERE EVOLVED AFTER CAREFUL DELIBERATION AND CONSULTATION AMONG PARTIES CONCERNED.

THE RESULTING LISTS OF PRODUCTS AND CONSTITUENT INDUSTRIES THAT ARE NOW COLLECTIVELY CALLED ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY RESPECTIVELY ARE ALSO PRESENTED.

PRIOR TO THE STUDY, DIFFERENT SETS OF FIGURES ON ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WERE QUOTED BY DIFFERENT PARTIES. NOW, WITH A COMMONLY ACCEPTED CLASSIFICATION AS DESCRIBED IN THE ARTICLE, VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS MAY REFER TO A CONSISTENT SET OF STATISTICS FOR PURPOSES OF RESEARCH AND MONITORING DEVELOPMENTS IN THAT AREA.

/THE ARTICLE .......

WKMBSMI, HAY 21, 1986

THE ARTICLE ALSO INCLUDES A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY AS REFLECTED IN TRADE AND PRODUCTION STATISTICS COMPILED ON THE BASIS OF THE CLASSIFICATIONS NOW AGREED ON.

THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS IS ON SALE AT wo PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CE*SUS AND

STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATION SALES COUNTER, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

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PRAISE FOR GROUP’S EDUCATION SERVICES

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THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION.

MR LEUNG EXTENDED HIS THANKS WHEN THE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS CF THE GROUP, LED BY ITS CHAIRMAN, MR ROBERT CHAN CHIN-YUAN. MADE A COURTESY cAlL OF HIM AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS,

MR LEUNG NOTED THAT THE GROUP OPERATED 13 SECONDARY SCHOOLS, 16 PRIMARY SCHOOLS WITH AM AND PM SESSIONS, FIVE KINDERGARTENS, ONE SPECIAL SCHOOL AND ONE PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL. THE TOTAL ENROLMENT WAS 24 374.

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ROAD CLOSED, RESTRICTED ZONE SET UP * * * * *

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS IT, TAI HANG TUNG ROAD BETWEEN THE REDEVELOPMENT SITE OF TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE PHASE FOUR AND NAM SHAN ESTATE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM ON MAY 23 AND 24.

DURING THE CLOSURE, ONLY EMERGENCY VEHICLES MAY GAIN ACCESS TO NAM SHAN STREET, LUNG CHU STREET AND TO YUEN STREET VIA THE TEMPORARY EMERGENCY ACCESS AT THE REDEVELOPMENT SITE OF TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE PHASE FOUR.

MEANWHILE, FROM 10 AM ON MAY 24, TAI PO TAI WO ROAD BETWEEN TING KOK ROAD AND TAI PO ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1986

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TEMPORARY LEFT TURN BAN

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TO FACILITATE TRENCH WORK. WESTBOUND VEHICLES ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT INTO ICE HOUSE STREET BETWEEN 2.30 PM AND 7 PM ON SATURDAY (MAY 24).

AFFECTED VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA POTTINGER STREET TO REJOIN DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE AGAIN FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM ON SUNDAY (MAY 25).

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THREE-TIER STRUCTURE GENERALLY SOUND - GOVERNOR .............. 1

ELECTORS URGED TO VOTE IN BY-ELECTION ........................ 2

RAINSTORM REMINDER FOR SCHOOLS AND PARENTS ................... 2

RESIDENTS URGED TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN ............ 3

NEW MEDICAL, TRANSPORT SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY ................ 5

SEX EDUCATION GUIDELINES PUBLISHED ........................... 6

TRENCH FUND OFFERS RECREATION, SPORTS GRANTS ................. 6

FIRST CHOLERA CASE CONFIRMED ................................. 7

BOARD COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS VOTING AGE ........................ 8

FUJIAN DELEGATION SEES TAI PO DEVELOPMENT .................... 9

SPECIAL TRANSPORT FOR SPORT AID EVENT ....................... 9

BASIC LENDING COURSE FOR JUNIOR BANK STAFF ................... 10

BUS ROUTE CHANGED WITH NEW MTR STATION ....................... 10

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1906

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THREE-TIER STRUCTURE GENERALLY SOUND - GOVERNOR

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THE PRESENT THREE-TIER STRUCTURE - THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS, AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS - IS GENERALLY SOUND, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER A MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, SIR EDWARD SAID IT WAS NATURAL THAT DISTRICT BOARDS HAD THEIR VIEWS ON THE DISTRICT LEVEL AND THAT THEY WOULD NOT ALWAYS BE THE SAME AS THOSE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL.

HOWEVER, HE SAID HE DID NOT THINK THE DIFFERENCES WERE SO WIDE THAT THEY COULD NOT BE RESOLVED BY WHATEVER ADJUSTMENT WHICH MIGHT BE NECESSARY OF THE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION RATHER THAN OF ADJUSTMENT TO THE STRUCTURE.

ASKED WHETHER THERE WAS ANY NEED TO MODIFY THE PRESENT THREE-TIER STRUCTURE, SIR EDWARD SAID HE TOLD THE URBAN COUNCILLORS THAT THE PRESENT STRUCTURE WAS ABOUT RIGHT.

HE ADDED THAT THEY HAD TALKED ABOUT THE REGIONAL COMMITTEES tfHlCH THE COUNCILLORS WERE THINKING OF AS ONE POSSIBLE WAY OF IMPROVING THE CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION, AND NOTED THAT THAT IDEA WAS WELL WORTH CONSIDERING.

SIR EDWARD DESCRIBED TODAY’S MEETING WITH THE URBAN COUNCILLORS AS VALUABLE BECAUSE THEY COULD HAVE A VERY FREE AND FULL DISCUSSION ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES WHICH WERE OF CONCERN TO, AND INTERESTED, THEM.

THESE INCLUDED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARDS, THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, BUDGET, AND A VERY WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES WHICH WERE CF CONCERN TO THEM.

SIR EDWARD NOTED THAT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS WAS THE SUBJECT WHICH OCCUPIED MOST OF THE TIME. ALTHOUGH THE ISSUE OF HAWKERS ALSO TOOK UP A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME.

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ELECTORS URGED TO VOTE IN BY-ELECTION * * * *

MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG, HAS URGED REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE TAI KOK TSUI CONSTITUENCY TO CAST THEIR VOTES TO RETURN THE CANDIDATE OF THEIR CHOICE TO THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

MAKING THE APPEAL DURING A VISIT TO ONE OF THE TWO POLLING STATIONS FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD BY-ELECTIONS, MRS FUNG SAID THE DISTRICT BOARD HAD PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS AND IN IMPROVING THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

+ELECTORS WHO CAST THEIR VOTES TODAY ARE NOT ONLY EXERCISING THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS IN SHOWING CONCERN FOR THE DISTRICT, THEY ARE ALSO HELPING TO MAKE THE DISTRICT A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN,+ SHE SAJD.

MRS FUNG SAID SHE EXPECTED THE BY-ELECTIONS TO PICK UP MOMENTUM LATER IN THE AFTERNOON WHEN MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE GOING TO THE POLLING STATIONS TO CAST THEIR VOTES.

UP TO 1.30 PM, 292 ELECTORS HAD CAST THEIR VOTES REPRESENTING 1.6 PER CENT OF THE 18 113 REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE TAI KOK TSUI CONSTITUENCY.

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RAINSTORM REMINDER FOR SCHOOLS AND PARENTS

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WITH THE APPROACH OF THE RAINY SEASON, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS REMINDED SCHOOLS AND PARENTS OF THE NECESSARY ARRANGEMENTS AND PRECAUTIONS CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF SCHOOLS IN INCLEMENT WEATHER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID IN THE EVENT OF HEAVY PERSISTENT RAIN, AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE CLOSING OF SCHOOLS WOULD BE MADE ON TELEVISION AND RADIO WHEN THE SITUATION WARRANTED CLOSURE. »

+WHERE POSSIBLE, THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE IN THE EARLY MORNING BEFORE CHILDREN SET OUT FROM THEIR HOMES. THE FIRST RADIO ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE MORNING OR AM AND WHOLE-DAY SCHOOLS WILL NOT BE LATER THAN 6.15 AM AND FOR PM SCHOOLS NOT LATER THAN 11 AM. THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE REPEATED AT REGULAR AND FREQUENT INTERVALS,* HE SAID.

/WHERE RAINSTORMS

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1986

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WHERE RAINSTORMS ARE LOCALISED, IT WOULD BE UP TO PARENTS TO DECIDE WHETHER TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL, BEARING IN MINE LEATHER, ROAD AND TRANSPORT CONDITIONS IN THEIR LOCALITY.

AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, ALL KINDERGARTENS WILL CLOSE WITH THE HOISTING OF TROPICAL STORM SIGNAL NO 3. ALL SCHOOLS WILL CLOSE WHEN SIGNAL NO 8 IS HOISTED.

+IF KINDERGARTENS AND SCHOOLS ARE IN SESSION WHEN THE RELEVANT SIGNALS ARE HOISTED, HEADS OF SCHOOLS SHOULD ENSURE THAT SAFE AND ADEQUATE ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE FOR THEIR PUPILS TO RETURN HOME, SUCH AS COLLECTION BY THEIR PARENTS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AFTER THE PASSAGE OF A TYPHOON FOLLOWED BY THE LOWERING OF ALL SIGNALS ENABLING ALL SCHOOLS TO RESUME WITH THE NEXT SESSION, AN APPROPRIATE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

♦NEVERTHELESS, PARENTS SHOULD USE THEIR DISCRETION IN SENDING CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL, IF IT SEEMS TO THEM THAT LOCAL WEATHER, ROAD OR TRANSPORT CONDITIONS HAVE NOT BY THAT TIME RETURNED TO NORMAL. HEADS OF SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO INFORM PARENTS OF THIS DISCRETION BY CIRCULAR LETTER,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO REMINDED HEADS OF SCHOOLS OF THE NEED TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR INTERNAL TESTS AND EXAMINATIONS FOR THOSE PUPILS WHO MISS SCHOOL BECAUSE OF HEAVY RAIN OR THUNDERSTORMS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAIDi +IT IS IMPORTANT TO REASSURE PARENTS THAT THEIR CHILDREN WILL NOT BE PENALISED UNDER THESE EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. ALSO, STUDENTS LIVING IN REMOTE AREAS OR OUTLYING ISLANDS SHOULD NOT BE PENALISED FOR BEING LATE UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES.*

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RESIDENTS URGED TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN

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RESIDENTS OF TUEN MUN WERE TODAY (THURSDAY) URGED TO GIVE FULL SUPPORT TO MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMMES WHICH WILL BE HELD THERE OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.

THE CALL WAS MADE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN AD HOC COMMITTEE ON MENTAL HEALTH AND DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MR CHAN CHE-HIM.

/MR CHAN .......

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1986

MR CHAN WAS ANNOUNCING FURTHER ACTIVITIES IN A CONTINUING CAMPAIGN ON PUBLIC EDUCATION IN MENTAL HEALTH, AT A PRESS BRIEFING HELD AT THE TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING.

THESE MAJOR ACTIVITIES, WHICH WILL BEGIN ON MAY 28, INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION, SEMINARS AND TALKS WITH FILMS, SLIDES AND VIDEO SHOWS, AND AN OPEN DAY AT REHABILITATION UNITS FOR EX-MENTAL PATIENTS IN TUEN MUN.

THE AD HOC COMMITTEE COMPRISES REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND WELFARE AGENCIES. THE DISTRICT BOARD IS SPONSORING THE CAMPAIGN.

AN EXHIBITION ON MENTAL HEALTH WILL BE HELD AT

ON TING-YAU Ol COMMUNITY CENTRE FROM MAY 28 UNTIL MAY 30-AT SHAN KING COMMUNITY HALL FROM MAY 31 TO JUNE 3- AND AT BUTTERFLY ESTATE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX FROM JUNE 4 TO JUNE 6.

THE EXHIBITION, OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM DAILY, WILL AIM AT STRENGTHENING RESIDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF FORMER MENTAL PATIENTS.

THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF TALKS WILL BE GIVEN AT THE ON TING-YAU 01 COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 8 PM ON MAY 28. THE TALK WILL AIM AT EXPLAINING TO PARENTS HOW CHILDREN IN SOUND MENTAL HEALTH WILL DO BETTER AT SCHOOL AND, IN THIS CONNECTION, HOW PARENTS SHOULD SHOW BOTH CARE AND CONFIDENCE ABOUT CHILDREN’S SCHOOL WORK.

ON JUNE 1, AT 2.30 PM, A TALK ON +HOW TO HELP THE EX-MENTALLY ILL TO INTEGRATE INTO THE COMMUNITY* WILL BE GIVEN AT THE SHAN KING COMMUNITY HALL.

A THIRD TALK, ON +THE SOCIAL FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO MENTAL ILLNESS AND COMMUNITY CARE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL+, WILL BE GIVEN AT THE YAN 01 TONG INDOOR AND SPORTS CENTRE AT 2 PM ON JUNE 7.

IN ORDER TO INSTIL A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE EX-MENTALLY ILL, RESIDENTS WILL BE GIVEN A CHANCE TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THREE REHABILITATION SERVICE UNITS WITHIN’THE DISTRICT.

THERE WILL BE AN OPEN DAY AT THE NEW LIFE FARM, TUEN MUN HOSTEL AND THE TUEN MUN SOCIAL CLUB FROM 10 AM TO 4.30 PM ON JULY 12.

FINALLY, A +MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL* CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD AT THE SHAN KING ESTATE FOOTBALL PLAYGROUND FROM 2 PM TO 4.30 PM ON AUGUST 24. THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE ON THIS DAY.

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1936

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NEW MEDICAL, TRANSPORT SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY * * * *

SENIOR CITIZENS LIVING IN WONG TAI SIN CAN APPLY FOR AN ♦ENTITLEMENT CARD* FOR THE ELDERLY WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM TO HAVE DISCOUNTS ON DENTAL TREATMENTS, LABORATORY SERVICES, PURCHASES AT DISPENSARIES, AND HALF-FARE ON MAXICABS IN THE DISTRICT STARTING TOMORROW (MAY 23).

THE +ENTITLEMENT CARD+ WILL REPLACE THE REFERRAL CARD ISSUED TO APPLICANTS OF THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY MEDICAL SERVICE SCHEME LAST JUNE.

THE NEW SCHEME IS AN EXPANSION OF THE MEDICAL SERVICE SCHEME WHICH GIVES PARTICIPANTS REDUCTIONS WHEN THEY SEEK TREATMENT FROM A PARTICIPATING DOCTOR. A

APPLICATION FOR THE ENTITLEMENT CARD CAN BE MADE AT ANY CF THE FOUR BRANCH OFFICES OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE DURING OFFICE HOURS.

RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT AGED 60 OR ABOVE WISHING TO JOIN THE SCHEME SHOULD BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND DOCUMENTS INDICATING THEIR ADDRESSES OF RESIDENCE WHEN MAKING APPLICATIONS. HOLDERS OF REFERRAL CARDS SHOULD BRING ALONG TWO PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE EXCHANGE OF ENTITLEMENT CARDS.

UNDER THE NEW SCHEME, ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WILL ENJOY A REDUCTION OF 20 PER CENT OR MORE WHEN THEY SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT FROM A PARTICIPATING DOCTOR OR A PARTICIPATING DENTIST, AND IN THE USE OF LABORATORY SERVICES OF THE TWO LABORATORIES IN THE DISTRICT.

CARD HOLDERS WILL ALSO BE ENTITLED WITH A DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION, TO THE STANDARDISED WHOLESALE PRICE WHEN BUYING DRUGS AT THE SIX DISPENSARIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THEY CAN ALSO ENJOY HALF-FARE ON MAXICABS ROUTE 16 RUNNING JATS INCLINE AND PING SHEK ESTATE, ROUTE 18 RUNNING WONG TAI SIN NORTH AND TSZ WAN SHAN NORTH, ROUTE 19 RUNNING SAN PO KONG AND TSZ WAN SHAN SHATIN PASS ESTATE, AND ROUTE 20 RUNNING SAN PO KONG AND TSZ WAN SHAN NORTH.

STICKERS WILL BE PLACED ON ALL PARTICIPATING MAXICABS, DISPENSARIES AND LABORATORIES FOR EASY IDENTIFICATION.

THE MAXICABS FARE REDUCTION SCHEME IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE WHILE THE COMMUNITY MEDICAL SCHEME IS RUN BY THE BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT’S COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION

ASSOCIATION.

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1936

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SEX EDUCATION GUIDELINES PUBLISHED

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THE GUIDELINES ON SEX EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, PREPARED BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, WILL BE ISSUED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

IT wAS PUBLISHED IN THE LIGHT OF ADVICE RECEIVED FROM THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, OTHER EDUCATIONALISTS, REDICAL EXPERTS AND CONCERNED GROUPS.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR SO FAI-CHO, WILL GIVE A BRIEFING ON THE PUBLICATION AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 3 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS’ CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE GUIDELINES ON SEX EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING BY THE MEDIA AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW AT THE SAME CONFERENCE ROOM.

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TRENCH FUND OFFERS RECREATION, SPORTS GRANTS

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APPLICATIONS ARE BEING INVITED FOR GRANTS FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR NON-CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS CONNECTED WITH RECREATIONAL, SPORTING, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.

ABOUT $2.5 MILLION WILL BE ALLOCATED THIS FINANCIAL YEAR TO ORGANISATIONS WISHING TO INITIATE PROJECTS WHICH WILL OFFER CONSTRUCTIVE, PERMANENT OR LONG-TERM BENEFIT TO THE PUBLIC.

THE FUND IS ADMINISTERED BY THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, CHAIRED BY THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES..

A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID THE FUND IS INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE RECREATIONAL AND RELATED PROJECTS AIMED AT PROMOTING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, PURPOSEFUL USE OF LEISURE, AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, PARTICULARLY OF YOUNG PEOPLE.

/PROJECTS SHOULD .......

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1986

PROJECTS SHOULD BE SPECIFIC AND ALLOCATIONS MUST BE ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL GRANTS, NOT RECURRENT COMMITMENTS.

REQUESTS FOR CAMPING, CANOEING AND PHYSICAL EXERCISE EQUIPMENT, OR AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT AND THE LIKE WILL BE CONSIDERED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PROJECTS MUST ALSO CATER FOR A WIDE CROSS-SECTION OF THE POPULATION. HOWEVER, PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO NEW PROJECTS AND TO ORGANISATIONS UNABLE TO OBTAIN FUNDS ELSEWHERE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT DISTRICT OFFICES, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OFFICES, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICES SECTION OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, DISTRICT OFF ICES OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND FROM THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

THEY SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY, COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, 11TH FLOOR, WING ON CENTRE, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED AT 5-458511.

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FIRST CHOLERA CASE CONFIRMED * * * *

A AO-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS CONFIRMED TODAY (THURSDAY) TO BE SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA - THE FIRST CASE REPORTED THIS YEAR.

THE MAN WHO LIVES IN KWUN TONG, WAS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL fiki TUESDAY (MAY 20) SUFFERING FROM DIARRHOEA AND VOMITING. 2e Ias confirmed a cholera case after clinical and laboratory INVESTIGATIONS WERE COMPLETED.

AS HE HAD RECENTLY RETURNED FROM A TRIP TO CHINA, THE CASE HAS BEEN CLASSIFIED AS IMPORTED.

THE PATIENT’S CONDITION WAS DESCRIBED AS FAIR.

HEALTH OFFICERS OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAVE VISITED THE PATIENT’S HOME TO GIVE HIS FAMILY MEMBERS — A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN - MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND PREVENTIVE DRUGS. THE PREMISES WERE ALSO DISINFECTED BY URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF.

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THE LAST CHOLERA CASt OCCURRED IN SEPTEMBER 1985.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT SO FAR AS THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF SPREAD, THERE IS NO NEED TO DECLARE HONG KONG AS A CHOLERA INFECTED AREA.

HOWEVER, HE URGED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO OBSERVE PERSONAL HYGIENE AND TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IN THE CONSUMPTION OF FOOD AND DRINKS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS TO PREVENT CONTRACTING THE D ISEASE.

BOARD COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS VOTING AGE * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE PROPOSAL OF LOWERING THE AGE OF ENTITLEMENT TO VOTE AND STAND FOR ELECTION IN CIVIC ELECTIONS AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE SUBJECT IS UP FOR DISCUSSION IN RESPONSE TO THE REPORT ON +YOUNG PERSONS - EFFECTS OF AGE IN CIVIL LAW+ ISSUED LAST MONTH BY THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION WHICH RECOMMENDED THAT THE LEGAL AGE BE LOWERED FROM 21 TO 18.

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SUBSIDIES TO THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPERS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, ’CENTRAL.

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1986

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FUJIAN DELEGATION SEES TAI PO DEVELOPMENT ******

LED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR , MR YU GUANGLU, TODAY HOUSING PROJECTS AND

A DELEGATION FROM FUJIAN PROVINCE, OF THE PROVINCIAL FOREIGN AFFAIRS OFFICE (THURSDAY) TOURED TAI PO TO SEE VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS IN THE DISTRICT.

TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER. MR THOMAS CHAN, INITIALLY BRIEFED THE DELEGATION ON GENERAL ASPECTS OF THE DISTRICT.

THEN THE PARTY WENT TO THE ROOF OF WAN YAN HOUSE IN WAN FUK COURT WHERE THE PROJECT MANAGER (NEW TERR I TOR IES NORTHEAST),

R.B. HANNA, DESCRIBED VARIOUS HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS.

AFTER A TOUR OF THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ESTATE. THE VISITORS TOOK A WALK THROUGH THE ADJOINING KWONG FUK PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE.

THEY THEN CALLED AT THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION OFFICE AND LATER TOURED A CERAMICS FACTORY.

THE DELEGATION MEMBERS MET MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD EEFOPE CONCLUDING THEIR TOUR.

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SPECIAL TRANSPORT FOR * * *

SPORT AID EVENT *

SPECIAL BUS AND TRAIN SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED TO ASSIST PARTICIPANTS IN THE SPORT AID +RACE AGAINST TIME* EVENT TO BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE ON SUNDAY (MAY 25), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

SHA TIN RACE COURSE RECREATION ROUTE 888 WILL OPERATE BETWEEN KCR SHA TIN STATION AND SHA TIN RACE COURSE FROM 9 AM TO 2 PM. THE FREQUENCY WILL BE ADJUSTED ACCORDING TO DEMAND.

A SHUTTLE TRAIN SERVICE WILL OPERATE BETWEEN SHA TIN STATION AND RACE COURSE STATION AT 20-MINUTE INTERVALS BETWEEN 9.26 AM AND 3.21 PM. IN ADDITION, A TOTAL OF 11 TRAINS DEPARTING FROM SHEUNG SHUI IN THE MORNING WILL ALSO SERVE RACE COURSE STATION.

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1986

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BASIC LENDING COURSE FOR JUNIOR BANK STAFF * * * * *

JUNIOR BANKING OFFICERS UNDERTAKING LENDING WORK ARE I NV ITtu TO APPLY FOR A +BASIC LENDING COURSE+ JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

SUBSIDISED BY THE COUNCIL’S BANKING TRAINING BOARD, THE ONE-WEEK COURSE IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE JUNIOR BANK STAFF WITH SUFFICIENT GROUNDING IN LENDING PRINCIPLES IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND AND ANALYSE THE DATA PROVIDED IN FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND FIVE LECTURES IN THE EVENING FROM JULY 7 TO JULY 11 AS WELL AS A WHOLE-DAY 'WORKSHOP ON JULY 12.

THE COURSE FEE IS $500. HOWEVER, PARTICIPANTS WILL EACH GET A REFUND OF $250 FROM THE COUNCIL PROVIDED THEY ARE EMPLOYED BY A BANK OR A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY, ATTEND THE COURSE UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THEIR EMPLOYER, COMPLETE THE COURSE WITH AN ATTENDANCE "RATE OF NOT LESS THAN 80 PER CENT AND PASS ANY COURSE EVALUATION ADMINISTERED BY THE POLYTECHNIC.

THE CLASS IS LIMITED TO 25 PARTICIPANTS AND THE DEADLINE FOR ENROLMENT IS MAY 31.

ANY ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE SECRETARY OF THE BANKING TRAINING BOARD, MR S.M. WOO, ON 5-8932341, EXT. 255.

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BUS ROUTE CHANGED WITH NEW MTR STATION *****

CHINA MOTOR BUS ROUTE 5C, LINKING KENNEDY TOWN WITH WAN CHAI FERRY PIER, WILL BE RE-ROUTED AND RE-NUMBERED AS 5M FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) WITH THE OPENING OF THE SHEUNG WAN MTR STATION.

THE ROUTEING OF 5M IN WESTERN AND WAN CHAI WILL BE SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE CURRENT ROUTE 5C ON BOTH THE EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND JOURNEYS.

HOWEVER IN CENTRAL BUSES WILL MAKE A DETOUR TO ENABLE COMMUTERS TO CHANGE TO THE MTR AT THE RUMSEY STREET BUS TERMINUS, aHICH IS LINKED TO AN EXIT OF THE SHEUNG WAN MTR STATION’S EASTERN CONCOURSE BY A FOOTBRIDGE.

/UNDER THIS .......

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1986

' 'luErt THIS ARRANGEMENT, BUSES ON EASTBOUND JOURNEYS WILL Nj LCi.GE.- TURN FROM CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL DIRECT TO GILMAN STREET BUT ..ILL MAKE A DETOUR VIA RUMSEY STREET, THE RUMSEY STREET BUS TERMINUS AND PIER ROAD.

ON WESTBOUND JOURNEYS, BUSES WILL PROCEED FROM DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL TO RUMSEY STREET, THE RUMSEY STREET BUS TERMINUS, PIER ROAD AND GILMAN STREET BEFORE TURNING TO CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL. THEY WILL NO LONGER RUN THROUGH QUEEN VICTORIA STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME, SUPPLEMENTARY JOURNEYS BETWEEN KENNEDY TOwR AND RUMSEY STREET BUS TERMINUS ONLY WILL BE OPERATED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS DURING THE MORNING AND EVENING PEAK PERIODS ON MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS AND MORNING PEAK ON SATURDAYS.

HOWEVER FOR TOMORROW THE SUPPLEMENTARY JOURNEYS WILL OPERATE FROM THE EVENING PEAK ONLY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SIR JOHN: MTR HAS BROUGHT MANY CHANGES ................... 1

PUBLIC HOLIDAY PROPOSED FOR QUEEN'S VISIT ................ 2

SEX EDUCATION GUIDELINES ISSUED TO SCHOOLS ............... 3

VALUABLE ACHIEVEMENTS BY DISTRICT BOARDS.................. 4

FIRST MEETING OF CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE ............. 5

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR APRIL 1986 .................... 5

FURTHER JURY LIST TO BE POSTED ........................... 8

FEES PROPOSED FOR REGISTERING INSTALLATION CONTRACTORS.... 8

TEACHERS URGED TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION ................ 9

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS REPORT ON TRIAD PROBLEMS............. 10

'LOVE YOUR FAMILY' PROJECT ............................... 11

ACCESS TO RAILWAY INTERCHANGE TO BE IMPROVED.............. 12

SMITHFIELD CATTLE DEPOT TO CLOSE ......................... 12

BIBLIOGRAPHY ON SMALL BUSINESS PUBLISHED.................. 13

CELEBRITY DRIVE GAME AT ROAD SAFETY TO.’® ................ 13

HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS SWD DIRECTOR......................... 14

CHANCE TO STUDY MUSIC IN UK............................... 15

PRIZES FOR YOUTH ARTS WINNERS............................. 15

DREDGING PLANNED OFF LANTAU............................... 16

CLOSURE OF RUMSEY STREET POSTPONED ....................... 16

HONG KONG ISLAND ROAD CLOSURES............................ 17

CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES SOUGHT ..................... 18

ROAD CLOSURES IN KOWLOON CITY, RENNIE'S MILL ............. 18

TUEN MUN FLUSHING WATER SUSPENDED......................... 19

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1986

SIR JOHN: MTR HAS BROUGHT MANY CHANGES

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THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY HAS TRANSFORMED TRAVEL PATTERNS AND CREATED AN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY CAN FUNCTION WITHOUT BEING HAMSTRUNG BY MAJOR TRANSPORT PROBLEMS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING.

OFFICIATING AT A CEREMONY MARKING THE COMPLETION OF THE ISLAND LINE, SIR JOHN ALSO SAID THE MTR WAS CLEAR EVIDENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE BASE ON WHICH PRIVATE ENTERPRISE COULD FLOURISH. THE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT SHEUNG WAN STATION.

+HONG KONG WITHOUT THE MTR IS HARDLY CONCEIVABLE,* SIR JOHN SAID. + THE BENEFITS THAT THE RAILWAY HAVE BROUGHT TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE EVIDENT. THE DECISION TAKEN MORE THAN A DECADE AGO TO CONSTRUCT A SYSTEM HAS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME.*

SIR JOHN PRAISED THE MTR CORPORATION FOR THE COMPLETION OF EACH LINE OF THE RAILWAY AHEAD OF TIME AND WITHIN BUDGET DESPITE IMMENSE PROBLEMS AND DIFFICULTIES.

THE CORPORATION COULD BE JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF SETTING SUCH A TREMENDOUS RECORD. +SO CAN HONG KONG. WE ARE AN EFFICIENT COMMUNITY.*

HE SAID THE RAILWAY HAD BROUGHT MAJOR CHANGES TO MANY DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG AS IT HAD OPENED UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS WHICH RESULTED IN THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THOUGHTFUL INTEGRATION BETWEEN A TRANSPORT SYSTEM AND THE COMMUNITY.

SIR JOHN NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD SUBSCRIBED FURTHER EQUITY IN THE CORPORATION DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, THUS ESTABLISHING A CAPITAL STRUCTURE WHICH SHOULD SECURE ITS FINANCIAL POSITION UNDER REASONABLY FORESEEABLE BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS.

+1 AM CONFIDENT THAT THE RAILWAY WILL ACHIEVE A NET PROFIT BEFORE THE MID-199O’S,+ HE SAID. +UNTIL THEN FURTHER EXPANSION IN MY OPINION IS NOT SENSIBLE.*

SIR JOHN BELIEVED THAT THE RAILWAY, BESIDES BEING PROFESSIONAL IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, WAS AMONGST THE BEST OPERATED IN THg WORLD.

+THIS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY ASSIST IN ATTRACTING ADDITIONAL RIDERSHIP AND ENSURE THAT RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG WILL PROUDLY TALK ABOUT THEIR SYSTEM FOR MANY GENERATIONS TO COME,* HE ADDED.

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1986

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PUBLIC HOLIDAY PROPOSED FOR OUEEN’S VISIT

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AN ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY * ILL BE APPOINTED THIS YEAR TO MARK THE OUEEN’S VISIT IN OCTOBER, IT IS PROPOSED IN THE PUBLIC HOLIDAY (ROYAL VISIT) BILL 1986 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

EXPLAINING THE BACKGROUND OF THE BILL, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN VIE* OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE OCCASION, THE ROYAL VISIT STEERING COMMITTEE HAD RECOMMENDED THAT WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, BE APPOINTED A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

HE ADDED THAT THE EXTRA HOLIDAY, PROPOSED TO FALL ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE ROYAL VISIT, WAS ALSO INTENDED TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GREATER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN VARIOUS EVENTS BEING ORGANISED IN CONNECTION WITH THE VISIT.

SIMILAR TO THE ARRANGEMENT MADE ON JULY 29, 1981 TO MARK THE WEDDING OF THE PRINCE OF WALES, OCTOBER 22, 1986 WILL BE APPOINTED A STATUTORY HOLIDAY UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND A GENERAL HOLIDAY UNDER THE HOLIDAYS ORDINANCE.

THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE APPLIES TO MANUAL WORKERS AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS WITH MONTHLY SALARY NOT EXCEEDING $10 500 WHILE THE HOLIDAYS ORDINANCE APPLIES TO ALL BANKS, EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS, PUBLIC OFFICES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+HOWEVER, TO GIVE EMPLOYERS FLEXIBILITY IN STAFF DEPLOYMENT, THOSE WHO FIND IT INCONVENIENT TO GRANT A HOLIDAY TO THEIR EMPLOYEco ON OCTOBER 22 MAY ARRANGE TO HAVE THE HOLIDAY TAKEN ANYTIME WITHIN 60 DAYS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING OR FOLLOWING THAT DATE.

LEGISLATIVE PROVISION FOR SUCH ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENT IS CONTAINED IN SECTION 39 OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THE PUBLIC HOLIDAY (ROYAL VISIT) BILL 1986 WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR FIRST READING ON JUNE 4.

COMMENTS ON THE BILL CAN BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD OR TO UMELCO AT 8 JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL.

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1986

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SEX EDUCATION GUIDELINES ISSUED TO SCHOOLS * * * * *

GUIDELINES FOR TEACHING THREE MAIN ASPECTS OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT - PHYSICAL GROWTH, EMOTIONAL MATURATION AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS - UNDER THE BROAD SUBJECT HEADING OF SEX EDUCATION HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE GUIDELINES, PUBLISHED IN BOOKLET FORM, WERE DRAWN UP BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AFTER IT HAD TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, MEDICAL EXPERTS, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND OTHER CONCERNED GROUPS.

THE BOOKLET SETS OUT TO ESTABLISH SOME GUIDING PRINCIPLES IN THE TEACHING OF SEX EDUCATION. IT ALSO SUGGESTS WAYS TO TEACH THE SUBJECT THROUGH A CROSS-CURRICULAR APPROACH WHICH WAS ENDORSED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE IN 1984 AND SUBSEQUENTLY AGREED BY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AT A SEMINAR IN JUNE 1985.

THROUGH THE FORMAL CURRICULUM THE GUIDELINES SUGGEST THAT SEX EDUCATION BE TAUGHT AS AN INTEGRATED PART OF SOCIAL STUDIES, INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND HOME ECONOMICS IN FORMS 1-3 AND HUMAN BIOLOGY, BIOLOGY, RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND SOCIAL STUDIES AT THE SENIOR SECONDARY LEVEL.

SCHOOLS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO INTRODUCE ELEMENTS OF SEX EDUCATION THROUGH EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN THE FORM OF TALKS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS, PARTICIPATION IN FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES AND VISITS TO FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CENTRES.

THE GUIDELINES RECOMMEND THAT PERSONAL PROBLEMS SHOULD NOT BE DISCUSSED IN CLASSROOMS- RATHER THEY SHOULD BE DEALT WITH THROUGH THE SCHOOL COUNSELLING SERVICE AND PUPILS SHOULD BE ASSURED OF CONFIDENTIALITY.

THE BOOKLET ALSO CONTAINS A SCHEME OF WORK FOR STUDENTS AND DETAILED CURRICULUM GUIDES INCLUDING TEACHING OBJECTIVES, IDEAS FOR LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION ON RESOURCE MATERIALS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID: +SCHOOLS MAY DESIGN THEIR OWN PROGRAMMES THAT ARE MOST APPROPRIATE TO THE-I R PUPILS’ BACKGROUND AND SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT. HOWEVER, IN DEALING WITH CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES ABOUT WHICH SOME PARENTS MIGHT HOLD STRONG VIEWS, HEADS ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT PARENTS IF NECESSARY.

+WHILE A CROSS-CURRICULAR APPROACH IS RECOMMENDED IN THE GUIDELINES, SCHOOLS ARE FREE TO TEACH SEX EDUCATION AS AN INDEPENDENT SUBJECT, PROVIDED THE SYLLABUSES ARE SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR APPROVAL AS IN THE CASE WITH OTHER SUBJECTS INITIATED BY SCHOOLS.+

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1966

TO ASSIST TEACHERS IN PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING A SEX EDUCATION PROGRAMME IN SCHOOLS, TWO IDENTICAL SEMINARS WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 21 AND 28.

THE BOOKLET, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, HAS BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO UMELCO, EDUCATION COMMISSION, BOARD OF EDUCATION, RELEVANT GOVERNMENT BRANCHES AND DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER INTERESTED GROUPS. THE BOOKLET IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $10 FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL. IT IS ENTITLED ’GUIDELINES ON SEX EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS’.

COMMENTS ON THE GUIDELINES SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY, CURRICULUM DEVEOPMENT COMMITTEE, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, FIFTH FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

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VALUABLE ACHIEVEMENTS BY DISTRICT BOARDS

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THERE HAS BEEN A GREAT DEAL OF VALUABLE ACHIEVEMENTS BY THE 19 DISTRICT BOARDS DURING THE PAST YEAR UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF UNOFFICIALS, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT A RECEPTION FOR CHAIRMEN OF THE 19 DISTRICT BOARDS, MR LIAO SAID MUCH HAD HAPPENED IN THE PAST YEAR AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAD DONE A GREAT DEAL OF VALUABLE WORK.

+AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS YOU ARE ENTITLED TO TAKE CONSIDERABLE CREDIT FROM THAT,+ MR LIAO SAID.

+IN YOUR YEAR OF CHAIRMANSHIP YOU HAVE SHOWN THAT THE FLOW OF MEETINGS AND THE OPERATION OF THE BOARDS IN GENERAL CAN RUN SMOOTHLY AND EFFICIENTLY UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF UNOFFICIALS,+ HE ADDED.

DURING THE GATHERING, MR LIAO SAID THE EXPERIENCE GAINED BY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN WOULD HAVE GIVEN THEM A GREATER INSIGHT INTO THE PROBLEMS OF DISTRICT MANAGEMENT AND INTO THE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE BOARDS, LOCAL BODIES AND THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.

ALSO ATTENDING THE RECEPTION WERE THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, AND THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR PETER NG.

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FIRST MEETING OF CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE

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THE CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, M SATURDAY (MAY 24).

THE COMMITTEE, CHAIRED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER

MR SZETO WAH, WAS ESTABLISHED TO ENSURE THAT GOOD QUALITY TEXTBOOKS WRITTEN IN CHINESE FOR VARIOUS SUBJECTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE WILL GIVE A BRIEFING TO THE NEWS MEDIA AFTER THE MEETING.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE EVENT SHOULD REPORT TO THE INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THIRD FLOOR, ROOM 301, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, AT 11.30 AM TOMORROW. PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL BE ALLOWED TO TAKE PICTURES AT THE MEETING.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR APRIL 1986 * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) PUBLISHED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR APRIL 1986. THE NEW CP I (A) AND NEW CPI(B) (OCTOBER 84/SEPTEMBER 85 • 100) FOR APRIL 1986 WERE 103 AND 103.4 RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1986 AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, NEW CP I(A) INCREASED BY 0.6 PER CENT AND NEW CPI(3), BY 0.7 PER CENT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE 1979-80-BASED CP I(A) AND CP 1(B) FOR APRIL 1986 WERE 163.3 AND 164.8 RESPECTIVELY, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 2.1 PER CENT AND THREE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY O$ER APRIL 1985.

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1986, CPI(A) INCREASED BY 0.4 PER CENT AND CP 1(B), BY 0.7 PER CENT. THE AVERAGE CPI(A) AND AVERAGE CPI(B) FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED APRIL 1986, AT 161.1 AND 161.7 RESPECTIVELY, WERE 2.8 PER CENT AND 3.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED APRIL 1985.

PRICE MOVEMENTS

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PRICE MOVEMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW ARE BASED ON THE NEW CPI SERIES.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED APRIL 1986, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED NEW CPI(A) INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.3 PER MONTH AND THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED NEW CPl(B), AT 0.4 PER CENT PER MONTH.

DURING APRIL, RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH VEGETABLES, ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES. CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR WERE HIGHER. CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES, BUS AND TRAIN FARES, AND RENTALS OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DWELLINGS ALSO WENT UP. ON THE OTHER HAND, RETAIL PRICES OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND FUEL COST ADJUSTMENTS FOR ELECTRICITY AND TOWNGAS WERE LOWER.

THE NEW CPI(A) AND NEW CPI(B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1984/85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

THE NEW CP I(A) REFERS TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN 32 000 AND $6 499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME, AND THE NEW CPI(B), BETWEEN $6 500 AND $9 999 A MONTH.

CHANGES IN THE INDEXES FOR APRIL 1986 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY-SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, AS COMPARED WITH MARCH 1986, ARE GIVEN BELOW.

(OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 AVERAGE - 100)

SECTION NEW CPI(A) NEW CPI(B)

INDEX FOR APR. 86 % CHANGE OVER MAR. 86 INDEX FOR APR. 86 % CHANGE OVER MAR. 86

FOODSTUFFS 100.7 +0.1 101.0 +0.1

HOUSING 104.2 +0.8 103.6 +0.6

FUEL AND LIGHT 95.3 -3.7 95.7 -3.5

ALCOHOLIC DRINKS 105.9 AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) +0.3 105.8 +0.3 *

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 107.6 +4.6 108.7 +5.4

DURABLE GOODS 105.1 +2.6 104.5 +2.3

/MISCELLANEOUS GOODS........

FRIDAY, MAX 23, 1986

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MISCELLANEOUS 102.7 103.4 +0.1

GOODS

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 106.0 +1.6 105.1 +1.1

SERVICES 108.4 +0.2 108.0 ♦0.2

ALL ITEMS 103.0 +0.6 103.4 +0.7

COMPARED WITH MARCH 1986, THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED

BY 0.1 PER CENT IM BOTH NEW CPI(A) AND NEW CP I(B). TH!S WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE INCREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND IN THE AVERAGE CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES, WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE DECREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT-WATER FISN AND SHRIMPS. THE EFFECT OF MOVEMENTS IN THE RETAIL PRICES OF OTHER FOOD ITEMS ON THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS INSIGNIFICANT.

THE INDEX FOR HOUSING INCREASED BY O.SkPER CENT IN NEW CP I (A) AND 0.6 PEP CENT IN NEW CPI(B) DUE TO^HIGHEP^RENTS AND RATES FOR SOME PRIVATE DWELLINGS AND FOR SOME HOUSING SOCIETY AND HOUSING AUTHORITY GROUP A ESTATES.

THE INDEX FOR FUEL AND LIGHT DECREASED BY 3.7 PER CENTIIl NEW CP I (A) AND 3.5 PER CENT IN NEW CP 1(B) AS A RESULT OF DO WNWAfD FUEL COST ADJUSTMENTS FOR ELECTRICITY AND TOWNGAS AS WELL AS LOWER PRICES OF KEROSENE AND LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GAS.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR WENT UP BY 4.6 PER CENT IN NEW CPI(A) AND 5.4 PER CENT IN NEW CP 1(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES OF OUTERCLOTHINGS.

THE INDEX FOR DURABLE GOODS INCREASED BY 2.6 PER CENT IN NEW CPI(A AND 2.3 PER CENT IN NEW CP 1(B), MAINLY DUE TO HIGHER PRICES OF ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES. VIDEO AND SOUND EQUIPMENT, WATCHES AND CAMERAS IMPORTED FROM JAPAN.

THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES ROSE BY 1.6 PER CENT IN NEW CPI(A) AND 1.1 PER CENT IN NEW CPI(B) AS A RESULT OF HIGHER BUS AND TRAIN FARES, WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE DECREASE IN THE RETAI.L PRICE OF GASOLINE.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER SECTIONS OF THE NEW CONSUMER * PRICE INDEXES WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

(FIGURES PRESENT IN THE PRESS RELEASE REFER TO CPI SERIES NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. ALL PERCENTAGE CHANGES ARE DERIVED FROM CPI FIGURES TO TWO DECIMAL PLACES.)

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DETAILS ARE GIVEN IN THE +CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT* FOR APRIL 1986, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT $3 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONGl OR FROM THE CENUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, ROOM 1904, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING 317 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONGI OR FROM THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, BASKERVILLE HOUSE, DUDDELL STREET, HONG KONG FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MAILINGS.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE INDEXES MAY BE MADE WITH THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 3-7216512.

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FURTHER JURY LIST TO BE POSTED

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A FURTHER LIST OF COMMON JURORS WILL BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE POARD OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING AT NO. 38, QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG ON MAY 28, THE ACTING REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR JULIAN BETTS, ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIS LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS, WHEN ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE REGISTRAR REQUIRING THAT HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN SUCH NOTICE.

THE REGISTRAR SHALL IN HIS DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL IF NECESSARY ALTER THE LIST.

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FEES PROPOSED FOR REGISTERING INSTALLATION CONTRACTORS

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A BILL WHICH SEEKS TO INTRODUCE A GENERAL FEE-CHARGING PROVISION INTO THE FIRE SERVICES ORDINANCE SO THAT FEES MAY BE CHARGED FOR THE REGISTRATION OF FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATION CONTRACTORS WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS A RESULT OF THE FIRE SERVICES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 2) BILL 1986, IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO CHARGE FEES FOR VETTING THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THESE CONTRACTORS WHEN THEY APPLY FOR REGISTRATION.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT THE EXAMINATION AND INSPECTION PROCEDURES ENTAILED CONSIDERABLE ADMINISTRATIVE EFFORT BY THE STAFF OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND IT WAS IN LINE WITH GENERAL GOVERNMENT POLICY TO RECOVER THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS THROUGH THE CHARGING OF FEES.

HE EXPLAINED FURTHER THAT AMENDMENT REGULATIONS SETTING OUT THE NEW FEES WOULD BE MADE AFTER THE LEGISLATION HAD PASSED THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT EVERY POSSIBLE ACTION WOULD BE TAKEN TO KEEP COSTS AT A REALISTIC LEVEL.

ON THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE AT PRESENT THREE CLASSES OF FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATION CONTRACTORS.

+ALL OF THEM ARE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE EVIDENCE OF RECOGNISED PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR VETTING WHILE THE THIRD CLASS OF CONTRACTORS WHO ARE FIT TO MAINTAIN, REPAIR AND INSPECT PORTABLE EQUIPMENT HAVE TO SIT A WRITTEN EXAMINATION AND TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW WHICH MAY INCLUDE A PRACTICAL TEST.+

ANOTHER PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, IS THE INSPECTION OF WORKSHOPS INTENDED TO BE USED IN CONNECTION WITH SERVICES PROVIDED BY THESE CONTRACTORS.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR FIRST READING ON JUNE 4. VIEWS ON ITS PROVISIONS CAN BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD OR TO UMELCO AT 8 JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL.

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TEACHERS URGED TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED TEACHERS AND SCHOOL PRINCIPALS IN THE DISTRICT TO POOL THEIR RESOURCES TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION, THE SUCCESS OF WHICH DEPENDED UPON THEIR SUPPORT.

SPEAKING AT THE DISTRICT’S SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE MEETING THIS MORNING, MR LORD SAID THE CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME PLANNED FOR LATER THIS YEAR BY THE COMMITTEE WAS A BIG STEP TOWARDS PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION WHICH WOULD BENEFIT TEACHERS AND ' STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PROGRAMME WOULD INCLUDE A ONE-WEEK CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND WHICH WOULD BE HELD BETWEEN OCTOBER 20 AND 26.

MR LORD SAID AT A TIME WHEN HONG KONG WAS IN A TRANSITION PERIOD THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION WAS DEEMED TO BE URGENT AND HAD BEEN ADVOCATED BY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

/+AS TEACHERS........

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 198b

+ AS TEACHERS AND SCHOOL PRINCIPALS ARE IN DAILY CONTACT WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUTHS, THEY HAVE AN IMPRESSIONABLE INFLUENCE ON OUR SOCIETY’S FUTURE LEADERS,* HE SAID.

+THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION DOES NOT REST SQUARELY ON THE EDUCATION CIRCLE, AND THE TARGETS OF CIVIC EDUCATION SHOULD GO BEYOND STUDENTS,* HE SAID, ADDING THAT +TEACHERS AND SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, HOWEVER, COULD SERVE AS MODELS IN THIS FIELD.*

MEANWHILE, LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, INVITING THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ’CIVIC EDUCATION IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT’ EXHIBITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE.

THE JOINT SCHOOL EXHIBITION WILL COVER SUBJECTS SUCH AS SERVING SOUTHERN DISTRICT, PROTECTING THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, MAKING GOOD USE OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, GETTING TO KNOW THE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT SYSTEM AND CREATING A BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

THE SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE WILL ALSO ORGANISE A FORUM ON THE THEORY AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CIVIC EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS, AND WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO ATTEND A DISTRICT BOARD MEETING.

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TO DISCUSS REPORT ON TRIAD PROBLEMS K * K * *

THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO DISCUSS THE REPORT ON TRIAD PROBLEMS.

THE MEETING AT 10.30 AM WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT OFFICE, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (NEXT TO KWAI HING MTR STATION), 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

THE REPORT ON TRIAD PROBLEMS WAS DISCUSSED BRIEFLY AT THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON MAY 1. HOWEVER, MEMBERS FELT THAT THE REPORT HAD TO BE DISCUSSED IN MORE DETAILS. IT WAS AGREED THAT THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WOULD DISCUSS THE REPORT IN DEPTH.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SPECIAL MEETING OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE.

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’LOVE YOUR FAMILY’ PROJECT

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HUNDREDS OF KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO VISIT THE PUI CHING ROAD PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON TO PARTICIPATE IN A ’LOVE YOUR FAMILY’ PROJECT, WHICH IS PART OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

THE EVENT HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT’S ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL, THE YWCA ANNE BLACK CENTRE AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE OBJECTIVES ARE TO APPLAUD PARENTS’ LOVE FOR THEIR CHILDREN, HIGHLIGHT THE ROLE AND OBLIGATIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY, AND ENCOURAGE CHILDREN TO LOVE AND RESPECT THEIR PARENTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN ORDER TO BUILD A HARMONIOUS FAMILY. FOR THEIR PART, PARENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW APPRECIATION OF THEIR CHILDREN’S EFFORTS IN MAKING HOME LIFE HAPPY.

CHILDREN WILL GIVE PERFORMANCES IN PRAISE THEIR PARENTS THROUGH DANCE, DRAMA, SONGS, POEMS AND READING OF LETTERS. THERE WILL ALSO BE EXHIBITIONS OF FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS, PORTRAITS, LETTERS AND POEMS AS WELL AS OF HAND-MADE GIFTS CREATED BY CHILDREN. COMPETITIONS IN PAINTING PARENTS PORTRAITS AND THE SIGNING ON A HUGE AUTOGRAPH ALBUM ARE OTHER ACTIVITIES ON THE PROGRAMME.

OFFICIATING AT THE EVENT WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON

CITY DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE, MR WU WING-KAI; ASSISTANT KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS DIANA TONG; CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR WU SHING-SHUEN ; PRESIDENT OF THE YWCA, MRS GRACE TSAO; AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR WONG WING-PIU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ’LOVE YOUR FAMILY’ PROJECT AT 3.30 PM TOMQRROW IN THE HO MAN TIN PUI CHING ROAD PLAYGROUND.

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1986

ACCESS TO RAILWAY INTERCHANGE TO BE IMPROVED

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A NEW ROAD LINKING NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK ROADS IN KOWLOON TONG WILL IMPROVE ACCESS TO THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY INTERCHANGE WHEN IT IS COMPLETED BY AUGUST, 1987.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS INVITED TENDERS FOR THE 180-METRE-LONG ROAD TO BE BUILT NEXT TO THE KCR TRACKS. BESIDES CONSTRUCTION OF THE ROAD - WHICH WILL BE 7.5 METRES WIDE WITH TWO-METRE FOOTPATHS ON EITHER SIDE - THE CONTRACT CALLS FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF NORFOLK ROAD AND A PORTION OF SUFFOLK ROAD NEAR KENT ROAD.

THE PROJECT, EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST, HAS BEEN DESIGNED, AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY KOWLOON REGION OF THE HIGHWAYS OFF ICE.

THE NEW LINK WOULD COMPLETE THE INTERNAL ROAD NETWORK IN WEST KOWLOON AND IMPROVE ACCESS TO THE KCR AND MTR STATIONS AT KOWLOON TONG AND ALSO RELIEVE WATERLOO ROAD OF LOCAL TRAFFIC.

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SMITHFIELD CATTLE DEPOT TO CLOSE

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT CATTLE QUARANTINE DEPOT AT SMITHFIELD ROAD IN KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE CLOSED TO CATTLE FROM MONDAY (MAY 26).

THE DEPOT WILL OFFICIALLY CLOSE DOWN ON JUNE 17 AND NO PERSON WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER AND USE THE DEPOT FROM THAT DATE.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT OWNERS OF CATTLE BEING HOUSED IN THE DEPOT MUST ARRANGE TO REMOVE THEM FROM THE DEPOT BEFORE JUNE 16.

♦THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SMITHFIELD CATTLE DEPOT WILL BE TAKEN OVER AS FROM NEXT MONDAY BY THE KENNEDY TOWN ABATTOIR WHERE ADDITIONAL CATTLE LAIRAGE SPACES HAVE BEEN PROVIDED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ALL CATTLE TRADERS CONCERNED HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE DEPOT’S IMPENDING CLOSURE, HE ADDED.

THE SMITHFIELD CATTLE DEPOT, ESTABLISHED AROUND 1890, INITIALLY OPERATED AS AN ABATTOIR UNTIL THE KENNEDY TOWN ABATTOIR CAME INTO COMMISSION IN 1964. THE GOVERNMENT MOVED TO PLAN ITS CLOSURE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT REASONS.

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1986

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BIBLIOGRAPHY ON SMALL BUSINESS PUBLISHED *****

A BIBLIOGRAPHY ON SMALL BUSINESS IN HONG KONG HAS BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (MDC) OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

BASED ON TWO RESEARCH STUDIES COMMISSIONED BY THE MDC, ’SMALL BUSINESS IN HONG KONG : A BIBLIOGRAPHY’ INCLUDES 145 ENTRIES OF PUBLICATIONS DATING FROM 1962 TO JANUARY 1986. THESE PUBLICATIONS, RANGING FROM BOOKS AND BOOKLETS TO RESEARCH PAPERS, CAN SERVE AS USEFUL REFERENCE FOR THE STUDY OR UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL AND OWNER-MANAGED BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE BIBLIOGRAPHY, BUT NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ON SMALL BUSINESS IN HONG KONG DATING BACK TO 1974 ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MDC INFORMATION CENTRE FOR REFERENCE.

THE MDC INFORMATION CENTRE WILL CONTINUOUSLY UPDATE THIS COMPUTERISED SMALL BUSINESS BIBLIOGRAPHY DATA FILE AND WILL PRODUCE REVISED EDITION OF THE BIBLIOGRAPHY WHEN NECESSARY.

IT WOULD ALSO APPRECIATE ANY FEEDBACK OF INFORMATION ON UNPUBLISHED PAPERS OMITTED AS WELL AS NEWLY PUBLISHED MATERIALS SO THAT THE BIBLIOGRAPHY COULD BE MORE ACCURATE AND COMPLETE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE BIBLIOGRAPHY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS, PROFESSIONAL AND COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATIONS AND LIBRARIES. ADDITIONAL COPIES ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST FROM THE MDC (17TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI).

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CELEBRITY DRIVE GAME AT ROAD SAFETY TOWN

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A ROAD SAFETY CELEBRITY DRIVE GAME, AIMED AT RAISING $120 000 FOR REFURBISHING THE 16-YEAR-OLD SAU MAU PING ROAD SAFETY TOWN WILL BE HELD AT THE TOWN TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE GAME WILL TAKE THE FORM OF A PEDAL CAR TELEMATCH. REPRESENTATIVES FROM SIX PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS AND TELEVISION ARTISTES WILL BE THE DRIVERS, AND OLDiPEOPLE AND CHILDREN THE PEDESTRIANS.

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OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (TRAFFIC) OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, MR JOHN CLEMENCE.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MRS IRENE YAU, 'LL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS.

THE CELEBRITY DRIVE GAME HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE ROAD SAFETY JUBLICITY COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ROAD SAFETY CELEBRITY DRIVE GAME TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM AT THE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, SAU MING ROAD, SAU MAU PING, KOWLOON (NEXT TO THE 1A BUS TERMINUS). MEMBERS OF THE PRESS SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE VENUE AT 2.15 PM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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HOSPITAL BOARD MEETS SWD DIRECTOR

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MEMBERS OF THE NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF YAN CHAI HOSPITAL THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, TO DISCUSS WELFARE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HOSPITAL.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR JAMES TIEN, OUTLINED THE HOSPITAL’S NEW PROJECTS FOR THE YEAR, WHICH INCLUDED A CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOME AT LAI KING HEADLAND, TSUEN WAN, A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IN BUTTERFLY ESTATE, TUEN MUN, AND A HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY IN POK HONG ESTATE, SHA TIN.

MRS CHAN COMMENDED THE HOSPITAL FOR BENEFITING RESIDENTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ASSURED BOARD MEMBERS THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD WORK CLOSELY WITH THEM TO IMPLEMENT THE NEW SERVICES.

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CHANCE TO STUDY -MUSIC IN UK *****

A SCHOLARSHIP IS BEING OFFERED TO ENABLE A MUSICALLY GIFTED STUDENT TO STUDY MUSIC AT THE WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL IN THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR TWO YEARS.

THE SCHOLARSHIP IS SPONSORED BY THE ARTHUR SAMY MEMORIAL FUND, ^HICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE HONG KONG BANK TRUSTEE LTD, AND WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ALL COSTS OF TUITION, SUBSISTENCE AND AIR "ARES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE UNITED KINGDOM. HOWEVER, PARENTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE ACCORDING TO THEIR MEANS TOWARDS SUBSISTENCE AND AIR FARES.

THE RESIDENTIAL COURSE, WHICH AIMS AT ACHIEVING THE HIGHEST STANDARDS IN INSTRUMENTAL TRAINING AND IN NORMAL ACADEMIC WORK, WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND WILL LEAD TO THE GCE ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION IN AT LEAST TWO SUBJECTS, ONE OF WHICH WILL BE IN MUSIC.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 18 AND HAVE RESIDED IN HONG KONG FOR NOT LESS THAN THREE YEARS. THEY SHOULD PREFERABLY HAVE ATTAINED AT LEAST GRADE VIII IN A ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC PRACTICAL EXAMINATION OR EQUIVALENT IN EITHER PIANO, VIOLIN OR CPLLO AND ALSO SHOULD PREFERABLY HAVE OBTAINED, BY THIS SEPTEMBER, SIX PASSES AT GRADE C OR ABOVE IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION (HKCEE) OR EQUIVALENT.

STUDENTS PREPARING TO SIT FOR THE HKCEE THIS YEAR MAY APPLY AND QUALIFIED APPLICANTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN AUDITION IN LATE JUNE.

APPLICATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE HEADQUARTERS, WING ON CENTRE. 11TH FLOOR, 111 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG (5-458791) AND ITS MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE, 84 WATERLOO ROAD, CAMBRIDGE COURT, FIRST FLOOR, KOWLOON (3-7149255). THEY SHOULD BE SENT TO THE MONG KOK MUSIC CENTRE BY JUNE 12.

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PRIZES FOR YOUTH ARTS WINNERS *****

THE PRESENTATION OF PRIZES IN THE 11TH ANNUAL HONG KONG YOUTH CULTURAL AND ARTS COMPETITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL AT 3 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY AND PRESENT THE PRIZES TO COMPETITION WINNERS.

/THE HONG........

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1986

THE HONG KONG YOUTH CULTURAL AND ARTS COMPETITIONS WERE SPONSORED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND ORGANISED BY VARIOUS COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS.

MORE THAN 7 OOO YOUNG PEOPLE TOOK PART IN THE EIGHT COMPETITIONS WHICH COVERED DEBATING, TRANSLATION, CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY, CHINESE ESSAY WRITING, SLOGAN AND POSTER DESIGN, SPEECH, PAINTING, AND AN ACADEMIC TV QUIZ.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 3 PM TOMORROW AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL.

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DREDGING PLANNED OFF LANTAU

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MARINE SAND, REQUIRED AS FILL FOR THE EXTENSION RECLAMATION PROJECT AT KwAI CHUNG CONTAINER PORT, IS TO BE DREDGED FROM TwO AREAS OFF THE NORTH OF LANTAU ISLAND.

THE AREAS, ONE OF 249.01 HECTARES NORTH OF YAM 0 WAN BAY AND THE OTHER OF 99.25 HECTARES NORTH OF TUNG YIP HANG, ARE DESCRIBED IN TODAY’S (FRIDAY’S) GAZETTE.

°LANS CAN BE INSPECTED AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY OFFICE OR THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE. OBJECTIONS TO THE SCHEME SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS BY JULY 22.

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CLOSURE OF RUMSEY STREET POSTPONED

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT AS ROAD WORK DUE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN RUMSEY STREET ON SUNDAY (MAY 25) AND MONDAY (MAY 26) HAS BEEN DELAYED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE SECTION OF RUMSEY STREET BETWEEN WING LOK STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL NOT BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON THESE TWO DAYS AS EARLIER ANNOUNCED.

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 1986

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HONG KONG ISLAND ROAD CLOSURES *****

A NUMBER OF ROAD SECTIONS IN CENTRAL, CAUSEWAY BAY AND .THE EASTERN DISTRICT WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

DETAILS ARE:

* TO FACILITATE THE TRANSPORTATION OF HEAVY CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY, THE SECTION OF RUMSEY STREET BETWEEN WING LOK STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON SUNDAY (MAY 25) AND MONDAY (MAY 26).

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON WING LOK STREET HEADING FOR CENTRAL WILL BE DIVERTED TO BONHAM STRAND, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST, CENTRE STREET, EASTBOUND DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, WHILE THOSE HEADING FOR NORTHERN SECTION OF RUMSEY STREET MAY CONTINUE TO TRAVEL VIA MAN WA LANE AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

* THE SECTION OF EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD SERVICE ROAD BETWEEN BUDDHIST WONG FUNG LING COLLEGE AND TUNG WAH EASTERN HOSPITAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY FOR ROAD WORK.

THE CLOSURE WILL LAST FOR TWO WEEKS, DURING WHICH EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD SERVICE ROAD NORTH OF BUDDHIST WONG FUNG LING COLLEGE WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY.

* TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK, THE SECTION OF COMFORT TERRACE BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 2 AND KING’S ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 10 AM AND 4 PM DAILY FROM MAY 26 (MONDAY) TO JUNE 11 (WEDNESDAY) EXCEPT ON SUNDAYS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE SECTION OF COMFORT TERRACE BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 2 AND TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO TWO-WAY.

* AGAIN DUE TO ROAD WORK, A SECTION OF THE DIRECT ACCESS ROAD FROM THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR SHAU KEI WAN DOWN-RAMP TO NAM ON LANE WILL BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT SIX DAYS STARTING 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 26).

VEHICLES FROM THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR DOWN-RAMP HEADING FOR NAM ON LANE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE UNNAMED LOOP ROAD LINKING MONG LUNG STREET AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO NAM ON LANE.

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CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES SOUGHT * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING ThE CLOSURE OF A NUMBER CF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON THE ROOF OF A BUILDING AT 22-28 TAI HO ROAD, TSUEN wAN, TO ENABLE DEMOLITION.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE ORDERS JSSUEL UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN DECEMBER 1984 REQUIRING Dd‘ 0L I I I vis CF THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM TSUEN *AN DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 AM ON JUNE 24 WAS POSTED ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (FRIDAY).

DEMOLITION w ILL COMMENCE ONCE THE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

ROAD CLOSURES IN KOWLOON CITY, RENNIE’S MILL * 4 X 4

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL TAKE EFFECT IN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (MAY 26) FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS TO FACILITATE THE INSTALLATION OF A PIPELINE THERE.

PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST EASTBOUND, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH PENTLAND STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST EASTBOUND HEADING FOR LOMOND ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHORT STREET, BOUNDARY STREET, PENTLAND STREET, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST AND LOMOND ROAD.

MEANWHILE, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST EASTBOUND, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH SHORT STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH PENTLAND STREET, WILL BE CONVERTED TO A TWO-WAY CUL-DE-SAC.

IN RENNIE’S MILL, PO LAM ROAD BETWEEN MA YAU TONG AND MAU WU TSAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 11 AM ON THE SAME DAY FOR ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS BECAUSE OF ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK.

TRAFFIC INCLUDING KMB ROUTE 90 AND NEW TERRITORIES GRE&N MINIBUS ROUTES 10 AND 10A HEADING FOR RENNIE’S MILL FROM KWUN TONG WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SAU MAU PING ROAD, PO LAM ROAD, A NEW UNNAMED ROAD AND PO LAM ROAD.

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TUEN MUN FLUSHING WATER SUSPENDED

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TUEN MUN WILL 3E SUSPENDED FROM 7 PM ON MONDAY (MAY 26) TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES FROM FU TEI TO SAM SHING ESTATE, INCLUDING SIU HONG COURT, SIU ON COURT, TAI HING ESTATE, SAN FAT ESTATE, ON TING ESTATE, YAU Ol ESTATE, SHAN KING ESTATE, BUTTERFLY ESTATE, WU KING ESTATE, MELODY GARDEN, SIU SHAN COURT, PAK KOK AND WU KING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS.

TUEN MUN CLINIC, YAN Ol POLYCLINIC, YAN Ol TONG CIRCUIT, AREAS 4B, 10, 9, 12, 26, 36, 37A, 37B, CHI LOK GARDEN, WALDORF GARDEN AND TUEN MUN INDUSTRIAL AREA WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EDUCATION HELPING TO END MENTAL HEALTH PREJUDICE............... 1

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR APRIL ........................... 2

GOVERNOR IS JAPAN-BOUND........................................ 4

UK SECRETARY VISITING HK....................................... 5

$120 000 RAISED FOR +NEJ/J+ ROAD SAFETY TOWN .................. 5

900 ELDERLY FOLK JOIN MEDICAL SCHEME........................... 6

CENTRAL TOWN SQUARE FOR TAI PO ................................ 7

MEET THE MEDIA................................................. 8

ARTS AND CULTURE AID CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT ................... 8

BALLET NIGHT FOR TUEN LUN STUDENTS ............................ 9

KHUN TONG, CHOI HUNG TRAFFIC CHANGES .......................... 9

REMINDER TO MOTORISTS.......................................... 10

YAU MA TEI, WESTERN WATER CUT

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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1986

1

EDUCATION HELPING TO END MENTAL HEALTH PREJUDICE * * X *

MUCH HAS BEN DONE IN RECENT YEARS TO BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS AND PREJUDICE THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT UP AGAINST THOSE dHO SUFFER FROM MENTAL ILLNESS, LADY YOUDE SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION CAMPAIGN, ORGANISED BY THE JOINT COUNCIL FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED (REHABILITATION DIVISION, HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE), LADY YOUDE SAID SUCH PREJUDICES AROSE LARGELY FROM A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING.

SHE NOTED THAT MANY OF THOSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL DISORDER WOULD BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THE COMMUNITY AFTER MEDICAL TREATMENT AND SOCIAL REHABILITATION AND LEAD NORMAL LIVES.

+THE TASK THAT FACES US ALL IS TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC TO A MORE CARING AND UNDERSTANDING ATTITUDE.*

LADY YOUDE COMMENDED GOVERNMENT BODIES, DISTRICT BOARDS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR ORGANISING CONFERENCES, SEMINARS AND EXHIBITIONS TO INCREASE SUCH UNDERSTANDING.

♦ BUT WE MUST CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS OF CREATING A MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS MENTAL ILLNESS,* SHE SAID.

THE CAMPAIGN, SHE ADDED, WAS AIME AT PROMOTING SUCH AN ATTITUDE AND TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE SERVICES THAT WERE AVAILABLE TO THE MENTALLY ILL, TO RECUPERATING PATIENTS AND TO THEIR FAMILIES.

LADY YOUDE SAID IT WOULD BRING HOME TO THOSE WHO SAW THE EXHIBITIONS - OR WHO HEARD ABOUT THEM THROUGH THE MEDIA - THE FACT THAT MENTAL ILLNESS WAS NOT JUST A PROBLEM FOR THE INDIVIDUAL SUFFERERS OR FOR THEIR FAMILIES. +IT SHOULD BE A COMMUNITY CONCERN, AND WE ALL HAVE A PART TO PLAY.*

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR APRIL ******

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN APRIL 1986, AT $11 348 MILLION, GREW EY 17.5 PER CENT OR SI 688 MILLION COMPARED wITh APRIL 1985, WHILE THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 0.6 PER CENT CR 361 MILLION TO $9 560 MILLION, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS, AT 320 908 MILLION, WAS 9.1 PER CENT OR $1 749 MILLION HIGHER THAN IN APRIL 1985.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY 13.5 PER CENT OR $2 678 MILLION OVER APRIL 1985 TO REACH $22 477 MILLION.

AS THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW AT A FASTER RATE THAN THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP, THAT IS THE PROPORTION OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS NOT COVERED BY THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS, WIDENED TO 7.0 PER CENT IN APRIL 1986 FROM 3.2 PER CENT IN APRIL 1985.

PUTTING THE MONTH’S TRADE FIGURES INTO CONTEXT, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS FOR THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1986 WAS $74 059 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF $40 494 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF $33 565 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1985, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS GREw BY $451 MILLION OR 0.6 PER CENT, AND OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY $1 859 MILLION OR 4.8 PER CENT, WHILE THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS FELL BY $1 408 MILLION OR 4.0 PER CENT.

OVER THIS PERIOD, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY $4 351 MILLION OR 5.9 PER CENT, TO $78 149 MILLION. AS THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW AT A FASTER RATE THAN THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS, THE VISIBLE TRADE GAP FOR THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1986 WIDENED TO 5.2 PER CENT, FROM 0.3 PER CENT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1985.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AFTER HAVING DECLINED FOR MOST OF 1985 IN TERMS OF YEAR-ON-YEAR COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS RECOVERED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986 AND THIS TREND CONTINUED INTO APR IL.

IMPROVED ECONOMIC GROwTH IN THE UNITED STATES IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST* TOST MAJOR CURRENCIES OTHER THAN THE US DOLLAR CONTRIBUTED TO THIS RECOVERY.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS DECLINED BY 6 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND GREW MARGINALLY IN APRIL, PROBABLY REFLECTING THE EFFECT OF CHINA’S INCREASED CONTROLS OVER ITS FOREIGN EXCHANGE SPENDING.

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THE FOLLOWING TAELE PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL MERCHANDISE TRADE FIGURES FOR APRIL 1986i

T3MPARATIVE F IGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS FEB 86 TO APR 86 HK® MN. FEB 85 TO APR 85 HKS MN. INCREASE

HKS MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 29 964 27 470 2 494 9.1

RE-EXPORTS 25 002 26 015 -1 013 -3.9

TOTAL EXPORTS 54 966 53 485 1 481 2.8

IMPORTS 59 343 54 680 4 663 3.5

TRADE BALANCE -4 377 -1 195 -3 182

APR IL APR IL INCREASE

1986 1985 HKS MN. %

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR HKS MN. HKS MN.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 11 348 9 660 1 688 17.5

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 54.3% 50.4%

RE-EXPORTS 9 56Q 9 499 61 3.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 20 908 19 159 1 749 9.1

IMPORTS 22 477 19 799 2 678 13.5

TRADE BALANCE -1 569 - 640 - 929

APR IL 1986 MARCH 1985 INCREASE

LAST MONTH HK$ MN. HKS MN. HKS MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 11 348 10 269 1 079 10.5

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 54.3% 54.5%

RE-EXPORTS 9 560 8 566 994 11.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 20 908 18 835 2 073 11.3

IMPORTS 22 477 19 883 2 594 13.3

TRADE BALANCE -1 569 -1 048 - 521

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CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE JAN-APR 1986 HK® MN. JAN-APR 1985 HKS MN. INCREAS HK® MN. c 7^

DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 40 494 54.7% 38 635 52.5% 1 859 4.3

RE-EXPORTS 33 565 34 973 -1 408 -4.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 74 059 73 608 451 0.6

IMPORTS 73 149 73 798 4 351 5.9

TRADE BALANCE -4 099 - 190 -3 900

LAST 12 MONTHS MAY 85 TO APR 86 HK$ MN. MAY 84 TO APR 85 HKS MN. INCREASE HKS MN, %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 131 740 138 909 -6 269 -4.5

RE-EXPORTS 103 863 94 665 9 198 9.7

TOTAL EXPORTS 235 603 232 674 2 929 1.3

IMPORTS 235 771 229 856 5 915 2.6

TRADE BALANCE - 168 2 818 -2 986

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GOVERNOR IS JAPAN-BOUND * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, wILL LEAVE FOR JAPAN AS GUEST OF THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS TOMORROW (SUNDAY) BY FLIGHT CX 504, ETD 10 AM.

DURING HIS STAY IN JAPAN SIR EDwARD, ACCOMPANIED BY THE HIGH-LEVEL MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG-JAPAN BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEE, WILL MEET WITH GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS LEADERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S DEPARTURE. THOSE COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM BY 9.10 AM.

GIS OFFICERS w ILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1986

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UK SECRETARY VISITING HK * * * *

Tp.= PERMANENT SECRETARY CF HER MAJESTY’S TREASURY, IDDLETON, WILL VISIT HONG KONG FROM MAY 26 TO 31.

DURING HIS STAY, SIR PETER WILL MEET THE GOVERNOR, SECRETARY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND OTHER GOVERNMENT

S IR

THE

PET

CHIEF

OFF ICIALS.

HF ui ILL ALSO MEET THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BANKING, FINANCE, AND BUSINESS SECTORS.

SIR PETER wlLu GO vn A HELICOPTER FAM IL!ARISAT'ON TOUR AND VISIT THE CASTLE PEAK POWER PLANT AND THE UNIFIED STOCK EXCHANGE.

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5120 000 RAISED FOR + NEw + ROAD SAFETY TOWN # # # *

THE ROAD SAFETY PUBLICITY COMMITTEE HAS SECURED SPONSORSHIP OF ^120 000 FROM SIX PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE 16-YEAR-OLD SAU MAU PING ROAD SAFETY TOwN.

A PEDAL CAR TELEMATCH TITLED +CELEBR ITY DRIVE GAME* WAS HELD AT THE TOWN TODAY (SATURDAY) TO OFFICIALLY THANK THE SPONSORS INVOLVED.

OFFICIATING AT THE START OF THE CELEBRITY DRIVE GAME, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR (TRAFFIC), ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, MR JOHN CLEMENCE, SAID, +THE TOWN WAS FIRST CONSTRUCTED IN 1970 AND SINCE THAT TIME MANY THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN HAVE PASSED THROUGH ITS GATES AND BEEN INSTRUCTED IN THE BASICS OF ROAD SAFETY.*

THE TOWN HAD ALSO PROVIDED AN OUTING FOR SUCH CHILDREN AND ITS SERVICES WERE IN VERY HEAVY DEMAND, HE ADDED.

+HONG KONG, AS WE ALL KNOW, HAS DEVELOPED ENORMOUSLY AND IT IS NOW CONSIDERED NECESSARY TO RE-DESIGN THE TOWN TO MORE ACCURATELY REFLECT THE MODERN HONG KONG ROAD CONDITIONS,* MR CLEMENCE SAID.

HE REVEALED THAT RENOVATION WORK WOULD INCLUDE THE BUILDING OF A FOOTBRIDGE, REPLACEMENT OF SIGNS AND CHANGES IN ROAD MARKING* AS WELL AS THE RE-SURFACING OF THE ROADS.

AT TODAY’S EVENT, SIX TEAMS PARTICIPATED, EACH CONSISTING OF A REPRESENTATIVE FROM ONE OF THE SPONSORING ORGANISATIONS, A TELEVISION ARTISTE WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF DRIVER! AN ELDERLY PERSON AND A CHILD aHO wERE PEDESTRIANS.

/MR CLEMENCE........

SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1?86

MR CLEMENCE RECEIVED ON BEHALF OF THE COMMITTEE A CHEQUE FOR 520 000 PROM EACH OF THE TEAMS. THESE WERE CALTEX OIL HONG KONG LIMITED (REE TEAM); CIMBRIA MOTORS LIMITED (BLUE TEAM); HONG KONG AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (ORANGE TEAM); LIONS CLUB OF BRAEMAR HILL, i-ONG KONG (WHITE TEAM); MOTOR SPORTS CLUB OF HONG KONG LIMITED (GREEN TEAM) AND THE SHELL COMPANY OF HONG KONG LIMITED (YELLOW TEAM).

DRIVERS IN THE GAME WERE REQUIRED TO PASS THROUGH A NUMBER OF OBSTACLES DISPLAYED ALONG THE DESIGNATED ROUTE - DRIVING PAST A ZEBRA-CROSSING USED BY AN ELDERLY PERSON AND A CHILD; DRIVING PAST TRAFFIC LIGHTS; DRIVING PAST SEVERAL TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CONES; STOPPING AT A POLICE CHECKPOINT AND ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM A TRAFFIC POLICEMAN; STOPPING AT A PETROL STATION FOR A SYMBOLIC REFILL AND FINALLY PARKING THE PEDAL CAR IN A CARPARK. THE AIM WAS TO COMPLETE THE ROUTE WITHIN THE SHORTEST TIME POSSIBLE WHILE OBSERVING ALL THE RULES OF ROAD SAFETY.

AT THE END OF THE FUN-FILLED GAME, THE DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MRS IRENE YAU, PRESENTED TROPHIES TO ALL COMPETITORS.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT TODAY’S EVENT WERE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PUBLICITY) OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR GEORGE YUEN, AND _ CHIEF ENGINEER, ROAD SAFETY AND STANDARDS DIVISION OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, MR DAVID WILLDAY.

THE ROAD SAFETY CELEBRITY DRIVE GAME WAS FILMED BY TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED AND WILL BE SCREENED AS A SEGMENT Or +ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT+ ON JUNE 16.

THE CHAMPIONS OF THE DAY WERE THE ORANGE TEAM AND THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP WERE wHITE TEAM AND BLUE TEAM RESPECTIVELY.

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900 ELDERLY FOLK JOIN MEDICAL SCHEME

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MORE THAN 900 ELDERLY PEOPLE HAVE JOINED THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY MEDICAL SCHEME WHICH PROVIDES NEDICAL SERVICES AT A REDUCED RATE TO LOCAL SENIOR RESIDENTS, A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

ABOUT ONE-THIRD OF THE PRIVATE DOCTORS AND DENTISTS PRACTICING IN THE DISTRICT HAVE AGREED TO OFFER REDUCED RATES TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE JOINED THE SCHEME.

THE SCHEME, INTRODUCED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE IN JANUARY, AIMS AT PROVIDING PRIORITY MEDICAL AND DENTAL TREATMENT AT REDUCED COST FOR PEOPLE AGED 63 OR OVER.

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SATOHDAY, MAY 24, 1986

+wE ARE PLEASED THAT MANY DOCTORS HAVE JOINED THE SCHEME AND wE HOPE MORE WILL SIGN UP TO RENDER THEIR SERVICES TO THc ELDERLY,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ACCORDING TO THE 1981 CENSUS, THE DISTRICT HAS ABOUT 10 500 PEOPLE *hO ARE OVER 60 YEARo OLD,* HE SAID.

ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS SHOULD APPLY IN PERSON TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE IN ABERDEEN CENTRE OR ITS WAH FU AND STANLEY SUB-OFFICES, BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR IDENTITY CARDS AND DOCUMENTS TO PROVE THEIR RESIDENCY IN THE DISTRICT.

THOSE WHO ARE RECEIVING ANY FORM OF ALLOWANCE FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SHOULD ALSO BRING ALONG RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FOR THE OFFICE’S REFERENCE.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE ISSUED A CARD WHICH SHOULD EE PRESENTED EACH TIME THfY VISIT A DOCTOR OR DENTIST TAKING PART IN THE SCHEME.

THE CARD WILL ALSO INDICATE WHETHER THE HOLDER IS RECEIVING ANY FORM OF SOCIAL WELFARE ALLOWANCE SO THAT THE DOCTOR CAN FULLY ASSESS THE PERSON’S NEEDS.

■►NEVERTHELESS, APPLICANTS NEED NOT BE RECIPIENTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE ALLOWANCES TO QUAL IFY SO LONG AS THEY MEET THE AGE AND ABODE CRITERIA,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE SCHEME WILL BE REVISED AT THE END OF THE YEAR, AFTER A TRIAL PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS. ENQUIRIES ABOUT DETAILS OF THE SCHEME CAN BE MADE TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON 5-524429 ITS wAH FU SUB-OFFICE ON 5-509181, OR ITS STANLEY SUB-OFFICE ON 5-8130689.

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CENTRAL TOWN SQUARE FOR TAI PO * * * * *

A CENTRAL TOWN SQUARE OF MORE THAN ONE HECTARE IN AREA IS TO BE BUILT SOUTH OF TAI YUEN ESTATE IN TAI PO.

IT WILL HAVE TWO PONDS, AND PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, SITTING-OUT AND CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS, FORMING A MAJOR CIVIC PLAZA IN THE DISTR ICT.

THE SITE WILL BE INTENSIVELY LANDSCAPED.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN AUGUST AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT 11 MONTHS.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE NEW TERR ITOR IES/NORTHEAST DEVELOPMENT OFFICE OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

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MEET THE MEDIA * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, WILL MEET THE MEDIA ON MONDAY (MAY 26) AT 4 PM IN THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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ARTS AND CULTURE AID CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT *****

A GOOD ENVIRONMENT EMBRACING ARTS AND CULTURE FORMS A VITAL ELEMENT FOR THE HEALTHY GROWTH OF CHILDREN. KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING AT THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CF THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS, MR CHAN SAID* +ESPECIALLY IN KwUN TONG WHERE MANY DENSELY-POPULATED HOUSING ESTATES AND INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS ARE LOCATED, MUSIC AS WELL AS OTHER ARTS AND CULTURE WILL HELP OUR YOUNGER POPULATION TO ACQUIRE A MORE BALANCED CHARACTER.

♦LOCAL ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE KWUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN PROVIDING A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR CHILDREN IN THE DISTRICT.*

MR CHAN ALSO COMMENDED THE DISTRICT BOARD FOR PROVIDING FINANCIAL AND MORAL SUPPORT TO LOCAL CULTURAL BODIES.

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD HAD ALLOCATED $80 000 TO THE KwUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

ACTIVITIES TO BE ORGANISED BY THE CHORUS THIS YEAR INCLUDE A CONCERT, A MUSIC CAMP, A SINGING CONTEST, COMMUNITY CONCERTS AND A MUSIC GALA.

THE CHORUS WILL ALSO HOLD RECRUITMENT EXERCISES IN OCTOBER AKJ JANUARY.

INAUGURATED IN 1978, THE KaUN TONG CHILDREN’S CHORUS IS DIVIDE^ INTO JUNIOR, INTERMEDIATE AND SENIOR CHOIRS, AND ITS 200 MEMBERS ARE AGED BETWEEN SEVEN AND 16.

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SATURDAY, MAY 24, 1986

BALLET

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NIGHT FOR TUEN MUN STUDENTS

*****

IN TUEN MUN WILL BE TREATED TO AN EVENING BY THE HONG KONG BALLET COMPANY ON MAY 31

ABOUT 500 STUDENTS T BALLET PERFORMANCES (SATURDAY).

THE 90-MINUTE SHOW WILL BE HELD IN THE HALL OF THE TUEN MUu

YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, STARTING AT 7 30 PM. IT HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICc, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE TCHAIKOVSKY’S ’PAS DE DEUX’, ’PRINCE IGOR’ WHICH IS A DANCE FEATURING A COMBINATION OF WARRIORS, SLAVES, A PRINCESS AND ATHLETES, THE ’VOICES FROM GOD' WITH CANTONESE COMMENTARY, AND OTHER INTERESTING PIECES.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF FREE TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS STARTING FROM MONDAY AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF OFFICES, AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

(MAY TUEN

26) MUN

GOVERNMENT

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KWUN TONG, CHOI HUNG TRAFFIC CHANGES *****

THE RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENT FROM HONG NING ROAD SOUTHBOUND ONTO MING CHI STREET IN KWUN TONG WILL BE BANNED FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (MAY 27).

MOTORISTS ON HONG NING ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR TUNG MING STREET ARE ADVISED TO USE KUNG LOK ROAD.

ALSO ON TUESDAY, THE BUS-ONLY LANE ON CHOI HUNG ROAD EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY, FROM A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH LOK SIN ROAD TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST, WILL BE RESCINDED FOR ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS.

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REMINDER TO MOTOR I STS * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS REMINDED MOTORISTS THAT AS ROAD wORK DUE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN RUMSEY STREET TOMORROW (MAY 25) AND MONDAY (MAY 26) HAS BEEN DELAYED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE SECTION OF RUMSEY STREET BETWEEN WING LOK STREET AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL NOT BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON THESE TWO DAYS AS EARLIER ANNOUNCED.

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YAU MA TEI, WESTERN WATER CUT * * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (MAY 27) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY JORDAN ROAD, SHANGHAI STREET, NING PO STREET, wOOSUNG STREET, SAIGON STREET AND NATHAN ROAD, INCLUDING NANKING STREET, PARKES STREET AND TEMPLE STREET.

EARLIER THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN THE WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5 PM FOR MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT PREMISES BOUNDED BY POK FU LAM ROAD, THIRD STREET AND WATER STREET, INCLUDING 161-177 AND 132-198 THIRD STREET, 29-37 POK FU LAM ROAD, 12-22 AND 23-47 WATER STREET, KU I YAN LANE, YAU YEE LANE, SAI YING PUN POST OFFICE BUILDING AND THE WATER STREET PUBLIC LAVATORY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, MAY 25, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JAPAN TALKS TO FOCUS ON TRADE - SIR EDWARD ..................... 1

GOVERNOR RETURNING TUESDAY ..................................... 1

DB FUNDS FOR REMOVING ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS...................... 2

VIDEO DETAILS SOUTHERN DISTRICT PROGRESS....................... 2

SPECIAL MEETING................................................. 3

REPAIR WORK ON PRIVATE STREETS ........................... 4

CALL TO JOIN VOLUNTEERS......................................... 4

CAUSEWAY BAY FLYOVER CLOSED .................................... 5

STREET CLOSED FOR CLEARANCE..................................... 5

NO FLUSHING WATER............................................... 5

SUNDAY, MAY 25, 1986

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JAPAN TALKS TO FOCUS ON TRADE - SIR EDWARD * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, LEFT FOR JAPAN WITH HIGH LEVEL MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG-JAPAN BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEE TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT, SIR EDWARD SAID SINCE THE ECONOMIC SITUATION HAD BEEN CHANGING, HE WAS GOING TO JAPAN TO TALK i* I TH THE JAPANESE ABOUT HOW THEY SAW THINGS AND HOW WE COULD PROMOTE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO PLACES.

HE SAID TRADE MATTERS WERE VITALLY IMPORTANT FOR HONG KONG, AND JAPAN WAS A VERY IMPORTANT TRADING PARTNER OF OURS.

NOTING THAT HE WAS IN JAPAN ABOUT 18 MONTHS AGO, SIR EDWARD SAID HE WAS VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS TRIP.

SIR EDWARD WAS SEEN OFF BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND THE JAPANESE CONSULATE.

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GOVERNOR RETURNING TUESDAY * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG FROM JAPAN ON TUESDAY (MAY 27) BY FLIGHT CX 505, ETA 9.15 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S ARRIVAL. THOSE COVERING THE EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM BY 8.25 PM.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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DB FUNDS FOR REMOVING ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS

* * * *

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS INTRODUCED A SUBSIDY SYSTEM JO HELP OWNERS CORPORATIONS REMOVE ABANDONED AND OBSOLETE SIGNBOARDS AT THEIR BUILDINGS IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

A SURVEY CONDUCTED IN MARCH FOUND THERE WERE 59 ABANDONED AND 27 OBSOLETE SIGNBOARDS IN THE DISTRICT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE SAID.

HE SAID THAT OWING TO LIMITED RESOURCES AND CURRENT POLICY, THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT TAKE ACTION ON ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS UNLESS THEY HAD BECOME DANGEROUS.

+EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE PAST TO TRACE THE OWNtRS OF THESE ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS WITH A VIEW JO PERSUADING THEM TO UNDERTAKE REMOVAL, BUT WITH LITTLE SUCCESS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TO ENCOURAGE OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS TO REMOVE THESE EYESORES, THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED A SUM OF MONEY THAT WILL MEET ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF REMOVAL COSTS.

OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS THAT WISH TO ACT ON THE DEED OF MUTUAL COVENANT TO REMOVE THE ABANDONED OR OBSOLETE SIGNBOARDS AT THEIrt BUILDINGS CAN APPLY FOR SUBSIDIES FROM THE EASTERN DISTRICT BlakD AT FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD, QUARRY BAY.

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VIDEO DETAILS SOUTHERN DISTRICT PROGRESS

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A VIDEO FILM ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT AND THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATION OF THE DISTRICT BOARD IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC USE.

THE 23-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY, TITLED +NEW FACES OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT*, HAS BEEN PRODUCED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD TO PROMOTE THE DISTRICT’S IMAGE AND RESIDENTS’ SENSE OF BELONGING.

+IT ALSO SERVES AS A FORM OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN HELPING THE PUBLIC TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM,* A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE VIDEO FOCUSES ON MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE BOARD IN TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, SOCIAL SERVICES, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, WORKS PROJECTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT.

/THE DISTBJCT'S........

SUKDAY, MAY 25, 1986

THE DISTRICT’S CHARACTERISTICS AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS ARE HIGHLIGHTED THROUGH THE EYES OF AN +OLD HONG KONG* RESIDENT WHO RETURNED TO THE TERRITORY AFTER SPENDING MANY YEARS OVERSEAS, WHILE THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD IS TOLD BY HIS RELATIVE, A YOUNG AND ENTHUSIASTIC KAIFONG MEMBER DEDICATED TO SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

THE VIDEO ALSO INTRODUCES THE VARIOUS CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION THAT EXIST BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE PUBLIC.

IT WILL BE SHOWN DURING VARIOUS COMMUNITY FUNCTIONS TO ENABLE PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE TO GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE DISTRICT BOARD.

VHS COPIES OF THE VIDEO ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE. LOCAL SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY CENTRES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ARE WELCOME TO USE THE TAPES IN THEIR CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMMES OR SHOW IT TO THEIR MEMBERS, THE DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES ON BORROWING PROCEDURES CAN BE MADE ON 5-540271.

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SPECIAL MEETING X * M

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD a ILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING AT 3 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED ELEVATED ACCESS ROAD AT SHIU FAI TERRACE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF TUNG WAH MANSION AT 231 HENNESSY ROAD.

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REPAIR /.ORK ON PRIVATE STREETS * * * *

FOUR PRIVATE STREETS AND A NUMBER OF LANES IN TO KWA WAN ARE TO BE RECONSTRUCTED BY THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE.

AFFECTED ARE MING LUN, CHUNG SUN, HING YIN AND HING YAN STREETS, WHICH ARE AT PRESENT NOT PROPERLY MAINTAINED AND MANAGED BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDER MULTIPLE OWNERSHIP.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SAID THESE STREETS WERE IN SUCH POOR CONDITION THAT THE SITUATION WAS GIVING RISE TO SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS.

♦ IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO RESUME THESE STREETS TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR PROPER MAINTENANCE AND USE,+ HE SAID.

RECONSTRUCTION WORK w ILL START IN NOVEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT

18 MONTHS.

DETAILS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GAZETTE. ANYONE OBJECTING TO THE WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JULY 22.

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CALL TO JOIN VOLUNTEERS

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THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) TODAY CALLED ON TriOSE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN wHO WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL FOR THE COMMUNITY TO CONSIDER JOINING THE REGIMENT BEFORE ITS RECRUITMENT EXERCISE CLOSES ON JUNE 20.

THIS YEAR, THE VOLUNTEERS ARE LOOKING FOR 120 NEW MEMBERS --100 MEN AND 20 WOMEN — TO KEEP THE ESTABLISHMENT UP TO FULL STRENGTH.

NEARLY 800 APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED SINCE THE ANNUAL RECRUITMENT STARTED EARLIER THIS MONTH.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGIMENT SA IDs +JOINING THE VOLUNTEERS IS A REWARDING EXPERIENCE. IT GIVES RECRUITS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET AWAY FROM THE DAILY ROUTINE. THEY CAN DRILL AND CAMP IN REMOTE AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, LEARN THE BASIC MILITARY SKILLS AND ENJOY COMRADESHIP.

+IT wILL HELP TO BUILD CHARACTER AND SELF-RELIANCE AND TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF CITIZENSHIP.*

/APPLICANTS SHOULD .......

SUNDAY, MAY 25, 1986

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE AGED 17-1/2 YEARS OR OVER, HAVE A SECONDARY EDUCATION AND A REASONABLE KNOWLEDGE OF SPOKEN ENGLISH.

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

APPLICATION FORMS AND INFORMATION LEAFLETS ARE AVAILABLE AT DISTRICT OFF ICES.

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CAUSEWAY BAY FLYOVER CLOSED

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THE FLYOVER LINKING VICTORIA PARK *ILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM (MAY 28) FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF STREET

ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD AND 6 AM ON WEDNESDAY LIGHT LANTERNS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON VICTORIA PARK ROAD HEADING FOR CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE DIVERTED TO WING HING STREET, KING S ROAD AND CAUSEwAY ROAD.

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STREET CLOSED FOR CLEARANCE * * * *

TO FACILITATE THE DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN TAK WAH iTtFFT TSUEN wAN IT WILL EE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 28$ UNTIL THE CLEARANCE OPERATION IS COMPLETED.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND ON THE STREET A TEMPORARY PLB STAND wILL BE PROVIDED IN CHUN TSUI ROAD OUTSIDE HOUSE NO. 96 TO 120.

WILL BE SUSPENDED.

ON STREET

SOUTH OF SHA

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NO FLUSHING WATER * * *

SALT WATER SUPPLY SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO MAINS WORK.

TO ALL PREMISES IN CHAI wAN WILL BE 3 PM ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 28) TO FACILITATE

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, MAY 26, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR: GREAT SCOPE FOR DEVELOPING TRADE WITH JAPAN ........ 1

IMPROVED DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN FIRST QUARTER ....................... 5

WARNING OF LUNCH BOXES WITH HOT CONTENTS ......................... 8

JAPANESE FIRMS TOLD OF OPPORTUNITIES.............................. 9

AUCTION OF VICTORIA BARRACKS SITE ............................... 10

REVISED FARES FOR MORE GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES ................... 11

MACAU GOVERNOR ARRIVING ........................................ 11

DB MEMBERS BRIEFED ON FIRE FIGHTING ............................ 12

PRIZE WINNERS BOUND FOR SINGAPORE............................... 12

WORKING GROUP TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC ............................... 13

DETAILS OF ANTI-NARCOTICS VARIETY SHOW ......................... 13

SHORT INSURANCE COURSES TO BE OFFERE? .......................... 14

CIVIC ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN ........................... 15

PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE TO BE BUILT AT SHA TIN ....................... 15

NEW ROAD FOR SHAU KEI WAN ....................................... 16

SMITHFIELD CATTLE DEPOT VACATED ................................. 16

FIVE-MONTH CLOSURE OF HUNG HING ROAD ............................ 17

TAI PO WATER CUT ................................................ 17

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

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GOVERNOR: GREAT SCOPE FOR DEVELOPING TRADE WITH JAPAN * * * *

HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SYSTEM IS WELL GEARED, NOW AND IN THE FUTURE, TO FACE UP TO THE PROBLEMS CONFRONTING THE WORLD’S TRADING ECONOMIES AND TO GROW FURTHER, THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE NINTH JOINT SESSION OF THE HONG KONG-JAPAN AND JAPAN-HONG KONG BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEES IN TOKYO, SIR EDWARD SAID: +AS JAPAN TRIES TO READJUST ITS ECONOMY AND BALANCE ITS EQUATION ON A GLOBAL BASIS, HONG KONG IS WELL PLACED AND IN THE RIGHT STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT TO HELP.

♦THERE IS THEREFORE GREAT SCOPE FOR DEVELOPING FURTHER THE ECONOMIC LINKS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND JAPAN TO OUR MUTUAL EENEF IT.+

HE NOTED THAT HONG KONG WAS WIDELY RECOGNISED AS AND STABLE ECONOMY, BUT TO REMAIN SUCCESSFUL +WE NEED STABLE AND PROSPEROUS PRESENT, BUT ALSO CONFIDENCE IN

A SUCCESSFUL NOT ONLY A

OUR FUTURE.+

SIR EDWARD SAID THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG PROVIDED FOR THE CONTINUATION AFTER 1997 OF THOSE ELEMENTS WHICH WERE ESSENTIAL TO HONG KONG’S SUCCESS - A FREE-ENTERPRISE CAPITALIST ECONOMY, FREE-CONVERTIBILITY CF ITS CURRENCY WITHOUT EXCHANGE CONTROLS. THE MAINTENANCE OF A WELL TRIED LEGAL SYSTEM, GUARANTEES OF PERSONAL RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, INCLUDING THE FREEDOM TO TRAVEL AND MANY OTHER FEATURES.

HE SAID: +LET ME TELL YOU THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION IS PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY AND THAT A NUMBER OF PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO PRACTICAL PROBLEMS.

♦A PARTICULARLY VALUABLE SOLUTION WAS ANNOUNCED ONLY A FEW WEEKS AGO THAT HONG KONG’S POSITION IN THE GATT WOULD BE MAINTAINED. THIS IS ONE OF THE KEY FEATURES FOR HONG KONG WHICH DEPENDS SO MUCH ON ITS INTERNATIONAL TRADING POSITION. BUT THAT IS ONLY ONE OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OVER THE PAST YEAR.

♦THERE HAVE BEEN SOLUTIONS TO LAND PROBLEMS WHICH ARE SO IMPORTANT FOR PROPERTY PRICES AND SOLUTIONS TO PASSPORT PROBLEMS WHICH ARE SO IMPORTANT TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WHO VALUE JHE ABILITY TO TRAVEL FREELY FOR BUSINESS AND OTHER PURPOSES.

♦IN ALL THESE RESPECTS WE HAVE MADE A VERY GOOD START. IT IS ON THE BASIS OF THAT SATISFACTORY POSITION THAT I PLAN TO ADDRESS YOU TODAY.♦

/DESCRIBING .......

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DESCRIBING THE ESSENTIALS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SYSTEM, SIR EDWARD SAID THE TERRITORY HAD FEW NATURAL RESOURCES. BUT IT HAD AN EXCELLENT HARBOUR ? A GOOD LOCATION ON THE SOUTH CH'NA COAST AND IN RELATION TO THE ASIAN REGION’S TRADE ROUTES; EXCELLENT MAN-MADE COMMUNICATIONS; AN INDUSTRIOUS AND HARD-WORKING POPULATION ; AND A MATURE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

+WE PRACTISE FREE TRADE AND OPEN OUR MARKETS TO ALL. THERE ARE NO TARIFF OR NON-TARIFF BARRIERS TO IMPORTS INTO HONG KONG. NOR ARE THERE ANY BARRIERS OF INSTITUTIONAL PREJUDICE. WE BUY THE BEST PRODUCT AVAILABLE AT THE BEST AVAILABLE PRICE WHEREVER WE CAN FIND IT,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT COMPETITION IN HONG KONG WAS FREE AND FAIR AND AN OPEN ENVIRONMENT WAS MAINTAINED IN THE SERVICE SECTOR.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT FOLLOWING THE SHARP APPRECIATION OF THE YEN IN RECENT MONTHS AND THE CONCERN EXPRESSED BY SOME OF JAPAN’S TRADING PARTNERS OVER ITS HUGE TRADE SURPLUSES, OVERSEAS INVESTMENT WOULD BECOME OF INCREASING INTEREST TO JAPANESE COMPANIES.

JAPANESE MANUFACTURERS WERE NO DOUBT EXPLORING POSSIBILITIES FOR MOVING SOME OF THEIR MANUFACTURING ACTIVITIES OFF-SHORE IN ORDER TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE, HE SAID.

IN THIS CONNECTION, SIR EDWARD SAID, HONG KONG OFFERED AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM WHICH SHOULD ATTRACT INVESTMENT ON A CONTINUING BASIS AND CONDUCIVE TO COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THE 18-1/2 PER CENT PROFITS TAX WAS EXTREMELY LOW COMPARED WITH INDUSTRIALISED ECONOMIES IN THE WORLD WHILE THE PERSONAL TAX WAS AT A MAXIMUM OF 17 PER CENT.

HE LISTED OTHER FEATURES:

* NO RESTRICTION ON IMPORTS OF MATERIAL, EQUIPMENT AND PRODUCTS;

* PROFITS AND CAPITAL CAN BE FREELY CONVERTED AND REMITTED;

* THE BANKING AND FINANCIAL SYSTEM CAN BE RELIED UPON TO BACK COMMERCIALLY SOUND PROJECTS ;

* HONG KONG PRODUCTS ENJOY MOST FAVOURED NATION TREATMENT IN WORLD MARKETS AND HAVE EARNED A REPUTATION FOR QUALITY AND RELIABILITY;

* EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION, TRANSPORT AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL FACILITIES;

/• A GOVERNMENT........

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* A GOVERNMENT FULLY COMMITTED TO A FREE MARKET ECONOMY WITH NO UNNECESSARY INTERFERENCE IN ANY SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY;

* INDUSTRIOUS AND QU ICK-TO-LEARN WORKERS; AND

* WELL TRAINED AND EXPERIENCED MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVES WHO ARE FULLY FAMILIAR WITH INTERNATIONAL TRADING AND COMMERCIAL PRACTICES.

SIR EDWARD ADDED THAT HONG KONG COULD PROVIDE A CONVENIENT AND EFFECTIVE BASE FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT IN CHINA, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO ITS SOUTHERN REGIONS NEAR HONG KONG.

♦HONG KONG IS WELL PLACED TO ASSIST IN FACILITATING JAPANESE TRADE AND INVESTMENT WITH CHINA, TO THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF ALL CONCERNED,+ HE SAID.

REFERRING TO MUCH IMPROVED TECHNOLOGICAL FACILITIES, SIR EDWARD EMPHASISED THE OPPORTUNITIES WHICH HONG KONG OFFERED TO JAPAN AS A BASE FOR OFF-SHORE MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS INVOLVING HIGHER TECHNOLOGICAL PROCESSES RATHER THAN SIMPLY AS A BASE FOR ASSEMBLY WORK.

GIVEN HONG KONG’S ENHANCED ABILITY TO PRODUCE QUALITY PRODUCTS, GOOD INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AND HIGH STANDARD EQUIPMENT CALIBRATION SERVICES, HE URGED JAPANESE MANUFACTURERS TO INVEST IN THE METALS, LIGHT’eNGINEER ING AND PLASTICS INDUSTRIES WHICH HAD GOOD EXPORT PROSPECTS BOTH DIRECTLY AND BY SUPPLYING HONG KONG ELECTRONIC INDUSTRIES.

HE ADDED THAT JAPANESE MANUFACTURERS OF ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT EQUIPMENT WOULD ALSO FIND GOOD OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG AS ITS ELECTRONIC FIRMS PROVIDED A READY LOCAL CLIENTELE.

ON HONG KONG’S TRADE WITH JAPAN, SIR EDWARD SAID THERE WAS CONCERN ABOUT THE GAP THAT EXISTED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE VALUE OF TRADE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND JAPAN HAD INCREASED BY 67 PER CENT IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS TO OVER US$8.1 BILLION IN 1985. BUT THE RATIO OF IMPORTS FROM JAPAN TO DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN HAD INCREASED FROM 10

TO ONE

IN 1983 TO 12 TO ONE IN 1985.

HE SAID AS A FIRM BELIEVER OF FREE TRADE, HONG KONG MADE NO COMPLAINT ABOUT JAPANESE EXPORTS TO IT, EUT THERE WAS DEEP CONCERN OVER THE GREAT DIFFICULTY OF OBTAINING ENTRY FOR HONG KONG PRODUCTS INTO THE JAPANESE MARKET.

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+WE FOR OUR PART MUST INCREASE OUR EFFORTS TO PROMOTE EXPORTS TO JAPAN AND SEEK A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE REQUIREMENTS AND PREFERENCES OF THE JAPANESE MARKET.

-AT THE SAME TIME THERE ARE POSITIVE MEASURES WHICH JAPAN ON ITS PART COULD TAKE TO ALLEVIATE THIS SEVERE IMBALANCE IN TRADE,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID ONE WAY WAS FOR JAPANESE MANUFACTURERS TO SPEED UP THE ESTABLISHMENT OF OFF-SHORE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES IN HONG KONG.

+THE SALE OF THESE MANUFACTURED OR SEMI-MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS FROM THESE BASES BACK TO JAPAN FOR CONSUMPTION SHOULD HELP REDUCE THE MARKETING PROBLEMS WHICH HONG KONG PRODUCTS FACE IN JAPAN AND HELP REDUCE THE TRADE IMBALANCE,+ HE SAID.

THE PROCESS COULD ALSO AT THE SAME TIME PROVE TO BE VERY PROFITABLE FOR THE JAPANESE INVESTORS, FOR THE JAPANESE CONSUMER AND GOOD FOR JAPAN, HE ADDED.

IN THE MORE IMMEDIATE TERM, SIR EDWARD SAID JAPANESE TARIFF RATES FOR ITEMS OF INTEREST TO HONG KONG COULD BE FURTHER REDUCED.

ON TOYS, HE NOTED THAT SATISFACTORY PROGRESS HAD BEEN MADE SINCE HIS LAST VISIT IN ACQUIRING THE +ST+ (SAFETY TOY) MARK FOR HONG KONG TOY EXPORTS TO JAPAN.

HE SAID THE JAPAN TOY ASSOCIATION HAD FORMALLY RECOGNISED CERTAIN STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION CENTRES IN HONG KONG AS BEING COMPETENT TO PROVIDE TESTING FACILITIES IN HONG KONG FOR OBTAINING THE +ST+ MARK.

SIR EDWARD SAID HONG KONG HAD A WIDE RANGE OF PRODUCTS WHICH COULD BE OF INTEREST TO THE JAPANESE CONSUMER, AT A COMPETITIVE PRICE, AND OF A QUALITY WHICH COULD MEET JAPANESE REQUIREMENTS.

IT WAS HOPED THAT THIS WEEK’S MEETINGS WOULD IDENTIFY FURTHER MEANS BY WHICH ANY OBSTACLES TO THE ENTRY OF SUCH PRODUCTS COULD BE OVERCOME, WHETHER THESE OBSTACLES BE REAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL, HE SAID.

+OUR PRODUCTS ARE GOOD, OUR PRICES INCREASINGLY COMPETITIVE AND SUCH IMPORTS WOULD REDUCE JAPAN’S OVERALL TRADE SURPLUS WHICH IS OF SUCH CONCERN TO THE REST OF THE. 'WORLD,* SIR EDWARD ADDED.

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IMPROVED DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN FIRST QUARTER

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THE DECLINE IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS DURING MOST OF 1985 APPEARS TO HAVE STOPPED, AS INDICATED BY THE GROWTH RATE (ON A YEAR-ON-YEAR COMPARISON) OF ABOUT 1 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS IN BOTH THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985 AND THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986, ACCORDING TO THE FIRST QUARTER ECONOMIC REPORT 1986 PUBLISHED TODAY.

LATEST FIGURES ON THE ORDER-BOOK POSITIONS IN MANUFACTURING AND ON RETAINED IMPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES SUGGEST A CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

DOMESTIC DEMAND ALSO SHOWED SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986 COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985. REFLECTING THIS, RETAINED IMPORTS OF CONSUMER GOODS GREW BY 6 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS, OF FOODSTUFFS BY 16 PER CENT, AND OF CAPITAL GOODS BY 3 PER CENT.

THE REPORT NOTES THAT THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINED LARGELY STABLE WHILE THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE ROSE A LITTLE DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING MARCH 1986.

ACCORDING TO THE NEW SERIES OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS COMPILED SINCE JANUARY 1985, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986 WAS 3.2 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE RATE OF 3.1 PER CENT RECORDED IN BOTH THE FIRST AND THE FOURTH QUARTERS OF 1985.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE, AT 2.3 PER CENT, WAS THE SAME AS IN THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER

CF 1985, AT 1.5 PER CENT.

THE RATE OF INFLATION REMAINED AT A LOW LEVEL IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986. THE YEAR-ON-YEAR RATE OF INCREASE IN THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) WAS 2.6 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 3.4 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985 AND 2.9 PER CENT IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) WAS ON AVERAGE 3.2 PER CENT HIGHER IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985, WHILE THE HANG SENG CONSUMER PRICE INDEX WAS 4.6 PER CENT HIGHER.

THE REPORT ASSESSES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER CF 1986 USING SUCH STATISTICS AS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. IT ALSO UPDATES THE ANALYSIS OF THE ECONOMY WHICH WAS GIVEN IN THE 1985 ECONOMIC BACKGROUND PUBLISHED ON BUDGET DAY.

APART FROM GIVING AN OVERALL VIEW, THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS INDIVIDUAL CHAPTERS ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE LABOUR SECTOR, ACTIVITY IN SELECTED SECTORS AND PRICES.

/ON THE .......

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ON THE EXTERNAL SECTOR, THE REPORT NOTES THAT THE PERFORMANCE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKETS VARIED. WHILE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO MOST MAJOR MARKETS RECORDED SOME GROWTH IN REAL TERMS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986, THOSE TO CHINA AND TO THE UN ITED K INGDOM DECLINED.

IMPROVED ECONOMIC GROWTH AND STOCK REPLENISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS THE DEPRECIATION OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AGAINST MOST MAJOR CURRENCIES LIKE THE DEUTSCHEMARK AND THE YEN WERE PROBABLY THE MAIN FACTORS BEHIND THE RECOVERY IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS ID THE UNITED STATES, JAPAN AND SOME EUROPEAN MARKETS.

HOWEVER, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA CONTINUED TO BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY CHINA’S INCREASED CONTROLS OVER ITS FOREIGN EXCHANGE SPEND ING.

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986 WITH THE FIRST QUARTER CF 1985, RE-EXPORTS DECLINED BY AN ESTIMATED 6 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS, WITH MOST OF THE DECREASE OCCURRING IN RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA. HOWEVER, IMPORTS GREW BY ABOUT 1 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS, AND

RETAINED IMPORTS GREW BY ABOUT 7 PER CENT.

THE REPORT FURTHER POINTS OUT THAT OVER THIS PERIOD, THE VALUE

OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS) DECLINED BY 2 PER CENT, WHILE THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY 3 PER CENT.

AS A RESULT A VISIBLE TRADE GAP OF 5 PER CENT WAS RECORDED IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS EQUIVALENT TO 1 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1985.

ON THE FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE REPORT NOTES THE FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS. FIRST, THE EXCHANGE RATE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR REMAINED STEADY AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR AND MOVED WITHIN THE NARROW RANGE OF HK&7.8O TO HKS7.82 PER U.S. DOLLAR THROUGHOUT THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986, NOTWITHSTANDING THE GLOBAL WEAKNESS CF THE U.S. DOLLAR DURING MOST OF THIS PERIOD.

SECOND, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS CONTINUED TO RECORD A STABLE GROWTH RATE IN THE FIRST QUARTER, WHILE FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY, REFLECTING, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE. THE MONEY SUPPLY SHOWED SIMILAR CHANGES.

THIRD, HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY MARKET RATES WERE SLIGHTLY BELOW THE CORRESPONDING U.S. DOLLAR INTEREST RATES THROUGHOUT THE FIRST QUARTER BUT THE GAP NARROWED TOWARDS THE END OF THE QUARTER.

/ON THE ........

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ON THE LABOUR SECTOR, THE REPORT OBSERVES THAT, COMPARING DECEMBER 1985 WITH DECEMBER 1984, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR AND ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES DECREASED WHILE 'MPLOYMENT IN THE EXTERNAL AND DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE SECTORS AND IN THE FINANCE AND OTHER RELATED BUSINESS SERVICES SECTORS INCREASED. IN CONSEQUENCE, TOTAL EMPLOYMENT SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE DURING 1985, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 5 PER CENT DURING 1984.

THE REPORT FURTHER SAYS THAT COMPARING DECEMBER 1985 WITH DECEMBER 1984, EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING AND THE SERVICES SECTORS, IN TERMS OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED, INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN MONEY TERMS AND IN REAL TERMS. CONSTRUCTION WAGE RATES, WHICH HAD BEEN ON A DECLINING TREND FOR SOME TIME, ALSO RECORDED A SMALL INCREASE.

THE REPORT OBSERVES THAT MANUFACTURING ACTIVITY SLOWED DOWN IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1985, SO THAT FOR THE YEAR AS A WHOLE, THE QUANTITY OF MANUFACTURING OUTPUT WAS 5 PER CENT LOWER THAN IN 1984. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY, PRODUCTION IN ALL MAJOR INDUSTRIES DECREASED IN 1985.

ON THE PROPERTY SECTOR, THE REPORT NOTES THE FOLLOWING FEATURES. FIRST, THE RATE OF TAKE-UP FOR MOST TYPES OF FINISHED PROPERTY REMAINED AT A REASONABLY HIGH LEVEL IN 1985. APART FROM FLATTED FACTORIES, THE VACANCY RATES FOR ALL MAIN TYPES OF PROPERTY AT THE END OF 1985 WERE LOWER THAN A YEAR AGO.

SECOND, THE UPTREND IN PRICES AND RENTALS OF PROPERTY, WHICH STARTED IN MID-1984, APPEARS TO HAVE CONTINUED, ALBEIT AT A SLOWER RATE, IN LATE 1985 AND IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986.

THIRD, DEMAND FOR PROPERTY APPEARS TO HAVE REMAINED FAIRLY STRONG, NOTWITHSTANDING THE SLOWER ECONOMIC GROWTH IN 1985.

ON PRICES, THE REPORT SAYS THAT THE LOW RATE OF INFLATION IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1986 WAS DUE TO A NUMBER OF FAVOURABLE DOMESTIC AND EXTERNAL FACTORS. FOR EXAMPLE, AGGREGATE DEMAND IN THE ECONOMY WAS NOT SO STRONG AS TO IMPOSE UNDUE PRESSURE ON THE AGGREGATE SUPPLY OF RESOURCES, THE RATES OF INFLATION IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS WERE MODERATE, AND WORLD COMMODITY PRICES GENERALLY AND PRICES OF CRUDE OIL AND OIL PRODUCTS IN PARTICULAR REMAINED SOFT.

NEVERTHELESS, THE REPORT CAUTIONED THAT TWO OTHER DEVELOPMENTS COULD HAVE ADVERSE EFFECTS ON THE PRICES OF IMPORTS INTO HONG KONG, AND HENCE ON CONSUMER PRICES.

FIRST, SINCE THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1985, THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, BECAUSE OF ITS LINK WITH THE U.S. DOLLAR, HAS BEEN DEPRECIATING AGAINST MOST MAJOR CURRENCIES, WITH THE IMPORTANT EXCEPTION OF THE RENMINBI.

/SECOND,

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SPrOND CHINA’S RECENT SUCCESS IN CONTROLLING EXPORTS TO

ONG KONG THROUGH UNOFFIC I AL CHANNELS WHICH J^ND TO BE CHEAPER SSe ^te«tTt5eE?a™5ra^e° impact on Jr ices'of° worts prom c£"nA RESULTING FROM THE DEPRECIATION OF THE RENMINBI.

THE FIRST QUARTER ECONOMIC REPORT 1986 IS ON SALE AT $8 A COPY.

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WARNING OF LUNCH BOXES WITH HOT CONTENTS

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THE GROWING COMMUNITY ACCEPTANCE OF LUNCH BOXES, SPECIALLY FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS, MEANS THAT THE FOOD TRADE HAS AN ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE CONTENTS ARE NOT TAINTED.

MR JOHN HEYWOOD, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS, SAID THIS AT TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE RECENT CASES OF FOOD POISONING.

MR HEYWOOD SAID THAT NEW PATTERNS OF EATING FOOD WERE EMERGING IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THE RAPID GROWTH OF FAST-FOOD OUTLETS.

FOR EXAMPLE, IT WAS BECOMING THE NORM NOWADAYS FOR SCHOOLS TO SEND OUT TO NEARBY RESTAURANTS FOR LUNCH BOXES FOR THEIR STUDENTS, RATHER THAN HAVING COOKS PREPARE LUNCHES IN SCHOOL CANTEENS.

WHILE THIS WAS ACCEPTABLE IN PRINCIPLE, HEALTH PROBLEMS COULD ARISE IF HOT MEALS WERE COOKED AND BOXED BEFORE MID-MORNING, AND LEFT SEALED BEFORE DELIVERY TO SCHOOLS AT LUNCH-TIME.

IF SUCH LUNCH BOXES WITH THEIR HOT CONTENTS WERE LEFT STANDING FOR SOME HOURS, THE RISK OF BACTERIAL GROWTH WAS VERY REAL, HE SAID.

HE SINGLED OUT AS SUSPECT ANY RESTAURANTS WHICH MIGHT PREPARE FOOD BOXES IN THE MORNING AND LEAVE THEM SEALED FOR SOME HOURS WHILE THE RESTAURANT GOT ON WITH PREPARATIONS FOR ITS NORMAL LUNCH-HOUR TRADE ON ITS OWN PREMISES.

ON MOBILE ICE-CREAM VANS, MR HEYWOOD SAID THAT SPOT INSPECTIONS OF THESE FOOD SUPPLIERS WOULD BE STEPPED UP AS PART OF THE GENERAL REINFORCEMENT ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY THE USD.

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THESE VENDORS WERE PROHIBITED BY LAW FROM RE-USING ANY ICE-CREAM LEFT OVER FROM THE PREVIOUS DAY’S TRADING.

HEALTH INSPECTORS WOULD BE TAKING A CLOSE LOOK IN JTURE AT THE OPERATIONS OF THESE VANS, OF WHICH FOUR =ERATE ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND 14 IN KOWLOON, SAID MR -EYWOOD.

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JAPANESE FIRMS TOLD OF OPPORTUNITIES * K * * *

JAPAN ACCOUNTS FOR JUST OVER 21 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES BUT THIS REPRESENTS ONLY A PART OF THE OPPORTUNITIES WHICH HONG K0NG NOW OFFERS TO JAPANESE FIRMS, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE YKK FACTORY BUILDING IN TUEN MUN MR YEUNG SAID DURING THE PAST 15 MONTHS, NINE JAPANESE FIRMS HA6 EITHER COME TO HONG KONG FOR THE FIRST ?IME OR EXPANDED THEIR OPERATIONS HERE, AND SIX OTHERS WERE KNOWN TO BE PLANNING TO SET UP MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS THIS YEAR.

+TOTAL NEW INVESTMENT FROM JAPAN IN 1985 AND 1986 IS LIKELY TO REACH $800 MILLION,* HE SAID.

IN OUTLINING THE OPPORTUNITIES WHICH HONG KONG COULD OFFER TO JAPANESE INVESTORS, MR YEUNG SAID HONG KONG WAS A WORTHWHILE MARKET IN ITSELF FOR INVESTMENT IN THE MANUFACTURE OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS.

TRUE AS REGARDS POPULATION HAD REPRESENTING

+GROSS MANUFACTURING OUTPUT IN 1983 WAS $160 BILLION AND IT HAS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE THEN. THIS REPRESENTS A SUBSTANTIAL MARKET FOR LOCAL MANUFACTURING.*

MR YEUNG NOTED THAT THE SAME POINT HELD THE MARKET FOR CONSUMER GOODS AS HONG KONG’S AN ANNUAL PER CAPITA GDP OF OVER U.S.$6 000, CONSIDERABLE PURCHASING POWER.

+HONG KONG IS THEREFORE A POTENTIAL PROFIT CENTRE, RATUER THAN SIMPLY SOMEWHERE WHERE JAPANESE FIRMS CAN MANUFACTURE MORE CHEAPLY THAN AT HOME*, HE SAID.

THERE WERE OTHER AREAS INVOLVING MORE MATURE TECHNOLOGIES FOR WHICH HONG KONG OFFERED GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTMENT SUCH AS PRECISION METAL WORKING AND PRECISION PLASTIC MOULDING, PRODUCING PRECISION PARTS FOR OUR ELECTRONICS, ELECTRICAL, PHOTOGRAPHIC, WATCH AND TOY INDUSTRIES.

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+AN INCREASED DOMESTIC SUPPLY OF HIGH QUALITY PRECISION PARTS WOULD GIVE A BOOST TO OUR LOCAL DESIGNERS AND MANUFACTURERS, ^OULD BROADEN THE RANGE OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS, AND WOULD BENEFIT OUR EXPORTS.*

MR YEUNG SAID A THIRD PRODUCT AREA WAS THE MANUFACTURE OF ELECTRONIC PRECISION TESTING EQUIPMENT.

+HONG KONG’S STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY, WHICH PROVIDES CALIBRATION AND CERTIFICATION SERVICES FOR SUCH EQUIPMENT, WILL SOON BE ACCREDITED BY THE BRITISH CALIBRATION SERVICES, AND THUS BE ABLE TO PROVIDE INTERNATIONALLY TRACEABLE PRIMARY PHYSICAL STANDARDS NOT ONLY FOR MANUFACTURERS OF ELECTRONIC CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND COMPONENTS BUT ALSO FOR MAKERS OF MEASUREMENT EQUIPMENT.*

ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PART, MR YEUNG SAID IT ALREADY INVESTED HEAVILY IN MANPOWER TRAINING, THROUGH ITS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME, AND IN CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE, THROUGH THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME.

+IN ADDITION TO THIS THE GOVERNMENT IS BEGINNING TO INVEST HEAVILY IN THE CREATION OF TECHNOLOGICAL FACILITIES IN SUPPORT OF OUR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

♦AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND IT IS HOPEFUL THAT, WHEN OVERSEAS MANUFACTURERS HAVING USEFUL TECHNOLOGY START LOOKING AROUND FOR A SUITABLE OFF-SHORE MANUFACTURING BASE IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION, THEY WILL SEE IN HONG KONG A PLACE IN WHICH THEY MAY NOT ONLY ACHIEVE SUBSTANTIAL PROFITS BUT ALSO FIND ADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURAL SUPPORT FOR THEIR OPERATIONS,* MR YEUNG ADDED.

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AUCTION OF VICTORIA BARRACKS SITE * * * *

THE LAST SITE FOR SALE IN VICTORIA BARRACKS WILL BE AUCTIONED TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE 16 150-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT SUPREME COURT ROAD, KNOwN AS INLAND LOT NO. 8582, IS NEXT TO THE PLOT SWIRE PROPERTIES BOUGHT FOR 8703 MILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR FOR .HOTEL-OFFICE DEVELOPMENT.

IT IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) DEVELOPMENT.

THE PURCHASER WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AT LEAST 300 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA ON THE SITE BEFORE JUNE 33, 1992.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE AUCTION AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE STARTING AT 2.30 PM.

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REVISED FARES FOR MORE GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS GIVEN APPROVAL FOR ANOTHER SIX uREEN MINIBUS PACKAGES IN KOWLOON, COMPRISING 13 ROUTES, TO INCREASE THEIR FARES FROM SUNDAY (JUNE 1).

THESE ROUTES OPERATE IN MONG KOK, HUNG HOM, TO KWA WAN, KOWLOON CITY, KOWLOON TONG, KWUN TONG, TSIM SHA TSUI AND SHAM SHU I PO. THE FARE INCREASES RANGE FROM 20 TO 50 CENTS AND TEN OF THEM WILL CHARGE UP TO THE NEW FARE CEILINGS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID APPROVAL WAS GIVEN AFTER CAREFUL EXAMINATION OF THE OPERATING DETAILS AND FINANCIAL RETURNS SUBMITTED BY THE GREEN MINIBUS OPERATORS.

APPROVAL HAS NOW BEEN GIVEN FOR 12 GREEN MINIBUS PACKAGES IN KOWLOON, COVERING 25 ROUTES, TO INCREASE THEIR FARES SINCE THE FARE CEILINGS FOR GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES WERE REVISED IN FEBRUARY. FARES FOR SIX GREEN MINIBUS PACKAGES, COMPRISING 12 ROUTES, WERE REVISED ON MAY 1.

THE OPERATORS ARE REQUIRED TO INFORM PASSENGERS OF THE FARE REVISION BY PUTTING NOTICES AT GREEN MINIBUS TERMINI AND INSIDE THE VEHICLES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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MACAU GOVERNOR ARRIVING

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THE NEW MACAU GOVERNOR, DR JOAQUIM PINTO MACHADO, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG TOMORROW (TUESDAY^ BY FLIGHT BA3, ETA 3.45 PM.

HE WILL LEAVE FOR MACAU ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 28).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITY HAS BEEK ARRANGED

FOR MEDIA

THOSE COVERING THE

REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER DR MACHADO’S ARRIVAL.

EVENT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM BY 3.15 PM

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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DB MEMBERS BRIEFED ON FIRE FIGHTING *****

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TODAY (MONDAY) HAD A CLOSE LOOK AT THE WORK OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHEN THEY VISITED ■THE TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION AND THE KOWLOON COMMUNICATION CENTRE.

THE VISIT WAS PART OF A CONTINUING PROGRAMME ARRANGED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE FOR BOARD MEMBERS TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THE OPERATIONS OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

ACCOMPANIED BY STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG, AND BOARD MEMBERS FIRST WENT TO THE TSIM SHl TSUI FIRE STATION IN CANTON ROAD WHERE THEY WERE MET BY THE KOWLOON CHIEF OFFICER, MR JOHN BREADBURY, AND THE DEPUTY CHIEF OFFICER, MR WOO KWAN-KUEN.

MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED BY THE ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL FIRE OFFICER OF TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION, MR AU YEUNG SHIU-SHING, ON THE WORK AND ORGANISATION OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THEY THEN VISITED THE FIRE SERVICES COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE TO SEE HOW THE DEPARTMENT DEALT WITH EMERGENCY CALLS AND HOW FIRE ENGINES AND AMBULANCES WERE DISPATCHED TO THE SCENE WITHIN THE MINIMUM TIME SET ACCORDING TO THE CATEGORY OF RISK.

DURING THE TOUR, MEMBERS WATCHED A DEMONSTRATION INVOLVING VARIOUS FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCES AND SPECIAL EQUIPMENT. THEY WERE ALSO SHOWN HOW FIRE BOATS FIGHT FIRES ON SHIPS.

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PRIZE WINNERS BOUND FOR SINGAPORE *****

THREE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO WON THE TOP PRIZES IN THE LABORATORY SAFETY PROMOTION KIT CONTEST WILL LEAVE FOR SINGAPORE ON WEDNESDAY (MAY 28).

THE THREE WINNERS ARE CHUI CH I-HUNG OF TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS YAU TZE TIN MEMORIAL COLLEGE, CHEUNG CHOR-YIN OF CHENG CHEK CHEE SECONDARY SCHOOL, SAI KUNG AND HANG HAU DISTRICT, AND LUI TAK-KEUNG OF ST LOUIS SCHOOL. THEY WILL ATTEND THE SINGAPORE YOUTH SCIENCE FORTNIGHT DUE TO START LATER THIS WEEK.

THE ANNUAL EVENT AIMS AT GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE DEEPER INSIGHT INTO SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

/THE WINNERS

MONDAY, MAY 26, 1986

THE WINNERS HAVE ALSO BEEN AWARDED BOOK COUPONS RANGING FROM 1200 TO 11 000 FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING ENTRIES.

THE COMPETITION, INTENDED TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF LABORATORY AFETY IN SCHOOLS AND TO DEVELOP PUPILS’ COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS, WAS OINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE SHELL COMPANY OF HONG KONG LIMITED.

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WORKING GROUP TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC

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THE NEW TERRITORIES EAST INTER-DISTRICT WORKING GROUP ON LION ROCK TUNNEL TRAFFIC PROBLEMS, WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

MEMBERS OF THE WORKING GROUP WILL CONTINUE DISCUSSIONS ON A PRE-PAID TUNNEL TICKET SCHEME, TRAFFIC FLOW ON LION ROCK TUNNcL ROAD TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME FOR WATERLOO ROAD AND AN AUTO-TOLL AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEETING.

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DETAILS OF ANTI-NARCOTICS VARIETY SHOW

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A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS THE ANTI-NARCOTICS varIFTY SHOW 1986 wILL BE HELD ON wEDNtSDAY (MA( 28) AT 3 r M AT THE SAIL FISH ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, ABERDEEN MARINER CLUB, 8 oTlUM WAN ROAD IN wONG CHUK HANG.

ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AS THE MAIR EVENT IN ITS PREVENTIVE EDUCATION .ND PUBLICITY PROGRAMME FOR THE YEAR THE VARIETY SHOw WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 8 AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM IN HUNG HOM.

/THE CONCERT

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THE CONCERT w ILL EE PRODUCED AND BROADCAST LIVE BY HONG KONG TELEVISION BROADCASTS LTD.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE ON WEDNESDAY AT ? PM 'TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE FOR THc ABERDEEN MARINER CLUB FROM THE CENTRAL GOVERNEMNT OFFICES CAk Pajms, LOWER-ALBERT ROAD, BY 2.33 PM.

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SHORT INSURANCE COURSES TO BE OFFERED

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THE INSURANCE TRAINING CENTRE OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL IN OCTOBER TO PROVIDE A BROAD RANGE OF COURSES FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE INSURANCE SECTOR.

THE WORK-BASED PART-TIME COURSES WOULD ENABLE EMPLOYEES TO FUNCTION EFFICIENTLY IN WORK SITUATION AT ALL STAGES OF THEIR CAREER, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL’S INSURANCE TRAINING BOARD, WHICH OVERSEES THE OPERATION OF THE CENTRE, SAID.

THESE COURSES COULD BE REGARDED AS SUPPLEMENTARY TO LONG-TERM INSURANCE COURSES OFFERED AT EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AS WELL, HE ADDED.

THE NEED FOR TRAINING IN PART-TIME DAY RELEASE AND EVENING COURSES OF SHORT DURATION HAS BEEN STRESSED BY EMPLOYERS INTERVIEWED IN A MANPOWER SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE BOARD LAST JUNE.

AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY, EMPLOYERS FORECAST THAT THE INDUSTRY WOULD REQUIRE 1 560 ADDITIONAL STAFF IN THE FOLLOWING 12 MONTHS.

IN VIEW OF EXISTING COMPANIES OPENING MORE BRANCHES AND MORE NEW COMPANIES MOVING TO HONG KONG, THE BOARD ESTIMATED THAT THE DEMAND FOR QUALIFIED AND WELL-TRAINED INSURANCE PERSONNEL WOULD BE GREATER IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

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THE SURVEY ALSO REVEALED THAT THE WORKFORCE OF THE INDUSTRY HAD RISEN FROM 8 700 IN 1983 TO 9 400 IN 1985, REPRESENTING AN EIGHT PER CENT GROWTH RATE.

THE SURVEY REPORT IS AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE AT S15 A COPY.

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CIVIC ACTIVITIES FOR oCHOOL CHILDREN * * * * *

THE wONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD a ILL SPONSOR A SERIES OF CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITIES TO ENHANCE CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE, ACTIVITIES ILL INCLUDE AN URBAN ORIENTEERING COMPETITION, AN EDUCATION CAMP, INTER-SCHOOL DEBATES, DRAWING COMPETITIONS, CAREER VISITS AND A CARNIVAL.

THE FIRST ACTIVITY, THE wONG TAI SIN DISTRICT CIVIC. EDUCATION URBAN ORIENTEERING COMPETITION, WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 7.

THE COMPETITION IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO WIDEN THE KNOWLEDGE UF STUDENTS ON THE SOCIAL SERVICE FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THE DISTRICT.

IN THE COMPETITION, STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO VISIT SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT WITHIN A SET TIME LIMIT. THE TEAM OF STUDENTS THAT VISITS THE MOST NUMBER OF ORGANISATIONS WILL WIN.

PARTICIPATION ARE INVITED FROM PRIMARY 5 TO 6 AND FORM 1 TO 4 STUDENTS. THOSE WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT MAY APPLY THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS. ENTRIES CLOSE ON THURSDAY (MAY 29).

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PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE TO BE BUILT AT SHA TIN

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BUILT IN WESTERN

A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE AND CYCLE TRACK IS TO BE SHA TIN AS PART OF CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWN.

THEY WILL CONNECT WITH NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED CYCLE TRACKS ALONG THE PROMENADE ON BOTH SIDES OF FO TAN NULLAH.

OTHER WORKS INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT ARE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL PEDESTRIAN-CYCLE TRACK LINKS AND ROAD SURFACING IN VARIOUS AREAS WITHIN THE NEW TOWN.

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN JULY AND BE COMPLETED IN 12 MONTHS.

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NEW ROAD FOR SHAU KE I WAN * * * * *

A SECTION OF SHAU KEI WAN MAIN STREET EAST IS TO BE REPLACED BY A NEW ONE-WAY ROAD TO BE CONSTRUCTED BETWEEN TAM KUNG TEMPLE AND A KUNG NGAM ROAD.

THE NEW ROAD, MEASURING 100 METRES, WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO THE SOUTH OF THE EXISTING STREET.

A HIGHWAYS OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE REPLACEMENT ROAD WAS NEEDED IN CONNECTION WITH CONSTRUCTION OF SHAU KEI WAN SEWAGE SCREENING PLANT.

OTHER WORKS INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION OF A TWO-WAY CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN THE TEMPLE AND SEA-FRONT, AND THE REPROVISIONING OF A SHRINE AT A SITE ADJACENT TO A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME ARE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GAZETTE AND ANYONE OBJECTING TO THEM SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JULY 22.

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SMITHFIELD CATTLE DEPOT VACATED * * * *

tuc vcpmmfNT’ CATTLE QUARANTINE DEPOT AT SMITHF IELD ON HONG KONG ISLAND WAS VACATED THIS (MONDAY) MORNING THREE WEEKS BEFORE ITS OFFICIAL CLOSURE ON JUNE 17.

a SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID THE OWNERS CONCERNED SPENT JUST UNDER TWO HOURS IN REMOVIN ALL THEIR CATTLE FROM THE DEPOT.

+DFPARTMENT STAFF ARE CLEANING UP THE DEPOT AND MAKING IT READY FOR HAND ING OVER TO THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

THE DEPOT’S FUNCTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE KENNEDY TOWN ABATTOIR.

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FIVE-MONTH CLOSURE OF HUNG HING ROAD * * * *

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF HUNG HING ROAD FLYOVER, THE SECTION OF HUNG HING ROAD BETWEEN THE EXIT OF THE WAN CHAI CARGO HANDLING BASIN AND THE NEWLY OPENED ROAD CONNECTING WAN CHING STREET AND HUNG HING ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 29).

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE SECTION OF HUNG HING ROAD EAST OF THE ENTRANCE OF THE CARGO HANDLING BASIN WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

VEHICLES ON HUNG HING ROAD HEADING FOR ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB AND POLICE OFFICERS’ CLUB WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA WAN SHING STREET SOUTHBOUND AND THE NEWLY OPENED ROAD CONNECTING WAN SHING STREET AND HUNG HING ROAD.

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TAI PO WATER CUT * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TAI PO WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (MAY 29) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY PLOVER COVE ROAD, PO YICK STREET, TSI NG YUEN STREET, KWONG FUK ROAD, AND TUNG CHEONG STREET, INCLUDING LUK HEUNG LANE, ON FU ROAD, PO HEUNG STREET, TUNG MAU SQUARE, TUNG SAU SQUARE AND TUNG FAT SQUARE.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 46.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 272.482 MILLION CUBIC NETRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 320.648 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 54.7 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, MAY 2?, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TRIP TO JAPAN POSITIVE, USEFUL - SIR EDWARD ................. 1

RECORD PRICE FETCHED AT LAND AUCTION ........................ 2

EVIDENCE INCONCLUSIVE IN FOOD POISONING CASE ................ 3

ONGOING PROGRAMME OF INDUSTRIAL STUDIES MAINTAINED........... 4

ISLAND HOUSE LEI TO WWF ..................................... 6

DEBATE ON BANKING BILL TO RESUME............................. 8

DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED..................................... 8

SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION MEETING......................... 9

HONG KONG' S FIRST BOATING PARK OPENS ....................... 9

HR TEIP TNG ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS ................ 10

FIRST CLEARANCE FOR EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING................ 11

CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IN EASTERN ........................ 12

SPORTS TRAINING AT DISTRICT LEVEL ORGANISED ................. 13

MERT THE MEDIA .............................................. 14

200 000 VISITORS FOR HK PAVILION ............................ 14

ROAD IMPROVEMENT PLANNED FOR LO WAI ......................... 15

ROAD BUILDING AT TIN SHUT WAI ............................... 15

MANPOWER SURVEY ON ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY BEGINS .............. 16

CHINESE MUSIC NIGHT AT FRINGE CLUB........................... 16

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES, RESTRICTIONS ..................... 17

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN TOO AREAS ................................ 18

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 1986

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TRIP TO JAPAN POSITIVE, USEFUL - SIR EDWARD ****** ___________________________________

A HONG KONG BUSINESS DELEGATION LED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, HAD CONVEYED A NUMBER OF MESSAGES TO MEMBERS CF THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY DURING A TWO-DAY TRIP THERE.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING ON THEIR RETURN FROM JAPAN, SIR EDWARD SAID THE MESSAGES WERE MAINLY THAT HONG KONG WAS LOOKING FOR FURTHER LIBERALISATION IN THE NEXT STEP ROUND.

♦ BUT WE BELIEVE CONDITIONS ARE VERY POSITIVE FOR FURTHER INVESTMENT BY THE JAPANESE IN HONG KONG AND THAT WE HAVE SOME PRACTICAL IDEAS ON HOW WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE INCREASE IN HONG KONG IMPORTS INTO JARAN.+

SIR EDWARD ADDED THAT THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY UNDER SIR S.Y. CHUNG AND THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL UNDER MISS LYDIA DUNN WOULD BE CONSULTING TOGETHER TO SEE WHAT FURTHER ACTION THEY COULD TAKE TO GIVE PRACTICAL EXPRESSION TO THE IDEAS DISCUSSED.

IN JAPAN, THE HONG KONG GROUP HAD MET A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY MEMBERS INCLUDING THE PRIME MINISTER, MR NAKASONE, THE MINISTERS OF FOREIGN TRADE AND FINANCE, SOME VICE-MINISTERS AND SENIOR OFFICIALS IN OTHER JAPANESE DEPARTMENTS.

IN ADDITION, SIR EDWARD SAID THE HONG KONG-JAPAN AND JAPAN-HONG KONG BUSINESS CO-OPERATION COMMITTEES WERE MEETING.

ASKED WHETHER ANY AGREEMENT WAS REACHED ON THE INCREASE IN IMPORTS, THE GOVERNOR SA IDs +WE WERE NOT AT THE STAGE OF SIGNING AGREEMENTS ON THE SUBJECT, BUT WE DID FIND QUITE A LOT OF UNDERSTANDING AND SYMPATHY FOR THE MEASURES WHICH OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY PROPOSED TO ADOPT IN ORDER TO PROMOTE HONG KONG EXPORTS TO JAPAN.+

ON THE BN(O) PASSPORT ISSUE, SIR EDWARD SAID THE HONG KONG GROUP EXPLAINED TO A NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN JAPAN THE IMPORTANCE WHICH HONG KONG ATTACHED TO THE ACCEPTABILITY OF THE BN(O) PASSPORT AND THE HOPE THAT IT WOULD RECEIVE WIDE ACCEPTANCE INTERNATIONALLY.

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+1 THINK THEY ARE QUITE POSITIVE ON THIS SUBJECT,+ HE SAID.

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ASKED WHEN HE WOULD MEET THE NEW MACAU COVERNOR, WHO ARRIVED THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON, SIR EDWARD SAID: +l THINK HE IS PASSING THROUGH VERY QUICKLY. I DOUBT IF I SHOULD MEET HIM ON THIS OCCASION, BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM IN THE FAIRLY NEAR FUTURE.♦ ’

SIR EDWARD WAS MET AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND THE JAPANESE CONSULATE.

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RECORD PRICE FETCHED AT LAND AUCTION *****

THE HIGHEST PRICE EVER PAID AT AUCTION FOR A PIECE OF LAND IN HONG KONG - $1 005 MILLION - WAS REALISED AT A PACKED CITY HALL TODAY (TUESDAY).

AND IT ONLY TOOK 15 MINUTES.

THE PURCHASER WAS SWIRE PROPERTIES LIMITED.

BIDDING OPENED AT $850 MILLION AND EACH BID WAS $5 MILLION.

THE SITE, THE LAST FOR SALE IN VICTORIA BARRACKS, IS FOR NON-INDUSTRI AL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES AND IS NEXT TO ONE PURCHASED BY SWIRE PROPERTIES FOR $703 MILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR. A HOTEL WILL ALSO BE PERMITTED ON THE SITE.

THERE ARE VARIOUS SPECIAL CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO THE SALE, INCLUDING ONE REQUIRING THE PURCHASER TO BUILD A MINIMUM OF 96 000 SQUARE METRES OF FLOOR SPACE.

HE MUST ALSO CONSTRUCT A COVERED PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY THROUGH THE LOT, PLUS ESCALATORS AND STAIRWAYS TO CONNECT THE PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY TO BE BUILT OVER QUEENSWAY.

OTHER SPECIAL CONDITIONS INCLUDE PROVIDING AT LEAST 3 000 SQUARE METRES OF PUBLIC OPEN SPACE AND LANDSCAPING IT.

PARKING FOR 280 CARS WILL BE PROVIDED, PLUS A FURTHER 170 MAXIMUM SPACES IF ANY PART OF THE SITE IS DEVELOPED FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE PURCHASERS PAID A DEPOSIT OF $50 MILLION TODAY AND THE BALANCE OF THE PURCHASE PRICE HAS TO BE PAID WITHIN ONE CALENDAR MONTH.

CONDUCTING THE AUCTION WAS GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT, MR JIM HUGHES, WHO SAID AFTERWARDS: +1 AM MORE THAN SATISFIED WITH THE RESULT.+

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EVIDENCE INCONCLUSIVE IN FOOD POISONING CASE

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AFTER A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION INTO THE RECENT CASE OF FOOD POISONING AFFECTING 36 SCHOOL TEACHERS IN TUEN MUN, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THE EVIDENCE THAT THE TEACHERS WERE POISONED BY FAN MUSSELS CONTAMINATED BY RED TIDE WAS INCONCLUSIVE.

+ IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT THE CAUSE OF CONTAMINATION,* SAID THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S PRINCIPAL MEDICAL AND HEALTH OFFICER (OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH), DR S.Y. CHAN, ♦BUT IT IS SUSPECTED TO BE SOME FORM OF NEURO-TOXIN WHICH HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THIS AREA BEFORE.*

HE ADDED THAT IN THIS CASE MANY THEORIES HAD BEEN DISCUSSED BY SCIENTISTS, BUT ALL EVIDENCE WAS CIRCUMSTANTIAL AND NO CONCLUSIONS COULD BE MADE.

IN THE EVENT OF A SUSPECTED TOXIC RED TIDE OUTBREAK, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SCIENTISTS CAN CONFIRM WHETHER A RED TIDE IS CAUSED BY A TOXIC SPECIES WITHIN A SHORT TIME OF ARRIVING AT THE SCENE.

ONCE THE CONFIRMATION IS MADE THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH ARE INFORMED AND WARNINGS ARE IMMEDIATELY GIVEN TO SELLERS TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF SEAFOOD ORIGINATING FROM THE AFFECTED RED TIDE AREA. PENALTIES MAY BE IMPOSED ON SELLERS WHO DO NOT HEED THE WARNING.

HOWEVER, TO ASSIST THE GOVERNMENT IN MAINTAINING ITS VIGILANCE ON RED TIDE, THE PUBLIC IS ASKED TO REPORT ANY SIGHTING OF THE TIDE IMMEDIATELY TO THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT. RED TIDE SIGHTINGS ON BEACHES SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT OR THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

FROM JANUARY 1 TO MARCH 31 THIS YEAR, THERE WERE TEN REPORTED CASES OF RED TIDE IN HONG KONG WATERS. BUT NONE OF THESE WAS TOXIC. IN FACT, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAS NOT OBSERVED A RED TIDE INVOLVING A SPECIES KNOWN TO CAUSE PARALYTIC SHELLFISH POISONING FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS.

ALSO MAINTAINING VIGILANCE OVER RED TIDE IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WHICH IS CONDUCTING IN-DEPTH STUDIES INTO ITS CAUSES. IN ADDITION, REGULAR SHELLFISH SAMPLES IN TOLO HARBOUR ARE TAKEN BY THE ZOOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG FOR TOXICITY TESTS ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT.

THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH HAS ALSO WARNED SWIMMERS TO BE CAREFUL OF RED TIDES AT BEACHES. A TOXIC RED TIDE CAN CAUSE SEVERE SKIN IRRITATION.

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ONGOING PROGRAMME OF INDUSTRIAL STUDIES MAINTAINED ******

THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WILL BE MAINTAINING AN ONGOING PROGRAMME OF STUDIES AIMED AT IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEMS AND OBSTACLES FACED BY LOCAL MANUFACTURERS.

SPEAKING ON +INDUSTRIAL POLICY FORMULATION* TO THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES TODAY (TUESDAY), THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG OUTLINED THE HIGHLY RATIONAL FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL POLICIES WERE FORMULATED.

HE ALSO EXPLAINED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PROGRAMME OF STUDIES WHICH FORMED THE BASIS FOR PLANNING MOST OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT FACILITIES AND TECHNICAL BACK-UP SERVICES FOR MANUFACTURERS.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT 12 STUDIES HAD BEEN FINANCED BY THE GOVERNMENT SINCE 1982 AT A COST OF ABOUT $13 MILLION.

THE STUDIES, CARRIED OUT ON THE ADVICE OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD, COVERED SUCH BROAD AREAS OF STUDY AS THE METALS FABRICATION, ELECTRONICS, AND THE PLASTICS CONVERSION INDUSTRY.

HE SAID IT WAS THE TASK OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO IDENTIFY ANY OBSTACLES WHICH PREVENTED LOCAL INDUSTRIES FROM EXPLOITING TO THE FULL OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG’S MAJOR EXPORT MARKETS. AND WHERE THESE OBSTACLES WERE CAUSED BY PUBLIC POLICIES TO SEEK TO REMOVE THEM WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

THIS WAS DONE BY MAINTAINING AN ONGOING PROGRAMME OF STUDIES, EACH CARRIED OUT BY EXPERT FIRMS OF CONSULTANTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL AND THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, HE SAID.

+THE PROGRAMME OF STUDIES IS QUITE FORMIDABLE,* HE SAID.

IN RESPECT OF THE FOUR MAJOR INDUSTRIAL GROUPS, THE STUDY ON THE PLASTICS CONVERSION INDUSTRY, COMPLETED A MONTH AGO, WOULD BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY AND WOULD BE REPEATED IN 1989-90.

THE STUDY ON THE GARMENTS, TEXTILES AND RELATED INDUSTRIES AND THE STUDY ON THE METALS FABRICATION AND LIGHT ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES WOULD START IN 1986-87 AND BE COMPLETED THE SAME JYEAR.

MR YEUNG SAID THE STUDY ON ELECTRONICS WAS COMPLETED IN 1983 AND ALREADY FORMED THE BASIS ON WHICH A NUMBER OF SUPPORT FACILITIES AND BACK-UP SERVICES HAD BEEN PROVIDED. IT WOULD BE REPEATED IN 1987-88.

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IN ADDITION TO THESE FOUR MAJOR INDUSTRIAL GROUPS, THE PROGRAMME ALSO ENVISAGED EIGHT OTHER INDUSTRIAL STUDIES BEING UNDERTAKEN OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, AND INCLUDED INVESTIGATIONS BEING MADE OF THE WATCHES AND CLOCKS INDUSTRY, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND OPTICAL GOODS, PRINTING, DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, FURNITURE, TOYS, FOODS AND BEVERAGES.

SAID MR YEUNGi +AS EACH STUDY WILL BE UP-DATED EVERY TWO YEARS IN TERMS OF EXTERNAL MARKET INFORMATION, AND AS EACH STUDY WILL BE DONE EVERY FOUR YEARS OR SO, THIS PROGRAMME REPRESENTS A CONTINUATION OF THE IMPORTANT INVESTIGATIVE WORK OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DI VERSIFICATION.+

MR YEUNG EXPLAINED THAT THE STUDIES PROVIDED THE MEANS BY WHICH THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD, CHAIRED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, COULD IDENTIFY THE EXTENT TO WHICH AN INDUSTRY MIGHT BE EXPLOITING OR FAILING TO EXPLOIT OPPORTUNITIES IN WORLD MARKETS AND WHAT OBSTACLES STOOD IN THE WAY.

THESE STUDIES THEREFORE FORMED THE POLICY FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH MOST OF THE TECHNICAL SUPPORT FACILITIES AND TECHNICAL BACK-UP SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT WERE CONCEIVED.

PROJECTS WHICH STEMMED DIRECTLY FROM THE STUDIES INCLUDED THE SERVICES OF THE HONG KONG DESIGN INNOVATION COMPANY, TO BE DEVELOPED OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS AT A COST OF $9 MILLION, AND THOSE BEING DEVELOPED BY THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL FOR THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION, AT A COST OF ALMOST $50 MILLION.

IN ADDITION, THERE WERE THE TECHNICAL BACK-UP SERVICES PROVIDED DIRECTLY BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE FORM OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S PRODUCT STANDARDS BUREAU AND THE HONG KONG STANDARDS AND CALIBRATION LABORATORY WHICH HAD INVOLVED SETTING UP COSTS TOTALLING $17 MILLION AND COST ABOUT $7 MILLION A YEAR TO RUN.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT ALL THESE PROJECTS WERE DESIGNED TO HELP HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY ACHIEVE GREATER PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THEIR OUTPUT.

SAID MR YEUNG* + S0 THE FORMULATION AND EVOLUTION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL POLICIES, FAR FROM BEING AD HOC, TAKE PLACE WITHIN A HIGHLY RATIONAL FRAMEWORK.

♦WHILE THAT FRAMEWORK IS GOVERNED BY A STEADFAST REFUSAL TO TAMPER WITH THE OPERATION OF MARKET FORCES, IT CALLS FOR AN OBJECTIVE, MEASURED AND SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO THE EVALUATION OF EXTERNAL DEMAND AND DOMESTIC SUPPLY FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE EVERY MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

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♦WHERE, AS A RESULT OF THESE EVALUATIONS, SHORTCOMINGS ARE IDENTIFIED. AND THESE SHORTCOMINGS CONSTITUTE SERIOUS OBSTACLES TO AN INDUSTRY’S GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, THE GOVERNMENT ON THE ADVICE OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD WILL DEAL WITH THEM, THROUGH THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WHERE SERVICES FOR PROMOTING PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY ARE INVOLVED, AND THROUGH THE EDUCATIONAL NETWORK OF DEPARTMENTS WHERE MANPOWER TRAINING IS INVOLVED.+

♦IT IS MY BELIEF, THEREFORE, THAT THE MEASURED AND SYSTEMATIC APPROACH THAT WE ARE TAKING IN DEALING WITH OUR INDUSTRIAL PROBLEMS JlLL IN TIME, INVEST HONG KONG’S LIGHT MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WITH’THE TECHNOLOGICAL EQUIPMENT IN NEEDS TO EXPAND THE RANGE AND TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY OF THEIR OUTPUT.

♦THIS TAKEN TOGETHER WITH OUR EXCELLENT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT, WILL IN MY VIEW ENSURE THE CONTINUING SUCCESS OF OUR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES,+ HE SAID.

ON GOVERNMENT’S NON-INTERVENTION I ST STANCE IN THE ECONOMY, MR YEUNG SAID THIS MACRO-ECONOMIC POLICY MUST NOT BE CONFUSED WITH DOING NOTHING FOR MANUFACTURERS.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT INVESTED HEAVILY BOTH IN MANPOWER TRAINING THROUGH ITS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES, AND IN CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE, THROUGH INDUSTRIAL LAND FORMATION AND PUBLIC WORKS.

EQUALLY IMPORTANT WAS THE REALISATION THAT HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURERS MUST RESPOND QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVtLY TO CHANGES IN THE LEVEL AND PATTERN OF EXTERNAL DEMAND FOR THEIR PRODUCTS.

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ISLAND HOUSE LET TO WWF ******

GOVERNMENT APPROVAL HAS BEEN GRANTED TO LET ISLAND HOUSE, WHICH IS NO LONGER REQUIRED AS A QUARTER, TO THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND (HONG KONG) AT A NOMINAL RENT TO PROVIDE AN EDUCATION, RESOURCE AND SEMINAR CENTRE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT ACCORDING TO THE PROPOSAL BY THE CHAIRMAN OF' WORLD WILDLIFE FUND (HONG KONG) (WWF), THE BUILDING WOULD ALSO BE USED AS A BASE FOR A WWF EDUCATION OFFICER IN CHARGE OF A MOBILE EDUCATION UNIT.

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+THE UNIT WOULD VISIT SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG, DISSEMINATING INFORMATION ABOUT WILDLIFE, NATURE CONSERVATION AND THE WORK OF THE FUND,* HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, ISLAND HOUSE WOULD PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION FOR THE PROJECT MANAGER OF THE MAI PO WETLANDS PRESERVATION PROJECT AND SERVE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE BASE FOR THE ORGANISATION, WHICH HAS PLANS TO EXTEND ITS OPERATIONS TO OTHER AREAS OF WILDLIFE INTEREST.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THESE USES WERE COMPATIBLE WITH THE PROTECTED STATUS OF ISLAND HOUSE WHICH HAS BEEN DECLARED AN HISTORIC BUILDING UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE.

THE BUILDING WOULD THUS BE PRESERVED AND MA INTA INTED WHILE SERVING A PUBLICLY USEFUL. PURPOSE, HE SAID.

+THE HOUSE IS ALSO WELL SITUATED FOR USE BY FIELD STUDY GROUPS BECAUSE OF ITS PROXIMITY TO THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE AND OTHER COUNTRY PARKS.

+STUDENTS AND OTHER VISITORS TO ISLAND HOUSE WOULD BE ABLE TO EXPLORE THE FORESHORE AND GARDENS WHICH, AS A RESULT OF SELECTIVE PLANTING OVER THE YEARS, CONTAIN A LARGE AND VARIED COLLECTION OF TREES AND SHRUBS. THE GROUNDS ALSO PROVIDE A HAVEN FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF BIRDS,+ HE SAID.

THE DECISION TO LET THE PROPERTY TO WWF AT A NOMINAL RENT WAS TAKEN IN VIEW OF THE ORGANISATION’S NON-PROFIT-MAKING STATUS AND THE VALUE OF THE CONSERVATION AND EDUCATIONAL WORK WHICH IT IS PERFORMING.

+WWF WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MAINTENANCE AND UPKEEP OF THE GROUNDS AND FOR PAYMENT OF RATES,* THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT, ADDING THAT SINCE ISLAND HOUSE IS AN HISTORIC BUILDING, WWF WOULD BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN THE APPROVAL OF THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES FOR ITS FITTING-OUT PROPOSALS AND SUBSEQUENTLY TO MAINTAIN THE PROPERTY TO AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD.

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DEBATE ON BANKING BILL TO RESUME . *****

A NUMBER OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK WHEN DEBATE ON THE BANKING BILL 1986 RESUMES IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), AND THREE OTHER BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST READING.

THE THREE NEW BILLS TO BE INTRODUCED AND GIVEN A SECOND READING AREs

* ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986)

* PUBLIC BUS SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 19861 AND

* ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986.

OTHER BUSINESS WILL INCLUDE TWO OFFICIAL MEMBERS’ MOTIONS AND 11 QUESTIONS RAISED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS.

THE MOTIONS ARE ONE UNDER THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES ORDINANCE, TO BE MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, AND ONE UNDER THE PHARMACY AND POISONS ORDINANCE, TO BE MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS.

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DEATH SENTENCES COMMUTED

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THE DEPUTY TO THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON CHEUNG WAI-WAH ON MARCH 28, 1985 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

IT WAS ALSO DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCES PASSED ON LO YUNG-KAN ON MARCH 15, 1985 AND WU WAI-CHI ON FEBRUARY 28, 1985 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO 15 AND 12 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT RESPECTIVELY.

CHEUNG WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF CHUNG SAN-KWAI IN MARCH 1984. LO WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF MADAM NG DOR-KAI ON OCTOBER 24, 1984, WHILE WU WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF MADAM LEUNG SAU-KI NG IN SEPTEMBER 1984.

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SI NO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION

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MEETING

COMMISSION HAVE HELD ON FRIDAY I AND CONTENT OF

AGREED

THE TWO SIDES OF THE SI NO-BRITISH LAND । THAT THE COMMISSION’S NINTH MEETING WILL BE MAY 30) THE MEETING WILL DISCUSS THE FORM LEASE”DOCUMENTS AND THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE EXTENSION OF LEASES IN

NEW

THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HONG KONG’S FIRST BOATING PARK'OPENS * * * *

THE OPENING OF HONG KONG’S FIRST BOATING PARK TODAY HAS INAUGURATED A UNIQUE RECREATIONAL FACILITY FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S RECREATION SELECT COMMITTEE, MR HOWARD YOUNG, SAID THIS WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WONG NAI CHUNG RESERVOIR PARK IN WONG NAI CHUNG GAP.

POINTING OUT THAT THE BOATING PARK WAS A CLEVER ADAPTATION OF THE LONG DEFUNCT WONG NAI CHUNG RESERVOIR, HE SAID: +THIS $5.3 MILLION PROJECT IS THE LATEST OF NUMEROUS ACTIVE AND PASSIVE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES TO BE OPENED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

♦ AND, AS SOMETHING QUITE NEW IN THE WAY OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, THIS MAGNIFICENT BOATING PARK IS EXPECTED TO BE HIGHLY POPULAR WITH THE PUBLIC.+

THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PARK HAS A BOATING AREA OF 1.8 HECTARES AND CAN ACCOMMODATE 50 ROWING AND PEDAL-WHEEL BOATS.

APART FROM THE LANDSCAPED BOATING +LAKE+, FACILITIES INCLUDE A PAVILION WITH A LIGHT REFRESHMENT KIOSK, A VIEWING PLATFORM, A BOOKING OFFICE AND TOILETS.

MR YOUNG SAID: +FOR THOSE WHO MERELY WISH TO SIT AND , ENJOY THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, THERE IS PLENTY OF SEATING SET AMID LUSH GREENERY AND HIGH MOUNTAINS.*

+T0 ENSURE THE SAFETY OF VISITORS, THE CONTRACTOR IS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A PERSON QUALIFIED TO OPERATE AN INFLATABLE MOTORISED RESCUE CRAFT PLUS A MINIMUM OF THREE QUALIFIED LIFEGUARDS. ALSO, THERE IS A LOOKOUT TOWER WITH A LIFEGUARD ON DUTY.

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+AS AN ADDED PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, ALL PASSENGERS MUST WEAR A LIFE JACKET, WHILE PEOPLE AGED UNDER 14 ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HIRE ANY BOAT AND IN NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE CHILDREN IN ARMS PERMITTED TO BE CARRIED ON ANY BOAT.+

THE BOAT PARK ALSO HAS A FREE CARPARK WITH PARKING FOR 60 CARS AND SIX COACHES.

THE SECOND STAGE OF THE PARK PROJECT WILL BE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A $1.04 MILLION FITNESS TRAIL SURROUNDING THE BOATING LAKE.

THE BOATING PARK IS OPEN FROM 7. A.M. TO -6 .P.M. DAILY.

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BRIEFING ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS K X * * *

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE PLANS IN TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT FOR THE DISTRICT AT THEIR MEETING THIS FRIDAY (MAY 30).

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT PAPER WILL GIVE MEMBERS AN IDEA OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT NETWORK IN TSUEN WAN AND INFORMATION ON MAJOR PROJECTS SUCH AS THE NEWLY-OPENED TSUEN WAN BYPASS AND THE PROPOSED HIGHWAY LINKING TSUEN WAN AND SHA TIN.

REPORTS ON TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MEASURES CARRIED OUT IN THE DISTRICT OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS ARE ALSO CONTAINED IN THE PAPER.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE DISCUSSION PAPER ON THE LAWS IN CHINESE.

THE DOCUMENT CONTAINS RECOMMENDATIONS ON MATTERS OF GENERAL INTEREST PUT FORWARD BY THE WORKING PARTY OF THE LAW DRAFTING DIVISION ON THE PRODUCTION OF CHINESE TEXT OF LEGISLATION ENACTED IN HONG KONG.

THERE WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSION ON THE REPORT ON THE REVIEW OF THE JOINT SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL EXPRESS THEIR OPINIONS AND COMMENT ON PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE THE PRESENT SYSTEM AND ON THE PHASING OUT AND REPLACEMENT OF THE SYSTEM WITH A NEW ALLOCATION SCHEME IN 1991.

/THE MEETING........

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 1986

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF TSUEN WAN MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON FRIDAY.

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FIRST CLEARANCE FOR EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING *****

ABOUT 181 SQUATTER STRUCTURES IN LEI YUE MUN ROAD WERE CLEARED TODAY (TUESDAY) TO MAKE WAY FOR THE S3 000 MILLION EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING PROJECT.

TODAY’S OPERATION WAS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF CLEARANCES CO-ORDINATED BY THE DISTRICT WORKING GROUP ON EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING PROJECT SET UP LAST OCTOBER UNDER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR EDDY CHAN, SAID THE OPERATION WAS CARRIED OUT SMOOTHLY AS ALL FAMILIES AFFECTED HAD BEEN PROPERLY REHOUSED.

+ACCORDING TO THEIR ELIGIBILITY, 74 PERSONS FROM 25 FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE CLEARANCE WERE ALLOCATED FLATS IN PUBLIC HOUSING WHILE 152 PERSONS FROM 68 FAMILIES HAVE MOVED TO TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS,+ HE SAID.

MR CHAN SAID THE FAMILIES HAD ALSO BEEN OFFERED REMOVAL ALLOWANCES.

AMONG THE STRUCTURES CLEARED TODAY, 37 WERE USED FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES, MOSTLY WORKSHOPS, AND EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES HAD BEEN % GRANTED TO ALL ELIGIBLE BUSINESS OPERATORS.

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CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IN EASTERN

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. yfar—LONG CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED IN OTCOM ru strict THIS WEEK TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG SIDENTS AND TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL COMMUNITY INITIATIVES IN ROMOTING CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES.

... rioTCDki n i 1 CT CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION WORKING

ORGANISATIONS.

THE DISTRICT.

CHAN MEMORIAL HALL IN NORTH POINT.

nETAiie OF OTHER ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES OF THE YEAR-LONG »iUI)A>S0«F?oSJESeKF«orET^EilTiR2%^T^cT OFFICE AT 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

noeetrnT at tuf PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE f ASTERN1^ DI STR I CT CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION WORKING GROUP, MR PAUL ytr EAS?ERlil STRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, AND CONVENERS OF SEVEN SUB-GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

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SPORTS TRAINING AT DISTRICT LEVEL ORGANISED *****

THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD, TOGETHER WITH THE NEWLY-FORMED KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, WILL BE ORGANISING A SERIES OF SPORT TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT A DISTRICT BOARD HAS JOINED WITH THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE TO DEVISE A SYSTEMATIC SPORTS TRAINING PROGRAMME AT DISTRICT LEVEL.

TRAINING COURSES IN JUDO, GYMNASTICS, AND RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS, WILL BE HELD IN JULY FOR ABOUT 600 PARTICIPANTS.

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME AND OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (MAY 31) AT NOON IN THE FUNCTION ROOM OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN.

CHAIRMAN OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, MR DENNIS BRAY;

THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO TUNG-CHING, PRESIDENT OF THE DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR LAM KIN-MING, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE AND RECREATION COMMITTEE, MR CHENG WING-CHUN, WILL ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

A DEMONSTRATION ON JUDO, GYMNASTICS AND RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS WILL ALSO BE HELD AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE AND JUDO, GYMNASTICS AND RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS DEMONSTRATIONS ON SATURDAY AT NOON IN THE FUNCTION ROOM OF JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE. TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE LEAVING FROM THE KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (NEXT TO THE KWAI HING MTR STATION), 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, BY 11 AM.

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MEET THE MEDIA * * *

THE GOVERNMENT PRINTER, MR HARRIS MYERS, WILL MEET THE •"DIA ON THURSDAY (MAY 29) AT 2.30 PM IN THE PRINTING DEPARTMENT’S INFERENCE ROOM, 14TH FLOOR, CORNWALL HOUSE, 28 TONG CHONG STREET, JARRY BAY.

THE SESSION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A GUIDED TOUR OF THE DEPARTMENT’S FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE LATEST COMPUTERISED CHINESE TYPESETTING MACHINE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE RECEPTION COUNTER ON THE 14TH FLOOR, CORNWALL HOUSE BY 2.15 PM.

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200 000 VISITORS "OR HK PAVILION

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THE HONG KONG PAVILION AT EXPO ’86 CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN ITS SEVEN PER CENT SHARE OF THE 2.5 MILLION VISITORS WHO HAD CALLED AT THE WORLD EXPOSITION SITE IN VANCOUVER SO FAR.

AMONG THE 200 OOOTH VISITORS TO THE HONG KONG STAND WAS THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR ADOLF HSU, WHO HAD WORKED CLOSELY ON THE PROJECT SINCE ITS INCEPTION EARLY LAST YEAR.

MR HSU. WHO SAID HIS MAIN INTEREST WAS TO GAUGE THE RESPONSE OF VISITORS TO THE PERFORMANCE IN THE HONG KONG PAVILION, ALSO VISITED THE UNITED STATES, SOVIET UNION, CHINA AND CANADA PAVILIONS DURING HIS SHORT STAY IN VANCOUVER.

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ROAD IMPROVEMENT PLANNED FOR LO WAI * * * * *

A SUB-STANDARD PRIVATE ROAD IN THE TEMPLE AREA OF LO WAI IN TSUEN WAN IS TO BE IMPROVED TO PROVIDE BETTER ACCESS FOR VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS.

THE PROPOSED WORK INVOLVES MORE THAN 340 METRES OF THE ROAD OF VARYING WIDTH IN THE VICINITY OF THE WESTERN MONASTERY.

ON COMPLETION THERE WILL BE A 4.5-METRE-WIDE CARRIAGEWAY AND A FOOTPATH OF 1.6 METRES WIDTH.

THE WORK WOULD BE CARRIED OUT BY A SOCIETY RUNNING THE MONASTERY, WHICH IS ALSO THE PROSPECTIVE GRANTEE OF A SITE TO THE NORTH OF THE MONASTERY.

ANY PERSON WISHING TO OBJECT OR ENQUIRE ABOUT THE IMPROVEMENT WORK SHOULD CALL AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, TSUEN WAN, 10TH FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING.

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ROAD BUILDING AT TIN SHU I WAI

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AS PART OF THE VILLAGE FLOOD PROTECTION SCHEME AT TIN SHU I WAI, THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO BUILD ROADS AND FOOTPATHS IN THE AREA.

THE NEW ROADS WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO FLOOD PROTECTION WORKS FOR MAINTENANCE CREWS AND ALSO IMPROVE ACCESS TO VILLAGES.

BESIDES ROADS AND FOOTPATHS, THE PROPOSED WORKS WILL INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGES, FOOTBRIDGES, CAR PARKS AND CYCLE TRACKS AT LO UK TSUEN, SIK KONG TSUEN, SIK KONG WAI AND KIU TAU WAI.

TWO STRETCHES OF PING HA ROAD EAST OF LO UK TSUEN AND NORTH OF KIU TAU WAI WILL BE REALIGNED AND AN ACCESS ROAD BUILT AT NGAU HOM SHA LEADING TO THE BORROW AREA.

TWO BRIDGES ON PING HA ROAD EAST OF LO UK TSUEN AND NORTH OF KIU TAU WAI WILL BE DEMOLISHED AS WILL OTHER MINOR BRIDGES.

PLANS CAN BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, YUEN LONG, AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE.

OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS BY JULY 22.

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 1986

MANPOWER SURVEY ON ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY BEGINS

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THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT A SURVEY BETWEEN MAY 30 AND JUNE 26 TO COLLECT UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE INDUSTRY’S MANPOWER AND EMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY NOTES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY.

EMPLOYERS ARE URGED TO CO-OPERATE AS THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE USED TO FORMULATE MANPOWER TRAINING PLANS TO MEET THE INDUSTRY’S NEEDS.

SURVEY OFFICERS FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS TO HELP COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRES. THE INFORMATION WILL BE DEALT WITH IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

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CHINESE MUSIC NIGHT AT FRINGE CLUB

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THE MUSIC OFFICE IS ORGANISING A CHINESE MUSIC NIGHT AT THE FRINGE CLUB THIS FRIDAY (MAY 30) TO STIMULATE GREATER INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC.

THE PROGRAMME, STARTING AT 8 PM, WILL FEATURE CHINESE FOLK SINGING AND INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF CHINESE FOLK MUSIC. POPULAR PIECES SUCH AS +DANCE OF THE YI+ WILL BE PLAYED.

ADMISSION IS FREE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 5-283257.

TUESDAY, MAY 27, 1986

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES, RESTRICTIONS * * * * *

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HUNG HOM FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 30) IN CONNECTION WITH THE STAGE II RECONSTRUCTION OF CHATHAM ROAD NORTH BETWEEN PAK KUNG STREET AND CHI KIANG STREET. THE MEASURES, WHICH WILL LAST FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS, ARE AS FOLLOWS:

* THE SECTION OF THE WESTERN CARRIAGEWAY OF CHATHAM ROAD NORTH FROM CHI KIANG STREET TO PAK KUNG STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

* SHANSI STREET, KIANG HSI STREET AND ANHUI STREET WILL BE CONVERTED TO A TWO-WAY CUL-DE-SAC WITH ACCESS ONLY FROM KO SHAN ROAD: SHEK TONG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND; AND SAN WAI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

* SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC INCLUDING KMB ROUTES 5, 5A, 11, 14, 26 AND 201; CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES 101, 108, 111 AND 116; AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 27M IN CHATHAM ROAD NORTH WESTERN CARRIAGEWAY WILL BE DIVERTED BACK ONTO THE EASTERN CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN CHI KIANG STREET AND SAN WAI STREET.

* GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 7 TRAVELLING IN MA TAU WAI ROAD ON ITS JOURNEYS TO TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE DIVERTED BACK TO OPERATE VIA GILLIES AVENUE AND SAN WAI STREET BEFORE REJOINING CHATHAM ROAD NORTH.

ALSO ON FRIDAY, THE SECTION OF ROAD P3 (WONG CHU ROAD) WEST OF TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, AND ITS ASSOCIATED SLIP ROADS WITH TSING WUN ROAD AND LUNG MUN ROAD, WILL BE DESIGNATED 24-HOUR DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES.

NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

IN YUEN LONG, THE ACCESS ROAD TO TAI SHANG WAI WILL BE MADE A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONE. NO PLBS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE AREA.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN TWO AREAS

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FROM 8 AM ON THURSDAY (MAY 29), SECTIONS OF THE ACCESS ROAD TO SHING ON VILLAGE IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE CLOSED AT DIFFERENT TIMES TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION.

DETAILS OF THE CLOSURES WILL BE DISPLAYED ON THE NOTICE BOARD ERECTED IN SHING ON STREET NEAR HOUSE NO 35.

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (MAY 30), THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ISLAND ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH DEEP WATER BAY ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 360 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAY, NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

........ ... WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING:

FS: CHANGES STRENGTHEN .PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION ............ 1

AMENDED BANKING BILL RESULT OF CONSENSUS .................. 4

STEP TO RESTORE GREATER PUBLIC CONFIDENCE ................. 6

BILL TO STRENGTHEN BANKING SUPERVISION WELCOMED............ 9

'SOUND BANKS DEPEND .ON GOOD BANKERS' .................... 10

♦DIFFERENT, MORE TIMELY+ APPROACH IN BANKING SUPERVISION . 11

PRAISE FOR ADMINISTRATION'S HARD WORK..................... 12

SPERDTER PINPOINTING OF POTENTIAL PROBLEMS ............... 14

TIME TO .TIGHTEN BANKING SYSTEM........................... 15

FUKTHER..PRQTECTION FQR CONSUMERS ........................ 16

SIR JOHN'S TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTION PRAISED................ 17

TRIBUTE TO .OUTGOING FINANCIAL SECRETARY.................. 18

POISONS LIST UPDATED AS REQUIRED ......................... 19

STATUTORY .POWERS TRANSFERRED TO NEW DIRECTORS ........... 20

PERMIT SYSTEM FOR CONTROL OF VILLAGE VEHICLES............. 20

WIDER MEMBERSHIP FOR ANTIQUITIES BOARD ................... 22

BILL STRENGTHENS BUS PROFIT CONTROL SCHEMES............... 23

MOST TENANTS WILL RETAIN SECURITY OF TENURE............... 24

UNATTENDED CHILDREN: PUBLICITY CAMPAIQI PLANNED........... 25

/HONG KONG ......

HONG KONG NCV< SPEAKS FOR ITSELF IN GATT ................... 26

NO PLAN FOR DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME............................ 27

1987 REVIEW WILL CONSIDER ELECTORAL COMPOSITION ............ 27

PROVIDENT FUND BEING REASSESSED............................. 28

HOSPITAL PATIENTS HAVE FREEDOM OF CHOICE.................... 28

MORE HALLS TO HAVE AIR-CONDITIONING......................  ' 29

REVIEW OF BAR ADMISSION POLICY.............................. 30

MORE DATA ON SENTENCING PATTERN BY YEAR END................. 31

PLANS IN HAND FOR- COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS................. 32

BANKING BILL PASSED ;...::.................................. 33

CONCERN OVER CHILDREN'S TV PROGRAMMING ..................... 33

PROBATION SERVICE FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS A SUCCESS................ 35

MENTAL HEALTH FORTNIGHT- BEGINS IN THEN MUN ................... 37

SONG SPREADS ANTI-NARCOTICS IMESSAGE........................... 37

93 PASS MEDICAL LICENTIATE EXAMINATION ........................ 38

BOARD TO DISCUSS COMMERCIAL SURVEY FINDINGS ................... 38

COMMITTEE TO STUDY EDUCATION ISSUES ........................... 39

PRESS BRIEFING ON 'TAI 'PO TRAFFIC ............................ 40

SEMINAR ON CHILDREN ’ S -PROGRAMS.............................. 40

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF STUBBS ROAD CARRIAGEWAY .................. 41

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS 'IN QUARRY BAY, CENTRAL .................. 41

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1986

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FS: CHANGES STRENGTHEN PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION *****

AMENDMENTS TO THE BANKING BILL 1986 DO NOT AFFECT THE SUBSTANCE OF THE NEW POLICIES AND APPROACHES EMBODIED IN IT, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID ALL AGREED THAT THESE AMENDMENTS WERE NECESSARY TO STRENGTHEN PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION AND THUS TO PROMOTE A STABLE SYSTEM AND A DEGREE OF PROTECTION FOR DEPOSITORS, SIR JOHN SAID WHEN WINDING UP DEBATE ON THE BILL.

THIS CONSENSUS REFLECTED THE RESULT OF THE EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION BEFORE THE BILL WAS DRAFTED.

+MOST OF THE AMENDMENTS COVER PRACTICAL, TECHNICAL AND DRAFTING MATTERS- INDEED, A NUMBER OF THEM RELATE TO PROVISIONS THAT ARE CARRIED OVER FROM THE TWO EXISTING ORDINANCES WHICH THE BILL WILL REPLACE,+ HE SAID.

SIR JOHN DESCRIBED THE BILL AS ARGUABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT TO COME BEFORE THE COUNCIL THIS SESSION. ITS IMPORTANCE STEMMED FROM THE FACT THAT A STABLE AND PROSPEROUS ECONOMY WAS ESSENTIAL FOR THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.

SOUND BANKING WAS A VITAL ELEMENT. ALL HAD CLEARLY NOT BEEN WELL, AND WHILE NEW LAW WOULD NOT PROVIDE A PANACEA THE BILL WAS A MAJOR STEP FORWARD.

♦ WITH EXPERIENCE THERE WILL BE A NEED FOR FURTHER AMENDMENT AND IMPROVEMENT. BUT WE WILL HAVE A PROPER FOUNDATION ON WHICH TO BUILD.+ HE SAID.

SIR JOHN NOTED THAT THOUGH THE BILL WAS ON SCHEDULE, IT HAD BEEN A +CLOSE RUN THING+, WITH COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENTS TO 78 CLAUSES TO BE MADE — 171 IN ALL.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE MAJOR AND VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP THAT SCRUTINISED THE BILL.

HE ALSO THANKED THE OTHERS INVOLVED, INCLUDING THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING, THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH, THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS, THE DTC ASSOCIATION, THE TWO ADVISORY COMMITTEES, THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS AND MANY OTHER OUTSIDE INSTITUTIONS.

+1 CANNOT REMEMBER ANY BILL WHICH HAS BEEN THE PRODUCT OF SO MUCH CONSULTATION AND HARD WORK,+ HE OBSERVED.

/Sia JOHN

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1986

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SIR JOHN SAID THE INTENTION WAS FOR THE BILL TO COME INTO EFFECT THREE MONTHS AFTER ENACTMENT — EXCEPT FOR THE NEW CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIO. SINCE THIS RATIO WOULD PLACE SUBSTANTIAL REQUIREMENTS ON SOME OF THE INSTITUTIONS CONCERNED, IT WOULD BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT IN ABOUT TWO YEARS’ TIME.

HE DESCRIBED BRIEFLY THE MAIN AMENDMENTS. THESE INCLUDED:

CLAUSE 7(2) COMMISSIONER’S GUIDELINES

HE SAID THIS CLAUSE SPELT OUT THE FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING. IT REFLECTED AN APPROACH TO PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION THAT RELIED MORE ON THE COMMISSIONER’S DISCRETION AND QUALITATIVE JUDGEMENT THAN PREVIOUSLY. IT HAD BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE COMMISSIONER SHOULD ISSUE GUIDELINES TO THE INDUSTRY ON HOW HE WOULD EXERCISE HIS FUNCTIONS UNDER VARIOUS PROVISIONS. • ’ALTHOUGH THERE IS NOTHING TO PREVENT HIM FROM DOING SO UNDER THE BILL AS DRAFTED, THE ADMINISTRATION ACCEPTS THAT IT WOULD BE USEFUL EXPLICITLY TO PROVIDE FOR THAT THROUGH AN AMENDMENT TO THIS CLAUSE,’ SIR JOHN SAID. ’THE COMMISSIONER WILL ISSUE THESE GUIDELINES ONLY AFTER THE NECESSARY CONSULTATIONS WITH THE INDUSTRY AND THE ADVISORY COMMITTEES.’

CLAUSES U(7) ETC: APPEALS

AMENDMENTS WOULD BE MOVED TO CLAUSES 44(7). 46(7), 49(7), 70(5) AND 72(4), TO PROVIDE FOR APPEALS TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL IN RESPECT OF CONDITIONS WHICH THE COMMISSIONER ATTACHED TO HIS APPROVALS TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BRANCHES, EXERCISE OF VOTING POWER, GIVING OF DIRECTIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS BY CONTROLLERS, AND THE APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARIES.

CLAUSES 70,-71: SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS

CONTROL OF OWERNSHIP IN LOCALLY INCORPORATED INSTITUTIONS WAS AN ESSENTIAL PROPOSAL OF THE BILL, AND WAS EMBODIED IN CLAUSES 70 AND 71, SIR JOHN SAID. HOWEVER, AS THERE WERE LIKELY TO BE CONSIDERABLE DIFFICULTIES IN IMPLEMENTING CLAUSE 71, IT WOULD BE DELETED. THIS MEANT THAT THE ONLY SANCTION AGAINST SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS VOTING WITHOUT THE COMMISSIONER’S APPROVAL (AS REQUIRED UNDER CLAUSE 70) WOULD BE THE PENALTY UNDER CLAUSE 70(6). IT WAS CONSIDERED THEREFORE THAT THAT PENALTY SHOULD BE RAISED — TO $500 000 AND FIVE YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT.

CLAUSE 72: APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS

SINCE IT WAS CUSTOMARY IN HONG KONG FOR A DIRECTOR FORMALLY TO RETIRE AFTER A THREE-YEAR TERM, AND TO BE REAPPOINTED IF REQUIRED, THE ADMINISTRATION HAD ACCEPTED THE SUGGESTION THAT SUCH ROTATING DIRECTORS, ON REAPPOINTMENT, SHOULD NOT REQUIRE THE COMMISSIONER’S APPROVAL.

/CLAUSE 76: .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1986

CLAUSE 76: MAINTENANCE OF ADEQUATE PROVISIONS

A SECTION PROVIDING FOR CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER IN DETERMINING WHAT WAS +ADEQUATE+ IN MAINTAINING PROVISIONS AGAINST BAD AND DOUBTFUL DEBTS HAD BEEN CRITICISED AS IMPRACTICAL, AND WOULD BE DELETED.

HOWEVER, SIR JOHN ADDED: + AT THE SAME TIME, PRUDENCE REQUIRES THAT, FIRST, ADEQUATE PROVISIONS BE MAINTAINED AGAINST BAD AND DOUBTFUL DEBTS AND DIMINUTION OF THE VALUE OF ASSETS, AND NOT JUST THE FORMER; AND SECOND, THAT THIS BE DONE AT ALL TIMES, AND NOT JUST BEFORE DECLARING PROFIT OR LOSS. A SECOND AMENDMENT TO THIS CLAUSE WILL MEET THESE POINTS.*

CLAUSE 82: COMMISSIONER’S DIRECTIONS

THIS CLAUSE WAS MEANT TO TACKLE THOSE CASES WHERE AN INSTITUTION’S EXPOSURES TO A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PERSONS IN FACT ALL DEPENDED ON THE CREDITWORTHINESS OF A SINGLE PARTY. THE BILL PROVIDED FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO ISSUE APPROPRIATE DIRECTIONS TO THE INSTITUTIONS TO REGULATE THESE TYPES OF EXPOSURE. IT WAS NOW CONSIDERED THAT SINCE BREACH OF THESE DIRECTIONS WOULD ATTRACT CRIMINAL SANCTION, THIS WOULD VEST TOO MUCH POWER IN THE COMMISSIONER. THUS THERE WAS AN AMENDMENT TO THE EFFECT THAT THE COMMISSIONER MIGHT ISSUE GUIDELINES ON THE SUBJECT OF EXPOSURE TO A SINGLE PARTY. +AN INSTITUTION WILL NOT BE SPECIFICALLY SANCTIONED FOR VIOLATION OF THESE GUIDELINES, BUT SUCH VIOLATION WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN THE SUPERVISORY AUTHORITIES’ ADMINISTRATION OF OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BILL,* SIR JOHN SAID.

IN CONCLUSION, SIR JOHN REITERATED HIS VIEW THAT THE ENACTMENT OF THE LEGISLATION DID NOT MEAN THAT THERE WOULD NOT BE FURTHER AMENDMENT AND IMPROVEMENTS WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME, AND, IN THIS CONNECTION, HE MENTIONED FOUR ISSUES.

FIRST, HE SAID HE WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF EVENTS AND EXPERIENCES SUGGESTED THE NEED FOR CHANGES IN SOME ELEMENTS OF THE CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIO POSSIBLY EVEN BEFORE IT BECAME OPERATIONAL IN TWO YEARS’ TIME.

SECOND, HE SAID THAT THOUGH THE BILL PROVIDED FOR AGGRIEVED PARTIES TO APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL OR, IN SOME CASES, TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, COUNCILLORS WOULD BE AWARE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD BEEN REVIEWING THE GENERAL QUESTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS, AND THE OUTCOME SHOULD BE KNOWN RELATIVELY SOON. BUT HE SAID HE PERSONALLY DID NOT LIKE THE PROPOSAL OF A TRIBUNAL.

/THIRD, HE .......

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1986

THIRD, HE SAID THERE HAD BEEN A LATE SUGGESTION ON THE QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS BY DIRECTORS AND EMPLOYEES OF BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES. THE SUGGESTION WAS FOR A TOUGHER STANDARD TO BE ADOPTED IN VIEW OF THE NATURE OF BUSINESS OF THESE INSTITUTIONS AND THE EASE WITH WHICH ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS COULD LEAD TO, OR DISGUISE, MALPRACTICES. HE ADMINISTRATION WOULD ACTIVELY PURSUE THE SUGGESTION.

FOURTH, SIR JOHN SAID HE AND HIS SUCCESSOR SHARED THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE NEED PROPERLY TO STAFF THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE. +THIS IS AN ISSUE OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO WHICH OUR ATTENTION HAS FOR SOME TIME BEEN DIRECTED. IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE.+

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AMENDED BANKING BILL RESULT OF CONSENSUS * * * * *

THE EXTENSIVELY AMENDED BANKING BILL 1986 RECEIVED ITS THIRD READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE, THE HON JOHN SWAINE, CONVENER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUP STUDYING THE BILL, NOTED THAT IT HAD COME BACK TO THE COUNCIL WITH NO LESS THAN 171 AMENDMENTS TO 78 CLAUSES.

+THESE AMENDMENTS REFLECT THE EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE INVOLVING THE ADMINISTRATION, THE ADVISORY COMMITTEES, PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES, AND THE AD HOC GROUP OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS FORMED TO STUDY THIS BILL.

♦ IT WOULD BE FAIR TO SAY THAT THE FINAL FORM OF THIS BILL REPRESENTS A LARGE MEASURE OF CONSENSUS,+ HE SAID.

HE EMPHASISED THAT NO ONE COMPLAINED ABOUT THE NEED FOR THIS LEGISLATION ALTHOUGH IT HAD BEEN NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT SUFFICIENT SAFEGUARDS WERE PROVIDED AGAINST SOME OF ITS MORE STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS.

IN THIS CONNECTION, HE SAID THE PENAL PROVISIONS WHICH PLACED THE DIRECTORS AND MANAGERS OF AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS AT RISK FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THOSE CLAUSES WOULD BE AMELIORATED BY PROVIDING THE DEFENCE OF REASONABLE EXCUSE.

MR SWAINE POINTED OUT THAT THIS WOULD BE IN ADDITION TO THE OMNIBUS DEFENCE PROVIDED BY CLAUSE 130 WHERE THE OFFENCE WAS COMMITTED WITHOUT THE CONSENT OR CONNIVANCE OF THE PERSON PROSECUTED.

/HE then .......

'WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1986

HE THEN MENTIONED IMPORTANT AMENDMENTS UNDER CLAUSES 7(2), 82 AND 86 »VHICH WOULD GIVE THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING SPECIFIC POWER TO ISSUE GUIDELINES FOR THE GUIDANCE OF AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS INDICATING THE MANNER IN WHICH HE PROPOSED TO EXERCISE HIS STATUTORY FUNCTIONS.

+HE MAY IN PARTICULAR SPECIFY BUSINESS PRACTICES WHICH SHOULD NOT BE ENGAGED IN BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS FOR FEAR OF CAUSING DEPENDENCE ON THE FINANCIAL SOUNDNESS OF A SINGLE PARTY.

+THIS REPLACES THE FORMER PROVISION BY WHICH THE COMMISSIONER WOULD HAVE ISSUED DIRECTIONS RATHER THAN GUIDELINES IN THIS RESPECT,* HE EXPLAINED.

HE ADDED THAT CLAUSE 86 WHICH CONTAINED PROHIBITIONS ON AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS ENGAGING IN CERTAIN TRADES WOULD BE DELETED AND THE INTENTION WAS THAT THESE WOULD INSTEAD BE COVERED BY GUIDELINES UNDER CLAUSE 7.

MR SWA I NE ALSO LISTED SOME SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE

OTHER AMENDMENTS RESULTING FROM LEGCO AD HOC GROUP.

TURNING TO THE QUESTION OF APPEALS, HE SAID THE AD HOC GROUP HAD RAISED WITH THE ADMINISTRATION THE BASIC QUESTION OF APPEALS FROM DECISIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER AND THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL, AND QUERIED WHETHER THE FORUM OF APPEAL MIGHT NOT MORE APPROPRIATELY BE A JUDICIAL OR QUASI-JUDICI AL TRIBUNAL.

+WE UNDERSTAND THAT A GENERAL REVIEW IS IN PROGRESS OVER THE QUESTION OF ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS AND WE HAVE BEEN ASSURED BY THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THIS POINT WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN THE LIGHT OF THIS REVIEW,* HE SAID.

REFORMS HOWEVER HAD BEEN AGREED ON SOME SPECIFIC MEASURES TO PROVIDE FOR AN APPEAL TO LIE TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL FROM DECISIONS WHERE THERE HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN NO RIGHT OF APPEAL, NAMELY:

X UNDER CLAUSES 21 (6) AND 22 (1A) FROM THE IMPOSITION OF CONDITIONS BY THE COMMISSIONER ON OR AFFECTING THE REGISTRATION OF A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY.

* UNDER CLAUSE 25 (5) FROM THE IMPOSITION OF CONDITIONS BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ON THE LICENSING OF A DEPOSITTAKING COMPANY.

/MR SWAINS........

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1966

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vr SWAINE SAID AMENDMENTS WOULD ACCORDINGLY BE MOVED TO THESE H-AUS^S AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND ALSO TO CLAUSE 99 (1) BY PERMITTING AN APPEAL FROM THE COMMISSIONER TO THE FINANCIAL "ECRETARY WHERE THE FORMER REQUIRED AN AUTHORISED INSTITUTION TO CEASE ISSUING A MISLEADING ADVERTISEMENT.

EIGHT OTHER UNOFFICIALS, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG, DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP THE HON PETER POON, THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, THE HON THOMAS CLYDESDALE, THE HON DAVID LI AND THE HON HELMUT SOHMEN, SPOKE ON ASPECTS OF THE BILL.

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STEP TO RESTORE GREATER PUBLIC CONFIDENCE * * * * *

THE BANKING BILL 1986 IS CLEARLY PERCEIVED AS A MEASURE REQUIRED TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM AREAS IDENTIFIED IN RECENT COLLAPSES AND LIQUIDITY CRISES OF A NUMBER OF OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND TO REINTRODUCE GREATER PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE WHOLE SYSTEM, AT HOME AS WELL AS ABROAD, DR THE HON HELMUT SOHMEN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HOWEVER, HE CAUTIONED THAT WE MUST REMAIN FULLY CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT THE BILL COULD NOT AND WOULD NOT PROVIDE ANY GUARANTEES AGAINST FUTURE FAILURES.

DR SOHMEN WAS SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE SAID THE BILL WOULD AT BEST AFFORD SOMEWHAT GREATER PROTECTION FOR DEPOSITORS AND INVESTORS ALIKE.

+IN AN AREA AS COMPLEX, AS FRAGILE, AND AS OPEN TO POTENTIAL ABUSE AS BANKING, SUPERVISION AND REGULATION WILL NEVER BE WHOLLY PERFECT NOR WHOLLY SUCCESSFUL.

+1 BELIEVE THE BANKING BILL IN ITS PRESENT FORM WILL AT LEAST GO SOME CONSIDERABLE WAY TO ADDRESSING THE DIFFICULTIES IN A RATIONAL, COMPREHENSIVE AND INTERNATIONALLY ACCEPTED MANNER,+ HE ADDED.

HE SAID THE BILL ESSENTIALLY SOUGHT TO PUT TEETH INTO THE SUPERVISORY PROVISIONS OF THE 1964 ACT, AS WELL AS SETTING OBJECTIVE PARAMETERS FOR LENDING, CAPITAL ADEQUACY AND LIQUIDITY.

HE NOTED THAT TO GIVE THE BANKING COMMISSIONER ACCESS TO RELEVANT INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED TO BE PUBLISHED OR SUPPLIED UNDER OTHER LEGISLATION WAS MEANT TO ALLOW THE COMMISSIONER TO IDENTIFY ANY INCIPIENT WEAKNESSES IN THE OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

/♦SINCE DINKING.......

WBDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1986

+SINCE BANKING IS MORE OF AN ART THAN A SCIENCE, THE BANKING COMMISSIONER’S TASK IS NOT AN EASY ONEf HE NEEDS A DEGREE OF DISCRETION AND ROOM FOR THE EXERCISE OF WHAT MUST ULTIMATELY BE SUBJECTIVE JUDGMENT.

+ HE MUST ALSO ALWAYS BALANCE THE NEED FOR CONFIDENTIALITY AND FOR THE PRESERVATION OF TRUST IN THE SYSTEM WITH THE NECESSITY OF ACCESS TO FULL INFORMATION,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP WAS PLEASED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD ACCEPTED AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL TO ALLAY FEARS THAT THE COMMISSIONER’S POWERS WERE TOO SWEEPING.

ON THE SUBJECT OF APPEALS, DR SOHMEN HOPED THAT IN ALL THOSE INSTANCES WHERE AN APPEAL WAS ALLOWED THE COMMISSIONER WOULD GIVE FULL REASONS FOR HIS DECISIONS SO THAT THE APPEALS PROCEDURE COULD BE EFFECTIVE.

HE SAID HE WAS ENCOURAGED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD FURTHER EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY FOR APPEALS TO BE HEARD BY A JUDICIAL TRIBUNAL RATHER THAN BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AS NOW FORESEEN, AFTER AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS PROCEDURE.

DR SOHMEN THEN SAID FOR THE PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BILL IT WAS OBVIOUSLY OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE THAT THE STAFFING AND THE RESOURCES OF THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE BE GIVEN FULL ATTENTION AND SUPPORT.

IN THIS CONTEXT, HE SUGGESTED THAT CONSIDERATION COULD BE GIVEN TO THE SECONDMENT TO THE BANKING COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE OF EXPERIENCED AND ACTIVE COMMERCIAL BANKERS, ESPECIALLY IN THE TWO YEARS PRIOR TO THE PROVISIONS OF PART XVII OF THE BILL BECOMING EFFECTIVE.

+IN FACT, A PROGRAMME OF CONTINUOUS INTERCHANGE OF PERSONNEL BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES, WHILE POSSIBLY RADICAL IN CONCEPT, WOULD MAKE GOOD PRACTICAL SENSE- AND IN HONG KONG WE ACTUALLY ALREADY HAVE SOME PRECEDENTS,* HE OBSERVED.

+THIS PROPOSAL, IF IMPLEMENTED, WOULD ALSO TAKE THE STEAM OUT OF THE ARGUMENT THAT THE BANKING BILL HAS IN PARTS SUBMERGED COMMONSENSE BY THEORY, AND COULD HELP IN THE EFFORT OF PREVENTING THOSE WHO ALWAYS READILY SEE AND ARE KEEN TO EXPLOIT ANY LEGISLATIVE LOOPHOLES, FROM TOO EASILY ACHIEVING THEIR AIMS,* HE SAID.

AS FOR THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS THE BILL MIGHT HAVE ON THE SMALLER BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, DR SOHMEN NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN ARGUMENT FOR THE CREATION OF A NEW CATEGORY OF +LIMITED SERVICE BANKS* SUBJECT TO MORE LIBERAL RULES.

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HOWEVER. HE POINTED OUT THAT THE WHOLE TENOR OF THE PRESENT BILL WAS TOWARDS UNIFICATION AND NOT DIVERSITY AND HE CONSIDERED THE REASONS ADVANCED FOR SEPARATE TREATMENT NOT FULLY CONVINCING.

HE APPRECIATED THAT THE SMALLER BANKS, TRADITIONALLY CLOSELY-OWNED BY FAMILY INTERESTS AND DOING BUSINESS TO A LARGE EXTENT WITH RELATED SHAREHOLDERS, WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE BILL’S LIMITATION ON LOANS PROVISIONS AND NOT ONLY BY CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIOS.

♦WHETHER THE LIKELY DISAPPEARANCE OF THE LIMITED NUMBER OF REMAINING SMALLER BANKS AND THEIR SERVICE CAPABILITY FOR THE PROVERBIAL ’MAN IN THE STREET’ IS A PROPER PRICE TO PAY FOR THE INCREASING SOPHISTICATION AND SIZE OF HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL MARKET PLACE OF INTERNATIONAL STANDING, OR IS IN ANY EVENT INEVITABLE OR ACTUALLY PREFERRED, IS PERHAPS AND ACADEMIC QUESTION,* HE SAID.

♦HISTORICAL EXAMPLES CAN LIKELY BE FOUND OF BANKS WHICH SURVIVED BECAUSE OF THE CONCENTRATION OF RISK TO A SINGLE NAME OR SECTOR AFFILIATED WITH IT, WHILE OTHER BANKS WITH AN ACCEPTABLE DIVERSIFIED EXPOSURE AND FULLY SUPERVISED GOT CONCURRENTLY INTO DIFFICULTIES,* HE ADDED.

DR SOHMEN WELCOMED THE INCLUSION IN THE THIRD SCHEDULE OF SOME OFF-BALANCE SHEET RISKS, GIVEN THE CONCERN OF BANK SUPERVISORY AUTHORITIES IN MANY COUNTRIES WITH THE GROWING PRACTICE OF SECURISATION OF DEBT, ADDING THAT ONLY TIME AND EXPERIENCE WOULD TELL WHETHER THE RISK CLASS IFICATIONS WERE REALISTIC.

LASTLY, ON THE CLASSIFICATION OF PERPETUAL FLOATING RATE NOTES AS CAPITAL, HE OBSERVED THAT INSTITUTIONS GOVERNED BY THE BILL HOLDING SUCH NOTES WOULD FACE RESTRICTIONS.

+CLAIMS THAT THIS WILL AFFECT THE ISSUE, THE TRADING, AND CONSEQUENTLY THE PRICE OF THESE NOTES ARE PROBABLY WELL-FOUNDED-ON THE OTHER HAND, IT SEEMS DIFFICULT TO MAKE A DISTINCTION IN THE CHARACTER OF THIS FORM OF DEBT FOR SEPARATE PARTS OF THE BILL, AND THE ADOPTED TREATMENT HAS THE BENEFIT OF LOGICAL CONSISTENCY,* HE SAID.

IN CONCLUSION, DR SOHMEN SAID THE BILL CONTAINED COMPROMISES WHICH WERE ACCEPTABLE ONES REACHED AFTER A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMED DEBATE.

+THE BILL DOES OF COURSE ATTEMPT TO LOCK THE STABLE DOOR AFTER THE HORSE HAS BOLTED - SEVERAL HORSES IN FACT - BUT IT IS A NECESSARY AND STILL A VERY TIMELY BILL,* HE ADDED.

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3ILL TO STRENGTHEN BANKING SUPERVISION WELCOMED * M X K

THE BANKING BILL 1986 WAS WELCOMED BY THE HON PETER POON TOD^Y (WEDNESDAY) FOR CONSOLIDATING THE LAWS REGULATING BOTH BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND INCORPORATING VERY ____

SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE rCL'C2‘T: .*

PRUDENTIAL SUPERVISION OF THESE

INSTITUTIONS.

HE WAS SPEAKING DURING THE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

RESUMED DEBATE OF THE BILL IN

REFERRING TO SECTION 61 OF THE BILL WHICH HE CONSIDERED PARTICULARLY HELPFUL TO AUDITORS, MR POON SAID THE PROVISION PROVIDED FOR TRIPARTITE MEETING OF THE DIRECTORS, THE AUDITORS AND THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING TO DISCUSS THE AFFAIRS OF A BANK.

+HITHERTO, AUDITORS OF BANKS ARE OFTEN IN A DILEMMA WHEN THEY FIND IT NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS CLIENTS’ AFFAIRS WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING BUT ARE REFRAINED FROM DOING SO BECAUSE OF THE QUESTION OF CONFIDENTIALITY.

♦ THE NEW PROVISION WILL FACILITATE USEFUL EXCHANGE OF VIEWS WHICH WILL ENABLE PROBLEMS TO BE IDENTIFIED AT AN EARLY STAGE AND POSSIBLY ENABLE THEM TO BE SOLVED OR DEALT WITH AS THE OCCASION ARISES, AND NOT UNTIL THE AUDIT REPORT HAS COME OUT,+ MR POON SAID.

HE SAID HE WAS SATISFIED THAT WITH THE VARIOUS AMENDMENTS PROPOSED, IT WOULD GIVE THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ADEQUATE BUT NOT EXCESSIVE POWERS.

+1 AM ALSO CONVINCED THAT THE BILL, IF PASSED, WILL GREATLY STRENGTHEN THE EXISTING EXTENT AND QUALITY OF BANKING SUPERVISION HE ADDED.

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’SOUND BANKS DEPEND ON GOOD BANKERS’

* * * * *

THE QUALITY OF BANKING INSTITUTIONS DEPENDS ON THE QUALITY OF BANKERS, THE HON DAVID K.P. LI SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE BANKING BILL 1986, HE SAID DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, WAS A VERY IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT FOR THE BANKING AND FINANCIAL COMMUNITY.

HOWEVER, HE CAUTIONED THAT NO AMOUNT OF LEGISLATION COULD PREVENT THE UNSCRUPULOUS, THE IMPRUDENT AND THE INEPT FROM LEADING HONG KONG FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO DISASTER.

MR LI NOTED THAT IN GENERAL TERMS, THE BILL HAD RECEIVED WIDESPREAD SUPPORT WITHIN THE BANKING AND FINANCIAL FRATERNITY AND COMMENDED THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS AND THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN MAKING THE BILL POSSIBLE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE TIME HAD COME FOR THE BILL TO BE PUT TO THE ACID TEST IN THE BANKING AND FINANCIAL SECTOR IT WAS MEANT TO GUIDE AND TO GUARD.

+1 BELIEVE THAT OUR INDUSTRY IS CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC FOR THE FUTURE, ALTHOUGH WE DO, OF COURSE, RESERVE THE RIGHT TO SEE IF THE BILL WILL WORK AS WELL IN PRACTICE AS ON PAPER, AND WHETHER IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING THE PROMISED ANTIDOTES, THERE MIGHT BE SIDE-EFFECTS WE DID NOT ANTICIPATE,+ HE SAID.

MR LI PROPOSED THAT THE BILL BE INTRODUCED WITH THE UTMOST CARE AND WITH A PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY OF REGULAR AND FAIR REVIEW AND A LARGE MEASURE OF FLEXIBILITY IN ADAPTING THE PROVISIONS OF THE BILL TO A CONSTANTLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENT.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT FURTHER CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO PERMITTING AGGRIEVED INSTITUTIONS THE RIGHT OF APPEAL TO AN INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE, CONSISTING OF A JUDGE AND MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHO WERE NOT INVOLVED IN THE FINANCIAL AND BANKING SECTOR.

MR LI SAID THAT HONG KONG MUST SUSTAIN AND ENHANCE ITS POSITION AS A VITAL INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR FINANCE AND INVESTMENT AND IN SO DOING, MAINTAIN A BALANCE BETWEEN PRUDENT REGULATION AND THE FREE ENTERPRISE POLICIES THAT HAtJ HISTORICALLY SERVED HONG KONG SO WELL.

+1 WOULD REITERATE THAT ULTIMATELY, SOUND BANKS DEPEND MORE ON GOOD BANKERS THAN ON GOOD BANKING LAWS.+ HE SAID.

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♦DIFFERENT, MORE TIMELY+ APPROACH IN BANKING SUPERVISION

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THE BANKING BILL 1986 REFLECTS A DIFFERENT BUT MORE TIMELY EMPHASIS IN GOVERNMENT’S APPROACH TO THE SUPERVISION OF BANKING BUSINESS, THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID ITS PROVISIONS WERE MORE FLEXIBLE AND MORE DEPENDENT ON THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING’S DISCRETION AND PROFOUND JUDGMENT.

♦MOREOVER, BETTER SUPERVISION CAN BE ACHIEVED BY UNIFYING THE SUPERVISION OF BANKS AND THAT OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

♦HENCE, THE BILL CLEARLY INDICATES THAT GOVERNMENT TAKES STEPS TO REINFORCE CONTROL AND DRAWS UP A SET OF GUIDELINES TO ENSURE A HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR IN FUTURE,+ HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID HE BELIEVED THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING SHOULD BE GIVEN GREATER POWER IN ORDER TO EFFECTIVELY SUPERVISE THE BUSINESS OF BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES, ADDING THAT THIS WOULD IN TURN GIVE HIM MORE RESPONSIBILITIES.

HE OBSERVED THAT THE QUALITY, EXPERIENCE AND JUDGMENT OF THE COMMISSIONER AND HIS STAFF WOULD BE THE CRUCIAL ELEMENTS FOR EFFECTIVE SUPERVISION.

HE SAID THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING SHOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE EFFORTS TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY OF ITS STAFF AS WELL AS TO RECRUIT AND TRAIN MORE SUITABLE PERSONNEL.

MR YEUNG SAID THE AMENDED BILL DID NOT AFFECT THE ORIGINAL SPIRIT OF THE LEGISLATION BUT CONSOLIDATED AND MAINTAINED THE SOUND OPERATING SYSTEM OF BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

HE ADDED THAT FOR THE SAKE OF A FAVOURABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WHOLE FINANCE INDUSTRY AND ECONOMY, IT WAS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY TO EXERCISE GREATER SELF-DISCIPLINE.

♦ALL IN ALL, THE BILL CAN BE SAID TO BE A COMPACT AND COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENT.

♦IT DOES NOT ONLY ENHANCE THE SUPERVISION STANDARD OF ' THE LOCAL BANKING INDUSTRY, BUT ALSO HELPS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG AND ENSURE THAT DEPOSITORS AND INVESTORS WILL HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE LOCAL BANKING INDUSTRY,* MR YEUNG SAID.

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PRAISE FOR ADMINISTRATION’S HARD WORK * * * * *

THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN APPLAUDED FOR ITS DETERMINATION AND HARD WORK IN BRINGING THE BANKING BILL 1986 BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE PRAISE CAME FROM THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHEONG SAID IT WAS CERTAINLY NO MEAN FEAT TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PREPARE MAJOR LEGISLATION ON THE ONE HAND, WHILE HAVING TO DIRECT ATTENTION TOWARDS SORTING THROUGH THE MAZE OF PROBLEMS WITHIN THE BANKING SECTOR ON THE OTHER.

HE POINTED OUT THAT TIME WAS ALSO A MAJOR CONSTRAINT AS THE ADMINISTRATION NATURALLY WISHED TO CORRECT ANOMALIES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

+GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE FINAL PERFORMANCE, THE EFFORTS OF THE ADMINISTRATION ARE CERTAINLY WORTHY OF OUR PRAISE AND RESPECT,* HE SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE BILL IN GENERAL, MR CHEONG SAID ITS PROVISIONS, WHEN ENACTED, WOULD NO DOUBT PROVIDE MUCH NEEDED TOOLS TO STRENGTHEN THE FOUNDATION UPON WHICH THE INTEGRITY AND VIABILITY OF HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE COULD BE FURTHER BUILT.

HE NOTED THAT SOME MIGHT FEEL THAT THE POWERS GIVEN TO THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING MIGHT BE TOO SWEEPING, AND ALSO WORRY ABOUT POSSIBLE ABUSES.

+THESE ARE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS AND IT BEHOVES THE ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THESE CONCERNS AND ACT RESPONSIBLY AND REASONABLY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL,* HE SAID.

+ALSO, IT BEHOVES MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL TO OBJECTIVELY MONITOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS AND VOICE THE NECESSARY SUGGESTIONS RATIONALLY WHEN THE NEED ARISES,* HE ADDED.

MR CHEONG SUGGESTED THAT MEMBERS OF THE FINANCIAL COMMUNITY SHOULD DO SOME SOUL SEARCHING THEMSELVES AND OBJECTIVELY LOOK INTO WHAT THEY HAD DONE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS THAT MIGHT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS RECENT WOES.

HE SAID SUCH A SOUL SEARCHING EXERCISE WOULD HELP TO PROVIDE A DEGREE OF BALANCE IN THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FINANCIAL SECTOR.

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MR CHEONG OBSERVED THAT IN ANY ECONOMIC ENTITY THE EXISTENCE OF A HEALTHY FINANCIAL SECTOR WAS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN STABILITY AND PROSPERITY.

HE SAID MANAGEMENTS OF SUCH INSTITUTIONS, BY THE NATURE OF THEIR WORK, WERE NORMALLY HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM AND WIELDED A LOT MORE INFLUENCE THAN OTHER MEMBERS OF THAT COMMUNITY.

THEY WERE THEREFORE LIKELY TO BE MORE EXPOSED THAN OTHERS TO A SLIGHTLY NARROWER DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR PERCEPTIONS OF VALUES AND THIS COULD BE ONE OF THE REASONS GIVING RISE TO THE EXISTENCE OF A SMALL NUMBER OF BLACK SHEEP WITHIN THE COMMUNITY OF BANKERS WHO HAD BETRAYED THE TRUST AND RESPECT BESTOWED UPON THEM, HE SAID.

MR CHEONG STRESSED THAT NO LEGISLATION IN THE WORLD COULD BE A PANACEA FOR ELIMINATING UNBALANCED JUDGMENTS AND FRADULENT PRACTICES.

+IT MUST BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MANAGEMENTS OF OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO GUARD AGAINST HUMAN FAILING AND WEAKNESSES,* HE SAID.

IN THIS REGARD, HE SUGGESTED THAT BANKERS SHOULD CONSIDER PROVIDING INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR THEIR UP-AND-COMING MANAGERS NOT ONLY IN RESPECT OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS BUT ALSO IN RESPECT OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

IN SUPPORTING WHOLEHEARTEDLY THE RATIONALE BEHIND MEASURES TO TIGHTEN CONTROL OVER THE BANKING INDUSTRY, MR CHEONG CAUTIONED AGAINST ADOPTING AN ’OVERKILL PSYCHOLOGY’.

HE NOTED THAT LENDING INSTITUTIONS ACTED AS A VITAL LUBRICANT TO THE SMOOTH RUNNING OF ANY ECONOMY AND PREDICTED THAT IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC GROWTH WOULD MOST LIKELY BE LED BY THE TRADITIONAL TRADING AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS.

+IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THEIR GROWTH PROSPECTS SHOULD NOT BE CHOKED BY THE NATURAL EMOTIONAL OVERSWING OF ATTITUDES OF OUR BANKERS FROM BEING OVERTLY AGGRESSIVE TO BEING OVERTLY DEFENSIVE IN THEIR LENDING POLICIES,* HE WARNED.

LASTLY, MR CHEONG ALSO PAID A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE SERVICE OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND SAID SIR JOHN WOULD ALWAYS B6 REMEMBERED AS THE ROBUST STALWART WHO HAD SUCCESSFULLY SAFEGUARDED BOTH THE SHORT AND LONG TERM ECONOMIC INTERESTS OF HONG KONG.

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SPEEDIER PINPOINTING OF POTENTIAL PROBLEMS * * * * *

THE BANKING BILL 1986 SHOULD ENHANCE THE REGULATION OF THE BANKING BUSINESS AND ALSO ASSIST THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL PROBLEMS EARLIER THAN HITHERTO THE HON THOMAS CLYDESDALE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID IN PARTICULAR THE PROVISION FORMALISING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS, SUPERVISORS AND AUDITORS AND ENABLING MEETINGS BETWEEN THESE THREE PARTIES TO TAKE PLACE WITHOUT ETHICAL CONSTRAINTS WAS MOST HELPFUL.

+SUCH MEETINGS SHOULD ENABLE THE THREE PARTIES TO JOINTLY WORK OUT. ON A TIMELY BASIS, SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEM MATTERS REVEALED BY AUDIT OR EXAMINATION THUS HELPING TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF DEPOSITORS AND SHAREHOLDERS,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL DID NOT ADDRESS THE PARTICULAR PROBLEM OF THE USE OF NOMINEE COMPANIES TO CONCEAL THE CONCENTRATION OF LOANS TO ONE PERSON OR COMPANY.

HE SAID SINCE AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE IDENTITY OF THE ULTIMATE BENEFICIAL BORROWER OF FUNDS AND THE USES TO WHICH THE FUNDS WERE TO BE PUT, THE COMMISSIONER SHOULD GIVE CONSIDERATION TO INTRODUCING A REQUIREMENT FOR THIS INFORMATION TO BE RECORDED BY THE AUTHORISED INSTITUTION IN A REGISTER TO BE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION BY BOTH THE AUDITORS OF THE INSTITUTION AND THE COMMISSIONER.

ON THE CAPITAL ADEQUACY TEST INTRODUCED BY THE BILL, MR CLYDESDALE SAID ALTHOUGH IT WOULD NOT BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION UNTIL APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS AFTER THE OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BILL, IT WAS TO BE HOPED THAT THE COMMISSIONER WOULD CONSIDER ANY NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO THE PERCENTAGES AND CLASSIFICATIONS OF ASSETS IN THE LIGHT OF OPERATIONAL EXPERIENCE.

ON THE SUBJECT OF APPEAL PROCEDURES, HE SUGGESTED THAT CONSIDERATION MIGHT BE GIVEN TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BANKING COMMISSION SIMILAR TO THE EXISTING SECURITIES COMMISSION.

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TIME TO TIGHTEN BANKING SYSTEM * * * * *

IT IS TIME TO TIGHTEN AND IMPROVE THE BANKING SYSTEM SO THAT THERE IS GREATER PROTECTION FOR THE CONSUMER PUBLIC AND AN ENHANCED REPUTATION FOR HONG KONG’S BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BANKING BILL 1986, HE OBSERVED THAT LIBERALISATION IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY IN RECENT YEARS HAD CAUSED A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS TO SURFACE. IN THE INTEREST OF PRESERVING WHAT WAS GENERALLY STILL ACCEPTED AS A STABLE FINANCIAL CLIMATE, THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONSIDERED IT WISE TO COME TO THE RESCUE OF SEVERAL BANKS, AND TO USE THE EXCHANGE FUND AS THE FINANCIAL GUARANTOR OF ITS ACTIONS.

MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID IN RECENT MONTHS HE HAD HAD OCCASONS TO SPEAK TO CONCERNED PEOPLE IN THE BANKING AND INVESTMENT FIELDS IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD AND THERE WAS MUCH PRAISE FOR THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND THE BANKING COMMISSIONER FOR THEIR DECISIVE ACTIONS.

HE SAID HE SUPPORTED THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S DECISIONS TO ULTILISE THE EXCHANGE FUND IN THE SPECIFIC WAYS THAT HE HAD DONE TO STABILISE THE BROADER FINANCIAL SPECTRUM IN HONG KONG.

+HIS OBJECTIVE WAS MAINTAINING CONFIDENCE - BOTH INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY - AND THAT OBJECTIVE HAS BEEN ACHIEVED,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, THE TIME HAD COME TO TIGHTEN AND IMPROVE THE BANKING SYSTEM.

♦AS OUR FINANCIAL SECTOR CONTINUES EXPANDING, WE SHALL HAVE TO THINK OF OUR OWN INTERESTS, NOT ONLY IN DOMESTIC TERMS, BUT EQUALLY IN GLOBAL TERMS AS WELL.

+BY SO DOING, HONG KONG’S ROLE AS A FINANCIAL SERVICES CENTRE, PROVIDING SOPHISTICATED EXPERTISE WITHIN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION AND PARTICULARLY TO CHINA ITSELF, WILL BE EVEN FURTHER STRENGTHENED,+ HE SAID.

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FURTHER PROTECTION FOR CONSUMERS

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THE BANKING BILL 1986 IS A TIMELY BIT OF LEGISLATION IN THE IGHT OF RECENT BANK AND DEPOSIT COMPANY COLLAPSES INDICATING fNADEQUATE CENTRAL SUPERVISION OF THE STABILITY OF SUCH FINANCIAL ORGANISATIONS, DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR IP SAID WITH THE INCREASING COMPLEXITY OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE INCREASING COMPLEXITY OF THE SERVICES OFFERED TO THE MAN IN THE STREET, THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO STEP IN INCREASINGLY WITH LEGISLATION FOR CONSUMER PROTECTION.

+1 SEE THAT BANKING BILL TO BE ONE OF SUCH,+ SHE SAID.

BEING A MEMBER OF THE AD HOC GROUP THAT EXAMINED THE BILL, DR IP SAID SHE QUESTIONED ITS VARIOUS ASPECTS FROM A CONSUMER’S POINT OF VIEW AND WAS SATISFIED THAT A GOOD BALANCE HAD BEEN STRUCK. THIS APPLIED FIRSTLY BETWEEN CONSUMER PROTECTION AND THE PRIVACY OF COMPETITIVE COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS, AND SECONDLY BETWEEN THE URGENCY OF SET STANDARDS AND THE REALITY THAT SOME FINANCIAL ORGANISATIONS WERE UNABLE TO MEET SUCH CRITERIA IMMEDIATELY.

SHE SAID HER PROPOSAL FOR AN ANNUAL PUBLICATION OF REGISTERED BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES HAD NOT BEEN ACCEPTED, BUT SHE HAD BEEN ASSURED THERE WOULD BE A CONVENIENT CHANNEL THROUGH WHICH A CONSUMER COULD CHECK WHETHER HIS CHOICE WAS A SOUND ONE.

IN WELCOMING THE BILL, DR IP CONGRATULATED THE ADMINISTRATION FOR ITS POSITIVE EFFORTS IN OBTAINING THE VIEWS OF THOSE PROFESSIONAL BODIES CHIEFLY AFFECTED.

SHE ALSO THANKED THE HON JOHN SWA I NE, CONVENER OF THE AD HOC GROUP, FOR THE TIME AND EFFORT HE HAD SPENT ON THE BILL.

+AND LASTLY, IT IS SO REASSURING TO KNOW THAT ONCE THIS BILL IS ENACTED, WE HAVE GOVERNMENT TO SUPERVISE THE BANKS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE SAFE, AND FOR THE BANKS IN TURN TO SUPERVISE AND MANAGE OUR MONEY FOR US, WHILE WE ARE ALL BUSY AT OUR WORK MAKING HONG KONG ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST PROSPEROUS COMMUNITIES IN THE WORLD,+ DR IP SAID.

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SIR JOHN’S TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTION PRAISED

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, PRAISED THE RETIRING FINANCIAL SECRETARY THE HO& SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FOR SUCCESSFULLY BRINGING HONG KONG’S ECONOMY THROUGH AN EXTERNAL CRISIS AND A SERIES OF INTERNAL PROBLEMS.

RECALLING HIS LONG AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE OF 11-1/2 YEARS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT SIR JOHN TOOK OVER AS FINANCIAL SECRETARY JUST AS THE WORLD WAS EXPERIENCING A RECESSION OF CONSIDERABLE SEVERITY.

GIVEN THE EXPOSURE OF THE ECONOMY TO EXTERNAL FORCES, THIS ALONE WOULD HAVE CALLED FOR SKILL AND DETERMINATION, HE ADDtD.

+YET SIR JOHN NOT ONLY SUCCESSFULLY BROUGHT HONG KONG’S ECONOMY THROUGH AN EXTERNAL CRISIS, HE HAS SUCCESSFULLY STEERED IT THROUGH A SERIES OF INTERNAL PROBLEMS - THE COLLAPSE OF THE PROPERTY MARKET, THE CURRENCY CRISIS OF SEPTEMBER 1983, AND A NUMBER OF SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN THE BANKING SECTOR.+

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT FINANCIAL SECRETARIES AND FINANCE MINISTERS WOULD PROBABLY AGREE THAT THEIR OBJECTIVES WERE TO PROMOTE A SOUND CURRENCY, LOW INFLATION, A BALANCED BUDGET, HIGH EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH.

+MOST WOULD BE HAPPY TO SEE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF SOME OF THESE.

♦ THEY WOULD ENVY SIR JOHN’S TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THEM ALL.

+WE IN HONG KONG WOULD WISH TO THANK HIM FOR IT AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE STEADFASTNESS OF PURPOSE, THE COOLNESS OF JUDGMENT AND THE INCISIVE INTELLECT WHICH HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE,+ HE SAID.

EARLIER IN HIS SPEECH, THE GOVERNOR SAID SIR JOHN FIRST JOINED THE COUNCIL AS AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER IN JULY 1974 AND SERVED IN THAT CAPACITY UNTIL DECEMBER 1980.

HE SUBSEQUENTLY REJOINED AS AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER FOLLOWING HIS APPOINTMENT AS FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN JUNE 1981.

SIR EDWARD SAID THAT MEMBERS WOULD LONG RECALL SIR JOHN’S CONTRIBUTION TO PROCEEDINGS OF THE COUNCIL. THEY HAD BEEN ENRICHED BY HIS FORTHRIGHTNESS, MASTERY OF HIS SUBJECT AND ABIDING GOOD HUMOUR.

HE THEN WISHED SIR JOHN AND LADY BREMRIDGE A HAPPY RETIREMENT AND ASSURED THEM A WARM WELCOME WHENEVER THEY RETURNED TO HONG KONG.

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TRIBUTE TO OUTGOING FINANCIAL SECRETARY

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, WAS DESCRIBED AS A MAN +SMALL OF STATURE, OF NO MEAN WEIGHT, BUT LARGE IN OUTLOOK, BROAD IN VISION AND BIG-HEARTED* BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

PAYING TRIBUTE TO SIR JOHN ON BEHALF OF ALL UNOFFICIALS, SENIOR MEMBER MISS DUNN SAID THEY WOULD ALL MISS HIM AND WOULD MISS HIS GOOD HUMOUR AND CUTTING WIT.

SHE RECALLED THAT IT WAS BARELY FIVE-AND-A-HALF YEARS SINCE LORD MACLEHOSE AND MR OSWALD CHEUNG PAID FITTING TRIBUTES TO MR BREMRIDGE AS HE THEN WAS UPON HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE COUNCIL.

+ IT IS NOT OFTEN THAT WE ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO DO THE SAME THING TWICE,+ SHE REMARKED.

MISS DUNN SAID WHEN SIR JOHN RETIRED FOR THE FIRST TIME MEMBERS \VERE SORRY TO SEE HIM GO FROM THE COUNCIL AND IT WAS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT THEY LEARNED OF HIS APPOINTMENT AS FINANCIAL SECRETARY.

+HERE WAS A MAN WHOM WE KNEW, A MAN WHO KNEW HONG KONG, A MAN WHO, ALTHOUGH HE HAD SPENT A CAREER IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, HAD A KEEN INTEREST IN MANY PUBLIC AFFAIRS FAR REMOVED FROM THE DAY-TO-DAY BUSINESS OF DOING BUSINESS,+ SHE SAID.

RECOUNTING SIR JOHN’S CAREER AS FINANCIAL SECRETARY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, MISS DUNN SAID HIS APPOINTMENT MUST HAVE SEEMED TOO EASY AT FIRST AS MONEY WAS THEN POURING INTO THE PUBLIC COFFERS FAR MORE SPEEDILY THAN ANYONE COULD SPEND IT.

THE COLLAPSE OF THE LAND BOOM PUT AN END TO THAT AND SHE NOTED THAT IT HAD BEEN A LONG STRUGGLE TO GET BACK TO THE SOUND FINANCIAL POSITION WHICH SIR JOHN HAD PRESENTED IN THE BUDGET JUST PASSED.

SHE SAID THIS INVOLVED A RESHAPING OF THE TAX SYSTEM, WITHOUT RAISING THE OVERALL BURDEN INTOLERABLY, AND A CONSTRAINING OF THE RATE OF GROWTH IN PUBLIC EXPENDITURE.

+NEITHER WERE PLEASANT NOR EASY TASKS BUT HE ACHIEVED THEM FAIRLY AND IN A WAY THAT WAS ACCEPTED EVEN BY THOSE WHO FOUND THE IMPACT OF THE CHANGES UNCOMFORTABLE,* SHE SAID.

+ LIKE THE GOOD SAILOR THAT HE IS, HE HAS STEERED THE HONG KONG SHIP ON A STEADY COURSE AND KEPT US OFF THE ROCKS,* SHE REMARKED.

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MISS DUNN ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO LADY BREMRIDGE FOR BEARING THE DEMANDING STRAIN PUT ON HER AS WIFE OF A HUSBAND HOLDING HIGH PUBLIC OFFICE AT A TIME WHEN HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENJOYING A RELAXING RETIREMENT FROM A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS CAREER.

SHE SAID LADY BREMRIDGE HAD REMAINED EFFECTIVELY ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY AND SHE WOULD BE SORELY MISSED FROM HER WORK FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED AND IN THE NEW CITY POLYTECHNIC.

+WE WISH HER AND SIR JOHN A REAL CHANCE NOW TO ENJOY A PROPER RETIREMENT,+ SHE SAID.

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POISONS LIST UPDATED AS REQUIRED *****

THE LIST OF POISONS UNDER CONTROL AND THE VARIOUS SCHEDULES OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS UNDER THE PHARMACY AND POISONS REGULATIONS ARE UPDATED BY THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD FROM TIME TO TIME WHEN NEW PRODUCTS APPEAR ON THE MARKET.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS.

MOVING A MOTION IN RESPECT OF THE POISONS LIST (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1986 AND THE PHARMACY AND POISONS (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1986, MR CHAMBERS SAID: +THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE TWO SETS OF REGULATIONS REFLECT THE LATEST UPDATING OF THE LIST AND SCHEDULES BY THE BOARD.

+IN ADDITION, THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ALSO REQUIRE MEDICINES CONTAINING ANY ANTIHISTAMINE FOR INTERNAL USE BY HUMAN BEINGS TO BE LABELLED WITH A PRESCRIBED CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON THEIR TENDENCY TO CAUSE DROWSINESS.+

HE ALSO SAID THAT UNDER SECTION 29 OF THE PHARMACY AND POISONS ORDINANCE, THE PHARMACY AND POISONS BOARD WAS EMPOWERED, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE COUNCIL, TO MAKE REGULATIONS PROVIDING FOR THE CONTROL OF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS AND POISONS.

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STATUTORY POWERS TRANSFERRED TO NEW DIRECTORS

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TO ENABLE THE DIRECTORS OF THE NEWLY-CREATED HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT AND THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO ASSUME THEIR ROLES FROM JUNE 1, 1986 CERTAIN STATUTORY POWERS HAD TO BE TRANSFERRED TO THEM, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON NICKY CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE WAS MOVING A MOTION THAT AROSE FROM THE RECENT RE-ORGANISATION OF CERTAIN DEPARTMENTS IN THE LANDS AND WORKS GROUP.

MR CHAN SAID THAT THE FIRST STAGE CAME INTO EFFECT ON APRIL 11 THIS YEAR AND THE SECOND STAGE INVOLVED THE FORMATION OF THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT INTO A CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

+THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT FOR TRANSPORT POLICY AND THE HIGHWAYS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, ALTHOUGH WORKS POLICY, CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS, CONTRACT PROCEDURES AND PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATION WILL CONTINUE TO BE MY RESPONSIBILITY. *

+ THE OPPORTUNITY IS ALSO TAKEN, THEREFORE, TO TRANSFER THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, EXERCISABLE UNDER THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE, CHAPTER 370, TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT,+ HE SAID.

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PERMIT SYSTEM FOR CONTROL OF VILLAGE VEHICLES *****

A BILL AIMED AT MAKING PROVISIONS FOR THE USE AND CONTROL OF VILLAGE VEHICLES — MOTORISED CARTS USED IN RURAL AREAS -- THROUGH A PERMIT SYSTEM WAS INTRODUCED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID VILLAGE VEHICLES POSED A PARTICULAR RISK TO PUBLIC SAFETY WHEN FULLY LOADED AND WHEN USED ON STEEP AND NARROW FOOTPATHS.

HE ADDED THAT THERE HAD ALSO BEEN CONSIDERABLE PUBLIC CRITICISM ON THE PUBLIC NUISANCE RESULTING FROM NOISE SUCH VEHICLES MADE.

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HOWEVER, HE NOTED THAT IN VIEW OF THE NEED OF THE RURAL COMMUNITIES FOR SUCH A MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION, IT WAS PROPOSED TO BRING THEM WITHIN THE LAW THROUGH A PERMIT SYSTEM SO THAT THOSE VILLAGE VEHICLES WHICH COMPLIED WITH CERTAIN BASIC SAFETY AND NOISE CONTROL REQUIREMENTS COULD CONTINUE TO BE USED.

MR MACPHERSON SAID THAT THOUGH VILLAGE VEHICLES WERE IN USE THROUGHOUT THE RURAL AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THE OUTLYING ISLANDS, THE USE OF THESE VEHICLES WAS ILLEGAL BECAUSE THEY WERE UNREGISTERED, UNLICENSED AND UNINSURED.

HE SAID THE PROPOSED PERMIT SYSTEM WAS A SIMPLER SYSTEM, WITH LESS STRINGENT ELEMENTS OF CONTROL THAN THE REGISTRATION AND LICENSING SYSTEM APPLICABLE TO OTHER TYPES OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

UNDER THE PROPOSED SYSTEM, VILLAGE VEHICLES WOULD BECOME A NEW CLASS OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND WOULD BE DIVIDED INTO TWO TYPES, NAMELY, PEDESTRIAN-CONTROLLED VILLAGE VEHICLES AND DRIVER-OPERATED VILLAGE VEHICLES.

MR MACPHERSON SAID: + EXCEPT FOR SPECIFIED PROVISIONS AND REGULATIONS, THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE WILL NOT APPLY TO VILLAGE VEHICLES.

+THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL WILL BE EMPOWERED TO MAKE REGULATIONS FOR THE CONTROL OF VILLAGE VEHICLES THROUGH THE ISSUE OF PERMITS AND THE STIPULATION OF CERTAIN STANDARDS OF CONSTRUCTION AND PERMIT CONDITIONS.

+THE PERMIT FOR A VILLAGE VEHICLE, WHICH IS VALID FOR A YEAR, IS ISSUED OR RENEWED ON PAYMENT OF A FEE OF S5O.+

MR MACPHERSON SAID CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS WERE MADE TO THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) ORDINANCE TO REQUIRE THAT VILLAGE VEHICLES BE INSURED AGAINST THIRD PARTY RISKS, AND TO THE MOTOR VEHICLES (FIRST REGISTRATION TAX) ORDINANCE TO EXCLUDE VILLAGE VEHICLES FROM THE CLASSES OF MOTOR VEHICLES DEFINED IN THAT ORDINANCE.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.


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WIDER MEMBERSHIP FOR ANTIQUITIES BOARD X * * *

AMENDMENTS TO THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS ORDINANCE PROVIDE FOR AN INCREASED MEMBERSHIP OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD AND FOR THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT ITS CHAIRMAN, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, MR LIAO SAID: +THE EXISTING PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE PROVIDE THAT THE SAME GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL, THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, IS BOTH THE ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD WHICH ADVISES HIM.

+THIS ARRANGEMENT IS INAPPROPRIATE IN THAT GIVING ONE OFFICIAL THIS DUAL ROLE DOES NOT PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE CHECKS AND BALANCES.

+THE BILL AMENDS THIS SITUATION BY PROVIDING THAT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD SHALL BE A PERSON APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR. THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES WILL REMAIN THE ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY,* HE SAID.

MR LIAO SAID THE BILL WOULD REMOVE THE PRESENT LIMIT OF NINE MEMBERS ON THE BOARD WHICH INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN.

+THE WORK OF THE ANTIQUITIES ADVISORY BOARD COVERS A NUMBER OF DISCIPLINES AND REQUIRES A SIMILARLY WIDE RANGE OF EXPERTISE TO BE REPRESENTED ON IT,* HE SAID.

+THE PRESENT LIMIT IS THEREFORE CONSIDERED TO BE UNNECESSARILY RESTRICTIVE,* HE ADDED.

MR LIAO NOTED THAT OTHER PROVISIONS OF THE BILL INCLUDED THE DELETION OF THE POST OF VICE-CHAIRMAN WHICH HAD NO ROLE OR STATUTORY POWERS, AND PROVIDED FOR THE SETTING UP OF A QUORUM AT A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF NOT LESS THAN HALF THE NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL STRENGTHENS BUS PROFIT CONTROL SCHEMES *****

A BILL AIMED AT RECTIFYING A FEW WEAKNESSES IN THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME FOR THE FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE PUBLIC BUS SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON IAN MACPHERSON, SAID THAT UNDER THE EXISTING ORDINANCE OPERATION OF THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME IN RESPECT OF THE FRANCHISED BUS COMPANIES SHOULD BE REVIEWED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL EVERY TWO YEARS.

♦EARLIER REVIEWS OF THE SCHEME INDICATED THAT IT WAS WORKING SATISFACTORILY EXCEPT FOR A SMALL NUMBER OF ANOMALIES.

♦ THE OBJECT OF THE BILL IS THEREFORE TO RECTIFY THESE IDENTIFIED WEAKNESSES OF THE SCHEME, BRINGING ITS OPERATION MORE IN LINE WITH STANDARD ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES,* MR MACPHERSON SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE BILL PROPOSED TO INCLUDE REALISED AND UNREALISED CURRENCY EXCHANGE LOSS ARISING FROM TRANSACTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE FRANCHISE OF A BUS COMPANY AS OPERATING COSTS.

+REALISED CURRENCY EXCHANGE PROFITS ARISING FROM TRANSACTIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE FRANCHISE AS WELL AS PROCEEDS OF SALE OF ANY STOCKS OF STORES AND SPARES ACQUIRED FOR THE PURPOSE OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH ITS FRANCHISE WILL BE INCLUDED AS OPERATING RECEIPTS.

♦DEFINITIONS OF OPERATING PROFIT AND PERMITTED RETURN ARE ALSO CLARIFIED,* HE SAID.

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSED TO EXCLUDE TAX CHARGES RELATING TO PROFITS OF OPERATIONS OUTSIDE THE SCHEME IN CALCULATING THE OPERATING PROFITS, MR MACPHERSON ADDED.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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MOST TENANTS WILL RETAIN SECURITY OF TENURE * * * * *

AT THE TIME OF THE 1985 REVIEW OF THE OPERATION OF RENT CONTROL IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT RENT CONTROL WOULD BE PHASED OUT BY ABOUT 1991, THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON JOHN TODD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

TO ALLAY THE FEARS OF THOSE WHO WOULD EVENTUALLY BE AFFECTED BY DECONTROL, MR TODD SAID +IN BECOMING DECONTROLLED, TENANTS LOSE THE PROTECTION OF RENT CONTROL UNDER PARTS I AND I I OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE, BUT VIRTUALLY ALL WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY THE PROTECTION OF SECURITY OF TENURE GIVEN BY PART IV.

+TH1S ENSURES THAT, PROVIDING A SITTING TENANT IS PREPARED TO PAY A MARKET RENT, HE WILL BE PROTECTED FROM ANY UNREASONABLE DEMANDS OF HIS LANDLORD.*

FOR EXAMPLE, A TENANT WHO CONSIDERED THAT THE RENT DEMANDED WAS ABOVE THE MARKET RATE MIGHT APPLY TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL FOR A DECLARATION OF THE GOING MARKET RATE FOR HIS PREMISES, HE EXPLAINED. .

MR TODD WAS REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI ON RENT CONTROL ON PRIVATE HOUSING.

HE SAID THAT IN 1981, FOLLOWING A RENT CONTROL*REvTeW, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THAT ITS LONG TERM POLICY OBJECTIVE WAS TO PHASE OUT RENT CONTROL AS SOON AS CIRCUMSTANCES PERMITTED, SUBJECT TO SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME, PROVIDED A SITTING TENANT WAS WILLING TO PAY A MARKET RENT HE SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM UNREASONABLE DEMANDS FROM HIS LANDLORD SEEKING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HIS POSITION, MR TODD SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN ANNUAL REVIEWS OF THE OPERATION

OF RENT CONTROL IN 1983, 1984 AND 1985.

HE ADDED THAT HE EXPECTED TO SPEAK ON THE 1986 REVIEW IN

THE COUNCIL NEXT WEEK TO GIVE A FULLER AND CLEARER EXPLANATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OBJECTIVES AND OF HOW THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSED TO ACHIEVE THESE OBJECTIVES UNDER THE SOMEWHAT COMPLEX WORKkNGS OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE.

TURNING TO THE NUMBER OF TENANCIES CURRENTLY UNDER RENT CONTROL AND THEIR MONTHLY RENTALS, THERE WERE CURRENTLY SOME 2 200 PRE-WAR DOMESTIC UNITS UNDER CONTROL UNDER PART I OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE, AND A FURTHER 105 000 POST-WAR TENANCIES UNDER CONTROL UNDER PART II OF THAT ORDINANCE.

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PERMITTED RENTS OF PRE-WAR PREMISES RANGED FROM $300 TO ”2 000 PFR MONTH AND AVERAGED ABOUT 55 PER CENT OF FREE MARKET LEVELS for POST-WAR PREMISES THE RANGE WAS GREATER: FROM A FEWHUNDRED DOLLARS FOR SMALLER FLATS TO ABOUT $8 000 FOR LARGER UNITS. THE AVERAGE OF SUCH CONTROLLED RENTS WAS ABOUT 68 PER CENT OF THE EQUIVALENT MARKET VALUE.

HE ALSO SAID OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS, ON THE BASIS OF THE PRESENT LEGISLATION AND ASSUMING THAT THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN MARKET LEVELS, THE RENTS OF SOME 50 000 FLATS WOULD REACH, OR WOULD BE CLOSE TO, MARKET LEVELS.

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UNATTENDED CHILDREN: PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN PLANNED *****

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE PLANS TO INITIATE A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO WARN PARENTS OF THE DANGER OF LEAVING THEIR CHILDREN UNATTENDED, TO ENCOURAGE MORE MUTUAL HELP AMONG NEIGHBOURS, AND TO PUBLICISE THE SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PAULINE NG, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID EXISTING LEGISLATION WAS ADEQUATE TO DEAL WITH CASES OF SERIOUS ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF YOUNG CHILDREN.

+SECTION 27 OF THE OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON ORDINANCE MAKES IT AN OFFENCE TO WILFULLY ASSAULT, ILL TREAT, NEGLECT, ABANDON OR EXPOSE ANY CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 16,+ HE SAID.

+IN ADDITION, THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN AND JUVENILES ORDINANCE GIVES THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE WIDE POWERS TO TAKE ACTION IN THE INTERESTS OF ANY CHILD WHO IS LIKELY TO BE EXPOSED TO ANY MORAL OR PHYSICAL DANGER.+

+THE DIRECTOR CAN MAKE AN ORDER REGARDING THE CONTROL AND CUSTODY OF THE CHILD IN DANGER, OR ALTERNATIVELY CAN APPLY TO A JUVENILE COURT FOR A CARE AND PROTECTION ORDER TO PLACE THE CHILD UNDER THE CARE OF AN APPROPRIATE PERSON,* HE ADDED.

HOWEVER, MR CHAMBERS DOUBTED WHETHER THESE PROVISIONS V£RE APPROPRIATE FOR USE IN CASES OF THE TYPE REFERRED TO BY MRS NG IN WHICH CHILDREN WERE LEFT ALONE WHEN THEIR PARENTS WERE OUT, AS THEY SEEMED TO INVOLVE NEGLIGENCE RATHER THAN SERIOUS NEGLECT.

+IN SUCH CASES, IT IS VERY DOUBTFUL WHETHER LEGISLATION IS THE RIGHT ANSWER,* HE SAID.

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HONG KONG NOW SPEAKS FOR ITSELF IN GATT * * * * *

HONG KONG REPRESENTATIVES IN THE GATT WILL NOW SPEAK IN HONG KONG’S NAME, RATHER THAN AS THE UNITED KINGDOM SPEAKING FOR HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON E.P. HO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG, MR HO SAID THIS FOLLOWED THE DECLARATION BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE GATT ON APRIL 23 THAT HONG KONG POSSESSED FULL AUTONOMY IN THE CONDUCT OF ITS EXTERNAL COMMERCIAL RELATIONS AND OF OTHER MATTERS PROVIDED FOR IN THE GATT.

+WITH THIS NEW STATUS, WE SHALL, OF COURSE, CONTINUE TO PLAY OUR FULL PART IN SUPPORT OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES AND PURPOSES OF THE GATT AND IN DEFENCE OF HONG KONG’S RIGHTS THEREUNDER,* HE SAID.

+ THE OTHER DIFFERENCE WILL BE THAT WE SHALL HAVE TO PAY OUR SHARE OF THE GATT BUDGET, WHICH HAS HITHERTO BEEN PART OF THE UK’S CONTRIBUTION AND BORNE OUT OF UK FUNDS.*

AS REGARDS STAFFING TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASE IN WORKLOAD, MR HO SAID THE WORKLOAD OF THE GENEVA OFFICE AND THE MULTILATERAL DIVISION OF THE TRADE DEPARTMENT HAD INDEED INCREASED AS A RESULT OF HONG KONG’S INVOLVEMENT IN A RANGE OF CURRENT MULTILATERAL TRADE ISSUES, INCLUDING THE FUTURE OF THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT AND THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE FOR THE NEXT GATT ROUND.

+A REVIEW OF THE STAFFING OF THE GENEVA OFFICE HAS RECENTLY BEEN COMPLETED IN ORDER TO TAKE COGNISANCE OF ITS RESPONSIBILITY AND WORKLOAD,* HE SAID.

+ARISING FROM THIS REVIEW PROPOSALS TO STRENGTHEN THE GENEVA OFFICE WILL BE PUT TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THIS COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

+THE MULTILATERAL DIVISION OF THE TRADE DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERED TO BE ADEQUATELY STAFFED AT PRESENT, THOUGH THE POSITION WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED.*

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NO PLAN FOR DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME * * X X

THC GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLAN TO ADOPT DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON DANIEL TSE, SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS ADVISED THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO PARTICULAR CONFUSION OR INCONVENIENCE TO TRAVELLERS, ALTHOUGH CHINA CHANGED TO SUMMER TIME FROM MAY 4.

+INDEED, SPECIFICALLY TO AVOID CONFUSION AND INCONVENIENCE, THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES HAVE MADE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE SCHEDULES OF AIRLINES, FERRIES, HOVERCRAFT AND TRAINS,+ SIR DAVID SAID.

+NO CHANGE WAS, THEREFORE, REQUIRED ON THE HONG KONG SIDE AND THE OPENING HOURS OF THE BORDER CROSSING POINTS REMAIN THE SAME.+ HE ADDED.

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1987 REVIEW WILL CONSIDER ELECTORAL COMPOSITION

X X X X

THE 1987 REVIEW OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL GIVE CONSIDERATION TO THE POSSIBLE MIX OF MEMBERS ELECTED BY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THIS HAD BEEN STATED IN THE 1984 WHITE PAPER ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, HE POINTED OUT.

SIR DAVID WAS REPLYING TO THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, WHO HAD ASKED WHETHER THE 1987 REVIEW WOULD GIVE FULL CONSIDERATION TO ESTABLISHING A FURTHER THREE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, FOR THE TOURIST INDUSTRY, THE MEDIA, AND THE ACCOUNTING PROFESSION.

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PROVIDENT FUND BEING REASSESSED

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A REASSESSMENT OF THE ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND IS NEARING COMPLETION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON NEIL HENDERSON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PANG CHUN-HOI, MR HENDERSON SAID- +WHEN THAT EXERCISE IS COMPLETED, WE SHALL I HOPE BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO CONSIDER, IN CONSULTATION WITH INTERESTED BODIES, WHETHER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND IN HONG KONG WOULD BE DESIRABLE+.

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HOSPITAL PATIENTS HAVE FREEDOM OF CHOICE *****

PATIENTS HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DECIDE IN WHICH HOSPITAL THEY WISH TO BE TREATED AND WERE FREE TO TERMINATE THEIR STAY IN HOSPITAL IF THEY SO WISHED.

THIS WAS EXPLAINED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM.

ON REASONS WHY INDIVIDUAL PATIENTS CHOSE TO DISCHARGE THEMSELVES FROM HOSPITALS, MR CHAMBERS SAID IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GIVE ANY RELIABLE INDICATION AS PATIENTS COULD NOT BE COMPELLED TO GIVE THEIR REASONS AND EVEN IF ASKED WOULD NOT NECESSARILY GIVE CORRECT ANSWERS.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT SEVEN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS - QUEEN MARY, QUEEN ELIZABETH, PRINCE OF WALES, PRINCESS MARGARET, KOWLOON, TANG SHIU KIN AND TSAN YUK - WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT 90 PER CENT OF ALL IN-PATIENTS TREATED IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS MAINTAINED COMPUTERISED RECORDS.

THE NUMBERS OF PATIENTS DISCHARGED AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE IN THESE HOSPITALS WERE 20 900 IN 1983, 17 600 IN 1984 AND 12 300 FOR JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER 1985. THESE FIGURES REPRESENTED FOUR TO FIVE PER CENT OF TOTAL DISCHARGES.

MR CHAMBERS NOTED IN HIS REPLY THAT SUCH DATA WERE NOT COLLECTED AS A MATTER OF ROUTINE FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES AND IN THE TIME AVAILABLE IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN FIGURES FROM SUBVENTED HOSPITALS. HOWEVER, THEY WOULD BE GIVEN TO DR LAM WHEN AVAILABLE.

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MORE HALLS TO HAVE AIR-CONDITIONING *****

PLANS ARE IN HAND TO EXTEND AIR-CONDITIONING, IN STAGES OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, IN COMMUNITY HALLS MANAGED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN, MR LIAO SAID THERE WERE COMMUNITY HALLS MANAGED BY EITHER THE GOVERNMENT OR OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN ALL 19 DISTRICTS EXCEPT WAN CHAI AND ISLANDS.

PLANS ARE ALREADY IN HAND TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY HALL FACILITIES IN THESE TWO DISTRICTS,+ HE SAID.

MR LIAO SAID THE AVERAGE UTILISATION RATE OF THE COMMUNITY HALLS VARIED.

DURING THE FIRST 10 MONTHS SINCE THE CNTA TOOK OVER THE ’•’ANAGEMENT OF THE COMMUNITY HALL FACILITIES IN JUNE LAST YEAR, THE OVERALL AVERAGE UTILISATION RATE OF THESE HALLS WAS ABOUT 46 PER CENT,+ HE SAID.

+THIS UTILISATION RATE WAS WORKED OUT ON THE BASIS OF THE AVERAGE OF ALL THE COMMUNITY HALLS UNDER CNTA MANAGEMENT.

THE UTILISATION RATE IN RESPECT OF EACH COMMUNITY HALL WAS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF HOURS BOOKED AS COMPARED TO THE NUMBER OF HOURS AVAILABLE PER MONTH,+ HE SAID.

OF THE TOTAL OF 61 COMMUNITY HALLS MANAGED BY THE CNTA AND OTHER COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, 11 WERE AIR-CONDITIONED.

AS FOR THE REMAINDER, MOST OF WHICH WERE BUILT IN THE 6O’S AND 7O’S, AN APPLICATION HAS BEEN MADE FOR THE INCLUSION OF AN ITEM FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE AIRCONDI T I ON I NG, + MR LIAO ADDED.

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REVIEW OF BAR ADMISSION POLICY * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO CONDUCT A REVIEW OF THE POLICY OF ADMISSION TO THE HONG KONG BAR AND SUBMIT PROPOSALS FOR LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JAMES FINDLAY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON RICHARD LAI, MR FINDLAY SAID THE REVIEW WOULD BE UNDERTAKEN IN CONSULTATION WITH INTERESTED PARTIES.

OBVIOUSLY, UNTIL THAT REVIEW IS CONDUCTED AND THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OBTAINED, I CANNOT SAY WHAT THE AMENDMENTS WILL BE,+ MR FINDLAY SAID.

HE SAID THE UMELCO SECURITY PANEL HAD CONSIDERED THAT THE PROPOSAL SHOULD ONLY BE ENDORSED IF IT WAS PART OF AN OVERALL REVIEW OF ADMISSION POLICY TO THE HONG KONG BAR.

AUSTRALASIAN LAWYERS IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS SUBMITTED THEIR CASE FOR A CHANGE IN THE LAW TO THE UMELCO SECURITY PANEL,+ HE SAID.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL EXPRESSED THE VIEW TO THE UMELCO SECURITY PANEL THAT ALLOWING THE ADMISSION TO THE HONG KONG BAR OF EXPERIENCED AUSTRALASIAN LAWYERS WITH LONG SERVICE IN THIS CHAMBER WOULD NOT HINDER THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STRONG LOCAL LEGAL PROFESSION AND HE REMAINS OF THAT OPINION,+ HE SAID.

HAVING HEARD INTERESTED PARTIES, THE PANEL EXPRESSED THE VIEW ON MAY 17 THAT THERE WAS A CASE FOR AMENDING THE LAW TO ALLOW COMMONWEALTH-QUALIFIED LAWYERS WITH AN APPROPRIATE PERIOD OF SERVICE IN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADMISSION TO THE HONG KONG BAR, SUBJECT TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS.+

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^ORE DATA ON SENTENCING PATTERN BY YEAR END K * * * *

THE IMPLEMENTATION OP THE STANDARDISED LAW AND ORDER STATISTICAL SYSTEM, WHICH WILL BE PROVIDING DATA BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, WILL HELP THE GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING MORE INFORMATION ON THE SENTENCING PATTERNS AND AVERAGE SENTENCES IMPOSED ON PERSONS CONVICTED OF UNLAWFUL SOCIETY OFFENCES, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JAMES FINDLAY, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI, MR FINDLAY SAID AS AGGREGATE STATISTICS ON SENTENCES HANDED DOWN FOR THOSE FOUND GUILTY WERE NOT KEPT AS A MATTER OF COURSE AT PRESENT, FULL INFORMATION ON SENTENCING PATTERNS AND AVERAGE SENTENCES OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

HE HOWEVER NOTED THAT SOME RELEVANT STATISTICS WERE AVAILABLE THROUGH TWO SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE ON PROSECUTIONS UNDER THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE, COVERING 1983 AND JULY TO SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR.

+IN 1983, 330 PERSONS WERE ARRESTED FOR UNLAWFUL SOCIETY OFFENCES AS THE PRINCIPAL OFFENCE, AS COMPARED TO 572 PERSONS IN 1984 AND 759 PERSONS IN 1985,+ HE SAID.

ON THE SENTENCING PATTERNS, HE SAID IN 1983, 32 PER CENT WERE ACQUITTED AND NEARLY HALF WERE CONDITIONALLY DISCHARGED, BOUND OVER, PUT ON PROBATION OR DEALT WITH UNDER THE SUPERINTENDENT’S DISCRETION SCHEME.

NOTING THAT STATISTICS FOR 1983 AND 1984 ON THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF CUSTODIAL SENTENCES WERE NOT READILY AVAILABLE, MR FINDLAY SAID IN LAST YEAR THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF CUSTODIAL SENTENCE FOR THE 12 PERSONS SENTENCED TO PRISON WAS SIX TO 12 MONTHS.

AS REGARDS THE AVERAGE SIZE OF FINES, HE SAID BETWEEN JULY AND SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, THE FINES IMPOSED VARIED FROM $250 TO $1 000 WITH THE AVERAGE BEING $605.

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PLANS IN HAND FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS *****

PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE FOR A COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDER PILOT SCHEME TO BE INTRODUCED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, THE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JAMES FINDLAY, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR FINDLAY SAID THE PRESENT POSITION ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDER SCHEME WAS THAT A SENIOR SOCIAL WORK OFFICER HAD RETURNED FROM A TWO-MONTH ATTACHMENT PROGRAMME AFTER STUDYING THE OPERATION OF A SIMILAR SCHEME IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE OFFICER HAD NOW PREPARED A DRAFT PLAN ON THE OPERATIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR A PILOT SCHEME AND CIRCULATED IT TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES LIKELY TO OFFER PLACEMENTS.

A WORKING GROUP HAD BEEN SET UP WITHIN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO EXAMINE THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF IMPLEMENTING THE SCHEME.

MR FINDLAY SAID THE WORKING GROUP WOULD TAKE APPROXIMATELY TWO MONTHS TO FIRM UP PROPOSALS ON THE PILOT SCHEME AND THESE WOULD THEN BE SUBMITTED TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR COMMENT.

+IT IS AIMED TO INTRODUCE THE PILOT SCHEME BY THE END OF THIS YEAR,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE PROPOSED SPENT CONVICTION SCHEME, MR FINDLAY SAID THAT FOLLOWING A PERIOD OF EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION, A DRAFT BILL TO IMPLEMENT THE SCHEME WOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WITHIN THE NEXT TWO TO THREE WEEKS.

IF APPROVED, THE BILL WOULD BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE THEREAFTER.

+ ONCE IT IS PASSED INTO LAW IT WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY,* HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1986

BANKING BILL PASSED * * *

THE BANKING BILL 1986 WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THREE OTHER BILLS - ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986. PUBLIC BUS SERVICES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 - WERE READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS AJOURNED.

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED TO JUNE 4.

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THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD HAS VOICED ITS CONCERN OVER THE SLOW PROGRESS OF CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING ON TELEVISION.

IN ITS 11TH REPORT TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE BOARD SAYS ONE WELCOME DEVELOPMENT IS THE SETTING UP OF A CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME ADVISORY COMMITTEE BY ONE TV STATION WITH THE AIM OF INQUIRING INTO WAYS TO IMPROVE PROGRAMMING IN THIS AREA.

THE BOARD SAYS IT IS ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT THE DISTORTION OF HISTORICAL FACTS AND PERSONALITIES IN SOME DRAMAS; THE DELIBERATE SCHEDULING BY ONE STATION TO CREATE A HEAD-ON CLASH BETWEEN TWO IDENTICAL PROGRAMMES OF HIGH ENTERTAINMENT VALUE PRODUCED SEPARATELY BY THE TWO STATIONS; THE EMOTIVE RING-SIDE COMMENTARIES IN SOME SPORTS PROGRAMMES; AND THE ABRUPT DISCONTINUATION OF SEVERAL FOREIGN DRAMA SERIALS ON THE ENGLISH CHANNELS.

THE REPORT FINDS THAT LOCALLY-PRODUCED DRAMAS, MOST OF WHICH WERE ESCAPIST FARE, CONTINUED TO FORM THE LARGEST PART OF THE TELEVISION STATIONS’ PROGRAMMING OUTPUT.

STATIONS ARE ADVISED NOT TO OVER-CONCENTRATE ON SUCH PROGRAMMES AND BE MINDFUL OF THE VALUE THAT COULD BE GAINED BY MORE SERIOUS DRAMAS WHICH EXPLORE CONTEMPORARY THEMES.

BUT THE REPORT IS NOT ALL GLOOM. IT ADDS THAT THE SUCCESS OF LOCAL TELEVISION MAY BE GAUGED FROM THE MANY AWARDS ACCORDED TO THEM AT VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS. TVB OBTAINED AN UNPRECEDENTED 14 PRIZES DURING THE 18-MONTH PERIOD UNDER REVIEW WHILE RTHK COLLECTED 10 AWARDS.

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THE REPORT POINTS OUT THAT A NUMBER OF PROGRAMMES PRODUCED BY THC TWO TELEVISION STATIONS HAVE FOUND UNIVERSAL APPEAL AS THEY ARE BROADCAST TO VIEWERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

IT ALSO SAYS RTHK TELEVISION PROGRAMMES, KNOWN FOR THEIR QUALITY PRODUCTIONS, CONTINUED TO BE VARIED, INFORMATIVE, INTERESTING AND WELL-RECEIVED.

THE BOARD NOTES WITH APPROVAL THAT THE TWO COMMERCIAL STATIONS HAVE INCREASED THEIR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES SIGNIFICANTLY AND THERE HAS BEEN AN EXPANSION OF NEWS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAMMES.

ON PUBLIC CONSULTATION, THE REPORT SAYS MEMBERS OF THE TELEVISION HOME VIEWING GROUPS ARE GENERALLY SATISFIED WITH THE QUALITY OF THE STATION-PRODUCED PROGRAMMES AND OF THE ADVERTISING MATERIALS BROADCAST ON TELEVISION.

IT NOTES THAT COMPARED WITH PREVIOUS REVIEW PERIODS THERE WERE FEWER COMPLAINTS ABOUT UNHEALTHY THEMES, VIOLENCE AND OBJECTIONABLE LANGUAGE IN PROGRAMMES OR MISLEADING AND OFFENSIVE ADVERTISEMENTS.

STATION-PRODUCED AND IMPORTED DOCUMENTARIES, EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIVE PROGRAMMES, YOUTH PROGRAMMES AND SPECIALS IN SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR WERE COMMENTED UPON FAVOURABLY BY HOME VIEWING GROUP MEMBERS, THE REPORT SAYS.

THE FOURTH FULL-SCALE TELEVISION AUDIENCE ATTITUDE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN AUGUST 1984.

FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY WERE GENERALLY SUPPORTIVE OF THE PRESENT LEVEL OF CONTROL ON RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCASTING.

DURING THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW, THE BOARD HAS ADVISED THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY ON THREE OCCASIONS TO IMPOSE FINANCIAL PENALTIES ON THE TWO TELEVISION STATIONS FOR CONTRAVENING THE ADVERTISING AND PROGRAMMES STANDARDS AND FOR FAILING TO SUBMIT MATERIAL FOR CENSORSHIP.

ON ADVERTISING CONTROL, THE BOARD NOTES THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY HAS CLARIFIED THE TREATMENT FOR SPONSORSHIP OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMES BY CIGARETTE AND TOBACCO COMPANIES.

THUS, FROM MARCH 1, 1985, ALL ANNOUNCEMENTS ON TELEVISION BY A CIGARETTE OR TOBACCO COMPANY ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY THE MANDATORY HEALTH WARNING.

THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY RECORDED 15 COMPLAINTS ON TELEVISION ADVERTISEMENTS DURING THE REVIEW PERIOD.

OF THESE, THE AUTHORITY FOUND THAT 10 COMPLAINTS COULD NOT BE SUBSTANTIATED, TWO ADVERTISEMENTS WERE VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAWN BY THE ADVERTISERS CONCERNED AND THE REMAINING THREE ADVERTISEMENTS WERE STOPPED BY THE AUTHORITY.

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PROBATION SERVICE FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS A SUCCESS - *****

MORE YOUNG OFFENDERS UNDER 21 ARE BEING PLACED ON PROBATION BY HE COURTS TO HELP THEM TURN OVER A NEW LEAF WITHOUT THE STIGMA OF A CUSTODIAL SENTENCE, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF VICTORIA, SHE SAID THAT IN 1979-80 THE NUMBER OF SUCH PROBATION CASES WAS 1 487, AND THIS HAD RISEN TO 2 052 IN 1984-85.

+ A RECENT STUDY CONDUCTED BY MY DEPARTMENT INDICATES THAT A SUCCESS RATE OF 82.2 PER CENT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS. THE SUCCESS RATE WAS CALCULATED ON THE BASIS THAT THE OFFENDER WAS NOT RECONVICTED DURING THE PROBATION PERIOD AND THE ONE-YEAR PERIOD AFTER THE EXPIRY OF THE PROBATION ORDER,* SHE SAID.

PREPARING PRE-SENTENCING SOCIAL ENQUIRY REPORTS ON OFFENDERS AND SUPERVISING OFFENDERS SENTENCED ON PROBATION WERE TWO MAJOR ASPECTS OF PROBATION WORK.

IN 1979-80 THE NUMBER OF SOCIAL ENQUIRY REPORTS PREPARED WAS 3 734, BUT IN 1984-85 THE NUMBER HAD INCREASED TO 4 465.

THESE REPORTS ASSISTED MAGISTRATES AND JUDGES IN SENTENCING, AND IF THEY FOUND PROBATION A FEASIBLE OPTION THEY COULD MAKE A PROBATION ORDER FOR A PERIOD OF ONE TO THREE YEARS.

IF A PROBATIONER FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF A PROBATION ORDER, THE PROBATION OFFICER HAD THE RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY TO TAKE HIM BACK TO COURT TO ANSWER HIS BREACH OF THE ORDER, IN WHICH CASE HE WAS LIABLE TO MORE SEVERE PUNISHMENT.

A RECENT STUDY OF YOUNG OFFENDERS SHOWED THAT 57.4 PER CENT OF THEM FELL IN THE 14-16 AGE RANGE; THE SEX RATIO WAS EIGHT MALES TO ONE FEMALE; 57.8 PER CENT OF THEM WERE PUBLIC HOUSING DWELLERS; AND 69.6 PER CENT HAD STUDIED UP TO FORMS 1 TO 3.

THE MOST COMMON PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY YOUNG OFFENDERS WERE THOSE RELATING TO UNDESIRABLE PEER INFLUENCE, VALUE SYSTEM, MOTIVATION IN STUDY, SCHOOL PERFORMANCE AND PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP.

A PROBATION OFFICER, LIKE ANY SOCIAL WORKER, MUST DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A CONSTRUCTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PROBATIONER THROUGH WHICH HE COULD ENCOURAGE TRUST AND HENCE EXERCISE INFLUENCE.

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APART FROM HAVING GENUINE CONCERN FOR THE PROBATIONER, THE PROBATION OFFICER MUST ALSO INDICATE EXPECTATION AND PLACE EMPHASIS O: POSITIVE ASPECTS, ESPECIALLY IN THE CASE OF OFFENDERS WITH A LOW REGARD OF THEMSELVES.

+PROBATION OFFICERS NEED ALSO TO RENDER CONSTANT GUIDANCE TO THE PARENTS TO FACILITATE THEM TO TAKE UP A MORE RESPONSIBLE AND EFFECTIVE ROLE IN CHILD DISCIPLINE.

+IN ADDITION TO THE CASEWORK METHODS EMPLOYED IN WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES, PROBATION OFFICERS WILL, FROM TIME TO TIME, MOBILISE VARIOUS SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO ASSIST THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS,* MRS CHAN SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT AT PRESENT RAN SEVEN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS OF WHICH THREE PROBATION HOMES AND A PROBATION HOSTEL ESPECIALLY FOR PROBATIONERS WHOSE ORDERS STIPULATED A PERIOD OF RESIDENCE IN SUCH HOMES.

PROBATIONERS WOULD BE PROVIDED WITH BASIC EDUCATION AND TRADE TRAINING WHILE IN RESIDENCE.

TO KEEP PACE WITH CHANGING NEEDS, MR CHAN SAID, THE DEPARTMENT HAD OPENED THE PUI CHI BOYS’ HOME IN 1984 TO COPE WITH DEMAND, AND PLANNED ANOTHER GIRLS’ HOME OF 120 PLACES IN TUEN MUN AS WELL AS TO REPROVISION THE BEGONIA ROAD BOYS’ HOME IN JUNK BAY NEW TOWN.

THE VOLUNTEER SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS WAS ANOTHER RESOURCE DEVELOPED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN 1978 TO ACTIVELY SUPPORT THE PROBATION SERVICE.

IT IS FOR CITIZENS OVER 21 PREPARED TO SHARE THEIR LEISURE TIME, EXPERIENCES AND SKILLS WITH OFFENDERS.

+SINCE THE INCEPTION. OF THIS SCHEME, OVER 190 VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN MATCHED FOR SERVICE AND THE SCHEME HAS PROVED TO BE SATISFYING TO BOTH VOLUNTEERS AND PROBATIONERS,* SHE SAID.

ON THE COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDER SCHEME, MR CHAN SAID LAST YEAR AN OFFICER WAS SENT OVERSEAS TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF THIS SCHEME AND HOW BEST IT COULD BE APPLIED TO MEET LOCAL NEEDS.

+WE HOPE LATER THIS YEAR TO BE ABLE TO LAUNCH A PILOT PROJECT TO TEST ITS EFFECTIVENESS AND TO PROVIDE A BETTER BASIS FOR FUTURE PLANNING,* SHE ADDED.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 1986

MENTAL HEALTH FORTNIGHT BEGINS IN TUEN MUN

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A MENTAL HEALTH FORTNIGHT BEGAN IN TUEN MUN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH THE AIM OF ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS ON MENTAL HEALTH SO THAT THEY WOULD HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE ILLNESS AND THE PROCESS OF REHABILITATION.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, MR LAU WONG-FAT, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION AD HOC COMMITTEE, MR CHAN CHE-HIM.

MR LAU SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR RESIDENTS TO MAINTAIN PROPER MENTAL HEALTH IN VIEW OF THE PRESSURES OF MODERN CITY LIFE.

ACTIVITIES DURING THE FORTNIGHT INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION ON MENTAL HEALTH, SEMINARS AND TALKS WITH FILMS, SLIDES AND VIDEO SHOWS.

THE FORTNIGHT OF ACTIVITIES FORM PART OF A CAMPAIGN ON PUBLIC EDUCATION IN MENTAL HEALTH WHICH HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION AD HOC COMMITTEE, AND SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD.

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SONG SPREADS ANT I-NARCCTICS MESSAGE

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POPULAR SINGER ALAN TAM HAS PLEDGED HIS SUPPORT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS BY SPREADING THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGE THROUGH HIS LATEST CANTONESE HIT SONG +BREAKING THROUGH*.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, NRS AGNES ALLCOCK, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF AN ANTI-NARCOTICS VARIETY SHOW JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) AND TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED (TVB).

+ IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF POPULAR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, WHICH IS AN EFFECTIVE MEANS OF REACHING OUT TO YOUNG PEOPLE, THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGE WILL BE WIDELY SPREAD,* • NRS ALLCOCK SAID.

+BREAKING THROUGH*, THE SIXTH SPECIAL ANTI-NARCOTICS THEME SONG, IS COMPOSED BY DONALD ASHLEY AND PETER NG WITH LYRICS WRITTEN BY HEUNG SUET-WAI AND SUNG BY ALAN TAM.

/ALAN TAM,

WtiBSDAY, MAY 28, 1986

,, am ta - c. iPPORTFD BY 120 MEMBERS OF VARIOUS YOUTH meAinsAT ions' » ll° N° the song at the ant.-narcotics variety ®ol To Ie Sko AT the HONG KONG COLISEUM ON JUNE 8.

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SHOW VvS^CH WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE BY TVB.

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93 PASS MEDICAL LICENTIATE EXAMINATION

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NINTY-THREE CANDIDATES PASSED PART II (ENGLISH FOR PROFESSIONAL USE) OF THE LICENTIATE EXAMINATION FOR UNREG ISTRABLE DOCTORS, THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THIS YEAR THE PART II EXAMINATION WAS HELD TWICE, IN MARCH AND MAY GIVING SOME CANDIDATES A CHOICE OF EXAMINATION DATES, AND SOME OTHERS WHO FAILED THE FIRST TIME THE CHANCE TO TAKE THE EXAMINATION AGAIN.

FIFTY-SIX OUT OF 88 CANDIDATES PASSED THE EXAMINATION IN MARCH, AND 37 OUT OF U CANDIDATES (INCLUDING 27 WHO HAD FAILED IN MARCH) PASSED IN MAY, GIVING A PASS RATE OF 70 PER CENT.

THOSE WHO PASSED THE PART II EXAMINATION THIS YEAR MAY NOW TAKE THE PART III EXAMINATION IN JULY.

PART III IS AN ORAL EXAMINATION OF CANDIDATES’ ABILITY TO APPLY PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE TO CLINICAL PROBLEMS. EACH CANDIDATE WILL BE GIVEN A TEST IN MEDICINE, SURGERY AND OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS COMMERCIAL SURVEY FINDINGS * * * *

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY ON COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES IN PRIVATE HOUSING AREAS OF THE NEW TOWN AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE SURVEY, CONDUCTED BY THE MEW TERRITORIES NORTH WEST DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, COVERS VARIOUS ASPECTS INCLUDING EMPLOYMENT IN COMMERCIAL PREMISES AND OPERATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS..

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L R.-.PORT ON A SURVEY CONDUCTED LAST YEAR ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT WILL ALSO BE TABLED AT THE MEETING.

,THER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE COMMITTEE’S WORK REPORT FOR 1985-86, AND AN APPLICATION FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO CARRY OUT A COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND LABOUR MATTERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TUEN M'JN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE MEETING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD

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COMMITTEE TO STUDY EDUCATION ISSUES *****

MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS THE REPORT OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE REVIEW OF THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM, AND THE GOVERNMENT POLICY ON BOUGHT PLACES IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS.

THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE AND APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO CARRY OUT NINE PROJECTS THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

THESE PROJECTS INCLUDE THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION EXHIBITION, CIVIC AMBASSADOR SCHEME, STUDENT AMBASSADOR SCHEME, MAXI-CAB FARE DISCOUNT SCHEME FOR THE ELDERLY, OUTING FOR THE ELDERLY, AND THE PRODUCTION OF 20 000 LEAFLETS ON THE HARMFUL EFFECT OF PORNOGRAPHIC PUBLICATIONS ON YOUNG PEOPLE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

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PRESS BRIEFING ON TAI PO TRAFFIC * * * * *

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ’Al PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND_ TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, DR STEPHEN TANG LUNG-WAI, WILL BRIEF THE PRESS TOMORROW (THURSDAY) ON TRAFFIC MATTERS WHICH WERE DISCUSSED AT A RECENT COMMITTEE MEETING.

THE BRIEFING WILL BE HELD AT 11.30 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR, TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE BRIEFING.

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SEMINAR ON CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME *****

A SEMINAR TO INTRODUCE A SERIES OF NEW ITEMS TO BE LAUNCHED IN JUNE IN THE +CHILDREN’S TIME+ PROGRAMME OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (MAY 31).

THESE ITEMS AIM AT EXTENDING CHILDREN’S RANGE OF KNOWLEDGE AND AT STIMULATING THEIR INTEREST IN LEARNING.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE ATTENDED BY RTHK’S HEAD OF CULTURAL PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT, MR CHUNG WAI-MING; HEAD OF THE EDUCATION UNIT, MRS TERESA LEE; PRODUCERS MRS MARY LEE, MR BENNY NGA I AND MRS NANCY FUNG, AND PROGRAMME PRESENTERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT TO BE HELD AT 3 PM ON SATURDAY AT PARK LANE ROOM, 27TH FLOOR, PARK LANE HOTEL.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF STUBBS ROAD CARRIAGEWAY * * ¥■ * *

TO FACILITATE ROADWORKS AT THE STUBBS ROAD ROUNDABOUT, THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF STUBBS ROAD BETWEEN THE UPRAMP TO WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD FLYOVER AND THE STUBBS ROAD ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC CROM 7 PM TO 12 MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY (MAY 30).

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON STUBBS ROAD HEADING FOR TAI HANG ROAD OR THE PEAK WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD FLYOVER, THE UNNAMED LOOP ROAD ON WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD AND THE STUBBS ROAD ROUNDABOUT.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN QUARRY BAY, CENTRAL *****

TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE, THE SECTION OF KING’S ROAD BETWEEN PAN HOI STREET AND WESTLAND ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY (MAY 31) TO 7 AM ON SUNDAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON KING’S ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO JAVA ROAD, ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, TAI KOO WAN ROAD, TAI WING AVENUE AND TAI KOO SHING ROAD BEFORE REJOINING SHAU KEI WAN ROAD OR KING’S ROAD.

WESTBOUND VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA WESTLAND ROAD, TAI KOO SHING ROAD, TAI YUE AVENUE, TAI KOO WAN ROAD, ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND MAN HONG STREET BEFORE REJOINING KING’S ROAD.

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, THE EXISTING BUS ONLY LANE RESTRICTION ON HARCOURT ROAD WESTBOUND WILL RE LIFTED UPON CLOSURE OF THE BUS GATE AT THE CENTRAL DIVIDER SEPARATING A SLIP ROAD LEADING TO COTTON TREE DRIVE AND ANOTHER SLIP ROAD LEADING TO QUEENSWAY.

AS A RESULT, ALL VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE INSIDE LANE OF THE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO COTTON TREE DRIVE BETWEEN THE BUS GATE AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES WEST OF THE SAME OPENING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, MAY 29, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE ITO.

AG EXPLAINS HOW LEGAL STRUCTURE WILL CHANGE................ 1

SENIOR DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED.................. 2

NEW COMMITTEE FOR KEEP HK CLEAN CAMPAIGN .................. 4

SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOP ON MONITORING AIR QUALITY ............. 4

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHAM SHUI PO ............................ 5

FARE RISE ON THREE MINIBUS ROUTES ......................... 6

LAST PUBLIC SESSION FOR SELECT COMMITTEE................... 6

CIVIC EDUCATION DRIVE FOR EASTERN DISTRICT ................ 7

TEACHERS TO DISCUSS CIVIC EDUCATION ....................... 8

BUS TOUR TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS ....................... 8

YAU MA TEI BOARD HAS NEW COMMITTEE......................... 9

258 OOO DOGS INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES ................... 11

DETAILS OF SAFETY IN OUTDOOR SPORTS ...................... 12

MORE TIME TO CONSIDER MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION .............. 12

SOUTH LANTAU TO GET PIPED WATER SUPPLY.................... 13

ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES FOR FEMALE INMATES ................. 13

COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE JSEA REVIEW.......................... 14

SEMINAR ON CAREER IN FREIGHT INDUSTRY .................... 14

RESTRICTED ZONES DESIGNATED

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AG EXPLAINS HOW LEGAL STRUCTURE WILL CHANGE * * * * *

THE PROGRESSIVE LOCALISATION OF ALL LEGISLATION THAT IS AT PRESENT DERIVED FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL BE ESSENTIAL TO GIVE EFFECT TO CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES MENTIONED IN THE SI NO-BRIT I SH JOINT DECLARATION ON HONG KONG, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID IN LONDON TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE CONTEMPORARY CHINA INSTITUTE OF THE SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES OF LONDON UNIVERSITY, MR THOMAS SAID THIS LOCALISATION WOULD RESULT IN HONG KONG’S LAWS BEING SELF-STANDING AND NOT DEPENDENT UPON ONITED KINGDOM LEGISLATION BY THE TIME THE TRANSFER OF SOVEREIGNTY TOOK PLACE.

+IN THAT WAY THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION CAN EXPECT TO INHERIT THE LAWS IN FORCE IN HONG KONG IN A FORM THAT WILL NOT CONTRAVENE THE BASIC LAW,+ HE SAID IN HIS SPEECH ON ’HONG KONG’S LEGAL SYSTEM AND 1997’.

EXAMPLES OF AREAS IN WHICH HONG KONG MUST LOCALISE ITS OWN LAWS AND CEASE TO RELY UPON UNITED KINGDOM LEGISLATION WERE TO BE FOUND IN THE FIELDS OF MERCHANT SHIPPING, CIVIL AVIATION, PATENTS AND COPYRIGHTS.

+THESE SUBJECTS HAVE ALL BEEN MARKED DOWN BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS MATTERS FOR EARLY CONSIDERATION. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT A FURTHER SERIES OF REFORMS WILL BE REQUIRED WHEN THE BASIC LAW HAS BEEN PUBLISHED,* HE SAID.

MR THOMAS EXPLAINED THAT IT FOLLOWED FROM THE JOINT DECLARATION THAT CHANGES MUST BE MADE TO THE LAWS IN ORDER TO CONSTITUTE A FINAL COURT OF APPEAL, TAKING THE PLACE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL, IN A MANNER THAT WAS CONSISTENT BOTH WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE BASIC LAW.

HE 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 JUDGMENTS CAN BE APPRECIATED, ESPECIALLY BY IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS INTERESTS, AT HOME AND ABROAD.*

MR THOMAS SAID HE CONSIDERED IT IMPERATIVE TO PROMOTE THE USE OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE IN LEGISLATION.

THERE HAD BEEN SOME UNEASE EXPRESSED THAT PRODUCING LEGISLATION IN CHINESE AS WELL AS ENGLISH WOULD TEND TO UNDERMINE THE USE OF ENGLISH IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, BUT HIS OWN VIEW WAS THAT THE USE OF ENGLISH IN THE COURTS TO RESOLVE QUESTIONS OF LAW WAS BOUND TO CONTINUE BECAUSE ENGLISH WAS THE LANGUAGE OF THE COMMON LAW. EQUALLY HE WAS SURE THAT CANTONESE WOULD BE USED TO RESOLVE QUESTIONS OF FACT.

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HE WENT ON: + BUT IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE USE OF CHINESE IN LOCAL ORDINANCES IS A DIFFERENT MATTER. I THINK IT IS PLAINLY DES'RABLE THAT THE PEOPLE OF THIS TERRITORY, THE VAST MAJORITY OF WHOM ARE CHINESE SPEAKING, SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND IN THEIR 0WN LANGUAGE THE PUBLIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW WHICH IN SO MANY RESPECTS GOVERNS THEIR LIVES, THEIR HOUSING THEIR EMPLOYMENT AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS.*

MR THOMAS POINTED OUT THAT A DISCUSSION PAPER SETTING OUT HE VARIOUS METHODS OF PRODUCING AN AUTHENTIC CHINESE VERSION JF HONG KONG STATUTE LAW HAD BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC FOR COMMENT.

CODIFICATION OF SELECTED AREAS OF THE COMMON LAW WAS ANOTHER HIGHLY DESIRABLE TASK TO BE UNDERTAKEN IN THE TRANSITION PERIOD AND THE SECRETARIAT OF THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION WAS ALREADY LOOKING INTO THIS MATTER.

MR THOMAS ALSO SUMMARISED THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP.

IN CONCLUSION, HE STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE COMMON LAW, AND SAID: + THE COMMON LAW IS DEEPLY ROOTED IN HONG KONG. THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY’S HISTORY, THE VALUES AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE COMMON LAW HAVE MATCHED THE SUCCESSIVE NEEDS OF ITS TRADERS, ITS IMMIGRANTS, ITS ENTREPRENEURS AND ITS FOREIGN INVESTORS. THE COMMON LAW HAS ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE GOOD ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNMENT OF THE TERRITORY, SO IT IS AN IMPORTANT FOUNDATION OF HONG KONG’S PROSPERITY AND STABILITY.


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SENIOR DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) A FURTHER SERIES OF SENIOR DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS AS FOLLOWS:-

DR NIP KAM-FAN WILL BE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES. HE HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT SINCE OCTOBER 1984.

MR HAROLD BEATON WILL BE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS. HE HAS BEEN A PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ENGINEER SINCE MARCH 1981.

THE APPOINTMENTS WILL TAKE EFFECT ON JUNE 1, 1986 WHEN THE SECOND PHASE OF THE REORGANISATION OF THE LANDS AND WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED.

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THIS PHASE OF THE REORGANISATION INVOLVED THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT BEING TRANSFORMED INTO AN INDEPENDENT HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT AND THE REMAINING OFFICES BEING RESTRUCTURED TO FORM A NEW CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

DR STUART REED HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1. HE HAD BEEN COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SINCE NOVEMBER 1980.

MR MIAO CHI HAS BEEN AND MECHANICAL SERVICES. MECHANICAL ENGINEER SINCE

APPOINTED AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL HE HAD BEEN GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AND FEBRUARY 1982.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THESE OFFICERS ARE AS FOLLOWS*

DR NIP KAM-FAN, J.P.

AGED 53, DR NIP JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN AUGUST 1956 AS AN APPRENTICE ENGINEER. SINCE THEN, HE HAS SERVED IN VARIOUS SENIOR POSTS IN THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION OF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH. HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT IN OCTOBER 1984.

MR HAROLD BEATON, J.P.

AGED 55, MR BEATON JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN DECEMBER 1960 AS AN ENGINEER. HE HAS HELD VARIOUS SENIOR APPOINTMENTS IN THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE AND THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE OF THE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ENGINEER IN MARCH 1981.

DR STUART REED

AGED 50, DR REED JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN JULY 1977 AS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ADVISER. HE WAS APPOINTED IN NOVEMBER 1980 AS COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO HEAD THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. HE HAS BEEN TAKING CHARGE OF THE NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

MR MIAO CHI

AGED 52, MR MIAO JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN DECEMBER 1963 AS AM ASSISTANT ELECTRICAL ENGINEER. HIS CAREER HAS BEEN SPENT ENTIRELY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF GOVERNMENT ELECTRICAL AMD MECHANICAL ENGINEER IN FEBRUARY 1982.

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NEW COMMITTEE FOR KEEP HK CLEAN CAMPAIGN

X X X X X

THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN WILL THIS YEAR BE A TERRITORY-WIDE JOINT UNDERTAKING BY THE REGIONAL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AND WILL BE OVERSEEN BY A STEERING COMMITTEE COMPRISING MEMBERS OF BOTH COUNCILS.

THIS FORMULA WAS ENDORSED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL FOLLOWING A SIMILAR DECISION TAKEN BY THE URBAN COUNCIL JN MAY 20.

THE STEERING COMMITTEE WILL BE CHAIRED BY A URBAN COUNCIL MEMBER WITH A REGIONAL COUNCILLOR SERVING AS VICE-CHAIRMAN. THE ORDER WILL BE REVERSED NEXT YEAR, AND IT IS INTENDED THAT THIS ROTATION OF THE CHAIRMANSHIP WILL CONTINUE FOR AS LONG AS THE COMMITTEE EXISTS.

FIVE MEMBERS FROM EACH COUNCIL, WITH APPROPRIATE AUTHORISATION TO MAKE POLICY DECISIONS, WILL SIT ON THE COMMITTEE.

DECISIONS CONCERNING TERRITORY-WIDE MATTERS WILL BE MADE ON BEHALF OF BOTH COUNCILS BUT IMPLEMENTED IN THE URBAN AREA UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE URBAN COUNCIL’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL’S ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE SELECT COMMITTEE.

A PUBLICITY COMMITTEE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE TO THE STEERING COMMITTEE WILL BE SET UP TO PREPARE TERRITORY-WIDE PUBLICITY STRATEGY.

IT WILL BE CHAIRED BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES AND WILL COMPRISE STAFF OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

ALL PUBLICITY WITH A TERRITORY-WIDE APPEAL WILL BE FUNDED JOINTLY BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL ON A ONE-THIRD AND TWO-THIRDS BASIS RESPECTIVELY.

PUBLICITY ITEMS OF EXCLUSIVE INTEREST TO ONE COUNCIL WILL BE FUNDED BY IT.

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SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOP ON MONITORING AIR QUALITY

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT SENT A THREE-MEMBER DELEGATION TO CANTON TO ATTEND THE FIRST HONG KONG-CHINA WORKSHOP ON AIR QUALITY MONITORING, HELD FROM MAY 21 TO 23.

LED BY SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER, MR JONATHAN BOWER, THE DELEGATION JOINED REPRESENTATIVES FROM PEKING, SHANGHAI AND CANTON IN REVIEWING PROGRESS MADE IN AIR QUALITY MONITORING IN THE RESPECTIVE CITIES.

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MR BOWER SAID THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES, TAKING A SERIOUS APPROACH TO URBAN AIR POLLUTION PROBLEMS, WERE MOBILISING RESOURCES to IMPROVE THE SITUATION MONITORING NETWORKS IN MAJOR CITIES WERE TO BE EXPANDED AND MODERNISED, AND WHILE THE MONITORING EFFORT LAGGED Smewhat BEHIND WHEN COMPARED TO THOSE IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES SUCH

AND THE UNITE? STATES, .THEY ARE LEARNING AND CATCHING UP RY FAST+.

THE WORKSHOP HAD BEEN A SUCCESS AND WOULD PAVE THE WAY FOR FUTURE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, HE ADDED.

MR BOWER ALSO SAID THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WAS SEEKING TO EXPAND THE SCOPE OF ITS AIR QUALITY INVESTIGATIONS BY ESTABLISHING MONITORING STATIONS IN RURAL AND NEW TOWN AREAS. THIS EFFORT WOULD BE NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT’S AIR QUALITY CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAMMES EXPECTED TO BE IN FORCE LATER THIS YEAR.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHAM SHU I PO X * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL VISIT SHAM SHU I PO TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON TO LOOK OVER THE DISTRICT’S FACILITIES AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS.

DURING HIS VISIT, SIR EDWARD WILL VIEW THE DISTRICT FROM A VANTAGE POINT IN PAK TIN AND WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE LATEST MAJOR PROJECTS, INCLUDING RECLAMATION OF LAI CHI KOK BAY.

HE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, AND THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE.

TOWARDS THE END OF HIS TOUR, SIR EDWARD WILL ALSO MEET DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AT A TEA RECEPTION IN THE CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TRANSPORT HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE GOVERNOR’S TOUR OF SHAM SHU I PO. THEY SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 2 PM TOMORROW AT THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI, FROM WHERE THREE GOVERNMENT VEHICLES WILL TAKE THEM TO THE VANTAGE POINT IN PAK TIN. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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FARE RISE ON THREE MINIBUS ROUTES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS APPROVED FARE INCREASES FOR THREE GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES ON HONG KONG ISLAND WITH EFFECT FROM SUNDAY (JUNE 1).

THE NEW FARES FOR ROUTES 10, 11 AND 31, WHICH OPERATE IN CAUSEWAY BAY, TIN WAN AND SANDY BAY, WILL BE $4. THE OVERNIGHT SERVICE OF ON ROUTE 31 WILL CHARGE 14.5.

FARE RISES FOR FOUR OTHER GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES ON HONG KONG ISLAND WERE APPROVED EARLIER THIS MONTH. THESE ROUTES WERE 9, 21M, 22 AND 23 WHICH OPERATE IN CENTRAL, TAI HANG, POK FU LAM AND KENNEDY TOWN.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE FARE INCREASES FOR THE SEVEN ROUTES RANGED FROM 30 CENTS TO $1.

♦APPROVAL WAS GIVEN AFTER CAREFUL EXAMINATION OF THE OPERATING DETAILS AND FINANCIAL RETURNS SUBMITTED BY OPERATORS,* HE SAID.

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LAST PUBLIC SESSION FOR * * *

SELECT COMMITTEE *

THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME, CHAIRED BY W PETER C. WONG, WILL MEET WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. MR MICHAEL THOMAS, THE SOLICITOR GENERAL, MR JAMES FINDLAY, AND THE DIRECTOR CF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS, MR JOSEPH DUFFY, IN A PUBLIC SESSION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER ON SATURDAY (MAY 31) AT 9.30 AM.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, WHO HAS NOT YET MET THE COMMITTEE, HAS REQUESTED THE SESSION TO PRESENT HIS VIEWS.

THIS WILL BE THE LAST PUBLIC SESSION OF THE COMMITTEE WHICH HAS PREVIOUSLY MET WITH THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT THREE TIMES, THE HONG KONG BAR ASSOCIATION TWICE, AND ONCE EACH WITH THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG AND THE COMMERCIAL CRIME BUREAU OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL REPORT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT THE END OF THE CURRENT SESSION.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERY.

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CIVIC EDUCATION DRIVE FOR EASTERN DISTRICT * * * *

IN VIEW OF RAPID PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE TO PREPARE THEMSELVES TO BE RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS AND TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION WORKING GROUP, MR PAUL YIN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE +86 CIVIC EDUCATION IN EASTERN DISTRICT*, MR YIN SAID BOTH THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE FULLY SUPPORTED THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION BY ORGANISING AND CO-ORDINATING CIVIC EDUCATION ORIENTED COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED THIS SATURDAY (MAY 31) TO HELP THE PUBLIC BECOME MORE AWARE OF AND TO FULFIL THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS.

MR YIN SAID THAT TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE YEAR-LONG CAMPAIGN, A SEMINAR ON CIVIC EDUCATION WOULD BE HELD ON SATURDAY AT DR SEAKER CHAN MEMORIAL HALL.

+ A SERIES OF CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITIES CO-ORDINATED BY THE SUB-GROUPS ON YOUTH, SCHOOLS, AREA COMMITTEES, COMMUNITIES AND INDUSTRY, WILL ALSO BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE COMING 10 MONTHS,+ HE SAID.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, SAID THAT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE FULLY SUPPORTED THE CAMPAIGN AND WAS PLANNING A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS SETTING UP A CIVIC EDUCATION INFORMATION CENTRE, ORGANISING SCHOOL TALKS AND SEMINARS ON GOVERNMENT’S WORK AND CO-ORGANISI NG A CIVIC EDUCATION FUN DAY WITH THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN VICTORIA PARK.

IN ADDITION, MORE THAN 100 COLOURFUL COUPLETS WITH THE CAMPAIGN MESSAGE HAVE BEEN PUT UP ON LAMP-POSTS ALONG PROMINENT ROADS IN THE DISTRICT.

TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE LAUNCHING OF +86 CIVIC EDUCATION IN EASTERN DISTRICT* A TEAM OF YOUNG CIVIC PIONEERS WILL RIDE AN OPEN-TOP DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) MORNING ALONG MAIN ROADS AND TO DISTRIBUTE PUBLICITY HANDOUTS TO RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE +86 CIVIC EDUCATION IN EASTERN DISTRICT* IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD, EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE WERE MR ERIC LEE, THE CONVENER OF YOUTH SUB-GROUP; MRS CHOW SUN FONG-CHUNG, THE CONVENER OF SCHOOLS SUB-GROUP; MR YUE HU I-KWONG, THE CONVENER OF AREA COMMITTEE SUB-GROUP; AND MR YUEN KEE-KWONG, THE CONVENER OF COMMUNITY SUB-GROUP.

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TEACHERS TO DISCUSS CIVIC EDUCATION * X * * *

A SEMINAR TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY (MAY 31) WILL ENABLE TEACHERS FROM PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN SHAM SHU I PO TO DISCUSS THEIR EXPERIENCES IN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION.

THE SEMINAR HAS BEEN ORGANISED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A THREE-DAY EXHIBITION ON CIVIC EDUCATION WHICH ALSO STARTS ON SATURDAY AT THE GERTRUDE SIMON LUTHERAN COLLEGE, AT 150 PRATAS STREET.

THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. MR C.M. LEUNG, WILL ATTEND THE SEMINAR WHICH STARTS AT 9.30 AM WITH A TALK BY SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE, ON CARRYING OUT CIVIC EDUCATION THROUGH SOCIAL PARTICIPATION.

OTHER SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE AN ICAC REPRESENTATIVE, WHO WILL TALK ON THE SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE COMMISSION IN CIVIC EDUACTION, AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WHO WILL DESCRI THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CIVIC EDUCATION INFORMATION CENTRE.

THE EXHIBITION INCLUDES ITEMS PROVIDED BY THE CIVIC EDUCATION INFORMATION CENTRE, THE ICAC, AND SCHOOLS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON SATURDAY, FROM 1 PM TO 4 PM ON SUNDAY, AND FROM 8 AM TO 4 PM ON MONDAY.

BOTH THE SEMINAR AND THE EXHIBITION ARE AMONG ACTIVITIES IN A CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHU I PO SCHOOL LIAISON GROUP AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD. THERE IS ALSO AN INTERVIEW COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND AND LEARN MORE ABOUT CURRENT AFFAIRS THROUGH IN-DEPTH REPORTING EXERCISES.

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BUS TOUR TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS * * *

A TEAM OF 30 CIVIC-MINDED STUDENTS WILL SPEND,- THE MORNING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT HELPING TO PROMOTE THE CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN WHICH STARTS THERE ON SATURDAY (MAY 31).

THESE YOUNG ’CIVIC PIONEERS’, PLAYERS, WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT IN PUBLICITY MATERIAL TO RESIDENTS.

INCLUDING 15 BRASS BAND AN OPEN-TOP BUS AND DISTRIBUTE

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EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION WORKING GROUP, MR PAUL YIN, CONVENER OF THE PUBLICITY SUB-GROUP, MRS LAU MA LAI-WAH, AND STAFF OF THE u- mt rucL.b -----------alsq be qn bqard the bus, tq g|ve

EASTERN DISTRICT OFF ICE SUPPORT TO THE STUDENTS RESIDENTS.

IN PROMOTING CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION WILL START AT 11 AM TOMORROW OUTSIDE

ENTRANCE (FACING KING’S ROAD).

YOU ARE INVITED TO PUBLICITY BUS TOUR WHICH THE TIN HAU MTR STATION

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YAU MA TEI BOARD HAS NEW COMMITTEE

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THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD HAS INCREASED THE NUMBER OF ITS COMMITTEES TO THREE BY ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE OTHER TWO COMMITTEES ARE THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE AND THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE.

+EXPERIENCE HAS INDICATED THAT FORMATION OF A COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE SOLELY FOR TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS WILL ENABLE THE BOARD TO CONCENTRATE ON WIDER AND GENERAL ISSUES,+ MR YIP SAID.

THE NEW COMMITTEE WOULD, AMONG OTHER THINGS, IDENTIFY TRAFFIC, -OAD SAFETY AND PARKING PROBLEMS IN THE DISTRICT AND MAKE PROPOSALS FOR IMPROVEMENT.

+THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO REPORT REGULARLY TO THE DISTRICT BOARD AND WHERE NECESSARY RECOMMEND CHANGES IN POLICIES,* HE SAID.

MR YIP SAID THE COMMITTEE’S WORK PLAN INCLUDED MONITORING THE BUS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AND FERRY SERVICES, STUDYING TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT AND MANAGEMENT SCHEMES, AND PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY.

THE OTHER TWO COMMITTEES WOULD CONCENTRATE ON IMPROVEMENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS.

ENVIRONMENTAL

+PREPARATORY WORK IS ALREADY UNDERWAY FOR TWO MAJOR CAMPAIGNS TO BE LAUNCHED -ATER THIS YEAR,* HE SAID.

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A SUM OF $50 000 FROM DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS HAD BEEN EARMARKED FOR A CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO BE ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE AND $30 000 HAD BEEN ALLOCATED FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN TO BE PROMOTED BY THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE.

THE PRIMARY AIM OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN WAS TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG RESIDENTS.

+A CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS HAS BEEN SET UP FOR THE OVERALL PLANNING, ORGANISATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CAMPAIGN,+ MR YIP SAID.

OTHER PROJECTS PLANNED INCLUDED VISITS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, RESEARCH ON COMMUNITY PROBLEMS AND PUBLISHING THE ’YAU MA TEI DISTRICT STRATEGY’.

MR YIP SAID THE DISTRICT STRATEGY WAS A DOCUMENT WHICH OUTLINED IN BROAD TERMS THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANNED ACTIVITIES IN VARIOUS PROGRAMME AREAS.

IT DESCRIBED CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DISTRICT AND COVERED THREE MAIN ASPECTS, NAMELY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL AND IMPROVEMENT, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN WOULD HELP TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC IN MAINTAINING A CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, MR YIP SAID.

PUBLICITY WOULD ALSO BE MOUNTED TO URGE LOCAL RESIDENTS NOT TO THROW RUBBISH OUT OF THE WINDOW OR INTO BASINS AND DRAINS.

TO HELP PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLEAN LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND ALSO TO INTRODUCE USEFUL MODERN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO THEM, AN EXHIBITION ON HOME BEAUTIFICATION DESIGNS WOULD BE ORGANISED, HE SAID.

DURING THE YEAR, THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WOULD PUBLISH A HANDBOOK ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AND WAYS TO TACKLE THEM.

OTHER WORK PLANNED BY THE COMMITTEE INCLUDED VARIOUS BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN REAR LANES AND IMPROVEMENTS TO AMENITY FACILITIES.

IN THE MEANTIME, MR YIP SAID, A STUDY TOUR TO JAPAN WAS BEING ARRANGED FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO SEE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN CITY MANAGEMENT, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION AND WELFARE SERVICES.

EXCEPT FOR THE STUDY TOUR WHICH WOULD BE AT MEMBERS’ OWN EXPENSE, THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMITTEES WOULD BE FUNDED FROM THE $1.06 MILLION DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS ALLOCATED IN 1986-87, HE SAID.

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258 000 DOGS INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES

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MORE THAN 258 000 DOGS HAVE BEEN INOCULATED SINCE THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION DRIVE BEGAN IN OCTOBER 1980.

ALTHOUGH THERE HAS BEEN NO RABIES OUTBREAK SINCE AUGUST 1984, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS STRICTLY ENFORCING CONTROL MEASURES TO PREVENT ANY RESURGENCE OF THE DISEASE.

THESE MEASURES INCLUDE THE QUARANTINE OF IMPORTED DOGS AND CATS, CONTROL OF STRAY DOGS AND COMPULSORY DETENTION AND OBSERVATION CF ANIMALS WHICH HAVE BITTEN PEOPLE.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THESE POINTS TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF A DISTRICT INOCULATION DRIVE TO BE MOUNTED IN TAI PO AND SAI KUNG NEXT MONTH.

THE DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE INOCULATION TEAMS WILL VISIT VILLAGES IN TAI PO FROM JUNE 2 TO 30 AND VILLAGES IN SAI KUNG FROM JUNE 3 TO 10.

APART FROM THE REMOTE RURAL VILLAGES, THEY WILL ALSO CALL ON MARICULTURE RAFTS IN THE FISH CULTURE ZONES OF AP CHAU, SAI LAU KONG, WONG WAN, LEUNG SHUEN WAN, KAU SAI, MA WAN, KAU LAU WAN, LO FU WAT, TUNG CHUNG AND PO TOI DURING THE PERIOD.

THE TAI PO VILLAGES INCLUDE SHU I WO, SHEUNG PAK NGAU SHEK, HA PAK NGAU SHEK, SHE SHAN TSUEN, TIN LIU HA, SAN TSUEN, LUNG A PAI, SAN TONG AND PING LONG.

THE SAI KUNG VILLAGES ARE TAI HANG HAU, MANG KUNG UK, PAN LONG WAN, TAI WAN TAU AND PIK SHU I SUN TSUEN.

+THESE VISITS ARE BEING ARRANGED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OF THE VILLAGES CONCERNED,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

DOG OWNERS IN THESE VILLAGES AND FISH CULTURE ZONES SHOULD MAKE FULL USE OF THE MOBILE SERVICE TO HAVE THEIR PETS INOCULATED AND LICENSED, HE SAID.

+THE DOGS AND CATS ORDINANCE STIPULATES THAT ANY PERSON KEEPING A DOG OVER FIVE MONTHS’ OLD WITHOUT A LICENCE WOULD BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION AND MAKE A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT ON CONVICT ION,+ THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

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DETAILS OF SAFETY IN OUTDOOR SPORTS * * * *

Tur CHAIRMAN OF THE SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS COMMITTEE, DR S F LAM WILL BE SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELf) TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 3.30 PM AT THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL.

HE WILL OUTLINE THE WORK OF HIS COMMITTEE AND ALSO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF ITS PUBLICITY PROGRAMME FOR THE COMING SPORTS SEASON TO ALERT THE PUBLIC OF THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISING SAFETY IN WATER AND LAND SPORTS.

ALSO ATTENDING THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE 1986 WATER SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN, Jr J A FORTUNE AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE 1986'LAND SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN, MR P.E. BIRNEY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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MORE TIME TO CONSIDER MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION

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THE DEADLINE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO INFORM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF THE EXTENT TO WHICH THEY WILL USE CHINESE AS THE TEACHING MEDIUM HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM JUNE 30 TO OCTOBER 31 THIS YEAR.

THE DECISION WAS TAKEN AFTER THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION HAD CONSIDERED VIEWS OF SUPERVISORS AND HEADS OF SCHOOLS AS WELL AS PARTIES CONCERNED FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN MID-APRIL OF A PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS TO ADOPT CHINESE.

AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE FOUR-MONTH EXTENSION SHOULD GIVE SCHOOLS AMPLE TIME TO REACH A DECISION. HOWEVER, SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE ALREADY DECIDED OR ARE ABLE TO DO SO BY JUNE 30 SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR RETURNS BY THAT DATE RATHER THAN WAIT TILL OCTOBER.

IN A CIRCULAR TO SCHOOLS IN APRIL. THE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT ADDITIONAL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AND OTHER RESOURCES WOULD BE PROVIDED TO SCHOOLS ON A SCALE DEPENDENT ON THE EXTENT TO1 WHICH INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS USED CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION FOR SUBJECTS OTHER THAN ENGLISH.

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SOUTH LANTaU TO GET PIPED wATER SUPPLY

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PEOPLE LIVING IN SOUTH LANTAU WILL BE SUPPLIED WITH PIPED CHLORINATED WATER IN PHASES STARTING FROM OCTOBER.

AT A MEETING OF THE LANTAU AREA COMMITTEE TODAY (THURSDAY), ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER OF ISLANDS DISTRICT, MR WILSON FUNG, SAID A CONTRACT HAD BEEN LET TO LAY A PIPED SYSTEM SO THAT CHLORINATED WATER FROM SHEK PIK RESERVOIR COULD BE CONNECTED TO HOUSEHOLDS IN PUI 0, CHEUNG SHA, TONG FUK, SHU I HAU, SAN SHEK wAN AND HAM TIN.

WORK ON THE SYSTEM wILL BE COMPLETED BY FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND 7 000 RESIDENTS WILL BENEFIT.

THE PROJECT REPRESENTS AN INITIAL STEP IN A PLAN TO SUPPLY PIPED WATER TO ALL OF SOUTH LANTAU. CONSTRUCTION OF A WATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN MARCH 1988 WHICH ILL MEAN THAT MOST RESIDENTS LIVING IN SOUTH LANTAU WILL HAVE PROPER METERED WATER SUPPLY.

FOR MANY YEARS, RESIDENTS IN THE AREA HAVE BEEN USING STREAM wATER WHICH WAS NOT CHLORINATED.

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THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION - HONG KONG, MRS PEGGY LAV, AWARDED 22 ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES TO 12 YOUNG FEMALE INMATES AT TAI ’AM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE GIRLS, AGED BETWEEN !■- AND 20, HAD TAKEN PART IN THREE PUBLIC EXAMINATIO N BETWEEN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR AND MARCH THIS YEAR, WHILE UNDERGOING TRAINING AT THE INSTITUTION.

SEVEN OF THE GIRLS RECEIVED CERTIFICATES FOR CREDITABLE PASSES i\ THE CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE (FOOD AND BEVERAGE) EXAMINATION, ’IRST INTRODUCED TO HONG KONG LAST DECEMBER.

THE OTHER -IVE GIRLS TOOK PART IN EXAMINATIONS THAT INCLUDED PITMAN TYPING AND PITVAN ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. RESULTS i\ BOTH EXAMINATIONS WERE ENCOURAGING.

MRS LAM PRAISED THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR PROVIDING VARIOUS COURSES TO FEMALE INMATES AND UPGRADING THEIR -CADEMIC QUALIFICATION FOR A BETTER FUTURE. SHE ALSO ENCOURAGED ’HE GIRLS TO SUSTAIN THE IR EFFORTS IN RE-INTEGRATING INTO THE’ SOCIETY.

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COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE JSEA REVIEW

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MEMBERS OF THE SOCIAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD PARTY ON THE REVIEW OF THE (JSEA) SYSTEM AT A MEETING

SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE CENTRAL WILL DISCUSS THE REPORT OF THE WORKING JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER (CENTRAL, WESTERN AND SOUTHERN DISTRICT), MR TSE KUM-SHING, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE REPORT ON THE DELIVERY OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN HOSPITALS, A PROPOSED PROJECT ON HEALTH EDUCATION AND A PROPOSED COMMUNITY THERAPEUTIC CENTRE AT BELCHER’S STREET IN WESTERN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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SEMINAR ON CAREER IN FREIGHT INDUSTRY * * * *

TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CAREERS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS IN THE TRANSPORT AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY.

ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT AND PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, THE SEMINAR wILL cE HELD ON JULY 19 AT 10 AM »T THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTc, 732 LAI CHI KOK ROAD, KOWLOON.

FREIGHT TRANSPORT EXPERTS WILL BE INVITED TO TALK ON CAREERS J AIR AND SEA FREIGHT, CARGO HANDLING TERMINALS, WAREHOUSING, TRUCKING AND CONTAINER HAULAGE. THERE WILL ALSO BE A SLIDE SHOW AND A QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION.

THE SEMINAR IS FREE AND EACH SCHOOL CAN MAKE RESERVATIONS BY JULY 1 FOR A MAXIMUM OF 20 SEATS.

FOR "URTHER DETAILS, CONTACT THE SECRETARY OF THE TRANSPORT PHYSICAL DISTRIBUTION INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, ON 5-8932341 EXT. 254.

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RESTRICTED ZONES DESIGNATED * * * X

THE TSING Yl FERRY BUS TERMINUS WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR DAILY PROHIBITED ZONE FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (MAY 31).

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO _NTER THE BUS TERMINUS.

FROM SUNDAY (JUNE 1), THE SAI KUNG-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD. BETWEEN ANDERSON ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 200 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HIRAM’S HIGHWAY. WILL BE A PROHIBITED ZONE FOR GOODS VEHICLES ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FROM 9 AM TO 2 PM.

THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON THE SAME SECTION OF CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A GOODS VEHICLE PROHIBITED ZONE ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM.

NO GOODS VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE PROHIBITED AREAS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1986

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR: WELFARE OF MOTHER, CHILD PRIMARY OBJECTIVE......... 1

SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION MEETING ............................ 3

STEPS TO FURTHER RELAX RENT CONTROL OF PRE-WAR PREMISES...... 3

LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO CONTROL AIRCRAFT NOISE .................. 5

BILL TO IMPROVE COMPETENCE CERTIFICATION SYSTEM ................. 6

SIR EDWARD SEES OLD AND NEW SHAM SHUI PO......................... 7

GOVERNOR ATTENDS FOUNDATION DAY DINNER........................... 8

PLAY SAFE IN SPORTS MESSAGE STRESSED ............................ 8

DIAMOND HILL SITE EARMARKED FOR DEPOT DEVELOPMENT............... 10

TSUEN WAN NETWORK TO CONNECT ROUTE FIVE......................... 11

U.S. MAKES FURTHER EA CALL ..................................... 12

SURVEY OF TRANSPORT, RELATED SERVICES BEGINS ................... 12

THREE LOTS OF LAND FOR AUCTION ................................. 13

SITES ON ISLANDS TO BE SOLD BY TENDER........................... 14

ROAD SAFETY QUARTERLY PUBLISHED ................................ 15

ANOTHER BATCH OF I.D. CARDS DECLARED INVALID ................... 15

SUBSIDIES OFFERED FOR SPECIAL STUDIES .......................... 16

THREE MORE SPECIAL STAMP ISSUES ................................ 17

PLANS TO REPAIR PRIVATE STREETS ................................ 18

CLOSURE OF FAT YIP LANE PROPOSED ............................... 18

MASTERCLASS ON CHINESE ORCHESTRAL MUSIC ........................ 19

CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN OPENS TOMORROW......................... 19

SOUTHERN COMMITTEES ELECT CHAIRMEN ............................. 20

Safety campaign for container industry ......................... 21

DETAILS OF ABERDEEN BO^T RnCES ................................. 21

NT GREEN MINIBUS REROUTED ...................................... 22

ROAD CLOSURES IN CaUSEWAY BAY, NORTH POINT ..................... 22

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1986

GOVERNOR: WELFARE OF MOTHER, CHILD PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT STAFF HAVE BEEN AND ARE SOILS THEIR VERY BEST FOP FIVE-YEAR-OLD KwOK AH-NUI AND HER MOTHER, Th^ GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

♦ THEY HAVE BEEN LOOKING FIRST FOR THE WELFARE OF THE MOTHER AND THE CHILD, AND THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE, AND THE or IMARY OBJECTIVE, AND I THINK THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THAT VERY CONSCIENTIOUSLY,* HE SAID.

SIR EDWARD WAS REPLYING TO QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS AFTER A TOUR OF SHAM SHU I PO THIS AFTERNOON.

ASKED WHETHER HE WAS SATISFIED WITH THE WAY THE DEPARTMENT HAD HANDLED THE CASE, SIR EDWARD SAID HE HAD EVERY CONFIDENCE IN THt SwD, WHICH WAS DOING ITS VERY BEST FOR THE MOTHER AND THE CHILD.

+1 THINK THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. 1 THINK IT IS EMPHASIS ON THAT, AND OTHER THINGS EMPHASIS ON THE GOOD OF THE MOTHER

REALLY IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE EE DISCUSSED. LET’S KEEP THE AND THE CHILD,+ HE SAID.

+1 HAVE SEEN NOTHING, I MUST SAY, WHICH CAUSES ME TO THINK THAT THEY DID OTHER THAN ACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE MOTHER AND THE CHILD.*

ON SUGGESTIONS THAT THERE WERE NO GROUNDS FOR THE SWD TO FORCE ITS WAY INTO THE GIRL’S HOME AS THE CHILD WAS NOT ABUSED OR bEGLECTED, SIR EDWARD SAID THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, HAD GIVEN A VERY FULL EXPLANATION ON WHY IT WAS FELT THIS vAS NECESSARY.

+IF YOU GO BACK AND HAVE A LOOK TO SEE WHAT SHE SAYS YOU WILL SEE THE JUSTIFICATION WHICH THEY FELT WAS NECESSARY, THE JUSTIFICATION THEY FELT THAT ACTING IN THIS WAY WAS IN THE INTEREST CF THE CHILD AND THE MOTHER.

+1 KNOW THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO DON’T AGREE WITH IT. BUT IN CASES OF THIS KIND YOU WILL NEVER FIND EVERYBODY WILL AGREE WITH WHAT HAS BEEN DONE.

+BUT IN THE LAST RESORT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAVE TO ACT TO THE BEST OF THEIR CONSCIENCE, AND I THINK THEY DID THAT.*

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION, SIR EDWARD SAID HE DID NOT THINK THERE WAS A NEED TO SET UP A SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE CASE.

HE SAID: +UNTIL SOMEBODY SHOWS ME THAT THERE IS A BETTER WAY CF HANDLING IT I DON’T SEE ANY NEED FOR ANY SPECIAL INVESTIGATION INTO THIS.

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♦BUT AS I SAY YOU MAY BE SURE THAT IF THERE ARE ANY LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THE HANDLING OF THIS CASE, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT THEMSELVES WILL BE LOOKING AT IT.+

ASKED IF THERE WOULD BE ANY +CONFLICT OF INTEREST+ IF THE MOTHER SUED THE SWD, SIR EDWARD SAID THAT IF THERE WAS ANY NEED FOR FER TO HAVE LEGAL ADVICE, IT WOULD BE PROVIDED TO HER.

+IF THERE IS SOMETHING TO BE LOOKED INTO, YOU CAN BE SURE IT WILL BE LOOKED INTO. BUT ONCE YOU ASSUME AS I DO THAT THE PEOPLE IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ARE TRYING TO DO THEIR BEST - AND I COME BACK TO IT AGAIN - THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO THEIR BEST FOR THE MOTHER AND THE CHILD, AND AS LONG AS THEY ARE TRYING TO DO THAT, SURELY THEY SHOULD HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY, RATHER THAN A GREAT DEAL OF CRITICISM.

+NOBODY IS PERFECT IN THIS WORLD AND MAY BE IT CAN BE DONE BETTER, AND WE ARE ALWAYS PREPARED TO SEE WHETHER THINGS CAN BE DONE BETTER,+ HE ADDED.

ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO CLEAR UP ANY ANOMALIES IN THE LAW THAT WERE UNCOVERED IN THIS CASE, SIR EDWARD SAID HE WAS NOT SURE WHAT ANOMALIES THERE WERE IN THE EXISTING LAW.

+IF THERE IS ANY LOOPHOLE IN THE LAW WE SHALL EXAMINE IT,* HE ADDED.

ON WHETHER IT WAS NECESSARY TO ACT QUICKLY TO COVER SUCH LOOPHOLES, SIR EDWARD SAID THE FIRST THING TO DO WAS TO ESTABLISH rtriAT THE SUPPOSED LOOPHOLES WERE.

+ALL I’VE SEEN IS CERTAIN PEOPLE MAKING COMMENTS IN THE PRESS. PERHAPS THE NEXT THING WE HAD BETTER DO IS TO GIVE SOME GUIDANCE ON SOME OF THESE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE SO THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE SITUATION IS.

+ |’M NOT SURE THAT EVERYBODY REALLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT THE SITUATION UNDER THE LAW IS,* HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION ON WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT HAD ANY POLICY ON NUCLEAR POWER, SIR EDWARD SAID WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS DOING HAD BEEN FULLY EXPLAINED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR JOHN BREMRIDGE, WHEN HE MADE A STATEMENT AND ANSWERED ♦PRACTICALLY EVERY QUESTION ON THE SUBJECT* IN A RECENT LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING.

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SI NO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION MEETING

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THE NINTH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH LAND COMMISSION WAS FELD ON MAY 30, 1986. THE TWO SIDES REACHED AGREEMENT ON THE FORM AND CONTENT OF NEW LEASE DOCUMENTS.

THE TWO SIDES ALSO EXCHANGED PRELIMINARY VIEWS ON THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE EXTENSION OF NEW TERRITORIES LEASES PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH 2 OF ANNEX I I I TO THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION, AND DECIDED THAT DISCUSSION SHOULD CONTINUE AT THE COMMISSION’S NEXT MEETING.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED A NUMBER OF MEASURES FURTHER TO RELAX RENT CONTROL - BUT DOMESTIC TENANTS WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY SECURITY OF TENURE AND CONTROL AGAINST LARGE INCREASES OF RENT.

THESE MEASURES, INCLUDE:

* THE RAISING FROM 27 TO 30 TIMES THE STANDARD RENT FOR THE PERMITTED RENT OF PRE-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES, EFFECTIVE FROM AUGUST 1, 19865 AND

* THE RAISING OF THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT IN THE RENT INCREASE MECHANISM IN PART II FROM 55 PER CENT TO 60 PER CENT OF PREVAILING MARKET RENT, TO BE REACHED BY ALL CONTROLLED RENTS, FROM DECEMBER 19, 1986.

ANNOUNCING THE MEASURES TODAY (FRIDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THEY WERE DRAWN UP FOLLOWING AN ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE WORKING OF THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) ORDINANCE, AN ASSESSMENT OF MARKET CONDITIONS DURING 1985, AND HAVING REGARD TO THE INTERESTS OF BOTH LANDLORDS AND TENANTS.

THEY ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S PREVIOUSLY STATED INTENTION THAT AS SOON AS CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT, EVERY EFFORT CONSISTENT WITH THE’NEED TO AVOID ADVERSE SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES SHOULD BE MADE TO ACCELERATE THE PHASING OUT OF RENT CONTROL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PROPOSED MEASURES ARE CONTAINED IN THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOL I DAT I ON)(AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 GAZETTED TODAY. THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 4.

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

FRIDAY, MAT JO, 1986

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT RENTS OF PRE-WAR DOMESTIC PREMISES ARE CONTROLLED BY REFERENCE TO THOSE RENTS PAYABLE AS AT DECEMBER 25, 1941 TERMED THE +STANDARD RENT+. WHEN MULTIPLIED BY FACTOR, THIS GIVES THE PERMITTED RENT, PROVIDED IT DOES NOT EXCEED THE PREVAILING MARKET RENT. THE BILL SEEKS TO RAISE THE FACTOR FROM 27 TO 30.

EXCLUDING THE MAJORITY OF RURAL VILLAGE HOUSES, THERE WERE ABOUT 2 200 PRE-WAR DOMESTIC UNITS EFFECTIVELY UNDER CONTROL AT THE END OF 1985. THE PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE FACTOR FROM 27 TO 30 WOULD RESULT IN AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF ABOUT 11 PER CENT, OR <5132 PER MONTH, ON CURRENT PERMITTED RENTS, BRINGING SUCH RENTS TO ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF PREVAILING MARKET RENT (PMR).

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES TO RAISE THE MINIMUM PERCENTAGE COMPONENT IN THE RENT INCREASE MECHANISM IN PART II FROM 55 PER CENT TO 60 PER CENT OF PMR, TO BE REACHED BY ALL CONTROLLED RENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AS PART OF THE REVIEW COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDED STRATEGY OF PROGRESSIVE DECONTROL, THE COMPONENT IS INCREASED IN ORDER TO BRING EXCEPTIONALLY LOW RENTS UP TO THE GENERAL LEVELS OF CONTROLLED RENTS SO THAT RENT CONTROL CAN BE PHASED OUT WITHIN A REASONABLE SPAN OF TIME.

THIS INCREASE WOULD AFFECT THOSE TENANTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY PAYING VERY LOW CONTROLLED RENTS (BELOW 46 PER CENT OF PMR) AND HAVE IN FACT BEEN PROTECTED FOR A LONG TIME. EVEN THEN, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO PAY SIGNIFICANTLY LESS THAN NEW TENANTS OF COMPARABLE PREMISES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT ABOUT HALF OF CONTROLLED TENANCIES STILL HAVE RENTS BELOW 60 PER CENT OF PMR, AND ABOUT ONE-THIRD PAY LESS THAN 50 PER CENT OF PMR. THE PROPOSED RISE WOULD AFFECT ABOUT 26 000 OF THE ESTIMATED 105 000 TENANCIES OF WHOLLY-LET DOMESTIC UNITS WHOSE RENTS ARE CONTROLLED UNDER PART II.

THESE DECONTROL MEASURES SHOULD REDUCE THE CONSTRAINTS ON THE OPERATION OF MARKET FORCES ON THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES. FURTHER DECONTROL, DEMONSTRATING PROGRESSIVELY LESS GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE, IS LIKELY TO INCREASE CONFIDENCE AMONG INVESTORS IN THE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.

THE BILL ALSO PROPOSES SOME TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO UPDATE THE MONETARY LIMITS IN THE EXISTING SIMPLIFIED PROCEDURES FOR RECOVERY OF SMALL PREMISES UNDER PARTS III AND VI, IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

PUBLIC VIEWS ON THE BILL WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AND REPRESENTATIONS MAY BE MADE TO UMELCO, AT 8 JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL, OR THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THESE PROPOSALS CAN SEEK HELP FROM. THE DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT.

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LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO CONTROL * * * *

AIRCRAFT NOISE

THE GOVERNMENT HAS PROPOSED LEG I SLAT I ON TO REDUCE THE <OISP NUISANCE CAUSED BY AIRCRAFT AND TO ENABLE EFFECT TO BE 5IVEN TO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND RECOMMENDED PRACTICES

RELATING TO AIRCRAFT NOISE.

THE CIVIL AVIATION (AIRCRAFT NOISE) BILL, GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY), AIMS AT PROHIBITING AIRCRAFT FROM LANDING OR TAKING OFF IN HONG KONG IF THEY DO NOT POSSESS A NOISE CERTIFICATE OR OTHER EVIDENCE OF COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF PERMISSIBLE NOISE.

THE BILL PROVIDES FOR THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION TO REQUIRE AIRCRAFT OPERATORS TO ADOPT LANDING AND TAKE-OFF PROCEDURES WHICH MITIGATE THE EFFECT OF NOISE AND VIBRATION. THERE ARE ALSO PROVISIONS TO RESTRICT AERODROME OPERATING HOURS AND TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF LANDINGS OR TAKE-OFFS WITHIN A GIVEN PERIOD.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT NOISE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE PHASED IN THROUGH SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION FOR DIFFERENT CLASSES OF AIRCRAFT AT DIFFERENT TIMES, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION’S (ICAO) REVIEW OF THE PROBLEM OF NOISE AND OTHER EMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT OPERATION. THIS DOCUMENT, WHICH LAYS DOWN STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES FOR THE EMISSION OF NOISE BY AIRCRAFT, WAS FORMALLY ADOPTED BY THE ICAO COUNCIL IN 1981 AS AN ANNEX TO THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION.

ICAO RECOMMENDED THE APPLICATION OF ITS STANDARDS TO DOMESTIC AIRCRAFT ON A DATE NOT BEFORE JANUARY 1, 1986 AND TO FOREIGN AIRCRAFT NOT BEFORE JANUARY 1, 1988 IN ORDER TO PROVIDE FOR AN ORDERLY PHASED APPROACH TO COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE ANNEX.

+AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID, +IT IS DESIRABLE FOR HONG KONG TO TAKE STEPS TO COMPLY WITH THE ICAO NOISE STANDARDS BY BANNING ’NOISY’ AIRCRAFT FROM THE HONG KONG REGISTER AT AN EARLY DATE, WHICH, IF THE BILL IS ENACTED, WILL BE SEPTEMBER 1 TH IS YEAR, AND SUBSEQUENTLY EXTENDING THIS BAN TO FOREIGN AIRCRAFT ON SOME DATE AFTER DECEMBER 31, 1987.+

HE ADDED THAT THE FIRST STAGE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE NO IMMEDIATE SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON OVERALL AIRCRAFT NOISE LEVELS IN THE VICINITY OF HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AS ALL AIRCRAFT ON THE HONG KONG REGISTER WERE CAPABLE OF COMPLYING WITH THE LEGISLATION. +HOWEVER, IT IS OBVIOUSLY A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.+

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

FRIDAY, MAI JO, 1986

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN VIEW OF THE PROXIMITY OF HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND AIRCRAFT FLIGHT PATHS TO HIGHLY POPULATED URBAN RESIDENTIAL AREAS, IT WAS ACCEPTED THAT COMPLIANCE WITH THE ANNEX IN ITSELF WAS NOT SUFFICIENT TO ’EDUCE AIRCRAFT NOISE TO ACCEPTABLE LEVELS.

+FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, CONTROL HAS BEEN IMPOSED BY THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION OVER OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES AND THE PERIODS FOR AIRCRAFT TO LAND OR TAKE OFF AT THE AIRPORT,* HE SAID.

+IT IS CONSIDERED THAT NOW IS THE APPROPRIATE TIME THAT THE AUTHORITY FOR SUCH CONTROLS BE FORMALLY EMBODIED IN LEGISLATION.*

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEXT WEDNESDAY.

COMMENTS ON THE BILL MAY BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES OR TO UMELCO AT JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL.

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BILL TO IMPROVE COMPETENCE CERTIFICATION SYSTEM

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THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO IMPROVE AND REFINE THE PRESENT CERTIFICATION AND EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES FOR THE ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY TO CREWS ON LICENSED VESSELS.

THF SHIPPING AND PORT CONTROL (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, GAZETTED TODAY, AIMS TO GIVE THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE WIDER RULE-MAKING POWERS IN THIS RESPECT.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE STRUCTURE REGARDING PLEASURE VESSELS 3Y THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE IN 1982 TO STRUCTURE, MAINLY FOR SAFETY REASONS PROBLEMS FOR LARGE PLEASURE CRAFT.

PRESENT TWO-TIER CERTIFICATE WAS INTRODUCED ADMINISTRATIVELY REPLACE THE SINGLE-CERTIFICATE AND TO REDUCE THE MANNING

THE NEW RULE-MAKING POWERS WILL ENABLE THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE TO FORMALLY ESTABLISH THIS TWO-TIER CERTIFICATION SYSTEM BY SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION.

THERE ARE ALSO PROVISIONS IN THE BILL FOR THE NECESSARY EXAMINATIONS, SYLLABUSES, AND OTHER RELATED DETAILS, INCLUDING PROVISIONS REGARDING EXPIRY OF VALIDITY, RENEWAL, REPLACEMENT AND SURRENDER OF CERTIFICATES.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JUNE 4.

COMMENTS ON THE BILL MAY BE SENT IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY C’OR ECONOMIC SERVICES AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES OR THE UMELCO OFFICE AT JACKSON ROAD, CENTRAL.

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SIR EDWARD SEES OLD AND NEW SHAM SHU I PO *****

THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, SPENT THE WHOLE AFTERNOON IN SHAM SHU I PO TODAY (FRIDAY) LEARNING OF LATEST DEVELOPMENTS M THE DISTRICT AND ALSO VISITING THE ANCIENT HAN TOMB IN LEI ,'HENG UK.

ACCOMPANIED BY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, AND THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SYLVESTER TSE, SIR EDWARD ALSO TOOK A WALK THROUGH LEI CHENG UK ESTATE, WHERE THE OLDEST MARK I BLOCKS STAND NEXT TO MODERN REDEVELOPED PUBLIC HOUSING.

SIR EDWARD FIRST WENT TO A VANTAGE POINT IN PAK TIN FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE AREA, AFTER DRIVING THROUGH NAM CHEONG STREET WHERE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ON THE NULLAH DECKINGS ARE SCHEDULED FOR CLEARANCE ON JULY 6.

MET BY THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHENG PO-HONG, AT THE VANTAGE POINT, HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE MAJOR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DISTRICT.

THE NEXT STOP WAS THE ROOF-TOP OF CHING LAI COURT WHERE SIR EDWARD WAS BRIEFED ON LAI CHI KOK RECLAMATION BY THE CHIEF PUBLIC WORKS OFFICER, MR FONG HUNG-TAK.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES THE RECLAMATION OF NINE HECTARES OF LAND WEST OF ME I FOO SUN CHUEN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

THE GOVERNOR THEN VISITED THE HAN TOMB IN LEI CHENG UK AND WAS BRIEFLY TOLD THE HISTORY OF THE TOMB BY THE CURATOR OF THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY, MR ROBERT LAM.

IT WAS DISCOVERED IN AUGUST 1955 BY WORKMEN LEVELLING A LOW HILL AT THE END OF TONKIN STREET FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LEI CHENG UK RESETTLEMENT AREA. THE TOMB NOW HOUSES 58 POTTERY AND BRONZE OBJECTS FOUND DURING THE EXCAVATION.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR CHAN PAK, SIR EDWARD THEN WALKED THROUGH LEI CHENG UK ESTATE TO THE CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

HE WAS TOLD OF THE LATEST POSITION ON THE LEI CHENG UK REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WHICH REPLACES THE EXISTING MARK I RESETTLEMENT BLOCKS BY MODERN ESTATES.

PHASE I STARTED IN MAY 1982 AND WAS COMPLETED IN DECEMBER 1984 TO PROVIDE NEW HOMES FOR SOME 8 145 PERSONS. WHEN ALL FOUR PHASES ARE COMPLETED IN 1992, THE ESTATE WILL HOUSE ABOUT 23 703 PERSONS.

SIR EDWARD ENDED HIS VISIT AT A TEA RECEPTION IN THE CHEUNG SHA WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE WHERE HE MET SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1986

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GOVERNOR ATTENDS FOUNDATION DAY DINNER

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE, THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING ATTENDED HE 132ND FOUNDATION DAY DINNER OF THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEERS AT THE ILTON HOTEL.

THE DINNER WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE.

SIR EDWARD WAS GREETED ON ARRIVAL BY COL. JOHN HEYWOOD, THE HONORARY COLONEL OF THE REGIMENT, AND AIR COMMODORE ROSS PENLINGTON, THE HONORARY AIR COMMODORE OF THE AUXILIARY AIR FORCE.

HE ALSO MET SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE REGIMENT AND THE AUXILIARY AIR FORCE FOR DRINKS BEFORE DINNER.

AFTER THE LOYAL TOAST, SIR EDWARD JOINED THE VOLUNTEERS IN A TOAST TO +THE NINETY-NINE* IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE 99 FOUNDING MEMBERS.

THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEERS WAS FORMED IN MAY 185* TO HELP BOLSTER THE DEFENCES AT A TIME WHEN MARAUDING PIRATES WERE STILL A HAZARD ALONG THE CHINA COAST.

IN 1970, ITS TWO REMAINING CONSTITUENT UNITS, THE HONG KONG REGIMENT AND THE HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE, WERE ESTABLISHED AS SEPARATE LEGAL ENTITIES.

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PLAY SAFE IN SPORTS MESSAGE STRESSED

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THE SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS COMMITTEE TODAY (FRIDAY) APPEALED TO THE HONG KONG MEDIA TO HELP DELIVER THE +PLAY SAFE* MESSAGE AND FOR THE PUBLIC TO MAINTAIN AN AWARENESS OF SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS, DR S.F. LAM, SAID OVER THE YEARS HIS COMMITTEE HAD AIMED AT EDUCATING AND REMINDING THE PUBLIC OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING SAFETY IN BOTH LAND AND WATER ORIENTATED SPORTS.

HE SAID THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO PRODUCED, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, A NUMBER OF ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST (API’S) ON SUBJECTS SUCH AS SAFETY IN HIKING, SWIMMING AND RECREATIONAL CYCLING.

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FRIDAY, MAT JO, 1986

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+THESE API’S ARE SCREENED ON TELEVISION AT APPROPRIATE SEASONS TO GIVE TIMELY ADVICE TO THE PUBLIC,* HE ADDED.

DR LAM SAID HIS COMMITTEE WAS PRODUCING A NEW API THIS YEAR '’OVER ING THE SAFETY ASPECTS OF CANOEING TOGETHER WITH A NEW EDITION f THE +STEPPING OUT* BOOKLET GIVING GENERAL SAFETY HINTS ON MANY OPULAR OUTDOOR SPORTS, AND POSTERS ON RECREATION SAFETY.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE 1986 WATER SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN, MR J.A. FORTUNE, STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY PRECAUTIONS, CARE AND COMMON SENSE TO THOSE TAKING PART IN ANY FORM OF WATER SPORTS.

+IT IS ALWAYS WORTH REMEMBERING THAT THE SEA DOES NOT FORGIVE PEOPLE WHO MAKE MISTAKES,* HE SAID.

+THE ONLY WAY TO NARROW THE ODDS IN YOUR FAVOUR IS TO SEEK PROPER ADVICE, TRAIN AND LEARN TO APPRECIATE THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY PARTICULAR SPORT YOU ARE TAKING UP, AND EXERCISE COMMON SENSE.*

MR FORTUNE SAID THE NEED TO HAVE THE MEDIA’S FULL SUPPORT IN SPREADING THE COMMITTEE’S +PLAY SAFE* MOTTO AS THE WATER SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN WAS AN ON-GOING ONE AND FREQUENT PUBLICITY WAS MOST ESSENTIAL.

TALKING ON LAND SPORTS SAFETY, THE CHAIRMAN OF JHE WORKING PARTY ON THE 1986 LAND SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN, MR P.E. BIRNEY, SAID THAT WHILE LAND-BASED SPORTS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE INTRINSICALLY LESS RISKY THAN WATER-BASED ONES, PEOPLE DID FALL OFF ROCKS IN HILL CLIMBING, OR GOT LOST IN THE HILLS IN HIKING.

MR BIRNEY SAID HE BELIEVED THAT IGNORANCE, THE SHEER LACK OF CARE, OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH, WERE THE PRIME CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS.

TO ATTRACT PUBLIC ATTENTION, THE SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS COMMITTEE IS TO STAGE TWO MAJOR SAFETY CAMPAIGNS TO EMPHASISE ITo +^LAY SAFE* MESSAGE.

THE FIRST OF THESE, THE 1986 WATER SPORTS SAFETY DAY, TO BE FELD AT THE EAST TSIM SHA TSUI PROMENADE ON SUNDAY (JUNE 1), IS TO PROMOTE THE SAFETY MESSAGE THROUGH A VARIETY OF WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES INCLUDING AN AIR-SEA RESCUE DEMONSTRATION USING FEL ICOPTERS.

THE DAY WILL START WITH A COLOURFUL SEA PARADE INVOLVING 60 VESSELS INCLUDING ROYAL NAVY SHIPS, POLICE LAUNCHERS AND SAILING VESSELS.

THE NEXT BIG ATTRACTION OF THE YEAR WILL BE THE LAND SPORTS SAFETY DAY TO BE HELD IN THE WINTER.

THE SAFETY MESSAGE TO BE DELIVERED THEN WILL BE DIRECTLY TO SPECIFIC GROUPS AND AGENCIES WHICH. ARE IN A POSITION TO INSTRUCT OR TRAIN PARTICIPANTS IN LAND SPORTS. IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THEM, THE +PLAY SAFE* MESSAGE WILL BE SPREAD TO ALL’ LAND-BASED SPORT PARTICIPANTS.

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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1986

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DIAMOND HILL SITE EARMARKED FOR DEPOT DEVELOPMENT ******

A SITE IN DIAMOND HILL HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR A MASS TRANSIT .A ILWAY CORPORATION DEPOT, WITH A COMMERCIAL-RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ABOVE IT.

THE SITE IS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL COMMERCIAL, RESIDENTIAL AND RECREATIONAL AREAS DESIGNATED IN THE DRAFT TSZ WAN SHAN, DIAMOND HILL AND SAN PO KONG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID THAT ALTHOUGH PROVIDED FOR ON THE PLAN THE NORTHERN EXTENSION OF THE MTR FROM DIAMOND HILL THROUGH TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE TO SHA TIN WAS A LONG-TERM PROPOSAL AND SUBJECT TO FURTHER STUDY.

ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PLAN IS THE PROPOSED ALIGNMENT OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL AND ITS SOUTHERN ACCESS ROADS.

+THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS TUNNEL WILL PROVIDE A CONNECTION FROM THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING VIA THE POSSIBLE KWUN TONG BYPASS TO SHA TIN AND MA ON SHAN,+ HE SAID.

+THIS WILL FORM A COMPLETE ROAD LINK WITH THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE NORTH-EAST NEW TERRITORIES.