Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1987 - JAN - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TENDERS INVITED FOR TAKI LICENCES .......................... 1

EXHIBITION TO PROMOTE HOME SAFETY AND BEAUTIFICATION ....... 1

disco dancers on anti-drugs beat ........................... 2

SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL BEGINS MONDAY ....................... 3

DOCUMENTARY FOR W.xN CHaI DISTRICT BO.nRD PRODUCED........., 4

ROADS CLOSED FOR TaI PO WaLK................................ 5

GPO TELEPHONE CHANGE ....................................... 5

OPEN SPaCE FOR TIN CHIU STREET ............................. 5

TWO NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES INTRODUCED .................... 6

TEMPORARY RESTRICTED ZONE IN CENTRAL........................ 6

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1907

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TENDERS INVITED FOR TAXI LICENCES *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR 100 URBAN TAXI LICENCES.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TENDER FORMS FOR THE NEW LICENCES WILL BE AVAILABLE TOMORROW (JANUARY 2) FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC VEHICLE SECTION AT ROOMS 906-909, HUTCHISON HOUSE, 10 HARCOURT ROAD, CENTRAL, OR FROM THE SECTION’S KOWLOON OFFICES ON THE NINTH FLOOR, £ARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK.

TENDERERS MUST DEPOSIT «25 000 WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES FOR EACH URBAN TAXI LICENCE THEY SEEK. ONE TENDER FORM MAY BE SUBMITTED FOR ANY NUMBER OF TAXI LICENCES NOT EXCEEDING 100.

A PUBLIC BALLOT MAY BE HELD TO DETERMINE THE ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS WHICH OFFER THE SAME UNIT PREMIUM.

COMPLETED TENDER FORMS, TOGETHER WITH ORIGINAL DEPOSIT RECEIPTS, SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN DUPLICATE IN SEALED ENVELOPES, AND ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIRMAN, CENTRAL TENDER BOARD. THEY SHOULD BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX ON T&E LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BY NOON ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 16.

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EXHIBITION TO PROMOTE HOME SAFETY AND BEAUTIFICATION

AN EXHIBITION TO PROMOTE A BETTER AND CLEANER LIVING ENVIRONMENT WILL BE HELD FROM SATURDAY (JANUARY 3) TO JANUARY 11 AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA.

ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, THE EXHIBITION FEATURES THE LATEST INFORMATION ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF HOUSEHOLD ENVIRONMENT IN THE AREAS OF SAFETY, SECURITY AND DECORATIONS.

MORE THAN 30 EXHIBITION BOOTHS WILL BE SET UP BY LOCAL COMPANIES AND MANUFACTURERS TO DISPLAY ANTI-BURGLARY DEVICES, FURNITURE AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES.

RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL ALSO TAKE PART BY MOUNTING PANELS AND EXHIBITS TO PROMOTE HOME SAFETY AND SECURITY.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1987

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION WILL BE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS WILL BE STAGED.

NOTE TO EDITORS«

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE HOME BEAUTIFICATION AND SAFETY EXHIBITION AT 3 PM ON SATURDAY AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA.

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DISCO DANCERS ON ANT I-DRUGS BEAT K M M * M

THE DISCO KING AND DISCO QUEEN WILL BE CHOSEN IN THE +ANTI-NARCOTICS BEAT STREET* OPEN-AIR DISCO IN CAUSEWAY BAY ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 4).

THE DISCO, TO BE HELD AT THE FOOTBALL PITCHES IN VICTORIA PARK, WILL BE PRODUCED AND BROADCAST LIVE BY COMMERCIAL RADIO II WITH FREE ADMISSION TO THE PUBLIC FROM 7 PM TO 10 PM.

THOSE TAKING PART WILL BE INVITED TO ENTER A DANCING COMPETITION TO DETERMINE THE DISCO KING AND QUEEN TITLE.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENING WILL BE A PERFORMANCE BY SINGERS JACKIE CHEUNG AND PRISCILLA CHAN.

THE ANTI-NARCOTICS DISCO IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE NARCOTICS DIVISION AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AS THE GRAND FINALE TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

THE CAMPAIGN HAS AIMED AT EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE, ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE.

/THE ANTI-NARCOTICS

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1987

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THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGE WAS SUCCESSFULLY CONVEYED TO RESIDENTS IN EASTERN DISTRICT THROUGH A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL AND OTHER INTERESTING ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR G.L. MORTIMER, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY FOR THE *EASTERN DISTRICT ANT I-NARCOTICS BEAT STREET* DISCO AT THE NO. 6 FOOTBALL PITCH, VICTORIA PARK, AT 7 PM ON SUNDAY.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL BEGINS MONDAY

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THE 23RD SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN JANUARY 5 AND 20.

A TOTAL OF 3 914 PUPILS FROM 263 SCHOOLS HAVE ENTERED FOR THE FESTIVAL. AMONG THE 403 TEAMS ENTERED, 183 TEAMS ARE FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS, 198 FROM PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND THE REMAINING 22 FROM SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

THERE WILL BE FOUR DANCE ITEMS INCLUDINGN WESTERN FOLK DANCE, CHINESE DANCE, ORIENTAL DANCE AND CREATIVE DANCE AT THE COMPETITION FOR FOUR SECTIONS — LOWER PRIMARY AND UPPER PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD AT CLEMENTI MIDDLE SCHOOL AT FORTRESS HILL ROAD IN NORTH POINT, THE HONG KONG SZE YAP COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION WONG TAI SHAN MEMORIAL COLLEGE AT NAM CHEONG STREET IN SHAM SHU I PO, AND TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AT TAI HO ROAD.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 198?

SCHOOLS WINNING HONOURS OR HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDS IN THE FESTIVAL WILL BE INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE WINNERS PERFORMANCES AND PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT CITY HALL CONCERT HALL FROM APRIL 6 TO 11 AND AT TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL ON APRIL 20 AND AT SHA TIN TOWN HALL ON APRIL 25.

THE OVERALL CHALLENGE AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE ATTAINED THE HIGHEST AGGREGATE SCORE IN THE FESTIVAL.

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DOCUMENTARY FOR WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD PRODUCED ft ft ft ft ft

A 20-MINUTE VIDEO DOCUMENTARY OUTLINING THE WORKS OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS FOUR COMMITTEES HAS BEEN PRODUCED.

THE DOCUMENTARY, WHICH COSTS ABOUT 150 000, HAS BEEN PRODUCED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON CIVIC EDUCATION OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID THE PURPOSE OF MAKING THE DOCUMENTARY WAS TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION AMONG STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS.

IT OUTLINES THE ROLE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, EXPLAINING THE FUNCTIONS AND WORK OF THE BOARD THROUGH THE WORK OF EACH OF ITS FOUR COMMITTEES - ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, COMMUNITY BUILDING, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT AND RECREATION AND CULTURE.

IT IS HOPED THAT THE PUBLIC WOULD HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AFTER SEEING THE DOCUMENTARY, AND BECOME MORE INTERESTED TO PARTICIPATE IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AT PRESENT, THE DOCUMENTARY IS BEING SHOWN TO STUDENTS WHEN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS VISIT SCHOOLS TO GIVE TALKS ON CIVIC EDUCATION. IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR LOAN TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY CAN BE MADE TO THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON 5-7A2281.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1987

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ROADS CLOSED FOR TAI PO WALK ft ft ft ft ft

A NUMBER OF ROADS IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9 AM TO 9.30 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 4) DURING THE TAI PO DISTRICT WALK FOR A MILLION.

THESE ROADS AFFECTED AREi DAI WANG STREET? DAI FAT STREET BETWEEN DAI WANG STREET AND TING KOK ROAD? DAI FU STREET BETWEEN DAI WANG STREET AND DAI SHUN STREET? AND DAI SHUN STREET BETWEEN DAI FU STREET AND TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE CENTRE BUILDING.

THE SECTION OF TING KOK ROAD NEAR DAI FAT STREET WILL ALSO BE CLOSED FOR A SHORT TIME TO ALLOW THE PARTICIPANTS TO CROSS THE ROAD.

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GPO TELEPHONE CHANGE *****

DUE TO CHANGES DIGITS OF TELEPHONE

IN THE TELEPHONE NETWORK, THE FIRST TWO

Will nu.urrn rn5 THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING WILL BE CHANGED FROM +26+ TO +84+ WITH EFFECT FROM 7 AM ON remauTunchanged WHILE F0LL0W,NQ D,Q,TS OF the numbers will

ARF TELEPHONE NUMBERS WHICH

ARE CHANGED CAN BE MADE AT 5-8471111.

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OPEN SPACE FOR TIN CHIU STREET

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THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A 11.38 MILLION CONTRACT TO KIN MING AND COMPANY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF AN OPEN SPACE AT TIN CHIU STREET IN NORTH POINT TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE AREA.

THE SITE, MEASURING ABOUT 1 297 SQUARE METRES, WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH PLANTERS, ARBOURS AND BENCHES.

A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED.

WORK STARTED THIS MONTH AND IT WILL BE COMPLETED IN NINE MONTHS. --------------------------o-------

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TWO NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES INTRODUCED *****

TWO NEW GREEN MINIBUS CIRCULAR ROUTES, PLYING BETWEEN YAU YAT CHUEN AND SHEK KIP MEI MTR STATION AND BETWEEN CHEUNG SHA WAN AND CHAK ON ESTATE, WILL BE INTRODUCED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

ROUTE AIM, OPERATING FROM YAU YAT CHUEN TO SHEK KIP MEI MTR STATION, WILL RUN FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM AT TEN-MINUTE FREQUENCY. THE FARE WILL BE 80 CENTS FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY.

PLYING BETWEEN CHEUNG SHA WAN AND CHAK ON ESTATE IN SHAM SHU I PO, ROUTE 42 WILL OPERATE FROM 6 AM TO 9 PM AT EIGHT-MINUTE INTERVALS. THE FARE CHARGED WILL BE 11.50 PER SINGLE JOURNEY.

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TEMPORARY RESTRICTED ZONE IN CENTRAL

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TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF ^^lpFTMAncT4E^T4MEZ^NnD’ASUILAR STREET AND POTTINGER STREET WILL BE MADE A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 10 AM dm SATURDAY (JANUARY 3). THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT SIX Wt C n u •

H0“SE "°- 68-74 “E'-"2lm,STSh“TLAlLL,iEHTTe^0RlRI?Y

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 198?

contents page no.

SPECIAL STAMPS TO MAuK YEAR OF RABBIT .......................... 1

GLOSSARY OF COMMON TERMS IN COMMERCE, SERVICE................... 2

RATEPAYERS REMINDED TO PAY FIRST QUARTER RATES.................. 2

GOOD CITIZENS TO RECEIVE PRIZES ................................ 3

FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN TURN MUN.......................... 4

YAU MA TEI TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY............................... 5

FIRING PRACTICE IN JANUARY...................................... 6

STUDENTS TO GIVE CONCERT ....................................... 7

ALL-STARS TAKE ON SHA TIN TEAM.................................. 7

ipiE MARKET FACILITIES EI JONG TAI SET ......................... 8

MINI SOCCER PITCH FOR AP LEI CHAU............................... 8

ROAD CLOSURE IN R'JTLIKG........................................ 8

LION ROCK TUNNEL LOAD SECTION BEING IHDEHED..................... 9

RIGHT TURN BAN IN TSUEN WAN..................................... 9

HILL ROxJ) FLYOVER TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY......................... 9

TO KWA JAN, RENNIE'S MILL WATER CUTS .......................... 1<

FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 1987

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SPECIAL STAMPS TO MARK YEAR OF RABBIT N N N M N

A NEW LUNAR NEW YEAR SPECIAL STAMP SERIES, COMMENCING WITH THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT, WILL BE ISSUED BY THE POST OFFICE ON JANUARY 21 (WEDNESDAY).

THIS FOLLOWS THE POPULAR FIRST SERIES ISSUED BETWEEN 1967 AND 1978.

THE STAMPS, DESIGNED BY MR KAN TAI-KAN, DEPICT VARIOUS POSTURES OF A RABBIT IN AN EMBROIDERY STYLE.

♦ORNAMENTAL EMBROIDERY HAS BEEN A POPULAR PASTIME IN THE CHINESE COMMUNITY FOR MANY CENTURIES AND THE ADORNMENT IT PROVIDES GIVES A FEELING OF PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS,* A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦FOR THIS REASON, MANY EMBROIDERY ITEMS ARE CREATED FOR FESTIVE AND RITUAL USE, ESPECIALLY DURING NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS.*

THE STAMPS ARE IN DENOMINATIONS OF 50 CENTS, 11.30, >1.70 AND 15. A SOUVENIR SHEET CONTAINING A 8ET OF THE FOUR STAMPS WILL ALSO BE ISSUED AT 18.50 EACH.

THE STAMPS WILL BE ON DISPLAY FOR TWO BAYS FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE GROUND FLOOR ENTRANCE ARENA OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA. FROM JANUARY 7 (WEDNESDAY) ONWARDS. THEY WILL BE SHOWN AT THE PHILATELIC CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE AND IN THE T8IM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE AVAILABLE ON JANUARY 7.

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR FIRST DAY TREATMENT OF FIRST DAY COVERS

WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM JANUARY 7 TO 16 AT ALL P08T OFFICES

MINIMUM QUANTITY PER ORDER IS FIVE.

THE

♦CUSTOMERS WISHING TO AVOID CONGESTION ON THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE ARE ADVISED TO MAKE USE OF THIS SERVICE,♦ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF CUSTOMERS, FIRST DAY COVERS PRE-AFFIXED WITH A SET OF THE STAMPS AND CANCELLED WITH THE PHILATELIC BUREAU DATESTAMP WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT tlO AT DESIGNATED COUNTERS AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, QUEEN'S ROAD. TSIM SHA TSUI AND KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICES ON JANUARY 21.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 1987

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GLOSSARY OF COMMON TERMS IN COMMERCE, SERVICE X X M X *

THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSLATION OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HAS COMPILED AN ENGLISH-CHINESE GLOSSARY OF COMMON TERMS IN COMMERCE AND SERVICES.

ENTITLED *A GLOSSARY OF COMMON TERMS IN COMMERCE AND SERVICES*, THE GLOSSARY COMPRISES 3 500 TERMS SELECTED AND TRANSLATED FROM THOSE SUPPLIED BY THE COUNCIL’S TRAINING BOARDS.

THE GLOSSARY IS AIMED AT STANDARDISING TERMS USED IN COMMERCE AND SERVICES, ALTHOUGH LOCAL TERMS, MOSTLY IN CANTONESE TRANSLITERATIONS ARE ALSO INCLUDED, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL SAID.

HE SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT THE STANDARD TERMS WILL BE POPULARISED AND EVENTUALLY REPLACE LOCAL TERMS.

MEANWHILE, THE BANKING TRAINING BOARD HAS REPRINTED THE LATEST JOB SPECIFICATION FOR THE PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY. MORE THAN 50 JOB SPECIFICATIONS WITH JOB RESPONSIBILITIES, PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS, QUALIFICATIONS AND OTHERS ARE LISTED IN THE MANUAL.

BOTH PUBLICATIONS ARE ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT 115 AND 119 A COPY RESPECTIVELY.

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RATEPAYERS REMINDED TO PAY FIRST QUARTER RATES X M * * I

1967 »5I?PBeEP*l5RiYR^AI!i:>o2 JMIT0''THE FIRST QumER 0F

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TREASURY SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT PAYMENTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO A FIVE PER CENT SURCHARGE AND A 2fiF1n*?fR CENT 0N ACCOUNTS STILL OUTSTANDING SIX Ar I tn I nt DUE DATE.

LATE FURTHER MONTHS

HE SAID RATEPAYERS SHOULD HAVE BY NOW RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES.

a N0T YET RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES SHOULD APPLY FOR

AT™E EM!? SECTION OF THE TREASURY, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TWF FL02Rft 11 1CE H0USE STREET, HONG KONG-

THE YAU MA TEI SUB-TREASURY, FOURTH FLOOR. 405 NATHAN ROAD

5®*loon- sub-treasury: Sn sJIg SoSial

^’‘-DING.nRST FL00R» 348-352 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD (CORNER OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD), KOWLOON. U

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 198?

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♦NON-RECEIPT OF THE DEMAND NOTE DOES NOT ALTER THE REQUIREMENT THAT RATES MUST BE PAID BEFORE THE DUE DATE,* HE POINTED OUT.

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

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

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

IN THIS CASE THEIR PAYMENT WILL BE MADE BY DIRECT DEBIT TO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS ON JANUARY 28, 1987.

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

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

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GOOD CITIZENS TO RECEIVE PRIZES

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WINNERS OF A SERIES OF FIGHT CRIME ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WILL RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES AT A CEREMONY TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING.

SEVEN PEOPLE WILL BE GIVEN THE +KWUN TONG GOOD RESIDENTS AWARD* FOR BRAVE ACTIONS AND OTHER EFFORTS IN COMBATTING CRIME.

PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN TO WINNERS OF THE INTER-SCHOOL DEBATE COMPETITION AND THE PREVENTION OF RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN THE LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN CHUN WAH ROAD, BEGINNING AT 8 PM.

/officiating........

FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 198?

OFFICIATING WILL BE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI . ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNGt POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (SAU MAU PING), MR LAU YUK-KUEN, AND SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER (KWUN TONG), MR TSE TAK-ON.

AN EXHIBITION OF WINNING ENTRIES IN THE POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT THE SAME TIME. THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY ON THE BRAVE ACTIONS OF THE +GOOD RESIDENTS*.

ADMISSION IS FREE. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE EXHIBITION.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD TOMORROW IN THE LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN CHUN WAH ROAD, KWUN TONG. IT WILL START AT 8 PM.

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FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN TUEN MUN *****

A MINI FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION, ON PREVENTING GENERAL AND COUNTRYSIDE FIRES, WILL BE HELD AT YAN 01 TOWN SQUARE IN TUEN MUN ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 4).

SO FAR, THREE SUCH EXHIBITIONS HAVE BEEN HELD IN DENSELY POPULATED AREAS TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE NEED TO BE CAREFUL IN PREVENTING FIRE IN THE PREVAILING DRY SEASON.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM NOON TO 3 PM. IT INVOLVES PANEL DISPLAYS AND DISTRIBUTION OF LEAFLETS. THERE ARE ALSO 1987 CALENDAR CARDS, AND GIVEAWAYS SPONSORED BY KWONG ON BANK.

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YAU MA TEI TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY K X K H M

A WEEK-LONG CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY WILL IN YAU MA TEI ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 4).

BE LAUNCHED

ORGANISING

^AUU,2^NISED by the yau ma tei road safety campaign ARD ASSISTED by the police, the campaign will focus on

OFUROADNGAFHE public on road TRAFFIC RULES and on the importance

SIGNBOARDS HAVE BEEN PUT UP AT 13 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT BLACK SPOTS IN THE DISTRICT AND PAMPHLETS CONTAINING ROAD ?AEEYY JNF0RMAT,°N HAVE been distributed TO MOTORISTS, PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS.

AT THE 0PENING CEREMONY IN KOWLOON PARK ON SUNDAY, A MINI BE SET UP WHERE CHILDREN CAN LEA&N ROAD SAFETY MEASURES THROUGH A BICYCLE TRIP AROUND THE TOWN.

EXHIBITION PANELS DEPICTING THE TRAFFIC SITUATION IN YAU MA TEI AND GENERAL ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES WILL BE MOUNTED. A VIDEO FILM ON ROAD SAFETY WILL BE SHOWN.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, YAU MA TEI DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MR TSANG YAM-PUIj DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAKj SENIOR STAFF OFFICER (TRAFFIC KOWLOON), MR R.M.A. HARPER, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, MR DAVID KWAN.

THE 0PEN,NG CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY AN ENTERTAINING PROGRAMME FEATURING DEMONSTRATIONS BY POLICE DOGS AND PERFORMANCES BY TELEVISION ARTISTES.

NOTE TO EDITORS,

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YAU MA TEI ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO BE HELD AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY AT THE SOCCER PITCH IN KOWLOON PARK.

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FIRING PRACTICE IN JANUARY * * M M

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON 19 DAYS IN JANUARY.

THE PUBLIC IS WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE HOISTED.

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE AREi

DATE

JANUARY 5

JANUARY 6

JANUARY 7

JANUARY 8

JANUARY 9

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JANUARY 12

JANUARY 13

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JANUARY 15

JANUARY 16

JANUARY 17

JANUARY 20

JANUARY 21

JANUARY 22

JANUARY 23

JANUARY 26

JANUARY 27

JANUARY 28

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TIME

8.30 AM - 11 PM

8.30 AM - 5 PM

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8.30 AM - 5 PM

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8.30 AM - 4.30 PM

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8.30 AM - 12.30 PM

8.30 AM - 5 PM

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 1987

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STUDENTS TO GIVE CONCERT *****

THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH WILL PRESENT ITS ANNUAL STUDENTS’ CONCERT AT THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE CONCERT, BEGINNING AT 3 PM, MUSIC OFFICE TRAINEES’ ACHIEVEMENTS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING SCHEME.

WILL CULMINATE A REVIEW OF THE IN THE PAST YEAR UNDER THE

THE DIRECTOR OF THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS, DR BASIL DEANE, WILL OFFICIATE AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY DURING WHICH OUTSTANDING TRAINEES AND ORCHESTRAL, CHOIR AND BAND MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES OF MERIT OR OTHER AWARDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONCERT AND THE PRESENTATION.

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ALL-STARS TAKE ON SHA TIN TEAM *****

A SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN A TEAM COMPRISING ACTORS AND ENTERTAINERS AND A DISTRICT TEAM WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) IN THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND AS PART OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THE ALL-STAR TEAM INCLUDES SINGERS ALAN TAM AND ALBERT AU, FOOTBALLERS WU KWOK-HUNG AND KWOK KA-MING, AND TELEVISION PERSONALITY YAM TAT-WAH.

THEY WILL TAKE ON THE LOCAL SIDE COMPRISING DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FOOTBALL MATCH IN THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND IN YUEN WO ROAD TOMORROW. IT WILL START AT 5 PM.

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MORE MARKET FACILITIES IN WONG TAI SIN X X M X M

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A 10-STOREY JOINT-USER BUILDING IN SHEUNG FUNG STREET, WONG TAI SIN.

THE LOWER TWO FLOORS OF THE BUILDING WILL ACCOMMODATE A MARKET WITH 23 STALLS. THERE WILL ALSO BE 57 MIN I-STALLS, OFFICES, STORE ROOMS, TOILETS AND A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT.

THE REMAINING FLOORS WILL COMPRISE A CARPARK WITH 300 SPACES.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN FEBRUARY AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON JANUARY 23.

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MINI SOCCER PITCH FOR AP LEI CHAU X X X X X

A MINI-SOCCER PITCH WILL BE BUILT ON AP LEI CHAU TO IMPROVE THE ISLAND’S SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

THE FENCED PITCH, TO BE LOCATED IN SHAN MING STREET, WILL BE CONSTRUCTED ON A 1 400-SQUARE-METRE SITE.

THE AREA WILL BE PROVIDED WITH FLOODLIGHTING AND A STOREROOM WILL ALSO BE CONSTRUCTED.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT. WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MID-MARCH AND LAST ABOUT SIX MONTHS.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON JANUARY 23.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN FANLING X X X X X

BECAUSE OF ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORK, THE SECTION OF WO HOP SHEK ROAD BETWEEN THE OFFICE OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE ENTRANCE TO WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 5) FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS.

TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE NORTH ACCESS ROAD TO WO HOP SHEK CEMETERY NEAR ROAD D6.

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LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD SECTION BEING WIDENED * X * M X

TO FACILITATE ROAD WIDENING WORK ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD OPPOSITE WORLD WIDE GARDEN WILL BE NARROWED BY ABOUT 0.8 METRE FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 4) FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

DURING THIS PERIOD. TWO LANE TRAFFIC ALONG THIS SECTION OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE MAINTAINED. MOTORISTS SHOULD DRIVE WITH CARE.

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VEHICLES AT THE JUNCTION OF TSUEN KING CIRCUIT AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM 8 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 5) FROM TURNING RIGHT FROM TSUEN KING CIRCUIT TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

THE MEASURE IS TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORK THAT IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR TUEN MUN WILL BE DIVERTED LEFT TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY, SAI LAU KOK ROAD AND TAI HO ROAD BEFORE RETURNING TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD WESTBOUND CARR IAGEWAY.

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THE HILL ROAD FLYOVER IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DAILY BETWEEN 7 PM AND 11 PM FROM JANUARY 5 (MONDAY) TO JANUARY 9, AND FROM JANUARY 12 TO JANUARY 16.

THE CLOSURE WILL ENABLE INSPECTIONS TO BE MADE OF THE FLYOVER.

VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THIRD STREET AND WATER STREET.

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TO KWA WAN, RENNIE’S MILL WATER CUTS * * N M *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR SEVEN HOURS FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 5) FOR MAINS WORK.

PREMISES WITHIN THE AREA BOUNDED BY TIN KWONG ROAD, KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, LOK SHAN ROAD AND MA TAU WAI ROAD WILL BE AFFECTED.

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN THE RENNIE’S MILL AREA WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 PM THAT DAY (JANUARY 5) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AREA BOUNDED BY MAU WU TSAI, RENNIE’S MILL AND HAVEN OF HOPE HOSPITAL WILL BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PROVISIONAL COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH FORMED .............. 1

HK 'GENERALLY SATISFIED' WITH GSP REVIEW....................... 2

INSURERS REGISTER SUCCESSFUL YEAR ............................. 3

FIGHT CRIME VIEWS HEARD QUICKLY ............................... 4

MUSIC TRAINEES SHOW THEIR SKILLS .............................. 5

CARNIVAL TO HIGHLIGHT FIGHT CRD® CAMPAIGN ..................... 6

CARNIVAL FUN IN SHEUNG WAN .................................... 7

HOME SAFETY EXHIBITION BEGINS ................................. 7

TUEN MUN DB TO CONSIDER RAILWAY LINK........................... 8

KONG KOK ROAD CLOSURES ........................................ 8

TUEN MUN TRAFFIC CHANGES ...................................... 9

QUARRY BAY, TAIKOO SHING WATER CUT ............................ 9

KWUN TONG WATER CUT ........................................... 9

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PROVISIONAL COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH FORMED * N N * N N

A PROVISIONAL COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH NAS DEEN ESTABLISHED TO PAVE THE WAY FOR SETTING UP A FORMAL COUNCIL WHICH WILL SERVE AS THE FOCAL POINT FOR ALL ACTIVITIES RELATING TO THE HAZARDS OF SMOKING.

ANNOUNCING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THIS PROVISIONAL BODY WHICH WOULD BE GAZETTED NEXT FRIDAY. A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE COUNCIL WOULD DE TO CO-ORDINATE ACTION AND DISSEMINATE INFORMATION REGARDING THE HEALTH HAZARDS TO THE POPULATION ARISING FROM THE USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

♦ITS TASKS WILL DE TO PREPARE, PROPOSE, CO-ORDINATE, SUPERVISE AND UNDERTAKE MEASURES AGAINST THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TOBACCO,♦ HE SAID.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL IS URBAN COUNCILLOR DR RONALD D.D. LEUNG WHO IS A BANKER AND A QUALIFIED DOCTOR. ♦THE MEMDERS ARE DRAWN FROM A WIDE RANGE OF SECTORS OF SOCIETY,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HALF THE MEMDERS OF THE COUNCIL ARE MEDICAL EXPERTS, NOMINATED BY THE TWO MAJOR MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS IN HONG KONG AND T&REE SPECIALIST BODIES PARTICULARLY CONCERNED WITH DISEASES MOST DIRECTLY LINKED TO SMOKING.

REPRESENTING THE HOM KOM MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AND THE BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S NONO KONG BRANCH ARE PROFESSOR STUART P.B. DONNAN. OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY'S DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY IEDICINE, AND DR JUDITH MACKAY, WHO HAS PLAYED AH ACTIVE ROLE IN HONG KONG ON MANY HEALTH ISSUES, PARTICULARLY AGAINST THE RISKS OF SMOKING.

THE OTHER MEDICAL SPECIALISTS’ARE DR POON YEUK FOO, OF THE HONG KONG ANT I-CANCER SOCIETY, DR JOSEPH Y.C. PAN, OF THE MOM KONG HEART FOUNDATION LTD, AND MR JAMES YUE, THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG TUBERCULOSIS, CHEST AND HEART DISEASES ASSOCIATION.

THE REST OF THE MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES TWO DISTRICT BOARD MEMDERSt MR ERIC LI KA-CHEUNG, OF EASTERN DISTRICT, AND MS MONA LO, GF KWUN TONG DISTRICT. MR LI IS AN ACCOUNTANT AND MS LO IS A COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATOR.

AL80 ON THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL ARE MR JOB YOUNG JEE KEUNG, A SOLICITOR BY PROFESSION- MR PAUL WONG SUI LEUNG, A BUSINESS EXECUTIVE WITH EXPERIENCE IN ADVERTISING AND BROADCASTING, AND MR TIMOTHY HA WING—HO, THE PRINCIPAL OF A SECONDARY SCHOOL AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GRANT SCHOOLS COUNCIL.

THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL WILL ALSO BE ASSISTED BY BR RUBY KHOO, ~DEPUTY~DTRECTPR ' OF life MEDICAL ANU HEALTH DEPAR INERT, AND MRPETER' MOSS, ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT. THE COUNCIL WILL BE SERVED BY AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PROVISIONAL COUNCIL IS LIKELY TO MEET IN THE NEAR FUTURE TO WORK OUT ITS SCHEDULE OF WORK.

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HK 'GENERALLY SATISFIED' WITH GSP REVIEW M * * *

THE U.S. GOVERNMENT NA8 ANNOUNCED PRESIDENT REAGAN'S DECISIONS ON THE RESULTS GF A TWO-YEAR GENERAL REVIEW OF THE GENERALISED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES (GSP) PROGRAMME, WHICH PROVIDES BENEFITS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. THE NEW SCHEME WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM JULY 1, 1987.

HONG KONG IS A BENEFICIARY UNDER THE U.S. GSP PROGRAMME.

A TRADE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) HE WAS GENERALLY SATISFIED WITH THE OUTCOME OF THE REVIEW.

HE SAID THAT HONG KONG WOULD BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN ITS CURRENT LEVEL OF BENEFITS UNDER THE NEW SCHEME ALTHOUGH THERE WOULD BE SOME CHANGES IN SPECIFIC PRODUCT LEVELS, THAT IS SOME PRODUCTS CURRENTLY INELIGIBLE WOULD BECOME ELIGIBLE wftlLE SOME PRODUCTS CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE WOULD BE EXCLUDED.

IN 1985, U.S. IMPORTS OF GSP ITEMS FROM HONG KONG AMOUNTED TO U.S. 83.7 BILLION, OF WHICH U.S. 81.2 BILLION ENTERED DUTY FREE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DETAILS OF THE NEW U.S. GSP SCHEME WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE DEPARTMENT'S COMMERCIAL INFORMATION CIRCULAR WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE TRADE.

THE GENERAL REVIEW WAS MANDATED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS IN 1984 WHEN THE GSP PROGRAMME WAS RENEWED FOR EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS.

UNDER THE REVIEW, THE U.S. PRESIDENT WAS REQUIRED TO EXAMINE THE COMPETITIVENESS OF EACH GSP BENEFICIARY COUNTRY IN EACH GSP ELIGIBLE PRODUCT.

IF A COUNTRY WAS FOUND TO BE ^-SUFFICIENTLY COMPETITIVE* IN A PRODUCT, THE PRESIDENT WAS REQUIRED TO REDUCE ITS GSP BENEFITS BY REDUCING THE PROGRAMME'S ^COMPETITIVE NEED* LIMITS ON THE PRODUCT.

AS PART OF THE REVIEW, THE PRESIDENT ALSO CONSIDERED REQUESTS FOR WAIVER OF COMPETITIVE NEED LIMITS SUBMITTED BY THE BENEFICIARY COUNTRIES, AND U.S. AND FOREIGN FIRMS.

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THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY IN H6NG KONG HAD. IN GENERAL, ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF OPERATION IN 1986, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL. MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THERE WERE NOTICEABLE INDICATIONS THAT INSURERS HAD MADE CONSCIOUS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THEIR MANAGEMENT CONTROLS AND CONSOLIDATE THEIR RESOURCES, HE SAID.

APART FROM ACHIEVING A VERY SATISFACTORY GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF BUSINESS IN THE DOMESTIC MARKET DURING THE YEAR, THE INSURANCE SECTOR HAD ALSO CONTINUED TO ENHANCE ITS REFUTATION AS AN IMPORTANT INSURANCE AND REINSURANCE CENTRE IN THE REGION.

MR GLEESON SAID OVERSEAS INSURERS CONTINUED TO SHOW VERY STRONG INTEREST IN THE INSURANCE MARKET IN HONG KONG.

THERE WERE 21 NEW APPLICATIONS FOR AUTHORISATION TO CARRY ON INSURANCE BUSINESS IN OR FROM HONG KONG DURING 1986. OF THESE, 15 WERE FROM OVERSEAS INSURERS.

DURING THE YEAR, EIGHT INSURANCE COMPANIES WERE AUTHORISED THREE INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG, AND ONE EACH IN BERMUDA, FRANCE ISLE OF MAN, SWEDEN AND THE UNITED KINGDOM. OF THESE FOUR WERE AUTHORISED TO CARRY ON GENERAL BUSINESS, THREE FOR LONG TERM BUSINESS AND ONE FOR BOTH LONG TERM AND GENERAL BUSINESS.

THERE ARE 21 PENDING APPLICATIONS FROM NEW COWAN IES, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH ARE INCORPORATED OVERSEAS, INCLUDING THE UNITED KINGDOM (3), UNITED STATES (2), NETHERLANDS (2), AND AUSTRALIA (2).

MR GLEESON SAID THAT THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY WOULD CONTINUE TO LOOK VERY CAREFULLY AT ALL APPLICATIONS FOR AUTHORISATION TO ENSURE THAT ONLY INSURERS OF GOOD REPUTATION WHO HAD MET ALL THE CRITERIA UNDER THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ORDINANCE WERE ADMITTED.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE AUTHORISATION OF SEVEN EXISTING AUTHORISED INSURANCE COMPANIES WAS WITHDRAWN, SIX BECAUSE THEY HAD CEASED WRITING INSURANCE BUSINESS IN OR FROM HONG KONG, AND ONE BY REASON OF ITS GOING INTO VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION.

THE WITHDRAWALS WERE ALLOWED ONLY AFTER SATISFACTORY ARRNGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE FOR THE MEETING OF THEIR INSURANCE LIABILITIES.

AS A RESULT OF THE NEW AUTHORISATIONS AND WITHDRAWALS, THE NUMBER OF AUTHORISED INSURANCE COMPANIES OPERATING IN HONG KONG AT THE END OF THE YEAR WAS 288, COMPARED WITH 287 AT THE END OF

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OF THESE, 128 WERE INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG. THE REMAINING 160 CAME FROM 27 COUNTRIES. INCLUDING THE UNITED KINGDOM I (49). THE UNITED STATES (29), BERMUDA (11), JAPAN (8), SINGAPORE (7), SWITZERLAND (7), CANADA (6), AND FRANCE (6).

MR GLEESON SAID THE PRESTIGE OF HONG KONG AS AN INSURANCE CENTRE HAD BEEN HEIGHTENED BY THE HOLDING OF THE 13TH EAST ASIAN INSURANCE CONGRESS CONFERENCE IN HONG KONG IN SEPTEMBER.

THE EAST ASIAN INSURANCE CONGRESS IS AN ASSOCIATION FOUNDED IN 1962 TO DEVELOP INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN THE FIELD OF INSURANCE AMONG MEMBERS IN THE EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES.

THE CONFERENCE WAS ATTENDED BY 1 020 PARTICIPANTS FROM 11 EAST ASIAN AND 18 OTHER COUNTRIES AND WAS A GREAT SUCCESS, MR GLEESON SAID.

ON THE SUBJECT OF NEW INSURANCE LEGISLATION, MR GLEESON ALSO RECALLED THAT THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION HAD ISSUED ITS REPORT ON +LAWS ON INSURANCE* IN JANUARY 1986 FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. THE REPORT MADE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION TO PROTECT POLICY HOLDERS’ RIGHTS UNDER INSURANCE CONTRACTS AND TO REGULATE INSURANCE INTERMEDIARIES (BROKERS AND AGENTS).

THERE WAS KEEN RESPONSE FROM THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, AND MANY USEFUL VIEWS AND COMMENTS WERE RECEIVED BY THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY DURING THE YEAR.

MR GLEESON SAID THE INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAD ALSO GIVEN ADVICE ON THE REPORT, AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOWIN THE OF FORMULATING ITS POLICY ON THE VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS

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FIGHT CRIME VIEWS HEARD QUICKLY * * *

THE VIEWS OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ INCORPORATIONS ON FIGHT CRIME MEASURES ARE QUICKLY PASSED ON TO THE RELEVANT DEPARTMENTS FOR APPROPRIATE ACTION. THE KWUN TONG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

THIS SPEEDY PROCESS WAS ACHIEVED BY FREQUENT EXCHANGES OF VIEWS BETWEEN THE COMMITTEES AND INCORPORATIONS AND THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, HE SAID.

MR YEUNG WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY, HELD IN THE LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE, HONOURING GOOD RESIDENTS AND THE WINNERS OF FIGHT CRIME COMPETITIONS.

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HE GAVE A SHORT ACCOUNT OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WHICH HAD ENABLED RESIDENTS TO DEVELOP A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF CRIME PREVENTION MEASURES.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE VISITS TO DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS TO COLLECT VIEWS ON WAYS TO COMBAT CRIME, HE ADDED.

AT THE CEREMONY, SEVEN PEOPLE RECEIVED THE ♦KWUN TONG GOOD RESIDENTS AWARD* FOR THEIR BRAVE ACTIONS AND OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS IN FIGHTING CRIME.

WINNERS OF AN INTER-SCHOOL DEBATE COMPETITION AND A PREVENTION OF RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION ALSO RECEIVED PRIZES.

AN EXHIBITION OF THE WINNING ENTRIES IN THE POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION, AND A DISPLAY ON THE DEEDS OF THE SEVEN +GOOD RESIDENTS* WERE PUT ON DISPLAY AT THE VENUE.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WITH MR YEUNG WERE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (SAU MAU PING), MR LAU YUK-KUEN, AND SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER (KWUN TONG), MR TSE TAK-ON.

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BEFORE THE PERFORMANCES BEGAN, THE DIRECTOR OF THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS, DR BASIL DEANE, AND MRS DEANE OFFICIATED AT A CEREMONY IN WHICH OUTSTANDING TRAINEES, ORCHESTRAL, CHOIR AND BAND MEMBERS WERE GIVEN AWARDS IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS DURING THE PAST YEAR.

THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MRS DORIS HO, SAID IN HER WELCOMING SPEECH THAT THE AIM OF THE CONCERT WAS TO GIVE PARENTS AND TEACHERS THE OPPORTUNITY OF SEEING THE STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE THEIR PROGRESS.

MRS HO ALSO THANKED SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, MUSIC TEACHERS AND PARENTS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT WITHOUT WHICH, SHE SAID, THE WORK OF THE MUSIC OFFICE COULD NOT BE DONE SUCCESSFULLY.

THE CONCERT INCLUDED PERFORMANCES BY THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA, CHINESE FOLK SINGING CHILDREN'S ENSEMBLE AND INDIVIDUAL TRAINEES IN STRING AND WIND INSTRUMENTS AND CHINESE MUSIC.

A HIGHLIGHT WAS SIBELIUS’ ♦FINLANDIA* PLAYED BY THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA UNDER THE BATON OF THE ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (PROFESSIONAL), MR THOMAS WANG.

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A CRIME PREVENTION CARNIVAL WILL BE STAGES IN TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO HIGHLIGHT THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN AND TO PUBLICISE THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE.

THE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT AROUSING GREATER PUBLIC AWARENESS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME, WITH EMPHASIS ON PREVENTION OF BURGLARIES IN RESIDENTIAL FLATS.

PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES HAVE INCLUDED PUTTING UP PUBLICITY SIGNBOARDS AT PROMINENT LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, PRINTING FIGHT CRIME STICKERS, LAUNCHING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME AND SELECTION OF MODEL CITIZENS.

THE CARNIVAL, FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM, WILL INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION ON HOME SECURITY, A VARIETY SHOW, DISPLAY OF A POLICE ARMOURED CAR, GAME8-STALLS, AND DANCING BY JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS.

EARLIER, THERE WILL BE A PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATES TO NINE MODEL CITIZENS WHO HAVE ASSISTED THE POLICE IN COMBATTING CRIME, AS WELL AS A CEREMONY TO BEGIN THE THIRD PHASE OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME IN TUEN MUN. " *

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THE CARNIVAL IS ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2 PM WILL BE A CENTRAL FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE MEMBER, DR HO KAM-FAI- TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN SELBY- ACTING POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR D. PITT- LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR LAU WONG-FAT- CHAIRMAN OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR SIT HO-YIN- AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR WONG SHU.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF TUEN MUN CRIME PREVENTION CARNIVAL AT 2 PM TOMORROW AT THE TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND IN TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD. THOSE WISHING TO TAKE GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 12.30 PM AT KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER.

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DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL BE ----------------- CARNIVAL

ABOUT 3 □□□ CENTRAL AND WESTERN TREATED TO AN AFTERNOON OF FUN AND GAMES AT A NEW TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT BLAKE GARDEN IN 8HEUNG WAN.

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THERE WILL BE SIX GAMES STALLS AND A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING POPULAR SINGERS, MAGICIANS AND ACROBATS.

ADMISSION 18 FREE. RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO TAKE ALONG THEIR CHILDREN.

THE CARNIVAL WILL START AT 1.45 PM.

SPONSORED DY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD, THE CARNIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY DISTRICT C»UM£SE

amah i AT IM FOR CULTURE ANS ARTS (CENTRAL ANS WESTERN), THE CHINESE YMCA^BRIDGES STREETCENTRE? THE CHIU YANG RESIDENTS* ASSOCIATION AND THE SHEUNG WAN AREA COMMITTEE.

TMF AMIRTANT DISTRICT OFFICER. MISS ELIZABETH TSE, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ORGANISING BODIES WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW YEAR CARNIVAL.

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A NINE-DAY EXHIBITION ON PRODUCTS AND FACILITIES FOR A BETTER AND SAFER LIVING ENVIRONMENT BEGAN TODAY (SATURDAY) AT NEW WORLD PLAZA.

THE EXHIBITION HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE TO FOSTER RESIDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES RELATED TO DAILY LIVING.

THERE ARE 35 BOOTHS FEATURING FIRE PREVENTION DEVICES, KITCHEN APPLIANCES, FURNITURE AND SECURITY FACILITIES.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY. THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG. SAID HE HOPED THE EXHIBITION WOULD INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF HOME SAFETY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDING USEFUL INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS ON BEAUTIFYING THEIR HOMES.

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HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE BISTR ICT BOARD, PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR THEIR CONCERTED EFFORTS IN PROMOTING A BETTER COMMUNITV. ,u

THE EXHIBITION. ALSO FEATURING A DAILY PERFORMANCE BY POPULAR, SINGERS, IS OPEN FROM 10 AM TO S PM UNTIL JANUARY 11. ADMISSION IS FREE. '

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OF A RAILWAY LINKING TUEN MUN AND TSUEN WAN AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (JANUARY <).

: I,THE ISSUE WILL BE RAISED BY MEMBERS WHO BELIEVE THAT THE

TUEN MUN HIGHWAY WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME SATURATED.

AT THE MEETING. MEMBERS WILL BISCUSS THE ♦SOFT* DRUGS PROBLEM ANB ALSO Glfc THEIR VIEWS ON WHETHER A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE ^;B^CS“T™SEmiie Jp^FUNCTIONAL

IN THE NORTHERN FART COMMITTEES UNDER THE

DISTRICT BOARB

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NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT DOARD MEETING AT'9 30 AM ON TUESDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT DOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD.

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SEVERAL ROADS IN MONG KOK WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM DAILY FROM JANUARY 5 (MONDAY) TO JANUARY 2€ TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AH ELEVATED WALKWAY AT THE JUNCTION OF BUTE STREET AND SAI YEE STREET.

THE ROADS AREt LUEN WAN STREET, BUTE STREET BETWEEN SAI YEE «EE*ZBA"’L£AB,MG T0 THE »*>•«« KvK KCR STATION TRANSFCRT IMTSACHANGEl*

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10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY^) 8^LAiwT,?af?Esf«,H ™ SFROMM

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THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF LUNG MUN ROAD BETWEEN ROAD 28A (THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE BUTTERFLY ESTATE) AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE BUTTERFLY BEACH WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. VEHICLES WILL BE EASTERN CARRIAGEWAY OF THE NORTHBOUND SECTION

DIVERTED ON TO THE

THE LEFT TURN SOUTHBOUND WILL BE SHAN ROAD AND LUNG

MOVEMENT FROM ROAD 28A ON TO LUNO MUN ROAD BANNED. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE WU MUN ROAD JUNCTION.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN QUARRY BAY AND TA IKOO SHING WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 6) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING FOR MAINS WORK.

ALL PREMISES ALONG WESTLANDS ROAD AND IN TAIKOO SHING WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING TAIKOO SHING ROAD, TAI FUNG AVENUE, TAIKOO WAN ROAD, TAI MOU AVENUE, TAI YUE AVENUE AND TAI WING AVENUE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Sunday, January 4, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ANTI-CRIME EFFORTS SUCCEED IN TUEN MUN .................... 1

HUNDREDS JOIN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ........................ 2

CENTRAL AND WESTERN SINGING CONTEST FINAL ................. 3

SCHEMES FOR ELDERLY Mr iDE PERMANENT....................... 3

SOUTHERN FOCUSSES ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT ............ 4

DB TO EXAMINE POLITICAL REVIEW ............................ 6

$26.6 MILLION PROJECT AT Lnl CHI KOK INCINERATORS.......... 6

DENTAL CLINIC TO SERVE SCHOOL CHILDREN .................... 7

NEW PHONE NUMBERS FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE ............ 8

TOLO HIGHWAY CLOSED FOR RO„D WORK.......................... 8

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 198?

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ANTI-CRIME EFFORTS SUCCEED IN TUEN MUN ft ft * *

CONCERTED EFFORTS BY THE POLICE AND THE PUBLIC HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN CRIME IN TUEN NUN ALTHOUGH THE POPULATION OF THE NEV TOWN NAS BEEN GROWING, A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, DR HO KAM-FAI,, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

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i SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN CRIME PREVENTION CARNIVAL AT TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND, DR HO SAID THAT PRELIMTNARY FIGURES SHOWED A DROP OF 9.5 PER CENT IN REPORTED CRIMES, FROM 2 656 CASES IN 1985 TO 2 403 CASES LAST YEAR.

BURGLARY CASES DECLINED BY 10.7 PER CENT, FROM 420 TO 375. THERE WAS A DECREASE IN THEFTS FROM VEHICLES. FROM 364 TO 349. THESE ALL INDICATED THAT THE LAW AND ORDER SITUATION IN THE DISTRICT WAS QUITE SATISFACTORY, DR HO SAID.

DR HO NOTED THAT THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME. CAMPAIGN PLACED MUCH EMPHASIS ON CO-OPERATION BETWEEN NEIGHBOURS IN PREVENTION OF RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES. IN THIS REGARD. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME HAD DRAWN QUITE A GOOD RESPONSE FROM RESIDENTS.

IMPLEMENTED IN DECEMBER 1984, THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME HAD ATTRACTED 1 663 FAMILIES FROM 10 BUILDINGS IN ITS FIRST TWO PHASES.

IN THE SCHEME'S THIRD PHASE, JUST BEGUN, 1 228 FAMILIES FROM FIVE OTHER BUILDINGS HAD JOINED.

TODAY'S CRIME PREVENTION CARNIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT CRIME PREVENTION CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, WAS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC AWARENESS IN FIGHTING CRIME.

CERTIFICATES WERE AWARDED TO NINE MODEL CITIZENS IN THE DISTRICT WHO HAD ASSISTED THE POLICE IN COMBATTING CRIME.

A BRIEF CEREMONY WAS HELD TO MARK THE START GF THE THIRD PHASE OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME.

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HUNDREDS JOIN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN *****

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TOOK PART IN A SERIES OF FUN-FILLED AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN KOWLOON PARK TODAY (SUNDAY) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE YAU MA TEI ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

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A HIGHLIGHT WAS A MINI ROAD SAFETY TOWN TO TEACH YOUNG CHILDREN ROAD TRAFFIC RULES, AND EXHIBITS TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY ALSO ATTRACTED ATTENTION.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR IP KWOK-CHUNG, SAID THE ANNUAL CAMPAIGN SERVED TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF ROAD TRAFFIC RULES AND ALSO PROMOTED ROAD SAFETY.

HE ALSO URGED MOTORISTS TO BE PATIENT WITH ELDERLY PEDESTRIANS, WHO WERE MORE VULNERABLE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN, ACTION AGAINST JAYWALKERS WILL BE STEPPED UP TO ENHANCE ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS AMONG THE PUBLIC.

FIFTY PUBLICITY SIGNBOARDS TO DISSUADE PEDESTRIANS FROM JAYWALKING HAVE BEEN PUT UP AT TRAFFIC BLACK SPOTS IN THE DISTRICT. PAMPHLETS ON ROAD SAFETY ARE ALSO BEING DISTRIBUTED TO CARELESS PEDESTRIANS.

AT TODAY'S OPENING CEREMONY, PRIZES WERE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF A ROAD SAFETY QUIZ.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER. MR AUGUSTINE CHENG: YAU MA TEI DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MR TSANG YAM-PUI; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH; SENIOR STAFF OFFICER (TRAFFIC KOWLOON), MR R.M.A. HARPER: AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, MR DAVID KWAN.

THE WEEK-LONG CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI ROAD SAFETY ORGANISING COMMITTEE WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE POLICE.

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CENTRAL AND WESTERN SINGING CONTEST FINAL ft * ft * ft

ELEVEN SINGERS AND SIX GROUPS WILL COMPETE IN THE FIFTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SINGING CONTEST FINAL IN THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL TOMORROW (MONDAY) EVENING.

THE CONTEST IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONSi CLASSICAL MUSIC (SOLO SINGING)' POP MUSIC FOLK SONG (SOLO SINGING) AND POP MUSIC FOLK SONG (GROUP SINGING).

PRELIMINARIES WERE HELD LAST MONTH WHEN 11 SOLO SINGERS AND SIX GROUPS WERE SELECTEb AS FINALISTS FROM 230 SOLO ENTRIES AND 17 GROUPS.

CASH PRIZES OF SI 000 WILL BE AWARDED TO THE WINNER IN EACH SECTION WHILE THE FIRST RUNNER-UP WILL RECEIVE S500 AND THE SECOND RUNNER-UP S300.

THE CONTEST IS INTENDED TO PROMOTE AN INTEREST IN SINGING AND TO DISCOVER TALENT IN THE DISTRICT.

IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARVs (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), AND THE MOUNT CAMERON LIONS CLUB.

THE EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND TRINITY ENGINEERING LIMITED.

NOTE TO EDITORSl

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FIFTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SINGING CONTEST FINAL TO BEGIN AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CITY HALL CONCERT HALL.

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SCHEMES FOR ELDERLY MADE PERMANENT ft ft ft ft ft

PREFERENTIAL PRIVATE MEDICAL FOR THE ELDERLY IN KWUN TONG WILL

AND TRANSPORT SCHEMES INTRODUCED BECOME PERMANENT FROM THIS MONTH.

THE SCHEMES WERE INTRODUCED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD'S WORKING GROUP ON MEDICAL AND TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY IN 1985. SO FAR, MORE THAN 8 000 ELDERLY RESIDENTS HAVE JOINED THE SCHEMES.

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THE MEDICAL SCHEME PROVIDES MEDICAL AND DENTAL TREATMENT AT REDUCED COST FOR PEOPLE AGED OVER 60. UNDER THE TRANSPORT SCHEME, ELDERLY PEOPLE AGED 65 OR ABOVE PAY REDUCED FARES FOR MINIBUSES AND MAX ICABS WITHIN THE DISTRICT.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP. MISS MONA LO, SAID IN VIEW OF THE GOOD RESPONSE FROM RESIDENTS THE WORKING GROUP HAD DECIDED TO MAKE THE SCHEMES PERMANENT TO SAVE RESIDENTS* FROM HAVING TO RENEW THEIR PREFERENTIAL CARDS YEARLY.

SHE SAID A TOTAL OF 50 REGISTERED DOCTORS, FOUR CLINICS, 26 DENTISTS, AND SIX DENTAL CLINICS WERE TAKING PART IN THE MEDICAL SCHEME.

A TOTAL OF 191 MINIBUSES AND 21 MAX ICABS PLYING 16 ROUTES IN THE DISTRICT WERE OFFERING HALF-FARES TO SENIOR CITIZENS.

MISS LO EXTENDED THANKS TO DOCTORS AND DENTISTS WHO HAVE JOINED THE SCHEME AND TO DRIVERS GF MINIBUSES AND MAX ICABS WHO HAVE OFFERED CHEAPER FARES TO THE ELDERLY.

THE MEDICAL AND TRANSPORT SCHEMES ARE OPEN TO ALL ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT. APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, ITS SUB-OFFICES AND LOCAL HOUSING ESTATE OFFICES. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-416315.

SOUTHERN FOCUSSES ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

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THE REVIEW ON FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT THIS YEAR WILL BE THE THEME OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY A SERIES OF VISITS, SEMINARS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN ARRANGED TO REINFORCE THE MESSAGE.

THESE ACTIVITIES ARE SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD'S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 198?

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, WHICH STARTED LAST AUGUST, HAD INSTILLED THE GENERAL CONCEPT OF CITIZENSHIP AMONG RESIDENTS THROUGH WIDE-RANGING PROGRAMMES.

THESE WERE ORGANISED BY CIVIC EDUCATION TEAMS FORMED UNDER THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES.

THE SECOND PHASE OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL PREPARE RESIDENTS FOR THE POLITICAL REVIEW. THE OBJECTIVES ARE TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT POLITICAL ISSUES, ENGAGE IN DISCUSSIONS AND REFLECT THEIR VIEWS TO THE GOVERNMENT.

TO FOSTER RESIDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRESENT POLITICAL SYSTEM, ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO VISIT OMELCO AND ATTEND A LEGCO SESSION ON JANUARY 7 (WEDNESDAY).

THERE WILL ALSO BE ANOTHER ROUND OF HOUSEHOLD VISITS BY CIVIC EDUCATION TEAMS TO OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE PUBLIC OPINION ON THE POLITICAL REVIEW AND TO STIMULATE RESIDENTS’ INTEREST.

A SEMINAR ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL BE HELD IN WAH FU COMMUNITY HALL ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 22. A LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR ANDREW WONG, WILL BE AMONG THE SPEAKERS.

IN A FURTHER ACTIVITY, STANLEY AND SHEK 0 WILL CELEBRATE THE SPRING FESTIVAL WITH A CARNIVAL COMBINING FUN, ENTERAINMENT AND CIVIC EDUCATION ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8. IT WILL INCLUDE A SESSION FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS WITH RESIDENTS ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

A SEMINAR ON THE REVIEW OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERMNENT WILL ALSO BE HELD IN EARLY MARCH. MORE THAN 100 DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND • RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.

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DB TO EXAMINE POLITICAL REVIEW * * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A REPORT . BY THE BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON POLITICAL REVIEW MATTERS AT A MEETING ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 6).

THE WORKING GROUP WAS FORMED WITH THE PURPOSE OF COLLECTING VIEWS ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM IN HONG KONG BEFORE 1997 AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT WITH REGARD TO THE CURRENT POLITICAL REVIEW.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS TWO PAPERS PRESENTED BY THE TSUEN WAN TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE ON PRINCIPAL PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT TRENDS ON PROJECTS AND THE PROVISION AND FUTURE PLANNING OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

REPORTS OF VARIOUS BOARD COMMITTEES WILL ALSO BE TABLED FOR CONSIDERATION.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

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

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126.6 MILLION PROJECT AT LAI CHI KOK INCINERATORS *****

FOUNDATION WORK FOR INSTALLATION OF ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATORS AT THE'LAI CHI KOK INCINERATION PLANT APRIL AS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO REDUCE IN THE AREA.

IS TO START IN AIR POLLUTION

THE INSTALLATION, COSTING ABOUT S26.6 THE FOUR INCINERATOR UNITS IN PLANT A, ONE WITHIN THE INCINERATION PLANT COMPLEX.

MILLION, WILL BE FOR OF THE TWO PLANTS

THE PROJECT WILL COMPRISE PILING WORK AND CONSTRUCTION OF SUPPORTING PLINTHS FOR THE PRECIPITATORS AND ASSOCIATED MACHINERY.

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PART OF THE INCINERATOR BUILDING WILL BE MODIFIED AND A CONTROL ROOM BUILT.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO TAKE NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

PREPARATION FOR INSTALLING THE ELECTROSTATIC PRECIPITATORS HAS ALREADY STARTED UNDER A SEPARATE --------

PROJECT WILL BE COMPLETED IN AUGUST,

CONTRACT AND THE WHOLE 1988.

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DENTAL CLINIC TO SERVE SCHOOL CHILDREN

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A DENTAL CLINIC, SERVING 60 000 PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN TUEN MUN, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR.

ACCOMMODATED ON THE LOWER TWO FLOORS OF A FOUR-STOREY BUILDING AT TSUN WEN ROAD, THE CLINIC WILL CONSIST OF 30 DENTAL CHAIRS, SURGERY ROOMS AND OFFICES.

IT WILL PROVIDE REGULAR EXAMINATIONS AND A BASIC DENTAL CONSERVATION PROGRAMME TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL CHILDREN.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT, WORK ON WHICH WILL BEGIN IN APRIL.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JANUARY 23.

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NEW PHONE NUMBERS FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE *****

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AT HENNESSY CENTRE, SIXTH BAY, WILL OPERATE UNDER NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS (JANUARY 6).

ADVISORY SERVICE ROAD, CAUSEWAY FROM TUESDAY

THE NEW NUMBERS AREi

LABOUR OFFICER (YOUTH EMPLOYMENT) ASSISTANT LABOUR OFFICERS

5-8956095

5-8956051, 5-8956212, AND 5-8956067

ENQUIRIES

5—8956051

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TOLO HIGHWAY CLOSED FOR ROAD WORK

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THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TOLO HIGHWAY AT TAI PO NORTH INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO 5 AM THE NEXT DAY BECAUSE OF ROAD WORK.

THE MEASURE WILL BE REPEATED FROM 8 PM ON TUESDAY TO 5 AM ON WEDNESDAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC HEADING FOR DESTINAT'ONS NORTH OF TAI PO INTERCHANGE WILL BE DIVERTED TO TAI PO ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS FOR OCTOBER RELEASED .......... 1

EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES -J1D PAYROLL SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED .. 5

PRE-QUaLIFICATION TENDERS CALLED EDR TUNNEL WORKS ......... 5

MP'S SEE DEVELOPMENTS IN WONG TAI SIN ..................... 6

WAN CHAI TRAFFIC, TRANSPORT CCMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW .... 7

RECREATION FACILITIES FOR TA KWU LING TO BE DISCUSSED ..... 8

BOARD TO DISCUSS PROPOSED THa AT CHUK YUEN ................ 8

REMINDER TO ,J>PLY FOR VILLAGE VEHICLE PERMITS ....... 9

RATES REMINDER, PHONE NUMBER CHANGED ...................... 10

YUEN LONG RESTaURaNT TO BE CLOSED ......................... 11

TSUEN WaN TO BE FEATURED IN TV PROGRAMME .................. 12

KWUN TONG STUDENTS TO ATTEND CIVIC EDUCATION CaRNIV/J,..... 12

CCY PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TOMORROW .................. 13

COMPUTER CONTEST DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED .................. I2*

NEW PROGRAMME DATES FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVaL......... 14

YOUNG MUSICIANS LEAVE FOR SYDNEY MUSIC CaMP ............... 15

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ...................................... 1$

WaTER CUTS IN THREE AREAS ................................. 16

BEACON HILL, BROaDCaST DRIVE WaTER CUTS ................... 17

MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 1987

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RETAIL SALES SURVEY RESULTS FOR OCTOBER RELEASED

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN OCTOBER 1986, PROVISIONALLY ESTIMATED AT 16 318 MILLION, WAS 11 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN OCTOBER 1985 WHILE THEIR VOLUME WAS 5 PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1985, RETAIL SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 17 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME WHILE THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES FOR CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WERE 14 PER CENT AND 8 PER CENT.

♦OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* AND FOODSTUFFS. ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO WENT UP BY 11 PER CENT AND 10 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VALUE AND BY 3 PER CENT AND 9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VOLUME. FUELS WENT DOWN BY 17 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED VERY SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE AND CONSIDERABLY IN VOLUME.

SUPERMARKETS HAD CONSIDERABLE INCREASES IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS RECORDED A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN SALES VALUE BUT A SLIGHT INCREASE IN SALES VOLUME.

DEPARTMENT STORES HAD A MODERATE INCREASE IN SALES VALUE BUT ALMOST NO CHANGE IN SALES VOLUME.

COMPARING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD AUGUST - OCTOBER 1986 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1985, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS SHOWED INCREASES OF 19 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 13 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

CONSUMER DURABLES AND *OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* ROSE BY 16 PE* CENT AND 13 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VALUE AND BY 5 PER CENT AND 6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VOLUME, *L£°«.,C

DRINKS AND TOBACCO WENT UP BY 6 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

FUELS DECREASED BY 17 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE BUT HAD ALMOST NO CHANGE IN SALES VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE AND MODERATELY IN VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES IN SUPERMARKETS INCREASED CONSIDERABLY IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME, WHILE CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MO FOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED CONSIDERABLY IN SALES VALUE AND MODERATELY IN SALES VOLUME.

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DEPARTMENT STORES RECORDED A MODERATE INCREASE IN SALES VALUE AND A SLIGHT INCREASE IN VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1986. AND DEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS. TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR OCTODER 1986 INCREASED DY 4 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED DY 15 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 12 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

♦OTHER CONSUMER GOODS* AND FUELS INCREASED DY 6 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VALUE AND DY 5 PER CENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES ROSE DY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO FELL BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, THE INCREASES IN SALES VALUE AND VOLUME OF DEPARTMENT STORES WERE SUBSTANTIAL WHILE THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES FOR CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS WERE SLIGHT.

MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS RECORDED ALMOST NO CHANGE IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME WHILE SUPERMARKETS HAD MODERATE DECREASES IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FIGURE FOR SEPTEMBER 1986 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR OCTOBER 1986.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES IN SEPTEMBER 1986 AND OCTOBER 1986 <*>™R*LL REW L SALES, (B) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND (C) BY SELECTED TRADES (WHICH FORMPART OF THE RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS), WITH AVERAGE RETAIL SALES FROM OCTODER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100.

COMPARISONS OF OCTOBER 1986 RESULTS WITH THOSE OF SEPTEMBER 1986 AND WITH THOSE OF OCTOBER 1985 AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD AUGUST - OCTOBER 1986 WITH THE SAME PERIOB IN 1985 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

GRAPHS 1 AND 2 DEPICT RESPECTIVELY THE MOVEMENTS OF THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES of TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCLUDING THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED INDEXES AND TRENDS, FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1986.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE OCTOBER 1986 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT 81 PER COPY.

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

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WO3 1 । TOTAL Wt BjJJW

Total leteil U1H for October I986 (Prorlelonal Figure) • D36 318 ailllaa for September 1966 (levieed Figaro) a K86 077 ail 11 on

TABU 2 1 VAUH AID VOLEJXB UISXXB OF DTAIL BAUM

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Item Index of ■etell September 1986 October 1986 October 1986 compared with September I986 October 1986 ooapared with October 1989 Aug. . Ooi. 86 noepared with Aug. - Oct. 85

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Value 108 113 ♦ 4 ♦ 4 ♦ 11 ♦ 11 4 10 4 10

Velum* 103 106 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ 5 ♦ 5 4 6 4 6

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Foodrtuff*, alooholio Value 107 105 - 3 - 2 ♦ 10 ♦ 10 4 6 4 6

drink* ud tobaooo Volume 105 104 . 1 - 1 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 ♦ 5 ♦ 5

Fuel* Value 8) 85 ♦ 2 ♦ 3 - 17 - 17 - 17 -17

Vohm* 100 101 ♦ 2 ♦ 2 - 1 a 1

Clothing, fbctvear Vain* 111 127 ♦ 17 ♦ b ♦ 16 ♦ 14 4 18 ♦ 19

and allied product* Volume 103 115 ♦ 13 ♦ 12 ♦ 8 ♦ 8 4 12 ♦ 13

Coneuaer durable* Vain* 117 119 ♦ 2 ♦ 2 ♦ 17 ♦ 17 4 16 4 16

Volume 108 107 ♦ 1 4 1 ♦ 6 ♦ 6 4 6 ♦ 5

Other oonauaer good* Value 10? 115 ♦ 7 ♦ 6 ♦ 12 ♦ 11 4 13 4 13

Volume 101 106 ♦ 5 ♦ 5 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 4 6 4 6

(c) IT 3EJCCTID TSJJSS

Supermarket* Value 127 116 - 11 - 8 ♦ 17 ♦ 17 ♦ 19 4 18

Volume 123 113 - 10 - 8 ♦ ’5 ♦ 15 4 16 4 16

Motor vehicle* Value 135 135 ♦ 1 0 ♦ 36 ♦ 36 ♦ 29 4 27

and parte Volume 110 110 0 0 ♦ 13 ♦ 13 4 6 4 6

Coneuaer durable* Value 111 114 ♦ 2 ♦ 2 ♦ 12 ♦ 11 4 12 4 12

other than no tor vehiclea and parte Volume 105 106 ♦ 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ 5 ♦ 5

Department atoree Value 93 112 ♦ 19 ♦ 20 ♦ 6 ♦ 6 4 8 4 8

Volim* 86 102 ♦ 16 ♦ 18 0 0 4 2 4 2

IoU» t 1, "Foodctuffe, alooholio drink* and tobaooo" include* .

2. "Coneuaer durable*" inoludaa "motor vehicle* and parte*.

)• "Other oonauaer fooda" include* "department atoree".

4. Figure* denoting ohec^ee ar* derived from the unrounded index figure*. J. • denote* change of lace than 0.5.

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Value index

Graph 1: Value Indexes of Total Retail Sales

Value index

Graph 2: Volume Indexes of Total Retail Sales

Volume index

Volume index

Notes. (1) Monthly average of Oct 84 Sept 85 = 100

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

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EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL SURVEY BEING CONDUCTED *****

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

THE SURVEY COVERS ABOUT 34 OOO ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH ARE DRAWN FROM VARIOUS SECTORS. THESE INCLUDE THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE SECTOR (WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS). THE SERVICES SECTOR (TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION! FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES- COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES) AND INDUSTRIAL SECTOR (MINING AND QUARRYING5 MANUFACTURING5 ELECTRICITY AND GAS).

QUESTIONNAIRES WERE MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL SAMPLE ESTABLISHMENTS AT THE END OF DECEMBER.

REMINDERS ARE NOW BEING SENT TO ESTABLISHMENTS NOT RESPONDING TO THE INITIAL QUESTIONNAIRES. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OF 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5, 1982), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD.

INFORMATION IS BEING SOUGHT FROM EACH ESTABLISHMENT ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON DECEMBER 30, 1986. SOME 10 000 ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FROM THE SAMPLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OCTOBER - DECEMBER.

SHOULD RESPONDENTS HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY IN COMPLETING THE FORMS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE BY CALLING THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONE NUMBERS (PRINTED AT THE BACK OF THE SURVEY FORMS) i 5-436551, 5-444301, 5-455661 AND 9-455668.

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PRE-QUALIFl CATION TENDERS CALLED FOR TUNNEL WORKS *****

TENDERS FOR ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL INSTALLATIONS FOR JUNK BAY TUNNEL. NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WILL BE INVITED IN SEPTEMBER, A TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE SAID THE INSTALLATIONS WOULD COMPRISE FOUR CONTRACTS FOR THE TUNNEL’S POWER SUPPLY AND LIGHTING, VENTILATION, TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SURVEILLANCE AND TOLL COLLECTION SYSTEMS.

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TENDERS WILL BE CALLED FROM PRE-QUALIFIED CONTRACTORS. PARTICULARS ABOUT THE SELECTION OF CONTRACTORS CAN BE SEEN IN THE JANUARY 2 AND 9 ISSUES OF THE GOVERNMENT 0AZETTE.

THE TWIN TUBE TUNNEL WILL BE ABOUT 900 METRES IN LENGTH. BUILT UNDER THE HILL AT MA YAU TONO IT WILL BE PART OF A ROAB LINKING JUNK BAY NEW TOWN WITH URBAN AREAS OF KOWLOON.

INTERESTED CONTRACTORS SHOULD WRITE TO MAUN3ELL CONSULTANTS ASIA AT SHA TIN FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND PRE-QUALIFl CATION REQUIREMENTS. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RETURNED GIVING ALL THE REQUIRED INFORMATION BY MARCH 13.

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MP’S SEE DEVELOPMENTS IN WONG TAI SIN *****

TWO MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT, MR DAVID ATKINSON AND MR DONALD ANDERSON, TODAY (MONDAY) TOURED WONG TAI SIN TO SEE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICHOLAS YEK, THE TWO MP’S SPENT THE AFTERNOON VISITING NEWLY-BUILT HOUSING BLOCKS, OLD HOUSING ESTATES, A PILOT MARKET PLACE, AND THE DISTRICT’S LANDMARK - THE WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE.

AFTER ATTENDING A LUNCH WITH THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, AND SOME DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, HOSTED BY MR YEK, THE TWO MP’S PROCEEDED TO THE ROOF OF WANG LOK HOUSE, LOK FU ESTATE, FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE KOWLOON CENTRAL ESTATES REDEVELOPMENT.

THEY WERE TOLD THAT ALL OLD MARK I AND MARK 11 BLOCKS WOULD BE CLEARED BY 1990.

THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WHICH COST 92 000 MILLION WOULD BE THE LARGEST AND THE MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECT OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD.

FOLLOWING A BRIEF VISIT TO FAMILIES LIVING IN THE NEWLY-BUILT HOUSING BLOCKS AND THE OLD MARK II BLOCKS, THE PARTY WENT TO TSZ CHING ESTATE TO LOOK AT A MARKET PILOT SCHEME.

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THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING WHICH HOUSES A MARKET AND A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WAS CONVERTED FROM A SCHOOL LEFT VACANT DUE TO DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES OF THE POPULATION IN THE TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATES.

THE MARKET PROVIDED FOR THE REPROVISIONING OF 104 STALLS WHICH HAD BEEN A NUISANCE IN THE ESTATE.

THE PARTY THEN WENT TO THE ROOFTOP OF A BUILDING AT FUNG WONG NEW VILLAGE FOR A LOOK AT THE TAI HOM AND DIAMOND HILL AREAS.

THE LAST STOP WAS THE WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE

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WAN CHAI TRAFFIC, TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW M M M M M

MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE TAXI POLICY REVIEW.

DURING THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO RAISE QUESTIONS REGARDING THE LACK OF PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES AT THE SECTION OF LOCKHART ROAD BETWEEN ARSENAL STREET AND FENWICK STREET, PARKING METRES NEAR THE NEW LOCKHART ROAD MARKET COMPLEX AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION PROBLEMS IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TOMORROW AT 4 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD.

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RECREATION FACILITIES FOR TA KWU LING TO BE DISCUSSED * * * * M

members of the environmental improvement committee of the NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO CONSIDER TWO PROJECTS TO PROVIDE RECREATION AND AMENITY FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN TA KWU LING.

P*°JECTS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND SITTING-OUT AREA AS WELL AS A BASKETBALL COURT IN SHA LING.

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NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT ROAD. FANLING.

TOMORROW AT 2.30 PM IN OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB

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BOARD TO DISCUSS PROPOSED THA AT CHUK YUEN

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WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO BUILD A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AT THE NORTH-EAST PLATFORM OF CHUK YUEN ESTATE.

THE SITE WAS ORIGINALLY RESERVED FOR A PRIMARY SCHOOL ACCORDING TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, BUT THIS IS UNLIKELY TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN THE NEXT FOUR TO FIVE YEARS.

DISCUSSION WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE ON A PAPER PREPARED BY BOARD MEMBERS ON MARKET REPROVISIONING ARRANGEMENTS IN LOWER WONG TAI SIN FOLLOWING DEMOLITION OF URBAN COUNCIL MARKETS AT SMEVWS TM 1TRRRT AND TAI SHING STREET.

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REPRESENTATIVES OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL MAKE A REPORT ON THE LATEST ARRANGEMENTS.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A REPORT ON THE 1986 WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE REVISED ESTIMATES OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS 1986-87, PROGRESS REPORT ON THE DIAMOND HILL DEVELOPMENT, THE BOARD’S HALF-TERM REPORT, AND POPULATION STATISTICS ON THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TOMORROW AT 2.30 PM AT THE FUNG MING HALL, WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE.

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REMINDER TO APPLY FOR VILLAGE VEHICLE PERMITS

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OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF VILLAGE VEHICLES ARE REMINDED that tw ?&e^cuTPT'"8 ‘PPLIC‘TI0"8 p0"

OF TMEP^Jao™2!!tFORMS ARE AVAILABLE at ALL THE LICENSING OFFICES

int l/tr An I Mt NT,

,OB1 .enS£2K^MA!!! F0R THE department urged those WHO HAVE NOT YET ^^LIED I® DO SO IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE THE NEW ROAD TRAFFIC (VILLAGE VEHICLES) REGULATIONS 1986 WILL TAKE EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 2.

LIABLfN™T??2cWn2 C°"PLY W,TH THE NEW REGULATION IS

LIABLE TO A FINE OF >2 000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF THREE MONTHS.

AN APPLICANT FOR A PERMIT SHOULD SUBMIT IN PERSON OR by poet SPEr?Fl‘FnE?NF?TMTn°*wvH^R W,TH rELEVANT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS ’

N IT TO ANY LICENSING OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMFNT tmp APPLICATION WILL BE VETTED BY THE POLICE AND THE DISTRICT OFFICES.

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THE APPLICANT WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE RESULT BY POST. IF APPROVAL IS GIVEN, THE APPLICANT SHOULD ARRANGE FOR A THIRD PARTY INSURANCE POLICY TO COVER HIS VEHICLE BY USING THE PERMIT NUMBER ALLOCATED. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE SHOULD APPROACH THE RELEVANT LICENSING OFFICE FOR THE ISSUE OF THE PERMIT ACCORDING TO PROCEDURES SPECIFIED IN THE APPROVAL LETTER.

THE FEE FOR A PERMIT IS 150 FOR A PEDESTRIAN-CONTROLLED VILLAGE VEHICLE OR A DRIVER-OPERATED VILLAGE VEHICLE. THE PERMIT WILL BE VALID FOR 12 MONTHS.

UNDER THE NEW REGULATION, AN APPLICANT FOR A VILLAGE VEHICLE PERMIT MUST CERTIFY THAT THE VEHICLE IS WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED LIMITS AS TO LENGTH AND WIDTH? IS EQUIPPED WITH ADEQUATE BRAKES, HORN AND ENGINE SILENCER, AND IS SO CONSTRUCTED AS TO SAFELY CARRY ANY REASONABLE LOAD.

THERE ARE ALSO PROVISIONS TO REQUIRE THE DRIVER OF A VILLAGE VEHICLE TO CARRY THE PERMIT WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN, AND TO PRODUCE IT FOR INSPECTION. AN OWNER MUST PRODUCE THE PERMIT FOR THE VEHICLE FOR INSPECTION WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME AFTER BEING REQUIRED TO DO SO.

A VEHICLE MUST NOT BE DRIVEN BY A PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF 18, AND MUST CARRY LIGHTED LAMPS AT THE FRONT AND REAR IF IT IS DRIVEN

DURING THE HOURS OF DARKNESS.

A PERMIT MAY BE ISSUED SUBJECT TO VARIOUS CONDITIONS, INCLUDING THE ROADS ON WHICH AND THE TIMES AND DAYS DURING WHICH A VEHICLE MAY BE DRIVEN, AND THE SIZE OF LOADS THAT MAY BE CARRIED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT APPLICATION PROCEDURES CAN BE MADE ON 5-262982, 3-7717826, 3-7756835 AND 0-6061027.

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THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WILL ISSUE REMINDERS TODAY (MONDAY) TO MORE THAN 47 000 RATEPAYERS OF DOMESTIC PROPERTIES WHO FAILED TO RETURN THE ORIGINAL REQUISITION FORMS WHICH WERE SENT TO THEM IN OCTOBER 1986.

THE REMINDERS ARE SIMILAR TO THE FORMS SENT PREVIOUSLY BUT ONLY 14 DAYS ARE ALLOWED FOR THEIR COMPLETION. TO FACILITATE RATEPAYERS IN RETURNING THE FORMS A POSTAGE PREPAID RETURN ENVELOPE IS ENCLOSED WITH EACH FORM SENT.

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ANY PERSON WHO REFUSES OR NEGLECTS TO RETURN THE COMPLETED FORM IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF |2 OOO. THE SPOKESMAN THEREFORE URGED ANY PERSON WHO RECEIVES A REMINDER TO RETURN IT WITHIN THE TIME LIMIT OR TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT IF HE HAS DIFFICULTY IN COMPLETING IT OR IF THE ORIGINAL FORM HAS ALREADY BEEN RETURNED.

ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE AT THE DEPARTMENT AT HENNESSY CENTRE, 17TH FLOOR, 500 HENNESSY ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY.

OWING TO THE TELEPHONE COMPANY’S NETWORK DEVELOPMENT, THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE CHANGED WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO 5-8957666.

RATEPAYERS WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES BY TELEPHONE ARE REQUESTED TO USE THE NEW NUMBER FROM TOMORROW INSTEAD OF THE NUMBER SHOWN ON THE FORM.

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YUEN LONG RESTAURANT TO BE CLOSED *****

A RESTAURANT IN YUEN COCKLOFT EXTENSION IN THE

LONG IS TO BE CLOSED SO THAT AN ILLEGAL SAME BUILDING CAN BE DEMOLISHED.

FLOOR AND COCKLOFT OF

THE RESTAURANT OCCUPIES THE GROUND

W°l SHUEN BUILDING IN HOP YICK ROAD AND THE OWNER HAS ILLEGALLY EXTENDED THE COCKLOFT IN ORDER TO EXTEND THE RESTAURANT AREA.

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS TO APPLY FOR AN ORDER TO CLOSE THE RESTAURANT AT TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT ON FEBRUARY 26 AND ’TS 'MENTION TO DO SO ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE BUILDING TODAY (MONDAY).

F0R THE AUTHORITY SAID CLOSING THE RESTAURANT WAS NECESSARY SO THAT THE ILLEGAL ADDITION COULD BE DEMOLISHED AND OTHER REMEDIAL WORK CARRIED OUT WITHOUT ENDANGERING OCCUPANTS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

HE SAID AN ORDER TO DEMOLISH THE EXTENSION WAS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO, BUT THIS HAD NEVER BEEN COMPLIED WITH.

DEMOLITION WORK WOULD BE CARRIED OUT AS SOON AS THE CLOSURE ORDER WAS OBTAINED, HE SAID.

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TSUEN WAN TO BE FEATURED IN TV PROGRAMME * * M * M

A +TSUEN WAN GOOD MORNING* PROGRAMME FOCUSSING ON THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST NEW TOWN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TELEVISED LIVE ON JANUARY 12 ON TVB JADE.

THE TWO-HOUR PROGRAMME, JOINTLY PRESENTED BY TVB, THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL GIVE VIEWERS AN INSIGHT ON DAILY LIFE AND TRACE THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

TSUEN WAN, INCLUDING MA WAN AND PART OF NORTHEASTERN LANTAU, HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 240 000. IT HAS DEVELOPED SUBSTANTIALLY SINCE THE 1950’S INTO A COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS ESTABLISHING ITSELF AS A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL CENTRE.

WITH FOOTAGE OF THE PRESENT AND THE OLD DAYS OF THE TOWN, THE PROGRAMME ALSO INCLUDES LIVE INTERVIEWS AND STAGE PERFORMANCES, AND WILL BE TELEVISED FROM 7 AM TO 9 AM FROM THE SCENIC TIN HAU TEMPLE GARDEN.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME AT 3 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 7) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174t-2O8 CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN.

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ABOUT 10 000 STUDENTS FROM 107 SCHOOLS IN KWUN TONG ARE £2PECTED TO TAI<E PART A CIV'C EDUCATION CARNIVAL TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 10).

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND KWUN TONG SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE, THE FUNCTION IS AIMED AT C,VIC AWARENESS AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES AMONG

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ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION OF WINNING ENTRIES AND rni2cT?T0A ™E ^CENTLY-HELD CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS, THE THEME OF WHICH IS CIVIC EDUCATION. 600 STUDENTS HAVE JOINED THE TWO COMPETITIONS.

MORE THAN

THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES FROM 18 SCHOOL TEAMS FEATURING SINGING, DANCING AND DRAMA AT THE CARNIVAL. FEATURING

THERE WILL ALSO BE GAME STALLS ON THE THEME OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

,^I!!E CARR,VAL WILL BE HELD AT THE KWUN TONG TSUI PING ROAD PLAYGROUND SOCCER PITCHES NO 1 AND 2 FROM 11 AM TO 4.30 PM.

„^IfE DEP”TY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON.

MAK’ THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI;

T22Si ?1SIa’CT 0FF,CER? mr EDDY CHAN? AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM AT THE KWUN TONG TSUI PING ROAD PLAYGROUND.

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THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH (CCY) WILL HOLD A PRESENTATION CEREMONY TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICE AWARDS SCHEME, THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE 1986 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND THE CCY LOGO COMPETITION.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE CCY, l*S ROSANNA TAM, AND CCY MEMBERS, MR KWOK KA-MING, MR FAN KAM-PING AND MR ERIC LI.

THE PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD AT 4 PM IN THE GARDEN ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

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COMPUTER CONTEST DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

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A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A PERSONAL COMPUTER GRAPHIC DISPLAY CONTEST WILL BE HELD AT THE CINEMA ROOM OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, 13TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, AT 3 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

ORGANISED BY THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE, THE CONTEST WILL FORM PART OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WEEK TO BE HELD IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT MR YIP YUK-LUN, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE MR JOHN LO, A MEMBER OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE, MISS LEE FUNG-YING, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WEEK FOR THE SUB-COMMITTEE, MR C.D. TAM.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

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NEW PROGRAMME DATES FOR * *

SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL * * *

PROGRAMMES OF THE SOUTHERN

THE DEATH OF THE LATE GOVERNOR

LATER THIS MONTH (MONDAY).

DISTRICT FESTIVAL, PUT OFF FOLLOWING SIR EDWARD YOUDE, WILL NOW BE STAGED A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY

THE FINAL OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SINGING CONTEST WILL BE HELD ON JANUARY 17 AT 7.30 PM IN THE SCHOOL HALL OF CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL AT 1, SHUM WAN ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG.

SIX GROUPS AND 12 SOLOISTS, SELECTED FROM 250 ENTRIES, WILL BE COMPETING IN THE COMPETITION AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A GUEsf PERFORMANCE BY THE BAND EQUATOR.

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A TELEMATCH WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY IN THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND, FOLLOWED BY THE FESTIVAL’S CLOSING CEREMONY FEATURING A GRAND TATTOO BETWEEN 2.30 PM AND 5.30 PM AT THE WONG CHUK HANG HARD-SURFACED SOCCER PITCH.

THE TATTOO WILL INCLUDE MOCK BATTLES, PIPE BANDS, DRILLS, KARATE AND MOTORCYCLE DEMONSTRATIONS BY VARIOUS DISCIPLINED UNITS AND LOCAL GROUPS.

FREE TICKETS FOR THE SINGING COMPETITION AND THE TATTOO ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES IN ABERDEEN CENTRE, WAH FU AND STANLEY ON A FlRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS FROM JANUARY 10.

RESIDENTS HOLDING OLD TICKETS FOR THE SINGING COMPETITION SHOULD CHANGE THEM FOR NEW ONES AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION IN LEE CHAK HOUSE, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE, BETWEEN TOMORROW (JANUARY 6) AND FRIDAY.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON 5-540271.

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YOUNG MUSICIANS LEAVE M * *

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TWO TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS LEFT THIS (MONDAY) EVENING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PAN PACIFIC MUSIC CAMP IN AUSTRALIA.

THE CAMP, A ROTARY INTERNATIONAL MUSIC EXCHANGE PROGRAMME, WILL BE HELD AT THE NAAMAROO CONFERENCE CENTRE IN SYDNEY FROM JANUARY 12 TO 23.

THE TWO PARTICIPANTS - FORM 5 STUDENTS JOSEPHINE LAW AND CHEUNG KING-SIU - ARE PRINCIPAL CELLIST AND VIOLINIST OF THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.

THE AUSPICES OF ROTARY CLUB WILL BE MET BY CAMP ORGANISERS.

OF

THEY TRAVELLED TO SYDNEY UNDER HONG KONG WHILE FEES FOR THE CAMP

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THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH HAD BEEN INVITED TO SEND TWO MUSICIANS TO JOIN THE CAMP WHERE THEY COULD SHARE EXPERIENCES WITH OTHER MUSICIANS AS WELL AS RECEIVE TRAINING FROM PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS AND GUEST TUTORS.

A MUSIC OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID PARTICIPATION BY THE MUSICIANS IN THE PAN PACIFIC MUSIC CAMP WOULD NOT ONLY BE A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM BUT ALSO AN INCENTIVE TO OTHERS IN HONG KONG.

HIGHLIGHT OF ACTIVITIES AT THE CAMP WILL BE THE FINAL CONCERT TO BE HELD AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE ON JANUARY 25. BOTH MUSICIANS ARE EXPECTED TO RETURN ON JANUARY 27.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 59.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 350.247 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 392.737 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 67.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWUN TONG, CHA KWO LING AND YAU TONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 8) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY CHA KWO LING ROAD, YAU TONG ROAD, LEI YUE MUN ROAD, WAI YIP STREET AND YAU SHING STREET, INCLUDING YAN WING STREET, BLOCK 1 - 8 OF YAU TONG ESTATE, FAN WA STREET AND WING FOOK STREET.

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BEACON HILL, BROADCAST DRIVE WATER CUTS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN BEACON HILL AND BROADCAST DRIVE AREAS WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 8) TO 7 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY BROADCAST DRIVE, MARCONI ROAD, FESSENDEN ROAD, BEACON HILL ROAD, EASTBOURNE ROAD, ALNWICK ROAD, EDE ROAD, CHAK YAN CENTRE, KOWLOON KITCHEN OF SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, CHAK ON ESTATE, TAI WO PING AND CORNWALL STREET TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS AND SHEK KIP MEI PARK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RECOGNITION FOR CONTRIBUTION TO YOUTH AFFAIRS ........... 1

COMPUTER GRAPHIC WILL STRESS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY .......... 2

LEGCO DEBATE OF VIETNAMESE REFUGLES ..................... 3

FUNDS SOUGHT FOR REVISED DB HONORARIUM................... 4

SHAM SHUT PO BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS ............... 5

DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES SOUGHT ................. 6

SIR DAVID TO INSPECT TSING YI DTVELOPLIELTS ............. 6

REGISTRATION REVOKED .................................... 7

SPECIAL PROJECT TO WIDEN STREET ......................... 7

RECLAMATION IN BELCHER BAY SUGGESTED .................... 8

MONG KOK DB TO PROMOTE DONATIONS TO FUND ................ 8

TRAFFIC AND NOISE PROBLEMS TO BE RAISED.................. 9

SAI KUNG RESIDENTS TO VISIT REGIONAL COUNCIL............. 10

RENT OFFICER SERVICE EXTENDED .................'......... 10

NEW POST OFFICE FOR WONG TAI SIN......................... 11

FIRE STATION TO BE CONiilSSIONED ........................ 11

TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLE® ...................... 11

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN ABUtDEEN ............................. 12

NO LEFT TURN ON JUNK BAY ROAD ........................... 12

TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1987

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RECOGNITION FOR CONTRIBUTION TO YOUTH AFFAIRS

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TWENTY YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY (TUESDAY) RECEIVED PRIZES AND AWARDS FROM THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH (CCY) FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO YOUTH AFFAIRS IN HONG KONG.

THEY WERE THE WINNERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICES AWARD SCHEME, OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE 1986 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND THE CCY LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY IN THE ROYAL GARDEN HOTEL WERE CHAIRMAN OF THE CCY, MRS ROSANNA TAM, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, MR KWOK KA-MING, MR FAN KAM-PING AND MR ERIC LI.

THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH SERVICES AWARD SCHEME WAS IN COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH YEAR LAUNCHED BY THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH PROGRAMME.

IT WAS DESIGNED TO RECOGNISE THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY YOUTH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR SOCIETIES THROUGH COMMUNITY AND OTHER PROJECTS OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE.

THIS YEAR, TWO PROJECTS CARRIED OUT BY THE SCOUTS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG AND THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS WERE CHOSEN TO REPRESENT HONG KONG IN THE INTERNATIONAL AWARD.

THE TEAM LEADERS OF THE PROJECTS, MR CHAN YAT-TAT, MR LAI KWOK-DICK, MISS WOO MEI-PING AND MISS SUEN KA-WAI, RECEIVED THEIR PRIZES TODAY.

THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIPS WERE OFFERED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB SINCE 1977 TO OUTSTANDING YOUTH LEADERS OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME EACH YEAR.

THIS YEAR. SEVEN SCHOLARSHIPS WERE GRANTED TO MR CHAN KIN-KI > MR WOO CHAU-WAI J MR CHU KA-LOK? MR CHEUNG WAI-LAPl MISS LIU YIM-Ylj MR CHAN FUND-HOI AND MR FAN WA-HING. THE WINNERS HAD BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND AN 18-DAY COURSE ON BOARD THE OUTWARD BOUND SHIP +JI FUNG*.

THE CCY LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION WAS ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH LAST YEAR. IT ATTRACTED OVER 900 ENTRIES.

THE COMPETITION WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE CATEGORIESl THE JUNIOR SECTION (10-15 YEARS OLD)I THE INTERMEDIATE SECTION (16-19 YEARS OLD) AND THE SENIOR SECTION (20-25 YEARS OLD).

WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION WERE MISS CH IK BOON-WAI, MISS YEUNG PUI-YAN AND MR LAM CHUN-YIN (JUNIOR SECTION^ MR CHAN SIU-LUN, MISS ANNIE CHOI AND MR WONG YIN-KEE (INTERMEDIATE SECTION) AND MR TANG WAI-HUNG, MR SIU KAM-FONG AND MR SO PING-KUEN (SENIOR SECTION).

ONE OF THE WINNING ENTRIES WOULD BE ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEE AS ITS LOGO.

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COMPUTER GRAPHIC WILL STRESS INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

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INDIVIDUALS FAMILIAR WITH PERSONAL COMPUTER SOFTWARE DESIGN ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A ^PERSONAL COMPUTER GRAPHIC DISPLAY CONTEST* WHICH AIMS AT EMPHASISING MESSAGES ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY), THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE (EISSC) OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD'S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE (ISHC), MR JOHN LO, SAID THE CONTEST WOULD BE ONE OF THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WEEK TO BE HELD BY THE ISHC IN MARCH.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CONFERENCE WERE EISSC MEMBER, MISS LEE FUNG-YING, CHAIRMAN OF THE EISSC WORKING PARTY ON THE SAFETY WEEK, MR C.D. TAM. AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR, MR YIP YUK-LUN. *

MR LO NOTED THAT THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY INVOLVED THE APPLICATION OF SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGY AND USE OF COMPLEX MATERIALS.

♦THE MAIN EMPHASIS OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE FOR THE CURRENT YEAR WILL BE ON THE SAFETY ASPECTS OF ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, MACHINERY, CHEMICALS AND MANAGEMENT OF PLANTS,* HE SAID.

♦ANOTHER MAJOR OBJECTIVE IS TO AROUSE THE SAFETY AWARENESS OF PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY THROUGH PUBLICITY AS A COMPLEMENT TO THE PROMOTION WORK OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THIS AREA.*

MISS LEE, WHO ALSO REPRESENTS THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES GENERAL UNION, SAID ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY HAD BEEN LOW, THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY.

SHE SAID THAT IT WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR EMPLOYEES TO CO-OPERATE WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND EMPLOYERS IN IMPROVING SAFETY STANDARDS WHICH WOULD DIRECTLY AFFECT THEIR WELL-BEING AND HEALTH.

DESCRIBING THE CONTEST AS A NEW WAY OF PUBLICISING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, MR TAM SAID THOSE TAKING PART WOULD BE REQUIRED TO DESIGN A SERIES OF GRAPHIC DISPLAYS EITHER IN STATIC ELECTRONICS PICTURE FORM OR DYNAMIC CARTOON FORM ELECTRONICS STORIES OR GAMES.

ENTRIES MUST FOCUS ON THE THEME OF PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND SHOW INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY IN USING ELECTRONICS TOOLS IN THI PRESENTATION, MR TAM SAID.

♦THE TIME FOR DISPLAYING THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MESSAGES IS UNLIMITED WHILE THE USE OF SOUND OR BACKGROUND MUSIC IS OPTIONAL,♦ HE ADDED.

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F,RST PR>ZE-WINNER WILL RECEIVE *5 000 WHILE THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP WILL RECEIVE 13 500 AND $2 000 RESPECTIVELY. TEN CREATIVITY PRIZES OF $500 WILL ALSO BE AWARDED? tu,l¥tLT*

NN,NQ ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE SHUN TAK CENTRE SHOPPING ARCADE IN CENTRAL ON MARCH 19, 20 AND 21.

ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY EMPLOYEES GENERAL UNION, ALL DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE ON THE 13TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, CENTRAL.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS FEBRUARY 20.

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LEGCO DEBATE ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES

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SPEAK AT AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON

VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MATTERS^FOR’cONslDERATl'oHy1^^^ *'LL ‘LS° * ‘M0H«

-2!LIHE EIGHT BILLS, FIVE WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS PRIOR TO ADJOURNMENT AREi

* CONTROL OF PUBLICATIONS CONSOLIDATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986

* PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986

* COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986

* INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986

* JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986

cta<5I.debate W,LL ALS0 RESUME 0N THREE B,LLS before THE COMMITTEE

THESE AREi

* POST OFFICE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986

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* TRADE DESCRIPTIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986

* PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1986

THE MOTIONS ARE ONE UNDER THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE, TO BE MOVED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE TO BE MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER.

IN ADDITION, TWO MEMBERS WILL MAKE STATEMENTS ON THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1986 AND ANOTHER WILL SPEAK ON THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL -ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS 1985/86. BOTH DOCUMENTS WILL BE TABLED.

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FUNDS SOUGHT FOR REVISED DB HONORARIUM * * * * *

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TOMORROW (WEBNESBAY) TO APPROVE AN ANNUAL PROVISION OF S12 450 000 AND A SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF |6 225 000 TO MEET THE REVISES RATE OF HONORARIUM FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND CHAIRMEN.

SUBJECT TO APPROVAL, THE RATE OF HONORARIUM FOR DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND CHAIRMEN, NOW AT S3 500 AND V 000 PER MONTH RESPECTIVELY. WILL BE INCREASED TO |6 000 AND S12 000 PER MONTH, BACK-DATED TO OCTOBER 8, 1986.

THE INCREASE IN HONORARIUM IS INTENBED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF INFLATION AS WELL AS SUCH ADDITIONAL EXPENSES INCURRED BY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AS THE SETTING UP OF THEIR OWN OFFICES.

THE NEW RATE IS ALSO INTENDED TO REFLECT THE RELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF DISTRICT BOARDS IN THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT MACHINERY AND TO RECOGNISE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND WORK IN THE SYSTEM OF REPRESENTATIVE INSTITUTIONS.

THE LAST REVISION WAS MADE IN APRIL 1985.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE A NUMBER OF OTHER MAJOR PROVISIONS, INCLUDING I

v * >400 560 000 TO IMPLEMENT A 10-YEAR PROGRAMME ON CONTROLS ON THE STORAGE AND DISPOSAL OF ANIMAL WASTES,

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M >14.4 MILLION AS THE GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS SETTING UP AN ENDOWMENT FUND FOR THE OPERATING EXPENSES OF NON-STANDARD FACILITIES TO BE INCLUBED IN A PROPOSED AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SHA TIN. THESE WILL BE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TALENTED YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE FIELD OF ART OR PHYSICAL EDUCATION J

* >146.4 MILLION FOR BUILDING AND EQUIPPING EIGHT ADDITIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS} AND

* >421 526 OOO FOR CONTINGENT LIABILITY IN RESPECT OF A PROJECT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME IN TUEN MUN.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKEB TO NOTE THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE.

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SHAM SHU I PO BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS M » N * *

TWO EXTERNAL REAR STAIRCASES OF FOUR POST-WAR BUILDINGS AT

WM '» TH£ «* ,TfiEET

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H8u?i’iT? RE'MF0*CED CONCRETE FLOORS AND ROOFS, AND BRICK

IN THE FXTfEiJ? cracks were very PROMINENT

IN THE EXTERNAL COLUMNS OF FOUR OF THE BUILDINGS AT 45T-4H0

INTERNAL INSPECTION OF ALL ACCESSIBLE FLATS SHOWED THATTHE FRONT AND REAR PORTIONS OF THE BUILDINGS WERE ALSO BADLY DETERIORATED.

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DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES SOUGHT M * M * M

AN APPLICATION TO CLOSE ILLEGAL ROOFTOP STRUCTURES IN SHAM SHU I PO WILL BE MADE AT KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 17.

THE STRUCTURES ARE OVER THE SEVENTH FLOOR OF 146, YEE KUK STREET, AND THE BUILDING AUTHORITY WANTS THEM CLOSED SO THAT THERE WILL BE NO DANGER TO OCCUPANTS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHEN THEY ARE LATER DEMOLISHED.

NOTICES WERE POSTED ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (TUESDAY) INFORMING THE OCCUPANTS OF THE AUTHORITY’S INTENTION TO APPLY FOR THE CLOSURE ORDER.

AN AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID ORDERS TO DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURES UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE WERE ISSUED LAST APRIL AND JULY, BUT THEY HAD NOT BEEN COMPLIED WITH.

HE SAID DEMOLITION WORK WOULD START IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE CLOSURE ORDER WAS ISSUED.

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SIR DAVID TO INSPECT TSING Yl DEVELOPMENTS M * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVIB AKERS-JONES, WILL TOUR TSING Yl ON FRIBAY (JANUARY 9) TO SEE VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTS ON THE I8LAN1.

THE TOUR WILL START AT 2.45 PM IN THE TSING Yl ATETIC ASSOCIATION SOCCER PITCH. IT WILL CONCLUDE WITH A MEETING WITH KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND AREA COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AT THE CHEUNG TSING ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

SIR DAV IB WILL BE ACCOMPANIED DURING THE VISIT BY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, AND PROJECT MANAGER, DR EBWARD PRYOR.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT. TRANSPORT FOR MEBIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE AT 1.30 PM FROM THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN THE TOUR ON TSING Yl MUST ARRIVE AT THE TSING Yl ATH.ETIC ASSOCIATION SOCCER PITCH NOT LATER THAN 2.20 PM.

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REGISTRATION REVOKED M * M * ft

THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION CF DB CAPITAL MARKETS (ASIA) LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED TODAY AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) CF THE BANKING ORDINANCE 1986. THE COMPANY HAS NOT TAKEN ANY PUBLIC DEPOSIT SINCE ITS REGISTRATION.

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SPECIAL PROJECT TO WIDEN STREET * * * ft

A SECTION OF IVY STREET BETWEEN TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND ELM STREET WILL BE WIDENED TO ENHANCE VEHICULAR FLOW AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY.

AT PRESENT, THIS SECTION OF IVY STREET ALLOWS ONLY SINGLELANE TRAFFIC WITH A PAVEMENT ON ONE SIDE.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET IS BOUNDED BY A TWO-METRE-HIGH EARTH MOUND ON WHICH A TEMPORARY MARKET WILL SOON BE BUILT.

THE PROJECT INVOLVES CUTTING BACK THE EARTH MOUND TO PROVIDE FOR A DUAL CARRIAGEWAY WITH PAVEMENTS ON BOTH SIDES.

IT IS ESTIMATED THE PROJECT WILL COST ABOUT $130 000. IT WILL BE FINANCED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

♦THIS PROJECT WAS INITIATED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD IN RESPONSE TO RESIDENTS’ REQUESTS THAT PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA BE IMPROVED,* THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

♦AS MORE PEDESTRIANS ARE EXPECTED TO USE THE ROAD WHEN THE MARKET IS COMPLETED LATER THIS YEAR, THE BOARD HAS SOUGHT THE CO-OPERATION OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN EXPEDITING THE PROJECT,♦ HE SAID.

MR CHOW EXPRESSED APPRECIATION TO THE MONG KOK DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE FOR CO-ORDINATING DEPARTMENTAL EFFORTS IN THIS REGARD.

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, WHICH WILL CONSTRUCT THE TEMPORARY MARKET, WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR FORMATION OF THE SLOPE AFTER THE EARTH MOUND IS CUT BACK.

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WILL RE-SURFACE THE AREA, CONSTRUCT A PEDESTRIAN PAVEMENT AND UNDERTAKE DRAINAGE AND ROAD WORKS.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN APRIL, AND TAKE 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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RECLAMATION IN BELCHER BAY SUGGESTED K M ft M *

A SUGGESTION THAT RECLAMATION BE CARRIED OUT IN BELCHER BAY WILL BE DISCUSSED AT A MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND,WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE SUGGESTION BY FOUR BOARD MEMBERS INVOLVES RECLAMATION OF THE BAY IN KENNEDY TOWN TO PROVIDE LAND FOR ROADS AND OTHER COMMUNITY FACILITIES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO CONVERT PART OF THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF SANDS STREET INTO A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND SITTING-OUT AREA.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL EXAMINE THE USE OF OPEN SPACE UNDER THE HILL ROAD FLYOVER, AND PROPOSALS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN 1987-88.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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MONG KOK DB TO PROMOTE DONATIONS TO FUND * * * *

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER A MOTION TO PROMOTE DONATIONS TO THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND AT THEIR BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 8).

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, MR JACKIE CHAN, WILL MOVE A MOTION TO INVITE MEMBERS TO DONATE TO THE MEMORIAL FUND.

♦THIS IS A GESTURE TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO THE DEDICATED AND OUTSTANDING SERVICE OF THE LATE GOVERNOR,+ MR CHAN SAID.

♦WE HOPE OUR ACTION WILL STIMULATE MORE ORGANISATIONS AND RESIDENTS TO DONATE TO THE FUND WHICH HELPS THE FURTHERING OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG,+ HE ADDED.

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TUESDAY, JANUABY 6, 1987

AT THE MEETING, THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS AN ELECTRICITY SUPPLY SCHEME TO THE TUNG CHOI STREET HAWKER PERMITTED PLACE TO ALLOW HAWKER STALLS TO GET LEGAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY BY SETTING UP INDIVIDUAL METERS.

ENGINEERS FROM THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY WILL BE PRESENT TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE MECHANISM OF THE SCHEME AND TO ANSWER QUERIES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE URBAN COUNCIL’S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING ON THURSDAY AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

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TRAFFIC AND NOISE PROBLEMS TO BE RAISED * * * * *

A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS CONCERNING TRAFFIC PROBLEMS, MEDICAL SERVICES AND INDUSTRIAL NOISE WILL BE RAISED AT THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 8).

BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO TUNG-CHING, WILL MOVE A MOTION TO HAVE THE TSING Yl NORTHERN BRIDGE NAMED SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL BRIDGE AS A MARK OF RESPECT TO THE LATE GOVERNOR.

BOARD MEMBER MR LEUNG YIU-CHUNG WILL ALSO MOVE A MOTION TO MAKE PUBLIC THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT ON CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND AND TO SET A CONSULTATION PERIOD FOR THE PAPER.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl.

NOTE TO EDITORS i

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

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SAI KUNG RESIDENTS TO VISIT REGIONAL COUNCIL X X X X X

MEMBERS OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION COMMITTEE, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VILLAGES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT WILL VISIT THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 8).

ORGANISED AS ONE OF THE ACTIVITIES UNDER THE DISTRICT’S CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, THE VISIT TO THE COUNCIL SECRETARIAT IN TSUEN WAN IS AIMED AT STRENGTHENING RESIDENTS’ UNDERSTANDING OF THE ORGANISATION AND WORK OF THE COUNCIL AND AT ENHANCING THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

THE VISITORS WILL ATTEND A MEETING OF THE COUNCIL’S SAI KUNG DISTRICT COMMITTEE AT 2.30 PM. AFTER THAT, THEY WILL MEET COUNCIL MEMBERS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN MTR STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING AT 2.10 PM.

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RENT OFFICER SERVICE EXTENDED X X X X X

ADVISORY AND MEDIATORY SERVICES ON LANDLORD AND TENANT MATTERS WILL BE AVAILABLE UNDER THE RENT OFFICER SCHEME IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AT KAU PUI LUNG ROAD EVERY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON BEGINNING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

RESIDENTS WISHING TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS WITH THE RENT OFFICER CAN MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT THE KAU PUI LUNG ROAD OFFICE OR BY CALLING 3-7113731. ABOUT 20 APPOINTMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM.

THE SERVICE, RUN BY THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT, WAS INTRODUCED IN 1978 AND BECAME AVAILABLE AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT HUNG HOM SUB-OFFICE IN 1980. THE SUB-OFFICE HAS RECEIVED ABOUT 1 800 ENQUIRIES ANNUALLY IN THE PAST THREE YEARS.

IN VIEW OF THE HEAVY DEMAND, THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMEN AGREED TO EXTEND THE SERVICE TO THE KAU PUf LUNG ROAD DISTRICT

THE HUNG HOM SUB-OFFICE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE EVERY THURSDAY MORNING. APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE ON 3-639449.

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NEW POST OFFICE FOR WONG TAI SIN *****

FLOOR OF LUNG LOK HOUSE IN

A NEW POST OFFICE ON THE GROUND ------

LOWER WONG TAI SIN (II) ESTATE WILL BEGIN SERVICE FROM NEXT MONDAY (JANUARY 12) AT 9 AM, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

WITH LARGER ACCOMMODATION AND IMPROVED COUNTER FACILITIES, THE OFFICE WILL REPLACE THE PRESENT WONG TAI SIN POST OFF ICE AT NO. 65-66 AND 69-70 ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF BLOCK 29 IN LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE (I) WHICH WILL CLOSE FOR BUSINESS ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 10).

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER (3-203710) AND BUSINESS HOURS OF THE POST OFFICE WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED.

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FIRE STATION TO BE COMMISSIONED * * * M

THE TSIM TUNG FIRE STATION AT TSIM SHA TSUI EAST WILL BE OFFICIALLY COMMISSIONED ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 8) AT 3 PM BY MR CHENG YU-TUNG.

LOCATED AT 1, HONG CHONG ROAD, THE STATION IS THE 16TH FIRE STATION IN KOWLOON.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND * K * *

HEAVY VEHICLES WILL CONTINUE TO BE BANNED FROM TAI YUEN STREET IN WAN CHAI FOR ANOTHER THREE WEEKS FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 9) AS ROAD WORKS THERE HAVE YET TO BE COMPLETED.

ALL VEHICLES EXCEEDING FOUR TONNES GROSS HAVE NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SECTION OF TAI YUEN STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND CROSS STREET SINCE SEPTEMBER 29.

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ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT TAXI RESTRICTED ZONE ON CHI FU ROAD IN ABERDEEN WILL BE EXTENDED FOR 165 METRES NORTHWARD ON THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE AND FOR 80 METRES SOUTHWARD ON THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE.

NO TAXI WILL BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN ABERDEEN M * * *

THE SECTION OF SAI ON STREET BETWEEN CHENGTU ROAD AND TUNG «?ING ROAD IN ABERDEEN WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 9) FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS FOR ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK.

THE SECTION OF TUNG SING ROAD BETWEEN SAI ON STREET AND WU PAK STREET WILL BE MADE A 24-HOUR PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE. THE MEASURE WILL AGAIN BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

WITHIN THE RESTRICTED ZONE, NO PUBLIC LIGHT BUS WILL BE ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS.

NO LEFT TURN ON JUNK BAY ROAD M * * *

VEHICLES ON JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHWEST BOUND WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 9) FROM TURNING LEFT TO LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND FOR ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

MOTORISTS FROM LAM TIN HEADING FOR LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND SHOULD USE KAI TIN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1987 • : 'I ' ' . i.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

UK URGED TO ALLOW HK TO REPATRIATE CERTAIN VR’s.......... 1

PROGRESS REPORT ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES SOUGHT ............... 2

HONG KONG MUST BE ALLOWED FLEXIBILITY ....................... 4

SCREENING SYSTEM SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ....................... 5

REPATRIATE ALL economic migrants ............................ 7

CLOSED CAMPS FaIL TO DETER .................................. 8

IMMEDIATE REVIEW OF II POLICY ADVOCATED...................... 9

TIME TO SEEK FUNDAMENTAL SOLUTION ......................... 10-

uk Backing out from its commitment ag«in ................... 11

FURTHER BIG REFUGEE EXODUS UNLIKELY ..................... 12

CHANGES TO PUBLICATIONS ORDINANCE PROPOSED ................. 13

UNIFORM TIME LIMIT FOR COMPANY nCCOUNTS SOUGHT ............. 16

LAW WILL ENHANCE HK'S TRaDE IMAGE .......................... 18

SCALE OF PROBLEM JUSTIFIES MEASURES.......................   20

INERTIA-SELLING MaDE ILLEGAL...............................  21

CALL FOR COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME TO BOOST VOTERS....... 22

PNEUMOCONIOSIS FUND LEVY REDUCED ........................... 2^

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POSITIVE STEP IN REDUCING DISEASE........................... 25

MINOR AMENDMENTS MADE TO PUBLIC HEALTH BILL................. 25

DISCRETION PROPOSED IN INSURiiNCE REQUIREMENTS ............. 26

TRUST FUND PROPOSED FOR SPORTS CENTRE .,.................... 28

MODEST GROWTH DESPITE DIFFICULT TRADE CLIMATE .............. 29

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RULES TO aVOID LEG. J, DEFENCE DUPLICATION .APPROVED..... JO

THREE BILLS PaSSED ......................................... 31

LONG-TERM SOLUTION RE..CHED CW BOaT WIVES.................   31

COMMITTEE TO ASSESS FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGES.......................................   J2

SaLE OF PUBLIC RENT;iL FLITS TO TENANTS IMPRACTICAL...... J5

-■-44.2 PER CENT CF ELECTORS REGISTERED.....................   J6

NO PLaNS to promote hospice care service in hk ... ...... 37

PLaNS TO EXPAND ENGLISH TEACHING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES j8

SEX EDUCATION OFFERED IN MOST SCHOOLS ...................... 39

SUFFICIENT STAFF TO DEAL WITH BORDER CROSSING TRAFFIC .. 40

PROBLEMS ARISE IN GRANTING NEW HOLIDAYS....................  41

NO FULL RECORD KEPT ON EMIGRATION........................... 42

ADVANTAGES IN TRADE WITH UK HaVE FaDED ....................  42

ABATTOIR aNCILLLIRY FACILITIES MAY BE MOVED ................ 43

REASONS FOR ROaD RESTRICTED ZONES EXPLAINED............ 44

PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF.OCTOBER EXTERNAL TRaDE.............  45

EASTERN HOSPITaL PROGRESS TO BE REVIEWED.....................   50

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPECIaL TRAFFIC PLANS.................. 50

SEMINAR CW CRIME PREVENTION ORGANISED ........................  51

CONTalNER STORaGE SITE TO LET................................   52

SOUTHERN STUDENTS ATTEND LEGCO MEETING .......................  52

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINaR ORGANISED FOR RESIDENTS ........... 53

GRANVILLE ROaD ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO GO.......................  54

FLUTE MaSTER CLASS TO BE HELD TOMORROW .......................  j4

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CONNAUGHT ROAD «...........................  55

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UK URGED TO ALLOW HK TO REPATRIATE CERTAIN VR’S

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THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ASKED IN QUITE FORCEFUL TERMS TO PURSUE THE POSSIBILITY OF ALLOWING HONG KONG TO REPATRIATE CERTAIN VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE ISSUE, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THESE REFUGEES WOULD BE THOSE WHO COULD NOT ESTABLISH THAT THEY MET A PARTICULAR DEFINITION - SUCH AS THAT THEY HAD BEEN PERSECUTED OR WOULD FACE PERSECUTION ON RETURN.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THIS WOULD BE A LONG-TERM SOLUTION, AND THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO BE REASONABLY SATISFIED THAT THOSE TO BE REPATRIATED WOULD NOT BE INHUMANELY TREATED ON THEIR RETURN.

IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR HONG KONG TO AGREE THAT IT MUST ACCEPT NON-REFUGEES, IN OTHER WORDS THOSE WHO COULD NOT ESTABLISH THAT THEY HAD REFUGEE STATUS, ECONOMIC MIGRANTS, WHEN IT HAD TO RETURN OTHER ILLEGAL ARRIVALS IN HONG KONG, SUCH AS PEOPLE FROM CHINA WHO HAD CLOSE RELATIVES HERE.

♦THERE ARE TWO THINGS IN PARTICULAR THAT WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS,♦ HE SAID.

♦THE FIRST IS THAT WE HAVE BEEN ASKING HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO RESETTLE MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG.

EMPHASIS WAS BEING PUT ON CERTAIN CATEGORIES, INCLUDING FAMILY REUNION CASES AND SOME OF THE SO-CALLED ♦HARD TO RESETTLE* CASES.

ABOUT 5 500 REFUGEES HAD BEEN HERE FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS AND AS MANY AS 1 600 FOR AS LONG AS FIVE YEARS.

THERE COULD BE NO DOUBT THAT THE EXTREMELY HELPFUL BRITISH INITIATIVE TO TAKE ABOUT 500 REFUGEES HAD STIMULATED AN EXTREMELY GOOD RESPONSE AS FAR AS RESETTLEMENT GENERALLY WAS CONCERNED LAST YEAR.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID IT WAS DIFFICULT TO SAY HOW LARGE THAT RESPONSE HAD BEEN BECAUSE IT WAS NOT THAT EASY TO DETERMINE HOW MANY WOULD HAVE BEEN RESETTLED HAD THE INITIATIVE NOT TAKEN PLACE.

♦WE ARE PRETTY SURE THAT THE BRITISH INITIATIVE RESULTED IN AN EXTRA THOUSAND BEING RESETTLED AND WE WOULD PUT IT, FRANKLY, AT NEARLY 1 500.

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♦I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT OUR THANKS FOR THIS PARTICULARLY VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION WHICH HAD THIS PARTICULARLY VALUABLE CONSEQUENCE AS FAR AS RESETTLEMENT WAS CONCERNED LAST YEAR.

♦AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK, ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, ALL THOSE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES THAT RESPONDED SO NOBLY AND, I MIGHT ADD, THE OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR REFUGEES HERE FOR THE VERY GREAT HELP IT GAVE US ALSO IN THIS CONTEXT.♦

HOWEVER, HE SAID HE MUST AGREE THAT THE PROPECTS FOR 1987 DID NOT LOOK GOOD. BUT, GIVEN THE EXPERIENCE IN 1986, THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT A GOOD EXAMPLE BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WOULD TRIGGER OFF ANOTHER GOOD RESPONSE FROM THE OTHER RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES.

REFERRING TO THE POSSIBILITY OF REPATRIATION, WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN PURSUING, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THIS WAS SEEN AS THE ONLY VIABLE LONG-TERM SOLUTION. BUT HE STRESSED THAT REPATRIATION MUST BE VOLUNTARY.

♦IN OTHER WORDS, THOSE WHO ARE ESTABLISHED AS NON-REFUGEES, MUST VOLUNTEER TO RETURN.♦

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE ADMINISTRATION APPRECIATED THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY MEMBERS, AND IT WOULD BE REPORTING ON WHAT THEY HAD SAID ON REPATRIATION TO LONDON.

♦I CAN ASSURE MEMBERS THAT WE WILL BE CONSIDERING, OR IN MANY CASES RECONSIDERING, THE VARIOUS OTHER POINTS THEY HAVE RAISED,* HE ADDED.

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PROGRESS REPORT ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES SOUGHT K M X * H

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN REQUESTED TO PROVIDE TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WITHIN SIX MONTHS A REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF A SEARCH FOR A DEFINITE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

THE REQUEST WAS MADE BY THE HON RITA FAN TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN LEADING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HER CAPACITY AS CONVENOR OF THE AD HOC GROUP ON THE SUBJECT.

MRS FAN SAID MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE HAD BEEN URGING FOR MORE POSITIVE MEASURES FOR SOME YEAR, AND WERE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED AT THE LACK OF POSITIVE ACTION AND SENSE OF URGENCY ON THE PART OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT.

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+WE REQUEST THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO URGE HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT MOST VIGOROUSLY TO TAKE UP THE INITIATIVE IN RESETTLEMENT AND IN NEGOTIATING WITH THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES FOR REPATRI ATI ON,+ SHE SAID.

SHE SAID SHE BELIEVED MOST STRONGLY THAT BRITAIN HAD A DUTY TO TAKE UP THIS ROLE.

♦THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR IT TO SHOW THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THAT IT IS GENUINELY CONCERNED ABOUT THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG THROUGH POSITIVE AND DECISIVE ACTION,+ SHE SAID.

MRS FAN SAID CONTINUOUS RESTTLEMENT WAS THE SHORT-TERM SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG. THE LONG-TERM SOLUTION WAS TO REPATRIATE ECONOMIC MIGRANTS TO VIETNAM ON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE TREATED INHUMANELY.

♦THIS REQUIRES AGREEMENT BY THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES AND CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED THROUGH DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS.

♦AS THIS IS A MATTER OF FOREIGN POLICY HONG KONG HAS NO RIGHT TO TACKLE THE MATTER DIRECTLY. WE HAVE TO RELY ON HMG TAKING UP THIS MATTER WITH THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITlES,♦ MRS FAN SAID.

SHE ALSO NOTED THAT IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR BRITAIN HAD HALTED ITS INTAKE OF REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG UNDER THE FAMILY REUNION PROGRAMME.

IN MID-DECEMBER LAST YEAR, MAJOR RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES INDICATED THAT THEIR REFUGEE INTAKE FROM HONG KONG WAS TO BE REDUCED AS THEY WAITED FOR BRITAIN TO TAKE THE LEAD. THEY EXPECTED BRITAIN TO SET AN EXAMPLE IN ACCEPTING REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG.

♦THIS IS NOT UNREASONABLE AS HONG KONG IS A BRITISH-ADMINISTERED TERRITORY AND THEREFORE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BRITAIN,+ SHE SAID.

THE LACK OF COMMITMENT BY BRITAIN COULD BE VIEWED AS RELUCTANCE TO SHOULDER THIS RESPONSIBILITY, RESULTING IN HONG KONG HAVING TO FACE INCREASING SOCIAL PRESSURE AND HEAVY FINANCIAL BURDEN.

BRITAIN MUST SURELY REALISE THE IMPACT AND THE EFFECT OF ITS ACTION, AND HOW IT WOULD BE INTERPRETED BY OTHER COUNTRIES AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, SHE ADDED.

♦UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, THE MOST LOGICAL AND HONOURABLE THING TO DO IS FOR HMG TO MAKE A DEFINITE COMMITMENT ON THE NUMBER OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IT WILL TAKE FROM HONG KONG IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THEREBY SHOWING TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ITS WILLINGNESS TO FULFIL ITS RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS HONG KONG AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO AN INTERNATIONAL PROBLEM,+ SHE SAID.

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HONG KONG MUST BE ALLOWED FLEXIBILITY M * * X M

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MUST AT LEAST ALLOW HONG KONG TO IMPLEMENT THE FIRST ASYLUM CONCEPT IN A FLEXIBLE MANNER IF THE TERRITORY IS TO EFFECTIVELY CONTAIN OR ALLEVIATE ITS REFUGEE PROBLEM, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, DR HO SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SET UP A SCREENING UNIT UNDER THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE THE STATUS OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ARRIVING HERE.

♦THOSE ARRIVALS, WHO CAN SATISFY THE IMMIGRATION OFFICERS OF THEIR STATUS AS GENUINE REFUGEES, WILL BE GIVEN SANCTUARY AND BE ACCOMMODATED IN CLOSED CAMPS, PENDING SUBSEQUENT PERMANENT RESETTLEMENT OVERSEAS.

♦THOSE ARRIVALS WHO FAIL TO PROVE THEIR REFUGEE STATUS WILL BE DETAINED IN OUR CLOSED CAMPS TO WAIT FOR EVENTUAL REPATRIATION,+ DR HO SAID.

HE FELT THAT THIS MEASURE WOULD BE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COMMUNITY.

DR HO NOTED THAT AFTER HAVING ACCEPTED 457 REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG LAST YEAR, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD DISCONTINUED ITS FAMILY REUNION PROGRAMME FOR THE RESETTLEMENT OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

THIS NEGATIVE POLICY DECISION WAS DETRIMENTAL TO HONG KONG’S RESETTLEMENT PLANS AND HAD MADE OTHER COUNTRIES RECONSIDER THEIR RESETTLEMENT OFFERS, HE SAID.

♦IT IS DIFFICULT FOR US TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE UNITED KINGDOM CAN SUSPEND ITS OFFTAKE OF REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG AND, AT THE SAME TIME, THRUST UPON US THE OBLIGATION OF OBSERVING THE FIRST ASYLUM CONCEPT BY VIRTUE OF ITS SOVEREIGNTY AUTHOR!TY,+ HE SAID.

UNDER THE FIRST ASYLUM CONCEPT, THE FIRST ASYLUM COUNTRIES WOULD ACCEPT ALL REFUGEES LANDING ON THEIR SHORES AND WOULD NOT TOW THEIR BOATS BACK TO SEA. THE MAIN RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES WOULD THEN PROCESS THE REFUGEES IN AN ORDERLY FASHION AND FIND THEM PERMANENT HOMES.

DR HO SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD FAITHFULLY ABIDED BY THE AGREEMENT UNDERLYING THE FIRST ASYLUM CONCEPT AND HAD ALL THE TIME BEEN ALLOWING BOAT REFUGEES TO LAND ON ITS SHORES.

IRONICALLY, THE RESETTLEMENT RATES FOR REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG ARE MUCH LOWER THAN THOSE FROM OTHER FIRST ASYLUM COUNTRIES. IT APPEARS THEREFORE THAT WE HAVE BEEN EXPLOITED AND PENALISED FOR OUR HUMANITARIAN APPROACH TO THE BOAT REFUGEES,♦ HE SAID.

/DR HO

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DR HO POINTED OUT THAT UNITED KINGDOM HAD A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR AND A COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG. THEREFORE, HE ASKED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO PERMIT HONG KONG TO MAKE ITS OWN DECISION WHEN THE ISSUE UNDER CONSIDERATION WAS OF VITAL INTEREST TO ITS PEOPLE.

HE ADDED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MUST BE URGED TO ACCEPT FROM HONG KONG A REALISTIC NUMBER OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WITH THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS!

(I) THOSE HAVING RELATIVES (IN THE ORIENTAL SENSE OF THE TERM) IN UNITED KINGDOM?

(II) THOSE HAVING BEEN EARLIER SELECTED BY UNITED KINGDOM FOR RESETTLEMENT BUT REJECTED THE OFFERS? AND

(III) THE *HARD-TO-RESETTLE* REFUGEES, NOTABLY THOSE FROM NORTH VIETNAM OR ECONOMIC MIGRANTS.

DR HO ALSO SAID THAT AS A LONG-TERM SOLUTION, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT MUST BE URGED TO INITIATE DIPLOMATIC NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT REGARDING REPATRIATION OF REFUGEES.

+TO BE EFFECTIVE IN THIS DIPLOMATIC ENDEAVOUR, HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT MIGHT WELL BE ADVISED TO PERSUADE OTHER COUNTRIES AND THE UNHCR TO JOIN IN THE NEGOTIATIONS,* HE SAID.

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SCREENING SYSTEM SHOULD BE CONSIDERED X I * * M

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER SETTING UP A STRINGENT ^SCREENING SYSTEM* TO PROCESS VIETNAMESE REFUGEES COMING TO HONG KONG SO THAT ONLY +POLITICAL+ REFUGEES WOULD BE ACCEPTED IN FUTURE, THE HON HUI YIN-FAT SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE, MR HUI SAID THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD CONTINUED TO EMPLOY DELAYING TACTICS IN HANDLING THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES PROBLEM. IT HAD TIME AND AGAIN IGNORED THE FEELINGS OF LOCAL PEOPLE AND ALSO THE TWO REQUESTS REFLECTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THROUGH THE LATE GOVERNOR AND THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY.

HE SAID THIS HAD INEVITABLY CAST DOUBT UPON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S PROMISE TO +LOOK AFTER THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE*.

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MR HUI NOTED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD, SINCE THE INFLUX OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES INTO HONG KONG IN 1975, OBLIGED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO ACT AS A +PLACE OF FIRST ASYLUM+.

HE RECALLED THAT AT THE TIME THE GOVERNMENT HAD AGREED TO ACCEPT THE REFUGEES ON THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY WOULD BE RESETTLED IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD NOT ONLY FAILED TO DO ITS BEST TO ALLEVIATE HONG KONG’S BURDEN BY ACCEPTING A REALISTIC NUMBER OF REFUGEES, BUT HAD ALSO INDULGED IN PROCRASTINATION.

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD PROCRASTINATED IN MAKING KNOWN ITS STANCE ON WHETHER IT WOULD TAKE THE LEAD IN INCREASING THE REFUGEE INTAKE AND ON HOW THE REFUGEE PROBLEM COULD BE SOLVED, HE SAID.

MR HUI ALSO SAID IT WAS ANNOYING THAT WHEN THE GOVERNMENT WAS OBLIGED TO ADOPT THE +CLOSED CAMP+ POLICY IN JULY 1982, IN THE FACE OF A CONTINUING INFLUX OF REFUGEES AND DETERIORATING PROSPECTS FOR RESETTLEMENT, SOME BRITISH POLITICIANS HAD CRITICISED THE POLICY AS INHUMANE.

THIS HAD PLACED THE GOVERNMENT INTO A DILEMMA OVER ITS REFUGEE POLICY.

MR HUI NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD STATED THAT IN DEALING WITH THE ISSUE EVERYTHING DEPENDED VERY MUCH ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S ATTITUDE.

SINCE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD REFUSED TO MAKE A GREATER COMMITMENT AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL COULD NOT SIMPLY STAND BY WITH FOLDED ARMS, HE FELT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INITIATE MEASURES OF ITS OWN OR COMPEL THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO TAKE SPECIFIC ACTIONS.

MR HUI STRESSED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD RESUME TAKING THE LEAD IN ACCEPTING MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG SO AS TO INDUCE THE THREE MAIN RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES, THE UNITED STATES, CANADA AND AUSTRALIA, TO CHANGE THEIR MIND AND NOT REDUCE THEIR 1987 IN TAKES.

HE ALSO URGED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE RECENT RESHUFFLE IN THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT TO NEGOTIATE A GUARANTEE THAT THOSE REFUGEES WHO MIGHT RETURN HOME OF THEIR OWN WILL OR BE REPATRIATED WOULD NOT BE ILL-TREATED.

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REPATRIATE ALL ECONOMIC MIGRANTS * * * M *

ALL ECONOMIC MIGRANTS FROM VIETNAM SHOULD BE REPATRIATED, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID IT WAS NOW BECOMING INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO RESETTLE NORTH VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AS MOST OF THEM WERE CONSIDERED TO BE IN THE CATEGORY OF ECONOMIC MIGRANTS AND NOT GENUINE REFUGEES FLEEING FROM PERSECUTION.

THEREFORE, THE TIME HAD COME FOR PARALLEL ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY BOTH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN TACKLING THE PROBLEM.

♦THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD MORE POSITIVELY EXPLORE ALL POSSIBLE AVENUES TO URGE THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT — WHICH . INCIDENTALLY HAS RECENTLY HAD A CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP — TO ACCEPT REPATRIATION FROM HONG KONG OF ALL ECONOMIC MIGRANTS WHO COME FROM VIETNAM, NORTH AND SOUTH,♦ HE SAID.

FORWARD

BUT SHOULD ALSO ENLIST

HE SAID THE FOREIGN OFFICE SHOULD NOT ONLY SEEK TO PUT ITS VIEW DIRECT TO THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT, BUT BnGuuU ruov cnuiai THE GOOD OFFICES OF OTHER COUNTRIES WHICH Ha6 SOME DIALOGUE WITH v etnam S™,L^stralia' THE UNITED STATES AMD JAPAN» To negotiate WITH THE VIETNAMESE.

♦FURTHERMORE, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER IS EXPECTED TO VISIT RUSSIA IN THE COMING MONTHS’ COULD SHE NOT RAISE THE SUBJECT WITH THE RUSSIANS WHO HAVE STRONG TIES WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT?*

AS FOR HONG KONG, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE CLOSED-CAMP DETERRENT WAS BEGINNING SOMEWHAT TO RUN OUT OF STEAM, AND HONG KONG MUST NOW CONSIDER STRONGER ALTERNATIVES, SINCE BRITAIN HAD ADOPTED A DEFENSIVE AND NEGATIVE STANCE IN ACCEPTING MORE REFUGEES FROM THE TERRITORY.

♦I WOULD THEREFORE URGE THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO MAKE THE FIRM DECISION THAT WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT - THAT IS AS SOON AS THE LOGISTIC ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE COMPLETED •— ALL VIETNAMESE REFUGEES COMING TO HONG KONG WHO ARE NOT GENUINE POLITICAL REFUGEES, WILL BE REPATRIATED TO VIETNAM JUST AS SOON AS NEGOTIATIONS ARE FINALISED WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT,♦ HE SAID.

A PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED AND CLEAR-CUT STATEMENT OF POLICY TO THIS EFFECT SHOULD HELP TO STEM THE INCREASING TIDE OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHO WERE PLANNING OR WANTED TO COME TO HONG KONG.

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IT MIGHT BE ARGUED BY THE GOVERNMENT THAT SUCH MEASURES COULD CREATE SECURITY RISKS, AND THAT SUCH MEASURES OUGHT NOT TO BE TAKEN UNTIL AFTER NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT WERE MORE OR LESS COMPLETED, HE SAID.

+BUT I CAN ARGUE WITH EQUAL FORCE THAT THE CURRENT SITUATION IS CRITICAL ENOUGH FOR THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER TAKING STRONGER ACTION IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR 5.5 MILLION HONG KONG CITIZENS WHO LIVE IN ONE OF THE MOST OVERCROWDED CITIES IN THE WORLD,* HE SAID.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ADDED THAT IT WAS BECOMING MORE AND MORE ILLOGICAL AND INCONSISTENT, POLICY-WISE, FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE WITH ITS PRESENT POLICY OF REPATRIATING ALL CHINESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHEREAS ALL VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WERE TAKEN IN WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

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CLOSED CAMPS FAIL TO DETER X * X X

THE HON POON CHI-FAI TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW ITS POLICY ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND TO REFUSE TO CONTINUE ACCOMMODATING ECONOMIC REFUGEES FROM VIETNAM.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, MR POON SAI Di

+ IF SUCH REFUSAL IS ALLEGED TO BE INHUMANE, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK WHETHER IT IS HUMANE TO USE THE EXISTING CLOSED CAMPS AND TO REPATRIATE THE BOAT BRIDES AND CHILD ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.*

MR POON SAID CLOSED CAMPS HAD FAILED TO ACHIEVE ANY DETERRENT EFFECT, AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND OTHER RESOURCES WERE BEING SPENT ON HOUSING AND TAKING CARE OF THE REFUGEES.

+HENCE IT CAN BE SAID THAT WE HAVE DONE OUR VERY BEST AND ALL THAT WE CAN DO,+ HE SAID.

IN DECIDING ITS POLICY ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, MR POON SAID HONG KONG SHOULD ALSO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE PROBLEMS NOW FACED BY THE TERRITORY, THE CAPABILITY WHICH IT COULD AFFORD AND WHETHER SUCH A POLICY WOULD BE HARMFUL TO STABILITY AND PROSPERITY.

IT WOULD BE UNREALISTIC AND UNFAIR TO ALLEGE THAT HONG KONG WAS INHUMANE JUST BECAUSE IT WOULD NOT CONTINUE TO ACCEPT VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

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♦IN FACT, THE MOST INHUMANE COUNTRIES ARE THOSE WHICH CAUSED THE EXODUS OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN THE FIRST PLACE,♦ HE SAID.

♦SECOND ON THE LIST WOULD BE THOSE COUNTRIES WITH VAST EXPANSE OF LAND AND VAST RESOURCES, YET WHICH DECLINED TO ACCEPT MORE REFUGEES.*

MR POON SAID HE WAS DISAPPOINTED AND DISSATISFIED WITH THOSE COUNTRIES WHICH EMPHASISED HUMANITY ON THE ONE HAND WHILE REFUSING TO ACCEPT MORE REFUGEES ON THE OTHER.

VIETNAMESE REFUGEES HAD NOW BECOME A HEAVY BURDEN IN HONG KONG AND AFFECTED, TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, SOCIAL WELFARE, HOUSING, TRANSPORT, EDUCATION, MEDICAL SERVICES AND EVEN OVERALL STABILITY AND PROSPERITY.

THEREFORE, HE HOPED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, FORMULATE A MORE APPROPRIATE POLICY CONCERNING VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

IMMEDIATE REVIEW OF II POLICY ADVOCATED ft * ft ft *

THE GOVERNMENT WAS URGED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE HON HO SAI-CHU TO IMMEDIATELY REVIEW ITS POLICY TOWARDS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA AND VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

♦IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY UNFAIR TO HONG KONG IF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WERE ALLOWED TO STAY HERE FOR A LONG TIME AND SHARE OUR LIMITED RESOURCES,♦ MR HO SAID DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

BY REPATRIATING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA AND ACCEPTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM VIETNAM WITHOUT A GOOD CAUSE, HONG KONG WOULD DEFINITELY BE ACCUSED OF FAVOURING THE LATTER AND BEING PREJUDICED AGAINST THE FORMER, HE SAID.

♦I WOULD CALL ON THE GOVERNMENT TO IMMEDIATELY REVIEW THE REPATRIATION POLICY TO ENSURE A FAIR AND UNIFORM STANDARD IN IMPLEMENTATION,* HE ADDED.

HE ALSO CALLED ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO TAKE THE LEAD IN INCREASING ITS QUOTA FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES SO AS TO ENCOURAGE OTHER RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES TO FOLLOW SUIT.

/THE BRITISH

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THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD START TO TALK WITH THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO FIND A WAY TO COMPLETELY RESOLVE THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FLOODING INTO HONG KONG FROM VIETNAM, HE SAID.

THE CHANCE OF OVERSEAS RESETTLEMENT IN THE NEAR FUTURE FOR MANY REFUGEES WHO HAD BEEN STRANDED HERE FOR YEARS WAS VERY REMOTE, WHILE THE NUMBER OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ARRIVING AT HONG KONG HAD INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY.

MOREOVER, THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT MOST OF THESE NEWCOMERS WERE NOT POLITICAL REFUGEES BUT RATHER ECONOMIC MIGRANTS, HE SAID.

♦I MUST POINT OUT THAT WE MAY HAVE NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE BUT TO CONSIDER TAKING TOUGHER MEASURES IF THERE IS STILL NO SIGN OF IMPROVEMENT IN THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM,+ HE SAID.

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TIME TO SEEK FUNDAMENTAL SOLUTION M * M * *

HONG KONG SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO DEVISE ITS OWN SOLUTION TO THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM IF BRITAIN IS UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO FORMULATE A SUITABLE RESOLUTION OF THE ISSUE, THE HON JACKIE CHAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE, MR CHAN CALLED UPON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO CLARIFY ITS POSITION AND MAKE KNOWN ITS POLICY.

MR CHAN SAID HE HAD ORIGINALLY PINNED HIS HOPES ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TAKING THE LEAD IN RESETTLING MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

♦HOWEVER, THIS SEEMS TO BE TOO MUCH OF WISHFUL THINKING. AS THINGS NOW LOOK, WE HAVE TO DEPEND UPON OURSELVES TO RESOLVE OUR OWN PROBLEM,♦ HE SAID.

NOTING THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE HAD BEEN CONFRONTING THE PROBLEM FOR OVER 10 YEARS, HE FELT THAT THE TIME HAD COME TO SEEK A FUNDAMENTAL SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM.

HOWEVER, MR CHAN STILL HOPED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WOULD CONDUCT INFORMAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES AND SEEK A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION.

HE ALSO ASKED THE UNITED NATIONS TO RE-DEFINE THE MEANING OF ♦VIETNAMESE REFUGEES*.

/HU CHAN.........

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MR CHAN SAID THAT WHILE THE NEED TO EXPAND EDUCATION, PURCHASE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, CONSTRUCT OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES AND PROVIDE CARE FOR THE HANDICAPPED HAD NOT BEEN MET DUE TO BUDGETARY DEFICITS, THE GOVERNMENT WAS OBLIGED TO SPEND OVER $100 MILLION A YEAR IN LOOKING AFTER A MULTITUDE OF VIETNAMESE WHO MADE NO CONTRIBUTION TO HONG KONG AND HAD NO SENSE OF BELONGING.

♦THIS IS GROSSLY UNFAIR TO THE NEEDY PEOPLE OF HONG KONG,* HE ADDED.

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UK BACKING OUT FROM ITS COMMITMENT AGAIN * * M M *

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WOULD BE REGARDED AS A LAME DUCK GOVERNMENT IF IT CANNOT PERSUADE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO CHANGE ITS ATTITUDE ON THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES HERE, THE HON LEE YU-TAI SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, MR LEE SAID SINCE HE JOINED THE COUNCIL 15 MONTHS AGO, BRITAIN HAD LET DOWN THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON AT LEAST TWO MAJOR ISSUES.

HE SAID THE ORDER IN COUNCIL WENT THROUGH PARLIAMENT LAST APRIL, WHICH DEPRIVED THE MINORITY PEOPLE OF HONG KONG OF THEIR ONLY HOPE FOR AN EFFECTIVE NATIONALITY.

♦THIS IRRESPONSIBLE DECISION OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WAS TAKEN IN SPITE OF A UNANIMOUS DEMAND BY THIS COUNCIL AND STRONG REPRESENTATIONS BY THE INDIANS,* HE SAID.

MR LEE NOTED THAT BRITAIN WAS AGAIN TRYING TO BACK OUT FROM A COMMITMENT, AS NO ANSWER HAD YET BEEN GIVEN TO THE REQUEST BY HONG KONG FOR THE CONTINUATION OF RESETTLEMENT FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES.

♦HAVING BEEN LET DOWN ON TWO IMPORTANT ISSUES, HOW CAN THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WHICH REPRESENTED THEM IN THE NEGOTIATION OF THE FUTURE OF THE TERRITORY?* HE ASKED.

THEREFORE, MR LEE PROPOSED THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SHOULD PERSUADE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO TAKE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG, AT AN ANNUAL QUOTA OF NOT LESS THAN 500.

/HE ALSO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1987


HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SHOULD ASK THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO OBTAIN AN ASSURANCE FROM VIETNAM THAT REFUGEES WOULD NOT BE TREATED INHUMANELY ON REPATRIATION TO THE COUNTRY AND, FOLLOWING THE ASSURANCE, THAT ALL FUTURE REFUGEES BE REPATRIATED TO VIETNAM.

MR LEE SAID THAT BRITAIN HAD NEVER BEEN HELPFUL IN GRANTING RESETTLEMENT, BUT VISITORS FROM BRITAIN HAD HOWEVER HARSHLY ATTACKED THE CLOSED CAMP POLICY, IN PUBLIC DOCUMENTS SUCH AS THE REFUGEE ACTION REPORT.

+ IT IS EASY TO SAY KIND THINGS BY WORD OF MOUTH AND DENOUNCE OTHER PEOPLE BUT GIVE THEM NO HELP AT ALL,* HE SAID.

MR LEE NOTED THAT VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WERE LIKELY TO BE LEFT BEHIND IN HONG KONG FOR PROLONGED PERIODS AND CONSTITUTE A HEAVY BURDEN ON RESOURCES WHICH COULD AMOUNT TO HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR.

HE SAID HE FELT THAT IT WAS BLATANT INJUSTICE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THAT VIETNAMESE HAD COME HERE WITH THE MOTIVE OF A BETTER LIFE, BUT THE ENORMOUS BURDEN THEY IMPOSED ON HONG KONG RESOURCES MIGHT LOWER OUR OWN LIVING STANDARD.

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FURTHER BIG REFUGEE EXODUS UNLIKELY *****

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE A TOUGHER STAND IN URGING BRITAIN TO INCREASE ITS INTAKE OF VIETNAMESE REFUGESS, THE HON LIU LIT-FOR SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE, MR LIU ALSO URGED BRITAIN TO EXPEDITE THE PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS BY VIETNAMESE REFUGEES SEAKING EMIGRATION.

HE ALSO SAID THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN VIETNAM WAS BECOMING MORE STABLE AND POLITICAL PERSECUTION WERE BEING TONED DOWN, MAKING A FURTHER BIG EXODUS OF REFUGEES UNLIKELY.

+HENCE, EVEN IF HONG KONG DECLARES THAT IT WILL NO LONGER PROVIDE ANY SHELTER FOR REFUGEES, I BELIEVE IT WILL NOT BE ACCUSED OF BEING INHUMANE BY OTHER COUNTRIES,* HE ADDED.

MR LIU SAID THE REMAINING PROBLEM WAS HOW TO DEAL WITH THOSE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHO WERE NOT ABLE, AND PERHAPS WOULD NEVER BE ABLE, TO LEAVE HONG KONG.

Ahis problem.........

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THIS PROBLEM COULD NOT BE RESOLVED SIMPLY BY THE PASSIVE APPROACH OF ESTABLISHING CLOSED CAMPS. THE GOVERNMENT SHOUD ADOPT A MORE POSITIVE APPROACH.

HE SAID THAT SETTING UP CLOSED CAMPS WAS NOT ECONOMICAL.

♦SINCE THE REFUGEES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WORK, NATURALLY THEY ARE NON-PRODUCTIVE AND HAVE NO INCOME, THUS BECOMING A HEAVY BURDEN FOR THE GOVERNMENT,♦ HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD SPENT MORE THAN 1100 MILLION ON CARING FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES LAST YEAR.

IF THE REFUGEES ARE ALLOWED TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT UNDER CONTROLLED CONDITIONS, THE GOVERNMENT MAY SAVE THE ABOVE EXPENSES WHILE THE REFUGEES COULD EARN THEIR LI VI NG,+ HE SAID.

IN VIEW OF THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND THE HIGH EMPLOYMENT RATE IN HONG KONG, HE BELIEVED SUCH A PROPOSAL WOULD NOT AFFECT THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

MR LIU ALSO NOTED THAT NUMEROUS REFUGEE CHILDREN WERE REACHING SCHOOL AGE.

IF THESE CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ATTEND SCHOOL, THEY WILL BECOME ILLITERATES WHO WILL HAVE DIFFICULTIES IN SEEKING JOBS AND ADJUSTING TO THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT NO MATTER WHETHER THEY ARE TO EMIGRATE OVERSEAS OR STAY IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

THE LONGER REFUGEES LIVED IN CLOSED CAMPS, THE MORE DIFFICULT IT WOULD BE FOR THEM TO ADAPT TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD.

ON HUMANITARIAN GROUNDS, WE CANNOT LET THEM LIVE IN THESE CLOSED CAMPS FOREVER,+ MR LIU SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED SHOULD CONDUCT STUDIES NOW WITH A VIEW TO FINDING SOME PROPER SOLUTIONS BECAUSE, EVENTUALLY, HONG KONG HAD TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM ON ITS OWN.

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CHANGES TO PUBLICATIONS ORDINANCE PROPOSED

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TWO BILLS WHICH SEEK TO REPEAL THE PROVISIONS OF THE CONTROL OF PUBLICATIONS CONSOLIDATION ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE CONTROL OF NEWPAPERS WERE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE CONTROL OF PUBLICATIONS CONSOLIDATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, SAID TABLING OF THE BILLS FOLLOWED THE COMPLETION OF A REVIEW OF THE FORMER ORDINANCE BY THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION.

/MR FORD

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MR FORD SUMMARISED THE PRINCIPAL CONTROL SECTIONS OF THE ORDINANCE WHICH THE ADMINISTRATION SOUGHT TO REPEALi

* SECTION 3 WHICH MADE IT AN OFFENCE TO PRINT OR PUBLISH A PUBLICATION WHICH INDUCED THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME OR A PERSON TO JOIN AN UNLAWFUL SOCIETY»

* SECTION 4 WHICH PERMITTED A COURT TO SUPPRESS A NEWSPAPER AFTER THE CONVICTION OF ITS PRINTER, PUBLISHER OR EDITOR FOR CERTAIN SPECIFIED CRIMES SUCH AS TREASON, CRIMINAL LIBEL AND OTHER OFFENCES RELATING TO THE MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ORDER AND SAFETY’

* SECTION 5 WHICH PROVIDED POWERS TO PROHIBIT THE IMPORTATION OF PUBLICATIONS THAT WERE LIKELY TO HARM LOCAL SECURITY OR ADVERSELY AFFECT PUBLIC ORDER, SAFETY, HEALTH OR MORALS ?

K SECTION 6 WHICH MADE IT AN OFFENCE MALICIOUSLY TO PUBLISH IN ANY LOCAL NEWSPAPER FALSE NEWS WHICH WAS LIKELY TO ALARM PUBLIC OPINION OR DISTURB PUBLIC ORDER;

* SECTIONS 8 AND 9 WHICH ALLOWED THE REGISTRAR OF NEWSPAPERS TO REFUSE OR TO SUSPEND THE REGISTRATION OF NEWSPAPERS OR NEWS AGENCIES THAT WERE CONNECTED WITH NEWSPAPERS WHICH HAD BEEN SUPPRESSED UNDER SECTION 4; AND

* SECTION 10 WHICH PROVIDED FOR THE SEIZURE AND FORFEITURE OF PRINTING PRESSES USED IN CONTRAVENTION OF REGULATIONS MADE UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

♦SINCE 1951, THE SUPPRESSION PROVISIONS HAVE BEEN USED MOST SPARINGLY AND NOT AT ALL SINCE 1967 WHEN THREE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS WERE SUSPENDED FOR SIX MONTHS FOLLOWING THE CONVICTION OF THEIR PUBLISHERS, PRINTERS AND EDITORS ON SEDITION CHARGES,+ MR FORD SAID.

♦THE OTHER CONTROL PROVISIONS HAVE STOOD ON THE STATUTE BOOK BUT HAVE RARELY BEEN USED.

♦INDEED, IT IS DIFFICULT TO ENVISAGE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH WOULD JUSTIFY THEIR USE, OTHER THAN IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION.

♦THE EXISTING EMERGENCY REGULATIONS PROVIDE SIMILAR POWERS SHOULD THEY BE REQUIRED.+

MR FORD SAID THE RECENT REVIEW HAD SHOWN THAT THE CONTROL PROVISIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE WERE, TO A LARGE EXTENT, DUPLICATED IN OTHER ORDINANCES.

/+R)R EXAMPLE.........

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♦FOR EXAMPLE, THE IMPORTATION OF OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS IS CURRENTLY COVERED BY THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS ORDINANCEINCITEMENT TO COMMIT AN OFFENCE BY THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE AND INDUCEMENT TO JOIN AN UNLAWFUL SOCIETY BY THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE.♦

IT IS CLEAR THAT THE RETENTION OF THE CONTROL PROVISIONS OF THE CONTROL OF PUBLICATIONS CONSOLIDATION ORDINANCE IS UNDESIRABLE, MR FORD SAID.

IT WAS THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT THESE CONTROL PROVISIONS, TOGETHER WITH CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO THE RELEVANT SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION, BE REPEALED.

MR FORD POINTED OUT THAT THE MALICIOUS PUBLICATION OF FALSE NEWS WHICH WAS LIKELY TO ALARM PUBLIC OPINION OR DISTURB PUBLIC ORDER WAS A SERIOUS MATTER NOT PRESENTLY COVERED IN OTHER LEGISLATION AND SHOULD BE RETAINED ON THE STATUTE BOOK BECAUSE THE PRESS HAD A DUTY TO THE COMMUNITY NOT TO ACT IRRESPONSIBLY.

BUT SINCE THIS ASPECT OF CONTROL RELATED TO THE MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC ORDER, IT WAS APPROPRIATE THAT A COMPENSATORY PROVISION BE MADE IN THE PUBLIC ORDER ORDINANCE, HE SAID.

THIS WAS ACHIEVED IN THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE THROUGH A NEW CLAUSE.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT RELATED THE OFFENCE OF PUBLIC MISCHIEF MORE SPECIFICALLY TO BOMB HOAXES.

TURNING TO THE REGISTRATION PROVISIONS IN THE CONTROL OF PUBLICATIONS CONSOLIDATION ORDINANCE, MR FORD NOTED THAT THE REQUIREMENT FOR NEWS AGENCIES AND ALL LOCAL NEWSPAPERS TO BE REGISTERED AND FOR LOCAL DISTRIBUTORS OF NEWSPAPERS TO BE LICENSED HAD PROVED USEFUL FOR ENFORCING THE CRIMINAL LAW (BOTH STATUTE AND COMMON) AFFECTING THE PRESS.

HE CITED EXAMPLES OF CONTEMPT OF COURT UNDER THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE, PUBLISHING OBSCENE MATERIAL UNDER THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS ORDINANCE AND SEDITION UNDER THE CRIMES ORDINANCE.

THE REGISTRATION PARTICULARS WERE ALSO USEFUL FOR ORDINARY CITIZENS WHO SOUGHT TO BRING CIVIL ACTION AGAINST PUBLICATIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, FOR LIBEL OR BREACH OF COPYRIGHT. IT WAS THEREFORE PROPOSED TO RETAIN THE EXISTING REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS.

WITH REGARD TO THE PAYMENT OF A DEPOSIT REQUIRED UNDER THE ORDINANCE AS A PREREQUISITE TO REGISTRATION, MR FORD SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS SATISFIED THAT THIS REQUIREMENT MIGHT BE DISPENSED WITH.

/THE DEFINITION .......

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THE DEFINITION OF A ’NEWSPAPER’ WAS ALSO AMENDED TO EXCLUDE CERTAIN PUBLICATIONS WHICH NEED NOT BE REGISTERED.

MR FORD SAID THE LEVEL OF FEES WHICH HAD REMAINED UNALTERED SINCE 1951. HAD NOW BEEN REVISED TO BRING THEM IN LINE WITH THE OVERALL GOVERNMENT POLICY OF RECOVERING ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS WHEREVER POSSIBLE AND EQUATE THEM TO SIMILAR FEES AND CHARGES IN OTHER LEGISLATION.

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS WOULD RESULT IN THE ORDINANCE BEING CONFINED TO MATTERS RELATING TO THE REGISTRATION OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS. IT WAS THEREFORE APPROPRIATE THAT THE REVISED LEGISLATION BE RETITLED THE ’REGISTRATION OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS ORDINANCE’.

DEBATE ON THE TWO BILLS WAS ADJOURNED.

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UNIFORM TIME LIMIT FOR

MN*

COMPANY ACCOUNTS SOUGHT * *

A BILL SEEKING TO SHORTEN THE TIME LIMIT ALLOWED FOR THE SUBMISSION OF ANNUAL ACCOUNTS. INCREASE THE POWERS OF INSPECTORS AND CLARIFY A PROVISION IN THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE REGARDING THE PRIORITY OF DEBTS OF A COMPANY IN RECEIVERSHIP WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY. THE HON PIERS JACOBS. NOTED THAT THE tlME LIMIT ALLOWED UNDER THE PRESENT LEGISLATION FOR THE SUBMISSION OF ACCOUNTS TO ANY GENERAL MEETING OF A COMPANY WAS NINE MONTHS OR, IN THE CASE OF A COMPANY CARRYING ON BUSINESS OR HAVING INTERESTS ABROAD, 12 MONTHS.

MR JACOBS POINTED OUT THAT IN VIEW OF RECENT ADVANCES IN ACCOUNTING PRACTICE, ESPECIALLY THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH COMPUTERISATION, THESE TIME LIMITS WERE CONSIDERED TO BE TOO GENEROUS.

♦THE BILL THEREFORE PROPOSES A NEW UNIFORM TIME LIMIT OF SIX MONTHS FOR THE SUBMISSION OF ALL COMPANY ACCOUNTS. AND THESE ACCOUNTS WILL NEED TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE COMPANY’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING RATHER THAN TO ANY GENERAL MEETING.

♦BUT THE COURT MAY EXTEND THE TIME LIMIT, AND APPROVE SUBMISSION TO ANY GENERAL MEETING, IF FOR ANY REASON IT THINKS IT FIT TO DO SO.

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♦TO ALLOW FOR A REASONABLE TRANSITION, IT IS PROPOSED THAT THESE NEW REQUIREMENTS SHOULD NOT APPLY TO ANY PERIOD PRIOR TO THE FINANCIAL YEAR BEGINNING AFTER THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE ORDINANCE IF ENACTED,♦ HE SAID.

AS TO INSPECTORS’ POWERS, MR JACOBS SAID THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE IMPOSED A DUTY ON OFFICERS AND AGENTS OF A COMPANY UNDER INVESTIGATION BY AN INSPECTOR TO PRODUCE THE COMPANY’S BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS TO THE INSPECTOR.

HE SAID THE INSPECTOR WAS GIVEN CERTAIN POWERS TO EXAMINE THOSE PERSONS UNDER OATH, BUT EXPERIENCE HAD REVEALED THAT THESE POWERS WERE INADEQUATE.

♦FIRST, THE INSPECTOR HAS TO GO THROUGH THE TIME CONSUMING PROCESS OF APPLYING TO THE COURT IF HE WANTS TO EXAMINE ON OATH THIRD PARTIES WHO ARE NOT OFFICERS, AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY,♦ HE SAID.

♦SECOND, THE COURT DOES NOT HAVE EXPRESS POWERS TO ORDER THIRD PARTIES TO HAND ANY BOOKS OR DOCUMENTS TO THE INSPECTOR,♦ HE ADDED.

THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT, IF ENACTED, WOULD GIVE THE INSPECTOR AUTHORITY TO EXAMINE ON OATH ANY PERSON HE THOUGHT WAS, OR MIGHT BE, IN POSSESSION OF RELEVANT INFORMATION, AND TO REQUIRE SUCH PERSON TO PRODUCE BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS TO ASSIST IN THE INVESTIGATION.

THE BILL ALSO ADDED A NEW SECTION TO ENABLE THE INSPECTOR TO REQUIRE A DIRECTOR OF A COMPANY UNDER INVESTIGATION TO PRODUCE DOCUMENTS RELATING TO ACCOUNTS WHICH HE HELD IN A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION WHEN THE INSPECTOR HAD REASONABLE GROUNDS FOR BELIEVING THAT ANY UNDISCLOSED BUT RELEVANT TRANSACTIONS MIGHT HAVE TAKEN PLACE, MR JACOBS SAID.

ANOTHER PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD ENABLE AN INSPECTOR TO INFORM THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OF MATTERS TENDING TO SHOW THAT ANY CIVIL PROCEEDINGS OUGHT, IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, TO BE BROUGHT BY ANY BODY CORPORATE.

ON PRIORITIES FOR THE PAYMENT OF DEBTS IN THE WINDING UP OF A COMAPNY, MR JACOBS NOTED THAT THESE PRIORITIES WERE SET OUT IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION AND THESE SHOULD BE FOLLOWED IN CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE A RECEIVER WAS APPOINTED UNDER A DEBENTURE SECURED BY A FLOATING CHARGE.

THERE WAS DOUBT, HOWEVER, AS TO WHETHER THE SAME PRIORITIES CONTINUED TO APPLY, AS THEY SHOULD, WHEN, UPON THE CESSATION OF A BUSINESS, THE FLOATING CHARGE CRYSTALLISED AND BECAME A FIXED CHARGE, HE SAID.

/THE BILL........

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THE BILL SOUGHT TO AMEND THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE TO CLARIFY THIS POINT.

MR JACOBS SAID THE AMENDMENTS CONTAINED IN THIS BILL HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THOSE CONCERNED.

♦THE STANDING COMMITTEE HAS SO FAR PUBLISHED TWO REPORTS CONTAINING A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO AMEND THE ORDINANCE.

♦THOSE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN UP IN THE PRESENT BILL ARE El NG ACTIVELY PURSUED AND FURTHER AMENDMENTS WILL BE PUT TO THIS COUNCIL IN DUE COURSE.♦

MR JACOBS THEN THANKED THE STANDING COMMITTEE FOR THE VALUABLE AND WELL CONSIDERED ADVICE IT HAD GIVEN SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1984.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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LAW WILL ENHANCE HK’S TRADE IMAGE *****

THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, WHICH WILL ENHANCE HONG KONG'S IMAGE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE, WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, THE HON MARTIN LEE SAID A LEGCO AD HOC GROUP, OF WHICH HE WAS CONVENER, HAD EXAMINED THE BILL IN DETAIL AND PROPOSED SERVERAL AMENDMENTS WHICH WERE ALL ACCEPTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.

HE SAID MEMBERS OF THE AD HOC GROUP SUPPORTED THE BILL IN PRINCIPLE, AND IN PARTICULAR WELCOME THE PROVISIONS IN THE PROPOSED NEW SECTION 16C RELATING TO DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION TO TRADE MARK PROPRIETORS REGARDING SUSPECTED CONTRAVENTIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

♦THIS WILL ASSIST PLAINTIFF PROPRIETORS TO TAKE CIVIL ACTION AGAINST THOSE INVOLVED WITH SPURIOUS GOODS AND ACCORDINGLY WILL ENHANCE HONG KONG’S IMAGE IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE,♦ HE SAID.

ON SECTION 16A OF THE BILL, WHICH DEALS WITH THE ADMINISTRATION’S POWER TO DA7AIN SUSPECT GOODS IN ANY PREMISES OR CONTAINER, MR LEE SAID THAT WHILE THE AD HOC GROUP FULLY UNDERSTOOD THE ADMINISTRATION’S NEEDS TO PROTECT THE OWNER OF THE PREMISES OR CONTAINER AGAINST UNNECESSARY LOSSES AND TO REDUCE INCONVENIENCE.

/THE AD .......

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THE AD HOC GROUP WAS ASSURED THAT CASES OF DETENTION IN SITU HAD BEEN INFREQUENT IN THE PAST, AND THAT GOODS WERE USUALLY DETAINED FOR NO MORE THAN A FEW DAYS, HE NOTED.

HE THEREFORE CALLED FOR AN ADDITIONAL PROVISION TO REQUIRE THAT THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE OWNER OF THE PREMISES OR CONTAINER. OR HIS AUTHORISED AGENT, BE SOUGHT IF THE DETENTION PERIOD EXCEEDED A WEEK.

THIS SHOULD BE A SUFFICIENT SAFEGUARD AND BE SATISFACTORY TO ALL PARTIES CONCERNED, HE SAID.

REGARDING SECTION 16B, WHICH DEALS WITH THE POWERS OF ARREST AND ENTRY FOR AUTHORISED OFFICERS, MR LEE SAIDt *THIS PROVISION WILL STREAMLINE THE ENFORCEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION PROCEDURES INVOLVED IN IMPLEMENTING THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS ORDINANCE.*

ANTICIPATING THE BEST POSSIBLE DEPLOYMENT OF FINANCIAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES IN THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, HE SUGGESTED THE DEPARTMENT SHOULD CARRY OUT A VALUE-FOR-MONEY STUDY AS A FIRST STEP.

MR LEE ALSO NOTED THAT SECTION 30 AS DRAFTED CONTAINED NO OBLIGATION ON THE PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO INFORM THE OWNER OF SUSPECT GOODS OF ANY FORFEITURE PROCEEDINGS IF THE OWNER WAS NOT PROSECUTED.

+THE AD HOC GROUP CONSIDERED, HOWEVER, THAT UNLESS THE OWNER OF THE GOODS HAD INDICATED TO THE ADMINISTRATION THAT HE NEEDED NOT BE SO INFORMED, THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD PROVIDE A WRITTEN NOTIFICATION TO THE OWNER OF THE GOODS,* HE SAID.

+IN CASES WHEN THERE MAY BE MORE THAN ONE OWNER OF THE GOODS, IT SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO INFORM ONLY ONE OF THEM,* HE ADDED.

THE RELEVANT AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL PROPOSED BY THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP WERE MOVED BY THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM AT COMMITTEE STAGE.

WINDING UP DEBATE ON THE BILL, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON ERIC HO, THANKED MR LEE AND HIS COLLEAGUES FOR THE CAREFUL CONSIDERATION THAT HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THE MEASURE.

HE COMMENTED THAT THE AMENDMENTS MOVED BY MR CHUNG PUI-LAM AT COMMITTEE STAGE HAD BEEN WORKED OUT AMICABLY BY THE AD HOC GROUP AND THE ADMINISTRATION AT TWO VERY CONSTRUCTIVE MEETINGS.

/AS REGARDS .......

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AS REGARDS NOTIFICATION TO OWNERS OF GOODS SUBJECT TO FORFEITURE, MR HO GAVE AN ASSURANCE THAT IT WAS THE NORMAL PRACTICE OF THE CUSTOMS AUTHORITIES TO GIVE SUCH NOTIFICATION WHEREVER POSSIBLE.

MR HO ADDED« +THE AD HOC GROUP’S CONCERN ON THE NEED TO ENSURE THE COST-EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT OF RESOURCES IS SHARED BY THE ADMINISTRATION. A VALUE-FOR-MONEY STEERING GROUP WILL SHORTLY BE ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT. THIS WILL BE CHARGED WITH THE TASK OF EXAMINING STAFFING AND OTHER PROVISIONS THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT.+

SCALE OF PROBLEM JUSTIFIES MEASURES *****

CREATION OF AN OFFENCE AGAINST INERTIA-SELLING UNDER THE POST OFFICE ORDINANCE, RATHER THAN IN SEPARATE LEGISLATION, IS CONSIDERED TO BE MORE APPRCPRIATE AT THIS STAGE HAVING REGARD TO THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF ENFORCEMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON ERIC HO, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP DEBATE ON THE POST OF ICE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, bR HO ENDORSED COMMENTS MADE BY THE HON SELINA CHOW, AND AT OBSERVATIONS.

FIRST, ALTHOUGH MEANINGFUL STATISTICS ON THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS RECEIVED WERE NOT AVAILABLE, MEMBERS COULD BE SURE THAT THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM WAS SUFFICIENT TO JUSTIFY THE MEASURES PROPOSED IN THE BILL, HE SAID.

♦THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND MAJOR INDUSTRY ORGANISATIONS MVE BEEN CONSULTED AND THEY ARE ALSO IN SUPPORT OF THESE MEASURES.

SECOND, EXPERIENCE WITH INERTIA-SELLING ACTIVITIES SHOWED THAT THEY TENDED TO INVOLVE INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS AND IT MIGHT NOT THEREFORE BE FRUITFUL TO DRAW TOO FINE A DISTINCTION BETWEEN LOCALLY BASED AND FOREIGN COMPANIES.

♦INDEED, IN THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL FRAUD. THE PLACE WITH THE LEAST REGULATION TENDS TO ATTRACT THE ARTFUL DODGERS,* HE ADDED.

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INERTIA-SELLING MADE ILLEGAL * * * * *

THE POST OFFICE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, WHICH WILL SERVE BOTH TO DETER SWINDLERS WITHIN HONG KONG FROM ENGAGING IN INERTIA-SELLING AND -rO PROTECT BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS FROM FALLING VICTIM TO INERT.A-SELLING SCHEMES ORIGINATING FROM OVERSEAS, WAS PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, THE HON SELINA CHOW SAID THE BILL’S MOST IMPORTANT PROVISION WAS CREATION OF A NEW OFFENCE OUTLAWING THE PRACTICE OF INERTIA-SELLING PERPETRATED THROUGH SENDING BILLS AND INVOICES FOR UNSOLICITED GOODS OR SERVICES.

MRS CHOW SAID THERE HAD BEEN NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS TO THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND THE POLICE ABOUT BILLS BEING RECEIVED FROM OVERSEAS FOR UNSOLICITED ENTRIES IN TRADE DIRECTORIES, BUT INERTIA-SELLING SCHEMES ORIGINATING WITHIN HONG KONG HAD NOT BEEN VERY COMMON.

HOWEVER, SHE NOTED THAT THE BILL WOULD ALSO ENABLE THE POSTMASTER GENERAL TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST UNSOLICITED BILLS COMING FROM OVERSEAS BY EXERCISING HIS EXISTING POWERS UNDER THE POST OFFICE ORDINANCE TO STOP, INSPECT AND IF NECESSARY DETAIN INCOMING MAIL SUSPECTED OF CONTRAVENING THE ORDINANCE.

IN MAKING INERTIA-SELLING A CRIMINAL OFFENCE IN HONG KONG, MRS CHOW EXPLAINED THAT THE BILL WOULD ALSO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE AUTHORITIES IN A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES TO BRING CHARGES AGAINST THOSE WHO SENT THE OFFENDING BILLS TO ADDRESSES IN HONG KONG, BECAUSE OF THEIR RECIPROCAL REGISTRATION.

MRS CHOW ADDED THAT THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP WHICH STUDIED THE BILL WAS CONCERNED THAT WHILE THE NEW OFFENCE CARRIED HEAVY MAXIMUM PENALTIES NO ALLOWANCE HAD BEEN MADE FOR REASONABLE EXCUSE AND THERE WAS NO REQUIREMENT OF MENS REA.

THIS MEANT THAT IF A PERSON POSTED A BILL IN THE MISTAKEN BUT GENUINE BELIEF THAT GOODS OR SERVICES HAD BEEN ORDERED BY THE ADDRESSEE HE WOULD BE JUST AS GUILTY AS THE PERPETRATOR OF THE MOST DELIBERATE AND SYSTEMATIC INERTIA-SELLING SCHEME, EVEN THOUGH HIS REASON FOR SENDING THE BILL WAS AN INNOCENT ONE.

SIMILARLY, ANY VARIATION, HOWEVER SLIGHT, IN THE WORDING REQUIRED TO BE PRINTED ON A DOCUMENT POSTED IN RESPECT OF UNSOLICITED GOODS OR SERVICES WOULD MAKE THE SENDER OF THE DOCUMENT LIABLE TO PROSECUTION, SHE SAID.

MRS CHOW SAID THE AD HOC GROUP THEREFORE CONCLUDED THAT TWO AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL WERE NECESSARY TO CHANGE THE OFFENCE FROM AN ABSOLUTE OFFENCE TO ONE IN WHICH THE COURT HAD FULL AND CLEAR DISCRETION TO ACQUIT A PERSON WHO HAD BROKEN THE LAW THROUGH AN INNOCENT MISUNDERSTANDING OR A CARELESS MISTAKE OVER WORDING.

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THE AMENDMENTS. MAKING ALLOWANCE FOR REASONABLE EXCUSE AND FOR FLEXIBILITY IN THE PRESCRIBED WORDING ON THE DOCUMENT, WERE MOVED « IN COMMITTEE STAGE BY THE HON RITA FAN. I

ALSO SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SAID THAT TO DATE HONG KONG HAD NO LEGISLATION SIMILAR TO THE UNITED KINGDOM UNSOLICITED GOODS AND SERVICES ACT kOF 1971.

HE SUGGESTED THAT IT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO INVITE COMMENTS FROM THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE ON THE APPLICABILITY TO HONG KONG OF THE SPIRIT OF THE UK-BASED BILL.

THIS WOULD HELP DETERMINE IF ADDED PROTECTION COULD BE GIVEN TO HONG KONG COMPANIES AGAINST INERTIA-SELLING PRACTICES, WHETHER FOR . GOODS OR SERVICES, ORIGINATING FROM LOCAL COMPANIES, OR FROM OVERSEAS COMPANIES WITH OR WITHOUT REPRESENTATIVES IN HONG KONG.

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’• .• CALL FOR COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME TO BOOST VOTERS

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DEVISE A SET OF COMPREHENSIVE AND LASTING V PROGRAMMES TO ENCOURAGE CITIZENS TO PROMPTLY REGISTER AS VOTERS AND TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN ELECTIONS, THE HON MRS ROSANNA TAM SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE ELECTORAL PROVISIONS (REGISTRATION ; OF ELECTORS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1986 TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE

/ COUNCIL, MRS TAM SAID THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD ENABLE THE

RELEVANT DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT VOTERS REGISTRATION THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND HELP TO FACILITATE ELIGIBLE PERSONS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

HOWEVER, SHE SAID THE AMENDMENT ALONE WOULD NOT GUARANTEE AN INCREASE IN THE REGISTRATION RATE.

' SHE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO WORK OUT PUBLICITY AND EDUCATION

;PROGRAMMES TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO REGISTER AS VOTERS.

MRS TAM SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER - SENDING REGISTRATION FORMS TO THOSE WHO HAD ALREADY REACHED OR WOULD <SOON REACH THE STATUTORY ELECTORAL AGE OF 21 TO REMIND THEM OF /THEIR RIGHT AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO REGISTER.

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IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THE REGISTRATION PERIOD COVERED THE WHOLE YEAR, SHE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO LAUNCH APPROPRIATE PUBLICITY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR SO THAT PEOPLE WERE REMINDED THAT THEY COULD REGISTER AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER LAUNCHING PUBLICITY ON COMPANY, ORGANISATION OR FAMILY BASIS SO AS TO INSTIL A COLLECTIVE DESIRE AMONG MEMBERS OF THE SAME COMPANY OR FAMILY TO BECOME REGISTERED.

MRS TAM STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION, SAYING THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STEP UP PUBLICITY AND EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS TO ENABLE YOUNGSTERS TO BE FULLY AWARE OF THEIR CIVIC RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE IMPORTANCE TO VOTE SO THAT THEY WOULD TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO REGISTER AS SOON AS THEY REACHED 21.

LASTLY, MRS TAM SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER PUTTING REGISTRATION FORMS IN PLACES FREQUENTED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, SUCH AS BANKS, TO MAKE THEM MORE READILY AVAILABLE.

ALSO SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE REGULATIONS, DR THE HON CONRAD LAM SAID THAT THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY MAKE IT VERY CONVENIENT FOR ELIGIBLE PERSONS TO REGISTER AS VOTERS ON ANY WORKING DAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

DR LAM NOTED THAT FOLLOWING THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG, THE POLITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WAS NOW REFLECTED IN THE VOTERS’ REGISTRATION NUMBER, WHICH WAS ESTIMATED AT 1 441 540.

♦REGRETTABLY. THE EXISTING AMENDMENT MAKES NO PROPOSAL TO LOWER THE STATUTORY ELECTORAL AGE FROM THE PRESENT AGE OF 21 TO 18, AND THIS IS A BLEMISH IN THE OTHERWISE PERFECT AMENDMENT,♦ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT HE WAS CONVINCED THAT THE LOWERING OF THE VOTING AGE WOULD FACILITATE THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION AND WOULD ALSO HELP FOSTER A STRONGER SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

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PNEUMOCONIOSIS FUND LEVY REDUCED *****

A RESOLUTION GIVING EFFECT TO THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND BOARD’S RECOMMENDATION THAT THE CURRENT 0.15 PER CENT RATE OF LEVY BE REDUCED TO 0.05 PER CENT WAS MOVED BY THE SECRETARY.FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON RON BRIDGE, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR BRIDGE SAID THE LEVY — ON THE VALUE OF QUARRY PRODUCTS AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS — WAS BEING REVISED IN ORDER TO CORRECT THE IMBALANCE BETWEEN THE FUND’S INCOME AND EXPENDITURE AND TO REDUCE ACCUMULATED RESERVES.

HE NOTED THAT A REDUCTION IN THE RATE OF LEVY, FROM 0.2 PER CENT TO 0.15 PER CENT, HAD BEEN PROPOSED IN DECEMBER 1985 AS CLAIMANTS WERE COMING FORWARD IN SMALLER NUMBERS AND AT AN EARLIER STAGE OF THE DISEASE, WITH A CONSEQUENT DECLINE IN THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION NEEDED TO BE PAID.

♦THIS ENCOURAGING TREND HAS CONTINUED AND, AT THE END OF NOVEMBER LAST YEAR, THE ACCUMULATED SURPLUS STOOD AT 172 MILLION,* MR BRIDGE SAID.

REFERRING TO A SUGGESTION BY THE HON HO SAI-CHU AND THE HON CHIU HIN-KWONG THAT SOME PART OF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE BE DEVOTED TO EDUCATION, PUBLICITY AND RESEARCH IN PREVENTING THE DISEASE. MR BRIDGE SAID THE BOARD WAS CONSULTING THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS’ ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG CONTRACT QUARRY ASSOCIATION ON THIS POSSIBILITY.

SUBJECT TO THE FAVOURABLE OUTCOME OF THESE CONSULTATIONS, PROPOSALS TO AMEND THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE TO ENABLE THE BOARD TO UNDERTAKE THESE ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WOULD BE INTRODUCED, HE SAID.

♦THE TREND OF INCOME AND EXPEDITURE AND THE LEVEL OF RESERVES WILL, OF COURSE, CONTINUE TO BE KEPT UNDER REVIEW AND FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS TO THE RATE OF LEVY WILL BE PROPOSED AS APPROPRIATE,* W BRIDGE ADDED. ... ...

IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 36(3) OF THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE, HE SAID THE REVISED RATE OF LEVY WOULD COME INTO EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 9, 30 DAYS AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE RESOLUTION IN THE GAZETTE.

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REINFORCING EDUCATION, PUBLICITY AND RESEARCH ON PREVENTING PNEUMOCONIOSIS REPRESENTS A POSITIVE APPROACH IN REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF THE DISEASE, THE HON HO SAI-CHU TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY). .....

MR HO WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS (COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE, REDUCING THE RATE OF LEVY FOR THE PNEUMOCONIOSIS COMPENSATION FUND FROM 0.15 PER CENT TO 0.05 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF QUARRY PRODUCTS AND CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

HE NOTED THAT THE ORIGINAL PURPOSE OF THE FUND WAS TO PROVIDE CASH COMPENSATION TO THOSE WHO HAD BECOME DISABLED BY PNEUMOCONIOSIS AND TO THE DEPENDANTS OF VICTIMS WHO HAD DIED.

HOWEVER, COMPENSATION SERVED A SPECIAL NEED, AND WITH A SIZEABLE SURPLUS IN THE FUND THE WIDER ISSUE OF PREVENTION COULD BE TACKLED.

IN THIS REGARD, HE WAS PLEASED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEGUN CONSULTATIONS ON A POSSIBLE WIDENING OF THE SCOPE OF THE FUND TO COVER EDUCATION, PUBLICITY AND RESEARCH.

TURNING TO THE RATE OF LEVY, MR HO NOTED THAT UP TO NOVEMBER LAST YEAR THE FUND HAD A SURPLUS OF $72 MILLION.

♦IT IS THEREFORE MOST REASONABLE AND REALISTIC TO REDUCE THE RATE OF LEVY FROM 0.15 PER CENT TO 0.05 PER CENT AND I AM SURE THIS REDUCTION WILL BE EXTENSIVELY SUPPORTED,♦ HE SAID.

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TWO MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT)(NO. 3) BILL 1986 WERE REQUIRED TO REFLECT ITS ENACTMENT THIS YEAR RATHER THAN LAST YEAR AS INTENDED, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE BILL, MR CHAMBERS SAID IT WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR TO MAKE MINOR TEXTUAL ALTERATIONS TO SECTION 2 OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1986, WHICH CONCERNED THE DEFINITION OF +FOOD+.

♦AT THAT TIME IT WAS EXPECTED ENACTED BEFORE JANUARY 1 1987, THE AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) OPERATION,+ HE EXPLAINED.

THAT THE PRESENT BILL WOULD BE DATE ON WHICH THE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDINANCE 1986 CAME INTO

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♦HOWEVER, CIRCUMSTANCES AROSE WHICH PREVENTED THE BILL FROM BEING ENACTED BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND CONSEQUENTLY I SHALL NOW NEED TO MOVE TWO MINOR AMENDMENTS AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE TO REFLECT ITS ENACTMENT THIS YEAR RATHER THAN LAST YEAR.+

THE AMENDMENTS ALTER THE TITLE OF THE BILL AND DEEM IT TO HAVE COME INTO OPERATION ON DECEMBER 31. 1986, SO THAT THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT ON JANUARY 1 1987 SECT(6n 2 OF THE P^IC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1986 AMENDED THE DEFINITION OF +FOOD+ IN SECTION 2 OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE AS WAS INTENDED.

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DISCRETION PROPOSED IN INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS * * * * *

A BILL SEEKING TO GIVE THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY DISCRETION TO AUTHORISE OVERSEAS INSURERS, ON APPLICATION, TO MAINTAIN ACCOUNTS IDENTIFYING ASSETS AND LIABILITIES ATTRIBUTABLE TO THEIR LONG-TERM BUSINESS IN HONG KONG ONLY, INSTEAD OF GLOBALLY, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THESE DISCRETIONARY POWERS WERE BEING INTRODUCED, EXISTING LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS SHOULD STILL BE MAINTAINED AS A GENERAL PRACTICE.

UNDER THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ORDINANCE. INSURERS OPERATING IN HONG KONG WERE REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH A SEPARATE FUND FOR THEIR LONG TERM BUSINESS, AND MAINTAIN ACCOUNTS FOR IDENTIFYING THE ASSETS AND LIABILITIES OF THAT FUND. THESE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO AN INSURER'S LONG TERM INSURANCE ON A WORLDWIDE BASIS.

MR JACOBS SAID THAT A FUND THUS CREATED WOULD SERVE TO PROTECT THE LONG TERM POLICY-HOLDERS IN HONG KONG ON THE WINDING UP OF THE INSURER IN SO FAR AS THE ASSETS REPRESENTING THAT FUND FELL UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE COURT IN HONG KONG.

BUT SINCE THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE IN 1983, IT HAD BEEN FOUND THAT THESE ACCOUNTING REQUIREMENTS POSED DIFFICULT PROBLEMS FOR A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF AUTHORISED OVERSEAS INSURERS.

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♦THESE INSURERS ARE NOT REQUIRED BY LEGISLATION IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES OF INCORPORATION TO IDENTIFY SEPARATELY THEIR LONG-TERM ASSETS TO MATCH THEIR LONG-TERM LI ABI LI TIES,+ MR JACOBS SAID.

♦COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS WOULD THEREFORE REQUIRE EXTENSIVE CHANGES IN THEIR WORLDWIDE ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS, OR EVEN A TOTAL OF RESTRUCTURING THEIR BUSINESS. THIS COULD BE SO EXPENSIVE THAT SOME COMPANIES MIGHT FEEL OBLIGED INSTEAD TO WITHDRAW FROM HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

♦THE INSURERS CONCERNED ARE WELL ESTABLISHED AND OF HIGH INTERNATIONAL STANDING. THEIR WITHDRAWAL WOULD CERTAINLY NOT BE IN THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL AND INSURANCE CENTRE.+

MR JACOBS SAID THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD ENABLE THESE REPUTABLE OVERSEAS COMPANIES TO STAY ON IN HONG KONG AND AT THE SAME TIME SAFEGUARD THE HONG KONG POLICY-HOLDERS’ INTERESTS.

THE BILL ALSO CONTAINED ANCILLARY PROVISIONS RELATING TO THE MODIFICATION OR VARIATION OF THE ACCOUNTING REQUIREMENTS IN THE ORDINANCE WHERE NECESSARY.

MR JACOBS SAIDi +IN EXERCISING HIS DISCRETION, THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY WILL ADOPT A SET OF GUIDELINES WHICH TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE FINANCIAL CONDITION OF THE INSURER, THE EXTENT OF ITS LONGTERM BUSINESS IN HONG KONG, THE QUALITY OF SUPERVISION BY THE RESPECTIVE AUTHORITY OF EACH INSURER’S COUNTRY OF INCORPORATION AND OTHER RELEVANT CIRCUMSTANCES. THE GUIDELINES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO POTENTIAL APPLICANTS.♦

HE EMPHASISED THAT WHILE THE AMENDMENTS, IF ENACTED, WOULD NOT PROVIDE IMPROVED PROTECTION FOR HONG KONG POLICY-HOLDERS OF THE OVERSEAS INSURERS CONCERNED NEITHER WOULD THEY ERODE THE EXISTING DEGREE OF PROTECTION AVAILABLE.

♦THE ACCOUNTS KEPT WOULD EQUALLY FACILITATE THE SECURING OF THE NECESSARY ASSETS BY THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY TO MEET THESE INSURERS’ HONG KONG LIABILITIES SHOULD THIS PROVE NECESSARY^, HE SAID. • •

♦PROTECTION FOR POLICY-HOLDERS HAS BEEN, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE, GENERALLY ENHANCED THROUGH DIALOGUE WITH SUPERVISORY AUTHORITIES OF THE RESPECTIVE COMPANIES’ COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN.♦

THE BILL ALSO SOUGHT TO ADD A NEW PROVISION TO INDEMNIFY THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY AGAINST CLAIMS FOR DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE BONA FIDE EXERCISE OF THE AUTHORITY’S FUNCTIONS UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

MR JACOBS SAID THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE LIFE INSURANCE COUNCIL OF HONG KONG.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED

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TRUST FUND PROPOSED FOR SPORTS CENTRE

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL ESTABLISH A STATUTORY TRUST FUND TO MEET THE RECURRENT AND NON-RECURRENT EXPENSES OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

INTRODUCING THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, MR LIAO SAID THE BASIC OBJECTIVE WAS TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISENGAGEMENT OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FROM THE CENTRE.

IT HAS BEEN PROPOSED BY THE JOCKEY CLUB THAT THE CENTRE SHOULD BE GIVEN AN ENDOWMENT OF >350 MlLLION.+ HE SAID.

THIS WOULD BE USED TO ESTABLISH A TRUST FUND AND WOULD MEET THE CLUB’S PRESENT OBLIGATION TO COVER THE RECURRENT OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES OF THE CENTRE, AND WOULD ALSO CATER FOR AN ELEMENT OF CAPITAL REPLACEMENT AND IMPROVEMENT FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS.

THE BILL AMENDS THE JSC ORDINANCE BY REMOVING THE NEED FOR CONSULTATION WITH THE JOCKEY CLUB IN RESPECT OF THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE BOARD BY THE GOVERNOR AND REMOVES THE MAXIMUM LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS WHO CAN BE APPOINTED TO THE BOARD.♦

IT EXPRESSLY PROVIDES FOR THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE BOARD, IN VIEW OF THE BOARD’S INCREASED RESPONSIBILITIES ARISING FROM THE CREATION OF A TRUST FUND AND THE REQUIREMENT FOR ADDITIONAL EXPERTISE ON FINANCE AND INVESTMENT MATTERS,♦ HE ADDED.

THE TRUST FUND ESTABLISHED BY THE BILL WOULD BE VESTED IN A COMMITTEE OF TRUSTEES TO BE APPOINTED BY THE BOARD.

THE COMMITTEE OF TRUSTEES WILL BE EMPOWERED TO MAKE INVESTMENTS AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE TRUSTEE ORDINANCE. BUT THE JSC TRUST FUND, WHICH IS A CHARITABLE TRUST, MAY NOT BE PLEDGED AS A SECURITY FOR ANY LOAN WHICH THE COMMITTEE OR BOARD MAY SEEK TO RAISE,+ MR LIAO SAID.

HE SAID IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE AMENDMENTS WOULD TAKE EFFECT WHEN THE TRUST FUND WAS BROUGHT INTO OPERATION BY THE FORMAL HANDOVER OF THE JOCKEY CLUB DONATION OF >350 MILLION.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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MODEST GROWTH DESPITE DIFFICULT TRADE CLIMATE * M M M *

HONG KONG’S TOTAL TRADE ATTAINED A MODEST GROWTH OF TWO PER CENT DURING THE 1985-86 FINANCIAL YEAR DESPITE AN UNUSUALLY DIFFICULT CLIMATE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE, THE HON LYDIA DUNN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

TABLING THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (TDC) IN HER CAPACITY AS THE COUNCIL’S CHAIRMAN. MISS DUNN SAID ALTHOUGH THERE WERE INCREASES FOR HONG KONG’S IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS, DOMESTIC EXPORTS DECLINED BY SIX PER CENT.

THEREFORE, THERE WAS A GREATER DEMAND BY THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR FOR TDC’S PROMOTIONAL ASSISTANCE AND SERVICES, SHE SAID.

' , MISS DUNN NOTED THAT TDC ADOPTED A TWO-PRONGED STRATEGY OF INTENSIFYING ITS EFFORTS TO BOOST THE SALE OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS IN THE ESTABLISHED MARKETS OF NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE, AND EXPLORING AND DEVELOPING NEW FRONTIERS SUCH AS JAPAN AND CHINA.

SHE SAID JAPAN, WHICH ANNOUNCED MEASURES TO OPEN ITS MARKETS TO MORE IMPORTS IN MID-1985, BECAME AN EVEN MORE IMPORTANT TARGET, AND FOUR SELLING MISSIONS TO JAPAN WERE ORGANISED COVERING PRODUCT RANGING FROM JEWELLERY TO CAMERAS AND BINOCULARS.

IN CHINA, TDC OPENED ITS FIRST OFFICE IN PEKING AND A SECOND OFFICE WOULD BE OPENED IN SHANGHAI LATER THIS YEAR, SHE ADDED.

SHE SAID TDC’S 20 OVERSEAS OFFICES PROCESSED 146 000 TRADE ENQUIRIES DURING THE YEAR, AND SOME 1 700 HONG KONG COMPANIES PARTICIPATED IN MORE THAN 80 OVERSEAS TRADE PROMOTIONS WHERE SOME HKt3 BILLION WORTH OF BUSINESS WERE NEGOTIATED OR CONCLUDED ON THE SPOT.

TURNING TO LOCAL ACTIVITIES, MISS DUNN SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO THE HIGHLY PUBLICISED EVENTS, TDC RECEIVED 206 INWARD MISSIONS FROM 40 COUNTRIES, INCLUDING 43 FROM CHINA.

THE TDC’S PUBLICITY DEPARTMENT ALSO DISTRIBUTED MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION COPIES OF ALL TYPES OF TRADE PUBLICATIONS ABOUT HONG KONG PRODUCTS TO BUYERS IN 175 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, SHE NOTED.

♦TO ENABLE US TO BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG’S TRADE AND INDUSTRY, ADVISORY COMMITTEES FOR EACH OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR EXPORT SECTORS WERE FORMED TO ADVISE THE COUNCIL,♦ MISS DUNN SAID.

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+AND WITH THE FUTURE IN MIND, PLANS WERE DRAWN UP FOR AN EXPANDED PROGRAMME OF LOCAL TRADE FAIRS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OUTSTANDING FACILITIES THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION

WILL °FFER F0R TRADE PROMOTION WHEN IT OPENS IN 1988 ♦ SHE ADDED. *

FINALLY, MISS DUNN TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS AGAIN APPRECIATI ON OF THE PERSONAL ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT

BY THE LATE G0VERN0R» SIR EDWARD YOUDE, DURING HIS

e*.irnWn!N WE REEDED HIS GUIDANCE OR PRESENCE SIR EDWARD NEVER FAILED US,+ SHE SAID.

SHE NOTED THAT SIR EDWARD FERVENTLY BELIEVED IN THE VITAL °F TRADE T0 H0NG kong’s ECONOMIC AS WELL AS POLITICAL StUUKITY •

™ n/Tt!E U°NG K0NG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ARE FULLY COMMITTED I® DO ITS PART TO FULFIL SIR EDWARD’S VISION FOR HONG KONG.+ SHE SAID.

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RULES TO AVOID LEGAL DEFENCE DUPLICATION APPROVED K K M K M

THE PURPOSE OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (REPRESENTATION) RULES 1986 WAS TO REQUIRE A SOLICITOR WHO HAD ACCEPTED INSTRUCTIONS TO ACT FOR DEFENDANTS IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS IN THE HIGH COURT OR IN THE COUpT OF APPEAL TO GIVE FORMAL NOTICE OF THAT FACT TO THE REGISTRAR, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE RULES, MR THOMAS SAID AT PRESENT THERE WAS NO SUCH REQUIREMENT AND ON OCCASIONS MORE THAN TWO DEFENCE TEAMS HAD TURNED UP AT COURT TO APPEAR FOR THE SAME DEFENDANT.

♦OFTEN THIS INVOLVES A WASTE OF PUBLIC MONEY IF THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID HAS UNDERTAKEN THE DEFENCE AND LATER, WITHOUT HIS KNOWLEDGE, A PRIVATE SOLICITOR HAS BEEN SEPARATELY INSTRUCTED.♦

MR THOMAS NOTED THAT THE BAR, THE LAW SOCIETY, THE DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AID, THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT AND THE CROWN ALL CONSIDERED THAT THESE RULES WOULD HELP TO AVOID SUCH DUPLICATION OF EFFORT, AND HAD WELCOMED THEM.

THE RULES HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE CHIEF JUSTICE UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE ORDINANCE.

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THREE BILLS PASSED

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THE POST OFFICE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE TRADE DESCRIPTIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1986 WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FIVE OTHER BILLS - THE CONTROL OF PUBLICATIONS CONSOLIDATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE PUBLIC ORDER (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, AND THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 WERE READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNED.

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED TO JANUARY 14.

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LONG-TERM SOLUTION REACHED ON BOAT WIVES

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THE PROBLEM OF BOAT WIVES WOULD BE SETTLED WITHIN A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS UNDER A LONG-TERM SOLUTION REACHED DURING RECENT DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES. THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, EXPLAINED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MARIA TAM, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE SOLUTION TO BE PUT INTO EFFECT NOW WOULD NOT UNDERMINE THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF IMMIGRATION CONTROL.

HE SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES FOR THEIR HELP ON THIS ISSUE.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT, +THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES HAVE STOPPED ISSUING ’LANDING AND BOARDING PERMITS’ TO CHINESE WOMEN WHO MARRIED HONG KONG FISHERMEN AFTER AUGUST 10, 1986,* HE SAID.

+THOSE BOAT WIVES WHO ALREADY HAVE ’LANDING AND BOARDING PERMITS’ WILL BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE CHINA, IF THEY APPLY FOR EXIT PERMITS, TO JOIN THEIR HUSBANDS FOR RESETTLEMENT IN HONG KONG,* HE ADDED.

ELABORATING ON THE SCHEME, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES WOULD, WITHIN A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS, MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE APPLICANTS TO BE ISSUED WITH EXIT PERMITS IN BATCHES ACCORDING TO THE DATE OF THEIR MARRIAGES.

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♦APPLICANTS WILL NEED TO APPLY IN PERSON TO THE PUBLIC SECURITY AUTHORITIES OF THE COUNTY OR CITY IN GUANGDONG WHERE THEIR HOUSEHOLDS ARE REGISTERED.

♦THEY CAN DO THIS THROUGH THEIR RELATIVES IN CHINA OR WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF FISHERMEN ASSOCIATIONS IN HONG KONG OR IN CHINA,* HE SAID.

+ONCE THE GUANGDONG PUBLIC SECURITY AUTHORITIES HAVE APPROVED THE EXIT PERMITS, THE APPLICANTS SHOULD RETURN TO CHINA, BY WAY OF THE FISHING PORT WHERE THEIR HOUSEHOLDS ARE REGISTERED, TO COLLECT THEIR PERMITS,* HE CONTINUED.

♦THEY WILL THEN, WITHIN A PERIOD OF TIME PRESCRIBED BY THE GUANGDONG AUTHORITIES, HAVE TO ENTER HONG KONG VIA LO WU,* HE SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE STATUS OF THE BOAT BRIDES IN HONG KONG WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED UNTIL THEIR PRESENCE HERE HAD BEEN REGULARISED.

♦THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL ENABLE THEM TO STAY IN HONG KONG WATERS WITH THEIR FAMILIES UNTIL THEIR EXIT PERMITS ARE READY FOR THEM IN CHINA,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER, +OTHER NON-HONG KONG BOAT WIVES FOUND IN HONG KONG WATERS WITHOUT ’LANDING AND BOARDING PERMITS’ WILL BE REPATRIATED,* HE STRESSED.

AT PRESENT THERE WERE MORE THAN 1 OOO BOAT WIVES IN HONG KONG WATERS ISSUED WITH ’LANDING AND BOARDING PERMITS’.

♦THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S PRACTICE HAS BEEN TO TOLERATE THE PRESENCE OF THESE BOAT WIVES ON FISHING VESSELS IN HONG KONG WATERS BUT NOT TO ALLOW THEM TO LAND EXCEPT IN SPECIAL Cl RCUI._. «JCES,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE 14 BOAT WIVES WHO WERE REPATRIATED TO CHINA IN AUGUST 1985, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THEY HAD ALL RETURNED TO HONG KONG AFTER BEING ISSUED WITH EXIT PERMITS BY THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES.

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A STEERING COMMITTEE HAS ALREADY BEEN SET UP TO IMPLEMENT A RECOMMENDATION IN THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S REPORT NO. 2 TO DEVELOP EDUCAT ONAL°CHANGES,CH W°ULD HELP T° QUANT,FV TM£ ’HPLICATIONS OF

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND THE HON RON BRIDGE, IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY CONRAD LAM ABOUT THE PROPOSAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG ADOPT A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE COURSE.

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MR BRIDGE SAID THAT BEFORE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODELS, THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE EXAMINING WAYS IN WHICH TO REFINE THE PREDICTION OF THE COST OF CHANGES IN THE TERTIARY SYSTEM.

♦THUS, BY THE TIME WE RECEIVE A FORMAL PROPOSAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY, WE SHOULD BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO ASSESS THE LIKELY FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS,* HE ADDED.

MR BRIDGE NOTED THAT A WORKING PARTY UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR TO ASSESS THE DETAILED IMPLICATIONS OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE TO A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE COURSE HAD BEEN SET UP.

THE WORKING PARTY IS PLANNING TO TAKE ABOUT A YEAR OVER ITS TASK BEFORE IT PUT THE UNIVERSITY'S PROPOSALS TO THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE (UPGC).

MR BRIDGE SAID THE UPGC WOULD EXAMINE THE CONSEQUENT S FOR FUNDING AND STUDENT NUMBER TARGETS IN THE TERTIARY SYSTEM, BEARING IN MIND COM°ETING DEMANDS FOR LIMITED RESOURCES AND THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRM COMMITMENT TO DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF FIRST DEGREE PLACES, FROM THE PRESENT FIGURE OF 4 200 TO 8 300 BY THE MID 1990’S.

HE SAID THE UPGC WOULD ADVISE THE ADMINISTRATION ON THE ACCEPTABILITY OR OTHERWISE OF THE PROPOSAL, WHILE THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD THEN CONSIDER THE COMMITTEE’S ADVICE, BEARING IN MIND THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE WHOLE EDUCATION SYSTEM, BEFORE REACHING ITS FINAL CONCLUSIONS.

ON FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, MR BRIDGE SAID A VERY CRUDE ASSESSMENT COULD BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF EXISTING COSTS AND ASSUMING MINIMAL CHANGES TO THE EXISTING EDUCATION SYSTEM.

THE TOTAL RECURRENT EXPENDITURE FOR HKU IN 1985-86 WAS $609 MILLION.

BASED ON AN ANALYSIS OF THE TOTAL STUDENT POPULATION, IT SUGGESTED THAT ABOUT $500 MILLION OF THIS EXPENDITURE RELATED TO FIRST DEGREE COURSES.

♦IF THE UNIVERSITY WERE TO INTRODUCE A FOUR-YEAR COURSE SYSTEM WHILE MAINTAINING THE PRESENT ANNUAL STUDENT INTAKE, THE NUMBER OF FIRST DEGREE STUDENTS WOULD ULTIMATELY BE INCREASED BY ONE THIRD,* BRIDGE SAID.

♦IF COSTS PER STUDENT WERE TO REMAIN UNCHANGED, RECURRENT EXPENDITURE WOULD RISE BY ABOUT $165 MILLION PER ANNUM AT 1985-86 PRICES.♦

HE SAID THAT THERE WOULD ALSO BE ADDITIONAL CAPITAL EXPENDITURE IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE THE LARGER STUDENT POPULATION.

IN ADDITION, SINCE THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALREADY COMMITTED TO DOUBLING THE NUMBER OF FIRST YEAR FIRST DEGREE PLACES BY THE MID 1990’S, MR BRIDGE POINTED OUT THAT OTHER TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS WERE OFFERING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF THREE-YEAR DEGREE COURSES.

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♦THERE WOULD BE FURTHER ADDITIONAL COSTS IF THESE INSTITUTIONS WERE TO ADOPT A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE SYSTEM,♦ HE SAID.

♦ANY CHANGES NOW COULD ALSO AFFECT THE COST OF THE THIRD UNIVERSITY.*

MR BRIDGE SAID TO ASSESS THE IMPACT OF THE PROPOSED CHANGE ON THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AS A WHOLE WAS PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT.

FIRST, THAT IMPACT WOULD LARGELY DEPEND ON THE DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL ITSELF AND WHETHER, AS WAS LIKELY, OTHER INSTITUTIONS WERE TO FOLLOW HKU’S EXAMPLE. SECOND, IT WOULD ALSO DEPEND ON WHETHER AND HOW WE PROPOSE TO RESTRUCTURE SECONDARY-LEVEL EDUCATION.

IT DOES, HOWEVER, APPEAR LIKELY THAT THE PROPOSAL, IF ACCEPTED, WOULD INVOLVE THE ABOLITION OF FORM 7 AND THE RESTRUCTURING OF THE REMAINING SECONDARY FORMS,♦ MR BRIDGE SAID.

HE SAID THAT THIS IN TURN WOULD LIKELY HAVE TWO MAJOR CONSEQUENCES! THE ABOLITION OF THE ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION AND RESTRUCTURING OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL SYSTEM.

THE ABOLITION OF THE ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION WOULD HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION TO SUB-DEGREE COURSES AT THE POLYTECHNICS, THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE AND OTHER POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMNETS OF COURSES NOW BASED ON ADVANCED LEVEL RESULTS WOULD HAVE TO BE CHANGED AND IT WOULD AFFECT THE RECOGNITION CF EXIT QUALIFICATIONS BY PROFESSIONAL BODIES, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN THE UK.

MR BRIDGE SAID THE ABOLITION OF ADVANCED LEVEL WOULD ALSO MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR HONG KONG’S STUDENTS TO STUDY IN UNIVERSITIES ABROAD WHICH HAVE THREE-YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMMES.

ON OTHER CONSEQUENCES OF A MOVE TO A FOUR-YEAR SYSTEM, HE SAID THAT TO RETAIN THE PRESENT SIXTH FORM STRUCTURE UNCHANGED WOULD PROBABLY BE PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE, SO THAT IT SEEMS LIKELY ONE OF THE OTHER OPTIONS, ♦5*i+, *4+2* OR +3*3+ WOULD BE ADOPTED.

BUT EACH OPTION HAD ITS OWN DISADVANTAGES. SOME OF WHICH WERE IDENTIFIED BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN ITS SECOND REPORT.

THEREFORE, ANY DECISION TO MOVE TOWARDS A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE SYSTEM WOULD NEED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE EFFECT ON THE SECONDARY SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THE DISADVANTAGES OF ALL THESE VARIOUS POSSIBLE OPTIONS, MR BRIDGE ADDED.

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SALE OF PUBLIC RENTAL FLATS TO TENANTS IMPRACTICAL

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THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED IT IMPRACTICAL TO SELL PUBLIC RENTAL FLATS TO SITTING TENANTS AT THE PRESENT TIME, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON RICHARD LAI, MR LIAO EXPLAINED THAT THE SOLUTION TO RESOLVE HONG KONG'S HOUSING PROBLEMS REMAINED IN INCREASING THE HOUSING STOCK TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR THOSE WHO WERE INADEQUATELY HOUSED.

IN 1986, THIS FIGURE IS ESTIMATED TO BE OVER 380 000 HOUSEHOLDS FOR ALL HOUSING CATEGORIES. AMONG THESE ARE 112 000 SQUATTER HOUSEHOLDS AND 170 000 APPLICANTS ON THE GENERAL WAITING LIST,+ HE SAID.

ON THE BASIS OF PRODUCING 30 000 RENTAL PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS A YEAR, MR LIAO SAID THE DEMAND FOR PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS WOULD E SATISFIED ONLY IN THE MID-1990’S.

HE SAID THE PROPOSAL TO SELL EXISTING PUBLIC RENTAL UNITS TO SITTING TENANTS DID NOT HAVE THE EFFECT OF INCREASING THE HOUSING STOCK AND WOULD NOT THEREFORE ASSIST IN SOLVING HONG KONG'S HOUSING PROBLEM.

IN FACT, THE PROPOSAL WILL RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF THE STOCK OF RENTAL HOUSING AT A TIME WHEN THERE IS STILL A SIZEABLE OUTSTANDING DEMAND AND IT WILL HAVE THE NET EFFECT OF DELAYING REHOUSING FOR THOSE WHO ARE MOST IN NEED OF ADEQUATE HOUSING,* MR LIAO SAID.

HE ALSO SAID A MIXED POPULATION OF OWNERS AND TENANTS WOULD BRING MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS TO PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES.

IT MAKES MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS MORE DIFFICULT AND THE EVENTUAL REDEVELOPMENT OF SUCH ESTATES WILL BECOME EXCEEDINGLY COMPLICATED.

ON THE OTHER, IF ONLY THE NEW AND MODERN FLATS ARE TO BE SOLD TO TENANTS, A SITUATION MAY ARISE IN FUTURE IN WHICH OLD RENTAL PUBLIC HOUSING WILL REPRESENT THE MOST SOCIALLY UNDESIRABLE ACCOMMODATION IN THE TERRITORY.

THIS WILL HAVE GREAT SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS,* HE SAID.

MR LIAO ALSO SAID THERE WAS REALLY LITTLE INCENTIVE FOR THE TENANTS TO BUY THE UNITS THEY WERE CURRENTLY OCCUPYING.

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HE SAID HOUSING AUTHORITY TENANCIES WERE IN FACT IN ALMOST AS SECURE A POSITION AS FLAT OWNERS AND THEY ENJOYED RELATIVELY CHEAP RENTS.

♦PURCHASING THE FLATS IN WHICH THEY RESIDE WILL ONLY MEAN THAT THEY INCREASE THEIR FINANCIAL BURDEN WITHOUT MUCH ADDED ADVANTAGE OVER THEIR NEIGHBOURS WHO WILL CONTINUE TO PAY LOW RENTS AND ENJOY THE SAME LEVEL OF AMENITIES AND IDENTICAL STANDARD CF ACCOMMODATION,* HE ADDED.

MR LIAO SAID THE PROPOSAL TO SELL PUBLIC RENTAL FLATS TO SITTING TENANTS WOULD THEREFORE BE BETTER CONSIDERED IN THE MID-199O’S WHEN THE BULK OF THOSE AWAITING PUBLIC RENTAL ACCOMMODATION WOULD HAVE BEEN SUITABLY HOUSED.

IN THE MEANTIME, HE SAID THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WOULD CONTINUE TO INCREASE THE PROp6rTION OF NEW HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS TOl.z ALLOCATED TO GREEN FORM APPLICANTS WHEN NECESSARY IN ORDER TO MEET THE RECENT INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR SUCH FLATS.

APPLICANTS.

MR LIAO ALSO SAID THE LONG-TERM HOUSING STRATEGY REVIEW CURRENTLY UNDER WAY WOULD CONSIDER HOW BEST THE DEMAND FOR HOME PURCHASE COULD BE MET.

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THE 1986 FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS TO BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY SHOWS AN OVERALL REGISTRATION RATE OF 44.2 PER CENT, BUT A BREAKDOWN OF THE RATE BY AGE GROUP HAD NOT YET BEEN ANALYSED, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ROSANNA TAM ON THE REGISTRATION RATE OF YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 21 AND 25 IN THE ELECTORAL ROLL, MR FORD SAID IN 1985 THE RATE WAS 26.1 PER CENT.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT AIMED TO PROMOTE THE AWARENESS OF YOUNG PEOPLE OF THEIR RIGHT TO REGISTER THROUGH CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN SCHOOLS AND SOUGHT ADVICE FROM THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

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♦IN THE PAST, YOUTH ORGANISATIONS AND STUDENT BODIES SUCH AS THE FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS AND STUDENT UNIONS HAVE HELPED IN DISTRIBUTING REGISTRATION FORMS AND ENCOURAGING THEIR MEMBERS TO REGISTER DURING THE VOTER REGISTRATION PERIODS,+ HE SAID.

♦THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO RELY ON THEIR ASSISTANCE IN FUTURE REGISTRATION DRIVES,* HE ADDED.

REFERRING TO THE RECENT AMENDMENT IN THE ELECTORAL LAWS. MR FORD SAID THIS ALLOWED APPLICATIONS FOR VOTER REGISTRATION TO BE ACCEPTED ON A YEAR-ROUND BASIS.

♦VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT OVER 400 PERMANENT DISTRIBUTION OUTLETS, SOME OF WHICH ARE SPECIFICALLY TARGETTED AT YOUNG PEOPLE E.G. PUBLIC LIBRARIES, COMMUNITY CENTRES, POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND COLLEGES OF EDUCATION,♦ HE SAID.

DURING THE IDENTITY CARD RE-ISSUE EXERCISE BEGINNING IN 1987, VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE AT ALL THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICES TO GIVE EVERY CITIZEN A FRESH OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER, HE ADDED.

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ALTHOUGH A SIMPLIFIED FORM OF HOSPICE CARE EXISTED AT A HONG KONG HOSPITAL, THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE PLANS TO PROMOTE SUCH A SERVICE ON A TERRITORY-WIDE BASIS, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT THE SERVICE EXISTED AT THE OUR LADY OF MARYKNOLL HOSPITAL AND THAT IT WAS ALSO BEING CONSIDERED BY THE NAM LONG AND UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITALS.

EXPLAINING THAT HOSPICE CARE WAS PIONEERED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, HE SAID THAT IT REQUIRED THE TOTAL INVOLVEMENT, PHYSICAL, MORAL AAD SPIRITUAL, OF THE PATIENT’S FAMILY, RELATIVES, FRIENDS, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. WITH THE AIM OF KEEPING THE PATIENT IN HIS HOME ENVIRONMENT AND OUT OF HOSPITAL FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES CONSIDERED THAT THE SOC10-MEDICAL NEEDS OF TERM I NALLY-ILL PATIENTS IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS WERE AT PRESENT ADEQUATELY ATTENDED TO.

♦TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES DO HAVE ACCESS TO EXPERT ADVICE AND COUNSELLING FROM DOCTORS, NURSES AND MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKERS.♦

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PLANS TO EXPAND ENGLISH TEACHING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES *****

A PILOT SCHEME TO IMPROVE ENGLISH TEACHING IN PUBLIC SECTOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS CONSISTS OF RECRUITING 90 EXPATRIATE TEACHERS AND PROVIDING OVERSEAS TRAINING FOR 100 LOCAL TEACHERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED RETRAINING AT THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON RON BRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON DANIEL TSE, MR BRIDGE SAID BOTH PROGRAMMES WOULD BE EVALUATED AFTER A YEAR TO SEE WHETHER THEY WERE ACHIEVING THE DESIRED OBJECTIVES AND WHETHER THEY COULD BE MODIFIED AND IMPROVED.

♦IF ALL GOES WELL,+ HE SAID, +BOTH PROGRAMMES WILL BE EXPANDED.♦

HOWEVER, MR BRIDGE EMPHASISED THAT THE PROGRAMMES WERE ADDITIONS TO A PACKAGE OF MEASURES DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF ENGLISH TEACHING WHICH WERE ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED IN 1981 AND FURTHER AUGMENTED IN THE LIGHT OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S FIRST REPORT IN 1984.

ELABORATING ON THE MEASURES, HE SAID THE PACKAGE INCLUDED REVISION OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL SYLLABUSES. PROVISION OF AN ADDITIONAL TEACHER FOR REMEDIAL TEACHING IN FORMS 1 TO 3, PROVISION OF WIRE-FREE LOOP INDUCTION SYSTEMS FOR LISTENING DRILLS AND STRENGTHENING OF IN-SERVICE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR TEACHERS THROUGH THE PROGRAMMES OF THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION.

♦IN ADDITION, THOSE SCHOOLS ADOPTING CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION WILL BE PROVIDED WITH TWO ADDITIONAL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH, A SECOND LOOP-INDUCT ION SYSTEM AND GRANTS FOR ADDITIONAL READING MATERIALS AND TEACHING AIDS.+ HE SAID.

MR BRIDGE SAID THE PACKAGE WAS ALSO BEING MONITORED AND EVALUATED AND THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL MEASURES, OR IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING ONES, WOULD BE KEPT VERY MUCH IN MIND.

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VIRTUALLY ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND MOST SECONDARY SCHOOLS OFFER SEX EDUCATION IN SOME FORM, AND MANY SCHOOLS PROVIDE SEX EDUCATION THROUGH FORMAL AND INFORMAL CURRICULUM, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON RON BRIDGE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PAULINE NG, MR BRIDGE SAID BASED ON THE ADVICE OF THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, THE PRESENT POLICY WAS TO ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS TO INTRODUCE SEX EDUCATION. THIS APPROACH HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AT A SEMINAR HELD IN 1985.

AT PRIMARY LEVEL, HE SAID, SEX EDUCATION WAS INTRODUCED THROUGH THE SUBJECT OF HEALTH EDUCATION' AND, AT SECONDARY LEVEL, THROUGH VARIOUS RELEVANT SUBJECTS IN THE CURRICULUM SUCH AS BIOLOGY. HUMAN BIOLOGY, HOME ECONOMICS, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND SOCIAL STUDIES’ AND THROUGH TALKS, SEMINARS OR SIMILAR EVENTS OUTSIDE THE FORMAL CURRICULUM.

♦IN SUPPORT OF THE POLICY, THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE HAS PREPARED A COMPREHENSIVE SET OF GUIDELINES ON SEX EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND COPIES WERE DISTRIBUTED TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN MAY LAST YEAR,* HE ADDED.

AS TO THE PROGRESS MADE, MR BRIDGE SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WOULD BE CARRYING OUT A SURVEY OF SCHOOLS LATER THIS YEAR TO FIND OUT HOW IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GUIDELINES WAS PROCEEDING.

VARIOUS SUPPORTING SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING A PROGRAMME OF SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS.

IN ADDITION, MORE THAN 300 TEACHERS HAVE ATTENDED COURSES ORGANISED BY THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION WHILE OTHERS HAVE ATTENDED THE CERTIFICATE COURSE ON SEX EDUCATION ORGANISED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG’S DEPARTMENT OF EXTRA-MURAL STUDIES.

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES ARE ALSO NOW BEING PRODUCED BY THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION SERVICE.♦

MR BRIDGE ADDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S SEX EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE AT NORTH POINT WAS OPENED LAST MONTH.

THIS IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ADVISORY SERVICES, AND A CENTRAL LIBRARY OF REFERENCE MATERIALS FOR TEACHERS,* HE SAID.

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SUFFICIENT STAFF TO DEAL WITH BORDER CROSSING TRAFFIC

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THE IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENTS HAD SUFFICIENT STAFF TO DEAL WITH PRESENT TRAFFIC VOLUME AT MAN KAM TO, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON DAVID LAN, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SELINA CHOW, MR LAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS, HOWEVER, AWARE THAT AN UNEXPECTEDLY RAPID INCREASE IN TRAFFIC COULD CAUSE PROBLEMS.

♦THE SITUATION IS THEREFORE BEING WATCHED CAREFULLY SO THAT STEPS CAN BE TAKEN TO INCREASE STAFF AND OTHER RESOURCES IN GOOD TIME WHEN REQUIRED,* HE SAID.

DESCRIBING HOW TRAFFIC VOLUME HAD INCREASED RAPIDLY, HE SAID IN 1980 AN AVERAGE OF 849 VEHICLES PASSED THROUGH THE CROSSING EACH DAY. SINCE THEN IT HAD INCREASED BY OVER 5-1/2 TIMES SO THAT THE DAILY AVERAGE WAS NOW SOMETHING OVER 5 600. THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CROSSINGS IN ONE DAY SO FAR WAS 8 118 ON DECEMBER 30 LAST YEAR.

♦THE PRESENT LEVEL OF TRAFFIC IS HIGHER THAN PREVIOUSLY FORECAST. IN 1985 WE PREDICTED A DAILY AVERAGE OF 4 800 FOR 1986, AN UNDERESTIMATE OF AROUND 17 PER CENT.+

MR LAN SAID IT WAS NOT EASY TO ASSESS ACCURATELY WHAT THE CROSS BORDER TRAFFIC PRECISELY WOULD LOOK LIKE IN THE YEARS AHEAD, ALTHOUGH HE WAS QUITE CONFIDENT THAT IT WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW AT A RAPID RATE.

♦HOWEVER, OUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AUTHORITIES IN SHENZHEN IS DEVELOPING ALL THE TIME, AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE FREQUENT AND CONTINUOUS EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN THE TWO PLACES WOULD BE OF GREAT HELP TOWARDS MAKING MORE ACCURATE FORECASTS INTO THE FUTURE,+ HE SAID.

WITH REGARD TO CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION FACILITIES, MR LAN SAID THE PRESENT CONTROL POINT AT MAN KAM TO CAME INTO OPERATION IN JULY 1980, WITH FOUR VEHICLE EXAMINATION KIOSKS AND 14 PASSENGER EXAMINATION COUNTERS.

THE NUMBER OF VEHICLE KIOSKS WAS INCREASED TO 12 IN SEPTEMBER 1985, AND THE NUMBER OF PASSENGER COUNTERS WAS INCREASED TO 28 IN FEBRUARY 1986.

♦THESE ARE SUFFICIENT AT PRESENT AND WE ARE ALSO TAKING STEPS TO PROVIDE TWO MORE PROCESSING LANES ON THE HONG KONG SIDE TO ENSURE A SMOOTH AND BALANCED FLOW OF TRAFFIC IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE,♦ HE ADDED.

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PROBLEMS ARISE IN GRANTING NEW HOLIDAYS

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DIFFICULTIES LIE IN THE WAY OF GRANTING NEW HOLIDAYS OR DESIGNATING NEW ONES, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER. THE HON RON BRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT. MR BRIDGE NOTED THAT THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG HAD LAST YEAR PROPOSED THAT MAY DAY BE CELEBRATED AS A HOLIDAY IN RECOGNITION OF LABOUR’S CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY.

MORE RECENTLY, THE ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE PROFESSORS HAD PROPOSED A HOLIDAY ON THE BIRTHDAY OF CONFUCIUS IN HONOUR OF TEACHERS.

MR HUI ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER DESIGNATING A MONDAY IN NOVEMBER, FOLLOWING THE ANNUAL FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY, A PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIETY AND TO PROMOTE RESPECT FOR THEM. THE HOLIDAY WOULD UTILISE ONE OF THE UNDESIGNATED STATUTORY HOLIDAYS.

MR BRIDGE SAID HE WAS SYMPATHETIC TO ANY SUGGESTION TO PROMOTE RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY. HOWEVER, HAVING LOOKED VERY CAREFULLY AT THIS PARTICULAR PROPOSAL, HE WAS AFRAID THAT IT DID GIVE RISE TO PROBLEMS.

AT THE PRACTICAL LEVEL, IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE WHICH OF THE EXISTING HOLIDAYS PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE HOLIDAYS ORDINANCE OR THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE COULD IN FACT BE CHANGED TO THE MONDAY FOLLOWING THE THIRD SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER,♦ HE SAID.

MOST OF THESE EXISTING HOLIDAYS CELEBRATED EITHER ESTABLISHED WESTERN HOLIDAYS, TRADITIONAL CHINESE FESTIVALS OR SPECIFIC EVENTS.

ONE MIGHT PERHAPS ARGUE FOR DROPPING THE MONDAY FOLLOWING THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY, OR THE SATURDAY BEFORE LIBERATION DAY, BUT THE PURPOSE OF THESE ADDITIONAL DAYS IS TO PROVIDE TWO LONG HOLIDAY WEEKENDS DURING THE HOT WEATHER,♦ MR BRIDGE EXPLAINED.

HE SAID THAT IN PRACTICE, THEREFORE, IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO INTRODUCE AN ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY AND HONG KONG ALREADY HAD MORE STATUTORY HOLIDAYS THAN MOST OF ITS ASIAN NEIGHBOURS, WITH WHOM IT HAD TO COMPETE ECONOMICALLY.

EACH ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY OF COURSE HAS A SIGNIFICANT COST IN TERMS OF LOST PRODUCT ION,♦ HE POINTED OUT.

THE MAJOR PROBLEM, HOWEVER, IS THE NUMBER OF GROUPS WHICH, IT CAN BE ARGUED, DESERVE RECOGNITION OF THIS KIND,* MR ERIDGE ADDED.

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NO FULL RECORD KEPT ON EMIGRATION *****

THERE ARE NO COMPREHENSIVE STATISTICS GIVING THE NUMBER AND DETAILS OF PEOPLE EMIGRATING FROM HONG KONG. THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SELINA CHOW ON INFORMATION ABOUT THE OUTFLOW OF EMIGRANTS FROM HONG KONG OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE ONLY STATISTICS THAT GAVE AN INDICATION OF THE NUMBERS INVOLVED WERE THE NUMBERS OF PERSONS LEAVING HONG KONG EACH YEAR ON HONG KONG TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND THE NUMBERS RETURNING.

HE NOTED THAT THESE STATISTICS HAD BEEN KEPT SINCE 1964.

THE AVERAGE NET ANNUAL OUTFLOW UP TO THE END OF 1985 HAS BEEN 19 385.

+BY CONTRAST, THE AVERAGE FOR THE FIVE YEARS 1981 TO 1985 WAS SLIGHTLY LOWER AT 18 848 WHICH IN TURN WAS APPRECIABLY LOWER THAN THE AVERAGE OF 23 295 FOR THE FIVE YEARS 1976 TO 1980 AND OF 27 741 FOR THE FIVE YEARS 1971 TO 1975,+ MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

HE OBSERVED THAT THERE WAS AN OBVIOUS DANGER IN COMPARING ANNUAL FIGURES BUT FOR WHAT IT WAS WORTH THE FIGURES FOR 1985 AT 11 175 WAS THE LOWEST SINCE 1971 SINCE WHEN THE POPULATION HAD INCREASED BY ABOUT 1.5 MILLION, AND WAS ABOUT A QUARTER OF THE ANNUAL FIGURES FOR 1975 AND 1976.

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, MR JEAFFRESON SAID, THERE WAS NO ACCURATE PROFILE OF THE SORT OF PEOPLE EMIGRATING, BUT IT COULD BE SAID THEY COVERED A WIDE CROSS-SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY.

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ADVANTAGES IN TRADE WITH UK HAVE FADED *****

THE COMMONWEALTH PREFERENCE SCHEME WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE UNLIMITED ENTRY OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS INTO THE UNITED KINGDOM COVERED LESS THAN 0.008 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN 1985 AND IT CANNOT BE SEEN HOW HONG KONG CAN QUALIFY FOR EVEN THESE LIMITED BENEFITS AFTER 1997.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON ERIC HO, SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON LEE YU-TAI.

/MR HO

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1987

MR HO SAID COMMONWEALTH PREFERENCE FOR THE UNLIMITED ENTRY OF HONG KONG PRODUCTS INTO THE UNITED KINGDOM MATERIALLY ASSISTED HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIALISATION FROM THE LATE 194O’S TO THE EARLY

1970’S.

♦HOWEVER, THESE MAJOR ADVANTAGES HAVE LARGELY FADED AWAY IN CONSEQUENCE OF BRITISH ACCESSION TO THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY JANUARY 1, 1973,+ HE ADDED.

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ABATTOIR ANCILLARY FACILITIES MAY BE MOVED *****

WHILE THERE IS NO PLAN AT PRESENT TO RELOCATE THE KENNEDY TOWN ABATTOIR, ANCILLARY FACILITIES TO THE ABATTOIR COULD BE RELOCATED, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LIU LIT-FOR, MR CHAMBERS SAID THIS COULD DEPEND ON WHETHER A SUITABLE SITE WITH GOOD ROAD ACCESS COULD BE FOUND AND WHETHER FUNDS FOR THE RELOCATION WAS AVAILABLE.

HE SAID THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WAS ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR A SUITABLE SITE.

MR CHAMBERS POINTED OUT THAT THE FLUE GAS WHICH CAUSED THE MAIN ODOUR NUISANCE AT THE ABATTOIR CAME FROM THE BY-PRODUCTS PLANT AND THE ANIMAL CREMATOR WITHIN THE ABATTOIR COMPLEX.

IN THE MEANTIME, AN AFTER-BURNER SYSTEM IS BEING INSTALLED TO REDUCE THE OFFENSIVE ODOUR AND IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN APRIL THIS YEAR.

IN ADDITION, TWO INEFFICIENT BLOOD COOKERS HAVE RECENTLY BEEN REPLACED,♦ HE SAID.

MR CHAMBERS SAID STAFF OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WERE MONITORING THE SITUATION CLOSELY AND WOULD SUGGEST FURTHER MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION IF NECESSARY.

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REASONS FOR ROAD RESTRICTED ZONES EXPLAINED

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS ALWAYS PREPARED TO CONSIDER SUGGESTIONS FOR A RELAXATION OF 24-HOUR STOPPING RESTRICTIONS IN PARTICULAR CASES IF REPRESENTATIONS ARE MADE TO IT, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON DAVID LAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON NGA I SHIU-KIT ABOUT DESIGNATED 24-HOUR RESTRICTED ZONES, MR LAN SAID THE RESTRICTIONS WERE IMPOSED ON ALL EXPRESSWAYS, SUCH AS TUEN TUN HIGHWAY, AND CERTAIN TRUNK ROADS, SUCH AS WATERLOO ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD.

♦TRAFFIC ON EXPRESSWAYS IS GENERALLY FASTER THAN ON OTHER ROADS AND ANY VEHICLE STOPPING ON THESE ROADS AT WHATEVER TIME IS A POTENTIAL DANGER TO OTHER ROAD USERS,♦ MR LAN SAID.

FOR SIMILAR REASONS. THERE ARE 24-HOUR STOPPING RESTRICTIONS IN AND ON THE APPROACHES TO ALL TUNNELS.♦

MR LAN SAID THAT 24-HOUR RESTRICTIONS WERE KEPT TO A MINIMUM IN RESPECT OF ROADS OTHER THAN EXPRESSWAYS.

HOWEVER, IT WAS NECESSARY TO IMPOSE STOPPING RESTRICTIONS IP TO AND BEYOND MIDNIGHT IN AREAS WHICH HAD TRAFFIC CONGESTION AND SAFETY PROBLEMS, SUCH AS PORTIONS OF CERTAIN MAIN OR EVEN SIDE STREETS WHERE TRAFFIC WAS HEAVY THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

♦TO ENSURE THAT THE RESTRICTIONS ARE EASILY UNDERSTOOD BY THE PUBLIC AND TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF CONFUSION THROUGH HAVING TOO MANY DIFFERENT RESTRICTION PERIODS, A 24-HOUR STOPPING RESTRICTION IS OCCASIONALLY IMPOSED WHEN TECHNICALLY A SHORTER PERIOD MIGHT SUFFICE,* MR LAN SAID.

HE NOTED THAT SOME ROAD USERS MIGHT BE INCONVENIENCED IN THESE INSTANCES, BUT IT WAS CONSIDERED THAT IT WAS BETTER TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION AS SAFETY WAS ALWAYS PARAMOUNT.

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PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF OCTOBER EXTERNAL TRADE *****

STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INDICATED THAT THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS GREW BY 15 PERCENT IN THE FIRST TEN MONTHS OF 1986 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT . HENCE, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 13 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS.

IMPORTS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT IN VOLUME. ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 1 PER CENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, SO THAT FOR TOTAL EXPORTS PRICES INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT.

PRICES OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 5 PER CENT. AS A RESULT. THE TERMS CF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE INDEX) DROPPED BY 3 PER CENT.

COMPARING OCTOBER 1986 WITH OCTOBER 1985. THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 32 PER CENT AND 41 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. HENCE, TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY 36 PER CENT IN VOLUME. IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 32 PER CENT. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 5 PER CENT WHILE THOSE OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT. IMPORT PRICES ROSE BY 6 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.

EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF COMPARISON TO THE 12 MONTHS ENDING OCTOBER 1986 WITH THE 12 MONTHS ENDING OCTOBER 1985, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 13 PER CENT WHILE THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT, THUS GIVING AN INCREASE OF 12 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. THE VOLUME OF IMPORTS INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS REMAINED UNCHANGED WHILE THOSE OF RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 1 PER CENT. IMPORT PRICES ROSE BY 4 PER CENT.

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

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AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS SHOWN THEREIN INCREASED IN OCTOBER 1986 COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1985. THESE INCLUDED WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+10 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+9 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+6 PER CENT)’ CLOTHING (+6 PER CENT)’ TEXTILE FABRICS (+1 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (♦! PER CENT) AS WELL AS METAL MANUFACTURES (♦! PER CENT).

DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE, HOWEVER, RECORDED IN «TAL ORES AND SCRAP (-8 PER CENT)’ RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-4 PER CENT) AS WELL AS ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-3 PER CENT). PRICES OF TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD AS WELL AS DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES REMAINED UNCHANGED.

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN OCTOBER 1986 COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1985, INCLUDING TEXTILE FABRICS (♦65 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+59 PER CENT)’ DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+57 PER CENT)' METAL MANUFACTURES (+38 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (*34 PER CENT)’ FOOTWEAR (+30 PER CENT)’ TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+27 PER CENT)’ WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+21 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+14 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+11 PER CENT) AS WELL AS METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+5 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WAS RECORDED IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-9 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR OCTOBER 1986 AS COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1985 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORT PRICES OF MOST END-USE CATEGORIES ROSE IN OCTOBER 1986 AS COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1985, RANGING FROM 3 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS TO 17 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL

GOODS. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE IMPORT PRICES OF FUELS DROPPED BY 39 PER CENT.

MANY OF THE MAJOR IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED IN VOLUME IN OCTOBER 1986 COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1985. SIGNIFICANT GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS; SUGAR AS WELL AS VEGETABLES. HOWEVER, NOTABLE DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR TEA AND COFFEE; MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS AS WELL AS ANIMALS OF THE BOVINE SPECIES.

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OVER THE SAME PERIOD. THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED. THE MORE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING RADIOS. TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES. RECORDS. TAPE RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS; HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES; WATCHES AS WELL AS CLOTHING.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES INCREASED IN OCTOBER 1986 COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1985. THE MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR; PLASTIC. MOULDING MATERIALS; SILK FABRICS AS WELL AS MAN-MADE FIBRES. HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF FADRICS OF.WOOL AND MIXTURES. ........

IMPORTS OF FUELS INCREASED DY 48 PER CENT IN VOLUME IN OCTOBER 1986 AS COMPARED WITH OCTODER 1989.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF MOST COMMODITIES IN THE CAPITAL GOODS

CATEGORY INCREASED IN OCTODER 1986 WHEN COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1985 THE SUBSTANTIAL ONES BEING OFFICE MACHINES' TEXTILE MACHINERY AS

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WELL AS INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY OTHER THAN TEXTILE AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. ON THE OTHER HAND, A NOTABLE DECREASE IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY WAS RECORDED.

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

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN OCTODER 1986 WHEN COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1985 RANGING FROM 18 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS TO 310 PER CENT FOR FUELS

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE OCTODER 1986 ISSUE OF THE ♦HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS* ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AROUND JANUARY 10 AT S2.5O PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THIS REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG, ON 5-214375 AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE INDEXES TO THE d-NSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-444584.

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Table li

Increases In domestic oxporto

by commodity group

'ommodity group Comparing Jan Oct 1986 with Jan-Oct 1986 Unit Value Value Volume * * % Comparin* October 1900 with October 1000 Unit Value Value Vol wee * » M

Cl*’»thi ng Textile fabrics Textile yarn and thread Textile made-ups And related articles Radios of ou kinds Electron 1c components Footwear Hatai manufactures Metal ores and scrap Watches and clocks Travel goods, handbags and almllar articles Doisest io plactrioa .1 appliances ALL COMMODITIES > 16 48 22 10 10 -3 17 13 -33 25 -1 2 17 1 16 -2 40 -1 23 3 7 -9 28 2 -4 1 16 -1 14 '7 -28 7 17 7 -7 -6 8 1 16 21 67 34 39 62 -12 31 39 -3 32 18 56 38 । 6 1 8 9 *4 -3 1 1 -8 10 6 ♦ 5 14 00 04 07 00 -0 00 30 6 21 11 67 30

Notes:

* Inslgnlfioant,

io. less than 0.6#

trade indexes

T from

published ficures. * ohan<®» to be oomputed from the

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Table 2; Increases in Imports by end-use category

End-pse category Comparing Jan-Oct 1986 with Jan-Oot 1986 Coopering October 1088

Value % with October 1986

Value % Unit Value Volume Unit Value X Vol UM K

% %

Foodstuffs 14 -1 16 19 3 16

Consumer goods 27 10 16 49 9 36

Raw materials and semi-manuf actures 21 3 18 43 6 36

Fuels -20 -32 17 -10 -39 48

Capital goods 6 17 -10 43 17 22

ALL COMMODITIES 18 6 12 40 8 32

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

Comparing Jan-Oot 1986 Comparing October 1986

with Jan-Oot 1986 with October 1986

find-use category Unit Unit

Value Value Volume Value Value Volume

* * X x x x

Foodstuffs Consumer goods Raw materials and 36 24 2 4 34 19 66 64 4 4 68 47

semi "-manufactures 11 -3 14 41 -1 42

Fuels 84 -32 170 168 -36 310

Capital goods -17 10 -24 30 9 18

ALL COMMODITIES 12 2 10 46 3 41


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EASTERN HOSPITAL PROGRESS TO BE REVIEWED * * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT HOSPITAL PROJECT AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

CAISSON WORKS FOR THE HOSPITAL, WHICH WILL PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF ACUTE ANCILLARY FACILITIES AND A SCHOOL OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING, WILL BEGIN THIS MONTH.

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO COMMENT ON A PROPOSAL TO CLOSE THE MATERNITY HOME AT THE SHAU KEI WAN JOCKEY CLUB POLYCLINIC, BECAUSE OF POOR UTILISATION RATE AND ADEQUATE OBSTETRICAL FACILITIES ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE URBAN COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME FOR 1987-1991 AND A FINAL REVIEW OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPECIAL TRAFFIC PLANS *****

MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS A PACKAGE OF PROPOSED TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS IN FAT KWONG STREET.

UNTILWLATE°1989E BU,LD,NG WILL BEG,N ,N m*rCH AND NOT BE COMPLETED

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT CARRIED OUT A STUDY TO ASSESS THE TRAFFIC IMPLICATIONS. AS A RESULT, A FOOTBRIDGE, A SIGNAL CONTROL SYSTEM AND ROAD WIDENING WORK IN THE VICINITY HAVE BEEN PROPOSED.

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A SUGGESTION TO BUILD A ROAD SAFETY TOWN IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT, RELOCATING THE TAXI STAND AT THE KCR KOWLOON TONG STATION AND COMPLAINTS ABOUT TAXIS WAITING OUTSIDE ST TERESA’S HOSPITAL IN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BE CONDUCTED IN CHINESE AND SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION SERVICE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.

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SEMINAR ON CRIME PREVENTION ORGANISED M * K K M

WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CRIME PREVENTION TECHNIQUES AND WAYS TO ENSURE FAMILY SAFETY TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO TALK ABOUT THE RECENT TRENDS OF CRIMES COMMITTED IN THE DISTRICT AND THE EFFECTS OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME.

MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITEE WILL JOIN POLICE OFFICERS IN ANSWERING QUESTIONS RAISED BY PARTICIPANTS.

VIDEO TAPES AND SLIDES WILL ALSO BE SHOWN TO ENHANCE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS ON CRIME PREVENTION.

THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO THE SEMINAR AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR AT 8.30 PM TOMORROW AT WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 104, CHING TAK STREET, LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE.

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A SITE AT WING KEI ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG IS TO BE OFFERED ON SHORT-TERM TENANCY BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

IT IS FOR STORING EMPTY CONTAINERS *ND REPAIRING CONTAINER TRACTORS AND TRAILERS. IT MEASURES 1 536 SQUARE METRES.

THE TENANCY IS FOR THREE YEARS, RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON JANUARY 23.

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SOUTHERN STUDENTS ATTEND LEGCO MEETING M * Ml

ABOUT 20 STUDENTS FROM EIGHT SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT OBSERVED A LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POLITICAL SYSTEM IN HONG KONG.

THE VISIT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BUILDING WAS SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THREE AREA COMMITTEES AS PART OF THE DISTRICT’S CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO FORWARD CONSTRUCTIVE IDEAS ON THE REVIEW OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT THIS YEAR.

THE STUDENTS WERE FIRST BRIEFED BY OMELCO STAFF ON THE OFFICE’S FUNCTION AND OPERATION. THEY WERE THEN GIVEN BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON TODAY’S COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.

AFTER ATTENDING THE MEETING, THEY RETURNED TO THE ABERDEEN KAIFONG ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY CENTRE WHERE STUDENTS HELD A DISCUSSUON.

A SIMILAR PROGRAMME ORGANISED LAST OCTOBER FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO ATTEND A SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING HAD ATTRACTED MORE THAN 100 PARTICIPANTS.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR ORGANISED FOR RESIDENTS

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A SEMINAR ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT FOR WESTERN WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

RESIDENTS OF CENTRAL AND EVENING AT THE CHIU CHOW

THE SEMINAR, AIMED AT ENHANCING RESIDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND STRENGTHENING TIES BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND DISTRICT RESIDENTS, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, AND THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING OWNERS ASSOCIATIONS OF BOTH CENTRAL AND WESTERN.

GUEST SPEAKERS WILL BE THE HOUSING MANAGER IN THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT TEAM OF EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, MR K.T. LIN, AND A LAWYER, MR MOSES CHENG.

THEY WILL SPEAK ON +BUILDING RENOVATION AND THE COLLECTION OF MANAGEMENT FEES+ AND THE +GENERAL LEGAL ISSUES IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDING MANAGEMENT*, RESPECTIVELY.

MORE THAN 200 RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR WHICH WILL START AT 8 PM.

MEMBERS OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS IN PARTICULAR ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND AND TO RAISE QUESTIONS. ADMISSION IS FREE.

AMONG THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WILL BE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, CENTRAL AND WESTERN, MISS ELIZABETH TSE; CHAIRMAN OF THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDING OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN DISTRICT. MR YAU YUK-TAK » AND CHAIRMAN OF THE MULTISTOREY BUILDING OWNERS ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL DISTRICT, MRS CHAN MOK WING-CHUN.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR TO BE HELD TOMORROW IN THE ASSEMBLY HALL OF THE CHIU CHOW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 81-85 DES VOEUX ROAD WEST, 10TH FLOOR, WESTERN DISTRICT. IT WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM.

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GRANVILLE ROAD ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO GO

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO DEMOLISH ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ATTACHED TO THE REAR EXTERNAL WALL OF THE FIRST FLOOR OF 65 GRANVILLE ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE OWNERS WERE INSTRUCTED TO DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURES THEMSELVES TWO YEARS AGO UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE BUT HAD FAILED TO DO SO.

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS TO APPLY TO KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 10 FOR A CLOSURE ORDER SO THAT THE STRUCTURES CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT ENDANGERING THE OCCUPANTS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

NOTICES INFORMING THE OCCUPANTS OF THE AUTHORITY’S INTENTION TO GO TO COURT WERE PINNED ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DEMOLITION WILL TAKE PLACE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE COURT GRANTS THE CLOSURE ORDER.

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MASTER CLASS TO BE HELD TOMORROW

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A MASTER CLASS WILL BE HELD AT THE TOMORROW (THURSDAY)

CONDUCTED BY TALENTED FLAUTIST CATHER I NA YUNG YAU MA TEI MUSIC CENTRE OF THE MUSIC OFFICE FROM 6 PM TO 8 PM.

SHE WON FIRST PRIZE IN THE HONG KONG SCHOOL MUSIC FESTIVAL COMMERCIAL RADIO SCHOLARSHIP IN 1973 AND IS NOW STUDYING MUSIC IN WEST GERMANY.

MISS YUNG HAS BEEN INVITED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL TO PERFORM IN HONG KONG AND THE MASTER CLASS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY COURTESY OF THE COUNCIL.

SHE WILL NOT ONLY SPEAK ON THE VARIOUS TECHNIQUES IN FLUTE PLAYING BUT ALSO COACH TRAINEES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

ADMISSION TO THE MASTER CLASS IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON 3-7226240 OR 5-283257.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CONNAUGHT ROAD * * M * *

AS PART OF THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME IN CONNECTION WITH CONSTRUCTION OF PEDDER STREET UNDERPASS, A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CENTRAL FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 10). DETAILS AREi

* THE EXISTING PEAK-HOUR (7-10 AM AND 4-7 PM) DAILY 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 WILL BE LIFTED.

* A CONNECTION ACROSS THE WORKS AREA SEPARATING THE OUTER AND INNER LANES OF THE WESTBOUND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN PEDDER AND POTTINGER STREETS WILL BE MADE A TEMPORARY 24-HOUR DAILY BUS-ONLY LANE.

THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE DAILY FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS DURING WHICH NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE ROAD SECTION.

* THE EXISTING PEAK-HOUR GOODS VEHICLE RESTRICTED ZONE ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL FROM A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH DOUGLAS STREET TO ITS JUNCTION WITH POTTINGER STREET WILL BE CONVERTED TO A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FOR ALL VEHICLES.

THE MEASURE WILL AGAIN LAST FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS. NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAY FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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

THURSDAY, J/xNUiuRY 8, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

PRELIMINARY REPORT ON VR DEBaTE SENT TO FCO — SIR DaVID .. 1

NEW CENTRE WILL HELP BLIND TO INTEGRATE.................... 2

CIVIL SERVICE . OFFERS CHALLENGING CAREERS................. 3

ANTI-SMOKING FACT SHEETS DETAIL HEALTH RISKS .............. 4

$60 MILLION DONATION FOR ART, PHYSICAL EDUCATION SCHOOL ... 5

SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR JUNK BaY.............................. 6

AMERICANS TOLD OF INVESTMENT ATTRACTIONS .................. 6

+LAI SEE+- DISTRIBUTED TO THE NEEDY .....................   8

COLOURFUL STixRT TO ARTS FESTIVE........................... 9

SIR DmVID TO aTTEND iJ4S ANNUaL DINNER ................... 10

LUN/tR NEW YEAR MAIL DELIVERIES .......................... 11

COMMITTEE CONSIDERS +CLEAN+ IDEAS FRCM aBROAD ............ 11

BANNERS FOR GOOD DEEDS IN ABERDEEN FIRE................... 12

VICE-ESTABLISHMENTS ON COMMITTEES AGENDA ................. 12

BRIEFING FOR DB ON CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRESS .............. 13

SHAM SHU I PO ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO MEET.............   13

SLOGAN contest to promote CRIME PREVENTION .............. I2*

DETAILS OF TOURISM SURVEY TO BE ANNOUNCED................ 12*

SOUTHERN RESIDENTS TO AIR VIEWS AT’SEMINAR................ 15

/VARIETY SHOW .....

VARIETY SHOW WINDS UP CIVIC EDUCATION C.iMP/kIGN ............

TSIM TUNG FIRE STATION OPENED................................

CAS TO HOLD INTER-UNIT COMPETITION ..........................

REMINDER GIVEN ON OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT............................. V

BAZA..R TO RAISE FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY CHEST....................... 18

FREE FILM SHOW FOR WAN CHAI ELDERLIES ......................

OPEN DANCE CONTEST BEGINS SATURDAY .............................. 19

HK WALK FOR MILLIONS TR. J’FIC ARRANGEMENTS...................... 19

TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR TSUEN WAN FESTIVE OPENING.................... 21

TUEN MUN ROaD STOPPAGES .......................................   22

TSING YI BRIDGE MONITORDmG ...'................................   22

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1987

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PRELIMINARY REPORT ON VR DEBATE SENT TO FOO — SIR DAVID

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A PRELIMINARY REPORT ON YESTERDAY’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DEBATE ON THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM IN HONG KONG HAS ALREADY BEEN SENT TO THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE ADDED THAT THE VARIOUS OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THE DEBATE WOULD BE COLLATED AND TRANSMITTED TO LONDON AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OPENING THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND’S ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB CENTRE FOR THE BLIND, SIR DAVID SAID THIS PROCESS WOULD NOT TAKE VERY LONG.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT SEND ANY OFFICIAL TO LONDON AT THIS STAGE TO LOBBY MINISTERS. +1 THINK WE MUST WAIT UNTIL WE HAVE ALLOWED MINISTERS IN LONDON TIME TO REFLECT UPON THE OPINIONS WHICH WERE EXPRESSED.*

SIR DAVID DESCRIBED YESTERDAY’S DEBATE AS +A VERY USEFUL EXPRESSION OF OPINION* IN HONG KONG.

+1 THINK MEMBERS REFLECTED THE VIEWS OF THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THIS QUESTION. THEY WEREN’T HYSTERICAL REQUESTS. THEY ARE VERY SENSIBLE, VERY RATIONAL REQUESTS IN THE FACE OF A VERY DIFFICULT PROBLEM.*

ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S POSITION ON THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE ISSUE, SIR DAVID SAID BRITAIN HAD A PROBLEM WITH MANY PEOPLE GOING THERE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, NOT JUST FROM HONG KONG.

+SO WE HAVE TO HAVE AN APPRECIATION OF BRITAIN’S PROBLEM AS WELL AS OUR OWN,* HE SAID, ADDING THAT A RATIONAL APPROACH TO THIS WAS VERY NECESSARY.

ASKED WHETHER HE WAS IN FAVOUR OF THE IDEA OF REPATRIATION, HE SA I Di +IF IT CAN BE ACHIEVED IN A WAY THAT WE CAN BE SURE IN HONG KONG THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE REPATRIATED AREN’T VICTIMISED IN A WAY WHICH WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE TO US.+

ON THE QUESTION OF HONG KONG’S NEXT GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID SAID THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DID NOT DISCUSS THE MATTER AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY. HE REITERATED THAT AN ANNOUNCEMENT WAS EXPECTED IN A WEEK OR TWO.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SIR GEOFFREY HOWE AND THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HAD BEEN HAVING A VERY BUSY HOLIDAY SEASON WITH SIR GEOFFREY HAVING BEEN IN SOUTH AMERICA, +AND THEREFORE COMING TO A FINAL DECISION MUST WAIT UNTIL THESE VARIOUS PEOPLE COME TOGETHER IN LONDON.*

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ASKED ABOUT THE NEW POLITICAL ADVISER, MR RICHARD CLIFT, SIR DAVID SAID* + HE IS AN OLD FRIEND OF HONG KONG. HE IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE HONG KONG SITUATION AND ABOUT THE JOINT DECLARATION AND ALL ITS DETAILS.

+SO I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT MR CLIFT WILL BE ABLE TO PICK UP FROM JOHN BOYD EXACTLY WHERE HE LEFT OFF.+

HE DISAGREED THAT THERE WOULD BE ANY CHANGES IN HIS ROLE AND WORK. + l AM SURE CONTINUITY WILL BE WELL MAINTAINED,* HE ADDED.

NEW CENTRE WILL HELP BLIND TO INTEGRATE * * * * *

THE VARIOUS REHABILITATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB CENTRE FOR THE BLIND WILL HELP TO ACHIEVE THE AIM OF INTEGRATING BLIND PEOPLE INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF SOCIETY, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

OFFICIALLY OPENING THE CENTRE, SIR DAVID SAID ITS REHABILITATION SERVICES WOULD ENABLE THE BLIND TO DEVELOP THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITIES OF BLIND PEOPLE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT THAT THEIR DISABILITY PERMITTED.

♦THIS BUILDING IS UNIQUE IN MANY WAYS,+ HE SAID, +IT IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG TO PROVIDE A MULTI-FACETED SERVICE FOR THE TRAINING AND REHABILITATION OF THE BLIND, WITH MEDICAL, SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL AND TECHNICAL SERVICES ALL UNDER ONE ROOF.

♦BOTH THE CONCEPT OF THIS CENTRE AND THE SERVICES WHICH IT PROVIDES HAVE PUT IT IN THE FOREFRONT OF PROVISION FOR THE BLIND.

♦PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY ARE THE CENTRALISED COMPUTERISED BRAILLE PRODUCTION UNIT, WHICH WILL BENEFIT BLIND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE TERRITORY, AND THE HOSTEL FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED BLIND, WHICH IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG.+

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT IT WAS AN EXPENSIVE PROJECT, MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS DONATIONS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE LOTTERIES FUND AND THE BRADBURY TRUST FUND, AMONG OTHER SOURCES.

♦RECOGNITION MUST ALSO BE GIVEN TO THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND UNDER THE CAPABLE LEADERSHIP OF ITS DIRECTOR, MR K.L. STUMPF, WHO HAS WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A SUCCESS,+ HE SAID.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1987

- 5 -CIVIL SERVICE OFFERS CHALLENGING CAREERS *****

IHE RAPID SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN HONG eA2LPUBL,C ADM1NISTRATI ON AN EVEN MORE CHALLENGING JOB £25 PE0PLE WH0 ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING THE PUBLIC, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

*AI.IHE SAME T,ME> THE INCREASED PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES HAS MADE JOBS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE MORE EXCITING AND REWARDING,* HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CIVIL SERVICE CAREERS EXHIBITION AT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, MR LIAO SAID THAT WHEN JOINING THE SERVICE CIVIL SERVANTS WERE NORMALLY EXPECTED TO COMMIT THEMSELVES TO A LIFE-LONG CAREER IN SERVING THE PUBLIC.

THEY WERE REQUIRED TO GIVE SERVICE WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY.

♦TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR IMPROVED PUBLIC SERVICES AS WELL AS THE GROWTH IN COMPLEXITY AND VOLUME OF WORK, GOVERNMENT HAS TO CAST ITS NET WIDE TO RECRUIT WELL-QUALIFIED, TALENTED AND HARDWORKING YOUNG PEOPLE EVERY YEAR,+ MR LIAO SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC HAD ALWAYS BEEN FORTHCOMING IN PROVIDING NEW RECRUITS OF THE RIGHT CALIBRE AND TRAINING TO FILL GOVERNMENT POSTS.

BY OFFERING A GREAT NUMBER OF COURSES IN A WIDE SPECTRUM OF g'SCIPLINES. THE POLYTECHNIC HAD CATERED FOR THE NEED FOR TRAINED PERSONNEL IN VARIOUS PROFESSIONS WITHIN THE SERVICE.

.A1Uel\.u28;k.3EOUT N,NE PER CENT 0F THE 2 600 POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES

IHE GOVERNMENT, AND MR LIAO WAS CONFIDENT THAT MORE GRADUATES WOULD BE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CIVIL SERVICE IN THE FUTURE.

♦ON THE WHOLE, MOST OF THE JOBS FOR THE PROFESSIONALS AND ADMINISTRATORS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE HAVE GROWN IN COMPLEXITY,♦ HE SAID.

♦QUALITY DECISION-MAKING OFTEN REQUIRES GOOD ’POLITICAL’ SENSE AND A GOOD CIVIL SERVANT IS OFTEN SAID TO REQUIRE SUCH QUALIFICATIONS AS DETERMINATION, SOUND JUDGEMENT, PERSERVERANCE, ’ALL-ROUNDEDNESS’ AS WELL AS ’SENSE AND SENSITIVITY’.

♦BESIDES THE REQUISITE KNOWLEDGE OF THE JOB AND INTER-PERSONAL SKILLS, HE OR SHE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO HAVE AN APPRECIATION OF THE FEELINGS OF THE MAN-ON-THE-STREET.+

MR LIAO SAID A TOTAL OF 29 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WERE TAKING PART IN THE CAREERS EXHIBITION WHICH PROVIDED A FULL PANORAMA OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CIVIL SERVICE THAT WERE RELEVANT TO THE TRAINING OF HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC GRADUATES.

♦THE EXPOSURE AND CHALLENGE THAT ONE FINDS IN A CIVIL SERVICE JOB IS VERY REWARDING,♦ HE ADDED.

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ANTI-SMOKING FACT SHEETS DETAIL HEALTH RISKS * ft * ft ft

A NEW SERIES OF EIGHT UPDATED FACT SHEETS, ENTITLED +HEALTH OR SMOKINGi THE FACTS*. HAS BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS PART CF THE 1986-7 ANTI-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

THE FACT SHEETS AREi ^SMOKING STATISTICS*, +TOBACCO AND DISEASE - AN OVERVIEW*, +SMOKING AND DISEASES OF THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM*, +TOBACCO AND HEART DISEASE*, *SMOKING AND REPRODUCTION*, *PASSIVE SMOKING*, +LOWER TAR CIGARETTES AND CIGARETTE SUBSTITUTES* AND *THE ECONOMICS OF SMOKING*.

THE LATEST RESEARCH FINDINGS ON THE HEALTH RISKS ARE HIGHLIGHTED BY STATISTICS AND OTHER FACTS GIVEN THROUGHOUT THE SHEETS, FOR EXAMPLEi

ft ONE IN EVERY FOUR SMOKERS WILL DIE PREMATURELY BECAUSE OF TOBACCO-RELATED DISEASES;

ft THE RISK OF A SMOKER DYING BEFORE 65 IS ALMOST TWICE AS GREAT AS THE RISK FOR A NON-SMOKER;

ft BABIES BORN TO WOMEN WHO SMOKE DURING PREGNANCY ARE NEARLY A QUARTER OF A KILOGRAM LIGHTER AND ARE MORE LIKELY TO DIE AFTER BIRTH;

ft THE RISK OF SUDDEN DEATH FROM A HEART ATTACK IS UP TO FIVE TIMES AS GREAT AS IN NON-SMOKERS;

ft CIGARETTE SMOKING IS THE MAJOR AVOIDABLE CAUSE OF ILL HEALTH AND PREMATURE MORTALITY IN COUNTRIES WHERE IT IS WIDESPREAD? IN HONG KONG THE NUMBER OF SMOKING RELATED DEATHS IS ESTIMATED TO BE AS HIGH AS 3 000 A YEAR.

FACT SHEETS NO. 3, 4 AND 5 GIVE DETAILED MEDICAL EVIDENCE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE DIRECT HEALTH RISKS. THE ALARMING INCREASE OF OVER 72 PER CENT IN LUNG CANCER DEATHS OVER THE 10 YEAR PERIOD FROM 1975 TO 1984 IS HIGHLIGHTED.

CORONARY HEART DISEASE IS LISTED AS THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN HONG KONG WITH A QUARTER OF THESE DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH SMOKING.

MOREOVER, THE KNOWN EFFECTS ON PREGNANT WOMEN AND THEIR BABIES, TOGETHER WITH THE ILL-EFFECTS OF SMOKING MOTHERS ON CHILDREN, ARE EXPLAINED.

/FACT SHEET

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 198?

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FACT SHEET NO. 6 CONCENTRATES ON AN ISSUE WHICH IS OF INCREASING CONCERN TO NON-SMOKERS. APART FROM NOTING THAT MANY NON-SMOKERS EXPERIENCE NOSE, THROAT AND EYE IRRITATIONS FROM PASSIVE SMOKING, IT ALSO SPELLS OUT THE LATEST MEDICAL INDICATIONS THAT NORMAL IEALTHY NON-SMOKERS MAY BE PHYSICALLY HARMED BY CONSTANT EXPOSURE TO THE SMOKE FROM CIGARETTES, CIGARS OR PIPES, BELONGING TO OTHER PERSONS SMOKING IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT.

THIS FACT SHEET CONCLUDES WITH LAST YEAR’S RESOLUTION BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION +THAT PASSIVE, ENFORCED OR INVOLUNTARY SMOKING VIOLATES THE RIGHT TO HEALTH OF NON-SMOKERS, WHO MUST BE PROTECTED AGAINST THIS NOXIOUS FORM OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION*.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE EVIDENCE ON THE EFFECTS OF ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SMOKING FULLY JUSTIFIES THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF DISCOURAGEMENT OF SMOKING IN GENERAL AND IN PARTICULAR THE PROHIBITIONS AGAINST SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES AND THE DESIGNATION OF NO-SMOKING AREAS IN CINEMAS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT, AND SO ON.

OTHER FACT SHEETS ELABORATE ON THE PRODUCTION OF TAR TABLES WHICH ARE PUBLISHED EVERY SIX MONTHS IN NEWSPAPERS AND IN THE CONSUMER COUNCIL’S OFFICIAL MAGAZINE, AND OUTLINE THE COST OF THE SMOKING HABIT TO THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS TO THE INDIVIDUAL.

A TOTAL OF 45 OOO SETS OF FACT SHEETS (30 000 SETS IN CHINESE AND 15 000 SETS IN ENGLISH) HAVE BEEN PRINTED AND ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED FREE-OF-CHARGE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH DISTRICT OFFICES, THE CENTRAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE MARKETING SECTION OF INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS.

♦THIS SERIES OF ANTI-SMOKING FACT SHEETS, COMPILED BY THE l€ALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH AND DESIGNED BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, REPRESENTS A VERY IMPORTANT FORM OF EDUCATIONAL PUBLICITY IN THE TERRITORY-WIDE ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER ANT I-SMOKING PUBLICITY MATERIALS INCLUDE TELEVISION AND RADIO API’S (ANNOUNCEMENTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST), POSTERS, LEAFLETS AND STICKERS.

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160 MILLION DONATION FOR ART, PHYSICAL EDUCATION SCHOOL *****

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS MADE A $60 MILLION DONATION FOR BUILDING AND OPERATING A SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH TALENT IN EITHER VISUAL ARTS OR PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE JOCKEY CLUB, GENERAL GUY WATKINS WILL PRESENT A CHEQUE FOR THIS AMOUNT TO TH^ DIRECTOR OF EDUCATl6N, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, AT A CEREMONY AT THE LEE GARDENS HOTEL IN CAUSEWAY BAY, AT 3 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

/THE PRESENTATION

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1987

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THE PRESENTATION WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN JOINTLY BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE JOCKEY CLUB TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE PROJECT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AT CAROLINE ROOM, LEE GARDENS HOTEL, FIRST FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, AT 3 PM TOMORROW.

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SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR JUNK BAY * * * * ft

A SECONDARY SCHOOL, OCCUPYING TO BE BUILT AT YAU YUE WAN IN JUNK

A 6 445 SQUARE METRES SITE, IS

BA Ye

WILL HAVE ONE BLOCK FOR 24 CLASSROOMS AND ANOTHER FOR SPECIAL ROOMS. INCLUDING SCIENCE LABORATORIES TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS A LIBRARY, MuilC ROOM, DOMESTIC SCIEHCe ROOM Ind OFFICES. '

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C9tELEIE.D ,N 16 M0NTHS THE SCHOOL WILL SERVE THE HEAD “ ROAD AREAS WHICH WILL ACCOMMODATE 75 000

PEOPLE BY 1990

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MARCH.

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AMERICANS

TOLD OF INVESTMENT ATTRACTIONS Jr k k tv n

INCREASING FOREIGNN?NVESTMENrfHARE SERV^rRTnAJZ°NSH,P W,TH CHINA AND STATUS AS AN INTERNATIONAL CR0MRO?n?V J® HONG KONG’S

INTO THE NEXT CENTURY CROSSROADS IN ASIA, ONE THAT WILL CONTINUE

AFFAIRSlOFFtcEE?NHSANSFRANClSCO DMREbIlLy°lamHEat°NG K0NG ECONOMIC IN LOS ANGELES EARLIER THIS WEEK. ' AT A SEM,NAR HELD

/IN HIS

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1987

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IN HIS TALK ON HONG KONG BEFORE AND AFTER 1997, MR LAM OUTLINED THE CONCRETE STEPS THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN TO IMPLEMENT THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION SIGNED IN 1984.

HE ALSO DESCRIBED TO THE AUDIENCE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN BUSINESS EXECUTIVES ATTENDING THE TRADE AND INVESTMENT SEMINAR, ORGANISED BY MR LAM’S OFFICE, HOW AMERICAN BUSINESS INFLUENCE IN THE TERRITORY WAS INCREASING.

IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN USI800 MILLION HAD BEEN INVESTED IN HONG KONG, IN 142 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING SOME 40 000 PEOPLE. THIS REPRESENTED 53 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL DIRECT OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.

HE NOTED THAT WHILE THE UNITED STATES WAS HONG KONG’S LARGEST EXPORT MARKET, ACCOUNTING FOR MORE THAN 45 PER CENT OF TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS, IT WAS ALSO HONG KONG’S THIRD LARGEST SUPPLIER PROVIDING 11 PER CENT OF ITS IMPORTS, ON THIS BASIS, EACH PERSON IN HONG KONG BOUGHT USI577 WORTH OF U.S. PRODUCTS A YEAR.

+ABOVE ALL, THE UNITED STATES AND HONG KONG SHARE THE SAME BELIEF IN FREE AND FAIR TRADE, IN OPEN MARKETS AND FREE COMPETITION AND ARE ALLIES IN ENDEAVOURING TO LIBERALISE WORLD TRADE AND INVESTMENT,* MR LAM EMPHASISED.

A FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF A MAJOR AMERICAN COMPANY PRAISED HONG KONG AS A FINE PLACE FOR DOING BUSINESS.

MR ROBERT LUNDEEN, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY, SAID THAT BASED ON DOW’S LONG EXPERIENCE IN HONG KONG THE TERRITORY WAS A *WINNER* AS A REGIONAL CENTRE 20 YEARS AGO AND WOULD BE A WINNER BY A SUBSTANTIAL MARGIN TODAY AND TOMORROW.

HE OUTLINED THAT QUALITIES THAT MADE HONG KONG IDEAL FOR A REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS AND ADDED THAT HE BELIEVED A REASONABLE, PRAGMATIC SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WOULD EVOLVE IN THE TERRITORY AFTER 1997.

INVESTMENTS SUCH AS THE DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY HAD MADE IN HONG KONG SERVED AS A MAGNET TO ATTRACT TALENTED HONG KONG CHINESE GRADUATES OF AMERICAN AND BRITISH COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITIES BACK TO HONG KONG, MR LUNDEEN SAID, POINTING OUT THAT THE COMPANY’S LARGE MODERN POLYSTYRENE MANUFACTURING PLANT LOCATED ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND WAS STAFFED AND MANAGED ENTIRELY BY HONG KONG CHINESE.

ALSO TAKING PART IN THE SEMINAR WERE THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT. MR ROBERT ASHWORTH, WHO DISCUSSED INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE TERRITORY! HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION OFFICIAL, MR SIMON EDWARDS, TALKING ON HONG KONG AS THE GATEWAY TO CHINA! AND HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE AMERICA’S, MR ANDREW MA, WHO PINPOINTED TWO-WAY TRADE OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND HONG KONG.

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♦LAI SEE+ DISTRIBUTED TO THE NEEDY I K X H K

SOME 9 000 NEEDY PEOPLE ARE TO RECEIVE NEW YEAR ♦LAI SEE+ FROM THE TANG SHIU-KIN AND HO TIM CHARITABLE FUND THIS YEAR.

THEY COMPRISE WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN AND WHO ARE ON PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, RESIDENTS IN SELECTED ELDERLY INSTITUTIONS AND AGED PATIENTS IN THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

AT A CEREMONY HELD IN PO LEUNG KUK TODAY (THURSDAY), 175 WIDOWED FAMILIES FROM THE EASTERN-WANCHAI DISTRICT RECEIVED RED PACKETS OF $50 EACH.

DISTRIBUTION TO OTHER BENEFICIARIES WILL TAKE PLACE FROM NEXT MONDAY (JANUARY 12) ONWARDS.

ABOUT $500 000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED BY THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE FUND FOR DISTRIBUTION PURPOSE.

ASSISTING MR HO TIM, A FOUNDER OF THE FUND, AT TODAY’S DISTRIBUTION WERE LADY SHIU-KIN TANG’ DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND TRUSTEE OF THE FUND, MRS ANSON CHAN’ MR CHARLES LUI, ADVISER OF THE FUND, AND MOVIE STAR SYLVIA CHANG.

THE FUND, WHICH IS ADMINISTERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, PROVIDES IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS OR FAMILIES IN COPING WITH HARDSHIP BROUGHT ABOUT BY UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES.

GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE TO PUT A CHILD THROUGH EDUCATION, TO PURCHASE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR TO MEET HIGH COSTS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT OR OTHER NEEDS.

PAYMENTS ARE ALSO MADE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS ARISING FROM PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY OR CHRONIC ILLNESS.

IN PARTICULAR, THE FUND HELPS VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS WITH URGENT NEEDS.

APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE FROM THE FUND CAN BE MADE TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, PO LEUNG KUK OR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

SOCIAL WORKERS OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES MAY ALSO REFER HARDSHIP CASES TO THE SECRETARY OF THE FUND OR THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

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COLOURFUL START TO ARTS FESTIVAL

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COLOURFUL CEREMONIES WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 11) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE NINTH ANNUAL TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL.

AS A PRELUDE TO THE FESTIVAL, THERE WILL BE A SPECTACULAR PROCESSION THROUGH THE TOWN.

THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO WATCH THE PROCESSION, WHICH WILL START FROM SHA TSUI ROAD AT 5.30 PM.

IT WILL END IN THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND WHERE THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE FESTIVAL AT 8 PM.

AROUND 600 PERFORMERS WILL ENTERTAIN THE CROWD ALONG THE ROUTE. THE ENTERTAINMENT WILL INCLUDE MARTIAL ARTS, UNICORN DANCE, AND CHIU CHOW MUSIC.

AT THE JUNCTION OF CHUNG ON STREET AND SHA TSUI ROAD, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AS THE PROCESSION PASSES A SPECIAL DAIS.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD. THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATIONAL CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION.

DURING THE FESTIVAL, A WIDE RANGE OF INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EVENTS WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

INDOOR PERFORMANCES WILL BE GIVEN MAINLY IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL. THEY INCLUDEPIANO RECITALS BY FOU TS’ONG, BALLET, ACROBATIC SHOWS, A CONCERT BY THE SHANGHAI SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA, AND PERFORMANCES BY OTHER WELL-KNOWN LOCAL AND OVERSEAS ARTISTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE FILM SHOWS AND A GRAPHIC DESIGN EXHIBITION WITH THEMES ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH OF TSUEN WAN.

FREE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO BE STAGED WIDELY IN THE DISTRICT.

A FRINGE-TYPE CULTURAL DISPLAY AND PERFORMANCES ON VARIOUS TRADITIONAL CHINESE ARTS SUCH AS ARTISTIC MASK MAKING, PAPER CUTTING AND FLOUR-DOLL MAKING WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND ON SUNDAY, STARTING AT 2 PM.

/THE FESTIVAL .......

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THE FESTIVAL WILL CLOSE ON FEBRUARY 22.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE NINTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY.

THERE ARE FIXED PRESS POSITIONS FOR COVERING THE PROCESSION ALONG SHA TSUI ROAD. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE IN POSITION BY 5 PM.

BECAUSE OF ROAD CLOSURES, THEY SHOULD ENTER THE AREA AT CHUNG ON STREET FROM YEUNG UK ROAD.

THOSE COVERING THE OPENING CEREMONY SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND IN SHA TSUI ROAD AT 7.15 PM.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED TO TAKE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE SALUTING DAIS AREA TO THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND AS SOON AS THE LAST PROCESSION UNIT HAS PASSED.

PRESS BADGES FOR SUNDAY ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE NEWS AND PUBLICITY DIVISION OF THE CNTA HEADQUARTERS ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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SIR DAVID TO ATTEND AMS ANNUAL DINNER * * * * *

IHE ACT,NG GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES. WILL BE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE ANNUAL AMS DINNER ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 10) AT THE MAXIM’S PALACE RESTAURANT, WORLD TRADE CENTRE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE AMS COMMISSIONER, DR K.L. THONG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENtNG CEREMONY AND SIR DAVID WILL PRESENT CIVIL DEFENCE LONG SERVICE MEDALS AND CLASPS TO 32 AMS OFFICERS.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

ocOD1J2H^^.JNVITED T0 COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE GLOUCESTER ROAD MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE BY 7.30 PM.

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LUNAR NEW YEAR MAIL DELIVERIES *****

THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF LETTERS ON JANUARY 30 (FRIDAY) AND FEBRUARY 1 (SUNDAY) DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

HOWEVER ALL POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE HOLIDAYS, EXCEPT ON TH$ MORNING OF FEBRUARY 1 (SUNDAY), WHEN 42 POST OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO NOON.

THE 42 POST OFFICES INCLUDE THE GENERAL POST OFF ICE OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON CENTRAL AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICES ^N KOWLOON, ANfi TSUEN WING STREET, SHA TIN CENTRAL AND TAI PO POST OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

DETAILS OF THE ^^OS^OFF ICE^CAN^BE^OBTAI NED ^OM_LOCAL

POST OFFICES OR FROM

AT 5-231071.

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COMMITTEE CONSIDERS +CLEAN+ IDEAS FROM ABROAD *****

FRESH CAMPAIGN IDEAS FROM OVERSEAS WERE THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT TODAY’S (THURSDAY) MEETING OF THE JOINT URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE.

THEY WERE BROUGHT BACK TO HONG KONG BY THE COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, MR WALTER SULKE, AFTER A RECENT TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND THE UNITED STATES.

MOST OF THE IDEAS INTRODUCED BY MR SULKE WERE ANTI-LITTER CAMPAIGNERS IN THOSE COUNTRIES USED TO BROADEN COMMUNITY AND CORPORATE SUPPORT.

ONE SUCH MEASURE, FOR EXAMPLE, IF APPLIED IN HONG KONG WOULD HAVE LARGE CORPORATIONS +ADOPTING+ PUBLIC PLACES LIKE STATUE SQUARE AND TAKING ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF KEEPING THEM CLEAN.

MR SULKE FURTHER SUGGESTED THAT AS IN OTHER COUNTRIES REPRESENTATIVES FROM INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE BE MORE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN CAMPAIGN DECISION-MAKING.

THE COMMITTEE TOOK NO FIRM DECISIONS ON THE PROPOSALS BUT DECIDED TO CONSIDER THEM FOR USE IN FUTURE CAMPAIGN.

THEY DID ENDORSE, HOWEVER, A SIX-PHASE OPERATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR 1987-88 WHICH WAS EARLIER APPROVED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE.

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BANNERS FOR GOOD DEEDS IN ABERDEEN FIRE * M M * *

BANNERS WILL BE PRESENTED TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO VOLUNTEER FIRE WATCH TEAMS, KAIFONGS AND DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS WHICH HELPED IN FIGHTING THE ABERDEEN TYPHOON SHELTER FIRE ON BOXING DAY AND IN CO-ORDINATING EMERGENCY RELIEF.

THE PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ABERDEEN FIRE STATION AT 3 PM.

IT HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, AND THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (HONG KONG), MR BRIAN FENDER, WILL OFFICIATE.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, HOUSING DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, POLICE, MARINE POLICE, CIVIL AID SERVICES AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL ATTEND.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE BANNER PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 3 PM TOMORROW AT THE ABERDEEN FIRE STATION, WONG CHUK HANG ROAD.

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VICE-ESTABLISHMENTS ON COMMITTEES AGENDA X * K K *

THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE DRAFTING OF LEGISLATION TO DEAL WITH NUISANCES CREATED BY VICE-RELATED ESTABLISHMENTS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN THE DISTRICT AND THE PROVISION OF SITTING-OUT AREA AT FERRY POINT.

THEY WILL ALSO DISCUSS A LANDSCAPE SCHEME AT THE JUNCTION OF WATERLOO ROAD AND WYLIE ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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BRIEFING FOR DB ON CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRESS X I K I I

MEMBERS OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE BRIEFED ON PROGRESS OF THE DISTRICT’S CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION COMMITTEE, MRS ANITA CHAN, WILL ALSO BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE COMMITTEE’S WORK.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A REPORT BY THE BOARD’S REGIONAL COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE, MR WAN YUET-KAU, AND A REPORT BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING AT 10 AM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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SHAM SHU I

PO ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO MEET

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MEET WORK

THE SHAM SHU I PO

______ , DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO REVIEW PROGRESS OF THE +REPORT OF THE ING GROUP ON SHAM SHU I PO PRIVATE BUILDING STUDIES*I

Ss^EAJ|EpB?ar^uK? ?I°eNxSpERctEHEd

JayFtoEpAuDbVl?cVIIEHE|tN?o«b;5^ februarv ANI1 "e"bers will discuss

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO COMPENSATION FROM SHOP TENANTS OF BLOCK

DISCUSS THE DEMAND FOR 15, PAK TIN ESTATE.

OTHER ,tEMS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE PROVISION OF STREET LIGHTS AT REAR LANES PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTPATH ON CHAK ON ROAD AND PR0BLEMS OF INSUFFICIENT WATER PRESSURE AT UPPER FLOORS OF PAK TIN ESTATE.

THE THE SHAM KOWLOON.

MEETING WILL START AT 2.15 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, 39 TONKIN STREET, SECOND FLOOR,

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1987

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SLOGAN CONTEST TO PROMOTE CRIME PREVENTION K K K M M

APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR A FIGHT CRIME SLOGAN COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO COMBAT CRIME, THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS — A JUNIOR SECTION FOR PARTICIPANTS UNDER 12 YEARS OLD AND A SENIOR ONE FOR THOSE AGED 13 AND ABOVE.

THE SLOGAN, IN CHINESE ONLY, SHOULD BE CONCISE AND DIRECT IN PROMOTING THE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE.

THREE WINNING AND 10 OUTSTANDING ENTRIES WILL BE CHOSEN FROM EACH SECTION, WITH THE BEST ENTRIES BEING PRINTED ON BOOKMARKS LATER.

RESIDENTS WISHING TO TAKE PART SHOULD SEND THEIR ENTRIES TO THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, C/0 TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE, 40 CARNAVON ROAD BY JANUARY 23. EACH PARTICIPANT IS LIMITED TO ONE ENTRY ONLY.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-695259.

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DETAILS OF TOURISM SURVEY TO BE ANNOUNCED

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ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MICHAEL WU, WILL HOLD A PRESS BRIEFING ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 10) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A SURVEY ON TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN ISLANDS DISTRICT.

THE SURVEY WAS COMMISSIONED BY DISTRICT OFFICE AS PART OF A CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE TOURISM AND TO FIND OUT THE DISTRICT’S POTENTIAL AND VISITORS’ PREFERENCE AND COMPLAINTS.

COPIES OF THE SURVEY REPORT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE BRIEFING AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY AT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OF ICE, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

A SITE VISIT HAS ALSO BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES

AFTER THE BRIEFING. THOSE INTERESTED SHOULD INFORMATION OFFICER ON 5-8524334.

CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S

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SOUTHERN RESIDENTS TO AIR VIEWS AT SEMINAR

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THE WONG CHUK HANG AND BAYS AREA COMMITTEE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL HOLD A SEMINAR ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 10) SO THAT RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS CAN EXCHANGE VIEWS ON DISTRICT AFFAIRS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE AREA COMMITTEE, THE SEMINAR WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM IN THE CHAN PAK SHA SECONDARY SCHOOL HALL.

IT WILL BE THE LAST OF SIX SEMINARS THAT THE DISTRICT OFFICE ORGANISED WITH THE DISTRICT’S AREA COMMITTEES THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

+A SEMINAR FOR DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL FINALE T0 THE CURRENT EXERCISE OF STRENGTHENING TIES AMONG THE BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND RESIDENT BODIES,+ A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SATURDAY’S SEMINAR WILL FEATURE A VIDEO — +THE NEW FACES OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT* — WHICH HIGHLIGHTS DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT AND WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

GROUP DISCUSSIONS ON TRANSPORT, ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND COMMUNITY BUILDING WILL FOLLOW.

ABOUT 80 REPRESENTATIVES FROM MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL ATTEND.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING.

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VARIETY SHOW WINDS UP CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN

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A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE DISTRICT’S CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

THE SHOW WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY WINNERS OF A SINGING CONTEST, CHINESE SONGS AND A TONGUE-TWISTER GAME.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF A COLOURING COMPETITION AND A CARTOON DESIGN COMPETITION.

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OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG HOK-MING.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN AT 3 PM TOMORROW AT THE TAI PO COMMUNITY CENTRE, HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, TAI PO MARKET.

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TSIM TUNG FIRE STATION OPENED *****

A SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, NAMED THE Io SuJmSVi ?uM1TATI0N' WAS 0ff|CIALLY OPENED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY rln GncNG YU—TUNG.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR CHENG SAID THAT AN EFFECTIVE FIRE SERVICE HAD MUCH TO DO WITH THE PROSPERITY OF THE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC STABILITY, AND THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE. bU™UY’

Tt!E NEW STATI0N COULD BETTER SERVE THE GROWING TSIM SHA TSUI EAST A?EA WHICH WAS N0W A POPULAR BUSINESS CENTRE THAN THE FORMER STATIONS IN HUNG HOM AND TSIM SHA TSUI, HE SAID.

LOCATED AT 1 H0NC CHONG ROAD, THE STATION LIES NEXT TO THE KOWLOON ENTRANCE OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

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CAS TO HOLD INTER-UNIT COMPETITION *****

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES WILL HOLD AN INTER-UNIT FIRST AID AND CASUALTY HANDLING COMPETITION ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 11), STARTING AT 9.15 AM.

THE COMPETITION, LASTING FOR ABOUT THREE AND A HALF HOURS, AIMS AT PROMOTING THE INTEREST OF CAS MEMBERS IN FIRST AID AND CASUALTY HANDLING AND AT RAISING THEIR PROFICIENCY IN THE FIELD.

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A TOTAL OF 18 TEAMS WILL TAKE PART. THE WINNING TEAM WILL BE PRESENTED THE +CAS CUP* BY THE HONG KONG REGIONAL COMMANDER, MR NORMAN LEUNG.

THE COMPETITION WILL BE HELD AT THE CAS CADET TRAINING CENTRE IN KOWLOON.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE COMPETITION AND PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY AT THE CAS CADET TRAINING CENTRE, 325 CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

REMINDER GIVEN ON OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT * ft * * *

t.T,D„^TrEn^.L0YERS AND THEIR AGENTS MUST FOLLOW THE REQUIREMENTS STIPULATED IN THE CONTRACTS FOR EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG ORDINANCE WHEN THEY RECRUIT LOCAL MANUAL WORKERS FOR EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

A REMINDER ON THIS WAS GIVEN BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY).

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, AN EMPLOYER OR HIS AGENT MUST ENTER INTO A WRITTEN CONTRACT WITH THE WORKER AND PRESENT THE CONTRACT TO THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT FOR ATTESTATION BEFORE THE WORKER’S DEPARTURE. A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

THE EMPLOYER OR HIS AGENT ALSO COMMITS AN OFFENCE IF HE INDUCES A MANUAL WORKER TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WHICH DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE ORDINANCE OR COUNSELS A WORKER TO TAKE UP EMPLOYMENT BEFORE THE CONTRACT IS ATTESTED.

THE MAXIMUM FINE IN EITHER CASE IS t5O 000 ON CONVICTION.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO ADVISED LOCAL MANUAL WORKERS THAT IN THEIR OWN INTEREST THEY SHOULD ENSURE THEIR EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS HAVE BEEN ATTESTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT BEFORE THEY LEAVE HONG KONG.

ENQUIRIES ON THE PROCEDURE FOR THE ATTESTATION OF CONTRACTS MAY BE MADE TO THE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON 12TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, PIER ROAD, CENTRAL OR ON 5-8523535 AND 5-8523537.

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BAZAAR TO RAISE FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY CHEST *****

A FUND-RAISING BAZAAR FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 11) AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND IN SHAM SHU I PO.

THE BAZAAR, INVOLVING 40 BOOTHS AND FIVE GAME STALLS, WILL BE OPEN FROM 10.30 AM TO 7 PM. ITEMS ON SALE WILL INCLUDE GARMENTS, FOOD, TOYS AND HOME ACCESSORIES.

BOOTHS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED BY SOCIAL ORGANISATIONS, FACTORIES AND COMPANIES IN SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT, AS WELL AS THE ISLAND LIONS AND LIONESS CLUBS.

THE BAZAAR IS CO-ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, SHAM SHUI PO COMMUNITY CHEST BAZAAR ORGANISATION COMMITTEE, SHAM SHUI PO INDUSTRIAL LIAISON COMMITTEE, AND SHAM SHUI PO KAI FONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHAM SHUI PO COMMUNITY CHEST BAZAAR ON SUNDAY AT MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

FREE FILM SHOW FOR WAN CHAI ELDERLIES *****

ABOUT 1 000 ELDERLY RESIDENTS OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT WILL BE (JANUARYT10) MORNING^ *T ™E NANYANG THEATRE °N SATURDAY

s for the

DURING THE FILM SHOW, EACH PARTICIPANT WILL ALSO RECEIVE A NEW YEAR GIFT AND A +LAI SEE+.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE WAN CHAI ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CARMAN CHIU, CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR CHOW WAI-KAM, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, MP HSU CHUNG-CHI, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON SATURDAY.

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OPEN DANCE CONTEST BEGINS SATURDAY

*****

NINETY-EIGHT DANCING TEAMS WILL COMPETE IN CLASSICAL, MODERN, ORIENTAL OR WESTERN DANCES IN THE 16TH TERRITORY-WIDE OPEN DANCE CONTEST WHICH WILL BEGIN THIS SATURDAY (JANUARY 10), UNTIL JANUARY 13.

THE ANNUAL EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT CULTURE AND RECREATION PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, CO-ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND 1P0NS0RED BY THE KWUN TONG ROTARY CLUB TO PROMOTE THE ART OF DANCING.

THE CONTEST IS DIVIDED INTO A CHILDREN, YOUTh/aND OPEN SECTION AND PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM A DANCE OF THEIR CHOICE.

WINNING GROUPS WILL BE INVITED TO PERFORM AT THE CITY HALL IN MARCH.

TO LAUNCH THE CONTEST, AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY AT 8 PM AT THE LEUNG SHEK CHEE COLLEGE IN HIU KWONG STREET, SAU MAU PING, KWUN TONG.

KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN- LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS, MR POON CHI-FAI, AND PRESIDENT OF THE KWUN TONG ROTARY CLUB, MR CHU CHO-ON, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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HK WALK FOR MILLIONS TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS *****

IMPLEMENTED ON HONG KONG

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE .......

ISLAND ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 11) IN CONNECTION WITH THE WALK FOR MILLIONS ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY CHEST OF HONG KONG.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, A NUMBER OF ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC!

* TAI TAM RESERVOIR ROAD EAST OF THE GATE OF HOUSE NO. 1 REPULSE BAY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 8 AM AND 3 PM.

* UPPER BLUE POOL ROAD SOUTH OF TAI HANG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 8 AM AND 5.30 PM.

A LINK ROAD

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* LINK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8.45 AM TO 9.30 AM.

M MOUNT PARKER ROAD WILL BE CLOSED AT ITS JUNCTION WITH QUARRY BAY STREET FROM 9 AM TO 2.30 PM. NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO PROCEED NORTH BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH QUARRY BAY STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 2.2 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION BETWEEN 9 AM AND 2 PM.

M MOUNT BUTLER DRIVE AND PRICE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 9 AM AND 5 PM.

FROM 7.30 AM TO 5.30 PM, THE FOLLOWING RE-ROUTING MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED!

* EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD BETWEEN HONG KONG STADIUM AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

* CAROLINE HILL ROAD WEST FROM LEIGHTON ROAD TO HONG KONG STADIUM WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

X LINK ROAD FROM BROADWOOD ROAD TO CAROLINE HILL ROAD WEST WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND DOWNHILL. THE MEASURE, HOWEVER, WILL NOT BE IN FORCE BETWEEN 8.45 AM AND 9.30 AM DURING WHICH TIME THE ROAD IS CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

K BROADWOOD ROAD FROM TAI HANG ROAD TO LINK ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND UPHILL.

* TAI HANG ROAD FROM BROADWOOD ROAD TO BLUE POOL ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

M MOUNT BUTLER ROAD FROM TAI HANG ROAD TO HENDERSON ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

* WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL TENNIS COURTS TO THE ENTRANCE TO THE HONG KONG CRICKET CLUB WILL BE CONVERTED TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND UPHILL.

M TRAFFIC ENTERING TAI HANG ROAD FROM STUBBS ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED NORTH DOWN BLUE POOL ROAD EXCEPT CMB ROUTE 41 AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 24M.

ALL PARKING SPACES IN PRICE ROAD, MOUNT BUTLER DRIVE, HONG KONG STADIUM SLIP ROAD, AND TAI TAM RESERVOIR ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM.

ALSO, BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 5 PM, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE BANNED FROM TAI HANG ROAD, CAROLINE HILL ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG GAP ROAD SOUTHBOUND, AND THE STUBBS ROAD FLYOVER SOUTHBOUND.

AS A RESULT OF THE ABOVE ROAD CLOSURES AND TRAFFIC RE-ROUTINGS, BUSES ON CMB ROUTES 11 AND 41 AND GREEN MINIBUSES ON ROUTES 5, 14M, 24M, 28M AND 30 WILL BE DIVERTED.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR TSUEN WAN FESTIVAL OPENING *****

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED !LT£!£N WAN 0N SUNDAY (JANUARY 11) BECAUSE OF THE OPENING CEREMONY AND PROCESSION IN THE TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL.

THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL INCLUDE ROAD CLOSURES, TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING, DIVERSION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES AND SUSPENSION OF PARKING SPACES.

FROM 4 PM TO 8 PM, A NUMBER OF ROADS WILL BE CLOSED. THESE AREi SHA TSUI ROAD BETWEEN TEXACO ROAD AND TAI HO ROAD’ CHUNG ON STREET BETWEEN HOI PA STREET AND HO PUI STREET’ KWU HANG ROAD BETWEEN WANG WO TSAI STREET AND SHA TSUI ROAD’ HAM TIN STREET BETWEEN HO PUI STREET AND TAK WAH STREET’ KWAN MUN HAU STREET BETWEEN TAK WAH STREET AND SHA TSUI ROAD: CHUEN LUNG STREET BETWEEN SAN TSUEN STREET AND HAU TEI SQUARE ’WO TIK STREET BETWEEN SAI LAU STREET AND SHA TSUI ROAD; AND TAI UK STREET.

LUEN YAN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ROAD CLOSURE, WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 4 PM TO 8 PM.

TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING

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CHUNG ON STREET BETWEEN YEUNG UK ROAD AND HO PUI STREET WILL RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

WO TIK STREET BETWEEN SAI LAU STREET AND YEUNG UK ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

TAK WAH STREET BETWEEN KWAN MUN HAU STREET AND HAM TIN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO TWO-WAY.

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ALSO, VEHICLES ON YEUNG UK ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE ALLOWED TO RIGHT INTO CHUNG ON STREET.

BECAUSE OF THE ROAD CLOSURE, BUS AND GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES WILL BE DIVERTED FROM 4 PM TO 8 PM. KMB ROUTES 30, 31, 32B, 33, 33A, 34A, 35, 36, 43 AND 46A OPERATING ALONG SHA TSUI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA YEUNG UK ROAD IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. TEMPORARY BUS STOPS WILL BE SET UP ALONG YEUNG UK ROAD.

GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES ON SHA TSUI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA YEUNG UK ROAD OR CASTLE PEAK ROAD, WHILE THOSE ON CHUNG ON STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TAI HO ROAD OR TEXACO ROAD.

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THE GREEN MINIBUS STAND IN CHUEN LUNG STREET BETWEEN SHA TSUI ROAD AND SAN TSUEN STREET FOR ROUTES 83 AND 86 WILL BE SUSPENDED. A TEMPORARY STAND WILL BE PROVIDED IN SAN TSUEN STREET BETWEEN WO TIK STREET AND CHUEN LUNG STREET.

THE GREEN MINIBUS STAND IN HAM TIN STREET BETWEEN SHA TSUI ROAD AND HO PUI ROAD FOR ROUTES 87 AND 87M WILL BE SUSPENDED. THESE ROUTES WILL SHARE THE STAND WITH ROUTES 91 AND 93 IN HAM TIN STREET BETWEEN HO PUI STREET AND YEUNG UK ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THREE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STANDS ALONG WO TIK STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED AND A TEMPORARY STAND WILL BE PROVIDED IN SAI LAU STREET. ANOTHER PLB STAND IN TIK WAH STREET WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED AND A TEMPORARY STAND WILL BE SET UP IN THE SOUTH PORTION OF YAN CHAI STREET.

ON PARKING, THE PARKING SPACES IN LUEN YAN STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM. ALSO, FROM 4 PM, PARKING SPACES IN MAJOR ROADS IN THE AREA WILL BE SUSPENDED.

THESE ARE ATi CHUNG ON STREET’ SHIU WO STREET’ CHUEN LUNG STREET; HO PUI STREET? WO TIK STREET; SAI LAU STREET; TSUEN WAN MARKET STREET? HOI PA STREET BETWEEN TAI HO ROAD AND CHUNG ON STREET; TAK WAH STREET; HAU TEI SQUARE; HAM TIN STREET; SAN TSUEN STREET; TAI UK STREET AND KWU HANG ROAD.

DURING THIS PERIOD, THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO MAKE FULL USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES OPERATING TO THE TSUEN WAN AREA.

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TUEN MUN ROAD STOPPAGES * * * * *

ALL TRAFFIC ON TUEN MUN ROAD (NEAR THE TUEN MUN HOSPITAL) WILL ABOUT 15 MINUTES BETWEEN 1 AM AND JANUARY 12.

NORTH OF ROAD P2 INTERCHANGE BE STOPPED INTERMITTENTLY FOR 5 AM ON JANUARY 11 (SUNDAY) AND

THE MEASURE WILL FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE.

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TSING Yl BRIDGE MONITORING *****

TSING Yl BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON SUNnAV (JANUARY 11) TO MONITOR THE STRUCTURE OF THE BRIDGE.

AND 3IPMWTOL4BPM?LOSED FR°M 12‘3° AM T° 2,30 *M5 6,30 AM T0 7‘30 AM

DURING THE CLOSURE, TRAFFIC AT FIVE-MINUTE I VEHICLES.

THE BRIDGE WILL BE REOPENED TO GENERAL NTERVALS AND IMMEDIATELY FOR EMERGENCY

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NO Hasty decision on oil depot relocation PROPOSAL - SIR DAVID....................................................... 1

SIR DxVID LOOKS AT TSING YI DEVELOPMENT..................... 2

FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS PUBLISHED........................ 3

S6O MILLION DONATED FOR SPECIAL SECONDLY SCHOOL............. 4

COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS SCHIHE LAUNCHED ................... 6

ACTION TAKEN TO CLOSE ILLEG^Jj STRUCTURES .................. 8

VOLUNTEERS PRAISED FOR FIRE RESCUE WORK..................... 9

RESIDENTS URGED TO PLAY P^T IN COMMUNITY ................... 10

KWUN TONG EYE-SORE CLEARED.................................. 10

rabies inoculation drive in fishing ports .................. 11

VTC TO TRAIN EDP STAFF.................................... 12

MONG KOK CHILDREN CHOIR TO HOST CONCERT .................... 13

HORTICULTURE EXHIBITION ST.xRTS TOMORROW.................... 14

CARNIVAL ORG.iNISED FOR TAI PO ELDERLY...................... 15

CURRENT aFFnlRS ^UIZ FOR WaN CHAI ELDERLIES................. 15

CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH PL*kCE NORTH .......................... 16

PxiRTLiL CLOSURE OF PRINCE EDW.lRD ROAD FLYOVER ............ 17

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NO HASTY DECISION ON OIL DEPOT RELOCATION PROPOSAL - SIR DAVID

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NO HASTY DECISION WILL BE MADE ON A PROPOSAL TO RELOCATE OIL DEPOTS IN KWUN TONG TO TSI NG Yl ISLAND, AND LOCAL RESIDENTS AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL BE CONSULTED ON THE MATTER, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAV iD AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER TOURING THE ISLAND, SIR DAVID SAID THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD ONLY APPROVED THE CONCEPT OF LOOKING INTO THE PROPOSAL IN GREATER DETAIL AND HAD NOT GIVEN ANY GREEN LIGHT YET.

♦CERTAINLY WE WON’T MOVE AN OIL DEPOT TO TSING Yl WITHOUT THINKING VERY CAREFULLY ABOUT IT. THE WHOLE OBJECT OF MOVING THE OIL DEPOT, IF IT IS TO BE MOVED, IS TO MOVE IT AWAY FROM A RESIDENTIAL AREA IN KWUN TONG TO A PLACE WHERE IT IS AT A DISTANCE FROM RESIDENTIAL AREAS,♦ HE SAID.

SIR DAVID STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE LOOKING VERY CAREFULLY AT THE QUESTION OF LOCATION AND THE DISTANCE FROM RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

♦BUT HAVING SAID THAT, WE ARE SHORT OF LAND IN HONG KONG WHICH HAS DEEP WATER ALONGSIDE THAT WE CAN BRING SHIPS IN AND UNLOAD THEIR CARGOES.

♦SO WE MUST MAKE THE BEST USE OF OUR FAC IL IT IES,♦ HE SAID.

ASKED WHETHER TSING Yl WAS A SUITABLE PLACE FOR OIL DEPOTS, SIR DAVID SA IDj >IT IS A VERY GOOD PLACE IN THE RESPECT THAT IT HAS VERY DEEP WATER AND WE CAN TIE UP SHIPS ALONGSIDE. AND WE MUST MAKE THE BEST USE OF THESE FACILITIES.

♦BUT OF COURSE, AT THE SAME TIME, WE MUSTN’T ENDANGER THE INHABITANTS,♦ HE STRESSED.

ASKED ABOUT GOVERNMENT ACTION ON THE MATTER, SIR DAVID SAID« ♦FIRST OF ALL, IT'S A VERY COMPLICATED LAND TRANSACTION TO BEGIN WITH, SWOPPING ONE PIECE OF LAND FOR ANOTHER PIECE OF LAND.

♦BUT WE’LL ALSO HAVE TO LOOK INTO THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS AND THEN CONSULT THE LOCAL PEOPLE. THERE’S NO QUESTION OF A STEAM-ROLLER HERE. THERE’LL BE PROPER CONSULTATION.+

ON THE QUESTION OF A POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE LOCATION FOR THE OIL DEPOTS, SIR DAVID NOTED THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT TO FIND A PLACE IN HONG KONG WHICH HAD BOTH DEEP WATER, SAFE WATER AND ROAD ACCESS.

♦THAT’S THE PROBLEM. AND, OF COURSE, OUR ENERGY SUPPL IES ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR US BECAUSE OUR INDUSTRY DEPENDS UPON THEM,+ l€ SAID.

/♦AND IT'S........

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+AND IT’S NO USE FINDING AN OUT-OF-THE-WAY ISLAND WHICH WILL PUT UP THE COST OF TRANSPORTING FUEL AND POWER FROM THAT ISLAND.*

SIR DAVID STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT ♦STEAM-ROLLER* A DECISION THROUGH.

+IT’LL BE LOOKED AT VERY CAREFULLY AND THE LOCAL PEOPLE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE FULLY CONSULTED*.

ASKED ABOUT A MEETING SIR DAVID EARLIER HAD WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS, HE SAID THEY TALKED ABOUT A WIDE RANGE >" SUBJECTS INCLUDING POLLUTION, NOISE POLLUTION, ILLEGAL STfJCTURES ON BUILDINGS AND THE RELOCATION OF THE OIL DEPOTS TO TSI NG Yl.

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SIR DAVID LOOKS AT TSI NG Yl DEVELOPMENT M M M K K

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TOURED TSING Yl THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON TO LOOK AT LATEST DEVELOPMENT ON THE ISLAND.

ON HIS ARRIVAL BY HELICOPTER AT THE TSING Yl ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION SOCCER PITCH, SIR DAVID WAS MET BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DR JAMES HAYES, KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, AND PROJECT MANAGER, DR EDWARD PRYOR.

THE PARTY WENT TO THE SITE OFFICE OF THE TSING Yl NORTHERN BRinrF WHERE HE WAS BRIEFED ON PROGRESS OF DEVELOPMENT OF ।HE BRIDGE Si POLmCAL AND so?lSlog I CAL MATTERS RELATED TO THE DISTRICT.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE $200 MILLION BRIDGE STARTED IN 1984 AND WHEN COMPLETED LATER THIS YEAR, WILL PROVIDE A SECOND LINK BETWEEN TSING Yi AND THE MAINLAND.

AT THE ROOF-TOP OF TSING Yl GARDENS, A PRIVATE HOUSING PROJECT WHICH WOULD HOUSE 8 000 PEOPLE, SIR DAVID HAD A PANORAMIC VIEW OF NORTH-EASTERN TSING Yl WHERE OTHER MAJOR DEVELOPMENT WORKS WERE IN PROGRESS BESIDE THE NEW BRIDGE.

FURTHER RECLAMATION WORK WHICH STARTED LAST YEAR WOULD BE COMPLETED IN 1990 AND PROVIDE SOME 64 HECTARES OF LAND FOR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS, TOGETHER WITH SCHOOLS, RECREATION FACILITIES AND OPEN SPACE.

/SIR DAVID

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 1987

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SIR DAVID WAS TOLD THAT THE POPULATION OF TSING Yl, WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED INTO A MODERN SELF-CONTAINED TOWNSHIP IN FEW YEARS’ TIME, COULD INCREASE TO ABOUT 200 000.

BEFORE ENDING HIS VISIT, SIR DAVID HAD AN INFORMAL MEETING WITH THE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AT THE CHEUNG CHING ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS PUBLISHED

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THE 1986 FINAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND COPIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AT DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION FROM TODAY (FRIDAY) UNTIL IT IS REPLACED NEXT JANUARY.

A TOTAL OF 1 446 212 ELECTORS WERE LISTED ON THE REGISTER, REPRESENTING OVER 44 PER CENT OF AN ESTIMATED POTENTIAL ELECTORATE OF 3 271 420, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THE 1986 REGISTRATION EXERCISE ENDING ON NOVEMBER 20 HAS RESULTED IN AN ADDITION OF 21 092 ENTRIES TO THE ELECTORAL ROLL. OFFSET BY 16 420 OMISSIONS DUE TO DEATH, EMIGRATION AND LOSS OF CONTACT, THERE IS A NET INCREASE OF 4 672 ELECTORS,* HE SAID.

+THE REGISTRATION FIGURES INDICATE A MOVEMENT OF POPULATION FROM ESTABLISHED DISTRICTS TO THE NEW TOWNS, WITH A NET LOSS OF 4 014 ELECTORS FROM URBAN DISTRICTS TO DISTRICTS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

+THERE ARE NOW 994 530 ELECTORS IN THE 10 URBAN DISTRICTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN URBAN COUNCIL AND URBAN AREA DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

+THE OTHER 451 682 ELECTORS ARE ENTITLED TO VOTE IN REGIONAL COUNCIL AND DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.*

THE THREE URBAN DISTRICTS WITH THE LARGEST REGISTERED ELECTORATE ARE KWUN TONG (181 812), EASTERN (145 284) AND WONG TAI SIN (139 588).

/Kwai chung .......

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 198?

KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl REMAINS HAVING THE LARGEST REGISTERED ELECTORATE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WITH A TOTAL OF 90 977 ELECTORS, FOLLOWED BY TUEN MUN (77 881) AND SHA TIN (70 597).

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE NEXT REGISTRATION EXERCISE WOULD BE CONDUCTED IN AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER, APPLICATIONS MIGHT BE SUBMITTED AT ANY TIME IN THE YEAR.

PROSPECTIVE ELECTORS MAY OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS AT ANY DISTRICT OFFICE, HOUSING DEPARTMENT ESTATE OFFICE, IMMIGR; ION DEPARTMENT BRANCH OFFICE, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT LICENSING C-FICE, WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ENQUIRY CENTRE, TREASURY COLLECTION OFFICE, PUBLIC LIBRARY AND INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT COLLECTION

OFFICE

ALL APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BETWEEN NOW AND AUGUST WILL BE PROCESSED TOGETHER WITH THOSE RECEIVED DURING THE REGISTRATION EXERCISE FOR INCLUSION IN THE NEXT PROVISIONAL REGISTER TO BE PUBLISHED IN NOVEMBER.

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$60 MILLION DONATED FOR SPECIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL

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THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED $60 MILLION TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A SPECIAL SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH TALENT AND POTENTIAL IN THE VISUAL ARTS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION.

THE SCHOOL, TO BE BUILT ON A 1.6 HECTARE SITE IN SHA TIN NEAR THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE, WILL FOLLOW THE NORMAL SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM BUT WITH AN ENRICHED PROGRAMME OF ARTS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION DESIGNED TO DEVELOP TO THE MAXIMUM STUDENTS’ APTITUDE AND TALENT.

TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE THE SCHOOL WILL OFFER BETTER FACILITIES AND MORE TEACHING PERIODS FOR THE TWO SUBJECTS.

FOR ADMISSION TO THE SCHOOL, STUDENTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO POSSESS APTITUDE AND TALENT IN EITHER THE VISUAL ARTS OR PHYSICAL EDUCATION. A GOOD COMMAND OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED.

/PRESENTING THE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 1987

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PRESENTING THE CHEQUE TODAY (FRIDAY) TO THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE JOCKEY CLUB. GENERAL GUY WATKINS, SAID THE STEWARDS OF THE CLUB HAD FOR MANY YEARS TAKEN A VERY KEEN INTEREST IN THE WELFARE AND EDUCATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG.

♦MANY DONATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO HELP IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR YOUNG CITIZENS AND THE STEWARDS REGARD THESE DONATIONS AS INVESTMENTS IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.*

GENERAL WATKINS SAID EXAMPLES OF THESE GRANTS HAD BEEN THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE CLUB FOR CLINICS, SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS AS WELL AS DONATIONS FOR MANY SCHOLARSHIPS.

THE NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL WILL BE BUILT BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, CHARGING THE FULL COST TO THE $60 MILLION DONATION. THE BALANCE OF THE DONATION, CURRENTLY ESTIMATED AT $17 MILLION. WILL GO TOWARDS AN ENDOWMENT FUND TO BE SET UP WITH A $14.4 MILLlON CONTRIBUTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

THE LATTER AMOUNT REPRESENTS THE NORMAL GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE CAPITAL COST OF BUILDING AND EQUIPPING A STANDARD SECONDARY SCHOOL OUTSIDE HOUSING ESTATES.

REVENUE YIELDED FROM THE ENDOWMENT FUND WILL BE USED TO COVER THE COSTS OF PROVIDING SPECIALISED FACILITIES IN ART AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION OVER AND ABOVE THOSE OF AN ORDINARY AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL WILL ALSO RECEIVE THE GOVERNMENT'S STANDARD RECURRENT SUBSIDY FOR AN ORDINARY AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOL.

THE SCHOOL WILL CONSIST OF FOUR BLOCKS WITH THE CLASSROOM BLOCK HAVING 26 CLASSROOMS AND ANCILLARY FACILITIES.

IN ADDITION TO THE NORMAL SUBJECT TEACHING ROOMS, THE SPECIAL ROOM BLOCK WILL HOUSE ENHANCED SPECIALIST FACILITIES FOR THE TEACHING OF VARIOUS FORMS OF VISUAL ARTS INCLUDING DRAWING, PAINTING, SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY, CERAMICS AND GRAPHIC DESIGN. IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE EXHIBITION AREAS AND A COMPUTER ROOM.

A GYMNASIUM AND AN ASSEMBLY HALL WILL BE HOUSED IN A SEPARATE BLOCK WHILE THE DORMITORY BLOCK WILL PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR 100 STUDENTS AND TEACHING STAFF.

OUTDOOR FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A SWIMMING POOL, THREE BASKETBALL COURTS AND THREE TENNIS COURTS.

THE SCHOOL IS EXPECTED TO BECOME OPERATIONAL BY SEPTEMBER 1989. WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED, IT WILL HAVE AN ENROLMENT OF ABOUT 1 000 STUDENTS.

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COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS SCHEME LAUNCHED ft ft ft ft ft

EXPERIENCED PROBATION OFFICERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR THE OPERATION OF THE TWO-YEAR PILOT SCHEME ON COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS (CSO) LAUNCHED ON JANUARY 1.

OUTLINING THE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SCHEME TO THE HONG LONG FEDERATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS, SENIOR SOCIAL WORK OFFICER (CSO), MRS IRENE SIH, SAID THAT COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDER, AS A NEW FORM OF SENTENCE, HAD SINCE THAT DATE BECOME AVAILABLE TO THREE MAGISTRACIES AT CENTRAL, KWUN TONG AND TSUEN WAN.

SHE NOTED THAT AS PROVIDED BY THE COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS ORDINANCE, A COURT MIGHT SENTENCE AN OFFENDER OF OR OVER 14 YEARS OF AGE CONVICTED OF AN OFFENCE PUNISHABLE WITH IMPRISONMENT TO PERFORM UNPAID WORK OF BANEFlT TO THE COMMUNITY FOR A NUMBER OF HOURS NOT EXCEEDING 240. THE SUPERVISION OF THE OFFENDER PLACED UNDER THE ORDER WOULD BE DONE BY THE PROBATION OFFICER.

THE ORDINANCE ALSO SPECIFIES, AMONG OTHER REQUIREMENTS, THAT THE SENTENCING COURT SHALL CONSIDER A REPORT BY A PROBATION OFFICER ON THE OFFENDER AND HIS CIRCUMSTANCES BEFORE THE MAKING OF SUCH AN ORDER.

♦THIS RESPONSIBILITY IS GIVEN TO THE PROBATION SERVICE AS THE ORDER AIMS AT BEING BOTH PUNITIVE AND REHABILITATIVE, AND THE PROBATION SERVICE HAS RICH EXPERIENCE IN REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS UNDER PROBATION ORDER.

♦THE PROBATION OFFICERS ARE THEREFORE CONSIDERED BEST SUITABLE FOR TAKING UP THIS RESPONSIBILITY,* SHE SAID.

MRS SIH SAID A COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDER OFFICE HAD BEEN SET UP AT THE CHOI WAN ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE TO DEAL WITH MATTERS RELATING TO THE ORDER AND THE SUPERVISION OF OFFENDERS PLACED UNDER THE ORDER.

THIS INCLUDES ARRANGEMENT OF WORK PLACEMENT FOR THE OFFENDERS UNDER THE ORDER, PROVISION OF REHABILITATIVE COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE TO THESE OFFENDERS, AND HANDLING BREACH, VARIATION AND REVOCATION OF THE ORDER.

PROBATION OFFICERS ATTACHED TO THE THREE MAGISTRACIES WHERE CSO MAY BE MADE WILL TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO CONSIDER, AMONG OTHER ALTERNATIVES, WHETHER THE OFFENDER WOULD BE SUITABLE TO BE PLACED UNDER AN ORDER, AND WILL, IN SUITABLE CASES, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE PROBATION OFFICER OF THE CSO OFFICE MAKE A RECOMMENDATION FOR THE MAKING OF THE ORDER IN THE PROBATION OFFICER’S REPORT TO COURT.

/♦THE COURT .......

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 1987

♦THE COURT MAY STILL CONTINUE WITH ITS PRESENT PRACTICE OF CALLING FOR A PROBATION OFFICER'S REPORT ON THE OFFENDER BEFORE SENTENCING.

♦YET IF THE COURT SPECIFICALLY WOULD LIKE TO CONSIDER CSO FOR AN OFFNEDER, THE COURT MAY CALL FOR A SUITABILITY REPORT ON CSO ON THE OFFENDER, AND THE PROBATION OFFICER OF THE CSO OFFICE WILL THEN PREPARE THE SUITABILITY REPORT TO COURT.♦ SHE EXPLAINED.

IT IS CLEARLY NOT NECESSARY FOR THE COURT TO CALL FOR BOTH A PROBATION OFFICER'S REPORT AND A SUITABILITY REPORT ON CSO ON THE SAME OFFENDER AT THE SAME TIME,* SHE ADDED.

IN CONSIDERING SUITABILITY FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDER, SHE SAID, PROBATION OFFICERS WOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE NATURE OF THE OFFENCE, THE CHARACTER, SOCIAL BACKGROUND AND OTHER RELEVANT CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE OFFENDER, AND ALSO SEE IF THERE WAS SUFFICIENT STABILITY IN THE OFFENDER’S SITUATION FOR HIM TO COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDER, AS WELL AS THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY.

ON THE SUPERVISION OF OFFENDERS PLACED UNDER CSO, THE PROBATION OFFICERS OF THE CSO OFFICE WILL ARRANGE FOR THE OFFENDERS (KNOWN AS COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKERS) TO PREFORM WORK AND ENSURE THAT THEY WOULD COMPLETE THE STIPULATED NUMBER OF HOURS OF WORK IN A SATISFACTORY MANNER AS WELL AS COMPLY WITH OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS IN THE ORDER.

THE PROBATION OFFICER WILL ALSO PROVIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKERS WITH COUNSELLING AND GUIDANCE AND HELP THEM TO REHABILITATE MAINLY THROUGH THE COMMUNITY SERVICE THEY PERFORM,♦ SHE SAID.

MRS SIH POINTED OUT THAT THE WORK WOULD BE ARRANGED DURING THE LEISURE TIME OF THE WORKERS, NORMALLY OVER THE WEEKENDS, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, OR WEEKDAY EVENINGS, IN SESSIONS OF FOUR TO EIGHT CONSECUTIVE HOURS, AND WOULD NOT DISRUPT THE EMPLOYMENT, SCHOOLING OR OTHER TRAINING OF THE OFFENDER.

THE WORK WOULD BE PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES, AND THE PLACES OF WORK MIGHT BE AT HOSPITALS, BEACHES, COUNTRY PARKS, HOMES FOR CHILDREN, THE DISABLED, AND THE ELDERLY, SHE ADDED.

ON THE NATURE OF WORK, SHE SAID: +THERE ARE TWO CATEGORIES OF WORK, THE FIRST IS WORK NOT INVOLVING DIRECT CONTACT WITH PEOPLE SUCH AS CLEANSING, GRASS-CUTTING, MINOR REPAIRS, AND THE OTHER IS WORK INVOLVING DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE SERVICE RECIPIENTS SUCH AS ASSISTANCE IN RUNNING PROGRAMMES AND CARING FOR THE DISABLED AND THE ELDERLY.♦

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SHE EXPLAINED THAT WORKERS WOULD NORMALLY BE ARRANGED TO WORK EITHER IN A GROUP OF SIX TO EIGHT PERSONS ON A WORK PROJECT UNDER THE ON-THE-SPOT SUPERVISION OF A PART-TIME SITE SUPERVISOR EMPLOYED BY SWD. OR INDIVIDUALLY BY HIMSELF ON A TASK WITH MINIMAL SUPERVISION FROM THE STAFF OF THE WORK-PROVIDING ORGANISATION.

THE OFFENDER MIGHT ALSO BE ARRANGED TO WORK ALONGSIDE OTHER VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COMMUNITY.

♦WHILE AT WORK, THE IDENTITY OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKER WILL ONLY BE REVEALED ON A NEED-TO-KNOW BASIS TO THE RESPONSIBLE STAFF OF THE WORK-PROVIDING ORGANISATION, AND OTHERS WILL ONLY KNOW HIM AS A VOLUNTEER FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT OR FROM THE

COMMUNITY,♦ SHE SAID.

PROBATION OFFICERS WILL VISIT WORK SITES FROM TIME TO TIME TO CHECK ABOUT THE WORK PROGRESS AND WORK PERFORMANCE, AND MAKE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE FOR CONSULTATION.

♦THE PROBATION OFFICERS WILL TRY TO ARRANGE FOR THE COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKERS TO COMPLETE THE STIPULATED NUMBER OF HOURS OF WORK WITHIN 12 MONTHS WHICH IS THE NORMAL DURATION OF THE ORDER.

♦THE ORDER WILL EXPIRE UPON THE COMLETION OF THE STIPULATED NUMBER OF HOURS OF WORK, OR THE EXPIRATION OF THE 12-MONTH PERIOD, OR IF THE ORDER IS EXTENDED, THE EXPIRATION OF THE EXTENDED PERIOD, OR UPON REVOCATION OF THE ORDER, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST,♦ MRS SIH SAID.

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ACTION TAKEN TO CLOSE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY WILL APPLY IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 25 FOR CLOSURE ORDERS ON ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN TO KWA WAN.

THE STRUCTURES ARE ON THE FLAT ROOF ADJACENT TO FLATS A, B, C AND D ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF 32 - 38, KO SHAN ROAD.

TO AVOID DANGER TO THE OCCUPANTS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, THE BUILDING AUTHORITY WANTS THE STRUCTURES CLOSED PRIOR TO HAVING THEM DEMOLISHED.

/A SPOKESMAN

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 1987

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A SPOKESMAN SAID THE OCCUPIERS WERE TOLD IN 1984 TO DEMOLISH THE STRUCTURES THEMSELVES UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, BUT HAD NOT DONE SO.

notices about the application for closure orders were posted

ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (FRIDAY).

IT WAS INTENDED THAT DEMOLITION WOULD BEGIN IMMEDIATELY CLOSURE ORDERS WERE OBTAINED, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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VOLUNTEERS PRAISED FOR FIRE RESCUE WORK

BANNERS WERE PRESENTED AT A CEREMONY THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON TO VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS AND RESIDENT ORGANISATIONS WHO HAD HELPED IN THE RESCUE AND RELIEF WORK FOR VICTIMS OF THE ABERDEEN TYPHOON SHELTER FIRE.

THE CEREMONY, HELD AT THE ABERDEEN FIRE STATION, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, THANKED THE LOCAL FIRE WATCH TEAMS FOR THEIR WORK, THE HARBOUR MISSION CHURCH FOR OPENING ITS PREMISES AS A TEMPORARY SHELTER FOR THE REGISTRATION OF FIRE VICTIMS AND KAIFONGS FOR ASSISTING IN THE CO-ORDINATION OF EMERGENCY RELIEF.

HE PRESENTED BANNERS TO THE AP LEI CHAU KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, THE ABERDEEN AND AP LEI CHAU AREA COMMITTEE AND THE HARBOUR MISSION CHURCH.

THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (HONG KONG), MR BRIAN FENDER, PRESENTED BANNERS TO THE EASTERN, CENTRAL AND WESTERN FIRE WATCH TEAMS OF THE AP LEI CHAU NORTHERN SHORE SQUATTER AREA.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MARINE, HOUSING AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS, THE POLICE, MARINE POLICE, CIVIL AID SERVICES AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ALSO ATTENDED TODAY’S CEREMONY.

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RESIDENTS URGED TO PLAY PART IN COMMUNITY M K M M *

TAI PO RESIDENTS WERE TODAY (FRIDAY) URGED TO TAKE AN INTEREST IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND TO PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAMMES PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING OF THE DISTRICT’S CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, DISTRICT OFFICER MR JOHN BURRETT SAID VIEWS ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION EXPRESSED BY RESIDENTS AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS HAD AN IMPORTANT BEARING ON THE POLITICAL REVIEW BEING CARRIED OUT THIS YEAR.

TURNING TO THE DISTRICT CAMPAIGN, MR BURRETT PRAISED THE TAI PO DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE FOR ITS EFFORTS IN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION AND ENHANCING CIVIC-MINDEDNESS AMONG RESIDENTS.

HE SAID MANY RESIDENTS NOW HAD A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF CIVIC EDUCATION BY TAKING PART IN ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE.

MR BURRETT SAID HE HOPED THE CAMPAIGN COULD ALSO ENCOURAGE MORE ORGANISATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

THE CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED IN NOVEMBER. ACTIVITIES HELD INCLUDED A SINGING CONTEST, TRAINING CAMP, EXHIBITION, COLOURING COMPETITION, CARTOON DESIGN CONTEST, CIVIC EDUCATION COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION SCHEME, CIVIC EDUCATION GAMES DAY AND FORUMS.

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A MAJOR EYE-SORE IN KWUN TONG INVOLVING SOME 100 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES WERE CLEARED TODAY (FRIDAY) AFTER TWO SUCCESSFUL OPERATIONS.

THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES, SOME THREE-STOREY HIGH, HAD BEEN PUT UP AT WAN HON STREET. AN OPERATION LAST MONTH CLEARED 57 STRUCTURES AND THE REMAINING 50 WERE SUCCESSFULLY CLEARED THIS MORNING.

THE OPERATION TODAY WAS PART OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME INITIATED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND WAS JOINTLY CARRIED OUT BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE.

OF THE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY TODAY’S OPERATION, 27 PEOPLE WERE RESETTLED IN PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS AND 70 WERE ALLOCATED TEMPORARY HOUSING UNITS.

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RABIES INOCULATION DRIVE IN FISHING PORTS ft ft ft ft ft

A SPECIAL INOCULATION DRIVE WILL BE MOUNTED NEXT WEEK FOR FISHERMEN WHO WANT TO HAVE THEIR DOGS INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES.

ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT FOR THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, THE DRIVE IS CONVENIENT AT THIS TIME FOR FISHERMEN AS MOST OF THEM WILL BE BACK IN PORT FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

IT WILL TAKE THE FOROM OF BOAT-TO-BOAT VISITS AND WILL LAST FOR NINE WORKING DAYS BETWEEN JANUARY 12 AND 23, FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM

THE DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE INOCULATION TEAMS WILL VISIT THE FISHING PORTS OF ABERDEEN ON JANUARY 12 AND 13, SHAU KE I WAN ON JANUARY 15 AND 16, AND SHA TAU KOK AND CASTLE PEAK BAY ON JANUARY 19, 2D AND 21 RESPECTIVELY.

THE TEAMS WILL THEN CALL ON FISHING BOATS IN CHEUNG CHAU, SAM MUN TSAI AND SAI KUNG ON JANUARY 21, 22 AND 23.

THE SENIOR VETERINARY OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT, DR NORMAN CHENG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE DRIVE IS PART OF GOVERNMENT'S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO PREVENT THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF THE DISEASE INTO HONG KONG.

♦DOGS ON BOARD FISHING VESSELS ARE VULNERABLE TO RABIES BECAUSE CF THE POSSIBILITY OF THEIR BEING IN CONTACT WITH OTHER ANIMALS OUTSIDE HONG KONG.+

♦IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THEY ARE INOCULATED AGAINST THE DISEASE EVERY THREE YEARS TO KEEP UP THEIR IMMUNITY,* DR CHENG SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE ITS DISTRICT ANTIRABIES CAMPAIGN THIS MONTH IN TAI PO AND YUEN LONG.

FREE INOCULATION SERVICES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO DOG OWNERS IN TAI PO VILLAGES INCLUDING TAI PO KAU, CHUNG TSAI YUEN, SHAN TONG AND NEARBY SQUATTER AREA, TSIU HANG AND NEARBY SQUATTER AREA, CHEUNG SHUE TAN AND TAI PO MEI.

YUEN LONG VILLAGES COVERED BY THE DISTRICT CAMPAIGN ARE YUEN KONG SAN TSUEN, YUEN KONG, TIN SUM, TAI WO, CHEUNG PO, HO PUl, KAP LUNG AND MA ON KONG.

DR CHENG URGED FISHERMEN AND VILLAGERS IN TAI PO AND YUEN LONG TO MAKE FULL USE OF THE SPECIAL SERVICES TO HAVE THEIR DOGS INOCULATED.

♦THE LAW REQUIRES ALL DOGS OVER FIVE MONTHS’ OLD TO BE LICENSED, INOCULATED AGAINST RABIES AND KEPT UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RENDER THE OWNER LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5 000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT,+ HE POINTED OUT.

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VtC TO TRAIN EDP STAFF

THE ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING TRAINING CENTRE OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL OFFER PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR COMPUTER PERSONNEL FROM NEXT MONTH. THE AIM IS TO MEET PART OF THE MANPOWER NEEDS OF THE ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING INDUSTRY.

♦THE COURSES RUN BY THE CENTRE AIM TO UPGRADE THE SKILLS OF SERVING COMPUTER PERSONNEL, TO ENABLE NEW ENTRANTS TO GAIN INITIAL EXPERIENCE THROUGH WORK-RELATED TRAINING AND TO PREPARE FRESH UNIVERSITY GRADUATES FOR EMPLOYMENT IN THE INDUSTRY,♦ A COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS, THE CENTRE WILL RUN SIX COURSES OF TWO TO FIVE DAYS FOR BOO EDP PERSONNEL SUCH AS PROGRAMMERS, SYSTEM ANALYSTS, AND COMPUTER OPERATORS.

IN ADDITION, A H-WEEK COURSE TO BE OFFERED AT THE END OF MARCH WILL PROVIDE BASIC TRAINING TO 20 NEW GRADUATES WHO WISH TO FOLLOW A CAREER IN EDP.

WHEN FULLY OPERATIONAL, THE CENTRE WILL ORGANISE

20 COURSES, FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME, TO TRAIN 1 100 PEOPLE A YEAR

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE IS AN URGENT NEED TO TRAIN MORE EDP STAFF AS WELL AS TO UPGRADE THEIR SKILLS TO COPE WITH THE STEADY GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY.

ACCORDING TO tHE COUNCIL’S SURVEY IN DECEMBER 1989, THE OVERALL MANPOWER OF THE EDP INDUSTRY ROSE FROM 11 400 IN 1984 TO 12 300 IN 1985, REPRESENTING A 7.3 PER CENT GROWTH.

COUNCIL FORECASTS THAT THE MANPOWER DEMAND WILL INCREASE

THE

STEADILY EACH YEAR, REQUIRING AN ADDITIONAL 1 400 NEW ENTRANTS IN 1986, 1 500 IN 1987, 1 600 IN 1988 AND EVEN UP TO 2 100 IN 1991.

SURVEY ALSO SHOWED THERE WAS AT THAT TIME A SERIOUS

THE SHORTAGE

OF TRAINED EDP PERSONNEL, PARTICULARLY IN SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT.

THE SURVEY REPORT, CONTAINING DETAILS OF EDP MANPOWER STRUCTURE AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND IS AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT 112 A COPY.

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MONG KOK CHILDREN CHOIR TO HOST CONCERT MO*

THE MONG KOK CHILDREN’S CHOIR WILL HOST A NIGHT OF FREE ENTERTAINMENT FOR MUSIC LOVERS AT THEIR ANNUAL CONCERT IN CHAN HING SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE ON JANUARY 17.

THE EVENING’S PROGRAMMES INCLUDE PERFORMANCES OF PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES, SONG AND PLAY, CHINESE FOLK DANCING AND CHORUS SINGING.

SONGS RANGING FROM WESTERN AND CHINESE FOLK MUSIC, FESTIVE SONGS FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND POPULAR CONTEMPORARY TUNES COMPOSED BY LOCAL MUSICIANS WILL BE PERFORMED.

IN THE FINALE THE CHOIR WILL SING ♦THIS IS MY HOME+ WHICH WAS SUNG BY MORE THAN 1 500 MEMBERS OF OTHER DISTRICT CHOIRS AT THE YOUTH SPECTACULAR DURING THE QUEEN’S VISIT.

THE MONG KOK CHILDREN’S CHOIR HAS A MEMBERSHIP OF 130 AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 16.

IT WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED IN 1975 WITH A MEMBERSHIP OF 60 BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT CULTURAL RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO OBTAIN SYSTEMATIC AND FORMAL TRAINING IN MUSIC.

APART FROM CLASSROOM TRAINING, THE CHOIR HAS BEEN ACTIVELY TAKING PART IN PERFORMANCES TO POLISH THEIR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE.

DURING PAST YEARS, IT HAS APPEARED IN VARIOUS ARTS FESTIVALS, VARIETY SHOWS AND TELEVISION PRESENTATIONS, AVERAGING ABOUT ONE SHOW EVERY MONTH.

THE ANNUAL CONCERT IS PRESENTED BY THE DISTRICT CULTURAL RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE MONG KOK KAI FONG ASSOCIATION.

TICKETS FOR THE CONCERT ARE AVAILABLE AT MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD; TAI KOK TSUI BRANCH OFFICE, 85 IVY STREET AND LIM POR YEN CENTRE, 110 BEECH STREET.

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HORTICULTURE EXHIBITION STARTS TOMORROW * * * * *

A TWO-DAY HORTICULTURE EXHIBITION, FEATURING MORE THAN 100 FLORAL ITEMS WILL BE HELD AT THE CHEUNG WAH COMMUNITY HALL IN FANLING STARTING TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, THE EXHIBITION IS ONE OF THE MAJOR EVENTS ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION.

EXHIBITS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO SIX CATEGORIES COMPRISING BONSAI, ORCHIDS, AFRICAN VIOLETS, POT FLOWER, MINIATURE POT PLANTS AND FLOWER ARRANGEMENT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE SAID.

APART FROM CONTRIBUTION BY LOCAL GARDENERS, EXHIBITS ALSO INCLUDE WORKS BY STUDENTS FROM A HORTICULTURAL TRAINING CLASS ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE MRS HILDA CHEUNG, WIFE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD, MR CHEUNG HON-CHUNG.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM DAIljY AND ADMISSION IS FREE.

THE ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW, WITH AN EXHIBITION OF GOLDFISH AND BIRDS, WOULD ALSO BE HELD IN AUTUMN, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

NOTE TO EDI TORSt

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE HORTICULTURE EXHIBITION AT 10.30 AM TOMORROW.

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CARNIVAL ORGANISED FOR TAI PO ELDERLY * * K * X

ABOUT 800 SENIOR RESIDENTS IN TAI PO WILL BE TREATED TO A FUN-FILLED CARNIVAL AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 11).

SOME ELDERS WILL STAGE A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING CANTONESE OPERA, RHYTHMIC EXERCISE AND CHINESE DANCE.

THERE WILL ALSO BE GAMES STALLS AND AN EXHIBITION ON HOME SAFETY, DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE DISTRICT.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND SENIOR RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE SALVATION ARMY TAI PO COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN WONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CARNIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY BEGINNING AT 1.30 PM ON SUNDAY AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND, HEUNG SZE WUI STREET, TAI PO MARKET.

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CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ FOR WAN CHAI ELDERLIES M X X X X

THE FINAL OF THE CURRENT AFFAIRS QUIZ FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE ORGANISED BY THE CONCERN FOR THE AGED WORKING GROUP OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE TANG SHIU KIN SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE AT 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE QUIZ ARE TO ENCOURAGE SENIOR RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES, TO AROUSE THEIR INTERESTS IN CURRENT AFFAIRS AND DISTRICT MATTERS AND TO CULTIVATE A SENSE OF DISTRICT IDENTITY AMONG THEM.

/ALL PARTICIPANTS

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ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE OVER 60 AND RESIDENTS OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT. A TOTAL OF 12 TEAMS, EACH COMPRISING THREE PEOPLE, ENTERED THE PRELIMINARY CONTEST LAST WEEK.

FOUR TEAMS HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO TAKE PART IN TOMORROW’S FINAL CONTEST AND WINNERS WILL RECEIVE SOUVENIRS.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE THE WAN CHAI ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CARMAN CHIU, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MRS PEGGY LAM, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CONCERN FOR THE AGED WORKING GOUP, MISS ANNA TANG.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT TOMORROW AT 2 PM.

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CLOSURE OF EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH

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NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND H.M.S. TAMAR ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 11) AND MONDAY (JANUARY 12) FOR TWO DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS.

THE CLOSURE FROM 11 AM TO 6 PM ON SUNDAY IS TO FACILITATE THE LAUNCHING OF THE +PAINT AND PLAY DAY* JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE SALVATION ARMY CHILD CARE SERVICE, THE PRE-SCHOOL PLAY GROUP ASSOCIATION, CHUNG WAN AREA COMMITTEE AND DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), WHILE THE CLOSURE FROM 3 PM TO 9 PM ON MONDAY IS FOR THE CEREMONIAL OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR.

MEANWHILE, GLENEALY BETWEEN CAINE ROAD AND THE CATHEDRAL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FOR OFFICIAL TRANSPORT ARRANGED BY THE JUDICIARY FROM 3 PM TO ABOUT 5 PM ON MONDAY.

THIS IS AGAIN TO FACILITATE THE OPENING OF THE LEGAL YEAR.

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partial closure or prince Edward road flyover Ann**

THE “ESTBOUHD SECTION OF THEI PRINCE EDWARD ROAD PLYOVERyWIU BE CDk?^FJ°0NTFK'CT0F"E‘yNE!<TANDUA?RBEC2AisE OF REPAIR WORK.

THE SECTION AFFECTED RUNS FROM THE KOWLOON CITY ROUNDABOUT TO SHORT STREET.

DURING THE CL0S^E»M°™ERTED VI APTHECDOWNWRAMP* A^THE KOWLOON SrRSW^ ISEWA?D ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

S9.6 MILLION ALLOCATED FROM SIR ROBIRT HO TUNG CHiRITABLE FUND ........................................................ 1

AMS PRAISED FOR HELPING COMMUNITY............................ 2

MORE IRE-SCHOOL SERVICES PROVIDED FOR DISABLED CHILDREN .... 4

CIVIC EDUCATION BREEDS GOOD CITIZENS ........................ 6

10 000 STUDENTS ATTEND CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVAL.............. 6

PROMOTION OF CARE FOR ELDERLY STRESSED....................... 7

COURSE ON SEX EDUCATION FOR TEACHH1S ........................ 8

EMPOLYHtS GIVEN REMINDER ON COMPULSORY INSURANCE............. 9

SPECL'lL MEETING ON SOUTEOiN BUS FARES ...................... 9

DANCES BRING SHA TIN FESTIVAL TO A CLOSE..................... 10

CIVIC DAY FOR KWAI TSENG YOUTH .............................. 11

FOUR-DAY DANCE CONT-ST GETS UNDERWAY ........................ 11

FxlEE CONCERTS FOR TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS ...................... 12

CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AO, J) CLOSURES ........................ 12

TSUEN WAN SLIP ROAD CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE................... 13

TOLO HIGHWAY CLOSED FOR ROAD WORK............................ 13

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>9.6 MILLION ALLOCATED FROM SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND M * K * *

GRANTS TOTALLING MORE THAN >9.6 MILLION HAVE BEEN MADE RECENTLY FROM THE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND TO 70 CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE ALLOCATION COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVISING THE GOVERNOR ON ALLOCATIONS FROM THE FUND.

THE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG CHARITABLE FUND IS ONE OF THE LARGEST CHARITABLE TRUSTS IN HONG KONG. IT WAS ESTABLISHED BY A BEQUEST OF >500 000 BY THE LATE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG ON HIS DEATH IN 1956. THE FUND IS ADMINISTERED BY HONGKONG BANK TRUSTEE LTD.

MISS CHUNG SAID THAT MAJOR GRANTS THIS YEAR INCLUDED 11 032 570 TO THE OUR LADY OF MARYKNOLL HOSPITAL FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF THE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM IN THE OPERATING THEATRE AND THE PURCHASE OF THREE BEDPAN WASHERS AND AN X-RAY PROCESSOR.

THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS RECEIVED I960 290 MAINLY FOR THE PURCHASE OF AN AUTOMATIC HAEMATOLOGY COUNTER AND AN OPERATING TABLE FOR THE TUNG WAH EASTERN HOSPITAL, FOR THE UPGRADING OF THE TRANSFER AND BATHING FACILITIES AND THE PURCHASE OF REHABILITATIVE EQUIPMENT FOR THE WONG TAI SIN INFIRMARY, AND FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF SOME OF THE WARD FURNITURE OF THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL.

THE YAN CHAI HOSPITAL WAS GRANTED 1858 100 FOR THE PURCHASE OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT INCLUDING A MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC X-RAY SYSTEM AND ANAESTHETIC APPARATUS.

THE PO LEUNG KUK WAS GRANTED >802 190, MAINLY FOR ROOF WATER-PROOFING WORK AT THE KUK’S CENTRAL BUILDING.

CARITAS, HONG KONG, WAS GRANTED >565 850, OF WHICH >515 300 IS FOR THE CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE TO PURCHASE VARIOUS ITEMS OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, AND 150 550 TO PURCHASE BOOKS AND TOYS FOR ITS SOCIAL CENTRES AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE FABIOLA HOME AND ST. GODFREY’S CLINIC.

A GRANT OF 1519 690 WAS MADE TO THE HONG KONG RED CROSS TO PROMOTE BLOOD DONOR RECRUITMENT AND TO BUY EQUIPMENT AND BOOKS FOR ITS SPECIAL SCHOOLS.

THE HONG KONG TUBERCULOSIS, CHEST AND HEART DISEASES ASSOCIATION RECEIVED >514 720, OF WHICH >149 000 WAS FOR THE RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM TO PURCHASE A MICROPROCESSOR VENTILATOR, AND >365 720 FOR THE GRANTHAM HOSPITAL TO PURCHASE A TB CULTURE INCUBATOR AND A BODY PLETHYSMOGRAPH.

THE NAM LONG HOSPITAL WAS GRANTED >486 560 FOR THE PURCHASE OF A BIOCHEMICAL ANALYSER FOR THE CLINICAL LABORATORY.

/THE SOCIETY .......

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THE SOCIETY FOR THE RELIEF OF DISABLED CHILDREN WAS GRANTED $478 000 FOR THE RE-CONSTRUCTION OF CHIMNEY, REPLACEMENT OF AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM AND PURCHASE OF A BLOOD CELL COUNTER FOR THE DUCHESS OF KENT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.

THE POK Ol HOSPITAL WAS GRANTED $376 120 FOR THE PURCHASE OF VARIOUS ITEMS OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF ADDITIONAL OXYGEN AND VACUUM OUTLET POINTS.

A GRANT OF $370 000 WAS MADE TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS FOR THE PURCHASE OF A COMPLETELY FURNISHED VEHICLE TO PROVIDE A MOBILE VETERINARY CLINIC FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A SUM OF $258 680 WAS GIVEN TO THE ALICE HO MIU LING NETHERSOLE HOSPITAL FOR THE PURCHASE OF VARIOUS ITEMS OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT.

THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE RECEIVED $250 000 FOR RUNNING ITS PROGRAMMES.

A GRANT OF $200 000 WAS GIVEN TO PROVIDE MILK FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN IN 59 SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND TO ALLOW THEM TO GO ON OUTINGS AND EDUCATIONAL VISITS, AS WELL AS TO SUBSIDISE HANDICAPPED AND UNDERPRIVILEGED SCHOOL CHILDREN TO ATTEND OUTDOOR EDUCATIONAL CAMPS.

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AMS PRAISED FOR N *

HELPING COMMUNITY N N N

PEOPLE TAKE COMFORT IN SEE INO TRE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES ALWAYS STANDINO REABY TO AUGMENT THE REGULAR MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES WHEREEVER AND WHENEVER HELP AND ASSISTANCE IS REQUIRED. THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE AMS ANNUAL DINNER, SIR DAVID SAID THE SELFUSS AND JW8TINTING WORK WHICH THE MEMBERS CARRIED OUT FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY WAS GREATLY APPRECIATED.

KUS'fFL 'JO* SPIRITS WITH WHICH YOU ALWAYS MEET YOUR CHALUNGES IS ALSO VERY MUCH ADMIRED,* ME SAID.

K'CH fm ,0M’ 1 T,‘"‘ *LL

HvGn FIR TOUR EFFORTS**

/sir DAVID .......

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SIR DAV IB SAIB HE WAS SURE THAT THE AMS WOULD CONTINUE TO HAVE AN EQUALLY IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THE YEARS AHEAD AND THAT HE KNEW MEMBERS WOULD DISCHARGE WHATEVER DUTIES REQUIRED WITH THE SAME DEVOTION, COMPASSION ANB BOOB HUMOUR...........

IN HIS WELCOMING ADDRESS, THE AM8 COMMISSIONER, MU. THONG, THANKED SIR DAVID FOR HIS DEEP INTEREST ANB KINB CONCERN IN THE WORK AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORCE*

SPEAK I NS ABOUT AMS WORK, DR THONS SAID THERE HAD BEEN A GROWING NEED FOR FIRST AID SERVICES BOTH IN PUBLIC EVENTS AND IN THE COUNTRY PARKS DURING THE LAST it MONTHS.

NE NOTED THAT THE AMS MAD CONTRIBUTED A TOTAL«F 136 000 MAN HOURS TO THE COMMUNITY DURING THE PERIOD, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 20 PER CENT OVER TNE PREVIOUS YEAR,

IN SUMMER MONTHS, MEMBERS WERE DEPLOYED AT BEACHES TO REINFORCE THE REGULAR LIFEGUARD SERVICES.

SERVICES INCLUDED THE MANNING OF METHADONE CENTRES AND OF MEDICAL POSTS AT VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMPS.

THE AMS, A8 ONE OF HONG KONG’S ESSENTIAL SERVICES CORPS, WAS ALSO MOBILISED IN TIMES OF EMERGENCIES AND DISASTERS, DR THONG ADDED.

DURING THE DINNER, SIR DAVID PRESENTED CIVIL DEFENCE LONG SERVICE MEDALS TO DR T&ONG AND 29 OTHER MEMBERS AND CIVIL DEFENCE LONG SERVICE CLASPS TO TWO MEMBERS.

IN WELCOMING THE NEW AMS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER. DR HENRY LI, DR THONG ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE THE FORMER DEPUTY COMMISSIONER, DR RAYMOND MOK, ON BEING AWARDED THE MBE IN THE NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST.

THE DINNER WAS ATTENDED BY SOME 1 000 MEMBERS AND GUESTS.

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MORE PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES PROVIDED FOR DISABLED CHILDREN UK M K M

PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN WILL BE IMPROVED WITH THE PROVISION OF MORE PLACES AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A WORKING GROUP’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON RAISING STAFFING RATIOS AND SALARY LEVELS, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

OPENING THE HEEP HONG SOCIETY FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN PAK TIN EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRE, MRS CHAN SAID A FURTHER FOUR SUCH CENTRES WITH 255 PLACES WOULD BE PROVIDED THIS YEAR AND NEXT YEAR.

ANOTHER EIGHT NEW CENTRES WITH 480 PLACES HAD BEEN PLANNED FOR 1989 TO 1991, SHE ADDED.

THE EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES ARE INTENDED TO HELP DISABLED CHILDREN TO DEVELOP SELF-CARE, COGNITIVE, MOTOR AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS AS WELL AS TO PROVIDE PARENTS WITH SUPPORT. ADVICE AND TRAINING SO THAT THEY CAN UNDERSTAND THEIR CHILD’S NEEDS

AT PRESENT, 380 PLACES IN THESE CENTRES ARE SUBVENTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

IN ADDITION, MRS CHAN SAID THE DEPARTMENT ALSO SUBVENTED 528 INTEGRATED CHILD CARE PLACES AND 480 SPECIAL CHILD CARE PLACES.

♦I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT IN 1987 AND 1988 SIX NEW SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES WILL BE PROVIDED WITH 420 PLACES.

+FROM 1989 TO 1991 A FURTHER 11 CENTRES WILL BE PLANNED TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL TOTAL OF 612 PLACES,* SHE SAID.

THE PLACES IN SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES ARE MAINLY FOR MODERATELY AND SEVERELY DISABLED CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF TWO AND FOUR OR TWO AND SIX, DEPENDING ON THE NATURE OF THEIR DISABILITY WHILE THE INTEGRATED CHILD CARE CENTRE PLACES ARE FOR MILDLY DISABLED CHILDREN BETWEEN TWO AND SIX.

APART FROM INCREASING PLACES, MRS CHAN SAID. FUNDS WERE NOW AVAILABLE FOR IMPLEMENTING A WORKING PARTY’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON IMPROVING STAFFING STANDARDS AND SALARY LEVELS AT THESE THREE KINDS OF CENTRES.

IT WOULD NOW BE POSSIBLE TO ADD A SOCIAL WORKER POST AND AN OUTREACH WORKER POST TO ALL EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES, AND TO ADD ONE SENIOR CHILD CARE WORKER TO ALL SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES AND EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES, SHE SAID.

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OTHER IMPROVEMENTS WOULD INCLUDE THE CREATION OF POSTS FOR AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST I, AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AIDE, PHYSIOTHERAPIST I AND A SPEECH THERAPIST IN SPECIAL CHILD CENTRES.

CARE

...... 0N STAFFING, THE RATIO OF 1«6 WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN CHILD CARE CENTRES WHILE THAT FOR THE EARLY EDUCATION AND CENTRES WOULD BE 1i20. STAFFING PROVISION FOR RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES WOULD ALSO BE IMPROVED.

SPECIAL TRAINING SPECIAL

SHE NOTED THAT THE TOTAL COST OF THESE IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE IN EXCESS OF |1 MILLION THIS YEAR AND ABOUT $6 MILLION IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS.

... P2R PLANNING PURPOSES, MRS CHAN SAID, A SPECIAL WORKING GROUP WAS FORMED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN EARLY 1986 TO TRY TO OBTAIN AN ACCURATE FIGURE ON DEMAND FOR PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN.

+IN ADDITION, I AM SURE THAT THE IMMINENT COMING ON LINE OF THE CO-ORDINATED REFERRAL SYSTEM. WHICH WILL CENTRALISE ALL REFERRALS FOR PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, WILL ALSO GREATLY ASSIST US IN OBTAINING A REALISTIC PICTURE OF SERVICE DEMAND,* SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN SAID THAT SHE WAS WELL AWARE OF THE CONCERN OF BOTH PARENTS AND WELFARE AGENCIES IN THIS SERVICE AREA AND SHE REASSURED THEM THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PRESSING AHEAD AS FAST AS IT COULD ON THIS FRONT.

SHE THANKED THE HEEP HONG SOCIETY FOR ITS UNFAILING EFFORTS IN PROVIDING REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN SINCE 1963.

THE SOCIETY OPERATES THREE SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES AND FOUR EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES SERVING A TOTAL OF 401 CHILDREN.

THE REPROVISIONING OF THE PAK TIN CENTRE HAD BEEN MADE POSSIBLE WITH A $300 000 GRANT FROM THE SIR ROBERT HO TUNG FUND.

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CIVIC EDUCATION

BREEDS GOOD CITIZENS * * * *

THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF TRAINING YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME GOOD CITIZENS IS TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR LI YUET-TING, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY KWUN TONG SCHOOLS LIAISON COMMITTEE AT KWUN TONG PLAYGROUND, MR LI SAID SCHOOLS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN ENHANCING CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG STUDENTS.

TO ASSIST SCHOOLS IN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION, MR LI SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD ISSUED A SET OF GUIDELINES ON CIVIC EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS IN 1985.

IT WAS ENCOURAGING TO SEE THAT AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF SCHOOLS USED THE GUIDELINES TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION. AS INDICATED IN THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT LAST YEAR, HE SAID.

THE SURVEY ALSO SHOWED THAT A VAST MAJORITY OF SCHOOLS ADOPTED THE CROSS-CURRICULAR APPROACH, AS RECOMMENDED IN THE GUIDELINES, TO TEACH CIVIC EDUCATION IN CLASSROOM AND THROUGH EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE CLASSROOM, HE ADDED.

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10 000 STUDENTS ATTEND CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVAL ’ * * X X

A SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS STUDENTS TOOK PART

IN A CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVAL IN KWUN TONG TODAY (SATURDAY).

o^SPEAK ING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE DEPUTY REGIONAL ^GR!YARY K0HG AND KOWLOON, MR KEVIN MAK, SAID CIVIC

EDUCATION WAS CLOSELY RELATED TO DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

THE COMMITTEE ON CIVIC EDUCATION. SET UP BY THE CITY AND MIHTEAR<!Jl0’!nELS2?JJ?!AlRcI,0N IN MAY LAST YEAR' HA° ALREADY u2L1?.[0UNDAT,0N F0R PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION IN rUIUKE, HE SAID.

■ MR MAK SAID THE COMMITTEE’S TOTAL EXPENDITURE WOULD INCREASE ^^Ts'expanD IHG'comh?thpntL yE,li To M,LU0N NEXT°YeSr'"£"v*EW w Iio tArANJUINb COMMITMENT.

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HE ALSO SAID THE COMMITTEE HAD CONDUCTED A SURVEY ON RESIDENTS’ CIVIC-MINDEDNESS IN NOVEMBER AND THE FINDINGS WOULD BE RELEASED LATER THIS MONTH.

THE COMMITTEE WAS ALSO COMPILING AN INDEX ON CIVIC EDUCATION MATERIAL AND PRELIMINARY WORK WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN MARCH.

ON FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN STAGING CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITIES, MR MAK SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED TO DOUBLE THE ALLOCATION TO $500 000 NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

HE SAID A MAJOR PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE A SEMINAR ON FEBRUARY 20 FOR ABOUT 150 PARTICIPANTS WHO WOULD EXCHANGE VIEWS ON CIVIC EDUCATION. THESE VIEWS WOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN WORKING OUT FUTURE STRATEGY IN PROMOTING CIVIC EDUCATION.

THE CIVIC EDUCATION CARNIVAL WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE

KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KWUN TONG SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE. IT AIMED AT PROMOTING CIVIC AWARENESS AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES AMONG THE STUDENTS.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED AN EXHIBITION OF ENTRIES IN CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS, AND GAMES STALLS ON THE THEME OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

OFFICIATING WITH MR MAK WERE THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LIj KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHANj AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI.

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PROMOTION OF CARE FOR ELDERLY STRESSED * * * * *

THE DEMAND FOR SOCIAL SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY HAD BEEN GREAT IN WAN CHAI AS THEY TOOK UP A SIZEABLE PERCENTAGE OF THE POPULATION IN THE DISTRICT, WAN CHAI ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CARMAN CHIU, SAID AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A FREE FILM SHOW FOR THE ELDERLY THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

ABOUT 1 000 SENIOR RESIDENTS ATTENDED THE SHOW, ONE OF THE PROGRAMMES OF THE DISTRICT’S ANNUAL +CARE FOR THE OLD+ CAMPAIGN.

THE CAMPAIGN, CONDUCTED FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND SHOPS, HAD BECOME A TRADITION IN THE DISTRICT, MISS CHIU SAID.

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THE AIM OF THE CAMPAIGN WAS TO PROMOTE CARE AND RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY, SHE ADDED.

APART FROM RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, VISITS TO HOMES FOR THE AGED WERE ARRANGED AND FREE MEDICAL CHECK-UP WOULD BE PROVIDED FOR 400 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR CHOW WAI-KAM, SAID THAT IT WAS HOPED THAT THIS CAMPAIGN WOULD HELP REMIND PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE, TO KEEP UP THE TRADITION OF +RESPECT FOR THE OLD+.

PARTICIPANTS AT TODAY’S FILM SHOW ALSO RECEIVED A SCARF AS A NEW YEAR GIFT AND A PACKET OF +LAI SEE+.

Other OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MRS PEGGY LAM, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR LEE KOU, AND DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR HSU CHUNG-CHI.

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COURSE ON SEX EDUCATION FOR TEACHERS

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ABOUT 320 SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS TODAY (SATURDAY) ATTENDED THE FIRST OF A TWO-DAY COURSE ON SEX EDUCATION AND ETHICS AT HO TUNG TECHNICAL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL STUDIES AND HEALTH EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE COURSE IS AIMED AT FAMILIARISING TEACHERS WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORAL AND ETHICAL VALUES RELATED WITH SEX EDUCATION AND TO ASSIST THEM IN THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SEX EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

DR LAM MAN-PING OF THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION OF THE CHINESE UN IVERSITY OF HONG KONG GAVE TALKS ON ETHICS IN INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP AND SEX IDENTITY.

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EMPLOYERS GIVEN REMINDER ON COMPULSORY INSURANCE * K M K K

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE THEY MUST TAKE OUT VAUD INSURANCE POLICIES FOR ALL THEIR EMPLOYEES TO COVER THEIR FULL LIABILITIES UNDER THE ORDINANCE AND COMMON LAW.

THE APPEAL FOLLOWS A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH AN ENGINEERING COMPANY WAS FINED «3 000 IN TSUEN WAN MAGISTRACY FOR FAILING TO TAKE OUT A VALID INSURANCE POLICY FOR ITS EMPLOYEES.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT SUCH AN OFFENCE CARRIES A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF A $50 000 FINE AND IMPRISONMENT FOR TWO YEARS.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, THE INSURANCE POLICY MUST BE IS. JED BY AN INSURER AUTHORISED BY THE INSURANCE AUTHORITY TO CARRY ON ACCIDENT INSURANCE BUSINESS IN HONG KONG.

+THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE INJURED EMPLOYEE CAN RECOVER IN HIS OWN NAME DIRECTLY FROM THE INSURERS ANY AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION WHICH HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENTITLED TO CLAIM AGAINST HIS EMPLOYER,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE TAKEN OUT INSURANCE POLICIES FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES MUST ALSO DISPLAY, AT A CONSPICUOUS PLACE IN EACH OF THEIR WORK PREMISES, THEIR NOTICES OF INSURANCE. THE PENALTY FOR FAILING TO PUT UP THE NOTICE IS $10 000.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE ANY ENQUIRIES ON THE LEGISLATION ON COMPULSORY INSURANCE OR OTHER MATTERS RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE TO CONTACT THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ON 5-8524O3O.

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SPECIAL MEETING ON SOUTHERN BUS FARES K * * M

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON MONDAY (JANUARY 12) TO DISCUSS THE CLASSIFICATION OF BUS ROUTES AND FARES IN THE DISTRICT.

AT A MEETING ON DECEMBER 2% THE COMMITTEE ASKED THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO SUBMIT FURTHER DOCUMENTS TO EXPLAIN HOW THE DEPARTMENT HAD ARRIVED AT THE LEVEL OF A BUS FARE INCREASE IN APRIL, AND TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION ON THE FARE STRUCTURE OF CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY.

A PRINCIPAL TRANSPORT OFFICER, MR PAUL WILL'AMS, AND CHIEF TRANSPORT OFFICERS MR YIP KWOK-CHIkG AND MR DP1IEL AU WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE MEETING. SEATS CAN BE RESERVED ON 5-540271.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE SPECIAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 7-11 NAM NING STREET, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE, HONG KONG.

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DANCES BRING SHA K

TIN FESTIVAL TO A CLOSE M * K M

TWENTY OUTSTANDING DANCE TROUPES WILL PERFORM IN THE AUDITORIUM OF THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE SHA TIN FESTIVAL TOMORROW (SUNDAY) EVENING.

BLENDING WESTERN AND CHINESE CULTURE, THE DANCES WILL BE PERFORMED BY STUDENTS OF LOCAL SECONDARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS, ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WILL BE THE PERFORMANCE BY MILDLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN FROM THE KO KOOK IU MEMORIAL PRIMARY SCHOOL AND THE SHA TIN PUBLIC SCHOOL.

OFFICIATING aT THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE REGIONAL COUNCILLOR, DR HO MAN-WUI, SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KWAN WING-WAH.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY TOMORROW EVENING AT 7.30 PM AT THE AUDITORIUM OF THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL.

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CIVIC DAY FOR KWAI TSI NG YOUTH

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A CIVIC DAY FOR THE YOUTH IN KWAI TSING DISTRICT WILL BE HELD AT KWAI FONG PLAYGROUND IN KWAI SHING TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

IT IS ORGANISED BY A WORKING GROUP UNDER THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD WITH THE AIM OF PROMOTING CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG YOUTH.

THERE WILL BE A PARADE WHICH WILL COMPRISE ABOUT 20 GROUPS, A PERFORMANCE BY THE HO FUNG COLLEGE BRASS BAND, A DISPLAY BY THE ARMY DOG UNIT AND AN EXHIBITION ON CIVIC EDUCATION.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAKj BOARD CHAIRMAN MR HO TUNC CHING* AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR YAU HON-KEE.

NOTE TO EDITORSt

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY TO.BE HELD AT 10.80 AM IN KWAI FONG PLAYGROUND (NEXT TO O.R. SADICK INDOOR GAMES HALL) IN KWAI SHING TOMORROW.

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FOUR-DAY DANCE CONTEST GETS UNDERWAY * * * * *

DANCE ENTHUSIASTS BEGAN A FOUR-DAY COMPETITION TONIGHT (SATURDAY) AT A KWUN TONG SCHOOL FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE OPEN DANCE CONTEST.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY HELD AT LEUNG SHEK CHEE COLLEGE, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER. MR EDDY CHAN, SAID DANCING COULD HELP YOUNG PEOPLE'S DEVELOPMENT.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHOSE HARD WORK HAD ENABLED THE COMPETITION TO TAKE PLACE.

THE 16TH OPEN DANCE CONTEST IS ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE KWUN TONG CULTURE AND RECREATION PROMOTION ASSOCIATION., IT IS CO-ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND SPONSORED BY THE KWUN TONG ROTARY CLUB.

THIS YEAR. A TOTAL OF 98 TEAMS HAVE JOINED THE CONTEST WHICH IS DIVIDED INTO CHILDREN, YOUTH AND OPEN SECTIONS. IT WILL END ON TUESDAY.

WINNING GROUPS WILL PERFORM AT THE CITY HALL IN MARCH.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WITH MR CHAN WERE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER MR POON CHI-FA I AND PRESIDENT OF KWUN TONG ROTARY CLUB, CHU CHO-ON.

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FREE CONCERTS FOR TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS

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THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH WILL BE STAGING THREE CONCERTS IN TSUEN WAN THIS MONTH TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT FOR MUSIC LOVERS IN THE DISTRICT.

TWO LUNCH-TIME CONCERTS WILL BE HELD AT TSUEN WAN MUSIC CENTRE AT 1.10 PM ON TWO CONSECUTIVE FRIDAYS STARTING JANUARY 16.

MUSIC OFFICE PART-TIME PERFORMERS WILL PLAY CHINESE ENSEMBLE AND SOLO MUSIC AS WELL AS INTRODUCE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

THE HONG KONG LUTHERAN YOUTH BAND WILL ALSO PERFORM AT A COMMUNITY CONCERT AT MOON LOK BUILDING OPEN GROUND ON JANUARY 24 AT 3 PM.

ADMISSION TO THE CONCERTS IS FREE AND FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED ON 0-4928127.

CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL ROAD CLOSURES

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TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HUNG HING ROAD FLYOVER, THE FOLLOWING APPROACH AND EXIT ROADS OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED IN THE EARLY HOURS OF JANUARY 13 (TUESDAY), 14 AND 151

* THE EXIT ROADS LEADING FROM CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TO NORTH POINT, CENTRAL AND CANAL ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON TUESDAY.

VEHICLES LEAVING THE TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE CAUSEWAY BAY EXIT ROAD AND PROCEED TO NORTH POINT VIA EASTBOUND GLOUCESTER ROAD OR PROCEED TO CENTRAL AND THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER VIA THE GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER.

* FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM ON JANUARY 14, THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE APPROACH ROAD LEADING FROM CANAL ROAD FLYOVER TO CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED.

VEHICLES ON CANAL ROAD FLYOVER HEADING FOR KOWLOON WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA EASTBOUND GLOUCESTER ROAD, FLYOVER, WESTBOUND GLOUCESTER ROAD AND THE FLYOVER LEADING TO CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL.

* THE EXIT ROAD LEADING FROM CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TO CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 6 AM ON JANUARY 15.

VEHICLES LEAVING THE TUNNEL WILL HAVE TO USE THE NORTH POINT EXIT ROAD, EASTBOUND GLOUCESTER ROAD AND THE FLYOVER TO CAUSEWAY BAY.

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TSUEN WAN SLIP ROAD CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE *****

THE SLIP ROAD CONNECTING THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TEXACO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 8 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 13) FOR ROAD RESURFACING WORK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO LAST ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD INTENDING TO TURN LEFT TO THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TEXACO ROAD SHOULD USE THE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TEXACO ROAD. THEY SHOULD THEN USE TSUEN KAM INTERCHANGE BEFORE REJOINING THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TEXACO ROAD.

MEANWHILE, TSUEN WAN BOUND KMB ROUTES 30, 31, 35 AND 35 WILL BE DIVERTED TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND TAI HO ROAD INSTEAD OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TEXACO ROAD, SHA TSUI ROAD AND TAI HO ROAD.

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TOLO HIGHWAY CLOSED FOR ROAD WORK * * * *

THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TOLO HIGHWAY AT TAI PO NORTH INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM JANUARY 13 (TUESDAY) TO JANUARY 15 DAILY FROM 8 PM TO 5 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

DURING THE CLOSURE, NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC HEADING FOR DESTINATIONS NORTH OF TAI PO NORTH INTERCHANGE WILL BE DIVERTED TO TAI PO ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Sunday, January 11, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AIRPORT PROPOSAL TO BE STUDIED CaREFULLY ..................... 1

NINTH TSUEN WAN ARTS FESTIVAL OPENED ......................... 2

46 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN NOVEMBER ....................... 3

MONG KOK TO EXPAND MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHE'IE ................... 4

NATURE CONTEST RESULTS .JiNOUNCED............................. 6

RaTS CONTROL EDUCATION C.iMPaIGN UNDERWAY .................... 7

MIXED BAG OF CH-iNGING WEATHER IN DECEMBER ................... 8

MEDICAL SCHEME OPEN TO SOUTHERN ELDERLY ..................... 10

CARNIVAL FUN FOR Tnl PO ELDERLY .............................. 11

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR SjiFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION.......... 11

SONG CONTEST ORGANISED FOR YaU Ma TEI RESIDENTS .............. 12

.ANOTHER PLAYGROUND FOR KWUN TONG ............................ 13

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AIRPORT PROPOSAL TO BE STUDIED CAREFULLY * * * ft *

THE GOVERNMENT WILL STUDY VERY CAREFULLY AND SERIOUSLY A PROPOSAL BY A GROUP OF PRIVATE DEVELOPERS TO BUILD AN AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER ATTENDING THE *1987 HONG KONG WALK FOR A MILLION*, SIR DAVID CONFIRMED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD RECEIVED THE PROPOSAL WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS A VERY IMAGINATIVE SCHEME.

POINTING OUT THAT KAI TAK AIRPORT IS STILL SERVING A USEFUL AND SATISFACTORY PURPOSE, HE SAID THE PROPOSAL DESERVED A VERY . SERIOUS STUDY.

♦BUT IT HAS TO BE RELATED TO HOW LONG KAI TAK WILL SERVE US AS A USEFUL AIRPORT BECAUSE KAI TAK HAS A VERY GREAT ADVANTAGE

FOR HONG KONG. IT IS VERY CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN HONG KONG AND THE AIR CARGO TERMINAL IS VERY CLOSE TO OUR FACTORY AREAS.

♦SO THERE IS NO DOUBT KAI TAK HAS A LOT OF ADVANTAGES FOR HONG KONG WHEREAS AN AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK OR ANYWHERE ELSE WOULD BE AT LEAST AN HOUR'S MOTOR RIDE AWAY FROM DOWNTOWN HONG KONG,* HE SAID.

SIR DAVID FELT THAT THE PROJECT HAD OTHER INTERESTING ASPECTS WHICH SHOULD NOT BE WHISKED ASIDE JUST BECAUSE OF THE IMAGINATIVE CONCEPT OF THE PROPOSED AIRPORT.

♦THE EXTENSION OF THE PORT TO THE WEST OF HONG KONG IS ONE CF THE PROPOSALS WHICH CAME FORWARD IN THE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT STUDY OF THE GOVERNMENT,♦ HE SAID.

♦SO, IT MAY BE THAT THE MARRIAGE OF THESE TWO SCHEMES IS A POSSIBILITY IN THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG'S HARBOUR SIR DAVID NOTED THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HARBOUR WAS MORE

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IMPORTANT THAN THE AIRPORT AT THE PRESENT MOMENT.

HE DISAGREED THAT THE PROPOSAL WAS IMPRACTICAL. *WE KNOW THAT TO BUILD AN AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK IS A PRACTICAL POSSIBILITY ECAUSE WE HAVE ALREADY DONE A VERY MAJOR STUDY ON CHEK LAP KOK. WE KNOW THAT IT CAN BE DONE.*

„ . JU REPLY T0 ANOTHER QUESTION, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT DIB NOT EARLIER TURN DOWN THE IDEA OF BUILDING AN AIRPORT AT CHEK LAP KOK.

?£’LAT THAT TIME WE DIDN’T NEED TO BUILD AN AIRPORT ECAUSE, AS IT'S BEEN DEMONSTRATED, KAI TAK IS STILL SERVING A VERY USEFUL AND SATISFACTORY PURPOSE.

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♦WE DIDN’T NEED TO BUILD AN AIRPORT AT THAT TIME, WE STILL DON’T NEED TO BUILD AN AIRPORT NOW BUT WE MAY NEED TO BUILD ONE IN FUTURE.♦

SIR DAVID SAID THE OTHER THING WAS IT WOULD CAUSE AN ENORMOUS

AMOUNT OF MONEY. HE ADDED THAT HE COULD NOT SAY WHETHER IT WOULD TAKE A YEAR OR MORE BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT COULD GIVE A REPLY.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR SAID THERE WERE MANY ASPECTS THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE INVESTIGATED BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT COULD GIVE A REPLY.

THESE INCLUDED THE COMMUNICATIONS WITH CHINA, THE TUNNEL THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS LEADING UP TO LOK MA CHAU, THE EXTENSION OF THE HARBOUR TO THE WESTWARD, THE LINK-UP WITH WESTERN HONG KONG BY A CROSSWAY CIRCLING ROUND AND GOING THROUGH MA WAN, AND A BRIDGE FROM MA WAN OVER TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

ASKED ABOUT THE APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID SA ID 1 ♦JUST BE PAT IENT.♦

ON THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES PROBLEM, SIR DAVID SA IDs ♦THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT WE COMMUNICATE OUR VIEWS TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THEN WE GET A BRITISH GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THOSE VIEWS.♦

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THE NINTH TSUEN A COLOURFUL CEREMONY

WAN ARTS FESTIVAL OPENED TONIGHT (SUNDAY) IN AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, DECLARED THE FESTIVAL OPEN WITH THE BEAT OF A GONG AND THIS WAS SYNCHRONISED WITH THE UNFURLING OF A LARGE SCROLL WHICH BORE THE EMBLEM OF THE FESTIVAL.

THE CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY DANCE PERFORMANCES BY ARTISTES FROM GUANGDONG PORTRAYING THE PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF TSUEN WAN OVER THE PAST 300 YEARS.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, A SPECTACULAR PROCESSION FEATURING VARIOUS CULTURE AND ARTS TOGETHER WITH DECORATED VEHICLES PARADED ALONG SHA TSUI ROAD.

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THE PROCESSION WITH 21 PERFORMING TEAMS, 11 DECORATED VEHICLES INVOLVING SOME 600 PARTICIPANTS TOOK TWO HOURS BEFORE ENTERING THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND.

PERFORMING TEAMS AND VEHICLES WERE LATER INSPECTED BY SIR DAVID BEFORE THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONIES.

THE FESTIVAL, JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE TSUEN WAN CULTURE AND RECREATION CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION, WILL LAST UNTIL FEBRUARY 22.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMMES WILL BE MAINLY HELD IN THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, WHILE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WILL BE STAGED AT VENUES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

- LOCAL AND OVERSEAS ARTISTES AND PERFORMING GROUPS WILL APPEAR IN THE FESTIVAL, INCLUDING A PIANO RECITAL BY FOU TS’ONG, AND PERFORMANCES BY SHANGHAI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, FUJIAN ACROBATIC TROUPE AND THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA.

THERE WILL ALSO BE FILM SHOWS AND GRAPHIC EXHIBITION.

LECTURE DEMONSTRATIONS ON VARIOUS FIELDS OF ARTS SUCH AS PHOTOGRAPHY, PAINTING, DRAMA AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENT WILL BE HELD TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE INTERESTED TO LEARN FROM AND MEET WELL-KNOWN FIGURES IN RELATED FIELDS.

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46 BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN NOVEMBER *****

TWO DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB ON MIDDLE ISLAND WERE AMONG 46 PLANS APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE (B.0.0.) IN NOVEMBER.

ONE IS A THREE-STOREY SAILING CENTRE, WHILE THE OTHER IS A SINGLE-STOREY ROWING BOAT BUILDING.

AS IN PAST MONTHS, THE LARGEST NUMBER OF APPROVALS - 26 -RELATED TO APARTMENT AND APARTMENT-COMMERCIAL PROJECTS.

AMONG THEM WERE A 33-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCK AT 9 - 11, BREW IN PATH, FOR LIU CHONG HING BANK LIMITED, AND A 29-STOREY APARTMENT B.OCK AT 22 ROBINSON ROAD — 1 - 9 MOSQUE STREET. . . .

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ANOTHER DEVELOPMENT APPROVED IN MOSQUE STREET WAS A 23-3TOREY APARTMENT-COMMERCIAL BLOCK AT NO. 6. ......

TUEN MUN NEW TOWN CONTINUES TO DEVELOP. WITH THE D.O.O. APPROVING TWO 32-STOREY, AND THREE 26-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCKS THERE.

ALSO IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, 10 FIVE-STOREY APARTMENT BLOCKS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD AT PEARL ISLAND.

TWO FACTORIES - ONE ON TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE FOR INTERPAC CONTAINERS LIMITED AND THE OTHER AT TAI KOK TSUI ROAB FOR HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY LIMITED - WERE APPROVES DURING THE MONTH, TOGETHER WITH TWO WORKSHOPS.

THE NUMBER OF NEW BUILDINGS FOR WHICH CONSENT TO START WORK WAS GIVEN TOTALLED 54, OF WHICH 14 WERE APARTMENT AND APARTMENTCOMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS. THE CONSENTS ALSO INCLUDED A HOTEL AT 75 WATERLOO ROAD, AND A HOSPITAL BUILDING AND DOCTORS* AND NURSES' QUARTERS AT THE RUTTONJEE SANATORIUM AT 266 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

THE COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING NOVEMBER WAS ALMOST |897 MILLION, BRINGING THE TOTAL FOR THE FIRST 11 MONTHS (F THE YEAR TO APPROXIMATELY S13 BILLION.

THE NUMBER OF COMPLETED BUILDINGS CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION WAS 33, OF WHICH EIGHT WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, NINE IN KOWLOON AND 16 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN NOVEMBER. 19 CONSENTS TO DEMOLISH, AFFECTING 48 BUILDINGS, WERE ISSUED. THEY INCLUDED A HOTEL AT GLOUCESTER ROAD-JAFFE ROAD.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION OF THE B.0.0. RECEIVED 414 COMPLAINTS DURING THE MONTH, AND CARRIED OUT 890 INSPECTIONS. A TOTAL OF SEVEN CLOSURE ORDERS WERE OBTAINED FROM THE COURTS.

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MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS HAVE DECIDED TO EXPAND THE hEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME TO ALLOW MORE RESIDENTS TO AIR THEIR GRIEVANCES AND VIEWS TO THE BOARD.

UNDER THE SCHEME, BOARD MEMBERS TAKE UP PUBLIC COMPLAINTS AND ENQUIRIES AND LISTEN TO VIEWS ON DISTRICT AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENT MATTERS.

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AS THE SCHEME HAS ALWAYS BEEN POPULAR IN THE DISTRICT, THE BOARD DECIDED TO CHANGE ITS FORMAT TO HEAR MORE CASES IN EACH SESSION,* THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, SAID TODAY.

AT PRESENT, RESIDENTS ARE INTERVIEWED BY TWO BOARD MEMBERS AT THE SAME TIME AND A MAXIMUM OF SIX CASES CAN BE HANDLED IN EACH SESSION. MEMBERS ARE WORKING ON A ROSTER SYSTEM AND SESSIONS ARE CONDUCTED EVERY THURSDAY EVENING.

BY SPLITTING UP THE PAIR FROM NOW ON, EACH MEMBER WILL BE ATTENDING TO THE COMPLAINANT SEPARATELY. THIS WOULD DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF CASES HEARD IN EACH SESSION,* HE SAID.

REVIEWING THE SCHEME RECORD, MR CHOW SAID ASSISTANCE WAS SOUGHT BY MORE THAN 175 RESIDENTS SINCE APRIL LAST YEAR, AVERAGING ALMOST FIVE CASES AT EACH SESSION.

WE ARE PROUD THAT OUR SCHEME IS WELL-RECEIVED SO FAR,* £ SAID.

THE MAJORITY OF THE CASES INVOLVED HOUSING, ENVIRONMENTAL, BUILDING MANAGEMENT, HAWKERS AND MARKET PROBLEMS. THEY ACCOUNTED FOR MORE THAN THREE-QUARTERS OF CASES HANDLED.

OF THE CASES RECEIVED 56 PER CENT WERE SUCCESSFULLY TACKLED, EITHER BY FURNISHING ADVICE OR HAVING THEM REFERRED TO THE APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OR THE BOARD'S COMMITTEES FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

WE WOULD LIKE TO URGE MORE RESIDENTS TO MAKE USE OF THE SCHEME TO BRING THEIR PROBLEMS AND VIEWS TO OUR NOTICE,* MR CHOW SAID.

APART FROM MEETING THE PUBLIC IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE. MEMBERS ALSO VISIT BUILDINGS REGULARLY TO PROMOTE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND SOLICIT VIEWS FROM RESIDENTS.

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NATURE CONTEST RESULTS ANNOUNCED Mlf

THE FOUR-YEAR-OLD *CLEAN AND GREEN* SCHEME ENDED TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH A SERIES OF EXCITING OUTDOOR GAMES HELD AT THE PICNIC SITE CF YUEN NG FAN INSIDE THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK.

ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN 2?JU?CI<!^,IHJl?EoJNF?R'?AT,0N SERVICES DEPARTMENT. THE SCHEME DREW A RECORD 7 A84 PARTICIPANTS IN ACTIVITIES DURIN& THE FIRST C0LLECT 0VER THREE T0MME8 LITTER IN VARIOUS

XiuscSI§SFAsULLY h2JtingRaJ?Lbala$?eSIeamTwa!’ki2g"LEDCE QU,z' C0U"TRY8’de «H»JKi2SC°!I>«8IME.f2^6HI!0" INCLUDED A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION, A CLOTH BADGE DESIGN COMPETITION. A SLOGAN COMPETITION AND A CROSS-WORD PUZZLE CONTEST.

VALUABLE PRIZES WERE AWARDED TO THE TOP TEN ENTRIES IN EACH Sol?' VJOsU*? SWW"

“U?I«"ri>i;"THET’wiiie1oTTLeR3Co”Te6.THE Bo"‘ ll0H<i FEDE"‘T'°"

CHI-SING, WINNER OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION IN ]NE SECOND STAGE OF THE SCHEME, WON A TAIWAN TOUR COUPON VALUED 350 WH,LE MI3S WANG LAI-^UN, WINNER OF THE CROSS-WORD PUZZLE CONTEST, MR NGA I CHI-HUNG, WINNER OF THE SLOGAN COMPETITION AND WINNER OF THE CLOTH BADGE DESIGN CONTESt, WERE tAv“ AwAKDtJj >300•

^T.^E**'RS *1 THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR WAN THANKED ALL PARTICIPANTS AND SPONSORS OF THIS YEAR’S SCHEME.

lu ♦™E|R OVERWHELMING RESPONSE HAS INDICATED A GROWING PUBLIC INTERESTJ? COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT IN KEEPING THE COUNTRY PARKS CLEAN AND GREEN,* HE SAID.

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RATS CONTROL EDUCATION CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY *****

A TERRITORY-WIDE RODENT CONTROL EDUCATION CAMPAIGN. ORGANISED BY THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, IS NOW UNDERWAY.

LAUNCHED AT THE TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN THE PUBLIC NORMALLY CLEAN UP THEIR PREMISES IN TIME FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR. THE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED TO REMIND THEM OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION CF RATS.

DURING THE MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN, POSTERS, LEAFLETS. AND ADVISORY LETTERS ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED TO BUILDING MANAGEMENTS HOUSEHOLDS, SCHOOLS, RESTAURANTS AND FOOD BUSINESS OPERATORS, SENIOR HEALTH INSPECTOR, WONG LUP-GAY, OF THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT SAID TODAY.

HE EXPLAINED THAT RATS TENDED TO THRIVE ON ALL AVAILABLE FOOD AND SHELTER.

♦THE BEST WAY TO STOP RATS FROM MULTIPLYING IS BY ELIMINATING THEIR FEEDING SOURCES AND TO BLOCK OFF THEIR HIDING PLACES,♦ HE SAID.

SINCE A BUILDING THAT IS CLEAN AND WELL MAINTAINED WOULD KEEP RATS AWAY, THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED BUILDING MANAGEMENTS TO ORGANISE REGULAR CLEARANCE OF JUNK AND UNUSED ARTICLES FROM PUBLIC PLACES SUCH AS BACKYARDS, STAIR LANDINGS AND ROOF SPACE.

HE ALSO CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO MAKE LIFE MORE DIFFICULT FOR RATSi

* STORE FOOD IN COVERED CONTAINERS AS FOOD CONTAMINATED BY RATS IS HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH.

* DISPOSE OF SCRAPS AND REFUSE REGULARLY AT THE END OF THE DAY BECAUSE RATS USUALLY COME OUT TO FEED AT NIGHT.

* KEEP BUILDING IN GOOD REPAIR. FILL UP CRACKED PAVINGS AND HOLES IN WALLS, AVOID EXCESSIVE THRESHOLD CLEARANCE UNDER DOORS, AND REPAIR OTHER STRUCTURAL DEFECTS IN BUILDINGS.

♦SHOULD THE PUBLIC NEED ANY ADVICE OR ASSISTANCE ON RODENT CONTROL, THEY CAN CONTACT THE STAFF OF THE PEST CONTROL UNIT AT VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES OF URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT OR REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT,♦ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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MIXED BAG OF CHANGING WEATHER IN DECEMBER M M M M

DECEMBER LAST YEAR WAS CHARACTERISED BY A RAINY AND CHANGEABLE START. A SIGNIFICANT COLD SNAP ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH AND AN UNREASONABLE WARM EPISODE LEADING TO AND THROUGH CHRISTMAS AND THE NEW YEAR, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE TOTAL MONTHLY RAINFALL OF 46.6 MM WAS ABOUT TWICE THE MEAN AND THIS BROUGHT THE ANNUAL TOTAL TO 2 338.3 MM, ABOUT 5 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL. THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 17.7 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS NORMAL.

THE MORNING OF DECEMBER 1 WAS SUNNY AND MILD BUT THE WEATHER GRADUALLY WORSENED WITH LIGHT RAIN EARLY THE NEXT DAY.

FRESHENING NORTHERLIES BROUGHT RATHER HEAVY RAIN ON DECEMBER 3, PARTICULARLY AROUND DAWN. BETWEEN 3 AM AND 7 AM, RAINFALL TOTALLING 25.7 MM WAS RECORDED, ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT 55

OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL

PER CENT

DRY AIR FROM THE NORTH REACHED HONG KONG ON DECEMBER 4 CLEARING THE WEATHER. HOWEVER, CLOUDY CONDITIONS RESUMED DURING THE NEXT FOUR DAYS WITH SOME LIGHT RAIN ON DECEMBER 6 AND 7.

FINE AND SUNNY CONDITIONS DOMINATED THE PERIOD FROM DECEMBER 9 TO 14.

STRONG EASTERLIES ASSOCIATED WITH A SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON AFFECTED HONG KONG ON DECEMBER 15, BLOWING DOWN A SIGNBOARD WHICH INJURED A PEDESTRIAN IN MONG KOK.

THE NEXT TWO DAYS WERE CLOUDY WITH SOME DRIZZLES.

A COLD FRONT WHICH DEVELOPED OVER SOUTH CHINA ON DECEMBER 17 SWEPT THROUGH HONG KONG THE NEXT DAY. TEMPERATURES IN THE LOW TWENTIES DURING THE EARLY MORNING FELL GRADUALLY DURING THE DAY AS FRESH TO STRONG NORTHERLIES SET IN BY THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS OF 79 KM/H AND 90 KM/H WERE REPORTED AT CHEUNG CHAU AND WAGLAN ISLAND.

TEMPERATURES FELL CONTINUALLY AND REACHED A MINIMUM OF 10.1 DEGREES CELSIUS EARLY ON DECEMBER 19, THE LOWEST RECORDED AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SO FAR THIS WINTER.

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IT WAS MUCH COLDER, WITH A MINIMUM OF 7.5 DEGREES CELSIUS RECORDED AT CASTLE PEAK AND ONLY 0.5 DEGREE CELSIUS ON TAI MO SHAN.

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ALTHOUGH WINDS MODERATED AROUND MIDDAY, IT REMAINED COLD OVERNIGHT ON DECEMBER 19.

THE WEATHER WARMED UP RAPIDLY DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS WITH A FEAN TEMPERATURE OF 19.7 DEGREES CELSIUS ON DECEMBER 25, THE WARMEST CHRISTMAS IN 10 YEARS.

ALTHOUGH BOXING DAY WAS SLIGHTLY COOLER WITH WIND AND RAIN, THE WEATHER RAPIDLY IMPROVED WITH PLENTY OF SUNSHINE OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS, FOLLOWED BY A WARM AND BALMY PERIOD UNTIL THE NEW YEAR.

FOUR TROPICAL CYCLONES DEVELOPED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING THE MONTH.

NO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER IN DECEMBER.

THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS PUT UP ON DECEMBER 4, 19, 20,21 AND 28.

THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON DECEMBER 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 AND 28.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLWSi

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE AND TIME DATE AND TIME

-------------- ------------ Of HOISTING OF LOWERING

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON DEC 15 11.15 AM DEC 16 10.00 AM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON DEC 18 5.45 PM DEC 19 10.00 AM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG MONSOON DEC 26 2.15 AM DEC 26 4.15 PM

THE MONTH'S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE I

SUNSHINE 178.1 HOURS -1.2 HOURS BELOW NORMAL

RAINFALL 46.6 MM - 21.3 MM ABOVE NORMAL

CLOUDINESS 50% - 2 % LESS THAN NORMAL

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 75% - 6% HIGHER THAN NORMAL

FEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 20.0 DEGREES C - 0.8 DEGREE C BELOW NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE 17.7 DEGREES C - NORMAL

FEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE 15.8 DEGREES C - 0.6 DEGREE C ABOVE NORMAL FEAN DEW POINT 12.9 DEGREES C - 1.5 DEGREES C ABOVE NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION 17.3 MM - 40.6 MM BELOW NORMAL

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MEDICAL SCHEME OPEN TO SOUTHERN ELDERLY M M M M M

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS AGED 60 OR OVER ARE REMINDED THAT THEY CAN JOIN A COMMUNITY MEDICAL SCHEME TO RECEIVE PRIORITY MEDICAL AND DENTAL TREATMENT AT A REDUCED RATE.

MORE THAN 1 000 ELDERLY AND ABOUT ONE-THOF THE PR IVATE DOCTORS AND DENTISTS PRACTISING IN THE DISTRICT HAVE JOINED THE SCHEME WHICH WAS INTRODUCED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE LAST JANUARY.

SOME DOCTORS IN SHAU KEI WAN AND CHAI WAN HAVE ALSO JOINED THE SCHEME THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR THOSE LIVING IN STANLEY AND SHEK 0.

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 t6 PROVE THAT THEY LIVE OR WORK 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 BE PRESENTED EACH TIME THEY VISIT A DOCTOR OR DENTIST UNDER 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 HIS OR HER NEEDS.

♦NEVERTHELESS, APPLICANTS NEED NOT BE RECIPIENTS OF SOCIAL WELFARE ALLOWANCES TO QUALIFY SO LONG AS THEY MEET THE AGE REQUIREMENT AND ACTUALLY LIVE OR WORK IN THE DISTRICT,* A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SENIOR RESIDENTS WHO JOINED THE SCHEME LAST YEAR ARE ALSO REM INDED THAT THEY SHOULD RENEW THEIR APPL[CATION AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE OR SUB-OFFICES, BRINGING WITH THEM RELEVANT DOCUMENTS AND THE OLD CARD.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE SOUTHERN DISTR[CT OFFICE ON •$-•524429 ITS WAH FU SUB-OFFICE ON 5-509181, OR ITS STANLEY SUB-OFF|£e ON 5-8130689. LEAFLETS GIVING DETAILS OF THE SCHEME ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THESE OFFICES.

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 1987

CARNIVAL FUN FOR TAI PO ELDERLY * * * * *

MORE THAN 800 SENIOR RESIDENTS IN TAI PO WERE TREATED TO A FUN-FILLED CARNIVAL AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE CARNIVAL WAS ONE OF THE MAJOR ACTIVITIES OF A RURAL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE SALVATION ARMY TAI PO COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, THE PROJECT WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE LIVING IN REMOTE VILLAGES.

AT TODAY’S CARNIVAL THERE WERE CANTONESE OPERA, RHYTHMIC EXERCISE AND CHINESE DANCE BY SOME ELDERS.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDED GAMES STALLS AND AN EXHIBITION ON HOME SAFETY, DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION ON 1AI PO.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CARNIVAL, TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT, SAID THIS KIND OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE ELDERLY WAS VERY MEANINGFUL.

THEY COULD PROVIDE VARIOUS SERVICES FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE AND HELPED THEM GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR COMMUNITY, HE ADDED.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN WONG' CHAIRMAN OF TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE, MR HO YUNG-SANG: CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE, Hl LAM PAK-PING, AND MR ANDREW LO FROM THE SALVATION ARMY.

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ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION *****

ENTRIES ARE SOUGHT FROM SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 22 FOR AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION.

ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE, THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT DEVELOPING DESIGN TALENTS AND ENHANCING SAFETY AMONG STUDENTS.

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A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE THEME OF POSTERS MUST BE CONFINED TO INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

ENTRIES WILL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO DIVISIONS — DIVISION ’A’ FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS, AND DIVISION *B’ FOR STUDENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

TOTAL CASH PRIZE FOR THE COMPETITION IS |13 500 — S3 000 AND SI 500 TO THE FIRST PRIZE WINNER OF DIVISION ’A’ AND 'B* RESPECTIVELY WHILE TEN CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNERS WILL ALSO BE SELECTED FROM EACH DIVISION.

THOSE WHO QUALIFY FOR ’B* DIVISION MAY CHOOSE TO SUBMIT ENTRIES FOR DIVISION ’A’ BUT THE SAME ENTRY SHOULD NOT BE MADE TO BOTH DIVISIONS.

♦DESIGNS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED ON A SHEET OF A2 SIZE DRAWING PAPER MEASURING ABOUT 420 MM X 594 MM,> THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦EACH STUDENT MAY SUBMIT ANY NUMBER OF DESIGNS AND ENTRIES WILL ALSO BE JUDGED ON ORIGINALITY OF IDEAS,♦ HE ADDED.

ENTRIES MUST BE SENT BY FEBRUARY 7 TO THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE DEPARTMENT ON THE 13TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COMPETITION MAY BE MADE ON 5-8523563.

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SONG CONTEST ORGANISED FOR YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS M * * M *

YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN SINGING ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A CONTEST JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI CULTURE AND ARTS ASSOCIATION AND THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE SINGING CONTEST IS AIMED AT PROMOTING RESIDENTS’ INTERESTS IN MUSIC AND AT IDENTIFYING MUSIC TALENT IN THE DISTRICT.

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DIVIDED INTO CLASSICAL AND POPULAR SONG SECTIONS, THE

COMMUNITY CENTRE.

BOTH SOLOISTS AO GROUPS ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE CONTEST. THE FIRST THREE PL*C€-^TTEJS EACH SECTION WILL RECEIVE CASH COUPONS OF $800, $500 AND $300.

APPLICATION FORMS *«E AVAILABLE .T”5aYJUCg’A?‘STR'CT S'austin*road7thirdOfloor? Deadline for application is JANUARY 24.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON >323791 OR 3-322716.

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ANOTHER PLAYGROUND FOR KWUN T9NG M M M ft N

TWO PIECES OF LAND AT KUNG LOK ROAD, SEPARATED BY A SCHOOL, WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO A PLAYGROUND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR KWUN TONG.

THE UPPER PIECE WHICH 18 NEAR LOK WAH ESTATE WILL BE DEVELOPED AS A CYCLING GROUND WITH ANCILLARY FACILITIES INCLUDING A KIOSK AND TOILETS.

ON THE LOWER SITE, A REST GARDEN WITH CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND, STROLLING PATHS AND A SEATING AREA WILL DE PROVIDED.

WORK ON THE TWO SITES, TOTALLING ABOUT 1.8 HECTARES, WILL START EARLY IN MARCH AND BE COMPLETED DY THE END OF THE YEAR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HIGHER EDUCATION GROWTH SHOWN BY FOURTH COLLEGE ............ 1

EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR NOVEMBER RELEkSED ............ 1

SEPTEMBER EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES, PAYROLL STATISTICS OUT .... 10

COMPANY REGISTRATIONS REACH 161 986 ........................ 14

EPCCM EDUCATION WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS REVIEWED...... 16

HALF-WAY HOUSES FOR EX-aDDICTS TO BE SUBVENTED.............. 17

UN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT HK’S DRUG PROBLEM ...................... 18

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ARTICULATED VEHICLE INSTRUCTORS’ LICENCE..................................................... 18

CBF LOOKS AT FIRE SERVICES OPERATIONS....................... 20

RECRUITS SOUGHT FOR JUNIOR LEADERS CORPS ................... 20

MORE ROADWORKS PROPOSED FOR SHEK WU HUI .................... 21

SEWAGE SCREENING PLkNT TO BE COMPLETED ..................... 21

SaI KUNG DB COMMITTEE TO HOLD OPEN MEETING ................. 22

DB COMMITTEE TO REVIEW ITS WORK............................. 23

new parking meters for br&jjc^st drive...................... 23

SLIP ROAD IN TSZ WzJJ SELN CLOSED .......................... 24

RESUMPTION OF TWO-WAY TRAFFIC............................... 24

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................ 24

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HIGHER EDUCATION GROWTH SHOWN BY FOURTH COLLEGE

*****

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SHAW COLLEGE WAS NOT ONLY SYMBOLIC OF THE EXPANSION AND GROWTH OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, IT WAS ALSO A TANGIBLE DEMONSTRATION OF THE RAPID PACE OF DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN MONG KONG, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE FOUNDATION STONE LAYING CEREMONY OF THE COLLEGE, SIR DAVID SAID THAT TEN YEARS AGO, THERE WERE ONLY TWO TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS PROVIDING 2 100 FIRST YEAR DEGREE PLACES.

TODAY, THERE WERE FIVE INSTITUTIONS PROVIDING 4 200 PLACES. IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THE FIGURE WOULD BE DOUBLED TO 8 300 AND PERHAPS MORE IN 10 YEARS’ TIME.

♦IN HONG KONG, PEOPLE ARE VALUABLE ASSETS,♦ SIR DAVID SAID. ♦FOR THIS REASON, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALWAYS GIVEN PRIORITY TO EDUCATION WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR THE LARGEST SINGLE SHARE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S BUDGET.♦

HE SAID THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT TO INCREASE THE SLICE OF THE CAKE WITHOUT ADVERSELY AFFECTING OTHER IMPORTANT AREAS OF EXPENDITURE.

HE SAID THAT DONATIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO IMPROVE HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SERVICES WERE THERFORE WELCOME.

SIR DAVID COMMENDED SIR RUN RUN’S GENEROUS DONATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SHAW COLLEGE.

HE SAID THAT IN THE PAST 24 YEARS, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY HAD BUILT UP AN INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AND BELIEVED THAT ITS REPUTATION WOULD BE ENHANCED BY THE ADDITION OF THE FOURTH COLLEGE.

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EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR NOVEMBER RELEASED *****

THE

RELEASED TRADE

CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY VALUE NOVEMBER 1986. COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1985,

5?VEMBER VALUED AT $53 191 MILL ON, ®RE* ®Y D0ME8TIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 30 PER CENT TO

tl4 870 MILLION WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 41 PER CENT TO $12 275 MILLION, THUS BRINGING TOTAL EXPORTS TO $27 145 MILLION, 35 PER CENT Si’S!! I!1. "2VEM>E" !’«• IMPORTS INCREASEDST W fER CERT TO $26 046 MILLION.

—.DOMESTIC E*P0*TS TO MOST MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE ^lr?rTyK!L??VT!!BE?o198? AND NOVEMBER 1986. THE GROWTH IN PER CENT). THE NETHERLANDS (68 PER PER CENT), SINGAPORE (43 PER CENT) AND FRANCE no2F«t?rCr!HoTeSTAARTICULARLY STR0NQ- °N THE OTHER HAND, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CANADA RECORDED A DECLINE (-3 PER CEnV).

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ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, HONG KONG RECORBED INCREASES IN IMPORTS FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS, ESPECIALLY FROM SINGAPORE (55 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (54 PER CENT), SWITZERLAND (42 PER CENT), CHINA (35 PER CENT) AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (35 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN, THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE U.S., THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND TAIWAN INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY BY 70 PER CENT, 70 PER CENT, 64 PER CENT, 55 PER CENT AND 51 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1986, VALUED AT >497 022 MILLION, INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1985. ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT TO |138 615 MILLION WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT TO <109 919 MILLION SO THAT, FOR TOTAL EXPORTS, THE TRADE VALUE INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 19 PER CENT TO $248 487 MILLION.

COMPARING JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1986 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1985, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO MOST PRINCIPAL MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS. THE MARKETS WITH RAPID GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED FRANCE (46 PER CENT), THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (40 PER CENT), THE NETHERLANDS (35 PER CENT), JAPAN (34 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (25 PER CENT).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S TWO LARGEST MARKETS. THE U.S. AND CHINA, HOWEVER, GREW LESS RAPIDLY, BY 11 PER CENT AND 15 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT.

IMPORTS FROM MAJOR SUPPLIERS GENERALLY INCREASED BETWEEN JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1985 AND JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1986, PARTICULARLY THOSE FROM SWITZERLAND (55 PER CENT), CHINA (39 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (28 PER CENT), ITALY (25 PER CENT) AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (21 PER CENT). A DECREASED WAS, HOWEVER, RECORDED IN IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE (-2 PER CENT).

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE U.S., THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND TAIWAN INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY BY 100 PER CENT, 77 PER CENT, 52 PER CENT, 52 PER CENT AND 35 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. ON THE OTHER HAND, RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA RECORDED A DECLINE (-14 PER CENT).

ALL TRADE STATISTICS PRESENTED HERE ARE MEASURED AT CURRENT PRICES AND NO ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TAKEN OF THE CHANGES IN PRICES BETWEEN THE PERIODS OF COMPARISON. A SEPARATE ANALYSIS OF THE PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE FOR JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1986 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY FEBRUARY, 1987.

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cun.™£ SKI’F? ,N D0MEST'C EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE

SnUWM I Hi TABLE 1 .

COMPARING JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1986 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1985, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S. INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $1 807 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $1 786 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT)? AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1 019 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND. DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS (BY $103 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT)’ AS WELL AS TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY $47 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT).

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT IN VALUE. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $1 334 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT)’ MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES. INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $540 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT); AS WELL AS CLOTHING (BY $250 MILLION OR 57 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $851 MILLION OR 81 PER CENT)! AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $64 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY INCREASED BY 40 PER CENT IN VALUE. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $1 633 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT); AND OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $403 MILLION OR 144 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $108 MILLION OR 82 PER CENT).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WERE UP BY 18 PER CENT, WITH INCREASES IN CLOTHING (BY $1 012 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT)5 AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND PARTS AND ACCESSORIES THEREOF (BY $199 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

/DOMESTIC EXPOHTS .......

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DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN INCREASED BY 3* PER CENT, WITH GROWTH IN CLOTHING (BY >565 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT)’ AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS (BY $282 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM OF METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY >240 MILLION OR 80 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.

IMPORTS FROM CHINA INCREASED BY 39 PER CENT IN VALUE IN JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1986 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1985. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $5 511 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT), TEXTILES (BY $4 807 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT) AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $2 042 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $498 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT) ? AS WELL AS PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY $482 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT).

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM JAPAN INCREASED BY 4 PER CENT. INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1 342 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT)’ PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $787 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT); AS WELL AS TEXTILES (BY $777 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR ROAD VEHICLES, INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY $1 761 MILLION OR 47 PER CENT)? AS WELL AS OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $524 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT).

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THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM TAIWAN WAS UP BY 12 PER CENT. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY tl 557 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT)5 AND ARTIFICIAL RESINS, PLASTIC MATERIALS, CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY 1257 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR NON-FERROUS METALS (BY 1207 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT).

. IMPORTS FROM THE U.S. WAS UP BY 6 PER CENT WITH INCREASES IN TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY >718 MILLION OR 88 PER CENT)5 AS WELL AS ARTIFICIAL RESINS, PLASTIC MATERIALS, CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY *394 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY 1378 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT).

IMPORTS FROM SINGAPORE DROPPED BY 2 PER CENT, WITH DECREASES IN PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (BY tl 002 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT); AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY >138 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO THE TEN MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 1986 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1985. THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA DECREASED BY 14 PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY 12 218 MILLION OR 48 PER CENT)5 ROAD VEHICLES, INCLUDING AIR CUSHION VEHICLES (BY 11 944 MILLION OR 75 PER CENT)’ AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY tl 647 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY tl 406 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT)5 AND LEATHER, LEATHER MANUFACTURES AND DRESSED FURSKINS (BY 1488 MILLION OR 124 PER CENT).

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S. INCREASED BY 52 PER CENT IN VALUE. COMMODITIES WITH INCREASES INCLUDED CLOTHING (BY 13 624 MILLION OR 105 PER CENT) MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY tl 549 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT)! AS WELL AS TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR CONTAINERS (BY t318 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT).

/HOWEVER, DECREASES ........

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HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR MEDICINAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS (BY >59 MILLION OR 68 PER CENT): AS WELL AS aU1C^^ARATUS’/WIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY >51 MILLION OR 11 PER CENT).

THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN WAS UP BY 21 PER CENT. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS, AND PREPARATIONS THEREOF (BY 1395 MILLION OR 78 PER CENT) AS WELL AS IN NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY >223 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR NON-FERROUS METALS (BY >328 MILLION OR 76 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN ROSE BY 35 PER CENT, WITH INCREASES IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY >793 MILLION OR 75 PER CENT), AS WELL AS DYEING, TANNING AND COLOURING MATERIALS (BY >103 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT). THE INCREASE TO THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA WAS 52 PER CENT, WITH GROWTH IN TEXTILES (BY >567 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT)' AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY >453 MILLION OR 96 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN OF NON-FERROUS METALS (BY >104 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE NOVEMBER 1986 ISSUE OF THE +HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS -SUMMARY* WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AROUND JANUARY 20 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 NOVEMBER 1986 WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY FEBRUARY 1987 AT >13.5 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT BASKERVILLE HOUSE, HONG KONG, ON 5-214375 AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE STATISTICS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-444436.

/Table 1s .......

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Table 1: Domestic exports by ten major markets

Major Market Jan-Nov Jan-Nov ’86 over Jan-Nov ’85 November 1986 (HKD Mn.) Nov ’86 over

1986

Nov ( ’85 % )

(HKD Mn.) ( % )

U.S.A. 58,390 11 5,907 16

China 16,019 15 1,884 57

F.R. of Germany 9,660 40 1,036 36

U.K. 8,875 18 902 22

Japan 5,550 34 726 83

Canada 4,408 12 353 -3

Australia 3,049 -1 332 14

Singapore 2,560 25 293 43

Netherlands 2,444 35 300 68

France 2,353 46 265 39

Table 2: Domestic exports Commodity Jan-Nov by major commodity division Jan-Nov ’86 November Nov ’86

division 1986 over 1986 over

(HKD Mn.) Jan-Nov ’85 ( % ) (HKD Mn.) Nov ( ’85 % )

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 46,310 16 4,667 19

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly baby carriages,toys,games and sporting goods) 23,264 23 2,332 38

Photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks 11,936 22 1,418 22

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 10,450 27 1,284 67

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof 10,144 10 1,104 25

Textile yarn,fabrics, made-up articles and related products 9,779 40 1,242 66

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Table 3: Imports from ten major suppliers

Major Supplier Jan-Nov 1986 (HKD Mn.) Jan-Nov ’86 over Jan-Nov ’85 ( % ) November 1986 (HKD Mn.) Nov ’86 over Nov ’85 ( % )

China 72,887 39 8,025 35

Japan 50,761 4 4,846 13

Taiwan 21,385 12 2,392 34

U.S.A. 21,263 6 2,009 7

Singapore 9,936 -2 1,149 55

Republic of Korea 9,731 28 1,018 54

U.K. 8,495 12 903 16

F.R. of Germany 7,333 21 788 35

Switzerland 5,025 55 561 42

Italy 4,035 25 423 34

Table 4: Imports by major commodity division

Commodity division Jan-Nov 1986 (HKD Mn.) Jan-Nov ’86 over Jan-Nov ’85 ( % ) November 1986 (HKD Mn.) Nov ’86 over Nov ’85 ( % )

Textile yarn,fabrics, made-up articles and

related products 38,162 28 4,057 21

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof 21,159 20 2,209 48

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 17,730 52 1,840 37

Photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks 14,878 24 1,526 11

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly baby carriages,toys,games and sporting goods) 13,229 32 1,378 30

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 12,323 11 1,349 51

/Table ••••••<

Table 5: Re-expo 9 - M( )NDAY, JANUARY 121 1987 jor markets

rts by ten ma

Major Market Jan-Nov 1986 (HKD Mn.) Jan-Nov ’86 over Jan-Nov ’85 ( % ) November 1986 (HKD Mn.) Nov ’86 over Nov ’85 ( % )

China 36,236 -14 4,115 25

U.S.A. 20,194 52 2,229 64

Japan 6,003 21 842 70

Taiwan 5,377 35 576 51

Republic of Korea 5,271 52 593 41

Singapore 4,794 22 449 17

F.R. of Germany 2,369 77 259 55

Macau 2,347 -* 222 26

Indonesia 2,219 5 196 22

U.K. 2,195 100 * less than 0 234 .5% 70

Table 6: Re-exports by major commodity division

Commodity Jan-Nov Jan-Nov ’86 November Nov ’86

division 1986 (HKD Mn.) over Jan-Nov ’85 ( % ) 1986 (HKD Mn.) over Nov ’85 ( % )

Textile yarn,fabrics, made-up articles and

related products 17,967 25 • 2,134 41

Articles of apparel and clothing accessories 12,126 76 1,299 80

Miscellaneous manufactured articles (mainly baby carriages,toys,games and sporting goods) 9,327 41 1,041 71

Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, and electrical parts thereof 8,596 3 934 43

Telecommunications and sound recording and reproducing apparatus and equipment 5,888 -10 731 64

Photographic apparatus, equipment and supplies, optical goods, watches and clocks 5,147 1 548 14

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SEPTEMBER EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES, PAYROLL STATISTICS OUT * * ft * *

THERE WERE 869 800 PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN SEPTEMBER 1986, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 2.5 PER CENT IN COMPARISON WITH SEPTEMBER 1985, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AT 61# 900 IN SEPTEMBER 1986, WAS 4.3 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER 1985.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 191 100, WAS UP BY 6.6 PER CENT.

EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES INCREASED BY 7.0 PER CENT COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1985.

A DEPARTMENTAL SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE STATISTICS FOR SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN SEPTEMBER 1986 WERE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL CONDUCTED EVERY QUARTER BY THE DEPARTMENT.

THESE SECTORS COVER THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR’ THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. THERE IS A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERING BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1986 IN THESE SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS BY COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1985 AND JUNE 1986, ARE AS FOLLOWSi

PERSONS ENGAGED (EMPLOYMENT) IN

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY SEPT 85 JUN. 86 SEPT 86

MANUFACTURING 848 900 886 100 869 800

BUILDING AND 64 400 64 000 69 000

CONSTRUCTION

(MANUAL WORKERS

ON SITES ONLY)

PERCENTAGE CHANGE*

SEPT 86 SEPT 86

ON ON

SEPT 85 JUN. 86

♦2.5 -1.8

♦7.0 +7.7

/WHOLESALE AND

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WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS

589 700 610 800 614 900

♦4.3

♦0.7

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE

179 200 189 300 191 100

♦6.6

♦0.9

AND BUSINESS SERVICES

* BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES.

COMPARING SEPTEMBER 1986 WITH JUNE 1986 EMPLOYMFMT in the SECTOR DECREASED BY 1.8 PER CENT. OVER THE SAME

EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES’ IN THE

S^HO^S^CTO^’AftD'TS^Jt^fNlKyK T|N8URANCED "rE^^ES*?^

THE SURVEY ALSO PROVIDES VACANCY STATISTICS FOR THERE ccicrrcn MAJOR SECTOR, OTHER THAN FOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION THE OVERALL FIGURES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, TOGETHER WITH A °VERALL C^‘?!22N *'™ THE C0RR6SP0HDING FIGURES fOR JUNE 1986, ARE AS FOLLOWS*

SEPTEMBER 1985 AND

NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN

PERCENTAGE CHANGE*

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY

SEPT 85 JUN. 86 SEPT 86

MANUFACTURING 20 120 22 840 32 090

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 5 680 7 070 8 530

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 2 580 2 550 2 930

SEPT 86 ON

SEPT 85

♦59.5

♦50.1

SEPT 86 ON

JUN. 86

♦40.5

♦20.6

♦ 13.6

♦14.8

* BASED ON UNROUNDED VACANCY FIGURES.

/RELATIVE TO

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RELATIVE TO SEPTEMBER 1985, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR; THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR ; AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY 59.5 PER CENT, 50.1 PER CENT AND 13.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES INCREASED BY 40.5 PER CENT, 20.6 PER CENT AND 14.8 PER CENT FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR5 THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR; AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, RESPECTIVELY.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY ARE STATISTICS ON MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR 5 THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR; AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE. REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. QUARTERLY TOTALS FOR EACH OF THESE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE1

TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN H CHANGE*

SELECTED MAJOR 3RD QTR. 1986

SECTORS OF THE 3RD QTR. 3RD QTR. ON

ECONOMY 1985 1986 3RD QTR. 1985

HK| MN HK| MN

MANUFACTURING 7 091 8 080 ♦14.0

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 5 184 5 913 ♦14.1

FINANCING, 2 547 3 026 ♦ 18.8

INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

M BASED ON UNROUNDED PAYROLL FIGURES.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 14.0 PER CENT, 14.1 PER CENT AND 18.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986.

/AFTER ADJUSTMENT

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AFTER ADJUSTMENT FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN SEPTEMBER 1985 AND SEPTEMBER 1986, ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS OBTAINED. TO ALLOW FOR THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES. THE NOMINAL INDEX IS DEFLATED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. THESE TWO INDICES FOR SEPTEMBER 1985 AND SEPTEMBER 1986 ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES BELOW»

NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100) M CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY SEPT 85 SEPT 86 SEPT 86 ON SEPT 85

MANUFACTURING 192.0 215.9 ♦12.4

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL. IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 194.1 212.0 ♦ 9.2

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 183.7 207.5 ♦12.9

REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 - 100) % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY SEPT 85 SEPT 86 SEPT 86 ON SEPT 85

MANUFACTURING 119.4 131.8 ♦ 10.4

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 120.7 129.4 ♦ 7.2 1

/FINANCING,

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FINANCING, 114.2 126.7 +10.9

INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES

BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1985 AND SEPTEMBER 1986, INCREASES OF 12.4 PER CENT, 9.2 PER CENT AND 12,9 PER CENT WERE REGISTERED IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR; THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADE AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR; AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED WERE 10.4 PER CENT, 7.2 PER CENT AND 10.9 PER CENT.

DETAILED BREAKDOWNS OF THE ABOVE STATISTICS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE QUARTERLY REPORT OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS, SEPTEMBER 1986, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT 111 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG, AND AT THE SALE COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT ROOM 1904, KAI TAK COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 317 DEX VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

COMPANY REGISTRATIONS REACH 161 986 M M * * M

™E RiGij?Ririt,<^DirNiEoLsitian:s released TooAy <"°"°Ay> »y

THE NUMBER OF NEW COMPANIES REGISTERED DURING THE CALENDAR YEAR DECREASED BY 9 PER CENT, FROM 18 465 IN 1985 TO 16 743.

MR-GLEES0N REPORTED INCREASES OF ACTIVITY IN MOST AREAS AND DUR?NCSTHFIyf?oHERS ,N THE c0MMERc,al DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT DUnlNb I nt TtAne

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF OVERSEAS COMPANIES WHICH HAD FSTABLleucn a &H?57^.AT THE ERD *>y

THE NUMBER OF OVERSEAS COMPANIES ESTABLISHING A Pl Are rv

nSmberSof'su?hNwS?!!ni«Sin%^ ,ncrease of 25 PER CENT 0VER THE

/Mr GLEESON

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MR GLEESON SAID THAT NO SEPARATE STATISTICS WERE MAINTAINED ON HOW MANY OVERSEAS COMPANIES INCORPORATED LOCAL SUBSIDIARIES OR TOOK UP A MAJORITY SHAREHOLDING IN A HONG KONG COMPANY.

IN 1906, EXISTING COMPANIES INCREASED THEIR NOMINAL CAPITAL BY 117 079 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 19 PER CENT OVER THE INCREASE OF |14 412 MILLION IN 1985. THE NOMINAL CAPITAL OF NEW COMPANIES INCORPORATED DURING THE YEAR DECREASED BY 8 PER CENT FROM S3 664 MILLION TO S3 356 MILLION.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED BY CHARGES REGISTERED ON THE ASSETS OF COMPANIES INCREASED BY 86 PER CENT FROM S30 455 MILLION TO S56 786 MILLION. THE AMOUNT REPAID ON CHARGES, AS EVIDENCED BY CERTIFICATES OF SATISFACTION, INCREASED BY 88 PER CENT FROM S6 123 MILLION TO Sil 492 MILLION.

DURING THE YEAR, A TOTAL OF 106 PROSPECTUSES OF PUBLIC COMPANIES, INCLUDING 55 IN RESPECT OF MUTUAL FUNDS, WERE APPROVED AS AGAINST 117 PROSPECTUSES, INCLUDING 69 IN RESPECT OF MUTUAL FUNDS, DURING THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMPANY DOCUMENTS FILED FOR PUBILC RECORD UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE DURING THE YEAR INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT FROM 462 418 TO 477 912.

THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR RESERVATION OF COMPANY NAMES DURING 1986 WAS 137 515 WHICH REPRESENTED AN 8 PER CENT DECREASE FROM 150 093 IN 1985.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SUMMONSES ISSUED BY THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES AGAINST COMPANIES AND THEIR DIRECTORS FOR BREACHES OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, MAINLY FOR FAILURE TO FILE ANNUAL RETURNS WITH ACCOUNTS, IN 1986 WAS 366, COMPARED WITH 532 DURING 1985.

OF THESE, 124 WERE WITHDRAWN FOR REASONS SUCH AS NON-SERVICE, 233 RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS COMPARED WITH 338 IN 1985 AND 208 REMAINED TO BE HEARD BY THE COURT.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FINES IMPOSED FOR CONVICTIONS IN 1986 WAS >477 923, COMPARED WITH >553 767 IN 1985.

AS A RESULT OF THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW TYPE OF PART B REGISTRATION UNDER THE TRADE MARKS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1985 ON SEPTEMBER 1, THE TRADE MARKS REGISTRY RECORDED A NOTICEABLE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED - 7 686 COMPARED WITH 6 966 THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

AT 3 120, THE NUMBER OF NEW TRADE MARKS REGISTERED WAS HIGHER THAN IN 1985, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TRADE MARKS REGISTERED TO 46 453.

/IN THE.........

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IN THE PATENTS REGISTRY, THE NUMBER OF UNITED KINGDOM PATENTS RE-REGISTERED LOCALLY DURING 1986 WAS 1 010, COMPARED WITH 1 030 IN 1985.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF +LIVE+ PATENTS RE-REGISTERED WAS APPROXIMATELY 12 000.

MR GLEESON SAID IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GIVE A PRECISE FIGURE AS THIS DEPENDED ON THE LIVES OF THE PATENTS AS ORIGINALLY REGISTERED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM PATENTS OFFICE IN LONDON.

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EPCOM EDUCATION WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDATIONS REVIEWED M * * M M

THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT A MEETING TODAY (MONDAY) REVIEWED THE PROGRESS MADE SO FAR TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EPCOM ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WORKING GROUP WHICH WERE ENDORSED BY EPCOM IN NOVEMBER 1985.

THE COMMITTEE NOTED THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL CONSIDER BROADENING THE SENIOR SECONDARY CURRICULUM BY INCORPORATING ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES INTO THE GENERAL STUDIES PROGRAMME. HEADS OF SCHOOLS WILL BE CONSULTED SOON.

IT WAS ALSO NOTED THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS IDENTIFIED A NUMBER OF SUITABLE LOCATIONS FOR SETTING UP ADDITIONAL FIELD STUDIES CENTRES. THE FIRST OF THESE CENTRES WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN 1989-1990.

AS RECOMMENDED BY THE WORKING GROUP. THE CHAI WAN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WILL OFFER COURSES IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES IN SEPTEMBER 1987 WHICH WILL TRAIN STUDENTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WORK TO MEET THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY AND THE COMMUNITY.

EPCOM ALSO LEARNED THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, THE CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC HAVE SUBMITTED PROPOSALS TO THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE (UPGC) FOR INTRODUCING DEGREE AND HIGHER DIPLOMA COURSES ON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES DURING THE 1988-91 TRIENNIUM.

ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF EPCOM, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL WILL ORGANISE A NUMBER OF TRAINING PROGRAMMES DEVELOPED BY THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR OFFICE IN GENEVA FOR SENIOR STAFF IN INDUSTRY IN 1987. THE FIRST OF THESE SEMINARS WILL FORM PART CF THE PROGRAMME FOR COMMEMORATING THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 1987.

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AT TODAY’S MEETING, EPCOM ALSO ENDORSED A SCHEME FOR THE CONTROL OF SMOKE EMISSIONS FROM MOTOR VEHICLES.

UNDER THE SCHEME VEHICLES COULD BE CALLED IN FOR TESTING ON THE BASIS OF REPORTS BY THE POLICE, ♦ACCREDITED PERSONS* AND AUTHORISED EPD STAFF.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT PERSONS OF GOOD STANDING

ACCREDITED PERSONS WOULD PRIMARILY BE IN THE COMMUNITY.

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HALF-WAY HOUSES FOR EX-ADDICTS TO BE SUBVENTED ft ft * If *

THE THAT THE

SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS ENDORSED IN PRINCIPLE PROVISION OF HALF-WAY HOUSES AND HOSTELS FOR EX-DRUG

ADDICTS SHOULD BE SUBVENTED.

AT ITS MEETING TODAY (MONDAY), THE COMMITTEE REACHED THIS DECISION AS IT WOULD BE IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF ERADICATING THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM AND THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME OF HALF-WAY HOUSES AND HOSTELS HAD CONTRIBUTED SUBSTANTIALLY TOWARDS THIS OBJECTIVE.

AS FOR FUNDING, THE COMMITTEE AGREED THAT THIS SHOULD BE DEALT WITH AT A FUTURE MEETING TO DISCUSS THE PRIORITY FOR ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR VARIOUS SERVICE AREAS.

THE COMMITTEE ALSO DISCUSSED THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION’ ♦REPORT ON YOUNG PERSONS - EFFECTS OF AGE IN CIVIL LAW* AT TODAY’S MEETING.

S

MEMBERS ACCEPTED MOST OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS BUT SOME MEMBERS EXPRESSED DISAGREEMENT WITH THE PROPOSAL TO LOWER THE AGE OF MARRIAGE WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT FROM 21 TO 18.

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UN OPTIMISTIC ABOUT HK’S DRUG PROBLEM *****

THE AVAILABILITY OF A RANGE OF TREATMENT PROGRAMMES, LINKED WITH AFTER-CARE SERVICES AND EXTENSIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, SHOULD PROMOTE FURTHER PROGRESS IN THE REDUCTION OF DRUG ABUSE IN HONG KONG, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD (INCB) PUBLISHED IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA, TODAY (MONDAY).

THE INCB, A SPECIAL AGENCY OF THE UNITED NATIONS, ACKNOWLEDGED THE SIGNIFICANT ROLE PLAYED BY NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG IN COMBATING DRUG ABUSE.

THE REPORT SAID THAT HONG KONG REMAINED A TRANS-SHIPMENT POINT FOR TRAFFICKING BUT NOTED THAT INTENSIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS BEING APPLIED AND LARGE SEIZURES OF HEROIN HAD BEEN MADE RESULTING IN LOCAL PRICE TO RISE.

♦HEROIN ABUSE APPEARS TO HAVE STABILISED.* THE REPORT SAID, ♦WHILE THE ABUSE OF CANNABIS AND PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES, MAINLY METHAQUALONE, MAY BE ON THE INCREASE BUT IS NOT ESTIMATED TO BE CURRENTLY SIGNIFICANT.*

♦HOWEVER, DRUG WHOLESALERS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT QUARTERLY RETURNS OF ALL LEGITIMATE IMPORTS OF PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES,* IT SAID.

THE INCB ALSO RECORDED THAT OPIATE DRUGS CONTINUED TO BE SMUGGLED BY TRAWLERS INTO HONG KONG FROM THAILAND AND THAT BULK QUANTITIES OF CANNABIS WERE SMUGGLED FROM THE PHILIPPINES.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ARTICULATED VEHICLE INSTRUCTORS’ LICENCE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR A NEW KIND OF DRIVING INSTRUCTORS’ LICENCE — THAT FOR ARTICULATED VEHICLES — FROM WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 14).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (MONDAY), A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE MOVE TO LICENSE DRIVING INSTRUCTORS FOR ARTICULATED VEHICLES WOULD TIE IN WITH THE EXPIRY OF THE THREE-YEAR TRANSITIONAL PERIOD STIPULATED IN THE ROAD TRAFFIC (DRIVING LICENCES) REGULATIONS.

DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, HOLDERS OF THE ♦ALL GOODS VEHICLES* DRIVING LICENCE ISSUED BEFORE AUGUST 25, 1984 HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO DRIVE ARTICULATED VEHICLES.

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+WHEN THE GRACE PERIOD EXPIRES ON AUGUST 24 THIS YEAR, THE ABOVE-MENTIONED +ALL GOODS VEHICLES* DRIVERS WHO HAVE NOT YET PASSED OR BEEM EXEMpTED FROM THE ARTICULATED VEHICLE DRIVING TEST WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO DRIVE ARTICULATED VEHICLES.

.THEREFORE, THOSE WHO LEARN TO DRIVE ARTICULATED VEHICLES, LIKE PRIVATE CAR LEARNER DRIVERS, WILL HAVE TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY LICENSED DRIVING INSTRUCTORS,*.HE EXPLAINED.

DRIVING INSTRUCTORS’ LICENCES HAVE SO FAR BEEN ISSUED ONLY FOR FOUR CLASSES OF VEHICLES! PRIVATE CARS, PUBLIC BUS AND MEDIUM AND HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES.

TO QUALIFY FOR THE ARTICULATED VEHICLE DRIVING INSTRUCTORS’ LICENCE, AN APPLICANT MUST HAVE HELD A DRIVING LICENCE FOR ALL KINDS OF GOODS VEHICLES FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS IMMEDIATELY BEFORE APPLICATION.

THE APPLICANT MUST ALSO HAVE GOOD DRIVING SKILL, BE FULLY CONVERSANT WITH THE ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION AND DRIVING

BE ABLE T0 G,VE CORRECT AND ADEQUATE DRIVING INSTRUCTION*

-rOiertlN^ni2N’utlLtWST M0T HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF ANY SERIOUS ™AFF’£ NAMELY, RECKLESS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH AND

DRIVING under the influence of drink or drug during the five YEARS PRECEDING HIS APPLICATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

.U. APPL'GAT,0N F0RMS WILL BE AVAILABLE for collection from the $!JA TEST OFFICE AT FIFTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN

?nAIAeN£i£2°!l?rfNUARY ALL COMPLETED f6rMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE BEFORE 4 PM ON FEBRUARY 13.

SP0KESMAN STRESSED THAT LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCErTE D.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED FIRST TO ATTEND AN interview at the end of February, those who pass the interview WILL THEN HAVE TO SIT FOR A WRITTEN TEST FOLLOWED BY A ROAD TEST. THE FEE FOR ATTENDING THE TWO TESTS IS 1350.

M1 *1° ENSURE THAT THERE WILL BE AN ADEQUATE NUMBER OF EXPERIENCED DRIVING INSTRUCTORS TO TRAIN LEARNER ARTICULATED VEHICLE DRIVERS BEFORE THE EXPIRY OF THE GRACE PERIOD. THE DEPARTMENT WILL CONSIDER GRANTING EARLY TESTS TO APPLICANTS WH6 ALREADY HOLD A FULL (I.E. CODE 20) ARTICULATED VEHICLE DRIVING LICENCE, WHO CAN PROVE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DRIVING ARTICULATED VEHICLES DURING THE THREE YEARS PRECEDING THEIR APPLICATION AND AT THE SAME TIME HAVE AT LEAST SIX MONTHS’ EXPERIENCE IN TRAINING ARTICULATED VEHICLE LEARNER DRIVERS,* THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE SHA TIN DRIVING TEST OFFICE ON 0-6061676.

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CBF LOOKS AT FIRE SERVICES OPERATIONS * * * * *

THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL T.A. BOAM, TODAY (MONDAY) VISITED THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO FAMILIARISE HIMSELF WITH ITS OPERATION.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR ROBERT HOLMES, MR BOAM BOARDED THE FIRE BOAT ALEXANDER GRANTHAM AT THE HMS TAMAR FOR THE TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION.

HE WAS SHOWN FIRE-FIGHTING DEMONSTRATIONS AND A DISPLAY OF RESCUE EQUIPMENT BEFORE TOURING THE ADJACENT FIRE SERVICES WORKSHOP AND COMMUNICATION CENTRE.

MR BOAM TOOK GREAT INTEREST IN THE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR MOBILISING EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND WAS TOLD THAT A NEW COMPUTERISED SYSTEM WOULD BE IN USE IN THREE YEARS’ TIME.

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RECRUITS SOUGHT FOR JUNIOR LEADERS CORPS

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ABOUT A HUNDRED NEW RECRUITS ARE BEING SOUGHT TO JOIN THE JUNIOR LEADERS CORPS UNDER THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS). THE CORPS HAS AN ESTABLISHMENT OF 300.

THEY MUST BE BOYS AGED BETWEEN 14 AND 15, WITH INITIATIVE, GOOD PHYSIQUE AND SOUND MORAL CHARACTER.

THEY SHOULD ALSO HAVE A REASONABLE KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE AND BE WILLING TO ACCEPT DISCIPLINE.

AUn HAVE THE CONSENT OF THEIR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS

AND PASS THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION BEFORE ENLISTMENT.

*?HLD ”AVE THE CHANCE T0 SERVE THE COMMUNITY, AI*P.ALSO DEVELOP CHARACTER, SELF-RELIANCE AND A SENSE OF IR FOUR-YEAR LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN THE

CITIZENSHIP DURING THE CORPS.

THEY WILL ALSO BE THE TRAINING PERIOD.

APPLICATION FORMS HEADQUARTERS AT SPORTS BY JANUARY 24.

PROVIDED WITH UNIFORMS AND RATIONS DURING

MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE REGIMENTAL ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY, AND MUST BE RETURNED

ENQUIRIES SHOULD OFFICER ON 5-761371.

BE DIRECTED TO THE REGIMENT’S RECRUITING

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MORE ROADWORKS PROPOSED FOR SHEK WU HUI

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NEW ROADS, FOOTPATHS, CYCLE TRACKS AND CAR PARKING SPACES ARE TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN SHEK WU HUI TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO A VILLAGE HOUSE DEVELOPMENT AREA NORTH OF SHEUNG SHUI TSUEN.

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO CONSTRUCT LOCAL AND ACCESS ROADS MEASURING 800 METRES AND 550 METRES.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION OF 1 400 METRES OF FOOTPATHS, CYCLETRACKS AND TWO CAR PARKS PROVIDING SPACE FOR 110 PRIVATE CARS AND LORRIES.

A BUS BAY, TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED STORMWATER AND FOUL DRAINAGE WORKS, WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED.

PART OF THE EXISTING VILLAGE ACCESS ROAD. OPPOSITE THE CUSTOM’S QUARANTINE STATION ON JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, AND SOME FOOTPATHS WILL BE CLOSED TO FACILITATE THE WORKS. PERMANENT ALTERNATIVE ACCESS WILL BE PROVIDED.

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, TEMPORARY ACCESS WILL BE MAINTAINED TO MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC.

WRITTEN OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSED WORKS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT BY MARCH 10.

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SEWAGE SCREENING PLANT TO BE COMPLETED

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SCREENING FACILITIES FOR SEWAGE FROM SHAM SHUI PO AREA WILL BE PROVIDED EARLY NEXT YEAR WHEN WORK ON CONSTRUCTING A SCREENING PLANT AT YEN CHOW STREET IS COMPLETED.

AS PART OF STAGE I OF THE NORTH-WEST KOWLOON SEWAGE TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL PROJECT, THE SINGLE-STOREY SCREENING PLANT WILL HOUSE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO REMOVE SOLID MATTER FROM THE SEWAGE FLOW. THIS WILL IMPROVE WATER CONDITION IN THAT SECTION OF VICTORIA HARBOUR.

THE 19-MONTH, 113.5 MILLION PROJECT STARTED IN APRIL 1985.

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HOWEVER, AS THE CONTRACTOR DID NOT MAKE THE REQUIRED PROGRESS, THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT RE-ENTERED THE CONTRACT LAST AUGUST, ALTHOUGH 60 PER CENT OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING WORK HAD BEEN COMPLETED.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT IN NINE MONTHS, BEGINNING IN APRIL.

ALSO INCLUDED IN STAGE I WILL BE TWO OTHER SCREENING PLANTS, A PUMPING STATION AND SUBMARINE OUTFALL.

THIS WORK IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BY 1992.

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SAI KUNG DB COMMITTEE TO HOLD OPEN MEETING

* M M * *

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE WILL HOLD ITS FIRST OPEN MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE SYSTEM OF ALLOCATION FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS.

REPORTS ON THE DISTRICT’S ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY THE LEISURE SERVICES SECTION OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE RAISED.

THE COMMITTEE IS ONE OF FOUR COMMITTEES UNDER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD. IN A RECENT DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, MEMBERS HAD DECIDED TO OPEN ALL THE BOARD’S COMMITTEE MEETINGS TO THE PUBLIC SO THAT RESIDENTS WOULD BE BETTER INFORMED ON THE DISTRICT’S AFFAIRS.

THE OTHER COMMITTEES DEAL WITH COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TOMORROW AT 10 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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DB COMMITTEE TO REVIEW ITS WORK K M M M M

MEMBER OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE IN 1986 AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT DURING THE YEAR WILL ALSO COME UNDER REVIEW.

MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS SOCIAL FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN TAI WO ESTATE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE TAI PO NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, REPORTS ON CONSULTATIONS ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2 AND THE REVIEW OF JUNIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSESSMENT SYSTEM, AND A REPORT ON A SURVEY OF LIVING PATTERNS OF PEOPLE IN PRIVATE HOUSING.

.T ..WILL VIS,T THE SHA tin technical institute AT 11 AM, PRIOR TO THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE ,nv’TED TO COVER BOTH THE VISIT TO THE SHA TIN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING.

2,30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE

E2°!J.9F,JHE TAI P0 DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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NEW PARKING METERS FOR BROADCAST DRIVE

* * * * *

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 15). 48 NEW PARKING MFTFffc in

WX.W ?ENEcTrer"‘T,0"‘L b "EeuuTE ™

PARKING FEE WILL BE |1 FOR 30 MINUTES.

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SLIP ROAD IN TSZ WAN SHAN CLOSED *****

THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD SOUTHBOUND IN TSZ WAN SHAN TO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EA8TB0UND WILL BE CLOSED FROM JANUARY 15 (THURSDAY) TO JANUARY 26 BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORK.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING ALONG PO KONG VILLAGE ROAD SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO CHOI HUNG ROAD.

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RESUMPTION OF TWO-WAY TRAFFIC *****

TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WILL BE RESUMED BETWEEN KAU YUK ROAD AND MA TIN ROAD (JANUARY 15).

IN TAI YUK ROAD IN YUEN LONG FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY

THE MOVE FOLLOWS THE COMPLETION OF ROAD WORK THERE.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY fMOMnivl STOOD «T per CENT OP Wl"?


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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

DIRECTORATE MOVIXENTS AND APPOINTMENTS....................... 1

THIRD UNIVERSITY FINDS HOME AND NAME......................... 5

SIX HONOURED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE........................... 6

FIVE BILIS BEFORE LEGCO...................................... 8

SIR DAVID TO TAKE SALUTE .................................... 8

CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES SOUGHT......................... 9

TRAVELLERS URGED IO BEAT LUNAR NEJ YEAR RUSH................. 9

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS TC BE AUCTIONED ......................... 10

PARKING CONTRACT AGREEMENT EXTENDED.......................... 10

LANDMARK PROPOSED TO PxiOkOTE KOWLOON CITY’S IMAGE........... 11

GRAND TATTOO TO END DISTRICT FESTIVAL........................ 11

SEMINAR FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING RESIDENTS ...................... 12

DISCUSSION ON SPORTS, RECREATION FACILITIES PROPOSAIS........ 13

GOODS ON PLB’S TO BE DISCUSSED............................... 13

DB GivOUP VISITS NEW ISCHNICixL INSTITUTE.................... 14

RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED ON TUAN MUN ROADS ...................... 14

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN TUZN KUN.................................. 15

RESTRICTED ZONES IN TAI 'JAI, KWAI CHUNG..................... 15

TO m WAN WATER CUT........................................... 15

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1987

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DIRECTORATE MOVEMENTS AND APPOINTMENTS X X X X X

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THE FOLLOWING SENIOR DIRECTORATE MOVEMENTS AND APPOINTMENTS s

MR HARNAM GREWAL, THE PRESENT SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, WILL SUCCEED MR DAVID FORD AS SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE,

MR MICHAEL LEUNG MAN-KIN, WHO IS CURRENTLY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, WILL SUCCEED MR GREWAL AS SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT,

MR LI YUET-TING, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, WILL BECOME DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IN PLACE OF MR LEUNG,

MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, WILL BE POSTED TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON AS COMMISSIONER WHEN MR COLVYN HAYE LEAVES THE CIVIL SERVICE ON COMPLETION OF HIS AGREEMENT,

MR JOHN YAXLEY, CURRENTLY SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, WILL BECOME DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN PLACE OF MR ALLEYNE,

MRS ANSON CHAN, THE PRESENT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WILL SUCCEED MR YAXLEY AS SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES,

MRS ELIZABETH WONG CHIEN CHI-LIEN, WHO IS NOW DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, WILL SUCCEED MRS CHAN AS DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE ,

MR ERIC HO, WHO IS CURRENTLY SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE IN MAY. HE WILL SUCCEED MR F.K. LI AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION,

MR HAMISH MACLEOD, THE PRESENT DIRECTOR OF TRADE, WILL SUCCEED MR HO AS SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY,

MR MICHAEL SZE CHO-CHEUNG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, WILL BECOME DIRECTOR OF TRADE IN PLACE OF MR MACLEOD ,

MR JAMES SO YIU-CHO, WHO IS CURRENTLY ACTING SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, WILL BECOME COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WHEN MR PETER LEEDS, THE PRESENT COMMISSIONER, LEAVES THE CIVIL SERVICE IN APRIL ON COMPLETION OF HIS CONTRACT,

MR PETER TSAO KWANG-YUNG, THE PRESENT MINISTER FOR HONG KONG COMMERCIAL RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AND THE MEMBER STATES, WILL RESUME DUTIES AS SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION IN PLACE OF MR SO, AND

MR STEUART WEBB-JOHNSON, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, WILL BE POSTED TO BRUSSELS TO SUCCEED MR TSAO AS MINISTER FOR HONG KONG COMMERCIAL RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AND THE MEMBER STATES.

THE ABOVE POSTINGS WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND APRIL.

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THE FOLLOWING ARE BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THESE OFFICERS I-

MR HARNAM GREWAL, ED, JP

AGED 49. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 1962. HIS SERVICE INCLUDED APPOINTMENTS AS DISTRICT OFFICER (TAI PO), DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, DIRECTOR OF NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE AND COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE. HE HAS BEEN IN HIS PRESENT POST OF SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT SINCE JUNE 1986 AND WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

MR MICHAEL LEUNG MAN-KIN, JP

AGED 48. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN JULY 1965. HE HAS SERVED IN A VARIETY OF DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING FINANCE BRANCH, THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH. MORE RECENTLY, HE WAS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SINCE DECEMBER 1984. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE A IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

MR LI YUET-TING, JP

AGED 48. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER I960 AS AN ASSISTANT EDUCATION OFFICER, EXCEPT FOR A PERIOD OF SECONDMENT TO THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK DURING 1980, HIS CAREER HAS BEEN SPENT ENTIRELY IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IN DECEMBER 1984.

MR SELWYN ALLEYNE, CBE, JP

AGED 56. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ASSISTANT EDUCATION OFFICER IN JANUARY 1956 AND WAS APPOINTED TO THE ASM INISTRATIVE GRADE IN APRIL 1957. HE HAS HELD A VARIETY OF POSTS IN THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT, ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH AND CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH. HE WAS THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE FROM 1980 TO APRIL 1983 WHEN HE BECAME DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN MAY 1984.

/MR COLVYU

TUJSDAY, JANUARY 13, 1907

MR COLVYN HAYE, CBE, JP

AGED 61. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN JUNE 1953 AS AN EDUCATION OFFICER. UNTIL HE WAS APPOINTED COMMISSIONER OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON IN DECEMBER 1984, HE SPENT HIS ENTIRE CAREER IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, BECOMING ITS DIRECTOR IN NOVEMBER 1980. HE WAS APPOINTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF SECRETARY GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN DECEMBER 1984.

MR JOHN YAXLEY, JP

AGED 50. JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE IN JUNE 1977. SINCE THEN HE HAS HELD A NUMBER OF SENIOR POSTS, INCLUDING PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY, POLICE ADMINISTRATION OFFICER AND DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY. HE HAS BEEN SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES SINCE JANUARY 1986 AND WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN JULY 1986.

MRS ANSON CHAN, JP

AGED 46. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 1962. SHE HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES INCLUDING FINANCE BRANCH, THE FORMER NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH. SHE HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE SINCE NOVEMBER 1984 AND WAS PROMOTED TO HER PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE A IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

MRS ELIZABETH WONG CHIEN CHI-LIEN, JP

AGED 49. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN MAY 1969. SHE HAS HELD APPOINTMENTS IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, FINANCE BRANCH, THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH AND LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH SHE HAS BEEN A DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES SINCE JUNE 1986 AND WAS PROMOTED TO HER PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1982.

MR ERIC HO, CBE, JP

AGED 59. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN FEBRUARY 1954 AS AN ASSESSOR GRADE II. HE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE GRADE IN DECEMBER 1957. HIS SERVICE INCLUDES APPOINTMENTS IN THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT AND COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, FINANCE BRANCH AND HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN OCTOBER 1979 AND HAS BEEN SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY SINCE FEBRUARY 1983.

/MR HAMISH .......

TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1987

MR HAMISH MACLEOD, JP

AGED 47. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 1966. HE HAS HELD A VARIETY OF POSTS IN THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT, FINANCE BRANCH, CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION. HE HAS BEEN DIRECTOR OF TRADE SINCE FEBRUARY 1983 AND WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE A IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

MR MICHAEL SZE CHO-CHEUNG, JP

AGED 41. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN JUNE 1969. HIS SERVICE INCLUDES APPOINEMENTS IN THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT AND HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1982 AND HAS BEEN A DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE SINCE MARCH 1984.

MR JAMES SO YIU-CHO, JP

AGED 46. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 1962. HE WAS APPOINTED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN AUGUST 1966 AND HAS SERVED IN A VARIETY OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES, INCLUDING FINANCE BRANCH, THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND BRANCH, CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH AND TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1980 AND HAS BEEN FILLING THE POST OF SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION ON A TEMPORARY BASIS SINCE MAY 1986.

MR PETER LEEDS, ISO, JP

AGED 56. JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS A SUB-INSPECTOR OF POLICE IN OCTOBER 1951. HE TRANSFERRED TO THE EXECUTIVE GRADE IN JANUARY 1957 AND WORKED IN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES. HE HAS BEEN INVLOVED IN TRANSPORT-RELATED MATTERS SINCE 1968.

HE BECAME COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT IN JUNE 1982 AND WAS APPOINTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE Bl IN JULY 1983.

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MR PETER TSAO KWANG-YUNG, CPM, JP

AGED 53. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN FEBRUARY 1955. HE WAS APPOINTED AS AN ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER IN FEBRUARY 1966 AND THROUGH A SERIES OF PROMOTIONS BECAME COMMISSIONER OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS IN JANUARY 1979. HE TRANSFERRED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN JULY 1982. , HE HAS SERVED IN THE POSTS OF DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES AND SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF .SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT IN JANUARY 1986 AND HAS BEEN IN BRUSSELS SINCE MAY.

MR STEUART WEBB-JOHNSON, JP

AGED 53. JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN JUNE 1956. HE SERVED IN THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND SPENT A CONSIDERABLE PART OF HIS CAREER IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1978 AND HAS BEEN DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY SINCE JANUARY 1986.

THIRD UNIVERSITY FINDS HOME AND NAME

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IN LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS AFTER ITS PLANNING COMMITTEE WAS ESTABLISHED, THE THIRD UNIVERSITY HAS FOUND A HOME AND HAS BEEN GIVEN A NAME.

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT IT HAS AGREED TO THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE THIRD UNIVERSITY (PCTU) TO CONSTRUCT THE INSTITUTION ON THE FORMER KOHIMA BARRACKS SITE AT TAI PO TSAI. HAVING CONSIDERED THREE OTHER SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, PCTU DECIDED KOHIMA WAS MOST SUITABLE.

THE SITE HAS BEEN FORMED AND SERVICED, ALLOWING FOR A QUICK START ON CONSTRUCTION AND MAKING AN EARLIER STUDENT INTAKE POSSIBLE. THE LAND IS ALSO BIG ENOUGH FOR FUTURE EXPANSION OF THE NEW UNIVERSITY.

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THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE JUNK BAY TUNNEL AND A SECOND CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WOULD ENSURE GOOD ACCESSIBILITY. FURTHERMORE THE SITE IS NEAR THE KWUN TONG INDUSTRIAL TOWNSHIP WHERE LINKS WITH INDUSTRIES AND COMMERCE COULD BE ESTABLISHED, WHILE ITS RURAL SITUATION PROVIDES A GOOD ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDY.

THE NEW UNIVERSITY WILL BE CALLED THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. THIS NAME WAS CHOSEN OUT OF 140 SUGGESTIONS MADE TO THE PLANNING COMMITTEE BY THE PUBLIC. THESE SUGGESTIONS INCLUDED PROPOSALS TO NAME THE INSTITUTION AFTER THE LATE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE.

WHILE APPRECIATING THE WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE SIR EDWARD’S SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION AND CONCERN FOR EDUCATION, THE PCTU TOOK THE VIEW THAT AN ABSTRACT NAME WAS TO BE PREFERRED FOR A TERTIARY INSTITUTION OF LEARNING AND THAT THE SETTING UP OF THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND PROVIDED AN ALTERNATIVE AND VERY POSITIVE WAY OF COMMEMORATING THE LATE GOVERNOR. THIS VIEW WAS ENDORSED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

HAVING CONSIDERED THE PRESENT COMPLEX SITUATION REGARDING SIXTH FORM EDUCATION AND ENTRY TO DEGREE STUDIES, THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN ITS REPORT NO 2, THE SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF HONG KONG STUDENTS WHO GO OVERSEAS TO STUDY AND IN THE LIGHT OF ITS WISH TO MAKE AN EARLY START, PCTU PROPOSES TO PLAN FOR ENTRY AT ADVANCED LEVEL TO ITS THREE-YEAR FIRST DEGREE COURSES. HOWEVER, SHOULD GOVERNMENT APPROVE AND FUND THE CHANGE TO A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE SYSTEM, THE THIRD UNIVERSITY INTENDS TO CHANGE SIMILARLY IN THE INTEREST OF UNIFORMITY OF ENTRY TO DEGREE STUDIES IN HONG KONG. A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WELCOMED THE PCTU’S PROPOSAL.

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SIX HONOURED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

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SIX RESIDENTS RECEIVED THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION TODAY (TUESDAY) FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING AND VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY.

AT A CEREMONY AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT THIS AFTERNOON, THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR JAMES SO, PRESENTED CERTIFICATES OF THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES TO MR CHAN SAU, MR CHENG FAI-NAM, MR MA PAK-LUN, MS PANG KIN-PAK, MR MARTIN RAYMOND BURD AND MRS JENNIFER JANE PARR.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 1987

MR CHAN SAU, A RESTAURANT OWNER IN YUEN LONG, WAS COMMENDED FOR HIS UNTIRING EFFORTS IN HELPING TO MAINTAIN HIS DISTRICT’S CULTURAL HERITAGE AND SPECIFICALLY FOR HIS CONTRIBUTIONS SINCE 1963 IN ORGANISING THE ANNUAL TIN HAU PROCESSION IN YUEN LONG TOWN.

MR CHENG FA I-NAM, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION, WAS COMMENDED FOR HIS EXEMPLARY EFFORTS IN ORGANISING COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES AND IN SUPPORTING GOVERNMENT COMPAIGNS TO PROMOTE CIVIC DUTIES IN KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl.

MR MA PAK-LUN, WHO IS RETIRED, WAS RECOGNISED FOR HIS PARTICIPATION AND SUPPORT IN PROMOTING VARIOUS GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS AND ESPECIALLY FOR HIS ROLE IN THE FORMATION AND MANAGEMENT OF TOP COURT MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE AND TOP COURT OWNERS CORPORATION IN TUEN MUN.

MS PANG KIN-PAK, RESIDENT OF A HOME FOR THE ELDERLY IN KWAI FONG ESTATE, WAS COMMENDED FOR HER EXEMPLARY VOLUNTARY SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY AND FOR SETTING A MODEL FOR OTHER ELDERLY PEOPLE TO FOLLOW.

MR MARTIN RAYMOND BURD, WARRANT OFFICER CLASS 2, HEADQUARTERS BRITISH FORCES HONG KONG, WAS COMMENDED FOR HIS OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGNS FOR THE HONG KONG KIDNEY PATIENTS’ TRUST FUND AND ESPECIALLY FOR HIS INITIATIVE IN ORGANISING THE SUCCESSFUL TERRITORY-WIDE +OPERATION RING PULL+ SCHEME.

MRS JENNIFER JANE PARR WAS RECOGNISED FOR HER OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY SERVICES IN ESTABLISHING AND RAISING FUNDS FOR THE HONG KONG KIDNEY PATIENTS’ TRUST AND ESPECIALLY FOR HER PARTICIPATION IN THE +OPERATION RING PULL+ CAMPAIGN.

THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN 1982 TO RECOGNISE CITIZENS WHO HAD MADE AN OUTSTANDING AND VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH THEIR PHYSICAL EFFORTS OR INNOVATIVE IDEAS. SO FAR, 32 CITIZENS HAVE RECEIVED THE COMMENDATION.

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FIVE BILLS BEFORE LEGCO

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FIVE BILLS AND 15 QUESTIONS WILL BE AMONG MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

FOUR OF THE BILLS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS. THESE ARE THE CONTROL OF OBSCENE AND INDECENT ARTICLES BILL 1986, THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE PROBATION OF OFFENDERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON THE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL ALSO BE AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE +DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG+.

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SIR DAVID TO TAKE SALUTE X X X X X

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL BE TAKING THE SALUTE AT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL INSPECTION ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 16) AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE AT 47 TUNG TAU WAN ROAD, STANLEY.

HE WILL ALSO PRESENT COLONIAL PRISON SERVICE MEDALS TO 25 OFFICERS TO MARK THEIR 18 YEARS OF EXEMPLARY SERVICE WITH THE DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE INSPECTION STARTING AT 4 PM. TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE LEAVING FROM THE

DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS AT 32 01 KWAN ROAD BY 3 PM. SHOULD BRING ALONG TELEPHOTO LENSES AS THERE WILL BE POSITIONS.

PHOTOGRAPHERS FIXED PRESS

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CLOSURE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES SOUGHT X X £ JE *

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO TAKE COURT ACTION OVER ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN YAU MA TEI WHICH IT ORDERED THE OCCUPIERS TO DEMOLISH UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE 18 MONTHS AGO.

THE STRUCTURES ARE ATTACHED TO THE EXTERNAL WALLS OF FLAT 3 ON THE SECOND FLOOR AT 139-141, WOOSUNG STREET.

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY WANTS THEM CLOSED SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT ENDANGERING THE SAFETY OF THE OCCUPIERS OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

IT IS TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 24 AND POSTED NOTICES OF ITS INTENTION TO DO SO ON CONSPICUOUS PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (TUESDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AUTHORITY SAID THE STRUCTURES WOULD BE DEMOLISHED AS SOON AS THE CLOSURE ORDER WAS MADE.

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TRAVELLERS URGED TO BEAT LUNAR NEW YEAR RUSH

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THOSE INTENDING TO TRAVEL ABROAD DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS SHOULD APPLY FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENT NOW.

AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRAVELLING OUTSIDE HONG KONG WOULD BE GREATLY INCREASED DURING THIS TIME OF THE YEAR AND IN ORDER TO AVOID LAST MINUTE RUSH, THEY SHOULD APPLY FOR PASSPORT AND CERTIFICATE OF IDENTITY WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE DATE FOR WHICH THEY INTEND TO TRAVEL.

+IT NORMALLY TAKES 10 WORKING DAYS TO ISSUE THESE DOCUMENTS IF APPLICATIONS ARE MADE IN THE HEADQUARTERS BUT LONGER IF MADE IN THE BRANCH OFFICES,+ A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

+RE-ENTRY PERMIT AND DOCUMENT OF IDENTITY FOR VISA PURPOSES ARE NORMALLY ISSUED ON THE SAME DAY BUT DELAY IS LIKELY IF THERE ARE MANY APPLICANTS COMING AT THE SAME TIME.+

+THE PERIOD BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR IS THE BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR. BY APPLYING EARLY, IT WILL NOT ONLY SPREAD THE WORKLOAD OF THE DEPARTMENT BUT WILL ALSO GIVE APPLICANTS EXTRA TIME TO MEET ANY FURTHER VISA PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS WHERE NECESSARY,+ HE ADDED.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 3-7333111.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS TO BE AUCTIONED MIU

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 17) AT 10 AM IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

TOTAL OF 36 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

A BIDDING AREi

DK9904 DL 328

DL 139 DL9904

DL 273 DK 678

DK8000 DL 133

WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

DL 219 DL 339

DL8768 DL 308

DL 755 DK 4

CW8787 AV 944

DL 126 DK8777

DL 203 DK8888

DL6088 DK9808

DL8777 DJ7700

DL 1 DL6618

AJ 619 512

DL 638 CH 328

DL6199 DM 457

DL9779 CR 3

DL 661 DL9199

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF 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 111TH ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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PARKING CONTRACT AGREEMENT EXTENDED * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON THAT IT HAD REACHED AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE TO EXTEND THE AGREEMENT FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF MULTI-STOREY CARPARKS WITH WILSON PARKING FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS EFFECTIVE FROM MAY 1, 1987.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE AGREEMENT WOULD INCLUDE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONTINUED SALE OF PRE-PAID TUNNEL TICKETS BY THE COMPANY THROUGH ITS TERRITORY-WIDE OUTLETS.

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LANDMARK PROPOSED TO PROMOTE KOWLOON CITY’S IMAGE

MEMBERS OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 15) TO DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO CONSTRUCT A $250 000 LANDMARK TO PROMOTE THE IMAGE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THEIR DISTRICT.

A WORKING GROUP WAS FORMED RECENTLY TO PURSUE THE PROJECT AND IT SUGGESTED A SIX-METRE-HIGH LANDMARK BE BUILT AT THE ENTRANCE TO SUNG WONG TOI PARK OR INSIDE THE CARPENTER ROAD PARK.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE BUDGET AND PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES TO BE FUNDED BY THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE IN THE 1987-88 FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE COMMITTEE WILL SEEK AN ALLOCATION OF $1.2 MILLION THIS YEAR, COMPARED WITH ABOUT $1.1 MILLION LAST YEAR.

THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR $8 500 TO FORM A LIFE-SAVING TEAM UNDER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.15 PM ON THURSDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 141, KAU PUI LUNG ROAD.

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GRAND TATTOO TO END DISTRICT FESTIVAL

K * * M

A GRAND TATTOO WITH PERFORMANCES BY VARIOUS DISCIPLINED UNITS AND LOCAL GROUPS WILL BE HELD FROM 2.30 PM TO 5.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 18) AT THE WONG CHUK HANG HARD-SURFACED SOCCER PITCH TO MARK THE END OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTVAL.

PERFORMANCES INCLUDE DRAGON DANCES, MOCK BATTLES AND REGIMENTAL BAND MUSIC BY THE COLDSTREAM GUARDS, KARATE, MOTORCYCLE AND BMX BICYCLE DEMOMSTRATIONS, AS WELL AS SILENT DRILL AND BAND BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS).

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THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAS ARRANGED FREE COACH SERVICES TO TAKE RESIDENTS FROM STANLEY AND SHEK 0 TO THE VENUE.

TWO COACHES WILL PICK UP RESIDENTS OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT OFFICE SUB-OFFICE AT NO. 88 STANELY VILLAGE ROAD AND THE SHEK 0 CARPARK AT 1 PM, AND TAKE THEM BACK FROM WONG CHUK HANG AT 5.30 PM.

FREE TICKETS FOR THE PROGRAMME ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES IN ABERDEEN CENTRE, WAH FU AND STANLEY ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON 5-5*0271.

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SEMINAR FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING RESIDENTS M * M * *

A SEMINAR ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN SAI KUNG HAS BEEN ARRANGED THIS FRIDAY (JANUARY 16) FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE SEMINAR WILL INCLUDE DISCUSSIONS ON SUBJECTS SUCH AS PUBLIC WORKS. TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT, PRIMARY EDUCATION FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING CHILDREN, CRIME PREVENTION AND ADVICE ON SECURITY IN SAI KUNG.

IT WILL START AT 7.15 PM IN THE ARTS ROOM OF THE CHENG CHEK CHEE SECONDARY SCHOOL, LOT 7 IN DD 231, CHUK KOK, HIRAM’S HIGHWAY.

SPEAKERS ATTENDING THE SEMINAR INCLUDE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR KEVIN HO, PROJECT MANAGER, NEW TERRITORIES SOUTH DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR CHARLES SAUNDERS, TRAFFIC ENGINEER, MR DAVID WEBSTER, AND POLICE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER (SAI KUNG), MR RODERRICK COLSON.

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DISCUSSION ON SPORTS, RECREATION FACILITIES PROPOSALS

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THE RECREATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO CONSIDER PROPOSALS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITIES FOR THE 1987-68 FINANCIAL YEAR.

SENIOR TOWN PLANNER OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, MR MICHAEL CHAO, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROPOSED PROJECTS WHICH INCLUDE AN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE AT TIN PING ESTATE IN SHEUNG SHU I, A RECREATION GROUND IN SHA TAU KOK ANB OPEN SPACES IN SHEK WU HUI.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS FOR ACTIVITIES TO BE ORGANISED DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

OTHER ITEMS TO BE DEALT WITH INCLUDE REPORT FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT ART ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, A PROGRESS REPORT ON RECREATION AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IN THE DISTRICT AND ATTENDANCE FOR CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS IN THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL.

NOTE TO EDITORSJ

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TOMORROW AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

GOODS ON PLB'S TO BE DISCUSSED

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THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL BE MEETING ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 15) TO DISCUSS A SCHEME TO ALLOW PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ON SCHEDULED ROUTES TO CARRY GOODS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER PROPOSALS FOR THE RELOCATION OF THE GREEN MINIBUS STAND (SAI KUNG TO HO CHUNG) FROM THE NEW TERMINUS TO Yl CHUN STREET, THE REVISION OF TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS AT PAN SHA WAN, AND ROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENT MEASURES AT FUK MAN ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING ON THURSDAY AT 10 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TO

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DB GROUP VISITS NEW TECHNICAL INSTITUTE K * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE TRAINING IN VARIOUS PROFESSIONS PROVIDED AT THE SHA TIN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE DURING A VISIT THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING.

LED BY THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR MICHAEL LAI, MEMBERS WERE MET BY THE INSTITUTE’S VICE-PRINCIPAL, MR CHAN KAI-SHUN, WHO BRIEFED THEM ON THE TRAINING AND OTHER FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE INSTITUTE, WHICH OPENED LAST SEPTEMBER.

THE VISITORS WERE TOLD THE INSTITUTE OFFERED FULL-TIME, PART-TIME DAY RELEASE AND EVENING COURSES IN COMMERCIAL STUDIES, COMPUTING STUDIES, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, DESIGN AND GENERAL STUDIES.

THEY ALSO LEARNED THERE WERE COURSES IN NEW DISCIPLINES SUCH AS CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY, DISPENSING AND HAIRDRESSING.

AT THE TEACHING COMPLEX THEY VISITED THE COMPUTING TERMINAL ROOM, GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKSHOP, ELECTRONICS PROJECT LABORATORY, AUDIO TYPING ROOM AND HAIRDRESSING SALON.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS ALSO VISITED THE STUDENTS’ CLUB ROOM, GYMNASIUM AND CANTEEN IN THE SPORTS COMPLEX.

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RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED ON THEN MUN ROADS * * * *

TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN TUEN MUN WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 16).

ONE SECTION IS TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH YAN CHING STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

THE OTHER IS YAN CHING STREET BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN TUEN MUN * * *

TUEN SHINS STREET IN TUEN MUN WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH FROM 11 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 14) TO FACILITATE ROAD WORK.

MEANWHILE, THE RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENT FROM TUEN LEE STREET TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE BANNED. MOTORISTS MAY USE THE JUNCTION BETWEEN TUEN SHING STREET AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

RESTRICTED ZONES IN TAI WAI, KWAI CHUNG H * * *

THE BUS TERMINUS AT TAI WAI INTERIM TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF TAI WAI KCR STATION WILL BE DESIGNATED ' A PROHIBITED ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 16).

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUS TERMINUS.

AT THE SAME TIME, KUNG YIP STREET IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE DESIGNATED A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE AFFECTED SECTIONS ARE THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KUNG YIP STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH WAH SING STREET TO THE END OF THE STREET AND THE TURN-AROUND AREA BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 24 AND 32.

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

TO KWA WAN WATER CUT

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 PM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 16) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING MORNING FOR MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY KOWLOON CITY ROAD, MOK CHEONG STREET, TO KWA WAN ROAD AND MA TAU KOK ROAD.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-233191

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14; 1987

CONTENTS PAGE ITO,

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING s

PORNOGRAPHY BILL REFLECTS NISHIS OF COIttlUNITY........... 1

BILL ABE TO BRIDGE PROBATION ORDER PROCEDURAL GAP...... 3

DISCRETION FOR MAGISTRATES TO AMEND SUMMONS PROPOSED .... 3

ROAD WORKS BILL ENSURES DLLEGATI01 )F POWERS ............. 4

DAMAGE TO ECONOMY LIKELY WITH HT UNTION..................  5

CONTINUED VIABILITY OP INDUSTRY VITAL .................... 7

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN NEEDED TO BOOST ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY . 9

CHULA'S TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS USEFUL TO HK INDUSTRY 10

CHANNEL VENTURE CAPITAL INTO MANUFACTURING............... 12

+FINE TUN2+ NON-INTERVENTION POLICY ..................... 13

CALL TO HELP INDUSTRY THROUGH DEVELOPMENT FUND........... 15

BETTER MONITORING OF MANUFACTURING SECTOR ADVOCATED.... 16

DIRECT GOVERNMENT SUPPORT URGED.........................  18

GOVERNMENT Must MAINTAIN INDUSTRIAL VITALITY............. 21

NEW DIDUSTRLAL POLICES ESSSNTLAL......................... 22

STRENGTHEN HI-TECH RESEARCH AND DEVELORIENT ........... f 24

BETTER LABOUR RELATIONS COULD ENHANCE PRODUCTIVITY ...... 25

CARPARK CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS UNDER SC.AOTIKY........... 28

EFFICIENT SUiVICE BEFORE AlffiOlBATE SATURDAY OFF...... 28

BiVIRONMJNTTJ, EFFECTS OF FUEL ASH BEEJG ASSISSED....... 29

/DECLINE ......

DECLINE OF SOUTH CHULA PINES NOT TRAGIC ................... 30

COLLAPSE HIGHLIGHTS HAZARDS OF UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES 31

EFFECTIVE MEASURES TAKEN TO PREVENT SQUATTER FIRES...... 32

EMPLOYERS NOT AVOIDING MATERNITY LEAVE LIABILITY .......... 33

DEATH AT GAS PLOT BEING INVESTIGATED ...................... 34

NEW ROaJ)S ESTIMATED TO COST $2 BILLION ................... 35

CODE OF HIACTICE ON IVF BEING DRAWN UP .................... 3$

ORDINANCE ADEQUATE TO MEET TOWN PLANNING CONTROLS....... 38

PROBLEM TRAFFIC SITES IDENTIFIED FOR PRIORITY INVESTIGATION ............................................. 38

SUPERVISION RATIO FOR CASEWORKERS SATISFACTORY............. 39

$400 MILLION TO INTRODUCE SEPARATE TAXATION................ 40

THA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO USE WELFARE SERVICES........ 41

ONE BILL PASSED ..................................... 42

KOWLOON WALLED CITY CLEARANCE...............................  43

WAT,TED CITY CLEARANCE AN IMPORTANT STEP...................... 43

UNEMPLOYMENT /AID UND'ALEAPLOYIGOT STATISTICS RELEASED..... 46

MORE SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDStLY PLANNED................... 47

RECORD NUMBER OF FLAT SALES REGISTERED ....................... 48

REGISTRATION REVOKED ......................................... 51

PUBLIC URGED TO DONATE TO SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND............... 51

O'BRIEN ROAD FOOTBRIDGE OPENED .............................   51

SURVEY LOCATES DRAINAGE BLACKSPOTS IN MONG KOK...............  52

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ROAD PROJECT ......................... 53

PROVIDENT. FUND UNDER DB SCRUTINY............................. 54

RESTRICTED ZONES DESIGNATED IN SHEUNG SHUI ................... 55

TAI WAI TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE TO OPEN......................... 55

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1987

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PORNOGRAPHY BILL REFLECTS WISHES OF COMMUNITY

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THE CONTROL OF OBSCENE AND INDECENT ARTICLES BILL 1986, WHICH SEEKS TO CONTROL THE PUBLICATION AND DISPLAY OF OBSCENE AND INDECENT ARTICLES AND TO ESTABLISH AN OBSCENE ARTICLES TRIBUNAL, WAS IN GENERAL FAVOURABLY RECEIVED BY THE PUBLIC, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR FORD SAID THAT SINCE PUBLICATION OF A DRAFT BILL IN AUGUST LAST YEAR THE MOST FREQUENT COMMENT WAS A CALL FOR ITS EARLY IMPLEMENTATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL’S PROVISIONS WOULD GREATLY REDUCE ACCESS BY JUVENILES TO INDECENT MATERIAL, THUS PROVIDING A DEGREE OF PROTECTION FOR THE WELL-BEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE, WHILE STILL ALLOWING ADULTS THE FREEDOM TO PURCHASE THEM.

+JUDGING FROM THE WIDE RANGE OF COMMENTS RECEIVED, IT IS CLEAR THAT THESE RESTRICTIONS REFLECT THE WISHES OF THE GREAT MAJORITY OF OUR COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

MR FORD NOTED THE BILL PROPOSED THAT MEMBERS OF THE TRIBUNAL WOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE PROFICIENT IN EITHER WRITTEN CHINESE OR WRITTEN ENGLISH.

A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE COMMUNITY, WHO WERE NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING, WOULD HENCE BE ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICE ON THE TRIBUNALS, HE SAID.

AS TO WHETHER THE SYSTEM OF VOLUNTARY SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES PRIOR TO THEIR PUBLICATION MIGHT SUPPRESS MATERIAL ON GROUNDS OTHER THAN OBSCENTITY OR INDECENCY, MR FORD SAID, +THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION EMPOWERS THE TRIBUNAL TO RULE ONLY ON MATTERS OF OBSCENITY AND INDECENCY (INCLUDING VIOLENCE, DEPRAVITY AND REPULSIVENESS). ANY ATTEMPT TO RULE ON OTHER MATTERS WILL BE ULTRA VIRES.*

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE NUMBER OF ARTICLES, LIKELY TO BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED, WOULD REPRESENT ONLY A FRACTION OF ALL THE PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG.

ON THE PRECISE DEFINITIONS OF +OBSCENITY+ AND +INDECENCY+, MR FORD SAID IT WAS NEITHER PRACTICAL NOR DESIRABLE TO ATTEMPT TO STIPULATE IN LAW IN SPECIFIC TERMS WHAT WAS DEEMED TO BE UNACCEPTABLE ON MATTERS OF PROPRIETY.

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+THE ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF PROPRIETY IN ANY COMMUNITY CHANGE AND DEVELOP WITH TIME. IF PRECISE DEFINITIONS OF THESE TERMS WERE ENSHRINED IN LAW, REGULAR LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS WOULD BE REQUIRED,* HE SAID.

MEMBERS OF THE PROPOSED TRIBUNAL, BY VIRTUE OF THEIR STATUS AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PUBLIC, WOULD BE CAPABLE OF ASSESSING WHAT WAS GENERALLY ACCEPTABLE TO THE COMMUNITY.

MR FORD ALSO NOTED THAT THERE WAS A RISK OF INCONSISTENCY WHEN MORE THAN ONE PERSON SAT, OR DIFFERENT PERSONS SAT AT DIFFERENT TIMES, ON THE TRIBUNAL.

+NEVERTHELESS, COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN THE JUDICIAL PROCESS ON MATTERS OF PROPRIETY IS PREFERABLE TO RELIANCE, AS AT PRESENT, ON THE JUDGMENT OF A SINGLE MAGISTRATE,* HE SAID.

IF ANY PARTY TO TRIBUNAL PROCEEDINGS FELT THAT THERE WAS INCONSISTENCY, IT MIGHT SEEK A FULL HEARING IN WHICH PARTIES MIGHT BE LEGALLY REPRESENTED, EXPERT OPINION MIGHT BE SOUGHT AND, IF DEEMED NECESSARY, THE SERVICES OF ADDITIONAL ADJUDICATORS ENLISTED.

+THE PROBLEM OF INCONSISTENCY WILL BE FURTHER REDUCED AS THE REPOSITORY BUILDS UP ITS STOCK OF ARTICLES CLASSIFIED WHICH WILL PROVIDE A SOURCE OF REFERENCE FOR MEMBERS OF THE TRIBUNAL AND THOSE WHO INTEND TO PUBLISH MATERIAL OF THIS KIND,* HE SAID.

+A PANEL OF UP TO 80 ADJUDICATORS WILL BE DRAWN WITH CARE FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND INTERESTS AND REPRESENTING A BROAD CROSS-SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY.*

HE SAID THAT ONLY EXPERIENCE WOULD CONFIRM THE SUCCESS OR OTHERWISE OF THE PROCESS. HE ASSURED COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT THE SITUATION WOULD BE CAREFULLY WATCHED AND ASSESSED.

MR FORD ADDED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD CONTINUE TO ACCEPT COMPLAINTS FROM ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC AND CONSIDER, ON LEGAL ADVICE, WHETHER THE SUBJECT ARTICLE JUSTIFIED A SUBMISSION TO THE TRIBUNAL.

+THESE COMPLAINTS SHOULD BE CHANNELLED TO THE NEWSPAPERS REGISTRATION UNIT OF THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY OR THROUGH ANY DISTRICT OFFICE,* HE SAID.

. DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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BILL AIMS TO BRIDGE PROBATION ORDER PROCEDURAL GAP *****

THE OBJECTS OF THE PROBATION OF OFFENDERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 ARE TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH BREACHES OF PROBATION ORDERS AND TO EMPOWER THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO SPECIFY RECORD FORMS PRESCRIBED UNDER THE ORDINANCE, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHAMBERS SAID CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL WAS DESIGNED TO BRIDGE THE PROCEDURAL GAP IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION WHICH DID NOT MAKE SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO A PERSON IN BREACH OF AN ORDER MADE BY THE COURT OF APPEAL, OR THOSE WHO HAD COMMITTED A FURTHER OFFENCE DURING THE PROBATION PERIOD, TO BE REFERRED BACK TO THAT COURT.

UNDER SECTIONS 5 AND 6 OF THE PROBATION OF OFFENDERS ORDINANCE, HE SAID, A PERSON WHO WAS IN BREACH OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF A PROBATION ORDER OR WHO HAD COMMITTED A FURTHER OFFENCE, WAS BROUGHT BEFORE AND DEALT WITH BY THE COURT WHICH MADE THE ORIGINAL ORDER.

CLAUSE 3 OF THE BILL WOULD DELETE THE EXISTING PROVISION WHICH STIPULATED THAT THE AUTHORITY TO PRESCRIBE THE RECORD FORMS ON PROBATIONERS BY THEIR PROBATION INSTITUTIONS WAS VESTED IN THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL UNDER SECTION 12(E) OF THE ORDINANCE, HE ADDED.

INSTEAD, +CLAUSE 4 PROVIDES THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE WITH THE AUTHORITY TO SPECIFY THE FORM OF RECORDS TO BE KEPT UNDER THE ORDINANCE,* HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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DISCRETION FOR MAGISTRATES TO AMEND SUMMONS PROPOSED * * * *

A BILL SEEKING TO GIVE A MAGISTRATE DISCRETION TO AMEND A COMPLAINT, INFORMATION OR SUMMONS WHERE A DEFECT OR VARIANCE BETWEEN THE CHARGE AND THE EVIDENCE IS NOT IN HIS VIEW MATERIAL OR WHERE NO IRREMEDIABLE INJUSTICE WOULD RESULT, WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID THE NEW SECTION CONTAINED IN THE BILL ALSO PRESCRIBED THE PROCEDURE TO BE FOLLOWED WHERE AN AMENDMENT HAD TO BE MADE.

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MR THOMAS POINTED OUT THAT IN A MAGISTRATES COURT, THE COMPLAINT INFORMATION OR SUMMONS MUST SET OUT THE OFFENCE ALLEGED AGAINST A’DEFENDANT, BUT THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE DID NOT ALLOW ANY OBJECTION TO BE TAKEN TO ANY DEFECT IN THE SUBSTANCE OR FORM OF A COMPLAINT, INFORMATION OR SUMMONS.

+AS THE LAW STANDS, THE MAGISTRATE MUST GIVE JUDGEMENT ON THE SUBSTANTIAL MERITS AND FACTS OF THE CASE, AND MAKE ANY NECESSSARY AMENDMENTS TO THE COMPLAINT, INFORMATION OR SUMMONS, + HE SAID.

+THE MAGISTRATE HAS NO DISCRETION IN THE MATTER.+

HE SAID THAT THE RIGIDITY OF THIS PROCEDURE HAD, FROM TIME TO TIME, BEEN CRITICISED BY BOTH PRACTITIONERS AND MAGISTRATES.

+THERE IS GENERAL AGREEMENT THAT THE MAGISTRATE MUST HAVE A DISCRETION TO AVOID INJUSTICE AND THAT THE LAW SHOULD GIVE SOME GUIDELINES UPON WHICH TO EXERCISE THAT DISCRETION WHEN THE CASE THAT EMERGES AT THE TRIAL DOES NOT ESTABLISH THE OFFENCE ALLEGED IN THE INFORMATION, COMPLAINT OR SUMMONS, BUT DOES DISCLOSE SOME OTHER OFFENCE,* HE SAID.

MR THOMAS ADDED THAT THE BAR ASSOCIATION, THE LAW SOCIETY AND THE JUDICIARY HAD INDICATED SUPPORT FOR THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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ROAD WORKS BILL ENSURES DELEGATION OF POWERS * K K * K

THE OBJECT OF THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 IS TO ENABLE THE POWERS RELATING TO THE CLOSURE OF ROADS AND RECLAMATION OF CROWN FORESHORE OR SEA-BED TO BE DELEGATED TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT.

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON DAVID LAN, SAID THAT +ON MAY 30, 1986, PROVISION WAS MADE FOR THE DELEGATION OF THE GOVERNOR’S POWERS UNDER THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) ORDINANCE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT.

/+HOWEVER,

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+HOWEVER, DUE TO THE PARTICULAR FORM OF WORDS USED IN SECTION 17

SUBSECTION (1) OF THE ORDINANCE, LEGAL ADVICE HAS BEEN THAT THE POWERS UNDER THAT SUBSECTION MUST BE EXERCISED BY THE GOVERNOR PERSONALLY.+

HE EXPLAINED THAT THESE POWERS RELATED TO THE CLOSURE OF ROADS AND RECLAMATION OF CROWN FORESHORE OR SEA-BED WHICH WERE AFFECTED BY ROAD WORKS.

+SUCH MATTERS ARE LARGELY ROUTINE, AND THERE IS NO PRACTICAL REASON WHY THESE POWERS HAVE TO BE EXERCISED BY THE GOVERNOR,+ HE SAID.

MR LAN SAID THE BILL WAS THEREFORE AIMED AT DELEGATING THE POWERS CONCERNED TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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DAMAGE TO ECONOMY LIKELY WITH INTERVENTION X * * X *

THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON ERIC HO, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT BECAUSE OF THE EXTERNAL ORIENTATION OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AND THE NEED TO PROTECT ITS ABILITY TO ADJUST EFFICIENTLY, THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ECONOMY WOULD BE DAMAGED IF THE GOVERNMENT ATTEMPTED TO FRUSTRATE MARKET FORCES OR PLAN THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES.

WINDING UP THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, MR HO SAID THAT WHILE THIS DID NOT RULE OUT INTERVENTION, IT CLEARLY MEANT THAT INTERVENTION SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN ONLY WHEN IT WAS IN THE LONG-TERM INTEREST OF THE ECONOMY.

+DIRECT SUBSIDIES TO BUSINESS ARE AVOIDED AND MARKET FORCES ARE ALLOWED TO BE THE DETERMINANTS IM ENTREPRENEURIAL DECISIONS,* HE SAID.

+OUR OBJECTIVE AT ALL TIMES IS TO FACILITATE THE GROWTH OF OUR INDUSTRIES BY FOSTERING THEIR COMPETITIVE STRENGTH ON THE ONE HAND AND BY REMOVING IDENTIFIABLE OBSTACLES ON THE OTHER.

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+THE FIRST CYCLE OF THE TECHNO-ECONOMIC CONSULTANCY STUDIES UNDERTAKEN ON THE ADVICE OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD (IDB) IS NEARING COMPLETION. AS A RESULT, AN OVERALL PICTURE OF THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE MAJOR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES IS BEGINNING TO EMERGE,+ HE ADDED.

IN THE CASE OF MANPOWER TRAINING, MR HO SAID THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE (UPGC) HAD AGREED TO DEVOTE PRIORITY TO A LARGER OUTPUT OF ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS IN THE NEXT TRIENNIUM AND THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS TO MODIFY THEIR CURRICULA, WITH A VIEW TO ENSURING THAT THEIR GRADUATES BECAME MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE IN COMPUTER AND MICROPROCESSOR TECHNOLOGIES.

♦ THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAD ALSO APPROVED A COMMITMENT OF $(■ MILLION LAST NOVEMBER FOR A PILOT TRAINING SCHEME TO ENABLE PRACTISING ENGINEERS TO LEARN CIRCUITRY DESIGN ABROAD, WITH A VIEW TO RETURNING TO HONG KONG FOR WORK WITH SEMICONDUCTOR FIRMS.

♦FUNDS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR TO ENABLE THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL TO INTRODUCE NEW PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT SERVICES.*

TURNING TO INWARD INVESTMENT PROMOTION, MR HO SAID STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO IMPROVE THE MACHANISM FOR TARGETING FOREIGN MANUFACTURING FIRMS, TO DEVELOP CONTACTS WITH FOREIGN INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS WITH A VIEW TO FACILITATING TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER TRANSACTIONS, AND TO REINFORCE INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICES LOCATED OVERSEAS.

TURNING TO INDUSTRIAL ACCOMMODATION, MR HO POINTED OUT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS NOW CONSIDERING WHETHER THERE WAS SUFFICIENT DEMAND IN HONG KONG TO ESTABLISH A TECHNOLOGY CENTRE, POSSIBLY IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL.

♦THESE TECHNOLOGY CENTRES TYPICALLY PROVIDE CLEAN, DUST-FREE, NOISE-FREE AND VIBRATION-FREE ACCOMMODATION FOR COMPANIES ENGAGED IN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND PROTOTYPE PRODUCTION.

♦MEANWHILE, PLANNING IS NOW UNDER WAY IN THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TO EXAMINE WHETHER A PAST OF THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE COULD BE USED FOR SUPPORTING OR LINKAGE INDUSTRIES.

♦IT IS ALSO ENCOURAGING TO NOTE THAT A WORKING PARTY SET UP BY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS IS ASSESSING THE DEMAND FOR VENTURE CAPITAL AS A SOURCE OF INVESTMENT FUNDS ALTERNATIVE TO BANK LOANS.

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+THIS WORKING PARTY -- ON WHICH THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH AND THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL ARE REPRESENTED -- IS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS,* HE ADDED.

ON THE DELIVERY OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURAL SUPPORT SERVICES, PARTICULARLY TO SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS, HE SAID THE IDB HAD ENDORSED THE NEED FOR A FURTHER EXAMINATION OF HOW THE MARKETING OF SUCH SERVICES MIGHT BE IMPROVED.

+ THE IDB CONSIDER THAT WHILE THE QUALITY OF THE SERVICES AVAILABLE IS GOOD, MORE NEEDED TO BE DONE TO ENCOURAGE WIDER USE OF THESE SERVICES.*

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CONTINUED VIABILITY OF INDUSTRY VITAL * * * * *

ENSURING THE CONTINUED VIABILITY OF THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR WILL BE A TOP PRIORITY IN THE YEARS TO COME, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

LEADING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, AS CONVENER OF THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP STUDYING THE ISSUE, MR CHEONG STRESSED THAT THE DEBATE WAS NOT INTENDED TO SEEK AN IMMEDIATE COMMITMENT FROM GOVERNMENT TO DEPART FROM OR TO MODIFY SPECIFIC ASPECTS OF CURRENT POLICIES.

RATHER, IT WAS HOPED THAT THE DEBATE WOULD SERVE TO FOCUS ATTENTION AS WELL AS TO STIMULATE THOUGHTS ON FUTURE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

MR CHEONG SAID THAT FROM THE ANGLE OF PROVISION OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES THERE WAS NO DOUBT THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR WAS STILL THE KEYSTONE OF STABILITY.

THE MAINTENANCE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH COULD ONLY BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE ADAPTATION OF CONSISTENT YET PRAGMATIC POLICIES THAT FACILITATED TRADE.

HE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE IT A POLICY TO CONDUCT PERIODIC REVIEWS OF ALL THE DIFFERENT COMPONENTS COMPRISING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

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SUCH REVIEWS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED EVERY THREE TO FIVE YEARS AND SHOULD BE DETAILED, OBJECTIVE AND COVER AREAS SUCH AS PERFORMANCE TO DATE, FUTURE PROSPECTS AS WELL AS IDENTIFICATION OF PROBLEM AREAS NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED.

+ARMED WITH RESULTS FROM SUCH REVIEWS, I BELIEVE THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT EFFECTIVE POLICIES DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE AND FACILITATE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF EACH COMPONENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR,+ HE SAID.

AS HONG KONG PROGRESSED ECONOMICALLY, EDUCATIONALLY AND SOCIALLY, THE QUALITY OF THE FUTURE WORKFORCE WOULD MOST LIKELY BE BETTER SUITED FOR HIGHER TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRIES.

MR CHEONG SAID THAT HAVING ANALYSED THE STATE OF MOST COMPONENTS OF THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR, HE BELIEVED FURTHER EXPANSION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL SECTOR WOULD BE CRUCIAL IN MEETING FUTURE JOB OPPORTUNITY DEMANDS IN HONG KONG.

THIS SECTOR HAD IN THE PAST CONCENTRATED ON ASSEMBLY TYPE OPERATIONS AND HAD BEEN HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON ASIAN COUNTRIES FOR BASIC COMPONENTS SUPPORT.

IF THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS CONTINUED THE SECTOR’S GROWTH POTENTIAL WOULD MOST LIKELY BE CONSTRAINED OR HAMPERED.

THEREFORE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MORE BASIC ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS INDUSTRY SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED IN HONG KONG.

+THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD LOSE NO TIME IN REVIVING, DEVISING AND IMPLEMENTING POLICIES THAT COULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS LAYING A GOOD FOUNDATION TO OUR FUTURE ECONOMIC GROWTH,+ HE SAID

REFERRING TO MODERNISATION POLICIES OF CHINA. HONG KONG WAS WELL PLACED AS A BASE FROM WHICH TO TRANSFER.

MR CHEONG SAID EFFECT TECHNOLOGY

/-r-M-rntTHE^G0VERNMENT MUST START FORGING CLOSER LINKS WITH GOVERNMENT IN CHINA SO AS TO IDENTIFY AREAS WHERE CO-OPERATION WILL BRING MUTUAL ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO BOTH COMMUNITIES,* HE SUGGESTED.

1JA„„ ^UCH A COURSE OF ACTION WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO OPPORTUNITIES1"0 GAIN THR0UGH CREATION OF MORE EMPLOYMENT

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CLOSER

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.... -r^T*P^E0N^ALS0 SAID THAT AS H0NG KONG’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR WAS TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON EXTERNAL MARKETS IT WAS VITAL THE EFFECTIVE COMPETITIVENESS OF INDUSTRY WAS MAINTAINED

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HOWEVER, HE CAUTIONED THE GOVERNMENT AGAINST INTRODUCING ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES THAT WOULD GIVE RISE TO INCREASED COSTS IN MANUFACTURING.

HE SAID THAT MANUFACTURERS HAD NEVER BEEN AGAINST PROVIDING REASONABLE BENEFITS TO EMPLOYEES OR OBSTRUCTING ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURES FOR OBSTRUCTION’S SAKE.

+HOWEVER, WE ARE SERIOUSLY CONCERNED THAT LEGISLATION IN THESE AREAS MIGHT HAVE BEEN PLANNED AND PUSHED THROUGH ON A PIECEMEAL BASIS SO THAT THE CUMULATIVE IMPACT ON COST HAD NEVER BEEN PROPERLY EVALUATED.*

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HONR kONG NEEDS AN URGENT AND COMPREHENSIVE PLAN WHICH WOULD PROVIDE WAYS AND MEANS TO ENHANCE BOTH THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF PRODUCTS OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, THE HON HU FA-KUANG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, MR HU SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO UNDERTAKE A MORE POSITIVE ROLE IN THIS RESPECT IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS.

HE SAID ONE WAY WAS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SET UP A SPECIAL SECTION TO DEAL WITH TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER.

+THIS SECTION SHOULD CARRY OUT DETAILED STUDY AND RESEARCH TO FIND OUT THE PRESENT WEAKNESS OF OUR ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WHERE WE HAVE TO RELY HEAVILY ON OTHER COUNTRIES FOR SUPPORT NOW AND POSSIBLE IN THE FUTURE,* HE SAID.

AS HONG KONG HAD NO DIFFICULTY IN FINDING INVESTORS WHO WERE LOOKING FOR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES, THIS SECTION MIGHT STIMULATE THE INTEREST OF SUCH INVESTORS IN NEW PROJECTS OR JOINT VENTURES WHICH HAD GOOD PROSPECTS AND WERE PROFITABLE, HE SAID.

+THIS SECTION CAN THEN TURN TO OTHER COUNTRIES SUCH AS JAPAN AND THE U.S. WITH THE INTENTION TO LOOK FOR SUITABLE FIRMS WHICH HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY WE REQUIRE AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONSIDER TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, WITH OR WITHOUT INVESTMENT, TO THE INTERESTED HONGKONG PARTIES ON TERMS BENEFICIAL TO BOTH PARTIES.*

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MR HU SAID THAT DUE TO THE WEAKNESS IN HONG KONG’S PRODUCTION OF HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE AND ITS RELATIVELY HIGH LABOUR COST IN THIS REGION, THERE WAS A TENDENCY FOR LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO MOVE PART OF THEIR PRODUCTION LINES TO CHINA OR TO SET UP NEW PRODUCTION PLANTS THERE.

+1 UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WILL BE GREAT INCREASE IN AUTOMATED PRODUCTION LINES IN SOUTH KOREA AND TAIWAN, TO PRODUCE MORE COMPLICATED AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS FOR EXPORT TO THE U.S OUR BIGGEST EXPORT MARKET. THIS DEVELOPMENT WILL SERIOUSLY AFFECT OUR EXPORT BUSINESS.*

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDER THESE DEVELOPMENTS PROBLEMS BEFORE IT WAS TOO

AND THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY MUST JOINTLY SERIOUSLY IN ORDER TO RESOLVE THE

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THE EXTENSIVE RESEARCH ON TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS CONDUCTED BY MANY UNIVERSITIES AND HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS IN CHINA COULD BE APPLIED PRACTICALLY TO IMPROVE THE PRODUCTIVITY OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY, THE HON WONG PO-YAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, MR WONG SAID THAT CHINA MIGHT BE READY SOURCE TO FULFIL HONG KONG’S TECHNOLOGICAL REQUIREMENTS.

+IN FACT, SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN CHINA ARE OF A VERY HIGH STANDARD, BUT THE DEVELOPMENT COST IS MUCH LOWER THAN WHAT WE HAVE TO INCUR TO CONDUCT OUR OWN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTS,* HE SAID.

CITING AN EXAMPLE, HE SAID THERE WERE MANY TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS IN CHINA WHICH, FOR VARIOUS REASONS, WERE NOT WELL PUBLICISED. BUT IF THESE INNOVATIONS WERE MADE AVAILABLE TO INDUSTRIALISTS IN HONG KONG, IT COULD PROVE TO BE A REAL ASSET TO INDUSTRY.

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MR WONG SAID THAT CHINA HAD THE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY THAT COULD BE OF BENEFIT TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIALISTS. HE SAID EVEN A NUMBER OF MAJOR INDUSTRIAL COUNTRIES HAD CONFIDENCE IN CERTAIN AREAS OF CHINESE TECHNOLOGY, WHICH WERE AVAILABLE AT A COST VERY COMPETITIVE INTERNATIONALLY.

HE SUGGESTED HOWEVER, THAT RATHER THAN ACCEPTING THE ENDPRODUCTS OF TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN CHINA AS A PACKAGE, HONG KONG COULD ADOPT A MORE FLEXIBLE APPROACH BY PUTTING UP ITS OWN REQUIREMENTS TO THE RELEVANT RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS IN CHINA SO THAT SPECIALLY-DESIGNED DEVICES COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE ACCORDING TO ITS OWN SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS.

IN ADDITION, HE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LARGE POOL OF RESOURCES IN SOME FACTORIES IN CHINA.

+l UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE CONSIDERABLE SPARE CAPACITIES IN SOME FACTORIES IN CHINA WHICH ARE NOT RUN TO THEIR FULL CAPACITIES IN THE PRODUCTION OF CONSUMER GOODS.

+MANY FACTORIES HAVE EXPENSIVE AND HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENTS WHICH COULD BE USED IN TURN TO PRODUCE ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL MACHINERIES OR SPARE PARTS FOR USE BY ENTERPRENEURS IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

HE ADVISED THAT IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF THE GOVERNMENT COULD ASSIST AND CO-ORDINATE INDIVIDUAL ENQUIRIES WITH ORGANISATIONS IN CHINA IN ORDER TO BETTER THE PROCESS OF COMMUNICATION.

MR WONG SAID THE SEMINAR TO BE ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, WITH AN AIM TO ENCOURAGE CHINESE UNIVERSITIES TO ESTABLISH CONTACTS WITH HONG KONG INDUSTRIES, WAS A GOOD START.

HE SAID IT WOULD BE IMPORTANT TO TAKE FOLLOW-UP ACTION ON THIS SEMINAR BY ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL. IT COULD WORK IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIES AND THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION TO INVESTIGATE IN DETAIL THE POSSIBILITIES OF SUCH TECHNOLOGICAL COLLABORATIONS.

THESE INSTITUTIONS COULD AT THE SAME TIME IDENTIFY AND COLLATE HONG KONG’S OWN NEEDS BEFORE MAKING A FORMAL APPROACH TO INSTITUTIONS IN CHINA.

FINALLY, MR WONG SAID HE HOPED THOSE ACTIVITIES WOULD FOSTER A STRONGER LIAISON BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA, AND THAT SOME CONCRETE RESULTS MIGHT BE PRODUCED IN THE FUTURE.

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CHANNEL VENTURE CAPITAL INTO MANUFACTURING K K K K H

THERE IS MANUFACTURING CAPACITIES IN ENHANCEMENT.

A NEED TO CHANNEL VENTURE CAPITAL INTO THE SECTOR TO ENABLE INDUSTRIES TO SPREAD THEIR RISK RETURN FOR TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS AND PRODUCT

THE HON KIM CHAM SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY.

HE GAVE SOME EXAMPLES OF HOW VENTURE CAPITAL COULD REALISE BOTH COMMERCIALISATION OF TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCT IMPROVEMENTS BY TRANSFERRING RISKS TO INVESTORS WHO COULD AFFORD HIGH RISKS FOR HIGH RETURNS.

WITH GROWING INTERNATIONAL PROTECTIONISM, MR CHAM BELIEVED HONG KONG MUST SEEK TO INCREASE ITS DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY DIVERSIFYING THROUGH TECHNOLOGICAL IMPROVEMENT OR PRODUCT ENHANCEMENT.

IT COULD NOT RELY ON DUPLICATING ESTABLISHED PRODUCTS AND MARKETING GOODS THROUGH LOW COSTS AND CUT-THROAT COMPETITION.

HE SAID VENTURE CAPITAL SUITED THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG AS MANY INDUSTRIES WERE MEDIUM-SIZED AND FAMILY-OWNED.

+FURTHERMORE, VENTURE CAPITAL MAY PROVIDE MANAGERIAL, TECHNOLOGICAL OR PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT WHICH MAY BE LACKING IN A BUSINESS CONSISTING ONLY OF FAMILY MEMBERS.

+FOR THESE COMPANIES IN HONG KONG, VENTURE CAPITAL WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO GROW AND EXPAND FOR A RETURN WHICH IS COMMENSURATE WITH THE RISKS INVOLVED,* HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE FINANCING REQUIREMENTS IN A VENTURE CAPITAL ASSESSMENT, DR CHAM NOTED THAT THE MOST DIFFICULT FINANCING WAS FOR A NEW COMPANY AT ITS SEEDING STAGE WHEN EQUITY INVESTMENT WAS USUALLY NEEDED.

FOR START-UP FINANCING IT WOULD NOT BE EASY FOR A COMPANY TO BE LISTED EVEN ON AN OVER-THE-COUNTER (OTC) MARKET AS THE PUBLIC WAS NOT ABLE TO ANALYSE THE INVESTMENT RISKS INVOLVED.

MR CHAM SUGGESTED THAT A NEW CATEGORY OF INVESTMENT DEALERS, KNOWN AS VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENT DEALERS (VCID), SHOULD BE CREATED.

+WITH KNOWLEDGE OF VENTURE IMVESTORS’ PROFILES AND CAPABILITIES, THESE DEALERS WILL ACT AS MEDIA TO PUT COMPANIES IN NEED OF VENTURE CAPITAL IN TOUCH WITH WILLING TAKERS.

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+THEY SHOULD ALSO BE REGISTERED WITH THE SECURITIES COMMISSION AS LICENSED DEALERS, OPERATING UNDER SUPERVISION TO ORGANISE VENTURE CAPITAL FOR SMALL BUSINESS AS WELL AS TO PROVIDE ADVICE TO INTERESTED INVESTORS,* HE SAID.

MR CHAM SAID THAT NATURALLY THE RISK OF INVESTING IN THESE COMPANIES WOULD BE HIGH BUT THE JUDGEMENT OF WHETHER IT WAS AN APPROPRIATE INVESTMENT SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE INVESTORS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF PROFESSIONAL ADVICE FROM VOID'S.

AS FOR COMPANIES WHICH REQUIRED PUBLIC OFFERING FINANCING, MR CHAM SAID THE FUNCTIONS OF AN OTC MARKET WOULD HELP TO TRANSFER RISK TO THE MARKET PLACE AND WAS A PROVEN MECHANISM ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD.

HOWEVER, HE CAUTIONED THAT THE RISK INVOLVED IN INVESTING IN THESE STOCKS MIGHT BE HIGH EVEN THOUGH THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT MIGHT BE SUBSTANTIAL.

THE INVESTING PUBLIC SHOULD BE UNDER NO IMPRESSION THAT IT WOULD BE LIKE INVESTING IN BLUE CHIP STOCKS.

+THUS, THE INVESTOR MUST ACT WITHIN HIS OWN CAPACITY AND NOT TAKE RISKS WHICH HE CANNOT AFFORD,* HE ADDED.

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+FINE TUNE* NON-INTERVENTION POLICY

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THERE IS STILL MUCH ROOM FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO +FINE TUNE* ITS POLICY OF POSITIVE NON-INTERVENTION IN INDUSTRY WHICH HAS BEEN ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTALS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SUCCESS.

THIS WAS SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY.

MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE POLICY HAD ENABLED MANUFACTURERS TO ADAPT MORE QUICKLY THAN THEIR REGIONAL COMPETITORS TO CHANGES IN EXPORT MARKETS.

HOWEVER, THERE WERE AREAS WHERE +FINE TUNING* OR STRENGTHENING COULD BE CONSIDERED.

/for example

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FOR EXAMPLE, HE SUGGESTED THAT MORE BACK-UP SUPPORT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED INDUSTRIAL FIRMS WHICH REPRESENTED NEARLY 97 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS IN HONG KONG.

COUNTRIES SUCH AS SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN AND SINGAPORE HAD ALREADY SET UP OFFICIALLY SPONSORED ORGANISATIONS TO GIVE SUPPORT TO SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FACTORIES BUT IN HONG KONG THERE WAS NO SIMILAR ORGANISATION, HE SAID.

HE FELT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER SETTING UP A SIMILAR ORGANISATION THAT WOULD SUIT HONG KONG CIRCUMSTANCES.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ACT MORE POSITIVELY IN STRENGTHENING AND EXPANDING THE TECHNOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE TO ENABLE INDUSTRY TO MOVE AHEAD AND UP-MARKET WITH GREATER MOMENTUM.

IN THIS RESPECT, HE SAID HONG KONG SHOULD MOVE AHEAD WITH ALL SPEED TO ESTABLISH A PROPOSED TECHNOLOGY CENTRE OR SCIENCE PARK FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENCOURAGING INNOVATION, FACILITATING THE APPLICATION OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, AND ATTRACTING MORE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OR INVESTMENTS FROM OVERSEAS TO HONG KONG. IT WOULD ALSO IMPROVE HONG KONG’S IMAGE AS AN IMPORTANT CENTRE OF TECHNOLOGY.

IN ADDITION, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ESTABLISH AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. THE COMMITTEE COULD MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT ON POLICY TOWARDS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

IT COULD ALSO ADVISE ON THE OUTLINE OF DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES, ESPECIALLY IN MANPOWER TRAINING AND WITHIN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AS A WHOLE, AND ALSO ON THE LIKELY FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS.

MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STEP UP THE MOMENTUM IN ENCOURAGING BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO EXTEND LONGER TERM LOANS AT COMPETITIVE INTEREST RATES TO INDUSTRY FOR INSTALLATION OF UP-TO-DATE MACHINERY AND OTHER CAPITAL EQUIPMENT.

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE SEEN TO BE MORE POSITIVELY STIMULATING SUCH A TREND ON THE PART OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, HE ADDED.

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CALL TO HELP INDUSTRY THROUGH DEVELOPMENT FUND

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THE SETTING UP OF A + HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT FUND* WOULD HELP IN THE MOVE TOWARDS SERVICE AND TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS PROVIDE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEDIUM AND SMALL-SIZED FACTORIES, THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SUGGESTED TWO METHODS ON HOW THE FUND COULD BE SET UP WHEN SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID A LUMP SUM SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT FROM THE GOVERNMENT RESERVES TO FORM THE FUND WHICH WOULD BE RUN AND MANAGED BY A +HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT FUND COMMITTEE*.

A LEVY COULD BE CHARGED ON EXPORT GOODS TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES FOR THIS FUND WHICH COULD OFFER MONEY-LENDING SERVICES TO LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS.

THE FUND COULD ALSO BE SET UP BY ISSUING PREFERENTIAL SHARES AND RUN JOINTLY BY THE GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESSMEN UNDER THE BOARD OF A LIMITED COMPANY. THE MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY COULD BE MADE UP OF CIVIL SERVANTS, BANKERS, AS WELL AS BUSINESSMEN AND INDUSTRIALISTS.

ON THE BUSINESS OPERATED BY THE FUND, MR CHUNG SAID IT MIGHT BE DIVERSIFIED:

* TO OFFER LOANS TO MEDIUM AND SMALL-SIZED FACTORIES AT A PREFERENTIAL RATE FOR THE PURCHASE OF PLANTS, MACHINERY AND EXPORT FACILITIES ?

* TO MAKE TAKE-OVER ARRANGEMENTS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR MERGER OF INDUSTRIES ON A SUPPORTIVE CAUSE AS WELL AS OFFERING TRANSFER SERVICE?

* UNDER FAVOURABLE CONDITIONS, THE FUND MAY BE FLEXIBLY UTILISED FOR OTHER CAPITAL INVESTMENTS.

* BASED ON REASONABLE COMMERCIAL TERMS, THE FUND MIGHT BE USED TO ENCOURAGE INDUSTRIAL INVESTORS BY GIVING OUT AWARDS AS WELL AS FINANCE OR ACQUIRE INDUSTRIAL INVENTIONS.

MR CHUNG SAID HE BELIEVED THAT MORE INDIRECT SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE USEFUL FOR THE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRY AND WOULD STIMULATE LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS TO INVEST IN NEW TECHNOLOGY, NEW PRODUCTS AND NEW MARKETS.

+THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE POSITIVE STEPS TO HELP MIDDLE AND SMALL-SIZED FACTORIES WIDEN THEIR SCOPE OF BUSINESS AND ASSIST THEM TO ACQUIRE NEW TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS,* HE SAID.

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MR CHUNG ALSO SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD FOSTER THE LINK BETWEEN INDUSTRIAL TRAINING COLLEGES AND FACTORIES IN ORDER TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH PRACTICAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO JOIN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR AFTER GRADUATION.

HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INTRODUCE A +FACTORY OWNERSHIP SCHEME* TO ENCOURAGE INVESTORS TO PURCHASE THEIR OWN FACTORIES BY PAYING AN AMOUNT WHICH WAS MORE OR LESS EQUIVALENT TO THE RENTAL FOR THE FACTORIES.

ON THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, MR CHUNG SAID HE FELT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE COUNCIL SHOULD WORK HAND IN HAND AND TAKE THE INITIATIVE TO APPROACH MEDIUM AND SMALL-SIZED FACTORIES TO MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF ACQUIRING UP-TO-DATE KNOWLEDGE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS IMPROVING EFFICIENCY IN PRODUCTION.

AT THE SAME TIME, THESE ORGANISATIONS SHOULD ALSO GIVE AN IMPETUS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN ORDER TO PROMOTE THE MOVE TOWARDS DIVERSIFICATION.

FINALLY, HE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONDUCT STUDIES INTO THE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED BY FACTORY OPERATORS AND PUBLISH THE RESULT IN A BULLETIN.

IN GENERAL, HE SAID, THERE WAS A NEED TO INTRODUCE A MORE PRACTICAL AND COMPREHENSIVE INDUSTRIAL GUIDANCE SCHEME. HE SAID HE CONSIDERED IT NECESSARY FOR INDUSTRIAL REFORMS AND INNOVATIONS TO BE GRADUALLY INTRODUCED ON THE BASIS OF THE ORIGINAL SYSTEM.

+WHENEVER DIFFICULTIES ARE ENCOUNTERED, GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE SHOULD BE OFFERED SO AS TO ACHIEVE THE ANTICIPATED AIM THROUGH A NORMAL DEVELOPMENT PROCEDURE,* HE SAID.

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BETTER MONITORING OF MANUFACTURING SECTOR ADVOCATED * * * * *

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ABLE TO MONITOR THE DEVELOPMENT, THE STRENGTH, THE WEAKNESS AND THE PROBLEMS OF THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, THE HON THOMAS CLYDESDALE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, MR CLYDESDALE SAID THAT NO OTHER SECTOR OF EMPLOYMENT CAME CLOSE TO MANUFACTURING IN ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE OVERALL WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG.

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HE SAID IT WAS CLEAR THAT HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY WAS ALREADY EXPERIENCING CONSTANT AND INCREASING PRESSURE FROM COMPETITORS WHO SOUGHT ALL MEANS TO EXPAND THEIR SHARE OF THE SAME FOREIGN MARKETS HONG KONG WAS SELLING TO.

HE NOTED THAT A NUMBER OF THE COUNTRIES WHICH COMPETED MOST EFFECTIVELY AGAINST HONG KONG FOLLOWED VERY DIFFERENT INDUSTRIAL POLICIES TO THOSE OF HONG KONG’S. SOME HAD BEEN PREPARED TO SPEND LARGE SUMS OF PUBLIC MONEY TO ASSIST THEIR INDUSTRIES, INCLUDING TECHNICAL TRAINING.

HONG KONG, HOWEVER, HAD BEEN SLOW TO REACT TO THE NEED FOR EXPANDING TERTIARY EDUCATION FACILITIES WHICH WERE ESSENTIAL TO ITS LONG-TERM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

+ l BELIEVE THAT A DETAILED EXAMINATION OF OUR PRODUCTIVITY TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT TO SEE WHETHER THE EXISTING SERVICES ARE ADEQUATE FOR THE SIZE AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHARACTER OF OUR INDUSTRY*, HE SAID.

MR CLYDESDALE NOTED THAT MANAGEMENT TRAINING IN HONG KONG WAS LARGELY PROVIDED BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR ITSELF WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION.

+ IT SEEMS THAT WE HAVE NOT RECOGNISED QUICKLY ENOUGH THE NEED FOR MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE BY OUR YOUNG MANAGERS. THERE SHOULD SURELY BE MANAGEMENT TRAINING FACILITIES IN ALL MAIN DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG ORGANISED OR COORDINATED BY THE HKMA.+ HE SAID.

HE SAID A VERY SMALL EXPENDITURE OF PUBLIC FUNDS WAS UNWILLINGLY ALLOCATED TO THIS IMPORTANT ORGANISATION. IN 1986, ONLY ftlOO 000 WAS PROVIDED TO THE HKMA.

MR CLYDESDALE NOTED THAT HONG KONG HAD TENDED TO TAKE AN AD HOC VIEW OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT FOR MANY YEARS, DEALING WITH PROBLEMS AND NEEDS AS THEY BECAME IMPOSSIBLE TO IGNORE.

+WE TAKE PRIDE IN REFLECTING THAT WE DO NOT HAVE AN INDUSTRIAL POLICY AS SUCH,* HE SAID.

+BUT TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND IF WE ACCEPT THAT INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO BE VITALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMY, THEN WE MUST HAVE MUCH MORE INFORMATION ON ITS PERFORMANCE AND ITS POTENTIAL THAN WE HAVE NOW.*

/he said that

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HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOW BEGIN THE PROCESS

OF UPDATING THE 1979 REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSIFICATION IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A PROFESSIONAL STUDY WHICH WOULD HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANT TRENDS, ACHIEVEMENTS, NEEDS, PROBLEMS AND SUPPORTING FACILITIES RELEVANT TO THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF AN AGGRESSIVE AND EFFICIENT MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

+THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD SHOULD CLEARLY CONSIDER THIS MATTER AND I WOULD HOPE THAT THIS CAN BE DONE QUICKLY,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT, IF NECESSARY, INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS SHOULD BE EMPLOYED TO ASSIST IN THE STUDY SINCE THE LOCAL INDUSTRY WAS OBVIOUSLY INTERNATIONALLY ORIENTED AND SUBJECT TO INTERNATIONAL MARKET AND TECHNOLOGY INFLUENCES.

IN CLOSING, MR CLYDESDALE SAID THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD APPEARED TO MEET AND CARRY OUT ITS IMPORTANT WORK IN A RATHER PRIVATE MANNER AND DID NOT AT PRESENT APPEAR TO HAVE ANY FORMAL LINK WITH MAJOR ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, WHICH REPRESENTED A LARGE NUMBER OF MANUFACTURERS.

+THIS IS A STRANGE STATE OF AFFAIRS AND SHOULD BE SWIFTLY EXAMINED,+ HE SAID.

+THE PRINCIPLE OF DIRECT REPRESENTATION FOR THE MAJOR ORGANISATIONS ON GOVERNMENT BOARDS AND COUNCILS WHICH HAVE THE TASK OF ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT ON ESSENTIAL AND FUNDAMENTAL POLICIES ON TRADE AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPEMT IS SURELY THE RIGHT ONE TO FOLLOW,+ HE ADDED.

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DIRECT GOVERNMENT SUPPORT URGED X X X X X

THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN URGED TO PARTICIPATE IN ESTABLISHING THE NECESSARY INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE SO THAT INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG MAY DEVELOP WITH PURPOSE, DIRECTION AND RENEWED ENERGY.

THE CALL WAS MADE BY THE HON RICHARD LAI IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY.

MR LAI SAID THE TRADITIONAL ATTITUDE OF NON-INTERFERENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT TOWARDS THE ECONOMY MIGHT NOT BE THE BEST POLICY IN THIS PERIOD OF FUNDAMENTAL STRUCTURAL CHANGE.

/+ACTIVE ASSISTANCE .......

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♦ACTIVE ASSISTANCE IN HELPING THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES AS WELL AS DEVELOPING NEW, TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED ONES SHOULD NOT BE SEEN AS CONTRADICTORY TO THE CONVICTION THAT HONG KONG IS A FREE ECONOMY AND SHOULD REMAIN ONE, WHICH IS ESSENTIAL TO THE CONFIDENCE OF INVESTORS, HERE AND ABROAD,+ HE SAID.

+THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE LIMITED TO PROVIDING A STABLE AND FREE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT FOR INVESTORS! THE SCOPE OF INVOLVEMENT SHOULD ENCOMPASS THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY SUPPORT MEASURES IN HUMAN RESOURCES AND IN AN INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS INSTRUMENTAL AND CONDUCIVE TO THE TRANSFER AND EXPLOITATION OF TECHNOLOGY.+

ON IMPROVING INDUSTRIAL GROWTH, MR LAI SAID HE BELIEVED THE MASSIVE CAPITAL COMMITMENT WITH HIGH RISK AND LONG PAY BACK PERIOD THAT CAME WITH HIGH TECHNOLOGY VENTURES DID NOT SUIT HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS’ CRAVING FOR QUICK RETURNS AND PROFITS.

POINTING OUT THAT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO ASK AN AVERAGE FIRM TO TAKE UP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN ANY FIELD, HE SAID THE STRATEGY SHOULD BE TO UTILISE EXISTING ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES INSTEAD OF ALLOCATING RESOURCES TO RESEARCH INTO UNTRIED INNOVATIONS.

HE BELIEVED THAT TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER WOULD ENABLE LOCAL INDUSTRIES TO APPLY LATEST TECHNOLOGIES TO THEIR NEEDS AND SO IMPROVE THEIR VALUE-ADDED PERFORMANCE.

ONE WAY OF IMPROVING HONG KONG’S WELL ESTABLISHED, TRADITIONAL INDUSTRY WAS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE A FIELD FORCE, HE SUGGESTED.

+THE FIELD FORCE SHOULD COMPRISE EXPERIENCED INDUSTRIAL WORKERS WHO CAN RELATE TO THE DAILY RUNNING OF AN AVERAGE FACTORY AND THE PROBLEMS IT MAY ENCOUNTER,+ HE SAID.

THE FIELD FORCE COULD APPROACH FACTORIES AND FIND OUT AREAS IN WHICH IMPROVEMENT IN WORK PROCESSES WAS NEEDED AND OF WHICH THE FACTORY OWNERS OR MANAGERS MIGHT NOT BE AWARE OR KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH.

IT COULD ALSO PROMOTE THE SERVICES OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND OTHER INDUSTRY SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS.

THE TARGET OF THE FIELD FORCE SHOULD BE MEDIUM SIZE FACTORIES WHICH HAD THE WILLINGNESS AND RESOURCES TO UNDERTAKE IMPROVEMENTS BUT HAD NOT A SPECIAL DEPARTMENT FOR THE TASK.

/draw ma from

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DRAWING FROM EXPERIENCE IN DEVELOPING NATIONS IN THIS REGION, HE BELIEVED THAT THIS KIND OF INDUSTRY SUPPORT SYSTEM WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO INDUSTRY.

MR LAI SAID ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS ENHANCING THE COMPETITIVENESS OF INDUSTRY CONCERNED IMPROVEMENT OF DESIGN CAPABILITY AND THE QUALITY OF PERSONNEL.

IMPROVEMENT OF THE HUMAN FACTOR IN THE INDUSTRIAL EQUATION CALLED FOR CONSIDERABLE COMMITMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT, HE SAID.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A PERMANENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE WITH FUNDING FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATION FACILITIES SHOULD BE LOOKED INTO.

AS DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, MR LAI PRAISED THE COUNCIL FOR FACILITATING THE APPLICATION OF APPROPRIATE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES TO VARIOUS ENTERPRISES.

BUT HE SAID HE REGRETTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT AGREED TO UPGRADE THE TERMS OF SERVICES OF THE COUNCIL’S STAFF TO A LEVEL COMPARABLE TO THOSE OF OTHER SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS.

+WITHOUT ACTIVE ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE GOVERNMENT, THE COUNCIL WILL REMAIN ENTRENCHED IN STAFF DIFFICULTIES, WHICH WILL IN TURN AFFECT ITS FUTURE DEVELOPMENT,* HE SAID.

MR LAI CALLED ON INDUSTRIALISTS TO BE READY TO FACE PROTECTIONIST LEGISLATION OVERSEAS.

+DIVERSIFICATIONS IN MARKET AND PRODUCT SEEM TO BE ACTIVE MEASURES FOR RIDING OUT THE STORM,* HE SAID.

LASTLY, HE SAID VENTURE CAPITAL WOULD BE OF VALUABLE ASSISTANCE TO THE APPLICATION OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATIONS IN INDUSTRIAL ENDEAVOUR, AND CALLED ON THE FINANCIAL SECTOR TO GIVE THE CONCEPT A THOROUGH EXAMINATION.

+THE WELL-BEING OF OUR INDUSTRY IS A CONCERN OF EACH SECTOR OF OUR SOCIETY AND EVERY MEANS OF EFFECTING ITS PROGRESS AND REFORMATION MUST BE ATTEMPTED,* HE ADDED.

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GOVERNMENT MUST MAINTAIN INDUSTRIAL VITALITY X X X X X

REVENUES FROM INDUSTRIES WILL REMAIN HONG KONG’S MAJOR SOURCE OF INCOME AND IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAINTAIN THE VITALITY OF THESE INDUSTRIES, THE HON HO SAI-CHU SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY, MR HO SAID THAT ACCORDING TO THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY PRODUCTION COSTS IN HONG KONG HAD INCREASED BY 4.4 PER CENT DURING 1977-88 DUE TO THE INTRODUCTION OF VARIOUS ITEMS OF LABOUR LEGISLATION.

HE ENVISAGED THAT FURTHER INCREASES IN PRODUCTION COSTS WERE LIKELY FOLLOWING THE FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LEGISLATION.

MR HO SAID HE DID NOT OBJECT TO THE PROVISION OF ADEQUATE MEASURES TO SAFEGUARD WORKERS’ INTERESTS AND ALSO AGREED THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO PAY FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE NATURAL AND ECOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT.

HOWEVER, HE FEARED THAT THESE WOULD INEVITABLY INCREASE THE BURDEN BORNE BY THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR.

+IF THE GOVERNMENT IMPOSED ALL SORTS OF RESTRICTIONS WITHOUT CONCURRENTLY GIVING ACTIVE SUPPORT, HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES, ESPECIALLY THE SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED FACTORIES, WILL FACE MORE DIFFICULTIES,* HE SAID.

HE SAID IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO URGE ENTREPRENEURS TO MAKE FURTHER INVESTMENTS IF THEY FELT THAT THEIR PROFITS WERE AT STAKE.

+ WHEN THE DESIRE OF ENTREPRENEURS FOR INVESTMENT SUBSIDES AND PEOPLE ARE UNDEREMPLOYED, OUR PROSPERITY WILL BE HARD HIT AND ALL WELL-INTENTIONED IDEAS WILL TURN OUT TO BE DETRIMENTAL TO HONG KONG’S OVERALL INTEREST,* HE SAID.

MR HO SAID HE DISAGREED WITH SOME VIEWS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS INDIFFERENT TO THE NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR, SAYING THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD IN FACT PROVIDED VARIOUS BACK-UP SERVICES THROUGH THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL AND TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS.

HOWEVER, HE QUESTIONED WHETHER THESE EFFORTS WERE SUFFICIENT AND WHETHER THE OTHER MEASURES TAKEN WERE EFFECTIVE ENOUGH.

MR HO SAID THAT CURRENT RESEARCH STUDIES AND EXISTING SUPPORT FACILITIES RELATED MAINLY TO ESTABLISHED INDUSTRIES.

HE FELT THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT TAKING POSITIVE MEASURES TO INTRODUCE NEW INDUSTRIAL ITEMS AND TO EXPAND THE INDUSTRIAL BASE SO AS TO DEVELOP INDUSTRY.

/he pointed .......

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HE POINTED OUT THAT IF THE SITUATION DID NOT CHANGE, THE ECONOMY OF HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO DEPEND ON THE PERFORMANCE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH WOULD BE DETERMINED BY THE DEMANDS OF OVERSEAS MARKETS, MEANING THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONSTANTLY HAVE TO COMPETE FOR THESE MARKETS.

+HOWEVER, AS WE ALL KNOW, WE ARE GRADUALLY LOSING OUR ADVANTAGEOUS POSITION BOTH TO OUR COMPETITORS IN THE ASIAN REGION AND IN TERMS OF PRODUCTION COST, FOUNDATION FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE, LEADING HONG KONG TO AN INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT SITUATION,+ HE SAID.

MR HO SAID THAT NOW WAS THE TIME TO REVIEW EXISTING POLICY ON INDUSTRY.

HE FELT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ANNOUNCE WHAT MEASURES HAD BEEN TAKEN OVER THE YEARS AND APPRAISE THE EFFECTS OF THOSE MEASURES TO SEE WHETHER THEY WERE STILL APPLICABLE IN THE FUTURE.

IN ADDITION, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT NEW DEVELOPMENTS WHEN REVIEWING EXISTING POLICIES AND FORMULATING NEW ONES, HE ADDED.

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NEW INDUSTRIAL POLICIES ESSENTIAL * * * * *

NEW INDUSTRIAL POLICIES AND NEW SUPPORTING FACILITIES ARE INDISPENSABLE IF INDUSTRY IS TO CONTINUE TO DEVELOP, THE HON NGAI SHIU-KIT TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY, MR NGAI SAID THAT TECHNOLOGY INTENSIVE PRODUCTION, PRODUCT DIVERSIFICATION AND HIGHER QUALITY PRODUCTION WERE ESSENTIAL PHASES IN THE COURSE OF INDUSTRIAL GROWTH.

+IN ORDER THAT OUR INDUSTRY MIGHT BREAK THROUGH ITS PRESENT CONVENTIONAL STRUCTURE AND SUCCESSFULLY ADVANCE ON TO THIS IMPORTANT STAGE AT AN EARLY DATE, I CONSIDER THAT NEW INDUSTRIAL POLICIES AND SUPPORTING FACILITIES ARE JUST INDISPENSABLE,* HE SAID.

MR NGAI URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO SET UP AN INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE.

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HE SAID THE CENTRE COULD DEVISE A SYSTEMATIC WORKING PROGRAMME UNDER WHICH IT WOULD GIVE TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND ADVICE TO MANUFACTURERS IN PRODUCT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, DESIGN INNOVATION AS WELL AS IN THE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY.

AS MOST SMALL TO MEDIUM-SIZED FACTORIES WERE LIMITED BY THEIR SCALE OF OPERATION AND THE AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES, IT WAS NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PERFORM A CO-ORDINATING AND SUPPORTING ROLE TO HELP INDUSTRY MAKE A START AND ACHIEVE SYSTEMATIC AND STEADY PROGRESS IN PRODUCT RESEARCH AND DESIGN INNOVATION.

HE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD MAKE USE OF THIS CENTRE TO PROVIDE SYSTEMATIC AND SUBSTANTIVE SUPPORTING FACILITIES IN TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER.

MR NGAI ALSO SAID THAT CHINA’S OPEN ECONOMIC POLICY PROVIDED FAVOURABLE TERMS FOR CO-OPERATION WITH HONG KONG IN TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT.

+IN THE COURSE OF DEVELOPING TECHNOLOGY INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES, HONG KONG WILL LIKEWISE BE BENEFITTED IF IT SHOULD COME INTO CO-OPERATION WITH CHINA,+ HE SAID.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SHOULD LIAISE, THROUGH PROPER CHANNELS, WITH MAJOR TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTES IN CHINA IN ORDER TO ASSESS WHETHER THE AREAS COVERED BY THEIR RESEARCH PROJECTS WERE APPLICABLE TO HONG KONG INDUSTRY.

THE AUTHORITIES SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER, AFTER HAVING SET UP THE LIAISON NETWORK, FORMING DELEGATIONS BY INTERESTED MANUFACTURERS SO THAT THEY COULD CONDUCT FEASIBILITY STUDIES ON THE SPOT TO DECIDE IF THE NEW TECHNOLOGY COULD BE APPLIED LOCALLY.

MR NGAI SAID THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SHOULD GIVE POSITIVE GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT TO CHINESE-FUNDED ENTERPRISES, PARTICULARLY THOSE WORKING IN CO-OPERATION WITH LOCAL MANUFACTURERS, IN TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH.

+HONG KONG CAN AT THE SAME TIME ACT AS THE BASE FOR SI NO-HONG KONG JOINT VENTURE PROJECTS IN INTRODUCING FOREIGN ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY,+ HE ADDED.

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STRENGTHEN HI-TECH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT * * * * *

AN IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY STEP HONG KONG SHOULD TAKE IN ORDER TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE IN THE WORLD MARKET IS TO STRENGTHEN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN HIGH TECHNOLOGY, PROFESSOR THE HON POON CHUNG-KWONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY, PROF POON SAID AT PRESENT HONG KONG’S ROLE IN DEALING WITH HIGH TECHNOLOGY WAS THAT OF A +MATCHMAKER+, WHICH MEANT THAT HIGH TECHNOLOGY WAS IMPORTED FOR APPLICATION IN INDUSTRY.

+ONE OF THE DISADVANTAGES FROM WHICH HONG KONG SUFFERS BADLY BY APPLYING BORROWED TECHNOLOGY BLINDLY IS THE LACK OF FLEXIBILITY IN INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER, IF SUFFICIENT RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED PRIOR TO TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER, THE TECHNOLOGY COULD BE COMPREHENDED AND WOULD NO LONGER BE A MYSTERIOUS +BLACKBOX+.

HE SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT INTENDED TO DEVELOP LINKS WITH FOREIGN INDUSTRIAL ORGANISATIONS TO PROMOTE THE TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY ON A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL BASIS. ACTION IN THIS DIRECTION SHOULD BE EXPEDITED, HE ADDED.

THE MACHINERY SHOULD NOT ONLY PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE FRAMEWORK FOR THE TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY FROM VARIOUS SOURCES ABROAD, BUT SHOULD ALSO PROMOTE AND STRENGTHEN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG.

PROF POON SAID A CENTRAL BODY WAS REQUIRED TO CO-ORDINATE THE RELEVANT MARKET RESEARCH, TO IDENTIFY AREAS OF TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND LOCAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND TO ACT AS A CENTRAL FUNDING AGENCY TO ENSURE THAT THE RESEARCH WAS ADEQUATELY FUNDED AND PRIORITIES WERE PROPERLY ESTABLISHED.

HE NOTED THAT THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD HAD IN FACT BEEN FUNCTIONING AS SUCH A CENTRAL BODY.

+HOWEVER, I HOPE IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR THE BOARD TO CONDUCT MARKET RESEARCH MORE REGULARLY AND INTENSIFY ITS ACTIVITIES IN OTHER AREAS WHICH I HAVE JUST DESCRIBED,* HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAID HONG KONG SHOULD EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF CO-OPERATING WITH CHINA IN RESEARCH ON, AND MAKING THE BEST USE OF, HIGH TECHNOLOGY.

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♦THE VERSATILITY OF THE HONG KONG ENTREPRENEUR, THE ABUNDANT RESOURCES OF CHINA, AND THE COMMON GOAL OF USING ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY FOR ENSURING STEADY AND SUSTAINED INDUSTRIAL GROWTH, PROVIDE AVENUES FOR COLLABORATION WITH CHINA, WHICH SHOULD NOT ONLY BE MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL, BUT ALSO HELP IN LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS FOR FUTURE COLLABORATIVE DEVELOPMENTS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA, IN AND AFTER 1997,+ HE SAID.

PROF POON ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER SETTING UP TRAINING CENTRES TO TRAIN TECHNICIANS AND OTHER PERSONS TO COPE WITH THE INCREASE IN THE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN INDUSTRY.

+LOCAL TRAINING FACILITIES SHOULD BE SUPPLEMENTED BY OVERSEAS TRAINING COURSES SPONSORED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS NECESSARY, ESPECIALLY WHERE NEW TECHNOLOGY IS INVOLVED.* HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE GOVERNMENT’S NON-INTERVENTION POLICY HE SAID THE POLICY WAS JUSTIFIED ON MANY GROUNDS BUT NONINTERVENTION MUST NOT BE INTERPRETED IN A NEGATIVE SENSE.

+AN EXAMPLE OF GOVERNMENT PARTICIPATION COMPATIBLE WITH THE NON-INTERVENTION POLICY, IS, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE IN THIS COUNCIL, THE SETTING UP OF A STERILISATION PLANT WHICH, I BELIEVE, WOULD FACILITATE THE GROWTH OF A NUMBER OF INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

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THE STRENGTHENING OF LABOUR-MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION WAS THE KEY TO BETTER LABOUR RELATIONS THAT COULD ENHANCE LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY, THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG, MR TAM SAID ALTHOUGH GOOD LABOUR RELATIONS ALONE MIGHT NOT INCREASE LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY, BUT WITHOUT IT, LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY DEFINITELY COULD NOT BE IMPROVED, RATHER IT WOULD BE REDUCED.

+IF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES ARE NOT ON GOOD TERMS, EVEN THE PRESENCE OF NEW MACHINERY AND TECHNOLOGY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FUNCTION AS EFFECTIVELY AS THEY SHOULD.

/+THE MOMENTUM .......

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+THE MOMENTUM FOR IMPROVING LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY MUST BE INITIATED BY THE MANAGEMENT, BUT IF THIS MOMENTUM IS TO BE SUSTAINED, THE SUPPORT AND INVOLVEMENT OF EMPLOYEES IS REQUIRED -IN THIS RESPECT, HARMONIOUS LABOUR RELATIONS WITHIN AN ENTERPRISE WOULD BE A PREREQUISITE,* HE SAID.

MR TAM SAID HE BELIEVED THE MAJOR CAUSE OF THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN LABOUR AND MANAGEMENT WAS PERHAPS THAT SOME EMPLOYERS WERE STILL ADOPTING AN OUTDATED MANAGEMENT METHOD -RUNNING THEIR COMPANY IN A PATRIARCHAL STYLE, DECLINING TO HAVE DIRECT AND OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES, AND DISCOURAGING WORKERS FROM ORGANISING UNIONS.

♦SOME EMPLOYERS MAY EVEN REFUSE TO RECOGNISE THE STATUS OF UNIONS IN NEGOTIATIONS.

+THEY REGARD WELFARE BENEFITS FOR WORKERS AS A KIND OF PRIVILEGE RATHER THAN A RIGHT.

+YET THEY ARE HIGHLY FLEXIBLE IN THEIR MANAGEMENT APPROACH-THEY WOULD ONLY GUARANTEE WELFARE BENEFITS TO THEIR WORKERS BY WORD OF MOUTH AND FEW THINGS ARE WRITTEN DOWN IN CONTRACTS.

+INSTANCES LIKE THESE WILL CERTAINLY WORSEN LABOUR RELATIONS.

+ AS A RESULT, WORKERS CULTIVATE NO SENSE OF INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR WORK AND NO SENSE OF BELONGING TO THEIR COMPANY.

+LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY IS THUS INDIRECTLY AFFECTED AS WELL,* HE SAID.

MR TAM SAID THAT IN LINE WITH THEIR RISING LEVEL OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS, WORKERS IN HONG KONG CHERISHED GREATER EXPECTATIONS IN LIFE AND BECAME MORE READY TO COME FORWARD TO DEFEND THEIR OWN RIGHTS.

MOREOVER, WITH A LIBERAL POLITICAL SYSTEM, HONG KONG’S SOCIETY WAS ATTACHING GREATER IMPORTANCE TO DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE.

HE SAID THAT MODERN MANAGEMENT SHOULD THEREFORE LAY MORE EMPHASIS ON BILATERAL LABOUR-MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION AND TAKE THE ROLE OF UNIONS MORE SERIOUSLY IN SUCH COMMUNICATION.

MR TAM SAID HE FELT THAT THE STRENGTHENING OF THE SENSE OF BELONGING AND INVOLVEMENT AMONG WORKERS REQUIRED LESS RESOURCES THAN IMPROVEMENT MEASURES ON THE TECHNICAL AND MANPOWER.

+BY GETTING BIG RETURNS WITH A SMALL INVESTMENT, IT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING WORTH GOING AHEAD WITH,* MR TAM SAID.

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EARLIER, MR TAM ALSO EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID WF SHOULD NOT FOCUS ALL OUR ATTENTION ON PROTECTIONISM AS WE COULD STILL DEAL WITH IT BY EXPLORING NEW MARKETS OR DIVERSIFYING OUR PRODUCTS.

BUT IF OUR PRODUCTS THEMSELVES WERE SHORT OF COMPETITIVENESS, THE PROBLEM WOULD BE MORE DIFFICULT TO SOLVE.

MR TAM POINTED OUT THAT WE SHOULD NOT MERELY THINK OF REDUCING LABOUR FXPENSE.

+ WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT IS TO FIND OUT HOW TO INCREASE PRODUCTION WITH THE SAME INPUT,I.E. HOW TO ENHANCE HONG KONG’S LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY.

+THIS WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS ALIKE,* HE SAID.

THE GROWTH RATE OF HONG KONG’S LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY WAS SLOWER THAN THAT IN OTHER ASIAN COUNTRIES AND REGIONS, MR TAM SAID, ADDING THAT HE BELIEVED THE CAUSES INCLUDED INSUFFICIENT INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENTS, THE SHORTAGE OF TRAINING AND RESEARCH FACILITIES, THE DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY BEING NOT QUICK ENOUGH, THE DESIGN AND QUALITY OF PRODUCTS STILL REQUIRING IMPROVEMENT AMD THE LACK OF POSITIVE PROMOTION OF INDUSTRY BY THE GOVERNMENT.

SINCE HONG KONG WAS SHORT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ITS ECONOMY WAS BASED ON EXPORTS, MR TAM SAID HE FIRMLY BELIEVED THAT THE BEST WAY OF IMPROVING LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY WAS TO RAISE THE WAGES OF EMPLOYEES WITHOUT AFFECTING THE INCOME OF EMPLOYERS.

+THE IMPROVEMENT OF LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY COULD BE ATTAINED THROUGH DIFFERENT EFFORTS, FOR EXAMPLE, ON THE TECHNICAL SIDE, BY MEANS OF ENHANCING THE DEGREE OF AUTOMATION- INCREASING THE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY-INTENSIVE PRODUCTION METHODS' SPEEDING IIP TECHNOLOGY TRANSFERS AND APPLICATION AND REINFORCING PRODUCT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.

+ON THE MANPOWER SIDE VOCATIONAL AND ON-THE-JOB TRAINING COULD BE ENHANCED TO PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION AND TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF WORKERS,* HE SAID.

HE ADMITTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD MADE CERTAIN PROGRESS IN THESE ASPECTS BUT THERE WAS STILL MUCH ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT AND BETTERMENT OF LABOUR RELATION WAS ONE OF THE AREAS WE SHOULD LOOK INTO.

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CARPARK CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS UNDER SCRUTINY * * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS, IS EXAMINING THE NEED FOR LEGISLATIVE CONTROLS ON VENTILATION IN UNDERGROUND CARPARKS, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO THE QUESTION BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT NO REGULAR MONITORING OF CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS IN UNDERGROUND CARPARKS WAS UNDERTAKEN AT PRESENT.

HE SAID RELIANCE HAD BEEN PLACED ON THE SELF-REGULATION OF BUILDING DEVELOPERS TO INCORPORATE ADEQUATE VENTILATION SYSTEMS IN ENCLOSED CARPARKS. GUIDELINES TO THIS EFFECT WERE ISSUED BY PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE CHARTERED INSTITUTION OF BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERS (CIBS).

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT A STUDY OF CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS IN TWO UNDERGROUND CARPARKS HAD BEEN RECENTLY UNDERTAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MEDICINE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

THE CONCLUSION WAS THAT WHILE THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE HEALTH HAZARDS TO THE PUBLIC USING THE CARPARKS, THE ATTENDANTS AND SECURITY GUARDS MIGHT BE EXPOSED TO A POTENTIAL HAZARD.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WOULD UNDERTAKE PERIODIC MONITORING OF CARDON MONOXIDE LEVELS IN ENCLOSED CARPARKS. HE ADDED.

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WHILE THE ALTERNATE SATURDAY-OFF SYSTEM MAINLY APPLIED TO OFFICE STAFF, OFFICES WHICH MAINLY PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC FOR WHICH THERE WAS A CONSTANTLY HEAVY DEMAND WERE MANNED AT FULL STRENGTH ON SATURDAYS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

J

IN HIS REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON KIM CHAM, MR FORD SAID THAT IN THE CIVIL SERVICE, HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS OR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAD THE AUTHORITY TO DECIDE WHETHER TO ADOPT THE ALTERNATE SATURDAY-OFF SYSTEM IN RESPECT OF ANY OR ALL OF THEIR STAFF.

HE STRESSED, HOWEVER, THAT IN CONSIDERING THE INTRODUCTION OF SUCH A SYSTEM, THE HEADS MUST ENSURE THAT THE EFFICIENCY OF THEIR ORGANISATIONS WAS NOT ADVERSELY AFFECTED; THE HOURS OF WORK OF THE STAFF INVOLVED, AS STIPULATED IN THEIR CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT, WERE NOT REDUCED; AND THAT SERVICES TO THF PUBLIC IVE RE NOT IMPAIRED.

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ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF FUEL ASH BEING ASSESSED

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nr T1.^ COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL

JHE PULVERISED FUEL ASH (PFA) ON LAGOONS AT TSANG TSUI UNDERTAKEN, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

EFFECTS HAS BEEN JOHN

Plln T0 A QUESTION BY THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH, MR CHAMBERS

SAID THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY LIMITED HAD MADE CLEAR STATEMENTS ON THIS IN VARIOUS PRESENTATIONS. PARTICULARLY AT TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS IN MAY, JUNE AND NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

+OF PARTICULAR CONCERN HAS BEEN THE NEED TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF LOCAL RESIDENTS FROM THE POSSIBLE EFFECTS OF AERIAL EMISSIONS OF PFA DUST AND LIQUID EMISSIONS (OR LEACHATE) TOGETHER WITH THE SAFEGUARDING OF LOCAL MARICULTURE AND WILDLIFE,+ HE SAID.

ON THE CONTROL OF AERIAL EMISSIONS OF PFA DUST, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WOULD BE ADOPTED:

* THE DELIVERY OF PFA IN SLURRY FORM MIXED WITH SEAWATERj

* MINIMISING THE AREA OF PFA EXPOSED TO THE WINDj

* THE PROVISION OF PERMANENT FIXED WATER SPRAYING EQUIPMENT WITH A MOBILE BACK-UP SYSTEM j

* THE CONTINUOUS SKIMMING OF THE LAGOON j AND

* THE COVERING OF DRY PFA BY INERT MATERIAL AND SUBSEQUENT HYDROSEEDING.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT AIR QUALITY IN THE VICINITY WOULD BE CONTINUOUSLY MONITORED BY THREE SEPARATE MONITORING STATIONS TO ENSURE THAT WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION STANDARDS WERE NOT EXCEEDED.

ON THE CONTROL OF LIQUID EMISSIONS, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE LAGOONS WOULD BE LINED WITH AN IMPERMEABLE MEMBRANE AND THE LEACHATE WOULD BE PUMPED FROM THE LAGOONS BACK TO THE CASTLE PEAK POWER STATION TO PREVENT ANY OF THEM FROM ENTERING DEEP BAY.

+AS A CHECK ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE MEASURES, SEVEN MONITORING STATIONS ARE ALREADY OPERATING AND WILL CONTINUE IN OPERATION THROUGHOUT THE LIFE OF THE LAGOONS.+

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MR CHAMBERS SAID THERE WERE NUMEROUS REPORTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS COVERING VARIOUS ASPECTS OF CHINA LIGHT AND POWER’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE PFA LAGOONS. TO PRESENT A FULL PICTURE IT WOULD BE NECESSARY TO STUDY AT LEAST 11 DETAILED DOCUMENTS, REPRESENTING A VAST AMOUNT OF MATERIAL.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HAD PRODUCED A SUMMARY REPORT WHICH CONTAINED THE MAIN FINDINGS OF THE STUDY AND WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON REQUEST.

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DECLINE OF SOUTH CHINA PINES NOT TRAGIC

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THE IMMINENT DECLINE OF THE SOUTH CHINA PINE FROM A SPECIES OF WOOD WORM MIGHT NOT BE AN ENTIRELY TRAGIC EVENT AS IT COULD GIVE WAY TO VEGETATION GROWTH THAT WOULD BE MORE RESISTANT TO FIRE AND PESTS, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP, MR LIAO SAIDs +SOME ONE-MILLION SOUTH CHINA PINES, REPRESENTING ABOUT 70 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL STOCK OF THIS SPECIES IN HONG KONG, HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE PINT-WILT NEMATODE SINCE ITS DISCOVERY IN THE LATE 1970’S+.

HE NOTED THAT ABOUT ONE THIRD OF THE AFFECTED TREES HAVE DIED AND THE REMAINDER WOULD PROBABLY DIE IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

+S0 FAR, NO EFFECTIVE CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL METHOD OF CONTROLLING THIS PEST HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED, EITHER IN HONG KONG OR ELSEWHERE.

+THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN TRYING TO LIMIT OR DELAY THE SPREAD OF THE PEST BY CUTTING DOWN AND BURNING THE AFFECTED TREES,+ HE SAID.

MR LIAO SAID TENS OF THOUSANDS OF TREES HAD BEEN DEALT WITH THIS WAY SINCE 1980.

+THE GRADUAL DECLINE OF THE SOUTH CHINA PINE, WHICH WAS PLANTED AS A PIONEER SPECIES IN THE 1950’S, IS NOT AN ENTIRELY UNWELCOME EVENT SINCE IT WILL HAVE THE EFFECT OF OPENING UP THE FOREST CANOPY AND ENCOURAGING THE GROWTH OF NATIVE BROAD-LEAVED TREES AND SHRUBS,+ HE SAID.

+THE ENSUING MIXED BROAD-LEAVED VEGETATION WILL BE MORE RESISTANT TO FIRE AND PEST THAN THE SOUTH CHINA PI NE,+ HE ADDED.

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COLLAPSE HIGHLIGHTS HAZARDS OF * * * *

UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES *

THE TRAGIC ACCIDENT AT KWAI CHUNG ON CHRISTMAS DAY, WHEN A CONCRETE CANOPY OF A BUILDING COLLAPSED KILLING ONE PERSON AND INJURING SEVERAL OTHERS, POINTED TO THE HAZARDS THAT CAN BE CAUSED BY UNAUTHORISED STRUCTURES AND THU NEED FOR CONTINUING EFFORTS TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY),

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN, MR BARNES SAID THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE (BOO) ESTABLISHED A NEW DIVISION IN 1984 TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

IT WAS THEN ESTIMATED THAT THERE WERE PROBABLY MORE THAN 25 OOO REPORTED OR KNOWN CASES REQUIRING ATTENTION.

IN VIEW OF THE MAGNITUDE OF THE TASK A SELECTIVE APPROACH WAS ADOPTED AND THE PRESENT OPERATIONAL POLICIES MAY BE SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS:

X PRIORITY FOR INVESTIGATION AND ENFORCEMENT WAS GIVEN TO ALL KNOWN CASES WHERE THERE APPEARED TO BE AN IMMINENT DANGER TO LIFE AND LIMB ,

M ALL COMPLAINTS RELATING TO NEW UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS WERE ALSO INVESTIGATED,

* ALL NEW BUILDINGS WERE PATROLLED REGULARLY AND ENFORCEMENT ACTION TAKEN AGAINST ANY UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS, AND

X THE DANGERS POSED BY UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS WERE PUBLICISED THROUGH ADVISORY POSTERS AND PAMPHLETS, BY TELEVISION AND RADIO BROADCASTS, AND BY DISCUSSIONS AT PUBLIC MEETINGS AND SEMINARS.

+A LOT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED SINCE 1984, BUT CLEARLY WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO IN WHAT IS VERY MUCH AN UPHILL TASK,+ MR BARNES SAID.

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE BETTER AND QUICKER RESULTS, THE LANDS AND BUILDINGS ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAD RECENTLY ENDORSED A PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS FOR CHANGES IN LEGISLATION, POLICY AND ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES.

BRIEFLY, THESE CHANGES INCLUDED A REVISION OF PRIORITIES TO CONCENTRATE RESOURCES AND ENFORCEMENT ACTION ON DANGEROUS AND SIGNIFICANT NEW UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS, AMENDMENT OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE TO EMPOWER THE BOO IN APPROPRIATE CASES TO DEMOLISH IMMEDIATELY UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS, AND THE PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL STAFF TO UNDERTAKE DEMOLITION.

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+WE SHALL VERY SHORTLY BE PROPOSALS.

+l BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL EFFECTIVELY WITH THE PROBLEM,*

CONSULTING DISTRICT BOARDS ON THESE

ENABLE GOVERNMENT TO DEAL SOME MORE HE SAID.

+l SHOULD LIKE TO EMPHASISE IN CONCLUSION THAT OUR FOREMOST CONCERN IN DEALING WITH UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS HAS ALWAYS BE THE REMOVAL OF ANY IMMINENT DANGER

BEEN AND MUST CONTINUE TO TO THE PUBLIC,* HE SAID.

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EFFECTIVE MEASURES

TAKEN TO PREVENT SQUATTER FIRES

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GOVERNMENT EFFORTS TO PREVENT SQUATTER FIRES HAVE BEEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AS SHOWN BY THE MARKED REDUCTION IN BOTH THE NUMBER OF LARGE-SCALE FIRES AND THE FIRE VICTIMS INVOLVED, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, MR LIAO SAID THE MEASURES INCLUDE FIRE WATCH TEAMS, PUBLICITY PROGRAMMES, CONTROL OF ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY AND THE SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME.

EVALUATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF CURRENT FIRE PREVENTION MEASURES WAS BEING ACHIEVED THROUGH THE CONTINUOUS EFFORT OF DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED INCLUDING FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

+TO DATE, 187 FIRE WATCH TEAMS OF LOCAL VOLUNTEERS HAVE BEEN FORMED IN ALL MAJOR SQUATTER AREAS IN CONJUNCTION WITH DISTRICT BOARDS.

+THEIR PRIMARY ROLE IS TO INCREASE AWARENESS AMONG RESIDENTS, PROMOTE BETTER FIRE PRECAUTION MEASURES AND TO RAISE FIRE ALARMS ON DETECTION OF A FIRE,* MR LIAO SAID.

HE SAID THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT MADE 1 213 VISITS TO SQUATTER AREAS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY AS PART OF ITS REGULAR PROGRAMME OF PUBLICISING FIRE PREVENTION METHODS.

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+THE DEPARTMENT ALSO CONDUCTED SEVEN LARGE-SCALE OPERATIONAL EXERCISES IN SELECTED SQUATTER AREAS TO FAMILIARISE ITS STAFF WITH FIRE-FIGHTING IN SQUATTER SETTLEMENTS, AND DISTRICT FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGNS ARE ALSO CONDUCTED REGULARLY IN EVERY DISTRICT,+ HE ADDED.

MR LIAO EXPLAINED THAT THE PROBLEM OF ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY WAS BEING TACKLED ON TWO FRONTS, WITH THE AUTHORITIES STEPPING UP ENFORCEMENT ACTION.

+ON THE EDUCATION FRONT, THE AUTHORITIES AND THE DISTRICT BOARDS CONCERNED HAVE INTENSIFIED THEIR EFFORTS TO EDUCATE RESIDENTS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF TAPPING ELECTRICITY ILLEGALLY AND ADVISE THEM TO APPLY FOR A LEGAL CONNECTION,+ HE SAID.

+ AS A RESULT OF THESE EFFORTS, THIS PROBLEM IS NOW GRADUALLY BEING CONTROLLED. IN 1986, A TOTAL OF 278 PERSONS INVOLVED IN ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY WERE ARRESTED.

+THIS COMPARES FAVOURABLY WITH THE 573 PERSONS PROSECUTED FOR THE SAME OFFENCE IN 1985,+ HE SAID.

MR LIAO NOTED THAT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S FIVE-YEAR SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME WHICH STARTED IN 1983 HAD PROVIDED A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF FIRE PREVENTION FACILITIES SUCH AS FIRE BREAKS AND FIRE HYDRANTS IN MAJOR URBAN SQUATTER SETTLEMENTS.

+ALTHOUGH THE PROGRAMME INITIALLY COVERS ONLY SQUATTER AREAS IN THE URBAN AREA AND TSUEN WAN, A NUMBER OF PILOT PROJECTS HAVE ALSO BEEN CONSTRUCTED IN THE RURAL SQUATTER AREAS.

+THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS AT PRESENT CONDUCTING A REVIEW TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE PROGRAMME SHOULD BE CONTINUED AND EXPANDED TO COVER SMALLER SQUATTER AREAS AND THOSE IN THE RURAL AREAS,+ MR LIAO ADDED.

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EMPLOYERS NOT AVOIDING MATERNITY LEAVE LIABILITY X X X * *

ANALYSIS OF COMPLAINTS DEALT WITH BY THE LABOUR dfpartmfnt OPERATION OF THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE WHICH £?? eSc£ TLEUAVE T0 ^SeN^YEeTSd T”

I 1iRi! 0F THE LEGISLATION by employers to AVOID

BRIDCF TOI EDUCAT,0N AND MANPOWER, THE

BRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

HON RON

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI MR RRinrr M^SUHDERSTAHdTnG O™™e'pJovi™JNAsUNG 129 1966' iR°SE F8°"

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HE POINTED OUT THAT THE LEGISLATION HAD BEEN REVIEWED FOUR TIMES SINCE IT CAME INTO EFFECT IN JUNE 1981.

THE FIRST OF THESE REVIEWS, MADE IN MAY 1982, CONCLUDED +THAT THE PROVISIONS WERE ACHIEVING THEIR OBJECTIVE, SUBJECT TO SOME MINOR AMENDMENTS TO REMOVE AMBIGUITIES CONCERNING CALCULATION OF MATERNITY LEAVE AND ENTITLEMENT TO STATUTORY HOLIDAY PAY DURING SUCH LEAVE+.

THESE AMENDMENTS WERE ENDORSED BY THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD AND WERE ENACTED IN JULY 1984.

+THE LEGISLATION WAS AGAIN REVIEWED IN 1983 AND 1985, AND THE MOST RECENT REVIEW WAS COMPLETED AT THE END OF 1986,+ MR BRIDGE SAID.

+THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS LAST REVIEW WAS TO CONSIDER WHETHER ADDITIONAL PROTECTION WAS NECESSARY AGAINST TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT DURING THE EARLY STAGES OF PREGNANCY AND WHETHER THERE SHOULD BE PROVISION FOR EARLIER RESUMPTION OF WORK AFTER CONFINEMENT IF THE EMPLOYEE HERSELF SO WISHES.

+THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL NOW CONSULT THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD ON PROPOSALS IN BOTH THESE AREAS.+

THE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO REVIEW THIS LEGISLATION FROM TIME TO TIME, HE SAID.

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DEATH AT GAS PLANT BEING INVESTIGATED * * * * *

THE DEATH OF A TECHNICAL OFFICER AT A GAS COMPANY’S WORK SITE IN TAI PO IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON RON BRIDGE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN, MR BRIDGE SAID A REPORT BY TWO INSPECTORS FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CORONER’S OFFICE SHORTLY AND IT WAS LIKELY THAT AN INQUEST WOULD BE HELD. THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE INCIDENT WERE AT PRESENT UNCLEAR, HE ADDED.

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MR BRIDGE SAID THE TWO OFFICERS FROM THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE ARRIVED ON THE SCENE WITHIN AN HOUR OF RECEIVING A REPORT OF THE INCIDENT AND HAD BEGUN A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION.

THE MAN WAS FOUND DEAD IN A NEUTRALISING TANK CONTAINING CORROSIVE LIQUIDS. MR BRIDGE SAID THE TANK WAS BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN HONG KONG.

+THE OPENING OF THE TANK WAS ALREADY WELL PROTECTED BY A RAISED WALL, RAILINGS AND TOE-BOARDS OF ADEQUATE HEIGHT AND COMPLIED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF REGULATION 24 OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS REGULATIONS,+ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, ON THE INSPECTORS’ ADVICE, THE GAS COMPANY HAD SEALED OFF THE OPENING WITH WOODEN PLANKS. THE COMPANY HAD ALSO BEEN ADVISED TO PLACE ADDITIONAL EMPHASIS ON SAFETY IN ITS IN-HOUSE TRAINING COURSES.

+IF AN INQUEST IS HELD, ANY SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS WHICH THE CORONER MAY MAKE WILL BE ENERGETICALLY FOLLOWED UP,+ MR BRIDGE ADDED.

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THE ESTIMATED COST OF PROVIDING NEW ROADS IN THE NEXT FEW VEARS IS IN THE ORDER OF $2 BILLION PER ANNUM, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON DAVID LAN, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PETER POON, MR LAN SAID THE OVERALL TRAFFIC GROWTH IN THE TERRITORY OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 5 PER CENT PER ANNUM, WITH HIGHER GROWTH RATE FORECAST FOR GOODS VEHICLE TRIPS AND LOWER GROWTH FOR PRIVATE VEHICLE TRIPS.

+TO COPE WITH THIS AND ANTICIPATED TRAFFIC GROWTH BEYOND THE KEXT FIVE YEARS, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NUMBER OF MAJOR HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS HAS EITHER STARTED OR IS AT THE DETAILED PLANNING STAGE,+ MR LAN SAID.

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+THESE INCLUDE, ROUTE 5 FROM SHA TIN TO TSUEN WAN, THE COMPLETION OF THE N.T. CIRCULAR ROAD IN THE WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, THE REMAINING SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER IMPROVEMENT, CONNAUGHT ROAD UPGRADING AND DUALLING, AND TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL.+

HE ADDED THAT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES WOULD ALSO BE EXPANDED TO MEET THE GROWTH IN TRAVEL DEMAND.

+FIVE-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES ARE PREPARED BY EACH TRANSPORT OPERATOR EACH YEAR,* HE SAID.

+THE OPERATOR WITH THE LARGEST EXPANSION PLANS IS THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY, WHICH IS PLANNING TO EXPAND ITS FLEET AT A RATE CF ABOUT 200 BUSES PER YEAR OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

+ALSO WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, THE MTR WILL BEGIN OPERATING SERVICES THROUGH THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING AND KCRC WILL BEGIN OPERATING THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM IN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG,+ HE ADDED.

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CODE OF PRACTICE ON IVF BEING DRAWN UP * * * *

AN AD HOC COMMITTEE SET UP TO EXAMINE THE MEDICAL ASPECTS OF IN-VITRO FERTILISATION (IVF) RECOMMENDED THAT A CODE OF PRACTICE SHOULD BE ISSUED AS A GUIDE FOR BOTH CLINICAL PRACTICE AND RESEARCH ON IVF BY ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS, CLINICS AND PRIVATE

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD SET UP THE AD HOC COMMITTEE IN JANUARY LAST YEAR TO EXAMINE THE MEDICAL ASPECTS OF IVF AND TO IDENTIFY THE RELATED SOCIAL, ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES. tuat TH^n2?M^ITTEE HAD RECENTLY COMPLETED ITS STUDY AND RECOMMENDED THAT A CODE OF PRACTICE SHOULD BE ISSUED IN ADDITION TO EXISTING LEGISLATION REGARDING HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL CLINICS

/the code OF ...a*.

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THE CODE OF PRACTICE WOULD INCLUDE PROVISIONS FOR PERIODIC INSPECTION AND THE SUBMISSION OF STATISTICS TO THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT. IT WOULD ALSO SET STANDARDS ON CLINICAL PRACTICE AND RESEARCH, AS WELL AS ON HOW IVF LABORATORIES SHOULD BE EQUIPPED.

+CONSULTATION IS NOW BEING CARRIED OUT ON A DRAFT CODE OF PRACTICE WHICH SHOULD BE READY FOR ISSUE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS,+ HE SAID. +THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE CLINICAL AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH IVF.+

MR CHAMBERS EXPLAINED THAT IVF AND ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION REPRESENTED TWO TECHNOLOGIES DESIGNED TO HELP COUPLES WHO, FOR A VARIETY OF MEDICAL REASONS, COULD NOT HAVE CHILDREN THROUGH THE NATURAL PROCESS OF HUMAN CONCEPTION.

ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION, INCLUDING THE INSEMINATION OF SPERM FROM DONORS, WAS INTRODUCED BY THE FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION IN 1981. SO FAR IT HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN A TOTAL OF 107 CASES. THE PROGRAMME HAD BEEN RUNNING SMOOTHLY AND THERE WERE NO PLANS TO IMPOSE CONTROL THROUGH LEGISLATION.

IN-VITRO FERTILISATION, WHICH WAS A NEWER TECHNIQUE, WAS BEING CARRIED OUT ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS BY THE TWO UNIVERSITIES AND IN ONE PRIVATE HOSPITAL. A BABY CONCEIVED BY THE USE OF IVF TECHNIQUES WAS SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERED RECENTLY.

CONCERNING RELATED SOCIAL, ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES, MR CHAMBERS SAID EXPERIENCE IN OVERSEAS COUNTRIES INDICATED THAT COMPLEX QUESTIONS RELATING TO TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL OF EMBRYOS AND THE POSITION OF SURROGATE MOTHERS MIGHT ARISE.

HOWEVER, IT WAS TOO EARLY TO SAY WHETHER THE SAME PROBLEMS WOULD ARISE IN HONG KONG BECAUSE THE CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS AND FAMILY CONCEPTS WERE SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT.

MR CHAMBERS STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION CLOSELY AND TAKE ANY NECESSARY ACTION, INCLUDING THE INTRODUCTION OF LEGISLATION IF THIS APPEARED TO BE REQUIRED.

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ORDINANCE ADEQUATE TO MEET TOWN PLANNING CONTROLS * * * * *

THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE HAS ON THE WHOLE PROVED ADEQUATE, TOGETHER WITH OTHER STATUTORY AND ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROLS, TO MEET THE NEED FOR PLANNING CONTROLS IN HONG KONG, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON POON CHI-FAI, MR BARNES SAID GOVERNMENT WAS STILL CONSIDERING WHETHER TO EXTEND STATUTORY PLANNING CONTROL TO RURAL AREAS, WHICH HAD BEEN AFFECTED BY HAPHAZARD DEVELOPMENT IN THE PAST.

HE SAID HE HOPED THAT A DECISION COULD BE MADE SHORTLY AFTER FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WITH INTERESTED PARTIES.

+IT IS ALSO CONSIDERING A NUMBER OF MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE BASED ON SUGGESTIONS MADE BY THE HONG KONG INSTITUTE OF PLANNERS AND OTHERS,* HE ADDED.

THE ORDINANCE WAS UNDER CONSTANT REVIEW BY A WORKING GROUP OF THE LAND AND BUILDING ADVISORY COMMITTEE, + BUT AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF AN INTENSELY DYNAMIC DEVELOPMENT SCENE, AND CONSIDERABLE MANOEUVRE IN OUR LEASEHOLD AND ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR CONTROLS, I DOUBT WHETHER MORE COMPREHENSIVE STATUTORY CONTROLS WOULD BE BENEFICIAL AT PRESENT,* MR BARNES SAID.

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PROBLEM TRAFFIC SITES IDENTIFIED FOR PRIORITY INVESTIGATION

31 X X X X X X

AMONG VARIOUS STEPS TAKEN TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT TRAFFIC +PROBLEM SPOTS*, A RANGE OF SITES WITH HIGH ACCIDENT RATES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AND RANKED IN ORDER OF PRIORITY FOR INVESTIGATION BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO THE QUESTION BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI, MR LAN CLASSIFIED THESE PRIORITY SITES AS THOSE +WHICH HAVE, IN A 12-MONTH PERIOD, AT LEAST (A) SIX PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS} (B) 12 ACCIDENTS OF ANY CATEGORY I OR (c) NINE ACCIDENTS, OF WHICH AT LEAST 50 PER CENT ARE CLASSIFIED AS INVOLVING FATAL OR SERIOUS INJURY*.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE CRITERIA WERE FREQUENTLY REVIEWED AND WERE ADJUSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ACCIDENT SITUATION AND STAFF RESOURCES AVAILABLE.

/+A DECREE

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+ A DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY IS MAINTAINED SO THAT LOCATIONS WHICH HAVE ATTRACTED SPECIAL INTEREST ARE ALSO INCLUDED FOR INVESTIGATION,+ HE ADDED.

MR LAN SAID THAT WITH THE INCREASING INVOLVEMENT OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS IN TRAFFIC MATTERS, THERE HAD BEEN AN INCREASE IN REQUESTS FROM DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS FOR SPECIAL INVESTIGATION OF LOCATION WHICH WERE BELIEVED TO BE HAZARDOUS TO ROAD USERS.

IN ADDITION, WHEN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT A SITE WITH A LOW ACCIDENT RECORD, AN IMMEDIATE PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION WAS CARRIED OUT AND REMEDIAL ACTION WAS TAKEN IF NECESSARY.

REFERRING TO REMEDIAL MEASURES FOR TRAFFIC +PROBLEM SPOTS*, MR LAN SAID THEY WERE FORMULATED ON THE BASIS OF A WELL-DEFINED ACCIDENT PATTERN, FOR WHICH APPROPRIATE IMPROVEMENTS COULD BE IDENTIFIED.

HE SAID STANDARD ACCIDENT REDUCTION MEASURES, SUCH AS APPLICATION OF SKID-RESISTANT MATERIALS TO THE ROAD SURFACE IN WET WEATHER, WERE IMPLEMENTED ON A TERRITORY-WIDE BASIS.

ON ROAD DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION, HE SAID THE SPECIFICATION OF AND ADHERENCE TO A HIGH DESIGN OF STANDARD SHOULD IN LONGER TERM REDUCE THE NUMBER OF +PROBLEM SPOTS*.

AS REGARDS EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY, HE SAID THAT PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS ON THEMES DERIVED FROM ACCIDENT ANALYSIS WERE ORGANISED EACH YEAR TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF ROAD SAFETY AND THE CORRECT WAY OF USING ROADS.

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SUPERVISION RATIO FOR CASEWORKERS SATISFACTORY X X X * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS SATISFIED WITH THE EXISTING RATIO OF CASEWORK SUPERVISOR TO CASEWORKERS IN THE DEPARTMENT’S FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE DEPARTMENT WOULD, HOWEVER, CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE WORKLOAD WHICH AVERAGED 99 CASES PER WORKER.

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HE SAID THAT AT PRESENT THE SUPERVISORY RATIO WAS ONE SUPERVISOR TO 10 SOCIAL WORKERS IN FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES.

CHILD ABUSE CASES WERE HANDLED BOTH BY FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES AND BY THE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICE UNIT (CPSU), A SPECIAL UNIT SET UP TO DEAL WITH THE MORE SERIOUS ABUSE CASES.

HE SAID THAT IN THE CPSU THE AVERAGE CASELOAD PER CASEWORKER AT THE END OF DECEMBER LAST YEAR WAS 48.2. WITH THE ADDITION OF ONE SOCIAL WORKER TO THE UNIT EARLY THIS YEAR, THE AVERAGE CASELOAD HAD BEEN IMPROVED TO 40.

MR CHAMBERS ADDED THAT IN VIEW OF THE COMPLICATED NATURE OF CHILD ABUSE CASES, THE MANNING RATIO OF THE CPSU WAS BEING REVIEWED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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$400 MILLION TO INTRODUCE SEPARATE TAXATION * * * * *

THE PRESENT ESTIMATED COST OF INTRODUCING A SCHEME OF SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES WOULD BE AT LEAST $400 MILLION IN THE YEAR OF IMPLEMENTATION AND IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS THEREAFTER. THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON RITA FAN, MR JACOBS SAID THAT IN ADDITION THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT’S ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS WOULD INCREASE BY SOME $17 MILLION PER ANNUM BECAUSE OF THE INCREASED NUMBER OF FILES RESULTING FROM A SCHEME OF SEPARATE TAXATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE FORMER FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAD ESTIMATED IN 1983 THAT THE COST OF INTRODUCING A SCHEME OF SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED COUPLES WOULD BE $285 MILLION IN THE YEAR OF IMPLEMENTATION, AND AROUND $180 MILLION IN A FULL YEAR.

+ THE INCREASE TO $400 Mil LION ARISES BECAUSE OF INFLATION AND ADJUSTMENTS TO TAX THRESHvuDS SINCE THEN,+ MR JACOBS SAID.

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+ THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND FULL YEAR COSTS GIVEN IN lq83 AROSE BECAUSE, AT THAT TIME, ADJUSTMENTS TO TAX THRESHOLDS APPLIED NOT ONLY TO THE FORTHCOMING FISCAL YEAR, BUT ALSO TO FINAL TAX LIABILITIES FOR THE THEN CURRENT YEAR.

+IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT SINCE 1985 SUCH ADJUSTMENTS HAVE APPLIED ONLY TO THE FORTHCOMING FISCAL YEAR, THERE WOULD NOW BE NO REVENUE LOSS DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND FULL YEAR COSTS,+ HE ADDED.

THA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO USE WELFARE SERVICES * * * * *

IN VIEW OF THE TRANSIENT NATURE OF TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA (THA’S) AND THE RELATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF RESIDENTS, IT IS NOT POLICY TO PROVIDE WELFARE SERVICES SPECIFICALLY TO CATER FOR THESE AREAS, FH': SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ROSANNA TAM, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE PROVISION OF WELFARE'SERVICES WAS PLANNED ON A TERRITORY-WIDE BASIS, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT POPULATION AND GEOGRAPHICAL FACTORS.

HOWEVER, THA RESIDENTS WERE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE USE OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED WELFARE AGENCIES IN THE VICINITY, HE SAID.

+IN CASES WHERE A THA IS ISOLATED AND WELFARE FACILITIES ARE NOT READILY AVAILABLE, THE NEED FOR SUCH SERVICES IS CONSIDERED AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT FACTORS SUCH AS THE LOCATION, SIZE OF POPULATION AND LENGTH OF TENURE OF THE THA AND NEIGHBOURHOOD-LEVEL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ARE SET WHEN THIS IS JUSTIFIED,+ HE SAID.

MR CHAMBERS NOTED THAT THE PROJECTS PROVIDED A RANGE OF SERVICES, WHICH INCLUDED SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND PROMOTION OF SELF-HELP AMONG RESIDENTS.

+AT PRESENT 29 OUT OF 50 THA’S ARE SERVED BY PROJECTS OF THIS TYPE,+ HE ADDED.

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ONE BILL PASSED

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THE INSURANCE COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

FOUR OTHER BILLS — THE CONTROL OF OBSCENE AND INDECENT ARTICLES BILL 1986, THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 THE PROBATION OF OFFENDERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 — WERE READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON THEM WAS ADJOURNED.

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED TO JANUARY 21.

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KOWLOON WALLED CITY CLEARANCE X H X X X

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED A PLAN TO CLEAR THE AREA OF NORTH-EAST KOWLOON GENERALLY KNOWN AS THE KOWLOON WALLED CITY. FOLLOWING A SURVEY NOTICE ISSUED TODAY A PRE-CLEARANCE OCCUPANCY SURVEY IS BEING CONDUCTED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT TO ESTABLISH WHO IS NOW RESIDENT THERE. DETAILED SCREENING WILL FOLLOW, TO ESTABLISH WHO SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR REHOUSING AND COMPENSATION. ALL ELIGIBLE PERSONS WILL BE REHOUSED AND COMPENSATED AS APPROPRIATE. REHOUSING ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE ON THE BASIS USED FOR REDEVELOPMENT CLEARANCES IN URBAN AREAS.

THERE HAS BEEN LONGSTANDING, WIDELY SHARED CONCERN ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN THE WALLED CITY, INCLUDING FLOODING, UNSAFE STRUCTURES, POOR STANDARDS OF HYGIENE AND SERIOUS FIRE HAZARDS. THESE UNACCEPTABLE CONDITIONS HAVE FACED THE INHABITANTS OF THE WALLED CITY AND THOSE OF SURROUNDING AREAS WITH MANY PROBLEMS. CAREFUL STUDY HAS SHOWN THAT THE ONLY SOLUTION IS COMPLETE CLEARANCE. THIS WILL BE MANAGED IN THREE PHASES OVER A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY MARCH 1990. THE AREA WILL NOT BE REBUILT BUT WILL BE REDEVELOPED INTO A PARK, POSSIBLY WITH SOME RELATED COMMUNITY USE.

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO ASK THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TO ESTABLISH A SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO ADVISE THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT ON THE CLEARANCE AND ON REHOUSING AND COMPENSATION ARRANGEMENTS. THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER REPRESENTATIONS FROM RESIDENTS AND THOSE AFFECTED BY THE CLEARANCE.

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THE CLEARANCE OF THE +VERY RUN-DOWN AND DIRTY AREA+ OF KOWLOON WALLED CITY HAS GREAT SIGNIFICANCE FOR HONG KONG, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING, HE SAID: + IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE’VE ALL WANTED TO DO FOR A VERY LONG TIME. SO I THINK IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP THAT’S BEING TAKEN.

+EVERYONE IN HONG KONG SHOULD BE VERY GLAD THAT WE ARE GETTING RID OF THIS CANCER IN KOWLOON WHICH HAS WORRIED US FOR SO LONG.+

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ASKED WHETHER THERE HAD BEEN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT ON THIS ISSUE, SIR DAVID SAIDt +WE’VE HAD DISCUSSIONS ON AND OFF ABOUT IT FOR A NUMBER OF MONTHS.

+AND IT’S MADE POSSIBLE, OF COURSE, BY THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE JOINT DECLARATION ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG.+

EARLIER IN THE MORNING, SIR DAVID TOLD REPORTERS AFTER AN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING THAT THE CLEARANCE WAS QUITE A COMPLICATED QUESTION.

+IT IS APPARENT TO THE CHINESE AND TO THE BRITISH AND TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THAT REALLY THE TIME HAS COME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE WALLED CITY,+ HE SAID.

+THE JOINT DECLARATION PROVIDES THE FOUNDATION FOR THAT, AND WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO AGREE ON THE CLEARANCE OF THE WALLED CITY AND THE ARRANGEMENTS THAT WILL BE MADE TO DEAL WITH THE QUESTIONS WHICH WILL ARISE FROM THE PEOPLE LIVING IN WALLED CITY.+

ON THE QUESTION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, SIR DAVID SAID HE DID NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE WERE VERY MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ACTUALLY IN THE WALLED CITY. +BUT IF THERE ARE, THEY WILL BE DEALT WITH BY NORMAL PROCEDURES.+

ON ILLEGAL DENTISTS THERE, SIR DAVID NOTED THAT IN ALL THE CLEARANCES THAT HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS OR MORE, THERE HAD ALWAYS BEEN A NUMBER OF ILLEGAL OCCUPATIONS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO DEVISE WAYS AND MEANS OF DEALING WITH SUCH PEOPLE FAIRLY, AND HE BELIEVED THAT THE PRESENCE OF ILLEGAL DENTISTS WOULD NOT PRESENT ANY PARTICULAR PROBLEM. +WE WILL FIND A WAY TO DEAL WITH THESE PROBLEMS FAIRLY AND SATISFACTORILY.+

SIR DAVID ADDED THAT IN THE COURSE OF HONG KONG’S HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, IT SO HAPPENED THAT OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS THERE WOULD BE A GREAT DEAL OF HOUSING TO BE BUILT IN KOWLOON AND IN THE URBAN AREA.

+IF YOU LEAVE IT LATER, THEN THE HOUSING THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE WILL BE MUCH FURTHER AWAY FROM THE URBAN AREA AND THE CLEARANCE MIGHT BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO ACCOMPLISH.+

ASKED ABOUT THE RATIONALE BEHIND TURNING THE WALLED CITY INTO A PARK, SIR DAVID SAI Ds +THE SURROUNDING AREA IS ALREADY A PARK. IT’S VERY CLOSE TO THE FLIGHT PATH OF THE RUNWAY AND IT’S NOT A VERY SUITABLE PLACE TO GO IN FOR HIGH DENSITY DEVELOPMENT. AND IT IS A VERY CONGESTED AREA OF KOWLOON, SO I THINK A PARK MAKES VERY GOOD SENSE.+

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ASKED WHY THE CLEARANCE WAS DIVIDED INTO THREE PHASES, HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS A VERY BIG PROJECT INVOLVING ABOUT 40 000 PEOPLE.

ALSO, HE SAID THE CLEARANCE WOULD HAVE TO BE PHASED TO MATCH THE AMOUNT OF PERMANENT HOUSING AND TEMPORARY HOUSING AVAILABLE.

♦IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO ALL AT ONCE. + AND THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WILL BE, AS IT WERE, SUPERVISING THE CLEARANCE IN THOSE DETAILS,* HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID HE COULD NOT ESTIMATE THE COST OF THE CLEARANCE, ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE QUITE LARGE. +BUT NEVERTHELESS, THESE 40 000 PEOPLE ARE RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG, LET’S REMEMBER THAT.

+THEY LIVE HERE AND WE’LL BE REHOUSING THEM AS PART OF OUR HOUSING COMMITMENT. AND WE’LL BE GETTING RID OF A PLACE WHICH HAS BEEN OF GREAT CONCERN TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FOR A GREAT MANY YEARS,* HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID HOPED THAT THE CLEARANCE OF THE WALLED CITY WOULD BE WELCOMED BY THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AS TACKLING IT IN A REALISTIC WAY, SOMETHING WHICH NEEDED TO BE TACKLED FOR A VERY LONG TIME.

ASKED WHY THE LOCAL RESIDENTS WERE NOT CONSULTED PRIOR TO THE SURVEY, SIR DAVID SAIDs +WELL, THAT IS A SENSIBLE QUESTION. BUT ONE HAS TO REMEMBER IN ANY OF THESE CLEARANCES THAT IF YOU OPEN UP THE QUESTION, YOU OPEN UP THE POSSIBILITY OF IMPOSTORS TRYING TO MUSCLE IN ON THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR GETTING REHOUSING, GETTING COMPENSATION.*

+AND USUALLY WITH ANY OF OUR BIG CLEARANCES, THIS IS THE WAY IN WHICH WE DO IT,* HE SAID.

SIR DAVID HOPED THAT BY APPOINTING A SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THE INTERFACE BETWEEN THE LEGITIMATE REQUEST OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED AND THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

ASKED ABOUT VARIOUS PROBLEMS OF THE COMING CLEARANCE, SIR DAVID CITED AN EXAMPLE OF A MAJOR CLEARANCE IN TSUEN WAN FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY A FEW YEARS AGO.

+WE CLEARED SOMETHING LIKE 65 000 PEOPLE IN A PERIOD OF 20 MONTHS. AND IN THE COURSE OF THAT CLEARANCE WE MET ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE DIDN’T THINK WE WERE GOING TO MEET.

+AND WE WERE ABLE TO SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THAT CLEARANCE WITHOUT ANY SERIOUS OUTCRY FROM THE PEOPLE INVOLVED. AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT IF WE TACKLE THIS IN A SENSIBLE AND REALISTIC WAY, WE WILL ACHIEVE THE SAME RESULTS,* HE SAID.

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UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS RELEASED

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THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION IMPROVED IN THE QUARTER SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER 1986, COMPARED WITH THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1986, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER 1986 WAS 2.4 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE RATES OF 3.0 PER CENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1986 AND 3.3 PER CENT FOR THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR.

THE DECREASES OF 0.6 PERCENTAGE POINT COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND OF 0.9 PERCENTAGE POINT COMPARED WITH. THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER 1986 WAS ESTIMATED AT 65 100, LESS THAN THE FIGURE OF 81 700 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1986 AND 86 400 FOR THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR. . '

A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT AN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AS LOW AS THIS REPRESENTED VIRTUALLY FULL EMPLOYMENT IN THE HONG KONG CONTEXT.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1986 WAS 1.2 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH THE RATE OF 1.5 PER CENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1986. THE RATE FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1985 WAS 2.3 PER CENT.

THE DECREASES OF 0.3 PERCENTAGE POINT COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND OF 1.1 PERCENTAGE POINTS COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER OF LAST YEAR ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1986 AT 33 100, WAS AGAIN LESS THAN THE FIGURE OF 39 900 FOR THE QUARTER ENDING AUGUST 1986 AND 59 600 FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1985.

CONSISTENT WITH THE LATEST RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (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.

COMMENTING UPON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB SEEKERS (PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIES FROM MONTH TO MONTH, UNEMPLOYMENT RATES THAT HAD BEEN SEASONALLY ADJUSTED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE VARIATIONS IN THE NUMBER OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS SHOULD BE USED IN MAKING COMPARISONS OVER TIME.

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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 OCTOBER-DECEMBER 1986 WAS 2.2 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1.2 PER CENT. (THE UNADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 1986 WAS 2.5 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 50 000 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 HOSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR. THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING DECEMBER 1986 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AROUND MARCH 20, 1987.

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THERE ARE NOW 104 SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT PLANS TO OPEN 30 MORE IN 1987-88, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CHUNG SING BENEVOLENT SOCIETY GAN LOW KHOON CHOO SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY, SHE SAID IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE NUMBER OF OLD PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WOULD INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 600 000 TO OVER 800 000 WITHIN THE NEXT DECADE.

+T0 COPE WITH THE CHANGES AND THE NEEDS OF SOCIETY, BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR ARE TRYING THEIR BEST TO EXPAND SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY,+ SHE SAID.

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+GOVERNMENT*S POLICY IN THIS SERVICE AREA IS TO PROMOTE ’CARE IN THE COMMUNITY’ WHEREBY FINANCIAL RELIEF AND VARIOUS COMMUNITY FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED TO ASSIST FAMILIES TO LOOK AFTER THEIR ELDERLY MEMBERS, TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO ACCEPT THE AGEING PROCESS AND TO ENABLE THE ELDERLY TO REMAIN USEFUL MEMBERS OF SOCIETY,* SHE ADDED.

SHE NOTED THAT A SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY WAS ONE OF THE COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO GIVE THE ELDERLY OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

+ ACTIVITIES AT THESE CENTRES ARE BECOMING MORE DIVERSIFIED. THERE ARE PROGRAMMES TO ENHANCE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE ELDERLY ABOUT PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH AS WELL AS ABOUT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

+THESE PROGRAMMES ARE A GREAT HELP TO THEM TO ADAPT TO THE CHANGES THEY FACE IN THE FAMILY AND SOCIETY,* MRS CHAN SAID.

MRS CHAN PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CHUNG SING BENEVOLENT SOCIETY FOR ITS EFFORTS IN OPERATING VARIOUS SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, NOTING THAT THE AGENCY WAS ALSO PLANNING TO OPEN A CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOME IN TSI NG Yl ESTATE.

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RECORD NUMBER OF FLAT SALES REGISTERED K X K X K

THE NUMBER OF SALE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS REGISTERED IN 1986 ROSE TO A RECORD 56 080, AN INCREASE OF 3.8 PER CENT OVER THE FIGURE FOR 1985, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CONSIDERATION IN THESE AGREEMENTS INCREASED BY 33.7 PER CENT FROM $30,683 BILLION TO $41,015 BILLION, MR GLEESON SAID IN REPORTING ON LAND OFFICE FIGURES FOR 1986.

DURING THE YEAR, 80 487 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS WERE REGISTERED, COMPARED WITH 73 791 IN 1985.

OF THESE, A TOTAL OF 9 775 ASSIGNMENTS WERE COMPLETED BY THE DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME. COMPARED WITH 8 398 IN 1985.

THE TOTAL VALUE OF CONSIDERATIONS IN ASSIGNMENT OF FLATS INCREASED BY 45.3 PER CENT FROM $31,309 BILLION TO $45,501 BILLION.

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THERE WERE 653 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS. 9.9 PER CENT MORE THAN IN 1985. THE TOTAL VALUE OF CONSIDERATIONS IN ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS INCREASED BY 306.4 PER CENT FROM $6,920 BILLION IN 1985 TO $28,122 BILLION LAST YEAR.

FORTY-NINE BUILDING MORTGAGES AND 76 004 OTHER MORTGAGES WERE REGISTERED, COMPARED WITH 52 AND 64 602 RESPECTIVELY IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER BUILDING MORTGAGES REGISTERED DURING THE YEAR DROPPED BY 6.7 PER CENT FROM $0,974 BILLION TO $0,909 BILLION.

THE AMOUNT SECURED UNDER MORTGAGES OTHER THAN BUILDING MORTGAGES ROSE BY 31.6 PER CENT, FROM $25,148 BILLION TO $33,086

REPAYMENTS UNDER MORTGAGES OF ALL KINDS, AS EVIDENCED BY DISCHARGES AND MORTGAGEE’S RECEIPTS, WERE DOWN BY 2.4 PER CENT. FROM $22,735 BILLION TO $22,182 BILLION.

SEARCHES IN THE LAND OFFICE BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC REACHED A RECORD OF 1 220 951, UP BY 20.9 PER CENT.

DURING THE YEAR, THE FIVE NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT REGISTERED A TOTAL OF 130 899 INSTRUMENTS, ALSO A RECORD.

THIS INCLUDED 23 523 SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS, 33 341 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS, 2 827 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS, 46 BUILDING MORTGAGES, 37 857 OTHER MORTGAGES AND 16 811 MORTGAGEES’ RECEIPTS, RE ASS IGNMENTS AND CERTIFICATES OF SATISFACTION WITH A TOTAL VALUE OF CONSIDERATION OF $10,504 BILLION, $11,047 BILLION, $1,799 BILLION, $1,334 BILLION, $10,699 BILLION AND $6,025 BILLION RESPECTIVELY.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, MR GLEESON SAID +THEY REFLECT A CONTINUING INCREASE OF ACTIVITY IN THE PROPERTY MARKET, PARTICULARLY IN RESIDENTIAL FLATS WHICH SHOWED NO SIGNS OF SLACKENING TOWARDS THE END OF 1986.+

HE SAID THAT AN INTERESTING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL INDICATOR WAS THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED PROPERTY OWNERS IN HONG KONG NOW STOOD AT 906 957, AN INCREASE OF 79 880 OR 9.7 PER CENT OVER THE FIGURE AT THE END OF 1985 WHICH ITSELF WAS AN INCREASE OF 9.8 PER CENT OVER 1984.

THE NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT LAND GRANTS AND MODIFICATIONS OF GOVERNMENT LEASE CONDITIONS COMPLETED AND REGISTERED IN THE URBAN LAND OFFICE LAST YEAR INCREASD FROM 273 IN 1985 TO 303, WHILE THE TOTAL PREMIUM INVOLVED DECREASED BY 43.5 PER CENT FROM $4,546 BILLION TO $2.57 BILLION.

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SIGNIFICANT GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED DURING THE YEAR INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING s

X THE SALE BY PUBLIC TENDER OF A 7 800-SQUARE METRE SITE IN TUEN MUN (TUEN MUN TOWN LOT NO. 281) TO THOROGOOD ESTATES LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $102 680 000 FOR NONINDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

X THE SALE BY PUBLIC TENDER OF A 6.675-SQUARE METRE SITE AT CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD (NEW KOWLOON INLAND LOT NO. 5955) TO LAI SUN GARMENT COMPANY LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $68 800 000 FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL (EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL, PETROL FILLING STATION, HOTEL AND GODOWN) PURPOSES.

* THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION OF A 1.6-HECTARE SITE AT SUPREME COURT ROAD (INLAND LOT NO. 8582) TO SWIRE PROPERTIES SALES LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $1 005 000 000 FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL PURPOSES.

X THE GRANT BY PRIVATE TREATY OF A 5.587-HECTARE SITE IN TUEN MUN (TUEN MUN TOWN LOT NO. 289) TO KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION AT A PREMIUM OF $28 000 000 FOR A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM DEPOT AND THE MODIFICATION OF THE LEASE CONDITIONS AT A PREMIUM OF $45 MILLION TO PERMIT COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OVER THE DEPOT.

* THE GRANT BY CASH TENDER OF A 2.293-HECTARE SITE IN JUNK BAY (JUNK BAY TOWN LOT NO. 6) TO CONTRA ENTERPRISES LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $172 888 888 FOR A NON-INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME.

X THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION OF A 1.538-HECTARE SITE AT JUNCTION OF TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD AND BRAEMAR HILL ROAD (INLAND LOT NO. 8658) TO BOATSWAIN ENTERPRISES LIMITED AND BEVERHILL LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $645 000 000 FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

DURING THE YEAR, SURRENDERS AND RESUMPTIONS OF LAND DROPPED BY 29.8 PER CENT FROM 131 TO 92, WHILE THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION INCREASED BY 66.4 PER CENT FROM $50.3 MILLION TO $83.7 MILLION

MR GLEESON SAID THE WHOLE OF THE LAND OFFICE IN CENTRAL MOVED TO THE NEW GOVERNMENT OFFICES IN QUEENSWAY ON AUGUST 26 AND COMPUTERISATION OF LAND OFFICE RECORDS BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 1.

+FULL CONVERSION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1988,+ HE SAID.

OF THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES, FIVE HAD NOW BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. IT WAS INTENDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD TAKE OVER THE REMAINDER BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, MR GLEESON ADDED.

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REGISTRATION REVOKED * X X * X

CF <uJ0V?™'SS,ONER 0F baNKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION RPVnkrnCTAn?!A.^INANCE LTD* AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN banking MaSJe WS™” REQUEST UNDER SECT,on 31 (2) 0F THE

PUBLIC URGED TO DONATE TO SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND M * K * *

IN RESPONSE TO THE +10-DOLLAR+ DRIVE LAUNCHED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND, WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DONATED MONEY TO THE FUND AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO CONTRIBUTE.

WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM, SAID SIR EDWARD HAD BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE AND WELFARE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE AND DURING A VISIT TO WAN CHAI HAD EXPRESSED GREAT INTEREST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DISTRICT.

SHE SAID SIR EDWARD CONTRIBUTED A LOT TO HONG KONG DURING HIS TERM OF OFFICE AND WAS MISSED BY MANY PEOPLE.

AS THE FUND WOULD BE USED FOR THE FURTHERING OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, MANY PEOPLE WOULD BENEFIT FROM IT, SHE SAID.

DONATIONS COULD BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OF THE HONG KONG BANK AND HANG SENG BANK, ANY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE TREASURY CENTRAL COLLECTION AND PAYMENT OFFICE AND ALL SUB-TREASURY OFFICES.

IN ADDITION, THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD HAD PROPOSED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO NAME THE NEW ROAD ADJACENT TO THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE ROAD.

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A COVERED FOOTBRIDGE OVER O’BRIEN ROAD IN WAN CHAI WAS OPENED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE $14 MILLION FOOTBRIDGE, PROVIDING A MAIN PEDESTRIAN LINK BETWEEN WAN CHAI RECLAMATION AND ENTRANCES TO WAN CHAI MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION, WAS OPENED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD, MRS PEGGY LAM.

/a spokesman .......

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT SAID THE FOOTBRIDGE WAS ESSENTIAL TO COPE WITH GROWING PEDESTRIAN FLOW GENERATED BY THE OPENING OF THE ISLAND LINE IN 1985 AND RAPID DEVELOPMENT TAKING PLACE ON THE RECLAMATION.

THE FOOTBRIDGE IS THE FIRST OF SIX THAT WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO WAN CHAI RECLAMATION. THE OTHERS ARE BEING BUILT AT FENWICK PIER STREET, STEWART ROAD, WAN SHING STREET, TONNOCHY ROAD AND WAN CHAI FERRY PIER.

THE FOOTBRIDGE, COMPLETED IN 15 MONTHS, WAS CONSTRUCTED WITH REINFORCED AND PRE-STRESSED CONCRETE.

FOUR ESCALATORS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED AT THE NORTH AND SOUTH SIDES OF GLOUCESTER ROAD AND AT THE MTR STATION ENTRANCES IN O’BRIEN ROAD.

IN ADDITION, PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE FOOTBRIDGE FOR A DIRECT LINK TO A GOVERNMENT OFFICE BLOCK NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION OF GLOUCESTER ROAD.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE SECTION OF O’BRIEN ROAD BETWEEN HENNESSY AND LOCKHART ROADS, WHERE THE STATION’S ENTRANCES WERE LOCATED, WOULD BE PEDESTRIANISED, WHILE THE SECTION BETWEEN GLOUCESTER AND LOCKHART ROADS WOULD BE REDUCED TO TWO LANES OF TRAFFIC.

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SURVEY LOCATES DRAINAGE BLACKSPOTS IN MONG KOK

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A SURVEY IN MONG KOK HAS IDENTIFIED ABOUT 100 BLACKSPOTS IN THE DISTRICT THAT HAVE SUFFERED FROM POOR DRAINAGE.

THE SURVEY, CONDUCTED BY A WORKING GROUP UNDER THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN, CONCLUDED THAT DRAINAGE BLOCKAGE WAS GENERALLY CONSIDERED A SERIOUS PROBLEM BY MONG KOK RESIDENTS.

THE WORKING GROUP HAD EARLIER DISTRIBUTED MORE THAN 600 QUESTIONNAIRES TO AREA COMMITTEE, OWNERS’ CORPORATION AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE MEMBERS AS WELL AS LOCAL FACTORIES, SCHOOLS AND SHOPS TO SEEK INFORMATION AND 366 OF THEM WERE RETURNED FOR ANALYSIS, WORKING GROUP CHAIRMAN, MR LAU TAK-KI. SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE ADDED THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED THROUGHOUT THE SIX AREAS IN THE DISTRICT IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A FAIR OVERALL PICTURE.

/most respondents .......

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MOST RESPONDENTS BELIEVED THAT THERE WERE THREE MAIN CAUSES OF BLOCKAGE. THEY WERE THE CLUSTERING OF RUBBISH AT SEWER OPENINGSj THE ACCUMULATION OF OIL AND GREASE FROM RESTAURANT AND COOKED FOOD STALL OPERATORSj AND THE DISCHARGE OF INDUSTRIAL WASTES BY FACTORY OWNERS.

THE MORE NOTORIOUS BLACKSPOTS IDENTIFIED BY THE STUDY INCLUDED THE JUNCTION OF NATHAN ROAD AND BOUNDARY STREET, FA YUEN STREET, AROUND THE COOKED FOOD STALLS AT NELSON STREET, TUN6 CHOI STREET, THE JUNCTION OF BUTE STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET, THE REAR LANE OF IVY STREET, LARCH STREET AND BEDFORD STREET.

FLOODINGS WERE FREQUENTLY REPORTED IN THESE LOCATIONS DURING THE RAINY SEASONS.

APART FROM UNDERGROUND DRAINS, SEWERS OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS ALSO SUFFERED FROM SEVERE BLOCKAGE. MORE THAN HALF OF THE RESPONDENTS REPORTED THAT CHOKAGES HAD OCCURRED IN THEIR BUILDINGS.

THEY BELIEVED THAT CHOKAGE WAS MAINLY DUE TO POOR MAINTENANCE OF BUILDING SEWERS, UNAUTHORISED ALTERATIONS TO SEWERAGE SYSTEMS, AND THE DUMPING OF THE GARBAGE INTO WASTE-WATER PIPES.

FOR REMEDIAL ACTION, THE WORKING GROUP PROPOSED A SYSTEMATIC AND COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY BE DRAWN UP TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE PROPER WAYS TO DISPOSE OF WASTE.

IT ALSO RECOMMENDED THAT HEAVIER PENALTIES BE IMPOSED ON PEOPLE WHO CAUSED BLOCKAGE IN UNDERGROUND DRAINS.

THE WORKING GROUP ALSO SUGGESTED THAT DRAINAGE SYSTEM SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY EXAMINED IN ORDER TO WORK OUT A LONGTERM SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM.

THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED AS PART OF A FIVE-MONTH PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO BOOST RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE AND CLEANLINESS.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ROAD PROJECT

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MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRANSPORT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS PROPOSED IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO THE LO WAI ROAD EXTENSION.

THE WORKS INVOLVE WIDENING THE ROAD, IMPROVING DRAINAGE AND PROVIDING OTHER UTILITY SERVICES.

/COMMITTEE .......

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1987

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED BY STAFF OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ON A PROPOSED SCHEME TO LICENSE PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ON SCHEDULED ROUTES TO CARRY GOODS ON CERTAIN NEW TERRITORIES ROUTES.

PROGRESS REPORTS ON INSTALLATION OF WATER SUPPLY TO MA WAN AND ULTRA HIGH AREAS IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRANSPORT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD ON THURSDAY AT 10 AM IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE MERITS OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSSS SETTING UP AN EDITORIAL GROUP FOR COMPILING THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RESOURCES HANDBOOK AND THE REVISED WORK PLAN FOR THE COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD ON THE 14TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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RESTRICTED ZONES DESIGNATED IN SHEUNG SHU I

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FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 16), THE FOLLOWING ROADS IN SHEUNG SHUI WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES!

* JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FROM A POINT ABOUT 300 METRES SOUTH OF MAN KAM TO ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD D4, WILL BE A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY,

* JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FROM A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD D4 TO A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY,

* JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FROM A POINT ABOUT 150 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD D4 TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FU HING STREET, WILL BE A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY, AND

* ROAD C3, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE A RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

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TAI WAI TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE TO OPEN

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THE TAI WAI INTERIM TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF TAI WAI KCR STATION WILL BE OPENED ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 17). IT WILL REPLACE THE TAI WAI TEMPORARY TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE.

AS A RESULT, KMB ROUTES 72A, SOK, 82K, 85 AND 88K, AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 63K AND 64K WILL BE DIVERTED TO OPERATE VIA THE INTERCHANGE OR TERMINATE THERE.

MEANWHILE, TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK IN TSUEN NAM ROAD OUTSIDE TAI WAI KCR STATION, TSUEN NAM ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH TAI WAI ROAD AND MEI TIN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY.

A TEMPORARY TAXI STAND WILL BE PROVIDED IN TSUEN NAM ROAD NEAR TAI WAI KCR STATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF COMMUTERS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LINK WITH NORTHWEST NT TRANSPORT PRIORITY ............. 1

SIR DAVID OPENS LO WU TERMINAL ........................ 1

KMB FARE REVISION APPLICATION APPROVED ................ 4

CHINA TO PROVIDE EXTRA WATER........................... 5

MEDICAL CARE FOR ELDERLY TO BE EXPANDED ............... 6

INSOLVENCIES SHOWING A DOWNWARD TREND ................. 8

UNDER-UTILISED FERRY SERVICES TO CEASE OPERATION ...... 9

SIR DAVID INSPECTS SHh TIN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ........ 10

YOUTH PROBLEMS PUT IN FOCUS ........................... 11

YOUDE FUND RECEIVES GRASSROOTS SUPPORT ................ 12

MORE CENTRES FOR YOUDE FUND DONATIONS ................. 15

ILLEG.lL ROOFTOP STRUCTURE TO BE DEMOLISHED ........... 15

EXHIBITION TO CLOSE FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN .............. 14

SEMINAR ON ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY ....... 15

RESIDENTS URGED TO KEEP SEWERS FREE OF WASTES ......... 15

JURORS LIST TO BE PUT UP .............................. 16

SOUTHERN TO STAGE FIRST SINGING CONTEST FINAL ......... 17

FIRE-FIGHTING BRIEFING FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS ......... 18

PASSING-OUT PARADE .................................... 18

LhI CHI KOK BRIDGE JUMPS TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY.......... 19

TR/JFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND ................... 19

RIGHT-TURN BjiN IN TUEN MUN

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LINK WITH NORTHWEST NT TRANSPORT PRIORITY

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE PRIORITY IN CONSTRUCTION OF TRANSPORT FACILITIES IS TO LINK UP URBAN AREAS AND THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW LO WU TERMINAL, HE SA I Ds +THE PRIORITY REALLY IS TO DEVELOP A LINK BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THE NORTHWEST AND THEN TO LOK MA CHAU BRIDGE AND UP TO GUANGZHOU.

+SO THE FIRST THING IS REALLY WHAT IS KNOWN AS ROUTE X WHICH IS THE ROAD OR RAIL OR BOTH, FROM TSUEN WAN TO YUEN LONG. THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO NEXT.+

ON OTHER TRANSPORT FACILITY DEVELOPMENTS, SIR DAVID NOTED THAT ONE OF THE OPTIONS IN THE STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT STUDIES CONCERNED DEVELOPMENT IN THE WEST OF HONG KONG.

+AS I MENTIONED THE OTHER DAY, FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE PORT IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY. AND ONE OF THE POSSIBILITIES IS TO DEVELOP TO THE WESTWARD. AND IF WE DEVELOP TO THE WESTWARD, THEN THIS WOULD INVOLVE A WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, SO THESE PROPOSALS HAVE ALREADY BEEN GIVEN PRELIMINARY STUDY DURING OUR STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT STUDY,+ HE SAID.

ASKED WHETHER THE POSSIBLE CONSTRUCTION OF THE THIRD HARBOUR CROSSING WOULD ENHANCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROPOSED NEW AIRPORT, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THE THIRD HARBOUR CROSSING AND THE AIRPORT WERE NOT DIRECTLY CONNECTED, AND HE BELIEVED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PORT CAME FIRST.

ASKED TO CONFIRM WHETHER THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE NEW GOVERNOR WOULD BE MADE TOMORROW, SIR DAVID SAID: +1 THINK YOU MIGHT NOT BE FAR WRONG IF I SAID THAT TOMORROW EVENING WE MIGHT KNOW THE RESULT.+

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SIR DAVID OPENS LO WU TERMINAL

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THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS PASSING THROUGH LO WU HAS DOUBLED SINCE THE OPENING OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION’S ELECTRIFIED RAIL SERVICE TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS AGO, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE S11O MILLION LO WU TERMINAL THE CEREMONY MARKED COMPLETION OF REDEVELOPMENT OF LO WU STATION AT A TOTAL COST OF $260 MILLION.

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OTHER WORK AT THE TERMINAL TO BE COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER WILL SIGNIFY THE END OF ALL PHYSICAL WORK ON THE KCRC MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT AT A TOTAL COST OF S3 OOO MILLION.

SIR DAVID SAID OVER 18 MILLION PASSENGERS TRAVELLED BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA BY RAIL IN 1986, MORE THAN BY ANY OTHER MODE OF TRANSPORT.

THE KCR HAD CARRIED OVER THREE MILLION TONNES OF FREIGHT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA IN 1985, COMPARED WITH 2.4 MILLION IN 1983? THIS WAS PROJECTED TO REACH SIX MILLION TONNES BY 1990-91.

+THESE INCREASES ARE ONLY ONE ASPECT OF AN EXTREMELY RAPID OVERALL GROWTH IN PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRAFFIC BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA BY LAND, SEA AND AIR,+ HE SAID.

+THESE DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENTS ARE A REFLECTION OF THE VERY GOOD RELATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA AND UNDERLINE ONCE AGAIN THE IMPORTANT ROLE HONG KONG PLAYS AS A GATEWAY TO CH INA.+

THE TERMINAL WAS ONE OF MANY PROJECTS EITHER IN HAND OR PLANNED WHICH WERE RELATED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE.

THE NEXT FIVE YEARS WOULD SEE COMPLETION OF A NEW CROSS-BORDER ROAD LINK AT LOK MA CHAU, THE CHINA FERRY TERMINAL IN TSIM SHA TSUI, THE FINAL STAGES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD, THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL, THE ROUTE 5 TUNNEL LINKING TSUEN WAN AND SHA TIN AND THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING.

HONG KONG COULD ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE 1990’S OF A MAJOR ROUTE LINKING YUEN LONG WITH TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG AND POSSIBLY TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A THIRD HARBOUR CROSSING.

ALL THESE WOULD NOT ONLY BE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS TO HONG KONG’S INTERNAL TRANSPORT SYSTEM, BUT WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE INCREASING FLOW OF PEOPLE AND GOODS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND SHENZHEN, AND FURTHER INTO CHINA.

+THE COMPLETION OF THIS TERMINAL IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF ONE OF THE MOST MODERN HIGH-CAPACITY TRANSPORT SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD,+ SIR DAVID SAID.

HE SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY A FEW WORDS OF THANKS FOR THE CO-OPERATION OF VILLAGERS AT LO WU, WHO HAD HAD TO LIVE NEXT DOOR TO A CONSTRUCTION SITE FOR THE LAST FIVE-AND-A-HALF YEARS.

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THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL THE END OF THIS YEAR, WHEN DEMOLITION AND OTHER WORKS WOULD BE COMPLETED. BY THEN A SUBWAY WOULD BE PROVIDED FOR THEM TO WALK FROM THE STATION TO THE FOOTBRIDGE OVER THE RIVER, HE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES, DR K.F. NIP, SAID PLANNING FOR THE PROJECT BEGAN IN 1976.

CONSTRUCTION WORK AT LO WU STARTED IN JULY 1981, AND THE LATE GOVERNOR OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING OF THE ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE TO LO WU EXACTLY TWO-AND-A-HALF YEARS AGO.

THE NEW CROSS-BORDER FOOTBRIDGE WAS OPENED IN JUNE 1985, AT THE SAME TIME AS THE NEW SHENZHEN IMMIGRATION BUILDING.

DR NIP SAID CONSTRUCTION WORK AT LO WU HAD BEEN DIFFICULT BECAUSE THE SITE WAS VERY RESTRICTED AND USE OF THE TEMPORARY STATION AND PASSENGER PROCESSING FACILITIES HAD HAD TO BE MAINTAINED.

+GREAT CREDIT IS DUE TO ALL THOSE DIRECTLY CONCERNED WITH

THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION WORK, AND TO THE MEMBERS OF THE IMMIGRATION, POLICE, CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENTS AND KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION BASED AT LO WU FOR THEIR HELP, PATIENCE AND COOPERATI ON,+ HE SAID.

THE SIX-STOREY TERMINAL BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION OF WHICH STARTED IN APRIL 1985, OCCUPIES AN AREA OF ABOUT HALF A HECTARE. IT IS LINKED TO THE CHINESE SIDE BY A TWO-TIER, CROSS-BORDER FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS SHENZHEN RIVER.

DEPARTING PASSENGERS PASS FROM THE PLATFORMS INTO THE

GROUND FLOOR STATION CONCOURSE THROUGH THE IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS PROCESSING HALL, AND CROSS THE LOWER DECK OF THE FOOTBRIDGE TO SHENZHEN.

ARRIVAL PASSENGERS FROM SHENZHEN COME UP ESCALATORS FROM THE TOP DECK OF THE FOOTBRIDGE, INTO THE SECOND FLOOR PROCESSING HALL, THROUGH THE UPPER STATION CONCOURSE, WHICH INCLUDES THE BOOKING OFFICE, AND THEN DOWN ESCALATORS TO THE PLATFORMS.

EACH PROCESSING HALL COVERS AN AREA OF 2 400 SQUARE METRES AND HAS 44 IMMIGRATION COUNTERS, ALLOWING THE PROCESSING OF ABOUT 5 000 PASSENGERS PER HOUR IN EACH DIRECTION.

THERE ARE 24 CUSTOMS CHECKING COUNTERS IN THE ARRIVAL HALL AND 10 IN THE DEPARTURE HALL.

BOTH STATION CONCOURSE HAVE AUTOMATIC TICKET-OPERATED GATES AS IN OTHER STATIONS.

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OTHER FACILITIES INCLUDE A STAFF CARPARK, SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT, OFFICE SPACE, STAFF CANTEEN, RESTAURANT AND PLANT ROOMS.

BUILDING SERVICES INCLUDE A CENTRAL AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM; BAGGAGE HANDLING FACILITIES? CLOSED-CIRCUIT TELEVISION, PUBLIC ADDRESS AND SECURITY SYSTEMS; FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATIONS! AND LIFTS FOR STAFF AND DISABLED PERSONS.

AS A RESULT OF CLOSER RELATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA, TRAVEL BETWEEN THE TWO PLACES HAS GROWN WITH THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS THROUGH LO WU IN BOTH DIRECTIONS RISING FROM 2.66 MILLION IN 1^78 TO 18.81 MILLION AT THE END OF 1986.

IT WAS ANTICIPATION OF THIS HEAVY CROSS-BORDER AND LOCAL PASSENGER TRAFFIC VOLUME WHICH LED TO THE MODERNISATION AND ELECTRIFICATION OF THE RAILWAY BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS BY A CONSULTANCY STUDY.

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KMB FARE REVISION APPLICATION APPROVED

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN APPLICATION FOR AN INCREASE IN FARES BY THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY WHICH WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM FEBRUARY 1. KMB’S LAST GENERAL FARE REVISION WAS IN FEBRUARY 1985.

UNDER THE NEW FARE SCALE, 1.3 PER CENT OF KMB PASSENGERS WILL BE UNAFFECTED BY THE FARE REVISION, 94.5 PER CENT OF PASSENGERS WILL PAY AN ADDITIONAL 10 CENTS TO 30 CENTS AND 3.9 PER CENT OF PASSENGERS, 40 CENTS TO 50 CENTS. THE REMAINING 0.3 PER CENT OF PASSENGERS, MOSTLY ON THE AIRPORT COACH SERVICES, WILL HAVE TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL FARE OF MORE THAN 50 CENTS.

DUE TO A SUB-DIVISION OF THE FARE BANDS, SOME OF THE LONG DISTANCE NT RURAL ROUTES WILL HAVE NO INCREASE, E.G. NOS. 52M, 57M, 67M AND 74A, AND SOME ONLY 10 CENTS INCREASE E.G. NOS. 59A, 66, 74X AND 75X.

WHILE FARES ON CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES JOINTLY OPERATED BY KMB AND CMB WILL INCREASE FROM $2.50 TO $2.80, THE EXISTING +AFTER TUNNEL+ SECTION FARES OF THESE SERVICES WILL BE MAINTAINED.

THE REVISED FARES ON THE AIRPORT COACH ROUTES REFLECT THE CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENTS MADE RECENTLY TO THESE SERVICES WITH THE DEPLOYMENT OF AIR-CONDITIONED COACHES, THE PROVISION OF GREATER LUGGAGE SPACE, AND FASTER SERVICES BETWEEN THE AIRPORT AND HOTEL DISTRICTS AS A RESULT OF ROUTE ADJUSTMENTS.

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID A GENERAL FARE REVISION WAS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME TO ENABLE KMB TO MAINTAIN ITS STANDARD AND LEVELS OF SERVICE, AND TO CONTINUE WITH NECESSARY ROUTE EXPANSION AS WELL AS CAPACITY AND FREQUENCY IMPROVEMENTS.

HE SAID THAT THE FINANCIAL AND OTHER DATA SUBMITTED BY KMB IN SUPPORT OF ITS APPLICATION HAD BEEN EXAMINED IN DETAIL BY GOVERNMENT AND BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS SATISFIED THAT THE FARE SCALE PROPOSED BY KMB WAS FAIR AND APPROPRIATE AFTER STUDYING INTO THE PROPOSED FARE LEVELS FOR INDIVIDUAL BUS ROUTES AND THE PERCENTAGES OF FARE INCREASES FOR VARIOUS FARE BANDS.

THE REVISED FARE SCALE WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JANUARY 23.

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CHINA TO PROVIDE EXTRA WATER

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HONG KONG IS TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES OF WATER FROM CHINA - BUT AT INCREASED COST, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE EXTRA WATER WOULD BE SUPPLIED FOLLOWING TALKS DURING A VISIT TO GUANGDONG PROVINCE LAST MONTH BY A FOUR-MAN DELEGATION LED BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, MR GRAHAM BARNES, AND INCLUDING THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR TOM TOMLINSON.

THE SPOKESMAN DESCRIBED THE PRESENT STORAGE SITUATION AS +UNSATISFACTORY FOR THE TIME OF YEAR.+

WITHOUT ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES, THE AMOUNT OF WATER IN HONG KONG RESERVOIRS COULD BE EXPECTED TO DROP TO 190 MILLION CUBIC METRES AT THE BEGINNING OF MAY.

THIS COMPARED WITH A STORAGE LEVEL OF 264 MILLION CUBIC METRES TO ENSURE A MINIMAL RISK OF NOT BEING ABLE TO MAINTAIN FULL SUPPLY THROUGH TO THE BEGINNING OF THE WET SEASON IN MAY 1988.

+WITH STORAGE OF ONLY 190 MILLION CUBIC METRES THERE WOULD BE EVERY CHANCE THAT RESTRICTIONS WOULD NEED TO BE IMPOSED NEXT DRY SEASON,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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HOWEVER, HE SAID, AT THE DISCUSSIONS IN GUANGDONG IT WAS AGREED AN ADDITIONAL 10 TO 20 PER CENT WOULD BE PROVIDED THIS MONTH AND NEXT, AND FROM MAY TO JULY THE AVERAGE DAILY DELIVERY RATE WOULD BE INCREASED BY 200 000 CUBIC METRES.

+WE ARE MOST GRATEFUL FOR THE READY WAY IN WHICH THE WATER AUTHORITIES IN GUANGDONG HAVE AGREED TO SUPPLY US WITH THIS ADDITIONAL WATER,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID THE EXTRA WATER WOULD IMPROVE THE SITUATION TO THE EXTENT THAT IT SHOULD BE POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN A FULL SUPPLY FOR THE WHOLE OF THE NEXT WET AND DRY SEASONS PROVIDED THE YIELD IN THE COMING SUMMER WAS AT LEAST AVERAGE.

IN THE EVENT OF A DROUGHT DURING THE SUMMER, MORE RESOURCES WOULD STILL BE REQUIRED OR SUPPLY WOULD HAVE TO BE REDUCED.

+A FURTHER REVIEW WILL BE MADE IN LATE JUNE,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHARGE FOR WATER FROM CHINA HAD BEEN REVISED TO $1.03 PER CUBIC METRE AS COMPARED WITH THE CURRENT RATE OF RMB0.33, WHICH WAS EQUIVALENT TO $0.91 WHEN THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED IN 1985, BUT WAS NOW EQUIVALENT TO $0.71 AT THE CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE.

HE SAID THE CHARGE WOULD BE 10 PER CENT HIGHER FOR THE EXTRA WATER TO BE SUPPLIED IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY AND FROM MAY TO JULY.

+IT IS INEVITABLE THAT UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES LOCAL WATER CHARGES WILL HAVE TO BE REVISED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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MEDICAL CARE FOR ELDERLY TO BE EXPANDED

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO PROVIDE A FURTHER 2 400 INFIRMARY BEDS, 600 GERIATRIC BEDS AND 400 DAY HOSPITAL PLACES IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS TO MEET THE INCREASING MEDICAL NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY.

THE REQUIREMENT AND PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE AGED 65 AND OVER WAS ONE OF THE SUBJECTS DISCUSSED BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (MDAC) TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE MEETING WAS INFORMED OF THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY CARRIED OUT LAST JULY TO ASSESS THE DEMANDS FOR INFIRMARY BEDS. THIS IDENTIFIED A TOTAL REQUIREMENT OF AN ADDITIONAL 1 486 INFIRMARY BEDS.

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AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 1 015 GENERAL INFIRMARY BEDS IN HONG KONG. THEY ARE PROVIDED FOR THE CHRONICALLY ILL OR DISABLED WHO NO LONGER NEED ACUTE TREATMENT BUT NEED LONGER TERM HOSPITALISATION.

AS FOR GERIATRIC BEDS, IT IS PLANNED TO PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL 600 BEDS BY 1995. AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 580 GERIATRIC BEDS IN VARIOUS PUBLIC HOSPITALS, INCLUDING SUBVENTED ONES.

HOWEVER, THE MDAC NOTED THAT GERIATRICS, WHICH IS A COMPARATIVELY NEW SPECIALTY, IS NOT THE ONLY SPECIALTY OFFERING HOSPITAL CARE FOR THE ELDERLY.

ELDERLY PATIENTS IN NEED OF HOSPITALISATION ARE ALSO TAKEN CARE OF IN WARDS OF VARIOUS SPECIALTIES SUCH AS MEDICINE, SURGERY, ORTHOPAEDICS, RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY, AND GYNAECOLOGY.

TO SUPPLEMENT IN-PATIENT TREATMENT AND TO RELIEVE OVERCROWDING IN HOSPITALS, GERIATRIC DAY HOSPITAL CARE IS PROVIDED FOR THE ELDERLY WHO DO NOT REQUIRE FULL-TIME INTENSIVE MEDICAL CARE.

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 170 GERIATRIC DAY PLACES IN VARIOUS HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

THE MDAC WAS INFORMED THAT AN ADDITIONAL 415 DAY PLACES WOULD BE PROVIDED BY 1995.

ANOTHER TOPIC DISCUSSED AT TODAY’S MEETING CONCERNED ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES.

MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED LAST YEAR TO ASSESS THE INAPPROPRIATE USE OF THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICE, IT WAS FOUND THAT ONLY NINE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL ATTENDANCE OF 64 208 PATIENTS AT FIVE MAJOR HOSPITALS WERE IDENTIFIED AS NON-EMERGENCY CASES.

HOWEVER, IT WAS FELT THAT INAPPROPRIATE USE OF THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICE WAS NOT EXCESSIVE AS OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE SHOWED A FIGURE OF ABOUT 20 TO 30 PER CENT.

DESPITE THIS LOW PERCENTAGE, CONTINUING EFFORTS WILL BE TAKEN TO DETER THE INAPPROPRIATE USE OF THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. THESE INCLUDE HEALTH EDUCATION AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MORE EVENING AND HOLIDAY CLINICS.

THE MDAC ALSO DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF IMPOSING CHARGES FOR THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICE AS A MEANS TO DETER INAPPROPRIATE USE. IT WAS NOTED THAT CHARGING FEES WOULD BRING ABOUT OPERATIONAL PROBLEMS, ADMINISTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES AND ADDITIONAL RECURRENT EXPENSES SUCH AS THE SETTING UP OF 24-HOUR SHROFF OFFICES.

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ON THE PROVISION OF OBSERVATION BEDS IN THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS, MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT IN FUTURE HOSPITAL PROJECTS, OBSERVATION BEDS WOULD BE A STANDARD FEATURE.

AT PRESENT, OBSERVATION BEDS ARE PROVIDED IN ALL HOSPITALS WITH 24-HOUR ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL WHERE THERE ARE PHYSICAL CONSTRAINTS.

TO SUPPORT THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, EMERGENCY LABORATORY AND X-RAY FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED ROUND-THE-CLOCK IN ALL REGIONAL HOSPITALS.

PLASTICS SERVICES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE TO RENDER PROMPT TREATMENT FOR SIMPLE ORTHOPAEDIC FRACTURE CASES.

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INSOLVENCIES SHOWING A DOWNWARD TREND X X X X X

A TOTAL OF 2 778 INSOLVENCIES WERE BEING HANDLED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE AT THE END OF LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT.

THESE INVOLVED 1 557 COMPULSORY COMPANY WINDING-UPS AND 1 221 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 1986, THERE WERE 304 COMPULSORY WINDING-UP OF COMPANIES AND 391 NEW PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES REPRESENTING A COMBINED SLIGHT DECREASE OF 0.57 PER CENT IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF NEW INSOLVENCIES OVER THE 325 NEW COMPULSORY WINDING-UP OF COMPANIES AND 374 NEW PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES IN

+THE YEAR 1986 HAD SEEN THE FIRST SIGN OF A DOWNWARD TREND IN THE NUMBER OF NEW INSOLVENCIES REACHING THE COURTS SINCE 1979 AND MOST OF THESE WERE SMALL OR MEDIUM IN SIZE BY COMPARISON WITH PREVIOUS YEARS,+ THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID.

HE SAID THAT BECAUSE EXPORTS AND THE ECONOMY WERE GENERALLY PERFORMING WELL, IT WOULD BE LIKELY THAT THE DOWNWARD TREND WOULD CONTINUE AND THAT THERE WOULD BE FEWER INSOLVENCIES THIS YEAR.

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FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER AT THE END OF THE YEAR TOTALLED $1 352 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF OVER 7.64 PER CENT AS AGAINST $1 256 MILLION AT THE END OF 1985.

TOTAL DIVIDENDS PAID BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER DURING 1986 AMOUNTED TO $43.2 MILLION IN 211 INSOLVENCIES, AS AGAINST $41.8 MILLION IN 190 INSOLVENCIES IN 1985.

NOTABLE COMPANY FAILURES DURING THE YEAR INCLUDED BEACONS FINANCE LTD, CHEUNG KEE BUILDING CONTRACTORS CO. LTD, OPALBRIGHT INVESTMENTS LTD, KLASSE GROUP OF COMPANIES, KING’S DYEING AND WEAVING FTY LTD, FINANCIAL AND INVESTMENT SERVICES FOR ASIA LTD, DA DA GROUP OF COMPANIES AND AFEA LINE LTD.

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UNDER-UTILISED FERRY SERVICES TO CEASE OPERATION * * * * *

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS ENDORSED A PROPOSAL TO WITHDRAW THREE UNDER-UTILISED PASSENGER FERRY SERVICES PLYING BETWEEN HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON.

NO DATES HAVE YET BEEN FIXED FOR THE CESSATION OF THE SERVICES WHICH ARE CENTRAL TO KWUN TONG> SAI WAN HO TO KOWLOON C TY AND ' WAN CHAI TO JORDAN ROAD.

-ru TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ENDORSEMENT TO END THE SERVICES CORRESPONDED WITH THE FINDINGS OF THE 1986 STUDY OF CROSS HARBOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES (CHAPTS).

v.llul^ErrnnDER’UTILISED ROUTES, OPERATED BY THE HONG KONG AND ™UMATI FERRY COMPANY, HAVE BEEN INCURRING PASSENGER LOSSES SINCE 1972 FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY IN 1979.

+THE STUDY CONCLUDED THAT A FURTHER AND SIGNIFICANT DROP IN THE #FTER THE 0PENING 0F THE M

THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT THE AVERAGE UTILISATION RATES OF THE THREE SERVICES FOR THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1986 WERE 15.6 PER CENT, 5.5 PER CENT AND 7.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

?Lu-LT*?RAWING THESE SERVICES, THE COMPANY IS EXPECTED TO SAVE ABOUT $6 MILLION ANNUALLY.

/THE SPOKESMAN

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THE SPOKESMAN ASSURED COMMUTERS THAT ADDITIONAL BUS SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED BEFORE THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE CENTRAL-KWUN TONG AND SAI WAN HO-KOWLOON CITY CROSS-HARBOUR FERRY SERVICES.

IN ADDITION TO THE 101 BUS ROUTE PLYING BETWEEN KENNEDY TOWN AND KWUN TONG, A NEW PEAK-HOUR EXPRESS CROSS-HARBOUR BUS ROUTE 141 TO RUN BETWEEN KWUN TONG AND MACAU FERRY PIER WILL BE INTRODUCED TO COINCIDE WITH THE STOPPAGE OF THE CENTRAL-KWUN TONG FERRY SERVICE.

THE 106 CROSS-HARBOUR BUS ROUTE WILL BE IMPROVED WITH THE DEPLOYMENT OF JUMBO BUSES WHEN THE SAI WAN HO TO KOWLOON CITY FERRY SERVICE CEASES OPERATION.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT IT IS INTENDED THAT THE WAN CHAIJORDAN ROAD FERRY SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE UNTIL A NEW FERRY ROUTE BETWEEN WAN CHAI AND KOWLOON POINT — PROPOSED BY THE TWO FERRY COMPANIES — IS IMPLEMENTED.

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SIR DAVID INSPECTS SHA TIN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE * * * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE SHA TIN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR CHAN KAM-CHUEN, AND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MR MORRIS MORGAN, SIR DAVID EXAMINED VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FACILITIES AT THE INSTITUTE WHICH OPENED IN SEPTEMBER.

HE HAD A CLOSE LOOK AT THE COMPUTER ROOM OF THE COMPUTING STUDIES DEPARTMENT, PHOTOGRAPHIC FACILITIES AT THE DESIGN DEPARTMENT AND THE HAIRDRESSING SALON OF THE GENERAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT.

HE WAS ALSO IMPRESSED BY THE FACILITIES AND AMENITIES PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS.

THE SHA TIN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OCCUPIES AN AREA OF 2.9 HECTARES AND HAS A FIVE-STOREY MAIN BUILDING HOUSING CLASSROOMS, LABORATORIES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURE THEATRES AND LIBRARIES.

AMENITIES SUCH AS COMMON ROOMS, CLUB ROOMS AND SPORTING FACILITIES ARE CONTAINED IN A PURPOSE-BUILT COMPLEX SEPARATED FROM THE MAIN BUILDING.

THE INSTITUTE AND THE OTHER SIX TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OPERATED BY THE COUNCIL ARE PROVIDING TECHNICAL EDUCATION AT CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS FOR MORE THAN 50 000 YOUNG PEOPLE.

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YOUTH PROBLEMS PUT IN FOCUS

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A CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS THE PROBLEMS OF UNRULY YOUTH AND TO PROVIDE POSITIVE GUIDELINES TO DISSUADE YOUTHS FROM BECOMING DELINQUENTS WILL BE HELD IN TSUEN WAN ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 17).

THE CONFERENCE WILL ALSO INTRODUCE A SERIES OF FIGHT CRIME ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT IN THE COMING TWO WEEKS.

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY IN THE EXHIBITION GALLERY OF THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AT 10 AM.

SPEAKERS IN THE MORNING SESSION INCLUDE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, DR ROBERT ANDRY WHO WILL SPEAK ON PSYCHOLOGICAL AND CORRECTIVE TREATMENTS’ POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER OF TSUEN WAN, MR HUI CHIU-YIN WHO WILL TALK ON JUVENILE CRIME TRENDS AND PREVENTIVE WORK? AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR NORMAN SIN WHO WILL DEAL WITH THE +PROBLEM+ SIDE OF YOUTH AND ITS IMPLICATIONS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH POLICY.

OTHER TOPICS INCLUDE MORAL EDUCATION AND GUIDANCE IN SCHOOLS.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY GROUP DISCUSSIONS AND A PLENARY SESSION IN THE AFTERNOON.

THE CONFERENCE IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

AN EXHIBITION ON JUVENILE CRIME STATISTICS AND RELATED SUBJECTS ON YOUTH BEHAVIOUR WILL BE HELD IN THE TOWN HALL AND WILL CONTINUE THE NEXT WEEK IN VARIOUS VENUES SUCH AS COMMUNITY HALLS.

RESIDENTS CRIME CARNIVAL

IN TSUEN WAN WILL ALSO BE ENTERTAINED AT A FIGHT IN THE YEUNG UK ROAD SPORTS GROUND ON SUNDAY.

THE CARNIVAL WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES BY THE POLICE BAND, A DISPLAY OF POLICE EQUIPMENT, POLICE DOG DEMONSTRATION AND A STAGE SHOW BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG DISC JOCKEYS AND OTHER ARTISTES TO REINFORCE FIGHT CRIME MESSAGES.

THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE (OPERATIONS), MR LI KWAN-HA, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF AN ANTI SHOP-LIFTING POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION.

JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS WILL HELP DISTRIBUTE FIGHT CRIME PUBLICITY LEAFLETS AT THE SPORTS GROUND.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENTS.

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YOUDE FUND RECEIVES GRASSROOTS SUPPORT * * * * *

DISTRICT BODIES HAVE RESPONDED ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND.

AT A RECENT MEETING OF THE SAN PO KONG (INDUSTRIAL) AREA COMMITTEE, A DONATION OF ftll 450 WAS COLLECTED FROM MEMBERS IN RESPONSE TO THE +ilO DRIVE*. THE SUM WAS HANDED OVER TO THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NICHOLAS YEK.

+THE OTHER 12 AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT HAVE PLANS FOR SIMILAR ARRANGEMENTS.* A WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ALSO SUPPORTED THE DRIVE, HE ADDED.

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TOOK THE LEAD BY CONTRIBUTING DURING A MEETING EARLIER IN THE WEEK. THE DONATION WILL BE SENT TO THE FUND IN THE NAME OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD AFTER DONATIONS FROM OTHER DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ARE COLLECTED.

STAFF OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE ALSO MADE DONATIONS AS A MARK OF RESPECT TO SIR EDWARD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MEANWHILE, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE TODAY RECEIVED A DONATION TO THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND FROM A CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY.

THE CONTRIBUTION, AMOUNTING TO $2 617, CAME FROM 140 RESIDENTS OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION ADVICE COUNCIL MARTHA BAKER SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY IN UPPER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE THANKED THE ELDERLY PEOPLE FOR THEIR DONATION. HE ALSO CALLED ON OTHER ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUND, NO MATTER HOW LARGE OR SMALL THE CONTRIBUTIONS MIGHT BE.

IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT, STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE ALSO GAVE GENEROUSLY TO THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND.

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MORE CENTRES FOR YOUDE FUND DONATIONS

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PEOPLE WISHING TO DONATE TO THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND WILL FIND IT MORE CONVENIENT TO DO SO WITH THE OPENING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) OF ADDITIONAL CENTRES TO COLLECT CONTRIBUTIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID A TOTAL OF 53 SUB-OFFICES AND DISTRICT OFFICES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY HAVE NOW SET UP DONATION BOXES FOR THE FUND.

HE NOTED THAT THE FUND WOULD SUPPORT THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION TO WHICH THE LATE GOVERNOR ATTACHED MUCH IMPORTANCE.

+NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL IN MEMORY OF A MAN WHO CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO HONG KONG,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

RECEIPTS WILL NOT BE ISSUED UNLESS REQUESTED, AND THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED DONORS THAT CONTRIBUTIONS OF $100 OR MORE ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

DONATION BOXES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 4.30 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO 11.30 AM ON SATURDAYS.

HOWEVER, THE CHEUNG CHAU AND MUI WO SUB-OFFICES IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT WILL ONLY ACCEPT DONATIONS ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING THE CLOSURE OF AN ILLEGAL STRUCTURE ON THE ROOF OF A BUILDING AT 8 PING SHING LANE, KWUN TONG, SO THAT IT CAN BE DEMOLISHED.

THIS FOLLOWS THE OWNER’S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ORDERS ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN NOVEMBER 1985, REQUIRING THE STRUCTURE’S DEMOLITION.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 27 WAS POSTED ON THE STRUCTURE TODAY (THURSDAY).

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

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EXHIBITION TO CLOSE FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN * * * * *

A TWO-DAY EXHIBITION ON +SECURITY AT HOME* WILL BE HELD IN THE LOBBY OF HENNESSY CENTRE IN CAUSEWAY BAY ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (JANUARY 17 AND 18).

THE EXHIBITION IS THE FINAL EVENT IN WAN CHAI DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN.

THERE WILL BE DISPLAYS OF ANT I-BURGLARY DEVICES SUITABLE FOR HOMES, AND THE POLICE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU’S MOBILE EXHIBITION CAR WILL BE STATIONED OUTSIDE THE VENUE.

IN ADDITION, WINNING ENTRIES IN A STUDENTS’ FIGHT CRIME SLOGAN CONTEST WILL BE ON DISPLAY.

THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE CRIME PREVENTION CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD AT 2.15 PM ON SATURDAY. WINNERS OF THE SLOGAN CONTEST WILL RECEIVE AWARDS AND THREE CITIZENS WHO HAVE ASSISTED THE POLICE IN PREVENTING CRIME WILL RECEIVE THE DISTRICT’S +FIGHT CRIME AWARDS*.

FOLLOWING THE CLOSING CEREMONY, THE THIRD PHASE OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT’S NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME WILL BE INAUGURATED AT 3.15 PM AT THE RUBY RESTAURANT.

ABOUT 300 HOUSEHOLDS FROM FOUR BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT WILL JOIN THE SCHEME TO PREVENT CRIME.

AMONG THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE TWO CEREMONIES WILL BE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, WAN CHAI POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR LAU TO-YEE, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHENG HOK-YIN; AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN TO BE HELD AT 2.15 PM ON SATURDAY AT HENNESSY CENTRE IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE THIRD PHASE OF THE DISTRICT’S NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME AT 3.15 PM ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF RUBY RESTAURANT, CAUSEWAY BAY.

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SEMINAR ON ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY * * * * *

A SEMINAR ON APPLICATION SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (ASIC) AND SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY (SMT), TWO ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES BEING APPLIED BY MANUFACTURERS IN THE PRODUCTION OF ELECTRONICS CONSUMER PRODUCTS, WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 9, 1987 IN THE NEW WORLD HOTEL.

ON THE ADVICE OF THE ELECTRONICS SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD, THE SEMINAR IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL TO INFORM LOCAL MANUFACTURERS OF THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES, THEIR DEVELOPMENT TRENDS, AREAS FOR APPLICATION AND BENEFITS THAT MIGHT BE DERIVED.

SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE EXPERTS IN THE FIELD, INDUSTRIALISTS PRESENTLY APPLYING THESE TECHNOLOGIES IN THEIR OWN OPERATION AND SUPPLIERS OF THE TECHNOLOGIES AND RELEVANT EQUIPMENT.

DETAILS REGARDING APPLICATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE SEMINAR WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY.

IN THE MEANTIME, INTERESTED PARTIES MAY CONTACT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT OR THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

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RESIDENTS URGED TO KEEP SEWERS FREE OF WASTES

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MONG KOK RESIDENTS TODAY (THURSDAY) SAW HOW SEWER BLOCKAGES WERE CLEARED OF GREASE AND DIRT IN A DEMONSTRATION STAGED IN SHANTUNG STREET.

THE DEMONSTRATION WAS CONDUCTED BY A TEAM OF SEWER CLEANSING WORKERS, SUPERVISED BY AN ENGINEER FROM THE URBAN DRAINAGE DIVISION, MR CHUNG HO-KWAN.

HIGH PRESSURE WATER JETS WERE AMONG THE EQUIPMENT USED TO REMOVE RUBBISH THAT CLOGGED THE PIPES.

A BUCKET ATTACHED TO A WINCH WAS ALSO USED.

+THE DEMONSTRATION ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES HOW SEWERS ARE BLOCKED UP WITH ALL KINDS OF WASTES WHICH SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CARELESSLY DUMPED INTO THE DRAINS IN THE FIRST PLACE,+ MR CHUNG SAID.

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+THESE INCLUDE OLD CLOTHES, ROTTEN VEGETABLES AND FRUIT AND WASTES FROM MARKET STALLS, SAND AND MUD FROM CONSTRUCTION SITES, AS WELL AS FOOD REMAINS FROM COOKED FOOD STALLS,+ HE SAID.

MR CHUNG POINTED OUT THAT APART FROM ACTING ON COMPLAINTS, THE DIVISION ALSO CONDUCTED REGULAR CLEANSING OPERATIONS TO MAINTAIN THE FREE FLOW OF WASTE WATER IN UNDERGROUND SEWERS AND STORM WATER DRAINS.

HE URGED RESIDENTS TO AVOID DISCHARGING SOLID WASTES, GREASE AND OIL INTO THE DRAINS, AS THEY THEMSELVES WOULD EVENTUALLY SUFFER INCONVENIENCE IN CASE OF BLOCKAGE.

THE DEMONSTRATION WAS ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN, TO FOSTER RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE DRAINAGE PROBLEM IN THE DISTRICT.

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JURORS LIST TO BE PUT UP

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THE ACTING REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR COLIN JAMES PERRIOR, ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT A FURTHER LIST OF COMMON JURORS WOULD BE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING AT 38 QUEENSWAY NEXT WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 21).

THE LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS DURING WHICH PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY WRITTEN NOTICE 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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SOUTHERN TO STAGE FIRST SINGING CONTEST FINAL

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL BE ENTERTAINED TO AN EVENING OF FREE MUSIC AT THE FINAL OF THE FIRST DISTRICT SINGING CONTEST TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 17).

THE COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION, THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE URBAN COUNCIL AS ONE OF THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMMES OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

SIX GROUPS AND 12 SOLOISTS, SELECTED FROM 250 ENTRIES, WILL BE COMPETING AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A GUEST PERFORMANCE BY THE BAND EQUATOR.

FINALISTS WILL PERFORM WESTERN AND CHINESE POPULAR AND FOLK SONGS AND THE TOP THREE PERFORMERS IN EACH SECTION WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES AND GIFT COUPONS.

THE ORGANISERS SAID THE AIM OF THE COMPETITION WAS TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNICATIONS AND PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING AMONG THE ABLE-BODIED AND DISABLED.

ENCOURAGING RESPONSE HAD BEEN RECEIVED FROM A NUMBER OF LOCAL REHABILITATION INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE HONG KONG PHAB ASSOCIATION AND THE EBENEZER SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND.

ADJUDICATORS FOR THE COMPETITION INCLUDE ASSISTANT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS OLIVIA NIP, AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION AND THE RECORDING AND BROADCASTING SECTORS.

OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MRS SO CHOW YIM-PING, AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CONTEST STARTING FROM 7.30 PM TO 10 PM ON SATURDAY IN THE SCHOOL HALL OF CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL, NO 1, SHUM WAN ROAD, WONG CHUK HANG.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 1987

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FIRE-FIGHTING BRIEFING FOR SAI KUNG RESIDENTS

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ABOUT 40 SAI KUNG RESIDENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM VILLAGES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS WILL VISIT THE SAI KUNG FIRE STATION TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FIREFIGHTING AND FIRE PREVENTION.

ORGANISED AS PART OF THE SAI KUNG FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN, THE VISIT IS AIMED AT INCREASING RESIDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORK OF THE FIRE SERVICES AND REMINDING THEM OF THE NEED TO HELP PREVENT FIRE.

THE VISITORS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE WORK AND FACILITIES OF THE FIRE STATION, A FIRE-FIGHTING DEMONSTRATION WILL ALSO BE GIVEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT, TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE AT 9.15 AM FROM THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI.

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PASSING-OUT PARADE * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, WILL INSPECT A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF CUSTOMS INSPECTORS AND OFFICERS ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 17) AT 10.BQ AM, AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL, 16-MILESTONE, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TAI LAM CHUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. TRANSPORT (AM 5822) FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE LEAVING FROM THE HUNG HOM FERRY PIER BY 9 AM ON SATURDAY.

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LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE RAMPS TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY

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THE EASTERN DOWN-RAMP AND THE WESTERN UP-RAMP OF LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE IN MEI FOO SUN CHUEN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC SEPARATELY TO FACILITATE BRIDGE WORK.

THE EASTERN DOWN-RAMP WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 18) FROM 8 AM TO 9 PM WHILE THE WESTERN UP-RAMP WILL BE CLOSED ON JANUARY 25 DURING THE SAME PERIOD.

DURING THE EASTERN DOWN-RAMP CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON KWAI CHUNG ROAD HEADING FOR MEI FOO SUN CHUEN WILL BE DIVERTED TO KWAI CHUNG ROAD EASTBOUND, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG MOU STREET, CHEUNG SHUN STREET, CHEUNG LAI STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD WESTBOUND, THE FLYOVER, TO REJOIN CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD WESTBOUND.

EXISTING BUS STOPS FOR EASTBOUND BUSES ON THE UNNAMED RAOD OUTSIDE TAK YAN COLLEGE OF MEI FOO SUN CHUEN WILL BE TEMPORARILY RELOCATED TO LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE AHEAD OF THE EASTERN DOWN-RAMP.

DURING THE WESTERN UP-RAMP CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON WESTBOUND CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND LAI CHI KOK ROAD HEADING FOR KWAI CHUNG SHOULD PROCEED VIA KWAI CHUNG ROAD. MOTORISTS FROM PO LUN STREET, MEI LAI ROAD AND BROADWAY STREET HEADING FOR KWAI CHUNG WILL BE DIVERTED TO CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD EASTBOUND, LAI CHI KOK RAOD, CHEUNG MOU STREET, CHEUNG SHUN STREET, CHEUNG LAI STREET, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD WESTBOUND, THE FLYOVER, AND KWAI CHUNG ROAD.

EXISTING BUS STOPS FOR WESTBOUND BUSES ON THE UNNAMED ROAD OUTSIDE THE GOOD WORLD RESTAURANT OF MEI FOO SUN CHUEN WILL BE SUSPENDED. A TEMPORARY BUS STOP WILL BE PROVIDED ON LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE AHEAD OF THE WESTERN UP-RAMP.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES ON HONG KONG ISLAND

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EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND HMS TAMAR WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 17) AND SUNDAY (JANUARY 18) FOR TWO DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS.

THE CLOSURE ON SATURDAY WILL START FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM WHILE ON SUNDAY IT WILL LAST FROM 6 AM TO MIDNIGHT.

THE MEASURE IS FOR THE HMS TAMAR NAVY DAY OVER THE WEEKEND AS WELL AS THE GALA OPENING OF 1987 HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY.

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MEANWHILE, A SERIES OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY;

X THE ACCESS ROAD TO MURRAY ROAD MULTISTOREY CAR PARK FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH COTTON TREE DRIVE TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY. NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE ROAD SECTION FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

* TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN WAN CHAI, NO VEHICLE ON BOWRINGTON ROAD WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT TO HENNESSY ROAD EASTBOUND, WHILE THE SECTION OF HENNESSY ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 415 AND 441 WILL BE MADE A 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

* IN STANLEY, THE UNNAMED ROAD LINKING STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD AND CARMEL ROAD WILL BE REROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND. AT THE SAME TIME, NO VEHICLE ON STANELY NEW STREET WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER STANLEY MAIN STREET.

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RIGHT-TURN BAN IN TUEN MUN * * * * *

RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENT AT SEVERAL JUNCTIONS IN TUEN MUN WILL BE BANNED FOR ABOUT TEN DAYS FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO ENABLE ROAD WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT.

VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED TO TURN RIGHT FROM PUI TO ROAD caqtrOIJND TO TIN HAU ROAD. MOTORISTS SHOULD DRIVE VIA KIN TAI STREET, KIN WING STREET AND TSUN WEN ROAD BEFORE REJOINING TIN HAU ROAD.

RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENT FROM TSUN WEN ROAD TO PUI TO ROAD WESTBOUND WILL ALSO BE BANNED. TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO TIN HAU ROAD AND HUNG CHEUNG ROAD TO REJOIN PUI TO ROAD WESTBOUND.

AS RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENT FROM TIN HAU ROAD TO PUI TO ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE PROHIBITED, TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED VIA PUI TO ROAD WESTBOUND, TSI NG WUN ROAD, AND WONG CHU ROAD TO TSUEN WAN. TRAFFIC HEADING FOR TUEN MUN TOWN CENTRE WILL BE DIVERTED TO TSUN WEN ROAD AND CHOY YEE BRIDGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ABOLITION OF RATES RELIEF SCHlT-lE PROPOSED ................. 1

SIR DAVID OPENS SHA TIN TO..IT HALL.......................... 2

SEPTEMBER NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES PUBLISHED .................... 3

CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES ^HUMANE, FIRM AND EFFICIENT+......... 9

FIREMEN PRAISED FOR D^ZOTION TO DUTY......................... 10

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS COSTLY 'TO ALL PARTIES.................. 10

NORWEGIAN BANK GRANTED LICENCE............................... 13

ISLANDS ‘WALK FOR MILLIONS’ ON SUNDAY........................ 13

GRANTS AWARDED TO ARTISTE, IJRPORlxDTG AITS GROUPS .......... 14

BAN ON SMOKELESS TABACCO TAKES EFFECT........................ 15

FOREIGN INVESTiaTT SHOWS CONFIDENCE IN UK’S FUTURE........... 15

GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS 'TO BE PRESENTED ........................ 16

NORTH DB MEMBERS VISIT 2CIDICAL INSTITUTIONS ................ 17

NEW OUT-PATIENT CLINIC FOR IG.UN TONG........................ 18

MONG KOK TO LAUNCH YLAEUEND CLEAN-UP......................... 18

INTEREST ON TAX RBSIRVE CERTIFICATES REVISED................. 19

BY—CENSUS DATA DESTROYED .................................... 21

CAD HSADQU/xRTARS ON THE MOVE................................ 21

SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL TLLZMATCH FOR SUNDAY.............. 22

FUN FAIR FOR KOWLOON CITY RLSIDINTS TOMORROW ................ 23

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FIKE PREVENTION EXHIBITION MOVES TO TAI PO................... 23

FIRE PREVENTION DAT FOR KWAI TSING RESIDENTS................. 24

FIRST KWAI TSING ATHLETICS MEET SET FOR SUNDAY............... 24

SHEUNG SHUI WATER CUT ....................................... 25

NEW ROADS IN SHEUNG SHUI TO OPEN............................. 26

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1987

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ABOLITION OF RATES RELIEF SCHEME PROPOSED * * * * *

A BILL WHICH PROPOSES TO ABOLISH THE RATES RELIEF SCHEME FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987 ALSO INCLUDES A NUMBER OF OTHER, MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE RATING ORDINANCE.

COMMENTING ON THE PROPOSALS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT RATES ARE CALCULATED BY APPLYING THE RATES PERCENTAGE CHARGE, AS PRESCRIBED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, TO THE RATEABLE VALUE WHICH IS THE ESTIMATED ANNUAL RENTAL VALUE OF EACH PROPERTY ASSESSED TO RATES.

AS THE PRESCRIBED PERCENTAGE IS CURRENTLY ONLY SIX PER CENT, RATES GENERALLY CONSTITUTE A VERY SMALL ELEMENT IN MOST TENANTS’ OVERALL RENTALS.

FURTHERMORE, AS THE CURRENT RATES RELIEF SCHEME GENERALLY RESTRICTS INCREASES IN RATES TO 20 PER CENT OVER THE AMOUNT PAYABLE IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR, THE RATES FOR ANY PROPERTY SUBJECT TO RELIEF WILL BE LESS THAN SIX PER CENT OF THE RATEABLE VALUE.

THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY STARTED WORK ON A GENERAL REVALUATION TO TAKE EFFECT ON APRIL 1, 1988.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING REVALUATIONS IS TO RE-DISTRIBUTE THE RATES BURDEN ACCORDING TO UP-TO-DATE RENTAL VALUES.

THE CURRENT RATES RELIEF SCHEME WAS INTRODUCED IN 1984 IN ORDER TO PHASE IN CHANGES IN THE RATES BURDEN FOR RATEPAYERS WHO EXPERIENCED ABOVE AVERAGE INCREASES IN THE RATEABLE VALUES OF THEIR PROPERTIES AS A RESULT OF THE GENERAL REVALUATION IN THAT YEAR.

THE PURPOSE OF THE RATES RELIEF SCHEME HAS NOW BEEN LARGELY ACHIEVED BECAUSE ONLY 7.3 PER CENT OF ALL RATED PROPERTIES WOULD BE SUBJECT TO RELIEF IN 1987-88 IF THE SCHEME WERE TO CONTINUE.

HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH THE NUMBER OF THESE PROPERTIES WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE, SEVERAL WILL CONTINUE TO OBTAIN RATE RELIEF FOR MANY YEARS UNLESS THE SCHEME IS ABOLISHED.

AS THE RATEPAYERS OF THESE REMAINING PROPERTIES WILL BE BEARING LESS THAN THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE RATES BURDEN, THE OBJECT OF CARRYING OUT THE REVALUATION WILL TO SOME EXTENT BE DEFEATED.

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THE PROPOSED ABOLITION WILL SLIGHTLY AFFECT THE RATES PAYABLE BY A NUMBER OF PUBLIC HOUSING DOMESTIC TENANTS WHOSE MONTHLY RATES IN 1987-88 WILL ON AVERAGE INCREASE BY Si.97 MORE THAN IF* THE SCHEME HAD CONTINUED UNCHANGED.

HOWEVER, IN ACCORDANCE WITH EXISTING POLICY, PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THESE INCREASES UNTIL THEIR RENTS ARE NEXT REVIEWED.

ONLY ABOUT SIX PER CENT OF PRIVATE DOMESTIC PREMISES WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE CHANGE AND THE AVERAGE EXTRA RATES PAYABLE FOR THESE PREMISES WILL BE ONLY $22.64 PER MONTH.

THE OTHER CHANGES PROPOSED ARE MAINLY DESIGNED TO CLARIFY CERTAIN TECHNICAL POINTS AND TO IMPROVE THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE ORDINANCE.

THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES ARE FIRSTLY TO ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER OF RATING AND VALUATION TO AGREE TO MAKE ALTERNATIONS TO RATEABLE VALUES WHEN OBJECTIONS TO THE PROPOSED ASSESSMENTS ARE RECEIVED FROM RATEPAYERS, AND SECONDLY TO SIMPLIFY THE CALCULATION OF REFUND OF RATES ON ACCOUNT OF VACANCY.

THE ABOLITION OF THE RATES RELIEF SCHEME WILL RESULT IN AN INCREASE OF $76 MILLION IN ESTIMATED RATES REVENUE IN 1987-88.

IT IS EXPECTED THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON JANUARY 21.

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SIR DAVID OPENS SHA TIN TOWN HALL *****

THE OPENING OF SHA TIN TOWN HALL MARKS ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP IN THE FULFILMENT OF GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO ENSURE THAT CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES SHOUD BE IN EASY REACH OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT HONG KONG AND PARTICULARLY IN THE NEW TOWNS. THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TOWN HALL, SIR DAVID SAID, +THE FIRST, TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, WAS BUILT IN I960, AND ALREADY MAKES A MAJOR CONTRIBUTION TO OUR CULTURAL LIFE.

+LATER THIS YEAR, TUEN MUN TOWN HALL - A REPLICA OF THIS FINE FACILITY - WILL BE OPENED. THERE WILL THEN BE A RING OF FACILITIES BOTH LARGE AND SMALL AROUND THE NEW TERRITORIES.+

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SIR DAVID SAID THE PRESENCE OF THESE HALLS ACTED AS A STIMULUS TO ARTISTIC ACTIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY, OPENED EYES TO A NEW WORLD CF MUSIC DANCE AND DRAMA, RELEASED CREATIVE TALENT AND BROUGHT UNTOLD INDIRECT BENEFIT TO HONG KONG AS A WHOLE.

♦THEY ARE A VITAL FACTOR IN FULFILLING OUR NEED TO KEEP HONG KONG NOT ONLY MOVING AHEAD WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD BUT TAKING A LEAD IN THE REGION AND DEVELOPING ITS ROLE AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN EAST AND WEST,+ HE SAID.

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SEPTEMBER NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES PUBLISHED * * H X *

THE OVERALL NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR SEPTEMBER 1986, AT 136.2, INCREASED BY 6.6 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1985 AND BY 1.6 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1986, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE SEPTEMBER 1986 AND SEPTEMBER 1985 INDEXES UH0W3 THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 6.0 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 6.2 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 7.6 PER CENT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 10.3 PER CENT, AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 4.3 PER CENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE SEPTEMBER 1986 AND JUNE 1986 INDEXES SHOWS THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 1.1 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 2.3 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 1.3 PER CENT AND FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 2.8 PER CENT WHILE THAT FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR DECREASED BY 0.2 PER CENT.

THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR SEPTEMBER 1986 FOR SELECTED MAJOR TABLE 1. DETAILED BREAKDOWNS FOR GIVEN IN TABLE 2.

THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 1985 TO ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ARE

THE OVERALL REAL WAGE INDEX, AT 103.9 IN SEPTEMBER 1986, WAS 4.5 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN SEPTEMBER 1985 AND 0.9 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN JUNE 1986.

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FROM SEPTEMBER 1985 TO SEPTEMBER 1986, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR THl MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 4.1 PER CENT} FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 4.2 PER CENTj FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 5.5 PER C"hT, FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 8.1 PER CENTj AND for the Personal services sector by 2.4 per cent.

COMPARING SEPTEMBER 1986 WITH JUNE 1986, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR T MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 0.5 PER CENT, FOR THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 1.5 PER CENT, FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 0.5 PER CENTj AND FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 2.0 PER CENT, iWHILE THAT FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR DECREASED BY 0.9 PER CENT.

THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD SEPTEMBER 1985 TO SEPTEMBER 1986 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 3.

THESE NOMINAL AND REAL WAGE INDEXES ARE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONDUCTED EACH QUARTER BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, COVERING BOTH MANUAL AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS (EXCLUDING WORKERS AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL LEVELS) IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOP. THE WHOLESALE-RETAIL, IMPORT-EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR, THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR AND THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR.

SUCH INDEXES MEASURE CHANGES IN WAGE RATES BY HOLDING THE STRUCTURAL PATTERN OF THE LABOUR FORCE WITH RESPECT TO INDUSTRY, OCCUPATION, SEX AND MODE OF PAYMENT THE SAME AS THAT OF MARCH 1982, WHICH IS THE BASE PERIOD OF THE WAGE INDEXES.

WHILE THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX MEASURES CHANGES IN WAGE RATES IN MONEY TERMS, THE REAL WAGE INDEX, WHICH IS OBTAINED BY DEFLATING THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A), MEASURES CHANGES IN THE PURCHASING POWER OF THE WAGES RECEIVED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT DREW ATTENTION TO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WAGE INDEXES AND THE INDEXES OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED WHICH ARE ALSO PUBLISHED AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE WAGE RATES PROVIDE A MEASURE OF THE UNIT PRICE OF LABOUR, PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS A MEASURE OF PER CAPITA EARNINGS.

WAGE RATES REPRESENT THE AMOUNT OF REMUNERATION FOR NORMAL HOURS OF WORK AND ARE DEFINED TO INCLUDE BASIC WAGES AND SALARIES, COST-OF-LIVING ALLOWANCE, MEAL BENEFITS, COMMISSION AND TIPS, GOOD ATTENDANCE BONUS AND NIGHT SHIFT ALLOWANCE.

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IN ADDITION, YEAR-END BONUS AND OTHER GUARANTEED AND REGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES THAT ARE PAID LESS FREQUENTLY THAN MONTHLY, ARE CONVERTED TO AN EQUIVALENT MONTHLY RATE WHEN COMPILING THE WAGE RATE INDEXES.

TOTAL PAYROLL, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS THE AMOUNT OF DIRECT CASH PAYMEN’S THAT EMPLOYEES RECEIVE FROM EMPLOYERS. APART FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED CASH RECEIPTS, IT ALSO INCLUDES OVERTIME PAY AND OTHER NON-GUARANTEED AND IRREGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES.

HENCE, STATISTICS ON PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED TEND TO BE SENSITIVE TO CHANGES IN THE NUMBER OF HOURS ACTUALLY WORKED, THE TIMING OF THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES AND BACK-PAY, AND THE COMPOSITION OF THE LABOUR FORCE.

AS A RESULT, MOVEMENTS IN WAGE RATES DO NOT NECESSARILY CONFORM WITH THOSE IN PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED.

THE SURVEY FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN A REPORT OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS STATISTICS VOL. I, SEPTEMBER 1986 WHICH WILL BE ON SALE SHORTLY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

THE VOL. II ISSUE OF THE REPORT CONTAINING DETAILED OCCUPATIONAL STATISTICS, SUCH AS WAGE RATES, NUMBER OF NORMAL HOURS OF WORK AND NUMBER OF STANDARD WORKING DAYS IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE EARLY NEXT MONTH.

I OR ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE WAGE INDEXES, CONTACT THE WAGES AND LAF'JUR COSTS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-455774 OR 5-416062.

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Table 1 : Nominal Wage Indexes by Selected Major Economic Sectors

Selected Major Economic Sectors Indexes (March 1982 - 100)

Sept. 1985 Dec. 1985 Mar. 1986 Jun. 1986 Sept. 1986

Manufacturing 127.5 128.1 131.2 133.7 135.2

Wholesale/Retail, 120.8 122.6 124.1 125.4 128.3

Import/Export trades and

Restaurants and Hotels

Transport Services 145.4 145.6 151.7 154.4 156.4

Business Services 130.3 131.0 135.4 139.8 143.7

Personal Services 124.6 124.5 125.8 130.2 130.0

All Sectors Above 127.8 128.6 131.6 134.0 136.2

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Table 2 : Nominal Wage Indexes for Major Industries in the Manufacturing Sector

Industry Indexes (March 1982 - 100)

Sept. 1985 Dec. 1985 Mar. 1986 Jun. 1986 Sept. 1986

Garments 120.6 121.0 122.9 125.7 126.1

Gloves 138.3 138.9 140.8 142.0 144.4

Handbags 123.0 124.2 124.9 125.8 128.9

Cotton Spinning/Weaving 128.8 129.6 135.5 139.8 144.3

Knitting 129.9 130.8 134.2 137 .4 138.8

Bleaching and Dyeing 133.1 134.0 139.1 144.9 148.4

Printing 133.4 133.3 135.7 139.9 141.5

Plastic Products 127.7 127.9 132.2 134.1 135.6

Metal Products 130.1 130.5 135.3 137.2 139.3

Electrical Appliances 137.3 136.5 143.3 145.7 148.2

Electronics 132.1 132.8 136.2 137.2 140.3

Watches and Clocks 134.6 134.7 141.8 145.0 144.8

Manufacturing 127.5 128.1 131.2 133.7 135.2

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Table 3 : Real Wage Indexes by Selected Major Economic Sectors

Selected Major Economic Sectors Indexes (March 1982 - 100)

Sept. 1985 Dec. 1985 Mar. 1986 Jun. 1986 Sept. 1986

Manufacturing 99.1 100.8 102.3 102.7 103.2

Wholesale/Retail, 93.9 96.5 96.7 96.4 97.8

Import/Export trades and

Restaurants and Hotels

Transport Services 113.1 114.6 118.2 118.7 119.3

Business Services 101.4 103.1 105.5 107.5 109.6

Personal Services 96.9 98.1 98.1 100.1 99.2

All Sectors Above 99.4 101.3 102.6 103.0 103.9

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CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES +HUMANE, FIRM AND EFFICIENT*

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY (FRIDAY) DESCRIBED HONG KONG’S CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES TOWARD OFFENDERS AS ♦HUMANE YET FIRM AND EFFICIENT*.

SPEAKING AT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL INSPECTION AT STANLEY, SIR DAVID SAID GOOD CORRECTIONAL AND REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES HELP OFFENDERS LEAD A LAW-ABIDING AND USEFUL LIFE ON THEIR RELEASE.

+THE DEPARTMENT HAS LONG BEEN RECOGNISED AS FORWARD LOOKING IN ITS HUMANE YET FIRM AND EFFICIENT TREATMENT TOWARDS OFFENDERS AND HAS CONTINUED TO ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL INTEREST BOTH IN THE METHODS IT USES AND IN THE RESULTS IT ACHIEVES,* HE SAID.

+THE SUCCESS OF YOUR EFFORTS CLEARLY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.*

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS GLAD THAT MUCH EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON THE GENERAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION OF OFFENDERS, PARTICULARLY YOUNG INMATES. LAST YEAR, A TOTAL OF 153 INMATES TOOK PART IN PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS AND THE AVERAGE PASS RATE WAS OVER 90 PER CENT.

+THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCOUTING AND GUIDING ACTIVITIES WITHIN YOUNG OFFENDER INSTITUTIONS IS ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD AND WILL ASSIST THEM IN BECOMING LAW-ABIDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID EFFORTS WERE BEING MADE BY THE GOVERNMENT TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE REHABILITATION OF YOUNG OFFENDERS. A YOUNG OFFENDER PANEL, RECOMMENDED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE TO ADVISE COURTS ON THE MOST APPROPRIATE SENTENCES FOR CONVICTED YOUNG OFFENDERS, WAS BEING SET UP AND PROPOSALS TO INTRODUCE THE PRERELEASE EMPLOYMENT SCHEME AND THE RELEASE UNDER SUPERVISION SCHEME WERE ALSO BEING CONSIDERED.

♦THESE SCHEMES SEEK TO HELP OFFENDERS FROM REVERTING TO CRIME AFTER THEY LEAVE PRISON, AND PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO TAKE UP OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT DURING THEIR SENTENCES UNDER CLOSE SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.*

SIR DAVID THEN PAID SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR ITS EFFORTS IN MANAGING CLOSED CENTRES FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND IMPROVING LIVING CONDITIONS IN THEM.

+WE RECOGNISE THAT LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO RESOLVE THE REFUGEE PROBLEM IN HONG KONG,* SIR DAVID SAID. *BUT WHILE THE REFUGEES ARE IN OUR CARE, WE MUST LOOK AFTER THEM.*

SIR DAVID ALSO PRESENTED COLONIAL PRISON SERVICE MEDAL TO 25 OFFICERS AND STAFF WHO HAD SERVED THE DEPARTMENT WELL IN THE LAST 18 YEARS.

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FIREMEN PRAISED FOR DEVOTION TO DUTY * K * * *

HONG KONG’S FIRE SERVICES HAS ATTAINED ITS HIGH REPUTATION THROUGH THE UNSELFISH DEVOTION TO DUTY BY LONG SERVING PERSONNEL, THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, MR LAM CHEK-YUEN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION OF FIRE BRIGADES LONG SERVICE MEDALS TO 14 MEMBERS OF THE HEADQUARTERS COMMAND, MR LAM SAID THE AWARDS REPRESENTED ALMOST THREE CENTURIES OF GOOD CONDUCT AND LOYAL SERVICE OF THE RECIPIENTS.

+EACH OF YOU, THROUGH YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION, HAS CONTRIBUTED IN MANY WAYS YOUR SHARE IN BUILDING UP THIS ELITE BRIGADE.

+THE LONG SERVICE AWARDS YOU ARE ABOUT TO RECEIVE ARE DUE RECOGNITION OF YOUR MANY YEARS OF LOYAL SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY A WELL DESERVED AWARD TO REMIND YOU CONSTANTLY OF THE APPRECIATI THAT IS DUE TO YOU,+ MR LAM SAID.

THE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE NEW FIRE SERVICES HEADQUARTERS IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST. AMONG THE RECIPIENTS WERE DIVISIONAL OFFICERS MR YEUNG WAN-PUI AND MR LAM CHUN-MAN.

THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 64 FIRE AND AMBULANCE OFFICERS AND MEN WHO HAVE SERVED THE DEPARTMENT FOR 18 OR UP TO 30 YEARS HAVE BEEN AWARDED FIRE BRIGADES LONG SERVICE MEDALS.

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INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS * *

COSTLY TO ALL PARTIES X *

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ARE SO OF ALL PARTIES CONCERNED TO WORK

COSTLY THAT IT IS IN THE INTEREST

zv- ------ ■ ------ TOWARDS IMPROVING THE CONDITIONS

v^DEIn1/AL1M°RKl THE LAB0VR DEPARTMENT’S CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR,

MR YIP YUK-LUN, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

,N9 A LUNCHE0N MEETING OF THE AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, MR YIP SAID INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS RESULTAD IN HEAVY LOSS ON THE PART OF EMPLOYERS AS WELL AS THE EMPLOYEES. ^oT/THurL°SS CAN BE D,V,DED INTO DIRECT COSTS AND INDIRECT COSTS,+ HE SAID.

°TnTHE EMpL0YER, THERE WERE THREE MAIN ELEMENTS CONSTITUTING THE DIRECT COSTS OF AN ACCIDENT. THEY INCLUDED!

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M STATUTORY COMPENSATION PAID UNDER THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ORDINANCE TO THE INJURED EMPLOYEE AND COURT AWARDS TO THE DEPENDANTS OF THE DECEASED EMPLOYEES,

M COURT FINES BECAUSE OF PROSECUTIONS AGAINST BREACHES OF THE SAFETY REGULATIONS RESULTING FROM THE ACCIDENTS, AND

* COMMON LAW CLAIMS BY EMPLOYEE AGAINST THE EMPLOYER FOR NEGLIGENCE WHICH HAD BEEN SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR OR CONTRIBUTORY TO THE OCCURRENCE OF THE ACCIDENT.

IN ADDITION TO THE DIRECT COSTS, HE SAID, THERE WERE NUMEROUS INDIRECT COSTS WHICH HAD TO BE BORNE BY EMPLOYERS AS.A RESULT OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS.

THESE INCLUDED THE WORKING TIME LOST ON THE PART OF THE INJURED WORKER, HIS FELLOW WORKERS AND THE SUPERVISORY STAFF, INDIRECT PECUNIARY LOSS SUCH AS COST OF TRAINING REPLACEMENTS AND INCREASES IN INSURANCE PREMIUMS.

IN GENERAL, THE INDIRECT COSTS THAT RESULTED FROM AN ACCIDENT WERE FAR MORE DAMAGING AND EXPENSIVE THAN DIRECT COSTS AND HAD FAR-REACHING CONSEQUENCES.

MR YIP POINTED OUT THAT THE HARDEST HIT IN AN INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT WAS THE INJURED WORKER HIMSELF.

IN ADDITION TO THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL SUFFERING CAUSED TO WORKER, HE SAID, INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS USUALLY HAD SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES FOR THE LIVELIHOOD AND WELL-BEING OF HIS FAMILY.

♦ ALL THESE ALARMING COSTS OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS CLEARLY POINT TO THE NEED FOR SPECIAL ATTENTION IN SAFETY>AT WORK BY ALL PARTIES CONCERNED,+ HE SAID.

ACCORDING TO MR YIP, THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN ENSURING A HIGH STANDARD OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND A LOW ACCIDENT RATE, LAY IN CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYERS AND THE GOVERNMENT.

HE SAID THAT THE BASIC APPROACH ADOPTED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IN PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY WAS A COMBINATION OF ENFORCEMENT, EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY.

ON THE ENFORCEMENT FRONT, THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE IN 1986 CARRIED OUT 75 180 INSPECTIONS AT INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS AND INVESTIGATIONS INTO INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS AND DANGEROUS OCCURRENCES.

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AS A RESULT, THE DEPARTMENT HAD TAKEN OUT 1 677 PROSECUTIONS AGAINST INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS FOR BREACHES OF VARIOUS SAFETY REGULATIONS DURING THE YEAR.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT, IT WAS WELL RECOGNISED THAT ENFORCEMENT ALONE WAS FAR FROM ADEQUATE TO PRODUCE LASTING EFFECTS IN IMPROVING STANDARDS OF SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK.

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♦THE DEPARTMENT IS, THEREFORE, CONSTANTLY AWARE OF THE NEED TO PROVIDE EDUCATION PROGRAMME ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY FOR THOSE IN THE INDUSTRY.+ MR YIP SAID.

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE DEPARTMENT ORGANISED A WIDE VARIETY OF FREE TRAINING COURSES FOR EMPLOYERS, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL AND WORKERS.

♦ANOTHER IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN THE DEPARTMENT*S PROGRAMME OF PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IS PUBLICITY.+

♦INCREASING EMPHASIS IS NOW BEING PLACED ON MAKING USE OF THE MEDIA SUCH AS TELEVISION AND RADIO SHOWS, EXHIBITIONS AND SEMINARS TO CONVEY THE MESSAGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TO THE PUBLIC,♦ HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR YIP STRESSED THAT ALL THESE MEASURES BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WERE STILL NOT SUFFICIENT TO ENSURE A HIGH STANDARD OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND A LOW ACCIDENT RATE.

IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE ANY SUBSTANTIAL AND LASTING IMPROVEMENT IN THIS IMPORTANT FIELD, BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES MUST BE COMMITTED TO FULFILLING THEIR RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBI LITlES.+

IN SHORT, INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IS A TRIPARTITE MATTER,+ HE SAID.

IN ORDER TO INCULCATE IN INDUSTRY THIS TRIPARTITE RESPONSIBILITY, HE SAID, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN PROMOTING IN THE PAST YEARS A VOLUNTARY SAFETY MOVEMENT THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE AND ITS SIX INDUSTRY-BASED SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEES UNDER THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD.

WE HAVE SINCE SUCCESSFULLY LAID DOWN THE FOUNDATION WORK AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD ON THE MOMENTUM WE HAVE GAINED SO FAR.+

I AM CONFIDENT THAT WITH OUR CONTINUED CO-OPERATION AND COMMITMENT, WE SHALL BE ABLE TO MAKE STEADY PROGRESS IN THE FIELD OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY,♦ MR YIP ADDED.

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NORWEGIAN BANK GRANTED LICENCE

K M K M

THE DEN NORSKE CREDITBANK (DNC) HAS BEEN GRANTED A BANKING LICENCE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS IN HONG KONG, A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY).

+THE DNC WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1857 AND IS NORWAY’S LARGEST BANK. ONE OF ITS WHOLLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARIES IS A HONG KONG LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NORWEGIAN BANKING PRESENCE IN HONG KONG REFLECTS HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT AS A BROAD-BASED FINANCIAL CENTRE,+ HE ADDED.

THIS IS THE FIRST BANKING LICENCE TO BE GRANTED IN 1987, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG TO 152, OF WHICH 117 ARE INCORPORATED OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

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ISLANDS 'WALK FOR MILLIONS’ ON SUNDAY JE I *JE X

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT’S +WALK FOR MILLIONS* WILL TAKE PLACE THIS SUNDAY (JANUARY 18) IN THE NAN SHAN COUNTRY PARK ON LANTAU ISLAND.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, WILL OFFICATE AT THE STARTING CEREMONY AT 10.30 AM IN THE N.T. HEUNG YEE KUK SOUTHERN DISTRICT SECONDARY SCHOOL, MUI WO FERRY PIER, LANTAU ISLAND.

NOTE TO EDITORS*

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. THE GOVERNMENT LAUNCH +CLEMENTI+ WILL LEAVE THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER IN TSIM SHA TSUI AT 8.30 AM AND THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER IN CENTRAL AT 8.45 AM FOR MUI WO.

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GRANTS AWARDED TO ARTISTE, PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS * * X * *

THERE HAS BEEN ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE TO THE GRANT APPLICATION SCHEME (GAS) 1986-87 PROJECT (AND OTHER) GRANTS - THE SECOND ROUND EXERCISE OF THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (CFPA) - WITH 34 PERFORMING ARTISTES AND ARTS ORGANISATIONS SUBMITTING A TOTAL OF 43 APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS.

APPLICANTS REPRESENT A BROAD CROSS-SECTION OF THE LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS MILIEU, WITH A FAIR SPREAD OF APPLICATIONS FROM EXPONENTS OF BOTH WESTERN AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE ART FORMS.

FIFTEEN LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS GROUPS AND A PERFORMING ARTISTE HAVE RECEIVED GRANTS TOTALLING $466 000 THIS TIME. THE MAJORITY OF THE GRANTS WILL HELP COVER COSTS OF PERFORMANCES, MOST OF WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE LATER THIS FINANCIAL YEAR.

RECIPIENTS INCLUDE THE HAN HSIAO DANCE COMPANY, THE GAYSTEPPERS DANCE TROUPE AND HONG KONG DANCE FEDERATION AND FOUR DRAMA ORGANISATIONS — SHA TIN THEATRE COMPANY, AMITY DRAMA CLUB, THE MUSICAL COMPANY AND BESTREBEN DRAMA ASSOCIATION.

RECEIVING PROJECT GRANTS IN THE MUSIC FIELD ARE THE HONG KONG SILVER JUBILEE SINGERS, PAN ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, THE LEARNERS’ CHORUS, DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, HONG KONG CAMERATA AND HONG KONG ORATORIO SOCIETY.

AN INDIVIDUAL GRANT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO WILLY TSAO TO ENABLE HIM TO PRESENT THREE DANCE PRODUCTIONS OF AN EXPERIMENTAL NATURE. A CAPITAL GRANT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO THE CITY CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY FOR THE PURCHASE OF LIGHTING EQUIPMENT FOR THE CITY CONTEMPORARY THEATRE, WHILE THE HONG KONG FESTIVAL FRINGE LIMITED HAS RECEIVED ANOTHER GRANT TO ASSIST IT IN MOUNTING THE FESTIVAL FRINGE '87.

FURTHER APPLICATIONS FOR PROJECT GRANTS, INDIVIDUAL GRANTS AND CAPITAL GRANTS (THE LATTER INTENDED TO ASSIST IN THE PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT ESSENTIAL TO PERFORMANCE) UNDER THE GAS 1986-87 ARE STILL BEING INVITED BY THE CFPA FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 1987.

FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE GAS, AS WELL AS GRANT APPLICATION FORMS, MAY BE OBTAINED BY CALLING THE CFPA SECRETARIAT ON 5-735878 AND 5-735425 OR FROM THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, 10TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

AS REGARDS RESPONSE TO THE INVITATION FOR GENERAL SUPPORT GRANT APPLICATIONS UNDER THE COUNCIL’S GAS 1987-88 FOR WHICH THE CLOSING DATE WAS SEPTEMBER 30, 1986, A TOTAL OF EIGHT APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED AND ARE CURRENTLY BEING SCRUTINISED BY THE CFPA. RESULTS OF THESE APPLICATIONS WILL BE KNOWN EARLY IN THE NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR.

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BAN ON SMOKELESS TOBACCO TAKES EFFECT X * X X X

REGULATIONS PROHIBITING THE IMPORTATION, MANUFACTURE, SALE, POSSESSION FOR SALE, OFFERING OR EXPOSING FOR SALE, CONSIGNING OR DELIVERING OF SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCTS WERE GAZETTED AND CAME INTO EFFECT TODAY (FRIDAY) FOLLOWING THEIR APPROVAL BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL LAST WEEK.

THE REGULATIONS WERE MADE UNDER THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES ORDINANCE, FOR HEALTH REASONS, CONSEQUENT TO THE LATEST INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL EXPERT ADVICE ON THE DANGERS OF SMOKELESS TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

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FOREIGN INVESTMENT SHOWS CONFIDENCE IN HK’S FUTURE X X X X X

FOREIGN INVESTMENT, BE IT IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRIES, MANUFACTURING, REAL ESTATE OR THE MONEY AND CAPITAL MARKET, HAS CONTINUED TO FLOW INTO HONG KONG IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS SINCE THE SIGNING OF THE SINO-BRITISH AGREEMENT, DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG ECONOMIC AFFAIRS IN SAN FRANCISCO, MR BILLY LAM, SAID TODAY (HONG KONG TIME).

ADDRESSING SOME 80 MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN CREDIT MANAGERS ASSOCIATION IN LOS ANGELES, MR LAM SAID THAT DESPITE SOME UNCERTAINTIES WHICH SURFACED DURING THE PERIOD OF SERIOUS NEGOTIATIONS ON HONG KONG’S FUTURE, ITS HIGHLY EXTERNALLY ORIENTED MARKET ECONOMY CONTINUED TO PERFORM WELL, WITH INCREASING FOREIGN INVESTMENT EVIDENCE OF THE CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE.

POINTING OUT THAT IN ADDITION TO INVESTMENT FROM THE TRADITIONAL SOURCES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA, INVESTMENT FROM JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES AND, MOST RECENTLY AUSTRALIA, HAD INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY.

MR LAM CITED TWO MAJOR PROJECTS IN WHICH FOREIGN INVESTMENT IS CURRENTLY PLAYING A KEY ROLE: THE U.S.$128 MILLION SIX-STOREY CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION EXTENSION, A JOINT PROJECT OF SEALAND ORIENT, NEW WORLD DEVELOPMENT AND R.J. REYNOLDS TOBACCO COMPANY, AND THE U.S.$436 MILLION SECOND CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL PROJECT, A JOINT VENTURE OF JAPANESE, BRITISH AND CHINESE INVESTMENT.

+AT THE END OF 1985, FACTORIES WHOLLY OR PARTLY OWNED BY OVERSEAS INTERESTS ACCOUNTED FOR 11 PER CENT OF TOTAL INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT,+ MR LAM NOTED. HE SAID THAT HONG KONG WAS OF GROWING IMPORTANCE TO CHINA TOO, WITH CHINESE INVESTMENT IN THE TERRITORY ESTIMATED AT FOUR TO SIX BILLION U.S. DOLLARS.

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+ THE NEW BANK OF CHINA BUILDING CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION IS AMPLE EVIDENCE OF THE IMPORTANCE CHINA ATTACHES TO HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL AND TRADING CENTRE. HONG KONG HAS RESUMED ITS ROLE AS AN IMPORTANT ENTREPOT FOR CHINA’S EXPORTS, OFFERING EXCELLENT DEEP WATER PORT FACILITIES AND UNIQUE EXPERTISE OF MIDDLEMEN INVOLVED IN FINAL PACKAGING AND HANDLING,* MR LAM SAID.

WHILE CHINA SURPASSED THE UNITED STATES IN 1986 AS HONG KONG’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER AND EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA FROM HONG KONG HAD EXPERIENCED A HIGH GROWTH RATE, MR LAM NOTED IT IS NOT JUST A ONE-WAY RELATIONSHIP.

+HONG KONG’S POSITION AS THE DOORWAY TO THE WEST AND ITS WESTERN SYSTEMS OF MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS ARE BEING UTILISED IN HELPING CHINA’S MODERNISATION PROGRAMME.*

HE NOTED TOO THAT DEVELOPMENTS SUCH AS THE OPENING OF THE UNIFIED STOCK EXCHANGE HAD FURTHER ENHANCED HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL ROLE.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE, MR LAM SAID THAT THE PROGRESSIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SI NO-BRITISH AGREEMENT, HONG KONG’S CONTINUED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND ITS ON-GOING GROWTH AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE SERVE TO ENHANCE HONG KONG’S PROSPERITY AND STABILITY.

+TOGETHER WITH THE UNIQUE ABILITY OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO ADJUST AND ADAPT TO A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT AND THEIR DETERMINATION TO OVERCOME PROBLEMS, I AM CONFIDENT THAT DURING THE NEXT TEN YEARS, AND WELL AFTER 1997, HONG KONG WILL REMAIN A PROSPEROUS AND DYNAMIC INTERNATIONAL TRADING AND FINANCIAL CENTRE.*

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GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED * X * X *

A PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 18) IN VICTORIA PARK TO AWARD 12 WINNERS OF THE 1986 EASTERN DISTRICT GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS.

THEY ARE BEING AWARDED FOR THEIR BRAVERY AND OUTSTANDING BEHAVIOUR IN HELPING THE POLICE TO FIGHT CRIME.

AN EXHIBITION ON NARCOTIC DRUGS AND AN EXHIBITION ON THE +1986 FIGHT CRIME AND CARE FOR SOCIETY SCHEME* WHICH WAS HELD LAST JUNE WILL ALSO BE DISPLAYED DURING THE EVENT.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1987

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE PERFORMANCES BY THE AUXILIARY POLICE PIPE BAND, TAEKWONDO BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, EASTERN POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR G.W. REPER, CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR LEUNG SAU-CHI, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE. MR CHOW FUNG-CHEUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY AT VICTORIA PARK FOOTBALL PITCHES NO. 1, 2 AND 3.

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NORTH DB MEMBERS VISIT MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS

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MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY) VISITED MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE DISTRICT FOR A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF SERVICES PROVIDED.

LED BY BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG, AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, THE PARTY FIRST VISITED THE FANLING HOSPITAL. THEY WERE BRIEFED ON THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT BY HOSPITAL SUPERINTENDENT, DR LI WOOD-NG.

THEY THEN TOURED THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY, X-RAY, PHYSIOTHERAPY AND GENERAL OUT-PATIENTS DEPARTMENTS, MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE AND THE LABORATORY.

BUILT IN 1960, THE HOSPITAL HAS 98 BEDS FOR PATIENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PARTY NEXT WENT TO SHEK WU HUI JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC IN SHEUNG SHUI AND SAW THE OPERATION OF ITS METHADONE CLINIC AND TRAVELLING DISPENSARY.

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NEW OUT-PATIENT CLINIC FOR KWUN TONG * * * *

KWUN TONG IS TO HAVE ANOTHER OUT-PATIENT CLINIC TO SERVE ITS DENSE POPULATION FROM NEXT MONDAY (JANUARY 19).

THE NEW GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINIC IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE RECENTLY COMPLETED LAM TIN POLYCLINIC AT KAI TIN ROAD.

IT WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM AND 2 PM TO 5 PM ON WEEKDAYS AND 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAYS. IT WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

A MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE SEVEN-STOREY LAM TIN POLYCLINIC WAS COMPLETED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR. WHEN FULLY OPERATIONAL, IT WILL ACCOMMODATE A SCHOOL CHILDREN DENTAL CLINIC, A GENERAL OUT-PATIENT CLINIC, A MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRE, A GERIATRIC DAY CENTRE, A PSYCHIATRIC DAY CENTRE AND A COMMUNITY NURSING CENTRE.

THE DENTAL CLINIC ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE POLYCLINIC WAS THE FIRST TO OPEN LAST NOVEMBER, WHILE THE OTHER MEDICAL SERVICES WILL START OPERATION IN PHASES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE LAM TIN POLYCLINIC WILL BE THE FOURTH GOVERNMENT CLINIC PROVIDING OUT-PATIENT SERVICES TO RESIDENTS IN KWUN TONG.

THE THREE OUT-PATIENT CLINICS IN THE DISTRICT ARE THE KWUN TONG JOCKEY CLUB HEALTH CENTRE WHICH ALSO PROVIDES SERVICES IN THE EVENINGS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, THE NGAU TAU KOK JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC AND SHUN LEE GOVERNMENT CLINIC.

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MONG KOK TO LAUNCH YEAR-END CLEAN-UP * * * X

A CLEAN-UP WILL BE LAUNCHED IN MONG KOK TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO HELP RESIDENTS DISPOSE OF BULKY JUNKS AND REFUSE BEFORE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP IS AN ANNUAL OPERATION ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND IS TIED IN WITH THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN TO FOSTER A CLEAN AND HYGIENIC LIVING ENVIRONMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

URBAN COUNCIL MEMBERS, DR RONALD LEUNG AND MR CHAN KWOK-MING, WILL HELP REMOVE RUBBISH FROM NEARBY BUILDINGS AFTER A LAUNCHING CEREMONY.

/PRIZES

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PRIZES WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO 12 BUILDINGS WHICH HAVE WON A BUILDING CLEAN-UP COMPETITION HELD EARLIER.

NOTE TO EDITORSl

OPENING OF THE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP OUT AREA AT THE JUNCTION OF PRINCE

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TOMORROW AT 10 AM AT THE SITT INGEDWARD ROAD AND NULLAH STREET. -

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES REVISED

THE NEW ANNUAL RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES WILL NOW BE 2.52 PER CENT (TAX FREE) AS AGAINST THE CURRENT RATE OF 3.36 PER CENT (TAX FREE).

NOTICE OF THIS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

INTEREST ON TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES IS CALCULATED IN MONTHLY STEPS AND THE NEW RATE WILL BE $0.21 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 JANUARY 19, 1987.

CERTIFICATES WHICH WERE ISSUED BEFORE JANUARY 19, 1987 WILL CONTINUE TO EARN INTEREST AS FOLLOWSs

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

5.52* PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 30, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 3, 1985

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5.04% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 3, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 24, 1985 }

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, 19851

3.60% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER JUNE 27, 1985 AND BEFORE JULY 17, 19851

3.36% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER

JULY 17, 1985 AND BEFORE JULY 23, 1985 I '* J;‘ - ''

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2.76% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON -OR AFTER ■ < • i|ULY 23, 1985 AND BEFORE SEPTEMBER 4, 1985 f

3.36% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 4, 1985 AND BEFORE APRIL 3, 1986}

4.32% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER APRIL 3, 1986 AND BEFORE MAY 14, 1986}

4.08% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER MAY 14j 1986 AND BEFORE AUGUST 19, 1986} AND

3.36% PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 19, 1986 AND BEFORE JANUARY 19, 1987,

BUT ALWAYS SUBJECT TO THE GENERAL RULE THAT INTEREST CEASES TO ACCRUE AFTER 36 COMPLETE MONTHS WITHOUT SURRENDER FOR PAYMENT OF TAX.

EXAMPLE} 11 000 CERTIFICATES PURCHASED ON JANUARY 23, 1987, FEBRUARY 23, 1987 AND MARCH 23, 1987 RESPECTIVELY, SURRENDERED IN PAYMENT OF TAX DUE ON APRIL 22, 1987 WILL HAVE INTEREST CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS*-

ON $1 000, JANUARY 23, 1987 TO APRIL 22, 1987

3 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $2.10 PER MONTH - 6.30

ON $1 000, FEBRUARY 23, 1987 TO APRIL 22, 1987

2 COMPLETE MONTHS AT $2.10 PER MONTH - 4.20

ON $1 000. MARCH 23, 1987 TO APRIL 22, 1987

1 COMPLETE MONTH AT $2.10 PAR MONTH - 2.10 -

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BY-CENSUS DATA DESTROYED

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QUESTIONNAIRES CONTAINING DATA ON INDIVIDUALS, LIVING QUARTERS AND HOUSEHOLDS COVERED BY THE 1986 BY-CENSUS WERE BURNT THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING AT THE KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATOR UNDER THE CLOSE SUPERVISION OF CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT STAFF.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDINANCE, DATA ON INDIVIDUALS, LIVING QUARTERS AND HOUSEHOLDS OBTAINED FROM THE 1986 BY-CENSUS MUST BE TREATED AS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND ALL QUESTIONNAIRES WITH SUCH INFORMATION MUST BE DESTORYED WITHIN A YEAR AFTER THE BY-CENSUS.

HE STRESSED THAT AT ALL STAGES OF THE BY-CENSUS OPERATIONS, STEPS WERE TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT CONFIDENTIALITY OF DATA WAS STRICTLY MAINTAINED.

+OTHER THAN THOSE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE BY-CENSUS OPERATIONS, NO ONE WITHIN OR OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT CAN HAVE ACCESS TO THE INDIVIDUAL DATA OF THE BY-CENSUS. CENSUS OFFICERS ARE ALL UNDER OATH OF SECRECY NOT TO DISCLOSE SUCH INFORMATION.

+QUESTIONNAIRES FROM THE BY-CENSUS WERE DESTORYED TO DISPEL ANY POSSIBLE ANXIETY WHICH THE PUBLIC MIGHT HAVE OVER THEIR FUTURE USE,+ HE SA ID.

DATA COLLECTED FROM THE BY-CENSUS ARE STILL BEING PROCESSED BY COMPUTER. DETAILS OF INDIVIDUALS, LIVING QUARTERS OR HOUSEHOLDS ARE NOT KEPT ON COMPUTER NOR IN ANY OTHER FROM OF RECORDS IN THE DEPARTMENT. CENSUS RESULTS WILL BE RELEASED ONLY IN THE FORM OF AGGREGATED STATISTICAL TABLES.

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CAD HEADQUARTERS ON THE MOVE

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THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT WILL MOVE ITS HEADQUARTERS FROM THE UNITED CENTRE TO THE 46TH FLOOR OF QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT 66 QUEENSWAY OVER THE WEEKEND.

THE DEPARTMENT’S ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING SECTION WILL ALSO MOVE FROM ADMIRALTY CENTRE TO THE SAME ADDRESS.

THE DEPARTMENTAL HEADQUARTERS WILL RESUME BUSINESS ON MONDAY (JANUARY 19) AT 8.45 AM. THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR ENQUIRIES IS 5-8624332.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL TELEMATCH FOR SUNDAY

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DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL COMPETE AGAINST GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN AN INVITATION MATCH DURING THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT TELEMATCH ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 18) AT THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND IN WONG CHUK HANG.

THE INVITATION GAME IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE TELEMATCH WHICH IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

STARTING AT 10 AM, THE TELEMATCH WILL BE FOLLOWED BY COMPETITIONS AMONG AREA COMMITTEES, LOCAL FIRMS AND FACTORIES. ALL GAMES CARRY A CIVIC EDUCATION MESSAGE.

A SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE AIM OF THE TELEMATCH IS TO PROMOTE SPORTS, PARTICIPATION AND FRIENDSHIP AMONG RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREAS, LOCAL FACTORIES AND FIRMS.

THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TEAM, LED BY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, INCLUDES MRS MABEL TONG OF THE URBAN AREA DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, CHAN MING-KWONG OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND MR WONG WING-CHUNG OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD TEAM ARE MR CHAN YAU-YUE, MR KAN MAN-LEE, MR RAYMOND KWOK AND MR MAN HON-MING.

THE DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL AND THE ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION WILL ALSO SEND A TEAM EACH TO TAKE PART IN THE INVITATION MATCH.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE MR LORD, DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR JASPER LAM, PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL, MR HO CHUN-TUNG AND MR YUNG CHEK-CHOW, URBAN COUNCIL MEMBER, MR JOSEPH CHAN, AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TELEMATCH AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY.

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FUN FAIR FOR KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS TOMORROW

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KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A FUN FAIR AND EXHIBITIONS WHICH INTRODUCE HISTORICAL PERSONALITIES OF ANCIENT CHINA AT YWCA ANNE BLACK CENTRE IN HO MAN TIN TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE FUN FAIR WILL FEATURE LION DANCE, CHINESE DANCE AND MUSIC, EXHIBITIONS ON HISTORICAL PERSONALITIES OF ANCIENT CHINA AND HISTORY BOOKS, GAME STALLS ON RIDDLES. QUIZ, TALKS, FILM SHOW, CROSSWORD PUZZLE AND PICTURE COLOURING COMPETITIONS, AND DEMONSTRATIONS IN TRADITIONAL CHINESE COOKING AND CALLIGRAPHY.

THE EXHIBITIONS ON HISTORICAL PERSONALITIES WILL BE ON DISPLAY AGAIN ON SUNDAY FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM.

THE AIM OF THE EVENT IS TO REMIND THE COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGER GENERATION, OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE LEADING HISTORICAL PEOPLE AND TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO LEARN FROM THEIR VIRTUES AND SUCCESS.

IT IS SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL, URBAN COUNCIL, DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE YWCA ANNE BLACK CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FUN FAIR AT 3 PM TOMORROW AT THE YWCA ANNE BLACK CENTRE, 5 MAN FUK ROAD, HO MAN TIN.

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FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION MOVES TO TAI PO

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A MINI FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION, FEATURING GENERAL AND COUNTRYSIDE FIRES, WILL BE HELD AT TAI PO PLAYGROUND THIS SUNDAY (JANUARY 18).

pnoin ATcnA?or?UR 5UCH EXHIBITIONS HAVE BEEN HELD IN DENSELY AREAS TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE NEED TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL IN PREVENTING FIRE IN THE PREVAILING DR? SEASON^

EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM NOON TO pm with damci DISPLAYS AND DISTRIBUTION OF LEAFLETS 1987 CALENDAR and

GIVEAWAYS SPONOSORED BY KWONG ON BANK’ ' k'ALENDAR CARDS» AND

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FIRE PREVENTION DAY FOR KWAI TSING RESIDENTS

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MORE THAN 5OO KWAI TSING RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE FIRE PREVENTION DAY TO BE HELD AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

SPONSORED BY THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD, THE EVENT IS ONE OF THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AS PART OF THE KWAI TSING FESTIVAL.

THERE WILL BE LION DANCING, BRASS BAND PERFORMANCES, FIRE PREVENTION, FIGHTING AND RESCUE DEMONSTRATIONS.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE A MOBIL COMMAND UNIT ALONG WITH FIRE APPLIANCES AT THE VENUE. AN INFORMATION COUNTER WILL ALSO BE MANNED BY OFFICERS FROM THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO RESPOND TO PUBLIC ENQUIRIES.

OFFICIATING AT THE EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY WILL BE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER, MR CHEUNG SHU-SHING, AND KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, BRAIN COAK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND (NEXT TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE ALSO INVITED TO JOIN OFFICIATING GUESTS TO TOUR THE MOBIL COMMAND UNIT ON DISPLAY.

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FIRST KWAI TSING ATHLETICS MEET SET FOR SUNDAY

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ABOUT 650 ATHLETICS WILL COMPETE IN MORE THAN 60 TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS IN THE FIRST KWAI TSING DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET ON SUNDAY (JANUARY 18) AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND.

THERE WILL BE A 4 X 100-METRE INVITATION RELAY RACE WITH KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TAKING PART. OTHER TEAMS INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION, HOUSING DEPARTMENT, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE FORCE, REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND HEADS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT.

/THE ATHLETIC

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 198?

THE ATHLETIC MEET IS ORGANISED AS PART OF THE FIVE-WEEK-LONG KWAI TSINGQK FESTIVAL '86 WHICH WILL COME TO AN END ON JANUARY 24.

THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION, SET UP LAST JULY WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, HAS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN PREPARING THE ATHLETIC MEET.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TUNG-CHING, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S CULTURE AND RECREATION COMMITTEE, MR CHENG WING-CHUN, REGIONAL COUNCIL MEMBER, MR WONG MAN-TAI, AND THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ATHLETIC MEET AT 9 AM ON SUNDAY AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND (NEXT TO THE KWAI FONG MTR STATION).

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SHEUNG SHU I WATER CUT X * * K

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME VILLAGES IN SHEUNG SHU I WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 8 PM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 19) TO 7 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR MAINS WORK.

ALL PREMISES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM TSUNG PAK LONG TO LOK MA CHAU AND ALONG FAN KAM ROAD FROM PING KONG TO YING PUN WILL BE AFFECTED.

THE VILLAGES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD WHICH WILL BE AFFECTED INCLUDE: TSUNG PAK LONG TSUEN, YIN KONG TSUEN, KAM TSIN TSUEN, HANG TAU TSUEN, KWU TUNG TSUEN, KI LUN TSUEN, HO SHEUNG HEUNG TSUEN, TUNG FONG AREA, LUEN SAN AREA, MA TSO LUNG TSUEN, CHAU TAU TSUEN, PUN UK TSUEN, PAK SEK AU, TAI TAU LENG TSUEN AND KWU TUNG TIN SAM TSUEN.

THOSE ALONG FAN KAM ROAD INCLUDE: PING KONG TSUEN, ON PO TSUEN, TONG KUNG LENG TSUEN, CHEUNG LEK TSUEN, YEE ON SAN TSUEN, TSIU KENG TSUEN AND YING PUN TSUEN.

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NEW ROADS IN SHEUNG SHU I TO OPEN * * * * *

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHEUNG SHUI FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JANUARY 19) IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OPENING OF TWO NEW ROADS THERE.

THESE ARE THE SECTION OF ROAD SR7 AT HANG TAU AND ROAD SR8 BETWEEN HANG TAU AND KAM TSIN.

THE EXISTING ACCESS FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD TO HANG TAU VILLAGE WILL BE CLOSED AND TRAFFIC WILL BE DIVERTED TO ROAD SR7.

MEANWHILE, NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 50 PLYING BETWEEN SHEUNG SHUI AND HANG TAU WILL ALSO BE DIVERTED TO ROAD SR7.

THE NEW ROADS WILL PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE ACCESS TO KAM TSIN VILLAGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN - SUPPLEMENT

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

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1987

SIR DAVID UIIBON

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GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1Q37

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SIR DAVID WILSON APPOINTED GOVERNOR

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HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN HAS BEEN PLEASED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF DR D.C. WILSON CMG TO BE GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF HONG KONG IN SUCCESSION TO THE LATE SIR EDWARD YOUDE GCMG GCVO MBE.

THE QUEEN HAS ALSO BEEN PLEASED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT CF DR WILSON AS A KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED ORDER CF SAINT MICHAEL AND SAINT GEORGE.

SIR DAVID WILSON KCMG

DAVID CLIVE WILSON WAS BORN AT ALLOA IN SCOTLAND ON FEBRUARY 14, 1935. HE WAS EDUCATED AT TRINITY COLLEGE, GLENALMOND, AND KEBLE COLLEGE, OXFORD, WHERE HE WAS A SCHOLAR, GRADUATING IN MODERN HISTORY IN 1958. BETWEEN SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY HE DID NATIONAL SERVICE IN THE ARMY FROM 1953 TO 1955, WAS COMMISSIONED IN THE BLACK WATCH (RHR), AND SERVED SOME OF THAT TIME IN BRITISH GU IANA.

HE ENTERED THE FOREIGN SERVICE IN 1958 AND WORKED FIRST IN THE SOUTH-EAST ASIA DEPARTMENT OF THE FOREIGN OFFICE AND THEN AS THIRD SECRETARY IN VIENTIANE. IN 1960 HE WAS ASSIGNED TO FULL-TIME CHINESE LANGUAGE STUDIES AT HONG KONG UNIVERSITY FOR TWO YEARS AND AT THE BEGINNING OF 1963 WAS POSTED TO PEKING AS THIRD, LATER SECOND, SECRETARY.

IN 1965 HE RETURNED TO THE FOREIGN OFFICE, ON PROMOTION TO FIRST SECRETARY. TO WORK IN THE FAR EASTERN DEPARTMENT. THREE YEARS LATER HE RESIGNED FROM THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE TO TAKE UP THE APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF +THE CHINA QUARTERLY* AT THE CONTEMPORARY CHINA INSTITUTE OF THE SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES, LONDON UNIVERSITY.

DURING THAT PERIOD HE TOOK A SABBATICAL AS A VISITING SCHOLAR AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, IN 1972 AND GAINED A PHD FROM LONDON UNIVERSITY IN 1973.

IN 1974 SIR DAVID REJOINED THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE AND WORKED FOR THREE-AND-A-HALF YEARS IN THE CABINET OFFICE. FROM 1977 TO 1981, FOLLOWING PROMOTION TO THE RANK OF COUNSELLOR, HE SERVED AS POLITICAL ADVISER TO THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, RETURNING TO LONDON AT THE END OF 1981 TO BECOME HEAD OF SOUTHERN EUROPEAN DEPARTMENT IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE.

SINCE FEBRUARY 1984, WITH A FURTHER PROMOTION, HE HAS HELD HIS CURRENT APPOINTMENT IN THE FCO AS ASSISTANT UNDER-SECRETARY CF STATE RESPONSIBLE FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC.

/SIR DAVID........

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 198?

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SIR DAVID WAS MADE A ‘'.CMG ON THE OCCASION OF HIS APPOINTMENT IN JANUARY 1987 AS GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF HONG KONG.

IN 1967 HE MARRIED NATASHA (HELEN MARY) ALEXANDER, WHO WAS BORN IN OXFORD IN 1943. THEY HAVE TWO SONS, PETER AND ANDREW, BORN IN 1968 AND 1969 RESPECTIVELY. LADY WILSON OWNS AND RUNS A NURSERY SCHOOL IN LONDON. SIR DAVID’S MAIN OUTSIDE INTERESTS ARE MOUNTAINEERING AND READING. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE 1981 BRITISH EXPEDITION TO MOUNT KONGUR IN CHINA.

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STATEMENT BY THE HON SIR S.Y.CHUNG, SENIOR MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL *****

AS SENIOR MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, I WARMLY WELCOME THE APPOINTMENT OF SIR DAVID WILSON AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, WHICH WAS ANNOUNCED BY HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT TODAY.

LIKE MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, I REMEMBER HIS WORK AS POLITICAL ADVISER BETWEEN 1977 AND 1981, AND ADMIRE HIS KNOWLEDGE OF CHINA AND HIS POLITICAL SENSITIVITY. DURING THE SINO-BRITISH NEGOTIATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, MY COLLEAGUES IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF WORKING WITH HIM CLOSELY IN OUR FREQUENT VISITS TO LONDON. WE WERE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE IMPORTANT WORK HE WAS DOING FOR HONG KONG AS THE LEADER CF THE BRITISH DELEGATION IN THE WORKING GROUP AT THE LATER STAGES OF THE NEGOTIATIONS AND, AFTER THE SIGNING OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, AS THE LEADER OF THE BRITISH SIDE IN THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP. THE SWIFT AND SUCCESSFUL RESOLUTION OF THE MANY PROBLEMS FACING THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP IN THE LAST TWO YEARS WAS DUE IN NO SMALL MEASURE TO HIS SKILL AND TACT IN THE DISCUSSIONS. I DO NOT THINK WE CAN FIND ANY OTHER MAN TO BE THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG WHO HAS SUCH A THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE NOT ONLY OF HONG KONG AFFAIRS BUT ALSO OF THE PROCESSES OF THE S INO-BR ITISH NEGOTIATIONS.

SIR DAVID WILSON HAS A LONG AND PRODUCTIVE ASSOCIATION WITH CHINA, AND HIS WORK THERE AS A DIPLOMAT HAS MADE HIM MANY FRIENDS. HIS EXPERT KNOWLEDGE OF CHINESE AFFAIRS AND HIS EXPERIENCE IN BEIJING WILL BE INVALUABLE TO HIM DURING HIS RESIDENCE AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, PARTICULARLY IN THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD TOWARDS 1997.

I BELIEVE THAT SIR DAVID WILSON’S APPOINTMENT WILL FURTHER STRENGTHEN CONFIDENCE IN OUR FUTURE BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE HONG KONG. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HIM FOR THE GOOD OF HONG KONG AND I SHALL NO DOUBT GIVE HIM MY FULL SUPPORT.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1987

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STATEMENT BY THE HON LYDIA DUNN, SENIOR MEMBER OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL * * * *

I AM DELIGHTED THAT SIR DAVID WILSON HAS BEEN APPOINTED THE NEW GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG. SIR DAVID WILSON’S DEEP KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF HONG KONG AND CHINA, HIS ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE, HIS ROLE IN THE NEGOTIATIONS LEADING UP TO THE JOINT DECLARATION AND HIS WORK ON THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP MAKE HIM UNIQUELY QUALIFIED FOR THIS POSITION. HE HAS SOUND JUDGMENT AND HIGH INTELLECT.

THE SPONTANEOUS REACTION OF THE PUBLIC TO THE DEATH OF THE LATE GOVERNOR SHOWED NOT ONLY THEIR AFFECTION FOR THE MAN BUT ALSO THE IMPORTANCE OF THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG AT ■DilS TIME. I AM SURE THE COMMUNITY WILL REMEMBER THAT AS THEY WELCOME HIS SUCCESSOR AND GIVE SIR DAVID WILSON THEIR SUPPORT AS HE TAKES UP HIS HEAVY RESPONSIBILITIES. HE WILL HAVE MY FULLEST SUPPORT.

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NEW GOVERNOR EXPECTED IN EARLY APRIL X X X X X

THE NEW GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG IN EARLY APRIL, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL PARADE, SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS DELIGHTED THAT SUCH A CLOSE. PERSONAL FRIEND WOULD BE THE NEXT GOVERNOR. +1 AM SURE THAT WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO HIS ARRIVAL,* HE SAID.

SIR DAVID ALSO SAID HE WAS SURE THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE DELIGHTED THAT SUCH A GOOD FRIEND AND AN OLD FRIEND OF CHINA, AND SOMEONE WITH A DEEP KNOWLEDGE OF CHINESE HISTORY AND CF THE LANGUAGE HAD BEEN APPOINTED, AND THAT IT WOULD BE EASY TO FIND A GOOD RAPPORT WITH HIM.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR DESCRIBED THE NEW GOVERNOR AS A MAN OF GREAT INTELLECTUAL ABILITY WHO KNEW HONG KONG WELL.

+SO I AM QUITE SURE THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO BECOME FAMILIAR VERY QUICKLY AND COME UP TO DATE WITH HONG KONG’S PROBLEMS AND ADMINISTRATION,* HE SAID.

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ASKED WHAT +HARDSHIPS+ THE NEW GOVERNOR WOULD HAVE TO FACE, SIR DAVID SAID THAT BEING GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG WAS A TOUGH JOB AT ANY TIME.

BUT HE STRESSED THAT SIR DAVID WILSON WOULD BE +SUPPORTED BY A VERY STRONG ADMINISTRATION*.

+ | AM SURE THAT THE POSTINGS AND APPOINTMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED IN THE PAST FEW DAYS WILL GET HIS TEAM INTO POSITION TO ENABLE HIM TO CARRY ON WITH THE GOOD GOVERNMENT CF HONG KONG.*

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PARLIAMENTARY GROUP HEAD WELCOMES APPOINTMENT ******

IN A PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED TO THE MEDIA IN LONDON, SIR PETER BLAKER, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG PARLIAMENTARY GROUP, SAIDi

*l AM DELIGHTED BY THE APPOINTMENT OF SIR DAVID WILSON AS GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF HONG KONG. THERE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN A MORE SUITABLE CHOICE. SIR DAVID HAS KNOWN BOTH HONG KONG AND CHINA WELL FOR MANY YEARS AND WAS CLOSELY INVOLVED IN THE WORK LEADING UP TO THE JOINT DECLARATION AND AGREEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF THE TERRITORY. HE NOW HOLDS A VERY SENIOR POSITION IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE DEALING WITH HONG KONG AND AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BRITISH SIDE OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, IS INTIMATELY INVOLVED IN ALL THE MATTERS WHICH THE GROUP IS SUCCESSFULLY TACKLING.

♦ HE IS A CHINESE SCHOLAR AND RESPECTED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. IN ADDITION HIS THREE YEARS IN THE CABINET OFFICE IN LONDON WILL HAVE GIVEN HIM AN INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LEVERS OF POWER IN WESTMINSTER AND WHITEHALL. I AM SURE HE WILL BE AN EFFECTIVE DEFENDER OF THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG AND ITS PEOPLE AND THAT UNDER HIM HONG KONG’S STABILITY AND PROSPERITY WILL CONTINUE AND DEVELOP. THE OFFICES OF THE BRITISH-HONG KONG PARLIAMENTARY GROUP WILL BE TABLING A MOTION IN PARLIAMENT CONGRATULATING SIR DAVID ON HIS NEW APPOINTMENT AND WISHING HIM SUCCESS.*

AN EXCELLENT CHOICE - LORD MACLEHOSE

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IN WELCOMING THE APPOINTMENT OF SIR DAVID WILSON, FORMER GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, LORD MACLEHOSE SAIDi *SIR DAVID WILSON SEEMS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE. HE HAS THE RIGHT PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND HONG KONG EXPERIENCE AND THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF BRAINS, ENERGY AND PERSONALITY TO MAKE THE GOVERNOR HONG KONG NEEDS AFTER THE SAD DEATH OF SIR EDWARD YOUDE.+

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TRANSCRIPT OF PRESS CONFERENCE * * * *

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE SATELLITE-LINK

PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE NEW GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, SIR DAVID WILSON TODAY 1

JOHN CHAN, DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICESi

GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO THIS SATELLITE PRESS CONFERENCE. IN OUR STUDIO HERE ON BROADCAST DRIVE, REPRESENTATIVES OF HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS NEWS MEDIA ARE WAITING TO TALK TO OUR NEXT GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WHO IS AT PRESENT IN THE BRITISH TELECOM STUDIO IN LONDON. SIR DAVID IS OF COURSE NO STRANGER TO HONG KONG. HE WAS POLITICAL ADVISER HERE FROM 1977 TO 811 HE WAS CLOSELY INVOLVED IN THE SINO-BRITISH NEGOTIATIONS ON HONG KONG’S FUTUREi AND HE HAS BEEN SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE ON THE BRITISH SIDE OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP SINCE ITS INCEPTION. WELL, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET’S CROSS OVER TO LONDON.

JOHN CHANi GOOD MORNING SIR DAV ID. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR APPOINTMENT AND ON YOUR KNIGHTHOOD. MAY I INVITE YOU TO SAY A FEW WORDS TO OUR FRIENDS FROM THE MEDIA TO START WITH?

SIR DAVIDt

THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND GOOD EVENING TO ALL OF YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE GOOD MORNING TO ME IN LONDON, BUT I KNOW IT’S EVENING FOR YOU. PERHAPS I COULD START BY SAYING A FEW WORDS. AS YOU KNOW THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT HAS JUST BEEN MADE TWO HOURS AGO THAT HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED MY APPOINTMENT AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE AND ALSO A GREAT CHALLENGE TO BE GIVEN THIS RESPONSIBILITY. MUCH OF MY OWN WORKING LIFE HAS BEEN SPENT EITHER IN OR INVOLVED WITH HONG KONG AND I DEVELOPED GREAT ADMIRATION AND GREAT AFFECTION FOR THE TERRITORY AND ITS PEOPLE. I AM DELIGHTED AND I AM HONOURED TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE HONG KONG AS GOVERNOR.

AT THE SAME TIME I HAVE TO SAY THAT I TAKE UP THIS TASK WITH A CERTAIN SENSE OF SADNESS, WITH SADNESS BECAUSE I SHALL BE TAKING THE PLACE OF SIR EDWARD YOUDE, A VERY DISTINGUISHED GOVERNOR WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF HONG KONG. HIS DEATH WAS A GREAT LOSS TO US ALL. BUT DURING HIS PERIOD OF OFFICE HE LAID A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT. I SHALL STRIVE TO BUILD ON THAT FOUNDATION. DURING MY DIPLOMATIC SERVICE CAREER, I HAVE SEEN HONG KONG GROW AND PROSPER OVER A PERIOD

/OF SOME .......

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OF SOME 25 YEARS OR MORE. I WAS IN HONG KONG AS A STUDENT AT THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY AND I SPENT FOUR VERY HAPPY YEARS AS POLITICAL ADVISER TO AN EARLIER DISTINGUISHED GOVERNOR, LORD MACLEHOSE. I HAVE THE GREATEST ADMIRATION FOR THE THRIVING SOCIETY AND ECONOMY THAT HAS BEEN BUILT UP IN HONG KONG. I HAVE COME TO KNOW AND TO HAVE THE GREATEST CONFIDENCE IN THOSE WHO ARE NOW GOING TO BE ADVISING ME, BOTH COUNCILLORS AND OFFICIALS. I PLAN TO TAKE UP MY NEW RESPONSIBILITIES IN EARLY APRIL AND BEFORE THEN I SHALL BE STARTING TO BRIEF MYSELF AS FULLY AS I POSSIBLY CAN ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE TERRITORY AND ITS ADMINISTRATION AND I SHALL BE TAKING TIME TO MEET KEY PEOPLE INVOLVED WITH HONG KONG AFFAIRS. I KNOW THAT I HAVE A GREAT DEAL TO LEARN BOTH IN THE WEEKS AHEAD AND AFTER I HAVE TAKEN UP MY NEW RESPONSIBILITIES. MEANWHILE UNTIL I TAKE UP MY APPOINTMENT, THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN THE VERY CAPABLE HANDS OF SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE WAY IN WHICH SIR DAVID AND THE CIVIL SERVICE HAVE MANAGED SMOOTHLY AND EFFECTIVELY TO MAINTAIN THE EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG DESPITE THE SUDDEN AND TRAGIC DEATH OF SIR EDWARD YOUDE. I THINK THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT FOR HONG KONG THERE ARE CHALLENGING YEARS OF CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT WHICH LIE AHEAD. BUT I AM CONVINCED THAT THE PROSPECTS ARE BRIGHT. I HAVE GREAT CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE. I HAVE CONFIDENCE, TOO, IN THE FULL COMMITMENT OF BOTH THE BRITISH AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENTS TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION. BOTH CLEARLY WISH TO DO THEIR UTMOST TO HELP MAINTAIN PROSPERITY AND STABILITY IN HONG KONG. AS FOR MYSELF, I AM DETERMINED TO SERVE HONG KONG AND ITS INTERESTS TO THE UTMOST OF MY ABILITY. AND NOW IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS I WILL DO MY BEST TO TRY TO ANSWER THEM.

JOHN CHAN* THANK YOU SIR DAVID, FIRST QUESTION.

SETH FAISON HONGKONG STANDARD! CONCERNED NOW PARTY MEMBERS

SIR DAVID, A LOT OF PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ARE ABOUT THE PURGE OF INTELLECTUALS AND OF LIBERAL THAT SEEMS TO BE GOING ON IN CHINA AS A RESULT

OF THE RECENT STUDENT DEMONSTRATIONS, IN FACT, WE JUST HEARD A REPORT THAT COMMUNIST PARTY CHIEF HU YAO-BANG HAS RESIGNED.

WE KNOW YOU’VE BEEN WATCHING CHINA FOR A LONG TIME AND WE’D

LIKE TO KNOW YOUR ANALYSIS OF THE SITUATION THERE. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO ASSURE THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG THAT WHAT’S GOING ON IN CHINA NOW, WON’T BE HAPPENING HERE AFTER ANOTHER TEN YEARS?

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SIR DAVID: THANK YOU. AS YOU KNOW, AND AS MANY OF YOU IN HONG KONG DO, I FOLLOW DEVELOPMENTS IN CHINA WITH GREAT INTEREST. BUT THESE ARE OF COURSE THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF CHINA, AND I THINK IT WOULD BE WRONG OF ME AT THIS STAGE TO COMMENT PUBLICLY ON THEM, OR TO DO AS YOU SUGGEST, GIVE MY OWN ANALYSIS OF THEM. AS FOR HONG KONG, I THINK THE ASSURANCES FOR HONG KONG ARE CONTAINED VERY CLEARLY IN THE JOINT DECLARATION WHICH GIVES CLEAR CUT ASSURANCES ABOUT THE CONTINUITY OF THE WAY OF LIFE AND THE SYSTEMS OF HONG KONG FOR THE 50 YEARS AFTER 1997. AND, AS I SAID EARLIER, I HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN THE WAY IN WHICH THAT JOINT DECLARATION IS GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTED.

NICK BEACROFT

RTHK: SIR DAVID, THERE’S BEEN MUCH TALK OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WAS NOT STANDING UP TO THE CHINESE LEADERS, AND AT TIMES BEING STEAMROLLED BY THEM OVER VARIOUS ISSUES. WHAT WILL YOUR GENERAL ATTITUDE AND APPROACH BE TO THE CHINESE LEADERSHIP ONCE YOU TAKE OFFICE?

SIR DAVID: PERSONALLY, I’VE ALWAYS FOUND HONG KONG EXTREMELY CAPABLE OF STANDING UP FOR WHAT IT CONCEIVES TO BE ITS OWN INTERESTS AND ITS OWN DESIRES. I THINK THAT’S BEEN A VERY MARKED FEATURE OF HONG KONG’S WAY OF LIFE. I THINK IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE SHOULD ALL OF US MAKE CLEAR PUBLICLY WHAT THOSE INTERESTS AND THOSE PERCEPTIONS ARE. AND THOSE POINTS HAVE TO BE MADE CLEAR SOMETIMES IN LONDON, AND I THINK THEY HAVE TO BE MADE CLEAR SOMETIMES IN PEKING. EQUALLY, THERE HAS TO BE UNDERSTANDING OF POINTS OF VIEW ON THE OTHER SIDE AS WELL. THERE HAS TO BE AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THINGS LOOK FROM LONDON SOMETIMES AND HOW THINGS LOOK FROM PEKING SOMETIMES. AND IN THAT WAY, I BELIEVE, THE INTEREST OF HONG KONG AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG CAN BEST BE PRESERVED.

CLAUDIA MO, AFP: SIR, DO YOU THINK AN EMERGENCE OF POLITICAL PARTIES IN HONG KONG COULD ENDANGER THE TERRITORY’S POLITICAL STABILITY?

SIR DAVID: I THINK HONG KONG HAS ALWAYS MANAGED TO DEVELOP ITS OWN SYSTEMS AND ITS OWN WAY OF GOVERNMENT IN A STEADY AND GRADUAL WAY TO MEET CHANGING NEEDS AND I’M SURE THAT THAT SORT OF PROCESS WILL CONTINUE. HONG KONG — ANY POLITICAL SOCIETY — IS A LIVING ORGANISM AND NEEDS CHANGE AND WITH THOSE NEEDS CHANGING SO THE STRUCTURE SOMETIMES HAS TO CHANGE. I DON’T THINK THAT I WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON ANY PARTICULAR FORM OF POLITICAL ORGANISATION, LIKE PARTIES OR OTHERWISE.

Jac aP.’.aL1 *0ULD LIKE T0 MAKE ,S THAT» AS 1 SEE IT» KONG HAS ALWAYS HAD A STEADY PROCESS OF CHANGE AND THAT HAS BEEN MARKED BY COMMON SENSE AND BY CAUTION. AND THAT SORT OF APPROACH HAS SERVED HONG KONG VERY WELL IN THE PAST AND WELL, I’M SURE, IN THE FUTURE.

/JAMES TAM .......

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JAMES TAM

(SING PAO DAILY NEWS): SIR DAVID, IF THE OPINION OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL PUBLIC ON IMPORTANT ISSUES SUCH AS THE POLITICAL REVIEW IS NOT IDENTICAL WITH THOSE OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HOW WILL YOU DO TO RESOLVE THE CONTRADICTION?

SIR DAVID: I THINK ONE SHOULDN’T ALWAYS LOOK FOR CONTRADICTIONS BEFORE THEY OCCUR. THERE’S GOING TO BE AS YOU ALL KNOW A REVIEW DURING THIS YEAR, DURING 1987, AND THAT REVIEW AS HAS BEEN SAID MANY TIMES WILL BE A GENUINE AND A FAIR REVIEW AND IT WILL ENDEAVOUR TO DISCOVER THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT POLITICAL AND PRACTICAL ISSUES. THE FIRST THING, I THINK, IS TO CARRY OUT THAT REVIEW AND SEE WHAT THOSE VIEWS ARE, AND THE VIEWS WILL BE TAKEN VERY FULLY INTO ACCOUNT IN THE DECISIONS THAT WILL FOLLOW THE GREEN PAPER EXERCISE.

NANCY LI (TVB): AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, WILL YOU PUT HONG KONG PEOPLE’S INTERESTS OR THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT INTERESTS AS TOP PRIORITY IN CASE THERE IS CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES? IS IT NATURAL THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT INTERESTS SHOULD RUN FIRST BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO SWEAR ALLEGIANCE AND LOYALTY TO THE QUEEN?

v SIR DAVID: I HAVE JUST BEEN APPOINTED AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG: I HOPE THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. PERHAPS I SHOULD SAY THAT THE QUEEN IS NOT JUST QUEEN OF UNITED KINGDOM BUT QUEEN OF HONG KONG AS WELL.

MICHAEL WONG

(MING PAO DAILY NEWS): SIR, WE ARE TOLD THAT YOU DID FAVOUR THE MORE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT. WOULD YOU NOW FAVOUR THAT IN 1988 THE MAJORITY OF THE HONG KONG LEGISLATURE SHOULD BE ELECTED EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SO THAT THE LEGCO DOES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG?

SIR DAVID: I HOPE I ANSWERED OR AT LEAST PARTLY ANSWERED THAT QUESTION A MOMENT AGO WHEN I SAID THAT THERE WILL BE A REVIEW CARRIED OUT IN 1987. THAT REVIEW WILL BE GOING AHEAD. IT WILL BE A GENUINE REVIEW AND IT WILL SEEK TO GET THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. BEFORE THE REVIEW IS COMPLETED I DON’T THINK IT WOULD BE RIGHT TO TRY TO PRODUCE HYPOTHETICAL ANSWERS BASED ON WHAT COULD ONLY BE GUESSWORK AT WHAT THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL BE SHOWN TO BE DURING THE REVIEW PROCESS.

/TSUI MINO-YUEN........

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TSUI MING-YUEN

(WEN WEI PO): LOCAL LEGISLATORS ARE ASKING THE UK GOVERNMENT TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE AND SET AN EXAMPLE TO TAKE THE LEAD IN TAKING VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG.

SO, WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THIS ISSUE AND WILL YOU LOBBY THE UK GOVERNMENT FOR AN EARLY SOLUTION TO TAKE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG?

SIR DAVID: I’M PERSONALLY VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE ENORMOUS BURDEN WHICH HAS BEEN IMPOSED ON HONG KONG BY THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM. I HAVE ACTUALLY VERY CLOSE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF IT FROM THE TIME THAT I WAS POLITICAL ADVISER UNDER LORD MACLEHOSE WHEN THE MASSIVE FLOOD OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES STARTED ARRIVING IN HONG KONG IN 1979. IT IS AN ENORMOUS PROBLEM STILL. I KNOW ALSO FROM MY PREVIOUS JOB, THAT’S MY JOB UP UNTIL YESTERDAY, THAT IT IS MATTER WHICH CAUSES GREAT CONCERN TO BRITISH MINISTERS, AND IS MATTER WHICH THEY ARE LOOKING VERY CLOSELY AT THE MOMENT. IT’S ONE WHICH NEEDS A SOLUTION WHICH HAS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION AS WELL. I WILL FOR MY PART MAKE SURE THAT HONG KONG’S VIEWS ON IT ARE HEARD IN LONDON LOUDLY AND CLEARLY.

TAM ME l-FUNG

(TA KUNG PAO): IT WAS MENTIONED BY OUR LATE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD, THAT THE FIRST AND FOREMOST WORK OF THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONTINUING TO FOSTER AN ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH ENTERPRISE CAN FLOURISH AND THERE WAS SUFFICIENT EMPLOYMENT. SO, WHEN YOU COME TO THE POST, WHICH AREA OF WORK WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY?

SIR DAVID: WHAT I’VE GOT TO DO NOW IS START FOR ME A LEARNING PROCESS ABOUT MANY ASPECTS OF HONG KONG. OF COURSE, I’VE BEEN CLOSELY INVOLVED WITH HONG KONG OVER THE YEARS BUT THERE IS A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION AND ABOUT INTERNAL POLICIES WHICH I WANT TO BRIEF MYSELF ON. I WANT TO TALK TO PEOPLE FROM HONG KONG, OFFICIALS AND UNOFFICIALS, AND ONLY WHEN I’VE DONE THAT DO I THINK IT WOULD BE RIGHT TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT I FEEL MY OWN PRIORITIES SHOULD BE. FIRST OF ALL, I THINK, THE LEARNING PROCESS, AND ONLY AFTER THAT GIVING MY VIEWS ON PRIORITIES.

JANE HUTCHEON (ATV): SIR DAVID, HOW LONG DO YOU FEEL YOU’LL BE GOVERNOR FOR AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE LEADERSHIP WITH THE JLG?

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SIR DAVID: THE APPOINTMENT OF A GOVERNOR IS AT THE QUEEN’S PLEASURE. THAT’S NORMAL FOR ALL GOVERNORS. AT THE MOMENT, QUITE FRANKLY, I’M THINKING NOT SO MUCH ABOUT HOW LONG I MAY BE GOVERNOR BUT THE FACT THAT I’VE NOW GOT TO START THE PROCESS. SO I’M THINKING OF THE BEGINNING OF IT, NOT OF THE ENDING OF IT. SO FAR AS THE JLG IS CONCERNED, OF COURSE, I HAVE TO NOW GIVE UP MY POST AS SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE ON THE BRITISH SIDE. NO DECISION HAS YET BEEN MADE ABOUT WHO SHOULD REPLACE ME IN THAT JOB. I HOPE A DECISION WILL BE TAKEN SOON AND WHEN THAT DECISION IS TAKEN THERE WILL BE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT IT.

LAI TING-YIU (HKEJ): SIR DAVID, SIR EDWARD YOUDE ONCE SAID YEARS AGO THAT HE WAS REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE CHINESE. WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU WILL REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG IN THE BARGAINING WITH THE CHINESE IN THE FUTURE, OR WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU ONLY REPRESENT THE INTERESTS OF THE UK GOVERNMENT?

SIR DAVID: I THINK I WOULD AVOID USING EITHER OF THOSE PHRASES. I SAID EARLIER THAT BEING APPOINTED GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, I HOPE, SPEAKS FOR ITSELF, SO THAT I WILL BE ABLE TO TRY TO REPRESENT TO LONDON THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. AS FAR AS PEKING IS CONCERNED, THERE ARE OF COURSE MANY CHANNELS IN WHICH A DIALOGUE GOES ON WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, MOST NOTABLY OF COURSE THROUGH THE BRITISH EMBASSY IN PEKING. BUT THERE IS A DIALOGUE ON VERY MANY CHANNELS, AND THOSE INCLUDED, RECENTLY, A NUMBER OF VISITS TO PEKING WHICH SIR EDWARD YOUDE MADE. I WOULD HOPE IN DUE COURSE TO BE ABLE TO CARRY ON THE PROCESS THAT HE ESTABLISHED AND TO CONTINUE THE SORT OF CONTACTS WHICH HE HAD.

SIMON FUNG (RTHK): SIR DAVID, THERE ARE CONCERNS IN HONG KONG SAYING THAT YOUR RANK IN THE FOREIGN OFFICE MAY NOT BE HIGH ENOUGH TO FACILITATE DIRECT COMMUNICATIONS WITH TOP CHINESE OFFICIALS. HOW WILL YOU REACT TO THAT?

SIR DAVID: IT’S A SLIGHTLY ODD PROBLEM, IF IT IS A PROBLEM. I THINK MY RANK, I HOPE MY RANK NOW IS THE RANK OF THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG. AND I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT THE RANK OF GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG OPENS ONE OR TWO DOORS IN VARIOUS PLACES IN THE WORLD.

LEE YUK-LIN (ATV): IN 1981, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD PASSED A NEW NATIONALITY ACT SO AS TO STOP THE INFLUX OF HONG KONG PEOPLE TO BRITAIN. WELL, AT THAT TIME YOU WERE THE POLITICAL ADVISER OF HONG KONG. MY QUESTION IS, WAS THIS YOUR ADVICE TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, AND DO YOU THINK BY THIS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT DIDN’T TAKE ITS FULL RESPONSIBILITY TO THE HONG KONG PEOPLE?

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SIR DAVID: I KNOW THAT THERE ARE VERY STRONG FEELINGS ABOUT THE 1981 ACT. ODDLY ENOUGH AS POLITICAL ADVISER. MY JOB, AS THE PRESENT POLITICAL ADVISER’S JOB, WAS ESSENTIALLY DEALING WITH THE EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIP OF HONG KONG, AND IN PARTICULAR WITH CHINA. SO IT WAS THAT SIDE OF THINGS RATHER THAN THE BRITISH NATIONALITY ACT. FOR WHAT IT IS WORTH, FOR HISTORICAL RECORD, I WAS NOT ACTUALLY INVOLVED IN HONG KONG GOVERNMENT DISCUSSIONS OF THAT. I THINK, ON NATIONALITY. THE VARIOUS ARRANGEMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE, BOTH IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE DOCUMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH IT AND THEN LATER IN THE ORDER IN COUNCIL WHICH WAS PASSED IN THE UK PARLIAMENT LAST YEAR, THE ARRANGEMENTS WHICH WERE MADE IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE DOCUMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH IT WERE, I THINK, VERY GOOD ARRANGEMENTS IN TERMS OF ARRANGEMENTS FOR PASSPORT, RIGHT OF ABODE ETC. AND I THINK THE ARRANGEMENTS IN THE NATIONALITY ORDER IN COUNCIL AND THE ASSURANCES WHICH WERE GIVEN BY BRITISH MINISTERS AT THAT TIME CONSTITUTE A BROADLY ACCEPTABLE PACKAGE.

TSUI PUI-YING

(COMMERCIAL RADIO): SIR DAVID, CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON THE FORTHCOMING REVIEW OF OUR FUTURE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT? DO YOU THINK IT IS RIGHT TIME FOR US TO HAVE DIRECT ELECTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTION IN 1988?

SIR DAVID: I AM SORRY TO SAY, BUT I THINK ACTUALLY I WAS ASKED THAT QUESTION IN ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME WORDS BEFORE, SO FORGIVE ME IF I REPEAT, BUT RATHER SHORTER, THE ANSWER, THAT THERE WILL BE A REVIEW THIS YEAR AND THAT WILL BE A GENUINE REVIEW AND THE OBJECT IS TO ASCERTAIN THE OPINIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. BEFORE THAT IS DONE, I DON’T THINK IT WOULD BE SENSIBLE FOR ME TO TRY TO PRODUCE HYPOTHETICAL ANSWERS FROM WHAT MIGHT EMERGE FROM THE REVIEW. THE ONLY POINT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IS THAT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED DURING THE REVIEW WILL BE TAKEN VERY FULLY INTO ACCOUNT IN THE DECISIONS THAT WILL FOLLOW FROM IT.

C.T. HUNG (ASIAWEEK): SIR, IS THE RE-DEVELOPMENT OF THE WALLED CITY, WHICH YOU ARE REPORTED TO HAVE, HAVING ARRANGED WITH CHINA AND IN WHICH HONG KONG PEOPLE PAY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR A PARK, A GOOD DEAL FOR HONG KONG?

SIR DAVID: I THINK THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG MUST JUDGE WHETHER IT’S A GOOD DEAL FOR HONG KONG. PERSONALLY, I’M DELIGHTED THAT A PROBLEM, AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM, A HEALTH PROBLEM, ALL SORTS OF OTHER PROBLEMS WHICH HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND WHICH UP TO NOW IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO DEAL WITH, IS NOW BEING DEALT WITH. PERSONALLY I THINK THAT’S SOMETHING WHICH WE SHOULD ALL BE VERY PLEASED ABOUT, BUT FROM THE TENOR OF YOUR QUESTION YOU SUGGEST THAT SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW. I’M SURE, IF THEY HAVE, THAT THEY WILL EXPRESS IT. PERSONALLY I THINK IT’S AN EXTREMELY GOOD SIGN THAT IT IS NOW POSSIBLE TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM AND THAT IT’S GOING TO BE DEALT WITH.

/CHAN SIU-KUKN .......

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(PAI SHING MAGAZINE): SIR DAVID, DO YOU THINK THAT A DEPUTY GOVERNOR WOULD BE NEEDED TO ASSIST YOU IN DOMESTIC ADMINISTRATION? IF SO, WHEN AND WHO WILL IT BE?

SIR DAVID: ALL THESE QUESTIONS, LIKE THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT AND PRIORITIES, ARE SOMETHING WHICH I WANT TO BRIEF MYSELF ON BEFORE I COME TO ANY DECISIONS AND CERTAINLY BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING IN PUBLIC. MY GENERAL APPROACH AS I THINK I SAID EARLIER IS THAT FIRST OF ALL THERE ARE A GREAT MANY THINGS THAT I HAVE GOT TO LEARN BEFORE I MAKE ANY DECISIONS ABOUT MY OWN PRIORITIES, AND THE OTHER GENERAL PRINCIPLE I HAVE IS THAT GOVERNMENT AND THE WAY IN WHICH GOVERNMENT IS ADMINISTERED SHOULD BE FLEXIBLE AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO CHANGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHANGING NEEDS OF SOCIETY.

WILSON WONG (TVB): SIR DAVID, SINCE YOU ARE A SINOLOGIST DO YOU THINK THAT knowledge WILL ENABLE YOUR governorship IN HONG KONG OR IT MAY MEAN A KIND OF DEFICIENCY ON YOUR NEW CAREER?

SIR DAVID: I DON’T KNOW HOW IT WOULD BE A DEFICIENCY, I WOULDN’T WANT TO PRETEND THAT THE FACT THAT I HAVE SPENT A GOOD DEAL OF MY LIFE INVOLVED WITH CHINESE AFFAIRS AND INDEED WITH HONG KONG AFFAIRS GIVES ME ANY PARTICULAR BRILLIANT INSIGHT WHICH OTHER PEOPLE DON’T HAVE. BUT I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT IT WON’T BE CONSIDERED BY ANYBODY TO BE A DEFICIENCY.

FANNY FUNG

(COMMERCIAL RADIO): SIR THE PRIME MINISTER, WHEN APPOINTING YOU

DAVID, WERE YOU EVER UPSET OR WORRIED THAT MRS MARGARET THATCHER, HAD RESERVATIONS AS THE GOVERNOR?

SIR DAVID: I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS IN THE MIND OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND I AM NOT SURE IF ANYBODY ELSE ACTUALLY DOES. THE ONE THING THAT I DO KNOW WITH ABSOLUTE CLARITY IS THAT THE RECOMMENDATION WHICH WAS MADE TO THE QUEEN ABOUT THE GOVERNORSHIP HAD THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE PRIME MINISTER.

SPENCER CHAN

(ORIENTAL DAILY): IN VIEW OF YOUR AGE POSSIBLY YOU WOULD BE THE LAST BRITISH GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, WHAT SORT OF BRITISH HERITAGE AND LINKS YOU WOULD LIKE TO PRESERVE IN HONG KONG AFTER 1997?

SIR DAVID: OBVIOUSLY AFTER 1997 HONG KONG CHANGES AND BECOMES A SAR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. IN TERMS OF HERITAGE, I THINK THERE IS A SORT OF HERITAGE ROUND YOU, BUT THE HERITAGE OF HONG KONG IS VERY MUCH A HERITAGE WHICH HAS BEEN CREATED BY THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG THEMSELVES. THAT’S THE SORT OF HERITAGE THAT I THINK WILL GO ON, AND THAT’S THE IMPORTANT POINT.

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CANDY TONG

(SING TAO JIH PAO): SIR DAVID, WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENT ON THE POSSIBILITY OF THE NEW AIRPORT PROPOSALS MADE RECENTLY BY LOCAL BUSINESSMEN.

SIR DAVID: I AM OF COURSE AWARE OF THE PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT FORWARD ON AN AIRPORT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANTAU ISLAND. I THINK THAT THEY ARE AT PRESENT BEING STUDIED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, AND BEFORE THAT STUDY IS COMPLETED THERE IS NOT ANYTHING THAT I MYSELF WOULD WANT TO SAY ABOUT THEM.

IRENE SUNG

(SING TAO): SIR DAVID, DO YOU HAVE ANY PRECONCEIVED IDEA ABOUT HOW HONG KONG IS TO BE RUN DURING THIS TRANSITIONAL PERIOD?

SIR DAVID: I DON’T KNOW IF I HAVE ANY PRECONCEIVED IDEAS THAT I COULD PUT INTO ONE SENTENCE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A HONG KONG CONTINUING WHICH IS DYNAMIC AND PROSPEROUS AND ALSO A HUMANE SOCIETY, AND ONE WHICH HAS CONFIDENCE IN ITSELF AND IN ITS OWN FUTURE.

TSANG TO-WAH

(HK TIMES): SIR DAVID, IN THE FIELD OF HONG KONG DOMESTIC AFFAIR. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

SIR DAVID: SORRY TO REPEAT AN ANSWER WHICH I GAVE BEFORE, BUT THE POINT I MADE BEFORE WAS THAT WHAT I NOW HAVE TO DO IS START A PROCESS OF STUDYING IN GREAT DEPTH THE VARIOUS PLANS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, TALK TO PEOPLE, BOTH OFFICIALS AND UNOFFICIALS, AND ONLY THEN WILL I ESTABLISH MY OWN IDEAS ABOUT WHAT PRIORITIES SHOULD BE.

JOHN CHAN: WELL, THANK YOU SIR DAVID. I THINK WE ALL WOULD HAVE WISHED FOR MORE TIME, BUT WE MUST NOW DRAW THIS PRESS CONFERENCE TO A CLOSE. BUT BEFORE SIGNING OFF, MAY I ASK YOU SIR DAVID IF THERE IS ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY.

SIR DAVID: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. PERHAPS THERE IS ONE THING I MIGHT SAY, AND THAT IS THAT IT’S SOON GOING TO BE LUNAR NEW YEAR- I’D LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WISH ALL OF YOU AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG A HAPPY AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.

(IN PUTONGHUA) I WISH TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY OF THIS PRESS CONFERENCE TO WISH YOU AND THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

(IN CANTONESE) I WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND GOOD NIGHT.

JOHN CHAN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SIR DAVID, WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN HONG KONG IN APRIL.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

MORE PROPOSAL UNDER STUDY FOR REHABILITATING OFFENDERS ... 1

TRADE AGREEMENT WITH CANADA................................ 2

STABILITY WILL BENEFIT TEXTILES INDUSTRY................... 2

HSU TAKES TRADE MESSAGE TO HAWAII ......................... 3

TRAPSE FOR GOOD WORK OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE................. 5

THIRD QUARTER RESTAURANT SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED........... 5

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION........................ 9

MORS BUILD INGS JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME........... 10

KWAI TSING HOLDING FIGHT CRIMS CARNIVAL................... 11

HONG KOK CLEANS UP FOR NEW YEAR .......................... 11

DISCUSSION ON G0VARN1KI7T AND COfL'.UNITY FACILITIES...... 12

SHA TIN YOUTH CCNFERI^CE OPENING TOMORROW ................ 13

GRAND TATTOO TO CLOSE DISTRICT FESTIVAL................... 14

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR LLD-RLY IN KJUN TONG............. 15

COMPUTER COURSE FOR SECONDLY SCHOOL TOCHERS .............. 15

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT TO HOLD ATHLETIC MELT............... 16

CHILDREN SONGS ENTERTAIN KONG KOK RESIDENTS .............. 17

CAS CADETS SHOW THEIR SINGING TALENTS..................... 18

SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO THAILAND YXil’ENDED.................. 18

SCHEME TO IMPROVE RGAU TAU KOK TRAFFIC FLOW............... 19

CLOSURE OF LIOx. ROCK TUNNEL ROAD ........................ 20

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 198?

MORE PROPOSALS UNDER STUDY FOR REHABILITATING OFFENDERS *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING FURTHER PROPOSALS DESIGNED TO HELP OFFENDERS WHO GENUINELY WANT TO REFORM THEMSELVES, AND TO INTEGRATE THEMSELVES BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY WITHOUT FALLING AGAIN INTO CRIME, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

THESE PROPOSALS INCLUDE A PAROLE SCHEME UNDER WHICH PRISONERS SERVING three years or more may apply to be released under SUPERVISION AFTER HAVING SERVED HALF OF THEIR SENTENCE- A PRERELEASE EMPLOYMENT SCHEME WHEREBY PRISONERS MAY APPLY TO START WORK IN THE COMMUNITY SIX MONTHS BEFORE THEY ARE DUE TO BE RELEASED, WHILE STAYING IN A SPECIAL HOSTEL- AND A PARTIALLY SUSPENDED SENTENCE SCHEME WHICH ALLOWS THE COURTS TO PASS A SENTENCE WHICH COMBINES BOTH A CUSTODIAL PERIOD AND A PERIOD OF SUSPENDED CUSTODY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF A CONFERENCE ON YOUTH PROBLEMS ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THESE WERE IN ADDITION TO TWO RECENTLY INTRODUCED PIECES OF LEGISLATION TO ASSIST IN REHABILITATION.

♦THE FIRST IS THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS ORDINANCE, WHICH PROVIDES FOR CERTAIN CONVICTIONS TO BECOME SPENT AFTER THREE YEARS IF THE PERSON CONCERNED BEHAVES HIMSELF, THUS PROVIDING AN INCENTIVE FOR HIM NOT TO REVERT TO CRIME.

♦THE SECOND IS THE COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS ORDINANCE WHICH ALLOWS THE COURTS TO ORDER A CONVICTED OFFENDER TO DO COMMUNITY SERVICE INSTEAD OF SERVING A SENTENCE IN PRISON,* HE SAID.

MR JEAFFRESON STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS ALSO LOOKING SERIOUSLY AT MEASURES TO PREVENT YOUTHS FROM BECOMING DELINQUENTS.

+IN THIS CONTEXT, THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD RECENTLY SET UP A GROUP TO STUDY THE BEHAVIOUR AND ATTITUDES OF YOUTHS IN KWUN TONG.

♦WE HAVE NOW AGREED THAT, TO FOLLOW UP THIS REPORT, A GROUP UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL LOOK IN DETAIL AT THE MANY FACETS OF THE PROBLEM AND TRY TO COME UP WITH RECOMMENDATIONS ON HOW TO ALLEVIATE IT,+ HE SAID.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THERE WOULD BE NO QUICK NOR EASY ANSWER THAT GAVE YOUTH A BETTER CHANCE TO LEAD A WHOLESOME AND VITAL LIFE.

♦their problems will need to be tackled on a wide front and OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE WE SHALL SEE POSITIVE RESULTS,* HE SAID.

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TRADE AGREEMENT WITH CANADA * * *

A TRADE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT AGREEMENT HAD BEEN REACHED WITH CANADA ON A NEW BILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENT FOR THE PERIOD 1987-1991. THE NEGOTIATIONS ENDED ON SATURDAY EVENING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THERE WERE A NUMBER OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES AS COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS AGREEMENT. MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, THE AVERAGE GROWTH RATES FOR APPAREL CATEGORIES WERE REDUCED FROM 2.2 PER CENT - 2.7 PER CENT TO 1.12 PER CENT, ALTHOUGH THE OVERALL GROWTH RATE WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS BEFORE, AT 2.7 PER CENT (COMPARED WITH 2.3 PER CENT - 2.9 PER CENT).

RESTRAINTS WERE ALSO EXTENDED TO CERTAIN APPAREL MADE FROM +NEW FIBRES* SUCH AS RAMIE AND SILK BLENDS, WITH APPROPRIATE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE QUOTA LEVELS. FLEXIBILITY REMAINED GENERALLY AT PRESENT LEVELS, ALTHOUGH SWING FROM TEXTILES TO APPAREL WAS REDUCED FROM 5 PER CENT TO 1 PER CENT.

IN ORDER TO PARTLY COMPENSATE FOR THESE ADVERSE CHANGES, THERE WERE ALSO SOME IMPROVEMENTS, INCLUDING ADDITIONS TO SOME QUOTA LEVELS, AND REMOVAL OF SOME SUB-LIMITS.

+THE NEGOTIATION WAS A DIFFICULT ONE, AND SPECIAL MEETINGS OF THE TEXTILES ADVISORY BOARD WERE HELD ON BOTH THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOONS TO ADVISE THE NEGOTIATING TEAM. THE KEY ISSUES WERE NOT RESOLVED UNTIL SATURDAY MORNING. WHILST THIS IS UNDOUBTEDLY A VERY RESTRICTIVE AGREEMENT, ESPECIALLY AS REGARDS APPAREL, THERE ARE NO CUTBACKS AND THE TRADE WILL BE ABLE TO RELY ON STEADY IF MODEST GROWTH OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS,* HAMISH MACLEOD, THE DIRECTOR OF TRADE, COMMENTED.

MORE DETAILS WILL BE ISSUED NEXT WEEK TO THE TRADE IN THE USUAL WAY.

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STABILITY WILL BENEFIT TEXTILES INDUSTRY * * * *

HONG KONG’S TEXTILES AND GARMENT INDUSTRY IS LOOKING FORWARD TO A PERIOD OF STABILITY TO CONCENTRATE ON IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND DESIGN OF PRODUCTS AS THE TRADE AGREEMENTS SIGNED LAST YEAR HAVE CLARIFIED EXPORT LEVELS.

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, STATED THIS BEFORE OPENING THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL’S GALA PRESENTATION OF THE HONG KONG FASHION WEEK THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING.

/he pointed........

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1?, 198?

HE POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG, BEING ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST EXPORTERS OF TEXTILES, WAS ALSO ONE OF THE LARGEST IMPORTERS.

♦THAT IS HOW THE FREE MARKET, TO WHICH WE ARE COMMITTED, WORKS,* HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID HE HOPED THAT IN RETURN, HONG KONG’S TRADING PARTNERS, IN DECIDING THEIR TRADE POLICIES, WOULD DISTINGUISH BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THOSE COUNTRIES WHICH DID NOT HAVE A FREE AND FAIR MARKET.

+BY DISCRIMINATING IN FAVOUR OF HONG KONG WILL POINT THE WAY FOR OTHER COUNTRIES TO FOLLOW OUR FREE AND FAIR TRADE EXAMPLE,* HE SAID.

HE DESCRIBED IT +UNFAIR AND UNJUST* TO TAR EVERYONE WITH THE SAME BRUSH IN TRADE POLICIES.

SIR DAVID ALSO CONGRATULATED MR KENNETH FANG AND HIS COMMITTEE FOR THEIR SUCCESS IN ORGANISING THE SHOW.

HE SAID THE GREATER PART I CI PAT I ON OF HONG KONG’S OWN FASHION DESIGNERS THIS YEAR WAS MOST ENCOURAGING, BECAUSE TALENTED LOCAL DESIGNERS, WITH EFFICIENT MANUFACTURERS AND RESOURCEFUL EXPORTERS TO BACK THEM UP, HELPED TO ENSURE THAT THE TEXTILES AND GARMENTS INDUSTRY REMAINED COMPETITIVE.

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HSU TAKES TRADE MESSAGE TO HAWAII OOH

THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATION SERVICES AND INFORMATION, MR ADOLF HSU, TODAY (SATURDAY) ACKNOWLEDGED THE SUPPORT GIVEN TO HONG KONG BY THE UNITED STATES DURING THE S INO-BRITISH NEGOTIATIONS ON THE TERRITORY’S FUTURE.

SPEAKING BEFORE THE HAWAII CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN HONOLULU, MR HSU SAID, +THE UNITED STATES GAVE US MUCH SUPPORT DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS AND FOR THIS WE ARE GRATEFUL.*

+THE JOINT DECLARATION IS NOW IN PLACE PROVIDING FOR THE CONTINUATION OF HONG KONG’S UNIQUE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, LEGAL AND OTHER SYSTEMS FOR 50 YEARS AFTER 1997, AND FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION TO HONG KONG’S NEW STATUS AS A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF CHINA.*

/FORECASTING!.........

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1987

FORECASTING THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF THE ECONOMIC LINKS BETWEEN THE TERRITORY AND CHINA, MR HSU SAID THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO BE IN A POSITION TO PROVIDE CHINA WITH THE BROAD RANGE OF SERVICES IT WOULD NEED AND WHICH IT WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SUPPLY AS EFFICIENTLY ITSELF NOR OBTAIN AS CONVENIENTLY OR EFFICIENTLY FROM ELSEWHERE.

MR HSU SAID THAT WHILE CHINA AND HONG KONG HAD HAD A LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP AS TRADING PARTNERS, THE RE-EMERGENCE OF HONG KONG AS AN ENTREPOT FOR THE REST OF CHINA WAS A NEW FACTOR IN THE TERRITORY’S ECONOMIC LIFE.

+OUR TRADITIONAL ROLE AS AN ENTREPOT FOR CHINA HAS RE-EMERGED AND THIS DEVELOPMENT REFLECTS THE INESCAPABLE FACT THAT HONG KONG IS THE MOST CONVENIENT AND LARGEST ESTABLISHED GATEWAY OR CONDUIT TO CHINA. HONG KONG ALSO PROVIDES INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, ON CHINA’S DOORSTEP, IN THE FIELDS OF FINANCE, TRADE AND COMMUNICATION ALL OF WHICH ARE OF INCREASING VALUE TO CHINA AS SHE OPENS UP.+

TURNING FROM THE CHINESE DIMENSION OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY TO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND HONG KONG AS TRADING PARTNERS, MR HSU VOICED HONG KONG’S CONCERN OVER THE GROWTH CF PROTECTIONISM IN THE U.S. MARKETS, PARTICULARLY THE RESTRICTIVE MEASURES ON TEXTILES AND GARMENT PRODUCTS.

+WHILE WE FULLY APPRECIATE THAT THE UNITED STATES IS CONCERNED WITH ITS TRADE DEFICIT AND WITH THE FACT THAT NOT ALL ITS TRADING PARTNERS OPEN UP THEIR MARKETS TO AMERICAN GOODS AND SERVICES, THESE DO NOT JUSTIFY TAKING PROTECTIONIST MEASURES AGAINST IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG,+ MR HSU SAID, POINTING OUT THAT COMPETITION IN HONG KONG WAS FREE AND FAIR.

+WE BELIEVE THAT THE UNITED STATES, IN DECIDING ITS TRADE POLICY, SHOULD GIVE RECOGNITION TO HONG KONG’S STANCE ON FREE AND FAIR TRADE. THIS WOULD INDUCE OTHER TRADING PARTNERS OF THE UNITED STATES TO FOLLOW HONG KONG’S EXAMPLE AND OPEN UP THEIR MARKETS,* HE SAID.

MR HSU CONFIRMED THAT HONG KONG CONTINUED TO PROVIDE MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVESTORS IN THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER PARTS CF THE WORLD.

HE SAID HE HOPED THAT THE UNITED STATES WOULD CONTINUE TO UPHOLD THE PRINCIPLES OF OPEN MARKET AND FREE COMPETITION, PARTICULARLY FOR TRADING PARTNERS LIKE HONG KONG WHICH PRACTISED THEM WHOLE-HEARTEDLY.

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PRAISE FOR GOOD WORK OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE X X X M M

The past 75 years have been a period of endeavour, HARD WORK AND COMPLETE DEDICATION FOR THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE, CULMINATING IN AN EXCELLENT RECORD OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND AN INTERNATIONAL IMAGE SECOND TO NONE.

THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE, MR PATRICK WILLIAMSON, SAID THIS TODAY (SATURDAY) AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF CUSTOMS INSPECTORS AND CUSTOMS OFFICERS HELD AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG.

HE URGED MEMBERS OF THE SERVICE TO DO ALL WITHIN THEIR POWER TO UPHOLD THE FINE NAME AND TRADITION OF THE SERVICE OF THE PAST, AND TO STRIVE FOR AN EVEN BETTER TOMORROW.

MR WILLIAMSON WAS ALSO IMPRESSED BY THE SMART TURN-OUT AND BEARING OF THE PASSING-OUT SQUADS WHICH COMPRISED 23 CUSTOMS INSPECTORS AND 70 CUSTOMS OFFICERS.

THE RECRUIT INSPECTORS AND CUSTOMS OFFICERS HAVE RESPECTIVELY COMPLETED A 26-WEEK AND 13-WEEK RESIDENTIAL TRAINING PROGRAMME AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE TRAINING SCHOOL.

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THIRD QUARTER RESTAURANT SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED X X * X X

THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986, ESTIMATED AT S5 121 MILLION, WAS 6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1985, WHILE THE SALES VOLUME WAS 3 PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF TOTAL PURCHASES BY RESTAURANTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986 WAS $2 202 MILLION. WHICH WAS 6 PER CENT HIGHER IN VALUE TERMS THAN IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985.

ANALYSED BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, FAST FOOD SHOPS RECORDED THE LARGEST INCREASE (16 PER CENT) IN THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985, FOLLOWED BY BARS (12 PER CENT), OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES (COMPRISING HERB TEA SHOP, CREAMERIES AND OTHER OUTLETS SELLING BEAN CURD JELLY ETC.) (8 PER CENT), CHINESE RESTAURANTS (5 PER CENT) AND NON-CHlNESE RESTAURANTS (4 PER CENT).

IN VOLUME TERMS, THE TOTAL RECEIPTS OF FAST FOOD SHOPS, OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES, BARS AND CHINESE RESTAURANTS WENT UP BY 14 PER CENT, 6 PER CENT, 4 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THOSE OF NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS DECREASED SLIGHTLY BY 1 PER CENT.

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COMPARING THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF 1986 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1985 TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS ROSE BY 6 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME J AND THE TOTAL VALUE OF PURCHASES BY RESTAURANTS INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT.

FAST FOOD SHOPS RECORDED THE LARGEST GROWTHI IN THE VALUE OF TnTii RECEIPTS AT 15 PER CENT, FOLLOWED BY OTHER EATING AND DR INK I NG PLACES (10 PER CENT),’bARS (8 PER CENT) CHINESE RESTAURANTS (5 PER CENT) AND NON-CHlNESE RESTAURANTS (5 PER CENT).

IN V01 LIME TERMS THE RECEIPTS OF FAST FOOD SHOPS AGAIN SHOWED THE LARGEST INCREASE: AT 12 PER CENT. THE GROWTH IN VOLUME TERMS RECORDED BY OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES, BARS, £HINeSE__d __MT RESTAURANTS AND NON-CHlNESE RESTAURANTS WERE 7 PER CENT, 3 PER CENT, 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

3 PER CENT AND

COMPARING AND BEARING IN

THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986 WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER, MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS WENT UP BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME J/AND THE VALUE OF PURCHASES BY RESTAURANTS INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT.

TOTAL RECEIPTS OF FAST FOOD SHOPS INCREASED BY 14 PER CEJ*T IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS. TOTAL RECEIPTS OF BARS ROSE ®Y 1.1 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME J AND THOSE °F NON-CHlNESE RFSTAURANTS ROSE BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME. TOTAL RECEIPTS OF CHINESE RESTAURANTS INCREASED BY 9 PER CENT IN vaiiif ANn fl PER CENT IN VOLUMEj AND THOSE OF OTHER EATING AND DRINKS PLACES SosI BY 8 PER c'eSt IN VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED FIGURES FOR TOTAL RECEIPTS OF AND TOTAL PURCHASES BY THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL RECEIPTS BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, WITH THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100. COMPARISONS OF THE THIRD QUARTER 1986 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986 AND WITH THOSE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1985l AND COMPARISONS OF TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THE FIRST THREE QUARTERS OF 1986 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1985 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

CHART 1 DEPICTS THE MOVEMENTS OF THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL RECEIPTS BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT FROM THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1983 TO THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986.

THE REPORT ON QUARTERLY SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1986 IS ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $1 PER COPY.

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

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TABU 1 > TOTAL RESTAURANT k^EIPTS AND PURCHASES

2nd qtr. 1986 3rd qtr. 1986

(Revised figures) (Provisional figures)

Total restaurant receipts Total purchases by restaurants (in HK3 million) (in HKI Billion) 4 660 1 980 5 121 2 202

TABLE 2 J Value and volume INDEXES OF TOTAL RESTAURANT

RLCLIPTS FOR 2ND BARTER 1986 AND 3RD QUARTER 1986

(Quarterly average of October 84 - September 85 ■ 100)

Type of restaurant Index of total restaurant receipts 2nd quarter 1986 3rd quarter 1986 3rd qtr. 1986 compared sith 2nd qtr. 1986 3rd qtr. 1986 compared with 3rd qtr. 1985 1st-3rd qtr. 1986 compared with 1st-3rd qtr. 1985

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

Chinese restaurants Value 98 108 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 ♦ 5 ♦ 5 ♦ 5 ♦ 5

Volume 96 104 ♦ 8 ♦ 8 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ ,/3

Non-Chinese restaurants Value 102 112 ♦ 10 ♦ 10 ♦ 4 ♦ 4 ♦ 5 ♦ 5

Voluae 97 106 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 - 1 * 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 1

Fast food shops Value 114 131 ♦ 16 ♦ 14 ♦ 18 ♦ 16 ♦15 ♦ 15

Volume 112 127 ♦15 ♦14 ♦ 16 ♦ 14 ♦ 13 ♦ 12

Bars Value 103 114 ♦ 12 ♦ 11 ♦ 12. ♦12 ♦ 8 ♦ 8

Volume 96 105 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 . H ♦ 4 ♦ 3 ♦ 3

Other eating and drinking places Value Volume 109 106 118 113 ♦ 8 ♦ 7 ♦ 8 ♦ 7 ♦ 9 ♦ 6 ♦ 8 ♦ 6 ♦10 ♦ 7 ♦ 10 ♦ ?

Entire restaurant sector Value 100 110 ♦ 10 ♦ 10 ♦ 6 ♦ 6 ♦ 6 ♦ 6

Volume 98 106 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ 3

Note : Figures denoting changes are derived from unrounded figures.

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Chart 1: Value and Volume Indexes of Restaurant Receipts (Quarterly average of Oct 1984 — Sept. 1985 = 100)

SATURDYA, JANUARY 17, 1987

TAM 1 TOTAL.RESTAURANT r-xeipts AND PURCHASES

2nd qtr. 1986 3rd qtr. 1986

(Revised figures) (Provisional figures)

Total restaurant receipts (in HK3 million) 4 660 5 121

Total purchases by restaurants (in HKI million) 1 980 2 202

TABLE 2 : VmLUE kND VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL RESTAURANT

________RhCEIPrS FOR 2ND BARTER 1986 AND 3RD QUARTER 1986

(Quarterly average of October 84 - September 85 ■ 100)

Type of restaurant Index of total restaurant receipts 2nd quarter 1986 3rd quarter 1986 3rd qtr. 1986 compared with 2nd qtr. 1986 3rd qtr. 1986 compared with 3rd qtr. 1985 1at-3rd qtr. 1986 compared with 1st-3rd qtr. 1985

(Revised figures) (Provisional figures) Points Points < Points <

Chinese restaurant* Value 98 108 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 ♦ 5 ♦ 3 ♦ 5 ♦ 5

Volume 96 104 ♦ 8 ♦ 8 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦/3

Non-Chinese restaurants Value 102 112 ♦ 10 ♦ 10 ♦ 4 ♦ 4 ♦ 5 ♦ 5

Volume 97 106 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 - 1 - 1 ♦ 1 ♦ 1

Fast food shops Value 114 131 ♦ 16 ♦ 14 ♦ 18 ♦ 16 ♦15 ♦ 15

Volume 112 127 ♦15 ♦ 14 ♦ 16 ♦ 14 ♦ 13 ♦ 12

3a rs Value 103 114 ♦ 12 ♦ 11 ♦ 12. ♦ 12 ♦ 8 ♦ 8

Volume 96 105 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 . •* *» ♦ 4 ♦ 3 ♦ 3

Other eating and drinking places Value Volume 109 106 118 113 ♦ 8 ♦ 7 ♦ 8 ♦ 7 ♦ 9 ♦ 6 ♦ 8 ♦ 6 ♦10 ♦ 7 ♦ 10 ♦ 7

Entire restaurant sector Value 100 110 ♦ 10 ♦ 10 ♦ 6 ♦ 6 ♦ 6 ♦ 6

Volume 98 106 ♦ 9 ♦ 9 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ 3 ♦ 3

Note : Figures denoting changes are derived from unrounded figures.

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Chart 1: Value and Volume Indexes of Restaurant Receipts (Quarterly average of Oct 1984 — Sept. 1985 = 100)

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS * * *

SOLD BY AUCTION * *

THIRTY-SIX SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD BY AUCTION THIS MORNING (SATURDAY) FOR A TOTAL OF $920 500 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION HELD AT RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, EIGHTH FLOOR, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER DL 1 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $318 000.

ANOTHER NUMBER CR 3 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $150 000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1 000 FOR DM 45'7.

THREE REGISTRATION NUMBERS DK 9904, DL 9904 AND DK 8000 WERE WITHDRAWN.

THE OTHER SPECIAL REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE SOLD AT THE FOLLOWING PRICES s

$ $

DL 133 12 000 DL6199 1 500 DL 139 7 000

DL 308 5 500 DL9779 5 000 DL 273 3 000

DK 4 23 000 DL 661 5 000 AV 944 7 500

DL 339 15 000 DL8768 3 000 DK8777 6 000

DK9808 5 000 DL 755 2 500 DK8888 102 000

DJ77OO 10 000 CW8787 6 000 DL 219 6 000

DL6618 11 000 DL 126 5 000 DL6088 5 500

512 52 000 DL 203 5 000 DL8777 7 000

CN 328 50 000 DL 328 55 000 AJ 619 4 000

DK 678 20 000 DL 638 10 000 DL9199 2 000

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WERE REQUIRED TO PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITH 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 111TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $41 944 832.

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MORE BUILDINGS JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME

* * * * M-

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME HAD A POSITIVE EFFECT IN PREVENTING CRIME AND HAD FOSTERED CLOSER TIE AMONG NEIGHBOURS, WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S THIRD PHASE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME TODAY, MR GARCIA SAID SINCE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME IN 1985 RESPONSE FROM LOCAL RESIDENTS HAD BEEN MOST ENCOURAGING.

FOUR MORE BUILDINGS, COMPRISING 288 UNITS IN THE DISTRICT, JOINED THE SCHEME TODAY. THEY ARE CHEONG HONG BUILDING, FORTUNE BUILDING, HOI DEEN COURT AND HAPPY MANSION.

THE BASIC AIM OF THE SCHEME WAS TO MOBILISE THE PUBLIC TO PREVENT CRIME BY FORMING CLOSELY-KNIT UNITS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, MR GARCIA SAID.

BEFORE THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY, THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN CLOSING CEREMONY WAS HELD AT HENNESSY CENTRE IN CAUSEWAY BAY WHERE A TWO-DAY EXHIBITION ON +SECURITY AT HOME+ WAS STAGED AT THE SAME TIME.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, MR GARCIA SAID A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES INCLUDING FILM SHOW, SLOGAN CONTEST, ANT I-SHOPLI FT I NG SEMINAR, VISIT TO POLICE STATIONS AND CRIME PREVENTION CENTRE, HAD BEEN ORGANISED DURING THE CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR.

APART FROM DISPLAYING THE LATEST ANT I-BURLGARY DEVICES SUITABLE FOR HOMES, THE EXHIBITION ALSO FEATURED WORKS OF WINNERS OF A STUDENTS SLOGAN CONTEST. THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPENED TO

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE

OPENED

TO

THE PUBLIC UNTIL TOMORROW

THREE RESIDENTS, MR WONG KAM-BIU, MR CHIU PIK-YU AND MR CHAN CHUK-KI RECEIVED THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN AWARD DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY FOR ASSISTING THE POLICE IN PREVENTING CRIME IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE TWO CEREMONIES WERE THE WAN CHAI POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR LAU TO-YEE- POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, MR LAU KIN-YEUK CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHENG HOK-YIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CARMEN CHIU, AND THE CHAIRMEN OF THE DISTRICT’S FIVE AREA COMMITTEES.

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KWAI TSING HOLDING FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL *****

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE CARNIVAL, FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM, IS AIMED AT AROUSING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CRIME PREVENTION.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND 10 000 FREE TICKETS FOR STALL GAMES WITH THE THEME OF FIGHTING CRIME HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SEVEN SUB-OFFICES.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES A LION DANCE AND JUDO DEMONSTRATIONS BY MEMBERS OF JUNIOR POLICE CALL, VARIOUS DISPLAYS, AND PERFORMANCES BY DICIPLINED SERVICES UNITS.

THE FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED EARLIER IN THE DISTRICT INCLUDES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UNIT CONTEST AND THE BRAVE CITIZEN AWARD SCHEME. AWARDEES IN BOTH EVENTS WILL BE PRESENTED PRIZES AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (KWAI CHUNG), MR BRIAN ELEY- CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI C KJ NG AND TSING Yl DISTRICT BOARD, MR HO TUNG-CHING- AND KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL TO BEGIN AT 2 PM TOMORROW AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND (NEXT TO KWAI FONG MTR STATION).

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MONG KOK CLEANS UP FOR NEW YEAR * * * *

A CLEAN-UP DRIVE HAS BEEN LAUNCHED IN MONG KOK TO HELP RESIDENTS DISPOSE OF BULKY JUNKS AND UNWANTED FURNITURE DURING THEIR CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS TOWARDS THE END OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE CLEAN-UP IS AIMED AT GIVING THE DISTRICT A FACELIFT IN THE NEW YEAR.

/A SERIES

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1987

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A SERIES OF TEMPORARY REFUSE AND JUNK COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE SET UP FROM JANUARY 22-28 TO COLLECT REFUSE.

THE LOCATIONS AND DATES FOR REFUSE COLLECTION ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE

LOCATION

JANUARY 22

55 ANCHOR STREET

JANUARY 23

JANUARY 24

JANUARY 25

JANUARY 26

JANUARY 27

JANUARY 28

54 BEDFORD STREET, AND JUNCTION OF LARCH STREET AND MAPLE STREET.

JUNCTION OF SHUM CHUN STREET AND CHEUNG WONG ROAD, JUNCTION OF MONG KOK ROAD AND SHANGHAI STREET, AND 47 YU CHAU STREET

3-13 NULLAH STREET

DUNDAS STREET

1024 CANTON ROAD, 193 PORTLAND STREET

ALL THE ABOVE LOCATIONS

CLEANING WORKERS WILL ALSO BE MOBILISED TO HELP CLEAR RUBBISH AND OBSTRUCTIONS FROM STREETS AND REAR LANES.

CHAIRMAN OF THE CLEAN CO-ORDINATE THE OPERATION, GOOD USE OF THE FACILITIES

ENVIRONMENT SUB-COMMITTEE WHICH HELPED MR LAU TAK-KI, URGED RESIDENTS TO MAKE TO IMPROVE THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENT.

HE ALSO SAID IT WAS A BREACH OF FIRE SERVICES REGULATIONS IF THEY SIMPLY DISCARDED JUNKS AND REFUSE AT PASSAGE-WAYS AND COMMUNAL AREAS IN BUILDINGS AS THESE OBJECTS WOULD BLOCK EMERGENCY EXITS IN CASE OF FIRE.

OFFICIATING AT TODAY'S CEREMONY WERE URBAN COUNCIL MEMBERS, DR RONALD LEUNG AND MR CHAN KWOK-MING.

DISCUSSION ON GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES X X X X *

MEMBERS OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON MONDAY (JANUARY 19) TO CONSIDER A NUMBER OF PROPOSED PROJECTS ON GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PROJECTS INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN v SHEK WU HUI AND FANLING SOUTH, A GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING OPPOSITE "THE FANLING RECREATION GROUND; A COMMUNITY CENTRE AND A CENTRALISED PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SHA TAU KOK.

/MEMBERS .......

SATURDAY, JANUARY 1?, 198?

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATION FOR A COMMUNITY health project to be launched in march.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING ON MONDAY AT 2.30 PM IN T«E CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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SHA TIN YOUTH CONFERENCE OPENING TOMORROW

*****

ABOUT 200 SHA TIN YOUTHS WILL ATTEND A SPECIAL CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH ACTIVITIES WORKING GROUP OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE HOTEL RIVERSIDE PLAZA.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, MR MARTIN LEE, AND THE ACTING DEPUTY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR C.M. LEUNG, WILL TALK ON +YOUTH AND POLITICS*.

OTHER TOPICS ON +YOUTH AND COMMUNITY* WILL BE PRESENTED BY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, DR FANNY CHEUNG, AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MRS LESLIE HUNG.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE OFFICIATED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, MRS ROSANNA TAM, SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LEO KWAN, AND BOARD MEMBER, DR FANNY CHEUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY IN THE BALLROOM OF THE HOTEL TOMORROW AT 9:30 AM. TALKS WILL START AT 10 AM.

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GRAND TATTOO TO CLOSE DISTRICT FESTIVAL

*****

A GRAND TATTOO BY VARIOUS DISCIPLINED UNITS AND LOCAL GROUPS WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT 2.30 PM IN WONG CHUK HANG TO MARK THE END OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THE THREE-HOUR SPECTACULAR WILL FEATURE PERFORMANCES SUCH AS DRAGON DANCES, A MOCK BATTLE, DEMONSTRATION OF KARATE, MOTOR CYCLE AND BMX BICYCLE TECHNIQUE, REGIMENTAL BAND AND FOOT DRILLS.

THE MOCK BATTLE WILL BE PERFORMED BY ABOUT 50 MEMBERS OF THE 1ST BATTALION COLDSTREAM GUARDS. THEY WILL BE SPLIT UP INTO TWO TEAMS, ATTACKING AND DEFENDING WITH VARIOUS ANTITANK TACTICS AND WEAPONS. A HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW WILL BE THE DESPATCH OF EXTRA MEN FROM A HELICOPTER TO BACK UP THE DEFENDING TEAM.

OTHER PERFORMING GROUPS INCLUDE THE ROYAL CORPS OF TRANSPORT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS), THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE KARATE-DO CLUB AND CHINESE MARTIAL ART GROUPS.

THE GRAND FINALE WILL BE THE RELEASE OF A THOUSAND BALLONS TO BRING THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL TO A CLOSE.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, CHAIRMEN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND ITS SIX WORKING GROUPS, MRS SO CHOW YIM-PING, MR JASPER LAM, MR JOSEPH CHAN, MR CHAN YAU-YUE, MR ALBERT POON, MR LAI CHI-TONG AND MR YUNG CHEK-CHOW.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS, FREE COACH SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED FROM 1 PM TO TAKE RESIDENTS FROM STANLEY AND SHEK 0 TO WONG CHUK HANG. THE PICK-UP POINTS ARE THE BUS STOP OUTSIDE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE’S BRANCH ON STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD AND THE SHEK 0 CARPARK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY AND GRAND TATTOO FROM 2.30 PM TO 5.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE URBAN COUNCIL HARD-SURFACED SOCCER PITCH IN WONG CHUK HANG.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1987

15

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR ELDERLY IN KWUN TONG *****

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE YUET WAH STREET GARDEN IN KWUN TONG.

AN EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE VENUE TO AROUSE THE AWARENESS OF ELDERLY PEOPLE ON PROBLEMS OF ROAD SAFETY, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON ACCIDENT BLACKSPOTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A SLIDE AND VIDEO TAPE SHOW, QUIZ COMPETITION AND DEMONSTRATION OF ROAD SAFETY MEASURES.

THE FUNCTION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, DISTRICT BOARD, ROAD SAFETY SECT ION/TRAFFIC/KOWLOON, KWUN TONG POLICE DISTRICT, SAU MAU PING POLICE DISTRICT, ROAD SAFETY ASSOCIATION AND KWUN TONG COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT OF THE UNITED CHRISTIAN MEDICAL SERVICE.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL LAST UNTIL MARCH DURING WHICH EXHIBITIONS AND VIDEO TAPE SHOWS WILL BE HELD AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

OFFICIATING AT TOMORROW’S CEREMONY WILL BE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, MR POON CHI—FAI ; KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI, AND KWUN TONG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STANLEY YING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

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COMPUTER COURSE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS *****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE TWO COMPUTER COURSES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEXT MONTH.

THE FIRST FIVE-DAY COURSE ON COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WILL BE RUN BY THE LEE WAI LEE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT RENFREW ROAD IN KOWLOON TONG BETWEEN FEBRUARY 2 AND 6.

/the course

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1987

THE COURSE, DESIGNED FOR 40 TEACHERS WITH NO PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE IN COMPUTER, WILL COVER ELEMENTARY OPERATIONS, ARITHMETIC OPERATIONS, BRANCHING AND LOOPING, SUBSCRIPTS AND ARRAYS, AND CHARACTER STRING MANIPULATION IN BASIC PROGRAMMING.

EACH SCHOOL HEAD MAY NOMINATE ONE TEACHER TO ATTEND THE COURSE. NOMINATIONS MUST REACH THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (COMPUTER EDUCATION) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BY JANUARY 21.

THE SECOND TWO-DAY COURSE ON DATEBASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS WILL BY RUN BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AT ITS CAMPUS ON FEBRUARY 7 AND 14.

IT WILL GIVE ABOUT 70 TEACHERS OF COMPUTER STUDIES THE CHANCE TO LEARN THE PRINCIPLES OF A DATEBASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, ITS THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND ITS DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION METHODOLOGIES.

IN ADDITION, IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF A MULTI-USER MAINFRAME DATEBASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, SUCH AS CONCURRENCY CONTROL, SECURITY, AND RECOVERY, WILL BE INVESTIGATED.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS COURSE MUST REACH THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (COMPUTER EDUCATION) BY JANUARY 23.

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KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT TO HOLD ATHLETIC MEET

*****

MORE THAN 800 ATHLETES IN KOWLOON CITY WILL COMPETE IN THE 13TH KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ATHLETIC MEET AT THE MONG KOK STADIUM TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

A TOTAL OF 56 EVENTS HAS BEEN ORGANISED, INCLUDING 1 500-METRE RUN, 5 OOO-METRE RUN, HIGH JUMP, LONG JUMP, HURDLE-RACE, SHOT PUTT, JAVELIN THROW AND RELAY RACES.

THE AIM OF THE MEET IS TO PROVIDE LOCAL ATHLETES WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS IN TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS AND TO PROMOTE SPORTSMANSHIP IN THE AREA. IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT THROUGH THE ATHLETIC MEET, PARTICIPANTS WILL BUILD UP THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE DISTRICT.

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

/KOWLOON CITY

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1967

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG, ASSISTANT KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS DIANA TONG, AND URBAN COUNCIL MEMBER, MISS CHAN YING, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING AT 9 AM TOMORROW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE ATH.ETIC MEET AT 9 AM TOMORROW AT MONG KOK STADIUM, YUEN NGAI STREET.

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CHILDREN SONGS ENTERTAIN MONG KOK RESIDENTS

*****

MORE THAN 500 MONG KOK RESIDENTS WERE TODAY (SATURDAY) TREATED TO AN EVENING OF ENJOYABLE SONGS BY 130 TALENTED CHILDREN OF THE DISTRICT.

IT WAS THE ANNUAL CONCERT OF THE MONG KOK CHILDREN’S CHOIR ORGANISED FOR PARENTS AND RESIDENTS TO REVIEW ITS PROGRESS AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PAST YEAR.

THE EVENING’S ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDED PERFORMANCES OF PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES, SONG AND PLAY, CHINESE FOLK DANCING AND CHORUS SINGING OF FOLK AND CONTEMPORARY POPULAR TUNES.

nr DELIGHT OF THE AUDIENCE, THE CHOIR ALSO SANG A VARIETY

OF FESTIVE SONGS IN CELEBRATION OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

AS A FINALE, THE CHOIR SANG A MEDLEY, +THIS IS MY HOME+, W£3 SPECIALLY COMPOSED FOR THE YOUTH SPECTACULAR PRESENTED DURING THE QUEEN’S VISIT.

The event was presented by the district cultural recreational AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, AND JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE MONG KOK ASSOCI AT IONARD' ™E URBAN C0UNCIL AND ThE MONG KOK KAIFONG

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 1?, 19«7

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CAS CADETS SHOW THEIR SINGING TALENTS

*****

THE FINAL OF THE 1987 CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET SINGING CONTEST, WITH EIGHT CONTESTANTS COMPETING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP, ATTRACTED AN ' H b 3 OOO AT THE KO SHAN THEATRE THIS (SATURDAY)

AUDIENCE OF SOME EVENING.

THE CONTEST WAS AIMED AT PROMOTING AN INTEREST IN SINGING AMONG CAS CADETS AND DISCOVERING TALENTS FOR THE CADET'S POP MUSIC BAND.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF TONIGHT’S PROGRAMME WERE GUEST PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL ARTISTES SANDY LAMB, KONG YAN-YIN, CHING MAN-HONG AND PANG KAN-KONG.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR WINNERS WAS THE CHARIMAN OF KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD, MR WONG SIK-KONG.

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SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO THAILAND EXTENDED

*****

qprrnpoST SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO TWO MORE CHIES IN THAILAND - PATTAYA AND PHUKET - FROM MONDAY (JANUARY 19), THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEEDPOST CONTRACT AND ON DEMAND SERVICES WILL THEN BE AVAILABLE TO A TOTAL OF EIGHT CITIES IN THAILANDi

BANGKOK METROPOLIS

*

- BUT ON DEMAND SERVICE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THE AREAS BEARING POSTCODES 10510, 10520 AND 10530)

* NONTHABURI - POSTCODES 11000 AND 11120)

* SAMUT PRAKAN - 10130, 10270 AND 10280)

* NAKHON RATCHASIMA - 30000 AND 30010)

* CHIANG MAI - 50000)

* SONGKHLA - 90000, 90110 AND 90290 ,

* PATTAYA - 20260 ) AND

* PHUKET - 83000.

A FAST AND RELIABLE MEANS FOR SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE OVERSEAS AVAILABLE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE IS FORWARDING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, AND A FREE PICK-UP SERVICE IS

CUSTOMERS REQUIRING FURTHER INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-8471108.

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SCHEME TO IMPROVE NGAU TAU KOK TRAFFIC FLOW *****

A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME DESIGNED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN NGAU TAU KOK AREA WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 20), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, A DISTRIBUTER ROAD IN NGAU TAU KOK AREA, IS often CONGESTED DUE TO THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC AND CONTINUAL STOPPING BY VEHICLES TO PICK UP OR PUT DOWN PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

THE PROBLEM OF CONGESTION AND THE ASSOCIATED TRAFFIC NOISE POLLUTION HAVE AROUSED CONCERN AMONG RESIDENTS AND OTHER ROAD USERS. THE DEPARTMENT HAS PROPOSED A NUMBER OF MEASURES TO ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM SINCE LAST YEAR.

+THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME HAS BEEN FINALISED AFTER DISCUSSIONS WITH CONCERNED PARTIES AND CONSULTATION BODIES TO PROVIDE A FEASIBLE SOLUTION TO THE TRAFFIC PROBLEM IN THE AREA,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SCHEME, WHICH HAS ALSO GAINED SUPPORT FROM KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, WILL INCLUDE THE INTRODUCTION OF RESTRICTED ZONES, TRAFFIC RE-ROUTINGS AND CANCELLATION OF PARKING SPACES.

FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY, TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN THE AREA WILL BE MADE RESTRICTED ZONES. THESE ARE: NGAU TAU KOK ROAD WESTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH NGAU TAU KOK FIRST STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 525 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION? AND THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE OF THE UNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN NGAU TAU KOK ROAD AND NGAU TAU KOK FOURTH STREET.

MEANWHILE, NGAU TAU KOK FIFTH STREET WESTBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KWUN TONG ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA. HOWEVER, ALTERNATIVE FACILITIES FOR SETTING DOWN AND PICKING UP PASSENGERS OR GOODS WILL BE PROVIDED AT NGAU TAU KOK FOURTH STREET AND NGAU TAU KOK FIFTH STREET.

IN TRAFFIC RE-ROUTING NGAU TAU KOK FOURTH STREET AND THE UNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN NGAU TAU KOK ROAD AND NGAU TAU KOK FOURTH STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY WORKING TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

IN ADDITION, NGAU TAU KOK FIFTH STREET BETWEEN NGAU TAU KOK FOURTH STREET AND THE MlNI-ROUNDABOUT OUTSIDE BLOCK 12 OF LOWER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

/MOTORISTS .......

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1987

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MOTORISTS ON KWUN TONG ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR NGAU TAU KOK ROAD WF^TBOUND ARE ADVISED TO USE THE UNNAMED ROAD, AT THE SOUTH OF BLOCK 1 OF LOWER NGAUTXu KOK ESTATE, LINKING NGAU’TAU KOK ROAD AND

KWUN TONG ROAD.

TO ENHANCE SMOOTH TRAFFIC FLOW, A TOTAL OF PARKING SPACES IN NGAU TAU KOK FOURTH STREET AND NGAU TAU KOK FIFTH STREET WILL BE CANCELLED.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION UPON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHEME AND WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO FURTHER IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA IF NECESSARY.

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CLOSURE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD

*****

A TRAFFIC LANE ON THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD OPPOSITE WORLDWIDE GARDEN WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 PM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 20) TO 1 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE ROAD WIDENING WORK ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD.

THE LANE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM JANUARY 22 TO 24 DAILY FROM 8 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

AS TRAFFIC CONGESTION IS EXPECTED TO OCCUR, MOTORISTS SHOULD DRIVE WITH CARE AND PATIENCE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN - SUPPLEMENT

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1987

LONDON PRESS COILrTRENCE

BY GOVERNOR,

SIR DAVID WIISON

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1?87

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FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN AT THE LONDON OFFICE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) BY THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, SIR DAVID WILSON:

CHAIRMAN (COLVYN HAYE): WELCOME TO THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON, WHERE IT’S SINGULARLY APPROPRIATE TO WELCOME TODAY THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, SIR DAVID WILSON, WHO WILL OPEN THIS CONFERENCE WITH A FEW REMARKS, AFTER WHICH HE’LL BE OPEN TO YOUR QUESTIONS, AND I WOULD ASK YOU TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF AND THEN ON RECOGNITION FROM HERE, IF YOU’D JUST STAND UP AND WAIT FOR THE MICROPHONE TO BE PUT IN YOUR HAND, BECAUSE WE ARE IN FACT TRANSCRIBING AND GOING OUT LIVE BY RADIO. SO WHEN YOU GET THE MICROPHONE WILL YOU IDENTIFY YOURSELF, YOUR ORGANISATION AND THEN MAKE YOUR QUESTION AS BRIEFLY AND AS SUCCINCTLY AS YOU CAN, BECAUSE WE HAVE A STRICT HALF HOUR FOR THIS PART OF THE CONFERENCE, AFTER WHICH WE’LL PROCEED INTO THE NEXT TWO FOR ANOTHER ORGANISATION.

SO WITHOUT ANY FURTHER ADO, MAY I NOW INTRODUCE SIR DAVID WILSON, OUR NEW GOVERNOR.

SIR DAVID WILSON: THANK YOU VERY MUCH COLVYN, THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. THERE SEEMS TO BE A RATHER UNEXPECTEDLY LARGE TURNOUT

PERHAPS I COULD START BY SAYING THAT OF COURSE THIS MORNING THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE THAT HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN HAS APPROVED MY APPOINTMENT AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG. IT’S FOR ME A GREAT PRIVILEGE, AND A GREAT CHALLENGE, TO BE GIVEN THIS RESPONSIBILITY. MUCH OF MY OWN WORKING LIFE HAS BEEN SPENT IN HONG KONG AND FROM THAT I HAVE DEVELOPED A GREAT AFFECTION FOR THE TERRITORY AND FOR ITS PEOPLE, AS WELL AS ADMIRATION FOR THE THRIVING SOCIETY WHICH HAS BEEN BUILT UP THERE.

AT THE SAME TIME I HAVE TO SAY THAT I TAKE UP MY RESPONSIBILITIES WITH A CERTAIN SENSE OF SADNESS, SADNESS BECAUSE I SHALL BE TAKING THE PLACE OF SIR EDWARD YOUDE, A VERY DISTINGUISHED GOVERNOR WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF HONG KONG. HIS DEATH WAS A GREAT LOSS TO US ALL, BUT DURING HIS PERIOD IN OFFICE HE BUILT A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT, AND IT IS ON THAT FIRM FOUNDATION THAT I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO BUILD.

/AS FOR .......

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AS FOR WHEN I SHALL BE GOING TO HONG KONG. I PLAN TO TAKE UP MY RESPONSIBILITIES IN EARLY APRIL. BEFORE THAT, STARTING STRAIGHT AWAY, I SHALL BE BRIEFING MYSELF FULLY ON ALL THE ASPECTS OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE TERRITORY, AND MEETING KEY PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH HONG KONG. I KNOW THAT I’VE GOT A GREAT DEAL TO LEARN, BOTH IN THE WEEKS AHEAD, AND AFTER I TAKE UP MY RESPONSIBILITIES IN EARLY APRIL. MEANWHILE BEFORE I ARRIVE IN HONG KONG TO TAKE UP THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES, THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG REMAINS IN THE VERY CAPABLE HANDS OF THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES.

I THINK THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT HONG KONG FACES CHALLENGING YEARS AHEAD OF CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT, BUT I AM CONVINCED THAT THE PROSPECTS ARE BRIGHT. I’VE GOT GREAT CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE. I HAVE CONFIDENCE ALSO IN THE FULL COMMITMENT OF BOTH THE BRITISH AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENTS TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION. BOTH ARE CLEARLY DETERMINED TO DO THEIR UTMOST TO HELP MAINTAIN THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG. FOR MY OWN PART, MY INTENTION NOW, AS I TAKE UP MY NEW RESPONSIBILITIES, IS TO SERVE HONG KONG, AND ITS INTERESTS, TO THE UTMOST OF MY ABILITY, AND NOW IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS I WILL DO MY BEST TO TRY TO ANSWER THEM.

CHAIRMAN: YES, PLEASE, JOHN DICKIE.

JOHN DICKIE (DAILY MAIL)» FIRST OF ALL THE FELICITATIONS OF ALL THOSE WHO’VE TRAVELLED WITH YOU AND YOUR TENNIS RACQUET ON THE VC-10 TO HONG KONG OVER THE YEARS. TO BEGIN WITH A SERIOUS QUESTION — HOW LONG DID YOU TAKE TO CONSIDER THE OFFER OF THE APPOINTMENT, AND WHEN YOU’D MADE UP YOUR MIND, DID YOU ACCEPT IT FOR FIVE...PLUS FIVE YEARS, OR A STRAIGHT TEN, UNTIL YOU HAND OVER THE KEY?

SIR DAVID: FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU FOR YOUR OPENING FELICITATIONS. I WAS TOLD OF THE RECOMMENDATION ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO. IT IS SUCH AN ENORMOUS RESPONSIBILITY AND A RESPONSIBILITY FOR A TERRITORY WHICH, AS I WAS SAYING, I HAVE THE GREATEST AFFECTION AND ADMIRATION, THAT I DIDN’T HAVE ANY HESITATION IN SAYING THAT I WAS PREPARED TO TAKE UP THE POST. I REALISE IT’S A VERY HEAVY BURDEN. AS FOR HOW LONG — AN APPOINTMENT OF A GOVERNOR IS ALWAYS AT HER MAJESTY’S PLEASURE, I AM BOUND TO SAY AT THE MOMENT I AM THINKING OF TAKING UP THE JOB, NOT OF WHEN I STOP DOING IT.

CHAIRMAN: YOU SIR.

JOURNALIST: (QUESTION TOTALLY INAUDIBLE).

CHAIRMAN: I THINK WE NEED THAT OTHER MICROPHONE.

/JONATHAN .......

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JONATHAN MERSKY (OBSERVER): I THINK ALL OF US ARE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THIS, AND IT’S A GOOD APPOINTMENT. NOW I’VE GOT TWO QUESTIONS. ONE A VERY HARD ONE. DO YOU INTEND TO LEARN CANTONESE? AND THE SECOND ONE IS EASY — HOW ARE YOU GOING TO REASSURE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG NOW THAT HU YAOBANG HAS RESIGNED IN PEKING?

SIR DAVID: FIRST OF ALL THANK YOU. SECOND QUESTION — I WOULD LIKE TO TRY TO MAKE GREAT IMPROVEMENTS IN MY PRESENT RATHER LOW LEVEL KNOWLEDGE OF CANTONESE. I HAVE ACTUALLY DONE A LITTLE BIT OF STUDY OF CANTONESE WHEN I WAS IN HONG KONG AS SPECIAL ADVISER, BUT I HAVE NO GREAT CONFIDENCE IN MY ABILITY IN CANTONESE.

ON THE SECOND ONE, LIKE YOU AND A NUMBER OF PEOPLE I CAN SEE IN THIS ROOM, I OBVIOUSLY FOLLOW DEVELOPMENTS IN CHINA VERY CLOSELY, WITH GREAT INTEREST, BUT I DON’T THINK IT WOULD BE RIGHT FOR ME TO COMMENT ON THOSE DEVELOPMENTS.

ONE THING...WELL TWO things I would say. first I think WE HAVE TO EXPECT CHANGE IN POLITICAL LEADERSHIPS, WE DON’T EXPECT OUR OWN SOCIETIES TO HAVE CONSTANCY OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP, SO WE MUST BE PREPARED TO ACCEPT CHANGE.

SECONDLY, AS FAR AS HONG KONG IS CONCERNED, WHAT MATTERS, I THINK, IS THE ARRANGEMENT LAID DOWN IN THE JOINT DECLARATION FOR CONTINUITY OF THE SYSTEMS OF HONG KONG, AND FOR THE WAY OF LIFE OF HONG KONG, AND AS I SAID, I HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN THE COMMITMENT OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO THE TERMS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

DAVID HEALY (SCMP AND SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD): SIR DAVID, CAN I ASK YOU TWO QUESTIONS FOR TWO DIFFERENT PAPERS? FOR THE SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, CAN I ASK YOU HOW LONG DO YOU EXPECT TO BE IN THE JOR. AND FOR THE SCOTTISH DAILY RECORD, CAN I ASK YOU WHERE YOU COME FROM IN SCOTLAND? (LAUGHTER).

S,R IT’t r°°D T0 HAVE S0 MANY SCOTS HERE- THE

tLatTi°NE ThE ANSWER TO A FELLOW SCOT, JOHN DICKIE

LHAT THE APPOINTMENT is AT her MAJESTY’S PLEASURE *AND AS I SAID I'M CONCENTRATING NOW ON TAKING UP THE JOB AND NOT THINKING ABOUT WHEN I WILL FINISH IT.

THE SECOND, where I COME FROM IN SCOTLAND? I WAS BORN oonnLo°A CLACKMANNANSHIRE, WHICH IS A SMALL COUNTY. PROBABLY MOST PEOPLE IN THE ROOM DON’T EVEN KNOW OF IT AND ISg WimS/' M05TLV IN EDINBURGH- f‘SlLY

/HEALY : .......

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HEALY : AND HOW LONG AS GOVERNOR?

SIR DAVID s I... I DON’T... I CAN’T AT THIS STAGE PREDICT HOW LONG I WILL SERVE AS GOVERNOR. AS I SAY, I’M CONCENTRATING AT THE MOMENT ON STARTING RATHER THAN ENDING.

HELLA PICK (THE GUARDIAN) : CAN I ADD MY CONGRATULATIONS? THERE’S TWO THINGS- FIRST, WHO WILL SUCCEED YOU AS THE BRITISH MEMBER OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP AND, SECONDLY, PRESUMABLY ONE OF YOUR FIRST TASKS WILL BE TO FINALISE THE GREEN PAPER ON ELECTORAL REFORM - CAN YOU GIVE US ANY CLUES AT ALL HOW YOUR MIND IS WORKING IN THAT DIRECTION?

SIR DAVID i THANK YOU. ON THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP, OBVIOUSLY I NOW GIVE UP MY PREVIOUS POST AS SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE ON THE BRITISH SIDE. A DECISION HAS NOT YET BEEN TAKEN ON WHO SHOULD SUCCEED ME DOING THAT. AS SOON AS A DECISION IS TAKEN THERE WILL BE AN ANNOUNCEMENT. PERHAPS I COULD ADD ON THAT, THAT I DON’T BELIEVE THAT MY OWN LEAVING OF THE JOINT DECLARATION WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO ITS WORK, WHICH IS NOW ON A VERY GOOD FOUNDATION.

ON THE SECOND POINT, THE GREEN PAPER EXERCISE, THERE IS, OF COURSE, A REVIEW PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR AND THAT WILL BE GOING AHEAD. SOME PRELIMINARY WORK IS ALREADY BEING DONE IN HONG KONG ON IT. I WILL BE IN TOUCH, BOTH WITH OFF ICIALS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ABOUT THEIR THINKING AND WITH PEOPLE HERE IN LONDON. I DON’T THINK I WOULD, AT THIS STAGE, MAKE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS ABOUT MY OWN VIEWS ABOUT HOW ACTUALLY A GREEN PAPER IS WRITTEN.

ROSEMARY LANGFORD (ORIENTAL DAILY NEWS) : WHAT WILL BE YOUR PERSONAL APPROACH TO ENJOYING THE GOVERNORSHIP?

SIR DAVID s TO ENJOYING......?

LANGFORD : YES, YOU’RE GOING TO BE THERE A LONG TIME, SO...

SIR DAVID : THAT ... THAT’S A VERY NICE QUESTION. IT’S A GOOD QUESTION. I HOPE IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO ENJOY THE POST OF GOVERNOR. I CERTAINLY INTEND TO TRY TO ENJOY IT. BUT IT’S NICE THAT YOU SHOULD MENTION IT, BECAUSE SO FAR EVERYBODY’S PUT THE EMPHASIS ON... ON THE BURDENS OF THE POST. I THINK I WILL TRY TO ENJOY IT BOTH BY GETTING ENJOYMENT FOR ..« FROM THE TREMENDOUS SENSE OF ENJOYMENT MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAVE. IF YOU WALK ALONG A STREET IN LONDON SOMETIMES PEOPLE LOOK RATHER GLOOMY HERE? OFTEN, IF YOU WALK ALONG A STREET IN HONG KONG, THEY LOOK MUCH MORE CHEERFUL, AND I HOPE I WILL... SOME OF THAT CHEERFULNESS WILL SHAKE OFF ON TO ME.

/SECONDLY, .......

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SECONDLY, I VERY MUCH ENJOY WALKING IN THE HILLS OF HONG KONG — IT’S ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD, CERTAINLY CLOSEST TO AN URBAN CENTRE, WHERE YOU CAN GET SOME REALLY GOOD HILL WALKING, AND I HOPE THAT DESPITE BEING GOVERNOR I STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO DO THAT.

CHAIRMAN s YES, DOWN THERE SIR.

W.K. WONG (WEN WEI PO) s CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR IMPRESSION ON HONG KONG AND CHINA?

SIR DAVID s I’M SORRY, THE FIRST BIT, COULD I DESCRIBE........?

JOURNALIST : YOUR FAMILY....

SIR DAVID : MY FAMILY, AND THEN MY IMPRESSIONS OF HONG KONG....

JOURNALIST : YES, AND CHINA.

SIR DAVID s ...AND CHINA, I DON’T KNOW IF MY FAMILY WOULD ALLOW ME TO DESCRIBE THEM....(LAUGHTER).... I HAVE A...MY WIFE OWNS AND RUNS A MONTESSORI NURSERY SCHOOL HERE IN LONDON. THAT’S SOMETHING WHICH SHE HAS DONE SINCE BEFORE WE WERE MARRIED AND WHICH SHE VERY MUCH ENJOYS AND WHICH I, AS HER KISBAND, I THINK CAN SAY SHE DOES EXTREMELY WELL. I HAVE TWO SONS WHO ARE NOW AGED 18, ALMOST 19, AND 17, ALMOST 18. ELDER SON HAS JUST FINISHED AT SCHOOL, HE’S IN A GAP BETWEEN SCHOOL AND A UNIVERSITY. AT PRESENT DOING WORK... RESEARCH FOR A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AND HE’S GOING NEXT MONTH TO TEACH ENGLISH IN BHUTAN. SECOND SON IS IN HIS LAST TWO TERMS AT SCHOOL AND WILL BE GOING TO UNIVERSITY AFTER THAT, BUT WHEN HE’S HAD A GAP, HE.... PER HAPS I SHOULDN’T REVEAL WHO HE’S WORKING FOR. IT’S FOR THE........... HE’S WORKING FOR MR

PETER TURNER.

ON MY IMPRESSIONS OF CHINA AND HONG KONG, I THINK I WOULD HAVE TO GO ON TOO LONG ON THAT. I’VE SPENT A LOT OF MY LIFE INVOLVED WITH BOTH CHINA AND HONG KONG. I’M DEEPLY INTERESTED IN BOTH AND PERHAPS ALL I COULD SAY IS THAT I’M VERY PLEASED INDEED TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK, TO WORK IN AND FOR HONG KONG.

CHAIRMAN : NEXT? DOWN THERE SIR.......AT THE BACK.

TERRY NEALON (RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG) : SIR DAVID, CAN I ASK ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF ACCOUNTABILITY? TRADITIONALLY IN HONG KONG I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS BEEN PRETTY MUCH FREE FROM PUBLIC CRITICISM FOR THE DAILY ACTIONS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION. DO YOU THINK THE BUCK SHOULD STOP AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE AND THAT THE GOVERNOR SHOULD TAKE DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SUCCESSES AND FAILURES OF HIS GOVERNMENT POLICIES?

/SIR DAVID : .......

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SIR DAVID i I THINK I’VE NOTICED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS A NUMBER OF + BUCKS + STOPPING AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE AND I THINK I’VE NOTICED THAT THE GOVERNOR IS NOT ENTIRELY FREE FROM CRITICISM IN THE PRESS AND FROM SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FOR WHAT HE DOES. I THINK THAT’S ENTIRELY NATURAL. POSSIBLY I MUST FACE THE PROSPECT OF MORE OF THE SORT OF DIRECT CRITICISM. I DON'T THINK GOVERNORS ARE ANY MORE UP ON A PEDESTAL WITH PEOPLE FEELING THAT THEY CANNOT BE CRITICAL OF THEM, SO I’M PREPARING TO THICKEN MY SKIN.

CHAIRMAN i YES. DOWN THERE, YES.

SHEILA DAWES (HONG KONG STANDARD) i ARE YOU EXPECTING OMELCO TO VISIT LONDON BEFORE APRIL?

SIR DAVID i I DON’T THINK THAT OMELCO HAS ANY PLANS AT THE MOMENT TO VISIT HONG KONG.... SORRY, TO VISIT LONDON, CERTAINLY NOT COLLECTIVELY. WHETHER OR NOT THERE WILL BE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF OMELCO COMING HERE I DON’T KNOW. I HAPPEN TO KNOW ONE OR TWO WHO ARE COMING AND I CERTAINLY HOPE TO SEE THEM IF THEY'RE IN LONDON, BUT I DON'T THINK THERE IS A COLLECTIVE DELEGATION PLANNING TO COME.

PAUL FRANKCHUCK (VOICE OF AMERICA)i YOU TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU PLAN TO ENJOY THESE, PERHAPS, YEARS THAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE SPENDING IN HONG KONG. CAN YOU TELL US what you think will be the biggest obstacle in this new job YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE?

SIR DAVID i THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE WILL BE APPEARING IN A GOLDFISH BOWL. I AM NOT USED TO THE SORT OF EXPOSURE WHICH A GOVERNOR HAS AND WHICH I'M NOW FACING THIS AFTERNOON. I THINK THAT DOES TAKE QUITE A LOT OF GETTING USED TO AND MAY INITIALLY, AT LEAST, TAKE SOME OF THE GILT OFF THE GINGERBREAD. BEING TELEPHONED, AS I WAS THE OTHER DAY, BY SOMEBODY AT 3.30 IN THE MORNING, IS NOT THE SORT OF EXPOSURE THAT I PARTICULARLY WANT.

KEITH HONG (SING TAO)i MR WILSON, PREVIOUSLY YOU WERE THE POLITICAL ADVISER OF HONG KONG BEFORE AND NOW TO BE GOVERNOR ।N HONG KONG, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO JOBS?

SIR DAVIDi I THINK THE FIRST THING I WOULD SAY IS THAT HAVING BEEN POLITICAL ADVISER GAVE ME VERY VALUABLE EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITHIN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, AND AS A RESULT OF THAT I DEVELOPED GREAT RESPECT FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE. IT WAS A DELIGHT TO WORK IN SUCH AN ACTIVE AND DECISION ORIENTATED GOVERNMENT, AND THAT WAS GREAT EXPERIENCE. OBVIOUSLY THERE WILL BE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN

/BEING A .......

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BEING A POLITICAL ADVISER AND BEING THE GOVERNOR. THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE OF ALL IS CLEARLY THE SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY, IT’S VERY MUCH LARGER. THAT’S WHY I SAID I THINK THAT I HAVE MUCH TO LEARN AND I’M GOING TO START THAT LEARNING PROCESS STRAIGHT AWAY. I HAVE TO LEARN A GREAT DEAL ABOUT HOW A TERRITORY LIKE HONG KONG OPERATES, ALL THE IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE ADMINISTRATION OF A TERRITORY OF THAT SORT. AND THOSE ARE THINGS WHICH I DID NOT HAVE TO COVER AS POLITICAL ADVISER.

CHAIRMANi NEXT, YES PLEASE. WAIT FOR THE MICROPHONE PLEASE...

MS Y.P.YU (SING PAO DAILY)1 A LOT OF NEWSPAPERS IN THIS COUNTRY THINK THAT YOU’RE RATHER JUNIOR TO BE A HONG KONG GOVERNOR. DO YOU THINK YOURSELF YOU’RE REALLY TOO YOUNG TO BE A HONG KONG GOVERNOR?

SIR DAVIDt I’M RATHER FLATTERED BY THE NEWSPAPER REPORTS WHICH TALK ABOUT ME AS BEING TOO YOUNG. IT’S RATHER CHEERING. I THINK IT IS WORTH REMEMBERING THE AGE OF SOME OTHER GOVERNORS OF HONG KONG WHEN THEY TOOK UP THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. WHEN I GO OUT TO HONG KONG IN APRIL I SHALL BE 52. LORD MACLEHOSE, A GREAT GOVERNOR WHO I HAD THE HONOUR OF SERVING UNDER, WAS 54 WHEN HE TOOK UP HIS POST. IF YOU GO BACK FURTHER, SIR ALEXANDER GRANTHAM, WHO SERVED FOR MANY YEARS AS GOVERNOR, WAS 48 WHEN HE TOOK UP HIS POST. SO I DON’T CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE YOUNG IN THAT HISTORICAL LINE. ON THE OTHEfc PART OF THE QUESTION -- I THINK THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT AS GOVERNOR, I HAVE TOTAL CONFIDENCE THAT I WILL HAVE THE SAME ACCESS TO MINISTERS IN LONDON AND TO OTHER SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE ROUND THE WORLD AS PREVIOUS GOVERNORS HAVE HAD, I HAVE NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.

KEITH HONG (SING TAO)i WE ALL KNOW THAT SIR EDWARD HAD BEEN TRAVELLING QUITE FREQUENTLY BETWEEN HONG KONG, PEKING AND LONDON. SIR DAVID, WILL YOU DO THE SAME WHEN YOU ARE THE GOVERNOR, AND DURING THESE VISITS, WILL YOU BE VERY RECEPTIVE OF THE.... PRESENCE OF THE PRESS IN THE AIRPORTS AND EVERYWHERE YOU GO?

SIR DAVIDj SIR EDWARD CERTAINLY DID DO A GREAL DEAL OF TRAVELLING. HE DID A GREAT DEAL PARTICULARLY IN THE YEARS 1983-84, DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG. NOW, THAT PARTICULAR SERIES OF NEGOTIATIONS AND THE NEED FOR THAT TRAVEL IS OBVIOUSLY DIFFERENT NOW, BUT HE ESTABLISHED A PATTERN OF FREQUENT VISITS TO LONDON, AND I HOPE TO KEEP UP THAT PATTERN. HE ALSO ESTABLISHED A PATTERN OF FAIRLY FREQUENT VISITS TO PEKING, AND I HOPE TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS ON THAT. I’M SORRY.... YOUR OTHER QUESTION WAS - WOULD I BE RECEPTIVE TO PRESS COVERAGE. I SUSPECT THAT WHETHER I AM RECEPTIVE or not, there will be many people who would be there.

/CHAIRMANi .......

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CHAIRMANi NEXT QUESTION, YES PLEASE.

TOM MCMULLEN (PRESS ASSOCIAT I ON)t IN AN YOU SAID YOU EXPECT TO HAVE AS MUCH

THE PREVIOUS governor

CAN YOU SAY

ANSWER A FEW MOMENTS AGO ACCESS TO MINISTERS AS

. ... . ..... .-w ..........1, CAN YOU SAY IF YOU ASKED FOR A ACCESSMTOTTiEApRlSE MINISTER? ™AT ACCESS’ *ND IN PART,CULAR MbuCOO I U I nt rn I Fit H I N I □ I tn r

SIR DAVIDi I DIDN'T CONFIDENCE THAT ASK FOR IT.

NEED TO ASK FOR A COMMITMENT, BUT I HAVE TOTAL THAT ACCESS WILL BE THERE. I DIDN’T NEED TO

CHAIRMANi NEXT. AT THE BACK.

PATRICK KEATLEYt CAN I ASK A RATHER PERSONAL QUESTION. THE USUAL thing that happens in people like yourself, you get christened Sn.iSE~£HR,STENED BY THE CHINESE, AND YOUR HONG KONGERS AND YOUR COMMUNITY, AND I DIMLY KNOW THAT YOU ARE WEI DE WEI BUT I WONDERED IF YOU COULD SAY IT FOR US PROPERLY, AND IF T HAS ALLUSIONAL REFERENCE, PLEASE ILLUMINATE US.

SIR DAVIDi YOU CAN PRODUCE ANY ALLUSIONS YOU LIKE WITH MANY CHINESE NAMES, BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF HOMOPHONES IN CHINESE, AND YOU CAN HAVE GREAT FUN WITH ANYBODY’S NAME, I’M SURE, INCLUDING YOUR OWN PATRICK. MINE IN PUTONGHUA IS WEI DE W&I, BUT IN CANTONESE IS NGAI TAK NGAI, AND THERE IS , I THINK, A PROBLEM IN THAT THE CANTONESE VERSION OF THE CHARACTERS THAT I HAVE USED FOR MANY YEARS, AND WHICH WERE GIVEN TO ME B? MY FIRST TEACHER, THAT THEY DON’T SOUND ANYTHING LIKE MY ENGLISH NAME, AND I’M TRYING TO CONSIDER WHAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR PROBLEM. IT WILL NOT STOP..WHATEVER NAME I USE, IT WILL NOT STOP ANYBODY HAVING GREAT FUN WITH THE HOMOPHONES AND ALL THE DIFFERENT MEANINGS YOU CAN GET FROM IT.

CHAIRMANi ANOTHER QUESTION, ANY MORE? YES PLEASE.

JOHN DICKIE (DAILY MAIL)i HOW SOON DO YOU THINK YOUR NEXT VISIT TO PEKING WILL BE?

SIR DAVIDi I THINK MY FIRST PRIORITY IS TO ESTABLISH MYSELF IN HONG KONG, THAT’S THE CLEAR PRIORITY, AND I WOULD ONLY GO TO PEKING, OR CONSIDER GOING TO PEKING AFTER THAT. I WOULD HOPE, AS I SAID, TO FOLLOW IN THE PATTERN ESTABLISHED BY SIR EDWARD YOUDE, OF OCCASIONAL VISITS TO PEKING, AND I SHOULD HOPE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR, BUT NOT BEFORE I HAVE DONE THE FIRST PRIORITY, WHICH IS TO ESTABLISH MYSELF IN HONG KONG.

CHAIRMANi ANY MORE QUESTIONS? YES.

/JULIAN MARSHALL........

SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 1987

JULLAN MARSHALL (BBC EXTERNAL SERVICES)! CAN I ASK A QUESTION THAT HAS BEEN ASKED BEFORE, IN A RATHER DIFFERENT WAY. YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED TO A VERY LARGE DEGREE IN THE NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE TRANSITION IN 1997. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PRESENT, GIVEN THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SO INVOLVED IN THE NEGOTIATIONS, WHEN THAT TRANSITION OCCURS?

SIR DAVIDi I SHOULD LIKE TO BE STILL ALIVE AT THAT POINT.. (LAUGHTER).

J. MARSHALL! AS GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG?

SIR DAVIDi THAT IS A QUESTION I CAN’T ANSWER AT THIS STAGE.

CHAIRMANi ANY MORE QUESTIONS PLEASE. JONATHAN!

JONATHAN MIRSKY! OF COURSE WE CAN’T EXPECT YOU TO. COMMENT ON ACTUAL MOVEMENTS IN PEKING. I’D JUST LIKE TO RETURN TO THE QUESTION I ASKED FIRST. AS YOU KNOW, THE CHINESE HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT TO REASSURE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG ABOUT STABILITY, THAT WHAT IS NECESSARY, AS THEY’VE ALWAYS SAID, IS TO SEE HOW WE DO ON THE MAINLAND. NOW WHEN HU YAOBANG WAS HERE LAST SPRING, HE SAID TO EVERYBODY! ’THINGS ARE ON COURSE IN CHINA, THEY CANNOT CHANGE.’ DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO REASSURE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG THAT THAT KIND OF CHANGE IS NOT GOING TO OCCUR IN CHINA AS OF THE EVENTS OF TODAY?

SIR DAVIDi I COULDN'T PIN DOWN THE SOURCE OF THE FIRST BIT OF WHAT YOU SAID. IN TERMS OF CHANGE, I THINK THE IMPORTANT POINT IS THE COMMITMENTS TO HONG KONG, WHICH ARE ENSHRINED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION, ARE COMMITMENTS OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, AND AS I SAID I HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THOSE COMMITMENTS WILL BE MET AND THERE WILL BE A FULL COMMITMENT TO IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

CHAIRMANi ANY MORE? DOWN THERE.

TERRY NEALON (RThK)i SIR DAVID, THE TITLE OF YOUR DOCTORAL THESIS, I BELIEVE, WAS 'BRITAIN AND THE KUOMINTANG 1924 TO 1928’ and that thesis incidentally seems to have mysteriously DISAPPEARED FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON. BUT MY QUESTION IS DO YOU THINK HONG KONG HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TAIWAN AND CHINA?

/SIH DAVID.........

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SIR DAVID* FIRST OF ALL I’M NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR IT DISAPPEARING ~ I DIDN’T THINK ANYBODY HAD EVER READ IT..(LAUGMTER). IT

IS SO HEAVY THAT THEY’VE PROBABLY PUT IT SOMEWHERE IN THE BASEMENT. ON THE OTHER QUESTION, I DON’T THINK HONG KONG, AS SUCH, HAS A ROLE TO PLAY, AND THE TAIWAN QUESTION IS CLEARLY ONE FOR, AS IS SO OFTEN SAID, CHINESE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE TAIWAN STRAITS. BUT I FEEL SURE THAT PEOPLE IN TAIWAN WILL LOOK AT DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG, AND INDEED I’M SURE .......................................— • CLOSELY

PEOPLE ON THE MAINLAND OF CHINA WILL WATCH DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG.

CHAIRMANi WE HAVE..ANY MORE

KEITH HONG (SING TAO)i WHAT RIOTS IN CHINA?

QUESTIONS? YES.

DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE STUDENT

I GVAE TO ROOM I DO WATCH

SIR DAVIDs WELL IF I COULD GO BACK TO THE ANSWER JONATHAN MIRSKY. LIKE MANY PEOPLE IN THIS

DEVELOPMENTS IN CHINA WITH GREAT INTEREST, BUT I DON’T THINK THAT IT’S SOMETHING THAT I SHOULD BE COMMENTING ON, SINCE IT’S VERY MUCH THE INTERNAL AFFAIR OF CHINA.

HELLA PICK (GUARDIAN): CAN I RETURN TO THE SAME THEME. YOU SAY THAT YOU HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE IN THE COMMITMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF CHINA, BUT DO YOU THINK THAT HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE..TO BE CONFIDENT THAT CHINA WILL IMPLEMENT THE DECLARATION?

SIR DAVID: I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT IT WILL, BECAUSE I THINK ONE OF THE KEY FACTORS OF THE FUTURE IS TO HAVE A HONG KONG WHICH REMAINS AS A DYNAMIC, PROSPEROUS, HUMANE SOCIETY, WHICH HAS CONFIDENCE IN ITSELF, BECAUSE CONFIDENCE BREEDS CONFIDENCE.

CHAIRMAN: WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE MORE QUESTION. YES PLEASE.

K.K. CHEUNG (WEN WEI PO): IN HONG KONG SOME MEN SAY THAT YOU ARE THE SUPPORTER OF A REPRESENTATIVE SYSTEM. HAVE YOU ANY COMMENT ABOUT IT?

SIR DAVID: I HAVEN’T SEEN THAT PARTICULAR COMMENT. THE ONLY THING I WOULD SAY ON THAT IS THAT THERE IS A REVIEW, AS YOU KNOW, GOING ON. THAT WILL GO ON THIS YEAR, AND THAT WILL BE A GENUINE REVIEW IN AN ATTEMPT TO ASCERTAIN THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ON THESE ISSUES. I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE RIGHT FOR ME TO TRY TO GUESS AT WHAT THOSE VIEWS WILL BE, OR TO TRY TO PRODUCE HYPOTHETICAL ANSWERS TO WHAT WILL COME OUT OF THE REVIEW. IT WILL BE A CAREFUL AND A GENUINE REVIEW, AND THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN IT OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE WILL BE TAKEN FULLY INTO ACCOUNT IN THE DECISIONS THAT ARISE OUT OF THE REVIEW.

CHAIRMANi WELL I THINK THAT’S ABOUT ALL LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH SIR DAVID. WE’LL CALL IT A DAY NOW.

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SIR DAVID PRAISES CULTURAL PROGRESS ....................... 1

BUSY YEAR ALL ROUND FOR FIREMEN ........................... 1

$35.5 MILLION PAID TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ...........  2

early payment of public assistance....................., 3

YEAR-END CRIME PREVENTION AND CLEAN-UP MESSAGES ........... 3

REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS OPEN TO PUBLIC ................... 5

MUTUAL CO-OPERATION SOLVES DISTRICT PROBLEMS .............. 5

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY ACTIVITIES TO BE DISCUSSED .......... 6

OVERNIGHT PARKING AT FERRY CONCOURSE UNDER STUDY .......... 7

EASTERN RESIDENTS PRAISED FOR HELPING FIGHT CRIME ......... 8

SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES ......................... 8

COMMENTS SOUGHT ON YUEN LONG LAYOUT PLANS ................. 9

EASTERN TRhM-ONLY UNE TO BE EXAMINED ..................... 10

TYPHOON Wayne goes into THE record BOOK .................. 11

WINNING SCHOOLS IN CLEAN COMPETITION NhMED ............... 14

SEMINARS PUT CIVIC EDUCATION IN FOCUS .................... 15

MORAL EDUCATION SEMINAR aRRaNGED FOR TEACHERS ............ 16

MOUNT DaVIS PATH PAVILION OPENS .......................... 17

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WhN CHAI ....................... 17

KWAI CHUNG ROaD JUNCTION BEING IMPROVED .................. 17

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN THEN MUN .............................. 18

SALT WATER CUT ..........................................  19

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SIR DAVID PRAISES CULTURAL PROGRESS

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THE PAST 20 YEARS HAVE SEEN AN EXPLOSION OF INTEREST IN THE ARTS, RELEASING THE CREATIVITY, VISION AND IMAGINATION OF HONG KONG’S YOUNG PEOPLE, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 1987 HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL, SIR DAVID SAID THIS DEVELOPMENT WOULD TAKE HONG KONG FORWARD TO NEW REALMS OF ACHIEVEMENT AND TO A NEW ROLE IN THE REGION AS A MEETING PLACE FOR THE CULTURES OF EAST AND WEST.

+THE SPIRIT OF ENTERPRISE WHICH INVIGORATES INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE IN HONG KONG HAS ALSO, IN RECENT YEARS, INSPIRED THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR PERFORMING ARTS,* HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS DELIGHTED TO SEE THE GROWING INTEREST AND SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY, NOT ONLY IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED PERFORMANCES, BUT IN THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY THROUGH SPONSORSHIP OF PROGRAMMES.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ORGANISERS, IN PARTICULAR THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ARTS FESTIVAL SOCIETY, SIR RUN RUN SHAW, FOR STAGING THE FOUR-WEEK FESTIVAL, AND TO SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

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BUSY YEAR ALL ROUND FOR FIREMEN

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MORE FIRES HAVE BEEN RECORDED LAST YEAR COMPARED WITH 1985, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

A TOTAL OF 18 808 FIRE CALLS WERE RESPONDED TO COMPARED WITH 14 722 IN 1985. THE NUMBER OF INJURIES AND FATALITIES CAUSED BY FIRE ALSO ROSE IN 1986 WITH 667 PEOPLE INJURED AND 45 DEATHS.

♦AMONG THESE CALLS, 7 593 WERE FALSE ALARM CASES MOSTLY CAUSED BY AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS, AS COMPARED WITH 4 877 SIMILAR CALLS IN 1985,+ A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS IN THE PREVIOUS YEARS, THE LARGEST SINGLE CATEGORY OF CAUSES OF FIRE WAS CARELESS HANDLING OR DISPOSAL OF CIGARETTES AND MATCHES WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 4 431 CALLS.

ELECTRICAL FAULT WAS THE SECOND HIGHEST CAUSE WITH 1 749 CASES, WHILE OVERCOOKING WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST WITH 1 615 CASES.

/♦HOTEL FIRES

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♦HOTEL FIRES WENT UP FROM FIVE CASES IN 1985 TO 13 IN 1986,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE NUMBER OF FIRES IN SQUATTERS ALSO SHOWED A SLIGHT INCREASE DURING THE PERIOD FROM 368 IN 1985 TO 425 LAST YEAR AND IN FACTORIES FROM 466 IN 1985 TO 534 LAST YEAR.

SPECIAL SERVICES RESPONDED TO BY THE FIRE SERVICES INCLUDING LANDSLIDES, HOUSE COLLAPSES, DROWNING, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND GAS LEAKAGE AND SO ON WENT UP FROM 9 594 CASES IN 1985 TO 10 895 IN 1986.

♦AMONG THE SPECIAL SERVICES, ’PEOPLE TRAPPED IN MOUNTAINS’ CASES ROSE TO 37 FROM 18 IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. GAS LEAKAGE CASES INCREASED FROM 289 IN 1985 TO 442 IN 1986,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE AMBULANCE COMMAND ALSO RESPONDED TO A RECORD 365 574 CALLS WITH EMERGENCY ACCOUNTING FOR 250 323 CALLS, REPRESENTING AN AVERAGE OF 1 001 CALLS A DAY. IN 1985, THERE WERE 333 905 CALLS OF WHICH 233 178 WERE EMERGENCY.

THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS CARRIED BY AMBULANCES BOTH FOR EMERGENCY AND NON-EMERGENCY ACHIEVED ANOTHER RECORD OF 468 554, COMPARED WITH 441 174 PATIENTS IN 1985.

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$35.5 MILLION PAID TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT PAID OUT $35.5 MILLION IN 1986 TO HELP TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS.

THE PAYMENTS WERE MADE UNDER THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE (TAVA) SCHEME ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT, AND REPRESENTED A 2.6 PER CENT INCREASE OVER PAYMENTS MADE IN 1985.

DURING THE YEAR, 5 505 APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE WERE RECEIVED AS AGAINST 5 660 THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

ABOUT 92 PER CENT OF THE APPLICATIONS, OR 5 076 CASES, WERE SUCCESSFUL.

THE ACCIDENT WHICH RESULTED IN THE LARGEST NUMBER OF INJURED PERSONS OCCURRED ON NOVEMBER 5 AT SHEK PAI TAU ROAD NEAR THE JUNCTION OF MING KAM ROAD, KWAI CHUNG. OF THE 70 VICTIMS INVOLVED, 32 WERE PAID ASSISTANCE TOTALLING $102 303.

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DURING THE YEAR, THE HIGHEST SINGLE PAYMENTS OF #47 950 WERE PAID IN THREE CASES INVOLVING THE LOSS OF THE SOLE WAGE-EARNERS.

THE TAVA SCHEME PROVIDES QUICK FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS OR THEIR DEPENDANTS WITHOUT TAKING REGARD OF THE MEANS OF THE FAMILY OR THE ELEMENT OF FAULT IN CAUSING THE ACCIDENT.

ANY PERSON INJURED IN A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IS ELIGIBLE FOR ASSISTANCE IF THE CASE HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE, AND THE VICTIM HAS OBTAINED THREE DAYS’ SICK LEAVE FROM A REGISTERED DOCTOR OR BY HOSPITALISATION OR BY CERTIFICATION. APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF THE ACCIDENT.

ENQUIRIES AND APPLICATIONS CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE DEPARTMENT’S TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SECTION ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF VICTORIA CENTRE, 15 WATSON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY. ADVICE MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED FROM 5-702342.

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EARLY PAYMENT OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE *****

RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE HOLDING CASH ORDER BOOKS MAY RECEIVE EARLIER PAYMENT IF THEIR PAYMENT DATES FALL ON JANUARY 29, 30, 31 AND 31 AND FEBRUARY 1.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THEY MAY CASH THEIR COUPONS ON JANUARY 23, 26, 27 AND 28 RESPECTIVELY OR AFTER AT THE DESIGNATED POST OFFICES, NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES AND TREASURY SUB-OFFICES.

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YEAR-END CRIME PREVENTION AND CLEAN-UP MESSAGES * * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO HOME SECURITY BEFORE AND DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR AND ALSO TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD REFUSE IN THE TRADITIONAL YEAR-END CLEAN-UP.

these messages were the themes of a one-hour radio variety SHOW, RECORDED TODAY (SUNDAY), WHICH INCLUDED A MUSICAL DRAMA AND PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS.

/THE SHOW

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THE SHOW WILL BE BROADCAST ON RTHK RADIO 1 BETWEEN 5 PM AND

6 PM ON JANUARY 25.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE URGED RESIDENTS TO BE ON GUARD AGAINST BURGLARS.

+ NOT ALL THE CASES OF BURGLARIES REPORTED TO THE POLICE INVOLVE BREAKING-1N? MANY ARE CAUSED BY SHEER CARELESSNESS ON THE PART OF HOUSEHOLDERS,* HE SAID.

♦NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS AGAINST CRIME,* HE ADDED.

CRIME PREVENTION MEASURES HIGHLIGHTED IN THE SHOW INCLUDED LOCKING UP DOORS AND WINDOWS PROPERLY AT NIGHT OR BEFORE LEAVING HOME, CHECKING THE CONDITIONS OF LOCKS AND WINDOW GRILLES OR BARS, AND CAREFULLY CHECKING THE IDENTITY OF STRANGERS WHO MAY CALL AT FLATS.

+ANYONE REQUIRING FURTHER ADVICE OF CRIME PREVENTION MAY CONTACT THE POLICE CRIME PREVENTION BUREAU AT 3-7212486 OR THE CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER AT THE LOCAL DISTRICT POLICE STATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WITH THE YEAR-END CLEAN-UP IN MIND, AN URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT HOUSEHOLDERS COULD GREATLY ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT’S CLEANSING SERVICES PERSONNEL BY TAKING THEIR JUNK AND REFUSE TO THEIR NEAREST JUNK OR REFUSE COLLECTION POINT.

FROM JANUARY 22 THROUGH JANUARY 28, 95 TEMPORARY AND 133 PERMANENT JUNK OR REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN THE URBAN AREAS.

+IF RESIDENTS ARE NOT SURE OF THE LOCATION OF THESE POINTS, THEY CAN CALL THE LITTER HOTLINE -- 5-8105599 — OR THEIR LOCAL USD DISTRICT OFFICE TO FIND OUT,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

TODAY’S VARIETY SHOW WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

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REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS OPEN TO PUBLIC

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PEOPLE CLEANING THEIR HOMES IN PREPARATION FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR CAN TAKE THEIR JUNK AND REFUSE TO THE NEAREST JUNK OR REFUSE COLLECTION POINT.

FROM JANUARY 22 TO 28, 95 TEMPORARY AND 133 PERMANENT COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN THE URBAN AREAS, AN URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ IF RESIDENTS ARE NOT SURE OF THE LOCATION OF THESE POINTS, THEY CAN CALL THE LITTER HOTLINE -- 5-8105599 -- OR THEIR LOCAL USD DISTRICT OFFICE TO FIND OUT,+ HE SAID.

DURING THE CLEAN-UP, THE USD WILL ALSO DEPLOY EXTRA CLEANSING STAFF AT THE VARIOUS COLLECTION POINTS TO COPE WITH THE ANTICIPATED INCREASE IN THROWN-AWAY ARTICLES.

+THE PUBLIC SHOULD ALSO CALL THE HOTLINE OR DISTRICT OFFICES TO FIND OUT THE OPENING AND CLOSING HOURS OF THESE POINTS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+WE HOPE THAT BY INCREASING THE NUMBER OF COLLECTION POINTS AND MANPOWER, WE CAN ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC TO DISPOSE OF THEIR JUNK PROPERLY.+

ALL CLEANSING SERVICES WILL BE SUSPENDED ON LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY, THURSDAY, JANUARY 29.

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MUTUAL CO-OPERATION SOLVES DISTRICT PROBLEMS

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PROBLEMS THAT ADVERSELY AFFECTED THE LIVELIHOOD OF DISTRICT RESIDENTS COULD BE RESOLVED THROUGH MUTUAL CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY, THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE SWIFT AND EFFICIENT RESOLUTION OF MAN KAM TO ROAD TRAFFIC CONGESTION WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WORKED, HE SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF A CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE FINNISH MISSIONARY SOCIETY CHOI YUEN CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES CENTRE, MR CHEUNG SAID THAT IN THE PAST TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN MAN KAM TO ROAD HAD CREATED SERIOUS PROBLEMS.

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THROUGH MUTUAL CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE DISTRICT BOARD, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE COMMUNITY, THE PROBLEM HAD BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL, HE SAID.

MR CHEUNG ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD EMBARKED ON A FULL REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE REVIEW, WHEN COMPLETED THIS YEAR, WOULD BRING ABOUT FURTHER DEVELOPMENT IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT BUT MUCH WOULD DEPEND ON THE SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC.

MR CHEUNG SAID THAT PEOPLE’S SUPPORT COULD BE THREEFOLD: TO STAND FOR ELECTIONS, TO VOTE DURING ELECTIONS AND TO VOICE OPINION ON GOVERNMENT POLICIES AS WELL AS ON THE WORK OF ELECTED MEMBERS.

TO CULTIVATE SUCH CIVIC AWARENESS, MR CHEUNG SAID THAT A STEERING COMMITTEE ON CIVIC EDUCATION HAD BEEN SET UP BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

OTHER GUESTS AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG? CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH BOARD! MR RAYMOND PANG? AND DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE

REGIONAL DISTRICT

OFFICER, MR PETER LIN.

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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY ACTIVITIES TO BE DISCUSSED

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MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO CONSIDER PROPOSED ACTIVITIES FOR THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (WED) 1987.

THE WED, DESIGNATED ON JUNE 5 BY THE UNITED NATIONS, IS TO AROUSE NATION-WIDE ACTION TO PROTECT AND IMPROVE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT.

IN HONG KONG, THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS SEEKING DISTRICT BOARD ASSISTANCE IN PROMOTING ACTIVITIES AT DISTRICT LEVEL SO THAT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WILL BE INVOLVED IN ACHIEVING THE AIMS OF THE UN INITIATIVE.

ACTIVITIES PROPOSED FOR SAI KUNG INCLUDE MURAL PAINTING AND TREE-PLANTING EXERCISES, CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN AND FILM SHOWS.

/MEANWHILE, MEMBERS .......

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 1987

meanwhile, members will also discuss problems caused by stray DOGS IN THE DISTRICT AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON MEASURES TO BE TAKEN TO SOLVE THIS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE AN ADDITIONAL GRANT FOR A SITTING-OUT AREA IN NAM SHAN VILLAGE AND MINOR WORK AT PO LO CHE AVENUE.

NOTE TO EDITORSt

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TOMORROW AT 10 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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OVERNIGHT PARKING AT FERRY CONCOURSE UNDER STUDY

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO ALLOW OVERNIGHT PARKING SERVICES AT THE JORDAN ROAD VEHICULAR FERRY CONCOURSE AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE PROPOSAL WAS PUT FORWARD BY THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY LIMITED. VIEWS FROM THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN SOUGHT ON THE TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS PENDING A FINAL DECISION BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS GENERAL TAXI POLICY AND BUS FARE INCREASES.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA ARE INFORMATION PAPERS ON A ROAD WIDENING PROJECT AT SALISBURY ROAD AND CANTON ROAD AND RAILWAY SERVICE AND RELATED FACILITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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EASTERN RESIDENTS PRAISED FOR HELPING FIGHT CRIME

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EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BOWEN LEUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT JOINT PUBLIC AND POLICE EFFORTS WERE AN EFFECTIVE WEAPON IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

SPEAKING AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN’S GOOD CITIZENS AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR LEUNG SAID 12 RESIDENTS WERE SELECTED FOR THEIR BRAVERY IN HELPING THE POLICE TO ARREST CRIMINALS.

HE ALSO PRAISED MEMBERS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND RESIDENTS WHO HAD ACHIEVED GREAT SUCCESS IN HELPING THE POLICE IN THE WAR AGAINST CRIME.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, THE EASTERN POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR G.W. ROPER, SAID THE DISTRICT HAD SOME SUCCESSFUL ACHIEVEMENTS IN FIGHTING CRIME AS REFLECTED IN A 10.1 PER CENT DECREASE IN THE CRIME RATE IN 1986 AS COMPARED WITH 1985.

BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS A CONTINUING HIGH PATTERN OF BURGLARIES IN THE LAST FIVE MONTHS OF 1986, AND APPEALED TO HOSEHOLDERS TO TAKE SENSIBLE PRECAUTIONS IN THEIR HOMES AND TO JOIN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME.

MR ROPER SAID THAT CONTINUING INVOLVEMENT IN CRIME SUCH AS ROBBERY, BURGLARY, BLACKMAIL AND INTIMIDATION BY YOUNG PEOPLE WERE SERIOUS OFFENCES EVEN THOUGH THE MONEY INVOLVED WAS OFTEN SMALL.

+THEREFORE, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE COMMUNITY, IN PARTICULAR SCHOOL STAFF, THE POLICE AND ABOVE ALL PARENTS BRING HOME TO YOUNG PEOPLE THE FUTILITY OF COMMENCING A LIFE OF CRIME,+ HE SAID.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL OFFICIALLY CLOSED TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH THE RELEASE OF A THOUSAND BALLOONS AND A TATTOO STAGED BY VARIOUS DISCIPLINED UNITS AND LOCAL GROUPS AT THE WONG CHUK HANG SOCCER PITCH. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED.

THE CLOSING CEREMONY WAS SCHEDULED TO HAVE BEEN HELD LAST MONTH AT THE END OF THE TWO-WEEK FESTIVAL BUT WAS POSTPONED FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF THE GOVERNOR, SIR EDWARD YOUDE.

/SPEAKING AT .......

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SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, NR JASPER LAM, SAID HE HOPED THE ATMOSPHERE OF GOODWILL BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE FESTIVAL WOULD BE SUSTAINED AND THAT RESIDENTS WOULD INCREASE THEIR EFFORTS IN MAKING SOUTHERN DISTRICT A BETTER PLACE.

MR LAM NOTED THAT THE GRAND TATTOO HAD ATTRACTED MORE THAN 400 PARTICIPANTS FROM SIX ORGANISATIONS, MAKING IT A RECORD FOR THE FESTIVAL.

MORE THAN 30 000 RESIDENTS HAD FOUND THEIR SHARE OF FUN IN THE WIDE-RANGING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES OF THE FESTIVAL WHICH BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 22.

THE CIVIC EDUCATION MESSAGE WAS CONVEYED IN 13 FREE CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS WHICH WERE AIMED AT PROMOTING COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND RESIDENTS’ SENSE OF BELONGING.

THE FESTIVAL WAS SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND COMMERCIAL BODIES. IT WAS ORGANISED WITH ASSISTANCE FROM AREA COMMITTEES, RESIDENTS BODIES, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND A LARGE NUMBER OF VOLUNTARY WORKERS.

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COMMENTS SOUGHT ON YUEN LONG LAYOUT PLANS * * X X X

MEMBERS OF THE TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE INVITED TO COMMENT ON THREE LAYOUT PLANS PREPARED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE PLANS ARE FOR THE DEVELOPMENTS OF THE EASTERN PRIVATE HOUSING AREAS, THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF TIN SHU I WAI AND PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE YUEN LONG TOWN EASTERN LAYOUT PLAN.

THE TIN SHUI WAI PROJECT WILL BE THE LAST TWO OF EIGHT DETAILED LAYOUT PLANS FOR THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT FOLLOWING A MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN PREPARED BY GOVERNMENT IN SEPTEMBER 1983.

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AT THE MEETING, THERE WILL BE TWO QUESTIONS RAISED BY MEMBERS WITH REGARD TO THE LARD-BOILING FACTORY AT NGAU TAM MEI AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF SMALL HOUSES WITHIN PERIPHERAL AREAS OF VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE BOARD, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY (JANUARY 20), HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 10 AM ON FEBRUARY 10.

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EASTERN TRAM-ONLY LANE TO BE EXAMINED *****

MEMBERS OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO CREATE A TRAM-ONLY LANE IN KING’S ROAD NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH PAN HOI STREET.

THE PROPOSAL INVOLVES THE CONTRUCTION OF A REFUGEE ISLAND AND THE DESIGNATION OF 55 METRES OF TRAM-ONLY LANE ON THE WESTBOUND TRAM TRACK.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO LOOK INTO A SUGGESTION PUT FORWARD BY A BOARD MEMBER TO SET UP SIGNAL-CONTROLLED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AT THE JUNCTION OF JAVA ROAD AND NORTH POINT ROAD WHERE TRAFFIC CONVERGES FROM THREE DIRECTIONS.

/SEVERAL COMPLAINTS

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SEVERAL COMPLAINTS LODGED BY RESIDENTS ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING. THESE INCLUDE IMPROVING TRAFFIC SIGNS AT THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, RE-ROUTING BUS ROUTE 81 AND INSUFFICIENT ROAD SIGNS BETWEEN CHAI WAN ROUNDABOUT AND HENG FA CHUEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR AT 880-886, KING’S ROAD.

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TYPHOON WAYNE GOES INTO THE RECORD BOOK *****

TYPHOON WAYNE, WHICH AFFECTED HONG KONG BETWEEN AUGUST 19 AND SEPTEMBER 5 LAST YEAR, SET A RECORD AS THE FIRST TROPICAL CYCLONE EVER TO REQUIRE THE HOISTING OF WARNING SIGNALS ON THREE SEPARATE OCCASIONS.

ANOTHER FEATURE OF 1986 WAS A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 4.8 DEGREES CELSIUS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH.

HOWEVER. IN ITS SUMMARY OF THE YEAR’S WEATHER, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY REPORTS THAT, ON THE WHOLE, 1986 WAS NORMAL. THE YEAR’S MEAN TEMPERATURE RECORDED WAS THE SAME AS THE NORMAL VALUE OF 22.8 DEGREES CELSIUS WHILE RAINFALL, TOTALLING 2 338.3 MILLIMETRES, WAS ONLY FIVE PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

TWO UNUSUAL OCCURRENCES WERE A WATERSPOUT NEAR TAP MUN AND A TORNADO IN ABERDEEN IN AUGUST.

THE GALE OR STORM SIGNAL WAS HOISTED TWICE IN 1986, DURING THE APPROACH OF TYPHOON PEGGY IN JULY AND OF TYPHOON WAYNE IN AUGUST. BOTH TYPHOONS CAUSED SOME DAMAGE TO HONG KONG.

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JANUARY WAS GENERALLY FINE AND SUNNY WITH NO MEASURABLE RAINFALL. IT WAS THE SECOND DRIEST JANUARY SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1884.

FEBRUARY WAS COLDER AND WETTER THAN USUAL. THE MONTH’S MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 14.7 DEGREES WAS 1.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WHILE THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF 68.8 MM WAS 64 PER CENT ABOVE THE NORMAL AMOUNT FOR THE MONTH.

THE WINTER MONSOON WAS ACTIVE IN MARCH. A RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 4.8 DEGREES FOR THE MONTH WAS SET ON MARCH 1. HOAR FROST WAS REPORTED AT TAI MO SHAN AND TATE’S CAIRN ON THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF THE MONTH AND TEMPERATURES THERE DROPPED TO -4.0 DEGREES AND -0.5 DEGREE RESPECTIVELY ON MARCH 2.

THE MONTH WAS ALSO CHARACTERISED BY THE FREQUENT OCCURRENCE OF FOG. COASTAL FOG WAS EXPERIENCED ON 15 DAYS, EQUALLING THE RECORD SET IN MARCH 1980.

UNDER THE CONTINUED INFLUENCE OF A MOIST SOUTHEASTERLY AIRSTREAM, SEA FOG OCCURRED ON THE MORNINGS OF APRIL 10 AND 11, DISRUPTING FERRY SERVICES. TWO FERRIES WERE INVOLVED IN A MINOR COLLISION DURING FOG.

THUNDERY SHOWERS ON APRIL 21 AND 22 CAUSED LANDSLIPS IN SEVERAL DISTRICTS. TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED ON THESE TWO DAYS AMOUNTED TO 106.3 MM, ACCOUNTING FOR MORE THAN 90 PER CENT OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL.

ALTHOUGH THE TOTAL RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF THE YEAR WAS BELOW NORMAL, THE RAINFALL IN MAY WAS MORE THAN SUFFICIENT TO MAKE UP THE DEFICIT. THE TOTAL RAINFALL RECORDED FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS WAS 615.0 MM, WHICH WAS 10 PER CENT ABOVE THE NORMAL AMOUNT.

A CONTINUOUS HEAVY DOWNPOUR AND SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS AFFECTED HONG KONG ON MAY 11 AS AN ACTIVE LOW PRESSURE AREA APPROACHED. OVER 200 MM OF RAINFALL WERE RECORDED IN TAI LAM CHUNG, TAI MO SHAN AND TAI PO. THE HEAVY DOWNPOUR CONTINUED ON MAY 12 AND 48 CASES OF FLOODING AND SEVEN LANDSLIPS WERE REPORTED.

JUNE WAS NORMAL FOR TEMPERATURE, CLOUDINESS AND PRECIPITATION. A TOTAL OF 415.9 MM OF RAINFALL WAS RECORDED, COMPARED WITH THE MONTH’S NORMAL OF 431.8 MM. HOWEVER, IT WAS UNEVENLY DISTRIBUTED AND RAINFALL ON TWO DAYS - JUNE 6 AND 25 - ACCOUNTED FOR 58 PER CENT OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL.

RAINY WEATHER CONTINUED AFTER THE DOWNPOUR OF JUNE 6, LEADING TO MINOR FLOODING AND A LANDSLIP.

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bUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 1987

JULY WAS WETTER THAN USUAL, WITH THE TOTAL RAINFALL OF 547.3 MM BEING 73 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

TYPHOON PEGGY, THE FIRST TYPHOON OF THE YEAR, BROUGHT ABOUT 85 PER CENT OF THE MONTH’S RAINFALL ON JULY 3 AND 4.

HEAVY SHOWERS AND SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON JULY 3 WHEN A MOISTURE-LADEN SOUTHWEST MONSOON AFFECTED THE TERRITORY. THERE WERE 39 CASES OF MINOR FLOODING AND FIVE LANDSLIPS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG.

TYPHOON PEGGY CROSSED LUZON ON JULY 9 AND HEADED TOWARDS THE SOUTH CHINA COAST. WITH LIGHT WINDS OFF THE LAND AHEAD OF PEGGY, THE TEMPERATURE IN HONG KONG ROSE TO 34.8 DEGREES IN THE AFTERNOON OF JULY 10, MAKING IT THE FOURTH HOTTEST JULY DAY ON RECORD.

ON JULY 11, THE WEATHER DETERIORATED RAPIDLY UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF PEGGY WHICH MADE LANDFALL NEAR SHANWEI IN THE AFTERNOON. STRONG TO GALE FORCE WINDS ACCOMPANIED BY WIDESPREAD AND FREQUENT SQUALLY SHOWERS BATTERED THE TERRITORY UNTIL THE MORNING OF JULY 12.

AUGUST WAS HOTTER THAN USUAL WITH A MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 29 DEGREES WHICH WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST FOR AUGUST ON RECORD.

THUNDERSTORMS WERE FREQUENT DURING THE MONTH. FROM AUGUST 9 TO 11, HONG KONG WAS AFFECTED BY SQUALLY HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA MOVED TOWARDS HAINAN. OVER 300 MM OF RAINFALL WERE RECORDED AT TAI PO, SHA TAU KOK AND SAI KUNG.

SEVERE TROPICAL STORM WAYNE FIRST APPROACHED HONG KONG FROM THE SOUTH, RESULTING IN FRESH TO STRONG EASTERLY WINDS LOCALLY ON AUGUST 20. WINDS REACHED GALE FORCE OFFSHORE BRIEFLY OVERNIGHT AS WAYNE ACCELERATED EAST-NORTHEASTWARDS AWAY FROM HONG KONG.

ON AUGUST 21, AFTER A VERY HOT AND SUNNY DAY, SQUALLY THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED OVERLAND AND MOVED SOUTHEASTWARDS TO AFFECT HONG KONG IN THE EVENING.

AFTER CROSSING TAIWAN, WAYNE WEAKENED TO A TROPICAL STORM AND MOVED SOUTHWESTWARDS BACK INTO THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. AS IT HEADED WESTWARDS TOWARDS DONGS HA, LOCAL SIGNALS WERE HOISTED A SECOND TIME ON AUGUST 25 BUT LOWERED THE NEXT DAY AS WAYNE MOVED SOUTHWESTWARDS AWAY FROM HONG KONG.

WAYNE THEN TURNED NORTHEASTWARDS TO AFFECT THE BAS Hl CHANNEL AND PHILIPPINES. IT LATER STRENGTHENED TO A TYPHOON, HEADING WESTWARDS AGAIN TO AFFECT HONG KONG A THIRD TIME ON SEPTEMBER 4 AND 5.

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SEPTEMBER WAS NORMAL APART FROM BEING SLIGHTLY DRIER THAN USUAL. HOWEVER, HEAVY AND THUNDERY SHOWERS AFFECTED HONG KONG ON SEPTEMBER 16 AND 72.0 MM OF RAINFALL WERE RECORDED BETWEEN 2 PM AND 8 PM, RESULTING IN 11 CASES OF FLOODING.

OCTOBER WAS DRIER THAN USUAL WITH 61.3 MM OF RAINFALL, REPRESENTING ONLY 51 PER CENT OF THE NORMAL AMOUNT.

ON OCTOBER 18, TYPHOON ELLEN APPROACHED FROM THE SOUTHEAST AND PASSED ABOUT 150 KM TO THE SOUT H-SOUTFWEST OF HONG KONG, CAUSING ONLY MINOR DAMAGE TO THE TERRITORY.

AN INTENSE SURGE OF THE WINTER MONSOON ARRIVED ON OCTOBER 28, BRINGING NOTICEABLY COOLER WEATHER TO HONG KONG TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH.

NOVEMBER WAS WETTER THAN NORMAL, WITH 112.6 MM OF RAINFALL. ALTHOUGH THE AMOUNT WAS MORE THAN THREE TIMES THE MONTH’S NORMAL VALUE, THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL SINCE JANUARY 1 WAS ONLY FOUR PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL.

SEVERE TROPICAL STORM IDA, WHICH AFFECTED THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH, ACCOUNTED FOR MOST OF THE NOVEMBER RAINFALL.

DECEMBER WAS CHARACTERISED BY A SIGNIFICANT COLD SNAP FROM DECEMBER 18 TO 20 FOLLOWED BY AN UNSEASONABLE WARM PERIOD LEADING UP TO CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR.

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WINNING SCHOOLS IN CLEAN COMPETITION NAMED * * * *

WINNERS OF THE 1986 CLEAN SCHOOL COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL, REGIONAL COUNCIL, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN NAMED.

WINNING THE SECONDARY SECTION WERE ST. PAUL’S CONVENT SCHOOL IN HONG KONG, MING KEI COLLEGE IN KOWLOON AND KEI YUEN COLLEGE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE THREE PRIMARY SECTION WINNERS WERE ST. CLARE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL IN HONG KONG, FUK WING ST. GOVERNMENT PRIMARY A.M. SCHOOL IN KOWLOON AND THE NTW AND JWA LEUNG SING TAK SCHOOL IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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IN ADDITION 12 RUNNERS-UP WERE SELECTED -- TWO IN THE SECONDARY SECTIONS FOR ALL THREE REGIONS.

FIVE MERIT AWARD WINNERS IN EACH SECTION FOR THE THREE REGIONS COMPLETED THE LIST OF SCHOOLS TO BE HONOURED WHEN PRIZES ARE PRESENTED ON FEBRUARY 16.

TEAM MEMBERS FROM THE SIX TOP SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE BOOK COUPONS WORTH SI 500.

SECOND AND THIRD PRIZE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE SI OOO AND $500 OF BOOK COUPONS RESPECTIVELY.

MERIT PRIZES ARE $200 IN BOOK COUPONS.

A TEAM OF STUDENTS IN EACH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL CONCEIVED AND EXECUTED EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGNS FOR ENCOURAGING CLEANLINESS.

INDIVIDUAL CAMPAIGNS WERE JUDGED FOR THEIR CREATIVITY, EFFECTIVENESS AND ABILITY TO OVERCOME DIFFICULTIES.

ADJUDICATORS REPRESENTING THE ORGANISERS VISITED ALL 109 SCHOOLS AND CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS WITH TEAM LEADERS.

PARTICIPATING

CHAIRMAN COMMITTEE, MR JANUARY 23.

OF THE JOINT UC-RC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING W.M. SULKE, WILL VISIT ALL SIX WINNING SCHOOLS ON

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SEMINARS PUT CIVIC EDUCATION IN FOCUS

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TWO IDENTICAL HALF-DAY SEMINARS ON IMPLEMENTING CIVIC EDUCATION IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL BE HELD FOR TEACHERS NEXT MONTH (FEBRUARY).

ORGANISED BY THE CIVIC EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, THE SEMINARS ARE AIMED AT ACQUAINTING TEACHERS WITH METHODS OF IMPLEMENTING CIVIC EDUCATION IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THE SEMINARS WILL ALSO ENABLE TEACHERS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS

ON TEACHING CIVIC EDUCATION.

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THE SEMINARS WILL BE HELD IN THE LECTURE THEATRE OF THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, 42 GASCOIGNE ROAD, YAU MA TEI, ON FEBRUARY 23.

Qrunm HEADS WISHING TO NOMINATE TEACHERS TO ATTEND THE SHOULD APPLY TO THE INSPECTOR, CIVIC EDUCATION ADVISOR Y INSPECTOR ATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR^LEE^GARDENS, FffSAN AVENGE, CAUSERAY BAY, BY FEBRUARY 7.

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST corruJtio!i°w?ll joiStly hold a seminar on moral education FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN MARCH.

THE SEMINAR IS INTENDED TO EXPLORE MORAL EDUCATION ISSUES AND TO PROVIDE TEACHERS WITH PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS, TECHNIQUES AND IDEAS FOR TEACHING MORAL EDUCATION.

IN ADDITION THE SEMINAR WILL ALSO GIVE TEACHERS THE OPPORTUNITY , TO SHARE EXPERIENCES AND EXCHANGE VIEWS ON MORAL EDUCATION.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OPEN TO SCHOOL HEADS AND TEACHERS. IT WILL BE HELD AT LA SALLE COLLEGE, 18 LA SALLE ROAD, KOWLOON BETWEEN 8.45 AM AND 4.30 PM ON MARCH 7.

appi ICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE PUBLIC EDUCATION OFFICEPPCOMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, INDEPENDENT COMMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, BY FEBRUARY 13.

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MOUNT DAVIS PATH PAVILION OPENS * * * *

ANOTHER REST PAVILION HAS BEEN PROVIDED AT MOUNT DAVIS PATH FOR MORNING WALKERS AND PICNICKERS.

THE +WESTERN LIONS PAVIlION* WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

The PROJECT WAS INITIATED BY CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND SPONSORED BY ThE LIONS CLU3 OF HONG KONG WEST.

the lions club donated w aoo of the cost and the remaining $20 OOO CAME FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI

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THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TONNOCHY road between harbour ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD IN WAN CHAI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT NINE MONTHS FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JANUARY 20) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TONNOCHY ROAD FLYOVER.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON EASTBOUND GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO MARSH ROAD AND HUNG HING ROAD TO WAN CHAI SPORTS GROUND OR HARBOUR ROAD.

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KWAI CHUNG ROAD JUNCTION BEING IMPROVED * * * * *

A three-level interchange will OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND KWAI CHUNG AND ENHANCE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY.

BE BUILT AT THE INTERSECTION ROAD TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW

THE WORK INVOLVES NORTH-SOUTH FROM KWAI RUNNING ALONG THE LINE

BUILDING TWO TWIN-LANE FLYOVERS, ONE RUNNING CHUNG ROAD TO CHEUNG WING ROAD, AND THE OTHER OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN AN EAST-WEST

DIRECTION.

ALSO INCLUDED WILL BE GROUND-LEVEL IMPROVEMENTS TOGETHER WITH CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW FOOTBRIDGE SYSTEM WALKWAY ALONG THE WEST SIDE OF KWAI CHJNG ROAD AND A UNDER CASTLE PEAK ROAD CONNECTING TO YIU WING LANE.

AT THE JUNCTION, , AN ELEVATED SUBWAY EXTENSION

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE PROJECT, WORK ON WHICH WILL START IN APRIL AND TAKE THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE.

CONTRACTORS SHOULD SUBMIT TENDERS BY NOON ON FEBRUARY 27.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN TUEN MUN X * *

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS TUEN HUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE WPLEMENTED FROM 1.30 AM TO 4.30 AM ON JANUARY 20 (TUESDAY) AND

ON JANUARY 20, THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD, BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TUEN LUNG STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 109 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL TRAFFIC.

BE CLOSED TO

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO DRIVE VIA TUEN LUNG STREET AND THE UNNAMED ROAD LEADING FROM TUEN LUNG STREET TO TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD.

ON THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE NORTHBOUND SECTION OF TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD BETWEEN TUEN HING ROAD AND PUI TO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

MOTORISTS ON NORTHBOUND TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND TUEN MUN ROAD SOUTH OF TUEN HING ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TUEN HING ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

TRAFF ,C 0N NORTHBOUND CASTLE PEAK ROAD SOUTH OF TUEN HING ROAD SHOULD CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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SALT WATER CUT

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU MA TEI MONG KOK

AND TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9.30 AM TO 5 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 21) FOR MAINS WORK. "tUNtoDAT

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE BOUNDED BY JORDAN ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, YIM PO FONG STREET, ARGYLE STREET SAI YEE STREET, BOUNDARY STREET AND THE SEAFRONT BETWEEN BOUNDARY ’ STREET AND JORDAN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

Monday, January 19, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ACTING GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON ........................... 1

ARTS COUNCIL HOLDING LOGO COMPETITION ..................... 1

NEW RABBIT STAMP STARTS NEW YEAR SERIES ................... 2

SHA TIN DEVELOPMENT UNDER STUDY ........................... 3

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS YOUTH NEEDS ....................... /t

KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE FOR BOAT PEOPLE ........................

DB FUNDS TO BE DISCUSSED BY COMMITTEE...................... 5

ABERDEEN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE DEMOLISHED .............. 6

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TUEN MUN GETS SECOND hMBULANCE DEPOT ...................... 6

PUMPHOUSE FOR HUNG HCM BAY RECLAMATION .................... 7

WAN CHAI ELDERLY HONOURED AT BANQUET ...................... 7

PRIZES FOR POT VEGETABLE GROWING COMPETITION WINNERS ...... 8

REMINDER ON REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES........... 8

SEMINAR ON SAFE USE OF BOATSWAIN'S CHAIRS ................. 9

BRIDGE CLOSED FOR SHA TIN LIGHTING CEREMONY ............... 10

RESTRICTED ZONES SET UP, FLYOVER CLOSED ................... 10

Water storage figure ...................................... 11

TSUEN WAN, KWal CHUNG SALT WATER CUTS ..................... 11

MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 1987

1 ACTING GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON * * * * *

THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL VISIT LONDON FROM FEBRUARY 2-4. THIS VISIT WILL BE ANOTHER IN THE SERIES OF REGULAR CONSULTATIONS WITH MINISTERS AND SENIOR OFFICIALS ON MATTER OF CURRENT INTEREST. SIR EDWARD YOUDE LAST VISITED LONDON IN NOVEMBER 1986.

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ARTS COUNCIL HOLDING * * * *

LOGO COMPETITION *

THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (CFPA) IS ORGANISING A LOGO COMPETITION IN ITS QUEST FOR A WELL-DESIGNED LOGO WHICH WILL BE REPRESENTATIVE OF ITS FUNCTIONS.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CFPA’S LOGO COMPETITION ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LEO T.H. LEE, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD TODAY (MONDAY).

MR LEE SAID IN ORGANISING THE COMPETITION THE CFPA RECOGNISED THE NEED FOR ITS EXISTENCE AND FUNCTIONS TO BE MORE WIDELY PUBLICISED. THIS WOULD HELP IT TO MAKE MORE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS IN FOSTERING DEVELOPMENT OF THE PERFORMING ARTS.

♦IN THIS CONNECTION, IT HAS DECIDED THAT, AS A START, THE ACQUISITION OF A WELL-DESIGNED LOGO WOULD PROVIDE AN EASY IDENTIFICATION AND WILL ALSO ASSIST IN FUTURE PUBLICITY.

♦ IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT THROUGH A LOGO COMPETITION, THE CFPA COULD BE BROUGHT CLOSER TO THE PUBLIC, AND THAT THE COMPETITION COULD STIMULATE INTEREST IN BOTH THE CFPA AND IN THE FIELD OF THE PERFORMING ARTS,+ HE POINTED OUT.

MR LEE SAID THE CFPA HAD RECEIVED GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM A BUSINESS CORPORATION IN HOLDING THE COMPETITION. +THIS IS IN KEEPING WITH THE COUNCIL’S AIM OF PROMOTING THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE ARTS IN HONG KONG AND IT REFLECTS A HEALTHY INTEREST IN THE ARTS AMONGST OUR LOCAL BUS I NESSES,+ HE EXPLAINED.

HE SAID HE HOPED THIS WOULD ALSO DEMONSTRATE TO PERFORMING ARTS ORGANISATIONS NOT ONLY THE BENEFITS OF SPONSORSHIP, BUT ALSO THE CONSIDERABLE POTENTIAL FOR SPONSORSHIP WHICH COULD BE TAPPED WITHIN THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR.

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the first prize in the competition will be a $10 000 CASH AWARD PLUS A CERTIFICATE. THE SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES WILL BE CASH AWARDS OF $5 000 AND $2 000 RESPECTIVELY TOGETHER WITH CERTIFICATES.

SEVEN OTHER ENTRIES WILL BE AWARDED CERTIFICATE OF MERIT.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD IN JUNE.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS AND SCHOOLS AND DESIGN INSTITUTES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION.

ENTRY FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE SECRETARIAT OF THE CFPA AT HARBOUR CENTRE, 10TH FLOOR, HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MARCH 31.

A PANEL OF JUDGES WILL SELECT THE 10 BEST ENTRIES IN MID-APRIL. THE JUDGES ARE:

MR LEE’ MR M.B. FARR, HEAD, SWIRE SCHOOL OF DESIGN, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC ’ MR KENNETH KO, ARCHITECT AND INTERIOR DESIGNER’ MR ALAN ZIE YONGDER, DESIGNER? MRS THERESA LAU PO WING-KAM, FIRST VICE-CHAIRMAN, TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS; THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING’ MISS CHEUNG MAN-YEE, THE HEAD OF CREATIVE SUB-DIVISION, INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR ARTHUR HACKER; MR LAWRENCE H.L. FUNG, URBAN COUNCILLOR AND MEMBER, CFPA BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP AND PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE; AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG.

THE CFPA WILL DECIDE THE THREE WINNING ENTRIES IN MAY.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE SHELL ELECTRIC MANUFACTURING (HOLDINGS) CO. LTD.

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NEW RABBIT STAMP STARTS NEW YEAR SERIES

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A SECOND SERIES OF LUNAR NEW YEAR SPECIAL STAMPS, COMMENCING WITH THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT, WILL BE ON SALE FROM WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 21).

THE NEW STAMPS WILL BE AT 50 CENTS, $1.30, $1.70 AND $5.

A SOUVENIR SHEET CONTAINING A SET OF THE FOUR STAMPS WILL ALSO BE ISSUED.

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AS ALL POST OFFICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE CROWDED, ADDITIONAL COUNTERS FOR NORMAL BUSINESS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING OFF ICES 1

HONG KONG ISLAND — GENERAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HENNESSY ROAD, MORRISON HILL, NORTH POINT, QUEEN S ROAD, AND SHEUNG WAN.

KOWl OON AND NEW TERRITORIES — KOWLOON CENTRAL, CHEUNG SHA WAN GILLIES AVENUE, KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, MONG *OK, SHAM SHU I PO,’tSIM SHA TSUI AND TSUEN WING STREET.

NORMAL POSTAL

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT EXTRA STAFF W°ULD BE ON DUTY. however, as queues are expected to form the PUBLIC AREoREQUESTED TO SHOW TOLERANCE AND IF POSSIBLE, TO TRANSACT THEIR BUSINESS ON THE DAY BEFORE OR AFTER THE ISSUE OF THE

SPECIAL STAMPS

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SHA TIN DEVELOPMENT UNDER STUDY *****

THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 1986 EDITION WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION IN TOMORROW’S (TUESDAY) DISTRICT BOARD MEETING.

OTHER ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION INCLUDE THE NORTH EASTERN NEW TERRITORIES SUB-REGIONAL PLANNING STATEMENT AND PROGRESS REPORTS BY COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SIXTH FLOOR KCR HOUSE AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS YOUTH NEEDS *****

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS A SURVEY ON YOUTH NEEDS IN THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS AND A PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE FREE EYE CHECK-UPS FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORSt

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TOMORROW AT 10 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD. SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE FOR BOAT PEOPLE

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F1ShJgHEV tgykHSEB%D!rERlCBlROBiFNDT?^o817E^E5%^8“§i*?‘?MoIS‘’>

TO FEBRUARY 14 TO ENCOURAGE BOAT PEOPLE TO DISPOSE OF THEIR GARBAGE

PROPERLY.

THE BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE HAS CARRY OUT TRIAL SCHEME WHICH ALSO INVOLVES GARBAGE FROM BOATS.

SOME 15 000 PLASTIC BAGS CARRYING THE WATERS CLEAN+ WILL BE DISTRIBUTED OVER THE

APPROVED S20 000 TO DAILY COLLECTION OF

MESSAGE +KEEP HONG KONG FOUR-WEEK PERIOD.

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MISS MAR YUET-HAR, SAID THE TIME WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE MOST FISHING VESSELS WOULD RETURN TO CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

+THE SCHEME IS ALSO IN LINE WITH THE ON-GOING CIVIC EDUCATION PROGRAMME IN THE DISTRICT,+ SHE ADDED.

THE COMMITTEE HAS ALSO SPONSORED THE PRINTING OF GARBAGE BAGS FOR DISTRIBUTION TO DWELLING BOATS DURING THE YEAR.

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AfwielS eEnLTnLTYPH00N SHELTER CLEAN, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAS ADVISED SHIPYARDS AGAINST IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF WOOD AND OTHER MATERIAL AND REMINDED THEM THAT LEGAL ACTION MIGHT BE TAKEN.

MEANWHILE, VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL STEP UP MEASURES I?or^ ^TA^nAz,CLEAR PASSAGE IN THE TYPHOON SHELTER DURING THE SPRING FESTIVAL PERIOD. THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND MARINE POLICE WILL CONDUCT ROUND-THE-CLOCK PATROL UNTIL FEBRUARY 1.

AT THE SAME TIME THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL SEND A LETTER WITH A SKETCH MAP TO BOAT PEOPLE ADVISING THEM ON WHERE their boats should be moored.

the fire services department will distribute pamphlets and increase the broadcast of fire prevention messages.

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DB FUNDS TO BE DISCUSSED BY COMMITTEE

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THE

COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE ALLOCATION OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS IN THE COMING FINANCIAL YEAR.

FUNDS WILL BE ALLOCATED IN TWO INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY

TERMS TO SPONSOR COMMUNITY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

the committee will also FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE VAR CURRENT YEAR.

?£*’E* THE EFFECTIVENESS AND THE I OUS PROJECTS ORGANISED IN THE

NOTE TO EDITORS:

at tJ°BamREJJ!V,TED T0 C0VER ThE MEETING TOMORROW AT 2.30 PM "1 ™ °FFICE “"«««« ROOM, FIRST FLOOR,

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ABERDEEN ILLEGAL STRUCTURES TO BE DEMOLISHED *****

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ARE TO BE CLEARED FROM THE REAR YARD OF 81 SHEK PAI WAN ROAD, ABERDEEN.

THE GOVERNMENT ORIGINALLY ORDERED THEM TO BE DEMOLISHED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN OCTOBER 1985, BUT THE OCCUPANTS HAVE NOT COMPLIED WITH THE INSTRUCTION.

NOW, THE GOVERNMENT IS TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT ON MARCH 24. NOTICES OF THIS INTENTION WERE POSTED ON THE STRUCTURES TODAY (MONDAY).

A BUILDING AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN SAID DEMOLITION WOULD BE CARRIED OUT IMMEDIATELY A CLOSURE ORDER WAS MADE.

A CLOSURE ORDER WAS REQUIRED SO THAT THE WORK COULD BE CARRIED OUT WITHOUT ENDANGERING OCCUPANTS OF THE STRUCTURES OR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, HE ADDED.

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TUEN MUN GETS SECOND AMBULANCE DEPOT

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A SECOND AMBULANCE DEPOT IN TUEN MUN - THE CASTLE PEAK BAY AMBULANCE DEPOT - WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, DR CHIU HlN-KWONG, TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, DR CHIU SAID THE SECOND DEPOT INDICATED THAT THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WAS KEEPING PACE WITH THE EVER-INCREASING DEMANDS FOR AMBULANCE SERVICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

RECALLING THE PAST, HE SAID THE FIRST AMBULANCE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS POSTED TO TAI PO FIRE STATION IN JULY 1953, AND IT COVERED THE WHOLE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, RESPONDING TO SEVEN TO TEN CALLS PER DAY.

♦TODAY, THERE ARE 73 AMBULANCES POSTED TO TEN DEPOTS AND FIRE STATIONS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, DEALING WITH ABOUT 314 CALLS PER DAY.

♦ANOTHER NEW AMBULANCE DEPOT IN TAI PO HAS BEEN COMPLETED RECENTLY AND WILL BE COMMISSIONED SOON.+

.DEP0T« ADJACENT TO THE OLD TUEN MUN PIER, HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE APRIL 1 LAST YEAR, AND RESPONDED TO A TOTAL OF 10 041 EMERGENCY AND NON-EMERGENCY CALLS INVOLVING MORE THAN 14 000 PATIENTS UP TO THE END OF 1986.

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PUMPHOUSE FOR HUNG HOM BAY RECLAMATION

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A PUMPHOUSE IS TO BE BUILT AS PART OF THE FIRST PHASE OF HUNG HOM BAY RECLAMATION PROJECT.

THE RECLAMATION WILL PROVIDE LAND FOR EXPANSION OF THE KOWLOON GOODS YARD OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THE PUMPHOUSE CONTRACT COMPRISES CONSTRUCTION OF AN UNDERGROUND SEA WATER PUMPING STATION AND LAYING ABOUT 700 METRES OF SEA WATER SUPPLY PIPE.

IT IS LOCATED WITHIN THE KCRC KOWLOON GOODS YARD ADJACENT TO THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE.

IT WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING PUMPHOUSE AT THE HUNG HOM FERRY PIER WHICH WILL BE ENGULFED BY THE RECLAMATION.

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN APRIL AND BE COMPLETED IN DECEMBER.

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WAN CHAI ELDERLY HONOURED AT BANQUET *****

ABOUT 550 WAN CHAI RESIDENTS AGED OVER 75 WERE TREATED TO A BANQUET THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

THE banquet in a wan chai restaurant was the final activity IN THE DISTRICT’S MONTH-LONG + CARE FOR THE OLD* CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE AND VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS AND SHOPS.

SPEAKING AT THE BANQUET, WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ROGER GARCIA, SAID ALTHOUGH DEMAND FOR SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY HAD INCREASED MUCH HAD BEEN DONE IN PROVIDING SERVICES FOR THESE PEOPLE.

MANY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES HAD SET UP SECTIONS TO TAKE CARE OF ELDERLY PEOPLE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD HAD FORMED A CONCERN FOR THE AGED WORKING GROUP TO LOOK INTO THEIR NEEDS, HE SAID.

MR GARCIA NOTED THAT THE DISTRICT’S +CARE FOR THE OLD+ CAMPAIGN HAD BECOME A TRADITION, HAVING BEEN HELD YEARLY SINCE 1969.

BEFORE THE DINNER, PARTICIPANTS WERE ENTERTAINED TO CANTONESE OPERA. THEY ALSO RECEVIED NEW YEAR GIFTS AND +LAI SEE* PACKETS.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR CHOW WAI-KAM? DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, MR HSU CHUNG-CHl ? DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM? AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS CARMAN CHIU.

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PRIZES FOR POT VEGETABLE GROWING COMPETITION WINNERS *****

A PR IZES-PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE URBAN PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN POT VEGETABLE GROWING COMPETITION WILL BE HELD AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TEACHING CENTRE AT PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN COOPERATION WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE COMPETITION ATTRACTED MORE THAN 300 ENTRIES.

THE DEPARTMENT’S PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (BIOLOGY), MR Y.W. LIU, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS AT THE CEREMONY.

ENTRIES IN THE COMPETITION WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE CENTRE until Thursday (January 22). school children, teachers and MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION.

NOTE TO ED I TORS 1

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW.

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REMINDER ON REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES

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EMPLOYMENT AGENCY OPERATORS ARE REMINDED TO FOLLOW STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS WHEN RUNNING THEIR BUSINESS.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT UNDER THE employment agency REGULATIONS, THE AMOUNT OF FEE THAT CAN BE CHARGED TO JOB-SEEKERS FOR FIRST REGISTRATION AND SUBSQUENT RENEWAL AFTER THREE MONTHS IS LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF $3, AND THE COMMISSION FOR A SUCCESSFUL JOB PLACEMENT TO 10 PER CENT OF THE FIRST MONTH’S RECEIVED SALARY.

THE REGULATIONS ALSO LIMIT THE FEE THAT CAN BE CHARGED BY AN AGENCY TO AN EMPLOYER TO A MAXIMUM OF 810 FOR EACH TYPE OF VACANCY REGISTERED ON FIRST REGISTRATION AND 85 PER RENEWAL OF SUCH REGISTRATION AFTER THREE MONTHS, WHILE THE COMMISSION TO BE PAID BY AN EMPLOYER ON SUCCESSFULLY OBTAINING FOR HIM AN EMPLOYEE BY AN AGENCY IS A MATTER OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN BOTH PARTIES.

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♦OTHER THAN THE PRESCRIBED FEES AND COMMISSIONS, A LICENSEE IS NOT ALLOWED TO RECEIVE ANY REWARD, PAYMENT OR ADVANTAGE IN CONNECTION WITH THE PLACEMENT OF JOB-SEEKERS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦CHARGING MORE THAN THE PRESCRIBED FEES AND COMMISSIONS IS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE AND THE EMPLOYMENT AGENCY REGULATIONS AND THE LICENSEE OF THE EMPLOYMENT AGENCY CONCERNED IS LIABLE, ON CONVICTION, TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $10 000.+

HE ALSO REMINDED OPERATORS OF EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES TO DISPLAY THE FEE SCHEDULES AND THEIR LICENCES IN THE PLACE OF BUSINESS-TO SUBMIT QUARTERLY RETURNS TO THE DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME AND TO MAINTAIN THE PRESCRIBED REGISTERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ORDINANCE AND THE REGULATIONS.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE OPERATION OF EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES MAY BE MADE TO THE OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT ON 5-8523535 OR 5-8523537.

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SEMINAR ON SAFE USE OF BOATSWAIN'S CHAIRS X X X X X

THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE IS ORGANISING A SEMINAR ON THE SAFE USE OF BOATSWAIN’S CHAIRS ON FEBRUARY 19.

INTENDED TO AROUSE THE SAFETY AWARENESS OF USERS OF BOATSWAIN’S CHAIRS AND CONTRACTORS, THE HALF-DAY SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY UNIONS COMMON OFFICE IN SHANGHAI STREET, MONG KOK.

FACTORY INSPECTORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL EXPLAIN THE DANGER POTENTIAL IN USING BOATSWAIN’S CHAIRS, AND THE RELATED REGULATIONS AND SAFETY STANDARD.

THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE SEMINAR SHOULD APPLY TO THE SECRETARY OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SAFETY SUB-COMMITTEE ON THE 13TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS FEBRUARY 13.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 5-8523562 AND 3-886887.

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BRIDGE CLOSED FOR SHA TIN LIGHTING CEREMONY *****

THE SAND MARTIN BRIDGE IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 6 PM TO 7 PM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 22) IN CONNECTION WITH THE OFFICIAL SWITCHING ON OF LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL LIGHTING.

DURING THE ONE-HOUR CLOSURE, TRAFFIC CROSSING THE SHING MUN RIVER WILL USE LION BRIDGE OR BANYAN BRIDGE.

MEANWHILE, KMB ROUTES 48, 69, 70, 72 AND 81K WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LION BRIDGE AND ROUTE 281 VIA BANYAN BRIDGE.

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RESTRICTED ZONES SET UP, FLYOVER CLOSED

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FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 21), TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN SAN PO KONG WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FOR PUBLIC BUSES FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THE ROAD SECTIONS ARE : NING YUEN STREET BETWEEN CHOI HUNG ROAD AND YAN 01 STREET; AND CHOI HUNG ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN YIN HING STREET AND NING YUEN STREET.

NO PLB WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS IN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORK ON THE FLYOVER IN KOWLOON CITY, THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF THE FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON JANUARY 22 AND JANUARY 23 DAILY FROM 8 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE FLYOVER RUNS FROM ARGYLE STREET TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS IN ARGYLE STREET EASTBOUND HEADING FOR WONG TAI SIN OR KWUN TONG WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ARGYLE STREET GROUND LEVEL AND KOWLOON CITY ROUNDABOUT TO PRINCE EDWARD ROAD EAST.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 58.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 342.585 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 380.140 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 64.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG SALT WATER CUTS

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG DISTRICTS WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 22) FOR MAINS WORK.

ALL PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG, EXCEPT LAI KING ESTATE, LAI YIU ESTATE, CHO YIU CHUEN AND LAI KING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, WILL BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JANUaRY 20, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

RIGHT OBJECTIVES PURSUED FOR INDUSTRIAL POLICIES .......... 1

GREATER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN YOUDE FUND APPEAL URGED ... 3

EXTRA PROVISION SOUGHT FOR AUXILIARY POLICE PaY ........... 4

LEGCO DEBATE ON EDUCATION REPORT .......................... 4

NOVEMBER ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL FIGURES OUT .. 5

CHE KUNG TEMPLE TO BE REDEVELOPED.......................... 8

ANOTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING FOR WAN CHAI ........... 10

NEW ROADS PLANNED FOR MA ON SHAN .......................... 11

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR DISTRICT BOaRD FUNDS .............. 12

WORK-AT-HEIGHT SaFETY EXERCISE UNDER WAY................... 13

PUBLIC REMINDED NOT TO CUT TREES .......................... 14

REMINDER ON POSSESSION OF FIREWORK......................... 14

LAUNCHING OF YEL-uR-END CLEAN-UP IN YaU MA TEI ............ 15

BRIEFING FOR DB ON REHOUSING FIRE VICTIMS ................. 15

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUNDING REQUEST .................. 16

SEVEN DAYS LEFT FOR ID CARD RENEWaL........................ 17

SCHEME FOR PLB'S TO CARRY GOODS UNDER STUDY................ 17

DETAILS OF YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL......................... 18

RESTRICTED ZONES IN KWAI CHUNG, SHEUNG SHUI ............... 19

RESTRICTED ZONES SET UP.................................... 19

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHaNGES IN MONG KOK ..................... 20

PLB RESTRICTIONS IN WONG CHUK HaNG ........................ 20

SALT WATER CUT ............................................ 21

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RIGHT OBJECTIVES PURSUED FOR INDUSTRIAL POLICIES

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_.nr IHE C™lcs ARE WR0NG IN SAYING THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CARE THAT HONG KONG'S industrial policies HAVE EVOLVED IN A

the director of ib°ustrv' hr

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG, HE SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD AN EFFICIENT MECHANISM FOR FORMULATING AND REVIEWING THOSE POLICIES AND THAT, IN SEEKING TO DO MORE TO SUPPORT INDUSTRIES, +WE ARE PURSUING THE RIGHT OBJECTIVES, WHICH ARE CENTRED UPON FOSTERING AND REMOVING THE OBSTACLES TO GROWTH*.

MR YEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT TOOK THE VIEW THAT, BECAUSE OF the external orientation of the economy and the need to protect ITS ABILITY TO ADJUST EFFICIENTLY, THE PERFORMANCE OF THE ECONOMY WOULD BE DAMAGED IF THE GOVERNMENT ATTEMPTED TO FRUSTRATE MARKET FORCES OR TO PLAN THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES.

♦WHILE THIS DOES NOT RULE OUT INTERVENTION IT CLEARLY MEANS THAT INTERVENTION SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN ONLY WHEN IT IS IN THE long-term INTERESTS OF the ECONOMY.

♦IN PRACTICE THIS GENERAL APPROACH MEANS THAT, APART FROM ENSURING THE PROVISION OF THE PHYSICAL AND LEGAL FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH PRIVATE ENTERPRISE CAN OPERATE SUCCESSFULLY, THE GOVERNMENT’S MAIN CONCERN IS TO AVOID FRUSTRATING INDIVIDUAL ENTERPRISE AND TO SEEK TO MAINTAIN INCENTIVES.

♦TO THIS END, THE SIZE OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR HAS BEEN CONSTRAINED AND THE TAX BURDEN KEPT LOW. DIRECT SUBSIDIES TO BUSINESS ARE AVOIDED AND MARKET FACTORS DETERMINE ENTREPRENEURIAL DECISIONS,+ HE SAID.

IN RELATION TO MANUFACTURING, THE GENERAL APPROACH HAD HAD THE EFFECT OF LIMITING THE SCOPE FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL POLICIES TO PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, AS OPPOSED TO THE EXERCISE OF DIRECT INFLUENCE OVER BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT DECISIONS SO OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH PUBLIC POLICIES THAT ATTEMPT TO PICK SO-CALLED DESERVING AND PIONEERING INDUSTRIES.

♦THE SUPPORT WE PROVIDE IS PARTLY INFRASTRUCTUAL - AS REPRESENTED BY OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES, THE PROVISION OF INDUSTRIAL LAND AND OTHER PUBLIC WORKS, AND A VARIETY OF PUBLICITY FUNDED BUSINESS SERVICES (INCLUDING THOSE OF THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, THE EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION) - AND PARTLY DEVELOPMENT - AS REPRESENTED BY SPECIFIC SCHEMES OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, THE PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT SERVICES OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, AND THE QUALITY PROMOTION AND INWARD INVESTMENT SERVICES OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT,* HE SAID.

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♦WHEN WE TALK ABOUT DOING ANYTHING TO FACILITATE THE DEVELOPMENT OR DIVERSIFICATION OF OUR MANUFACTURING OUTPUT WE MEAN, IN EFFECT, DOING THAT WHICH IS NECESSARY TO FACILITATE THEIR GROWTH, PARTICULARLY EXPORT-LED GROWTH, BY FOSTERING THEIR COMPETITIVE STRENGTH, ON THE ONE HAND, AND REMOVING IDENTIFIABLE OBSTACLES TO growth, ON THE OTHER.

+THIS HAS BEEN AND REMAINS THE ULTIMATE OBJECT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INDUSTRIAL POLICIES.

+T0 ACHIEVE THIS OBJECT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD RELY ON A CONTINUING SERIES OF TECHNO-ECONOMIC STUDIES OF VARIOUS INDUSTRIES.

+THE FIRST CYCLE OF THESE IS NEARING COMPLETION. WE LOOKED AT ELECTRONICS IN 1983, PLASTICS IN 1986, THE STUDY ON TEXTILES AND GARMENTS IS NEARING COMPLETION AND THE STUDY ON METALS FABRICATION WILL BEGIN SOON.

+ AS A RESULT A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE STRENGTHS AND THE WEAKNESSES OF THE MAJOR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES IS BEGINNING TO EMERGE,+ HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID THE PICTURE SHOWED, ON THE ONE HAND, THAT HONG KONG INDUSTRIES NEEDED NO ENCOURAGEMENT TO EXPAND PRODUCTION CAPACITY WHEN EXPORTS WERE PICKING UP.

ON THE OTHER HAND THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT MANUFACTURERS WERE LESS READY TO INVEST IN THE KIND OF EQUIPMENT AND MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL SYSTEMS ASSOCIATED WITH IMPROVED INDUSTRIAL EFFICIENCY AND BETTER QUALITY.

♦ACCORDINGLY THE FOCUS OF OUR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICES IS CENTRED UPON STIMULATING INVESTMENT IN PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, AND WE SEEK TO CREATE THE NECESSARY STIMULUS BY INFLUENCING MANPOWER TRAINING, BY PROVIDING PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT SERVICES AND QUALITY PROMOTION SERVICES, AND BY ENCOURAGING INWARD INVESTMENT.

♦IN PROVIDING INFRASTRUCTURAL SUPPORT FOR OUR INDUSTRIES, THE GOVERNMENT SEEKS TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF RESOURCES FOR OUR INDUSTRIES.

♦THESE INCLUDE TREATED WATER, POWER AND other energy SUPPLIES, INDUSTRIAL LAND AND CAPITAL.

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+WHILE MANY OF THESE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY OTHER ^ERNMFNT departments and agencies, the industry department and The industry development board together exercise a MONITORING ROLE,+ MR YEUNG SAID. CAtKust A

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GREATER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN YOUDE FUND APPEAL URGED * X X X X

THE SPONTANEOUS RESPONSE TO THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS HAS BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

BUT HE CALLED FOR EVEN WIDER COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN ORDER TO FULFIL THE AIMS OF THE FUND WHICH WOULD BENEFIT HONG KONG’S FUTURE GENERATIONS.

♦TAKING THE LEAD IN ENCOURAGING MORE PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS WORTHWHILE CAUSE, MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE INITIATED DONATIONS FROM AMONG THEIR STAFF,+ HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAID IT WAS HEARTENING TO LEARN THAT MANY ORGANISATIONS, BIG AND SMALL, WERE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO DONATE TO THE FUND AT DISTRICT LEVEL.

♦INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS OF ANY AMOUNT ARE ALSO MUCH APPRECIATED AND I SINCERELY HOPE TO SEE GREATER PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THIS CAUSE WHICH WILL BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE,+ HE ADDED.

MR LIAO WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY AT WHICH HE PRESENTED A CHEQUE FOR OVER $17 800, REPRESENTING DONATIONS FROM THE STAFF OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE FUND COMMITTEE, SIR S.Y. CHUNG. THE CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE OMELCO OFFICE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BU ILDING.

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EXTRA PROVISION SOUGHT FOR AUXILIARY POLICE PAY * * * X X

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO APPROVE A SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $6.4 MILLION TO MEET ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE AS A RESULT OF ADJUSTMENTS IN AUXILIARY POLICE RATES OF PAY THAT TOOK EFFECT FROM JANUARY 1 AND APRIL 1 LAST YEAR.

PROVISION OF $70 MILLION HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE 1986-87 ESTIMATES FOR PAY AND ALLOWANCES FOR THE AUXILIARY POLICE, BASED ON AN AVERAGE DAILY TURNOUT OF ABOUT 700 AUXILIARIES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE THE FOLLOWING TWO SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION:

* $4 445 000 TO MEET EXPENDITURE IN CONNECTION WITH THE LEGAL AID SCHEME ?

X $31 000 000 FOR CONVEYANCE OF MAILS BY THE POST OFFICE?

IN ADDITION, IT WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE AN INCREASE IN COMMITMENTS OF $5 974 000 AND $4 423 000 TO ASSIST CARITAS-HONG KONG TOWARDS BUILDING AND EQUIPPING TWO PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS, IN FANLING AND YUEN LONG. TOTAL COMMITMENTS FOR THE SCHOOLS WILL BE $22 044 000 AND $20 493 000.

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LEGCO DEBATE ON EDUCATION REPORT X- X- X- X *

TWELVE MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO SPEAK AT THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE +EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2+ IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

FIVE BILLS AND 14 QUESTIONS WILL BE AMONG MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION AT THE MEETING.

OF THE FIVE BILLS, FOUR DUE FOR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING ARE THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE PROBATION OF OFFENDERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986.

THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987 WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READING.

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NOVEMBER ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL FIGURES OUT

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THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND (IN TERMS OF MONTHS) IN THE 200 LARGEST FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED IN NOVEMBER 1986 COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 1985 AS WELL AS WITH OCTOBER 1986, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARING NOVEMBER 1986 WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1985, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THE VOLUME OF ORDERS WERE REPORTED IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, TEXTILES AND WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES AND, TO A LESS EXTENT, IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

HOWEVER, THE VOLUME OF ORDERS IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY WAS STILL SIGNIFICANTLY BELOW THAT IN THE SAME MONTH IN 1985, ALTHOUGH IT HAD RISEN CONSIDERABLY OVER THAT IN OCTOBER 1986.

THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY SHOWED NO CHANGE IN THE VOLUME OF ORDERS COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1986, WHILE OTHER INDUSTRIES SURVEYED RECORDED SOME INCREASES OVER THE PERIOD.

THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECLINED SLIGHTLY IN NOVEMBER 1986 COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1985 AND THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN EMPLOYMENT IN NOVEMBER 1986 OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH OCCURRED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, MAINLY DUE TO REDUCED DEMAND FOR LABOUR IN THE LOW SEASON.

THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY ALSO RECORDED A SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN EMPLOYMENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1985.

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED RECORDED A DECREASE IN BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1986, MAINLY DUE TO A REDUCTION IN OVERTIME WORK.

HOWEVER, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN NOVEMBER 1986 WERE GENERALLY ABOVE THOSE IN THE SAME MONTH IN 1985, EXCEPT FOR THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY IN WHICH A DECLINE WAS RECORDED.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, THERE WAS INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN NOVEMBER 1986 OVER THE PRECEDING MONTH AS WELL AS OVER THE SAME MONTH IN 1985, AS SOME FIRMS STARTED WORK ON NEW PROJECTS.

IN THE SERVICES SECTORS AS A WHOLE, THE LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT, PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS WERE HIGHER THAN THOSE IN THE SAME MONTH IN 1985. COMPARED WITH OCTOBER 1986, THERE WAS LITTLE CHANGE IN EMPLOYMENT BUT A DECLINE IN BOTH PAYROLL AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS

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THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ARE SHOWN IN THE TABLES BELOW.

THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS, CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT IN MARCH 1983.

AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT RESULTS ON THE MAGNITUDE OF CHANGE MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.

NEVERTHELESS, THESE RESULTS ARE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 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 51.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT ON 3-7212854.

A. ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

ORDERS-ON-HAND

INDUSTRY IN TERMS OF MONTHS % INCREASE/ DECREASE OVER

FOR NOVEMBER 1986 OCT. 86 NOV. 85

WEARING APPAREL 4.85 1 12

TEXTILES 2.90 3 22

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 3.28 12 -12

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4.08 1 30

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ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 5.05 * 5

OT HERS 4.43 K X

ALL ABOVE INDUSTRIES 4.43 2 8

B. EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS

PERSONS ENGAGED AT THE END OF NOVEMBER 1986

PER CAPITA EARNINGS

INDUSTRY/ SERVICES % INCREASE/ DECREASE OVER AS IN NOVEMBER 1986 ( HK$) % INCREASE/ DECREASE OVER

OCT. 86 NOV. 85

OCT. 86 NOV. 85

manufacturing -1 -1 3 354 -2 8

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FOOD AND DRINKS * 4 3 879 -2 6

WEARING APPAREL -1 -9 2 939 * 12

TEXTILES * 2 3 453 -3 9

PLASTIC PRODUCTS -10 -3 3 098 -4 20

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS -1 -4 3 038 -2 -3

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 1 5 3 109 -2 7

OT HERS * 3 4 459 -2 3

CONSTRUCTION** 2 2 4 988 5 13

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SERVICES * 2 5 851 -4 9

BANKS 1 5 5 428 * 10

HOTELS * -2 3 919 1 11

PU BL 1 C * -1 5 860 -9 8

UTILITIES

OTHERS 1 5 7 115 -2 9

* CHANGES WITHIN + 0.5 PER CENT

** PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS NOT INCLUDED.

NOTE: UNLIKE +ORDERS-ON-HAND+ AND +PER CAPITA EARNINGS+ WHICH ARE AVERAGE FIGURES, THE TOTAL NO. OF PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE FIRMS SURVEYED IS NOT MEANINGFUL INFORMATION ON ITS OWN BECAUSE THIS IS A PANEL SURVEY AND IS THEREFORE NOT SHOWN.

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CHE KUNG TEMPLE TO BE REDEVELOPED *****

CHE KUNG TEMPLE IN SHA TIN, BUILT 300 YEARS AGO, WILL REDEVELOPED NEXT YEAR TO PROVIDE MORE SPACE AND FACILITIES BE FOR WORSHIPPERS.

THE REDEVELOPMENT, COSTING ABOUT $15 MILLION, WILL TREBLE THE TEMPLE’S SIZE BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW HALL, COURTYARD AND LANDSCAPED POOL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE SAID THAT WITH ABOUT 200 000 PEOPLE VISITING THE TEMPLE YEARLY IT CAN NO LONGER ADEQUATELY COPE WITH THE DEMAND.

+THIS IS ESPECIALLY SO DURING LUNAR NEW YEAR WHEN ABOUT 130 000 PEOPLE VISIT THE TEMPLE CAUSING CROWD CONTROL PROBLEMS,+ HE SAID.

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THE COMMITTEE APPLIED TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR ADDITIONAL LAND AND THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN MID-1988 AND TAKE ABOUT 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

UNDER THE REDEVELOPMENT PLAN, THE TEMPLE’S MAIN HALL WILL BE PRESERVED WITH THE ALTAR IN ITS ORIGINAL PLACE.

+A LARGE NEW HALL WILL BE BUILT AT THE FRONT OF THE EXISTING MAIN HALL, WITH CORRIDORS EXTENDING FROM EITHER SIDE TO THE ENTRANCE DOORWAY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

♦THE CORRIDORS WILL BE TWO-STOREY STRUCTURES AND WILL HOUSE AN INCENSE SALE COUNTER, SOOTHSAYER BOOTHS, EXHIBITION GALLERIES AND COURTYARDS.*

IN FRONT OF THE DOORWAY ENTRANCE WILL BE AN ADJOINING STONE BRIDGE OVER A LANDSCAPED POOL, WHILE THE OPEN COURT FROM THE NEW HALL TO THE DOORWAY WILL PROVIDE SPACE FOR PEOPLE TO GATHER AND OPEN-AIR WORSHIP.

WITHIN THE COURT AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS WILL BE ALTARS, SPINNING FAN-LIKE ITEMS, SACRIFICIAL BURNERS AND INCENSE AND JOSS STICK HOLDERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE WOULD LAUNCH A PROMOTION AND DONATION CAMPAIGN AT THE END OF THIS MONTH TO RECOVER PART OF THE REDEVELOPMENT COST AND TO ALLOW PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECT.

AN EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE TEMPLE FROM JANUARY 29, THE FIRST DAY OF LUNAR NEW YEAR, TO FEBRUARY 15.

MODELS OF THE REDEVELOPED TEMPLE WILL BE ON DISPLAY.

A DONATION BOX WILL BE SET UP DURING THE EXHIBITION AND SELF-ADHESIVE ENVELOPES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO DONORS, WHO CAN ASK FOR A RECEIPT.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID DONATIONS OF $1 000 OR MORE WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY INSCRIPTIONS ON A MARBLE PLAQUE IN THE TEMPLE.

DONATIONS MAY ALSO RE SENT BY POST, IN THE FORM OF CROSSED CHEQUES MADE PAYABLE TO + THE CHINESE TEMPLE COMMITTEES,* TO ROOM 601, YARDLEY COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 3 CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST, HONG KONG.

+THERE WILL BE NO DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITING OF DONATIONS,* THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED.

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CHE KUNG TEMPLE DATES BACK TO THE END OF THE MI NG WHEN SHA TIN WAS INHABITED BY FARMERS MOST OF WHOM HAD GUANGDONG PROVINCE.

DYNASTY COME FROM

rur KllNfi WAS A LEGENDARY GENERAL IN THE SUNG DYNASTY WHO WAS a°NARED|TB''wISHEs“DPE?HB»TF?BPLAGUEEtR!^ SuH^t! H rliShs m?E0 TO CHE KUNG TO ERADICATE THE PLAGUE.

THE PLAGUE ENDED, AND THE VILLAGERS 0UI LT^T HE TEMPL E TO COMMEMORATE THIS EVENT AND TO SEEK BLESSINGS FROM CHE U G.

FOUR FESTIVALS THESE WHICH FALL ON THE 27TH DAY OF THE LUNAR MONTH AND THE

ARE HELD EVERY YEAR TO WORSHIP CHE KUNG. THE SECOND DAY OF THE FIRST LUNAR MONTH, THIRD LUNAR MONTH, THE SIXTH DAY OF THE SIXTH 16TH DAY OF THE EIGHTH LUNAR MONTH.

THE TEMPLE worshippers AND

HAS BECOME A LANDMARK IN SHA TIN, VISITORS TO THE NEW TOWN.

attracting both

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ANOTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING FOR WAN CHAI

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THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR the CONSTRUCTION OF a THIRD GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING AT HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO START IN MAY AND ON COMPLETION IN EARLY 1990 THE U9-ST0REY BUILDING ’WILL PROVIDE 75 000 SQUARE METRES OF ACCOMMODATION FOR THE TREASURY AND THE IMMIGRATION, WATER SUPPLIES, AUDIT AND RATING AND VALUATION departments’.

THE PROJECT FORMS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFICE BUILDING PROGRAMME to REDUCE ITS DEPENDENCE ON LEASED PRIVATELY-DEVELOPED OFFICE ACCOMMODATION.

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other buildings in the programme include an eight-storey block IN SAI KUNG, THE 27-STOREY HARBOUR BUILDING IN CENTRAL AND THE 56-STOREY QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT BUILDING.

THE HARBOUR ROAD DEVELOPMENT SCHEME, OCCUPYING 20 000 SQUARE METRES, IS THE LARGEST GOVERNMENT COMPLEX IN HONG KONG.

THE FIRST BUILDING UNDER THE SCHEME WAS A SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION COMPLETED LAST JUNE. THE SECOND, A 30-STOREY TOWER BLOCK TO BE USED AS DISTRICT AND MAGISTRATES’ COURTS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED NEXT MONTH.

THE FINAL BUILDING IS STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGE.

HARBOUR ROAD WILL EVENTUALLY BE LINKED TO VARIOUS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS BY FOOTBRIDGES AND WALKWAYS.

THE COST OF THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT IS ESTIMATED AT fll.3 BILLION.

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NEW ROADS PLANNED FOR MA ON SHAN

X X * * X

NEW ROADS TOTALLING 1.7 KILOMETRES ARE TO BE BUILT IN MA ON SHAN TO PROVIDE VEHICULAR AND PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO DEVELOPMENT AREAS.

THE WORK WILL INVOLVE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO DUAL TWO-LANE ROADS, TOTALLING 1.2 KILOMETRES.

THEY WILL RUN WESTWARD FROM LOK WO SHA TO LINK WITH OTHER ROADS UNDER CONSTRUCTION TO FORM A ROAD NETWORK TO MA ON SHAN TOWN CENTRE.

ALSO PROPOSED IS A 500-METRE, THREE-LANE ROAD LEADING TO A FUTURE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME DEVELOPMENT.

IN ADDITION, A NEW FOOT-CYCLE BRIDGE, THREE NEW FOOT-CYCLE SUBWAYS AND TWO PEDESTRIAN SUBWAYS WILL BE BUILT ALONG THESE ROADo.

OTHER WORKS WILL INCLUDE FOOTPATHS, CYCLE TRACKS, TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN AIDS, EARTHWORKS, DRAINAGE, PAVEMENTS AND RETAINING WALLS.

EXISTING FOOTWAYS AND TRACKS WILL BE CLOSED. HOWEVER, TEMPORARY ALTERNATIVE FOOTPATHS WILL BE MAINTAINED DURING CONSTRUCTION TO MINIMISE INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC.

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A NOTICE CONCERNING THE PROPOSED WORKS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GAZETTE.

ANY OBJECTION SHOULD REACH THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT BY MARCH 17.

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APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS

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LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN KWAI TSI NG DISTRICT ARE REMINDED THAT THEY CAN APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO IMPLEMENT RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS TO BE HELD BETWEEN APRIL AND JULY 1987. APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

ORGANISATIONS INCLUDING MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, YIN NGAI SOCIETIES AND VARIOUS COMMUNITY GROUPS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR FUNDS TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

A LETTER WAS SENT TO MORE THAN 500 ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT RECENTLY REMINDING THEM THEY CAN APPLY FOR GRANTS.

FOR PROJECTS TO BE LAUNCHED BETWEEN AUGUST AND NOVEMBER, APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY JUNE 1. FOR THOSE PLANNED AFTER NOVEMBER APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 1.

THIS NEW ARRANGEMENT, WHICH HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSI NG Yl DISTRICT BOARD, IS AIMED AT PLANNING FOR A BETTER AND EVEN DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

EARLIER IN DECEMBER, THE NEW SCHEDULE WAS HIGHLIGHTED IN A COLOUR SUPPLEMENT FEATURING THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD. A TOTAL OF 36 000 COPIES OF THE SUPPLEMENT WAS CIRCULATED TOGETHER WITH THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPER IN TSUEN WAN. KWAI CHUNG AND TSING Yl, AND AVAILABLE FREE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES.

PROJECTS THAT HAD RECEIVED SPONSORSHIP UNDER DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS RANGED FROM SEMINARS AND SURVEYS ON PUBLIC ISSUES, EDUCATIONAL TALKS AND CAMPAIGNS TO VARIETY SHOWS AND TRAINING CLASSES.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND SEVEN SUB-OFFICES, AND DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 0-257223 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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WORK-AT-HEIG HT SAFETY EXERCISE UNDER WAY * X M K

THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS CARRYING OUT A SPECIAL EXERCISE TO PROMOTE WORK-AT-HEIGHT SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION SITES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

THE EXERCISE IS AIMED AT ENSURING THE PROVISION OF SAFE WORKING PLACES FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT OF THE 60 FATAL ACCIDENTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN 1986, 30 WERE DUE TO FALLS FROM HEIGHT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES.

DURING THE EXERCISE, FACTORY INSPECTORS WOULD VISIT SITES IN WHICH BUILDING WORK IS IN PROGRESS, TO URGE SITE MANAGEMENT STAFF TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO PROVIDE A SAFE WORKING PLACE FOR WORKERS.

♦THEY WILL BE ASKED BY INSPECTORS TO FENCE OFF ALL FLOOR EDGES LIFT SHAFTS, STAIR EDGES, AND OTHER PLACES WHERE WORKERS ARE LIABLE TO FALL OVER TWO METERS AND TO PROVIDE SAFE WORKING PLATFORMS AND GANGWAYS,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO APPEALED TO CONTRACTORS TO OBSERVE SUCH REQUIREMENTS WHICH ARE PART OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE CONSTRUCTION SITES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT ANY CONTRACTOR WHO CONTRAVENES ANY OF THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF S50 000 ON CONVICTION.

SO FAR 253 CONSTRUCTION SITES HAVE BEEN INSPECTED AND LEGAL ACTIONS AGAINST CONTRACTORS OF A NUMBER OF SITES ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR CONTRAVENING THE RESPECTIVE REGULATIONS.

CONTRACTORS AND WORKERS WHO AT ANY TIME HAVE QUERIES regarding the safety aspects of their construction sites should contact the divisional factory inspector of their district for advice, the spokesman said.

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PUBLIC REMINDED NOT TO CUT TREES *****

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TODAY (TUESDAY) NOT TO CUT ANY TREES OR PLANTS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR DECORATIVE PURPOSE DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE COUNTRY PARKS PROTECTION OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, MR C.W. LAI, SAID THAT CUTTING TREES OR PLANTS ILLEGALLY WAS AN OFFENCE UNDER THE FOREST AND COUNTRYSIDE ORDINANCE.

+ CONTRAVENTI ON OF THE ORDINANCE MAY LEAD TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $2 000 AND ONE YEAR’S JAIL SENTENCE, + HE SAID.

+ ALTHOUGH THE PUBLIC IS BECOMING MORE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVING THE COUNTRYSIDE ENVIRONMENT, EIGHT PEOPLE WERE PROSECUTED LAST YEAR FOR CUTTING TREES AND PLANTS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.

+SOME OF THESE CASES INVOLVED FLOWERING BRANCHES OF 'TIU CHUNG' TREES WHICH ARE SOUGHT AS ORNAMENTAL FLOWER DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR,+ HE ADDED.

MR LAI SAID THAT WILD FLOWERS AND TREES ARE BEST APPRECIATED IN THEIR NATURAL HABITAT AND SHOULD NOT BE PICKED OR CUT.

HE APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO REPORT ANY SUCH ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES TO THE NEAREST COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT CENTRE.

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REMINDER ON POSSESSION OF FIREWORK

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT THEY ARE PROHIBITED FROM UNLICENSED POSSESSION OR DISCHARGE OF FIREWORK, FIRE-CRACKERS PISTOL CAPS AND PARTY POPPERS.

UNDER THE DANGEROUS GOODS ORDINANCE, ANY PERSON WHO POSSESSES OR DISCHARGES FIREWORK WITHOUT A LICENCE IS LIABLE, ON CONVICTION, TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $25 000 AND SIX-MONTH IMPRISONMENT.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT SPOT CHECKS WOULD BE CARRIED OUT BY EXPLOSIVES OFFICERS OF THE MINES DIVISION, ESPECIALLY AROUND LUNAR NEW YEAR, OF SHOPS AND PREMISES SUSPECTED OF SELLING OR STORING SUCH GOODS.

+ANY UNLICENSED DANGEROUS GOODS FOUND WOULD BE SEIZED AND the offenders would be prosecuted,+ he added.

HE URGED THOSE IN POSSESSION OF ANY FIREWORKS OR ANY CATEGORY I DANGEROUS GOODS TO HAND THEM OVER TO THE MINES DIVISION IMMEDIATELY.

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LAUNCHING OF YEAR-END CLEAN-UP IN YAU MA TEI * * * * *

A CLEAN-UP DRIVE WILL BE LAUNCHED BY THE YAU MA TEI ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 22) TO REMIND RESIDENTS OF THE PROPER WAYS TO DISPOSE OF THEIR REFUSE AND BULKY JUNKS.

TWELVE TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WILL BE SET UP AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE DISTRICT TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR DISPOSAL FACILITIES AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN MOST HOUSEHOLDS WILL BE CLEANING UP THEIR PREMISES FOR THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CLEAN-UP DRIVE WILL BE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, URBAN COUNCIL MEMBER, DR PHILIP KwOK, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (KOWLOON) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR T.K. CHOY, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE, MR CHAN WAI-WANG. THEY WILL HELP DISPOSE SOME OF THE RUBBISH AFTER THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLEAN-UP LAUNCHING CEREMONY AT 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 22) AT THE REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT MARKET STREET (NEXT TO THE YAU MA TEI MULTI-STOREY CARPARK).

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BRIEFING FOR DB ON REHOUSING FIRE VICTIMS

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE BRIEFED ON PROGRESS IN REHOUSING VICTIMS OF THE ABERDEEN TYPHOON SHELTER FIRE AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 22).

BOARD MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS POLICY GUIDELINES FOR GRANTING AMUSEMENT GAME CENTRE LICENCES.

AT A PREVIOUS MEETING, SOME MEMBERS SAID THEY FELT THE TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING AUTHORITY HAD IGNORED LOCAL VIEWS IN GRANTING A LICENCE FOR A GAME CENTRE IN ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

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MEMBERS WILL ALSO LOOK INTO THE IMPACT ON TRAFFIC OF RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN REPULSE BAY AND POK FU LAM.

ALSO TO BE DISCUSSED IS THE PROGRAMME OF VISITS TO DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT HAS SO FAR ORGANISED 21 SUCH VISITS FOR THE BOARD.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME 1986-87 TO 1990-91 AND REPORTS OF MEETINGS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT’S SIX AREA COMMITTEES AND THE DISTRICT BOARD'S COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE, 7-11 NAM NING STREET.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUNDING REQUEST * X X * X

THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON THURSDAY (JANUARY 22) TO DISCUSS AN APPLICATION FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FROM THE CARITAS SOCIAL CENTRE, AS WELL AS A REPORT ON THE SALE AND OCCUPANCY OF FLATTED FACTORY UNITS IN TUEN MUN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 TUEN Hl ROAD.

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SEVEN DAYS LEFT FOR ID CARD RENEWAL

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THERE ARE SEVEN MORE WORKING DAYS LEFT BEFORE THE EXTENSION FOR THE RENEWAL FOR IDENTITY CARDS ENDS ON JANUARY 28.

THE FIVE-WEEK EXTENSION BEGAN ON DECEMBER 29 FOLLOWING THE CLOSING DATE FOR THE IDENTITY CARD REPLACEMENT EXERCISE.

AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN NOTED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THIS PERIOD WAS ARRANGED TO CATER FOR PEOPLE WHO HAD MISSED THEIR RESPECTIVE CARD RENEWAL PHASES DUE TO THEIR ABSENCE FROM HONG KONG.

♦ THERE MIGHT BE OTHERS WHO HAD MISSED THEIR TURN FOR SOME OTHER REASONS AND THESE CASES WOULD BE LOOKED INTO THOROUGHLY AND DEALT WITH ON THEIR OWN MERITS,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAD NOT YET RENEWED THEIR IDENTITY CARDS TO MAKE USE OF THIS LAST OPPORTUNITY.

+ OTHERWISE THEY WILL HAVE TO APPLY TO THE REGULAR REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICES AFTER JANUARY 28,+ HE SAID.

NO AMNESTY WOULD BE GRANTED TO ANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT DETECTED, THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED.

THE EIGHT IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES WILL BE OPEN MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM.

THE PHONE-IN-SERVICE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO APPLICANTS FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM MONDAYS TO FRIDAYS AND FROM 9 AM TO NOON ON SATURDAYS.

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SCHEME FOR PLB’S TO CARRY GOODS UNDER STUDY

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MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS A PROPOSED SCHEME ALLOWING LICENSED PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ON SCHEDULED ROUTES TO CARRY GOODS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE SCHEME WILL BE OUTLINED BY SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICER (NT NORTHEAST), MR MICHAEL CHIU.

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MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER A PROPOSED EXTENSION OF KMB ROUTE 77K, PLYING FROM SHEUNG SHU I TO YUEN LONG (WEST), TO CHEUNG WAH ESTATE AND A SUPPLEMENTARY GREEN MINIBUS SERVICE FOR HOK TAU, WO HANG-MAN UK BIN AND TAN CHUK HANG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW AT 2 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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DETAILS OF YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL

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THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE SEVENTH YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS FRIDAY (JANUARY 23) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S ARTS FESTIVAL BEGINNING ON FEBRUARY 10.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HOSTED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, DR TANG SIU-TONG, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALDAN KWOK, AND CONVENORS OF THE VARIOUS WORKING GROUPS OF T HE FEST IVAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT 11.30 AM ON FRIDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD YUENELONGAT’ 13TH FL00R’ TAI Klu GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING,

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN KWAI CHUNG, SHEUNG 3 HU I

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FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 23), TWO SECTIONS OF HING FONG ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THEY ARE : THE SECTION OF T HE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO KWAI HING MTR STATION AND KWAI HING ROAD; AND THE SECTION OF THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH the access road and a point about 300 METRES north of its JUNCTION WITH KWAI HING ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE OF SAU FU STREET IN YUEN LONG, BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG LOK STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 120 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, WILL BE MADE A 24-HOUR DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES. NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR goods.

TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN SHEUNG SHU I, WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY, ALSO WITH EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY.

THEY ARE : ROAD D3 BETWEEN JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND ROAD L9? AND ROAD L9 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD D3 TO A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION. ALL VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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RESTRICTED ZONES SET UP

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TWO SECTIONS OF YIM PO FONG STREET IN MONG KOK WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 23).

YIM PO FONG STREET NORTHBOUND BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH WATERLOO ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET WILL BE MADE A GOODS VEHICLE RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY.

NO GOODS VENICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREA.

YIM PO FONG STREET NORTHBOUND BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH WATERLOO ROAD AND KWONG WAH STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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NO PLB WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS THERE.

THE TSUI PING ROAD BUS TERMINUS IN KWUN TONG AND THE FU SHIN ESTATE BUS TERMINUS IN TAI PO WILL BE DESIGNATED PROHIBITED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON THE SAME DAY.

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUS TERMINI.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC CHANGES IN MONG KOK

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN NULLAH F0RDFH/F YUEN STREET’ M0NG K0K’ FR0M 10 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY)

1 vz 1 \ I I • L» L/ rA 1 O •

,.„.T.HE m°ve will facilitate cable repair work at The JUNCTION OF NULLAH ROAD AND TUNG CHOI STREET.

NULLAH ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG CHOI STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC WHILE FA YUEN STREET BETWEEN BUTE STREET AND NULLAH ROAD WILL BE CONVERTED TO A TWO-WAY CUL-DE-SAC.

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PLB RESTRICTIONS IN WONG CHUK HANG

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PUBLIC LIGHT BUS (PLB) DRIVERS SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR traffic CHANGES IN WONG CHUK HANG FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 23).

DAILY.

NO PLB’S WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER YIP FAT STREET 24 HOURS DAILY. H°WEVER» THEY MAY ENTER WESTBOUND HEUNG YIP STREET BETWEEN OCEAN PARK ROAD AND NAM LONG SHAN ROAD ALTHOUGH THEY ?Ime SJVhI DAiLY?WED T0 PICK UP °R SET G0WN PASSENGERS AT ANY

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SALT WATER CUT

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN NORTH POINT AND LAI TAK TSUEN WILL BE SUSPENDED ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 23) FOR EIGHT • HOURS, FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM, FOR MAINS WORK.

PREMISES ALONG BRAEMAR HILL ROAD, CLOUD VIEW ROAD, TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD, YEE KING ROAD AND LAI TAK TSUEN ROAD WILL BE AFFECTED, INCLUDING THOSE IN LAI TAK TSUEN.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

• ■ WEDNESDAY, JANUaRY 21, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

MISUNDERSTANDINGS OVER COMMISSION’S METHODOLOGY POINTED OUT ......................................... . . ....... 1

* ■ •

EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS URGED............ 4

REPORT NO. 2 FAILS TO PROVIDE PRACTICABLE SOLUTIONS .... 5

STRENGTHEN PUTONGHUA TEACHING IN SCHOOLS ................ 7

COMMISSION URGED TO TaKE MORE ANALYTICAL APPROACH ....... 8

LONG-AWAITED OPi^ EDUCATION PLaN WELCOMED..............  10

LANGUAGES SHOULD BE GIVEN S^UaL WEIGHT ...............   11

SCOPE FOR BETTER CO-ORDINATION IN PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES . 1}

TRAINING INSTITUTE DESERVES CLOSE STUDY ................ 15

COMMISSION PRAISED FOR ITS HANDLING OF REPORT NO. 2 .... 16

'LACK OF UNDERSTANDING' TOWARDS KINDERGARTENS .......... 18

REQUIREMENT SHOULD BE CLEARLY DEFINED .................. 19

PROPER TEaCHER TRAINING IMPORTANT FACTOR .............   21

GOOD PROGRESS MaDE ON EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME . 22

MAGISTRATES CJiENDl'iENT) BILL PASSED................... 24

BILL SEEKS TO ABOLISH R./TES RELIEF SCHHIE.............. 26

FINANCIAL AUTONOMY FOR JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE............ 27

FINES UNDER SOCIETIES ORDINANCE INCREASED............... 29

FOUR BILLS PASSED.......... ............................ 30

/ACAN WORKING .....

aCAN WORKDIG PARTY RECOMMENDATIONS ACCEPTED................ 31

hIRPORT NOISE PROBLEM UNDER REVIEW ........................ 32

ABERDEEN BOaT DWELLERS TO BE REHOUSED IN PHASES............ 33

WELFARE SERVICE PREMISES PROCESSING TO BE IMPROVED ........ 34

CHILD CARE CENTRE SERVICES BEING REVIEWED.................. 35

EFFORTS TO HELP STREET-SLEEPERS TO BE STEPPED UP......... 36

CONTROLLED OUTLETS FOR GAMBLING .lLLOWED................... 37

LRT EXTENSIONS BEING STUDIED IN STaGES..................... 38

SUMMONSES AGAINST G^MES CENTRES DECREASING................. 39

CENSUS COVERS LE&iL IMMIGRANTS............................  39

OVERALL STRUCTURE OF TAXATION SYSTEM CONSIDERED............ 40

DB*S TO BE CONSULTED ON HOUSING REVIEW..................... 40

SELECTIVE TRAINING PROVIDED FOR ATHLETES................... 40

16 BUS ROUTES, 3 FERRY SERVICES CANCELLED ................. 41

TRAFFIC OFFENDERS MAY PL£LJ) GUILTY BY LEITER ............. 42

SCOTT APPOINTED GOVERNOR OF C.tYKJi ISLANDS ................

DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS ...................................    44

•INTERESTING lkND EXCITING* NEW JOB — CHAN .................... 45

NO DECISION YET ON VOLITION OF TITLE........................... 46

ACTING GOVERNOR TO GIVE SIR DaVID GENERAL BRIEFING............. 4?

BUSINESS COMMUNITY NEEDS aBLE GRADUATES .................... 48

$100 +LAI SEE+ FOR 6.200 ELDERLY .............................  48

ELDERLY IN SAI KUNG RECEIVE +LAI SEE+ ......................... 49

SCOUTING, .GUIDING HAVE IMPORT. .NT ROLE....................... 50

SOUTHERN SEMINAR .ON REPRESEi'L-.TIVE GOVERNMENT...........i. 50

SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY .. ...................................... 51

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN .CAUSEWAY BAY............................... 52

NORTH POINT UR&iN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ......................   52

ROaD RE-ROUTED FOR SLOPE REPAIR WORK .......................... 52

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1987

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MISUNDERSTANDINGS OVER COMMISSION’S METHODOLOGY POINTED OUT

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the secretary for education AND MANPOWER, The HON RON BRIDGE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE TWO AREAS WHERE MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S METHODOLOGY SEEMED TO HAVE OCCURRED.

WINDING UP THE FIRST OF TWO DEBATES ON THE SECOND REPORT OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR BRIDGE SAID:

♦FIRST, THERE ARE SUGGESTIONS THAT ADDITIONAL TOPICS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE COMMISSION, OR THAT TOPICS WHICH ARE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TACKLED IN MORE DETAIL.

+1 BELIEVE THAT, IN DECIDING THE NUMBER OF SUBJECTS WHICH CAN BE COVERED BY ONE SINGLE REPORT, WE MUST FIND A BALANCE. REPORT NO. 2 DOES COVER THE MORE COMPLICATED AND FUNDAMENTAL OF THE ORIGINAL RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 1982 VISITING PANEL WHICH REMAINED OUTSTANDING FROM REPORT NO. 1.

♦ BUT THE COMMISSION IS A PERMANENT BODY AND THE FACT THAT A SUBJECT WAS NOT INCLUDED IN REPORT NO. 2 DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT WILL NOT BE COVERED BY THE COMMISSION IN FUTURE.

♦INDEED, THE COMMISSION HAS ALREADY ANNOUNCED ITS PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR REPORT NO. 3 AND HAS BEGUN TO SEEK COMMENTS ON SOME OF THE TOPICS TO BE COVERED IN REPORT NO. 4.+

MR BRIDGE SAID THE SECOND AREA OF CRITICISM IN RELATION TO THE REPORT AS A WHOLE HAD BEEN THAT THE COMMISSION DID NOT CONSULT ADEQUATELY ON SOME SUBJECTS BEFORE PUBLISHING ITS REPORT.

♦THERE IS NO TRUTH IN THE SUGGESTION THAT THE VIEWS OF MAJOR TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS WERE IGNORED, AS HAS BEEN SUGGESTED RECENTLY IN SOME MEDIA REPORTS,* HE SAID.

♦THE WRITTEN RECORD SHOWS THAT CONSULTATION WITH THE UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION WAS DETAILED AND CONTINUOUS. NOT THAT THE COMMISSION COULD ACCOMMODATE EVERY VIEW PUT FORWARD? IN THE END, MEMBERS HAD TO TAKE A VIEW IN THE INTERESTS OF STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

♦BUT NO MAJOR INSTITUTION CAN FAIRLY CLAIM THAT THE COMMISSION DID NOT TAKE THEIR VIEWS SERIOUSLY OR FAILED, WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND APPROPRIATE, TO ACCOMMODATE THEM,+ HE ADDED.

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MR BRIDGE NOTED THAT AFTER THE REPORT NO. 2 WAS PUBLISHED ENTHUSIASTIC PUBLIC DEBATE FOLLOWED. WIDE MEDIA COVERAGE WAS GIVEN TO NEARLY ALL THE REPORT’S PROPOSALS AND THIS COVERAGE WAS CAREFULLY MONITORED. STAFF OF THE COMMISSION PROVIDED BRIEFS, GAVE INTERVIEWS AND ATTENDED SEMINARS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE REPORT.

+IN ADDITION, NEARLY 1OQ FORMAL WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED. THESE CAME FROM SCHOOL COUNCILS, DISTRICT BOARDS, INSTITUTIONS OF TERTIARY EDUCATION, PROMINENT MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND ACADEMICS AS WELL AS ORDINARY CITIZENS,* HE SAID.

NOTING THAT MOST OF THE PROPOSALS ON PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES RECEIVED BROAD PUBLIC SUPPORT, MR BRIDGE SAID SOME QUESTIONS WERE RAISED ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROPOSED IMPROVED FREE ASSISTANCE SCHEME AND THERE HAD BEEN SUGGESTIONS THAT GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY SHOULD BE DIRECTED TOWARDS KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS AND TEACHERS RATHER THAN PARENTS.

IT HAD ALSO BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE PROPOSED PROGRAMME OF TEACHER PREPARATION SHOULD BE ACCELERATED, HE ADDED.

ON THE COMMISSION’S PHILOSOPHY TOWARDS PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES, MR BRIDGE SAID IT HAD TAKEN THE VIEW THAT, ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO ASSERT DOGMATICALLY THAT PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION WAS ESSENTIAL, IT WAS SO WIDESPREAD AND SO CLEARLY PRECEIVED AS BENEFICIAL THAT NO CHILD SHOULD BE DENIED ACCESS TO SUCH EDUCATION.

HE SAID HE FELT THAT THE COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS, IF IMPLEMENTED, WOULD DO MUCH TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION AND WOULD LEAD TO THE UNIFICATION OF PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES WHICH SO MANY EDUCATORS HAD ADVOCATED.

+ AND THE COMMISSION HAS LEFT THE DOOR OPEN TO FUTURE REFINEMENTS OF THE SYSTEM BY RECOMMENDING LONG-TERM RESEARCH INTO THE EFFECT OF PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION IN HONG KONG,* MR BRIDGE ADDED.

POINTING OUT THAT THE MAJORITY OF COMMENTS ON TEACHER PREPARATION HAD BEEN FAVOURABLE, MR BRIDGE SAID MOST CRITICISM RELATED TO WHETHER THE COMMISSION HAD GONE FAR ENOUGH, WHETHER THE VARIOUS TRAINING PROGRAMMES COULD BE EXPANDED OR WHETHER MORE PRE-SERVICE TRAINING COULD BE OFFERED.

+WE MUST, OF COURSE, BE REALISTIC AND REMEMBER THAT EDUCATION IS EXPENSIVE AND PRIORITIES HAVE TO BE CAREFULLY BALANCED,* HE SAID.

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REFERRING TO THE PROPOSAL CALLING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN OPEN EDUCATION CONSORTIUM, MR BRIDGE SAID THERE HAD BEEN MANY USEFUL SUGGESTIONS AS TO HOW THE CONSORTIUM SHOULD FURTHER BE DEVELOPED.

-•-DIFFERING VIEWS HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED IN RELATION TO WHAT LEVEL OF COURSE SHOULD BE OFFERED FIRST, WHAT INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE CONSORTIUM AND WHAT SHOULD BE THE EXTENT AND FORM, IF ANY, OF GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY,+ HE SAID.

MR BRIDGE SAID HE AGREED WITH THE COMMISSION THAT SOMETHING MORE THAN CO-OPERATION OF AUTONOMOUS INSTITUTIONS WAS REQUIRED FOR AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAMME TO ENSURE INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION AND ADMINISTRATIVE EFFICIENCY.

TURNING TO PROPOSALS ON THE FINANCING OF EDUCATION, MR BRIDGE SAID THAT IT HAD ATTRACTED RELATIVELY LITTLE COMMENT.

ON LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, HE WAS GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT GIVEN TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS SUPPLEMENTARY TO THE MAJOR PROPOSALS IN REPORT NO. 1.

MR BRIDGE SAID THAT ALL COMMENTS WILL BE ANALYSED BY THE ADMINISTRATION - ISSUES WHICH HAD PROVED TO BE CONTROVERSIAL OR SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATIONS WHICH HAD BEEN PROPOSED WILL THEN BE REFERRED BACK TO THE EDUCATION COMMISSION FOR ADVICE.

•►THEREAFTER, IT IS INTENDED THAT ALL THE TOPICS IN THE REPORT WILL BE PUT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN MID-1987,+ HE NOTED.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT TO ASSIST IN THE ASSESSMENT OF PUBLIC COMMENTS AND ADVISE ON SUITABLE PLANS FOR IMPLEMENTATION BEFORE CONSIDERATION BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, WORKING GROUPS HAVE BEEN SET UP ON PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES, SIXTH-FORM EDUCATION AND OPEN EDUCATION.

+IN ADDITION, A STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE FINANCING OF EDUCATION HAS BEEN CONVENED TO IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN CHAPTER 9 OF THE REPORT* IN PARTICULAR, TO ADMINISTER THE PROPOSED CONSULTANCY ON FINANCIAL MODELS,* HE SAID.

IN CONCLUSION, MR BRIDGE REITERATED THAT PARTICULAR ATTENTION WOULD BE PAID, IN DRAWING UP FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS, MEMBERS’ VIEWS AS EXPRESSED IN TODAY’S DEBATE AND IN THE FURTHER DEBATE TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH ON THE COMMISSION’S SIXTH-FORM PROPOSALS.

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EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS URGED * * * * *

MANY OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2 ARE READY FOR IMPLEMENTATION AND SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THE HON S.L. CHEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

LEADING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE REPORT AS CONVENER OF A LEGCO AD HOC GROUP THAT STUDIES THE MATTER, MR CHEN SAID THIS WAS THE COMMON VIEW SHARED BY MEMBERS OF THE GROUP ALTHOUGH THEY AGREED THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN AREAS REQUIRING FURTHER DELIBERATION.

MEMBERS GENERALLY SUPPORTED THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION WITH REGARD TO MOST OF THE SUBJECTS COVERED BY THE REPORT, SUCH AS PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION, OPEN EDUCATION, LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION AND THE FINANCING OF EDUCATION.

MR CHEN REPORTED THAT THE GROUP HAD HELD FOUR MEETINGS TO DISCUSS THE REPORT AND HAD DECIDED THERE SHOULD BE TWO DEBATES ON THE MATTER.

IN VIEW OF THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE ISSUES INVOLVED, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO SIXTH FORM EDUCATION, ONE DEBATE WOULD BE SOLELY DEVOTED TO THAT SUBJECT ON FEBRUARY 18 WHILE TODAY’S DEBATE WOULD CONCENTRATE ON SUBJECTS OTHER THAN SIXTH FORM EDUCATION, HE SAID.

MR CHEN ALSO EXPRESSED HIS VIEWS ON THE SUBJECT OF BILINGUAL SECONDARY EDUCATION.

RECOGNISING THAT MOTHER-TONGUE TEACHING HAD DEFINITE AND SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES FOR THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS, HE STRESSED THAT ITS IMPLEMENTATION REQUIRED CAREFUL PLANNING AND CONSIDERATION.

+ONE OF THE FACTORS THAT ONE HAS TO BEAR IN MIND IS THAT BILINGUALISM IS ESSENTIAL FOR HONG KONG TO RETAIN ITS POSITION AS A LEADING INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF FINANCE, TRADE AND INDUSTRY.

♦ANOTHER FACTOR TO CONSIDER IS THE LIKELY IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR EXISTING TERTIARY EDUCATION SYSTEM,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY WAS AN IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION IF ENGLISH WERE CONTINUE TO BE THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AS WAS GENERALLY THE CASE AT PRESENT.

MR CHEN SAID HE FEARED THAT A FALL IN THE STANDARD OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AS A RESULT OF LOSS OF EXPOSURE WAS INEVITABLE AND MIGHT CARRY FORWARD TO THE POST-SECONDARY LEVEL.

/A LOWER .......

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A LOWER STANDARD OF ENGLISH MIGHT HAVE FAR-REACHING IMPLICATIONS FOR THE POLICIES OF TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS.

♦THEY MAY HAVE TO CONSIDER STRENGTHENING THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH GENERALLY OR INTRODUCING COURSE-RELATED REMEDIAL ENGLISH CLASSES TO UPGRADE STUDENTS’ ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TO ENABLE THEM TO BENEFIT FROM THEIR COURSES,+ HE SUGGESTED.

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REPORT NO. 2 FAILS TO PROVIDE PRACTICABLE SOLUTIONS

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THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2 HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE PRACTICABLE SOLUTIONS TO THE SPECIFIC PROBLEMS OF THE PRESENT SIXTH FORM EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, THE HON SZETO WAH TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE REPORT, MR SZETO SAID THE PROBLEMS WERE ENORMOUS EXAMINATION PRESSURE ON STUDENTS, DIFFERENCES IN ADMISSION PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA OF POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS, AND INCOMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM WHICH WAS DESIGNED EXCLUSIVELY FOR PREPARING STUDENTS TO TAKE UP UNIVERSITY EDUCATION.

HE SAID THE PROPOSAL TO REPLACE THE HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION WITH AN INTERMEDIATE LEVEL EXAMINATION WOULD FURTHER INCREASE EXAMINATION PRESSURE ON STUDENTS, AS MORE STUDENTS WOULD HAVE TO TAKE PART IN THE I-LEV EL EXAMINATION THAN IN THE A-LEVEL EXAMINATION.

MR SZETO RECOMMENDED TO AUTHORITIES TO SHELVE THE PROPOSAL AND UNDERTAKE A FURTHER GENUINE OVERALL REVIEW OF HONG KONG’S EDUCATION SYSTEM, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO ITS STRUCTURAL ASPECT.

IN THE OVERALL REVIEW, A CENTRALISED ADMISSION SYSTEM PROVIDING FOR +CONCURRENT DECISIONS* BY THE POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE FORMULATED, HE SAID.

+THE EXISTENCE of SEPARATE SYSTEMS IN THE UNIVERSITIES, ON WHICH DISCUSSION APPEARS TO BE FORBIDDEN, SEEMS NOT ONLY TO EXERT AN INVISIBLE INFLUENCE ON SIXTH FORM, SECONDARY AND PRIMARY EDUCATION, BUT ALSO IMPOSED SEVERE RESTRICTIONS ON AN OVERALL REVIEW OF LOCAL EDUCATIONAL REFORMS,* MR SZETO SAID.

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FOLLOWING A RECENT DECISION BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG TO LENGTHEN ITS DEGREE COURSES FROM THREE YEARS TO FOUR YEARS, HE SAID HE HOPED THE LONG-STANDING PROBLEM OF TWO SEPARATE UNIVERSITY SYSTEMS WOULD BE RESOLVED.

MR SZETO SAID HE SUPPORTED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE REPORT TO ALLOW CANDIDATES OF A-LEVEL EXAMINATION TO USE EITHER ENGLISH OR CHINESE IN THEIR ANSWERS AND TO MAKE +CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE+ A COMPULSORY SUBJECT FOR ALL STUDENTS.

MR SZETO SAID HE FELT STRONGLY THAT IT WAS ESSENTIAL FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO PLAY A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION.

♦ IT COULD BE DONE BY MAKING DIRECT SUBSIDY TO APPROVED NON-PROFIT-MAKING INSTITUTIONS FOR PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION, EXPEDITING THE PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR TEACHERS, FORMULATING A REASONABLE SALARY SCALE FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS COMPARABLE TO THAT OF CHILD CARE CENTRE STAFF AND UNIFYING THE OPERATION OF KINDERGARTENS AND CHILD CARE CENTRES,+ HE SAID.

HE SUGGESTED A PARALLEL SUBVENTION POLICY BE ADOPTED.

+THAT IS TO SAY, APART FROM THE FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR PARENTS, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD, BY WAY OF MAKING PROVISIONS IN THE ANNUAL BUDGET, GRADUALLY CONVERT SOME OF THE NON-PROFIT-MAKING KINDERGARTENS INTO SUBSIDISED ONES,+ MR SZETO EXPLAINED.

♦THESE SUBSIDISED KINDERGARTENS SHOULD CONTINUE TO CHARGE FEES. THEY SHOULD OPERATE IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT’S REQUIREMENTS IN REGARD TO TEACHER-PUPIL AND PUPIL-SPACE RATIOS, NUMBER OF TRAINED TEACHERS, SALARIES ETC. AND SHOULD SET AN EXAMPLE FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR INSTITUTIONS^ HE SAID.

♦HEALTHY COMPETITION BETWEEN SUBSIDISED AND PRIVATELY-RUN KINDERGARTENS CAN ENHANCE THE GENERAL QUALITY OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION,+ HE ADDED.

ON THE TRAINING OF TEACHERS, MR SZETO SAID TEACHER PREPARATION WAS VITAL TO THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION AND SO THE PROVISION OF TRAINING MUST BE ACCELERATED.

HE PROPOSED THAT A JOINT TRAINING INSTITUTE SHOULD BE CREATED TO PROVIDE UNIFIED TRAINING COURSES FOR BOTH KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS AND CHILD CARE CENTRE STAFF, WHICH COULD AVOID THE WASTAGE OF RESOURCES RESULTING FROM THE PROVISION OF TRAINING BY DIFFERENT INSTITUTIONS.

THE TWO-YEAR TEACHER TRAINING COURSE RUN BY THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SHOULD BE EXPANDED IN 1988 AND PRE-SERVICE TRAINING SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN 1990, HE ADDED.

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STRENGTHEN PUTONGHUA TEACHING IN SCHOOLS

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THE TEACHING OF PUTONGHUA IN SCHOOLS SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED WITH A VIEW TO CHANGING THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION FROM CANTONESE TO PUTONGHUA GRADUALLY, AT AN APPROPRIATE TIME, PROFESSOR THE HON POON CHUNG-KWONG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2, PROF POON SAID THE CONTINUED AND EXCLUSIVE USE OF CANTONESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION WOULD CREATE COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS WITH CHINA WHEN HONG KONG BECAME A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION.

+ A CHANGE FROM CANTONESE TO PUTONGHUA AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION WOULD NOT BE AS DIFFICULT AS A CHANGE FROM CANTONESE TO ENGLISH OR ENGLISH TO CANTONESE BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY ONE KIND OF WRITTEN CHINESE,+ PROF POON SAID.

HE WELCOMED THE RECOMMENDATION IN THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2 THAT ADDITIONAL CHINESE TEACHERS SHOULD BE PROVIDED.

*MY ONLY REGRET IS THAT THE COMMISSION HAS NOT MADE ADEQUATE RECOMMENDATIONS RELATING TO THE USE OF PUTONGHAU IN SCHOOLS,* HE SAID.

PROF POON ALSO SAID THAT WHILE THE USE OF CHINESE, LEADING TO PUTONGHUA, SHOULD BE STRENGTHENED, A PROPER USE OF ENGLISH WAS ALSO NECESSARY.

HE SAID HE WAS GLAD THAT ADEQUATE STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO STRENGTHEN ENGL ISH TEACHlNG IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THIS SHOULD BE OF HELP AS ONE OF THE FACTORS IN ENSURING THAT HONG KONG RETAINED ITS STATUS AS AN INTERNATIONAL TRADING CENTRE AND AS A MEETING POINT FOR EAST AND WEST.

TURNING TO SPECIAL EDUCATION, PROF POON SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO SEE PROPOSALS FOR IMPROVEMENT OF THE EXISTING IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES RUN BY THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

+ IN THIS CONNECTION, I WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASISE THAT BLOCKRELEASE OF TRAINEE TEACHERS MIGHT NOT BE A PRACTICAL PROPOSAL IN VIEW OF THE SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS IN THE FIELD,* HE SAID.

HE SAID PART-TIME TRAINING COURSES MIGHT BE MORE APPROPRIATE.

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COMMISSION URGED TO TAKE MORE ANALYTICAL APPROACH

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THE EDUCATION COMMISSION MUST IN FUTURE ADOPT A FAR MORE ANALYTICAL, COURAGEOUS AND PENETRATING APPROACH IN ORDER TO COME TO GRIPS WITH THE NUMEROUS THORNY ISSUES WHICH BESET THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, THE HON DAVID LI SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2, MR LI SAID PERHAPS THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OF THE REPORT WAS ITS TOTAL LACK OF CANDOUR WITH REGARD TO THE FORCES AT WORK IN THE HONG KONG SCHOOL SYSTEM.

HE SAID THE FACT WAS THAT THE SECONDARY SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS SHAPED BY THE A-LEVEL EXAMINATION SYLLABUS WHICH WAS DETERMINED BY THE REQUIREMENTS OF UNIVERSITIES. THE SECONDARY SCHOOL SYSTEM DETERMINED THE PRIMARY SCHOOL SYSTEM WHICH IN TURN DETERMINED THE KINDERGARTEN SYSTEM.

♦THUS THE REQUIREMENTS OF A FEW THOUSAND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS DETERMINE THE WHOLE OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM CATERING FOR A MILLION CHILDREN OF VERY VARIED NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS,* HE SAID.

MR LI SAID THE SYSTEM WAS A CLASSIC CASE OF THE TAIL WAGGING THE DOG BUT THE REPORT HAD SIMPLY IGNORED THE REAL PROBLEM AND FAILED TO GIVE A PRACTICAL SOLUTION.

TURNING TO PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION, MR LI SAID THE EMPHASIS IN THE REPORT TENDED TO BE MISPLACED.

-►TRAINING OF KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE VERY EXPENSIVE IDEAS TO TRAIN LOCAL ENGLISH TEACHERS, ESPECIALLY AS THEY WILL RETURN TO THEIR SCHOOLS AND BE UNDER PRESSURE FROM SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, COLLEAGUES AND PUPILS TO MAINTAIN FORMER METHODS AND TO IGNORE THEIR NEW-FOUND SKILLS,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THE COMMISSION FAILED TO RECOGNISE THE FACT THAT LOCAL KINDERGARTEN WERE ALREADY TOO HIGHLY STRUCTURED. THE LAST THING HONG KONG NEEDED WAS A MORE STRUCTURED APPROACH.

HE DESCRIBED AS +NAIVE+ THE SUGGESTION OF USING LECTURERS IN OTHER DISCIPLINES WHO TOOK AN INTEREST IN KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION TO LECTURE AND TRAIN KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

HE SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE PROVIDING STRONG CURRICULUM GUIDANCE FOR KINDERGARTENS. BUT THERE WAS AN OBVIOUS SHORTAGE OF EXPERTISE IN THE DEPARTMENT, AND HENCE POOR CURRICULUM GUIDANCE FOR KINDERGARTENS.

/HE ADDED

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he added that the commission had failed to address the issue OF PRESSURE SO WRONGLY APPLIED ON KINDERGARTENS, AND HOW THIS SITUATION SHOULD BE RECTIFIED. HE SAID THAT IF PRE-PRIMARY AND PRIMARY TEACHING WAS IMPROVED, THEN ALL EDUCATION THAT FOLLOWED COULD BE CORRECTED ACCORDINGLY.

TURNING TO THE TRAINING OF TEACHERS, MR LI SAID THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION MUST GIVE TEACHERS MORE TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT. HE ADDED THAT TRAINING FOR TEACHERS WAS TOO GENERAL AND THE TIME ALLOTTED FOR TEACHING PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS WAS TOO SHORT.

HE SAID THE COMMISSION’S PROPOSAL FOR SPECIAL DEGREES FOR HEADS OF PRIMARY AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS COULD BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE BECAUSE THE PROPOSED BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WOULD BE VIEWED AS A +SECOND CLASS* DEGREE BY THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND BY THE TEACHERS CONCERNED.

+AGAIN, THIS PROPOSAL FAILS TO ADDRESS THE AREA OF REAL WEAKNESS, WHICH IS NOT THE ACADEMIC PROWESS OR PROMISE OF HEADS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS,* HE SAID.

MR LI SUGGESTED THAT IN THE SHORT RUN, IT WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE IF THE UNIVERSITIES ACCEPTED A TEACHING QUALIFICATION PLUS SOME YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS EQUAL TO A FIRST DEGREE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENTERING FURTHER DEGREE COURSES.

HE ADDED THAT THE REPORT DID CONTAIN SOME CONSTRUCTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS.

+FOR EXAMPLE, THE CALL FOR OPEN EDUCATION HAS BEEN WELCOME BY ALL WHO ARE EAGER TO LEARN BUT WHO CANNOT ATTEND CLASSES. THIS PROPOSAL DESERVES SERIOUS CONSIDERATION AS IT COULD PROVIDE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MANY SECTORS OF OUR COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE HANDICAPPED,* HE SAID.

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long-awaited OPEN EDUCATION PLAN WELCOMED *****

THE PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF OPEN EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, WHICH HAS BEEN LONG AWAITED, RECEIVED FULL SUPPORT FROM THE HON LIU LIT-FOR.

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), MR LIU SAID THAT THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WHO WERE DENIED THE CHANCE OF UNIVERSITY EDUCATION.

IT WAS FAIR AND REASONABLE TO OFFER THESE YOUNG PEOPLE A SECOND CHANCE BY PROVIDING THEM WITH SUB-DEGREE AND DEGREE COURSES, HE SAID.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE COURSES PROVIDED SHOULD COVER A WIDER RANGE OF SUBJECTS AND CONSIDERATION SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN TO OPEN EDUCATION AT VARIOUS LEVELS.

ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING, MR LIU SAID THERE WAS STILL A NEED TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY OF THE WORKFORCE IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE GREATER EFFICIENCY AND HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY.

+THE PROVISION OF THESE COURSES IS NECESSARY IF WE WANT TO MAINTAIN AND FOSTER THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S TRADE AND INDUSTRY AS WELL AS AFFIRM AND ENHANCE THE TERRITORY’S LONG-TERM COMPETITIVENESS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES,* HE SAID.

MR LIU ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE CONSORTIUM IN CHARGE OF OPEN EDUCATION SHOULD RECRUIT HIGHLY COMPETENT AND EXPERIENCED STAFF EVEN AT THE EARLY STAGE OF ITS DEVELOPMENT. IF THERE WERE NO SUITABLE LOCAL CANDIDATES, HE ADDED, A RECRUITMENT EXERCISE OVERSEAS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED.

HE ALSO PROPOSED, AS A PILOT PROJECT, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF +COMMUNITY COLLEGES* WHICH WERE WIDELY IMPLEMENTED IN THE UNITED STATES.

+THESE INSTITUTIONS CAN PROVIDE A WIDE VARIETY OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADULTS AND YOUTHS BOTH IN THE DAY-TIME AND IN THE EVENING.

+ THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THESE COLLEGES WILL PROBABLY MEET THE EDUCATION NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN NEW TOWNS WHERE ACCESS TO TRANSPORT IS RELATIVELY INCONVENIENT,* MR LIU SAID.

ON THE SUBJECT OF MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTIONS, MR LIU SAID HE FULLY SUPPORTED THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMMISSION THAT EQUAL EMPHASIS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE USE OF ENGLISH AND CHINESE IN SCHOOLS.

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HE SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO LI AHN T HAT A RECENTLY-CONDUCTED EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SURVEY ON THE USE OF CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN 0CHOOL0 AFTER 198.. jHOULD THE RESPONSE FROM MOS: SECONDARY SCHOOLS WAS ENCOURAGING.

ALTHOUGH A FEw SCHOOLS INDICATED THAT I HEY WOULD TEACH ALL SUBJECTS IN CHINESE, THE MAJORITY SAID THAT THEY WERE PREPARED TO USE CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF TEACHING FOR SOME SUBJECTS.

MR LIU SAID HE FULLY UNDERSTOOD THAT IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR SCHOOL AUTHORITIES TO MAKE A DECISION AS THE VIEWS OF THE STUDENTS’ PARENTS MUST ALSO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

therefore, it was wise for them to take a prudent attitude and a progressive approach, he said, however, there were indications that the situation was indeed encouraging and that an impressive PROGRESS WOULD SOON BE MADE IN THE USE OF CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF TEACHING.

REGARDING T HE IMPROVEMENT OF THE STANDARD OF ENGLISH, MR LIU SAID THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD NOT PUT FORWARD ANY LONGTERM PLANS.

HE SAID THAT HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL CITY WOULD SUFFER A SERIOUS SETBACK IN TRADING, CULTURAL AS WELL AS FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES WHICH DEPEND ON ENGLISH AS A MEDIUM OF COMMUNICATION IF THE STANDARD OF ENGLISH WERE TO DECLINE.

HE SAID HE HOPED THAT THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE WOULD TAKE A SERIOUS VIEW OF THIS MATTER TO ENSURE A BALANCED DEVELOPMENT AND AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE STANDARD OF BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

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LANGUAGES SHOULD BE GIVEN EQUAL WEIGHT

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A FAVOURABLE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT IS VITAL TO PROMOTE EFFECTIVELY THE USE OF CHINESE AS THE TEACHING MEDIUM AND RAISE further the standard of English among students, the hon rosanna TAM SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SHE SAID THAT UNDER THE EXISTING CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM WHICH GAVE MORE WEIGHT TO ENGLISH THAN TO CHINESE, AND CONSIDERING THE SOCIAL VALUES ATTACHED TO THE TWO LANGUAGES AS WELL AS THE PROSPECTS FOR FURTHER EDUCATION, IT WAS NOT SURPRISING THAT SCHOOL AUTHORITIES AND PARENTS OF STUDENTS HAD LITTLE CONFIDENCE IN CHOOSING CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION.

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speaking during the adjournment debate on the education COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2 MRS TAM SAID APART FROM WIDELY PUBLICISING ITS BILINGUAL POLICY, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SET AN EXAMPLE BY EMPHASISING THAT EQUAL IMPORTANCE WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE STANDARDS OF BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE IN RECRUITING CIVIL SERVANTS.

SHE ALSO PROPOSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ENCOURAGE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS WHICH ADOPTED ENGLISH AS THE TEACHING MEDIUM TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE REMEDIAL LANGUAGE COURSES FOR STUDENTS WHO HAD RECEIVED THEIR SECONDARY EDUCATION IN CHINESE SO THAT THEY MIGHT ADAPT THEMSELVES TO THE CHANGE IN THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION.

MRS TAM WAS CONVINCED THAT IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT FAITHFULLY THE POLICY OF ADOPTING CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION AND ATTACHING EQUAL IMPORTANCE TO BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STATE CLEARLY ITS DETERMINATION AND OBJECTIVES.

MRS TAM ALSO BELIEVED THAT THERE SHOULD BE ADEQUATE FAVOURABLE FACTORS CONDUCIVE TO THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW TEACHING POLICY AT SCHOOLS, SHOULD CHINESE BE ADOPTED AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION.

IN ADDITION TO THE PROPOSALS FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL TEACHERS OF CHINESE AND ADOPTING SPLIT CLASS TEACHING OF ENGLISH AS RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION REPORT, MRS TAM SAID THE AUTHORITIES SHOULD ALSO TAKE CERTAIN POINTS INTO CONSIDERATION.

FIRSTLY, SHE OBJECTED TO THE MODE THAT, APART FROM TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND CHINESE LANGUAGE SUBJECTS, ALLOWED SCHOOL AUTHORITIES TO ADOPT ENGLISH AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION FOR SOME SUBJECTS AND CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM FOR OTHERS.

+l THINK THAT STUDENTS WILL BE CONFUSED BY THIS MODE AND WILL HAVE DIFFICULTY IN ADAPTATION, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY CHANGE TO ANOTHER SCHOOL.

+l HOPE THE AUTHORITIES WILL GIVE UP THIS PARTICULAR MODE,+ SHE SAID.

SECONDLY, SHE UNDERSTOOD THAT

TEXTBOOKS WRITTEN IN CHINESE WAS A

THE POLICY OF ADOPTING CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF

HAVING AN ADEQUATE PROVISION OF PREREQUISITE FOR IMPLEMENTING

INSTRUCTION.

THEREFORE, SHE FULLY SUPPORTED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHINESE LANGUAGE FOUNDATION.

ON RAISING THE STANDARD OF ENGLISH, MRS TAM BELIEVED THAT APART FROM RESORTING TO SPLIT CLASS TEACHING, THE AUTHORITIES SHOULD CONDUCT AN OVERALL REVIEW OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DIFFERENT METHODS AND APPROACHES CURRENTLY USED IN TEACHING ENGLISH.

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AT PRESENT, MOST SECONDARY SCHOOLS WERE USING ONLY THE COMMUNICATION APPROACH IN TEACHING ENGLISH, SHE SAID.

+HOWEVER IN THIS PREDOMINATELY CHINESE SOCIETY THE GREAT MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE USING CANTONESE AS THE MEANS OF COMMUNICATION IN THEIR DAILY LIVES, SO IT IS DOUBTFUL WHETHER THE U^E OF ^HE COMMUNICATION APPROACH IN TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGAUGE IS EFFECTIVE.

+PFRHAPS THE AUTHORITIES SHOULD CONSIDER ADOPTING OTHER TEACHING METHODS TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF STUDENTS,+ MRS TAM SAID.

ON EMPLOYING EXPARTRIATE ENGLISH TEACHERS, SHE SAID THEY MIGHT mat apprfmaTF THE DIFFICULTIES FACING STUDENTS IN LEARNING ENGLISH S therefor! mIgHT FAIL TO MAKE A SUITABLE ADJUSTMENT IN THEIR TEACHING METHODS.

AR A LONG TERM MEASURE, SHE BELIEVED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STRENGTHEN THE TRAINING OF LOCAL ENGLISH TEACHERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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SCOPE FOR BETTER CO-ORDINATION IN PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES * * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD BE EMPOWERED TO CO-ORDINATE COURSES AND TO ADVISE VARIOUS INSTITUTES ON TRAINING PROGRAMMES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2, DR HO SAID THAT PARTICIPANTS HAVING SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE REQUISITE REQUIREMENTS OF THESE COORDINATED TRAINING PROGRAMMES WOULD BECOME QUALIFIED KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

+AS AN INCENTIVE FOR UNDERTAKING PROFESSIONAL TRAINING, A GOVERNMENT-SANCTIONED SALARY SCALE MUST BE INTRODUCED FOR QUALIFIED PRE-SCHOOL TEACHERS,* HE SAID.

DR HO SAID THE PRESENT SITUATION WAS THAT THERE EXISTED A VAST NUMBER OF KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS WHO NEEDED TO BE TRAINED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND AT DIFFERENT LEVELS.

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HOWEVER, AT THE SAME TIME, THERE WERE A NUMBER OF UN-COORDINATED KINDERGARTEN COURSES OF VARYING DURATION AND DEPTH IN CONTENT OFFERED BY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS BUT WERE NOT RECOGNISED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSES.

DR HO ENDORSED A GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION BUT EXPRESSED SERIOUS DOUBTS ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE +SPLIT CONTRIBUTION FACTORY-APPROACH AS RECOMMENDED IN THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO 2.

UNDER THE APPROACH, KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS SHOULD RECEIVE

THE FEE ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS, CHECK AND FORWARD THEM TO THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR PROCESSING. THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD CALCULATE THE FEE ASSISTANCE PAYABLE, AND CONDUCT SPOT CHECKS ON KINDERGARTEN OPERATORS AND RANDOM MEANS TESTS OF PARENTS.

SUCH AN APPROACH WAS ARBITRARY AND CUMBERSOME IN ADMINISTRATION, HE SAID.

HE PROPOSED THAT IN DECIDING THE LEVEL OF FINANCIAL SUBSIDIES FOR NON-PROFIT-MAKING KINDERGARTENS, OTHER PROGRAMME CRITERIA SUCH AS IMPROVED FACILITIES, THE RATIO OF SPACE TO PUPILS, AND TEACHING EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BESIDES THE EMPLOYMENT OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS.

TURNING TO OPEN EDUCATION, DR HO SUGGESTED THAT AN OPEN EDUCATION COUNCIL BE ESTABLISHED TO CO-ORDINATE AND ADVISE ON PRIORITIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMME.

THE COUNCIL SHOULD ADVISE ON THE PRINCIPLES OF SUBVENTION APPLICABLE TO SELECTED COURSES AND TO ELIGIBLE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. IT SHOULD ALSO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON TRAINING ADULT EDUCATION TEACHERS, DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHING MATERIALS AND OTHER FACILITIES FOR THE PROVISION OF ADULT EDUCATION.

DR HO SAID THE NEED FOR A CO-ORDINATED, SYSTEMATIC DEVELOPMENT OF OPEN EDUCATION WAS IMMINENT. HOWEVER, WHETHER THE CONSORTIUM MODEL AS RECOMMENDED BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2 WAS THE MOST APPROPRIATE MECHANISM TO ACHIEVE THIS WAS OPEN TO DEBATE.

HE SAID IT WOULD BE UNREALISTIC AND PRESUMPTUOUS TO EXPECT THE CONSORTIUM TO TAKE OVER ALL THE COURSES NOW BEING OFFERED BY VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND AT THE SAME TIME BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN A HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EXISTING INSTITUTIONS IN THE FIELD OF ADULT EDUCATION.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE MAJOR DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE PROPOSED COUNCIL AND THE CONSORTIUM WAS THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD NOT HAVE ANY EXECUTIVE FUNCTION.

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TRAINING INSTITUTE DESERVES CLOSE STUDY * * * * *

THE CONCEPT OF SETTING UP AN INSTITUTE FOR TRAINING FOR PRE-PR|MARY SERVICES DESERVED A CLOSER AND MORE IMMEDIATE LOOK, THE HON SELINA CHOW TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODDAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2, MRS CHOW SAID SUCH AN INSTITUTE WOULD NOT ONLY PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOUSE ALL LEVELS OF TRAINING UNDER ONE ROOF, BUT WOULD ALSO OFFER AN EXCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR RESEARCH STUDIES ON PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION.

SHE RECALLED THAT THE PROPOSAL TO SET UP SUCH AN INSTITUTE AS PUT FORWARD BY THE 1981 WHITE PAPER ON PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES WAS REGARDED AS A MOST IMAGINATIVE AND SINCERE INITIATIVE ON GOVERNMENT’S PART TO UPGRADE THE STANDARD OF THIS UNIVERSALLY DEMANDED SERVICE.

♦NOW, FIVE AND A HALF YEARS LATER, I AM DISAPPOINTED TO SEE A BACKTRACKING. INSTEAD OF SETTING UP THE INSTITUTE AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED IN SEPTEMBER 198A, THE GOVERNMENT’S WORKING PARTY, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1982 TO IMPLEMENT THIS TASK, DECIDED AGAINST IT,+ SHE SAID.

SHE NOTED THAT THE RATIONALE GIVEN FOR THE DECISION WAS THAT THE ORIGINALLY INTENDED COMBINED TRAINING FUNCTION OF THE INSTITUTE FOR BOTH KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS AND CHILD CARE CENTRE STAFF WAS NO LONGER APPLICABLE BECAUSE OF AN INCREASE IN REQUIREMENT FOR THE FORMER AND A DECREASE FOR THE LATTER.

+HOW SUCH A KEY DISCREPANCY COULD HAVE ARISEN IN THE PLANNING FIGURES IN THE SPACE OF ONE YEAR IS PUZZLING,* SHE SAID.

MRS CHOW ADDED THAT IN ANY CASE, IT WAS DIFFICULT TO SEE WHY, GIVEN THE RATHER URGENT NEED TO TRAIN A LARGE NUMBER OF KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS QUICKLY AND CONTINUOUSLY, THE ORIGINAL SCHEME WAS NOT ADAPTED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

SHE SAID THAT IN STEPPING UP PRESENT EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE NUMBERS IN QUALIFIED ASSISTANT TEACHERS, ATTENTION HAD BEEN DIVERTED FROM TRAINING QUALIFIED KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

♦ MORE WORRYING IS THE LACK OF MENTION FOR TRAINING OF HEAD TEACHERS OR PRINCIPALS OF KINDERGARTENS, WHO REQUIRE THE ACQUISITION OF LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS FOR THEIR POSITION,* SHE SAID.

TURNING TO THE PROPOSED FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME, MRS CHOW SAID ALTHOUGH SHE AGREED WITH THE BASIC THINKING THAT KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE FULLY AIDED FOR SOME TIME TO COME, SHE DID BELIEVE IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE TEACHERS MET CERTAIN BASIC QUALIFICATION AND WERE PAID ACCORDINGLY.

/+I THEREFORE

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1987

+l THEREFORE SUPPORT THE CALL FOR DIRECT SUBSIDY TO COVER TEACHING STAFF SALARIES INSTEAD OF THE SPLIT CONTRIBUTION APPROACH,+ SHE SAID.

SHE SAID DIRECT SUBSIDY WOULD SIGNIFY THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO AN ACCEPTABLE STANDARD OF TEACHING PERSONNEL IN KINDERGARTENS.

SHE ADDED THAT A $500 MONTHLY ALLOWANCE FOR THE HEAD TEACHER WAS DISPROPORTIONATE TO THE RESPONSIBILITY AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK LOAD CURRENTLY UNDERTAKEN BY MOST KINDERGARTEN PRINCIPALS, AND MUST BE REVIEWED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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* * * * *

THE WAY IN WHICH THE EDUCATION COMMISSION HANDLED ITS REPORT NO. 2 — THAT WAS +T0 CONSULT BEFORE DECIDING-*- — AND WAS SUPPORTED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT, MR LEE SAID HE HOPED THE GOVERNMENT WOULD FOLLOW SUCH PROCEDURE IN FUTURE BEFORE DECIDING ON ANY MAJOR POLICY SO AS TO DEVELOP THE +ADVISORY FORM OF GOVERNMENT* INTO AN +OPEN GOVERNMENT*.

HE RECALLED THAT IN THE CASE OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 1, THE GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED TO ACCEPT ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE REPORT BEFORE ITS PUBLICATION. HENCE, EVEN IF THE PUBLIC HAD VIEWS TO EXPRESS, THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ALTER THE DECISION MADE.

MR LEE SAID HE ALSO SUPPORTED THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S PROPOSAL THAT THE TWO UNIVERSITIES, THE TWO POLYTECHNICS AND THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE SHOULD JOIN TOGETHER TO FORM A CONSORTIUM TO PROMOTE OPEN EDUCATION.

HE SAID A CONSORTIUM WOULD BE MORE RESOURCE SAVING THAN THE SETTING UP OF ANOTHER INDEPENDENT INSTITUTION, AND IT WOULD BE EASIER TO RUN.

/HOWEVER, TERTIARY

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HOWEVER, TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS ALL HAD THEIR OWN ACADEMIC PRIDE AND MIGHT NOT CO-OPERATE EASILY WITH ONE ANOTHER. THEREFORE, THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORGAN OF THE CONSORTIUM MUST BE REINFORCED TO EXERCISE AN EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP, HE SAID.

+IF THE OPERATION OF OPEN EDUCATION COULD RUN SMOOTHLY AND DEVELOP RAPIDLY, WE SHOULD NOT EXCLUDE THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING AN INDEPENDENT INSTITUTION,* HE SAID.

MR LEE NOTED THAT MANY OVERSEAS INSTITUTIONS WERE FAR MORE ADVANCED THAN THOSE OF HONG KONG IN THE PROMOTION OF OPEN EDUCATION. +WE SHOULD THEREFORE ADOPT A LIBERAL ATTITUDE TOWARD OVERSEAS INSTITUTIONS WHICH INTEND TO OFFER DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES IN HONG KONG,* HE ADDED.

HE SAID THE CONSORTIUM ON OPEN EDUCATION SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, WITH THE FIRST BATCH OF STUDENTS SCHEDULED FOR ADMISSION ONE OR TWO YEARS BEFORE 1990, SO AS TO FIT IN WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF CABLE TELEVISION AND PROVIDE SECOND OPPORTUNITIES FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION.

HE SUGGESTED THAT AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, NO DISTINCTION INTO ARTS AND SCIENCE CLASSES SHOULD BE MADE BEFORE FORM 5, SO THAT SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS COULD RECEIVE A BALANCED EDUCATION.

+ALTHOUGH OUR THIRD UNIVERSITY HAS NOW BEEN NAMED THE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, I STILL WISH THAT ITS CURRICULUM WILL TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE ALL-ROUND DEVELOPMENT OF A STUDENT’S CHARACTER,* HE SAID.

TURNING TO TEACHERS TRAINING, HE SAID THAT THE THREE EXISTING COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, TOGETHER WITH THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AND THE PROPOSED FOURTH COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, SHOULD BE COMBINED INTO A FEDERAL TYPE OF TEACHERS TRAINING INSTITUTION.

THIS INSTITUTION SHOULD BECOME A STATUTORY BODY INDEPENDENT OF ANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, HE SUGGESTED.

+BY RESTRUCTURING THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION INTO AN INDEPENDENT INSTITUTION, THE RECRUITMENT OF TEACHING STAFF WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO CIVIL SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT RESTRICTIONS AND SO IT WOULD BE EASIER TO RECRUIT SCHOLARS TO IMPROVE ACADEMIC STANDARDS,* HE SAID.

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’LACK OF UNDERSTANDING’ TOWARDS KINDERGARTENS

*****

THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S FINDINGS ON HONG KONG’S PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION AND SERVICES WERE CRITICISED BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DESCRIBING THE SECTION ON PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION AND SERVICES OF THE REPORT AS A +HALF-HEARTED ATTITUDE* TO AND A +LACK OF UNDERSTANDING* OF THE PROBLEMS CONFRONTING KINDERGARTENS AND CHILD CARE CENTRES IN HONG KONG, HE SAID THE SOCIAL SERVICES FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY HAS EXPRESSED DISSATISFACTION ON THE ISSUE.

MR HUI PREDICTED, DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2, THAT THE DEMAND FOR PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES WOULD GROW BECAUSE MORE WORKING MOTHERS WERE JOINING THE LABOUR FORCE.

HE URGED THAT AN IMPLEMENTATION PLAN BE DRAWN UP FOR THE PROPOSED LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF PREPRIMARY EDUCATION AND EMPHASISED THE IMPORTANCE OF FORWARD PLANNING.

+WE SEE IT AS GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO BECOME MORE INTERVENTIONIST IN ITS PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION POLICY.

+IT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE ONLY FEE ASSISTANCE TO PARENTS. NON-PROFIT-MAKING KINDERGARTEN AND CHILD CARE CENTRE OPERATORS NEED TO GET MORE SUBSIDY TO COVER ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS AND SALARIES,* HE SAID.

MR HUI SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE PROPOSAL HE PUT FORWARD REQUIRED THE GOVERNMENT TO FOOT A MUCH BIGGER BILL, IT WAS A TEST OF THE GOVERNMENT’S SINCERITY AND WILLINGNESS TO IMPROVE THE LOT OF PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN.

APART FROM PROVIDING ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT, MR HU I SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD GIVE SERIOUS THOUGHTS TO ENFORCING UNIFIED STAFFING STANDARDS FOR KINDERGARTEN AND CHILD CARE CENTRES.

HE SAID THE ASSISTANT KINDERGARTEN TEACHER POSTS NOW FILLED BY FORM 3 GRADUATES SHOULD BE PHASED OUT AND THAT ONLY FORM 5 GRADUATES BE EMPLOYED AFTER 1988.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT REGULATIONS BE DRAWN UP TO ENSURE THAT OPERATORS DO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT THE PROPOSED SALARY SCALES FOR QUALIFIED STAFF.

ON STAFF TRAINING, MR HUI URGED THAT A LONG PROMISED TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS BE SET UP WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY.

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♦TO SPEED UP THE EXPANSION OF TRAINING FACILITIES, RECOGNITION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE SPECIALISED COURSES ON PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION PROVIDED BY VARIOUS TRAINING INSTITUTIONS,* HE SAID.

♦furthermore, AMONG the MANY ISSUES RELATED TO TEACHER PREPARATION THAT MERIT CLOSER EXAMINATION IS THE NEED FOR COORDINATED TRAINING? THERE SHOULD BE BASIC UNIFIED CONTENT WITH SPECIALISED ELECTIVE SUBJECTS FOR THE DIFFERENT TRAINING COURSE AVAILABLE.

♦LIKE A COMMON CURRICULUM, RECIPROCAL RECOGNITION OF EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING OBTAINED IN SIMILAR PROGRAMMES IS ONE IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS UNIFICATION OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION AND SERVICES.*

HE BELIEVED THAT UNIFICATION SHOULD BE THE LONG-TERM GOAL TO BRING ABOUT EFFICIENT SUPERVISION AND MAINTENANCE OF STANDARDS FOR ALL PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES.

he also suggested that the social welfare department and the EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SHOULD LIAISE ON OVERALL POLICY OBJECTIVES, DESIGN A CONCRETE PLAN FOR THE UNIFICATION EXERCISE AND WORK OUT THEIR RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES DURING THE MERGING PROCESS.

MERGING PROCESS.

DURING THE

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REQUIREMENT SHOULD

* *

BE CLEARLY * * *

DEFINED

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HELP IMPROVE THE STANDARDS OF KINDERGARTENS AND CHILD CARE CENTRES WITH A VIEW TO UNIFYING PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES, THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2, MR CHUNG SAID IT WAS NECESSARY TO INTRODUCE A SET OF CLEARLY DEFINED REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE POLICY OF UNIFYING PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES.

THESE INCLUDED REGULATIONS GOVERNING STANDARD FACILITIES, STAFFING, SALARY SCALE, QUALIFICATION OF TEACHING STAFF, TEACHER-PUPIL RATIO, FEE LEVEL, CONTROL MEASURES AND REGISTRATION OF KINDERGARTENS AND CHILD CARE CENTRES.

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IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE ENFORCEMENT OF THESE REQUIREMENTS, HE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER AMENDING THE EDUCATION ORDINANCE OR INTRODUCING A NEW CODE OF PRACTICE FOR PRE-PRIMARY SERVICE INSTITUTIONS AND KINDERGARTENS.

HE FELT THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STRICTLY ASSESS THE STANDARD OF SCHOOL SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LEGISLATION AND THE LEVEL OF ASSISTANCE SHOULD DEPEND ON THE FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE SCHOOLS AND THE NUMBER OF PARENTS APPLYING FOR FEE ASSISTANCE.

MR CHUNG SAID THAT DISCIPLINE AND SCHOOLING WERE EQUALLY IMPORTANT FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED IN THE PROVISION OF PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES.

+THE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION AND REMUNERATION OF KINDERGARTEN STAFF ARE VERY IMPORTANT AND THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DRAW UP A PLAN TO PROVIDE PRE-SERVICE COURSES TO MEET LONG-TERM NEEDS APART FROM IMPLEMENTING A COMPREHENSIVE IN-SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR THESE TEACHERS,+ HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT MOST PEOPLE REGARDED THE 12-WEEK PART-TIME TRAINING COURSE PROPOSED IN THE REPORT AS INADEQUATE, AND IT SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO SIX MONTHS.

REFERRING TO THE PROPOSAL THAT FULL-TIME PRE-SERVICE KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS’ TRAINING SHOULD BE DEFERRED, MR CHUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROVIDE EVENING COURSES FOR FULL-TIME KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INTRODUCE A ONE-YEAR PRE-SERVICE COURSE AT THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION SO THAT YOUNG PEOPLE INTENDING TO BECOME KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS MIGHT RECEIVE THE NECESSARY TRAINING AND WOULD BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO DEVELOP AND IMPROVE THEIR SERVICE.

ON THE SUBJECT OF OPEN EDUCATION, MR CHUNG SAID HE SUPPORTED THE REPORT’S RECOMMENDATION THAT A CONSORTIUM BE SET UP JOINTLY BY EXISTING POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES AND INSTITUTIONS.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT WHERE NECESSARY THE PARTICIPATING COLLEGES AND INSTITUTES SHOULD PROVIDE ON A TEMPORARY BASIS THE VENUE AND FACILITIES FOR TEACHING AS REQUIRED BY THE RESPECTIVE COURSE TIMETABLE.

MR CHUNG FELT THAT THERE WAS AN URGENT NEED IN HONG KONG FOR AN OPEN EDUCATION PROGRAMME COVERING THE PROVISION OF EXTERNAL DEGREE COURSES IN PROFESSIONAL AND EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT.

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+THE ENTIRE OPEN EDUCATION PROGRAMME AT TERTIARY LEVEL SHOULD HAVE MULTIPLE EXIT POINTS INCLUDING CERTIFICATES, DIPLOMA, DEGREE, SECOND DEGREE AND ADVANCED DIPLOMA LEVEL TO CATER FOR THE CHOICE OF STUDENTS,+ HE SAID.

MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL* HE SAID, THE EXIT QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD BE RECOGNISED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE AS EQUIVALENT TO STANDARD UNIVERSITY QUALIFICATIONS AND THOSE WHO HAD ACQUIRED SUCH QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD BE GIVEN EXACTLY THE SAME ENTRY POINT WHEN THEY WERE OFFERED APPOINTMENT.

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TEACHER QUALITY AND PROPER PREPARATION OF TEACHERS FOR THE JOB WERE IMPORTANT FACTORS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION, THE HON PAULINE NG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO 2, MRS NG SAID THAT EFFORTS IN EXPANDING CHANNELS OF EDUCATION WOULD BE COMPLETELY SPOILED WITHOUT A COMMITTED AND QUALIFIED TEACHING STAFF.

SHE NOTED THAT EDUCATION HAD DIVERSIFIED IN RECENT YEARS TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF HONG KONG AS A COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE, RESULTING IN TECHNICAL AND COMMERCIAL STUDIES BEING OFFERED IN BOTH SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

HOWEVER, SHE SAID THERE WAS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT IN THE QUALITY OF TEACHERS.

SHE SAID THAT NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE (HKTTC) REMAINED THE MAIN SOURCE OF SUPPLY FOR TEACHERS OF COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS UP TO FORM 5 BUT SHE FELT THE QUALITY OF SUCH TEACHERS SHOULD BE COMPARABLE TO THAT OF GRADUATE TEACHERS TEACHING GENERAL SUBJECTS.

MRS NG WELCOMED THE REPORT’S RECOMMENDATION WHICH WOULD ENABLE ALL GRADUATE TEACHERS TO BE TRAINED BUT SUGGESTED THAT THERE SHOULD BE SIMILAR TRAINING OPPORTUNIT IES FOR NON-GRADUATE TEACHERS TEACHING COMMERCIAL SUBJECTS UP TO FORM 5 LEVEL.

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+THIS WOULD NOT ONLY ENSURE TEACHING IN A PROPER METHODOLOGY BUT ALSO OFFER CAREER PROSPECTS FOR TEACHERS IN THIS FIELD,+ SHE SAID.

SHE THEREFORE SUGGESTED THAT THE EDUCATION COMMISSION SHOULD GIVE FURTHER THOUGHT TO PROPER TRAINING OF TEACHERS IN THESE SUBJECTS.

NOTING THAT IN-SERVICE PART-TIME COURSES OF INITIAL TRAINING WERE OFFERED BY THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND THE HKTTC, MRS NG SAID THE REFRESHER COURSES AND FURTHER TRAINING FOR TEACHERS OFFERED IN SOME OF THESE COLLEGES WERE ALSO USEFUL.

SHE SAID THESE COURSES, IN THE FORM OF SHORT-TERM BLOCK RELEASE COURSES, ALLOWED A HIGH ENROLMENT AND HENCE MORE TEACHERS TO BENEFIT.

SHE STRESSED THAT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE EFFORTS SHOULD BE KEPT IN VIEW AND SHE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT REGULAR REVIEWS TO SEE THAT THE COURSES OFFERED IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES WERE GEARED TO THE NEEDS AND DEMANDS OF SOCIETY AND WERE OF PRACTICAL AND REALISTIC USE.

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GOOD PROGRESS MADE ON EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEGUN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST ONE CONTRACTOR FOLLOWING INQUIRIES INTO THE 26 PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS rwEfSIB? BY TRE EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AND HEARING WAS EXPECTED IN EARLY 1988, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION THE HON DONALD LIAO, DISCLOSED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN A STATEMENT ’ REVIEWING PROGRESS OF THE PROGRAMME TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MR LIAO PLEDGED THAT INVESTIGATIONS WOULD CONTINUE.

HE SAID THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION WOIJI n COMPLETE THEIR INVESTIGATION BY APRIL THIS YEAR.

+ABOUT 150 PEOPLE, EITHER LOCALLY OR OVERSEAS HAVE BEEN

'E^D AND A REP0"T COVERING THE GREATER PART OF THE 1ppoaIcaiAT °urHAnnrEEN F0RWARDED TO THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT FOR ArrKAISAL,+ HE ADDED.

MR LIAO ALSO REPORTED GOOD PROGRESS ON THE REHOUSING SIDE.

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OF THE 1 283 FAMILIES RESIDING IN THE THREE CATEGORY I BLOCKS lL«2y.nMBIRA1985» 944 HAD EITHER ALREADY MOVED OR HAD ACCEPTED NEW ACCOMMODATION, LEAVING 339 FAMILIES OR 26.4 PER CENT YET TO CHOOSE THEIR NEW HOME, HE ADDED.

AS A RESULT, MR LIAO SAID THE CLEARANCE OF CATEGORY I BLOCKS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR WAS PROCEEDING AHEAD OF PROGRAMME.

+GOOD PROGRESS ALSO IS BEING MADE ON THE CLEARANCE OF THE 23 CATEGORY II BLOCKS WHERE FINAL CLEARANCE IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 1989,+ MR LIAO SAID.

OF THE 14 029 FAMILIES INVOLVED, HE SAID 5 878 HAD ALREADY MOVED OR SIGNED UP TO DO SO, REPRESENTING 42 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL IN 30 PER CENT OF THE PROGRAMMED TIME.

+IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT SO FAR 2 312 FAMILIES HAVE TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE NEW HOS FLATS,+ HE ADDED.

MR LIAO ALSO REPORTED GOOD PROGRESS ON THE CLEARANCE OF COMMERCIAL TENANTS WHICH AGAIN WAS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

HE SAID HOUSING DEPARTMENT STAFF HAD SPARED NO EFFORT TO ENCOURAGE TENANTS TO MOVE TO NEW HOMES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THEY WOULD VISIT AFFECTED TENANTS IN THE EVENINGS TO DISCUSS WITH THEM THEIR PARTICULAR REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE THAT THEY MIGHT BE OFFERED THE MOST SUITABLE ACCOMMODATION.

TENANTS WERE ALSO GIVEN A FIRST CALL ON ALL AVAILABLE VACANCIES INCLUDING A WIDE RANGE OF FLATS IN NEW URBAN ESTATES AS WELL AS PRIORITY IN PURCHASING HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT ALSO MADE AVAILABLE FLATS TO AFFECTED TENANTS IN EXISTING ESTATES AT A SIMILAR RENT THEY WERE CURRENTLY PAYING IF DESIRED, MR LIAO ADDED.

HE ALSO SAID TEAMS OF SPECIALISTS WOULD CONTINUE TO STRICTLY MONITOR THE AFFECTED BLOCKS DURING THEIR REMAINING LIFE AND PRIOR TO THEIR DEMOLITION.

+THIS IS AN ONGOING AND SYSTEMATIC OPERATION WHICH IS INTENSIFIED DURING TYPHOON CONDITIONS.

+THE SYSTEM FUNCTIONED VERY SATISFACTORILY DURING 1986,+ HE ADDED.

+UNTIL ALL BLOCKS ARE FINALLY CLEARED, ANY NECESSARY MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT,+ HE SAID.

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WITH REGARD TO THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, MR LIAO SAID THE COMPLETION OF THE TWO REPLACEMENT BLOCKS AT KWAI FONG ESTATE, WHICH WOULD PROVIDE 905 FLATS, HAD BEEN ADVANCED TO MAY AND JULY THIS YEAR, AND CONSTRUCTION WORK WAS ALREADY PROGRESSING ON FIVE MORE SUPPLEMENTARY SITES.

♦THESE SITES AT KWAI CHUNG, SHUN TIN, CHUK YUEN, SHAM SHU I PO, AND SHEK LEI WILL, ON COMPLETION AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR, PRODUCE A FURTHER 5 000 FLATS,+ HE SAID.

MR LIAO FURTHER SAID ADDITIONAL URBAN SITES WERE BEING ACTIVELY SOUGHT WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS.

MR LIAO SAID THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, ASSISTED BY SPECIALLY APPOINTED CONSULTANTS AND A NEW IN-HOUSE TEAM, WAS CURRENTLY COMPLETING PLANS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE MODERNISATION PROGRAMME OF THE AUTHORITY’S OLDER HOUSING STOCK.

♦THIS WILL INCLUDE PROPOSALS FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE SITES VACANTED BY THE DEMOLITION OF THE 26 BLOCKS, AND WILL PROVIDE THE BLUE PRINT FOR THE EXTENDED REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE FUTURE,+ HE ADDED.

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MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL PASSED

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THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 WHICH SOUGHT TO GIVE A MAGISTRATE DISCRETION TO AMEND OR DISMISS A DEFECTIVE COMPLAINT, INFORMATION OR SUMMONS, WAS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, THE HON MARTIN LEE NOTED THAT SECTION 27 OF THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE HAD BEEN REPEATEDLY INTERPRETED BY THE SUPREME COURT AS ENJOINING A MAGISTRATE TO AMEND A DEFECTIVE COMPLAINT, INFORMATION OR SUMMONS WITHOUT GIVING ANY DISCRETION WHATSOEVER TO THE TRIAL MAGISTRATE, WHO MIGHT FEEL DISINCLINED TO MAKE THE AMENDMENT BECAUSE IT WAS UNFAIR TO THE DEFENCE.

HE RECALLED THAT SOME 15 YEARS AGO WHEN HE WAS A JUNIOR APPEARING BEFORE A FAIR-MINDED MAGISTRATE, HE FACED A SIMILAR DIFFICULTY. THE MAGISTRATE WAS EXTREMELY RELUCTANT TO AMEND A DEFECTIVE SUMMONS BUT FELT OBLIGED TO DO SO BECAUSE OF THE MANDATORY LANGUAGE USED IN SECTION 27 OF THE ORDINANCE.

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+HE AMENDED THE SUMMONS. BUT SUGGESTED TO ME THAT I SHOULD TAKE UP THE MATTER WITH THE BAR COMMITTEE IN ORDER THAT THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL MIGHT BE PERSUADED TO AMEND SECTION 27 SO AS TO GIVE THE MAGISTRATE A DISCRETION IN THE MATTER - A DISCRETION WHICH IS GIVEN TO JUDGES IN THE HIGH COURT AND THE DISTRICT COURT,+ MR LEE SAID.

HE THEN TOOK UP THE MATTER WITH THE BAR COMMITTEE, AND THE BAR COMMITTEE TOOK UP THE MATTER WITH THE THEN ATTORNEY-GENERAL. BUT NOTHING HAPPENED.

the

HE SAID THE MATTER WAS AGAIN TAKEN UP ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS BUT WAS COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN UNTIL HE ASKED HIS QUESTION IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE NOTED THAT IT HAD TAKEN THREE ATTORNEYS GENERAL AND LEAST 12 YEARS TO PRODUCE THE BILL.

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the

4.1 am qtlRF THE DELAY WAS NOT DELIBERATE ON THE PART OF ATTORNEY-GENERAL OR HIS PREDECESSORS, ALTHOUGH THE ?ROSECUTION IN MAGISTRATES’ COURTS HAVE HAD A DISTINCT ADVANTAGE SO LONG AS SECTION 27 REMAINS UNCHANGED.+ HE SAID.

+IT IS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER,+ HE ADDED.

WINDING UP DEBATE ON THE BILL, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, TOOK NOTE OF MR LEE’S COMMENTS, AND OBSERVED THAT AMONG THE HOST OF ISSUES THAT AN ATTORNEY GENERAL HAD TO DEAL WITH SOME, LIKE ELEPHANTS, STOOD OUT MORE THAN OTHERS.

+THE AMENDMENT TO SECTION 27 WAS PERHAPS A LESS VISIBLE, LESS THREATENING ANIMAL,+ HE SAID.

+WHATEVER THE REASONS FOR THE PASSAGE OF TIME IN THIS CASE, MEMBERS MAY FIND IT REASSURING TO DISCOVER THAT EVEN THE LAZIESf

RIVER EVENTUALLY FINDS THE SEA.+

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BILL SEEKS TO ABOLISH RATES RELIEF SCHEME *****

THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987 SEEKS TO ABOLISH THE RATES RELIEF SCHEME TO ENSURE THAT THE EFFECTS OF THE LAST GENERAL REVALUATION IN RE-DISTRIBUTING THE RATES BURDEN ARE FULLY IMPLEMENTED BEFORE THE NEXT REVALUATION TAKES EFFECT, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR JACOBS EXPLAINED THAT THE CURRENT SCHEME LIMITED THE AMOUNT OF RATES INCREASE FOR A PROPERTY IN ANY YEAR TO A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THE RATES PAYABLE IN THE PRECEDING YEAR, SO THAT, IF THE RATES OF ANY PROPERTY WERE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY ON A GENERAL REVALUATION, THE INCREASE WAS PHASED IN OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.

♦ AT PRESENT, THE LIMIT IS 20 PER CENT OVER THE AMOUNT PAID IN THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING YEAR.

■•THE LIMIT IS IMPOSED UNTIL THE RATEPAYER IS PAYING THE FULL INCREASED RATES RESULTING FROM THE REVISED RATEABLE VALUE OF HIS PROPERTY,+ HE SAID.

JACOBS NOTED THAT DURING THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR. APPROXIMATELY 390 400 RATED TENEMENTS, OR 47.2 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL, HAD BEEN SUBJECT TO RATES RELIEF. IN 1987-88, THIS WOULD DECLINE TO 65 500 OR 7.3 PER CENT IF THE PRESENT RELIEF SCHEME WERE TO BE CONTINUED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE SCHEME HAD ALWAYS BEEN REGARDED AS A TEMPORARY CONCESSION. AND IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT THE CHANGES CAUSED BY A REVALUATION SHOULD BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED BEFORE THE NEXT REVALUATION TOOK EFFECT.

+OTHERWISE, SOME RATEPAYERS WILL CONTINUE INDEFINITELY PAYING RATES BASED ON COMPOUNDED INCREASES ON THE AMOUNT PAYABLE IN 1983 - THAT IS BEFORE THE LAST GENERAL REVALUATION IN 1984 -AND NOT ON THE CURRENT RATEABLE VALUE. TO SOME EXTENT THIS DEFEATS THE OBJECT OF CARRYING OUT THE REVALUATION IN THE FIRST PLACE,+ HE SAID.

IT WAS THEREFORE PROPOSED TO ABOLISH THE RELIEF SCHEME WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1 THIS YEAR.

MR JACOBS SAID THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WAS CURRENTLY CONDUCTING A FURTHER REVALUATION OF TENEMENTS INTENDED TO TAKE EFFECT FROM APRIL 1, 1988.

♦CURRENT PROJECTIONS ARE THAT OVERALL INCREASES WILL BE AROUND 10 PER CENT WITH FAIRLY SIMILAR INCREASES FOR MOST TYPES OF PROPERTY. :

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+THERE WILL BE SOME CASES, OF COURSE, WHERE THE INCREASES WILL BE HIGHER,* HE SAID.

ON THE EFFECT OF THE ABOLITION, MR JACOBS SAID THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY (OVER 94 PER CENT) OF PRIVATE DOMESTIC UNITS WOULD BE UNAFFECTED BY ABOLITION OF THE SCHEME.

+FOR THE 37 900 UNITS THAT ARE AFFECTED, THE AVERAGE ADDITIONAL MONTHLY RATES WILL BE ONLY $22.64.+

HE CONTINUEDi +THE ABOLITION OF THE RATES RELIEF SCHEME WILL HAVE SOME IMPACT ON PUBLIC HOUSING TENANTS, BUT THE BURDEN WILL NOT BE GREAT.

+THE ACTUAL AVERAGE MONTHLY INCREASE IN RATES RESULTING FROM THE PROPOSED ABOLITION OF THE SCHEME WILL BE ONLY $1.97 FOR HOUSING AUTHORITY TENANTS CURRENTLY OBTAINING RATES RELIEF, AND ANY SUCH INCREASES WILL ONLY BE REFLECTED IN THE BIENNIAL RENT REVIEWS MADE AFTER APRIL 1, 1987.+

IN THE MEANTIME, THE INCREASES WOULD BE ABSORBED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, HE SAID.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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TME JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IN SHA TIN IS TO FUNCTION AHTONOMOhqi v UNDER A TRUST FUND SET UP WITH A $350 MILLION ENDOWMENT FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE HON HU FA—KUANG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY). N ™E

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IamendmfutI ?5EXi^15f5:Lijn?lt^s:EsouRcEs« rell « ^e*?^%rve^„better

SUPPORT^ITS PROGRAMME^ T° ™E JUB'LEE SP°RTS CENTRE B0ARD T0

/♦AS SUCH

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+AS SUCH THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COMMITTEE OF TRUSTEES AND THE BOARD MUST BE SO THAT WHILE THE COMMITTEE IS ALLOWED TO EXERCISE ITS TRUSTEESHIP TO SAFEGUARD THE FUND, IT SHOULD ALSO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE BOARD,+ HE SAID.

MR HU SAID A LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUP STUDYING THE BILL PROPOSED AN AMENDMENT TO PROVIDE THAT THE COMMITTEE OF TRUSTEES WOULD APPLY THE FUND IN SUCH MANNER AND TO SUCH EXTENT AS THE BOARD MIGHT ADVISE, TO MEET EXPENSES OF THE SPORTS CENTRE FOR A PERIOD OF NOT LESS THAN 20 YEARS.

HE SAID THE AD HOC GROUP NOTED THAT DESPITE THE CREATION OF THE COMMITTEE OF TRUSTEES, THE BOARD WOULD RETAIN THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEALING WITH MONEYS AND OTHER ASSETS NOT DESIGNATED FOR THE TRUST FUND.

+THIS WILL ALLOW FLEXIBILITY IN DEALING WITH OTHER DONATIONS AND SPONSORSHIPS RECEIVED BY THE SPORTS CENTRE FROM VARIOUS SOURCES AND IN VARIOUS FORMS,+ HE SAID.

MR HU POINTED OUT THAT THE BILL PROPOSED TO DO AWAY WITH THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS IN THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE AND SUGGESTED A MINIMUM MEMBERSHIP OF TWO INSTEAD.

HE SAID ALTHOUGH IN REALITY IT WAS VERY UNLIKELY THAT THE FUTURE BOARD WOULD HAVE JUST THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS, THE AD HOC GROUP FELT THAT A MINIMUM OF TWO MEMBERS WOULD OPEN UP THE THEORETICAL POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A BOARD ABSOLUTELY CONTROLLED BY THE CHAIRMAN.

AS A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE, IT WAS CONSIST OF THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OR LESS THAN TWO OTHER MEMBERS APPOINTED

PROPOSED THAT THE BOARD SHOULD HIS REPRESENTATIVE AND NOT BY THE GOVERNOR, HE SAID.

MR HU ALSO NOTED THAT THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE HAD ALREADY ESTABLISHED A REPUTATION AS THE BEST TRAINING CENTRE IN ASIA.

RECOGNISING THAT THERE HAD BEEN A FEW OUTSTANDING ISSUES, HE SAID THE GENEROUS ENDOWMENT FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB WOULD RESOLVE ALL THESE PROBLEMS AND WOULD PLACE THE CENTRE IN A FAVOURABLE POSITION TO MAP OUT ITS FUTURE STRATEGIES.

HE WELCOMED THE CLUB’S AGREEMENT TO CONSIDER THE CENTRE'S REQUESTS FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS IF SUCH SHOULD BE NECESSARY, AND CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE SIMILAR UNDERTAKING AS AN ASSURANCE TO THE PUBLIC OF ITS DETERMINATION TO IMPLEMENT A HEALTHY LONG-TERM POLICY ON SPORTS AND RECREATION.

/THE RELEVANT

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THE RELEVANT AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL PROPOSED BY THE AD HOC GROUP WERE MOVED BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN AND THE HON ANDREW WONG RESPECTIVELY AT THE COMMITTEE STAGE OF THE BILL.

THANKING MR HU FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THE BILL, MR LIAO ASSURED HIM THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD ALSO BE PREPARED TO CONSIDER CERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, PROVIDED EACH CASE COULD BE JUSTIFIED TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE.

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FINES UNDER SOCIETIES ORDINANCE INCREASED

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A RESOLUTION TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM FINES FOR A NUMBER OF OFFENCES UNDER THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE.

MOVING THE MOTION, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID ITS MOST IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE WAS TO EMPHASISE THE GOVERNMENT’S DRIVE TO TACKLE TRIADS FIRMLY.

HE SAID THE MOTION ALSO AIMED AT RESTORING THE REAL LEVELS OF FINES IN THE PROVISIONS, AND TO REMOVE AN APPARENT IMBALANCE WHICH RESULTED WHEN SOME OF THE FINES UNDER THE ORDINANCE WERE INCREASED IN 1982.

MR JEAFFRESON NOTED THAT SOME OF THE FINES HAD REMAINED UNCHANGED MOST SINCE 1957, OR 1961 OR 1964, AND HAD LOST THEIR IMPACT WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME.

MR JEAFFRESON ALSO SAID THAT ONE OF THE OPTIONS IN THE ♦DISCUSSION DOCUMENT ON OPTIONS FOR CHANGES IN THE LAW AND IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE LAW TO COUNTER THE TRIAD PROBLEM+, ISSUED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE IN APRIL LAST YEAR, WAS TO REVISE THE FINES AVAILABLE UNDER THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE. THIS HAD BEEN SUPPORTED BY DISTRICT BOARDS, DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES AS WELL AS SOME LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS.

HE SAID: + IN ORDER TO BRING THE FINES UP-TO-DATE WITH RESPECT TO INFLATION, A FIVEFOLD INCREASE IS NECESSARY. THIS LEVEL OF INCREASE IS PROPOSED FOR THOSE SECTIONS WHICH DO NOT DEAL WITH TRIAD RELATED OR OTHER SERIOUS OFFENCES.

/♦ALTHOUGH THEY .......

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♦ALTHOUGH THEY ARE NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO TRIAD MEMBERSHIP, TWO OF THE OFFENCES INVOLVE MEMBERSHIP OF UNLAWFUL SOCIETIES IN GENERAL AND ALLOWING PREMISES TO BE USED BY SUCH SOCIETIES.

♦THESE OFFENCES ARE CONSIDERED SERIOUS AND ADEQUATE PENALTIES NEED TO BE AVAILABLE. A TENFOLD INCREASE, WHICH IS IN LINE WITH THE INCREASING PURCHASING POWER OF INDIVIDUALS SINCE 1960, IS PROPOSED.+

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE OFFENCES OF BEING A TRIAD MEMBER OR BEING AN OFFICE BEARER OF AN UNLAWFUL SOCIETY, AND THAT WHICH INVOLVED INCITING SOMEONE TO BECOME A MEMBER OF AN UNLAWFUL SOCIETY, MUST BE FIRMLY DEALT WITH AND MORE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THE RELEVANT FINES WERE PROPOSED.

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THE MAGISTRATES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986, THE PROBATION OF OFFENDERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 AND THE ROADS (WORKS, USE AND COMPENSATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1986 WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ANOTHER BILL - THE RATING (AMENDMENT) BILL 1987 - WAS READ A SECOND TIME AND DEBATE ON IT WAS ADJOURNED.

THE MEETING WAS ADJOURNED TO FEBRUARY 18.

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ACAN WORKING PARTY RECOMMENDATIONS ACCEPTED *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED ALL THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE CONTROL OF PSYCHOTROPIC AND NON-OPIATE NARCOTIC SUBSTANCES ESTABLISHED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) RELEVANT TO MANDRAX AND HAD IMPLEMENTED THAT OR WAS IN THE PROCESS OF DOING SO, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CHIU HIN-KWONG REGARDING MANDRAX SEIZED IN HONG KONG, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THAT BOTH THE ACAN AND THE GOVERNMENT VIEWED WITH GREAT CONCERN THE PROBLEM OF THE ABUSE OF MANDRAX AND WOULD CONTINUE TO LOOK HARD AT OTHER POSSIBLE WAYS OF DEALING WITH IT.

HE SAID THAT 24 422 MANDRAX TABLETS WERE SEIZED IN 1983, 10 649 MANDRAX TABLETS AND 152 GRAMS OF MATHAQUALONE POWDER (WHICH IS A POWDER USED TO MAKE MANDRAX TABLETS) WERE SEIZED IN 1984. IN 1985, 15 666 TABLETS WERE SEIZED.

THE SEIZURES IN 1986 INCREASED TO 259 168 TABLETS AND 33.4 kilograms OF POWDER MAINLY DUE TO TWO SEIZURES OF LARGE AMOUNTS.

+T0 CURB THE SMUGGLING AND TRAFFICKING OF MANDRAX, THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE ARE TAKING THE NECESSARY LAW ENFORCEMENT MEASURES,+ MR JEAFFRESON SAID.

+THE QUANTITIES OF MANDRAX SEIZED IN RECENT YEARS, PARTICULARLY IN 1986, ARE A MANIFESTATION OF THE EFFORTS OF BOTH TO REDUCE THE ILLICIT SUPPLY IN HONG KONG.+

THE WORKING PARTY HAD BEEN WATCHING CLOSELY THE INCREASE IN THE ABUSE OF MANDRAX SINCE 1983, HE ADDED.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD IMPLEMENTED THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE WORKING GROUP AS ENDORSED BY ACANt

* THE SENDING OF RETURNS TO ACAN OF THE IMPORT, EXPORT, MANUFACTURE, STOCK HOLDING AND CONSUMPTION TRENDS OF SUCH NON-OPIATE DRUGS OF ABUSE 1

* THE PROVISION OF DRUG IDENTIFICATION CHARTS AND KITS CONTAINING SAMPLES OF MANDRAX TO POLICE AND CUSTOMS OFFICERS;

*

AMENDMENTS TO THE REPORT FORM OF THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE TO INCLUDE MANDRAX AS ONE OF THE DRUGS THAT COULD BE ABUSED BY PERSONS REPORTED TO THE REGISTRY;

* TRAINING FOR SOCIAL WORKERS.

/IN DECEMBER •••••••

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ACAN ENDORSED THE WORKING PARTY'S FURTHER CH THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE CONCERNED AND ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED;

IN DECEMBER 1986, RECOMMENDATIONS OF WHI GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS

ON PSYCHOTROPIC DRUG ABUSE SOME 100 000 STUDENTS IN PLANNED FOR THE END OF 19S71

A LARGE-SCALE SCHOOL SURVEY INCLUDING MANDRAX COVERING 120 SCHOOLS WHICH IS BEING

X THE ERECTION OF CONSPICIOUS NOTICES AT THE BORDER CROSSING POINTS WARNING TRAVELLERS TO CHINA THAT IT IS ILLEGAL FOR THEM TO BRING SUCH PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS INTO HONG KONG WITHOUT A DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION; AND

M MEASURES TO STRENGTHEN PUBLICITY AND PREVENTIVE EDUCATION THROUGH TELEVISION ANNOUNCEMENTS, POSTERS AND SCHOOL TALKS.

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THE WHOLE QUESTION OF AIRPORT NOISE WAS UNDER REVIEW, AND THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT HAD LET A CONSULTANCY TO EXAMINE THE PROBLEM, INCLUDING CONSIDERATION OF REMEDIAL MEASURES TO REDUCE THE NOISE LEVELS AFFECTING RICHLAND GARDENS, THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, HE ADDED, WOULD BE PROVIDING CONSIDERABLE INPUT TO THIS STUDY AND CONSULTANTS WERE EXPECTED TO REPORT BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON POON CHl-FAI, MR BARNES SAID THAT LAND OCCUPIED BY RICHLAND GARDENS PRIVATE

SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME WAS REZONED FROM +INDUSTRIAL+ TO

+RESI DENT IAL+ BY THE LAND DEVELOPMENT POLICY COMMITTEE IN

OCTOBER 1981.

+AT THAT TIME, THE DEMAND FOR URBAN RESIDENTIAL LAND EXCEEDED THE DEMAND FOR INDUSTRIAL LAND, AND SITES FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ON THE SCALE OF RICH.AND GARDENS WERE SCARCE AND URGENTLY NEEDED,+ HE SAID.

BEFORE DEVELOPMENT BEGAN, BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE DEVELOPER WERE AWARE OF THE NEED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE NOISE GENERATED FROM THE AIRPORT IN THE DESIGN, HE ADDED;

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MR BARNES SAID THAT FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE 22 BLOCKS NOISE FROM THE AIRPORT, MAINLY FROM AIRCRAFT TAKING OFF AND 1. A NJ) I NG,, WAS WITHIN ACCEPTABLE LIMITS.

IT WAS SIMILAR TO NOISE LEVELS EXPERIENCED BY OTHER RESIDENTIAL AREAS CLOSE TO THE AIRPORT, AND DID NOT TAKE PLACE DURING 1 HE IWIGWUT.

HOWEVER, THERE IS A NOISE PROBLEM FOR SOME OF ThE. BLOOMS-CLOSEST TO THE AIRPORT, IN PARTICULAR FOR TFOSE FLATS FACING DIRECTLY THE HAECO PREMISES AND THE AIR CARGO COMPLEX, AS A RESULT OF AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE AND CARGO HANDLING, AT NIGHT.

AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE THROUGHOUT THE 24 HOURS OF THE DAY IS ESSENTIAL TO THE EFFICIENT OPERATION OF THE AIRPORT.

A SIMILAR SITUATION APPLIES TO CARGO HANDLING,+ HE ADDED.

MR BARNES SAID THAT HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE DEVELOPER OF RICHLAND GARDENS HAD HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH HAECO AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS TO SEE HOW NOISE LEVELS COULD BE REDUCED. AND THAT THERE HAD ALREADY BEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THE SITUATION.

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ABERDEEN BOAT DWELLERS TO BE REHOUSED IN PHASES

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THE ABERDEEN TYPHOON SHELTER WOULD BE CLEARED OF BOAT DWELLINGS BY THE MID-199O’S AND BOAT DWELLERS WERE BEING REHOUSED IN PHASES, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR LIAO SAID THE NUMBER OF BOAT DWELLINGS IN THE SHELTER HAD DECREASED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS BECAUSE OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S REHOUSING PROGRAMME AND, IN ADDITION, SOME BOATS HAD SUNK.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LIU LlT-FOR ON THE RECENT FIRE AT THE SHELTER WHICH LEFT 242 FAMILIES HOMELESS, MR LAIO SAID THESE FAMILIES, COMPRISING 1 153 PEOPLE, WERE BEING REHOUSED.

A FURTHER 364 FAMILIES, COMPRISING 1 752 PEOPLE, WOULD BE REHOUSED IN PHASED CLEARANCES IN THE NEXT 18 MONTHS AND AN EQUAL NUMBER OF FAMILIES REMAINING WOULD BE REHOUSED BY THE MID-199O’S, HE SAID.

/+GOVERNMHJT RECOGNISES

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1987

♦GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY OVERCROWDING OF DWELLING BOATS IN TYPHOON SHELTERS.

IN ADDITION TO THE FIRE RISKS CREATED BY THIS PHENOMENON, THE BOATS OCCUPY VALUABLE TYPHOON SHELTER SPACE AND THEY ALSO GENERATE ENVIRONMENTAL AND HYGIENE PROBLEMS,* HE SAID.

IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE SIZE OF THE PROBLEM, ALL TYPHOON SHELTERS WERE GAZETTED AS PRESCRIBED AREAS IN 1985-86,+ HE ADDED.

MR LIAO SAID ALL EXISTING DWELLING BOATS IN THE SHELTERS WERE LICENSED AND NO NEW DWELLING BOATS WERE ALLOWED TO ENTER.

ON THE QUESTION OF THE PROVISION OF FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT ON DWELLING BOATS, MR LIAO SAID THIS WAS NOT REQUIRED BY LAW BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISED THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF BOAT DWELLERS.

♦HOWEVER, MOST DWELLING BOATS HAVE ON BOARD SOME FORM OF FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT SUCH AS FIRE BUCKETS, BLANKETS ETC. WHICH ARE ABLE TO EXTINGUISH SMALL DOMESTIC FIRES.

♦THE FIRE BOATS OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT PATROL DAILY THE FAIRWAYS AND FIRE ACCESS,♦ HE SAID.

FIRE PREVENTION BROADCASTS AND FIRE EXERCISES WERE ALSO CONDUCTED ON A REGULAR BASIS AND PAMPHLETS ON FIRE SAFETY MEASURES WERE PLACED IN THE MARINE DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING OFFICES FOR YEAR-ROUND DISTRIBUTION.

♦ADDITIONALLY, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT IS LIAISING WITH BOAT DWELLERS AND FISHERMEN REPRESENTATIVES TO ADVISE THEM TO ACQUIRE FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT FOR THEIR DWELLING VESSELS,♦ MR LIAO ADDED.

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WELFARE SERVICE

PREMISES PROCESSING TO BE IMPROVED *****

CO-ORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DEPARTMENTS FOR PROCESSING PROJECTS INVOLVING SPACE IN PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS ALLOCATED FOR WELFARE SERVICES HAS CONSIDERABLY IMPROVED, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON ROSANNA TAM, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE PROCEDURES WERE NOW BEING REVISED WITH A VIEW TO MAKING FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS.

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HE SAID DELAYS HAD OCCURRED IN TWO CASES WHICH WERE REFERRED TO BY THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT IN HIS 1985-86 REPORT.

+IN BOTH CASES, THE DELAY WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS,+ HE SAID.

MR CHAMBERS POINTED OUT THAT THE UNSATISFACTORY SITUATION WAS DUE PARTLY TO INADEQUATE COMMUNICATION AND CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED AND PARTLY DUE TO THE LACK OF AGREED PROCEDURES ON THE HANDLING OF SUCH PROJECTS, WHICH WERE A RELATIVELY NEW ARRANGEMENT.

TO PREVENT SIMILAR DELAYS OCCURRING IN FUTURE, MR CHAMBERS SAID, A SET OF PROCEDURES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF PROJECTS OF THIS TYPE HAD BEEN INTRODUCED IN MARCH 1985.

+IN ADDITION, PLANNING OF THIS TYPE OF PROJECT BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN FIVE YEARS AHEAD OF THE EXPECTED AVAILABILITY OF THE PREMISES INSTEAD OF TWO YEARS AS PREVIOUSLY,+ HE SAID.

♦THIS SHOULD ALLOW ADEQUATE TIME FOR THE SELECTION OF SUITABLE OPERATING AGENCIES AND FOR THE SUBSEQUENT NEGOTIATIONS OVER LAYOUT PLANS AND FINANCING OF THE PROJECTS,+ HE ADDED.

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CHILD CARE CENTRE SERVICES BEING REVIEWED * X X X X

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS REVIEWING SEVERAL ASPECTS OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY CHILD CARE CENTRES, INCLUDING CRECHES FOR CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS OLD AND NURSERIES FOR CHILDREN AGED TWO TO SIX, THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT, MR CHAMBERS SAID A RECENT STUDY OF ALL 19 DAY CRECHES IN THE TERRITORY REVEALED THAT A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF THOSE ENROLLED OR WAIT-LISTED DID NOT MEET THE INCOME AND SOCIAL NEED CRITERIA.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD ALSO EXAMINED THE POLICY ON THE PROVISION OF DAY CRECHES, THE EXPANSION OF WHICH HAD BEEN SUSPENDED SINCE 1979 ON THE ADVICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. HE ADDED THAT THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE CONSULTED AGAIN ON THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SERVICE.

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TURNING TO THE CONTROL OF CHILD CARE CENTRES. MR CHAMBERS SAIDi + A RECENT REVIEW HAS RECOMMENDED CERTAIN CHANGES TO IMPROVE THE INSPECTION ARRANGEMENTS, AND MORE DETAILED GUIDANCE IS BEING ISSUED TO STAFF ON THEIR ENFORCEMENT OF THE CHILD CARE CENTRE ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS.+

HE SAID THAT THE PLANNING AND PROVISION OF CHILD CARE CENTRES WERE BEING DISCUSSED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FIVE YEAR PLAN REVIEW FOR SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT NOW IN PROGRESS.

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EFFORTS TO HELP STREET-SLEEPERS TO BE STEPPED UP

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL STEP UP EFFORTS THIS VFad TO HELP STREET-SLEEPERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO WERE Fl T)FRl V YE R a LED, SUSPECTED TO BE ON DRUGS OR MENTALLY ILL WITH A VIEW rehoM!""8 the" to 4CCE,,t WELF4RE 0" heoical seJvices or

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HFAI TM Ann wn r«or tut ION JOHN CHAMBERS, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN REPLY1 TO A^UESTIOnVI^f K)N PAULINE NG CONCERNING WELFARE FOR STREET SLEEPERS THE

ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS THEY CAUSED. SLEEPERS AND THE

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS Al SO Pl anmimo ta DEVELOP SOME DAY RELIEF CENTRES (POSSIBLY WITH SOME TEMPoSarJ □ Acrc^noLACES), TO BE OPERATED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO PROVIDE BASES FOR ASSISTING AND COUNSELLING STREET SLEEPERS. ’ PR0V,DE -r .r- +,N ADDITION, a grant FROM A TRUST FUND UNDER THF OONTRAi nr THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION INCORPORATFD Wilt fmari c THE MISSIONARIES OF CHARITY TO DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF aJcoJmoda!^ THEY PROVIDE IN THE SHAM SHUI PO CAMP, AND THE STREET SLE^pJJI HEESA?D S0C,ETY WILL SH0RTLY BE OPENING A NEW SHELTER IN WAN CHAI,*

EFFORTSEI NETMFTM?lp?J?cATn°MwwNi!,NG T° ENc0URAGE COMMUNITY YE« Or sVtIr“foJ IS hJSeJesS. HE 0CCASI0H 0F THE

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MR CHAMBERS POINTED OUT THAT WHILE THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT PROVIDED COUNSELLING, REHOUSING AND OTHER WELFARE SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO WERE GENUINELY HOMELESS, OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONDUCTED REGULAR CLEARANCE OPERATIONS WITH THE COORDINATION OF THE LOCAL DISTRICT OFFICES, TO DETER STREET-SLEEPING AND CURB NUISANCES.

♦DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS, 48 CLEARANCE OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED IN A NUMBER OF DISTRICTS,* HE ADDED.

HE SAID THAT HE WOULD DISCUSS WITH THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED HOW BETTER COORDINATION COULD BE ACHIEVED.

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CONTROLLED OUTLETS FOR GAMBLING ALLOWED X X X X X

IT IS GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO RESTRICT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GAMBLING BUT TO ALLOW CONTROLLED OUTLETS FOR GAMBLING ACTIVITIES

ARE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING T0 A QUESTION BY THE HON RICHARD LAI, MR THOMAS SAID UNDER THE EXISTING LAW (GAMBLING ORDINANCE CAP. 14$), ALL GAMBLING WAS UNLAWFUL WITH LIMITED EXCEPTIONS AND HEAVY PENAkfIES WERE TOOKSPLACER 0PERAT,NS ESTABLISHMENTS IN WHICH UNLAWFUL GAMBLING

HE SAIDj +SECTION 3(4) OF THE GAMBLING ORDINANCE LIMITS THE EXTENT TO WHICH A PRIVATE CLUB OR ASSOCIATION, IN CONDUCTING GAMES OF MAHJONG BY WAY OF TRADE OR BUSINESS, MAY CHARGE THEIR MEMBERS FOR THE HIRE OF MAHJONG TILES. THIS LIMIT IS PRESENTLY FIXED AT #20 PER DAY.

♦THUS, FRIENDLY ASSOCIATIONS AND PRIVATE CLUBS, EVEN IF REGISTERED, WHICH CHARGE THEIR MEMBERS MORE THAN #20 PER DAY FOR THE HIRE OF THE MAHJONG TILES WILL BE DEEMED TO BE GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTS AND PEOPLE WHO PLAY MAHJONG THERE ARE LIABLE TO BE PROSECUTED,*

MR THOMAS STRESSED THAT THE POLICE DIRECTED THEIR EFFORTS PRINCIPALLY AT THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH EXISTED PRIMARILY OR SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF GAMBLING.

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+THESE PROVISIONS HAVE BEEN IN FORCE IN THEIR PRESENT FORM FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS AND THE OPERATORS AND MANAGERS OF FRIENDLY ASSOCIATIONS AND PRIVATE CLUBS CAN REASONABLY BE EXPECTED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THE LAW,+ HE SAID.

MR THOMAS ADDED THAT HE WOULD ASK THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION TO LOOK INTO THE QUESTION OF PUBLICITY TO INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THESE PROVISIONS IN THE COURSE OF HIS GENERAL REVIEW OF THE GAMBLING ORDINANCE, WHICH WAS ALREADY UNDERWAY.

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LRT EXTENSIONS BEING STUDIED IN STAGES X X X X X

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION (KCRC) IS OBLIGED TO HAVE REGARD TO THE REASONABLE REQUIREMENTS OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OF HONG KONG AND TO OPERATE ON PRUDENT COMMERCIAL PRINCIPLES. THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON HARNAM GREWAL, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON TAI CHIN-WAH, MR GREWAL SAID THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) EXTENSIONS STUDY, COMMISSIONED AND FINANCED BY THE KCRC, WAS BEING CARRIED OUT IN TWO STAGES.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE PURPOSE OF STAGE 1 WAS TO EXAMINE EACH ALTERNATIVE ROUTE IN SUFFICIENT DETAIL TO ENABLE THEM TO BE RANKED AND SHORTLISTED SO THAT THOSE WHICH WARRANTED FURTHER MORE DETAILED EVALUATION IN STAGE 2 OF THE STUDY COULD BE IDENTIFIED.

+THE STAGE 1 STUDY HAS IDENTIFIED AND EXAMINED FOUR POSSIBLE LINKS CONNECTING THE LRT WITH THE URBAN AREA AND EASTERN NEW TERRITORIES. THEY ARE THE TUEN MUN TO TSUEN WAN LINK, AND LINKS FROM YUEN LONG TO TSUEN WAN, TAI PO (I.E. TAI PO NORTH) AND SHEUNG SHUI RESPECTIVELY,+ HE ADDED.

MR GREWAL SAID THAT HAVING CONSIDERED THE CONSULTANTS’ INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF THE FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF THE FOUR ALTERNATIVE ALIGNMENTS AND PATTERN OF TRAVEL DEMAND IN AND FROM THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES, THE KCRC HAD ASKED THE CONSULTANTS TO EXAMINE THE YUEN LONG TO TSUEN WAN AND YUEN LONG TO TAI PO OPTIONS IN GREATER DETAIL.

+THE SEARCH FOR A VIABLE LRT EXTENSION TO TSUEN WAN IS BEING CONDUCTED IN THE LIGHT OF THESE CONSIDERATIONS, AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CORPORATION WILL DECIDE WHAT THE PREFERRED ROUTE IS IN MARCH THIS YEAR BEFORE MAKING ANY RECOMMENDATIONS TO GOVERNMENT,+ HE ADDED.

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SUMMONSES AGAINST GAMES CENTRES DECREASING *****

A TOTAL OF 3 330 SUMMONSES WERE ISSUED LAST YEAR FOR BREACHES OF LICENCE CONDITIONS, MAINLY FOR OPERATING UNAPPROVED GAMES AND MACHINES AND FOR ADMITTING UNDERAGED PERSONS TO ADULT CENTRES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM, MR FORD SAID THAT THIS REPRESENTED A DROP OF NEARLY 1 000 SUMMONSES COMPARED TO THE 4 362 IN 1985.

+1 AM ADVISED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE THAT AMUSEMENT GAMES CENTRES ARE NOT MORE PRONE TO CRIME THAN OTHER PLACES WHERE THE PUBLIC CONGREGATE,* HE SAID.

IN 1986, HE ADDED, 143 CASES OF VIOLENT CRIMES WERE REPORTED TO HAVE OCCURRED IN SOME 680 AMUSEMENT GAME CENTRES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, WITH THE THREE MOST COMMON OFFENCES BEING SERIOUS ASSAULTS, ROBBERIES AND CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.

MR FORD SAID THAT STATISTICS ON CRIMES WHICH OCCURRED IN AMUSEMENT GAME CENTRES WERE NOT KEPT SEPARATELY IN 1985.

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CENSUS COVERS LEGAL IMMIGRANTS *****

LEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE COVERED IN THE CENSUS AND THE NUMBERS OF ONE-WAY PERMIT HOLDERS LIKELY TO ARRIVE FROM CHINA EACH YEAR ARE INCLUDED IN POPULATION PROJECTIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY. THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY/•

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SELINA CHOW, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THESE PROJECTIONS PROVIDED A FRAMEWORK BY AGE AND SEX FOR USE IN PLANNING PUBLIC SERVICES.

HE SAID THAT 27 111 ONE-WAY PERMIT HOLDERS FROM CHINA HAD BEEN ALLOWED TO STAY DURING LAST YEAR. THE FIGURES FOR 1985 AND 1984 WERE 27 202 AND 27 755 RESPECTIVELY.

♦THE NUMBERS ACCORD WITH THE LEVEL OF ADMISSIONS AGREED WITH CHINA AND ARE LIKELY TO REMAIN AT THIS LEVEL IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE,* MR JEAFFRESON ADDED.

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IN PREPARATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ANNUAL BUDGET, NOT ONLY THE POSITION OF INDIVIDUAL TAXPAYERS BUT THE OVERALL STRUCTURE OF THE TAXATION SYSTEM AND THE BUDGETARY SITUATION ARE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO QUESTIONS BY THE HON SZETO WAH, WHO ASKED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSIDERING SOME FORMS OF TAX CONCESSIONS IN VIEW OF THE IMPROVED FINANCIAL POSITION, MR JACOBS SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD OF COURSE CONSIDER ALL ASPECTS OF TAXATION, INCLUDING THE ISSUES RAISED BY MR SZETO.

+1 CAN SAY NO MORE UNTIL I DELIVER MY BUDGET IN THIS COUNCIL,* HE SAID.

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DB’S TO BE CONSULTED ON HOUSING REVIEW *****

DISTRICT BOARDS AND OTHER INTERESTED BODIES WOULD BE CONSULTED ON THE RESULTS OF A COMPREHENSIVE HOUSING STRATEGY REVIEW CURRENTLY UNDERWAY, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON CONRAD LAM, MR LIAO SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW WAS TO EXAMINE THE DEMAND FOR, AND SUPPLY OF, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING UP TO THE YEAR 2001, AND TO DEVISE A STRATEGY TO SATISFY THE IDENTIFIED HOUSING DEMANDS IN THE MOST EFFECTIVE MANNER.

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SELECTIVE TRAINING PROVIDED FOR ATHLETES * * * * *

ATHLETES WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED OUTSTANDING POTENTIAL OR ABILITY IN THEIR CHOSEN SPORT WERE PROVIDED WITH SELECTIVE TRAINING through long-term training and development programmes of the GOVERNING BODIES OF SPORT, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION THE HON DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LIU LIT-FOR IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR LIAO SAID FUNDS TO FINANCE THESE PROGRAMMES WERE PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT ON THE ADVICE OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT.

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♦IN 1986-87, A TOTAL OF «1O MILLION HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT FOR THIS PURPOSE,+ HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE COUNCIL WAS CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN SETTING UP A SPORTS AID FOUNDATION TO PROVIDE DIRECT ASSISTANCE TO YOUNG ATHLETES WHO HAD THE POTENTIAL TO ATTAIN LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN THEIR CHOSEN SPORTS, HE ADDED.

♦SUCH ASSISTANCE WOULD BE GIVEN TO ELIGIBLE ATHLETES IN THE FORM OF FINANCIAL SUBSIDIES TO COVER ANY LOSS OF EARNING INCURRED DURING ABSENCE FROM EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER NECESSARY EXPENSES INCURRED DURING THE TRAINING OR COMPETITION PERIOD.+

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16 BUS ROUTES, 3 FERRY SERVICES CANCELLED *****

A TOTAL OF 16 FRANCHISED BUS ROUTES AND THREE FRANCHISED CROSS-HARBOUR FERRY SERVICES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR FINANCIAL REASONS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON HARNAM GREWAL, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON LEE YU-TAI, MR GREWAL SAID THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD ALSO APPROVED THE CANCELLATION OF A FURTHER THREE PASSENGER FERRY SERVICES OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

HOWEVER, HE STRESSED THAT NO CANCELLATIONS WERE MADE LIGHTLY OR BEFORE THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WAS FULLY CONVINCED THAT SATISFACTORY ALTERNATIVES DID EXIST, OR WOULD BE CREATED, TO SERVE ANY PASSENGERS DISPLACED.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, +ROUTES ARE ONLY CANCELLED FOLLOWING AND NOT IN ANTICIPATION OF REDUCTIONS IN PASSENGER DEMAND FOR THE SERVICE CONCERNED.+

BEFORE ANY SUCH DECISION WAS TAKEN, HE SAID, IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S NORMAL PRACTICE TO CONSULT THE DISTRICT BOARDS CONCERNED.

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he ensured that those loss-making services which were HIGHLY SOCIALLY DESIRABLE AND COULD BE HARDLY REPLACED BY OTHER ALTERNATIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT WOULD BE MAINTAINED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

GIVING A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE CANCELLATIONS, MR GREWAL SAID FOR THE BUS ROUTES, NINE WERE OPEARATED BY THE CMB, FOUR BY THE KMB AND THREE JOINTLY BY THE TWO COMPANIES.

THESE ROUTES WERE CANCELLED BECAUSE OF REDUCED DEMAND AND INSUFFICIENT PATRONAGE IN LIGHT OF COMPETITION FROM THE MTR, KCRC AND GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES.

AS REGARD FRANCHISED FERRY SERVICES, HE SAID THE THREE HYF’S CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTES WHICH HAD BEEN CANCELLED FOLLOWING A RATIONALISATION PLAN TO MAINTAIN THE VIABILITY OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES TO THE OUTLYING ISLANDS WERE ONE FOR VEHICLES AND TWO FOR PASSENGERS.

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TRAFFIC OFFENDERS MAY PLEAD GUILTY BY LETTER

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t.iat Tur.LEG SLAT ,VE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) APPROVED A RESOLUTION THAT AMENDS THE MAGISTRATES ORDINANCE SO THAT AN OFFENDER AGAINST THE ROAD TRAFFIC (VILLAGE VEHICLES) REGULATIONS 1986 MAY PLEAD APPEARING I[nTCOURTDDRESSED T0 THE MAG,STRATE rATHER THAN DO SO BY uAOM*M0yir^*1THEo?^°!;LJT,ON' THE secretary for transport, the hon HARNAM GREWAL, SAID THE PURPOSE WAS TO AMEND THE THIRD SCHEDULE TO THE ORDINANCE. iu

HE SAID THE AMENDMENT WOULD COME INTO EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 2 THe SAME EFFECTIVE DATE AS THAT FOR THE ROAD TRAFFIC (VILLAGE ' ™ Hin.LvS2 ,RE^LAT!0NS’ WHICH WERE MADE BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL ON JULY 8 LAST YEAR.

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SCOTT APPOINTED GOVERNOR OF CAYMAN ISLANDS KOK*

THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT IS ISSUED SIMULTANEOUSLY IN HONG KONG AND LONDON AT 8.30 PM TODAY ( HK TIME)»

HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN HAS BEEN PLEASED TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF MR A.J. SCOTT, CVO, CBE TO BE GOVERNOR OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS IN SUCCESSION TO MR G.P. LLOYD, CMG, CVO, WHO WILL BE LEAVING GRAND CAYMAN ON EXPIRY OF HIS TERM OF OFFICE.*

COMMENTING ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS GOVERNOR OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS, THE DEPUTY CHIEF SECRETARY, MR ALAN SCOTT SAID:

IT IS A GREAT HONOUR TO ACCEPT HER MAJESTY’S APPOINTMENT AS GOVERNOR OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. OF COURSE, MY WIFE AND I WILL LEAVE HONG KONG WITH GREAT REGRET, FOR WE HAVE BOTH FOUND MANY INTERESTS TO PURSUE HERE, AS WELL AS WORK; AND HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE IN MANY LASTING FRIENDSHIPS.

♦FIFTEEN YEARS WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAVE BEEN CHALLENGING AND REWARDING, FALLING AS THEY HAVE IN A VERY SIGNIFICANT PERIOD IN HONG KONG’S MODERN HISTORY.

PERHAPS OF ALL MY JOBS, THREE YEARS AS SECRETARY FOR HOUSING WERE THE MOST DEMANDING AND EXCITING — WORKING IN A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING WITH SO MANY COMPETENT AND DEVOTED PEOPLE, CIVIL SERVANTS AND UNOFFICIALS TOGETHER.

+MY PRINCIPAL WORK CONTINUES ON THE PREPARATION OF THE 1987 REVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, AND MY COLLEAGUES AND I ARE GIVING OUR FULL ATTENTION TO THIS IMPORTANT

TASK.*

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DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT MR JOHN CHAN, LVO, OBE, JP, THE PRESENT DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, WILL TAKE OVER FROM MR ALAN SCOTT, CVO, CBE, JP WHEN HE LEAVES IN EARLY APRIL TO TAKE UP HIS APPOINTMENT AS GOVERNOR OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS.

MR CHAN WILL VACATE HIS PRESENT POST ON FEBRUARY 2, 1987 AND BE ON ATTACHMENT TO THE DEPUTY CHIEF SECRETARY’S OFFICE TO FAMILIARISE HIMSELF WITH HIS NEW DUTIES.

MRS IRENE YAU, WHO IS CURRENTLY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, WILL SUCCEED MR CHAN AS DIRECTOR.

SHE WILL BE REPLACED BY MR KEVIN MAK WHO IS NOW DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON).

FOLLOWING ARE BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THESE OFFICERS:

MR ALAN J. SCOTT, CVO, CBE, JP

AGED 53. MR SCOTT JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS A SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN SEPTEMBER 1971. HE SERVED INITIALLY AS ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY AND BECAME SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER 1973.

HE BECAME SECRETARY FOR HOUSING IN 1977; WAS SECRETARY FOR INFORMATION FROM JULY 1980 TO JANUARY 1982, WHEN HE BECAME SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT.

HE HAS HELD HIS PRESENT POST OF DEPUTY CHIEF SECRETARY SINCE APRIL 1985.

MR JOHN CHAN CHO-CHAK, LVO, OBE, JP

AGED 43. MR CHAN JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER II IN JULY 1964. HE BECAME AN ASSISTANT TRADE OFFICER TWO MONTHS LATER AND STAYED IN THE FORMER COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT UNTIL JANUARY 1970 WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.

HE THEN HELD VARIOUS POSTS IN THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH, THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH.

FOLLOWING A SHORT BREAK IN HIS SERVICE, HE RETURNED TO SERVE AS A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY IN THE SECURITY BRANCH AND THE CIVIL SERVICE BRANCH, AND AS A DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN THE TRADE DEPARTMENT.

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HE WAS DEPUTY SECRETARY (GENERAL DUTIES) FROM FEBRUARY 1984 TO JANUARY 1986 WHEN HE TOOK UP HIS PRESENT POST OF DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS CURRENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE Bl IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

MRS IRENE YAU LEE CHE-YUN

AGED 44. MRS YAU JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE IN JULY 1964 AS A HOUSING ASSISTANT, SHE TRANSFERRED TO THE EXECUTIVE GRADE AS AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER II IN JUNE 1965 AND JOINED THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS AN INFORMATION OFFICER IN APRIL 1970.

SHE WAS PROMOTED TO HER PRESENT RANK OP DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION IN JANUARY 1986.

MR KEVIN MAK IU-KWAN, JP

AGED 48. MR MAK JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER II IN AUGUST 1963. HE REMAINED IN THE EXECUTIVE GRADE UNTIL APRIL 1981 WHEN HE WAS APPOINTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C.

SINCE THEN, HE HAS SERVED AS A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY IN THE FORMER SOCIAL SERVICES BRANCH AND AS DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG).

HE HAS HELD HIS PRESENT POST OF DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON) SINCE APRIL 1986.

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'INTERESTING AND EXCITING' NEW JOB — CHAN

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THE DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MR JOHN CHAN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) HE WAS +VERY PLEASED AND VERY HONOURED* BY HIS APPOINTMENT TO TAKE OVER FROM MR ALAN SCOTT, AND WOULD BE TRYING HIS VERY BEST TO MAKE A GOOD JOB OF IT.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS ON HIS NEW APPOINTMENT, MR CHAN DESCRIBED THE JOB AS +INTERESTING AND EXCITING* AND SAID THAT IT WOULD BE A MAJOR CHALLENGE FOR HIM.

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HE SAID THE 1987 REVIEW WOULD BE AMONG HlS NEW DUTIES.

COMMENTING ON THE TITLE OF THE POST HE IS TO TAKE UP, MR CHAN SAID THERE WAS THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE EXISTING TITLE MIGHT BE CHANGED IN EARLY APRIL WHEN HE TOOK UP THE POST, BUT A DECISION HAD NOT YET BEEN MADE.

ASKED ABOUT MR SCOTT'S DUTIES WHICH HE IS TO UNDERSTUDY, MR CHAN SAID THESE DUTIES AT PRESENT INCLUDED WORK ON THE 1987 REVIEW, AND ASSISTING THE CHIEF SECRETARY IN CO-ORDINATING POLICY MATTERS WHICH INVOLVED MORE THAN ONE BRANCH.

ON

ON THE REASON BEHIND HIS APPOINTMENT TO THE NEW JOB, MR CHAN SAID: +I’M VERY GRATEFUL TO WHOEVER MADE THAT DECISION, AND I SHALL BE TRYING MY BEST TO ENSURE THAT MY WORK PERFORMANCE

WOULD NOT DISAPPOINT THEM.*

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES, MRS IRENE YAU, SAID SHE WAS HONOURED TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS DIRECTOR AND SHE LOOKED FORWARD TO THE CHALLENGES AHEAD.

SHE SAID THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT WOULD HAVE AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN KEEPING THE PUBLIC INFORMED THROUGH THE MEDIA, AS WELL AS REFLECTING VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THE government.

MEDIA TO THE

+1 WILL REPORTING OF

CERTAINLY DO MY BEST TO ASSIST THE MEDIA IN THEIR GOVERNMENT WORK AND POLICIES,* SHE SAID.

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NO DECISION YET ON ABOLITION OF TITLE X X X X *

THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, SAID THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING THAT IT WAS NOT YET DECIDED WHETHER THE TITLE OF DEPUTY CHIEF SECRETARY WOULD BE ABOLISHED AFTER MR ALAN SCOTT LEFT THE POST.

IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS FROM REPORTERS, MR FORD SAID: +WHETHER WE WILL STILL KEEP THE SAME TITLE IS A MATTER FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION, BUT BASICALLY THERE IS THE SAME RANGE OF DUTIES. THERE MAY BE SOME AMENDMENTS IN THE DUTIES, BUT LARGELY THE SAME RANGE OF DUTIES WILL REMAIN.*

ASKED WHEN THE DECISION WILL BE MADE WHETHER TO CHANGE THE TITLE OF THE POST, HE SAID: +1 THINK WE HAVE UNTIL THE TIME MR SCOTT LEAVES TO DECIDE THAT.*

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ACTING GOVERNOR TO GIVE SIR DAVID GENERAL BRIEFING

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THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT WHILE IN LONDON NEXT MONTH HE WOULD BRING THE NEW GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST SITUATION IN HONG KONG AND ON MAJOR EVENTS IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OPENING THE TANG SHIU KIN SCOUT AND GUIDE CENTRE IN KWAI CHUNG, SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT HE HAD BEEN ACTING GOVERNOR FOR NEARLY TWO MONTHS.

♦ SO IT’LL BE A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO BRING SIR DAVID UP TO DATE WITH WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON IN HONG KONG, HOW MUCH WE’VE BEEN DOING, WHAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IN LEGCO AND SO ON, AND WHAT W^’VE GOT TO DO IN THE YEAR AHEAD AND TO GIVE HIM JUST A general background briefing.*

SIR DAVID SAID THERE WAS NO SPECIFIC PROBLEM HE WOULD RAISE WITH THE NEW GOVERNOR.

+ BUT THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS GOING ON IN HONG KONG, THERE ARE LOTS OF PIECES OF LEGISLATION WHICH ARE GOING THROUGH LEGCO AT THE MOMENT AND ARE GOING TO COME THROUGH LEGCO AND THERE IS THE GREEN PAPER, THE TIMING OF THE ISSUE OF THE GREEN PAPER AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS GENERALLY.*

SIR DAVID ADDED THAT HE WOULD ALSO BRIEF THE NEW GOVERNOR ON HOW LEGCO MEMBERS FELT ABOUT THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE PROBLEM.

ASKED WHETHER AN ASSESSMENT OFFICE WOULD BE SET UP TO GAUGE PUBLIC OPINION ON THE GREEN PAPER, SIR DAVID SAID NO DECISION HAD YET BEEN MADE ON HOW TO COLLATE OPINIONS ON THE GREEN PAPER, +BUT WE’LL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT FAIRLY SOON.*

ON THE POSSIBILITY OF CREATING A DEPUTY GOVERNOR POST, SIR DAVID SAID® +1 LEAVE THAT TO SIR DAVID WILSON TO DECIDE ON THE ARRANGEMENTS HE WANTS FOR HIS ADMINISTRATION WHEN HE GETS HERE.*

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1987

BUSINESS COMMUNITY NEEDS ABLE GRADUATES *****

THE BUSINESS SECTOR MUST CONTINUE TO GET A FAIR SHARE OF THE MOST ABLE GRADUATES OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES TO ENSURE HONG KONG’S CONTINUED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SUCCESS, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

OPENING THE BUSINESS INFORMATION DAY ORGANISED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STUDENTS IN ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (AIESEC) - HONG KONG, HELD AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, MR CHAU SAID THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, LIKE ANY OTHER COMMUNITY, NEEDED TO RENEW ITSELF IF IT WAS TO CONTINUE TO GROW AND PROSPER.

HE SAID THAT ON THE ONE HAND IT WAS FOR THE UNIVERSITIES TO PRODUCE GRADUATES WITH THE RIGHT QUALIFICATIONS AND OF THE RIGHT CALIBRE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE BUSINESS SECTOR.

♦ON THE OTHER HAND, THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY MUST BE ABLE TO OFFER NOT JUST JOBS FOR FRESH GRADUATES, BUT ALSO INTERESTING, CHALLENGING AND REWARDING LONG-TERM CAREER PROSPECTS IN ORDER TO ATTRACT THE BRIGHTEST AND THE BEST AMONG OUR UNIVERSITY GRADUATES,+ HE ADDED.

MR CHAU SAID THE BUSINESS INFORMATION DAY SERVED A USEFUL AND IMPORTANT FUNCTION BY BRINGING TOGETHER THE BUSINESS WORLD AND THE STUDENTS OF HONG KONG’S TWO UNIVERSITIES.

+IT ENCOURAGES UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES OPEN TO THEM IN THE WORLD OF COMMERCE AND ABOUT THE IMPORTANT PART THEY CAN PLAY IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,* HE ADDED.

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$100 +LAI SEE* FOR 6 200 ELDERLY

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ABOUT 6 200 RESIDENTS OF 58 HOSTELS AND HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) EACH RECEIVED $100 NEW YEAR +LAI SEE* FROM THE SHANGHAI FRATERNITY ASSOCIATION.

THE MONEY HAD BEEN ALLOCATED FOR DISTRIBUTION BY THE ASSOCIATION’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

THE DISTRIBUTION BEGAN AT THE HONG KONG AND MACAU LUTHERAN CHURCH, WAI KEI HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY IN AP LEI CHAU WHERE ABOUT 100 RESIDENTS RECEIVED THEIR RED PACKETS THIS MORNING.

/SPEAKING AS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 198?

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SPEAKING AS THE DISTRIBUTION BEGAN, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS EVELYN DOE, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS CONCERN FOR THE ELDERLY AND SAID THAT IT HAD SET AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE FOR OTHER INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL GROUPS.

THOSE TAKING PART IN THE DISTRIBUTION INCLUDED MRS WONG CHI-WAI, WIFE OF THE ASSOCIATION’S CHAIRMAN, AND MR SUEN LIT-FAI, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION.

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ELDERLY IN SAI KUNG RECEIVE +LAI SEE+

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ABOUT 800 ELDERLY PEOPLE IN SAI KUNG, HANG HAU AND RENNIE’S MILL WILL RECEIVE +LAI SEE+ PACKETS FROM THE FAT CHOY SPECIAL AID FUND STARTING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) UNTIL FRIDAY.

THIS MORNING, 263 ELDERLIES HAPPILY RECEIVED RED PACKETS FROM STAFF OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AT A BRIEF CEREMONY HELD IN THE SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID OTHER ELDERLY PEOPLE WOULD RECEIVE RED PACKETS IN THE HANG HAU RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE, THE YEUNG CHUN HOUSE IN RENNIE’S MILL AND SEVERAL HOMES FOR THE AGED OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS.

THE FAT CHOY SPECIAL AID IS AN ANNUAL DRIVE BY THE SING TAO NEWSPAPER LIMITED TO HELP NEEDY INDIVIDUALS TO HAVE A HAPPIER LUNAR NEW YEAR.

A SUM OF $40 000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FOR THIS YEAR’S RED PACKETS DISTRIBUTION IN SAI KUNG.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1987

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SCOUTING, GUIDING HAVE IMPORTANT ROLE

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BOTH SCOUTING AND GUIDING WILL CONTINUE TO IMBUE HONG KONG’S YOUNG WITH THEIR SPIRIT AND MOTIVATION TOWARDS GOOD CITIZENSHIP AND SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY, THE ACTING GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE TANG SHIU KIN SCOUT AND GUIDE CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN, SIR DAVID SAID HE WISHED THE WHOLE COMMUNITY OF KWAI CHUNG, YOUNG AND OLD WOULD MAKE FULL USE OF THE ADAPTABLE BUILDING WHICH HOUSES THE NEW TERRITORIES REGION HEADQUARTERS OF THE SCOUT AND GIRL GUIDE ASSOCIATION.

SIR DAIVD ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE LATE SIR SHIU-KIN TANG.

+IT IS A GREAT SADNESS THAT SIR SHIU-KIN TANG, WHO HAD BEEN AN ARDENT SUPPORTER OF BOTH ASSOCIATIONS SINCE THEIR INTRODUCTION TO HONG KONG IN THE EARLY PART OF THIS CENTURY, IS NOT WITH US TODAY,+ HE SAID.

+ INDEED WE HAD HOPED THAT HE HIMSELF WOULD PERFORM THIS CEREMONY, HAVING TOPPED OUT THE BUILDING IN DECEMBER 1984.+

THE TANG SHIU KIN SCOUT AND GUIDE CENTRE WAS BUILT WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND MANY GENEROUS DONORS.

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SOUTHERN SEMINAR ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT

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A SEMINAR ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG WILL BE HELD AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW (JANUARY 22) IN THE WAH FU COMMUNITY HALL FOR RESIDENTS OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

ABOUT 100 RESIDENTS FROM LOCAL AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE THREE-HOUR SEMINAR.

SPONSORED BY THE COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, IT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WAH FU AND THE POK FU LAM CIVIC EDUCATION TEAMS IN SUPPORT OF THE DISTRICT’S CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

/THE PROGRAMME

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1987

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THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES A 30-MINUTE TALK BY GUEST SPEAKERS, LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBER, MR ANDREW WONG, AND MISS EMILY LAU OF THE FAR EASTERN ECONOMIC REVIEW. THIS IS FOLLOWED BY AN OPEN FORUM CONVENED BY SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR JASPER LAM, AND GROUP DISCUSSIONS LED BY DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR SIMON LORD, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS OLIVIA NIP, WILL BRIEFLY INTRODUCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT BEFORE GUEST SPEAKERS SPEAK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR TO BE HELD AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW IN THE WAH FU COMMUNITY HALL, WAH FU ESTATE.

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SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY

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THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO PERFORM THE SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY OF THE SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR LIGHTING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) EVENING.

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The FESTIVE LIGHTING COSTING AROUND $200 000 HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN FESTIVE LIGHTING ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY TOMORROW AT 6.30 PM AT THE SAND MARTIN BRIDGE NEAR THE SHA TIN RURAL COMMITTEE ROAD.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1987

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CAUSEWAY BAY *****

TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN TAI HANG, CAUSEWAY BAY, FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 24):

* ORMSBY STREET BETWEEN KING STREET AND SHEPHERD STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

* ORMSBY STREET BETWEEN SHEPHERD STREET AND SUN CHUN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

* WARREN STREET BETWEEN SECOND LANE AND SHEPHERD STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

* BROWN STREET BETWEEN TUNG LO WAN ROAD AND SUN CHUN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

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NORTH POINT URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION

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GREIG ROAD IN NORTH POINT FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE MADE A PEAK-HOUR (7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 24).

WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAY, NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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ROAD RE-ROUTED FOR SLOPE REPAIR WORK

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FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JANUARY 23), KENG HAU ROAD IN SHA TIN WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY DOWNHILL BECAUSE OF SLOPE REPAIR WORK.

MOTORISTS WISHING TO GAIN ACCESS TO KENG HAU ROAD SHOULD ENTER THE ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI PO ROAD. THOSE WISHING CHE^KUN °^UFRR^DTHE R°AD SH0ULD make USE OF ITS JUNCTION WITH

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

APPOINTi'ANT OF LAB MEMBERS ANNOUNCED ...................... 1

SHA TUT LUNAR NEU YEAR LIGHTS SNITCHED ON................... 2

COUNCILLORS LAUNCH URBAN CLEAN-UP........................... 2

CLEAN-UP BEGINS IN YAU JIA TEI.............................. 3

SULKE TO VISIT CHAMPION SCHOOLS ............................ 4

IMPROVING LIFE I'W LEI YUE MUN RESIDENTS ................... 5

LB MEMBERS INSPECT BUILDING DEWVEl-iLlT WORKS .............. 5

LAST PUBLIC FUNCTION FOR TAIT CHIEF......................... 7

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS COMPLETE AFTERCARE COURSE.............

WESTERN DISTRICT TRAFFIC TO BE DISCUSSED ................... 8

DB MEMBERS SEE SOCIAL FACILITIES............................ 8

YUEN LONG COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FLOODING PROBLEMS............ 9

LUNAR NEW YEAR STATUTORY HOLIDAY REMINDER................... 9

mi TSHTG FESTIVAL DRAWS TO CLOSE............................ 10

SAI KUNG GETS READY FOR FESTIVAL............................ 10

SPECIAL TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS FOR FIREWORKS DISPLAY........ 11

ADVICE ON LODGING METER COMPLAINTS ......................... 16

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN CENTRAL.................................. 17

RQ.J) CLOSURE IN KWUN TONG, TUEN MUN........................ 17

SHEUNG SHUI TRAFFIC ARRAN031ENTS............................ 18

ABERDEEN PRAYA ROAD SPEED LIMIT REVISED..................... 18

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 1987

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APPOINTMENT OF LAB MEMBERS ANNOUNCED * M- * * *

THE following MEMBERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD FOR TWO YEARS BEGINNING JANUARY 1987:

CHAIRMAN (EX OFFICIO)t

THE COMMISSIONER OR THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

MEMBERS!

(ELECTED BY REGISTERED EMPLOYEES’ TRADE UNIONS ON OCTOBER 24, 1986)

MR CHENG YIU-TONG

MR WONG WAI-HUNG

MISS LI FUNG-YING

MR CHAN YAN-CHE

(NOMINATED BY THEIR RESPECTIVE ORGANISATIONS)

MR J.A. CHEETHAM, EMPLOYERS, FEDERATION OF HONG KONG

MR A.E. GAZELEY, HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

MR TANG YING-YEN, HENRY, FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES DR LUI MING-WAH, CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION (APPOINTED IN INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY)

MR CHEUNG WOOD-LUN

MR CHEUNG SAI-LAM

MR CHAN SUI-KAU

MR HO SAI-CHU

OF THE 12 MEMBERS, SIX ARE NEW MEMBERS. THEY ARE MR CHEUNG SAI-LAM, MR HO SAI-CHU, AND THE FOUR EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED BY REGISTERED EMPLOYEES’ TRADE UNIONS.

THE NEW BOARD WILL HAVE ITS FIRST MEETING AT 10.30 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AND MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE TERMS OF REFERENCE AND COMPOSITION OF THE LAB AND ITS COMMITTEES, INCLUDING THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE, COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, COMMITTEE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL LABOUR STANDARDS, COMMITTEE ON LABOUR RELATIONS AND COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER A PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS FOR THE LAB AND ITS COMMITTEES FOR THIS YEAR.

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SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR LIGHTS SWITCHED ON *****

SHA TIN HAS UNDERGONE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS TRANSFORMING THE SMALL VILLAGE TOWN WITH BEAUTIFUL SCENIC SPOTS INTO A COMPREHENSIVE MODERN NEW TOWN WITH A POPULATION OF SOME 370 000, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, SAID TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY OF THE SHA TIN LUNAR NEW YEAR LIGHTING, MR LIAO SAID SHA TIN WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

HE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES TO THE COMMUNITY AND RESIDENTS.

+A SOUND COMMUNITY NOT ONLY RELIES ON ITS PHYSICAL PROGRESS BUT A WIDE VARIETY OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IS ALSO ESSENTIAL TO ENRICH THE LIVELIHOOD OF SHA TIN RESIDENTS,+ HE SAID.

THE FESTIVE LIGHTINGS COST ABOUT #200 000 AND THE DESIGNS THIS YEAR CENTRED ON THE THEME OF +WEALTH IN THE HOUSE*.

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COUNCILLORS LAUNCH URBAN CLEAN-UP

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THE URBAN COUNCIL’S YEAR-END CLEAN-UP GOT FULLY UNDERWAY TODAY AND WILL COVER ALL 11 URBAN DISTRICTS BEFORE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

LAUNCHING THE CAMPAIGN IN WESTERN DISTRICT WAS THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR GERRY FORSGATE, WHO JOINED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS IN HELPING TO CLEAR A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT OF JUNK DUMPED BY RESIDENTS.

OTHER COUNCILLORS TOOK PART IN CLEAN-UPS THAT BEGAN IN OTHER DISTRICTS AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO DRUM UP PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR THE DRIVE.

FORMER COUNCIL CHAIRMAN MR HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SHOWED THE WAY IN WAN CHAI AND MR CHOW WAI-KEUNG DID THE SAME IN CENTRAL.

MR WONG MAN-CHIU AND MR LAM CHAK-PIU WERE ON HAND IN KWUN TONG WHILE MR JOSEPH CHAN SET THE EXAMPLE IN SOUTHERN.

/IN WONG ......

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 1987

IN WONG TAI SIN, MISS CECILIA YEUNG AND MISS FOK PUI-YEE LED THE VOLUNTEERS WHILE MR PHILIP KWOK WAS THE STANDARD BEARER IN YAU MA TEI.

FOUR COUNCILLORS TURNED OUT TO SEE THAT THE SHAM S HU I PO DRIVE GOT OFF TO A GOOD START. THEY WERE MR FAN KAM-PING, MR TONG KAM-BIU, MR FREDERICK K.K. FUNG AND MR LEE CHIK-YUET.

MR PAO PING-WING WILL LAUNCH THE CLEAN-UP IN KOWLOON CITY TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AND MR MAN SAI-CHEONG AND MRS CHOW CHEUNG WAI-PING WILL GET THE EASTERN CLEAN-UP UNDERWAY ON SATURDAY (JANUARY 24).

IN ALL CASES, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS JOINED THE COUNCILLORS IN CLEANING UP RUBBISH AT VARIOUS COLLECTION POINTS.

THE DISTRICT CLEAN-UP IN MONG KOK BEGAN LAST SATURDAY.

THE CLEAN-UP DRIVE WILL END NEXT WEDNESDAY (JANUARY 28). UNTIL THEN, 288 JUNK OR REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS IN THE URBAN AREA WILL BE OPEN FOR EXTENDED HOURS SO THAT THE PUBLIC CAN GET RID OF REFUSE OR BULKY ITEMS OF JUNK.

PEOPLE MAY CALL THE LITTER HOTLINE — 5-8105599 — TO FIND OUT THE LOCATION OF THE NEAREST RUBBISH COLLECTION POINT.

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CLEAN-UP BEGINS IN YAU MA TEI * * * * *

A YEAR-END CLEAN-UP BEGAN IN YAU MA TEI TODAY (THURSDAY) WITH 12 TEMPORARY REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS BEING SET UP SO THAT RESIDENTS CAN DISPOSE OF REFUSE AND LARGE ITEMS OF JUNK BEFORE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

THE CLEAN-UP HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AS THE FINAL ACTIVITY IN THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

THE 12 COLLECTION POINTS ARE LOCATED AT MARK