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

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1987

CONTENTS PAGS NO,

HK TAKES PART IN MAJOR UK EXHIBITION ....................... 1

PROVISIONAL REGISTER READY FOR INSPECTION .................. 2

"FIRE LAWS PROTECT" IS CAMPAIGN THEME....................... 3

RED CROSS YOUTH PRAISED FOR DEDICATED SERVICE............... 5

FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY NEEDS BETTER TRAINED WORKERS ............. 6

TSUEN WAN DB MEETING........................................ 7

TRAM EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS EASTERN DEVELOPMENT ............. 7

LOG* SOUGHT FOR KWUN TONG DFCC .............................

KOWLOON CITY HOTLINE TO HELP RESIDENTS......................

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TIN WAN.............................

ROAD BRIDGES BEING BUILT IN YUEN LONG....................... 11

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN CAUSEWAY BAY......................

ROAD CLOSURE IN YAU MA TEI ................................. 12

WATER CUTS IN TUEN MUN, KWAI CHUNG.......................... 12

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1987

HK TAKES PART IN MAJOR UK EXHIBITION

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HONG KONG IS PARTICIPATING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE INTERNATIONAL PLASTICS AND RUBBER EXHIBITION (INTERPLAS 87) TO BE HELD AT BIRMINGHAM’S NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE FROM NOVEMBER 3 TO 7.

INTERPLAS 87 IS THE 14TH IN A SERIES WHICH STARTED IN 1951. IT IS THE LARGEST AND MOST IMPORTANT EXHIBITION OF ITS KIND IN THE ENGLISH SPEAKING WORLD.

THIS YEAR’S EXHIBITION INCORPORATES MORE THAN 1,100 COMPANIES DRAWN FROM 37 COUNTRIES WITH 600 STANDS OCCUPYING A TOTAL EXHIBITION AREA OF 40,000 SQUARE METRES.

ITERPLAS IS A FIRST CLASS "SHOP WINDOW" FOR ALL OF THE PLASTICS AND RUBBER INDUSTRIES WORLD-WIDE, AS WELL AS PROVIDING AN INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH PAD FOR AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF NEW PRODUCTS ANJ TECHNIQUES.

HONG KONG’S STAND AT THE EXHIBITION IS PRESENTED BY THE INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION UNIT OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNME1.T OFFICE IN LONDON. THE STAND GRAPHICS DISPLAYED HIGHLIGHTS HONG KONG AS AN OFF-SHORE MANUFACTURING BASE, GIVING THE REASONS FOR SETTING UP BUSINESS IN HONG KONG.

"WE ARE PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONO ON A GENERAL BASIS, BUT, AS INTERPLAS 87 IS AN INTERNATIONAL PLASTICS AND RUBBER EXHIBITION, WE ARE PLACING MORE EMPHASIS ON OUR PLASTICS INDUSTRY ON THIS OCCASION," SAID THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT FOR INDUSTRY IN LONDON, MR DONALD FLETCHER.

"THE REASONS FOR INVESTING IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES BEING: WE HAVE A CONSISTENT FREE TRADE AND ENTERPRISE POLICY; NO EXCHANGE CONTROLS; PROFITS TAX OF ONLY 18 PER CENT; A FREE PORT WITH SIMPLE IMPORT AND EXPORT PROCEDURES AND A SKILLED AND PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE.

"FURTHERMORE, WE HAVE THE WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST CONTAINER TERMINAL TOGETHER WITH THE BEST COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS IN ASIA, AND, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, WE ARE EXPORTING ONE BILLION POUNDS STERLING OF PLASTIC PRODUCTS A YEAR," MR FLETCHER EXPLAINED.

THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY ACCOUNTED FOR EIGHT PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND 10 PER CENT OF TOTAL INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYMENT IN 1986.

HONG KONG CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING SUPPLIERS OF TOYS, WHICH REPRESENTED THE BULK OF THE INDUSTRY’S OUTPUT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF PLASTIC PRODUCTS DURING THE YEAR WERE VALUED AT NEARLY $13 BILLION. THE INDUSTRY HAS 5,460 ESTABLISHMENTS AND 89,447 WORKERS.

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PROVISIONAL REGISTER READY FOR INSPECTION » t » ♦ ♦

A PROVISIONAL REGISTER OF ELECTORS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 6) AND BE OPEN TO PUBLIC INSPECTION UNTIL NOVEMBER 20.

"ABOUT 183,500 NEWLY REGISTERED ELECTORS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE REGISTER FOLLOWING THE RECENT REGISTRATION DRIVE," SAID THE REGISTRATION OFFICER, MR LAI KWAN-TAT.

"THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL REGISTRATION FIGURE TO 1.6 MILLION AFTER TAKING INTO ACCOUNT ABOUT 30,000 OMISSIONS DUE TO DEATHS, LOSS OF CONTACT ARISING FROM UNREPORTED CHANGES OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AND OTHER FACTORS," HE ADDED.

THE LARGEST INCREASE WAS RECORDED IN THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT WHERE 26,113 NEW ELECTORS WERE REGISTERED, FOLLOWED BY EASTERN DISTRICT WITH 18,344 NEW ENTRIES.

THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION BETWEEN NOVEMBER 6 AND NOVEMBER 20 AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION (RED) AT HARBOUR CENTRE, 10TH FLOOR, 25 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

RELEVANT PARTS OF THE REGISTER WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT RESPECTIVE DISTRICT OFFICES DURING THE SAME PERIOD. ANYONE WHO HAS ANY VALID GROUNDS TO OBJECT TO THE INCLUSION OF CERTAIN NAMES IN THE REGISTER MAY LODGE A NOTICE OF OBJECTION IN PERSON WITH THE RED ON A SPECIFIC FORM THIS MUST BE DONE BY

NOVEMBER 25.

ELIGIBLE PERSONS STILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER AS ELECTORS. APPLICATIONS THAT REACH THE REGISTRATION OFFICER BY NOVEMBER 20 WILL BE PROCESSED FOR INCLUSION IN THE 1987 FINAL REGISTER, MR LAI SAID.

"THIS IS THE LAST CHANCE FOR REGISTRATION IF A PERSON WISHES TO VOTE IN THE NEXT DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS ON MARCH 10, 1988," HE

SAID.

ELECTORS ARE ALSO URGED TO NOTIFY THE REGISTRATION OFFICER OF ANY CHANGE OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT THEY CAN VOTE IN THE CONSTITUENCY OF THEIR NEW ADDRESS.

THESE CHANGES MAY BE INCORPORATED IN THE 1987 FINAL REGISTER IF THEY ARE REPORTED BY DECEMBER 10.

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“FIRE LAWS PROTECT” IS CAMPAIGN THEME ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

TO ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS THAT COULD ARISE FROM CONTRAVENTION OF CERTAIN FIRE SAFETY LAWS, THE THEME “FIRE LAWS PROTECT” HAD BEEN CHOSEN FOR THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES, MR JOHN MARCH, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) AT THE LAUNCHING OF THE 1987-88 FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT DERIVED NO PLEASURE IN TAKING PEOPLE TO COURT BUT IT WOULD NOT HESITATE TO DO SO WHEN HAZARDS POSED AN UNACCEPTABLE THREAT TO FIRE SAFETY.

HE SAID THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE FIRE SERVICES AND OTHER AGENCIES, HAD BEEN ACTIVE IN PROVIDING SUITABLE POSTERS, PAMPHLETS AND OTHER INFORMATIVE RESOURCES TO ENSURE THAT THIS YEAR’S THEME WAS WIDELY DISSEMINATED AND DRIVEN HOME.

WORLDWIDE, OVER THE PAST YEAR, FIRE HAD CONTINUED TO CAUSE PAIN, SUFFERING AND DEATH AS WELL AS WASTEFUL DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, AND REGRETTABLY, HONG KONG WAS NO EXCEPTION, MR MARCH SAID.

HE SAID: “IN THE LATTER PART OF 1986, WE WITNESSED THE MUCH PUBLICISED AND TRAGIC DEATHS OF 13 WORKERS AS A RESULT OF A FIRE IN A FUR FACTORY. SHORTLY AFTERWARDS THERE WERE SERIOUS FIRES IN THE ABERDEEN TYPHOON SHELTER AND CHU KOO CHAI SQUATTER AREA WHICH RESULTED IN 4,000 PEOPLE BEING RENDERED HOMELESS. IN FACT, OVER THE PAST YEAR, 34 PERSONS HAVE DIED FROM FIRE AND OVER 580 HAVE BEEN INJURED, MANY OF THEM DISFIGURED FOR LIFE.”

OF THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS IN FIRE PREVENTION, HE SAID: “THE GOVERNMENT IS VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF FIRE AND ITS RESULTANT TRAGIC EFFECTS. EACH YEAR, FUNDS ARE PROVIDED FOR A FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN AIMED AT EDUCATING AND ENCOURAGING PUBLIC CO-OPERATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FIRE.

"EMPHASIS IS PLACED UPON A PARTICULAR THEME EVERY YEAR TO ENSURE THE MESSAGE IS AS EASY TO UNDERSTAND AS POSSIBLE BY THE PUBLIC."

OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS THE THEMES HAD CONCENTRATED ON THE MEANS OF ESCAPE FROM FIRE, CARELESSNESS AND THE EFFECTS OF SMOKE.

MR MARCH SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS APPEARED TO BE PAYING OFF AS THE INCREASE IN FIRE INCIDENTS WAS NOT AS MARKED AS IT HAD BEEN A FEW YEARS AGO, AND DEATHS AND INJURIES OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS HAD REMAINED AT ABOUT THE SAME LEVELS.

"NEVERTHELESS, WE CANNOT BE COMPLACENT AND WB MUST CONTINUE IN OUR ENDEAVOURS TO TRY TO REDUCE THESE FIGURES,” HE SAID.

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MR MARCH ALSO NOTED THAT THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE CONCENTRATED IN HIGH-RISE BUILDINGS WHICH ARE PROVIDED WITH PARTICULAR IN-BUILT FIRE PROTECTION MEASURES IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE RISK TO LIFE IN THE EVENT OF FIRE.

’’UNFORTUNATELY, IT ONLY REQUIRES A THOUGHTLESS OR SELFISH ACT UPON THE PART OF ONE TENANT OF A BUILDING WHO INTERFERES WITH THOSE SAFETY MEASURES TO PLACE THE LIVES OF MANY HUNDREDS OF PERSONS IN JEOPARDY IN THE EVENT OF FIRE IN THAT BUILDING,” HE SAID.

“THERE HAVE BEEN TOO MANY INSTANCES OF SUCH PRACTICES IN THE PAST AND WE HAVE THEREFORE FOUND IT NECESSARY RECENTLY TO OBTAIN LEGAL PROVISIONS TO COUNTER AND DETER SUCH ACTS.”

GIVING EXAMPLES OF THE PENALTIES THAT PEOPLE WHO COMMIT OFFENCES AGAINST FIRE REGULATIONS MAY FACE, HE SAID: "A PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PLACING A SERIOUS OBSTRUCTION IN A MEANS OF ESCAPE MAY BE PROSECUTED DIRECTLY AND BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $25,000 ON FIRST CONVICTION AND TO $50,000 ON A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION*

’’ALSO, AN OFFENDER IS LIABLE TO A FINE OF $5,000 FOR EACH DAY THE OFFENCE CONTINUES. THERE IS ALSO PROVISION FOP A PRISON SENTENCE OF UP TO ONE YEAR FOR SERIOUS TRANSGRESSORS."

MR MARCH APPEALED FOR THE WHOLEHEARTED COOPERATION AND SUPPORT OF THE PUBLIC IN REDUCING THE INCIDENCE OF FIRE.

THIS AFTERNOON’S CEREMONY ATTRACTED HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TO THE EDINBURGH PLACE.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, THERE WAS A SPECTACULAR FIRE DEMONSTRATION BY FIREMEN OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIRE-FIGHTING AND RESCUE TECHNIQUES.

THE PUBLIC WAS ALSO INVITED TO LOOK OVER A LARGE-SCALE DISPLAY OF FIRE APPLIANCES, AMBULANCES, FIRE FIGHTING AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT AND DISPLAY PANELS WITH EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS ON FIRE PREVENTION.

THEY WERE ALSO INVITED TO BOARD A FIRE BOAT BERTHED AT QUEEN’S PIER TO SEE THE MODERN FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT ON BOARD.

SPECTATORS RECEIVED FIRE PREVENTION SOUVENIRS INCLUDING LEAFLETS, RUBBERS, RULERS AND TIMETABLES IMPRINTED WITH FIRE PREVENTION MESSAGES. THESE GIVE-AWAY ITEMS WERE DONATED BY THE KWONG ON BANK LTD IN SUPPORT OF THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN.

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RED CROSS YOUTH PRAISED FOR DEDICATED SERVICE * * « * t

THE GREAT VARIETY OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE RED CROSS YOUTH DEMONSTRATED THAT THEY HAD TRULY LIVED UP TO THEIR MOVEMENT’S MOTTO WHICH IS "TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER", THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE HONG KONG RED CROSS YOUTH PARADE 1987, MR THOMAS DESCRIBED HONG KONG AS A FAST-MOVING CITY WHERE EVERYONE WAS ALWAYS BUSY.

"I AM PROUD THAT IN THIS HECTIC PLACE THERE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE, SUCH AS THE RED CROSS YOUTH, WHO CAN FIND PRECIOUS TIME AND ENERGY ON TOP OF ALL THEIR ACTIVITIES TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE WELL-BEING OF OTHERS," HE SAID.

DURING THE YEAR, THE RED CROSS YOUTH HAD UNDERTAKEN 81 COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS, SERVING AROUND 13,000 MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, MR THOMAS SAID.

THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF SOME 8,700 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN THE WORK OF THE RED CROSS, AND THE MAJORITY OF THEM WERE YOUNG PEOPLE.

THE OVERALL MEMBERSHIP GROWTH IN THE YEAR SET NEW RECORDS WITH A 14 PER CENT INCREASE.

"SUCH ACHIEVEMENTS CANNOT BE ATTAINED WITHOUT HARD WORK OF THE PATRONS, LEADERS AND STAFF OF YOUR ORGANISATION," HE ADDED.

MR THOMAS ALSO SAID THE FUTURE OF EVERY SOCIETY DEPENDED ON ITS YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO ITS FUTURE.

"BY SERVING OTHER PEOPLE, I HOPE EACH ONE OF YOU WILL DEVELOP A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS YOUR FELLOW MEN AND THEREBY STRIVE TO MAKE HONG KONG A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL TO LIVE IN."

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FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY NEEDS BETTER TRAINED WORKERS - * * « « *

THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL REPORTS THAT THE GROWING FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY IS MOVING UPMARKETS AND THUS REQUIRES A MORE SKILLED WORKFORCE.

THE BOARD NOTED IN A SURVEY REPORT THAT MANY SHOE MANUFACTURERS HAD MOVED UPMARKET BY PRODUCING HIGHER QUALITY PRODUCTS, PARTICULARLY LADIES FASHION SHOES.

A BETTER TRAINED WORKFORCE, ESPECIALLY THOSE FOR DESIGN, PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT AND PERSONNEL SUPERVISION, WAS ESSENTIAL TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY’S SHOE BRANCH.

THE BOARD FORECAST THAT THE SHOE BRANCH, WHICH EMPLOYED 84 PER CENT OF THE INDUSTRY’S TOTAL WORKFORCE, WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW STEADILY.

TECHNICIANS WERE KEY PERSONNEL IN THE INDUSTRY AND THE BOARD URGED EMPLOYERS TO EXERT GREATER EFFORTS IN ORGANISING PROPER TECHNICIAN TRAINING SCHEMES.

THE SURVEY, CONDUCTED LAST NOVEMBER, RECORDED THAT THERE WERE ONLY 13 TRAINEES AND APPRENTICES RECEIVING APPROPRIATE PRACTICAL TRAINING. THIS NUMBER FELL FAR SHORT OF THE MANPOWER NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY, THE BOARD SAID.

THE BOARD ESTIMATED THAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD TRAIN AT LEAST TWO TECHNOLOGISTS, 15 TECHNICIANS, 50 CRAFTSMEN AND 240 OPERATIVES ANNUALLY TO REPLACE THE AGEING WORKERS AND TO COPE WITH THE MODEST GROWTH OF THE WHOLE INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY ALSO NOTED THAT THE OVERALL MANPOWER OF THE INDUSTRY HAD DROPPED SLIGHTLY FROM ABOUT 7,800 IN 1983 TO 7,500 IN 1986, DUE TO THE DECLINE OF THE OTHER TWO BRANCHES IN SOFT SOLE AND RUBBER SHOES. THESE EMPLOYED, RESPECTIVELY, NINE PER CENT AND SEVEN PER CENT OF THE TOTAL WORKFORCE.

CONTAINING DETAIL DESCRIPTIONS AND STATISTICS OF THE MANPOWER SITUATION OF THE INDUSTRY, THE 1986 MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT ON THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT *15 A COPY.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1,

1987

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TSUEN WAN DB MEETING * « * » ♦

MEMBERS OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE CONSULTATIVE PAPER ON TAXI POLICY REVIEW AT A MEETING TO BE HfeLD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3.

THE PAPER PRESENTED BY THE TRANSPORT BRANCH DEALS WITH RECOMMENDATIONS ON LONG TERM POLICY ON TAXIS.

QUESTIONS ON THE CRITERIA FOR GIVING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES WILL BE RAISED AT THE MEETING.

REPORTS ON THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL ALSO BE TABLED AT THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 3 AT 2.30 PM IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER.

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TRAM EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS EASTERN DEVELOPMENT *****

A MOBILE PHOTO EXHIBITION ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF EASTERN DISTRICT WAS HELD TODAY (SUNDAY), EMPHASISING THE THEME OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL - ’’PARTICIPATING IN YOUR DISTRICT’S DEVELOPMENT”.

MOUNTED ON A DECORATED CLASSIC TRAM, THE EXHIBITS GAVE AN ACCOUNT OF THE GENERAL PICTURE OF EASTERN DISTRICT, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

IN ADDITION, THE EASTERN DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION WORKING GROUP, THE FOK SING OFFICE OF ICAC AND THE YOUTH GROUP OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE JOINTLY PRODUCED AN EXHIBITION ON CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES. THIS WAS ALSO MOUNTED ON A CLASSIC TRAM.

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A CARTOON CHARACTER ’’CIVIC DRAGON" WAS SPECIALLY CREATED TO INTRODUCE THE CONTENTS OF THE EXHIBITIONS TO VISITORS.

THE TWO CLASSIC TRAMS WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT FROM CAUSEWAY BAY TO SflAU KEI WAN FROM 1.30 PM TO 5 PM ON NOVEMBER 7, 8 AND 14.

A TRAM WITH AN ADVERTISEMENT ON THE EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL WILL TRAVEL AROUND THE DISTRICT TO PUBLICISE THE EVENT WHICH WILL BE LAUNCHED ON NOVEMBER 15.

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LOGO SOUGHT FOR KWUN TONG DFCC t » » ♦

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (DFCC) IS HOLDING AN OPEN COMPETITION THAT IT HOPES WILL PRODUCE A DISTINCTIVE LOGO FOR THE ORGANISATION.

A COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN SAID THE AIM IS TO PROJECT THE IMAGE OF THE KWUN TONG DFCC THROUGH A LOGO DESIGN WHICH COULD HIGHLIGHT ITS WORK AND TERMS OF REFERENCE.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO PEOPLE WHO STUDY, LIVE OR WORK IN KWUN TONG.

THE WINNING DESIGN WILL BE USED IN FUTURE PUBLICITY PROJECTS ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE.

ENTRIES SHOULD BE IN SINGLE COLOUR ON A SHEET OF CARDBOARD OR DRAWING PAPER MEASURING 30CM X 42CM. THEY SHOULD BE SUBMITTED WITH PARTICULARS OF THE CONTESTANTS AND AN EXPLANATION OF NOT MORE THAN 100 WORDS ABOUT THE CONCEPT OF THE DESIGN.

ALL ENTRIES SHOULD BE SENT TO THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE OR ITS SUB-OFFICES BEFORE NOVEMBER 30.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE THREE BEST ENTRIES.

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KOWLOON CITY HOTLINE TO HELP RESIDENTS « » » »

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD HAS SET UP AN EVENING HOTLINE RECORDING SERVICE TO HELP RESIDENTS SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS AND TO COLLECT VIEWS ON IMPROVING DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL, TRAFFIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.

THE HOTLINE, 3-7113731, IS TO SUPPLEMENT THE EXISTING DISTRICT BOARD MEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME HELD BETWEEN 8 PM AND 10 PM EVERY THURSDAY.

THE RECORDING SERVICE SCHEME, FROM 6 PM TO 10 PM BETWEEN MONDAY AND FRIDAY (EXCEPT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS), WILL BE REVIEWED AFTER A SIX-MONTH TRIAL IN MID-MARCH NEXT YEAR.

CALLERS ARE REQUIRED TO LEAVE THEIR NAMES, TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND ADDRESSES BEFORE GIVING THEIR VIEWS, ENQUIRIES OR COMPLAINTS ABOUT LOCAL PROBLEMS. THEY CAN ALSO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT TO MEET DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS TO DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS.

SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 21, THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS DEALT WITH 12 CASES.

THE ENQUIRIES OR COMPLAINTS WERE STUDIED OR REFERRED TO APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR FOLLOW-UP ACTION.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TIN WAN *****

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, IN ABERDEEN TO COINCIDE WITH THE COMPLETION OF SLOPE WORK ALONG TIN WAN HILL ROAD.

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

» THE SECTION OF TIN WAN HILL ROAD BETWEEN TIN WAN STREET AND SHEK PAI WAN ROAD WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

* THE SECTION OF SHEK PAI WAN ROAD BETWEEN TIN WAN HILL ROAD AND TIN WAN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

* THE SECTION OF TIN WAN HILL ROAD NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SHEK PAI WAN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

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» THE SECTION OF TIN WAN STREET BETWEEN SHEK PAI WAN ROAD AND

TIN WAN NEW STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

* THE SECTION OF TIN WAN STREET BETWEEN TIN WAN NEW STREET AND TIN WAN HILL ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

» VEHICLES TRAVELLING IN TIN WAN NEW STREET WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING LEFT INTO TIN WAN STREET.

» VEHICLES TRAVELLING IN TIN WAN CLOSE WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO TIN WAN STREET.

♦ THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY, IMPLEMENTED ON THE SECTION OF SHEK PAI WAN ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TIN WAN HILL ROAD TO A POINT OF ABOUT 20 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TIN WAN STREET, WILL BE RESCINDED.

♦ THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 t>M DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY, IMPLEMENTED ON THE SECTION OF TIN WAN STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SHEK PAI WAN ROAD TO A POINT OF ABOUT 10 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TIN WAN CLOSE, WILL ALSO BE RESCINDED.

MEANWHILE, CMB ROUTE NOS. 48 AND 79M, ON DEPARTURE FROM TIN WAN BUS TERMINUS, WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA TIN WAN NEW STREET, TIN WAN STREET, TIN WAN HILL ROAD AND ABERDEEN PRAYA ROAD.

CMB ROUTE NO. 78, ON DEPARTURE FROM TIN WAN BUS TERMINUS, WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA TIN WAN NEW STREET, TIN WAN STREET, TIN WAN HILL ROAD AND SHEK PAI WAN ROAD.

GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NOS. 11 AND 31, ON DEPARTURE FROM THE TERMINAL POINT IN KA WO STREET, WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA HINO WO STREET, SHEK PAI WAN ROAD, TIN WAN STREET, TIN WAN HILL ROAD AND ABERDEEN PRAYA ROAD.

ALSO, THE METERED PARKING SPACES ON TIN WAN HILL ROAD WILL BE REINSTATED.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1,

1987

ROAD BRIDGES BEING BUILT IN YUEN LONG ♦ ♦ ♦

WORK ON CONSTRUCTION TWO ROAD BRIDGES IN YUEN LONG HAS STARTED FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF A $11.6 MILLION CONTRACT BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE BRIDGES ARE LOCATED AT MA WANG ROAD, OPPOSITE PING WUI STREET, AND MA MIU ROAD.

THEY ARE BOTH 13.5 METRES LONG AND EACH WILL HAVE A FOOTPATH.

WHEN COMPLETED IN 15 MONTHS, THEY WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ACCESS TO YUEN LONG TOWN, THUS REDUCING THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC TRAVELLING TO THE AREA VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN CAUSEWAY BAY ♦ » »

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, COTTON PATH IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE ROAD RE-SURFACING WORK.

DURING THE PERIOD OF CLOSURE, SPECIAL ACCESS ARRANGEMENT FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES TO ST. PAUL’S HOSPITAL WILL BE IMPLEMENTED, AND THE SECTION OF CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD AND COTTON PATH WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC. VEHICLES ON CAROLINE HILL ROAD SOUTHBOUND CAN TRAVEL VIA EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD TO JOIN TUNG LO WAN ROAD.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN YAU MA TEI * * * *

TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORKS, THE SECTION OF ARTHUR STREET BETWEEN PUBLIC SQUARE STREET AND WING SING LANE IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 4) FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS.

VEHICLES ON NATHAN ROAD HEADING FOR WING SING LANE WILL HAVE TO TRAVEL VIA MAN MING LANE, ARTHUR STREET AND WING SING LANE.

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WATER CUTS IN TUEN MUN, KWAI CHUNG * i *

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL TUEN MUN PREMISES WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 4) TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK.

WATER MAINS WORK WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT AT THE JUNCTION OF WO YI HOP ROAD AND CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG. BOTH FRESH AND SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 PM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 5) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT A SECTION OF WO YI HOP ROAD BETWEEN NGONG HOM ROAD AND CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD, LO WAI ROAD, HILLTOP ROAD, YI PEI CHUN ROAD, CHEUNG PEI SHAN ROAD, ROUTE TWISK, CHEUNG SHAN CHUEN, CHEUNG SHAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, KWU TUNG CHEUN, HILL TOP COUNTRY CLUB, SAM TUNG UK, WO YI HOP TSUEN, LO WAI, HOI PA CHUEN, PAK TIN PA TSUEN, MA SIN PAI CHUEN, SAI LAU KOK CHUEN, MUK MIN HA CHUEN, TUNG PO TO, FU YUNG SHAN, CHUK LAM SIM YUEN, YUEN YUEN HOK YUEN AND SAN CHUEN.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1987

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PERVASIVE CORRUPTION THREATENS STABILITY: SIR DAVID ....... 1

HOPEFUL SIGNS CONFIDENCE HaS BEEN RESTORED TO MARKETS -NENDICK....................................................... 2

AG OUTLINES PUBLIC INTEREST CONSIDERATIONS ................ 4

GOVERNOR VISITS VOLUNTEERS AT BORDER ...................... 8

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER REX,EASED ............... 9

SWAC DISCUSSES SOCIAL SECURITY IMPROVEMENT PROPOSALS ...... 14

BOARD TO DISCUSS NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE LAYOUT PLAN.......... 14

FESTIVAL PROMOTES PARTICIPATION, UNDERSTANDING........... 15

SPORTIVE FORTNIGHT FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS ................ 16

SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE HANDLES 4,894 ENQUIRIES A MONTH ... 18

EYE CARE CAMPAIGN ORGANISED FOR ELDERLY.................... 18

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS............. 19

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MEETING TO DISCUSS YOUTH SERVICES SURVEY ................. 20

NEW BORDER CONTROL FACILITIES AT WK MA CHAU .............. 20

ROAD WORKS IN TUEN MUN PROPOSED .......................... 21

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR FLYOVER RECONSTRUCTION .......... 22

WATER STORAGE FIGURE...................................... 22

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PERVASIVE CORRUPTION THREATENS STABILITY: SIR DAVID t * » » *

PERVASIVE CORRUPTION IS AN EVIL THAT THREATENS THE FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL STABILITY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE, SIR DAVID SAID NO SOCIETY COULD AFFORD TO BE COMPLACENT ABOUT CORRUPTION, ADDING THAT ATTACK ON CORRUPTION REQUIRED VERY POSITIVE GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT AND A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY THAT CORRUPTION WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED.

”A CIVIL SERVICE THAT IS NOT TAINTED BY CORRUPTION AND A PRIVATE SECTOR WHERE MARKET FORCES ARE NOT DISTORTED BY CORRUPT PRACTICES ARE KEY PILLARS OF THE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY THAT WE CHERISH.

”IN HONG KONG WE ARE DETERMINED TO CONTINUE WITH OUR EFFORTS TO CHECK AND COUNTER CORRUPTION WHEREVER IT APPEARS,” HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT THE ICAC NOW ENJOYED A VERY HIGH DEGREE OF PUBLIC CONFIDENCE, AS ILLUSTRATED BY THE INCREASE IN THE NON-ANONYMOUS REPORTS OF CORRUPTION FROM 35 PER CENT IN 1974 TO 65 PER CENT IN 1986. <

THE RESULT WAS THE ELIMINATION OF SYNDICATED CORRUPTION IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE AND A REVERSAL OF PUBLIC ATTITUDES FROM PASSIVELY CONDONING TO ACTIVELY CONDEMNING CORRUPTION.

SIR DAVID ALSO POINTED OUT THAT CORRUPTION IN ITS VARIOUS FORMS HAD ALWAYS BEEN A WORLD-WIDE PROBLEM.

"AS WITH MANY OTHER FORMS OF CRIME, CORRUPTION NOW TRANSCENDS CITY, STATE AND NATIONAL BOUNDARIES.

"INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF THE CORRUPT OFTEN REQUIRE A HIGH DEGREE OF REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION BETWEEN DIFFERENT POLICE FORCES AND AGENCIES,” HE NOTED.

SIR DAVID SAID THAT TODAY’S GATHERING REPRESENTED ANOTHER POSITIVE STEP FORWARD IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION AND HE SAW IT AS A NATURAL OUTCOME OF THE GROWING ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION.

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HOPEFUL SIGNS CONFIDENCE HAS BEEN RESTORED TO MARKETS - NENDICK ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THERE ARE HOPEFUL SIGNS THAT THE MEASURES THAT HONG KONG HAS TAKEN AND THOSE TAKEN IN OTHER MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRES HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN RESTORING CONFIDENCE TO THE MARKET PLACE, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THOUGH THERE WAS STILL WORK TO BE DONE IN ENSURING THAT THE RECENT EVENTS DID NOT RECUR, APPROPRIATE RESPONSES MIGHT NOW BE WORKED OUT IN A CAREFUL AND ORDERLY FASHION WITHOUT THE PRESSURE OF EVENTS LEADING TO HASTY OR ILL-CONSIDERED MEASURES, MR NENDICK SAID WHEN OPENING AN ASIAN BANKERS ASSOCIATION SEMINAR.

IN PUTTING EVENTS OF THE PAST TWO WEEKS IN CONTEXT, HE STRESSED THAT THE CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE WHICH SPREAD ACROSS WORLD MARKETS MUST BE SEEN AS UNPARALLELLED IN THE LIFETIME OF VIRTUALLY ALL WHO WERE ATTENDING THE SEMINAR.

"THANKFULLY, THE POSITION NOW SEEMS TO BE CONTAINED AND CONFIDENCE IS RETURNING TO MARKETS, BUT A MAJOR LESSON WHICH I HOPE WILL BE LEARNED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE IS THE EXTENT TO WHICH INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MARKETS ARE INTER-RELATED...

"REMEDIAL MEASURES MUST BE TAKEN IN ALL THE MAJOR CENTRES IF THEY ARE TO PROVE LASTING," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK NOTED THAT HONG KONG HAD ATTRACTED SOME INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL CRITICISM FOR CLOSING ITS FINANCIAL MARKETS BUT, EQUALLY, THERE WERE THOSE AT HOME AND ABROAD WHO SUPPORTED THE MOVE.

HE SAID: "THE DECISION TO SUSPEND TRADING WAS TAKEN AGAINST A BACKGROUND OF A VERY SUBSTANTIAL BACKLOG OF SETTLEMENTS IN THE STOCK EXCHANGE FOLLOWING A PERIOD OF UNPRECEDENTED TURNOVER, AND OF THE LIKELIHOOD, IN THE PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG, THAT HIGHLY VOLATILE AND DISORDERLY TRADING CONDITIONS WOULD EMERGE IF INVESTORS ACTED PRECIPITATELY.

"A PAUSE FOR WISER COUNSELS TO PREVAIL WAS SEEN AS VALUABLE. I AM GLAD TO SAY THAT, WHEN THE MARKET REOPENED, THE GENERAL PUBLIC DID REACT IN A SENSIBLE AND LEVEL HEADED MANNER, AND THERE WAS NO WHOLESALE ENCASHMENT OF UNIT TRUSTS OR PANIC ATTEMPTS TO REALISE STOCK EXCHANGE INVESTMENTS."

MR NENDICK SAID HE SAW THIS, OF ITSELF, AS A SIGNIFICANT JUSTIFICATION FOR THE SUSPENSION OF TRADING, BUT, WITH HINDSIGHT, THE CLOSING OF THE EXCHANGE ALSO BROUGHT VALUABLE BREATHING SPACE TO ARRIVE AT A SOLUTION TO A DIFFICULTY CENTRING ON THE FINANCIAL FUTURES MARKET, WHICH ONLY EMERGED AFTER TRADING HAD BEEN SUSPENDED.

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AS A RESULT OF THE SUBSTANTIAL FALL IN THE PRICE OF THE SHARES COMPRISING THE HANG SENG INDEX, BROKERS TRADING IN THE FUTURES MARKET TN HANG SENG INDEX CONTRACTS WHO HAD ’’LONG” POSITIONS WERE CALLED UPON TO PUT UP VERY LARGE ADDITIONAL SUMS BY WAY OF VARIATION MARGIN.

"IT BECAME CLEAR THAT A NUMBER WOULD HAVE GREAT DIFFICULTY IN MEETING THEIR MARGIN REQUIREMENTS LEADING TO DEFAULT AND SUSPENSION FROM THE FUTURES EXCHANGE, AND THAT, IN TURN, THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION WHICH GUARANTEES TO MEET SUCH DEFICIENCIES MIGHT HAVE INSUFFICIENT RESOURCES TO MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL,” HE SAID.

’’THIS WOULD, IN TURN, HAVE LED TO THE CLOSURE OF THE FINANCIAL FUTURES MARKET AND OBLIGED THE FORCED SETTLEMENT OF ALL CONTRACTS AT AN ARBITRARY PRICE.”

MR NENDICK SAID THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A CONSEQUENTIAL AND VERY SERIOUS IMPACT ON THE PHYSICAL STOCK MARKET, AS THOSE WHO HAD BEEN ARBITRATING BETWEEN THE PHYSICAL AND FUTURES MARKETS (BEING ’’SHORT” IN THE FUTURES MARKET AND ’’LONG” IN THE STOCK MARKET) WOULD THEN HAVE BEEN OBLIGED TO CLOSE OUT THEIR UNCOVERED "LONG” POSITIONS IN THE PHYSICAL MARKET.

’’THE DAMAGE TO HONG KONG'S REPUTATION AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE WOULD HAVE BEEN IMMEASURABLE AND, BECAUSE THOSE MOST AFFECTED WOULD THEN TAKE THEIR BUSINESS ELSEWHERE, THE EXCHANGE RATE WOULD, I BELIEVE, HAVE COME UNDER SUSTAINED AND HEAVY PRESSURE.”

IT WAS IN THE LIGHT OF THESE CONSIDERATIONS THAT THE SUPPORT FACILITIES WERE PUT IN PLACE.

"IT MAY BE NOTED THAT THOSE WHO HAD MOST TO GAIN BY THE FINANCIAL FUTURES MARKET BEING KEPT IN BEING CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE SUPPORT ARRANGEMENTS, AS DID THOSE WHO ARE FIRMLY COMMITTED TO HONG KONG’S CONTINUING WELL-BEING AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE," MR NENDICK SAID. THE SUPPORTIVE STANCE TAKEN BY CHINA, INCLUDING THE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE SECOND SUPPORT FACILITY MADE BY THE BANK OF CHINA, WAS PARTICULARLY APPRECIATED.

MR NENDICK ADDED: "IT MAY BE NOTED, TOO, THAT THE SPECULATORS HAVE NOT BEEN ’RESCUED’. NONE OF THE FUNDS WHICH HAVE BEEN PROVIDED ARE TO BE PUT AT THE DISPOSAL OF THOSE WHO WERE ’LONG' IN THE FUTURES MARKET, AND THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION WILL TAKE WHAT IT CONSIDERS AS APPROPRIATE STEPS AGAINST THOSE WHO FAIL TO MEET THEIR COMMITMENTS."

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AG OUTLINES PUBLIC INTEREST CONSIDERATIONS

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THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT CONSIDERATIONS OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST PLAY A LARGE PART IN THE PROCESS OF DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO BRING A CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IN INDIVIDUAL CASES.

FAR FROM BEING AN EXACT SCIENCE, THE PROCESS ENTAILED THE EXERCISE OF JUDGMENT AND DISCRETION BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, TAKING A WIDE RANGE OF PUBLIC INTEREST CONSIDERATIONS INTO ACCOUNT, HE SAID AT THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE.

SPEAKING ON ASPECTS OF THE JUDICIAL PROCESS IN CORRUPTION CASES AS SEEN FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF AN ATTORNEY GENERAL, HE SAID THIS DISCRETION MUST BE EXERCISED IN A JUDICIAL AND NOT A HAPHAZARD MANNER, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH CERTAIN PRINCIPLES.

HE OUTLINED SOME OF THE PRINCIPLES APPLIED AND DISCUSSED WHAT ALTERNATIVES TO PROSECUTION EXISTED.

MR THOMAS EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS ONE OF HIS FUNCTIONS, AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO BRING A CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IN INDIVIDUAL CASES.

"THAT IS TO SAY, IT IS FOR ME OR, WHERE I HAVE DELEGATED THE DECISION, ONE OF MY OFFICERS TO DECIDE AT THE END OF A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION WHETHER ANYONE SHALL BE PROSECUTED AND, IF SO, WHO AND ON WHAT CHARGES.

"BY THE SAME TOKEN I CAN DECIDE THAT A PERSON SHALL NOT BE PROSECUTED, EVEN IF THE EVIDENCE WOULD WARRANT A PROSECUTION. THIS ENABLES ME, FOR EXAMPLE, WHERE APPROPRIATE TO GRANT AN IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION TO PERSONS WHO ARE WILLING TO GIVE EVIDENCE IN CORRUPTION CASES," HE SAID.

MR THOMAS SAID THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO PROSECUTE WAS THE FIRST AND MOST VITAL DECISION IN THE PROSECUTION PROCESS.

THERE WERE TWO MAJOR CONSIDERATIONS IN DETERMINING THE INSTITUTION OR CONTINUATION OF CRIMINAL PROCEEDING. FIRST, WAS THE EVIDENCE SUFFICIENT? AND SECONDLY, DID THE PUBLIC INTEREST REQUIRE A PROSECUTION TO BE INITIATED?

MR THOMAS SAID: "CONSIDERATION OF THE SUFFICIENCY OF THE EVIDENCE MAY HAVE TWO STAGES.

"THE FIRST IS THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE AVAILABLE AND ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE ESTABLISHES A PRIMA FACIE CASE THAT A CRIMINAL OFFENCE HAS BEEN COMMITTED; THAT IS, ON THE BASIS THAT THE AVAILABLE EVIDENCE IS ACCEPTED WITHOUT RESERVATION BY A JURY IT COULD ACTING REASONABLY, BE SATISFIED OF THE DEFENDANT’S GUILT BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT. IF THIS TEST IS NOT MET, A PROSECUTION SHOULD NOT BE BEGUN.

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"EVEN A PRIMA FACIE CASE, HOWEVER, IS NOT BY ITSELF USUALLY ENOUGH, THERE IS NORMALLY A SECOND STAGE WHICH CONSISTS OF TESTING THE EVIDENCE TO DECIDE WHETHER IT IS SUFFICIENT TO GIVE RISE TO A REALISTIC PROSPECT OF A CONVICTION."

CONSIDERATIONS OF THE ADEQUACY OF AVAILABLE EVIDENCE ALSO TOOK INTO ACCOUNT THE PROSPECTS OF SUCCESS.

MR THOMAS EXPLAINED THAT AN ASSESSMENT OF THE PROSPECTS FOR CONVICTION OR ACQUITTAL REQUIRED AN OBJECTIVE EVALUATION OF HOW STRONG THE CASE WAS LIKELY TO BE WHEN PRESENTED IN COURT. SEVERAL FACTORS WERE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

ONE WAS THE AVAILABILITY AND CREDIBILITY OF WITNESSES AND THE IMPRESSION THEY WERE LIKELY TO MAKE ON A JURY; ANOTHER WAS THE ADMISSIBILITY OF ANY ALLEGED CONFESSION; ANOTHER WAS WHETHER THERE WERE ANY OBVIOUS LINES OF DEFENCE OPEN TO THE ACCUSED, AND SO ON.

THE RANGE OF FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED, HOWEVER, WOULD DEPEND UPON THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH CASE. ASSESSMENT OF THE EVIDENCE MIGHT BE DIFFICULT: OCCASIONALLY, IT MIGHT BE IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY WITH ANY CONFIDENCE THAT EITHER A CONVICTION OR AN ACQUITTAL WAS THE MORE LIKELY RESULT.

IF HAVING EVALUATED THE EVIDENCE THE PROSECUTOR WAS SATISFIED THAT THERE WAS A REASONABLE PROSPECT OF CONVICTION, HE MUST THEN CONSIDER THE MATTER FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST.

MR THOMAS SAID: "AS IT WAS PUT BY A FAMOUS ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ENGLAND AND WALES SOME 40 YEARS AGO, HOWEVER GOOD THE EVIDENCE A PROSECUTION SHOULD NOT BE INITIATED UNLESS THE PROSECUTOR IS SATISFIED ’THAT THE OFFENCE OR THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF ITS COMMISSION IS OR ARE OF SUCH A CHARACTER THAT A PROSECUTION IN RESPECT THEREOF IS REQUIRED IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. THAT IS STILL THE DOMINANT CONSIDERATION’.

"HE CONTINUED BY SAYING THAT REGARD MUST BE HAD ’TO THE EFFECT WHICH THE PROSECUTION, SUCCESSFUL OR UNSUCCESSFUL AS THE CASE MAY BE, WOULD HAVE UPON PUBLIC MORALE AND ORDER, AND ANY OTHER CONSIDERATIONS AFFECTING PUBLIC POLICY’."

MR THOMAS SAID THE POSITION WAS THE SAME IN HONG KONG. IN A MAJORITY OF CASES THE RESULT OF THIS PROCESS WOULD BE A DECISION THAT, IF THE AVAILABLE EVIDENCE WAS UP TO THE STANDARD DESCRIBED, IT WOULD BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT A PROSECUTION SHOULD FOLLOW; AND THE CLEARER THE EVIDENCE, THE MORE LIKELY IT WAS THAT THAT WOULD BE THE DECISION.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID THERE WERE, HOWEVER, CASES WHERE THE CIRCUMSTANCES SUGGESTED SOME COURSE'OTHER THAN PROSECUTION MIGHT BE PREFERABLE.

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PERHAPS THE MOST OBVIOUS EXAMPLE WAS THE TRIVIAL OR "TECHNICAL" NATURE OF THE PARTICULAR OFFENCE - THE COURTS WOULD SOON HOPELESSLY CLOGGED AND SUFFER INTERMINABLE DELAYS IF EVERY SUSPECTED CRIMINAL OFFENCE WERE AUTOMATICALLY THE SUBJECT OF PROSECUTION. IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT LAWYERS CALLED THE DE MINIMIS PRINCIPLE WAS APPLIED.

APART FROM THE CHARACTER OF THE OFFENCE, THERE WERE NUMEROUS OTHER FACTORS THAT MIGHT BE RELEVANT IN CONSIDERING WHETHER THE PUBLIC INTEREST REQUIRED A PROSECUTION.

"I HAVE REFERRED TO THE STRENGTH OF THE EVIDENCE AND DEGREE OF LIKELIHOOD OF A CONVICTION. THIS IS PARTICULARLY RELEVANT IF A PROSECUTION WOULD BE LONG AND EXPENSIVE; IN SUCH A CASE PROSECUTOR MAY WELL DECIDE THAT THE BALANCE OF PUBLIC INTEREST DOES NOT FAVOUR A PROSECUTION UNLESS THERE IS SOMETHING MORE THAN A ’REASONABLE’ PROSPECT OF SUCCESS," HE SAID.

EXAMPLES OF OTHER FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED WERE THE PRESENCE OF MITIGATING OR AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES; THE YOUTH, AGE, PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF THE ALLEGED OFFENDER OR A WITNESS; WHETHER THE ALLEGED OFFENDER HAD A CRIMINAL RECORD OR WHETHER, ON THE OTHER HAND, A PROSECUTION WOULD DESTROY HIS REPUTATION; THE EFFECT ON PUBLIC ORDER AND MORALE; THE DEGREE OF CULPABILITY OF THE ALLEGED OFFENDER AND THE AMOUNT OF HARM WHICH A PROSECUTION MIGHT DO TO HIM; THE LIKELY SENTENCE UPON CONVICTION; THE LENGTH OF TIME SINCE THE OFFENCE WAS COMMITTED; THE ATTITUDE OF THE COMPLAINANT (IF ANY), THE AVAILABILITY AND EFFICACY OF ALTERNATIVES TO PROSECUTION AND SO ON.

"ANY ATTEMPT AT AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF RELEVANT FACTORS WOULD INEVITABLY BE INCOMPLETE.

"THE VITAL ISSUE IN CONSIDERING THE PUBLIC INTEREST IS AN APPRECIATION THAT THE PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES OF A CASE MUST BE ASSESSED ON ITS INDIVIDUAL MERITS.

"THE APPLICABILITY AND WEIGHT TO BE GIVEN TO RELEVANT PUBLIC INTEREST FACTORS VARIES FROM CASE TO CASE AND THE PROCESS OF WEIGHING THEM UP GIVES THE PROSECUTOR A WIDE DISCRETION NOT TO PROSECUTE EVEN WHERE THE EVIDENCE IS SUCH AS TO MAKE A CONVICTION LIKELY," MR THOMAS SAID.

TURNING TQ THE SELECTION OF CHARGES, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID THAT IN MANY CASES THE SAME CONDUCT CONSTITUTED AN OFFENCE AGAINST SEVERAL DIFFERENT LAWS. THE CHARGE OR CHARGES MUST BE CHOSEN TO REFLECT THE NATURE AND EXTENT OF THE CRIMINAL CONDUCT DISCLOSED BY THE AVAILABLE ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE AND PROVIDE THE COURT, IN THE EVENT OF CONVICTION, WITH AN APPROPRIATE BASIS FOR SENTENCE.

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IN GENERAL, APPROPRIATE CHARGES WOULD NORMALLY BE THE MOST SERIOUS REVEALED BY THE EVIDENCE. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE OFFENCE CHARGED WAS NOT INAPPROPRIATE TO THE NATURE OF THE FACTS ALLEGED AND THE COURT’S SENTENCING POWERS WERE ADEQUATE, CONSIDERATION MIGHT BE GIVEN TO A LESSER CHARGE IN THE LIGHT OF SUCH FACTORS AS SPEED OF TRIAL, MODE OF TRIAL, SUFFICIENCY OF PROOF AND PROBABLE LINES OF DEFENCE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT AN ELEMENT OF BARGAINING WITH THE ACCUSED MIGHT ENTER INTO THIS PROCESS, SINCE HF. MIGHT BE WILLING TO PLEAD GUILTY TO LESSER CHARGES. BUT THAT WAS STRICTLY A MATTER BETWEEN THE PROSECUTION AND THE ACCUSED. THE COURTS REGARDED PLEA OR CHARGE-BARGAINING AS A QUESTIONABLE PRACTICE AND WOULD PLAY NO PART IN IT.

"PARTICULAR CARE HAS TO BE EXERCISED WHEN CONSPIRACY CHARGES ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION. WHENEVER POSSIBLE, SUBSTANTIVE CHARGES SHOULD BE LAID. IT IS NOTORIOUS THAT CONSPIRACY TRIALS CAN BE COMPLEX AND LENGTHY.

"THERE ARE, HOWEVER, OCCASIONS WHEN A CONSPIRACY CHARGE IS THE ONLY ONE WHICH IS APPROPRIATE ON THE AVAILABLE EVIDENCE AND ADEQUATELY REFLECTS THE CRIMINALITY OF THE CASE," MR THOMAS SAID.

TURNING TO THE SUBJECT OF CAUTIONING, MR THOMAS SAID THE "ALL OR NOTHING" APPROACH - TO PROSECUTE OR TO TAKE NO FURTHER ACTION -WAS NOT ALWAYS SUFFICIENTLY FLEXIBLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF ALL OFFENCES AND AtL OFFENDERS, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELD OF CORRUPTION.

"ACCORDINGLY, IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR, I APPROVED A FORMAL CAUTIONING SCHEME FOR OFFENCES INVESTIGATED BY THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION," HE SAID.

THE INITIATIVE FOR THIS SCHEME OWED A GREAT DEAL TO THE ICAC ITSELF.

THE GUIDELINES FOR THE ICAC CAUTIONING SCHEME REAFFIRMED THE PRINCIPLE THAT IN GENERAL, PROSECUTION SHOULD TAKE PLACE WHERE, FIRST, THERE WAS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT A PROSECUTION AND, SECONDLY, THE PUBLIC INTEREST REQUIRED IT.

THERE WERE, HOWEVER, CASES WHICH WERE NOT MERELY OF A MINOR OR TRIVIAL NATURE BUT WHERE THE PUBLIC INTEREST DID NOT REQUIRE THAT A PROSECUTION SHOULD FOLLOW AS A MATTER OF COURSE. THESE WERE CASES WHERE, BY VIRTUE OF EITHER AN OFFENDER’S CIRCUMSTANCES OR THE NATURE OF THE OFFENCE, OR BOTH, THE PUBLIC INTEREST COULD BE ADEQUATELY SERVED BY A FORMAL CAUTION BEING GIVEN TO THE SUSPECT.

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’’OFFICERS OF ICAC MAY MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT A PARTICULAR CASE IS SUITABLE FOR A CAUTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPROVED GUIDELINES - BUT THE FINAL DECISION WHETHER TO PROSECUTE OR CAUTION RESTS WITH ME OR SENIOR OFFICERS OF MY CHAMBERS ON MY BEHALF,” MR THOMAS SAID.

ONCE A DECISION HAD BEEN MADE THAT A PARTICULAR CASE WAS SUITABLE TO BE DEALT WITH UNDER THE SCHEME, THE ICAC WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTERING THE CAUTION.

MR THOMAS WENT ON: ’’THE HOPE IS, OF COURSE, THAT THE FORMAL NATURE AND RECORDING OF ICAC CAUTIONS WILL DISSUADE OFFENDERS FROM COMMITTING FURTHER OFFENCES. IT IS TOO EARLY TO ASSESS WHETHER THIS OBJECTIVE WILL BE MET.

"HOWEVER THE RATIONALE OF THE SCHEME IS TO PROVIDE A HUMANE, CONSIDERATE AND EQUITABLE METHOD OF DEALING WITH OFFENDERS WHERE THE PUBLIC INTEREST DOES NOT REQUIRE THAT THEY FACE THE TRAUMA OF A COURT APPEARANCE AND THE RECORDING OF A CRIMINAL CONVICTION."

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (MONDAY) VISITED THE ANNUAL BORDER CAMP OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) AND WAS IMPRESSED BY WHAT HE SAW — MORE THAN 500 "PART-TIME" SOLDIERS CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES IN PREVENTING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CROSSING THE BORDER.

THE GOVERNOR FIRST FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO PAK HOK CHAU, WHERE HE WAS MET BY THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE REGIMENT, LT. COL. JEREMY HUTCHINS, AND BRIEFED ON THE REGIMENT’S DEPLOYMENT FOR THE BORDER CAMP, AND THE REGIMENT’S DUTIES AND OPERATIONS.

SIR DAVID WAS SHOWN A NIGHT-VISION DEVICE USED IN THE DETECTION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

SIR DAVID THEN VISITED THE OBSERVATION POSTS AT SANDY SPUR, PAK FU SHAN AND PAK KONG AU.

BEFORE DEPARTING, THE GOVERNOR VISITED THE REGIMENT’S D SQUADRON AT SHA TAU KOK WHERE HIGH-SPEED INFLATABLE CRAFT WERE DEPLOYED IN BORDER PATROL DUTIES.

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MONETARY STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASED

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DEPOSITS IN HONG KONG DOLLAR GREW FASTER IN SEPTEMBER AS DOMESTIC CREDIT GROWTH ACCELERATED DURING THE MONTH, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH. FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, HOWEVER, FELL SLIGHTLY.

HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS GREW FASTER IN SEPTEMBER THAN IN PREVIOUS MONTHS. HONG KONG DOLLAR Ml, THE NARROW DEFINITION OF HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY, GREW RAPIDLY IN SEPTEMBER, REFLECTING THE HIGH LEVEL OF ACTIVITY IN THE LOCAL STOCK MARKET.

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS CONTINUED TO GROW STRONGLY IN SEPTEMBER, ALTHOUGH THE RATE OF GROWTH WAS SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN THOSE IN THE PREVIOUS MONTHS. LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW FASTER IN SEPTEMBER THAN IN THE PREVIOUS MONTH. OFFSHORE LOANS ALSO CONTINUED TO INCREASE RAPIDLY, BUT LOANS TO FINANCE HONG KONG’S VISIBLE TRADE FELL SLIGHTLY.

TABLE 1 BEING SENT BY FACSIMILE SETS OUT SUMMARY FIGURES FOR SEPTEMBER 1987 AND COMPARISONS WITH EARLIER MONTHS. TABLE 2 ALSO BEING SENT BY FACSIMILE SETS OUT FIGURES FROM THE QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS AND ADVANCES FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR.

DEPOSITS

IN SEPTEMBER, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEMAND AND SAVINGS DEPOSITS INCREASED RAPIDLY, BY 14.5 PER CENT AND BY 6.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. BUT TIME DEPOSITS DECREASED BY 1.7 PER CENT. AS A RESULT, TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS ROSE BY 3.2 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER AFTER INCREASES OF 2.6 PER CENT IN JULY AND 1.8 PER CENT IN AUGUST. OVER THE YEAR (I.E. FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER), TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 26.5 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS DECREASED BY 0.3 PER CENT SEPTEMBER AFTER AN INCREASE OF 2.5 PER CENT IN JULY AND 1.4 PER CENT IN AUGUST. THESE DEPOSITS GREW BY 3.6 PER CENT OVER THE THREE MONTHS TO SEPTEMBER AND BY 25.8 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR. OF THE TOTAL, DEPOSITS IN U.S. DOLLARS ROSE BY 0.9 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER WHILE DEPOSITS IN OTHER FOREIGN CURRENCIES FELL BY 2.4 PER CENT.

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FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS DECREASED BY 1.9 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 2.6 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER WHILE ADJUSTED FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS FELL BY 0.2 PER CENT.

DEPOSITS (ALL CURRENCIES) WITH BANKS INCREASED BY 1.3 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER WHILE THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY 0.9 PER CENT. FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER, DEPOSITS WITH BANKS INCREASED BY 5.4 PER CENT WHILE THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY 6.1 PER CENT. OVER THE YEAR, DEPOSITS WITH BANKS GREW BY 29.5 PER CENT WHILE THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES INCREASED BY 0.1 PER CENT.

MONEY SUPPLY

REFLECTING THE RAPID INCREASE IN DEMAND DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR Ml ROSE BY 9.1 PER CENT IN SEPTEMBER. HONG KONG DOLLAR M2 AND M3 ALSO INCREASED RAPIDLY, BY 3.2 PER CENT AND 3.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SEPTEMBER. OVER THE YEAR THE GROWTH IN HONG KONG DOLLAR Ml, M2 AND M3 WERE 37.9 PER CENT, 30.5 PER CENT AND 26.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS ALSO INCREASED IN SEPTEMBER. TOTAL Ml GREW BY 6.8 PER CENT TN SEPTEMBER AFTER AN INCREASE OF 1.8 PER CENT IN AUGUST. TOTAL M2 AND TOTAL M3, ON THE OTHER HAND, BOTH INCREASED BY 1.2 PER CENT TN SEPTEMBER COMPARED WITH AN INCREASE OF 1.6 PER CENT IN BOTH OF THEM IN AUGUST. OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL Ml GREW BY 39.2 PER CENT, TOTAL M2 BY 29.3 PER CENT AND TOTAL M3 BY 26.0 PER CENT.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES CONTINUED TO GROW RAPIDLY IN SEPTEMBER, BY 4.0 PER CENT AFTER INCREASES OF 5.8 PER CENT IN JULY AND 4.9 PER CENT IN AUGUST. AS IN THE PREVIOUS FEW MONTHS, A CONSIDERABLE PART OF THIS INCREASE WAS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE FAST GROWTH IN OFFSHORE LOANS. CONSISTENT WITH THIS, LOANS DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES INCREASED BY 4.7 PER CENT, WHILE THOSE DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS GREW BY 3.2 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCE THE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG FELL SLIGHTLY IN SEPTEMBER, BY 0.4 PER CENT; OVER THE YEAR THESE LOANS GREW BY PER CENT. OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW FASTER IN SEPTEMBER, BY 3.6 PER CENT FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 1.9 PER CENT IN AUGUST. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 29.9 PER CENT. LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG GREW SLOWER IN SEPTEMBER, BY 0.1 PER CENT, BUT LOANS WHERE THE PLACE OF USE IS UNKNOWN INCREASED BY 29.3 PER CENT.

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

IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1987, LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED TO THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ROSE BY 4.8 PER CENT AFTER INCREASES OF 4.3 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND 2.0 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 17.9 PER CENT.

LOANS TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES INCREASED MORE RAPIDLY THIS QUARTER, BY 10.3 PER CENT FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 0.1 PER CENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND 5.7 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 13.1 PER CENT.

LOANS TO THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SECTOR GREW BY 6.6 PER

CENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER, AFTER FALLING BY 2.7 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS INCREASED BY 1.5 PER CENT.

LOANS TO INDIVIDUALS FOR THE PURCHASE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY (OTHER THAN FLATS IN THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME) CONTINUED TO GROW, BY 5.9 PER CENT AFTER INCREASES OF 9.2 PER CENT AND 10.5 PER CENT IN THE PREVIOUS TWO QUARTERS. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 37.5 PER CENT.

LOANS TO INDIVIDUALS FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN HOME PURCHASING GREW SLIGHTLY FASTER IN THE THIRD QUARTER. THESE LOANS ROSE BY 10.9 PER CENT AFTER AN INCREASE OF 10.4 PER CENT IN THE SECOND QUARTER.

LOANS TO FINANCIAL CONCERNS ALSO GREW RAPIDLY IN THE THIRD QUARTER, BY 44.6 PER CENT.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBER OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS AND LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING CONPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 153 AND 35 RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THAT OF REPORTING REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES DECREASED BY 1 TO 238.

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TABLE 1 : MONETARY STATISTICS

Sep 1937

Earlier months (% change to September 1987)

(HK$mn)

Money Supply Aug 1987 Jun 1987 Sep 1986

Hl - HK$ 62,876 57,619 ( 9.1 X) 57,157 ( 10.0 X) 45,603 ( 37.9 X)

Foreign currency 6,581 7,415 (- 11.2 X) 8,437 (- 22.0 X) 4,293 ( 53.3 X)

Total 69,456 65,033 ( 6.8 X) 65,594 ( 5.9 X) 49,896 ( 39.2 X)

M2 - HK$ 285,026 276,144 ( 3.2 X) 266,480 ( 7.0 X) 218,419 ( 30.5 X)

Foreign currency 332,932 334,270 ( -0.4 X) 321,060 ( 3.7 X) 259,447 ( 28.3 X)

Total 617,958 610,415 ( 1.2 X) 587,541 ( 5.2 X) 477,866 ( 29.3 X)

M3 - HK$ 319,732 310,387 ( 3.0 X) 298,050 ( 7.3 X) 253,152 ( 26.3 %)

Foreign currency 362,031 363,351 ( -0.4 X) 349,550 ( 3.6 X) 288,097 ( 25.7 X)

Total 681,763 673,737 ( 1.2 X) 647,601 ( 5.3 X) 541,248 ( 26.0 X)

Notes and coins in circulation 25,343 25,381 ( -0.1 X) 24,185 ( 4.8 X) 21,260 ( 19.2 X)

of which held by public 22,287 22,158 ( 0.6 X) 21,126 ( 5.5 X) 18,451 ( 20.8 X)

Deposits

Demand deposits 47,169 42,875 ( 10.0 X) 44,468 ( 6.1 X) 31,445. ( 50.0 X)

Savings deposits 148,736 142,313 ( 4.5 X) 141,408 ( 5.2 X) 113,219 ( 31.4 X)

Time deposits with banks 390,275 393,612 ( -0.8 X) 370,350 ( 5.4 %) 307,873 ( 26.8 X)

Time deposits with dtcs 59,577 59,029 ( 0.9 X) 56,139 ( 6.1 X) 59,498 ( 0.1 X)

HK$ deposits 289,980 280,927 ( 3.2 X) 268,996 ( 7.8 X) 229,292 ( 26.5 X)

US$ deposits 224,197 222,099 ( 0.9 X) 213,562 ( 5.0 X) 193,509 ( 15.9 X)

Other foreign currency deposits 131,579 134,804 ( -2.4 X) 129,807 ( 1.4 X) 89,235 ( 47.5 X)

All deposits 645,756 637,830 ( 1.2 X) 612,364 ( 5.5 X) 512,036 ( 26.1 X)

Foreign currency swap deposits 34,879 35,546 ( -1.9 X) 33,058 ( 5.5 X) 30,375 ( 14.8 X)

ioans and advances

To finance H.K.’s visible trade 42,429 42,584 ( -0.4 X) 42,447 ( 0.0 X) 34,400 ( 23.3 X)

To finance merchandising trade 7,908 5,564 ( 42.1 X) 5,497 ( 43.9 X) 6,857 ( 15.3 X)

not touching H.K.

Other loans for use in H.K. 340,534 328,855 ( 3.6 X) 310,044 ( 9.8 %) 262,058 ( 29.9 X)

Other loans for use outside H.K. 248,596 248,258 ( 0.1 X) 207,446 ( 19.8 %) 163,608 ( 51.9 X)

Other loans where the place of 56,372 43,588 ( 29.3 X) 37,076 ( 52.0 X) 29,192 ( 93.1 X)

use is not known

Loans in HK$ 308,684 299,173 ( 3.2 X) 286,934 ( 7.6 X) 239,165 ( 29.1 X)

Loans in foreign currencies 387,156 369,677 ( 4.7 X) 315,576 ( 22.7 X) 256,949 ( 50.7 X)

Total loans and advances 695,839 668,849 ( 4.0 X) 602,510 ( 15.5 X) 496,114 ( 40.3 X)

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TABLE 2 : QUARTERLY ANALYSIS OF LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG BY SECTOR - SEPTEMBER 1987

(HK$mn)

Sep 1987

Earlier quarters (% change to September 1987)

Jun 1987 Kar 1987 Sep 1986

Manufacturing 28,034 26,762 ( 4.8 X) O ro r-> -4 ( 6.9 X) • 23,773 ( 17.9

Transport and transport 19,110 18,208 ( 5.0 %) 18,583 ( 2.8 X) 19,428 ( -1.6

equipment

Building, construction property development and 38,185 35,822 ( 6.6 %) 36,619 ( 3.7 X) 37,635 ( 1.5

Wholesale and retail trade 39,270 35,593 ( 10.3 X) 33,688 ( 16.6 %) 34,708 ( 13.1

Financial concerns* 35,610 24,621 ( 44.6 % ) 23,975 ( 48.5 X) 22,424 J 58.8

Individuals:

to purchase flats in Ownership Scheme and Sector Participation the Home Private Scheme 7,335 7,260 ( 1.0 %) 6.435 ( 14.0 X) 6,309 ( 16.3

to purchase other residential 54,782 51,744 ( 5.9 %) 46,848 ( 16.9 X) 39,835 ( 37.5

property

other purposes 42,599 38,408 ( 10.9 X) 34,791 ( 22.4 X) 26,194 ( 62.6

Others 75,609 71,626 ( 5.6 %) 65,786 ( 14.9 X) 51,752 ( 46.1

Total 340,534 310,044 ( 9.8 %) 293,151 ( 16.2 X) 262,058 ( 29.9

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SWAC DISCUSSES SOCIAL SECURITY IMPROVEMENT PROPOSALS

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SWAC) DISCUSSED THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES, ANNOUNCED BY THE GOVERNOR IN HIS POLICY SPEECH, AT ITS MEETING TODAY (MONDAY).

A GREAT MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS FELT THAT THOSE AGED 70 APPLYING FOR OLD AGE ALLOWANCE SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO INCOME DECLARATION AS THIS WAS CONTRARY TO THE CHINESE TRADITION OF "RESPECT FOR THE AGED".

ON THE EXTENSION OF OLD AGE ALLOWANCE DOWNWARDS TO THOSE AGED 65, MEMBERS ACCEPTED THAT THIS WAS A WELCOME PROPOSAL BUT THEIR VIEWS WERE DIVIDED ON WHETHER THOSE AGED 65 TO 69 SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE INCOME DECLARATION REQUIREMENT.

THEY WERE APPREHENSIVE THAT EXTENSION DOWNWARDS WITHOUT THE INCOME DECLARATION REQUIREMENT WOULD BE TOO GREAT A BURDEN ON THE PUBLIC PURSE.

THEY ALSO FELT THAT THERE WAS A MORE URGENT NEED FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN OTHER AREAS, SUCH AS THE RATES OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AND THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE THAN INTRODUCING THIS DOWNWARD EXTENSION.

ON THE OTHER HAND, MEMEBRS SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL THAT OLD AGE ALLOWANCE SHOULD BE INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT FROM $255 TO $280 PER MONTH.

THEY ALSO ENDORSED THE PROPOSAL THAT THERE SHOULD BE TWO LEVELS OF PAYMENT, ONE FOR THOSE AGED 65 TO 69 AND ONE FOR THOSE AGED 70 AND ABOVE.

THE VIEWS OF THE SWAC WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY HEALTH AND WELFARE FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE GOVERNMENT.

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BOARD TO DISCUSS NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE LAYOUT PLAN

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WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS LAND USE PROPOSALS OF THE DRAFT NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE LAYOUT PLAN.

VIEWS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL BE REFLECTED AT THE MEETING AS A CONSULTATION EXERCISE HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND TWO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS OF THE NGAU TSUEN AREA.

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THE NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE IS SITUATED AT THE NORTH OF THE LUNG CHEUNG ROAD. ITS SOUTHERN SECTION WAS COMPREHENSIVELY REDEVELOPED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CHOI HUNG MTR STATION WHILE THE NORTHERN VILLAGE REMAINED IN A STATE OF AN URBAN SLUM.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO DEVELOP A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA SITE AT MA CHAI HANG.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MR MOK YIU-KWONG, WILL PRESENT A PAPER AND BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE SITUATION OF TEMPORARY HOUSING SUPPLY IN URBAN KOWLOON AND IN THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT IN PARTICULAR.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE INFORMED ON THE LATEST SITUATION REGARDING DANGEROUS STRUCTURES IN CHUK YUEN UNITED VILLAGE AND THE PROGRESS REPORT ON THE DIAMOND HILL DEVELOPMENT.

REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL ALSO ATTEND THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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

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FESTIVAL PROMOTES PARTICIPATION, UNDERSTANDING *****

NOW IN ITS 10TH YEAR, THE BIANNUAL TUEN MUN FESTIVAL CARRIED AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE WHICH MATCHED AN OLD CHINESE SAYING, "IT TAKES 10 YEARS TO GROW TREES BUT A HUNDRED TO REAR PEOPLE," THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR KINGSLEY SIT, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE 1987 TUEN MUN FESTIVAL, MR SIT SAID AS A DEVELOPING NEW TOWN TUEN MUN HAD EVOLVED FROM A MARKET CENTRE OF 30,000 PEOPLE TO AN URBAN CENTRE OF MORE THAN 300,000 WITH ADEQUATE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES FOR THE BURGEONING POPULATION.

HE BELIEVED THAT ANOTHER DECADE WOULD FURTHER STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND CIVIC SPIRIT SO THAT THE NEXT GENERATION WOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE IN A MORE WELL-EQUIPPED SOCIETY CHARACTERISED BY MUTUAL ASSISTANCE AND PROTECTION.

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DURING THE FESTIVAL FROM NOVEMBER 9 TO DECEMBER 6, THERE WILL BE 47 LARGE, MEDIUM AND SMALL-SCALE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THESE INCLUDE AN OPENING CEREMONY VARIETY SHOW, EXHIBITION, POP CONCERT, DRAMA COMPETITION, INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CONTEST, BEACH CARNIVAL, FILM SHOW AND A GYMNASTIC PERFORMANCE.

THE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND REGIONAL COUNCIL. THE ESTIMATED COST IS $700,000.

MR SIT SAID HE HOPED THAT THROUGH THESE ACTIVITIES MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING COULD BE FOSTERED AMONG LOCAL PEOPLE, ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT BODIES.

"ON THE CHARITABLE ASPECT, THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE ALSO PLANS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST AS PART OF THE FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES TO MAKE IT MORE MEANINGFUL," HE ADDED.

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SPORTIVE FORTNIGHT FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS

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PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND FROM DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY IN KWUN TONG WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY A WIDE VARIETY OF SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES DURING THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL '87.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUNO TONG DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, URBAN COUNCIL AND THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, THE FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD BETWEEN NOVEMBER 8 AND 22.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR RONNIE WONG, SAID THE FESTIVAL WAS AIMED AT PROMOTING A SPORTING INTEREST AMONG RESIDENTS AS WELL AS TO INSTALL A SENSE OF DISTRICT BELONGING.

MR WONG SAID FESTIVAL PROGRAMMES HAD BEEN DESIGNED TO CATER FOR DIFFERENT INTERESTS AND NEEDS.

"THERE WILL BE A TELE-MATCH DAY FOR WORKERS, A FUN DAY FOR THE DISABLED, A GAMES DAY FOR THE ELDERLY WHICH WILL INCLUDE A TAI-CHI DEMONSTRATION AND A MINI OLYMPICS FOR CHILDREN,” HE SAID.

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’’YOUNG SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS WILL CERTAINLY ENJOY POPULAR EVENTS SUCH AS AN ATHLETIC MEET, SPORTS CAMP, BALL GAMES AND DEMONSTRATIONS, ROUND-THE-DISTRICT RACE, DISCO NITE AT SEA, ROLLER SKATING AND A TRAMPOLINING FUN DAY,” HE ADDED.

THE SPORTS FESTIVAL WILL BE OPENED ON NOVEMBER 8 AT THE NEWLY-COMPLETED KOWLOON BAY RECREATION GROUND, WITH THE CEREMONY FEATURING LION AND DRAGON DANCES, BRASS BAND PERFORMANCE AND HOISTING OF A FLAG.

”TO ADD COLOUR TO THE OPENING, AN EQUESTRIAN PERFORMANCE WILL ALSO BE STAGED, INTRODUCING A NEW PERSPECTIVE TO DISTRICT SPORTS ACTIVITIES,” MR WONG SAID.

TO MARK THE CLOSING ON NOVEMBER 22, HE SAID A CELEBRITY BASKETBALL MATCH AND A GO-KART RACE WOULD BE STAGED.

ALSO PRESENT AT TODAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE WERE THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI J PRESIDENT OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR YU SUN-SAY AND CHAIRMEN OF ITS SUB-COMMITTEES AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR CHOW SHIU-LUN.

MR CHAN SAID THE SPORTS FESTIVAL WAS THE RESULT OF CONCERTED EFFORTS BY MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

HE HOPED THAT KWUN TONO RESIDENTS, THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENTS, WOULD CULTIVATE A GREATER SENSE OF BELONGING AND BE ABLE TO DO MORE TOWARDS BUILDING THE COMMUNITY.

THE SPORTS FESTIVAL HAS A BUDGET OF $500,000, OF WHICH $300,000 COMES FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD, $30,000 FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE BALANCE FROM LOCAL PERSONALITIES.

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SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE HANDLES 4,894 ENQUIRIES A MONTH *****

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE’S ENQUIRY CENTRE HANDLES AN AVERAGE OF 4,894 ENQUIRIES AND 1,420 STATUTORY DECLARATIONS A MONTH, PROVIDING AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY IN SHA TIN, REGIONAL SECRETARY (NEW TERRITORIES), DR JAMES HAYES, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE MA ON SHAN SUB-OFFICE IN HENG ON ESTATE, DR HAYES SAID ENQUIRY SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE WERE ESSENTIAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMUNITY SO THAT RESIDENTS WOULD HAVE A BETTER SENSE OF BELONGING TO AND KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR COMMUNITY.

HE NOTED THAT HENG ON ESTATE, WHICH AT PRESENT ACCOMMODATED MORE THAN 20,000 PEOPLE, WAS THE LATEST PUBLIC HOUSING SCHEME ON STREAM IN MA ON SHAN.

"THE POPULATION IN MA ON SHAN WILL GROW TO ABOUT 200,000 BY THE MID-1990’S AND THE AREA WILL BECOME THE NINTH CONSTITUENCY OF SHA TIN IN THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTION NEXT MARCH,” HE SAID.

"THE SUB-OFFICE’S COMMUNITY CENTRE AND ENQUIRY CENTRE AT HENG ON ESTATE WILL GREATLY FACILITATE RESIDENTS IN MA ON SHAN," HE ADDED.

DR HAYES NOTED THAT VARIOUS VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS WOULD MOVE INTO THE COMMUNITY CENTRE TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS.

"I HOPE LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WILL MAKE FULL USE OF THE COMMUNITY HALL IN THE CENTRE, WHICH IS OPEN TO BOOKING BY THE PUBLIC," HE ADDED.

ALSO ATTENDING TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM AND DB MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

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EYE CARE CAMPAIGN ORGANISED FOR ELDERLY

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A THREE-WEEK EYE CARE COMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY WILL BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 7 TO 27 IN WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICTS.

THE CAMPAIGN IS CO-ORGANISED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AND EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION.

/THE CAMPAIGN

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THE CAMPAIGN AIMS AT DISSEMINATING EYE-CARE KNOWLEDGE TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AND ALSO AT PROVIDING EYE-CARE SERVICES TO RESIDENTS IN WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICTS WHO ARE AGED OVER 60.

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN.

THE JOINT CHAIRMEN OF THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEES, MRS ANNA TANG AND MR TO BOON-MAN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MRS THERESA LAU PO WING-KAM, WILL SPEAK AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 12 NOON AT CITYPLAZA HARBOUR RESTAURANT, CTTYPLAZA PHASE II, TAIKOO SHING.

A LUNCH RECEPTION WILL BE HELD AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO ORGANISE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES IN WAN CHAI WILL BE TABLED AT A MEETING OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE CARE FOR THE OLD CAMPAIGN, CHINESE FOLK DANCE VARIETY SHOW, COLOURING COMPETITION-CARNIVAL FOR CHILDREN, PRINTING OF PAMPHLETS ON RELIGIOUS CULTS AND A SEMINAR ON ’’DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION IN THE FAMILY".

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 4 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 8TH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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MEETING TO DISCUSS YOUTH SERVICES SURVEY

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THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE FINDINGS OF A SURVEY ON THE NEEDS OF YOUTH SERVICES AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE SURVEY, SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, WAS AIMED AT FINDING OUT THE PATTERN OF LEISURE ACTIVITIES OF MONG KOK YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 24, AS WELL AS THEIR NEEDS FOR SOCIAL SERVICES.

THE FINDINGS WILL BE USED AS REFERENCE BY LOCAL AND WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS FOR PROMOTING YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR DISABLED PEOPLE IN HONG KONG. REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE JOINT COUNCIL FOR THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DISABLED WILL PRESENT A PAPER AT THE MEETING.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE,' 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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NEW BORDER CONTROL FACILITIES AT LOK MA CHAU

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THE PROCESSING OF VISITORS AND CARGOES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA WILL BE SPEEDED UP BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR WITH THE COMPLETION OF NEW BORDER CONTROL FACILITIES IN LOK MA CHAU.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $58.9 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE PROJECT AND WORK HAS ALREADY STARTED.

THE FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED INCLUDE A MAIN TERMINAL BUILDING, TWO CARGO EXAMINATION BUILDINGS, AN ANIMAL INSPECTION STATION, A WEIGH-BRIDGE, A HELICOPTER PAD AND A POLICE POST. A

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THE TERMINAL BUILDING WILL HAVE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 4,000 SQUARE METRES TO ACCOMMODATE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE.

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IN THE TWO SEPARATE INCOMING AND OUTGOING CARGO EXAMINATION BUILDINGS, THERE WILL BE 18 COUNTERS FOR THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT AND 14 FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT.

THE ANIMAL INSPECTION STATION WILL BE STAFFED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LOK MA CHAU CROSSING WILL BE ENHANCED WITH THE COMPLETION OF A NEW BRIDGE ACROSS THE SHENZHEN RIVER AND A NEW TRUNK ROAD JOINING THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD, BOTH EXPECTED TO OPEN IN LATE 1988.

ROAD WORKS IN TUEN MUN PROPOSED

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THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS PROPOSING TO CARRY OUT A NUMBER OF ROAD WORKS NEAR WU KING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA IN TUEN MUN TO SERVE THE FUTURE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA.

THESE INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ROAD, MODIFICATION AND EXTENSION OF TWO EXISTING ROADS, AND FORMATION OF A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT RESERVE.

THREE EXISTING FOOTBRIDGES NEARBY WILL ALSO BE EXTENDED.

WORK ON THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO START IN APRIL NEXT YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSAL HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT BEFORE DECEMBER 29.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR FLYOVER RECONSTRUCTION

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TO FACILITATE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER, THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HO MAN TIN ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 4) AND FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 6) FROM 10 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING:

» PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND PERTH STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

* PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN PUI CHING ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR LOCAL ACCESS.

» DUNBAR ROAD BETWEEN PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD AND GULLANE ROAD WILL BE CONVERTED TO A TWO-WAY CUL-DE-SAC WITH ACCESS ONLY FROM GULLANE ROAD.

* ALL VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM WATERLOO ROAD SOUTHBOUND ON TO ARGYLE STREET WES1BOUND.

* VEHICLES ON WATERLOO ROAD SOUTHBOUND GROUND-LEVEL

CARRIAGEWAY AND ARGYLE STREET WESTBOUND HEADING FOR

PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WATERLOO ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD AND SHEUNG HING STREET TO REJOIN PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD. THOSE HEADING FOR DUNBAR ROAD AND PERTH STREET WILL HAVE TO TRaVEL VIA WATERLOO ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD, SHEUNG SHING STREET AND SHEK KU STREET.

* VEHICLES ON PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR WATERLOO ROAD WILL HAVE TO USE THE SLIP ROAD TO PUI CHING ROAD AND WATERLOO ROAD.

* KMB ROUTE NO. 7B ON ITS JOURNEY TO HUNG HOM WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WATERLOO ROAD, PUI CHING ROAD AND FAT KWONG STREET.

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„ STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 68.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 399.002 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 384.522 CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 65.6 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE TO BE SET UP—SIR DAVID.......... 1 EIGTH JLG MEETING NEXT WEEK ................................ 3 SURVEY OFFICE REPORT TO BE TABLED IN LEGCO ................. 3 COPIES OF SURVEY OFFICE REPORT AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC ......... 4 PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TO OFFER MATRICULATION COURSES ....... 4 PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR AUGUST ...... 6 EYE CARE CAMPAIGN ORGANISED FOR ELDERLY .................... 9 KOWLOON CITY PREPARES ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN ................ 11 NORTH DISTRICT DELEGATION IO REPORT CN TOUR................. 12 TUEN MUN TO SPUR INTEREST IN RUNNING ....................... 12 YUEN LONG DB COMMITTEE TO MEET TOMORROW .................... 13 YAU MA TEI TO PROMOTE CLEANLINESS .......................... 13 SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOaRD TO DISCUSS OUTLINE ZONING PLAN...... 1*+

CORRECTIONAL SERVICES FAIR ON SATURDAY ..................... 15 SHOWS TO SUPPLEMENT CAREERS EXHIBITION ..................... 16 DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS VANDALISM AT SITES ................. 17 EXHIBITION ON aIDS IN YUEN LONG ............................ 17 UC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE TO MEET .................. 18 NEW TESTING LABORATORY TO BE BUILT IN KOWLOON BAY........... 18 APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES .............. 19 TRAFFIC CHaNGES IN KOWLOON ................................. 19 TURNING MOVEMENT BANNED ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD ................ 20 PARTIAL CLOSURE OF TUEN MUN ROAD ........................... 20

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1987

SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE TO BE SET UP—SIR DAVID ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO SET UP A SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE WHICH, IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS, WILL EXAMINE THE OPERATION OF THE FUTURES EXCHANGE AND THE STOCK EXCHANGE AS WELL AS THE SUPERVISORY SYSTEM, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING.

THE CHAIRMANSHIP AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, AS WELL AS ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE, WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NEAR FUTURE, SIR DAVID SAID WHEN SPEAKING AT THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL.

"I SHALL BE ASKING THE COMMITTEE TO PRODUCE AN EARLY REPORT GIVING ADVICE ON HOW WE SHOULD IMPROVE OUR EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS,” HE SAID.

THE SUPERVISORY SYSTEM INVOLVES THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION, THE SECURITIES COMMISSION AND THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES TRADING.

SIR DAVID MADE THESE REMARKS AFTER STATING THAT PRODUCTIVITY COULD NOT BE LOOKED AT IN ISOLATION FROM THE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT—AND THAT ENVIRONMENT HAD BEEN SHAKEN IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS.

“I SHOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THESE RECENT, TRAUMATIC EVENTS AND ACTION THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN, AND WILL BE TAKING IN RESPONSE TO THEM,” HE SAID.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE RECENT SHARP FALL ON WAS NOT CONFINED TO HONG KONG AND, INDEED, THE REACTION TO FALLS ELESWHERE IN THE WORLD.

THE STOCK MARKET FALL HERE WAS A

“NOTHING COULD DEMONSTRATE MORE CLEARLY HOW INTER-RELATED THE ECONOMIES OF THE WORLD NOW ARE. WE IN HONG KONG CANNOT BE ISOLATED FROM EVENTS ELSEWHERE. THE GLOBAL MARKET IS A REALITY. SO IS THE 24 HOUR STOCK MARKET. WE ARE A PART OF BOTH.”

SIR DAVID SAID THERE WAS A LESSON TO BE LEARNT FROM THESE EVENTS FOR POLICY ON WORLD TRADE. JUST AS THE STOCK MARKETS OF THE WORLD WERE INTER-DEPENDENT, SO WAS THE WORLD TRADING SYSTEM.

“PROTECTIONISM AND ARTIFICIAL BARRIERS TO TRADE WILL DAMAGE ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD TRADING SYSTEM. NOBODY WILL GAIN. THIS IS THE MESSAGE THAT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PUT ACROSS DURING MY RECENT VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES.”

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THERE WERE OTHER LESSONS NEAR HOME, SIR DAVID WENT ON. AS THE EFFECTS OF THE SUDDEN DROP IN THE STOCK MARKET PRICES HERE AND AROUND THE WORLD WERE ANALYSED, IT BECAME CLEAR THAT HONG KONG FACED A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH ITS FINANCIAL FUTURES MARKET.

IT WAS A RELATIVELY NEW MARKET, AND NOT ONE IN WHICH MOST PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY HAD ANY INVOLVEMENT.

AFTER THE SUSPENSION OF TRADING APPARENT THAT, IF NOTHING WAS DONE TO THE MARKET MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO A KNOCK-ON EFFECT ON THE STOCK MARKET.

ON THE STOCK MARKET, IT BECAME UNDERPIN THE FUTURES MARKET, REOPEN. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN

"UNLESS THE POTENTIAL DAMAGE HAD BEEN CONTAINED, THERE COULD HAVE BEEN SERIOUS EFFECTS ON THE WHOLE OF THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM IN HONG KONG , " HE SAID.

"BECAUSE OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE SITUATION THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO ORGANISE QUICKLY A SUPPORT FACILITY FOR THE CORPORATION GUARANTEEING CONTRACTS IN THE FUTURES MARKET," HE SAID.

"THE PURPOSE OF THIS SUPPORT OPERATION WAS NOT TO HAIL OUT THOSE WHO HAD TAKEN RISKS AND CALCULATED WRONGLY. JUST AS THEY PROFITED WHEN THE MARKET WAS IN THEIR FAVOUR, SO THEY NOW REMAIN LIABLE FOR THEIR LOSSES. THE PURPOSE WAS TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE LOSSES DTD NOT SNOWBALL TO AFFECT THE WHOLE OF OUR ECONOMY."

SIR DAVID SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT ALSO TO REMEMBER THAT THE CREDIT FACILITIES WHICH HAD BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION BY THE EXCHANGE FUND AND BY OTHERS WERE A LOAN, NOT A GIFT. "THEY WILL BE REPAID AND REPAID WITH INTEREST. THE RESOURCES IN THE EXCHANGE FUND ARE NOT ADVERSELY AFFECTED."

AS A RESULT OF THE SUPPORT OPERATION, THE SYSTEM HAD REMAINED INTACT, HE SAID. THERE WAS STILL NERVOUSNESS TN THE MARKET, HERE AND ELSEWHERE. BUT HONG KONG HAD BEEN ABLE TO RETURN TO ORDERLY TRADING, AND THAI WAS AN IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENT.

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT HE HAD SAID IN HIS POLICY ADDRESS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL LAST MONTH THAT HONG KONG SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRUDENT, EVEN WHEN THE ECONOMY WAS DOING WELL, BECAUSE IT WAS SUBJECT TO THE AFFECTS OF EXTERNAL FORCES AND HAD TO BE ABLE TO REACT QUICKLY IF STORMS CAME.

REFERRING TO THE WORK OF THE PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL AT THIS POINT, SIR DAVID SAID THAT IF THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY OR OUR OWN ECONOMY MIGHT BE AFFECTED BY RECENT EVENTS, IT WAS DOUBLY IMPORTANT THAT THE TERRITORY SHOULD MAINTAIN ITS COMPETIVENESS IN WORLD MARKETS. THAT WAS WHY PRODUCTIVITY IN OUR INDUSTRIES WAS SO IMPORTANT.

THE PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN THAT AREA, HE SAID, ADDING THAT HE WAS CONFIDENT THE COUNCIL HAD THE DETERMINATION AND ABILITY TO MEET THE CHALLENGE POSED BY COMPLEX AND DIVERSE TASKS THAT LAY AHEAD-

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EIGHTH JLG MEETING NEXT WEEK » * * *

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ANNOUNCED THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING THAT THE EIGHTH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP ON HONG KONG WILL TAKE PLACE IN PEKING FROM NOVEMBER 10 TO 13.

THE BRITISH TEAM WILL BE LED BY THE SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, ASSISTANT UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE (ASIA), FCO. OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH TEAM WILL BE MR DONALD LIAO, SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, HONG KONG; MR DICK CLIFT, POLITICAL ADVISER, HONG KONG; MISS ALYSON BAILES, COUNSELLOR, BRITISH EMBASSY, PEKING AND MR CHRISTOPHER HUM, HEAD OF HONG KONG DEPARTMENT, FCO.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE LEADER OF THE BRITISH TEAM, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, WILL BE ARRIVING IN HONG KONG TOMORROW ON BR 382 (ETA 6.30 PM). A PRESS FACILITY HAS BEEN ARRANGED AT THE AIRPORT TO COVER HIS ARRIVAL. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM, AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING, BY 5.50 PM.

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SURVEY OFFICE REPORT TO BE TABLED IN LEGCO ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE REPORT OF THE SURVEY OFFICE ON PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT WILL BE TABLED AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

AT THE MEETING, 19 MEMBERS WILL SPEAK ON THE MOTION OF THANKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS DELIVERED ON OCTOBER 7.

AND ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 5), OTHER 27 MEMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO SPEAK ON THE MOTION.

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COPIES OF SURVEY OFFICE REPORT AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC ♦ t ♦ » * V.

THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT SUMMARISING PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN HONG KONG WILL BE AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 5).

THE REPORT IS ABOUT 100 PAGES LONG AND IS TO BE TABLED IN TfiE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE OUTLETS FROM WHICH COPIES FOR THE PUBLIC ARE AVAILABLE ARE DISTRICT OFFICES; THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING; AND THE MARKETING OFFICE OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 1, BATTERY PATH, CENTRAL.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS PRINTED 120,000 COPIES OF THE REPORT IN CHINESE AND 40,000 COPIES IN ENGLISH.

THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR COPIES.

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PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WILL START OPERATING SECONDARY 6-7 COURSES FROM 1991 TO ENABLE STUDENTS OF THESE SCHOOLS TO PURSUE THEIR MATRICULATION EDUCATION IN THE SAME SCHOOL, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR ROF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

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SPEAKING TO MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES AFTER TOURING THE MARDEN FOUNDATION CARITAS PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN CHAI WAN, MR LAN SAID FROM 1989 PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WOULD RUN MORE SECONDARY 4 AND 5 CLASSES,

THE CLASS PATTERN OF A PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL WOULD BE MODIFIED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 1.

THE NEW CLASS PATTERN WOULD GIVE TWO MORE CLASSES FOR BOTH SECONDARY 4 AND 5 AND CREATE TWO CLASSES OF SECONDARY 6 AND 7 IN EACH OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

TO COPE WITH THE CHANGES, THE RATIO OF GRADUATED AND NONGRADUATED TEACHERS AT PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WOULD BE INCREASED FROM THE EXISTING 3:7 TO 1:1 IN THE COMING YEARS.

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TO MEET THE PROJECTED REQUIREMENTS AND EXPANSION, MR LAN SAID 10 MORE NEW PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WITH THE PROVISION OF 14,000 PLACES WOULD BE BUILT IN STAGES IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

THIS WOULD BRING THE NUMBER OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS TO 28 PROVIDING MORE THAN 29,000 SCHOOL PLACES BY 1992. THREE OF THE SCHOOLS WOULD BE LOCATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, SIX IN KOWLOON AND THE REMAINING 19 IN THE NEW TOWNS.

MR LAN STRESSED THAT PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WERE NOT VOCATIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTIONS. RATHER, THEY WERE ALL MODERN SECONDARY SCHOOLS EQUIPPED WITH EXPENSIVE FACILITIES TO PROVIDE A GENERAL EDUCATION TO STUDENTS WHO INTENDED TO SWITCH TO TECHNICAL EDUCATION.

"A PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL HAS AN ENRICHED TECHNICAL CURRICULUM ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT 45 TO 50 PER CENT OF THAT FOR SECONDARY 1 TO 3 AND 30 PER CENT FOR SECONDARY 4 AND 5," HE SAID.

TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL SUBJECTS OFFERED BY PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS INCLUDED METALWORK, ELECTRICITY, TECHNICAL DRAWING, PRINTING, WOODWORK, ELECTRONICS, TEXTILES, CAR REPAIRS, ENGINEERING STUDIES, AIR-CONDITIONING, INTERIOR DECORATIONS, ART AND DESIGN, FASHION AND CLOTHING, ACCOMMODATION AND CATERING, TYPING, BOOK-KEEPING, OFFICE PRACTICE, RETAILING, COMPUTER STUDIES AND COMMERCIAL KNOWLEDGE.

FOR SECONDARY 6 AND 7 STUDENTS, THE TECHNICAL SUBJECTS WOULD INCLUDE ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICITY, GRAPHICAL COMMUNICATION, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY (METAL BASED), ART AND DESIGN, COMPUTER STUDIES, PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTS AND BUSINESS STUDIES. THE COURSE WOULD ALSO INCLUDE LANGUAGES AND MATHEMATICS AS THE MAIN GENERAL SUBJECTS.

MR LAN SAID PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS OFFERED A PROSPECT CERTAINLY •COMPARABLE TO THAT OF GRAMMAR SCHOOLS AND URGED NEXT YEAR'S PRIMARY SCHOOL LEAVERS AND THEIR PARENTS TO WEIGH ALL THE MERITS AND DEMERITS INCLUDING THEIR CHILDREN’S APTITUDE AND INTEREST BEFORE DECIDING ON THE STREAM OF SECONDARY EDUCATION THEY WOULD PURSUE.

HE SAID LAST YEAR’S PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS RECEIVED 10,400 APPLICATIONS FOR 4,400 SECONDARY 1 PLACES. IN THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, MORE PLACES WOULD BE AVAILABLE ON COMPLETION OF THREE NEW PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

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PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR AUGUST

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, THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN AUGUST THIS YEAR, ESTIMATED AT $7,347 MILLION, WAS 22 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN AUGUST LAST YEAR WHILST THEIR VOLUME WAS 13 PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS REFLECTED A HIGHLY BUOYANT PRIVATE CONSUMPTION DEMAND, IN LINE WITH THE STRONG PERFORMANCE OF THE ECONOMY OVER THE COURSE OF THIS YEAR.

COMPARED WITH AUGUST LAST YEAR, RETAIL SALES OF "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY BY 29 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 20 PER CENT IN VOLUME. "CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS "AND CONSUMER DURABLES BOTH WENT UP BY 21 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND BY 14 PER CENT AND 12 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN SALES VOLUME.

SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT IN VALUE AND SIX PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND TWO PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY, BY 55 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 43 PER CENT IN VOLUME. DEPARTMENT STORES ALSO ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY BY 33 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 25 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

SUPERMARKET SALES INCREASED BY 20 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 15 PER CENT IN VOLUME, WHILE THE INCREASE FOR CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS WERE NINE PER CENT AND THREE PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE PERIOD JANUARY TO AUGUST 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF BOTH CONSUMER DURABLES AND "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" INCREASED BY 20 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 11 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY 16 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND NINE PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED MODERATELY BY 10 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND SIX PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY ONE PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND THREE PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 40 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 27 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES AND SUPERMARKETS WENT UP BY 24 PER CENT AND 21 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE AND 17 PER CENT AND 16 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VOLUME.

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CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND SIX PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1987, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR AUGUST 1987 INCREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT IN VALUE AND SEVEN PER CENT IN VOLUME.

SALES OF "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS” INCREASED CONSIDERABLY BY 18 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 17 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ' -ALLIED PRODUCTS WENT UP BY FOUR PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND SIX PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

SALES VALUE OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT WHILE THE SALES VOLUME REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED.

CONSUMER DURABLES RECORDED A NEGLIGIBLE CHANGE IN SALES VALUE AND A SLIGHT DECREASE OF ONE PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. FUELS DROPPED BY THREE PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND ONE PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY BY 27 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 29 PER CENT IN VOLUME. MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS WENT UP BY EIGHT PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND SEVEN PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

SUPERMARKET SALES INCREASED SLIGHTLY BY TWO PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME, WHILE SALES OF CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS FELL BY THREE PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FIGURE FOR JULY 1987 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR AUGUST 1987.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES IN

JULY 1987 AND AUGUST 1987 (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES, (B) BY MAJOR

TRADE GROUPS AND (C) BY SELECTED TRADES (WHICH FORM PART OF THE

RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS), WITH AVERAGE RETAIL SALES FROM OCTOBER

.1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100.

COMPARISONS OF AUGUST 1987 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR JULY 1987 AND WITH THOSE FOR AUGUST 1986 AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE PERIOD JANUARY TO AUGUST 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE AUGUST 1987 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, AT $1 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL NO. 5-8234941).

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EYE CARE CAMPAIGN ORGANISED FOR ELDERLY » ♦ t *

A THREE-WEEK EYE CARE CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 7 AND 27 IN WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICTS TO PROVIDE FREE EYE CHECK-UPS AND SPECTACLES FOR SENIOR DISTRICT RESIDENTS AGED OVER 60. *’

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD AND EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION, THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 7 TO 16 IN WAN CHAI AND FROM NOVEMBER 17 TO 27 IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

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SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE EYE CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY TODAY (TUESDAY), THE CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR TO BOON-MAN SAID THE CAMPAIGN WAS EXPECTED TO BENEFIT MORE THAN 10,000 SENIOR RESIDENTS IN THE TWO DISTRICTS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT NOT ONLY WERE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED ABOUT SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY, DISTRICT BOARDS ALSO PAID ATTENTION TO THIS ASPECT OF THE COMMUNITY.

IN VIEW OF THE NEEDS, BOTH THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD HAD SET UP A SOCIAL SERVICE WORKING GROUP AND A CONCERN FOR THE AGED WORKING GROUP TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEMS |ND NEED OF THE ELDERLY, HE SAID.

’’AFTER THE CHECK-UPS BY OPTOMETRISTS, THE ELDERLY CAN OBTAIN, IF REQUIRED, SPECTACLES AT SOME DESIGNATED OPTICAL SHOPS FREE OF CHARGE,” HE ADDED. p

EYE CARE EXHIBITIONS WILL ALSO BE HELD AT 11 VENUES IN B^TH WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICT DURING THE CAMPAIGN PERIOD AND A BOOKLET ON EYE CARE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON THE SPOT.

ANOTHER CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MISS ANNA TANG SAID THE CONCERN FOR THE AGED WORKING GROUP IN WAN CHAI BEGAN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS ON ORGANISING TRIS CAMPAIGN IN WAN CHAI LAST YEAR.

"IT WAS LATER SUGGESTED THAT THE CAMPAIGN SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO EASTERN DISTRICT TO BENEFIT MORE PEOPLE AND A JOINT ORGANISING COMMITTEE WAS FORMED.”

THE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT DISSEMINATING EYE-CARE KNOWLEDGE TO RESIDENTS AND IN ADDITION TO FREE EYE CHECK-UP SERVICES AND FREE SPECTACLES, SENIOR RESIDENTS WITH EYE DISEASE WOULD BE REFERRED ^TO HOSPITALS FOR TREATMENT, MISS TANG SAID.

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ALSO SPEAKING AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MRS THERESA LAU SAID THAT THIS WAS THE SEVENTH EYE CARE CAMPAIGN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE GROUP WITH DISTRICT BOARDS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

”IT IS THE FIRST TIME THE GROUP HAD BROUGHT TOGETHER TWO DISTRICT BOARDS TO ORGANISE A CAMPAIGN, HOPING THAT MORE ELDERLY CAN BE SERVED WITHIN A LIMITED TIME,” MRS LAU SAID.

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THE TIME-TABLE FOR THE EYE CHECK-UPS IS AS FOLLOWS:

WAN CHAI (FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM DAILY)

DATE 7 VENUE

NOVEMBER 7-9 ST JAMES SETTLEMENT

NOVEMBER 10 - 11 THE METHODIST CENTRE

T NOVEMBER 12 - 13 BAPTIST OI KWAN SOCIAL SERVICE TAI HANG RESIDENTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION A:

M J NOVEMBER 14

{J NOVEMBER 15 HAPPY VALLEY AND CANAL ROAD KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION

D B NOVEMBER 16 WAN CHAI KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATiBM PRIMARY SCHOOL

EASTERN (FROM 9 AM 1 TO 5 PM DAILY)

NOVEMBER 17 SHAU KI WAN KAIFONG WELFARE ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION

NOVEMBER 18 - 20 NORTH POINT KAIFONG WELFARE ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION

NOVEMBER 21 CHUANG CHUN WEN SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY

NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 22 - 24 25 - 27 HING WAH COMMUNITY HALL S YUE WAN COMMUNITY HALL A)

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11 KOWLOON CITY PREPARES ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN ♦ * ♦ * ♦

AN ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN WILL BEGIN IN KOWLOON CITY ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 6) WITH A DISTRICT ANTI-SMOKING DAY TO PUBLICISE THE MESSAGE THAT "CIGARETTE SMOKING IS HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH".

AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE 01 MAN ESTATE CONCOURSE AT 11 AM.

IN RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD SET UP A CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE IN JULY.

THE COMMITTEE HAS ORGANISED A SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION, QUIZ COMPETITION AND AN ANTI-SMOKING DAY. THE TWO COMPETITIONS HAVE ATTRACTED ENTRIES FROM ABOUT 1,900 RESIDENTS, WORKERS AND STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE BEST 10 PARTICIPANTS IN EACH COMPETITION.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE THE ANTI-SMOKING DAY WHICH WILL INCLUDES AN OPENING CEREMONY, A PUBLICITY BUS TOUR TO SPREAD THE ANTI-SMOKING MESSAGE AND AN ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION. THE EXHIBITION, AT THE 01 MAN ESTATE CONCOURSE AND COMMERICAL COMPLEX, WILL CONTINUE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH, MR JOB YOUNG; KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALEX FONG; AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR TANG PO-HONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ANTI-SMOKING DAY OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM ON FRIDAY AT THE 01 MAN ESTATE CONCOURSE.

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NORTH DISTRICT DELEGATION TO REPORT ON TOUR » ♦ ♦ * »

‘A NORTH DISTRICT DELEGATION COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND INDUSTRIALISTS RETURNED TO HONG KONG ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 1) AFTER A 12-DAY STUDY TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA.

THE DELEGATION VISITED VARIOUS MAJOR CITIES IN BOTH COUNTRIES AND STUDIED GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITIES, PARTICULARLY CITY PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT, AS WELL AS TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS.

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) WHEN MEMBERS WILL GIVE A REPORT ON THE TOUR.

THE GROUP LEADER AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR MATTHEW CHEUNG, WILL ATTEND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 11 AM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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TUEN MUN TO SPUR INTEREST IN RUNNING ♦ ♦ * *

AN INVITATION IS BEING EXTENDED TO ALL ATHLETES TO TAKE PART IN A RUNNING COMPETITION ON NOVEMBER 22 (SUNDAY) AS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE 1987 TUEN MUN FESTIVAL.

THE EVENT IS BEING PRESENTED BY THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD TO FOSTER RESIDENTS’ INTEREST IN RUNNING.

THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED CAN ENTER EITHER WOMEN’S, YOUTHS’ OR MEN’S SECTIONS UNDER INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP CATEGORIES. IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE INVITATION COMPETITION BETWEEN DISTRICTS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AS WELL AS AT THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES. FORMS TOGETHER WITH TWO PHOTOS AND A PHOTOCOPY OF THE PARTICIPANT’S ID CARD, COMPLETED SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE OR ITS SUB-OFFICES BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5.

ON THE DAY OF COMPETITION PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUESTED TO REPORT TO THE BUTTERFLY ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 9 AM.

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE WORK PROGRESS OF A FOOTBRIDGE LINKING LONG PING ESTATE AND WANG CHAU.

COMMITTEE MEMBER MR LEUNG CHEUK-PUI WILL ASK AT THE MEETING THE REASON OF RECENT SUSPENSION OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING AT 3 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

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YAU MA TEI TO PROMOTE CLEANLINESS

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A LARGE-SCALE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE CLEANLINESS AND HOME SAFETY IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE LAUNCHED LATER THIS MONTH.

THE CAMPAIGN, TO LAST UNTIL FEBRUARY, FEATURES A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO DRIVE HOME THE MESSAGE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CAMPAIGN’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

THEY INCLUDE A CLEANSING DAY, A MARKET CLEANLINESS COMPETITION, AND A YEAR-END CLEAN UP.

AN EXHIBITION ON PRODUCTS AND FACILITIES CONTRIBUTING TO BETTER AND SAFER LIVING WILL ALSO BE HELD AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA EARLY NEXT YEAR TO PROMOTE HOME SAFETY AND BEAUTIFICATION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A DISTRICT-WIDE CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITION IS ALSO AMONG THE EVENTS LISTED IN THE CAMPAIGN TO AROUSE RESIDENTS’ CONCERN AND PARTICIPATION IN KEEPING THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

IN ADDITION, AN OPERATION TO CLEAR ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS WOULD BE LAUNCHED UNDER THE JOINT EFFORTS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND OWNERS CORPORATIONS.

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DURING THE CAMPAIGN, THE FIVE AREA COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT WILL BE MOBILISED TO CONDUCT AREA INSPECTIONS AND IDENTIFY PROBLEM SPOTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL NUISANCE.

THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED $55,000 TO SPONSOR THE THREE-MONTH CAMPAIGN.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD TO DISCUSS OUTLINE ZONING PLAN » ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 5) TO DISCUSS THE DRAFT TAI TAM AND SHEK O OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, WHICH SETS OUT THE PROPOSED LAND USAGE IN THE TWO AREAS.

A SENIOR TOWN PLANNER OF THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, MR TERRY ARTHUR, WILL PRESENT THE DRAFT PLAN TO BOARD MEMBERS AND HEAR THEIR VIEWS.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS FROM RELEVENT DEPARTMENTS WILL ALSO REPLY TO THREE QUESTIONS RAISED BY BOARD MEMBERS IN RELATION TO THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE JUNCTION OF ISLAND ROAD AND REPULSE BAY ROAD, CARRYING OF ID CARDS BY FISHERMEN IN ABERDEEN HARBOUR AND THE FUNCTIONS OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT BOARD’S VARIOUS COMMITTEES AND THE DISTRICT’S AREA COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 2/F, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE, NO.7-11 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN.

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THE 35TH AUTUMN FAIR OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT STANLEY.

IN THE FAIR, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN BUY ATTRACTIVE STUFFED TOYS AND HANDICRAFT ITEMS AT REASONABLE PRICE AND AT THE SAME TIME CONTRIBUTE TO CHARITY.

ON SALE WILL BE ARTS AND HANDICRAFT ITEMS MADE BY PRISONERS DURING THEIR DETENTION IN VARIOUS PENAL INSTITUTIONS. THE PRODUCTS ALSO REFLECT PART OF THE EDUCATIONAL AND PRACTICAL ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY PRISONERS.

MRS GILLIAN FORD, WIFE OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FAIR AT 12 NOON AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD NEXT TO STANLEY PRISON. IT WILL LAST UNTIL 5 PM.

A WIDE VARIETY OF PRODUCTS, INCLUDING STUFFED TOYS, HANDICRAFT ITEMS, RATTAN AND WOODEN FURNITURE, WILL BE ON SALE AT SOME 30 STALLS. ALL GOODS ARE REASONABLY PRICED AND PROCEEDS OF THE FAIR WILL BE DONATED TO VARIOUS CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS AND THE DEPARTMENT’S WELFARE FUND.

WHILE SHOPPING AROUND THE STALLS, VISITORS CAN ALSO ENJOY A RICH PROGRAMME OF ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS, INCLUDING DISPLAY BY THE GODSTREAM GUARDS BAND, PERFORMANCE BY THE 29 SQUADRON MOTORCYCLE DISPLAY TEAM AND THE CAPE COLLINSON MARCHING BAND. THERE WILL ALSO BE GAME AND SNACK STALLS FOR CHILDREN.

AS PARKING PLACES ARE LIMITED, VISITORS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. BUS ROUTE NOS. 6 AND 260 (STARTING FROM CENTRAL), NO.73 (FROM WAH FU ESTATE), NO. 63 (FROM NORTH POINT) AND NO. 14 (FROM SAI WAN HO) ARE CONVENIENT WAYS OF GETTING TO THE FAIR.

ADMISSION IS FREE AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

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SHOWS TO SUPPLEMENT CAREERS EXHIBITION

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VISITORS TO THE CAREERS ’88 EXHIBITION AT THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL DURING THE COMING WEEKENDS WILL BE ENTERTAINED TO A SERIES OF PERFORMANCES BY VARIOUS DISCIPLINARY SERVICES.

THE ACTIVITIES, TO BE STAGED AT THE OPEN SPACE BETWEEN SHA TIN TOWN HALL AND THE NEW TOWN PLAZA, WILL BE HELD FROM 10 AM TO ABOUT 5 PM ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS:

* SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT

* SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT

* SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 -ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE

* SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - CIVIL AID SERVICES

AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES

ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT

(THE VOLUNTEERS)

ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE STATIC DISPLAYS, POLICE AND DRUG DETECTION DOG SHOWS, TURNTABLE LADDER RESCUE DRILL AND CARDIAC-PULMONARY RESUSCITATION DEMONSTRATION BY THE FIRE SERVICES, PERFORMANCE BY POLICE CADET AND JUNIOR POLICE CALL, DEMONSTRATION BY THE CIVIL AID SERVICES BICYCLE TEAM, JUNIOR LEADER CORPS SILENT DRILL, BAND PERFORMANCE BY THE AUXILIARY POLICE AND AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES, FIRST AID AND MARTIAL ARTS DISPLAY.

THE CAREERS EXHIBITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, WILL BE OPENED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR HARNAM GREWAL; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG; AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 6).

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPENED TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC DAILY BETWEEN 9.30 AM AND 6.30 PM FROM NOVEMBER 7 TO NOVEMBER 16.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 6) AT THE EXHIBITION HALL, SHA TIN TOWN HALL.

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF VANDALISM CONCERNING TWO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 5) .

THE PROJECTS ARE THE SMITHFIELD TEMPORARY PARK AND A PAVILION AT LUNG FU SHAN.

THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL PRESENT AN INFORMATION PAPER ON PLANNING STANDARDS OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND ON CURRENT PROVISIONS IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A COMPLAINT FROM A SECONDARY SCHOOL CONCERNING NOISE CAUSED BY WORK AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN HOK S7 TERRACE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD'S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING STARTING AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 5) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 14/F., HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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AN EXHIBITION ON AIDS, ACQUIRED IMMUNE DIFFICIENCY SYNDROME, WILL BE HELD AT THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL FROM THURSDAY TO NOVEMBER 9 AS PART OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON YUEN LONG DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN AND THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, THE EXHIBITION IS AIMED AT PROVIDING YUEN LONG RESIDENTS WITH A CLEARER PICTURE ON THE INCURABLE DISEASE.

APART FROM DISPLAY PANELS, THE EXHIBITION ALSO FEATURES VIDEO AND SLIDE SHOWS ON AIDS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPENED BY THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI KUEN; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR LEUNG SHUI-FAT AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALDAN KWOK AT 11.30 AM ON THURSDAY AT YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, TAI YUK ROAD.

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UC KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE TO MEET

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MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN ACTIVITIES.

REPORTS WILL BE MADE ON THE CLEANSING OF PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS, THE 'CLEAN SCHOOL’ ACTIVITIES, KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN YOUTH RALLY IN MID-OCTOBER, AND THE PROGRESS OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN PARADE TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 15.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING 2.30 PM IN THE COMMITTEE ROOM NO.2, 4/F, EDINBURGH PLACE.

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NEW TESTING LABORATORY TO BE BUILT » * * ♦ ♦

WHICH WILL BE HELD AT URBAN COUNCIL CHAMBERS,

IN KOWLOON BAY

A $24,6-MILLION CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PURPOSE-BUILT CENTRAL MATERIALS TESTING LABORATORY IN KOWLOON BAY.

WORK IS SCHEDULED TO START ON NOVEMBER 11 AND TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

SITUATED AT CHEUNG YIP STREET, THE LABORATORY WILL BE A FOUR-STOREY STRUCTURE WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF 6,400 SQUARE METRES.

IT WILL BE STAFFED BY SPECIALISTS FROM THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE TESING SERVICES TO ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ON MOST CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS IN HONG KONG, WITH EMPHASIS ON SOILS, CONCRETE, STEEL AND BITUMINOUS MATERIALS.

THE LABORATORY WILL HELP ENSURE THAT ECONOMIC ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS ARE ACHIEVED WITH HIGH STANDARDS OF DESIGN, SAFETY AND CONSTRUCTION.

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THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN OPERATING THE 18 NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES IN THE TERRITORY ARE REMINDED THAT APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 6). .

"ABOUT 500 APPLICATION FORMS FOR OPERATING THESE ROUTES HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISTRIBUTED SINCE APPLICATIONS WERE INVITED FROM OCTOBER 9," SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

A SELECTION BOARD, COMPRISING NON-GOVERNMENT MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND OFFICIALS FROM THE TRANSPORT AND OTHER RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, WILL MEET AND SELECT THE APPLICANTS ON THE BASIS OF THE ESTABLISHED CRITERIA LAID DOWN BY THE BOARD.

"THESE CRITERIA INCLUDE EXPERIENCE OF THE APPLICANT IN TRANSPORT SERVICE, FINANCIAL RESOURCES, MANAGEMENT RIGHT OVER THE VEHICLES, THE MAINTENANCE RECORD OF THE VEHICLES AS WELL AS THE QUALITY OF HIS VEHICLES TO BE DEPLOYED INCLUDING THE AVAILABILITY OF AIR-CONDITIONING," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IF THE APPLICANT IS IN OR INTENDS TO ENTER INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH ONE OR MORE PERSONS TO OPERATE THE GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT A COMPANY BE FORMED UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AND THE APPLICATION BE MADE IN THE NAME OF THE COMPANY, HE ADDED.

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IN TSIM SHA TSUI, BRISTOL AVENUE BETWEEN MODY ROAD AND CARNARVON ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW. '

TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS IN YAU MA TEI, THE SECTION OF YUNNAN LANE BETWEEN SHEK LUNG STREET AND WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

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» THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH THE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 500 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

* THE SECTION OF THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD AND ITS JUNCTION WITH LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND.

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THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT 11 WEEKS TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK ON THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM.

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THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD AT SO KWUN WAT BRIDGE WILL BE PARTIALLY CLOSED FROM THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 5) TO 'NOVEMBER 30 TO FACILITATE ROAD RE-SURFACING WORKS. T

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

CS: SURVEY OFFICE REPORT A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT ........... 1

DEFINITION OF 'QUALIFIED ENGINEER' AMENDED ............... 3

NEED FOR FUTURES MARKET CALLED INTO QUESTION ............. 4

TIME TO STRENGTH® SUPERVISION OF SECURITIES MARKETS .... 6

BOLDER SOLUTION TO LABOUR SHORTAGE NEEDED ................ 9

DETERMINATION THE FOUNDATION OF CONFIDENCE .............. 11

TIMELY TO EMPHASISE LOCaL CULTURAL TALENT ............... 14

RESCUE PLAN TOR EXCHANGE CRITICISED ..................... 17

GOOD PLANS NEED THOROUGH IMPLEMENTATION .................. 19 .

IMPORTANCE OF SOUND, HEALTHY ECONOMY STRESSED ........... 22

APPROPRIATE TIME FOR SOME TAX RELIEF .................... 24

REVIEW WILL HELP RESTORE CONFIDENCE...................... 27

HK NEEDS TO DIVERSIFY EXPORT MARKETS .................... 29

AVOID ANY STRESS WHICH REDUCES CONFIDENCE ............... 30

INTEGRITY IN FINANCIAL MARKETS IS ESSJJiTIAL ............ 32

SCIENCE COMMITTEE WILL MEET GROWING NEED ................ 36

GOVERNMENT MUST BE EFFECTIVE ............................ 39

PRIVATE SECTOR HAS IMPORTANT ROLE........................ 42

REPORT OF THE SURVEY OFFICE PUBLISHED ..................... 45

"RESTRICTIVE TRADE MEASURES DO NOT PAY" ................... 48

PARADE TO LAUNCH KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN DRIVE................ 49

VTC TO IMPLEMENT TRADE TESTING FOR CAR INDUSTRY ........... 49

SECOND CHOLERA CASE CONFIRMED ............................. 50

ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE SPREAD IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ........... 51

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN IN KWAI TSING ............... 52

KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI DISTRICT BOARD MEETING............. 52

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1987

CS: SURVEY OFFICE REPORT * t «

A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT

THE REPORT OF THE SURVEY OFFICE ON THE PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER IS A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT, NOT JUST BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE AND DETAIL, BUT BECAUSE IT REFLECTS THE VIEWS CONTAINED IN OVER 130,000 SUBMISSIONS SENT DIRECT TO THE SURVEY OFFICE, AS WELL AS IN NEARLY 170 PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS AND OVER 20 SIGNATURE CAMPAIGNS, ON HOW THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WISH TO SEE THE SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT DEVELOP IN 1988 AND BEYOND, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

TABLING THE REPORT AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING, MR FORD SAID THE MAGNITUDE OF THAT RESPONSE FAR EXCEEDED THAT IN ANY PREVIOUS PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXERCISE.

HE SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN UNDERSTANDABLE PUBLIC CONCERN AT THE DISCOVERY THAT SOME SUBMISSIONS TO THE SURVEY OFFICE WERE NOT ACTUALLY SENT BY THOSE FROM WHOM THEY PURPORTED TO HAVE BEEN SENT.

A TOTAL OF 1,909 SUBMISSIONS WERE DELETED FROM THE SURVEY OFFICE RECORDS AND REFERRED TO THE POLICE FOR INVESTIGATION.

THESE SUBMISSIONS ADVOCATED VERY DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW. WHILE 904 SUPPORTED AND 977 OPPOSED THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988, 28 DID NOT COMMENT SPECIFICALLY ON THE TIMING OF DIRECT ELECTIONS, HE SAID.

MR FORD SAID THAT OF THE FURTHER 542 ALLEGED FALSE SUBMISSIONS WHICH CAME TO LIGHT TOO LATE TO BE EXCISED FROM THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT, 238 SUPPORTED AND 293 OPPOSED THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988, AND 11 DID NOT COMMENT ON THE TIMING OF DIRECT ELECTIONS.

"IT IS INDEED A PITY THAT A SMALL MINORITY SHOULD APPARENTLY HAVE SOUGHT TO INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF THE SURVEY WITH THE SUBMISSION OF BOGUS OPINIONS; BUT THESE INCIDENTS SHOULD BE VIEWED IN PERSPECTIVE.

"THERE CAN BE NO DOUDT THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF SUBMISSIONS ARE GENUINE AND MADE IN GOOD FAITH," HE SAID.

OVER 90 PER CENT OF ALL SUBMISSIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS INCLUDED IDENTITY CARD NUMBERS WHICH COULD BE CROSS-CHECKED AGAINST THE NAMES SUPPLIED.

ALL SUBMISSIONS BEARING AN ADDRESS WERE ACKNOWLEDGED IN WRITING BY THE SURVEY OFFICE, HE SAID, ADDING THAT IT WAS THROUGH THIS MECHANISM THAT THE EXISTENCE OF THE FALSE SUBMISSIONS WAS DISCOVERED.

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MR FORI) SAID: "FAR FROM UNDERMINING THE CREDIBILITY OF THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT, THE DETECTION OF THESE FALSE SUBMISSIONS HAS DEMONSTRATED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROCEDURES ADOPTED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE TO ASCERTAIN BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT THAT THE SUBMISSIONS REFLECTED IN THE REPORT WERE AUTHENTIC."

FURTHER EVIDENCE OF THE THOROUGH SCRUTINY WHICH HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO BEAR ON ALL ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE SURVEY OFFICE WAS PROVIDED IN THE REPORT BY THE INDEPENDENT MONITORS, HE SAID.

THE INDEPENDENT MONITORS WERE REQUIRED BY THEIR TERMS OF REFERENCE "TO OBSERVE ALL ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE SURVEY OFFICE AND TO SUBMIT THEIR INDEPENDENT REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AS TO WHETHER THEY ARE SATISFIED THAT THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS PROPERLY, ACCURATELY AND IMPARTIALLY CARRIED OUT ITS DUTIES AND FOLLOWED THE PROCEDURES PRESCRIBED IN ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE.

"IT IS QUITE CLEAR THAT THE MONITORS HAVE OBSERVED ALL ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE SURVEY OFFICE VERY CLOSELY, AND THAT CONSIDERABLE WEIGHT CAN AND SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO THEIR JUDGEMENT THAT THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS PROPERLY, ACCURATELY AND IMPARTIALLY CARRIED OUT ITS DUTIES," MR FORD SAID.

MR FORD WENT ON TO SAY THAT WHILE IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR HIM TO COMMENT ON THE PATTERN OF PUBLIC RESPONSE, THE PUBLIC OPINION ON EACH OF THE MAJOR ISSUES IN THE GREEN PAPER HAD BEEN COLLATED AND WAS RECORDED IN DETAIL IN THE VARIOUS CHAPTERS OF THE SURVEY REPORT.

"AS EXPECTED, THE ISSUE OF WHETHER THERE SHOULD BE DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THIS COUNCIL, AND IF SO WHEN, HAS DOMINATED PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER WITH NEARLY 96 PER CENT OF SUBMISSIONS COMMENTING ON THIS ISSUE.

"THE QUESTION WAS ALSO THE SUBJECT OF NEARLY ALL THE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS WHICH HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED, EITHER BY THE FIRM COMMISSIONED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE OR BY OTHERS, AS WELL AS ALL THE SIGNATURE CAMPAIGNS AND SIMILAR DOCUMENTS," HE SAID.

MR FORD SAID THAT IT WOULD NOW BE NECESSARY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO APPROACH, WITH GREAT CARE, THE TASK OF ASSESSING THE OUTCOME OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE 1987 REVIEW AND DECIDING ON THE POLICIES TO BE ADOPTED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE EXERCISE, WHICH MEANT REFLECTING CAREFULLY ON ALL THE MATERIAL CONTAINED IN THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT.

"ALL THE VIEWS WHICH HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED ARE IMPORTANT AND ALL WILL HE TAKEN FULLY INTO ACCOUNT."

MR FORD SAID THAT IMPORTANT DECISIONS WOULD NEED TO BE TAKEN OVER THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR MONTHS ON WHAT CHANGES IT WOULD BE RIGHT TO MAKE IN 1988, AND HE NOTED THAT THE WHITE PAPER WOULD BE PUBLISHED IN EARLY 1988.

"I AM FULLY CONFIDENT THAT, WHEN IT IS PUBLISHED, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL SEE THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS HONOURED ITS COMMITMENT TO TAKE FULL ACCOUNT OF THEIR VIEWS," HE SAID.

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1987

DEFINITION OF ’QUALIFIED ENGINEER’ AMENDED ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN MOVED A RESOLUTION AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO SET OUT PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE DEFINITIONS OF ’’AUTHORIZED PERSON” AND ’’QUALIFIED ENGINEER” IN THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (SPECIFIED PROCESSES) REGULATIONS 1987 AND THE AIR POLLUTION CONTROL (FURNACES, OVENS AND CHIMNEYS) (INSTALLATION AND ALTERATION) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1987.

MR CHENG SAID HR HAD MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ADMINISTRATION AS WELL AS THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS, WHO HAD EXAMINED THE DEFINITIONS CAREFULLY.

HE SAID: “IN THE DEFINITION OF ’AUTHORIZED PERSON’, THE REFERENCE TO ’MUNICIPAL ENGINEER’ SHOULD BE DELETED, TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE FACT THAT THE INSTITUTION OF MUNICIPAL ENGINEERS NO LONGER EXISTS, AND THAT A SIMILAR AMENDMENT TO THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE HAD BEEN PASSED IN THE COUNCIL ON JULY 15, 1987.

“FURTHERMORE, THE DEFINITION SHOULD INCLUDE A SURVEYOR WHOSE NAME WAS IN LIST III OF THE AUTHORIZED PERSON’S REGISTER KEPT UNDER SECTION 3 OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE, SINCE HE WAS AS MUCH AN AUTHORIZED PERSON AS THOSE WHOSE NAMES WERE KEPT IN LIST I AND LIST II.”

MEANWHILE, IN THE DEFINITION OF ’QUALIFIED ENGINEER’, REFERENCE SHOULD BE MADE TO CORPORATE MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS ADMITTED ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 5, 1975 UNDER THE BUILDING SERVICES, CHEMICAL, MARINE OR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DISCIPLINE.

“THE REASON FOR THIS AMENDMENT IS OBVIOUS, SINCE CORPORATE MEMBERS UNDER THE ABOVE DESCRIPTION ARE RECOGNIZED ENGINEERS, JUST AS CORPORATE MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS ADMITTED ON OR AFTER THE SAME DATE UNDER OTHER DISCIPLINES ARE RECOGNIZED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE,” HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT AN AMENDMENT SHOULD ALSO BE MADE TO CORRECT AN INCOMPLETE REFERENCE TO THE ('BARTERED INSTITUTION OF BUILDING SERVICES ENGINEERS.

MR CHENG SAID HE WAS FULLY AWARE OF THE CURRENT RE-STRUCTURING OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS WITH A VIEW TO REGISTERING ENGINEERS WHO MIGHT INCLUDE QUALIFIED PERSONS NOT BELONGING TO THE INSTITUTION.

HE NOTED THAT HE FELT STRONGLY THAT UPON FULL COMPILATION OF THE LIST OF REGISTERED ENGINEERS WITH GOVERNMENT’S ENDORSEMENT, SUCH REGISTERED ENGINEERS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO IN ALL RELEVANT LEGISLATIONS IN I IEU OF CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP OF ALL OTHER INSTITUTIONS TO ENSURE A HIGH DEGREE OF PROFESSIONALISM.

MR (’HENG TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE ADMINISTRATION FOR ITS UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION DURING THE COURSE OF DISCUSSION ON THE AMENDMENT AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS FOR HIS VALUABLE ADVICE.

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THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON MISS LYDIA DUNN, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO APPOINT A COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATION OF HONG KONG’S STOCK AND FUTURES EXCHANGES.

"WE MUST NOW REVIEW THOSE STRUCTURES URGENTLY IF WE ARE TO RETAIN HONG KONG’S CREDIBILITY," SHE SAID WHEN LEADING OFF THE COUNCIL’S DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS.

SHE REQUESTED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONSIDER THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION OF WHETHER HONG KONG NEEDED A STOCK INDEX FUTURES MARKET, AND IN WHAT WAY SUCH A "LICENSED CASINO" CONTRIBUTED TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

"IN A SMALL PLACE LIKE HONG KONG, IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A FUTURES MARKET WITHOUT RELYING UPON SPECULATORS TO PROVIDE A COUNTER PART TO THOSE WHO WANT TO HEDGE?" SHE ASKED.

MISS DUNN POINTED OUT THAT IN HER OPINION, THE SYSTEM WAS NOT LACKING IN "GOOD LAW" BUT IN "GOOD MANAGEMENT".

BY THIS SHE MEANT THAT THERE WERE ADEQUATE POWERS TO SAFEGUARD THE PUBLIC INTEREST, BUT THE WILL TO EXERCISE THOSE POWERS WAS WANTING.

MISS DUNN BELIEVED THERE WERE LESSONS TO BE LEARNT FROM THE RECENT EVENTS.

FIRST, THERE APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN TOO MANY CONFLICTS OF INTEREST IN THOSE WHO TOOK ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RUNNING ORDERLY MARKETS.

"WHERE THE POACHERS AND GAMEKEEPERS ARE THE SAME PERSONS, SELF REGULATION CAN FAIL, ESPECIALLY WHERE THE STAKES ARE HIGH," SHE SAID.

SECOND, THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS WATCHDOGS, THE SECURITIES COMMISSION AND THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION, WHICH HAD THE DUTY TO SUPERVISE THE MARKETS AND SAFEGUARD THE INTEREST OF GENUINE INVESTORS, MUST HAVE KNOWN FOR A LONG TIME THAT THE RAPID GROWTH IN THE VOLUME OF TRADING, PARTICULARLY IN THE FUTURES MARKET, HAD OVERSTRETCHED THE STRUCTURE ON WHICH THOSE MARKETS DEPENDED.

"WHY DID THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS WATCHDOGS NOT ACT? DID THEY NOT SEE THE NEED TO ACT? OR DID THEY LACK THE WILL TO ACT?" SHE ASKED.

MISS DUNN STRESSED THE NEED FOR AN EFFECTIVE SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES IN A FAIR MARKET.

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"WHAT WE NEED ARE STRUCTURES THAT PREVENT TOO MUCH Powpp BEING IN TOO FEW HANDS, AND AN EFFECTIVE SYSTEM OF MONITORING I' . I WILL PROVIDE CLEAR WARNING OF EMERGING PROBLEMS, AND A DECISIVENESS OF RESPONSE IN DEALING WITH THEM," SHE SAID.

TURNING TO THE CIVIL SERVICE, THE SENIOR MEMBER REGA' THE GOVERNOR'S DECISION TO REVIEW THE TOP MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE THE SERVICE AS AN INDICATION OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OPEN-MINDEDNESS.

SHE HOPED THAT THE DISTRIBUTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES , BETWEEN SECRETARIES AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AND RELATIVE ' LS OF SECRETARIES AND HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS WOULD BE CONSIDERED iN THE CONTEXT OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GOVERNOR IN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND OF THE STATUTORY RESPOND 'ILITIES AND FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY OF HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS.

COMMENTING ON THE PROVISION OF 35 ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE POSTS IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, MISS DUNN DOUBTED WHETHER SUCH A CONCENTRATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN THE SECRETARIAT WAS REALLY THE BEST WAY TO USE ALL THE MANPOWER.

SHE SAID THAT ONE GREAT DISADVANTAGE OF THIS CONCENTRATION WAS THAT MANY OFFICERS WOULD INEVITABLY SPEND MOST OF THEIR CAREERS IN THE SECRETARIAT AND WOULD BE CUT OFF FROM CONTACT WITH THE PUPL.'C I' ‘ FROM DAY-TO-DAY WORKING CONTACT WITH THEIR COLLEAGUES WHO WERE AT TDK SHARP END.

"THE GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS MUST BE READY AND WILLING - ' l>

LET ME STRESS WILLING - NOT JUST TO CONSULT BEFORE DECISIONS 1' TAKEN. IT MUST ALSO RECOGNISE THE NEED TO EXPLAIN AND JUSTIFY Tile DECISIONS EFFECTIVELY TO THE PUBLIC AT LARGE, AND PARTICULARLY ' THOSE WHO ARE DIRECTLY AFFECTED," SHE SAID.

"PEOPLE ARE JUST NOT PREPARED TO ACQUIESCE IN GOVERNMENT B\ EDICT AS THEY ONCE DID, PARTICULARLY WHEN THEIR MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD IS AT STAKE," SHF. SAID.

MISS DUNN BELIEVED THAT THE OLD-FASHIONED ATTITUDES OF THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT DISAPPEAR MORE QUICKLY IF THE SECRETARIAT WERE STAFFED BY PEOPLE WHO HAD HAD RECENT EXPERIENCE OF WORKING AT THE SHARP END.

"NO ONE SHOULD GO INTO THE SECRETARIAT IN HIS TWEI ■ AND NOT EMERGE INTO THE LIGHT OF DAY UNTIL HE IS MIDDLE-AGED. HE MAY '1,7 TOO SET IN HIS BUREAUCRATIC WAYS BY THEN," SHE SAID.

SUCH AN ARRANGEMENT COULD ALSO BENEFIT THE -LINE

DEPARTMENTS, SHE SAID. THE SECRETARIAT WOULD HAVE A

UNDERSTANDING OF THE PROBLEMS OF RUNNING A DEPARTMENT TIE

DEPARTMENTS WOULD HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE SECRETARIAT

WORKED.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER k,

MISS DUNN WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S INCREASED WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT NEW IDEAS AND NEW WAYS OF DOING THINGS.

"HONG KONG GROWS AND CHANGES SO FAST THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST BECOME MORE OPEN-MINDED," SHE J$ATD.

ON OTHER MATTERS, MISS DUNN SUPPORTED THE GOVERNMENT’S MOVE TO ESTABLISH A NEW COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; TO INCREASE THE RESEARCH FUNDS; TO IMPROVE THE LONG-TERM FINANCIAL PLANNING AND ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES; TO RE-VAMP THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND TO SET UP THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

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THE STRENGTHENING OF GOVERNMENT SUPERVISION OVER HONG KONG’S SECURITIES MARKETS IS NOW DUE, THE HON PETER C. WONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ANNUAL DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS, MR WONG SAID IT WAS STILL TOO EARLY TO SAY WHAT EFFECTS THE RECENT EVENTS ON THE SECURITIES MARKETS WOULD HAVE ON HONG KONG’S POSITION AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

BUT IT WAS NOT TOO EARLY TO START PUTTING RIGHT WHATEVER DEFICIENCIES IN OUR SYSTEM WERE BROUGHT TO LIGHT BY THOSE EVENTS, HE ADDED.

HE SAID: "WE HAVE A LAISSEZ-FAIRE, NON-INTERVENTIONIST ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL SYSTEM, BUT IF THIS SYSTEM IS TO WORK FAIRLY AND EFFICIENTLY IT MUST HAVE A SOUND AND EFFECTIVE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK IN WHICH TO OPERATE.

"OTHERWISE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO INTERVENE WHEN THE LAX AND OUTDATED REGULATORY FRAMEWORK IS SHOWN IN A CRISIS TO BE TNADEQUATE."

MR WONG WELCOMED THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S ASSURANCES THAT THERE WOULD BE AN INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT HAD HAPPENED. "BUT LET THAT INVESTIGATION BE A PRODUCTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE ONE AND NOT MERELY A HUNT FOR CULPRITS," HE SAID.

HE SAID IT WAS FAR BETTER TO SPEND MILLIONS ON EXPANDING OUR REGULATORY AGENCIES AND EMPLOYING EXPERT CONSULTANTS TO ADVISE ON IMPROVEMENTS THAN TO SPEND BILLIONS MOPPING UP THE MESS AFTER SOMETHING HAPPENED.

/MR WONG

WEDNESDAY, NOVfNBER U, 1987

MR WONG OBSERVED THAT THE COLLAPSE OF THE EXCHANGE MARKETS HAD CERTAINLY ADDED A NEW DIMENSION TO THE NEED TO HAVE EFFECTIVE REMEDIES TO TACKLE COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES.

HE NOTED THAT THE RECENT CONCLUSION OF THE LONGEST AND MOST COMPLEX COURT CASE IN LOCAL HISTORY HAD SHOWN HOW NECESSARY IT WAS THAT THERE SHOULD BE REFORMS.

HE WAS, THEREFORE, PLEASED TO LEARN THAT A DRAFT BILL IMPLEMENTING, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LEGCO’S SELECT COMMITTEE ON COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME WOULD SOON BE PUT BEFORE THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

MR WONG SAID: "I DO NOT WISH TO SUGGEST THAT THERE IS ANY SIMILARITY BETWEEN FRAUD AND ABUSES ON THE STOCK EXCHANGE, BUT THE INADEQUACIES OF OUR PRESENT SYSTEM OF INVESTIGATING AND TRYING COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES AND SUCH MATTERS AS THE ABSENCE OF ANY REAL SANCTIONS AGAINST INSIDER DEALING WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE OPPORTUNIST, THE UNETHICAL, AND THE DOWNRIGHT DISHONEST."

"THIS WILL CERTAINLY BE DETRIMENTAL TO IKING KONG'S REPUTATION AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO HONG KONG’S RELATIONS AND LINKS WITH CHINA, MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT TWO RECENT EXAMPLES OF SPEEDY AND CONSTRUCTIVE HELP SHOWED HOW READY CHINA WAS TO COME TO HONG KONG’S AID IN TIMES OF EMERGENCY.

THE FIRST WAS THE VERY SATISFACTORY ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE REPATRIATION BACK TO CHINA OF LARGE NUMBER OF EX-CHINA VIETNAMESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS; AND THE SECOND WAS THE PARTICIPATION OF THE BANK OF CHINA IN THE EFFORTS TO SUPPORT THE FUTURES EXCHANGE.

MR WONG SAID THERE HAD BEEN DURING THE PAST YEAR CONSIDERABLE QUESTIONING OF CHINA’S INTENTIONS TOWARDS HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO THE REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

HE SAID: "IT IS NATURAL FOR THERE TO BE CONCERN THAT OUR PRESENT FREEDOMS SHOULD BE PRESERVED. IT IS UNDERSTANDABLE THAT THIS CONCERN SHOULD SOMETIMES TAKE THE FORM OF ANXIETY ABOUT OUR FUTURE.

"BUT IT WILL DO OUR CONFIDENCE IN OURSELVES AND IN OUR FUTURE NO GOOD IF WE MISTRUST CHINA’S MOTIVES TOWARDS HONG KONG AND DOUBT HER INTENTIONS TO CARRY OUT THE TERMS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION."

HE ADDED: "BY ALL MEANS LET US GUARD FREEDOMS AND EXAMINE CRITICALLY THE MANY CHANGES THAT MUST TAKE PLACE DURING THE TRANSITION PERIOD, BUT LET THIS BE AN ATTITUDE OF HEALTHY CAUTION AND NOT ONE OF UNDUE SUSPICION."

/HR WONG

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1987

MR WONG ALSO SPOKE ABOUT THE BOAT PEOPLE ARRIVING FROM VIETNAM. HE SAID THE BURDEN OF KEEPING THOSE REFUGEES HAD ALREADY FALLEN ON HONG KONG FOR FAR TOO LONG, YET THERE WAS LITTLE SIGN OF RELIEF IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND EVERY LIKELIHOOD THAT THE BURDEN WOULD INCREASE.

HE SAID HE SUPPORTED ANY SOLUTION THAT WOULD RELIEVE HONG KONG OF THIS BURDEN WHETHER IT INVOLVED REPATRIATION OR SOME OTHER METHOD. BUT IT MUST BE A SOLUTION THAT DID NOT COMPROMISE HONG KONG’S LONG AND CONSISTENT REPUTATION FOR TREATING THE BOAT PEOPLE IN A HUMANE AND DECENT MANNER.

HE SAID: ’’SENDING THEM BACK TO VIETNAM MAY BE A LAST RESORT, IF WE CAN BE ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT THEY WILL NOT BE PERSECUTED.”

’’HOWEVER, I AM FIRMLY OPPOSED TO ANY ATTEMPT OR SUGGESTION TO TURN THEM BACK BEFORE THEY LAND TN HONG KONG. THIS IS NEITHER HUMANE NOR PRACTICAL.”

TURNING TO THE BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) PASSPORT, MR WONG URGED THE BRITISH AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS TO DO MORE TO ENSURE THE ACCEPTABILITY OF THE PASSPORT TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

HE SAID THE INITIAL ENTHUSIASM FOR THE NEW PASSPORT HAD FIZZLED OUT LIKE A DAMP MATCH.

MR WONG SAID: "THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING WHETHER OR NOT TO TAKE OUT THE PASSPORT WOULD BE MORE INTERESTED TO KNOW HOW THE BRITISH AND HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS’ PROMISES ABOUT ENSURING THE ACCEPTABILITY OF THE PASSPORT HAVE BEEN FULFILLED; WHAT POSITIVE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE AND WILL BE MADE TO ENSURE THAT OTHER COUNTRIES* IMMIGRATION OFFICERS ARE FAMILIAR WITH IT; AND HOW MANY COUNTRIES SO FAR HAVE SAID THAT THEY WILL RECOGNISE IT.”

’’TIME IS NOT REALLY ON OUR SIDE. WHILE I APPRECIATE THE DIFFICULTIES INVOLVED, THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE FOR NOT PURSUING THE MATTER WITH UTMOST SPEED AND EFFORT.”

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BOLDER SOLUTION TO LABOUR SHORTAGE NEEDED *****

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD COME UP WITH A BOLDER AND MORE EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO THE LABOUR SHORTAGE PROBLEM, THE HON F.K. HU SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS, MR HU SAID HONG KONG\S DEVELOPMENT HAD OUTGROWN THE POPULATION AND THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE TO DO THE NECESSARY WORK.

"IF THIS CONDITION IS NOT REMEDIED IN TIME, THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG WILL BE SEVERELY HAMPERED," HE SAID.

CITING JUNE STATISTICS, MR HU SAID THERE WERE 42,300, 14,850 AND 5,940 REPORTED VACANCIES RESPECTIVELY IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE AND RELATED TRADES SECTOR AND THE FINANCE AND BUSINESS SECTOR,MARKING A 85.2 PER CENT, 109.9 PER CENT AND 132.5 PER CENT RISE RESPECTIVELY OVER JUNE LAST YEAR.

AND IN EACH OF THESE SECTORS, CONSIDERABLE WAGE INCREASES HAD BEEN INTRODUCED. "IT IS THEREFORE APPARENT THAT THE PROBLEM NOW IS NOT WHETHER THE EMPLOYERS ARE WILLING TO PAY ENOUGH TO GET PEOPLE TO WORK FOR THEM," HE SAID.

WHILE CONCEDING THAT LABOUR-SAVING METHODS AND WAGE ADJUSTMENTS WERE EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM, MR HU COMMENTED THAT THESE MEASURES WOULD ONLY WORK IN THE LONG RUN AND OVER-DEPENDENCE ON THEM WOULD HAVE THE ADVERSE EFFECT OF BEING INFLATIONARY.

"ONE WAY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM IS TO CUT BACK EXPENDITURE ON PUBLIC WORKS TO RELEASE MANPOWER ENGAGED IN PUBLIC WORKS TO OTHER SECTORS," HE SUGGESTED.

"THE MERIT OF THIS IS THAT IT CAN REDUCE THE DEMAND FOR MANPOWER AND AVOID PUSHING UP INFLATION. HOWEVER, IN THE LONG RUN, THIS COULD MEAN THAT SOME OF OUR MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS ARE NOT COMPLETED ON TIME."

ANOTHER FEASIBLE SOLUTION WAS TO RELAX IMMIGRATION REGULATIONS TO ALLOW LABOUR TO BE IMPORTED, MR HU SAID. "WE COULD CONSIDER IMPORTING WORKERS ON A CONTRACTUAL BASIS, UNDER WHICH THE WORKERS COULD ONLY WORK HERE FOR A SHORT AND LIMITED PERIOD. ON THE EXPIRY OF THAT PERIOD THEY WOULD HAVE TO RETURN TO THEIR OWN COUNTRIES," HE SAID.

"ANOTHER SHORT-TERM SOLUTION IS TO ALLOW CHINESE WORKERS TO WORK HERE ON A DAILY BASIS. THEY MAY CROSS THE BORDER IS THE MORNING AND RETURN TO ('HINA IN THE EVENING.

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"THIS MEASURE CAN ALSO BE COMPLEMENTED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INDUSTRIAL ZONE AT THE BORDER, EMPLOYING CHINESE LABOUR UNDER SIMILAR CONDITIONS.

"THESE SUGGESTIONS, THOUGH THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN RULED OUT BY THE. GOVERNMENT, DESERVE SERIOUS RECONSIDERATION."

MR HU ALSO URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW ITS DECISION NOT TO SET UP A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND.

HE SAID : "THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG HAS BEEN BUILT ON THE INDUSTRY OF THE LOCAL POPULATION. RETIRED WORKERS ARE ENTITLED TO ENJOY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF THE COMMUNITY’S PROSPERITY.

"THE PROPOSALS TO CHANGE THE CHARACTER OF THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT SCHEME TO INCLUDE EMPLOYEES RETIRING DUE TO OLD AGE OR ILL HEALTH AND TO IMPROVE THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE SCHEME WITH ITS AGE QUALIFICATION LOWERED TO 65 IN STAGES BY 1991, I AM AFRAID, ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A CONTRIBUTORY PROVIDENT FUND SCHEME."

MR HU SAID THERE WAS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR GOVERNMENT SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES TO BE CONFINED TO A NON-CONTRIBUTORY BASIS, PARTICULARLY AS PREVIOUS ARGUMENTS AGAINST THE SETTING UP OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND, SUCH AS THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG BEYOND 1997 AND THE INABILITY OF THE ECONOMY TO AFFORD SUCH A SCHEME, WERE NO LONGER RELEVANT.

NEVERTHELESS, MR HU SAID HE WAS HEARTENED BY THE FORWARD-LOOKING PROGRAMMES THE GOVERNMENT HAD PLANNED FOR HONG KONG IN THE YEARS TO COME. HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE OBJECTIVE OF DEVELOPING HONG KONG INTO A SOCIETY WHICH COMBINED A STRONG, EXPANDING AND COMPETITIVE ECONOMY WITH CONCERN FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF ALL ITS PEOPLE COULD BE ACHIEVED.

HE AGREED ENTIRELY WITH THE GOVERNOR’S APPROACH TOWARDS THE HONG KONG-CIIJNA RELATIONSHIP, COMMENTING THAT IT WAS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO FURTHER CULTIVATE AND IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA TO ENSURE HONG KONG’S STABILITY AND PROSPERITY.

"THERE ARE THREE GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THIS RELATIONSHIP, NAMELY MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, MUTUAL TRUST AND MUTUAL RESPECT," HE SAID.

MR HU EMPHASISED THAT OFFICIAL CHANNELS ALONE WERE NOT ENOUGH TO ACHIEVE THE ABOVETHREE PRINCIPLES AND MORE PRIVATE CHANNELS WERE NEEDED. "ONLY BY CULTIVATING CHANNELS FROM THE TOP TO GRASSROOTS LEVELS CAN WE BUILD UP THE FULL-SCALE RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA THAT OUR LONG-TERM SUCCESS REQUIRES," HE SAID.

ON THE GROWING INVOLVEMENT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS, MR HU DESCRIBED THIS AS A MOVE "IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION". HE CITED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR’S PARTICIPATION IN REALISING TARGETS SET BY THE LONG TERM HOUSING STRATEGY AS "WELCOME SIGNS OF A GROWING PRIVATE INVOLVEMENT IN BUILDING A BETTER HONG KONG".

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WEDNESDAY, NOVIMBER 4, 1^8?

ON HOUSING, MR HU SAID HE WAS GLAD THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TURNED TO A MORE DEMAND-ORIENTED HOUSING POLICY, TAKING INTO ACCOUN1 RESIDENTS’ INCREASING DESIRE TO OWN THEIR OWN HOME.

"BY PROVIDING RESIDENTS WITH THEIR OWN HOMES, WE CAN HELP TO CULTIVATE A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG THE GENERAL PUBLIC WHICH WILL ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAY IN HONG KONG.

"AN ENLARGED HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME ALSO SERVES ANOTHER PURPOSE. IT IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO STABILISE THE PROPERTY MARKET, BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT IS IN A POSITION TO ENSURE THAT THE PRICE OF HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME FLATS IS WITHIN THE REACH OF THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR IT," HE SAID.

ON SPORTS AND PHYSICAL RECREATION, MR HU REGRETTED THAT FUNDS ALLOCATED TO SPORTS BODIES WERE BASED ON THE LEVEL PAID YEARS AGO AND WERE ONLY ADJUSTED TO THE PREVAILING INFLATION RATE, WITHOUT INTO ACCOUNT ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES, NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND THE NEED TO STRENGTHEN ADMINISTRATION.

"TO MERT THE IMPROVING STANDARD OF LIVING AND THUS THE GREA’I ER DEMAND FOR SPORTS AND RECREATION, FUNDS PROVIDED TO THE RELATED BODIES HAVE TO BE DEMAND-ORIENTED, BASED ON THE ACTUAL NEED, OR ELSE LITTLE WILL BE ACHIEVED," HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, MR HU SAID THE EDUCATION SYSTEM SHOULD PLACE MORE EMPHASIS ON SPORTS AND PHYSICAL RECREATION AND THAI A DEI A ILF I) STUDY OF MATTERS RELATING TO PHYSICAL RECREATION AND HEALTH SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN.

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' "TUTS WAS TRUE .FOR SOME TIME, BUT I CONSIDER THAT THE SITUATION HAS ALREADY CHANGED," HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT UP TO THE EARLY 1970’S, HONG KONG WAS AHEAD OF TAIWAN AND SOUTH KOREA. BUT AS A RESULT OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT IN THE LAST DECADE, THEY HAD ALREADY OVERTAKEN HONG KONG.

AT THE SAME TIME, OWING TO THE RAPID COMMUNICATION OF DATA, OUTSIDE CHANGES AFFECTED HONG KONG MORE QUICKLY THAN THEY AFFECTED THE TERRITORY’S NEIGHBOURS.

THEREFORE, HONG KONG SHOULD REALISE ITS CONSTRAINTS AND SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS AND NOT OVER-AMBITIOUS WHEN FORMULATING POLICY DECISIONS, MR WONG SAID.

TURNING TO THE LABOUR SHORTAGE QUESTION, MR WONG SAID THE VARIOUS INDUSTRIES SHOULD, WITHIN THEIR O^N CAPABILITIES, PROVIDE MORE BENEFICIAL CONDITIONS FOR THEIR WORKFORCE, INCLUDING BETTER WAGEES AND OTHER FRINGE BENEFITS TO ATTRACT WORKERS.

HE SUGGESTED THAT MEASURES SHOULD BE TAKEN TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF HAWKERS WHO REPRESENTED A DRAIN ON THE WORKFORCE. BESIDES, THE SCHEME TO REVOKE HAWKER LICENCES WITH CASH COMPENSATION SHOULD BE ACTIVELY PROMOTED.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT MORE SUBSIDISED NURSERIES BE ESTABLISHED SO THAT MORE WOMEN COULD TAKE UP EMPLOYMENT.

MR WONG ALSO NOTED THAT LAWS REGULATING OVER-TIME WORK BY WOMEN HAD BEEN IN FORCE FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.

HE SAID THESE REGULATIONS SHOULD BE REVIEWED BECAUSE, WITH THE CHANGE OF SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, WOMEN’S STATUS HAD BEEN ELEVATED AND THEIR INDEPENDENCE WAS NOW EVEN STRONGER. OVER-RESTRICTION MIGHT CONTRADICT THEIR DESIRE FOR MORE WORK, HE SAID.

OVERALL, MR WONG SAID, THE GOVERNMENT COULD STILL DO A LOT FOR 1NDUSTRY.

"FOR MANY YEARS, FOR CERTAIN REASONS WHICH I PERSONALLY DO NOT QUITE UNDERSTAND, WE HAVE NOT BEEN ADOPTING A POSITIVE AND ACTIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY."

THE RECENT ALLOCATION OF $100 MILLION OR $200 MILLION TO THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL HAD BEEN REGARDED AS AN UNPRECEDENTED, BIG ISSUE.

"COMPARED WITH THE ALLOCATIONS, WHETHER VOLUNTARY OR INVOLUNTARY, OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THE EXCHANGE FUND, TO SOME OTHER INDUSTRIES, THE DIFFERENCE IN THE AMOUNTS IS OBVIOUS," HE OBSERVED.

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HE CONSIDERED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CHANGE ITS APPROACH AND ALLOCATE, SAY, J10 BILLION, FOR DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING A TECHNOLOGY PARK AND OTHER RESEARCH CENTRES FOR ELECTRONICS, BIO-ENGINEERING AND SO ON WHICH HE BELIEVED WOULD RECEIVE THE SUPPORT OF MANY.

ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, HE SAID HE WAS GLAD THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT SLACKENED ITS EFFORTS IN THIS ASPECT BECAUSE IT WAS ESSENTIAL IN PROMOTING PRODUCTION.

HE SAID THAT WHEN PLANNING PORT DEVELOPMENTS, CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN NOT TO NEGLECT THE ANCILLARY FACILITIES SUCH AS THE NETWORK OF ROADS AND PARKING PLACES, ESPECIALLY PARKING PLACES FOR CONTAINER LORRIES.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT USE LAND AUCTION PRICES AS THE BASIS TO ASSESS THE NEED FOR PROVIDING PARKING PLACES BECAUSE THESE WERE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FACILITIES AND THEIR EFFECT ON PRODUCTIVITY WAS INVALUABLE.

ON HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, HE SAID THE RATIO OF HOME-OWNERSHIP FLATS SHOULD BE INCREASED.

"I BELIEVE THAT THE RENTAL FLAT TYPE PUBLIC HOUSING SHOULD BE DECREASED GRADUALLY BECAUSE, IF THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE RECEIVING GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY IS RELATIVELY LARGER, THE ISSUE OF PERSONAL BENEFITS WILL EASILY COME INTO PLAY AT THE TIME OF ELECTION AND THIS HAS A BEARING ON OUR POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT," HE SAID.

HE WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD GIVE PRIORITY TO REDEVELOPING THE OLDER PARTS OF THE URBAN AREA.

"AFTER WE HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESS IN DEVELOPING NEW TOWNS, IT IS NOW TIME TO TURN OUR ATTENTION TO THE OLD AND DILAPIDATED PARTS OF THE URBAN AREA," HE SAID.

MR WONG ADDED THAT ALTHOUGH HONG KONG WAS NO LONGER CALLED A "CULTURAL DESERT", WITH THE GENERAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE LEVEL OF EDUCATION, THE DEMAND FOR CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT FROM THE NEW GENERATION WAS NO LESS THAN THEIR REQUIREMENT FOR WORK.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT POLICY IN THIS RESPECT SHOULD BE MORE POSITIVE, PROVIDING MORE RESOURCES TO THE BUDDING ARTISTIC GROUPS TO ENABLE THEM TO BLOSSOM, TO ENRICH THE CULTURAL LIFE OF THE PUBLIC AND TO PUT OUR EXISTING FACILITIES INTO FULL USE.

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TIMELY TO EMPHASISE LOCAL CULTURAL TALENT *****

WITH 21,000 THEATRE AND CONCERT HALL SEATS COMING ON STREAM THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY BY 1989, IT IS TIMELY THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S CULTURAL POLICY SHOULD EMPHASISE THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL TALENT AND LOCAL PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING COMPANIES, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE POLICY DEBATE, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID HE AGREED WITH THE GOVERNOR THAT HONG KONG WAS NOW TAKING ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE AS AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL CENTRE IN THE REGION.

ELABORATING ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF TALENT, HE SAID: "AS A FIRST STEP, THE COUNCIL FOR PERFORMING ARTS IS MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE BY SUPPORTING THE IDEA IF FORMING A LIAISON COMMITTEE FOR THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION AND CROSS-FERTILISATION OF IDEAS."

"ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE HAS BEEN A DISTINCT VOID IN GOVERNMENT’S SUPPORT FOR THE VISUAL ARTS AND THE LITERARY ARTS. I THEREFORE LOOK FORWARD TO THE REPORT OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE VISUAL ARTS WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED DURING THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR."

FURTHERMORE, THE URBAN COUNCIL HAD TAKEN THE INITIATIVE TO PLAN THE SETTING UP OF A VISUAL ARTS CENTRE IN VICTORIA BARRACKS, WHICH SHOULD BE OPEN IN ABOUT TWO YEARS’ TIME.

ON THE PROVISION OF CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE OLDER AND DENSELY POPULATED URBAN DISTRICTS, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE URBAN COUNCIL HAD EMBARKED ON A FARSIGHTED PLAN TO BUILD SPORTS CENTRES AND COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRES WITHIN EASY ACCESS OF URBAN RESIDENTS.

HOWEVER, WITH THE PRESSURE FROM VARIOUS DISTRICT BOARDS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BUILD REGIONAL CULTURAL HALLS HAVING 1,000 OR MORE SEATS, HE FELT THERE WAS A NEED FOR EVEN CLOSER CO-ORDINATION AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH IN ENSURING THAT TOTAL RESOURCES WERE PROPERLY USED AND THAT THE POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS WERE WELL UNDERSTOOD BY DISTRICT BOARDS.

EARLIER IN HIS SPEECH, REFERRING TO HONG KONG’S RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA, MR CHEONG-LEEN EMPHASISED THAT THE CONFIDENCE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE AND THEIR DETERMINATION TO PRESERVE THEIR LIFE-STYLE AND EVOLVING SYSTEMS OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT WERE CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

ON THE DRAFTING OF THE BASIC LAW, HE HOPED THAT DRAFTERS WOULD REFLECT THE HOPES AND ASPIRATIONS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE FOR A HIGH DEGREE OF POLITICAL AUTONOMY AND PRESERVATION OF A CAPITALISTIC ECONOMIC SYSTEM BASED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF JUSTICE FOR ALL.

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HE SAW THE DECISIONS OF THE 13TH CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY CONGRESS AS CAUSE FOR EVEN GREATER CONFIDENCE THAT CHINA WOULD CONTINUE WITH HER MODERNISATION PROGRAMME AND OPEN POLICY TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, WHICH IN TURN AUGURED WELL FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO SAID THAT THE SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN TAIWAN HAD PROVIDED EVEN GREATER OPPORTUNITY FOR HONG KONG TO PERFORM THE ROLE OF A NEUTRAL BASE WHEREBY TRADE, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL TIES BETWEEN THE MAINLAND AND TAIWAN COULD BE FURTHER ENHANCED.

HE FELT THIS VITAL ROLE SHOULD NOT BE LOST SIGHT OF EVEN AS THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUED IN MEASURED PACE IN REPLACING EXPATRIATE ADMINISTRATORS BY HONG KONG PEOPLE IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997.

TURNING TO THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL SITUATION IN HONG KONG, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID HE HOPED THAT ONCE THE DUST OF THE RECENT FINANCIAL CRISIS WAS SETTLED, OUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WOULD COME OUT EVEN STRONGER AND MORE DURABLE THAN EVER BEFORE.

"THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATE, CLEAR UP AND RECTIFY THE SITUATION SO AS TO RETAIN THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE AND HONG KONG’S CREDIBILITY AMONG THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC VIABILITY AND USEFULNESS AS A MANUFACTUR1NG AND ENTREPOT CENTRE, AND A FINANCIAL CENTRE, MR CHEONG-LEEN NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT LOSE MOMENTUM IN ITS DEVELOPMENT PLANS TO BUILD A NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

"BY THE END OF THE CENTURY, THE NEW AIRPORT WHEN COMPLETED MAY WELL BECOME CHINA’S MOST MODERN INTERNATIONAL AIR GATEWAY TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD. AS SUCH, IT WILL REPRESENT A VITAL ELEMENT IN HONG KONG’S EXPANDING ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE," HE SAID.

"OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE IS THE NEED TO EXPAND THE PORT FACILITIES SO AS TO COPE WITH THE RAPIDLY GROWING CARGO AND CONTAINER TRAFFIC FROM THE MAINLAND. THE JOINT PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STUDY WILL HAVE TO BE COMPLETED ON TIME, THAT IS BY THE LATE SUMMER OF 1989.

"WITH OUR SUPERB HARBOUR AS ONE OF HONG KONG'S GREATER ASSETS, WE MUST AND DEFINITELY CAN PRESERVE HONG KONG’S PROMINENT ROLE AS CHINA'S NO. 1 TRANSHIPMENT CENTRE TO THE WORLD."

MR CHEONG-LEEN SPOKE HIGHLY OF THE "COURTESY CAMPAIGN" WHEN HE TURNED TO THE TOURIST INDUSTRY.

HE SAID THIS BIENNIAL CAMPAIGN WOULD NOT ONLY STRENGTHEN CIVIC CONSCIOUSNESS AND PRIDE AMONG HONG KONG PEOPLE BUT WOULD IN THE PROCESS MAKE HONG KONG AN EVEN MORE ATTRACTIVE TOURIST DESTIN£TION-

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HE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO KEEP HONG KONG AS INTERNATIONAL ORIENTED AND BILINGUAL SOCIETY WHERE CHINESE WAS THE LOCAL "LINGUA FRANCA" AND ENGLISH THE PRINCIPAL INTERNATIONAL MEDIUM OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE WORLD.

TURNING TO REDEVELOPING THE OLDER URBAN AREAS, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID HE WELCOMED THE SETTING UP OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO IMPLEMENT SPECIFIC AND WELL DEFINED URBAN RENEWAL PROJECTS TN CO-OPERATION WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

AS A NON-PROFIT MAKING BODY, THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION WOULD HAVE TO WORK OUT FAIR AND EQUITABLE COMPENSATION ARRANGEMENTS FOR THOSE AFFECTED, AS WELL AS ACCEPTABLE REHOUSING ARRANGEMENTS FOR TENANTS AND OWNERS DISPLACED BY REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

ADEQUATE CHECKS AND BALANCES SHOULD BE PART OF THE PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THAT THE CORPORATION DID NOT ABUSE ITS EXTENSIVE POWERS, HF STRESSED.

"I LOOK FORWARD TO METROPLAN COMING UP WITH AMONG OTHER ASPECTS A COMPREHENSIVE AND REAL I STH’ DEVELOPMENT PLAN, INCLUDING A LIST OF PRIORITIES FOR RECLAMATION PROJECTS, SUCH AS BETWEEN CENTRAL AND WAN CHAI DISTRICTS, WITH POINTERS FOR MORE DETAILED DISTRICT PLANNING AND URBAN RENEWAL," HE SAID.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE DETER 10 UM INC URBAN SEWAGE SYSTEM. HE SAID IN MANY OF THE OLDER DISTRICTS, BLOCKING OR OVERSPILL OF THE SEWAGE SYSTEM OFTEN CAUSED BY TOO MANY RESTAURANTS BEING CONCENTRATED IN ONE OR TWO BUILDINGS, WAS ONE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF COMPLAINT AND FRUSTRATION MULTI-STOREY BUILDING RESIDENTS.

ON THE SUBJECT OF SOCIAL SECURITY, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID 1 । HEARTENING TO HEAR THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD BEEN PAYING PART I Cl MA: ATTENTION TO THE CONCERN EXPRESSED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS ON THE WELFARE OF THE ELDERLY AND THE FINANCIAL SECURITY OF RETIRED PERSONS.

IN ORDER TO WIN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF OUR WORKING POPULATION, HE URGED GOVERNMENT TO ACTIVELY MAINTAIN ITS DIALOGUE WITH THE AND CLARIFY EVEN FURTHER WHY IN ITS VIEW A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND WAS NOT SUITABLE FOR THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO ASKED FOR A CAREFUL REVIEW OF THE "FALSE NEWS" PROVISION IN SECTION 27 OF THE PUBLIC ORDER ORDINANCE. HE QUESTIONED IF IT WAS STILL WORTHWHILE RETAINING THE PROVISION, WAS AT PRESENT WORDED, IN HONG KONG'S LEGISLATION AS IT HAD RECEIVED HEAVY CRITICISM BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.

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RESCUE PLAN FOR EXCHANGE CRITICISED * * * * *

THE RESPONSIBILITY TAKEN ON BY THE GOVERNMENT IN INJECTING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO STABILISE THE FUTURES EXCHANGE IS INCOMMENSURATE WITH THE DEGREE OF INFLUENCE THE GOVERNMENT HAD ON THE AFFAIRS OF THE EXCHANGE, THE HON RICHARD LAI SAID TODAY' (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE POLICY DEBATE, MR LAI SAID THAT .IF THE GOVERNMENT DEEMED THAT THE WELL-BEING OF THE STOCK AND THE FUTURES MARKETS WAS OF SUCH IMPORTANCE AS TO WARRANT THE USE OF THE EXCHANGE FUND, THEN IT WOULD INDEED BE DIFFICULT TO RECONCILE WITH THE LATITUDE EXTENDED TO THE STOCK EXCHANGE TN DETERMINING THE CLOSURE AND BUSINESS ACTIVITIES OF THE EXCHANGES.

MR LAI SAJI) INVESTORS PLUNGED INTO THE MARKET AT THEIR OWN RISK; BROKERS TOOK UP CLIENTS AT THEIR OWN RISK; AND THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION CAME TO THE ARRANGEMENT AT ITS OWN RISK.

"BUT THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION HAD THE GOVERNMENT RESCUE PACKAGE TO FALL BACK ON; INSTITUTIONS ARE GUARANTEED TO GET THEIR FULL SHARE OF PROFITS WHILE ORDINARY INVESTORS ARE LEFT TO FACE BANKRUPTCY WITHOUT ASSISTANCE NOR SYMPATHY BECAUSE THEY MADE THE UNWISE DECISION," HE SAID.

THIS IRONY HAD GENERATED MUCH SUSPICION AS TO THE REAL PURPOSE OF USING THE EXCHANGE FUND, MR LAI SAID. HE QUESTIONED WHO WERE THE ACTUAL WINNERS IN THE RECENT STOCK MARKET CRISIS.

"I AM SURE THIS IS A QUESTION TO WHICH THE GENERAL PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE ANSWER," HE SAID.

MR LAI WENT ON TO SAY THAT WHETHER THE CLOSURE OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE WAS RIGHT OR WRONG, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY IN THE FIRST PLACE TO DETERMINE WHETHER TO SUSPEND TRADING OR NOT.

THE FACT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION MERELY AGREED TO GO ALONG WITH THE DECISION OF A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH EXTENSIVE INTERESTS IN THE MARKETS WAS HARDLY CONVINI ING THAT IT WAS EQUIPPED OR PREPARED TO ASSUME THE COMMANDING ROLF IN A CRISIS.

HE ADDED THAT THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE STOCK MARKET FURTHER DEMONSTRATED THE DANGER UNDER WHICH HONG KONG WOULD BE PLACED IF WIi HAD A POLITICAL SYSTEM WHEREIN DECISIONS WERE MADE BY A SMALL GROUP Oh ELITES. THE GOVERNMENT, NOW AND BEYOND, MUST BE AU’’ < NOMOUS FOR IT TO DISCHARGE ITS ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS.

"IF THE PROPOSAL TO INSTALL A GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE WERE ADOPTED FOR OUR FUTURE POLITICAL SYSTEM, THE DECISIONS OF THE ECONOMIC ELITE WOULD NOT EVEN BE SUBJECT TO THE EFFECTIVE CHECKS BY AN INDEPENDENT GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

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THE ONLY WAY TO SAFEGUARD THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC WAS TO HAVE A LEGISLATURE WHOSE MEMBERSHIP WAS DRAWN FROM THE BROAD BASE OF THE POPULACE, HE SAID.

HE SAID HE FIRMLY BELIEVED THAT ONLY WITH A LEGISLATURE WITH WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FROM AND PARTICIPATION BY THE POPULATION COULD THE ADMINISTRATION FACE THE CHALLENGES IN THE COMING YEARS WITH THE USUAL EFFECTIVENESS THAT HAD CHARACTERISED THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG. THE BEST WAY TO ACHIEVE THIS WAS BY MEANS OF DIRECT ELECTIONS.

MR LAI SAID HE WAS HEARTENED BY THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO SET UP AN OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS. HIS FIRST IMPRESSION OF THE BILL WAS THAT IT PROVIDED QUITE ADEQUATE POWERS FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO CARRY OUT HIS DUTIES.

"HOWEVER, I HAVE RESERVATION ABOUT THE POLICE NOT BEING INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF DEPARTMENTS THAT THE COMMISSIONER COULD INVESTIGATE AND THE PROVISION THAT THE DECISIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER WILL BE FINAL," HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, HE SAID THAT EXPERIENCE IN THE PAST SHOWED THAT HONG KONG COULD HAVE DONE MUCH BETTER IN PLANNING FOR NEW TOWNS AND FOR THE TRANSPORT NETWORK ESSENTIAL TO ANY METROPOLIS.

"I URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE CO-ORDINATION OF VARIOUS SERVICES SO THAT THE PROBLEMS WE ENCOUNTERED IN NEW TOWNS LIKE THEN MUN, SHA TIN WOULD NOT BE REPEATED," HE SAID.

ON THE EXTENSION OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT TO URBAN AREAS, MR LAI SAID THAT SINCE THE ROUTES TO TSUEN WAN WOULD HAVE HIGHER PATRONAGE, THESE SHOULD BE GIVEN MORF WEIGHT TN THE DELIBERATION AS TO WHICH ROUTES TO EXPAND.

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HE SAID THAT ANOTHER STATUTORY CORPORATION THAT HAD A POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE WAS THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

"I AM OF THE VIEW THAT MEASURES TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS Of OWNERS AND TENANTS INVOLVED IN REDEVELOPMENTS MUST NOT BE SACRIFICED TO FACILITATE A SHORTER REDEVELOPMENT PROCESS," HE SAID.

TURNING TO ENVIRONMENT, MR LAI SAID THAT INDUSTRIAL POLLUTANTS WERE JUST AS DAMAGING AS ANIMAL WASTE, IF NOT MORE SO. HE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST TACKLE ALL POLLUTION WITH THE SAME VIGOUR AND NOT BE SEEN AS FAVOURING ANY PARTICULR PARTY.

"THE ECONOMIC COSTS MAY BE HIGHER FOR INDUSTRIES TO TIDY Uf THEIR OPERATIONS, BUT THE SOCIAL COSTS OTHERWISE WOULD BE MUCH HEAVIER," HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAID THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT COMMIT ITSELF TO SOCIAL PROGRAMMES WHICH HONG KONG MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE IMPLEMENTING IN LEAN YEARS.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR THE HON CONRAD LAM SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THEORETICALLY GOOD PLANS AS OUTLINED BY THE GOVERNOR IN HIS POLICY SPEECH WOULD NEED A PROPER AND THOROUGH IMPLEMENTATION IN ORDER TO GET A SATISFACTORY RESULT.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE POLICY DEBATE, DR LAM NOTED THAT THE POLICY SPEECH HAI) POINTED OUT CORRECTLY THAT THE CONTINUANCE OF SOUND ADMINISTRATION WOULD DEPEND GREATLY ON THE MAINTENANCE OF A DEDICATED AND EFFICIENT CIVIL SERVICE.

"HOWEVER, YOU DID NOT TELL US HOW YOU WOULD HANDLE THOSE UNDEDICATED, INEFFICIENT AND SUB-STANDARD CIVIL SERVANTS AND HOW YOU WOULD STRENGTHEN THE SUPERVISION AND PROMOTE THE QUAL1TV OF THE STATUTORY ADVISORY COMMITTEES WHICH SERVE AS YOUR EYES AND EARS," HE SAID.

HE CITED AS AN EXAMPLE THE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE BOARD WHICH INCURRED AN ANNUAL SUM OF $24 MILLIONS FROM THE PUBLIC FUND WITH 370,000 PARTICIPATING STUDENTS. HE SAID IT WAS UPON HIS APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD THAT HE DISCOVERED THAT THE BOARD HAD NOT MET FOR EVEN ONCE IN A WHOLE YEAR.

HE QUESTIONED WHETHER THERE WAS ANY REAL VALUE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF SUCH "LIFELESS BOARDS". HE ALSO ASKED HOW MANY INACTIVE BOARDS WERE THERE IN HONG KONG AND HOW THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HANDLE THEM.

DR LAM SAID THAT THE RECENT SUSPENSION OF THE STOCK MARKET, APART FROM EXPOSING THE POOR QUALITY AND INCOMPETENCE OF SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN HANDLING CRISIS, ALSO HIGHLIGHTED THE LONG EXISTING DRAWBACKS IN THE OPERATION AND SUPERVISORY SYSTEMS OF THE FINANCIAL MARKET.

THIS UPHEAVAL IN THE FINANCIAL MARKET CAN WELL SERVE AS A GOOD LESSON TO THOSE WHO HOLD THE VIEW THAT THE PRESENT SYSTEM HAS WORKED WELL TO MAKF HONG KONG A SUCCESS AND THINK THAT CHANGES ARE NOT NECESSARY.

"IF WE DO NOT MAKE SUITABLE ADJUSTMENT, INCLUDING DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988 IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IN TIME, WE WOULD BE VERY UNWISE AND IRRESPONSIBLE," HF SAID.

DR LAM WENT ON TO SAY THAT AMONG THE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HE KNEW, MOST OF THEM WERE OF HIGH CALIBRE AND EFFICIENT. THEY DID, HOWEVER, HAVE A COMMON WEAKNESS: SUBJECTIVELY OVER-ZEALOUS IN DEFENDING THE POLICIES THEY HAD DRAWN UP.

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THEY WERE OVER-CAUTIOUS ABOUT THE WELL-MEANT AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISMS AND SUGGESTIONS OF THOSE WHO WERE OUTSPOKEN ENOUGH TO CRITICISE GOVERNMENT POLICIES. FOR THIS REASON, MANY IMPORTANT CENTRAL POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEES ARE NOT SUITABLY REPRESENTED.

HE CITED AS AN EXAMPLE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR THE HON SZETO WAH. HE SAID MR SZETO WAS THE ONLY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE EDUCATION SECTOR ELECTED TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND YET WAS NEITHER APPOINTED A PLACE ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION NOR THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

’’THIS IS NOT ONLY A DRAIN OF TALENT BUT ALSO AN INSULT AND CONTEMPT TO THE ENTIRE EDUCATION SECTOR,” HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT IN FUTURE APPOINTMENTS TO ADVISORY BOARDS, CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE REPRESENTATIVENESS AND WILLINGNESS TO ACCEPT DISSENTING VIEWS OF THE MEMBERS.

’’ANY ATTEMPTS TO CUT OUT OPPOSITE OR DISSENTING VIEWS FROM THE MEETING, WHETHER UNDER THE PRETEXT OF ’HIGHER EFFICIENCY’, ’CONSENSUS’ OR ’AVOIDING CONFRONTATIONAL POLITICS’, ARE THE BEGINNING OF A RETROGRESSIVE MOVE AWAY FROM DEMOCRACY. THERE ARE ALSO THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS DICTATORSHIP.”

DR LAM NOTED THAT THE GOVERNOR, IN HIS POLICY SPEECH, HAD TALKED ABOUT THE DETERMINATION TO IMPLEMENT FULLY THE TERMS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"YET YOU HAVE NOT TOLD US HOW THE BRITISH AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL IMPLEMENT THE CONCEPTS OF ’A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY’ AND THE ’HONG KONG PEOPLE RULING HONG KONG’,” HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT PRIOR TO AND AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, THE CHINESE OFFICIALS REPEATEDLY MADE PUBLIC COMMENTS OPPOSING THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988 AND THIS HAD DIRECT INFLUENCE ON PUBLIC OPINIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME, BOTH THE BRITISH AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS KEPT SILENT ON THE ISSUE, GIVING THE IMPRESSION THAT THE MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD WERE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN NAME ONLY, WHILE IN PRACTICE, THEY WERE UNDER THE CONTROL OF CHINA.

HE NOTED THAT AS RECENTLY STATED BY CHINESE OFFICIAL MR JI PENGFEI, THE FIRST CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION WOULD BE SELECTED THROUGH CONSULTATION.

’’THIS IS A UNILATERAL MOVE TO ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY OF SELECTING THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE BY ELECTION WHICH IS STATED IN THE SINO-RRTTISH JOINT DECLARATION,” HE SAID.

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THE DRAFT OF THE BASIC LAW HAD YET TO BE FINALISED AND A CONCLUSION HAD ALREADY BEEN REACHED. THE PROMISE OF A "HIGHLY AUTONOMOUS" HONO KONG APTER 1997 PERHAPS WAS ONLY A CASTLE IN THE AIR, HE SAID.

LAM ALSO NOTED THAT THE GOVERNOR, IN HIS POLICY SPEECH, HAD MENTION, 1) THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG INTO A SOCIETY WITH CONCERN FOR THE QUAI TY OF LIFE OF ALL ITS INHABITANTS.

'ING TO A THESIS ON THE QUALITY OF LIFE WRITTEN BY MR PAUL Di' HARWOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, THE QUALITY OF LIFE COMPRI Si 1 MANY ELEMENTS WHICH INCLUDED THE RIGHT OF THE FREE EXPRESSION. ELECTORAL RIGHTS AND THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC DECISION MAKING.

II SAID THE PUBLIC ORDER ORDINANCE AND THE FILM CENSORSHIP ORDINANCE, WHICH WERE PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE LAST SESSION, WOULD OBVIOUSLY BRING ADVERSE EFFECTS TO THE QUALITY OF LIFE.

IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD HUMAN RIGHTS, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD INTRODUf ;< AMENDMENTS TO THESE TWO ORDINANCES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE DELAY IN GIVING THE .PUBLIC THE RIGHT TO DIRECT ELECTIONS AND THE DECISION NOT TO INTRODUCE THE CENTRAL PROVIDI I FUND WERE AGAINST THE GOVERNOR'S WORDS ON "CONCERN FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF ALL THE INHABITANTS".

TURNING TO THE PROVISION OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR LAM SAID THAT AS THE POPULATION STARTED TO AdE, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD STRENGTHEN ITS MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY.

WITH THE SETTING UP OF THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY, ITS ABILITY TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF OUR MEDICAL SERVICES WOULD HAVE TO DEPEND ON ADEQUATE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS ON THE CALIBRE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY AND ITS VARIOUS REGIONAL COMMITTEES, WHICH WAS A VITAL FACTOR IN DETERMINING THfc SUCCESS OF THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY.

REFERRING TO THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, DR LAM NOTED THAT AT PRESENT THERE WERE ABOUT 3,500 VR’S WHO HAD BEEN STRANDED IN HONG KONG FOR OVER FIVE YEARS.

HE SAID HONG KONG SHOULD FIND A PRACTICAL SOLUTION FOR THOSE WHO HAD NO CHANCES OF RESETTLEMENT OVERSEAS.

HE PROPOSED THAT HONG KONG SHOULD SET A TIME LIMIT, SAY FIVE, SEVEN OR TEN YEARS. UPON EXPIRY OF THIS PERIOD, THE REFUGEES SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE INTEGRATED INTO THE COMMUNITY.

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IMPORTANCE OF SOUND, HEALTHY ECONOMY STRESSED

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THERE ARE NO OTHER SUBJECTS OF GREATER IMPORTANCE THAN A SOUND, HEALTHY ECONOMY AND THE MAINTENANCE OF OUR FUTURE ECONOMIC GROWTH, THE HON ALLEN LEE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL ADDRESS ik LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR LEE SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO USE THE EXCHANGE FUND TO INJECT $2 BILLION INTO THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION OF THE FUTURES EXCHANGE ALONG WITH ANOTHER $2 BILLION FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR WAS A MOVE WHICH WAS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY NOT ONLY TO UPHOLD OUR REPUTATION BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, TO SAFEGUARD HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE.

HE SAID THE UNPRECEDENTED DRASTIC PLUNGE OF THE HONG KONG STOCK MARKET AND THE FUTURES INDEX MARKET FOLLOWING THE COLLAPSE OF WORLD STOCK MARKETS HAD NOT BEEN PREDICTED NOR ANTICIPATED.

"THE EVENTS WHICH HAVE HAPPENED ARE REACTIONARY AND SOMETIMES TO THE EXTENT OF BEING UNCONTROLLABLE.

"HONG KONG'S REPUTATION AS BEING ONE OF THE WORLD’S MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRES WAS ON THE BRINK OF BEING PERMANENTLY DAMAGED AND UNREPAIRABLE."

HOWEVER, MR LEE SAID THE INCIDENT HAD SHOWN THE FLEXIBILITY AND INGENUITY OF HONG KONG.

"OUR GOVERNMENT HAD TO TAKE THE LEAD TO ENABLE US TO PULL THROUGH, OR AT LEAST TO STABILISE OUR OWN MARKET, IN VIEW OF THE WORLDWIDE ECONOMIC CRISIS.

"I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT .GOVERNMENT’S DECISION IS CORRECT AND I SUPPORT IT WHOLE-HEARTEDLY." ’

MR LEE SAID WE WERE LIVING IN A EVER-CHANGING WORLD AND THE INCIDENT SHOWED US HOW VULNERABLE HONG KONG WAS.

"WE MUST ALWAYS BE PREPARED TO ACT AND REACT SWIFTLY TO PREVAILING CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ' C DONE," HE SAID.

HE SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT IN HONG KONG AND IN 'HE LONGER TERM OUTLOOK OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY. HOWEVER, WE MUS PREPARED TO

RESPOND AT ALL TIMES AS OUR ECONOMY WAS STILL HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY EXTERNAL FORCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, HE ADDED.

"OUR GOVERNMENT MUST SHOW ITS LEADERSHIP IN THE PLANNING, EXECUTION, AND DECISION MAKING PROCESS IN ORDER FOR US TO GUARD AGAINST ANY FLUCTUATIONS WHICH MAY HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE."

MR LEE ALSO SPOKE ON THE AIRPORT PROJECT, INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

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HE .SAID THE AIRPORT PROJECT WAS ONE OF IMPORTANT SIGNIFICANCE PARTICULARLY AS INTEREST HAD BEEN SHOWN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN PARTICIPATING IN A NEW AIRPORT SCHEME.

HE SAID THE IMPLICATIONS OF BUILDING A NEW AIRPORT WERE WIDE-RANGING. "NOT ONLY DOES IT SHOW GOVERNMENT’S CONFIDENCE IN OUR FUTURE BIT IT ALSO ENHANCES OUR DETERMINATION \ND IMAGE AS AN INTERNATIONAL CITY."

HE SAID CAPITAL PROJECTS SUCH AS AN AIRPORT OFTEN HAD A LENGTHY DECISION MAKING PROCESS AND HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO QUICKEN ITS PACE AS THE NEED FOR A NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WOULD BE MORE PRESSING TN A YEAR OR TWO.

ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, NR LEE SAID OUR INDUSTRY WAS FACING INCREASING PROTECTIONISM AND COMPETITION AND WAS NARROWLY BASED.

"THERE IS NO QUESTION IN MV MIND THAT WE MUST MOVE UP-MARKET AND OUR FUTURE MUST BE MORE DEPENDENT ON KNOWLEDGE-BASED INDUSTRIES. A PROPOSAL TO SET UP A TECHNOLOGY" CENTRE SHOULD NOT BE DELAYED."

HE REITERATED THAT INDUSTRY WAS THE BACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY AND WITHOUT A DETERMINED INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, HONG KONG WOULD SUFFER IN THE LONG RUN.

AS REGARDS EDUCATION AND TRAINING, MR LEE SAID HE WAS GLAD TO SEE THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS AND DETERMINATION IN THESE AREAS.

"1 SUPPORTED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF HONG KONG’S THIRD UNIVERSITY AND THE INCREASE OF THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT BUDGET FOR OUR TERT I ARY EDUC<TI ON INSTITUTES.

"I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO ENTER UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION."

HE SAID TO INVEST IN EDUCATION WAS AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE AND IT WAS THE BEST GUARANTEE THAT WE COULD HAVE.

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MR LEE CONCLUDED BY SAYING THAT A SOUND AND HEALTHY ECONOMY MUST BE BASEL ON CONFIDENCE: BUSINESS CONFIDENCE AND CONFIDENCE IN THE GOVERNMENT I’* S ABILITY TO TAKE THE LEAD DURING A CRISIS AND IN THE GOVERNMENT’S FLEXIBILITY IN THE POLICY AND DECISION MAKING PROCESSES.

"I RECOGNISE THAT NO GOVERNMENT IS PERFECT BUT A GOOD GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE AND RESPONSIVE.

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"JUDGING FROM HONG KONG’S PAST PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMIC’ SUCCESS, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS A RESPONSIBLE AND RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT."

MR LEE ADDED THAT HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT WITH THE COOPERATION OF BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, WE COULD TAKE UP THE CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE.

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APPROPRIATE TIME FOR SOME TAX RELIEF ♦ » ♦ » »

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER PROVIDING SOME RELIEF TO THOSE TAXPAYERS WHOSE ANNUAL INCOME FELL WITHIN THE RANGE OF $150,001 TO $400,000, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

’’THE LATEST STATISTICS SHOWS THAT TAXES COLLECTABLE FROM THESE TAXPAYERS (NUMBERING A TOTAL OF 77,581 PERSONS) AMOUNTED TO $2.56 BILLION REPRESENTING 44.98 PER CENT OF TOTAL COLLECTABLE SALARIES TAX. THE RELIEF IS PERHAPS LONG OVERDUE,’’ MR CHEONG SAID DURING THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS.

’’THESE TAXPAYERS GENERALLY OCCUPY POSITIONS AS OUR SECOND AND THIRD TIER EXECUTIVES IN BOTH OUR PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS. THEY ARE INDEED THE BACKBONE OF OUR SOCIETY NOW, AND WILL ONE DAY LEAD OUR SOU IETY.

"THE EXPENDITURE OUTLAYS OF THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE ARE HIGH IN RELATION TO THEIR DISPOSAL INCOME. IT HAS BEEN REALLY TOUGH FOR THEM TO ACHIEVE ANY REASONABLE DEGREE OF SAVINGS.

’’HENCE, AT A TIME WHEN THE GOVERNMENT’S COFFERS ARE LIKELY TO BE FLUSH WITH WINDFALL REVENUES TH IS YEAR, A MODICUM OF TAX RELIEF FOR THIS GROUP OF TAXPAYERS SHOULD COMMAND HIGH PRIORITY.

"EVEN IF THEIR TOTAL CONTRIBUT IONS WERE TO BE CUT BY 25 PER CENT, THIS WOULD ONLY COST THE GOVERNMENT APPROXIMATELY $500 MILLION PER. ANNUM. YET, THE INTANGIBLE MORALE BOOSTING EFFECT ON THESE PEOPLE WOULD BE SO TREMENDOUS THAT IT WOULD POSITIVELY CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS HONG KONG’S CONTINUED PROGRESS."

HOWEVER, MR CHEONG SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE CAUTIOUS IN ANY CONSIDERATION OF FURTHER TAX CUTS FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN Till-: 1988-89 BUDGET AS A ONE-HALF PER CENT OR EVEN A ONE PER CENT REDUCTION IN CORPORATE PROFITS TAX WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH TO PROVIDE MUCH STIMULUS TO ECONOMIC ACTIVITY.

ON OTHER ISSUES, MR CHEONG SAID THE LONG-TERM STRATEGIES, AS PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNOR, CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO WORKING RESPONSIBLY AND RESPONSIVELY FOR THE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG.

HOWEVER, DESPITE THE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS MADE ON MANY FRONTS HONG KONG STILL HAD TO ADDRESS A LOT OF PROBLEMS.

MUCH WORK STILL NEEDED TO BE DONE AND, TO BE SUCCESSFUL, ALL SL( Toh’S OF THE COMMON ITV HAD TO WORK TOGETHER WITH DEDICATION, RESOLUTION, PRAGMATISM, UNDERSTANDING AND, ABOVE ALL, WITH A SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE.

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"UNFORTUNATELY, WHILE OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS EVOLVING IN A PERIOD OF SOME UNCERTAINTY, THERE IS A MARKED TENDENCY ON THE PART OF SOME PUBLIC FIGURES TO BOMBARD THE ADMINISTRATION WITH UNDUE CRITICISMS," MR CHEONG SAID.

"THE ACTIONS TAKEN BY OUR POLICY MAKERS HAVE FREQUENTLY BEEN UNDER ATTACK UNFAIRLY BY SUBJECTIVE INTERPRETATIONS BASED ON FAR-FETCHED AND SOMETIMES ERRONEOUS ASSUMPTIONS."

MR CHEONG SAID HE ACCEPTED THAT THIS WAS A PHENOMENON HONG KONG MIGHT HAVE TO PUT UP WITH AT THIS JUNCTURE OF ITS POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT. HOWEVER, A NOTE OF CAUTION NEEDED TO BE VOICED, HE ADDED.

"IN MY VIEW, SUCH PRACTICES, IF CARRIED ON FOR TOO LONG, WILL TEND TO BE UNSETTLING FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

"IT MAY ALSO BREED DISTRUST AND FRUSTRATION THAT WOULD HAVE A DAMAGING EFFECT ON THE MORALE AND EFFICIENCY OF OUR ABLE ADMINISTRATORS.

"OVER THE NEXT DECADE, IF WE ARE TO SUCCEED IN ACHIEVING THE TWIN GOALS OF STABILITY AND PROSPERITY, THE MORALE AND THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR CIVIL SERVICE MUST NOT BE DAMAGED IRRETRIEVABLY."

MR CHEONG SAID HONG KONG NEEDED AN EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION, BACKED UP BY A BUSINESSLIKE LEGCO, TO IMPLEMENT POLICIES WITH PRAGMATISM, CONVICTION, AND WITH A SENSE OF CONTINUITY.

"IT IS WITH THIS IN MIND THAT I WOULD SINCERELY URGE BOTH OUR POLITICIANS AND ADMINISTRATORS TO TAKE CAUTION. WE HAVE ACHIEVED REASONABLE PROSPERITY BUT WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO TO ACHIEVE LONG-TERM STABILITY."

HE SAID PETTY POSTURING COULD BECOME AN OBSTACLED TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF DESIRED COMMON OBJECTIVES. "WE MUST WORK TOGETHER WITH MUTUAL TRUST AND PRAGMATISM IN TACKLING ALL THE IMPORTANT ISSUES BEFORE US."

TURNING TO OBSERVATIONS ON SPECIFIC ISSUES, MR CHEONG SAID THE CONTINUED HEALTH OF THE ECONOMY WAS THE KEY TO OUR FUTURE SUCCESS.

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"INDEED, IF THE HEALTH OF OUR ECONOMY WERE TO BE JEOPARDISED, ALL THE RHETORIC IN THE WORLD WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SATISFY THE REAL NEEDS AND EXPECTATIONS OF OUR CITIZENS," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE EVENTS WHICH HAD UNFOLDED OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS HAD CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED HOW VULNERABLE HONG KONG COULD BE TO EXTERNAL FACTORS.

"OF THE PILLARS UNDERPINNING OUR ECONOMY, TWO MAJOR COMPONENTS - NAMELY, THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES AND THE FINANCIAL SERVICES -ARE ALMOST ENTIRELY ORIENTED TOWARDS EXTERNAL DEMAND."

MR CHEONG SAID THESE SECTORS COLLECTIVELY PROVIDED THE BULK OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES TO THE WORKFORCE AND IF HONG KONG WAS TO ACHIEVE LONG-TERM STABILITY IT COULD NOT ALLOW THESE VITAL COMPONENTS OF THE ECONOMY TO CONTRACT SUDDENLY. J

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"IT WAS AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND THAT I FULLY APPLAUDED THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO DEPLOY THE EXCHANGE FUND IN UPHOLDING THE INTEGRITY AND LIQUIDITY OF OUR SECURITIES AND FUTURES MARKETS," HE SAID.

"NEVERTHELESS, SINCE 1980, FOR THE SAKE OF STABILISING HONG KONG, THE GOVERNMENT HAS HAD TO DEPLOY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN UPHOLDING THE INTEGRITY OF OUR MONETARY AND FINANCIAL SYSTEMS.

"DARE I SAY THAT IF A SIMILAR AMOUNT HAS BEEN SPENT IN SUPPORT OF INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, THE LONGER TERM BENEFITS TO HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS MIGHT BE EQUALLY GREAT, IF NOT GREATER."

MR CHEONG SAID IT WAS TRUE THAT, OVER THE PAST DECADE, THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR TO THE ECONOMY HAD GROWN STEADILY AND IT WOULD CONTINUE TO BE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR TO FUTURE GROWTH.

"BUT, WHILE WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STABILISE THE SITUATION FOR THE MOMENT, THE GOVERNMENT MUST DRAW LESSONS FROM THIS UNFORTUNATE EPISODE. THE EXCHANGE FUND IS NOT INEXHAUSTIBLE AND SHOULD NOT ALWAYS REMAIN THE LENDER OF LAST RESORT.

"IF WE ARE TO AVOID THE TRAUMA OF THE RECENT PAST, WE MUST MOVE QUICKLY TO STRENGTHEN OUR SUPERVISORY SYSTEM AND INJECT INTO IT THE CAPACITY TO FORESEE PROBLEMS."

INSOFAR AS OUR ECONOMIC PROSPECTS WERE CONCERNED, MR CHEONG SAID HE WAS NOT TOO CONFIDENT OF THE NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS.

"SOME MAY ARGUE THAT OUR ECONOMIC INDICATORS HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENTLY POSITIVE AND THAT, GIVEN OUR RECORD OF PERFORMANCE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, WE MAY LOOK FORWARD TO A REASONABLE RATE OF GROWTH TN 1988.

"I WOULD CAUTION AGAINST SUCH OPTIMISM. IN THE FIRST PLACE, THE WORLD FINANCIAL SCENE IS LIKELY TO REMAIN UNSETTLED FOR SOME CONSIDERABLE TIME. THIS MAY EVEN LEAD TO A PERIOD OF, AT BEST, A MILD RECESSION IN THE FUTURE.

"SECONDLY, PRACTICALLY ALL THE OUTPUT OF OUR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES ARE REPRESENTED BY CONSUMER GOODS. THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS IN OUR SALE OF SUCH PRODUCTS IN THE WORLD MARKETS IS VERY MUCH DEPENDENT ON THE LEVEL OF DEMAND IN THOSE MARKETS, ESPECIALLY DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.

"THE POSSIBLE CONTRACTION OF DEMAND AS A RESULT OF THE TRAUMA THAT PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED WORLDWIDE WILL AFFECT US ADVERSELY. ALREADY THERE ARE SIGNS THAT THE ORDERS HAVE BEEN SLOWING DOWN. I EXPECT THEM TO SLOW DOWN EVEN FURTHER."

MR CHEONG SAID AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SPEND WISELY AND CONTINUE TO EXERCISE TIGHT BUDGETARY CONTROL PARTICULARLY IN RESPECT OF THOSE SERVICES PROGRAMMES WHICH DID NOT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY PROMOTE EXTERNAL COMPETITIVENESS.

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REVIEW WILL HELP RESTORE CONFIDENCE

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THE REVIEW OF FINANCIAL MARKETS AS PROMISED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SHOULD BE MADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, THE HON PETER POON SAID'IN THE LEGISLATIVE.COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"A CRITICAL INVESTIGATION WOULD IDENTIFY WEAKNESSES AND SHOULD ALSO SUGGEST WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO REVAMP THESE MARKETS AND RESTORE THE CONFIDENCE OF OUR OWN AND FOREIGN INVESTORS AND TRY TO PREVENT SUCH COLOSSAL MARKET CRASHES IM THE FUTURE," MR POON SAID DURING THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS.

HE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD IDENTIFY THE DEFECTS IN MANAGEMENT, REGULATIONS, AND LEGISLATION OF THE STOCK AND FUTURES EXCHANGES AND STUDY WHETHER, IN THE LIGHT OF BITTER EXPERIENCE, GREATER CONTROL SHOULD BE EXERCISED ON SUCH MARKETS. HOWEVER, "REGULATION" SHOULD NOT AMOUNT TO "STRANGULATION".

WHILE STRESSING THAT MORE RESOURCES SHOULD BE ALLOCATED TO THE REGULATORY AUTHORITIES, MR POON SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO PRESS AHEAD WITH LEGISLATION ON DISCLOSURE OF SHAREHOLDINGS AND TO SPEED UP INTRODUCTION OF MEASURES AGAINST INSIDER DEALING.

MR POON BACKED THE STEPS TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO UPHOLD THE STOCK AND FUTURES MARKETS AND THE STANDING OF HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE.

HE SAID: "THE CRASH IN THE WORLD STOCK MARKETS, THE WORST SINCE 1929, HIT US HARD. DURING THESE CRITICAL TIMES, THE GOVERNMENT HAD THE UNPLEASANT CHOICE THAT UNLESS IT TOOK SWIFT ACTION TO SAVE THE FUTURES MARKET, ITS COLLAPSE WOULD HAVE ENORMOUS AND FAR-REACHING REPERCUSSIONS ON OUR STOCK MARKET, FINANCIAL SECTOR, THE STRENGTH OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR AND THE CREDIBILITY OF HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE.

"VARIOUS DECISIONS TAKEN MAY NOT APPEAR TO BE DESIRABLE TO SOME BUT THE IMPORTANT QUESTION IS WHETHER THEY WERE NECESSARY.

"OUR IMMEDIATE CONCERN IS, HOWEVER, TO RESCUE FIRST AS MANY PASSENGERS AND CREW OF OUR SHIP FROM A BAD STORM BEFORE WE CONDUCT AN ENQUIRY AS TO WHAT WENT WRONG, WHETHER ANYONE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE AND THE LESSONS TO BE LEARNT."

NOTING THAT PUBLIC FINANCES WERE IN VERY SOUND SHAPE AND ECONOMIC GROWTH WAS STILL HIGH, MR POON SAID HE BELIEVED HONG KONG COULD SURVIVE THE PREVAILING ECONOMIC STORM WITH THE LEAST POSSIBLE DAMAGE AS LONG AS PEOPLE REMAINED CALM AND SENSIBLE AND DID NOT PANIC.

NEVERTHELESS, MR POON ALSO SAID PEOPLE MUST NOT BE COMPLACENT WITH THE SOUND STATE OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AS IT HAD ITSELF BROUGHT VARIOUS PROBLEMS. THE FIRST PROBLEM HE CITED WAS A LABOUR SHORTAGE WHICH, HE SAID, STEMMED FROM THE TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN INDUSTRIAL OUTPUT.

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, ON THE SHORTAGE OF LABOUR IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, HE BELIEVED THAT RAISING WAGES ALONE WOULD NOT ATTRACT MORE PEOPLE. "THE SOLUTION IS IN GOING FOR MORE AUTOMATION OR UP-MARKET AND TO DEVELOP FEWER LABOUR-INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES," HE OBSERVED.

"THE QUESTION OF 'IMPORTED LABOUR’ HAS TO BE DEALT WITH VERY CAREFULLY BECAUSE IT WOULD DISRUPT LOCAL LABOUR RELATIONS AND MAY GIVE PRETEXT TO OTHER COUNTRIES WISHING TO IMPOSE PROTECTIONISM UPON US. ,l;, .

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"HOWEVER, IF THERE ARE LARGE NEW PROJECTS SUCH AS A NEW AIRPORT, CONSIDERATION MAY BE GIVEN TO THIS SUGGESTION SUBJECT TO VERY STRINGENT SAFEGUARDS SUCH AS AN ASSURANCE THAT SUCH WORKERS CAN ONLY WORK IN HONG KONG FOR A SPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME AND--. MUST LEAVE HONG KONG AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT," MR POON SAID.

AS TO EMPLOYMENT IN THE SERVICE SECTOR, MR POON FELT THAT, THE PROBLEM LAY NOT SO MUCH IN THE GREAT SHORTAGE IN NUMBERS AS IN EMPLOYEES’ UNWILLINGNESS TO WORK FOR AN EMPLOYER FOR A SUBSTANTIAL PERIOD OF TIME OR TO WORK OVERTIME. "OUR MAIN AIM MUST AT ALL TIMES BE TO IMPROVE THE PRODUCTIVITY OF OUR WORKERS AND EMPLOYEES DESPITE THEIR FINE TRACK RECORD," HE SAID. ' , ' "

A SECOND PROBLEM HIGHLIGHTED BY MR POON ' WAS TRADE '

PROTECTIONISM IN THE UNITED STATES.

"PROTECTIONISM WILL CREATE TRADE RETALIATION AND CONFLICT AND WILL THROW THE WORLD INTO DEPRESSION. HONG KONG, BEING. A FREE TRADE \ TERRITORY, SHOULD CONTINUE I^TS EFFORTS' TO FIGHT AGAINST ANY SUCH PROPOSED MEASURES," HE SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF INFLATION, MR POON SAID HONG KONG COULD TOLERATE AN INFLATION RATE OF SIX TO EI<HT PER CENT IF A GDP GROWTH OF 12 PER CENT COULD BE ATTAINED. HE SUPPORTED THE RETENTION OF THE "LINKED EXCHANGE SYSTEM" EVEN THOUGH IT riEANT THAT AS; THE US DOLLAR WEAKENED, HONG KONG’S INFLATION RATE WOULD GO UP.

MR POON ALSO SAID THAT REFORMS IN THE TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES WAS AN AREA WHICH DESERVED URGENT ATTENTION. NOTING THAT UNDER THE PRESENT SYSTEM, THE TRIALS WERE LONG AND VERY EXPENSIVE AND AT TIMES EVEN UNFAIR TO THE PROSECUTION OR THE ACCUSED, ’HE HOPED THAT PROPER LEGISLATION TO IMPROVE THE TRIAL OF COMPLEX

COMMERCIAL CRIMES COULD BE INTRODUCED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

ON TAXATION, HE NOTED THAT MOST OF THE BURDEN OF DIRECT TAX TN HONG KONG FELL ON A RELATIVELY SMALL PROPORTION OF TAXPAYERS. "THE BURDEN ON THE MIDDLE CLASS IS PARTICULARLY HEAVY AND I SUGGEST GOVERNMENT SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS PROBLEM AND SEE WHETHER SUCH A SITUATION CAN BE ALLEVIATED," HR SAID.

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HE SAW A STRONG CASE FOR SEPARATE TAXATION FOR MARRIED AS THIS MIGHT HELP TO RELIEVE THE LABOUR SHORTAGE. A WORKING ALLOWANCE WOULD NEITHER INVOLVE HIGH ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS rZS ™E SIMPLE TAX STRUCTURR AND SHOULD BE SERIOUSLY vz VPl o J U c, K E» Iz • 9

ON THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FINANCE, MR POON AGREED GOVERNMENT SHOULD PLAY THE ROLE OF A ’’PRUDENT HOUSEKEEPER WELCOMED THE INTRODUCTION OF THE RESOURCE ALLOCATION IMPROVE THE GOVERNMENT’S LONG-TERM FINANCIAL PLANNING.

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SUMMING UP, MR POON SAID THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY PROVIDED A CLEAR PICTURE OF FURTHER IMPROVEMENT IN THE LIFE AND TN PROVIDING BETTER FACILITIES FOR EVERYONE.

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QUALITY OF

HK NEEDS TO DIVERSIFY EXPORT MARKETS ♦ ♦ * ♦

FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR HONG KONG EXPORTERS WILL DEPEND ON THEIR ABILITY TO FURTHER DIVERSIFY MARKETS AS THE PROPENSITY OF THE UNITED STATES, HONG KONG’S MAJOR MARKET, TO IMPORT MAY BE CONSTRAINED, DR THE HON KIM CHAM SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DR CHAM MADE THIS COMMENT WHEN SPEAKING ABOUT ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN HONG HONG AND THE UNITED STATES DURING THE POLICY DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE SAID MANY PEOPLE ATTRIBUTED THE PRESENT WORLD ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES TO THE UNITED STATES’ SIZEABLE BUDGETARY AND TRADE DEFICITS. BUT THERE WAS UNCERTAINTY WHETHER NARROWING THE BUDGETARY DEFICITS OF THE U.S. WOULD, IN EFFECT, ACHIEVE A STATE OF WORLD ECONOMIC STABILITY.

REDUCING THE DEFICITS MIGHT WELL LEAD TO A MORE STABLE U.S. DOLLAR BUT IT MIGHT NOT NECESSARILY CONSTITUTE AN IMPETUS FOR FURTHER GROWTH OF THE U.S. ECONOMY, DR CHAM SAID.

"IF THAT IS THE CASE, THE GROWTH OF THE U.S. ECONOMY WILL REMAIN LIMITED. THIS, IN TURN, WILL TEND TO AFFECT GROWTH OF THE WORLD ECONOMY AT LARGE," HE SAID.

"INASMUCH AS THE HONG KONG DOLLAR IS PEGGED TO THE U.S. DOLLAR, THE HONG KONG ECONOMY MAY REAP SOME BENEFITS.

"THE CRUX OF THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE PROPENSITY OF THE U.S. TO IMPORT MAY THUS BE CONSTRAINED. HONG KONG, WITH ONE-THIRD OF ITS EXPORTS GOING TO THE U.S., WILL BE SUBJECTED TO THIS CONSTRAINT.

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’’THEREFORE, THE FUTURE PROSPECT FOR HONG KONG EXPORTERS WILL DEPENp ON THEIR ABILITY TO FURTHER DIVERSIFY THE EXPORT MARKET.”

DR CHAM ALSO SAID THAT ONLY IN THE SHORT-TERM WOULD HONG KONG BENEFIT FROM A STABLE AND RELATIVELY LOWER RATE OF CURRENCY EXCHANGE. IN THE LONG RUN, FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF EXPORTS AND INDUSTRIES WOULD HINGE MAINLY ON TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS.

HE SAID IT WAS SENSIBLE FOR HONG KONG TO CONCENTRATE ON ADAPTATION OF INNOVATIVE ACTIVITIES AND GREATER EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE TOWARDS SPEEDING UP THIS PROCESS.

”IT WOULD PUT THE HONG KONG ECONOMY ON A MORE ADVANTAGEOUS POSITION VIS-A-VIS ITS EXPORT COMPETITORS SO THAT IN THE LONGER RUN, HONG KONG INDUSTRIES WILL BE ON A MORE CONCRETE FOUNDATION.”

DR CHAM SAID IT WAS ENCOURAGING THAT HONG KONG WAS ENJOYING FULL EMPLOYMENT AT PRESENT.

THERE HAD BEEN A TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN EXPORTS AND, IF THIS HEALTHY GROWTH WAS TO BE SUSTAINED, HONG KONG MUST STRENGTHEN ITS INDUSTRIAL CAPABILITY BY DEVOTING MORE EFFORT TO ENCHANCING ITS ’’HUMAN CAPITAL”.

HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO DEVISE WAYS AND MEANS OF MINIMISING THE OUTFLOW OF PRECIOUS HUMAN RESOURCES.

DR CHAM SAID THE ESSENCE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH WAS TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE AND HENCE IMPROVE THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING.

GIVEN THIS OVER-RIDING OBJECTIVE, HONG KONG MUST DO EVERYTHING FEASIBLE TO NUTURE THIS GROWTH, INCLUDING PRESERVING FREE TRADE.

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ANY STRESS WHICH MIGHT REDUCE BUSINESS CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG’S FUTURE SHOULD BE AVOIDED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, THE HON THOMAS CLYDESDALE SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE POLICY DEBATE, MR CLYDESDALE SAID THAT IF HONG KONG WAS TO CONTINUE TO BE DEVELOPED AS A GENUINE AND SUBSTANTIAL CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL OPERATIONS, IT COULD NOT AFFORD TO PERMIT THE KIND OF ACTIONS IN THE OPERATION OF THE FUTURES AND STOCK EXCHANGES WHICH HAD RECENTLY BROUGHT EXTENSIVE INTERNATIONAL CRITICISM AND OPPROBRIUM.

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"WE SIMPLY MUST RECOGNISE THAT IF WE AKE TO BE PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM THEN WE MUST PLAY BY INTERNATIONAL RULES," HE SA 11).

HE SAID THE PROPOSED COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY WHICH WAS I'O EXAMINE THE NEED FOR BETTER OPERATION AND REGULATION Ol Till EXCHANGES SHOULD BE ASKED TO GET ON WITH ITS WORK URGENTLY AND WI I II Till NECESSARY' TERMS OF REFERENCE AND POWERS TO CARRY OUT A ROOT YNI) BRANCH STUDY.

"IT IS INTOLERABLE THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE I'O FIND THE NEED FOR IMPROVEMENTS ONLY WHEN DISASTERS OCCUR," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IN VIEW OF' RECENT EVENTS, HE WOULD YLSO SUGGEST THAT A RE-EXAMINATION BE CARRIED OUT OF THE TRIE BENEFITS FOR HONG KONG ARISING OUT OF THE OPERATION OF AN INDEX FUTURES EXCHANGE.

HI SAID THE FUTURES EXCHANGE WAS CLEARLY AN INSTRUMENT REQUIRING THE PARTICIPATION OF SPECULATORS IN THE I DLL SENSE OF THE WORD.

"THAT BEING SO, I HAVE No DOUBT THAT THE RI LES APPLYING TO THE EXCHANGE AND PART ICULARLY TO THE ADMISSION OF BROKERS, AND TO LIQUIDITY AND MARGIN REQUIRMENTS MUST BE PRUDENT YND CAPABLE OF BEING APPLIED," HE SAID.

HE SAID HE FOUND IT EXTRAORDINARY THAT AN EXCHANGE WHICH HAD SO FAR SEEN A VERY LIMITED LIFE SHOULD YI.READY HYVF REQUIRED THE GOVERNMENT TO BAIL IT OUT WITH A POSSIBLE COMMITMENT OF ONE TO IWO BILLION DOLLARS PROVIDED FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.

"WHY SHOULD THE TAXPAYER FOOT THIS PARTICULAR BILL WHAT REAL BENEFIT HAS THIS FUTURES EXCHANGE PROVIDED FOR Till ECONOMY AND CAN THIS BE QUANTIFIED?" HE ASKED.

TURNING TO THE ECONOMY, MR CLYDESDALE SAID THAT A MAJOR STI DY SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT, PREFERABLY BY REPUTABLE INTERNATIONA! CONSULTANTS, ON THE PRESENT POSITION OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMY, IIS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES, ITS POTENTIAL FOR GROW I II IN VARIOUS SECTORS, THE PROBLEMS IT FACED AND PERHAPS SOME OF HIE SOU LIONS WHICH MIGHT OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS.

HE NOTED THAT A STUDY ON I HF SCALF HI MENTIONED HAD BEEN PROPOSED BY A GROUP OF BUSINESSMEN AND INDUSTRIALISTS, SUPPORTED BY THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERI I YND HIE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNUIL.

A DETAILED PROPOSAL HAD BIEN OBTAINED FROM ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY ORGANISATIONS AND IT W YS (LEAR THAT, GIVEN GOVERNMENT CONCURRENCE, THE DETAILED STUDY COULD BEGIN SOON. THE COST WOULD BE PROVIDED FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR Bl T GOVERNMENT SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT WAS CLEARLY NECESSARY.

/HE ADDED

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HE ADDED THAT IN THE LIGHT OF THE POTENTIAL IMPORTANCE OF SUCH A STUDY TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROGRAMME OUTLINED IN THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY SPEECH, THIS STUDY SHOULD NOW GO AHEAD.

ON THE QUESTION OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND, HE SAID THAT HIS CONSTITUENCY WAS AGAINST THE IDEA, AS WERE MANY OTHER EMPLOYERS ORGANISATIONS.

"HOWEVER, WE HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THERE MUST BE A CONTINUAL AND REAL IMPROVEMENT IN OUR SOCIAL SE(?URTT> SYSTEM AND WE HAVE SUGGESTED THAT ONE OF THE STEPS WHICH SHOULD EVENTUALLY RE TAKEN IS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NON MEANS TESTED OLI) AGE PENSION AT THE AGE OF 65, FOR ALL QUALIFIED RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THERE SHOULD ALSO BE A PUBLICLY DECLARED INTENTION TO MOVE FROM PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, THAT IS OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, TO THE GRANTING OF AN OLD AGE PENSION BY RIGHT FOR ALL QUALIFIED PERSONS OF 65 OR OVER.

"ON A PHASED BASIS, WE SHOULD HAVE THE FINANCIAL MEANS TO PROVIDE SUCH SECURITY TO THE PEOPLE WHOSE TOIL HAS CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO OUR ECONOMY AND I CAN SEE NO REASON FOR SERIOUS DELAY IN ITS IMPLEMENTATION," HE SAID.

---------------------0 ------- INTEGRITY IN FINANCIAL MARKETS IS ESSENTIAL *****

HONG KONG’S PROSPERITY CAN ONLY BE SAFEGUARDED BY STRONG AND RESPECTED LEADERSHIP AND DEMONSTRATED INTEGRITY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL MARKETS, THE HON DAVID K.P. LI SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL ADDRESS, MR LI SAID THESE WERE CRUCIAL ELEMENTS IN REGAINING FOR HONG KONG THE CONFIDENCE AND CREDIBILITY OF 'HIE REST OF THE WORLD.

HE SAID THE EVENTS OF THE PAST TWO WEEKS HAD SHOWN GOVERNMENT AT ITS INEFFECTIVE WORST.

"AT A TIME WHEN THE COLLAPSE OF THE LOCAL SECURITIES MARKETS INDICATED A NEED FOR MAJOR SURGERY, GOVERNMENT WAS SEEN TO BE RUNNING ROUND STICKING ON BAND AIDS."

MR LI SAID EFFORTS TO PROMOTE HONG KONG AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE AND FREE MARKET HAD NOW BEEN SEVERELY COMPROMISED WHEN, AT A TIME WHEN ALL THE OTHER WORLD MARKETS REMAINED OPEN, HONG KONG WAS CLOSED FOR FOUR DAYS.

/’’THROUGHOUT THIS

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1987

"WE SIMPLY MUST RECOGNISE THAT IF WE ARE IO BE PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM THEN WE MUST PLAY BY INTERNATIONAL RULES.” HE SAID.

*

HE SAID THE’ PROPOSED COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY WHICH WAS TO EXAMINE THE NEED FOR BETTER OPERATION AND REGULATION OF THE EXCHANGES SHOULD

BE ASKED TO GET ON WITH ITS WORK URGENTLY AND WITH THE NECESSARY

TERMS OF REFERENCE AND POWERS TO CARRY OUT A ROOT AND BRANCH STUDY.

”IT IS INTOLERABLE THAT WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO FIND THE NEED

FOR IMPROVEMENTS ONLY WHEN DISASTERS OCCUR,” HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT IN VIEW OF RECENT EVENTS, HE WOULD ALSO SUGGEST THAT A RE-EXAMINATION BE CARRIED OUT OF THE TRUE BENEFITS FOR HONG KONG ARISING OUT OF THE OPERATION OF AN INDEX FUTURES EXCHANGE.

HE SAID THE FUTURES EXCHANGE WAS CLEARLY AN INSTRUMENT REQUIRING THE PARTICIPATION OF SPECULATORS TN THE FULL SENSE OF THE WORD.

"THAT BEING SO, I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE RULES APPLYING TO THE EXCHANGE AND PARTICULARLY TO THE ADMISSION OF BROKERS, AND TO LIQUIDITY AND MARGIN REQUIRMENTS MUST BE PRUDENT AND CAPABLE OF BEING APPLIED,” HE SAID.

HE SAID HE FOUND IT EXTRAORDINARY THAT AN EXCHANGE WHICH HAD SO FAR SEEN A VERY LIMITED LIFE SHOULD ALREADY HAVE REQUIRED THE GOVERNMENT TO BAIL IT OUT WITH A POSSIBLE COMMITMENT OF ONE TO TWO BILLION DOLLARS PROVIDED FROM PUBLIC FUNDS.

"WHY SHOULD THE TAXPAYER FOOT THIS PARTICULAR BILL? WHAT REAL BENEFIT HAS THIS FUTURES EXCHANGE PROVIDED FOR THE ECONOMY AND CAN THIS BE QUANTIFIED?” HE ASKED.

TURNING TO THE ECONOMY, MR CLYDESDALE SAID THAT A MAJOR STUDY SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT, PREFERABLY BY REPUTABLE INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS, ON THE PRESENT POSITION OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMY, ITS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES, ITS POTENT1 Al FOR GROWTH IN VARIOUS SECTORS, THE PROBLEMS IT FACED AND PERHAPS SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS WHICH MIGHT OVERCOME THE. PROBLEMS.

HF. NOTED THAT A STUDY ON THE SCALE HE MENTIONED HAD BEEN PROPOSED BY A GROUP OF BUSINESSMEN AND INDUSTRIALISTS, SUPPORTED BY THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE HONG KONG PRODUCT!VTTY COUNCJL.

A DETAILED PROPOSAL HAD BEEN OBTAINED FROM ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY ORGANISATIONS AND IT WAS CLEAR THAT, GIVEN GOVERNMENT CONCURRENCE, THE DETAILED STUDY COULD BEGIN SOON. THE COST WOULD BE PROVIDED FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR BUT GOVERNMENT SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT WAS CLEARLY NECESSARY.

/HE ADDED

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HE ADDED THAT IN THE LIGHT OF THE POTENTIAL IMPORTANCE OF SUCH A STUDY TO THE JECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PROGRAMME OUTLINED IN THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY SPEtCH, THIS STUDY SHOULD NOW GO AHEAD.

ON THE QUESTION OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND, HE SAID THAT HIS CONSTITUENCY WAS,AGAINST THE IDEA, AS WERE MANY OTHER EMPLOYERS ORGANISATIONS.

’’HOWEVER, WE HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THERE MUST BE A CONTINUAL AND REAL IMPROVEMENT IN OUR SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM AND WE HAVE SUGGESTED THAT ONE OF THE STEPS WHICH SHOULD EVENTUALLY BE TAKEN IS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NON MEANS TESTED OLI AGE PENSION AT THE AGE OF 65, FOR ALL QUALIFIED RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THERE SHOULD ALSO BE A PUBLICLY DECLARED INTENTION TO MOVE FROM PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, THAT IS OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, TO THE GRANTING OF AN OLD AGE PENSION BY RIGHT FOR ALL QUALIFIED PERSONS OF 65 OR OVER.

"ON A PHASED BASIS, WE SHOULD HAVE THE FINANCIAL MEANS TO PROVIDE SUCH SECURITY TO III!' PEOPLI WHOSE TOIL HAS CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO OUR ECONOMY AND I CAN SEE NO REASON FOR SERIOUS DELAY IN ITS IMPLEMENTATION,” HE SAID.

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INTEGRITY IN FINANCIAI MARKETS IS ESSENTIAL ; *****

HONG KONG’S PROSPERITY CAN ONLY BE SAFEGUARDED BY STRONG AND RESPECTED LEADERSHIP AND DEMONSTRATED INTEGRITY IN THE MANAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL MARKETS, THF HON DAVID K.P. LI SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL ADDRESS, MR LI SAID THESE WERE CRUCIAL ELEMENTS IN REGAINING FOR HONG KONG THE CONFIDENCE AND CREDIBILITY OF THE REST OF THF WORLD.

HE SAID THF. EVENTS OF THE PASI TWO WEEKS HAD SHOWN GOVERNMENT AT ITS INEFFECTIVE WORST.

"AT A TIME WHEN THF COLLAPSE OF THE LOCAL SECURITIES MARKETS INDICATED A NEED FOR MAJOR SURGERY, GOVERNMENT WAS SEEN TO BE RUNNING ROUND STICKING ON BAND AIDS.”

r' MR LI SAID EFFORTS TO PROMOTE HONG KONG AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE AND FREE MARKET HAD NOW BEEN SEVERELY COMPROMISE!) WHEN, AT A TIME WHEN ALI THE OTHER WORLD MARKETS REMAINED OPEN, HONG KONG WAS CLOSED FOR FOUR DAYS.

/’’THHOUGHOUT THIS.........

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HE SAID HE ENDORSED THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO SPEND AN EXTRA $3 BILLION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO BETTER THE SOCIAL WELFARE PROGRAMME, ALTHOUGH IT WAS, AFTER ALL, ONLY ONE AND A HALF TIMES THE MONEY THAT HAD BEEN SPENT IN 48 HOURS ON RESCUING THE HONG KONG FUTURES GUARANTEE CORPORATION.

MR LI ALSO SAID THAT DESPITE THE TURBULENT STATE OF HONG KONG’S SECURITIES MARKETS, THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE ECONOMY REMAINED STRONG.

"ALTHOUGH THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IS CLOUDED BY INFLATION AND A SHORTAGE OF LABOUR, THIS IS CURRENTLY THE PRICE FOR OUR COMMITMENT TO A STABLE EXCHANGE RATE FOR THE HONG KONG CURRENCY.

"UNDER THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE REGIME, OUR ECONOMY HAS TO RESPOND TO EXTERNAL CHANGES THROUGH INTERNAL ADJUSTMENT OF COSTS AND PRICES. INFLATION AND LABOUR SHORTAGE, THOUGH UNDERSIRABLE, PROVIDE THE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENT MECHANISMS FOR OUR EXPORT-LED ECONOMIC BOOM.

"I PREFER TO SEE THESE PROBLEMS BEING RESOLVED BY MARKET FORCES RATHER T-HAN GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION."

MR LI SAID THAT TO CONTEND WITH MOUNTING PROTECTIONISM, HONG KONG MUST UPGRADE ITS INDUSTRIES AND MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF "HIGH-TECH".

HE SAID THE APPLICATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WAS THE KEY TO SUCCESSFULLY DEVELOPING HIGH-TECH INDUSTRIES AND HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO PAY CLOSER ATTENTION TO THIS.

UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS MUST BE PREPARED TO TRAIN THE REQUIRED PROFESSIONALS TO HELP OUR ENTERPRISES IN EXPLOITING THE ADVANTAGES OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, HE ADDED.

"COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE SHOULD BE TAUGHT MORE EXTENSIVELY IN OUR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. THE COMPUTER LITERACY OF OUR STUDENTS MUST BE GREATLY IMPROVED."

MR LI ALSO POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG WAS MOVING TOWARDS A GROWING INTEGRATION OF BANKING AND NON-BANKING FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES.

"AS A RESULT, THE REGULATION AND SUPERVISION OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE BASED ON 'FUNCTION' RATHER THAN ON 'CLASS’."

HE SAID MANY LICENSED DTC’S IN HONG KONG, BY THEIR VERY NATURE, SHOULD BE SUPERVISED AS MERCHANT BANKS RATHER THAN AS ANOTHER CLASS OF DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS.

"IT WOULD ALSO BE APPROPRIATE TO USE THE NAME "MERCHANT BANKS" RATHER THAN "LICENSED DTC’S” BECAUSE THE NAME "DTC" LACKS RECOGNITION IN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS."

/Mr li

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 198?

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MR LI SAID HONG KONG MUST MAINTAIN ITS COMPETITIVE EDGE AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE AND THAT BETTER CO-ORDINATION OF MEASURES BETWEEN THE TAXATION AND BANKING SUPERVISORY AUTHORITIES WAS VITAL.

“TAX CONCESSIONS ON HONG KONG DOLLAR DEBT PAPER ARE A CASE IN POINT,” HE SAID. ”BY SCRAPPING THE WITHHOLDING TAX ON HONG KONG DOLLAR DEBT INSTRUMENTS SO AS TO REVIVE THE CAPITAL MARKET, HONG KONG’S ATTRACTIVENESS AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE COULD BE MAINTAINED."

HE ALSO SAID THE RECENT DRASTIC FALL IN THE SECURITIES MARKET APPEARED TO HAVE HAD ONLY A MINIMAL EFFECT ON THE BANKING SECTOR.

’’WHILE THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS HAS DONE AN EXCELLENT JOB AS CHAIRMAN OF BANKS BAILED OUT BY PUBLIC FUNDS, IT IS HIGH TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO RESOLVE THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST THAT THEY HAVE CREATED BY HAVING THE SAME PERSON ACT BOTH AS INDUSTRY REGULATOR AND AT THE SAME TIME AS THE CHAIRMAN OF THESE COMMERCIAL BANKS,” HE WENT ON.

’’THE RECENT SALE OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK IS A GOOD PRECEDENT FOR PRIVATISATION OF GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED BANKS.”

MR LT SUGGESTED THAT GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE GREATER EFFORTS IN RETURNING THE OTHER TWO BANKS, OVERSEAS TRUST BANK AND HANG LUNG BANK, TO PROFITABLE OPERATION AND DISPOSING OF THEM IN THE MARKET.

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SCIENCE COMMITTEE WILL MEET GROWING NEED

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THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TECHNOLOGY WILL EFFICIENTLY MEET THE HON POON CHUNG-KWONG SAID (WEDNESDAY).

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ANOTHER AREA OF PARTICULAR INTEREST AT PRESENT WAS THE POSSIBLE IMPLEMENTATION, IN THE TERRITORY, OF SOME FORM OF COMPUTER NETWORK SYSTEM.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE NETWORK WOULD FACILITATE BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS BY REPLACING CONVENTIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMMUNICATION WITH ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION BETWEEN TRADING COMPANIES, BANKERS, INSURANCE COMPANIES, CARRIERS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED WITH LICENSING, CUSTOMS DECLARATIONS, QUOTA CONTROL ETC.

"SIMILARLY, IT WOULD FALL TO THE COMMITTEE TO PROVIDE SAFEGUARDS AGAINST COMPUTER-RELATED CRIMES; AND AGAINST THE MISUSE OF THE SYSTEM OF FINANCIAL CREDIT COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS ELECTONIC MONEY," HE SAID.

PROF POON SAID THE POLICY OF THE TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY TO AND FROM HONG KONG WOULD BE A TOPIC OF CONCERN, AS THE TERRITORY’S INDUSTRIES LOOKED TO STEP INTO THE FUTURE, AND THUS EMBRACED MORE HIGH TECHNOLOGY.

LASERS AND RADIO ISOTOPES HAD GAINED A GREAT DEAL OF SIGNIFICANCE IN RECENT YEARS BECAUSE OF THEIR WIDE SPHERE OF APPLICATION IN SUCH FIELDS AS SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, MEDICINE, THE BUILDING AND THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, HE WENT ON.

THE QUESTION OF SAFETY CONTROLS IN BOTH AREAS WAS ONE TO WHICH THE COMMITTEE COULD GIVE SERIOUS AND INFORMED CONSIDERATION.

HE SAID YET ANOTHER AREA OF WORK FOR THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE THAT OF LICENSING IN SUCH PROFESSIONS AS ENGINEERING.

TURNING TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE COMMITTEE, PROF POON SUGGESTED THAT THE CHAIRMAN BE CHOSEN NOT FROM AMONG MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT BUT FROM THE INDEPENDENT PUBLIC.

LIKEWISE, THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE SHOULD COMPRISE DIRECTORS, OR THEIR DEPUTIES, OF THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND REPRESENTATIVES DRAWN FROM THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AND THOSE WORKING MORE GENERALLY IN THE FIELDS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

"IT IS, FURTHERMORE, TO BE HOPED THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD INFREQUENT MEETINGS WITH LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES OF SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL BODIES IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE THE INPUT OF IDEAS AT AN INFORMAL LEVEL," HE SAID.

ON THE SUBJECT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, PROF POON SAID THE RAPID DETFJRIORATION OF OUR ENVIRONMENT HAD BEEN OBVIOUS TO ANYONE LIVING IN HONG KONG, FOR SOME YEARS NOW. HE FELT THAT IT HAD NOW REACHED THE STAGE WHERE URGENT INTERVENTION WAS NECESSARY.

/HE NOTED

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HE NOTED THAT THE MAIN THRUST OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROGRAMME TO DATE HAD BEEN ON INTRODUCING LEGISLATIVE CONTROLS.

IN ORDER TO COMBAT AIR POLLUTION, THE GOVERNMENT LIMITED THE AMOUNT OF POLLUTANTS, A FACTORY COULD EMIT; TO CLEAN UP WATERCOURSES, LEGISLATION HAD BEEN INTRODUCED TO BAN THE KEEPING OF LIVESTOCK IN URBAN AND NEW TOWN AREAS, AND TO IMPOSE CONTROLS ON INDUSTRIAL WASTE; AND TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF NOISE POLLUTION, THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO IMPOSE RESTRICTIONS ON INDUSTRIAl, NOISE.

PROF POON QUESTIONED WHETHER HONG KONG SHOULD RELY SOLELY ON THESE MEASURES. HE SAID IT WAS HIS FIRM BELIEF THAT EMPHASIS SHOULD ALSO BE PUT ON OTHER ASPECTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

HE SUGGESTED THAT EFFORTS SHOULD BE MADE TO HELP INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURERS AND FARMERS TO IDENTIFY WAYS OF REDUCING THE POLLUTION THEY WERE CAUSING. SUCH MEASURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED PREFERABLY EVEN BEFORE LEGISLATIVE CONTROLS WERE INTRODUCED.

THE MOST POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE MEANS OF COMBATING POLLUTION LAY IN PLANNING, HE STRESSED.

"CONSTRUCTING MUNICIPAL INCINERATORS IN POPULATION CENTRES, AND BUILDING RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS RIGHT NEXT TO FACTORY CHIMNEYS ARE BUT SOME OF THE MORE GLARING EXAMPLES OF THE BAI) PLANNING, WHICH IS PROLIFIC IN HONG KONG,” HE SAID.

"IT IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE THAT ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING SHOULD BECOME A KEY ISSUE IN THE FUTURE OF THE TERRITORY.

"GIVEN THAT MUCH OF THE POLLUTION IN HONG KONG IS A RESULT OF POPULATION GROWTH, IT IS IMPORTANT TO INSTIL IN THE GENERAL PUBLIC A SENSE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THEIR ENVIRONMENT."

PROF POON SAID THAT AT THE SAME TIME, THE PUBLIC COULD NOT HELP BUT WONDER WHY SO LITTLE IMPROVEMENT IN THE SITUATION HAD BEEN SHOWN, PARTICULARLY IN THE LIGHT OF THE EXPANSION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS, AND THE GREAT INCREASE IN ITS EXPENDITURE.

"PERHAPS IT IS TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW ITS WHOLE APPROACH TO THE PROBLEM OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, WITH PARTICULAR REGARD TO IMPROVING COST-EFFECTIVENESS, AND TO CONSOLIDATION, RATER THAN CONTINUING EXPANSION OF THE DEPARTMENT," HE SUGGESTED.

FINALLY, PROF POON REMINDED THE GOVERNMENT THAT HONG KONG RELIED HEAVILY ON MAINTAINING ITS COMPETITIVE INDUSTRIAL EDGE. SOLUTIONS TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OVERSEAS COULD NOT BE BLINDLY APPLIED TO HONG KONG, HE SAID.

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GOVERNMENT MUST BE EFFECT I VI t t »

GOVERNMENT MUST BE EFFECTIVE; IT DOES NOI NECESSARILY ALWAYS HAVE TO BE POPULAR, DR THE HON HELMUT SOHMEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING LN THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR'S POLICY ADDRESS, DR SOHMEN SAID THE RESCUE PACKAGE FOR THE FUTURES MARKET PUT TOGETHER BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN A VERY SHORT TIME WAS NOT ONLY VERY NECESSARY BUT APPEARED TO HAVE HELPED TO ARREST THE PANIC AMONG INVESTORS.

"THE USE OF THE EXCHANGE FUND IS THIS CONNECTION HAS AGAIN, AND PREDICTABLY, BEEN CRITICISED IN SOME QUARTERS, BUT IT GOVERNMENT COULD NOT EMPLOY THE FUND TO SAFEGUARD THE CONFIDENCE IN OUR MARKETS AND FINANCt A I NSTITl T IONS, BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD, THEN WF MIGHT AS WELL FORGET v. ASPIRATIONS TO REMAIN A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE." HE SAID.

DR SOL N SAID TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE, HONG KONG TAXPAYERS HAD S<: FAR CONTRIBUTED ABOUT $10.5 BILLION IN TOTAL TO DEFENCE SERVICES UNDER THE 1981 DEFENCE' COSTS AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND CLOSE TO $8 BILLION SINCE' 1981, Illi YEAR OF THE SIGNING OF THE JO INI DECLARATION.

HE SAI,) THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN COMING FURTHER TALKS ON THIS ISSUE COULD JUSTIFIABLY ASK AGAINST WHOM HONG KONG WAS BEING DFI EM)ED, WIG, HE YRGIIED FOR A REDUCTION IN HONG EONG'S CONTRIBUTION.

ARE SL BILLION IN CONTINGENT SUPPORT TOO MUCH TO MAINTAIN HONG E G'S GOOP NAMI AND THE SURVIVAL OE A SECTOR oF OUR ECONOMY ON WHICH so MANY PEOPLE NOW DEPEND?" HE ASKED.

"MUCH DAMAGE HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE BY HIE PREU I I’ITOUS CLOSURE OF THE' STOCK MARKET; GOVERNMENT WAS WISE IO MOVE FAST IN DAMAGE CONTROL."

1 -<:!IMI- SAID THE EVENTS OF THE LAST FORTH I GUT HAD BROUGHT THE POINT oMI i'o MANY THAT FUTURES AND OPTIONS DID NOT REALLY CREATE WEALTH; THEY UAH ALSO HIGHLIGHTED A NUMBER OF FALSE ASSUMPTIONS AND SHORTCOMINGS IN OUR REGULATORY ARRANGEMENTS AND IN THE BEHAVIOUR OF SOME MARKET PARTICIPANTS.

' rill .I II s I OBY IOUSLY BE PUT RIGHT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

”.l THOSE. CRITICS WHO NOW SO LOUDLY AND A. ("NATIONS SHOULD BEAR IN MINI) THAT IT HINDSIGHT; (INI WOULD BF MORE IMPRESSED WI TH HAD RAISED rilEIR VOICES BEFORE THE EVENT."

INDULGE IN RECRIMINATION

IS EASY O’ HR CLEVER WITH

THEIR POSITION IF THEY

/HE SAID

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HE SAID IT WAS EVIDENT THAT THE RAPID GROWTH IN OUR FINANCIAL MARKETS, AND IN NEW INSTITUTIONS AND NEW INSTRUMENTS HAD ALREADY STRETCHED THE REGULATORY MACHINERY, WITH THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES SUFFICIENTLY UNDERSTAFFED TO BE UNABLE TO AVOID DELAYS IN DEALING EVEN WITH ROUTINE TASKS.

HE SAID WE COULD NOT GO ON LEGISLATING WITHOUT FIRST ENSURING THAT EXPERIENCED MANPOWER WAS IN PLACE TO (’OPE WITH THE RESULTING ADDITIONAL DEMANDS MADE ON THE ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

"WE SHOULD ALSO NOT OVER-REACT AND ABANDON OUR BASIC PHILOSOPHY OF SELF-REGULATTON; IT IS STILL THE MORE EFFICIENT AND ULTIMATELY MORE EFFECTIVE WAY," HE SAID.

"HOWEVER, WE SHOULD CAREFULLY MONITOR AND ASSESS THE ACTIONS OF MARKET PARTICIPANTS IN TIMES OF CRISIS, AND RECORD AND REMEMBER THOSE WHOSE PERFORMANCE LEFT SOMETHING TO BE DESIRED, ESPECIALLY WHEN CALLED UPON TO HELP WITH THE SUPPORT PACKAGE.

"OVER THE LONGER RUN HONG KONG WILL RE BETTER OFF WITHOUT THOSE WHO MAXIMISE BENEFITS FROM PARTICIPATING ONLY IN GOOD TIMES BUT HAVE LITTLE SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH."

DR SOHMEN SAID THE DRAMATIC FALL IN THE STOCK EXCHANGES AROUND THE WORLD AND CONSEQUENTIAL EFFECTS ON INVESTOR CONFIDENCE PROBABLY WOULD HERALD A PERIOD OF VOLATILITY IN THE FINANCIAL MARKETS, AND WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE A DOWNWARD IMPACT ON PROJECTED GROWTH RATES FOR CONSUMPTION, GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, AND EXPORTS.

HE SAID ALTHOUGH HONG KONG CURRENTLY ENJOYED A SOUND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE, UNDERPINNED BY STRONG EXPORT FIGURES, THE PAST WEEKS COULD ONLY REINFORCE THE JUST I FI (’AT I ON FOR CONTINUE PRUDENCE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FINANCES.

ON RELATED ISSUES, DR SOHMEN SAID HE WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TAKEN A FAIRLY ABSOLUTE STANCE AS REGARDS THE SELECTIVE AND CONTROLLED IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN LABOUR 1'0 ABSORB SOME OF THE REAL AND IMMEDIATE PRESSURES FOR SOME OF OUR INDUSTRIES.

HE SAID ADM INSTRATIVE EXPEDIENCY ALONE NEVER .JUSTIFIED INACTION; MOST OF THE OTHER ARGUMENTS USED TO REJECT THE IDEA DID NOT REALLY STAND UP TO SCRUTINY.

HE ALSO SAID THAT, OVERALL, THE GOVERNMENT HAD OBJECTIVELY DONE VER\ LILLTE OVER THE YEARS TO HELP INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG IMPROVE QUALITY AND PRODUCT I VTTY.

"A SHORTAGE OF LABOUR TENDS TO PUSH UP WAGES AND PRICES, AND DAMPENS COMPETITIVENESS; SO SOLUTIONS PROPOSED HAVE TO ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE TIME FACT AS WELL, IF THEY WISH TO BE CREDIBLE," HE ADDED.

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ON ECONOMIC LINKS WITH CHINA, DR SOHMEN SAID IT REMAINED SURPRISING THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUED ITS REFUSAL TO TACKLE THE "VEXED QUESTION" OF VISITOR VISAS FOR EAST EUROPEAN AND HAD WAITED SO LONG FOR STUDIES TO UE COMMISSIONED INTO FURTHER AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS TO CATER FOR THE CHINA TRAFFIC, WAS UNWILLING TO CONSIDER A REDUCTION IN THE AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAX AT LEAST FOR TRAVEL TO CHINA, AND ADHERED TO AN AVIATION POLICY Will (II DID NOT IN PRACTICE FACILITATE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW AIR SERVICES FROM HONG KONG.

ON CULTURAL LIFE, DR SOHMEN SAID MUCH HAD INNDEED BEEN ACHIEVED OVER THE PAST DECADE BUT REGRETTABLY THE LAST FEW YEARS HAD SEEN AN EMPHASIS PRIMARILY ON BUILDINGS RATHER THAN ON PEOPLE.

HE SAID THAT A RIGHT BALANCE SHOULD BE STRUCK BETWEEN EXPENDITURE INVOLVED IN BRINGING TO HONG KONG ARTISTS FROM OVERSEAS AGAINST FUNDS SPENT TO FURTHER ENCOURAGE LOCAL ARTISTS.

ON POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT, DR SOHMEN SAID THE PROPONENTS OF MORE ABRUPT CHANGE TO BE INTRODUCED NEXT YEAR HAD NOT REALLY MADE A GOOD CASE FOR THE NEED FOR URGENCY AND HE WAS NOT SURPRISED THAT THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE CONFIRMED A DEFINITE PREFERENCE FOR A MORE GRADUAL APPROACH AND ONE THAT WOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE REALITY OF THE FUTURE BASIC LAW.

"IT IS OF COURSE THE DRAFTING WORK ON THE BASIC LAW WHICH SHOULD OCCUPY OUR FULL INTEREST, NOT SO MUCH THE ARGUMENTS PRO AND CON DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988, BECAUSE IT IS THE TOTALITY OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE BA ISIC LAW WHICH WILL DETERMINE THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF THE 'ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS’ EXPERIMENT AND THE STATE OF THE TERRITORY DURING THE NEXT 60 YEARS."

HE SAID, THE GREEN PAPER DEBATE HAD AT BEST CREATED A DIVERSION AWAY FROM THE FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES, BUT MORE LIKELY' PRODUCED COMPLICATIONS FOR THE DRAFTING PROCESS, WITH THE HONG KONG CONTINGENT OF DRAFTERS PRESENTING A PICTURE OF DISAGREEMENT AND LACK OF PURPOSE TO THE CHINESE SIDE OF WHAT THE HONG KONG PEOPLE REALLY WANTED.

"THIS IS NOT HELPED BY THE ABSENCE OF CONSTITUTIONAL LEGAL EXPERTISE AMONG OUR EMINENT DRAFTING AND CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE WHICH IS MIRRORED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY' AND HAS CLEARLY NOT HELPED TO RAISE THE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL OF THE UNDERTAKING," HE SAID.

ON THE COMPOSITION AND CONTINUED DEDICATION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE, DR SOHMEN SAID CIVIL SERVANTS IN HONG KONG WOULD INCREASINGLY REQUIRE MORE THAN FINANCIAL REWARDS OR GUARANTEED CAREERS PROSPECTS; THEY WOULD NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE DURING THE PERIOD UP TO 1997 AND BEYOND IN THE POLITICAL SUPPORT BY THE PEOPLE.

"WHILE INDIVIDUAL OR COLLECTIVE DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE POLICY DECISIONS OF GOVERNMENT ARE AN ACCEPTABLE AND NECESSARY RESULT OF A FREE SOCIETY, GOVERNMENT’S AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS SHOULD NOT BE UNDERMINED ALL Ob' A SUDDEN ON THE STRENGTH OF THE ARGUMENT THAT IT IS AN APPOINTED GOVERNMENT."

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’’THOSE INTENT ON PROVING THEIR POWER BY MEANS OF CHALLENGE, BUT WITHOUT CARRYING ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE RESULTS OF THEIR ACTIONS, DO NOT ULTIMATELY HELP TO ACHIEVE BETTER GOVERNMENT BUT INSTEAD HELP TO CREATE DOUBT, VACILLATION OR INDECISION, OR

DEMORALISE THOSE WHO ARE PART OF GOVERNMENT. *

"THIS IS NOT WHAT HONG KONG NEEDS OR WANTS IN THIS CRITICAL TRANSITION PERIOD. WE SHOULD ASSIST GOVERNMENT TO FUNCTION PROPERLY THROUGH RESPONSIBLE AND CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENT, NOT BY CONCENTRATED EFFORTS TO DISCOVER AND PUBLICISE ANY AND ALL SHORTCOMINGS, OR BY CAMPAIGNS TO EXPLOIT POLICY DIFFERENCES FOR SHORT-TERM GAINS IN POPULARITY."

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THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG DEPENDS LARGELY ON THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF ALLOWING THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO JOIN IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES IN WHICH THEY EXCEL, THE HON MISS MARIA TAM SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SHE MAINTAINED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE DESIRABLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO COMPETE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN AREAS WHERE THE LATTER WOULD DO WELL.

"IF BRIDGES AND PIERS ARE NEEDED IN FUTURE PLANS OF PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT, WE SHOULD ALSO ENCOURAGE THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO INVEST IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND TAKE CARE OF THE MANAGEMENT,” SHE SAID DURING THE ANNUAL POLICY DEBATE.

MISS TAM BELIEVED THAT WHEN IT CAME TO PROVISION OF INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS TRANSPORT FACILITIES, CONSIDERATION SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TO MARKET COMPETITION ALONE.

"ON THE CONTRARY,” SHE SAID, "AN ENVIRONMENT OF LIMITED COMPETITION WILL SERVE A BETTER PURPOSE."

SHE SUGGESTED THAT IN ORDER TO CONTINUE ATTRACTING THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO INVEST IN TRANSPORT SERVICES, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ASSESS AND DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE DEMAND AND LET THE PRIVATE SECTOR PROVIDE QUALITY SERVICES.

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MISS TAM BASICALLY DISAGREED THAT PUBLIC FUNDS SHOULD BE USED TO FINANCE THE SETTING UP OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISES TO COMPETE WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR, CITING THE ADVERSE EFFECT OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE ON THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY AND THE YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY AS A CASE IN POINT.

SHE BELIEVED THAT THE PRIME OBJECTIVES OF SUCH COMPANIES AS THE MTRC, THE KCRC AND THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT COMPANY SHOULD BE SET ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF EFFICIENT TRANSPORT SERVICES BETWEEN THE URBAN AREAS AND THE NEW TOWNS.

DURING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN, THERE HAD BEEN A LACK OF CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN THE PROVISION OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND THE NUMBER AND THE TYPE OF SKILLED WORKERS, SHE SAID.

WITH PHASE II OF THE JUNK BAY DEVELOPMENT NEARING COMPLETION, SHE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SEEK WAYS TO EXTEND THE HOUSING PROJECT THERE TN ORDER TO MAKE EXTENSION OF THE MTR MORK COST-EFFECTIVE.

"ON THE OTHER HAND, THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT SHOULD CONDUCT SURVEYS ON THE OCCUPATIONS OF THE RESIDENTS MOVING INTO THE NEW TOWN AND PROVIDE THE INDUSTRY AND TRADE DEPARTMENTS WITH FIGURES ON THE SKILLED WORKERS WHO HAVE MOVED IN SO THAT MANUFACTURERS CAN BE DULY INFORMED," SHE SAID.

MISS TAM HOPED THAT THE KCRC AND THE MTRC WOULD BE ALLOWED THE FLEXIBILITY TO OPERATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF FACILITATING DEVELOPMENT TN THE TERRITORY RATHER THAN SIMPLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAKING PROFITS.

SINCE IT WOULD BE UNREASONABLE TO ASK A PRIVATE ENTERPRISE TO BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OPERATING A ROUTE WHICH MIGHT NOT YIELD THE HIGHEST RETURNS, MISS TAM SUGGESTED THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY SHOULD BE SHOULDERED BY THE TRANSPORT CORPORATIONS WHICH WERE SUPPORTED BY PUBLIC FUNDS.

"SUCH A MOVE WILL DEMONSTRATE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT SHIRKING ITS RESPONSIBILITIES BY PRIVATISATION," SHE SAID.

TURNING TO THE COMPETITION BETWEEN LAND AND SEA TRANSPORT, MISS TAM HOPED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT REQUEST A CUT IN CROSS-HARBOUR AND OUTLYING DISTRICTS FERRY SERVICES ON THE GROUND THAT SOME FERRY PIERS HAD TO BE RECONSTRUCTED OR RELOCATED AS A RESULT OF RECLAMATION WORKS IN CERTAIN AREAS.

"THE PRESENT ROUTES SHOULD RE RETAINED UNLESS THE FERRY COMPANY REQUESTS A CUT IN ITS SERVICES UNDER THE PRESENT POLICY," SHE SAID.

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SHE SUGGESTED THAT UPON THE COMPLETION OF RECLAMATION WORKS, NEW PIERS SHOULD BE REBUILT AT A POINT NEAREST TO THE ORIGINAL LOCATION TO ENSURE THAT THE VIABILITY OF THE ROUTES WAS NOT AFFECTED.

"THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH AND THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SHOULD CO-ORDINATE THEIR WORK IN ORDER TO MINIMISE THE INCONVENIENCE CAUSED TO THE FERRY COMPANY AND TO THE PASSENGERS," SHE ADDED.

DESPITE THE POSSIBILITY THAT SOME DAY LANTAU ISLAND, PENG CHAU AND CHEUNG CHAU WOULD BE LINKED BY BRIDGES, MISS TAM FELT THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT OVERLOOK THE NEED FOR A "SECOND LINK", SUCH AS FERRY SERVICES, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN A CERTAIN LEVEL OF COMPETITION.

MISS TAM ALSO ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO LOOK INTO THE MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS THAT MIGHT ARISE FROM THE OPERATION OF EXISTING FERRY SERVICES, AND THE POSSIBLE INTRODUCTION OF NEW BUS ROUTES, TO CHINA.

"HOW SHOULD THE INVESTMENT AND EXPENDITURE OF THESE TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF SERVICES BE WORKED OUT UNDER THE PROFIT CONTROL SCHEME? OR SHOULD A SUBSIDIARY COMPANY BE FORMED TO TAKE UP SUCH BUSINESS?"

COMMENTING ON THE INCREASING NUMBER OF VEHICLES REGISTERED IN CHINA CROSSING THE BORDER FROM SHENZHEN, IN PARTICULAR GOODS VEHICLES, MISS TAM SAID: "THE DRIVERS AND VEHICLES FROM THE MAINLAND MUST BE SUBJECT TO LOCAL LEGISLATIVE CONTROL, INCLUDING VEHICLE REGISTRATION, INSURANCE, INSPECTION OF VEHICLES AND DRIVING TESTS FOR DRIVERS, AS ARE LOCAL VEHICLES AND DRIVERS."

SHE SUGGESTED THAT THE DRIVING LICENCES ISSUED TO THESE DRIVERS SHOULD BE OF A DIFFERENT COLOUR SO THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE CONFUSED WITH THE IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS USED IN HONG KONG.

ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER PUBLIC OR PRIVATE TRANSPORT SHOULD BE GIVEN PRIORITY IN ROAD USAGE, MISS TAM HOPED THAT THE NEEDS OF PASSENGER AND CARGO TRAFFIC COULD BE INCLUDED IN THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN THE MIDDLE OF 1988.

SHE WELCOMED THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO SEEK PUBLIC VIEWS ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS BEFORE MAJOR DECISIONS WERE TAKEN, AND ASKED THAT THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT GIVE A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE TARGETS AND METHODS OF CONSULTATION.

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REPORT OF THE SURVEY OFFICE PUBLISHED *****

THE GOVERNMENT PUBLISHED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THE REPORT OF THE SURVEY OFFICE ON PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER: THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.

THE SURVEY OFFICE WAS SET UP IN LATE APRIL THIS YEAR, SHORTLY BEFORE THE PUBLICATION OF THE GREEN PAPER IN MAY, TO COLLECT, COLLATE AND REPORT ON PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER. IT WAS AN INDEPENDENT BODY, SET UP UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR AND SEPARATE FROM THE ORDINARY MACHINERY OF THE GOVERNMENT.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION IN RESPECT OF THE ISSUES DISCUSSED IN THE GREEN PAPER ENDED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1987, AND THE SURVEY OFFICE WAS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT ITS REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL WITHIN A MONTH FROM THE END OF THE CONSULTATION PERIOD.

AS A RESULT OF SUSTAINED PUBLICITY GIVEN TO THE MATTER THROUGHOUT THE CONSULTATION PERIOD BY THE SURVEY OFFICE, NUMEROUS INTERESTED GROUPS AS WELL AS THE MASS MEDIA, AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS OF OPINIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE.

A TOTAL OF 134,656 SUBMISSIONS WERE RECEIVED, INCLUDING 469 WHICH WERE RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE. SOME 126,000 OF THESE WERE SUBMITTED BY INDIVIDUALS; OVER 4,600 BY GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS; AND OVER 1,000 BY ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER BODIES. EIGHTY SIX PER CENT OF THE SUBMISSIONS FROM INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS WERE IN THE FORM OF PRE-PRINTED LETTERS OR QUESTIONNAIRES. MORE THAN 95 PER CENT OF THE SUBMISSIONS WERE WRITTEN IN CHINESE.

IN ADDITION TO RECEIVING SUBMISSIONS FROM THE PUBLIC, THE SURVEY OFFICE ALSO COMMISSIONED AGB MCNAIR HONG KONG LIMITED TO CARRY OUT TWO SEPARATE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS, ONE IN JULY AND THE OTHER IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER. TO ENSURE THAT THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEYS WERE AS RELIABLE AS POSSIBLE, A RANDOM SAMPLE COMPRISING OVER 3,000 RESPONDENTS WAS SELECTED FOR EACH SURVEY. THIS COMPARES WITH A SAMPLE SIZE OF 1,000 TO 2,000 NORMALLY ADOPTED INTERNATIONALLY FOR OPINION SURVEYS OF THIS NATURE. EXPERIENCED AND TRAINED INTERVIEWERS WERE EMPLOYED, AND THE CONDUCT OF THE INTERVIEWS WERE VERIFIED BY INDEPENDENT PERSONNEL. A PILOT TEST WAS ALSO CARRIED OUT BEFORE THE QUESTIONNAIRE WAS FINALISED FOR USE IN THE TWO SURVEYS. THE RESULTS OF THESE SURVEYS ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ENTIRE ADULT POPULATION OF HONG KONG.

THE SURVEY OFFICE ALSO OBSERVED MEETINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS AND THE 19 DISTRICT BOARDS AT WHICH THE GREEN PAPER WAS DISCUSSED. THE OFFICE WAS PROVIDED WITH THE FULL TEXTS OR MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS AS THE BASIS FOR ANALYSING THE INDIVIDUAL VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE MEMBERS.

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REPORTS IN NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES, RADIO AND TELEVISION PROGRAMMES WERE ALSO MONITORED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE. THESE INCLUDED INTERVIEWS, PUBLIC SPEECHES, DEBATES, DISCUSSIONS, EDITORIALS, FEATURE COLUMNS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. A TOTAL OF 12,784 SUCH REPORTS WERE EXAMINED, AND CHECKS WERE MADE AS TO THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THESE REPORTS REPEATED THE SUBMISSIONS SEPARATELY RECEIVED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE.

THE VARIOUS FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE ARE RECORDED IN DETAIL IN THE REPORT BEING PUBLISHED TODAY. THE REPORT COMPRISES THREE VOLUMES. VOLUME I CONSISTS OF THE MAIN SURVEY REPORT. VOLUME II PROVIDES SUPPORTING DETAILS TO THE MAIN REPORT IN THE FORM OF SUMMARIES OF THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS; DETAILS OF THE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS AND SIGNATURE CAMPAIGNS SENT TO THE SURVEY OFFICE; AND A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ALL ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER BODIES WHO WROTE TO THE SURVEY OFFICE AND WHO DID NOT REQUEST CONFIDENTIALITY. VOLUME III CONTAINS SAMPLES OF EACH OF THE PRE-PRINTED LETTERS AND QUESTIONNAIRES SENT IN TO THE SURVEY OFFICE.

IN PROCESSING THE SUBMISSIONS SENT IN BY THE PUBLIC, THE SURVEY OFFICE TOOK PARTICULAR CARE TO CHECK THEIR AUTHENTICITY AND THE EXTENT OF ANY DUPLICATION OR REPETITION. THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES WERE ADOPTED:

(A) ALL SUBMISSIONS WERE REGISTERED BY SERIAL NUMBER, AND THOSE SUBMISSIONS WHICH PROVIDED AN ADDRESS WERE ACKNOWLEDGED BY LETTER;

(B) THE OPINIONS SUBMITTED WERE SUMMARISED AND RECORDED ON SPECIALLY DEVELOPED DATA FORMS. THESE WERE DOUBLE-CHECKED BEFORE FEEDING INTO THE COMPUTER FOR PROCESSING;

(C) SUBMISSIONS JUDGED TO BE IRRELEVANT OR DUPLICATE, OR RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE, WERE NOT PROCESSED;

(D) SUBMISSIONS JUDGED TO BE REPETITION OF THE SAME VIEWS FROM THE SAME AUTHOR WERE NOT PROCESSED; AND

(E) IN PROCESSING THE SUBMISSIONS FROM ORGANISERS OF PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS, SIGNATURE CAMPAIGNS AND SIMILAR DOCUMENTS, FURTHER INFORMATION WAS SOUGHT FROM THE

ORGANISERS AS REGARDS THEIR SOURCE AND METHOD OF

COMPILATION ETC.

TOWARDS THE END OF THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION PERIOD, THERE WERE REPORTS THAT FRAUDULENT SUBMISSIONS HAD BEEN SENT TO THE SURVEY OFFICE. A TOTAL OF 2,182 INDIVIDUALS REPORTED TO THE SURVEY OFFICE BY OCTOBER 21 THAT SUBMISSIONS WHICH PURPORTED TO HAVE COME FROM THEM HAD BREN SENT WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE. SOME 45 OF THESE REPORTS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY WITHDRAWN AFTER THEY HAD BEEN MADE AND 238 COULD NOT BE ACTED ON BECAUSE THE COMPLAINANTS WERE UNABLE TO QUOTE THE REFERENCE NUMBERS WHICH IDENTIFIED THE SUBMISSIONS.

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THUS, THE NUMBER OF DISPUTED SUBMISSIONS WAS REDUC 09.

THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS NOW, ACTINO ON LEGAL ADVICE, P' I"

CASES TO THE POLICE FOR INVESTIGATION. THEY HAVE ALSO (CLUDED

FROM THE SURVEY REPORT. THE ACCURACY AND CREDIBILITY OF REPORT

WILL NOT, THEREFORE, BE AFFECTED.

ALL ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE SURVEY OFFICE WEIg.

TWO INDEPENDENT MONITORS. THEY WERE REQUIRED TO SUBMI'i INDEPENDENT REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AS TO WHETHER THEY SATISFIED

THAT THE OFFICE HAD PROPERLY, ACCURATELY AND IMPARTIAL OUT

ITS DUTIES.

IN CARRYING OUT THEIR MONITORING WORK, THE MONITORS READ ALL THE SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE. THEY DIED THE

PROCEDURES ADOPTED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE IN HANDLING THE IllSSIONS AND OBSERVED HOW THE OFFICE IMPLEMENTED SUCH PROCEDURES.

THEY SCRUTINISED THE SURVEY OFFICE’S CLASSIFICATION OF SUBMISSIONS, EXAMINED THE CODING SYSTEM FOR COMPUTER INPUT, AND CHECKED A RANDOM SAMPLE OF THE COMPUTER OUTPUT. THEY ALSO OVERSAW HOW THE SURVEY OFFICE MONITORED VIEWS AS REPORTED IN OR EXPRESSED THROUGH THE PRINT AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA.

IN ADDITION, THEY OBSERVED MEETINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS, THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND A NUMBER OF SEMINARS TO LISTEN DIRECTLY TO THE RANGE OF VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE MEMBERS.

ALL SUBMISSIONS WHICH WERE JUDGED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE TO IRRELEVANT OR DUPLICATE WERE SCRUTINISED BY THE MONITORS. SUBMISSIONS WHICH WERE THE SUBJECT OF DISPUTED AUTHORSHIP WERE Al REFERRED TO THE MONITORS FOR VERIFICATION. FURTHER, LATE SUBMISSIONS WERE PASSED TO THE MONITORS FOR SCRUTINY OF THE POSTMARKS. NONE OF THESE SUBMISSIONS WAS PROCESSED INTO THE COMPUTERS.

THE MONITORS HAVE STATED IN THEIR REPORT THAT "IN CONCLUSION, WE JUDGE THAT THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS PROPERLY, ACCURATELY IMPARTIALLY CARRIED OUT ITS DUTIES AND FOLLOWED Till PRESCRIBED IN ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE”. THE REPORT OF THE MONITORS TO THE GOVERNOR IS INCLUDED IN VOLUME 1 OF THE REPORT BEIN' IED BY

THE GOVERNMENT.

THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS CONFIRMED THAT ALL SUBMISSIONS IN WHICH CONFIDENTIALITY WAS REQUESTED WILL BE DESTROYED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AFTER PUBLICATION OF THE WHITE PAPER. SIMILARLY, ALL OTHER SUBMISSIONS, AS WELL AS ALL COMPUTER INPUT FORMS, PRINT-OUTS, WORD PROCESSOR DISKETTES AND INFORMATION IN COMPUTER STORAGE, USE.) !OR THE PURPOSES OF THE SURVEY OFFICE WILL ALSO BF DESTROYED AFTER THE WHITE PAPER HAS BFEN PUBLISHED.

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VOLUME I OF THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGF FROM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES; THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, ^NAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL; AND THE MARKETING OFFICE OF THE INFORMATION SERVICES1 DEPARTMENT, NO. 1 BATTERY PATH, CENTRAL. A TOTAL OF 160,000 SERVICES DtFAKlMNl, Qoo ifj enolish) has been PRINTED

COPIES (120,000 THIS PURPOSE.

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VOLUMES II AND UI WHICH CONTAIN SUPPORTING DETAILS AND APPENDICES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PERUSAL AT THE DISTRICT OFFICES AND

PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

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THE EXPORT OF TEXTILES AND CLOTHING PRODUCTS FROM ASIA INTO MANY INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES IS SUBJECT TO SEVERE RESTRAINTS AND HONG KONG IS NATURALLY CONCERNED ABOUT SUCH PRESSURES, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE INTERSTOFF SAIA ’87 EXHIBITION, MR MACLEOD SAID HONG KONG’S TEXTILES AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES HAVE LONG BEEN A MAINSTAY OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY.

"TOGETHER THEY ACCOUNT FOR OVER 40 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL EMPLOYMENT IN OUR MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, AND TEXTILES AND CLOTHING PRODUCTS ALSO CONSTITUTE SOME 40 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS."

MR MACLEOD SAID AS THE ABILITY TO BUY IS CONTINGENT UPON THE ABILITY TO SELL, IT WOULD BE IN THE INTEREST OF BOTH THE BUYER AND THE SELLER ALIKE TO ENSURE INCREASED TRADE BOTH WAYS: BY LETTING OPPORTUNITIES BE EXPLOITED BY MARKET FORCES WITHOUT HINDRANCE THROUGH PROTECTIONISM.

HE URGED BUSINESSMEN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO BRING HOME THE MESSAGE THAT RESTRICTIVE TRADE MEASURES DO NOT PAY.

MR MACLEOD SAID HONG KONG WAS NOT ONLY THE WORLD’S BIGGEST GARMENT EXPORTER, IT WAS ALSO THE THIRD LARGEST IMPORTER OF TEXTILES AND EIGHTH LARGEST IMPORTER OF CLOTHING.

HE SAID HONG KONG’S OWN FABRICS, MATERIALS AND FASHION ACCESSORIES WERE MOVING INCREASINGLY UP-MARKET AND ITS GARMENT INDUSTRY WAS EVER ON THE LOOKOUT FOR HIGH FASHION FABRICS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ITS MANY MARKETS.

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PARADE TO LAUNCH KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN DRIVE ♦ * » * »

A TOTAL OF 27 ORGANISATIONS, 14 FROM DISTRICT BOARDS AND 13 FROM PRIVATE CORPORATIONS, WOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE KEEP HONG KONG i . \N PARADE TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 15, MEMBERS OF THE URBAN COUNCIL K1:.. HONG KONG CLEAN COMMITTEE WERE TOLD AT TODAY’S (WEDNESDAY’S) MEETING.

THEY ALSO HEARD THAT THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, WOULD OFFICIATE AT A BALLOON-FLYING CEREMONY AT EDINBURGH PLACE AND PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS.

THE PARADE, WHICH MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN AT DISTRICT LEVEL, IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN. THE PARADE WILL START AT TSUEN WAN SPORTS GROUND AND FINISH AT EDINBURGH PLACE.

ALL VEHICLES TAKING PART IN THE PARADE WILL BE DECORATED WITH KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN MESSAGES TOGETHER WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICT/ CORPORATE IDENTITIES.

AT THE STARTING POINT, THERE WILL BE A DRAGON DANCE PERFORMANCE, PRECEDED BY AN EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY. ON ARRIVAL AT ED.NBURGH PLACE, MARCHING BAND PERFORMANCES, A BALLOON-FLYING CEREMONY, AND PRIZE PRESENTATION TO THE BEST-DECORATED VEHICLES WILL BE HELD.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WOULD BE AN HOUR-LONG VARIETY SHOW WHICH IS PRODUCED BY RTHK AND WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE FROM 12 NOON TO 1 PM.

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THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HAS ACCEPTED THE PROPOSAL OF THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD TO IMPLEMENT TRADE TESTING IN THE INDUSTRY IN 1989.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MR HAROLD LEE, ANNOUNCED THIS AT A BEST APPRENTICE AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY THIS (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE BOARD IS PREPARING A SET OF DETAILED GUIDELINES FOR TRADE TESTING FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASSESSING AND VALIDATING THE SKILL LEVELS OF AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY WORKERS.

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MR LEE SAID THE TIME HAD COME TO VALIDATE THE SKILLS OF CRAFTSMEN TRAINED UNDER THE APPRENTICE TRAINING SCHEME SINCE ITS INCEPTION 10 YEAR AGO.

"THE BEST APPRENTICE COMPETITION, OPEN TO FINAL YEAR VEHICLE MECHANIC APPRENTICES, HAS PROVIDED THE BOARD WITH VALUABLE EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTING TRADE TESTING," HE SAID.

"IT HAS ALSO PROVED USEFUL IN IDENTIFYING THE STRENGTHS AS WELL AS WEAKNESSES, AND SO KNOW WHERE TRAINING NEEDS TO BE STRENGTHENED," HE ADDED.

AFTER GOING THROUGH A SERIES OF THEORY AND PRACTICAL TESTS ON THE TRADE, MR MAK TAI-KWONG FROM DAH CHONG HONG WAS DECLARED THE BEST APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR, FROM AMONG 67 CONTESTANTS.

THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP WERE MR YIU KAM-CHEUNG AND MR MARK WING-LEONG, RESPECTIVELY. BOTH ARE APPRENTICED TO THE KOWLOON MOTOR BUS COMPANY.

PRIZES AND CERTIFICATES WERE PRESENTED BY THE VTC’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MR HORACE KNIGHT, AND THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE MOTOR TRADERS’ ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, MR J.D. RUSHWORTH.

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A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN VISITING HONG KONG WAS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CONFIRMED TO BE A CHOLERA CASE - THE SECOND CASE REPORTED THIS YEAR.

THE PATIENT WHO ARRIVED FROM NEPAL ON OCTOBER 28, BEGAN TO DEVELOP DIARRHOEA ON OCTOBER 31. HE WAS ADMITTED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL ON NOVEMBER 1 AFTER HE ATTENDED THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT.

THE MAN WAS TRANSFERRED TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL ON NOVEMBER 2 AFTER HE WAS SUSPECTED TO BE SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA.

RESULTS OF HIS STOOL TEST TODAY REVEALED THAT HE WAS SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA EL TOR. HIS CONDITION IS DESCRIBED AS SATISFACTORY TODAY.

HEALTH WORKERS FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD VISITED THREE GUEST HOUSES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WHERE THE PATIENT HAD STAYED. ONE CONTACT WAS GIVEN MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND PREVENTIVE DRUGS. THE PREMISES WERE DISINFECTED BY URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WORKERS.

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THE CASE WAS CLASSIFIED AS AN IMPORTED CASE SINCE THE PATIENT CAME FROM NEPAL.

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID CHOLERA EL TOR IS ENDEMIC IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD AND THE REPORT OF THIS CASE SHOULD SERVE AS A REMINDER THAT TH! DISEASE IS PRESENT IN THIS REGION.

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THE LAST CHOLERA CASE REPORTED IN HONG KONG WAS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR. THE VICTIM WAS A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY LIVING IN SAN PO KONG.

ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE SPREAD IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT

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MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTER TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED VARIOUS BUSY STREETS IN THE DISTRICT TO PUT ACROSS THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE AMONG PEDESTRIANS, ESPECIALLY JAYWALKERS.

LED BY THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR MAN HONG-MING, THE GROUP VISITED THE AP LEI CHAU ESTATE AND BUSY SPOTS ALONG ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, TIN WAN STREET AND TANG FUNG STREET AND DISTRIBUTED THOUSANDS OF COPIES OF A ROAD SAFETY LEAFLET.

THE LEAFLET, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED BY THE COMMITTEE, SET OUT IN LIVELY CARTOONS THE DO’S AND DON’TS IN CROSSING A ROAD.

IT ALSO STRESSED THAT JAYWALKING NOT ONLY PUT ONE’S OWN LIFE ■ AT RISK, IT WAS ALSO. AN OFFENCE IN LAW.

TN ADDITION T(i'JTODAY’S PUBLICITY DRIVE, THE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A CARNIVAL, "SOUTHERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY", THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8.

THE CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM AT THE WONG CHUK HANG HARD-SURFACED SOCCER PITCH.

IT WILL FEATURE A ROAD SAFETY BUS, A ROAD SAFETY TOWN, PERFORMANCES BY REI OWNED ARTISTS, ACROBATIC CYCLING AND LION-DANCES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A HOST OF GAME STALLS, FOR WHICH FREE GAMES TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-540271.

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RESIDENTS OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL TO (NOVEMBER 7) AT THE HING FONG ROAD PLAYGROUND.

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DISTRICT ARE BEING BE HELD ON SATURDAY

APART FROM STALL GAMES, THE CARNIVAL WILL FEATURE A ROAD SAFETY RUS DISPLAY AND AN EXHIBITION OF THE WINNING ENTRIES 0 > RO ■ SAFETY DRAWING COMPETITION AND A SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION.

THE CARNIVAL, BEGINNING AT 10 AM, WILL MARK THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH AIMS AT PROMOTING RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK; KWAI CHUNG POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR E.H.EVANS; POLICE SENIOR STAFF OFFICER (NT TRAFFIC), MR I.M.BLAIR-AND KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO TUNG-CHING.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, MR CHAN KWOK-WAH, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, MR SIU KONG-YU, WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOl ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO BE HELD AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER ) AT THE HING FONG ROAD PLAYGROUND (NEAR KWAI FONG MTR STATION), KWAI CHUNG,

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THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS THE TAXI POLICY REVIEW, REDEVELOPMENT OF KWAI FONG ESTATE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRAFFIC IMPACTS AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE ROUTE 5 HIGHWAY PROJECT. CLEARANCE ARRANGEMENTS FOR A NUMBER OF TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS AND VILLAGES WILL ALSO BF DISCUSSED.

OCHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE A PROPOSED OFF-COURSE BETTING CENTRE AT TSING YI GARDEN AND A PROPOSED CHEMICAL WASTE TREATMENT PLANT ON TSING YI .

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 10/F, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KWAI CHUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWAI CHUNG VI) TSING VI DISTRICT HOARD TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW IN Till CONFERENCE ROOM, 10/F, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING (NEXT IO KWAI HING MTR STATION), KWAI CHUNG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

HONG KONG PEOPLE WILL COPE DESPITE CRISES ................... 1

GOVT URGED TO IMPROVE PEOPLE'S QUALITY OF LIFE .............. 3

CLOSED CAMP POLICY MUST REMAIN .............................. 6

EDUCATION SEEMS TO HAVE LOST SACRED AIM ..................... 7

BILINGUAL TRAINING SHOULD BE CONTINUED ...................... 9

EDUCATION AN IMPORTANT FOUNDATION FOR SOCIETY .............. 11

MEANS TEST FOR OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CRITICISED................. 12

CONTROL CN CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE URGED .............. 15

GENETIC COUNSELLING SHOULD BE EXPANDED ..................... 17

COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY URGED .................. 18

REMEDIAL MEASURES NO SUBSTITUTE FOR CPF .................... 22

SPECIAL TEAM ON BN(O) PASSPORT SUGGESTED ................... 25

ANTI-II EFFORTS UNDER CONTINUOUS REVIEW ...................... 29

JVC'S REPORT ON MISSING BARS CONSIDERED BY GOVT............... 29

JAIL SENTENCE FOR IMPORTING MEAT WITHOUT PERMISSION........ JO

SECOND QUARTER SHIPPING, PORT .W CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED J1 OFFENDERS GIVEN CONSTRUCTIVE CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES ......... 53

MARINE CHIEF GIVES ADVICE TO SEA SCHOOL GRADUATES ............ 34

COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB TO BREAK WORID RECORD ................... 36

YMT COMMUNITY CENTRE TO HOLD OPEN DAY......................... 37

REMEMBRANCE Day ceremony AT CENOTAPH ......................... 38

YUEN LONG DB CULTURE COMMITTEE TO MEET ....................... 39

VARIETY SHOW WILL START SHAM SHUT PO FESTIVAL ................ 39

SPEEDPOST WEIGHT INCREASE .................................... 40

FREE JAZZ AND POPULAR MUSIC CONCERT .......................... 40

560 TO TAKE PaRT IN TUEN MUN nTHLETIC MEET ................... 40

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TSING YI BRIDGE ......................... 41

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1987

HONG KONG PEOPLE WILL COPE DESPITE CRISES * * * *

HONG KONG HAS ENJOYED ANOTHER GOOD YEAR IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS DUE TO THE HONG KONG-U.S. DOLLAR LINK, WHICH BENEFITS BOTH EMPLOYERS AND^EMPLOYEES, THE HON CHAN KAM-CHUEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS, MR CHAN SAID THAT RE-EXPORTS MIGHT MAKE HONG KONG THE NO. 1 CONTAINER PORT IN THE WORLD.

DESPITE THE DARK CLOUD OF PROTECTIONISM ON THE HORIZON, HE SAID, HONG KONG HAD PASSED THROUGH MANY CRISES AND OUR PEOPLE WOULD BE ABLE TO COPE WITH THEM.

ON THE STOCK MARKET, MR CHAN SAID THE SLUMP OF SHARE MARKETS AROUND THE WORLD HAD ALREADY TAKEN ITS TOLL AND MIGHT LEAD TO A DEPRESSION IN CONSUMER SPENDING.

HE SAID IF SMALL INVESTORS IN THE MARKET DID NOT TAKE THEIR PROFITS BY INSTALMENTS WHEN PRICES WENT UP AND SCRIP WAS SHORT, THEY WOULD BE UNABLE TO SELL THEM QUICKLY TO MINIMISE THEIR LOSS.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THE STOPPAGE OF THE STOCK MARKET REMINDED HIM OF THE IMPORTANT ISSUE RAISED IN HIS SPEECH ON NOVEMBER 27, 1985 -WHETHER "HOUSE RULES ARE ABOVE THE LAW OF THE LAND".

TURNING TO TRANSPORT, MR CHAN SAID ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE DENSELY POPULATED AREAS OF HONG KONG WERE OR WOULD SHORTLY BE SERVED BY SOME FORM OF RAPID, AIR-CONDITIONED AND SMOOTH-RIDING MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM, THE PUBLIC IN EAST KOWLOON HAD YET TO GET FOR SUCH SERVICE.

HE SAID IF ONE LOOKED AT A MAP OF EAST KOWLOON, ONE WOULD FIND FROM THE SOUTHERN TIP OF TSIM SHA TSUI TO THE AIRPORT AND BEYOND, FERRY TERMINALS, CULTURAL CENTRES, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, TRAIN TERMINAL, AIRPORT AND COMMERCIAL CENTRES FREQUENTED BY TOURISTS AND LOCAL PEOPLE AS WELL AS RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

"NO DOUBT THE HEAVY CAPITAL INVOLVED IS A MAJOR CONSIDERATION," HE SAID. "FROM EXPERIENCE, A SYSTEM ON THE GROUND OR OVERHEAD IS SEVERAL TIMES CHEAPER THAN AN UNDERGROUND SYSTEM."

HOWEVER, MR CHAN SAID MODERN LOW NOISE SYSTEMS WERE AVAILABLE AND GOVERNMENT SHOULD GIVE THIS SERIOUS CONSIDERATION.

ON THE MISUNDERSTANDING THAT THE KCRC AND MTRC WERE MAKING HUGE PROFITS AND YET INCREASED FARES, MR CHAN SAID IF ONE READ THEIR ANNUAL REPORTS AND ACCOUNTS CAREFULLY, THERE WERE STILL HEAVY DEBTS OR INTEREST WHICH REQUIRED PAYMENT.

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”ON TOP OF THESE OBLIGATIONS, THERE IS THE ANNUAL INCREASE OF PAY, INFLATION FOR SUPPLIES AND SERVICES. IF ONE DOES NOT TAKE THESE FACTORS INTO SERIOUS CONSIDERATION, IT WOULD MEAN A DIMINISHING ANNUAL RETURN AND SOONER OR LATER IT WOULD RUN INTO FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES,” HE SAID.

ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING, MR CHAN SAID SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1982 THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HAD MADE RAPID PROGRESS IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PLACES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES HAD BEEN DOUBLED.

"BUT EQUALLY IMPRESSIVE IS THE 18,000 OR SO PLACES FOR SKILL TRAINING WHICH THE COUNCIL HAS BROUGHT INTO BEING IN THE TRAINING CENTRES IT HAD ESTABLISHED," HE SAID.

"HAVING THE ABILITY TO BRING INTO EXISTENCE ADDITIONAL TRAINING PLACES IS IMPORTANT. BUT WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING ECONOMY, IN WHICH THE VARIOUS SECTORS WITHIN THE ECONOMY ARE CHANGING AT VARYING RATES, IS THAT THE MANPOWER TRAINING SYSTEM MUST, IF IT IS TO SERVICE THE ECONOMY, HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO REACT QUICKLY TO THE CHANGES."

MR CHAN SAID HE WAS GLAD THAT THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL HAD BEEN ENDOWED WITH THIS FLEXIBILITY BY THE WAY WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IN ITS WISDOM HAD DECIDED TO FINANCE IT FROM THE VERY OUTSET.

ON THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT, MR CHAN SAID HE WAS NOT SHOCKED BY THE MISSING STEEL RODS IN THE DAYA BAY PROJECT, AS HE HAD POINTED OUT IN HIS SPEECH ON JULY 16, 1986 "THAT DUE TO HUMAN ERRORS, COMPUTER FAULTS AND UNFORESEEN REASONS, THERE IS NO ABSOLUTE SAFETY".

"TO EXPLAIN AWAY THIS BLUNDER, IT WAS SAID THAT SIMILAR INCIDENTS HAD HAPPENED BEFORE IN SUCH PROJECTS.

"DOES THIS MEAN THAT ONE DOES NOT LEARN FROM PAST ERRORS BUT PERPETUATES THEM?

"IF SHAKESPEARE LIVES TO THIS DAY, HE MAY HAVE TO REWRITE JULIUS CAESAR, FOR THOSE WHO TOLD THE PUBLIC THAT NUCLEAR POWER IS SAFE, AS 'YET BRUTUS SAYS IT IS SAFE AND BRUTUS IS AN HONOURABLE MAN, SO ARE THEY ALL, ALL HONOURABLE MEN’."

MR CHAN SAID WE COULD NOW ONLY PRAY THAT NO HUMAN ERRORS AND DELAYED ADVICE AROSE WERE MADE IN OPERATIONS IN FUTURE.

ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS, HE SAID WE MUST GET THE ANSWER RIGHT IN RESPECT OF CABLE TELEVISION.

"THE HONG KONG PUBLIC WILL NOT RECEIVE KINDLY THE SERVICES OF A NEWCOMER WHO CANNOT EVEN RENDER A BILL CORRECTLY AND HAS BEEN OUT BY AS MUCH AS SIX FIGURES IN STERLING," HE SAID.

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IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT EVERY POSSIBLE MEASURE IS TAKEN TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE VAST ? ITY OF HONG ,KONG PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT LEAVE THE TERRITORY BUT WII..1 CONTINUE TO STAY HERE IN THE NEAR AND LONG-TERM FUTURE. THE HON EDW IM' HO SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HO SAID IT WAS HEARTENING TO LISTEN TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON’S CLEAR MESSAGE THAT HE WAS RESOLVED TO PRESS ON WITH THE TASK OF MAKING HONG KONG A MORE PROSPEROUS HOME FOR ALL PEOPLE.

ON THE PROVISION OF HOUSING, MR HO NOTED THAT THE PATTERN OF DEMAND FOR HOUSING HAD BEEN CHANGING IN RECENT YEARS AS THE LOCAL POPULATION BECAME MORE AFFLUENT.

THERE WAS A GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO OWN THEIR OWN HOMES OR LOOKED FOR BETTER QUALITY HOUSING, HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE LONG TERM HOUSING STRATEGY WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING HOMES FOR AN ADDITIONAL ONE MILLION FAMILIES, PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS COMBINED, BY 2001.

"THIS MAMMOTH TASK REQUIRES A HIGHLY EFFICIENT AND FLEXIBLE HOUSING AUTHORITY SO THAT IT CAN MONITOR AND DIRECT AN OVERALL HOUSING PROGRAMME IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR," HE SAID.

MR HO SAID IT WAS THEREFORE A LOGICAL AND REASONABLE STEP FORWARD TO ALLOW THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TO HAVE GREATER AUTONOMY AND FLEXIBILITY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS OBJECTIVE.

THE PROPOSED NEW FORMAT OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WAS THAT THE AUTHORITY WOULD BE CHAIRED BY AN UNOFFICIAL, INSTEAD OF THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING AS IN THE PAST.

THIS, HE BELIEVED, WAS IN LINE WITH THE OPENING UP OF THE GOVERNMENT AND WOULD MAKE THE HOUSING AUTHORITY MORE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

TURNING TO URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND RENEWAL, MR HO FELT THAT THERE WAS A LOT TO BE SAID IN THE HARBOUR RECLAMATION SCHEMES BEING PLANNED AT HUNG HOM, WESTERN KOWLOON, CENTRAL DISTRICT AND KENNEDY TOWN, AS THESE WOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE PROXIMITY OF THE MAIN CITY FABRIC IN TERMS OF TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S DEPLORABLE PARTS OF OUR URBAN ESTABLISHMENT OF A LAND DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM TO REDEVELOP THE BLIGHTED

DETERMINATION TO IMPROVE AREA WAS MOST WELCOME.

CORPORATION WOULD SERVE AS A AREAS IN THE URBAN DISTRICTS.

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HE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT THERE WERE CONCERNS THAT THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION MIGHT BECOME A BIG DEVELOPMENT ORGANISATION COMPETING WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN AREAS WHERE PRIVATE DEVELOPERS COULD PERHAPS OPERATE MORE EFFICIENTLY. <

"WE MUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO ALLOW THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO GROW MORE THAN IS NECESSARY," HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE CORPORATION SHOULD BE KEPT SMALL AND EFFICIENT. "ITS MAJOR FUNCTION SHOULD BE CONFINED TO THE ASSEMBLY OF LAND WHERE AND WHEN PRIVATE DEVELOPERS ARE UNABLE TO DO SO. AFTER THIS IS DONE, INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS SHOULD BEST BE DELEGATED, WHERE POSSIBLE, TO PRIVATE DEVELOPERS OR BE UNDERTAKEN AS JOINT VENTURES WITH THEM.

"AS IN OUR HOUSING PROGRAMME, RESOURCES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR SHOULD BF. EXPLOITED TO THE FULL. THE CORPORATION SHOULD, HOWEVER, KEEP A MONITORING ROLE TO ENSURE THAT THE QUALITY AND OBJECTIVES OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WILL BE MET."

ON NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, MR HO SAID HIS OWN OBSERVATION WAS THAT HONG KONG'S TOWN PLANNERS HAD, ON THE WHOLE, ENJOYED

CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS TN THE MASTER-PLANNING OF THE NEW TOWNS SO THAT THEY WERE SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITIES WITH THE RIGHT MIX OF

RESIDENTIAL, WORK PLACES, EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLIC FACILITIES.

SHORTCOMINGS, IF ANY, HAD BEEN IN THE TIMELY CO-ORDINATION OF VARIOUS FACILITIES AS RESIDENTS MOVED INTO THE NEW TOWNS, HE NOTED.

"1 MUST ADMIT THAT THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT PROCESS INVOLVING THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF SENSITIVITY IN PROGRAMMING AND CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, WHICH IS USUALLY THE PRIME MOVER OF RESIDENTS, AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE RECENT DECISION TO GO AHEAD WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF BOTH PHASES OF JUNK BAY TO ACCOMMODATE ITS ULTIMATE POPULATION OF 325,000 PEOPLE MEANT THAT TIMELY PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM SHOULD BE PLANNED, IN ADDITION TO THE TWIN-TUBED JUNK BAY TUNNEL.

ON TRANSPORT SERVICES, MR HO SAID THIS WAS AN AREA WHICH NEEDED CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT TO KEEP PACE WITH HONG KONG'S DEVELOPMENT.

THE CURRENT CONGESTION AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL WAS ANOTHER LESSON TN PLANNING THE FUTURE TRANSPORT SYSTEM, HE SAID.

"IF WE DO NOT HEED THIS LESSON, NOT MANY YEARS AWAY WE MAY HAVE TO SCRATCH OUR HEADS TO SOLVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE JUNK BAY TUNNEL OR ON THE TUEN MUN HIGHWAY."

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ANOTHER AREA OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO HIM WAS THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM IN THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

HE SAID: "WE HAVE JUST LEARNED THE WELCOME NEWS THAT THE LRT WILL PROVIDE A LINK TO TIN SHUI WAI. WE SHOULD NOT BE CAUGHT UNPREPARED WHEN THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AT TIN SHUI WAI IS COMPLETE,WHICH WILL BOOST THE POPULATION SIZE TREMENDOUSLY IN THAT DISTRICT."

HE ALSO NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HOPED TO REACH A DECISION CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF A FIXED RAIL LINK BETWEEN THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WITH THE MAIN URBAN AREA BEFORE THE END OF NEXT YEAR. HE CONSIDERED THIS SHOULD BE TREATED AS A MATTER OF URGENCY.

ON PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENTS, MR HO SAID IT WAS DISAPPOINTING TO HEAR THAT THE JOINT PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STUDY WOULD ONLY BE COMPLETED BY THE LATE SUMMER OF 19B9, ALMOST TWO YEARS AWAY. ONLY THEN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE SOME ’FUNDAMENTAL DECISIONS’.

KAI TAK AIRPORT, WITH ITS SINGLE RUNWAY, DEFINITELY COULD NOT MEET THE FUTURE DEMAND FOR AIR TRAFFIC. THE ONLY QUESTION WAS HOW LONG COULD IT HOLD ON BEFORE IT REACHED ITS FULL CAPACITY, AND ADVERSE EFFECTS BEGAN TO EMERGE, HE SAID.

"THE URGENCY FOR A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT IS AUGMENTED BY THE FACT THAT THE PRESENT KAI TAI AIRPORT HAS BEEN CREATING NUMEROUS NOISE POLLUTION PROBLEMS, NOT TO MENTION THE HINDRANCE TO THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF KOWLOON," HE SAID.

FINALLY, HE POINTED OUT THAT AS 1997 DREW NEAR, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA WOULD INEVITABLY BECOME CLOSER.

ALL OUR LARGE SCALE PROJECTS IN THE YEARS AHEAD WOULD HAVE TO BE CONSIDERED AGAINST THE IMPACT OF, AND THE RELATIONSHIP WITH, DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA, PARTICULARLY IN THE PEARL RIVER DELTA AREA. THIS WAS ESPECIALLY SIGNIFICANT IN AREAS LIKE TRANSPORT, COMMUNICATION, AVIATION AND TRADE.

THE CHINA FACTOR WAS THEREFORE SOMETHING WHICH WE MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT IN MAPPING OUT THE PLANS FOR OUR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS, HE NOTED.

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HONG KONG MUST RETAIN ITS CLOSED CAMP POLICY ON THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEE ISSUE UNTIL AN EFFECTIVE WAY CAN BE FOUND TO STOP THESE PEOPLE FROM LANDING IN THE TERRITORY, THE HON RITA FAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS, MRS FAN SAID: "WE CANNOT AFFORD TO ABOLISH THE CLOSED CAMP POLICY BECAUSE THE PROSPERITY OF OUR CITY ECONOMY, COUPLED WITH THE FREEDOM OF OPEN CAMP, MAY WELL BE TOO STRONG A MAGNET FOR ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS FROM VIETNAM."

"THE CONSEQUENCE CAN EASILY BE AN INFLUX WHICH WILL BE TOO MUCH FOR HONG KONG TO HANDLE," SHE ADDED.

MRS FAN SAID THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD CONTINUE TO PURSUE THE MATTER OF REPATRIATION, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND OTHER COUNTRIES.

SHE REPORTED THAT THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP ON VIETNAMESE REFUGEES HAD ASKED THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY FOR A REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF REPATRIATION IN SIX MONTHS’ TIME.

MINDFUL OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT SATISFACTORY PROGRESS MIGHT NOT ACHIEVED BY THE END OF THAT PERIOD, MRS FAN SAID THE GROUP HAD ALSO SUGGESTED TO THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THE PRESENT POLICY OF HONG KONG BEING A PLACE OF FIRST ASYLUM SHOULD BE CAREFULLY REVIEWED.

ON EDUCATION, MRS FAN URGED THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO TAKE MORE POSITIVE MEASURES TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN TEACHERS AND PARENTS OF PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS.

SHE EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE GROWING TREND AMONG SOME PRIMARY STUDENTS TO BECOME LESS RESPONSIVE TO TEACHERS’ INSTRUCTIONS, MORE MATERIALISTIC, AND INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO TEACH.

"AS THESE STUDENTS MOVE INTO THE SECONDARY SECTOR, IT WILL BE EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO CHANGE THEIR WAYS," SHE POINTED OUT.

MRS FAN BELIEVED THAT AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO PREVENT CHILDREN FROM DEVELOPING BAD HABITS AND UNDESIRABLE TRAITS WAS FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS TO WORK TOGETHER AND PROVIDE MUTUAL SUPPORT.

"AS A MATTER OF POLICY, ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS SHOULD AT LEAST SET ASIDE ONE DAY, A NORMAL SCHOOL DAY, FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS TO DISCUSS INDIVIDUALLY THE PROGRESS OF EACH PUPIL," SHE SAID.

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"THE STRENGTHENING OF TEACHER-PARENT COMMUNCIATION AND CO-OPERATION WILL HELP TO REDUCE UNRULY BEHAVIOUR AMONG PUPILS IN THE PRIMARY SECTOR,‘WHICH WILL, IN TURN, BENEFIT THE SECONDARY SECTOR," SHESAID.

TURNING TO THE GOVERNMENT’S TAXATION POLICY, MRS FAN REQUESTED the financial Secretary to re-examine the merits of separate taxation FOR MARRIED COUPLES IN THE NEXT BUDGET.

SHE FOUND IT GROSSLY UNFAIR THAT A PARTICULAR GROUP OF TAXPAYERS SHOULD SUFFER A HIGHER TAX LIABILITY SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY HAD MARRIED AND CONTINUED TO WORK.

"IF SEPARATE TAXATION COMES INTO BEING, AND WITH THE PRESENT LABOUR SHORTAGE, HOUSEWIVES WHO ARE NOT WORKING NOW MAY WELL BE ATTRACTED INTO EMPLOYMENT, AS THEY CAN BENEFIT FROM THE SALARY THEY EARN WITHOUT PUSHING THEIR HUSBAND'S TAX INTO A HIGHER BRACKET," SHE SAID. ,

THE MOVE OF THESE PEOPLE INTO THE LABOUR FORCE MIGHT WELL RESULT IN AN INCREASE IN TAX INCOME WHICH COULD COMPENSATE FOR THE ESTIMATED LOSS OF $400 MILLION PER ANNUM IN GOVERNMENT REVENUE.

SHE URGED THE ADMINISTRATION, IN CONSIDERING THE MATTER, TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE PREVAILING TREND TOWARDS SEPARATE TAXATION IN OTHER COUNTRIES AS '1,1. AS THE LOCAL LABOUR SHORTAGE.

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THE HON PAULINE NG SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT SHE WAS SURPRISED THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD SUGGESTED THAT THE AIM OF OPEN EDUCATION WAS TO PROVIDE QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

SPEAKING DURING THE ANNUAL POLICY DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SHE SAID IT WAS MORE PREFERABLE TO SHIFT THE EMPHASIS TO ’’EDUCATION FOR EDUCATION’S SAKE”, THAN TO EMPHASISE TOO MUCH THE ECONOMIC ROLE OF EDUCATION.

’’EDUCATION SEEMS TO HAVE LOST ITS SACRED AIM TO EDUCATE A PERSON AND HAS GIVEN WAY TO TRAINING UP A TOOL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,” SHE SAID.

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, "IT IS EVEN MORE DANGEROUS IF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM ONLY PRODUCES TRAINED PROFESSIONALS WHO STAND BETTER CHANCES OF LEAVING HONG KONG AS 1997 APPROACHES," SHE ADDED.

MRS NG SAID SHE WAS WORRIED THAT THE ENTIRE HONG KONG ECONOMY WOULD SUFFER FROM THE LOSS OF THE PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE.

SHE CRITICISED THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS FOR LACKING AN OVERALL AND THOROUGH PLAN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE ENTIRE EDUCATION SYSTEM.

SHE SAID THAT THE ADDRESS ONLY DEALT WITH THE TERTIARY EDUCATION SECTOR BUT NO MENTION HAD BEEN MADE ABOUT THE SECTOR’S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LOWER, BUT FUNDAMENTAL, AND THEREFORE IMPORTANT STAGES OF EDUCATION.

SHE FELT THAT INSTEAD OF PUTTING TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON THE PROVISION OF MORE HIGHER EDUCATION PLACES, STEPS SHOULD BE TAKEN TO DEAL WITH THE URGENT NEED TO PRODUCE A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE NINE-YEAR FREE EDUCATION SYSTEM AND THE UPPER SECONDARY SYSTEM.

SHE SAID THE QUESTION OF SUBSIDISING AND IMPROVING THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY PRE-PRIMARY INSTITUTIONS AS WELL AS THE NEED FOR PROVISION OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR PERSONS ENGAGED IN THIS SERVICE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN CONSIDERATION.

"AS THE GOVERNMENT IS AIMING AT BETTER CO-ORDINATION AND STREAM-LINING OF PROVISION OF PUBLIC SERVICES, IT IS CERTAINLY PERPLEXING TO HAVE PRE-PRTMARY EDUCATION DEALT WITH BY TWO DEPARTMENTS, NAMELY, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT," SHE SAID.

MRS NG REPEATED HER CALL FOR CENTRALISING THE CO-ORDINATION AND SUPERVISION OF PRE-PRIMARY SERVICES UNDER ONE DEPARTMENT, SO THAT THE PROVISION OF SERVICES COULD BE STANDARDISED.

SHE ALSO SUGGESTED THE FORMATION OF A WORKING PARTY TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRE-PRIMARY EDUCATION.

ON THE SUBJECT OF MEETING THE FINANCIAL NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY, MRS NG EXPRESSED. HER STRONG OBJECTION TO THE INCOME DECLARATION REQUIREMENT FOR NEW OLD AGE ALLOWANCE APPLICANTS.

SHE SAID THE NEW PRACTICE WOULD TURN THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE INTO A WELFARE HANDOUT INSTEAD OF A TOKEN OF RESPECT AND APPRECIATION OF ELDERLY PEOPLE’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY.

MOREOVER, IT WOULD TREAT DIFFERENTLY TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE WITH THE SAME NEEDS, SINCE INCOME DECLARATION WOULD ONLY APPLY TO NEW APPLICANTS.

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THEREFORE, SHE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO RETAIN THE NON-MEANS TESTED OLD AGE ALLOWANCE FOR THOSE AGED 70 AND ABOVE.

ON THE LABOUR SHORTAGE QUESTION, MRS NG FELT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER OTHER MEASURES TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM, RATHER THAN LEAVING IT TO ADJUSTMENT BY MARKET FORCES.

"IN MY VIEW, THE PROBLEM CAN BE PARTIALLY SOLVED BY ATTRACTING MORE HOUSEWIVES TO JOIN THE LABOUR FORCE.

"IT IS THEREFORE TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER INTRODUCING SEPARATE TAX ASSESSMENT FOR COUPLES AND SPECIAL TAX ALLOWANCE FOR WORKING WOMEN," SHE SAID.

MRS NG ALSO COMMENTED THAT THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS FAILED TO INCLUDE SUFFICIENT DETAILS.

SHE RECOMMENDED THAT FUTURE POLICY SPEECHES SHOULD INCLUDE APPENDICES TO PROVIDE BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND RELEVANT STATISTICS.

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BILINGUAL TRAINING SHOULD BE CONTINUED * * * * ♦

THE LANGUAGE ISSUE IS A MAJOR CHALLENGE FACING SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG, THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE ANNUAL POLICY DEBATE, MR YEUNG SAID THE EDUCATION COMMISSION STRONGLY BELIEVED THAT BILINGUALISM WAS ESSENTIAL IF HONG KONG WAS TO RETAIN ITS POSITION AS A LEADING INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF FINANCE, TRADE AND INDUSTRY. THEREFORE OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM SHOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE BILINGUAL TRAINING IN ORDER TO MEET SOCIAL NEEDS.

HE SAID AS THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT EMBARKED ON BILINGUAL LEGISLATION, HONG KONG WOULD INEVITABLY EVOLVE INTO A SOCIETY WITH A BILINGUAL LEGAL SYSTEM.

THERE WOULD ALSO BE A DEFINITE TREND FOR THE COURTS TO USE CHINESE MORE WIDELY. HOWEVER, HONG KONG WAS SHORT OF LEGAL PROFESSIONALS WHO WERE PROFICIENT IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

"IN THE INTEREST OF HONG KONG, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO DEVELOP THE LANGUAGE ABILITY OF OUR YOUNGER GENERATION, SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE A GOOD COMMAND OF BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE," HE ADDED.

/MR YEUNG

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MR YEUNG SAID, AT PRESENT, KNOWLEDGE ON THE USE OF COMPUTERS HAD PENETRATED INTO THE LIFE OF PEOPLE IN ALL SECTORS. ADULTS AND CHILDREN ALIKE HAD COME INTO CONTACT WITH A COMPUTER IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

"PERHAPS THE GOVERNMENT MAY CONSIDER EXTENDING COMPUTER STUDIES TO THE PRIMARY EDUCATION CURRICULUM SO THAT PRIMARY STUDENTS CAN HAVE A PROPER KNOWLEDGE OF COMPUTER SCIENCE, APART FROM USING IT TO PLAY VIDEO GAMES," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID COMPUTER STUDIES HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THE SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION CURRICULUM AND IN UNIVERSITY COURSES, YET NONE OF THE SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG OFFERED COMPUTER STUDIES FOR THEIR SIXTH FORM STUDENTS, RESULTING IN A PROBLEM OF COVERGENCE.

"HENCE THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER INTRODUCING COMPUTER STUDIES INTO THE MATRICULATION COURSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND ACCEPTING IT AS A SUBJECT IN THE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS. ONLY BY DOING SO CAN COMPUTER EDUCATION BE PROMOTED TN A FULL SCALE," HR NOTED.

MR YEUNG ALSO SAID THAT HE WAS IN SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO 23 PRIVATE SCHOOLS. HE ADDED THAT IN LINE WITH SUCH A PLAN, THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS THEMSELVES SHOULD TAKE CONCERTED ACTION TO WORK FOR A HIGHER QUALITY OF EDUCATION.

ON ARTS AND CULTURE, MR YEUNG SAID THAT TO INDUCE GREATER AWARENESS ON THE PART OF STUDENTS TOWARDS THEIR SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT AS WELL AS TOWARDS A BETTER WAY OF LIFE, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PROVIDE MORE VENUES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PROMOTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ARTS.

HE ADDED THAT VISUAL ARTS EDUCATION SHOULD BE ACCEPTED AS A SUBJECT IN SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND IN THE MATRICULATION COURSE.

AS FOR PERFORMING ARTS, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD WORK OUT A POLICY SO THAT VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS COULD REACH A CONSENSUS TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE RESOURCES, WHEREBY THERE WOULD BE MORE PERFORMING COMPANIES, WITH BETTER STANDARDS.

MOREOVER, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD GIVE DUE CONSIDERATION TO THE EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS OF GRADUATES FROM THE HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS TO ALLAY THEIR FEAR ABOUT JOB OPPORTUNITIES.

TURNING TO JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, MR YEUNG SAID IN ORDER TO CONTAIN THE PROBLEM OF JUVENILE CRIME IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD FIRSTLY IMPROVE THE MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES; SECONDLY STRENGTHEN THE FUNCTION OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES; AND THIRDLY INCREASE THE MANPOWER OF AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE YOUTH CENTRES RUN BY VOLUNTARY BODIES IN THE HOUSING ESTATES, SO THAT THEY COULD EFFECTIVELY PROVIDE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS.

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EDUCATION AN IMPORTANT FOUNDATION FOR SOCIETY

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HONG KONG WILL NEED TO PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS FOR A SOCIETY WHICH WILL BE BASED ON THE CONCEPT OF "HONG KONG PEOPLE GOVERNING HONG KONG", DR THE HON DANIEL TSE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS, DR TSE DESCRIBED MANPOWER AS THE IMPORTANT ASSET "ON WHICH OUR EXISTENCE DEPENDS AND WITH WHICH WE DEVELOP OUR ECONOMY".

IN THE EARLY DAYS BEFORE THE 1960’S , DR TSE SAID, HONG KONG'S EDUCATION SYSTEM HAD DEVELOPED IN A HAPHAZARD WAY, AND THOUGH SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TOOK PLACE IN THE 1970’S, SYSTEM-WIDE PLANNING WAS STILL LACKING.

"IF OUR PRESENT EDUCATION STRUCTURE STILL PREVENTS US FROM PLANNING OUR FUTURE EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACCORDING TO THE CLEARLY DEFINED SOCIETAL GOALS ON A SYSTEM-WIDE BASIS, THEN IT IS TIME FOR US TO FIND OUT WHY AND TO CLEAR THE OBSTACLES,” HE SAID.

"OTHERWISE, NO MATTER HOW GOOD IS THE PROMISE OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION, OR HOW SECURELY IS THE LEGAL GUARANTEE ENSHRINED IN THE BASIC LAW, OR HOW WELL DEVELOPED IS OUR FUTURE POLITICAL SYSTEM, IT WOULD STILL BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO REALISE THE IDEAL OF ’HONG KONG PEOPLE GOVERNING HONG KONG’."

DR TSE SAID THE LLEWELLYN COMMITTEE, IN ITS REPORT IN 1982 ENTITLED "A PERSPECTIVE ON EDUCATION IN HONG KONG", MADE A SERIES OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO REMEDY DEFECTS TN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.

"FIVE YEARS HAVE PASSED; IT IS NOW TIME FOR US TO HAVE AN INTERIM ASSESSMENT TO SEE WHETHER THE DEFECTS WHICH HAD BEEN POINTED OUT BY THE COMMITTEE IN OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM HAVE BEEN CORRECTED," HE SAID.

"I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT AN ASSESSMENT OF THIS KIND AT THIS TIME IS VERY CRUCIAL BECAUSE THERE ARE ONLY 10 YEARS BEFORE 1997."

DR TSE SAID THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS MENTIONED BY THE GOVERNOR IN HIS POLICY ADDRESS ALSO REPRESENTED A CHALLENGE TO THE PRESENT EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURE, AND PROVIDED THE BEST REASON AND A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN OVERHAUL.

HE SAID THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HAD A UNIQUE EDUCATION MISSION AND WOULD BRING ABOUT A HIGHER LEVEL OF SCIENTIFIC AND TECHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT FOR HONG KONG.

THE OPEN LEARNING INSTITUTE, HE ADDED, WAS A NEW ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE, ON A LARGE SCALE, WORKING ADULTS WITH A SECOND CHANCE FOR EDUCATION.

/THE COUNCIL

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THE COUNCIL FOR ACADEMIC ACCREDITATION WOULD GUARANTEE THAT OUR FUTURE ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND LEVELS WOULD GAIN INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION.

’’THESE MONUMENTAL EFFORTS PLUS YOUR OWN ESTIMATE OF THE DOUBLING OF DEGREE PLACES BY THE 1990’S HAVE CREATED A NEW HORIZON FOR HONG KONG HIGHER EDUCATION,” HE SAID.

ON THE LENGTH OF UNIVERSITY COURSES, DR TSE SAID IT WAS RELATED TO THE LEVEL OF ENTRY, AND THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS HAD A DIRECT BEARING ON THE STRUCTURE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION.

HE SAID THE OPPORTUNITY SHOULD BE TAKEN TO REVIEW THE LENGTH OF DEGREE COURSES TOGETHER WITH THE STRUCTURE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION AND ITS GOALS ON A SYSTEM-WIDE BASIS.

DR TSE URGED THE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS RESPONSIBLE, STATUTORY EDUCATIONAL BODIES, INSTITUTIONS ENGAGED IN EDUCATION, AND ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY WHICH HAD A CONCERN FOR EDUCATION, TO MAKE A JOINT EFFORT, NOT ONLY TO SOLVE THE THORNY PROBLEM OF THE LENGTH OF DEGREE COURSES, BUT ALSO TO REMEDY THE DEFECTS IN THE EDUCATION STRUCTURE.

"ONLY THEN WILL A PROPERLY DEVELOPED GOOD EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM be Established and which will, in turn, lead to a more prosperous and CIVILISED SOCIETY,” HE CONCLUDED.

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MEANS TEST FOR OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CRITICISED ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT WAS TODAY (THURSDAY) PRAISED FOR REVISING UPWARD THE LEVELS OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, OLD AGE ALLOWANCE OR SUPPLEMENT AND DISABILITY ALLOWANCE; EXPANDING BY PHASES THE SCOPE OF OLD AGE ALLOWANCE AND INTRODUCING A MEAL ALLOWANCE FOR CHILDREN IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION.

SPEAKING DURING THE ANNUAL POLICY DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI SAID IMPROVEMENTS IN THOSE FORMS OF SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS WOULD CERTAINLY ENABLE NEEDY PEOPLE TO LIVE IN DECENCY AND COMFORT.

HOWEVER, HE CRITICISED THE PROPOSED INCOME AND ASSET DECLARATION REQUIREMENT FOR THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE BY APPLICANTS WHO WERE 70 YEARS OLD AND ABOVE AND URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO RE-CONSIDER THAT REQUIREMENT.

DR HO SAID MOST OF THOSE APPLICANTS WERE NOT ACTIVE IN THE LABOUR FORCE AND THAT THE MEANS TEST HAD NO ECONOMIC JUSTIFICATION.

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"RATHER, IT IS HUMILIATING TO OUR SENIOR CITIZENS WHO HAVE DONE THEIR PART IN BUILDING UP OUR ECONOMY AND COMMUNITY," HE NOTED.

DR HO POINTED OUT THAT SUCH NEGATIVE IMPLICATIONS.

A REQUIREMENT HAD A NUMBER OF

"IF THE DECLARATION IS ONLY A MATTER OF ROUTINE WITHOUT CAREFUL VERIFICATION BY THE ADMINISTRATION, IT WOULD INVITE PEOPLE TO DECEIVE AND WOULD CONDONE DISHONEST BEHAVIOUR. BUT IF THE CHECKING IS THOROUGH, THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS WILL BE ENORMOUS, HE SAID.

TO APPLY

THEMSELVES

FOR OF

"FURTHERMORE, THE NEEDY ELDERLY WOULD HESITATE THE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS AND WOULD RATHER DEPRIVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD A DECENT LIVING. THUS, THE INCOME AND ASSET DECLARATION WILL DEFEAT THE PURPOSE OF THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE SCHEME.

DR HO SAID, THE EXPANDED OLD AGE ALLOWANCE AND THE IMPROVED PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, TOGETHER WITH OTHER LABOUR WELFARE MEASURES, WERE INTRODUCED AS A PACKAGE TO ENHANCE THE INCOME SECURITY THE RETIRED THE ELDERLY IN THE ABSENCE OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND.

AND

THE STIGMA ATTACHED TO THE INCOME DECLARATION WOULD THE NEEDY SENIOR CITIZENS TO COME FORWARD TO APPLY FOR Till' AND HENCE THEIR INCOME SECURITY NEEDS WOULD NOT BE MET AS

DISCOURAGE BENEFITS, INTENDED,

HE ADDED.

IN ADDITION, DR HO SAID, IT WAS IMPERATIVE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO URGENTLY REASSESS THE PRIORITIES OF THE MUCH-NEEDED PERSONALISED WELFARE SERVICES AND TO UPGRADE THEIR PROVISION.

NEEDY FAMILIES, HE ADDED OFTEN REQUIRED A WIDE SPECTRUM OF PERSONAL AND WELFARE SERVICES TO MEET THEIR NEEDS.

"IMPROVED CASH BENEFITS ARISING FROM THE SECURITY MEASURES ARE MORE LIKELY TO IMPROVE THE LOT WHOSE PERSONAL NEEDS CAN BE READILY SATISFIED BY REQUIRED SERVICES IN THE OPEN MARKET," HE SAID.

IMPROVED

OF THOSE PURCHASE

SOCIAL

PEOPLE

OF THE

"BUT WHEN THE MORE PERSONALISED OR SPECIALISED SERVICES SHORT SUPPLY OR BARELY AVAILABLE, THE INCREASED CASH PAYMENTS SERVE TO PUSH UP THE PRICE OF THESE SERVICES," HE NOTED.

ARE IN

MERELY

DR HO ALSO CALLED FOR A POLICY IN THE INTEREST OF A MORE

REVIEW OF

CONGENIAL

GOVERNMENT AND FOUNDED ON AND AND EQUALITY.

THE SUBVERTED SOCIAL

WELFARE

THE CURRENT SUBVENTION

PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE

SECTOR, WHICH MUST BE

NURTURED IN THE SPIRIT OF MUTUAL

APPRECIATION, TRUST

, FRINGE BENEFITS GIVEN TO THE ONLY RECEIVED

UNDER THE CURRENT POLICY

STAFF OF SUBVERTED ORGAN I SATIORS WERE LIMITED AND THEY

A PART OF THOSE AWARDED TO THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

/HE SAID

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HE SAID THAT THE BENEFITS TO WHICH THE CIVIL SERVANTS WERE ENTITLED SHOULD BE EXTENDED IN FULL TO THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE SUBVERTED SECTOR WHO HAD SIMILAR QUALIFICATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

DR HO SAID THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS WERE LIKELY TO BE ENORMOUS BUT THE EXTENSION COULD BE CARRIED OUT IN STAGES.

ON THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME, HE SAID THE EXISTING SCHEME WAS FAMILY-BASED AND REGARDED CHILDREN AS DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF A FAMILY UNIT. BUT THE LEVEL OF THE PROVISION WAS JUST SUFFICIENT FOR BARE SUBSISTENCE.

HE SAID HUMAN BEINGS WERE HONG KONG’S PRIMARY ASSETS, AND "WE MUST PRESERVE OUR PRECIOUS HUMAN RESOURCES, IN PARTICULAR OUR YOUNG.”

HE THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER A CHILDREN’S SUPPLEMENT OF $280 PER MONTH FOR ALL DEPENDENT CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF 17 YEARS OF A SINGLE-PARENT FAMILY RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

HE ADDED THAT THE NEWLY PROPOSED $80 MEAL ALLOWANCE COULD BE DEDUCTED FROM THE SUPPLEMENT, AND THAT CHILDREN RECEIVING A DISABILITY ALLOWANCE OR IN FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT SHOULD NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SUPPLEMENT.

TURNING TO THE SENTENCING PATTERNS ADOPTED BY THE COURTS, DR HO NOTED ONE FINDING OF SIGNIFICANCE IN THE THIRD REPORT ON THE CRIME VICTIMISATION SURVEY DUE TO BE PUBLISHED SOON.

WITH REGARD TO THE TREATMENT OF OFFENDERS, A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE CRIME VICTIMS SURVEYED HELD THE VIEW THAT THE MOST APPROPRIATE SANCTION FOR CRIMINALS WAS IMPRISONMENT.

WARNING BY THE POLICE AND PROBATION WERE REGARDED AS ACCEPTABLE DETERRENTS BY SOME VICTIMS. VERY FEW VICTIMS SUPPORTED SUCH SENTENCES AS FINES OR PAYMENT FOR COMPENSATION.

HE SAID CRIME VICTIMS POLLED WERE NOT HAPPY WITH THE SENTENCING METED OUT BY THE COURTS. THEY WERE OF THE OPINION THAT THE PENALTIES WERE NOT AS PUNITIVE AS THEY WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE,AND THAT THE COURTS WERE APPARENTLY TOO PRONE TO DISPENSE NON-CUSTODIAL SENTENCES.

"ONCE THE LAW HAS BEEN FAIRLY INTERPRETED APPLIED TO THE DETERMINATION OF GUILT OR INNOCENCE, THE COURT, IN DECIDING ON THE LEVELS AND TYPES OF ATTEMPT TO REFLECT PUBLIC CONCERN," HE SAID.

AND IMPARTIALLY I BELIEVE THAT PENALTY, SHOULD

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"SUCH CONSIDERATION BY THE COURTS WILL BE CONDUCIVE TO BOOSTING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE JUDICIARY, RESULTING IN A GREATER RESPECT FOR AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW BY THE PUBLIC,” HE ADDED.

FINALLY, DR HO SAID THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, BEING THE PRINCIPAL LAW OFFICER AND RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL PROSECUTIONS IN HONG KONG, SHOULD TAKE HEED OF THE PUBLIC VIEW QN THE SENTENCING PATTERNS AND THE LEVELS OF PENALTY AND TO HELP CONVEY THIS PUBLIC CONCERN TO THE JUDICIARY.

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CONTROL ON CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE URGED

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN URGED TO CONTROL THE PRACTICE OF CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE FOR THE BENEFIT AND PROTECTION OF PEOPLE SEEKING SUCH FORMS OF TREATMENT.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY), DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP CALLED FOR THE SETTING UP OF A COMMITTEE WITH REPRESENTATION AND EXPERTS FROM THE Chinese traditional medical profession to look into the feasibility AND TO RECOMMEND WAYS, OF CONTROLLING THE PRACTICE WITHIN THREE TO FIVE YEARS.

AS A START, SHE SUGGESTED THERE SHOULD BE COMPULSORY APPLICATION FOR A LICENCE TO PRACTISE AND MANDATORY PURCHASE OF INSURANCE SUBSEQUENTLY LEADING ON TO THE SETTING UP OF A MINIMUM STANDARD OF QUALIFICATION REQUIRED FOR REGISTRATION TO PRACTISE, BUT ALLOWING A GRANDFATHER CLAUSE.

DR IP EXPLAINED THAT THE NEED TO CONTROL THE PRACTICE HAD BECOME MORE IMMINENT WITH THE CHANGING MEDICAL SCENE IN CHINA, WHERE ACUPUNCTURISTS WERE INJECTING STEROIDS WITH NEEDLES, BONE-SETTERS WERE USING X-RAYS AND HERBALISTS WERE PRESCRIBING CAPSULES AND AMPOULES.

SHE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT MEDICAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA WERE NOW PRACTISING A CONCOCTION OF BOTH WESTERN AND CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IN HONG KONG.

"WHERE THE WESTERN MEDICAL TREATMENT BEGINS AND THE CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE ENDS IS BECOMING BLURRED," SHE SAID.

IN HER OPINION, THE TWO TYPES OF PRACTICE SHOULD BE COMPLEMENTARY TO EACH OTHER AND NOT IN COMPETITION.

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"AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS MUST COME FIRST," SHE SAID.

DR IP ALSO CRITICISED THE GOVERNMENT FOR APPLYING DOUBLE STANDARDS IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE.

"WHILE WE WILL BE INTRODUCING CONTROL OVER PHYSIOTHERAPISTS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND TECHNICIANS WHO ASSIST WESTERN-TRAINED DOCTORS, WE ALLOW THE CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS WHO WORK INDEPENDENTLY TO GO BY WITHOUT THE SLIGHTEST CONTROL," SHE SAID.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS A KNOWN MEDICAL FACT THAT SOME HERBS, BONE SETTING AND ACUPUNCTURE DID GIVE RISE TO SERIOUS COMPLICATIONS, AND NO MATTER HOW LOW THE INCIDENCES MIGHT BE, IT WAS FAIR TO INSIST ON SOME FORM OF CONSUMER PROTECTION.

"IT IS THEREFORE A LAUGH, AND A SAD ONE, THAT WE ALLOW BY LEGISLATION ANY PERSON OF THE CHINESE RACE AND ORIGIN, IRRESPECTIVE OF TRAINING, EVEN AT THE LACK OF IT, TO CARRY OUT THESE THREE FORMS OF MEDICAL PRACTICE," SHE SAID.

EARLIER IN HER SPEECH, DR IP URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO IMPROVE SPORTS FACILITIES TN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.

SHE SAID THAT SPORTS WERE IMPORTANT FOR ONE’S PHYSICAL AS WELL AS MENTAL HEALTH, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THEY PLAYED A VERY INFERIOR ROLE IN THE LIFE OF CHILDREN IN HONG KONG. THIS WAS MAINLY DUE TO THE LACK OF SPACE AND THE BISESSIONAL CLASS SYSTEM IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

"DR IP SAID THAT A COMMITTEE CHAIRED BY HERSELF HAD COMPLETED A REPORT CONTAINING THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS:

* PROVIDE MANDATORY OPEN SPACE FOR KINDERGARTENS;

» DEVELOP EXTRACURRICULAR SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN PRIMARY

SCHOOLS AIMED AT MASS PARTICIPATION BUT WITH SPECIAL

EMPHASIS ON THOSE WITH LOWER PHYSICAL EDUCATION STANDARDS;

» INTRODUCE "SPORTS FOR ALL” IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS SO THAT ALL STUDENTS TAKE PART IN AT LEAST ONE SPORT. THIS IS DONE BY MEANS OF A SYSTEM OF ACCREDITED SCHOOL BASED SPORTS COACHES RATHER THAN TEACHERS;

» INTRODUCE PHYSICAL EDUCATION AS AN EXAMINABLE SUBJECT IN THE HKCEE AND LATER, SPORTS STUDIES IN THE HKALE;

» INTRODUCE A SPORTS-RELATED DEGREE PROGRAMME AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC;

» EMPHASISE CAREER GUIDANCE AND IMPROVE THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES OF THOSE GRADUATES; AND

* LAUNCH A PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SPORTS IN OUR LIVES AND THE WAYS OF PURSUING IT.

DR IP SAID THE REPORT WILL SOON BE PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNOR, MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND OTHER RELEVANT BODIES FOR CONSIDERATION.

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GENETIC COUNSELLING SHOULD BE EXPANDED * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT WAS ASKED TODAY (THURSDAY) TO EXPAND AND PROMOTE GENETIC COUNSELLING AS A PART OF ITS PREVENTIVE MEDICAL CARE PROGRAMME.

THE CALL WAS MADE BY DR THE HON CHIU HIN-KWONG DURING THE DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY SPEECH.

DR CHIU EXPLAINED THAT THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING GENETIC COUNSELLING WAS TO PREVENT GENETIC DISORDERS AND REDUCE THE INCIDENCE AND RECURRENCE OF GENETIC DISEASES AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

SOME EXAMPLES OF GENETIC DISEASES HE CITED WERE DOWN’S SYNDROME, DIABETES, HUNTINGTON’S CHOREA, NIGHT BLINDNESS, POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE, SICKLEMIA, MULTIPLE POLYPOSIS OF THE INTESTINES, AND OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA.

"A GREAT MAJORITY OF THESE DISEASES ARE SERIOUS, RELATIVELY FEW ARE TREATED, BUT NONE ARE CURABLE. THEREFORE, THE APPROPRIATE APPROACH TO THEIR CONTROL IS PREVENTION THROUGH COUNSELLING, WITH PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS AND SELECTIVE ABORTION IF INDICATED," DR CHIU SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT, ACCORDING TO SURVEY RESULTS, AT LEAST ONE CHILD IN 10, AND SOMETIMES PERHAPS AS MANY AS ONE IN FOUR, HAD A DISORDER WHICH WAS PARTLY GENETIC IN CAUSATION; AND ONE IN 20 HAD A DISORDER WHICH WAS ENTIRELY GENETIC IN ORIGIN.

HE ADDED THAT STUDIES CONDUCTED IN WESTERN COUNTRIES REVEALED THAT GENETIC DISORDERS CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY IN CHILDHOOD.

"IT IS, THEREFORE, IMPORTANT TO RECOGNISE THE PROBLEM AND IDENTIFY THOSE AT RISK AS A FIRST STEP TOWARDS PREVENTION," HE SAID.

DR CHIU NOTED THAT HONG KONG OPERATED A CLINICAL GENETIC COUNSELLING SERVICE ON A SMALL SCALE, SUPPORTED BY THE CYTOGENETIC LABORATORY AT THE TSAN YUK HOSPITAL.

BUT HE SAID ONLY 1,630 OUT OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES HAD MADE USE OF THIS SERVICE, AND HE ATTRIBUTED THE LOW USAGE TO "INADEQUATE PUBLIC EDUCATION".

"SHOULD THE GENERAL PUBLIC BE AWARE OF THE EXISTENCE OF SUCH A SERVICE, THE CASELOAD WILL CERTAINLY INCREASE CONSIDERABLY," HE SAID.

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HE DESCRIBED MEASURES TO PREVENT GENETIC DISEASE AS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO CUT DOWN MEDICAL EXPENSES AND LESSEN THE SOCIAL BURDEN IN THE LONG TERM. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WAS TO BE COMMENDED FOR ITS ’’EXCELLENT PREVENTIVE HEALTH MEASURES" AGAINST COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, AS A RESULT OF WHICH MANY INFECTIOUS DISEASES HAD BEEN ERADICATED OR SUCCESSFULLY BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL.

IN WELCOMING THE SETTING UP OF A SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY, DR CHIU ASKED FOR AN ASSURANCE THAT THE NEW CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR STAFF WOULD BE REASONABLY ATTRACTIVE; THAT EXISTING STAFF WOULD BE GIVEN THE OPTION TO REMAIN IN THE CIVIL SERVICE OR TO JOIN THE NEW BODY; AND THAT SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE PROMOTION PROSPECTS OF EXISTING STAFF.

DR CHIU REQUESTED THAT THE SUB-COMMITTEE SUBMIT A REPORT ONE YEAR AFTER ITS ESTABLISHMENT.

HE ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOW CONDUCT A REVIEW OF THE OVERALL POLICY OF PRIMARY CARE SINCE IT HAD ALREADY DECIDED TO SET UP THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY IN APRIL NEXT YEAR. HE SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHEN THIS REVIEW WOULD TAKE PLACE; WHO WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TASK; HOW WIDE THE SCOPE WOULD BE AND HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE FOR THE WHOLE EXERCISE TO BE COMPLETED.

HE HOPED THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE REVIEW TEAM WOULD SHED LIGHT ON ISSUES RELATING TO THE DOCTOR/PATIENT RELATIONSHIP; THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROPER MEDICAL RECORD SYSTEM; THE CASELOAD OF DOCTORS; TRAINING NEEDS AND RECOGNITION OF POSTGRADUATE QUALIFICATION IN GENERAL PRACTICE.

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COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY URGED ♦ ♦ ♦ » ♦

MAPPING OUT A COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY FOR THE 1990’S WILL BE A NECESSARY STEP TO TAKE, ALONG WITH OTHER DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR BUILDING THE SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE, THE HON HUT YIN-FAT SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL ADDRESS, MR HUI SAID THAT AS HONG KONG FACED UP TO RAPID SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL CHANGES ENVISAGED FOR THE COMING DECADE, AD HOC, PIECEMEAL AND TEMPORARY SOLUTIONS TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS WOULD BE INADEQUATE FOR COPING WITH EMERGING SOCIAL ISSUES.

/’’THE BLUEPRINT

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"THE BLUEPRINT ON SOCIAL WELFARE DEVELOPMENT— 'SOCIAL WELFARE INTO THE EIGHTIES’ — HAS SINCE 1979 BECOME OUTDATED, AND THE TIME HAS GOME FOR AN OVERALL REVIEW OF OUR SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY," HE SAID.

HE SAID LONG-TERM, COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL PLANNING, INCLUDING SOCIAL WORK MANPOWER PLANNING, AND MORE AMBITIOUS PROGRAMMES IN RESPONSE TO NEW NEEDS SUCH AS THE CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND WERE WELL WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT’S CAPABILITY.

"A PROGRESSIVE, RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ONLY ADDRESS ITSELF TO LONG FELT NEEDS, BUT ALSO COMMITS ITSELF TO ACTIVELY IMPROVING PEOPLE’S QUALITY OF LIFE WELL BEYOND 1997," HE SAID.

ON SPECIFIC ISSUES, MR HUI SAID HE FELT OBLIGED TO POINT OUT ONE PROBLEM AREA THAT WAS SERIOUSLY AFFECTING THE QUALITY OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES — SOCIAL WORK MANPOWER AND REGISTRATION.

HE SAID RECENT FAMILY TRAGEDIES INVOLVING SUICIDES, HOMICIDES AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, HAD ALERTED THE COMMUNITY TO THE INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED NEEDS OF SOCIETY AND BROUGHT INTO PUBLIC LIMELIGHT THE ROLE OF SOCIAL WORKERS.

"AND THE QUESTION MUST BE ASKED -- HOW WELL ARE THEY EQUIPPED TO EFFECTIVELY HANDLE COMPLICATED CASES?" HE SAID.

MR HUI SAID TRAINED PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS WERE ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF SOCIAL WELFARE POLICIES. HOWEVER, HAPHAZARD SOCIAL WORK MANPOWER PLANNING DONE ON AN AD HOC BASIS HAD CREATED A DEMAND AND SUPPLY PROBLEM WHICH WOULD BECOME A CRISIS UNLESS EARLY INTERVENTION TOOK PLACE.

IN 1981, HE SAID, IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE SHORTFALL FOR GRADUATE SOCIAL WORKERS BETWEEN 1983 AND 1987 WOULD BE 705, AND THAT FOR NON-GRADUATES WOULD BE 1,050.

"HOWEVER, IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, DUE TO A VARIETY OF REASONS THAT INCLUDED SLIPPAGE IN PROJECTS, THE SUPPLY OF TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS OUTSTRIPPED DEMAND. SO MUCH SO THAT IN 1985 OUR SOCIAL WORK GRADUATES COULD NOT FIND EMPLOYMENT SOME SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION."

HE SAID THE VOLATILE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION HIT HARDEST AT SOCIAL WORK DIPLOMA HOLDERS WHO HAD TO BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE EFFECTS OF INADEUATE MANPOWER PLANNING.

BY AUGUST THIS YEAR, HE SAID, ONLY 88 OF THE 220 GRADUATING DIPLOMA HOLDERS WERE PLACED IN JOBS.

MR HUI SAID APART FROM THE LACK OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES, UNFAVOURABLE WORKING CONDITIONS IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WERE CAUSING WASTAGE OF SOCIAL WORKERS, THUS AGGRAVATING THE MANPOWER SITUATION.

/HE SAID

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HE SAID WITHOUT A SUFFICIENT LEVEL OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT, BOTH THE DEPARTMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WERE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO RETAIN THEIR STAFF.

MR HUI SUGGESTED FIVE SOLUTIONS. FIRSTLY, HE SAID, WITH IMPROVED MANPOWER SUPPLY AND A STRONG ECONOMY, EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF AGREED MANNING RATIOS WAS IMPERATIVE. STAFF IMPROVEMENTS, ENDORSED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, OUGHT TO BE IMPLEMENTED WITHOUT DELAY, SINCE THIS WAS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO EASE THE HEAVY WORKLOAD PLACED ON SOCIAL WORKERS.

SECONDLY, APART FROM AN ADEQUATE MANPOWER SUPPLY, PROFESSIONAL TRAINING WAS NEEDED TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENTLY QUALIFIED PERSONNEL TO DEAL WITH INCREASINGLY COMPLEX SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND RISING EXPECTATIONS OF CLIENTS.

HE SAID IT WAS NECESSARY TO REVIEW THE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING FUND AND REPLACEMENT GRANTS FOR VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO SEE HOW THEY COULD BE BEST DEPLOYED IN PROVIDING FURTHER IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR DIPLOMA HOLDERS AND MORE SPECIALISED TRAINING FOR DEGREE HOLDERS.

THIRDLY, THE SCHEME TO EMPLOY GENERAL DEGREE HOLDERS TO FILL SOCIAL WORK POSTS OUGHT TO BE TERMINATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

THE SCHEME ADOPTED IN 1983 BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO EASE THE MANPOWER SHORTAGE WAS NOT ONLY A COSTLY MEASURE, BUT ALSO DEALT A BLOW TO THE MORALE OF TRAINED SOCIAL WORKERS.

FOURTHLY, MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS WOULD REQUIRE EXPERIENCED AND SKILFUL SOCIAL WORKERS WHO WERE AT PRESENT ENGAGED IN ADMINISTRATIVE WORK BECAUSE THERE WERE NO REASONABLE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO RETAIN THEM IN DIRECT PRACTICE.

MR HUI SAID CASES INVOLVING CHILD ABUSE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND HARD CORE DELINQUENTS, AND ALSO "AT RISK" CASES, REQUIRED EXPERIENCED PRACTITIONERS. SENIOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, OFFERING MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROMOTION, SHOULD MERIT THE GOVERNMENT’S SERIOUS CONSIDERATION.

LASTLY, HE SAID HONG KONG NEEDED A CENTRAL PLANNING BODY TO MAKE AVAILABLE AN ESTIMATION OF SOCIAL WORK MANPOWER DEMAND AND SUPPLY, ON WHICH TRAINING INSTITUTIONS COULD PLAN THEIR IN-TAKE PROGRAMMES. THIS BODY WOULD ENHANCE THE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE DEPLOYMENT OF TRAINED SOCIAL WORK MANPOWER.

ON SOCIAL WORK REGISTRATION, MR HUI SAID REGISTRATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS WOULD ENSURE BETTER CLIENT PROTECTION AND PROVISION OF QUALITY SERVICES AND WAS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS LEGISLATING FOR LICENSING OF SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.

HE SAID SOCIAL WORKERS’ STRUGGLE TO ESTABLISH THEIR PROFESSIONAL STATUS WAS PERHAPS NOT SO MUCH AN OBTRUSIVE ATTEMPT TO ENHANCE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE THAN AN EFFORT TO ACHIEVE ACCOUNTABILITY.

/"FOR IN .......

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"FOR IN HONG KONG, NO LEGISLATIVE QUALIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR PRACTICING SOCIAL WORK, NOR DOES AN ACCREDITATION BODY EXIST FOR DECIDING WORKERS’ LEVEL OF COMPETENCE,” HE SAID.

"THUS, STANDARD SETTING AND SELF-REGULATION FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE HAVE EVOLVED AS ONE OF OUR PRIMARY FUNCTIONS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM UNQUALIFIED PRACTITIONERS."

MR HUI ALSO SPOKE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION NOT TO ESTABLISH A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND.

HF SAID THE ASSUMPTION THAT THE ACCUMULATED FUND MIGHT CAUSE GREAT INTERFERENCE IN THE MONEY MARKET HAD ALREADY BEEN PROVED TO BE INVALID BY ECONOMISTS AT A MEETING WITH THE FINANCE BRANCH.

"THE EFFECT OF INFLATION ON CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND CONTRIBUTIONS, WHICH CAN BE OFFSET BY PROPER MANAGEMENT OF RETURNS ON INVESTMENTS, HAS ALSO BEEN OVER-EXAGGERATED," HE SAID.

"THUS, BY ADOPTING THE LOPSIDED ARGUMENTS ADVANCED BY EMPLOYERS TO CAUSE ALARM, GOVERNMENT HAS DEMONSTRATED A PAROCHIAL OUTLOOK AND AN OBDURATE ATTITUDE IN ADDRESSING A VITAL SOCIAL ISSUE," HE SAID.

MR HUT SAID THE SOCIAL SERVICES FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY BELIEVED THAT A FUND WAS THE ONLY EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO HONG KONG’S GROWING PROBLEM CONCERNING THE AGED, IN THE LIGHT OF RAPID SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHANGES AND LIMITED SOCIAL RESOURCES.

HE ALSO SAID THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUNCTION OF A FUND COULD NOT BE REPLACED BY THE PROPOSED MEASURES TO IMPROVE SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES, THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT SCHEME AND PRIVATE PROVIDENT FUNDS.

APART FROM THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL BENEFITS, THE CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND, IN EXERTING A STABILISING EFFECT ON SOCIETY DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD, ALSO CARRIED SIGNIFICANT POLITICAL MEANING THAT OUTWEIGHED THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY EMPLOYERS.

"THEREFORE, UNLESS GOVERNMENT WANTS TO REFRAIN FROM MAINTAINING HONG KONG’S STABILITY AND PROSPERITY ON A LONG TERM BASIS, IT HAS EVERY RESPONSIBILITY TO COME UP WITH ANOTHER COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL SECURITY PACKAGE BEFORE IT CAN SWEEP THE CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND UNDER THE CARPET."

MR HUI ALSO SAID THE NEW SCHEME OF EXTENDED OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, WHICH HE SAID WAS DESIGNED AS A TRADE-OFF FOR A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND, HAD AROUSED MIXED FEELINGS AMONG SOCIAL WORK PROFESSIONALS, AS A MEANS TEST IN THE FORM OF AN INCOME DECLARATION WAS INTRODUCED FOR ALL NEW OLD AGE ALLOWANCE APPLICANTS.

HE SAID AN INCOME DECLARATION TOUCHED A SOFT SPOT IN CONSERVATIVE-MINDED CHINESE PEOPLE WHO TENDED TO KEEP PRIVATE THEIR SOURCE OF INCOME.

/"INCOME DECLARATION,

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"INCOME DECLARATION, WHICH DISQUALIFIES A SINGLE PERSON WITH A MONTHLY INCOME OF $1,500 AND ASSETS OF $100,000, AUTOMATICALLY LABELS THE RECIPIENTS AS PEOPLE LEAST ABLE TO HELP THEMSELVES," HE SAID.

"THIS UNWANTED SOCIAL STIGMA EASILY BECOMES A DETERRENT TO POTENTIAL OLD AGE ALLOWANCE CLAIMANTS."

MR HUI SAID VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES SERVING THE ELDERLY INSISTED THAT THE NON-MEANS TESTED OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, WHICH HAD BEEN OPERATING SUCCESSFULLY FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS, SHOULD BE RETAINED.

AS CONVENOR OF THE OMELCO PANEL ON WELFARE SERVICES, MR HUI SAID PANEL MEMBERS WERE ALSO UNANIMOUS IN OPPOSING THE PROPOSED INTRODUCTION OF AN INCOME DECLARATION FOR NEW APPLICANTS FOR THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE.

"WE STRONGLY FELT THAT WITHHOLDING THE ENTITLEMENT FROM OUR SENIOR CITIZENS WOULD NULLIFY THE HARD EARNED RESULTS OF YEARS OF CIVIC EDUCATION EFFORT IN PROMOTING APPRECIATION AND RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY," HE SAID.

SIMILAR VIEWS HAD BEEN EXPRESSED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON THE ELDERLY. MR HUI ADDED.

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REMEDIAL MEASURES NO SUBSTITUTE FOR CPF t * t t *

THE HON ROSANNA TAM SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT SHE IS DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION NOT TO SET UP A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE POLICY DEBATE, MRS TAM SAID IT WAS WRONG TO DROP THE IDEA AND INSTEAD INTRODUCE OTHER REMEDIAL MEASURES SUCH AS STRENGTHENING THE SUPERVISION OF PRIVATE PROVIDENT FUNDS, IMPROVING SOCIAL SECURITY, AND EXTENDING AND CHANGING THE CHARACTER OF THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT SCHEME.

SHE SAID THE PROPOSED REMEDIAL MEASURES WERE ESSENTIALLY OF A DIFFERENT NATURE FROM THAT OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND. THEY COULD DO LITTLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND SCHEME WAS INTENDED TO RESOLVE.

SHE SAID THAT, IN PRACTICE, THE CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND WAS A COMPULSORY SAVINGS SCHEME BASED ON THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP. IT WAS NOT SOCIAL WELFARE AND DID NOT EFFECT RE-DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH. IN SPIRIT, THE CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND ENCOURAGED "SELF-PROVIDED LUNCHES" AND NOT "FREE LUNCHES".

/SHE ADDED

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SHE ADDED THAT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE OBJECTIVE OF SETTING UP A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND WAS TO PREPARE FOR AN EXPECTED GENERAL SOCIAL PHENOMENON BROUGHT ABOUT BY AN AGEING POPULATION.

IT WAS HOPED THAT THROUGH A COMPULSORY SAVINGS SCHEME, THE GROWING POPULATION OF OLD PEOPLE COULD SUPPORT THEMSELVES AND MAINTAIN A REASONABLE LIVING STANDARD UPON RETIREMENT SO AS TO RELIEVE AN INCREASING FINANCIAL BURDEN.

REFERRING TO THE THREE REMEDIAL MEASURES PROPOSED IN THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY SPEECH, MRS TAM SAID THAT IMPROVING SOCIAL SECURITY WOULD ONLY BENEFIT THOSE WHO HAD NO STEADY JOBS AND WHOSE PAY HAD BEEN VERY LOW; AN EXTENDED LONG SERVICE PAYMENT SCHEME WOULD ONLY TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO WORKED A LONG PERIOD FOR THE SAME INSTITUTION AND NOT THOSE WHO CHANGED JOBS; STRENGTHENING THE SUPERVISION OF PRIVATE FUNDS WOULD BE BUT AN ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENT.

"OBVIOUSLY, TO PLACE THESE THREE MEASURES TOGETHER WITH THE PROPOSAL FOR A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND IS TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC.

"NONE OF THEM SERVE THE SAME TARGET GROUP AS DOES THE CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND, NOR DO THEY SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF AN AGEING POPULATION AS A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND INTENDS TO DO," SHE SAID.

AS THE GOVERNMENT WAS AGAINST THE IDEA OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND, THE ONLY WAY TO ACHIEVE THE SAME OBJECTIVE WOULD BE TO RELY ON THE INITIATIVES OF EMPLOYERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO SET UP PROVIDENT FUNDS FOR THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES.

BUT THE POLICY SPEECH DID NOT PUT FORWARD ANY PROPOSALS TO ENCOURAGE EMPLOYERS TO SET UP SUCH FUNDS.

"INSTEAD, GOVERNMENT’S UNILATERAL MOVE TO STEP UP SUPERVISION OF PRIVATE PROVIDENT FUNDS AND EXTEND THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT SCHEME WILL ONLY DISCOURAGE EMPLOYERS FROM SETTING UP THEIR OWN PROVIDENT FUNDS,” SHE SAID.

SIMILARLY, THE INCREASE IN EXPENDITURE RESULTING FROM THE EXTENSION OF THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT SCHEME WOULD ALSO DETER THE EMPLOYERS FROM SETTING UP PROVIDENT FUNDS WHICH WAS A MORE COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION. AS A RESULT, THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE PROVIDENT FUND SCHEMES IN HONG KONG WOULD BECOME STATIC AND THE LARGE NUMBERS OF WORKERS NOT YET COVERED BY THE PROVIDENT FUND SCHEMES WOULD STILL BE WITHOUT ANY PROTECTION.

TURNING TO THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE, MRS TAM POINTED OUT THAT THE EXISTING SCHEME WAS NON-MEANS TESTED. OLD PEOPLE OVER 70 YEARS OLD WERE ENTITLED TO OLD AGE ALLOWANCE IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR WEALTH AND INCOME.

/SHE NOTED .......

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SHE NOTED THAT THE PROPOSED NEW MEASURE EXTENDED THE ALLOWANCE TO THOSE AGED 65 BUT NEW APPLICANTS WOULD BE REQUIRED TO DECLARE THAT THEIR INCOME AND ASSETS DID NOT EXCEED A CERTAIN LIMIT.

’’FROM THE WELFARE POINT OF VIEW, SUCH A REQUIREMENT IS CERTAINLY A RETROGRESSIVE MEASURE,” SHE SAID.

SHE SAID THAT ANOTHER, MORE CRUCIAL PROBLEM WAS THAT EVEN IF AN ’’INCOME-BASED” APPROACH WAS ADOPTED IN PROCESSING THE APPLICATIONS, THE EXPENDITURE ON SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMMES WOULD BE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED IN FUTURE WHEN THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE WAS EXTENDED IN STAGES AND THE PROPORTION OF OLD PEOPLE IN OUR POPULATION INCREASED.

ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT, THIS PHASED-RASIS EXTENSION WOULD INCUR AN ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE OF OVER $500 MILLION IN THE FIRST YEAR OF ITS FULL IMPLEMENTION. CONSEQUENTLY, THE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES FOR SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES AS A WHOLE WOULD BE AFFECTED.

’’WITH A SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN THE EXPENDITURE ON SOCIAL SECURITY PROGRAMMES, THE PROVISION OF OTHER IMPORTANT WELFARE SERVICES SUCH AS FAMILY AND YOUTH SERVICES AND SERVICES FOR THE HANDICAPPED WILL BE GREATLY HAMPERED IF THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL EXPENDITURE ON WELFARE SERVICES IS NOT CORRESPONDINGLY RAISED,” SHE SAID.

MRS TAM ALSO URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO GIVE CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR WELFARE SERVICES BY TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE NEEDS IN ALL OTHER SERVICES AND THE ADEQUACY OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF VARIOUS KINDS OF SERVICES.

SHE PROPOSED THAT TH'-. EXPENDITURE ON "SOCIAL SECURITY", AT PRESENT UNDER THE HEAD OF SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES, SHOULD BE SEPARATED FROM THE LATTER TO BECOME AN INDEPENDENT HEAD OF EXPENDITURE.

"THE AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC THEN WILL HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE ANNUAL EXPENSES ON SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES,” SHE SAID.

TURNING TO POLICY ON YOUTH, MRS TAM SAID THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WERE IN FACT CONFRONTED BY A LOT OF PROBLEM AND THEY NEEDED COMMUNITY SUPPORT.

"THE INCREASING SERIOUSNESS OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, THE AGGRAVATING STATE OF DRUG A ’.USE, PARTICULARLY THAT OF SOFT DRUGS, AND THE CONTINUOUS INVOLVEMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN TRIAD ACTIVITIES ARE SIGNIFICANT INDICATORS," SHF SAID.

SHE SAID THAT HONG KONG WAS AT A CRITICAL HISTORICAL PERIOD LEADING TO ITS POLITICAL HANDOVER. THE COMMUNITY HAD HIGH HOPES FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE THE MASTERS OF FUTURE SOCIETY.

/"TO PREPARE

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"TO PREPARE THEM FOR THESE ASPIRATIONS, WE SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE CIVIC EDUCATION OF OUR YOUTHS AND DEMONSTRATE OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR YOUNG,” SHE SAID.

SHE ADDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE ITS EFFORTS TO DFTER JUVENILE CRIMES BY STRENGTHENING PERSONAL SOCIAL WORK AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE, WHICH WOULD HELP THEM COPE WITH THE MANY PROBLEMS IN GROWING UP AND PREVENT THEM FROM GOING ASTRAY.

SHE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT APPOINT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SERVE ON THE DISTRICT BOARDS, AREA COMMITTEES AND OTHER ADVISORY BODIES SO THAT THEY COULD HAVE MORE PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE AND A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SOCIAL AFFAIRS AS WELL AS THEIR COMMITMENTS.

FINALLY, SHE PRAISED THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR THE EFFORTS IT HAD MADE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TOWARDS PROMOTING RELATIONSHIPS AND UNDERSTANDING WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

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THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ESTABLISH A SPECIAL TEAM TO ASSIST IN ENQUIRIES BY INDIVIDUALS AND THE TRAVEL TRADE IN CASES WHERE UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE BN(O) PASSPORT ARISES, THE HON SELINA CHOW SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE POLICY DEBATE, MRS CHOW SAID A KEY ISSUE IN THE SINO-BRIT1SH JOINT DECLARATION WHICH HAD INSPIRED CONFIDENCE IN OUR FUTURE WAS THE GUARANTEE THAT THE DOORS OF HONG KONG WOULD REMAIN OPEN, NOT ONLY FOR OUTSIDERS TO COME IN, BUT MORE IMPORTANT, FOR HONG KONG PEOPLE TO TRAVEL, AS THEY WERE ABLE TO TODAY.

SHE SAID CHINA HAD BEEN PRAGMATIC ENOUGH TO ACCEPT THE ARRANGEMENT ON THE BN(O) PASSPORT BEYOND 1997.

HOWEVER, SHE SAID WHAT HAD HAPPENED SINCE THE ISSUANCE OF THE PASSPORT IN JULY THIS YEAR HAD BEEN UNFORTUNATE, AND HAD NOT BEEN HELPFUL IN BUILDING UP PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE IN THIS NEW TRAVEL DOCUMENT.

"ALTHOUGH WE HAVE BEEN ASSURED BY GOVERNMENT THAT UNFAILING EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO GAIN ACCEPTANCE FOR THIS DOCUMENT, AND IN

SPITE OF THE FACT THAT OTHER COUNTRIES ARF UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO ENDORSE IT, NOR IS SUCH ENDORSEMENT NECESSARY IN THE EYES OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, POSITIVE AND PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF ACCEPTANCE BY FRIENDLY NATIONS SUCH AS THOSE GIVEN BY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND,

SWITZERLAND AND OTHER STATES, HAVE GONE A LONG CONFIDENCE IN THE BN(O) PASSPORT," SHE SAID.

WAY IN ESTABLISHING

/MRS CHOW

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MRS CHOW STRESSED THAT SHOULD PROBLEMS ARISE CONCERNING ANY PARTICULAR FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OR ITS REPRESENTATIVE HERE, THESE COULD MORE EASILY BE SOLVED BETWEEN GOVERNMENTS, WITHOUT CREATING FURTHER MISUNDERSTANDING OR DELAY.

"LET THERE BE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND GOVERNMENT TO TRY AND SHORTEN THE TEETHING PERIOD AS FAR AS POSSIBLE THROUGH POSITIVE ACTION," SHE SAID.

"THIS IS, BY FAR, PREFERABLE TO THE PRESENT SITUATION IN WHICH A SUSPICIOUS PUBLIC AND A DEFENSIVE GOVERNMENT PASS THE BUCK FOR A LOW APPLICATION RATE TO EACH OTHER WHILE THE REAL PROBLEMS REMAIN UNRESOLVED."

SHE SAID IT DID NOT HELP THE BN(O) PASSPORT NOR ITS HOLDER WHO WOULD SOONER OR LATER BE RELYING ON IT FOR OUTBOUND TRAVEL TO PUT OFF THE APPLICATION OR THE USE OF IT.

"ON THE CONTRARY, THE SOONER WE GET OVER THE TEETHING PROBLEMS THE BETTER IT WILL BE FOR PUBLIC CONFIDENCE. THIS PRINCIPLE IS FULLY RECOGNISED.

"HOWEVER, UNLESS GOVERNMENT IS SEEN TO ASSIST IN EVERY WAY IT CAN, WHO CAN BLAME ANYONE FOR THE 'LET SOMEBODY ELSE BE THE GUINEA PIG FIRST’ ATTITUDE?"

MRS CHOW SAID IN SPITE OF THE UNCERTAINTIES CAUSED BY THE PASSPORT ISSUE, AND UNCOMFORTABLE RUMBLING IN THE OUTBOUND TRAVEL TRADE, HONG KONG PEOPLE TRAVELLED TO LANDS NEAR AND FAR FOR BUSINESS AND PLEASURE LAST YEAR.

THE VOLUME OF BUSINESS IN THE TRAVEL TRADE WAS CONSERVATIVELY ESTIMATED TO BE $9 BILLION, OF WHICH ALMOST 30 PER CENT WAS TAKEN UP BY TOURS.

"WITH AN INDUSTRY THAT CATERS TO SO MANY CONSUMERS, IT WOULD BE QUITE UNACCEPTABLE AND RETROGRESSIVE FOR GOVERNMENT TO PREACH OR PRACTISE LAISSEZ-FAIRE, PARTICULARLY IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE LAST FEW YEARS," SHE SAID.

"NO ONE WOULD DENY THAT THE TRADE IS IN A HARDLY HEALTHY STATE. BUT LET US NEVER FORGET THAT IT IS IN THE STATE IT IS IN BECAUSE OF THE LAISSEZ-FAIRE POLICY IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THE CASH-IN-ADVANCE NATURE OF THE BUSINESS."

SHE SAID FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO WASH ITS HANDS OF THE MESS NOW IN THE HOLY NAME OF SELF-REGULATION WITH NEITHER LEGISLATIVE CONTROL NOR COMMUNITY MONITORING WAS A DANGEROUS STEP TO TAKE.

"TO ADOPT IT AS AN IMMEDIATE PANACEA WHEN EVEN THE TRADE ITSELF FEELS IT MAY NOT BE READY RUNS THE RISK OF CREATING INEQUITY WITHIN THE TRADE ITSELF, OR WORSE STILL, COSTING THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC A LOT MORE THAN IT SHOULD FAIRLY BE."

/Mrs chow

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MRS CHOW SAID ALTHOUGH THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT DECIDED, EVERY INDICATION WAS THAT CONSUMER PROTECTION RY WAY OF COMPENSATION ON FAILURE OR COLLAPSE OF AGENTS WOULD REMAIN.

SHE SAID IT HAD BEEN WIDELY REPORTED IN THE PRESS LAST MONTH THAT THE INTENTION WAS TO IMPOSE A LEVY ON TOUR RECEIPTS.

’’EXISTING PROVISIONS FOR THE RESERVE FUND ARE HEAVILY CRITICISED FOR ITS ELEMENT OF MUTUALITY, WHICH IS SEEN AS AN INCENTIVE FOR THE BLACK SHEEP IN THE TRADE TO ABSCOND, LEAVING THE COMPENSATION BILL FOR THE HONEST AGENTS.

'IT THIS ELEMENT REMAINS IN THE FUTURE SYSTEM, THE SAME DANGER WILL APPLY. THE ONLY REASON THE TRADE DOES NOT OBJECT IS THAT WHEREAS THEY HAVE TO FOOT THE BILL NOW, THE BURDEN WILL IN FUTURE LAY SQUARELY ON THE CONSUMER, ALBEIT INDIRECTLY."

SHE SAID THE ELEMENT OF MUTUALITY SHOULD BE REDUCED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE AND ANY FUND SHOULD BE USED ONLY AS A LAST RESORT AFTER THE DEFAULTING AGENT’S OWN GUARANTEE HAD BEEN EXHAUSTED.

"EACH AGENT SHOULD FURNISH THE BONDING SCHEME WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SURETY IN THE FORM OF BANKER’S GUARANTEE OR INSURANCE COMMENSURATE WITH THE BUSINESS TURNOVER OF THE AGENT.”

MRS CHOW SAID THIS WAS A SYSTEM ADOPTED BY AUSTRALIA AND SINGAPORE AND HAD PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE.

"ITS MERITS ARE MANY: IT DISCOURAGES FLY-BY-NIGHT TOUR OPERATORS FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF OUR FREE MARKET; REMOVES THE ELEMENT OF MUTUALITY, AND IT REDUCES THE AMOUNT OF LEVIES TO BE IMPOSED ON TOURS.

"AS THE HIGH SEASON FOR TOURS IS ONCE AGAIN DRAWING NEAR, I URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO ACT SOON, AND EVEN IF WE CANNOT HAVE THE PERMANENT SOLUTION IN PLACE, THERE MUST BE SOME INTERIM MEASURE TO PREVENT REPETITION OF UGLY SCENES IN HISTORY,” SHE SAID.

SHE ALSO SAID THAT WHILE 16 MILLION PEOPLE TRAVELLED OUTSIDE HONG KONG LAST YEAR, 3.7 MILLION VISITORS CAME TO HONG KONG, SPENDING OVER $17.8 BILLION.

THIS TOURING POPULATION WAS EXPECTED TO RISE BY A FURTHER 17.5 PER CENT THIS YEAR, MAKING A TOTAL OF 4.38 MILLION, AND LIKELY TO PROVIDE HONG KONG WITH A REVENUE OF OVER $20 BILLION, AND THE FORECAST FOR NEXT YEAR WAS 1.85 MILLION, WITH A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATED GROWTH OF 10.5 PER CENT.

MRS CHOW SAID THE UNCHALLENGED ATTRACTION OF HONG KONG FOR MOST VISITORS WAS ITS IMAGE AS THE EPITOME OF THE UNIQUE MIX OF EAST AND WEST, AS MANIFESTED THROUGH ITS PEOPLE, ITS LANGUAGES, ITS LIFESTYLE AND ITS HERITAGE.

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HOWEVER, SHE POINTED OUT THAT FOR A CITY THAT SPENT BILLIONS ON ITS BUILDING PROGRAMME, SETTING ASIDE LAND FOR PARKS AND SOCCER FIELDS, IT WAS SAD TO SEE HOW LITTLE WAS DONE TO PRESERVE SYMBOLS OF its Heritage.

"IN SPITE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ANTIQUITIES AND MONUMENTS BOARD MORE THAN 15 YEARS AGO, WE HAVE WITNESSED THE DEMOLITION OF MUCH VALUABLE HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE SUCH AS THE TS1M SHA TSUI RAILWAY STATION, THE HONG KONG CLUB AND THE MURRAY BUILDING TO MAKE WAY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MODERN CITY.

"DOES THE BOARD HAVE ENOUGH POWER TO DO ITS JOB PROPERLY? AND DOES IT HAVE THE NECESSARY FUNDS TO CARRY OUT REPAIRS? DOES GOVERNMENT RECOGNISE THE NECESSITY OF PRESERVATION AS A BACKBONE TO OUR TOURISM INDUSTRY, AND IF SO IS IT PREPARED TO GIVE THE BOARD POWER AND THE FUNDS TO DO ITS JOB PROPERLY?

"WHY CAN WE NOT HAVE LAWS WHICH MAKE IT MANDATORY FOR OWNERS OF OLD HISTORICAL BUILDINGS DEEMED TO BE WORTH SAVING BY THE BOARD TO RESTORE THEM, OR TO MAINTAIN THE BUILDINGS* ORIGINAL EXTERIOR OR FACADE WHILE REDEVELOPMENT IS ALLOWED AT THE BACK, AS IT IS DONE IN ENGLAND, FRANCE AND SINGAPORE?"

MRS CHOW SAID THE SUCCESS OF OUR TOURISM INDUSTRY HAD BEEN THE ENVY OF MANY NEIGHBOURING TERRITORIES AND WE MUST PROTECT SURE REVENUE EARNERS AND RETAIN WHATEVER COMPETITIVE EDGE WE HAI).

SHE SAID ALTHOUGH THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION HAD BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB IN PROMOTING HONG KONG AND DESERVED RECOGNITION OF ITS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS, CERTAIN IMPROVEMENTS REMAINED OUTSIDE ITS AMBIT.

THESE INCLUDED THE CONDITION OF THE AIRPORT AND ITS ANCILL1ARY PASSENGER FACILITIES AND THE GOVERNMENT POLICY OF TIGHT RESTRICTION ON APPLICATION OF VISAS BY EASTERN EUROPEAN VISITORS.

SHE SAID, IN THE PAST, HONG KONG HAD BEEN LOSING OUT IN THE MARKET FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES BECAUSE OF THIS POLICY.

“OF THE NUMEROUS MEETINGS HELD BY INTERNATIONAL BODIES, IT MAKES GOOD BUSINESS SENSE TO INDUCE THOSE WITH HONG KONG MEMBERSHIP TO CONDUCT THEM IN HONG KONG. THIS IS PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997 WHEN HONG KONG IS KEEN TO KEEP UP INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS."

SHE SAID ACCORDING TO THE UNION OF INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION DIRECTORY, 669 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS HAD HONG KONG MEMBERS. OF THESE 409 HAD EASTERN EUROPEAN MEMBERSHIP.

"HONG KONG IS EXCLUDED FROM TWO-THIRD OF THE POTENTIAL BUSINESS BECAUSE OF THIS POLICY ON ENTRY VISAS. IN ADDITION WE ARE LOSING OUT ON CONFERENCE DELEGATES WHO SPEND AN AVERAGE OF OVER $4,000 EACH.

"WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE AS WELL AS AN ADDITIONAL 3,682 HOTEL ROOMS IN 1988, GOVERNMENT MUST REVIEW THIS OUTDATED POLICY," SHE SAID.

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ANTI-II EFFORTS' UNDER CONTINUOUS REVIEW *****

THE EFFORTS TO KEEP I!.LEGAL IMMIGRATION UNDER CONTROL ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO THE PROSPERITY )• HONG KONG AND IT IS A SUBJECT WHICH THE GOVERNMENT KEEPS UNDER CONTINUOUS REVIEW, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR ROBERT UPTO I SAID THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS DURING HIS VISIT TO THE ANNUAL BORDER CAMP OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS), MR UPTON SAID THE LEVEL OF MANPOWER APPLIES TO THE ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION TASK AND THE EQUIPMENT USED -- IN RAIDING MAJOR INSTALLATIONS SUCH AS THE FENCE ITSELF -- FORM A CONTI PIOUS REVIEW.

’’PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS BRINGING FORWARD SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS. J WOULDN’T RUL OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME IMPROVEMENTS TN THE NEAR FUTURE,” HE SAID.

WHEN ASKED WHETHER TH VOLUNTEERS WOULD BE DISBANDED BEFORE 1 997, MR UPTON SAID: ”1 THIN’’ YOU’VE HEARD COL. HUTCHINS (COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE REGIMENT) -- 'O DECISIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN YET ON THE FUTURE OF THE VOLUNTEERS.

’’FOR THE TIME BEING THEY'RE AN INVALUABLE ASSET TO THE HONG

KONG GOVERNMENT IN THE MA1NT :ANCE OF PUBLIC ORDER AND WE REGARD

THEIR SERVICES VERY HIGHLY 11'DEED.

”WE HOPE THAT THEY’L CONTINUE FOR A LONG TIME TO COME, PERFORMING THEIR VALUABLE SE1VICT TO THE PUBLIC.”

TURNING TO THE DEFENCE COST AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HONG KONG AND BRITISH GOVERNMENTS, MR UPTON SAID THE THIRD ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS WOULD TAKE PL.Cl IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS' TIME, BUT HE CLARIFIED THAT THE AGREEMENT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH FORCE LEVELS OR. WITHDRAWAL PLANS.

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JVC’S REPORT ON MISSING BARS CONSIDERED BY GOVT t t t ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT HAS CONSIDERED A REPORT FROM THE GUANGDONG NUCLEAR POWER JOINT VENTURE COMPANY ON THE MISSING STARTER BARS AT THE DAYA BAY NUCLEAR ‘POWER STATION.

IN THE LIGHT OF THIS REPORT AND SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION THAT WAS GIVEN TO THE BOARD OF THE JONG KONG NUCLEAR INVESTMENT COMPANY, THE GOVERNMENT IS SATISFIED THAT ALL REASONABLE STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO INVESTIGATE THE CIRC INSTANCES SURROUNDING THE RECENT NON-CONFORMANCE PROBLEM AND T I AT APPROPRIATE REMEDIAL MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN.

/the GOVERNMENT

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5» 1987

THE GOVERNMENT IS GENERALLY REASSURED THAT:

(A) WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE 316 MISSING STARTER BARS, ALL OTHER REINFORCEMENT BARS SPECIFIED FOR THE FIRST LAYER OF THE FOUNDATION (THESE EXCEED 14,500) HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED. THE DESIGNER ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE HAS CONFIRMED THE INTEGRITY OF THE FIRST LAYER OF THE FOUNDATION;

(B) THE EDF PROPOSED REMEDIAL SOLUTION WILL RESTORE THE INTEGRITY OF THE REACTOR CONTAINMENT BUILDING TO AN EQUIVALENT OF THE ORIGINAL DESIGN. AN ASSURANCE TO THIS EFFECT HAS BEEN GIVEN, IN WRITING, BY EDF TO THE JOINT VENTURE COMPANY;

(C) IMPROVEMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO THE QUALITY CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS AT DAYA BAY TO AVOID SIMILAR RECURRENCES IN THE FUTURE. IN ADDITION TO DEPLOYING MORE STAFF, QUALITY CONTROL PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED AND BOTH THE CONTRACTOR AND THE JOINT VENTURE COMPANY WILL ENSURE THAT 100 PER CENT CHECKS ARE MADE ON ALL WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THAT IT IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE APPROVED PLANS.

THE GOVERNMENT THEREFORE CAN SEE NO COMPELLING REASONS WHY NORMAL WORK AT THE DAYA BAY SITE SHOULD NOT RESUME. THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN INFORMED THAT GNPJVC IS PLANNING TO RESUME WORK ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7.

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JAIL SENTENCE FOR IMPORTING MEAT WITHOUT PERMISSION ♦ * ♦ * ♦

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH EMPHASISED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT ANY PERSON WHO IMPORTS FRESH OR FROZEN MEAT AND POULTRY TO THE TERRITORY WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE AND WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF A HEALTH OFFICER IS LIABLE TO PROSECUTION.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE MAXIMUM PENALTY FOR SUCH AN OFFENCE IS A FINE OF $25,000 AND SIX MONTHS’ IMPRISONMENT.

CITING A RECENT CASE, AS A DETERRENT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID A 33-YEAR-OLD MAN, TAM HOK-LING, WAS CONVICTED BY A MAGISTRATE AT KWUN TONG MAGISTRACY AND JAILED FOR THREE MONTHS FOR ILLEGALLY IMPORTING ABOUT 12 TONNES OF FROZEN SUCKLING PIGS INTO HONG KONG FROM CHINA WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL CERTICICATE AND WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF A HEALTH OFFICER.

TAM COMMITTED THE OFFENCE ON OCTOBER 30 THIS YEAR BY IMPORTING THE FROZEN PIGS FROM SHEKOU ON BOARD A CHINESE VESSEL WHICH WAS INTERCEPTED BY MARINE POLICE AT THE KOWLOON BAY CARGO HANDLING BASIN.

HE WAS HANDED OVER TO OFFICERS OF THE FOOD SECTION OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH FOR INVESTIGATION AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY CHARGED.

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SECOND QUARTER SHIPPING, PORT * * *

AND CARGO STATISTICS RELEASED * »

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987, 3,787 SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 22.6 MILLION NET REGISTERED TONS (NRT) ARRIVED IN HONG KONG, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 376 (OR 11 PER CENT) IN NUMBER AND OF 2.6 MILLION NRT (OR 13 PER CENT) IN CAPACITY OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986, ACCORDING TO THE "HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS REPORT" PUBLISHED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO DISCHARGED IN HONG KONG FROM INCOMING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) INCREASED BY 11 PER CENT.

WHEN ANALYSED BY SHIP TYPE, INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE NUMBER OF CONTAINER VESSELS (1-197), DRY BULK CARRIERS (+32) AND SEMI-CONTAINER VESSELS (+28). INCREASES IN NUMBER WERE RECORDED FOR SHIPS REGISTERED IN CHINA (+158) AND PANAMA (+109), BUT A DECREASE WAS RECORDED FOR THOSE REGISTERED IN THE U.S.A. (-36). THE NUMBER OF SHIPS WITH A CAPACITY OF LESS THAN 10,000 DEADWEIGHT TONS INCREASED (+190).

IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987, THERE WERE 3,771 OUTGOING SHIPS WITH A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 22.6 MILLION NRT, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 384 (OR 11 PER CENT) IN NUMBER AND OF 2.6 MILLION NRT (OR 13 PER CENT) IN CAPACITY OVER THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986. THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CARGO LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS (ESTIMATED FROM A SAMPLE OF MANIFEST CONSIGNMENTS) ROSE BY 17 PER CENT. ABOUT 64 PER CENT OF THE DEPARTING SHIPS STAYED IN HONG KONG FOR LESS THAN TWO DAYS.

OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, 84 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS IMPORTS AND 16 PER CENT WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO. OF THE CARGO LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS, 55 PER CENT WAS EXPORTS (INCLUDING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS) AND 45 PER CENT WAS TRANSHIPMENT CARGO.

THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF LOADING FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS IN TONNAGE TERMS WERE CHINA (15 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (14 PER CENT), JAPAN (13 PER CENT), SOUTH AFRICA (10 PER CENT) AND AUSTRALIA (9 PER CENT), WHILE THE MAJOR COUNTRIES OF DISCHARGE FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS WERE THE U.S.A. (22 PER CENT), TAIWAN (11 PER CENT), CHINA (9 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (7 PER CENT). TRANSHIPMENT CARGO WAS MAINLY LOADED IN CHINA (29 PER CENT) AND THE U.S.A. (23 PER CENT); AND WAS MAINLY DISCHARGED IN CHINA (21 PER CENT) AND THE U.S.A. (12 PER CENT).

COMPARING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 WITH THE SAME QUARTER IN 1986, INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM SOUTH KOREA (+61 PER CENT), CHINA (+54 PER CENT), WEST GERMANY (+48 PER CENT), AUSTRALIA (+33 PER CENT) AND TAIWAN (+12 PER CENT); BUT DECREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM THE U.S.A. (-22 PER CENT), SOUTH AFRICA (-12 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (-11 PER CENT).

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AS A WHOLE, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE IMPORTS ROSE BY EIGHT PER CENT. AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, INCREASES IN CARGO TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF CORK AND WOOD MANUFACTURES (+103 PER CENT), ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS (+79 PER CENT) AND CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+54 PER CENT); BUT DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE IMPORTS OF INORGANIC CHEMICALS (-25 PER CENT) AND PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (-21 PER CENT).

DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987, THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF SEABORNE EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS) INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT. INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE RECORDED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS TO THAILAND (+153 PER CENT), SOUTH KOREA (+150 PER CENT), JAPAN (+86 PER CENT), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+28 PER CENT) AND THE U.S.A. (+23 PER CENT). AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, INCREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS OF MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED (+126 PER CENT), COTTON TEXTILES (+71 PER CENT), CLAY AND KAOLIN (+58 PER CENT) AND METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (+36 PER CENT), BUT DECREASES IN TONNAGE WERE NOTED FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (-57 PER CENT) AND PETROLEUM, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND RELATED MATERIALS (-43 PER CENT).

OF THE CARGO DISCHARGED FROM INCOMING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE IMPORTS AND INWARD TRANSHIPMENT, 31 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO. OF THOSE LOADED ONTO OUTGOING SHIPS, INCLUDING SEABORNE EXPORTS AND OUTWARD TRANSHIPMENT, 74 PER CENT WAS CONTAINERISED CARGO.

IN TERMS OF TONNAGE, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 26 PER CENT OF SEABORNE IMPORTS. IN PARTICULAR, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR A LARGE PROPORTION OF SEABORNE IMPORTS FROM THE NETHERLANDS (86 PERCENT), THE U.S.A. (77 PER CENT), THE UNITED KINGDOM (59 PER CENT) AND WEST GERMANY (58 PER CENT). THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERISED SEABORNE IMPORTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 ROSE BY 29 PER CENT OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1986.

AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR, IN TONNAGE TERMS, 95 PER CENT OF SEABORNE IMPORTS OF ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, 85 PER CENT OF TEXTILES OF MAN-MADF FIBRES, 84 PER CENT OF PAPER, PAPERBOARD AND ARTICLES OF PAPER PULP, OF PAPER OR OF PAPERBOARD AND 83 PER CENT OF CHEMICAL MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED.

FOR SEABORNE EXPORTS, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR 72 PER CENT IN TERMS OF TONNAGE. IN PARTICULAR, CONTAINERISED CARGO ACCOUNTED FOR ALMOST ALL OF THE SEABORNE EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A., THE UNITED KINGDOM, WEST GERMANY AND THE NETHERLANDS. THE TOTAL TONNAGE OF CONTAINERISED SEABORNE EXPORTS TN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 ROSE BY 33 PER CENT OVER THE SAME QUARTER IN 1986.

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AMONG THE PRINCIPAL COMMODITIES, ALL OR ALMOST ALL SEABORNE EXPORTS OF COTTON GARMENTS; TOYS; GARMENTS OF MIXED MATERIALS OR OTHER MATERIALS, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED; PLASTIC MANUFACTURES, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED; COTTON TEXTILES AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, NOT ELSEWHERE SPECIFIED; WERE CONTAINERISED.

SHIPPING STATISTICS ARE COMPILED PRIMARILY FROM GENERAL DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE MARINE DEPARTMENT BY SHIPOWNERS OR AUTHORISED SHIPPING AGENTS AND COVER ALL OCEAN-GOING VESSELS ENTERING AND LEAVING HONG KONG, EXCLUDING YACHTS AND PLEASURE CRAFT. PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS ARE COMPILED FROM OCEAN MANIFESTS SUPPLIED BY SHIPPING COMPANIES OR AGENTS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. BECAUSE OF RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS, A SAMPLE OF ALL CONSIGNMENTS LISTED IN THE MANIFESTS IS USED FOR COMPILING THE STATISTICS. THE SAMPLING METHOD IS DESCRIBED IN THE EXPLANATORY NOTES OF THE REPORT.

MORE DETAILS ON SHIPPING, PORT AND CARGO STATISTICS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 ARE CONTAINED IN THE "HONG KONG SHIPPING STATISTICS REPORT" FOR APRIL TO JUNE 1987, WHICH IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT CENTRE, AT $19.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON STATISTICS PROVIDED IN THE REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE SHIPPING STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234887.

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OFFENDERS GIVEN CONSTRUCTIVE CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES » * » * *

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS SUCCEEDED OVER THE YEARS IN MAINTAINING AN ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT IN PENAL INSTITUTIONS, AND IN PROVIDING OFFENDERS UNDER ITS CARE WITH CONSTRUCTIVE CORRECTIONAL PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING ANTI-CORRUPTION MESSAGES.

THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, SAID THIS AT TODAY’S (THURSDAY) SESSION OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE.

SPEAKING ON THE SUBJECT OF CORRECTIONAL MEASURES AND REHABILITION SCHEMES, MR CHAN SAID HIS DEPARTMENT HAD LIAISED CLOSELY WITH ANTI-CORRUPTION AUTHORITIES TO PREVENT CORRUPTION IN PENAL INSTITUTIONS.

/STAFF MEMBERS

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STAFF MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT WERE GIVEN LECTURES BY THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION IN THEIR BASIC TRAINING COURSE, AND EVERY PRISONER, UPON ADMISSION TO INSTITUTIONS, WAS BRIEFED AND THEIR FAMILIES ADVISED TO REPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT OR THE ICAC SHOULD THEY BE APPROACHED FOR MONEY OR REMUNERATIONS FOR "FAVOURS".

MOREOVER, MR CHAN SAID, ANTI-CORRUPTION POSTERS WERE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN PENAL INSTITUTIONS, AND A JOINT LIAISON GROUP WITH DIRECTORATE OFFICERS FROM BOTH THE DEPARTMENT AND THE ICAC MET REGULARLY TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS AND OTHER PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

MR CHAN ALSO GAVE AN ACCOUNT OF THE DEPARTMENT’S DIFFERENT PROGRAMMES FOR DIFFERENT OFFENDERS. THESE PROGRAMMES, THOUGH RUN DIFFERENTLY, CARRIED A COMMON AIM OF REHABILITATING THE OFFENDERS, IN THEIR HEALTH, EDUCATION, OCCUPATION, VALUES AND GOAL IN LIFE AS WELL AS TEACHING THEM A RESPECT FOR LAW AND ORDER, HE SAID.

"THE DEPARTMENT IS MAKING EVERY ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE ITS PROGRAMMES BY THE USE OF MORE SOCIAL SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE AND BETTER TECHNIQUES. AT THE SAME TIME, WE ARE MAKING AN ACTIVE EFFORT TO INTRODUCE MORE REHABILITATIVE MEASURES INTO THE LAW IN THE HOPE THAT MORE OF HONG KONG’S OFFENDERS CAN BE MOTIVATED TO FORESAKE A LIFE OF CRIME," MR CHAN SAID.

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MARINE CHIEF GIVES ADVICE TO SEA SCHOOL GRADUATES * * * * »

GRADUATES OF THE HONG KONG SEA SCHOOL WERE TOLD TODAY (THURSDAY) TO REMEMBER THAT WHATEVER THEIR POSITION ON THEIR SHIP MIGHT BE, IT WOULD BE AN IMPORTANT ONE.

"YOU WILL BE EXPECTED OBEDIENTLY TO CARRY OUT YOUR DUTIES PROMPTLY, WILLINGLY AND TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY," THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR GERRY HIGGINSON, SAID AT THE SEA SCHOOL’S PASSING OUT PARADE THIS MORNING.

"BY SO DOING, YOU WILL ENHANCE THE IMAGE OF HONG KONG SEAMEN AND GAIN BOTH PERSONAL SATISFACTION AND A SENSE OF SECURITY."

MR HIGGINSON, WHO ALSO PRESENTED SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATES TO THE GRADUATES, SAID THEY HAD BEEN PROVIDED WITH THE FINEST PRE-SEA TRAINING OF ITS TYPE AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG.

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HE SAID THEY WOULD IN FUTURE YEARS HAVE CAUSE TO REMEMBER THE SEA SCHOOL WHICH HAD GIVEN THEM SUCH A GOOD BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF SEAMANSHIP AND STAMINA AND HAD TAUGHT THEM ALL THE NEED FOR DISCIPLINE, AND, IN PARTICULAR, FOR SELF-DISCIPLINE.

"ALL OF THIS HAS EQUIPPED YOU TO BE WHERE YOU ARE TODAY, ON THE THRESHOLD OF CAREERS IN THE MERCHANT NAVY," HE ADDED.

MR HIGGINSON SAID THEY HAD DONE WELL IN THEIR CHOICE OF A FINE CAREER.

"YOUR MINDS WILL BE BROADENED AND YOUR INTERESTS WIDENED AS YOU VISIT DISTANT LANDS, SEE STRANGE SIGHTS AND MEET PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND DIFFERENT CULTURES," HE SAID.

MR HIGGINSON ALSO TOLD THE STUDENTS THAT IF THEY WERE AMBITIOUS, THEY WOULD HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE THEMSELVES.

HE NOTED THAT SOME OF THEIR PREDECESSORS HAD GONE ON TO BECOME SHIPS’ OFFICERS, SHIPMASTERS AND HARBOUR PILOTS AND THREE EX-SEA SCHOOL STUDENTS NOW SERVED AS PROFESSIONAL MARINE OFFICERS IN THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

MR HIGGINSON SAID THEY SHOULD VIEW THEIR FUTURE WITH COMPLETE OPTIMISM.

"YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO SAILING IN BIGGER, SAFER AND TECHNICALLY MORE SOPHISTICATED SHIPS THAN YOUR PREDECESSORS.

"YOU WILL BE WITNESSING THE CHANGES THAT TAKE PLACE IN EVERY GROWTH INDUSTRY, AND SEE THE ALTERATIONS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE LARGE PORTS OF THE WORLD IN ORDER TO SERVE THE GIANT AND SPECIALISED SHIPS OF THE FUTURE."

THE INDUSTRY, MR HIGGINSON SAID, WOULD OFFER UNEQUALLED OPPORTUNITY FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT.

"THE REWARDS WILL GO TO THOSE WHO ARE BEST TRAINED, MOST COMPETENT, WELL DISCIPLINED AND WHO CAN SUCCESSFULLY ADAPT TO THE DEMANDS OF A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT," HE ADDED.

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COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB TO BREAK WORLD RECORD ♦ t t ♦ ♦

THE 210,OOO-STRONG COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL CELEBRATE ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A WORLD RECORD BREAKING EVENT FOR CHARITY, AN ANNUAL PARADE, A TELEVISION SERICE, AND A CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY.

AN ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE TO BREAK THE WORLD’S BIGGEST POSTER RECORD IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS WHEN 400 CYC MEMBERS ASSEMBLE AT FOOTBALL PITCHES NO. 4 AND 5 OF VICTORIA PARK ON NOVEMBER 12 TO CONSTRUCT A 50 M X 50 M POSTER ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY THEME OF "HONG KONG - MY HOME".

THE HUGE COLOUR POSTER, EQUIVALENT IN SIZE TO 12 BASKETBALL COURTS, WILL BE MADE UP OF 15,000 CARDBOARD PIECES, EACH MEASURING 50 CM X 50 CM AND HAND-PAINTED BY CYC MEMBERS.

THE CYC POSTER WILL BE 25 PER CENT BIGGER THAN THE ONE LISTED IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS. THIS WAS MADE BY STUDENTS OF OSAKA GAKUIN UNIVERSITY IN JAPAN IN OCTOBER 1984. THE POSTER WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHED FROM A HELICOPTER AND THE PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE SENT TO THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS FOR RECOGNITION AS THE LARGEST POSTER IN THE WORLD.

THE POSTER WILL BE DISPLAYED BEFORE MORE THAN 10,000 CYC MEMBERS AND GUESTS AT THE CYC 10TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL PARADE AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20. THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WHO IS ALSO CYC PRESIDENT, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AND PRESENT AWARDS TO CYC MEMBERS WHO HAVE GIVEN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE.

THE PARADE WILL ALSO FEATURE BAND MARCHES AND A TELESCREEN SHOW ON THE HISTORY OF THE CYC.

RATHER THAN GOING INTO THE WASTE PAPER BASKET, EACH COMPONENT CARDBOARD PIECE OF THE POSTER WILL BE DIVIDED INTO SIX SMALLER PIECES. EACH OF THESE CARDS, CARRYING A MINIATURE OF THE BIG POSTER AND A PERSONAL MESSAGE OR DRAWING BY A CYC MEMBER, WILL BE SOLD AS A CHRISTMAS CARD AT $5 TO FRIENDS AND RELATIVES OF CYC MEMBERS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE ELDERLY. IT IS EXPECTED THAT ABOUT $450,000 WILL BE RAISED FOR DONATION TO VARIOUS HOMES FOR THE AGED.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE 19 CYC DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG WILL GATHER AT VICTORIA PARK AGAIN ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, TO PLEDGE THEIR ALLEGIANCE TO THE SPIRIT OF CYC - IN SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY - AT A CEREMONY TO COINCIDE WITH THE LAUNCHING OF A 13-EPISODE TV SERIES ON CYC ACTIVITIES PRODUCED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE SING TAO GROUP OF NEWSPAPERS.

THE 15-MINUTE PROGRAMME, WITH A CAST OF CYC MEMBERS AND FILM AND TV STARS, WILL BE BROADCAST ON TVB-JADE ON SUNDAYS, AT 4.15 PM, COMMENCING ON DECEMBER 13.

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ALSO ATTENDING THE MASS RALLY WILL BE MR LI; THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MISS CHEUNG MAN-YEE; AND MISS AW SIAN OF THE SING TAO LIMITED. KUNG-FU STAR JACKIE CHAN WILL JOIN CYC MEMBERS IN ENTERTAINING GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY.

FOR CYC GIRLS WHO WISH TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE ELDERLY, A WOOLLEN SHAWL KNITTING OPERATION HAS BEEN ORGANISED. THEY MAY CONTRIBUTE TO THIS OPERATION BY KNITTING AS MANY 18 CM X 18 CM PIECES OF NEEDLEWORK AS THEY LIKE. SOME 21 PIECES OF NEEDLEWORK WILL BE SEWN TOGETHER TO FORM A SHAWL. ABOUT 950 SHAWLS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE ELDERLY AT A FUN DAY FOR THE AGED THAT CYC MEMBERS WILL ORGANISE TOWARDS THE LUNAR NEW YEAR PERIOD. THE EVENT WILL BE SPONSORED BY THE LAWS TRUST FUND WHICH WAS SET UP LAST YEAR TO HELP PROMOTE CYC ACTIVITIES.

THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CYC WILL BE RECORDED IN A CYC 10TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE PUBLICATION TO BE PRODUCED UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF 303 DISTRICT OF THE LIONS CLUB.

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YMT COMMUNITY CENTRE TO HOLD OPEN DAY ♦ * ♦ ♦

YAU MA TEI RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT VARIOUS FACILITIES AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT’S COMMUNITY CENTRE AT AN OPEN DAY ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 7).

LOCATED AT 60 PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE WAS BUILT IN 1982 AND HAS BEEN UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE SINCE JUNE 1985.

ITS FACILITIES COMPRISE AN AIR-CONDITIONED MULTI-PURPOSE HALL WITH A SEATING CAPACITY OF 800, COVERED PLAYGROUND, BASKETBALL COURT AND A SEVEN-FLOOR WELFARE BLOCK OFFERING VARIOUS SERVICES PROVIDED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE SERVICES INCLUDE A CLUB FOR FORMER MENTAL PATIENTS, YOUTH AND ADULT GROUP ACTIVITIES, OUTREACHING SERVICE, A DAY CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY AND A NURSERY.

THE OPEN DAY HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE CENTRE’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF THE CURRENT DISTRICT FESTIVAL. GAME STALLS AND A BOOTH PROVIDING FREE EYE-CARE WILL BE SET UP. THERE WILL ALSO BE A VARIETY SHOW TO FOSTER A FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE.

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THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH; URBAN COUNCILLOR MR KWAN LIM-HO, AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR SO CHUNG-PING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPEN DAY OF THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE TO START AT 2.30 PM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 7).

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THE REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE CENOTAPH IN STATUE SQUARE THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) IN HONOUR OF THOSE WHO HAD GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN ACTIVE SERVICE.

WREATHS WILL BE LAID BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON; THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL GARRY JOHNSON; THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS; REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EXECUTIVE A LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS; COMMONWEALTH COMMISSIONERS; THE COMMISSIONER POLICE, MR RAYMON ANNING; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR J FORSGATE; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, AND CHAIRMEN OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

WREATHS WILL ALSO BE LAID BY SERVICE COMMANDERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, SERVICE UNITS, TRADITIONAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS, EX-SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS, SOCIETIES AND OTHER BODIES.

THE CEREMONY WILL START AT 11 AM AND WILL END ABOUT 11.30 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PRESS POSITION FOR COVERING THE CEREMONY HAS BEEN P 'SERVED TO THE WEST OF THE CENOTAPH. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES COVERING THE CEREMONY SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE ENTRANCE OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CENTRAL, BY 10.20 AM TO COLLECT BADGES FOR ADMISSION TO THE CEREMONY. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ESCORT THEM TO THE PRESS POSITION.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1987

YUEN LONG DB CULTURE COMMITTEE TO MEET * * * ♦ ♦

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS VARIOUS CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE DISTRICT IN THE COMING MONTHS. > .

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THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL’S CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES, THE YUEN LONG PUBLIC LIBRARY’S EXTENSION PROJECT, THE MUSIC OFFICE’S INSTRUMENTAL TRAINING CLASSES AND DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORED EVENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CULTURE COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD TO BEGIN TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 3 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

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VARIETY SHOW WILL START SHAM SHUI PO FESTIVAL * * * * ♦

THE 1987 SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL WILL OPEN ON MOND? NOVEMBER 16, WITH A VARIETY SHOW TO BE HELD AT THE HONG ’<C COLISEUM, BEGINNING AT 8 PM.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MISS LYDIA DUNN, AND THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU.

THE SHOW’S PROGRAMME INCLUDES PARADE BY A CIVIL AID SERVICES TEAM, SINGING, AND A DRAMA SHOW BY TELEVISION ARTISTS.

A POP CONCERT, FEATURING SINGERS SUCH AS FRANCES YIP, CALLY KWONG, SANDY LAM, TERENCE TSOI AND TAT’S PAIR, WILL BE i’ELD AS PART OF THE SHOW.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS WILL BE . AVAILABLE FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 9) AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE, 39 TONKIN STREET, KOWLOON, AND ITS SUB-OFICES.

DETAILS OF THE FIVE-WEEK FESTIVAL, WHICH PROVIDES 61 ACTIVITIES FOR SHAM SHUI PO RESIDENTS, WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE.

LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 70,000 RESIDENTS PARTICIPATED IN FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES.

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SPEEDPOST WEIGHT INCREASE * ♦ * * ♦

THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT FOR A SPEEDPOST ITEM TO NEW ZEALA WILL BE INCREASED FROM 10 KG TO 20 KG, WITH EFFECT FROM NOVEMBER 9, - , THE

POSTMASTER GENERAL ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE IS A FAST AND RELIZx? FORWARDING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE OVERSEAS. A FREE PICK-UP SERVICE IS AVAILABLE.

CUSTOMERS REQUIRING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE S : ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES O “1108.

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FREE JAZZ AND POPULAR MUSIC CONCERT ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

A FREE CONCERT FEATURING A SELECTION OF JAZZ, POPL’LA’? AND FILM MUSIC WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 7) AT KO SHAN THEA

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN OBTAIN ADMISSION TICKETS A’i V OF THE FOUR BRANCH OFFICES OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AT SAN PO KONG, LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE, TZE WAN SHAN ESTATE AND CHOI WAN EST/\ .

THE CONCERT WILL BE GIVEN BY THE PAN-ASIA SYMPHONY ORCHEST CONDUCTED BY MR YIP WAI-HONG.

IT IS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL. SPONSORED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD AND SUBSIDISED BY THF URBAN COUNCIL.

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500 TO TAKE PART IN TUEN MUN ATHLETIC MEET

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ABOUT 500 YOUTHS WILL TAKE PART IN VARIOUS FI TRACK EVENTS OF THE 12TH TUEN MUN ATHLETIC MEET ON SUNDAY (NO\ 8,' AT THE TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MEET WILL BE THE FOUR BY 100-METRE 'T DEPARTMENTS RELAY INVITATION COMPETITION AND THE WOMEN'S — LAY COMPETITION.

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THE FUNCTION IS ORGANISED BY THE TUEN MUN SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND REGIONAL COUNCIL AND SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE.

THERE WILL BE AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 AM ON THAT DAY. OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR LAW TZE-YUEN; ACTING TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN AREA COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR HO SUN-KUEN.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TSING YI BRIDGE

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TSING YI BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 12.30 AM TO 2.30 AM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) SO THAT THE STRUCTURE OF THE BRIDGE CAN BE MONITORED.

THE BRIDGE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED FROM 6.30 AM TO 7.30 AM AND FROM 3 PM TO 4 PM ON THE SAME DAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE BRIDGE WILL BE RE-OPENED TO GENERAL TRAFFIC AT A FIVE-MINUTE INTERVAL, AND IMMEDIATELY FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

' ISSUED BY'GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

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* FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1987

........ CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS GF EXTERNAL TRADE IN AUGUST........ 1

REVISED FILM CENSORSHIP BILL PUBLISHED..................... 5

CONSULTANT ENGAGED'FOR AIRPORT CAPACITY STUDY.............. 6

APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR-TV RELAY LICENCES SIMPLIFIED... 7

CHIEF SECRETARY TO VISIT CSD FAIR.......................... 8

HONG KONG MAINTAINS GOOD LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS..... 9

CALL TO BETTER UTILISE SKILLS, TALENTS OF LABOUR FORCE... 9

NEW AIRCRAFT FOR RHKAAF .................................. 11

ACCORD REACHED ON QUOTA LEVEL ADJUSTMENT ................. 11

NO-SMOKING AREAS WILL PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH............... 12

$240,000 RAISED BY TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ..................... 13

PRE-WAR BUILDING IN CENTRAL DECLARED DANGEROUS ........... 14

FIREMEN TO DEMONSTRATE AT CAREERS EXHIBITION ............. 14

TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MEET ..................... 15

HOME SAFETY ATTENTION TURNS TO THE ELDERLY................ 15

SOUTHERN DISTRICT HOLDING ROAD SAFETY DAY................. 16

CONCERTS MARK MUSIC OFFICE ANNIVERSARY.................... 17

1981 PRIVATE CARS COME UNDER INSPECTION SCHEME............ 18

TT> CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1963-64................. 19

FIRING PRACTICE DAYS FOR NOVEMBER......................... 21

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CONTENTS

GRAND OPINING FOR TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ........................... 22

ESSAY COMPETITION TO COMBAT CRIME.............................. 22

EQUESTRIAN SHOW TO LAUNCH SPORTS FESTIVAL ..................... 23

LAND SPORTS SAFETY D*Y ON SUNDAY............................... 24

SAI KUNG BLOOD DONATION EXERCISE............................... 25

TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL BEGINS..............................   26

EYE CARE CAMPAIGN FOR ELDERLY STARTS TOMORROW .................. 26

CENTRAL, WESTERN SPORT FESTIVAL OPENS ON SUNDAY ................ 2?

FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL IN MONG KOK................................ 28

DREDGING OF NORTHERN FAIRWAY IN VICTORIA HARBOUR................ 28

TSUEN WAN ROAD TO BE CLOSED AT NIGHT ..........................  29

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRA ................................. 29

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY.................... '30

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1987

PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN AUGUST

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STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT INDICATED THAT THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 27 PER CENT AND 49 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1987 AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. HENCE, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 36 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 34 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY THREE PER CENT AND TWO PER CEN'l RESPECTIVELY, SO THAT THE PRICES OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY THREE PER CENT. PRICES OF IMPORTS, ON THE OTHER HAND, ROSE BY FOUR PER CENT. AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF THE TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO THE IMPORT PRICE INDEX) DROPPED BY ONE PER CENT.

COMPARING AUGUST 1987 WITH AUGUST 1986, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT AND 49 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. HENCE, TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY 33 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 32 PER CENT. ON THF SAME BASTS OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY THREE PER CENT; RE-EXPORTS PRICES ROSE BY TWO PER CENT WHILE IMPORT PRICES ROSE BY THREE PER CENT.

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

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR AUGUST 1987 AS COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN AUGUST 1987 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986. THESE INCLUDED METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+9 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+7 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+7 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+7 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+6 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+6 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (+5 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+4 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (+3 PER CENT) AS WELL AS DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+2 PER CENT). HOWEVER, A DECREASE IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WAS RECORDED IN WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-1 PER CENT). THE PRICES OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED.

THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN AUGUST 1987 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986, INCLUDING METAL ORES AND

SCRAP (+112 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+33 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+29 PER CENT); ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+28 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (+24 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+21 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (+20 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+18 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+4 PER CENT) AS WELL AS DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+1 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN TRAVEL GOODS, HANDAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-1 PER CENT) AS WELL AS RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-1 PER

CENT) .

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THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR AUGUST 1987 AS COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORT PRICES OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES ROSE IN AUGUST 1987 AS COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986, RANGING FROM ONE PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 30 PER CENT FOR FUELS, WHICH WAS PARTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE RELATIVELY LOW IMPORT PRICES OF FUELS IN AUGUST 1986.

IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY EIGHT PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN AUGUST 1987 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986. STGNTGICANT GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN SUGAR; FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS AS WELL AS TEA AND COFFEE. HOWEVER, DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE REGISTERED FOR WHEAT AND FLOUR; VEGETABLES AS WELL AS LIVE POULTRY.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 39 PER CENT. THE COMMODITIES WITH MORE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES INCLUDED FOOTWEAR; HOUSEHOLD TYPE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES; MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UPS ARTICLES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS AS WELL AS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE BY 31 PER CENT IN AUGUST 1987 COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986. THE MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN RAW COTTON; WOOD, LUMBER AND CORK; MAN-MADE FIBRES; WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR AS WELL AS CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DECREASED BY 14 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN AUGUST 1987 AS COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986.

FOR THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 43 PER CENT IN AUGUST 1987 WHEN COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986. THERE WERE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT; INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY OTHER THAN TEXTILE AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY; OFFICE MACHINES AS WELL AS TEXTILE MACHINERY.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR AUGUST 1987 AS COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN AUGUST 1987 WHEN COMPARED WITH AUGUST 1986, RANGING FROM 13 PER CENT FOR FOODSTUFFS TO 67 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS. HOWEVER, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF FUELS DECREASED BY 47 PER CENT.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE AUGUST 1987 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS" WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AROUND NOVEMBER 12 AT $2.50 PER COPY. ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THIS REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, HONG KONG (TELEPHONE: 5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE INDEXES TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (5-8234918).

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COMMODITY GROUP

TABLE 1: INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP.

COMPARING JAN-AUG 1987 COMPARING AUG. 1987

WITH JAN-AUG 1986 WITH AUG. 1986

UNIT UNIT

VALUE VALUE VOLUME VALUE VALUE VOLUME

% % % % % %

CLOTHING 29 8 20 30 7 21

TEXTILE FABRICS 65 5 57 42 7 33

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD 52 5 45 39 7 29

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES 8 5 3 8 4 4

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS 27 2 25 5 6 -1

ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 8 -2 It 28 28

FOOTWEAR 21 3 17 31 5 24

METAL MANUFACTURES 27 2 25 24 3 20

METAL ORES AND SCRAP 55 1 53 131 9 1 1.2

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 17 I 16 17 -1 18

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES 4 4 5 6 -1

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 22 4 17 3 2 1

ALL COMMODITIES 31 3 27 25 3 22

NOTES FOR TABLES 1 TO 3: ♦ INSIGNIFICANT, PERCENTAGE CHANGES I .E. ARE LESS THAN CALCULATED 0.5 PER CENT FROM TRADE INDEXES TAKEN TO

MORE DECIMAL PLACES THAN THOSE TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE ’’HONG KONG

TRADE INDEX NUMBERS”. THEY MAY THEREFORE DIFFER FROM THE PERCENTAGE

CHANGES TO BE COMPUTED FROM THE PUBLISHED FIGURES

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TABLE 2: INCREASES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

COMPARING JAN-AUG 1987 WITH JAN-AUG 1986 COMPARING AUG WITH AUG. . 1987 1986

ENQ-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS 12 1 10 10 2 8

CONSUMER GOODS 44 4 38 41 1 39

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 42 3 38 36 4 31

FUELS -2 -4 2 12 30 -14

CAPITAL GOODS 44 7 35 46 2 43

ALL COMMODITIES 39 4 34 36 3 32

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

COMPARING JAN-AUG 1987 WITH JAN-AUG 1986 COMPARING AUG. 1987 WITH AUG. 1986

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS 17 -1 19 11 -2 13

CONSUMER GOODS 61 2 58 48 2 45

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 51 2 47 61 5 54

FUELS 4 6 -1 -34 25 -47

CAPITAL GOODS 44 * 44 61 -4 67

ALL COMMODITIES 52 2 49 52 2 49

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REVISED FILM CENSORSHIP BILL PUBLISHED ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

' A REVISED FILM CENSORSHIP BILL, WHICH SETS OUT THE PRINCIPLES FOR THE CENSORSHIP 6f FILMS AND PROVIDES FOR A THREE TIER CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, WAS PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION AND COMMENT.

THE BILL, A SUBSTANTIALLY REVISED VERSION OF THE ONE PUBLISHED FOR INFORMATION AND COMMENT ON APRIL 3, TAKES INTO ACCOUNT COMMENTS FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUP ON FILM CLASSIFICATION AND CENSORSHIP, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FILM INDUSTRY, DISTRICT BOARDS AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES.

THE BILL CONTINUES TO PROVIDE FOR THE CENSORSHIP OF FILMS ON MORAL AND SOCIAL GROUNDS. IT ALSO SEEKS TO RETAIN CENSORSHIP ON GROUNDS OF MAINTAINING GOOD RELATIONS WITH OTHER TERRITORIES.

THE CENSORSHIP CRITERIA HAVF, HOWEVER, BEEN REVISED TO SEPARATE THE THREE MAIN PRINCIPLES, THAT IS, MORAL, SOCIAL AND GOOD RELATIONS, FROM OTHER FACTORS WHICH ARE TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN CONSIDERING THE MAIN PRINCIPLES.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS WOULD ENABLE THE FILM INDUSTRY TO HAVE A CLEARER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CENSORSHIP CRITERIA AND ENSURE CONSISTENCY IN THE WORK OF THE CENSORS.

AS REGARDS THE POWER TO CENSOR FILMS ON GROUNDS OF GOOD RELATIONS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FIRST ROUND OF CONSULTATIONS INDICATED GENERAL PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF, AND SUPPORT FOR, THE NEED TO RETAIN SUCH A PROVISION. IN VIEW OF THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, THIS PROVISION HAS BEEN TIGHTENED.

UNDER THE NEW BILL, THE EXISTING REQUIREMENT OF "DAMAGE GOOD RELATIONS WITH OTHER TERRITORIES" HAS BEEN QUALIFIED TO THE EXTENT THAT A CENSOR MAY ONLY DISAPPROVE A FILM UNDER THIS CRITERION IF HE IS SATISFIED THAT ITS EXHIBITION IS LIKELY TO CAUSE "SERIOUS DAMAGE" TO HONG KONG’S RELATIONS WITH OTHER TERRITORIES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THIS QUALIFICATION WOULD ENSURE THAT FILMS COULD ONLY BE BANNED ON THIS GROUND IN CLEARLY ESTABLISHED CIRCUMSTANCES.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT CHANGE INTRODUCED IN THE NEW BILL IS THE TREATMENT OF FILM ADVERTISING MATERIAL. WHILE THE SUBMISSION OF ADVERTISING MATERIAL TO THE AUTHORITY WILL CONTINUE TO BE MANDATORY, A DEGREE OF SELF-REGULATION BY THE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN INTRODUCED.

IN FUTURE, WHERE THE PRODUCER/DISTR IBUTOR IS CONFIDENT THAT THE MATERIAL IS CONSISTENT WITH THE CENSORSHIP CRITERIA, HE WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF INDICATING -THAT AN EXAMINATION BY THE AUTHORITY IS NOT REQUIRED.

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IN MARGINAL CASES OR IN CASES WHERE THEY ARE NOT SIRE, THEY MAY REQUEST THE AUTHORITY TO EXAMINE AND APPROVE TH! MATERIAL BEFOREHAND.

THROUGHOUT THE BILL, THE PROCEDURAL ASPECTS OF FILM CENSORSHIP AND,THE REVIEW PROCESS HAVE BEEN STREAMLINED. THESE IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE LARGELY AS A RESULT OF REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE FILM INDUSTRY AND ARE IMPORTANT TO THEIR EFFICIENT OPERATION.

BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF CHANGES INTRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THE FIRST CONSULTATION EXERCISE, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS CAN WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES OR THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUP ON FILM CLASSIFICATION AND CENSORSHIP IN JACKSON ROAD. THEY HAVE UNTIL DECEMBER 4, 1987 TO SUBMIT THEIR VIEWS.

AT THE END OF THIS SECOND CONSULTATION PERIOD, THE BILL WILL BE RE-SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WITH THE RECOMMENDATION THAT IT BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR ENACTMENT WITHIN THE CURRENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

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CONSULTANT ENGAGED FOR AIRPORT CAPACITY STUDY

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS ENGAGED A CONSULTANT TO STUDY HONG KONG’S AIR TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINE THE CAPACITY AND POTENTIAL OF THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR TREVOR THORPE, HAS SIGNED A $12-MILLION CONTRACT WITH THE CONSULTANCY FIRM, RMP ENCON LTD, A HONG KONG SUBSIDIARY OF THE AMERICAN RALPH M. PARSONS COMPANY.

THE CONSULTANTS WILL PRODUCE A FORECAST OF HONG KONG’S AIR TRAFFIC DEMAND UPTO 2010, AND CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE STUDY TO DEFINE THE AIRPORT’S ULTIMATE CAPACITY AND EXPLORE METHODS OF MEETING THE FORECAST DEMAND.

THEY WILL ALSO BE LOOKING INTO RELATED ISSUES SUCH AS GROUND ACCESS TO THE AIRPORT, ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, SAFETY AND AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL.

THE CONSULTANCY WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE NEWLY-ESTABLISHED AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STUDIES DIVISION OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT, WHO WILL ALSO MANAGE A SERIES OF FORTHCOMING CONSULTANCY STUDIES INVOLVING ALTERNATIVE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT SITES.

/THE ASSISTANT .......

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1987

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STUDIES) OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR TREVOR OLIVER, SAID THAT THE AIRPORT CAPACITY STUDY WAS THE FIRST STEP OF A BROAD GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO DETERMINE THE NEED FOR AND PROPER TIMING OF AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT. f

"THE STUDY WILL GIVE THE GOVERNMENT A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE TREND OF GROWTH IN TRAFFIC DEMAND, AND PROVIDE USEFUL DATA WHICH THE GOVERNMENT CAN REFER TO FOR CONSIDERATION ON WHEN HONG KONG NEEDS A NEW AIRPORT," HE SAID.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CONSULTANTS WILL TAKE ABOUT 11 MONTHS TO COMPLETE THE WORK, FOLLOWING WHICH A FINAL REPORT TOGETHER WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNMENT.

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APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR TV RELAY

LICENCES SIMPLIFIED

THE PROCEDURE TO ALLOW SMALL COMMUNITIES IN THE REMOTE AREAS OF HONG KONG TO APPLY FOR A LICENCE TO INSTALL THEIR OWN TELEVISION RELAY STATIONS TO IMPROVE TELEVISION RECEPTION HAS BEEN SIMPLIFIED.

THE TELECOMMUNICATION (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1987 GAZETTED TODAY (FRIDAY) AMEND THE BROADCAST RADIO RELAY STATION LICENCE TO PERMIT THESE COMMUNITIES TO APPLY TO THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY THAT IS, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, FOR A LICENCE TO INSTALL RELAY STATIONS TO IMPROVE RECEPTION OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMES.

"THE REGULATIONS FOLLOW A RECOMMENDATION BY THE BROADCASTING REVIEW BOARD THAT SMALL COMMUNITIES BE ALLOWED TO INSTALL THEIR OWN TELEVISION RELAY STATIONS AS A FURTHER MEASURE TO IMPROVE TELEVISION RECEPTION," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE TELEVISION ORDINANCE, TELEVISION LICENSEES ARE REQUIRED TO BROADCAST IN SUCH A MANNER AS TO ENABLE TRANSMISSION TO BE RECEIVED TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY IN ALL PARTS OF HONG KONG.

AT PRESENT, IN ANY AREA OF A RADIUS OF THREE KILOMETRES WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF 6,000 OR ABOVE, LICENSEES MUST ENSURE THAT THE RESIDENTS HAVE TELEVISION RECEPTION TO A SPECIFIED STANDARD. AS FROM JANUARY 1, 1988, THIS CRITERION WILL BE TIGHTENED SUCH THAT IN ANY AREA OF A RADIUS OF THREE KILOMETRES WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF ONLY 2,000 OR ABOVE, THE LICENSEES MUST ENSURE RECEPTION TO THE SPECIFIED STANDARD. THERE ARE, HOWEVER, REMOTE COMMUNITIES WHICH FALL OUTSIDE THIS CRITERION WHERE RECEPTION CONTINUES TO BE UNSATISFACTORY.

/one village .......

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one Village in the new territories has already INSTALL A RELAY STATION TO RECEIVE TELEVISION PROGRAMMES MAIN TRANSMITTER STATION AND TO RE-BROADCAST THEM 10 IIS COyERAGE AREA USING A DIFFERENT SET OF FREQUENCIES.

APPLIED FROM

TO

THE

INTENDED

"IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT OTHER SMALL TERRITORIES ALSO CONTEMPLATE THIS SOLUTION,

COMMUNITIES IN

THE NEW

THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE ANNUAL FEE FOR THE LICENCE IS $680.

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CHIEF SECRETARY TO VISIT CSD FAIR

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, WILL VISIT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL AUTUMN FAIR WHICH WILL BE HELD IN STANLEY TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE FAIR WILL BE HELD AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD NEXT TO STANLEY PRISON, OPENING AT 12 NOON AND CONTINUING TO 5 PM. IT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY MRS FORD. ADMISSION IS FREE.

THERE WILL BE A FULL PROGRAMME OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE PUBLIC AND, IN ADDITION, A WIDE VARIETY OF PRODUCTS MADE BY INMATES OF PENAL INSTITUTIONS WILL BE ON SALE AT SOME 30 STALLS.

THESE ITEMS RANGE FROM STUFFED TOYS AND HANDICRAFT ITEMS TO RATTAN AND WOODEN FURNITURE. ALL PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO VARIOUS CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS AND THE DEPARTMENT’S WELFARE FUND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE AUTUMN FAIR OPENING CEREMONY AT NOON TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE FOOTBALL FIELD NEXT TO STANLEY PRISON. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. PLEASE ASSEMBLE AT THE DEPARTMENT S PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT AT 23/F., WAN CHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 10.45 AM.

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HONG KONG MAINTAINS GOOD LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS ******

GOOD LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS COULD ENHANCE HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND SOCIAL STABILITY, AN ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR YIU YAN-NANG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY), c

ADDRESSING AN EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION BENEFIT SCHEME SEMINAR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR YIU SAID HONG KONG’S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCTS IN 1986 WERE UP BY 8.7 PER CENT AND THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY 19 PER CENT OVER 1985.

THE NUMBER OF STRIKES REPORTED LAST YEAR WAS NINE AND THE NUMBER OF WORKING DAYS LOST PER 1,000 EMPLOYEES AS A RESULT OF TRADE DISPUTES AT THE SAME PERIOD WAS 2.1 WHICH WAS SUBSTANTIALLY BELOW THE AVERAGE IN OTHER INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES.

"THESE FIGURES SHOW POSITIVE SIGNS OF AN IMPROVED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

"BUT STABLE LABOUR RELATIONS COULD ONLY ACHIEVE WHEN EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS HAD A CHANCE TO SHARE IN THE PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY.

"IN OTHER WORDS, EMPLOYERS SHOULD ATTACH GREATER IMPORTANCE TO WORKERS’ WELFARE BENEFITS."

MR YIU NOTED THAT MORE AND MORE EMPLOYERS HAD REALISED THE IMPORTANCE OF EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT BENEFIT SCHEMES.

THIS IS EVIDENT IN THE FACT THAT 5,169 RETIREMENT SCHEMES WERE APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE AS AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, HE SAID.

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CALL TO BETTER UTILISE SKILLS, TALENTS OF LABOUR FORCE

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HONG KONG’S PRESENT ECONOMIC SUCCESS OWES MUCH TO THE INGENUITY AND RESOURCEFULNESS OF ITS MANUFACTURERS AND HIGHLY EFFICIENT SERVICE SECTOR, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR HARNAM GREWAL, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

BUT THE MAINSTAY OF ITS PROSPERITY WAS STILL THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WHOSE ABILITY, ADAPTABILITY AND HARDWORK WAS PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TERRITORY’S ECONOMIC ACHIEVEMENT, HE ADDED.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 16TH ANNUAL CAREERS EXHIBITION HELD AT THE SHATIN TOWN HALL TODAY, MR GREWAL SAID HONG KONG WAS INDEED FORTUNATE TO HAVE SUCH A WORKFORCE.

/"Di TIMES ......

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 198?

10

"IN TIMES OF RAPID ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND FULL EMPLOYMENT, THERE IS AN EVEN GREATER NEED TO BETTER UTILIZE THE SKILLS AND TALENTS OF OUR LABOUR FORCE," MR GREWAL SAID.

"THIS REQUIRES A CLOSE MATCHING OF THE SKILLS AND TALENTS OF OUR WORKFORCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF OUR EMPLOYERS.

"IN THIS RESPECT, YOUNG PEOPLE MUST ALSO BE MADE MORE AWARE OF THEIR POTENTIAL; AND,BY ACQUIRING CAREERS INFORMATION, DEVELOP GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT."

THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE NOTED THAT ALTHOUGH A PROPER CHOICE OF CAREER WAS AN ISSUE OF FUNDAMENTAL IMPORTANCE TO AN INDIVIDUAL, A RIGHT DECISION WOULD ALSO BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY.

HE SAID THE CAREERS EXHIBITION SHOULD HELP INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WERE YET UNDECIDED ON THEIR FUTURE CAREER, OR THOSE WHO HAD SOMEHOW SET THEIR MINDS ON A LIMITED CHOICE, TO LOOK FURTHER AFIELD AND DISCOVER MORE ABOUT JOB OPPORTUNITIES. WHICH MIGHT MATCH THEIR RANGE OF INTERESTS.

MR GREWAL ALSO DISCLOSED THAT THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT PLANNED TO SET UP A FOURTH CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRE IN SHA TIN NEXT YEAR.

HE BELIEVED THAT THE NEW OFFICE WOULD FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE CAREERS SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THIS FAST GROWING PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

EARLIER IN HIS WELCOMING SPEECH, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, TOLD THE GATHERING THAT 22 EXHIBITORS FROM THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR, THE MANUFACTURING AND THE SERVICE INDUSTRIES, PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND THE GOVERNMENT TOOK PART IN THIS YEAR’S EXHIBITION.

HE PAID TRIBUTES TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN SETTING UP THE EXHIBITION, IN PARTICULAR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL FOR ITS GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THIS VENTURE.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG.

MR CHEUNG TOLD THE GATHERING THAT THE EVENT HAD BEEN GIVEN A FRESH APPEARANCE BY TAKING PLACE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE SHATIN TOWN HALL THIS YEAR.

HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE NEW VENUE WOULD ATTRACT MORE VISITORS FROM ALL OVER HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY FROM THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AREA.

THE EXHIBITION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 9.30 AM TO 6.30 PM DAILY AT THE SHATIN TOWN HALL UNTIL NOVEMBER 16.

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THIS EXHIBITION, LIVE CAREER SHOWS WILL BE STAGED OUTSIDE THE TOWN HALL ON NOVEMBER 7, 8, 14 AND 15 BY A NUMBER OF DISCIPLINARY FORCES AND AUXILIARY SERVICES.

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NEW AIRCRAFT FOR RHKAAF * * *

THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE WILL RECEIVE AN ADDED BOOST TO ITS SEARCH AND RESCUE CAPABILITY WITH THE ARRIVAL TOMORROW (SATURDAY) OF ITS LATEST FIXED WING AIRCRAFT, A BEECH SUPER KING AIR TWIN TURBO PROP.

THE AIRCRAFT IS BEING FERRIED TO HONG KONG BY THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, RHKAAF, SQUADRON LEADER JOHN SHAWCROSS, AND SENIOR FIXED WING PILOT, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT NIGEL ASHLEY. THEY ARE ACCOMPANIED BY FLIGHT SERGEANT MARTIN CHAN WHO IS SUPERVISING THE ENGINEERING SIDE OF THE LONG DELIVERY FLIGHT FROM WICHITA IN THE UNITED STATES.

THE AIRCRAFT IS EQUIPPED WITH THE LATEST STATE OF THE ART ELECTRONIC FLIGHT INFORMATION AND NAVIGATION SYSTEMS AND HAS DAY AND NIGHT SEARCH CAPABILITY, BEING FITTED WITH FORWARD LOOKING INFRARED (FLIR) NIGHT IMAGING UNIT.

BEING PRESSURISED, THE AIRCRAFT IS ABLE TO FLY TO THE SCENE OF A SEARCH AT HIGH LEVEL AND, EQUIPPED WITH TURBO PROPER ENGINES, AT A MUCH HIGHER SPEED THAN THE UNPRESSURISED PISTON-ENGINED AIRCRAFT WHICH CONSTITUTE THE PRESENT FIXED WING FLEET.

SIX PILOTS HAVE ALREADY UNDERGONE TRAINING COURSES IN THE UNITED STATES, AS HAVE MANY OF THE UNIT’S ENGINEERS WHO WILL BE TASKED WITH MAINTAINING THIS LATEST ADDITION TO THE FLEET TO THE USUAL HIGH STANDARDS WHICH HAVE ENABLED THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE SEARCH AND RESCUE AVAILABILITY TO SHIPPING AND AIRCRAFT IN THE HONG KONG AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY.

THE FLIGHT FROM THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN ROUTED VIA HAWAII, MIDWAY ISLAND, WAKE ISLAND, GUAM AND JAPAN.

A SECOND SUPER KING AIR HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR DELIVERY IN AUGUST 1988.

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ACCORD REACHED ON QUOTA LEVEL ADJUSTMENT

*****

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR JOSEPH WONG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT HONG KONG HAS REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY ON ADJUSTMENTS TO THE QUOTA LEVELS OF 16 CATEGORIES RESTRAINED UNDER THE CURRENT HONG KONG/EEC BILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENT ARISING FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF THE HARMONIZED COMMODITY DESCRIPTION AND CODING SYSTEM (HARMONIZED SYSTEM) IN 1988.

THE INTRODUCTION OF THE HARMONIZED SYSTEM HAD BEEN ANTICIPATED TN THE NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE CURRENT BILATERAL AGREEMENT LAST YEAR.

/AS A........

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1987

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AS A RESULT, THERE WERE SUBSTANTIAL CHANGES TO THE CLASSIFICATION AND QUOTA LEVELS OF VARIOUS CATEGORIES.

HOWEVER, ONE MAJOR PROBLEM REMAINED IN RESPECT OF SUITS: UNDER THE CURRENT CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, SUITS INCLUDE COMBINATIONS OF COMPONENT GARMENTS MADE UP OF DIFFERENT RUT CO-ORDINATED FABRICS; UNDER THE HARMONIZED SYSTEM, SUITS MUST COMPRISE COMPONENT GARMENTS MADE UP OF IDENTICAL FABRIC.

"THE QUOTA ADJUSTMENTS, WHICH WILL APPLY TO THE REMAINING PERIOD OF’ THE AGREEMENT (THAT IS, 1988-91) RESOLVE THE PROBLEM OF CO-ORDINATE SUITS BY EFFECTIVELY TRANSFERRING A PROPORTION OF QUOTA FROM THE SUIT CATEGORIES TO THE COMPONENT GARMENT CATEGORIES," MR WONG SAID.

THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AFTER TWO ROUNDS OF CONSULTATIONS IN BRUSSELS.

APART FROM THE THREE SUIT CATEGORIES, 16, 29 AND 74, THE MAJOR COMPONENT GARMENT CATEGORIES AFFECTED BY THE QUOTA ADJUSTMENT INCLUDE CATEGORIES 5 (PULLOVERS), 21 (BLOUSONS), 6A (TROUSERS) AND 21 (SKIRTS).

"EXPORTERS WHO USED SUIT QUOTA IN 1987 TO EXPORT CO-ORDINATE SUITS TO THE COMMUNITY WOULD BE OFFERED QUOTA IN THE RELEVANT COMPONENT GARMENT CATEGORIES IN THE ALLOCATION FOR 1988," MR WONG SAID.

THE TRADE DEPARTMENT WOULD BE MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE TRADE SHORTLY ON THE DETAILS OF THE CHANGE IN CLASSIFICATION AND ON THE QUOTA ALLOCATION PROCEDURES.

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NO-SMOKING AREAS WILL PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH

*****

NO-SMOKING AREAS WILL HELP TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF NON-SMOKING PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, A MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH, MR JOB YOUNG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE STRESSED THAT NON-SMOKERS WERE IN THE MAJORITY IN THE COMMUNITY, WITH FEWER THAN ONE IN FIVE ADULTS BEING CIGARETTE SMOKERS.

SPEAKING AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ANTI-SMOKING DAY HELD AT THE 01 MAN ESTATE CONCOURSE, MR YOUNG SAID SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE SHOWED THAT PASSIVE SMOKING WAS HARMFUL TO HEALTH.

"AS WITH ALL PUBLIC HEALTH DANGERS, GOVERNMENT AND EMPLOYERS HAVE A DUTY TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF PASSIVE SMOKERS," HE SAID.

/"A WIFE........

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1987

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"A WIFE MAY DEVELOP LUNG CANCER FROM HER HUSBAND'S SMOKING EVEN IF SHE HAS NEVER SMOKED A CIGARETTE HERSELF, AND IF A WOMAN SMOKES DURING PREGNANCY IT CAN HARM HER FOETUS," HE SAID.

MR YOUNG SAID BREATHING OTHER PEOPLE'S SMOKE MIGHT CAUSE ANNOYANCE, AND THROAT, EYE AND NOSE IRRITATION, AND COULD MAKE A NON-SMOKER’S HAIR OR CLOTHES SMELL FOR SEVERAL HOURS. BUT, MORE RECENTLY, IT WAS REALISED THAT SMOKERS PRESENTED A HEALTH HAZARD TO NON-SMOKERS.

HE SAID CHEMICALS FROM TOBACCO SMOKE COULD BE MEASURED IN THE BLOOD OF NON-SMOKERS WHO HAD BEEN IN A SMOKE-FILLED ROOM.

MR YOUNG APPEALED TO CIGARETTE SMOKERS, FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR HEALTH, FAMILY AND FELLOW WORKERS, TO GIVE UP SMOKING.

IN SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD SET UP A CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE IN JULY TO ORGANISE A SERIES OF PROGRAMMES TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE THAT "CIGARETTE SMOKING IS HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH".

THESE INCLUDED A SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION, A QUIZ COMPETITION AND TODAY’S ANTI-SMOKING DAY WHICH WAS FOLLOWED BY A PUBLICITY BUS TOUR OF THE DISTRICT.

AN ANTI-SMOKING EXHIBITION WAS ALSO STAGED AT THE VENUE AND WILL BE OPEN AT THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX TOMORROW AND SUNDAY.

ALSO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WERE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALEX FONG; DISTRICT BORD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG; AND THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR TANG PO-HONG.

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$240,000 RAISED BY TUEN MUN FESTIVAL * * ♦ * t

A SUM OF $240,000 WAS RAISED BY THE 1987 TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST, DEMONSTRATING LOCAL RESIDENTS’ CONCERN FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED.

THE MONEY CAME FROM VARIOUS SOURCES, AND INCLUDED $90,000 RAISED FROM SCHOOLS AND FROM TICKET SALES AT THE OPENING PERFORMANCE AT THE FESTIVAL.

DURING THE FESTIVAL, A FUND RAISING CAMPAIGN WAS HELD BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2 AND 4, BY MEANS OF A COMPETITION AMONG RESIDENTS IN THREE CATEGORIES FROM RESPEECTIVE VILLAGES, PRIVATE BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC HOUSING (INCLUDING HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.) THE FUND-RAISING CHAMPIONS WERE RESPECTIVELY SUN FUNG WAI, SIU PING COURT OF THE SIU HONG COURT, AND CHUN YUE LAU OF THF. SAM SING ESTATE.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1987

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PRE-WAR BUILDING IN CENTRAL DECLARED DANGEROUS *****

A FOUR-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING AT 71 WING LOK STREET IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) DECLARED BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND IT SHOULD BE DEMOLISHED.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR, MR ANTHONY LAWRENCE, SAID THE BUILDING, WITH TIMBER FLOORS AND STAIRCASE AND REINFORCED CONCRETE ROOF, BALCONIES AND KITCHENS ON BRICK LOAD-BEARING WALLS, WAS IN AN ADVANCED STATE OF DELAPIDAT1ON.

HE SAID THE BUILDING HAD BEEN UNDER PERIODICAL SURVEILLANCE SINCE 1970, AND NUMEROUS VERTICAL CRACKS WERE VISIBLE ALONG OR NEAR THE WINDOW OPENINGS OF THE FLANK WALL AND ALONG THE DOOR OPENINGS OF THE REAR MAIN WALL.

"THESE CRACKS HAVE OPENED UP RECENTLY, INDICATING UNARRESTED MOVEMENT OF THE FLANK WALL OF THE BUILDING TOWARDS MAN WA LANE. THE BALCONIES IN FRONT ARE ALSO FOUND TO BE VERY DETERIORATED. THE REINFORCED CONCRETE ELEMENTS ARE BADLY SPALLED, EXPOSING VERY CORRODED STEEL BARS. THERE ARE ALSO SIGNS OF OUTWARD MOVEMENT OF THE BALCONIES.

"IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS A RISK OF COLLAPSE OF THE FLANK WALL AND THE BALCONIES. IT IS, THEREFORE, NECESSARY TO CLOSE AND DEMOLISH THIS BUILDING," MR LAWRENCE ADDED.

A NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN HONG KONG DISTRICT COURT ON JANUARY 5 NEXT YEAR WAS POSTED ON THE BUILDING TODAY, (FRIDAY).

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FIREMEN TO DEMONSTRATE AT CAREERS EXHIBITION ♦ ♦ ♦

FIREMEN WILL PUT UP A SERIES OF DEMONSTRATIONS AT THE '87 CAREERS EXHIBITION ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TN SHA TIN TOWN HALL ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8).

THE DEMONSTRATIONS, WHICH WILL BE HELD FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM, WILL INCLUDE JUMPS ONTO AN RESCUE CUSHION, RESCUE OF INJURED PEOPLE FROM HEIGHT AND INJURED PEOPLE TRAPPED UNDER A CAR, AND THE USE OF VARIOUS TYPES OF FIRE EXTINGUISHERS.

AN ASSORTMENT OF FIRE APPLIANCES INCLUDING A TURNABLE LADDER, A HYDRAULIC PLATFORM, AN AMBULANCE, AN AMBULANCE MOTORCYCLE, A MOBILE CASUALTY TREATMENT CENTRE AND A MOBILE COMMAND UNIT WILL BE DISPLAYED.

/THERE WILL .......

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THERE WILL ALSO BE AN EXHIBITION FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS ON THE HISTORY OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND SOME OF THE WORST FIRES IN THE PAST.

A TEMPORARY RECRUITMENT CENTRE WILL BE PUT UP TO PROVIDE TRY-OUT OF MEASUREMENT, EYE-SIGHT AND STRENGTH TESTS FOR SPECTATORS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FIREMEN DEMONSTRATION TO BE STAGED AT SHA TIN TOWN HALL ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5 PM.

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TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO MEET

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THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO DISCUSS AN APPLICATION BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY LTD TO EXTEND ITS FRANCHISE.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER AN APPLICATION BY THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY LTD FOR AN INCREASE IN FARES.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA IS THE PROPOSED APPROACH AND TIMETABLE FOR. THE REVIEW OF THE ROLE AND SEATING CAPACITY OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND THE INTRODUCTION OF MI DI BUS SERVICE.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT STARTING AT 9.30 AM.

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HOME SAFETY ATTENTION TURNS TO THE ELDERLY * ♦ * *

A FIVE-MINUTE PROGRAMME WILL BE TELEVISED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING TO BRING HOME THE MESSAGE THAT CARING FOR THE ELDERLY GOES A LONG WAY TOWARDS REDUCING ACCIDENTS IN THE HOME.

THE PROGRAMME IS PART OF THE "PUBLIC EDUCATION" SERIES JOINTLY PRODUCED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

/the programme .......

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THE PROGRAMME CAN BE VIEWED AT 9.50 PM ON TVB JADE TOMORROW AND WILL BE REPEATED NEXT SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) ON ATV GOLD AT 7.58 PM.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR GEORGE YUEN, SAID: "SO FAR THIS YEAR, THE DEATH TOLL FROM HOME ACCIDENTS HAS REACHED 104, AND MORE THAN HALF OF THE VICTIMS WERE AGED 60 AND OVER.

"OUT OF THE 61 FATALITIES INVOLVING THE ELDERLY, 50 PER CENT RESULTED FROM FALLS, SUCH AS FALLING FROM A HEIGHT, STAIRCASES, OR IN THE DARK, BECAUSE OF POOR EYESIGHT."

AN API (ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST) ON CARING FOR THE ELDERLY HAS BEEN SCREENED ON TELEVISION SINCE LAST MONTH.

MR YUEN ALSO GAVE A REMINDER THAT A HOME SAFETY EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) IN LUNG HANG ESTATE IN SHA TIN.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE STAGED AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE SHOPPING ARCADE ON THE PODIUM AND WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM.

HOME SAFETY BOOKLETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED FREE AT THE VENUE.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT HOLDING ROAD SAFETY DAY

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A CARNIVAL, ENTITLED "SOUTHERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY", WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM AT THE WONG CHUK HANG HARD-SURFACED SOCCER PITCH TO SPREAD THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE AMONG RESIDENTS.

AS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, THE CARNVIAL WILL FEATURE A ROAD SAFETY TOWN, A ROAD SAFETY BUS, AND PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR ARTISTS, ACROBATIC CYCLING AND LION DANCES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE GAMES STALLS FOR WHICH A LIMITED NUMBER OF FREE GAMES TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

FOR THE BENEFIT OF DISTRICT RESIDENTS, FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS CO. LTD. TO AND FROM THE VENUE FROM 1 PM TILL 5.30 PM.

THE SHUTTLE BUSES, WHICH WILL CARRY BIG SOUTHERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY BANNERS, WILL PLY BETWEEN BUS TERMINI AT WAH FU (SOUTH) (NEAR WAH TAI HOUSE), ABERDEEN AND APLEICHAU ESTATE AND THE VENUE, LEAVING AT REGULAR INTERVALS.

/A CEREMONY .......

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1987

A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE ROAD SAFETY DAY WILL BE HELD AT 2 PM. OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR MAN HON-MING; ACTING SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS OLIVIA NIP; POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (WESTERN), MR E.J. STEVENSON; SENIOR STAFF OFFICER/TRAFFIC/HK ISLAND, MR LIONEL LAM; REGIONAL COMMANDER (KOWLOON), ROAD SAFETY PATROL, MR STEVE H.W. LAU, AND COMPANY SECRETARY OF CHINA MOTOR BUS, MR WONG WING-KEUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SOUTHERN

DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY TO BE HELD AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY, AND THE CARNIVAL THAT FOLLOWS,

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CONCERTS MARK MUSIC OFFICE ANNIVERSARY

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THE MUSIC OFFICE IS CELEBRATING ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR, AND ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CELEBRATION PROGRAMME WILL BE THE YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC WEEK FROM NOVEMBER 14 TO 22.

A MUSIC OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID ALL ACTIVITIES CELEBRATING THE OCCASION WOULD BE DESIGNED TO MAXIMISE PARTICIPATION BY THE OFFICE’S TRAINEES, AMATEUR MUSIC GROUPS, AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, ALL WITH AN AIM TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS AND INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC. ' ’

THREE GUEST MUSICIANS FROM CHINA - MR AN ZHISHUN (PERCUSSION), MR XIAO BAIYONG (ER-HU) AND MS FAN SHENGE (ZHENG) - HAVE ALSO BEEN INVITED TO GIVE DEMONSTRATION PERFORMANCES AND TO CONDUCT MASTERCLASSES AT VARIOUS MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE CHINESE MUSIC WEEK WILL FORMALLY START WITH AN OPENING CONCERT TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM NEXT SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY SOME 500 MEMBERS FROM THE MUSIC OFFICE CHINESE ORCHESTRAS. THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM.

PIECES ON THE PROGRAMME INCLUDE "GREETINGS", "REJOICE", "GENERAL’S COMMAND", "FLYING DRAGON AND LEAPING TIGER", "AMBUSH" AND UNISON PERFORMANCES WITH DIFFERENT MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS SUCH AS PI-PA, ER-HU AND PERCUSSION.

A JING YING CONCERT, WILL BE STAGED AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON NOVEMBER 18.

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ANOTHER CONCERT, AN EVENING OF CHINESE FOLK MUSIC AND OPERATIC MUSIC, WILL BE HELD AT THE AUDITORIUM, SHA TIN TOWN HALL, ON NOVEMBER 20.

BOTH CONCERTS WILL BE FREE.

IN SUPPORT OF THE OFFICE’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL ORGANISE A FREE STUDENT CONCERT TO BE PERFORMED BY THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA ON NOVEMBER 19 AT 3 PM AT KO SHAN THEATRE AS PART OF THE WEEK’S PROGRAMMES.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES WOULD MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CHINESE MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS AND AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

HE ALSO EXTENDED THANKS TO TWO MUSIC COMPANIES THAT HAD GIVEN GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP TOWARDS VARIOUS CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES.

TICKETS FOR THE CONCERTS ON NOVEMBER 14, 18 AND 20, AT $5 AND $10 EACH, ARE AVAILABLE AT URBTIX OUTLETS AT CITY HALL, QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, SPACE MUSEUM, HONG KONG COLISEUM, NGAU CHI WAN CIVIC CENTRE, TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, SHA TIN TOWN HALL, TUEN MUN TOWN HALL AND TOM LEE MUSIC CO. LTD. (CAMERON LANE, MAN YEE BUILDING, TAIKOO SHING CITY PLAZA AND HENNESSY ROAD).

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 0-4928127 AND 0-6065731.

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1981 PRIVATE CARS COME UNDER INSPECTION SCHEME

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PRIVATE CARS MANUFACTURED IN 1981 WHICH REQUIRED A NEW LICENCE COMMENCING ON OR AFTER APRIL 1 NEXT YEAR MUST PASS A ROADWORTHINESS TEST PRIOR TO LICENCE RENEWAL, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

"UNDER THE PRIVATE CAR INSPECTION SCHEME WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 2, 1986, ALL SIX-YEAR-OLD PRIVATE CARS MUST FIRST OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS FROM A GOVERNMENT-DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRE BEFORE THEIR LICENCES CAN BE RENEWED," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

"WITH THE APPROACH OF 1988, IT IS ONLY NATURAL THAT 1981 CARS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE INSPECTION SCHEME," HE SAID.

THERE ARE 17 DESIGNATED CAR TESTING CENTRES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR AND APPOINTMENTS FOR INSPECTION MAY BE MADE FOUR MONTHS BEFORE THE EXPIRY DATE OF THE VEHICLE LICENCE.

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THE PARTS INSPECTED INCLUDE: THE BRAKING AND STEERING SYSTEM, SUSPENSION, WHEELS AND TYRES, ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION, ELECTRICAL FITTINGS AND LIGHTING, BODYWORK AND GENERAL ITEMS SUCH AS NUMBER PLATES, WINDSCREEN WIPERS AND WASHERS AND SEAT BELTS.

OF THE 35,486 VEHICLES WHICH UNDERWENT THEIR FIRST INSPECTIONS UNDER THE SCHEME IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, ABOUT '67 PER CENT PASSED, COMPARED WITH A PASS RATE OF 50 PER CENT AMONG THE 28,936 FIRST INSPECTIONS IN 1986. A TOTAL OF 88,586 INSPECTIONS HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT UP TO SEPTEMBER.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE CERTIFICATE OF ROADWORTHINESS FOR ANY PRIVATE CAR WHICH HAS PASSED THE TEST MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE DEPARTMENT WITHIN FOUR MONTHS OF THE ISSUE DATE FOR RELICENSING A VEHICLE, OTHERWISE ITS VALIDITY WILL LAPSE.

THE FEE FOR A CAR INSPECTION IS $160 AND A RE-CHECK FEE OF $50 IS CHARGED WHEN DEFECTS FOUND IN THE ORIGINAL INSPECTION ARE REMEDIED AND EXAMINED WITHIN 14 DAYS. IN CASES OF SPECIFIED MINOR FAULTS, THE RE-CHECK IS FREE OF CHARGE.

SHOULD A CAR OWNER DISAGREE WITH THE RESULT OF A TEST, HE CAN APPEAL TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR A FRESH, INDEPENDENT EXAMINATION.

"TO AVOID UNNECESSARY INCONVENIENCE, CAR OWNERS SHOULD HAVE THEIR VEHICLES CHECKED AND REPAIRED BEFORE THE INSPECTION APPOINTMENT WITH CAR TESTING CENTRES," THE SPOKESMAN URGED.

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ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1963-64

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT REMINDED TODAY (FRIDAY) MEN BORN IN 1963 AND 1964 TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE NOVEMBER 29.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT UP TO NOVEMBER 4, 59,756 MEN IN THIS AGE GROUP HAD APPLIED FOR NEW ID CARDS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID: "THERE ARE ONLY THREE MORE WEEKS FOR MEN IN THIS GROUP TO RENEW THEIR CARDS BEFORE THIS PHASE CLOSES ON NOVEMBER 28.

"TO AVOID A LAST-MINUTE RUSH, MEN IN THIS AGE GROUP WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD SHOULD COME FORWARD WITHOUT DELAY."

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THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW ID CARD WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD IS AN OFFENCE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $3,000.

APPLICANTS MAY GO TO ANY ONE OF EIGHT NEW ID CARD ISSUE OFFICES TO RENEW THEIR ID CARDS.

THEY MAY MAKE USE OF THE PHONE-IN SERVICE TO ARRANGE FOR AN APPOINTMENT BY CALLING THE OFFICE OF THEIR CHOICE.

THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE:

HONG KONG : BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD, WAN CHAI.

TEL. NO. 5-747070

EAST KOWLOON : AMOY GARDEN PLAZA, 2ND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD.

TEL. NO. 3-7553679

WEST KOWLOON: CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 2ND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, YAU MA TEI.

TEL. NO. 3-7232424

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

TEL. NO. 0-4981259

SHA TIN : SHATIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 2-16 WANG POK

STREET.

TEL. NO. 0-6059108

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, 2ND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD.

TEL. NO. 0-793291

TUEN MUN : CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR,

CHI LOK FA YUEN.

TEL. NO. 0-4580862

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

TEL. NO. 0-927155

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

”IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE ISSUE OFFICES WILL BE VERY CROWDED IN THE EVENINGS. TO AVOID HAVING TO QUEUE UP AT THE ISSUE OFFICES, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO GO TO THESE OFFICES IN THE MORNINGS AND THE AFTERNOONS,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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FIRING PRACTICE DAYS FOR NOVEMBER ♦ ♦ » ♦

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON 20 DAYS IN NOVEMBER.

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

THE DATES AND TIMES OF THE PRACTICE ARE:

DATE TIME

NOVEMBER 7 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 9 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 10 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 11 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 12 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 13 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 14 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 16 (MONDAY) 8 AM - 11.59 PM

NOVEMBER 17 (TUESDAY) 0.01 AM - 11.59 PM

NOVEMBER 18 (WEDNESDAY) 0.01 AM - 11.59 PM

NOVEMBER 19 (THURSDAY) 0.01 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 20 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 21 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 23 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 24 (TUESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 25 (WEDNESDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 26 (THURSDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 27 (FRIDAY) 8 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 28 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

NOVEMBER 30 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

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GRAND OPENING FOR TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ♦ ♦ ♦ »

A GRAND OPENING AND VARIETY SHOW ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 9) IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL WILL BE THE CURTAIN RAISER FOR THE 1987 TUEN MUN FESTIVAL.

THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR PETER NG, WILL OFFICIATE AT A SWITCHING-ON CEREMONY BEFORE THE SHOW WHICH WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON HK-TVB’S ’’ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT” PROGRAMME. MR NG WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR KINGSLEY SIT, AND ACTINO TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU.

AT THE END OF THE TV PROGRAMME, MR SIT WILL PRESENT A CHEQUE, REPRESENTING THE AMOUNT RAISED FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST BY LOCAL RESIDENTS IN THE NAME OF FESTIVAL, TO A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST, MR LAU WONG-FAT.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL INCLUDE A FOLK SONG CONTEST, RUNNING COMPETITION, FILM SHOWS AND THE CHINA/HONG KONG GYMNASTIC TEAMS SPECTACULAR.

THE FESTIVAL IS PRESENTED BY THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND REGIONAL COUNCIL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1987 TUEN MUN FESTIVAL AT 9 PM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 9) IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE IN THE FOYER OF THE TOWN HALL AT 8.45 PM WHERE AN INFORMATION OFFICER WILL BE PRESENT TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE.

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ESSAY COMPETITION TO COMBAT CRIME ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISING AN ANTI-TRIAD CAMPAIGN ESSAY COMPETITION TO ENHANCE RESIDENTS’ AND STUDENTS’ CIVIC SPIRIT AND TO AROUSE THEIR AWARENESS OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.

THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS OF THE COMPETITION ARE PRIMARY DIVIDION, JUNIOR-SECONDARY DIVISION AND SENIOR-SECONDARY DIVISION.

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THE ESSAY TITLES FOR THE THREE CATEGORIES ARE, RESPECTIVELY, "REPENTANCE OF A PERSON TRAPPED BY A TRIAD SOCIETY", "HOW SHOULD A SECONDARY STUDENT REACTS TO MEMBERS OF A TRIAD SOCIETY" AND "DISCUSSION ON THE ILL EFFECTS OF A TRIAD SOCIETY".

WINNERS IN EACH DIVISION WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES AND OUTSTANDING WORKS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE TUEN MUN COMMUNITY STAR.

A PANEL OF JUDGES, COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND LOCAL TEACHERS, WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ADJUDICATION.

THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED CAN OBTAIN AN APPLICATION FORM FROM THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES AS WELL AS THEIR RESPECTIVE SCHOOLS.

ESSAYS PERTAINING TO THE THEMES OF THE COMPETITION SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE OR SUB-OFFICES BY NOVEMBER 20. RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON DECEMBER 8 AND A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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EQUESTRIAN SHOW TO LAUNCH SPORTS FESTIVAL * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

KWUN TONG RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY A DAY OF ACTION WHEN THEY ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL ’87 FORTNIGHT AT THE KOWLOON BAY RECREATION GROUND ON NOVEMBER 8 (SUNDAY).

HIGlfLlGHT OF THE DAY WILL BE AN EQUESTRIAN SHOW WHICH IS BEING INTRODUCED FOR THE FIRST TIME INTO DISTRICT SPORTS SCENE.

THE OPENING WILL ALSO FEATURE DRAGON AND LION DANCES, A BRASS BAND PERFORMANCE, FLAG-HOISTING AND AN ATHLETICS MEET.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY AT 10.30 AM WILL BE THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR T.H. CHAU; PRESIDENT OF THE AMATEUR SPORTS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF HONG KONG, MR A. DE O. SALES; KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (LEISURE SERVICES) OF URBAN SERVICES, MR ROBIN GILL; PRESIDENT OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL '87, MR YU SUN-SAY; HONORARY PRESIDENT, MR WONG WAH-SANG AND CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR RONNIE WONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT 10.30 AM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) AT THE KOWLOON BAY RECREATION GROUND. INFORMATION OFFICER, MISS IRENE LAU, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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LAND SPORTS SAFETY DAY ON SUNDAY ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE 1987 LAND SPORTS SAFETY DAY WILL BE HELD AT THE DODWELL’S RIDGE POLICE CADET SCHOOL IN SHEUNG SHUT THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8).

THE PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY WILL INCLUDE DEMONSTRATIONS, VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES, AND SEMINARS ON A NUMBER OF POPULAR LAND SPORTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE EXHIBITIONS AND DISPLAYS MOUNTED BY LEADING LAND SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE LAND SPORTS SAFETY CAMPAIGN WORKING PARTY TO DELIVER THE ’’PLAY SAFE" MESSAGE TO THE PUBLIC AS WELL AS TO MORE SPECIFIC TARGET GROUPS.

THE DAY WILL START OFF WITH A ROLLER SKATING DEMONSTRATION AT 9.25 AM, FOLLOWED BY AN OPENING CEREMONY WITH THE CHAIRMAN OF REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG AS THE OFFICIATING GUEST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CAMPAIGN WORKING PARTY SAID THE ANNUAL EVENT IS HELD TO STRESS THE "PLAY SAFE" MESSAGE IN VIEW OF THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS IN LAND SPORTS.

"WITH CORRECT KNOWLEDGE IN THE PARTICULAR SPORT CONCERNED AS WELL AS CAUTION AND COMMON SENSE, MOST OF THOSE ACCIDENTS . CAN BE AVOIDED," HE SAID.

VISITORS CAN ENJOY VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES INTRODUCING SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR LAND SPORTS LIKE ORIENTEERING AND CYCLING.

THEY WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO LEARN HOW TO PARTICIPATE SAFELY IN LAND SPORTS THROUGH A SERIES OF TALKS BY EXPERTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE FIELDS, SUCH AS HIGH ALTITUDE TREKKING, AND TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE DEMONSTRATIONS IN CYCLING, CYCLING ON ROLLERS, ORIENTEERING, ARCHERY, AND ROLLER SKATING.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE EVENT. SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO BRING THEM FROM THE SHEUNG SHUI KCR STATION TO THE VENUE BETWEEN 9 AM - 11 AM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) AT THE DODWELL’S RIDGE POLICE CADET SCHOOL IN SHEUNG SHUI.

DEMONSTRATIONS WILL BEGIN AT 9.25 AM AND THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG, WILL BE HELD AT 10 AM.

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MEMBERS OF THE PRESS SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE KOWLOON TONG KCR STATION ENTRANCE AT 8 AM ON SUNDAY. A PRESS COACH WILL TAKE THEM TO THE VENUE.

INFORMATION OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT SHEUNG SHUI KCR STATION BETWEEN 9 AM - 11 AM.

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SAI KUNG BLOOD DONATION EXERCISE * * ♦

COMMUNITY-SPIRITED RESIDENTS OF SAI KUNG ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A BLOOD DONATION EXERCISE ON DECEMBER 3 (THURSDAY) AT THE RENNIE'S MILL MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ON DECEMBER 4 (FRIDAY) AT THE SAI KUNG TOWN HALL.

THE EXERCISE, THE FIRST PROGRAMME OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, AIMS AT ENCOURAGING LOCAL RESIDENTS TO GIVE BLOOD TO THE NEEDY AND TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE, CARING AND HELPFUL CITIZENS.

ANYONE AGED BETWEEN 18 TO 65, OF SOUND HEALTH AND WEIGHING 40.45 KG OR ABOVE, ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE EXERCISE.

HOWEVER, THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED AN INOCULATION OR VACCINATION SHOULD INFORM THE NURSES ON DUTY BEFORE GIVING BLOOD.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE BLOOD DONATION EXERCISE MAY TAKE PART IN TEAMS OR AS INDIVIDUALS. EACH TEAM WILL BE PRESENTED A SOUVENIR PENNANT AND PARTICIPANTS WILL ALSO BE GIVEN A T-SHIRT ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

THE BLOOD DONATION EXERCISE HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION PROMOTION COMMITTEE AND THE HONG KONG RED CROSS BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE. IT IS SPONSORED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD.

APPLICATION FORMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO THE DISTRICT’S MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS CORPORATIONS, RURAL COMMITTEES, SECONDARY SCHOOLS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS URGING SUPPORT FOR THE EXERCISE.

RESIDENTS WHO WANT TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT CAN OBTAIN THE APPLICATION FORMS AT THE SAI KUNG TOWN HALL OR THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE AT MAN NIN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS NOVEMBER 11.

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TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL BEGINS

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THE MONTH-LONG NINTH TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WITH A FOOTBALL MATCH BETWEEN TWO VISITING TEAMS FROM CHINA.

THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR A.K. CHUI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 8 PM IN THE YEUNG UK ROAD SPORTSGROUND.

EVENTS IN THE FESTIVAL RANGE FROM FOOTBALL TO GO-KART RACING, AND WILL TAKE PLACE AT VARIOUS VENUES IN THE DISTRICT. THERE WILL ALSO BE PERFORMANCES BY SPORTS TEAMS FROM CHINA.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS AND COPIES OF THE PROGRAMME ARE AVAILABLE FROM OFFICES OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE FEDERATION OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATIONS AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE FESTIVAL IS AN ANNUAL MAJOR DISTRICT ATTRACTION WITH MAIN FUNDING COMING FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD, WHICH IS ONE OF THE ORGANISERS. THIS YEAR THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS CONTRIBUTED $300,000.

OTHER ORGANISERS INCLUDE THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AMD THE FEDERATION OF TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SPORTS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE 9TH TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT 8 PM IN THE YEUNG UK ROAD SPORTSGROUND TOMORROW.

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EYE CARE CAMPAIGN FOR ELDERLY STARTS TOMORROW

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A CEREMONY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT AND EASTERN DISTRICT EYE CARING CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY WILL BE HELD AT THE ST JAMES’ SETTLEMENT IN WAN CHAI TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE CAMPAIGN, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, AND WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICT BOARDS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE HONG KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION, IS EXPECTED TO BENEFIT MORE THAN 10,000 SENIOR RESIDENTS TN THE TWO DISTRICTS.

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OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WILL BE THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR T.H. CHAU; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MRS THERESA LAU; DISTRICT OFFICERS OF WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICTS, MR ALLAN CHOW AND MR GARY YEUNG; AND THE CO-CHAIRMEN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEES, MRS ANNA TANG AND MR TO BOON-MAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT AND EASTERN DISTRICT EYE CARING CAMPAIGN FOR THE ELDERLY TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 11 AM AT MING HUA HALL, ST JAMES SETTLEMENT, 85 STONE NULLAH LANE, WAN CHAI.

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CENTRAL, WESTERN SPORT FESTIVAL OPENS ON SUNDAY * « « « *

THE THREE-WEEK CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SPORT FESTIVAL WILL BEGIN AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) AFTERNOON.

A NUMBER OF ENTERTAINING ACTIVITIES INCLUDING A LION DANCE, TAI-CHI DEMONSTRATIONS, A DANCE PERFORMANCE AND DANCE-IN SESSION, POTTED GAMES AND A "TREASURE HUNT" ARE ON THE PROGRAMME.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM WILL BE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR VINCENT KO; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORT ASSOCIATION, MR LEUNG SIK-WAH.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGAINSED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, URBAN COUNCIL AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORT ASSOCIATION, AND SPONSORED BY THE BOARD AND WESTERN DISTRICT JUNIOR POLICE CALL ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SPORT FESTIVAL AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.

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FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL IN MONG KOK ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A LARGE-SCALE CARNIVAL, AIMING TO ATTRACT MORE THAN 5,000 MONG KOK RESIDENTS, WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 15 (SUNDAY) AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND TO PROMOTE THE CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGE.

IT WILL FEATURE GAMESTALLS SET UP BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND A VARIETY SHOW PERFORMED BY POPULAR SINGERS AND BANDS, TELEVISION PERSONALITIES AND ARTISTES.

A FITNESS EXERCISE DEMONSTRATION AND LION DANCES WILL ALSO BE STAGED.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO WIN PRIZES AT A LUCKY DRAW.

AT THE SAME TIME, AN EXHIBITION ABOUT TRIAD SOCIETIES WILL BE PUT UP IN THE PLAYGROUND TO WARN YOUNG PEOPLE TO STAY AWAY FROM CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES AND VICE ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE FUNCTION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE MONG KOK POLICE STATION.

FREE ENTRY TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND THE POLICE COMMUNITY RELATION OFFICE, MONG KOK POLICE STATION, 142 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD.

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DREDGING OF NORTHERN FAIRWAY IN VICTORIA HARBOUR ♦ ♦ ♦

THE NORTHERN FAIRWAY IN THE VICTORIA HARBOUR IS TO BE DREDGED EARLY NEXT YEAR UNDER A WORKS CONTRACT, TENDERS FOR WHICH IS NOW BEING INVITED BY THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE PURPOSE OF THE WORKS IS TO RESTORE THE NORTHERN FAIRWAY TO ITS ORIGINAL DREDGED LEVEL BY THE REMOVAL OF SILT DEPOSITED IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, THUS INCREASING THE DRAFT IN THE AREA TO FACILITATE NAVIGATION IN THE HARBOUR.

WORK ON THE PROJECT, COVERING AN AREA OF 1.5 SQUARE KILOMETRES, WILL START IN JANUARY AND TAKE FOUR MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

ALL TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE 12 NOON ON NOVEMBER 27.

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TSUEN WAN ROAD TO BE CLOSED AT NIGHT » * * ♦ »

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FLYOVER, TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT TSUEN WAN ROAD NEAR THE ROUNDABOUT WITH TEXACO ROAD DAILY BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 9) TO WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 11).

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE SLIP ROAD FROM THE ROUNDABOUT WITH TEXACO ROAD LEADING TO THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TSUEN WAN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. VEHICLES HEADING FOR KOWLOON WILL HAVE TO USE THE ROUNDABOUT AT TEXACO ROAD, MA TAU PA ROAD, YEUNG UK ROAD AND KWAI FUK ROAD.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL ♦ * * *

THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN CENTRAL, TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW FOR THE UPGRADED CONNAUGHT ROAD PROJECT, FROM 1 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8):

» LAMBETH WALK WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND;

* THE EXISTING BAN THAT NO VEHICLE EXCEEDING SEVEN METRES IN LENGTH IS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SLIP ROAD SOUTH OF THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK WILL BE LIFTED; AND

* THE SLIP ROAD SOUTH OF THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BETWEEN MURRAY ROAD AND COTTON TREE DRIVE WILL BE DESIGNATED A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY. NO VEHICLE EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

AT THE SAME TIME, CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTE NO. 103 ON ITS JOURNEYS TO POKF1ELD ROAD WILL RESUME ITS NORMAL ROUTING VIA THE SLIP ROAD SOUTH OF THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK. GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO.28 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA MURRAY ROAD AND THE SLIP ROAD SOUTH OF THE MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK TO JOIN COTTON TREE DRIVE.

MEANWHILE, TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS MURRAY ROAD, MURRAY ROAD BETWEEN LAMBETH WALK AND QUEENSWAY WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES FROM 1 AM TO 6.30 AM ON SUNDAY.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES TRAVELLING FROM CHATEP. ROAD TO QUEENSWAY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA LAMBETH WALK, COTTON TREE DRIVE, COTTON TREE DRIVE FLYOVER, THE SLIP ROAD SOUTH OF THE ST JOHN'S BUILDING AND GARDEN ROAD FLYOVER TO JOIN QUEENSWAY.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1987

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 8) TO FACILITATE THE SERVICE AT THE CENOTAPH IN CENTRAL.

THE ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDE TEMPORARY CLOSURES OF THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS:

* JACKSON ROAD BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD, AND EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH BETWEEN QUEEN’S PIER AND HMS TAMAR, WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM TO 12 NOON.

* CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND BETWEEN EDINBURGH PLACE WEST AND EDINBURGH PLACE EAST WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10.50 AM TO 11.30 AM.

* HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND BETWEEN HARCOURT ROAD AND ICE HOUSE STREET, AND MURRAY ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10.28 AM TO 12 NOON.

* CHATER ROAD BETWEEN PEDDER STREET AND JACKSON ROAD, AND ICE HOUSE STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, WILL BE CLOSED FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT.

THE FOLLOWING DIVERSIONS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 8 AM TO 12 NOON UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED:

* AS JACKSON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC, VEHICLES ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CLUB STREET.

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA EDINBURGH PLACE WEST, EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH AND EDINBURGH PLACE EAST FROM 10.50 'AM TO 11.30 AM. ALL BUSES AND HEAVY VEHICLES WILL USE THE NORTHERN LANE WHEN PASSING THROUGH THE QUEEN’S PIER CONCOURSE AREA.

* WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON HARCOURT ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED SOUTH INTO COTTON TREE DRIVE. VEHICLES WISHING TO PROCEED FURTHER WEST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE SLIP ROAD TO QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC FROM THE ADMIRALTY MTR STATION WILL BE PERMITTED TO TURN SOUTH INTO TAMAR STREET AND THEN LEFT INTO QUEENSWAY.

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* DURING THE CLOSURE OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND BETWEEN EDINBURGH PLACE WEST AND EDINBURGH PLACE EAST FROM 10.50 AM TO 11.30 AM, EDINBURGH PLACE CENTRAL WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND. VEHICLES LEAVING THE STAR FERRY MUTL1-STOREY CAR PARK WILL BE DIVERTED VIA EDINBURGH PLACE CENTRAL, QUEEN'S PIER AND EDINBURGH PLACE EAST. I

ALL PARKING SPACES IN JACKSON ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 12.01 AM TO MIDNIGHT, AND THOSE ON CONNAUGHT PLACE WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 12.01 AM TO 12 NOON. MOTORCYCLE PARKING SPACES ON EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH WILL ALSO BE CANCELLED BETWEEN 12.01 AM AND 12 NOON.

THE TAXI STAND ON EDINBURGH PLACE WEST WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM TO 11.30 AM AND WILL BE RESITED TO THE EASTERN SIDE OF CONNAUGHT PLACE. THE GREEN MINIBUS TERMINI ON EDINBURGH PLACE EAST AND EDINBURGH PLACE CENTRAL WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM TO 12 NOON, WILL BE RESITED TO THE NORTHERN SECTION OF CONNAUGHT PLACE.

BUSES ON CMB ROUTES NO. 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 15, 26, 61, 64, 70, 80, 81M, 97, 99, 260, 780, CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTE NO. 103, AND KMB ROUTE NO. A2 WILL BE DIVERTED DUE TO THE SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN 10 AM AND 12 NOON. GREEN MINIBUSES ON ROUTES NO. 1, 1A, 3, 8, 9, 22 AND 28 WILL ALSO BE DIVERTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NO MANIPULATION OF SURVEY REPORT RESULTS — CS............... 1

COMMITTEE TO HANDLE CCMPLAINTS ON TV PROGRAMMES............. 3

TAC CONSIDERS CMB FRANCHISE EXTENSION ...................... A-

VOLUNTEERS INVITED FOR COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION WORK........ 4

EYE CARE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED.................................. 5

CCMIC STRIP COMPETITION ON ANTI-NARCOTICS................... 7

FINALS OF YOUNG MUSICIANS’ AWARDS........................... 8

MORE PUBLICITY TO PROMOTE RO,J) SAFETY IN KWAI TSING........ 8

TENDERS INVITED FOR SHa TIN FESTIVE LIGHTING................ 9

TWO YUEN LONG SITES TO LET.................................. 10

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG WAN................ 10

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HAPPY VaLLEY, CAUSEWAY BAY . 11

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN SHA TIN .......................... 12

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN KOWLOON ................................. 12

TSUEN WAN, HAMMER HILL WATER CUT ........................... 13

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1987

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NO MANIPULATION OF SURVEY REPORT RESULTS — CS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, TODAY (SATURDAY) TOTALLY REJECTED THE IDEA THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD MANIPULATED THE RESULT OF THE REPORT BY THE SURVEY OFFICE ON PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER ON POLITICAL REVIEW.

HE ALSO URGED THAT A CAREFUL STUDY OF THE REPORT WAS REQUIRED AND ’’NOT HASTY JUDGEMENTS ON ONE PARTICULAR QUESTION OR ANOTHER".

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER VISITING THE ANNUAL AUTUMN FAIR OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HE STATED THAT GOVERNMENT’S POSITION WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR.

"WE HAVE A TOTALLY OPEN MIND AND NO PRE-CONCEIVED (DEAS AT ALL ON THE OUTCOME OF THE SURVEY REPORT," HE STRESSED.

"I THINK ANYONE WHO READS THE SURVEY REPORT CAREFULLY AND THOROUGHLY WILL COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT IT HAS BEEN DONE VERY FAIRLY, VERY OPENLY AND VERY COMPREHENSIVELY.

"AND THE MONITORS THEMSELVES HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THIS IS THE CASE," HE ADDED.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID HE WAS SOMEWHAT SADDENED BY THE FACT THAT SOME PEOPLE, AFTER A VERY QUICK READING OF THE REPORT, HAI) TRIED TO DISCREDIT IT, "APPARENTLY BECAUSE THE OUTCOME DOES NOT YCCORD WITH THEIR OWN VIEWS."

"I THINK WE - THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT - OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG NOT TO COME TO ANY HASTY CONCLUSIONS.

"WE WILL READ IT VERY CAREFULLY INDEED - IT’S A VERY LONG DOCUMENT."

MR FORD SAID THAT AS HE HAD SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WOULD SEE THAT WHEN THE DECISIONS WERE ANNOUNCED, "THEY DO TRULY REFLECT THEIR VIEWS AFTER A VERY CAREFUL READING OF THE REPORT."

WHEN ASKED WHETHER THE QUESTIONS IN THE AGB MCNAIR SURVEYS WERE VERY LOADED AND ONE-SIDED, MR FORD POINTED OUT THAT THE SURVEY DONE BY THE SURVEY OFFICE WERE DONE IN CONJUNCTION WI TH A PROFESSIONAL PUBLIC OPINION FIRM AND THAT IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

"IT WAS DONE IN A TOTALLY INDEPENDENT WAY \ND THE GOVERNMENT HAD NO INFLUENCE WHATSOEVER OVER THE AGB MCNAIR SURVEY.

HE ADDED THAT THE SURVEY WAS CARRIED OUT BY THIS FIRM AND THEIR PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY WAS AT STAKE, AND THEY HAD DEFENDED THEIR SYSTEM OF CARRYING OUT THE SURVEY.

/HR FORD

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MR FORD NOTED THAT SEVERAL PEOPLE HAD SELECTED VARIOUS QUESTIONS AND HAD SAID THAT THOSE QUESTIONS WERE NOT PUT FAIRLY.

’’I THINK IF YOU STUDY THE REPORT AS A WHOLE YOU WILL SEE THAT THERE ARE OTHER SURVEYS WHICH BEAR OUT THE FINDINGS OF THE AGB MCNAIR SURVEY,” HE SAID.

"ONE SHOULD SPEND A LOT OF TIME READING VERY CAREFULLY THE TREMENDOUS EFFORTS THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE HAVE MADE IN COMPILING THIS REPORT AND THAT IS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO DO.”

MR FORD DISAGREED THAT ANY PARTICULAR WEIGHT HAD BEEN GIVEN IN THE REPORT TO SIGNATURES OR LETTERS, ADDING THAT THEY WERE BOTH RECORDED VERY CAREFULLY IN THE REPORT.

"THEY ARE THERE FOR ALL TO SEE AND THE DEDUCTIONS ONE DRAWS FROM THEM ARE A MATTER FOR THE READER.”

AS TO WHY A REFERENDUM WAS NOT USED, MR FORD SAID THAT THE SUBJECTS THE HONG KONG PEOPLE WERE ASKED TO COMMENT ON WERE VERY WIDE AND VERY VARIED.

’’ALTHOUGH AS MANY PEOPLE HAVE SAID MOST PEOPLE COMMEMTED ON DIRECT ELECTIONS, MANY, MANY MORE PEOPLE COMMENTED ON THE OTHER WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES WHICH WERE REFLECTED IN THE GREEN PAPER.

"AND FOR THAT REASON I DON’T THINK YOU CAN ASK OR DEAL WITH THIS VERY COMPLEX SUBJECT BY A SIMPLE YES-NO ANSWER TO ONE SINGLE QUESTION.”

WHEN ASKED TO EXPLAIN THE DISCREPANCIES IN THE RESULT OF THE SURVEY CARRIED OUT BY AGB MCNAIR AND THOSE BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR, MR FORD SAID THAT THIS WAS INEVITABLE IN A SITUATION WHERE THE PROFESSIONAL SURVEY COMPANIES ADOPTED DIFFERENT METHODS IN ORDER TO PRODUCE A RESULT.

"THE AGB MCNAIR SURVEY WAS DONE BY WAY OF FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW. IT WAS A VERY CAREFUL SURVEY WHICH WAS DONE BY TAKING THE QUESTIONNAIRE VERY CAREFULLY THROUGH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING ASKED THE QUESTIONS.

"IT IS INTERESTING THAT THE OTHER SURVEYS WHICH USED BROADLY THE SAME METHOD, THAT IS THE CONCERNED EDUCATIONAL GROUPS, CAME UP WITH VERY SIMILAR ANSWERS.

"NOW SOME OF THE OTHER SURVEYS USED DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES. THEY USED TELEPHONE METHODS OF SURVEY - PICKING UP THE TELEPHONE AND ASKING SIMPLE QUESTIONS.”

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS NOT SURPRISING THAT ONE WAS GOING TO GET A DIFFERENT VIEW.

MR FORD STRESSED THAT ALL THE INFORMATION WIRE NOW THERE AND THAT IT WOULD BE VERY CAREFULLY SIFTED THROUGH BY Till. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1987

COMMITTEE TO HANDLE COMPLAINTS ON TV PROGRAMMES ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

TELEVISION VIEWERS WHO ARE DISSATISFIED WITH WHAT THEY SEE ON TELEVISION MAY NOW AIR THEIR GRIEVANCES TO A COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE SET UP, BY THE RECENTLY ESTABLISHED BROADCASTING AUTHORITY.

THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY ORDINANCE STIPULATED THAT WHERE A PERSON MAKES A COMPLAINT TO THE AUTHORITY THAT A TELEVISION LICENSEE OF ANY OTHER PERSON HAS CONTRAVENED THE TELEVISION ORDINANCE; OR THE TERMS OR CONDITIONS OF A LICENCE; OR A CODE OF PRACTICE, THE AUTHORITY SHALL REFER THE COMPLAINT TO THE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL GIVE THE SUBJECT OF THE COMPLAINT A REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE REPRESENTATIONS, WHICH IT WILL CONSIDER WITH RELEVANT EVIDENCE, BEFORE MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE COMPLAINT TO THE AUTHORITY.

APART FROM WRITING TO THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY AT 9TH FLOOR, NATIONAL MUTUAL CENTRE, 151, GLOUCESTER ROAD, HONG KONG, VIEWERS MAY ALSO USE THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED COMPLAINTS HOTLINE (5-8381122) TO PHONE IN THEIR COMPLAINTS.

THE HOTLINE IS MANNED DURING OFFICE HOURS AND CONNECTED TO A TELEPHONE RECORDER MACHINE OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS. RECORDED MESSAGES WILL BE FOLLOWED UP ON THE FOLLOWING WORKING DAY.

THE AUTHORITY IS GIVEN WIDE DISCRETION UNDER THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY AND TELEVISION ORDINANCES, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF DIRECTIONS TO A LICENSEE AND THE IMPOSITION OF FINANCIAL PENALTIES.

THE AUTHORITY MAY, HOWEVER, REFUSE TO REFER COMPLAINTS CONSIDERED TRIVIAL OR FRIVOLOUS TO THE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE.

CHAIRED BY MR LO KING-MAN, THE COMMITTEE CONSISTS OF FOUR OTHER BROADCASTING AUTHORITY MEMBERS - MR IRA KAYE, MRS PAMELA CHAN WONG SHUI, MRS MABEL CHOW, AND THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE. OTHER PUBLIC MEMBERS APPOINTED TO THE COMMITTEE ARE MR PETER <HAN (HEUNG-IIO, MR LAM KWOK-WAI AND MR CLEMENT TAO.

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TAC CONSIDERS CMB FRANCHISE EXTENSION *****

AN APPLICATION BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY LTD. (CMB) TO EXTEND ITS FRANCHISE FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS TO AUGUST 31, 1991 WAS CONSIDERED AND SUPPORTED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) TODAY (SATURDAY) AND ITS FfECOMMEN DAT TONS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCI I, IN DUE COURSE.

CMB’S CURRENT FRANCHISE WAS FIRST GRANTED IN 1975 FOR A PERIOD OF 10 YEARS AND HAS SINCE BEEN EXTENDED BY EXCO ON TWO OCCASIONS. THE LAST EXTENSION, TO AUGUST 31, 1989, WAS APPROVED IN APRIL 1986.

MEMBERS REVIEWED CMB’S PERFORMANCE OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, AND CONSIDERED THAT THE COMPANY CONTINUES TO SHOW PROGRESSIVE IMPROVEMENT IN ITS MAINTENANCE STANDARDS, THAT THE SCHEDULES OF SERVICE HAVE BEEN ADEQUATELY MET, AND THAT IT HAS MET ITS OBLIGATIONS IN PREPARING A FIVE-YEAR FORWARD PLANNING PROGRAMME. THEY WERE STILL KEEPING AN EYE ON CMB’S MANAGEMENT AND BUS REPLACEMENT PROGRAMMES.

THE TAC ALSO DISCUSSED AN APPLICATION BY THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY LTD (HYF) FOR AN INCREASE IN FARES. IN CONSIDERING THE APPLICATION, MEMBERS EXAMINED THE EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSED FARE INCREASES ON THE COMPANY’S PATRONAGE, REVENUE, EXPENDITURE AND PROFIT FORECASTS. THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO EXCO FOR CONSIDERATION.

MEMBERS WERE ALSO BRIEFED ON HYE’S 1988-1992 FORWARD PLAN, INCLUDING ITS PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGES.

THE TAC ALSO AGREED TO EXAMINE THE ROLE OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES (PLB) IN THE TRANSPORT SYSTEM AT ITS NEXT MEETING TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER. THE QUESTION OF THE SEATING CAPACITY FOR PLB'S AND POLICY GUIDELINES FOR THE OPERATION OF MIDIBUS SERVICES WILL THEN BE CONSIDERED IN DETAIL AT THE DECEMBER MEETING.

VOLUNTEERS INVITED FOR COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION WORK

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING SCHOOL AND ORGANISED GROUPS TO PARTICIPATE IN A SCHEME OF VOLUNTARY WORK ON COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT WHICH WILL START FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 9).

THE YEAR-ROUND VOLUNTARY WORK SCHEME, THE NINTH ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT SINCE 1978, AIMS AT PROVIDING THE YOUNGER GENERATION WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE COUNTRYSIDE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH DIRECT INVOLVEMENT.

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THE SCHEME IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POPULAR AND THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS HAS INCREASED FROM JUST 500 IN 1978 TO OVER 10,000 LAST YEAR. ALL RENDERED A .USEFUL SERVICE TOWARDS IMPROVING THE COUNTRYSIDE ENVIRONMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR CONSERVATION OFFICER, MR M.K. CHEUNG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT A VARIETY OF VOLUNTARY ACTIVITIES FROM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS (EXCEPT PUBLIC HOLIDAYS) COULD BE UNDERTAKEN BY GROUPS INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING TO THE CONSERVATION OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT AND THE BETTER MANAGEMENT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE.

"IT IS HOPED THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WILL DEVELOP A SENSE OF RESPECT AND LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRYSIDE THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN VARIOUS CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES," HE SAID.

AS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S COUNTRYSIDE EDUCATION PROGRAMME, MR CHEUNG SAID, THIS YEAR’S SCHEME INCLUDED PLANTING AND TENDING OF TREES AND SHRUBS, MAINTENANCE OF FOOTPATHS AND COUNTRY PARK RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, LITTER COLLECTION, GRASS CUTTING AND CLEARING OF FIRE BREAKS.

"PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BE STUDENTS AND YOUTHS OF 15 YEARS OF AGE OR ABOVE AND THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH GROUP SHOULD BE IN THE REGION OF 30 TO 50," HE SAID.

"THEY SHOULD BE SUPERVISED BY ONE OR MORE TEACHERS OR ADULT LEADERS."

MR CHEUNG SAID THAT INTEREST GROUPS SHOULD MAKE THEIR PRELIMINARY BOOKINGS BY CONTACTING MR T.H. LIU, OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CONSERVATION EDUCATION UNIT, ON 3-7332121. CONFIRMATION SHOULD THEN BE MADE BY COMPLETING AND RETURNING A BOOKING FORM TO THE UNIT SIX WEEKS BEFORE THEIR PROPOSED DATE OF SERVICE.

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EYE CARE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED * * * *

ELDERLY WHICH WAS

WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS AGED OVER 60 GIVEN FREE EYE CHECK-UPS AND, IF NECESSARY, SPECTACLES THREE-WEEK EYE CARE CAMPAIGN FOR THE LAUNCHED TODAY (SATURDAY).

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IN THE

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GROUP OF HOSPITALS

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TUNG WAH

WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTICT BOARDS WITH THE ASSISTANCE KONG OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION, THE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT EYE-CARE KNOWLEDGE TO RESIDENTS AND PROVIDING FREE EYE

OF

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/SPEAKING AT

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SPEAKING AT THE bPENING CEREMONY OF THE CAMPAIGN, REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR T. H. CHAU, NOTED THAT PEOPLE OVER SO CONSTITUTED 15 PER CENT AND 12 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION IN WAN CHAI AND EASTERN DISTRICT RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THEIR ACTUAL NUMBER TOTALLED MORE THAN 90,000 IN THE TWO DISTRICTS COMBINED. THE PERCENTAGE OF OLD PEOPLE IN WAN CHAI IS ALSO THE HIGHEST OF ALL DISTRICTS IN HONG KONG.

HE BELIEVED THAT THE EYE CARE CAMPAIGN, WHICH AIMED AT PROVIDING USEFUL SERVICE TO SENIOR RESIDENTS IN THE TWO DISTRICTS, WOULD BE WELL-RECEIVED.

MR CHAU ALSO PRAISED THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS FOR JOINTLY ORGANISING EYE CARE CAMPAIGNS FOR THE ELDERLY WITH A NUMBER OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND INTRODUCING VARIOUS SOCIAL SERVICES IN HONG KONG AS WELL AS TAKING AN ACTIVE PART IN COMMUNITY BUILDING WORK.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE TUNG WAT! GROUP OF HOSPITALS, MRS THERESA LAU, TOLD THE GATHERING THAT THIS WAS THE SEVENTH EYE CARE CAMPAIGN JOINTLY STAGED BY THE GROUP WITH DISTRICT BOARDS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

THE GROUP ALSO HAD PLANS TO EXPAND ITS INSTITUTIONAL CARE PROGRAMME, AND TO SET UP SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY TN SAU MAU PING AND IN MEI I.AM ESTATE IN SHA TIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE, SHE ADDED.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE OF THE CAMPAIGN, MISS ANNA TANG, SAID THAT THE W*N CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S CONCERN FOR TIIF. AGED WORKING GROUP W UH D TAKE PART IN THE FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY ORGANISED BY THE io ", KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND WOULD ARRANGE TOURS TO TH!. MAI PO MARSHES FOR THE AGED.

ANOTHER CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR TO BOON-MAN, BELIEVED THAT THE EYE CARE CAMPAIGN WOULD BE POPULAR AND WOULD ATTRACT PARTICIPATION FROM PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT SOCIAL STRATA.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER MR ALLAN CHOJV; EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER MR GARY YEUNG; WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN MRS PEGGY LAM, AND EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN MR SHUM CHOI-SANG.

FREE EYE CHECK-UP SERVICES AND EYE CARE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD IN ST JAMES SETTLEMENT IN WAN CHAI FROM TODAY TO NOVEMBER 9. THE CAMPAIGN WILL THEN BE HELD IN OTHER VENUES IN THE DISTRICT UNTIL NOVEMBER 16 AND IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT FROM NOVEMBER 17-27.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE ON 5-752477 OR TO EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON 5-641547.

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COMIC STRIP COMPETITION ON ANTI-NARCOTICS * * * * ♦

PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO WIN ATTRACTIVE PRIZES BY DESIGNING COMIC STRIPS WHICH CONVEY THE MESSAGE THAT DRUG ABUSE IS HARMFUL.

THE OPEN COMPETITION IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP (YVG) OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, THE ACTIVITIES DEPARTMENT OF BREAKTHROUGH MAGAZINE, AND BREAKTHROUGH JUNIOR MAGAZINE.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SECTIONS : JUNIOR (10 - 17 YEARS OLD) AND SENIOR (18 YEARS OLD AND ABOVE).

ENTRIES, EITHER IN FULL COLOUR OR IN BLACK AND WHITE, MUST BE A SINGLE STRIP CARTOON MEASURING 15 CM AND 20 CM OR A SEQUENCE OF FOUR TO 10 STRIPS EACH MEASURING 7.5 CM TO 10 CM.

ENTRIES SHOULD REACH THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AT 23RD FLOOR, HIGH BLOCK, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, CENTRAL, BY TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15.

THE TOP PRIZE IN THE SENIOR SECTION WILL BE A $1,000 GIFT COUPON AND A ONE-YEAR FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO BREAKTHROUGH MAGAZINE. THE WINNER OF THE JUNIOR SECTION WILL BE AWARDED A 4700 GIFT COUPON AND A ONE-YEAR FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO BREAKTHOUGH JUNIOR MAGAZINE.

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE ACTIVITIES DEPARTMENT OF BREAKTHROUGH MAGAZINE.

MEANWHILE, TWO EXHIBITIONS PROMOTING THE CONTEST AND ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELI) AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AND AT CITY PLAZA PHASE I (NOVEMBER 22).

THERE WILL ALSO BE A COMIC STRIP SEMINAR AT THE BREAKTHROUGH CENTRE ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21. ADMISSIONS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM 5-8622762 (NARCOTICS DIVISION) OR 3-7224411, EXT.345 (ACTIVITIES DEPARTMENT OF BREAKTHROUGH).

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FINALS OF YOUNG MUSICIANS’ AWARDS ♦ » « ♦ ♦

THE CHINESE AND WESTERN MUSIC FINALS OF THIS YEAR’S HONG KONG YOUNG MUSICIANS' AWARDS WILL BE HELD AT THE CONCERT HALL, HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS, ON NOVEMBER 28 AND 29 AT 8 PM.

THE AWARDS ARE JOITNLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE COMPOSERS AND AUTHORS SOCIETY OF HONG KONG (CASH).

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR THOMAS WANG, SAID THE CONTEST WAS AIMED AT RAISING THE STANDARD OF COMPOSING AND PERFORMING SERIOUS MUSIC AS WELL AS AROUSING INTEREST IN THE APPRECIATION OF SERIOUS MUSIC.

THERE ARE TWO CATEGORIES TN THE CHINESE AND WESTERN MUSIC SECTIONS, ONE FOR COMPOSITION AND THE OTHER FOR ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE.

THE THREE WINNERS IN EACH CATEGORY WILL BE AWARDED $6,000, $3,000 AND $1,000 RESPECTIVELY, AMOUNTING TO A TOTAL OF $40,000, AND ALL DONATED BY CASH.

TICKETS FOR THE FINALS AT $10 EACH ARE AVAILABLE AT URBTIX OUTLETS AT CITY HALL, QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, SPACE MUSEUM, HONG KONG COLISEUM, NGAU CHI WAN CIVIC CENTRE, TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL, SHA TIN TOWN HALL, TUEN MUN TOWN HALL, TOM LEE MUSIC CO. LTD., HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS AND HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE.

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MORE PUBLICITY TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFTY IN KWAI TSING ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CAUSED EIGHT FATALITIES AND MORE THAN 150 CASES OF INJURY IN KWAI TSING DISTRICT IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR.

THIS WAS SAID BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, MR SIU KONG-YU AT, THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CAMPAIGN TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR SIU NOTED THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WAS APROX1MATELY THE SAME AS IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR, THOUGH THERE WAS ONE FATALITY FEWER LAST YEAR.

MORE PUBLICITY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO PROMOTE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES AMONG RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT, HE SAID.

/A CARNIVAL

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1987

A CARNIVAL WAS HELI) AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY. RESIDENTS TOOK PART IN A MASS DRAWING EXERCISE, VISITED THE ROAD SAFETY BUS AND VIEWED AN EXHIBITION OF THE WINNING ENTRIES IN A SPECIAL DRAWING AND SLOGAN DESIGN COMPETITION.

A ROAD SAFETY BUS, DECORATED WITH BANNERS AND POSTERS, WILL TOUR THE SEVEN SUB-DISTRICTS ON NOVEMBER 14 AND 15 TO MAKE RESIDENTS MORE FULLY AWARE OF THE CAMPAIGN.

OFFICIATING AT TODAY'S OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE KWAI TS 1 NG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK; KWAI CHUNG POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR E.H. EVANS; POLICE SENIOR STAFF OFFICER (N.T. TRAFFIC), MR I.M. BLAIR; KWAI TSI NG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO TUNG-CHING; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, MR CHAN KWOK-WAH.

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED TO MAKE AND INSTALL FESTIVE LIGHTING DECORATIONS ALONG SHING MUN RIVER IN SHA TIN FOR CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR AND CHINESE NEW YEAR.

THE FOCUS OF THE DECORATION WILL BE THE SAND MARTIN BRIDGE, BANYAN BRIDGE AND RIVER PROMENADES ALONG THE RIVER. DESIGNS OF LIGHTING WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S FESTIVE LIGHTING ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

ALL TENDERS SHOULD REACH THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE ON 6/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION BEFORE 3 PM ON NOVEMBER 17. INTERESTED PARTIES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A BRIEFING AT 2 PM NEXT TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 10) AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE TO MR CHAN ON 0-6048078 EXT 201.

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TWO SITES IN YUEN LONG ARE TO BE LET BY TENDER ON SHORT TERM TENANCIES BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

THE SITE AT MA TIN ROAD, MEASURING 3,870 SQUARE METRES, IS FOR STORING GOODS AND VEHICLES OR FOR A FEE PAYING CAR PARK PURPOSE.

THE TENANCY IS TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE OTHER SITE, AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI TONG ROAD AND KAU YUK ROAD, IS FOR PARKING OF PRIVATE CARS AND LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES. IT HAS AN AREA OF 2,536 SQUARE METRES.

THE TENANCY IS ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE MONTHLY AFTERWARDS.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON NOVEMBER 20.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC? ARRANGEMENTS IN SHEUNG WAN ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

TO FACILITATE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION WORK IN BONHAM STRAND NEAR ITS JUNCTIONS WITH WELLINGTON STREET AND QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 9). THEY INCLUDE:

RIGHT TURN MOVEMENTS WILL BE BANNED FROM QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL INTO BONHAM STRAND.

VEHICLES ALONG WELLINGTON STREET MUST TURN LEFT INTO QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

THE SECTION OF JERVOIS STREET BETWEEN MERCER STREET AND BONHAM STRAND WILL BE CONVERTED INTO A CUL-DE-SAC.

METER PARKING SPACES ALONG JERVOIS STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED.

THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS.

AFFECTED VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND MORRISON STREET TO JOIN BONHAM STRAND.

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HAPPY VALLEY, CAUSEWAY BAY ♦ * ♦ * ♦

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HAPPY VALLEY AND CAUSEWAY BAY TN CONNECTION WITH THE RELIGOUS MEETINGS AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM IN THE EVENINGS FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 9) TO SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) AND IN THE AFTERNOON ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED TWO HOURS PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF EACH MEETING:

CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN LINK ROAD AND STADIUM PATH WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD/PENN1NGTON STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN COTTON PATH \NI) LEIGHTON ROAD/PENNINGTON STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND. VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE ST PAUL’S HOSPITAL CARPARK FROM TUNG LO WAN ROAD WILL BE MAINTAINED.

LINK ROAD BETWEEN CAROLINE HILL ROAD AND HAPPY VIEW TERRACE WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE WAY UPHILL; VEHICLES EXISTING FROM THE UPPER SECTION OF BROADWOOD ROAD, HAPPY’ VIEW TERRACE AND LEIGHTON HILL SHOULD TRAVEL DOWNHILL VIA BROADWOOI) ROAD TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE MEETINGS CLOSE:

CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND COTTON PATH WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

* LINK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR ACCESS TO OR FROM PREMISES AT LINK ROAD VIA BROADWOOI) ROAD.

THESE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE WITHDRAWN ON COMPLETION OF EACH SESSION AND AFTER THE MAJORITY OF ATTENDANTS HAVE DISPERSED.

ALL PARKING SPACES IN SUN WUI ROAD, STADIUM PATH AND THE UNNAMED SERVICE ROAD AROUND THE STADIUM WILL Bl SUSPENDED FOUR HOURS BEFORE UNTIL TWO HOURS AFTER EACH MEETING.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1987

LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE BANNED FROM MATHESON STREET, RUSSELL STREET AND SHARP STREET EAST FOUR HOURS BEFORE UNTIL TWO HOURS AFTER EACH MEETING.

ALSO, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM PERCIVAL STREET SOUTHBOUND INTO LEIGHTON ROAD EASTBOUND, OR ENTER TUNG LO WAN ROAD FROM CAUSEWAY ROAD.

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TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS, THE FAST LANE OF SHA TIN ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AND TSANG TAI UK WILL BE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AND MONDAY (NOVEMBER 9).

BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING ON NOVEMBER 11 AND 12, THE SLOW LANE OF THE SAME SECTION OF SHA TIN ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN KOWLOON » » * * ♦

TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FLYOVER ALONG BOUNDARY STREET, NO VEHICLE ON SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET NORTH WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT ON TO BOUNDARY STREET DAILY BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM FROM TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 10) TO NOVEMBER 30.

VEHICLES ON TAI PO ROAD HEADING FOR BOUNDARY STREET WILL HAVE TO PROCEED ALONG TAI PO ROAD, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD AND BOUNDARY STREET.

FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY, THE EXISTING PEAK-HOUR (I.E. 7 TO 10 AM AND 4 TO 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON THE SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WING LUNG STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE EXTENDED TO OPERATE BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

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

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TSUEN WAN, HAMMER HILL WATER CUT * * * »

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG, EXCLUDINGuX ESTATE. LAI YIU ESTATE, CHO YIU CHUEN ANO LA! K!NO TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 10).

THE SUSPENSION IS TO FACILITATE REPAIR WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT AT A PUMPING STATION IN TSUEN WAN.

MEANWHILE, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME HAMMER WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON THE SAME DAY FOLLOWING DAY TO ALLOW MAINS WORK TO PROCEED.

HILL PREMISES

TO 6 AM THE

KING

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT HAMMER HILL ROAD, KING TUNG STREET AND PING TING ROAD INCLUDING FU SHAN COURT, DIAMOND HILL AND NGAU CHI WAN VILLAGE.

FUNG SHING STREET, SHAN ESTATE, KING

PREMISES IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE AND SAN PO KONG MAY EXPERIENCE WEAK PRESSURE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

REMEMBRANCE DAY OBSERVED ................................... 1

INSIGNIA TO BE PRESENTED ................................... 1

CREDIT UNIONS FACING NEW CHALLENGES ........................ 2

LAND SPORTS HIDDEN DANGERS STRESSED AT SAFETY DAY .......... 3

CARTOGRAPHIC UNIT WINS TOP AWARDS .......................... U

CMB STRIVES TO PROVIDE CHEAP AND EFFICIENT SERVICE.......... 5

KWUN TONG FESTIVE FORTNIGHT BEGINS ......................... 6

GUARD MACHINERY WARNING REITERATED ......................... 7

COURSES FOR TECHNICAL SUBJECTS TEACHERS .................... 8

NORTH DISTRICT SEMINAR ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT............... 9

COOKED FOOD CENTRES FOR MONG KOK, CENTRAL .................. 10

VISITS TO CENTRES FOR ELDERLY IN SAI KUNG .................. 10

ROAD SAFETY DAY DRAWS LARGE CROWD .......................... 11

CENTRAL, WESTERN SPORT FESTIVAL BEGINS ..................... 11

INSTALLATION OF SYi._—..I BAI KOK TSUI PROPOSED............. 12

TUEN MUN WATER CUT ......................................... 13

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WANG TAU HCM ..................... 13

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1987

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REMEMBRANCE DAY OBSERVED ♦ » * *

THE REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE CENOTAPH IN STATUE SQUARE THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING.

WREATHS WERE LAID BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON; THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, MAJOR-GENERAL GARRY JOHNSON; THE CHIEF JUSTICE, SIR DENYS ROBERTS; REPRESENTATIVES OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS; COMMONWEALTH COMMISSIONERS; THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON ANN ING; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR GERRY FORSGATE; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG; AND CHAIRMEN OF THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

WREATHS WERE ALSO LAID BY SERVICE COMMANDERS, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, SERVICE UNITS, TRADITIONAL COMMUNITY ORGA I NSAT IONS, EX-SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS, SOCIETIES AND OTHER BODIES.

MEANWHILE, THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT OBSERVED REMEMBRANCE DAY BY HOLDING A SERVICE IN THE MAIN HALL OF THE OFFICERS’ CLUB OF THE DEPARTMENT IN STANLEY.

THE SERVICE WAS ATTENDED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, MR CHAN WA-SHEK, STAFF AND FRIENDS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

AFTER THE SERVICE, THE CONGREGATION, LED BY THE CAPE COLLINSON BAND, MARCHED TO STANLEY MILITARY CEMETERY AND TOOK PART IN A WREATH-LAYING CEREMONY.

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INSIGNIA TO BE PRESENTED

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INSIGNIA FOR 87 PEOPLE WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AT A CEREMONY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE AT 6 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY).

EIGHTY-FIVE RECIPIENTS WERE DECORATED BY THE QUEEN FOR SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC, WHILE TWO WERE AWARDED THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION.

MR JOHN SWAINE AND MR WONG PO-YAN WILL RECEIVE THE (’BE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

ONLY PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN WITH SPECIAL PASSES WILL BE ADMITTED TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE. THE! SHOULD MEET GIS OFFICERS IN THE GUARD ROOM NOT LATER THAN 5.30 PM.

NEWSPAPERS WITHOUT SUCH PASSES WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN PHOTOGRAPHS BY ARRANGEMENT WITH CAMBRIDGE’S STUDIO, 802 YIP FUNG BUILDING, 2-I 2 I) ’AGUILAR STREET, CENTRAL, TELEPHONE 5-223314.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1987

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CREDIT UNIONS FACING NEW CHALLENGES * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, THIS (SUNDAY) EVENING PRAISED THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE LOCAL CREDIT UNION MOVEMENT IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, NOTING THAT LOANS ISSUED TO MEMBERS AMOUNTED TO MORE THAN $105 MILLION.

HOWEVER, HE ADVISED CREDIT UNIONISTS NOT TO BE COMPLACENT. "FOR THERE ARE MANY NEW CHALLENGES AHEAD AS BOTH THE INTERNAL AND THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT UNDER WHICH THE MOVEMENT SURVIVES AND DEVELOPS ARE IN A STATE OF CONTINUOUS CHANGE," HE SAID.

"INTERNALLY, THERE IS THE PROBLEM OF AGEING MEMBERSHIP AND THE INCREASING MANAGEMENT DIFFICULTIES ACCOMPANIED BY THE RAPID EXPANSION OF THE CREDIT UNION’S BUSINESS.

"EXTERNALLY, THE CREDIT UNIONS HAVE TO FACE UP TO THE KEEN COMPETITION FROM OTHER FINANCIAL AND LENDING INSTITUTIONS. PERHAPS, THE TIME IS DUE FOR THE MOVEMENT TO THINK OF THESE PROBLEMS AND TO DRAW UP ACTION PLANS TO SOLVE THEM."

DR LEE, IN HIS CAPACITY AS REGISTRAR OF CREDIT UNIONS, WAS ADDRESSING A DINNER RECEPTION HELI) TO CELEBRATE THE 1987 INTERNATIONAL CREDIT UNION DAY.

EVERY YEAR, A SPECIAL DAV IS SET ASIDE BY THE INTERNATIONAL CREDIT UNION MOVEMENT TO HONOUR THE HERITAGE OF CO-OPERATIVE PHILOSOPHY, RECALL THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF IIS PIONEERS, AND RENEW THE CONTINUING COMMITMENT TO DEVELOP THE CREDIT UNION MOVEMENT TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF ITS MEMBERS. THIS DAV IS ALSO OBSERVED IN HONG KONG.

DR LEE SAID THE CREDIT UNION LEAGUE’S COMMITMENT IN ORGANISING A RECENT REGIONAL SEMINAR IN HONG KONG ON "WOMEN’S INVOLVEMENT IN CREDIT UNIONS" MARKED A FIRST STEP IN THIS DIRECTION.

"I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT ALL OF YOU WILL CONTINUE TO ASSESS AND APPRAISE THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE MOVEMENT AND BF PREPARED TO MEET THE CHALLENGES FOR EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT AND IMPROV ED SERVICES TO MEMBERS," HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE MOVEMENT HAD ENJOYED ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN 1987 AND THAT THERE WERE NOW 66 REGISTERED CREDIT UNIONS WITH 29,000 MEMBERS, AND SAVINGS AMOUNTING TO SOME $68 MILLION. THE TOTAL MEMBERSHIP AND SAVINGS INCREASED BY 16 PER CENT AND 24 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER LAST YEAR’S FIGURES.

DR LEE PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CREDIT UNION MEMBERS WHOSE VOLUNTARY AND DEDICATED SERVICES HAD BROUGHT ABOUT HIE SUCCESS OF THE MOVEMENT TN HONG KONG. HE PREVENTED CERTIFICATES OF AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING ON LONG SERVIE TO THEM.

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"THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT SUCH AWARDS HAVE BEEN MADE TO MEMBERS OF CREDIT UNIONS.

”1 DO HOPE THAT YOU WILL LOOK UPON THE AWARDS AS A SIGN OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND CONTINUE TO SERVE UNSELFISHLY IN THE YEARS TO COME AND THAT THESE AWARDS SHOULD NOT BE LOOKED UPON AS AN END IN THEMSELVES,” HE ADDED.

THE RECIPIENTS OF CERTIFICATES OF AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE WERE MR A.M. CARSTAIRS, FR JOHN COLLINS, S J, MR KWOK TAK-PUI, MR LAM KWOK-YIN, MR LOW SHIU-KWONG, MR ANDREW SO, MR TANG KA I-TAN AND MR WONG KAM-WING.

MADAM CHENG HING-YEE, MR LAI SHU-CHEUNG, MR LAU WING-WAN, MR LEE KAR-CHUNG, MR SHIU KWOK-WAI AND MR TONG PING-HUEN WERE AWARDED CERTIFICATES FOR LONG SERVICE.

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LAND SPORTS HIDDEN DANGERS STRESSED AT SAFETY DAY ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR TAKING PART IN SPORTING AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES MEAN THAT OBSERVANCE OF THE BASIC SAFETY RULES IS BECOMING MORE IMPORTANT, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING TO LEADERS IN VARYING SPORTING ACTIVITIES XT THE OPENDING OF THE LAND SPORTS SAFETY DAY AT THE DODWELL’S RIDGE POLICE CADET SCHOOL IN SHEUNG SIIUI , MR CHEUNG REMINDED THEM NOT TO IGNORE THE HIDDEN DANGERS IN SPORTING ACTIVITIES AND NEVER TO THINK THAT ACCIDENTS WOULD NOT REALLY HAPPEN TO THEM.

HE COMMENDED THE COMMITTEE ON SAFETY IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS FOR ORGANISING A LAND SPORTS SAFETY DAX EACH YEAR AND THE REGULAR PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS THAT REMINDED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO PLAY SAFE ALL THE TIME.

"ACCIDENTS CAN KILL," MR CHEUNG SAID. ”1 WOULD LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONE, BEGINNERS AND EXPERTS, TO OBSERVE THE ’PLAY SAFE’ MOTTO".

EARLIER, IN HIS WELCOMING SPEECH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE LAND SPORTS SAFETY CAMP I GN, MR P.E. BIRNEY, SAID ALTHOUGH HE WAS GLAD TO SEE THAT THE CAMPAIGN HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL, AS THE FIGURES FOR REPORTED ACCIDENTS IN 19K7 SHOWED A WELCOME DECLINE OVER THE PRECEDING YEAR, A NUMBER OF REC ENT INCIDENTS UNDERLINED THE IMPORTANCE OF EFFECTIVE TRAINING AND SUPERVISION AS WELL AS SENSIBLE, SAFE PARTICIPATION.

/’•I HOPE ............

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1987

"I HOPE THAT THE DIFFERENT FORMAT ADOPTED FOR THIS SAFETY DAY, PROVIDING MORE OUTDOOR DEMONSTRATIONS AND PARTICIPATION, WILL EFFECTIVELY GET THE SAFETY MESSAGE ACROSS,” MR BIRNEY SAID.

THE 1987 LAND SPORTS SAFETY DAY HAS BEEN PLANNED WITH LEADERS AND INSTRUCTORS IN LAND SPORTS AS ITS PRIME TARGET AUDIENCE.

IT IS ALSO ATTENDED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM SCHOOLS, SPORTS GROUPS AND ASSOCIATIONS AS WELL AS PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS WITH SPORTS CLUBS.

THE EVENT HAS ALSO ATTRACTED A LARGE NUMBER OF TEENAGERS WHO, THROUGH SEMINARS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND VIDEO DOCUMENTARIES, LEARN HOW TO PARTICIPATE SAFELY IN A NUMBER OF POPULAR LAND SPORTS.

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THE CARTOGRAPHIC UNIT OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT HAS WON TWO PRESTIGIOUS PROFESSIONAL, AWARDS FOR THE EXCELLENCE OF ITS MAP AND CARTOGRAPHIC DESIGNS.

COMPETING AGAINST NUMEROUS ENTRIES FROM OTHER PROFESSIONAL BODIES OF INTERNATIONAL STANDING, THE UNIT, WHICH IS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, WAS (’HOSEN AS THE WINNER OF THE 1987 BRITISH CARTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY DESIGN AWARD AND THE HIGHLY COMMENDED CATEGORY OF THE JOHN BARTHOLOMEW AWARD IN THEMATIC CARTOGRAPHY.

THE BCS DESIGN AWARD WAS FOR THE ’’COUNTRYSIDE SERIES MAP OF THE NORTH-EAST NEW TERRITORIES” Wil ILE THE JOHN BARTHOLOMEW AWARD WAS FOR A MAP - ENTITLED "HONG KONG BUYING FROM THE WORLD" - WHICH APPEARED AS THE END-PAPER MAP IN THE 1987 HONG KONG YEAR BOOK.

THE CARTOGRAPHIC UNIT’S ACHIEVEMENT WAS ALL THE MORE REMARKABLE IN THAT IT WAS ONLY ITS SECOND ATTEMPT. IN ITS FIRST ATTEMPT IN 1986, THE UNIT WON A HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARD FOR ITS TOPOGRAPHIC MAP ’’THE TERRITORY OF HONG KONG", WHICH APPEARED AS THE FRONTISPIECE OF THE HONG KONG YEAR BOOK.

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BCS REGULATIONS FORBID THE AWARD TROPHY FROM BEING TAKEN OUTSIDE THE UNITED KINGDOM SO LT WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON FOR ONE YEAR. INSTEAD, THE UNIT WAS PRESENTED WITH A SILVER MEDAL FOR THE BCS DESIGN AWARD AS WELL AS A JOHN BARTHOLOMEW CERTIFICATE IN THE AWARDS CEREMONY HELD AT GLASGOW UNIVERSITY RECENTLY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

BOTH THE BRITISH CARTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY MEDAL AND THE JOHN BARTHOLOMEW CERTIFICATE, AS WELL AS THE WINNING ENTRIES, WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE (5/F MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD) FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AT 3 PM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 10). STAFF WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE PRESENT TO MEET THE MEDIA TO ANSWER QUESTIONS AND EXPLAIN THEIR WORK.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT.

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CMB STRIVES TO PROVIDE CHEAP AND EFFICIENT SERVICE ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE ORDER OF 20 NEW THREE-AXLE BUSES BY THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY (CMB) TO REPLACE SOME OF ITS OLD ONES CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES CMB'S COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE ITS SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR JAMES SO, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

OFFICIATING AT A CEREMONY TO INTRODUCE CMB*S NEW THREE-AXLE BUSES, MR SO SAID THAT HE UNDERSTOOD FROM CMB’S FUTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME THAT THE COMPANY HAS PLANS TO PURCHASE MORE NEW BUSES TO GRADUALLY REPLACE ITS EXISTING AGEING FLEET.

’’THIS, INDEED, IS GOOD NEWS AND I CONGRATULATE CMB FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION IN PROVIDING A RELATIVELY CHEAP AND EFFICIENT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND HOPE THAT IT WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE TO IMPROVE THE STANDARDS OF ITS SERVICE IN THE YEARS AHEAD," HE SAID.

ON THE NEW THREE-AXLE METROBUSES, MR SO SAID THEY ARE 12-METRES LONG AND BELONG TO THE JUMBO CLASS, AND ARE CAPABLE OF CARRYING 168 PASSENGERS EACH. THESE NEW BUSES COST NEARLY $1 MILLION EACH AND INCORPORATE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AND COMFORT FEATURES IN DOUBLE-DECK BUSES.

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"BY EARLY NEXT YEAR ALL 20 NEW BUSES WILL BE PUT INTO SERVICE AND THOSE PEOPLE TRAVELLING ON HONG KONG ISLAND, IN PARTICULAR IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT, WILL BE ABLE TO RIDE ON THESE NEW AND MORE COMFORTABLE BUSES."

MR SO ALSO NOTED THAT CMB HAD MADE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN ITS SERVICES IN THE PAST FEW YEARS.

"CMB HAS MADE MAJOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE MAINTENANCE AND STANDARDS OF COMFORT AND CLEANLINESS OF ITS BUS FLEET IN RECENT YEARS. THE ACCIDENT RATE OF CMB BUSES HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS. ITS BUSES ARE NOW RUNNING ON SCHEDULE AND BREAKDOWN RATE IS LOW. CMB BUSES ARE NOW MUCH CLEANER AND THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT ITS STANDARDS OF SERVICE HAS DECLINED.

"THESE ARE CLEAR SIGNS OF THE COMPANY’S DETERMINATION TO DO EVERYTHING IT CAN TO IMPROVE ITS SERVICE TO Till' TRAVELLING PUBLIC," MR SO SAID.

MR SO SAID THAT SUCH IMPROVEMENTS ARE PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE NOT BEEN EASY FOR (’MB AS THE OPENING OF THE MTR ISLAND LINE HAD A SERIOUS IMPACT ON THE COMPANY’S OPERATION.

"THE COMPANY HAD TO TAKE MAJOR STEPS TO RATIONALISE ITS BUS ROUTES AS WELL AS ITS BUS FLEET IN ORDER TO ECONOMISE ITS OPERATION SO AS TO REDUCE THE EFFECT THIS IMPACT MIGHT HAVE ON CMB’S FARES."

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THE INCREASE IN FACILITIES FOR CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN KWUN TONG AND INCREASING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION WILL HELP BOOST COMMUNITY INTEGRATION, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR T.H. CHAU, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) MORNING.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL ’87 AT THE KOWLOON BAY RECREATION GROUND, MR CHAU SAID THE NEWLY-COMPLETED VENUE WAS AN ACHIEVEMENT OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

HE SAID THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD HAD PROVIDED VALUABLE INPUT DURING THE PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION STAGES OF THE PROJECT, WHICH WAS GIVEN A HIGH PRIORITY IN THE URBAN COUNCIL WORKS PROGRAMME.

/’’THE MOVE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1987

"THE MOVE HAS BROUGHT ABOUT EARLY COMPLETION OF THIS WELL-EQUIPPED RECREATION GROUND TO HELP MEET THE GREAT DEMAND LOCALLY FOR RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS FACILITIES," MR CHAU SAID.

HE SAID THE FACILITY WOULD PROVIDE KWUN TONG RESIDENTS WITH MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES DURING THEIR LEISURE TIME, THUS HELPING TO BUILD A MORE BALANCED COMMUNITY.

EARLIER, IN HIS OPENING REMARKS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR YU SUN-SAY, POINTED OUT THAT THE FESTIVAL GAVE RESIDENTS OF ALL AGES A CHANCE OF HEALTHY EXERCISE AS WELL AS INSTILLING A SENSE OF DISTRICT BELONGING.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WERE THE PRESIDENT OF THE AMATEUR SPORTS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF HONG KONG, MR A. DE O. SALES; KWUNG TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (LEISURE SERVICES) OF URBAN SERVICES, MR ROBIN GILL; HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL '87; MR WONG WAH-SANG AND CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR RONNIE WONG.

TODAY’S PROGRAMMES INCLUDED LION AND DRAGON DANCES, A BRASS BAND PERFORMANCE, AN ATHLETIC MEET AND AN EQUESTRIAN SHOW WHICH WAS PRESENTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE DISTRICT SPORTS FESTIVAL.

THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL '87 IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT OFFICE, URBAN COUNCIL AND THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOICATION. IT HAS A BUGET OI- $500,000.

THE FORTNIGHT WILL PRESENT A RICH VARIETY OF SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING SPECIAL PROGRAMMES FOR THE DISABLED AND THE ELDERLY, IS BEING PRESENTED.

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GUARD MACHINERY WARNING REITERATED * » ♦ * *

THE PROPRIETOR OF AN ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES FIVE PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS UNDER THE FACTORIES UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) FINED $80,000 BY A CENTRAL MAGISTRATE RECENTLY.

FACTORY WHO HAD

AND INDUSTRIAL

REGULATIONS, WAS

THE CASE CAME TO LIGHT WHEN TWO OF HIS WORKERS HAD THEIR INDEX AND MIDDLE FINGERS AMPUTATED OR CRUSHED BY AN UNGUARDED POWER PRESS DURING SEPARATE INCIDENTS.

/INVESTIGATIONS BY

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INVESTIGATIONS BY THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SHOWED THAT DESPITE REPEATED WARNINGS, THE DEFENDANT HAD FAILED TO GUARD THE RECIPROCATING TOOL AND DIES OF A MECHANICAL PRESS.

TN PASSING SENTENCE, THE MAGISTRATE SAID THE HEAVY FINE WAS IMPOSED TN VIEW OF THE BAD PREVIOUS CONVICTION RECORDS OF THE DEFENDANT. HE ALSO EXPRESSED HOPES THAT IT WOULD SERVE AS A DETERRENT TO OTHERS.

DURING THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD TAKEN OUT PROSECUTIONS AGAINST 191 PERSONS UNDER THE REGULATIONS RESULTING IN TOTAL FINES OF MORE THAN Si.6 MILLION BEING IMPOSED.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT FACTORY PROPRIETORS OFTEN CHOSE NOT TO GUARD THEIR MACHINERY FOR THE SAKE OF CONVENIENCE.

BUT HE POINTED OUT THAT EVEN THE MOST RELIABLE AND CAREFUL OPERATIVE COULD MAKE MISTAKE, ESPECIALLY IN FAMILIAR WORK.

"MOREOVER, A MERE RELIANCE ON THE OPERATIVE’S TRAINING, SKILL OR CONSTANT ATTENTION IN SUBSTITUTION FOR EFFECTIVE GUARDING IS DANGEROUS BECAUSE HUMAN NATURE IS UNPREDICTABLE AND NOT CONSTANT," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

HE STRONGLY ADVISED FACTORY PROPRIETORS TO TAKE IMMEDIATE STEPS IF THEY HAD NOT ALREADY DONE SO, TO EFFECTIVELY GUARD THE DANGEROUS PARTS OF THEIR MACHINERIES AS STIPULATED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE OF THE REGULATIONS.

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO PRODUCED A HANDBOOK ON GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY WHICH IS AVAILABLE FREE AT ALL BRANCH OFFICES OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION.

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COURSES FOR TECHNICAL SUBJECTS TEACHERS

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TECHNICAL DRAWING FOR DESKIN AND ON WORKSHOP LAYOUT FOR TECHNICAL

WILL CONDUCT A ONE-DAY COURSE ON TECHNOLOGY TEACHERS AND FOUR COURSES

TEACHERS.

THE COURSE ON DESIGN AND PLACE ON NOVEMBER 20 AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN JUNCTION

TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP LAYOUT WI’.L

TECHNICAL TEACHING CENTRE OF

ROAD, KOWLOON CITY.

TAKE

THE

/THE COURSE

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THE COURSE AIMS AT PROVIDING TEACHERS WITH THE NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN WORKSHOP LAYOUT PLANNING, INCLUDING THE SPECIFICATIONS OF FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT IN WOOD AND METAL WORKSHOPS, MACHINE LAYOUT IN RELATION TO A VARIETY OF BRAND MODELS BEING USED IN SCHOOLS AND THE INSTALLATION OF MACHINERY.

THE COURSES ON TECHNICAL DRAWING FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TECHNICAL TEACHERS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN NOVEMBER 13 AND DECEMBER 11 AT THE TECHNICAL TEACHING CENTRE.

SCHOOLS WISHING TO NOMINATE THEIR TEACHERS TO ATTEND THESE COURSES ARE ADVISED TO FORWARD APPLICATIONS TO THE TECHNICAL SUBJECTS SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN ROOM 523, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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A SEMINAR ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AND REMEDIAL MEASURES WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (MONDAY) EVENING AT THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE, SHEUNG SHUI.

SPEAKING AT THE SEMINAR WILL BE THE HOUSING MANAGER OF THE EASTERN BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM, MR LIN KA-TIN. OPEN DISCUSSION WILL FOLLOW.

ORGANISED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SEMINAR IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF SEMINARS ORGANISED FOR THE DISTRICT'S 113 RESIDENT ASSOICATIONS WITH THE AIM OF ENHANCING KNOWLEDGE OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

OTHER SEMINARS ON LEADERSHIP TRAINING, DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT, LAW AND ORDER IN THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS HOW TO CONDUCT A MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THREE CONSECUTIVE MONDAYS, STARTING ON NOVEMBER 16.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR TOMORROW (MONDAY) AND THOSE ON NOVEMBER 16, 23 AND 30 AT 8.30 PM AT THE NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE, LUNG SUM AVENUE, SHEUNG SHUI.

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COOKED FOOD CENTRES FOR MONG KOK, CENTRAL ♦ ♦ t ♦ »

WORK WILL SOON START ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY COOKED FOOD CENTRE IN MONQ KOK.

IT WILL OCCUPY A 200-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT THE JUNCTION OF SHANGHAI STREET AND NELSON STREET AND WILL ACCOMMODATE 20 ON-STREET COOKED FOOD STALLS.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $1.68 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WHICH WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

IN ADDITION, ANOTHER COOKED FOOD CENTRE WILL BE BUILT IN CENTRAL.

THE GOVERNMENT IS RESUMING A PRIVATE LOT WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 43.3 SQUARE METRES AT NO. 11, HING LUNG STREET, FOR THIS PURPOSE.

A NOTICE ON THE RESUMPTION HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND ALSO POSTED ON THE PROPERTY CONCERNED, WHICH WILL REVERT TO THE GOVERNMENT ON JANUARY 30, 1988.

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VISITS TO CENTRES FOR ELDERLY TN SAI KUNG » ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

ABOUT 400 ELDERLY PEOPLE FROM VILLAGES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY IN SAI KUNG DISTRICT WILL VISIT FOUR SUCH CENTRES BETWEEN NOVEMBER 10 AND 25.

THE FOUR CENTRES ARE THE SIK SIK YUEN HO KING CARE AND ATTENTION HOME, CHAM SHAN MONASTERY TZU TE HOME FOR THE AGED, YANG CHEN HOUSE AND TUNG SIN TAN HOME FOR THE AGED.

DURING THE VISITS, THE SENIOR RESIDENTS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE HISTORY, FACILITIES AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS OF THE CENTRES.

THE VISITS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED AS PART OF THIS YEAR’S SAI KUNG DISTRICT FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY.

THE FESTIVAL ALSO ENCOURAGES ELDERLY PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE COMMUNITY.

VISITS BY VOLUNTEERS TO ABOUT 150 LONELY OLD PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN THE VILLAGES HAVE ALSO BEEN ARRANGED.

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ROAD SAFETY DAY DRAWS LARGE CROWD ***** *

THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT REACHED ITS CLIMAX TODAY (SUNDAY) WITH HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE DISTRICT'S "ROAD SAFETY DAY” CARNIVAL AT WONG CHUK HANG.

THE PARTICIPANTS, YOUNG) AND OLD ALIKE, WERE INVITED TO LOOK OVER A VARIETY OF ROAD SAFETY PROGRAMMES INCLUDING A ROAD SAFETY TOWN AND A ROAD SAFETY BUS.

THE CARNIVAL ALSO FEATURED PERFORMANCES BY SINGERS, CHINESE MARTIAL ART SHOW, AND A VARIETY OF GAME STALLS, ALL OF WHICH WERE DESIGNED TO PUT ACROSS ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES.

THE "SOUTHERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY DAY" CARNIVAL WAS ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE POLICE. IT WAS SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD.

AT THE OPENING OF THE ROAD SAFETY DAY, THE ACTING SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS OLIVIA NIP, AND THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (WESTERN), MR E.J. STEVENSON, OFFICIATED AT AN EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY FOR A LION-DANCE.

OTHER GUESTS INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR MAN HON-MING; SENIOR STAFF OFFICER/TRAFFIC/HK ISLAND, MR LIONEL LAM; REGIONAL COMMANDER (KOWLOON), ROAD SAFETY PATROL, MR STEVE II.W. LAU; AND COMPANY SECRETARY, CHINA MOTOR BUS CO, LTD, MR WONG WlNG-KEUNG.

DURING THE FUNCTION, WINNERS OF THE ROAD SAFETY SLOGAN COMPETITION HELD LAST MOMTH WERE AWARDED TROPHIES AND CASH PRIZES.

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CENTRAL, WESTERN SPORT FESTIVAL BEGINS ♦ ♦ * t i

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SPORT FESTIVAL WAS LAUNCHED WITH A NUMBER OF ENTERTAINING ACTIVITIES AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

THESE INCLUDED A LION DANCE, TAI-CHI DEMONSTRATIONS, DANCING GAMES FOR FAMILIES AND CELEBRITIES AND A ’’TREASURE HUNT”.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR LAM KAM-KWONG, SAID THE PROGRAMMES FOR THIS YEAR WOULD CATER FOR THE INTERESTS AND NEEDS OF DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS.

/HE SAID

SUNDAY, NOVIXBER 8, 198?

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HE SAID MORE THAN 10,000 RESIDENTS HAD TAKEN PART IN THE LAST FESTIVAL HELD THREE YEARS AGO AND HE URGED MORE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE SO AS TO ENJOY A HEALTHIER MODE OF LIVING.

OTHER GUESTS PRESENT WERE THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR VINCENT KO, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR LEUNG SIK-WAH.

THE THREE-WEEK FESTIVAL WILL OFFER ACTIVITIES INCLUDING AN EXPEDITION FOR THE ELDERLY, A "DANCING AT SEA" CRUISE FOR YOUTH, RECREATION CAMP FOR AREA COMMITTEES, A WALKATHON ROUND THE PEAK, BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL COMPETITION, AN ATHLETICS MEET AND ORIENTEERING GAMES.

THE FESTIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DISTRICT'S RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION WltH SPONSORSHIP OF MORE THAN >110,000 FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE WESTERN DISTRICT JUNIOR POLICE CALL ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES MAY BE MADE ON 5-416405.

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INSTALLATION OF SYNCROLIFT AT TAI KOK TSUI PROPOSED

*****

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO AUTHORISE THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY LIMITED TO INSTALL A SYNCROLIFT AT TAI KOK TSUI.

THE LOCATION IS WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 1,020 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEA-BED ADJOINING A FRONTING AT LOK KWAN STREET.

TAKING ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE, THE INSTALLATION OF THE SYNCROLIFT IS TO FACILITATE THE LIFTING OF VESSELS INTO THE SHIPYARD ON THE LOT.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED HAS BEEN DESCRIBED TN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS THAT HE HAS AN INTEREST, RIGHT OR EASEMENT IN OR OVER THE FORESHORE AND SEA-BED INVOLVED MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN OBJECTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS BEFORE JANUARY 5, 1988.

THE NOTICE TOGETHER WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE VIEWED AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT’S SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 5TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, TUNG PING BUILDING, PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, KOWLOON; AND AT THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE TAI KOK TSUI SUB-OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, TAI CHUNG LAU, COSMOPOLITAN ESTATE, IVY STREET, TAI KOK TSUI, KOWLOON.

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TUEN MUN WATER CUT

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME TUEN MUN PREMISES WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 11) TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY BECAUSE OF MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN FU TEI AND SHUN FUNG WAI, FU TEI SHEUNG TSUEN, FU TEI TSUEN, FU TEI CHUNG TSUEN, SAN HING TSUEN, LAM TEI, LAM TEI SAN TSUEN, LAM TEI ROAD, TO YUEN WAI, TUEN TSZ WAI, TSING CHUEN WAT, FUK HANG ROAD, YICK YUEN, NAI WAI AND SHUN FUNG WAI.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WANG TAU HOM

*****

TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF WATER MAINS, THE SOUTH-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD BETWEEN FU MEI STREET AND WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC DAILY BE1WEEN 12.30 AM AND 5.30 AM FROM WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 11) TO FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 13).

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES TRAVELLING ON FU MEI STREET WEST-BOUND HEADING FOR WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA FU KEUNG STREET AND WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 198?

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL GETS APPROVAL ..... 1

REHABILITATION SERVICES TO BE FURTHER DEVELOPED .......... 2

2ND QUARTER CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS RELEASED ...... 3

LEO KWAN HEADS NEW CNTA TEAM ............................. 5

SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION OF CULTURAL FACILITIES ............. 5

GOVERNOR PRESENTS INSIGNIA ............................... 7

ADVICE ON CODING FOR IMPORTERS, EXPORTERS ................ 11

NEW FIRE STATIONS AT KOTEWALL ROAD, CHEUNG CHAU .......... 13

TUEN MUN FESTIVAL OPENS .................................. 13

BRIEFING FOR NT DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ................... 14

MANPOWER SURVEY ON EDP INDUSTRY BEGINS ................... 15

APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN ADVANCED LEVEL EXaM ..... 15

IMPROVEMENT TO HAWKER BAZAAR ON «GENDA.................... 16

DB CCMMITTEE TO MEET ON FUNDING MATTERS .................. 16

WAN CHaI CCMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC PROBLEMS ........... 17

ISLANDS DISTRICT TO HOLD FESTIVAL......................... 17

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN MONG KOK ....................... 18

WATER STORAGE FIGURE...................................... 18

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1987

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL GETS APPROVAL

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THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS AGREED IN PRINCIPLE THAT AN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL SHOULD BE SET UP IN HONG KONG.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (MONDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE SETTING UP OF THE COUNCIL WOULD REPRESENT A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD IN THE PROMOTION OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH IN HONG KONG.

"IT WILL ADD FURTHER IMPETUS TO THE VOLUNTARY SAFETY MOVEMENT THAT HAS BEEN GAINING MOMENTUM SINCE THE SETTING UP OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD’S COMMITTEE ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION (NOW RE-NAMED THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE) IN 1978,” HE SAID.

THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL WILL BE AN INDEPENDENT STATUTORY BODY WITH ITS OWN STAFF TO CARRY OUT ITS FUNCTIONS, WHICH WILL COVER FOUR AREAS: EDUCATION AND TRAINING; INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY; CONSULTANCY SERVICES; AND RESEARCH.

IT WILL CONSIST OF A CHAIRMAN AND NOT MORE THAN 20 MEMBERS, TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, REPRESENTING EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES, PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC INTERESTS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

THE COUNCIL WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING PROGRAMMES WITHIN ITS POWERS AND DUTIES FOR RAISING STANDARDS OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH, NOT ONLY IN INDUSTRY BUT IN ALL AREAS OF EMPLOYMENT.

"THE COUNCIL WILL HAVE A BUDGET OF ABOUT *5 MILLION FOR ITS FIRST YEAR, WITH EXPENDITURE IN FUTURE YEARS BEING SUBJECT TO REVIEW IN THE LIGHT OF THE COUNCIL’S DEVELOPMENT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"WE HOPE TO GET THE COUNCIL STARTED IN 1988," HE ADDED.

FOLLOWING THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL’S DECISION, THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOW HOLD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE VARIOUS PARTIES CONCERNED ON THE DETAILS OF THE FUNDING OF THE COUNCIL, WHICH WILL BE BY MEANS OF A LEVY ON EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE PREMIA.

MEANWHILE, WORK ON DRAFTING THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL IS UNDERWAY.

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REHABILITATION SERVICES TO BE FURTHER DEVELOPED * » * * »

THE GOVERNMENT is COMMITTED TO THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REHABILITATION SERVICES DESPITE THE MANY ACHIEVEMENTS MADE IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR REHABILITATION, MR FRANCIS HO, SAID THIS (MONDAY) MORNING.

SPEAKING AT THE FIRST EAST-ASIA AND PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD BLIND UNION, MR HO SAID THAT AS FAR AS MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ASSESSMENT SERVICES WERE CONCERNED, SIX CHILD ASSESSMENT CENTRES WOULD BE COMPLETED FROM NOW UP TO 1991-92.

"IN SPECIAL EDUCATION, THE PROVISION OF SCHOOL PLACES FOR THE DISABLED IS GENERALLY ADEQUATE WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED BUT THE SHORTFALL IN SUCH AN AREA IS EXPECTED TO BE FULLY MET BY 1991-92 THROUGH THE PROVISION OF 1,320 PLACES FOR VARIOUS GRADES OF MENTAL HANDICAP," HE SAID.

MR HO SAID THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION WOULD BE FURTHER IMPROVED WITH BETTER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECIALIST SERVICES TO IMPROVE TEACHING AND A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS WAS THE THREE-YEAR LOCAL COURSE IN SPEECH THERAPY TO START AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN 1988.

"ON PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES," HE SAID, "THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING PARTY ON PRE-SCHOOL CARE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF DISABLED CHILDREN ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED AND 1,490 PLACES IN EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES, SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES AND KINDERGARTENS WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS UP TO 1991-92."

SIMILARLY, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS PLANS TO INCREASE SOCIAL REHABILITATION PROVISIONS IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS: 550 HALF-WAY HOUSE PLACES, 750 RESIDENTIAL PLACES FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, 2,015 SHELTERED WORKSHOP PLACES AND 940 WORK ACTIVITY CENTRE PLACES.

ANOTHER 700 PLACES IN SKILL CENTRES WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT.

MR HO SAID FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE REQUIRING CONSTANT ATTENDANCE WOULD BE DOUBLED OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO COVER ALL AGE BRACKETS.

"A QUEEN ELIZABETH FOUNDATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED WILL BE SET UP SOON BY STATUTE TO FURTHER THE WELFARE, EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED.

"TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR, A REHABILITATION ENGINEERING CENTRE WILL START OPERATION IN THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC TO PROVIDE APPLIED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ON TECHNICAL AIDS FOR THE DISABLED AND ON THE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN REHABILITATION," HE SAID.

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OUTLINING THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S REHABILITATION SERVICES, MR HO SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT, AFTER EXTENSIVE CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR, PUBLISHED A WHITE PAPER IN 1977 SETTING OUT THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY ON REHABILITATION AND THE FUTURE DIRECTION, TASKS AND OBJECTIVES OF REHABILITATION SERVICES.

"THEREAFTER THE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAMME ON REHABILITATION HAS DEVELOPED SYSTEMATICALLY THROUGH REGULAR UPDATING, REVIEW AND REVISION OF THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME PLAN WHICH COVERS A PLANNING PERIOD OF 10 YEARS ON A ROLL-ON BASIS," HE SAID.

"A MAJOR REVIEW OF THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME PLAN IS NOW UNDER WAY," HE ADDED.

MR HO ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE NON-GOVERNMENT VOLUNTARY SECTOR WHICH HAD CARRIED MUCH OF THE BURDEN OF REHABILITATION DURING THIS REMARKABLE PERIOD OF DEVELOPMENT.

"THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION IN THIS FIELD NEEDS TO BE STRESSED, FOR IT IS THEIR DEVOTION AND COMMITMENT WHICH ARE LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF MANY OF THE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO THE DISABLED," HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR HO POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE INEVITABLY GAPS IN SERVICES AND THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR HAD MUCH TO PUT IN HAND IN THE YEARS TO COME.

"DEMAND HAS INCREASED AND IS INCREASING BECAUSE OF THE GROWTH IN THE SIZE OF THE POPULATION AND ITS DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS, CHANGING DISEASE PATTERN OF THE POPULATION, HIGHER ASPIRATION FOR QUALITY OF SERVICES AS A RESULT OF THE GROWING AFFLUENCE OF HONG KONG, AND BECAUSE MORE DISABLED PEOPLE ARE PREPARED TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP, ADVICE AND SERVICES," HE SAID.

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2ND QUARTER CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT STATISTICS RELEASED *****

THE TOTAL GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY ALL CONTRACTORS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 AMOUNTED TO $11,941 MILLION, WHICH WAS 1.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND 26.7 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS (INCLUDING WORK CARRIED OUT AT CONSTRUCTION SITES, AT ERECTED BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES, AND AT OTHER MINOR WORK LOCATIONS) IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 WAS $7,403 MILLION, WHICH WAS 1.0 PER CENT LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER BUT 21.7 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986. THIS GAVE AN INDEX OF 112.4. THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE OF 1982 WAS TAKEN AS 100 FOR THE INDEX.

/THE FIGURES

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1987

THE FIGURES FOR MAIN CONTRACTORS ARE FREE FROM THE EFFECT OF DOUPLE-COUNTING OF CONSTRUCTION VALUE DUE TO THE SUB-CONTRACTING PRACTICE IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. THEY ARE, THEREFORE, DIFFERENT FROM THE FIGURES ON CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY ALL CONTRACTORS.

THE GROSS VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORK PERFORMED BY MAIN CONTRACTORS AT CONSTRUCTION SITES IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 AMOUNTED TO $5,577 MILLION. THIS WAS 3.4 PER CENT LOWER THAN THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT 17.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986. OF THIS GROSS VALUE, $1,771 MILLION WAS CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT OF PUBLIC PROJECTS, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 9.6 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT AN INCREASE OF 16.2 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986. IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT AT SITES, AT $3,806 MILLION, WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT HAD INCREASED BY 17.9 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986.

THE OUTPUT VALUE OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS (WHICH INCLUDE COMBINED RESIDENTIAL AND NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS) IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 WAS $2,679 MILLION. THIS REPRESENTED INCREASES OF 1.7 PER CENT AND 8.5 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986 RESPECTIVELY.

THE OUTPUT VALUE OF COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS WAS $703 MILLION, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 9.8 PER CENT IN COMPARISON WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF 48.3 PER CENT OVER THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986.

THE OUTPUT VALUE OF INDUSTRIAL AND STORAGE BUILDINGS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1987 WAS $508 MILLION, WHICH WAS 1.6 PER CENT AND 5.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE PRECEDING QUARTER AND THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986 RESPECTIVELY.

THE OUTPUT VALUE OF TRANSPORT PROJECTS WAS $870 MILLION, WHICH WAS 5.9 PER CENT BELOW THE PRECEDING QUARTER BUT 97.3 PER CENT ABOVE THE SAME QUARTER OF 1986. THE SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OVER THE SAME QUARTER LAST YEAR WAS A RESULT OF THE PARTICULARLY LOW OUTPUT VALUE OF TRANSPORT PROJECTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 1986, AT $441 MILLION, AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE FINAL STAGE OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE PROJECT WHILE NEW PROJECTS SUCH AS THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING HAD NOT YET BEEN STARTED AT THAT TIME.

MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT IS GIVEN IN THE "REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF CONSTRUCTION OUTPUT, 2ND QUARTER 1987" RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE QUARTERLY SURVEY REPORT IS PRICED AT $2 A COPY. PURCHASES MAY BE MADE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILIDNG, CONNAUGHT PLACE, OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 19/F, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI. REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION MAY ALSO BE ARRANGED.

ENQUIRIES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE SURVEY MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234860.

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LEO KWAN HEADS NEW CNTA TEAM » ♦ *

THE NEWLY APPOINTED DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES (SPECIAL DUTIES) OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR LEO KWAN, TOOK UP OFFICE ON NOVEMBER 5, A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN SECONDED TO THE INDEPENDENT SURVEY OFFICE AS ITS DEPUTY COMMISSIONER. BEFORE THAT HE WAS THE DISTRICT OFFICER OF SHA TIN.

MR KWAN WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CO-ORDINATING ALL GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME FOLLOWING THE RECENT PASSAGE OF THE WASTE DISPOSAL (AMENDMENT) BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE WILL ALSO CHAIR A CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE ON LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL WHICH WILL INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES OF RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND FARMERS’ REPRESENTATIVES.

"THIS COMMITTEE WILL SERVE AS A FORMAL COMMUNICATION CHANNEL BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND LIVESTOCK FARMERS," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

MR KWAN IS NOW STUDYING DIFFERENT ASPECTS RELATED TO THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME AND IS PLANNING HIS WORK SCHEDULE.

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HONG KONG IS NOW TAKING ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE AS AN IMPORTANT CULTURAL CENTRE IN THE REGION, THE SECRETARY FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES, MR A.K. CHUI, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

EXPLAINING THE ORGANISATION AND ROLE OF HIS BRANCH AT A MEET-THE-MEDIA SESSION, MR CHUI SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY WAS TO PROMOTE APPRECIATION OF, AND PARTICIPATION IN, CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES.

"THIS POLICY EMPHASISES THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL TALENT AND LOCAL PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING COMPANIES AS WELL AS THE PROVISION OF SUITABLE FACILITIES IN WHICH THEY CAN PERFORM," HE SAID.

OVER THE LAST DECADE THERE HAD BEEN A SIGNIFICANT EXPANSION IN SUCH FACILITIES, HE SAID. NEW CONCERT HALLS AND THEATRES, INCLUDING NEW TOWN HALLS IN TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN, HAD BEEN PROVIDED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS.

/"IN ADDITION,

MONDAY, NOV JUBER 9, 1987

"IN ADDITION, PHASE II OF THE CULTURAL CENTRE IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE OPENED IN MID-1989," HE SAID. "BY THEN WE SHALL HAVE AS MANY AS 21,000 THEATRE AND CONCERT HALL SEATS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY. THIS IS NOT COUNTING THE HONG KONG COLISEUM AND THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM WHICH ARE ALSO SOMETIMES USED FOR SUCH PERFORMANCE.

"WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT WE ALREADY HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF LOCAL TALENT AND MANY LOCAL COMPANIES PERFORMING AT A HIGH STANDARD : EXAMPLES INCLUDE THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, THE CHUNG YING THEATRE AND THE HONG KONG BALLET. WE MUST CONTINUE TO DEVELOP SUCH TALENT TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF OUR FACILITIES AND TO ATTRACT WIDER AUDIENCES.

"EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE GOVERNOR PRESIDED OVER THE FIRST GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS. THE APA WILL £OON BE PRODUCING MORE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMERS AND TEACHERS TO MAKE THEIR OWN CONTRIBUTION TO THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARTS.

"WHILE DEVELOPING OUR OWN TALENT WE MUST NOT FORGET THE NEED TO ATTRACT TO HONG KONG THE HIGHEST QUALITY PERFORMERS FROM OVERSEAS. THIS HAS ALREADY BEEN HAPPENING ON AN INCREASING SCALE IN RECENT YEARS. THE PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS PLAY A MAJOR ROLE, BOTH IN THIS RESPECT AND IN PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL PERFORMERS."

IN ADDITION, THE HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL, WHICH HAD TAKEN PLACE EVERY YEAR SINCE 1972, AND WHICH THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUED TO HELP FUND, HAD BECOME FIRMLY ESTABLISHED AS A SIGNIFICANT EVENT IN THE INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CALENDAR.

MR CHUI POINTED OUT THAT ANOTHER AREA OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE, ESPECIALLY TO YOUNG PEOPLE, WAS SPORTS AND OUTDOOR RECREATION.

THE GOVERNMENT, THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND NUMEROUS VOLUNTARY SPORTS BODIES AND ASSOCIATIONS ALL PLAYED ACTIVE AND IMPORTANT ROLES IN PROMOTING AND DEVELOPING SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, BOTH FOR MASS PARTICIPATION AND FOR THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE.

THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, INCREASING SUPPORT AND TECHNICAL ADVICE 'WOULD BE GIVEN TO SPORTS BODIES TO HELP PEOPLE TAKE PART IN SPORTS *AND RECREATIONAL EVENTS, BOTH IN THE TERRITORY AND OVERSEAS, HE SAID. THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORTS AND THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS PLANNED TO PROVIDE BETWEEN THEM OVER <37 MILLION THIS YEAR TO FUND A VARIETY OF EVENTS.

MR CHUI ADDED! "WE CAN BE PROUD OF THE FACT THAT HONG KONG NOW HAS A REMARKABLE RANGE OF SPORTS FACILITIES. WE HAVE 19 FULL-SIZR PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL COMPLEXES - AND FOUR MORE ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION. WE HAVE 27 MULTI-PURPOSE GAMES HALLS, WITH FACILITIES FOR BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON, SQUASH AND FITNESS ROOMS. AS MANY AS 26 MORE ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

"AND WE HAVE THE COLISEUM AND QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM WHICH ARE USED FOR LARGE SCALE INDOOR SPORTING AND RECREATIONAL EVENTS," MR CHUI SAID.

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GOVERNOR PRESENTS INSIGNIA

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INSIGNIA FOR 87 PEOPLE WERE PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AT A CEREMONY AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

EIGHTY-FIVE RECIPIENTS WERE DECORATED BY THE QUEEN FOR SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC, WHILE TWO WERE AWARDED THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE LIST OF INSIGNIA RECIPIENTS:

CBE

THE HON JOHN JOSEPH SWAINE THE HON WONG PO-YAN

OBE

MR CHAU CHAM-SON

MR LI FOOK-HING MR CHARLES CHO-CHIU SIN PROFESSOR ROSIE YOUNG TSE-TSE

OBE (HON)

REV. FR. FRANCISCO LERDA

ISO

MR KUO KETCHEN, STEPHEN MR WONG KWOK-CHOU

MBE

MR TOMMY KIMMIN CHOY

MR CHUI KWONG MR JAMES KUNG MR PANG CHING-KONG

MBE (MIL)

MAJOR GLYNDWR BRIAN WATKINS

/BEM

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BEM

MR CHAN KEE-YEUNG MR CHAN TSIP MR CHAN TZE-KWONO MR CHAU TIN-KWAI MR HUI MAN-KAM MR LAM PUI-TIN MR LAU KAN-PUI MR LAU YUNG-SUM MR LEE CHE-MINO MR LI YUEN-TINO MR LING KAM-SHINO MRS SHA NG SIU-HING MR SO PAK-LAM MR TSUI SO MR WONG HOO-YING

BEM (MIL)

LANCE SERGEANT MARK LESLIE BRIGGS

ISM

MR CHAN YUM

MR LEUNG KAM-CHUEN

MR NG KWOK-WAH

MR YIP CHEUK-YIN

QPM

ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE

MR DONALD MCFARLANE WATSON

MR FREDERIC SAMUEL MCCOSH

QFSM

MR JOHN ASHTON BREDBURY

/CPM .......

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9

CPM

ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE

MR PETER WILKIN FERRY MR ROBERT ANTHONY ALLEN MR DANIEL GEORGE ROBINSON MR CHRISTOPHER JOHN BOSWELL MR TSUI SUI-CHEUNG MR CHAN KWONG MR LAU HON-HUNG MR CHAN YAT-KWONG MR KEUNG LUN-CHIU MR TSANG KANG-PING MR LI MING MR TANG HEI-KWONG MR WAT TSAN-HUNG

FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT

MR CHAN WAH-DING MR YIP LUN-CHEUNG MR CHEUNG CHAN-CHUNG MR TSUI WING-KUI MR CHAN KAM-SHUEN

BADGE OF HONOUR

MRS ANITA CHAN FOK PO-CHUN MR CHAN LAI-SANG MS HELEN CHEN KWOK-YING MR FU YUEN-HUNG MR FUNG KWONG-CHUNG MR KU SZE-CHUNG MR JASPER LAM KWOK-KWONG MR LEE CHI-KWONG MR DAVID LEUNG CHUNG-POR MR TAO MAN-KWONG MRS TSE LING SUK-YIN MR WONG KWOK-CHOI MR LARRY YEH FU-YAO MRS BETTY YUNG MA SHAN-YEB

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GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION

MR KENNETH JAMES TAYLOR MR CHENG CHUN-WA

ORDER OF ST JOHN

OFFICER SISTER

MISS WOO MO-PING

OFFICER BROTHER

MR HO PING-CHIU MR TAM LOK-SANG

SERVING SISTER

MRS KWAN SIU LAI-KWAN DR LEE YUEN-WAN MISS LO LAU-YUNO

SERVING BROTHER

DR THOMAS LEE TAN-YANG DR MA CHING-HING MR TUNG WAI-KUEN MR LAU SAI-YAN MR NG CHAN-LAM MR CHEUNG KUEN MR CHOW CHIU-SUM MR CHU NING MR LIU KING-WAH DR MO KAM-CHUEN

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advice on Coding for importers, exporters * * * * *

IMPORTERS AND "EXPORTERS WILL HAVE TO PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE CODING OF GOODS AS THEY COMPLETE IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATIONS IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR WHEN HONG KONG SWITCHES TO A NEW COMMODITY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM, THE HONG KONG HARMONIZED COMMODITY DESCRIPTION AND CODING SYSTEM (HK HS).

THE NEW SYSTEM, WHICH WILL REPLACE THE PRESENT STANDARD INTERNATIONAL TRADE CLASSIFICATION (SITC), REVISION 2, IS BASED ON THE "HARMONIZED COMMODITY DESCRIPTION AND CODING SYSTEM" IHS) DEVELOPED BY THE CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION COUNCIL IN BRUSSELS.

THE HS HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A MULTI-PURPOSE NOMENCLATURE THAT CAN SUIT THE NEEDS OF CUSTOMS AND STATISTICAL AUTHORITIES ROUND THE WORLD AS WELL AS ALL THOSE CONCERNED WITH WORLD TRADE. IT "HARMONIZES" A VARIETY OF CUSTOMS, STATISTICAL AND TRANSPORT NOMENCLATURES USED TN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD. IN PARTICULAR, THE SITC AND THE CUSTOMS CO-OPERATION COUNCIL NOMENCLATURE, THE TWO MOST WIDELY ADOPTED INTERNATIONAL NOMENCLATURES FOR TRADE STATISTICS AND CUSTOMS TARIFF PURPOSES, HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED IN THE DESIGN OF THE IIS. »

"AT PRESENT, DIFFERENT COUNTRIES MAY CLASSIFY A PARTICULAR TYPE OF GOODS UNDER DIFFERENT NAMES, MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS. THE HS WILL ENSURE THAT COUNTRIES ADOPTING THE HS WOULD CLASSIFY THE PRODUCTS BY REFERENCE TO THE SAME CLASSIFICATION AND CODING SYSTEM. THIS WILL MAKE IT MUCH EASIER TO ANALYSE AND MONITOR TRADE IN PARTICULAR PRODUCTS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID.

"THE INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION OF THE HS WILL HELP REDUCE EXPENSES INCURRED IN REDESCRIBING, RE-CLASSIFYING AND RECORDING GOODS UNDER VARIOUS CLASSIFICATION SYSTEMS WHEN GOODS ARE TRANSPORTED BETWEEN COUNTRIES. IT WILL ALSO FACILITATE THE COMPARISON OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE STATISTICS AND REDUCE UNCERTAINTY IN THE NEGOTIATION AND INTERPRETATION OF TRADE AGREEMENTS."

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THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT MOST MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS OF HONG KONG, INCLUDING THE EEC COUNTRIES AND JAPAN ARE PREPARED TO ADOPT THE HS WITH THE TARGET IMPLEMENTATION DATE SET ON JANUARY 1, 1988. THE UNITED STATES ALSO PLANS TO ADOPT THE HS IN 1988, SUBJECT TO RATIFICATION >Y THE l». S. CONGRESS.

"AS IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROVIDE LOCAL TRADERS WITH A COMMON CUSTOMS TERMINOLOGY FOR THEIR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS WITH OVERSEAS SUPPLIERS AND BUYERS, HONG KONG HAS DECIDED TO FOLLOW SUIT, ADOPTING THE' HS AFTER SUITABLE ADAPTATION TO SUIT LOCAL NEEDS.

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"TO PREPARE FOR THE CHANGEOVER TO THE NEW SYSTEM, THE GOVERNMENT HAS UNDERTAKEN VARIOUS TASKS WHICH INCLUDE REVISING THE HONG KONG IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASSIFICATION LIST, MODIFYING THE COMPUTERISED TRADE STATISTICS SYSTEM, AMENDING THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (REGISTRATION) REGULATIONS AND PLANNING A WIDE RANGE OF PUBLICITY AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES.

"THE HK HS WILL COMPRISE SOME 5,500 EIGHT-DIGIT CODES, EACH DENOTING A PARTICULAR TYPE Of- GOOD. THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OVER THE PRESENT SITC-BASED SYSTEM WHICH CONSISTS OF ABOUT 3.600 SIX-DIGIT CODES.

"THE NEW SYSTEM CONTAINS 97 CHAPTERS WHICH ARE GROUPED UNDER 22 SECTIONS. AS A GENERAL RULE, THE SYSTEM ARRANGES COMMODITIES IN ORDER OF THEIR DEGREE OF MANUFACTURE : RAW MATERIALS, UNWORKED PRODUCTS, SEMI-FINISHED PRODUCTS AND FINISHED PRODUCTS. FOR EXAMPLE THE INITIAL CHAPTERS COVER LIVE ANIMALS AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS WHILE THE LAST CHAPTERS COVER INDUSTRIAL AND HIGH-TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS," THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED.

"ONCE THE NEW SYSTEM IS IMPLEMENTED, IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS WILL HAVE TO LOOK UP,THE NEW HK HS CODE FOR A PARTICULAR TYPE OF GOOD FROM A NEW CLASSIFICATION LIST WHEN COMPLETING IMPORT AND EXPORT DECLARATION FORMS. THE JOB IS NOT DIFFICULT AT ALL AS AN ALPHABETICAL LIST OF ARTICLES IN HK HS CODES AND A CORRELATION TABLE BETWEEN THE SITC AND THE HK HS CODES ARE PROVIDED TO HELP TRADERS SEARCHING FOR THE CORRECT HK HS CODES AND TO MAKE CROSS-REFERENCE.

"ALSO, AN HS HANDBOOK HAS BEEN COMPILED TO HELP IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS IN USING THE NEW CLASSIFICATION LIST. THE HS HANDBOOK DESCRIBES IN DETAIL VARIOUS METHODS OF FINDING-THE CORRECT HK HS CODE FOR A COMMODITY, AND ALSO CONTAINS A LOT OF PRACTICAL EXAMPLES AND EXERCISES."

THE NEW IMPORTS AND EXPORTS CLASS IFICATION LIST CONTAINING THE HK HS CODES AND DESCRIPTIONS IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE AND SO IS THE COMPREHENSIVE HS HANDBOOK.

IN ADDITION, A SERIES OF SEMINARS ON HOW TO USE THE NEW CLASSIFICATION LIST AND THE HANDBOOK WILL BE ORGANISED FOR TRADERS FROM NOVEMBER THIS YEAR. TRADERS WILL BE ABLE TO .OBTAIN A PAMPHLET GIVING FULL DETAILS OF THE SEMINARS SOON. THE SPOKESMAN URGED TRADERS TO RESPOND PROMPTLY TO INVITATIONS TO THE SEMINARS AND TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY PREPARATIONS FOR Till': CHANGEOVER AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

DETAILS OF THE NEW CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 17/F, WANCHA1 TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR. ROAD, 'WAN CHAI, HONG KONG (TEL. NO. 5-8234919).

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1987

NEW FIRE STATIONS AT KOTBWALL ROAD, CHEUNG CHAU

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A NEW FIRE STATION IS TO BE BUILT AT KOTEWALL ROAD TO IMPROVE FIRE COVER TO THE MID-LEVELS OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

IT WILL BE A FOUR-STOREY BUILDING CONSISTING A THREE-BAY APPLIANCE ROOM, OFFICES, CONTROL AND STORE ROOMS, BARRACKS WITH ABLUTIONS, A DINNING ROOM AND A DRYING ROOM.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A DRILL YARD, AN UNDERGROUND OIL TANK AND A GENERATOR ROOM.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE WORK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN FEBRUARY AND BE COMPLETED IN 12 MONTHS.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON NOVEMBER 27.

MEANWHILE, THE DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A $4.6 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW FOUR-STOREY FIRE STATION ON CHEUNG CHAU.

SITUATED ON A 710-SQUARE-METRE SITE NEAR CHEUNG CHAU FERRY PIER, THE FIRE STATION WILL HAVE A UNIQUE DESIGN, WITH THREE BAY APPLIANCES ROOMS, A COMMUNICATIONS ROOM, EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT STORE, WORKSHOP, EXERCISE ROOM AND STORES.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE DRILL YARD, OFFICES, BARRACKS AND DINING ACCOMMODATION.

WORK WILL START ON NOVEMBER 18 AND TAKE ABOUT ONE YEAR TO COMPLETE.

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TUEN MUN FESTIVAL OPENS » t ♦ »

THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR PETER NG, SAID ORGANISING A VARIETY SHOW IN TUEN MUN TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST WAS A PRAISEWORTHY EFFORT BY RESIDENTS IN SHOWING CONCERN AND CARR FOR THE NEEDY AND THE UNDERPRIVILEGED.

MR NG WAS SPEAKING TONIGHT (MONDAY) AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MONTH-LONG 1987 TURN MUN DISTRICT FESTIVAL IN WHICH 47 ENTERTAINING EVENTS WILL BE PRESENTED.

REFERRING TO THE DISTRICT’S GROWTH, MR NG SAID THE OPENING OF THE NEW TOWN PLAZA NEXT MONTH, AND THE COMPLETION OF THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL AND GOVERNMENT AND COMMERCIAL COMPLEXES SYMBOLISED THE COMPREHENSIVE AND MULTI-FACET DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN.

/"DURING IRE

MONDAY, NOVIMBER 9, 1987

"DURING THE PAST 10 YEARS, TURN MUN HAS CHANGED FROM A MARKET CENTRE OF 30,000 PEOPLE TO A NEW TOWN OF 300,000 WITH NUMEROUS FACILITIES SUCH AS PUBLIC TRANSPORT, HOUSING, SCHOOLS, MEDICAL AND SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES," HE SAID.

"TO COMPLEMENT ALL THESE, AN INTEGRAL COMMUNITY ALSO REQUIRES CO-OPERATION AND INTERACTION AMONG THE DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS AND RURAL ASSOCIATIONS TO BUILD A HARMONISED AND UNITED COMMUNITY."

MR NG THOUGHT THAT THE LAUNCHING OF THE BIENNIAL FESTIVAL COULD HELP TO ACHIEVE THE ABOVE AIMS.

FESTIVAL EVENTS RANGE FROM EXHIBITIONS, SINGING CONTEST, DRAMA COMPETITION, CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMANCE, MIME AND PUPPET SHOWS, TO RUNNING AND SOCCER COMPETITIONS, ALL HELD IN DIFFERENT VENUES. GYMNASTIC TEAMS WILL BE ANOTHER ATTRACTION.

MEANWHILE, A TOTAL OF *240,000 DONATED BY LOCAL RESIDENTS WAS RAISED BY THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE FOR THE COMMUNITY CHEST.

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BRIEFING FOR NT DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS

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A TOTAL OF 60 DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ATTENDED A BRIEFING ON EDUCATIONAL MATTERS GIVEN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT THIS (MONDAY) MORNING AT THE OLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD.

THE BRIEFING BEGAN WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN.

THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A TALK GIVEN BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (BUILDING AND SYSTEM), MR S. H. HSU, ON THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME AND CONVERSION WORKS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TEACHING SPACE IN SCHOOLS.

THE BRIEFING ALSO INCLUDED TALKS ON EXPULSION OF STUDENTS AND FLOATING CLASSES BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SCHOOLS), MR S. W. WONG, AND THE PROVISION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (SERVICES), MR LUCAS CHAN.

IT ENDED WITH A QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS SESSION CHAIRED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y. T. LI.

A SIMILAR BRIEFING WILL BE GIVEN TO DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS IN THE HONG KONG AND KOWLOON REGION EARLY NEXT MONTH.

THE BRIEFINGS ENABLE THE DIRECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO ESTABLISH A DIRECT DIALOGUE WITH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON MATTERS OF MUTUAL CONCERN.

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MANPOWER SURVEY ON EDP INDUSTRY BEGINS ♦ » ♦ ♦ ♦ «

THE COMMITTED ON ELECTRONIC DATA PROCESSING TRAINING OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT A SURVEY BETWEEN NOVEMBER 17 AND DECEMBER 7 TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE INDUSTRY’S MANPOWER AND EMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDING COMPANIES WITH COMPUTER INSTALLATIONS, COMPUTER/PERIPHERAL MANUFACTURERS, COMPUTER SUPPLIERS, EDP CONSULTANCY FIRMS, BUREAUS AND EDP TRAINING INSTITUTIONS.

OFFICERS FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL CALL AT THESE ESTABLISHMENTS TO ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

INFORMATION COLLECTED WILL BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

EMPLOYERS ARE URGED TO CO-OPERATE BY PROVIDING ACCURATE INFORMATION WHICH IS VITAL IN FORMULATING APPROPRIATE TRAINING PLANS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY.

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APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN ADVANCED LEVEL EXAM ♦ * * ♦ ♦

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT REMINDED SCHOOLS WISHING TO CANDIDATES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HONG KONG ADVANCED EXAMINATION 1989 TO APPLY TO THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY FOR APPROVAL BEFORE DECEMBER 1.

ENTER LEVEL KONG

APPLICATION FORMS FOR ENTERING CANDIDATES ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICE OF THE HONG KONO EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY AT CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1OTH FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, YAU MA TEI.

THE HANDBOOK OF REGULATIONS AND SYLLABUSES FOR THE 1989 EXAMINATION ARE ON SALE AT THE PUBLICATIONS UNIT, HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY, 17 TSEUK I,UK STREET^ SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON; AND THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, HONG KONG AND LEADING BOOK STORES.

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IMPROVEMENT TO HAWKER BAZAAR ON AGENDA ' * * * « «

MEMBERS OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO CONSIDER AN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT FOR THE LUEN WO HUI HAWKER BAZAAR.

THEY WILL CONSIDER ALLOCATING *15,000 TO REPAVE THE AREA TO FACILITATE DAILY CLEANSING BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER RECONSTRUCTING A FOOTPATH AT TIN SUM VILLAGE IN KWU TUNG AND REPAIRING A STREAM EMBANKMENT AT FU TEI AU, SHEUNG SHUI.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE SITUATION REPORTS ON LOCAL PUBLIC WORK PROJECTS AND VILLAGE LIGHTING PROGRAMME FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTER MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING. THE MEETING WILL START AT 9.30 AM.

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DB COMMITTER TO MERT ON FUNDING MATTERS *****

THE CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS ALLOCATION OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR ORGANISING SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER THE NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME PLANNED BY THE REGIONAL COUNCIL. THEY WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE VETTING REPORT OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARY ON THE APPLICATION OF FUNDS AND THE STUDY ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES IN TUEN MUN BETWEEN OCTOBER AND DECEMBER.

• NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON 3/F., GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN. THE MEETING yiLL START AT 2.30 PM.

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WAN CHAI COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC PROBLEMS

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS RELATED ISSUES IN THE DISTRICT.

TWO QUESTIONS WILL BE RAISED AT THE MEETING CONCERNING THE WIDENING OF TAI HANG ROAD TO A THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN WAN CHAI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED-TO COVER THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 8TH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. THE MEETING WILL START AT 4 PM.

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THE FIRST ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL, OFFERING A WIDE RANGE OF CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

AN OPENING CEREMONY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG’, WILL BE HELD AT THE PAK TEI TEMPLE PLAYGROUND ON CHEUNG CHAU.

A PRESS CONFERENCE, AT WHICH DETAILS OF THE 15-DAY FESTIVAL AND THE VARIETY SHOW WILL BE GIVEN, WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE LOBBY OF RADIO AND TELEVISION HONG KONG, 30 BROADCAST DRIVE, BROADCASTING HOUSE, KOWLOON.

IT WILL START AT 2.30 PM, AND THOSE ATTENDING WILL INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MISS LEE WAI-FONG; PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR CHUNG MAN-SHIU; HEAD OF RTHK RADIO 1, MISS AVER WONG; PRODUCER OF THE VARIETY SHOW, MR FRANCIS MAK, AND SEVERAL ARTISTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE. INFORMATION OFFICER, MR RAYMOND TAM, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN MONO KOK *****

TO FACILITATE THE EMERGENCY REPAIR OF WATER MAIN AT THE JUNCTION OF NELSON STRICT AND CANTON ROAD IN MONG KOK, THE SECTION OF NELSON STREET BETWEEN THISTLE STREET AND CANTON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 11) FOR ABOUT BIGHT DAYS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES TRAVELLING ON NELSON STREET BETWEEN FERRY STREET AND THISTLE STREET HEADING FOR CANTON ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NELSON STREET, THISTLE STREET, SHAN TUNG STREET, KAM LAM STREET, SOY STREET AND CANTON ROAD.

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I WATER STORAGE FIGURE * « *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 67.0 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 392.715 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 378.300 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 64.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FS: RIGHT DECISIONS ESSENTIAL IN DEVELOPING INFRASTRUCTURE 1

NEW SHIPPING REGISTER WILL MEET UN STANDARDS ............. 5

EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASED ........  6

TEN OFFICIALS TO SPEAK IN LEGCO DEBATE.................   14

FINANCE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER Sl8M ECVII PROVISION..... I't

PUBLIC URGED TO BE CaREFUL AND PATIENT ON ROaDS.......... 15

HAND-OVER OF WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEM ....................  16

ISLANDS : A PLACE WHICH WELCOMES VISITORS ............... 17

GOVERNOR TO VISIT ISLANDS DISTRICT....................... 18

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ........................   19

NEW DEPOT FACILITIES FOR POLICE TACTICAL UNIT ........... 19

DB COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE MID-LEVELS TRANSPORT ............ 20

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TREE PLANTING LOCATIONS ......... 20

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS OUT-PATIENT SERVICE FEES ........ 21

DB SPOT-LIGHT ON CIVIC EDUCATION ........................ 21

THREE-WEEK AIDS EXHIBITION IN KWAI TSING ................ 22

FUNDS SOUGHT FOR ENVIRONMENT CALENDAR ................... 22

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT FOR KORNHILL ROAD ............... 25

IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN LUEN WO HUI ........................ 25

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS LIFTED ...................... 2k

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1987

FS: RIGHT DECISIONS ESSENTIAL IN DEVELOPING INFRASTRUCTURE

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, TODAY (TUESDAY) OUTLINED PLANS FOR THE TERRITORY’S INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH HE SAID MUST BE TAKEN WITH CAUTIOUS AND CONSERVATIVE STEPS TO ENSURE THE RIGHT DECISIONS WERE MADE.

ALTHOUGH THE THRUST OF HIS SPEECH TO THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONO CENTRED AROUND THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PORT AND AIRPORT, THE PACKAGE HE OUTLINED INCLUDED THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (TDS), THE PORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (PDS), THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (PADS) AND THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF TSING YI, WESTERN HARBOUR, AND ROAD AND RAIL SERVICES.

THE OVERALL RESULT, HE SAID, WAS A CLEAR INDICATION OF GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE GROWTH OF HONG KONO.

MR JACOBS SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE AVERAGE ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF NINE PER CENT WAS USED AS A BASIS FOR THE "TRIGGER POINT MECHANISM" FOR PLANNING THE FUTURE PROVISION OF NEW CONTAINER TERMINALS, THE GROWTH IN THROUGHPUT IN KWAI CHUNG DURING THE PAST YEAR EXCEEDED 20 PER CENT.

AND IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT AFTER COMPLETION OF TERMINAL 7 IN 1993, UP TO 15 ADDITIONAL BERTHS WOULD NEED TO BE COMMISSIONED BY 2001 .

"BY 1988, WE NEED TO IDENTIFY THE LOCATION OF CONTAINER TERMINALS 8 AND 9 WHICH WOULD NEED TO BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION BY 1994-95. THIS DECISION MUST BE MADE IN A STRATEGIC CONTEXT AS THERE REMAINS NO ROOM IN KWAI CHUNG FOR FURTHER EXTENSION.

"CONSIDERATION MUST ALSO BE GIVEN TO GROWING DEMAND FOR BACK UP AREAS AND DEEP WATER FRONT SITES FOR SPECIAL INDUSTRIAL USES AND POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS INSTALLATIONS," MR JACOBS SAID.

ON THE AIRPORT HE SAID IT WAS ONE OF THE BUSIEST IN THE WORLD, HANDLING MORE THAN 10 MILLION INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS AND SOME 500,000 TONNES OF FREIGHT A YEAR.

THE NEW TERMINAL - EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED NEXT YEAR - WOULD HAVE A CAPACITY OF 18 MILLION PASSENGERS A YEAR, WHICH WOULD MEET THE PROJECTED DEMAND FOR PROCESSING FACILITIES UP TO THE EARLY 1990’S.

"DEMAND MANAGEMENT WOULD BE REQUIRED IN THE FIRST DECADE OF THE NEXT CENTURY AND THEREAFTER MORE SEVERE RESCHEDULING WOULD BE REQUIRED," MR JACOBS SAID.

ECONOMIC GROWTH, HE SAID, HAD INCREASED DEMANDS FOR ADDITIONAL PORT AND AIRPORT FACILITIES WHICH REQUIRED ASSOCIATED URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND NEW TRANSPORT LINKS.

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LAND USE WAS LOOKED AT IN THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT STUDY, UPDATED LAST YEAR, WHICH INCLUDED URBAN GROWTH ON MAJOR RECLAMATIONS AROUND VICTORIA HARBOUR, UPGRADING AND THE EXTENSION OF PRINCIPAL TRANSPORT LINKS, DEVELOPMENT OF ADDITIONAL CONTAINER TERMINALS AT KWAI CHUNG, AND THE CONTINUED USE OF KAI TAK AIRPORT TO ITS FULL PRACTICAL CAPACITY.

OTHER FEASIBILITY STUDIES LINKED WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT INCLUDED ROUTE X - A LINK BETWEEN NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES AND SHENZHEN SEZ AND BETWEEN THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL AND THE METROPOLITAN AREA; A FREIGHT RAIL LINK BETWEEN SHA TIN AND KWAI CHUNG; EXPANSION OF THE KCRC RAILWAY FREIGHT TERMINAL AT HUNG HOM BAY, WHICH WOULD SERVE KWAI CHUNG PRINCIPALLY BY LIGHTERS; AND THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY.

MR JACOBS SAID ALL THIS WAS NECESSARY TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT LINKAGES AND COMMUNICATIONS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, ESPECIALLY CHINA AND OTHER TRADING PARTNERS.

"THE PORT AND AIRPORT ARE CRUCIAL NODES IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK," HE SAID.

IN REPLY TO A PRESS QUESTION, AFTER THE LUNCHEON, ON WHETHER THE PORT AND AIRPORT PROJECTS WOULD BE AFFECTED BY A SLOWDOWN IN THE ECONOMY, MR JACOBS SAID "OBVIOUSLY THE TIMING OF THIS SORT OF PROJECT WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE ECONOMY".

"THAT’S WHAT I’VE MENTIONED IN MY SPEECH, THE FACT THAT WE LOOK AT THE GROWTH OF TRADE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONTAINER TERMINAL. SO THIS IS AN ONGOING, CONTINUOUS PROCESS. SO, YES, IT COULD HAVE AN EFFECT ON FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS," HE SAID.

ON THE EXTENT OF STOCK MARKET EVENTS AFFECTING HONG KONG’S ECONOMY, MR JACOBS SAID ECONOMIES THE WORLD OVER WHERE BEING AFFECTED.

"IF YOU LOOK AT EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD WHERE THERE HAS BEEN A TRAUMATIC FALL IN STOCK MARKETS, I THINK MOST PEOPLE RECOGNISE THAT THERE COULD BE SOME SLOWDOWN.

"I THINK HONG KONG IS VERY WELL PLACED. IF YOU GET AWAY FROM CENTRAL AND STOP THINKING ABOUT THE STOCK MARKET YOU’LL FIND BUSINESSES ARE JUST AS GOOD AS THEY WERE BEFORE," HE NOTED.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1987

NEW SHIPPING REGISTER WILL MEET UN STANDARDS

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THE PROPOSED NEW HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER WILL MEET ALL CRITERIA AND STANDARDS SET OUT IN THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON CONDITIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF SHIPS ADOPTED IN FEBRUARY 1986.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR GERRY HIGGINSON, IN AN ADDRESS TO THE EAST ASIA COMMITTEE OF THE LLOYD’S REGISTER OF SHIPPING THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING.

THE HEART OF THE UN CONVENTION LAY IN THREE PRINCIPAL CLAUSES REQUIRING THE FLAG STATE TO HAVE A COMPETENT AND ADEQUATE NATIONAL MARITIME ADMINISTRATION; TO IMPLEMENT APPLICABLE INTERNATIONAL RULES AND STANDARDS CONCERNING, IN PARTICULAR, THE SAFETY OF SHIPS AND PERSONS ON BOARD AND THE PREVENTION OF POLLUTION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT; AND TO ENSURE THAT THE MANNING AND EMPLOYMENT ON SHIPS WAS IN CONFORMITY WITH APPLICABLE INTERNATIONAL RULES AND STANDARDS.

"WE HAVE AN EXTREMELY COMPETENT MARITIME ADMINISTRATION. OUR RECORD OF ADHERENCE TO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS IS EXCELLENT," MR HIGGINSON SAID.

"INDEED, HONG KONG IS ONE OF ONLY THREE INTERNATIONAL REGISTERS (THE OTHERS BEING LIBERIA AND THE ISLE OF MAN) LISTED IN THE APPENDIX TO THE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING FEDERATION'S GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL REGISTERS WHICH HAD RATIFIED FOUR OF THE KEY SAFETY AND MANNING CONVENTIONS - SOLAS 1974, SOLAS 1978 PROTOCOL, STCW AND ILO 147.

"IT HAS Al.SO BEEN AGREED BY BRITAIN AND CHINA, AND ACCEPTED BY THE SECRETARIAT OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION, THAT HONG KONG SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE IMO AFTER 1997.

"SO LET THERE BE NO DOUBT ABOUT OUR TOTAL ACCEPTANCE OF OUR INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS," SAID MR HIGGINSON.

ON THE QUESTION OF THE FLAG, MR HIGGINSON SAID REGISTRATION OF A SHIP ENTITLED THAT SHIP TO FLY THE NATIONAL FLAG OF THE PLACE OF REGISTRY WHICH, IN TURN, ESTABLISHED THE NATIONALITY OF THE SHIP, AND THE FLAG STATE SIGNIFIED THE AUTHORITY WHICH WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR EXERCISING JURISDICTION AND CONTROL OVER THE SHIP.

IN HONG KONG’S UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES, ARRANGEMENTS WOULD NEED TO BE MADE, WHEN MODIFYING THE REGISTER, TO PROVIDE THAT A FLAG, OR FLAGS, WOULD INDICATE BOTH THE NATIONALITY OF THE SHIP - BRITISH PRE-1997 AND CHINESE POST-1997 - AND THAT SHE WAS ON THE HONG KONG REGISTER, HF. SAID.

"CURRENT PROPOSALS ARE THAT, WHEN THE MODIFIED REGISTER COMES INTO OPERATION, SHIPS ON THE REGISTER SHOULD FLY TWO FLAGS FROM THE STERN - A UNIQUE SOLUTION TO A UNIQUE SITUATION.

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"THE UPPER FLAG WOULD - UNTIL JUNE 30 1997 - BE THE RED ENSIGN (THE NATIONAL FLAG FLOWN BY MERCHANT VESSELS ON THE BRITISH REGISTER); THE LOWER FLAG WOULD BE EITHER THE EXISTING HONG KONG FLAG (THE BLUE ENSIGN WITH THE HONG KONG ARMORIAL BEARINGS) OR, ONCE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN THE CHINESE AND BRITISH SIDES ON ITS DESIGN AND USE, A NEW HONG KONG REGIONAL FLAG.

"FROM JULY 1, 1997, THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND REGIONAL FLAG," HE SAID.

UPPER FLAG WOULD BE THE FLAG OF THE THE LOWER FLAG WOULD BE THE HONG KONG

APART FROM THE FLAG, MR HIGGINSON SAID THE MAJOR AREAS IN WHICH HONG KONG WOULD DIVERGE FROM THE RULES AND PROCEDURES WHICH APPLIED TO THE BRITISH REGISTER WERE IN THE FIELDS OF NATIONAL MANNING REQUIREMENTS AND THE PRESENT GENUINE LINK BETWEEN THE SHIP AND THE FLAG STATE.

HE SAID: "TO THIS EXTENT, HONG KONG CAN BE CONSIDERED TO BE AN OPEN REGISTER. BUT OUR MANNING PROPOSALS - WHICH PRESCRIBE QUALIFICATIONS RATHER THAN NATIONALITY - AND OUR GENUINE LINK PROVISIONS WHICH WILL BE CLOSER THAN THOSE AT PRESENT, REFLECT POLITICAL REALITY.

"OPEN REGISTERS HAVE EVOLVED TO MERT DIFFERENT NEEDS IN THEIR VARIOUS WAYS AND THEY ARE HERE TO STAY. THAT IS A FACT OF LIFE."

MR HIGGINSON ADDED THAT IT WAS A GRIEVOUS ERROR TO EQUATE OPEN REGISTERS WITH SUB-STANDARD SHIPS.

"HONG KONG HAS NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER OF ALLOWING SUB-STANDARD SHIPS TO OPERATE ON ITS REGISTER.

"QUITE THE REVERSE," HE SAID. "OUR TARGET IS THE ABOLITION OF SUB-STANTARD SHIPS WHICH DO NOT COMPLY WITH INTERNATIONALLY AGREED SAFETY AND EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS."

TURNING TO CLASSIFICATION SOCIETIES, MR HIGGINSON SAID IT HAD BEEN ACCEPTED THAT THE SOCIETIES WOULD CONTINUE TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN CARRYING OUT DELEGATED FUNCTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

AT PRESENT, ONLY LLOYD’S REGISTER! OF SHIPPING AND FOUR FOREIGN CLASSIFICATION SOCIETIES ENJOYED THIS DELEGATION. "IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO REVIEW THE EXTENT TO WHICH GOVERNMENT CAN PROPERLY DELEGATE SURVEY FUNCTIONS TO THESE - AND OTHERS - SOCIETIES," HE SAID.

MR HIGGINSON EXPLAINED THAT UNDER EXISTING PROCEDURES, UNITED KINGDOM APPROVAL WAS GRANTED ONLY TO CLASSIFICATION SOCIETIES WHICH HAD SET UP BRITISH COMMITTEES.

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"FOR THE FUTURE REGISTER, CONSIDERATION WILL REQUIRE TO BE GIVEN TO WHETHER OR NOT HONG KONG COMMITTEES WILL BE REQUIRED, OR WHETHER A MORE INFORMAL SYSTEM MIGHT SUFFICE.

"IT IS, FOR EXAMPLE, BEING SUGGESTED THAT NATIONAL CLASSIFICATION SOCIETIES WITH SUBSTANTIAL PERMANENT OFFICES IN HONG KONG MIGHT BE AUTHORISED," MR HIGGINSON SAID, ADDING THAT ACCOUNT HAD ALSO TO BE TAKEN IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG OF THE SPECIAL CONSIDERATION WHICH WOULD APPLY TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA’S CLASSIFICATION SOCIETY AFTER 1997.

MR HIGGINSON SAID THE STATED INTENTION WAS TO HAVE THE NEW HONG KONG REGISTER IN OPERATION BY 1990 - OR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE THEREAFTER. "TO ACHIEVE THIS, WE NEED URGENTLY TO DEVELOP DETAILED PROPOSALS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NEW REGISTER."

THESE PROPOSALS, WHICH SHOULD BE CONSISTENT WITH THE PRINCIPLES AGREED BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA, WILL INCLUDE, INTER ALIA, THE PROCEDURES FOR THE OPERATION OF THE REGISTER; QUALIFICATIONS FOR OWNING SHIPS ON THE REGISTER; METHODS BY WHICH THE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION CAN FULFIL ITS OBLIGATION IN REGARD TO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS, CODE OF PRACTICE ETC.; MEASURES FOR THE EXERCISE OF WORLDWIDE JURISDICTION OVER SHIPS ON THE REGISTER; FINANCING; AND THE TAXATION OF SHIPPING AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE TAXATION SYSTEM TO OTHER JURISDICTIONS.

MR HIGGINSON SAID THAT TO ACHIEVE THIS, THE NECESSARY STEERING GROUP, THE COMMITTEES AND THE WORKING GROUPS HAD BEEN SET UP.

"THESE GROUPS CONTAIN, AS NECESSARY, REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL SECTORS OF THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY INCLUDING THE UNIONS," HE ADDED.

MR HIGGINSON ADMITTED THAT THERE WAS MUCH WORK YET TO BE DONE AND THAT THE TIMETABLE MIGHT, AT FIRST SIGHT, SEEM LENGTHY COMPARED WITH, FOR EXAMPLE, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NORWEGIAN INTERNATIONAL SHIP REGISTRY.

"BUT LET IT NOT BE FORGOTTEN THAT WE ARE NOT A FLAG STATE. OUR PROPOSALS FOR THE FUTURE HAVE TO BE AGREED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND MUST BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

"SO OUR SYSTEM OF CONSULTATION AND OF SEEKING APPROVAL WILL BE MUCH MORE COMPLEX AND TIME CONSUMING THAN IF WE WERE AN INDEPENDENT MARITIME ADMINISTRATION."

WHILE NOTING THAT IT WAS NOT THE INTENTION OF HONG KONG TO "POACH" SHIPPING FROM OTHER REGISTERS, MR HIGGINSON FORESAW THAT THE HONG KONG REGISTER WOULD BE ATTRACTIVE TO MANY SHIPOWNERS, BOTH WORLDWIDE AND IN ASIA.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT AS A BRITISH PORT OF REGISTER, HONG KONG RANKED IN THE TOP TEN IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF TONNAGE AND RANKED WITH THE BEST IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF THE SAFETY STANDARDS OF ITS SHIPS.

HONG KONG HAD A WORLD-CLASS HARBOUR AND PORT - INCLUDING A CONTAINER PORT WHICH, THIS YEAR, WAS LIKELY TO BECOME THE LARGEST CONTAINER PORT IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF THROUGHPUT.

HE NOTED THAT HONG KONG WAS DEVELOPED AS THE ONLY DEEP WATER PORT IN THE SOUTH OF CHINA, AND THAT HAD NOT CHANGED.

WHAT ALSO SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN WAS THE IMPORTANCE OF HONG KONG SHIPPING INTERESTS.

MR HIGGINSON SAID OF ABOUT 30 MILLION GROSS REGISTERED TONNAGE (GRT) OWNED OR MANAGED BY HONG KONG INTERESTS, ONLY ABOUT FIVE MILLION GRT WAS REGISTERED IN HONG KONG; THE OTHER THREE MILLION GRT REGISTERED IN HONG KONG WAS OWNED OR MANAGED OUTSIDE HONG KONG.

"WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW REGISTER, A REGISTER IN WHICH MANNING AND OWNERSHIP RULES WILL BE RELAXED, WE EXPECT TO SEE A LIMITED INFLUX BY REGIONAL OWNERS WHO WILL WISH TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EXCELLENT SHIPPING INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH EXISTS HERE.

"AND OUR ROLE AS A PORT AND AS A SHIPPING CENTRE FOR CHINA IS LIKELY TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE," HE SAID.

"GIVEN THE PROLIFERATION OF OPEN REGISTERS; GIVEN THE WISH OF FINANCIERS, MAJOR OWNERS, INSURERS AND OTHERS TO FIND REGISTERS WHICH MAKE ECONOMIC AND COMMERCIAL SENSE AND WHICH HAVE HIGH STANDARDS OF SAFETY, WE FORESEE THAT THE HONG KONG REGISTER WILL BE ATTRACTIVE TO MANY OWNERS, BOTH WORLDWIDE AND IN ASIA," MR HIGGINSON ADDED.

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED TRADE VALUE STATISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER 1987. COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1986 TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN SEPTEMBER 1987, AT $67,111 MILLION GREW BY 38 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

COMPARED WITH SEPTEMBER 1986, DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 28 PER CENT TO $17,843 MILLION IN SEPTEMBER 1987 WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 48 PER CENT TO $16,502 MILLION, BRINGING TOTAL EXPORTS IN SEPTEMBER 1987 TO $34,345 MILLION, WHICH WAS 37 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN SEPTEMBER 1986. ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, IMPORTS INCREASED TN VALUE TERMS BY 40 PER CENT TO $32,766 MILLION IN SEPTEMBER 1987.

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DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1986 AND SEPTEMBER 1987. SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN (+55 PER CENT), FRANCE (+49 PER CENT), CHINA (+48 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+46 PER CENT) AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+44 PER CENT).

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM ALL . MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED, ESPECIALLY THOSE FROM THE USA (+72 PER CENT), CHINA (+44 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+41 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+36 PER CENT) AND SWITZERLAND (+36 PER CENT). RE-EXPORTS TO . THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, TAIWAN, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA AND CHINA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 106 PER CENT, 78 PER CENT, 59 PER CENT, 56 PER CENT AND 52 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER 1987, AT $540,366 MILLION, INCREASED BY 39 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986. ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 30 PER CENT TO $141,139 MILLION WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 51 PER CENT TO $129,076 MILLION. THUS, THE VAULE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 39 PER CENT TO $270,215 MILLION. IMPORTS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 39 PER CENT TO $270,150 MILLION.

COMPARING JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS. THE MARKETS WITH THE FASTEST GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED JAPAN (+66 PER CENT), CHINA (+62 PER CENT), THE NETHERLANDS (+51 PER CENT), FRANCE (+46 PER CENT) AND FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+41 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S LARGEST MARKET, THE USA, GREW BY 17 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

IMPORTS IN JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER 1987 FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+58 PER CENT), CHINA (+47 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+45 PER CENT), ITALY (+42 PER CENT) AND THE USA (+40 PER CENT).

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE UNITED KINGDOM, TAIWAN, AUSTRALIA AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 107 PER CENT, 87 PER CENT, 62 PER CENT, 60 PER CENT AND 58 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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 IN SEPTEMBER 1987 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY DECEMBER 1987.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

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COMPARING JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE RECORDED IN ALL MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS. THE MORE NOTABLE ONES INCLUDED CLOTHING (BY $10,756 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $4,083 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $4,069 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT); AS WELL AS TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $2,922 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (BY $57 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT); AS WELL AS TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $17 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT).

TABLE 2 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, INCREASES IN IMPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE REGISTERED FROM TEXTILES (BY $11,857 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $8,397 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $5,960 MILLION OR 63 PER CENT); AND CLOTHING (BY $5,316 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN COFFEE, TEA, COCOA, SPICES, AND MANUFACTURES THEREOF (BY $113 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT); AS WELL AS CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS ($55 MILLION OR 4 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING JANUARY TO SEPTEMBER 1987 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986, INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE REGISTERED FOR TEXTILES (BY $6,763 MILLION OR 49 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $5,451 MILLION OR 76 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $4,365 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT); AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $4,332 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT). HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $319 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT); AS WELL AS COFFEE, TEA, COCOA, SPICES, AND MANUFACTURES THEREOF (BY $175 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION.

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DETAILS STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE AVAILABLE IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS. THE SEPTEMBER 1987 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS SUMMARY” WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AROUND NOVEMBER 20 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, IN CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT $5.50 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE", WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN SEPTEMBER 1987 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN EARLY DECEMBER 1987 AT $15 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTIONS TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG (5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE STATISTICS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (5-8234915).

TABLE 1: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-SEP JAN-SEP 87 SEP SEP 87 1987 OVER 1987 OVER JAN-SEP 86 SEP 86 (HKD MN.) (%) (HKD MN.) (%)

U.S.A. 53,708 + 17 6,910 + 16

CHINA 19,781 + 62 2,497 + 48

F.R. OF GERMANY 10,789 + 41 1,311 + 44

U.K. 9,001 + 28 1,119 + 33

JAPAN 6,840 + 66 959 + 55

CANADA 4,129 + 14 481 + 14

NETHERLANDS 2,876 + 51 305 + 32

SINGAPORE 2,718 + 35 379 + 46

FRANCE 2,662 + 46 330 + 49

AUSTRALIA 2,626 + 9 339 + 9

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TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY JAN-SEP JAN-SEP 87 SEP SEP 87

DIVISION 1987 OVER 1987 OVER

JAN-SEP 86 SEP 86

(HKD MN.) (%) (HKD MN.) (%)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL

AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 47,617 + 29 6,035 + 30

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 22,226 + 22 2,922 + 16

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MA^-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 11,480 + 55 ’i 1,325 + 33

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 10,969 + 20 1,429 + 23

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 10,754 + 37 1 1,297 + 1 1

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 10,560 + 33 1,303 + 37

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TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER JAN-SEP 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-SEP 87 SEP 1987 (HKD MN.) SEP 87 OVER SEP 86 (X)

OVER JAN-SEP (X) 86

CHINA 83,402 4 47 10,636 4 44

JAPAN 51,990 4 29 6,078 4 28

TAIWAN 24,001 + 45 2,847 4 41

U.S.A. 22,963 4 40 3,159 4 72

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 11,938 + 58 1,331 4 36

SINGAPORE 10,237 + 30 1,134 4 23

U.K. 8,371 + 25 830 + 16

F.R. OF GERMANY 7,244 + 25 817 4 21

SWITZERLAND 5,109 4 32 673 4 36

ITALY 4,492 + 42 469 4 31

TABLE 4: IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION JAN-SEP 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-SEP 87 OVER JAN-SEP 86 (X) SEP 1987 (HKD MN.) SEP 87 OVER SEP 86 (X)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 41,957 4 39 4,902 4 40

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF • 25,020 4 51 2,985 4 44

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AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 19,117 +• 39 2,356 +

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 15,348 + 63 2,029 + 43

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 15,104 + 47 2,090 + 48

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 14,683 + 26 1,840 + 29

TABLE 5: RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-SEP 1987 JAN-SEP 87 OVER SEP 1987 SEP 87 OVER

JAN-SEP 86 SEP 86

(HKD MN.) (%) (HKD MN.) (%)

CHINA 41,782 + 50 5,282 + 52

U.S.A. 23,993 + 53 3,134 + 37

TAIWAN 6,850 + 62 840 + 78

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 6,550 + 58 714 + 45

JAPAN 6,376 + 45 909 + 59

SINGAPORE 4,614 + 18 534 + 10

F.R. OF GERMANY 3,771 + 107 565 + 106

U.K. 3,122 + 87 44 3 + 29

MACAU 2,451 + 30 272 + 42

AUSTRALIA 1,997 + 60 275 + 56

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TABLE 6: RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION JAN-SEP 1987 (HKD MN.) JAN-SEP 87 SEP 1987 (HKD MN.) SEP 87 OVER SEP 86 (X)

OVER JAN-SEP (X) 86

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 20,587 + 49 2,395 + 39

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 13,850 + 46 1,703 + 24

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 12,616 ♦ 76 1,976 + 73

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 11,059 + 64 1,433 + 74

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS fND EQUIPMENT 8,200 + 89 1,212 + 66

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 5,872 + 46 610 + 18

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TEN OFFICIALS TO SPEAK IN LEGCO DEBATE *****

TEN OFFICIAL MEMBERS WILL SPEAK IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY SPEECH AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL TAKE THE LEAD, TO BE FOLLOWED BY SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, AND THE CHIEF SECRETARY.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER $18M ECVII PROVISION » » ♦ » »

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO APPROVE A SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $18 MILLION TO MEET THE RECURRENT EXPENSES OF THE OPERATION TO INTERCEPT, PROCESS, DETAIN AND REPATRIATE EX-CHINA VIETNAMESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (ECVII’S) IN THE PERIOD JULY TO DECEMBER 1987 AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

IN EARLY JULY 1987, ECVII'S STARTED ARRIVING IN HONG KONG TN LARGE NUMBERS. BY OCTOBER 21, A TOTAL OF 7,401 HAD ARRIVED.

HOWEVER, PROVIDING THERE IS NO NEW INFLUX, ALL ECVII’S WILL HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO CHINA BY THE END OF DECEMBER.

IN THIS CONNECTION, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE THE CREATION OF A NEW RECURRENT ACCOUNT SUBHEAD, ’’EXPENSES OF EX-CHINA VIETNAMESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS", UNDER WHICH THE SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $18 MILLION WILL BE PLACED.

ANOTHER ITEM TO BE DISCUSSED TOMORROW WILL BE THE CREATION OF A NEW CAPITAL ACCOUNT SUBHEAD, ’’LOAN TO THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS", WITH A COMMITMENT OF $50 MILLION.

THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS’ NON-CONTRIBUTORY FINAL AVERAGE SALARY SCHEME TERMINATED ON OCTOBER 31 AND WAS REPLACED BY A CONTRIBUTORY PROVIDENT FUND SCHEME ON NOVEMBER 1, 1987, MAKING A SHORTFALL OF $110 MILLION IN THE BALANCE.

WHILE THE GROUP IS ABLE TO PROVIDE $60 MILLION FROM ITS OWN RESOURCES, IT HAS HAD TO APPLY TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF A LOAN OF $50 MILLION TO MAKE UP THE BALANCE.

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OTHER ITEMS ON TOMORROW’S AGENDA WILL INCLUDE:

* A COMMITMENT OF $3.4 MILLION TO PROVIDE THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE WITH AN ADDITIONAL MINI-RANGE AND THREE FIREARMS TRAINING SIMULATORS;

* A SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $5 MILLION TO MEET INCREASED INTEREST PAYMENTS FOR TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES;

» THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS ESTIMATED AT $63,376,000 IN CAPITAL COSTS FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL TEACHING SPACE TO 96 STANDARD DESIGN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECTORS;

* A NEW COMMITMENT OF $41,738,000 FOR CONVERTING OR EXTENDING PARTS OF THE 65 EXISTING AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS OF STANDARD DESIGN TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL TEACHING SPACE;

* THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PROVISIONAL HONG KONG COUNCIL FOR ACADEMIC ACCREDITATION ESTIMATED AT $3.4 MILLION, $6 MILLION AND $3.3 MILLION FOR 1987-88, 1988-89 AND 1989-90 RESPECTIVELY; AND

* AN INCREASE IN COMMITMENT OF $2,250,000 FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE SCOPE OF A CONSULTANCY ON THE GOVERNMENT DATA PROCESSING AGENCY BUREAU COMPUTER SERVICE.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT SUB-COMMITTEE AND THE PUBLIC WORKS SUB-COMMITTEE.

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PUBLIC URGED TO BE CAREFUL AND PATIENT ON ROADS » » « « »

IN SPITE OF CONTINUED EFFORTS IN PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY ACCIDENTS STILL OCCUR AND WILL CONTINUE TO OCCUR UNLESS MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS EXERCISE MORE CARE, TOLERANCE AND PATIENCE IN USING THE ROADS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR JAMES SO, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR SO WAS SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL FIRST AID COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL COMPANY LIMITED AND THE ST JOHN’S AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION.

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HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS FULLY COMMITTED TO PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY THROUGH TRE GUIDANCE AND ADVICE OF THE ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL.

APART FRON| THE DESIGN OF NEW AND SAFER ROADS, FIRM POLICE ENFORCEMENT ACTIQhj, ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WERE THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED AND CAREFULLY ANALYSED TO IDENTIFY ACCIDENT BLACK SPOTS AND TO CARRY OUT REMEDIAL MEASURES.

"THE GOVERNMENT HAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED THE ROAD USERS’ CODE GIVING DETAILED AND USEFUL GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION TO ALL ROAD USERS, AND I SINCERELY HOPE THAT THE PUBLIC AT LARGE WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN FROM THIS CODE AND CONTRIBUTE THEIR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS TO MAKING OUR ROADS SAFER FOR ALL TO USE," SAID MR SO.

TURNING TO CONDITIONS IN THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, MR SO SAID THAT IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS, THERE HAD BEEN 788 ACCIDENTS IN THE TUNNEL AREA, "FORTUNATELY, MOST OF THESE WERE OF A MINOR NATURE, BUT THERE WERE 37 OCCASIONS WHEN IT WAS NECESSARY FOR STAFF TO RENDER FIRST AID TO THE INJURED." HE SAID.

"JN THE CURRENT YEAR, NO LESS THAN 115,000 VEHICLES PER DAY ARE EXPEOJED TO PASS THROUGH THE TUNNEL. SUCH THROUGHPUT CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED.AND MAINTAINED BY THE HARD WORK AND ENTHUSIASM OF THE COMPANY’S OPERATING STAFF, IN PARTICULAR THE RAPID REMOVAL OF BREAKDOWN AND ACCIDENT VEHICLES, WHICH OF COURSE INCLUDES IMMEDIATE FIRST AID TREATMENT TO ACCIDENT VICTIMS.

"THE PURPOSE OF THE COMPANY’S ANNUAL FIRST AID COMPETITION IS NOT ONLY TO IMPROVE ON THE SKILLS OF STAFF BUT ALSO TO INJECT A SENSE OF GOOD-HUMOURED COMPETITION BETWEEN THE VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE COMPANY. THIS IN TURN FOSTERS BETTER STAFF RELATIONS WHICH ARE IN THE INTERESTS OF BOTH THE COMPANY AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC," HE SAID.

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HAND-OVER OF WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEM

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WILL OFFICIALLY TAKE OVER THE "SEQUENCING BATCH REACTOR SYSTEM" SUCCESSFULLY DEVELOPED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC FOR LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT AT A HAND-OVER CEREMONY TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.

THIS SYSTEM IS ONE OF THE FOUR DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS BEING IMPLEMENTED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT IN LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT.

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THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 9.30 AM AT THE TA KWU LING PIG BREEDING CENTRE IN PING CHE ROAD, FANLING.

PRESENT WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, MR MIKE STOKOE; ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, DR HOWARD WARD; AND THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES (SPECIAL DUTIES), MR LEO KWAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TRANSPORT HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WHO WISH TO COVER THE HAND-OVER CEREMONY. THEY SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER IN TSIM SHA TSUI AT 8.15 AM.

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ISLANDS : A PLACE WHICH WELCOMES VISITORS

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THE FIRST ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL, COMMENCING THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15), IS INTENDED TO FOSTER A COMMUNITY SPIRIT AMONG ISLANDERS AND TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE DISTRICT AS A PLACE OF INTEREST TO VISITORS.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE 15-DAY FESTIVAL, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MISS LEE WAI-FONG, SAID AS THE ISLANDS DISTRICT WAS RATHER SCATTERED GEOGRAPHICALLY, A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS HAD TO BE CULTIVATED.

’’THEREFORE, ’ISLANDS MY HOME’ HAS BEEN ADOPTED AS THE THEME OF THE FESTIVAL AND IT IS THROUGH ORGANISING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAMMES THAT WE ARE ACHIEVING THAT END,” SHE SAID.

MISS LEE SAID AS A SECONDARY AIM, THE FESTIVAL WOULD ALSO PROMOTE THE ALREADY FLOURISHING TOURISM WHICH WAS CRUCIAL TO THE ECONOMY OF THE DISTRICT.

”WE WELCOME VISITORS TO JOIN SOME OF OUR PROGRAMMES AND SHARE THE FESTIVE FUN WITH US,” SHE ADDED.

ANOTHER SPEAKER AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE, CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE MR CHUNG MAN-CHIU, SAID THE 30 CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES WOULD BE HELD AT VENUES ON THE FOUR MAIN ISLANDS OF THE DISTRICT - LANTAU, PENG CHAU, CHEUNG CHAU AND LAMMA.

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"THAT WILL HELP LOCAL RESIDENTS TO FOSTER A SENSE OF INTER-ISLANDS RELATIONSHIP AND VISITORS TO DISCOVER MORE ATTRACTIONS IN OUR DISTRICT,” HE SAID.

’’THE MAJOR EVENTS - OPENING CEREMONY OUTSIDE THE HISTORIC PAR TEI TEMPLE, SAND SCRAPING COMPETITIONS AT THE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES OF TUNG WAN AND SILVERMINE BAY, LONG DISTANCE RACE ALONG THE SCENIC ROUTE FROM MUI WO TO SHAN SHEK WAN AND THE KITE CARNIVAL IN TUNG CHUNG - WILL BE HELD AT WEEKENDS SO THAT MORE ISLANDERS AND VISITORS CAN PARTICITPATE,” MR CHUNG ADDED.

PREPARATION WORK FOR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL HAS GONE ON FOR ABOUT A YEAR. THE COSTS ARE ABOUT $300,000, WITH $100,000 FUNDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REST COMING FROM SPONSORS.

AN OPENING CEREMONY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW CO-ORGANISED WITH RADIO AND TELEVISION HONG KONG, WILL BE HELD AT PAK TEI PLAYGROUND ON CHEUNG CHAU AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AND LADY WILSON WILL VISIT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 12) AFTERNOON TO SEE ITS RECENT DEVELOPMENTS.

THEY WILL FIRST TOUR TAI O ON LANTAU ISLAND AND VISIT A FAMILY LIVING IN ONE OF THE STILTED STRUCTURES KNOWN AS ’’PANG UK’S". THEY WILL ALSO TOUR LUNG TIN ESTATE, THE FIRST RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING ON LANTAU.

LATER SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WILL FLY TO CHEUNG CHAU WHERE THEY WILL STROLL ALONG THE STREETS FROM TUNG WAN TO THE PRAYA. THEY WILL ALSO ATTEND A TEA RECEPTION AT AN OPEN AREA OUTSIDE PAK TEI TEMPLE AND MEET MEMBERS OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, RURAL COMMITTEES AND OTHER LOCAL PERSONALITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO THE ISLANDS DISTRICT ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 12).

A PRESS LAUNCH WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER, CENTRAL, FOR LANTAU AT 12.30 PM FOR THOSE COVERING THE TAT O PART OF THE VISIT.

ANOTHER LAUNCH, THE CLEMENTI, WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER AT 2 PM FOR CHEUNG CHAU.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) AT 10 AM IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

A TOTAL OF 40 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING. THEY ARE :

DP8777 AP596 DR560 DR1638

DP325 DP751 DP9000 DR1668

DH9779 DR1303 DR118 DP8088

AS693 DM8778 DR119 AK3333

DR381 DR632 DP18 DP8388

CK8228 DP9199 DP1888 DS822

DR6222 AK228 DR327 DR128

DR944 DEI DP8698 DP800

DR893 DR2823 DP2345 DR238

DN500 AC986 DR3028 DS8221

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY IN CASH OR BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

A TRANSPORT 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 AUCTION WILL BE THE 11 STH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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NEW DEPOT FACILITIES FOR POLICE TACTICAL UNIT

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NEW FACILITIES ARE TO BE PROVIDED AT THE POLICE TACTICAL UNIT DEPOT AT VOLUNTEER SLOPES IN FANLING.

THE FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE 10 BLOCKS OF BUILDINGS RANGING FROM SINGLE-STOREY TO FIVE STOREYS TO ACCOMMODATE OFFICES, TRAINING FACILITIES, INDOOR REVOLVER RANGE, STORES, RADIO WORKSHOP, MESS, BARRACK AND ABLUTIONS, AND GARAGE.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT JANUARY AND BE COMPLETED IN DECEMBER 1989.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS WHICH SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON DECEMBER 4.

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DB COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE MID-LEVELS TRANSPORT

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL EXAMINE THE MID-LEVELS TRANSPORT STUDY OUTLINE AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 12).

THE STUDY IS AIMED AT DRAWING UP LONG-TERM STRATEGIES TO INCREASE TRAFFIC CAPACITY TO COPE WITH MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA.

THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT WILL SUBMIT A SURVEY REPORT CONCERNING POLLUTION ON THE PROPOSED ELEVATED ROAD ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST TO THE COMMITTEE.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS PEDESTRIAN PROBLEMS IN CAINE ROAD WHILE THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL SUGGEST MEASURES TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW IN SMITHFIELD ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 12) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 14/F., HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TREE PLANTING LOCATIONS

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THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE OF THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 12) TO DISCUSS SUITABLE SITES FOR PLANTING TREES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SITES WERE RECOMMENDED BY RESIDENTS THROUGH A PLANTING SCHEME ORGANISED DURING THE CURRENT DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

AT THE MEETING, A MEMBER WILL RAISE QUESTIONS ON THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE YAU MA TEI PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ON THE MANAGEMENT OF HAWKER STALLS IN TEMPLE STREET. THERE WILL ALSO BE QUESTIONS ON FOLLOW-UP ACTION TO ROAD EXCAVATION WORKS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE INFORMATION PAPERS ON SUGGESTED LOCATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT IN STREET LIGHTING AND THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 12) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU MA TEI DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS OUT-PATIENT SERVICE FEES

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THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 13) TO DISCUSS CHARGES FOR OUT-PATIENT SERVICES.

THE DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICER (TAI PO) , MR K.L. LAM, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROVISION OF PRE-VOCATIONAL EDUCATION.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF THE ANTI-SMOKING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN IN TAI PO, THE ICAC KWONG WANG INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMME, THE “STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO IN THE 1990'S PROJECT" AND DAY FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AT 9.30 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 13) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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DB SPOT-LIGHT ON CIVIC EDUCATION

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE PROGRESS OF VARIOUS CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PROGRESS REPORT WILL BE GIVEN BY CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP ON YUEN LONG DISTRICT CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, MR CHAN YAT-TUNG.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A PROGRESS REPORT ON DISTRICT BOARD-SPONSORED SOCIAL SERVICES ACTIVITIES AND A PROPOSED VISIT TO THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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THREE-WEEK AIDS EXHIBITION IN KWAI TSING » » » »

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE WILL ORGANISE AN

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EXHIBITION ON FROM TOMORROW

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(WEDNESDAY) UNTIL EARLY DECEMBER TO MAKE RESIDENTS’ MORE AWARE OF

THE

DISEASE.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD FOR A

WEEK AT A TIME AT THB CHEUNG CHING ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE OF TSING YI, THE TAI WO HAU COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING.

RESIDENTS AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS MAY ALSO WATCH A VIDEO TAPE AND SLIDES ON AIDS EDUCATION AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRES.

PAMPHLETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DISTRIBUTION AT THE VENUES.

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FUNDS SOUGHT FOR ENVIRONMENT CALENDAR » t » t ♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS FROM THE RURAL COMMITTEE AT A MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

A TOTAL OF $37,500 IS BEING SOUGHT FOR PRINTING CALENDAR POSTERS TO PUT ACROSS THE CLEAN HONG KONG MESSAGE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO REVIEW THE POSITION OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS IN RESPECT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND WILL DISCUSS THE PROGRESS REPORT OF LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON 3/F., GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT FOR KORNHILL ROAD *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS AGREED TO PROVIDE A SIGNAL-CONTROLLED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AT KORNHILL ROAD AS SUGGESTED BY THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS CARRIED OUT INVESTIGATION ON THE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT FOR KORNHILL ROAD AND THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 'WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE COMMITTEE AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 12) AFTERNOON.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL INTRODUCE ROADWORKS PLANS RELATED TO THE SHAU KEI WAN FOOTHILLS (WEST) PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, SUCH AS WIDENING OF SAI WAN HO STREET AND WAI HANG STREET, AND THE REALIGNMENT OF A PORTION OF ROAD ABOVE SHING ON STREET.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S PROPOSAL ON TWO-WAY ROUTING OF TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD BET . EN HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL AND EAST.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 12) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, 1ST FLOOR, 880-886, KING’S ROAD.

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MAJOR IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN LUEN WO HUI ARE TO START EARLY NEXT YEAR AS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NORTHEAST NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY AND TAKE ABOUT 30 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 300-METRE DUAL TWO-LANE ROAD WITH ADJOINING FOOTPATHS AND CYCLE TRACK LINKING LUEN WO HUI WITH SHA TAU KOK ROAD.

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THE EXISTING DRAINAGE AND SEWAGE SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE IMPROVED WHILE A FOOTBRIDGE WILL BE BUILT ACROSS MA WAT RIVER IN ON LOK TSUEN.

THE EXISTING MORNING WHOLESALE ACTIVITIES IN LUEN WO HUI WILL BE REPROVISIONED TEMPORARILY IN ON LOK TSUEN DURING THE WORKS PERIOD. THE ON-STREET PARKING SPACES WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED BUT A TEMPORARY CARPARK WILL BE BUILT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON DECEMBER 4.

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS LIFTED

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A NUMBER OF URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS IN FANLING AND SHEUNO SHUI WILL BE LIFTED FROM FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 13).

IN FANLING, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON THE CUL-DE-SAC IN THE EASTERN END OF ROAD L100 WILL BE LIFTED FROM 7 AM ON FRIDAY.

FROM 8 AM ON THE SAME DAY, THE EXISTING PEAK-HOUR (I.E. 7 TO 10 AM AND 4 TO 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON A 35-METRE STRETCH OF THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF FU HING STREET, SHEUNG SHUI, EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH SAN FAT STREET WILL BE LIFTED.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE CURRENT PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE OPERATING ROUND THE CLOCK ON THE SAME SECTION OF FU HING STREET WILL ALSO BE CANCELLED.

THE MEASURE IN SHEUNG SHUI WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT EIGHT DAYS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN • . •

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES 6EACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING : • •• • *••••

REVIEW COMMITTEE WILL DRAW LESSONS FROM RECENT EVENTS .... 1

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HK SHOULD CONTINUE TO PROSPER, SAYS FS ..................... 2

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FS: DISASTROUS TO ALLOW FUTURES MARKET TO COLLaPSE ......... 6

IMPORTANT STUDIES ON AIRPORT IN PROGRESS ................... 8

GOVERNMENT TOTALLY COMMITTED TO HK PEOPLE — CS.............. 9

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CS: STRONG ENDORSEMENT OF GOVERNOR'S POLICIES, PLANS ...... 12

TIMELY TO ENSURE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE IS IN GOOD SHAPE 13

FORMATION OF ADVISORY BODIES WILL NOT LESSEN

RESPONSIBILITIES ........................................ 1^

LINKS WITH CHINA WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP ................. 15

GOVT PURSUING REPATRIATION SOLUTION TO REFUGEE PROBLEM ... 16

ARGUMENTS WEIGH AGAINST COMPULSORY PROVIDENT FUND ......... 20

WHITE BILL SHORTLY ON COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME TRIAL LAW . 22

INCOME DECLARATION REQUIREMENT FOR OVER-70'S DELETED ...... 25

PERMANENT THINK-TANK ON EDUCATION ......................... 27

PLAN FOR PHASED DEVELOPMENT OF HINTERLANDS ................ 29

EMC GUIDELINE WILL IMPROVE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ............ 30

MUCH BEING DONE TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY ..................... 32

DEVELOPMENTS ON ARTS, RECREATION AND SPORTS OUTLINED.... 33

/WELL ESTABLISHED .......

WELL ESTABLISHED POLICY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT ................. J4

PLANNING FOR TRANSPORT INTO NEXT CENTURY .................... ?6

ECONOMIC GROWTH A FACTOR BEHIND TRAFFIC CONGESTION....... $8

FS: ABILITY TO CHANGE a KEY FACTOR IN SUCCESS ................. 40

INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ASSISTS CHIMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRY...... 40

STEP FORWARD IN TREATING LIVESTOCK WaSTE ...................... 42

APPOINTMENTS TO CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES COMMISSION ............. 4?

HK AN ATTRACTION FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT................ 4}

MORE CHILD CARE PLACES IN THE PIPELINE ........................ 44

CYC MEMBERS TO BREAK WORLD POSTER RECORD ...................... 44

KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL CLOSES ON SUNDAY ................... 45

REGISTRATION OF a DTC REVOKED ................................. 46

RESTRICTED ZONES IN ABERDEEN .................................. 46

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS SET UP A COMMITTEE OF REVIEW, TO BE KNOWN AS THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE, TO DRAW LESSONS FROM RECENT EVENTS IN THE STOCK AND FUTURES MARKETS, AND, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, ENSURE THAT THOSE EVENTS DO NOT HAPPEN AGAIN, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

LEADING OFF THE REPLIES BY OFFICIALS IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR'S POLICY SPEECH, MR JACOBS ANNOUNCED THAT MR IAN HAY DAVISON FROM THE UK, WHO HAD GREAT RELEVANT KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE, HAD ACCEPTED AN INVITATION TO SERVE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE.

MR S.L. CHEN, MR LAU WAH-SUM, THE HON PETER POON, MR CHARLES SOO AND MR PHILIP TOSE HAD AGREED TO SERVE AS MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, HE SAID.

MR DAVISON IS AN ADVISER TO ARTHUR ANDERSEN AND CO. AND A DIRECTOR OF MIDLAND BANK PLC. FROM 1983 TO 1986 HE WAS DEPUTY CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE, LLOYD’S OF LONDON.

MR JACOBS ADDED THAT THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE A SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE, WHO WOULD BE GIVEN ALL THE SUPPORT THAT THE COMMITTEE MIGHT REQUIRE.

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HE SAID THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE:

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"IN THE LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS IN THE STOCK AND FUTURES MARKETS AND IN RECOGNITION OF THE NEED TO MAINTAIN HONG KONG AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, TO REVIEW THE CONSTITUTION, POWERS, MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION OF -

(A) THE HONG KONG STOCK AND FUTURES EXCHANGES;

(B) THE SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSIONS; AND

(C) THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES TRADING,

AND TO RECOMMEND WHAT CHANGES ARE DESIRABLE TO ENSURE THE INTEGRITY OF THE MARKETS AND TO PROTECT INVESTORS."

THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE ASKED TO ACT IN ACCORDANCE WITH A NUMBER OF DIRECTIONS, HE SAID. A

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"FIRST, IT SHOULD INVITE SUBMISSIONS FROM ALL INTERESTED-PARTIES AND FROM THE PUBLIC;

"SECOND, ITS OBJECT IS TO EXAMINE CRITICALLY THE RELEVANT STRUCTURES AND SYSTEMS RATHER THAN TO ALLOCATE BLAME OR FIND FAULT WITH NAMED INDIVIDUALS OR INSTITUTIONS FOR PAST EVENTS.

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"THIRD, IT SHOULD CONSIDER COMPARABLE ARRANGEMENTS IN OTHER MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRES; AND

"LASTLY, IT SHOULD USE ITS BEST ENDEAVOURS TO SUBMIT ITS REPORT WITHIN SIX MONTHS; THE COMMITTEE SHALL HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE SUCH INTERIM RECOMMENDATIONS AS IT CONSIDERS NECESSARY IN THE INTEREST OF THE URGENT PROTECTION OF INVESTORS."

MR JACOBS SAID THE FIRST MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE SHOULD TAKE PLACE WITHIN THE NEXT 10 DAYS.

HE ADDED: "I KNOW THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG WILL RECOGNISE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE COMMITTEE’S TASK AND THEY WILL I HOPE, GIVE IT EVERY SUPPORT.

"I AM GLAD TO SAY THAT THE CHAIRMEN OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE AND OF THE FUTURES EXCHANGE, ON BEHALF OF THEMSELVES AND OF THE MEMBERS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE COMMITTEES, HAVE PROMISED THEIR FULL CO-OPERATION, AS HAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSIONS."

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO PUBLISH THE COMMITTEE’S REPORT HE SAID.


HK SHOULD CONTINUE TO PROSPER, SAYS FS * * ♦ » ♦

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE CRISES IN THE WORLD’S FINANCIAL MARKETS HAVE MADE MORE LIKELY SOME SLOWDOWN IN THE GROWTH RATES OF A NUMBER OF MAJOR ECONOMIES AND HONG KONG, WITH ITS HIGH EXPOSURE TO EXTERNAL FORCES, WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE AFFECTED, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR JACOBS SAID THAT IN SUCH AN EXTERNALLY-ORIENTED ECONOMY, THERE WAS NATURALLY LIMITED SCOPE FOR ACTION, BUT, NEVERTHELESS, HONG KONG’S ECONOMY WAS BASICALLY IN GOOD SHAPE. TRADE WAS GROWING RAPIDLY AND UNEMPLOYMENT WAS LOW.

HE SAID: "AS I HAVE INDICATED IN MY MID YEAR REVIEW AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER - WHICH SEEMS A LONG TIME AGO - SOME OF OUR CURRENT PROBLEMS, NOTABLY INFLATION AND SHORTAGE OF LABOUR, ARE ARISING FROM THE FACT THAT OUR PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY IS HAVING SOME DIFFICULTY IN KEEPING UP WITH DEMAND.

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“THESE BOTTLENECK PROBLEMS WILL PROBABLY MAKE SOME SLOWING DOWN INEVITABLE. RECENT EVENTS COULD WELL ACCELERATE THE PROCESS.

"BUT PROVIDED THE SLOWDOWN IN OUR ECONOMIC GROWTH IS NOT TOO DRAMATIC, WE SHOULD NOT BE ALARMED. IF WE MAINTAIN OUR CONFIDENCE, AND IF WE ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE GOVERNMENTS WORLDWIDE PURSUING POLICIES AIMED AT FOSTERING ECONOMIC GROWTH, WHILE ELIMINATING THE IMBALANCES IN THE WORLD ECONOMY, THEN HONG KONG SHOULD CONTINUE TO PROSPER."

MR JACOBS NOTED THAT THE HON THOMAS CLYDESDALE HAD REFERRED TO A PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATIVE TO PRODUCE A FORWARD LOOKING REPORT ON THE ECONOMY. "I HAD HEARD THIS PROPOSAL BEFORE, BUT IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT HE HAS SAID, I SHALL BE HAPPY TO GIVE IT FURTHER CONSIDERATION," MR JACOBS SAID.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ALSO NOTED THAT THE HON CHUNG PUI-LAM AND THE HON HO SAI-CHU HAD BOTH MENTIONED THE BENEFITS TO THE ECONOMY THAT HAVE COME FROM ITS INCREASINGLY CLOSE TIES WITH CHINA.

"THESE CLOSER TIES, WHICH ARE EVIDENCED BY THE INCREASED TRADE FLOWS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA, AND BY THE LARGE NUMBER OF CHINESE WORKERS ENGAGED ON PROCESSING WORK FOR HONG KONG MANUFACTURERS, SHOULD BE WELCOMED FOR HAVING ADDED A NEW AND BENEFICIAL DIMENSION TO OUR ECONOMY," HE SAID.

"AN EVEN GREATER DEGREE OF ECONOMIC INTEGRATION CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE FUTURE AS CHINA CONTINUES TO PURSUE ITS POLICY OF ECONOMIC REFORMS.

"ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO PREDICT THE PRECISE WAYS IN WHICH THIS ECONOMIC INTEGRATION WILL DEVELOP, THE GOVERNMENT TAKES THIS TREND INTO ACCOUNT IN ITS PLANNING OF HONG KONG’S INFRASTRUCTURE."

MR JACOBS ALSO DEALT WITH VARIOUS OTHER MATTERS:

DAYA BAY PROJECT

MR JACOBS SAID THE GUANGDONG NUCLEAR POWER JOINT VENTURE COMPANY HAD MADE IT CLEAR THAT WHILE THE RECENT INCIDENT INVOLVING MISSING BARS REVEALED SHORTCOMINGS IN THE QUALITY CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS AT THE DAYA BAY SITE, ALL THE PARTIES INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT REMAIN COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT BOTH DURING THE CONSTRUCTION AND SUBSEQUENT OPERATION OF THE POWER STATION SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS WILL NOT BE COMPROMISED.

HE ADDED THAT IN SUCH A LARGE AND COMPLEX PROJECT IT WOULD BE UNREALISTIC TO ASSUME THAT PROBLEMS AND MISTAKES WOULD NOT OCCUR.

"WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT WHEN SUCH PROBLEMS DO ARISE, THEY ARE DEALT WITH IN A RATIONAL WAY AND SATISFACTORY REMEDIAL SOLUTIONS ARE DEVELOPED," HE SAID.

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MR JACOBS NOTED THAT THE REPORT ON THE INCIDENT, PREPARED BY THE JOINT VENTURE COMPANY, HAD BEEN CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BY THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP ON THE DAYA BAY PROJECT. IN ADDITION, THE GROUP WAS GIVEN AN EXTENSIVE BRIEFING ON THE SUBJECT BY ENGINEERS FROM THE COMPANY.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF THE AD HOC GROUP IN RESPONSE TO THE INCIDENT, HE SAID: "NOT ONLY HAVE THEY SOUGHT INFORMATION ON THE INCIDENT BUT THEY HAVE ENSURED THAT THIS HAS ALSO BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC."

FINANCIAL MATTERS

MR JACOBS SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD LIKE TO RETURN COMMERCIAL BANKS UNDER ITS CONTROL TO PROFITABLE OPERATION AND DISENGAGE ITSELF FROM OWNERSHIP.

"THAT IS WHAT OUR EFFORTS ARE ALL ABOUT," HE SAID IN REPLYING TO A POINT RAISED BY THE HON DAVID LI.

"IN THE MEANTIME, THERE IS NO CONFLICT OR CERTAINLY NONE THAT CANNOT BE EASILY RESOLVED. THE BANKS IN QUESTION MUST COMPLY WITH THE BANKING ORDINANCE JUST LIKE ANY OTHER BANKS."

MR LI HAD QUESTIONED WHETHER THERE WAS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHEN THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS ACTED "BOTH AS INDUSTRY REGULATOR AND AT THE SAME TIME AS CHAIRMAN OF ...... COMMERCIAL BANKS (UNDER GOVERNMENT OWNERSHIP)" AND WHETHER THIS COULD BE RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNMENT MAKING GREATER EFFORTS IN RETURNING THE BANKS TO PROFITABLE OPERATION AND DISPOSING OF THEM IN THE MARKET.

REFERRING TO ANOTHER POINT MADE BY MR LI, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT ON TAXATION OF HONG KONG DOLLAR CAPITAL MARKET INSTRUMENTS, THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE HAD RECENTLY RECEIVED A FORMAL SUBMISSION FROM THE CAPITAL MARKETS ASSOCIATION.

"THIS AROSE FROM THE CONTINUOUS DIALOGUE ESTABLISHED RECENTLY BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATION AND THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH," HE SAID.

"THE SUBMISSION WILL BE EXAMINED CAREFULLY. THERE WILL NEED TO BE FURTHER CONSULTATION WITH THE FINANCIAL COMMUNITY." RESOURCE ALLOCATION

DEALING WITH RESOURCE ALLOCATION, MR JACOBS NOTED THAT A NUMBER OF MEMBERS HAD SPOKEN IN SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL PLANNING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR.

HE SAID IT WAS INTENDED TO MAKE THE BEST POSSIBLE USE OF THE MEDIUM TERM FORECAST. "IN ESSENCE, THE FORECAST HAS EXTENDED OUR PLANNING HORIZON AND NOW ENABLES US TO MAKE MORE INFORMED DECISIONS ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH WE HAVE ROOM TO EMBARK ON NEW SERVICES AND TO IMPROVE EXISTING ONES IN FUTURE YEARS. IT IS ABOUT PRIORITIES," HE SAID.

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"EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS OUR CONTINUING PROGRAMME OF VALUE FOR MONEY STUDIES. TAKEN TOGETHER, THESE MEASURES COMPRISE A COMPLEX AND AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME OF REFORM, AND I WELCOME THE INTEREST AND SUPPORT THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY MEMBERS TO OUR EFFORTS IN THIS AREA."

TAXATION

ON CALLS MADE BY SOME MEMBERS FOR SEPARATE TAXATION FOR WOMEN, MR JACOBS SAID HE WELCOMED THE COMMENTS THAT HAD BEEN MADE, ADDING; "BUT I AM SURE THAT MEMBERS WOULD NOT WANT ME TO DISCLOSE MY HAND AT THIS STAGE, LET US WAIT FOR A FEW MORE MONTHS."

TRAVEL AND TRAVEL AGENTS

MR JACOBS SAID MUCH WAS BEING DONE IN FACILITATING THE TOURIST INDUSTRY, SO AS TO MAINTAIN THE REPUTATION FOR HIGH STANDARDS OF SERVICE TO THE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO VISITED HONG KONG EVERY YEAR.

HE SAID AT PRESENT THERE WAS A SHORTAGE OF QUALITY HOTEL ROOMS, BUT BY 1990, THERE SHOULD BE AN INCREASE OF NEARLY 45 PER CENT, WITH THE NUMBER OF ROOMS GROWING FROM 20,850 TO 29,800.

"AND TO IMPROVE THE AIRPORT FACILITIES, WE EXPECT TO SEE THE STAGE V EXTENSION TO THE TERMINAL BUILDING COMING ON STREAM IN THE SUMMER OF 1988, THEREBY INCREASING PASSENGER THROUGH-CAPACITY BY 50 PER CENT," HE SAID.

MR JACOBS NOTED THAT THE PRESENT SITUATION IN CLEARING THE AIRPORT AFTER ARRIVAL WAS WHOLLY UNSATISFACTORY. HE SAID AN URGENT REVIEW ON EXISTING IMMIGRATION CLEARANCE PROCEDURES WAS IN PROGRESS TO IMPROVE THE SERVICE.

HE ADDED THAT A NEW COMPUTERISED SYSTEM WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN MID-1988 TO REPLACE THE EXISTING MANUAL IMMIGRATION "WATCH-LIST" CHECK.

CONCERNING PROTECTION FOR THE PUBLIC WHO USED THE SERVICES OF TRAVEL AGENTS, MR JACOBS SAID: "FOR SOME MONTHS, THE ADMINISTRATION, TOGETHER WITH CONCERNED PARTIES HAVE BEEN EXAMINING PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE CONSUMER PROTECTION AND TO PROMOTE GREATER DISCIPLINE WITHIN THE TRAVEL TRADE.

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"THE SUBJECT IS NOT EASY BUT WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO FORMULATE OUR PROPOSALS IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.

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"OUR ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE IS TO ENCOURAGE THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY TO INTRODUCE A VIABLE SYSTEM OF SELF-REGULATION, AND DISCUSSIONS ARE PROCEEDING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY ON HOW BEST THIS MAY BE ACHIEVED."

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FS: DISASTROUS TO ALLOW FUTURES MARKET TO COLLAPSE * * * * »

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT HE DID NOT WELCOME THE SUSPENSION OF TRADING IN ANY MARKET, BUT THERE WERE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH SUSPENSION OF TRADING WAS UNAVOIDABLE.

REFERRING TO RECENT EVENTS CONCERNING THE STOCK MARKET AND FUTURES MARKET IN HONG KONG, MR JACOBS SAID THAT HONG KONG WAS NOT ALONE IN EXPERIENCING WHAT HAD HAPPENED ON THE MARKETS IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS. ALL FINANCIAL CENTRES HAD BEEN HIT TO A GREATER OR LESSER DEGREE BY THE RECENT WORLDWIDE COLLAPSE TN EQUITY MARKETS.

ON THE POWER OF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE OF THE UNIFIED EXCHANGE TO SUSPEND TRADING, MR JACOBS SAID IT WAS NOT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO COMMENT ON THE LEGALITY OF ACTIONS BY A PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL, OR COMPANY, PARTICULARLY WHEN THOSE ACTIONS MIGHT BE THE SUBJECT OF DISPUTE.

"I UNDERSTAND, HOWEVER, THAT THE EXCHANGE HAD TAKEN LEGAL ADVICE ON THE LEGALITY OF ITS ACTION."

COMMENTING ON A SUGGESTION THAT URGENT LEGISLATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN PASSED TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT TO ORDER THE STOCK MARKET TO REOPEN, MR JACOBS SAID EVEN HAD THIS BEEN DONE, THE RESCUE PACKAGE WOULD STILL HAVE HAD TO FORM PART OF IT.

"AND IT IS MOST UNLIKELY THAT THE MARKETS WOULD HAVE OPENED BEFORE THE MONDAY IN ANY EVENT," HE SAID.

MR JACOBS SAID: "OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE AFTER THE MARKETS CLOSED WAS TO ENSURE THAT THEY REOPENED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND IN AS NORMAL A MANNER AS POSSIBLE. THIS IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR PRIME POLICY OBJECTIVE, WHICH IS TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF OUR SECURITIES MARKETS.

"CLEARLY THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT OF MARKET INTEGRITY IS THE SURVIVAL OF THE MARKET ITSELF, SO THAT PARTICIPANTS CAN CONTINUE TO TRADE NORMALLY.

"IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DISASTROUS, IN MY VIEW, IF WE HAD MERELY ALLOWED THE FUTURES MARKET TO COLLAPSE. THAT WOULD HAVE DONE NOTHING TO SAFEGUARD THE INTERESTS OF INVESTORS IN FUTURES AND WOULD HAVE DONE IMMENSE HARM TO THE REPUTATION OF HONG KONG AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE."

HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONSIDERED THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF ALLOWING THE FUTURES EXCHANGE, THE HONG KONG FUTURES GUARANTEE CORPORATION, AND MARKET PARTICIPANTS IN THE HANG SENG INDEX FUTURES MARKET TO FIND A SOLUTION BY THEMSELVES.

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BUT THE LIKELY "SOLUTION”, IN THE ABSENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INVOLVEMENT, WAS ONE THAT REQUIRED A CLOSING OUT OF CONTRACTS AT AN ARBITRARY PRICE. ’’THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN A SERIOUS KNOCK ON EFFECT IN THE STOCK MARKET ITSELF, THE LIKELY PERMANENT CLOSURE OF THE FUTURES MARKET, AND SERIOUS DAMAGE TO HONG KONG’S CONTINUANCE AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.”

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ALSO SAID THAT HE HAD CONSIDERED THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES HAD THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION NOT BEEN ABLE TO MEET ITS OBLIGATIONS WHEN TRADING ON THE FUTURES EXCHANGE RESUMED.

HE SAID: "IT WAS CLEAR TO ME THAT THIS WOULD HAVE LED TO A COMPLETE COLLAPSE OF THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION AND THE FUTURES EXCHANGE.

"WITH THE CLOSE LINKS BETWEEN THE FUTURES EXCHANGE AND THE STOCK EXCHANGE THROUGH THE HEDGING ON HANG SENG INDEX FUTURES OF PHYSICAL HOLDING OF SHARES, THERE WAS ALSO A SERIOUS RISK THAT THE STOCK EXCHANGE WOULD BE SIMILARLY AFFECTED.

"HAD THIS HAPPENED, THERE WOULD DOUBTLESSLY HAVE BEEN A MASSIVE OUTFLOW OF CAPITAL, WHICH WOULD IN TURN HAVE CREATED UNACCEPTABLE PRESSURE ON THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR."

ANSWERING CRITICISM ON THE USE OF THE EXCHANGE FUND, MR JACOBS SAID IT WAS HIS RESPONSIBILITY AS FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO USE THE EXCHANGE FUND "FOR SUCH PURPOSES AS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY THINKS FIT” TO STABILISE THE EXCHANGE VALUE OF OUR CURRENCY.

HE NOTED THAT PRIOR TO THE FORMAL INVOLVEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT IN TALKS LEADING TO THE RESCUE PACKAGE, THERE HAD BEEN ADVERSE PRESSURE ON THE EXCHANGE RATE REQUIRING SUBSTANTIAL INTERVENTION FROM THE EXCHANGE FUND. "IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT ON THE EMERGENCE OF THE RESCUE PACKAGE THAT PRESSURE EASED," HE SAID.

ON HIS NOT HAVING CONSULTED WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR JACOBS SAID HE WAS NOT REQUIRED BY SECTION 3(1) OF THE EXCHANGE FUND ORDINANCE TO CONSULT WHENEVER HE USED THE EXCHANGE FUND, ADDING THAT IT WOULD BE IMPRACTICAL TO DO SO.

AS TO WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT COULD HAVE PRESSED THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION TO CONTRIBUTE MORE TO THE PACKAGE, MR JACOBS SAID HE WAS SATISFIED WITH AND GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION, A NUMBER OF BROKERS AND MEMBERS OF THE FUTURES EXCHANGE, AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE BANK OF CHINA.

HE ALSO DREW ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT THE FIRST TWO CREDIT FACILITIES OF $1 BILLION : THAT IS, THE HK$1 BILLION PROVIDED BY THE SHAREHOLDERS OF THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION, A NUMBER OF BROKERS AND MEMBERS OF THE FUTURES EXCHANGE AND THE HK$1 BILLION PROVIDED BY THE EXCHANGE FUND, WERE STRUCTURED TN SUCH A WAY THAT ANY FUNDS LOANED FROM THE EXCHANGE FUND WERE THE LAST TO BE USED AND THE FIRST TO BE REPAID.

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AS TO THE ADDITIONAL CREDIT FACILITY OF HK$2 BILLION, THESE FUNDS WOULD NOT BE CALLED UPON UNLESS AND UNTIL THE INITIAL HK$2 BILLION HAD BEEN FULLY DRAWN.

COMMENTING ON THE DOUBT OF THE NEED FOR A STOCK INDEX FUTURES MARKET IN HONG KONG, MR JACOBS SAID THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT POSITIVELY ENCOURAGE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS MARKET, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND DID NOT WISH TO FRUSTRATE ITS PROPERLY REGULATED DEVELOPMENT.

HE SAID WHEN THE DECISION TO ESTABLISH THIS MARKET WAS MADE, IT WAS ACCEPTED THAT HONG KONG NEEDED TO KEEP ABREAST OF DEVELOPMENTS IN OTHER FINANCIAL CENTRES AND THAT AN INDEX FUTURES CONTRACT WOULD HAVE POSITIVE IMPACT ON INVESTORS’ INTEREST IN THE HONG KONG STOCK MARKET, PARTICULARLY THROUGH HEDGING THE VALUE OF SHARES AGAINST UNPREDICTABLE MARKET MOVEMENTS.

WHILE RECOGNISING THE DISADVANTAGES’ INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY OF THE INVESTING PUBLIC TAKING UNWISE RISKS AND THE POSSIBLITY OF MANIPULATING THE INDEX, MR JACOBS SAIDIT WAS THE CONSENSUS VIEW OF ALL PARTIES AT THAT TIME THAT THE ADVANTAGES OUTWEIGHED THE DISADVANTAGES.

HE NOTED THAT AFTER RECENT EVENTS BOTH HERE AND OVERSEAS, PEOPLE’S PERCEPTION OF THIS TYPE OF MARKET WOULD CHANGE IN A WAY OR TO AN EXTENT THAT THE DEMAND FOR A FUTURES MARKET WOULD DIMINISH.

HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT FOR THE GOVERNMENT ARTIFICIALLY TO CREATE OR SUPPRESS THE DEMAND FOR IT, HE SAID.

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INITIAL DECISIONS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT COULD BE TAKEN TOWARDS THE END OF 1988 BECAUSE BY THAT TIME THERE WILL BE A BETTER KNOWLEDGE ABOUT KAI TAK AND THE MAXIMUM LENGTH OF TIME DURING WHICH IT WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR NEEDS ADEQUATELY, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING, MR JACOBS SAID TWO IMPORTANT STUDIES ON THE AIRPORT WERE IN PROGRESS.

"THE FIRST RELATES TO THE LIFE SPAN OF KAI TAK AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE THE PRESENT FACILITIES. THIS CONSULTANCY SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE THIRD QUARTER OF NEXT YEAR.

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“THE SECOND STUDY IS THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY STUDY, WHICH WILL NOT BE COMPLETED BEFORE 1989. IT IS THE LATTER STUDY THAT WILL EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A COMBINED PORT AND AIRPORT FACILITY WITH SHARED INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT NETWORKS AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT,” MR JACOBS SAID.

HE NOTED THAT SOME MEMBERS HAD URGED THE NECESSITY FOR AN EARLY DECISION, AND HE SHARED THEIR VIEWS.

"BUT A PROJECT OF THIS MAGNITUDE MUST BE APPROACHED IN AN ORDERLY MANNER IF IT IS TO SERVE THE ECONOMIC INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY. NEVERTHELESS, WE WILL DO ALL WE CAN TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS,” HE SAID.

CONCERNING THE ADDITIONAL FACILITIES AT THE CONTAINER PORT, MR JACOBS SAID WHEN THE CONSTRUCTION WAS COMPLETED IN 1993, TERMINALS 6 AND 7 BETWEEN THEM WOULD ALMOST DOUBLE KWAI CHUNG'S CONTAINER HANDLING CAPACITY.

HE SAID BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR, THERE WOULD BE INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO DECIDE ON THE LOCATIONS OF TERMINALS 8 AND 9.

MR JACOBS SAID, ’’THE CONTAINER PORT IS UNDER GREAT PRESSURE AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WE SHALL NEED THESE ADDITIONAL FACILITIES.

“KWAI CHUNG, IN TERMS OF THROUGHPUT, IS NOW THE SECOND BUSIEST CONTAINER PORT IN THE WORLD, AND IF THE TREND CONTINUES, IT WILL NOT BE LONG BEFORE WE HOLD THE NO. 1 PLACE.

“THE ABILITY TO MOVE OUR IMPORTS AND EXPORTS EFFICIENTLY IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO OUR ECONOMIC WELL-BEING.”

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GOVERNMENT TOTALLY COMMITTED TO HK PEOPLE -- CS * ♦ * ♦ »

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) REFUTED ALLEGATIONS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS RELINQUISHING ITS AUTHORITY OVER THE GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG, DECEIVING ITS PEOPLE AND LACKING MORAL FIBRE.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, HE SAID THE ACCUSATIONS MADE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT WERE GRAVE INDEED.

“THEY CANNOT RE TAKEN LIGHTLY OR DISMISSED SIMPLY AS PART OF THE CUT AND THRUST OF POLITICAL DEBATE," HE SAID.

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"I REFUTE THEM IN THE STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS. THOSE WHO CONTINUE TO MAKE THEM IN THE MISGUIDED BELIEF THAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH A LAME DUCK WILL DISCOVER THAT THEY HAVE A TIGER BY THE TAIL, AND NOT A PAPER TIGER EITHER.”

MR FORD ALSO STRESSED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WAS TOTALLY COMMITTED AND DEDICATED TO FURTHERING THF INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

•'THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUR PRIMARY CONCERN AND REMAINS SO TODAY. I KNOW I SPEAK FOR THE WHOLE OF THE ADMINISTRATION, SIR, WHEN I SAY THAT WE DEEPLY RESENT THE FACT THAT OUR INTEGRITY AND MOTIVATION HAS BEEN CALLED INTO QUESTION,” HE ADDED.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT AFRAID OF CRITICISM.

"WE ARE QUITE WILLING TO ADMIT THAT WE MAY NOT GET EVERYTHING RIGHT. INDEED, WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON BEING A FREE SOCIETY WHERE DEBATE IS ENCOURAGED AND PEOPLE CAN SPEAK UP AGAINST THF. GOVERNMENT.”

BUT THAT FREEDOM ALSO INCLUDED THE RIGHT OF THE GOVERNMENT TO REPLY TO CRITICISM, HE SAID.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY WAS REFERRING TO ACCUSATIONS MADE BY THE HON MARTIN LEE AND THE HON PANG CHUN-HOI WHO "HAVE ATTACKED NOT JUST THE ACTIONS AND POLICIES OF THIS GOVERNMENT, BUT HAVE QUESTIONED ITS INTEGRITY."

"SUCH ASSERTIONS CANNOT GO UNANSWERED," MR FORD SAID.

MR LEE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD INVITED CHINESE INTERVENTION IN HONG KONG DURING HIS LAST VISIT TO PEKING.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID MR LEE DID NOT EXPLAIN HOW HE REACHED THIS REMARKABLE CONCLUSION.

MR FORD SAID HE BELIEVED THAT A BARRISTER WAS TRAINED TO PUT HIS ARGUMENTS ON THE BASIS OF FACT AND EVIDENCE.

"YET MR LEE, IN HIS SPEECH, RELIED ON INSINUATION AND INNUENDO WITH NOT A SINGLE SHRED OF EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT HIS SO-CALLED ’CASE’ AGAINST THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT."

MR FORD NOTED THAT THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS HAD PROVIDED CLEAR EVIDENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND ITS DETERMINATION TO GOVERN HONG KONG IN THE OVERALL BEST INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY.

"MANY OF OUR PROGRAMMES AND PLANS ARE DESIGNED TO BRING BENEFITS WELL BEYOND THE END OF THIS CENTURY," HE SAID.

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"THIS REFLECTS THE SOLEMN OBLIGATION WHICH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED UNDER THE JOINT DECLARATION, THAT IT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG WITH THE OBJECT OF MAINTAINING AND PRESERVING ITS ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND SOCIAL STABILITY.

' "IT IS ALSO AN IMPORTANT FACT THAT THE CONTINUATION OF GOOD GOVERNMENT UP TO AND BEYOND 1997 DEPENDS VERY HEAVILY ON THE EXISTING BODY OF PUBLIC SERVANTS AND ADVISERS."

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT A MACHINE.

"IT IS MADE UP OF PEOPLE: PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE, WHO CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THEIR CHILDREN; PEOPLE WHO, ABOVE ALL, CARE DEEPLY ABOUT HONG KONG.

"YET IT IS THESE VERY PEOPLE WHOM MR LEE AND MR PANG HAVE SOUGHT TO DENIGRATE IN THEIR SPEECHES.

"IT IS ALSO INCUMBENT UPON THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SOUND ADMINISTRATION IN THE TERRITORY, AND TO EXERCISE RESPONSIBLY THE HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY WHICH IT ALREADY ENJOYS UNDER THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND WHICH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FUTURE HONG KONG SAR WILL ENJOY UNDER THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. WE ARE DETERMINED TO MEET THAT REQUIREMENT."

MR FORD SAID MR LEE AND MR PANG DID A GRAVE DISSERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY BY TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE CREDIBILITY OF THE ADMINISTRATION.

"FOR THE LIFE OF ME I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO SEE WHAT THEY HOPE TO ACHIEVE.

"IF THEY ARE PLAYING POLITICS THEY ARE INDEED PLAYING A DANGEROUS GAME, BECAUSE THE FACT IS THAT THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF THIS COMMUNITY DEPENDS ON THE CREDIBILITY AND AUTHORITY OF THIS ADMINISTRATION.

"THIS GOVERNMENT DOES NOT NEED TO BE REMINDED OF ITS DUTY BY MR LEE AND MR PANG.

"EVERY SENIOR MEMBER OF THIS GOVERNMENT IS ACUTELY AWARE THAT WE MUST RETAIN THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG; THAT EVERY POLICY, EVERY ACTION AND EVERY MOVE THAT WE MAKE MUST HAVE THE SUPPORT, AND BE IN THE INTEREST OF, THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

"INDEED, OUR ABILITY TO GOVERN DEPENDS AS MUCH NOW, AS IT HAS IN THE PAST, UPON THAT TRUST AND THAT SUPPORT," HE ADDED.

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CS: STRONG ENDORSEMENT OF GOVERNOR’S POLICIES, PLANS

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IT IS CLEAR FROM THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN THE DERATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL ADDRESS THAT, ON THE WHOLE, THE POLICIES AND PLANS THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS DESCRIBED HAVE RECEIVED THE STRONG ENDORSEMENT OF THE COUNCIL, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR FORD SPOKE ON A RANGE OF SUBJECTS THAT WERE COMMENTED ON BY MEMBERS LAST WEEK. THESE INCLUDED THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT ON THE PUBLIC’S VIEWS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, THE CIVIL SERVICE,THE ROLE OF ADVISORY BODIES, HONGKONG’S RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA AND THE ADMINISTRATION AS A WHOLE.

ON THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT, MR FORD SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE STUDYING ALL THE VIEWS SENT TN TO THE SURVEY OFFICE WITH GREAT CARE.

HE SAID THE RELEASE OF THE REPORT HAD REKINDLED THE PUBLIC DEBATE ON WHETHER DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHOULD BE INTRODUCED NEXT YEAR.

"AS THE REPORT ITSELF INDICATES, THIS IS AN ISSUE ON WHICH VIEWS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY REMAIN DIVIDED," HE SAID.

NOTING THAT IT WAS NOT SURPRISING THAT THERE WERE DIFFERENCES OF VIEW ON THE PACE OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT, MR FORD SAID THE WAY TO RESOLVE THESE DIFFERENCES LAY IN CAREFUL ANALYSIS AND RATIONAL DISCUSSION, BUT NOT IN PRETENDING THAT A VIEW WHICH WAS DIFFERENT FROM ONE’S OWN EITHER DID NOT EXIST OR HAD BEEN FABRICATED BY A THIRD PARTY WITH ULTERIOR MOTIVES.

HE SAID: "IT IS A GREAT PITY THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE SOUGHT TO CAST SERIOUS DOUBT ON THE INTEGRITY OF THE SURVEY OFFICE AND ON THE SINCERITY OF THE GOVERNMENT’S WISH TO CONSULT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

"THESE ALLEGATIONS HAVE NO BASIS IN FACT. THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW IS THERE FOR ALL TO SEE. SO IS THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT. THEY ARE NOT SIMPLE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THE ISSUES WITH WHICH THEY ARE CONCERNED ARE NOT SIMPLE, AS SOME COMMENTATORS WOULD HAVE US BEL1EVE.

"BUT EVERYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN THE TRUTH CAN STUDY THEM AND FORM HIS OWN CONCLUSION ABOUT THE GENUINENESS OF THE REVIEW."

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TIMELY TO ENSURE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE IS IN GOOD SHAPE

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THE TOP MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE WILL BE REVIEWED TO ENSURE THAT IT IS CAPABLE NOT ONLY OF PROVIDING STABLE AND CONSISTENT GOVERNMENT, BUT ALSO OF MANAGING AND COPING WITH CHANGE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"THE DIRECTORATE PAY LEVEL SURVEY WHICH WAS UNDERTAKEN LAST YEAR REVEALED THAT THE STRUCTURE IS CLEARLY UNDER PRESSURE," HE SAID WHEN WINDING UP DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS.

"THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THAT THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT AND THE RUN-UP TO 1997 WILL ADD TO THIS PRESSURE. IT IS THEREFORE TIMELY TO TAKE ANOTHER GOOD LOOK AT THE STRUCTURE, WITH A VIEW TO ENSURING THAT IT IS IN THE BEST POSSIBLE SHAPE TO COPE WITH THE DEMANDS BEING MADE UPON IT, BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE."

MR FORD SAID THE CONSULTANCY UNDERTAKING THE REVIEW WOULD BE CONCERNED MAINLY WITH EXAMINING THE TOP MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE, ESSENTIALLY THE POLICY BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH THF. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS UNDER THEIR CONTROL.

REFERRING TO THE COMMENT ON CONCENTRATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS IN THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. MR FORD SAID THAT WAS INEVITABLE GIVEN THE POLICY FORMULATION ROLE OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.

HOWEVER, HE AGREED THAT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS SHOULD HAVE EXPERIENCE OF DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC.

MR FORD SAID THAT BY REGULAR POSTINGS, ALL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS SHOULD HAVE EXPERIENCE OF WORKING BOTH IN FRONT-LINE JOBS IN DEPARTMENTS AND AT POLICY DESKS IN THE SECRETARIAT.

RESPONDING TO A SUGGESTION THAT PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH IRRESPONSIBLE AND INEFFICIENT CIVIL SERVANTS SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE, MR FORD SAID: "THESE ARE ALREADY WELL-ESTABLISHED UNDER CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION’S ADVICE IS SOUGHT ON DISCIPLINARY CASES.

"PUNISHMENT CAN RANGE FROM FORMAL WARNINGS TO COMPULSORY RETIREMENT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST OR DISMISSAL TN MORE SERIOUS CASES.

"THE POWERS ARE CERTAINLY USED AND DURING 1986-87, 26 OFFICERS WERE COMPULSORILY RETIRED AND 190 DISMISSED FOR INCOMPETENCE, SERIOUS DISCIPLINARY OFFENCES OR ON OTHER GROUNDS."

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ON STABILITY AND CONTINUITY IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE, MR FORD SAID THERE HAD ONLY BEEN THREE RESIGNATIONS FROM DIRECTORATE OFFICERS IN THE PAST YEAR, OUT OF A TOTAL STRENGTH OF OVER A THOUSAND.

THE WASTAGE RATE IN THE SERVICE AS A WHOLE HAD DECLINED FROM SIX PER CENT 10 YEARS AGO TO THREE PER CENT IN THE LAST TWO YEARS.

IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN CLOSE CONTACT AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, MR FORD SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAD AN ON-GOING PROGRAMME TO SECOND OFFICERS TO LOCAL FIRMS, THE UK CIVIL SERVICE, AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS TO ENABLE THEM TO ACQUIRE WIDER EXPERIENCE.

HE SAID THAT THE ADMINISTRATION ALSO INVITED MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO PARTICIPATE IN THE THREE-MONTH LONG SENIOR STAFF COURSES ORGANISED FOR THE SENIOR PROFESSIONAL AND DIRECTORATE OFFICERS OF THE CIVIL SERVICE.

"I BELIEVE GOVERNMENT OFFICERS AND THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR ARE BENEFITTTNG FROM THE OPPORTUNITY THIS PROVIDES FOR THEM TO EXCHANGE IDEAS ON A WIDE RANGE OF HONG KONG PROBLEMS," HE ADDED.

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THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ADVISORY AND STATUTORY BODIES WILL IN NO WAY DETRACT FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN, OR ALTER THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION, THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL ADDRESS, MR FORD REFUTED SUGGESTIONS THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUCH BODIES WAS A MEANS WHEREBY THE GOVERNMENT COULD OFFLOAD ITS RESPONSIBILITIES, PARTICULARLY FOR TAKING UNPOPULAR DECISIONS, OR THAT IT WAS A CLANDESTINE WAY OF EFFECTING FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES TO THE PATTERN OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT ARMS OF GOVERNMENT.

HE SAID IN ASSESSING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AND FORMULATING ITS POLICIES TO MEET THOSE NEEDS, IT HAD BEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S PRACTICE REGULARLY TO EXAMINE THE COMPOSITION AND WORKING OF ITS ADVISORY COMMITTEES, SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THEY CONTINUED TO FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY AND TO FULFIL A GENUINE PURPOSE. HE ADDED THAT CHANGES WERE INTRODUCED WHERE NECESSARY TO MEET NEW SITUATIONS.

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"THE ESTABLISHMENT OF STATUTORY BODIES WITH SOME EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS, AND WITH THE AUTHORITY IN SOME CASES TO PROPOSE POLICY CHANGES, WAS PART OF THIS PROCESS," HE NOTED.

MR FORD SAID THAT IN ESTABLISHING THESE BODIES, THE GOVERNMENT'S AIM WAS TO ENSURE THAT IT WAS BETTER PLACED TO RESPOND PROMPTLY AND FLEXIBLY TO CHANGES IN DEMAND FOR ITS SERVICES, AND THAT ITS ADVISERS WERE BETTER PLACED TO OFFER ADVICE ON POLICY ISSUES ON THE BASIS OF DIRECT KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF THE WAY IN WHICH THESE SERVICES WERE DELIVERED ON THE GROUND.

"THE ESTABLISHMENT OF STATUTORY BODIES WITH A LARGE ELEMENT OF MEMBERSHIP FROM OUTSIDE THE PUBLIC SERVICE IS AN EFFECTIVE WAY OF BRINGING THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS CLOSER TO THE PUBLIC AND MUST, I BELIEVE, BE A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT," HE SAID.

MR FORD ADDED THAT ALTHOUGH THE STATUTORY BODIES WERE GIVEN DECISION-MAKING POWERS, THE GOVERNMENT REMAINED RESPONSIBLE FOR DETERMINING THE BROAD POLICIES WHICH PROVIDED THE FRAMEWORK FOR SUCH OPERATIONAL DECISIONS.

HE SAID: "MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS MEMBERS ON THESE BODIES, AND ALL THESE BODIES WILL HAVE AS THEIR EXECUTIVE ARMS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS STAFFED BY PUBLIC SERVANTS.

"ANY POLICY PROPOSALS WHICH ARE BASED ON THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AND WHICH REQUIRE THE ENACTMENT OF LEGISLATION OR THE VOTING OF FUNDS WILL REQUIRE THE APPROVAL OF THIS COUNCIL OR ITS FINANCE COMMITTEE."

"THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THESE BODIES WILL THEREFORE IN NO WAY DETRACT FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN, OR ALTER THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ADMINISTRATION, THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL."

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A SOUND WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA HAS ALWAYS BEEN ESSENTIAL TO HONG KONG’S STABILITY AND PROGRESS, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON DAVID FORD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR FORD SAID THIS, HOWEVER, WAS NOT TO SUGGEST THAT THIS FACT "DOMINATES OUR THINKING OR THE WAY IN WHICH WE GOVERN HONG KONG."

"IT IS A CLEAR DUTY TO ENSURE THAT THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE PARAMOUNT AND REMAIN SO," HE NOTED.

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WINDING UP THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ADDRESS, MR FORD SAID OUR LINKS WITH CHINA IN THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC FIELDS WOULD NO DOUBT CONTINUE TO DEVELOP, NOT ONLY AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE S1NO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION, BUT ALSO AS A CONSEQUENCE OF CHINA’S OWN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND OF HONG KONG’S ROLE AS A GATEWAY BETWEEN CHINA AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD.

HE SAID: "IN THE RUN UP TO 1997, THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS ARE BOTH CONCERNED WITH MAINTAINING THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF THE TERRITORY AND WITH ENSURING A SMOOTH TRANSFER TO GOVERNMENT IN 1997. THIS CAN BEST BE ACHIEVED BY ENSURING THAT THERE IS MAXIMUM CONTINUITY OF ADMINISTRATION BEFORE AND AFTER 1997.

"THIS IS CLEARLY ENVISAGED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION. IT IS THUS NOT ONLY ENTIRELY REASONABLE BUT ALSO QUITE ESSENTIAL THAT THERE SHOULD BE CLOSE CONTACT AND EXCHANGES OF VIEWS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES, THROUGH FORMAL AND INFORMAL CHANNELS."

MR FORD SAID THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE FEARFUL OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS, ADDING THAT HONG KONG’S RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA HAD DEVELOPED STEADILY IN A PRACTICAL AND PRAGMATIC WAY.

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THE SOLUTION THE GOVERNMENT IS PURSUING IN TACKLING THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IS TO SCREEN NEW ARRIVALS AND TO REPATRIATE ALL THOSE WHO CANNOT ESTABLISH THEY ARE GENUINE REFUGEES, PROVIDED THAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN BE SATISFIED THAT THEY WILL NOT BE TREATED INHUMANELY.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON DAVID JEAFFRESON, DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL ADDRESS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

NOTING THAT IT WAS MEETING THIS PROVISO THAT WAS CURRENTLY HOLDING UP FURTHER PROGRESS, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO DO EVERYTHING IT COULD TO GET ITS POLICY ON REPATRIATION ACCEPTED.

"MEANWHILE, WE WILL CONTINUE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENCOURAGE THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES TO TAKE MORE FEFUGEES FROM HONG KONG.

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"AND WE BADLY NEED THEIR HELP. OUR VIETNAMESE REFUGEE POPULATION IS NOW 9,366 COMPARED WITH 7,630 IN MAY THIS YEAR," HE SAID.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE GOVERNMENT THEREFORE MUST MAINTAIN THE CLOSED CENTRES AS A DETERRENT.

HE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT AS SOON AS THE GOVERNMENT COULD IMPLEMENT ITS POLICY ON REPATRIATING NEW ARRIVALS, IT WOULD BE PUTTING FORWARD PROPOSALS DESIGNED TOWARDS OPENING UP THE CLOSED CENTRES.

ON RESETTLEMENT OF VR’S, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES NOW HAD STRICT LIMITATIONS ON THE NUMBERS AND THE SORT OF REFUGEES THEY WERE PREPARED TO TAKE.

HE SAID: "ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE DECLINE IN RESETTLEMENT SO FAR THIS YEAR IS THAT FAR FEWER ARRIVALS ARE QUALIFYING UNDER THE CRITERIA THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES APPLY TO DETERMINE WHO THEY WILL TAKE FOR RESETTLEMENT.

"THE MAJORITY OF THOSE NOW ARRIVING ARE NORTHERNERS WITH NO RELATIVES IN THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES. AS THINGS ARE, THERE IS LITTLE HOPE OF THEIR EVER BEING RESETTLED."

MR JEAFFRESON ADDED THAT THERE HAD BEEN A DECLINE OF 50 PER CENT IN RESETTLEMENT COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR.

HE SAID THAT THE BASIC REASON WHY THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES WERE NOW HAVING SUCH DIFFICULTIES IN MEETING THEIR OBLIGATIONS AS FAR AS REFUGEES IN HONG KONG WERE CONCERNED WAS THE PROBLEMS THEY WERE ENCOUNTERING IN RESPECT OF REFUGEES FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.

"IF, FOR THIS REASON, THERE CAN’T BE RESETTLEMENT OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG, THEN THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO SEEK DURABLE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF DISORDERLY DEPARTURES FROM VIETNAM."

MR JEAFFRESON SAID SINCE 1975 SOME 120,000 BOAT PEOPLE HAD ARRIVED IN HONG KONG AND MORE THAN 112,000 OF THEM HAD BEEN RESETTLED.

"THE UNITED STATES ALONE HAS RESETTLED MORE THAN 63,000 REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG, AND MORE THAN 25 OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE HELPED US. "

ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FROM CHINA, MR JEAFFRESON STRESSSED THAT "ALL Il’S ARE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE, RETURNED TO CHINA".

HE SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO WARN POTENTIAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT NOT TO TRY TO ENTER HONG KONG, ADDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION MEASURES WERE VERY EFFECTIVE.

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HE SAID MOST Il’S WOULD BE ARRESTED ON THE BORDER, AND UP TO THE END OF LAST MONTH A TOTAL OF 18,564 HAD BEEN CAUGHT THIS.YEAR.

HE NOTED THAT THE FEW THAT MANAGED TO SLIP THROUGH WOULD BE ARRESTED IN HONG KONG.

"OVER THE SAME PERIOD WE FOUND 3,432 SUCH EVADERS, AS WE CALL THEM. AS THEY DO NOT HAVE IDENTIFY CARDS WE ARE SURE WE GET ALL THESE EVADERS IN THE END." *

ON BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) PASSPORT, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, BRITISH MISSIONS OVERSEAS AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAD DONE A GREAT DEAL TO EXPLAIN THE NEW PASSPORT TO THIRD COUNTRIES.

HE SAID: "SINCE MAY, SPECIMEN PASSPORTS HAVE BEEN HANDED OVER TO THE GOVERNMENTS OF THIRD COUNTRIES, BOTH IN HONG KONG AND IN THEIR CAPITALS. THE NEW PASSPORT SHOULD BY NOW BE A BRITISH TRAVEL DOCUMENT WELL KNOWN TO IMMIGRATION STAFF.

"TO DATE, MORE THAN 14,500 BN(O) PASSPORTS HAVE BEEN APPLIED FOR. WE HAVE NO REASON WHATSOEVER TO BELIEVE THAT BN(O) PASSPORT HOLDERS HAVE IN PRACTICE ENCOUNTERED ANY DIFFICULTIES IN THEIR TRAVELS.

"BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION VERY CLOSELY. BOTH THE BRITISH AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENTS WILL REACT IMMEDIATELY IF ANY PROBLEMS DO ARISE," HE ADDED.

TO FACILITATE THE REPORTING OF ANY PROBLEMS TRAVELLERS ENCOUNTER WITH THE BN(O) PASSPORT AND TO ANSWER ANY ENQUIRIES ON THE NEW PASSPORT, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WAS IN THE PROCESS OF SETTING UP A "HOT LINE".

"WE SHALL PUBLICISE THE TELEPHONE NUMBER AS SOON AS THE LINE IS IN OPERATION," HE NOTED.

MR JEAFFRESON SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND THOSE FACED WITH THE CHOICE OF APPLYING FOR A BDTC PASSPORT OR A BN(O) PASSPORT THAT THE VALIDITY OF A BDTC PASSPORT WOULD NOT RUN BEYOND JUNE 30, 1997 AND THEY WILL HAVE TO CHANGE TO A BN(O) ONE BEFORE THAT DATE IF THEY WISHED TO CONTINUE TO TRAVEL ON A BRITISH TRAVEL DOCUMENT.

"BY CONTRAST, THE BN(O) PASSPORT WILL BE VALID FOR 10 YEARS. IT WILL ALSO, DON’T FORGET, BE A PROOF OF NATIONALITY."

ON THE ACCEPTABLILITY OF THE BN(O) PASSPORT, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT EXPLAINED THE NEW PASSPORT TO THE GOVERNMENTS OF 141 COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EXPLAINED IT TO THE 73 WITH REPRESENTATIVES IN HONG KONG.

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"A PASSPORT IS A TRAVEL DOCUMENT THAT BY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION MUST BE ASSUMED TO BE ACCEPTABLE UNLESS A COUNTRY STATES OTHERWISE. THE IMPORTANT POINT IS THAT NO COUNTRY HAS SAID IT WILL NOT ACCEPT THE BN(O) PASSPORTS," HE SAID.

ON IMPORTATION OF LABOUR, MR JEAFFRESON REFUTED A SUGGESTION BY THE HON HO SAI-CHU THAT THE ADMISSION OF ONE-WAY EXIT PERMIT HOLDERS FROM CHINA SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED WITH A CERTAIN DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY SO THAT PERSONS ALLOWED TO ENTER UNDER THE SCHEME COULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS ALLEVIATING THE PRESENT LABOUR SHORTAGE.

HE SAID: " I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE PRESENT SCHEME OF ADMITTING ONE-WAY EXIT PERMIT HOLDERS HAS BEEN WORKING WELL. BUT WE HAVE NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER OF SEEKING TO INCREASE THE PRESENT QUOTA.

"THE 27,000 ENTERING HONG KONG ANNUALLY UNDER THE SCHEME ARE ALREADY EQUIVALENT TO 0.5 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION, BY INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS A VERY HIGH PROPORTION FOR IMMGRATION.

"IT IS AS MUCH AS OUR COMMUNITY CAN DEAL WITH IN TERMS OF FACILITIES INCLUDING HOUSING, MEDICAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES. NOR WOULD WE WISH TO SEE THE CONTENT OF THE 75-A-DAY ONE-WAY PERMIT HOLDERS CHANGED TO FAVOUR THOSE WHO ARE ABLE TO WORK.

"AT PRESENT THE SYSTEM IS BEING USED PRIMARILY TO ACHIEVE FAMILY REUNION. WE WOULD VERY MUCH HOPE THAT IT REMAINS THAT WAY," HE SAID.

ON VISAS FOR VISITORS FROM EASTERN EUROPE, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE GOVERNMENT KEPT THE POLICY UNDER REGULAR REVIEW AND IT WAS NOW FAR LESS RIGID THAN WAS OFTEN SUPPOSED.

HE SAID: "EACH APPLICATION FOR A VISA IS CONSIDERED ON ITS MERITS WITH THE OBJECT OF BALANCING HONG KONG’S VARYING INTERESTS TN THIS CONTEXT. WE ACCEPT THAT TOO RESTRICTIVE A POLICY COULD BE AN IMPEDIMENT TO HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT AS AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE.

"IN ORDER TO MEET THIS POINT, AS A RESULT OF THE LAST REVIEW WE HAVE INTRODUCED A NEW PROCEDURE WHICH TAKES ACCOUNT OF THE LONG LEAD TIMES NECESSARY FOR PLANNING CONFERENCES AND WHICH SHOULD ENABLE HONG KONG TO BID FOR A GREATER PROPORTION OF CONFERENCE EVENTS.

"WE HAVE ALSO AGREED FURTHER TO RELAX OUR POLICY ON THE GRANTING OF VISA? 30 THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO AGREE TO THE ISSUE OF more visas Than we have hitherto.

"WE HAVE INFORMED THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION. AND THE MANAGEMENT OF THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE IS ALSO AWARE OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE."

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ARGUMENTS WEIGH AGAINST COMPULSORY PROVIDENT FUND ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

ARGUMENTS FOR AND AGAINST COMPULSORY SAVINGS HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED IN GREAT DETAIL AND AT GREAT LENGTH, WITH THE BALANCE OF THE ARGUMENTS QUITE HEAVILY AGAINST COMPULSION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON RON BRIDGE, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY ^WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKIlfc ON THE SUBJECT OF A CENTRAL PROVIDENT FUND DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY SPEECH, MR BRIDGE SAID PROFESSIONAL ECONOMISTS SUPPORTED THE VIEW THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF A COMPULSORY SAVINGS SCHEME WOULD INCREASE PRODUCTION COSTS AND WEAKEN HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL COMPETITIVENESS.

"OUR ECONOMY DEPENDS ON OUR EXPORTS. IT THEREFORE SEEMS PARTICULARLY UNWISE TO DO ANYTHING THAT COULD PUT OUR COMPETITIVENESS AT RISK," HE SAID.

MR BRIDGE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE A COMPULSORY SAVINGS SCHEME WOULD PROVIDE A REASONABLY ADEQUATE RETURN FOR THOSE WHO HAD BEEN IN STEADY EMPLOYMENT EARNING GOOD WAGES, THOSE EARNING LESS THAN THE AVERAGE WAGE, OR CONTRIBUTING FOR LESS THAN 40 YEARS, COULD EXPECT FROM THEIR COMPULSORY LIFETIME SAVINGS A RETIREMENT INCOME BELOW THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE THRESHOLD.

MOREOVER, BY COMPULSORY SAVINGS, IT WOULD MEAN THAT EMPLOYERS WOULD BE FORCED TO SET UP RETIREMENT SCHEMES; AND EMPLOYEES WOULD BE FORCED TO JOIN, AND TO CONTRIBUTE FOR THEIR ENTIRE WORKING LIVES.

"I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT SUCH EXTENSIVE GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE IN THE FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF SO MANY INDIVIDUALS WOULD IN PRACTICE BE POPULAR,” MR BRIDGE SAID.

"WE HAVE THEREFORE REJECTED COMPULSORY SAVING SCHEMES; BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE AN INADEQUATE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF PROVIDING FOR THE NEEDY ELDERLY; THEY WOULD BE UNPOPULAR WITH A CONSIDERABLE PROPORTION OF THOSE AFFECTED; AND THEY WOULD PUT OUR ECONOMY AT RISK."

MR BRIDGE SAID A MUCH MORE APPROPRIATE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEMS OF IMPROVING THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE ELDERLY WAS FOUND IN THE LONG SERVICE PAYMENT (LSP) SCHEME.

THE LSP WAS INTRODUCED IN JANUARY 1986 AS A MEASURE TO PROVIDE SOME PROTECTION FOR ELDERLY EMPLOYEES WHO WERE DISMISSED; AND LEGISLATION TO EXTEND THE SCHEME TO COVER RETIREMENT THROUGH OLD AGE OR ILL HEALTH WOULD BE PUT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

MR BRIDGE SAID THAT THE LSP HAD THREE ADVANTAGES : IT WAS NONCONTRIBUTORY; IT WAS BASED ON FINAL SALARY AND IT WAS RETROACTIVE.

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BUT HE ALSO NOTED THAT THE SCHEME AT PRESENT DID HAVE SOME LIMITATIONS. FIRSTLY, THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH IT WAS PAYABLE WERE RATHER RESTRICTED; SECONDLY, THERE WAS NO REQUIREMENT AT PRESENT FOR an Employer to fund his liabilities under the scheme.

"ON THE FIRST POINT, THE COVERAGE OF THE SCHEME WOULD BE EXTENDED CONSIDERABLY BY THE FORTHCOMING AMENDMENTS," MR BRIDGE SAID. "ON THE SECOND POINT, MANY EMPLOYERS WERE IN FACT TAKING STEPS TO COVER THEIR LSP LIABILITIES BY SETTING UP PRIVATE RETIREMENT SCHEMES."

HE SAID THAT THIS RAPID INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PRIVATE RETIREMENT SCHEMES WAS ENCOURAGING, ADDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE IT FURTHER WITH A PUBLICITY AND INFORMATION CAMPAIGN IN PARALLEL WITH THE MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE REGULATION OF PRIVATE SCHEMES.

TURNING TO PROGRESS ON LABOUR LEGISLATION, MR BRIDGE SAID THAT IT HAD TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONFLICTING INTERESTS OF EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES, REQUIRING SOMETIMES DIFFICULT NEGOTIATIONS WITH BOTH SIDES.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD ENACTED NO LESS THAN 274 ITEMS OF LABOUR LEGISLATION IN THE LAST 20 YEARS, AND HONG KONG NOW COMPILED IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITH 48 INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION CONVENTIONS, A FIGURE WHICH COMPARED FAVOURABLY WITH MANY OF THE MORE ADVANCED COUNTRIES, E.G. JAPAN AND SINGAPORE.

HOWEVER, MR BRIDGE AGREED THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS FOR WORKERS AS FAST AS HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC GROWTH PERMITTED.

HE SAID HE WAS PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGED BY THE RECENT EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DECISION TO SET UP AN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY COUNCIL, WHOSE AIM WOULD BE TO ENHANCE SAFETY AWARENESS AND REDUCE THE TRAGICALLY HIGH NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS AT WORK.

"THE COUNCIL WILL TAKE OVER FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR SAFETY EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY AND WILL PROVIDE ADVISORY AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN ALL SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY," HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS DECIDED THAT A WHITE BILL WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE PROPOSED LAW GOVERNING THE TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES.

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON MICHAEL THOMAS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT A WHITE BILL (OR A DRAFT BILL FOR PUBLIC DISCUSSION) WILL BE GAZETTED IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS’ TIME.

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS, MR THOMAS SAID THE 57 RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD BY THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME COVERED ADMINISTRATIVE AS WELL AS LEGISLATIVE MATTERS.

A NUMBER OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS HAD ALREADY BEEN CARRIED INTO EFFECT BY ADMINISTRATIVE MEANS.

A GREAT DEAL OF WORK HAD BEEN DONE ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRING LEGISLATION.

"ALTHOUGH THE BILL SEEKS TO IMPLEMENT THE BROAD RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE, ITS DETAILED PROVISIONS WILL BE NEW AND INTERESTED PARTIES MUST BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON THEM," HE SAID.

MR THOMAS SAID NO ONE WOULD DISPUTE THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE SUCH AS HONG KONG TO POSSESS EFFICIENT MEANS OF COMBATTING AND PUNISHING COMMERCIAL CRIME.

"AS A MATTER OF FACT THE GOVERNMENT HAS DEVOTED CONSIDERABLE RESOURCES TO THE FIGHT AGAINST COMMERCIAL CRIME IN RECENT YEARS.

"IT WAS ONLY IN 1980 THAT MY PREDECESSOR FIRST SET UP A COMMERCIAL CRIME UNIT IN THE PROSECUTIONS DIVISION OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT BY ASSIGNING TO THAT UNIT A DIRECTORATE OFFICER AND TWO COUNSEL. PRIOR TO THAT, COMMERCIAL CRIME HAD TO COMPDETE FOR TIME AND ATTENTION WITH OTHER SERIOUS CRIMES," HE SAID.

TODAY, THE UNIT HAD EIGHT DIRECTORATE OFFICERS AND 15 OTHER EXPERIENCED COUNSEL. THIS GROWTH HAD BEEN PARALLELLED IN THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND, IN RECENT YEARS, THE ICAC HAD TAKEN ON MAJOR CASES INVOLVING CORRUPTION.

ACCOUNTANTS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR WERE ALSO BROUGHT IN TO INVESTIGATE CASES AND AS EXPERT WITNESSES.

"OF COURSE THE FIGHT AGAINST COMMERCIAL CRIME IS COSTLY BUT I AM SURE MEMBERS DO NOT WISH TO ALLOW HONG KONG’S SAVINGS AND INVESTMENTS, BIG OR SMALL, TO BE PLUNDERED WITH IMPUNITY," HE SAID.

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TURNING TO THE CARRIAN CASE, MR THOMAS SAID HE SHARED THE HON POON CHI-FAI’S CONCERN AND THE WIDESPREAD CONCERN OF SO MANY AT THE OUTCOME OF THE CASE.

'HE SAID IT WAS AN IMPORTANT CASE ARISING FROM HONG KONG’S LARGEST EVER CORPORATE COLLAPSE WHICH RESULTED IN DEFICIENCIES OF SOME 110 BILLION AND WHICH DAMAGED THE TERRITORY’S REPUTATION FOR COMMERCIAL INTEGRITY.

"I WOULD LIKE TO ASSURE MR POON THAT A GREAT DEAL OF CARE AND TROUBLE WAS TAKEN IN THE PREPARATION OF THE PROSECUTION CASE, AND IN FRAMING THE CHARGES," HE SAID.

"AS I SAID IN REPLY TO DR CONRAD LAM WHO WROTE TO ME IN SEPTEMBER ON THIS MATTER, THE CASE WAS COMPLICATED AND THERE WAS A VAST NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS TO ASSIMILATE. CONSIDERATION WAS GIVEN TO ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF PROCEEDING.

"THE DECISION TO PROSECUTE WAS TAKEN AFTER RECEIVING POSITIVE ADVICE ON THE CHARGES TO BE LAID FROM AN EXPERIENCED QUEEN'S COUNSEL IN LONDON, MR HARRY OGNALL, QC (WHO HAS SINCE BEEN MADE A HIGH COURT JUDGE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM), THE THEN CROWN PROSECUTOR AND SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMERCIAL CRIME UNIT OF THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT.

"THE CROWN ALSO OBTAINED ADVICE FROM TWO EXPERIENCED ACCOUNTANTS, INCLUDING LORD BENSON, THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS. BOTH THESE GAVE EVIDENCE FOR THE CROWN AT THE COMMITTAL PROCEEDINGS AND THE TRIAL," THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID.

HE SAID THAT UNDER THE TERRITORY’S CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, DEFENDANTS COULD CHOOSE TO TEST THE STRENGTH OF THE PROSECUTION CASE BY WAY OF COMMITTAL PROCEEDINGS. THIS RIGHT WAS EXERCISED IN THE CARRIAN CASE BY FOUR OF THE DEFENDANTS.

A FULL COMMITTAL HEARING LASTING SIX MONTHS TOOK PLACE BEFORE A MAGISTRATE WHOSE FUNCTION IT WAS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THERE WAS SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE UPON WHICH TO COMMIT THOSE DEFENDANTS TO TRIAL IN THE HIGH COURT. THE MAGISTRATE DECIDED THAT A COMMITTAL FOR TRIAL WAS WARRANTED, HE SAID.

MR THOMAS SAID THE ESTIMATE GIVEN TO HIM AND TO THE COURT WAS THAT THE TRIAL WOULD LAST ANOTHER SIX TO EIGHT MONT’S. BUT THIS ESTIMATE WAS FAR EXCEEDED.

"I HAD FOR SOME TIME BEEN TROUBLED BY THE PROLONGATION OF THESE PROCEEDINGS, AND THE STRAIN WHICH THAT PLACED ON MEMBERS OF THE JURY IN PARTICULAR, AND ALL OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE CASE.

"THOSE APPEARING FOR THF. CROWN TOOK MANY STEPS TO EFFECT ECONOMIES.

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"BUT MEMBERS WILL APPRECIATE THAT THEY DO NOT CONTROL THE COURSE OF A TRIAL," HE SAID.

MR THOMAS SAID THE DEPARTMENT’S COMMERCIAL CRIME UNIT HAD IN RECENT YEARS UNDERTAKEN A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF CASES ARISING FROM COMPLEX COMMERCIAL FRAUD. IN THE THREE YEAR PERIOD FROM 1984, THE UNIT PROSECUTED 44 CASES IN THE HIGH COURT, RESULTING IN 83 PERSONS CONVICTED AND THREE ACQUITTED.

MOST OF THESE CASES HAD BEEN LENGTHY AND COMPLEX AND MANY OF THEM WERE CASES OF CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD.

"NONETHELESS I CAN ASSURE MEMBERS, JUST AS I ASSURED DR LAM, THAT WHERE THERE ARE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THE CARRIAN CASE, THEY WILL NOT BE LOST ON THE COMMERCIAL CRIME UNIT," HE SAID.

ON THE LOCALISATION OF THE DEPARTMENT, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAID HE REGARDED THIS AS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT MANAGEMENT ISSUE THE DEPARTMENT WAS FACING.

A DISCUSSION PAPER ON THE ISSUE WAS RELEASED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THE DEPARTMENT’S FOUR LAW OFFICERS TO ALL COUNSEL IN JUNE.

MR THOMAS SAID ANYONE WHO HAD STUDIED THE DISCUSSION PAPER MUST BE AWARE OF THE CONSIDERABLE EFFORT THAT WENT INTO ITS PREPARATION AND OF THE DETERMINATION TO PROMOTE MEASURES TO SPEED LOCALISATION IN THE DEPARTMENT.

THE PROPOSED TARGET FOR LOCALISATION WAS THAT BY 1992, 30 PER CENT OF THE: DIRECTORATE POSTS AND 50 PER CENT OF THE SENIOR CROWN COUNSEL POSTS SHOULD BE HELD BY LOCALS.

"WE HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT FOR THE INTER-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING GROUP ON HOW THESE TARGETS MAY BE ACHIEVED.

"I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THE VIEWS WE HAVE EXPRESSED WILL ASSIST THEM IN THEIR WORK AND I HOPE THAT THEY WILL BE ABLE TO CONCLUDE THEIR DELIBERATIONS SWIFTLY," MR THOMAS SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF BILINGUAL LAWYERS, MR THOMAS SAID HE AGREED WITH THE HON YEUNG PO-KWAN THAT WITH THE MORE EXTENSIVE USE OF CHINESE IN COURTS AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF BILINGUAL LEGISLATION, THERE WOULD BE AN INCREASED DEMAND FOR BILINGUAL LAWYERS.

TURNING TO THE LEVEL OF SENTENCING SET BY THE COURTS, MR THOMAS SAID THAT AS ATTORNEY GENERAL HF HAD THE POWER TO SEEK A REVIEW OF ANY SENTENCE WHICH HE CONSIDERED TO BE WRONG IN PRINCIPLE OR TO BF. MANIFESTLY INADEQUATE.

"A HIGH PROPORTION OF THOSE REVIEWED HAVE RESULTED IN SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN SENTENCE BY THE COURT OF APPEAL. BUT OF COURSE THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SENTENCING RESTS WITH THE

JUDICIARY.

"IN VIEW OF MEMBERS’ CONTINUING CONCERN OVER THE LEVEL OF SENTENCES, I WILL DRAW THE CHIEF JUSTICE’S ATTENTION TO WHAT HAS BEEN SAID IN THIS DEBATE," HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO DISPENSE WITH THE REQUIREMENT FOR AN INCOME DECLARATION IN OLD AGE ALLOWANCE APPLICATIONS BY NEW APPLICANTS OVER 70, WHILE RETAINING IT FOR THOSE BETWEEN 65 AND 69, WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN ELIGIBLE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON JOHN CHAMBERS, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS.

MR CHAMBERS SAID ALL THOSE AGED 70 AND OVER WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE NEW HIGHER RATE OF OLD AGE ALLOWANCE WITHOUT HAVING TO DECLARE THEIR INCOME.

THE DECISION FOLLOWED A RE-EXAMINATION OF THE PROPOSALS IN THE LIGHT OF THE STRONG VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE SUBJECT.

ON THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE MOST APPROPRIATE WAY OF HELPING POOR FAMILIES, PARTICULARLY THOSE WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN, WOULD BE TO INCREASE THE BASIC RATES FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND TO INTRODUCE A MEAL ALLOWANCE FOR CHILDREN ATTENDING FULL DAY SCHOOL.

IN ADDITION, THERE WAS A FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR CHILD CARE CENTRES, AND CHILDREN FROM SINGLE-PARENT FAMILIES WERE GIVEN PRIORITY FOR ENTRY TO THESE CENTRES, HE SAID.

ON TRAINING PROGRAMMES, MR CHAMBERS NOTED THAT THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAD DONATED «6 MILLION TO THE SOCIAL WORK TRAINING FUND, WHICH WOULD ENABLE THE FUND TO SPONSOR MORE IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR SOCIAL WORKERS.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO CO-OPERATE EFFECTIVELY WITH THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES CONCERNING THE WELFARE OF LESS FORTUNATE CITIZENS, AND HE NOTED THAT THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN A NUMBER OF MAJOR POLICY REVIEWS IN RECENT YEARS.

TURNING TO MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, MR CHAMBERS ASSURED MEMBERS THAT WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY, THE GOVERNMENT REMAINED FULLY COMMITTED TO THE PROVISION OF A HEAVILY SUBSIDISED PUBLIC HOSPITAL SERVICE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

MOREOVER, THERE WOULD BE NO SLOWING-UP OF THE AMBITIOUS PROGRAMME OF PROVIDING NEW HOSPITALS AND MAKING EXTENSIONS TO EXISTING HOSPITALS DURING THE NEXT FEW YEARS, HE SAID.

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HE ALSO ENVISAGED THAT STAFF EMPLOYED IN EXISTING GOVERNMENT AND SUBVENTED HOSPITALS WOULD IN DUE COURSE BE GIVEN THE OPTION OF EITHER ACCEPTING THE NEW TERMS OR RETAINING THEIR PRESENT CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

MR CHAMBERS NOTED THAT SEVERAL SUBVENTED HOSPITALS WERE INTRODUCING VARIOUS FORMS OF PALLIATIVE CARE FOR PATIENTS WHO WERE TERMINALLY ILL, WHILE THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD STARTED TWO PILOT SCHEMES IN THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL AND THE PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL FOR A HOSPITAL VISITATION VOLUNTEER SERVICE WHICH WOULD CO-ORDINATE THE VOLUNTARY SERVICES AVAILABLE.

ON GENETIC COUNSELLING, MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY ON MEDICAL GENETICS AND GENETIC COUNSELLING WERE BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF MEDICAL GENETICS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES INTERESTED IN THE SUBJECT, AND PLANS HAD BEEN DRAWN UP BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SERVICE.

TURNING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, MR CHAMBERS SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS PROPOSING TO SPEND MORE THAN $600 MILLION OVER A 10-YEAR PERIOD TO RID STREAMS AND COASTAL WATERS OF THE APPALLING POLLUTION CAUSED BY ANIMAL WASTES. MUCH OF THIS MONEY WOULD BE IN THE FORM OF ASSISTANCE TO THE FARMERS TO HELP THEM COMPLY WITH THE NEW REGULATIONS, AND COMPENSATION TO THOSE WHO WERE UNABLE TO COMPLY.

HE ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT MADE VERY GREAT EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG’S COMPETITIVENESS IN ITS EXPORT MARKETS WAS NOT UNDULY AFFECTED BY POLLUTION CONTROLS.

MR CHAMBERS SAID THAT ONCE THE NOISE CONTROL BILL WAS PASSED, WHICH HE HOPED WOULD BE EARLY NEXT YEAR, HONG KONG SHOULD HAVE IN PLACE A COMPREHENSIVE SET OF SUCH LEGISLATION, COVERING AIR, WATER, NOISE AND WASTE DISPOSAL.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WAS NOW REPRESENTED ON ALL THE MAJOR PLANNING COMMITTEES, HE NOTED.

IN ADDITION, PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS WERE SUBJECT TO ENVIRONMENTAL VETTING AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS WERE CARRIED OUT FOR MAJOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR PROJECTS.

DESPITE AN INCREASE OF 65 PER CENT IN FOSSIL FUEL CONSUMPTION OVER THE LAST DECADE, CAREFUL ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT HAD LED TO A 50 PER CENT DECREASE IN THE CONCENTRATION OF SULPHUR DIOXIDE IN THE ATMOSPHERE, HE ADDED.

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PERMANENT THINK-TANK ON EDUCATION

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THE SETTING-UP OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN 1984 HAS PROVIDED THE GOVERNMENT WITH A PERMANENT THINK-TANK ON EDUCATION WHICH CAN TAKE THE LONG-TERM VIEW AND LOOK AT ISSUES OF STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE NOT RECEIVE PROPER ATTENTION, BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURE OF DAY-TO-DAY ADMINISTRATION, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON RON BRIDGE, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE RESUMED DERATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S ANNUAL ADDRESS, MR BRIDGE SAID A MEMBER HAD CALLED FOR AN ASSESSMENT TO SEE WHETHER THE DEFECTS POINTED OUT TN THE LLEWELLYN REPORT HAI) BEEN REMEDIED AND SUGGESTED THAT HONG KONG NEEDED TO ESTABLISH "CLEARLY DEFINED SOCIETAL GOALS ON A SYSTEM-WIDE BASTS".

"I BELIEVE THAT THIS PROCESS - OF CORRECTING DEFECTS IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM AND IDENTIFYING LONG-TERM GOALS - IS A CONTINUOUS ONE, WHICH HAS BEEN IN PROGRESS EVER SINCE THE LLEWELLYN REPORT WAS PUBLISHED," MR BRIDGE SAID.

"BUT IN THE FAST-CHANGING WORLD OF HONG KONG WE SHOULD NOT Al,WAYS THINK TN TERMS OF ONE-OFF OVERALL REVIEWS WHICH ATTEMPT TO ENCOMPASS ALL OF EDUCATION BETWEEN TWO COVERS.

"SUCH EXERCISES CAN BE USEFUL, BUT THEY ARE LESSENED IN VALUE IF THEY ARE HELD TOO FREQUENTLY.

"AS I SAID IN THE SECOND ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 2 ON FEBRUARY 18 THIS YEAR, THE REFORMS ARISING FROM THE LLEWELLYN REPORT AND FROM THE FIRST TWO REPORTS ARF INEVITABLY BEING ACHIEVED AT THE PRICE OF SOME DISRUPTION AND ADJUSTMENT."

MR BRIDGE SAID THAT AFTER THE RECENT PERIOD OF REPORTS AND DISCUSSION, WE COULD ONLY HOLD YET ANOTHER "OVERALL REVIEW" AT THE PRICE OF MORE SERIOUS AND CONTINUED DISRUPTION TO OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM.

HE NOTED THAT THE COMMISSION WAS CONSIDERING A WIDE RANGE OF OPTIONS AND WOULD CONSULT CONCERNED PARTIES BEFORE MAKING ITS FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS. THESE WERE LIKELY TO BE PUBLISHED EARLY IN 1988, WHEN THERE WOULD BE A PERIOD OF PUBLIC CONCULTATION.

MR BRIDGE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS TOO EARLY TO SAY WHAT THE COMMISSION'S CONSLUSIONS WOULD BE.

TURNING TO THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION, MR BRIDGE SAID HE AGREED WITH MANY MEMBERS THAT EDUCATION PLANNING MUST NOT BF * SIMPLE NUMBERS GAME OF MAXIMISING ENROLMENTS.

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"THE EXPERIENCE OF MANY COUNTRIES IN THE 1960’S AND 70’S HAS SHOWN THE PERILS OF NEGLECTING QUALITY AND THE HIGHER PURPOSES OF EDUCATION. THAT IS WHY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION HAS BEEN AT SUCH PAINS IN BOTH OF ITS PUBLISHED REPORTS TO LOOK AT LONG TERM OBJECTIVES AND THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND OUR EDUCATIONAL POLICIES," HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS IN THAT SPIRIT THAT THE COMMISSION HAI) SPOKEN, FOR EXAMPLE, OF THE NEED TO STRENGTHEN THE TWO-YEAR INTEGRATED SIXTH FORM AND TO BROADEN ITS CURRICULUM.

"HOWEVER, AS MEMBERS KNOW, OUR SEARCH FOR QUALITY SHOULD NOT MEAN THAT WE DISMISS QUANTITY AS IRRELEVANT. ON THE CONTRARY, THE EXPANSION OF TERTIARY OPPORTUNITIES AND THE SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF NINE YEARS FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION ARE REAL ACHIEVEMENTS," HE SAID.

MR BRIDGE REITERATED THAT QUANTITY AND QUALITY IN EDUCATION MUST GO HAND IN HAND.

SPEAKING ON THE OPEN LEARNING INSTITUTE (OLI), MR BRIDGE SAID HE WAS ENCOURAGED BY THE REMARKS BY SOME MEMBERS CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUCH INSTITUTE IN HONG KONG.

HE AGREED THAT THE STATUS OF THE NEW INSTITUTE SHOULD BE COMPARABLE TO THAT OF EXISTING TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS AND THAT OUR AIM SHOULD BE FOR ITS QUALIFICATIONS TO BE ACCORDED THE SAME DEGREE OF RECOGNITION AS THOSE OF ESTABLISHED UNIVERSITIES AND POLYTECHNICS.

"OF COURSE, WHETHER THE NEW INSTITUTION ACHIEVES THIS WILL DEPEND ON THE SUCCESS OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE WHICH IS SHORTLY TO BE APPOINTED," HE SAID.

"WE WILL NEED TO MOVE QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY ON THIS IF WE ARE TO ACHIEVE OUR TARGET DATE OF 1989 FOR THE FIRST STUDENT ENTRY," HE ADDED.

MR BRIDGE EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS NO REFLECTION ON THE OLI’S STATUS THAT IT WAS NOT TO BE CALLED AN OPEN UNIVERSITY.

"THE NAME FOR THE NEW INSTITUTION WAS CHOSEN TO REFLECT THE FACT THAT IT WILL OFFER BOTH DEGREE AND SUB-DEGREE LEVEL COURSES.

"MOREOVER, THE OLI WILL NOT DEVELOP LARGE ACADEMIC FACULTIES ALONG THE LINES OF, FOR EXAMPLE, THE OPEN UNIVERSITY IN THE UK.

"BY REMAINING A STREAM-LINED ORGANISATION, WITH A SMALL, EXPERT CORE OF SENIOR ACADEMICS, THE OLI WILL BE ABLE TO REACT QUICKLY TO CHANGES IN THE DEMANDS OF SOCIETY AND WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP THE COST OF COURSES WITHIN THE MEANS OF THE AVERAGE STUDENT," HE SAID.

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PLAN FOR PHASED DEVELOPMENT OF HINTERLANDS

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THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH AND ITS DEPARTMENTS HAVE STARTED PUTTING TOGETHER A PLAN FOR THE PHASED AND SYSTEMATIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE RURAL HINTERLANDS. *

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON GRAHAM BARNES, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY SPEECH.

"IT IS CLEAR THAT THE COMPONENTS OF THIS PLAN MUST BE A PROGRAMME OF PHASED INVESTMENT, FACILITATION OF APPROPRIATE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT, AND SOME DEGREE OF PLANNING CONTROL AND PUBLIC LAND ACQUISITIONS," HE SAID.

HE ADDED IT WAS NOT YET SUFFICIENTLY CLEAR WHAT THE MIX SHOULD BE. BUT IT WAS AN EXERCISE WHICH WOULD REQUIRE A VERY SYSTEMATIC PROGRAMME OF CONSULTATION.

MR BARNES SAID THE PRESENT TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE WAS NO LONGER AN ADEQUATE INSTRUMENT IN REGULATING AND PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT IN BOTH THE RURAL HINTERLANDS AND THE OLDER URBAN AREAS.

CONSEQUENTLY, THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAD AGREED TO UNDERTAKE A COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE ORDINANCE, THE FIRST DISCUSSIONS ON WHICH WERE RECENTLY HELD.

"IT IS AN EXERCISE WHICH WILL REQUIRE A VERY SYSTEMATIC PROGRAMME OF CONSULTATION.

"FOR IT MUST COVER MUCH MORE FULLY THAN AT PRESENT, THE CONSULTATION PROCESSES IN PLANNING, THE RIGHTS OF THOSE AFFECTED BY PLANNING PROPOSALS, THE KINDS OF PLANNING REQUIRED IN SUPPORT OF RURAL RENEWAL, AND THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE PLANNING AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT," HE SAID.

MR BARNES ALSO SAID THAT DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS WERE UNDERWAY ON THE SUBJECT OF PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, SO AS TO MAINTAIN STANDARDS.

"THERE IS GENERAL AGREEMENT ON THE NEED OF REGISTRATION; THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE RESTRICTED TO INSTITUTION MEMBERS, AND THAT REGISTRATION SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED BY THE INSTITUTIONS, WITH GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATION ON THE CONTROLLING BOARD,” HE SAID.

"HOWEVER, MUCH DETAILED WORK AND CONSULTATION REMAINS TO BE DONE TO DRAFT THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION. THIS WILL BE PURSUED ACTIVELY DURING THE COMING YEAR."

MR BARNES ALSO REFERRED TO THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION BILL, AND SAID DEBATE ON ITS SECOND READING WOULD RESUME SHORTLY.

HE SAID THERE HAD TO BE A BALANCE BETWEEN THE GRANT OF ADEQUATE POWERS TO THE CORPORATION TO DO ITS JOB AND PROTECTION OF THOSE WHO WOULD BE AFFECTED BY IT.

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DMC GUIDELINE WILL IMPROVE BUILDING MANAGEMENT

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A SET OF GUIDELINES FOR THE DRAFTING OF NEW DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON DECEMBER 1, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR T.H. CHAU, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS, MR CHAU SAID THESE GUIDELINES WERE DESIGNED TO ENSURE A BETTER BALANCE OF INTEREST BETWEEN THE DEVELOPER AND THE OWNERS AND SHOULD PROVIDE A BETTER BASIS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COMMON PARTS OF A DEVELOPMENT.

"ALL NEW RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, UNLESS EXEMPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT, WILL COME UNDER THIS AMBIT," MR CHAU ADDED.

EXPLAINING THE GUIDELINES, HE SAID THEY WOULD LIMIT THE PERIOD OF MANAGEMENT BY DEVELOPER TO TWO YEARS, AFTER WHICH THE OWNERS WOULD BE FREE TO APPOINT THEIR OWN MANAGER.

THE POWERS AND OBLIGATIONS OF MANAGERS WOULD BE CLEARLY DEFINED AND A SCALE OF REMUNERATION FOR MANAGERS WOULD BE SPECIFIED. THE GUIDELINES WOULD ALSO REQUIRE A CLEAR DEFINITION OF THE COMMON AREAS IN A BUILDING, HE CONTINUED.

AS REGARDS ENFORCEMENT, MR CHAU SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD EARLIER STIPULATED THAT ALL DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT RELATING TO NEW NON-INDUSTRIAL LEASES GRANTED SINCE FEBRUARY 1986 WOULD HAVE TO BE VETTED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL.

"APPROVAL WILL BE GIVEN ONLY WHERE THE REGISTRAR GENERAL IS SATISFIED THAT THE GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED," HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE LAW SOCIETY HAD INCORPORATED THE GUIDELINES IN A "PRACTICE DIRECTION" WHICH SOLICITORS WERE OBLIGED TO FOLLOW TN PREPARING DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT.

"THIS MEANS THAT NEW DEVELOPMENTS BUILT UNDER OLD LEASES WILL ALSO BE COVERED BY THE GUIDELINES," HE ADDED.

ON THE EXISTING DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT, MR CHAU SAID SOME PEOPLE HAD SUGGESTED THAT WHERE THEY WERE FOUND TO BE OPPRESSIVE AND UNFAIR, OWNERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS.

BUT THIS SUGGESTION WOULD HAVE THE EFFECT OF ALTERING EXISTING CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS AND ITS IMPLICATIONS MUST THEREFORE BE CAREFULLY CONSIDERED.

MR CHAU SAID AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING GROUP HAD BEEN SET UP TO STUDY THE PROPOSAL IN DETAIL.

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ON THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) ORDINANCE, MR CHAU SAID THAT FOLLOWING CONSULTATIONS WITH DISTRICT BOARDS ACTION WAS BEING TAKEN TO AMEND ITS PROVISIONS TO FACILITATE THE FORMATION AND FUNCTIONING OF OWNERS CORPORATIONS.

SINCE THE UNDERLYING SPIRIT OF THE ORDINANCE WAS TO ENCOURAGE SELF-HEI,P AMONG OWNERS AND TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A LEGAL FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH THEY COULD MANAGE THEIR OWN BUILDINGS EFFECTIVELY, THE SUGGESTION OF HAVING A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT TO ENFORCE THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDINANCE WAS NOT APPROPRIATE, HE SAID.

"HOWEVER, THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HAS ALWAYS ASSISTED RESIDENTS IN THE FORMATION OF NEW OWNERS CORPORATIONS AND MAINTAINS A REGULAR LIAISON WITH THEM," HE NOTED.

FURTHERMORE, FOUR BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAMS UNDER THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAD BEEN SET UP SINCE 1 ?5 TO ADVISE AND ASSIST RESIDENTS AND MANAGEMENT BODIES IN DEALING WITH BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS. THREE MORE TEAMS WOULD BE SET UP LATER THIS YEAR.

CONCERNING THE PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, MR CHAU NOTED THAT A JOINT COMMITTEE FORMED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THREE PROFESSIONAL BODIES WAS CONTEMPLATING THE FORMATION OF AN ASSOCIATION FOR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES.

"SUCH AN ASSOCIATION, IF FORMED, WILL EXERCISE REGULATION OVER ITS MEMBER COMPANIES AND SHOULD ENSURE A HIGHER STANDARD OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT," MR CHAU SAID.

OTHER SUGGESTIONS BEING STUDIED INCLUDED AN ARBITRATION TRIBUNAL ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT MATTERS AND AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON MULTI-STOREY BUILDING MANAGEMENT MATTERS.

TURNING TO HOUSING MATTERS, MR CHAU SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO NOTE THE GENERAL ENDORSEMENT OF THE CHANGE TOWARDS A DEMAND-LED APPROACH IN PROVIDING HOUSING FOR THE POPULATION AND FOR THE PROPOSED RE-ORGANISATION OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

HE ASSURED MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO THE PROVISION OF ADEQUATE HOUSING AS ENVISAGED IN THE LONG TERM HOUSING STRATEGY AND HE POINTED OUT THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S REPORT OF THE DOMESTIC RENT POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE PUBLISHED LAST YEAR HAD RE-AFFIRMED THE PRINCIPLE THAT RENT FOR PUBLIC HOUSING WOULD CONTINUE TO BE BASED ON WHAT TENANTS COULD AFFORD.

ON THE SUGGESTION OF PUTTING THE HOUSING AUTHORITY'S SURPLUSES INTO A SPECIAL FUND FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN IMPROVEMENTS TO PUBLIC HOUSING AND WELFARE MATTERS, MR CHAU SAID THE FUTURE FINANCING OF THE AUTHORITY, INCLUDING THE TREATMENT OF ANY SURPLUSES, WAS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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MUCH BEING DONE TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY

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MUCH IS BEING DONE IN THE FIELDS OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY, AND THE GOVERNMENT FULLY INTENDS TO CONTINUE TO DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN THEIR PRESENT HEALTHY STATE, AND TO FURTHER IMPROVE INDUSTRY'S PRODUCTIVITY AND THE QUALITY AND TECHNOLOGICAL LEVEL OF ITS PRODUCTS, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON HAMISH MACLEOD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR'S ADDRESS, MR MACLEOD SAID IN RELATION TO INDUSTRY, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE "A MODEST AND PRAGMATIC APPROACH", PRAGMATIC ENOUGH TO RESEARCH SYSTEMATICALLY TO IDENTIFY GAPS AND WEAK SPOTS, AND TO TAKE ACTION WHERE SOME INTERVENTION OR ASSISTANCE BY GOVENMENT WAS REQUIRED.

HE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONTINUED WITH THE PROGRAMME OF IDENTIFYING AREAS WHERE NEW INITIATIVES WERE NEEDED AND THAT THE TIME HAD COME TO LOOK AT THE MORE AMBITIOUS POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A TECHNOLOGY CENTRE OR SCIENCE PARK.

"ACCORDINGLY, THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD WILL LATER THIS MONTH BE HAVING INITIAL DISCUSSIONS ON BOTH THIS POSSIBILITY AND THE CONCEIVABLY RELATED QUESTION OF A THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE," HE SAID.

MR MACLEOD SAID HE DID NOT AGREE THAT OVER THE YEARS THE GOVERNMENT HAD DONE VERY LITTLE IN TERMS OF PROVIDING INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES.

ON THE TRADE FRONT, MR MACLEOD SAID HONG KONG MUST CONTINUE TO DO ALL IT COULD TO COUNTER THE THREAT OF PROTECTIONISM AND TO SAFEGUARD ITS TRADING INTERESTS.

HE MENTIONED TWO ENCOURAGING TRENDS. THE FIRST WAS THAT RECENTLY THERE WERE SIGNS THAT HONG KONG’S OVER-DEPENDENCE ON THE UNITED STATES MARKET WAS BEING REDUCED SOMEWHAT.

"THE PROPORTION OF OUR DOMESTIC EXPORTS GOING TO THE USA HAS DECLINED FROM 44 PER CENT IN 1985 TO 38 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987. AND DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN INCREASED BY 39 PER CENT IN 1986, AND BY 71 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987," HE SAID.

THE SECOND DEVELOPMENT RELATED TO RECENT EVENTS IN WORLD STOCK MARKETS WHICH HAD BROUGHT HOME TO U.S. LEGISLATORS AND OTHERS THE INTERDEPENDENCE OF THE MAJOR TRADING AND FINANCIAL MARKETS, AND THE DANGER WHICH PROTECTIONIST LEGISLATION WOULD POSE TO ALL TRADING ECONOMIES.

"THIS HOPEFULLY WILL MODIFY SOMEWHAT PROTECTIONIST TENDENCIES

IN THE U.S.," HE SAID.

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HOWEVER, MR MACLEOD ALSO POINTED OUT THAT RECENT EVENTS APPEARED TO HAVE RESULTED IN THE U.S. REVIEWING THE ELIGIBILITY OF HONG KONG (AMONG OTHERS) FOR TARIFF PREFERENCE AND A RISK CLEARLY EXISTED THAT AS PART OF SOME NEW PACKAGE HONG KONG WOULD LOSE TARIFF PREFERENCE.

MR MACLEOD SAID THAT ATTEMPTS TO RESOLVE THESE GENERAL AND PERSISTENT TRADE PROBLEMS UNILATERALLY OR EVEN BILATERALLY WERE MISGUIDED AND THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO DEVOTE ENERGY AND INGENUITY TO ADDRESSING THESE PROBLEMS MULTILATERALLY, THROUGH THE GATT.

"THERE IS A REASONABLE CHANCE THAT THE NEW ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS CAN ACHIEVE REAL AND MUCH NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WORLD TRADING SYSTEM," HE SAID.

ON THE PROBLEM OF A LABOUR SHORTAGE, MR MACLEOD SAID THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUED TO SEE SERIOUS PROBLEMS IN RELAXING IMMIGRATION RULES TO PERMIT THE LARGE-SCALE IMPORTATION OF LABOUR.

"THESE PROBLEMS RELATE PARTICULARLY TO LABOUR RELATIONS, TO THE EFFECT ON HOUSING AND SOCIAL SERVICES, AND TO IMMIGRATION CONTROL DIFFICULTIES," HE SAID.

HE, HOWEVER, SAID THE EXAMINATION OF LABOUR PARTICIPATION, AS WELL AS THE LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS TO ENABLE GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN WORKERS, WERE BEING TAKEN FORWARD WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY.

"FURTHERMORE, THE POSSIBILITY OF INDUSTRY ESTABLISHING DAY CARE FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN, AS A MEANS OF ATTRACTING HOUSEWIVES BACK TO WORK, IS BEING EXAMINED FURTHER WITH THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG INDUSTRIES," HE ADDED.

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DEVELOPMENTS ON ARTS, RECREATION AND SPORTS OUTLINED

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THE GOVERNMENT'S EMPHASIS ON CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IS TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY ENVIRONMENT FOR THE ARTISTIC POTENTIAL OF OUR COMMUNITY TO BE FULLY REALISED, THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, THE HON T.H. CHAU, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHAU POINTED OUT THAT WITH THE INCREASING NUMBERS OF CULTURAL FACILITIES COMING ON STREAM, THE GOVERNMENT’S ATTENTION TO THE CULTURAL FIELD WOULD TURN TO THE PROVISION OF GREATER SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL TALENT AND PERFORMING COMPANIES.

/SPEAKING DURING

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1987

SPEAKING DURING THE DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS, HE NOTED THAT THE ACADEMY EOR PERFORMING ARTS WAS PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE TRAINING OF PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS. A PROPOSAL WAS BEING DISCUSSED CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A LIAISON COMMITTEE AMONG THE COUNCIL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

MR CHAU POINTED OUT THAT THE PROPOSAL WAS MADE WITH A VIEW TO REINFORCING THE EXISTING CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS AND, THROUGH THE INTERCHANGE OF INFORMATION AND IDEAS, ALLOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MORE CO-ORDINATED APPROACH TO THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS.

REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE VISUAL ARTS, MR CHAU SAID THAT MUCH HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE BY THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AND BY THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS THROUGH THE PROVISION OF VENUES AND THE ORGANISATION OF EXHIBITIONS AND PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES.

"THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SHA TIN FOR STUDENTS SHOWING TALENT IN SPORTS OR VISUAL ARTS FURTHER UNDERLINES THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT IN THIS AREA," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO RECREATION AND SPORTS, MR CHAU SAID THAT OVER A FIVE-YEAR PERIOD THERE HAD BEEN A 73 PER CENT INCREASE IN GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION TO SPORTS BODIES, FROM $5.7 MILLION IN 1983-84 TO $9.9 MILLION IN 1987-88.

THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATIONAL AND SPORT HAD RECENTLY ESTABLISHED A SPORTS AID FOUNDATION WITH A WORKING CAPITAL OF $10 MILLION TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO RECOGNISED SPORTS BODIES AND DESERVING ATHLETES.

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WELL ESTABLISHED POLICY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT *****

A KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM LIES IN THE WELL ESTABLISHED POLICY OF THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDING THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK WHILE LETTING PRIVATE COMPANIES PROVIDE THE SERVICES ON COMMERCIAL LINES, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE GOVERNOR’S POLICY ADDRESS, MR LEUNG SAID AT PRESENT SOME NINE MILLION PASSENGERS USED PUBLIC TRANSPORT EVERY DAY, COMPARED WITH SIX MILLION 10 YEARS AGO.

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THE WIDE RANGE OF CHOICE OF MODES AND THEIR RELATIVELY LOW FARES WERE UNIQUE TO HONG KONG, AND THE ENVY OF MANY OTHER CITIES, WHERE PUBLIC TRANSPORT WAS OFTEN BOTH LESS RELIABLE AND MORE EXPENSIVE.

"IN RECENT YEARS TOO, THE PUBLIC THROUGH THE DISTRICT BOARDS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AMPLE CHANCE TO AIR THEIR VIEWS ON THE ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES, WITH ADJUSTMENTS BEING MADE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE TO SUIT LOCAL NEEDS AND DEMANDS," HE SAID.

"THE GOVERNMENT ALSO MAINTAINS AN INTER-MODAL CO-ORDINATION POLICY WHICH AIMS AT MAXIMISING THE USE OF THE MASS CARRIERS AND ENSURING A WIDE GEOGRAPHICAL SPREAD OF SERVICES, WHILST MAINTAINING THE LOWEST POSSIBLE FARES.

"IT IS WITHIN THESE POLICY GUIDELINES THAT COMPETITION IS CONTROLLED SO THAT PRIORITY CAN BE GIVEN TO OFF-STREET MODES AND TO MASS CARRIERS, WITHOUT FORGETTING AT THE SAME TIME THE ESSENTIAL NATURE OF THE FERRY SERVICES AND THE NEED TO MAINTAIN THEIR VIABILITY.

"THIS POLICY REMAINS VALID TODAY AND, GIVEN THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR OUR LIMITED ROAD SPACE, THERE IS NO REASON WHY IT SHOULD BE CHANGED," HE STRESSED.

TURNING TO THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY REGARDING THE TWO RAILWAY CORPORATIONS, MR LEUNG SAID THERE WAS NO NEED TO SUBJECT THEM TO FURTHER CONTROLS.

HE SAID THE CORPORATIONS WERE REQUIRED TO RUN THEIR OWN AFFAIRS ACCORDING TO PRUDENT COMMERCIAL PRINCIPLES WITHIN THE TERMS OF THEIR ORDINANCES.

THEY WERE BOTH GOVERNED BY A BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMPRISING A BROAD RANGE OF MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL PARTICIPATION TO ENSURE THE NECESSARY CONTROL AND GUIDANCE.

THESE CORPORATIONS HAD THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS ON FARES HAVING REGARD TO THEIR CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMMES, OPERATING COSTS AND PASSENGER DEMAND.

"THESE FACTORS GUARANTEE THAT FARES WILL NOT BE SO HIGH AS TO BE SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE OR SO LOW THAT THEY LEAD TO LOSSES. THE BOARDS OF DIRECTORS ALSO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE CHECK, WHILE THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL MAY IF NECESSARY GIVE DIRECTIONS TO THE CORPORATIONS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST," HE SAID.

"IT THEREFORE REMAINS OUR VIEW THAT, AS LONG AS THEY REMAIN GOVERNMENT CORPORATIONS, SUFFICIENT CONTROLS ALREADY EXIST OVER THEM AND THERE IS NO NEED TO SUBJECT THEM TO FURTHER CONTROLS."

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ON PARKING SITES FOR CONTAINER VEHICLES, MR LEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS WELL AWARE OF THIS NEED.

A MORE DETAILED LOOk AT LONGER TERM REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKING FACILITIES WOULD BE UNDERTAKEN AS PART OF THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY STUDY DUE TO START AT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR AND REPORT BEFORE THE END OF 1989.

MR LEUNG SAID A RECENT SURVEY SUGGESTED THAT 20 HECTARES OF LAND WAS DEDICATED TO CONTAINER PARKING AT PRESENT.

"SEEN SIMPLY IN TERMS OF AREA, THIS SHOULD BE ADEQUATE. HOWEVER, THE SITES ARE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY AND ARE CLEARLY NOT IDEAL FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE OPERATORS. SHORT TERM SITES WILL THEREFORE CONTINUE TO BE PUT OUT TO TENDER AS A MEANS TO EASE THE SITUATION," HE SAID.

ON THE MORE GENERAL QUESTION OF PARKING FACILITIES FOR GOODS VEHICLES, MR LEUNG SAID WORKING GROUPS COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE HAD BEEN FORMED AT A LOCAL LEVEL TO IDENTIFY AREAS WHERE, BECAUSE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF MULTI-STOREY CARPARKS, THE RE-ALLOCATION OF ON-STREET PARKING SPACES FROM PRIVATE CARS TO GOODS VEHICLES WAS POSSIBLE.

THESE GROUPS WERE ALSO IDENTIFYING STREETS WHERE LOW TRAFFIC FLOWS AT NIGHT MADE IT POSSIBLE TO ALLOW ON-STREET OVERNIGHT LORRY PARKING, HE SAID.

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THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY WILL FULLY TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ALL POSSIBLE FACTORS, SO THAT THE POLICY OPTIONS BEING DEVELOPED WILL BE WIDE-RANGING AND COMPREHENSIVE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE STUDY, SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY JUNE NEXT YEAR, WOULD SET OUT OPTIONS FOR THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND POLICY OPTIONS FOR DEALING WITH THE VARIOUS PROBLEMS OVER THE PERIOD UP TO THE YEAR 2001, MR LEUNG SAID WHEN SPEAKING DURING THE POLICY DEBATE.

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"OVER THE LAST DECADE, SUBSTANTIAL AND SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN TRANSPORT HAVE BEEN MADE, DEVELOPMENTS WHICH HAVE IN FACT TRANSFORMED HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT SYSTEM ENTIRELY," HR SAID.

MR LEUNG NOTED THAT 10 YEARS AGO THERE WAS NO MTR, THE KCR WAS STILL A SINGLE TRACK, DIESEL HAULED SERVICE MAINLY SERVED VILLAGERS AND RECREATIONAL TRAFFIC, THERE WAS NO ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, NO TOLO HIGHWAY OR NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD, AND THE TURN MUN HIGHWAY WAS ONLY A THREE-LANE CARRIAGEWAY.

ALL THESE MAJOR PROJECTS AND MANY OTHERS HAD BERN COMPLETED DURING THE PAST 10 YEARS. INVESTMENT IN THE RAIL SYSTEM ALONE WAS 828 BILLION. AND 87.5 BILLION HAD BEEN SPENT ON ROADS DURING THIS PERIOD.

"MAJOR PROJECTS NOW IN HAND INCLUDE THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM BETWEEN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DUE TO OPEN NEXT YEAR, THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING DUE TO OPEN IN 1989, ROUTE 5 LINKING SHA TIN WITH TSUEN WAN DUE TO OPEN IN 1990 AND THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL, FOR WHICH BIDS FOR A FRANCHISE FOR ITS CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION ARE NOW BEING PROCESSED. THE ANTICIPATED DATE OF COMPLETION FOR THIS TUNNEL WAS MID-1992, BUT WE ARE NOW HOPEFUL THAT IT MIGHT BE ADVANCED TO LATE 1991,"HE SAID.

AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND OF DRAMATIC CHANGES IN THE TRANSPORT SCENE AND TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT LEAD TIME FOR LARGE PROJECTS, MR LEUNG SAID IT WAS NECESSARY TO UPDATE THE FIRST STUDY, AND TO MAP OUT DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS AND PLANS TO TAKE US PAST THE TURN OF THE CENTURY AS A BASIS FOR YET FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS.

THE SECRETARY ASSURED MEMBERS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SEEK THE VIEWS OF THE PULBIC AFTER THE REPORT ON THE SECOND STUDY HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND THAT A PAPER WOULD BE DRAFTED ON THE POLICY OPTIONS.

HE HOPED THAT IT WOULD TAKE THE FORM OF A GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT AND WOULD BE GIVEN THE WIDEST POSSIBLE PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

"IT IS INTENDED THAT THE GREEN PAPER SHOULD BE READY BEFORE THE END OF NEXT YEAR," HE SAID.

MR LEUNG ALSO NOTED THAT SEVERAL MEMBERS WERE HIGHLY SUPPORTIVE OF, AND KEENLY INTERESTED IN, A RAIL SERVICE BETWEEN THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES AND THE URBAN CENTRE.

"A DECISION WILL BE MADE AS TO WHETHER IT SHOULD BE BUILT AND, IF IT SHOULD, ON THE EXACT ROUTE, BEFORE THE END OF NEXT YEAR. THIS WILL TAKE FULLY INTO ACCOUNT THE FINANCIAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND TRANSPORT BENEFITS THE RAIL LINK WILL BRING, AND THE NEEDS OF RESIDENTS IN ROTH WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES AND THE URBAN AREA," HE SAID.

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WITHIN THE NORTHWEST TRANSIT SERVICE AREA, MR LEUNG SAID IT WAS GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION THAT THE KCRC SHOULD FULLY DEVELOP THE LRT SYSTEM BETWEEN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG, WITH EVENTUAL EXTENSIONS TO TIN SHUI WAI AND POSSIBLY LONG PING IN NORTH YUEN LONG.

"IT REMAINS THE KCRC’S OBJECTIVE THAT STAGE 1 OF THE SYSTEM SHOULD OPEN IN AUGUST NEXT YEAR AND THAT THE SUBSEQUENT REGIONAL EXTENSIONS SHOULD OPEN OVER THE SUCCEEDING THREE TO FOUR YEARS."

"THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LRT, THE PLANNING OF EXTERNAL RAIL AND ROAD LINKS AND THE MASSIVE PROGRAMME OF HIGHWAY PROJECTS COSTING OVER |5 BILLION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS ARE CLEAR INDICATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT'S DETERMINATION TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TERRITORY OVER THE COMING YEARS."

ON THE FUTURE PROJECTS UNDER STUDY, MR LEUNG SAID THESE INCLUDED ROUTE X LINKING YUEN LONG WITH TSUEN WAN, TSING YI AND KOWLOON, IN DUE COURSE, WITH ITS EXTENSION BEING VIA A FUTURE WEST KOWLOON EXPRESSWAY AND WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING.

MR LEUNG STRESSED THAT TRANSPORT PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL WELL BEING OF OUR COMMUNITY AND IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT INTENTION THAT TRANSPORT FACILITIES AND SERVICES THAT HONG KONG NEEDED SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED.

"IN THIS TASK WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEEK AND TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE VIEWS OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC," HE ADDED.

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TRAFFIC CONGESTION SHOULD BE LOOKED AT IN SOME PERSPECTIVE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"IN GENERAL, TRANSPORT PLANNING MUST BE BASED UPON CERTAIN ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING THE GROWTH OF THE ECONOMY, OF TRAFFIC, IN THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES OF DIFFERENT TYPES, AND THE TRAVELLING NEEDS OF PEOPLE IN THE NEW TOWNS AND BETWEEN THE NEW TOWNS AND THE URBAN AREAS," HE SAID.

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“ALL FORECASTS, NO MATTER HOW WELL BASED, ARE NO MORE THAN PREDICTIONS. IN NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES THERE IS A TENDENCY TO MAKE INVESTMENT DECISIONS ON A CAUTIOUS BASIS DUE TO THE SCALE OF EXPENDITURE INVOLVED.

’’THE FACT THAT TUNNELS AND ROADS BECOME CROWDED EARLIER THAN EXPECTED DOES NOT, HOWEVER, REFLECT A LACK OF PLANNING OR A LACK OF DETERMINATION TO IMPROVE.

•'WITH THE BEST WILL IN THE WORLD, TRAFFIC DOES SOMETIMES INCREASE FASTER THAN EXPECTED DUE TO FASTER THAN EXPECTED ECONOMIC GROWTH."

MR LEUNG SAID THAT SOMETIMES, AS WAS THE CASE AS RECENTLY AS FOUR OR FIVE YEARS AGO, LESS BUOYANT TIMES TOOK THEIR TOLL IN THE FORM OF FINANCIAL STRINGENCY, AND THE NEED TO DELAY EXPENDITURE UNTIL BETTER TIMES RETURNED.

"TO PROCEED OTHERWISE WOULD INVOLVE BASIC CHANGES IN THE PRUDENT FINANCIAL POLICY WHICH HAS SERVED US SO WELL OVER THE YEARS, AND WHICH IS THE FOUNDATION OF SO MUCH OF OUR ECONOMIC STRENGTH."

ON MEASURES TO ALLEVIATE SERIOUS TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, MR LEUNG SAID A SOLUTION TO THE LATTER WAS NOT FAR AWAY, WITH THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING DUE TO OPEN IN UNDER TWO YEARS FROM NOW. TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL WOULD TAKE LONGER.

HE ADDED THAT A STUDY WAS UNDERWAY TO SEE WHAT COULD BE DONE IN THE MEANTIME, AND IT SEEMED THERE WERE WAYS OF INCREASING THE CAPACITY OF THE ROAD NETWORK BETWEEN SHA TIN AND KOWLOON BEFORE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL OPENED.

"I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON THIS IN EARLY JANUARY," HE SAID.

TURNING TO OTHER PROJECTS TO COPE WITH INCREASING TRAFFIC DEMAND, MR LEUNG SAID IT WAS ALSO THE GOVERNMENT’S OBJECTIVE TO ENSURE THE SMOOTH FLOW OF CROSS-BORDER TRAFFIC AND AN ADEQUATE ROAD NETWORK TO COPE WITH TRANSPORT TO AND FROM CHINA.

HE SAID THE LOK MA CHAU BRIDGE, TO BE OPENED IN TWO STAGES IN 1989 AND 1990, WOULD INCREASE CROSS-BORDER CAPACITY FROM THE PRESENT 12,000 VEHICLES PER DAY TO OVER 50,000. ON PRESENT PROJECTION THIS SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT UNTIL THE END OF THE CENTURY.

THE ROAD NETWORK IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ALSO HAD AMPLE CAPACITY TO COPE WITH TRANSPORT TO AND FROM CHINA, WITH A CAPACITY OF UP TO 150,000 VEHICLES PER DAY ON THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD, AND ROUTE X LINKING YUEN LONG WITH TSUEN WAN, TSING YI AND KOWLOON AND THE WESTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WAS STILL TO COME.

OTHER MAJOR PROJECTS NOW IN HAND INCLUDED THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM DUE TO OPEN NEXT YEAR, AND ROUTE 5 LINKING SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN, DUE TO OPEN IN 1990.

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FS: ABILITY TO CHANGE A KEY FACTOR IN SUCCESS

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HONG KONG IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS ABILITY TO ADAPT EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY TO ANY CHANGING CONDITION IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT, THE'FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE ON "THE PROSPECTS FOR HONG KONG’S CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRIES IN THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT", MR JACOBS SAID THE FIRMS THAT HAD WITHSTOOD THE TEST OF TIME WERE THOSE WHICH HAD ACCEPTED CHANGE AS THE BR1NGER OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES RATHER THAN AS A THREAT TO THE EXISTING ORDER.

"THIS IS AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT OF SUCCESS TN HONG KONG AND I AM GRATIFIED TO SEE THE CHEMICAL PROCESSING INDUSTRY COLLECTIVELY TAKING STOCK AND FORECASTING FUTURE TRENDS FOR GROWTH," HF. SAID.

MR JACOBS NOTED THAT FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHEMICAL PROCESSING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG WOULD BE AFFECTED NOT ONLY BY THE CHANGING SITUATION OF HONG KONG IN RELATION TO CHINA AND THE REST OF THE WORLD BUT ALSO BY SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS, BY IMPROVEMENTS IN PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES, BY INNOVATION IN SALES AND MARKETING PROGRAMMES AND BY THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MEASURES.

HE ASSURED THE CONFERENCE THAT ALL VIEWS AND OPINION EXPRESSED WOULD BE WELCOME.

"UNDOUBTEDLY THEY WILL HELP US IN MAKING DECISIONS IN RELATION TO A HOST OF DIFFERENT SUBJECTS," HE SAID.

MR JACOBS ALSO CONGRATULATED THE HONG KONG CHEMICAL SOCIETY ON ITS INITIATIVE IN ORGANISING WHAT PROMISED TO BE A STIMULATING CONFERENCE AND ALSO WELCOMED THE SUPPORT THAT HAD BEEN PROVIDED BY THE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL SPONSORS.

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THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAS ASSISTED THE SETTING-UP OF A NUMBER OF CHEMICAL PLANTS IN THE PAST AND IS CURRENTLY ASSISTING MORE THAN 20 PROJECTS IN THE CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRY.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR IAN HOWARD, SAID THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN A CONFERENCE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG CHEMICAL SOCIETY ON THE PROSPECTS FOR HONG KONG’S CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRIES TN THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT.

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HE ADDED THAT THE POTENTIAL INVESTORS IN THE CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRY WERE BOTH LOCAL AND FOREIGN, AND HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE INDUSTRY HAD A BRIGHT FUTURE.

’’THE INDUSTRY IS NOT ONLY GROWING BIG AND FAST BUT IS ALSO FURTHER DIVERSIFYING INTO NEW AREAS TO SUPPORT HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.

’’RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY HAS PROVIDED MAJOR OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PROVISION OF SPECIALTY CHEMICALS AND CHEMICAL PROCESSING SERVICES, WHILE RECENT EXPANSION OF THE DYEING AND FINISHING SECTOR OF THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY HAS ALSO RAISED LOCAL DEMAND FOR HIGHER QUALITY DYESTUFFS AND TEXTILE CHEMICALS.”

MR HOWARD POINTED OUT THAT IN ADDITION TO ITS DIVERSIFICATION, HONG KONG’S CHEMICAL PROCESS INDUSTRY WAS ALSO QUITE SMALL IN RELATIVE, LOCAL TERMS.

”AT THE END OF LAST YEAR THERE WERE 793 ESTABLISHMENTS IN THIS SECTOR AND THEY WERE EMPLOYING ABOUT 8,350 PEOPLE - WHICH IS ROUGHLY ONE PER CENT OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT IN MANUFACTURING.

’’ITS DIRECT CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT CANNOT BE TERMED SIGNIFICANT BUT IT IS MOST IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF ITS SUPPORT TO OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES.”

IN TRADE TERMS, MR HOWARD SAID HONG KONG WAS AN IMPORTER RATHER THAN AN EXPORTER OF CHEMICALS. IN 1986, IMPORTS OF CHEMICALS AND RELATED PRODUCTS REPRESENTED SEVEN-AND-A-HALF PER CENT OF TOTAL IMPORTS WHILE EXPORTS ONLY ACCOUNTED FOR ONE PER CENT OF TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS.

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’’THE INDUSTRY IS DEPENDENT ON IMPORTS AND ABOUT 54 PER CENT OF ITS PRODUCTION IS RETAINED FOR LOCAL CONSUMPTION. ONLY ABOUT 15 PER CENT OF DOMESTIC DEMAND IS MET BY LOCAL PRODUCTION,” HE ADDED.

’’WITH THE EXPANSION AND SOPHISTICATION OF INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY IN HONG KONG DURING THE LAST FIVE YEARS, THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DOMESTIC MARKET HAS GROWN TREMENDOUSLY, ESPECIALLY IN THE DEMAND FOR FINE CHEMICALS AND SPECIALTY CHEMICALS WHERE BOTH THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY AND THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY ARE EAGER CUSTOMERS.

’’THE POPULATION, WITH ITS INCREASING EXPECTATIONS AND ASPIRATIONS, IS ALSO EXERTING DEMAND FOR THESE PRODUCTS THROUGH ITS INCREASING PURCHASES OF CONSUMER ITEMS SUCH AS SOAPS, DETERGENTS, COSMETICS, PERFUMES AND TOILET PREPARATIONS,” MR HOWARD SAID.

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STEP FORWARD IN TREATING LIVESTOCK WASTE

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (WEDNESDAY) OFFICIALLY TOOK OVER THE ’’SEQUENCING BATCH REACTOR SYSTEM (SBRS)” SUCCESSFULLY DEVELOPED BY THE CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC FOR LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT APPLICATIONS.

THE SBRS IS ONE OF FOUR DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT BEING IMPLEMENTED BY THE EPD AT THE TA KWU LINO PIG BREEDING CENTRE.

THE SBRS PROJECT INVOLVES THE MODIFICATION OF AN EXISTING AERATION TREATMENT PLANT AT THE PIG BREEDING CENTRE. THE PLANT WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO TREAT WASTEWATER FROM 200 PORKERS TO 250 MILLIGRAM PER LITRE OF BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND AND 250 MILLIGRAM PER LITRE SUSPENDED SOLIDS AS AN INTERIM MEASURE, PRIOR TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL MEASURES.

THE SBRS NOW PROVIDES A SOLUTION TO UPGRADE THOSE EXISTING ON-FARM LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT FACILITIES IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE PROPOSED FARM EFFLUENT STANDARD OF NOT EXCEEDING 50 MILLIGRAM PER LITRE BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND AND 50 MILLIGRAM PER LITRE SUSPENDED SOLIDS FOR LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL.

DURING THE CEREMONY, DR HOWARD WARD, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR (RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT) OF THE POLYTECHNIC, SAID HE WAS HAPPY TO SAY THAT THE CONSULTANCY PROJECT HAD BEEN SATISFACTORILY COMPLETED AND IT WAS NOW TIMELY TO HAND OVER THE TREATMENT SYSTEM TO THE EPD SO THAT THE SYSTEM COULD CONTINUE TO BE OPERATED AND DEMONSTRATED TO LIVESTOCK FARMERS.

THE EPD ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (WASTE AND WATER), MR MIKE STOKOB, SAID THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS WOULD SHOW LIVESTOCK FARMERS THE PROPER WAYS AND MEANS TO INSTALL AND OPERATE PROVEN LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT SYSTEMS APPLICABLE TO HONG KONG SITUATIONS.

THE OTHER THREE PROJECTS COVER THE DRY MUCK-OUT AND SOAKAWAY SYSTEM, THE EFFLUENT-FREE PIG PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE WHICH IS A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT BETWEEN THE EPD AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, AND THE ACTIVIATED SLUDGE TREATMENT SYSTEM BEING DEVELOPED BY THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL FOR LIVESTOCK WASTE TREATMENT APPLICATIONS.

AMONG THOSE ATTENDING TODAY'S HAND-OVER CEREMONY WAS THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES (SPECIAL DUTIES), MR LEO KWAN.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1987

APPOINTMENTS TO CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES COMMISSION * » * ♦ »

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS RE-APPOINTED MISS THERESE H. C. CHAN, MR STANLEY G. ELLIOTT, MR VINCENT H. C. KO AND MRS ALICE LAM TO BE MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS.

THE APPOINTMENTS OF MISS CHAN, MR ELLIOTT AND MR KO WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM MARCH 1, 1988 WHILE MRS LAM’S APPOINTMENT WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM MARCH 10, 1988.

THE GOVERNOR HAS ALSO APPOINTED MR TANG KWAI-NANG TO BE A MEMBER OF THE STANDING COMMISSION UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 1989. MR TANG IS THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SURVEY RESEARCH HK LIMITED, THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSUMER COUNCIL AND A MEMBER OF THE AIR TRANSPORT LICENSING AUTHORITY.

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IT IS EVIDENT THAT OVERSEAS HIGH TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ARE INCREASINGLY AWARE OF HONG KONG’S ADVANTAGES AND ATTRACTIONS FOR INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY OF TIMES-RINGIER (HK) LTD. AT THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, MR YEUNG SAID THE FACTORY WAS ANOTHER EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF CONTINUING OVERSEAS INTEREST IN HONG KONG AS AN OFFSHORE MANUFACTURING BASE.

HE SAID THAT HONG KONG WAS ITSELF A STRIKING EXAMPLE OF EAST-WEST CO-OPERATION AND WAS THEREFORE AN IDEAL PLACE TO CHOOSE FOR THE TIMES AND RINGIER PROJECT, A CO-OPERATIVE VENTURE BETWEEN TWO HIGH TECHNOLOGY PRINTING CONCERNS, ONE FROM THE EAST AND ONE FROM THE WEST.

’’THEIR DECISION TO SELECT HONG KONG FOR SETTING UP THEIR PLANT IS ALSO INDICATIVE OF THE BENEFITS WE HAVE TO OFFER TO HIGHER GRADE PRINTING ACTIVITIES, AND HONG KONG WILL BENEFIT FROM THE SERVICES WHICH THE PLANT WILL PROVIDE WHEN IT BECOMES OPERATIONAL NEXT YEAR,” HE NOTED.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING WITH THE COLLECTION OF NECESSARY DATA FOR THE TIMES EXECUTIVES TO HELP THEM TO COME TO A POSITIVE DECISION ON HONG KONG.

THE PRINTING AND PUBLISHING INDUSTRY RANKS AS HONG KONG’S EIGHTH LARGEST INDUSTRY AT THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, EMPLOYING OVER 32,000 PEOPLE.

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MORE CHILD CARE PLACES IN THE PIPELINE ♦ * * » »

THERE ARE 272 CHILD CARE CENTRES IN HONG KONG PROVIDING MORE THAN 28,000 PLACES, AND AN ADDITIONAL 1,600 PLACES HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

’’MOST OF THE CENTRES ARE RUN BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND TO ENSURE THAT CHILDREN RECEIVE PROPER CARE, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS HOPING TO FURTHER DEVELOP CHILD CARE SERVICES IN CO-OPERATION WITH THEM THROUGH INCREASING THE CAPACITIES OF EXISTING CENTRES,’’ SHE ADDED.

MRS WONG WAS OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE SALVATION ARMY TAI WO HAU NURSERY IN TSUEN WAN.

SHE NOTED THAT CHILD CARE CENTRES WERE AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICE AND THAT IT WAS ESPECIALLY SO NOW WITH THE LABOUR SHORTAGE PROBLEM WHEN MORE AND MORE ORGANISATIONS WERE CALLING FOR ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS TO ENABLE MARRIED WOMEN TO REJOIN THE WORKFORCE.

ON CHILD CARE SERVICES IN THE TSUEN WAN/KWAI TSING DISTRICT, MRS WONG POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE 28 CHILD CARE CENTRES WITH 2,636 PLACES.

”IN ADDITION TO THE ONE OPENED TODAY, FIVE MORE CHILD CARE CENTRES WILL COME INTO OPERATION OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO PROVIDE 550 PLACES,” SHE SAID.

MRS WONG COMMENDED THE SALVATION ARMY FOR ITS EXEMPLARY CONTRIBUTION TO CHILD CARE SERVICES. THE AGENCY OPERATES 13 NURSERIES AND THREE CRECHES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

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FOUR HUNDRED MEMBERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) WILL MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO BREAK THE WORLD’S BIGGEST POSTER RECORD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON TO RAISE FUND FOR THE PLDERLY.

THEY WILL CONSTRUCT A 50 METRE BY 50 METRE COLOUR POSTER ON THE THEME ’’HONG KONG - MY HOME” AT VICTORIA PARK IN CAUSEWAY BAY.

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THE HUGE POSTER EQUIVALENT IN SIZE TO 12 BASKETBALL COURTS WILL BE 25 PER CENT BIGGER THAN THE EXISTING RECORD IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS WHICH WAS SET BY STUDENTS OF OSAKA GAKUIN UNIVERSITY IN JAPAN IN OCTOBER 1984.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL ATTEND A CEREMONY TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE POSTER AT VICTORIA PARK TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON. ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE MR LAW TING-PONG OF THE LAWS FOUNDATION TRUST AND SUPERVISORS OF ALL CYC DISTRICT COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AT 3 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT VICTORIA PARK’S FOOTBALL PITCH NO. 5 NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF HING FAT STREET, CAUSEWAY BAY. INFORMATION OFFICERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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i KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL CLOSES ON SUNDAY *****

RESIDENTS OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI ARE BEING INVITED TO THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE FIRST KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY AN INVITATION MATCH BETWEEN THE GUANGDONG WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM AND THE DISTRICT’S WOMEN FOOTBALLERS.

THE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS OF THE DISTRICT WILL TAKE PART IN ANOTHER FOOTBALL MATCH WITH KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG; PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, MR HENRY FOK; KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO TUNG-CHING; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL COMMITTEE, MR CHENG WING-CHUN.

TICKETS FOR FREE ADMISSION ARE AVAILABLE AT THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE. RESIDENTS MAY CALL 0-273593 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE FIRST KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL WHICH WILL START AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND (NEAR KWAI FONG MTR STATION).

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1987

REGISTRATION OF A DTC REVOKED

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THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF PAK SHING FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED TODAY AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

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RESTRICTED ZONES IN ABERDEEN * * *

TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN ABERBEEN WILL BE DESIGNATED 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14).

THEY ARE A 35-METRE STRETCH ALONG NAM NING STREET WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CHENGTU ROAD AND THE WESTERN KERBSIDE OF CHENGTU ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH NAM NING STREET TO A POINT ABOUT FOUR METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLE EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SIR DAVID s PEOPLE LOOKING FOR FORWARD MOVES................. 1

GOVERNOR VISITS ISLANDS DISTRICT ............................ 2

OS LOOKS OVER ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES............. 4

GUIDELINES DEFINE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES................ 5

MUSIC OFFICE CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY..................... 6

WORLD'S BIGGEST POSTER FORMED BY CYC MEMBERS ................ 7

ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY FACING A CHALLENGE...................... 8

91,700 LIVESTOCK STRUCTURES REGISTERED ...................... 9

SHAM SHRI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL TO START NEXT WEEK............ 9

SIX ANIMALS, PANDA SKIN FLOWN TO PEKING...................... 10

RAINFALL BELOW NORMAL IN OCTOBER............................. 11

Careers exhibition attracts large crowd ..................... 14

TSUEN WAN ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO MEET ..................... 15

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS RURAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME.......... 15

ANTI-TRIAD SEMINAR IN TSUEN WAN ............................. 16

SPORTS PROGRAMMES FOR SPECIAL TARGET GROUPS ................. 16

KWAI TSING STARTS CLEAN HK AND HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN ......... 17

CARNIVAL TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH ........................... 1®

VARIETY SHOW FOR MDNG KOK EAST .............................. 19

SOUTHERN DISTRICT TO HOLD STUDENTS VARIETY SHOW.............. 19

SPORTS FORTNIGHT FOR WONG TaI SIN RESIDENTS ................. 20

CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN FOR FANLING RESIDENTS .............. 21

ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL FOR KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS ............. 21

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR SCOUT RALLY................. 22

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRaNGEMHJTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND........... 23

CLOSURE OF CYCLE TRACKS, FOOTPATHS IN SHA TIN ............... 23

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1987

SIR DAVID : PEOPLE LOOKING EOR FORWARD MOVES

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THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE NOW LOOKING FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO MOVE'FORWARD AND TO MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON ALL THE EVIDENCE THAT APPEARS IN THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE END OF A VISIT TO THE ISLANDS DISTRICT, SIR DAVID SAID "AS YOU KNOW, THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF EVIDENCE THERE ABOUT WHAT THE COMMUNITY THINKS."

"I BELIEVE THAT THE COMMUNITY - CERTAINLY THIS DISTRICT - IS NOW WANTING TO LOOK FORWARD TO TAKING THE DECISIONS."

WHEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL YESTERDAY, SIR DAVID SAID PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD AND EXPECTED THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT WAS CRITICISED, THE GOVERNMENT MUST ANSWER THAT CRITICISM.

HE SAID THAT WHAT THIS COMMUNITY LOOKED FOR WAS CO-OPERATION BETWEEN ALL THE DIFFERENT SECTORS OE THE COMMUNITY.

"THIS IS A POINT WHICH HAS BEEN MADE TO ME THIS AFTERNOON HERE IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT," HE SAID.

ASKED IF THE SPEECH MADE BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL YESTERDAY WOULD DETER PEOPLE FROM SPEAKING UP, SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD NEVER YET SEEN ANYTHING WHICH DETERRED PEOPLE IN HONG KONG FROM SPEAKING UP.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON MR FORD’S REMARK ON THE PERFORMANCE OF CIVIL SERVANTS, SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD GREAT ADMIRATION AND GREAT RESPECT FOR THE WORK DONE BY OFFICIALS IN THIS GOVERNMENT - SENIOR OFFICIALS, MIDDLE OFFICIALS AND JUNIOR OFFICIALS.

HE ADDED: "IF YOU GO ROUND DISTRICTS LIKE I'VE BEEN DOING TODAY AND LIKE I’VE DONE IN THE PAST, LIKE ALL OF YOU HAVE DONE, YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH WORK THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING."

"YOU CAN SEE IT PHYSICALLY IN THE BUILDINGS THAT ARE GOING UP, THE FACILITIES THAT ARE GOING UP FOR PEOPLE.

"YOU CAN SEE IT PSYCHOLOGICALLY IN THE SORT OF CO-OPERATION THAT EXISTS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND DISTRICT BOARDS AND VARIOUS OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS.

"SO I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR WHAT MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE DO AND WHAT THEY HAVE ACHIEVED."

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CONCERNING HIS VISIT, SIR DAVID SAID THERE WAS A GREAT NEED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL HOUSING IN THE DISTRICT.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALREADY MADE A START IN TAI O AND ON CHEUNG CHAU AND THERE WERE PLANS FOR FURTHER RURAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN MUL WO AND ON PENG CHAU.

"THERE CLEARLY IS A GREAT NEED AND IT IS SOMETHING WE MUST PUT A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT INTO IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THE LIVING STANDARD FOR THIS COMMUNITY," HE NOTED.

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GOVERNOR VISITS ISLANDS DISTRICT * ♦ * ♦ ♦

MORE RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WILL BE BUILT IN MUI WO AND TAI O ON LANTAU AND ON CHEUNG CHAU AND PENG CHAU TO REHOUSE SQUATTERS IN THOSE AREAS AND TO IMPROVE ISLANDERS’ LIVING CONDITIONS, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WAS TOLD DURING HIS VISIT TO THE ISLANDS DISTRICT THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON.

SIR DAVID, WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED BY LADY WILSON, WAS TOLD THAT, IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING TWO ESTATES AT TAI O AND CHEUNG CHAU, AT LEAST FOUR OTHERS HAVE BEEN PLANNED, AND THESE WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR ABOUT 9,000 PEOPLE.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR PETER NG, AND ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG, THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON WERE GIVEN A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF PENG CHAU AND LANTAU AS THEY FLEW IN BY HELICOPTER AND WERE BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENTS ON THE TWO ISLANDS.

THEY LEARNT THAT THE CONSULTANTS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO CARRY OUT THE SOUTH LANTAU COAST PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT STUDY SIX MONTHS AGO HAD INDENTIF1ED FOUR POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AREAS. THESE WERE PUI O, CHI MA WAN, CHEUNG SHA AND TONG FUK, WHERE VARIOUS RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION AND LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS WOULD BE RECOMMENDED.

THEY WERE TOLD THAT AN OVERALL REPORT BY THE CONSULTANTS WOULD BE AVAILABLE BY EARLY 1988.

ON THEIR ARRIVAL IN TAI O, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WERE GREETED BY THE TAI O RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR YU YUEN-HEI, AND THE TAI O PROJECT MANAGER, MR C. K. CHOW.

THEY BOARDED A SAMPAN WHICH TOOK THEM ALONG TAI O CREEK WHERE THEY SAW A LARGE NUMBER OF STILTED STRUCTURES KNOWN AS "PANG UK’S" AND WHICH ACCOMMODATE ABOUT 3,000 PEOPLE.

/THE GOVERNOR........

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1987

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON CALLED ON A FAMILY WHO WERE SIXTH GENERATION TAI O RESIDENTS.

AFTER THIS, THEY TOURED THE LUNG TIN ESTATE PHASE I - THE FIRST RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING SCHEME UNDERTAKEN IN THE DISTRICT BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. IT WAS COMPLETED IN 1980 AND IS HOME TO ABOUT 1,000 PEOPLE.

WHILE IN TAI O, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WERE BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS WHICH INCLUDED THE COMPLETION OF THE LUNG TIN ESTATE PHASE II AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SHELTERED ANCHORAGE IN THE EARLY 1990’S.

BEFORE LEAVING TAI O, THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON VISITED THE BUDDHIST FAT HO MEMORIAL COLLEGE WHERE THEY MET STAFF AND STUDENTS AND WHILE THERE THEY ALSO DISCUSSED WITH OTHER LOCAL HEADMASTERS VARIOUS EDUCATION MATTERS AND PROBLEMS FACED BY THE VILLAGE SCHOOLS.

THE PARTY THEN FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO CHEUNG CHAU WHERE THEY WERE MET BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM WAI-KEUNG, CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR FUNG PAK-TAI, AND DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER, MR WAN MIN-KEE.

A BRIEFING WAS GIVEN ON DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS CONCERNING THE PROVISION OF ESSENTIAL INFRASTRUCTURE, COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND PUBLIC HOUSING.

SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WERE TOLD THAT THE SECOND ESTATE ON CHEUNG CHAU, TO BE BUILT AT SIN YAN TSENG, WOULD START TAKING IN RESIDENTS IN LATE 1992 AND AN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE WOULD BE COMPLETED AT NAM SHE TONG IN EARLY 1991.

THEY THEN PROCEEDED TO THE PRAYA, THROUGH THE BUSTLING STREETS, AND WERE BRIEFED ON PLANS FOR A $41.5 MILLION MARKET COMPLEX TO BE BUILT NEXT YEAR. THIS WOULD SOLVE HAWKER PROBLEMS.

NEXT, THE PARTY VISITED THE RENOVATED ’’STRAWHUT OF THE LAW FAMILY’’ WHERE THE GROUND FLOOR WAS USED AS AN ANCESTRAL HALL AND THE FAMILY ELDERS LIVED ON THE SECOND FLOOR. THEY ALSO VISITED THE 200-YEAR-OLD PAK TEI TEMPLE, WHICH HOUSES SEVERAL RELICS SUCH AS A LARGE IRON SWORD AND A SEDAN CHAIR.

BEFORE CONCLUDING THEIR VISIT TO THE ISLANDS DISTRICT, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON ATTENDED A TEA RECEPTION AT AN OPEN AREA IN FRONT OF THE PAK TEI TEMPLE, AND MET MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE RURAL COMMITTEES AND OTHER LOCAL PERSONALITIES.

SIR DAVID WAS PRESENTED WITH A SCROLL BY A WELL KNOWN LOCAL CALLIGRAPHER.

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CS LOOKS OVER ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES

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/ THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND DESCRIBED ITS WORK AS "TREMENDOUSLY IMPRESSIVE IN TECHNICAL TERMS".

HE WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR GRAHAM OSBORNE, AND OTHER SENIOR STAFF BEFORE TOURING THE MAJOR WORKSHOPS IN THE EMSD HEADQUARTERS IN CAROLINE HILL ROAD.

MR FORD WAS BRIEFED ON THE EMSD’S MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITIES, WHICH INCLUDE ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT ON ALL ASPECTS OF BUILDING SERVICES, ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRONIC INSTALLATIONS, MONITORING THEIR COMPLIANCE WITH STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS AND ENSURING THAT SAFETY STANDARDS ARE MAINTAINED.

THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVISING THE GOVERNMENT ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO THE TOWN-GAS AND LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG.

ITS OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE DESIGN, INSTALLATION, COMMISSIONING, OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF ALL MAJOR GOVERNMENT BUILDING SERVICES, ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRONIC INSTALLATIONS, INCLUDING WASTE DISPOSAL AND SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS, AND THE UPKEEP OF THE GOVERNMENT’S FLEET OF 6,000 VEHICLES.

APART FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S 230 PROFESSIONAL OFFICERS TRAINED IN THE BUILDING SERVICES, ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRONIC DISCIPLINES, ABOUT TWO-THIRDS OF THE 7,500 STAFF ARE HIGHLY-SKILLED ARTISANS AND TECHNICIANS.

DEPLOYED IN MORE THAN 130 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, THEY ARE ENGAGED IN THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF A VAST RANGE OF MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC AND AIR-CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT.

THE DEPARTMENT HAS FOUR FUNCTIONAL BRANCHES INVOLVED RESPECTIVELY IN MANAGEMENT SERVICES, BUILDING SERVICES, PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENT, AND WORKS AND SERVICES.

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GUIDELINES DEFINE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES *****

A NEW SET OF DRAFTING GUIDELINES SCHEDULED FOR IMPLEMENTATION ON DECEMBER 1, 1987, WILL ENSURE THAT NEW DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT PROVIDE A MORE EFFECTIVE FRAMEWORK FOR THE BETTER MANAGEMENT OF MULTISTOREY BUILDINGS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

"THE GUIDELINES, TO BE REVIEWED AFTER ONE YEAR, WILL LIMIT THE PERIOD OF MANAGEMENT BY THE DEVELOPER TO TWO YEARS AND WILL CLEARLY DEFINE THE POWERS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE MANAGER. A SCALE OF RENUMERATION FOR THE MANAGER WILL ALSO BE SPELT OUT AND THE MANAGER WILL BE REQUIRED TO LIAISE REGULARLY WITH THE OWNERS FOR BETTER COMMUNICATION PURPOSES," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

"THE GUIDELINES WILL REQUIRE A CLEAR DEFINITION OF COMMON PARTS AND THEIR PLANS TO BE ATTACHED TO THE DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT, AND THE MANAGER WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE A CHINESE TRANSLATION OF THE DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT AVAILABLE FOR THE REFERENCE OF THE OWNERS," HE SAID.

THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG WILL BE PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GUIDELINES WHICH HAVE BEEN TURNED INTO A PRACTICE DIRECTION FOR LEGAL PRACTITIONERS.

"SOLICITORS WILL IN FUTURE HAVE TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES WHEN DRAFTING DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT FOR ALL NEWLY CONSTRUCTED NON-1NDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS, ARISING FROM BOTH NEW DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT, EXCEPT THOSE LARGE ESTATES FOR WHICH THE DEVELOPER HAS GIVEN AN UNDERTAKING TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ESTATE FOR THE WHOLE OF THE LEASED PERIOD," THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

"FURTHERMORE, ALL DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT ARISING FROM NEW NON-INDUSTRIAL LEASES GRANTED SINCE FEBRUARY 1986 ARE REQUIRED TO BE VETTED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL," HE SAID.

"IN VETTING DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT OF THESE NEW DEVELOPMENTS, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL WILL GIVE HIS APPROVAL ONLY 1F HE IS SATISFIED THAT THE GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN FOLLOWED," HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT 18 DISTRICT BOARDS, EXCEPT ISLANDS DISTRICT WHERE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS ARE UNCOMMON, THE LAW SOCIETY OF HONG KONG AND A NUMBER OF PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS HAD BEEN CONSULTED BEFORE THE NEW GUIDELINES WERE DRAWN UP.

"THESE BODIES HAVE BEEN MOST FORTHCOMING AND MANY OF THEIR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS HAVE BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE GUIDELINES," HE SAID.

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MUSIC OFFICE CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY » * ♦ ♦ *

ESTABLISHED IN 1977, THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH IS CELEBRATING ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A COLOURFUL PROGRAMME PROVIDING ENTERAINMENT TO PEOPLE ALL OVER THE TERRITORY.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE OFFICE’S CELEBRATIONS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY), THE COMMISSIONER FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR CLIVE OXLEY, SAID THAT OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS THE MUSIC OFFICE HOPED TO BRING HOME TO THE PEOPLE THAT IT HAD BEEN SERVING AND WOULD CONTINUE TO SERVE THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. THIS WAS BOTH IN PROVIDING INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING TO YOUNG PEOPLE AS WELL AS IN PROMOTING MUSIC PROGRAMMES IN ALL DISTRICTS, PROVIDING MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT TO YOUNG AND OLD.

LOOKING BACK OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, MR OXLEY SAID THE MUSIC OFFICE IN 1978 HAD FOUR MUSIC CENTRES, AND NOW THERE WERE SEVEN CENTRES - ONE IN HONG KONG, THREE IN KOWLOON AND THREE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AS WELL AS A HEADQUARTERS.

TODAY THERE WERE SOME 4,500 TRAINEES, COMPARED WITH 350 IN 1977.

MR OXLEY RECALLED THAT IN 1977, THE INSTRUCTORS, NUMBERING ABOUT 30, WERE PART-TIME WORKERS. ’’TODAY WE HAVE AN ESTABLISHMENT OF 79 FULL-TIME PROFESSIONALS, TEACHING 34 DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHINESE AND WESTERN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AS WELL AS MANAGING 20 YOUTH ORCHESTRAS, BANDS AND CHOIRS,” HE SAID.

ALTOGETHER, OVER 3,700 MUS IC-FOR-THE-MILLIONS CONCERTS HAD BEEN STAGED, HE SAID.

OUTLINING THE CELEBRATION PROGRAMME, THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MRS DORIS HO, SAID THE COMING WEEKS WOULD PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINEES TO SHARE THEIR MUSIC WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

BESIDES CONCERTS IN THE CITY HALL, BANDS WILL PERFORM IN PLAYGROUNDS, AND STRING BANDS WILL PERFORM AT SCHOOLS AND SHOPPING CENTRES, AND, IN ADDITION, MUSICIANS WILL ALSO VISIT HOSPITALS.

A SCHOOL BAND FROM THE USA, THE TREMPER GOLDEN STRINGS, FROM TREMPER HIGH SCHOOL IN WISCONSIN, WILL TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAMME.

THE HAMAMATSU COMMERCIAL HIGH SCHOOL BAND FROM JAPAN WILL ALSO GIVE PERFORMANCES.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE CONCERTS, CONTESTS, LECTURES, MASTERCLASSES, AND DEMONSTRATION WORKSHOPS.

THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF CONCERTS WILL BE THE OPENING CONCERT IN THE ’’CHINESE WEEK” TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14). SOME 400 MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE ORCHESTRAS OF THE MUSK’ OFFICE WILL BE PERFORMING.

/DURING the........

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 198?

DURING THE CELEBRATION WEEK, THREE GUEST MUSICIANS FROM CHINA WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROGRAMME AND THERE IS ALSO AN EVENING OF CHINESE FOLK AND OPERATIC MUSIC ON NOVEMBER 20.

A FIRST FOR THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL BE A YOUTH STRING MUSIC WEEK TO BE HELD FROM NOVEMBER 29 TO DECEMBER 6.

LADY WILSON WILL ATTEND AN EVENING CONCERT ON DECEMBER 28 AT

WHICH ALL THE PERFORMERS WILL BE AGED UNDER 14 YEARS.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, WILL ADDRESS THE TRAINEES AT THE ANNUAL TRAINEES’ GALA TO BE HELD ON JANUARY 24. OVER 1,000 TRAINEES AND ORCHESTRAL MEMBERS WILL PERFORM THAT AFTERNOON.

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WORLD’S BIGGEST POSTER FORMED BY CYC MEMBERS * * » »

FOUR HUNDRED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) COMPOSED THE WORLD’S BIGGEST POSTER ON THE THEME OF "HONG KONG - MY HOME" IN AN ATTEMPT TO GAIN AN ENTRY IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS. THE POSTER WAS FORMED AT TWO FOOTBALL PITCHES IN THE VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY BAY. MEASURING 50 X 50 METRES, IT WAS 25 PER CENT BIGGER THAN THE EXISTING RECORD IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS WHICH WAS SET BY STUDENTS OF THE OSAKA GAKUIN UNIVERSITY IN JAPAN IN OCTOBER 1984.

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN FROM A ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE HELICOPTER WILL BE SENT TO THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS TO SEEK RECOGNITION AS THE LARGEST POSTER TN THE WORLD.

THE POSTER WAS MADE UP OF 15,000 PIECES OF CARDBOARD PAINTED BY 1,200 STUDENTS FROM 25 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. SOME 600 LITRES OF PAINT WERE USED.

THE POSTER WILL REAPPEAR AT THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL PARADE OF CYC AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20. THE CARDBOARD WILL THEN BE CUT UP INTO 90,000 CHRISTMAS CARDS AND SOLD TO THE PUBLIC TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE ELDERLY. A SUM OF $450,000 IS EXPECTED TO BE RAISED.

SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE POSTER, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, SAID THE THEME OF THE POSTER WAS CHOSEN TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A VIEW TO PROMOTING A SENSE OF BELONGING.

THE ATTEMPT ALSO SOUGHT TO INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE TO DO BETTER AND MORE IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE MORE AND TO ALLOW THEM TO EXPERIENCE A SPIRIT OF CAMARADERIE.

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ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY FACING A CHALLENGE *****

THE EMERGENCE OF APPLICATIONS SPECIFIC INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (ASIC) AND SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY (SMT) IN RECENT YEARS PRESENTS A CHALLENGE TO HONG KONG’S ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, MR YEUNG SAID IF HONG KONG’S ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY DID NOT RESPOND TO NEW TECHNOLOGIES, TWO TRENDS WERE LIKELY TO EMERGE.

’’FIRST, PRODUCTION REPRESENTED BY SIMPLE MANUAL ASSEMBLY WORK IS LIKELY TO BE TRANSFERRED OUT OF HONG KONG TO COUNTRIES WHERE LABOUR AND OTHER COSTS ARE RELATIVELY LOW,” HE SAID.

’’SECONDLY, PRODUCTION INVOLVING MORE COMPLEX PROCESSES AND RESULTING IN HIGHER VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS WOULD MOVE AWAY FROM HONG KONG TO COUNTRIES THAT ARE MORE TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED.”

MR YEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD COME TO THE VIEW THAT THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY MUST SEEK TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE ITS COMPETITIVENESS AND THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN AREAS IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAD AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY.

’’THE GOVERNMENT IS AIMING TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WOULD ENABLE THE INDUSTRY TO CROSS THE TECHNOLOGICAL AND OTHER BARRIERS WHICH STAND IN THE WAY OF IT BECOMING MORE COMPETITIVE,” HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID IN TERMS OF MANPOWER TRAINING, INDUSTRIAL LAND

AND ACCOMMODATION AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT SERVICES AND FACILITIES, PUBLIC SECTOR WAS PLAYING A STRONG ENABLING ROLE IN HELPING ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE ITS COMPETITIVENESS.

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WHILE NOTING THAT THERE WAS NOW GREATER AWARENESS IN THE INDUSTRY OF THE RELEVANCE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND OF THE NEED TO UPGRADE ITSELF, MR YEUNG ADDED THAT GIVEN THE FURTHER STIMULUS PROVIDED BY PUBLIC SECTOR SERVICES AND FACILITIES, ENTREPRENEURS WOULD BE MORE WILLING TO INVEST IN PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, IN THE MASTERING AND APPLICATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY AND IN MOVING INTO TOTAL QUALITY.

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91,700 LIVESTOCK STRUCTURES REGISTERED

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A TOTAL OF 91,700 LIVESTOCK STRUCTURES WERE RECORDED IN THE URBAN AREA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES DURING A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY GOVERNMENT STAFF BETWEEN OCTOBER 15 AND NOVEMBER 7.

THE SURVEY, CARRIED OUT SUBSEQUENT TO THE PASSAGE OF THE WASTE DISPOSAL (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, WAS TO REGISTER ALL EXISTING LIVESTOCK FARMS IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH THEIR PRELIMINARY ELIGIBILITY FOR EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS UNDER THE LIVESTOCK WASTE CONTROL SCHEME.

ABOUT 258 TEAMS, COMPRISING SOME 700 STAFF FROM THE HOUSING, WATER SUPPLIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENTS TOOK PART IN CONDUCTING THE SURVEY, WHICH RECEIVED VERY GOOD CO-OPERATION FROM LIVESTOCK FARMERS.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THOSE FARMERS WHO CLAIMED THAT THEIR LIVESTOCK FARMS OR LIVESTOCK STRUCTURES WERE NOT VISITED BY SURVEY STAFF SHOULD CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT ON TELEPHONE NUMBER : 3-7332292, 3-7332293 OR 3-7332296 BEFORE NOVEMBER 17, 1987.

DETAILED SURVEYS COVERING ALL THE LIVESTOCK STRUCTURES WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY BEFORE CONTROLS COME INTO OPERATION TO DETERMINE THE ACTUAL AMOUNT DUE TO INDIVIDUAL FARMS UNDER THE PROPOSED COMPENSATION SCHEME.

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SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL TO START NEXT WEEK * * *

A FIVE-WEEK DISTRICT FESTIVAL FEATURING MORE THAN 60 CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL, SPORTS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD IN SHAM SHUI PO FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16).

THE FESTIVAL WILL KICK OFF WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY AND VARIETY SHOW ON MONDAY EVENING AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM. EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MISS LYDIA DUNN, AND THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE THEME OF THE FESTIVAL IS TO PROMOTE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. IT IS ORGANISED BY THE 1987 SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SHAM SHUI PO ARTS ASSOCIATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, AND IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

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, AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY), THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR KWOK CHEONG, SAID: "THE FESTIVAL IS ESTIMATED TO COST $1.8 MILLION, WITH $500,000 SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REST FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS."

"WITH THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION THEME, WE HOPE THE FESTIVAL WILL BE ABLE TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS’ SUPPORT IN THE 1988 DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS," HE ADDED.

PUBLICITY FOR THE FESTIVAL HAS BEGUN EARLIER THIS MONTH WITH 250 BUNTING AND BANNERS MOUNTED THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, AND "PAI LAUS" PUT UP NEAR THE SHAM SHUI PO CLOCK TOWER AND THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND. SHOW WINDOWS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES HAVE ALSO BEEN REDECORATED.

FREE PROGRAMME PAMPHLETS OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND SUB-OFFICES.

THE FESTIVAL WILL END ON DECEMBER 20 (SUNDAY) WITH A CLOSING CEREMONY AND SPORTS CARNIVAL AT THE NEW SHAM SHUI PO SPORTS GROUND, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD.

OTHER ACTIVITIES OF THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE A CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMANCE BY THE CHOR FUNG MING GROUP, SUB-DISTRICT FESTIVALS ORGANISED BY EACH OF THE 10 AREA COMMITTEES IN SHAM SHUI PO, AN ATHLETIC MEET, AND A JOINT SCHOOL TELEMATCH.

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SIX ANIMALS, PANDA SKIN FLOWN TO PEKING

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A GIANT PANDA SKIN AND SIX ENDANGERED ANIMALS SEIZED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS A RESULT OF STRICT ENFORCEMENT ACTION WERE FLOWN TO PEKING TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE PANDA SKIN CAME INTO THE CUSTODY OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT IN JULY AFTER A CHINESE SEAMAN WAS APPREHENDED AND PROSECUTED FOR SMUGGLING IT AND A GOLDEN SNUB-NOSED MONKEY SKIN INTO THE TERRITORY.

THE LIVE ENDANGERED ANIMALS IN THE CONSIGNMENT WERE TWO RHESUS MONKEYS AND FOUR ALLIGATORS, ALL OF WHICH WERE PROTECTED UNDER THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE.

THIS WAS THE TENTH CONSIGNMENT OF ENDANGERED SPECIES TRANSPORTED TO CHINA SINCE 1984. THE PREVIOUS CONSIGNMENTS INVOLVED 14H RARE ANIMALS INCLUDING AN ASIATIC BROWN BEAR, AN ASIATIC BLACK BEAR, FIVE CROCODILES, 29 GIANT SALAMANDERS AND TWO SERPENT EAGLES.

/TODAY'S EXERCISE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1987

TODAY’S EXERCISE WAS ARRANGED IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHINA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA IMPORT AND EXPORT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS), MR K.C. IU, SAID THAT AS A PARTICIPANT IN THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES), HONG KONG ENJOYED VERY GOOD CO-OPERATION WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES IN THE WORLDWIDE EFFORT TO SAVE RARE SPECIES FROM EXTINCTION.

"IN CONFORMITY WITH THE CITES SPIRIT, THE DEPARTMENT STRICTLY PROHIBITS UNAUTHORISED IMPORT, EXPORT AND POSSESSION OF RARE ANIMALS, BIRDS OR PLANTS OR THEIR PARTS AND DERIVATIVES," HE SAID.

"FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW MAY LEAD TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5,000 FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE, AND $10,000 FINE PLUS SIX MONTHS’IMPRISONMENT FOR A REPEAT OFFENCE," HE SAID.

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RAINFALL BELOW NORMAL IN OCTOBER

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OCTOBER WAS THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH IN WHICH THE RAINFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL, WITH A TOTAL AMOUNT OF ONLY 72.7 MILLIMETRES. THIS AMOUNT WAS 40 PER CENT BELOW THE NORMAL OCTOBER RAINFALL OF 121.2 MILLIMETRES. HOWEVER, THE TOTAL RAINFALL UP TO THE END OF OCTOBER WAS STILL ABOUT FOUR PER CENT ABOVE THE NORMAL FOR THE 10-MONTH PERIOD. THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 24.2 DEGREES WAS THE SECOND HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR OCTOBER.

THE ONLY TROPICAL CYCLONE THAT AFFECTED HONG KONG DURING THE MONTH WAS LYNN. IT NECESSITATED THE HOISTING OF THE STRONG WIND SIGNAL NO. 3 FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS YEAR.

FOLLOWING ON FROM THE WEATHER PATTERN AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER, CONDITIONS ON OCTOBER 1 REMAINED CLOUDY WITH SOME LIGHT RAIN. HOWEVER, AS EASTERLY WINDS WEAKENED TOWARDS THE END OF THE DAY, THE SKY BEGAN TO CLEAR. GENERALLY FINE WEATHER PREVAILED THROUGH OCTOBER 3 EXCEPT FOR A FEW BRIEF SHOWERS ON THAT DAY.

A SURGE OF THE NORTHEAST MONSOON ARRIVED DURING THE EARLY HOURS OF OCTOBER 4 BUT THE WEATHER CONTINUED TO BE FINE. THESE CONDITIONS LASTED UNTIL OCTOBER 7 WHEN A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE FORMED OVER CENTRAI. CHINA AND BEGAN TO MOVE RAPIDLY SOUTHWARDS. IT REACHED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST ON OCTOBER 8 AND GAVE RISE TO THUNDERSTORMS IN HONG KONG DURING THE DAY.

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MODERATE TO FRESH EASTERLY WINDS KEPT THE SKY CLOUDY ON OCTOBER 9. HOWEVER, THE WEATHER BECAME FINE THE NEXT DAY AB THE EASTERLY WINDS SLACKENED.

FINE WEATHER PREVAILED BETWEEN OCTOBER 10 AND 14 ALTHOUGH SOME BRIEF SHOWERS OCCURRED OVERNIGHT ON OCTOBER 11 AND 12. PLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND SOUTHERLY WINDS CAUSED THE TEMPERATURE ON OCTOBER 11 TO REACH 30.7 DEGREES, WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST DURING THE MONTH.

A COLD FRONT REACHED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST ON OCTOBER 16. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER HONG KONG HERALDED ITS ARRIVAL. AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE COLD FRONT, THE WEATHER TURNED FINE ON OCTOBER 16 AND REMAINED SO UNTIL OCTOBER 17.

AS ANOTHER WEAK COLD FRONT APPROACHED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST ON OCTOBER 18 THE SKY BECAME CLOUDY AGAIN. HOWEVER, FINE WEATHER RETURNED THE NEXT DAY AFTER THE COLD FRONT HAD MOVED TO THE SOUTH OF HONG KONG.

A SURGE OF THE NORTHEAST MONSOON ARRIVED AT HONG KONG ON THE NIGHT OF OCTOBER 19 AND THE WINDS BECAME FRESH EASTERLY OFFSHORE. CLOUDY CONDITIONS AND INTERMITTENT LIGHT RAIN BEGAN TO SET IN OVERNIGHT AND PERSISTED UNTIL OCTOBER 21.

ON OCTOBER 21, A COLD FRONT OVER CENTRAL CHINA MOVED SLOWLY SOUTHWARDS AND REACHED THE SOUTH CHINA COAST ON OCTOBER 22. ALTHOUGH THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY DROPPED AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF THE COLD FRONT, THE WEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY UNTIL THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 23.

MEANWHILE, OVER THE WESTERN PACIFIC TO THE EAST OF THE PHILIPPINES, TYPHOON LYNN WAS HEADING TOWARDS THE LUZON STRAIT. THE PREVAILING NORTHEAST MONSOON OVER SOUTHEASTERN CHINA WAS ENHANCED BY THE CIRCULATION ASSOCIATED WITH LYNN AND STRONG WINDS OCCURRED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA COASTAL WATERS DURING THE DAY ON OCTOBER 23 WHEN LYNN WAS STILL ABOUT 1,000 KILOMETRES AWAY FROM HONG KONG.

WITH LYNN CONTINUING TO MOVE CLOSER TO HONG KONG, THE STAND BY SIGNAL NO. 1 WAS HOISTED AT 11 PM ON OCTOBER 23. THE INCREASING THREAT OF LYNN NECESSITATED THE HOISTING OF THE STRONG WIND SIGNAL, NO. 3, AT 5 AM ON OCTOBER 24. DURING THE DAY, WINDS WITHIN THE HARBOUR WERE FRESH TO STRONG WHILE THOSE OFFSHORE OCCASIONALLY REACHED GALE FORCE. THE STRONG GUSTY WINDS ON OCTOBER 24 BLEW DOWN SOME BILLBOARDS AND TREES.

STRONG GUSTY WINDS PERSISTED OFFSHORE AND IN EXPOSED AREAS EARLY ON OCTOBER 25. HOWEVER, WINDS MODERATED DURING THE AFTERNOON AS TYPHOON LYNN WEAKENED TO A SEVERE TROPICAL STORM. AS LYNN WAS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN FURTHER, THE STRONG WIND SIGNAL NO. 3 WAS REPLACED BY THE STAND BY SIGNAL NO. 1 AT 3 PM ON OCTOBER 25. RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH LYNN AFFECTED HONG KONG THAT EVENING.

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DURING THE EARLY MORNING OF OCTOBER 26 THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO 19.7 DEGREES, WHICH WAS THE LOWEST SO FAR THIS AUTUMN. WITH LYNN WEAKENING FURTHER AND NO LONGER POSING A THREAT TO HONG KONG, THE STAND BY SIGNAL NO. 1 WAS LOWERED AT 4 PM ON OCTOBER 26. THE WEATHER THAT DAY REMAINED CLOUDY.

ALTHOUGH LYNN WEAKENED TO AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN THE AFTERNOON OF OCTOBER 27, SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH ITS REMNANT AFFECTED HONG KONG BETWEEN OCTOBER 27 AND 29. THIS RAIN EPISODE CONTRIBUTED TO MOST OF THE RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH.

AFTER THE FINAL DISSIPATION OF THE REMNANT OF LYNN, THE WEATHER TURNED FINE ON OCTOBER 30. HOWEVER, ANOTHER WEAK SURGE OF THE NORTHEAST MONSOON BROUGHT CLOUDY SKIES AND INTERMITTENT LIGHT RAIN OVERNIGHT ON OCTOBER 30. SUCH CONDITIONS LASTED UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.

A TOTAL OF FIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DURING OCTOBER.

DURING OCTOBER, NO AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON OCTOBER 3, 8, 15 AND 29. THE RED FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON OCTOBER 25 AND 31. THE YELLOW FIRE DANGER WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON OCTOBER 7, 8, 11, 17, 18, 24 AND 25.

SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE AND TIME DATE AND TIME

OF HOISTING OF LOWERING

TYPHOON LYNN 1 OCTOBER 23 11 PM OCTOBER 24 5 AM

3 OCTOBER 24 5 AM OCTOBER 25 3 PM

1 OCTOBER 25 3 PM OCTOBER 26 4 PM

WINTER MONSOON STRONG OCTOBER 28 4.47 AM OCTOBER 28

MONSOON 12 NOON

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

SUNSHINE

GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION

RAINFALL

176.3 HOURS ; 33.6 HOURS BELOW

NORMAL

13.54 M.J/SQUARE ; 2.38 MJ/SQUARE METRE

METRE BELOW NORMAL

72.7 MM ; 48.5 MM BELOW NORMAL

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CLOUDINESS

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61 PER CENT

RELATIVE HUMIDITY 80 PER CENT

9 PER CENT MORE THAN NORMAL

8 PER CENT HIGHER THAN NORMAL

MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE 27.8 DEGREES

CELSIUS

0.1 DEGREE CELSIUS

BELOW NORMAL

MEAN TEMPERATURE

MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURE

MEAN DEW POINT

TOTAL EVAPORATION

25.7 DEGREES

CELSIUS

24.2 DEGREES

CELSIUS

21.9 DEGREES

CELSIUS

109.7 MM

0.7 DEGREE CELSIUS

ABOVE NORMAL

1.5 DEGREES CELSIUS

ABOVE NORMAL

2.6 DEGRESS CELSIUS

ABOVE NORMAL

50.9 1 KM BELOW NORMAL

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CAREERS EXHIBITION ATTRACTS LARGE CROWD ♦ ♦ ♦ » ♦

THE CAREERS EXHIBITION ’88 NOW BEING HELI) AT THE SHATIN TOWN HALL HAS PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE.

SINCE ITS OPENING LAST SATURDAY, MORE THAN 40,000 PEOPLE, MOST OF THEM SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, HAVE VISITED THE EXHIBITION.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (THURSDAY) SAID THE LARGE NUMBER OF VISITORS WAS MOST ENCOURAGING PARTICULARLY AS THE EVENT WAS HELD IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE FIRST TIME.

HE CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION BEFORE IT CLOSED ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16).

AS PART OF THE PROGRAMME, A SERIES OF CAREER TALKS AND VIDEO SHOWS ON TRAINING AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORM 3 TO 7 STUDENTS IS BEING ORGANISED DAILY.

IN ADDITION, TWO OUTDOOR CAREER SHOWS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN 10 AM AND 5 PM BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) AND BY THE AUXILIARY SERVICES ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

THE SHOWS WILL BE STAGED OUTSIDE THE SHATIN TOWN HALL.

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J

TSUEN WAN ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO MEET *****

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRANSPORT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE VARIOUS OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE GRASS AND UNDERGROWTH CUTTING IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

QUESTIONS ON THE COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT AREA RELATING TO THE TOWN PLANNING OF THE DISTRICT WILL ALSO BE RAISED.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS RURAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE PROGRESS OF PUBLIC WORKS FOR IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT IN RURAL AREAS.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER VILLAGE PROJECTS SUCH AS FILLING IN OF POT-HOLES, AND REPAIRS TO FOOTPATHS AND FOOTBRIDGES.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME AND A REPORT FROM THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE STREET MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD, 13TH FLOOR, TAI K1U GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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ANTI-TRIAD SEMINAR IN TSUEN WAN *****

SOME 30 SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, DISCIPLINE MASTERS AND SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN AN ANTI-TRIAD SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE SEMINAR WILL SUPPORT THE TERRITORY-WIDE ANTI-TRIAD CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

IT PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON TRIAD PROBLEMS.

AMONG THOSE ATTENDING WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FCC, MR CHOW KWAN-SING; THE POLICE REGIONAL COMMANDER FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR RICHARD SMALLSHAW; AND TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SH1U.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE HILLTOP COUNTRY C..UL, HILLTOP ROAD, TSUEN WAN. IT WILL START AT 2 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR.

A GOVERNMENT VAN HAS BEEN ARRANGED TO TAKE PRESS MEMBERS TO THE VENUE. IT WILL LEAVE THE ENTRANCE OF THE TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING AT SAI LAU KOK ROAD, TSUEN WAN, AT 1.40 PM.

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SPORTS PROGRAMMES FOR SPECIAL TARGET GROUPS

*****

THE YOUNG, THE OLD AND THE DISABLED OF KWUN TONG WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY A HOST OF FUN-FILLED SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

PRESENTED BY THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL '87, THE ACTIVITIES ARE SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO CATER FOR RESIDENTS’ INTERESTS AND NEEDS THE FESTIVAL RUNS FROM NOVEMBER 8 TO 22.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE SAID THE PROGRAMMES TIED IN WITH THE OBJECTIVE TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION OF RESIDENTS FROM DIFFERENT SECTORS AND AGE GROUPS.

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DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE AND TIME EVENT

VENUE

NOVEMBER 13 (FRIDAY) FUN DAY FOR THE DISABLED

9 AM - 1 PM

NOVEMBER 14 (SATURDAY) GAMES DAY FOR THE

9 AM - 1 PM ELDERLY AND TAIJI DEMONSTRATION

NOVEMBER 9 AM 15 (SUNDAY) - 1 PM MINI OLYMPIC

HIU KWONG STREET INDOOR GAMES HALL

HIU KWONG STREET INDOOR GAMES HALL

FOK WAH PLAYGROUND, LOK WAH ESTATE

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENTS.

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KWAI TSI NG STARTS CLEAN HK AND HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN ♦ ♦ t ♦ ♦

THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI DISTRICT BOARD AND SEVERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL JOINTLY PUT ACROSS CLEAN HONG KONG AND HOME SAFETY MESSAGES TO RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT THIS SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14).

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S CLEAN HONG KONG AND HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM ON SATURDAY AT THE HING FONG ROAD PLAYGROUND.

AN ANT I-MOSQUITOES DISPLAY AND EXHIBITIONS ON HOME SAFETY AND GAS SAFETY WILL BE SET UP AT THE VENUE BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

RESIDENTS MAY ALSO ENJOY A ONE-HOUR VARIETY SHOW ORGANISED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD.

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, THE KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT OF REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR CHOY SHU-KAI, AND THE DIVISION COMMANDER OF N.T. SOUTHERN DIVISION OF FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR C.W. CHEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

/the chairman........

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 198?

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, MR CHOW SUM, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN, MR LEE SHUNG-SHIN, WILL ALSO BE PRESENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT’S CLEAN HONG KONG AND HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) AT THE HING FONG ROAD PLAYGROUND (NEAR KWAI FONG MTR). THE CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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CARNIVAL TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH * * * * *

A CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) AFTERNOON IN THE OPEN SQUARE OF SHA KOK ESTATE, SHA TIN, TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH PARTICIPATION BY RESIDENTS AND FORMER MENTAL PATIENTS.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION EDUCATION AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE CARNIVAL WILL FEATURE SINGING, DRAMA, MAGIC SHOW, EDUCATIONAL VIDEO SHOW AND QUIZ. THERE WILL ALSO BE A CRAFT EXHIBITION AND 18 GAMES STALLS STAGED BY PATRONS OF HALF-WAY HOUSES.

SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM; DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MRS LESLIE HUNG AND SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER, MR CHEN YU-CHENG WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 1.30 PM.

ADMISSION TO THE EVENT IS FREE. FOR ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL 0-6048078.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ON MENTAL HEALTH, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 1.30 PM ON (NOVEMBER 14) AT THE OPEN SQUARE OF SHA KOK ESTATE, SHA TIN.

CARNIVAL SATURDAY

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1987

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VARIETY SHOW FOR MONG KOK EAST

* * » *

A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING LION DANCES, MAGIC, DANCING AND SINGING WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) NIGHT AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL.

THE FUNCTION HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK EAST AREA COMMITTEE TO PROVIDE FREE ENTERTAINMENT FOR RESIDENTS.

•'IT IS ALSO HOPED THAT BY PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES THE RESIDENTS CAN DEVELOP FURTHER THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE DISTRICT," A COMMITTEE SPOKEMAN SAID.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WILL BE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR JACKIE CHAN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI; AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG.

THE VARIETY SHOW, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 7.30 PM, IS SPONSORED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF MONG KOK EAST VARIETY SHOW ON SATURDAY AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL, 152 SAI YEE STREET, MONG KOK. IT WILL BEGIN AT 7.30 PM.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT TO HOLD STUDENTS VARIETY SHOW ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

TALENTED STUDENTS IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL GIVE A JOINT PERFORMANCE ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) AT SAN WUI COMMERCIAL SOCIETY CHAN PAK SHA SCHOOL IN SHUM WAN ROAD.

THE "SOUTHERN DISTRICT OUTSTANDING STUDENTS VARIETY SHOW", SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE AND THE ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION OF THE DISTRICT.

THE AIM OF THE FUNCTION IS TO ENABLE LOCAL STUDENTS TO INCREASE EXPERIENCE TN PERFORMING AND TO LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.

ABOUT 200 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS FROM 10 SCHOOLS WILL PERFORM IN THE VARIETY SHOW.

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THERE WILL BE CHINESE, WESTERN AND FOLK DANCES, CANTONESE OPERATIC SONGS, POETRY AND PROSE RECITATIONS, CHINESE AND WESTERN INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCES AS WELL AS SINGING AND DANCING BY BROWNIES.

THE SHOW WILL START AT 10 AM WITH A BRIEF OPENING CEREMONY. LOCAL STUDENTS AND RESIDENTS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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SPORTS FORTNIGHT FOR WONG TAI SIN RESIDENTS ♦ » * ♦ ♦

A SPORTS FORTNIGHT PROVIDING 15 EVENTS FOR RESIDENTS IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT, WILL BEGIN WITH A VARIETY SHOW AT THE MORSE PARK AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES BY A MOTOR-CYCLING TEAM AND A BAND, DEMONSTRATIONS OF MARTIAL ARTS, AND CHINESE FOLK DANCE.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS CAN BE OBTAINED AT ANY OF THE FOUR BRANCH OFFICES OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE IN SAN PO KONG, LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE, TZE WAN SHAN ESTATE AND CHOI WAN ESTATE.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR MICHAEL CHENG; URBAN COUNCILLOR, MRS NELLIE FONG; AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NG HONG-WAH.

THE SPORTS FORTNIGHT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, THE DISTRICT’S SPORTS AND RECREATION COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

ACTIVITIES PROVIDED FOR RESIDENTS WILL INCLUDE AN EXCURSION TO THE PEAK FOR THE AGED, FEI NGO SHAN ROAD RACE, CANOEING TRAINING COURSE, SAILING TRAINING COURSE, WINDSURFING TRAINING COURSE FOR THE DEAF, RECREATION CAMP, FOOTBALL, TENNIS, SOCCER, BASKETBALL, VOLLEY BALL AND SQUASH.

THE CLOSING EVENT WILL BE A DISCO NIGHT TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 29.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO TAKE PART AT THESE ACTIVITIES MAY MAKE APPLICATIONS AT THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE (RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS) AT THE FOURTH FLOOR OF THE URBAN COUNCIL NGAU CHI WAN COMPLEX.

ENQUIRES MAY BE MADE AT 3-289262.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE WONG TAI SIN I) I STR I CT SPORTS FORTNIGHT TO BE HELD AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY AT THE MORSE PARK FOOTBALL PITCH.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1987

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CIVIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN FOR FANLING RESIDENTS t ♦ * *

A MONTH-LONG EXERCISE TO PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS AND TO FOSTER A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IS BEING LAUNCHED IN THE TIN SUM TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA IN FANLING.

THE ’BE A GOOD CITIZEN’ EXERCISE FEATURING EXHIBITION, CROSS-WORD PUZZLE AND QUIZ, WILL FOCUS ON THE THEME OF CIVIC RIGHTS AND DUTIES AS WELL AS ON THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE STAGED IN THE OPEN SPACE OUTSIDE BLOCK 23 OF THE THA ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) AND RESIDENTS CAN TAKE PART IN THE QUIZ AND CROSS-WORD PUZZLE COMPETITION.

A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS WILL ALSO VISIT 1,400 HOUSEHOLDS IN THE AREA TO HELP ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AS ELECTORS BEFORE NOVEMBER 20 SO THAT THEY CAN VOTE IN THE NEXT DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS.

THE CIVIC EDUCATION EXERCISE IS ORGANISED BY THE FANLING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE HONG KONG LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE HONG KONG SYNOD AND IS SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT STEERING COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION.

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ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL FOR KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS *****

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT WILL HOLD A ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) TO PUBLICISE THE IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY AND PROVIDE AN AFTERNOON OF FUN TO RESIDENTS. THE CARNIVAL WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

PROGRAMMES WILL INCLUDE GAMESTALLS, FOOT DRILL BY SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROL TEAMS AND PERFORMANCES BY THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL ROTARY BAND. A PUBLICITY VAN WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT TO SPREAD THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE.

THERE WILL BE AN EXHIBITION BUS, A MOBILE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, EXHIBITION ON ROAD SAFETY CODES AND AN INFLATABLE BEAR TO ATTRACT CHILDREN.

KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALEX FONG, AND KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MRS WONG LEUNG KAM-SHAN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL OPENING AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1987

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR SCOUT RALLY » ♦ » ♦ *

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) IN HAPPY VALLEY AND CAUSEWAY BAY IN CONNECTION WITH THE SCOUT RALLY AT THE HONG KONG STADIUM.

FROM 2 PM, THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENTS WILL COME INTO EFFECT:

» CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN LINK ROAD AND STADIUM PATH WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

» CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD/PENNINGTON STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

* CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN COTTON PATH AND LEIGHTON ROAD/PENNINGTON STREET WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND. VEHICULAR ACCESS TO THE ST PAUL’S HOSPITAL CARPARK FROM TUNG LO WAN ROAD WILL BE MAINTAINED.

LINK ROAD BETWEEN CAROLINE HILL ROAD AND HAPPY VIEW TERRACE WILL BE ROUTED ONE-WAY UPHILL. VEHICLES EXITING FROM UPPER SECTION OF BROADWOOD ROAD, HAPPY VIEW TERRACE AND LEIGHTON HILL WILL PROCEED DOWN VIA BROADWOOD ROAD TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

FIFTEEN MINUTES BEFORE THE END OF THE EVENT, THE FOLLOWING ARRANGEMENT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED:

* CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN STADIUM PATH AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

CAROLINE HILL ROAD BETWEEN LEIGHTON ROAD AND COTTON PATH WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

LINK ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT FOR ACCESS TO OR FROM PREMISES AT LINK ROAD VIA BROADWOOD ROAD.

ON COMPLETION OF THE EVENT AND AFTER THE MAJORITY OF SPECTATORS HAVE DISPERSED, THESE SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE WITHDRAWN.

ALL CAR PARKING SPACES IN SUN WUT ROAD, STADIUM PATH AND THE UNNAMED SERVICE ROAD AROUND THE STADIUM WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM NOON UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

FROM 10 AM, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE BANNED FROM MATHESON STREET, RUSSELL STREET AND SHARP STREET EAST.

ALSO, THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM PERCIVAL STREET SOUTHBOUND INTO LEIGHTON ROAD EASTBOUND, OR TO ENTER TUNG LO WAN ROAD FROM CAUSEWAY ROAD.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1987

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND

« » ♦ *

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE MADE URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) FOR ROAD WORKS:

» THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF KO SHING STREET IN SHEUNO WAN BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN STREET AND HOUSE NO.13 WILL BE DESIGNATED A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS;

t A 59-METRE STRETCH ALONG FORT STREET IN NORTH POINT EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CHEUNG HONG STREET WILL ALSO BECOME A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS;

THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JARDINE’S BAZAAR TN CAUSEWAY BAY BETWEEN HOUSE NOS.5 AND 21 AND BETWEEN HOUSE NOS.37 AND 49 WILL BE MADE 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

NO VEHICLE EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL RE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

MEANWHILE, EDINBURGH PLACE NORTH BETWEEN STAR FERRY PIER AND HMS TAMAR WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND THOSE REARING OFFICIAL LABELS FROM 1 PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY) TO 6 PM THE NEXT DAY FOR THE 1987/R8 KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN PARADE.

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CLOSURE OF CYCLE TRACKS, FOOTPATHS IN SHA TIN » ♦ ♦ t »

TO FACILITATE THE LAUNCH ING OF THE ’’HANDS ACROSS THE RIVER” EVENT ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY CHEST OF HONG KONG, THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF CYCLE TRACKS AND FOOTPATHS IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 14) TO 4 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY:

ALONG BOTH BANKS OF SHING MUN RIVER BETWEEN SAND MARTIN BRIDGE AND BANYAN BRIDGE.

♦ ON BANYAN BRIDGE BETWEEN YUEN WO ROAD AND TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD.

» ON SAND MARTIN BRIDGE BETWEEN YUEN WO ROAD AND TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THE EASTBOUND BUS STOP ON TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD OPPOSITE TO RIVERSIDE PLAZA HOTEL, CURRENTLY OBSERVED BY KMB ROUTES NO. 73A, 74A, 82M, 84M, 85A, 89A AND 89C, WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN ID AM AND I PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15). BOTH KCR TRAIN AND KMB BUS SERVICES WILL BE STRENGTHENED AS NECESSARY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JOINT LIAISON GROUP COMMUNIQUE ............................ 1

FS OFF FOR DEFENCE TALKS .................................. 2

MORE OVERSEAS DIVESTMENT IN MANUFACTURING.................. 2

WEST GERMAN BANK GRANTED LICENCE........................... 5

HELPING TO MAKE A SAFE HCME................................ 5

VARIETY SHOW TO START ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL............ 6

RESIDENTS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS HAVE IMPORTANT ROLE ....... 7

COLOURFUL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN FANCY CAR PARADE............ 7

DB PITCHES IN TO HELP KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN ................ 8

EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL BEGINS ON SUNDAY.................... 9

YAU MA TEI MINI OLYMPICS FOR YOUTH ......................... 10

FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITION IN ABERDEEN .................... 11

SHA TIN FIGHT CRIME GAMES DAY.............................. 11

KWUN TONG DISTRICT RACE ON SUNDAY.......................... 12

IMPROVED SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO THE PHILIPPINES ............. 13

AMENDMENTS TO WAN CHAI SEAFRONT ROAD FOOTBRIDGE............ 13

TENDERERS INVITED TO PRE-QUALIFY........................... 14

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN .ABERDEEN ............. 13

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HUNG HCM AND MA TAU KOK . 16

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CAUSEWAY BAY AND WAN CHAI 16

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN...................... 17

WATER CUT IN WONG TAI SIN.................................. 17

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1987

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JOINT LIAISON GROUP COMMUNIQUE *****

FOLLOWING IS THE COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AFTER THE EIGHTH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP:-

THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP HELD ITS EIGHTH MEETING IN PEKING ON NOVEMBER 10 TO 13. POSITIVE RESULTS WERE ACHIEVED.

THE TWO SIDES REVIEWED WITH SATISFACTION THE GOOD PROGRESS MADE IN THEIR DISCUSSIONS ON THE DEFENCE OF HONG KONG AND THE MAINTENANCE OF ITS PUBLIC ORDER. THE TWO SIDES AGREED THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO THE SMOOTH TRANSFER OF GOVERNMENT IN 1997 AND TO THE MAINTENANCE OF HONG KONG’S STABILITY AND PROSPERITY THAT TIMELY ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE IN RELATION TO DEFENCE AND PUBLIC ORDER. THE TWO SIDES AGREED TO CONTINUE THEIR CLOSE CONSULTATION AND CO-OPERATION ON THE RELEVANT PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENTS.

ON THE BASIS OF WORK DONE BY THE STANDING SUB-GROUP ON INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP REACHED AGREEMENT ON THE CONTINUED APPLICATION TO HONG KONG AFTER 1997 OF RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONVENTIONS AND ON HONG KONG’S CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION. THE TWO SIDES ALSO REACHED AGREEMENT ON THE CONTINUED PARTICPATION OF THE HONG KONG SAR AFTER 1997 IN THE ACTIVITIES OF SUBSIDIARY BODIES OF THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS IN THE ASIAN-PACIFIC REGION.

THE GROUP DISCUSSED PROGRESS IN CONCLUDING HONG KONG’S AIR SERVICE AGREEMENTS AND REACHED A COMMON UNDERSTANDING ON RELATED MATTERS.

THE GROUP REACHED IDENTITY OF VIEWS ON GENERAL PRINCIPLES RELATING TO THE LOCALISATION OF LEGISLATION. THEY AGREED THAT DETAILS SHOULD BE DISCUSSED AT EXPERT LEVEL.

THE GROUP EX('HANGEI) VIEWS ON IMPROVEMENTS IN THE TERMS OF SERVICE OF THE HONG KONG JUDICIARY.

THE BRITISH SIDE PROVIDED INFORMATION ON THE PROGRESS OF THE POLITICAL REVIEW IN HONG KONG.

THE GROUP EXPRESSED ITS APPRECIATION FOR ALL THE HARD WORK DONE BY EXPERTS ON BOTH SIDES BEFORE AND DURING THE MEETING.

THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP DECIDED THAT ITS NEXT MEETING WOULD TAKE PLACE IN HONG KONG FROM MARCH 8 TO 11 NEXT YEAR.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1987

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FS OFF FOR DEFENCE TALKS « « «

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, LEFT FOR LONDON TONIGHT (FRIDAY) TO LEAD THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TEAM IN THE THIRD ROUND OF DISCUSSIONS WITH THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE ON A NEW DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT.

THE TALKS WILL START ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 18) AND ARE PLANNED TO LAST THREE DAYS.

"IF OUR DISCUSSIONS ARE SUCCESSFUL, THE NEW AGREEMENT WOULD COMB INTO OPERATION ON APRIL 1 NEXT YEAR," MR JACOBS TOLD REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT BEFORE DEPARTURE.

HE SAID THE EARLIER ROUNDS OF TALKS HAD CLEARED SOME OF THE GROUND, AND THERE WAS NOW A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF BACH OTHER'8 POSITION.

"AT THE END OF THIS ROUND OF TALKS, I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT THE BASIS OF A NEW AGREEMENT TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL," HE ADDED.

"NATURALLY, THERE ARB STILL A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT ISSUES TO BE RESOLVED, BUT I AM CONFIDENT THAT PROGRESS WILL BE MADE."

OTHER MEMBERS OF THE DELEGATION ARB MR ROBERT UPTON, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY; MR MIKE HANSON, PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY; MR IAN WOTHERSPOON, ASSISTANT FINANCIAL SECRETARY; AND MR JOHN SHANNON, A FINANCE OFFICER OF THE FINANCE BRANCH.

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THE YEAR 1986 WAS A GOOD ONE FOR OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES, ACCORDING TO THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG.

IN THE FOREWORD TO ”1987 SURVEY OF OVERSEAS 1NDUSTRIES", THE DI RECTOR

HIS DEPARTMENT’S NEWLY INVESTMENT IN HONG NOTED THAT AT $19,554

PUBLISHED REPORT

KONG’S MILLION

MANUFACTURING

THE TOTAL CUMULATIVE INCREASE

VALUE OF INVESTMENT AT THE ENI) OF 1986 - DEFINED AS

INVESTMENT AT ORIGINAL COST BEFORE DEPRECIATION - SHOWED AN OF 26 PER CENT OVER 1985. AT $1,603 MILLION, THE NET ACQUIS!1 ION OF FIXED ASSETS IN 19B6 REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 55 PER CENT.

/THE REPORT

FRIDAY, NOVIMBER 1J, 1987

THE REPORT CONTAINS THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY CONDUCTED IN 1987 IN RESPECT OF INVESTMENTS IN 1986.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT THE COVERAGE OF ESTABLISHMENTS WITH OVERSEAS INTERESTS WAS PROBABLY NOT COMPLETE, THOUGH EVERY ESTABLISHMENT IN HONG KONG KNOWN OR THOUGHT TO CONTAIN AN OVERSEAS INTEREST WAS CONTACTED IN THE SURVEY.

WHILE 541 FACTORIES WITH AN OVERSEAS INTEREST COMPLETED AND RETURNED THE DEPARTMENT’S QUESTIONNAIRE, 32 ESTABLISHMENTS DID NOT CO-OPERATE IN THE SURVEY AND SOME OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS MIGHT CONTAIN AN OVERSEAS INTEREST. THE DISCREPANCY, HOWEVER, WAS UNLIKELY TO BE SIGNIFICANT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THE UNITED STATES CONTINUED IN ITS POSITION AS THE TOP OVERSEAS INVESTOR IN HONG KONG MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES WITH A CUMULATIVE INVESTMENT OF $8,053 MILLION (41.2 PER CENT OF TOTAL INVESTMENT) IN 163 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING 38,276 WORKERS.

JAPAN REMAINED THE SECOND LARGEST FOREIGN INVESTOR WITH $4,009 MILLION (20.5 PER CENT) INVESTED IN 134 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING 22,635 WORKERS.

CHINA CAME THIRD WITH ITS STAKE OF $2,981 MILLION (15.2 PER CENT) IN 36 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING 7,272 WORKERS.

THE UNITED KINGDOM, IN FOURTH PLACE, ACCOUNTED FOR $1,082 MILLION (5.5 PER CENT) WORTH OF INVESTMENT AND WAS PROVIDING JOBS FOR 13,401 WORKERS IN 55 MANUFACTURI NG ESTABLISHMENTS.

MEASURED BY INCREASES IN THE SIZE OF FIXED ASSETS, THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT THE ELECTRONICS, NON-METALLIC MINERAL PRODUCTS AND TEXTILES AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES RECORDED THE HIGHEST RATES OF OVERSEAS INVESTMENT.

THE SURVEY ALSO FOUND THAT OF THE 541 ESTABLISHMENTS SURVEYED, 288 WERE WHOLLY OWNED BY OVERSEAS INTERESTS. THE REMAINING 253 ESTABLISHMENTS WERE JOINT VENTURES BETWEEN LOCAL AND OVERSEAS INTERESTS.

"WITH THE PRINCIPAL AIM OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S INWARD INVESTMENT PROMOTION PROGRAMME TO ENCOURAGE OVERSEAS MANUFACTURERS TO INTRODUCE TO HONG KONG, THROUGH THEIR INVESTMENTS, NEW AND IMPROVED PRODUCTS, DESIGNS, PROCESSES AND MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES, THE 253 ESTABLISHMENTS WITH LOCAL INTERESTS IN A FORM OF CO-OPERATION WILL PROVIDE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER," MR YEUNG SAID.

/THE SURVEY

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1J, 198?

THE SURVEY FOUND THAT EIGHTY-FIVE ESTABLISHMENTS (16 PER CENT) REPORTED PLANS TO INTRODUCE NEW PRODUCTION PROCESSES AND 132 (24 PER CENT) WERE DEVELOPING NEW PRODUCTS IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES, INCLUDING SURFACE-MOUNTED COMPONENTS, MlNI-SWITCHES, DIALLING INTEGRATED CIRCUITS FOR TELEPHONES, QUASI-DIGITAL INTEGRATED CIRCUITS FOR COLOUR TELEVISIONS, THREE-DIMENSIONAL CAMERAS, WATCH MOVEMENTS, COIL NAILS, AND TEXTILE FINISHING MATERIALS.

MOST ESTABLISHMENTS WITH AN OVERSEAS INVESTMENT INTEREST ALSO SHOWED A STRONG INTEREST IN PRODUCT AND PROCESS IMPROVEMENT, ENGAGING IN ONE OR MORE FORMS OF SUPPORTING ACTIVITY SUCH AS PRODUCT DESIGN, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, QUALITY CONTROL, TESTING AND CALIBRATION AND EMPLOYEE TRAINING.

"THESE INVESTMENTS SERVE NOT ONLY TO ENRICH HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES BUT ALSO TO STIMULATE LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO UPGRADE THEIR OWN OPERATIONS," MR YEUNG SAID.

COMPUTERS OR COMPUTER-CONTROLLED MACHINES WERE IN OPERATION TN 330 ESTABLISHMENTS (61 PER CENT), OFTEN WITH TECHNICAL SUPPORT BEING PROVIDED BY THE OVERSEAS INVESTOR.

MOST ESTABLISHMENTS COMMENTED FAVOURABLY ON HONG KONG’S FREE PORT STATUS AND LOW TAX RATE, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, BANKING AND FINANCIAL FACILITIES, AND ACCESS TO WORLD MARKETS, AS FACTORS MAKING FOR A FAVOURABLE INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT. INTERESTINGLY, HONG KONG’S SUPPORTING INDUSTRIES WERE ALSO PRAISED, THOUGH NOT TO THE SAME EXTENT.

AREAS WHICH ATTRACTED UNFAVOURABLE COMMENT WERE BUILDINGS AND MANPOWER. A MAJORITY OF ESTABLISHMENTS INDUSTRIAL LAND TO BE HIGHLY-PRICED, AND A SMALLER NUMBER IT WAS DIFFICULT TO ACQUIRE. THE PRICE AND AVAILABILITY OF

LAND AND CONSIDERED FELT THAT COMMERCIAL

SPACE ATTRACTED SIMILAR CRITICISMS.

ALTHOUGH A LARGE BODY OF OPINION WAS NEUTRAL ON MANPOWER AS A FACTOR AFFECTING HONG KONG’S INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT, MORE ESTABLISHMENTS FELT IT WAS AN UNFAVOURABLE FACTOR THAN A FAVOURABLE ONE. THE CHIEF CRITICISMS CONCERNED THE SUPPLY OF OPERATIVES, CRAFTSMEN AND TECHNICAL STAFF, THE HIGH COSTS GENERALLY OF LABOUR, AND THE HIGH TURNOVER OF ALL TYPES OF STAFF.

NEVERTHELESS, 504 ESTABLISHMENTS (93 PER CENT) FELT THAT THE INVESTMENT CLIMATE IN HONG KONG WAS FAVOURABLE. TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN ESTABLISHMENTS (40 PER CENT) PLANNED TO EXPAND THE PRODUCTION CAPACITY OF THEIR EXISTING PRODUCTS AND 92 ESTABLISHMENTS (17 PER CENT) INTENDED TO SET UP ADDITIONAL BRANCH FACTORIES OR MOVE INTO

LARGER PREMISES IN HONG KONG.

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WEST GERMAN BANK GRANTED LICENCE

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A WEST GERMAN BANK, BAYERISCHE HYPOTHEKEN- UND WECHSEL-BANK AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, HAS BEEN GRANTED A BANKING LICENCE TO CONDUCT BUSINESS IN HONG KONG, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

BAYERISCHE HYPOTHEKEN- UND WECHSEL-BANK AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1835. IT HAS HAD A PRESENCE IN HONG KONG IN THE FORM OF A REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE SINCE 1981.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CONTINUING INTEREST OF FOREIGN BANKS IN OBTAINING HONG KONG BANKING LICENCES REFLECTED HONG KONG'S ROLE AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

THE GRANTING OF THIS LICENCE BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG TO 155, OF WHICH 120 ARE INCORPORATED OUTSIDE HONG KONG. SIX LICENCES HAVE BEEN GRANTED SO FAR THIS YEAR.

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HELPING TO MAKE A SAFE HOME

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AN EXHIBITION ON HOME SAFETY WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) AT YAU 01 ESTATE IN TUEN MUN.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM ON THE PODIUM OF THE SHOPPING ARCADE, AND BOOKLETS CONTAINING USEFUL ADVICE ON HOW TO AVOID COMMON DOMESTIC ACCIDENTS WILL BE GIVEN OUT.

THIS IS THE SEVENTH OF A SERIES OF MOBILE EXHIBITIONS HELD EVERY SUNDAY IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE THAT A SAFE HOME IS A HAPPY HOME.

THE EXHIBITIONS ARE ORGANISED BY THE HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY COMMITTEE AS PART OF ITS EFFORTS TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF HOME SAFETY.

AS MOST HOME ACCIDENTS RESULT FROM CARELESSNESS AND IGNORANCE, THE COMMITTEE WILL CONTINUE TO MOUNT TERRITORY-WIDE ACTIVITIES TO URGE THE PUBLIC TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO HOME SAFETY.

TV API’S (ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST) ON PARENTAL SUPERVISION, CARING FOR THE ELDERLY AND SAFE USE OF GAS AND ELECTRICITY ARE CURRENTLY USED WITH THE COMMON MESSAGE THAT PRECAUTION IS THE KEY TO A SAFE HOME.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMITTEE IS PLANNING TO PRODUCE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS TO COMPLEMENT ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY VOLUNTARY GROUPS. THESE INCLUDE A VISUAL-AID KIT ON HOME SAFETY AND A SPECIAL VIDEO PROGRAMME TAILORED FOR THE ELDERLY.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1987

VARIETY SHOW TO START ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL

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THE FIRST ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL, WHICH COMPRISES MORE THAN 30 CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 16).

AN OPENING CEREMONY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, WILL BE HELD AT THE PAK TEI PLAYGROUND ON CHEUNG CHAU AT 2 PM.

AN EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MISS MARIA TAM, WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE OPENING.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM WAI-KEUNO; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG; CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MISS LEE WAI-FONG; AND THE HONORARY PRESIDENTS AND VICE PRESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THE VARIETY SHOW, FEATURING POP SINGERS KEN CHOI, ALEX DELFINO, DOMINIC CHOW, PRUDENCE LIEW, LUI SHAN AND LAM MAN-CHUNG, WILL BE LIVE BROADCAST BY RTHK RADIO 1.

ISLAND RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY AND VARIETY SHOW, AND SHARE IN THE FESTIVE FUN. ADMISSION IS FREE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY AND VARIETY SHOW WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE PAK TEI PLAYGROUND, CHEUNG CHAU ON SUNDAY, STARTING AT 2 PM.

A PRESS LAUNCH, THE TIN HAU, WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER FOR CHEUNG CHAU AT 10 AM. INFORMATION OFFICER, MR RAYMOND TAM, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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RESIDENTS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS HAVE IMPORTANT ROLE

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WELL ESTABLISHED RESIDENTS’ WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS PROVIDE A FIRM FOUNDATION FOR DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT AND HELP FOSTER COMMUNITY INTEGRATION, THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER FOR NORTH DISTRICT, MR TIM MILNES, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE LOI TUNG RESIDENTS* WELFARE ASSOCIATION IN SHA TAU KOK, MR MILNES SAID THAT THIS FOUNDATION WAS PARTICULARLY SIGNIFICANT AS THE CONCEPT OF COMMUNITY BUILDING WAS ASSUMING GREATER IMPORTANCE BECAUSE OF THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN THE DISTRICT.

WITH REGARD TO THE FUTURE, MR MILNES SAID THAT SUCH ASSOCAITIONS WOULD FACE EVEN GREATER CHALLENGES AND WOULD HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES ON A WIDER SCALE.

ONE SUCH ACTIVITY WAS THE NORTH DISTRICT FLOWER, BIRD, FISH AND INSECT SHOW TO BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 23 TO 27, MR MILNES SAID.

THE SHOW, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND TO BE HELD IN HONG KONG, WOULD BE OPENED BY LADY WILSON, HE SAID.

MR MILNES ALSO COMMENDED THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNS, SUCH AS FIGHT CRIME, AND FOR ITS WORK FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE PAST NINE YEARS. HE ALSO PRAISED ITS EFFORTS IN SETTING UP A FIRE WATCH TEAM.

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COLOURFUL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN FANCY CAR PARADE

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TWENTY-SEVEN ORGANISATIONS, 14 FROM DISTRICT BOARDS AND 13 FROM PRIVATE CORPORATIONS, WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE LARGEST-EVER FANCY CAR PARADE ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

THE PARADE WILL MARK THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN AT DISTRICT LEVEL. FANCY CARS WILL RUN FROM TSUEN WAN SPORTS GROUND TO EDINBURGH PLACE, VIA TEXACO ROAD, KWAI CHUNG ROAD, CHING CHEUNG ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND GLOUCESTER ROAD.

AT THE STARTING POINT, THERE WILL BE A DRAGON DANCE PRECEDED BY AN EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY AT WHICH AN URBAN COUNCILLOR, DR RONALD LEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE. IT WILL BE ^FOLLOWED BY A SPEECH BY THE CHAIRMAN OF REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG. DR LEUNG AND MR CHEUNG WILL THEN TAKE THE SALUTE AS VEHICLES SET OFF.

/THE CHIEF

FRIDAY, NOVIMBKR 1J, 198?

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, WILL OFFICIATE AT A BALLOON-FLYING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT EDINBURGH PLACE. MRS FORD WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE BEST DECORATED VEHICLES CONTEST.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WILL BE AN ONE-HOUR TV VARIETY SHOW CENTERING ON THE PARADE AND KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN MESSAGES. THE PARADE VEHICLES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT EDINBURGH PLACE FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN PARADE ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER THE CEREMONY AT TSUEN WAN SPORTS GROUND SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE VENUE AT 8.30 AM.

FOR THE CEREMONY AT EDINBURGH PLACE, THEY SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE VENUE AT 11.30 AM, USING THE ENTRANCE OPPOSITE TO THE MAIN GATE OF TAMAR COMPOUND. THE CHIEF SECRETARY WILL ARRIVE AT 11.45 AM.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES FROM TSUEN WAN SPORTS GROUND TO EDINBURGH PLACE. PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG TELEPHOTO LENSES.

GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST AT BOTH VENUES.

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DB PITCHES IN TO HELP KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL SEND A DECORATED BUS ON A PROMOTIONAL TOUR ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) IN SUPPORT OF THE "KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN" CAMPAIGN.

A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID $30,000 HAS BEEN SPENT ON DECORATING THE BUS WHICH WILL PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES PUBLICISING THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT.

BEFORE THE BUS DEPARTS FROM JACKSON ROAD, A CLEANSING DRIVE WILL BEGIN AT CHATER GARDENS AT 2 PM, INVOLVING MORE THAN 200 JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS.

/the BUS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1J, 198?

THE BUS WILL THEN HEAD FOR THE SMITHFIELD TEMPORARY PARK IN KENNEDY TOWN VIA QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND BELCHER’S STREET.

AT MIDLAND CENTRE IN SHEUNO WAN AND AT CHONG YIP CENTRE IN WESTERN, DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS RIDING ON THE BUS WILL DISTRIBUTE TO PASSERS-BY STICKERS BEARING THE "COMPLAINTS AGAINST DIRTY SPOTS” HOTLINE TELEPHONE NUMBER.

AT THE SMITHFIELD TEMPORARY PARK, ANOTHER 100 JPC MEMBERS WILL BEGIN A CLEAN-UP AT 3.30 PM. A ROCK MUSIC SHOW WILL FOLLOW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES AT 2 PM AND 3.30 PM ON SUNDAY AT CHATER GARDENS AND SMITHFIELD TEMPORARY PARK, RESPECTIVELY.

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EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL BEGINS ON SUNDAY

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A TWO-WEEK EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL WILL BE LAUNCHED ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) AFTERNOON IN VICTORIA PARK, CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL, EASTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, AND IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

IT WILL FEATURE MORE THAN 30 MAJOR CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL EVENTS, COSTING A TOTAL OF ABOUT $1.3 MILLION.

TO HIGHLIGHT THE THEME "PARTICIPATE IN YOUR DISTRICT’S DEVELOPMENT", THE FESTIVAL'S ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAS PRODUCED A VIDEO ON THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF THE DISTRICT FOR SCREENING ON A HUGE VIDEO WALL AT DIFFERENT VENUES.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FESTIVAL AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY IN VICTORIA PARK. HE WILL ALSO ATTEND A SWITCH-ON CEREMONY FOR THE VIDEO SHOW.

/THE FIRST

FRIDAY, N0VB1BER 1J, 1987

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THE FIRST EVENT OF THE DISTRICT CARNIVAL AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE GOLDEN GAMESTALLS, AN ALL-STAR SHOW, EXHIBITION SPORTS COMPETITIONS. ADMISSION IS FREE.

FESTIVAL WILL BE A GRAND

DRAGON AND UNICORN DANCES, ON DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT AND

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY AND CARNIVAL WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) AT VICTORIA PARK.

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YAU MA TEI MINI OLYMPICS FOR YOUTH

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A MINI OLYMPICS, ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE TO DRIVE HOME FIGHT CRIME MESSAGES, WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WATERLOO ROAD.

SIX TEAMS, COMPRISING ABOUT 100 PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN NINE AND 14, WILL COMPETE IN FIVE ROUNDS OF FIGHT-CRIME GAMES.

"THE EVENT IS TO AROUSE YOUNG PEOPLE’S AWARENESS OF CRIME PREVENTION AND THE GAMES WILL HELP FOSTER THEIR CO-OPERATION AND SENSE OF DISCIPLINE," A COMMITTEE SPOKESMAN SAID.

OTHER ACTIVITIES PLANNED BY THE COMMITTEE INCLUDE A SINGING CONTEST WITH ANTI-TRIAD MESSAGES, ERECTION OF ANTI-PICKPOCKETING SIGNBOARDS AND AN ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AFTER THE MINI OLYMPICS WILL BF. YAU MA TEI ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS MARY CHOW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MINI-OLYMPICS, TO START AT 2 PM AT THE LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL AT 52 WATERLOO ROAD, AND THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 4.30 PM.

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THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF FIRE PREVENTION EXHIBITIONS WILL BE HELD AT THE ABERDEEN CENTRE THIS SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) FROM 12 NOON TO 3 PM.

BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF FEBRUARY, EIGHT EXHIBITIONS WILL BE HELD BI-WEEKLY IN VARIOUS DENSELY POPULATED AREAS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

’’THE PURPOSE OF THESE EXHIBITIONS IS TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE CONSTANT NEED FOR FIRE PREVENTION, ESPECIALLY DURING THE DRY WINTER MONTHS,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY WORKING GROUP SAID.

’’THERE WILL BE EDUCATIONAL PANELS ON DISPLAY, ADVISING THE PUBLIC HOW TO PREVENT OUTBREAKS OF FIRE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND IN THE URBAN AREAS."

ONE OF THE TOPICS TO BE EMPHASISED AT THE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE "FIRE LAWS PROTECT”, EXPLAINING TO THE PUBLIC THE IMPORTANCE OF OBSERVING FIRE REGULATIONS IN ORDER TO REDUCE FIRE HAZARDS.

VISITORS WILL RECEIVE INFORMATION LEAFLETS ON FIRE PREVENTION AND GIVEAWAY ITEMS SPONSORED BY KWONG ON BANK.

THE NEXT EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 29 AT CITY PLAZA, TAI KOO SHING.

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SHA TIN FIGHT CRIME GAMES DAY

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SHA TIN RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO PERFORMANCES BY A POLICE PIPE BAND AS WELL AS EXCITING GAMES INVOLVING 12 TEAMS FORMED BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AT A GAMES DAY ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15). POLICE DOGS WILL ALSO SHOW THEIR PROWESS.

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME GAMES DAY, ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, WILL BEGIN AT 1.45 PM AT THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND IN YUEN WO ROAD.

THE 12 TEAMS TAKING PART IN THE GAMES MATCH WILL REPRESENT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, RURAL COMMITTEE, SPORTS AND ARTS ASSOCIATIONS, YIN NGAI SOCIETY, POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH, AS WELL AS AREA COMMITTEES OF YUEN WO, TSANG TAI UK, SHA KOK, TIN SUM, SHING MUN EAST AND ('HE KUNG TEMPLE.

/OFFICIATING GUBSTS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1Jt 1937

OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON; SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM; AND POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR JOHN GREENE.

NOTE TO ETTORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME GAMES DAY TO BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND ON YUEN WO ROAD ON SUNDAY, STARTING AT 1.45 PM.

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SOME 200 KWUN TONG RESIDENTS WILL TAKE PART IN A ROUND-THE-DISTRICT RACE ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15).

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO SECTIONS FOR MEN AND WOMEN. ROUTES FOR BOTH SECTIONS ARE IDENTICAL. PARTICIPANTS WILL START FROM SAU NGA ROAD PLAYGROUND, AND RUN VIA HIP WO STREET, SAU MAU PING ROAD AND HIU KWONG STREET BEFORE RETURNING TO THE STARTING POINT, COVERING A DISTANCE OF 2,000 METRES.

MALE PARTICIPANTS ARE REQUIRED TO RUN TWO LAPS WHILE THE WOMEN WILL HAVE TO COMPLETE ONLY ONE LAI’ TO FINISH THE RACE.

THE EVENT IS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL CURRENTLY HELD BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, DISTRICT OFFICE, URBAN COUNCIL AND THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE RACE WHICH WILL START AT 9.30 AM ON SUNDAY (NOVEMBER 15) AT THE SAU NGA ROAD PLAYGROUND.

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IMPROVED SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO THE PHILIPPINES ♦ * * * ♦

SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO THE PHILIPPINES WILL BE EXTENDED TO EIGHT MORE TOWNS FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16), THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THEY ARE MARIKINA, LAS PINAS, TAGUIG, PATEROS AND VALENZUELA.

MUNTINLUPA, MALABON, NAVOTAS,

THE SERVICE WILL THEN BE AVAILABLE TO FOUR CITIES - CALOOCAN, MANILA, PASAY AND QUEZON - AND 13 TOWNS - LAS PINAS, MAKATI, MALABON, MANDALUYONG, MARIKINA, MUNTINLUPA, NAVOTAS, PARANAQUE, PASIG, PATEROS, SAN JUAN, TAGUIG, VALENZUELA - IN THE COUNTRY.

ON THE SAME DAY, THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT FOR A SPEEDPOST ITEM TO THE PHILIPPINES WILL BE INCREASED TO 15 KILOGRAMS AND THE MAXIMUM SIZF EXTENDED TO 1.05 METRES IN LENGTH AND 2 METRES FOR THE LENGTH AND GIRTH COMBINED.

CUSTOMERS REQUIRING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE CAN CONTACT THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-8471108.

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AMENDMENTS TO WAN CHAI SEAFRONT ROAD FOOTBRIDGE

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THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO IMPLEMENT THE MODIFICATION OF THE DESIGN OF THE WAN CHAI SEAFRONT ROAD FOOTBRIDGE TO PROVIDE COMPATIBILITY WITH THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE NOW BEING CONSTRUCTED.

THE MODIFICATION INVOLVES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STRAIGHT STEPPED RAMP LEADING FROM THE SEAFRONT ROAD FOOTBRIDGE TO THE ROOF GARDEN TO THE WEST OF THE HONG KONG COVENT I ON AND EXHIBITION CENTRE IN PLACE OF THE ORIGINALLY DESIGNED SPIRAL STEPPED RAMP.

IT ALSO INVOLVES A CHANGE TO THE CONSTRUCTION DETAIL OF THE ROOF AND DECK OF THE FOOTBRIDGE TO PROVIDE A RECTANGULAR CROSS SECTION.

A NOTICE ON THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRI DAY) .

A PLAN SHOWING THE WORKS (’AN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, CENTRAL (GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, HONG KONG; AT I’HE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, HONG KONG NORTH, I2TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, HARBOUR ROAD; AND AT I’HE WAN (HAI DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD.

ANY OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE JANUARY 12, NEXT YEAR.

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TENDERERS INVITED TO PRE-QUALIFY

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CONTRACTORS ARE BEING INVITED TO APPLY FOR INCLUSION ON TWO LISTS OF PRE-QUALIFIED TENDERERS FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE CHAI WAN COMPOSTING PLANT INTO A REFUSE TRANSFER STATION AND THE PROVISION OF ACOUSTIC ENCLOSURES FOR THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS.

THE CONVERSION PROJECT, TO BE SUPERVISED BY THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, INCLUDES THE DESIGN, SUPPLY, INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING OF A REFUSE COMPACTION SYSTEM COMPRISING TWO COMPACTORS, CONTAINERS, CONVEYOR SYSTEMS AND THE ASSOCIATED ELECTRICAL, MECHANICAL AND CIVIL WORKS.

PART OF THE EXISTING PLANT EQUIPMENT AND BUILDING AT THE COMPOSTING PLANT WILL BE REMOVED AND MODIFIED TO FACILITATE THE INSTALLATION OF THE NEW EQUIPMENT.

DETAILS FOR THE PREQUALIFICATION EXERCISE WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

COPIES OF A BRIEF SPECIFICATION OF THE WORK AND DRAWINGS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE CONTRACTS SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT ON THE EIGHTH FLOOR OF 98, CAROLINE HILL ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON DECEMBER 11.

THE PROVISION AND INSTALLATION OF ACOUSTIC ENCLOSURES FOR THE SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS WILL BE SUPERVISED BY WATSON HAWKSLEY ASIA CONSULTING ENGINEERS ON BEHALF OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE WORK COMPRISES THE DESIGN, SUPPLY, INSTALLATION AND COMMISSIONING OF TWO DEMOUNTABLE ACOUSTIC ENCLOSURE SETS, ALL ASSOCIATED ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT FOR ACOUSTIC ISOLATION OF THE OPERATING POWER GENERATOR SETS AND AIR COMPRESSOR SETS IN THE POWER HOUSE OF THE SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS.

APPLICATIONS FOR PREQUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS CAN BE MADE TO WATSON HAWKSLEY ASIA, ROOM 1516, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, DUNDAS STREET, KOWLOON.

COMPLETED DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON NOVEMBER 27.

TENDERS FOR THE TWO PROJECTS WILL BE INVITED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN ABERDEEN » ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN ABERDEEN FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF LOK YEUNG STREET FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16).

VEHICLES EXCEEDING SEVEN METRES LONG WILL BE BANNED FROM TURNING RIGHT FROM LOK YEUNG STREET INTO TUNG SING ROAD. THESE VEHICLES WILL ALSO NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD INTO LOK YEUNG STREET.

A 23-METRE SECTION OF CHENGTU ROAD NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH LOK YEUNG STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL ALSO BE DESIGNATED DAILY RESTRICTED ZONES ROUND THE CLOCK:

A 25-METRE SECTION OF LOK YEUNG STREET EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG SING ROAD;

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A FIVE-METRE STRETCH ALONG TUNG SING ROAD SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH LOK YEUNG STREET; AND

CHENGTU ROAD BETWEEN WU PAK STREET AND WU NAM STREET.

NO VEHICLE EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

MEANWHILE, THE FOLLOWING (MB BUS ROUTES WILL BE DIVERTED:

ROUTE NOS. 70, 70M, 72, 9B AND 107 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD AND CHENGTU ROAD;

ROUTE NO. 7 WILL TRAVEL VIA ABERDEEN RESERVOIR ROAD AND

ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD. THE EXISTING BUS STOP ON LOK YEUNG

STREET WILL BE RELOCATED TO ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD; AND

* ROUTE NO. 77 WILL TRAVEL ALONG CHENGTU ROAD, WU NAM STREET,

TUNG SING ROAD AND ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, AND THE EXISTING BUS

TERMINUS AT ABERDEEN BUS TERMINUS WILL BE RELOCATED TO CHENGTU ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THE PLB STAND ON TUNG SING ROAD WILL BE RESITID THREE METRES SOUTHWARD.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN HUNG HOM AND MA TAU KOK *****

, BETWEEN 11 PM AND 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING FROM MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16) TO FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 20), THE SECTION OF FAT KWONG STREET EASTBOUND BETWEEN WO CHUNG STREET AND MA TAU WAI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE WORKS ON THE MA TAU WAI ROAD FLYOVER.

DURING THE ABOVE PERIODS OF ROAD CLOSURE, GENERAL TRAFFIC AND KMB ROUTES 41 AND 45 IN FAT KWONG STREET EASTBOUND HEADING FOR MA TAU WAI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO WO CHUNG STREET, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, WUHU STREET AND MA TAU WAI ROAD.

KMB ROUTES 7B AND 8 ON JOURNEYS TO HUNG HOM FERRY AND TSIM SHA TSUI RESPECTIVELY WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WO CHUNG STREET, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, WUHU STREET, DOCK STREET AND BULKELEY STREET TO REJOIN MING ON STREET.

MEANWHILE, THE ALLEY AT THE BACK OF HOUSE NO. 1 IN YUK YAT STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16) FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK TO FACILITATE TRENCH WORK.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON HONG KONG ISLAND FROM IO AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16) FOR ROAD WORKS.

THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF PENNINGTON STREET IN CAUSEWAY BAY-BETWEEN JARDINE’S BAZAAR AND YEE WO STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED A 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK.

NO VEHICLE OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO SIOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

AT THE SAME TIME, NO VEHICLE OR COMBINATIONS OF VEHICLES OVER 4.6 METRES LONG WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER SHARP STREET WEST IN WAN CHAI BETWEEN BOWRINGTON ROAD AND CANAL ROAD WEST FOR THREE WEEKS.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN

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BETWEEN 0.01 AM AND 6 AM ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 18 A? D 17), THE FAST LANE OF SHA TIN ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN FO TAN NULL, ? AND PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 18), THE 3LCW LANE OF SHA TIN ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN FO TAN NULLAH AND PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WILL BE CLOSED.

THE TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ARE IMPLEMENTED TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE.

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WATER CUT IN WONG TAI SIN ♦ ♦ » ♦ ♦

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN WILL BE TURNED OFF ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16) FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM SO THAT WATER MAINS WORK CAN BE CARRIED OUT.

Till' SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT WONG TAI SIN, CHUK YUEN ALL) FUNG WONG VILLAGE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR ENCOURAGES MORE BOYS TO JOIN SCOUTS ............... 1

UNEMPLOYMENT, UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR JULY -

SEPTEMBER RELEASED •••••••••••••••*•••••**•*••••••••••••• 2

PRAISE FOR HK'S STEPS aGAINST SMOKING ...................... 3

PAVING THE WAY FOR INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION ................... 5

•KNOW GENETICS' EXHIBITION IN TSIM SHA TSUI ................ 6

MAJOR COUNTRY PARK SURVEY BEGINS ........................... 7

YOUTH URGED TO UPHOLD RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY .............. 8

MUSICIAN ARRIVES FOR MUSIC OFFICE CELEBRATIONS ............. 9

GOVERNOR TO VISIT EASTERN DISTRICT ........................ 10

TAI PO BEGINS 'KEEP CLEAN' CAMPAIGN ....................... 11

SINGING, DANCING COMPETITIONS TO DISCOVER TALENTS ......... 1?

CLEAN HK AND HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN ......................... 1J

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY aUCTION ....................... 13

DEBATE FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN STUDENTS ................... 14

MONG KOK GOOD CITIZENS TO GET AWARDS ...................... 15

SOUTHERN DISTRICT ANTI-TRIAD SOCCER COMPETITION ........... 15

TELEMATCH FUN FOR WORKERS ................................. 16

TUEN MUN SEMINAR ON SAFETY OF ELECTRICITY ................. 16

TOLO HIGHWAY SPEED LIMIT ON COMMITTEE AGENDA .............. 17

SHA TIN DB TO DISCUSS MAC OFFICE ACCOMMODATION............. 17

DISTANCE LEARNING FOR MANAGERS TO BEGIN ................... 18

NEW TILTING TEST PLATFORM FOR TRI-AXLE BUSES .............. 19

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG ......................... 19

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES..................... 20

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14,

1987

GOVERNOR ENCOURAGES MORE BOYS TO JOIN SCOUTS

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (SATURDAY) ENCOURAGED MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN THE SCOUT MOVEMENT IN ORDER TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND TO MAKE WORTHWHILE CONTRIBUTIONS TO HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL SCOUT RALLY AT THE HONG KONO STADIUM, SIR DAVID SAID THE SCOUT MOVEMENT MADE PEOPLE MORE AWARE OF THE COMMUNITY AND HELPED THEM BUILD A BETTER HONG KONG.

HE SAID THE SCOUT MOVEMENT, BFING ONE OF THE OLDEST AND BEST ESTABLISHED YOUTH ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG, HAD ALWAYS ADAPTED TO THE CHANGING NEEDS AND HOPES OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.

"SCOUTING IS FUN. IT ADDS AN EXCITING NEW DIMENSION TO THE SORT OF EDUCATION PROVIDED AT SCHOOL," SIR DAVID SAID.

"LAST YEAR WAS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF HONG KONG SCOUTING. THE GRAND FINALE OF THOSE CELEBRATIONS, THE HONG KONG DIAMOND JUBILEE JAMBOREE, WAS THE BIGGEST JAMBOREE EVER HELD IN THE HISTORY OF HONG KONG SCOUTING," HE NOTED.

SIR DAVID SAID THE JAMBOREE PROVIDED A MARVELLOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR SCOUTS, BOTH LOCAL AND FROM OVERSEAS, TO MAKE FRIENDS, AND IT ALSO GAVE OTHER LOCAL YOUTH GROUPS AND THE PUBLIC A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE MOVEMENT.

THIS YEAR, SIR DAVID SAID, SCOUTS WOULD BE CARRYING OUT A SERIES OF TRAINING PROGRAMMES AIMED AT PROVIDING BETTER SCOUTING FOR MORE BOYS AND TO HELP BUILD A BETTER COMMUNITY.

"THOSE TAKING PART WILL NOT ONLY BE LEARNING BASIC SCOUTING SKILLS; THEY WILL ALSO BE TAKING PART IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS ORGANISED BY THE SCOUT ASSOCIATION ITSELF OR OTHER ORGANISATIONS," HE SAID.

"THESE WILL INCLUDE THE CAMP FOR THE ELDERLY; FOR CHILDREN; AND THE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN."

THE SCOUT FUN DAY

FINALLY, SIR DAVID QUOTED THE MAXIM THAT "ONE MORE SCOUT MEANS ONE MORE GOOD CITIZEN", AND CONGRATULATED ALL SCOUTS ON THEIR TURNOUT.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1987

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UNEMPLOYMENT, UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR JULY - SEPTEMBER RELEASED « « * * *

IN THE THREE MONTHS JULY - SEPTEMBER 1987, BOTH THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATES REMAINED STABLE AT A LOW LEVEL, COMPARED WITH THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1987, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THESE FIGURES INDICATE THAT DURING THE THIRD QUARTER THE LABOUR MARKET CONDITIONS HAVE REMAINED TIGHT, WITH THE LOCAL WORKFORCE FULLY EMPLOYED.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JULY - SEPTEMBER 1987 WAS 1.8 PER CENT, WHICH WAS THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1987. THE RATE FOR THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER WAS 2.8 PER CENT. THE DECREASE OF 1.0 PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN JULY - SEPTEMBER 1987 WAS ESTIMATED AT 49,900, COMPARED WITH 47,800 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1987; AND 75,000 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER 1986.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JULY - SEPTEMBER 1987 WAS 1.0 PER CENT WHICH COMPARES WITH 1.1 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1987. THE RATE FOR JULY - SEPTEMBER 1986 WAS 1.3 PER CENT. THE DECREASE OF 0.1 PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTH PERIOD IS STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT, WHILE THE DECREASE OF 0.3 PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR JULY -SEPTEMBER 1987 WAS 26,800, COMPARED WITH 29,500 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1987 AND 36,600 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING SEPTEMBER 1986.

CONSISTENT WITH THE CURRENT 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 ON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (E.G. PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST LEFT SCHOOL) VARIES FROM MONTH TO MONTH, 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.

/THE CCMMISSIONER

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1987

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 RATES. BOTH RATES APPARENTLY REMAINED AT A VERY LOW LEVEL.

THE PROVISIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, SEASONALLY ADJUSTED, FOR AUGUST - OCTOBER 1987 WAS 1.9 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 1.0 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 14,000 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 HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR. THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING SEPTEMBER 1987 SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AROUND DECEMBER 20 AT $9.50 PER COPY.

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S SMOKING CONTROL STRATEGIES WERE CONSIDERED BY OVERSEAS DELEGATES AS A "SHINING EXAMPLE" IN THE SMOKING CONTROL MOVEMENT, ACCORDING TO THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MISS ELAINE CHUNG, WHO HAS JUST RETURNED FROM THE SIXTH WORLD CONFERENCE ON SMOKING AND HEALTH IN TOKYO.

IN HER PRESENTATION TO THE WORLD CONFERENCE, ENTITLED "SMOKING CONTROL IN HONG KONG", MISS CHUNG DESCRIBED THE WIDE RANGE OF MEASURES ADOPTED BY GOVERNMENT SINCE 1981 AGAINST TOBACCO USE. SHE ALSO EXPLAINED THE RATIONALE BEHIND EACH MEASURE.

/BETWEEN 1982

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1987

BETWEEN 1982 AND 1986, THE NUMBER OF DAILY SMOKERS IN HONG KONG DECLINED BY 20 PER CENT. THIS REPRESENTED THE FASTEST DECLINE OF SMOKERS IN THE WORLD.

"BECAUSE OF THE STRONG EVIDENCE LINKING SMOKING WITH MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY," MISS CHUNG SAID THAT GOVERNMENT TOOK "FIRM AND RESOLUTE" ACTION WHEN APPROPRIATE WITH THE AIM OF SAFEGUARDING THE HEALTH OF ITS RESIDENTS.

MISS CHUNG SAID THE AIM OF ENCOURAGING THE POPULATION NOT TO SMOKE WAS ACHIEVED BY EDUCATION, LEGISLATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE MEANS.

IN HER REVIEW, HONG KONG WAS SHOWN TO BE AMONG THE FEW PLACES IN ASIA WHERE:

(A) HEALTH WARNINGS ARE REQUIRED ON CIGARETTE PACKAGES AND ADVERTISEMENTS;

(B) "NO SMOKING" AREAS ARE DESIGNATED ON MANY MEANS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT;

(C) SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED IN ALL GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS AND SOME OFFICE PREMISES; AND

(D) GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE ADVISED NOT TO SMOKE IN PUBLIC APPEARANCES.

MISS CHUNG SAID THAT ANOTHER ASPECT OF WHICH HONG KONG WAS "JUSTIFIABLY PROUD" WAS BEING THE FIRST ASIAN AREA TO BAN SMOKELESS TOBACCO IN JANUARY 1987. THIS ACTION WAS COMMENDED BY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND THE DELEGATES TO THE SIXTH WORLD CONFERENCE AS BEING COURAGEOUS AND A STEP TO BE EMULATED.

THE ISSUE OF SMOKELESS TOBACCO RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT COVERAGE AT THE WORLD CONFERENCE BECAUSE OF THE SERIOUS HEALTH HAZARDS THAT THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION ASSOCIATED WITH THIS NEW FORM OF TOBACCO.

THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION IN OCTOBER TO SET UP A STATUTORY AND GOVERNMENT-SUBVENTED COUNCIL ON SMOKING AND HEALTH ALSO RECEIVED MUCH ATTENTION AT THE WORLD CONFERENCE.

THIS APPROACH WAS CONSIDERED SUPERIOR IN MANY WAYS TO ARRANGEMENTS ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD. THE AREAS WHICH WOULD BE EXAMINED BY THE NEW COUNCIL WOULD INCLUDE MORE EFFECTIVE PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY, THE ISSUES OF OUTDOOR ADVERTISEMENTS, ENFORCEMENT OF LEGISLATION AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT.

THE SIXTH WORLD NOVEMBER 9 BY JAPAN’S FUJIMOTO, (JAPAN) AND HEALTH ORGANISATION.

CONFERENCE ON SMOKING AND HEALTH WAS OPENED ON MINISTER OF HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR TAKAO DR HALFDAN MAHLER, DIRECTOR GENERAL, WORLD

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1987

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OVER 700 DELEGATES FROM 56 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATED IN THE FOUR DAY CONFERENCE WHICH ENDED ON NOVEMBER 12.

VIEWS WERE EXCHANGED ON TOPICS SUCH AS SMOKING CESSATION, SMOKING AND ECONOMICS, PASSIVE SMOKING, SMOKING AND WOMEN, SMOKING AND CHILDREN, SMOKLESS TOBACCO, SMOKING CONTROL LEGISLATION AND SMOKING CONTROL MEDIA STRATEGIES.

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PAVING THE WAY FOR INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

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THE MAIN OBSTACLE TO THE WIDER APPLICATION OF INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION IN HONG KONG CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE FACT THAT MANAGEMENT ATTITUDES HAVE NOT YET BEEN FULLY ATTUNED TOWARDS IT, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A SYMPOSIUM ORGANISED BY THE INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS AND THE SOCIETY OF MANUFACTURING ENGINEERS.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT FOR A MANUFACTURER WHOSE OPERATIONS WERE RELATIVELY LABOUR INTENSIVE, AND WHO NOW FACED HEAVY PRESSURE IN TERMS OF RISING WAGES AND OTHER COSTS, INEFFICIENT OUTPUT, SUBSTANTIAL WASTE AND INCONSISTENT QUALITY, THE QUESTION HE HAD TO RESOLVE WAS WHETHER HE SHOULD OPT OUT OF THE HONG KONG ENVIRONMENT BY GOING ELSEWHERE, OR WHETHER HE SHOULD CREATE AN AUTOMATION POLICY WITHIN HIS ENTERPRISE.

"EVEN IF HE DOES NOT OPT OUT ENTIRELY, THE MANUFACTURER WOULD STILL HAVE TO CONSIDER HOW OUTPUT MIGHT BE INCREASED, PAYROLL AND WASTAGE REDUCED AND PRODUCTION SPEEDED UP, AND HOW THESE OBJECTIVES MIGHT BE ACHIEVED THROUGH QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND INTEGRATED AUTOMATION SYSTEM," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG SAID THAT WHILE HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURERS WERE WELL KNOWN FOR THEIR ABILITY TO RESPOND QUICKLY TO CHANGES IN THE PATTERN AND LEVEL OF EXTERNAL DEMAND FOR THEIR OUTPUT, AND AT INVESTING IN NEW PRODUCTION CAPACITY WHEN EXPORT PROSPECTS WERE FAVOURABLE, RELATIVELY FEW HAD BEEN WILLING TO INTRODUCE THOSE MANAGEMENT AND TECHNICAL SYSTEMS WHICH MADE FOR MEDIUM TO LONG TERM PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT.

"WHERE THAT WILLINGNESS EXISTS THE RESULTS TEND TO REFLECT AN AD HOC OR BANDAGED APPROACH TO QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND AUTOMATION," HE SAID.

HOWEVER, THERE WAS AMPLE EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT MANUFACTURERS WOULD INVEST HEAVILY IN THE EXPANSION OF PRODUCTION CAPACITY WHEN EXPORT PROSPECTS WERE FAVOURABLE.

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"THE FACT IS FEW MANUFACTURERS KNOW PRECISELY WHAT THEY SHOULD PUT THEIR MONEY ON,” HE SAID.

TO INVEST IN INTEGRATED CAD/CAM SYSTEMS, MR YEUNG SUGGESTED THE MANUFACTURER SHOULD SEEK EXPERT ADVICE, WHICH WAS AVAILABLE FROM BOTH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL'S INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION UNIT AND CAD/CAM WORKSHOP.

’’THESE PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO ADVISE THE MANUFACTURER ON WHAT SYSTEM THEY COULD USE, HAVING REGARD TO THEIR PARTICULAR REQUIREMENTS, AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PURCHASE, NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS AND IMPLEMENTATION,” HE SAID.

”IN DUE COURSE THE CAD/CAM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW FUNDING SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FURTHER ADVICE ON INTEGRATED, LOW-COST CAD/CAM SYSTEMS FOR THE METALS FABRICATION INDUSTRY, AND BY THE END OF 1988 THE HKPC WILL HAVE OPENED A SURFACE MOUNTED TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY FOR USE BY THOSE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURERS WHO WISH TO AUTOMATE THE PRODUCTION OF THEIR PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARDS.”

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO EXPAND GENETIC SERVICES AND THE MEASURES IT UNDERTAKES TO PREVENT NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, HEALTH SERVICES AND PLANNING, DR S. H. LEE, WHEN HE OPENED THE KNOW GENETICS EXHIBITION AT THE NEW WORLD CENTRE IN TSIM SHA TSUI TODAY (SATURDAY).

DR LEE SAID THAT IN THE PAST THREE DECADES THERE HAD BEEN A GRADUAL CHANGE IN EMPHASIS ON DELIVERY OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

THIS, HE EXPLAINED, WAS LARGELY DUE TO CHANGES IN DISEASE PATTERN AS A RESULT OF SUCCESSFUL CONTROL OF COMMON CHILDHOOD COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, BETTER MEDICAL AND HEALTH CARE AND IMPROVEMENT IN LIVING STANDARDS.

NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, SUCH AS INHERITED DISEASES, HAD GAINED MORE ATTENTION IN THE MEDICAL FIELD AND IN THE COMMUNITY, HE SAID.

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IN LINE WITH ITS PREVENTIVE PROGRAMME, THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD ESTABLISHED A GENETIC NEO-NATAL SCREENING PROGRAMME TO DETECT GLUCOSE-6-PHOSPHATE DEHYDROGENASE (G-6-PD) DEFICIENCY AND OTHER INHERITED DISEASES AMONG NEW-BORN BABIES.

COUNSELLING SERVICE WAS PROVIDED TO CHILDREN IN WHOM ABNORMALITY WAS DETECTED, DR LEE SAID.

DR LEE ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF MEDICAL GENETICS AND THE PENINSULA JAYCEES FOR JOINTLY ORGANISING THE KNOW GENETICS EXHIBITION.

HE PRAISED THE SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING INTEREST AND KNOWLEDGE IN MEDICAL GENETICS WITHIN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND AMONG THE PUBLIC.

THE EXHIBITION, WHICH WILL CONTINUE FOR A WEEK, IS INTENDED TO PROMOTE KNOWLEDGE IN MEDICAL GENETICS AND TO INTRODUCE SERVICES OFFERED BY THE TWO UNIVERSITIES, THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

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A MAJOR SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED AS FROM TODAY (SATURDAY) IN HONG KONG'S POPULAR COUNTRY PARKS TO FIND OUT THE USAGE PATTERN OF PARK VISITORS AND TO IDENTIFY THEIR CHANGING NEEDS FOR PARK FACILITIES AND SERVICES.

THE SURVEY, THE THIRD ORGANISED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SINCE 1982, COVERS 17 COUNTRY PARKS AND THE TAI PO KAU NATURE RESERVE, ALL OF WHICH ARE POPULAR AREAS FOR VISITORS.

THE COUNTRY PARKS SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY INCLUDE ABERDEEN, TAI TAM, QUARRY BAY, POK FU LAM, LANTAO, SAI KUNG, MA ON SHAN, CLEARWATER BAY, KAM SHAN, LION ROCK, SHING MUN, TAI MO SHAN, TAI LAM, PAT SIN LENG AND PLOVER COVE.

THE DEPARTMENT'S SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (COUNTRYSIDE), MR F.Y. WONG, SAID THAT THE SURVEY WILL TAKE PLACE ON TWO SEPARATE PERIODS FROM TODAY TO NOVEMBER 27 AND FROM DECEMBER 26 TO DECEMBER 30, COVERING THREE SATURDAYS AND THREE SUNDAYS.

"DURING THESE PERIODS, SOME 5,000 VISITORS TO THESE COUNTRY PARKS WILL BE SELECTED AT RANDOM FOR INTERVIEWS BY THE DEPARTMENT’S UNIFORMED PARK WARDENS.

"IN THIS SURVEY, NIGHT VISITORS WILL BE COVERED FOR THE FIRST TIME," MR WONG SAID.

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’’VISITORS WILL BE ASKED SUCH SIMPLE QUESTIONS AS THEIR GROUP SIZE, GROUP COMPOSITION, THEIR HOME DISTRICT, MEANS AND COST OF TRANSPORT TO THE COUNTRY PARKS, TIME SPENT FOR TRAVELLING, THE FREQUENCY OF VISITS TO THE COUNTRY PARKS, PARK ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES PREFERRED AND ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT.”

EACH INTERVIEW WILL LAST FOR ONLY FIVE TO EIGHT MINUTES AND EVERY INTERVIEWEE WILL BE GIVEN A SOUVENIR AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW IN APPRECIATION OF THEIR SUPPORT.

MR WONG URGED THE PUBLIC VISITING THE DESIGNATED COUNTRY PARKS AND SPECIAL AREA DURING THE SURVEY PERIODS AND NIGHT VISITORS IN PARTICULAR, TO CO-OPERATE FULLY WITH AFD SURVEY STAFF WHEN THEY ARE APPROACHED FOR INTERVIEW.

’’THE SURVEY WILL BE OF LONG-TERM BENEFIT TO THE PUBLIC AS THE RESULTS WILL PROVIDE USEFUL UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FOR BETTER PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF THE COUNTRY PARKS AND FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS OF PARK FACILITIES AND SERVICES,” HE SAID.

THE INFORMATION AND DATA COLLECTED WILL BE COMPILED INTO A STATISTICAL SUMMARY REPORT AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY REFERENCE BE MADE TO PERSONAL DATA OF INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWEES, MR WONG STRESSED.

THE LAST TWO VISITOR SURVEYS WERE CARRIED OUT IN 1982 AND 1985 RESPECTIVELY AND THE RESULTS HAD PROVIDED VERY USEFUL DIRECTIVES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY PARKS.

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO UPHOLD THE TRADITIONAL CHINESE VIRTUE OF RESPECTING, LOVING AND CARING FOR THE ELDERLY.

’’THIS WILL ENABLE THE ELDERLY TO LEAD A HAPPY FAMILY LIFE AND TO ENJOY THEIR OLD AGE,” SHE SAID.

MRS WONG WAS SPEAKING AT THE ’’FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY” ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AT THE MARTHA BOSS COMMUNITY CENTRE IN HO MAN TIN.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF SUPPORT SERVICES IN CO-OPERATION WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO ENCOURAGE THE ELDERLY TO REMAIN IN THE COMMUNITY AND UNDER FAMILY CARE.

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"THESE SERVICES INCLUDE 44 HOME HELP TEAMS, 88 SOCIAL CENTRES, FOUR DAY CARE CENTRES, 12 MULTI-SERVICES CENTRES, THREE POOL CARS FOR OUTINGS, COUNSELLING SERVICE AND VISITS BY VOLUNTEERS," SHE SAID.

"THEY WILL BE EXPANDED EACH YEAR WITH THE AIM OF MEETING MOST OF THE DEMANDS IN FIVE YEARS," SHE ADDED.

MRS WONG RECALLED THAT IN AUGUST THIS YEAR, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT MOBILISED A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUTH VOLUNTEERS TO VISIT THE ELDERLY IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS, AND THIS HAD TURNED OUT TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL.

"GOVERNMENT ALSO PROVIDES COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING, SHELTERED HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR THOSE WHO LACK HOME CARE.

"TOGETHER WITH THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR, WE HOPE TO FURTHER DEVELOP AND STRENGTHEN ALL THESE SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DEMANDS," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG COMPLIMENTED THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE FOR ORGANISING SUCH A MEANINGFUL FESTIVAL AND THE OTHER VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR ARRANGING VARIOUS PROGRAMMES IN SUPPORT OF IT.

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A RENOWNED MUSICIAN FROM CHINA, MR XIAO BAIYONG, ARRIVED TODAY (SATURDAY) TO PARTICIPATE IN THE YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC WEEK WHICH IS PART OF THE CELEBRATION PROGRAMMES FOR THE MUSIC OFFICE’S TENTH ANNIVERSARY.

MR XIAO WILL BE JOINED BY TWO OTHER GUEST MUSICIANS, MR AN ZHISHUN AND MS FAN SHENGE, ALSO FROM CHINA, IN GIVING DEBUT PERFORMANCES AT A JING YING CONCERT TO BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 18), STARTING AT 8 PM.

TALENTED YOUNG LOCAL MUSICIANS WILL ALSO PERFORM. THEY ARE MR WONG SIU-TO (PI-PA), MR LOO SZE-WANG (SHENG), MR LOO SZE-YUEN (ZHENG), MR TSANG MAN-FAI (DI-ZI) AND MR WONG CHI-CHUNG (ER-HU).

APART FROM GIVING PERFORMANCES, THE THREE GUEST MUSICIANS WILL CONDUCT A SERIES OF MASTERCLASSES, LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON PERCUSSION, ER-HU AND ZHENG AT VARIOUS MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

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AS PART OF THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, THE CHINESE MUSIC WEEK WILL START WITH AN OPENING CONCERT TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM TONIGHT WHEN SOME 500 MEMBERS OF THE MUSIC OFFICE’S CHINESE ORCHESTRAS WILL PLAY TO A CAPACITY AUDIENCE. THE CONCERT WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM.

TOMORROW (SUNDAY)i AN INTERFLOW CONCERT JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL WILL BE STAGED AT THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL INVOLVING AS MANY AS 15 LOCAL AMATEUR CHINESE ORCHESTRAS. IT WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

A MUSIC OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID, " WE HOPE THAT THE CONCERT WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL CHINESE ORCHESTRAS TO GET TOGETHER AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.”

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS FOR THE JING YING CONCERT AT $5 AND $10 ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE URBTIX OUTLETS. ADMISSION TO ALL THE MASTERCLASSES, LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS IS FREE. FOR ENQUIRIES, CALL 0-4928127, 0-6065731 AND 5-8235321.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER BOTH THE OPENING CONCERT AND THE INTERFLOW CONCERT TO BE HELD AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM AND AT THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL TONIGHT AND TOMORROW RESPECTIVELY.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL VISIT EASTERN DISTRICT ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16) AFTERNOON TO SEE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT AND VISIT PLACES OF INTEREST.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, THE GOVERNOR WILL VISIT THE FA YUEN VILLAGE AND ALDRICH BAY TYPHOON SHELTER IN SHAU KEI WAN.

HE WILL ALSO CALL ON ELDERLY PEOPLE AT THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE AGED MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE IN YUE WAN ESTATE AND LATER JOIN DISTRICT BOARD AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS AT A RECEPTION AT YUE WAN COMMUNITY HALL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE GOVERNOR'S VISIT TO EASTERN DISTRICT ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16). PRESS MEMBERS SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 2.15 PM AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO CITY PLAZA, PHASE I, TAI KOO SHING ROAD.

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THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN IN TAI PO WILL GET UNDERWAY WHEN A SPECIALLY DECORATED LORRY TOURS THE DISTRICT TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD IN TAI PO PLAYGROUND TO MARK THE BEGINNING. THIS HAS BERN ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON THE DISTRICT’S CAMPAIGN WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE LORRY WILL BEAR THE SLOGAN ’’CLEAN HONG KONG” AND PAINTINGS DEPICTING THE TAI PO NEW TOWN AND IT8 FRINGE AREAS, THE TOLO HIGHWAY CYCLE TRACK AND MARICULTURE ZONES. IT WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT AFTER THE CEREMONY.

LITTER BAGS, BOOK-MARKS AND BALLOONS BEARING THE CAMPAIGN MESSAGE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS WHEN THE LORRY CALLS AT TAI PO MARKET, TAI YUEN ESTATE, FU SHIN ESTATE, KWONG FUK ESTATE AND VARIOUS VILLAGES.

IN ADDITION, A YOUTH RALLY WILL BE HELD IN THE PLAYGROUND AFTER THE CEREMONY. THIS HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE RALLY PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE TELEMATCH GAMES DESIGNED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO CONVEY THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN MESSAGE, AND A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE "TURNING LITTER INTO ORNAMENTAL/DECORATIVE ITEMS COMPETITION" HELD RECENTLY.

OFFICIATING AT THE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING CEREMONY WILL BE THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT; TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR STEPHEN WONG; REGIONAL COUNCIL MEMBER, MR TANG PUI-TAT; TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR HO YUNG-SANG, AND THE SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR LAM PAK-PING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) IN THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND AT PO HEUNG STREET, TAI PO MARKET.

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SINGING, DANCING COMPETITIONS TO DISCOVER TALENTS

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SINGING AND DANCING ENTHUSIASTS NOW HAVE THE CHANCE TO DISPLAY THEIR TALENT AND WIN ATTRACTIVE PRIZES AT TWO COMPETITIONS TO BE HELD IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT NEXT MONTH.

THE SINGING CONTEST IS CO-ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS, AND THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE CONTEST, NOW IN ITS SIXTH YEAR, IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE GENERAL STANDARD OF SINGING AND IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS BETWEEN 16 AND 30 YEARS OF AGE.

IT IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS: CLASSICAL SOLO, POP OR FOLK SONG SOLO, AND POP OR FOLK SONG GROUP SINGING.

THE SEMI-FINALS WILL BE HELD ON DECEMBER 2 AND 5 ON 9/F, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, AND THE FINALS WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL ON JANUARY 4.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID PARTICIPANTS SHOULD SELECT SONGS WITH MEANINGFUL THEMES AND DECENT LYRICS AND SHOULD ENROL ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 20.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SINGING CONTEST CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523002 OR 5-283257.

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT DANCING COMPETITION WILL BE HELD AT CARITAS IN CAINE ROAD ON DECEMBER 13. PARTICIPANTS MAY PERFORM ORIENTAL, FOLK, OR MODERN DANCES.

CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 12 CAN TAKE PART IN THE JUNIOR SECTION, WHILE PARTICIPANTS FROM SECONDARY SCHOOLS, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS OR AMATEUR DANCE TROUPES SHOULD ENROL IN THE OPEN SECTION.

OUTSTANDING DANCERS AND DANCE GROUPS WILL BE AWARDED TROPHIES.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE DISTRICT’S RECREATION AND SPORT ASSOCIATION WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS NOVEMBER 26. FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS OFFICE ON THE TOP FLOOR, CENTRAL MARKET; THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-416405.

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CLEAN HK AND HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN * * * «

A COMBINED CLEAN HONG KONG AND HOME SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE KWAI CHUNG AND TSINO YI DISTRICT BOARD WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (SATURDAY).

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S CAMPAIGN, MR LEE 8HUNG-SHIN, SAID ACTIVITIES WILL CENTRE ON ERADICATING MOSQUITOES AND PREVENTING FIRE.

POSTERS AND BANNERS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT HOUSING ESTATES AND OTHER LOCATIONS AND LEAFLETS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS, HE SAID.

AN ANTI-MOSQUITOES DISPLAY AND EXHIBITIONS ON HOME AND GAS SAFETY WERE SET UP AT THE VENUE IN HING FUNG ROAD PLAYGROUND. RESIDENTS ALSO ENJOYED A ONE-HOUR VARIETY SHOW AND TOOK PART IN A QUIZ.

TAKING PART IN THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK; KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR CHOY SHU-KAI; AND DIVISION COMMANDER OF THE NT SOUTHERN DIVISION OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR C.W. CHEUNG.

IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN, KWAI TSING DISTRICT WILL ALSO TAKE PART IN THE BUS PARADE ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

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FORTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF 1982,100 WHICH WILL GO INTO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE RECITAL HALL OF THE CITY HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER AK3333 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $250,000.

ANOTHER NUMBER, DEI, WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $120,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,500 FOR DP751.

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FOLLOWING ARK THE RESULTS OF TODAY'S AUCTION:

$ $ $ $

DP8777 2,500 AP596 2,000 DR560 12,000 DR1638 15,000

DP325 2,800 DP751 1,500 DP9000 18,000 DR1668 25,000

DH9779 6,000 DR1303 4,000 DR118 32,000 DP8088 13,000

AS693 3,000 DM8778 15,000 DR119 14,000 AK3333 250,000

DR381 5,000 DR632 4,000 DP18 68,000 DP8388 18,000

CK8228 40,000 DP9199 2,800 DP1888 60,000 DS822 18,000

DR6222 3,500 AK228 30,000 DR327 15,000 DR128 28,000

DR944 3,700 DEI 120,000 DP8698 8,800 DP800 29,000

DR893 6,800 DR2823 8,000 DP2345 13,000 DR238 45,000

DN500 22,000 AC986 10,000 DR3028 5,700 DS8221 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 WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY'S SALE, THE 118TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $48,268,532.

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SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A DEBATE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE AND ARTS (CENTRAL AND WESTERN).

PARTICIPANTS WILL DEBATE THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL HAWKING AT THE EMI-FINALS ON NOVEMBER 28, AND AT THE FINALS ON DECEMBER 5. THE SUBJECT WILL BE THE POWERS OF DISTRICT BOARDS.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DEBATE WOULD PROMOTE CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG STUDENTS AS THEY WERE REQUIRED TO STUDY CLOSELY ALL DEVELOPMENTS IN SOCIETY.

THE TOP TWO TEAMS WILL BE AWARDED BOOK COUPONS AS WELL AS TROPHIES.

INTERESTED PERSONS SHOULD ENROL ON OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 18).

ENROLMENT FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT 11/F, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 5-8523489 OR 5-8523488.

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MONG KOK GOOD CITIZENS TO GET AWARDS « * * *

EIGHT MONG KOK RESIDENTS WILL BE PRESENTED GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS IN A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND.

IT IS PART OF A LARGE-SCALE CARNIVAL JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE MONO KOK POLICE STATION TO ENHANCE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS ON CRIME PREVENTION.

THE CARNIVAL FEATURES GAMESTALLS AND PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS AND TELEVISION ARTISTES.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MRS ROSANNA TAM; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI; DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG AND POLICE DEPUTY DISTRICT COMMANDER, MONG KOK, MR ROBIN LEUNG WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS AND THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL TO BE HELD AT 12 NOON TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND, SAI YEE STREET, MONG KOK.

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A SEVEN-A-SIDE SOCCER TOURNAMENT WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) FROM 9 AM TO 6 PM AT THE WONG CHUK HANG HARD-SURFACED SOCCER PITCH AS PART OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT'S ANTI-TRIAD CAMPAIGN.

ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (DFCC), THE TOURNAMENT IS AIMED AT PUTTING ACROSS THE ANTI-TRIAD MESSAGE TO RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY YOUNGSTERS, THROUGH WHOLESOME ACTIVITY.

THERE WILL BE 16 TEAMS COMPETING IN THE SCHOOL AND THE OPEN SECTIONS.

RESIDENTS ARB WELCOME TO WATCH THE MATCHES. ADMISSION IS FREE.

SOUTHERN DFCC CHAIRMAN, MR KAN MAN-LEE AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS AT A CEREMONY AT 4 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SOCCER TOURNAMENT AND THE PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 4 PM.

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TELEMATCH FUN FOR WORKERS

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MORE THAN 200 WORKERS FROM 10 INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS IN KWUN TONG WILL COMPETE IN A TELEMATCH FUN DAY AT THE KOWLOON BAY RECREATION GROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

ORGANISED BY THE INDUSTRIAL AREA BRANCH OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION, THE FUN DAY IS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL ’87.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE FIVE ACTION-PACKED GAMES, WHICH ARE INTENDED TO FOSTER TIES AMONG LOCAL INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI; AND PRESIDENT OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL '87, MR YU SUN-SAY, WILL OFFICIATE AT AN OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TELEMATCH FUN DAY TO BEGIN AT 1.30 PM TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT THE KOWLOON BAY RECREATION GROUND.

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TUEN MUN SEMINAR ON SAFETY OF ELECTRICITY

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THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD (CLP) AND THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SEMINAR ON THE "SAFETY OF ELECTRICITY" FOR RESIDENTS AND INDUSTRIALISTS ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16).

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD IN THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL OF THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL, STARTING AT 2.30 PM.

THE SPEAKER WILL BE A CLP ENGINEER FOR WORK, PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING, MR W.K. CHENG. HE WILL USB SLIDES TO ILLUSTRATE THE SAFE USB OF ELECTRICITY AND WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS.

ADMISSION TO THE SEMINAR IS ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVBD BASIS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR "SAFETY OF ELECTRICITY", TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY IN THE CULTURAL ACTIVITIES HALL OF TUEN MUN TOWN HALL.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1987

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TOUO HIGHWAY SPEED LIMIT ON COMMITTEE AGENDA *****

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16) TO DISCUSS THE SPEED LIMIT ON THE TOLO HIGHWAY.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT ON THE TAXI POLICY REVIEW.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL LOOK INTO THE PROBLEM OF TRAFFIC FLOW OUTSIDE THE TAI PO MARKET KCR STATION AND DIFFICULTIES IN BOARDING AND ALIGHTING AT THE BUS LAY-BYS AND THE GREEN MINIBUS TERMINUS.

THEY WILL ALSO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON A NUMBER OF PROPOSED TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT MEASURES: A CHANGE IN THE EXISTING ROAD MARKINGS ALONG A SECTION OF KWONG FUK ROAD BETWEEN TUNG CHEONG STREET AND NAM WAN ROAD, WAYS TO SOLVE THE CONGESTION CAUSED BY TAXIS QUEUEING OUTSIDE 76 PO HEUNG STREET, AND A 24-HOUR RESTRICTED ZONE AT THE ROUNDABOUT IN FU SHIN ESTATE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE KCR SERVICE AND PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES OUTSIDE A PRBVOCATIONAL SCHOOL IN KWONG FUK ESTATE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT, 3/F, TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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SHA TIN DB TO DISCUSS MAC OFFICE ACCOMMODATION

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THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17) MORNING TO DISCUSS OFFICE ACCOMMODATION FOR MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN PRIVATE BUILDINGS.

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR CHAN HON-YING WILL ASK IF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONSIDER ALLOCATING CERTAIN HOUSING UNITS FOR USE BY MAC’S. HE ALSO WANTS TO KNOW IF THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH MAY INCLUDE APPROPRIATE CLAUSES IN SETTING LEASE CONDITIONS TO RESERVE SPACE FOR MAC OFFICES OR EXERT ANY INFLUENCE ON PRIVATE DEVELOPERS TO ALLOCATE UNITS.

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ANOTHER MEMBER MR LAM HUNG-CHIU WILL ASK IF THERE ARE SUFFICIENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE COLLECTION OF REFUSE TO COPE WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT AND GREAT INCREASE IN POPULATION OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE APPLICATION FOR FUNDS AS WELL AS PROGRESS REPORTS BY THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17) AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON 6/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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DISTANCE LEARNING FOR MANAGERS TO BEGIN ' « » * *

THE FIRST EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT TO PROVIDE A DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE FOR OWNER MANAGERS OF SMALL BUSINESS IS BEING LAUNCHED BY THE MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (MDC) OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL NEXT WEEK.

THE COURSE HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO HELP IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT IN THE TERRITORY, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE, MR MICHAEL CUMBERS, SAID.

IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE BEST APPROACH TO PROVIDING DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MANAGERS IN HONG KONG, THE CENTRE HAS DIVIDED THE SOME 100 COURSE PARTICIPANTS INTO THREE DIFFERENT GROUPS OF LEARNING MODES -- FULLY-DISTANCED, WORKSHOP-BASED AND TUTOR-LED.

MR CUMBERS SAID THE RESULTS OF THE PROJECT WOULD BE EVALUATED AT THE END OF THE COURSE LATE NEXT SPRING.

HE ADDED THAT THIS EXPERIMENTAL WORK HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT BY A TEAM OF STAFF DRAWN FROM SEVERAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MDC’S SENIOR ADVISER, MR A.N. WELSH.

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NEW TILTING TEST PLATFORM FOR TRI-AXLE BUSES

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THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS AWARDED A 11.4-MILLION CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A REINFORCED CONCRETE PIT TO ACCOMMODATE A TILTING TEST PLATFORM FOR THE INSPECTION OF TRI-AXLE BUSES AT THE KOWLOON BAY VEHICLE INSPECTION CENTRE.

"THIS NEW TILTING TEST PLATFORM WILL BE THE FIRST AND ONLY SUCH DEVICE IN HONG KONG SPECIALLY MADE TO TEST TRI-AXLE BUSES," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"WORK IS EXPECTED TO START LATER THIS MONTH AND BE COMPLETED IN MAY NEXT YEAR.

"ANOTHER CONTRACT WILL THEN BE LET FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THE PLATFORM ITSELF AND THE NECESSARY MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES," HE ADDED.

THE TEST PLATFORM WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL IN EARLY 1989, UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG

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FROM 8 PM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17), HIP WO STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG YAN STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 110 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE CONVERTED FROM TWO-LANE NORTHBOUND TO THREE-LANE NORTHBOUND AND FROM TWO-LANE SOUTHBOUND TO SINGLE LANE SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS:

* TUNG YAN STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HIP WO STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES WEST OF THE SMAE JUNCTION.

» HIP WO STREET NORTHBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG YAN

STREET TO A POINT ABOUT SEVEN METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME

JUNCTION.

* HIP WO STREET SOUTHBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES NORTH

OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TUNG YAN STREET TO A POINT ABOUT

55 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR GOODS OR PASSENGERS WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAYS.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES

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THE ACCESS ROAD LINKING NEW CONTAINER PORT ROAD WITH KWAI CHUNG ROAD NEAR CHING CHEUNG ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 AM ON MONDAY (NOVEMBER 16).

IN SHA TIN, IN ORDER TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORKS CARRIED OUT BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, VEHICLES ON TAI PO ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER CHIK WAN STREET FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17) TO 10 AM ON NOVEMBER 20.

AFFECTED VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO USE EITHER KENG HAU ROAD, CHE KUNG MUI ROAD AND MEI TIN ROAD OR TAI WAI ROAD AND MEI TIN ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME. SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES ON LOWER SHING MUN ROAD WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING CHIK WAN STREET, AND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TAI PO ROAD AND MEI TIN ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE. HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NOT UNREASONABLE FOR GOVT TO REPLY TO CRITICISMS - CS... 1

CS OFFICIATES AT COLOURFUL PARADE ......................... 2

DFCC PLAYS IMPORTANT ROLE IN FIGHTING CRIME................ 3

GRAND OPENING OF EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL ................ 4

PUBLICATION OF GUIDE TO SITE INVESTIGATION ................ 5

BID TO CURB KOWLOON CITY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ................ 6

SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON WEDNESDAY .......................... 8

LOWER TAR CIGARETTE DOMINATES MARKET ...................... 8

TAI PO RESIDENTS URGED TO KEEP DISTRICT CLEAN ..........

EIGHT BRAVE CITIZENS HONOURED ............................ 10

FIRST KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL A SUCCESS ............... 11

KSUN TONG WORKERS SHARE TELEMATCH FUN .................... 11

WARNING ON BOGUS LABOUR OFFICIALS......................... 12

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS POLICIES ON DEMOLISHING ILLEGAL STRUCTURES................................................ 12

PRESS CONFERENCE ON 1988 HK INTERNATIONAL MARATHON........ 13

SHORTAGE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ON DB AGENDa.......... 14

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS GUIDELINES ON USE OF FUNDS........ 14

VILLAGE HOUSES TO BE BUILT ON TSING YI ................... 15

PEDESTRIAN/CYCLE BRIDGE FOR YUEN LONG .................... 15

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NOT UNREASONABLE FOR GOVT TO REPLY TO CRITICISMS - CS

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT HIS RECENT REMARKS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN RESPONSE TO CRITICISM WERE NOT INTENDED TO BE A THREAT, BUT WERE SIMPLY MEANT TO INDICATE THAT IT WAS NOT UNREASONABLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO REPLY WHEN BEING CRITICISED.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OFFICIATING AT THE 1987 KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN PARADE AT EDINBURGH PLACE, MR FORD SAID AS THE CHIEF OFFICIAL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO CRITICISM, AND HE WAS NOT SEEKING CONFRONTATIONAL POLITICS.

’'WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IS THAT OVER THE YEARS RECENTLY, WITH THE WIDENING OF THE REPRESENTATION THERE, WE’VE HAD MORE LIVELY DEBATES, I THINK THAT’S TO BE ENCOURAGED, I THINK THAT’S TO BE WELCOMED AS I’VE SAID SO IN MY SPEECH, AND THAT LIVELY DEBATES WOULD LEAD TO CRITICISM OF THE GOVERNMENT. I THINK THAT’S INEVITABLE,” HE SAID.

"I’VE HEARD IT SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S JOB WAS TO SIT AND LISTEN, BUT NOT TO REPLY, BUT MY JOB AS THE CHIEF OFFICIAL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IS ALSO TO REPRESENT THE GOVERNMENT’S POINT OF V1FW. I’M THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, AND I THINK THAT EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THAT I SHOULD BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO CRITICISM," HE ADDED.

MR FORD SAID SOME PEOPLE HAD SAID THAT HIS REMARKS AT LAST WEDNESDAY’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS A BIT TOO FORCEFUL, BUT IN FACT. HE SAID, THEY WERE QUITE MILD WHEN COMPARING WITH THE ACCUSATIONS MADE IN THE POLICY DEBATE WHICH WERE INDEED VERY CRITICAL OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE GOVERNOR.

"I THINK IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT SOME OF MY REMARKS HAD BEEN TAKEN AS A THREAT. I TOOK VERY CAREFUL CHINESE ADVICE ABOUT THEM. THEY CERTAINLY WERE NOT INTENDED IN ANY WAY TO BE A THREAT. THEY WERE SIMPLY MEANT TO INDICATE THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT WAS CRITICISED, IT WAS NOT UNREASONABLE FOR US TO REPLY," HE SAID.

MR FORD SAID THE REAL BUSINESS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TO GET ON WITH POLICY DEBATES AND DISCUSSING POLICIES AND NOT PERSONALITIES.

"I THINK THAT’S WHAT WE SHOULD DO AND I HOPE THAT’S WHAT WILL HAPPEN," HE SAID.

MR FORD DISAGREED WITH A SUGGESTION THAT HIS REMARKS MIGHT PUT SOME COUNCILLORS OFF IN FUTURE FROM BEING SO STRONGLY CRITICAL WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

"I’M SURE IT WILL NOT. IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT INTENDED THAT WAY," HE SAID.

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”IN ANY CASE, MY WIFE TELLS ME THAT SHE DOESN’T THINK THAT THE TIGER’S SKIN SUITED ME TOO WELL — IT’S NOT IN KEEPING WITH MY CHARACTER. SO I DON’T SUPPOSE I SHOULD BE PUTTING IT ON VERY OFTEN IN THE FUTURE.”

TURNING TO THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, MR FORD SAID HE WAS A GREAT SUPPORTER OF THE CAMPAIGN.

"WE INVENTED LAP SAP CHUNG 15 YEARS AGO AND STARTED THIS CAMPAIGN. IT’S MARVELLOUS TO SEE HOW THE IMPETUS IS STILL GOING, AND WHAT A GOOD EFFECT I THINK IT IS HAVING ON THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG. i'

”1 HOPE IT WILL GROW FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH. I THINK IT DESERVES TO DO SO.”

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CS OFFICIATES AT COLOURFUL PARADE ♦ » ♦ ♦

A TOTAL OF 27 ORGANISATIONS, 14 FROM DISTRICT BOARDS AND 13 FROM COMMERCIAL AND PUBLIC’ UTILITY CORPORATIONS, TODAY (SUNDAY) TOOK PART IN THE LARGEST-EVER VEHICLE PARADE TN HONG KONG WHICH RAN FROM TSUEN WAN SPORTS GROUND TO EDINBURGH PLACE.

THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN PARADE, ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN AT DISTRICT LEVEL, IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN.

AT A CEREMONY HELI) AT EDINBURGH PLAUE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, OFF I GATED AT A BALLOON-FLYING CEREMONY WHICH KICKED OFF A ONE-HOUR LIVE TELEVISI ON SHOW (’ENTERING ROUND THE PARADE AND CLEAN HONG KONG MESSAGES. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR MUNK’I PAL SERVICES, MR A.K. CHUI; THE (’HAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, MR CARLOS ('HEUNG AND MR WALTER SULKE.

TOWARDS THE ENI) OF THE SHOW, MRS FORD PRESENTED TROPHIES TO WINNERS OF THE BEST DECORATED VEHICLES CONTEST, WHICH WAS DIVIDED INTO THE DISTRICT BOARD AND COMMERCIAL AND PUBLIC UTILITY CORPORATION SECTIONS.

THE (’HAMPION FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SECTION WAS TUEN MUN. THE FIRST AND SECOND RUNNERS-UP WERE NORTHERN AND KWAI CHING RESPECTIVELY.

MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION WON THE FIRST PRIZE FOR THE COMMERCIAL AND PUBLIC UTILITY CORPORATI ON SECTION. THE SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES WENT TO THE GARDEN CO LTD AND KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION RESPECT IVELY.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15. 1987

THE PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS FOR THE CONTEST COMPRISED LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR YEUNG PO-KWAN; THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR PETER MOSS; AND THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MR C.L. KWOK.

EARLIER, AT A BRIEF CEREMONY HELD AT TSUEN WAN SPORTS GROUND, MORE THAN 1,000 SPECTATORS WERE ENTERTAINED BY A DRAGON DANCE PERFORMANCE. IT WAS PRECEDED BY AN EYE-DOTTING CEREMONY OFFICIATED BY URBAN COUNCILLOR DR RONALD LEUNG.

ADDRESSING THE GATHERING PRIOR TO THE START OF THE PARADE, CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG POINTED OUT THAT THIS YEAR’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN HAD GAINED THE SUPPORT OF NUMEROUS ORGANISATIONS SINCE ITS LAUNCHING.

"THESE ORGANISATIONS TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO PLEDGE SUPPORT TO THE CAMPAIGN IN VARIOUS FORM," HE SAID.

QUOTING THE VEHICLE PARADE AS AN EXAMPLE, MR CHEUNG SAID "IT IS INDEED VERY ENCOURAGING TO SEE SO MANY DISTRICT BOARDS AND PRIVATE CORPORATIONS 'PITCHING IN’ THE CAMPAIGN BY TAKING PART IN TODAY’S FUNCTION.”

AFTER THE ADDRESS, DR LEUNG AND MR CHEUNG TOOK SALUTE OF ALL THE PARADE VEHICLES, WHICH WERE DECORATED WITH KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN MESSAGES AND THEIR DISTRICT/CORPORATE IDENTITIES.

THE VEHICLES WERE PARKED AT THE EDINBURGH PLACE THIS AFTERNOON FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION. SOME VEHICLES HAD SMALL-SCALE PERFORMANCES ON BOARD AND SOUVENIRS WERE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS.

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DFCC PLAYS IMPORTANT ROLE IN FIGHTING CRIME * » » t »

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE (STDFCCI PLAYS A CRUCIAL ROLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME, ESPECIALLY IN ENCOURAGING THE COMMUNITY TO JOIN IN ANTI-CRIME ACTIVITIES, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, SAID THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

SPEAKING AT THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME GAMES DAY, MR JEAFFRESON SAID THE COMMITTEE HAD KEPT UNDER REVIEW THE STATE OF CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE DISTRICT, AND HAD COORDINATED DISTRICT EFFORTS TO ASSIST THE POLICE IN VARIOUS ANTI-CRIME ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS THE LIFT DISPLAY PROJECT AND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME.

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"THIS LATTER SCHEME, WHICH AIMS AT FOSTERING A SENSE OF MUTUAL HELP AMONG NEIGHBOURS, IS MAKING HEADWAY IN SHA TIN," HE SAID.

"I UNDERSTAND THAT 677 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UNITS INVOLVING NEARLY 7,000 HOUSEHOLDS, HAVE BEEN FORMED HERE FORMED HERE SINCE THE SCHEME WAS STARTED IN NOVEMBER 1985.

"THIS CLEARLY INDICATED THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHEME AND THE COMMUNITY’S GROWING AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO TAKE SUITABLE MEASURES TO PREVENT CRIME," HE ADDED.

MR JEAFFRESON NOTED THAT THE STDFCC HAD ALSO ORGANISED MANY ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF TERR1TORY-WIDE FIGHT CRIME PUBLICITY. THESE INCLUDE A POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION, A BOOKMARK COMPETITION ON THE PREVENTION OF SHOPTHEFT, AN ANTI-TRIAD VARIETY SHOW AND TODAY’S GAMES DAY.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STDFCC, MR ROGER LAU, SAID THE CRIME RATE IN SHA TIN HAD DROPPED THROUGH THE COOPERATION OF THE POLICE, THE COMMITTEE AND THE COMMUNITY.

"IN PARTICULAR, THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN OUR DISTRICT, WHICH NUMBER MORE THAN 200 HAVE CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME," HE ADDED.

TWELVE TEAMS TOOK PART IN TODAY’S GAMES DAY ORGANISED BY THE STDFCC AT THE SHA TIN SPORTS GROUND. THEY REPRESENTED THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD, RURAL COMMITTEE, SPORTS AND ARTS ASSOCIATIONS, YIN NGA1 SOCIETY, SHA TIN DISTRICT JUNIOR POLICE CALL, AS WELL AS AREA COMMITTEES OF YUEN WO, TSANG TAI UK, SHA KOK, TIN SUM, SHING MUN EAST AND CHE KUNG TEMPLE. THE POLICE PIPE BAND AND POLICE DOGS ALSO PERFORMED AT THE EVENT.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG; THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM; AND DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MR JOHN GREENE.

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THE TWO-WEEK EASTERN DISTRICT FESTIVAL, FEATURING 30 LARGE-SCALE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SPECIAL PROGRAMMES FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE DISABLED, STARTED TODAY (NOVEMBER 15) AT VICTORIA PARK.

THE MAIN THEME OF THE FESTIVAL IS "PARTICIPATE IN YOUR DISTRICT’S DEVELOPMENT".

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SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR T.H. CHAU, SAID THE AIM OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL WAS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN COMMUNITY BUILDING AND TO INSTILL A SENSE OF DISTRICT BELONGING AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS.

MR CHAU ALSO NOTED THAT OWING TO RAPID DEVELOPMENT, IMPROVEMENTS WERE BEING MADE IN TRANSPORT, LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

HE PRAISED LOCAL BODIES AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS FOR GIVING THEIR FULL SUPPORT IN MAKING THE FESTIVAL A POPULAR EVENT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE FESTIVAL’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR ERIC LI, DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, AND EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, MR CHAU LOOKED OVER THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES IN PROGRESS. THESE INCLUDED GAME STALLS AND GAMES FOR CHILDREN.

OTHER MAJOR EVENTS DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIOD INCLUDE A CONCERT BY CLASSICAL PERFORMERS, CHINESE DANCE PERFORMANCE, SPORTS, ARTS GALA, AND A POP CONCERT.

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PUBLICATION OF GUIDE TO SITE INVESTIGATION

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS PUBLISHED THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF GEOGUIDES ON GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING TN HONG KONG.

THE GUIDE TO SITE INVESTIGATION (GEOGUIDE 2) IS PRODUCED BY THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE (GCO) OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

"IT PRESENTS A RECOMMENDED STANDARD OF GOOD PRACTICE FOR SITE INVESTIGATIONS," THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER, DR E.W. BRAND, SAID.

THE GEOGUIDE IS DIVIDED INTO FIVE MAIN PARTS COVERING GENERAL ASPECTS OF SITE SELECTION, PLANNING THE GROUND INVESTIGATION, METHODS OF GROUND INVESTIGATION SUCH AS EXCAVATION, BORING AND SAMPLING, FIELD AND LABORATORY TESTING AND PREPARATION OF REPORTS.

IT DESCRIBES SUITABLE WAYS OF CARRYING OUT INVESTIGATIONS ROTH ON LAND AND OFFSHORE AND IS APPLICABLE TO ALL TYPES OF ROCK AND SOIL CONDITIONS FOUND TN THE TERRITORY.

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’’THE GEOGUIDE WILL BE INVALUABLE TO ENGINEERS, GEOLOGISTS AND ARCHITECTS INVOLVED WITH PLANNING, EXECUTION AND SUPERVISION OF SITE INVESTIGATIONS FOR ENGINEERING PROJECTS AND BUILDING WORKS,” DR BRAND SAID.

“BECAUSE OF ITS COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF SITE INVESTIGATION METHODS, IT SHOULD ALSO BE OF INTEREST TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS, PLANNERS, TEACHERS AND ACADEMICS.”

HE EMPHASISED THAT GOOD SITE INVESTIGATION WAS A PREREQUISITE FOR SAFE AND ECONOMICAL LAND DEVELOPMENT.

’’THE RAPID URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG OVER THE LAST 10 TO 20 YEARS HAS LED TO ENGINEERING AND BUILDING WORKS OF INCREASING SIZE AND COMPLEXITY, VERY OFTEN IN DIFFICULT TERRAIN.

”IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT INVESTIGATION METHODS AND PRACTICES KEEP PACE WITH SUCH DEVELOPMENT.

’’THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN LOCAL SITE INVESTIGATION PRACTICE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, AND THE GEOGUIDE SERVES AS A VERY CONVENIENT AND UP-TO-DATE SUMMARY OF ALL THE COMMONLY-USED METHODS,” HE ADDED.

THE 362-PAGE GEOGUIDB, WHICH INCLUDES AN EXTREMELY USEFUL APPENDIX ON SOURCES OF INFORMATION, IS CAN BE OBTAINED AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES CENTRE, ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING IN CENTRAL. THE PRICE IS *40.

"A COMPANION DOCUMENT, GUIDE TO ROCK AND SOIL DESCRIPTION (GEOGUIDE 3), WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY WHILE THE FIRST GEOGUIDE, GUIDE TO RETAINING WALL DESIGN (GEOGUIDE 1), PUBLISHED IN 1982, 18 BEING CONSIDERED FOR REVISION,” DR BRAND SAID.

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BID TO CURB KOWLOON CITY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS

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THE POLICE WILL PLACE SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON PROMOTING ROAD SAFETY IN KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT THIS YEAR IN ORDER TO REDUCE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER FOR KOWLOON CITY, MRS WONG LEUNG KAM-SHAN, SAID THIS AT THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL HELD AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

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MRS WONG SAID THE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS IN KOWLOON CITY IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WAS THE HIGHEST IN THE KOWLOON REGION.

"IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 9,023 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS OCCURRED IN KOWLOON AND 836 OF THESE WERE IN KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT," MRS WONG SAID.

"AS MOST TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVE MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS, THE POLICE, IN ADDITION TO STEPPING UP ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST MOTORISTS, WILL EDUCATE PEDESTRIANS WHO DISREGARD THEIR OWN SAFETY AT ROAD CROSSINGS AND JAYWALKERS WILL FACE PROSECUTION."

IN ORDER TO PUT ACROSS THE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGE AND TO AROUSE THE PUBLIC CONCERN, A MONTH-LONG ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED LAST MONTH.

IT WAS AIMED AT THREE TARGET GROUPS: PEDESTRIANS WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON ELDERLY PEOPLE AND CHILDREN UNDER 14; MOTORISTS, PARTICULARLY YOUNG AND INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS; AND CYCLISTS.

A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES WERE ORGANISED TO EDUCATE LOCAL RESIDENTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY. THESE INCLUDED BOOKMARK DESIGN AND DRAWING COMPETITIONS, VISITS TO THE SAU MAU PING ROAD SAFETY TOWN, VISITS TO SCHOOLS AND CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY TO DISSEMINATE ROAD SAFETY MESSAGES, AND SELECTION OF MODEL PEDESTRIANS AT TRAFFIC BLACKSPOTS.

TODAY’S ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL INCLUDED GAMESTALLS, A ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION BUS, MOBILE ROAD SAFETY TOWN, ROAD SAFETY EXHIBITION, A PUBLICITY TOUR BUS AND DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLICITY MATERIALS.

THERE WERE ALSO DEMONSTRATIONS OF FOOT DRILL BY SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROL TEAMS AND PERFORMANCES BY THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL ROTARY BAND.

THE DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CARNIVAL WAS SPONSORED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE POLICE.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALEX FONG; HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE, MR LAM WAI-KUEN; AND THE CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN, MR HUI IN-YING.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1987

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SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON WEDNESDAY * » ♦ ♦

A SPECIAL SET OF FOUR STAMPS (50 CENTS, $1.30, $1.70 AND $5.0) FEATURING FOUR HISTORICAL CHINESE COSTUMES WILL BE ISSUED BY THE POST OFFICE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18.

ALL POST OFFICES ARE EXPECTED TO BE CROWDED WITH CUSTOMERS ON THAT DAY. IN ORDER TO ASSIST THE PUBLIC TO TRANSACT NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS, ADDITIONAL SPECIAL COUNTERS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

POST OFFICES ON HONG KONG ISLAND

GENERAL POST OFFICE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HENNESSY ROAD, KING’S ROAD, MORRISON HILL, QUEEN’S ROAD, AND SHEUNG WAN.

POST OFFICES IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES

CHEUNG SHA WAN, GILLIES AVENUE, KOWLOON CENTRAL, KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, MONG KOK, SHAM SHUI PO, TSIM SHA TSUI, AND TSUEN WING STREET.

EXTRA STAFF WILL BE ON DUTY AT MOST POST OFFICES ON WEDNESDAY. BUT QUEUES ARE, NEVERTHELESS, EXPECTED TO FORM AND THE PUBLIC ARE REQUESTED TO SHOW TOLERANCE AND, IF POSSIBLE, TO TRANSACT THEIR NORMAL POSTAL BUSINESS ON THE PRECEDING DAY OR THE DAY FOLLOWING THE DATE OF THE SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE.

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FIFTY-SEVEN PER CENT OF ALL BRANDS OF CIGARETTES WHICH WERE COMPLETELY SAMPLED AND TESTED BELONG TO THE LOW OR LOW-TO-MIDDLE TAR GROUP, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST REPORT OF "TAR AND NICOTINE YIELDS OF CIGARETTES” RELEASED BY THE GOVERNMENT TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE FIGURE FROM THE LAST SURVEY WAS 53 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, THE AVERAGE YIELD OF THE ADDICTIVE ELEMENT, NICOTINE, REMAINS SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE YIELD OF THE LAST SIX SURVEYS, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

/the latest........

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 198?

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THE LATEST REPORT SHOWS THAT THE AVERAGE NICOTINE YIELD FROM SAMPLES TESTED WAS 1.25 MG/CIG, AS COMPARED WITH AN AVERAGE OF 1.18 MG/CIG FROM THE PAST SIX REPORTS.

THE SURVEY WAS THE NINTH IN A SERIES OF CIGARETTES TESTS CONDUCTED BY THE GOVERNMENT CHEMIST EVERY SIX MONTHS.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE REGULAR RELEASE OF THIS TAR GROUP TEST RESULTS WAS NOT TO PROMOTE THE SALE OF THOSE LOWER TAR BRANDS, BUT TO REMIND THE PUBLIC OF THE HIGHER HEALTH RISK ASSOCIATED WITH SMOKING.

"ALTHOUGH THE LOWER THE TAR CONTENT, THE LOWER IS THE HEALTH RISK, A BETTER GUARANTEE OF HEALTH IS NOT TO SMOKE AT ALL," HE SAID.

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TAI PO RESIDENTS URGED TO KEEP DISTRICT CLEAN * « * « »

THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT, THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON URGED TAI PO RESIDENTS TO HELP KEEP THE DISTRICT CLEAN.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN HELD AT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND, MR BURRETT SAID IT WAS EASY TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN BY NOT LITTERING AND SIMPLY PLACING RUBBISH IN LITTER BINS.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, A DECORATED LORRY BEARING THE SLOGAN "CLEAN HONG KONG" AND PAINTINGS DEPICTING TAI PO NEW TOWN AND ITS FRINGE AREAS, THE TOLO HIGHWAY CYCLE TRACK AND MARICULTURE ZONES, LEFT THE PLAYGROUND FOR A DISTRICT TOUR.

LITTER BAGS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS SUCH AS BOOKMARKS AND BALLOONS WERE GIVEN OUT TO RESIDENTS WHEN THE VEHICLE CALLED AT TAI PO MARKET, TAI YUEN ESTATE, FU SHIN ESTATE, KWONG FUK ESTATE AND VARIOUS VILLAGES.

THE THEME SONG OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN WAS ALSO BROADCAST BY THE VEHICLE, REMINDING THE PUBLIC THAT "WE ARE PITCHING IN TO KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN".

AS PART OF THE OPENING DAY’S ACTIVITIES, A YOUTH RALLY WAS HELD IN THE PLAYGROUND BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE RALLY INCLUDED TELEMATCH GAMES DESIGNED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO CONVEY THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN MESSAGE, AND A PRIZE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE "TURNING LITTER INTO ORNAMENTAL/DECORAT1VE ITEMS COMPETITION".

/the rally........

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1987

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' THE RALLY ATTRACTED ABOUT 1,000 PARTICIPANTS.

TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WAS ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON THE DISTRICT’S KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE A REGIONAL COUNCIL MEMBER, MR TANG PUI-TAK; TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR HO YUNG-SANG, AND SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR LAM PAK-PING.

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EIGHT BRAVE CITIZENS HONOURED

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EIGHT YOUNG MONG KOK RESIDENTS WERE TODAY (SUNDAY) COMMENDED FOR THEIR BRAVE DEEDS IN ASSISTING THE POLICE IN FIGHTING CRIME.

RECIPIENTS OF THE GOOD CITIZEN AWARDS INCLUDED SEVEN MEN AND ONE WOMAN AGED BETWEEN 21 AND 39 YEARS OLD.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CARNIVAL AND THE AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR JACOB CHAN, SAID THEIR BRAVERY AND ALERTNESS DESERVED THE HIGHEST RESPECT FROM THE COMMUNITY.

MR CHAN ALSO URGED PARTICIPANTS TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION ON ANTI-TRIAD SOCIETY INFORMATION AT THE CARNIVAL VENUE TO TAKE NOTE OF THE EXTENT OF HARM AND DAMAGE CAUSED BY TRIAD ELEMENTS.

"I HOPE RESIDENTS WILL CO-OPERATE WITH THE POLICE AND TAKE EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO COMBAT TRIAD ACTIVITIES," HE SAID.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MRS ROSANNA TAM, MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS BRENDA FUNG.

TODAY’S CARNIVAL WAS ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE MONG KOK DISTRICT POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE.

PARTICIPANTS HAD MUCH FUN AND EXCITEMENT AT THE GAMESTALLS AND WERE ENTERTAINED BY THE PERFORMANCES OF POPULAR SINGERS AND TELEVISION ARTISTES.

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FIRST KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL A SUCCESS

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MEMBERS OF THE GUANGDONG WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM DEMONSTRATED THEIR SKILL IN A MATCH AGAINST A KWAI TSING TEAM AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE FIRST KWAI TSING SPORTS FESTIVAL TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL, MR CHENG WING-CHUN, SAID HE APPRECIATED THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE GUANGDONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND HE ALSO PRAISED KWAI TSING RESIDENTS WHO HELPED IN ORGANISING ACTIVITIES.

THE SPORTS FESTIVAL CAME TO A CLOSE AFTER A SUCCESSFUL MONTH-LONG PROGRAMME IN WHICH RESIDENTS OF ALL AGES TOOK PART.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, MR CHEUNG YAN-LUNG; KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK; AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO TUNG-CHING.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, MR HENRY FOK, ALSO ATTENDED.

AS PART OF THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES A FOOTBALL MATCH WAS HELD BETWEEN DISTRICT SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

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KWUN TONG WORKERS SHARE TELEMATCH FUN * « » t *

SOME 200 KWUN TONG WORKERS ENJOYED AN AFTERNOON OF ACTION AT A TELEMATCH FUN DAY HELD AT THE KOWLOON BAY RECREATION GROUND TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE EVENT WAS PRESENTED BY THE KWUN TONG SPORTS FESTIVAL '87 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE INDUSTRIAL AREA BRANCH OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDDY CHAN, SAID THE FUN DAY GAVE WORKERS FROM DIFFERENT ESTABLISHMENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET ACQUAINTED AND TO ESTABLISH TIES.

MR CHAN PAID TRIBUTE TO THE INDUSTRIAL AREA BRANCH OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS PROMOTION ASSOCIATION FOR INITIATING THE FUNCTION AS WELL AS FOR PRESENTING A VARIETY OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS PROGRAMMES FOR WORKERS DURING THEIR LEISURE HOURS.

TEN TEAMS PARTICIPATED IN THE FIVE FUN GAMES. TROPHIES WERE AWARDED TO WINNING TEAMS.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 19R7

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WARNING ON BOGUS LABOUR OFFICIALS t ♦ ♦

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS REMINDED EMPLOYERS TO BE ON THEIR GUARD AGAINST IMPOSTORS.

THE REMINDER FOLLOWS COMPLAINTS BY EMPLOYERS WHO HAD RECEIVED TELEPHONE CALLS FROM PEOPLE CLAIMING TO BE OFFICERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT.

THE CALLERS CLAIMED THEY WERE CONDUCTING AN EMPLOYMENT SURVEY AND ASKED FOR PARTICULARS OF THE EMPLOYERS’ FACTORIES OR FIRMS.

EMPLOYERS WHO RECEIVED SUCH TELEPHONE CALLS IN THE FUTURE SHOULD CHECK IMMEDIATELY WITH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, A SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT WHEN MAKING VISITS EVERY OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT CARRIED A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD AND A WARRANT BEARING HIS PHOTOGRAPH AND NAME.

’’STAFF OF THE FACTORY AND LABOUR INSPECTORATES ARE INSTRUCTED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES BY PRODUCING THEIR WARRANTS WHEN VISITING FACTORIES," HE SAID.

"IF IN DOUBT, EMPLOYERS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OR REPORT TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION," HE ADDED.

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COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS POLICIES ON DEMOLISHING ILLEGAL STRUCTURES t * ♦ » *

MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON GOVERNMENT POLICIES ON DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AT A MEETING ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

AT THE MEETING, A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, MR ROBERT GARTAN, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE CONTROL OF UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

A SENIOR HOUSING MANAGER OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MR LAI WING-KIN, WILL EXPLAIN THE REHOUSING ARRANGEMENTS FOR ROOFTOP SQUATTERS RENDERED HOMELESS BY ENFORCEMENT ACTION OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

/OTHER ITEMS .......

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15. 1987

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS ON THE TAI PO ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WORKING GROUP AND THE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AT 10 AM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, 3/F, TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD.

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON 1988 HK INTERNATIONAL MARATHON

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THE 1988 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AND THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOICATION, WILL BE HELD ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR ON JANUARY 24.

DETAILS OF THE SUNDAY MARATHON WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17), BEGINNING AT 3.30 PM.

ATTENDING WILL BE THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GARETH MULLOY; ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MRS AGNES ALLCOCK; RACE DIRECTOR OF THE 1988 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL MARATHON, MR JAMIE SCOTT; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, MR WILLIAM KO.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE 1988 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL MARATHON PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT THE GIS PRESS CONFERENCE ROOM ON 5/F, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG, ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17). IT WILL BEGIN AT 3.30 PM.

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SHORTAGE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ON DB AGENDA

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A PAPER OUTLINING SHORT AND LONG-TERM MEASURES TO SOLVE THE SHORTAGE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17).

SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER (TAI PO AND NORTH), MR LIU TSO-TIM, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PAPER WHICH REFERS TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF SIX SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT BY 1993, AMONG OTHER PROJECTS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS PROGRESS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORTH DISTRICT HOSPITAL AND PROVISION OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN TIN PING ESTATE, SHEUNG SHUl.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17), STARTING AT 2.30 PM TN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS GUIDELINES ON USE OF FUNDS

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THE RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17) TO DISCUSS CHANGES IN THE GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF FUNDS BY DISTRICT BOARDS FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS.

REPORTS ON COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FOR THE DISTRICT ORGANISED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER WILL ALSO BE TABLED AT THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ON TUESDAY (NOVEMBER 17) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT, 3/F, TAJ PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1987

VILLAGE HOUSES TO BE BUILT ON TSING YI ♦ » * » »

A TOTAL OF 40 THREE-STOREY VILLAGE HOUSES WILL BE BUILT AT FUNG SHUE WO, TSING YI, FOR HOUSE OWNERS PREVIOUSLY MOVED FROM THE AREA NEARBY TO MAKE WAY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN CENTRE.

OTHER FACILITIES IN THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE A BASKETBALL COURT, A REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AND A CARPARKING AREA.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE WORK WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN NEXT JANUARY AND BE COMPLETED IN MARCH 1989.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON DECEMBER 4

PEDESTRIAN/CYCLE BRIDGE FOR YUEN LONG * t ♦

A PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE BRIDGE WILL BE BUILT OVER THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE CENTRAL NULLAH IN YUEN LONG NEW TOWN.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

A TDD CHIEF ENGINEER, MR D.N. MUDD, SAID THE WORK ALSO INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION OF FENCING ALONG THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT RESERVE BETWEEN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED TO START IN FEBRUARY AND TAKE ABOUT 15 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

’’WHEN COMPLETED, THE PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLE BRIDGE WILL PROVIDE

CONVENIENT ACCESS ACROSS THE YUEN LONG NULLAH FOR THE FUTURE

POPULATION BUILD-UP OF THE SOUTHERN PART OF YUEN LONG NEW TOWN. THE FENCING WORK ALONG THE LRT RESERVE IS PART OF THE SEGREGATION

MEASURES TO ISOLATE THE RESERVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FOR SAFETY

REASONS,” MR MUDD SAID.

DEADLINE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS DECEMBER 4.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVT GETTING ON TOP OE SQUATTER PROBLEM................... 1

GOVERNOR VISITS EASTERN DISTRICT ......................... 2

AG LEAVES CN PROMOTION TOUR............................... 4

ONE-WAY TOLL FOR LION ROCK TUNNEL TO START NEXT MONDAY ..... 5

OFFICERS UNDERGOING SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING ........... 6

MDAC REVIEWS RENAL FACILITIES ............................ 6

APPLICATIONS FOR NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES CLOSED ......... 8

TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW ............ 9

TALKS ON COMMODITY CODE COMPLETED ........................ 9

SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL BEGINS .................. 10

YAU TSIM DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES TODAY ................. 11

HOT-LINE ON BN(O) PASSPORT .............................. 11

FACTORIES FINED FOR EMPLOYMENT BREACHES ................. 12

LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR FANLING DEVELOPMENT....,.......... 12

MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR SHEUNG WAN ............. 15

TATE'S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT UPDATE FOR DB ............... 14

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER PROPOSED USE OF NEW TERMINUS... 1^

"MEET-THE-PUBLIC" SCHEME ON DB AGENDA ................... 15

FREE BUILDING MANAGEMENT COURSE IN MONG KOK ............. 15

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FUND APPLICATIONS.................   16

WATER STORAGE FIGURE..................................... 16

WATER CUTS IN TUEN MUN, MONG KOK ........................ 17

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURESON TAI PO RO J) .................. 17

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1987

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GOVT GETTING ON TOP OF SQUATTER PROBLEM * t t t t

THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW GETTING ON TOP OF THE PROBLEM OF SQUATTER AREAS AND IT IS HOPED THAT THIS PROBLEM WILL HAVE BEEN DEALT WIXH IN A FEW YEARS’ TIME, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE END OF A VISIT TO EASTERN DISTRICT, SIR DAVID SAID IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO MOVE PEOPLE OUT OF THE SQUTTER AREAS INTO NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS.

HE ADDED THAT HE WAS IMPRESSED BY THE MODERN BUILDINGS, FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS HOUSING LIKE TAI KOO SHING, ITS SHOPPING PLAZA AND THE ENORMOUS IMPROVEMENT IN TRANSPORT IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

HE SAID : ”1 CAME BY THE MTR. THAT’S A VERY EFFICIENT AND VERY QUICK WAY OF TRAVELLING. THAT TRANSPORT IMPROVEMENT MEANS THAT THIS AREA IS GOING TO DEVELOP VERY RAPIDLY OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS AS A RESIDENTIAL AREA.”

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS ALSO IMPRESSED BY THE HARD WORK OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD IN CREATING A SENSE OF COMMUNITY WITH THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL WHICH STARTED YESTERDAY.

’’THAT, I AM SURE, IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CREATE THE SENSE OF COMMUNITY WHICH YOU GET BOTH AT THE DISTRICT BOARD LEVEL AND IN THINGS LIKE THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES WHICH I HAVE ALSO BEEN VISITING THIS AFTERNOON,” HE NOTED.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE PROGRESS OF INVESTIGATION BY THE POLICE INTO THE BOMB INCIDENT IN TAI KOO SHING, SIR DAVID SAID IT WOULD BE MORE SATISFACTORY IF THE POLICE HAD DISCOVERED WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE.

"IT WAS AN HORRENDOUS THING TO DO TO SET OFF A BOMB IN AN AREA WHERE INNOCENT PEOPLE WERE WALKING AROUND WITH CHILDREN. THE LAST OF THE PEOPLE INJURED, ONE CHILD, HAS ONLY NOW JUST COME OUT OF HOSPITAL.”

NOTING THAT THE AUTHORITIES HAD NOT MANAGED TO FIND THE CULPRIT, SIR DAVID SAID THE POLICE BELIEVED THAT IT WAS THE WORK OF A CRANK.

”1 ONLY HOPE THAT THAT CRANK WOULD NOT TRY TO DO THE SAME THING AGAIN,” HE NOTED.

HE ADDED THAT THE POLICE HAD INVESTIGATED A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE, BUT THEY HAD NOT MANAGED TO PIN THE BLAME FOR THIS ON ANYBODY IN A WAY WHICH HAD ALLOWED THEM TO PUT FORWARD CHARGES.

/IN REPLY

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 198?

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IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, SIR DAVID SAID HE WOULD BE WAITING FOR THE DEBATE TN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY.

"THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WILL BE TAKING DECISIONS ON THE WHOLE OF THIS QUESTION OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, AND INDEED MONTHS, BECAUSE THE WHITE PAPER DOESN’T COME OUT TILL THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY.

"BUT THE NEXT STAGE IS, WE SHALL BE LISTENING WITH GREAT INTEREST TO WHAT IS SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY," HE SAID.

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GOVERNOR VISITS EASTERN DISTRICT

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MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN EASTERN DISTRICT WOULD PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE HOUSING FOR ABOUT 120,000 PEOPLE IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS, THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON WERE TOLD DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE DISTRICT TODAY (MONDAY).

THESE INCLUDED THE CLEARANCE OF SQUATTER VILLAGES AT SHAU KEI WAN FOOTHILLS TO MAKE WAY FOR PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMMES, THE RECLAMATION OF THE EXISTING ALDRICH BAY TYPHOON SHELTER AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND PUBLIC HOUSING AT SIU SAI WAN .

THE GOVERNOR LEARNT THAT THESE DEVELOPMENTS WOULD BENEFIT MORE PEOPLE AND IMPROVE THE LIVING STANDARDS OF THOSE RESIDING IN LESS FAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENTS.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DISTRICT VISIT SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON HAD TRAVELLED BY MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TO THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU, THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON TOOK THE TRAIN FROM ADMIRALTY STATION TO TAI KOO STATION WHERE THEY WERE MET BY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG, AND DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG.

FROM TAI KOO STATION, THEY WALKED THROUGH THE CITYPLAZA BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE KORNHILL RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT BY CAR.

WHILE TAKING A PANORAMIC VIEW OF KORNHILL FROM THE ROOFTOP OF THE KORNHILL RECREATION CLUB, SIR DAVID WAS BRIEFED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION AND HANG LUNG REAL ESTATE AGENCIES LTD. ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HOUSING PROJECT.

/HE WAS

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1987

HE WAS TOLD THAT KORNHILL HAD A TOTAL OF 42 RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS

OF MEDIUM-SIZED FLATS WHICH ACCOMMODATED MORE THAN 35,000 PEOPLE.

EASTERN DISTRICT HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 500,000 OF WHICH 65 PER CENT LIVE IN PRIVATE BUILDINGS.

SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON THEN PROCEEDED TO FA YUEN VILLAGE IN SHAU KEI WAN FOOTHILLS (WEST) SQUATTER AREA WHERE THEY WERE MET BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOUSING, MR LAU PO-CHI, WHO BRIEFED THEM ON THE SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TN THE VILLAGE.

THE IMPROVEMENT WORKS INCLUDED INSTALLATION OF SOME 100 STREET LIGHTS, EIGHT REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS AND FOUR TOILETS. FOOTPATHS AND DRAINAGE SYSTEMS WERE ALSO IMPROVED TO ACHIEVE A BETTER STANDARD OF LIVING FOR THE VILLAGERS.

THE GOVERNOR LEARNT THAT FA YUEN VILLAGE IS ONE OF THE 13 SQUATTER VILLAGES IN SHAU KEI WAN FOOTHILLS AND HAS A TOTAL POPULATION OF 2,200.

THE VILLAGE IS SCHEDULED FOR CLEARANCE IN OCTOBER 1988 UNDER THE SHAU KEI WAN FOOTHILLS (WEST) CLEARANCE PHASE I PROGAMME WHICH WILL BE CO-ORDINATED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND MONITORED BY A SPECIAL WORKING GROUP OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD.

CLEARANCE OF ALL THE SHAU KEI WAN FOOTHILL VILLAGES WILL BE COMPLETED IN 1990 TO PROVIDE LAND FOR PUBLIC HOUSING FOR 36,000 PEOPLE.

SIR DAVID ALSO MET THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FA YUEN VILLAGE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE, MR YUEN KAM-CHUNG, WHO EXPLAINED THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE AND ITS EFFORTS IN FOSTERING A SENSE OF NEIGHBOURLINESS AMONG THE VILLAGERS.

THE GOVERNOR THEN VISITED A HOUSEHOLD OPPOSITE TO THE MAC OFFICE.

THE PARTY NEXT PROCEEDED TO ALDRICH BAY TYPHOON SHELTER WHERE SOME 250 FISHING VESSELS AND 114 DWELLING BOATS ARE MOORED.

THE GOVERNOR WAS BRIEFED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, ON THE NEW TYPHOON SHELTER PROJECT AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF PROPER SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE NEW TYPHOON SHELTER, ALDRICH BAY WOULD BE RECLAIMED TO FORM 17 HECTARES OF LAND TO ACCOMMODATE SOME 40,000 PEOPLE IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.

STR DAVID THEN BOARDED A FISH PACKING BOAT WHERE THE OPERATOR, MR YEUNG YUNG, SHOWED THE PARTY HOW FISH WERE PACKED FOR EXPORT TO JAPAN.

/THE GOVERNOR .......

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1987

THE GOVERNOR LATER CALLED ON THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE AGED MULTI-SERVICE CENTRE IN YUE WAN ESTATE.

THE CENTRE PROVIDES A VARIETY OF SERVICES SUCH AS HOME-HELP, COUNSELLING, FOOD AND LAUNDRY SERVICES TO ELDERLY IN THE DISTRICT.

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON WATCHED SOME ELDERLY PEOPLE TOOK PART IN ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE CENTRE, AND WERE PRESENTED TWO HAND-MADE CUSHIONS AS SOUVENIR.

BEFORE CONCLUDING THE VISIT, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON ATTENDED A TEA RECEPTION AT YUE WAN COMMUNITY HALL WHERE THEY MET EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

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AG LEAVES ON PROMOTION TOUR * * » t

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, WILL BE LEAVING FOR NEW YORK TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO TALK ABOUT HONG KONG’S LEGAL SYSTEM.

HIS EIGHT-DAY VISIT WILL TAKE HIM TO NEW YORK, BOSTON, LONDON AND PARIS FOR MEETINGS WITH LEGAL EXPERTS AS WELL AS REPRESENTATIVES OF MAJOR FINANCIAL AND BANKING INSTITUTIONS.

MR THOMAS WAS ASKED BY THE GOVERNOR TO STEP IN AS A REPLACEMENT FOR THE FORMER JUSTICE OF APPEAL, MR SIMON LI, WHO WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO GO ON THE VISIT, AND WHO HAD WITHDRAWN FOR PERSONAL REASONS.

WHILE IN NEW YORK, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILL BE ADDRESSING THE CONSULAR LAW SOCIETY WHOSE MEMBERSHIP CONSISTS OF MEMBERS OF THE BAR INVOLVED WITH MATTERS RELATING TO CONSULAR AND DIPLOMATIC LAW, LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS TN THE FIELD OF INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LAW AND THE CONFLICTS OF LAW, OR WHO REPRESENT FOREIGN CONSULAR OR DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS.

HIS ENGAGEMENTS IN BOSTON WILL INCLUDE SPEAKING TO THE HARVARD LAW SCHOOL EAST ASIAN LEGAL STUDIES PROGRAMME AND THE BOSTON BAR ASSOCIATION. IN PARIS, MR THOMAS WILL MEET SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE ROTHSCHILDS BANK.

HIS SPEECHES WILL FOCUS ON HONG KONG’S LEGAL SYSTEM AND ITS FUTURE.

MR THOMAS WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON NOVEMBER 25. DURING HIS ABSENCE, THE CROWN SOLICITOR, MR JEREMY MATHEWS, WILL BE ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL.

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' ONE-WAY TOLL FOR LION ROCK » »

TUNNEL TO START NEXT MONDAY

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FROM THE EARLY MORNING OF NEXT MONDAY (NOVEMBER 23), NO TOLL WILL BE CHARGED FOR ALL KOWLOON-BOUND VEHICLES USING THE LION ROCK TUNNEL BUT THOSE TRAVELLING TO SHA TIN VIA THE TUNNEL WILL HAVE TO PAY A TOLL OF $6.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (MONDAY), A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ONE-WAY NO TOLL EXPERIMENT IS SCHEDULED TO LAST FOUR WEEKS, FROM 3 AM NEXT MONDAY TO 3 AM ON DECEMBER 21.

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL DECIDED LAST MONTH TO CARRY OUT THE EXPERIMENT TO ASSESS WHETHER TRAFFIC FLOW THROUGH THE TUNNEL CAN BE IMPROVED.

UNDER THE SCHEME, SOME OF THE TOLL BOOTHS ON THE SOUTHBOUND TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED AND TRAFFIC WILL BE CHANNELLED TO THE TUNNEL PORTAL.

"THIS WILL REDUCE THE PRESENT MERGING PROBLEM IN THE TUNNEL PLAZA, THEREBY ENSURING SMOOTH TRAFFIC FLOW INTO THE TUNNEL. MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW ADVISORY SIGNS PUT UP IN THE PLAZA AREA AS WELL AS ON THE TUNNEL APPROACH ROADS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE URGED MOTORISTS TO DRIVE WITH CARE ESPECIALLY WHEN ENTERING THE TOLL BOOTHS WHICH WILL NOT BE REMOVED DURING THE EXPERIMENT.

A GOVERNMENT WORKING GROUP COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TRANSPORT BRANCH, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, THE POLICE, THE CONSULTANT STUDYING OPTIONS TO RELIEVE CONGESTION AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND OTHER CONCERNED GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAS BEEN SET UP TO MONITOR THE TRAFFIC SITUATION ON THE ROAD NETWORK AFFECTED BY THE EXPERIMENT.

"IF SEVERE TRAFFIC CONGESTION OCCURS, THE EXPERIMENT WILL BE DISCONTINUED AT ANY TIME AND THE PUBLIC WILL BE NOTIFIED THROUGH THE MEDIA," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND THE CONSULTANT WILL EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EXPERIMENT. IT IS EXPECTED THAT PRELIMINARY FINDINGS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL EARLY NEXT YEAR.

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* OFFICERS UNDERGOING SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING

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THIRTY-THREE OFFICERS FROM FOUR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL FROM TODAY (MONDAY) UNDERGO AN INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSE IN SEARCH AND RESCUE.

FOUR U.S. COAST GUARD OFFICERS ARE IN HONG KONG TO CONDUCT THE TWO-WEEK TRAINING COURSE WHICH WILL COVER ALL STANDARD PROCEDURES IN SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS.

THOSE UNDERGOING TRAINING INCLUDE FIVE OFFICERS FROM THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, FIVE FROM THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT, SIX FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE AND 17 FROM THE MARINE POLICE. THREE REPRESENTATIVES FROM CHINA, WHO HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES IN SEARCH AND RESCUE, ARE ALSO PARTICIPATING.

THE TRAINING COURSE, WHICH IS ORGANISED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, IS THE SECOND SUCH COURSE CONDUCTED IN HONG KONG. THE FIRST WAS HELD IN 1985 AND A TOTAL OF 24 OFFICERS FROM FOUR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THREE CHINESE REPRESENTATIVES ATTENDED.


MDAC REVIEWS RENAL FACILITIES

I » » »

THE CONTINUOUS AMBULATORY PERITONEAL DIALYSIS (CAPD) PROGRAMME SHOULD BE EXPANDED AS AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TREATMENT FOR END-STAGE RENAL FAILURE PATIENTS TO COMPLEMENT THE CONVENTIONAL HEAMODIALYSIS TREATMENT, IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE ON CAPD GAINED OVER THE YEARS BOTH LOCALLY AND OVERSEAS.

THIS WAS THE RECOMMENDATION MADE BY THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (MDAC) AT A MEETING TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN IT REVIEWED THE TREATMENT FACILITIES AND POLICY FOR END-STAGE RENAL FAILURE.

THE COMMITTER NOTED THAT THE PROVISION OF HAEMODIALYSIS TREATMENT WAS CONSTRAINED TO SOME EXTENT BY THE RATE AT WHICH NEW MACHINES COULD BE PURCHASED AND INSTALLED.

SINCE NEW MACHINES WERE ALSO TIED TO THE COMPLETION OF NEW HOSPITAL OR CLINIC PROJECTS, THE MEMBERS FELT THAT ALTERNATIVE FACILITIES IN THE FORM OF CAPD WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR RENAL PATIENTS.

THE MEETING WAS INFORMED THAT CAPD WAS MORE FLEXIBLE IN ITS APPLICATION AND REQUIRED LESS IN CAPITAL AND OPERATING COSTS, AND THAT CAPD PATIENTS WERE ALSO LESS DEPENDENT ON INSTITUTIONAL FACILITIES.

/HOWEVER, MEMBERS

MONDAY, NOVIXBER 16, 1987

HOWEVER, MEMBERS ALSO NOTED THAT THERE WERE LIMITATIONS TO ITS USE AND NOT ALL PATIENTS COULD BE PUT ON THIS FORM OF TREATMENT; HENCE THEY AGREED THAT CAPD WAS A USEFUL COMPLEMENT TO HAEMODIALYSIS FACILITIES BUT COULD NOT REPLACE THE LATTER ENTIRELY.

ON DEMAND FOR THE DIALYSIS PROGRAMME, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 45 NEW PATIENTS PER MILLION POPULATION WILL NEED TO BE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAMME EACH YEAR.

THE CURRENT RATE OF INTAKE IS ABOUT 35 NEW PATIENTS PER MILLION POPULATION PER YEAR.

IN ORDER TO MEET THE TARGET OF PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR THE ESTIMATED NEW PATIENTS, IT IS PROPOSED THAT 40 NEW PATIENTS PER MILLION SHOULD BE ACCEPTED INTO THE DIALYSIS PROGRAMME IN 1988, RISING TO 45 PER MILLION IN 1989.

THE MDAC NOTED THAT THE NUMBER OF END-STAGE RENAL FAILURE PATIENTS FOR WHOM PROVISION SHOULD BE MADE WILL INCREASE FROM ABOUT 550 AT PRESENT TO ABOUT 2,400 IN 1996.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT OF THE 2,400 PATIENTS, ABOUT 900 WILL RECEIVE HAEMODIALYSIS TREATMENT AND 1,500 WILL TAKE UP CAPD. THE TOTAL ESTIMATED COST WILL BE OVER $193 MILLION, AS COMPARED WITH THE CURRENT EXPENDITURE OF *62 MII ILION.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 90 HAEMODIALYSIS MACHINES AND ANOTHER 138 WILL BE PROVIDED BY 1995.

DURING THE MEETING, MEMBERS AGREED THAT THE BEST FORM OF TREATMENT FOR END-STAGE RENAL PATIENTS IS KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION.

SINCE THE FIRST TRANSPLANT IN 1969, ONLY ABOUT 210 OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN PERFORMED IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS.

THE MEETING URGED THAT MORE PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS SHOULD BE MADE TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS ON KIDNEY DONATION.

HOWEVER, MEMBERS WERE GRATIFIED TO NOTE THAT ABOUT 70 PER CENT OF THE TRANSPLANTS WERE PERFORMED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS AND THAT THE FIGURES FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 WERE PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGING WITH 28 TRANSPLANTS CARRIED OUT.

TURNING TO MANPOWER REQUIREMENT FOR THE RENAL SERVICE, THE MEETING ADVISED THAT IN VIEW OF THE SHIFT OF EMPHASIS TO CAPD TREATMENT IN FUTURE AND THE EXPANSION IN THIS SERVICE, THE STAFF PLANNING RATIO FOR DOCTORS AND NURSES FOR THE RENAL UNITS RECOMMENDED BY THE CENTRAL RENAL COMMITTEE SHOULD BE ADOPTED.

FOR DOCTORS, THE PLANNING RATIO IS ONE DOCTOR TO 30 RENAL PATIENTS RECEIVING LONG-TERM REPLACEMENT THERAPY.

/FOR HOSPITAL .......

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FOR HOSPITAL NURSES, THE RATIO IS ONE REGISTERED NURSE TO TWO BEDS FOR PERITONEAL/RENAL DIALYSIS.

IN THE SATELLITE DIALYSIS CENTRES WITH SIX MACHINES EACH, THE PLANNING RATIO WILL BE ONE NURSING OFFICER II AND 10 REGISTERED NURSES.

FOR THE CAPD PROGRAMME, THE MEETING AGREED THAT A STAFF RATIO OF ONE REGISTERED NURSE TO 15 CAPD PATIENTS BE RECOMMENDED.

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APPLICATIONS FOR NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES CLOSED

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A TOTAL OF 40 APPLICATIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED FOR OPERATING THE 18 NEW GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES IN THE TERRITORY WHEN THE INVITATION CLOSED ON NOVEMBER 6, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

’’ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND A PRELIMINARY INTERVIEW WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS,” HE SAID.

AMONG THE 18 NEW ROUTES, THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER ARE THOSE SERVING SHA TIN AND WONG TAI SIN. THESE INCLUDE THOSE WHICH WILL OPERATE BETWEEN JULIMOUNT GARDEN AND SHA TIN KCR STATION, VILLA DE JARDIN/GREENWOOD GARDEN AND SHA TIN KCR STATION, CHUK YUEN NORTH ESTATE AND WONG TAI SIN MTR STATION, AND A CIRCULAR ROUTE FROM LOK FU TO TUNG TAU.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT A SELECTION BOARD COMPRISING NON-GOVERNMENT MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND OFFICIALS FROM THE TRANSPORT AND OTHER RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WILL MEET AND SELECT THE APPLICANTS ON THE BASIS OF THE ESTABLISHED CRITERIA LAID DOWN BY THE BOARD.

“THESE CRITERIA INCLUDE EXPERIENCE OF THE APPLICANT IN TRANSPORT SERVICE, FINANCIAL RESOURCES, MANAGEMENT RIGHT OVER THE VEHICLES, MAINTENANCE RECORD OF THE VEHICLES AS WELL AS THE QUALITY OF HIS VEHICLES TO BE DEPLOYED INCLUDING THE AVAILABILITY OF AIR-CONDITIONING," HE EXPLAINED.

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TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW

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THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS AN APPLICATION BY THE STAR FERRY COMPANY FOR FARE INCREASES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO EXAMINE STAR FERRY’S 1988-1992 FORWARD PLAN.

ALSO ON THE AGENDA IS A REVIEW OF THE ROLE OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES IN THE TRANSPORT HIERARCHY.

IN ADDITION, TAC WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY.

THE MEETING, TO BE HELD AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, WILL START AT 2.30 PM.

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TALKS ON COMMODITY CODE COMPLETED * * * »

CONSULTATIONS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED ON THE INTRODUCTION BY THE UNITED STATES OF THE HARMONIZED COMMODITY CODE.

HONG KONG AND AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVES MET OVER THE WEEKEND IN THE TERRITORY FOR A FIFTH ROUND OF TALKS. PREVIOUS ROUNDS HAD TAKEN PLACE IN WASHINGTON AND GENEVA.

THE HARMONIZED COMMODITY CODE IS A STANDARDISED SYSTEM OF PRODUCT CLASSIFICATION WHICH THE MAJOR TRADING NATIONS HAVE AGREED TO ADOPT AS AN INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FROM 1988.

"THIS HAS BEEN A COMPLEX SERIES OF NEGOTIATIONS DEALING WITH A HIGHLY-TECHNI CAL SUBJECT," THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR TONY MILLER, SAID.

"HONG KONG HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY CONCERNED OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS TO ENSURE THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS MADE PROVIDE SUFFICIENT FLEXIBILITY FOR TRADERS TO ADJUST TO THE NEW SYSTEM.

"BOTH SIDES ARE NOW CONFIDENT THAT THE CHANGES TO CLASSIFICATION PRACTICES ON THE ADOPTION OF THE HARMONIZED SYSTEM BY THE UNITED STATES, ON JANUARY 1, 1988, CAN BE CARRIED THROUGH SMOOTHLY."

/EARLIER THIS .......


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 198?

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EARLIER THIS YEAR, HONG KONG CONCLUDED NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES ON THE TARIFF IMPLICATIONS OF THE CHANGE AND AGREED ON AN OVERALL TARIFF-NEUTRAL ADJUSTMENT.

THE SERIES OF CONSULTATIONS JUST COMPLETED HAS DEALT WITH THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW SYSTEM FOR CATEGORISING TEXTILES AND CLOTHING UNDER THE HK/U.S. BILATERAL TEXTILES AGREEMENT.

THE ALLOCATION OF TEXTILES QUOTA WILL PROCEED AS NORMAL ABOUT MID-DECEMBER.

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SHAM SHUT PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL BEGINS ♦ t t * »

ABOUT 7,000 RESIDENTS ENJOYED THEMSELVES TONIGHT (MONDAY) AT THE OPENING CEREMONY/VARIETY SHOW OF THE 1987 SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT FESTIVAL HELD AT THE HONG KONG COLISEUM.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MISS LYDIA DUNN, SAID THAT THE ’’DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION” THEME OF THE FESTIVAL IN FACT COINCIDED WITH GOVERNMENT POLICY AND FOLLOWED THE PACE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIETY.

"DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN GENERALLY RECOGNISED AND ACCEPTED BY THE PUBLIC AND HAS MADE NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS,” MISS DUNN REMARKED.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT THE DISTRICT BOARDS, AREA COMMITTEES AND CONCERNED LOCAL ORGANISATIONS HAD BEEN ABLE TO REFLECT THE VIEWS OF RESIDENTS OF RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS EFFECTIVELY, SO THAT THE GOVERNMENT COULD FORMULATE POLICIES ACCORDING TO THE WISH OF THE PUBLIC.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WAS THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR T.H. CHAU.

THERE WILL BE ANOTHER 60 PROGRAMMES TO BE HELD AT VARIOUS VENUES DURING THE FESTIVAL, WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL DECEMBER 20.

PROGRAMME PAMPHLETS FOR THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 39 TONKIN STREET, AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

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YAU TSIM DISTRICT FESTIVAL CLOSES TODAY

*****

ORGANISATIONS AND RESIDENTS WHO HAD HELPED ORGANISE THE YAU MA TEI. AND TSIM SHA TSUI FESTIVAL RECEIVED SOUVENIRS THIS (MONDAY) EVENING AT A RECEPTION TO MARK THE CLOSE OF THE TWO-MONTH EVENT.

OFFICIATING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY WAS DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR PAUL LEUNG, HE ALSO PRESENTED PRIZES TO WINNERS OF VARIOUS EVENTS HELD DURING THE FESTIVAL.

SPEAKING TO SOME 500 GUESTS AT THE RECEPTION, CHAIRMAN OF THE FESTIVAL’S ORGANISING COMMITTEE WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, MR YIP WAH, SAID MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE AND 25 ORGANISATIONS HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN LAUNCHING THE FIRST DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THEY INCLUDED REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AREA COMMITTEES, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, COMMERCIAL FIRMS, THE URBAN COUNCIL, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND RESIDENTS.

EXPRESSING APPRECIATION FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT, MR YIP NOTED THAT 66 EVENTS HAD BEEN PRODUCED SINCE THE FESTIVAL STARTED IN SEPTEMBER.

”A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES WERE ORGANISED FOR DIFFERENT TARGET GROUPS TO PROMOTE DISTRICT IDENTITY AND PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS,” HE SAID.

THE FESTIVAL WHICH CONCLUDED TODAY COST MORE THAN $700,000, OF WHICH $300,000 WAS FROM DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS AND THE REST FROM SPONSORS.

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HOT-LINE ON BN(O) PASSPORT ♦ * ♦

A PUBLIC HOT-LINE TO DEAL WITH ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) PASSPORT HAS BEEN SET UP BY THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT. THE NUMBER IS 3-665665.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS HOT-LINE, AS MENTIONED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING ON NOVEMBER 11, IS TO ASSIST ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO HAS ENCOUNTERED DIFFICULTIES WITH HIS BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) PASSPORT OR WHO WISHES TO MAKE ENQUIRIES ABOUT IT.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO MAKE ENQUIRIES CAN DO SO DURING OFFICE HOURS, FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

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FACTORIES FINED FOR EMPLOYMENT BREACHES » ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE PROPRIETORS OF TWO GARMENT FACTORIES AND A STATIONERY MANUFACTURING COMPANY WERE EACH FINED $5,000 BY A TSUEN WAN MAdlSTRATE RECENTLY FOR EMPLOYING FEMALE WORKERS TO WORK ON THEIR REST DAYS.

THE FINE IMPOSED WAS THE MAXIMUM PENALTY PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE REGULATIONS, ALL FEMALE WORKERS SHOULD BE GIVEN ONE REST DAY A WEEK AND THAT WORK ON REST DAY WAS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.

”IF THE REST DAY IS NOT THE SAME FOR EVERY WOMEN EMPLOYED IN AN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKING, SUCH REST DAY SHOULD BE SPECIFIED CLEARLY IN THE REGISTER," HE SAID.

"THE REST DAY SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED UNLESS A PROPRIETOR HAS NOTIFIED THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR ON A SPECIFIED FORM OF HIS INTENTION TO MAKE SUCH CHANGE 48 HOURS BEFORE IT IS TO COME INTO EFFECT.

"SUCH CHANGE SHOULD ALSO NOT BE MADE MORE THAN ONCE IN EVERY MONTH EXCEPT WITH THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR."

THE SPOKESMAN CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO MAKE USE OF THE DEPARTMENT’S HOTLINE — 5-8152200 — TO REPORT ANY BREACHES OF THE REGULATIONS.

ALL COMPLAINTS WILL BE HANDLE IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND THE NAMES AND IDENTITY OF THE COMPLAINANTS WILL NOT BE DISCLOSED IN THE COURSE OF INVESTIGATION.

LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR FANLING DEVELOPMENT ♦ ♦ » ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME MORE THAN 60 PRIVATE LOTS IN SHEUNG SHUI AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF FANLING NEW TOWN.

THE RESUMPTION WILL AFFECT 61 PRIVATE LOTS IN AREA 3 IN SHEUNG SHUI NEAR SHEUNG SHUI TSUEN WITH A TOTAL AREA OF 76,878.9 SQUARE METRES.

/THE RESUMED

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 198?

THE RESUMED LAND WILL BE USED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ROAD, A FLOODWATER STORAGE RESERVOIR WITH A PUMPING STATION, AND FORMATION OF A VILLAGE EXPANSION AREA PROVIDING ABOUT 120 SMALL HOUSE SITES TOGETHER WITH OTHER ANCILLARY FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURES.

THE PROJECT WILL START IN FEBRUARY, ON THE EXPIRY OF THE THREE MONTHS’ PERIOD FROM THE POSTING OF THE RESUMPTION NOTICE ON THE SITE.

DETAILS OF THE RESUMPTION HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR SHEUNG WAN

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A PARK AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND ARE TO BE BUILT AT SHEUNG WAN TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

OCCUPYING 3,320 SQUARE METRES AT CAINE LANE, THE PARK WILL HAVE A FOUNTAIN, SEVEN PAVILIONS, LANDSCAPED GARDENS, CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS, ELEVATED WALKWAYS AND TOILETS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN JANUARY AND BE COMPLETED IN 12 MONTHS.

THE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND WILL BE LOCATED AT KWONG HON TERRACE, ABERDEEN STREET.

OTHER FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED COMPRISE A SITTING-OUT AREA, A ROCK GARDEN, PLANTERS, ARBOURS, TWO CHESS TABLES AND CONCRETE BENCHES.

THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE FOR IMPROVEMENT OF AN OPEN SPACE OF 547 SQUARE METRES AT GEORGE’S LANE.

WORK ON THIS IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN FEBRUARY AND TAKE NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECTS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON NOVEMBER 27.

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TATE'S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT UPDATE FOR DB

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THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT WILL HOLD ITS SECOND MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL BE INFORMED OF PROGRESS AND OF THE CLEARANCE SCHEDULE IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROJECT.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CLEARANCE) OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MR B. J. BRESNIHAN, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON REHOUSING RULES AND EX-GRATIA PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AT 4/F, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER PROPOSED USE OF NEW TERMINUS

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MEMBERS OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 18) TO CONSIDER THE PROPOSED USE OF A NEW TERMINUS TO BE OPENED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THE TERMINUS, LOCATED BETWEEN SHEUNG SHUI RAILWAY STATION AND LUNG SUM AVENUE, IS INTENDED TO ACCOMMODATE A TAXI STAND AND EIGHT GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES OPERATING BETWEEN SHEUNG SHUI AND TONG KUNG LENG, PING KONG, LIN MA HANG, HANG TAU, HO SHEUNG HEUNG AND SHA TAU KOK.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS VARIOUS PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE KCR SERVICES AT FANLTNG AND SHEUNG SHUI STATIONS AS WELL AS THE INTRODUCTION OF A TAXI RESTRICTED ZONE OUTSIDE THE SHEUNG SHUI RAILWAY STATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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"MEET-THE-PUBLIC" SCHEME ON DB AGENDA *****

MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE WILL STUDY MEANS OF PUBLICISING THE BOARD'S "ME-ET-THE-PUBLIC" SCHEME AT A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (NOVEMBER 18).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE REPORT GROUP ON THE "STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO

ON THE JOINT WORKING IN THE 1990’S" PROJECT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A REPORT ON THE OPENING CEREMONY FOR KWONG FUK BRIDGE AND A REPORT ON THE PUBLICATION WORKING GROUP.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD. IT WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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FREE BUILDING MANAGEMENT COURSE IN MONG KOK * * « »

A FREE BUILDING MANAGEMENT COURSE WILL BE HELD IN MONG KOK TO HELP OFFICE-BEARERS OF BUILDING OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES TO UPGRADE THE QUALITY OF MANAGEMENT.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOR THE FOURTH YEAR, THE COURSE FORMS PART OF THE PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN.

THE COURSE COVERS OPERATION AND FINANCIAL CONTROL OF AN OWNERS’ CORPORATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF BUILDINGS, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS AND ANT I-CORRUPTION MEASURES.

IT WILL BE HELD OVER FOUR EVENINGS STARTING FROM NOVEMBER 30 IN ARGYLE CENTRE, 648 NATHAN ROAD.

LECTURES WILL BE GIVEN BY PROFESSIONALS IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ICAC. THESE WILL BE SUPPLEMENTED BY VISITS TO PRIVATE BUILDINGS SO THAT PARTICIPANTS MAY GAIN FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

THOSE WHO COMPLETE THE COURSE WILL RECEIVE CERTIFICATES.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND TAI KOK TSUI BRANCH OFFICE, 85 IVY STREET. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-933433.

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MONDAY, 16,


COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FUND APPLICATIONS » ♦ ♦ » »

THE CULTURE AND RECREATION COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FOR ORGANISING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A JOINT SCHOOL MUSIC NIGHT, A PICNIC FOR WAN CHAI EAST RESIDENTS, CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED, CHRISTMAS FUN FAIR FOR CHILDREN AND A SPRING LANTERN FESTIVAL CARNIVAL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE AND RECREATION COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 8TH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. THE MEETING WILL S7».RT AT 4 PM.

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 66 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 386.762 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 375.656 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 64.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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WATER CUTS IN TUEN MUN, MONG KOK « * * *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TUEN MUN AND MONG KOK .WILL BE TURNED OFF ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 19) TO FACILITATE WATER MAINS WORK.

THE SUSPENSION IN TUEN MUN WILL BE FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY TO 8 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED ARE AT SHEK PAI TAU ROAD, TSING CHUNG STREET, TSING LUN STREET, TAI HING ESTATE, TAI HING INDOOR GAMES HALL, YAN 01 TONG SWIMMING POOL, TANG SIU KIN SPORTS GROUND, CHING CHUNG KOON, CASTLE PEAK HOSPITAL, CHING CHUNG SIN YUEN, SIU HONG COURT, KEI LUN WAI, TSI TIN TSUEN, SIU HANG TSUEN AND PO TONG HA TSUEN.

THE SUSPENSION IN MONG KOK WILL AFFECT THE PREMISES AT 71-79 AND 70-82B, WATERLOO ROAD AND YAU MOON STREET FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM ON THURSDAY.

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FROM 0.01 AM TO 6 AM ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 19 TO 21), THE FAST LANE OF TAI PO ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN MA LIU SHUI AND FO TAN NULLAH WILL BE CLOSED TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD ON NOVEMBER 23AND 24 THE SLOW LANE OF TAI PO ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN HO TUNG LAU AND FO TAN NULLAH WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL: 5-8428777

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE TO MEET ON MONDAY ......... 1

SENIOR DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED ............. 2

AG'S CHAMBERS INCREASED IN SIZE AND SCOPE ............. 4

TREND TOWARDS COMMUNITY CARE FOR MENTALLY ILL.......... 6

MORE RESOURCES TO PROMOTE PRACTICAL aND TECHNICAL EDUCATION 8

AMENDMENTS TO MONEY CHANGERS ORDINANCE PROPOSED ....... 9

LEGCO MOTION ON SURVEY OFFICE REPORT .................. 10

TAC CONSIDERS STAR FERRY'S FARE RISE APPLICATION...... 11

ELDERLY URGED TO KEEP UP WITH CHANGES ................. 11

top-class Marathon runners to join >iNti-drug event.... 12

SEMDLJ? on trlld ACTIVITIES............................ 14

HISTORY OF CHEUNG C&JJ ON EXHIBIT ..................... 15

ENDANGERED hNIMALS AND B.‘*RD set free................. 16

ROYAL OBSERVATORY CALENDAR HaS MEDIA THEME ............ 16

MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ................. 17

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SMOKE-OUT ..................... 18

STREET SLEEPER PROBLEMS UNDER STUDY ................... 18

MARINE SAND DREDGING, CABLE LAYING AUTHORISED ......... 19

URBAN CLErtRWAY RESTRICTIONS IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE....... 19

PROHIBITED ROaD ZONES IN WaN CHaI ..................... 20

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION IN SHEUNG SHUI ............. 20

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SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE TO MEET ON MONDAY » * ♦ * ♦

THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE WILL HOLD ITS FIRST MEETING NEXT MONDAY (NOVEMBER 23), AFTER WHICH IT WILL CALL FOR THE PUBLIC AND INTERESTED PARTIES TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS AND EVIDENCE, MR IAN DAVISON, THE COMMITTEE’S CHAIRMAN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE AIRPORT ON HIS ARRIVAL FROM LONDON, MR DAVISON SAID ANYBODY WHO HAD ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THE BETTER REGULATIONS OF THE HONG KONG STOCK AND FUTURES EXCHANGES WAS WELCOME TO GIVE HIS VIEWS.

"OBVIOUSLY WE EXPECT THE COUNCIL OF EXCHANGE AND THE LEADING BODIES OF THAT SORT TO GIVE US THEIR VIEWS IN DETAIL. BUT WE CERTAINLY INVITE SUBMISSIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AS WELL,” HE SAID.

MR DAVISON PLEDGED THAT THE COMMITTEE WOULD DO ITS BEST IN TRYING TO PREPARE A REPORT IN SIX MONTHS, ADDING THAT HE WOULD MEET MEMBERS OF HIS COMMITTEE INDIVIDUALLY IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE COMMITTEE’S PRIORITIES OF WORK, MR DAVISON SAID THE COMMITTEE’S TERMS OF REFERENCE INDICATED THAT THE MAJOR THRUST OF ITS REPORT WAS LOOKING FORWARD.

HE SAID THE COMMITTEE WANTED TO TRY TO LAY A BLUEPRINT WHICH COULD BE FOLLOWED IN IMPROVING THE REGULATORY ARRANGEMENTS IN THE HONG KONG FINANCIAL MARKETS IN THE FUTURE.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE STOCK MARKET, MR DAVISON SAID THE COMMITTEE WOULD TRY AND DRAW CONCLUSIONS FROM WHAT HAD PASSED IN ORDER TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE.

"OBVIOUSLY WE WILL HEAR WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND FORM OUR VIEWS. BUT AS I SAID AGAIN, WE’RE NOT HERE TO CRITICISE OR TO FORM A VIEW AS TO WHAT WAS DONE RIGHT OR WRONG IN THE PAST.

"IT’S NOT A BACKWARD LOOKING REPORT,” HE ADDED.

COMMENTING ON THE RECENT PLUNGE IN THE HONG KONG STOCK MARKET, MR DAVISON SAID THERE WAS NO DOUBT WHATSOEVER THAT ON OCTOBER 19 ALL STOCK MARKETS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WERE BADLY HIT.

"IT’S (’LEAR THAT HONG KONG WAS AS BADLY HIT AS ANY OTHER MARKET," HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THE FOLLOWING SENIOR DIRECTORATE APPOINTMENTS:

MR DAVID JEAFFRESON, SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, WILL SUCCEED MR GEOFFREY BARNES AS COMMISSIONER, INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, IN LATE FEBRUARY 1988.

MR GEOFFREY BARNES, COMMISSIONER, INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION, WILL REPLACE MR DAVID JEAFFRESON AS SECRETARY FOR SECURITY.

MR KEITH BROADBRIDGE, POLICE ADMINISTRATION OFFICER, WILL SUCCEED MR MICHAEL CARTLAND AS PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE, GENEVA, IN FEBRUARY 1988.

MR ANTHONY EASON, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, WILL SUCCEED MR HAIDER BARMA AS DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE (APPOINTMENTS) TOWARDS THE END OF NOVEMBER 1987.

MR ADOLF HSU, COMMISSIONER, SURVEY OFFICE, WILL SUCCEED MISS ELAINE CHUNG AS DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE IN DECEMBER 1987.

MISS ELAINE CHUNG, DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, WILL BECOME DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION IN NOVEMBER 1987.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THESE OFFICERS FOLLOW.

MR DAVID GREGORY JEAFFRESON, CBE, JP

AGED 56. MR JEAFFRESON JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1961. HIS RECENT POSTINGS INCLUDE DEPUTY FINANCIAL SECRETARY (1972-76) AND SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES (1976-82). HE BECAME SECRETARY FOR SECURITY IN NOVEMBER 1982. MR JEAFFRESON WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF SECRETARY, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, IN FEBRUARY 1977.

MR GEOFFREY THOMAS BARNES

AGED 55. MR BARNES JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1970. HE HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES. HIS RECENT POSTINGS INCLUDE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SECURITY (1977-81), DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES (1981-83), DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE (1983-84). HE BECAME COMMISSIONER, ICAC, IN JANUARY 1985. MR BARNES WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE A IN SEPTEMBER I 986.

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MR KEITH BROADBRIDGE, JP

AGED 52. MR BROADBRIDGE JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE IN 1971 AND WAS APPOINTED ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C TN 1975. HE HAS SERVED AS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE (1973-78), ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER IN THE FORMER TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE DEPARTMENT (1978-79), DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CONTROLS (1979-82), DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE (1982-84), DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT (1984-86) AND BECAME POLICE ADMINISTRATION OFFICER IN JUNE 1986. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE STAFF GRADE Bl IN OCTOBER 1987.

MR ANTHONY GORDON EASON, JP

AGED 49. MR EASON JOINED THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN 1968. HE HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES: AS DISTRICT OFFICER IN THE FORMER NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, AS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY IN THE FORMER ENVIRONMENT BRANCH AND AS CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER IN THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT. MORE RECENTLY HE HAS ALSO SERVED AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR, HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT (1979-81), DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS (1981-86) AND BECAME DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY IN JANUARY 1986. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1982.

MR ADOLF HSU HSUNG, JP

AGED 49. MR HSU JOINED THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE IN 1968. HE HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES INCLUDING PERIODS AS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY IN THE CIVIL SERVICE AND THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION BRANCH. MORE RECENTLY HE HAS ALSO SERVED AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES (1979-83), DISTRICT COMMISSIONER (TSUEN WAN), CNTA (1983-84), AND DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION (1985-87). HE WAS APPOINTED COMMISSIONER, SURVEY OFFICE, IN APRIL THIS YEAR TO UNDERTAKE THE SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT RELATING TO THE GREEN PAPER ON THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT. HE WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN APRIL 1981.

MISS ELAINE CHUNG LA I-KWOK, JP

AGED 42. MISS CHUNG JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1969. SHE HAS SERVED IN A NUMBER OF DEPARTMENTS AND BRANCHES INCLUDING PERIODS AS PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY IN THE HOUSING BRANCH, AND AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (ADMINISTRATION) IN RTHK. MORE RECENTLY SHF. HAS ALSO SERVED AS DISTRICT OFFICER (TSUEN WAN), CNTA (1982-84), DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOUSING (1984-86) AND BECAME DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE IN OCTOBER 1986. SHE WAS PROMOTED TO HER PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE B IN SEPTEMBER 1987.

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AG’S CHAMBERS INCREASED IN SIZE AND SCOPE * * * *

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS IS NOW ONE OF THE LARGEST LAW OFFICES UNDER ONE ROOF IN THE WORLD, THE ACTING SOLICITOR GENERAL, MR ^RANK STOCK, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR STOCK TOLD A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG THAT LIKE ITS COUNTERPARTS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS HAD INCREASED BOTH IN SIZE AND IN THE SCOPE OF THE WORK UNDERTAKEN.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO IT HAD 69 LAWYERS, 10 YEARS AGO 84 AND TODAY THERE WERE 248 LAWYERS FROM A VARIETY OF JURISDICTIONS INCLUDING A LARGE NUMBER OF LOCALLY QUALIFIED COUNSEL.

HE SAID THAT HONG KONG’S GROWTH INTO A LEADING FINANCIAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL CENTRE IN THE PAST DECADE HAD CREATED AN INCREASED DEMAND FOR LEGAL AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES. ALSO THE POPULATION WAS NOW BETTER EDUCATED TO THEIR RIGHTS IN LAW.

AS A RESULT MANY NEW LAW FIRMS, LOCAL AND FROM ABROAD, HAD SET UP OFFICES HERE.

"IN THE SAME WAY THAT THE GROWTH IN THE NUMBER AND SIZE OF LAW FIRMS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR HAD BEEN A RESPONSE TO A PUBLIC NEED, SO TOO HAVE WE RESPONDED TO NEW DEMANDS.

"LITIGATION TO WHICH GOVERNMENT IS A PARTY HAS INCREASED; CRIME HAS BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED AND MORE COMPLEX; AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS MORE FREQUENTLY REQUIRE THE PROVISION OF SWIFT AND SOUND LEGAL SERVICES," HE SAID.

AS A RESULT THE GROWTH IN THE SIZE OF THE CHAMBERS, AND IN THE AREAS OF THE WORK UNDERTAKEN, HAS MIRRORED THE GROWTH IN, AND THE NEEDS OF, THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

SPEAKING ON THE TOPIC "A MODERN ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS: MYTH AND REALITY", MR STOCK SOUGHT TO PUT PAY TO THE MISCONCEPTION, HELD BY SOME, THAT THE SOLE FUNCTION OF THE CHAMBERS WAS TO PROSECUTE CRIMINAL CASES.

IN REALITY THE WORK OF THE CHAMBERS WAS FAR MORE VARIED.

HE SAID OF COURSE THE 124 COUNSEL IN THE PROSECUTIONS DIVISION PERFORMED A VITAL PUBLIC FUNCTION BUT THIS WAS JUST ONE ASPECT OF THE CHAMBERS' WORK.

ON THE WORK OF THE PROSECUTION DIVISION, HE SAID: "JUST AS THE COMMUNITY HAS BECOME BETTER EDUCATED, SO HAS THE CRIMINAL BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED; AND WE HAVE HAD TO TAILOR OUR RESPONSE ACCORDINGLY."

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THE LAWYER WHO JOINS THE PROSECUTION SERVICE WILL FIND WITHIN THAT DIVISION ALONE A NUMBER OF SPECIALISED FUNCTIONS REQUIRING HIGH LEVELS OF EXPERTISE. THE PROSECUTION OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME, FOR EXAMPLE, IS UNDERTAKEN BY A UNIT WHICH HAS EIGHT DIRECTORATE OFFICERS ANO 15 OTHER EXPERIENCED LAWYERS; AND THERE ARE ALSO FIVE LAWYERS WHO WORK EXCLUSIVELY ON EXTRADITION CASES.

THE CIVIL LITIGATION UNIT WAS ANOTHER AREA WHICH HAD GROWN DRAMATICALLY, THE SOLICITOR GENERAL SAID.

"TO THAT UNIT ARE SENT ALL CIVIL CASES TO WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS A PARTY - WHETHER AS DEFENDANT OR PLAINTIFF.

"LAND DISPUTES; NEGLIGENCE ACTIONS; TAX CASES; JUDICIAL REVIEWS OF ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS; INQUIRIES; TRIBUNAL WORK; CASES BEFORE PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINARY BOARDS; AND REQUESTS FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS FOR THE TAKING OF EVIDENCE IN HONGKONG," MR STOCK SAID.

THE 38 BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS OF THE UNIT HAVE, SO FAR THIS YEAR, APPEARED IN THE COURTS AND TRIBUNALS OF HONGKONG ON OVER 1,000 OCCASIONS.

TURNING TO ARBITRATION CASES, MR STOCK SAID THESE CASES WERE UNDERTAKEN BY ANOTHER SPECIALIST UNIT WHICH HAD HANDLED CLAIMS OF ABOUT $280 MILLION SO FAR THIS YEAR.

"THEY TOO HAVE CLIENTS - GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND POLICY BRANCHES - TO WHOM THEY ARE REQUIRED TO TENDER ADVICE, POPULAR OR UNPOPULAR," HE SAID.

MR STOCK EXPLAINED THAT THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT’S RELATIONSHIP WITH CLIENT DEPARTMENTS WAS IN ESSENCE NO DIFFERENT FROM THE RELATIONSHIP OF ANY OTHER LAWYER WITH HIS CLIENT.

"WE TENDER ADVICE, ULTIMATELY LEAVING THE CLIENT TO DECIDE UPON HIS COURSE OF ACTION; AND OUR DUTY OF PROFESSIONAL CONFIDENTIALITY TO THAT CLIENT IS THE SAME DUTY AS ATTACHES TO ANY PRIVATE LAWYER," HE SAID.

MR STOCK SAID THOSE LAWYERS TO WHOM ADVOCACY AND LITIGATION DOES NOT APPEAL WOULD FIND, IN THE CHAMBERS, A HOST OF OTHER SPECIALITIES. THESE INCLUDED A COMMERCIAL ADVISORY SECTION, SPECIALISING IN COMMERCIAL CONTRACT WORK AND IN ADVICE ON MONETARY AFFAIRS; A LARGE GENERAL ADVISORY SECTION, ADVISING ON TAXATION, MERCHANT SHIPPING, COPYRIGHT, FAMILY LAW, IMMIGRATION. IN THE POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION DIVISION, ADVISERS WITH SPECIALIST EXPERIENCE IN LEGAL POLICY WORK. UNDER THE LAW DRAFTSMAN, A LAW DRAFTING DIVISION WITH EXPERTS IN LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING; A FURTHER UNIT WHOSE SPEC IALISATION IS INTERNATIONAL LAW AND A BODY OF LAWYERS WHO PROVIDE RESEARCH FOR THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION.

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"BUT WITH THESE WIDESPREAD FUNCTIONS, AND THE GROWTH THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE, WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE REQUISITE PROFESSIONAL MANPOWER IS ADEQUATELY SUPPORTED.

' "NO MODERN LAW.OFFICE CAN FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY WITHOUT SKILLED SUPPORTING STAFF OR WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF THE MODERN EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES OF ITS COMPETITORS," HE SAID.

MR STOCK SAID THAT HF. HAD BEEN TOLD THAT SOME LARGE LAW FIRMS HAD SPECIALIST MANAGERS WHO WERE NOT LAWYERS BUT WHO WERE INSTEAD ACCOUNTANTS, OR PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATORS.

"WE TOO ARE EXAMINING WHETHER SUCH A SOLUTION IS APPROPRIATE FOR US," MR STOCK SAID.

FINALLY, MR STOCK SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD YET ANOTHER IMPORTANT ROLE - THAT OF TRAINING THE LARGE NUMBERS OF NEWLY QUALIFIED LAWYERS AND TRAINEES WHO JOIN EACH YEAR.

"WE LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT WE PAY CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION TO THIS TRAINING FUNCTION; BUT, WITH THE GROWING NUMBER OF TRAINEES, WE HAVE DECIDED TO EXAMINE OUR TRAINING PROGRAMMES SO AS TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE WELL EQUIPPED IN THE YEARS AHEAD TO PROVIDE A TRAINING SERVICE OF EXCELLENCE," HE SAID.

TO THIS END, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS RECENTLY APPOINTED A WORKING GROUP, WHICH WILL EXAMINE THE PRESENT TRAINING METHODS, DECIDE WHAT IMPROVEMENTS ARE NECESSARY AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A FUTURE PROGRAMME AND POLICIES. THE SOLICITOR GENERAL WILL CHAIR THE NEW GROUP.

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IT IS NOW AN INTERNATIONAL TREND TO PROVIDE CARE AND TREATMENT FOR THE MENTALLY ILL WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE WAN TSUI HALF-WAY HOUSE OPERATED BY THE RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP OF HONG KONG, MRS WONG SAID THAT WITH THE ADVANCEMENT MADE IN MEDICATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF LIVING IN AN INSTITUTION, SMALLER SETTINGS MORE SIMILAR TO AN ORDINARY HOME ENVIRONMENT COULD HELP THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE REGAIN SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM.

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IT WAS ALSO RECOGNISED THAT A ’’NETWORK OF CARE” SHOULD BE PROVIDED BY A WIDE RANGE OF PROFESSIONALS, INCLUDING PSYCHIATRISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, SOCIAL WORKERS, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND NURSES, SHE ADDED.

AS REGARDS WELFARE PROVISION FOR COMMUNITY CARE, MRS WONG SAID THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED RESOURCES FOR SHELTERED WORKSHOPS, ACTIVITY CENTRES, HOSTELS AND HALF-WAY HOUSES.

’’APART FROM SUCH TANGIBLE SERVICES, ANOTHER IMPORTANT ELEMENT IS THE GOODWILL OF THE COMMUNITY TO KEEP AND SUSTAIN ITS MENTALLY ILL MEMBERS IN ITS MIDST.

”IN THIS ASPECT, COMMUNITY EDUCATION IS MOST IMPORTANT IN HELPING PEOPLE TO HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE MENTALLY ILL,” SHE SAID.

REFERRING TO THE COMMON PREJUDICE OF ASSOCIATING THE MENTALLY ILL WITH UNPREDICTABLE VIOLENT ASSAULTS, SHE SAID THAT IT SHOULD BE EMPHASISED THAT POTENTIAL DANGER WAS PRESENTED NOT BY HALF-WAY HOUSE RESIDENTS BUT BY THOSE WITHOUT SUFFICIENT CARE AND SUPPORT AND THAT MENTAL ILLNESS WAS TREATABLE IN THE SAME WAY AS PHYSICAL ILLNESS.

ON HALF-WAY HOUSES, MRS WONG SAID THAT THEY PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE REHABILITATION OF DISCHARGED MENTAL PATIENTS, TN HELPING TO BRIDGE THE GAP DURING THAT DIFFICULT PERIOD OF TRANSITION FROM THE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT OF THE MENTAL HOSPITAL TO THE MORE DEMANDING LIFE OF THE OPEN COMMUNITY.

’’THIS THERAPEUTIC APPROACH FOR THE CARE OF THE MENTALLY ILL HAS BEEN WIDELY PRACTISED IN ALL ADVANCED COUNTRIES AND HAS PROVED TO BE A MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF BRINGING ABOUT RE-INTEGRATION OF THE MENTALLY ILL INTO THE COMMUNITY WHICH IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF REHABILITATION,” SHE SAID.

SHE NOTED THAT THROUGH MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMMES PROMOTED ON A DISTRICT BASIS, THERE WAS A CHANGE OF ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE MENTALLY ILL AND A GREATER UNDERSTANDING AND ACCEPTANCE OF THEM.

SHE BELIEVED THAT IT WAS ALSO AN IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE OF THE RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP OF HONG KONG TO MAINTAIN A CLOSE LINK WITH THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND EVERY EFFORT WOULD BE MADE TO INVOLVE ITS PARTICIPATION IN PROVIDING IMPROVEMENT OF SERVICES.

THE RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP OF HONG KONG IS A VOLUNTARY AGENCY SET UP IN 1984 TO PROMOTE THE CONCEPT OF THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITIES, WHICH APART FROM PROVISION OF TRANSITIONAL CARE FACILITIES, ALSO ENCOMPASSES BOTH PREVENTIVE CARE AND CONTINUED SUPPORT.

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MORE RESOURCES TO PROMOTE PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION *****

HONG KONG’S FIRST PRACTICAL EDUCATION CENTRE AND TECHNICAL TEACHING CENTRE WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 20) BY THE DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, MR ifoRACE KNIGHT.

THE TWO CENTRES, HOUSED UNDER ONE ROOF AT THE FORMER LOK FU GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL AT 145 JUNCTION ROAD, LOK FU, HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AS PART OF ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE THE TEACHING OF PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE PRACTICAL EDUCATION CENTRE CATERS FOR STUDENTS OF SCHOOLS IN EAST KOWLOON INCLUDING PRIVATE SCHOOLS WHICH ARE SHORT OF ACCOMMODATION, FACILITIES OR TRAINED TEACHERS FOR THE TEACHING OF PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS.

IT HAS 15 WORKSHOPS AND SPECIAL ROOMS FOR THE TEACHING OF WOODWORK, METALWORK, PLASTICS, COOKERY, NEEDLEWORK, PAINTING, POTTERY AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL WORKS UNDER THE THREE SCHOOL SUBJECTS OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, HOME ECONOMICS AND ART AND DESIGN. IN ADDITION, IT HAS TWO CLASSROOMS AND A REFERENCE LIBRARY WITH AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT.

THE CENTRE IS MANNED BY QUALIFIED TEACHERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. INSTRUCTION IS GIVEN FREE TO STUDENTS WHO ATTEND AN 80-MINUTE SESSION ONCE A WEEK AT THE CENTRE FOR EACH SUBJECT THEY TAKE.

STAFF OF THE CENTRE KEEP IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE FULLY INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS OF THEIR STUDENTS IN THE CENTRE.

THE CENTRE IS NOW SERVICING ABOUT 5,400 SECONDARY 1 AND 2 STUDENTS FROM 11 SCHOOLS IN THE EAST KOWLOON REGION. IT CAN HANDLE UP TO 9,600 STUDENTS. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CENTRE WILL START OPERATING COURSES FOR SECONDARY 3 STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL YEAR 1988/89.

THE TECHNICAL TEACHING CENTRE WAS ESTABLISHED FOR THE BENEFIT OF TEACHERS OF TECHNICAL SUBJECTS. IT HAS A MODERN WORKSHOP EQUIPPED WITH SOPHISTICATED MACHINERY INCLUDING GRINDERS, MILLING MACHINES AND SHAPERS FOR TEACHERS’ USE IN ENHANCING THE TEACHING OF TECHNICAL SUBJECTS IN SCHOOLS.

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THE CENTRE ALSO HAS A RESOURCE AREA FOR ORGANISING IN-SERVICE COURSES AND SEMINARS FOR TEACHERS. PARTICIPANTS COULD ALSO USE THE FACILITIES THERE TO PRODUCE TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE TEACHING OF TECHNICAL SUBJECTS AND TO EXPERIMENT ON NEW TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE TWO CENTRES AT 145 JUNCTION ROAD, LOK FU, BY THE DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING, MR HORACE KNIGHT, AT 11 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 20).

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AMENDMENTS TO MONEY CHANGERS ORDINANCE PROPOSED

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PROPOSALS WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) FOR AMENDMENT OF THE MONEY CHANGERS (DISCLOSURE OF RATES, CHARGES AND COMMISSIONS) ORDINANCE.

THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR STEVE BARCLAY, SAID THE MONEY CHANGERS ORDINANCE WAS ENACTED IN APRIL 1985 FOLLOWING MANY COMPLAINTS, BUT THIS HAD NOT EFFECTIVELY SOLVED THE PROBLEM.

A WORKING GROUP ON MONEY CHANGERS WAS ESTABLISHED IN NOVEMBER 1986 TO IDENTIFY AND EXAMINE THE PROBLEMS THAT REMAINED AND TO RECOMMEND A SOLUTION.

THE WORKING GROUP CONCLUDED THAT THE PROBLEM AREAS FELL INTO THREE CATEGORIES -

(A) FAILURE BY MONEY CHANGERS TO COMPLY WITH THE EXISTING LEGISLATION;

(B) PROVISION BY MONEY CHANGERS OF FALSE OR MISLEADING INFORMATION, AND

(C) RUDE AND IMPOLITE MANNERS OF STAFF OF MONEY CHANGERS.

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THE RECOMMENDED SOLUTION TO THE MAJOR PROBLEMS CONSISTS OF A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE. THE PROPOSED CHANGES» LISTED BELOW, ARE INTENDED TO CLARIFY A NUMBER OF AMBIGUITIES AND LEGAL LOOP-HOLES; TO PROVIDE CLEAR INFORMATION TO THE CUSTOMER; AND IO FACILITATE PROSECUTION OF OFFENDERS

MONEY CHANGERS MUST DISPLAY A NOTICE BOARD CLEARLY SHOWING THE NET RATE OF EXCHANGE OFFERED;

- CERTAIN PRESCRIBED CURRENCIES SHOULD BE DISPLAYED ON THE NOTICE BOARD;

THE NET RATES DISPLAYED MUST BE THE LEAST FAVOURABLE TO THE CUSTOMER - BETTER RATES MAY BE OFFERED;

- ANY ADVERTISING OF RATES OF EXCHANGE, COMMISSION ETC MUST RELATE EQUALLY TO BUYING AND SELLING RATES;

- THE NOTE MONEY CHANGERS MUST GIVE THEIR CUSTOMERS WILL BE PRESCRIBED;

A NEW OFFENCE OF MAKING FALSE REPRESENTATIONS WILL BE CREATED;

THE LIABILITY FOR PROSECUTION FOR DIFFERENT OFFENCES WILL BE CLARIFIED.

ANYONE WISHING TO COMMENT ON THE PROPOSALS MAY DO SO BEFORE JANUARY 31 NEXT YEAR BY WRITING TO:- THE SECRETARY, WORKING GROUP ON MONEY CHANGERS, TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH, 2/F MAIN WING, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG.

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LEGCO MOTION ON SURVEY OFFICE REPORT » » * ♦ ♦

ABOUT 30 MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL SPEAK ON A MOTION CONCERNING THE REPORT OF THE SURVEY OFFICE, AND THE REPORT OF THE MONITORS, AT THE COUNCIL’S MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

IN ADDITION, SEVERAL SESSIONAL PAPERS WILL BE TABLED. THESE INCLUDE : THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES AND THE ACCOUNTS OF HONG KONG FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1987; AND THE REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR OF AUDIT ON THE ACCOUNTS OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1987 AND THE RESULTS OF VALUE FOR MONEY AUDITS.

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TAC CONSIDERS STAR FERRY’S FARE RISE APPLICATION » » t » »

AN APPLICATION BY THE STAR FERRY COMPANY LTD FOR FARE INCREASES WAS CONSIDERED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) TOIJAY (TUESDAY) AND ITS RECOMMENDATIONS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION.

IN CONSIDERING THE APPLICATION, MEMBERS EXAMINED STAR FERRY’S EXISTING FINANCIAL POSITION AND ALSO THE EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSED FARE INCREASES ON THE COMPANY’S PATRONAGE, REVENUE, EXPENDITURE AND PROFITS FORECASTS.

MEMBERS WERE ALSO BRIEFED ON STAR FERRY’S 1988/1992 FORWARD PLAN, INCLUDING ITS PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGES.

THE TAC ALSO REVIEWED THE ROLE OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT RECENT TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENTS. MEMBERS AGREED THAT THE ROLE OF PLB’S AS A COMPLEMENTARY PUBLIC TRANSPORT MODE SHOULD BE MAINTAINED.

THEY ALSO AGREED THAT THE OPERATION OF GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THAT THE CONVERSION OF RED MINIBUSES INTO GREEN MINIBUSES SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE PROMOTED.

MEMBERS WERE ALSO GIVEN A BRIEFING ON THE BACKGROUND TO THE COMMISSIONING OF THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY, ITS SCOPE OF WORK AND IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE TRANSPORT PLANNING.

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OLD PEOPLE SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THEIR PHYSICAL HEALTH AND MAINTAIN AN OPTIMISTIC AND HOPEFUL OUTLOOK ON LIFE SO AS TO ENJOY A HAPPY OLD AGE, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MRS WONG WAS SPEAKING AT A CONCERT FOR THE ELDERLY ORGANISED BY THE ENDEAVOURERS.

SHE SAID THAT OLD PEOPLE SHOULD ALSO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO CURRENT AFFAIRS AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SOCIETY TO KEEP THEMSELVES ABREAST OF THE CHANGES OF THE TIMES.

“IF THEY CAN ACCEPT NEW KNOWLEDGE, IT WILL BE EASIER FOR THEM TO ACCEPT THE VIEWS OF OTHER PEOPLE AND CAN BUILD UP A BETTER INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS,” SHE SAID.

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IN ADDITION, SHE SAID THAT OLD PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

“BY KEEPING UP THEIR SOCIAL CONTACTS, TAKING PART IN ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY AND OTHER AGENCIES OR BY BECOMING VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE OTHERS ARE ALL GOOD WAYS FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS TO REMAIN SOCIALLY AND PHYSICALLY ACTIVE,” SHE ADDED.

MRS WONG COMMENDED THE ENDEAVOURERS FOR ITS CONTRIBUTIONS IN SERVING THE ELDERLY.

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TOP-CLASS MARATHON RUNNERS TO JOIN ANTI-DRUG EVENT » * ♦ » *

OLYMPIC STANDARD MARATHON RUNNERS FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES WILL JOIN HONG KONG ATHLETES IN BECOMING "ANTI-DRUG RUNNERS” IN THE 1988 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL MARATHON EARLY NEXT YEAR.

DETAILS OF THE NEW JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGANIST NARCOTICS (ACAN) AND THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (HKAAA) WERE ANNOUNCED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR GARETH MULLOY.

MR MULLOY SAID THAT ”BE AN ANTI-DRUG RUNNER” HAD BEEN CHOSEN AS THE THEME FOR THE MARATHON, WHICH WILL BE HELD ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 24.

HE STRESSED THAT THE WAR AGAINST THE PROBLEM OF DRUG ABUSE WAS A GLOBAL ISSUE REQUIRING THE FULL CO-OPERATION OF ALL COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES.

MR MULLOY ALSO SAID HE WAS PLEASED THAT HONG KONG’S ANTI-DRUG PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY WORK WAS SPREADING TO THE SPORTS SECTOR.

"WE ARE GLAD THAT THE SPORTS WORLD IS INCREASINGLY AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE AND TAKES AN ACTIVE ROLE IN PROMOTING THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE," HE SAID.

HE HOPED THAT HONG KONG, THROUGH THE INTERNATIONAL EVENT, WOULD DEMONSTRATE TO THE WORLD ITS DETERMINATION TO SUPPRESS THE DRUG PROBLEM BY APPEALING TO ATHLETES ALL OVER THE WORLD TO REMAIN DRUG-FREE.

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”WE WILL SHOW THE WORLD THE REAL SPIRIT OF COMPETITION — AIM TO WIN BY YOUR OWN ABILITIES AND DO NOT CHEAT BY USING ARTIFICIAL DRUG AID,” HE ADDED.

THE RACE DIRECTOR, MR JAMIE SCOTT, WHO ALSO SPOKE AT THE CONFERENCE, DISCLOSED THAT OLYMPIC STANDARD MARATHON RUNNERS FROM CHINA, MACAU, UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE, ITALY, THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, JAPAN, THAILAND AND INDIA WOULD TAKE PART IN THE EVENT.

COMPETITORS WILL RUN FOUR LAPS OF A SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BETWEEN CAUSEWAY BAY AND SHAU KEI WAN, COVERING A DISTANCE OF 26 MILES 385 YARDS (42.195 KILOMETRES) WHICH IS THE LENGTH OF THE STANDARD MODERN MARATHON.

THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, WHICH WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR A SPORTS COMPETITION, HAS BEEN SELECTED BECAUSE OF ITS RATHER FLAT ROAD SURFACE WHICH ALLOWS FOR THE INCLUSION OF WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES.

MR SCOTT ADDED THAT WORLD-CLASS WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES WOULD BE INVITED FROM AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE AND THE UNITED STATES.

HONG KONG HAS BEEN RATED BY THE U.S. RUNNER MAGAZINE AS THE BEST CITY IN ASIA AND ONE OF THE 25 BEST PLACES IN THE WORLD FOR RUNNING.

THE RATING IS BASED ON SUCH FACTORS AS TRAINING TERRAIN, RACE OPPORTUNITIES, RUNNING SUPPORT SYSTEMS, ACCESS TO FACILITIES AND .CLIMATE.

ALSO ATTENDING THE PRESS CONFERENCE WERE THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MRS AGNES ALLCOCK, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HKAAA, MR WILLIAM KO.

THE RACE IS SPONSORED BY DEL MONTE, CATHAY PACIFIC, NEW BALANCE, WATSON’S DISTILLED WATER AND THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE.

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YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN ABOUT THE REAL NATURE OF TRIADS AT A SEMINAR TO BE HELD AT THE COMMUNITY HALL OF HONG KONG CARITAS, CAINE ROAD ON SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 21) AFTERNOON.

CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR WONG CHUNG-YING, SAID THE SEMINAR WOULD HELP YOUNG PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES OF TRIAD INVOLVEMENT DESPITE THE "HERO" IMAGE OF TRIAD LEADERS IN SOME MOVIES.

POLICE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ANTI-TRIAD SECTION, MR YUEN CHUNG-BIU AND MR CHONG NAM-HOI, WILL BRIEF PARTICIPANTS ON TRIAD ACTIVITIES, WHILE AN OUTREACH SOCIAL WORKER OF Y.M.C.A., MR CHUN PINGKIT, WILL TALK ABOUT TRIAD INFILTRATION IN SCHOOLS AND RELATED COUNSELLING SERVICES.

A RESIDENT WHO HAD BEEN VICTIMISED BY TRIADS WILL TELL OF HIS OWN EXPERIENCE AT THE SEMINAR AND A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR CHU CHI-KEUNG, WILL SPEAK ON CUSTODIAL SENTENCES FOR PEOPLE CONVICTED OF TRIAD CRIMES.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, ESPECIALLY STUDENTS AND PARENTS, ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

A FIGHT CRIME SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AFTERWARDS. A NUMBER OF STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICES.

THE SEMINAR AND AWARD SCHEME ARE PART OF THE PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE THIS YEAR.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SEMINAR CAN BE MADE ON 5-8523478.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR ON TRIADS AND THE FIGHT CRIME SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY STARTING AT 2 PM THIS SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 21) AT THE COMMUNITY HALL OF HONG KONG CARITAS IN CAINE ROAD.

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HISTORY OF CHEUNG CHAU ON EXHIBIT

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AN EXHIBITION TRACING THE RAPIDLY CHANGING FACES OF CHEUNG CHAU WILL BE HELD FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO NOVEMBER 22 (SUNDAY) AT THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE YOUTH CENTRE, TUNG WAN.

THE EXHIBITION IS TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THE "ISLANDS ROOT PROJECT" ON CHEUNG CHAU ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION.

AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE VENUE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 3.30 PM AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN SHERWIN, WILL OFFICIATE.

THERE WILL BE A DISPLAY TO SHOW THE CHANGES ALONG THE WEST COAST OF CHEUNG CHAU SUCH AS LAND USE PATTERN AND RECLAMATION DEVELOPMENT, AND A SLIDE SHOW ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF FISHING VILLAGES ON THE ISLAND.

TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS ON CHEUNG CHAU, CARITAS ST. PAUL PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL AND CHEUNG CHAU GOVERNMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL, TOOK PART IN THE PROJECT. STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOLS STARTED TO DRAFT PLANS FIVE MONTHS AGO, UNDERTOOK RESEARCH DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS AND PRODUCED THE EXHIBITS IN THE PAST TWO MONTHS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE SAID: "THE AIM OF THE 'ISLANDS ROOT PROJECT’ IS TO AROUSE ISLANDERS’ INTEREST TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THEIR DISTRICT SO AS TO STRENGTHEN THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING."

"THE CHEUNG CHAU PROJECT IS A PILOT ONE AND SIMILAR PROJECTS WILL BE HELD ON OTHER ISLANDS," HE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE "ISLANDS ROOT PROJECT" EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BF. HELD AT THE CHEUNG CHAU RURAL COMMITTEE YOUTH CENTRE, TUNG WAN AT 3.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

A PRESS LAUNCH, "CLEMENTI", WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER IN CENTRAL FOR CHEUNG CHAU AT 2 PM. INFORMATION OFFICER, MR RAYMOND TAM, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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ENDANGERED ANIMALS AND BIRD SET FREE

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) RELEASED THREE ENDANGERED ANIMALS AND A RARE BIRD IN THE REMOTE PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE SPECIES, PROTECTED UNDER THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE, INCLUDE THREE PANGOLINS AND A SHORT-EARED OWL. THEY WERE SEIZED TOGETHER WITH ONE DEAD OWL AND 12 LIVE GIANT SALAMANDERS BY THE POLICE AT AN ENTRY POINT ON THE BORDER ON SUNDAY DURING A ROUTINE OPERATION.

THE GIANT SALAMANDERS, NOW IN THE DEPARTMENT’S CUSTODY, WILL BE SENT BACK TO THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES IN CHINA AS SOON AS ARRANGEMENTS ARE FINALISED.

THE DEPARTMENT'S SENIOR CONSERVATION OFFICER, MR M. K. CHEUNG, REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT IT IS AN OFFENCE TO POSSESS, IMPORT OR EXPORT ENDANGERED SPECIES OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORISATION OF THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES.

"FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW MAY LEAD TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5,000 ON CONVICTION FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE, AND $10,000 AND SIX MONTHS' IMPRISONMENT FOR A REPEATED OFFENCE," HE WARNED.

SO FAR THIS YEAR, MR CHEUNG SAID, SOME 320 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED FOR VIOLATING THE ORDINANCE. MANY OF THE CASES CONCERNED THE ILLEGAL IMPORTATIONS OF OWLS, KESTRELS, PARROTS, PANGOLINS, GIANT SALAMANDERS, AND STUFFED SPECIMENS OF SEA TURTLES AND CROCODILES.

FINES TOTALLING $154,200 HAVE BEEN IMPOSED AND, IN ALL CASES, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES HAVE BEEN CONFISCATED, HE ADDED.

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ROYAL OBSERVATORY CALENDAR HAS MEDIA THEME * * * *

"METEOROLOGY AND THE MEDIA" IS THE THEME OF THE ROYAL OBERVATORY’S WALL CALENDAR FOR 1988 TO SHOW APPRECIATION OF THE MEDIA’S EXCELLENT WORK IN HELPING TO PROVIDE ACCURATE WEATHER INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC.

THE BILINGUAL CALENDAR, ON SALE NOW AT $32 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING IN CENTRAL, CONTAINS BASIC INFORMATION ON CLIMATOLOGY, ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS AND TIDES, AS WELL AS USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR WEATHER AND OTHER GEOPHYSICAL INFORMATION.

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ALSO INCLUDED IS A SELECTION OF COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS DEPICTING THE ESSENTIAL LINK — THE MEDIA — BETWEEN THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND ITS WEATHER SERVICES ON THE ONE HAND AND THE COMMUNITY AND USERS OF THE WEATHER INFORMATION ON THE OTHER.

THE ATTRACTIVE CALENDAR, WHICH WOULD MAKE AN IDEAL CHRISTMAS GIFT, IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AT 134A, NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES PUBLISHING SUB-DIVISION SAID PURCHASERS OF THE CALENDAR WOULD HAVE THE OPTION OF BUYING A COPY OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY'S CENTENARY PUBLICATION, “FROM TIME BALL TO ATOMIC CLOCK”, AT A REDUCED PRICE OF $19.

THE BOOK, WHICH NORMALLY COSTS $34 A COPY, TRACES THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY AND ITS ACHIEVEMENTS FOR OVER 100 YEARS.

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MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS PEDESTRIAN SAFETY * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE SIXTH ISSUE OF THE ROAD SAFETY QUARTERLY HAS BEEN PUBLISHED, AND ITS MAIN THEME IS PEDESTRIAN'SAFETY.

THE QUARTERLY IS A BILINGUAL PUBLICATION DISTRIBUTED FREE TO THE PUBLIC, WITH THE OVERALL AIM OF INCREASING SAFETY AWARENESS AMONG ROAD USERS.

”IN HONG KONG, ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PEDESTRIANS ACCOUNT FOR THE GREATEST NUMBER OF INJURIES RESULTING FROM ROAD ACCIDENTS”, A ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’EVERYONE SHOULD TAKE TIME TO STUDY THE SECTION ON PEDESTRIANS IN THE NEW ROAD USERS’ CODE”, HE ADDED.

ARTICLES IN THE CURRENT ISSUE INCLUDE KEY POINTS FOR PEDESTRIANS TO REMEMBER, CARTOONS TO DRIVE HOME THE SAFETY MESSAGES AND SOME ACCIDENT CASE STORIES.

CALTEX OIL HONG KONG LTD SPONSORS THE EDITORIAL AND COMPILATION WORK FOR THE PUBLICATION.

COPIES ARE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH DISTRICT OFFICES, TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT LICENCING OFFICES, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SMOKE-OUT

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MEMBERS OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE SMOKE-OUT DAY PROGRAMME IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE AN EXHIBITION, HEALTH CHECK-UP AND A SERIES OF LECTURES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES AND FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION.

THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING

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STREET SLEEPER PROBLEMS UNDER STUDY

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON THURSDAY (NOVEMBER 19) TO DISCUSS PROBLEMS CONCERNING STREET SLEEPERS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL STUDY VARIOUS SUGGESTIONS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF HOUSING THESE STREET SLEEPERS AND WILL REFLECT ITS VIEWS TO THE GOVERNMENT LATER.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO ENDORSE A PROJECT FOR PRODUCING A VIDEO FOR CIVIC EDUCATION PURPOSE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING STARTING AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 14/F., HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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MARINE SAND DREDGING, CABLE LAYING AUTHORISED

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD FOR DREDGING MARINE SAND NEAR LANTAU AND TSING YI AND FOR LAYING A CABLE AT DEEP WATER BAY.

TO PROVIDE FILL MATERIAL FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE RECLAMATIONS, MARINE SAND WILL BE EXTRACTED WITHIN TWO AREAS OF ABOUT 847.4 AND 748.9 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED LOCATED TO THE NORTH OF LANTAU AND TO THE SOUTH OF TSING YI.

THE AUTHORISATION GIVEN TO HONGKONG ELECTRIC COMPANY TO LAY SECTIONS OF A 132-KILOVOLT CABLE AT DEEP WATER BAY IS TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR ELECTRICITY IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

IT IS PART OF THE SECOND PHASE OF THE NEW CABLE ROUTE TO LINK THE WONG CHUK HANG ZONE SUB-STATION WITH THE PROPOSED CHUNG HOM KOK ZONE SUB-STATTON.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN DECEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT ONE YEAR.

A TOTAL OF 1,290 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT TWO AREAS WILL BE AFFECTED.

NOTICES OF AUTHORISATION HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

ANY WRITTEN CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION SHOULD BE SENT TO THE DIRECTOR OF BUILDINGS AND LANDS WITHIN ONE YEAR.

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE » * » » *

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 20), TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN CHOI HUNG ESTATE WILL BE MADE 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS.

THEY ARE :

* LUK LAU AVENUE BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HAMMER HILL ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION, AND

» HUNG MUI AVENUE BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WLTH LUK LAU AVENUE AND A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

WITHIN THESE URBAN CLEARWAYS, NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON LUK LAU AVENUE WILL BE LIFTED.

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PROHIBITED ROAD ZONES IN WAN CHAI

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THE SOUTHBOUND SECTION OF TONNOCHY ROAD IN WAN CHAI BETWEEN SEAFRONT ROAD AND HARBOUR ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE TO ALL VEHICLES OR COMBINATIONS OF VEHICLES OVER SEVEN METRES LONG FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 20). THIS WILL FACILITATE EMERGENCY DRAINAGE REPAIR WORK.

FROM 10 AM THE NEXT DAY (SATURDAY), THE EXISTING BAN THAT NO VEHICLE OVER FOUR TONNES GROSS IS ALLOWED TO ENTER HEARD STREET BETWEEN WAN CHAI ROAD AND JOHNSTON ROAD WILL BE EXTENDED FOR TWO MORE MONTHS BECAUSE OF ROAD WORKS.

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION IN SHEUNG SHUI ♦ » » ♦ »

TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW, THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF LUNG SUM AVENUE IN SHEUNG SHUI BETWEEN SAN FAT STREET AND SAN HONG STREET WILL BE MADE A PEAK-HOUR (I.E. 7 TO 10 AM AND 4 TO 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (NOVEMBER 20).

NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAY FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

ISSUED BY GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, HONG KONG. TEL.: 5-8428777

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1987

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

CS CONFIDENT MAJORITY WILL ACCEPT REPORT ................ 1

LEGCO VIEWS WTT.T. BE TAKEN FULLY INTO ACCOUNT........... 4

DISCRETION URGED IN ASSESSING PUBLIC VIEWS .............. 4

SURVEY REPORT "NOT WORTH ITS PAPER" ..................... 6

SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE SHOULD PREVAIL ..................... 7

SURVEY REPORT FULFILLED ITS FUNCTION .................... 9

SURVEY REPORT IS SCIENTIFIC AND ACCEPTABLE ............. 11

ACCUSATIONS OF FABRICATION ARE MISPLACED ............... 12

FOCUS ON THREE-TIER SYSTEM ............................. 13

POLITICAL CHANGES SHOULD CONFORM WITH MAJORITY WISH .... 15

POLITICAL INCLINATION CONSENSUS-ORIENTED ............... 16

PAY MORE ATTENTION TO QUALITY OF VIEWS ................. 18

SURVEY OFFICE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB ..................... 19

STI .ENT MAJORITY SATISFIED WITH STATUS QUO............. 21

LEGAL SYSTEM CONTRIBUTED TO HK'S SUCCESS .................. 23

QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ................ 24

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE TO HOLD OPEN HEARINGS............ 27

ONE-WAY TOLL ALSO APPLIES TO TAXIS ........................ 27

MORE CARE-AND-ATTENTION PLACES BEING PLANNED .............. 28

COUNCIL TO LOOK AFTER SM.iLL INVESTORS PROPOSED ........... 28

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ON HONG KONG ISLAND............ 29

STORAGE SITES TO LET BY TENDER............................. 30

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1987

CS CONFIDENT MAJORITY WILL ACCEPT REPORT

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THE CHIEF SECRETARY, MR DAVID FORD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) HE IS CONFIDENT THAT THE MAJORITY OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WILL ACCEPT THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT FOR WHAT IT IS: "AN IMPARTIAL RECORD OF THE VIEWS THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED -- NO MORE, NO LESS. "

IN WINDING UP THE DEBATE ON THE REPORT, WHICH COLLATED THE PUBLIC’S VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, MR FORD MADE THE FOLLOWING POINTS:

» THE GOVERNMENT HAD APPROACHED THE SURVEY ON THF GREEN PAPER WITH A COMPLETELY OPEN MIND;

* THE GOVERNMENT HAD NOT MANIPULATED PUBLIC OPINION;

t IT WAS NOT FOR THE SURVEY OFFICE TO ASSESS THE VIEWS EXPRESSED OR DRAW CONCLUSIONS FROM THEM;

* ALL SUBMISSIONS HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THE REPORT, ALL HAD BEEN FAITHFULLY REPORTED,

MR FORD SAID THAT IN THE DEBATE MANY MEMBERS HAD EXPRESSED THEIR FIRM CONVICTION IN THE INTEGRITY OF THE GREEN PAPER SURVEY AND OF THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT.

HOWEVER, IT APPEARED SOME PEOPLE MISUNDERSTOOD THE ROLE OF THE SURVEY OFFICE. "IT IS A MISUNDERSTANDING WHICH SEEMS TO BE SHARED BY MANY COMMENTATORS ON THE REPORT AND JUDGING BY SOME OF THE COMMENTS MADE THIS AFTERNOON, EVEN BY A FEW MEMBERS OF THIS COUNCIL," HE SAID.

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE SURVEY OFFICE WERE VERY CLEAR, WHICH WERE TO INVITE, RECEIVE AND RECORD ALL VIEWS EXPRESSED IN WRITING, AND TO SUBMIT TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AN IMPARTIAL AND ACCURATE REPORT COLLATING AND PRESENTING ALL SUCH VIEWS.

IN THEIR 12-PAGE REPORT — WHICH HE SAID HAD, OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL, RECEIVED SCANT ATTENTION OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS -- THF TWO INDEPENDENT MONITORS HAD CONCLUDED THAT "THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS PROPERLY, ACCURATELY AND IMPARTIALLY CARRIED OUT ITS DUTIES AND FOLLOWED THE PROCEDURES PRESCRIBED IN ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE."

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MR FORD SAID IT WAS NOW FOR MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TO TAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF THE VIEWS WHICH WERE INCLUDED IN THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT AND THE COMMENTS WHICH HAD BEEN MADE ON THE REPORT INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CHAMBER AND TO TAKE THEM INTO ACCOUNT WHEN DECIDING WHAT ADVICE TO GIVE ON WHAT CHANGES SHOULD BF MADE TO THE SYSTEM OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT IN 1988.

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WHEN THE WHITE PAPER IS PUBLISHED NEXT YEAR, THE PEOPLE OF H(NG KONG WILL BE ABLE TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER THEIR VIEWS AND Tdl'lE1 NEEDS HAVE INDEED BEEN FULLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT," HE ADDED.

MR FORD SAID THAT THOSE WHO HAD CRITICISED THE REPORT ON THE BASIS OF ITS PRESENTATION WERE SOMEWHAT MISSING THE POINT.

"WHETHER ONE TYPE OF SUBMISSION IS CATEGORISED IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, WHETHER SIGNATURE CAMPAIGNS ARE TREATED DIFFERENTLY FROM PRINTED FORMS, WHETHER PRINTED FORMS SHOULD HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THF TABLES OF STATISTICS ARE NOT MATTERS OF SUCH MONUMENTAL IMPORTANCE AS SOME MEMBERS HAVE SUGGESTED," HE SAID.

"WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT ALL SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN INCLUDED, ALL HAVE BEEN FAITHFULLY REPORTED AND ARE THERE FOR ALL TO SEE.”

HE NOTED THAT THE MONITORS HAD BEEN SATISFIED WITH THE CLASSIFICATION OF SUBMISSIONS DECIDED ON BY THE SURVEY OFFICE.

MR FORD REFUTED ACCUSATIONS MADE OUTSIDE THE COUNCIL THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD DELIBERATELY MANIPULATED PUBLIC OPINION TO MEET ITS OWN ENDS AND HAD DECEIVED THE PEOPLE.

"I AM SURE THAT NO ONE WOULD EXPECT ME, AS THE GOVERNMENT’S CHIEF SPOKESMAN IN THIS COUNCIL, TO PRODUCE LAME EXCUSES OR TO TRY TO DICK THE ISSUE," HE SAID.

"OUR CRITICS HAVE SOUGHT TO CREDIT US WITH A DEVIOUSNESS WHICH IS ALMOST BEYOND BELIEF. IT IS CERTAINLY BEYOND OUR CAPABILITY."

MR FORD SAID THE WORD "CREDIBILITY" HAD BEEN MUCH USED RECENTLY AND SUGGESTED THAT IT WAS NOT THE GOVERNMENT’S CREDIBILITY WHICH WAS NOW IN QUESTION BUT THE CREDIBILITY OF THOSE WHO SOUGHT TO CONCOCT THE CONSPIRACY THEORY.

"FOR WHAT THEY ARE SUGGESTING IS THAT THIS GOVERNMENT HAS DELIBERATELY WRITTEN A GREEN PAPER IN A CONFUSING WAY TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC OF HONG KONG. IT HAS THEN SET UP A SURVEY OFFICE WITH THE DELIBERATE INTENTION OF DISTORTING THE STATISTICS IT PRODUCED TO SUIT THE SO-CALLED WISHES OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

"DO PEOPLE WHO MAKE SUCH ACCUSATIONS REALLY BELIEVE THAT THERE HAS BEEN SUCH A CONSPIRACY?

"DO THEY REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE MONITORS, WHO HAD BEEN CLOSELY INVOLVED AT EVERY STAGE OF THE SURVEY, WOULD BE A PARTY TO A PLOT TO DELIBERATELY DECEIVE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG?"

MR FORD SAID THE TRUTH WAS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD APPROACHED THE SURVEY ON THE GREEN PAPER WITH A COMPLETELY OPEN MIND.

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"WE HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT WE HAD NO PRECONCEIVED IDEAS ON THE OUTCOME OF THE CONSULTATION EXERCISE AND THAT WE WOULD NOT LEAD PUBLIC OPINION," HE SAID.

"INDEED, AT THE TIME OF THE PUBLICATION OF THE GREEN PAPER, WE WERE OFTEN CRITICISED FOR BEING TOO NEUTRAL.

"WE HAVE SOUGHT THE WIDEST POSSIBLE PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE ISSUES IT CONTAINS.

"THAT RESPONSE HAS BEEN OF A SCALE UNPRECEDENTED IN HONG KONG’S HISTORY."

THE RESPONSE HAD BEEN METICULOUSLY RECORDED BY AN INDEPEDENT SURVEY OFFICE, UNDER THE CLOSE SCRUTINY OF INDEPENDENT MONITORS OF THE HIGHEST CALIBRE AND INTEGRITY.

THE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS COMMISSIONED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE, OVER WHICH THE GOVERNMENT HAD HAD NO INFLUENCE WHATSOEVER, HAD BEEN CONDUCTED IMPARTIALLY BY PROFESSIONALS IN THEIR OWN FIELD.

"APART FROM LAYING DOWN THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE SURVEY OFFICE BEFORE THE WHOLE EXERCISE STARTED, THE GOVERNMENT HAS IN NO WAY SOUGHT TO INFLUENCE THE WAY IN WHICH THE SURVEY OFFICE CARRIED OUT ITS TASK," HE STRESSED.

"AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, THE CONSPIRACY THEORY CAN BE SEEN FOR WHAT IT IS. IT WOULD SEEM THAT THOSE WHO PURSUE IT DO SO BECAUSE THE CONCLUSIONS THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO DRAW FROM THE FACTS PRESENTED IN THE REPORT ARE NOT TO THEIR LIKING.

"IT FURTHER APPEARS THAT THE ONLY REPORT WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BY THOSE CRITICS OUTSIDE THIS COUNCIL IS ONE WHICH IS TOTALLY IN ACCORD WITH THEIR OWN VIEWS."

TURNING TO THE COMMENTS THAT HAD BEEN MADE CONCERNING THE AGB MCNAIR SURVEYS, WHICH HE SAID HAD TAKEN UP MUCH OF MEMBERS’ TIME IN THE DEBATE, MR FORD SAID THAT IN ANY SURVEY OF THIS NATURE THERE WOULD INEVITABLY BE DIFFERENT JUDGEMENTS AS TO HOW PRECISELY ANY PARTICULAR QUESTION SHOULD BE PUT.

"I DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS PART OF MY TASK TO DEFEND THE PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT OF THE COMPANY OR THE APPROACH IT HAS ADOPTED," HE SAID.

"LISTENING TO MEMBERS’ SPEECHES THIS AFTERNOON, IT IS CLEAR THAT WHILST THERE IS STRONG CRITICISM FROM SOME MEMBERS, OTHERS HAVE BEEN SATISFIED BY THE CAREFUL EXPLANATIONS WHICH THE COMPANY HAS PROVIDED.

"I SHOULD ASSURE MEMBERS THAT BOTH VIEWS WILL OF COURSE BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WHEN CONSIDERING THE REPORT."

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LEGCO VIEWS WILL BE TAKEN FULLY INTO ACCOUNT » » » ♦

THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, SAID THAT COUNCILLORS WHO ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WILL FULLY TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THE DEBATE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ON THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT.

MISS DUNN SAID THOSE WHO WERE MEMBERS OF BOTH COUNCILS HAD DECIDED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR THEM TO SPEAK ON THE MOTION. THIS WAS BECAUSE THE DECISIONS ON WHAT SHOULD GO INTO THE WHITE PAPER IN THE LIGHT OF THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE GREEN PAPER OPTIONS HAD YET TO BE MADE BY THE GOVERNOR WITH THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

HOWEVER, SHE EMPHASISED THAT THEY WOULD LISTEN KEENLY AND ATTENTIVELY, AND WOULD FULLY TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED, WHEN THEY TENDERED THEIR ADVICE IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

MISS DUNN WAS MOVING A MOTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE ’’COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF THE REPORT OF THE SURVEY OFFICE AND THE REPORT OF THE MONITORS: PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER: THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT”.

SHE SAID THAT THE DEBATE WOULD GIVE MEMBERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THE VERY IMPRESSIVE PUBLIC RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER AND TO DEVELOP FURTHER THEIR OWN VIEWS. THIRTY-ONE MEMBERS SPOKE IN THE DEBATE.

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THE GOVERNOR AND MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE ASSESSING THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT, MUST EXERCISE ASSIGNING VARYING WEIGHTS AND SIGNIFICANCE TO THE ACCORDANCE WITH THE DIFFERENT FORMS OF EXPRESSION COLLECTED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI

COUNCIL, IN

DISCRETION IN FINDINGS TN SENT TO OR SAID IN THE

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DR HO WAS LEADING OFF DEBATE ON THE MOTION PUT BY THE SENIOR MEMBER, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, THAT THE ’’COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF THE REPORT OF THE SURVEY OFFICE AND THE REPORT OF THE MONITORS: PUBLIC' RESPONSE TO THE GREEN PAPER: THE 1987 REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT.”

HE POINTED OUT THAT DIFFERENT FORMS OF EXPRESSION CARRY DIFFERENT DEGREES OF SELF-IN JTI ATIVE, SUBJECTIVITY AND STRENGTH OF CONVICTION OF RESPONDENTS.

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IN OTHER WORDS, THE AMOUNT OF PASSIVITY, COLLUSION OR MANIPULATION TENDS TO BE MINIMUM IN INDIVIDUAL SPEECHES AND INDIVIDUAL WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS, BUT MORE PREVALENT IN SIGNATURE CAMPAIGNS AND PRE-PRINTED IDENTICAL LETTERS, WITH WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS BY SMALL GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS IN BETWEEN," DR HO SAID.

"FURTHERMORE, THE INFERENCES DRAWN FROM A SURVEY INVOLVING A PROBABILITY SAMPLING CAN BE GENERALISED WITH MUCH MORE VALIDITY AND AUTHORITY THAN THOSE FROM A • SURVEY INVOLVING A NON-PROBABILITY SAMPLING.

"IN THE SAME VEIN, THE CONCLUSIONS DERIVED FROM A SURVEY SAMPLED ON A GENERAL POPULATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO MUCH LESS LIMITATIONS THAN THOSE OF A SURVEY SAMPLED ON A SPECIFIC POPULATION GROUP," HE CONTINUED.

DR HO COMMENDED THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT TO THE PUBLIC BECAUSE HE FELT THAT THE OFFICE HAD ADHERED CONSCIENTIOUSLY TO ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE BOTH IN GATHERING PUBLIC OPINION AND VIEWS SUBMITTED TO IT OR THOSE EXPRESSED IN THE MEDIA, AND IN CLASSIFYING, TABULATING, SUMMARISING AND PRESENTING THE VIEWS FACTUALLY IN A SYSTEMATIC AND COMPREHENSIBLE MANNER.

ALSO, THE OFFICE REFRAINED FROM INTERPRETING AND INFERRING FROM THE DATA COLLECTED. IT RESPECTED THE INDEPENDENT AND PROFESSIONAL STATUS OF AGB MCNAIR HK LTD, A RESEARCH FIRM WITH AN INTERNATIONAL STANDING IN PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS, AND LEFT THE FIRM TO CARRY OUT ITS JOB WITHOUT INTERFERENCE.

THE TWO INDEPENDENT MONITORS, WHO CLOSELY SUPERVISED THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE WORK OF THE SURVEY OFFICE, WERE ALSO FULLY SATISFIED WITH THE WAY THE COMMISSIONER HAD CONDUCTED THE PUBLIC OPINION COLLECTION EXERCISE, DR HO OBSERVED.

NOTING THAT POL4TICAL REFORMS HAD FAR-REACHING, LONG-TERM SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS, DR HO HOPED THAT THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL, IN DELIBERATING ON THE MOST APPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENTS IN REPERESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT FOR HONG KONG IN 1988, WOULD NOT ONLY MAKE DECISIONS WITH REFERENCE TO THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT, BUT ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT A HOST OF INTERLOCKING CONSIDERATIONS. O

THESE CONSIDERATIONS INCLUDED THE CONTINUOUS STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF THE TERRITORY; CONVERGENCE WITH THE BASIC LAW, A SMOOTH AND UNEVENTFUL TRANSITION; BUILDING ON THE GOOD FEATURES OF OUR EXISTING SYSTEM; RETAINING OR FURTHER STRENGTHENING OF BUSINESS CONFIDENCE, AND PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL.

MOREOVER, THE PUBLIC WISH FOR A GRADUAL, STEP BY STEP CHANGE; INCREMENTAL POLITICAL REFORMS ON A WIDER SCOPE RATHER THAN JUST ON DIRECT ELECTIONS; THE NEED FOR AN EFFICIENT, BUT RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT, AND SUGGESTIONS RAISED IN TODAY’S DEBATE SHOULD ALSO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

DR HO ADDED THAT HIS VIEWS^WERE SHARED AND ENDORSED BY' HIS LEGCO COLLEAGUE, THE HON F.K. HU,*

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SURVEY REPORT "NOT WORTH ITS PAPER"

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THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT CONTAINED DISTORTIONS WHICH RENDERED IT NOT WORTH THE PAPER IT WAS WRITTEN ON, THE HON K. C. CHAN SAID • TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL DURING THE DEBATE ON THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT, MR CHAN NOTED THAT SOME 230,000 SIGNATURES WITH IDENTITY CARD NUMBERS VOLUNTARILY SIGNED IN A SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN WERE EXCLUDED.

ON THE OTHER HAND, SOME 70,000 STEREOTYPE LETTERS FROM ORGANISATIONS THAT EMPLOYED THE SIGNATORIES WERE INCLUDED, THUS DISTORTING THE PERCENTAGE OF SUPPORTERS FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988, HE SAID.

MR CHAN ADDED THAT THE SURVEY’S QUESTIONNAIRE CONTAINED TOO MANY DIFFICULT-TO-UNDERSTAND AND LOADED QUESTIONS WHICH 40 TO 45 PER CENT OF THE RESPONDENTS DID NOT UNDERSTAND.

"NO MATTER HOW DILIGENTLY, CONSCIENTIOUSLY AND METICULOUSLY THE SURVEY OFFICE STAFF AND THE MONITORS COMPILED THEIR REPORTS, THE RESULT WOULD BE GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT," HE SAID.

HE OBSERVED THAT BOTH BRITAIN AND CHINA HAD EXPERIENCE IN USING A REFERENDUM. IN 1945, CHINA HELD A PLEBISCITE ON THE INDEPENDENCE OF OUTER MONGOLIA, WHILE IN 1967, BRITAIN HELD A REFERENDUM ON THE GIBRALTAR ISSUE. A MORE RECENT REFERENDUM HELD IN BRITAIN WAS FOR THE ENTRY INTO THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY.

HE SAID THAT IN ALL THESE CASES, THE QUESTION ASKED WAS SIMPLE, JUST APPROVAL OR REJECTION.

HE ADDED THAT ALTHOUGH REFERENDUM WAS NOT A DIRTY WORD, IT WAS RESISTED IN THE STRONGEST TERMS BY BOTH BRITAIN AND CHINA.

ASKING FOR A REFERENDUM AT THIS TIME WOULD BE NEGOTIATING WITH A TIGER FOR ITS SKIN, AND ONE COULD EASILY FORECAST THE REALISTIC OUTCOME,, HE SAID.

MR CHAN REITERATED THAT ALTHOUGH HE WAS AN APPOINTED MEMBER, HE STILL SUPPORTED DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988.

HE SAID THAT IF A BUFFER BETWEEN THE BORDER OF CHINA AND HONG KONG WAS NOT ESTABLISHED BY DIRECT ELECTIONS SO THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE WOULD ADMINISTER HONG KONG, THE CONFIDENCE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE WOULD SUFFER AND THOSE WHO WERE YET INDECISIVE WOULD HAVE TO MAKE UP THEIR MIND AND VOTE WITH THEIR FEET.

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REFERRING TO THE SPEECHES BY MEMBERS DURING THE POLICY DEBATE, HE SAID THE USE OF THE TERM "POLITICAL ARENA" WAS QUITE APPROPRIATE, AS THERE WERE NOT ONLY GLADIATORS FIGHTING AGAINST GLADIATORS BUT ALSO GLADIATORS KILLING OR KILLED BY FIERCE ANIMALS, SUCH AS LIONS AND TIGERS.

HE SAID CHINESE PEOPLE USED THE "TIGER" TO REPRESENT GENERALS AND ARMED FORCES, BUT IT WAS DEFINITELY NOT SUITABLE FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE. HE ALSO QUOTED A PIECE OF CLASSIC CHINESE LITERATURE ABOUT CONFUCIUS TELLING HIS DISCIPLES THAT "HAR8H OR CRUEL ADMINISTRATION WAS FIERCER THAN TIGERS".

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HONG KONG PEOPLE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER IN A SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE RATHER THAN OF CONFRONTATION AND MISTRUST, THE HON STEPHEN CHEONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE PEOPLE SHOULD ADDRESS AND RESOLVE THE MANY PROBLEMS LYING AHEAD OF THEM BY WORKING TOGETHER WITH A SENSE OF DEDICATION AND PRAGMATISM, HE SAID.

IN ORDER TO SURVIVE AS AN AUTONOMOUS POLITY, HONG KONG HAD TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN THE TWIN GOALS OF STABILITY AND PROSPERITY.

MR CHEONG SAID THAT FOR ANYONE, OR ANY PRESSURE GROUP, TO ACT LIKE A WESTERN-STYLE OPPOSITION PARTY IN DISCREDITING THE INTEGRITY OF THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH UNSUBSTANTIATED ALLEGATIONS — SUCH AS ACCUSING THE GOVERNOR OF INVITING INTERVENTION FROM PEKING — TENDED TO INDICATE THAT NOT ENOUGH CONSIDERATION HAD BEEN GIVEN TO HONG KONG REALITIES.

* "IF THE REALITY OF HONG KONG IS SUCH THAT THERE CAN BE NO READY ALTERNATIVE TO THE GOVERNMENT AS IT IS AT PRESENT CONSTITUTED, IT WOULD SEEM REASONABLE FOR ALL OF US TO CONSIDER ACCEPTING A ROLE IN PERFORMING PUBLIC DUTIES SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF OUR COUNTERPARTS IN WESTERN DEMOCRACIES," HE SAID.

IN WESTERN DEMOCRACIES OPPOSITION PARTIES AIMED AT BRINGING DOWN THE PARTY IN POWER BY DISCREDITING THE ADMINISTRATION AND ITS POLICIES, WITH A VIEW TO GETTING INTO POWER THEMSELVES.

HE BELIEVED THAT THIS SCENARIO WOULD NOT BE FEASIBLE IN HONG KONG, BECAUSE IT COULD NEVER BE AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY.

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HE SAID THAT IF THE INTEGRITY OF THE GOVERNMENT WAS CALLED SERIOUSLY INTO QUESTION THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NOT FALL, BUT IT WOULD i EASE TO FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY BECAUSE IT WOULD NO LONGER BE TRUSTED..

MR CHEONG SAID THAT SINCE PUBLICATION ON THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT, ATTEMPTS HAD BEEN MADE TO WAGE A CAMPAIGN WITH INTENT TO DISCREDIT THE GOVERNMENT.

"IT HAS BEEN REPEATEDLY ALLEGED IN ORGANISED FORA AS WELL AS THROUGH ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN THE MEDIA THAT THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE SURVEY OFFICE AND IN COLLUSION WITH THE MARKET RESEARCH FIRM, HAD PURPOSELY MISLED THE COMMUNITY ON THE ISSUE OF SUPPORT FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THIS CHAMBER IN 1988," HE SAID.

DESPITE STRONG VOCAL OBJECTIONS BY A FEW OVER THE DESIGN OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE ISSUE OF INTRODUCING DIRECT ELECTIONS, THERE WERE VERY FEW CRITICISMS OVER THE DESIGN OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE ON OTHER RELATED AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT ISSUES RAISED IN THE GREEN PAPER.

THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE INDICATED A GENERAL TREND THAT THE PEOPLE DID NOT WANT DRASTIC CHANGES TO BE INTRODUCED IMMEDIATELY, HE SAID.

THIS TREND WAS APPARENT IN ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS WHICH HAD SOLICITED VIEWS ON POSSIBLE CHANGES TO THE DISTRICT BOARDS, MUNICIPAL COUNCILS, THE PRESIDENCY OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND THE VOTING AGE.

"WE MUST TAKE ACCOUNT OF THEIR VIEWS IN ITS TOTAL CONTEXT AND SHOULD NOT LOOK IN ISOLATION AT ONE PARTICULAR ELEMENT IN THE EQUATION," HE SAID.

MR CHEONG ALSO SAID THE REPORTS OF THE INDEPENDENT MONITORS MUST BE OBJECTIVELY TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION BEFORE ANYONE CONDEMNED THE SURVEY' OFFICE REPORT. ‘

THE TWO MONITORS, MR ANDREW SO AND MR F.K. LI, WERE BOTH MEN OF PRINCIPLE AND UNQUESTIONED INTEGRITY, n

"IT IS THEREFORE ONLY RIGHT THAT WE GIVE DUE WEIGHT TO THE QUALITY OF THEIR WORK IN OVERSEEING THE WHOLE PUBLIC OPINION GATHERING EXERCISE," HE SAID.

MR CHEONG SAID IT WAS CRYSTAL CLEAR FROM THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT THAT, IN PRINCIPLE, THERE WAS STRONG SUPPORT FOR AN ELEMENT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE SPLITTING THE COMMUNITY WAS THE QUESTION OF TIMING.

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’’MAY I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO URGE AU, OF US TO TAKE NOTE OF THIS FACT, COOL OUR HEADS, AND EXAMINE SERIOUSLY THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF HONG KONG TO CONTINUE SQUABBLING OPENLY OVER JUST A FEW YEARS’ DIFFERENCE IN ITS INTRODUCTION,” HE SAID.

IT WAS NO LONGER CONSTRUCTIVE TO CONTINUE TO FOSTER DISRUPTION TO THE GENERALLY HARMONIOUS ATMOSPHERE PREVAILING IN THE COMMUNITY.

'INDEED, NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL OF US TO START WORKING CLOSER TOGETHER WITH A VIEW TO SECURING FROM THE GOVERNMENT AN ASSURANCE THAT THERE WILL BE A DIRECTLY ELECTED ELEMENT INTRODUCED TO THIS COUNCIL IN EITHER 1991 OR 1992,” HE SAID.

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THE SURVEY REPORT HAS FULFILLED ITS FUNCTION OF PRESENTING IN AS MUCH DETAIL AS POSSIBLE THE RESPONSE OF THE HONG KONG PUBLIC TO THE GREEN PAPER, THE HON SELINA CHOW SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MRS CHOW SAID THE REPORT HAD SET OUT CLEARLY AND FACTUALLY DIFFERENT GROUPS OF VIEWS SUBMITTED BY THE PUBLIC ACCORDING TO THEIR VARIOUS SOURCES AND ORIENTATIONS AND IT ATTEMPTED NO ASSESSMENT AND DREW NO CONCLUSIONS FROM THE VIEWS IT PRESENTED, LEAVING THE READERS MAXIMUM FREEDOM TO DO BOTH.

AS EXPECTED, SHE SAID, THE CONTROVERSY ON DIRECT ELECTIONS WHICH HAD HAUNTED OUR COMMUNITY SINCE THE SIGNING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION PERSISTED.

"IT WOULD BE QUITE FRUITLESS TO SPLIT HAIRS OVER FIGURES, OR TO JUDGE THE ENTIRE REPORT ON A TABLE OR TWO.”

MRS CHOW SAID THE TEMPTATION TO BE BOGGED DOWN BY A FEW EXTRACTED FIGURES WAS GREAT BUT MUST BE RESISTED.

"MUCH HAS BEEN MADE OF THE 100,000 PRE-PRINTED SUBMISSIONS AND THE 230,000 SIGNATURES.

’’WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT TO THEIR SIGNATORIES, AND WHATEVER THEIR PERSUASION, THEY ARE AFTER ALL ORGANISED VIEWS, WHICH SHOULD NOT BE ASSIGNED THE WEIGHTING OF REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLES OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION."

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SHE SAID TO ARGUE FOR OR AGAINST EITHER SYMPATHY ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT THEY WERE REPRESENTATIVE WAS AT BEST OFF THE MARK, AND AT WORST MISLEADING.

’’THERE IS QUITE ENOUGH DATA IN THE ENTIRE REPORT FOR CERTAIN OBSERVATIONS TO BE DRAWN WHICH WOULD NO DOUBT HELP US IN ASSESSING WHAT THE COMMUNITY REALLY WANTS.”

MRS CHOW SAID THE VOLUMINOUS INFORMATION GIVEN IN THE REPORT POINTED TO A FEW SIGNIFICANT MESSAGES.

FIRSTLY, A LARGE PROPORTION OF OUR COMMUNITY HAD NEITHER THE INTEREST NOR THE KNOWLEDGE IN OUR PRESENT AND FUTURE STATE OF GOVERNMENT. FROM THE VARIOUS SURVEYS, IT WAS SAFE TO ASSUME THAT THIS SEGMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY ACCOUNTED FOR ABOUT ONE THIRD TO 40 PER CENT OF OUR POPULATION.

SECONDLY, THERE WAS A SENSE OF UNCERTAINTY AS TO WHAT EFFECT CHANGES WOULD HAVE ON OUR IMMEDIATE AND LONG TERM FUTURE, ALTHOUGH IT SEEMED TO BE GENERALLY RECOGNISED THAT HONG KONG COULD WITHSTAND CHANGES WITHOUT SACRIFICING OUR STABLILITY TO AN UNACCEPTABLE DEGREE, AND THAT SOME CHANGES WERE CONSIDERED BOTH NECESSARY AND WELCOME.

THIRDLY, THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY ENDORSED THE CONCEPT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS.

"THE BONE OF CONTENTION IS THE TIMING OF ITS INTRODUCTION. HERE THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY DISAPPEARS, AND THE COMMUNITY SEEMS FAIRLY SPLIT OVER THE IDEAL POINT.”

MRS CHOW CITED FOUR SRH SURVEYS WHICH SHOWED THAT THERE WAS A DOWNWARD TREND IN THE SUPPORT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS FROM ABOUT 54 PER CENT TO 42 PER CENT IN THE TWO MONTHS FROM EARLY JULY TO EARLY SEPTEMBER.

AT THE SAME TIME THE PRECENTAGE CALLING FOR NO CHANGE INCREASED FROM 27 PER CENT TO 34 PER CENT, WHILE THOSE WHO OPTED FOR A LITTLE CHANGE DROPPED FROM 30 PER CENT TO 23 PER CENT. THOSE WHO HAD NO OPINION OR WERE UNSURE REMAINED AT 40 PER CENT.

"DURING THE DEBATE ON THE GREEN PAPER, I MADE IT QUITE CLEAR THAT IN SPITE OF ALL MY MISGIVINGS ABOUT DIRECT ELECTION, I WOULD BE QUITE PREPARED TO GO ALONG WITH THE MAJORITY VIEW IF THERE IS CLEAR SUPPORT FOR IT.

"TODAY OUR PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN. WHILE ENDORSING DIRECT ELECTION AS A DESIRABLE CHANGE SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE, THE MAJORITY IS EITHER NOT WILLING OR NOT READY TO INSIST ON DIRECT ELECTION IN 1988. THEY PREFER TO WAIT. I WOULD GO ALONG.”

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HOWEVER, MRS CHOW SAID SINCE THE COMMUNITY HAD COMMITTED ITSELF TO DIRECT ELECTION IN THE LONG TERM, THE SOONER WE STARTED OFF, THE MORE GRADUAL WOULD BE THE PROCESS.

"WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WASTE VALUABLE TIME IN PROCRASTINATION. WE MUST USE THE LIMITED TIME TO HONG KONG’S ADVANTAGE BY LEARNING THE ROPES OF HOW WE CAN BUILD A MORE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT SKILFULLY AND RESPONSIVELY."

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SURVEY REPORT IS SCIENTIFIC AND ACCEPTABLE ♦ » ♦ ♦

THE SURVEY REPORT ON DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988 IS ACCEPTABLE BECAUSE IT IS THE LARGEST, BEST-PUBLICISED, MOST EXTENSIVE, MOST PROLONGED, RELATIVELY LESS BIASED AND MORE SCIENTIFIC OF ALL SURVEYS DONE TO OBTAIN VIEWS ON POLITICAL REFORM.

THIS WAS STATED BY DR THE HON HENRIETTA IP IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DISMISSING CLAIMS THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD IN SOME WAYS MANIPULATED THE RESULTS, DR IP POINTED OUT THAT, IF ONE FOLLOWED CLOSELY THE MANY TABLES, ONE WOULD BEGIN TO SEE A TREND IN THAT, MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, THE HIGHEST-RANKING CHOICE OR CLOSELY SIMILAR ONES REMAINED THE SAME IRRESPECTIVE OF WHICH CATEGORY OF SUBMISSIONS THEY BELONGED. THE ONLY DEVIATIONS FROM THIS TREND WERE WHERE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST EXISTED WITH THAT CATEGORY OF RESPONDENTS.

"IF WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE RESULT OF THE SURVEY REPORT, WE ARE NOT GIVING DUE RESPECT TO THOSE WHO HAD FAITHFULLY SUBMITTED THEIR VIEWS AND THOSE WHOM WE PURPORT TO REPRESENT," DR IP ADDED.

SHE ALSO ASKED THAT THE SILENT MAJORITY BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

"THEY ARE SILENT BECAUSE THEY CONTINUE TO HAVE FAITH IN THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT, IN THEIR ADMINISTRATION AND IN THEIR PROPOSAL OF CHANGES WHETHER POLITICAL OR OTHERWISE IN ENSURING THE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY OF HONG KONG."

DR IP PERSONALLY DID NOT BELIEVE IN DIRECT ELECTIONS FOR HONG KONG AND WAS CONVINCED THAT THE LEGISLATIVE TERM SHOULD BE FOR FOUR YEARS.

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THE SURVEY OFFICE HAS ACHIEVED WHAT IT SET OUT TO DO BY PROVIDING IN ITS REPORT A "COMPREHENSIVE AND ACCURATE" ACCOUNT OF ALL THE PUBLIC VIEWS COLLECTED, THE HON RITA FAN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ACCUSATIONS OF CONSPIRACY AND FABRICATION WERE UNCALLED FOR AND MISPLACED.

"IT IS NOT THE JOB OF THE SURVEY OFFICE TO DRAW CONCLUSIONS, NOR DID IT ATTEMPT TO DO SO,” SHE SAID.

MRS FAN FELT THAT THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT CONTAINED A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF USEFUL AND MEANINGFUL INFORMATION, SUCH AS THAT A CLEAR MAJORITY WOULD LIKE AN ELEMENT OF DIRECT ELECTION IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE GOVERNOR TO PRESIDE OVER THE COUNCIL, THE VOTING AGE TO REMAIN AT 21, AND THE COMPOSITION OF THE PRESENT LEGISLATURE TO CHANGE IN A GRADUAL MANNER.

THESE VIEWS SHOULD BE TAKEN AS A WHOLE, SHE SAID.

"CONCERN FOR CONFLICTING VIEWS ON ONE ISSUE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO OVERSHADOW THE CLEAR INDICATION OF PUBLIC OPINION ON A NUMBER OF OFTEN EQUALLY SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT ISSUES," SHE ADDED.

MRS FAN SAID SHE DEDUCED FROM SOME OF THE SURVEY FINDINGS THAT, FIRSTLY, MANY PEOPLE WERE REASONABLY HAPPY WITH THE EXISTING STRUCTURES OR WERE NOT LOOKING FOR CHANGES; AND SECONDLY, WHILE MANY PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO SEE DIRECT ELECTIONS INTRODUCED IN 1988, THEY WERE NOT SO STRONGLY MOTIVATED TO THE EXTENT THAT THEY MUST HAVE THIS NEXT YEAR.

"I DO NOT THINK A DELAY OF A FEW YEARS WILL BE UNACCEPTABLE TO THE COMMUNITY," SHE SAID.

WHAT PEOPLE WANTED FROM THE GOVERNMENT WAS A DEFINITE COMMITMENT THAT DIRECT ELECTIONS WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN 1991, AND A CLEARLY DEFINED PROCEDURE FOR SUCH INTRODUCTION, INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF SEATS, THE CONSTITUENCIES AND THE NOMINATION PROCESS, ACCORDING TO MRS FAN.

"IF THE GOVERNMENT FAILED TO MAKE THIS DEFINITE COMMITMENT, THEN THERE IS EVERY LIKELIHOOD THAT THE CREDIBILITY OF THIS ADMINISTRATION MAY BE SUBJECTED TO QUESTION, AND THIS TIME FOR GOOD REASONS," SHE SAID.

MRS FAN STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN THE PREPARATION OF HONG KONG PEOPLE FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS.

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THE SURVEY RESULTS, SHE SAID, HAD ALSO SHOWN CONFUSION EXISTED IN THE MINDS OF MANY PEOPLE ABOUT THE POLITICAL SYSTEM AS WELL AS THE EXTENT OF PUBLIC DISINTEREST IN CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

"IF WE ARE TO HOLD A WORTHWHILE DIRECT ELECTION, WE MUST BATTLE AGAINST AND PREVAIL OVER 'INERTIA' AND ’IGNORANCE’,” SHE SAID.

MRS FAN SAID SHE WANTED TO SEE A DIRECT ELECTION CONDUCTED WITH DIGNITY WHERE REASON PREVAILED OVER EMOTION.

SHE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THIS GOAL COULD BE ATTAINED IF PEOPLE DEVELOPED, THROUGH EFFECTIVE CIVIC EDUCATION, ATTITUDES OF FAIR-MINDEDNESS, OBJECTIVITY AND INDEPENDENT THINGKING; AND ALSO DEVELOPED THE POWER TO DISTINGUISH PROPAGANDIST TACTICS FROM VALID REASONS, EMPTY PROMISES FROM ACTUAL PERFORMANCE, AND INSINUATIONS FROM FACTS.

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THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE MUST BE LOOKED AT IN THE CONTEXT OF THE EVOLUTION OF HONG KONG’S GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE, DR THE HON KIM CHAM SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN THIS RESPECT, HE SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT ON THE GOVERNMENT’S THREE-TIER SYSTEM.

NOTING THAT VIEWS EXPRESSED BY THE DISTRICT BOARDS WERE OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOUR OF EXPANSION, DR CHAM SAID THE PRACTICAL SOLUTION WAS THAT THE DB'S SHOULD TAKE DECISIONS AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SHOULD IMPLEMENT THEM.

HE ADDED: "THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SHOULD INITIALLY BE A MEMBER OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, WHERE LATER ON, HE SHOULD TAKE OVER AS CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

"THIS WOULD ENSURE BETTER MONITORING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE DISTRICT BOARDS."

ON THE COMPOSITION OF DB’S, DR CHAM SAID THOUGH EXPRESSED VIEWS MIGHT INDICATE A WISH FOR CHANGE, THERE WAS STRONG EVIDENCE FROM THE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS THAT NO CHANGE WAS PREFERRED.

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HE NOTED THAT THE TWO SURVEYS COMMISSIONED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE INDICATED THAT WELL OVER 30 PER CENT OF THE RESPONDENTS WERE NOT IN FAVOUR OF CHANGING THE PRESENT PROPORTION OF APPOINTED AND ELECTED MEMBERS, AND WELL OVER 44 PER CENT OF THE RESPONDENTS CHOSE THE OPTION THAT URBAN COUNCILLORS SHOULD NOT WITHDRAW FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS.

ON THE STRUCTURE AND AMALGAMATION OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, DR CHAM FELT THE 'IWO PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS ALSO INDICATED THAT WE SHOULD NOT CHANGE FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE.

’’FOR THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE TWO PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS REVEAL THAT WELL OVER 35 PER CENT OF THE RESPONDENTS ARE NOT IN FAVOUR OF ANY INCREASE IN THE SIZE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL.

"ON THE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, THERE APPEARS TO BE GENERAL CONSENSUS THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO CHANGE," HE SAID.

"COUPLED WITH VIEWS EXPRESSED ABOUT THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, IT IS APPARENT THAT THERE IS NO DEMAND FOR THE AMALGAMATION OF THE TWO COUNCILS," HE ADDED.

ON THE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR CHAM SAID THERE WERE CLEAR INDICATIONS THAT THE SEATS OF THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES SHOULD BE INCREASED.

AND HE PERSONALLY FELT THAT AN ADDITIONAL SEAT FOR ACCOUNTANCY AND ONE FOR FINANCIAL MARKETS SHOULD BE INTRODUCED.

TURNING TO DIRECT ELECTIONS, DR CHAM SAID THE WAY TO MOVE AHEAD WAS TO LAY DOWN SPECIFIC PLANS FOR FUTURE INTRODUCTION, EVEN THOUGH CHANGE WAS NOT OPTED FOR IN 1988.

HE URGED THAT CONSIDERATIONS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO COMPULSORY VOTING SO THAT WE WOULD NOT BE CONSTRAINED BY PUBLIC APATHY BUT RATHER ENSURE TOTAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN OUR FUTURE ELECTION PROCESS.

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THE OUTCOME OF THE GOVERNMENT'S ASSESSMENT OF THE SURVEY OFFICE REPORT SHOULD CONFORM WITH THE MAJORITY WISHES OF THE PEOPLE, ACCORD WITH THE SPIRIT AS WELL AS THE LETTER OF OTHER OBLIGATIONS, AND SHOULD BE IN LINE WITH THE OVERALL INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, THE HON CHENG HON-KWAN SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHENG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S TASK NOW WAS TO ASSESS ALL THE POINTS OF VIEW AND TO WORK OUT WHAT CHANGES — IF ANY — SHOULD BE MADE IN 1988.

"LIKE THE SURVEY ITSELF, IT IS A DIFFICULT TASK, AND IT WILL NEED ALL THE GOODWILL, CO-OPERATION AND WISDOM WHICH WE CAN MUSTER," HE SAID.

NOTING THAT THE MAJORITY OF RESPONDENTS TO THE SURVEY ON REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT WERE IN FAVOUR OF DIRECT ELELCTIONS, BUT FELT THAT 1988 WAS TOO SOON, MR CHENG EMPHASISED THAT THIS CONSIDERED OPINION, TOGETHER WITH OTHERS EXPRESSED IN THE SURVEY, MUST BE RESPECTED.

"IT IS NOT OUR BUSINESS TO QUESTION THE RESULTS OF THIS EXERCISE; NOR DO I SEE ANY REASON TO DISPUTE THE METHODS USED TO OBTAIN THE VIEWS OF THE PEOPLE.

"INDEED, I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE SURVEY OFFICE ON THE WAY IN WHICH IT HAS COLLECTED AND COLLATED THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF OPINIONS. IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN AN EASY TASK," MR CHENG SAID.

HE ALSO EXPRESSED APPRECIATION OF THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE TWO INDEPENDENT MONITORS AND NOTED THAT THE OFFICER HAD COMMISSIONED SPECIALISTS TO CONDUCT TWO RANDOM PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS TO OBTAIN AN OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF THE COMMUNITY'S VIEWS.

MR CHENG SAID THAT TO HIM, IT SEEMED CLEAR THAT THE PEOPLE WERE IN AGREEMENT WITH THE VIEW THAT THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE EVOLUTIONARY AND NOT REVOLUTIONARY.

"THE RESPONSE TO THE SURVEY DEMONSTRATES THE PEOPLE’S FAITH IN THE GOVERNMENT AND IN THE PROCESS OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION -- OTHERWISE THEY WOULD NOT HAVE BOTHERED TO TAKE PART TN THE SURVEY," HE OBSERVED.

ON THE PACE OF DEVELOPMENT IN REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, MR CHENG HELD FAST TO THE VIEWS HE EXPRESSED IN THE GREEN PAPER DEBATE LAST JULY.

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HE MAINTAINED THAT MORE TIME SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE TESTING OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT STRUCTURES WHICH HAD BEEN SET UP THROUGH MAJOR INNOVATIONS AS RECENTLY AS 1985 AND THAT ANY MAJOR CHANGE IN 1988 WOULD RUN COUNTER TO THE SPIRIT OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION AND WOULD BE PRE-EMPTIVE OF THE CONTINUING PROCESS OF DRAFTING THE BASIC LAW.

"WE DO NOT DIMINISH OURSELVES BY HONOURING THE SPIRIT AS WV’LL AS THE LETTER OF OUR AGREEMENTS. INSTEAD WE DEMONSTRATE OUR INTEGRITY -- AND IT IS THIS INTEGRITY WHICH MAKES VIABLE OUR SYSTEM OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION," HE SAID.

MR CHENG POINTED OUT THAT IN HIS CONSTITUENCY OF ENGINEERING AND ALLIED PROFESSIONS, THE FOUR PROFESSIONAL BODIES SOUGHT THEIR MEMBERS’ VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER AND MADE SEPARATE SUBMISSIONS TO THE SURVEY OFFICE. THE GENERAL CONSENSUS WAS IN FAVOUR OF DIRECT ELECTIONS, BUT OPINION WAS VERY CLOSELY DIVIDED ON WHETHER THESE SHOULD BE IN 1988 OR LATER.

"IT WAS ALSO CONSIDERED THAT ANOTHER SEAT IN THIS COUNCIL WAS NEEDED TO REPRESENT THE CONSTITUENCY," HE SAID.

"THIS VIEW ASSUMED NEW PROPORTIONS WHEN I SAW IN THE SURVEY REPORT THAT NEARLY A DOZEN MORE PROFESSIONAL BODIES OR ORGANISATIONS RELATING TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WERE SEEKING EITHER INCLUSION IN AN EXISTING CONSTITUENCY -- PRESUMABLY MINE — OR RECOGNITION AS NEW FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES.

"IT SEEMS LOGICAL TO ME THAT THESE BODIES OR ORGANISATIONS SHOULD BE REPRESENTED IN THIS COUNCIL."

SHOULD THE ENGINEERING CONSTITUENCY BE ENLARGED, EXPANDED REPRESENTATION IN LEGCO WOULD BE NEEDED AS EXISTING CONSTITUENTS ALREADY FELT THAT REPRESENTATION SHOULD BE INCREASED, HE ADDED.

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THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WESTERN-STYLE DEMOCRATIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND THE EVOLVING POLITICAL SCENE IN HONG KONG WAS THAT HONG KONG’S INCLINATIONS AND APPROACHES WERE MORE CONSENSUS-ORIENTED RATHER THAN CONFRONTATION-ORIENTED, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID HE BELIEVED THE FRAMEWORK OF THE FUTURE HONG KONG SAR GOVERNMENT, AS WOULD BE ENACTED IN THE BASIC LAW IN 1990, SHOULD BE UNDERPINNED BY THE DEMOCRATIC AND CONSENSUS-ORIENTED APPROACH AMONG THE VARIOUS POLITICAL PERSONALITIES AND POLITICAL PARTIES WHICH WOULD BE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS.

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TURNING TO THE QUESTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS, HE NOTED THAT THERE WAS AN ARRAY OF STATISTICS LISTING TENS OF THOUSAND OF INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS AND ASSOCIATIONS OPTING FOR OR AGAINST DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988.

"THE STATISTICS GIVEN IN THE SURVEY REPORT ARE AS ACCURATE AS ONE CAN REASONABLY EXPECT IN THE CARRYING OUT OF SUCH A MAJOR EXERCISE," HE SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THREE OTHER SURVEYS COVERING THE POPULATION SHOWED THAT THE SUPPORT FOR, OR NO OBJECTION TO, DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988 WAS MUCH HIGHER THAN THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE — PROBABLY BECAUSE OF THE FEWER OPTIONS OFFERED AND ALSO BECAUSE REFERENCE TO DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988 WAS MORE SPECIFIC.

FOR THE FOUR SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY SURVEY RESEARCH HONG KONG LIMITED, THE PERCENTAGE IN SUPPORT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988 RANGED FROM 46 PER CENT TO 54 PER CENT. FOR THE THREE SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY MARKETING DECISION RESEARCH COMPANY LIMITED, THE FIGURES RANGED FROM 41 PER CENT TO 62 PER CENT, AND THE SURVEY CONDUCTED BY FRANK SMALL AND ASSOCIATES SHOWED 43 PER CENT IN SUPPORT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS.

"MY READING OF THE MCNAIR SURVEYS AND THE SURVEYS CARRIED OUT BY THESE THREE OTHER COMPANIES IS THAT THE HONG KONG ADULT POPULATION IS QUITE CLEARLY DIVIDED AS TO WHETHER DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN 1988," HE SAID.

MR CHEONQ-LEEN ALSO NOTED THAT IN REGARD TO THE 21 SIGNATURE CAMPAIGNS COVERING THE QUESTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS, A LARGE NUMBER, ABOUT 225,000 SIGNATURES, WERE IN SUPPORT OF DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BEING HELD IN 1988.

AS FOR THE 125,833 SUBMISSIONS SENT DIRECT TO THE SURVEY OFFICE, OF WHICH 120,923 WERE FROM INDIVIDUALS AND 4,305 FROM GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS COMPRISING 16,294 INDIVIDUALS, THE LARGER MAJORITY 94,270 — WERE NOT IN FAVOUR OF DIRECT ELECTIONS BEING INTRODUCED IN 1988.

"MY ASSESSMENT THEREFORE - AND I HAVE TO RECOGNISE IT SOMEWHAT RELUCTANTLY - IS THAT THERE IS NO OVERWHELMING MAJORITY AMONG THE POPULATION IN GENERAL FOR DIRECT ELECTIONS TO BE INTRODUCED IN 1988.

"THAT BEING THE CASE, WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT DIRECT ELECTIONS TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CAN COME ABOUT IF NOT IN 1988, THEN EITHER IN 1990 OR 1991," HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE QUALITY OF THE VIEWS SUBMITTED TO THE SURVEY OFFICE, RATHER THAN THE NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS, IN ITS ASSESSMENT OF THE SURVEY REPORT, TUB HON NGAI SHIU-KIT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

CONCEDING THAT THE 130,000-ODD RESPONSES TO THE SURVEY OFFICE AND THE 220,000 SIGNATURES, MIGHT NOT SIGNIFY A GROWING POLITICAL AWARENESS AMONG RESIDENTS, OR CONSCIOUS EFFORTS THE MASS TO SUPPORT A WORTHY CAUSE, MR NGAI TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT IN IMPORTANT ISSUES LIKE CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS, THE FINAL DECISION MUST BE BASED LARGELY ON RATIONALISATION.

STRESSING THAT THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988 WAS A HASTY AND RISKY STEP TO TAKE, MR NGAI SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CAREFULLY ASCERTAIN THE CONTENT OF POPULAR WILL AND HOW EFFECTIVE THE MECHANISM FOR EXPRESSING THIS WILL WAS.

HE WARNED THAT WITH THE GENERAL LACK OF POLITICAL AWARENESS AND GENERAL INDIFFERENCE TO PO)ITICAL ISSUES AMONG THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE, IT COULD BE DISASTROUS TO THE WELL-BEING OF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO ACT ACCORDING TO ANY APPARENT UNITY.

"THERE HAS BEEN MUCH OVER-REACTION TO THE SURVEY REPORT EVER SINCE ITS PUBLICATION TWO WEEKS AGO. THOSE WHO HAVE PLEDGED THEIR FAITH TO WINNING MAJORITY SUPPORT FOR DIRECT ELECTION IN 1988 ARE UNDERSTANDABLY FRUSTRATED BY THE OUTCOME OF THE SURVEY.

"FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COMB FORWARD TO ACCUSE THE GOVERNMENT FOR BEING INSINCERE AND BIASED IN THIS CONSULTATION EXERCISE, I REGRET TO SAY THAT THEIR VINDICTIVE ACCUSATIONS COULD HAVE BEEN MISFIRED. FOR IT WILL BE TOTALLY UNTHINKABLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BASE ITS DECISION AS TO INITIATE POLITICAL REFORMS OR NOT, PURELY ON THE OUTCOME OF A SURVEY AND NOTHING ELSE," HE SAID.

MR NGAI EMPHASISED THAT HONG KONG’S EXPORT-ORIENTED ECONOMY WAS VULNERABLE TO TOO MANY EXTERNAL FACTORS BEYOND OUE! CONTROL AND WE SIMPLY COULD NOT AFFORD TO EXPERIMENT WITH POLITICAL REFORMS AND GAMBLE ON THE FUTURE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF OUR COMMUNITY.

"ANOTHER REALITY IS THE QUESTION OF CONVERGENCE OF OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM WITH THE BASIC LAW WHICH SHALL BE WITH US IN THE RUN-UP TO 1997," HE SAID, ADDING THAT THE QUESTION HAD TO BE ADDRESSED IN THE FORTHCOMING WHITE PAPER ON OUR FUTURE POLITICAL

FINALLY, MR NGAI REMINDED THE COUNCIL THAT THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY HAD BEEN BUILT UPON A STABLE AND PREDICTABLE POLITICAL STRUCTURE AND SAID HE BELIEVED THE EXISTING GOVERNMENT SYSTEM COULD ENSURE A PRAGMATIC AND EFFICIENT FUNCTIONING OF THE ADMINISTRATION.

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THE SURVEY OFFICE DID AN EXCELLENT JOB IN A VERY SHORT TIME FOR WHICH THE COMMISSIONER AND HIS STAFF SHOULD BE THANKED AND CONGRATULATED, DR THE HON HELMUT SOHMEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DR SOHMEN SAID THE SURVEY OUTCOME WAS HIGHLY PREDICTABLE: IN THE OPINION POLLS A MAJORITY ACCEPTED THE NEED FOR CHANGE BUT NOT IN 1988; A SMALLER NUMBER EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS IN 1988; AND THE LARGER PART OF THE POPULATION REMINED STUBBORNLY SILENT.

"THE SURVEY REPORT HAS ADHERED TO ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE; ITS FINDINGS AND HOW THEY WERE ARRIVED AT ARE THERE FOR ALL TO SEE AND DRAW CONCLUSIONS FROM," HE SAID.

DR SOHMEN NOTED THAT THE SURVEY OFFICE ONLY HAD TO PRESENT AND NOT TO DECIDE, AND THE ATTACK ON ITS WORK WAS MISPLACED AND A LAST-DITCH ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THE ULTIMATE POLITICAL DECISION BY SUGGESTING THAT THE AVAILABLE EVIDENCE SHOULD BE DISREGARDED.

HE SAID THE DEBATE ON THE SURVEY REPORT REMINDED HIM A BIT OF THE THEATRE OF THE ABSURD.

"THE DRAMATIS PERSONAE ARE 'EXERCISE IN FUTILITY', PITTED AGAINST 'EXERCISE IN FRIVOLITY’, PLAYED BY ACTORS WITHOUT A PROPER SCRIPT AND FEELING THEIR WAY FORWARD.

"THE REVIEWERS ARE BAFFLED BUT THEIR PROFESSIONAL PRIDE DEMANDS THAT THEY FIND MEANING; INTERPRETATIONS THUS DIFFER WIDELY AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON, BUT ON BALANCE THEY TEND TO FAVOUR FRIVOLITY.

"THE AUDIENCE AT LARGE BRIEFLY ENJOY THE THRILL OF BEING PART OF SOMETHING NEW AND INCOMPREHENSIBLE, BUT ULTIMATELY LEAVE WITH A SENSE OF UNEASE. THE MORAL OF THE STORY SOMEHOW REMAINS IN DOUBT."

HOWEVER, DR SOHMEN SAID THE GREEN PAPER DEBATE AND THE TRAVAILS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE HAD NOT BEEN TOTALLY USELESS.

"WHILE PROVIDING SOME MUCH-NEEDED CIVIC EDUCATION, THE RESULTS HAVE REVEALED THE TRUE IDENTITY OF OUR DEMOCRATIC REFORMERS.

"FIRST THEY ATTACKED THE GREEN PAPER QUITE RIGHTLY FOR BEING SOMEWHAT OBSCURE AND NOT CONTAINING ALL THE PROMISED OPTIONS.

"BUT PEOPLE WHO DO NOT SEE, OF CANNOT ACCEPT OBJECTIVE REALITY WHICH MAY NECESSITATE POLICY CHANGES OBVIOUSLY LACK COMMON SENSE. LET US, HOWEVER, ACCEPT THEM AS IDEALISTS," HE SAID.

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"BUT PEOPLE WHO ARB SO WRAPPED UP IN THEIR OWN IDEALS THAT THEY BECOME UNAWARE OF, OR INSENSITIVE TO, THE REAL STRENGTH OF SENTIMENT IN THE COMMUNITY AS TO AVAILABLE ALTERNATIVES, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROCLAIMING THAT THEY, AND ONLY THEY, REPRESENT THAT COMMUNITY, ARB VERY POOR POLITICIANS.

"AND IF THESE SAME PEOPLE HAVE TO PUT UP A SMOKE-SCREEN OF FRIVOLOUS COMPLAINTS TO HIDE EMBARRASSMENT AND FRUSTRATION OVER THEIR FAILURE TO PRODUCE MORE CONVINCING ARGUMENTS OR TO MAKE ACCURATE PREDICTIONS, THEN THEY ARB IMMATURE, HYPOCRITICAL, IRRESPONSIBLE POLITICIANS.

"LET US BE CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT BAD LOSERS NEVER MAKE GOOD DEMOCRATS," DR SOHMEN ADDED.

"THIS COUNCIL AND OTHERS WILL REMEMBER THAT THOSE OF US WHO ARGUED AGAINST HASTY CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS IN THE JULY DEBATE MADE A COMMITMENT IN ADVANCE TO RESPECT THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE.

"SOME OF THOSE IN FAVOUR OF THE EARLY INTRODUCTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS, HOWEVER, WARNED HONG KONG OF THEIR LIKELY DEPARTURE IF THEY COULD NOT HAVE THEIR BRAND OF ’DEMOCRACY’.

"WHAT SORT OF DEMOCRACY CAN WB EXPECT IN HONG KONG FROM PEOPLE MAKING SUCH PUERILE THREATS? WHAT DEGREE OF COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG AND ITS FUTURE SHOULD BE READ INTO SUCH EGOCENTRIC BEHAVIOUR AND ATTEMPTS AT PSYCHOLOGICAL BLACKMAIL? AND WHAT SHOULD WE READ INTO THE ATTACKS ON THE MECHANICS OF THE SURVEY EFFORT OR THE METHODOLOGY OF THE OPINION POLLSTERS?" HE SAID.

DR SOHMEN ASKED WHAT CRIES OF OUTRAGE WOULD WB HAVE HEARD IF THE SURVEY OFFICE HAD INDEED GIVEN MORE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS TO AGB MCNAIR HONG KONG LTD, OR IF AGB MCNAIR HAD SUBSTANTIALLY DEVIATED IN THEIR QUESTIONS FROM THE TERMINOLOGY IN THE GREEN PAPER.

"CONVERSELY, CAN WE ASSUME THAT THE CRITICISMS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE WOULD HAVE BEEN AS STRONG IF BY CHANCE THE OPINION POLLS HAD REFLECTED THE RESULT DESIRED BY THE PRO-BLBCTION LOBBY?

"HOW MANY DISGRUNTLED CITIZENS WOULD LIKELY HAVE TAKEN TO THE STREETS IN THAT EVENT PROTESTING AGAINST THE ’UNFAVOURABLE’ FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE?

"WHY SHOULD IT BE SEEN AS ’UNFAIR’ TO THE ACTIVISTS NOT TO GET THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG?"

DR SOHMEN WONDERED WHETHER THE REFORMERS, IN DENOUNCING THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, WHICH HAD BEEN MOST SCRUPULOUS IN KEEPING AWAY FROM THE ASSESSMENT EXERCISE, WERE IN FACT CHIDING THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FOR HAVING MADE THE WRONG DECISION.

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HOWEVER, HE SAID WE HAD TO ACCEPT THAT SOME PEOPLE WOULD NEVER BE SATISFIED UNTIL THEY GOT EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANTED, AND WOULD EVEN USE THE CLOCK OF DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES TO COVER UP THEIR ESSENTIALLY UNDEMOCRATIC BEHAVIOURS.

"HONG KONG CANNOT AFFORD POLITICAL LEADERS WITHOUT VISION OR WITHOUT A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONCERNS OF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY AND NOT JUST THOSE OF THEIR OWN LITTLE GROUP. WE CAN DO WITHOUT FRIVOLITY.

"WHAT WE NEED ARE PEOPLE WITH COMMITMENT THAT IS TEMPERED BY A SENSE OF PERSPECTIVE, A KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR OWN LIMITATIONS, AND AN APPRECIATION OF ACHIEVABLE REALITY."

FORTUNATELY, DR SOHMEN ADDED, SUCH PEOPLE EXISTED IN HONG KONG AT ALL LEVELS AND WERE QUIETLY AT WORK IN HELPING TO SHAPE OUR PRESENT AND OUR FUTURE.

"I AM ENCOURAGED BY THEIR DEDICATION AND CONVINCED THAT ULTIMATELY THEY, AND NOT THOSE NOW SHOUTING SO LOUDLY BUT SO UNCONVINCINGLY, WILL CARRY THIS TERRITORY THROUGH THE TRANSITION PERIOD AND BEYOND."

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HONG KONG PEOPLE’S SILENCE TOWARDS THE GREEN PAPER COULD BE TAKEN AS A STRONG INDICATION THAT THEY WERE SATISFIED WITH THE STATUS QUO AND DID NOT WANT TO RISK ANY HASTY AND UNNECESSARY CHANGE, THE HON EDWARD HO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE FOUND IT A PITY THAT DESIGNERS OF PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS DID NOT PURSUE WHY PEOPLE DID NOT HAVE ANY OPINION IN REGARD TO THE GREEN PAPER.

HE FELT THAT "NO OPINION" IN ITSELF COULD BE TREATED AS A FORM OF OPINION, AND IT SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN THE EVALUATION OF THE SURVEY REPORT.

THE LACK OF INFORMATION ON WHY SUCH A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAD NO COMMENT LEFT THE TASK OF INTERPRETING WHAT THEY MEANT, MR HO SAID.

"ARE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG SO INDIFFERENT TO POLITICS?

"ARE THEY SO SATISFIED WITH THE PRESENT SYSTEM THAT THEY DO NOT FEEL THE NEED TO VOICE THEIR VIEWS?

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"OR ALTHOUGH THEY ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE STATUS QUO, ARE THEIR FEELINGS NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO COMPEL THEM TO ASK FOR CHANGE?" MR HO ASKED.

HE, HIMSELF, BELIEVED ALL THREE OF THESE ASSUMPTIONS WERE VALID AS DEVELOPMENTS IN RECENT YEARS HAD SHOWN THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE WOULD NOT LONGER HESITATE TO STAND UP AND MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD IF THEY HAD A GRIEVANCE.

"THEIR SILENCE TOWARDS THE GREEN PAPER CAN BE TAKEN AS A STRONG INDICATION THAT THEY ARE SATISIFIED WITH THE STATUS QUO AND DO NOT WANT TO RISK ANY HASTY AND UNNECESSARY CHANGE," MR HO SAID.

"THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG ARE PRAGMATIC AND PRUDENT.

"THEY VALUE THE PRESENT STABILITY AND PROSPERITY AND WILL NOT CALL FOR CHANGES JUST FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGING," HE CONTINUED.

HE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE THE SAME APPROACH IN ASSESSING THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY OFFICE.

EARLIER, MR HO SAID THE CONSULTATION EXERCISE COULD BE DESCRIBED AS A SUCCESS IN TERMS OF QUANTITY AS MORE THAN 130,000 SUBMISSIONS HAD BEEN RECEIVED BY THE SURVEY OFFICE.

HOWEVER, IT WAS DISAPPOINTING THAT PUBLIC RESPONSES TOWARDS OTHER ISSUES WERE RELATIVELY SCARCE COMPARED TO THOSE ON DIRECT ELECTIONS.

THE 1987 POLITICAL REVIEW, IN THIS RESPECT, COULD ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS A PARTIAL SUCCESS, MR HO SAID.

NEVERTHELESS, HE STILL BELIEVED THAT THE SURVEY EXERCISE HAD PROVIDED A VALUABLE INDICATION AS TO THE NEXT STEP TO BE TAKEN IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF GOVERNMENT.

HE SAID IF THE SCOPE WAS WIDENED TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION ALL THE PROFESSIONALLY CONDUCTED OPINION SURVEYS TOGETHER WITH THE SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED, ANALYSTS COULD STILL FIND A CLEAR TREND IN THE PUBLIC’S MIND - WHICH WAS THAT THERE WAS NO OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR HASTY CHANGES.

"THIS APPLIES TO MOST ASPECTS OF THE GOVERNMENT SYSTEM," HE ADDED.

ON THE QUESTION OF DIRECT ELECTIONS, EVEN IF THE AGB MCNAIR SURVEY WAS DISREGARDED, NINE SURVEYS UNDERTAKEN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR INDICATED THAT ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A STRONG SUPPORT FOR AN ELEMENT OF DIRECT ELECTION TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THERE WAS NOT AN OVERWHELMING DESIRE TO INTRODUCE IT IN 1988, HE ADDED.

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LEGAL SYSTEM CONTRIBUTED TO HK’S SUCCESS

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HONG KONG OWES PART OF ITS SUCCESS TO ITS LEGAL SYSTEM, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR MICHAEL THOMAS, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY US TIME) IN NEW YORK. i

SPEAKING ON THE FIRST DAY OF AN EIGHT-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT THAT WILL TAKE HIM TO NEW YORK, BOSTON, LONDON AND PARIS, MR THOMAS SAID: "HONG KONG LIKE SO MANY OUTPOSTS OF BRITISH TRADE & COMMERCE, INHERITED THE COMMON LAW IN ITS GOLDEN AGE."

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS ADDRESSING AN AUDIENCE OF MEMBERS OF THE BAR MAINLY INVOLVED WITH MATTERS RELATING TO CONSULAR AND DIPLOMATIC LAW AT A DINNER MEETING OF THE CONSULAR LAW SOCIETY.

"WE HAVE A LEGAL SYSTEM LARGELY REFLECTING THE BEST FEATURES OF THE ENGLISH LEGAL SYSTEM, WITH INCORRUPTIBLE JUDGES AND SKILLFUL PRACTITIONERS, INTERNATIONALIST IN OUTLOOK AND TRAINING," HE SAID.

IT WAS THE FACT THAT THE RULE OF LAW WAS WELL ESTABLISHED, THAT THE JUDGES HAD INDEPENDENCE, THAT THE COURTS WERE SECOND TO NONE IN THIS REGION THAT HAD ATTRACTED MANY TO HONG KONG.

"THEY KNOW THAT THEIR CONTRACTS WILL BE ENFORCED, THAT REMEDIES WILL BE AFFORDED WHERE WRONGS HAVE BEEN DONE. THEY KNOW TOO THAT CRIME IS VIGOROUSLY PROSECUTED AND THAT ON THE WHOLE JUSTICE IS DONE IN THE COURTS," HE SAID.

TO PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES, MR THOMAS SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD 1,500 SOLICITORS AND OVER 300 BARRISTERS, MOST OF WHOM HAD GRADUATED LOCALLY, ALTHOUGH MANY HAD BEEN TRAINED IN THE INNS OF COURT IN LONDON AND UNIVERSITIES OVERSEAS.

"MORE THAN 100 QUEENS COUNSEL TRAVEL EACH YEAR FROM THE U.K. TO APPEAR IN SOME OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR CASES.

"WE HAVE JUDGES FROM MANY DIFFERENT COMMON LAW COUNTRIES, AS WELL AS SOME FROM HONG KONG. THE COURTS ARE READY TO CONSIDER NOT ONLY HONG KONG CASES BUT JUDICIAL PRECEDENTS FROM MANY OTHER PLACES.

’’FOREIGN LAWYERS ARE PERMITTED TO COME IN AND TO ESTABLISH PRACTICES IN ORDER TO SERVE FOREIGN BANKS AND TRADING GROUPS IN THEIR REGIONAL ACTIVITIES. THERE ARE MANY SUCH FIRMS IN HONG KONG, FROM AMERICA, CANADA, GERMANY, THE PHILIPPINES, HOLLAND ETC," HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE FUTURE, MR THOMAS SAID THE JOINT DECLARATION PROVIDED THAT HONG KONG’S SYSTEM OF LAW, ADMINISTRATION AND THE ECONOMY, ITS LIFE-STYLE AND FREEDOMS WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED FOR 50 YEARS AFTER 1997.

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IT ALSO PROVIDED THAT IN 1997 HONG KONG WOULD BECOME A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, BUT THE SOCIALIST POLICY ADOPTED IN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC WOULD NOT BE APPLIED, HE SAID.

’’THE PRESENT SYSTEMS IN HONG KONG WILL, IN ALL ESSENTIAL RESPECTS, REMAIN FOR 50 YEARS AFTER 1997. IN PARTICULAR, HONG KONG WILL MAINTAIN ITS OWN FAMILIAR SYSTEM OF LAW,” MR THOMAS SAID.

"THE LAWS CURRENTLY IN FORCE IN HONG KONG WILL REMAIN BASICALLY UNCHANGED. THE COMMON LAW, RULES OF EQUITY, ORDINANCES, SUBORDINATE LEGISLATION AND CUSTOMARY LAW WILL BE MAINTAINED.

’’THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM WILL REMAIN ESSENTIALLY UNCHANGED, AND IN PARTICULAR THE INDEPENDENT EXERCISE OF JUDICIAL POWER AND THE OBLIGATION OF THE COURTS TO DECIDE CASES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW.

’’THE POWER OF FINAL JUDGEMENT OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION WILL BE VESTED IN ITS OWN COURT OF FINAL APPEAL,” MR THOMAS SAID.

EARLIER IN THE DAY, MR THOMAS ATTENDED A LUNCH HOSTED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICE IN NEW YORK, MR KERRY MCGLYNN. AT THE LUNCH HE MET REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND MEMBERS OF MAJOR FINANCIAL AND BANKING INSTITUTIONS WHO HAVE SPECIAL INTEREST IN HONG KONG.

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QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED * ♦ ♦ * *

THE MAJORITY OF FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR REPORTED AN

IMPROVEMENT IN THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE THIRD QUARTER

1987 AS COMPARED WITH THE SECOND QUARTER OF SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. IT IS EXPECTED THAT,

SECTOR AS A WHOLE, THE BUSINESS SITUATION TN 1987 WILL CONI’INUE TO SHOW IMPROVEMENT,

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THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED DURING THE FIRST THREE WEEKS OF OCTOBER. THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE RETURNS WERE RECEIVED BEFORE THE RECENT EVENTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MARKETS TOOK PLACE. SUCH EVENTS MAY, HOWEVER, HAVE EFFECTS ON BUSINESS EXPEC. IAI 1ONS FOR 1HI*. FOURTH QUARTER AS A WHOLE. THE SURVEY RESULTS SHOULD THEREFORE BE INTERPRETED WITH THIS CAVEAT IN MINI).

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FIRMS IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR REPORTED A CONTINUED UPTREND IN BUSINESS DURING THE THIRD QUARTER AND THE BUSINESS SITUATION IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE FURTHER IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

AS FOR THE FIRMS IN THE "WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS" SECTOR, A FAVOURABLE BUSINESS SITUATION WAS EXPERIENCED IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND AN OPTIMISTIC BUSINESS OUTLOOK IS ANTICIPATED FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER.

IN THE THIRD QUARTER, FIRMS IN "BANKS", "REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED SERVICES" AND "TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION”. BUSINESSES CONTINUED TO EXPERIENCE IMPROVEMENTS IN BUSINESS AND THEY EXPECT THE UPTREND TO PERSIST IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

ABOUT 1,000 FIRMS FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES AND BUSINESSES, FORMING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY AND WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCES AND EXPECTATIONS.

WITHIN 1 THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, FIRMS IN ALL INDUSTRIES EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE THIRD QUARTER WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY WHICH SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE. THE EXTENT OF IMPROVEMENTS ARE QUITE REMARKABLE IN THE "FOOD, BEVERAGE AND TOBACCO", "PLASTICS", "FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS", "ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES" AND "ELECTRONICS" INDUSTRIES.

REGARDING THE EXPECTATIONS ON THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER, FIRMS IN ALL INDUSTRIES, WITH THE EXCEPTION ON THE "PLASTICS" INDUSTRY, EXPRESS OPTIMISM OVER THE BUSINESS PROSPECT. FOR THE "PLASTICS" INDUSTRY, A SEASONAL DECLINE IN BUSINESS IS EXPECTED IN THE FOURTH QUARTER.

THE MAJORITY OF THE FIRMS IN THE "WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES" AND "RESTAURANTS" BUSINESSES EXPERIENCED AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE GENERAL BUSINESS SITUATION IN THE THIRD QUARTER. FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS ARE EXPECTED BY THE RESPONDING FIRMS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. AS FOR THE "HOTELS" BUSINESS, A STABLE BUSINESS SITUATION WAS EXPERIENCED BY FIRMS IN THE THIRD QUARTER AND THEY GENERALLY EXPRESS CONFIDENCE IN THE BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER, DUE MAINLY TO ANTICIPATION OF A SEASONAL UPTREND IN BUSINESS.

WITH REGARD