Daily Information Bulletin - 1980s - 1988 - JUL - ENG

 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR WELCOMES ESTABLISHMENT OF JLG OFFICES .................. 1

WORKING METHODS OF JLG OFFICE DISCUSSED ......................... k

LORD GLENARTHUR LOOKS OVER NEW TOWN............................. 5

PRAISE FOR OVERSEAS BANKING INPUT .............................. 6

CONTINUED HIGH STANDARDS OF BANKING SUPERVISION URGED........ 7

HAWKERS IN YAU MA TEI JOIN HANDS WITH USD STAFF IN CLEAN-UP . 9

VIEWS ON VICE PROPOSALS SOUGHT.................................. 9

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED..................................... 10


NEW TAB MEMBERSHIP ............................................ 11

LAND REHABILITATION PROGRAMME GETS LOCAL SUPPORT .............. 12

ARRESTS MADE IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES IN MARKET................... 15

NEW LONG SERVICE PAYMENT PROVISIONS BECOME EFFECTIVE .......... 15

EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTS - CHECK BEFORE YOU SIGN.................. 1**

BREAKWATER AT SAI KUNG INNER PORT SHELTER PROPOSED............. 15

PRIVATE STREET IN MONG KOK TO BE RESUMED ...................... 15

RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR APRIL RELEASED ............. 16

QUARTERLY REPORT FOR CONTINUING HOUSEHOLD SURVEY .............. 20

DONALD LIAO URGES MORE PARTICIPATION IN SYP ................... 20

SHA TIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENS THIS SUNDAY............... 22

SUMMER YOUTH FUN FOR KWUN TONG STARTS ON SUNDAY................ 25

SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL MEDALS .............................. 25

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEMES IN WAN CHAI ...................... 2*t

STUDENT DELEGATION BOUND FOR CANBERRA ......................... 25

FUNCTIONS IN SUPPORT OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY ................. 25

DB FUNDS FOR PUBLICISING DRAFT BASIC LAW....................... 26

BUS LANE AT HUNG MUI KUK ROAD TO BE EXTENDED................... 26

LONG VEHICLE BAN IN SHIU FAI TERRACE........................... 27

WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG ....................................... 27

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1988

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GOVERNOR WELCOMES ESTABLISHMENT OF JLG OFFICES

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THE PRESENCE IN HONG KONG OF THE CHINESE AND BRITISH TEAMS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WILL ENSURE EVEN CLOSER CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

"THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL ASSIST IN THIS IN EVERY WAY IT CAN,” SIR DAVID SAID, WHEN ADDRESSING A JOINT RECEPTION TO MARK THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PERMANENT LOCAL OFFICES OF THE TWO TEAMS.

’’FROM TODAY THE PRINCIPAL BASE OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WILL BE IN HONG KONG,” SIR DAVID SAID, ADDING THAT THE ROLE OF THE GROUP WOULD NOT CHANGE.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THE IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG OF 'THE WORK OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WAS WIDELY RECOGNISED.

SINCE IT WAS FORMED IN MAY 1985, THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP HAD MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION.

IT ALREADY HAD A SOLID RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT fN DEALING WITH A NUMBER OF COMPLEX ISSUES.

’’THIS RECORD OF SUCCESS BODES WELL FOR AN EVEN MORE FRUITFUL FUTURE," SIR DAVID SAID.

"I AM SURE THAT THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WILL JOIN ME IN WISHING THE GROUP EVERY SUCCESS IN THEIR WORK.”

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FOLLOWING ARE THE FULL TEXTS OF SPEECHES GIVEN BY THE SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BRITISH AND CHINESE TEAMS, MR ROBIN MCLAREN AND MR KE ZAISHUO.

SPEECH BY MR ROBIN MCLAREN

YOUR EXCELLENCY SIR DAVID WILSON, AMBASSADOR KE ZAISHUO, LADIES AND GENTLEMENT, I AM VERY PLEASED TO JOIN AMBASSADOR KE IN WELCOMING YOU HERE THIS EVENING. PERHAPS I CAN ALSO BE ALLOWED TO WELCOME MY FELLOW HOST TO HONG KONG, AS AMBASSADOR KE AND MANY OF HIS COLLEAGUES WILL NOW BE MAKING THE TERRITORY THEIR HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME.

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THIS EVENING’S RECEPTION MARKS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW PHASE IN THE WORK OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP. FOR THREE YEARS WE HAVE HAD NO PERMANENT HOMES OF OUR OWN. HENCEFORTH WE SHALL HAVE A FIRM BASE HERE. OUR OFFICE WILL BE HERE; MOST OF OUR STAFF WILL BE HERE. THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT WE SHALL LET OUR GOVERNMENTS FORGET US, SINCE WE SHALL REMIND THEM OF OUR EXISTENCE BY CONTINUING TO MEET ONCE A YEAR IN LONDON AND PEKING AS WELL AS IN HONG KONG.

FOR ALL OUR PERIPATETIC WAY OF LIFE, WE HAVE ALREADY ACHIEVED MUCH. THROUGH THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WE HAVE REACHED A SERIES OF PRACTICAL AGREEMENTS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG’S FUTURE AS A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG AND TO ESTABLISH HOW THEY CAN BEST BE SERVED. IN ALL THAT WE HAVE DONE WE HAVE SHARED ONE OVER-RIDING OBJECTIVE - TO GIVE FULL EFFECT TO THE JOINT DECLARATION TO WHICH BOTH OUR GOVERNMENTS REMAIN FULLY COMMITTED. , »

WITH HONG KONG AS THE GROUP’S PRINCIPAL BASE, OUR TASK WILL BE GREATLY FACILITATED. CONTACTS BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES, ALREADY CLOSE, WILL BECOME STILL EASIER AND MORE DIRECT. THE UNDERSTANDING AND FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE MEMBERS OF OUR TWO TEAMS WILL, I AM SURE, BE ENHANCED.

THE BRITISH AND CHINESE SIDES’ OFFICES WILL BECOME THE MAIN CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE WORK OF THE JLG. I EXPECT TOO THAT THE MAJORITY OF MEETINGS OF EXPERTS WILL TAKE PLACE HERE. AND WHERE BETTER THAN IN THE TERRITORY ITSELF, WHERE EACH SIDE CAN BEST APPRECIATE LOCAL NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS?

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BRITISH SIDE’S NEW OFFICE HERE WILL NOT IN ANY WAY DIMINISH THE VITAL ROLE PLAYED BY OFFICIALS OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. IT IS THEY WHO HAVE DAY-TO-DAY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG. AND IT IS THEY WHO PROVIDE THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE WHICH ARE THE ESSENTIAL FOUNDATION OF OUR WORK. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY THEIR FULL PART ON THE BRITISH SIDE.

NOR WILL THE TASKS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP CHANGE SIMPLY BECAUSE WE HAVE ACQUIRED A PERMANENT BASE IN HONG KONG. THE JOINT DECLARATION STATES CLEARLY THAT THE JLG IS AN ORGAN OF LIAISON AND NOT AN ORGAN OF POWER. THAT WILL REMAIN OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE.

FINALLY LET ME PROPOSE A TOAST:

- TO THE CONTINUING SUCCESS OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP;

- TO CLOSE AND FRIENDLY RELATIONS BETWEEN THE BRITISH AND CHINESE SIDES; AND

- TO THE CONTINUING STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG; AND

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TO THE HEALTH OF OUR FRIENDS FROM THE CHINESE SIDE AND ALL DISTINGUISHED GUESTS PRESENT.

SPEECH BY MR KE ZAISHUO

THE OFFICES OF THE CHINESE AND BRITISH SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP ARE ESTABLISHED TODAY, AND WE ARE GREATLY HONOURED BY THE PRESENCE OF HIS EXCELLENCY SIR DAVID WILSON AND ALL THE OTHER DISTINGUISHED GUESTS HERE THIS EVENING. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO EXPRESS, ON BEHALF OF ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE OFFICE, OUR WARM WELCOME AND THANKS TO YOU ALL.

THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP WAS SET UP 'iN MAY 1985 FOLLOWING THE ENTRY INTO FORCE OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION ON THE QUESTION OF HONG KONG. THE GROUP HAS TWO MAIN TASKS WHICH ARE INTER-RELATED, NAMELY, TO GUARANTEE THE EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JOINT DECLARATION AND TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRANSFER OF GOVERNMENT IN 1997. OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS AND MORE, THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF THE TWO SIDES TO ACCOMPLISH THE TWO MAJOR TASKS, THE JjROUP HAS DONE A GREAT DEAL OF WORK AND ACHIEVED A SERIES OF AGREEMENTS WHICH ARE OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO IMMEDIATE AND FUTURE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG, THUS MAKING ITS OWN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG. THE WORK OF THE GROUP HAS WON THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE TWO GOVERNMENTS, AND HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD AND WELCOMED BY MANY HONG KONG PEOPLE FROM ALL CIRCLES OF LIFE. IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT THAT THE PROGRESS ACHIEVED BY THE GROUP CANNOT BE SEPARATED FROM THE SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT EITHER.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF ANNEX II TO THE JOINT DECLARATION, THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON (JROUP HAS TAKEN HONG KONG AS ITS PRINCIPAL BASE AS FROM TODAY. THIS MARKS THE NEW STAGE IN THE WORK OF THE GROUP. THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP IS AN ORGAN FOR LIAISON BETWEEN THE TWO GOVERNMENTS AND NOT AN ORGAN OF POWER. IT SHALL NEITHER TAKE PART IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG NOR PLAY ANY SUPERVISORY ROLE OVER THAT ADMINISTRATION. THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WITH ITS PRINCIPAL BASE IN HONG KONG WILL NOT BRING ANY CHANGES TO THE NATURE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE GROUP. HOWEVER, THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP HAVING ITS BASE IN HONG KONG AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHINESE AND BRITISH OFFICES WILL CERTAINLY HELP STRENGTHEN THE CONTACTS AND UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE TWO OFFICES, ENHANCE THE FRIENDSHIP AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES AND FACILITATE THE BETTER ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE TASKS OF THE GROUP. THIS ALSO HAS FURTHER SIGNIFICANCE TO THE CHINESE TEAM, THAT IS, WE ARE PROVIDED WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW FIRST HAND ABOUT AND GET FAMILIARISED WITH HONG KONG SO THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO FURTHER IMPROVE THE WORKING EFFICIENCY OF THE JLG.

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IT IS THE JOINT RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CHINESE AND BRITISH SIDES TO IMPLEMENT THE JOINT DECLARATION FULLY AND FAITHFULLY AND WE ARE FULLY AWARE OF THE HEAVY DUTIES ON OUR SHOULDERS. TN THE YEARS AHEAD, WE WILL CERTAINLY HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF WORK TO DO AND MAY ALSO HAVE TO HANDLE PROBLEMS OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT SO LONG AS OUR TWO SIDES WORK TOGETHER AS WE DID IN THE PAST IN THE SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP AND CO-OPERATION, TREAT EACH OTHER IN ALL SINCERITY AND UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER, WE WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE ABLE TO FIND APPROPRIATE SOLUTIONS TO ALL THE PROBLEMS BEFORE US.

AT PRESENT, THE GENERAL SITUATION OF HONG KONG IS GOOD AND WE ARE ALWAYS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT ITS FUTURE. NEVERTHELESS, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THERE WILL BE NO DIFFICULTIES ALONG THE WAY AHEAD. CHINESE LEADERS HAVE STATED ON REPEATED OCCASIONS THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT STANDS FIRM IN IMPLEMENTING THE PRINCIPLE OF ’’ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS” AND THIS PRINCIPLE WILL NOT CHANGE IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. IT IS WITH THIS IN MIND THAT WE ON THE CHINESE SIDE HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING THE JLG WORK. WE SHALL WORK HARD TOGETHER WITH OUR BRITISH COLLEAGUES FOR THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG.

NOW, I WISH TO PROPOSE A TOAST:

- TO THE CONTINUED PROGRESS AND SUCCESS OF THE WORK OF THE JLG;

- TO THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF THE FRIENDLY RELATIONS AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN CHINA AND BRITAIN;

- TO THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG; AND

- TO THE HEALTH AND GOOD LUCK OF HIS EXCELLENCY SIR DAVID WILSON AND ALL THE OTHER DISTINGUISHED GUESTS PRESENT.

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WORKING METHODS OF JLG OFFICE DISCUSSED ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE FUTURE WORKING METHODS TO BE ADOPTED BY THE HONG KONG OFFICE OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP WERE DISCUSSED TODAY (FRIDAY) AT A MEETING BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVES OF BOTH THE BRITISH AND CHINESE TEAMS.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE MEETING, THE SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BRITISH TEAM, MR ROBIN MCLAREN, SAID: ’’THIS HAS NOT BEEN A FORMAL JLG MEETING AS YOU KNOW, IT HAS BEEN A MEETING OF THE TWO SENIOR REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE MET IN ORDER TO MARK THIS VERY SPECIAL OCCASION WHEN THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP IS TAKING HONG KONG AS ITS PRINCIPAL BASE.

’’WE’VE TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW SOME OF THE BUSINESS THAT IS GOING ON BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES, IN VARIOUS CONTACTS AND IN VARIOUS EXPERT GROUPS SINCE OUR LAST FULL MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP.”

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LORD GLENARTHUR LOOKS OVER NEW TOWN *****

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE MINISTER WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG, LORD GLENARTHUR, VISITED TL'EN MUN NEW TOWN THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING AND ALSO INSPECTED THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM WHICH WILL SOON GO INTO OPERATION THERE.

THE FIRST STOP FOR LORD GLENARTHUR WAS SIU HONG COURT, A LARGE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME DEVELOPMENT COMPLETED IN 1980 AND HOUSING 17,400 PEOPLE.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES, MR MICHAEL SUEN, HE WENT TO THE ROOF OF A 25-STOREY HOUSING,BLOCK FOR A PANORAMIC VIEW OF THE NEW TOWN.

HE WAS BRIEFED BY THE PROJECT MANAGER (NEW TERRITORIES/NORTHWEST) OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, MR SIU CHUEN, ON VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTS AND MAJOR PROJECTS BEING UNDERTAKEN IN TUEN MUN.

LORD GLENARTHUR AND HIS PARTY THEN LEFT FOR TUEN TSZ WAI CHI TONG, AN ANCESTRAL HALL OF THE TO FAMILY, WHERE THEY WERE MET BY THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WONG-FAT, AND VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES, MR TO KAM-CHOW AND MR TO FUK-TIM.

TUEN TSZ WAI VILLAGE IS MORE THAN 200 YEARS OLD, AND HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 2,500. THE EXISTING CHI TONG WAS COMPLETED IN 1971 TO ACCOMMODATE THE ANCESTRAL SHRINES OF THE TO FAMILY.

AT THE CHI TONG, THE ESTATE SURVEYOR OF THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, MR JOHN MARSHALL, TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN TO LORD GLENARTHUR A S36-MILLION IMPROVEMENT SCHEME UNDER WHICH SURROUNDING RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS WILL BE UPGRADED.

THE SCHEME COVERS AN AREA OF 51 HECTARES INCLUDING THREE VILLAGES -- SAN HING TSUEN, TUEN TSZ WAI AND TING CHUEN WAI.

THE OBJECTIVE IS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN AREAS WHERE THERE ARE EXISTING INFORMAL, UNPLANNED SETTLEMENTS AND WHERE THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT INTEND TO UNDERTAKE LARGE-SCALE REDEVELOPMENT.

BASIC INFRASTRUCTURAL FACILITIES SUCH AS ROADS, SEWERS, PARKING AREAS AND ANCILLARY FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED FOLLOWING LAND RESUMPTION AND CLEARANCE PROCEDURES.

LORD GLENARTHUR LATER PROCEEDED TO THE BUTTERFLY BEACH RECREATION AREA, A 9 HECTARE SITE, WHICH IS BEING DEVELOPED BY THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT INTO A SCENIC SPOT FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS.

LORD GLENARTHUR AND HIS PARTY THEN VISITED THE LUNG MUN ROAD OPERATIONS HEADQUARTERS OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM WHICH WILL SERVE THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES.

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ACCOMPANYING THE PARTY WAS THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG.

LORD GLENARTHUR WAS BRIEFED ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE JI BILLION LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM, WHICH WILL LINK TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG, AND HAVE MORE THAN 23 KILOMETRES OF TRACK.

THE SYSTEM IS ENTIRELY NEW IN HONG KONG, AND THE METHOD OF TICKETING WILL ALSO BE UNIQUE IN RAIL TRANSPORT HERE AS PASSENGERS WILL NOT NEED TO PASS THROUGH GATES OR BARRIERS AT TRAIN STOPS.

HE WAS ALSO TOLD THAT THE OPEN FARE SYSTEM WILL RROVIDE A HIGH DEGREE OF CONVENIENCE FOR PASSENGERS, THEREBY ENHANCING THE EFFICIENCY OF THE LIGHT RAIL OPERATION.

AFTER TOURING THE CONTROL CENTRE, LORD GLENARTHUR BOARDED AN AIR-CONDITIONED TRAIN FOR A SHORT RIDE.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AT THE END OF THE TRAIN RIDE, LORD GLENARTHUR DESCRIBED THE LRT AS AN EXCELLENT AND POPULAR SYSTEM WHICH WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL TO ALL THOSE WHO LIVED IN THAT PART OF HONG KONG, AND PARTICULARLY IN THE FUTURE, WHEN IT WAS POSSIBLE TO LINK IT ON TO THE REST OF THE TRANSPORT SYSTEM.

HE SAID VERY HIGH STANDARDS OF ENGINEERING AND SAFETY WERE ASSURED BY THE SYSTEM.

LORD GLENARTHUR ALSO TOLD THE PRESS THAT HE HAD SEEN NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN TUEN MUN AND PROPOSALS FOR THE FUTURE, AS WELL AS PLANS FOR REDEVELOPMENT OF VILLAGES.

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PRAISE FOR OVERSEAS BANKING INPUT * * * *

THE INTEREST OF OVERSEAS BANKS IN ESTABLISHING A PRESENCE IN HONG KONG HAS BLENDED ADMIRABLY WITH THE TERRITORY’S UNIQUE ATTRIBUTES TO MAKE HONG KONG A MAJOR CENTRE IN THE INTERNATIONAL BANKING NETWORK, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR DAVID NENDICK, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DINNER OF THE HONG KONG CENTRE OF THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF BANKERS, MR NENDICK SAID OVER 400 OVERSEAS BANKS FROM SOME 51 COUNTRIES WERE NOW REPRESENTED IN HONG KONG IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, AND THIS INCLUDED THREE-QUARTERS OF THE WORLD’S TOP 100 BANKS.

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HE NOTED THAT WHEN THE HONG KONG CENTRE OF THE INSTITUTE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1963, THERE WERE ONLY ABOUT 70 BANKS HERE. FEWER THAN HALF WERE OVERSEAS BANKS, COMING FROM PERHAPS A DOZEN COUNTRIES.

MR NENDICK SAID THAT SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT 25 YEARS AGO, THE HONG KONG CENTRE HAD GROWN FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH AND HAD CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BANKING INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

"APART FROM TRAINING AND EDUCATION, THE HONG KONG CENTRE HAS THE IMPORTANT TASK OF PROMOTING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN LOCAL BANKING PRACTITIONERS AND THEIR OVERSEAS COUNTERPARTS," HE SAID.

"THROUGH REGULAR CONTACTS WITH OVERSEAS CENTRES, BETTER LINKS ARE BEING ESTABLISHED BETWEEN LOCAL AND OVERSEAS BANKERS."

MR NENDICK SAID THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT CATALYST FOR THE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS AND TRANSFER OF NEW CONCEPTS AND TECHNIQUES.

"THE INPUT OF ACQUIRED WISDOM FROM OTHER BANKING CENTRES HELPS IN THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONALISATION OF OUR OWN BANKING SECTOR," HE ADDED.

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CONTINUED HIGH STANDARDS OF BANKING SUPERVISION URGED » » * » »

HONG KONG MUST CONTINUE TO INVEST IN THE KIND OF SUPERVISORY STANDARDS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO GIVE LOCAL USERS OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM THE SECURITY THEY NEED AND DESERVE, THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING, MR TONY NICOLLE, SAID THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING.

"IN THE PROCESS, WE SHALL RETAIN THE RESPECT AND CONFIDENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS WHO DO BUSINESS HERE OR WHO OTHERWISE RELY ON HONG KONG INSTITUTIONS FOR BANKING SERVICES," HE SAID AT THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF BANKERS, HONG KONG CENTRE, SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATION SEMINAR.

HE ADDED THAT HE ENVISAGED A STRENGTHENING OF THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN SUPERVISORS AND THE SUPERVISED AS HE AND HIS OFFICE CONSULTED THE FINANCIAL COMMUNITY ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES.

SPEAKING ON THE CAPITAL ADEQUACY REQUIREMENT, MR NICOLLE SAID THAT FROM SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, NO AUTHORISED INSTITUTION INCORPORATED IN HONG KONG SHOULD AT ANY TIME HAVE A CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIO OF LESS THAN FIVE PER CENT.

IN ADDITION, THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING IS ALSO EMPOWERED AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE INSTITUTION CONCERNED, TO VARY THE MINIMUM RATIO UP TO A MAXIMUM OF EIGHT PER CENT FOR BANKS AND 10 PER CENT FOR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES.

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HOWEVER, HE SAID, IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT BANKS COULD FIND THAT THEIR RATIOS MOVE UP AND DOWN QUITE UNEXPECTEDLY FOR REASONS OFTEN OUTSIDE THEIR CONTROL, A SYSTEM OF "TRIGGER" RATIOS HAD BEEN INTRODUCED WHICH WAS SET AT A SMALL MARGIN ABOVE THE MINIMUM RATIO.

HE SAID WHEN AN INSTITUTION'S RATIOS DROPPED BELOW THIS LEVEL IT WAS ASKED TO CONSULT THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING AS TO THE REASONS FOR THE CHANGE, AND WHAT STEPS IT WOULD TAKE IN ORDER TO AVOID A BREACH OF THE STATUTORY MINIMUM.

"THIS IS TO PROVIDE BOTH THE INSTITUTION AND US WITH A MEANS OF GUARDING AGAINST THE POSSIBILITY THAT CAPITAL RATIOS DO NOT FALL TO OR BELOW THE STATUTORY MINIMUM BEFORE REMEDIAL ACTION IS TAKEN," HE SAID.

"IT IS INTENDED AS A HELPFUL TOOL FOR BOTH OF US, TO MAKE SURE THAT A WARNING LIGHT WILL START FLASHING BEFORE A LACK OF CAPITAL BECOMES A POTENTIAL THREAT TO DEPOSITORS," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE RECENTLY RELEASED REPORT OF,. THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE, MR NICOLLE SAID ANE AREA OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO HIM HIGHLIGHTED BY THE COMMITTEE WAS THE IMPORTANT ROLE WHICH THE BANKING SUPERVISOR COULD HAVE IN COORDINATING THE SUPERVISION OF BANKING GROUPS WHICH COMPRISED BOTH BANKING AND OTHER FINANCIAL BUSINESSES.

HE SAID THAT AT PRESENT, THE SUPERVISION TENDED TO BE FOCUSSED ON THE INDIVIDUAL AUTHORISED ENTITIES, AND ONLY LIMITED REGARD WAS PAID TO THE REST OF THE GROUP OF WHICH AN INSTITUTION WAS PART.

HE POINTED OUT THAT BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING INSTITUTIONS HAD OF COURSE DIVERSIFIED INTO A RANGE OF DIFFERENT FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES, AS A RESULT OF WHICH THEY WERE INCREASINGLY BEING LOCATED WITHIN LARGER FINANCIAL GROUPS.

"IT FOLI.OWS, THEREFORE, THAT A DISASTER IN ONE PART OF THE GROUP COULD CAUSE A LOSS OF CONFIDENCE IN THE BANK OR DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY AND EVEN PRECIPITATE A WITHDRAWAL OF DEPOSITS.

"IN MY VIEW IT IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR THE SUPERVISOR TO HAVE A BROAD VIEW OF A BANKING GROUP IN ORDER TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE POTENTIAL RISKS WITHIN THE GROUP WHICH MAY OTHERWISE NOT BE APPARENT TO HIM," HE SAID.

ON THE CONSOLIDATED SUPERVISION OF FINANCIAL GROUPS, MR NICOLLE SAID THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING SHOULD HAVE A PRIMARY ROLE IN SUPERVISING THE CAPITAL ADEQUACY AND LIQUIDITY OF BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES WHICH WERE ALSO LICENSED TO DEAL IN SECURITIES.

THE REPORT SUGGESTED THAT WHERE A NUMBER OF SUPERVISORY AUTHORITIES WERE SUPERVISING DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES WITHIN A GROUP IT WOULD BE IMPORTANT THAT SOMEONE SHOULD TAKE AN OVERALL VIEW OF THE GROUP AS A WHOLE.

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"IN MOST CASES WHERE A BANK/DTC FORMS A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE GROUP IT IS MY FEELING THAT THIS ROLE SHOULD DEVOLVE TO MY OFFICE," HE SAID.

"THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE HAVE YET TO BE FULLY DIGESTED. WHATEVER HAPPENS, HOWEVER, 1 ENVISAGE WORKING CLOSELY WITH MY OTHER SUPERVISORY COLLEAGUES TO LAUNCH A FRAMEWORK FOR CONSOLIDATED SUPERVISION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE," HE ADDED.

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HAWKERS IN YAU MA TEI JOIN HANDS WITH USD STAFF IN CLEAN-UP * * * *

SOME 230 LICENSED FIXED PITCH HAWKERS IN BOWRING STREET, YAU MA TEI, TODAY JOINED HANDS WITH STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO CLEAN UP THEIR STALL AREAS.

"THE BIG CLEAN-UP IS PART OF A SERIES FOR THE DISTRICT AIMED AT ENCOURAGING COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION IN KEEPING HONG KONG CLEAN," SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

"DURING THIS MORNING’S EXERCISE, THE HAWKERS SWEPT CLEAN THEIR AREAS AND HELPED DISPOSE OF REFUSE.

"STAFF FROM THE DEPARTMENT THEN HOSED DOWN THE GENERAL AREAS OF THE STALLS."

CAPTION: PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS LICENSED FIXED PITCH HAWKERS IN BOWRING STREET IN YAU MA TEI, JOINING HANDS WITH USD STAFF IN CLEANING UP THEIR STALL AREAS.

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VIEWS ON VICE PROPOSALS SOUGHT

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THE GOVERNMENT IS SEEKING PUBLIC VIEWS ON A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS TO CLAMP DOWN ON SIGNS ADVERTISING PROSTITUTION SERVICES AND TO CONTROL NUISANCES CAUSED BY VICE ESTABLISHMENTS.

THE PROPOSALS ARE CONTAINED TN A WHITE BILL PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 SEEKS TO PROHIBIT THE PUBLIC DISPLAY OF SIGNS ADVERTISING THE SERVICES OF A PROSTITUTE AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE REMOVAL OF SUCH SIGNS.

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THE BILL ALSO REQUIRES A MAGISTRATE TO ISSUE A SIX-MONTH CLOSURE ORDER IN RESPECT OF PREMISES WHERE TWO OFFENCES HAVE BEEN COMMITTED IN CONTRAVENTION OF CERTAIN VICE-RELATED PROVISIONS IN THE CRIMES ORDINANCE AND THE MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS ORDINANCE,RESULTING IN CONVICTION.

THE ORDER WILL BE ISSUED IF A SECOND OFFENCE IS COMMITTED WITHIN 12 MONTHS FROM THE FIRST CONVICTION.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE PROPOSALS SHOULD SEND THEM TO THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1. THE ADDRESS IS CNTA HEADQUARTERS, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

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DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED » * ♦

THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT THE REGISTRATION OF ANZ ASIA LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY (FRIDAY) AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

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TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL AGREEMENT SIGNED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

AN AGREEMENT FOR CONSTRUCTING THE $2 BILLION TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT WAS SIGNED TODAY (FRIDAY) BETWEEN THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG, AND CHAIRMAN OF TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL COMPANY, MR Y. YANAGISAWA.

WITH THE PASSING OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL BILL WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT FROM TODAY, CONSTRUCTION OF THE 3.9-KILOMETRE-LONG TWIN TUBE TUNNEL BETWEEN DIAMOND HILL IN KOWLOON AND SIU LEK YUEN IN SHA TIN WILL START EARLY THIS MONTH FOR COMPLETION IN MID-1991.

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NEW TAB MEMBERSHIP

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THE TERMS OF ELEVEN NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS CURRENTLY SERVING ON THE TRADE ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) HAVE BEEN EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER YEAR WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY (FRIDAY).

IN ADDITION, THREE NEW MEMBERS - MR VICENT WAN, MR LOUIS K.C. WONG AND MISS SYLVIA YAU - HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO THE BOARD, WHILE TWO INCUMBENT MEMBERS - MR KENNETH TING AND MR THOMAS CLYDESDALE - WILL RETIRE THIS MONTH.

THE THREE OFFICIAL MEMBERS - THE DIRECTOR O? TRADE, THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY AND THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE -WILL REMAIN ON THE BOARD, WHILE THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE EX-OFFICIO CHAIRMAN.

THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD FOR THE YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 1988 WAS GAZETTED TODAY.

THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY AND CHAIRMAN OF TAB, MR HAMISH MACLEOD PAID TRIBUTE TO THE TWO OUTGOING MEMBERS- FOR THE INVALUABLE SERVICES THEY HAVE RENDERED.

MR TING AND MR CLYDESDALE HAVE SERVED ON THE TAB FOR FOUR YEARS AND TWO AND A HALF YEARS RESPECTIVELY.

OF THE THREE NEW MEMBERS, MR VINCENT WAN (44) IS AN ACCOUNTANT AND ALSO A MEMBER OF THE RICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR LOUIS K.C. WONG (51) IS CURRENTLY CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG EXPORTERS’ ASSOCIATION, WHILE MISS SYLVIA YAU (38) IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SUN HUNG KAI COMMODITIES IN CHARGE OF CHINA TRADE.

MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN RE-APPOINTED ARE: MR PAUL T.S. YIN; MR WILLIAM TURNBULL; MR WARREN W.L. HUI; MR GARY N. HARILELA; MR RAY MAN LEUNG; MRS ELEANOR C.M. LING; MR HO SAI-CHU; MR JACK SO; DR KENNETH K.K. WANG; MR T.H. BARMA AND MR PAUL CHENG.

THE TRADE ADVISORY BOARD, COMPRISING MAINLY NON-OFFICIAL MEMBERS, IS CONSULTED ON ALL MATTERS AFFECTING HONG KONG’S TRADE, OTHER THAN TRADE IN TEXTILES AND GARMENTS.

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LAND REHABILITATION PROGRAMME GETS LOCAL SUPPORT

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THE OWNERS OF THREE LOTS OF AGRICULTURAL LAND IN CHEUNG PO, YUEN LONG TODAY (FRIDAY) MADE AVAILABLE THEIR LAND ON RENT TO THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION IN SUPPORT OF A GOVERNMENT PILOT PROJECT TO BRING FALLOW FARM LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BACK TO CULTIVATION.

APART FROM THE FIVE OWNERS OF THE THREE LOTS, 15 OWNERS OF 25 LOTS HAVE REGISTERED WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT OF THEIR FIRM INTENTION TO LET THEIR LAND TO THE VMO AND MANY MORE LAND OWNERS IN CHEUNG PO WHO HAVE EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN JOINING THE PROJECT TO IMPLEMENT THE AGRICULTURAL PRIORITY AREA CONCEPT.

IN CHEUNG PO, 12 OUT OF 52 HECTARES OF AGRICULTURAL LAND ARE LYING FALLOW. IN VIEW OF ITS CONVENIENT ACCESS AND EXISTING BASIC FACILITIES, THE AREA HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF THE TWO AGRICULTURAL PRIORITY AREAS WITH THE GREATEST POTENTIAL, IN WHICH TO CARRY OUT THE LAND REHABILITATION PROGRAMME.

THE OTHER AREA IS HOK TAU IN FANLING.

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE PAT HEUNG VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY OFFICE THIS MORNING, THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, SIGNED THE TENANCY AGREEMENTS WITH THE LAND OWNERS CONCERNED.

THEY WERE ALSO PRESENTED WITH CHEQUES FOR FIVE YEARS’ RENTS IN RESPECT OF THE THREE LOTS MEASURING 5,120 SQUARE METRES IN AREA. THESE LOTS WOULD SUBSEQUENTLY BE SUB-LETTED TO INTERESTED FARMERS.

SPEAKING AT THE TENANCY AGREEMENT SIGNING CEREMONY, DR LEE SAID THAT THE PILOT PROJECT WAS BEING CARRIED OUT WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF ACHIEVING BETTER UTILISATION OF AGRICULTURAL LAND AND IMPROVING THE RURAL ENVIRONMENT.

"THE GOVERNMENT AND THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION ARE POOLING THEIR RESOURCES TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND MARKETING FACILITIES IN THE TWO AREAS AND TO PROVIDE PARTICIPATING FARMERS WITH THE NECESSARY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO ENSURE THAT THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME IS IMPLEMENTED SMOOTHLY," HE SAID.

HOWEVER, DR LEE POINTED OUT, THE SUCCESS OF THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME DEPENDED VERY MUCH ON THE SUPPORT OF LAND OWNERS IN MAKING THEIR FALLOW LAND AVAILABLE FOR CULTIVATION PURPOSES.

”1 AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE INITIAL RESPONSE AND LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING SUPPORT FROM OTHER LAND OWNERS IN CHEUNG PO AND HOK TAU SO THAT LAND RESOURCES IN THESE AREAS COULD BE BETTER UTILISED," HE SAID.

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ARRESTS MADE IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES IN MARKET t » * * *

STRINGENT MEASURES TO CURB ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES IN THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION (FMO)’S CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET CAME INTO FORCE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THESE MEASURES ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE. AS A RESULT, TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED THIS MORNING.

A JOINT PRESS BRIEFING WILL BE HELD TODAY AT 3.30 PM BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE TO GIVE DETAILS OF TODAY’S JOINT ENFORCEMENT ACTION.

PRESENT AT THE BRIEFING, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT AFD’S CONFERENCE ROOM ON 14TH FLOOR, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT ’OFFICES, 393, CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON, WILL BE THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR TONY BENNETT, AND THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (FISHERIES), DR CHRISTOPHER LEE.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE THE POLICE’S SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR STEPHEN PAANG, AND HIS ASSISTANT DISTRICT COMMANDER (CRIME), MR S. YIP.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO ATTEND.

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NEW LONG SERVICE PAYMENT PROVISIONS BECOME EFFECTIVE

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) ORDINANCE 1988 PASSED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON WEDNESDAY CAME INTO EFFECT TODAY (FRIDAY).

UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION, LONG SERVICE PAYMENT SHALL BE PAYABLE TO A QUALIFIED EMPLOYEE WHO RESIGNS ON GROUND OF ILLNESS AFTER BEING CERTIFIED BY A DOCTOR IN A GOVERNMENT OR SUBVENTED HOSPITAL AS BEING PERMANENTLY UNFIT FOR HIS PRESENT JOB.

AN EMPLOYEE AGED 65 YEARS OR OVER WITH NOT LESS THAN 10 YEARS OF SERVICE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO LONG SERVICE PAYMENT UPON RESIGNATION.

THE SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS OF A DECEASED EMPLOYEE SHALL ALSO BE ABLE TO RECEIVE A LONG SERVICE PAYMENT IF THE DECEASED HAD COMPLETED THE QUALIFYING PERIOD OF SERVICE AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH.

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THE NEW LAW FURTHER COVERS NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES WHOSE WAGES DO NOT EXCEED THE $11,500 WAGE CEILING A MONTH WITHIN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO DISMISSAL, AS WELL AS RE-EMPLOYMENT AFTER RETIREMENT.

ENQUIRIES ON THE NEW LEGISLATION MAY BE MADE TO ANY BRANCH OFFICES OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

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EMPLOYMENT DOCUMENTS - CHECK BEFORE YOU SIGN

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) ADVISED YOUNG PERSONS SEEKING A SALES JOB TO BE ON THE ALERT WHEN ASKED TO SIGN ANY AGREEMENT OR DOCUMENTS AT THE TIME OF ENGAGEMENT.

THE PLEA WAS MADE FOLLOWING THE RECEIPT OF A NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS BY THE DEPARTMENT FROM SOME INSURANCE SALES PERSONNEL THAT THEY HAD BEEN MISLED INTO BELIEVING THAT THEY WERE HIRED AS EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANIES AND THAT THE ADVANCED COMMISSION THEY WERE PAID WAS THEIR MONTHLY SALARY.

’’HOWEVER, UPON RESIGNATION AFTER AN UNSUCCESSFUL TRIAL PERIOD, THEY WERE ASKED BY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES THEY WORKED FOR TO PAY BACK A LARGE SUM OF MONEY," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’ONLY THEN DID THEY DISCOVER THAT BY SIGNING THE VOLUMINOUS DOCUMENTS AT THE TIME OF FIRST ENGAGEMENT, THEY HAD FORFEITED ALL THE PROTECTIONS A NORMAL EMPLOYEE WAS ENTITLED TO UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE. ’’

THE SPOKESMAN CALLED ON JOB SEEKERS TO EXAMINE VERY CAREFULLY ANY AGREEMENT OR DOCUMENTS THEY ARE ASKED TO SIGN.

IN PARTICULAR, THEY SHOULD MAKE SURE WHETHER THEY WERE TO BE EMPLOYED AS A PAID EMPLOYEE UNDER A CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT OR AS AN AGENT UNDER AN AGENCY AGREEMENT.

’’THIS IS BECAUSE ONCE THEY HAVE SIGNED AN AGENCY AGREEMENT, THEY ARE NOT REGARDED AS EMPLOYEES OF THE COMPANY AND ARE OUTSIDE THE PROTECTION OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE," HE SAID.

PROSPECTIVE JOB SEEKERS SHOULD ALSO FIND OUT WHETHER THE MONEY PAID TO HIM EVERY MONTH TN THE FORM OF ADVANCED COMMISSION IS IN FACT A SALARY WHICH NEEDS NOT TO BE RETURNED, OR A LOAN WHICH HAS TO BE PAID BACK TO THE COMPANY UPON RESIGNATION OR DISMISSAL.

"IF IN DOUBT, JOB SEEKERS SHOULD SEEK ADVICE FROM THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1988

BREAKWATER AT SAI KUNG *

INNER PORT SHELTER PROPOSED » * « «

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A BREAKWATER WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 2.29 HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEA-BED AT SAI KUNG INNER PORT SHELTER.

IT WILL PROVIDE AN AREA OF SHELTERED WATER AS COMPENSATION FOR THAT LOST UNDER THE PROPOSED RECLAMATION OF SAI KUNG CREEK BY THE SAI KUNG TOWN DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE 5 ENGINEERING WORKS.

THE WORK IS SCHEDULED TO START IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT 12 MONTHS.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED IS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S (FRIDAY) GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE NOTICE TOGETHER WITH ITS RELATED PLAN CAN BE SEEN ON NOTICE BOARDS POSTED NEAR THE SITE.

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, 2ND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 34 CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG, AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SAI KUNG, 3RD FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING.

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 ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 31, 1988.

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THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO RESUME AND REPAIR KAM FONG STREET, AND SOME SCAVENGING LANES IN MONG KOK FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT SAID, "THE STREET AND LANES PROPOSED TO BE RESUMED ARE AT PRESENT NOT PROPERLY MAINTAINED AND MANAGED BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDER MULTIPLE SUBDIVIDED OWNERSHIP."

"AS A RESULT, THEY ARE GENERALLY IN POOR CONDITION IN TERMS OF MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT GIVING RISE TO SERIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AND ACCESS PROBLEMS," HE SAID.

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"IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO RESUME THEM TO ENABLE ITS PROPER MAINTENANCE AND USE," HE ADDED.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES REPAIRING THE CARRIAGEWAY, FOOTWAYS OF KAM FONG STREET AND SCAVENGING LANES WITHIN LOT NO. KML 47 AND THE IMPROVEMENT WORK TO THE RELATED DRAINAGE.

THE WORKS ARE PROGRAMMED TO START IN SEPTEMBER 1989 FOR COMPLETION IN 12 MONTHS.

A NOTICE ON THE PROPOSED WORKS IS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

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THE PLAN MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST .ING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, OWLOON WEST, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND AT THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST, GROUND FLOOR, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSAL SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WINO, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD BEFORE AUGUST 30, 1988.

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RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY FOR APRIL RELEASED

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN ATPRIL 1988, ESTIMATED AT $7,747 MILLION, WAS 23 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN APRIL 1987 WHILST THEIR VOLUME WAS 13 PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARING APRIL 1988 WITH APRIL 1987, RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO HAD NEGLIGIBLE CHANGE IN VALUE AND A DROP OF 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS WENT DOWN BY 6 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" AND CONSUMER DURABLES ROSE BY 44 PER CENT AND 23 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE AND 33 PER CENT AND 14 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VOLUME.

CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE SUBSTANTIALLY BY 58 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 44 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

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MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS RECORDED INCREASES OF 25 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 12 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS WENT UP BY 22 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 15 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

SUPERMARKETS SALES ROSE BY 8 PER CENT IN VALUE AND HAD ALMOST NO CHANGE IN VOLUME.

COMPARING THE PERIOD JANUARY TO APRIL 1988 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 14 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS, SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT IN VALUE AND DROPPED BY 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY 5 PER CENT IN SALI?S VALUE AND DECREASED SLIGHTLY BY 1 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" AND "CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS" ROSE BY 34 PER CENT AND 28 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE WHILST THEIR CORRESPONDING INCREASES IN VOLUME WERE 24 PER CENT AND 16 PER CENT. CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 26 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 17 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES WENT UP BY 55 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 41 PER CENT IN VOLUME, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING INCREASES FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS WERE 39 PER CENT AND 26 PER CENT.

CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 20 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 13 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS SALES ROSE BY 14 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1988, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR APRIL 1988 DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 4 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO WENT DOWN BY 4 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME, WHILE FUELS DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS ROSE BY 7 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN SALES VOLUME. "OTHER CONSUMER GOODS" FELL BY 3 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

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ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS RECORDED INCREASES OF 7 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES WENT DOWN BY 1 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DECREASED BY 2 PER CENT IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS SALES DROPPED BY 7 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 8 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE APRIL 1988 SURVEY RESULTS IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS 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. 5-8234941).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FIGURE FOR MARCH 1988 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR APRIL 1988.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES IN MARCH AND APRIL 1988 (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 APRIL 1988 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR MARCH 1988 AND WITH THOSE FOR APRIL 1987 AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE PERIOD JANUARY TO APRIL 1988 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987 ARE ALSO GIVEN.

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TABLE I : TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Retail Sales for April 1988 (Provisional Figure) « H>.$7,747 ail lion

for March I988 (Revised Figure) * Hk»7,8B5 ail I ion

TAELE 2 : VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR MARCH I960 AND APRIL 1989 (Monthly average of Oct. 84 * Sept. 85 « 100) 1 Index of 1 1 1 April 1988 Itea I Retail 1 March I April 1 coapared with 1 Sales 1 1988 1 1988 1 March 1988 *** ********* * * ********** *** * ^*** ********* ^ * ***** ****** — | **** ********** ^ ********** ******* ' I (Revised (Provisional I Points I 1 I figures) 1 figures) I (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES Illi 1 Value 1 141 1 138 1 *2 *2 1 Volute 1 121 1 116 1 -4 -4 Illi (B) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS Illi Itlf Foodstuffs, alcoholic Value ! 118 1 113 ! -4 -4 drinks and tobacco 1 Volute ' 104 1 99 1 -6 -5 Illi Fuels 1 Value ! 93 1 88 1 -5 -5 1 Vol d«e 1 100 1 94 1 -5 -5 III*. Clothing, footwear 1 Value 1 136 1 145 ' 10 7 and allied products ' Volute 1 114 1 117 I 3 3 : : : i Consular durables 1 Value I 145 I 146 1 1 1 I Volute 1 119 1 119 : I t Illi Other consular goods ' Value 1 161 1 155 1 -6 -3 1 Volute 1 136 I 128 1 -7 * -5 : : : : <C> BY SELECTED TRADES till ************* ***** (see note 1 below) III 1 Super tar kets 1 Value 1 142 1 132 1 -10 -7 1 Volute I 125 1 115 I -10 -B III! Motor vehicles 1 Value 1 194 1 208 1 14 7 and parts 1 Volute I 140 1 149 1 9 6 i:i: Consuter durables 1 Value 1 130 1 127 I -2 -2 other than totor 1 Volute 1 113 1 110 1 -3 -2 vehicles and parts III I Illi Departtent stores 1 Value I 164 1 163 I -1 -1 I Volute I 138 1 133 I -5 -3 1 April 1988 1 Jan. - Apr. 1953 1 coapared with 1 coapared with 1 April 1987 ! Jan. - Apr. 1987 ♦ •***•**• ***** ****+********** ******** I Points I I Points I 1 I 1 1 : 26 23 1 28 24 1 13 13 1 15 14 1 1 1 1- t 118 7 -10 -9 1 -2 -2 1 • -6 -6 14 5 -10 -10 1 -1 -1 • • 13 10 1 35 * 28 1 t I 19 16 1 28 23 1 30 26 15 14 1 17 17 । । 48 44 I 40 34 32 33 1 25 24 1 1 t । 10 8 : 18 14 t t 1 7 6 42 25 1 58 39 16 12 1 30 26 23 22 1 22 20 14 15 1 13 13 > । 60 5B 1 62 55 41 44 1 43 41 1

NOTES : 1. In order to analyse the sales of certain trades WITHIN tajor trade groups in respett of the following selected trades are coepiled : (a) 'Superaarkets' - a trade in the 'Foodstuffs, alcoholic drinks and toba (b) 'Motor vehicles and parts' - a trade in the 'Consuter durables* group. <c) 'Consuter durables other than aotor vehicles and parts' - a trade in t (d) 'Oepartaent stores* - a trade in the ‘Other consuter goods* group. 2. Figures denoting changes are derived froa the unrounded index figures. 3. 'I* denotes change of less than 0.5. the value and voluae indexes cco* group. he ‘Consuter durables* group.

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QUARTERLY REPORT FOR CONTINUING HOUSEHOI. SUIVEY

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

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

IN ADDITION, QUESTIONS ON HONG KONG RESIDENTS' EXPENDITURE ABROAD; SMOKING HABITS; EXPENDITURE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT ’TO AND FROM WORK; PARTICIPATION IN SHARES AND STOCKS ACTIVITIES AND HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE ON RENT WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN THE QUARTERLY REPORT.

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

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

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

ASSISTANT CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS, CARRYING IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT, WILL VISIT THESE HOUSEHOLDS TO COLLECT THE REQUIRED INFORMATION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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

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DONALD LIAO URGES MORE PARTICIPATION IN SYP

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THE SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, MR DONALD LIAO, TODAY (FRIDAY) CALLED YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NUMEROUS ACTIVITIES OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH ARE AIMED AT PROVIDING THEM WITH AN ENJOYABLE AND MEANINGFUL SUMMER.

MR LIAO WAS SPEAKING TO ABOUT 2,000 YOUTHS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1988 SYP ORGANISED BY THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME COMMITTEE AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM.

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"WE ALL WANT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL AND ABILITY THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN ALL KINDS OF RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES," MR LA1O SAID.

"’SHARE THE FUN AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY’ IS THE THEME AND SPIRIT OF THIS YEAR’S SYP," MR LIAO REMINDED THE YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE CEREMONY.

"IT IS ALSO THE AIM OF THE SYP TO GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE MOKE CHANCES TO GET TO KNOW THEIR OWN COMMUNITY WHILE TAKING PART IN SUMMER ACTIVITIES," HE ADDED.

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WAS FIRST LAUNCHED IN 1969, TARGETTING AT YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN SIX AND 25 YEAR OLD, WITH THE AIM OF ENCOURAGING THEM TO SPEND THE SUMMER IN A HEALTHY AND USEFUL WAY.

PROGRAMMES ORGANISED BY VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, DISTRICT BOARDS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES THIS YEAR INCLUDE MUSIC CAMPS, FORESTRY CAMPS, COMMUNITY PROJECTS, LEADERSHIP TRAINING, SPORTS, AND MANY OTHER EDUCATIONAL, CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

"THE TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF THE PROGRAMME THIS YEAR IS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $23 MILLION, FOR WHICH THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS CONTRIBUTED $8.95 MILLION," MR LIAO SAID.

THE JOCKEY CLUB HAD BEEN THE MAJOR DONOR TO THE SYP FOR 20 YEARS AND THIS YEAR'S DONATION WAS 40 PER CENT OVER LAST YEAR’S FIGURE.

AT THE CEREMONY, MR LIAO, REPRESENTING THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME COMMITTEE, RECEIVED THE JOCKEY CLUB DONATION FROM MR JOHN SWAINE, A STEWARD OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY WAS AN ONE-HOUR SWINGING SUMMER CONCERT JOINTLY PRESENTED BY THE SYP COMMITTEE, URBAN COUNCIL AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

OTHER THAN THE 2000 SPECTATORS WHO ENJOYED THE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE STADIUM, THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE THE FUN WHEN THE TAPED PROGRAMME IS TELEVISED ON TVB JADE ON JULY 17 (SUNDAY) AT 10.20 PM.

THREE MORE SWINGING SUMMER CONCERTS WILL BE HELD IN IHE NEXT TWO MONTHS AT THE KO SHAN THEATRE, TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL AND PITCII NO. 8 INSIDE HAPPY VALLEY.

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SHA TIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENS THIS SUNDAY

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A FIVE-DAY EXHIBITION FEATURING YOUTH ACTIVITIES AND COMMUNITY SERVICES WILL PROVIDE USEFUL BACKGROUND INFORMATION TO YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WISH TO CHOOSE FROM SOME 600 ACTIVITIES IN THE SHA TIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SHA TIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME COORDINATING COMMITTEE SAID THIS OPENING EVENT, TO BE HELD AT THE ROMAN ARENA OF THE NEW TOWN PLAZA FROM SUNDAY (JULY 3), WAS PREPARED BY 16 VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

"TO MARK THE OCCASION, AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THE SAME DAY AT THE SAME LOCATION," HE SAID.

"OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE ACTING SHA ’TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ANDREW PYNE; SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR NG CHAN-LAM AND SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR LAU KONG-WAH."

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME WAS SOLELY FUNDED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AT #227,500 — A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR’S $157,600.

"THIS YEAR, $167,618 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO VARIOUS VOLUNTARY BODIES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND SCHOOLS FOR ORGANISING 112- EVENTS,” HE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 2.30 (JULY 3) AT THE ROMAN ARENA, NEW TOWN PLAZA, SHA TIN.

THE SHA TIN PM ON SUNDAY

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SOME 600 YOUTHS IN KWUN TONG ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART ON SUNDAY (JULY 3) AFTERNOON IN A FUN-FILLED WATER CARNIVAL WHICH MARKS THE OPENING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME 1988.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT KWUN TONG SWIMMING POOL WILL BE THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY (HONG KONG AND KOWLOON), MR PAUL LEUNG; KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHRIS WAN; REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (EAST KOWLOON), MR LOK MAN-PAN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI; LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR POON CHI-FAI; RECREATION AND SPORTS MANAGER (KOWLOON EAST), MRS POLLY LAI AND CHAIRPERSON OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MADAM YEUNG KAM-CHUN. , *

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE OPENING, A WATER CARNIVAL FEATURING SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING DEMONSTRATIONS, AQUATIC GAMES AND FREE SWIMMING SESSION WILL BE HELD.

AT A PRELUDE TO THE FUNCTION, A FANCY BROADCASTING BUS WILL TOUR THE DISTRICT IN THE MORNING AND STOP OVER THE WAY TO -DISTRIBUTE SOUVENIRS TO YOUNG PEOPLE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (JULY 3) AT 2.30 PM AT KWUN TONG SWIMMING POOL, TSUI PING ROAD.

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THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND COUNCIL ANNOUNCED TODAY (JULY 1) THE INTRODUCTION OF A MEDAL SCHEME FOR FORM 5- 7 STUDENTS WHO HAVE EXCELLED IN THEIR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE.

SELECTION FOR THE AWARDS OF SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL MEDAL WILL BE BASED ON EXCEPTIONAL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AT THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, THE HONG KONG HIGHER LEVEL EXAMINATION AND THE HONG KONG ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATION.

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"THE FIRST SELECTIONS WILL BE MADE THIS YEAR BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THESE PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS.

"EACH AWARD WINNER WILL RECEIVE A MEDAL, A CERTIFICATE AND A SUM OF $2,000," SAID PROFESSOR LEUNG WAI-SUN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE SIR EDWARD YOUDE MEMORIAL FUND COUNCIL.

THE COUNCIL WHICH IS CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PROMOTING THE EDUCATION AND LEARNING OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG HAS ALREADY GIVEN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO THE BEST FORMS 5, 6 AND 7 STUDENTS THROUGH ITS PRIZE SCHEME.

"OUR FUTURE IS IN THE HANDS OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, THE COUNCIL HOPES THAT BY SETTING UP THE MEDAL SCHEME, IT WILL BE ABLE TO ACCORD RECOGNITION TO THE BEST STUDENTS OF THE YEAR IN EACH OF THE THREE PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS," SAID PROFESSOR LEUNG.

FIVE MEDALS WILL BE AWARDED EACH YEAR: ONE FOR A FORM 5 STUDENT AND ONE FOR EACH STREAM IN FORMS 6 AND 7.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEMES IN WAN CHAI

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THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF WAN CHAI’S NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME PHASE SIX WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 3.30 PM.

FOUR BUILDINGS - HENNESSY MANSION, YING LEE MANSION, JAFFE COURT AND MOON FAIR MANSION - WILL TAKE PART IN THE SCHEME.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER MR ALLAN CHOW; POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR. MICHAEL PREW; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHENK HOK-YIN; AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM.

THERE WILL BE A SEMINAR AFTER THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY IN WHICH POLICE OFFICERS WILL GIVE TALKS ON HOW TO PREVENT BURGLARIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1/F, GLORIOUS RESTAURANT, 41 LOCKHART ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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STUDENT DELEGATION BOUND FOR CANBERRA * « * » *

SIX SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL LEAVE SHORTLY FOR CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, TO TAKE PART IN THE 29TH INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (IMO) TO BE HELD BETWEEN JULY 10 AND 21.

THE STUDENTS, AGED UNDER 20 AND FROM SIX SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WERE SELECTED FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN THE PRELIMINARY LOCAL CONTEST.

IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT LOCAL STUDENTS WILL REPRESENT HONG KONG IN THE OLYMPIAD.

THE CONTEST IS SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE HONG KONG MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY AND THE INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (HK) EXECUTIVE SUBCOMMITTEE.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (BUILDING AND SYSTEM) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, MR S.H. HSU, WILL PRESENT A FLAG TO THE TEAM AT A CEREMONY AT THE WING LUNG BANK (HEAD OFFICE) TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AT THE MAIN HALL OF THE WING LUNG BANK (HEAD OFFICE) AT 21ST FLOOR, WING LUNG BANK BLDG, 45 DES VOEUX ROAD, CENTRAL, AT 10 AM TOMORROW.

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A FILM WHICH DEPICTS THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION WILL BE SHOWN TO RESIDENTS OF EASTERN DISTRICT AT MUCH REDUCED PRICES.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNCTIONS ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT! BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND CLEAN HONG KONG ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE 1988 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY.

"THE FILM, ENTITLED -- THE WARRIORS OF THE WIND, IS BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND ENTERTAINING," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WORKING GROUP SAID.

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"IT WILL BE SHOWN AT 10.30 AM ON JULY 9 (SATURDAY) AT THE GOLDEN HUNG KAI THEATRE IN NORTH POINT. TICKETS AT A NOMINAL FEE OF $2 EACH WILL BE ON SALE AT THE THEATRE FROM JULY 4 (MONDAY), THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

ANOTHER ACTIVITY ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IS A PLANTING CEREMONY TO BE HELD TO JULY 23 AT THE NEWLY-OPENED SITTING-OUT AREA AT KORNHILL, QUARRY BAY.

THE SITTING-OUT AREA WAS CONSTRUCTED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD AT A COST OF ABOUT *196,000.

THE PROJECT, WHICH INCLUDES A CHINESE PAVILION, SOME FLOWER-BEDS AND A NUMBER OF BENCHES, WILL PROVIDE A RECREATIONAL VENUE FOR NEARBY RESIDENTS.

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A TOTAL OF $55,000 WILL BE ALLOCATED BY THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR ORGANISING ACTIVITIES TO PUBLICISE THE DRAFT BASIC LAW FOR THE BENEFIT OF RESIDENTS.

ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS IN KWAI TSING DISTRICT MAY APPLY FOR ALLOCATION OF FUNDS BEFORE JULY 30.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT SUB-OFFICES OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE.

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BUS LANE AT HUNG MUI KUK ROAD TO BE EXTENDED *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT FROM 7.30 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 4), THE EXISTING BUS LANE ON THE KERBSIDE LANE OF THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF HUNG MUI KUK ROAD WILL BE EXTENDED FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CHUNG PAK ROAD TO THE ENTRANCE TO THE CAR PARK AT HUNG MUI KUK INTERCHANGE.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN BUSES AND THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUS LANI-BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND 9 AM DAIL’i EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS INDICATING THE BUS LANE.

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LONG VEHICLE BAN IN SHIU FAI TERRACE * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT ALL VEHICLES OVER 4.6 METRES LONG WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER SHIU FAI TERRACE IN WAN CHAI BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 1 AND 2C FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 4).

THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT SEVEN WEEKS TO FACILITATE ROADWORKS.

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WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG » * «

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF TOMORROW (SATURDAY) FROM 9 PM TO 8 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR WATER MAINS WORK.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY KWAI CHUNG ROAD, LAI KING HILL ROAD, JOINT STREET, LAI CHO ROAD, AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD (EXCEPT PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL).

AT THE SAME TIME, WATER PRESSURE TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE WEAKENED.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY CONTAINER PORT ROAD, KWAI TAI ROAD, KWAI YUE STREET, WING SHUN STREET, TEXACO ROAD, KWAI FUK ROAD, SHING FUK STREET, KWAI SHING CIRCUIT, KWAI HING ROAD, WO TONG TSUI STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD, LAI CHO ROAD, JOINT STREET, LAI KING HILL ROAD, KWAI CHUNG ROAD AND TSUEN WAN ROAD, INCLUDING ALL BLOCKS OF MEI FOO SUN TSUEN TO THE SOUTH OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUPPLEMENT

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1988

TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY LORD GLENARTHUR, MINISTER OF STATE, FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE,

ON JULY 1, 1988

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 1988

LORD GLENARTHUR GIVES PRESS CONFERENCE

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FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG, LORD GLENARTHUR:

LORD GLENARTHUR: I AM DELIGHTED TO BE BACK IN HONG KONG AND TO HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO MEET YOU. THIS IS MY THIRD VISIT ALTOGETHER IN THE YEAR SINCE I TOOK ON MY PRESENT JOB AS MINISTER OF STATE IN THE FCO. ONCE AGAIN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS ORGANISED A FULL AND VARIED PROGRAMME.

DURING MY STAY I HAVE HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE GOVERNOR, WITH EXCO AND LEGCO, AND WITH THOSE HANDLING THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE. I HAVE SEEN THAT PROBLEM FOR MYSELF AT THE HEI LING CHAU AND SHAM SHUI PO CENTRES. I HAVE ALSO MET REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING THOSE RUNNING THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. AND I HAVE VISITED THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE AND THE TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO THE GOVERNOR AND HIS OFFICIALS FOR ARRANGING THIS PROGRAMME, AND TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN ME AND MY WIFE SO MUCH OF THEIR TIME.

AS YOU KNOW, I HAVE ALSO BEEN TO THAILAND AND CHINA ON THIS TRIP. 1 GAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE IN PEKING. BUT IT MAY BE OF INTEREST TO YOU IF I REPEAT SOME OF THE MAIN POINTS THAT CAME UP THEN.

HONG KONG WAS CENTRAL TO MY DISCUSSIONS WITH CHINESE MINISTERS. I WAS IMPRESSED BY THEIR DETERMINATION TO IMPLEMENT THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THEIR READINESS TO CONSULT HONG KONG PEOPLE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW AND TO AMEND IT IN THE LIGHT OF THEIR VIEWS.

I DISCUSSED WITH THE CHINESE MINISTERS THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE BEING GIVEN ASSISTANCE ALONG THE COAST OF CHINA ON THEIR WAY TO HONG KONG: THEY UNDERSTOOD THE PROBLEM, UNDERTOOK TO FIND OUT THE FACTS, AND SAID THEY WOULD DO WHAT THEY COULD TO HELP.

VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN A MAJOR TOPIC OF MY DISCUSSIONS HERE TOO, AS IT WAS WHEN SIR GEOFFREY HOWE WAS HERE A MONTH AGO. SINCE THEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED A NEW POLICY. THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAD NO HESITATION LN ENDORSING THAT POLICY. THE SITUATION SIMPLY COULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GO ON AS IT WAS.

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I HAVE NOW SEEN FOR MYSELF HOW THE NEW POLICY IS BEING IMPLEMENTED. I HAVE BEEN GREATLY IMPRESSED BY THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS SET UP SINCE JUNE 16 AND THE DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM OF THE STAFF INVOLVED. IT IS OF COURSE TOO EARLY TO ASSESS THE EFFECT ON THE NUMBERS OF ARRIVALS. BUT THOSE THINKING OF SETTING OFF FOR HONG KONG FROM VIETNAM TO IMPROVE THEIR ECONOMIC SITUATION SHOULD CLEARLY UNDERSTAND ONE THING: HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES THEY WILL BE SENT BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY. IT IS NO GOOD THEIR THINKING THAT HONG KONG IS ANY LONGER A STAGING POST TO A NEW LIFE ELSEWHERE.

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE IN EXPLAINING THE NEW POLICY, SECURING SUPPORT FOR IT, AND BRINGING INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE TO BEAR ON VIETNAM. THE FOREIGN SECRETARY HAS SPOKEN PERSONALLY TO THE VIETNAMESE, SOVIET AND CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTERS. AND, AS I’VE SAID, I HAVE DISCUSSED THE PROBLEM IN MY TALKS IN PEKING. WE HAVE BEEN KEEPING UP THE PRESSURE ON THE VIETNAMESE IN LONDON AND HANOI, TO URGE THEM TO TAKE BACK THEIR ECONOMIC MIGRANTS. ONE THING IS CERTAIN: THE KEY TO A LASTING SOLUTION LIES FIRST AND FOREMOST WITH VIETNAM.

DURING MY VISIT HERE I HAVE ALSO HAD IT PUT TO ME THAT THE UK SHOULD TAKE IN MORE OF THE GENUINE REFUGEES NOW IN HONG KONG, THEREBY EASING HONG KONG’S BURDEN AND ENCOURAGING GREATER RESETTLEMENT ELSEWHERE. WE HAVE OF COURSE ALREADY TAKEN IN A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG - DESPITE ALL THE IMMIGRATION PRESSURES WE FACE FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. BUT AFTER THE RECENT INFLUX INTO HONG KONG WE ARE LOOKING AGAIN AT ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROBLEM. MORE RESETTLEMENT IN THE UK IS OBVIOUSLY AMONG THESE OPTIONS.

I HAVE REFERRED TO THE BASIC LAW. AS I MADE CLEAR IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS DEBATE WE ARE TAKING CAREFUL NOTE OF CONCERNS EXPRESSED IN HONG KONG. WE HAVE DRAWN THE ATTENTION OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO THEM. WE HAVE GIVEN THE RECORD OF THE DEBATE TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES. AND AS I HAVE ALREADY TOLD YOU, THEY ARE CLEARLY PAYING PARTICULARLY CLOSE ATTENTION TO VIEWS EXPRESSED HERE.

ANOTHER OF THE SUBJECTS I HAVE DISCUSSED HERE, PARTICULARLY WITH OMELCO, HAS BEEN THE TREATMENT OF HONG KONG PASSPORT HOLDERS AT BRITISH PORTS OF ENTRY. I WAS ABLE TO TELL THEM THAT SIR GEOFFREY HOWE HAD ALREADY TAKEN UP WITH THE HOME SECRETARY THE COMPLAINTS RAISED DURING HIS VISIT. I ALSO ASSURED THEM THAT 1 WOULD PERSONALLY RAISE THE CONCERNS EXPRESSED TO ME WITH MY OWN OPPOSITE NUMBER AT THE HOME OFFICE. BUT THERE’S ONE THING I WANT TO MAKE CRYSTAL CLEAR NOW: THERE IS NO POLICY OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HONG KONG PASSPORT HOLDERS. ANYONE WHO THINKS THERE IS, IS WRONG.

MY VISIT HAPPENS TO COINCIDE WITH ANOTHER EVENT - THE OPENING OF THE BRITISH AND CHINESE JLG OFFICES IN HONG KONG. THE JLG HAS ACHIEVED MUCH IN THE THREE YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE: ITS LOCATION IN HONG KONG MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO ITS ROLE BUT WILL MAKE CO-OPERATION STILL CLOSER AND MORE EFFICIENT. I WISH THE TWO TEAMS CONTINUED SUCCESS IN THEIR IMPORTANT WORK.

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I WOULD LIKE TO END BY EMPHASISING ONE THING. I’M THE THIRD BRITISH MINISTER TO VISIT HONG KONG INSIDE A MONTH. ALL THESE VISITS MAKE CLEAR OUR DETERMINATION TO CARRY OUT IN FULL THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS HONG KONG.

FANNY WONG (ORIENTAL DAILY NEWS): IT IS A QUESTION ON DEFENCE COST. IS IT TRUE THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL NOT CONSIDER MAKING ANY FURTHER CONCESSIONS TO THE NEW DCA. SECOND, DESPITE SOME LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS VOTE AGAINST THE NEW PACT, ISN’T IT TOTALLY UNFAIR TO HONG KONG THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SHOULD IMPOSE ITEMS SUCH AS VAT OR EVEN SALARY TAX IN THE OLD AGREEMENTS, THAT WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT? ISN’T IT TIME NOW THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER’DROPPING OUT THOSE ONE-OFF PAYMENT FOR THE OUTSTANDING BILL?

LORD GLENARTHUR: CAN WE TAKE THE DCA WHICH I THINK IS THE MAIN BURDEN OF YOUR QUESTION? THE FACT IS THAT THE AGREEMENT WHICH HAS BEEN ACHIEVED RESULTS FROM A LONG PERIOD OF NEGOTIATIONS, AND VERY TOUGH NEGOTIATIONS THEY’VE BEEN. WE NOW HAVE THAT AGREEMENT APPROVED BY EXCO AND IT NEXT GOES TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF LEGCO AND I HOPE THAT THEY WILL SEE IT FOR WHAT IT IS, AND WHAT IT IS IS THE BEST AGREEMENT THAT COULD BE REACHED BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES. I HOPE ALSO THAT YOU WILL REALISE THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM HAS AGREED TO PAY A HIGHER SHARE AT A TIME OF INTENSE PRESSURE ON OUR DEFENCE BUDGET WORLDWIDE. SO THAT REALLY IS THE IMPORTANT THING, THE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED, THE NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN TOUGH, NOW THE IMPORTANT THING IS FOR IT TO GO IN FRONT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF LEGCO.

FANNY WONG: BUT ISN’T IT UNFAIR FOR US TO PAY FOR THE VAT AND THE SALARY TAX FOR THE OUTSTANDING BILL? ISN’T IT UNFAIR FOR US BECAUSE FOR SALARY TAX, HONG KONG CIVIL SERVANTS DON’T GET ANY SALARY TAX FROM THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, THAT MIGHT BE A POINT OF VIEW, BUT VARIOUS ELEMENTS IN THE FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS, PERHAPS EVEN MORE WIDELY THAN THAT SEEM TO BE UNFAIR, BUT I THINK YOU MUST ALSO BEAR IN MIND THAT WHEN IT COMES TO SOMETHING LIKE DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENTS HONGKONG HAS FOR LONG PAID ITS SHARE, PAID A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT AND THOSE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN VALID NOW FOR MANY YEARS.

WHAT WE’VE GOT IS A NEW AGREEMENT; WE MUST GIVE THAT AGREEMENT THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK. I BELIEVE THAT IT’S A FAIR AGREEMENT AND I HOPE THAT WHEN IT GOES IN FRONT OF THE LEGCO FINANCE THAT IT WILL BE ENDORSED AS IT HAS BEEN BY EXCO.

FANNY WONG: SO THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER CONCESSIONS?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, AN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED.

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SALLY BLYTH (RTHK)! IT’S UNDERSTOOD THAT DURING YOUR MEETING WITH LEGISLATORS LAST NIGHT, YOU SAID THERE’S BEEN A MEETING BETWEEN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE UNHCR IN LONDON ABOUT THE UNHCR PAYING MORE TOWARDS THE COST OF THE UPKEEP OF THE CLOSED CAMPS IN HONG KONG. CAN YOU GIVE US MORE DETAILS ABOUT THOSE DISCUSSIONS AND HAS THERE BEEN ANY INDICATION FROM THE UNHCR THAT THEY WILL IN FACT AGREE TO PAY MORE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: YES, THERE WAS A MEETING, THE MEETING WAS A WORKING LEVEL MEETING IN LONDON AND I WILL BE LOOKING AT WHAT’S BEEN SAID IN DETAIL WHEN I GET HOME TOMORROW. THE FACT IS THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DISCUSSIONS GOING ON, BOTH HERE WITH ME VISITING. POINTS HAVE BEEN PUT TO ME, POINTS HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED IN LONDON AND IT WILL BE IMPORTANT TO TRY AND PUT THE TWO TOGETHER. AS FOR WHETHER WE TAKE IT ANY FURTHER FROM THERE VERY MUCH DEPENDS ON WHAT WAS SAID. I’M AFRAID I’LL HAVE TO OBVIOUSLY DISCUSS IT FULLY WITH THE OFFICIALS ON MY SIDE IN LONDON.

SALLY BLYTH: HAVE YOU MET ANYBODY FROM THE UNHCR HERE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, I’VE MET MR KARIM YES, BECAUSE HE CAME ROUND BOTH CAMPS WITH ME.

SALLY BLYTH: AND WAS THAT SUBJECT RAISED THEN ABOUT THE UNHCR PAYING MORE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, WE DISCUSSED IT IN VERY GENERAL TERMS BUT, OF COURSE, I WAS BY NO MEANS A DISCUSSION, IT WAS A CONVERSATION.

SALLY BLYTH: DO YOU AGREE THE UNHCR SHOULD PAY MORE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, YES I DO THINK THE UNHCR SHOULD PAY MORE TO HELI HONG KONG WITH THE REFUGEE PROBLEM, BUT THE PRECISE AMOUNT AND THE DETAILS AND THE FINE PRINT, SO TO SPEAK, WILL OBVIOUSLY HAVE TO BE NEGOTIATED AND I HONESTLY DON’T THINK THAT I SHOULD TRY TO PRE-EMPT ANY OF THAT DISCUSSION.

ANTHONY FLORES (COMMERCIAL RADIO): WILL BRITAIN CONTRIBUTE TO THE RUNNING OF THE CAMPS FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS SINCE IT’S OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION OF THE UNHCR?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, THE FACT IS THAT WE’VE, AS I SAID, DISCUSSED JUST NOW THE PROBLEM OF THE UNHCR AND THEIR ELEMENTS. THE WHOLE QUESTION OF THE COST OF RUNNING THE CAMPS IS, I KNOW, A BIG BURDEN UPON HONG KONG AND IT’S EXTREMELY WELL RUN.

I THINK THAT THERE ARE ONE OR TWO THINGS TO BE TAKEN ACCOUNT ON. ONE IS THAT WE ARE NOT QUITE SURE YET, WE HAVEN’T HAD THE FULL RESULT OF THE EFFECT OF THE CHANGE OF POLICY, WE’LL HAVE TO SEE HOW THAT GOES. WE’VE GOT VARIOUS OTHER ELEMENTS WHICH WILL NEED TO BE DISCUSSED, AS I SAID IN MY OPENING STATEMENT, WHEN WE GET BACK, TO SEE HOW WE CAN TAKE IT FORWARD AND ALL THESE ITEMS REALLY RUN TOGETHER.

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I THINK IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO TRY AND SINGLE ANY ONE ASPECT OUT WHETHER IT BE COST, WHETHER IT BE UK RESETTLEMENT, WHETHER IT BE ANY OTHER. THE WHOLE THING IS TO TRY AND FIND A WAY THROUGH THE VERY REAL DIFFICULTIES THAT EXIST, USING ALL THE MEANS AT OUR DISPOSAL.

STUART PALLISTER (ATV): COULD I JUST RETURN TO THE DEFENCE COSTS, SIR. YOU SAY THAT AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED WHICH RATHER PRE-EMPTS THE FINANCE COMMITTEE’S DECISIONS, BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE DOES DECIDE TO THROW IT OUT BECAUSE THEY ARE IN BASICALLY A "NO LOSE” SITUATION?

LORD GLENARTHUR: I DON’T REALLY THINK I CAN ANSWER HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS. THE FACT IS THAT THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN REACHED, IT HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY EXCO AND IT NOW GOES TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF LEGCO. LET’S NOT MAKE PROBLEMS BEFORE THESE DISCUSSIONS HAVE TAKEN PLACE. IT IS A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION.

TSE CHOI-WAN (TVB): DO YOU THINK THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT^ HANDS ARE TIED AS FAR AS DEFENCE COSTS ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE YOU YOURSELF SAID LAST NIGHT THAT IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE A BRITISH TROOP WITHDRAWAL FROM HONG KONG EVEN IF LEGCO VOTE DOWN THE NEW PROPOSAL?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, SO FAR AS THE CHANGES IN THE GARRISON ARE CONCERNED, THOSE HAVE TO OBVIOUSLY BE DISCUSSED AS WE WORK TOWARDS 1997. THERE WILL BE ADJUSTMENTS TO FORCE LEVEL NO DOUBT, AS THERE ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. IT IS UNREALISTIC TO SUPPOSE THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM COULD WITHDRAW SUDDENLY FROM HONG KONG; THAT IS NOT IN ANYBODY’S INTEREST TO ACHIEVE. AND THE IMPORTANT THING IS, AS 1 HAVE SAID, THAT AN AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED AND IT IS IMPORTANT FROM THAT AGREEMENT TO HAVE IT ENDORSED FULLY HERE IN HONG KONG.

TSE CHOI-WAN: I WANT TO FOLLOW UP THIS QUESTION. SO, EVEN if •’ LEGCO VOTED DOWN ON THIS, YOU HAVE NOTHING MORE TO DO?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, I HAVE JUST ANSWERED THAT. IT IS A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION; LET’S NOT DEAL IN HYPOTHESES.

ANN QUON (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST): YOU SUGGESTED THAT RAISING THE QUOTA ON REFUGEES WAS ONE OF THE OPTIONS BEING STUDIED. CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT PROGRESS YOU HAVE MADE IN THAT DIRECTION. ARE YOU LOOKING AT A SPECIFIC FIGURE. ARE YOU GOING TO CONFINE IT TO FAMILY REUNION CASES OR OPEN IT. WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS GOING TO BE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: I REALLY CAN’T GO INTO MORE DETAIL ON IT I AM AFRAID, AND I AM SURE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHY. I HAVE JUST EXPLAINED THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE PROBLEM WHICH HAVE TO BE DISCUSSED. ONE OF THEM, AS I HAVE SAID, WILL BE THE QUESTION OF RESETTLEMENT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. I AM NOT GOING TO GIVF DETAILS ON IT. THERE IS A LOT OF CONSIDERATION TO BE GIVEN TO WHAT I HAVE SEEN IN HONG KONG. 1

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ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF COMING HERE WAS TO ACTUALLY SEE THE CONDITIONS, SEE THE CAMPS, SEE THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE FACED BY EVERYONE IN HONG KONG, BY THE REFUGEES THEMSELVES, AND TO TAKE WITH ME A NUMBER OF IMPRESSIONS SO THAT I CAN DISCUSS THEM IN LONDON. I AM NOT GOING TO GO INTO DETAILS ABOUT NUMBERS OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

ANN QUON: WHAT WILL BRITAIN BE DOING IN TRYING TO INCREASE THE QUOTA?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, AS I HAVE SAID, I HAVE BEEN GIVEN A LOT OF INFORMATION WHILE I HAVE BEEN HERE. I SHALL GO BACK AND ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT IS IN THAT PACKAGE WILL BE THE QUESTION OF THE RESETTLEMENT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. I HAVE TO TAKE IT BACK TO LONDON WITH ALL THE OTHER ITEMS.

MATTHEW LEUNG (HONGKONG STANDARD): IN FACE OF THE DIFFERENT POLITICAL MODELS COME UP BY HONG KONG PEOPLE, WILL YOU PERSONALLY CALL FOR A POLITICAL COMPROMISE AMONG THEM, ON THE FIRST SAR GOVERNMENT?

LORD GLENARTHUR: COULD YOU REPEAT THAT QUESTION? I FRANKLY COULD NOT HEAR IT.

MATTHEW LEUNG: WELL, IN FACT OF THE DIFFERENT POLITICAL MODELS COME UP BY HONG KONG PEOPLE REGARDING ON THE FIRST SAR GOVERNMENT, WILL YOU PERSONALLY CALL FOR A POLITICAL COMPROMISE AMONG HONG KONG PEOPLE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, I THINK WHAT WE HAVE GOT AT THE MOMENT IS A SITUATION WHERE THE DRAFT BASIC LAW HAS APPEARED FOR THE FIRST TIME, THERE IS A CONSULTATIVE PROCESS TAKING PLACE HERE ON IT, AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAVE SAID THAT THEY WOULD TAKE DUE ACCOUNT OF ALL THE VIEWS BEING EXPRESSED HERE ON THAT DRAFT BASIC LAW. THOSE WILL APPEAR AGAIN AND THEN THERE WILL BE A FURTHER CONSULTATIVE PROCESS. SO THAT REALLY, I THINK, COMES INTO THE MATTER OF THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS ITSELF. WHAT I DO DEPENDS VERY LARGELY ON THE RESULTS OF THE VIEWS THAT ARE EXPRESSED HERE.

MATTHEW LEUNG; YOU THINK THAT A POLITICAL COMPROMISE WILL HELP BY THE END OF THE DAY?

LORD GLENARTHUR: DO I THINK A POLITICAL COMPROMISE WILL COME? WELL, 1 CAN’T FORECAST WHAT THE OUTCOME OF A CONSULTATIVE PROCESS IS GOING TO BE. WE HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

ANNIE LAM (SING TAO JIH PAO): THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW HAS BEEN CRITICISED TO BE A VERY POOR TRANSLATION BY THE LEGAL PROFESSIONS. EVEN SIR DAVID WILSON ALSO TOLD US THAT HE HAS TO READ BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE TEXTS TOGETHER TO GET A COMPLETE PICTURE. DID YOU ENCOUNTER THE SAME DIFFICULTY WHILE READING THE DRAFT BASIC LAW AND HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY GRASPED THE ACCURATE MEANING OF ALL THOSE PROVISIONS?

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LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, I THINK THAT IS A VALID POINT OF VIEW. THERE MAY WELL NEED TO BE AN AUTHENTIC BRITISH, ENGLISH TEXT OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW AND I THINK FROM ALL THE CONVERSAT I<’"■ I HAVE HAD IN CHINA THAT THAT VIEW IS ACCEPTED THERE AS WELL BUT IT IS A MATTER FOR THEM - BUT I THINK THAT THAT POINT IS WELL UNDERSTOOD, 1 ES.

SANDY LI (SING TAO WAN PAO): AS THE WORLD EXPOS I'lON APPLICATION IS CLOSING IN NOVEMBER, WHEN WILL THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TAKE ACTION. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL VIEWS ON HONG KONG ’ HOSTING THE EXPO’97?

LORD GLENARTHUR: CAN I TAKE THE LAST POINT? THE QUESTION OF EXPO IS ONE THAT, OF COURSE, RAISES A NUMBER OF PRACTICAL PROBLEMS. I THINK THAT AT THE MOMENT IT IS SOMETHING WHICH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS GOT TO LOOK AT VERY CAREFULLY TO SEE JUST WHAT THOSE SORT OF PROBLEMS ARE. I KNOW THERE IS ENTHUSIASM FOR THE IDEA BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE IDEA TO BE AWARE OF THE PRACTICALITIES INVOLVED AND AT THE .MOMENT, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THESE ARE BEING DISCUSSED.

K.K. WONG (RTHK): GOING BACK TO THE DCA. SOME LEGCO MEMBERS CLAIM THAT ONLY A SLIDING SCALE OF SHARING WOULD BE FAIR TO HONG KONG. IN FACT, THE SLIDING SCALE METHOD WAS DISCUSSED DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS BUT IT WAS RULED OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NEGOTIATIONS. WOULD YOU EXPLAIN TO US WHY THIS METHOD WAS NOT ADOPTED?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, YES, IT IS A CLAIM THAT’S BEEN MADE, 1 KNOW. BUT THE FACT IS THAT THERE IS ALREADY A SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN THE PROPORTION PAID BY HONG KONG. TEN PER CENT IS SUBSTANTIAL BY ANY STANDARD IN FACT. THEN YOU HAVE TO LOOK INTO THE FUTURE AND UNDERSTAND THAT FURTHER SAVINGS WILL COME FROM A RANGE OF OTHER MEASURES. THEN, FURTHER STILL, OVERALL COSTS WILL DECLINE AS THE PLANNED WITHDRAWAL WHICH I REFERRED TO EARLIER TAKES EFFECT, AND FINALLY, AS LEADING UP TO 1997.

THE AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED, EXCO HAVE ENDORSED IT, IT NOW GOES TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF LEGCO. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO DISCUSS IT AND THAT IT SHOULD BE ENDORSED BY THEM.

LEO DOBBS (AFP): GOING BACK TO THE VIETNAM QUESTION. OK, THE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ARE REGARDED AS ECONOMIC REFUGEES, THEY ARE BEING THOUGHT OF AS ECONOMIC REFUGEES NOW. SO, WHY DOESN’T BRITAIN PUMP MONEY INTO HANOI AS AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, SWEDEN HAVE BEEN DOING?

LORD GLENARTHUR: THAT QUESTION HAS BEEN ASKED AS WELL, AND I UNDERSTAND THE FORCE OF THE ARGUMENT BEHIND IT. ONE OF THE DANGERS, OF COURSE, OF PUMPING MONEY INTO VIETNAM IN THE WAY THAT YOU SUGGEST IS THAT BY DOING SO, YOU HELP SUPPORT NOT THOSE WHO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT, WHO WANT TO LEAVE, BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC SITUATION, BUT IT HELPS SUPPORT VIETNAM MAINTAIN AN ARMY OF SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND ILLEGALLY OCCUPYING CAMBOADIA. NOW, YOU CAN’T JUST LOOK AT THE THING SINGLY, YOU’VE GOT TO TAKE THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION INTO ACCOUNT AND THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE TO DO.

/NOW, WHETHER .......

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NOW, WHETHER OR NOT THERE ARE ANY CHANGES IN THAT IN DUE COURSE IS A MATTER OF CONJECTURE. I UNDERSTAND THE FORCE OF THE ARGUMENT BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT THERE ARE VERY SERIOUS, VERY DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES THAT COULD BE... FROM DOING IT.

LEO DOBBS: WHEN SIR GEOFFREY HOWE WAS HERE, HE WAS SAYING THAT ALL THE PROBLEMS OF VIETNAM STEMMED FROM THEIR POLITICAL SYSTEM. SO, THAT TO ME WOULD SEEM THAT THE REFUGEES HERE WERE POLITICAL REFUGEES.

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, THAT MAY BE YOUR VIEW, BUT THE PURPOSE OF CHANGING THE SYSTEM IN THE WAY THAT WE’VE DESCRIBED IT IS TO SCREEN OUT THOSE WHO ARE GENUINE REFUGEES WHO MEET THE CRITERIA THAT IS LAID DOWN, AND THOSE WHO DON’T MEET IT WILL REMAIN HERE UNTIL ONE DAY THEY GO BACK TO VIETNAM.

JULIE MAPLESTON (COMMERCIAL RADIO): DO YOU THINK THAT THE SCREENING POLICY MIGHT BE IMPOSING UNDUE BURDENS ON HONG*KONG AS WELL AS THE BOAT PEOPLE WHO COME HERE, GIVEN THAT THEY MAY NEVER BE REPATRIATED TO VIETNAM, AND THEREFORE THEY ARE GOING TO BE STAYING IN DETENTION CAMPS HERE POSSIBLY FOR EVER, BECAUSE VIETNAM AT THIS STAGE ISN’T PREPARED TO REPATRIATE THEM. WHO IS TO SAY THAT THEY EVER WILL. GIVEN THAT THE SCREENING POLICY MIGHT NOT BE SUCH A BIG DETERRENT, BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO FIRST ARRIVED HERE AFTER THE SCREENING POLICY WAS IMPLEMENTED WERE COMING OUT WITH STATEMENT ’’WELL, WE’D RATHER BE HERE IN HONG KONG IN A DETENTION CENTRE THAN BACK IN VIETNAM.” YOU KNOW THEY ARE REALLY PREPARED TO COME OUT HERE NO MATTER WHAT?

LORD GLENARTHUR: ABSOLUTELY. WHEN I TALKED TO A LOT OF THEM YESTERDAY, AND THAT WAS MADE PLAIN TO ME ON A DOZEN OF DIFFERENT OCCASIONS. IT’S A PRETTY HORRIFIC INDICTMENT OF A SYSTEM, ISN’T IT, THAT THEY’D RATHER LIVE FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES IN THOSE CONDITIONS, AS BEST LOOKED AFTER AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN BE, RATHER THAN GO BACK TO VIETNAM. IT IS THE MOST APPALLING INDICTMENT OF A SYSTEM THAT ANYONE’S EVER HEARD OF.

AND TO SAY THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THE SCREENING, WELL, THE HONG KONG EXPERTS WHO HAVE BEEN DOING THIS NOW, LOOKING AT IT AND TALKING TO THESE PEOPLE FOR MANY YEARS, HAVE BUILT UP A GREAT DEAL OF EXPERIENCE. I’M SURE THAT THEY WILL MANAGE IT, I AM SURE THAT IT WILL BE DONE EFFICIENTLY. AND I ONLY HOPE THAT THE ENTIRE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY NOTE THE ENORMOUS CONCERNS THAT EVERYBODY HAS ABOUT THE SITUATION IN VIETNAM AND APPLIES WHATEVER PRESSURE THEY CAN ON THE AUTHORITIES WHO ULTIMATELY MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDITIONS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, TO TRY AND ACHIEVE THE SORT OF CONDITIONS THAT WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO GO BACK.

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MITYANEW (REUTERS): IF YOU FEEL IT IS AN INDICTMENT OF THE SYSTEM THAT THESE REFUGEES DON’T WANT TO GO BACK, WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE SYSTEM THAT INTENDS TO SEND THEM BACK?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, THE SITUATION WOULD NOT OCCUR UNTIL WE HAVE ACTUALLY GOT AN EXCHANGE SYSTEM IN VIETNAM TO TAKE THEM BACK PROPERLY. I MEAN THE NUMBERS THAT HAVE GONE BACK UP TO NOW HAVE BEEN VERY SMALL. A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF RESETTLEMENT HAS TAKEN PLACE. IT HAS BEEN INCREDIBLY SLOW. WE WANT TO SEE IT IMPROVED AND IT WON’T BE IMPROVED UNTIL THE SITUATION IN VIETNAM HAS IMPROVED AND THEN PEOPLE WILL GO BACK UNDER SUITABLE SAFEGUARDS AND CONDITIONS.- '

BUT THE FACT IS WE HAVE A SYSTEM NOW AT THE MOMENT WHICH IS WHOLLY UNTENABLE. THAT’S WHY PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE AND THAT IS WHY THEY ARE PREPARED, AS A LADY IN THE FRONT ROW SAID, TO BE CONTENT TO STAY HERE IN THE SORT OF CONDITIONS WHICH WE HAVE FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES.

LEO DOBBS: DOES THAT APPLY TO EVERY COMMUNIST SYSTEM? I MEAN WOULD IT BE OKAY TO SEND BACK SOME SOVIETS IF THEY STARTED..,.?

LORD GLENARTHUR: SHALL WE DEAL WITH ONE SUBJECT AT A TIME? WE ARE TALKING ABOUT VIETNAM.

BETTY LIU (TVB): YOU SAID THAT DURING YOU TALKS WITH THE CHINESE, YOU WERE TOLD THAT VIETNAMESE PEOPLE WERE GIVEN ASSISTANCE ALONG THE WAY TO HONG KONG. CAN YOU TELL US WHAT EXACTLY IS THE SITUATION?

LORD GLENARTHUR: I DID NOT SAY THAT, WITH RESPECT. WHAT I SAID WAS THAT IT WAS A CONCERN THAT CERTAIN BOATS HAD BEEN RECEIVING SOME SORT OF SUSTENANCE ON THEIR JOURNEY FROM THE VIETNAMESE PORTS THAT THEY HAVE LEFT TO HONG KONG AND THAT WHILST THE FACTS AREN’T KNOWN, IT IS A VERY LONG COASTLINE, A DIFFICULT COASTLINE TO POLICE, SO TO SPEAK. THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TOOK SERIOUSLY. THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE FULL FACTS. THEY WOULD LOOK AT IT AND THEY WOULD SEE WHAT THEY COULD DO TO HELP.

BETTY LIU: WERE THEY GIVEN ASSISTANCE BY THE CHINESE OR WHAT?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, I MEAN CLEARLY SOME OF THESE BOATS HAVE BEEN STOPPING. NOW THE NATURE OF THE ASSISTANCE IS RATHER DIFFICULT TO COME BY. BUT PEOPLE HAVE GOT FOOD ON THE WAY HERE, THAT SORT OF THING. I AM NOT SUGGESTING FOR A MINUTE THAT OFFICIAL HELP IS BEING GIVEN, BUT THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT SURE PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPENING THEMSELVES. THEY SAID THEY’D LOOK INTO IT AND THEY WOULD DO WHAT THEY COULD TO HELP.

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BETTY LIU: TO HELP THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT OR TO HELP..?

LORD GLENARTHUR: TO HELP ALL OF US ENSURE THAT BY GETTING THE HELP THAT THEY SEEM TO BE GETTING, THAT ISN’T INCREASING THE NUMBER OF BOAT PEOPLE THAT COME TO HONG KONG.

BETTY LIU: WHAT IS THE POSITION THAT YOU CONVEYED?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, THAT WAS IT.

BETTY LIU: YOU TOLD THEM NOT TO HELP THESE PEOPLE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, WE DIDN’T GO INTO THAT DETAIL. WE SIMPLY SAID THIS APPEARS TO BE HAPPENING, COULD YOU HAVE A LOOK AT IT.

FANNY WONG: THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY HAS SUGGESTED THAT A SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION IN THE BRITISH TROOPS STATIONED HERE WOULD ONLY HAPPEN IN MID 1990’S. IS IT YOUR INTENTION, CAN YOU DO IT AS WE SHALL BE HAVING AN EXPANDING POLICE FORCE TO TAKE OVER THE DUTIES?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, THERE WILL BE AN EXPANDING POLICE FORCE IN DUE TIME, YES, WE KNOW ABOUT THAT. THE ACTUAL METHOD AND THE DETAIL OF THE EVENTUAL RUN-DOWN OF THE BRITISH GARRISON HERE IS STILL A MATTER FOR DETERMINATION. IT IS OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING THAT IS DISCUSSED AT THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AS WELL. THE DETAILS HAVE NOT YET BEEN ESTABLISHED. IT IS TOO EARLY TO TELL.

FANNY WONG: IS IT POSSIBLE THAT YOU WILL DO SOMETHING IN THE EARLY 1990’S?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT TIME SCALES. AS I SAID, THE DECISIONS HAVE NOT YET BEEN TAKEN. THE DETAIL, I AM AFRAID, IS NOT THAT ADVANCED YET.

MR ROBIN MCLAREN, ASSISTANT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE: THAT, MINISTER, IF I MIGHT JUST ADD, IT IS OF COURSE THAT THE MEMBERS OF THE PRESS KNOW ALSO IT IS A SUBJECT THAT WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING WITH THE CHINESE IN THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP.

SALLY BLYTH (RTHK): YOU SAID THAT THE HARDER STAND WHICH HONG KONG HAS ADOPTED IN ITS REFUGEE POLICY YOU HAVE DISCUSSED WITH OTHER RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES AND IT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN WIDELY ACCEPTED. DURING THESE TALKS HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY INDICATION FROM THOSE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES THAT THEY TOO ARE CONSIDERING STEPPING UP THEIR RESETTLEMENT RATE OF REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG’S CAMPS?

LORD GLENARTHUR: NO, WE HAVE NOT HAD THOSE DISCUSSIONS YET. IT HAS BEEN REPRESENTED TO ME HERE THAT, AS I SAID EARLIER, THAT THERE MAY BE A LINKAGE BETWEEN WHAT THE UNITED KINGDOM DOES AND WHAT OTHERS MIGHT DO BUT, AGAIN, THOSE ALL FORM PART OF THE PACKAGE OF WAYS OF DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM WHICH I SHALL TAKE BACK AND CONSIDER.

/CHAN BO-SHUN .......

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CHAN BO-SHUN (HONG KONG ECONOMIC JOURNAL): AS SOME LOCAL LEGISLATORS SAID, THAT DURING THE DEFENCE COSTS T .L\S IT WILL PROBABLY BE THE UK GOVERNMENT FORCING THE HK GOVERNMENT TO TOE THE LINE, BECAUSE THE UK GOVERNMENT IS A SOVEREIGN STATE. WHY ARE YOU SO SURE IT IS A FAIR TALK BETWEEN BOTH SIDES SINCE THEY ARE NOT IN AN EQUAL STATE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN IN AN EQUAL STATE FOR A LONG TIME, HAVE THEY? THAT’S THE FIRST THING. THE SECOND THING IS, NO, IT HAS NOT BEEN FORCED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ON THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. IT IS AN AGREEMENT THAT HAS BEEN REACHED. IT IS QUITE WRONG TO SUGGEST IT HAS BEEN FORCED. IT IS NOT THE CASE.

CHAN BO-SHUN: AS YOU HAVE ALREADY ADMITTED, IT IS NOT IN AN EQUAL STATE, ARE YOU GOING TO IMPLY THAT HONG KONG IS NOT UNDER AN EQUAL STATE TO ADMIT SUCH A DCA?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, THE PROPORTIONMENT HAS BEEN ADJUSTED. THE PROPORTIONMENT HAS BEEN ADJUSTED IN FAVOUR OF HONG KONG. I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I CAN GO OVER THE GROUND. WE ARE RATHER WASTING TIME, AREN’T WE? THE FACT IS THAT IT HAS BEEN AGREED, IT HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY EXCO, AND NOW IT GOES TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF LEGCO. I DON’T KNOW WHAT ELSE I CAN SAY.

CHAN BO-SHUN: BUT, IN FAVOUR OF HONG KONG, IT DOES NOT EQUAL TO A FAIR AGREEMENT?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, THAT MAY BE YOUR OPINION BUT THE FACT IS THAT THIS CHANGE HAS BEEN TO THE ADVANTAGE OF HONG KONG, WE MUST NOW LET IT BE DISCUSSED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF LEGCO.

ALAN CHAN (MORNING NEWS): WHAT WILL THE UK GOVERNMENT DO IF THE VIETNAM GOVERNMENT DID NOT CO-OPERATE IN THE SOLVING OF THE REFUGEE PROBLEMS?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, WE HAVE TO CONTINUE, AS WE ARE DOING AT THE MOMENT, ANYHOW, BEFORE WE GET TO THAT STAGE, TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO INCREASE THE INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE ON THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT TO MEND THEIR WAYS. WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO DO THAT.

WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR SOME TIME AND WHEN I WAS LAST HERE IN SEPTEMBER, THE LAST SUBSTANTIVE VISIT I MADE, 1 ASKED OUR AMBASSADOR FROM HANOI TO GO BACK - HE WAS HERE AT THE TIME - TO GO BACK TO HANOI WITH A POWERFUL MESSAGE TO THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT. WELL, THAT MAY NOT HAVE HAD ALL THE DESIRED EFFECT. SINCE THEN A NUMBER OF EXCHANGES HAVE TAKEN PLACE. 1 HAVE DESCRIBED TO YOU HOW SIR GEOFFREY HOWE ONLY VERY RECENTLY SPOKE TO THE VIETNAMESE FOREIGN MINISTER AND TALKED TO HIM ABOUT IT AT GREAT LENGTH.

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE HAVE GOT TO APPLY THE SORT OF PRESSURE WHICH WILL... ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES TO CHANGE THEIR WAYS. LET’S NOT THINK OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF THEY DO NOT. THE FACT IS WE HAVEN’T GOT TO THAT POINT YET. WE MUST MAKE SURE IT JOLLY WELL WORKS.

/CHRIS POMERY .......

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CHRIS POMERY (THE TIMES): WHEN YOU WERE IN PEKING, SIR, DID YOU DISCUSS TRADE WITH THE CHINESE AND DID YOU PASS ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S OFFICIAL VIEW OF THE BASIC LAW DRAFT AS IT STANDS AT THE MOMENT, AS WELL AS PASSING ON THE RECORD OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS DEBATE ON HONG KONG’S VIEWS?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, I DID TALK ABOUT TRADE VERY GENERALLY, SO FAR AS TRADE BETWEEN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA IS CONCERNED, YES, BUT NOT IN ANY GREAT DETAIL. I VISITED VARIOUS PLACES INCLUDING A CO-PRODUCTION FACILITY WITH BRITAIN. BUT TRADE WAS NOT THE MAIN PURPOSE OF MY VISIT.

CHRIS POMERY: DO YOU HAVE A GOOD TRADING RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA AND ARE THERE SIGNS THAT IT WILL IMPROVE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: TRADING RELATIONSHIP?

CHRIS POMERY: AND ARE THERE SIGNS THAT IT WILL IMPROVE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, I HOPE IT WILL IMPROVE. CHINA HAS BEEN VISITED BY LORD YOUNG, THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR TRADE AND' INDUSTRY, ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS, IF NOT MORE, AND I HOPE THAT THAT WILL BE IMPROVED, YES. I THINK THERE IS SCOPE THERE FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM TO DEVELOP ITS TRADE RELATIONS WITH CHINA. AND I THINK THAT IS TO THE ADVANTAGE OF HONG KONG AS WELL, BECAUSE THE FACT IS THAT I THINK IT GENERATES A FEELING OF GREAT CONFIDENCE. SO FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, AND I TELL YOU I VISITED CHINA FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT WAS A VERY ENCOURAGING EXPERIENCE. SO FAR AS THE BASIC LAW IS CONCERNED, I DON'T THINK I HAVE REALLY GOT ANYTHING TO ADD TO WHAT I SAID IN MY OPENING STATEMENT. THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES HAVE CLEARLY TAKEN ON BOARD THE POINTS THAT WERE RAISED IN THAT DEBATE. THEY ARE WELL AWARE OF THE CONCERNS ON CERTAIN ASPECTS WHICH HAVE BEEN RAISED BY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THEY WILL GIVE THEM ALL THE CONSIDERATION THAT THEY ARE DUE.

CHRIS POMERY: SIR GEOFFREY, WHEN HE WAS HERE LAST MONTH, SAID HE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ENDORSE THE CURRENT DRAFT AS IT STANDS. WOULD YOU BE FEELING A SIMILAR POSITION?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, I MEAN IF SIR GEOFFREY HOWE SAID IT, YOU COULDN’T BE GETTING IT FROM A FINER SOURCE.

LEO DOBBS: I AM NOT SURE WHETHER THIS COMES WITHIN YOUR BRIEF. IT IS A QUESTION ABOUT LAOS. DOES THAT COME WITHIN YOUR...?

LORD GLENARTHUR: WELL, IT COMES INTO MY AREA - I JUST WONDER IF IT IS THE RIGHT TOPIC TO RAISE AT THIS PARTICULAR...

/LEO DOBBS: ........

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LEO DOBBS: WELL, A QUICK QUESTION. I WAS WONDERING, WILL THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT BE REOPENING AN EMBASSY THERE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: YOU KNOW I CAN’T GIVE YOU AN ANSWER.

MR MCLAREN: I CAN GIVE YOU AN ANSWER, MINISTER. THE ANSWER IS, NO, WE WILL NOT. WE HAVE INDIRECT RELATIONS IN THE SENSE THAT WE COVER LAOS FROM BANGKOK, THE AMBASSADOR IN BANGKOK IS ALSO AMBASSADOR TO VIENTIANE. HE HAS A PERMANENT OFFICE THERE IN VIENTIANE, HE IS ABLE TO COVER LAOS QUITE SATISFACTORILY FROM BANGKOK AND THERE IS AT PRESENT NO PLAN TO CHANGE IT.

ANNIE LAM: AS SIR DAVID WILSON HAS COMPLETED HIS FIRST YEAR OF SERVICE IN HONG KONG, CAN YOU COMMENT ON HIS PERFORMANCE. AND ARE YOU GOING TO ATTEND THE JLG OPENING CEREMONY RIGHT AFTER THIS PRESS CONFERENCE?

LORD GLENARTHUR: SIR DAVID WILSON HAS HAD A MARVELLOUS YEAR HERE. HE HAS THE FULL CONFIDENCE AND FULL SUPPORT OF HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT IN EVERY WAY AND I KNOW THAT HE THOROUGHLY ENJOYS THE WORK THAT HE DOES HERE. HE HAS GREAT EXPERIENCE BOTH OF HONG KONG AND OF CHINA AND I KNOW THAT ALL HIS ENERGIES ARE TURNED TO DEVELOPING THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG IN THE WAY THAT YOU WOULD ALL LIKE TO SEE IT. HE HAS OUR FULL SUPPORT. SO FAR AS THE JLG OPENING THIS EVENING IS CONCERNED, NO, I SHALL NOT BE AT THAT OPENING. IT IS PURELY COINCIDENTAL THAT I HAPPEN TO BE HERE AT THE SAME TIME.

ANNIE LAM: YOU STILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME BEFORE YOUR PLANE LEAVES.

LORD GLENARTHUR: BUT I ALSO HAVE OTHER THINGS AS WELL, THAT I HAVE TO DO. PLENTY OF MEETINGS AND OTHER THINGS I HAVE TO DO BEFORE I LEAVE HERE. AS I HAVE SAID, IT IS PURELY COINCIDENTAL THAT I HAPPEN TO BE HERE AT THE TIME. I THINK IT IS MUCH BETTER IF THE TWO LEADING LIGHTS IN THAT ORGANISATION, MR MCLAREN ON MY RIGHT, MR KE FROM CHINA, THAT THEY ARE THERE. THE GOVERNOR WILL BE THERE AS WELL. IT IS VERY MUCH THEIR OCCASION, NOT MINE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH INDEED.

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JOINT ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATION MOUNTED ............... 1

CONTINUED SUCCESS FOR CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT .................... 2

DB MEMBERS VISIT SHELTERED WORKSHOP ............................ 4

SEMINAR ON SELF-REGULATORY SAFETY PROGRAMME..................... 5

BURGLARIES REDUCED IN WAN CHAI ................................. 6

YAU TSIM DISTRICT LAUNCHES ANNUAL FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ......... 7

SUMMER ACTIVITIES START IN MONG KOK............................. 7

EASTERN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS TODAY .................... 8

KWAI TSING RESIDENTS TO SHARE SUMMER FUN........................ 8

NEW TERRITORIES SITE OFFERED TO LETTERS A/B HOLDERS............. 9

ONE-LANE OPERATION FOR TUNNEL SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ............... 9

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TUEN MUN ROAD........................ 10

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON TOLO HIGHWAY ....................... 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT ........................... 10

WATER CUT IN YAU YAT TSUIN ..................................

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JOINT ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATION MOUNTED * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A TOTAL OF 38 PERSONS WERE ARRESTED DURING A 24-HOUR TERRITORYWIDE ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION OPERATION, JOINTLY MOUNTED BY THE POLICE, AND THE LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENTS THIS WEEK.

THE OPERATION WAS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUOUS EFFORT TO FLUSH OUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

OF THE ARRESTED PERSONS, THREE HAVE BEEN SENT TO SAN UK LING FOR REPATRIATION.

THE REMAINING 35 HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND THE POLICE FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION. THOSE FOUND TO BE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL BE REPATRIATED.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN REITERATED TODAY (SATURDAYK THAT THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF ANY AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

"OUR LATEST OPERATION SHOULD DRIVE HOME THE POINT THAT THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE TO THIS POLICY. ANYONE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO BELIEVE OTHERWISE IS ONLY CHEATING HIMSELF," HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT APART FROM CONTINUOUS CHECKS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, THERE WAS NO LET-UP IN ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION EFFORTS AT THE BORDER.

"A HIGH STATE OF VIGILANCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE MAINTAINED BY THE POLICE AND THE SECURITY FORCES BOTH AT THE LANI) AND SEA BORDERS," HE SAID.

DURING THE JOINT OPERATION, WHICH BEGAN AT 5 AM ON THURSDAY (JUNE 30) AND ENDED AT 5 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY (JULY I), THE POLICE HAD STEPPED UP THEIR IDENTIFICATION SPOT CHECKS IN PUBLIC PLACES AND CARRIED OUT CHECKS AT SUSPICIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

AS RESULT, A TOTAL OF 36,729 PERSONS, 5,162 VEHICLES AND 1,316 VESSELS WERE STOPPED FOR IDENTIFICATION CHECKS.

A TOTAL OF FIVE PERSONS WERE PROSECUTED FOR FAILING TO PRODUCE PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY, AND A FURTHER 24 WERE WARNED IN RESPECT OF THIS OFFENCE, WHICH CARRIES A MAXIMUM FINE OF $1,000.

ON THE LABOUR FRONT, INSPECTORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT VISITED 3,122 ESTABLISHMENTS TO WEED OUT ANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO MAY BE WORKING, AND TO CHECK THAT EMPLOYERS FULFIL THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATION OF KEEPING PROPER RECORDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES.

TWENTY ESTABLISHMENTS WERE FOUND TO BE POSSESSING NO RECORD AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION.

THE SPOKESMAN REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THEY COULD BE FINED UP TO $50,000 AND JAILED FOR UP TO A YEAR IF THEY WERE FOUND TO BE EMPLOYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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CONTINUED SUCCESS FOR CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT * * * ♦ ♦

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, THIS (SATURDAY) EVENING PAID TRIBUTE TO MEMBERS AND OFFICIALS OF LOCAL CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE PAST YEAR TO THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG.

INDEED, HE SAID, SUCH SUCCESS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE UNSELFISHNESS OF THE PUBLIC-SPIRITED VOLUNTARY CO-OPERATIVE WORKERS.

DR LEE SAID THIS WHEN HE REVIEWED THE LOCAL CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT OVER THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS AT THE 66TH INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY CELEBRATION DINNER IN HIS CAPACITY AS 'REGISTRAR OF CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES.

ON THE FIRST SATURDAY IN JULY EVERY YEAR, CO-OPERATORS IN EVERY COUNTRY GATHER TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY, TO DEMONSTRATE SOLIDARITY AND TO RENEW COMMITMENTS TO THE CO-OPERATIVE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES.

DR LEE SAID THAT THERE WERE AT PRESENT 398 CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES REGISTERED WITH HIS DEPARTMENT WITH A TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF 22,900, PAID-UP CAPITAL OF OVER $2 MILLION AND AGGREGATE SAVINGS OF MORE THAN $8.25 MILLION.

OF THESE 398,251 ARE URBAN SOCIETIES, MAINLY CO-OPERATIVE BUILDING SOCIETIES, AND THE REMAINING 144 ARE EQUALLY SPLIT BETWEEN FISHERIES AND AGRICULTURE.

’’THE 72 FISHERMEN’S CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES REGISTERED A TOTAL SURPLUS OF SOME $130,000 IN THE PAST YEAR AND THE CUMULATIVE REVOLVING LOAN FUND CAPITAL BUILT UP FROM MEMBERS’ SAVINGS STOOD AT $6.59 MILLION.

"DURING THE PAST YEAR, FISHERMEN OBTAINED LOANS AMOUNTING TO SOME $17 MILLION FROM THEIR OWN LOAN FUNDS AND FROM THE LOAN FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THIS DEPARTMENT, TO BUILD NEW VESSELS, PURCHASE FISHING GEAR AND EQUIPMENT AND TO REPAIR HULLS AND ENGINES," HE SAID.

DR LEE NOTED THAT HIS DEPARTMENT AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION SPONSORED NINE CHAMPION AND LEADING FISHERMEN ON A I O-DAY STUDY TOUR TO AUSTRALIA IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR.

TURNING TO AGRICULTURAL CO-OPERATIVES, HE SAID THAT OF THE 56,600 TONNES OF LOCALLY PRODUCED VEGETABLE MARKETED THROUGH THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 46 PERCENT CAME FROM 27 REGISTERED VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES.

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"THROUGH THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, MEMBERS CAN ADEQUATELY REFLECT THEIR VIEWS NOT ONLY TO HIS DEPARTMENT, BUT ALSO TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE BORDER.

"IN THIS CONNECTION, I MUST PAY TRIBUTE TO THE SPEEDY RESPONSE AND ADEQUATE ACTION TAKEN BY THE FEDERATION IN RESPECT OF THE ’POISONOUS CHOI SUM’ INCIDENT LAST YEAR," DR LEE ADDED.

THE FEDERATION ALSO MADE FULL USE OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY HIS DEPARTMENT, THE DIRECTOR SAID.

UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE FEDERATION AND THE VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATION, 15 FARMERS VISITED AUSTRALIA IN EARLY MAY THIS YEAR TO GAIN FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF VEGETABLE CULTIVATION AND MARKETING AND TO EXCHANGE EXPERIENCE AND INFORMATION WITH THEIR OVERSEAS COUNTERPARTS. *

DR LEE SAID: "PIG RAISING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES CONTINUED TO PLAY AN ACTIVE PART IN LOCAL PIG PRODUCTION. THEY CONTINUED TO HELP THEIR MEMBERS TO UP-GRADE THEIR BREEDING STOCK AND OBTAIN UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON MODERN PIG PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES.

"THEIR FEDERATION, TOO, WAS ACTIVE IN SOLICITING AND REFLECTING PIG FARMERS’ VIEWS TO THE GOVERNMENT,' PARTICULARLY IN RELATION TO THE PROBLEM OF FARM WASTE DISPOSAL."

THE DIRECTOR ALSO SPOKE OF THE ROLE OF FARMERS’ CO-OPERATIVES IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF AGRICULTURAL CREDIT.

"DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, OF THE TOTAL OF $12.2 MILLION LOANED TO FARMERS FROM VARIOUS LOAN FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT, SOME 28 PERCENT WAS CHANNELLED THROUGH THESE SOCIETIES.

"AT THE SAME TIME, A TOTAL OF ABOUT $114,000 FROM THE SOCIETIES’ OWN REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS WAS ALSO ISSUED TO THEIR MEMBERS TO MEET A WIDE RANGE OF FARM CREDIT NEEDS," DR LEE SAID.

DURING THE OCCASION, DR LEE ALSO EXTENDED HIS CONGRATULATION TO MR YUNG TIN-TAK, CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERATION OF VEGETABLE MARKETING CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES, WHO HAD RECENTLY BEEN APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, ON HIS RECENT AWARD OF A BADGE OF HONOUR BY THE QUEEN.

"THE AWARD WAS IN RECOGNITION OF THE VALUABLE SERVICES RENDERED BY MR YUNG TO HONG KONG AND I AM SURE THAT ALL PRESENT WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT IT WAS WELL DESERVED," DR LEE ADDED.

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MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT BOARD, AREA COMMITTEES, AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN KWUN TONG THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING VISITED THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION’S KWAI SHING SHELTERED WORKSHOP.

THE VISIT IS PART OF A FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATED BY THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE PROGRAMME AIMS AT PROVIDING THE MEMBERS WITH A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE VARIOUS REHABILITATION SERVICES OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR MENTAL PATIENTS.

THE GROUP WAS MET ON ARRIVAL BY THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION, MISS DEBORAH WAN, WHO BRIEFED THE MEMBERS ON THE OBJECTIVE AND DAILY OPERATIONS OF THE WORKSHOP BEFORE TAKING THEM ON A TOUR.

THE GROUP WAS TOLD THAT THE WORKSHOP PROVIDES A SHELTERED WORKING PLACE FOR 120 EX-MENTAL PATIENTS.

UNDER A COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME, THE WORKERS LEARN BASIC WORKING PROCEDURES AND USE MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT IN MANUFACTURING PLASTIC AND METAL PRODUCTS, ELECTRONIC SPARE PARTS AND HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS.

THE GROUP WAS ALSO TOLD THAT THE WORKSHOP, APART FROM PROVIDING SHELTERED EMPLOYMENT, ALSO PLAYS THE ROLE OF RE-EDUCATING AND TRAINING WORKERS TO REGAIN CONFIDENCE, DEVELOP GOOD WORKING HABIT AND OTHER DAILY LIVING SKILLS IN ORDER TO RE-INTEGRATE INTO SOCIETY.

THE KWAI SHING SHELTERED WORKSHOP IS ONE OF THE SIX VISITING VENUES COVERED BY THE FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMME.

THE OTHERS ARE THE KOWLOON HOSPITAL PSYCHIATRIC UNIT, THE BAPTIST LOK KWAN FEMALE HALFWAY HOUSE AND DAY TRAINING CENTRE, THE KWONG FUK HALF-WAY HOUSE, THE SUN CHUT HALF-WAY HOUSE AND THE HALF-WAY HOUSE FOR WOMEN IN POK HONG ESTATE.

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SEMINAR ON SELF-REGULATORY SAFETY PROGRAMME ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ »

ABOUT 70 PERSONNEL ENGAGED IN SAFETY AND HEALTH ACTIVITIES IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR WILL ATTEND A THREE-DAY RESIDENTIAL SEMINAR AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY IN SHA TIN ON TUESDAY (JULY 5).

THE SEMINAR, ENTITLED SELF-REGULAORY APPROACHES IN LABOUR INSPECTION, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ASIAN REGIONAL PROJECT FOR LABOUR ADMINISTRATION (ARPLA) OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

IT IS AIMED AT ENHANCING A SELF-REGULATORY APPROACH IN THE PROMOTION OF SAFETY AND HEALTH AT THE WORKPLACE.

IT ALSO PROVIDES A FORUM FOR PARTICIPANTS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF IN-PLANT SAFETY PROGRAMMES AND TO DEVISE POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS.

SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR INCLUDE MR MUINUDDIN KHAN OF ARPLA IN BANGKOK; THE PERSONNEL MANAGER OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES LTD, MR PETER CHEUNG; AND STAFF MEMBERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE AND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH DIVISIONS.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OPENED BY MR MUINUDDIN KHAN; THE CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISORY OF ARPLA, MR A.M.A.H. SIDDIQUI; THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS, MR CHENG YIU-TONG; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLICITY PROGRAMME SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE, MR K.Y. TONGSON<

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARI INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE SEMINAR WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE POSTGRADUATE HALL COMPLEX, CHINESE UNIVERSITY, SHATIN, AT 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 5).

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BURGLARIES REDUCED IN WAN CHAI

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BURGLARIES IN RESIDENTIAL PREMISES IN WAN CHAI HAVE BEEN REDUCED BY OVER 25 PER CENT IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, INDICATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME, WAN CHAI DISTRICT COMMANDER MR MICHAEL PREW SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT’S NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME PHASE SIX, MR PREW SAID THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF BURGLARIES IN RESIDENTIAL PREMISES IN THE DISTRICT OCCURRED DURING DAYTIME WHEN HOMES WERE LEFT UNATTENDED.

"IF THE PUBLIC COULD BE MOBILISED TO FORM INTO CLOSE-KNIT UNITS WHEREBY UNIT MEMBER WILL TAKE POSITIVE STEPS TO GUARD NOT ONLY HIS OWN HOME AND PROPERTY, BUT ALSO THOSE OF HIS IMMEDIATE HEIGHBOURS, MANY OF THESE BURGLARIES IN RESIDENTIAL PREMISES COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED." MR PREW SAID.

HE NOTED THAT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME'IS ONE'OF THE MANY MEASURES TO PROMOTE HOME SECURITY.

SPEAKING AT THE SAME FUNCTION, WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALLAN CHOW SAID THAT 24 BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT HAVE TAKEN PART IN THE SCHEME SINCE IT WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 1985.

IT HAS ACHIEVED POSITIVE RESULTS IN THE PREVENTION OF CRIME AND HAS STRENGTHENED TIES BETWEEN NEIGHBOURS, HE ADDED.

CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR CHENG HOK-YIN, TOLD THE GATHERING THAT GOOD RESULTS WERE REALISED IN THE FIFTH PHASE OF THE SCHEME UNDER THE CO-OPERATION OF THE POLICE, AREA COMMITTEES, THE DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND THE OWNERS CORPORATIONS OF THE THREE PARTICIPATING BUILDINGS.

FOUR MORE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS ARE TAKING PART IN THIS PHASE VI OF THE SCHEME. THEY ARE HENNESSY MANSION, YING LEE MANSION, JAFFE COURT AND MOON FAIR MANSION.

A SEMINAR WAS HELD AFTER THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY, AND POLICE OFFICERS GAVE TALKS ON WAYS TO PREVENT BURGLARIES.

ALSO ATTENDING THE FUNCTION TODAY WERE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN MRS PEGGY LAM AND RESIDENTS OF THE FOUR PARTICIPATING BUILDINGS.

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YAU TSIM DISTRICT LAUNCHES ANNUAL FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN

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THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT’S ANNUAL FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY HELD AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE CEREMONY WAS OFFICIATED BY YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG; YAU MA TEI POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR IAN SEABOURNE; YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH, AND YAU TSIM DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR YANG TZE-KIANG.

THE CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY DANCE AND SINGING PERFORMANCES BY GUEST ARTISTS, INCLUDING MARIA CORDERO AND THE "EQUATOR",- AND AN ANTITRIAD DRAMA BY THE FRINGE CLUB.

A SPECIALLY DECORATED BUS LATER TOURED THE DISTRICT, WITH CARTOON CHARACTERS DISTRIBUTING FIGHT CRIME LEAFLETS TO THE PUBLIC.

ORGANISED BY THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, THE CAMPAIGN CONSISTS OF A SERIES OF PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING A "FIGHT CRIME WEEK", SEMINARS, A SINGING CONTEST WITH ANTI-TRIAD AS THF THEME AND AN INTER-SCHOOL QUIZ ON FIGHT CRIME KNOWLEDGE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO PRESENT GOOD CITIZENS AWARDS TO HONOUR MEMBERS OF THF PUBLIC WHO HAVE HELPED THE POLICE APPREHENED CULPRITS IN THE DISTRICT.

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COLOURFUI GAME STALLS AND INFORMATIVE EXHIBITION BOARDS WILL BE SET UP AT HE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND IN MONG KOK TOMORROW (SUNDAY) FOR MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MRS ROSANNA TAM, MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER MR AUGUSTINE CHENG AND REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WEST KOWLOON) MR ALEXANDER FUNG WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

THIS YEAR A TOTAL OF 19 AGENCIES ARE OFFERING 103 PROGRAMMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 TO ENABLE THEM TO SPEND A MEANINGFUL AND FUN-FILLED SUMMER HOLIDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 3.30 TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND, SAI YEE STREET.

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EASTERN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS TODAY

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH WOULD HAVE A SIGNIFICANT INFLUENCE ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, SAID AT THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TODAY (SATURDAY).

YOUNG PEOPLE FORMED A LARGE PROPORTION OF THE POPULATION AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR DEVELOPMENT, HE POINTED OUT.

NOTING THAT A CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH WAS SET UP IN 1986 TO STUDY WHETHER THERE WAS A NEED FOR A YOUTH POLICY AND THE POSSIBLE WAYS TO PROMOTE YOUTH MATTERS, MR YEUNG CALLED ON THE PUBLIC TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEW ON THE COMMITTEE’S REPORT.

REFERRING TO THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, HE SAID THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 215 ACTIVITIES PLANNED THIS YEAR.

THESE INCLUDED YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER WORKER TRAINING, A CONCERT, EDUCATIONAL VISITS, FILM SHOWS, SPORTS TRAINING COURSES, CIVIC EDUCATION SEMINARS, TELEMATCHES, OUTINGS AND VARIOUS COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHEMES.

"ALL THESE ACTIVITIES ARE CAREFULLY PLANNED BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO ACHIEVE THE AIM OF ’SHARING THE FUN WHILE SERVING THE COMMUNITY’," MR YEUNG ADDED.

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RESIDENTS OF KWAI CHUNG AND TSING YI ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN MORE THAN 600 ACTIVITIES OF THE 1988 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FROM JULY TO SEPTEMBER.

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (SATURDAY), CHAIRMAN OF THE KWAI TSING SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME DISTRICT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR SO HOI-PAN SAID THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES HAD INCREASED BY 20 PER CENT THIS YEAR AS COMPARED TO THAT OF LAST YEAR.

THESE ACTIVITIES ARE FUNDED WITH A TOTAL BUDGET OF $500,000, OF WHICH $430,000 IS DONATION BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, $40,000 IS ALLOCATION BY THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD AND $30,000 IS SPONSORSHIP BY LOCAL PEOPLE.

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A TOTAL OF $17,000 PAMPHLETS GIVING INFORMATION ON ALL THE ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION AT THE SEVEN SUB-OFFICES OF KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE KICKED OFF WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND ON JULY 9.

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NEW TERRITORIES SITE OFFERED TO LETTERS A/B HOLDERS

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING REGISTERED OWNERS OF LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENTS (LETTERS A/B) TO TENDER FOR A SITE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE 6,614-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN AREA 51A, SHA TIN, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

ACCORDING TO THE BUILDING COVENANT, A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 19,842 SQUARE METRES HAS TO BE COMPLETED ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1992.

APPLICANTS FOR THE SITE CAN SUBMIT EITHER A "VINTAGE" TENDER OR A "MONETISED LETTER B" TENDER CALCULATED BY REFERENCE TO A LIST OF CURRENCY VALUES PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON MARCH 25, 1988.

"VINTAGE" TENDERS WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOON ON JULY 29.

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ONE-LANE OPERATION FOR TUNNEL SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE SLOW LANE OF THE SOUTHBOUND TUBE OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10.30 PM TO 5.30 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY ON MONDAY (JULY 4) AND TUESDAY (JULY 5). ' 41 ANU

THE MEASURE IS TO FACILITATE THE LAYING OF ANTI-SKID MATERIAL BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT AT THE TUNNEL’S KOWLOON EXIT. SIMIIAR WORKS WERE CARRIED OUT LAST MONTH, BUT HAVE NOT BEEN COMPLETED DUE To

MOTORISTS SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR TEMPORARY DRIVE WITH EXTRA CARE AND PATIENCE.

TRAFFIC SIGNS

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON TUEN MUN ROAD ♦ ♦ * * ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TO FACILITATE THE REPLACEMENT OF EXPANSION JOINTS, THE THREE TRAFFIC LANES ON THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD AT SHAM TSENG BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ALTERNATIVELY BETWEEN JULY 5 (TUESDAY) AND AUGUST 7.

AT LEAST TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL BE MAINTAINED FOR KOWLOON-BOUND TRAFFIC AT ALL TIMES DURING THE WORK PERIOD. MOTORISTS MAY CHOOSE TO DIVERT THEIR JOURNEYS VIA CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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THE MOST OUTER FAST LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND BETWEEN PAK SHEK KOK BRIDGE AND ISLAND HOUSE INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ON JULY 4 (MONDAY) AND 5.

ON JULY 12 (TUESDAY), THE MOST INNER SLOW LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND NEAR PAK SHEK KOK BRIDGE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

THE TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ARE TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD IN NORTH POINT BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET EAST AND HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL WILL BE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW.

THIS SECTION OF TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD WILL ALSO BE MADE A PEAK HOUR (I.E. 7 - 10 AM AND 4 - 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY. NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 10 AM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS ON THE SECTIONS OF TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD BETWEEN TIN CHIU STREET AND HEALTHY STREET WEST AND BETWEEN HEALTHY STREET EAST AND HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL WILL BE LIFTED.

MOREOVER, VEHICLES ON HEALTHY STREET CENTRAL WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT TO TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD EASTBOUND.

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WATER CUT IN YAU YAT TSUEN * ft *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU BE TURNED OFF ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT MAGNOLIA ROAD, MARIGOLD ROAD AND CASSIA ROAD.

BESIDES, MOST OF THE AREA OF YAU YAT TSUEN WEAK WATER PRESSURE.

YAT TSUEN WILL FOR WATER MAINS

OSMANTHUS ROAD,

WILL EXPERIENCE

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

H.K. NEEDS MORE ATTENTION IN POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL 1 TRAVELLERS URGED TO APPLY EARLY FOR DOCUMENTS ............... 2

SHA TIN DB TO DISCUSS BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM ................... 2

BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM ON TSUEN WAN DB AGENDA................... 3

SIX MORE BUILDINGS JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME ..........

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON YOUTH POLICY REPORT EXTENDED ......... 5

SAFETY TALKS FOR STUDENTS.................................... 6

MUSIC CAMP TO OPEN NEXT WEEK................................. 7

SPECIAL SURGERY PROGRAMME FOR DEAF PATIENTS ................. 8

SUMMER FUN FOR YOUTH IN NORTH DISTRICT....................... 9

CARNIVAL TO LAUNCH SUMMER ACTIVITIES ........................ 10

SUMMER FUN STARTS IN MONG KOK................................ 10

WATER CARNIVAL LAUNCHES KWUN TONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME .... 11

KWAI TSING YOUTHS TO ATTEND CONFERENCE....................... 12

LEFT-TURN BANS IN TAI HANG AND WAN CHAI ..................... 13

HUNG MUI KUK ROAD BUS LANE TO BE EXTENDED.................... 13

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN .......................... 14

FRESH WATER CUT IN KWUN TONG AND FANLING .................... 14

SUNDAY, JULY 3, 1988

H.K.

NEEDS MORE ATTENTION IN * *

POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL * * *

DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED, TODAY (SUNDAY) SAID THAT HONG KONG NEEDED TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.

DR REED WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR ORGANISED BY CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION.

"THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT WE PACK MUCH OF OUR INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND TOURIST ACTIVITY, TOGETHER WITH OUR LIVING SPACE INTO JUST TWO OR THREE HUNDRED SQUARE KILOMETRES," DR REED SAID.

"IN ADDITION, THE NATURE OF THE TOPOGRAPHY AND METEOROLOGY HERE MEANS THAT POLLUTION EMITTED BY ALL THIS ACTIVITY THAT IS CONCENTRATED INTO A VERY SMALL SPACE, IS NOT READILY DISPERSED AND CAN BE TRAPPED FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME."

DR REED GAVE A NUMBER OF EXAMPLES OF THE POLLUTION PROBLEMS FACED BY HONG KONG AS A RESULT OF THIS SITUATION AND THEN WENT ON TO DESCRIBE THE WAY IN WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS RESPONDING TO THE THREAT POSED BY POLLUTION IN TERMS OF:

» INSTITUTION BUILDING AND IN PARTICULAR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF Till: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT IN XPRIL 1986.

IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF POLLUTION CONTROLS.

INTRODUCTION OF A COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE THE OBJECTIVE INFORMATION NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT ANY NEW LEGISLATION, OR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES, MEET THE SPECIFIC LOCAL NEEDS IN HONG KONG.

» PROVISION OF IMPROVED FACILITIES FOR THE COLLECTION, TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL OF SEWAGE AND SOLID WASTES.

PLANNING AGAINST POLLUTION TO ENSURE THAT NEW DEVELOPMENT DOES NOT LEAD TO THE CREATION OF NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS.

» PROMOTING PUBLIC AWARENESS.

"ALL THESE PROGRAMMES WILL REQUIRE THI CONTINUING ACTIVE AND VOCAL SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY IF WE ARE TO SUCCEED IN MAKING HONG KONG A PLACE WHERE IT IS NOT ONLY HEALTHY BUT ALSO AGREEABLE TO LIVE," DR REED SAID.

"IT IS CERTAINLY GROUNDS FOR OPTIMISM TO SEE HOW MANY MEMBERS 01' THE CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION AND OTHER MEMBERS 01 THE PUBLIC CHOOSE TO SPEND THEIR SUNDAY AFTERNOONS ATTENDING THESE SESSIONS ORGANISED in THE ASSOCIATION," HE CONCLUDED.

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TRAVELLERS URGED TO APPLY EARLY FOR DOCUMENTS ♦ » * »

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY ADVISED PEOPLE INTENDING TO TRAVEL IN THE NEAR FUTURE TO APPLY FOR THEIR DOCUMENTS AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

IN ADDITION, THERE MIGHT BE LONGER QUEUES AT VARIOUS CONTROL POINTS FOR IMMIGRATION EXAMINATION WHEN TRAVELLERS LEAVE OR ENTER HONG KONG, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THIS WAS DUE MAINLY TO THE REDEPLOYMENT OF SOME IMMIGRATION STAFF FROM CONTROL POINTS AND OTHER OFFICES TO DEAL WITH THE EXTRA WORKLOAD ARISING FROM THE NEW POLICY OF SCREENING VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ARRIVING IN HONG KONG AFTER JUNE 15.

HOWEVER, HE ASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO MAINTAIN ITS STANDARD OF SERVICE AND TO REDUCE ANY INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC TO THE MINIMUM.

ALTHOUGH FUNDS HAD BEEN APPROVED FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO EMPLOY 200 ADDITIONAL STAFF TO COPE WITH THE EXTRA WORKLOAD, THE RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING OF NEW OFFICERS WOULD TAKE ABOUT SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

IN THE MEANTIME, THERE WOULD INEVITABLY BE SOME EFFECT ON IMMIGRATION SERVICES, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS WHEN MORE PEOPLE WERE LIKELY TO BE TRAVELLING.

”IT MAY TAKE A LONGER TIME FOR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS TO BE ISSUED AND THERE MAY BE LONGER QUEUES FOR IMMIGRATION EXAMINATION AT THE CONTROL POINTS," HE ADDED.

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SHA TIN DB TO DISCUSS BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) MORNING.

BOARD MEMBER, MR LAU KONG-WAH WILL ASK ABOUT THE TYPES OF RESOURCES AND EXPENDITURE INVOLVED IN TAKING CARE OF THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AND WHY THE FIRST ASYLUM POLICY CANNOT BE ABOLISHED.

HE WILL ALSO WANT TO KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE SCREENING PROGRAMME ON THE POPULATION OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE HERE.

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MEMBERS, MR CHAN HON-YING AND MR TAM FAU-CHUEN WILL ASK IF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS PRACTICABLE PLANS TO MEET SHA TIN RESIDENTS’ DEMAND FOR GENERAL OUTPATIENT SERVICES.

ANOTHER MEMBER, DR JOHN YOUNG WILL ENQUIRE ABOUT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S CONTINGENCY PLANS TO DEAL WITH EMERGENCY SITUATIONS AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AREA AND GOVERNMENT EFFORTS TO DEAL WITH POLLUTION AT SHING MUN RIVER BEFORE AND DURING THE SUMMER.

THE BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE MERITS OF INTRODUCING SUMMER TIME AND THE SHA TIN ANTI-NARCOTICS FESTIVAL.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS BY COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN AND BASIC LAW WORKING COMMITTEE AS WELL AS REPORT ON DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MATTERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON 6/F, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM ON TSUEN WAN DB AGENDA ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AT ITS SECOND REGULAR MEETING ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) AFTERNOON.

MEMBERS WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE SCREENING POLICY RECENTLY ADOPTED AND ON THE PORT OF FIRST ASYLUM POLICY.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS’ VIEWS WILL ALSO BE SOUGHT ON THE MERITS OF INTRODUCING SUMMER TIME IN HONG KONG.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE REPORTS BY THE CHAIRMEN OF VARIOUS COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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SIX MORE BUILDINGS JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME

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SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF THE TERRITORY WIDE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME IN 1985, THERE HAD BEEN GREAT SUCCESS IN CURBING CRIME, PARTICULARLY IN REDUCING BURGLARY IN THE BUILDINGS, EASTERN DISTRICT POLICE COMMANDER, MR R.M.A. HARPER, SAID TONIGHT (SUNDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME PHASE VI FORMATION CEREMONY CUM ANTI-TRIAD STREET PLAY AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

MR HARPER POINTED OUT THAT BURGLARIES IN THE DISTRICT HAD DECREASED FROM 962 IN 1985 TO 583 IN 1987.

THE FIRST FIVE COMPLETED PHASES OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME IN EASTERN DISTRICT HAVE INVOLVED 6,708 HOUSEHOLD^ IN FORMING 583 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UNITS IN 28 DOMESTIC BUILDINGS, ONE INDUSTRIAL BUILDING AND ONE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

"THE SIXTH PHASE OF THE SCHEME WILL BE PARTICIPATED BY SIX BUILDINGS, OF WHICH TWO ARE PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS AND FOUR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS. A TOTAL OF 101 UNITS WILL BE FORMED WITH 1,210 HOUSEHOLDS," MR HARPER SAID.

THESE BUILDINGS ARE BLOCK 15 IN CHAI WAN ESTATE, KING HING HOUSE IN HING WAH ESTATE PHASE I, CONTINENTAL MANSION IN NORTH POINT, BO FUNG GARDEN, NO. 956-956A KING’S ROAD AND NO. 46-56 SAI WAN HO STREET.

MR HARPER THANKED ALL THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE SCHEME FOR THEIR STRONG SENSE OF PUBLIC SPIRIT IN HELPING THE POLICE, THEIR NEIGHBOURS AND THEMSELVES IN FIGHTING CRIME.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, HOPED THAT MORE LOCAL RESIDENTS WOULD SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME SO AS TO BUILD A BETTER COMMUNITY.

"A SERIES OF FIGHT CRIME ACTIVITIES INCLUDING VISITS, SCHOOL TALKS, COMPETITIONS, BUS PARADE AND CARNIVAL WILL BE HELD IN THE COMING MONTHS TO SPREAD FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE AMONG LOCAL RESIDENTS," MR YEUNG SAID.

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1988

- 5 -PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON YOUTH POLICY REPORT EXTENDED t * ♦ ♦ *

THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH HAS DECIDED TO EXTEND THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION PERIOD ON ITS REPORT ON YOUTH POLICY BY TWO MONTHS TO SEPTEMBER 24.

DISCLOSING THIS, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MRS ROSANNA TAM, POINTED OUT THAT IN REACHING THE DECISION, THE COMMITTEE HAD TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION THE FOLLOWING FACTORS:

CALLS BY VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY FOR EXTENSION OF THE CONSULTATION PERIOD;

» ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE BY THE PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS;

ADDITIONAL COPIES OF THE REPORT WERE ONLY AVAILABLE IN JUNE; AND

» THE EARLY PART OF THE CURRENT CONSULTATION PERIOD HAPPENED TO CLASH WITH THAT OF LOCAL PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS.

’’NOW WITH THE EXAMINATIONS OVER AND MORE COPIES OF THE REPORT AVAILABLE, IT IS HOPED THAT YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR STUDENTS WILL HAVE TIME TO STUDY THE REPORT AND EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS,” SHE NOTED.

MRS TAM FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT THE COMMITTEE PARTICULARLY WELCOMED COMMENTS ON THE FOLLOWING ISSUES:

» WHETHER THERE IS A NEED FOR A YOUTH POLICY IN HONG KONG;

* THE BROAD PRINCIPLES PERTAINING TO YOUTH DEVELOPMENT OUTLINED IN THE REPORT; AND

* WHETHER THERE IS A NEED FOR A COMMISSION ON YOUTH AS RECOMMENDED IN THE REPORT.

COMMENTS ON THE REPORT SHOULD BE SENT TO THE COMMITTEE’S SECRETARY, C/O CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, WORLD SHIPPING CENTRE, 7 CANTON ROAD, 13TH FLOOR, TSIM SHA TSUI.

COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE NOW STILL AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH’S SECRETARIAT.

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SAFETY TALKS FOR STUDENTS * » ♦

FACTORY INSPECTORS FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ARE CONTINUING THEIR ROUND OF VISITS TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY TO DELIVER TALKS ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

THE VISITS FORM PART OF A PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMME TO INCULCATE IN STUDENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK.

SINCE THE PROGRAMME STARTED IN MID-MAY THIS- YEAR, FACTORY INSPECTORS HAVE VISITED 24 SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND TALKED TO MORE THAN 6,000 STUDENTS ON THE EXISTING INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION, GENERAL SAFETY WORK PRACTICES AS WELL AS DANGEROUS MACHINERY AND PROCESSES THAT STUDENTS SHOULD REFRAIN FROM OPERATING.

PLANS ARE NOW IN HAND TO VISIT ANOTHER 16 SCHOOLS VITH SOME 4,000 STUDENTS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS.

"IF SCHOOL AUTHORITIES INTEND TO INVITE FACTORY INSPECTORS TO CONDUCT TALKS TO THEIR STUDENTS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AT 5-8523565," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT EACH YEAR A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WERE EXPECTED TO TAKE UP JOBS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THESE STUDENTS, BEING UNTRAINED AND INEXPERIENCED, DO NOT HAVE ADEQUATE KNOWLEDGE OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND ARE PRONE TO ACCIDENTS.

STATISTICS SHOW THAT 41 SUMMER JOB WORKERS WERE INJURED LAST YEAR.

OF THE TOTAL, 25 WERE INVOLVED IN THE OPERATION OF MACHINERY AND EIGHT WERE RELATED TO STEPPING ON OR STRIKING AGAINST OBJECTS.

OTHER INJURIES WERE CAUSED BY HOT OR CORROSIVE SUBSTANCES, HANDLING WITHOUT MACHINERY, USE OF HAND TOOLS AND FALLING OBJECTS.

AS A RESULT, SIX SUMMONSES WERE TAKEN OUT AGAINST EMPLOYERS WITH FINES RANGING FROM $2,000 TO $3,000.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED SUMMER JOB SEEKERS TO TAKE SOMETHING THAT IS SIMPLE AND EASY IN NATURE.

"JOBS THAT INVOLVE POWER-DRIVEN MACHINERY, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT OR HEAVY MANUAL LABOUR, SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED."

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IN PARTICULAR, HE WARNED, STUDENTS MUST STAY AWAY FROM RISKY JOBS WHICH INCLUDE:

* WORKING AT HEIGHT;

» USE OF CHEMICALS;

* OPERATION OF HEAVY MACHINERY; AND

* FIRE-RELATED PROCESSES.

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MUSIC CAMP TO OPEN NEXT WEEK ♦ * ♦ *

THE ANNUAL BI-WEEKLY HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP WILL ONCE AGAIN BE HELD THIS YEAR AT THE PO LEUNG KUK PAK TAM CHUNG HOLIDAY CAMP IN SAI KUNG STARTING FROM JULY 16.

ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, THE ANNUAL EVENT WAS ORGANISED SINCE 1980 TO PROVIDE INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING TO YOUNG MUSICIANS.

THIS YEAR, MORE THAN 300 YOUNG MUSICIANS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE CAMP WHICH WILL COMPRISE A SYMPHONIC BAND, TWO CHINESE ORCHESTRAS AND THREE STRING ORCHESTRAS. '«• >>

DURING THE CAMP, PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTION AND GUIDANCE FROM GUEST MUSICIANS FROM THE UNITED STATES, THE UNITED KINGDOM, JAPAN AND CHINA AS WELL AS FROM LOCAL MUSICIANS.

THEY WILL ALSO RECEIVE A VARIETY OF MUSIC TRAINING BY TAKING PART IN ORCHESTRAL AND SECTIONAL REHEARSALS, MASTER CLASSES AND DEMONSTRATION CONCERTS.

APART FROM MUSIC TRAINING, A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES WILL ALSO BE ARRANGED.

TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE CAMP, A FINALE CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL AT 7.30 PM ON JULY 30.

BOTH THE CAMP’S STRING ORCHESTRA AND SYMPHONIC BAND WILL TREAT THE AUIDENCE TO A SUPERB MUSIC PROGRAMME INCLUDING DVORAK’S SERENADE IN E MAJOR, SHOSTAKOVICH’S FINALE FROM SYMPHONY NO. 5 AND OTHER FAMOUS WORKS.

TICKETS AT $5 AND $10 EACH ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL URBTIX OUTLETS. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8235314.

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- 8 -SPECIAL SURGERY PROGRAMME FOR DEAF PATIENTS » » * t «

FOUR PROFOUNDLY DEAF PATIENTS RECENTLY UNDERWENT SURGERY AND HAD THEIR HEARING PARTIALLY RESTORED - THANKS TO THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT PROGRAMME WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN HONG KONG FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT PROGRAMME IS A SPECIAL PILOT PROJECT CONDUCTED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT UNDER THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB (CHARITIES) LTD. A SUM OF $250,000 HAS BEEN DONATED BY THE CLUB FOR THIS SPECIAL PROJECT.

THE FIRST PATIENT WHO BENEFITTED FROM THE PROGRAMME WAS A 36-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO RECEIVED THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGERY IN MARCH 5 THIS YEAR.

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST OPERATION, THREE OTHER PATIENTS AGED 33, 27 AND 51, UNDERWENT THE SAME TREATMENT BETWEEN MARCH AND APRIL.

THE PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF A COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGERY AND REHABILITATION FOR SELECTED PATIENTS WHO SUFFER SEVERE HEARING IMPAIRMENT.

ACCORDING TO A CONSULTANT SURGEON OF THE EAR, NOSE AND THROAT SERVICES OF THE DEPARTMENT, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT ONE IN EVERY THOUSAND HONG KONG PEOPLE HAS HEARING IMPAIRMENT WHICH IS SO SEVERE THAT HE OR SHE CANNOT BENEFIT FROM ANY FORM OF AMPLIFICATION.

"WITH THE ADVENT OF THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT, THE HEARING OF THESE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN A WORLD OF SILENCE, CAN NbW BE PARTIALLY RESTORED," HE SAID.

THE CONSULTANT SURGEON EXPLAINED THAT THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT IS AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE THAT CONSISTS OF AN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL PART.

THE EXTERNAL PART IS COMPOSED OF A MICROPHONE, A SIGNAL PROCESSOR AND AN EXTERNAL TRANSMITTER. THE INTERNAL PART CONSISTS OF AN IMPLANTED RECEIVER AND AN ACTIVE ELECTRODE INSERTED INTO THE COCHLEAR.

"THE MICROPHONE CONVERTS THE INCOMING SOUND INTO AN ELECTRICAL CURRENT WHICH IS THEN MODIFIED BY THE SIGNAL PROCESSOR," HE SAID.

BY MEANS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC INDUCTION BETWEEN THE TRANSMITTER AND THE RECEIVER, CURRENT FLOWS THROUGH THE ELECTRODE, WHICH STIMULATES THE HEARING NERVE NEURONS IN THE COCHLEAR. CONSEQUENTLY, THE SIGNAL IS PERCEIVED CENTRALLY IN THE BRAIN AS SOUND.

AFTER THE IMPLANTATION, THE PATIENT HAS TO FOLLOW A REHABILITATION PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDES LIP-READING, AUDITORY TRAINING AND SPEECH PRODUCTION.

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.’’THE PURPOSE OF THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME IS TO HELP THE PATIENT TO IMPROVE HIS COMMUNICATION ABILITY,” THE CONSULTANT SURGEON SAID.

THE FOUR PATIENTS WHO HAD SUCCESSFULLY UNDERGONE THE COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGERY, HAVE ALSO COMPLETED THEIR PRELIMINARY POST-OPERATIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME AND THE RESULTS ARE VERY PROMISING.

THE CONSULTANT SAID THAT ONLY PROFOUNDLY DEAF PATIENTS WHO ARE FOUND SUITABLE ARE SELECTED AND SCREENED FOR THE SPECIAL COCHLEAR IMPLANT PROGRAMME BECAUSE THEY ARE MOST LIKELY TO BENEFIT FROM IT.

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SUMMER FUN FOR YOUTH IN NORTH DISTRICT » * * *

YOUNG PEOPLE IN NORTH DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A SERIES OF RECREATIONAL, EDUCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER.

THE NORTH DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, FEATURING 106 EVENTS ORGANISED BY 30 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, WILL RUN FROM EARLY THIS MONTH TO THE END OF NEXT MONTH.

ACTIVITIES, WHICH FOCUS ON THE THEME "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY", WILL INCLUDE SPORTS AND GAMES COMPETITIONS, LEADERSHIP TRAINING SCHEMES, VISITS, OUTINGS, CAMPING, CARNIVALS AND VARIETY SHOWS.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED $142,300 FOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT AND AN ESTIMATED 30,000 YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 WILL PARTICIPATE.

A VARIETY SHOW AND CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 1988 NORTH DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD ON AUGUST 20 (SATURDAY) IN THE NORTH DISTRICT TOWN HALL. ADMISSION IS FREE.

A PAMPHLET GIVING DETAILS OF THE PROGRAMME IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE AT JOCKEY CLUB ROAD; THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS BRANCH OFFICE IN CHOI YUEN ESTATE, SHEUNG SHUI; AND THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES LOCATED AT SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEUNG SHUI AND CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING.

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CARNIVAL TO LAUNCH SUMMER ACTIVITIES ♦ t *

A FULL RANGE OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES WILL BE LAUNCHED IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT WITH A THREE-HOUR CARNIVAL HELD AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT NEXT SUNDAY (JULY 10).

THE CARNIVAL FEATURING SINGING, DANCING, BAND PERFORMANCE, LION DANCE AND STALLGAMES WILL PROVIDE FREE ENTERTAINMENT FOR MORE THAN 4,000 RESIDENTS.

GUESTS OF THE FUNCTION WILL INCLUDE THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FISHER AND THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR NGAI WAI-MING.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE CARNIVAL AND COUPONS FOR STALLGAMES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, G/F, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, ITS SUB-OFFICES , AT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND KENNEDY TOWN AND THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 36 WESTERN STREET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME’S OPENING CEREMONY CUM CARNIVAL TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM NEXT SUNDAY (JULY 10) AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.

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SUMMER FUN STARTS IN MONG KOK ♦ ♦ t * t

MONG KOK TODAY (SUNDAY) KICKED OFF ITS SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AMIDST FANFARE AND FESTIVITIES WHEN THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS GATHERED AT THE MACPHERSON PLAYGROUND TO ENJOY A VARIETY SHOW AND PLAY AT GAME STALLS.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, 103 DIFFERENT EVENTS WILL BE OFFERED BY 19 ORGANISATIONS IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR MRS ROSANNA TAM SAID THE NUMBER OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER TIME ACTIVITIES IN MONG KOK TOPPED PREVIOUS YEARS AND SHE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE AND EVEN BETTER FUNCTIONS NEXT YEAR.

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NOTING THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WERE "THE HOPE OF SOCIETY", SHE SAID THAT IT WAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ADULTS TO ENSURE THEIR "BALANCED AND HEALTHY" GROWTH.

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES, ARRANGED IN DIFFERENT DISTRICT EVERY YEAR TO GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE TO RELAX, TO MAKE MORE FRIENDS, TO LEARN NEW THINGS AND TO ENRICH THEIR LIFE EXPERIENCE, DEFINITELY PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLF IN THIS RESPECT, SHE NOTED.

MRS TAM POINTED OUT THAT THE CONSULTATION PERIOD OF THE REPORT ON YOUTH POLICY, WHICH WAS ANNOUNCED IN EARLY MAY, WOULD BE EXTENDED FOR TWO MONTHS TILL THE END OF SEPTEMBER. ,

THE DECISION ON THE EXTENSION WAS MADE BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH IN RESPONSE TO REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

MRS TAM APPEALED TO THOSE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE UP-BRINGING OF YOUNG PEOPLE, AS WELL AS YOUTH THEMSELVES, TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE REPORT.

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WEST KOWLOON), MR ALEXANDER FUNG, ALSO OFFICIATED AT TODAY’S CEREMONY.

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KWUN TONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME * » * *

THE YEARLY INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HAS

PROVIDED YOUNG PEOPLE IN KWUN TONG WITH MORE PARTICIPATE IN VARIOUS CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY, HONG MR PAUL LEUNG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

OPPORTUNJ TIES TO AND EDUCATIONAL KONG & KOWLOON,

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT KWUN TONG SWIMMING POOL, MR LEUNG SAID THERE HAD BEEN AN YEAR-BY-YEAR INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT AS WELL AS IN THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS.

"IN 1986, A TOTAL OF $340,000 WAS ALLOCATED TO FOR THE PROGRAMME. THIS AMOUNT WAS RAISED TO $100,000 $185,000 THIS YEAR," HE NOTED.

THE DISTRICT

IN 1987 AND

MR LEUNG SAID THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, WHICH ATTRACTED THOUSANDS OF YOUNGSTERS TO TAKE PART IN A WIDE VARIETY OF EVENTS HELD THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY IN MORE THAN TEN YEARS IN THE PAST, HAD PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR AMONG THE YOUTH.

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HE ADDED THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD BE ABLE TO ENRICH THEIR SOCIAL EXPERIENCE, INCREASE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND TAKE ON MORE ACTIVE ROLES IN COMMUNITY.

EARLIER, CHAIRPERSON OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MADAM YEUNG KAM-CHUN, PRAISED THE 130 VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, KAIFONG ASSOCIATIONS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR THEIR HARD WORK DURING THE PAST FEW MONTHS IN MAKING THE PROGRAMME A SUCCESS.

THE OPENING WAS FOLLOWED BY A WATER CARNIVAL FEATURING SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING PRESENTATION, AQUATIC GAMES AND FREE SWIMMING SESSIONS.

ALSO ATTENDING THE EVENT WERE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHRIS WAN; KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM HANG-FAI; LEGCO MEMBER, MR POON CHI-FAI, AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS ROSANNA URE.

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YOUNG PEOPLE OF KWAI TSING DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A YOUTH CONFERENCE TO BE ORGANISED .BY KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ON JULY 17.

THE YOUTH CONFERENCE AIMS AT PROMOTING YOUNG PEOPLE’S AWARENESS TOWARD THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON YOUTH POLICY.

THE MORNING SESSION OF THE YOUTH CONFERENCE IS AN OPEN FORUM WHICH WILL BE PARTICIPATED BY THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MRS ROSANNA TAM AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE EDUCATIONAL FIELD AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL TAKE PART IN SIMULATION GAMES AND DISCUSSIONS IN THE AFTERNOON SESSION.

THE YOUTH CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT Y.M.C.A. NEW TERRITORIES CENTRE, KWAI SHING CIRCUIT, KWAI CHUNG. REGISTRATION TO ATTEND THE YOUTH CONFERENCE IS OPENED AT KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD.

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 0-273593.

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LEFT-TURN BANS IN TAI HANG AND WAN CHAI » ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TEMPORARY LEFT-TURN BANS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN TAI HANG AND WAN CHAI FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 6) TO FACILITATE ROADWORKS.

IN TAI HANG, NO VEHICLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM JONES STREET TO SECOND LANE FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS.

VEHICLES WILL ALSO BE BANNED FROM TURNING LEFT FROM MONMOUTH PATH TO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST IN WAN CHAI FOR ABOUT ONE WEEK.

VEHICLES ON MONMOUTH PATH HEADING FOR CENTRAL CAN TRAVEL VIA QUEEN’S ROAD EAST EASTBOUND, LUN FAT STREET, JOHNSTON RQAD, HENNESSY ROAD AND QUEENSWAY.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED MOTORISTS THAT FROM 7.30 AM TOMORROW (MONDAY), THE EXISTING BUS LANE ON THE KERBSIDE LANE OF THE KOWLOON-BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF HUNG MUI KUK ROAD WILL BE EXTENDED FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CHUNG PAK ROAD TO THE ENTRANCE TO THE CAR PARK AT HUNG MUI KUK INTERCHANGE.

NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN BUSES AND THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUS LANE BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND 9 AM DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS INDICATING THE BUS LANE.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ADVISED MOTORISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES ON SHA TIN ROAD, TAI PO ROAD AND TOLO HIGHWAY BETWEEN JULY 5 AND 27.

THE MEASURES ARE TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT BY THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT.

ON SHA TIN ROAD, THE NORTHBOUND FAST LANE BETWEEN TSANG TAI UK AND PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WILL BE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY (JULY 5) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE OF THE SAME SECTION OF SHA TIN ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED DURING THE SAME TIME ON JULY 12 (TUESDAY).

THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE BETWEEN PRINCE OF - WALES HOSPITAL AND CITY ONE SHATIN, THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE BETWEEN CITY ONE SHATIN AND FO TAN NULLAH, AND THE NORTHBOUND FAST LANE BETWEEN PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AND FO TAN NULLAH WILL BE CLOSED RESPECTIVELY DURING THE SAME TIME ON JULY 19, 24 AND 26.

ON TAI PO ROAD, THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANES FROM FO TAN NULLAH TO HO TUNG LAU AND FROM HO TUNG LAU TO MA LIU SHUI 'INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 8 AM AND 8 PM ON JULY 18 AND 19 RESPECTIVELY.

IN ADDITION, THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NEAR MA LIU SHUI INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM ON JULY 11.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWUN TONG AND FANLING WILL BE TURNED OFF ON THURSDAY (JULY 7) FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES INCLUDE BLOCKS 32-41, SAU MAU PING ESTATE IN KWUN TONG, AND ALL VILLAGES ALONG PING CHE ROAD IN FANLING.

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

MONDAY, JULY k, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON ................................. 1

DCA TALKS TOUGH AND DEMANDING ............................ 1

WEEKEND RUSH NOT AFFECTING SCREENING POLICY: NIGEL FRENCH ... 2

WORKERS' HEALTH, INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUST NOT BE OVERLOOKED ... 4

FARM VISITS BY STEERING GROUP............................. 5

FIRE SAFETY IN GUEST HOUSES ON AGENDA .................... 6

BOARD TO DISCUSS REPORTS AND NOISE CONTROL BILL........... 6

COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE TO MEET ..................... 7

NORTH DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT ... 8

WATER STORAGE FIGURE....................................   8

MARINE ENGINEERING COURSE ACCEPTABLE TO LIBERIA .......... 9

TAI PO LOT FOR SALE....................................... 9

FRESH WATER CUT IN TO KWA WAN ......................      10

WATER CUT IN YAU YAT TSUEN............................... 10

MONDAY, JULY 4, 1988

GOVERNOR TO VISIT LONDON

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL VISIT LONDON FROM JULY 17 TO 20. THIS WILL BE ANOTHER IN THE SERIES OF REGULAR CONTACTS BETWEEN THE GOVERNOR AND MINISTERS AND OFFICIALS IN THE FOREIGN AN" COMMONWEALTH OFFICE.

DURING HIS VISIT, THE GOVERNOR WILL GIVE A SPEECH TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL COMMUNITY AT THE STATIONERS HALL IN THE CITY OF LONDON.

SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WILL THEN HAVE A SHORT HOLIDAY. THEY PLAN TO RETURN TO HONG KONG ON AUGUST 19.

THE GOVERNOR’S LAST VISIT TO LONDON WAS FROM MARCH 18 TO 24 THIS YEAR.

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THE NEGOTIATIONS OVER THE DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT HAVE BEEN TOUGH AND DEMANDING BUT THE END RESULT REPRESENTS A SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT WITHIN HONG KONG'S POSITION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, SAID THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING TO MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA AT THE AIRPORT ON HIS RETURN TO HONG KONG, MR JACOBS DESCRIBED THE NEW AGREEMENT AS A REASONABLE AND FAIR DEAL.

ASKED ABOUT THE SAVINGS IN MONETARY TERMS UNDER THE NEW AGREEMENT, HE SAID IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO GIVE PRECISE FIGURES BECAUSE THEY WERE DEALING WITH ESTIMATED AMOUNTS OVER THE PERIOD UP TO 1997.

"BUT GENERALLY WE RECKON THAT AS A RESULT OF OUR NEGOTIATIONS WE HAVE SAVED TAX-PAYERS ABOUT $2 BILLION," HE ADDED.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON THE POSSIBILITY OF RE-OPENING THE NEGOTIATIONS, MR JACOBS SAID: "ONE THING I CAN ASSURE YOU IS THAT WF HAVE FOUGHT EXTREMELY HARD FOR HONG KONG, EXTREMELY HARD."

"IT IS OUR INTENTION TO BRIEF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TOMORROW AND THEN TO TAKE THE PROPOSALS TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ON WEDNESDAY," HE SAID.

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ASKED WHETHER THERE WAS ANY POSSIBILITY TO AMEND THE AGREEMENT, MR JACOBS SAID IT WOULD BE WRONG FOR HIM TO ANTICIPATE THE DISCUSSIONS IN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE. "WE WILL HAVE TO SEE HOW IT GOES."

HE POINTED OUT THAT BEARING IN MIND THAT THE AGREEMENT WOULD GO TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ON WEDNESDAY, IT WOULD BE CONSTITUTIONALLY WRONG FOR HIM TO ENTER INTO ANY DISCUSSION OF THE DELIBERATIONS IN THAT COMMITTEE.

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THE RUSH OF VIETNAMESE ARRIVALS OVER THE WEEKEND HAS HAD NO IMMEDIATE EFFECT ON THE SCREENING POLICY, THE REFUGEE CO-ORDINATOR, MR NIGEL FRENCH SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE ALSO STRESSED THAT THE SITUATION WAS UNDER CONTROL- ALTHOUGH OBVIOUSLY THE RUSH PUT GREATER STRAIN ON THE FACILITIES TO ACCOMMODATE THESE PEOPLE.

PLANS WERE ALREADY IN HAND FOR ANOTHER DETENTION CENTRE AT CHI MA WAN WHICH WOULD HAVE A CAPACITY FOR A FURTHER 3,000 PEOPLE AFTER THE BOAT PEOPLE THERE WERE MOVED TO INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS LATER THIS, OR EARLY NEXT MONTH, HE ADDED.

MR FRENCH WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER ACCOMPANYING A VISITING U.S. CONGRESSMAN, MR GARY ACKERMAN, ON A TOUR OF THE SHAM SrtUI PO CLOSED CENTRE.

HE SAID IT TOOK TIME FOR THE MESSAGE OF THE NEW POLICY TO REACH VIETNAM.

"CLEARLY, IT HAS ONLY BEEN TWO WEEKS SINCE WE INTRODUCED THE POLICY.

"WE’VE SEEN A RUSH OVER THE WEEKEND OF ARRIVALS WHO ARE PEOPLE UNDOUBTEDLY HELD UP ON THE CHINESE COAST AS THE RESULT OF THE TYPHOON, THE EFFECT OF TYPHOON VANESSA WHILE THEY’VE BEEN SHELTERING FROM THAT ALONG THE COAST OF CHINA SOMEWHERE.

"FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE ARRIVING STILL NOW, WE HAVE NO INDICATION THAT ANY OF THEM KNEW ABOUT THE POLICY BEFORE THEY SET OUT FROM VIETNAM.

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’’SOME OF THEM HAVE INDICATED THAT THEY HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE CHANGE OF POLICY AT SOME STAGE ALONG THE ROUTE, BUT THIS HAS NOT APPARENTLY INFLUENCED THEIR DECISION TO COME HERE WHEN THE POLICY WAS EXPLAINED TO THEM ON ARRIVAL."

MR FRENCH ALSO NOTED THAT THE NEW VIETNAMESE ARRIVALS WOULD COMMUNICATE BACK TO THEIR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES IN VIETNAM AND URGE THEM NOT TO COMB.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE ALL EFFORTS ^TO GET THE MESSAGE THROUGH TO VIETNAM AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, HE SAID.

"OBVIOUSLY, IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN IN FIVE MINUTES FOR THE MESSAGE TO GET BACK TO SMALL FARMING AND FISHING COMMUNITIES A LONG WAY AWAY FROM THE MAJOR URBAN CENTRES SUCH AS THEY ARE IN VIETNAM," HE ADDED.

MR ACKERMAN, THE CONGRESSMAN FOR QUEENS IN NEW YORK CITY, TOLD THE PRESS THAT THE UNITED STATES AND THE WHOLE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD ADMIT MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES TO EASE THE BURDEN ON HONG KONG.

"I AM CERTAINLY GOING TO PUSH THE US, AND THE ENTIRE WORLD COMMUNITY, TO TAKE MORE."

HE NOTED THAT THE ENTIRE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAD A RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THESE PEOPLE.

HE SAID THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ALSO INCLUDED THE SOVIET BLOC COUNTRIES AND THEY CERTAINLY HAD A RESPONSIBILITY TO URGE VIETNAM TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM TO GET "THE MESS SORTED OUT AND INSTALL AN ECONOMIC SYSTEM THAT MAKES SENSE".

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES FOR THE WAY THEY HAVE HANDLED THE RECENT FLOOD OF REFUGEES, MR ACKERMAN SAID: "WE DO OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO THE BRITISH WHO HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE THAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE NOT BEEN PUSHED OUT TO SEA; THAT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE BASICS OF SURVIVAL."

ASKED IF BRITAIN SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD IN ADMITTING MORE VIETNAMESE REFUGEES, HE SAID: "IT IS SILLY TO SAY BRITAIN HAS TO GO FIRST, BRITAIN HAS TO TAKE MORE REFUGEES.

"IF EVERY NATION LIVED UP TO ITS HUMANITARIAN RESPONSIBILITIES TO TAKE A FEW, IF IT WERE DIVIDED UP BETWEEN NATIONS, THEN THE NUMBERS ADMITTED BY EACH COUNTRY WOULD BE INSIGNIFICANT."

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WORKERS’ HEALTH, INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MUST NOT BE OVERLOOKED

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THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR HAROLD KWOK, SAID THE DIVERSIFICATION OF HONG KONG'S INDUSTRY IN RECENT YEARS HAS RESULTED IN PRODUCTS BECOMING MORE ADVANCED AND SOPHISTICATED WHILE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ARE BECOMING MORE COMPLICATED.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SECOND OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH EXHIBITION AT THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL TODAY (MONDAY), MR KWOK SAID THAT IN A SOCIETY WHERE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES ARE DEVELOPING RAPIDLY, EMPLOYEES' HEALTH AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ARE AREAS WHICH MUST NOT BE OVERLOOKED.

"IF WE COULD MAKE EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES OF DIFFERENT TRADES REALISE THE POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN THETR TRADES, THEN THEY COULD BE PUT ON THE ALERT AND WOULD TAKE PREVENTIVE MEASURES IN ADVANCE," HE SAID.

"IT IS BELIEVED THAT BY THIS WAY, BETTER OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROTECTION COULD BE PROVIDED TO EMPLOYEES, AND INCREASED PRODUCTION AND ENHANCED STAFF MORALE WOULD ENSUE."

MR KWOK SAID THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT’S OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH DIVISION WOULD BECOME MORE ARDUOUS AND DIVERSIFIED.

APART FROM INSPECTING VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENTS RBGULARY, THE DIVISION ALSO ADVISES EMPLOYERS ON WAYS TO IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND INCULCATES IN EMPLOYEES THE PROPER KNOWLEDGE OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH.

IN ADDITION, STAFF OF THE DIVISION ALSO DEVOTE MUCH EFFORT IN PROMOTING EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY ON OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH THROUGH EXHIBITIONS, SEMINARS, POSTERS, AND SO ON.

"THIS IS AIMED AT MAKING THE PUBLIC, IN PARTICULAR WORKERS AND SCHOOL LEAVERS, UNDERSTAND BETTER THE IMPORTANCE OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK," MR KWOK ADDED.

THE FIVE-DAY EXHIBITION IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

IT FEATURES THE NINE MOST COMMON DISEASES AND OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

OCCUPATIONAL HYGIENISTS AND MEDICAL STAFF FROM THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE ON HAND TO ANSWER PUBLIC ENQUIRIES AND TO CARRY OUT LUNG FUNCTION TESTS FOR VISITORS.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC BETWEEN 11 AM AND 8.30 PM FROM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) UNTIL FRIDAY.

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FARM VISITS BY STEERING GROUP

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MEMBERS OF THE STEERING GROUP OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE TODAY (MONDAY) BEGAN VISITS TO THE 24 LIVESTOCK FARMS THAT HAVE BEEN SHORTLISTED FOR THE SCHEME UNDER WHICH DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS WILL TAKE PLACE ON PRIVATE FARMS.

THESE FARMS ARE LOCATED IN MA ON SHAN, MUI WO AND NORTH DISTRICT.

A CONSULTANT APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT HAS COMPLETED ITS SITE ASSESSMENT OF THE FARMS AND A RECOMMENDATION HAS BEEN DRAFTED FOR THE STEERING GROUP’S ENDORSEMENT.

ACCOMPANIED BY ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT OFFICERS AND ASSISTED BY CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION’S LIAISON OFFICERS, STEERING GROUP MEMBERS WERE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS. ALL 24 FARMS WILL BE VISITED WITHIN A WEEK.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING GROUP, MR LEO KWAN, SAID THE VISITS WOULD PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FARMER REPRESENTATIVES TO SEE THE ACTUAL SITUATION ON THE FARMS CONCERNED.

"THIS WILL HELP STEERING GROUP MEMBERS CONSIDER THE CONSULTANT’S RECOMMENDATION IN THE NEXT STEERING GROUP MEETING TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY.

"IF EVERYTHING PROCEEDS SMOOTHLY, THE INSTALLATION OF THE TREATMENT FACILITIES WILL COMMENCE IN MID-AUGUST," HE SAID.

UNDER THE DEMONSTRATION SCHEME, PIG AND POULTRY FARMS WILL BE SELECTED TO DEMONSTRATE THE DRY-MUCK-OUT, WET-MUCK-OUT, PIG-ON-LITTER AND HYBRID WASTE TREATMENT METHODS.

ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR INTERESTED LIVESTOCK FARMERS TO VISIT THESE FACILITIES DURING THE SIX-MONTH DEMONSTRATION PERIOD.

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FIRE SAFETY IN GUEST HOUSES ON AGENDA ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

MEMBERS OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL RAISE QUESTIONS AT THEIR MEETING ON FRIDAY (JULY 8) ON WAYS TO PREVENT A REPETITION OF THE FATAL FIRE IN A GUEST HOUSE IN CHUNG KING MANSION, TSIM SHA TSUI, EARLIER THIS YEAR.

THEY WILL ALSO ASK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF GUEST HOUSES IN THE DISTRICT AND ON THE STANDARD OF FIRE PREVENTION FACILITIES IN THE BUILDINGS IN WHICH THESE GUEST HOUSES ARE LOCATED.

OTHER MATTERS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PUTTING ANTI-LITTER NOTICES ON PLANTER BOXES PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, PROVISION OF PLANTER BOXES AND PLANTS AT 43 JORDAN ROAD, AND AN ALLOCATION OF $28,000 FOR INSTALLATION OF HANDRAILS TO STAIRS BETWEEN 17 AND 19 AUSTIN ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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MEMBERS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 3, THE REPORT ON YOUTH POLICY AND THE NOISE CONTROL BILL 1988.

DR RAYMOND WU WAI-YUNG, A MEMBER OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING AND BRIEF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT.

CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MRS ROSANNA TAM, WILL EXPLAIN THE CONTENTS OF THE YOUTH POLICY REPORT, WHILE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE NOISE CONTROL BILL.

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AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS CONSULTATION PAPERS Oil THE INTRODUCTION OF SUMMER TIME IN HONG KONG AND THE LION ROCK TUNNEL TRAFFIC STUDY.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE THE FIVE-YEAR URBAN COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME, THE 1989 WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL, AND THE PROGRESS REPORT ON DIAMOND HILL AND TAI HOM DEVELOPMENT.

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 FUNG MING HALL, WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE.

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THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE ANNUAL WORK PLANS DURING A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY THE LIAISON PROGRAMME OF THE ICAC REGIONAL OFFICE (HK EAST) FOR THIS YEAR, WHICH WILL EMPHASIS ON ESTABLISHING EW CONTACTS WITH COMMERCIAL FIRMS IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING CORRUPTION REPORTS AGAINST THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TO ORGANISE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT, INCLUDING- A COMMUNITY HEALTH PROJECT FOR THE ELDERLY; PRODUCTION OF BIRTHDAY CARDS FOR THE ELDERLY, A YOUNG SOCIAL WORKER SCHEME, AND A PICTURE DRAWING DAY FOR YOUNG TALENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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

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NORTH DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT » » ♦ »

MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 3 AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE REPORT, PUBLISHED IN JUNE, DEALS WITH THE STRUCTURE OF TERTIARY EDUCATION AND THE FUTURE OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN HONG KONG.

ALSO AT THE MEETING, A COMMITTEE MEMBER WILL PRESENT A PROPOSAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE DEMAND FOR MEDICAL SERVICES WITHIN THE DISTRICT IN THE RUN-UP TO THE COMPLETION OF A DISTRICT HOSPITAL PROJECT IN M1D-199O*S.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 2.30 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * ♦ *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 26.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 157.579 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 370.975 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 63.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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MARINE ENGINEERING COURSE ACCEPTABLE TO LIBERIA ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE LIBERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS RECENTLY GIVEN ITS APPROVAL TO THE MARINE AND FABRICATION ENGINEERING COURSE BEING OFFERED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL AS AN ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATION FOR ENTRY INTO THE LIBERIAN LICENSING EXAMINATION FOR MARINE ENGINEER.

THE HEAD OF THE MARINE ENGINEERING AND FABRICATION DEPARTMENT OF THE HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, MR C.M. CHAN, SAID THIS TODAY (MONDAY).

IN A REVIEW UNDERTAKEN BY THE BUREAU OF MARITIME AFFAIRS OF LIBERIA IN MAY THIS YEAR, THE TWO-YEAR DIPLOMA COURSE WAS FOUND TO BE OF SUFFICIENT DEPTH, QUALITY AND CONTENT TO MEET THE REQUIREMENT FOR ENTRY INTO THE LIBERIAN EXAMINATION SYSTEM.

CONSEQUENTLY, A TWO-YEAR REMISSION WAS GIVEN TO DIPLOMA HOLDERS OF THE COURSE IN THE ORIGINALLY STIPULATED THREE-YEAR SHIPBOARD SERVICE REQUIREMENT FOR TAKING THE THIRD ASSISTANT ENGINEER LICENSING EXAMINATION, MR CHAN SAID.

’’THAT MEANS OUR GRADUATES OF THE COURSE WILL BE ABLE TO SIT FOR THE LIBERIAN ENGINEER EXAMINATION AFTER COMPLETING AN ADDITIONAL YEAR OF SERVICE ON BOARD AS FIREMAN, OILER OR APPRENTICE ENGINEER,” HE SAID.

’’THE RECOGNITION IS CERTAINLY BENEFICIAL BOTH TO OUR GRADUATES AND TO SHIPOWNERS AS THE GRADUATES WILL TAKE LESS TIME TO BECOME A MARINE ENGINEER.”

IN THE MEANTIME, SEVERAL MAJOR SHIPPING COMPANIES IN HONG KONG HAD PROMISED TO EMPLOY THE STUDENTS AFTER GRADUATION, HE ADDED.

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THE GOVERNMENT IS OFFERING FOR SALE BY TENDER A LOT IN TAI PO AREA 22 FOR USE AS A PETROL FILLING STATION.

THE SIZE OF THE LOT IS ABOUT 737 SQUARE METRES. THE FILLING STATION SHALL BEGIN OPERATION BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1990 AND NO

LUBRICATING OR SERVICING FACILITIES SHALL BE INSTALLED.

ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS WILL CLOSE AT NOON ON JULY 29, 1988.

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FORM OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BF OBTAINED EROM AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, I1TII FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI (AR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

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

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FRESH WATER CUT IN TO KWA WAN ♦ ♦ * ♦ *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY LOK SHAN ROAD, TO KWA WAN ROAD, MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON CITY ROAD, SUNG WONG TOI ROAD AND THE SEAFRONT.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN YAU YAT TSUEN WILL BE TURNED OFF TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM FOR WATER MAINS WORK .

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT MAGNOLIA ROAD, OSMANTHUS ROAD, MARIGOLD ROAD AND CASSIA ROAD.

BESIDES, MOST OF THE AREA OF YAU YAT TSUEN WILL EXPERIENCE WEAK WATER PRESSURE.

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

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

IMPROVING ENVIRONMENT REQUIRES COFiMUNITY EFFORT: GOVERNOR . 1

CONSULTATION ON THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE REPORT .... 2

FINANCE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER DCA .......................... 3

1J QUESTIONS, 10 BILLS BEFORE LEGCO ........................ 3

LAY OFF PROVISIONS UNDER REVIEW ............................ 4

SEMINAR ON LABOUR INSPECTION OPENS ......................... 5

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY ................ 6

BELGIAN BUSINESSMEN TOLD OF HK OPPORTUNITIES ............... 7

INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER .. 9

JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION ........ 10

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR REMISSION TO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION 10

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO TIE-IN WITH LRT OPENING............ 11

TRIENNIAL REPORT WINDS UP DB'S WORK ....................... 12

DB MEMBERS SEE UC PROJECTS .............................. "I1*

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS EDUCATION REPORT .................. 14

BOARD MEMBERS PITCH IN TO KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN............. 15

DB CULTURE COMMITTEE TO CON SIDER FUND APPLICATIONS..... 15

CONSULTANCY REPORT ON SPORT ON COMMITTEE aGENDh ........... 16

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED.................................... 16

DEVELOPMENT WORKS FOR TAI PC NEW TOWN ..................... 17

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE, 'NO-ENTRY' BAN ..................   17

LONG VEHICLE BAN IN BOWRINGTON ROAD........................ 18

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN SHEUNG SHUI ............................ 18

SALT WATER CUT IN HO MAN TIN, KING'S PARK *................ 19

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1988

IMPROVING ENVIRONMENT REQUIRES COMMUNITY EFFORT: GOVERNOR

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IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT IS SOMETHING WHICH IS GOING TO NEED A GREAT DEAL OF EFFORT FROM THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING.

SIR DAVID WAS SPEAKING IN AN INTERVIEW IN THE FIRST El ISODE OF A RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG ENVIRONMENT SERIES, "ALL ABOUT US", WHICH WAS SHOWN ON TELEVISION.

HE SAID THE TIME HAD COME FOR HONG KONG TO USE ITS INCREASED PROSPERITY, AND INCREASED AWARENESS OF THE PROBLEM, TO IMPROVE THE WHOLE OF THE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE GOOD OF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY.

"THIS IS SOMETHING WHICH INVOLVES THE GOVERNMENT AND THE' GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO PLAY ITS PART," SIR DAVID SASD.

HE POINTED OUT THAT DURING THE LAST 10 OR 20 YEARS HONG KONG HAD DEVELOPED AT A TREMENDOUS PACE, AND THIS HAD BROUGHT GREAT ADVANTAGES TO THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE AND HAD ALSO BROUGHT PROBLEMS.

"ONE OF THOSE PROBLEMS WHICH WE CAN SEE ALL AROUND US EVERY DAY IS THE PROBLEM OF POLLUTION," HE SAID.

REFERRING TO GOVERNMENT ACTION, HE SAID THERE WERE. PLANS TO SPEND UP TO $15 BILLION IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS IN INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

SIR DAVID SAID IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT INVOLVED THE INDUSTRIALISTS THINKING ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF INDUSTRIAL WASTE.

AND, ABOVE ALL, IT INVOLVED EVERY INDIVIDUAL MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY.

THAT INVOLVEMENT RANGED FROM WHETHER OR NOT MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED THE EFFORT BEING PUT INTO IMPROVING THE COMMUNITY, TO THE SIMPLE FACT OF WHETHER PEOPLE TOOK LITTER HOME FROM COUNTRY PARKS AND MADE THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

"I BELIEVE THE TIME HAS NOW COME WHEN ALL OF US AS A COMMUNITY WANT TO MAKE EFFORTS TO MAKE HONG KONG AN EVEN BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN," SIR DAVID ADDED.

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CONSULTATION ON THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE REPORT ♦ » » ♦ ♦

A TOTAL OF TWELVE SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND KEY ORGANISATIONS IN THE MARKETS ON VARIOUS RECOMMENDATIONS PUT FORWARD BY THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, SAJD TODAY (TUESDAY).

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE REPORT ENDED YESTERDAY (MONDAY).

MAJOR ORGANISATIONS IN THE MARKETS INCLUDING THE TWO EXCHANGES, THE SECURITIES COMMISSION, THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION AND THE HONG KONG STOCKBROKERS ASSOCIATION HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR VIEWS ON MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE.

“ALL RESPONDENTS BROADLY WELCOME THE REPORT AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE EARLY IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS,” MR NENDICK SAID.

”IN PARTICULAR, THEY FAVOUR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INDEPENDENT REGULATORY AUTHORITY TO BRING GREATER EFFECTIVENESS TO THE REGULATION OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES MARKETS,* HE ADDED.

MR NENDICK REITERATED THE GOVERNMENT’S FIRM COMMITMENT TO MAINTAINING HONG KONG’S STATUS AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE AND TO PROCEED WITH THE SPEEDY IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SRC RECOMMENDATIONS.

’’THE SPECIAL UNIT ESTABLISHED IN THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS IS NOW AT FULL SWING,” HE SAID.

’’HAVING CONSIDERED THE SUBMISSIONS AND VIEWS EXPRESSED BY MARKET USERS, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE SEEKING THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON MAJOR PROPOSALS IN THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE REPORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,” HE ADDED.

”WE WILL CONTINUE TO LIAISE WITH RELEVANT PARTIES AND WILL CONSULT THEM AS AND WHEN WE FORMULATE DETAILED PROPOSALS BEFORE SUBMITTING THEM TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION,” SAID MR NENDICK.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER DCA * * * » »

MEMBERS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO NOTE THE TERMS OF THE 1988 DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT (DCA) WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT AT A MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THEY WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE PROVISION OF 41,407 MILLION FOR PAYMENT OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S CASH CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE COSTS OF THE GARRISON IN 1988-89 AND TO APPROVE THE PAYMENT OF $266 MILLION TO COVER VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT) AND SALARIES TAX ON ALLOWANCES INCURRED UNDER THE 1981 DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT.

AMONG OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TO ACCEPT THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR UPGRADING THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT’S COMPUTER SYSTEM AND OTHER EXPENSES LARGELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF SEPARATE SALARIES TAXATION FOR WORKING WIVES IN 1990.

THE NON-RECURRENT COST OF INTRODUCING THIS SEPARATE TAXATION AND MAKING OTHER IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SYSTEM IS ESTIMATED AT $27,785,000.

THE ADDITIONAL ANNUAL RECURRENT COST INVOLVED IS ESTIMATED AT ABOUT $23,282,000 FROM 1990-91 AND $23,395,000 FROM 1991-92 ONWARDS.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE THE CREATION OF A NEW SUBHEAD "UPGRADING OF THE COMPUTER SYSTEM IN INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT" UNDER THE CAPITAL WORKS RESERVE FUND AND MAJOR EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS WITH A PROJECT ESTIMATE OF $15,907,000.

THE SUM IS TO MEET THE CAPITAL COST OF UPGRADING THE COMPUTER SYSTEM REQUIRED FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF SEPARATE TAXATION AND TO SATISFY INCREASED PROCESSING DEMANDS.

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13 QUESTIONS, 10 BILLS BEFORE LEGCO *****

MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK 13 QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER 10 BILLS IN THE COUNCIL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE CHIEF SECRETARY WILL ALSO MOVE A MOTION THAT CERTAIN AMENDMENTS BE MADE TO THE COUNCIL’S STANDING ORDERS.

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OF THE 10 BILLS, THREE WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS AND DEBATE ON THEM WILL THEN BE ADJOURNED.

THEY ARE THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1987-88) BILL 1988, SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1988, AND SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988.

THE OTHER BILLS ARE EACH DUE TO BE GIVEN A SECOND READING, AND THEN TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

SIX OF THESE BILLS ARE THE BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1988, DANGEROUS GOODS (CONSIGNMENT BY AIR) (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1988, SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1988, AND EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988.

THE TENTH BILL IS A PRIVATE ONE, THE RAINIER INTERNATIONAL BANK (TRANSFER OF HONG KONG UNDERTAKING) BILL 1988.

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LAY OFF PROVISIONS UNDER REVIEW

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS CONSIDERING WHETHER THERE IS A NEED TO AMEND THE PROVISION ON ’’LAY OFF” UNDER SECTION 31E OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID A REVIEW ON THE SUBJECT IS NOW IN HAND.

THIS FOLLOWS A RECENT HIGH COURT RULING THAT SECTION 3 IE DOES NOT REFER TO THE NUMBER OF WORKING DAYS ON WHICH WORK IS PROVIDED BUT RATHER THE NUMBER OF WORKING DAYS IN ANY PERIOD ‘ OF FOUR CONSECUTIVE WEEKS ON WHICH WORK IS NOT PROVIDED.

’’THE HIGH COURT JUDGE THEREFORE RULED THAT AN EMPLOYEE SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE CONSTRUCTIVELY LAID OFF IF AN EMPLOYER DOES NOT PROVIDE WORK FOR 12 DAYS IN ANY FOUR CONSECUTIVE WEEKS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE ORIGINAL INTENTION OF THE LAW IS TO REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE A TOTAL OF AT LEAST 12 DAYS WORK IN ANY PERIOD OF FOUR CONSECUTIVE WEEKS, WHICH IS A MINIMUM OF HALF THE NORMAL SUPPLY OF WORK.

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’’THIS INTERPRETATION HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY LABOUR TRIBUNAL RULINGS IN THE PAST AND WAS ALSO CONFIRMED BY A HIGH COURT RULING ON JUNE 21, 1984,” HE SAID.

"SO IN REPLY TO GENERAL ENQUIRIES, ADVICE BASED ON THE JUNE 1984 HIGH COURT DECISION HAS BEEN GIVEN BY LABOUR OFFICERS.

"BUT IN THE CASE OF AN ACTUAL DISPUTE, THE PARTIES WOULD NORMALLY BE REFERRED TO THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE LAW OR ASKED TO SEEK ADVICE FROM THEIR LAWYERS ON FINE POINTS OF LAW."

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE PRESENT WORDING OF THE LAW IS CAPABLE OF DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS AND THE SITUATION IS BY NO MEANS SATISFACTORY.

TO AVOID DISPUTES, PARTICULARLY IN TIMES OF SHORTAGE OF ORDERS, HE ADVISED MANAGEMENTS TO ADVISE BETTER MANPOWER PLANS SO THAT AT LEAST 13 DAYS WORK CAN BE PROVIDED IN ANY PERIOD OF FOUR CONSECUTIVE WEEKS.

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SEMINAR ON LABOUR INSPECTION OPENS

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A THREE-DAY RESIDENTIAL SEMINAR ON SELF-REGULATORY AND PARTICIPATORY APPROACHES IN LABOUR INSPECTION WAS OPENED AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, SHA TIN, TODAY (TUESDAY).

IT IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION’S ASIAN REGIONAL PROJECT FOR LABOUR ADMINISTRATION (ARPLA) AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND; THE CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISER OF ARPLA, MR A.N.A.H. SIDDIQUI; MR MUINUDDIN KHAN OF ARPLA IN BANGKOK; CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS, MR CHENG YIU-TONG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLICITY PROGRAMME SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COMMITTEE, MR K.Y. TONGSON.

MORE THAN 70 PERSONNEL ENGAGED IN SAFETY AND HEALTH ACTIVITIES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND 10 FACTORY INSPECTORS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT ARE TAKING PART.

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THE SEMINAR PROVIDES A FORUM FOR PARTICIPANTS TO EXCHANGE VIEWS ON THE PROMOTION OF SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK.

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN LABOUR INSPECTION IN OTHER COUNTRIES, PRINCIPLES OF SELF-REGULATORY SAFETY MOVEMENT, CONCEPT OF IN-PLANT SAFETY PROGRAMMES, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND HYGIENE, CONSTRUCTION SITE SAFETY, AND WORK OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION.

AS PART OF THE SEMINAR, THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE 'TAKEN ON A TOUR OF A BREWERY AND A CAN-MAKING FACTORY AT THE TAIPO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH SAFETY MANAGEMENT THERE.

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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY » » » » »

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY TO BE ESTABLISHED TO CONSIDER THE 1988 CIVIL SERVICE PAY DISPUTE HAVE BEEN AGREED BETWEEN THE OFFICIAL SIDE AND THE STAFF SIDE OF THE SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE COUNCIL AT A MEETING TODAY (TUESDAY).

THE AGREED TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY ARE:-

"HAVING REGARD TO GOVERNMENT’S DECLARED POLICY THAT CIVIL SERVICE PAY AND FRINGE BENEFITS SHOULD BE BROADLY COMPARABLE WITH THOSE PAID BY GOOD EMPLOYERS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND TAKING INTO ACCOUNT -

(A) THE NEED TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN STAFF OF A CALIBRE CAPABLE OF PROVIDING AN EFFICIENT SERVICE; .

(B) THE NEED TO MAINTAIN STAFF MORALE;

(C) DIFFERENCES IN THE PAY PACKAGE, EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES AND WORKING CONDITIONS BETWEEN THE CIVIL SERVICE AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR;

(D) THE NEED FOR CIVIL SERVANTS TO SHARE IN THE EFFECTS OF CHANGES IN THE ECONOMY; AND

(E) GENERAL BUDGETARY CONSIDERATIONS,

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THE COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY IS REQUIRED TO:

(A) REVIEW THE METHODOLOGY EMPLOYED IN THE 1987-88 PAY TREND SURVEY AND THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS FINDINGS;

(B) REVIEW AND ADVISE SPECIFICALLY ON THE 1988 PAY ADJUSTMENT IN THIS LIGHT; AND

(C) CONSIDER THE METHODOLOGY AND FINDINGS OF THE 1986 PAY LEVEL SURVEY AND COMMENT ON THEIR VALIDITY AS A BASIS FOR MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO CIVIL SERVICE PAY;

AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.”

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT STEPS WERE BEING TAKEN TO APPOINT THE CHAIRMAN AND TWO MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY, WHICH WAS EXPECTED TO START WORK SOON. . ,

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BELGIAN BUSINESSMEN TOLD OF HK OPPORTUNITIES ♦ * t ♦

THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT THAT HONG KONG OFFERS WERE OUTLINED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR HAMISH MACLEOD, IN BRUSSELS TODAY (TUESDAY).

ADDRESSING A MEETING OF THE BELGIUM-HONG KONG SOCIETY, MR MACLEOD ALSO GAVE AN ANALYSIS OF CURRENT TRADE TRENDS AND DEALT WITH HONG KONG’S EXPANDING ECONOMIC LINKS WITH CHINA AND OTHER PACIFIC BASIN COUNTRIES.

HE SAID THERE SEEMED TO BE A GROWING, IF BELATED, RECOGNITION IN EUROPE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE PACIFIC BASIN.

REFERRING TO THE CHINA TRADE, MR MACLEOD EXPLAINED HOW CHINA HAD IN RECENT YEARS REPLACED THE UNITED STATES AS HONG KONG’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER, WITH THE TERRITORY TO SOME EXTENT RESUMING ITS TRADITIONAL ENTREPOT ROLE.

HE SAID THAT CHINA’S OPENING UP TO TRADE, COUPLED WITH A VERY TIGHT LABOUR SITUATION IN HONG KONG, HAD LED TO MOVEMENT LABOUR-INTENSIVE PROCESSES OVER THE BORDER, WITH AN ESTIMATED ONE TO TWO MILLION CHINESE WORKERS DOING SUB-CONTRACTING WORK FOR HONG KONG.

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THIS, MR MACLEOD STRESSED, DID NOT MEAN THAT HONG KONG HAD CEASED TO BE A MANUFACTURING/EXPORTING CENTRE. WHILE SIMPLER PROCESSES HAD MOVED TO CHINA, MARKETING, DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT REMAINED IN HONG KONG.

MR MACLEOD LISTED THE ATTRACTIONS OF INVESTING IN HONG KONG: GOOD COMMUNICATIONS, LOW TAX, STABLE AND PREDICTABLE GOVERNMENT, LACK OF RED TAPE, TARIFFS AND SO ON AND A HARD WORKING LABOUR FORCE.

HE SAID THE BEST PROSPECTS FOR INVESTMENT COULD BE FOUND IN ELECTRONICS, METAL AND HEAVY ENGINEERING AND IN THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY.

HE WAS SURE THAT BELGIUM, AS A LEADING MANUFACTURER AND TRADER, COULD GREATLY BENEFIT FROM TRADE AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG.

ON THE FUTURE, MR MACLEOD SAID HE HOPED THAT THOSE WHO BELIEVED IN FREE TRADE COULD RESIST PROTECTIONIST PRESSURE. TOUCHING ON HONG KONG'S BROADER ROLE IN TRADE AND ECONOMICS, HE STRESSED THAT HONG KONG WAS A GOOD MARKET IN ITS OWN RIGHT. -A

HONG KONG, HE POINTED OUT, COULD BOAST A BUOYANT ECONOMY AND HE HOPED THAT THOSE PRESENT WOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT, WHETHER AS MANUFACTURER, EXPORTER OR INVESTOR.

MORE THAN 60 SENIOR INDUSTRIALISTS, DIPLOMATS, AND OFFICIALS FROM THE BELGIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ATTENDED THE MEETING.

BEFORE THE MEETING, MR MACLEOD ATTENDED A RECEPTION WITH THE BELGIAN MINISTER OF FOREIGN TRADE, MR ROBERT URBAIN.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE MEETING WAS MR HERMAN DE CROO, WHO SERVED AS BELGIUM’S MINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND FOREIGN TRADE UNTIL MAY OF THIS YEAR.

MR MACLEOD, MR URBAIN AND MR DE CROO ARE ALL PATRONS OF THE BELGIUM-HONG KONG SOCIETY, AN ASSOCIATION FORMED TO PROMOTES BUSINESS AND TRADING LINKS BETWEEN BOTH PLACES.

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INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER » * * ♦ »

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION (ILE) WILL MOUNT AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN DECEMBER AT THE NEW HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE.

DELEGATES AND GUESTS FROM 16 COUNTRIES AND HONG KONG WILL ATTEND THE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD FROM DECEMBER 13 TO 15.

THE CONFERENCE WILL FOCUS ON SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT ARISE WHEN LANGUAGE TEACHING STYLES EMPLOYED IN ONE SOCIETY OR CULTURE ARE ADAPTED FOR USE IN OTHER SOCIETIES AND CULTURES.

ABOUT 300 DELEGATES WILL COMPARE LANGUAGE TEACHING APPROACHES WHICH ARE BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THE PUPILS AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT AND APPROACHES TO LEARNING WHICH ARE MORE TEACHER-DIRECTED, WITH EMPHASIS ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AT THE CONFERENCE.

SOME OF THE WORLD’S LEADING AUTHORITIES ON LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING AND ON SOCIAL AND EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE CONFERENCE.

HONG KONG SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE PROF JOHN BIGGS (UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG), DR ELAINE ENGLAND (CITY POLYTECHNIC), MRS EVA LAW (CHINESE UNIVERSITY), DR GILLIAN WORKMAN (BAPTIST COLLEGE), MRS CLAUDIA KEH (BAPTIST COLLEGE), MS ANN PARTINGTON (UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG), DR JOSEPH BOYLE (CHINESE UNIVERSITY), MR SI CHUNG MOU (UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG), AND DR S.K. WONG AND DR K.S. LEE (UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG).

SPEAKERS FROM THE ILE INCLUDE DR VERNER BICKEY, DR VERNON ANLEY, DR JOHN CLARK, DR DESMOND ALLISON, MR K.C. WONG AND MR H.M. LEE.

DETAILS OF THE CONFERENCE AND REGISTRATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION, 21ST FLOOR, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 56 DUNDAS STREET, KOWLOON, (TEL: 3-7119418).

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JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY OF COLLEGES OF EDUCATION * ♦ t ♦ ♦

A TOTAL OF 1,969 GRADUATES OF THE GRANTHAM, NORTHCOTE AND SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGES OF EDUCATION AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE WILL RECEIVE THEIR TEACHER CERTIFICATES AT A JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AFTERNOON.

THEY ARE GRADUATES OF THE ADVANCED COURSES OF TEACHER EDUCATION, FULL-TIME INITIAL COURSES OF TEACHER EDUCATION, PART-TIME INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING COURSES FOR PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND TECHNICAL TEACHERS, AND PART-TIME TEACHER EDUCATION COURSES FOR KINDERGARTEN AND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS.

THE VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, DR WANG GUNGWU, WILL ADDRESS THE GRADUATES AND MRS WANG WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES TO THE GRADUATES AT THE CEREMONY.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL CHAIR THE CEREMONY AND THE PRINCIPAL OF THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, MR TSUI SEE-MING, WILL DELIVER A JOINT REPORT OF THE COO AT THE CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOUR ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CEREMONY TO BEGIN AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM, 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 3.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR ADMISSION TO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE FOUR COLLEGES OF EDUCATION - NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE - ARE INVITING STUDENTS WHO WISH TO ENTER THE TEACHING PROFESSION TO APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO FULL-TIME TRAINING COURSES IN SEPTEMBER.

STUDENTS WITH CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION AND WITH ADVANCED LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS ARE ADVISED TO APPLY FOR THE THREE-YEAR COURSE AND THE TWO-YEAR COURSE RESPECTIVELY.

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THE TWO-YEAR AND THREE-YEAR COURSES AT NORTHCOTE, GRANTHAM AND SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGES OF EDUCATION PREPARE STUDENTS TO TEACH GENERAL SUBJECTS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND TO TEACH TWO ELECTIVE SUBJECTS UP TO SECONDARY 3 LEVEL IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

THE THREE-YEAR COURSE AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE PREPARES STUDENTS TO TEACH EITHER DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY OR COMMERCE AND ONE OTHER ELECTIVE SUBJECT IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

A STUDENT WILL BE AWARDED A TEACHER'S CERTIFICATE ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE TRAINING COURSE.

DETAILS OF THE COURSES AND APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON THE THIRD FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, 33-37 HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY; THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE ON THE SEVENTH FLOOR, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, YAU MA TEI.

IN ADDITION, THE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION: NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT 21 SASSOON ROAD, HONG KONG; GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT 42-44 GASCOIGNE ROAD, YAU MA TEI; SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AT 6 CALDECOTT ROAD, PIPER'S HILL; AND THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17.

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ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN TO TIE-IN WITH LRT OPENING

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE 1988 TUEN MUN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR TO KAM-CHOW, WILL HOLD A BRIEFING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO GIVE DETAILS OF THE CAMPAIGN.

OTHERS ATTENDING THE BRIEFING SESSION INCLUDE THE CHAIRMEN OF THE SUB-COMMITTEES, MESSRS HO CHI-KEUNG, MOK HAY-MAN, TAI HAY-LAP, AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU.

A MAJOR ACTIVITY OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE YEAR, THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED TO TEI-1N WITH THE OPENING OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM NEXT MONTH.

ALSO, THE COMMITTEE WILL PLACE EMPHASIS ON THE SAFETY OF PEDESTRIANS, DRIVERS AND PREVENTION ON VARIOUS CAUSES OF ROAD ACCIDENTS.

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THE NINE-MONTH CAMPAIGN WILL COMPRISE A WIDE RANGE OF INTERESTING ACTIVITIES THAT INCLUDE VISITS, STICKER AND SLOGAN COMPETITION, DRIVING CARNIVAL, SELECTION OF MODEL DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS, SEMINARS, PROMOTIONAL FILMS SHOW, TOURING EXHIBITION, AND DISTRIBUTION OF SOUVENIR ITEMS.

A HIGHLIGHT OF THE PROGRAMME WILL BE OPEN DAYS AT VARIOUS LRT STATIONS TO HELP VILLAGERS FAMILIARISE THEMSELVES WITH THE MODERN MODE OF TRANSPORT AND THE OPERATION OF THE VENDING MACHINE.

THEY WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (JULY 9) AT CHUNG UK 'TSUEN, NAI WAI, NAM TEI, AND KEI LUN WAI.

TO MARK THE LAUNCHING OF THE CAMPAIGN, A CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 12.30 PM ON THE SAME DAY IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN PLAZA. THEY WILL BE A LARGE-SCALE EXHIBITION AND GAMESTALLS WITH THEME PERTAINING TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR RESIDENTS’ PARTICIPATION.

ORGANISED BY THE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, AND KCRC’S LIGHT RAIL DIVISION, THE CAMPAIGN WILL COST SOME $100,000 WHICH IS SOLELY SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A BRIEFING SESSION ON THE 1988 TUEN MUN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD AT 11 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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THE THIRD TERM KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD HAS PUBLISHED A REPORT ON ITS WORK DURING THE PERIOD FROM APRIL, 1985 TO THE END OF MARCH THIS YEAR.

ACCORDING TO THE 90-PAGE FULL COLOUR REPORT, THE BOARD HAD DEALT WITH VARIOUS DISTRICT MATTERS INVOLVING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, SOCIAL SERVICES AND HOUSING.

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IT HAD ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN OVER THE WELFARE OF THE YOUTH AND THE ELDERLY, THE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL NEEDS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS AS WELL AS PARTICIPATED IN A MAJOR FUND-RAISING CHARITY EVENT.

IN THE AREA OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, SOME 580 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES WERE DEMOLISHED IN THE 15 CLEARANCE OPERATIONS UNDER THE ’FAR-FLING’ PROGRAMME.

FUNDS WERE ALSO ALLOCATED FOR REPAIRING OR REPAVINC FOOTPATHS, CONSTRUCTING SITTING-OUT-AREAS AND IMPROVING THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF SQUATTER AREAS.

ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, THE REPORT NOTES THAT THE EAST KOWLOON JOINT TRAFFIC STUDY, WHICH WAS UNDERTAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENT UPON RECOMMENDATION BY THE BOARD, HAS BEEN COMPLETED, AND THAT ONE OF ITS PRINCIPAL RECOMMENDATIONS INVOLVING THE CONSTRUCT'!ON OF A KWUN TONG BYPASS IS BEING IMPLEMENTED.

ON THE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL FRONT, THE REPORT OUTLINES THE EFFORTS MADE BY THE BOARD IN PURSUING A SECOND SWIMMING POOL AND A CULTURAL CENTRE TO BE BUILT IN THE DISTRICT.

THE INTEREST AND NEEDS OF LOCAL YOUNG AND ELDERLY PEOPLE WAS ANOTHER AREA OF CONCERN TO THE BOARD, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT. OVER 10,000 EDLERLY HAVE BENEFITTED FROM THE BOARD’S MEDICAL AND TRANSPORT PREFERENTIAL SCHEME SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1985.

IN ADDITION, A SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED ‘IN 1986 ON THE YOUTH PROBLEMS IN KWUN TONG. FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SURVEY HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED AND FORWARDED TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR CONSIDERATION.

THE BOARD HAD ALSO RAISED $5 MILLION FOR THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL EXTENSION PROJECT BY ORGANISING A HOST OF DISTRICT-WIDE CHARITY ACTIVITIES.

COPIES OF THE REPORT WILL BE SENT TO LOCAL AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS, OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

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DB MEMBERS SEE UC PROJECTS

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MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT WORKS COMMITTEE WERE BRIEFED ON A NUMBER OF URBAN COUNCIL PROJECTS DURING A TOUR OF THE VARIOUS SITES TODAY (TUESDAY).

THEY SAW THE REDEVELOPMENT OF LAN KWAI FONG SITTING-OUT AREA AND PUBLIC TOILET FACILITIES, KWONG HON TERRACE CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND LANDSCAPED GARDENS AT CAINE LANE WHICH WERE UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND OTHER FACILITIES BEING PLANNED.

THE PARTY WAS ACCOMPANIED BY STAFF OF URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WHO BRIEFED THEM ON THE VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT PLANS.

MEMBERS LEARNT THAT A SITE AT THE THIRD STREET IN SAI YING PUN WOULD BE DEVELOPED INTO INTEGRATED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, COMPRISING A BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL COURT, CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND A SITTING-OUT AREA, TO BE UNDERTAKEN JOINTLY WITH THE HOUSING SOCIETY.

THEY ALSO VISITED THE MUN FONG STREET WHERE A NUMBER OF PRE-WAR BUILDINGS WERE BEING DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR A GARDEN TO SERVE THE DENSELY BUILT-UP AREA.

BEFORE THEY ROUNDED OFF THE TOUR, MEMBERS VISITED THE HOLLYWOOD ROAD TEMPORARY MARKET WHERE THEY WERE TOLD THAT THE 4,300 SQUARE-METRES SITE WOULD BE RELEASED FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A PARK IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO.3 AT THEIR MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 7).

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO TABLE WRITTEN REPLIES TO QUESTIONS RAISED BY SOME MEMBERS ON THE PROGRESS OF PROVISION OF VARIOUS PLANNED SOCIAL WELFARE FACILITIES IN THE DISTIRCT AND THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HONG KONG PHYCHIATRIC CENTRE AT HIGH STREET.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO COMMENT ON A PROPOSED WORK PLAN OF THE COMMITTEE FOR 1988-89.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 7) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 14TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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BOARD MEMBERS PITCH IN TO KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN » » * ♦ »

WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE PITCHING IN TO KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN. .

THEY WILL TAKE PART IN A “PITCH-IN” CEREMONY FOR A BLOCK-TO-BLOCK CLEAN UP PROGRAMME AT 10.30 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) Af THE SITTING OUT AREA CONVERTED FROM THE OLD LOK FU BUS TERMINUS.

AT THE CEREMONY, VOLUNTEERS, STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL WILL DEMONSTRATE CLEANING UP WORK.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, MEMBERS WILL INSPECT THE CLEAN UP OPERATIONS AND VISIT VARIOUS OWNERS INCORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES IN THE CLEAN UP AREA TO ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.

THE BLOCK-TO-BLOCK CLEAN UP OPERATION, WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL JULY 18, IS ONE OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED IN THE DISTRICT IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

IT INVOLVES INTENSIVE CLEANING UP IN THE DISTRICT, COVERING STREETS, LANES, PRIVATE AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS, SQUATTER AREAS, MARKETS AND RECREATIONAL PLACES.

OTHER ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE A MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS CLEAN UP TO BE LAUNCHED IN LATE JULY, STEPPING-UP ACTIONS BY USD STAFF AGAINST LITTERING FROM VEHICLES FROM AUGUST TO OCTOBER, A CLEAN BUILDING COMPETITION, A YEAR-END CLEAN UP OPERATION, A PARADE, AND A MASS CLEAN UP OF BLACKSPOTS IN SQUATTER AREAS AND TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS TO BE CONDUCTED EARLY NEXT YEAR. *

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR HOLDING CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FROM OCTOBER IO DECEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO STUDY PROGRESS REPORTS ON CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS, ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES, LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES AND DISTRICT BOARD-SPONSORED CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD'S CULTURE COMMITTEE AT 3 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU KOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

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THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD'S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS "THE WAY AHEAD: A CONSULTANCY REPORT ON SPORT IN HONG KONG" AT TOMORROW'S (WEDNESDAY) MEETING.

A STUDY ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT ACTIVITIES IN TUEN MUN AND THE VETTING REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE SUBMITTED FOR MEMBERS’ VIEWS.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER SEVERAL APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR ORGANISATION OF CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1, TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN.

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THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON LEUNG CHI-FAI ON MARCH 20, 1987 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO A SENTENCE OF 12 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT. LEUNG WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF PENG SHAO-CHIANG.

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DEVELOPMENT WORKS FOR TAI PO NEW TOWN

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TO UPGRADE TRANSPORT AND SEWAGE FACILITIES AND CARRY OUT RECLAMATION WORKS AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF TAI PO NEW TOWN.

THE CONTRACT WORKS WOULD INCLUDE THE UPGRADING OF THE EXISTING TING KOK ROAD FROM TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO PLUMMER VILLAGE, TOTALLING 0.6 KILOMETRE, AND THE EXTENSION OF A SEGREGATED CYCLE TRACK FROM TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO TAI MEI TUK WITH A TOTAL LENGTH OF 6.5 KILOMETRES.

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IT WOULD ALSO INVOLVE THE RECLAMATION OF ABOUT THREE HECTARES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED AT TAI MEI TUK TO PROVIDE LAND FOR CONSTRUCTION OF TRANSPORT FACILITIES SUCH AS A BUS TERMINUS AND PARKING LOTS, AND THE PROVISION OF A SEWER TO EXTEND THE EXISTING SEWERAGE SYSTEM FROM THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO SAM MUN TSAI.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FOUR-METRE WIDE SURFACED^ TRACK TO MAINTAIN VILLAGE ACCESS AND THE REPROVISIONING OF TWO EXISTING PIERS ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT.

CONSTRUCTION WORKS WOULD START IN OCTOBER 1988 AND TAKE TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

TENDERS FOR THE CONTRACT MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE 12 NOON, JULY 29 (FRIDAY), 1988.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT • TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK, THE FAST LANE AND MIDDLE LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NORTHBOUND NEAR PAK SHEK KOK BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC CONTINUOUSLY FROM 9 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 7) TO 9 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 9).

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR TEMPORARY TRAFFIC SIGNS AND DRIVE WITH CARE AND PATIENCE.

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8), NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER WING TAK ROAD SOUTH OF CHING CHEUNG ROAD LEADING TO CARITAS MEDICAL CENTRE IN SHAM SHUI PO AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT ALL VEHICLES OVER SEVEN METRES LONG WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER BOWRINGTON ROAD IN CAUSEWAY BAY BETWEEN WAN CHAI ROAD AND HENNESSY ROAD FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8).

THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS BECAUSE OF ROAD WORKS.

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MOTORISTS SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR A SERIES OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHEUNG SHUI FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

THE MEASURES ARE TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THE AREA.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, THE SECTION OF LUNG SUM AVENUE BETWEEN JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND SHEUNG SHUI ALLIANCE PRIMARY SCHOOL WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.

AS A RESULT, MOTORISTS WILL BE ABLE TO DRIVE ALONG JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND LUNG SUM AVENUE TO THE SHEUNG SHUI KCR STATION.

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE MADE URBAN CLEARWAYS:

* ROAD D5 BETWEEN ROAD L5 AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE; AND LUNG SUM AVENUE WESTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 200 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH JOCKEY CLUB ROAD TO THE ACCESS ROAD TO NORTH DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE WILL BE MADE 7 AM MIDNIGHT DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS.

* THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF LUNG SUM AVENUE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH JOCKEY CLUB ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 200 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BECOME A PEAK-HOUR (I.E. 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

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ALL VEHICLES WILL BE BANNED FROM STOPPING WITHIN THESE URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

AT THE SAME TIME, NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN TAXIS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE GREEN MINIBUS TERMINUS AND THE TAXI STAND OFF ROAD D5 AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY.

HOWEVER, THE NO-ENTRY BAN ON THE SECTION OF ROAD D5 SOUTH OF LUNG SUM AVENUE WILL BE LIFTED.

IN ADDITION, TWO ROAD SECTIONS WILL BAN THE ENTRY OF ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES 24 HOURS DAILY. THEY ARE:

» THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF LUNG SUM AVENUE BETWEEN JOCKEY CLUB ROAD AND ROAD D5; AND

t THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING FROM THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF LUNG SUM AVENUE TO THE GREEN MINIBUS TERMINUS OFF ROAD D5.

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN HO MAN TIN AND KING’S PARK WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8) TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

THE AFFECTED AREA WILL INCLUDE KING GEORGE V COLLEGE, HO MAN TIN ESTATE, 01 MAN ESTATE, CHUN MAN COURT AND VALLEY ROAD ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

1987-88 SURPLUS PUT AT 811.6 BILLION ....................... 1

'USEFUL TOOL' IN BATTLE AGAINST COMMERCIAL CRIME ........... 2

MEASURE WILL HELP REDUCE LENGTH OF TRIALS .................. 3

REFORM ACHIEVED WITHOUT SACRIFICING PRINCIPLE .............. 5

CARDINAL PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE MUST BE UPHELD . 7

PROVISIONS IN BILL WELCOMED ................................ 9

SOCIETIES BILL 'A SENSIBLE, TIDYING-UP MEASURE' ........... 10

RENUNCIATION SCHEME OPEN TO ALL ........................... 12

TRIAD RENUNCIATION SCHEME SUPPORTED ....................... 13

HELP YOUNG TRLiD MEMBERS CHANGE, COUNCILLOR URGES....... 14

EMPLOYERS MUST PUT REQUEST IN WRITING...................... 15

OBJECTIVES OF SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICxL PROVISIONS BILL EXPLAINED ............................................... 15

AMENDMENTS TO STANDING ORDERS APPROVED .................... 17

C/uLL FOR NON-GOVERNMENT MEMBER TO PRESIDE ................ 19

SUMMARY OF CHANGES IN EXPENDITURE ......................... 20

COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL PASSED ..................... 21

PLANS TO IMPROVE TRANSPORT LINKS WITH CHINA................ 22

PROMOTION OF ADULT EDUCATION .............................. 23

CONSULTATION PERIOD FOR EDUCATION REPORT EXTENDED ......... 25

ACTION TAKUJ AGAINST OFFENDING COMICS ..................... 25

HILLSIDE ESCALATOR DRhFT DESIGN BEING VETTED .............. 27

POWER COMPANIES VERY CONSCIOUS OF RESPONSIBILITY .......... 27

PROCEDURES ON SCHOOL STRUCTURAL SAFETY SATISFACTORY .... 28

COUNCILLORS CAN GIVE SUPPORT IN INDIVIDUAL CAPACITIES .. 30

WIDOW'S, CHILDREN'S PENSIONS SCHEME BEING REVIEWED ........ 31

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FUTURE USE OF FRICTION COURSE DEPENDS ON TRIAL RESULTS • 32

COVERS PROPOSED TO REDUCE FLYOVER NOISE .................. 33

RAIL WAGONS CLEANSED IN CHINa.................a........... 53

INCREASE IN APPLICATIONS FOR BN(O) PASSPORTS EXPECTED .a 34

FIN/kNCE COMMITTEE APPROVES FUNDS FOR DCA.....a............a 36

SOUTHERN DB TO DISCUSS NEW BOAT PEOPLE POLICY.............. DB COMMITTEE TO STUDY HK Q M^RK SCHEME..................... KWAI TSING DB TO MEET TOMORROW ............................ DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS REPORT ON SPORT ................... OUTSTANDING CYC MEMBERS BOUND FOR JAPAN, SINGAPORE......... 1986 WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES,

RESTAURANTS .lND HOTELS SURVEY...........................

REPORT ON 1986 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION /JJD REAL ESTATE SECTORS ON SnLE ....................................

JUNE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES .JJD PAYROLL.......... TENANCY SOUGHT FOR GOVERNMENT LAND ........................ REVISED F^RSS FOR EIGHT GMB ROUTES ON ISLAND .............. TRAFFIC CELiNGES IN TUEN MUN kND YUEN LONG ................ FRESH WATER CUTS IN KWUN TONG, FANLING ....................

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THE FINALISED SURPLUS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1987-88 IS $11.6 BILLION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

ACTUAL REVENUE, AFTER BEING FINALISED BY THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING SERVICES, AMOUNTED TO $55.6 BILLION AND TOTAL EXPENDITURE $44 BILLION, MR JACOBS SAID, WHEN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1987-88) BILL 1988.

AN ESTIMATED SURPLUS OF $10.5 BILLION WAS MENTIONED IN HIS BUDGET SPEECH IN MAY, HE ADDED.

"THE EXPENDITURE CHARGED TO 52 HEADS IS IN EXCESS OF THE SUM APPROPRIATED FOR THOSE HEADS BY THE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1987," MR JACOBS NOTED.

"THIS IS BECAUSE SUFFICIENT OFFSETTING SAVINGS COULD NOT BE FOUND WITHIN THE HEADS CONCERNED."

MR JACOBS SAID THE EXCESS HAD BEEN INCLUDED IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1987-88) BILL 1988, WHICH SOUGHT TO GIVE FINAL LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY FOR THE AMOUNT OF SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION APPROVED IN RESPECT OF PARTICULAR HEADS OF EXPENDITURE BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OR UNDER POWERS DELEGATED BY IT.

THE TOTAL NET SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION REQUIRED IN RESPECT OF THE 52 HEADS OF EXPENDITURE WAS $1,526.3 MILLION, HE SAID.

THE EXCESS WAS LARGELY ACCOUNTED FOR BY THE 1987 PAY ADJUSTMENT AND PAY IMPROVEMENT PACKAGE FOR MODEL SCALE 1 STAFF FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE ($808.2 MILLION) AND. GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS ($388.4 MILLION).

OTHER MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTORS INCLUDED THE EARLY REPAYMENT IN FULL OF THE FOUR OUTSTANDING ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK LOANS ($318.2 MILLION) AND THE PURCHASE OF WATER FROM CHINA ($132 MILLION).

"SAVINGS MADE IN OTHER SUBHEADS ARE DUE TO CONTINUED TIGHT CONTROL OVER PUBLIC EXPENDITURE," MR JACOBS SAID, THANKING THE CONTROLLING OFFICERS AND OTHERS WHO HAD CONTRIBUTED TO RESTRAINT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE COMPLEX < )MMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1988 ’’WILL PROVE A USEFUL TOOL IN THE BATTLE AGAINST COMMERCIAL CRIME".

WINDING UP THE DEBATE ON THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR MATHEWS THANKED THE HON PETER C. WONG, THE HON JOHN SWAINE, THE HON MARTIN LEE AND THE HON NGAI SHIU-KIT FOR THEIR EXPRESSIONS OF SUPPORT.

"AS THEY HAVE INDICATED, THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS AND DETAILED SCRUTINY OF THE BILL BY MEMBERS HAS CONTINUED WITH GREAT INTENSITY SINCE IT WAS INTRODUCED INTO THIS COUNCIL ON JUNE 1," HE SAID.

HE SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO SUPPORT THE MODIFICATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BILL WHICH WOULD BE MOVED BY MR SWAINE AND MR LEE.

THE ACCEPTANCE BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF THOSE AMENDMENTS CONFIRMED THAT THE BILL INDEED REPRESENTED A COMMUNITY OF INTEREST AND OBJECTIVE OF ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN ITS CONSIDERATION, MR MATHEWS SAID.

THE BILL WAS A TRIBUTE TO THOSE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE LAW SOCIETY WHO HAD DEVOTED SO MUCH TIME, CARE AND ENERGY IN DEVISING A PROCEDURE TO IMPROVE THE TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES, MR MATHEWS ADDED.

"ONCE IT IS ON THE STATUTE BOOK, IT WILL BE FOR THOSE OF US INVOLVED IN THE TRIAL OF SUCH CRIMES TO ENSURE THAT THEIR EFFORTS HAVE NOT BEEN IN VAIN.

"WHETHER THE PROCEDURE EMBODIED IN THE BILL WILL BE SUCCESSFUL WILL TO A LARGE DEGREE DEPEND ON THE DILIGENCE OF THE PROSECUTOR AND THE WILLINGNESS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION TO ADOPT THE SPIRIT OF THE LEGISLATION AND TO OPERATE WITHIN IT.

"THE JUDICIARY TOO WILL HAVE A KEY ROLE TO PLAY BY ENSURING COMPLIANCE WITH ORDERS MADE AT THE PREPARATORY HEARING STAGE OF THE TRIAL," HE SAID.

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MEASURE WILL HELP REDUCE LENGTH OF TRIALS * » « » «

THE COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1988 WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS REDUCING THE LENGTH AND COST OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME TRIALS WITHOUT IMPINGING UPON THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED, THE HON PETER C. WONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, MR WONG NOTED THAT THE MEASURE SOUGHT TO IMPLEMENT, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, THE REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE PROSECUTION AND TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES.

THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL WAS TO PROVIDE A NEW PROCEDURE FOR THE TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES, HE SAID.

SERIOUS COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME CASES MIGHT BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE MAGISTRACY TO THE HIGH COURT WITHOUT THE NEED FOR - COMMITTAL PROCEEDINGS.

WHERE A CASE WAS TRANSFERRED UNDER THIS PROCEDURE AND A JUDGE DETERMINED THAT A PREPARATORY HEARING SHOULD TAKE PLACE, THE TRIAL WOULD BEGIN WITH A PREPARATORY HEARING WITHOUT A JURY.

THE PURPOSE OF THE PREPARATORY HEARING WAS TO SETTLE POINTS OF LAW AND CLARIFY ISSUES FOR THE JURY.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PREPARATORY HEARING, A JURY WOULD BF. EMPANELLED AND THE TRIAL WOULD PROCEED IN THE USUAL WAY.

MR. WONG SAID A LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AD HOC GROUP SET UP TO STUDY THE BILL, OF WHICH HE WAS CONVENER, HAD REACHED AGREEMENT WITH THE GOVERNMENT ON A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS TO THE RILL.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS WAS THE DEFINITION OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES.

THE AD HOC GROUP CONSIDERED THE SCOPE OF THE REVISED DEFINITION WAS TOO WIDE AS IT COULD BE EXTENDED TO COVER CASES OF SERIOUS AND COMPLEX FRAUD IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THIS WAS IN A COMMERCIAL CONTEXT.

"THE ADMINISTRATION CONCEDED THAT THE POINT MADE IS VALID AND THE CLAUSE; WILL RE AMENDED SO THAT IT IS CONFINED ONLY TO CASES OF FRAUD AND/OR DISHONESTY IN THE COMMERCIAL CONTEXT," MR WONG SAID.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT WAS THAT IN THE WHITE RILL ONLY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WAS GIVEN THE POWER TO DECIDE WHETHER A CASE FELL WITHIN THE AMBIT OF THE NEW LEGISLATION.

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’’THIS WAS THOUGHT UNDERSIRABLE, AND THE JUDGE IS NOW GIVEN THE DISCRETION TO DECIDE WHETHER, HAVING REGARD TO THE NATURE OF A CASE, THERE WILL BE A NEED TO HOLD A PREPARATORY HEARING BEFORE THE JURY IS EMPANELLED," HE SAID.

MR WONG ALSO SAID THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL CONTAINED IN THE WHITE BILL WAS FOR THE DEFENCE TO SUPPLY A WRITTEN OUTLINE OF ITS CASE IN RESPONSE TO EACH OF THE PRINCIPAL FACTS IN THE PROSECUTION CASE, AND SPECIFYING THE PRINCIPAL FACTS UPON WHICH THE DEFENCE CASE WAS BASED.

THE AD HOC GROUP FELT THAT THE SCOPE OF SUCH A PROVISION WAS TOO WIDE, HE SAID.

THE GOVERNMENT SUBSEQUENTLY AGREED THAT THE DEFENCE CASE OUTLINE BE REPLACED BY A "DEFENCE RESPONSE" WHICH WAS MERELY A WRITTEN STATEMENT INDICATING, WITH REFERENCE TO THE PROSECUTION CASE STATEMENT, THE FACTS ON WHICH THE DEFENCE WOULD TAKE ISSUE WITH THE PROSECUTION.

IN SIMPLE TERMS, THE DEFENCE WOULD NOT NOW BE OBLIGED TO REVEAL ITS DEFENCE AT THE PREPARATORY HEARING.

THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALSO AGREED TO THE AD HOC GROUP’S SUGGESTION THAT NO CHANGE TO THE PROSECUTION STATEMENT SHOULD BE ALLOWED EXCEPT WHERE THE JUDGE WAS SATISFIED THAT THE CHANGE HAD BEEN BROUGHT ABOUT BY UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE PROSECUTION.

THE AMENDMENT WAS MADE IN THE INTERESTS OF JUSTICE, HE SAID.

MR WONG ADDED THAT A MAJOR HURDLE IN DELIBERATION ON THE BILL WAS CLAUSE 16 (3) WHICH SOUGHT TO PREVENT THE DEFENCE FROM INTRODUCING EVIDENCE, AFTER THE JURY HAD BEEN EMPANELLED, WHICH WAS INCONSISTENT WITH THE DEFENCE RESPONSE, EXCEPT WITH THE LEAVE OF THE JUDGE.

THE BAR ASSOCIATION AND THE LAW SOCIETY HAD ARGUED STRONGLY THAT THE CLAUSE WAS UNFAIR. THE GOVERNMENT HAD SUBSEQUENTLY AGREED TO DELETE THE CLAUSE.

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REFORM ACHIEVED WITHOUT SACRIFICING PRINCIPLE ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1988 ACHIEVES THE OBJECT OF REFORM WITHOUT SACRIFICE OF PRINCIPLE AND CAN BE SUPPORTED, THE HON JOHN SWAINE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR SWAINE SAID THE DIFFICULTY IN INTRODUCING THE BILL HAD BEEN TO ENSURE THAT THE MUCH NEEDED REFORM IN FRAUD TRIALS WAS Tf INTRODUCED AT THE EXPENSE OF FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE RELATING TO THE BURDEN ON THE PROSECUTION TO PROVE THE GUILT OF THE ACCUSED AND TO THE RIGHT OF THE ACCUSED TO SILENCE.

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL, HE NOTED THAT IT HAD BEEN NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT ONLY SUCH CRIMES AS MIGHT PROPERLY BE DESCRIBED AS COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES WERE SUBJECT TO THE NEW PROCEDURES, AND THIS WAS ACHIEVED BY THE DEFINITION CLAUSE 3(B) (II) WHICH MADE CLEAR THAT THE FRAUD OR DISHONESTY WAS IN A COMMERCIAL CONTEXT AND THAT IT MUST BE BOTH SERIOUS AND COMPLEX.

MUCH OF THE IMPROVED PROCEDURE WOULD LIE IN THE PREPARATORY HEARING, BEFORE THE JURY WAS EMPANELLED.

"UNDER CLAUSE 9, IT IS FOR THE JUDGE TO DECIDE WHETHER SUCH A PREPARATORY HEARING SHOULD TAKE PLACE, AND HE MAY ACT ON THE APPLICATION EITHER OF THE PROSECUTOR OR OF THE PERSON INDICTED OR OF HIS OWN MOTION," MR SWAINE SAID.

"AMONG HIS POWERS UNDER CLAUSE 13, THE JUDGE MAY ORDER THE PROSECUTOR TO SERVE ON THE ACCUSED AND DELIVER TO THE COURT A STATEMENT CONTAINING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE FACTS AND THE INFERENCES SOUGHT TO BE DRAWN FROM THOSE FACTS ON WHICH THE PROSECUTION CASE WAS BASED, AND ALSO A STATEMENT OF ANY PROPOSITION OF LAW SPECIFICALLY APPLICABLE TO THE PROSECUTION CASE ON WHICH THE PROSECUTOR PROPOSED TO RELY."

IT WOULD BE SEEN THAT THE PROSECUTION MIGHT BE ORDERED AT THIS EARLY STAGE TO DISCLOSE ITS CASE, AS PART OF THE REFORM TO ENSURE THAT THE TRUE ISSUES IN THE CASE WERE IDENTIFIED BEFORE THE JURY WAS EMPANELLED, MR SWAINE ADDED.

THE COMPLEMENTARY REFORM RELATING TO THE DEFENCE CASE WAS CONTAINED IN CLAUSE 16, BY WHICH THE JUDGE MIGHT ORDER THE ACCUSED TO SERVE ON THE PROSECUTOR AND DELIVER TO THE COURT A WRITTEN STATEMENT INDICATING THE FACTS AND INFERENCES ON WHICH HE TOOK ISSUE WITH Till PROSECUTION, AS WELL AS A WRITTEN STATEMENT OF ALL PROPOSITIONS OF LAW IN REPLY TO ANY PROPOSITIONS OF LAW STATED BY THE PROSECUTOR.

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"IT WILL BE SEEN THAT THE DEFENCE RESPONSE IS TO BE PURELY DEFENSIVE AND RESPONSIVE," HE SAID. "THE ACCUSED IS NOT OBLIGED UNDER THIS PROPOSED REFORM TO REVEAL HIS POSITIVE CASE, AND IN THAT VERY REAL WAY, HIS RIGHT TO SILENCE IS PRESERVED."

MR SWAINE NOTED THAT THIS TONED-DOWN VERSION OF I HE DEFENCE CASE REPRESENTED A WORKABLE COMPROMISE OF WHAT THE DEFENCE SHOULD BE OBLIGED TO DISCLOSE AT THE PREPARATORY HEARING. IT DID NOT GO AS FAR AS THE SELECT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED.

HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE SELECT COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATION FOR DEFENCE DISCLOSURE WAS HEAVILY QUALIFIED AND REFLECTED THE REAL DILEMMA FACING IT OF PROPOSING REFORMS TO THE LAW WITHOUT UNDUE SACRIFICE OF PRINCIPLE.

THAT DILEMMA HAD, HOWEVER, BEEN RESOLVED BY THE CONCEPT OF THE DEFENCE RESPONSE, HE SAID. BY THIS MEANS THE PROSECUTION'WAS ABLE TO TELL WHICH PART OF ITS CASE WAS IN ISSUE AND WHICH PART WAS NOT.

"IT IS THUS ENABLED TO CONCENTRATE ON THE REAL ISSUES WHICH IT MUST PROVE ACCORDING TO THE NORMAL STANDARDS IN CRIMINAL CASES," HE SAID.

AS TO THOSE PARTS OF ITS CASE WHICH WERE NOT IN ISSUE, THE PROSECUTION WAS ABLE BY MEANS OF THE NEW PROCEDURES TO CALL ON THE DEFENCE TO MAKE FORMAL ADMISSIONS AS TO FACTS AND DOCUMENTS, MR SWAINE SAID.

THE JUDGE WAS TO HAVE POWER TO REQUIRE THE DEFENCE TO MAKE THESE ADMISSIONS OR TO STATE THE REASONS FOR ITS REFUSAL.

"UNDER SUB-CLAUSE (3) IT IS SUFFICIENT, IF THE DOCUMENT, FACT OR MATTER TO WHICH HIS REFUSAL RELATES IS CENTRAL TO A FACT ON WHICH THE ACCUSED TAKES ISSUE WITH THE PROSECUTION AS INDICATED IN THE DEFENCE RESPONSE, TO GIVE THIS AS A REASON," HE ADDED.

"IT WILL THEREFORE BE SEEN THAT THE DEFENCE RESPONSE IS THE KEY TO THE IMPROVED PROCEDURES.

"THE DEFENCE IS NOT OBLIGED TO BE CO-OPERATIVE WITH THE PROSECUTION IN NARROWING THE ISSUES BY SERVING A MEANINGFUL RESPONSE TO THE PROSECUTION CASE STATEMENT.

"IT MAY HAVE GENUINE REASONS FOR ADOPTING A CAUTIOUS LINE IN ITS RESPONSE."

THE ACCUSED DID, HOWEVER, TAKE THE RISK OF BEING PENALISED IN COSTS IF THE JUDGE CONSIDERED THAT SUCH COSTS HAD BEEN INCURRED AS A RESULT OF AN UNNECESSARY OR IMPROPER ACT OR OMISSION BY OR ON HIS BEHALF.

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MR SWAINE SAID ONE FURTHER REFORM INTRODUCED BY THE BILL RELATED TO THE DISPOSITION AT THE PREPARATORY STAGE OF OBJECTIONS TO EVIDENCE.

UNDER CLAUSE 13(1), THE JUDGE MIGHT ORDER THE PROSECUTOR TO SERVE ON THE ACCUSED AND DELIVER TO THE COURT COPIES OF THE STATEMENTS OF THE WITNESSES WHOM THE PROSECUTOR INTENDED TO CALL AT THE TRIAL AFTER THE JURY HAD BEEN EMPANELLED.

THE JUDGE MIGHT ALSO ORDER THE ACCUSED TO STATE ANY OBJECTION HE HAD TO SUCH EVIDENCE, AND THE GROUND OF HIS OBJECTION.

MR SWAINE EXPLAINED THAT THE OBJECT OF THIS REFORM WAS TO MINIMISE DELAYS OCCASIONED DURING THE TRIAL AFTER THE JURY HAD BEEN EMPANELLED BY THE LATE TAKING OF OBJECTIONS TO EVIDENCE.

’’WHERE THE DEFENCE DOES NOT OBJECT IN ADVANCE TO SUCH EVIDENCE, ITS ADMISSIBILITY AT THE TRIAL SHALL NOT BE OBJECTED TO UNLESS THE JUDGE IS SATISFIED THAT THE OBJECTION COULD NOT REASONABLY “HAVE BEEN MADE DURING THE PREPARATORY HEARING,” HE ADDED.

NOTING THAT IT HAI) BEEN CONSIDERED TOO DRASTIC TO SHUT OUT A LATE OBJECTION TO EVIDENCE, WHICH MIGHT OTHERWISE BE MERITORIOUS, MR SWA I NF SAID THAT A PROVISION WOULD BE INTRODUCED AUTHORISING THE JUDGE SPECIFICALLY TO ORDER THE ACCUSED TO PAY TO THE PROSECUTOR THE ADDITIONAL COSTS THUS INCURRED.

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CARDINAL PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE MUST BE UPHELD ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE CARDINAL PRINCIPLES OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE MUST NOT BE WHITTLED DOWN IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER IF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WISH TO PRESERVE THE RULE OF LAW AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY AFTER 1997, THE HON MARTIN LEE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR LEE WAS SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1988.

HE SAID IT WAS NECESSARY FOR PEOPLE TO REMIND THEMSELVES THAT ON TWO OCCASIONS TWO VERY BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HONG KONG’S SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE HAD BEEN UNDER THREAT.

FIRST, THE TRIAL OF COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1985 PROPOSED THE ABOLITION OF JURY TRIAL FOR COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BY SUBSTITUTING THE JURY BY TWO COMMERCIAL ADJUDICATORS SITTING WITH A JUDGE.

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"AND SO THE JURY SYSTEM WHICH IS THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN HONG KONG WAS BEING ROCKED TO ITS VERY FOUNDATION," HE REMARKED.

THEN THE WHITE BILL ON THE DRAFT COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1987 REQUIRED AN ACCUSED INDICTED FOR A COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME TO DELIVER TO THE COURT A WRITTEN OUTLINE OF THE DEFENCE CASE.

"SUCH A REQUIREMENT WOULD HAVE FORCED THE ACCUSED TO TELL THE PROSECUTOR HIS CASE EVEN BEFORE THE TRIAL COMMENCED, AND IT THEREFORE THREATENED ANOTHER CARDINAL PRINCIPLE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, NAMELY, THAT A PERSON IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL THE CONTRARY IS PROVED, WITH A COROLLARY THAT AN ACCUSED HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT THROUGHOUT," HE SAID.

MR LEE SAID THAT, NOT UNNATURALLY, BOTH THE BAR COMMITTEE AND THE COUNCIL OF THE LAW SOCIETY MADE STRONG OBJECTIONS ON BOTH OCCASIONS.

HE ADDED THAT IT WAS TO THE CREDIT OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS AND TO THE RESPECTIVE ATTORNEYS GENERAL THAT BOTH THREATS WERE NOW REMOVED.

"IF, AS WAS ARGUED AT ONE STAGE, JURY TRIALS ARE PROTRACTED AND COSTLY, THEN WE MUST APPRECIATE THAT ONCE WE SACRIFICE THE QUALITY OF JUSTICE FOR SPEED AND THE SAVING OF COST, THEN EVERY CITIZEN WOULD SUFFER BECAUSE A SERIOUS INROAD WOULD BE MADE INTO OUR RIGHT TO TRIAL BY OUR PEERS," HE SAID.

LIKEWISE, IF, AS HAD BEEN ARGUED RECENTLY, IT WOULD SHORTEN THE TRIAL IF THE PROSECUTOR WERE TO BE INFORMED BEFORE COMMENCEMENT OF THE ACCUSED PERSON’S DEFENCE, THEREBY SAVING TIME AND MONEY, AGAIN IT WOULD BE A SERIOUS INROAD INTO THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE.

"IN THE CONTEXT OF 1997, NOTHING CAN BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PRESERVATION OF THESE CARDINAL PRINCIPLES," MR LEE ADDED.

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PROVISIONS IN BILL WELCOMED * » * «

THE COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1988 SHOULD SERVE TO SHORTEN THE DURATION OF FRAUD TRIALS AND TO REDUCE THE COIT WHILE PRESERVING THE COMMON LAW SPIRIT OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM, THE HON NGAI SHIU-KIT SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, MR NGAI SAID THAT WITH HONG KONG’S GROWTH AS AN INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE AND INCREASING SOPHISTICATION IN BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS, EXISTING ITEMS OF LEGISLATION WERE HARDLY ADEQUATE TO DEAL WITH COMMERCIAL CRIME CASES OF AN UNUSUALLY COMPLEX NATURE.

HE SAID PUBLIC CONCERN ON THE ISSUE HAD GIVEN RISE TO A SERIFS OF DEVELOPMENTS.

THESE INCLUDED PUBLICATION OF THE TRIAL OF COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1985, APPOINTMENT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON THE PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN THE PROSECUTION AND TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES IN THE SAME YEAR, PUBLICATION OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE’S REPORT IN 1986, PUBLICATION OF THE COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1987, AND NOW THE PRESENT BILL.

AS A MEMBER OF THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP ON THE 1987 WHITE BILL AND SUBSEQUENTLY ON THE 1988 BILL, MR NGAI SAID HE WAS GLAD THAT THE AD HOC GROUP’S MAJOR RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE 1987 BILL HAD ALL BEEN INCORPORATED IN THE PRESENT BILL.

"I THINK IT IS OF OVER-RIDING SIGNIFICANCE THAT THE DEFINITION OF 'COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES’ SHOULD BE MADE IN RELALTION TO WHETHER FRAUD OR DISHONESTY IN THE COMMERCIAL CONTEXT IS INVOLVED RATHER THAN BY REFERENCE TO A SCHEDULE OF OFFENCES AS ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE 1987 BILL.

"I ALSO CONSIDER IT OF MAJOR IMPORTANCE THAT COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BE CONFINED TO CASES OF BOTH FRAUD AND DISHONESTY IN THE COMMERCIAL CONTEXT AND NOT OTHERWISE," HE SAID.

ACCORDING TO MR NGAI, ANOTHER IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENT OF THE PRESENT BILL ON THE 1987 WHITE BILL WAS TO GIVE THE JUDGE THE DISCRETION TO DECIDE WHETHER IT WAS NECESSARY TO. HAVE A PREPARATORY HEARING BEFORE THE JURY WAS EMPANELLED.

"THIS PROVISION IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT ALLOWS ALL REASONABLY FORESEEABLE POINTS OF LEGAL ARGUMENT TO BE DEALT WITH BEFORE THE JURY IS EMPANELLED, AND IT IS RECOGNISED THAT JUDICIAL DISCRETION SHOULD BE EXERCISED IN THE ORDERING OF SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR THE TRIAL OF COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIME CASES," HE SAID.

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THE THIRD IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENT CONCERNED THE EXTENT OF THE DEFENCE’S OBLIGATION TO DISCLOSE ITS CASE, MR NGAI SAID.

HE SAID THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL IN THE 1987 WHITE BILL MET WITH STRONG OPPOSITION BECAUSE IT WOULD SEEK TO DEPRIVE DEFENDANTS OF THEIR RIGHT TO SILENCE, AND HENCE PUTTING THEM IN A VERY DISADVANTAGEOUS POSITION.

MR NGAI SAID HE WAS THEREFORE PLEASED THAT THE SCOPE OF THE DISCLOSURE HAD BEEN NARROWED TO ONLY A WRITTEN STATEMENT GIVING THb FACTS ON WHICH THE DEFENCE TOOK ISSUE WITH THE PROSECUTION.

HOWEVER, HE CONSIDERED THAT CLAUSE 16(1)(B) OF THE BILL WHICH REQUIRED THAT "A WRITTEN STATEMENT OF ALL REASONABLY FORESEEABLE PROPOSITIONS OF LAW ON WHICH THE DEFENCE MAY WISH TO RELY" BE DELIVERED TO THE COURT, WAS A HEAVY AND UNFAIR BURDEN ON THE DEFENCE.

"SUBJECT TO MR MARTIN LEE’S COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENT ON THIS CLAUSE, I WOULD CONSIDER IT MORE ACCEPTABLE TO REQUIRE ONLY A WRITTEN STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE PROSECUTION’S PROPOSITIONS OF LAW," MR NGAI SAID.

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SOCIETIES BILL *A SENSIBLE, TIDYING-UP MEASURE* ♦ ♦ * * t

THE SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1988 IS DESIGNED AS "A SENSIBLE, TIDYING-UP MEASURE", THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR MATHEWS SAID THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE WAS INTENDED TO PROHIBIT TRIAD SOCIETIES AND OTHER GROUPS WHICH THREATENED THE PEACE, WELFARE OR GOOD ORDER OF HONG KONG.

HE EXPLAINED THAT AT PRESENT, BY ITEM (6) OF THE SCHEDULE TO THE ORDINANCE, PARTNERSHIPS CONSISTING OF NOT MORE THAN 20 PERSONS FORMED FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF CARRYING ON ANY LAWFUL BUSINESS AND REGISTERED UNDER ANY OTHER ORDINANCE WERE EXEMPTED FROM REGISTRATION.

THIS EXCLUSION WAS PROVIDED AND LIMITED TO PARTNERSHIPS OF NOT MORE THAN 20 MEMBERS BECAUSE, PRIOR TO 1978, THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE PROHIBITED PARTNERSHIPS OF MORE THAN 20 MEMBERS.

IN 1978, THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE WAS AMENDED TO PERMIT PARTNERSHIPS OF MORE THAN 20 SOLICITORS, ACCOUNTANTS OR STOCKBROKERS. BUT, BY AN APPARENT OVERSIGHT, NO CORRESPONDING AMENDMENT WAS MADE TO ITEM (6).

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SUBSEQUENTLY, MANY PROFESSIONAL FIRMS EXPANDED BEYOND THE 20 PARTNER LIMIT. BY FAILING TO REGISTER THEY HAD BECOME "UNLAWFUL SOCIETIES" RENDERING THEIR PARTNERS, EMPLOYEES, LANDLORDS AND OTHERS HAVING DEALINGS WITH THEM LIABLE TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

EQUALLY, AS THE COURTS WOULD NOT ENFORCE ILLEGAL CONTRACTS, SUCH PERSONS MIGHT BE UNABLE TO SUE FOR THEIR FEES, WAGES, JO NT, AND OTHER DEBTS, MR MATHEWS SAID.

"CLEARLY THE SOCIETIES ORDINANCE WAS NEVER INTENDED TO APPLY TO LEGITIMATE BUSINESS ENTERPRISES AND IT IS UNJUST THAT THROUGH ITS OPERATION PERSONS ENGAGED IN BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS MAY HAVE BEEN RENDERED LIABLE TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND UNABLE TO USE THE LAW TO ENFORCE THEIR CIVIL CLAIMS," HE SAID.

CLAUSE 2 OF THE BILL AMENDED THE SCHEDULE ^O THAT ANY PARTNERSHIP, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS, WOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO REGISTER AS A SOCIETY PROVIDED THAT IT WAS SOLELY ENGAGED IN A LAWFUL BUSINESS AND WAS REGISTERED UNDER ANY OTHER ORDINANCE (SUCH AS THE BUSINESS REGISTRATION ORDINANCE).

BY CLAUSE 1(2) THE AMENDMENT WOULD BE RETROSPECTIVE TO THE DATE WHEN THE NEW SECTION 345(2) OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT IN 1978.

BY CLAUSE 1(3) CURRENT LEGAL PROCEEDINGS WOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE RETROSPECTIVE OPERATION OF THE AMENDMENT.

MR MATHEWS SAID: "IT IS CONSIDERED THAT CLAUSE 2 MUST BE GIVEN RETROSPECTIVE EFFECT IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY ENTERED INTO OTHERWISE LEGITIMATE TRANSACTIONS WITH LARGE LEGAL, ACCOUNTING AND STOCKBROKING FIRMS ARE NOT PRECLUDED FROM ENFORCING THEIR RIGHTS OR ARE PERMITTED TO EVADE THEIR OBLIGATIONS ARISING FROM SUCH TRANSACTIONS.

"THERE IS ALSO A SIGNIFICANT RISK THAT WHERE THE LARGE FIRMS HAVE ACTED AS AGENTS IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS OR IN COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL OR SHARE TRANSACTIONS THE PARTIES FOR WHOM THEY ACTED AND PERSONS WITH WHOM THEY DEALT MAY BE UNABLE TO ENFORCE THEIR INTERESTS UNLESS THE CLAUSE OPERATES RETROSPECTIVELY."

HE ADDED THAT HE COMMENDED THE BILL TO THE COUNCIL AS A SENSIBLE, TIDYING-UP MEASURE DESIGNED TO REMEDY AN OVERSIGHT.

DEBATE ON THE BILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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THE TRIAD RENUNCIATION SCHEME WILL BE OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE WISHING TO SEVER THEIR TRIAD LINKS, THE SECRETARY FOR SEIURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP DEBATE ON THE SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL, MR BARNES SAID THE OPERATION OF THE SCHEME WOULD BE MONITORED BY '.HE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AND WOULD BE REVIEWED AFTER ITS FIRST SIX MONTHS OF OPERATION.

HE DESCRIBED THE BILL AS AN IMAGINATIVE AND POTENTIALLY EFFECTIVE INITIATIVE, DEVELOPED BY THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE AS ONE MORE MEASURE IN THE FIGHT XGATNST TRIADS AND TRIAD INFLUENCE.

MR BARNES ALSO THANKED DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI AND THE HON ROSANNA TAM FOR SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL AND FOR CALLING UPON TRIAD MEMBERS, PARTICULARLY YOUNG TRIAD MEMBERS, TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF.

"ONCE THE BILL IS PASSED WE SHALL ARRANGE FOR AN EXTENSIVE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT APPLICATION AND RENUNCIATION PROCEDURES AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY YOUNG PEOPLE, TO TURN THEIR BACKS ON TRIAD SOCIETIES AND RENOUNCE TRIAD MEMBERSHIP," HE SAID.

HE SAID THE CAMPAIGN WOULD BE CO-ORDINATED AND MONITORED BY THE PUBLICITY SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE.

CONCERNING RENUNCIATION PROCEDURES, MR BARNES SAID THAT STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY WOULD BE MAINTAINED BY BOTH THE STAFF AND THE MEMBERS OF THE TRIBUNAL.

"NAMES OF INDIVIDUAL APPLICANTS AND RENOUNCERS WILL BE KNOWN ONLY TO THE TRIBUNAL, AND TO ITS SMALL SECRETARIAT," HE SAID.

"THE SECRECY PROVISIONS IN SECTIONS 26K AND 26L WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

“THE TRIBUNAL WILL BE INDEPENDENT OF THE POLICE ALTHOUGH n WILL BE ESSENTIAL FOR ONE POLICE OFFICER WITH EXPERIENCE IN TRIAD MATTERS TO BE AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE SECRETARIAT TO PROVIDE ADVICE, WHERE NECESSARY, TO THE TRIBUNAL."

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TRIAD RENUNCIATION SCHEME SUPPORTED » * « « t

THE TRIAD MEMBERSHIP RENUNCIATION SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO DISINTEGRATE TRIAD SOCIETIES BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF THEIR MEMBERS AND TO ENABLE REFORMED TRIAD MEMBERS TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF AND BECOME LAW-ABIDING AND SOCIALLY PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS.

DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1988.

SUPPORTING THE BILL, DR HO SAID TO MAKE THE SCHEME A SUCCESS IT WAS IMPERATIVE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION MOUNTED A SERIES OF TERRITORY-WIDE PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS THROUGH VARIOUS MEDIUMS.

IN PARTICULAR, THOSE PEOPLE WHO WISHED TO RENOUNCE THEIR TRIAD MEMBERSHIP MUST BE MADE AWARE OF THE SCHEME AND BE' CONVINCED OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S GENUINE INTENTION TO HELP THEM RATHER THAN TO PROSECUTE THEM, HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT SOCIAL WORKERS, TEACHERS, DISCIPLINARY MASTERS, SCHOOL COUNSELLORS, POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICERS -AND JUNIOR POLICE CALL MEMBERS MUST ALSO BE THOROUGHLY BRIEFED ON THE PURPOSES OF THE RENUNCIATION SCHEME.

FURTHERMORE, DR HO SAID, THE CONFIDENCE OF THE WOULD-BE RENOUNCERS MUST BE GAINED. THIS COULD BE ACHIEVED BY THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE SCHEME, ITS ABSOLUTE INDEPENDENCE OF THE POLICE, AND STRICT ADHERENCE BY STAFF MEMBERS TO THE SECRECY PROVISIONS INVOLVED IN HANDLING RENUNCIATION APPLICATIONS AND THE PROCEEDINGS.

HE SAID PRIVACY MUST BE PROVIDED TO APPLICANTS AND RENUNCIATION APPLICATIONS MUST BE PROCESSED IN CONFIDENCE SO THAT THE RENOUNCERS WOULD FEEL THAT THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY AND THE SECURITY OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT AND CAREER WERE PROPERLY PROTECTED.

"THE DECISION THAT THE SCHEME IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT STAFF, WILL ADD CREDIBILITY AND EFFECTIVENESS TO THE SCHEME, BECAUSE FAIR AND EQUAL TREATMENT IS SEEN TO BE GIVEN TO THE RENOUNCERS REGARDLESS OF THEIR SOCIAL STATUS," HE SAID.

FINALLY, HE STRESSED THAT THE COMMITMENT BY THE ADMINISTRATION TO REVIEW THE SCHEME AFTER SIX MONTHS WAS NECESSARY IN ORDER TO ENSURE ITS SMOOTH AND EFFICIENT OPERATION.

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HELP YOUNG TRIAD MEMBERS CHANGE, COUNCILLOR URGES

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THE HON ROSANNA TAM TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CALLED ON TEACHERS, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS, OUTREACHING SOCIAL WORKERS, MASTERS OF DISCIPLINE IN SCHOOLS AND PARENTS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNGSTERS IN NEED TO HELP TO RENOUNCE TRIAD MEMBERSHIP.

MRS TAM MADE THE APPEAL WHEN SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF THE SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL WHICH PROVIDED TRIAD MEMBERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RENOUNCE THEIR MEMBERSHIP.

SHE SAID THE BILL REPRESENTED A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN REMOVING THE TRADITIONAL CONCEPT OF "ONCE A TRIAD, ALWAYS A TRIAD" WHICH ATTACHED LIFE-LONG STIGMAS TO TRIAD MEMBERS.

UNDER THE EXISTING LEGISLATION, IT WAS A CRIMINAL.’ OFFENCE FOR ANYONE TO BECOME A TRIAD MEMBER. AS A RESULT ONCE ADMITTED AS A MEMBER OF A TRIAD SOCIETY, A PERSON WAS DESTINED TO LIVE IN FEAR OF BEING PROSECUTED THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE.

"EVEN THOUGH HE INTENDS TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF, HE CAN DO NOTHING TO CHANGE HIS STATUS," SHE SAID.

TO MAKE THE PROPOSALS IN THE BILL EFFECTIVE, MRS TAM SAID IT WAS MOST IMPORTANT THAT THOSE WHO INTENDED TO TURN OVER A NEW LEAF SHOULD COME FORWARD AND MAKE AN APPLICATION TO THE TRIAD RENUNCIATION TRIBUNAL.

"WE ARE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE GOT THEMSELVES INVOLVED UNKNOWINGLY BEFORE THEY HAVE A FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE IMPLICATIONS OF JOINING TRIAD SOCIETIES.

"IF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE REALISE THE EVILS OF THESE SOCIETIES NOW AND FEEL REGRET TODAY, THEY SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE TRIAD RENUNCIATION TRIBUNAL AND SEIZE THIS CHANCE OF REHABILITATION," SHE SAID.

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EMPLOYERS MUST PUT REQUEST IN WRITING *****

AN AMENDMENT TO THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 GIVES EFFECT TO A LEGCO AD HOC GROUP’S RECOMMENDATION THAT EMPLOYERS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO MAKE A WRITTEN REQUEST TO EMPLOYEES WHEN SOLICITING INFORMATION ABOUT CONCURRENT EMPLOYMENTS HELD BY THE EMPLOYEES, THE HON PANG CHUN-HOI SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING A COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 2 OF’THE BILL, MR PANG SAID THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE AMENDMENT WAS TO AVOID UNNECESSARY ARGUMENTS IN FUTURE ON WHETHER THE EMPLOYERS HAD ACTUALLY REQUESTED THE INFORMATION.

HE SAID THAT UNDER THE EXISTING WORDING OF THE CLAUSE, EMPLOYERS WOULD BE ABLE TO CONVEY THE REQUESTS ORALLY AND IT WAS FEARED THAT THIS MIGHT LEAD TO MISUNDERSTANDING AND ARGUMENTS.

“TO MAKE IT FAIR, EMPLOYEES WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE REQUIRED INFORMATION IN WRITING UNDER THE LAW," MR PANG ADDED.

IN REPLY, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON DOMINIC WONG, SAID HE SUPPORTED THE AMENDMENTS.

"THE AMENDMENTS MOVED BY MR PANG SERVE TO CLARIFY THE PROCEDURE AND PUT MATTERS BEYOND DOUBT FOR BOTH PARTIES," HE SAID.

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p OBJECTIVES OF SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROVISIONS BILL EXPLAINED ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE MAJOR AMENDMENTS PROPOSED IN THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 ARE MAINLY ENABLING PROVISIONS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ADOLF HSU, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL, MR HSU EXPLAINED THAT FOLLOWING THE ENACTMENT OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS ORDINANCE IN 1980, WORK BEGAN ON THE DRAFTING OF THE SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION AND THE FORMATION OF THE FIVE PARA-MEDICAL PROFESSIONS BOARDS.

THESE WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND CONDUCT AMONG MEMBERS OF THEIR RELEVANT PROFESSION, AND HAD NOW BEEN FORMED.

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THE DRAFTING PROCESS WAS, HOWEVER, DELAYED INITIALLY BECAUSE OF THE NEED TO AMEND THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE TO ENABLE CERTAIN PROVISIONS AND PROPOSALS RECOMMENDED BY THE BOARDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE REGULATIONS.

SUBSEQUENTLY, THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS, MIDWIVES REGISTRATION AND NURSES REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE WAS PASSED IN 1985 TO GIVE EFFECT TO THESE CHANGES, AND DRAFTING OF THE VARIOUS REGULATIONS THEN RESUMED.

MR HSU SAID THE REGULATIONS FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS AND MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS HAD NOW BEEN COMPLETED. •

"THOSE FOR THE REMAINING THREE PROFESSIONS ARE IN THEIR FINAL STAGE OF DRAFTING.

"IN THE COURSE OF DRAFTING THESE REGULATIONS IT HAS BECOME EVIDENT THAT FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE WERE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE PROPOSALS FOR THE DISCIPLINE • AND CONTROL OF THE PROFESSIONS. THE BILL BEFORE MEMBERS SEEKS TO MAKE THOSE AMENDMENTS," HE SAID.

MR HSU SAID CLAUSE 6 INTRODUCED A NEW SECTION 15A TO PROVIDE THE PROFESSIONAL BOARDS WITH THE POWER TO HOLD EXAMINATIONS TO ASSESS THE PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCY OF PERSONS APPLYING FOR CERTIFICATES OR REGISTRATIONS UNDER THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE.

THE NEW SECTION 15B PROVIDED THAT A PERSON MIGHT APPEAL TO THE COUNCIL AGAIN'T ANY DECISION OF A BOARD OTHER THAN A DECISION IN RELATION TO REGISTRATION, DISCIPLINE, PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION AND EXAMINATION.

CLAUSE 8 DEALT WITH CODES OF PRACTICE FOR THE PROFESSIONS.

IT EMPOWERED THE BOARDS TO PROVIDE FOR GUIDELINES REGULATING THE ACTIVITIES OF PERSONS SUPERVISING REGISTERED PERSONS AND ACTIVITIES OF THOSE WHO WERE BEING SUPERVISED, IN THE CODES OF PRACTICE PREPARED BY THE BOARDS.

IT ALSO REQUIRED THE PROFESSIONAL BOARDS TO NOTIFY THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS COUNCIL ON THE CODES OF PRACTICE DRAWN UP OR ANY SUBSEQUENT REVISION MADE TO THEM.

MR HSU SAID CLAUSE 9 ENABLED REGULATIONS TO BE MADE, CREATING CATEGORIES OF REGISTERED PERSONS ACCORDING TO THEIR QUALIFICATIONS, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE, PRESCRIBING THE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE NECESSARY FOR PRACTISING A PROFESSION WITHOUT SUPERVISION, SPECIFYING WHO WOULD BE ENTITLED TO PRACTISE WITHOUT SUPERVISION, AND RESTRICTING THOSE WITHOUT THE PRESCRIBED QUALIFICATIONS FROM DOING SO.

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THE ORDINANCE AS IT STOOD ENABLED PERSONS WITH QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE ADDITIONAL TO THOSE REQUIRED TO QUALIFY FOR REGISTRATION TO "PRACTISE ON THEIR OWN ACCOUNT".

SINCE THAT PHRASE IMPLIED CONTROL OF THE MODE OF BUSINESS, RATHER THAN THE NEED AND ADEQUACY OF PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISION, IT WAS PROPOSED TO REPLACE "PRACTISE ON THEIR OWN ACCOUNT" WITH "PRACTISE WITHOUT SUPERVISION" TO REFLECT THE REAL INTENTION OF THE LAW.

THIS CLAUSE ALSO CONTAINED AMENDMENTS FOR REGULATIONS TO BE MADE ENABLING THE BOARD TO DETERMINE THE QUALITY OF TI(E EXPERIENCE ACCEPTABLE TO THE BOARD AND TO ACCEPT EXPERIENCE OTHER THAN THE PRESCRIBED EXPERIENCE.

MR HSU SAID CLAUSE 10 REQUIRED PARA-MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WORKING IN APPROVED TEACHING INSTITUTIONS, SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS OR THE CIVIL SERVICE TO BE REGISTERED RATHER THAN EXEMPTED AS AT PRESENT, SO THAT THEY, TOO, WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE DISCIPLINARY CONTROL OF THE PROFESSIONAL BOARDS.

HOWEVER, THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO BE EXEMPTED FROM THE PAYMENT OF REGISTRATION FEES, THE REQUIREMENT TO DISPLAY A PRACTISING CERTIFICATE AND THE REQUIREMENT TO PRACTISE IN LICENSED PREMISES.

DEBATE ON THE HILL WAS ADJOURNED.

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A MOTION TO AMEND THE STANDING ORDERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL AT ITS MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MOVING THE MOTION, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID THE MAIN PURPOSE WAS TO PROVIDE FOR THE FORTHCOMING DISSOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL AND SUBSEQUENT DISSOLUTIONS.

CLAUSE 2 PROVIDED THAT A SESSION OF THE COUNCIL WOULD END ON A DISSOLUTION, AND CLAUSE 3 ENABLED THE COUNCIL TO CONVENE FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF URGENT BUSINESS IN THE PERIOD BETWEEN ELECTION DAY AND THE DATE SET FOR THE GOVERNOR TO GIVE HIS ANNUAL ADDRESS.

CLAUSE 1 WAS A TECHNICAL AMENDMENT WHICH MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE PERIOD BETWEEN SESSIONS EXCLUDED Till PERIOD OF A DISSOLUTION.

CLAUSE 5 PROVIDED THAT STANDING ORDERS SHOULD APPLY TO ANY SITTING HELI) FOR THE CONS IDERATRI ON OF URGENT BUSINESS FOLLOWING A DISSOLUTION.

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SIR DAVID SAID THE OPPORTUNITY WAS TAKEN TO MAKE OTHER DESIRABLE AMENDMENTS TO STANDING ORDERS.

"FOR EXAMPLE, CLAUSE 1 IS INTENDED TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE ABSENT FROM HONG KONG, BUT MERELY FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, BEFORE THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRESIDING IN HIS ABSENCE MAY APPLY.

"THIS FOLLOWS A SIMILAR CLARIFICATION WHICH WAS MADE WHEN THE ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS WERE AMENDED EARLIER THIS YEAR," HE SAID.

CLAUSES 6 AND 7(B) PROVIDED FOR THE REPLACEMENT ' OF MARGINAL NOTES IN BILLS LEFT BY MARGIN SECTION HEADINGS. THIS AMENDMENT ALSO FOLLOWED FROM RECENT CHANGES TO THE ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS.

SIR DAVID SAID CLAUSES 7(A) AND 8 WERE TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS CONCERNED WITH THE PROCEDURES FOR DEBATING AMENDMENTS TO BILLS IN COMMITTEE.

"LASTLY, CLAUSE 9 GIVES AUTHORITY TO FINANCE COMMITTEE TO APPOINT SUB-COMMITTEES AND PERMITS THE COMMITTEE TO DEAL WITH MATTERS BY CIRCULATION DURING A RECESS AND, IF NECESSARY, TO HOLD A MEETING IN A RECESS TO DECIDE MATTERS WHICH CANNOT BE DETERMINED ON CIRCULATION," HE ADDED.

LATER, IN REPLY TO SUGGESTIONS BY THE HON ANDREW WONG, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID THE DISSOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS YEAR, CONSISTENT WITH THE EXISTING LAW AND THE CONSTRAINTS OF THE ELECTION TIMETABLE, WOULD BE AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE.

"THE ADMINISTRATION WILL LOOK AT THESE ARRANGEMENTS TO SEE WHETHER FURTHER REDUCTIONS COULD BE MADE IN FUTURE YEARS,” HE ADDED.

ON MR WONG’S REMARK THAT THE GOVERNOR SHOULD EXERCISE HIS POWER AND APPOINT A NON-OFFICIAL MEMBER TO PRESIDE IN HIS ABSENCE AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE, SIR DAVID QUOTED PARAGRAPH 60 OF THE WHITE PAPER ON "THE DEVELOPMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT-THE WAY FORWARD".

IT STATED THAT "WHEN THE GOVERNOR CANNOT ATTEND THE COUNCIL A MEMBER APPOINTED BY HIM OR THE SENIOR OFFICIAL MEMBER PRESENT WILL PRESIDE IN HIS PLACE."

THE GOVERNOR HAD ALREADY USED THE POWER ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS, AND WOULD NO DOUBT CONTINUE TO DO SO, SIR DAVID SAID.

THE POWER DID, OF COURSE, ENABLE THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT A MEMBER OTHER THAN AN OFFICIAL MEMBER, HE ADDED.

REGARDING THE PROVISIONS IN CLAUSES 6 AND 7(B), SIR DAVID CONFIRMED THAT SECTION HEADINGS, LIKE MARGINAL NOTES, HAD NO LEGAL I l’FEI T, AS PROVIDED FOR IN SECTION 18(3) OF THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES ORDINANCE.

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SIR DAVID ALSO CONFIRMED THAT THE FINANCE COMMITTEE COULD NOT NORMALLY BE CONVENED FOLLOWING A DISSOLUTION.

"HOWEVER, UNDER THE ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS, THE GOVERNOR HAS POWER TO CONVENE A SITTING OF THE COUNCIL FOR CONSIDERATION OF URGENT BUSINESS AFTER A DISSOLUTION," HE CONTINUED.

"IN SUCH AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, IT IS POSSIBLE TO ENVISAGE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE MIGHT INDEED BE RECALLED."

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THE GOVERNOR SHOULD EXERCISE HIS POWER ' TO APPOINT A NON-GOVERNMENT MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO PRESIDE OVER COUNCIL SITTINGS IN HIS PLACE, THE HON ANDREW WONG SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR WONG WAS SPEAKING IN THE COUNCIL IN SUPPORT OF A MOTION, MOVED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, TO AMEND THE COUNCIL STANDING ORDERS.

MR WONG RECALLED THAT HE HAD SAID ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS THAT THE GOVERNOR NEED NOT BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE HAD ALSO SAID THAT BEFORE HONG KONG’S CONSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS HAD EVOLVED TO THAT STAGE, THE GOVERNOR OUGHT TO CONSISTENTLY APPOINT A NON-GOVERNMENT MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL TO PRESIDE IN HIS PLACE.

BUT, BECAUSE OF THE WORDING OF THE STANDING ORDERS AND THE ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS, DOUBTS COULD BE CAST AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAD THE NECESSARY POWERS.

MR WONG NOTED THAT THE ROYAL INSTRUCTION HAD BEEN AMENDED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO REMOVE THE DOUBTS.

CLAUSE 1 OF THE PRESENT MOTION PROPOSED A SIMILAR REDRAFTING TO THE STANDING ORDERS.

HE WELCOMED THE AMENDMENT AND URGED THE PRESIDENT TO EXERCISE HIS UNEQUIVOCAL POWERS TO APPOINT A NON-GOVERNMENT MEMBER TO PESIDE IN HIS PLACE.

TURNING TO THE DISSOLUTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR WONG NOTED THAT THE PROVISION HAD BEEN AMENDED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO ALLOW FOR AN INCREASED FLEXIBILITY OF A SHORTER DISSOLUTION WITHOUT UPSETTING THE TRADITION OF A RECESS DURING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER.

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THE PRESENT AMENDMENT SOUGHT TO ALLOW FOR A FURTHER INCREASE IN THE FLEXIBILITY OF A SHORTER DISSOLUTION BY MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR A SITTING TO BE HELD FOR URGENT BUSINESS BETWEEN ELECTION DAY AND THE DAY OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE NEW COUNCIL.

MR WONG SAID MEMBERS BELIEVED THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT THE DISSOLUTION PERIOD OUGHT TO BE AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE.

"I DO URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO FURTHER STUDY THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER REDUCING THE DISSOLUTION PERIOD TO, SAY, THREE WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION DAY AND, SAY, UP TO TWO WEEKS BEFORE COMMENCEMENT, AS IS THE CASE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM,” HE SAID.

ON CLAUSE 6 WHICH PROPOSED TO REPLACE MARGINAL NOTES BY SECTION HEADINGS IN HONG KONG’S LAWS, MR WONG SOUGHT THE GOVERNMENT’S CONFIRMATION THAT SECTION HEADINGS, LIKE MARGINAL NOTES, HAD NO LEGAL EFFECT.

HE ALSO WELCOMED THE CLARIFICATION PROPOSED IN ' CLAUSE 9 THAT THE FINANCE COMMITTEE COULD SIT DURING A RECESS.

HE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO CONFIRM THAT THIS DID NOT INCLUDE THE DISSOLUTION PERIOD EXCEPT WHEN THE COUNCIL WAS RECALLED.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES IN EXPENDITURE * ♦ * ♦ *

A SUMMARY OF ALL CHANGES MADE TO THE APPROVED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE FOR THE FINAL QUARTER OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1987-88 WAS TABLED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS. IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY). %

HE ADDED THAT ITEMS IN THE SUMMARY HAD BEEN APPROVED EITHER BY FINANCE COMMITTEE OR UNDER DELEGATED AUTHORITY. THE LATTER HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 8I8HA) OF THE PUBLIC FINANCE ORDINANCE.

MR JACOBS SAID SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF 11,826.5 MILLION WAS APPROVED.

IT WAS FULLY OFFSET EITHER BY SAVINGS UNDER THE SAME OR OTHER HEADS OF EXPENDITURE OR BY DELETION OF FUNDS UNDER THE ADDITIONAL COMMITMENTS SUBHEADS. auuiiiunal

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THIS INCLUDED SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISION OF $1,193.6 MILLION FOR THE 1987 PAY ADJUSTMENT AND PAY IMPROVEMENT PACKAGE FOR MODEL SCALE 1 STAFF IN RESPECT OF THE CIVIL SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT SUBVENTED ORGANISATIONS.

APPROVED NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENTS WERE INCREASED BY $82.8 MILLION DURING THE PERIOD, AND NEW NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENTS OF $773.2 MILLION WERE ALSO APPROVED.

IN THE SAME PERIOD, A NET INCREASE OF 848 POSTS WAS APPROVED, MR JACOBS SAID.

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THE COMPLEX COMMERCIAL CRIMES BILL 1988 WAS AMONG SEVEN BILLS PASSED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE OTHER BILLS PASSED WERE THE BANKRUPTCY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, COMPANIES (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1988, DANGEROUS GOODS (CONSIGNMENT BY AIR) (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1988, EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, AND A PRIVATE BILL, THE RAINIER INTERNATIONAL BANK (TRANSFER OF HONG KONG UNDERTAKING) BILL 1988.

THREE BILLS WERE' INTRODUCED FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

THEY WERE THE SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1987-1988) BILL 1988, SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) (NO.3) BILL 1988, AND THE SUPPLEMENTARY MEDICAL PROFESSIONS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988.

DEBATES ON THESE BILLS WERE ADJOURNED.

THE COUNCIL ALSO APPROVED A MOTION, MOVED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, THAT CERTAIN AMENDMENTS BF. MADE TO ITS STANDING ORDERS.

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PLANS TO IMPROVE TRANSPORT LINKS WITH CHINA

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EXPANSION PLANS ARE BEING ACTIVELY PURSUED TO IMPROVE THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE TO COPE WITH HONG KONG’S INCREASING ECONOMIC LINKS WITH CHINA, ESPECIALLY GUANGDONG PROVINCE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN ON WHETHER THERE ARE PLANS TO EXTEND HONG KONG’S RAIL LINKS AND OTHER FORMS OF TRANSPORT LINKS WITH SOUTHERN CHINA, MR LEUNG SAID THAT IN THE PAST FEW YEARS MUCH HAD BEEN DONE TO IMPROVE TRANSPORT LINKS WITH CHINA AND THAT INTERIM MEASURES HAD BEEN ADOPTED , TO PROVIDE SHORT-TERM RELIEF.

"AS A RESULT OF THESE IMPROVEMENTS, OUR TRANSPORT LINKS ARE, BROADLY SPEAKING, ADEQUATE IN MEETING THE PRESENT DEMAND. LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT PLANS ARE ALSO BEING EXAMINED UNDER THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY AND THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY STUDY," HE SAID.

ON RAIL LINKS, MR LEUNG SAID THAT RAIL FREIGHT WAS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO GROW AND DOUBLE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

"THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION HAS EMPLOYED CONSULTANTS TO LOOK INTO THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL FREIGHT FACILITIES AT THE HUNG HOM BAY RECLAMATION.

"TO MATCH THE EXPANSION PLAN FOR HUNG HOM, A NEW MARSHALLING YARD AT LO WU IS BEING PLANNED. THESE PROJECTS ARE UNDER JOINT CONSIDERATION BY GOVERNMENT AND KCRC," HE SAID.

FOR PASSENGERS, MR LEUNG SAID THAT THE NEW LO WU STATION OPENED SINCE JANUARY LAST YEAR OFFERED MUCH IMPROVED FACILITIES.

"TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING CROSS BORDER PASSENGER MOVEMENTS, A FIFTH THROUGH TRAIN IN ADDITION TO THE FOUR REGULAR ONES HAS BEEN INTRODUCED. OTHER MEASURES INCLUDE THE INTRODUCTION OF EXPRESS TRAINS TO LO WU AND FURTHER EXPANSION OF FACILITIES AT LO WU TERMINAL," HE SAID.

TURNING TO ROAD LINKS, MR LEUNG SAID THAT AS AN INTERIM MEASURE, MAN KAM TO ROAD WAS BEING WIDENED TO PROVIDE ONE SOUTHBOUND LANE AND TWO NORTHBOUND LANES TO ALLOW TRAFFIC QUEUING TO BE CONFINED TO ONE LANE, LEAVING THE REMAINING LANE FOR OTHER TRAFFIC. THE WIDENING WORK WOULD BE COMPLETED AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

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"IN ADDITION, A TEMPORARY VEHICLE HOLDING AREA FOR 500 VEHICLES HAS BEEN COMPLETED IN SHEUNG SHUI . ANOTHER HOLDING AREA FOR 100 VEHICLES WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE TO HONG KONG BOUND VEHICLES,” HE ADDED.

THE SECRETARY ADDED THAT THE THIRD CROSSING POINT AT LOK MA CHAU WAS BEING CONSTRUCTED JOINTLY WITH CHINA.

"STAGE ONE COMPRISING A DUAL TWO-LANE BRIDGE, A BORDER CONTROL COMPLEX AND TWO VEHICLE HOLDING AREAS IS DUE FOR COMPLETION IN APRIL NEXT YEAR. STAGE TWO INVOLVING A SECOND BRIDGE WILL BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1990. THE TOTAL PLANNED CAPACITY IS 40,000 VEHICLES A DAY.

"THERE ARE ALSO PLANS TO UPGRADE SHA TAU KOK ROAD. CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT YEAR. BASED ON PRESENT PROJECTIONS, THESE IMPROVEMENTS AND NEW WORKS WILL BE ADEQUATE TO MEET DEMAND UNTIL THE END OF THE CENTURY," MR LEUNG SAID.

REGARDING SEA LINKS, MR LEUNG SAID THAT ADDITIONAL CARGO HANDLING AREAS WOULD BE PROVIDED IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS AT AP LEI CHAU, RAMBLER CHANNEL, CHAI WAN AND QUARRY BAY. BY 1992, AN 'ADDITIONAL 1,300 METRES OF SEA FRONTAGE WOULD BE AVAILABLE.

ON CROSS-BORDER FERRY TRAFFIC, HE SAID THAT A NEW CHINA FERRY TERMINAL AT TSIM SHA TSUI WOULD COME INTO OPERATION IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR, REPLACING THE EXISTING TERMINALS AT TAI KOK TSUI AND CENTRAL.

"THE NEW TERMINAL CAN HANDLE 4,400 PASSENGERS PER HOUR, WITH A MAXIMUM DESIGNED CAPACITY FOR OVER 19 MILLION PASSENGERS PER YEAR, AN EIGHT-FOLD INCREASE OVER THE CURRENT PATRONAGE," HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT PROMOTES ADULT EDUCATION DIRECTLY THROUGH COURSES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND INDIRECTLY BY SUBVENTING COURSES PROVIDED BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON DOMINIC WONG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON PAULINE NG, MR WONG SAID THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ORGANISED BOTH FORMAL AND NON-FORMAL COURSES FOR ADULTS IN THE EVENING.

FORMAL COURSES COVERED THOSE IN BASIC GENERAL EDUCATION AT THE PRIMARY LEVEL, AND SECONDARY SCHOOL COURSES LEADING TO THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

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IT ALSO INCLUDED COURSES IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEADING TO THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION OR TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON ORDINARY LEVEL EXAMINATION; A DIPLOMA COURSE IN HIGHER CHINESE STUDIES; AND REFRESHER TRAINING COURSES IN CULTURAL SUBJECTS FOR SERVING TEACHERS.

AS FOR THE NON-FORMAL COURSES, MR WONG SAID THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ORGANISED NUMEROUS COURSES IN THE EVENING.

"THEY INCLUDE PRACTICAL COURSES IN BASIC HOUSEHOLD SKILLS AND OTHER COURSES OF A CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL NATURE," HE EXPLAINED.

"THE GENERAL AIM IS TO ASSIST INTERESTED ADULTS IN DEVELOPING TALENTS AND SKILLS, AND IN MAKING SENSIBLE USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME."

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT PRESENT ENROLMENT IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADULT EDUCATION COURSES, NOW BEING RUN AT 54 LOCATIONS ALL OVER THE TERRITORY, STOOD AT AROUND 40,000 PEOPLE PER YEAR.

TURNING TO THE SUBVENTED SECTOR, HE SAID THAT SINCE 1980 A SUBVENTION SCHEME HAD BEEN IN OPERATION TO ASSIST VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO RUN ADULT EDUCATION COURSES.

"TODAY 59 AGENCIES ARE RECEIVING SUBVENTIONS FOR 177 COURSES INVOLVING SOME 13,000 PARTICIPANTS. THESE COURSES GENERALLY SUPPLEMENT OR COMPLEMENT THOSE RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT," MR WONG SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF EFFECTIVENESS, HE SAID IT WAS DIFFICULT TO BE SCIENTIFIC BECAUSE THERE WAS DEMAND AND THE ENROLMENT RATES WERE HIGH.

"ONCE ENROLLED IN A COURSE, MOST ADULT STUDENTS ATTEND REGULARLY AND ONLY A SMALL NUMBER DROP OUT COMPLETELY," MR WONG SAID.

"IN ANY CASE COURSES ARE INTRODUCED UPON INDICATION OF DEMAND."

THE FEEDBACK FROM PARTICIPANTS AND POST-COURSE EVALUATION BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES CONCERNED WOULD ENABLE DECISIONS TO BE TAKEN AS TO WHETHER A PARTICULAR COURSE SHOULD BE CONTINUED OR WHETHER CHANGES AND IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED TO BE MADE, MR WONG ADDED.

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CONSULTATION PERIOD FOR EDUCATION REPORT EXTENDED

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THE CONSULTATION PERIOD FOR THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO. 3 WILL BE EXTENDED BY TWO MONTHS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, THE HON DOMINIC WONG, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON SZETO WAH, MR WONG SAID THE EXTENSION MEANT THAT THE CONSULTATION PERIOD WOULD NOW END ON OCTOBER 15.

"THE EXTENSION WILL, I BELIEVE, GIVE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND VARIOUS INTERESTED GROUPS ADEQUATE TIME TO PRESENT THEIR VIEWS ON THE TWO SUBJECTS LISTED FOR CONSULTATION," HE SAID.

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF HIE REPORT ON JUNE 16, THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH HAD BEEN MONITORING PUBLIC OPINION.

"WE HAVE ALSO BEEN INVOLVED EXTENSIVELY IN BRIEFING AND DISCUSSING WITH VARIOUS INTERESTED GROUPS," HE EXPLAINED.

"MANY PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY EXPRESSED THEIR OPINION IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER."

HE \DDED THAT SEVERAL GROUPS HAD ALSO INDICATED TO THE GOVERNMENT THAT THEY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO RESPOND WITHIN THE TWO-MONTH CONSULTATION PERIOD BECAUSE OF REAL LOGISTICAL DIFFICULTIES.

AFTER HAVING CONSIDERED ALL THESE REQUESTS, MR WONG SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD THEREFORE DECIDED TO EXTEND THE CONSULTATION PERIOD.

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ACTION TAKEN AGAINST OFFENDING COMICS *****

WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE POLICE AND THE PUBLIC, SUFFICIENT SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTIONS HAD BEEN OBTAINED TO CONVINCE RETAILERS THAT THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT RISK IN SELLING OBSCENE OR INDECENT MATERI Al TO YOUNG PEOPLE, THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, THE HON PETER TSAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHAN YING-LUN, MR TSAO SAID THE AUTHORITIES WERE AWARE THAT COMIC BOOKS DEPICTING VIOLENCE AND SEX HAD BEEN AVAILABLE AT CERTAIN COMMERCIAL OUTLETS FOR SOME TIME.

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"IN A RECENT SURVEY OF 32 NEWSPAPER VENDORS AND STREET STALLS, THREE WERE FOUND TO BE SELLING ARTICLES CLASSIFIED AS CLASS II, THAT IS, INDECENT, OR CLASS III, THAT IS, OBSCENE, IN CONTRAVENTION OF THE ORDINANCE," HE SAID.

MR TSAO POINTED OUT THAT THOSE WHO PEDDLED OBSCENF MATERIALS TO YOUNG PEOPLE WERE CRIMINALS AND, LIKE CRIMINALS, THEY !’OOK STEPS TO CONCEAL THEIR ACTIVITIES.

TO COUNTER SUCH ACTIVITIES, HE SAID THAT OFFICE’S OF THE POLICE, THE CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING WERE DELEGATED AUTHORITY TO REFER MATERIALS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE OBSCENE ARTICLES TRIBUNAL.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING ALSO RESPONDED TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT SUCH COMICS FROM THE PUBLIC AND DISTRICT BOARDS.

HE NOTED THAT THE OBSCENE ARTICLES TRIBUNAL HAD CONSIDERED 197 COMIC BOOKS SINCE THE CONTROL OF OBSCENE AND INDECENT ARTICLES ORDINANCE CAME INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1987.

"SIX WERE CLASSIFIED CLASS I, THAT IS SUITABLE FOR GENERAL CONSUMPTION, AND 123 AS INDECENT AND 68 AS OBSCENE. •

"THERE HAVE BEEN NINE SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTIONS INVOLVING 131 COMIC BOOKS.

"FINES IMPOSED BY THE COURTS HAVE RANGED FROM $500 TO $12,000, WITH MOST OFFENDERS HAVING BEEN FINED ABOUT $1,000," HE SAID.

MOREOVER, MR TSAO SAID THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING HAD STAFF MEMBERS EMPLOYED FULL-TIME IN PATROLLING OUTLETS WHICH SOLD COMICS.

"IN ADDITION, THE POLICE, SUBJECT TO LOCAL RESOURCES AND PRIORITIES, TAKE ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST OUTLETS SUSPECTED OF SELLING OBSCENE MATERIAL," HE NOTED.

"MOST CASES NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION ARE INITIATED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING’S STAFF; HOWEVER, COMPLAINTS AND REFERRALS FROM DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE PUBLIC ARE A VALUABLE ADDITION TO THE SOURCE OF INFORMATION THAT WE’VE OBTAINED."

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HILLSIDE ESCALATOR DRAFT DESIGN BEING VETTED » * ♦ *

THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW CONSIDERING THE PRELIMINARY DESIGN OF THE PROJECT TO CONNECT CENTRAL AND MID-LEVELS WITH A SERIES OF HILLSIDE ESCALATORS.

IT HOPED TO FINALISE THE DRAFT DESIGN SOON AND THEREAFTER CALL FOR A DETAILED DESIGN.

THIS WAS SAID BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN’ REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MARIA TAM.

HE SAID THE CAPITAL COST OF THE PROJECT WAS NOW ESTIMATED AT $105 MILLION AND RECURRENT YEARLY EXPENDITURE AT $1 MILLION.

MR LEUNG SAID THAT BECAUSE OF RISING COSTS A REVIEW OF THE COST EFFECTIVENESS OF THE PROJECT AND AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY WERE NECESSARY.

’’ONCE THESE STUDIES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, GOVERNMENT WILL BE IN A BETTER POSITION TO DECIDE ON THE TIMING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT.”

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THE POWER COMPANIES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY CONSCIOUS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE A RELIABLE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO THEIR CONSUMERS, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

’’ALL REASONABLE MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO MINIMISE POWER FAILURES, SUCH AS THE USE OF RELIABLE EQUIPMENT AND BACK-UP FACILITIES, A REGULAR MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME AND TIMELY REPLACEMENT OF AGING AND OVERLOADED EQUIPMENT,” MR JACOBS SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON POON CHI-FAI.

IN ADDITION, CONSUMERS WERE ADVISED TO RECTIFY ANY FAULTS FOUND IN THEIR OWN INSTALLATIONS.

"THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ALL THESE MEASURES HAS ENABLED THE COMPANIES TO MAINTAIN A VERY GOOD RECORD IN TERMS OF SUPPLY RELIABILITY.

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"ALTHOUGH MINOR LOCALISED BLACKOUTS INEVITABLY OCCUR FROM TIME TO TIME, LARGE-SCALE POWER FAILURES HAVE, FORTUNATELY, BEEN AN EXTREMELY RARE OCCURRENCE IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

ON CONTINGENCY PLANNING FOR LARGE-SCALE BLACKOUTS, MR JACOBS SAID THE POWER COMPANIES HAD ESTABLISHED PROCEDURES DESIGNED TO RESTORE POWER TO AFFECTED AREAS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

"PRIORITY IS, HOWEVER, GIVEN TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES INCLUDING THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AND THE AIRPORT.

"KEY GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS SUCH AS HOSPITALS . AND POLICE STATIONS HAVE THEIR OWN STANDBY GENERATORS TO ENSURE THE MAINTENANCE OF ESSENTIAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY DURING ANY POWER LOSS.

"THE POLICE AND THE FIRE SERVICES HAVE SHOWN THAT THEY CAN RESPOND EFFECTIVELY TO ANY LARGE-SCALE POWER BLACKOUTS," HE SAID.

MR JACOBS SAID COMPILATION OF STATISTICS ON POWER FAILURES WAS DONE BY THE POWER COMPANIES.

WHENEVER THERE WAS A FAILURE, INQUIRIES WERE MADE BY THE COMPANY CONCERNED IN ORDER TO ASCERTAIN THE CAUSES SO THAT MEASURES COULD BE ADOPTED TO PREVENT A RECURRENCE.

THE FINDINGS OF THESE INQUIRIES WERE REPORTED TO THE GOVERNMENT.

"THERE ARE, OF COURSE, MANY POSSIBLE CAUSES OF POWER FAILURES.

"THESE INCLUDE EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWN, DAMAGE TO POWER LINES FROM SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS, THIRD PARTY INTERFERENCE AND FAULTS WITHIN CONSUMER INSTALLATIONS," HE ADDED.

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PROCEDURES ON SCHOOL STRUCTURAL SAFETY SATISFACTORY

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EXISTING PROCEDURES ARE SATISFACTORY IN ENSURING THE STRUCTURAL SAFETY OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS IF THESE ARE ADHERED TO CORRECTLY, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS, THE HON ROBIN SAUNDERS, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SCHOOL PREMISES WERE IN GENERAL MAINTAINED IN A REASONABLE STATE OF REPAIR AND STRUCTURAL FAILURES WERE VERY RARE, MR SAUNDERS SAID IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON RITA FAN.

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MRS FAN HAD REFERRED TO A RECENT INCIDENT WHEN A WALL COLLAPSED IN A SCHOOL DORMITORY, KILLING A STUDENT.

SHE ASKED WHETHER REGULAR INSPECTIONS WERE CARRIED OUT BY THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THE STRUCTURAL SAFETY OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND WHETHER THERE COULD BE IMPROVEMENTS TO PREVENT THE RECURRENCE OF SUCH ACCIDENTS.

MR SAUNDERS SAID INSPECTIONS OF SCHOOL PREMISES WERE CARRIED OUT BY RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, ALTHOUGH THESE WERE NOT SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURPOSES OF ENSURING STRUCTURAL SAFETY.

HE SAID GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS WERE, ON AVERAGE, INSPECTED ABOUT EVERY FIVE YEARS BY EITHER THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT OR THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, DEPENDING UPON WHETHER THE PREMISES WERE WITHIN A HOUSING ESTATE OR NOT.

"THESE INSPECTIONS ARE PRIMARILY TO ASCERTAIN MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENT, FOR WHICH THE TWO DEPARTMENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE^ BUT THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTORS DO ALSO CARRY OUT, AT THE SAME TIME, A SUPERFICIAL EXAMINATION OF THE BUILDINGS FOR ANY TELL-TALE SIGNS OF STRUCTURAL DISTRESS," HE SAID.

"IN THE CASE OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS, THERE IS A REQUIREMENT UNDER REGULATION 15 OF THE EDUCATION REGULATIONS, 1971, THAT, FOR SCHOOLS SITUATED IN BUILDINGS WHICH, HAVING REGARD TO THE LOADINGS FOR WHICH THEY WERE DESIGNED, ARE NOT GENERALLY SUITABLE FOR USE AS SCHOOL PREMISES, SCHOOL SUPERVISORS MUST ARRANGE FOR THEIR BUILDINGS TO BE INSPECTED PERIODICALLY BY A QUALIFIED ARCHITECT.

"THE PURPOSE OF THESE INSPECTIONS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE BUILDINGS ARE STRUCTURALLY SAFE, PARTICULARLY IN THE CASE OF OLDER BUILDINGS OR, FOR EXAMPLE, WHERE TIMBER JOISTS ARE USED IN THE FLOORING,” HE SAID.

HE SAID FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN PURPOSE-BUILT PREMISES, THERE WAS NO REQUIREMENT UNDER THESE REGULATIONS FOR SUCH INSPECTIONS, AND IT WAS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SCHOOLS THEMSELVES TO ENSURE THAT THE BUILDINGS WERE SAFE.

MR SAUNDERS SAID ALL SCHOOLS WERE REGULARLY INSPECTED BY DISTRICT EDUCATION OFFICERS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

HE HAD BEEN ADVISED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION THAT, FOLLOWING THE INCIDENT TO WHICH MRS FAN REFERRED, IT HAD BEEN ARRANGED THAT, DURING THESE INSPECTIONS, THE OPPORTUNITY WOULD BE TAKEN TO REMIND SCHOOL AUTHORITIES THAT THEY SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IF THEY NOTICED ANY SIGNS OF STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS.

IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS, THE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES WOULD REPORT TO THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION ANY STRUCTURAL DEFECTS WHICH THEY THOUGHT MIGHT POSE A RISK, HE SAID.

/THE DIRECTOR

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THE DIRECTOR WOULD THEN ARRANGE FOR THE GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE SURVEYOR TO INSPECT THE BUILDING, INVESTIGATE ANY PROBLEMS, AND ADVISE ON REMEDIAL ACTION, HE SAID.

MR SAUNDERS SAID THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE WAS ALSO EMPOWERED TO TAKE ACTION REGARDING CASES IN WHICH BUILDINGS BECAME POSITIVELY UNSAFE OR WERE SHOWING SIGNS OF STRUCTURAL DETERIORATION.

"IN THE CASE REFERRED TO BY MRS FAN, THE WALL WHICH COLLAPSED WAS AN INTERNAL NON-LOAD-BEAR I NG PARTITION AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE BUILDING WAS NOT AT RISK," HE ADDED.

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COUNCILLORS CAN GIVE SUPPORT IN INDIVIDUAL CAPACITIES

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IT IS NOT FOR THE ADMINISTRATION EITHER TO APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE OF MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, OTHER THAN OFFICIAL MEMBERS, GIVING SUPPORT TO CANDIDATES IN THE FORTHCOMING LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

THIS WAS SAID BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON MARTIN LEE.

SIR DAVID SAID JUST AS MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WERE FREE TO SUPPORT CANDIDATES IN ELECTIONS AT ALL LEVELS, EXECUTIVE COUNCI I,LORS WERE FREE TO ACT IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL CAPACITIES.

"OF COURSE, I WOULD NOT EXPECT THEM TO CLAIM - AND 1 AM SURE THEY WILL NOT CLAIM - THAT IN GIVING ANY SUCH SUPPORT THEY REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AS A WHOLE OR OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

"AND, IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, IT IS ENTIRELY UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL ELECTOR TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO TAKE SUCH SUPPORT INTO ACCOUNT."

STRESSING THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S POSITION WAS ONE OF "COMPLETE NEUTRALITY AS BETWEEN CANDIDATES", SIR DAVID SAID THE ADMINISTRATION PROVIDED THREE KINDS OF ASSISTANCE TO ALL CANDIDATES ON AN EQUAL FOOT ING:

* FIRST, UNDER REGULATION 6 OF THE POST OFFICE REGULATIONS, EACH CANDIDATE MIGHT SEND ONE LETTER TO EACH REGISTERED ELECTOR IN HIS CONSTITUENCY FREE OF POSTAGE.

A SECONDLY, THE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1988

* SECONDLY, THE ADMINISTRATION DISTRIBUTED TO THE ELECTORATE, ON BEHALF OF THE CANDIDATES, FREE OF CHARGE, LEAFLETS CONTAINING THE PLATFORMS OF EACH CANDIDATE.

« FINALLY, DISTRICT OFFICERS ARRANGED SEMINARS AND DISCUSSION FORUMS IN THEIR DISTRICTS TO PRESENT ELECTORAL COLLEGE CANDIDATES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PLATFORMS.

"THESE MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO PROMOTE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT GENERALLY AND TO HELP ACQUAINT THE ELECTORATE WITH THE* CANDIDATES,” SIR DAVID NOTED.

"THE ADMINISTRATION DOES NOT, AND DOES NOT INTEND TO, DO ANYTHING WHICH AMOUNTS TO SUPPORTING ANY ONE CANDIDATE AS AGAINST ANOTHER.”

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CHILDREN’S PENSIONS SCHEME BEING REVIEWED

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THE WIDOW’S AND CHILDREN’S PENSIONS SCHEME FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE IS BEING REVIEWED AT PRESENT WITH A VIEW TO UPDATING ITS PROVISIONS AND REMOVING EXISTING ANOMALIES, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN THE WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON TAM YIU-CHUNG, SIR DAVID SAID THE PROVISIONS OF THE SCHEME, INCLUDING ITS COMPULSORY MEMBERSHIP, RATE OF CONTRIBUTION AND THE DEFINITION OF BENEFICIARY WOULD BE CAREFULLY EXAMINED IN THE LIGHT OF STAFF VIEWS AND ACTUARIAL ADVICE.

"IT IS PREMATURE TO SAY AT THIS STAGE WHAT IMPROVEMENTS SPECIFICALLY WILL BE BROUGHT ABOUT AS A RESULT OF THE REVIEW.” HE ADDED. ’

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FUTURE USE OF FRICTION COURSE DEPENDS ON TRIAL RESULTS

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THE USE OF A FRICTION COURSE TO REDUCE TRAFFIC NOISE WOULD DEPEND ON THE RESULTS OF A SUFFICIENTLY LONG TRIAL ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, THE HON MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON POON CHI-FAI, MR LEUNG SAID THAT RESULTS OF SEVERAL NOISE SURVEYS CONDUCTED BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT SHOWED THAT THE FRICTION COURSE LAID ON A 300-METRE SECTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR HAD REDUCED THE NOISE GENERATED BY ROAD VEHICLES BY AN AVERAGE OF FIVE DECIBELS.

THIS WAS CONSIDERED SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE TO ACHIEVE THIS REDUCTION THE TRAFFIC FLOW ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WOULD HAVE TO BE REDUCED TO ABOUT 30 PER CENT OF ITS CURRENT FLOW.

HOWEVER, MR LEUNG SAID, THE MAJOR PROBLEM IN APPLYING THIS FRICTION COURSE TO ELEVATED CONCRETE ROADS WAS TO ACCOMMODATE THE EXPANSION JOINTS OF THESE STRUCTURES. ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR THE JOINTS HAD BEEN COVERED USING A BURIED JOINT SYSTEM NOT PREVIOUSLY USED IN HONG KONG. ’’THE DURABILITY OF THIS SYSTEM AND THE ADHESION OF THE FRICTION COURSE TO THE OLD CONCRETE SURFACE WILL NEED TO BE MONITORED FOR A LONGER PERIOD BEFORE ANY EXTENSION OF THE TRIAL CAN BE CONSIDERED,” HE SAID.

MR LEUNG SAID THE USE OF THIS BITUMINOUS FRICTION COURSE WAS DEVELOPED BY HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT MAINLY TO IMPROVE SKID RESISTANCE AND WAS USED ORIGINALLY ON THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD WHERE TRAFFIC WAS EXPECTED TO TRAVEL AT HIGHER SPEEDS. THE FUTURE USE OF THIS MATERIAL TO REDUCE TRAFFIC NOISE IN ADDITION TO IMPROVING SKID RESISTANCE WOULD BE MORE ACTIVELY PURSUED ONCE THE PRESENT TRIAL SECTION ON THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR HAD PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL OVER A SUFFICIENT PERIOD OF TIME.

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COVERS PROPOSED TO REDUCE FLYOVER NOISE * * * * *

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT HAS PROPOSED THAT LIGHT-WEIGHT TRANSPARENT COVERS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR FLYOVERS CARRYING A HIGH VOLUME OF TRAFFIC CLOSE TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ADOLF HSU, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, MR HSU SAID THE MEASURE WOULD BE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING THE NOISE PROBLEM, AND WAS LIKELY TO BE MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN CONCRETE COVERS.

"THE PRACTICABILITY AND FEASIBILITY OF SUCH DESIGNS ARE BEING REVIEWED BY THE ADMINISTRATION, BUT AN ACTUAL EXPERIMENT HAS NOT YET BEEN CONDUCTED," HE SAID.

HOWEVER, IT HAD BEEN AGREED THAT TWO ELEVATED SECTIONS OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL APPROACH ROADS NEAR CHOI HUNG ESTATE AND RICHLAND GARDENS IN KOWLOON SHOULD BE CONSTRUCTED WITH NOISE REDUCING ENCLOSURES.

"PLANS ARE IN HAND TO EVALUATE WHETHER THESE ENCLOSURES COULD BE MADE OF LIGHT-WEIGHT TRANSPARENT MATERIALS," MR HSU SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WAS

CONSIDERING THIS MATTER TOGETHER WITH THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT.

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RAILWAY WAGONS ARE SENT BACK THE SAME DAY FOR CLEANSING IN CHINA AFTER UNLOADING OF LIVE PIGS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ADOLF HSU, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON CHAN YING-LUN, MR HSU SAID THE WAGONS USED TO IMPORT LIVESTOCK FROM CHINA ON THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY WERE NOT CLEANSED IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT IT WAS THE INTENTION THAT THE UNLOADING OF LIVE PIGS NOW TAKING PLACE AT HO MAN TIN WOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO THE NEW SHEUNG SHUI ABATTOIR BY 1990.

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THIS WOULD REMOVE THE NEED FOR PIGS TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE URBAN AREA.

MR HSU ALSO POINTED OUT THAT ABATTOIRS, MARKETS AND LAIRAGES WERE EXEMPTED FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THE WASTE DISPOSAL (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE WHICH CONTROLLED THE DISPOSAL OF LIVESTOCK WASTE.

’’HOWEVER, ADEQUATE ANTI-POLLUTION MEASURES ARE TAKEN BY THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AT THESE FACILITIES.

’’LIVESTOCK WASTE IS COLLECTED ON A DAILY BASIS AND DISPOSED OF AT LANDFILLS AND INCINERATORS," HE SAID.

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THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) PASSPORTS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON GEOFFREY BARNES, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IN A WRITTEN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY DR THE HON CONRAD LAM, MR BARNES EXPLAINED THAT THE BN(O) PASSPORT HAD A 10-YEAR VALIDITY AND IT COULD BE REPLACED BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER JULY 1, 1997.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORY CITIZEN PASSPORT HAD A PROGRESSIVELY SHORTER VALIDITY AS 1997 APPROACHED, AND WAS NOT REPLACEABLE AFTER JULY 1, 1997.

MR BARNES SAID: "THE UNITED KINGDOM MEMORANDUM ASSOCIATED WITH THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG PROVIDES THAT HONG KONG BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZENS (BDTC’S) WILL CEASE TO BE SUCH CITIZENS WITH EFFECT FROM JULY 1, 1997, BUT WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RETAIN AN APPROPRIATE STATUS WHICH WILL ENTITLE THEM TO USE BRITISH PASSPORTS.

"THE SCHEDULE TO THE HONG KONG ACT 1985 PROVIDES THE LEGAL BASIS TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE PROVISION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM MEMORANDUM. ’’

UNDER THE ACT, THE HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER WAS MADE WHEREBY THE BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS), OR BN(O), STATUS HAD BEEN CREATED, HE ADDED.

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MR BARNES NOTED THAT A HONG KONG BDTC WAS ENTITLED UNDER THE HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER 1986, TO REGISTER AS A BN(O) AND TO HOLD A BN(O) PASSPORT.

THEREFORE, THE APPLICATION FOR A BN(O) PASSPORT EMBODIED THE APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION AS SUCH A NATIONAL, HE SAID.

THE STATUS OF A HONG KONG BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZEN WOULD CEASE ON JULY 1, 1997. w

"UNTIL THAT DATE THERE IS A CHOICE FOR HONG KONG BRITISH DEPENDENT TERRITORIES CITIZENS TO ELECT TO ACQUIRE THE BN(O) STATUS AND THE PASSPORT THAT GOES WITH IT," HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS ESTABLISHED GOVERNMENT POLICY NEITHER TO ENCOURAGE NOR DISCOURAGE INDIVIDUALS TO ACQUIRE A NATIONALITY OR CITIZENSHIP THROUGH REGISTRATION OR NATURALISATION.

"THE CHOICE MUST RE LEFT TO THE INDIVIDUALS THEMSELVES, AND IT IS CONSIDERED INAPPROPRIATE FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EXERT ANY INFLUENCE TN THIS RESPECT," HE SAID.

"NEVERTHELESS, IT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH SUFFICIENT INFORMATION ON THE BN(O) STATUS AND ADEQUATE GUIDANCE ON HOW TO APPLY FOR A BN(O) PASSPORT.

"AS EARLY AS OCTOBER 1985 WHEN THE WHITE PAPER ON THE DRAFT HONG KONG (BRITISH NATIONALITY) ORDER 1986 WAS PUBLISHED, THE GOVERNMENT INITIATED EFFORTS TO EXPLAIN THE BN(O) STATUS AND TO INVITE THE PUBLIC TO MAKE KNOWN THEIR VIEWS.

"PRIOR 1'0 THE INTRODUCTION OF THE BN(O) PASSPORT, EFFORTS WERE ALSO MADE TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC WITH MORE INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE THROUGH THE . .:;s MEDIA, DISCUSSIONS AT DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS, DISPLAYS OF FOSTERS, DISTRIBUTION OF EXPLANATORY LEAFLETS AND OPERATION OF A RECORDED TELEPHONE MESSAGE SYSTEM.-"

MR BARNES ADDED THAT SINCE NOVEMBER 17, 1987, A HOTLINE HAD BEEN OPERATING IN THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TO SERVE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISHED TO ENQUIRE ABOUT THE BN(O) PASSPORT.

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FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES FUNDS FOR DCA *****

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE NOTED THE TERMS OF THE 1988 DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT (DCA) WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT AND APPROVED PROVISION OF $1,407 MILLION FOR PAYMENT OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S CASH CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE COSTS OF THE GARRISON IN 1988-89.

AT TODAY’S MEETING, THE COMMITTEE ALSO APPROVED THE PAYMENT OF $266 MILLION TO COVER VALUE ADDED TAX (VAT) AND SALARIES TAX ON ALLOWANCES INCURRED UNDER THE 1981 DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT, w

MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF A FIRM TIME-TABLE FOR THE WITHDRAWAL OF GARRISON UNITS BEFORE 1997, IT WAS NOT PRACTICABLE TO PROVIDE A DETAILED ESTIMATE OF THE EXPECTED SAVINGS FROM THIS SOURCE.

HOWEVER, FROM THE BROAD OUTLINE, IT WAS ANTICIPATED THAT THE REDUCTION IN FORCE LEVELS PRIOR TO 1997 WOULD RESULT IN SAVINGS TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OF APPROXIMATELY $5,800 MILLION OVER THE LIFE OF THE NEW AGREEMENT WHICH WOULD RUN FROM APRIL 1, 1988 TO

JUNE 30, 1997.

THIS COMPARED WITH AN ESTIMATED COST OF $2,000 MILLION OVER THE PERIOD Ob THE NEW AGREEMENT FOR THE EXPANSION OF LOCAL SERVICES TO TAKE OVER THE ANTI-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ROLE AT PRESENT PERFORMED BY THE GARRISON.

IF THE FINANCIAL EFFECTS OF WITHDRAWAL, WHICH WERE NOT A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF THE IMPROVED TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE NEW DCA, WERE EXCLUDED FROM THE CALCULATIONS, IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE HONG KONG SHARE OF THE COSTS OF THE GARRISON WOULD HAVE BEEN $11,200 MILLION HAD THE TERMS OF THE OLD AGREEMENT REMAINED IN FORCE.

UNDER THE NEW DCA, THE REDUCTION IN HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S CONTRIBUTION ARISES FROM TWO SOURCES.

THE FIRST IS THE EFFECT OF THE REDUCTION IN THE APPORTIONMENT OF COSTS FROM 75:25 TO 65:35 WHICH CUT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S SHARE OF GARRISON COSTS BY A TOTAL OF $1,400 MILLION OVER THE LIFE OF THE NEW AGREEMENT.

THE OTHER REDUCTION ARISES FROM ECONOMY MEASURES CONCERNING THE PROCUREMENT OF STORES AND SUPPLIES, AND THE MAINTENANCE AND CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMMES FOR THE GARRISON.

DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (MOD) TEAMS SOUGHT TO IDENTIFY AND AGREE ON AREAS WHERE COST SAVINGS AND RATIONALIZATION MIGHT BE MADE.

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LARGELY AS A RESULT OE THE PROPOSED NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR STORES, SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT, AND THE ANTICIPATED REDUCTION IN THE SCOPE OF THE WORKS SERVICES PROGRAMME, SAVINGS OF $800 MILLION OVER THE LIFE OF THE NEW AGREEMENT WERE IDENTIFIED.

HOWEVER, THERE WERE ADJUSTMENTS WHICH RESULTED IN A COST TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OF SOME $500 MILLION OVER THE LI IE OF THE NEW AGREEMENT.

ONE OF THESE STEMMED FROM THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT'S AGREEMENT TO MAKE A RECONCILIATION PAYMENT IN RESPECT OF UNITED KINGDOM VAT AND HONG KONG SALARIES TAX DUE ON THE ALLOWANCES PAID BY THE MOD TO MILITARY PERSONNEL SERVING IN HONG KONG UNDER THE 1981 AGREEMENT.

FOR THIS, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TODAY APPROVED THE CREATION UNDER HEAD 34 OF A NEW CAPITAL ACCOUNT SUBHEAD '1981 DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT: RECONCILIATION OF VAT AND SALARIES TAX ON ALLOWANCES’ WITH A COMMITMENT AND PROVISION OF $266 MILLION TO PROVIDE FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF THE DISPUTE UNDER THE 1981 DCA.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED THAT THE STATUS OF VAT PAYMENTS MADE BY MOD WAS NOT CLEARLY ESTABLISHED UNDER THE 1981 DCA, AND HAS AGREED TO SETTLE THE ISSUE ON THE UNDERSTANDING * THAT VAT WOULD NOT BE A LEGITIMATE CHARGE TO THE COSTS OF THE GARRISON UNDER THE 1988 DCA.

FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS WERE NECESSARY AS A RESULT OF THE AGREEMENT BY BOTH GOVERNMENTS TO MEET 100 PER CENT OF THE COST OF CERTAIN ITEMS WHICH FALL OUTSIDE THE COSTS TO BE APPORTIONED.

WHEN THESE ADDITIONAL COSTS ARE ADDED BACK, THE TOTAL NET SAVING TO HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OF THE NEW DCA IS $1,700 MILLION.

THE TOTAL COST OF THE NEW DCA IS ESTIMATED AT $9,500 MILLION FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 1, 1988 TO JUNE 30, 1997.

EXCLUDING THE PROVISION ALREADY APPROVED UNDER HEAD 34 FOR WORKS SERVICES, THE TOTAL ESTIMATED HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE COSTS OF THE GARRISON IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR IS $1,673 MILLION.

THIS TOTAL COMPRISES $1,407 MILLION TO COVER THE 65 PER CENT HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S CASH CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS DCA COSTS AND $266 MILLION TO COVER THE ONE-OFF SETTLEMENT IN RESPECT OF VAT AND HONG KONG SALARIES TAX ON ALLOWANCES ARISING OUT OF THE 1981 DCA.

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SOUTHERN DB TO DISCUSS NEW BOAT PEOPLE POLICY

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE NEWLY INTRODUCED SCREENING POLICY FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AT A BOARD MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE BOARD WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE PROPOSED RE-INTRODUCTION OF SUMMER TIME IN HONG KONG. A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION BRANCH, MRS S. BOURNE, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE SUBJECT AND ANSWER RELATED QUESTIONS.

MEANWHILE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MISS ANISSA S.Y. WONG, WILL BE PRESENT TO BRIEF THE BOARD ON THE FIVE-YEAR URBAN CAPITAL WORKS PROGRAMME FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT AND TO REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF WORKS PLANNED IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

DURING THE MEETING, THE MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS OF A STUDY ON THE OPENING OF A HONG KONG ELECTRIC CABLE TROUGH IN DEEP WATER BAY TO THE PUBLIC FOR USE AS A WALKWAY.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’S COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, AND REPORTS OF THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD’S VARIOUS COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE BOARD’S CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, ABERDEEN CENTRE, 7-11 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN. THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM.

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE WILL STUDY AT A MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) THE HONG KONG Q MARK SCHEME, A SCHEME OPERATED TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO PRODUCE HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS.

UNDER THE SCHEME, LOCAL MANUFACTURERS WHOSE PRODUCTS ACHIEVE AN ESTABLISHED STANDARD ARE ISSUED WITH ’Q' MARK LICENCES, WHICH ILLUSTRATES THAT THEIR PRODUCTS ARE RECOGNISED AS OF HIGH QUALITY.

/TWO REPRESENTATIVES

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1988

’ TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COUNCIL WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN THE SCHEME.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS A PROPOSED VISIT TO KADOORIE FARM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, I3TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG. THE MEETING WILL START AT 10 AM. >

KWAI TSI NG DB TO MEET TOMORROW » » »

MEMBERS OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC HOUSING BLOCKS IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

OTHER ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION WILL INCLUDE THE REPORT ON YOUTH POLICY, THE OPERATION OF CHEUNG HONG HOSTEL SOCIETY OF BOYS’ CENTRE AND THE CONSULTANCY ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS OF DAYA BAY NUCLEAR POWER STATION.

A TOTAL OF EIGHT QUESTIONS WILL BE RAISED BY MEMBERS CONCERNING LOCAL HOUSING, INDUSTRIAL SAFETY, AIR POLLUTION AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AT THE MEETING ON THE "DISTRICT STRATEGY 1988-91 - PLANNING OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN KWAI TSING DISTRICT"; THE HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS ALONG THE KWAI CHUNG TRANSPORT CORRIDOR AND THE MAJOR TOPICS DISCUSSED AT THE LAST DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEETING.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS REPORT ON SPORT

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THE RECREATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS A CONSULTANCY REPORT ON SPORT IN HONG KONG.

THE REPORT, ENTITLED "THE WAY AHEAD", RECOMMENDS THAT A STATUTORY BODY BE SET UP BY THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE OBJECT OF DEVELOPING SPORT AND RECREATION THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FOR ORGANISING RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE USAGE PATTERN OF MAJOR RECREATIONAL VENUES, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL'S ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT, AND A REPORT FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANL1NG. IT WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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OUTSTANDING CYC MEMBERS BOUND FOR JAPAN, SINGAPORE ♦ ♦ t * ♦

TWENTY-THREE OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) WERE AWARDED TRIPS EITHER TO JAPAN OR TO SINGAPORE FOR THEIR EXCELLENT ACHIEVEMENTS IN COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS THIS YEAR.

FIVE OF THE CYC MEMBERS WILL LEAVE FOR TOKYO ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) AND 18 WILL LEAVE FOR SINGAPORE ON THE FOLLOWING THURSDAY (JULY 14).

THE CYC MEMBERS, COMPRISING 11 BOYS AND 12 GIRLS FROM VARIOUS PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS, WILL VISIT A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS DURING THEIR SIX-DAY VISITS TO THE TWO COUNTRIES.

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A JOINT FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND A TEA PARTY FOR THE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE LEE GARDENS HOTEL ON FRIDAY (JULY 8) AFTERNOON.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL PRESENT BANNERS TO THE DELEGATION LEADERS TO MARK THE COMING DEPARTURE OF THE TWO GOODWILL TOUR GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AT CAROLINE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, LEE GARDENS HOTEL, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, AT 3 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8).

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1986 WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SURVEY » « * » *

TRADES,

ACCORDING TO THE SUMMARY RESULTS OF THE 1986 SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 111,666 WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT ESTABLISHMENTS, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES WERE IN OPERATION DURING THE WHOLE OR PART OF 1986.

WHEN COMPARED WITH 1985, THE NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS INCREASED BY 8 PER CENT.

IN 1986, THESE ESTABLISHMENTS GENERATED $606,418 MILLION OF SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS; AND SPENT $29,392 MILLION ON COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, $56,481 MILLION ON OPERATING EXPENSES AND $497,464 MILLION ON PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE.

WHEN COMPARED WITH 1985, SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS INCREASED BY 21 PER CENT, WHILE COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES AND PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALES ROSE BY 15 PER CENT, 18 PER CENT AND 22 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE SECTOR’S VALUE ADDED, REPRESENTING ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG, INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT TO $62,707 MILLION IN 1986, FROM $50,836 MILLION IN 1985.

WHEN ANALYSED BY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, THE IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE RECORDED THE LARGEST SHARE OF SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AT $129,662 MILLION OR 71 PER CENT OF THE SECTOR TOTAL.

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RETAIL TRADE ACCOUNTED FOR 14 PER CENT, WHILE WHOLESALE TRADE TOOK UP 11 PER CENT, RESTAURANTS 4 PER CENT AND HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES 1 PER CENT.

IN 1986, THE IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE ALSO ACCOUNTED FOR THE LARGEST SHARE (58 PER CENT) OF TOTAL VALUE ADDED IN THE SECTOR. THE REST WAS CONTRIBUTED BY RETAIL TRADE (17 PER CENT), RESTAURANTS (13 PER CENT), WHOLESALE TRADE (7 PER CENT) AND HOTELS/BOARDI NG HOUSES (6 PER CENT).

WHEN COMPARED WITH 1985, THE WHOLESALE TRADE AND THE IMPORT/EXPORT TRADE RECORDED THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE IN SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS (BOTH BY +23 PER CENT), FOLLOWED BY HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES (+19 PER CENT), RETAIL TRADE (+13 PER CENT) AND RESTAURANTS (+9 PER CENT).

IN TERMS OF VALUE ADDED, THE IMPORT/EXPORT TRADEw RECORDED THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE (+28 PER CENT), FOLLOWED BY HOTELS/BOARDING HOUSES (+21 PER CENT), RETAIL TRADE (+20 PER CENT), WHOLESALE TRADE (+18 PER CENT) AND RESTAURANTS (+14 PER CENT).

THE ACCOMPANYING TABLE COMPARES SOME SELECTED PR I NC'[PAL STATISTICS BY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY FOR 1985 AND 1986.

THE 1986 SURVEY WA.S ONE IN A SERIES OF ANNUAL SURVEYS CONDUCTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASCERTAINING THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE AND SERVICE SECTOR AND UPDATING ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG.

DATA COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY INCLUDED TYPE OF OWNERSHIP, FLOOR AREA, NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED, NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES, COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES, OPERATING EXPENSES, PURCHASES OF GOODS FOR SALE, STOCKS, SALES AND OTHER RECEIPTS, AND ACQUISITION AND DISPOSAL OF FIXED ASSETS.

A DESCRIPTION OF THE BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY OF THE SURVEY, TOGETHER WITH ANALYTICAL TABLES SHOWING THE PRINCIPAL STATISTICS FOR ALL ESTABLISHMENTS CLASSIFIED BY MAJOR TRADE GROUP/ACT IVITY AND ANALYSED BY VARIOUS ECONOMIC VARIABLES, ARE INCLUDED IN THE STATISTICAL REPORT ENTITLED "1986 SURVEY OF WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS".

THIS REPORT WILL BE ON SALE THIS MONTH AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE CENTRAL; AND THE PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON THE 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

STATISTICS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT WILL BE USEFUL TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR POLICY FORMULATION, AND TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR DECISION MAKING, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND MARKET RESEARCH.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234942.

/Comparison of •••••••

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1988

Comparison of Selected Principal Statistics for all establishments in tlie Wholesale, Retail and Import/Export Trades, Restaurants and Hotels Sector between 19P5 and I9R6

Activity Number of establishments Number of persons engaged Number of employees Compensat ion of employees Operating expenses Purchases of goods for sale Changes In stocks Sales and other receipts Value added

$ Hn. $ Hn. $ Hn. $ Hn. $ Hn. $ Hn.

Wholesale trade 1985 13 446 *61 149 46 179 1 938 3 072 46 723 379 52 996 3 623

1986 14 199 62 222 45 434 2 104 3 932 57 84 3 724 65 198 & 265

Z change +6 +2 -2 +9 +28 +24 +91 +23 + 18

Retail trade 1985 48 030 168 496 109 609 4 683 8 170 57 285 1 044 73 131 8 8R0

1986 51 369 173 943 112 803 5 274 9 576 64 936 2 -095 82 910 in 640

Z change +7 +3 +3 + 13 + 17 + 13 + 101 + 13 +20

Import/export trade 1985 33 881 205 780 183 169 11 856 29 771 293 767 I 282 349 765 2R 308

1986 37 947 225 032 198 373 14 197 35 618 364 801 6 135 429 662 36 172

Z change + 12 +9 +8 +20 +20 + 24 + 379 +23 +28

Restaurants 1985 6 620 157 453 150 270 5 887 5 100 8 592 5 20 585 6 946

1986 7 113 164 116 155 243 6 410 5 286 9 264 45 22 350 7 910

Z change +7 +4 +3 +9 +4 +8 +851 +9 + 14

Hotels/boardlng houses 1985 942 24 372 23 690 1 238 t 881 514 3 5 299 3 079

1986 1 038 27 212 26 252 1 407 2 069 619 8 6 298 3 719

Z change + 10 + 12 + 11 + 14 + 10 +21 + 233 + 19 +21

Total 1985 102 919 617 250 512 917 25 601 47 994 406 881 2 712 501 776 50 836

1986 111 666 652 525 538 104 29 392 56 481 497 464 9 008 606 418 62 707

Z change +8 +6 +5 + 15 + 18 +22 +232 +21 +23

Notes : (1) Individual Items may not add up to total due to rounding.

(2) Figures denoting changes are derived from unrounded figures.

(3) Value, added Is a measure of the contribution of an economic sector to Hong Rong's Gross Domestic Product. The definition can be found in the ”1966 Survey of Wholesale, Retail and Import/Export Trades, Restaurants and Hotels” report.

(A) Figures on number of persons engaged cover persons engaged by establishments which operated for the whole or part of the reference year and therefore are not figures referring to a particular time point.

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REPORT ON 1986 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS ON SALE » t » ♦

A STATISTICAL REPORT ENTITLED "1986 SURVEY OF BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS" HAS RECENTLY BEEN PUBLISHED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND IS NOW ON SALE AT $20 PER COPY .

IT IS ONE IN A SERIES OF REPORTS PUBLISHED ANNUALLY ON THE SURVEY.

THF REPORT CONTAINS A WIDE RANGE OF STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURAL AND OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS IN THE YEAR 1986, BASED ON THE DATA COLLECTED FROM ESTABLISHMENTS IN THESE SECTORS.

BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS REFER TO THE SECTORS OF :-

* BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION

* REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, LEASING, BROKERAGE AND MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT SERVICES

ARCHITECTURAL, SURVEYING AND PROJECT ENGINEERING SERVICES

EXAMPLES OF THE STATISTICAL INFORMATION ITEMS INCLUDED IN THE REPORT ARE

» NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS, EMPLOYMENT, COMPENSATION OF EMPLOYEES

GROSS OUTPUT, SERVICE INCOME AND OTHER INCOME

* VALUE ADDED (A MEASURE OF CONTRIBUTION TO GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT)

PURCHASES OF GOODS AND MATERIALS

* OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES

t GROSS ADDITIONS TO FIXED ASSETS

APART FROM STATISTICS RELATING TO THE YEAR 1986, THE REPORT ALSO CONTAINS SOME SUMMARY STATISTICS FOR THE YEARS 1981 AND 1985 TO SHOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SECTORS IN RECENT YEARS.

/THE STATISTICS .......

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1988

THE STATISTICS CONTAINED IN THE REPORT ARE USEFUL TO BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR FOR POLICY FORMULATION, DECISION MAKING, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND MARKET RESEARCH.

PURCHASES OF THE REPORT MAY BE MADE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL OR AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, 19/F., WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ENQUIRIES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE REPORT MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT TELEPHONE NUMBER 5-8234977.

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JUNE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING THE JUNE 1988 ROUND OF THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY.

THE SURVEY COVERS ABOUT 170,000 ESTABLISHMENTS. THEY ARE RANDOMLY DRAWN FROM THOSE IN THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR (MINING AND QUARRYING; MANUFACTURING; ELECTRICITY AND GAS) AND THE SERVICES SECTOR (TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION, FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES; COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES), AND THEY COVER ALL THOSE IN THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES SECTOR (WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS).

QUESTIONNAIRES HAVE BEEN MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS SELECTED BY THE SURVEY AT THE END OF JUNE.

REMINDERS ARE NOW BEING SENT TO ESTABLISHMENTS NOT RESPONDING TO THE INITIAL MAIL ENQUIRY.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OF 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5, 1982), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID, ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD.

INFORMATION IS BEING SOUGHT ON THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON JUNE 30 FOR EACH ESTABLISHMENT.

/SOME 10,000

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SOME 10,000 ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE BEEN RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM

THESE 170,000 ESTABLISHMENTS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF APRIL - JUNE.

SHOULD RESPONDENTS FIND DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLETING THE FORMS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE ON 5-8235076.

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TENANCY SOUGHT FOR GOVERNMENT LAND *****

A PIECE OF GOVERNMENT LAND IN KOWLOON IS TO BE LET BY TENDER ON SHORT-TERM TENANCY BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

THE LAND IS AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI HANG TUNG ROAD AND TO YUEN STREET, AND COVERS ABOUT «50 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR OPEN STORAGE (EXCLUDING CONTAINERS) AND/OR COMMERCIAL GARDEN PURPOSES.

THE INITIAL TENANCY IS FOR TWO YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY THEREAFTER.

TENDERS CLOSE AT NOON ON JULY 22.

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REVISED FARES FOR EIGHT GMB ROUTES ON ISLAND ♦ » ♦ ♦ »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE FARES FOR EIGHT GREEN MINIBUS (GMB) ROUTES ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BE REVISED FROM SATURDAY (JULY 9).

THE SINGLE JOURNEY FARES FOR ROUTES 4A, 4B, 4C, 5 AND 35M WILL BE INCREASED BY 50 CENTS TO $3.50 WHILE THOSE FOR ROUTES 6, 7 AND 8 WILL GO UP BY $1 TO $4.

/FOLLOWING IS .......

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FOLLOWING IS A NEW FARE TABLE OF THESE GMB ROUTES:

ROUTE NO. ROUTE NEW FARE ($)

4A ABERDEEN (SHEK PAI WAN) TO CAUSEWAY BAY (YUN PING ROAD) 3.50

4B ABERDEEN (SHEK PAI WAN) TO WAN CHAI (CIRCULAR) 3.50

4C ABERDEEN (SHEK PAI WAN) TO CAUSEWAY BAY (YUN PING ROAD) 3.50

5 ABERDEEN (NAM NING STREET) TO CAUSEWAY BAY (PAK SHA ROAD) 3.50

6 OCEAN PARK/SHOUSON HILL TO CENTRAL (STAR FERRY) 4

7 MOUNT NICHOLSON TO CENTRAL (STAR FERRY) 4

8 BAGUIO VILLA (LOWER) TO CENTRAL (STAR FERRY) 4

35M ABERDEEN (NAM NING STREET) TO WAN CHAI (LUN FAT STREET) 3.50

CERTAIN SECTION FARES FOR ROUTES 4A, 9B, 4C AND 5 WILL ALSO BE INCREASED BY AN AVERAGE OF 50 CENTS WHILE THOSE FOR ROUTES 6, 7 AND 8 WILL GO UP BY AN AVERAGE OF $1.

MOREOVER, SECTION FARES RANGING FROM 50 CENTS TO $3 WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR ROUTE 35M.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE FARE INCREASES WERE APPROVED IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING OPERATING COSTS AND THE GMB OPERATOR’S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO PROVIDE SATISFACTORY SERVICES AND MODERNISE THE VEHICLE FLEET.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 8), NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUS TERMINUS OF THE TUEN MUN PIER HEAD TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE IN TUEN MUN AREA 44 AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THREE ROAD SECTIONS NEARBY WILL BE MADE 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAYS.

THEY ARE:

t THE APPROACH ROAD LEADING FROM ROAD 44K TO THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE.

t THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE EXIT ROAD IN THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE FROM THE EASTERN-MOST TAXI BAY TO THE WESTERN-MOST BUS BAY.

» THE EXIT ROAD LEADING FROM THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE TO ROAD 44K.

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM STOPPING WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

THE MEASURES ARE IMPLEMENTED TO COINCIDE WITH THE OPENING OF THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE IN MID-JULY.

MEANWHILE, IN YUEN LONG, VEHICLES ON KUK TING STREET WILL BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL STRAIGHT ACROSS CASTLE PEAK ROAD ONTO TAI TONG ROAD FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY.

THE MEASURE IS TO FACILITATE THE OPERATIONS OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM. AS VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO CUT ACROSS THE TRAIN TRACK ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD, MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS OF TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNALS AND DRIVE WITH CARE.

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FRESH WATER CUTS IN KWUN TONG, FANLING ♦ * ♦ * ♦

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWUN TONG AND IN FANLING WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES IN KWUN TONG INCLUDE BLOCKS 32-41 OF SAU MAU PING ESTATE. IN FANLING, ALL VILLAGES ALONG PING CHE ROAD WILL BE AFFECTED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR SEES PROGRESS AT POWER STATION AND LRT.............. 1

INCREASE IN PRIVATE SECTOR PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS ............ 2

TAC ADVISES AGAINST TOLL RISE FOR CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL ...... 5

CONNAUGHT ROAD PROJECT IN TOP GEAR........................... 7

PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN APRIL 1988 .. 9

INCENTIVE AWARD SCHEME FOR PUBLISHING CHINESE TEXTBOOKS .... 1J

RATEPAYERS GIVEN REMINDER ON PAYMENT........................ 14

LOCAL PUBLICATIONS OF VERY HIGH STANDARD.................... 16

UC'S 865.1 MILLION KOWLOON CITY COMPLEX..................... 17

CURTAIN RAISER FOR TUEN MUN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.......... 17

NEED FOR YOUTH POLICY SUPPORTED ............................ 19

COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS YOUTH POLICY REPORT ................... 19

TAI PO DB VISITS SHAM WAN FISH CULTURE ZONE................. 20

DB BRIEFED ON REVISED EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE ON CLEARANCE... 20

SPEEDPOST IN INDIA EXTENDED ................................ 21

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON MA TAU WAI ROAD................... 22

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TSING YI BRIDGE........................ 22

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI ......................... 2?

FRESH WATER CUT IN TO KWA WAN.............................   25

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GOVERNOR SEES PROGRESS AT POWER STATION AND I.RT

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WHEN THE CASTLE PEAK 'B' STATION BECOMES FULLY OPEN' hiNAL IN EARLY 1990, IT WOULD, TOGETHER WITH THE ’A’ STATION, MAKE I 'ASTLE PEAK STATION COMPLEX THE LARGEST OF ITS KIND IN SOUTHEAST I A, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

’’THE TWO STATIONS WILL PROVIDE A TOTAL CAPACITY OF 4,350 MEGAWATTS TO MEET DEMAND GROWTH OF THE EARLY 1990'S,” SIR DAVID SAID.

SPEAKING AFTER A VISIT TO THE CASTLE PEAK 'B' STATION CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, THE GOVERNOR SAID THIS STATION WOULD GENERATE CAPACITY OF MORE THAN 2,700 MEGAWATTS, WHEREAS THE ,ADJACENT 'A' STATION CURRENTLY GENERATES A CAPACITY OF 1,650 MEGAWATTS.

ON ARRIVAL AT THE SITE, THE GOVERNOR WAS MET BY THE CHAIRMAN OF CHINA LIGHT AND POWER, LORD KADOORIE; THE DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, SIR SIDNEY GORDON; THE MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR W.F. STONES; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF EXXON ENERGY LIMITED AND CASTLE PEAK POWER COMPANY, MR M.J. CLANCY.

DURING A TOUR OF THE NEWLY COMPLETED TRAINING AND INFORMATION CENTRE, SIR DAVID SAW A WIDE RANGE OF EXHIBITS COVERING THE HISTORY OF ELECTRICITY AND ITS USAGES.

HE WAS TOLD THAT THE CENTRE WAS OPEN TO VISITORS INCLUDING GROUPS FROM SCHOOLS AND OTHER INTERESTED ORGANISATIONS.

THE GOVERNOR WAS TOLD THAT COAL WAS THE MAIN FUEL FOR THE BOILERS BECAUSE IT WAS CHEAPER, ON AN EQUIVALENT HEAT BASIS, THAN OIL. THE PROGRESSIVE SWITCH TO COAL HAD ENABLED THE COMPANY TO REDUCE THE COST OF ELECTRICITY BY 4.4 CENTS SINCE 1983.

SIR DAVID TALKED TO THE OPERATIONAL STAFF IN THE MAIN CONTROL ROOM. HE WAS ALSO SHOWN A SHORT DEMONSTRATION ON THE ACTUAL OPERATION OF THE REAL TIME SIMULATORS USED FOR THE TRAINING OF OPERATIONAL STAFF.

ON HIS VISIT TO THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT OFFICE IN TUEN MUN THE GOVERNOR WAS BRIEFED ON THE EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF THE NEW $1 BILLION PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM.

SIR DAVID WAS TOLD THAT WHEN FULLY COMPLETED IN THE MID-1990'S, THE LRT WOULD BE CAPABLE OF MOVING 70,000 PEOPLE AN HOUR, SUFFICIENT TO MEET PROJECTED DEMAND WELL INTO THE NEXT CENTURY.

/THE GOVERNOR........

THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1988

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THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT THE QUESTION OF A RAIL LINK BETWEEN NORTH-WEST NEW TERRITORIES AND THE METROPOLITAN AREA WAS BEING EXAMINED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG. AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KCRC, MR GERRY FORSGATE, SIR DAVID TRAVELLED ON THE LIGHT RAIL FROM THE DEPOT TO SIU HONG VIA PUI TC ROAD.

LATER HE DESCRIBED THE SHORT TRIP AS ’’COOL AND COMFORTABLE". SIR DAVID ALSO SHOWED KEEN INTEREST IN THE CONVENIENCE OF THE LRT'S OPEN FARE SYSTEM WHERE THERE ARE NO TURNSTILES, GATES OR BARRIERS AT THE STOPS.

SIR DAVID WAS TOLD THAT FOLLOWING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARDS’ JOINT MONITORING COMMITTEE ON LRT SERVICES ON JUNE 30, THE KCRC HAD AGREED TO IMPLEMENT A TOTALLY INTEGRATED FARE SYSTEM IN WHICH BOTH MONTHLY TICKET HOLDERS AND SINGLE-TRIP PASSENGERS WOULD BE ENTITLED TO FREE TRANSFERS BETWEEN THE LRT AND FEEDER BUSES.

DETAILED IMPLEMENTATION MEASURES WERE BEING WORKED OUT AND THE CORPORATION WOULD MEET THE MONITORING GROUP AGAIN TO DISCUSS THEM.

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INCREASE IN PRIVATE SECTOR PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

FIGURES FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS IN THE URBAN AREA (HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON) DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR WERE RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON.

MR GLEESON SAID THE NUMBER OF SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS REGISTERED IN THE LAND OFFICE INCREASED BY 7.4 PER CENT AND 32.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY COMPARED WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1987.

HE ADDED THAT THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE FLATS WERE IN UNCOMPLETED BUILDINGS.

IN ALL, 32,552 SUCH AGREEMENTS WERE REGISTERED DURING ’HIE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE CONSIDERATION IN THESE AGREEMENTS WAS $34.22 BILLION. THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 28 PER CENT OVER THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 ($26,731 BILLION) AND OF 23.6 PER CENT OVER THE SECOND HALF OF 1987 ($27,696 BILLION).

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DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR, 40,645 ASSIGNMENTS OF UNITS IN COMPLETED BUILDINGS, THE MAJORITY RESIDENTIAL, WERE REGISTERED COMPARED WITH 46,828 AND 47,608 RESPECTIVELY DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1987, SHOWING DECREASES OF 13.2 PER CENT AND 14 6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF CONSIDERATION IN ASSIGNMENTS OF FLA'S INCREASED BY 7.5 PER CENT FROM $28,999 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 BUT DECREASED BY 5■»3 PER CENT FROM $32,919 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1987 TO $31,186 BILLION.

A TOTAL OF 2,393 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS WERE COMPLETED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT ON BEHALF OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY UNDER THE GOVERNMENT HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME, COMPARED WITH 3,125 AND 4,682 IN THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1987 RESPECTIVELY.

THERE WERE 337 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS. THIS WAS A DECLINE OF 18.8 PER CENT AND 39.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY ON TIIF FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1987.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE CONSIDERATION IN THESE ASSIGNMENTS INCREASED BY 37 PER CENT FROM $6,843 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987, BUT DECREASED BY 15.3 PER CENT FROM $11,072 BILLION IN TIIF SECOND HALF OF 1987 TO $9,375 BILLION.

TWENTY-NINE BUILDING MORTGAGES AND 44,242 OTHER MORTGAGES WERE REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1988, COMPARED WITH 21 AND 51 513 RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 AND 30 AND 48,759 RESPECTIVELY IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1987.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED UNDER BUILDING MORTGAGES REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 DROPPED BY 19.8 PER CENT FROM $0,353 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 AND BY 31.3 PER CENT FROM $0 412 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1987 TO $0,283 BILLION.

THE AMOUNT SECURED UNDER MORTGAGES OTHER THAN BUILDING MORTGAGES, HOWEVER, ROSE BY 46.5 PER CENT FROM $23,424 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 AND BY 40 PER CENT FROM $24,504 BILLION IN TIIF SECOND HALF OF 1987 TO $34,311 BILLION.

REPAYMENTS UNDER MORTGAGES OF ALL KINDS, AS EVIDENCED BY DISCHARGES AND MORTGAGEE'S RECEIPTS, WERE UP BY 5.1 PER CENT FROM $11,737 BILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 BUT DOWN BY 2.9 PER CENT FROM $12,699 BILLION IN THE SECOND HALF OF 1987 TO $12,333 BILLION.

SEARCHES IN THE LAND OFFICE DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC REACHED A RECORD OF 796,323, UP BY 11.9 PER CENT AND 5.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY COMPARED WITH THE FIRST AND SECOND HALVES OF 1987.

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TOURSDAY, JULY 7, ^988

OF THE EIGHT NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT LAND REGISTRIES, SIX HAVE BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. IT IS INTENDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WILL TAKE OVER THE REMAINING TWO REGISTRIES -- TAI PO AND NORTH -- LATER THIS YEAR.

DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1988, THE SIX NEW TERR’TORTES DISTRICT LANI) REGISTRIES OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT REGISTERED A TOTAL OF 97,147 INSTRUMENTS.

THESE INCLUDED 19,421 SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENTS OF FLATS, 23,348 ASSIGNMENTS OF FLATS, 1,775 ASSIGNMENTS OF LOTS AND SECTIONS, 15 BUILDING MORTGAGES, 28,834 OTHER MORTGAGES AND 13,472 MORTAGEE’S RECEIPTS, RE-ASSIGNMENTS AND CERTIFICATES OF SATISFACTION.

THE TOTAL VALUE OF CONSIDERATIONS WERE $12,575 BILLION, $11,638 BILLION, $2,309 BILLION, $0,514 BILLION, $9,599 BILLION AND $4,065 BILLION, RESPECTIVELY.

SIGNIFICANT GOVERNMENT LAND TRANSACTIONS COMPLETED DURING THE FIRST HALF YEAR OF 1988 INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING:

THE SALE BY CASH TENDER ON JANUARY 18 OF A 2.45-HECTARE SITE (JUNK BAY TOWN LOT NO. 10) AT AREA 30/33, JUNK BAY TO SEBASTO INVESTMENT COMPANY LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $255,000,000 FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP (PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION) SCHEME.

ON JANUARY 28, A MAJOR LAND EXCHANGE INVOLVING THE SHELL OIL COMPANY, THE CHEUNG KONG GROUP, HONGKONG ELECTRIC AND HONG KONG UNITED DOCKYARDS WAS COMPLETED. AS A RESULT, 15.5 HECTARES AT AP LEI CHAU AND 8.84 HECTARES AT KWUN TONG WILL BE REDEVELOPED FOR NON-1NDUSTRIAL PURPOSES AND SHELL OIL’S DISTRIBUTION AND STORAGE FACILITIES AT KWUN TONG WILL BE RELOCATED TO TS1NG YI. THE TOTAL PREMIUM INVOLVED AMOUNTED TO $1.5 BILLION.

THE SALE BY CASH TENDER ON APRIL 20 OF A 31.5-HECTARE SITE (KWAI CHUNG LOT NO. 7) AT LAI CHI KOK TO HIT LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $4,390,000,000 FOR A CONTAINER TERMINAL.

t THE SALE BY LETTER A/B TENDER ON MAY 26 OF A 1.522-HECTARE SITE (TAI PO TOWN LOT NO. 64) AT AREA 6, TAI PO TO RAINFORCE LIMITED, MERECHAL LIMITED AND Z1NDEMAR INVESTMENTS CORPORATION AT A PREMIUM OF $47,997,250 FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) DEVELOPMENT WITH A BUS TERMINUS/SUBWAY SYSTEM AND COMMERCIAL/RESI DENT I Al

ACCOMMODATION.

t THE GRANT ON MAY 26 OF A 1,910-SQUARE METRE SITE (KOWLOON INLAND LOT NO. 10739) IN TS1M SHA TSUI TO RAD I ER LIMITED BY WAY OF EXCHANGE AT A PREMIUM OF $35,500,000 FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING GODOWN) PURPOSES.

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* THE SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON MAY 30 OF A 4,498-SQUARE METRE SITE (CHAI WAN INLAND LOT NO. 103) AT THE JUNCTION OF FUNG YIP STREET AND SHEUNG ON STREET, HONG KONG TO

WHOLYWING LIMITED AT A PREMIUM OF $173,000,000 FOR

INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PROPERTY OWNERS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY ROSE BY NINE PER CENT FROM 939,120 IN JUNE 1987 TO 1,023,635 IN DECEMBER 1987 AND AGAIN BY 4.1 PER CENT TO 1,065,978 IN JUNE 1988.

ALL OF THESE FIGURES REFLECTED A CONTINUING HIGH LEVEL OF ACTIVITY IN A RELATIVELY FIRM PROPERTY MARKET, MR GLEESON SAID.

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TAC ADVISES AGAINST TOLL RISE FOR CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL

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THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) AT ITS SECOND MEETING TO CONSIDER THE CONSULTANCY STUDY REPORT ON THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TODAY (THURSDAY) ADVISED THAT CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TOLLS SHOULD NOT RE INCREASED.

IN MAKING THE RECOMMENDATTON, MEMBERS CONSIDERED THE FOLLOWING FACTORS:

I. Will IHFR THERE ARE ADEQUATE ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TK VJSPORTA’I ION ;

Ml UBERS HAVE EXAMINED THE CAPACITY OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY SERVICES AT PEAK HOURS (8 AM - 8 PM) AND FOUND THAT ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A SPARE CAPACITY OF 8,500 ('AR SPACES ON DIFFERENT ROUTES OF HYF SERVICES, IT WAS INSUFFICIENT TO (’ATER TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF VEHICLES THAT NEEDED TO BE DIVERTED FROM THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL. HOWEVER, TRAFFIC NEWS BULLETINS AND OTHER METHODS WOULD BE USED TO ENCOURAGE MOTORISTS TO USE (ROSS HARBOUR FERRIES AND MAKE THE MOST OF SUCH SPARE CAPACITIES.

2.

THE TOLL MEASURE PACKAGE WAS PROPOSED FOR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT REASONS AND THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT SEEKING REVENUE. HENCE IF THERE WERE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES WHICH COULD EASE THE SITUATION, TOLL INCREASE MEASURES SHOULD NOT BE EMPLOYED, ESPECIALLY WHERE THERE WAS INADEQUATE CAPACITY ON ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRANSPORT DURING PEAK HOURS.

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3. DIFFERENTIAL TOLL;

OWING TO TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, IT IS NOT EASY TO IMPOSE A DIFFERENTIAL TOLL SYSTEM IN THE WAY THAT THE TAC WOULD REGARD AS FAIR AND EFFICIENT.

4. THE PROPOSED TOLL MEASURE PACKAGE WAS INTENDED ONLY FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT NINE MONTHS, FROM OCTOBER 1988. THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WOULD BE COMPLETED IN MID TO LATE 1989 AND MEMBERS CONSIDERED IT UNDESIRABLE THAT THE

TRAVELLING PUBLIC AND THE TUNNEL COMPANY SHOULD HAVE TO ADJUST THEMSELVES TO COMPLICATED TOLL MEASURES FOR A COMPARATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WOULD GIVE A DETAILED BRIEFING TOMORROW (FRIDAY) ON A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PACKAGE TO TRY TO SEPARATE TUNNEL AND NON-TUNNEL TRAFFIC TO REDUCE THE CONGESTION.CAUSED IN THE DISTRICTS SURROUNDING THE TUNNEL ENTRANCES.

THE DEPARTMENT WOULD ALSO SEEK TO INTRODUCE MORE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL BUSES INTO SERVICE, ALTHOUGH THE RELIEF THAT THIS COULD BRING SHOULD NOT BE OVER-ESTIMATED.

OTHER MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION INCLUDED REDUCING CONFLICTING AND MERGING TRAFFIC AT TUNNEL APPROACHES WHICH CAUSED DELAYS, AND PUBLICISING TUNNEL AND FERRY TRAFFIC CONDITIONS THROUGH BROADCASTING.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WOULD TAKE URGENT ACTION TO IMPLEMENT THESE MEASURES.

THE TAC ACCEPTED THAT THE STUDY REPORT ON CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TRAFFIC AND ITS PROJECTION THAT AN INCREASE OF 10 PER CENT OF TUNNEL TRAFFIC WOULD CAUSE AN INCREASE OF 50 PER CENT IN QUEUE LENGTH.

THEREFORE WAITING TIME WOULD BE PROLONGED AND THERE WOULD BE SOME ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE LOCAL TRAFFIC SITUATION AT WAN CHAI AND TSIM SHA TSUI AREAS.

IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THE PROPOSED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PACKAGE COULD NOT ACTUALLY REDUCE THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC USING THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL OR INCREASE THE TUNNEL THROUGHPUT, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC' WERE URGED TO SWITCH TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

IT MUST BE RECOGNISED THAT SIGNIFICANT RELIEF OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION COULD NOT BE BROUGHT ABOUT UNTIL THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING AND MOTORISTS WOULD HAVE TO BE PATIENT.

THE TAC RECOGNISED THAT IN NOT INTRODUCING A TOLL INCREASE IT WOULD CREATE A VERY STRONG SUPPRESSED TRAFFIC DEMAND WHICH WOULD BE RELEASED WHEN THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WAS OPENED.

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IT ALSO RECOGNISED THE FACT THAT THE EXISTING CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL WOULD CONTINUE TO BE THE MAIN ROUTE TAKEN BY A GREAT MAJORITY OF MOTORISTS TO CROSS THE HARBOUR.

IT THEREFORE RECOMMENDED THAT WHEN THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING WAS IN OPERATION, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SHOULD FURTHER REVIEW THE ENTIRE CROSS HARBOUR TRAFFIC SITUATION FOR LONG-TERM f’URPOSES.

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CONNAUGHT ROAD PROJECT IN TOP GEAR

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THE EXTENSIVE $530 MILLION ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IN THE HEART OF CENTRAL IS GOING SMOOTHLY AND WORKING TO SCHEDULE.

AT A PRESS BRIEFING ON THE UPGRADING AND DUALLING OF CONNAUGHT ROAD SCHEME TODAY (THURSDAY), MR GARSON BELL, PROJECT ENGINEER, HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT, SAID THE WHOLE PROJECT WAS WELL IN HAND AND ON SCHEDULE.

THE SCHEME WAS CONCEIVED TO RELIEVE CENTRAL FROM TRAFFIC CONGESTION BY SEPARATING THROUGH TRAFFIC FROM TURNING TRAFFIC AND PROVIDING DUAL TWO-LANE FREE FLOW FACILITY ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD BETWEEN HARCOURT ROAD AND HILI, ROAD.

THE SCHEME IS COVERED BY FOUR MAJOR CONTRACTS.

THE FIRST CONTRACT OF $197 MILLION INVOLVES THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER, BUILDING OF PEDDER STREET UNDERPASS, LAMBETH WALK FOOTBRIDGE SYSTEM AND POTTINGER STREET FOOTBRIDGE. WORKS STARTED IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

THE SECOND $187 MILLION CONTRACT COVERS THE BUILDING OF RUMSEY STREET FLYOVER AND FOOTBRIDGES AT MORRISON STREET AND TUNG HING LANE. CONSTRUCTION STARTED IN DECEMBER, 1986.

THE THIRD $79 MILLION CONTRACT COVERS THE DUALLING OF '■ONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND HILL ROAD AND FOOTBRIDGES AT EASTERN STREET, WESTERN STREET AND WATER STREET. WORKS COMMENCED IN APRIL THIS YEAR.

THE LAST CONTRACT WILL COST $25 MILLION. WORKS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF CONNAUGHT ROAD WALKWAY EASTERN EXTENSION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN 1990.

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THE FIRST THREE CONTRACTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN LATE 1989 AND THE FOURTH ONE IN 1991.

MR BELL SAID: "PARTS OF THE STRUCTURES REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A FREE-FLOW EAST-WEST THROUGH ROUTE FOR VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IN CENTRAL AND SHEUNG WAN ARE NOW CLEARLY VISIBLE."

"TRAVELLING IN A WESTERLY DIRECTION THESE STRUCTURES ARE THE HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER, THE PEDDER STREET UNDERPASS AND THE RUMSEY • PREET FLYOVER," HE ADDED, w

THE HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER IS LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF HARCOURT ROAD AND COTTON TREE DRIVE. TWO LANES OF THE WESTBOUND SECTION OF THE NEW FLYOVER AND THE SLIP ROAD TO COTTON TREE DRIVE WERE OPENED TO TRAFFIC ON MAY 8.

DEMOLITION OF THE OLD HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER, WHICH COMPRISED TWO LANES WESTBOUND, IS NEARLY COMPLETED AND WORK ON 'THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE EASTBOUND SECTION OF THE NEW FLYOVER IS UNDER WAY. UPON COMPLETION, IT WILL BE CONNECTED TO THE WESTBOUND SECTION.

THE NEW 260-METRE-LONG HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER WILL COMPRISE THREE WESTBOUND LANES, TWO EASTBOUND LANES AND A GRADE SEPARATED SLIP ROAD ONTO COTTON TREE DRIVE.

THE PEDDER STREET UNDERPASS, LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND PEDDER STREET, WILL BE 280 METRES LONG AND COMPRISE TWO WESTBOUND AND TWO EASTBOUND LANES SEPARATED BY A CENTRAL WALL.

AT PRESENT, THE UNDERPASS DIAPHRAGM WALLS ARE NEARLY COMPLETED AND SEVERAL SECTIONS Of* THE CONCRETE ROOF SLAB HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE ROOF SLAB, THE GROUND BENEATH IT WILL BE EXCAVATED TO FORM A ’TUNNEL’ AND WHEN THE CORRECT DEPTH HAS BEEN REACHED THE UNDERPASS CONCRETE FLOOR SLAB WILL BE CONSTRUCTED.

THE RUMSEY STREET FLYOVER WILL EXTEND FROM WEST OF GILMAN STREET TO EAST OF SUTHERLAND STREET.

IT WILL BE 980 METRES LONG WITH TWO WESTBOUND AND TWO EASTBOUND LANES.

IMPROVEMENTS TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AND FLOW WERE ALSO PROVIDED I OR WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE LAMBETH WALK FOOTBRIDGE SYSTEM AND THE POTTINGER STREET FOOTBRIDGE WHICH WERE OPENED RESPECTIVELY IN MARCH AND MAY THIS YEAR.

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PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN APRIL 1988 »»»»»»

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 10 PER CENT AND 40 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST FOUR MONTHS OF 1988 COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING THEM TOGETHER, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 24 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

THE VOLUME OF TRADE IS DERIVED FROM TRADE VALUES BY DISCOUNTING THE EFFECT OF PRICE CHANGES.

AS REGARDS PRICE CHANGES OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS BOTH ROSE BY 3 PER CENT, WHILE THOSE OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 5 PER CENT. AS A RESULT, THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (EXPRESSED AS A RATIO OF TOTAL EXPORT PRICE INDEX TO IMPORT PRICE INDEX) DROPPED BY 1 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 PRI-CE INDEXES ARE AVAILABLE.

COMPARING THE MONTH OF APRIL 1988 WITH APRIL 1987, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT AND 40 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. HENCE, TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TOGETHER, TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY 23 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS.

IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 26 PER CENT. DURING THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, BOTH THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT. PRICES OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 4 PER CENT.

CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN IN INTERPRETING THE CHANGES IN THE VOLUME OF BILATERAL TRADE IN ANY SINGLE MONTH, AS THE RESPECTIVE GROWTH RATES FOR INDIVIDUAL MONTHS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CONSIDERABLE FLUCTUATIONS.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC-EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR APRIL 1988 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN APRIL 1988 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987, INCLUDING ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+34 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+21 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+15 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (+12 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+11 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+4 PER CENT); AND FOOTWEAR (+2 PER CENT).

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NEVERTHELESS, DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-32 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (-11 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (-8 PER (’ENT); AND CLOTHING (-7 PER CENT).

PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN APRIL 1988 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987.

THESE INCLUDED METAL MANUFACTURES (+7 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+6 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+5 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (+5 PER CENT); WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+5 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+4 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+4 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+3 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+3 PER CENT); AND TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+3 PER CENT).

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THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR APRIL 1988 AS COMPARED WITH APR Ui 1987 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN APRIL 1988 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987.

SIGNIFICANT GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN VEGETABLES; TEA AND COFFEE; MEAT AND MEAT PREPARATIONS; AND FISH AND FISH PREPARATIONS. HOWEVER, A DECREASE IN IMPORT VOLUME WAS REGISTERED FOR CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 24 PER CENT.

THE COMMODITY ITEMS WITH MORE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES INCLUDED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES; TOBACCO MANUFACTURES; RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, GRAMOPHONES, RECORDS,’ TAPE? RECORDERS AND AMPLIFIERS; AND PASSENGER MOTOR CARS. A DECREASE IN IMPORT VOLUME WAS RECORDED IN MISCELLANEOUS MADE-UP ART I (’LES OF TEXTILE MATERIALS.

THE IMPORT VOLUME OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE BY 27 PER CENT IN APRIL 1988 COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987.

THE MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN WOOL AND OTHER ANIMAL HAIR; SILK FABRICS; PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS; AND BASE METALS OTHER THAN IRON AND STEEL. DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR RAW COTTON; MAN-MADE FIBRES; AND WOVEN COTTON FABRICS.

IMPORTS OF FUELS DECREASED BY 9 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN APRIL 1988 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 34 PER CENT LN APRIL 1988 OVER APRIL 1987.

THERE WERE SUBSTANTIAL 1NCREASES IN CONSTRUCT1 ON MACHINERY; SC I ENT I F IC, MED I (’AL, OPT I (’AL , MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS; AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT. A DECREASE IN IMPORT VOLUME WAS RECORDED IN TEXTILE MACHINERY.

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IMPORT PRICES OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES ROSE IN APR IL 1988 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987, RANGING FROM 3 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 6 PER CENT FOR CAPITAL GOODS. ON THE OTHER HAND, PRICES OF IMPORTS OF FUELS DROPPED BY 1 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR APRIL 1988 AS COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF ALL END-USE CATEGORIES INCREASED IN APRIL 1988 WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987, RANGING FROM 39 PER CENT FOR CONSUMER GOODS TO 120 PER CENT; FOR FUELS.

PRICES OF RE-EXPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN APRIL 1988 WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1987.

THOSE OF CAPITAL GOODS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT. RE-EXPORT PRICES OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT, WHILE THOSE OF FOODSTUFFS ROSE BY 1 PER CENT. ON THE OTHER HAND, PRICES OF RE-EXPQRTS OF FUELS DROPPED BY 13 PER CENT.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE APRIL 1988 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS” AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AROUND JULY 14 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 (TEL. NO. : 5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE INDEXES TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. : 5-8234918) .

COMMODITY GROUP

TABLE 1: INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP

COMPARING APRIL 1988 WITH APRIL 1987 COMPARING JAN-APR 1988 WITH JAN-APR 1987

VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

CLOTHING -4 4 -7 5 5

TEXTILE FABRICS -4 4 -8 4 5 -1

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD -9 3 -11 -9 5 -13

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES -1 6 -6 3 6 -3

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS -29 3 -32 -27 5 -30

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ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 34 34 37 -1 38

FOOTWEAR 7 5 2 10 5 5

METAL MANUFACTURES 20 7 12 26 6 19

METAL ORES AND SCRAP 17 5 11 43 8 33

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 26 5 21 31 3 27

TRAVEL GOODS,

HANDBAGS AND «

SIMILAR ARTICLES 7 3 4 -4 4 -8

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL

APPLIANCES 16 15 11 1 10

ALL COMMODITIES 10 3 7 13 3 10

NOTES FOR TABLES 1 TO 3:

t INSIGNIFICANT, I.E. I,ESS THAN 0.5 PER CENT

PERCENTAGE CHANGES ARE CALCULATED FROM TRADE INDEXES TAKEN TO MORE DECIMAL PLACES THAN THOSE IN THE PUBLICATION "HONG*, KONG TRADE INDEX NUMBERS". THEY MAY THEREFORE DIFFER FROM THE PERWNTAGE CHANGES TO BE COMPUTED DIRECTLY FROM THE FIGURES TO BE PUBLISHED.

TABLE 2: INCREASES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

END-USE CATEGORY COMPARING APRIL 1988 COMPARING JAN-APR 1988

wri VALUE % H APRIL UNIT VALUE % 1987 VOLUME % WITH VALUE JAN-APR UNIT VALUE % 1987 VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS 26 4 22 19 3 15

CONSUMER GOODS 27 3 24 30 3 27

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 3 4 5 27 27 6 20

FUELS -10 -1 -9 3 -3

CAPITAL GOODS 42 6 34 34 7 25

ALL COMMODITIES 31 4 26 28 5 22

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

END-USE CATEGORY COMPARING APRIL 1988 WITH APRIL 1987 COMPARING JAN-APR 1988 WITH JAN-APR 1987

VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS 53 1 52 39 1 38

CONSUMER GOODS 41 2 39 43 2 41

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 47 5 40 48 5 41

FUELS 91 -13 120 25 -3 29

CAPITAL GOODS 45 3 41 44 3 41

ALL COMMODITIES 45 3 40 45 3 40

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INCENTIVE AWARD SCHEME FOR PUBLISHING CHINESE TEXTBOOKS *****

THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED THE CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE ADOPTION OF AN INCENTIVE AWARD SCHEME TO ENSURE GOOD QUALITY CHINESE TEXTBOOKS IN PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PREVOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS BY SEPTEMBER 1991.

THIS IS THE SECOND INCENTIVE AWARD SCHEME OFFERED BY THE CHINESE TEXTBOOKS COMMITTEE (CTC) WHICH WAS APPOINTED IN MAY 1986 UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR SZETO WAH.

THE FIRST SCHEME OFFERED FINANCIAL AND EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE TO PUBLISHERS FOR PUBLISHING CHINESE TEXTBOOKS FOR SELECTED GENERAL SUBJECTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS. IT STARTED IN MAY LAST YEAR.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE CTC’S CONSULTATION WITH THE HONG KONG PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS COUNCIL SHOWED THAT THE MAJORITY OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS STRONGLY INTENDED TO ADOPT CHINESE AS THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION IN TEACHING CORE SUBJECTS.

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"HOWEVER, NO CHINESE TEXTBOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE BECAUSE THE SMALL ENROLMENT OF STUDENTS IN THESE SUBJECTS MAKES THE PUBLICATION OF SUCH BOOKS NOT COMMERCIALLY VIABLE.

"THE CTC THEREFORE RECOMMENDS THAT AN INCENTIVE AWARD SCHEME SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE FIRST PHASE SHOULD BE ADOPTED TO ENSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF GOOD QUALITY CHINESE TEXTBOOKS IN PRACTICAL AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS BY SEPTEMBER 1991," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, THE SCHEME WILL START IN JULY THIS YEAR. THE ESTIMATED COST IS 13,600,000.

"AN AWARD OF 1225,000 WILL BE MADE FOR BACH SET OF BOOKS IN EACH SUBJECT PRODUCED AND ACCEPTED FOR USE, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF $450,000 FOR EACH SUBJECT.

"IF MORE THAN TWO SETS OF BOOKS ARE ACCEPTED -FOR USE IN A GIVEN SUBJECT, THEN THE $450,000 WILL BE SHARED BETWEEN THE PUBLISHERS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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RATEPAYERS GIVEN REMINDER ON PAYMENT » ♦ ♦ » »

RATEPAYERS SHOULD BY NOW HAVE RECEIVED DEMAND NOTES FOR RATES PAYABLE FOR THE QUARTER JULY 1 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 1988.

ANY RATEPAYER WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED A DEMAND NOTE SHOULD APPLY FORTHWITH FOR A COPY AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

» THE TREASURY RATES SECTION, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, (WEST WING), NINTH FLOOR, 11 ICE HOUSE STREET, HONG KONG;

* THE NORTH POINT SUB-TREASURY, ODEON BUILDING, FIRST FLOOR, 28 SHU KUK STREET, HONG KONG;

* THE YAU MA TEI SUB-TREASURY, FOURTH FLOOR, 405 NATHAN ROAD, (MARKET STREET ENTRANCE), KOWLOON;

THE KOWLOON CITY SUB-TREASURY, MAN SANG COMMERCIAL BUILDING, FIRST FLOOR, 348-352 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD (CORNER OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD,) KOWLOON.

RATES ARE DEMANDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RATING ORDINANCE.

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N0N-RECE1PT OK THE DEMAND NOTE DOES NOT ALTER THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE RATES BE PAID BY 12 NOON ON JULY 30 THIS YEAR, X GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

"AND UNLESS SO PAID THEY MAY BE SUBJECT TO A SURCHARGE OE FIVE PER (ENT IMPOSED UNDER SECTION 22 OF THE RATING ORDINANCE.”

A FURTHER SURCHARGE OF 10 PER CENT MAY BE ADDED TO ACCOUNTS (INCLUDING THE NORMAL FIVE PER CENT SURCHARGE) WHICH REMAIN UNPAID SIX MONTHS AFTER THE DUE DATE, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

RATEPAYERS WHO HAVE SUBMITTED A VALID DIRECT DEBIT AUTHORISATION SHOULD NOTE THAT PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE BY POST OR IN PERSON AS STIPULATED IN THE DEMAND NOTE UNLESS THE WORDING "PAYMENT WILL BE MADE BY AUTOPAY" IS SHOWN IN THE DEMAND NOTE IN WHICH CASE THEIR PAYMENT OF RATES WILL BE MADE BY DIRECT DEBIT I’o THEIR BANK

ACCOUNTS ON JULY 30 THIS YEAR.

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

RATEPAYERS ARE ALSO ADVISED THAT THE AMOUNT PAYABLE ON OR BEFORE THE ABOVE-MENTIONED DATE IS INDICATED ON THE DEMAND NOTE BY AN ARROW-HEAD IN THE "TOTAL AMOUNT DUE" BOX.

RATES ARE PAYABLE ON VACANT PROPERTIES BUT ARE REFUNDABLE UNDER THE CONDITIONS SPECIFIED IN SECTION 30 OF THE ORDINANCE.

HOWEVER, UNDER SECTIONS 30(lA) AND (2A) NO REFUNDS WILL BE PAYABLE IN THE CASE OF A VACANT TENEMENT LAST USED OR INTENDED TO BE USED WHOLLY OR PRIMARILY FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES OR FOR THE PARKING OF VEHICLES (UNLESS VACANT BY REASON OF AN ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT).

TO AVOID THE POSSIBLE INCONVENIENCE di- QUEUEING, THE SPOKESMAN SAID RATEPAYERS SHOULD PAY BY CHEQUE OR MONEY ORDER SENT BY POST OR BY EARLY PERSONAL ATTENDANCE AT ANY OI THE OFFICES LISTED ON THE BACK OF THE DEMAND NOTE.

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LOCAL PUBLICATIONS OF VERY HIGH STANDARD ♦ t ♦ ♦ ♦

THE 20 WINNING ENTRIES OF THE ’’URBAN COUNCIL BIENNIAL AWARDS FOR THE BEST PRODUCED BOOKS IN HONG KONG 1986-1987" HAVE A VERY HIGH STANDARD IN THE INTEGRITY OF DESIGN, LAYOUT, ILLUSTRATIONS, COLOUR REPRODUCTION, PRINTING, DECORATION, PAPER AND BINDING, ACCORDING TO THE JUDGES FOR THE AWARDS.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION OF TROPHIES AND CERTIFICATES, URBAN COUNCILLOR MISS FOK PUI-YEE SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT "TO SELECT 10 BEST PRODUCED BOOKS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE RESPECTIVELY OUT OF SOME 12 000 REGISTERED BOOKS IS NO EASY JOB AT ALL."

SHE POINTED OUT THAT THE URBAN COUNCIL INTRODUCED THE AWARD SCHEME WITH THE OBJECTIVES TO RECOGNISE THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE LOCAL PRINTING AND PUBLISHING INDUSTRIES, TO ENCOURAGE AN EVEN HIGHER STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE IN BOOK PRODUCTION, AND TO STIMULATE PUBLIC INTEREST IN GOOD QUALITY BOOKS."

THE TITLES OF THE WINNING ENGLISH BOOKS ARE "BELLE CUISINE", "CHINA (THE LONG MARCH)", "CLASSIC CHINESE FURNITURE", "5,000 YEARS OF CHINESE COSTUMES", "GLASS: ART NOUVEAU TO ART DECO", "THE POPULATION ATLAS OF CHINA", "THE TOP END OF DOWN UNDER", ‘"TREASURES OF THE FORBIDDEN CITY", "THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT COLOUR BOOKS" AND "THE YELLOW RIVER, A 5,000 YEARS JOURNEY THROUGH CHINA".

Till- 10 WINNING CHINESE BOOKS ARE "XI’AN CHINA’S ANCIENT ( APITAI FOR A THOUSAND YEARS", "CHINESE PATTERNS THROUGH THE AGES", "Till CHINESE RICE BOOK', "THE ILLUSTRATED 500 LO HAN VOLUME ONE", "ANTARCTIC FANTASY", "CHILDREN’S DRAWING", "BUDDHIST ART OF THE TIBETAN PLATEAU", "THE FOUR WELL-KNOWN MOUNTAINS", "YELLOW RIVER --THE CHINESE HEARTLAND FROM THE AIR" AND "CHINESE GOLD FISH".

THE COUNCILLOR SAID, "THE BOOK ’CHINESE PORCELAIN, HIE S.C. KO TJANMINLOU COLLECTION’ PUBLISHED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL IS CONSIDERED BY THE JUDGES AS A PUBLICATION OF REFINED QUALITY WHICH SHOULD BE PRESENTED WITH AN AWARD."

BUT SINCE THE COUNCIL WAS THE ORGANISER OF THE SCHEME, IT WAS PROPOSED, AFTER CAREFUL CONS I DERAT I ON, THAT AN ADDITIONAL AWARD SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE PUBLISHER IN RECOGNITION OF HIS ACHIEVEMENTS.

THE 21 BOOKS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE CITY HALL PUBLIC' LIBRARY FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) UNTIL JULY 20.

TO SHOW Till WORLD HONG KONG’S OUTSTANDING AC HIEVEMENTS IN THE PRINTING \ND PUBLISHING INDUSTRIES, THE URBAN COUNCIL HAS MADE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THESE EXQUISITE BOOKS, TOGETHER WITH SOME COUNCIL PUBLICATIONS, TO BE EXHIBITED IN THE WORLD-RENOWNED FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR IN OCTOBER.

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UC’S $65.1 MILLION KOWLOON CITY COMPLEX ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE URBAN COUNCIL’S $65.1 MILLION KOWLOON CITY MULTI-PURPOSE COMPLEX WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR PETER C.K. CHAN, WILL UNVEIL A PLAQUE TO MARK ITS OPENING, WHILE THE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE, WILL PERFORM RIBBON-DRESSING FOR THE LION PRIOR TO A LION DANCE. EYEDOTTING WILL BE PERFORMED BY KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN MR WONG SIK-KONG.

APART FROM A MODERN MARKET, THE COMPLEX PROVIDES A LIBRARY, A MULTI-PURPOSE INDOOR GAMES HALL, A DANCE ROOM, A TABLE TENNIS AREA, THREE AIR-CONDITIONED SQUASH COURTS AND A COOKED-FOOD CENTRE.

THE KOWLOON CITY COMPLEX IS LOCATED AT 100 NGA TSJN WAI ROAD, BETWEEN HAU WONG ROAD AND NGA TSIN LONG ROAD.

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CURTAIN RAISER FOR TUEN MUN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME * » » t ♦

MORE THAN 1,000 GIRL GUIDES AND BROWNIES WILL PROVIDE A ROUSING CURTAIN-RAISER TO THE 1988 TUEN MUN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHEN THEY STAGE AN OUTDOOR CHALLENGE DAY AT THE TUEN MUN TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND ON SATURDAY (JULY 9).

AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 16, THE GIRL GUIDES WILL PERFORM A FOLK DANCE, WITH MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC JOINING IN, AND BROWNIES WILL SING AND DANCE.

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL FORM TEAMS FOR A KITE DESIGN COMPETITION IN WHICH THEY WILL DISPLAY THEIR CREATIVITY AND TALENT.

THE PARTICIPANTS ARK FREE TO CHOOSE ANY MATERIAL AND COLOUR TO DESIGN THE KITES ON-THE-SPOT, AND THEN FLY THEM. A PRIZE PRESENTATION WILL FOLLOW.

THE GIRL GUIDES OUTDOOR CHALLENGE DAY WILL BE HELD FROM 9 AM TO 2 PM, AND ADMISSION TO THE VENUE IS FREE.

A CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS SCHEDULED FOR 10.30 AM ON SATURDAY.

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OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AND THE PRIZE PRESENTATION WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU; VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE, MR TO KAM-CHOW; DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, MR STEPHEN LAM; DISTRICT LEISURE MANAGER, MR LEUNG CHIN-TONG; SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER, MR TAM CHUN-KIT; AND DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR CHAN TIN-SANG.

TO COMPLEMENT PUBLICITY FOR THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, A DECORATED OPEN-TOP DOUBLE DECKER BUS WILL TOUR VARIOUS HOUSING ESTATES TO HELP GET THE THEME SONG AND THE "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY" MESSAGE ACROSS TO YOUNG PEOPLE.

PRESENTED BY THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, DISTRICT PROGRAMME COMPRISES 430 ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY 13 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS. FUNDING OF $280,000 HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE.

ACTIVITIES ARE DIVIDED INTO SIX CATEGORIES: COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ITEMS, CAMPING, AND COMPETITIONS.

THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAMME IS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES DURING THE SUMMER -’HOLIDAY WITH A VIEW TO DEVELOPING THEIR POTENTIAL AND TO WIDEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE.

THE PROGRAMME WILL CLOSE WITH A FREE VARIETY SHOW SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 9 (FRIDAY) IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL. MUSIC, DANCE AND SPORTS PERFORMANCES WILL BE GIVEN BY LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENTERTAIN RESIDENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1988 TUEN MUN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD AT 10.30 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 9) AT THE TUEN MUN TANG SI1IU KIN SPORTS GROUND. YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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NEED FOR YOUTH POLICY SUPPORTED *****

THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE SHOULD BE A YOUTH POLICY FOR HONG KONG.



(SWAC) AGREED THAT THERE

AT A SPECIAL MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY) ON YOUTH POLICY" BY THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON SAID THAT THE YOUTH POLICY SHOULD ENCOMPASS A

TO DISCUSS THE "REPORT

GUIDELINES, ALLOWING FOR

FLEXIBILITY IN APPLICATION.

YOUTH, MEMBERS OF

SET OF PRINCIPLES

SWAC AS

THEY ADDED THAT COMMUNITY’S, COMMITMENT EMPHASISED.

NOT ONLY TOWARDS

THE GOVERNMENT’S, BUT ALSO

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SHOULD

THE BE

IN RECOGNISING THE NEED FOR

TO HELP REVIEW THE POLICY, THEY SUGGESTED INCLUDE YOUNG PEOPLE AMONG ITS MEMBERS.

THE FORMATION OF AN ADVISORY

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THAT SUCH A BODY SHOUL^

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THE MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS FORMED.

OF REFERENCE

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DISCUSS YOUTH

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POLICY REPORT

KWUN TONG DISTRICT

BOARD'S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO DISCUSS THE REPORT ON YOUTH POLICY.

MEET

MR NG SHUI-LAI, A MEMBER OF THE WORKING GROUP ON WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN THE RECOMMENDATIONS THE REPORT AND TO HEAR MEMBERS’ VIEWS.

YOUTH POLICY, CONTAINED IN

THE MEETING WILL ALSO CONSIDER SETTING UP COMMITTEE TO JOINTLY ORGANISE AN EYE-CARING CAMPAIGN FOR WITH THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

AN ORGANISING

THE ELDERLY

IHE ISSUE OE THE KUNG LOK ROAD HALF-WAY HOUSE PROJECT, WHICH ■™o^,(j?SSED BY ™E C0MMIT'rEE IN MAY, WILL BE DISCUSSED AGAIN AT TOMORROW S MEETING AS AGREED AT THE FULL BOARD MEETING ON JUNK

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING BEGINNING AT 2 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING YAN STREET. nuibuiiw,

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TAI PO DB VISITS SHAM WAN FISH CULTURE ZONE ♦ * t » *

SIXTEEN MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD, LED BY THE CHAIRMAN, MR HO YUNG-SANG, TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE SHAM WAN FISH CULTURE ZONE IN SAI KUNG NORTH.

STAFF OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT ALSO JOINED THE PARTY.

THE BOARD MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT SHAM WAN WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST FISH CULTURE ZONES IN TAI PO AND ALSO A MAJOR MARICULTURE ZONE IN THE TERRITORY, HAVING AN IMPORTANT BEARING ON MARINE FISH SUPPLY.

TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE ZONE’S 500 FISHING POPULATION DURING THE TYPHOON SEASON, THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE OBTAINED $350,000 IN FUNDING FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB FOR BUILDING A TWO-STOREY SHELTER WITH A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 90 SQUARE METRES

TODAY’S VISIT WAS INITIATED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES TO FAMILIARISE MEMBERS WITH THE OPERATIONS OF FISH CULTURE ZONES.

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DB BRIEFED ON REVISED EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE ON CLEARANCE ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NG HON-WAH, AT A SPECIAL MEETING TODAY (THURSDAY), BRIEFED DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS ON A REVISED EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE PAYABLE TO SQUATTER COMMERCIAL OPERATORS, AND A NEW ALLOWANCE FOR INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS, AFFECTED BY CLEARANCE WORK FOR THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT.

MR NG TOLD THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AT ITS MEETING YESTERDAY (JULY 6), APPROVED, WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, A REVISION OF THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE PAYABLE, ON CLEARANCE, FOR SHOPS, SCHOOLS, WORKSHOPS, GODOWNS AND ORNAMENTAL FISH BREEDING UNDERTAKINGS IN SQUATTER AREAS.

THE TOTAL ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL COMMITMENT FOR THE REMAINDER OF 1988-89 ARISING FROM THE NEW RATE IS ESTIMATED TO BE IN THE ORDER OF $23 MILLION. AFFECTED CLEAREES WILL BE INFORMED INDIVIDUALLY BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT OF THE ALLOWANCE THAT THEY WILL RECEIVE.

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE ALSO APPROVED A REVISION OF THE EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE PAYABLE ON RESUMPTION FOR BUILDING LOTS UNDER THE OLD SCHEDULE IN URBAN AREAS.

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LN ADDITION, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVED A NEW EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE PAYABLE TO INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS OWNING SUCH LOTS IN NEW KOWLOON UPON RESUMPTION.

AFFECTED OWNERS WILL BE INFORMED INDIVIDUALLY BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT OF THE ALLOWANCE THEY WILL RECEIVE.

MR NG WILL MEET THE COMMERCIAL OPERATORS AFFECTED BY THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL CLEARANCE AT 8 PM THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING IN THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

HE WILL ALSO BRIEF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INDIGENOUS VILLAGERS AFFECTED BY THE CLEARANCE AT 11 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE.

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SPEEDPOST IN INDIA EXTENDED

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THE POST OFFICE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT WITH EFFECT FROM JULY 11 1988, THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO INDIA, WHICH IS AT PRESENTLY AVAILABLE TO 20 CITIES, WILL BE EXTENDED TO 17 OTHER CITIES.

THEY ARE: AGRA, BHOPAL, BHUBANESHWAR, CHANDIGARH, CUTTACK, GWALIOR, MADURAI, MANGALORE, PATNA, RAIPUR, SALEM, SHILLONG, SRINAGAR, TIRUCHIRAPALLI, TIRUPATI, TRIVANDRUM AND VIJAYAWADA.

THE 37 CITIES IN INDIA TO WHICH THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE WILL THEN BE AVAILABLE ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

AGARTALA DELHI PATNA

AGRA GUWAHATI PUNE

AHMEDABAD GWALIOR RAIPUR

BANGALORE HYDERABAD SALEM

BHOPAL IMPHAL SHILLONG

BHUBANESHWAR INDORE SILCHAR

BOMBAY JAIPUR SRINAGAR

CALCUTTA KANPUR TIRUCHIRAPALLI

CHANDIGARH MADRAS TIRUPATI

COCHIN MADURAI TRIVANDRUM

COIMBATORE MANGALORE VADODARA

CUTTACK NAGPUR VIJAYAWADA

VISAKHAPATNAM

THE SPEEDPOST SERVICE IS A FAST AND RELIABLE MEANS FOR FORWARDING BUSINESS DOCUMENTS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE OVERSEAS AND A FREE PICK-UP SERVICE IS AVAILABLE.

CUSTOMERS REQUIRING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE ARE REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE POSTAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVES ON 5-8683868.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON MA TAU WAI ROAD *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT A SHORT SECTION OF THE TWO EXISTING SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC LANES ON MA TAU WAI ROAD IMMEDIATELY TO THE SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HOK YUEN STREET IN HUNG HOM WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC DAILY BETWEEN 8 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FROM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO NEXT MONDAY (JULY 11).

THIS MEASURE WILL HELP THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TO CARRY OUT EMERGENCY REPAIR WORKS AT MA TAU WAI ROAD SOUTH ^OF HOK YUEN STREET.

SOUTHBOUND VEHICLES ON MA TAU WAI ROAD HEADING FOR WUHU STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA A SHORT SECTION OF THE OUTER LANE ON EXISTING NORTHBOUND MA TAU WAI ROAD SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH HOK YUEN STREET.

AS CONGESTION IS EXPECTED DURING THE WORK PERIOD," MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES IF POSSIBLE.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TSING YI BRIDGE * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE TSING YI BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 12.30 AM TO 2.30 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) IN ORDER TO INSPECT THE STRUCTURE OF THE BRIDGE.

THE BRIDGE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED FROM 6.30 FROM 3 PM TO 4 PM ON THE SAME DAY.

AM TO 7.30 AM AND

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE BRIDGE WILL TRAFFIC AT A FIVE-MINUTE INTERVAL AND SERVICES.

BE RE-OPENED TO GENERAL IMMEDIATELY FOR EMERGENCY

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WAN CHAI * » »

THAT TAK YAN STREET

WILL BE CLOSED TO

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED WAN CHAI ROAD AND 01 KWAN ROAD IN WAN CHAI FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (JULY 10).

BETWEEN TRAFFIC

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ELECTRIC CABLE WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, VEHICLES KWAN ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA WOOD

ABOUT TWO-AND-A-HALF MONTHS FOR

ON WAN CHAI ROAD HEADING FOR 01 ROAD AND WING CHEUNG STREET.

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FRESH WATER CUT IN TO KWA WAN t » » » *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO 6 FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

TO KWA WAN WILL BE

AM THE NEXT DAY TO

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY LOK SHAN ROAD, TO MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON CITY ROAD, SUNG WONG TOI

KWA WAN ROAD, ROAD AND THE

SEAFRONT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CS: CHANGES MAKE FOR MORE RESPONSIVE GOVT .............. 1

HONG KONG WELCOMES HANOI INITIATIVE .................... 5

REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST IN BOAT PEOPLE OPERATION .... 6

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL ... 6

EXCO APPROVES DEVELOPMENT OF THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ... 8

NEED FOR MULTILATERAL APPROACH TO WORLD TRADE .......... 9

LEAFLET AND HOTLINE ADVICE ON HYGIENIC WAYS TO PREPARE

VEGETABLES ............................................ 11

LABORATORY TEST RESULTS ON VEGETABLES RECEIVED ......... 12

PRIVATE SECTOR PITCHES IN TO CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN .. 12

TUEN MUN PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON LRT, ROAD SAFETY ............ 13

SPECIAL SThMP SET FEATURES PEAK TRAMWAY ................ 15

AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT ZONING PLnN PUBLISHED .......... 16

RATE OF NEW INSOLVENCIES DECREASES ..................... 17

CYC MEMBERS TO TOUR JaPAN AND SINGAPORE ................ 17

MORE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES THIS WEEKEND .............. 18

YAU TSIM DISTRICT TO LAUNCH SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME...... 19

INTERESTING SUMMER FOR TSUEN WAN YOUTH ................. 20

SAI KUNG SYP TO BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW ................... 22

KWAI TSING SUMMER YOUTH PROGRmiME TO ST^RT TOMORROW .... 22

BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDIES ............... 23

Waste TREATMENT DEMONSTRATION FACILITIES TO BE INSTALLED .. 2<+

PRIVATE LOT TO BE RESUMED FOR OPEN SPACE.......'........ 25

WAN CHAI TO JORDAN ROJtD FERRY SERVICE TO BE WITHDRAWN.. 25

SHA TAU KOK ROAD TO BE WIDENED ......................... 26

KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO BE PARTIALLY CLOSED FOR ROAD WORKS .. 27

TEMPORARY RESTRICTED ZONE ON HOSPITAL RO«.D............. 27

TRAFFIC REROUTEING IN KWUN TONG ........................ 28

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WONG TmI SIN ................. 28

SUSPENSION OF WmTER SUPPLY TO THREE aREAS .............. 28

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1988

CS: CHANGES MAKE FOR MORE RESPONSIVE GOVT * » ♦ »

POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS NOW TAKING PLACE MAKE FOR A MORE RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT AND, IN MANY WAYS, A STRONGER GOVERNMENT ALSO, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

IN THE NEW SITUATION, THE ADMINISTRATION HAD TO BE SURE IT HAD POLITICAL SUPPORT BEFORE INTRODUCING NEW LEGISLATION INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, SIR DAVID TOLD A LUNCH MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG NORTHEAST.

FOR EXAMPLE, THE ADMINISTRATION COULD AIR AND TEST IN THE PUBLIC ARENA PROPOSALS WHICH IN THE PAST MIGHT HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED TOO CONTROVERSIAL FOR CIVIL SERVANTS TO BRING FORWARD ON THEIR OWN ACCOUNT.

"THIS HAS ENCOURAGED THE ADMINISTRATION TO BE BOLDER IN ITS APPROACH TO DIFFICULT PROBLEMS," HE SAID IN HIS SPEECH WHICH WAS ABOUT THE CIVIL SERVICE.

SIR DAVID SAID THE INCREASING PACE OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT WAS HAVING A CONSIDERABLE IMPACT UPON THE ROLE OF THE CIVIL SERVICE.

SOME CIVIL SERVANTS TOOK MORE READILY TO THE CHANGED CIRCUMSTANCES THAN OTHERS, HE SAID, BUT MOST SAW THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING PART OF A SYSTEM WHICH WAS BECOMING MORE SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE.

"ALTHOUGH PUBLIC AND MEDIA ATTENTION FOCUS INCREASINGLY UPON MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE AND MUNICIPAL COUNCILS, AND ON DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS, THE SYSTEM STILL DEPENDS HEAVILY UPON SENIOR MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL SERVICE TO PRESENT, DEFEND AND ARGUE FOR GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM," HE SAID.

"OIIR POL lev SECRETARIES AND HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS THEREFORE II WE All IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN PUBLIC PRESENTATION AS WELL AS Uli HARD WORK IIIEV HAVE TO DO BEHIND THE SCENES BEFORE NEW POLICY SI Eli Till LIGHT OF DAY .

"THEY SHOULD NOT FEEL INHIBITED IN THE CHANGED POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE FROM ASSUMING A HIGH PUBLIC PROFILE. I BELIEVE THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE EXPECT SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS TO STAND UP AND SPEAK UP FOR THEMSELVES AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

"THAT IS WHAT LEADERS!!11’ IS ALL ABOUT AND WE WOULD BE FAILING IN OUR DUTY IF WE WERE NOT TO RECOGNISE IT."

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BUT SIR DAVID STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ROLE OF NON-OFFICIALS. THEIR PARTICIPATION IN EXCO, LEGCO, FINANCE COMMITTEE, THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS, THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE WIDE RANGE OF AUTHORITIES, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES WAS VITAL IF THE GOVERNMENT WAS TO CONTINUE TO GOVERN BY CONSENSUS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT BY ESTABLISHING THE NEW AUTHORITIES, THE GOVERNMENT WAS CERTAINLY NOT ABROGATING ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR POLICY AND FINANCIAL CONTROL IN MAJOR AREAS OF ITS OPERATIONS.

POLICY-MAKING REMAINED AND WOULD CONTINUE TO REMAIN IN THE HANDS OF THE -EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. IT WAS THE POLICY SECRETARY RESPONSIBLE FOR AN AUTHORITY WHO APPEARED IN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS PUT BY MEMBERS. AND IT WAS THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT APPROVED FUNDS EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO THE AUTHORITIES.

THE RATIONALE FOR ESTABLISHING AUTHORITIES WAS VERY CLEAR, HE SAID.

THE AUTHORITIES PROVIDED A WAY OF MAKING USE OF THE EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE WHICH MIGHT BE AVAILABLE IN THE COMMUNITY BUT NOT IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THE AUTHORITIES WERE ABLE TO OPERATE IN A MORE FLEXIBLE WAY, IN TERMS OF THEIR MANAGEMENT STYLE AND FINANCIAL CONTROL THAN WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE CIVIL SERVICE REGULATIONS.

IN ADDITION, ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AUTHORITIES PROVIDED A WAY OF ENSURING THAT THE CIVIL SERVICE DID NOT GROW TOO DRAMATICALLY.

"THE OVER-RIDING ADVANTAGE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SUCH BODIES IS THAT THEY ALLOW A MUCH GREATER DEGREE OF PARTICIPATION BY THE COMMUNITY IN THE PROVISION OF SERVICES WHICH ARE OF BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

"THAT MUST BE A PROGRESSIVE AND WELCOME DEVELOPMENT AND I AM SURPRISED THAT SOME OF OUR CRITICS HAVE FAILED TO RECOGNISE IT AS SUCH . "

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS PROUD TO HEAD THE CIVIL SERVICE, AND EXPLAINED THAT DESPITE WHAT CARTOONISTS AND COMMENTATORS WOULD HAVE THE PUBLIC BELIEVE, THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS A TYPICAL CIVIL SERVANT.

THERE WERE OVER 180,000 CIVIL SERVANTS IN 435 GRADES IN SOME 60 DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES, AND THEY DID "A VARIETY OF JOBS NOT NORMALLY ASSOCIATED WITH PUSHING PENS".

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HONG KONG WAS LUCKY TO BE SERVED BY SUCH A HARD-WORKING AND LOYAL TEAM, HE SAID.

"THE WAY THE PUBLIC SERVICE RESPONDS TO A CHALLENGE, AND IS PREPARED TO TACKLE DIFFICULT TASKS IN SUCH AN ENTHUSIASTIC AND UNCOMPLAINING WAY, IS, I BELIEVE, UNIQUE," HE REMARKED.

SIR DAVID REFERRED IN PARTICULAR TO HOW, FOLLOWING THE LARGE INFLUX OF VIETNAMESE, MEMBERS OF A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAD WORKED LONG HOURS AND GAVE UP THEIR FREE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF THE LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE INVOLVED.

"FOR ALL THE JOKES AND CRITICISM ONE HEARS OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE, I BELIEVE THE COMMUNITY SHOULD, AND I HOPE DOES, RECOGNISE THAT HERE IN HONG KONG OUR PARTICULAR BREED OF CIVIL SERVANT DOES INDEED EARN HIS RICE," HE SAID.

"CIVIL SERVANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES TOGETHER REPRESENT SOME 12 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION AND THEY DO, OF COURSE, SHARE THE SAME FEARS, THE SAME WORRIES AS THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

"IN COMMON, WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF HONG KONG PEOPLE, THEY ARE APPREHENSIVE ABOUT THE FUTURE.

"BUT, LIKE THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE HERE, THE VAST MAJORITY OF THEM ALSO KNOW THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE THEIR HOME IN HONG KONG AND ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE THE BEST OF WHATEVER THE FUTURE MAY HAVE IN STORE FOR THEM."

SIR DAVID SAID THE ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE FUTURE OF MOST OF THE MORE SENIOR PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT MIGHT BE DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY.

"IN MY EXPERIENCE, THE OLD FASHIONED CONCEPT OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND LOYALTY TO THE GOVERNMENT REMAINS A STRONG FACTOR IN THEIR MOTIVATION," HE SAID.

"THEY REALISE ALSO THAT, AS FAR AS THE FUTURE IS CONCERNED, MANY EYES ARE UPON THEM.

"THE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG, IN THE FUTURE, WILL DEPEND TO A LARGE EXTENT ON THE INTEGRITY, EFFICIENCY AND LOYALTY OF THE SERVICE AS A WHOLE AND THE PERFORMANCE OF SENIOR CIVIL SERVANTS IN PARTICULAR.

"IT IS PERHAPS FOR THIS REASON THAT, COMPARED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE PROPORTION OF THEM CHOOSING TO EMIGRATE REMAINS VERY SMALL.

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"LONG MAY IT REMAIN SO BECAUSE THEIR EXPERIENCE IS DIFFICULT TO REPLACE. IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE, WE CERTAINLY CANNOT, AND INDEED WOULD NOT, TRY TO BUY IN REPLACEMENTS BY OFFERING HIGH SALARIES OR HEFTY SIGN-ON BONUSES."

CONCLUDING, SIR DAVID SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE STYLE AND SYSTEM Ol GOVERNMENT MIGHT BE CHANGING, THE PACE REMAINED AS DYNAMIC AS EVER. DYNAMIC, NOT ONLY IN TERMS OF THE PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG BUT ALSO IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

BUT, OF COURSE, THE POWER HOUSE WAS FUELLED BY A BUOYANT ECONOMY AND THAT, IN TURN, BY THE EFFORTS OF HONG KONG PEOPLE.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTERWARDS, SIR DAVID SAID WASTAGE IN THE CIVIL SERVICE OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS HAS BEEN ON A VERY EVEN KEEL AND HAS NOT MATCHED THE UPSURGE IN EMIGRATION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

HE SAID OVERALL WASTAGE IN THE CIVIL SERVICE WAS ABOUT FOUR PER CENT, COMPARED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR FIGURE OF ABOUT TEN PER CENT.

"OBVIOUSLY IN SOME AREAS THERE HAVE BEEN GREATER FIGURES THAN THAT, IN PARTICULAR WHERE OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE MADE ATTRACTIVE OFFERS TO PARTICULAR CIVIL SERVANTS, BUT IN BROAD TERMS, THE FIGURE IS LOWER THAN IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND I THINK VERY ENCOURAGING TOO," SIR DAVID SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT CIVIL SERVANTS WOULD HAVE AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ROLE IN HONG KONG AFTER 1997.

HE SAID: "THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE TO BE VERY IMPORTANT IN THE FUTURE AS IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST AND THAT DEPENDS UPON OUR CIVIL SERVANTS STAYING IN PLACE AND PROVIDING THE SORT OF SERVICE THEY PROVIDE NOW."

"I THINK THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF LOYALTY WITHIN THE SERVICE AND 1 AM SURE THAT THE MAJORITY OF THEM WILL FEEL THAT LOYALTY SHOULD CARRY THEM THROUGH BEYOND 1997," HE SAID.

ASKED IF THE GOVERNMENT HAS ANY CONTINGENCY PLAN IN CASE OF LARGE NUMBERS OF CIVIL SERVANTS LEAVING, SIR DAVID SAID THERF WERE OPTIONS OPEN.

IF THAT EVENTUALITY SHOULD OCCUR AND VACANCIES WERE STILL LEFT UNFILLED AFTER LOCAL RECRUITMENT, THE GOVERNMENT COULD RECRUIT OVERSEAS AS IT HAD BEEN DOING, HE ADDED.

"BUT IT IS NOT AN EVENTUALITY I THINK THAT IT IS WISE TO PLAN FOR BECAUSE I DON’T THINK IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN," THE CHIEF SECRETARY NOTED.

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"WE ARE STILL RECRUITING OVERSEAS WITHIN THE SERVICE, AND THERE IS NO REASON TO DO THAT IN THE FUTURE,” SIR DAVID SAID.

FOR A NUMBER OF GRADES WHY WE SHOULDN’T CONTINUE

HE SAID IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT A THIRD TO HALF OF THE DEPARTMENT HEADS WOULD STILL BE EXPATRIATES UP TO AND BEYOND 1997 AND I HA I WOULD BE TOTALLY IN KEEPING WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION ABOUT A SPECIAL REPORT ON THE EMIGRATION PROBLEM IN HONG KONG, SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS STILL LOOKING FOR SOME ADDITIONAL FIGURES AND THE STUDY WAS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH OR SO.

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HONG KONG WELCOMES HANOI INITIATIVE ♦ » * *

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WELCOMES THE EXPRESSED WILLINGNESS ON THE PART OF THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES TO DISCUSS WITH OTHER GOVERNMENTS THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

REFERRING TO A REPORT OF A VIETNAMESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN BROADCAST ON HANOI RADIO, A HONG KONG’ GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: "THIS INITIATIVE ON THE PART OF THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES IS MOST WELCOME.

"THE BRITISH EMBASSY TN HANOI HAS RECEIVED AN INVITATION FOR HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO VISIT HANOI TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE WITH THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES AND WE SHALL BE RESPONDING POSITIVELY” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT INTRODUCED A NEW POLICY ON VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ON JUNE 16 WHEREBY THEY ARE TREATED AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS UNLESS, AFTER SCREENING, THEY ARE DETERMINED TO BE GENUINE REFUGEES.

THOSE SCREENED OUT WILL BE DETAINED WITHOUT ACCESS TO RESETTLEMENT UNTIL THEY CAN BE REPATRIATED TO VIETNAM.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT IT WOULD BE VERY USEFUL TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS THIS PROBLEM WITH THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES AND SEEK THEIR COOPERATION IN STOPPING THIS UNHAPPY OUTFLOW AND IN REPATRIATING THOSE WHO ARE NOT GENUINE REFUGEES.

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REGIMENT VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST IN BOAT PEOPLE OPERATION

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VOLUNTEERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT WILL MAN A YAU MA TEI FERRY COMPANY VESSEL WHICH IS BEING RENTED TO ACCOMMODATE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

THIRTY OFFICERS WILL BE DEPLOYED ON MONDAY (JULY 11) TO ASSIST THE CIVIL AID SERVICES.

THE FERRY WAS RENTED THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON AND ABOUT 500 BOAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TAKEN THERE FROM THE GREEN ISLAND RECEPTION CENTRE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THIS IS A TEMPORARY MEASURE TO COPE WITH THE INCREASED NUMBER OF ARRIVALS UNTIL THE CHI MA WAN DETENTION CENTRE IS READY EARLY NEXT MONTH.

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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS NOW TAKING URGENT STEPS TO IMPLEMENT A PACKAGE OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES AIMED AT GIVING SOME RELIEF TO TRAFFIC USING THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND TO TRAFFIC IN THE VICINITY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR JAMES SO, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES WERE LISTED IN THE REPORT ON CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TRAFFIC STUDY COMPILED JOINTLY BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AND A CONSULTANCY FIRM.

THEY WILL BE CARRIED OUT SHORTLY WITH THE OBJECTIVES OF MINIMISING THE EFFECT OF TUNNEL TRAFFIC ON, NON-TUNNEL TRAFFIC, REDUCING CONFLICT CAUSED BY MERGING TRAFFIC ON APPROACHES TO THE TUNNEL AND IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF CROSS HARBOUR BUS SERVICES.

AFTER LENGTHY DELIBERATIONS ON THE VARIOUS MEASURES, INCLUDING PROPOSALS ON TOLLS, THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE YESTERDAY RECOMMENDED THAT CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TOLLS SHOULD NOT BE INCREASED.

AT THE SAME TIME, TAC MEMBERS STRONGLY ADVISED THAT THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PACKAGE SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

MR SO NOTED THAT TRAFFIC QUEUES AT THE TUNNEL HAVE A SERIOUS EFFECT ON NON-TUNNEL TRAFFIC USING THE SAME ROADS, SUCH AS CHATHAM ROAD, EAST KOWLOON WAY, PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD, ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND CANAL ROAD.

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HE SAID THE EFFECT OF THESE QUEUES CAN BE REDUCED BY DIVERTING NON-TUNNEL TRAFFIC TO ALTERNATIVE ROUTES.

THIS CAN ALSO BE ACHIEVED BY SEGREGATING TUNNEL TRAFFIC FROM NON-TUNNEL TRAFFIC BY USING ROAD MARKINGS TO REDUCE CONFLICT OF TRAFFIC MERGING AT THE ENTRANCES TO THE TUNNEL.

THE MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON GLOUCESTER ROAD, CONVENTION AVENUE, CANAL ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND CHATHAM ROAD NORTH IN KOWLOON.

MR SO POINTED OUT THAT FRANCHISED BUSES AT PRESENT CARRY SOME 70 PER CENT OF THE PASSENGER TRAFFIC FLOW THROUGH THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL. THEY ARE THE MOST EFFICIENT CARRIERS AND ANY METHODS TO IMPROVE THEIR OPERATION WILL BENEFIT Till- TRAVELLING PUBLIC.

MEASURES HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED TO REDUCE THE DELAYS CAUSED BY THE TUNNEL QUEUES AND BY THE LIMITED CAPACITY OF THE TOLL PLAZA LAYBY AT THE KOWLOON ENTRANCE.

THESE INCLUDE BUS ROUTE DIVERSIONS, RELOCATION OF CROSS HARBOUR BUS STOPS ON CHATHAM ROAD, THE WIDENING OF THE BUS LAYBY, AND AS THE PROVISION OF NON-STOP AND SHUTTLE BUS SERVICES.

ALTHOUGH THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES MAY BE ABLE TO GIVE SOME RELIEF TO NON-TUNNEL TRAFFIC AND TO BRING SOME IMPROVEMENT TO THE OPERATION OF CROSS HARBOUR BUSES, THEY CANNOT INCREASE THE CAPACITY OR. THE TUNNEL THROUGHOUT, MR SO SAID.

THE CONSULTANCY REPORT HAS PROJECTED THAT THE LEVEL OF DAILY TRAFFIC FLOW THROUGH THE TUNNEL WILL INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 117,000 TO ABOUT 129,000 BY OCTOBER NEXT YEAR.

THIS WOULD RESULT IN LONG QUEUES FORMING AND EXTENDING FROM AS EARLY AS 7.30 AM TO AS LATE AS 8 PM OR .9 PM, CAUSING SERIOUS DISRUPTION AND DELAYS TO OTHER TRAFFIC AS WELL.

HIE REPORT ALSO POINTS OUT THAT EVERY 10 PER CENT INCREASE IN TRAFFIC WOULD RESULT IN A 50 PER CENT INCREASE IN QUEUE LENGTH. THIS MEANS THAT BY OCTOBER NEXT YEAR, QUEUES OF TRAFFIC EXTENDING FROM THE TUNNEL PORTALS COULD REACH FOUR TO FIVE KILOMETRES.

MR SO SAID THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL' BE MONITORING THE I 1'1' A T I < 'CLOSELY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS AND WILL DO WHATEVER II CAN TO I \SF CONGESTION.

BUT HIE PROJECTION IS THAT THE CONGESTION PROBLEM Will 1,1 I WORSE AND THERE WILL BE NO SIGNIFICANT RELIEF UNTIL THE OPENING o| HU EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING BY THE LATER PART OF NEXT YEAR, HE SAID.

"I THEREFORE HOPE THAT MOTORISTS WILL BE PATIENT, TRY TO AVOID USING THE TUNNEL DURING PEAK HOURS AND SWITCH TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT," MR SO ADDED.

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EXCO APPROVES DEVELOPMENT OF * « » *

THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE *

THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE THE DEVELOPMENT OF A THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO BE MANAGED BY THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATES CORPORATION (HKIEC).

THE HKIEC HAS INDICATED A STRONG PREFERENCE FOR THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE TO BE LOCATED IN JUNK BAY, CLOSE TO THE SITE OF THE NEW UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

THE CORPORATION IS AWARE OF THE INCREASING NEED FOR GREATER INTERACTION BETWEEN INDUSTRY AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN ORDER TO FACILITATE RESEARCH AND ABSORPTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES.

THE SITE IN JUNK BAY WILL OCCUPY A GROSS AREA OF ABOUT 100 HECTARES.

EXCLUDING THE LAND REQUIRED FOR ROADS AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE, THE NET AMOUNT OF INDUSTRIAL LAND FOR SALE SHOULD BE IN THE ORDER OF 75 HECTARES,

BEFORE MAKING A FINAL DECISION ON JUNK BAY AS THE SITE FOR THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, THE GOVERNMENT WILL CONDUCT STUDIES ON SUCH MATTERS AS THE COST OF SITE FORMATION, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS, TRANSPORT LINKS AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL SUPPORT.

TIME HAS TO BE ALLOWED FOR THE FEASIBILITY STUDIES, SETTLING ADMINISTRATIVE AND FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE HKIEC AND TENDERING OUT OF CONTRACTS.

BUT IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE SITE FORMATION FOR THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE COULD START IN EARLY 1990, WITH THE FIRST FORMED LAND AVAILABLE IN THE LATTER HALF OF 1992.

CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, DRAINS AND OTHEfi SERVICES WOULD TAKE A FURTHER TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

IT MIGHT BE POSSIBLE, HOWEVER, TO SELL THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL SITES IN 1993.

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NEED FOR MULTILATERAL APPROACH TO WORLD TRADE *****

ANY PROLIFERATION OF BILATERAL TRADE ARRANGEMENTS THE U.S.-CANADA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT COULD RESULT IN AN THE MULTILALTERAL TRADING SYSTEM, HONG KONG’S MINISTER IN STATES, MR PETER LO, SAID IN SEATTLE TODAY (FRIDAY).

SIMILAR TO EROSION OF ill I UNITED

ADDRESSING DELEGATES AT A THREE-DAY SEMINAR ORGANISED Bl THE MAnSFIELD CENTRE FOR PACIFIC AFFAIRS IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON STATE, MR LO EMPHASISED THAT THE WORLD TRADING SYSTEM HAD TRADITIONALLY BEEN BASED UPON THE PRINCIPLE OF MULTILATERALISM AS ENSHRINED IN THE GATT.

’’ANY PROLIFERATION OF BILATERAL FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS IS BOUND TO BE CHARACTERISED BY AN ARRAY OF DIFFERENT AND SPECIAL PROVISIONS TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND REQUIREMENTS OF INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES CONCERNED," MR LO POINTED OUT.

"THE RESULT OF ALL THESE SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS WOULD BE TO ERODE tURTHER THE MOST-FAVOURED-NATION PRINCIPLE AND SERIOUSLY UNDERMINE THE GATT AS AN INSTRUMENT FOR MULTILATERAL RULES AND AS A FORUM FOR MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS."

1URNING TO OTHER ASPECTS OF THE FTA, MR LO PINPOINTED TWO ELEMENTS OF THE AGREEMENT WHICH HE BELIEVED COULD PROVE HELPFUL IN 1HE PROCESS OF TRADE LIBERAL1SAT ION IN THE URUGUAY ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS.

"THE FIRST ELEMENT IS IN THE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT MECHANISM WHICH PROVIDES FOR BINDING ARBITRATION OF TRADE DISPUTES, A FEATURE •WT AT PRESENT AVAILABLE IN THE GATT," HE SAID.

"THE SECOND ELEMENT WHICH MAY ULTIMATELY PROVE HELPFUL IS IN 1HE AREA OF SERVICES WHERE A FRAMEWORK OF GENERALLY APPLICABLE RULES HAS BEEN AGREED."

EXPANDING ON THE THEME OF TRADE IN SERVICES, MR LO SAID HE BELIEVED HONG KONG COULD SUPPORT A MULTILATERAL FRAMEWORK GOVERNING SUCH TRADE WHICH WOULD REFLECT THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF MOST FAVOURED NATION, NON-DISCRIMINATION, TRANSPARENCY AND NATIONAL 1KEATMENT.

HONG KONG ALREADY PROVIDES ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST OPEN ENVIRONMENTS FOR THE TRADE IN SERVICES. BY ALLOWING RELATIVELY UNFETTERED ESTABLISHMENT OF FOREIGN SERVICE PROVIDERS, HONG KONG II \S BENEFITTED FROM A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE SITUATION THAT HAS ENSURED A RANGE OF HIGH QUALITY SERVICES, NOT ONLY FOR DOMESTIC CONSUMPTION BUT ALSO FOR EXPORT.

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"COMPETITION FROM ABROAD HAS THUS PROVIDED A HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE STIMULUS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR SERVICES SECTOR," MR LO SAID.

ON THE SUBJECT OF BILATERAL PERCEPTIONS OF TRADE PATTERNS, MR LO EXPRESSED CONCERN AT THE PRACTICE OF GROUPING I ( iUR QUITE DISSIMILAR TRADING ENTITLES "UNDER THE EXPENDIENT TAG 'THE FOUR ASIAN NIC’S’."

"THIS IS A TERM WHICH HAS NEITHER POLITICAL NOR ECONOMIC LEGITIMACY. THESE FOUR ’NEWLY INDUSTRIALISED ECONOMIES’ ARE NOT IN ANY FORM OF ECONOMIC OR POLITICAL UNION," HE SAID.

"THEY EACH HAVE THEIR OWN AND QUITE DIFFERENT FORMS OF GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC POLICY. GEOGRAPHICALLY THEY ARE NEITHER CLOSE NOR HOMOGENOUS.

"LUMPING THESE ECONOMIES TOGETHER IS UNJUSTIFIED AND UNFAIR, ESPECIALLY WHEN COUPLED WITH STATEMENTS MADE BY CERTAIN INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES THAT THE NIE’S SHOULD GENERALLY ASSUME GATT OBLIGATIONS COMMENSURATE WITH THEIR LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT AND THEIR STAKE IN WORLD TRADE.

HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE DO NOT NEED LESSONS FROM THE INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES IN GATT OBLIGATIONS," MR LO POINTED OUT.

I HEY HAVE NEITHER TARIFF NOR NON-TARIFF BARRIERS TO TRADE, AND OFFER ENVIRONMENTS MOST CONDUCIVE TO FURTHER EXPANSION OF TRADE."

MR LO WELCOMED SIGNS OF GREATER DISCERNMENT IN THE MOST RECENT REPORT OF THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN WHICH HONG KONG AND SINGAPORE ARE TREATED SEPARATELY, AND PARTICULAR REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE FACT THAT THESE TWO ECONOMIES HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE INCREASED SPECIALISATION OF WORLD TRADE WITHOUT PUTTING UNDUE STRAIN ON THE PROCESS OF GLOBAL MACROECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT.

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LEAFLET AND HOTLINE ADVICE ON HYGIENIC WAYS TO PREPARE VEGETABLES » « » » »

IN VIEW OF THE PUBLIC CONCERN OVER RECENT INCIDENTS OF FOOD POISONING BY CONTAMINATED VEGETABLES, A LEAFLET PROVIDING BRIEF GUIDANCE ON WHAT MEASURES TO BE TAKEN TO AVOID THE RISK OF CONSUMING VEGETABLES TAINTED WITH AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REFERENCE.

PRODUCED BY THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH UNDER THE AUSPICES OF URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILS, COPIES OF THE LEAFLETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES STARTING FROM TUESDAY (JULY 12).

BEGINNING TODAY (FRIDAY), A 24-HOUR HOTLINE - 5-8916443 -MAINTAINED BY THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT OF MSB, ALSO PROVIDES A TAPED MESSAGE ON VEGETABLE AND FOOD HYGIENE.

THE TWO-MINUTE MESSAGE IN CANTONESE WILL GIVE ADVICE ON THE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES WHICH SHOULD BE TAKEN.

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* DO NOT BUY VEGETABLES WHICH HAVE STRANGE SMELL;

* WASH VEGETABLES THOROUGHLY WITH WATER;

» SOAK THEM IN WATER FOR SOME TIME;

* BOIL THEM FOR A WHILE AND DRAIN THE WATER; AND

* COOK THEM THOROUGHLY BEFORE CONSUMPTION.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO LEAVE.THEIR QUESTIONS AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS WHICH WILL BE RECORDED AFTER THE MESSAGE.

THEIR QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED INDIVIDUALLY BY STAFF OF THE HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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LABORATORY TEST RESULTS ON VEGETABLES RECEIVED » » » » »

THE HYGIENE ADVISOR OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, DR RONALD PERRY, THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON SAID THAT THE LABORATORY TEST RESULT OF THE SAMPLE OF FOOD RESIDUES TAKEN FROM THE PATIENTS' HOME YESTERDAY IN THE INCIDENT ON SUSPECT CONTAMINATED VEGETABLES, HAD CONFIRMED THE PRESENCE OF THE PESTICIDE ’METHAMIDOPHOS’.

"WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE TEST RESULTS OF OTHER SAMPLES WE HAVE COLLECTED BEFORE WE DECIDE WHAT FURTHER ACTION WILL BE TAKEN," HE SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT THE BRANCH WOULD CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN BORDER CHECKS OF IMPORTED VEGETABLES ESPECIALLY FROM THOSE SUSPECTED FARMS IN SHENZHEN UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT WAS SATISFIED THAT THESE VEGETABLES ARE SAFE.

DR PERRY ALSO SAID THAT HE HAD ALREADY CONTACTED THE SHENZHEN IMPORT AND EXPORT COMMODITY INSPECTION BUREAU REQUESTING THEM TO TIGHTEN UP THEIR PESTICIDE CONTROL IN THEIR FARMS.

"AN OFFICIAL OF THE BUREAU HAS VERBALLY AGREED TO INVESTIGATE AND LOOK INTO THE INCIDENTS," HE SAID.

HE ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD HOLD REGULAR MEETINGS WITH THE SHENZHEN AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY STANDARD OF FOOD AND VEGETABLES IMPORTED TO HONG KONG.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THROUGH THIS CHANNEL OUR CONCERN OVER THIS ISSUE WILL BE FULLY REFLECTED TO THE SHENZHEhf AUTHORITY," HE ADDED.

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THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN WILL SEE ITS GREATEST EVER COMMUNITY AND COMMERCIAL INVOLVEMENT IN AN APPEAL DAY FUNCTION TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

IN RESPONSE TO A CALL FOR MORE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN OPERATION, SOME 500 RETAIL OUTLETS OF LOCAL CHAIN-STORES, SUPERMARKETS, SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS, TOGETHER WITH 1,900 COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) MEMBERS WILL BE DISTRIBUTING KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STICKERS TO THE PUBLIC THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

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"WE FEEL ENCOURAGED TO SEE SO MANY ORGANISATIONS AND COMMUNITY BODIES SUPPORTING US," SAID DR PANG HOK-TUEN, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE.

"IT IS THIS KIND OF SUPPORT THAT IS MOST VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN," HE ADDED.

TO MARK THE OCCASION, A CEREMONY TO SIGNIFY THE DELEGATION OF MISSION OF THE APPEAL DAY TO THE PARTICIPATING PARTIES WILL BE HELD \T 9 AM TOMORROW AT THE STATUE SQUARE IN CENTRAL.

AN EXHIBITION FEATURING A SELECTION OF LITTER BINS OF INTERESTING DESIGNS WILL ALSO BE STAGED AT THE SAME VENUE TO ADD COLOUR TO THE EVENT.

URBAN COUNCILLORS, REGIONAL COUNCILLORS, TV ARTISTS, REPRESENTATIVES OF PARTICIPATING PARTIES WITH THEIR UNIFORM TEAMS AND CYC MEMBERS WILL BE PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY AND WILL DISTRIBUTE STICKERS TO PASSERS-BY AT THE STATUE SQUARE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT. PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE STATUE SQUARE AT 8.45 AM. GIS OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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TUEN MUN PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON LRT, ROAD SAFETY * » » » »

THE 1988 TUEN MUN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE WILL LAUNCH TWO MAJOR EVENTS TOMORROW (SATURDAY)T0 ENHANCE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF OBSERVING ROAD REGULATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES OF CARELESSNESS BY PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS.

THE EVENTS ARE A LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) VILLAGE STATIONS OPEN DAY AND AN EXHIBITION ON ROAD SAFETY.

SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD, THE CAMPAIGN IS PRESENTED JOINTLY BY THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION'S LIGHT RAIL DIVISION, AND VARIOUS LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

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IN THE MORNING, THE STATIONS OPEN DAY PROGRAMME, WHICH INCLUDES A LION DANCE, WILL BEGIN AT 9.15 AM AT THE CHUNG UK TSUEN STATION TO ENABLE THE VILLAGERS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE LRT SYSTEM AND ROUTES.

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN WAN, AND VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVES WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

SIMILAR ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT NAI WAI STATION AT 9.35 AM, NAM TEI STATION AT 9.55 AM AND KEI LUN WAI STATION AT 10.15 AM.

THE PROGRAMME WILL CONCLUDE WITH A TEA RECEPTION AT THE LRT DEPOT IN LUNG MUN ROAD.

AT 12.30 PM, A GRAND OPENING OF THE ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD AT THE PODIUM ADJACENT TO THE MUSIC FOUNTAIN IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN PLAZA.

OFFICIATING GUESTS WILL INCLUDE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU; DIRECTOR OF THE KCRC'S LIGHT RAIL DIVISION, MR JOE WADE; AND THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR DAVID PITT.

THE CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY AN EXHIBITION COMPRISING 20 PANELS ILLUSTRATED WITH CARTOON DRAWINGS, TWO GAMES STALLS, AND SCREENING OF PROMOTIONAL FILMS ON THE VIDEO WALL IN THE TOWN PLAZA.

THE EXHIBITION PINPOINTS COMMON MISTAKES MADE BY PEDESTRIANS AND DRIVERS, SAFETY ASPECTS RELATING TO THE LRT, AND THE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES THAT CAN RESULT FROM TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

RESIDENTS WILL HAVE SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THE EXHIBITION.

IT WILL CONTINUE IN THE TOWN PLAZA UNTIL JULY 16 AND WILL THEN BE MOUNTED IN THE BUTTERFLY SHOPPING ARCADE FROM JULY 17 TO 22; SHAN KING COMMUNITY HALL FROM JULY 23 TO 25; SHEK PAI TAU PLAYGROUND ON JULY 26; OPEN SPACE ADJACENT TO TAI HING COMMUNITY HALL FROM JULY 27 TO 31; SIU HONG COURT OPEN SPACE FROM AUGUST 1 TO 6, AND FINALLY IN THE HUNG KIU RECREATION AREA ON AUGUST 7.

THE NINE-MONTH CAMPAIGN WILL ALSO COMPRISE VISITS, A STICKER AND SLOGAN COMPETITION, DRIVING CARNIVAL, SELECTION OF MODEL DRIVERS AND PEDESTRIANS, SEMINARS AND DISTRIBUTION OF ROAD SAFETY ITEMS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE LRT VILLAGE STATIONS OPEN DAY AND THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT 9.15 AM IN THE CHUNG UK TSUEN STATION AND AT 12.30 PM IN THE TUEN MUN TOWN PLAZA RESPECTIVELY. YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER BOTH EVENTS.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO TAKE GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT 8.15 AM AT THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI .

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SPECIAL STAMP SET FEATURES PEAK TRAMWAY

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A SET OF FOUR SPECIAL STAMPS FEATURING THE CENTENARY OF THE PEAK TRAMWAY WILL BE ISSUED ON AUGUST 1, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE STAMPS ARE IN DENOMINATIONS OF 50 CENTS, $1.30, $1.70 AND $5. A SOUVENIR SHEET CONTAINING THE FOUR STAMPS WILL ALSO BE ISSUED AT $8.50.

IN ADDITION, STAMP BOOKLETS CONTAINING THREE SOUVENIR SHEETS WILL BE PUT ON SALE ON AUGUST 25. THESE WILL BE PRICED AT $26.

THE PEAK TRAMWAY IS HONG KONG’S OLDEST FORM OF MECHANISED PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND ITS ORIGINS CAN BE TRACED BACK WELL OVER A HUNDRED YEARS, A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE SUGGESTION THAT A PEAK TRAMWAY SYSTEM BE CONSTRUCTED WAS INITIATED BY A MERCHANT, MR ALEXANDER FINDLAY SMITH, IN 1881.

CONSTRUCTION BEGAN IN 1885, AND THE RAILWAY WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR WILLIAM DES VOEUX, ON MAY 28, 1888. IT WAS OPENED TO THE PUBLIC TWO DAYS LATER.

THE ROLE OF THE TRAMWAY HAS UNDERGONE CONSIDERABLE CHANGES IN 100 YEARS, FROM PRIMARILY A MEANS OF TRANSPORT FOR COMMUTERS TO LARGELY A RECREATIONAL SERVICE FOR BOTH RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS.

TODAY, THE PEAK TRAM IS ONE OF HONG KONG’S MOST FAMOUS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND LAST YEAR CARRIED OVER 2.7 MILLION PASSENGERS.

Till STAMPS AND SOUVENIR SHEET WERE DESIGNED BY MISS LILIAN TANG, ILLUSTRATED BY MISS KATHRYN BLOMFIELD AND PRINTED IN AUSTRALIA BY LEIGH-MARDON PTY. LTD.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE PUT ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON JULY 21.

FOR THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE, A SPECIAL DATESTAMP WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR HANDSTAMPING FIRST DAY COVERS ON THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE.

FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED CLOSER TO THE DAY OF ISSUE.

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 1988

AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT ZONING PLAN PUBLISHED

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AMENDMENTS TO THE DRAFT WANG TAU HOM AND TUNG TAU OUTLINE ZONING PLAN WERE ANNOUNCED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TODAY (FRIDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID A MAJOR AMENDMENT WAS TO REZONE A SITE TO THE NORTH OF TIN MA COURT IN MA CHAI HANG FROM 'GOVERNMENT/ INSTITUTION/COMMUNITY' TO ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A)’.

THE SITE IS ABOUT ONE HECTARE AND IS PROPOSED TO BE DEVELOPED INTO A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AS AN EXTENSION TO TIN MA COURT FOR ABOUT 2,650 PERSONS WITH SUPPORTING FACILITIES.

ANOTHER MAJOR AMENDMENT RELATES TO THE REZONING OF AN AREA TO THE SOUTH OF THE EXISTING LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE FROM ’OPEN SPACE’ TO ’COMMERCIAL’ AND ’GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTION/COMMUN1TY’ FOR AN EXTENSION OF THE SHOPPING CENTRE AND A TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE RESPECTIVELY.

TO COMPENSATE FOR THE LOSS OF OPEN SPACE, THE AREA CURRENTLY OCCUPIED BY BLOCKS 18 TO 20 OF LOK FU ESTATE IS REZONED FROM ’RESIDENTIAL (GROUP A)’ TO ’OPEN SPACE’.

THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT:

* THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG;

* PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES,

WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG; AND

* WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, SAN PO KONG GOVERNMENT

OFFICES BUILDING, GROUND AND 4TH FLOOR, KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENT PLAN MAY SUBMIT HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/O BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 4TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, BY JULY 28, 1988.

COPIES OF THE AMENDMENT PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MAP SALES COUNTER, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, AT $10 PER UNCOLOURED COPY AND $60 PER COLOURED COPY.

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RATE OF NEW INSOLVENCIES DECREASES ♦ » ♦ ♦ ♦

THERE WERE 87 NEW CASES OF COMPULSORY WINDING-UP AND 114 NEW PERSONAL BANKRUPTICES DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH THE 138 AND 167 RESPECTIVELY IN 1987, THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, MR NOEL GLEESON, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

MR GLEESON SAID IT COULD BE SEEN, THEREFORE, THAT THE RATE OF NEW INSOLVENCIES HAD DECREASED BY 34.1 PER CENT. THIS HAD BEEN A CONTINUING TREND SINCE 1986.

BY COMPARISON, THERE WAS ALSO A 15.98 PER CENT DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW INSOLVENCIES IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1987 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1986.

MORE COMPLICATED OR SIGNIFICANT INSOLVENCIES DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR WERE: G.F. MARK FIVE KNITTING FACTORY LTD., QUALIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD., AND CLEVEDON CO. LTD.

TOTAL DIVIDENDS DECLARED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 AMOUNTED TO $34.41 MILLION IN 233 INSOLVENCIES, AS AGAINST $123.96 MILLION IN 190 INSOLVENCIES FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1987.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INSOLVENCIES BEING HANDLED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER’S OFFICE AT THE END OF LAST MONTH WAS 3,114 COMPRISING 1,668 CASES OF COMPULSORY WINDING-UP AND 1,446 PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES.

FUNDS ADMINISTERED BY THE OFFICIAL RECEIVER AT THE END OF JUNE THIS YEAR TOTALLED $1,418 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 5.19 PER CENT AS AGAINST $1,348 MILLION AT THE END OF JUNE, 1987.

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CYC MEMBERS TO TOUR JAPAN AND SINGAPORE *****

TWENTY-THREE OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WHO WON OVERSEAS EDUCATIONAL TOURS FOR THEIR EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES IN THE CYC MERIT AWARD SCHEME THIS YEAR WILL BE LEAVING FOR TOKYO AND SINGAPORE ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) AND THURSDAY (JULY 14) RESPECTIVELY.

ADDRESSING THE CYC MEMBERS AT A JOINT FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY AND A TEA PARTY FOR 11 BOYS AND 12 GIRLS AS WELL AS THEIR PARENTS, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, CALLED ON THEM TO PROMOTE THE SPIRIT AND THE GOOD WORK OF CYC WHILE VISITING THE TWO COUNTRIES.

/MR LI

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MR LI TOLD THE CYC MEMBERS THAT THEY REPRESENTED Til 230,000 MEMBERS IN HONG KONG AND WOULD HELP PASS ON THE MESSAGE OF THE CYC MOVEMENT TO YOUTHS IN JAPAN AND SINGAPORE,

MR LI ALSO SAID THEY SHOULD SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH THEIR FELLOW MEMBERS ON THEIR RETURN.

THE TOUR WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE CYC MERIT AWARD SCHEME WHICH AIMS AT BUILDING UP STRONG COMMUNITY SPIRIT THROUGH VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY CHILDREN.

MEMBERS OF THE TWO DELEGATIONS WERE SELECTED FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO COMMUNITY SERVICE.

THE TRIPS WERE SPONSORED BY THE LAW’S FOUNDATION TRUST, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE SINGAPORE COMMISSION IN HONG KONG AND JAPAN AIRLINES.

TO MARK THE DEPARTURE OF THE DELEGATION, MR LI PRESENTED TWO FLAGS TO THE DELEGATION LEADERS MR HON PO-SUM, PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (SPECIAL SERVICES) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND MR KO KAM-CHEUNG, THE CHAIRMAN OF CYC COUNCIL (SOUTH DISTRICT).

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MORE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES THIS WEEKEND

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THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, WHICH AIMS AT PROVIDING HEALTHY RECREATIONAL, SPORT AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTHS BETWEEN THE AGE OF SIX AND 25, WILL BE LAUNCHED IN SHAM SHUI PO AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICTS TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) RESPECTIVELY.

THE SHAM SHUI PO SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL KICK OFF WITH A VARIETY SHOW TO BE HELD AT 4 PM AT MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND. YOUTHS AND RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND TO SHARE THE FUN.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GREGORY LEUNG; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR RAYMOND CHOY.

THE WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL OPEN WITH A CARNIVAL AT 2.30 PM AT THE OPEN SPACE AT THE LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE.

/THE CARNIVAL

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THE CARNIVAL WILL FEATURE A VARIETY SHOW OF SINGING AND CHINESE DANCING PERFORMANCES AND GAME STALLS PROVIDED BY YOUTH ORGANISATIONS IN WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT. FREE GAME STALL TICKETS WILl BE DISTRIBUTED AT THE VENUE.

OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL INCLUDE WONG 'Al SIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR NG HON-WAH; WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD HAIRMAN, MR MICHAEL LEE; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WONG TAI SIN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MISS MARGARET HONG.

OVER 1,000 ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR YOUTHS IN SHUM MIUI PO AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICTS THIS SUMMER, ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE AT ANY OF THE BRANCHES OF THE SHAM SHUI PO AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING TO BE HELD AT 1 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND, SHAM SHUI PO, AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT 2.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) AT LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE, KOWLOON.

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YAU TSIM DI STRI(T TO LAUNCH SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME * * * * *

MORE THAN 100 RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT THIS SUMMER.

THE ACTIVITIES, ORGANISED BY 18 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND CO-ORDINATED BY THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD FROM SUNDAY (JULY 10) TO SEPTEMBER 1 .

CENTRED ON THE THEME OF "SHARING THE FUN, SERVING THE '-ONMUNIB", THE ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE FILM SHOWS, TRAINING CLASSES, i.XI11 B IT IONS , CARNIVALS AND VARIETY SHOWS.

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, CAMPING, WATER SPORTS, CYCLING, BALL-GAMES, HIKING AND VISITS TO FARMS HAVE BEEN ARRANGED.

/THE ENTIRE

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THE ENTIRE PROGRAMME COSTS $288,372, WITH $232,700 DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, $50,000 BY YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS AND THE REST BY PRIVATE SPONSORSHIP.

BOOKLETS CONTAINING DETAILS OF THE ACTIVITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE AT 490 NATHAN ROAD AND TSIM SHA TSUI SUBOFFICE AT 40 CARNARVON ROAD.

A CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THE PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD AT 2.15 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, TSIM SHA TSUI.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME COMMITTEE, MR PETER S.T. LEE; YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG, AND YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH.

FOLLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONY, A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING CHINESE DANCE, BALLET AND PERFORMANCE BY A CHINESE ORCHESTRA WILL BE STAGED BY LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 2.15 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 10) AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, TSIM SHA TSUI.

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INTERESTING SUMMER FOR TSUEN WAN YOUTH ♦ ♦ * ♦ »

A FUN-FILLED AND MEANINGFUL SUMMER HOLIDAY IS IN STORE FOR THE aU,000 YOUNGSTERS LIVING IN TSUEN WAN.

THEY CAN PICK AND CHOOSE FROM A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES PLANNED SOLELY FOR THEM IN THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) THIS YEAR.

THE VARIOUS FUNCTIONS, TOTALLING 234 IN NUMBER, INCLUDE TRAINING COURSES ON SPORTS ACTIVITIES, LEADERSHIP TRAINING, VISITS, OUTINGS, CAMPING, EXHIBITIONS, COMPETITIONS, SEMINARS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.

/ORGANISED BY .......

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ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, WITH SPONSORSHIP OF $192,600 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE YOUTH ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR ARE IN LINE WITH THE THEME OF ’’SHARE THE FUN AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY".

IN ORDER TO BOOST THE COMMUNITY SPIRIT OF YOUNG VOLUNTEERS AND VARIOUS PARTICIPATING VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, AWARDS . ON "OUTSTANDING OLUNTEERS" AND ’’EXCELLENT ACTIVITIES" WILL BE GIVEN BY THE DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE TO DESERVING YOUNGSTERS AND AGENCIES.

TO LAUNCH THE 1988 TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SYP, AN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND.

OFFICIATING WILL BE THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR CHAU HOW-CHEN; REGIONAL COUNCIL DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR CHAN LAU-FONG; CHAIRMAN OF YAN CHAI HOSPITAL, MADAM YEUNG PO-CHUN; VICE-CHAIRMAN OF YUEN YUEN INSTITUTE, MR CHIU CHUN-TUNG; CHAIRMAN (DESIGNATE) OF TSUEN WAN ROTARY CLUB, MR LAU KWOK-CHEUNG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHU CHUNG-SHING.

TO HIGHLIGHT THE OPENING OF THE PROGRAMME, A ’’SERVE THE COMMUNITY SCHEME" IS PLANNED.

SOME 500 YOUNG VOLUNTEERS WILL BE MOBILISED TO CARRY OUT DIFFERENT COMMUNITY SERVICES IN TH1 DISTRICT TOMORROW MORNING.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A TEA GATHERING IN THE AFTERNOON WHICH WILL PROVIDE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE TO SHARE 1HEIR EXPERIENCE AFTER PERFORMING VARIOUS COMMUNITY WORK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE 1988 TSUEN WAN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE SHA TSUI ROAD PLAYGROUND, TSUEN WAN.

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SAI KUNG SYP TO BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW

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THE 1988 SAI KUNG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE LAUNCHED TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WITH A FLOATS PARADE AT THE SAI KUNG TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND CARPARK.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE SAI KUNG ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS BETTY CHING; TWO YOUTH AMBASSADORS FROM THE 1 ELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED AND LOCAL DIGNITARIES.

IN ADDITION TO THE FLOATS PARADE, THERE WILL, BE CYCLING DEMONSTRATION, MURAL PAINTING, MAGIC SHOW AND SINGING PERFORMANCE BY THE SAI KUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIR.

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE AND IS LO-ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (SAI KUNG OFFICE).

MORE THAN 70 PROGRAMMES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED BY THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE BETWEEN JULY 9 AND END OF AUGUST.

ABOUT $132,000 INCLUDING $96,400 ALLOCATED FROM THE JOCKEY CLUB FUNDS HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY CUM FLOATS PARADE OF THE 1988 SAI KUNG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT 2 PM TOMORROW (JULY 9) AT THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND CARPARK, FUK MAN ROAD, SAI KUNG TOWN. (THE VENUE WILL BE CHANGED TO SAI KUNG JOCKEY CLUB TOWN HALL OPPOSITE TO THE SPORTS GROUND IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER.)

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THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND.

OFFICIATING WILL BE THE REGIONAL SECRETARY OF NEW TERRITORIES, MR MICHAEL SUEN; KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK; CHAIRMAN OF KWAI TSING DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR SO HOI-PAN; AND KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LEE WING-TAT.

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AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES BY PUPILS OF SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT, AND MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT CULTURE AND ARTS CO-ORDINATING ASSOCIATION, JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND MUSIC OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND (NEAR KWAI FONG MTR STATION).

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SECONDARY 3 AND SECONDARY 5 GRADUATES OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WILL IN FUTURE HAVE BETTER OPPORTUNITIES TO PURSUE FURTHER STUDIES.

THIS WAS SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) BY MR DOMINIC WONG, SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE COTTON SPINNERS ASSOCIATION PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL.

MR WONG POINTED OUT THAT FROM 1989, ’THE CLASS STRUCTURE OF PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS WOULD BE IMPROVED FROM 77722 TO 66644.

"THIS WILL PROVIDE MORE PROMOTION PLACES FOR SECONDARY 3 GRADUATES WHO WISH TO CONTINUE WITH SENIOR SECONDARY EDUCATION WITHIN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS," HE SAID.

ALSO, FROM 1991, SECONDARY 6 AND 7 CLASSES WOULD BE GRADUALLY INTRODUCED INTO PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

THIS FOLLOWED THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE EDUCATION COMMISSION THAT THERE SHOULD BE TWO YEARS OF SIXTH FORM AND THAT SUCH COURSE SHOULD BE EXTENDED ALSO TO PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS.

MR WONG SAID THAT IN ORDER TO CATER FOR A WIDER RANGE OF ABILITY AND ADTITUDE, THE SIXTH FORM CURRICULUM WOULD BE BROADENED.

"IT WILL INCLUDE SUBJECTS OF A LESS ACADEMIC NATURE, INCLUDING TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL SUBJECTS, AT BOTH THE ADVANCED LEVEL AND THE NEW INTERMEDIATE LEVEL. THESE EXAMINATIONS CAN ALSO BE TAKEN IN EITHER THE CHINESE OR ENGLISH LANGUAGES.

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’’ALL THIS MEANS THAT IN FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDIES IN THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS WILL BE OPEN TO STUDENTS FROM PREOVCATIONAL SCHOOLS,” MR WONG SAID.

HE NOTED THAT RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE EDUCATION COMMISSION IN ITS NO.3 REPORT REGARDING THE STRUCTURE OF TERTIARY EDUCA ION HAD ATTRACTED MUCH ATTENTION.

"THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW MONITORING PUBLIC RESPONSE RECEIVED ON THIS SUBJECT AND WILL ANALYSE VIEWS CAREFULLY BEFORE TAKING A DECISION LATER THIS YEAR," HE ADDED.

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MEMBERS OF THE LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE’S STEERING GROUP LEARNED THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING THAT THE INSTALLATION OF WASTE TREATMENT FACILITIES ON PRIVATE FARMS UNDER THE DEMONSTRATION SCHEME WILL COMMENCE NEXT MONTH.

AT TODAY’S GROUP MEETING, AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVE PRESENTED A LIST OF 12 LIVESTOCK FARMS RECOMMENDED BY A CONSULTANT FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.

AFTER EXPRESSING THEIR VIEWS GATHERED FROM A SERIES OF VISITS TO THE RECOMMENDED FARMS EARLIER IN THIS WEEK, MEMBERS AGREED TO EIGHT OF THE RECOMMENDED FARMS TO FACILITATE AN EARLY INTRODUCTION OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.

THE MEETING ALSO AGREED THAT THE CONSULTANT SHOULD MAKE A FURTHER ASSESSMENT OF FOUR LIVESTOCK FARMS FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION BY THE STEERING GROUP NEXT WEEK.

THE SELECTED LIVESTOCK FARMS WERE LOCATED AT MA ON SHAN, FANLING, SHA TAU KOK AND SHEUNG SHUI. THEY INCLUDED FIVE PIG FARMS AND THREE CHICKEN FARMS.

THE MEETING ALSO AGREED THAT THE CONSULTANT SHOULD START IMMEDIATELY TO DESIGN AND APPOINT CONTRACTORS TO CARRY OUT THE INSTALLATION WORKS FOR THE FARMS ALREADY SELECTED.

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PRIVATE LOT TO BE RESUMED FOR OPEN SPACE * * * * *

A PRIVATE LOT IN WAN CHAI ON HONG KONG ISLAND IS TO BF RESUMED FOR A PUBLIC OPEN SPACE PROJECT.

THE LOT, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 96.5 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED AT 12 KWONG MING STREET.

TOGETHER WITH THE LAND SURRENDERED BY THE OWNER OF AN ADJOINING DEVELOPMENT AND A LOT OWNED AND MANAGED BY THE GOVERNMENT, IT WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO A PUBLIC OPEN SPACE FOR USE AS A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND SITTING OUT AREA.

WORK ON THE PROJECT WILL START IN THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR FOR COMPLETION IN MID 1990.

THE RESUMPTION NOTICE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY) AND POSTED ON THE PROPERTY WHICH WILL REVERT TO THE GOVERNMENT ON THE EXPIRY OF THREE MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF POSTING.

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WAN CHAI TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY SERVICE TO BE WITHDRAWN ♦ * * ♦ ♦

THE PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN WAN CHAI AND JORDAN ROAD OPERATED BY THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY (HYF) WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM JULY 16 (SATURDAY).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (FRIDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE WITHDRAWAL OF THIS SERVICE WAS PART OF HYF’S PROGRAMME TO RATIONALISE ITS CROSS-HARBOUR SERVICES SO THAT THE COMPANY CAN IMPROVE ITS SERVICES, ESPECIALLY TO THE OUTLYING DISTRICTS.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE SERVICE WAS RECOMMENDED BY THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN 1986 AND ENDORSED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL IN JANUARY 1987 IN VIEW OF THE CONTINUOUS DECLINE IN PATRONAGE AND THE OVERALL IMPROVEMENT OF OTHER CROSS-HARBOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, INCLUDING THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL BUSES.

TO COINCIDE WITH THE CANCELLATION OF THE FERRY ROUTE, A NEW FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN WAN CHAI AND KOWLOON POINT STARTED OPERATION IN APRIL THIS YEAR AND IS OPERATING AT A BASIC FREQUENCY OF 10 MINUTES.

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SHA TAU KOK ROAD TO BE WIDENED *****

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO WIDEN AND RECONSTRUCT SECTIONS OF SHA TAU KOK ROAD FROM PING CHE ROAD TO SHA TAU KOK IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO COPE WITH INCREASING TRAFFIC VOLUME.

THE EXISTING SHA TAU KOK ROAD IS A SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY VARYING IN WIDTH FROM SIX METRES TO SEVEN METRES AND IS SUBSTANDARD BOTH IN WIDTH AND CONSTRUCTION STRENGTH.

THE DAILY TRAFFIC ALONG SHA TAU KOK ROAD FROM PING CHE ROAD TO SHA TAU KOK IS ABOUT 3,600 VEHICLES INCLUDING CROSS BORDER TRAFFIC.

WITH THE OPENING OF THE WU TUNG SHAN TUNNEL IN THE CHINESE SIDE BETWEEN CENTRAL SHENZHEN AND SHA TAU KOK IN LATE SEPTEMBER 1987, THE CROSS BORDER TRAFFIC OF MOSTLY HEAVY VEHICLES HAS BEEN STEADILY INCREASING FROM ABOUT 700 VEHICLES A DAY PREVIOUSLY TO 1,300 VEHICLES A DAY RECENTLY.

THE PREDICTED TRAFFIC FIGURE IS EXPECTED TO REACH 5,000 A DAY BY THE EARLY 1990’S.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INCLUDE WIDENING AND RECONSTRUCTION OF SECTIONS OF EXISTING SHA TAU KOK ROAD, FROM PING CHE ROAD TO SHA TAU KOK, TO A 7.3 METRES WIDE CARRIAGEWAY WITH 1.6 METRE WIDE FOOTPATHS ON BOTH SIDES FOR A TOTAL LENGTH OF ABOUT 6.5 KILOMETRES; AND ASSOCIATED EARTHWORKS, DRAINAGE AND LANDSCAPING WORKS.

STRIPS OF EXISTING SHA TAU KOK ROAD AND AN EXISTING PORTION OF LUK KENG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED; AND SECTIONS OF EXISTING SHA TAU KOK ROAD BETWEEN PING CHE ROAD AND SHA TAU KOK WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

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

THE PLANS SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; AT THE NORTH DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND AT THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING ROUNDABOUT, FANL1NG.

ANY PERSON WHO OBJECTS TO THE WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 6, 1988.

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KWAI CHUNG ROAD TO BE PARTIALLY CLOSED FOR ROAD WORKS t ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE MEASURES WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KWAI CHUNG FROM MONDAY (JULY 11) TO FACILITATE ROAD SURFACE REPAIR WORKS ALONG KWAI CHUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR TEMPORARY TRAFFIC SIGNS \ND DRIVE WITH EXTRA CARE AND PATIENCE.

THE REPAIR WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT DAILY BETWEEN 9 PM AND 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FROM JULY 11 TO AUGUST 3 ON THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF KWAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK BRIDGE AND TSUEN WAN ROAD.

DURING THE NIGHT-TIME WORKING HOURS, AT LEAST ONE TRAFFIC LANE WILL REMAIN OPENED TO TRAFFIC. HOWEVER, IN THE DAY TIME, TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL BE MAINTAINED.

MEANWHILE, THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD FROM CHING CHEUNG ROAD LEADING TO KWAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON JULY 12 (TUESDAY) AND 15 (FRIDAY).

MOTORISTS HEADING FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE DIVERTED VIA NEW CONTAINER PORT ROAD OR LAI KING HILL ROAD.

FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON JULY 21 (THURSDAY) AND 26 (TUESDAY), THE NORTHBOUND SLIP ROAD FROM KWAI CHUNG ROAD LEADING TO CONTAINER PORT ROAD WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

VEHICLES INTENDING TO GO TO CONTAINER PORT ROAD WILL HAVE TO USE TSUEN WAN ROAD, KWAI TSI NG ROAD AND KWAI FUK ROAD.

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TEMPORARY RESTRICTED ZONE ON HOSPITAL ROAD ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT HOSPITAL ROAD IN WESTERN DISTRICT BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 30 AND 32 WILL BE MADE A DAILY RESTRICTED ZONE ROUND-THE-CLOCK FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 11).

THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS FOR ROADWORKS.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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TRAFFIC REROUTEING IN KWUN TONG ♦ » ♦ * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 11), THE SECTION OF SHUI WO STREET IN KWUN TONG BETWEEN WAN HON STREET AND KA LOK STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY OPERATION INTO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS FOR ROAD WORKS. MOTORISTS FROM KA LOK STREET HEADING FOR HIP WO STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SHUI WO STREET, SHUI NING STREET, WAN HON STREET AND REJOIN HIP WO STREET.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WONG TAI SIN » * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TO FACILITATE EMERGENCY ROAD REPAIRS, THE SECTION OF FUNG SHING STREET NEAR CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD IN WONG TAI SIN HAS BEEN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

KMB ROUTES NO. 10 (TAI KOK TSUI FERRY TO CHOI WAN), 21 (KOWLOON STATION TO CHOI WAN) AND 21M (CHOI HUNG MTR STATION TO CHOI WAN) HAVE BEEN DIVERTED VIA CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD ON THEIR JOURNEYS TO CHOI WAN ESTATE.

THE MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT FOUR DAYS.

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WATER SUPPLY TO THREE AREAS WILL BE SUSPENDED ON MONDAY (JULY 11) TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 11 PM ON MONDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT MEI TIN ROAD, TAI PO ROAD, TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, TAI WAI ROAD, TSUEN NAM ROAD AND CHIK FAI STREET.

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME KOWLOON TONG PREMISES WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM THE SAME DAY.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY BROADCAST DRIVE, FESSENDEN ROAD, MARCONI ROAD, JUNCTION ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, NAM CHEONG STREET AND CORNWALL STREET INCLUDING CHAK ON ESTATE, KOWLOON KITCHEN AND CHAK YAN CENTRE.

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME HUNG HOM PREMISES WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM THAT DAY.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY BULKELEY STREET, DOCK STREET, PO LOI STREET, HUNG HOM WAN STREET, ON CHING ROAD, CHEONG HANG ROAD, WINSLOW STREET AND CHATHAM ROAD INCLUDING HUNG HOM FERRY PIER.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MAJOR EFFORT TO FOSTER ’CLEAN HK' SPIRIT................... 1

GOVERNOR TO SIGN DCA ...................................... 2

SSPA RESULTS TO BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY..................... 2

STANDARD COST SYSTEM ADOPTED FOR C AND Y CENTRES........... 4

CANADIAN VISIT FOR POLICE YOUTH AMBASSADORS ............... 5

TAI PO DB TO DISCUSS BUS ROUTE PROGRAMME................... 6

YOUTH URGED TO JOIN HOLIDAY PROGRAMME...................... 7

SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS..................... 8

CHANCE FOR YOUTH TO EXPERIENCE COMMUNITY BUILDING.......... 9

WAN CHaI SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE LAUNCHED............. 9

NEW CSD RECRUITMENT CENTRE IN TSUJN WAN ................... 10

THUNDERSTORMS, BUT JUNE RAINFaLL BELOW NORtLJL............. 11

SOUTHERN DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR SEEKS NEW MEMBERS ...... 14

TUEN MUN PIER HEAD TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE OPENING........... 14

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROaD................... 15

mains burst causes temporary rohD closure ................. 16

WATER CUT IN KOWLOON CITY ................................. 16

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MAJOR EFFORT TO FOSTER 'CLEAN HK’ SPIRIT *****

URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILLORS WERE JOINED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF MAJOR COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS AND COMMUNITY YOUTH CLUB (CYC) MEMBERS AT A FUNCTION HELD THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING TO MARK TliE START OF A TERRITORY-WIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN APPEAL DAY.

ORGANISED BY THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, THE FUNCTION WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PROGRAMMES EVER HELD IN PROPAGATING A COMMUNITY SPIRIT IN KEEPING HONG KONG CLEAN.

THE FUNCTION WAS MARKED BY A "DELEGATION OF MISSION" CEREMONY HELD AT STATUE SQUARE IN CENTRAL.

THE APPEAL DAY FEATURES THE DISTRIBUTION OF KEEP HONG KONO CLEAN STICKERS TO THE PUBLIC THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY, WITH THE HELP OF 1,900 CYC MEMBERS.

THE PARTICIPATION OF 13 COMMERICAL ORGANISATIONS HAS ENABLED THE STICKERS TO BE DISTRIBUTED ON A WIDE SCALE THROUGH MORE THAN 500 RETAIL OUTLETS OF CHAIN-STORES, SUPERMARKETS, BOUTIQUES, AND DEPARTMENTAL STORES.

THE VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN STEERING COMMITTEE, DR PANG HOK-TUEN, SAID AFTER THE CEREMONY THAT "15 YEARS OF ACTIVE CAMPAIGNING HAVE GRADUALLY BROUGHT HONG KONG PEOPLE TO REALISE THAT THEY HAVE GOT TO PLAY A PART IN THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN OPERATION TO MAKE IT WORK.

"TODAY’S JOINT EFFORT WITH THE PRIVATE AND COMMERCIAL SECTOR HERALDS A NEW ERA FOR THE CAMPAIGN WHICH, WE HOPE, WILL BECOME A COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT .CAMPAIGN IN ITS REAL SENSE."

DR PANG ALSO SAID HE HOPED THAT THROUGH THE APPEAL DAY MORE PEOPLE WOULD BECOME AWARE OF THEIR SOCIAL OBLIGATIONS.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, AN EXHIBITION OF LITTER BINS OF INTERESTING DESIGNS WAS OPENED TO THE PUBLIC.

URBAN COUNCILLOR AND MEMBER OF THE JOINT URBAN COUNCIL/REGIONAL COUNCIL KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN' STEERING COMMITTEE, DR RONALD LEUNG, SAID: "CLEANING HONG KONG IS NOT NECESSARILY AN UNPLEASANT TASK ASSOCIATED ONLY WITH THE DISPOSAL OF HUGE AMOUNTS OF REFUSE." EVERY PIECE OF LITTER PUT IN THE BINS MEANT THAT PEOPLE WERE HELPING TO KEEP THEIR CITY CLEAN.

PARTICIPATING INTO TODAY’S APPEAL DAY ARE VARIOUS COMPANIES INCLUDING A.S. WATSON, CIRCLE K CONVENIENCE STORES, CITY CHAIN, ESTI TAHINA (INTERNATIONAL) BOUTIQUE, FAIRWOOD FAST FOOD, FONTANE STORE, MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS, PARK’N SHOP, TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED, TOM LEE MUSIC COMPANY, UNY DEPARTMENTAL STORE, WELLCOME, AND CHINESE ARTS AND CRAFTS (HONG KONG) LIMITED.

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GOVERNOR TO SIGN DCA

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL SIGN THE NEW DEFENCE COSTS AGREEMENT DURING HIS FORTHCOMING VISIT TO BRITAIN.

THE NEW AGREEMENT, LIKE PREVIOUS ONES, WILL SET OUT IN DETAIL THE PROVISIONS OF THE HEADS OF AGREEMENT INITIALLED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, IN LONDON ON JUNE 27.

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SSPA RESULTS TO BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY * » * »

RESULTS OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION (SSPA) WILL BE RELEASED ON TUESDAY (JULY 12), THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SATURDAY).

A TOTAL OF 85,407 PRIMARY 6 PUPILS TOOK PART IN THE SSPA THIS YEAR AND ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED SECONDARY 1 PLACES IN GOVERNMENT, AIDED OR PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

AMONG THE PRIMARY 6 LEAVERS, 11,140 (48.17 PER CENT) HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED PLACES OF THEIR FIRST CHOICE.

ANOTHER 17,643 HAVE BEEN GIVEN PLACES -OF THEIR SECOND AND THIRD CHOICES, BRINGING THE COMBINED TOTAL OF STUDENTS ALLOCATED PLACES OF THEIR FIRST THREE CHOICES TO 58,783 (68.83 PER CENT).

"IN ADDITION, 2,708 PUPILS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN OBTAINING DISCRETIONARY PLACES WHICH THEY APPLIED FOR EARLIER THIS YEAR," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

UNDER THE SSPA SCHEME, PARTICIPATING PUPILS WILL BE GIVEN THREE YEARS FREE EDUCATION UP TO SECONDARY 3 LEVEL AND NO TUITION FEES WILL BE CHARGED.

ALLOCATION RESULTS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM PUPILS’ PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON TUESDAY.

THE SPOKESMAN ADVISED PUPILS TO FOLLOW ARRANGEMENTS LAID DOWN BY THEIR RESPECTIVE PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHEN COLLECTING THEIR ADMISSION SLIP AND ALLOCATION SLIP (ADHERED TO THEIR PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORM) FROM THEIR SCHOOLS.

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"THEY SHOULD REPORT TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED PLACES DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD BETWEEN JULY 18 (MONDAY) AND 19 (TUESDAY) AND THOSE WHO FAIL TO REPORT TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS ALLOCATED ARE DEEMED TO HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO TAKE UP THE PLACES ALLOCATED," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WHEN REPORTING TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR REGISTRATION, PUPILS ARE ADVISED TO PUT ON THEIR SCHOOL UNIFORM AND TO BRING THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

(A) PRIMARY 6 IDENTIFICATION FORMS, TO WHICH THEIR INDIVIDUAL ALLOCATION SLIPS HAVE BEEN ADHERED;

(B) ADMISSION SLIPS;

(C) BIRTH CERTIFICATES, HONG KONG JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS OR OTHER DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF THEIR DATE OF BIRTH AND STATUS AS PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG

(NOTE : PUPILS SHOULD ALSO BRING ALONG THEIR TRAVELLING DOCUMENTS IF THE SYMBOL ’C’ (FOR CONDITIONAL STAY) IS FOUND AT LINE 7 OF THE NEW TYPE HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD);

(D) LATEST SCHOOL REPORTS, IF ANY, AND

(E) TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS.

"IN CASE BOTH THE PUPIL AND THE PARENT/GUARDIAN ARE AWAY FROM HONG KONG DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD, THEY SHOULD AUTHORISE IN WRITING REPRESENTATIVES TO COMPLY WITH THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES ON THEIR BEHALF. COPIES OF LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOL HEADS," THE SPOKEMAN SAID.

IN CASE OF GENUINE DIFFICULTIES, THE PARENTS OR PUPILS CONCERNED SHOULD INFORM THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION BEFORE THE END OF THE REGISTRATION PERIOD SO THAT ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS MAY BE MADE.

"AFTER THE REGISTRATION PERIOD, VACANCIES ARISING FROM NON-REPORTEES WILL BE FILLED AT THE DISCRETION OF INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS," HE ADDED.

"PARENTS SEEKING TRANSFERS FOR THEIR CHILDREN HAVE TO APPLY DIRECT TO THE SCHOOLS CONCERNED WHICH HAS TOTAL DISCRETION TO ACCEPT AN APPLICANT OR NOT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS HAVE TO RETRIEVE THE ADMISSION SLIPS FROM THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS WHICH THEY HAVE REGISTERED DURING THE REGISTRATION PERIOD AND HAND THEM TO THE SCHOOLS TO WHICH THEY SEEK TRANSFER.

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PARENTS AND PUPILS ARE REMINDED THAT BY RETRIEVING THEIR ADMISSION SLIPS, THEIR REGISTRATION WITH THE SCHOOLS WILL AT THE SAME TIME BE CANCELLED.

IN CASE OF CROSS-NET TRANSFER, THERE IS NO NEED FOR PARENTS TO SEEK APPROVAL FROM DISTRICT COUNCIL SECRETARY.

"SHOULD THERE BE A TROPICAL CYCLONE, PERSISTENT HEAVY RAIN OR THUNDERSTORM DURING THE REGISTRATOIN PERIODS, SCHOOL HEADS AND PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO PAY ATTENTION TO ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE MEDIA FOR ANY NECESSARY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ENQUIRIES CONCERNING THE ALLOCATION RESULTS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES ALLOCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ON TELEPHONE 5-8912200.

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STANDARD COST SYSTEM ADOPTED FOR C AND Y CENTRES

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THE ADOPTION OF THE STANDARD COST SYSTEM SINCE APRIL THIS YEAR FOR CALCULATING SUBVENTION FOR CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CENTRES SHOULD HELP RAISE THE QUALITY OF THEIR SERVICE, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SHE WAS OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE KORNHILL CHILDREN’S CENTRE OF THE BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

"UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, AN ADDITIONAL WELFARE WORKER POST IS CREATED FOR EVERY CHILDREN’S OR YOUTH CENTRE AND THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL SUPERVISOR POST AT SOCIAL WORK OFFICER GRADE FOR EVERY EIGHT CENTRES.

"SUBVENTION FOR PROGRAMME FEES AND ADMINISTRATION COSTS IS ALSO INCREASED SO THAT AIR-CONDITIONING CAN BE PROVIDED AT THE STUDY AND READING ROOMS OF THESE CENTRES," SHE SAID.

"WITH ALL THESE IMPROVEMENTS IN SUBVENTION FOR STAFFING AND ADMINISTRATION, THE QUALITY OF SERVICE OF THESE CENTRES WILL BE RAISED CORRESPONDINGLY," SHE'ADDED.

MRS WONG NOTED THAT AT THESE CENTRES, YOUNG PEOPLE ARE HELPED TO DEVELOP THEIR SOCIAL SKILLS, POTENTIALS, PERSONAL INTEGRITY AND A SENSE OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS AND THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN VARIOUS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMMES.

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"CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES SERVE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM ALL SECTORS AND HELP THEM DEVELOP INTO THE BACKBONES OF THE COMMUNITY," SHE SAID.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT IT WAS NOT EASY TO FIND SUITABLE SITES FOR SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE DENSELY-POPULATED EASTERN DISTRICT.

"IN ORDER TO MEET THE TARGET OF PROVIDING ONE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE FOR EVERY 20,000 TO 30,000 POPULATION, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TURNED TO NEWLY-COMPLETED PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS FOR SPACE AND THREE SUCH CENTRES HAVE RECENTLY BEEN SET UP IN PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT," MRS WONG SAID.

"AN ADDITIONAL FOUR MORE CENTRES IN BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC DEVELOPMENTS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR THE DISTRICT AND WITH THEIR COMPLETION, SERVICES FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE HERE WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED," SHE SAID.

MRS WONG COMMENDED THE ASSOCIATION FOR PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES, INCLUDING CHILDREN’S CENTRES, LIBRARIES, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK, FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION, OUTREACHING SOCIAL WORK AND HOSTEL FACILITIES, SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1936.

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HONG KONG’S FIVE NEWLY-CHOSEN YOUTH AMBASSADORS ARE ALL SET TO FULFIL THEIR ROLE OVERSEAS WHEN THEY VISIT CANADA NEXT WEEK.

THE FIVE YOUNGSTERS, WINNERS OF THE 1988 HELP THE POLICE FIGHT YOUTH CRIME COMPETITION, WILL LEAVE NEXT WEDNESDAY ON AN 18-DAY GOODWILL TOUR, ACCOMPANIED BY TWO POLICE ESCORTS.

WHILE IN CANADA THEY WILL BE THE GUESTS OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE, AND THE CITY POLICE FORCES OF REGINA, CALGARY, VANCOUVER AND VICTORIA. THE ITINERARY COVERS SIGHTSEEING AND VISITS TO LOCAL POLICE FORMATIONS AND COMMUNITIES.

THE TRIP WILL BE AN EYE-OPENER FOR THE YOUNGSTERS AS THEY WILL SEE SOME OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR SCENERY IN THE WORLD, RANGING FROM THE FLAT PRAIRIES OF SASKATCHEWAN TO THE TOWERING ROCKY MOUNTAINS. ALSO, THEY WILL BE BUSY MEETING MANY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE TO PROMOTE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN HONG KONG AND THESE CITIES.

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TODAY, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR LI KWAN-HA, SAID BON VOYAGE TO THE FIVE -- LAI PO-MAN (19), CHOI CHI-CHIU (18), CHAN CHO-SHEUNG (15), LAM MEI (16) AND LEUNG KA-WING (15), AT A FAREWELL LUNCH HOSTED IN THEIR HONOUR.

THE FIVE WINNERS KNOCKED OUT THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SLOGAN-CREATION, INTERVIEW AND TELEVISION QUIZ ROUNDS OF THE COMPETITION TO WIN THE TRIP TO CANADA, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS, AND OTHER ATTRACTIVE PRIZES.

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TAI PO DB TO DISCUSS BUS ROUTE PROGRAMME

THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC WILL DISCUSS THE DISTRICT'S BUS ROUTE 1988/89 AT ITS MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 11)

AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR MORNING.

ALSO IO BE CONSIDERED ARE PROPOSED TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAI WO ESTATE, WHICH IS NEARING COMPLETION.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL, THERE WILL BE PUBLIC TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE, ROAD NETWORK, AND PROVISION 01 KCR SERVICES AS WELI AS TWO TERMINATING \ND SIX PASSING BUS ROUTES.

IN ADDITION, THE MEETING WILL DISCUSS CONTINGENCY PLANS TO DEAL WITH BREAKDOWNS OF KCR TRAINS AND LION ROCK TUNNEL SERVICES; ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN 1988/89; A TRANSPORT .DEPARTMENT PROPOSAL TO REMOVE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM DRIVING LICENCES; PROPOSED BUS SHELTER CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME 1988/89 AND THE MEETING SCHEDULE OF THF COMMITTEE THIS YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 9.30 AM ON MONDAY (JUIA 11) AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON 3RD FLOOR, TAI PO COMMERCIAL ( I NTRI-152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

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YOUTH URGED TO JOIN HOLIDAY PROGRAMME ♦ * ♦ * *

SHAM SHUI PO’S DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GREGORY LEUNG, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE LIVING IN SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT TO PARTICIPATE IN SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ACTIVITIES.

"BY PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO ENRICH THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF SOCIETY, DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL, AND, AT THE SAME TIME, SPEND AN ENJOYABLE AND MEANINGFUL SUMMER HOLIDAY," HE SAID.

MR LEUNG WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HELD AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS YEAR OVER 40 ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT WOULD PROVIDE MORE THAN 300 SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES, THE CONTENTS OF WHICH WERE RICHER THAN THOSE IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

"THE VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS IN SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT HAVE SPARED NO EFFORTS IN ORGANISING A VARIETY OF HEALTHY ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

"THE SUCCESS OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OWES MUCH TO THE ACTIVE PROMOTION AND SUPPORT GIVEN BY THE VARIOUS VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, LOCAL BODIES AND THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD," HE SAID.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR CHOY WAI-SHEK.

THE OPENING WAS FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW AND PERFORMANCES STAGED BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS SUBSIDISED THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BY PROVIDING $340,000 IN FUNDING.

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SAI KUNG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS *****

SAI KUNG RESIDENTS AND YOUTHS ENJOYED AN AFTERNOON OF FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT TODAY (SATURDAY) WHEN THE DISTRICT’S 1988 SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME COMBINED OPENING CEREMONY AND FLOAT PARADE WAS HEID AT THE TANG SHIU KIN SPORTS GROUND CARPARK.

THE OPENING DAY’S PROGRAMME INCLUDED SINGING, MAGIC SHOW, PUPPET SHOW, CYCLING DEMONSTRATION, MURAL PAINTING AND VARIOUS GAMES.

FOUR DECORATED VEHICLES TOURED THE DISTRICT AND STOPPED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN SAI KUNG TOWN, JUNK BAY NEW TOWN, AND HANG HAU TOWN. THEY ALSO STOPPED AT THE SAI KUNG CENTRAL PRIMARY SCHOOL IN HO CHUNG.

THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IS "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY" AND MORE THAN 70 EVENTS WILL BE HELD UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST.

THESE EVENTS INCLUDE VISITS, EXHIBITIONS, QUIZ CONTESTS, CAMPING, CARNIVALS, PICNICS, BALL GAMES, WATER SPORTS, TRAINING COURSES AND VARIOUS COMPETITIONS.

A SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ACTIVITIES ARE DESIGNED TO ENABLE YOUNGSTERS TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISTRICT, TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FUNCTIONS OF VARIOUS ORGANISATIONS AND TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF BELONGING TO THEIR COMMUNITY.

IN ORDER TO ATTRACT MORE RESIDENTS WHO HAVE RECENTLY MOVED INTO JUNK BAY NEW TOWN, ACTIVITIES SUCH AS CARNIVALS AND EXHIBITIONS ON JUNK BAY WILL BE HELD SO THAT THESE PEOPLE CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VARIOUS ASPECTS AND THE FACILITIES OF THE AREA.

ALL THE ACTIVITIES ARE ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (SAI KUNG OFFICE) AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS.

ABOUT $132,000 HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMMES. APART FROM $96,400 ALLOCATED FROM JOCKEY CLUB FUNDS, ABOUT $36,000 WAS SPONSORED BY THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD, AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ALSO DONATED FUNDS.

COPIES OF THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BOOKLET, GIVING DETAILED INFORMATION ON ALL EVENTS, ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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CHANCE FOR YOUTH TO EXPERIENCE COMMUNITY BUILDING * * * *

THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN BURRETT, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND VOLUNTARY SERVICES IN ORDER TO EXPERIENCE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT IS INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY BUILDING.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HELD IN THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND THIS EVENING, MR BURRETT SAID YOUTH PROBLEMS HAD ATTRACTED MUCH PUBLIC ATTENTION GIVEN THE CONTINUING RISE IN THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE POPULATION IN RECENT YEARS.

"IT IS IMPORTANT THAT OUR YOUNG GENERATION DEVELOP IN A HEALTHY WAY. SHOULD THEY GO ASTRAY, THE CONSEQUENCES WILL BE DISASTROUS," HE SAID.

THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN AND TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CHAIRMAN, MR HO YUNG-SANG, NOTED THAT THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME COMPRISED MORE THAN 300 ACTIVITIES WITH A BUDGET OF 1260,000.

"OF THIS SUM, 1169,800 WAS SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, $35,000 BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND SOME $40,000 BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND LOCAL PERSONALITIES," MR HO SAID.

THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME IS "SHARE THE FUN, JOIN THE COMMUNITY" AND ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD FROM TODAY UNTIL AUGUST 28.

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A FUN FAIR WILL BE HELD IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON TO MARK THE OPENING OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN WAN CHAI.

YOUNGSTERS IN THE DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO TAKE PART IN THE STALL GAMES AND ENJOY THE SONGS, DANCES, DEMONSTRATIONS OF KARATE AND CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMED BY CHILDREN AT THE FUN FAIR.

MORE THAN 180 ACTIVITIES WILL BF ORGANISED UNDER THE PROGRAMME THIS YEAR. THESE ACTIVITIES RANGE FROM CAMPING, LAUNCH TRIPS, HALL GAMES, VISITS TO SEMINARS AND WILL FEATURE THE THEME OF "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY".

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OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALLAN CHOW; CHAIRMAN OF THE COORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR WARREN CHOW, AND THE HONORARY PATRON OF THE PROGRAMME, MR CHOW HUNG-PIU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE WAN CHAI SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AT 2.30 PM IN SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, WAN CHAT.

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NEW CSD RECRUITMENT CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN *****

THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP A NEW TEMPORARY RECRUITMENT CENTRE AT PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TSUEN WAN.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: "THE NEW CENTRE FORMS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT'S MAJOR RECRUITMENT EXERCISE BEING LAUNCHED NOW TO RECRUIT ENERGETIC YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN AS OFFICERS AND ASSISTANT OFFICERS."

"APPLICANTS RESIDING IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CAN NOW MAKE USE OF THE NEW CENTRE WITHOUT TRAVELLING A LONG DISTANCE TO OUR CENTRAL RECRUITMENT CENTRE AT WAN CHAI," HE ADDED.

THE NEW CENTRE HAS TWO EXHIBITION PANELS EXPLAINING WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT AND IS MANNED BY CORRECTIONAL. OFFICERS WHO ASSIST APPLICATION AND ANSWER ENQUIRIES.

PEOPLE LIVING ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON CAN APPLY AT THE CENTRAL RECRUITMENT CENTRE AT THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS AT 23/F, WANCHA1 TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-275951.

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THUNDERSTORMS, BUT JUNE RAINFALL BELOW NORMAL * » * » »

HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THAT AFFECTED HONG KONG FROM JUNE 23 TO 27 BROUGHT 237.6 MILLIMETRES OF RAINFALL, BUT RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH WAS STILL 31 PER CENT BELOW THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 431.8 MILLIMETRES.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTED TO ONLY 296.9 MILLIMETRES, THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SAID IN ITS REPORT FOR THE MONTH RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY).

FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 1988, A TOTAL OF ONLY 548.0 MILLIMETRES OF RAIN WAS RECORDED. THIS IS THE FOURTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR THE PERIOD.

JUNE WAS ALSO DRIER AND WARMER THAN NORMAL. THE MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY OF 78 PER CENT, WAS THE LOWEST ON RECORD FOR JUNE AND EQUALLED THE FIGURE RECORDED IN JUNE 1967. THE MEAN TEMPERATURE OF 28 .6 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS THE FOURTH HIGHEST ONRECORD FOR JUNE.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THE CIRCULATION OF SEVERE TROPICAL STORM SUSAN, THE WEATHER WAS GENERALLY CLOUDY ON JUNE 1. HOWEVER, SUSAN MOVED FARTHER AWAY FROM HONG KONG IN THE EVENING AND A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC BEGAN TO EXTEND WESTWARDS TO COVER SOUTH CHINA.

FOR THE NEXT NINE DAYS, THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG WAS MAINLY FINE APART FROM A FEW BRIEF SHOWERS ON JUNE 7, 8 AND 10.

AS A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER CENTRAL CHINA MOVED SOUTHWARDS ON JUNE 11, SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS OVER THE SOUTH CHINA COASTAL AREAS STRENGTHENED AND MORNING SHOWERS OCCURRED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

THE WARMER SOUTHWESTERLIES CAUSED THE TEMPERATURE TO RISE TO A MAXIMUM OF 33 DEGREES ON JUNE 13 WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST RECORDED TO THAT DATE.

AS THE TROUGH WEAKENED AND RETREATED NORTHWARDS ON JUNE 15, THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON WEAKENED AND SHOWERY ACTIVITY ALSO DECREASED.

MEANWHILE, AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPED OVER THE CENTRAL PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. AS IT MOVED NORTH-NORTHWESTWARDS TOWARD HAINAN ISLAND, WINDS IN HONG KONG TURNED EASTERLY ON JUNE 16 AND THEN SOUTHEASTERLY THE NEXT DAY. SHOWERS ALSO OCCURRED FOR MOST OF THE DAY ON JUNE 17.

THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LANDED ON THE NORTHERN SHORES OF BE IBU WAN ON JUNE 18, AND THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG FOR THE NEXT FOUR DAYS WAS GENERALLY FINE APART FROM ISOLATED SHOWERS.

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AN ACTIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OVER CENTRAL CHINA MOVED SOUTHWARDS AND REACHED THE SOUTH CHINA COASTAL AREA ON JUNE 23. THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SQUALLY SHOWERS OCCURRED ON JUNE 23 AND 24. THREE MINOR FLOODS OCCURRED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ON THE SAME DAY.

ON JUNE 24, 25 RESIDENTS IN SHAU KEI WAN HAD TO BE EVACUATED FROM THEIR HUTS DUE TO SUBSIDENCE OF THE GROUND. A SIX-METRE TREE IN WAN CHAI ALSO COLLAPSED IN HEAVY RAIN.

THE TROUGH PASSED TO THE SOUTH OF HONG KONG ON JUNE 25, BUT MOVED NORTH THE NEXT DAY AND BROUGHT THUNDERSTORMS AND HEAVY SHOWERS TO HONG KONG. A TREE FELL ON REPULSE BAY ROAD, OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC.

WEATHER IMPROVED IN THE EVENING OF JUNE 27 AS THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE EXTENDED WESTWARDS TOWARDS SOUTHEAST CHINA. IT WAS SUNNY ON JUNE 28.

TROPICAL STORM VANESSA CROSSED THE PHILIPPINES AND ENTERED THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON JUNE 28. IT MOVED RAPIDLY NORTHWESTWARDS AT A SPEED OF 40 KILOMETRES PER HOUR. THE STAND BY SIGNAL NO. 1 WAS HOISTED AT 11.20 PM WHEN VANESSA WAS ABOUT 660 KILOMETRES SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF HONG KONG.

WINDS BECAME FRESH AND GUSTY IN THE MORNING OF JUNE 29 AND THERE WERE ALSO SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS. OCCASIONAL STRONG WINDS WERE REPORTED OFFSHORE.

VANESSA MADE LANDFALL OVER WESTERN GUANGDONG NEAR SHANGCHUAN DAO ABOUT 150 KILOMETRES WEST-SOUTHWEST OF HONG KONG IN THE AFTERNOON OF JUNE 29. THE STAND BY SIGNAL NO. 1 WAS LOWERED AT 4.50 PM. LOCAL WINDS TURNED TO SOUTHERLY AND THE WEATHER REMAINED CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS.

ANTECEDENT RAIN AND HEAVY SHOWERS ON JUNE 30 CAUSED A MINOR LANDSLIP IN KWAI CHUNG WHERE 27 RESIDENTS HAD TO BE EVACUATED.

A TOTAL OF FOUR TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC DURING THE MONTH.

DURING THE MONTH, FIVE AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JUNE 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, AND 30. FLOOD WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON JUNE 23, 24 AND 26.

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SIGNALS HOISTED DURING THE MONTH WERE AS FOLLOWS:

WEATHER SYSTEM SIGNAL DATE AND TIME DATE AND 1 I ME

OF HOISTING OF LOWERING

TYPHOON 1 SUSAN TROPICAL STORM 1 VANESSA THE MONTH’S FIGURES MAY 31 JUNE 1 4.30 PM 9 PM JUNE 28 JUNE 29 11.20 PM 4.50 PM AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

TOTAL BRIGHT SUNSHINE 209,7 HOURS ; 50.5 HOURS ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DAILY GLOBAL SOLAR 17.00 MJ/ ; 0.31 MJ/SQ.METRE ABOVE

RADIATION TOTAL RAINFALL SQ.METRE 296.9MM ; NORMAL 134.9 MM BELOW NORMAL

MEAN AMOUNT OF CLOUD 64 PER CENT ; 11 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL

MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY 78 PER CENT ; 6 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL

MEAN DAILY MAXIMUM 31.3 DEGREES ; 0.9 DEGREES CELSIUS

AIR TEMPERATURE MEAN AIR TEMPERATURE CELSIUS 28.6 DEGREES ; ABOVE NORMAL 0.9 DEGREES CELSIUS

MEAN DAILY MINIMUM AIR CELSIUS 26.7 DEGREES ; ABOVE NORMAL 1.1 DEGREES CELSIUS

TEMPERATURE MEAN DEW POINT CELSIUS 24.4 DEGREES ; ABOVE NORMAL 0.1 DEGREES CELSIUS

TOTAL EVAPORATION CELSIUS 140.9MM ; BELOW NORMAL 6.8 MM BELOW NORMAL

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR SEEKS NEW MEMBERS * » * * *

YOUNG CHORAL SINGING ENTHUSIASTS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 14 WHO LIVE OR STUDY IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT CHILDREN'S CHOIR.

FORMED IN 1978, THE CHOIR IS MANAGED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION (SDACA) AND SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD.

ITS AIM IS TO ENHANCE INTEREST IN MUSIC AND TO RAISE THE STANDARD IN CHORAL SINGING.

THE CHOIR HOLDS WEEKLY PRACTICE SESSIONS ON SATURDAYS FROM 2.30 PM TO 4 PM AT THE ABERDEEN URBAN COUNCIL COMPLEX. CHOIR MEMBERS WILL BE ABLE TO ACQUIRE MUSIC KNOWLEDGE AND LEARN THE SKILLS OF CHORAL SINGING.

THE CHILDREN'S CHOIR ALSO STAGES ITS OWN CONCERTS AND PERFORMS AT VARIOUS DISTRICT FUNCTIONS.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AT ABERDEEN CENTRE AND ITS BRANCH OFFICES IN LEI TUNG ESTATE, WAH FU ESTATE AND STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD AS WELL AS SDACA'S OFFICE ON THF GROUND FLOOR, LEI CHAK HOUSE:, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-510271 AND 5-550187.

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TUEN MUN PIER HEAD TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE OPENING *****

THE TUEN MUN PIER HEAD TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE IN TUEN MUN AREA 14 WILL BE OPENED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 11), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE INCLUDE BUS TERMINUS, TAXI STANDS, GREEN MINIBUS STAND AND GENERAL PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN POINT FOR PRIVATE CARS AND COACHES.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING TAXI STANDS, GREEN MINIBUS STAND AND THE PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN POINT FOR PRIVATE CARS AND COACHES IN THE VICINITY WILL BE CLOSED AND RELOCATED TO THE INTERCHANGE.

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THE EXISTING BUTTERFLY ESTATE BUS TERMINUS NEARBY WILL ALSO BE CLOSED AND RELOCATED TO THE NEW BUS TERMINUS IN THE INTERCHANGE FROM JULY 16 (SATURDAY).

TO COINCIDE WITH THE OPENING, A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED SINCE JULY 8 AT THE INTERCHANGE AND ON ROADS NEARBY.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUS TERMINUS AT ANY TIME OF THE DAY.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS NEARBY HAVE BEEN MADE 24-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAYS:

* THE APPROACH ROAD LEADING FROM ROAD 44K TO THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE.

THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE EXIT ROAD IN THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE FROM THE EASTERN-MOST TAXI BAY TO THE WESTERN-MOST BUS BAY.

* THE EXIT ROAD LEADING FROM THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE TO ROAD 44K.

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE BANNED FROM STOPPING WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD IN SHA TIN BETWEEN JULY 11 (MONDAY) AND 16 TO FACILITATE THE REPAIR OF WATER MAINS BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR TEMPORARY TRAFFIC SIGNS AND DRIVE WITH EXTRA CARE AND PATIENCE.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, A 200-METRE LONG SLOW LANE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD NORTHBOUND NEAR HUNG MUI KUK INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 PM ON JULY 11 TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

FROM 10 PM ON JULY 13 (WEDNESDAY) TO 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING, A 120-METRE LONG SLOW LANE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD NORTHBOUND SOUTH OF KAK TIN WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE OF LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD NEAR KAK TIN, WITH A LENGTH OF ABOUT 120 METRES, WILL ALSO BE CLOSED BETWEEN MIDNIGHT ON JULY 15 (FRIDAY) AND 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

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MAINS BURST CAUSES TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT OWING TO A WATER MAINS BURST, THE SECTION OF PO ON ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN FAT TSEUNG STREET AND TONKIN STREET, SHAM SHUI PO, HAS BEEN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

THE CLOSURE WILL BE IN FORCE UNTIL NEXT FRIDAY (JULY 15). VEHICLES ON PO ON ROAD EASTBOUND, INCLUDING GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 42 PLYING BETWEEN CHEUNG SHA WAN AND CHAK ON ESTATE, HAVE BEEN DIVERTED VIA FAT TSEUNG STREET, KWONG LEE ROAD AND TONKIN STREET.

MEANWHILE, FUNG SHING STREET NEAR CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD IN WONG TAI SIN, WHICH WAS CLOSED FOR EMERGENCY ROAD REPAIRS, HAS BEEN REOPENED TO TRAFFIC.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN KOWLOON CITY WILL BE TURNED OFF BETWEEN 10 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 12) AND 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING FOR WATER WORKS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY CARPENTER ROAD, SA PO ROAD PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PLANS FOR FOUR MORE HOTELS APPROVED ............................ 1

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR YOUTH VOLUNTEERS ....................... 2

CARNIVALS BEGIN SUMMER FUN FOR YOUTH ........................... 2

YAU TSIM DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS ................ 3

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENS IN WAN CHAI ....................

EDUCATIONAL-CAREER PROGRAMMES .................................. 4

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS YOUTH POLICY ........................... 6

TRAFFIC MATTERS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ......................... 6

RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR BASIC LAW PROMOTION .................... 7

SPECIAL TEAM TO ENFORCE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.................... 8

$9.J MILLION HARBOUR MODEL TO BE BUILT.......................... 8

MAJOR RECREATIONAL GROUND FOR NORTH DISTRICT ................... 9

TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF WUHU VEHICULAR UNDERPASS ........... 10

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN ............................ 10

BRIDGE IN TAI PO TO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC....................... 11

SUSPENSION OF WATER SUPPLY TO THREE AREAS ..................... 11

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PLANS FOR FOUR MORB HOTELS APPROVED

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PLAN8 FOR FOUR HOTELS WITH A TOTAL OF 1,760 ROOMS WERE APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE IN MAY.

THEY WERE AMONG 68 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED BY THE OFFICE DURING THE MONTH.

THE SITES FOR THE HOTELS ARE LOCATED IN YEE WO STREET IN CAUSEWAY BAY, ELECTRIC ROAD AND KING’S ROAD IN NORTH POINT, AND NATHAN ROAD IN YAU MA TEI.

ALSO APPROVED WERE 29 APARTMENT, APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, NINE COMMERCIAL AND EIGHT FACTORY/WORKSHOP/GODOWN DEVELOPMENTS.

OF THE PLANS APPROVED, 19 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, ANOTHER 19 IN KOWLOON AND 30 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

CONSENT TO START WORK WAS GIVEN TO 53 PROJECTS. THE TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF THESE PROJECTS WAS 277,266.9 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH 162,692.6 SQUARE METRES WERE FOR DOMESTIC PURPOSES AND THE REMAINDER FOR NON-DOMESTIC USES.

THE TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS 194,598 SQUARE METRES, OF WHICH 82,899.4 SQUARE METRES WERE FOR DOMESTIC AND THE REMAINDER FOR NON-DOMESTIC PURPOSES.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $698 MILLION.

ALSO DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE ISSUED 45 OCCUPATION PERMITS - 11 ON HONG KONG ISLAND, FOUR IN KOWLOON AND 30 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION, THE OFFICE ISSUED 31 DEMOLITION CONSENT AFFECTING 77 BUILDINGS.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 714 COMPLAINTS REGARDING ILLEGAL STRUCTURES AND ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS DURING THE MONTH, CARRIED OUT 1,091 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 146 REMOVAL ORDERS.

THE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION INSPECTED 520 BUILDINGS AND TWO CLOSURE ORDERS WERE OBTAINED.

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR YOUTH VOLUNTEERS

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OUTSTANDING PARTICIPANTS IN THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO JOIN A CHALLENGING LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSE LATER.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SYP THIS (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON, THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FISHER, NOTED THAT VOLUNTEERS TAKING PART IN THE SERVICE-ORIENTED ACTIVITIES MIGHT BE AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS TO JOIN AN OUTWARD BOARD SEA COURSE LATER.

THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 650 SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND SOME 70 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, WITH FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP OF OVER $332,000 COMING FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

THESE ACTIVITIES RANGE FROM OUTDOOR PURSUITS, CULTURAL PROGRAMMES AND INTEREST COURSES TO SOCIAL SERVICE SCHEMES.

MR FISHER ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND IN RAISING AN ADDITIONAL $100,000 FOR PUBLICISING THE EVENTS.

THE DISTRICT’S SYP WAS LAUNCHED WITH A FUN-PACKED, COLOURFUL CARNIVAL AT THE CHATER ROAD PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT IN CENTRAL THIS AFTERNOON.

MORE THAN 4,000 RESIDENTS WERE TREATED TO THREE HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDING A BAND PERFORMANCE, SINGING AND DANCING AS WELL AS STALL GAMES.

GUESTS AT THE FUNCTION INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR NGAI WAI-MING, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE OPENING PROGRAMME, MISS ESTHER CHAN.

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CARNIVALS BEGIN SUMMER FUN FOR YOUTH

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CARNIVALS WHICH ATTRACTED THOUSANDS OF YOUNGSTERS MARKED THE OPENING OF THE ANNUAL SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES IN THE KOWLOON CITY AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICTS TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE CARNIVALS WERE HELD AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND AND THE LOK FU CENTRE. THEY INCLUDED GAMES STALLS, VARIETY SHOWS, A SINGING COMPETITION AND A CHILDREN'S TALENT SHOW.

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SUNDAY, JULY 10, 1988

GUESTS OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONIES CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES PROVIDED BY THE PPOGRAMMES.

THEY REMINDED YOUNG PEOPLE THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATION THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO DEVELOP BOTH THEIR SENSE OF COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY AND THEIR POTENTIAL, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME SERVING THE COMMUNITY.

AROUND 1,200 ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS IN KOWLOON CITY AND WONG TAI SIN.

CENTRED ON THE THEME OF "SHARING THE FUN AND SERVING THE COMMUNITY", THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE CAMPING, OUTINGS, CARNIVALS, TRAINING COURSES, GAMES, SPORTS, VARIETY SHOWS AND VISITS.

YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THESE ACTIVITIES MAY CONTACT THE BRANCH OFFICES OF THE KOWLOON CITY AND WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICES FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

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YAU TSIM DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS

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YOUNGSTERS IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT CAN ENJOY A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER, CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT'S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MISS SUSAN SO, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF' THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT THE NEW WORLD PLAZA, MISS SO POINTED OUT THAT AMONG THE MORE THAN 140 EVENTS, THERE WERE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS CANOEING AND FISHING AS WELL AS INDOOR GAMES, SUCH AS SINGING CONTESTS OR TRAINING CLASSES.

A MEANINGFUL ACTIVITY WAS A VOLUNTARY SERVICES PROGRAMME, SHE ADDED.

"BY JOINING THE VOLUNTARY SERVICES PROGRAMME TO HELP THE DISABLED, MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS OR DEAF CHILDREN, PARTICIPANTS CAN LEARN ABOUT COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND AT THE SAME TIME DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL," MISS SO NOTED.

THIS YEAR, THE DISTRICT'S ENTIRE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME COSTS MORE THAN >288,000 OF WHICH >232,700 WAS DONATED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE REST BY THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD AND PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WERE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME COMMITTEE, MR PETER LEE AND YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICER, MR AUGUSTINE CHENG.

THE OPENING WAS FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW FEATURING CHINESE DANCES, BALLET AND CHINESE MUSIC STAGED BY LOCAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OPENS IN WAN CHAI

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A TOTAL OF 184 ACTIVITIES, RANGING FROM OUTDOOR PURSUITS TO EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES, RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES PROJECTS WILL RE HELD DURING SUMMER FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN WAN CHAI DISTRICT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT'S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TODAY (SUNDAY), THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALLAN CHOW, SAID, "THE AIM OF THE PROGRAMME IS TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO CARE FOR AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES."

THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE PICNICS, TRAINING COURSES, SEMINARS, VISIT PROGRAMMES, ALL OF WHICH FEATURE THE THEME OF "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY".

THE PROGRAMME IS SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB WITH DONATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD. SEVENTEEN LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ARE TAKING PART IN ORGANISING ACTIVITIES.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR WARREN CHOW, TOLD THE GATHERING THAT 50,000 YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGE OF SIX AND 25 ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAMME.

THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES, THEY CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT SOCIETY AND DEVELOP A SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE COMMUNITY, HE ADDED.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A FUN FAIR WHICH INCLUDED STALL GAMES, TALENT SHOWS, KARATE DEMONSTRATIONS AND A CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMED BY CHILDREN.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE THE HONORARY PATRON OF THE PROGRAMME, MR CHOW HUNG-PIU, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TAI HANG YOUTH CENTRE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE, MR CHEUNG KING-LIM.

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EDUCATIONAL-CAREER PROGRAMMES

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A SERIES OF EXHIBITIONS ON CIVIC EDUCATION, CAREER INFORMATION, DENTAL HEALTH AND HOME SAFETY HAVE BEEN ARRANGED IN PUBLIC HOUSING SHOPPING CENTRES DURING THIS (JULY) MONTH.

PUBLIC HOUSING (PH) TENANTS, ESPECIALLY STUDENTS, WILL BE ABLE TO INCREASE THEIR KNOWLEDGE BY VISITING THEM.

/A CAREER .......

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A CAREER EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL, IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD AT THE FOLLOWING ESTATES: SHUN TIN IN KWUN TONG (JULY 13-15), CHUK YUEN (SOUTH) IN CENTRAL KOWLOON (JULY 17-19) AND KWONG FUK IN TAI PO (JULY 31).

PH TENANTS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT "METROPLAN" -A GOVERNMENT PROJECT ON THE REDEVELOPMENT OF URBAN AREAS.

AN EXHIBITION, ENTITLED "METROPLAN", ORGANISED BY THE LANDS AND WORKS BRANCH, WILL BE HELD AT LOK FU SHOPPING CENTRE BETWEEN JULY 15 TO 19 (FRIDAY TO TUESDAY).

ADVICE ON DENTAL HEALTH AND ORAL HYGIENE WILL ALSO BE GIVEN TO PH TENANTS.

TWO DENTAL HEALTH EXHIBITIONS, ORGANISED WITH THE ESTATE DENTISTS GROUP OF THE HONG KONG DENTAL ASSOCIATION, WILL BE HELD ON TWO SUNDAYS AT HIN KENG (JULY 17) AND POK HONG ESTATES IN SHA TIN (JULY 31).

MEANWHILE, A SERIES OF "METEOROLOGY AND YOU" ROVING EXHIBITIONS ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD AT 01 MAN ESTATE (JULY 13-19), WO CHE ESTATE IN SHA TIN (JULY 20-26) AND FU SHIN ESTATE IN TAI PO (JULY 27-31).

IN ADDITION TO THESE EDUCATIONAL PROGRMMES, A SERIES OF ENTERTAINING AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ARE ALSO INCLUDED IN THE MONTHLY PROGRAMME.

A VARIETY SHOW - "THIS IS OUR HOME" ORGANISED WITH RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG - WILL BE HELD AT YAU 01 ESTATE IN TUEN MUN ON JULY 31 (SUNDAY).

POPULAR SINGERS INCLUDING ALEX TO, MAK KIT-MAN, LI DA-CHENG, TOMMY SHOU, EDDIE NG AND CITY BEAT WILL BE PERFORMING IN THE SINGING AND DANCING PROGRAMMES.

A THREE-DAY CARNIVAL IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD AT FU SHIN ESTATE IN TAI PO ON JULY 29 TO 31 (FRIDAY TO SUNDAY).

REGULAR ACTIVITIES INCLUDING ARTS AND CRAFTS DEMONSTRATIONS, SINGING AND DANCING SHOWS AND NEW PRODUCT DISPLAYS WILL ALSO FORM PART OF THE 6 000 HOURS OF PROMOTIONS AT ESTATES.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS YOUTH POLICY * * * * *

THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE REPORT ON YOUTH POLICY AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (JULY 12) AFTERNOON.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH, MILS ROSANNA TAM WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE REPORT AND COLLECT THEIR VIEWS.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE WORK TARGETS OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE IN 1988/89. IT WILL BE SUGGESTED THAT REGULAR REVIEWS BE CARRIED OUT ON DIFFERENT SOCIAL SERVICES ISSUES SO AS TO IDENTIFY DEFICIENCIES AND INITIATE IMPROVEMENTS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE ICAC REGIONAL OFFICE (NT EAST) WORK PLAN FOR 1988/89 AND THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THIS YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD AT 2.30 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 12) AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON 3RD FLOOR, TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

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DB COMMITTEE AGENDA * * *

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO DISCUSS SEVERAL PROPOSALS TO IMPROVE ROAD TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN THE DISTRICT.

rilE PROPOSALS INCLUDE THE KOWLOON PARK DRIVE FLYOVER PROJECT THE WIDENING OF AUSTIN ROAD AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS AT THE JUNCTION OF CANTON ROAD AND AUSTIN ROAD.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO LOOK INTO PROPOSALS TO REMOVE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM DRIVING LICENCES, EXTEND THE ELEVATED WALKWAY ABOVE THE CROSS HARBOUR I UNNEL IOLL PLAZA TO TSIM SHA TSUI EAST, AND ALLOW OVERNIGHT PARKING AT THE VEHICULAR FERRY CONCOURSE AT JORDAN ROAD.

/THEY WILL .......

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THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE COMPOSITION OF THE 1988-89 YAU T3IM DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AND WAYS TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT SCIENCE MUSEUM SQUARE, TSIM SHA TSUI, AND MAN SHING STREET, FERRY POINT.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR JAMES SO, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD.

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THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED A SUM OF $40,000 TO SUBSIDISE ACTIVITIES RELATED TO THE PROMOTION OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW IN THE DISTRICT.

"SINCE THE DRAFT BASIC LAW HAS A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG, THE BOARD DECIDED THAT IT WAS APPROPRIATE TO SUPPORT LOCAL BODIES IN ORGANISING RELATED ACTIVITIES SO AS TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD’S SECRETARIAT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF SUBSIDY FOR EACH APPLICATION IS $3,000.

LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WISHING TO APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO HOLD SUCH ACTIVITIES SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS TO THE DB SECRETARIAT TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE VETTING WORKING GROUP MEETINGS TO BE HELD ON JULY 25, AUGUST 30 AND SEPTEMBER 27, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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SPECIAL TEAM TO ENFORCE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE t t * * ♦

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP A SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT TEAM TO MONITOR THE COMPLIANCE BY EMPLOYERS WITH THE VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

THE TEAM, ATTACHED TO THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DIVISION, IS MADE UP OF SEVEN EXPERIENCED LABOUR INSPECTORS.

THEY WILL CARRY OUT REGULAR INSPECTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS TO ENSURE THAT EMPLOYEES AT LARGE CAN ENJOY THE MINIMUM BENEFITS PROVIDED UNDER THE ORDINANCE.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE MOVE REFLECTED THE DEPARTMENT’S DETERMINATION TO STRENGTHEN ACTIVE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW.

HE WARNED THAT TEAM MEMBERS WOULD PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO BLATANT OFFENDERS IN RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, FACTORIES AND OTHER PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT.

"DURING THEIR VISITS, THE INSPECTORS WILL CHECK WHETHER ENTITLED EMPLOYEES ARE GIVEN REST DAYS, STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, ANNUAL LEAVE, MATERNITY LEAVE AND SICKNESS ALLOWANCE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THEY WILL ALSO INSPECT THE RECORDS WHICH ARE REQUIRED TO BE KEPT AND MAINTAINED BY EMPLOYERS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE."

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS AND INITIATE PROSECUTION ACTION AGAINST OFFENDERS WHERE APPROPRIATE.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ON THE PROVISIONS OF THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE MAY BE MADE TO ANY BRANCH OFFICES OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

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$9.3 MILLION HARBOUR MODEL TO BE BUILT

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A PHYSICAL MODEL OF VICTORIA HARBOUR WILL BE BUILT BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT AT A COST OF $9.3 MILLION TO PROVIDE DATA FOR HYDRAULIC AND WATER QUALITY STUDIES ON THE HARBOUR.

THE MODEL IS NEEDED TO SUPPLEMENT THE MATHEMATICAL MODELS USED IN THE STUDIES, WHICH STARTED IN APRIL LAST YEAR AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

/THE PURPOSE .......

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 1988

THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDIES IS TO ASSESS THE HYDRAULIC AND WATER QUALITY IMPLICATIONS OF PROPOSED RECLAMATIONS AND A NEW SHIP MOORING SYSTEM.

THE PHYSICAL MODEL WILL BE BUILT AT PILLAR POINT, TUEN MUN, \ND WILL BE HOUSED IN A SINGLE-STOREY BUILDING WITH A FLOOR AREA OF ’,600 SQUARE METRES.

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL START LATER THIS MONTH AND BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT NINE MONTHS.

WHEN COMPLETED, THE MODEL WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR OPERATION.

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RESIDENTS OF NORTH DISTRICT WILL HAVE A MAJOR VENUE FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES WHEN THE FANLING TOWN PARK IS COMPLETED BY THE SECOND HALF OF NEXT YEAR.

A $17.69 MILLION CONTRACT FOR STAGE I WORKS OF THE PARK HAS BEEN SIGNED RECENTLY BETWEEN THE PROJECT MANAGER OF THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES/NORTH EAST DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR TOM ARMOUR, AND REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE CONTRACTOR, SHUN SHING CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED.

STAGE I OF THE PARK COVERS AN AREA OF 6.31 HECTARES ADJACENT TO FANLING WAI VILLAGE.

FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED IN THIS STAGE WILL INCLUDE A LARGE ORNAMENTAL LAKE WITH A WATER CASCADE, FLOWER AND ROCK GARDENS, AN OPEN-AIR PERFORMANCE AREA, CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS, REFRESHMENT AND TOILET FACILITIES, SET IN OPEN LANDSCAPED AREAS WITH EXTENSIVE PLANTING.

WORK ON THIS STAGE WILL START SHORTLY AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AROUND AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

MEANWHILE, WORK ON STAGE II OF THE PARK, WHICH COMMENCED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR, IS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY AND IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED LATE THIS YEAR.

FACILITIES IN STAGE II WILL MAINLY BE "ACTIVE" IN NATURE, INCLUDING SOCCER, BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL AND ROLLER SKATING FACILITIES.

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THE PARK WILL COVER A TOTAL AREA OF 10.21 HECTARES AND HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE WIDEST RANGE OF FACILITIES TO INCLUDE SOMETHING OF INTEREST FOR EVERYONE.

THE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS FOR THE PROJECT ARE SHANKLAND COX WHO HAVE DESIGNED THE FACILITIES AND WILL SUPERVISE CONSTRUCTION WORKS.

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TEMPORARY NIGHT CLOSURE OF WUHU VEHICULAR UNDERPASS * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE WUHU VEHICULAR UNDERPASS IN HUNG HOM LEADING FROM NORTHBOUND CHATHAM ROAD NORTH TO SOUTHBOUND GILLIES AVENUE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON JULY 13 (WEDNESDAY), 14 AND 16.

THE CLOSURE ON JULY 13 AND 14 IS TO ENABLE THE CARRYING OUT OF ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS AND SKID RESISTANCE TESTS, AND THAT ON JULY 16 IS TO FACILITATE CLEANSING WORKS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS FROM TSIM SHA TSUI, YAU MA TEI AND THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL HEADING FOR HUNG HOM AREA WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CHEONG WAN ROAD, ON WAN ROAD, CHEONG WAN ROAD AND GILLIES AVENUE.

THEY CAN ALSO CHOOSE TO USE GASCOIGNE ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD SOUTH, CHATHAM ROAD NORTH, PAK KUNG STREET, SHUN YUNG STREET, FAT KWONG STREET AND MA TAU WAI ROAD.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED MOTORISTS THAT THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE OF TOLO HIGHWAY NEAR MA LIU SHUI INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 8 AM AND 8 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY).

MEANWHILE, FROM MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY (JULY 12) TO 6 AM THE OLLOWING DAY, THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE OF SHA TIN ROAD BETWEEN TSANG 1AI UK AND PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

THE MEASURES ARE TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

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BRIDGE IN TAI PO TO BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC ♦ * *

IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT WORKS IN TAI PO AREA 6, THE TEMPORARY VEHICULAR BRIDGE SOUTH OF TAI PO KCR STATION WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 13), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

ALL TRAFFIC TO AND FROM SHAN TONG WILL BE DIVERTED VIA ROAD D3 AND BRIDGE L7/1.

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SUSPENSION OF WATER SUPPLY TO THREE AREAS » » » » »

WATER SUPPLY TO THREE AREAS WILL BE SUSPENDED TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES IN SHA TIN WILL BE TURNED OFF ON MONDAY FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT MEI TIN ROAD, TAI PO ROAD, TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD, TAI WAI ROAD, TSUEN NAM ROAD AND CHIK FAI STREET.

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME KOWLOON TONG PREMISES WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM ON THE SAME DAY.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY BROADCAST DRIVE, FESSENDEN ROAD, MARCONI ROAD, JUNCTION ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, NAM CHEONG STREET AND CORNWALL STREET INCLUDING CHAK ON ESTATE, KOWLOON KITCHEN AND CHAK YAN CENTRE.

ALSO, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO SOME HUNG HOM PREMISES WILL BE TURNED OFF FROM 10 AM TO 5 PM ON THE SAME DAY.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY BULKELEY STREET, DOCK STREET, PO LOI STREET, HUNG HOM WAN STREET, ON CHING ROAD, CHEONG HANG ROAD, WINSLOW STREET AND CHATHAM ROAD INCLUDING HUNG HOM FERRY PIER.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 11, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TUNNEL PROJECT REFLECTS CONFIDENCE IN HK'S FUTURE .......... 1

PUBLIC URGED TO JOIN THE 'PITCHING-IN’ GROUP ............... 1

LAB ENDORSES WIDE RANGE OF LEGISLATION IMPROVEMENTS ........ 3

HONG KONG'S EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR MAY .............. 5

PROPOSAL ON LENGTH OF FIRST DEGREE COURSES EXPLAINED ...... 14

STUDENT LOAN FUNDS OFFERED FOR 1988-89 .....................

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

SPECIAL TV PROGRAMME ON KWAI TSING DISTRICT ................ 16

NORTH DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS AMENITY FACILITIES ........... 16

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLIC TRANSPORT PLAN .............. 17

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER SAFETY IN CHAI WAN ROAD............ 17

TAI PO DB'S PUBLICITY COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WORK TiuRGETS ... 18

TAI PO DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS CONSULTANCY REPORT .. 18

PRESS CONFERENCE ON YOUTH ORCHESTRA TOUR.................... 19

EXHIBITION ON MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS ................... 19

TWO SITES FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ....................... 20

LkNDFILLING AT JORDAN VALLEY TO CONTINUE.................... 21

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN KOWLOON CITY ............................ 21

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WONG TaI SIN ..................... 22

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ..RRaNGEMINTS IN WAN CHAI NORTH .......... 22

MONDAY, JULY 11, 1988

1 TUNNEL PROJECT REFLECTS CONFIDENCE IN HK'S FUTURE * ♦ * » »

THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT DEMONSTRATED LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND THEIR READY PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT OF H'"!G KONG’S TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE, THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, '1R MICHAEL LEUNG, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL AT THE SIU LEK YUEN SITE IN SHA TIN, MR LEUNG SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD A CONTINUED COMMITMENT TOWARDS AN EVER INCREASING EXPANSION OF THE TERRITORY'S TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE.

"OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, EXCLUDING INVESTMENT IN THE RAILWAYS, GOVERNMENT WILL BE SPENDING OVER $6.5 BILLION ON OUR HIGHWAY NETWORK ALONE," HE SAID.

"FURTHER RAIL AND ROAD PROJECTS ARE BEING PLANNED AND EVALUATED UNDER THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY.

"THE RESULTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE EARLY NEXT YEAR AS A BASIS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT WELL INTO THE NEXT CENTURY."

THE GOVERNMENT HAS AWARDED A 30-YEAR FRANCHISE TO THE TATE'S CAIRN TUNNEL COMPANY WHICH IS FORMED BY THE GAMMON-N1SHTMATSU CONSORTIUM TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE THE TUNNEL.

BY AUGUST 1991, THE TUNNEL IS EXPECTED TO BE OPENED AND WILL RELIEVE THE CONGESTION OF THE LION ROCK TUNNEL.

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE, TODAY MADE AN APPEAL TO THE PUBLIC TO JOIN THE ’PITCHING-IN’ GROUP IN KEEPING HONG KONG CLEAN.

SPEAKING AT THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF VICTORIA, HE SAID THAT KEEPING HONG KONG'S ENVIRONMENT CLEAN WAS A JOINT ENTERPRISE.

"EFFORTS BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE TWO MUNICIPAL COUNCILS WILL BE FUTILE WITHOUT PUBLIC SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION," HE SAID.

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MR FORSGATE SAID THE PRIME OBJECTIVE OF THE URBAN COUNCIL WAS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THE URBAN DWELLERS THROUGH A HOST OF DUTIES, AMONG WHICH KEEPING THE CITY CLEAN UNDER THE EUPHEMISTIC TITLE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE WAS THE MOST BASIC.

"OUR CLEANSING SQUADS, NOW COMPRISING SOME 5,000 STAFF, TOGETHER WITH THE CLEANSING FLEET OF 400 VEHICLES EACH DAY TAKE AWAY AN AVERAGE OF 2,800 TONNES OF REFUSE FROM OUR HOMES AND ON THE STREET," HE SAID.

"LAST YEAR, THE URBCO SPENT $310 MILLION IN HANDLING THE DISPOSAL OF REFUSE, TAKING UP A SIZABLE PORTION OF OUR ANNUAL BUDGET".

MR FORSGATE SAID THE FIGHT AGAINST LITTERBUGS ENTERED A SIGNIFICANT NEW PHASE WHEN THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT INTRODUCED COMPUTERISATION FOR LITTER OFFENDERS IN SEPTEMBER 1982.

IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, HE SAID, THERE WERE MORE THAN 100,000 CASES OF LITTER PROSECUTION WITH FINES TOTALLING $37.12 MILLION.

"ALL THAT MONEY COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED HAD PEOPLE SIMPLY OBSERVED THE ANTI-LITTER LAWS,” HE ADDED.

MR FORSGATE REMARKED THAT HOWEVER MUCH MONEY THE COUNCIL AND THE GOVERNMENT MIGHT SPEND ON KEEPING THE CITY CLEAN, IT WOULD NOT REALLY BE CLEAN UNTIL THE YOUNGER GENERATION GOT THE MESSAGE ACROSS.

"SINCE 1979, THE URBCO HAS SET UP THE AUXILIARY LITTER WARDEN SCHEME INVITING STUDENTS TO HELP CLEAN UP OUR BEACHES DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS," HE SAID.

"SO FAR, MORE THAN 5,000 YOUNGSTERS HAVE BEEN MOBILISED AND THIS SUMMER MORE STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO COME FORWARD TO JOIN THIS MEANINGFUL ENDEAVOUR."

MR FORSGATE SAID THAT TO ENCOURAGE REAL PARTICIPATION IN THE COMMUNITY, THE URBCO INTRODUCED IN 1986 A SELF-HELP CLEANSING SCHEME FOR REMOTE VILLAGES SUCH AS MA HANG VILLAGE, MARY NEW VILLAGE AND . SAI WAN CHAI SQUATTER. AREA IN STANLEY WHICH RESULTED IN CONSIDERABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN CLEANLINESS.

THE URBCO ALSO MAINTAINED A HOTLINE (5-8680000) AROUND THE CLOCK TO ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO MAKE ENQUIRIES ON REFUSE DISPOSAL PROBLEMS, HE SAID.

MR FORSGATE SAID THAT WITH THE CONTINUING EFFORTS OF THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, THERE HAD BEEN SOME IMPROVEMENTS AS THE CITY BECAME CLEANER THAN THE PRE-1972 PERIOD.

"WHILE THIS IS TRUE, THERE ARE STILL MANY ’LAP SAI’ CHUNGS' AROUND TOWN. UNLESS WE JOIN HANDS TO GET RID OF THIS ANTI-SOCIAL CREATURE, RATEPAYERS, YOU AND 1, WILL NOT ONLY PAY MORE BUT ALSO SUFFER FROM A LOWERING QUALITY OF LIFE," HE ADDED.

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LAB ENDORSES WIDE RANGE OF LEGISLATION IMPROVEMENTS

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THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD MET TODAY (MONDAY) TO CONSIDER ,^A WIDE RANGE OF LABOUR MATTERS.

MEMBERS WERE FIRST BRIEFED ON THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENTS ON PRUDENTIAL REGULATION OF RETIREMENT SCHEMES BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR STEPHEN IP.

THEY WERE TOLD THAT THE PAPER WAS AIMED AT ENSURING THAT, IF EMPLOYERS SET UP RETIREMENT SCHEMES, THE SCHEMES SHOULD BE OPERATED ACCORDING TO CERTAIN STANDARDS OF PRUDENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BENEFICIARIES.

IN THE DISCUSSIONS THAT FOLLOWED, VIEWS ON THE DEFINITION OF RETIREMENT SCHEMES, DISCLOSURE OF PROVISIONS OF THE SCHEMES TO EMPLOYEE BENEFICIARIES, TRANSFERABILITY OF FUNDS, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WITH EMPLOYERS* AND EMPLOYEES* PARTICIPATION WERE EXPRESSED.

THE BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TONY HAMMOND, UNDERTOOK TO PASS MEMBERS’ OPINIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR CONSIDERATION.

THE BOARD THEN SUPPORTED A PROPOSAL TO REMOVE THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN MANUAL AND NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES UPON THE ABOLITION OF THE WAGE CEILING UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

WITH THE REMOVAL OF THE DISTINCTION, ALL EMPLOYEES, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR EARNINGS AND NATURE OF WORK, WILL BE SUBJECT TO PROTECTION UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

HOWEVER, FOR THE PURPOSE OF CALCULATING SEVERANCE PAYMENT AND LONG SERVICE PAYMENT, THE EXISTING WAGE LIMIT OF $11,500 A MONTH WILL STILL APPLY TO ALL EMPLOYEES. THIS LIMIT WILL BE REVISED FROM TIME TO TIME TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT OF WAGE MOVEMENTS.

MEMBERS NEXT STUDIED THREE MINOR AMENDMENTS TO THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

FIRST, ON THE PROPOSAL TO REDUCE THE QUALIFYING PERIOD OF SERVICE A FEMALE EMPLOYEE MUST WORK BEFORE SHE CAN SERVE NOTICE FOR MATERNITY LEAVE, MEMBERS* VIEWS WERE DIVIDED.

EMPLOYEE MEMBERS WERE GENERALLY IN FAVOUR OF THE PROPOSAL WHILE SOME EMPLOYER MEMBERS CONSIDERED THE PRESENT REQUIREMENT OF 26 WEEKS REASONABLE. AFTER DISCUSSIONS, IT WAS DECIDED THAT FURTHER CONSIDERATION WOULD BE GIVEN TO THE ISSUE.

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AS REGARDS THE OTHER TWO AMENDMENTS, MEMBERS SUPPORTED THAT AN EMPLOYEE SHOULD RECEIVE A FULL DAY'S WAGES AS HOLIDAY PAY EVEN THOUGH THE HOLIDAY FALLS ON A DAY ON WHICH THE EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO WORK ONLY HALF-DAY; AND THAT PAYMENTS FROM ANY RETIREMENT SCHEME IN RESPECT OF THE EMPLOYER’S CONTRIBUTIONS SHOULD BE DEDUCTED FROM SEVERANCE PAYMENT AND LONG SERVICE PAYMENT.

ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ASSISTANCE SCHEME WHICH WAS ENDORSED BY THE BOARD IN JANUARY THIS YEAR, MEMBERS GENERALLY AGREED TO BACK DATE THE PERIOD COVERING EMPLOYEES* COMPENSATION TO JANUARY 1, 1984. VIEWS ON EXTENDING THE SCHEME TO COVER CLAIMS FOR COMMON LAW DAMAGES WERE DIVIDED.

TO AVOID A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, IT WAS AGREED THAT AN UNOFFICIAL BE APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE EMPLOYEES’ COMPENSATION ASSISTANCE SCHEME MANAGEMENT BOARD INSTEAD OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR AS EARLIER PROPOSED.

THE BOARD ALSO SUPPORTED A PROPOSAL TO EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR TO APPROVE A CARTRIDGE-OPERATED FIXING TOOL DY NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.

DURING THE MEETING, MEMBERS WERE INFORMED THAT APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN BY THE GOVERNOR TO CHANGE THE COMPOSITION OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD FROM JANUARY 1, 1989.

UNDER THE NEW COMPOSITION, THE BOARD WILL STILL CONSIST OF 12 MEMBERS. HOWEVER, THE NUMBER OF ELECTED EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES AND THAT OF NOMINATED EMPLOYERS’ REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE INCREASED FROM FOUR TO FIVE RESPECTIVELY.

AS A RESULT OF THESE CHANGES, THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE MEMBERS APPOINTED AD PERSONAM ON EACH SIDE WILL BE REDUCED FROM TWO TO ONE.

THE ADDITIONAL ELECTED SEAT ON THE EMPLOYEES’ SIDE WILL BE FILLED BY ELECTION BY REGISTERED EMPLOYEES' TRADE UNIONS ON THE BASIS OF ONE UNION ONE VOTE WHILE THE ADDITIONAL NOMINATED SEAT ON THE EMPLOYERS' SIDE WILL BE FILLED BY A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CHINESE GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

LASTLY, IN RESPONSE TO AN EARLIER CALL BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR WIDER USE OF FLEXIBLE WORKING HOURS, MR HAMMOND URGED EMPLOYERS TO CONSIDER SERIOUSLY THE INTRODUCTION OF SUCH ARRANGEMENTS SO AS TO HELP RELIEVE CONGESTION ON MAJOR ROADS AND TUNNELS DURING BOTH THE MORNING AND EVENING PEAK HOURS.

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTIC'S FOR MAY

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TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN MAY 1988, AT 178,292 MILLION, GREW BY 26 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH MAY 1987, ACCORDING TO THE DETAILED FIGURES ON VALUE OF TRADE IN MAY 1988 RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT TO $17,274 MILLION IN MAY 1988. WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 46 PER CENT TO $21,460 MILLION, THUS BRINGING TOTAL EXPORTS IN MAY 1988 TO $38,734 MILLION, WHICH REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 24 PER CENT OVER MAY 1987.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, IMPORTS INCREASED BY 27 PER CENT TO $39,558 MILLION IN MAY 1988.

COMPARING MAY 1988 WITH MAY 1987, SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA (+38 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+27 PER CENT) AND AUSTRALIA (+23 PER CENT). THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND JAPAN GREW LESS RAPIDLY BY 9 PER CENT, 8 PER CENT AND 2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. FURTHER, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A., THE LARGEST MARKET, DECREASED IN VALUE TERMS BY 10 PER CENT.

IMPORTS FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS IN MAY 1988 OVER MAY 1987, ESPECIALLY THOSE FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+47 PER CENT), THE U.S.A. (+45 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+41 PER CENT), ITALY (+33 PER CENT) AND CHINA (+26 PER CENT). IMPORTS FROM JAPAN INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN, CHINA, TAIWAN, AUSTRALIA, SINGAPORE, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND THE U.S.A. INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS OVER THE SAME PERIOD, BY 87 PER CENT, 59 PER CENT, 46 PER CENT, 45 PER CENT, 42 PER CENT, 42 PER CENT AND 41 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JANUARY TO MAY 1988, AT $350,961 MILLION, INCREASED BY 28 PER CENT AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987 .

DURING THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT TO $77,499 MILLION, WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 45 PER CENT TO $94,956 MILLION. THUS, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 28 PER CENT TO $172,455 MILLION. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 27 PER CENT TO $178,505 MILLION.

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1988 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO MOST MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS.

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THE MARKETS WITH MORE SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED SINGAPORE (+39 PER CENT), CHINA (+27 PER CENT), FRANCE (+21 PER CENT), THE UNITED KINGDOM (+19 PER CENT), THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+15 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (+14 PER CENT). ON THE OTHER HAND, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG'S LARGEST MARKET, THE U.S.A., DECREASED BY 1 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

IMPORTS IN JANUARY TO MAY 1988 FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+43 PER CENT), SWITZERLAND (+36 PER CENT), THE U.S.A. (+30 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+29 PER CENT) AND CHINA (+27 PER CENT). IMPORTS FROM JAPAN INCREASED BY 21 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN, THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, TAIWAN, CHINA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 86 PER CENT, 67 PER CENT, 49 PER CENT, 48 PER CENT AND 47 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. RE-EXPORTS TO THE U.S.A. INCREASED BY 32 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

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 MAY 1988 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY AUGUST.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG'S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING JANUARY TO MAY 1988 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE RECORDED IN MOST MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

THE MORE NOTABLE ONES WERE OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $1,525 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT); PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $1,471 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1,231 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT); AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $673- MILLION OR 12 PER CENT).

DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING INCREASED BY $190 MILLION OR ONLY 1 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $107 MILLION OR 1 PER CENT) AND ELECTRIC CURRENT (BY $75 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT).

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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 MAY 1988 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987, MORE NOTABLE INCREASES IN IMPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $5,599 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT); ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $4,282 MILLION OR 116 PERCENT); PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $2,343 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT); AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $2,304 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT).

IMPORTS OF TEXTILES INCREASED BY $1,550 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER

THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $195 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT); AND RAW HIDES,

SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $141 MILLION OR 11 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 MAY 1988 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987, MORE NOTABLE INCREASES IN RE-EXPORTS IN VALUE TERMS WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $4,247 MILLION OR 77 PER CENT); MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $3,057 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT); ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $2,519 MILLION OR 241 PER CENT); AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $2,047 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS OF TEXTILES INCREASED BY $1,998 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN OIL SEEDS AND OLEAGINOUS FRUIT (BY $73 MILLION OR 30 PER CENT); AND MISCELLANEOUS EDIBLE PRODUCTS AND PREPARATIONS (BY $5 MILLION OR 2 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR

COMMODITY DIVISION.

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DETAILED STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE AVAILABLE IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS.

THE MAY 1988 ISSUE OF THE "MONO KONO TRADE STATISTICS SUMMARY" WILL BE ON SALE AROUND JULY 15 AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT 49.50 PER COPY.

A MORE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT, "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE", WITH A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS IN MAY 1988 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN END-JULY AT 417.50 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 (TEL. NO. : 5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE STATISTICS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO. : 5-8234915).

TABLE 1: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS MAJOR MARKET MAY MAY 88 JAN-MAY JAN-MAY 88 1988 OVER 1988 OVER MAY 87 JAN-MAY 87 (HKD MN.) (%) (HKD MN.) (%)

UrS.A. 5,858 * 10 25,577 - 1

CHINA 3,106 4 38 12,821 4 27

F.R. OF GERMANY 1 , 181 4 9 6,100 15

U.K. 1,215 + 8 5,201 4 19

JAPAN 798 4 2 3,774 4 14

CANADA 450 4 2 2,119 4 9

SINGAPORE 405 4 27 1,884 4 39

NETHERLANDS 344 4 13 1,706 4 14

FRANCE 375 + 12 1,630 4 21

AUSTRALIA 346 4- 23 1,488 4 12

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TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION MAY 1988 (HKD MN.) MAY 88 OVER MAY 87 (%) JAN-MAY 1988 (HKD MN. JAN-MAY 88 OVER JAN-MAY 87 ) (X)

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 4,874 - 12 22,405 * 1

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 2,417 - 5 10,706 • - 1

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,527 ♦ 15 6,933 + 27

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 1,567 ♦ 26 6,661 + 23

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1,459 + 26 6,156 ♦ 12

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,366 - 5 6,155 + 1

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TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER MAY 1988 (HKD MN.) MAY 88 OVER MAY 87 (%) JAN-MAY 1988 (HKD MN.) JAN-MAY 88 OVER JAN-MAY 87 (X)

CHINA 12,179 + 26 53,666 + 27

JAPAN 6,872 + 12 32,965 + 21

TAIWAN 3,908 + 41 16,145 ♦ 29

U.S.A. 3,543 + 45 15,260 + 30

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2,263 + 47 9,375 + 43

SINGAPORE 1,395 + 25 6,543 + 22

U.K. 1,024 + 9 5,040 + 13

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,089 + 21 4,861 + 26

SWITZERLAND 765 + 6 3,633 ♦ 36

ITALY 615 <• 33 2,894 + 23

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TABLE 4: IMPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION

COMMODITY DIVISION MAY 1988 (HKD MN.) MAY 88 OVER MAY 87 (%) JAN-MAY 1988 (HKD MN. JAN-MAY 88 OVER JAN-MAY 87 ) (%)

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 5,713 + 8 23,683 ♦ 7

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 4,169 + 45 18,348 ♦ 44

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 2,288 + 8 10,899 9

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 2,287 + 30 10,028 ♦ 30

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2,148 + 24 10,021 ♦ 31

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 2,309 4- 36 9,596 ♦ 30

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TABLE 5: RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

major! market ♦ y' •.3 MAY 1988 (HKD MN.) MAY 88 OVER MAY 87 (%) JAN-MAY 1988 (HKD MN. JAN-MAY 88 OVER JAN-MAY 87 > (X)

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CHINA

7,448 + 59 31,299 + 48

U.S.A. 3,704 + 41 16,412 + 32

JAPAN

1 , 303 + 87 5,855 + 86

TAIWAN

1,171 + 46 5,361 + 49

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1,018 + 24 4,686 + 34

SINGAPORE 722 + 42 3,274 + 35

F.R. OF GERMANY 598 + 42 2,830 + 67

U.K.

505 + 30 2,029 + 47

MACAU

324 + 11 1 ,569 + 20

AUSTRALIA

304 + 45 1,380 + 46

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TABLE 6: RE-EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISION JAN-MAY 88 OVER JAN-MAY 87 ) (%)

COMMODITY DIVISION MAY 1988 (HKD MN.) MAY 88 OVER MAY 87 (%) JAN-MAY 1988 (HKD MN.

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 2,893 + 16 12,646 + 19

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 2,213 4 70 9,798 4 77

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 1,686 + 12 8,687 4- 14

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 2,103 + 57 8,567 + 55

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1,424 • + 46 5,956 * 52

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 820 + 16 • 3,681 + 18

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PROPOSAL ON LENGTH OF FIRST DEGREE COURSES EXPLAINED *****

THE EDUCATION COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE LENGTH OF FIRST DEGREE COURSES CONTAINED IN ITS NO. 3 REPORT MIGHT HAVE BEEN MISUNDERSTOOD BY SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, THE ACTING PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR JOHN DEAN, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

HE SAID THAT LETTERS AND ARTICLES RECENTLY PUBLISHED IN THE NEWSPAPERS SUGGESTED THAT SOME PEOPLE BELIEVED THAT THE COMMISSION PROPOSED CUTTING THE LENGTH OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY’S FIRST DEGREE COURSE BY A YEAR AND PREVENTING OTHER INSTITUTIONS FROM INCREASING THEIR DEGREE LENGTHS BEYOND THREE YEARS.

"THIS IS NOT THE COMMISSION’S INTENTION. WHAT IT PROPOSED, IN CHAPTER 3 OF THE REPORT NO. 3, WAS THAT THE LENGTH OF ANY INDIVIDUAL COURSE SHOULD BE DETERMINED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS, BY THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS THEMSELVES, SUBJECT TO THE UNIVERSITY AND POLYTECHNIC GRANTS COMMITTEE’S (UPGC) APPROVAL OF THE NECESSARY FUNDS.

"THE EDUCATION COMMISSION RECOMMENDED THAT THE LENGTH OF FIRST DEGREE COURSES IN THE SAMF SUBJECT AT ALL INSTITUTIONS SHOULD IN PRINCIPLE BE THE SAME.

"THE UPGC WOULD CONTINUE TO USE ITS OWN ACADEMIC AND FINANCIAL CRITERIA TO JUDGE INDIVIDUAL CASES IN THE LIGHT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY PREVAILING AT THE TIME," MR DEAN EXPLAINED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IF AN INSTITUTION, FOR EXAMPLE, WISHED TO OPERATE A FIRST DEGREE COURSE LONGER THAN THREE YEARS, IT WOULD NEED TO SATISFY THE UPGC THAT THE ADDITIONAL TIME AND FUNDS WERE JUSTIFIED ON EDUCATIONAL GROUNDS.

"THE COMMISSION DID NOT PROPOSE SIMPLY TO CUT THE LENGTH OF ALL FIRST DEGREE COURSES TO THREE YEARS," MR DEAN STRESSED.

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STUDENT LOAN FUNDS OFFERED FOR 1988-89

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STUDENTS IN POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN NEED OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT THEIR STUDIES IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR (1988-89) MAY OBTAIN INTEREST-FREE LOANS FROM THE HONG KONG ROTARY CLUB STUDENTS’ LOAN FUND AND THE STANDARD/SING TAO FAT CHOY DRIVE STUDENTS' LOAN FUND.

A SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A MAXIMUM LOAN OF $2,250 AND A POST-SECONDARY STUDENT FOR $3,170 PER ANNUM.

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APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE WILL BE CONSIDERED BY A JOINT COMMITTEE FOR BOTH LOAN FUNDS AND PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS WHO ARE APPROACHING THE COMPLETION OF THEIR STUDIES.

LOANS ARE MADE AVAILABLE ON A YEARLY BASIS. NEW APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR LOANS AND PRESENT RECIPIENTS WISHING TO APPLY FOR FURTHER LOANS IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR MUST COMPLETE A PRESCRIBED FORM.

APPLICANTS WHO INTEND TO ENTER THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG SHOULD APPLY TO THE DEAN OF STUDENTS AND THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STUDENT AFFAIRS OF THE UNIVERSITIES RESPECTIVELY.

THOSE WHO WISH TO ENTER THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND CITY POLYTECHNIC OF HONG KONG SHOULD APPLY TO THE STUDENT WELFARE UNIT AND STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICER OF THE POLYTECHNICS RESPECTIVELY.

STUDENTS WISHING TO ENTER THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE SHOULD APPLY TO THE STUDENT FINANCIAL AID OFFICE OF THE COLLEGE.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION TO ALL THESE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS WILL BE OCTOBER 16.

APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO ENTER OTHER POST-SECONDARY COLLEGES, TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE ADVISED TO OBTAIN AN APPLICATION FORM FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, FIFTH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

COMPLETED FORMS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE OFFICE BY SEPTEMBER 7.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS FOR LOANS FROM EITHER LOAN FUNDS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ENTER INTO A FORMAL UNDERTAKING TO REPAY THEIR LOANS BY INSTALMENTS OF AT LEAST 10 PER CENT OF THEIR MONTHLY SALARY FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF THEIR STUDIES.

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STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 26.2 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 153.667 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 372.315 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 63.5 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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SPECIAL TV PROGRAMME ON KWAI TSING DISTRICT

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THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE AND TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A SPECIAL TELEVISION PROGRAMME ON KWAI TSING DISTRICT.

THE PROGRAMME, ENTITLED "GOOD MORNING KWAI TSING", WILL BE BROADCAST LIVE ON JULY 15.

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF "GOOD MORNING KWAI TSING", MR JOHNNY WONG HAU-LIM, WILL SPEAK AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE TO BEGIN AT 3 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF TELEVISION BROADCASTS LIMITED, FIFTH FLOOR, 77 BROADCAST DRIVE, KOWLOON, TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE TELEVISION PROGRAMME "GOOD MORNING KWAI TSING".

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MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW .(TUESDAY) TO CONSIDER SEVERAL PROJECTS TO PROVIDE RECREATION AND AMENITY FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PROJECTS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF SITTING-OUT AREAS IN FANLING AND SHA TAU KOK, AS WELL AS THE INSTALLATION OF CHESS TABLES IN SHEK WU HUI, SHEUNG SHUI.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER CONSTRUCTING A DRAINAGE CHANNEL AT LUNG YEUK TAU, FANLING.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS ON LOCAL PUBLIC WORK, MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, AS WELL AS ON THE VILLAGE LIGHTING PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLIC TRANSPORT PLAN » * ♦ ♦ t

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE

WILL DISCUSS AN INFORMATION PAPER PREPARED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ON THE SETTLED PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR 1988-89 IN THE DISTRICT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL STUDY A PROPOSAL BY THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL TO USE PART OF THE PROMENADE ON THE NORTH SIDE OF SEAFRONT ROAD AS A COACH PARKING AREA AND PRIVATE PIER.

THEY WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE PROPOSED MEASURES TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC AT CANAL ROAD FLYOVER, AND A PROPOSAL TO REMOVE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM DRIVING LICENCES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, EIGHTH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD. THE MEETING WILL START AT 4 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER SAFETY IN CHAI WAN ROAD * ♦ ♦ * *

MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS ROAD SAFETY IN CHAI WAN ROAD AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

A DISCUSSION PAPER PREPARED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT LISTS THE ACCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED TN CHAT WAN ROAD FROM APRIL LAST YEAR TO MARCH, AND MAKES A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS TO ENHANCE ROAD SAFETY.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE 1988-89 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR EASTERN DISTRICT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE EXPANSION OF THE GREEN MINIBUS SERVICE IN CHAI WAN, CONGESTION AT THE TAIKOO MTR STATION AND THE PROPOSED NO-STOPPING RESTRICTION IN CHUN YEUNG STREET.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. JAMES SO, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE

MEETING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WHICH WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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TAI PO DB’S PUBLICITY COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WORK TARGETS * * » » «

THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS ITS WORK TARGETS AT A MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) MORNING.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER ORGANISING A PROJECT ON INDUSTRIAL DESIGN/PACKAGING WITH THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIES DESIGN AND PACKAGING CENTRE, PLACING ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPER AND PUBLISHING A BOOKLET ON THE TAI PO DISTRICT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION OF A "WELCOME TO TAI PO" SIGN, SUPPORT TO RTHK’S TELEVISION PROGRAMME ON THE ENVIRONMENT "ALL ABOUT US", AND THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 1988-89.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM THE THIRD FLOOR, TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO. THE MEETING WILL START AT 9.30 AM.

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TAI PO DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS CONSULTANCY REPORT « » ♦ » «

THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL MERT ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 13) AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS THE SPORTS CONSULTANCY REPORT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TOTALLING $41,945 FOR SPONSORING ACTIVITIES OF THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION, S.K.H. THE CHURCH OF OUR SAVIOUR MULTI SERVICES CENTRE AND 11 MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE COMMITTEE’S WORK TARGETS, GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS, REVIEW ON THE CRITERIA FOR ALLOCATING FUNDS TO LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING SCHEDULE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 13) AT THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO. THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM.

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON YOUTH ORCHESTRA TOUR ♦ * ♦ ♦ *

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF A TOUR OF AUSTRALIA BY THE MUSIC OFFICE’S HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE AND MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL FIRST BE ENTERTAINED BY DEMONSTRATION PERFORMANCE BY THE ORCHESTRA.

ATTENDING THE SESSION WILL BE THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MS LOLLY CHIU, WHO WILL BE THE TOUR DIRECTOR; THE SENIOR MUSIC OFFICER (CHINESE), MR TONG LEUNG-TAK; AND MEMBERS OF THE 70-STRONG GROUP. ALL WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL INTERVIEWS.

THE PARTY WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON MONDAY (JULY 18) TO BEGIN THEIR TOUR WHICH WILL END ON AUGUST 5.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT 3 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE HONG KONG MUSIC CENTRE, NINTH FLOOR, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, WAN CHAI. FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED ON 5-8235326.

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EXHIBITION ON MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS * ♦ ♦ ♦ »

THE RELIGIOUS AND ETHICAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD A THREE-DAY EXHIBITION ON MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS AT THE HONG KONG TEACHERS’ CENTRE IN PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 13).

THE AIM OF THE EXHIBITION IS TO ACQUAINT TEACHERS WITH APPROACHES AND TEACHING MATERIAL FOR PROMOTING MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS.

TAKING PART IN THE EXHIBITION ON THE THEME OF ’’CARING AND SHARING" WILL BE SOME 17 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN FROM 10.30 AM TO 4.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 13) AND FROM 9 AM TO 4.30 PM ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (JULY 14 AND 15).

/THE ASSISTANT .......

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THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PLANNING AND RESEARCH), MR ROBERT LO, WILL OFFICIATE AT AN OPENING CEREMONY AT 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION AT 4 PAR FUR ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, NORTH POINT, THE HONG RONG TEACHERS’ CENTRE AT 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 13).

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TWO SITES FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION » * * ♦

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING TWO PIECES OF GOVERNMENT LAND FOR SALE IN A PUBLIC AUCTION TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 13).

THE AUCTION OF THE SITES, ALL FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES BUT EXCLUDING OFFENSIVE TRADES, WILL BE HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE STARTING AT 2.30 PM.

THE FIRST SITE IS IN AREA 25, ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING. IT COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 1,198 SQUARE METRES.

THE DEVELOPER HAS TO COMPLETE AT LEAST 3,594 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA BEFORE JUNE 30, 1992.

THE OTHER SITE IS IN KA YIP STREET, CHAI WAN.

THE AREA OF THIS SITE IS ABOUT 4,687 SQUARE METRES AND THE BUILDING COVENANT STIPULATES THAT THE DEVELOPER HAS TO COMPLETE NOT LESS THAN 33,746 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1992.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE LAND AUCTION.

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LANDFILLING AT JORDAN VALLEY TO CONTINUE

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THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR ANOTHER CONTRACT FOR LANDFILLING AT THE JORDAN VALLEY LANDFILL IN EAST KOWLOON.

WORKS UNDER THIS CONTRACT INCLUDE THE CONTINUATION OF LANDFILLING AND THE EXTRACTION OF EARTH MATERIAL FROM THE BORROW AREA WITHIN THE SITE FOR DAILY COVERING OF THE COMPACTED REFUSE.

LANDFILLING CONSISTS ESSENTIALLY OF SPREADING AND COMPACTING OF REFUSE IN LAYERS, AND THE COVERING OF EACH LAYER WITH EARTH AS THE DISPOSAL OPERATION PROCEEDS.

ALL WORKING FACES OF THE LANDFILL WILL BE SEALED OFF TWO TIMES DAILY, THEREBY ELIMINATING HEALTH AND FIRE HAZARDS.

THE CONTRACT PERIOD IS 22 MONTHS AND WORKS ARE EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR. THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED BY THE DRAINAGE (DESIGN) DIVISION AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE DRAINAGE (CONSTRUCTION) DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON AUGUST 5.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN KOWLOON CITY * * »

TRAFFIC CHANGES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN KOWLOON CITY FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 14) IN CONNECTION WITH ROAD WORKS ON CARPENTER ROAD, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (MONDAY).

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, CARPENTER ROAD BETWEEN TAK KU LING ROAD AND KAI TAK ROAD; AND THE UNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN CARPENTER ROAD AND LOK SIN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

THE SECTION OF SA PO ROAD BETWEEN LOK SIN ROAD AND CARPENTER ROAD WILL BE CONVERTED FROM TWO-WAY WORKING TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

IN ADDITION, THE SECTION OF CARPENTER ROAD BETWEEN SA PO ROAD AND KAI TAK ROAD WILL BE CHANGED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION OF ROAD WORKS, THE SECTION OF LOK SIN ROAD BETWEEN CARPENTER ROAD AND TUNG TSING ROAD WILL BE RE-OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

AS A RESULT, KMB ROUTES NO. 2D AND 10, AND GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 33 ON TAK KU LING ROAD HEADING FOR LOK SIN ROAD WILL RESUME THEIR NORMAL ROUTEINGS VIA LOK SIN ROAD DIRECT.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN WONG TAI SIN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT DUE TO A WATER MAINS BURST HAPPENED LAST SATURDAY (JULY 9), THE SECTION OF WONG TAI SIN ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN SHATIN PASS ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO UPPER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE HAS BEEN CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

VEHICLES ON SHATIN PASS ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR WONG TAI SIN ROAD WESTBOUND HAVE TO PROCEED ALONG SHATIN PASS ROAD BEFORE TURNING LEFT ONTO NGA CHUK STREET AND THEN WONG TAI SIN ROAD.

THE MEASURES WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI NORTH

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN WAN CHAI NORTH FROM THURSDAY (JULY 14) EVENING TO SATURDAY MORNING FOR ROADWORKS.

FROM 9 PM ON THURSDAY TO 7 AM THE NEXT DAY, THE EXIT LEADING FROM FLEMING ROAD SOUTHBOUND TO GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. VEHICLES ON FLEMING ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND CAN TRAVEL VIA HARBOUR ROAD AND FENWICK STREET.

MOREOVER, TONNOCHY ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN HUNG HING ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 15) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. VEHICLES ON HUNG HING ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR GLOUCESTER ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CONVENTION AVENUE AND FLEMING ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CREATION OF SECURITIES hND FUTURES COMMISSION ............... 1

APPOINTMENT OF GOVT CONSULTANT ON SRC RECOMMENDATIONS ....... 3

SEPARATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK FOR CABLE TV ............ 3

LEGCO BEGINS DEBATE ON DRAFT BASIC LAW TOMORROW ............. 5

NINE LEGCO MEMBERS REAPPOINTED .............................. 5

ADVICE ON APPLICATIONS FOR STRATEGIC COMMODITIES LICENCES . 6

MARCH EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS RELEASED 7 SHULTZ STOPS OVER IN HK..................................... 12

ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION EXTENDED TO COVER PRIVATE ROADS .. 13

DISTRICT OFFICE PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN NEV/ TOWN

DEVELOPMENT .............................................. 14

TSUEN WAN DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER .,RT SCHEME.............  16

TIN SHUT WAI ODP ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .................... 16

TAI PO DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT

PROJECTS ................................................. 17

LRT PROPOS.iS ON INTEGRATED FARE SYSTEM UNDER STUDY...... 17

DB MEMBERS TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENT/J. ISSUES ................ 18

BRIEFING ON KWUN TONG HOUSING PROGRaMME..................... 18

BUILDING MANAGEMENT .JW FIRE SAFETY CJsP«IGN FOR YaU TSIM . 19

YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO TOUR AUSTRALIA .......................... 20

FREE PUPPET-SHOW IN SHEK 0.................................. 22

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME FOR SERVING JOURNALIST ............... 22

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS APPLICATION REMINDER ..................... 23

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CaR NUMBERS ............................. 24

NEW OFFICES FOR PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION .................... 25

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED..................................... 25

TENDERS INVITED FOR TAI 0 DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT.............. 25

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN YUEN LONG FOR LRT OPERATIONS ............ 26

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY ON QUEEN'S ROaD WEST .............. 27

ROAD IN YUEN LONG IN DISUSE................................. 27

TEMPORARY LaNE CLOSURE ON TaI PO ROAD IN SHA TIN............ 28

TEMPORARY ROaD CLOSURE IN KOWLOON .......................... 28

WATER CUTS IN CENTR.iL AND WESTERN, CHa KWO LING............ 28

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 1988

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CREATION OF SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION *****

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, MR PIERS JACOBS, ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED THE PROPOSAL OF THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH A NEW REGULATORY BODY OUTSIDE THE CIVIL SERVICE FOR THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES INDUSTRY.

THE BODY WILL BE CALLED THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION.

"WE AGREE WITH THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION THAT FUNDING FOR THE NEW COMMISSION SHOULD COME MAINLY FROM THE MARKET BUT ALSO PARTLY FROM GOVERNMENT. DETAILS WILL BE WORKED OUT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TWO EXCHANGES," MR JACOBS SAID.

"WE MUST ENSURE THAT THE COSTS OF INTERMEDIATION WILL NOT COMPARE UNFAVOURABLY WITH THOSE OF OTHER MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRES, BUT MUST AVOID TOO MUCH OF THE BURDEN FALLING ON THE ORDINARY TAXPAYER RATHER THAN THE USERS OF THE MARKETS.

"WE SHALL GIVE CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO THE NEED FOR ADEQUATE CHECKS AND BALANCES IN DRAFTING THE CONSTITUTION AND POWERS OF THE NEW REGULATORY BODY.

"IN PARTICULAR, THERE WILL BE STATUTORY PROVISIONS FOR A RIGHT OF APPEAL AGAINST ITS MORE SIGNIFICANT DECISIONS.”

REITERATING THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO BRING EARLY IMPROVEMENTS TO THE REGULATION AND OPERATION OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES INDUSTRY, MR JACOBS SAID: "WE ARE FIRMLY COMMITTED TO BRINGING HONG KONG’S REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AND MARKET STRUCTURES IN LINE WITH THOSE IN OTHER CENTRES IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ITS CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT AS A MAJOR FINANCIAL MARKET.

"WE SHALL ENDEAVOUR TO CONSTRUCT A ROBUST PRACTITIONER-BASED REGULATORY SYSTEM, TO BE SUPERVISED BY AN EFFECTIVE WATCHDOG EQUIPPED WITH THE NECESSARY RESOURCES AND POWERS.

"THIS SYSTEM SHOULD AIM TO PROMOTE, BUT NOT STIFLE, MARKET DEVELOPMENT."

THE FOLLOWING PRESS STATEMENT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS WAS ISSUED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY AT A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON:

"THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL HAS THIS MORNING ENDORSED THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES FOR ESTABLISHING THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION (SFC) OUTSIDE THE CIVIL SERVICE TO REPLACE THE EXISTING SECURITIES COMMISSION, THE COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION AND THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES TRADING.

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THE SFC WILL BE:

- GOVERNED BY A SMALL BOARD WITH AN EQUAL NUMBER OF EXECUTIVE AND NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS TO BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR;

- SUPPORTED BY A GOVERNMENT-APPOINTED ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMPRISING MARKET EXPERTS AND CHAIRED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMISSION;

- FUNDED LARGELY BY THE MARKETS IN THE FORM OF A TRANSACTION LEVY, FEES AND CHARGES, BUT PARTLY ALSO BY THE GOVERNMENT.

WE ARE AWARE BOTH OF THE NEED FOR ADEQUATE CHECKS AND BALANCES IN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMISSION AND FOR A FAIR APPORTIONMENT OF COSTS BETWEEN MARKET USERS AND THE ORDINARY TAX PAYER. THESE FACTORS WILL BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AS WE DRAFT THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION AND DRAW UP DETAILED FUNDING ARRANGEMENTS.

WE HAVE APPOINTED A CONSULTANT FROM THE UK TO HELP US ESTABLISH THE COMMISSION. HE WILL BE ARRIVING SHORTLY. WE PLAN TO INTRODUCE A BILL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMISSION INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EARLY IN THE NEXT SESSION WITH THE AIM OF HAVING THE NEW COMMISSION TN PLACE AT THE BEGINNING OF 1989.

AS YOU KNOW, THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG HAS INITIATED ITS OWN EFFORTS TO REFORM ITS CONSTITUTION TO CREATE A MORE BROADLY BASED AND PROPERLY REPRESENTED GOVERNING COUNCIL. THE PROPOSALS WILL BE PUT TO AN EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING ON JULY 20. THE GOVERNMENT WELCOMES THIS INITIATIVE AND WISHES THE EXCHANGE EVERY SUCCESS IN ITS ENDEAVOUR SO THAT WE COULD HAVE THE NEW COUNCIL IN PLACE BY OCTOBER.

THE HONG KONG FUTURES EXCHANGE HAS STARTED ITS OWN PLANS TO REFORM ITS CONSTITUTION TO BRING IT IN LINE WITH THE SRC RECOMMENDATIONS. IT HAS ALSO INITIATED NEGOTIATION WITH ITS CLEARING HOUSE AND THE GUARANTEE CORPORATION IN CREATING A NEW RISK MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE AS RECOMMENDED BY THE SRC. WE HOPE THESE EFFORTS WOULD BE SUCCESSFUL WITH THE NEW STRUCTURE IN PLACE SOON.

THE GOVERNMENT IS FULLY COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE REGULATION AND OPERATION OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES INDUSTRY WHICH IS IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG'S DEVELOPMENT AS A MAJOR REGIONAL CAPITAL MARKET AND AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE. IN CONSULTATION WITH THE TWO EXCHANGES AND INTERESTED BODIES, WE WILL PROCEED WITH TOP SPEED TO BRING ABOUT THE VARIOUS REFORMS."

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APPOINTMENT OF GOVT CONSULTANT ON SRC RECOMMENDATIONS

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THE APPOINTMENT OF MR ROBERT OWEN, A BRITISH MERCHANT BANKER, AS CONSULTANT TO THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS, IN PARTICULAR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION.

THE APPOINTMENT IS FOR A PERIOD OF SIX TO NINE MONTHS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID MR OWEN WOULD WORK WITH THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS IN IMPLEMENTING THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS, ESPECIALLY ON THE FUNDING AND STAFFING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE NEW SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION.

"HIS EXPERTISE IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SERVICES AND EXPERIENCE IN THE FAR EAST WILL NO DOUBT BE VALUABLE TO THE IMPLEMENTATION EXERCISE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

MR OWEN, BORN IN 1940, IS MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN. HE WAS EDUCATED IN OXFORD AND OBTAINED A FIRST CLASS HONOURS DEGREE IN MODERN LANGUAGES IN 1961.

FROM 1961 TO 1970, MR OWEN WAS IN THE UK GOVERNMENT SERVICE, FIRST WITH THE FOREIGN OFFICE AND LATER SECONDED TO THE TREASURY.

IN 1970, HE WAS RECRUITED TO MORGAN GRENFELL AND CO. LTD. WHERE HE BECAME A DIRECTOR IN 1973.

HE LEFT THE COMPANY IN 1979 TO JOIN LLOYDS BANK INTERNATIONAL AS DIRECTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MERCHANT BANKING DIVISION. IN 1982, HE MOVED TO HEAD THE FAR EAST DIVISION, WHICH INVOLVED THE MANAGEMENT AND STRATEGIC DIRECTION OF THE BANK’S BUSINESS IN HONG KONG.

AFTER A MERGER OF LLOYDS BANK INTERNATIONAL WITH LLOYDS BANK PLC, HE BECAME CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE NEW LLOYDS MERCHANT BANK IN 1985, A POSITION HE RETAINED UNTIL EARLY THIS YEAR.

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SEPARATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK FOR CABLE TV

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO DIVERSIFY THE OWNERSHIP OF LOCAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS BY REQUIRING THE PROVISION OF A SEPARATE NETWORK FOR CABLE TELEVISION IN WHICH HONG KONG TELECOMMUNICATIONS LTD.’S HOLDING WILL BE LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF 15 PER CENT.

THIS DECISION WAS TAKEN FOLLOWING CONSIDERATION BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL TODAY (TUESDAY) OF RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG.

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ANNOUNCING THIS DECISION AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR RAFAEL HUI, SAID THAT A SECOND NETWORK LICENSED TO CARRY CABLE TELEVISION AND NON-FRANCHISED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES WILL OFFER A CHOICE OF NETWORK TO SERVICE PROVIDERS AND ENHANCE THE COMPETITION OF NON-FRANCHISED SERVICES.

CONSUMERS PARTICULARLY BUSINESS USERS WILL BENEFIT FROM A GREATER RANGE OF SERVICES AT LOWER COSTS.

MR HUI POINTED OUT THAT CAREFUL CONSIDERATION HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THE DEGREE TO WHICH THIS WOULD RESULT IN ADDITIONAL PUBLIC DISRUPTION ON THE STREET, AND ANY POSSIBLE IMPACT ON LOCAL TELEPHONE TARIFFS.

THE EXTRA DISRUPTION WILL NOT BE SIGNIFICANT IN COMPARISON WITH THE CURRENT LEVEL OF ROAD EXCAVATION WORKS.

A SECOND NETWORK, PERMITTED TO CARRY CABLE TELEVISION AND NON-FRANCHISED LOCAL SERVICES, WILL NOT AFFECT HONG KONG TELECOMMUNICATIONS LTD.’S POSITION IN THE PROVISION OF BOTH THE INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL TELEPHONE SERVICES AND WILL THEREFORE NOT PUT PRESSURE ON HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY’S EXISTING CHARGES.

"SEPARATE LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED FOR THE CABLE TELEVISION NETWORK AND FOR CABLE TELEVISION BROADCASTING TO MAXIMISE THE OPTIONS OPEN TO GOVERNMENT IN LICENSING CABLE TELEVISION SERVICES IN HONG KONG," MR HUI SAID.

’’WITH THE DUAL LICENSING APPROACH AND THE INVITATION TO OVERSEAS COMPANIES TO PUT FORWARD PROPOSALS THERE WILL BE GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW PARTIES INTERESTED IN PROVIDING CABLE TELEVISION TO PUT FORWARD THEIR IDEAS.

"CONSISTENT WITH THE AIM OF FOSTERING COMPETITION, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO DECIDED TO LIMIT THE PERMISSABLE TOTAL HOLDING BY HONG KONG TELECOMMUNICATIONS LTD. AND/OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES IN THE CABLE TELEVISION NETWORK LICENSEE TO A MAXIMUM OF 15 PER CENT.

"THE GOVERNMENT WILL SEEK PROPOSALS INTERNATIONALLY FOR EITHER THE CABLE TELEVISION BROADCASTING SERVICE OR THE NETWORK OR BOTH. IT IS ENVISAGED THAT INVITATIONS WILL BE MADE IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES WILL HAVE A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS IN WHICH TO MAKE THEIR SUBMISSIONS.

"A FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE BY THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION LATER ON THE TERMS UNDER WHICH THE PROPOSALS WILL BE INVITED.

"BOTH THE CABLE TELEVISION BROADCASTING SERVICE LICENCE AND THE NETWORK LICENCES WILL BE ISSUED FOR 15 YEARS, WITH THE FIRST THREE YEARS ON AN EXCLUSIVE BASIS AND THE REMAINDER ON A NON-EXCLUSIVE BASIS. AFTER THE FIRST THREE YEARS THE GOVERNMENT WILL REVIEW WHETHER THERE IS A CASE FOR A SECOND CABLE TELEVISION OPERATOR.

"THE GOVERNMENT WILL COMMENCE NEGOTIATIONS WITH HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY IN 1989 ON THE QUESTION OF RENEWAL OF THEIR EXISTING VOICE TELEPHONE FRANCHISE DUE TO EXPIRE IN 1995."

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LEGCO BEGINS DEBATE ON DRAFT BASIC LAW TOMORROW » t » » ♦

MORE TUAN 20 MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL SPEAK IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW WHICH WILL BEGIN IN THE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND CONTINUE ON THURSDAY (JULY 14).

THE MOTION, TO BE MOVED BY THE SENIOR MEMBER, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, IS THAT "THIS COUNCI I, TAKES NOTE OF THE 'THE DRAFT BASIC LAW OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (FOR SOLICITATION OF OPINIONS)’ AND URGES THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO STUDY THE DRAFT AND TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON IT.”

IN OTHER BUSINESS BEFORE THE TWO-DAY DEBATE BEGINS, COUNCILLORS WILL CONSIDER SIX BILLS. EACH BILL IS DUE TO BE GIVEN A SECOND READING AND THEN TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

THE BILLS ARE: PENSION BENEFITS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1988, HONG KONG FUTURES EXCHANGE LIMITED (TEMPORARY PROVISIONS) BILL 1988, SECURITIES (DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS) BILL 1988, SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1987-88) BILL 1988, UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, AND A PRIVATE BILL, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988.

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NINE LEGCO MEMBERS REAPPOINTED

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A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, HAD REAPPOINTED THE FOLLOWING NINE SERVING MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR A FURTHER TERM, FROM THE DAY APPOINTED FOR THE FIRST SITTING OF THE NEW SESSION UNTIL THE NEXT DISSOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL: MR ALLEN LEE, MRS SELINA CHOW, MISS MARIA TAM, DR HENRIETTA IP, MRS RITA FAN, MR PETER POON, PROF C.K. POON, MRS ROSANNA TAM AND MR EDWARD HO.

MR LEE HAS ACCEPTED THE GOVERNOR’S INVITATION TO BE THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE NEXT SESSION.

THE GOVERNOR PAID WARM TRIBUTE TO THE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION WHICH BOTH THOSE APPOINTED AND THOSE RETIRING AS APPOINTED MEMBERS HAD MADE TO THE GOOD GOVERNMENT OF HONG KONG DURING THEIR MEMBERSHIP OF THE COUNCIL.

HE SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD EVERY REASON TO BE GRATEFUL FOR THE SELFLESS AND CONSCIENTIOUS CONTRIBUTION WHICH THEY HAD MADE AND FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO WORKING FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF HONG KONG.

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ADVICE ON APPLICATIONS FOR STRATEGIC COMMODITIES LICENCES

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THE TRADE DEPARTMENT HAS ADVISED APPLICANTS FOR STRATEGIC COMMODITIES LICENCES TO SUBMIT THEIR IMPORT AND EXPORT APPLICATIONS AS EARLY IN ADVANCE AS POSSIBLE, PARTICULARLY BEFORE LONG HOLIDAYS.

"ANY SUDDEN INFLUX OF LICENCE APPLICATIONS LEADS TO SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN WORKLOAD, AND CAUSES DELAY TO THE APPLICANTS," THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF TRADE, MR ALAN LAI, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

HOWEVER, MR LAI REMINDED APPLICANTS THAT THERE IS NO NEED TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS FOR THOSE NON-STRATEGIC PRODUCTS WHICH HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS "NO LICENCE REQUIRED".

CURRENTLY STRATEGIC COMMODITIES ARE SUBJECT TO BOTH IMPORT AND EXPORT LICENSING CONTROL BY THE DEPARTMENT.

IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR THE DEPARTMENT ISSUED 125,680 LICENCES FOR STRATEGIC COMMODITIES, AN INCREASE OF 28.3 PER CENT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF LAST YEAR. FURTHER INCREASES IN THE DEPARTMENT'S WORKLOAD HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY APPLICATIONS FOR STRATEGIC COMMODITIES LICENCES WHEN A LICENCE IS NOT REQUIRED.

"NO LICENCE IS REQUIRED FOR THE IMPORT OF PRODUCTS WHICH HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS ’NON-STRATEGIC’ EXCEPT RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCE AND IRRADIATING APPARATUS WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO IMPORT LICENSING CONTROL," MR LAI STRESSED.

"LIKEWISE NO EXPORT LICENCE IS REQUIRED FOR PRODUCTS WHICH HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS 'NON-STRATEGIC' EXCEPT ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS POWERED BY MAINS SUPPLY WHICH ARE SUBJECT TO EXPORT LICENSING CONTROL."

MANY TYPES OF TRANSISTORS, INTEGRATED CIRCUITS OR FLOPPY DISKETTES ARE IN FACT "NON-STRATEGIC" AND THEREFORE DO NOT REQUIRE IMPORT OR EXPORT LICENCE.

SHIPPING COMPANIES MAY ACCEPT SUCH NON-STRATEGIC COMMODITIES WHICH HAVE BEEN CLASSIFIED AS "NO LICENCE REQUIRED" FOR SHIPMENT WITHOUT A LICENCE. THE DEPARTMENT WILL SOON ISSUE A CIRCULAR CLARIFYING THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS TO AIRLINES AND SHIPPING COMPANIES.

ACCORDING TO MR LAI, THE MAJOR BOTTLENECK IN THE CURRENT LICENSING PROCEDURE IS THE CLASSIFICATION PROCESS AS REQUIRED BY THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (STRATEGIC COMMODITIES) REGULATIONS.

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10 EASE THE CLASSIFICATION PROCESS, APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO SUPPORT THEIR LICENCE APPLICATIONS FOR STRATEGIC COMMODITIES (OR APPLICATIONS WHICH MAY REQUIRE CLASSIFICATION), WHEREVER POSSIBLE. WITH A PHOTOCOPY OF A PREVIOUS LICENCE WHICH SHOWS THAT THE PRODUCTS UNDER APPLICATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN CLASSIFIED AS ’STRATEGIC' OR NON-STRATEGIC’.

"DETAILS ARE SET OUT IN A CIRCULAR MADE AVAILABLE AT THE TRADE ??PARTMENT’S ENQUIRY COUNTER ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF OCEAN CENTRE IN

CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON," MR LAI ADDED.

FOR OTHER NON-TEXTILES PRODUCTS (APART FROM STRATEGIC COMMODITIES), 352,211 LICENCES WERE ISSUED IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, WHICH REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 26.5 PER CENT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF LAST YEAR.

MR LAI SAID THAT TO COPE WITH THE INCREASING WORKLOAD THE DEPARTMENT HAS TAKEN MEASURES SUCH AS OVERTIME WORK, ADDITIONAL STAFF AND TWO ADDITIONAL COUNTERS FOR LICENCE APPLICATIONS.

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MARCH EMPLC MENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS RELEASED « * » » »

THERE WERE 849,100 PERSONS ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN MARCH 1988, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 1.8 PER CENT IN COMPARISON WITH MARCH 1987, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AT 673,300 IN MARCH 1988, WAS 8.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN MARCH 1987.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, AT 213,900, WAS UP BY 8.4 PER CENT.

EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES INCREASED BY 3.3 PER CENT COMPARED WITH MARCH 1987.

A DEPARTMENTAL SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE STATISTICS FOR SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY IN MARCH 1988 WERE DERIVED FROM THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL CONDUCTED BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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THESE SECTORS COVER THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR; THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR; AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR. THERE IS A SEPARATE EMPLOYMENT SURVEY COVERING BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES.

THE OVERALL EMPLOYMENT FIGURES FOR MARCH 1988 IN THESE SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS, BY COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1987 AND DECEMBER 1987, ARE AS FOLLOWS:-

PERSONS ENGAGED (EMPLOYMENT) IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE*

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR. 87 DEC. 87 MAR. 88 MAR. 88 ON MAR. 87 MAR. 8ft ON DEC. 87

MANUFACTURING 864,900 867,900 849,100 - 1.8 - 2.2

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (MANUAL WORKERS ON SITES ONLY) 71,800 72,500 74,100 + 3.3 + 2.3

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 620,000 657,900 673,300 + 8.6 + 2.3

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 197,200 212,200 213,900 4- 8.4 + 0.8

♦ BASED ON UNROUNDED EMPLOYMENT FIGURES.

COMPARING MARCH 1988 WITH DECEMBER 1987, AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS INFLUENCED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, EMPLOYMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR DECREASED BY 2.2 PER CENT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, EMPLOYMENT IN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR INCREASED BY 2.3 PER CENT AND 0.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

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OVER THE SAME PERIOD, EMPLOYMENT ON BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES INCREASED BY 2.3 PER CENT.

THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL ALSO PROVIDES VACANCY STATISTICS FOR THESE SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS, THE VACANCY DATA TOGETHER WITH A COMPARISON WITH THE CORRESPONDING FIGURES FOR MARCH 1987 AND DECEMBER 1987 ARE AS FOLLOWS:

NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN PERCENTAGE CHANGE*

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR. 87 DEC. 87 MAR. 88 MAR. 88 ON MAR. 87 MAR. 88 ON DEC. 87

MANUFACTURING 47,800 41,700 57,700 + 20.8 + 38.3

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 16,000 24,060 33,480 +109.3 + 39.1

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 5,300 6,900 8,890 + 68.4 + 29.4

♦ RASED ON UNROUNDED VACANCY FIGURES.

RELATIVE TO MARCH 1987, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 20.8 PER CENT.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR EXPERIENCED AN INCREASE OF 109.3 PER CENT AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR AN INCREASE OF 68.4 PER CENT.

THE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN VACANCIES REFLECTED THAT THE TIGHT CONDITIONS IN THE LABOUR MARKET CONTINUED DURING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

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COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1987, THE NUMBER OF REPORTED VACANCIES IN THE ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 38.3 PER CENT, 39.1 PER CENT AND 29.4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN MARCH 1988.

ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE SURVEY ARE STATISTICS ON MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR; THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR; AND THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR QUARTERLY TOTALS FOR EACH OF THESE SECTORS ARE SHOWN IN THE FOLLOWING

TOTAL QUARTERLY PAYROLL IN % CHANGE*

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY 1ST QTR. 1987 1ST QTR. 1988 1ST QTR. 1988 ON 1ST QTR. 1987

HK$ MN HK$ MN

MANUFACTURING 9,471 10,522 + 11.1

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 7,795 8,950 + 14.8

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 3,802 4,440 + 16.8

» BASED ON UNROUNDED PAYROLL FIGURES.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME QUARTER A YEAR AGO, PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN Till- ABOVE THREE SECTORS INCREASED BY 11.1 PER CENT, 14.8 PER CENT AND 16.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

AFTER ADJUSTMENT FOR VARIATIONS IN TOTAL MONTHLY PAYROLL OUTLAYS IN MARCH 1987 AND MARCH 1988, ARISING FROM CHANGES IN THE LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT, A NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS OBTAINED.

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TO ALLOW FOR THE EFFECTS OF PRICE CHANGES, THE NOMINAL INDEX IS DEFLATED BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) TO GIVE THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED. THESE TWO INDICES FOR MARCH 1987 AND MARCH 1988 ARE GIVEN IN THE TABLES BELOW

NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED % CHANGE

(JUNE 1980 = 100)

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR. 87 MAR. 88 MAR. 88 ON MAR. 87

MANUFACTURING 227.3 252.2 + 11.0

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 227.6 250.1 + 9.9

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 219.2 • 244.0 + 11.3

REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED (JUNE 1980 = 100) % CHANGE

SELECTED MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY MAR. 87 MAR. 88 MAR. 88 ON MAR. 87

MANUFACTURING 135.8 140.6 + 3.5

WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 136.0 139.4 + 2.5

FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES 130.9 136.0 + 3.9

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BETWEEN MARCH 1987 AND MARCH 1988, AN INCREASE OF 11.0 PER CENT WAS REGISTERED IN THE NOMINAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

FOP. THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, THE INCREASE WAS 9.9 PER CENT AND FOR THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR, THE INCREASE WAS 11.3 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD THE INCREASES IN THE REAL INDEX OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED WERE 3.5 PER CENT FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, 2.5 PER CENT FOR THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, AND 3.9 PER CENT FOR THE FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR.

DETAILED BREAKDOWNS OF THE ABOVE STATISTICS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE QUARTERLY REPORT OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL STATISTICS, MARCH 1988, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT $11 PER COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT THE SALES COUNTER OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AT 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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SHULTZ STOPS OVER IN HK * * * ।

THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, MR GEORGE SHULTZ, WILL STOP OVER IN HONG KONG ON JULY 13 AND 14.

MR SHULTZ IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE BY A SPECIAL FLIGHT ABOUT 9.50 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND WILL LEAVE HONG KONG THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL • HOST A LUNCH FOR MR SHULTZ DURING HIS STOPOVER.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THERE WILL BE FACILITIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN TO COVER MR SHULTZ'S ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE AT THE AIRPORT AND HIS ARRIVAL AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE.

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER HIS ARRIVAL SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE PRESS ROOM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE AIRPORT AT 8.45 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). THOSE COVERING HIS DEPARTURE SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM AT 7.30 AM ON THURSDAY. THERE WILL BE A PRESS POSITION AT THE LONG-TERM PARKING APRON. PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERAMEN ARE ADVISED TO BRING ALONG TELEPHOTO LENSES.

THOSE WHO WISH TO COVER MR SHULTZ’S ARRIVAL AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE FOR LUNCH WITH THE GOVERNOR SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT THE GUARD ROOM OF GOVERNMENT HOUSE AT 11.45 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

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ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION EXTENDED TO COVER PRIVATE ROADS

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THE GOVERNMENT BRIEFED MEMBERS OF DISTRICT BOARDS TODAY (TUESDAY) ON A BILL TO EXTEND THE PROVISIONS OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION TO PRIVATE ROADS.

AN EXPLANATION OF THE EXTENSION WAS GIVEN AT THE BRIEFING IN THE FORMER LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER BY THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR PETER PANG.

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HE SAID THE SAFETY ASPECTS OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION TO BE APPLIED TO PRIVATE ROADS WOULD INCLUDE PROVISIONS GOVERNING THE DRIVING CONDUCT OF MOTORISTS, INSURANCE, LICENSING AND CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS OF VEHICLES.

TO COMPLEMENT THE EXTENSION OF SUCH PROVISIONS, ADEQUATE ARRANGEMENTS CONCERNING SIGNS WERE ALSO PROVIDED IN THE BILL, HE SAID.

THE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS WOULD BE ALLOWED TO ERECT, WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, CERTAIN TRAFFIC SIGNS OR ROAD MARKINGS WHICH WERE SIMPLE TO PUT UP AND DID NOT HAVE IMPORTANT TRAFFIC IMPLICATIONS. • • •

GUIDANCE ON HOW THEY SHOULD BE ERECTED WOULD BE PROVIDED BY A CODE OF PRACTICE PREPARED BY THE COMMISSIONER.

FOR MORE COMPLICATED ONES (SUCH AS PROHIBITED ZONE SIGNS), FORMAL APPLICATION TO THE COMMISSIONER WOULD BE NECESSARY.

TO ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER TO RECTIFY IMPROPER SIGNS OR TO DIRECT THE INSTALLATION OF NECESSARY SIGNS, THE BI LI* WOULD EMPOWER HIM TO REQUIRE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS TO REMOVE OR INSTALL TRAFFIC SIGNS ON THEIR ROADS.

MR PANG SAID THE BILL WOULD ALSO APPLY TO PRIVATE ROADS THE SAFETY PROVISIONS IN OTHER RELEVANT ORDINANCES.

THESE INCLUDED THE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT VICTIMS (ASSISTANCE FUND) ORDINANCE, THE MOTOR VEHICLES (THIRD PARTY RISKS) ORDINANCE, AND SECTIONS OF THE FIXED PENALTY (TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS) ORDINANCE.

THE USE OF GOLF-CARTS WOULD BE REGULATED IN THE BILL. A GOLFCART WOULD BE REQUIRED TO BE INSURED AND SAFELY CONSTRUCTED FOR CARRYING PASSENGERS.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WOULD BE EMPOWERED TO DESIGNATE AREAS WHERE A GOLF-CART MIGHT ONLY BE DRIVEN ON ROADS BY A HOLDER OF A VALID DRIVING LICENCE.

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MR PANG ADDED THAT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD ALSO PROVIDE A PftOPER LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS TO CONTROL UNAUTHORISED PARKING ON PRIVATE ROADS.

THEIR ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES WOULD BE REGULARISED BY A NEW SET OF REGULATIONS.

THE REGULATIONS WOULD MAINLY COVER THE IMPOUNDING, REMOVAL AND STORAGE OF VEHICLES PARKED IN UNAUTHORISED PLACES ON PRIVATE ROADS, THE CHARGING OF FEES FOR SUCH ACTIVITIES AND THE DISPOSAL OF DETAINED VEHICLES.

HE SAID IT WAS INTENDED THE BILL WOULD BE ENACTED AND THE REGULATIONS MADE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

PROPOSALS IN THE BILL WERE PUT FORWARD BY AN INTER-DEPARTMENTAL WORKING GROUP, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED TO CONSIDER SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE NOT BEING ENFORCEABLE ON PRIVATE ROADS.

THE MANAGEMENTS OF MAJOR PRIVATE ESTATES, UNIVERSITIES, HOSPITALS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS WERE ALREADY CONSULTED ON THE BILL IN MAY AND SUPPORTED THE PROPOSALS.

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DISTRICT OFFICE PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

IN THE COURSE OF NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, THE DISTRICT OFFICE PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE WHICH IS DYNAMIC IN NATURE AND CHANGES ACCORDING TO NEED, THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN WAN, SAID THIS (TUESDAY) EVENING.

SPEAKING AT A MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR WAN SAID IN THE EARLY STAGE OF NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, THE MAIN TASK OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE WAS TO CO-ORDINATE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND WORK PROGRESS OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO ENSURE THAT THEY WOULD BE COMPLETED IN TIME TO MEET THE NEED OF RESIDENTS THERE.

HOWEVER, AS MORE RESIDENTS MOVED IN, THE DISTRICT OFFICE WOULD PLACE EMPHASIS ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

MR WAN DESCRIBED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SOCIETY FORMED BY BOTH INDIGENOUS AND NEW INHABITANTS, AND CHARACTERISED BY A SENSE OF MUTUAL AID AND CONCERN.

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CITING TUEN MUN AS AN EXAMPLE, MR WAN NOTED THAT THE DEVELOPING NEW TOWN JN THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES HAD BEEN AIMING AT THE PROVISION OF A BALANCED AND SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY WITH HOUSING, SCHOOL, ROAD, SOCIAL AND WELFARE, CULTURAL AND RECREATION FACILITIES SUCCESSIVELY COMING INTO SERVICE IN THE PAST DECADE.

"MEANWHILE, THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM LINKING TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG WILL COME INTO OPERATION IN AUGUST WHILE THE TUEN MUN HOSPITAL WILL PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL SERVICE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO YEARS," MR WAN SAID.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE A NEW TOWN MORE COMPLETE, IT SHOULD ALSO AIM AT SETTING UP A STRONG CORE COMMUNITY AND AT FOSTERING A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS.

MR WAN SAID IN THE PROCESS OF NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT, THE DISTRICT OFFICE FOCUSSED ITS WORK ON THREE ASPECTS.

THESE WERE TO ASSIST THE SETTING UP OF RESIDENTS ORGANISATIONS, TO STRENGTHEN THE LINK AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND THE GOVERNMENT, AND TO ENHANCE A SENSE OF BELONGING THROUGH ORGANISATION OF COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

"THE OBJECTIVE OF SETTING UP LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IS TO HELP RESIDENTS IN PARTICIPATING IN SUCH DISTRICT AFFAIRS AS BUILDING MANAGEMENT, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME AND ARRANGING LOCAL ACTIVITIES," MR WAN SAID.

HE REMARKED THAT BY LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE AN ACTIVE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEE OR OWNERS' CORPORATION WOULD HELP IN SOLVING ITS OWN PROBLEMS MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

"BEING A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LOCAL PEOPLE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE TAKES THE INITIATIVE’ IN APPROACHING NEW RESIDENTS AND ASSISTS THEM IN SOLVING URGENT PROBLEMS WHICH WILL STRENGTHEN THE RESIDENTS’ CONFIDENCE IN THE GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

"AT THE SAME TIME, THE DISTRICT OFFICE TAKES UP THE TASK OF ORGANISING LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES TO ALLOW PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT LEVELS TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEW TOWN AND TO HELP IN CULTIVATING A STRONG CORE." •

MR. WAN ALSO REITERATED THAT THE SUCCESS OF NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT DID NOT HINGE ONLY ON THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES, BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, RESTED ON THE SETTING UP OF A HARMONIOUS AND CARING SOCIETY.

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TSUEN WAN DB

COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER ART SCHEME

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER THE PROGRAMME AND BUDGET OF AN ART NURTURE SCHEME AND THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATION PROGRAMME AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS BY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO HOLD CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE TIN SHUI WAI OUTLINE DEVELOPMENT PLAN AT A MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

OTHER TOPICS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE STAGE I CONSTRUCTION WORK ON WATER TREATMENT AND TRANSFER FACILITIES AT AU TAU AND THE SHA KONG WAI LAYOUT PLAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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

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TAI PO DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER SIX ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS COSTING A TOTAL OF $249,000 AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 14) MORNING.

THE REVISED TOLO HARBOUR ACTION PLAN WILL ALSO BE TABLED FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION.

OTHER ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED ARE THE 1988-89 KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE TAI PO ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL WORKING GROUP, AND THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING SCHEDULE FOR THIS YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (JULY 14) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152-172 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO. THE MEETING WILL START AT 9.30 AM.

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LRT PROPOSALS ON INTEGRATED FARE SYSTEM UNDER STUDY

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THE TUEN MUN/YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARDS' JOINT COMMITTEE ON MONITORING LRT SERVICES WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT’S PROPOSALS FOR EXTENDING ITS INTEGRATED FARE SYSTEM TO SINGLE-RIDE PASSENGERS.

THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, MR PETER QUICK, AND LRT DIRECTOR, MR JOE WADE, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN DETAILS ABOUT THE PROPOSALS.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO STUDY AN LRT REPORT ON RECENT ACCIDENTS INVOLVING TRAINS ON TRIAL RUNS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN/YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARDS’ JOINT COMMITTEE ON MONITORING LRT SERVICES TO HE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG. THE MEETING WILL START AT 9.30 AM.

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DB MEMBERS TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

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MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AND DEVELOPMENT PLANS IN THE DISTRICT AT THEIR MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 14).

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WILL CONSULT THE COMMITTEE ON A REPORT WHICH OUTLINES THE DISTRICT'S POLLUTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS AND REMEDIAL MEASURES THAT CAN BE TAKEN.

A SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER, MR HO WAI-FONG, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THIS REPORT.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL ALSO COMMENT ON THE PRIORITIES OF VARIOUS URBAN COUNCIL CAPITAL WORKS PROJECTS BEING PLANNED FOR THE COMING FIVE YEARS.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (PLANNING) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MISS ANISSA WONG, WILL BE PRESENT TO HEAR MEMBERS’ VIEWS.

A COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR CATCHICK STREET AND KIN MAN STREET IN KENNEDY TOWN WILL BE TABLED FOR MEMBERS’ CONSIDERATION.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROPOSED MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR 1988-89, BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AND DUST POLLUTION ALONG CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE MEETING TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 14) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 14TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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BRIEFING ON KWUN TONG HOUSING PROGRAMME

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MEMBERS OF THE HOUSING COMMITTEE OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE ADVISED OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S 1988-89 WORK PROGRAMME FOR KWUN TONG AT A MEETING ON THURSDAY (JULY 14).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A REQUEST MADE TO THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT BY COMMERCIAL TENANTS AT YAU TONG ESTATE THAT THE DEPARTMENT IN ADJUSTING COMMERCIAL RENTS SHOULD CONSIDER THE IMPACT OF THE REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN 1992-93 ON THEIR BUSINESS.

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IN ADDITION, THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A REQUEST BY STALL OPERATORS AT LAM TIN TEMPORARY MARKET THAT THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT SHOULD DEFER DEMOLITION OF THE MARKET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD'S HOUSING COMMITTEE MEETING BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 14) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND FIRE SAFETY CAMPAIGN FOR YAU TSIM ♦ » * » »

A CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE KNOWLEDGE IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND FIRE SAFETY WILL START IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT LATER THIS MONTH.

THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALLOCATED $42,000 TO SUBSIDISE THE CAMPAIGN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT'S BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND FIRE SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE TODAY (TUESDAY) SAID THAT THE CAMPAIGN ALSO AIMED AT MOTIVATING RESIDENTS TO TAKE PART IN MANAGING THEIR OWN BUILDINGS.

"A PROPERLY MANAGED BUILDING PROVIDES A SAFE, TIDY AND CLEAN LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR ITS RESIDENTS, AND PROPER MAINTENANCE OF THE BUILDING AND ITS EQUIPMENTS ALSO HELPS UPHOLD THE VALUE OF THE BUILDING,” HE NOTED.

AS PART OF THE CAMPAIGN, AN EXHIBITION ON FIRE SAFETY WILL BE HELD AT THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE ON JULY 24.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND DIAGRAMS WILL BE USED TO ILLUSTRATE THE PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO ELIMINATE FIRE HAZARDS AND THE PROPER USE OF FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT AND THEIR MAINTENANCE.

THERE WILL BE A DEMONSTRATION ON THE USE OF FIRE-FIGHTING EQUIPMENT AT THE EXHIBITION, AND STICKERS BEARING A FIRE SAFETY MESSAGE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO VISITORS.

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ANOTHER MAJOR ACTIVITY IS A SERIES OF EIGHT SEMINARS ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT TO BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN AUGUST AND DECEMBER.

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE THE FUNCTIONS OF OWNERS' CORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES; MAINTENANCE OF BUILDINGS; MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY; SUPERVISION OF REFUSE DISPOSAL AND THE RELEVANT LEGISLATIONS.

RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY OFFICE BEARERS OF OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS OR MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THESE SEMINARS WHICH ARE FREE OF CHARGE.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE SEMINARS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE AT 190 NATHAN ROAD AND ITS TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE AT 40 CARNARVON ROAD. THEY SHOULD BE RETURNED BY JULY 30.

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YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO TOUR AUSTRALIA ♦ » » » «

THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA OF THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON MONDAY (JULY 18) FOR A TOUR OF AUSTRALIA.

THE ORCHESTRA HAS BEEN INVITED TO MAKE THE TOUR BY THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF MUSIC EDUCATION (ISME) AND THE QUEENSLAND YOUTH ORCHESTRA COUNCIL. IT WILL PARTICIPATE IN A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES TO CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA’S BICENTENARY.

THE TOUR WILL END ON AUGUST 5.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY), THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MS LOLLY CHIU, SAID THE ORCHESTRA WOULD PERFORM AT THE 18TII CONFERENCE OF THE ISME AND AT WORLD EXPO 88. IT WOULD ALSO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS.

"WF ARE ALL VERY HAPPY AND EXCITED AT HAVING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BRING CHINESE MUSIC TO AUSTRALIA AS PART OF THE PROGRAMME CELEBRATING ITS 200TI1 ANNIVERSARY," MS CHIU SAID.

THE ORCHESTRA WOULD VISIT FOUR CITIES — CANBERRA, BRISBANE, MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY, GIVING A TOTAL OF 12 CONCERTS, SHE SAID.

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’’THE ISME CONFERENCE WILL INVOLVE RENOWNED MUSICIANS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM MUSIC ORGANISATIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD. THIS YEAR THE THEME OF THE CONFERENCE IS THE ROLE OF MUSIC AND MUSIC EDUCATION IN SOCIETY,” MS CHIU SAID.

"\ WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES WILL BE ARRANGED INCLUDING LECTURES, PERFORMANCES, DEMONSTRATIONS, MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITIONS."

REFERRING TO THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS, MS CHIU SAID THIS WAS ORGANISED BY THE QUEENSLAND YOUTH ORCHESTRA AND WOULD BRING TOGETHER THE FINEST YOUTH ORCHESTRAS FROM AUSTRALIA, HONG KONG, U.S.A., GERMANY, NEW ZEALAND, AND JAPAN.

’’EACH ORCHESTRA WILL PRESENT A MAJOR CONCERT IN THE CONCERT HALL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS COMPLEX IN BRISBANE AND SELECTED PLAYERS FROM THE PARTICIPATING ORCHESTRAS WILL FORM AN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM ON THE FINAL NIGHT OF THE FESTIVAL," SHF ADDED.

\ HIGHLIGHT OF THE TOUR WILL BE A JOINT PERFORMANCE WITH THE HONG KONG CHILDREN’S CHOIR AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE. THIS HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE COMMUNITY OF AUSTRALIA.

APART FROM PUBLIC PERFORMANCES, MS CHIU SAID THE ORCHESTRA WOULD \LSO TAKE PART IN MUSIC EXCHANGES WITH YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM AUSTRALIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES.

SHE SAID THE ORCHESTRA MEMBERS, \GED BETWEEN 12 AND 24, HAD JUST COMPLETED SEVERAL MONTHS OF INTENSIVE TRAINING.

GIVING DETAILS OF THE ORCHESTRA, SENIOR MUSIC OFFICER (CHINESE), MR TONG LEUNG-TAK, SAID IT WAS FORMED IN 197« TO PROVIDE MUSIC OFFICE’S IRA I NEES AND OTHER YOUNG INSTRUMENTALISTS IN HONG KONG WITH ORCHESTRAL TRAINING.

HE SAID HIE REPERTOIRE OF THE ORCHESTRA TO BE PERFORMED DURING Till TOUR WOULD INCLUDE 32 PIECES RANGING I ROM TRADITIONAL TO MODERN WORKS.

THE 70 MEMBERS OF THE ORCHESTRAL PARTY WILL BE LED BY MS CH IU, MR TONG AND SEVEN OTHER OFFICIALS FROM THE MUSI(’ OFFICE.

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FREE PUPPET-SHOW IN SHEK 0 ♦ ♦ » ♦

AN INTERESTING PUPPET SHOW WILL BE STAGED IN SHEK O ON FRIDAY (JULY 15) BY THE RENOWNED WAH SHAN PUPPET TROUPE, WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD.

THE SHOW IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE ASSOCIATION AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SHEK O RESIDENTS1 ASSOCIATION.

THE TROUPE WILL PERFORM A TRADITIONAL CHINESE PUPPET OPERA, THE LOTUS FAIRY. IT WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM AT THE SHEK O BEACH CARPARK. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME FOR SERVING JOURNALIST ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL IS NOW INVITING LOCAL YOUNG JOURNALISTS TO APPLY FOR THE ’’VISIT BRITAIN ENGLISH SCHOLARSHIP".

THE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME IS ORGANISED BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL. UNDER THE SCHEME, ONE SELECTED JOURNALIST WILL RECEIVE A FREE RETURN AIR TICKET TO BRITAIN TO ATTEND A FREE FOUR-WEEK COURSE AT A RECOGNISED ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL THERE. BOARDING AND LODGING WILL ALSO BE FREE OF CHARGE.

THE JOURNALISM TRAINING BOARD WILL ASSIST THE BRITISH COUNCIL IN SELECTING ONE JOURNALIST TO UNDERGO THE OVERSEAS TRAINING. PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE COMPLETED BY LATE AUGUST.

THE TRAINING BOARD WILL THEN SELECT THREE FINALISTS FROM WHICH ONE WILL BE CHOSEN BY A SELECTION BOARD.

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR AT THE CONVENIENCE OF THE SELECTED PARTICIPANT WHOSE NAME WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 7.

SERVING LOCAL JOURNALISTS WHO HAVE AT LEAST TWO YEARS WORKING EXPERIENCE AND AGED UNDER 35 ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAMME. (’LOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS AUGUST 8.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES (’AN BE DIRECTED TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TRAINING BOARD ON 5-8932341 EXT. 283.

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SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS APPLICATION REMINDER

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (TUESDAY) REMINDED STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION SUBSIDIES UNDER THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS TO MAKE THEIR APPLICATIONS BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE OF JULY 15.

ALSO, APPLICATIONS BY CHILDREN OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES IN NEED OF FI NANI’I AL ASSISTANCE FOR THEIR SECONDARY SCHOOLING WOULD CLOSE ON AUGUST 18.

THE SECRETARY OF THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR JAMES LI, SAID: ’’THIS YEAR, AN AMOUNT OF $670,000, 50 PER CENT MORE THAN LAST YEAR’S FUNDING OF $140,000, HAS BEEN SET ASIDE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND INTEREST-FREE LOANS.

”1 WOULD THEREFORE URGE ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS NOT TO MISS THIS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY OF OBTAINING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FURTHER THEIR STUDIES."

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

THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND MARINE FISH SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS WERE SET UP TN 1978 TO HELP PEOPLE WHO WISH TO SERVE THE LOCAL AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES INDUSTRIES OR RELATED TRADES ON COMPLETION OF THEIR STUDIES, AND ALSO THOSE EMPLOYED IN THE INDUSTRIES AS WELL AS DEPENDANTS OF FARMING AND FISHING FAMILIES WHO WISH TO PURSUE FURTHER EDUCATION.

THE AWARDS WILL BE TENABLE AT ANY UNIVERSITY IN HONG KONG, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, CITY POLYTECHNIC, BAPTIST COLLEGE, ANY TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, ANY ACCEPTABLE OVERSEAS INSTITUTION AND AT ANY SECONDARY SCHOOL IN HONG KONG.

APPLICANTS FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION SUBSIDIES SHOULD BE HONG KONG RESIDENTS UNDER 30 YEARS OF AGE WHILE SECONDARY SCHOOL APPLICANTS SHOULD BE STUDENTS IN FORMS FOUR TO SEVEN, MR LI SAID.

APPROVED COURSES FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION INCLUDE THOSE ON AGRICULTURE, VETERINARY SCIENCE, MARINE SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY OR ANY APPLIED SCIENCE RELEVANT TO THE LOCAL AGRICULTURE OR FISHERIES INDUSTRIES AND RELATED TRADES.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES CAN BE MADE BY CALLING THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ON 3-7332244 DURING OFFICE HOURS.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (JULY 16) AT 10 AM AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL.

A BIDDING. TOTAL OF 40 THEY ARE: SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

DT8888 BS808 DU399 DU8328 AU828

DU328 DV873 DT6168 DV6618 DV4882

DV381 DU2688 AC8768 8777 AA2688

CH6686 DV211 AA4455 AD133 BB58

DW4 0 AA8777 DU288 DU369 DU6388

HK2688 DT7888 DT123 DT8238 HK139

DT168 DV248 DV218 AC205 DU3378

BB1686 AD1881 DW7 DU9707 AL9292

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY 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.

THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION MUST BE PRODUCED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE AUCTION IF THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK IS TO BE REGISTERED UNDER THE NAME OF A BODY CORPORATE.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 12.7TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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NEW OFFICES FOR PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION » * » » »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION WILL BE ACCOMMODATED IN TWO NEW OFFICES FROM NEXT MONDAY (JULY 18).

THE PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ISSUE OF PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCES, THE REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF BUSES LIGHT BUSES AND TAXIS; AS WELL AS THE ISSUE OF HIRE CAR PERMITS FOR PRIVATE CARS.

THE OFFICE WHICH WILL HANDLE MATTERS CONCERNING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BUSES, PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES, HIRE CARS AND TAXIS WILL BE LOCATED AT SECOND FLOOR, LOW BLOCK, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

THE OFFICE DEALING WITH MATTERS ON PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE LOCATED AT GROUND FLOOR, MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 2 MURRAY ROAD, HONG KONG.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ♦ * t

THE GOVERNOR, AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON TO WING-CHUEN ON MARCH 17, 1986 SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO A SENTENCE OF LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

TO WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF LO HON-KEUNG.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR TAI O DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT ♦ ♦ * t *

DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT TAI O ON LANTAU TO ALLEVIATE FLOODING DAMAGE AND IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE AREA.

PROPER CHANNELS, DRAINS, SEWERS, PUMPING FACILITIES AND A LANDSCAPED AMENITY AREA WILL BE BUILT IN THE LOW LYING AREA BETWEEN THE LUNG TIN HOUSING ESTATE AND THE OLD TOWN.

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THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES SITE FORMATION FOR THE PROPOSED PHASE II OF THE LUNG TIN HOUSING ESTATE.

DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE IMPROVEMENT WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREA SOUTH OF WING ON STREET AND TAI PING STREET.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JULY 29.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN YUEN LONG FOR LRT OPERATIONS

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO WATCH OUT FOR TRAFFIC CHANGES IN YUEN

LONG AS PART OF THE YUEN LONG TOWN TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME TO

FACILITATE THE OPERATIONS OF LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM.

FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 14), THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WILL

BE INTRODUCED AT THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD, MA MIU ROAD AND

TAI YUK ROAD:

NO U-TURN WILL BE PERMITTED AT THIS JUNCTION.

* THE RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENTS FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD EASTBOUND ONTO TAI YUK ROAD SOUTHBOUND, AND FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD WESTBOUND ONTO MA MIU ROAD NORTHBOUND WILL BE BANNED.

* VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT' FROM TAI YUK ROAD NORTHBOUND ONTO CASTLE PEAK ROAD EASTBOUND. AS A RESULT, KMB ROUTE NO. 56 WILL OPERATE VIA TAI YUK ROAD, CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND KIK YEUNG ROAD, WITHOUT PASSING THROUGH MA MIU ROAD AND ON NING ROAD.

AT THE JUNCTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND KIK YEUNG ROAD, NO U-TURN WILL BE ALLOWED. IN ADDITION, NO VEHICLES OTHER THAN FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM CASTLE PEAK ROAD WESTBOUND ONTO KIK YEUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND.

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MOTORISTS ON CASTLE PEAK ROAD EASTBOUND HEADING FOR TAI YUK ROAD, INCLUDING GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES NO. 31 AND 32, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA KIK YEUNG ROAD, ON NING ROAD, MA MIU ROAD AND TAI YUK ROAD.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING f'OR KIK YEUNG ROAD AND MA MIU ROAD WILL HAVE TO USE FUNG NIN ROAD, KAU YUK ROAD, TAI YUK ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD EASTBOUND.

MEANWHILE, ALL EXISTING PARKING SPACES ALONG ON NING ROAD AND KAU YUK ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED.

THE CANCELLATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN TWO STAGES. THE FIRST STAGE WILL START FROM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). WHILE THE SECOND STAGE WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM JULY 20.

FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 15), THREE ROAD SECTIONS IN YUEN LONG WILL OPERATE ONE-WAY.

PING WUI STREET WILL BE MADE ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND, WHILE ON NING ROAD BETWEEN PING WUI STREET AND MA MIU ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

IN ADDITION, MA MIU ROAD BETWEEN ON NING ROAD AND NORTHERN BYPASS WILL BE DESIGNATED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY ON QUEEN’S ROAD WEST

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF QUEEN’S ROAD WEST BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 12 AND 32 WILL BECOME A 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 15).

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE CABLE-LAYING WORKS.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS THERE.

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ROAD IN YUEN LONG IN DISUSE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROAD, USE OF A SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD (SAN TIN SECTION) IN YUEN LONG WILL CEASE FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 14).

ALL VEHICLES, INCLUDING KMB ROUTE NO. 76K, WILL BE DIVERTED TO A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ROAD NAMED SR-5.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ♦

ON TAI PO ROAD IN SHA TIN * ♦ * ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORKS, THE SLOW AND MIDDLE LANES OF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI PO ROAD NEAR TOLO HIGHWAY IN SHA TIN, WITH A LENGTH OF ABOUT 50 METRES, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO 6 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO DRIVE WITH CARE AND PATIENCE. APPROPRIATE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC AIDS WILL BE PROVIDED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN KOWLOON ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

PAK HOI STREET IN YAU MA TEI BETWEEN SHANGHAI STREET AND TEMPLE STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 15), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

THE CLOSURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS FOR ROAD WORKS.MOTORISTS WILL HAVE TO USE NING PO STREET FOR ACCESS TO YAU MA TEI AREA EAST OF SHANGHAI STREET.

MEANWHILE, IN TSIM SHA TSUI, SHUN YEE STREET WILL CONTINUE TO BE CLOSED WHILE THE SECTION OF KIMBERLEY STREET WEST OF SHUN YEE STREET WILL RE MAINTAINED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

THE MEASURES HAVE BEEN IN FORCE SINCE MARCH THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF ROAD RECONSTRUCTION.

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WATER CUTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN, CHA KWO LING ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO 9 AM ON THURSDAY.

THE SUSPENSION IS NEEDED FOR THE CONNECTION OF A 450 MILLIMETRE SALT WATER MAIN.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY SANDS STREET, HOK SZE TERRACE, POKFULAM ROAD, BONHAM ROAD, CAINE ROAD, GLENEALY, WYNDHAM STREET, PEDDER STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND THE SEAFRONT.

MEANWHILE, THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CHA KWO LING WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 14) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY KO FAI ROAD, TUNG YUEN STREET, SI1UNG SHUN STREET AND SZE SHAN STREET INCLUDING SHUNG TAK WAI AND YAN YUE WAI.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1J, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

BASIC LAW MUST REFLECT SPIRIT OF JOINT DECLARATION ...... 1

OMELCO PANEL'S APPROACH, OPINIONS OUTLINED .............. 4

SPELL OUT 'CNE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS' CONCEPT............. 8

THREE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OUTLINED ...................... 10

LEGISLATORS SHOULD ELECT CHIEF EXECUTIVE ............... 12

CONFORMITY WITH JOINT DECLARATION REQUIRED ............ 1*t

PEOPLE CAN STILL HELP MOULD THEIR FUTURE ............... 16

10 PER CENT LEVEL AN APPROPRIATE START ................. 18

DISCLOSURE BILL WILL IMPROVE HK'S IMAGE ................ 20

DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS BILL SUPPORTED ................. 21

PROTECTION AGAINST UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADS ............. 22

POSITIVE ENFORCEMENT ACTION ON MEDICAL ADS URGED..... 2^

12 MEMBERS SPEaK IN LEGCO DEBATE ON BASIC LAW........... 25

CHINA LAW SOCIETY PRESIDENT VISITS SWD HOMES .............. 26

SALE OF TWO INDUSTRIAL SITES FETCHED 321CM........’........ 26

EXTRA LIGHTS PROPOSED FOR LRT INTERSECTION ................ 27

ISLANDS DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS REPORT ............. 28

MEETING ON OBJECTIONS TO THA .............................. 28

RESULTS OF FIRST QUARTER SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS, PURCHASES ................................................. 29

TALENT NIGHT TO LAUNCH YUEN LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ... 52

GOVERNMENT LaND TO LET BY TENDER........................... 53

URBAN CLE.iRW.tYS IN CEKTRaL .............................. 33

URBaN CLEaRWAYS IN NORTH POINT, CHAI W.iN ................. 3^

SPEED LIMIT CHANGE ON POK FU LAM ROaD...................... 35

SUSPENSION OF PARKING SPACES xT MURRAY BARRACKS ........... 35

TRAFFIC CH.iNGES IN KOWLOON ............................... 35

TRAFFIC .iND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS IN SHaM SHUT PO........ 36

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1988

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BASIC LAW MUST REFLECT SPIRIT OF JOINT DECLARATION

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THE BASIC LAW FOR THE FUTURE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION MUST FULFIL THE SPIRIT AS WELL AS THE LETTER OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE SPIRIT TO WHICH SHE REFERRED WAS THE CONCEPT OF "ONE COUNTRY - TWO SYSTEMS" AND THE IDEA OF "HONG KONG PEOPLE RULING HONG KONG".

LEADING OFF THE COUNCIL’S TWO-DAY MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, MISS DUNN OBSERVED THAT THOSE TWO PHRASES HAD CAUGHT THE IMAGINATION OF HONG KONG PEOPLE AND HAD WON ROUND THOSE WHO HAD BEEN SCEPTICAL ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THE SINO-BR1T1SH NEGOTIATIONS. BUT THEY WERE NOT SPELT OUT IN THE TEXT OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"THE JOINT DECLARATION REFERRED TO A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY WITHOUT ANY DEFINITION OF THE KEY CONCEPT," SHE SAID.

THE MOTION MOVED BY MISS DUNN READS: "THAT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF ’THE DRAFT BASIC LAW OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (FOR SOLICITATION OF OPINIONS)' AND URGES THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO STUDY THE DRAFT AND TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON IT".

SHE SAID THAT MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL COULD NOT STAND SILENT ON THIS "CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT" DOCUMENT THAT AFFECTED THE FUTURE OF EVERYONE IN HONG KONG. BUT SHE MADE IT CLEAR THAT MEMBERS DID NOT COMMENT ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

"WE COMMENT FOR OURSELVES, IN GOOD CONSCIENCE," SHE STRESSED.

MISS DUNN MAINTAINED THAT POWER MUST BE CONFERRED ON THE SAR GOVERNMENT OPEN-HANDEDLY, AND WITHOUT TOO MANY STRINGS ATTACHED.

"THE HONG KONG SAR GOVERNMENT AND THE HONG KONG JUDICIARY MUST BE TRUSTED TO EXERCISE THEIR POWERS RESPONSIBLY," SHE SAID, ADDING THAT ONLY IF THE BASIC LAW CLEARLY RECOGNISED THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE KNEW BEST HOW TO MAINTAIN PROSPERITY AND STABILITY IN THE TERRITORY WOULD IT BOOST THEIR CONFIDENCE.

MISS DUNN STRONGLY BELIEVED THAT THE BASIC LAW SHOULD ALSO REFLECT THE REALITY OF HONG KONG’S PRESENT OPEN SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT, THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE OF WHICH WAS THAT NO-ONE HAS SUPREME POWER AND THAT NONE OF THE ORGANS OF GOVERNMENT HAD THE POWER TO OVER-RIDE THE OTHERS.

SHE STRESSED THAT THE CONSTANT SEAR< II FOR A WIDELY ACCEPTABLE CONSENSUS BETWEEN DIFFERENT INTERESTS MUSI Bl PRESERVED.

/HISS DUNN

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MISS DUNN POINTED OUT THAT THE REALITY OF HONG KONG’S PRESENT CONSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS WAS, IN IMPORTANT WAYS, DIFFERENT FROM THE TEXT OF ITS CONSTITUTION IN THE LETTERS PATENT AND ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS TO THE GOVERNOR WHICH WERE DRAFTED IN THE 19TH CENTURY AND REPRESENTED AN "OUTMODED FORM OF COLONIAL RULE".

THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE EXTRAORDINARY POWERS GIVEN TO THE GOVERNOR HAD FALLEN INTO DISUSE, PARTICULARLY SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR, EXAMPLES BEING HIS POWER OF VETO OVER ALL LEGISLATION AND TO REJECT THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

"ALL THE RECENT GOVERNORS HAVE ACCEPTED THE WELL-ESTABLISHED CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION THAT THEY CANNOT OVER-RIDE EITHER COUNCIL," SHE SAID.

"IN SHORT, THE GOVERNOR TODAY IS A PART OF THE GOVERNMENT, NOT AN ABSOLUTE SOURCE OF POWER - ALTHOUGH LIKE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE FUTURE, HE STILL WIELDS A GREAT DEAL OF POWER AND INFLUENCE."

IN OTHER WORDS, THE TREND IN RECENT TIMES HAD BEEN FOR AUTHORITY TO BE TRANSFERRED FROM LONDON TO HONG KONG, AND flONG KONG ALREADY ENJOYED A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY IN ITS INTERNAL AFFAIRS AND ITS EXTERNAL COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS.

MISS DUNN URGED THE DRAFTERS OF THE BASIC LAW TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THESE PRESENT REALITIES. "OUR FUTURE CONSTITUTION SHOULD PROVIDE FOR THE CONTINUATION AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR EXISTING AUTONOMY, AND OF THE BALANCE OF POWER THAT SERVES US SO WELL," SHE SAID.

MISS DUNN BELIEVED THAT THE BASIC LAW SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH "PRINCIPLES" AND NOT "POLICIES".

THE BASIC LAW WOULD BE HONG KONG’S FUTURE CONSTITUTION, AND CONSTITUTIONS WERE ALL ABOUT THE PRINCIPLES BY WHICH A STATE OR TERRITORY SHOULD BE GOVERNED, ABOUT THE DEVOLUTION AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF POWER, THE LIMITS OF POWER, THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THOSE WHO EXERCISED POWER AND OF THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN, SHE POINTED OUT.

SHE THEREFORE MAINTAINED THAT THE BASIC LAW SHOULD IMPLEMENT THE PROMISES IN THE JOINT DECLARATION, BUT IT SHOULD NOT TRY TO LAY DOWN IN ADVANCE THE POLICIES WHICH FUTURE GOVERNMENTS SHOULD PURSUE.

"POLICY WILL NEED TO BE DECIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY IN THE LIGHT OF UNFOLDING CIRCUMSTANCES,” SHE SAID.

"THE HANDS OF FUTURE SAR GOVERNMENTS OUGHT NOT BE TIED TO PARTICULAR POLICIES WHICH MAY APPEAL NOW, BUT WHICH COULD BE INAPPROPRIATE AND BURDENSOME AND THE CAUSE OF LEGAL WRANGLES IN TIMES TO COME."

/MISS DUNN

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1}, 1988

MISS DUNN RECALLED THAT IT WAS AGREED BY THE CHINESE AND BRITISH GOVERNMENTS THAT THE HONG KONG SAR GOVERNMENT SHOULD DECIDE ITS ECONOMIC, TRADE, MONETARY AND FINANCIAL POLICIES "ON ITS OWN", AND DEAL "ON ITS OWN" WITH FINANCIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING DISPOSING OF ITS FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND DRAWING UP ITS BUDGETS.

SHE WAS CONCERNED THAT THE ARTICLES IN CHAPTER V OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW WHICH PRESCRIBE HOW THE SAR GOVERNMENT SHOULD DRAW UP ITS BUDGET AND PRACTISE A LOW TAX POLICY MIGHT UNDERMINE THE AUTONOMY THAT HAD BEEN PROMISED TO IT.

"IT WOULD ALSO SEEM TO BE CONTRARY TO THE JOINT DECLARATION TO DICTATE POLICY MATTERS IN THIS WAY," SHE ADDED.

SHE HOPED THAT THE BASIC LAW DRAFTERS WOULD LOOK AGAIN AT THE LINE TO BE DRAWN BETWEEN THOSE PRINCIPLES WHICH MUST BE PART OF THF BASIC LAW IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT SPECIFIC ASSURANCES GIVEN BY THE JOINT DECLARATION, AND THOSE MATTERS OF POLICY WHICH SHOULD BE LEFT FOR FUTURE SAR GOVERNMENTS TO DECIDE ON THEIR OWN.

MISS DUNN EXPRESSED THE VIEW THAT THE BASIC LAW MUST BE SUFFICIENTLY FLEXIBLE TO ALLOW DEVELOPMENTS TO TAKE PLACE OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS AS HONG KONG CONTINUED TO GROW AND MATURE.

HONG KONG WAS A DYNAMIC SOCIETY. IT HAD SUCCEEDED IN THE PAST BECAUSE IT HAD ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO ADAPT QUICKLY TO CHANGE, BOTH EXTERNAL CHANGES IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE, AND INTERNAL CHANGES IN THE DEMANDS OF ITS OWN PEOPLE.

IT HAD DONE THIS BY COMBINING CONSISTENCY OF PRINCIPLE: WITH A PRAGMATIC DEVELOPMENT OF POLICIES.

"IT IS THEREFORE ESSENTIAL THAT THE BASIC LAW DOES NOT HAVE THE EFFECT OF SAPPING HONG KONG’S ENERGIES OR DAMPING ITS DYNAMISM " SHE SAID.

"NEW TRENDS, NEW CHANGES OF DIRECTION THAT WE CANNOT IMAGINE WILL HAVE TO BE ACCOMMODATED."

SHE WARNED THAT THE ATTEMPT TO INCLUDE TOO MANY DETAILS IN THE BASIC LAW MIGHT "LOCK HONG KONG INTO A RIGID FRAME" THAT PREVENTED IT FROM RESPONDING TO THE NEED FOR CHANGE IN WAYS THAT COULD NOT BE PREDICTED.

THIS WOULD BE DANGEROUS BECAUSE A SOCIETY THAT COULD NOT CHANGE OR DID NOT CHANGE WAS ONF WHERE THERE WAS NO PROGRESS, AND WHERE STABILITY WAS ENDANGERED.

IN CONCLUSION, MISS DUNN SAID THAT THE BASIC LAW DRAFTERS” RESPONSE TO THE MANY COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS FROM THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY WOULD BE CRUCIAL AS HONG KONG EXPECTED THE FINAL DRAFT TO REFLECT THE PEOPLE’S WISHES AND ASPIRATIONS IN A POSITIVE WAY.

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"THE BASIC LAW IS THE KEY TO OUR FUTURE, AND TO OUR CONFIDENCE IN OUR FUTURE. A GREAT DEAL IS AT STAKE BOTH FOR CHINA AND FOR HONG KONG," SHE SAID.

SHE VERY MUCH HOPED THAT MEMBERS’ VIEWS WOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY THE BASIC LAW CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE AS WELL AS BY THE AUTHORITIES IN CHINA, AND BE GIVEN FULL WEIGHT.

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OMELCO PANEL’S APPROACH, OPINIONS OUTLINED » » « * »

MEMBERS OF THE OMELCO STANDING PANEL ON CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT HAD THREE BASIC CONSIDERATIONS IN MIND WHEN THEY STUDIED THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, AND, BASED ON THESE, INITIAL CONSENSUS HAD BEEN REACHED ON SEVERAL ASPECTS OF THE DOCUMENT.

THE PANEL’S CONVENER, THE HON ANDREW WONG, GAVE A "BRIEF AND INEXHAUSTIVE" ACCOUNT OF THE PANEL’S APPROACH TO AND OPINIONS ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW WHEN SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR WONG SAID THE PANEL, WHICH HAD HELD A TOTAL OF 11 MEETINGS IN TWO MONTHS, WOULD SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE OMELCO IN-HOUSE SHORTLY WITH THE RECOMMENDATION THAT IT BE PUBLISHED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION.

HE ALSO ASKED THAT THE GOVERNOR CONSIDER WHETHER OR NOT THE REPORT SHOULD BE CONVEYED THROUGH DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS TO THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES IN CHINA.

THE PANEL’S THREE CONSIDERATIONS WERE: CONSISTENCY OF THE BASIC LAW WITH THE SINO-BRITISH DECLARATION IN TERMS OF THE LATTER’S SPIRIT; ENFORCEABILITY AND JUSTIFIABILITY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THE BASIC LAW; AND CONSENSUAL CONCEPT OF EVOLUTION.

GUIDED BY THE THREE CONSIDERATIONS, THE PANEL HAD FORMED A LARGE NUMBER OF PRELIMINARY CONSENSUAL VIEWS, HE SAID.

THE FIRST ASPECT ON WHICH CONSENSUS WAS REACHED CONCERNED THE BOUNDARIES AND STATUS OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION.

MR WONG SAID MEMBERS WERE OF THE VIEW THAT ADMINISTRATIVE BOUNDARIES OF THE REGION OUGHT TO BE PART OF THE BASIC LAW.

THEY CONSIDERED THAT A PROVISION SHOULD BE INSERTED IN CHAPTER I, PREFERABLY IN OR AFTER ARTICLE 1 REFERRING TO A MAP SHOWING THE BOUNDARIES AND THAT THE MAP SHOULD HAVE LEGAL EFFECT.

/Members considered .......

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MEMBERS CONSIDERED THAT THE FORMULATION OF "COMES DIRECTLY UNDER THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT" IN ARTICLE 11 REQUIRED CLARIFICATION.

ARTICLE 21, WHICH AMPLIFIED THIS STATUS, OUGHT TO BE APPROPRIATELY REDRAFTED TO THE EFFECT THAT THE DEPARTMENTS AND PROVINCES OF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT "SHALL NOT INTERFERE IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION".

THE SECOND ASPECT CONCERNED PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF THE SAR. MR WONG REFLECTED MEMBERS’ VIEW THAT A SEPARATE ARTICLE SHOULD APPEAR IN CHAPTER 1, DEFINING THE RIGHT OF ABODE OF THESE PEOPLE.

THE THIRD ASPECT CONCERNED AREAS OF POWERS OF THE SAR. MEMBERS NOTED THAT ARTICLE 2, AS DRAFTED, COULD BE CONSTRUED TO BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION WHICH STIPULATED THAT THE "REGION WILL ENJOY A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY, EXCEPT IN FOREIGN AND DEFENCE AFFAIRS WHICH ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT".

MR WONG SAID MEMBERS HAD PROPOSED PREFERABLE FORMULATIONS FOR A NUMBER OF RELATED ARTICLES IN AN EFFORT TO DISPEL THE PROBLEMATIC CONCEPT OF "RESIDUAL POWER”.

THE FOURTH ASPECT CONCERNED THE TYPES OF POWERS OF MEMBERS HAD NOTED THAT CERTAIN PROVISIONS IN THE DRAFT COULD BE PROBLEMATIC IN THAT THEY MIGHT BE CONSTRUED AS FROM THE PROVISION IN ARTICLE 2 OF CHAPTER 1 WHICH WAS WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION.

THE SAR. BASIC LAW DEROGATING CONSISTENT

MR WONG SAID THAT WHILE MEMBERS ACCEPTED THAT THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT ENJOYED EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE AND JUDICIAL POWERS OVER THE HONG KONG SAR, INCLUDING THE INTERPRETATION OF THE BASIC LAW, THEY MAINTAINED THAT SUCH POWERS OUGHT TO BE STRICTLY CONSISTENT WITH THE TERMS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

MEMBERS WERE OF THE VIEW THAT OF THE THREE SOURCES OF LAW FOR THE REGION, THAT IS, THE BASIC LAW, THE LAWS PREVIOUSLY IN FORCE IN HONG KONG, AND THE LAWS ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE SAR, THOSE LAWS ENACTED BY THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS OR ITS STANDING COMMITTEE, IF REQUIRING APPLICATION LOCALLY, SHOULD NOT BE DECREED BI THE STATE COUNCIL FOR LOCAL APPLICATION OR BE PROMULGATED LOCALLY ON THE DIRECTIVES OF THE STATE COUNCIL, BUT SHOULD BE LEGISLATED FOR LOCALLY ON SUCH DIRECTIVES.

MEMBERS FEARED THAT DECREES OR PROMULGATION MIGHT CONSTITUTE A FOURTH SOURCE OF LAW, THUS DEVIATING FROM THE JOINT DECLARATION.

MEMBERS WERE ALSO WARY OF THE PHRASE "OTHER LAWS" WHICH GAVE EXPRESSION TO NATIONAL UNITY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY, AND FELT THAT IT OUGHT TO BE INCORPORATED INTO THE BASIC LAW, PROBABLY AS AN APPENDIX.

/ON THE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1J, 1988

ON THE ARTICLE REGARDING JUDICIAL POWER, MR WONG SAID MEMBERS FOUND THE CONCEPT OF "EXECUTIVE ACTS OF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT" AMBIGUOUS.

THEY WERE OF THE VIEW THAT THE EXISTING SYSTEM WHEREBY THE PEOPLE COULD TAKE THE GOVERNMENT BOTH LOCAL (HONG KONG) AND CENTRAL (BRITAIN NOW, BUT CHINA AFTER 1997) TO THE COURTS ON ALL MATTERS, INCLUDING DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS, SHOULD BE MAINTAINED.

THEY CONSIDERED AS SUFFICIENT THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF LEAVING IT TO THE COURTS TO DETERMINE IN THE TRIAL WHETHER OR NOT "ACTS OF STATE" OR "FACTS OF STATE" WERE INVOLVED AND TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

ON THE POWER TO INTERPRET THE BASIC LAW, MR WONG REFLECTED MEMBERS’ VIEW THAT THIS POWER COULD BE DELEGATED TO THE COURTS OF THE HONG KONG SAR.

ALTERNATIVELY, AND AS A MINIMUM, MEMBERS CONSIDERED THAT THE SAR COURTS SHOULD BE EMPOWERED TO INTERPRET ALL THE PROVISIONS IN THE LAW WITHOUT PREJUDICING THE POWER OF INTERPRETATION OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS ON MATTERS WHICH FELL OUTSIDE THE LIMITS OF THE SAR’S HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY, AND THAT INTERPRETATIONS MADE WOULD BE BINDING ON THE COURTS.

BUT CASES UNDER ADJUDICATION AND JUDGEMENTS PREVIOUSLY RENDERED SHOULD NOT BE AFFECTED.

ON THE QUESTION OF AMENDING THE BASIC LAW, MR WONG SAID MEMBERS FELT THAT THE RIGHT TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS SHOULD BE RESTRICTED TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS AND THE HONG KONG SAR’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATURE.

THEY SUGGESTED THAT THE RELEVANT ARTICLE SHOULD BE REDRAFTED TO PRODUCE THE DESIRED EFFECT.

MEMBERS WERE OF THE VIEW THAT DEPUTIES .FROM THE SAR IN THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS SHOULD NOT DEVELOP INTO AN ORGAN Of POWER, AND THAT PROVISIONS OUGHT TO BE MADE IN THE BASIC LAW GOVERNING TIG COMPOSITION AND FUNCTIONS OF' Till' BASIC LAW COMMJTTEI .

THE FIFTH ASPECT CONCERNED CIVIL RIGHTS. MEMBERS FELT THAT CHAPTER 111 REQUIRED DRASTIC REDRAFTING TO MODEL IT ON Till INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS AND/OR TO AT LEAST PROVIDE THAT Till' COVENANT COULD BE ENFORCED.

THE SIXTH ASPECT TOUCHED ON THE PRESERVATION OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SYSTEMS.

MEMBERS FELT STRONGLY THAT PRESERVATION OF THE EXISTING SYSTEMS SHOULD NOT BE AT THE EXPENSE OF CONTINUED EVOLUTION AND DEVELOPMENT.

/THEY NOTICED .......

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THEY NOTICED THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF PROVISIONS WERE EITHER MATTERS OF POLICY OR WERE DRAFTED IN SUCH A WAY AS TO MAKE THEIR JUSTIFIABILITY OPEN TO DOUBT OR THEIR INTERPRETATION DIFFICULT,

MEMBERS CONSIDERED THAT AN ATTEMPT MIGHT BE MADE TO IDENTIFY THOSE ARTICLES WHICH TOUCHED ON POLICY MATTERS OF RELATIVELY MINOR IMPORTANCE AND TO TRANSFER THEM TO A SEPARATE ANNEX OF POLICY GUIDELINES.

ANOTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTION WOULD BE FOR THE BASIC LAW TO MAKE A SPECIFIC REFERENCE TO THE JOINT DECLARATION, THEREBY INCORPORATING INTO THE BASIC LAW ALL POLICY MATTERS CONTAINED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND ITS ANNEXES.

THE SEVENTH ASPECT CONCERNED THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE OF THE SAR. •

MEMBERS NOTED THAT THERE WAS NO PROVISION FOR EXTRADITION OR RENDITION UNDER EITHER SECTION 4 "JUDICIAL ORGANS" OR CHAPTER II "RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CENTRAL AUTHORITIES AND THE SPECIAL AMDINISTRATIVE REGION".

THEY WERE ALSO BAFFLED BY THE TERM "LOCAL ORGANS OF POLITICAL POWER" IN ARTICLE 96 WHICH MIGHT BE LEGALLY VAGUE.

THEY WERE OF THE VIEW THAT THE COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION, DIRECTOR OF AUDIT, COMMISSIONER OF IMMIGRATION AND INSPECTOR GENERAL OF CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SHOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE LIST OF POSTS RESERVED FOR CHINESE NATIONALS, IN ARTICLE 100.

MR WONG SAID THAT SECTIONS 1, 2 AND 3 WHICH DEALT RESPECTIVELY WITH THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITIES AND THE LEGISLATURE WERE MORE PROBLEMATIC. THE PANEL HAD KEPT AN OPEN MIND UP TO NOW, BUT WOULD STUDY THESE SECTIONS FURTHER.

THE EIGHTH AND THE LAST ASPECT CONCERNED THE FIRST GOVERNMENT OF THE SAR.

MEMBERS FELT THAT IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN STABILITY AND PROSPERITY IN HONG KONG, THE FIRST GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO BE A REGULAR GOVERNMENT IN CONTRAST TO TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT.

THEY WERE GENERALLY IN SUPPORT OF THE "THROUGH TRAIN" CONCEPT, AND SUGGESTED THAT MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THE UNEXPIRED TERM.

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SPELL OUT 9 ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS’ CONCEPT

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THE "ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS" CONCEPT SHOULD BE CLEARLY SPELT OUT IN THE BASIC LAW IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A LEGAL BASIS FOR THE CONCEPT, DR THE HON HO KAM-FAI SUGGESTED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, DR HO POINTED OUT THAT THE BASK' LAW SURELY COULD NOT CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING TOWARDS MAINTAINING AND ENHANCING THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG IF THE PRINCIPLE OF "ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS" WAS ONLY MENTIONED IN THE PREAMBLE BUT NOT IN THE 10 CHAPTERS NOR IN THE ANNEX.

AS THE LEGAL STATUS OF THE PREAMBLE HAD YET TO BE ESTABLISHED, HE SUGGESTED THAT THE PRINCIPLE OF "ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS" SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN CHAPTER 1, ON GENERAL PRINCIPLES, BY AMENDING ARTICLE 4 AS FOLLOWS!1 "IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS, SOCIALIST SYSTEM AND POLICIES SHALL NOT BE PRACTISED IN THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION AND THE EXISTING CAPITALIST SYSTEM AND WAY OF LIFE SHALL NOT BE CHANGED FOR 50 YEARS".

AS HONG KONG WOULD BECOME A SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF CHINA AFTER 1997, DR HO SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE LAWS OF THE SAR SHOULD NOT BE IN CONFLICT WITH CHINA’S CONSTI TUTION.

"THEREFORE, IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE PLAN OF ’ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS’ WILL BE IMPLEMENTED, CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO AMENDING THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION ACCORDINGLY," HE SAID.

ON THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE FUTURE SAR, DR HO SAID WHETHER HE COULD PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP TO THE GOVERNMENT WOULD, TO A CERIA IN EXTENT, HINGE UPON THE DEGREE OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN HIMSELI AND Till LEGISLATURE.

"THERE MUST BE A HIGH DEGREE OF MUTUAL TRUST, UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT BETWEEN THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL," HE SAID.

AS FOR THE VARIOUS ALTERNATIVES FOR SELECTING THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE CONTAINED TN ANNEX I OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, HE FELT THAT EMPHASIS WAS BEING PLACED ON THE SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY AND RITRESENTATIVENESS OF THE CONCERNED PARTIES.

NOMINATION AND GENERAL ELECTION WERE PUT FORWARD AS THE MAJOR METHODS TO BE USED IN THE SELECTION PROCESS.

AND MUCH IMPORTANCE WAS BEING ATTACHED TO THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES.

/BUT IT .......

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BUT IT WAS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT WHETHER THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE SO ELECTED WOULD IN PRACTICE HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE POINTED OUT.

"IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE SHOULD HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE MAJORITY OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, OTHERWISE, THE HKSAR GOVERNMENT WILL ENCOUNTER GREAT DIFFICULTIES IN CARRYING OUT ADMINISTRATIVE WORK, AND END UP BEING AN INEFFECTIVE GOVERNMENT," DR IK) SAID.

DR HO AGREED THAT THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITIES AND THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD BE INDEPENDENT OF EACH OTHER, CREATING SOME SORT OF CHECKS AND BALANCES TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD OPERATE IN A SMOOTH AND FAIR MANNER.

NEVERTHELESS, HE SUGGESTED THAT CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO SLIGHTLY EXTENDING THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE LEGISLATURE.

ARTICLE 72(9) OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW STATED THAT IN THE EVENT OF SERIOUS BREACH OF LAW OR DERELICTION OF DUTY BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE LEGISLATURE MIGHT FOLLOW CERTAIN PROCEDURES TO RAISE A MOTION OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, AND REPORT IT TO .THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT FOR DECISION.

AS OTHER PRINCIPAL OFFICIALS MIGHT ALSO SERIOUSLY BREACH THE LAW OR BE DERELICT IN THEIR DUTIES, HE FELT THAT THE SCOPE OF IMPEACHMENT SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE THESE OFFICIALS AS WELL.

DR IIO SAID ACTS OF \BUSE OF POWER BY SENIOR OFFICIALS MIGHT LEAD TO INJUSTICES.

HE SAID IF THE LEGISLATURE WAS TO FREELY CARRY OUT ITS MONITORING FUNCTION, IT MUST BE GIVEN SUFFICIENT POWER TO CARRY OUT INVESTIGATIONS.

THUS THE OBJECTIVE SPECIFIED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION THAT THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITIES SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LEGISLATURE WOULD BE ATTAINED.

"UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, ARTICLE 72 OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW MUST BE AMENDED TO EXTEND THE POWERS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND ALLOW IT TO SET UP STANDING PANELS AND AD HOC GROUPS.

"SUCH POWERS HAVE IN FACT BEEN ENJOYED BY THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT AND THE HONG KONG LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AS EVIDENCED BY THEIR PRESENT MODE OF OPERATION," HE SAID.

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THREE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OUTLINED *****

ALL PROVISIONS IN THE BASIC LAW SHOULD COMPLY WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION, WITH ROOM FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION, AND SHOULD NOT OVER-EMPHASISE CHINA’S SOVEREIGN RIGHT OVER HONG KONG.

SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) DURING THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, THE HON F.K. HU SAID THESE WERE THE BASIC PRINCIPLES THAT SHOULD BE KEPT IN MIND WHEN CONSIDERING THE DRAFT.

TAKING THESE PRINCIPLES AS A BASIS, MR HU MADE A NUMBER OF SUGGESTIONS ON THE DRAFT.

ON THE PROVISION EMPOWERING THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE CHINESE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS TO REVOKE LAWS ENACTED BY THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION, HE SAID THIS PROVISION WOULD GIVE CHINA TOO MUCH OPPORTUNITY TO UNDULY INTERFERE WITH HONG KONG’S AFFAIRS.

’’MORE STRINGENT CONDITIONS WILL BE NEEDED FOR THIS PROVISION TO PROTECT THE HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY OF THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION," HE SAID.

MR HU REFERRED TO ARTICLE 17 WHICH STATED THAT LAWS ENACTED BY THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS RELATING TO DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS AS WELL AS "OTHER LAWS WHICH GIVE EXPRESSION TO NATIONAL UNITY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY" SHOULD BE APPLIED TO THE HK SAR.

HE SAID THIS PROVISION HAD CLEARLY EXCEEDED THE TERMS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION WHICH STATED THAT ONLY MATTERS OF NATIONAL DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS WERE TO BE HANDLED BY THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.

REFERRING TO ARTICLE 21, WHICH PROVIDED THAT PEOPLE FROM OTHER PARTS OF CHINA MUST APPLY FOR APPROVAL FOR ENTRY INTO THE SAR, MR HU NOTED THAT IT DID NOT STATE WHICH AUTHORITY COULD GRANT SUCH APPROVAL.

HE SUGGESTED THAT SUCH POWER BE VESTED WITH THE SAR GOVERNMENT.

MR HU ALSO FELT THAT CHAPTER V OF THE DRAFT, ON ECONOMY, WAS TOO SPECIFIC AND RESTRICTIVE AND WOULD LIMIT THE SAR GOVERNMENT’S ROOM FOR MANOEUVRE SO THAT IT WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE NECESSARY ACTION WHEN REQUIRED.

HE CITED AS AN EXAMPLE THE PROVISION CONCERNING \ BALANCED BUDGET. HAVING A BALANCED BUDGET SHOULD BE SUPPORTED, BUT THE DRAFT BASIC LAW WENT TOO FAR IN STIPULATING HOW SUCH A BALANCED BUDGET WAS TO BE ACHIEVED.

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"ALL THE BASIC LAW NEEDS TO STATE IS THE PRINCIPLE OK A BALANCED BUDGET; THE REST CAN BE LEFT TO THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

IF THE BASIC LAW WAS DRAFTED IN SUCH A RESTRICTIVE MANNER, THE SAR GOVERNMENT MIGHT FROM TIME TO TIME FACE CHALLENGES OF NOT CONFORMING WITH THE BASIC LAW WHEN IT HAD TO DEAL WITH SOME UNFORESEEABLE SITUATIONS, HE POINTED OUT.

REFERRING TO CONTINUED PARTICIPATION BY LOCAL SPORTS BODIES IN INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS, MR HU SAID THE CHANGE OF THEIR STATUS FROM PURELY "HONG KONG" TO "HONG KONG, CHINA" MIGHT LEAD TO COMPLICATIONS WHICH WERE NOT IN FAVOUR OF THE LOCAL BODIES.

LOCAL BODIES MIGHT HAVE TO APPLY AGAIN FOR ADMISSION TO THE RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS UNDER THE NEW "HONG KONG, CHINA" STATUS.

IT WOULD SAVE THE LOCAL BODIES A LOT OF TROUBLE IF THEY WERE ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN THE RELEVANT INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS UNDER THE NAME "HONG KONG", HE SAID.

ON THE POWER TO INTERPRET THE BASIC LAW, MR HU SAID HE ACCEPTED THE PRINCIPLE THAT THE POWER OF INTERPRETATION SHOULD BE VESTED IN THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS.

HOWEVER, TO DEMONSTRATE THE HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY ENJOYED BY THE SAR, IT WOULD BE DESIRABLE FOR THE NPC TO DELEGATE SUCH POWER TO THE SAR, HE SUGGESTED.

ON THE SAR LEGISLATURE, HE SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL THAT 50 PER CENT O1 Till MEMBERS OF THE SAR LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BE ELECTED THROUGH FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, 25 PER CENT BY "ONE-MAN-ONE-VOTE" DIRECT ELECTION AND 25 PER CENT BY AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE.

HE ADDED THAT THE SAR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SHOULD BE ELECTED BY THE SAME KIND OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE AS USED IN ELECTING 25 PER CENT OF MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE.

MR HU ALSO SUGGESTED THAT ELECTORAL COLLEGE WAS FINALLY GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE THE FIRST PROMULGATED TO ESTABLISH ONE.

IF THE IDEA OF SETTING UP

ACCEPTED, HONG KONG'S

OPPORTUNITY AFTER THE BASIC

SUCH AN

PRESENT

LAW WAS

"THIS WILL ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME TO REI INE THIS SYSTEM WHEN NECESSARY BEFORE 1997 SO THAT A SMOOTH TRANSITION WILL BE ENSURED," HE SAID.

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THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE FUTURE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE VOTED INTO OFFICE BY A MAJORITY OF LEGISLATORS SO THAT HE OR SHE WOULD ENJOY THE SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE OF A MAJORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE, THE HON SELINA CHOW SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, MRS CHOW SAID THE DOCUMENT FAILED TO ADDRESS SOME KEY FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES.

SHE SAID ONE KEY QUESTION WAS WHETHER THE SAR GOVERNMENT WOULD MAINTAIN EXISTING LINKS BETWEEN THE LEGISLATURE AND THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITIES, OR WHETHER IT WOULD INITIATE THE SEPARATION OF POWER BETWEEN THE TWO.

SINCE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE WOULD NOT BE ELECTED, AND THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITIES WERE TO BE APPOINTED BY HIM, THE BEST CHECKS AND BALANCES WERE TO SEPARATE THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS.

THE ELECTED LEGISLATURE COMPOSED OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PEOPLE COULD THEN EFFECTIVELY MONITOR THE EXERCISE OF. POWER BY THE EXECUTIVE.

’’WHILE AGREEING THAT THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD ACT AS EFFECTIVE CHECK AND BALANCE TO THE EXECUTIVE, 1 AM CONCERNED THE DANGER EXISTS FOR THAT CHECK AND BALANCE TO OVERSHOOT ITS USEFUL PURPOSE, AND END UP AS A STUMBLING BLOCK TO EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT ADMINISTRATION,” SHE SAID.

IT WAS THEREFORE OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE THAT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND HIS ADMINISTRATION MUST ENJOY THE SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE OF A MAJORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE, SO THAT GOVERNMENT POLICIES, WHILE EXPOSED TO PUBLIC DEBATE, CRITICISM AND CENSURE, COULD RETAIN INITIATIVE AND CONTROL WHILE TAKING TN PUBLIC VIEWS.

”IT FOLLOWS THEREFORE THAT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE IS BEST VOTED INTO OFFICE BY A MAJORITY OF LEGISLATORS, WHO WILL HOPEFULLY ADOPT Till TWO EQUALLY IMPORTANT CRITERIA OF POLITICAL SENSITIVITY AND ADMINISTRATIVE COMPETENCE,” SHE ADDED.

MRS CHOW NOTED THAT CRITICS OF THIS CONCEPT ARGUED THAT SUCH A METHOD OF ELECTION COULD GIVE RISE TO THE NEED TO FORM POLITICAL PARTUS, WHICH IN TURN WOULD BREED CONFRONTATION AND INSTABILITY.

"SUCH PROPONENTS IGNORE THE FACT THAT HONG KONG HAS PROGRESSED PAST THE AGE OF UNORGANISED POLITICAL PERSONNEL AND ACTIVITIES,” SHE SAID.

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"WHAT WE HAVE ARE POLITICAL PARTIES IN THEIR INFANCY, EXERCISING A SIGNIFICANT DEGREE OF CONTROL AND DISCIPLINE ON THEIR MEMBERS.

"THERE IS NO ESCAPE FROM IT. ONCE YOU GO THE ELECTION ROUTE, THERE HAS GOT TO BE ORGANISATION. IN FACT, IT WOULD BE MORE RISKY NOT TO HAVE ORGANISATION, FOR WITHOUT ORGANISATION THERE WILL BE NO STRENGTH, NO DISCIPLINE, NO RESPONSIBILITY."

MRS CHOW SAID THE NEXT KEY QUESTION WAS HOW THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD BE FORMED.

SHE SUGGESTED A SYSTEM OF DIRECT ELECTION VIA THE DISTRICTS AND THE FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, WITH THE LATTER CONSTITUTING 75 PER CENT, BUT ALLOWING FOR FURTHER ADJUSTMENTS AS HONG KONG PROGRESSED FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD OF DEMOCRAT1SATION.

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THE FUTURE LEGISLATURE OF THE SAR SHOULD ACT AS THE SUPPORT AND NOT THE OPPOSITION OF THE EXECUTIVE, SHE ADDED. IT HAD TO FUNCTION AS THE BUFFER BETWEEN THE EXECUTIVE AND THE PEOPLE.

"IT MUST BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN GOVERNMENT POLICIES TO THE PEOPLE, BUT, WHEN THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTED, IT MUST BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE COMPROMISES ACCEPTABLE TO BOTH SIDES," SHE SAID.

TURNING TO THE CONSULTATION PROCESS, MRS CHOW SAID THAT APART FROM MEMBERS OF THE OMELCO CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PANEL, SHE HAD NOT YET COME ACROSS ONE PERSON WHO HAD READ THE DRAFT FROM START TO FINISH.

SHE SUGGESTED THAT BOTH THE DRAFTING COMMITTEE AND THE CONSULTATION COMMITTEE OF THE BASIC LAW HAD A RESPONSIBILITY TO EXPLAIN THE DRAFT TO THE PEOPLE IN A FAIR AND OBJECTIVE MANNER.

THE DOCUMENT ITSELF WAS TOO COMPLEX AND DETAILED FOR THE LAYMAN TO COMPREHEND FULLY, SHE SAID.

IT WAS THEREFORE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THOSE FAMILIAR WITH THE DOCUMENT TO EXPLAIN THE THINKING BEHIND THE DRAFT WITHOUT CLOUDING THAT EXPLANATION INITIALLY WITH THEIR OWN CONVICTIONS.

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CONFORMITY WITH JOINT DECLARATION REQUIRED

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THE BASIC LAW HAS TO CONFORM WITH THE SPIRIT AND LETTER OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION, AND ANY DEVIATION FROM THE TERMS OF THE DECLARATION CANNOT BE PERMITTED, 'HIE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEF.N SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"I BELIEVE THAT THIS PRINCIPLE REPRESENTS THE OVERWHELMING CONSENSUS AND UNITY OF PURPOSE, NOT ONLY ON HIE PART OF THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS, BUT EQUALLY ON THE PART OF THE HONG KONG LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, AND THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG," HE SAID.

MR CHEONG-LEEN WAS SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT

BASIC LAW.

"IT WILL BE INCUMBENT UPON LEGCO THROUGH ITS IN-HOUSE MEETING AND Till' CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PANEL OF OMELCO TO STUDY THE DRAFT BASIC LAW SO THAT DEVIATIONS FROM THE JOINT DECLARATION WHICH HAVE CREPT INTO THE DRAFT WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND THE DRAFTING COMMITTEE FOR SUITABLE AMENDMENT TO THE DRAFT BASIC LAW," HE SAID.

A CARDINAL PRINCIPLE WAS THAT THE DRAFT BASIC LAW SHOULD WHOLLY REFLECT THE "ONE COUNTRY - TWO SYSTEMS" CONCEPT.

"BESIDES PRESERVING HONG KONG’S CAPITALIST SYSTEM IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMBINED WITH EXPANDING MEASURES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, THE PERSONAL FREEDOMS WHICH HONG KONG PEOPLE NOW ENJOY SHOULD BE PRESERVED AT ALL COSTS WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE BASIC LAW," HE SAID.

"RESPECT FOR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY. AND ADHERENCE TO THE EXPRESSION OF NATIONAL UNITY MUST BE BALANCED BY RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND LIBERTY OF THE INDIVIDUAL."

MR CHEONG-LEEN FELT THAT IF HONG KONG WAS TO THRIVE AS A PROSPEROUS COSMOPOLITAN CITY THEN, APART FROM DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS, THE TERRITORY SHOULD BE GIVEN UNDER. THE BASIC LAW THE FULLEST POSSIBLE MEASURE OF INTERNAL SELF-GOVERNMENT UNDER CHINESE

SOVEREIGNTY.

"THE HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY INDICATED IN THE DIFFERENT ARTICLES OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW IS EXPECTED TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC PROSPERITY AND SOCIAL STABILITY IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

"HOWEVER, MUCH REFINING IS STILL REQUIRED TO BE DONE IN AREAS SUCH AS INTERPRETATION OF THE BASIC LAW AND THE SCOPE OF THE HONG KONG SAR JUDICIARY AS A COURT OF FINAL APPEAL."

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MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID THE CONSTITUTIONAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND THE HONG KONG SAR GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE TO BE CLEARLY DEMARCATED, KEEPING INTERVENTION BY THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM AND ONLY UNDER PRESCRIBED CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES. $

HE ADDED THAT THE BASIC LAW SHOULD BE EXPECTED TO BUILD ON THE PRESENT SYSTEMS SO THAT PERSONAL FREEDOMS WERE PROTECTED AND NOT VIOLATED. .

DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL PRACTICES CONSISTENT WITH SOCIAL STABILITY SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED IN EVERY WAY, AND INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SEEK WITHIN THE LAW WHATEVER THEY WISHEb TO DO IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A GREATER SENSE OF PERSONAL FULFILMENT AND HAPPINESS IN LIFE.

"TOWARDS THIS END, I WOULD PROPOSE THAT ALL THE PROVISIONS OF THE ’INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS' AND THE 'INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS’ AS APPLIED TO HONG KONG SHALL BE INCORPORATED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN. THE DRAFT BASIC LAW," HE SAID.

THE TWO COVENANTS SHOULD THEN BE ATTACHED AS ANNEXES TO THE FI NAI. BASIC LAW WHEN PASSED BY THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS OF CHINA IN 1990.

REFERRING TO SPECIFIC PROVISIONS IN THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, MR CHEONG-LEEN SAID ARTICLE 4, WHICH STATED THAT HONG KONG’S EXISTING CAPITALIST SYSTEM AND WAY OF LIFE SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED FOR 50 YEARS, AUGURED WELL FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE PROSPERITY.

ON THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE, HE SUGGESTED THAT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE IN THE FORMATIVE YEARS OF THE HONG KONG SAR SHOULD BE ELECTED BY A WIDELY REPRESENTATIVE ELECTORAL COLLEGE, WHICH WOULD BE DISSOLVED AFTER THE ELECTION WAS COMPLETED.

REGARDING ARTICLE 55, MR CHEONG-LEEN BELIEVED THAT AT LEAST THREE QUARTERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SHOULD COME FROM THE

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SO AS TO ENSURE A WORKING LIAISON BETWEEN THE

EXECUTIVE AUTHORITIES AND THE LEGISLATURE.

ON THE LEGISLATURE OF THE HONG KONG SAR GOVERNMENT, HE WAS

IN FAVOUR OF STARTING OFF IN 1997 WITH ABOUT 70 MEMBERS ELECTED BY

FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, DISTRICTS AND ELECTORAL COLLEGES RESPECTIVELY.

THE COUNCIL’S PRESIDENT SHOULD BE ELECTED FROM AMONG THE COUNCIL’S MEMBERS. •

IN RELATION TO THE FORMATION OF THE FIRST GOVERNMENT AND FIRST LEGISLATURE OF THE HONG KONG SAR, HE SUPPORTED THE "THROUGH TRAIN" CONCEPT IN ORDER TO ENSURE A SMOOTH TRANSFER OF SOVEREIGNTY AND WITH MINIMUM DISRUPTION TO COMMUNITY LIFE.

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ONCE THE DRAFT BASIC LAW WAS ADOPTED IN 1990 BY THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY, IT WOULD BE UP TO THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS TO CAREFULLY PLAN HOW FAR AND FAST TO MOVE FORWARD POLITICALLY ALONG THE LINES SPELT OUT IN THE BASIC LAW.

THE OBJECTIVE WOULD BE TO ENSURE THAT BY 1997 THE POLITICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND OTHER STRUCTURES WOULD BE ALREADY IN PLACE, ENABLING A SMOOTH TRANSFER OF SOVEREIGNTY TO BE EFFECTED.

’’MUCH REMAINS TO BE DONE IN THE CONSULTING PROCESS AND THE RE-DRAFTING OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW,” HE SAID.

MR CHEONG-LEEN ALSO HOPED THAT THE OMELCO CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PANEL COULD EXPAND ITS LIAISON WITH OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES IN THE COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO ARRIVE AT A WIDER CONSENSUS IN THE RE-DRAFTING BY THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING COMMITTEE, LEADING TO A SECOND AND BETTER VERSION OF THE BASIC LAW NEXT YEAR.

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THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG SHOULD REALISE THAT THEIR FATE IS STILL VERY MUCH IN THEIR OWN HANDS, AND THEY SHOULD NOT MISS THE CHANCE TO HELP MOULD IT, DR THE HON HELMUT SOHMEN SAID IN THF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, DR SOHMEN SAID HE WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORTED THE MOTION, WHICH URGFD THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE DOCUMENT.

HE SAID THE BASIC LAW NATURALLY FOLLOWED THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THE “ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS” CONCEPT.

THE LATTER WAS A BRILLIANT NEGOTIATING TACTIC BUT SHOULD NOT BE SFEN AS A WORKABLE OPERATING PRINCIPLE FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME CERT X INLY NOT FOR A PERIOD AS LONG AS 50 YEARS AFTER 1997.

"THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF MAINTAINING TWO SEPARATE SYSTEMS WITHIN ONE NATIONAL ENTITY HAVING TRADITIONS REVOLVING AROUND A POLITICAL CENTRE OVER MANY CENTURIES MAY NOT BE A POPULAR THEME AT THIS TIME BOTH HERE AND IN THE UNITED KINGDOM; BUT THIS IS THE REALITY," HE

HE SAID THE GUARANTEES FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE DID NOT LIE IN THE ARTIFICAL PRESERVATION OF, OR IN THE ONLY COSMETIC' ALTERATIONS TO THE OLD COLONIAL STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES THAT HAD BEEN IN PLACE WITH FEW SIGNIFICANT MODIFICATIONS OVER A HUNDRED YEARS.

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CHINA’S NEED TO EMULATE HONG KONG’S SUCCESSFUL SYSTEM IF IT WANTED TO ACHIEVE ITS NATIONAL GOALS CLOSER TO THE TARGET DATES ENVISIONED BY ITS LEADERSHIP PROVIDED MUCH BETTER ASSURANCE.

DR SOHMEN SAID THAT HONG KONG’S CONTINUED SUCCESS MUST, AS ALWAYS, DEPEND ON THE WILLINGNESS OF ITS PEOPLE TO RISE TO THE CHALLENGE OF HOW TO EXPORT ITS ECONOMIC ACHIEVEMENTS.

"IF WE CAN DO THAT, AND THEREBY HELP TO REDUCE THE GAP BETWEEN THE TWO SYSTEMS, WE SHALL BE ALRIGHT IRRESPECTIVE OF THE PERFECTION OR IMPERFECTION OF THE BASIC LAW," HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT WITHOUT WISHING TO DENIGRATE THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION, HIS STRONGEST CRITICISM OF THE HONG KONG CONTINGENT OF THE BASIC LAW DRAFTERS, AND OF THE VARIOUS LOCAL POLITICAL GROUPINGS, WAS THAT THEY HAD SO FAR FAILED LN REACHING A COMPROMISE AS TO WHAT SHOULD BE THE MOST EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE FOR HONG KONG.

WHAT SHOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A BASIC LAW HAD THUS REMAINED ONLY A SET OF LARGELY CONTRADICTORY OPTIONS.

AS A RESULT, THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES WOULD BE FORCED INTO MAKING THE FINAL CHOICE FOR HONG KONG, DESPITE THEIR OBVIOUS WILLINGNESS TO LISTEN TO AND ACCOMMODATE LOCAL PREFERENCE.

"THIS IS THE REAL TRAGEDY OF HONG KONG’S POLITICAL INEXPERIENCE," HE REMARKED.

DR SOHMEN SAID IT WAS EQUALLY REGRETTABLE THAT MANY, IF NOT MOST, OF THE COMMENTS ON THE FIRST DRAFT SIMPLY HIGHLIGHTED Till "FLAWS" WITHOUT ADDRESSING POSITIVELY AND UNEMOTIONALLY THE UNRESOLVED ISSUES, OR SUGGESTING WORKABLE ALTERNATIVES.

ON (’HINA’S PART, IT WOULD NOT ACHIEVE ITS AMBITIONS FOR HONG KONG IF THERE WAS AN EXCESSIVE AND UNNECESSARY EMPHASIS IN THE BASIC LAW ON ASPECTS OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, HE SAID.

DR SOHMEN WAS ALSO CRITICAL OF THE SO-CALLED "THROUGH-TRAIN" LABEL FOR THE ACTUAL TRANSITION IN 1997. "IT CONJURES UP UNPLEASANT IMAGES OF A LOCOMOTIVE RAMMING BARRIERS," HE SAID.

HE PREFERRED THE TERM "CHANGE OF GAUGE" INSTEAD. THE NEW SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION GOVERNMENT MUST OBVIOUSLY BE IDENTIFIED BEFORE JULY 1, 1997, AND BE FAMILIAR WITH ITS RESPONSIBILITIES BEFORE BEING SWORN IN.

"THIS SUGGESTS A READINESS ON THE PART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM TO PERMIT PREPARATORY ARRANGEMENTS BEING MADE IN THE TERRITORY UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT PRIOR TO THE BRITISH SURRENDER OF SOVEREIGNTY; BUT ALSO SUGGESTS THAT THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES MUST WILLINGLY \CCEPT BRITISH CO-OPERATION IN THESE EFFORTS," HE SAID.

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ON THE SELECTION OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, DR SOHMEN SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL THAT THE FUTURE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE SAR BE ELECTED THROUGH A BROADLY BASED ELECTORAL COLLEGE, REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL SECTORS OF THE COMMUNITY AND INCLUDING THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. SUCH A COLLEGE COULD BE ESTABLISHED IN LATE 1996.

ON THE FUTURE LEGISLATURE, HE SAID THAT DEVELOPMENTS AFTER 1991 (AND BASIC LAW PROVISIONS) SHOULD AIM FOR THE REPLACEMENT, IN 1994, OF THE THEN REMAINING APPOINTED MEMBERS BY MEMBERS ELECTED BY FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, TO HOLD OFFICE - LIKE THEIR DIRECTLY ELECTED COLLEAGUES - UNITL JUNE 30, 1997.

ELECTIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE FIRST SAR LEGISLATURE ON THE BASIS OF THE ELECTORAL MODEL INTRODUCED IN 1994 SHOULD TAKE PLACE TWO MONTHS PRIOR TO JULY 1, 1997 AND COMPLY WITH BASIC LAW PREREQUISITES AS TO QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES AND TERMS OF OFFICE.

REFERRING TO THE POTENTIAL DIFFICULTIES OF A CHIEF EXECUTIVE NOT HAVING THE CONFIDENCE OR SUPPORT OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR SOHMEN SAID THE IDEA THAT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE BE ELECTED BY MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MIGHT RESOLVE THAT PROBLEM.

"ON THE OTHER HAND, WOULD THIS SOLUTION NOT RUN COUNTER TO THE PRINCIPLE OF THE SEPARATION OF POWERS, AND WOULD IT INCREASE, OR DECREASE THE ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS STIPULATED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION?" HE ASKED.

DR SOHMEN BELIEVED MUCH MORE DISCUSSION WAS REQUIRED ON THAT POINT IN HONG KONG AND WITHIN THE DRAFTING COMMITTEE.

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SITTING 'Uli. NOTIFIABLE PERCENTAGE FOR SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS IN \ COMPANY AT 10 PER (ENT IS AN APPROPRIATE START FOR HONG KONG, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON PIERS JACOBS, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE SECURITIES (DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS) BILL 1908, MR JACOBS SAID THE SITUATION WOULD BE REVIEWED IN IWO TO THREE YEARS’ TIME IN THE LIGHT OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE GAINED OF’ Till’ LEGISLATION IN OPERATION, AND HAVING REGARD TO THE PRACTICE IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS.

"WE WILL ALSO CONSULT THE GENERAL PUBLIC AS WELL AS THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM AND THE PROPOSED SECURITIES AND !•< IDRES COMMISSION ON ANY CHANGES THAT MIGHT BE PROPOSED," HE ADDED.

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ON DISCRETIONARY TRUSTS, MR JACOBS EXPLAINED UNDER CLAUSE 14(1) OF THE BILL, A DISCRETIONARY INTEREST WAS NOT CAUGHT BY THE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS.

HE SAID THE PROVISION FOLLOWED THE LEGISLATION IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, WHERE IT HAD NOT CAUSED ANY PROBLEMS.

"IT WOULD BE UNFAIR TO PENALISE GENUINE DISCRETIONARY TRUSTS AT THIS STAGE WITHOUT ANY EVIDENCE OF ABUSE,” MR JACOBS SAID.

"WE WILL CLOSELY MONITOR THE SITUATION AND NECESSARY AMENDMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED SHOULD THERE BE WIDESPREAD ABUSE IN FUTURE."

REFERRING TO WARRANTS, MR JACOBS SAID AS THEY DID NOT FORM PART OF THE ISSUED VOTING SHARES OF THE COMPANY, WARRANTS WERE NOT COVERED BY THE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENT.

HE POINTED OUT THE PURPOSE OF THE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENT WAS TO REVEAL ACTUAL NOT POTENTIAL VOTING POWER, i

"THIS AGAIN FOLLOWS THE UNITED KINGDOM LEGISLATION, WHERE IT HAS NOT CAUSED ANY PROBLEMS."

FURTHERMORE, MR JACOBS ADDED, TO EXTEND THE SCOPE OF THE BILL TO APPLY TO WARRANTS WOULD CAUSE SERIOUS PRACTICAL DIFFICULTIES.

"IT WOULD REQUIRE MAJOR CHANGES TO THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AND EXTENSIVE RE-DRAFTING OF THE BILL; THIS WOULD INEVITABLY DELAY ITS PASSAGE," HE SAID.

MR JACOBS SAID INTERESTS HELD AS SECURITY BY AUTHORISED FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE ORDINARY COURSE OF THEIR BUSINESS WERE EXEMPT FROM THE DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS.

"THE BANKING SECTOR HAS EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT IT MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENTLY CLEAR IN THE BILL THAT AN EXEMPT SECURITY INTEREST INCLUDES SHARES HELD BY BANKS BY WAY OF A SECURED SYNDICATED LOAN," HE NOTED.

"THE PRESENT PROVISION FOLLOWS THE UK LEGISLATION WHICH HAS NOT CAUSED PROBLEMS TO THE UK BANKING COMMUNITY, AND I THINK THAT FURTHER CLARIFICATION IN OUR LEGISLATION IS UNNECESSARY."

MR JACOBS ASSURED THE BANKING COMMUNITY THAT A SECURED SYNDICATED LOAN WOULD BE EXEMPT IF IT FELL WITHIN THE ORDINARY COURSE OF A BANK’S BUSINESS.

ON THE RELEVANT PERIOD FOR NOTIFICATION, MR JACOBS POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN DISCLOSURE OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE BILL MUST BE PERFORMED WITHIN FIVE DAYS.

"BY VIRTUE OF SECTION 71 OF THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES ORDINANCE, THIS MEANS FIVE BUSINESS DAYS," HE SAID.

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DISCLOSURE BILL WILL IMPROVE HK’S IMAGE

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THE SECURITIES (DISCLOSURE OF INTEREST) BILL 1988 WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS IMPROVING HONG KONG’S IMAGE AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE AND WILL ASSIST THE OPERATION OF A FAIR SECURITIES MARKET.

THE HON PETER POON SAID THIS WHEN SPEAKING IN THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

"AS ONE OF THE IMPORTANT FINANCIAL CENTRES IN THE WORLD, HONG KONG LAGS A LONG WAY BEHIND IN DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS OF INTERESTS OF DIRECTORS AND MAJOR SHAREHOLDERS IN LISTED COMPANIES," MR POON SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE UNITED KINGDOM HAD INTRODUCED THE RELEVANT REQUIREMENTS IN THE COMPANIES ACT 1948 AND THE U.S.A., AUSTRALIA AND CANADA HAD ALSO HAD SUCH LEGISLATION FOR A LONG TIME.

MR POON ALSO NOTED THAT THERE WAS SOME CRITICISM THAT THE BILL HAD NOT GONE FAR ENOUGH. ONE MAJOR ISSUE WAS WHETHER THE FIGURE FOR DISCLOSURE OF "NOTIFIABLE INTERESTS" SHOULD BE 10 PER CENT OR FIVE PER CENT.

"THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD REVIEW THE PERCENTAGE IN TWO OR THREE YEARS AND, IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE, AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES THEN, SHOULD CONSIDER REDUCING THE PERCENTAGE TO FIVE PER CENT AS APPLICABLE IN MANY MAJOR FINANCIAL CENTRES,” HE SUGGESTED.

ANOTHER MAIN ISSUE WAS WHETHER SECURITIES INTERESTS IN A "DISCRETIONARY TRUST" SHOULD BE COVERED, RATHER THAN EXEMPTED.

"I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE SITUATION BE MONITORED BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND IF THERE ARE BLATANT OR WIDESPREAD ABUSES, PROMPT AND PROPER ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO INTRODUCE THE NECESSARY AMENDMENT," HE SAID.

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THE SECURITIES (DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS) BILL 1988, ONCE ENACTED, WOULD BRING HONG KONG IN LINE WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM LEGISLATION ON THE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS AND IT WOULD STRENGTHEN THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S HANDS IN FIRM PRUDENTIAL CONTROL IN HONG KONG, THE HON MARIA TAM SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY). ' (

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, MISS TAM SAID ITS PURPOSE WAS TO REQUIRE THE BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF 10 PER CENT OR MORE OF THE SHARES OF LISTED COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE PARTICULARS OF THEIR SHAREHOLDINGS.

BESIDES, DIRECTORS AND CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF LISTED COMPANIES WERE ALSO REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE PARTICULARS OF THEIR BENEFICIAL INTEREST IN SHARES AND DEBENTURES OF SUCH COMPANIES AND THEIR ASSOCIATED COMPANIES.

MISS TAM SAID THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP THAT STUDIED THE BILL FELT IT SHOULD BE SUPPORTED IN PRINCIPLE AND THAT THE LEVEL OF NOTIFIABLE INTERESTS, STIPULATED AT 10 PER CENT OF A LISTED COMPANY’S SHARE CAPITAL, WAS A REASONABLE STARTING POINT.

NEVERTHELESS, SHE SAID, AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, HONG KONG SHOULD AIM AT MAKING ITS DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS COMPATIBLE WITH THOSE ADOPTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL COMMUNITY, AS, FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE UNITED STATES.

"THE AD HOC GROUP REQUESTED THE ADMINISTRATION TO UNDERTAKE TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF NOTIFIABLE INTERESTS FROM 10 TO FIVE PER CENT IN TWO TO THREE YEARS’ TIME," SHE SAID.

"THE ADMINISTRATION, HOWEVER, DECLINE? TO MAKE A COMMITMENT TO REDUCE THE NOTIFIABLE PERCENTAGE AT THIS STAGE, BUT INDICATED THAT IT IS THEIR FIRM INTENTION TO DO SO WHEN THE TIME IS RIPE.

"THE GROUP THEREFORE REQUESTS THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO MAKE A FIRM STATEMENT ON THE INTENTION OF THE GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE THE LEVEL OF NOTIFIABLE INTERESTS AS SOON AS IS PRACTICABLE."

AT THE SAME TIME, MISS TAM HOPED THAT THE' FINANCIAL SECRETARY COULD INDICATE HIS COMMITMENT TO REVIEW THE SITUATION AND FALL IN LINE WITH INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE WITHIN A GIVEN PERIOD OF TIME.

"AT THE REQUEST OF THE AD HOC GROUP, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS AGREED TO CLARIFY IN THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S SPEECH CONCLUDING THE SECOND READING DEBATE OF THE BILL THAT THE FIVE-DAY NOTIFICATION PERIOD WAS INTENDED TO BE FIVE BUSINESS DAYS," SHE SAID.

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"THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT EVEN NON-RESIDENTS CAN COMPLY WITH THE FIVE DAYS RULE."

MISS TAM ALSO MOVED A COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENT TO CLAUSE 8 OF THE BILL, WHICH STIPULATED THAT A PERSON WAS TAKEN TO BE INTERESTED IN ANY SHARES IN WHICH HIS SPOUSE OR ANY CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 21 OF HIS OR HIS SPOUSE WAS INTERESTED, SO THAT THE LEGISLATION WOULD BE ALONG THE LINES OF UK LEGISLATION BY DELETING REFERENCE TO THE CHILD OF HIS SPOUSE.

MEMBERS OF THE GROUP CONSIDERED THAT IT WOULD BE UNREASONABLE TO HOLD A PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR INTERESTS HELD, FOR EXAMPLE, BY THE CHILD OF HIS SPOUSE’S FORMER MARRIAGES WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE CONTACT WITH HIM, SHE SAID.

SHE ALSO PROPOSED, FOR THE SAKE OF CONSISTENCY, CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO SIMILAR PROVISIONS UNDER CLAUSE 31 ON THE CHILD OF THE SPOUSE OF A DIRECTOR AND A CHIEF EXECUTIVE.

ON THE PROCEDURES FOR NOTIFICATION OF INTERESTS, MISS TAM SAID THE ADMINISTRATION HAD AGREED TO INSERT A NEW CLAUSE 50A AFTER CLAUSE 50 TO REQUIRE THE NOTIFICATION TO BE MADE BY HAND OR BY REGISTERED POST TO THE OFFICE OF THE LISTED COMPANY, ALONG THE LINES OF SECTION 356 OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE.

"IT WOULD BE UNFAIR IF LISTED COMPANIES CONCERNED ARE TO BE PENALISED FOR A FAILURE TO ENTER THE REQUISITE INFORMATION INTO THEIR REGISTER WHICH IS CAUSED BY A FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE SHAREHOLDERS, INTENTIONALLY OR UNINTENTIONALLY, TO NOTIFY THEM," SHE SAID.

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PROTECTION AGAINST UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADS * * * * *

THE UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988 SEEKS TO BRING WITHIN THE LAW ANY UNQUALIFIED PERSONS OR UNSCRUPULOUS DEALERS MAKING USE OF ADVERTISEMENTS TO MISLEAD THE PUBLIC, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, THE HON ADOLF HSU, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY)’.

WINDING UP THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR HSU SUPPORTED AN AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD ENABLE PART I OF THE BILL TO BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION ONE MONTH AFTER ITS ENACTMENT.

"THE PURPOSE IS TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME TO THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PUTTING UP SIGNS OR PLACING ADVERTISEMENTS WHICH MAY CONTRAVENE THE LAW TO REMOVE OR WITHDRAW THEM BEFORE ENFORCEMENT ACTION IS TAKEN," MR HSU EXPLAINED.

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HE STRESSED THAT ONCE THE PROVISIONS IN THE BILL HAD BEEN ENACTED, THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD TAKE POSITIVE ACTION TO ENFORCE THE ORDINANCE.

NOTING THE CONCERNS OF THE CHINESE MEDICINE DEALERS, MR HSU REITERATED THE PURPOSE OF THE BILL WAS TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC AGAINST THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS.

"WE ARE NOT STOPPING ALL ADVERTISEMENTS ON MEDICINE AS SUCH. I HOSE WHICH DO NOT CONTRAVENE THE LAW WILL BE ABLE TO CONTINUE," HE POINTED OUT.

"IN THIS RESPECT, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF A CHINESE MEDICINE MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION DURING THE CONSULTATION PERIOD AND HAS ALSO GIVEN GUIDANCE ON THEIR COMMONLY USED TERMS, DESCRIPTIONS AND PRODUCT NAMES, MOST OF WHICH ARE IN FACT ACCEPTABLE."

ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A VETTING AUTHORITY WITHIN THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR ALL ADVERTISEMENTS ON CHINESE MEDICINE, MR HSU SAID THE SUGGESTION HAD BEEN CONSIDERED, BUT WAS FOUND TO BE INAPPROPRIATE BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT HAD NO EXPERTISE TO DEAL WITH CHINESE MEDICINE.

"FURTHERMORE, WE SHOULD AVOID A SITUATION WHERE ADVERTISEMENTS MIGHT BE USED TO CLAIM THAT THE PRODUCTS ADVERTISED HAD BEEN VETTED BY THE DEPARTMENT AND HAD RECEIVED SOME FORM OF OFFICIAL APPROVAL," HE ADDED.

HOWEVER, MR HSU SAID THE MEDICINE DEALERS WERE ALWAYS WELCOME TO SEEK FURTHER INFORMATION OR CLARIFICATION ON TERMINOLOGY OF DISEASES GENERALLY FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

REGARDING PART II OF THE BILL WHICH PROHIBITED ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE FORM OF PACKAGES AND LABELS, MR HSU SAID IT WOULD NOT COME INTO EFFECT UNTIL 24 MONTHS AFTER PART 1 CAME INTO OPERATION.

THERE WOULD BE SUFFICIENT TIME FOR THE NECESSARY REPRINTING TO BE DONE, HE SAID.

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POSITIVE ENFORCEMENT ACTION ON MEDICAL ADS URGED ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE POSITIVE IN MONITORING MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS AND SIGNBOARDS AND INITIATE ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST THOSE PEOPLE WHO CONTRAVENE THE PROVISIONS OF THE UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL \D\ERTISEMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988.

DR THE HON CHIU HIN-KWONG SAID THIS WHEN SPEAKING IN SUPPORT H THE BILL IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DR CHIU SAID DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE THAT IT WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE GOVERNMENT MERELY TO REACT TO COMPLAINTS FROM VICTIMS WHO HAD BEEN MISLED BY OFFENDING ADVERTISEMENTS, OR TO REPORTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO OBJECTED TO CERTAIN MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS.

’’THE LAW WILL HAVE LITTLE OR NO DETERRENT EFFECT IF ADVERTISEMENTS WHICH OBVIOUSLY CONTAIN MISLEADING INFORMATION, OR WHICH CAN LEAD TO WRONGFUL SELF-MEDICATION, ARE ALLOWED TO CIRCULATE FREELY,” HE SAID.

DR CHIU SAID HE WAS PLEASED THE BILL, WHICH PROVIDED LONG AWAITED IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING LEGISLATION IN FACILITATING ACTION AGAINST ADVERTISEMENTS WHICH CONSTITUTED A DANGER TO PUBLIC HEALTH, WAS NOW BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HE SAID THE BILL WOULD MAKE TWO SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN CONTROLLING UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS.

FIRSTLY, THE BILL WOULD UPDATE THE SCHEDULE IN RESPECT OF WHICH ADVERTISEMENT WAS PROHIBITED, AND WOULD CHANGE THE LEGISLATIVE APPROACH.

UNDER THIS, THE PROHIBITION AGAINST ADVERTISING DEPENDED NOT ON WHAT THE ADVERTISEMENT REPRESENTED, BUT ON WHETHER IT WAS LIKELY TO LEAD PERSONS READING THE ADVERTISEMENT TO USE THE MEDICINE, SURGICAL APPLIANCE OR TREATMENT ADVERTISED FOR THE PURPOSES SPECIFIED IN THE SCHEDULES, HE SAID.

THE SECOND IMPROVEMENT, WHICH WOULD FACILITATE ENFORCEMENT ACTION, WAS THE USE OF THE PRESUMPTIVE CLAUSE, HE SAID.

HE SAID THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP FORMED TO STUDY THE BILL SUPPORTED THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO OVERCOME THE DIFFICULTY IN STABLISHING THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR CAUSING THE UNDESIRABLE ADVERTISEMENT TO BE PUBLISHED.

”1 BELIEVE THE REVERSAL OF THE BURDEN OF PROOF TO THE OFFENDERS WILL FACILITATE EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT ACTION,” SAID DR CHIU, WHO WAS CONVENER OF THE AD HOC GROUP.

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IN ORDER THAT THE BILL COULD BE ENFORCED IMMEDIATELY ONCE IT CAME INTO OPERATION, DR CHIU PROPOSED AN AMENDMENT DURING THE COMMITTEE STAGE.

UNDER THIS, THE BILL WOULD COME INTO EFFECT ON FUTURE DATE, SO THAT SUFFICIENT NOTICE AND WARNING MIGHT BE GIVEN, AND ADEQUATE LEAD TIME WAS GIVEN TO THE ADVERTISERS WHO MIGHT NEED TO CHANGE THEIR ADVERTISEMENTS AND SIGNBOARDS.

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TWELVE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SPOKE IN THE FIRST DAY OF THE DEBATE TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ON A MOTION THAT THE COUNCIL TAKE NOTE OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW AND URGE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO STUDY THE DRAFT AND GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON IT.

THE DEBATE ON THE MOTION, WHICH WAS MOVED BY THE SENIOR MEMBER, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, WILL CONTINUE TOMORROW (THURSDAY) WHEN ANOTHER 16 MEMBERS ARE LISTED TO SPEAK.

IN OTHER BUSINESS BEFORE THE DEBATE BEGAN, FIVE BILLS WERE PASSED.

THEY WERE: PENSION BENEFITS (MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS) BILL 1988; HONG KONG FUTURES EXCHANGE LIMITED (TEMPORARY PROVISIONS) BILL 1988; SECURITIES (DISCLOSURE OF INTERESTS) BILL 1988; SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION (1987-88) BILL 1988; AND UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988.

CONSIDERATION OF A PRIVATE BILL, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, WAS HELD OVER TO TOMORROW’S MEETING.

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CHINA LAW SOCIETY PRESIDENT VISITS SWD HOMES ♦ » * » *

THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHINA LAW SOCIETY, MR WANG ZHONGFANG, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED TWO CORRECTIONAL HOMES OPERATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

LAST MONTH, A DELEGATION OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS,HONG KONG (SROHK) VISITED JUDICIAL, SOCIAL AND PENAL SERVICES IN PEKING, HANGZHOU AND CANTON AT THE INVITATION OF THE CHINA LAW SOCIETY.

MRS ELIZABETH WONG, DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE VISIT IN HER CAPACITY OF VICE-PRESIDENT OF SROHK, SAID: "HAVING LEARNT SO MUCH FROM THEIR OPERATIONS, I AM GLAD OF THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW MR WANG HOW REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS ARE CONDUCTED IN HONG KONG AND TO DISCUSS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS."

"THIS STEPPED-UP LIAISON AND CONTINUAL EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE WILL CERTAINLY BE OF MUTUAL BENEFIT TO BOTH PARTIES," SHE SAID.

ACCOMPANIED BY MRS WONG AND THE CHIEF SOCIAL WORK OFFICER (YOUTH AND CORRECTIONS), MR ANTHONY CHAN WAI-KWAN, MR WANG VISITED THE PUI CHI BOYS’ HOME AND THE MA TAU WEI GIRLS’ HOME.

AT THESE HOMES, THE BOYS AND GIRLS ARE PROVIDED WITH ACADEMIC, PREVOCATIONAL AND SOCIAL TRAINING DESIGNED AT REFORMING THEIR BEHAVIOUR AND SOCIAL ATTITUDES SO THAT THEY WILL BE BETTER EQUIPPED TO LIVE AS LAW-ABIDING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

MR WANG WAS BRIEFED ON THE SERIES OF IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES OF THESE HOMES, INCLUDJNG THE ENGAGEMENT OF A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT MASTER AND THE STRENGTHENING OF THE TEACHING ESTABLISHMENT; THE ACQUISITION OF SUITABLE EDUCATIONAL EQUIPMENT, TEACHING AIDS AND REFERENCE BOOKS; AND A REVIEW OF THE SYLLABUS AND TEACHING METHOD.

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SALE OF TWO INDUSTRIAL SITES FETCHED $210M * * * * *

TWO GOVERNMENT SITES (WEDNESDAY) WITH A REALISED

WERE SOLD AT A PUBLIC AUCTION PREMIUM OF $210 MILLION.

HELD TODAY

BOTH SITES ARE FOR EXCLUDING OFFENSIVE TRADES.

INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES BUT

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ONE OF THE SITES IS IN KA YIP STREET, CHAI WAN. IT COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 4,687 SQUARE METRES. THE DEVELOPER HAS TO COMPLETE AT LEAST 33,746 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 1992.

BIDDING STARTED AT $150 MILLION AND THE SITE WAS FOUGHT BY AUTOWIN LIMITED FOR $194 MILLION.

THE OTHER SITE IS IN AREA 25, ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING, NEW

TERRITORIES. THE AREA OF THE SITE IS ABOUT 1,198 SQUARE METRES.

BIDDING OPENED AT $10 MILLION AND THE SITE WAS SOLD TO BIG

YOUTH INVESTMENTS LIMITED FOR $16 MILLION.

ACCORDING TO THE BUILDING COVENANT, THE BUYER HAS TO DEVELOP AT LEAST 3,594 SQUARE METRES OF GROSS FLOOR AREA BEFORE JUNE 30, 1992.

THE AUCTION WAS CONDUCTED BY GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, MR TIM MILLS, IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER A PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE EXTRA LIGHTING FACILITIES AT THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) INTERSECTION AT SIU HONG COURT AT A MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

RESIDENTS OF SIU HONG COURT LEARNT THAT THE LIGHTING AT LRT ZONES WILL BE TURNED OFF AFTER ALL ROUTES HAVE STOPPED THEIR SERVICE. THEY REQUESTED THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED TO CONDUCT A SITE INVESTIGATION FOR INSTALLATION OF EXTRA LIGHTS AT PARTICULAR LOCATIONS FOR SECURITY PURPOSE.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE PROBLEMS AND MAINTENANCE OF RGAD SURFACE OF KAI MAN PATH AS WELL AS TWO LAYOUT PLANS RESPECTIVELY CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LANDWARD SIDE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND THE AREA BETWEEN LUNG MUN ROAD AND THE WATERFRONT.

A REPORT ON THE COMMITTEE’S FINANCIAL POSITION AND A PROGRESS REPORT ON LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS WILL ALSO BE TABLED AT THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN. THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM.

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ISLANDS DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS REPORT ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE CONSULTANCY REPORT ON SPORT IN HONG KONG AT A MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE REPORT RECOMMENDS THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDER SETTING UP A STATUTORY BODY WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF DEVELOPING SPORT AND RECREATION THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY (RECREATION AND SPORT) OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH, MR NICHOLAS FRY, WILL BE PRESENT TO HEAR MEMBERS1 VIEWS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A SCHEDULE FOR VISITING CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE APPLICATIONS FOR A REGIONAL COUNCIL SUBSIDY AND APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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MEETING ON OBJECTIONS TO THA ♦ ♦ ♦ *

MEMBERS OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL HELD A SPECIAL MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO DISCUSS OBJECTIONS RAISED BY BEACON HEIGHTS RESIDENTS TO A HOUSING PLAN.

THE RESIDENTS HAVE OBJECTED TO THE COMMITTEE’S ENDORSEMENT OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT’S PLAN TO BUILD A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AT A SITE NEAR BEACON HEIGHTS.

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THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHAM SHUT PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET, KOWLOON, BEGINNING AT 2. I 5 PM.

AFTER THIS MEETING ENDS, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL BEGIN A MEETING.

THEY WILL DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO REMOVE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM DRIVING LICENCES AND VARIOUS OTHER MATTERS.

THESE INCLUDE ERECTION OF GUARDRAILS ON THE FOOTPATH AT 93-97 CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD; RELOCATION OF PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS AT 13A UN CHAU STREET; AND PROVISION OF PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI PO ROAD AND SHEK KIP MEI STREET.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL BE INFORMED OF A BUS AND FERRY ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR SHAM SHUT PO DISTRICT IN 1988-89.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETINGS OF THE SHAM SHUT PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEES, BEGINNING AT 2.15 PM AND 3 PM RESPECTIVELY TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET, KOWLOON.

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RESULTS OF FIRST QUARTER SURVEY OF t » » »

RESTAURANT RECEIPTS, PURCHASES

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THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988, ESTIMATED AT $6,522 MILLION, WAS 17 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME QUARTER OF 1987, WHILE THE VOLUME WAS 8 PER CENT HIGHER, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE PROVISIONAL ESTIMATE OF TOTAL PURCHASES BY RESTAURANTS IN MIE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 WAS $2,756 MILLION, WHICH WAS 12 PER CENT HIGHER IN VALUE TERMS THAN IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1987.

ANALYSED BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT, FAST FOOD SHOPS RECORDED THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE INCREASE (23 PER CENT) IN THE VALUE OF TOTAL RECEIPTS WHEN COMPARED WITH THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1987.

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THESE WERE FOLLOWED BY NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS (20 PER CENT), CHINESE RESTAURANTS (16 PER CENT), "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES" - COMPRISING HERB TEA SHOPS, CREAMERIES AND OTHER OUTLETS SELLING BEAN CURD JELLY ETC - (12 PER CENT), AND BARS (3 PER CENT).

IN VOLUME TERMS, THE TOTAL RECEIPTS OF FAST FOOD SHOPS, NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS,’ CHINESE RESTAURANTS AND "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES” INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT, 12 PER CENT, 7 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WHILE THOSE OF BARS DECREASED BY 1 PER (ENT.

COMPARING THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 WITH THE PRECEDING QUARTER - AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON IS AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS - TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN VALUE TERMS WHILE THE VOLUME OF TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS DROPPED BY 2 PER CENT.

TOTAL RECEIPTS OF FAST FOOD SHOPS INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN VOLUME; AND THOSE OF NON-CHINESE RESTAURANTS BY 2 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT THEY REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED IN VOLUME.

HOWEVER, TOTAL RECEIPTS OF "OTHER EATING AND DRINKING PLACES" DECREASED BY 9 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 10 PER CENT IN VOLUME; THOSE OF BARS BY 7 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 8 PER CENT IN VOLUME; AND THOSE OF CHINESE RESTAURANTS BY 1 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED FIGURES FOR THE TOTAL RECEIPTS AND TOTAL PURCHASES OF THE ENTIRE RESTAURANT SECTOR FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF TOTAL RECEIPTS BY TYPE OF RESTAURANT FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988, WITH THE QUARTERLY AVERAGE FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100. ALSO TABULATED ARE COMPARISONS OF THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 1987 AND FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1987.

THE REPORT ON THE QUARTERLY SURVEY OF RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1988 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AT $1 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ON THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. 5-8234941).

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TABLE I : TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS AND PURCHASES

Total restaurant receipts (in HU aillion)

Total purchases by restaurants (in HK5 eiilion)

4th qtr. (987 (Revised figures)

b 543

2 770

1st qtr. 1988 (Provisional figures)

6 522

I 756

TABLE 2 : VALUE ANO VOLUNE INDEXES OF TOTAL RESTAURANT RECEIPTS FOR 4TH QUARTER 1997 AND 1ST QUARTER I98E

(Quarterly average of October 04 - September 85 = 100)

' 1 Index of I 1 I "total 1 4th ! Type of restaurant ! restaurant! quarter 1 receipts I 1987 4 1- - _ _ - 1- • 1 1 1st ! quarter 1 1988 ! j 1st qtr. 1988 ! coipared el th I 4th qtr. 1987 { 1st qtr. 1989 ! coapared with ! 1st qtr. 1987

t 1 (Revised • 1 * figures) r 1 : ' Chinese restaurants | Value ' 145 5 1 • 1 Voluee ; 130 1 • 1 » 1 9 » < Non-Chinese restaurants 1 Value ! 125 1 ’ Voluee 1 HO 1 : : 1 Fast food shops ! Value ! 145 • । : volute : 134 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Bars ! Value ! 135 ! Voluee ! 119 1 ! Other eating and drinking places ! Value 1 136 1 : Voluee I 121 1 1 (Provisional {figures) 1 1 143 1 : 126 1 t 128 110 i 155 142 126 110 124 109 1 ! Points 1 । ! 1 -2 -1 1 : -5 -3 i I 1 3 2 1 t : 11 7 8 6 -10 -7 •9 -9 -12 -10 ! Points I : 19 16 8 7 21 20 11 12 29 23 22 18 4 3 -1 -1 13 12 5 5

I • • • 1 । Entire restaurant sector I Value 1 141 1 1 1 Voluee 126 1 1 Notes: 1. Figures denoting changes 2 . t denotes change of less 140 123 1 are derived f than 0.5. 1 t -3 -2 { । roi unrounded figur 20 17 { I 10 8 ; es.

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TALENT NIGHT TO LAUNCH YUEN LONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME *****

A YOUTH TALENT PERFORMANCE WILL BE STAGED IN LUT SAU HALL IN YUEN LONG TOMORROW (THURSDAY) EVENING TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP).

THE PERFORMERS ARE PARTICIPANTS OF THE 1988 YUEN LONG DISTRICT YOUTH TALENT COMPETITION.

YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR ALAN WONG, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI KUEN, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AND PRESENT PRIZES TO WINNERS OF THE TALENT COMPETITION.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE 1988 YUEN LONG DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE, MR LAI KWOK-YIU.

OVER THE NEXT TWO MONTHS, A TOTAL OF 172 YOUTH ACTIVITIES, ORGANISED BY 30 LOCAL BODIES, WILL BE HELD IN BOTH THE YUEN LONG TOWN AND THE RURAL AREAS. THESE INCLUDE STUDY CAMPS, PICNICS, VISITS, CONCERTS, MOVIE SHOWS, SPORTS EVENTS AND FUN FAIRS.

MOST OF THESE ACTIVITIES ARE SUBSIDISED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, WHICH HAS DONATED $194,400 FOR THE YUEN LONG SYP. THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD HAS ALSO ALLOCATED $35,000 FOR HOLDING THE OPENING CEREMONY AND FOR OTHER PUBLICITY EXPENSES.

THE CENTRAL THEME OF THIS YEAR'S SYP IS "SHARE THE FUN, SERVE THE COMMUNITY". IT AIMS AT PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO ENRICH THEMSELVES DURING THE SUMMER VACATION THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN MEANINGFUL SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND YOUTH TALENT NIGHT TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN LUT SAU HALL, TAI YUK ROAD, YUEN LONG. THE CEREMONY WILL START AT 7.30 PM. INFORMATION OFFICER, MR KENNY LAM, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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GOVERNMENT LAND TO LET BY TENDER ' » * * *

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING A PIECE OF GOVERNMENT LAND IN THE NEW TERRITORTIES TO LET BY TENDER.

THE LAND IS IN D.D. NO. 51 AREA 26, ON LOK TSUEN, FANLING, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 775 SQUARE METRES. IT WILL BE USED FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR WORKSHOP.

THE TENANCY IS FOR THREE YEARS AND THEREAFTER QUARTERLY.

THE DEADLINE IS FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON JULY 29. ■ •

TENDER DOCUMENTS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM AND TENDER PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, NORTH, PIE FUNG ROAD, FANLING; THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, 10TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN CENTRAL WILL BE MADE 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 16) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW:

t THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF COTTON TREE DRIVE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ACCESS ROAD TO MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

THE ACCESS ROAD TO MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH COTTON TREE DRIVE TO A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

* THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF LAMBETH-WALK FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH COTTON TREE DRIVE TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

* THE SECTION OF THE ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN THE EXIT OF MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK AND LAMBETH WALK.

/IN ADDITION,

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1J, 1988

TN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING TWO ROAD SECTIONS WILL ALSO BE MADE URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS TO FACILITATE THE UPGRADED CONNAUGHT ROAD PROJECT:

* THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL INTERNAL ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD NORTH OF THE MACAU FERRY BUS TERMINUS AND THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL INTERNAL ROAD EXCLUDING THE LAY-BYS WILL BECOME 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

» THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL INTERNAL ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD NORTH OF THE MACAU FERRY BUS TERMINUS AND THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL INTERNAL ROAD WILL BECOME DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY ON THE ACCESS ROAD TO MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH COTTON TREE DRIVE TO A POINT ABOUT 55 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE LIFTED.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT SEVERAL ROAD SECTIONS IN NORTH POINT AND CHAI WAN WILL BE MADE URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 16).

IN NORTH POINT, THE EXISTING 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS ON THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS FOR ROADWORKS:

* THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JAVA ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SHU KUK STREET TO A POINT ^BOUT 48 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

» THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF JAVA ROAD BETWEEN SHU KUK STREET AND KAM HONG STREET; AND

* SHU KUK STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH MARBLE ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 12 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH JAVA ROAD.

IN CHAI WAN, THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WAN TSUI ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH WAN TSUI LANE TO A POINT ABOUT EIGHT METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE DESIGNATED AS A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

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SPEED LIMIT CHANGE ON POK FU LAM ROAD ♦ ♦ » *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE SPEED LIMIT TRAFFIC SIGNS ON POK FU LAM ROAD NEAR CLAYMORE AVENUE WILL BE RELOCATED FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 16> TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY.

AS A RESULT, THE SPEED LIMIT ON THE SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAYS OF POK FU LAM ROAD FROM A POINT ABOUT 40 METRES SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CLAYMORE AVENUE TO A POINT ABOUT 87 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE CHANGED FROM 50 TO 70 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT PARKING SPACE NOS. 20 TO 40 AND 92 TO 111 AT MURRAY BARRACKS OPEN-AIR CARPARK IN CENTRAL WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 8 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 16) TO MIDNIGHT THE FOLLOWING DAY (SUNDAY).

THIS MEASURE WILL FACILITATE THE ROADWORKS THERE.

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TRAFFIC CHANGES IN KOWLOON ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TO FACILITATE EMERGENCY DRAINAGE REPAIR WORK AT YUK YAT STREET IN TO KWA WAN, THE SECTION OF YUK YAT STREET BETWEEN LOK SHAN ROAD AND SHUN FUNG STREET HAS BEEN RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM SHUN FUNG STREET INTO YUK YAT STREET WESTBOUND.

THE MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT 10 DAYS UNTIL THE COMPLETION OF THE REPAIR WORK.

MEANWHILE, IN YAU MA TEI, FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 15), THE EXISTING 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON NATHAN ROAD SOUTHBOUND SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WATERLOO ROAD WILL BE EXTENDED FOR ABOUT 15 METRES TO COVER THE WESTERN SECTION OF THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO YAU MA TEI AMBULANCE DEPOT.

ALL VEHICLES WILL BE BANNED FROM STOPPING WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAY FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS.

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TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHUI PO » » » » »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION WORKS OF A STORMWATER DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN THE VICINITY OF LI CHENG UK ESTATE, A SERIES OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN SHAM SHUI PO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 15).

THE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS.

DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

« THE SECTION OF EASTBOUND PO ON ROAD BETWEEN FAT TSEUNG j STREET AND TONKIN STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

VEHICLES ON EASTBOUND PO ON ROAD HEADING FOR TONKIN STREET, INCLUDING GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 42 ON ITS JOURNEYS TO CHAK ON ESTATE, WILL BE DIVERTED VIA PO ON ROAD, FAT TSEUNG STREET, KWONG LEE ROAD AND TONKIN STREET.

» THE LEFT-TURNING MOVEMENTS FROM SOUTHBOUND FAT TSEUNG STREET ONTO EASTBOUND PO ON ROAD AND THE RIGHT-TURNING MOVEMENTS FROM NORTHBOUND WING LUNG STREET ONTO EASTBOUND PO ON ROAD WILL BE BANNED.

* THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF PO ON ROAD BETWEEN TONKIN STREET AND FAT TSEUNG STREET WILL BE MADE A 7 AM TO 10 AM AND 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY. NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAY FOR GOODS OR PASSENGERS.

» THE BUS STOP ON WESTBOUND PO ON ROAD CURRENTLY OBSERVED BY KMB ROUTES NO. 2 AND 2A, AND CROSS HARBOUR ROUTES NO. 112 AND 122 WILL BE RELOCATED TEMPORARILY TO A POINT ON THE SAME ROAD OUTSIDE THE PO ON ROAD UC COMPLEX.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

LEGCO PASSES MOTION ON DRAFT BASIC LAW .................. 1

GOVERNOR PAYS TRIBUTE TO WORK OF COUNCILLORS ............ 1

CLOSING SPEECH BY CS IN DEBATE........................... 3

DRAFT BASIC LAW LIMITS HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY........... 5

DETAILED CONSIDERATION MAY CONFUSE ’MAN IN STREET’ ...... 6

ARTICLES ON JUDICIARY, INTERPRETATION SHOULD BE AMENDED 9 HONG KONG’S INTERESTS NOT GIVEN DUE ATTENTION .......... 14

GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONCEPT SUPPORTED............... 15

MEASURES TO MEET CONTAINER PARKING NEEDS .................. 17

URBAN COUNCILLORS VISIT EPD................................ 18

TSUEN WAN DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS YOUTH POLICY REPORT... 19

KWAI TSING DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.... 19

ISLANDS DB COMMITTEE TO REVIEW WORKS PROGRESS.............. 20

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MARCH - MAY 20

SEMINAR ON STAFF RETENTION, LABOUR RELATIONS............... 22

ONE-DAY SEMINAR FOR CAREERS TEACHERS ...................... 22

carnival to start off syp in southern district ............ 23

EXHIBITIONS TO PUBLICISE VOCATIONAL TRAINING............... 24

NEW SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX FOR TAI PO....................... 24

MORE CONVENIENT COLLECTION OF REGISTERED LETTERS........... 25

DEADLINE NEAR FOR RETURNING C & S QUESTIONNAIRES........... 25

GRADING OF BEACH WaTER QUALITY ............................ 27

WAN CHAI TO JORDAN RO^D FERRY SERVICE TO BE WITHDRAWN... 31

KWAI CHUNG URBAN CLEARWAYS REARRANGED...................... 31

FaNLING GMB ROUTE TO INCREASE FaRE......................... 32

SALT WATER CUT IN YAU Ma TEI .............................. 32

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1988

LEGCO PASSES MOTION ON DRAFT BASIC LAW

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY) PASSED A MOTION ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW AFTER TWO DAYS OF DEBATE.

THE MOTION, WHICH WAS MOVED BY THE SENIOR MEMBER, THE HON LYDIA DUNN, WAS THAT "THE COUNCIL TAKES NOTE OF 'THE DRAFT BASIC LAW OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (FOR SOLICITATION OF OPINIONS)’ AND URGES THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO STUDY THE DRAFT AND TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON IT".

FIFTEEN MEMBERS SPOKE ON THE MOTION TODAY AND A CONCLUDING SPEECH WAS GIVEN BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD.

TWELVE MEMBERS SPOKE ON THE MOTION YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY).

AS HE WAS PRESIDING OVER A SITTING OF THE PRESENT COUNCIL FOR THE LAST TIME, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, GAVE A SPEECH AT THE END OF THE DAY’S BUSINESS, AND PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HARD WORK DONE BY COUNCILLORS ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY.

IN OTHER BUSINESS DURING THE SITTING, A PRIVATE BILL, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, WAS PASSED.

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GOVERNOR PAYS

TRIBUTE TO WORK OF COUNCILLORS

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (THURSDAY) PAID TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS NOT ONLY DURING THIS SESSION BUT IN THE THREE YEARS SINCE OCTOBER 1985.

SIR DAVID, WHO WILL BE LEAVING FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM ON SATURDAY AND WILL BE AWAY FOR A MONTH, WAS PRESIDING OVER THE COUNCIL FOR THE LAST TIME THIS SESSION AND ALSO FOR THE LAST TIME BEFORE THE COUNCIL IS DISSOLVED ON AUGUST 25.

"THOSE WHO ARE STATISTICALLY MINDED WILL LIKE TO NOTE THAT EACH OF THE LAST THREE SESSIONS HAS BROKEN NEW RECORDS," HE POINTED OUT.

HE NOTED THAT IN 1985-86 A RECORD NUMBER OF QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED, WHILE IN 1986-87 THE COUNCIL HELD AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF DEBATES AND SAT FOR MORE HOURS THAN IN ANY OTHER SESSION IN ITS HISTORY.

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“BY THE TIME THAT THIS SESSION IS COMPLETED, IT IS LIKELY THAT WE SHALL HAVE ESTABLISHED A RECORD FOR THE NUMBER OF BILLS PASSED INTO LAW,” SIR DAVID SAID.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THESE STATISTICS TOLD ONLY A FRACTION OF THE REAL STORY.

’’THEY DO NOT REVEAL THE VERY SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF TIME AND WORK MEMBERS HAVE PUT INTO SCRUTINISING LEGISLATION IN AD HOC GROUPS; IN MONITORING GOVERNMENT POLICIES IN OMELCO PANELS; AND IN THE DELIBERATIONS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE,” SIR DAVID SAID.

HE SAID THAT BOTH THE STATISTICS AND THE UNDERLYING REALITY DEMONSTRATED THE IMMENSE EFFORTS MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL MADE ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

AS A RESULT OF THESE EFFORTS, DRAFT LEGISLATION PASSED DOWN TO THE COUNCIL FOR ENACTMENT WAS OFTEN SUBSTANTIALLY IMPROVED.

FURTHERMORE, THE GOVERNOR ADDED, CONSTRUCTIVE MONITORING OF THE ADMINISTRATION’S POLICIES COULD, AND DID, CONTRIBUTE TO MAINTAINING A HIGH STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE BY THE ADMINISTRATION AND TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLICIES WHICH REFLECTED THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY.

"AT THE END OF THE LIFE OF THIS COUNCIL, I BELIEVE THAT ALL MEMBERS SHOULD RIGHTLY FEEL PROUD OF THE WAY IN WHICH THEY HAVE HELPED TO MAKE OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WORK TO THE BENEFIT OF OUR COMMUNITY,” HE SAID.

IN ADDITION TO THANKING MEMBERS GENERALLY, SIR DAVID SAID HE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A SPECIAL MENTION OF THOSE APPOINTED MEMBERS WHO WOULD SOON HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TERMS.

NOTING THAT ALL SUCH APPOINTED MEMBERS HAD SERVED HONG KONG AND THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WITH DISTINCTION, ENERGY AND DEDICATION, HE SAID THAT SOME HAD SERVED THE COMMUNITY IN THE COUNCIL FOR UP TO 12 YEARS.

"THE COMMUNITY HAS REASON TO BE GRATEFUL .TO THEM FOR ALL THEY HAVE DONE," SIR DAVID SAID.

"THEY HAVE SERVED US WELL. I THANK THEM ALL MOST WARMLY."

HE SAID THERE MIGHT ALSO BE SOME ELECTED MEMBERS WHO, THROUGH THE INEVITABLE VAGARIES OF THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM, WOULD NOT RETURN IN OCTOBER.

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SHOULD THERE BE ANY SUCH MEMBERS, SIR DAVID SAID, THEY WOULD TAKE WITH THEM THE GOOD WISHES OF THE WHOLE COUNCIL AND THE THANKS OF THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COUNCIL DURING THE PAST THREE YEARS.

SIR DAVID ALSO THANKED THOSE WHO HAD WORKED SO TIRELESSLY BEHIND THE SCENES TO SERVICE THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THESE INCLUDED THE CLERK TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND HIS STAFF; THE SECRETARY GENERAL, OMELCO AND HER STAFF; THE INTERPRETERS AND CHINESE LANGUAGE OFFICERS; THE TECHNICIANS; AND THE MANY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA WHO HAD COVERED THE PROCEEDINGS.

IN CONCLUSION, SIR DAVID SAID NO WORDS ABOUT THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE COUNCIL WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT A PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE SENIOR MEMBER, THE HON LYDIA DUNN.

"SHE HAS PERFORMED HER DIFFICULT AND DEMANDING ROLE WITH A SKILL, HUMOUR, GRACE AND PATIENCE WHICH HAVE WON HER THE ADMIRATION AND AFFECTION OF EVERYBODY,” HE SAID.

"AS SENIOR MEMBER FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS SHE HAS HELPED GUIDE A COUNCIL WHICH HAS A CHANGED COMPOSITION, AND A NEW WORKING STYLE, BUT THE SAME UNSWERVING COMMITMENT TO WORK FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF HONG KONG.”

SIR DAVID STRESSED THAT HE WAS SURE COUNCIL MEMBERS, AND INDEED THE PUBLIC, WOULD WISH TO JOIN HIM IN THANKING MISS DUNN MOST WARMLY FOR A JOB WHICH HAD BEEN SUPERBLY WELL DONE.

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FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF THE SPEECH MADE TODAY (THURSDAY) BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, IN CONCLUDING THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL:

SIR, I HAVE LISTENED TO THE TWO DAYS’ DEBATES WITH GREAT ATTENTION. MEMBERS WHO HAVE SPOKEN ON THIS MOTION HAVE DISPLAYED A DEEP SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG IN THEIR STUDY AND CLOSE ANALYSIS OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, WHICH WILL LAY DOWN THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION. I PAY TRIBUTE TO THEIR HARD WORK.

/THE SINO-BRITISH

THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1988

THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION PROVIDES THAT THE BASIC LAW OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION SHALL STIPULATE CHINA’S BASIC POLICIES REGARDING HONG KONG AS SET OUT IN THE JOINT DECLARATION AND ELABORATED IN ITS ANNEX I, RESPONSI BILIT\ FOR THE DRAFTING AND THE PROMULGATION OF THE BASIC LAW OF COURSE RESTS WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. BUT AS THE SECRETARY OF STATE SAID IN PARLIAMENT ON JANUARY 20 THIS YEAR, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, AS A CO-SIGNATORY TO THE JOINT DECLARATION, HAVE THE RIGHT TO SATISFY THEMSELVES THAT THE EVENTUAL PROVISIONS OF THE BASIC LAW FULLY AND ACCURATELY REFLECT THE JOINT DECLARATION. TO THIS END, WE SHALL PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE VIEWS EXPRESSED, BOTH LOCALLY AND OVERSEAS, ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, AND TAKE THEM INTO ACCOUNT IN OUR FUTURE EXCHANGES WITH THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES.

IN THIS DEBATE, MEMBERS HAVE SPOKEN ON A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES RELATING TO THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, E.G. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BASIC LAW FULLY REFLECTING THE "ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS" CONCEPT; THE HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY PROMISED TO THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION BY THE JOINT DECLARATION, A FIRM GUARANTEE IN THE BASIC LAW OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE JUDICIARY; AND THE PROTECTION OF BASIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, THE NEED FOR THE BASIC LAW TO GIVE THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION GOVERNMENT THE NECESSARY FLEXIBILITY TO RESPOND TO CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES. THESE ARE SOME OF THE MORE IMPORTANT POINTS OVER WHICH MEMBERS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN. I HAVE TAKEN CAREFUL NOTE OF THEM. IF MEMBERS SO WISH, WE SHALL FORWARD THESE VIEWS TO THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES.

THE DRAFTING OF THE BASIC LAW HAS BEEN A VERY OPEN PROCESS AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAVE MADE GREAT EFFORTS TO INVOLVE THE HONG KONG PEOPLE. OPPORTUNITIES HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE IN THE CONSULTATION EXERCISE NOW UNDERWAY FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO COMMENT ON THE DRAFT AND TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS THROUGH A VARIETY OF CHANNELS. CHINESE OFFICIALS HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THIS FIRST DRAFT IS FAR FROM PERFECT AND WILL REQUIRE IMPROVEMENT TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THE COMMENTS MADE ON IT AND TO MEET HONG KONG CIRCUMSTANCES. IN THIS SPIRIT, THEY HAVE SAID THEY WILL TAKE ACCOUNT OF VIEWS EXPRESSED IN REVISING THE PRESENT DRAFT. IT IS THEREFORE VITAL THAT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WORDING OF THE MOTION BEFORE MEMBERS, THE HONG KONG PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED BY THE CONSULTATION EXERCISE TO MAKE KNOWN THEIR VIEWS ON THE DRAFT AS IT NOW STANDS.

I HAVE NOTED OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS, AND INDEED IN RECENT WEEKS, THAT ON SOME ASPECTS OF THE BASIC LAW, THERE IS A CLEAR CONSENSUS OF VIEW WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. IN OTHER AREAS, THERE ARE STILL DIVERGENT VIEWS. I HOPE THAT ALL CONCERNED WILL COME TOGETHER TO DISCUSS OUTSTANDING ISSUES IN A FLEXIBLE AND POSITIVE WAY IN ORDER TO FIND THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF COMMON GROUND. FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE COMMUNITY, AND I AM SURE FROM THE BASIC LAW DRAFTERS’ POINT OF VIEW AS WELL, A MEASURE OF CONSENSUS WILL HELP ENSURE THAT THE BASIC LAW IN ITS FINAL FORM WILL BE A WIDELY ACCEPTABLE, AND EFFECTIVELY WORKABLE, DOCUMENT.

SIR, WITH THESE REMARKS, I SUPPORT THE MOTION.

THE MOTION WAS PASSED BY THE COUNCIL.

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MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS HAVE CONSIDERED SOME AREAS OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW AMBIGUOUS, CONTRADICTORY AND NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION, DR THE 1ION CHIU HIN-KWONG SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

DR CHIU WAS THE FIRST SPEAKER ON THE SECOND DAY OF DEBATE ON A MOTION THAT THE COUNCIL TAKE NOTE OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW AND URGE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG TO STUDY THE DRAFT AND EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON IT.

HE SAID THE MAIN PURPOSE OF DEVELOPING THE BASIC LAW WAS TO TRULY AND HONESTLY TRANSLATE THE PROVISIONS OF THE JOINT DECLARATION INTO LAW SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE A LEGAL MANDATE TO SEE THAT THE PROMISES OF THE JOINT DECLARATION MATERIALISED.

HOWEVER, HE SAID, THE PRINCIPLE OF THE JOINT DECLARATION HAD NOT BEEN REALISED BY THE DRAFT, ALTHOUGH THE PHRASES "HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY", "INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL POWER" AND "INDEPENDENT LEGISLATURE" APPEARED REPEATEDLY THROUGHOUT THE DOCUMENT.

FOR THIS REASON, HE SAID, SOME PEOPLE FELT THAT THE BASIC LAW, EVEN IN ITS DRAFTING STAGE, HAD TURNED INTO A POLICY GUIDELINE TO SET A LIMIT TO THE "HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY", HAMPER THE EXISTING INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND EXERCISE POLITICAL CONTROL.

DR CHIU LISTED THOSE AREAS IN THE DRAFT BASIC LAW THAT WERE CONSIDERED TO BE INCONSISTENT WITH THE JOINT DECLARATION.

FIRSTLY, HE SAID, PARAGRAPH 3 OF ARTICLE 16, WHICH EMPOWERED THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS STANDING COMMITTEE TO REVOKE LAWS DEVELOPED AND PASSED BY THE SAR LEGISLATURE, THAT THE NPC CONSIDERED TO BE NOT IN CONFORMITY WITH THE BASIC LAW, NOT ONLY CONTRADICTED THE SPIRIT OF COMMON LAW PRACTICE BUT ALSO DEPRIVED THE SAR LEGISLATURE OF ITS LEGISLATIVE POWER.

THE SECOND AREA CONCERNED PARAGRAPHS 2 TO 4 OF ARTICLE 17 WHICH ALLOWED THE LAW THAT GAVE EXPRESSION TO NATIONAL UNITY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY ENACTED BY NPC OR ITS STANDING COMMITTEE TO BE APPLIED IN THE SAR.

DR CHIU SAID THAT PROVISION WENT AGAINST THE PROVISION OF ANNEX II OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"AS THERE IS NO CLEAR INDICATION OF THE SCOPE OF THE LAWS TO BE APPLIED HERE, ANY LAWS CAN BE INTERPRETED AS DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY RELATING TO ’NATIONAL UNITY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY’.

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"THEREFORE, IF THIS ARTICLE REMAINS AS IT IS, THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE WILL BE JEOPARDISED," HE SAID.

THIRDLY, HE SAID ARTICLE 18 OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, WHICH PROVIDED THAT COURTS OF THE SAR SHOULD HAVE NO JURISDICTION OVER CASES RELATING TO DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE EXECUTIVE ACTS OF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT, HAD CONTRAVENED PARAGRAPH 2 OF SECTION 3 IN ANNEX I OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

FOURTHLY, HE SAID, ARTICLE 22, WHICH PROVIDED THAT THE SAR SHOULD PROHIBIT BY LAW ANY ACT DESIGNED TO UNDERMINE NATIONAL UNITY OR SUBVERT THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT, WAS SO WIDE AND SO VAGUE THAT ANY ACTIONS COULD BE CITED UNDER THIS CATEGORY.

DR CHIU ALSO SAID THAT ARTICLE 169 ON THE POWER OF INTERPRETATION VESTED IN THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NPC WOULD LEAD TO CONFLICT WITH THE COMMON LAW SYSTEM.

FURTHERMORE, HE SAID, IT WAS DEEMED NECESSARY TO ’ CLARIFY THE VAGUE LANGUAGE OF A NUMBER OF PHRASES IN THE DRAFT.

DR CHIU CONCLUDED BY CALLING ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO REFLECT TO CHINA, THROUGH THE MOST EFFECTIVE CHANNEL, THE CONCERNS THAT HE HAD EXPRESSED ON BEHALF OF HIS MEDICAL COLLEAGUES, SO THAT NECESSARY AMENDMENTS WOULD BE MADE.

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THE INTENTION OF THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IN AGREEING TO DRAFT THE BASIC LAW IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN LEGAL PRECISION IN THE DOCUMENT, THE HON THOMAS CLYDESDALE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING IN THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, MR CLYDESDALE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE (HINA WAS DOING ITS UTMOST TO LEAVE HONG KONG AS A POLITICAL, EXECUTIVE-LED, ECONOMICALLY ORIENTED AND SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS ENTITY, IT MUST ALSO HAVE REGARD FOR ITS OWN SOVEREIGN AND CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY AND RIGHTS.

"WE SHALL ARGUE OUT THE LEGAL INTERPRETATION AND EVEN THE POLICY CONTENT OF THE BASIC LAW, BUT IT IS UNREALISTIC TO EXPECT CHINA TO PROVIDE HONG KONG WITH DE FACTO INDEPENDENCE," HE SAID.

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THURSDAY, JULY 1U, 1988

HE FEARED THAT THE EXTREMELY DETAILED CONSIDERATION OF EVERY WORD IN THE DRAFT, AND THE PRECISE MEANING VARIOUSLY ASCRIBED TO WORDS, GROUPS OF WORDS, PARAGRAPHS AND PROVISIONS WHICH HAD BEEN ENTHUSIASTICALLY APPLIED BY EVERY LEGAL, ADMINISTRATION, HUMAN RIGHTS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE EXPERT IN HONG KONG AND ELSEWHERE, COULD HAVE TWO UNFORTUNATE RESULTS.

"THE FIRST IS THAT THE UBIQUITOUS ’MAN IN THE STREET’, THAT IS THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, WILL BECOME TOTALLY CONFUSED AS TO THE OVERALL WORTH OF THE BASIC LAW AND THE DEGREE TO WHICH IT CAN BE TRUSTED TO DO WHAT IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY REQUIRED TO DO," HE SAID.

"THE SECOND UNFORTUNATE RESULT MAY BE THAT THE CONFUSION OVER WHAT IS GOOD AND WHAT IS BAD, OR MERELY INDIFFERENT IN THE DRAFT BASIC LAW WILL ADD TO THE ALREADY HIGH LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY AFFECTING OUR CHINESE MIDDLE CLASS WHO WILL CONTINUE TO VOTE WITH THEIR FEET."

SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE COMMERCIAL CONSTITUENCY WHICH HE REPRESENTED, MR CLYDESDALE HOPED THAT ENGLISH WOULD BE RECOGNISED AS A SECOND OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION.

"IT MUST BE OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE THAT HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS STATUS AND PERFORMANCE OWES A GREAT DEAL TO THE USE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, NOT ONLY IN OUR EXTERNAL BUSINESS BUT ALSO IN LOCAL COMMERCE AND IN GOVERNMENT.

"RECOGNITION OF THIS IMPORTANT MATTER IN THE BASIC LAW WOULD PROVIDE BOTH ASSURANCE OF A CONTINUATION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG AND ALSO AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO LOCAL PEOPLE TO MAINTAIN A BILINGUAL PHILOSOPHY," HE OBSERVED.

MR CLYDESDALE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT POLICY GUIDELINES SHOULD BE LIFTED OUT OF THE BASIC LAW AND PLACED INTO AN ANNEX WHICH NEED NOT HAVE PRECISE LEGAL EFFECT.

POLICY WAS FLEXIBLE AND MUST BE CAPABLE OF ADJUSTMENT TO MEET CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES AND SHOULD BE SEPARATED FROM LAW, HE NOTED.

MOREOVER, HE SAID IT WAS NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THERE WAS NO AMBIGUITY ABOUT THE RIGHT OF THE SAR TO HAVE, TO MODIFY, TO OPERATE, AND TO ENJOY, THE FRUITS OF ITS OWN TAXATION SYSTEM.

FOR THIS PURPOSE, HE SUGGESTED THAT ARTICLES 106 AND 108 BE AMALGAMATED WITH ARTICLE 108 TAKING PRECEDENCE. ARTICLE 107, WHICH STIPULATED A LOW TAX POLICY FOR HONG KONG, COULD SERVE AS A POLICY GUIDELINE.

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WHILE STRESSING THE NEED TO KEEP THE EXPORT QUOTAS AND PREFERENCES OF HONG KONG AND CHINA SEPARATE, MR CLYDESDALE DREW ATTENTION TO A MISTAKE IN THE DRAFTING OF ARTICLE 121.

"THE AUTHORITY GIVEN IN THE DRAFT FOR THE SAR TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN DOES NOT INCLUDE CERTIFICATES OF FOREIGN ORIGIN, INCLUDING CHINESE ORIGIN, WHICH ARE NEEDED FOR THE HUGE AND EXPANDING RE-EXPORT MARKET.

"IN FACT, ALTHOUGH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT DOES NOT ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN FOR RE-EXPORTS FROM HONG KONG, THE OTHER ORGANISATIONS APPROVED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT FOR THE ISSUE OF CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN DO, IN FACT, ISSUE MANY THOUSANDS OF THESE DOCUMENTS EVERY MONTH.

"I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT TO OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE THAT THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT REMAINS CENTRALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INTEGRITY OF THE ENTIRE SYSTEM," HE SAID.

MOREOVER, CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN FOR HONG KONG PRODUCTS SHOULD REFER TO HONG KONG ORIGIN AND NOT, AS HAD BEEN SUGGESTED BY SOME, AS HONG KONG, CHINA ORIGIN - WHICH COULD LEAD TO CONFUSION.

MR CLYDESDALE SAID HIS CONSTITUENCY RECOGNISED THE ANOMALIES AND PROBLEMS WITH NATIONALITY WHICH COULD LIMIT THE EFFECTIVE USE OF THE BRAINPOWER AND SKILLS THAT HONG KONG HAI).

"WE ARE AN INTERNATIONAL CITY IN MOST SENSES OF THE WORD AND OUR CONTINUING SUCCESS MUST RELY ON THE MOST LIBERAL INTERPRETATION POSSIBLE OF THE RIGHT OF HONG KONG PEOPLE TO STAY HERE, TO TAKE PART IN ALL ASPECTS OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO GOOD GOVERNMENT," HE SAID.

"WE HAVE MANY MINORITIES HERE AND OFTEN THEY REPRESENT THIRD OR FOURTH GENERATION COMMITMENT TO HONG KONG. THEY HAVE TO CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT THEIR TALENTS ARE NEEDED AND THAT THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS ARE SAFEGUARDED.

"WE ARE A MULTINATIONAL SOCIETY AND OUR ECONOMIC BEEN FOUNDED ON THE HOMOGENEITY OF OUR PEOPLE.

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ARTICLES ON JUDICIARY, INTERPRETATION SHOULD BE AMENDED

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ARTICLE 18 OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW CONCERNING THE JUDICIARY AND ARTICLE 169 CONCERNING INTERPRETATION OF THE BASIC LAW SHOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY AMENDED, THE HON MARTIN LEE SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING DURING THE SECOND DAY OF THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, MR LEE SAID THAT A PROVISION IN ARTICLE 18 WAS UNACCEPTABLE.

THIS WAS THE PROVISION THAT "COURTS OF THE HKSAR SHALL HAVE NO JURISDICTION OVER CASES RELATING TO DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS WHICH ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT AND CASES RELATING TO THE EXECUTIVE ACTS OF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT".

THE FORMULATION IN ARTICLE 18 WAS UNACCEPTABLE BECAUSE IT CAST A WIDER NET OF EXCLUSION THAN UNDER THE PRESENT SYSTEM.

HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE MATTERS WHICH WERE NOT JUSTICIABLE IN THE COURTS DID FALL WITHIN THE DESCRIPTION OF DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS, NOT EVERY CASE RELATING TO DEFENCE OR FOREIGN AFFAIRS WAS OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION OF THE HONG KONG COURTS TODAY.

"IN OTHER WORDS, THE LIMITS OF JURISDICTION SOUGHT TO BE IMPOSED ON THE COURTS OF THE HKSAR BY THE PRESENT ARTICLE REPRESENT A DEPARTURE FROM THE PRESENT SITUATION," HE SAID.

"AND THIS IS CONTRARY TO THE COMMON OBJECTIVE OF MEMBERS OF THE BLDC WHICH HAS ALWAYS BEEN THAT WHAT THE COURTS CAN TRY TODAY, THE COURTS OF THE HKSAR CAN ALSO TRY AFTER 1997."

AS TO THE EXCLUSION FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE HKSAR COURTS "CASES RELATING TO THE EXECUTIVE ACTS OF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT", HE SAID THE RATIONALE BEHIND THIS STEMMED FROM THE FACT THAT UNDER THE CROWN PROCEEDINGS ORDINANCE, ALTHOUGH ANY PERSON WHO HAD SUFFERED DAMAGE AS A RESULT OF A CIVIL WRONG DONE BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, MIGHT BRING AN ACTION IN HONG KONG AGAINST THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, NO SUCH PROCEEDINGS MIGHT BE BROUGHT IN HONG KONG AGAtNST THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN RESPECT OF ANY ACT, NEGLECT OR DEFAULT OF ANY OF ITS OFFICERS OR AGENTS.

AND IN SUCH CASES, THE AGGRIEVED PARTY WOULD HAVE TO INSTITUTE HIS ACTION AGAINST THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN AN ENGLISH COURT.

HE SAID: "BUT THE ANALOGY IS NOT APPOSITE BECAUSE THE ENGLISH LEGAL SYSTEM IS ALMOST THE SAME AS OURS, AND THEIR LEGAL PROCEDURES ARE ALSO SIMILAR.

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"SO EVEN IF AN AGGRIEVED CITIZEN IN HONG KONG HAS TO BRING HIS ACTION IN AN ENGLISH COURT, HE WILL NOT SUFFER ANY SIGNIFICANT DISADVANTAGE APART FROM HAVING TO BRING HIS ACTION IN ENGLAND."

BUT UNDER ARTICLE 18, HE NOTED, IF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT (CPG) HAD DONE A CIVIL WRONG IN THE HKSAR AND IF SUCH A WRONG COULD NOT BE REDRESSED IN THE COURT OF THE HKSAR UNDER THE LAWS WHICH APPLIED TO THE HKSAR, THEN THE AGGRIEVED PARTY WOULD SUFFER CERTAIN DISADVANTAGES.

MR LEE SAID: "IT IS NOT EVEN CLEAR WHETHER A HONG KONG RESIDENT CAN BRING PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE CPG IN THE PEOPLE’S SUPREME COURT IN MAINLAND CHINA.

"EVEN IF HE CAN, IT IS DOUBTFUL WHETHER HE CAN ENFORCE LEGAL RIGHTS WHICH ARE ONLY RECOGNISED IN THE HKSAR AND NOT IN MAINLAND CHINA."

HE GAVE AN ILLUSTRATION TO SHOW THAT UNLESS ARTICLE 18 WAS AMENDED, ALL THE ARTICLES IN CHAPTER 3 OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW PERTAINING TO CIVIL LIBERTIES MIGHT BE RENDERED NUGATORY.

HE SAID: "A PERSON IS ARRESTED IN THE HKSAR ON BEHALF OF THE CPG ON THE GROUND THAT HE IS SUSPECTED TO BE A SPY.

"HIS WIFE GOES TO A LAWYER WHO INSTITUTES AN ACTION IN THE HIGH COURT FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS SO THAT HE COULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE COURT AND DEALT WITH ACCORDING TO LAW.

"BUT UNDER ARTICLE 18, THE COURT WILL HAVE NO JURISDICTION TO ENQUIRE INTO THE MATTER, AS IT IS AN EXECUTIVE ACT OF THE CPG."

MR LEE SAID MEMBERS OF THE OMELCO CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PANEL WERE OF THE VIEW THAT IT SHOULD BE UP TO THE COURTS TO DECIDE WHETHER A PARTICULAR ACT WAS OR WAS NOT AN ACT OF STATE; AND THAT IN RELATION TO FACTS OF STATE, THE COURT SHOULD BE GIVEN A DISCRETION TO ASK FOR A CERTIFICATE FROM THE EXECUTIVE AUTHORITIES ONLY WHEN IN DOUBT, AND NOT WHEN THE MATTER WAS CLEAR.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THESE VIEWS COULD BE TAKEN CARE OF BY AMENDING SECTION 18 AS FOLLOWS:

’THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION IS VESTED WITH INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL POWER, INCLUDING THAT OF FINAL ADJUDICATION.

’THE COURTS OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION SHALL HAVE JURISDICTION OVER ALL CASES IN THE REGION EXCEPT THAT THE RESTRICTIONS OF THEIR JURISDICTION IMPOSED BY HONG KONG’S PREVIOUS LEGAL SYSTEM AND PRINCIPLES SHALL BE MAINTAINED.

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'THE COURTS OF HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION SHALL SEEK THE ADVICE OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES AND LEGAL PRECEDENTS OF THE COMMON LAW WHEN QUESTIONS CONCERNING FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE ARISE IN ANY PROCEEDINGS. A STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE REGARDING QUESTIONS SHALL BE BINDING ON THE COURTS.

LEGAL SUCH

BEFORE ISSUING SUCH A STATEMENT, THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE SHALL OBTAIN A CERTIFICATE FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS OR THE STATE COUNCIL.

’REGULATIONS REGARDING THE HANDLING BY COURTS OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF CASES RELATING TO ORGANISATIONS, ORGANS OF STATE POWER OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (INCLUDING THOSE MENTIONED IN ARTICLES 13 AND 21 OF CHAPTER 2) OR THEIR PERSONNEL AND REGULATIONS CONCERNING COMPENSATIONS BY ORGANISATIONS ORGANS OF STATE POWER AND THE PERSONNEL CONCERNED, SHALL BE STIPULATED BY THE LAW OF THE REGION’.

TURNING TO ARTICLE 169, MR LEE SAID ONE PROVISION IN THAT ARTICLE WAS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.

IT PROVIDED, IN EFFECT, THAT WHENEVER A CASE CAME UP BEFORE T/IE SAR COURTS INVOLVING THE INTERPRETATION OF AN ARTICLE OF THE BASIC LAW REGARDING "DEFENCE, FOREIGN AFFAIRS OR OTHER AFFAIRS WHICH ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT", THE SAR COURTS MUST NOT CONSTRUE THE RELEVANT ARTICLE.

INSTEAD, THEY MUST ADJOURN THE CASE AND REFER THE QUESTION TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS FOR A DETERMINATION.

AFTER THAT, THE HEARING WOULD RESUME BUT THE JUDGE WAS BOUND BY THE INTERPRETATION PUT ON THE RELEVANT ARTICLE BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NPC.

MR LEE ALSO SAID HE WAS GLAD THAT MEMBERS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT PANEL HAD REACHED CONSENSUS ON THIS ARTICLE.

HE SAID MEMBERS OF THE PANEL FELT THAT SAR COURTS SHOULD HAVE POWER TO INTERPRET ALL THE ARTICLES OF THE BASIC LAW.

AND WHILE RECOGNISING THAT THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NPC HAD THE CONSTITUTIONAL POWER AND DUTY TO INTERPRET THE BASIC LAW, MEMBERS FELT THAT THE STANDING COMMITTEE SHOULD IRREVOCABLY DELEGATE ITS POWER TO INTERPRET THOSE ARTICLES OF THE BASIC LAW WHICH WERE WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE SAR’S AUTONOMY TO THE SAR COURTS WHEN ADJUDICATING CASES.

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AS TO THE OTHER ARTICLES WHICH FELL OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF THE SAR'S AUTONOMY, MR LEE SAID THE MEMBERS FELT THAT THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NPC COULD, IF IT THOUGHT FIT, INTERPRET ANY SUCH ARTICLE, PROVIDED THAT ITS INTERPRETATION, IF CONTRARY TO THAT PUT ON THE SAME ARTICLE BY THE SAR COURTS, SHOULD NOT AFFECT THE RESULT OF ALL CASES PREVIOUSLY DECIDED.

HE BELIEVED THE PANEL MEMBERS' VIEWS ON THIS ARTICLE COULD BE DEALT WITH BY AMENDING IT AS FOLLOWS:

'THE POWER OF INTERPRETATION OF THIS LAW IS VESTED IN THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS. THE COURTS OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION MAY INTERPRET ALL THE PROVISIONS OF THIS LAW.

'REGARDING THE PROVISIONS WHICH ARE WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE AUTONOMY OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION,THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS WILL IRREVOCABLY DELEGATE ITS POWER TO THE COURTS OF THE REGION TO INTERPRET THEM WHEN ADJUDICATING CASES.

'WHEN THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS MAKES AN INTERPRETATION OF A PROVISION OF THIS LAW WHICH IS OUTSIDE THE LIMITS OF THE AUTONOMY OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION, THE COURTS OF THE REGION, IN APPLYING SUCH A PROVISION, SHALL FOLLOW THE INTERPRETATION OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE. HOWEVER, CASES UNDER ADJUDICATION AND JUDGEMENTS PREVIOUSLY RENDERED SHALL NOT BE AFFECTED.

'THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS SHALL CONSULT ITS COMMITTEE FOR THE BASIC LAW OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION BEFORE GIVING AN INTERPRETATION OF THIS LAW.

'THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTERS 3, 4, 5, 6 AND 10 OF THIS LAW ARE OR ARE DEEMED TO BE WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE AUTONOMY OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION. THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THE PROVISIONS OF THE OTHER CHAPTERS OF THIS LAW ARE WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE AUTONOMY OF THE REGION MAY BE DECIDED BY THE COURTS OF THE REGION OR BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS. THE STANDING COMMITTEE WILL CONSULT THE COMMITTEE FOR THE BASIC LAW OF THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION BEFORE MAKING A DECISION.THE DECISION OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS SHALL BE FINAL'.

TURNING TO THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE, MR LEE SAID THE DRAFT BASIC LAW DID NOT PROVIDE SUFFICIENT POWERS TO THE LEGISLATURE TO ENABLE IT TO EXERT THE NECESSARY CHECKS AND BALANCES ON THE EXECUTIVE.

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HE ALSO SPOKE AGAINST THE GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONCEPT AS PUT FORWARD BY THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL GROUP OF 81. HE SAID THAT FROM THE BOOKLET PUBLISHED BY THE GROUP, ONE COULD SEE THAT THE GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE WOULD CONSIST OF MAINLY PEOPLE FROM THE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS.

THEREFORE, THE PERSON CHOSEN BY THE GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE TO BE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE WOULD CERTAINLY LOOK AFTER THE INTERESTS OF THESE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS, AND YET HE WAS NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE OF THE SAR.

"IF SUCH A CHIEF EXECUTIVE WISHES TO SEEK ANOTHER TERM, HE WILL MAKE SURE THAT HE HAS THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS FROM THESE SECTORS BY MAKING PROMISES TO THEM WHICH MAY NOT BE IN THE INTERESTS OF THE HKSAR AS A WHOLE," HE SAID.

AS TO THE LEGISLATURE, IT WAS PROPOSED BY THE GROUP OF 81 THAT 25 PER CENT OF THE MEMBERS SHOULD BE ELECTED BY THE GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE.

"BUT THIS IS REALLY AN APPOINTMENT SYSTEM, FOR THE RESULT CAN BE VERY EASILY MANIPULATED," HE SAID.

MR LEE SAID HE HAD BEEN TOLD THAT ONE OBJECT FOR THIS PROPOSAL WAS TO ENABLE PRINCIPAL OFFICIALS TO BE "ELECTED" INTO THE LEGISLATURE, SO AS TO PRESERVE THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF HAVING OFFICIAL MEMBERS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THIS CLEARLY DEMONSTRATED THAT THE GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE WAS PROPOSED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A PRE-DETERMINED RESULT.

"BUT THERE IS NO REASON TO PROVIDE FOR SUCH AN ELABORATE AND UNSATISFACTORY SYSTEM OF ELECTION JUST TO CATER FOR THESE PRINCIPAL OFFICIALS. SURELY THERE ARE BETTER ALTERNATIVES," HE SAID.

THE FIRST WAS TO HAVE WHAT WAS COMMONLY CALLED THE MINISTERIAL SYSTEM WHEREBY THE PRINCIPAL OFFICIALS WOULD BE NOMINATED FROM THE ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE WHO WOULD THEN BE APPOINTED BY CHINA AS PROVIDED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION.

THE SECOND ALTERNATIVE WAS TO PROVIDE IN THE BASIC LAW THAT PRINCIPAL OFFICIALS WOULD BE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN ALL MEETINGS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, BUT WITHOUT A VOTE.

THEY WOULD ANSWER QUESTIONS, AND MOVE BILLS ON BEHALF OF THE EXECUTIVE.

THIS WAS REALLY FOLLOWING THE PRESENT PRACTICE IN THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, WHERE THE EX-OFFICIO GOVERNMENT MEMBERS WERE NOT GIVEN A VOTE.

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MR LEE ALSO SPOKE AGAINST FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCY ELECTIONS. HE SAID IT WAS LIKELY THAT THE MEMBERS ELECTED FROM THE VARIOUS FUNCTIONAL CONSTITUENCIES WOULD PUT THE SECTIONAL INTERESTS OF THEIR CONSTITUENCIES ABOVE THOSE OF THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.

"AND IF A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE WERE TO BE ELECTED BY THIS METHOD, THEN THE LEGISLATURE WOULD BECOME VERY LOOSE OR EVEN FRAGMENTED. AND IT WOULD ALSO REDUCE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE GOVERNMENT," HE ADDED.

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THE DRAFT BASIC LAW HAD ATTACHED GREAT IMPORTANCE AND EMPHASIS TO CHINA’S SOVEREIGN RIGHT WHILE THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN DUE ATTENTION, THE HON LIU LIT-FOR SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE GREAT EMPHASIS ON CHINA’S SOVEREIGN RIGHT WOULD UNDERMINE HONG KONG PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE, MR LIU SAID DURING THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW.

IN VIEW OF THIS, HE SAID THAT DUE CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO AMENDING OR DELETING CERTAIN CLAUSES WHICH MIGHT PROVOKE CONSIDERABLE ANXIETIES AND FEARS AMONG THE COMMUNITY.

AN EXAMPLE WAS THE CONTROVERSIAL PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 22, HE SAID.

HONG KONG HAD ALL ALONG HAD VERY LITTLE IDEA ABOUT OFFENCES THAT "UNDERMINE NATIONAL UNITY" OR "SUBVERT THE CENTRAL PEOPLE’S GOVERNMENT".

THEIR INCLUSION IN THE BASIC LAW IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY INTERPRETATION OR DEFINITION REGARDING THOSE OFFENCES WOULD SIMPLY AROUSE UNDUE ANXIETIES AND FEARS.

FURTHERMORE, MR LIU SAID, THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROVISION THAT "THE HKSAR WILL ENJOY A HIGH DEGREE OF AUTONOMY" AS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION HAD BEEN OMITTED IN THE DRAFT BASIC LAW.

THIS HAD CAUSED GREAT CONCERN OVER WHETHER THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WOULD INTERFERE IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF HONG KONG OTHER THAN IN DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

REGARDING THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF THE RESIDENTS, MR LIU MENTIONED TAHT THERE WAS GRAVE CONCERN OVER THE DEFINITION OF "THE PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF THE HKSAR".

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ACCORDING TO THE DRAFT, ONLY THE PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF HONG KONG HAD THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND THE RIGHT TO STAND FOR ELECTION.

IN ADDITION, ONLY CHINESE NATIONALS AMONG THESE PERMANENT RESIDENTS MIGHT FILL SENIOR GOVERNMENT POSTS.

IF FOREIGN NATIONALS IN HONG KONG AND THE LARGE NUMBER OF HONG KONG RESIDENTS WITH DUAL NATIONALITY FELT THAT THERE WERE CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS TO THEIR DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FUTURE SAR GOVERNMENT AND LEFT HONG KONG FOR GREENER PASTURES ELSEWHERE, IT WOULD BE A BIG LOSS FOR HONG KONG AND WOULD AFFECT STABILITY AND PROSPERITY, HE SAID.

ON THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE, MR LIU SAID THE VARIOUS ALTERNATIVES AND SUGGESTIONS ON THE METHODS FOR SELECTING THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CONSTITUTING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND FORMING THE FIRST GOVERNMENT AND THE FIRST LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF THE SAR HAD GIVEN RISE TO HEATED ARGUMENTS AMONG PEOPLE WHO HELD DIFFERENT VIEWS.

HE HOPED THAT THROUGH SENSIBLE AND REASONABLE DISCUSSION, AN ELECTION SYSTEM THAT SUITED HONG KONG BEST COULD BE FORMULATED.

MR LIU SAID THE ALTERNATIVES LISTED IN THE DRAFT WERE NEITHER COMPLETE NOR MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE TO EACH OTHER.

”1 BELIEVE THAT THE METHODS THAT WOULD BE ACCEPTED BY MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE THE OUTCOME OF COMPROMISE AND THAT THEY CAN BE COMPLEMENTARY TO EACH OTHER, MEETING THE INTERESTS OF ALL SECTORS,” HE ADDED.

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SUPPORT FOR THE GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONCEPT PUT FORWARD BY THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL GROUP OF BASIC LAW CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WAS EXPRESSED BY THE HON EDWARD HO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE PROPOSED GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE WOULD COMPRISE 600 REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS WALKS OF LIFE IN HONG KONG, MR HO SAID DURING THE MOTION DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW.

MEMBERS OF THE COLLEGE WOULD BE ELECTED FROM THEIR OWN ORGANISATIONS, SUCH AS PROFESSIONAL AND LABOUR BODIES, BY A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND THEY IN TURN WOULD ELECT TO THE LEGISLATURE 25 PER CENT OF ITS MEMBERS.

THOSE WHO CRITICISED THE MODEL CHARGED THAT IT WAS UNDEMOCRATIC AND THAT IT WAS DESIGNED TO PROTECT THE VESTED 1NTERES!S OF THE RICH, MR HO NOTED.

"THE TRUTH IS THAT THE GRAND ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS COMPOSED OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, ALL DULY ELECTED DEMOCRATICALLY," HE SAID.

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THE BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL GROUP OF 81 WAS FRANKLY CONCERNED THAT OTHER ALTERNATIVES OF POLITICAL STRUCTURE FOR THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION WOULD LEAD TO CONFRONTATIONAL PARTY POLITICS WHICH WOULD UNDERMINE THE SOCIAL ORDER AND TRADITIONAL HARMONY OF THE COMMUNITY, AND EVEN INCITE THE ENTRY OF EXTERNAL POLITICAL INFLUENCE, HE SAID.

MR HO WENT ON TO SAY THAT IT WAS REGRETTABLE THAT NO CONSENSUS HAD BEEN REACHED AMONG HONG KONG MEMBERS OF THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING COMMITTEE ON SUCH CRUCIAL ISSUES AS HOW THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE SHOULD BE CHOSEN AND HOW THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD BE FORMED.

"IF HONG KONG PEOPLE DO NOT AGREE, THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES WILL BE DECIDED ON THEIR BEHALF," HE SAID.

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"I AM HOPING THAT OUR COMMUNITY CAN AT LEAST AGREE THAT THE MAIN OBJECTIVE WHEN FORMULATING THE MODEL OF OUR FUTURE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE THAT IT WILL ENSURE THE MAINTENANCE AND FURTHERANCE OF PROSPERITY AND STABILITY FOR HONG KONG," HE ADDED.

MR HO ALSO WARNED THAT IT WOULD BE A FATAL MISCONCEPTION THAT DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE USED AS A MEANS TO AVOID INTERVENTION BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT.

IF HONG KONG REMAINED PROSPEROUS AND STABLE, THE CHINESE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE NO REASON TO INTERVENE IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE SAR.

"BUT LET US BE REALISTIC ABOUT IT: IF HONG KONG SHOULD SUFFER SEVERE ECONOMIC DEPRESSION AND CIVIL DISORDER FROM WHICH IT CANNOT EXTRICATE ITSELF, CHINA WILL HAVE TO INTERVENE, DEMOCRACY OR NOT," HE SAID.

TURNING TO ARTICLE 150 CONCERNING PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, MR HO SAID MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITIES FELT THAT THE POWER TO DEAL WITH MATTERS CONCERNING THE PROFESSIONS SHOULD BE VESTED WITH THE SAR RATHER THAN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT.

BESIDES, THE SAR GOVERNMENT SHOULD ONLY BE CONCERNED WITH THE STATUTORY FUNCTION OF LICENSING, WHILE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD BE CONFERRED BY THE RECOGNISED PROFESSIONAL ORGANISATIONS WHICH SHOULD RETAIN THEIR AUTONOMY.

"IT IS BELIEVED THAT THESE BASIC PRINCIPLES HAVE THE DRAFT, BUT THAT FURTHER REFINEMENTS IN THE TEXT ARE GIVE ABSOLUTE CLARITY," HE SAID.

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HE ADDED THAT REPRESENTATIVES OF NINE PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING THE LEGAL, MEDICAL, DENTAL, ACCOUNTANCY, ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, SURVEYING AND PLANNING PROFESSIONS HAD FORMED A WORKING GROUP TO MEET REGULARLY TO STUDY THIS PARTICULAR CLAUSE AS WELL AS THE BASIC LAW GENERALLY.

IT WAS HOPED THAT A JOINT SUBMISSION WOULD BE MADE TO THE BASIC LAW DRAFTING COMMITTEE.

MR HO SAID THAT HE, AS CONVENER OF THAT WORKING GROUP, WAS MOST ENCOURAGED BY THE FACT THAT IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME THAT NINE PROFESSIONS WOULD HAVE WORKED TOGETHER FOR A COMMON OBJECTIVE.

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MEASURES TO MEET CONTAINER PARKING NEEDS

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PLANS ARE IN HAND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL LAND FOR CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKING AND REPAIR AS WELL AS CONTAINER STORAGE IN BOTH THE SHORT AND LONG TERMS, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR CANICB MAK, SAID AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY).

MR MAK ALSO ANNOUNCED THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY A KWAI TSING DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTER WORKING GROUP.

HE SAID WHILE THE WORKING GROUP LOOKED INTO THE IMMEDIATE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTAINER BACKUP FACILITIES IN THE KWAI TSING CONTAINER PORT AREA, THE LONG-TERM REQUIREMENTS WERE BEING EXAMINED BY CONSULTANTS AS PART OF THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY STUDY.

THE WORKING GROUP CHAIRED BY THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, WAS SET UP IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE WORKING GROUP WAS TO LOOK AT THE EXISTING LAND STOCK WITHIN KWAI TSING AND TSUEN WAN - THE CONTAINER PORT AREA - AND COME TO A VIEW ON THE SHORT TERM SUPPLY AND DEMAND POSITION. THE INTENTION WAS TO GIVE THE TRADE AN IDEA OF LAND AVAILABILITY WITHIN THE DISTRICT OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

THE WORKING GROUP HAS ALSO MADE A NUMBER OF RECOMMENDATIONS AIMED TO IMPROVE THE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT OF BACKUP FACILITIES AT THE CONTAINER PORT AREA.

MR MAK SAID THAT IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, IN VIEW OF THE COMPETING DEMAND FOR LAND USE FROM OTHER PROJECTS IN THE PORT AREA, THE GOVERNMENT CONSIDERED IT IMPORTANT TO AT LEAST MAINTAIN THE CURRENT AMOUNT OF LAND USED FOR THE CONTAINER TRADE IN THE SHORT TERM.

"AT LEAST TWO-THIRDS OF THE LAND AVAILABLE IN THE KWAI TSING AREA OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS WOULD BE ALLOCATED FOR CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKING. THE REMAINING ONE-THIRD WOULD BE FOR CONTAINER STORAGE," HE SAID.

"IN ORDER TO PROVIDE A STABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE OPERATION OF CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKING, THE GOVERNMENT WILL INCLUDE A PRICE CONTROL CLAUSE IN THE LEASE CONDITIONS OF NEW SHORT-TERM TENANCY SITES FOR CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKING.

"THIS CLAUSE WILL EMPOWER THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO VETO INCREASES IN PARKING CHARGES IF HE FINDS THAT THE INCREASE IS UNREASONABLY HIGH AND WILL SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE THE UTILISATION OF THE SPACES FOR A PROLONGED PERIOD.

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’’THE CONTAINER VEHICLE PARK OPERATORS WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO GIVE THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICER ONE MONTH PRIOR NOTIFICATION OF ANY INCREASE IN PARKING FEES," HE ADDED.

THE HONG KONG CONTAINER TRACTOR OWNER ASSOCIATION’S REQUEST FOR A DIRECT GRANT OF LAND FOR CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKING HAS BEEN CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BY THE GOVERNMENT. HOWEVER, IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION TO DEPART FROM THE PRESENT POLICY OF LETTING LAND ON SHORT-TERM TENANCY BY WAY OF OPEN TENDER.

MR MAK SAID THAT AN ADDITIONAL SHORT-TERM TENANCY SITE FOR CONTAINER VEHICLE PARKING IN TSING YI (STT 3026) WAS AVAILABLE AND WOULD SHORTLY BE PUT OUT TO TENDER TOGETHER WITH STT 716 WHICH WAS AT PRESENT OCCUPIED BY THE HONG KONG CONTAINER TRACTOR OWNER ASSOCIATION.

THE GOVERNMENT, ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING GROUP, WILL CONSIDER MAKING ADDITIONAL LAND IN OTHER AREAS AVAILABLE FOR BACKUP FACILITIES SUCH AS REPAIRS AND STORAGE WHICH NEED NOT BE LOCATED IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF THE CONTAINER PORT AREA.

PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LAND MAY ALSO CONTINUE TO BE USED TO MEET ADDITIONAL DEMAND. THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO ACTIVELY CONSIDERING WAYS TO EXPEDITE COMPLETION OF THE RECLAMATION WORK FOR THE TERMINAL 7 BACKUP AREAS.

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URBAN COUNCILLORS VISIT EPD

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR GERRY FORSGATE, AND FELLOW COUNCILLORS TODAY (THURSDAY) VISITED THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) AND WERE BRIEFED ON THE MANY ASPECTS OF EPD’S WORK THAT RELATE TO THE INTERESTS OF THE COUNCIL.

AFTER A GENERAL BRIEFING BY THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, DR STUART REED, ON THE DEPARTMENT'S WORK, THERE WERE DETAILED DISCUSSIONS ON A NEW STRATEGY WHICH IS BEING IMPLEMENTED FOR THE DISPOSAL OF WASTES COLLECTED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

EPD STAFF DREW THE COUNCILLORS’ ATTENTION TO THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING LOCAL REFUSE TRANSFER STATIONS (RTS) AT CONVENIENT LOCATIONS SO THAT USD’S REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLES COULD DISPOSE OF THE WASTES AFTER A SHORT ROAD JOURNEY.

NEGOTIATIONS HAVE ALREADY STARTED WITH THREE GROUPS WHO HAVE TENDERED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST OF THESE RTS’S AT A SITE IN KOWLOON BAY.

OTHER MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST DISCUSSED DURING THE VISIT WERE THE PLANS TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY AT THE BEACHES ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF HONG KONG ISLAND, THE HANDLING OF POLLUTION COMPLAINTS AND AIR POLLUTION CONTROL.

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TSUEN WAN DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS YOUTH POLICY REPORT

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THE SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE REPORT ON YOUTH POLICY AT A MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE DISTRICT STRATEGY OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR 1988-91.

MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER THREE APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS TO PROVIDE AN ENQUIRY HOTLINE SERVICE FOR NEW IMMIGRANTS, TO LAUNCH A DISTRICT ORGANISATION NURTURE SCHEME AND TO HOLD A GATHERING FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE COMMITTEE’S VARIOUS WORKING GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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KWAI TSING DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY AFFAIRS » * ♦ * »

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS TWO WORKING GROUP REPORTS, ON EDUCATIONAL AFFAIRS AND ON A QUALITY OF LIFE SURVEY OF THE DISTRICT, AT A MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO RAISE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CLEARANCE OF FUNG SHUE WO TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AND THE NUMBER OF BURGLARY CASES THAT HAVE OCCURRED IN TYPE Y HOUSING ESTATES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE EDUCATION COMMISSION REPORT NO.3 AND ON REHABILITATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE.

THE COMMITTEE’S NINE WORKING GROUPS WILL GIVE PROGRESS REPORTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MEETING TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, KWAI CHUNG.

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ISLANDS DB COMMITTEE TO REVIEW WORKS PROGRESS

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD WILL REVIEW THE PROGRESS REPORT ON APPROVED PROJECTS FOR 1988-89 AT A MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

AMONG THE 14 PROJECTS LISTED IN THE REPORT, THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PAVILION NEXT TO THE NGONG PING CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AT TAI O, LANTAU, HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

THE 14 PROJECTS INVOLVE OVER »1 MILLION.

MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS A SCHEDULE FOR VISITS TO THE PROJECT SITES.

THE YEAR’S GRASS-CUTTING PROGRAMME IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT IS ALSO ON THE AGENDA. r

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MARCH - MAY » » * t »

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT REMAINED AT A VERY LOW LEVEL IN THE THREE MONTHS MARCH - MAY 1988, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST LABOUR FORCE STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (THURSDAY") BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THESE FIGURES INDICATE THAT THE LABOUR MARKET CONDITIONS HAVE REMAINED TIGHT, WITH THE LOCAL WORKFORCE FULLY EMPLOYED.

THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH - MAY 1988 WAS 1.7 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 1.6 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1988 AND 1.9 PER CENT FOR THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE INCREASE OF 0.1 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE PREVIOUS THREE MONTHS PERIOD AND THE DECREASE OF 0.2 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

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THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN MARCH - MAY 1988 WAS ESTIMATED AT 47,700, COMPARED WITH 44,600 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1988 AND 50,500 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MAY 1987.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MARCH - MAY 1988 WAS 0.8 PER CENT, WHICH WAS THE SAME AS THAT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1988. THE RATE FOR MARCH - MAY 1987 WAS 1.1 PER CENT.

THE DECREASE OF 0.3 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER IS STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR MARCH - MAY 1988 WAS 22,600, COMPARED WITH 22,700 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING FEBRUARY 1988 AND 29,600 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING MAY 1987.’

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 (FOR EXAMPLE, 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 COMMISSIONER ADDED THAT, BASED ON A SYSTEM OF PROVISIONAL COUNTS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATES COVERING THE LATEST THREE MONTH PERIOD COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE WITHIN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SURVEY.

THESE PROVIDE AN EARLY INDICATION OF THE LATEST TREND IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION. THE PROVISIONAL SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR APRIL - JUNE 1988 WAS 1.8 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 0.7 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 49,000 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 JUNE 1988 t SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AROUND SEPTEMBER 20 AT $10 PER COPY.

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SEMINAR ON STAFF RETENTION, LABOUR RELATIONS ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE RETAIL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION ARE JOINTLY ORGANISING A SEMINAR TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOR SOME 100 EMPLOYERS, PERSONNEL MANAGERS AND EXECUTIVES IN THE RETAIL TRADE IN HONG KONG.

THE SEMINAR IS AIMED AT PROVIDING A FORUM FOR PARTICIPANTS TO DISCUSS STAFF RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION, CURRENT STATUS OF STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS IN THE TRADE.

GUEST SPEAKERS INVITED TO GIVE TALKS INCLUDE MR WILLIAM WONG, CHAIRMAN OF THE EDUCATION SUB-COMMITTEE, RETAIL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION; DR TSE KA-KU1, GENERAL MANAGER OF PAT DAVIE LTD.; MISS ELLEN SIU, MANAGER OF THE INDUSTRY TRAINING DEPARTMENT, HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION; MR ORLANDO CHAN, PERSONNEL MANAGER OF A.S. WATSON AND CO. LTD.; AND MR CHOW TUNG-SHAN, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR HAROLD KWOK, WILL ADDRESS THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE SEMINAR AT 9 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY). THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HONG KONG MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, 14TH FLOOR, FAIRMONT HOUSE, 8 COTTON TREE DRIVE, CENTRAL.

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MORE THAN 100 CAREERS TEACHERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS YEAR’S SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION TO BE HELD AT THE Y.C. LIANG HALL OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE ONE-DAY EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND GUIDANCE MASTERS.

THE THEME OF THE SEMINAR IS TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO WORK IN THE 90’S. GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE MRS GRACE CHOW, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF STUDENT AFFAIRS, CHINESE UNIVERSITY; MR CHAN HIN-SANG, PERSONNEL OFFICER, CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD.; AND MR RAYMOND LEUNG, LABOUR OFFICER, LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

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THEY WILL SPEAK RESPECTIVELY ON PREPARATION FOR JOINING THE WORLD OF WORK, LADDER OF SUCCESS FOR YOUNG SCHOOL LEAVERS, AND JOB-SEEKERS AND CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR DAVID LAN, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND GUIDANCE MASTERS, MK CHAN JOB-CHAK, WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TOMORROW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SEMINAR WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE Y.C. LIANG HALL, CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, SHA TIN, AT 10 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY). YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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CARNIVAL TO START OFF SYP IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT « « * * »

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP) IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL START OFF ON SUNDAY (JULY 17) WITH A FOUR-HOUR CARNIVAL AT THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL.

THE PROGRAMME OF THE CARNIVAL, LASTING FROM 1.15 PM TO 5.30 PM, WILL INCLUDE A VARIETY SHOW, VIDEO SHOW, AN EXHIBITION ON TRAVEL MATTERS AND STALL GAMES.

FREE ADMISSION TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS BRANCH OFFICES, AND AT THE ABERDEEN KAI FONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

AN OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE DISTRICT'S SYP WILL BE HELD AT 1.30 PM DURING THE CARNIVAL.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE SYP COMMITTEE, MR PETER LEE; CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR YUNG CHEK-CHOW; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG; DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS MAUREEN CHAN; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ABERDEEN KA1FONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, MR SHIH CHEN-CHI.

UNDER THE SYP, 240 ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD FOR YOUNGSTERS IN THE DISTRICT. DETAILS OF THESE ACTIVITIES ARE CONTAINED IN A COLOURFUL BOOKLET NOW OBTAINABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS BRANCH OFFICES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD AT 1.30 PM ON SUNDAY (JULY 17) AT THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE.

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EXHIBITIONS TO PUBLICISE VOCATIONAL TRAINING

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AN EXHIBITION ON TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING CENTRES WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE NEW TOWN PLAZA IN SHA TIN.

IT IS ONE OF FOUR EXHIBITIONS ORGANISED BY THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL TO PUBLICISE COURSES OFFERED BY THE COUNCIL'S EIGHT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND 16 TRAINING CENTRES.

THE VENUES AND DATES OF THE EXHIBITIONS ARE:-

SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA : JULY 15 TO 22

TAIKOO SHING CITYPLAZA : JULY 27 TO AUGUST 2

TUEN MUN NEW TOWN PLAZA : AUGUST 4 TO 9

NEW WORLD CENTRE IN

TSIM SHA TSUI : AUGUST 10 TO 16

THE EXHIBITIONS WILL BE OPEN FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM.

TEACHERS, PARENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE EXHIBITIONS. VTC STAFF WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING CURRICULA, ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, CAREER PROSPECTS OF GRADUATES AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS.

TO TIE IN WITH THE EXHIBITION, A VARIETY SHOW ORGANISED BY THE VTC AND PRODUCED BY COMMERCIAL RADIO WILL BE STAGED AT THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA ON SATURDAY (JULY 16), STARTING AT 4 PM. IT WILL FEATURE GAMES AND PERFORMANCES BY POP SINGERS.

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NEW SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX FOR TAI PO

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TAI PO RESIDENTS WILL HAVE A NEW SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS NOW CALLING FOR TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COMPLEX AND WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN OCTOBER.

THE COMPLEX WILL COMPRISE A MAIN POOL AND A PADDLING POOL.

OTHER FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A SUN-BATHING AREA, A 600-SEAT RESTAURANT, A SPECTATOR STAND FOR 600 PEOPLE, CHANGING ROOMS, TOILETS, AN EXERCISE ROOM, A FIRST-AID ROOM, PLANT ROOMS AND OFFICES.

ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS WILL CLOSE AT NOON ON JULY 29.

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MORE CONVENIENT COLLECTION OF REGISTERED LETTERS * » ♦ » *

FROM JULY 18, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO COLLECT A REGISTERED LETTER, WHICH A POSTMAN HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO DELIVER, FROM THE POST OFFICE NEAREST TO THEIR HOMES, OR, IF THEY DECIDE, FROM ANY POST OFFICE OF THEIR CHOICE, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

AT PRESENT, TWO ATTEMPTS ARE MADE BY THE POSTMEN TO DELIVER REGISTERED ITEMS TO ADDRESSEES’ PREMISES.

IF THE REGISTERED ITEMS STILL CANNOT BE DELIVERED AFTER THE SECOND ATTEMPT (FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN THE ADDRESSEES OR THEIR FAMILIES ARE NOT AT HOME) THE ADDRESSEES WILL HAVE TO COLLECT THE ITEMS FROM THE DELIVERY OFFICE THAT SERVES THEIR AREAS.

THIS DELIVERY OFFICE, ONE OF 23 SUCH OFFICES, MAY BE SOME DISTANCE AWAY FROM THE HOMES OR OFFICES OF THE ADDRESSEES AND HENCE NOT CONVENIENT TO THEM.

IN FUTURE, THE POSTMEN WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE TWO ATTEMPTS TO DELIVER REGISTERED ITEMS.

HOWEVER, SHOULD THE ITEMS BE UNDELIVERABLE AT THE SECOND ATTEMPT, THE ADDRESSEES WILL BE REQUESTED TO COLLECT THEM FROM THE NEAREST POST OFFICE.

IF THE ADDRESSEES PREFER, THEY MAY MAKE A TELEPHONE REQUEST TO CHANGE THE COLLECTION OFFICE. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL BE SHOWN ON THE NOTIFICATION CARD.

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DEADLINE NEAR FOR RETURNING C & S QUESTIONNAIRES

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) URGED RESPONDENTS TO COMPLETE AND RETURN QUESTIONNAIRES CONCERNING FIVE ECONOMIC SURVEYS FOR THE YEAR 1987.

THE SURVEYS ARE:

(1) SURVEY OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION;

(11) SURVEY OF WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS;

(III) SURVEY OF BUILDING. CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE SECTORS;

(IV) SURVEY OF TRANSPORT AND RELATED SERVICES; AND

(V) SURVEY OF STORAGE, COMMUNICATIONS, FINANCING, INSURANCE AND BUSINESS SERVICES.

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THESE SURVEYS ARE CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AS PART OF A CONTINUOUS PROGRAMME OF COLLECTING ECONOMIC STATISTICS ON THE STRUCTURE AND PERFORMANCE OF DIFFERENT SECTORS IN THE ECONOMY.

SUCH ECONOMIC DATA ARE NEEDED FOR ASSESSING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF VARIOUS ECONOMIC SECTORS TO THE GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT OF HONG KONG.

THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEYS WILL ALSO BE USEFUL TO BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN FORMULATING POLICIES AND MAKING DECISIONS.

QUESTIONNAIRES WERE SENT BY REGISTERED MAIL IN APRIL AND MAY THIS YEAR TO SOME 27,000 ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH HAD BEEN SAMPLED FOR THE SURVEYS. THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED ARE LEGALLY REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THE QUESTIONNAIRES TO THE DEPARTMENT BY JULY 31 THIS YEAR.

IN APPEALING TO THE MANAGEMENTS OF THE SAMPLED ESTABLISHMENTS TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THE QUESTIONNAIRES WITHOUT DELAY, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS POINTED OUT THAT ANY RESPONDENT WHO FAILS TO DO SO MAY BE COMMITTING AN OFFENCE.

THE QUESTIONNAIRE HAS BEEN SO DESIGNED THAT RESPONDENTS MAY COMPLETE THE FORM THEMSELVES. IF NECESSARY, CENSUS AND SURVEY OFFICERS, WHO CARRY A GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARD, CAN VISIT THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED TO ASSIST MANAGEMENTS IN COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

THE COMMISSIONER POINTED OUT THAT AUDITED ACCOUNTS ARE NOT ESSENTIAL FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION RELATING TO INCOME AND EXPENDITURE.

THE DEPARTMENT ACCEPTS FIGURES BASED ON PRELIMINARY ACCOUNTS OR ESTIMATIONS WHICH ARE CORRECT TO THE BEST OF THE RESPONDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION OF RETURNS.

THE ESTABLISHMENTS CONCERNED THEREFORE NEED NOT WAIT FOR THEIR AUDITED ACCOUNTS BEFORE COMPLETING THEIR QUESTIONNAIRES.

THE COMMISSIONER ALSO STRESSED THAT INFORMATION RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE TREATED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND THAT ONLY AGGREGATE INFORMATION WHICH DOES NOT REVEAL DETAILS OF INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENTS WILL BE RELEASED.

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ♦ » » » *

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) TODAY (THURSDAY) ANNOUNCED THE LATEST GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF ALL BATHING BEACHES IN HONG KONG.

THE PURPOSE OF THE GRADING SYSTEM IS TO INFORM SWIMMERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC REGULARLY ABOUT THE STATE OF BACTERIAL POLLUTION AT VARIOUS BEACHES.

THE GRADING IS BASED ON THE B. COLI DATA OBTAINED BY THE EPE IN ITS ROUTINE BEACH WATER QUALITY MONITORING PROGRAMME.

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THE E. COLI DATA USED FOR GRADING ARB BASED ON THE MEDIAN VALUES OF THE MOST RECENT FIVE RESULTS, OBTAINED OVER A TWO AND A HALF MONTH PERIOD ACCORDING TO THE USUAL SAMPLING FREQUENCY.

THE GRADES FOR SOME BEACHES MAY FLUCTUATE. THIS REPRESENTS A NATURAL FLUCTUATION IN THE BACTERIAL QUALITY OF THE BEACHES IN MOST CASES, AS RAIN AND TIDES BRING MORE OR LESS POLLUTION TO THE SWIMMING AREAS.

NEVERTHELESS, THE GRADES GIVE A GOOD GENERAL PICTURE OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF BEACHES, AND FORM THE BEST AVAILABLE FORECAST OF BEACH WATER QUALITY IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

"A" GRADE INDICATES THE MEDIAN E. COLI COUNT IS BETWEEN

0-99 PER 100 MILLILITRES, AND THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD.

"B" GRADE INDICATES THE MEDIAN E. COLI COUNT IS BETWEEN

100-999 PER 100 MILLILITRES, AND THE WATER QUALITY IS ACCEPTABLE.

"C" GRADE INDICATES THE MEDIAN E. COLI COUNT IS 1,000 OR MORE PER 100 MILLILITRES, AND THE WATER QUALITY IS POOH.

THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT TO CLOSE A BEACH TO SWIMMERS IS BASED ON A JUDGEMENT OF WHAT DEGREE OF POLLUTION IS ACCEPTABLE.

NORMALLY, A RECOMMENDATION ON CLOSURE WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED BY THE URBAN OR THE REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A "C" GRADING OCCURRED REPEATEDLY. SIMILARLY, A RECOMMENDATION TO REOPEN A CLOSED BEACH WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A "B" GRADE OR BETTER WERE CONSISTENTLY OBTAINED.

AT PRESENT, FIVE BATHING BEACHES HAVE BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING PURPOSES, BASED ON THE WATER QUALITY DURING PAST SEASONS.

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THESE BEACHES ARE ANGLERS*, CASTLE PEAK, SILVERMINE BAY, OLD CAFETERIA AND ROCKY BAY. THEY ARE POLLUTED BY FAECAL WASTES AND FAILED TO ACHIEVE CONSISTENTLY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND MONO KONG STANDARDS. THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO SWIM IN THESE FIVE BEACHES. THEY ARE IDENTIFIED BY AN "X" IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

THE GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY AND TWO WEEKS AGO ARE LISTED BELOW :

BEACH

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY

CHUNG HOM KOK

DEEP WATER BAY

HAIRPIN

MIDDLE BAY

REPULSE BAY

SHEK 0

SOUTH BAY

ST STEPHEN’S

TURTLE COVE

STANLEY MAIN

ROCKY BAY, TO TEI WAN*

LAST GRADING

(AS AT 30.6.88)

B

B

A

A

C

B

B

A

A

A

B

X

A

PRESENT GRADING

— — —— (AS AT 14.7.88)

A

A

A

A

C

B

B

A

A

A

A

X

A

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ISLAND DISTRICT

CHBUNG SHA UPPER CHEUNG SHA LOWER DISCOVERY BAY* HUNG SHING YEH KWUN YAM WAN TONG FUK LO SO SHING PUI O SILVBRMINE BAY TUNG WAN, CHEUNG TUNG O*

A

B

A

A

A A

A

B

X

CHAU A

A

A

B

A

A

A

A

A

B

X

A

A

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS A

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH A

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH A

HAP MUN BAY A

KIU TSUI A

PAK SHA CHAU A

SILVERSTRAND A

TRIO (HEBE HAVEN) A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

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TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ X X

APPROACH B A

CASAM B B

GEMINI B B

HOI MEI WAN B B

LIDO B B

TING KAU C B

TUNG WAN, MA WAN A A

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA X X

NEW CAFETERIA A A

CASTLE PEAK • X X

KADOORIE BEACH B A

BUTTERFLY A A

NOTE: "X" THE BEACH HAS BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING.

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

BIG WAVE BAY, CHUNG HOM KOK, STANLEY MAIN, APPROACH AND KADOORIE, FROM ”B" TO "A", AND TING KAU, FROM "C" TO "B” .

THE CHANGES ARE WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THESE BEACHES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT MR PAUL HOLMES, PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF EPD, AT 3-7211044.

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WAN CHAI TO JORDAN ROAD FERRY SERVICE TO BE WITHDRAWN * » t t »

THE PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN WAN CHAI AND JORDAN ROAD OPERATED BY THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM SATURDAY (JULY 16), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED FERRY PASSENGERS.

TO COINCIDE WITH THE CANCELLATION OF THE FERRY ROUTE, A NEW FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN WAN CHAI AND KOWLOON POINT HAS STARTED OPERATION IN APRIL THIS YEAR AND IS OPERATING AT A BASIC FREQUENCY OF 10 MINUTES.

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KWAI CHUNG URBAN CLEARWAYS REARRANGED

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS IN KWAI CHUNG INDUSTRIAL AREA WILL BE REARRANGED FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (JULY 16), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

THE REARRANGEMENTS AIM AT IMPROVING TRAFFIC FLOW IN THE AREA AND, AT THE SAME TIME, PROVIDING LOADING AND UNLOADING FACILITIES FOR CERTAIN FACTORIES.

AFFECTED ROADS INCLUDE SECTIONS OF KWAI CHEONG ROAD, TAI LIN PAI ROAD, KUNG YIP STREET, WAH SING STREET AND WINO YIP STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS WILL BE PROVIDED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS ON THE EXTENSION AND OPERATING HOURS OF THE URBAN CLEARWAYS. NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP WITHIN THE URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS DURING THE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED HOURS.

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FANLING GMB ROUTE TO INCREASE FARE t « » t t

APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN FOR GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 62 TO INCREASE ITS FARE FROM SATURDAY (JULY 16), THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

THE ROUTE OPERATES BETWEEN FANLING KCR STATION AND SING PING SCHOOL DAILY FROM 5.50 AM TO 11.35 PM.

THE FULL FARE WILL BE INCREASED BY 50 CENTS TO $2.5, WHILE THE SECTION FARES FOR JOURNEYS FROM PING CHE TO LUEN WO HUI AND FROM LUEN WO HUI TO FANLING KCR STATION WILL BE $2 AND $1.5 RESPECTIVELY.

STUDENTS TRAVELLING ON THE ROUTE WILL CONTINUE TO ENJOY A CONCESSIONARY FARE OF $1.3, WHICH IS 30 CENTS HIGHER THAN THE PRESENT CHARGE.

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SALT WATER CUT IN YAU MA TEI » ♦ » ♦

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES LN YAU MA TEI WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 2 PM TO 5 PM ON SATURDAY (JULY 16) FOR WATER WORKS.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT THE AREA BOUNDED BY JORDAN ROAD, GASCOIGNE ROAD, NATHAN ROAD, WATERLOO ROAD, YIM PO FONG STREET, ARGYLE STREET, SAI YEE STREET, BOUNDARY STREET AND THE SEAFRONT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE EXCHANGE FUND AND THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION ..................... 1

EXCO REAPPOINTMENTS, APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED ................. 10

VA'S PRAISED FOR LOOKING AFTER VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE........ 11

INCREASED LEVEL OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES RECORDED........... 12

WAGE INDEXES FOR MARCH....................................... 14

UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1988

EXPLAINED ................................................. 18

PROCEDURES OF AMENDING PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCES REVISED ... 20

AIRPORT EASY TRAVEL SCHEME STARTS ON AUGUST 1 ............... 21

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE TO BE RENAMED ............. 22

MORE OPPORTUNITIES URGED FOR DISABLED ....................... 25

RSNT LEARNS MORE ABOUT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN THEN MUN .... 26

NEW IDENTITY CARDS FOR WOMEN BORN IN 1967-69 ................ 28

168 POLICE OFFICERS COMPLETE INTENSIVE TRAINING ............. 29

50 PASS FINAL LICENTIATE EXAMINATION ........................ 50

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED..................................... 50

APPROVED NORTH POINT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN GAZETTED ........... 51

PSPS SITE IN MA ON SHAN OFFERED FOR SALE..................... 52

NT LOTS TO BE RESUMED FOR SEWERAGE SYSTEM.................... 52

DEMOLITION OF OLD FOOTBRIDGE IN VALLEY ROAD ESTATE........... 55

TENDERS INVITED FOR TAI PO ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT.......... 55

INCREASED FEES FOR DOG AND CAT DETENTION .................... 55

POLICE OFFICERS HONOURED FOR SWIFT ACTION ................... 56

KWAI TSING DB TO VISIT HOLLAND AND U.K....................... 56

SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE TO COMMEMORATE PEAK TRAMWAY CENTENARY ... 57

ENROLMENT INVITED FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE COURSES ........... 58

MUSICIANS ARRIVE FOR MUSIC CAMP ............................. 59

POLICE CHOIR TO ENTERTAIN CHILDREN AND ELDERLY............... 40

BUS RE-ROUTEING AND OPENING OF RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENTS.......... 41

TRAFFIC LANES ON TAI PO ROAD TO BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY........ 41

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THE FOLLOWING IS A JOINT PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, AND THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION:

NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE EXCHANGE FUND AND THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION ♦ * ♦ i ♦

THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH OF HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION (HSBC) ANNOUNCE THAT THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN AGREED BETWEEN HSBC AS THE MANAGEMENT BANK OF THE CLEARING HOUSE OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS AND THE EXCHANGE FUND. THE PURPOSE OF THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS IS TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE USE OF THE EXCHANGE FUND, TO EXERCISE MORE EFFECTIVE INFLUENCE OVER THE AVAILABILITY AND PRICE OF MONEY IN THE INTERBANK MARKET AND THUS TO ASSIST IT BETTER TO MAINTAIN EXCHANGE RATE STABILITY WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM. THE EXCHANGE FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN CONSULTED AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS.

2. THE DETAILS OF THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

(A) HSBC WILL MAINTAIN A HONG KONG DOLLAR ACCOUNT (THE "ACCOUNT") WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND;

(B) HSBC WILL AIM TO MAINTAIN A BALANCE (THE "BALANCE") IN THAT ACCOUNT AT NOT LESS THAN THE NET CLEARING BALANCE OF THE REST OF THE BANKING SYSTEM;

(C) NO INTEREST WILL BE PAID ON CREDIT BALANCES IN THE ACCOUNT;

(D) IF THE BALANCE FALLS SHORT OF THE NET CLEARING BALANCE, HSBC WILL PAY INTEREST ON THE SHORTFALL TO THE EXCHANGE FUND;

(E) IF THE NET CLEARING BALANCE IS IN DEBIT, HSBC WILL PAY INTEREST ON THE DEBIT AMOUNT .TO THE EXCHANGE FUND;

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(F) UP TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT, THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE BY HSBC WILL BE BLR OR HIBOR, WHICHEVER IS HIGHER. BEYOND THAT AMOUNT, THE INTEREST RATE PAYABLE WILL BE 3% OVER BLR OR HIBOR, WHICHEVER IS HIGHER. IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, AN ALTERNATIVE RATE MAY BE DETERMINED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH HSBC;

(G) THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL USE THE ACCOUNT, AT ITS DISCRETION, TO EFFECT SETTLEMENT OF ITS HONG KONG DOLLAR TRANSACTIONS WITH HSBC;

(H) THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL ALSO USE THE ACCOUNT, AT ITS DISCRETION, TO EFFECT SETTLEMENT OF ITS HONG KONG DOLLAR TRANSACTIONS WITH OTHER LICENSED BANKS.

3. WITH THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS, THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL IN EFFECT BECOME THE ULTIMATE PROVIDER OF LIQUIDITY TO THE INTERBANK MARKET. IT WILL BE CAPABLE OF INFLUENCING MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY THE AVAILABILITY AND THE PRICE OF MONEY IN THE INTERBANK MARKET AND WILL BE IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION TO MAINTAIN EXCHANGE RATE STABILITY WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM.

4. THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE NO EFFECT

ON THE DAY TO DAY OPERATION 01 LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG, OTHER THAN HSBC, WHICH, IN ADDITION TO BECOMING MORE ACTIVE AS A CONSEQUENCE OF HAVING TO MAINTAIN EQUILIBRIUM BETWEEN THE BALANCE AND THE NET CLEARING BALANCE, WILL BE ABLE TO DIRECT ITS OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE MONEY AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKETS MORE TOWARDS ITS OWN COMMERCIAL REQUIREMENTS.

5. THESE ARRANGEMENTS WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON MONDAY, 18 JULY 1988. THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS HAS TODAY SENT OUT A PAPER EXPLAINING IN DETAIL THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS TO ALL LICENSED BANKS. A COPY OF THE PAPER IS ATTACHED.

PRESS ENQUIRIES:

HSBC MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH

CHRIS PAVLOU 5-8223800 JOSEPH YAM 5-290021

MICHAEL BROADBENT 5-8224920

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15 JULY 1988

FROM: SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS

TO : CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF ALL LICENSED BANKS

CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS

MEMBERS OF THE EXCHANGE FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE BANKING ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE

CHAIRMAN OF THE DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES ASSOCIATION

NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE EXCHANGE FUND AND THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORPORATION

INTRODUCTION

THIS PAPER DESCRIBES NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS TO BE ENTERED INTO ON MONDAY 18 JULY 1988, WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AND THE AGREEMENT OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI EANKING CORPORATION (HSBC), BETWEEN THE EXCHANGE FUND AND HSBC AS THE MANAGEMENT BANK OF THE CLEARING HOUSE OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF BANKS (HKAB). MEMBERS OF THE EXCHANGE FUND ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN CONSULTED AND HAVE UNANIMOUSLY SUPPORTED THE INTRODUCTION OF THESE NEW ARRANGEMENTS. THE PAPER ALSO EXPLAINS HOW THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS ARE TO BE OPERATED.

2. THE PURPOSE OF THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS IS TO ENABLE THE GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE USE OF THE EXCHANGE FUND, TO EXERCISE MORE EFFECTIVE INFLUENCE OVER THE AVAILABILITY AND PRICE OF MONEY IN THE INTERBANK MARKET AND THUS TO ASSIST IT BETTER TO MAINTAIN EXCHANGE RATE STABILITY WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM. UNDER THE PRESENT ARRANGEMENTS, THERE CAN BE PERVERSE SIDE-EFFECTS WHICH REDUCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ACTION BY GOVERNMENT AND HSBC TO INFLUENCE INTEREST RATES AND THE LEVEL OF LIQUIDITY IN THE INTERBANK MARKET FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENSURING EXCHANGE RATE STABILITY.

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THE INTERBANK MARKET

3. EACH LICENSED BANK IN HONG KONG MAINTAINS AN

ACCOUNT, EITHER WITH HSBC, THE MANAGEMENT BANK OF THE CLEARING HOUSE OF HKAB, OR WITH A SETTLEMENT BANK (AS DEFINED IN RULES RELATING TO THE CLEARING HOUSE OF HKAB) WHICH IN TURN MAINTAINS AN ACCOUNT WITH HSBC, FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLEARING HONG KONG DOLLAR CHEQUES AND FOR SETTLING INTERBANK TRANSACTIONS DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS. BANKS WITH SURPLUS HONG KONG DOLLAR BALANCES ON THEIR CLEARING ACCOUNTS LEND THOSE FUNDS, THROUGH THE INTERBANK MARKET, TO BANKS WHICH ARE SHORT OF FUNDS. DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND LARGE CORPORATE CUSTOMERS ALSO MAKE USE OF THE INTERBANK MARKET, BUT SETTLEMENT IS EFFECTED THROUGH THEIR ACCOUNTS WITH LICENSED BANKS. INTERBANK INTEREST RATES ARE DETERMINED BY THE FORCES OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND FOR FUNDS IN THAT MARKET.

4. AT PRESENT, HSBC, AS THE MANAGEMENT BANK OF THE CLEARING HOUSE, DOES NOT ITSELF HAVE A CLEARING ACCOUNT. SETTLEMENT OF HONG KONG DOLLAR TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN HSBC AND OTHER BANKS ARE EFFECTED THROUGH HSBC CREDITING OR DEBITING, AS THE CASE MAY BE, THE CLEARING ACCOUNTS MAINTAINED BY THESE BANKS OR BY THEIR SETTLEMENT BANKS WITH HSBC. THE EXCHANGE FUND IS A CUSTOMER OF HSBC AND OF A NUMBER OF OTHER BANKS. THESE EXISTING ARRANGEMENTS HAVE CERTAIN CONSEQUENCES ON HOW THE SUPPLY OF MONEY IN THE INTERBANK MARKET IS DETERMINED AND HOW INTERBANK INTEREST RATES BEHAVE. SPECIFICALLY, THE SUPPLY OF HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET INCREASES AND INTERBANK INTEREST RATES EASE WHEN:

(A) HSBC BUYS FOREIGN CURRENCY OR OTHER ASSETS FROM ANOTHER BANK, OR FROM CUSTOMERS BANKING WITH ANOTHER BANK, WITH HONG KONG DOLLARS; OR

(B) HSBC LENDS HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET; OR

(C) A CUSTOMER OF HSBC PAYS HONG KONG DOLLARS FROM HIS ACCOUNT WITH, OR CREDIT FACILITY MADE AVAILABLE BY, HSBC TO ANOTHER PERSON BANKING WITH ANOTHER BANK.

SIMILARLY, THE SUPPLY OF HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET DECREASES AND INTERBANK INTEREST RATES FIRM WHEN:

(A) HSBC SELLS FOREIGN CURRENCY OR OTHER ASSETS TO ANOTHER BANK, OR TO CUSTOMERS BANKING WITH ANOTHER BANK, FOR HONG KONG DOLLARS; OR

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(B) HSBC BORROWS HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET; OR

(C) A CUSTOMER OE HSBC ACCEPTS HONG KONG DOLLARS FOR HIS ACCOUNT WITH, OR FOR REDUCING A CREDIT FACILITY MADE AVAILABLE BY, HSBC FROM ANOTHER PERSON BANKING WITH ANOTHER BANK.

5. THUS WHEN THE EXCHANGE FUND, AS A CUSTOMER OF HSBC, CARRIES OUT FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS TO STABILIZE THE EXCHANGE RATE, THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SUCH ACTION CAN STAND TO BE GRADUALLY ERODED.

6. TO ILLUSTRATE, CONSIDER THE CASE WHEN, FOR WHATEVER REASON, THE EXCHANGE RATE IS WEAKENING AWAY FROM 7.80. ARBITRAGE BETWEEN THE FIXED-RATE MARKET FOR HONG KONG DOLLAR BANK NOTES AND THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET, OR THE THREAT OF IT, WILL CONTRIBUTE TO CONTAINING THE DEVIATION FROM 7.80. AT THE SAME TIME AND WORKING IN THE SAME DIRECTION, THE CORRECT MONETARY POLICY RESPONSE MUST BE TO KEEP CONDITIONS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET TIGHT AND INTERBANK INTEREST RATES HIGH RELATIVE TO THOSE OF THE US DOLLAR. THIS CAN BE ACHIEVED BY THE EXCHANGE FUND SELLING US DOLLARS FOR HONG KONG DOLLARS OR BORROWING HONG KONG DOLLARS, BOTH THROUGH HSBC. IF, HOWEVER, OTHER CUSTOMERS OF HSBC ARE AT THE SAME TIME SWITCHING OUT OF HONG KONG DOLLARS INTO US DOLLARS AND TO THE EXTENT THAT HSBC COVERS THE SHORT US DOLLAR POSITION BY RECOUPING THE CORRESPONDING AMOUNT FROM THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET, THE TIGHTNESS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET WILL INADVERTENTLY BE RELIEVED. OTHER CUSTOMERS OF HSBC MAY ALSO BE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE HIGH HONG KONG DOLLAR INTERBANK INTEREST RATES AVAILABLE BY RUNNING DOWN HKAB-TYPE DEPOSITS WITH, OR DRAWING DOWN BEST LENDING RATE (BLR) FACILITIES MADE AVAILABLE BY, HSBC AND PLACING THOSE FUNDS WITH OTHER BANKS IN THE FORM OF DEPOSITS WHICH ATTRACT INTERBANK INTEREST RATES. THIS AGAIN WILL UNHELPFULLY RELIEVE TIGHTNESS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET.

NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS

7. SUCH EROSION IN THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND MONEY MARKET OPERATIONS CARRIED OUT BY THE EXCHANGE FUND FOR THE PURPOSE OF MAINTAINING EXCHANGE RATE STABILITY IS CLEARLY UNDESIRABLE. THE GOVERNMENT AND HSBC HAVE BOTH RECOGNISED THIS FOR SOMETIME. NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE EXCHANGE FUND AND HSBC, WHICH EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATE THIS SHORTCOMING, HAVE THEREFORE BEEN DEVELOPED. THE DETAILS OF THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

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(A) HSBC MAINTAINS A HONG KONG DOLLAR ACCOUNT (THE "ACCOUNT”) WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND;

(B) HSBC AIMS TO MAINTAIN A BALANCE (THE ’’BALANCE”) IN THAT ACCOUNT NO LESS THAN THE NET CLEARING BALANCE (”NCB”) OF THE REST OF THE BANKING SYSTEM;

(C) NO INTEREST IS PAID ON CREDIT BALANCES IN THE ACCOUNT;

(D) IF THE BALANCE FALLS SHORT OF THE NCB, HSBC PAYS INTEREST ON THE SHORTFALL TO THE EXCHANGE FUND;

(E) IF NCB IS IN DEBIT, HSBC PAYS INTEREST ON THE DEBIT AMOUNT TO THE EXCHANGE FUND;

(F) UP TO A CERTAIN AMOUNT, THE RATE OF INTEREST PAYABLE BY HSBC UNDER (D) AND (E) IS BLR OR HONG KONG INTERBANK OFFERED RATE (HIBOR), WHICHEVER IS HIGHER. BEYOND THAT AMOUNT, THE INTEREST RATE PAYABLE IS 3% OVER BLR OR HIBOR, WHICHEVER IS HIGHER. IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, AN ALTERNATIVE RATE MAY BE DETERMINED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH HSBC;

(G) THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL USE THE ACCOUNT, AT ITS DISCRETION, TO EFFECT SETTLEMENT OF ITS HONG KONG DOLLAR TRANSACTIONS WITH HSBC;

(H) THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL ALSO USE THE ACCOUNT, AT ITS DISCRETION, TO EFFECT SETTLEMENT OF ITS HONG KONG DOLLAR TRANSACTIONS WITH OTHER LICENSED BANKS;

(I) IN CASE OF (H), THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL EITHER CREDIT OR DEBIT THE ACCOUNT AND HSBC WILL CORRESPONDINGLY CREDIT OR DEBIT THE CLEARING ACCOUNTS OF BANKS DEALING WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND.

8. ALONG WITH THESE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS

BETWEEN THE EXCHANGE FUND AND HSBC, THE TREASURY WILL ALSO MAINTAIN A HONG KONG DOLLAR ACCOUNT WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND WHERE MONEY TRANSFERRED FROM THE GENERAL REVENUE TO THE EXCHANGE FUND IN RETURN FOR INTEREST BEARING DEBT CERTIFICATES WILL BE ACCOUNTED FOR. THIS PROVIDES AN ADDITIONAL MECHANISM FOR THE EXCHANGE FUND TO INFLUENCE THE SUPPLY OF MONEY IN THE INTERBANK MARKET.

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9. THUS UNDER THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS, THE SUPPLY OF HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET WILL INCREASE AND INTERBANK INTEREST RATES WILL EASE WHEN:

(A) THE EXCHANGE FUND BUYS FOREIGN CURRENCY WITH HONG KONG DOLLARS; OR

(B) THE EXCHANGE FUND LENDS HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET; OR

(C) DEBT CERTIFICATES ARE REDEEMED FROM THE TREASURY AND THE BALANCE IN THE TREASURY'S ACCOUNT WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND IS REDUCED.

SIMILARLY, THE SUPPLY OF HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET WILL DECREASE AND INTERBANK INTEREST RATES WILL FIRM WHEN:

(A) THE EXCHANGE FUND SELLS FOREIGN CURRENCY FOR HONG KONG DOLLARS; OR

(B) THE EXCHANGE FUND BORROWS HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET; OR

(C) DEBT CERTIFICATES ARE ISSUED TO THE TREASURY AND THE BALANCE IN THE TREASURY’S ACCOUNT WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND IS INCREASED.

PRACTICAL EFFECTS OF THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS

10. UNDER THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS, THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL IN EFFECT BE THE ULTIMATE PROVIDER OF LIQUIDITY TO THE INTERBANK MARKET. IT WILL BE CAPABLE OF INFLUENCING MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY THE AVAILABILITY AND THE PRICE OF MONEY IN THE INTERBANK MARKET AND IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION TO MAINTAIN EXCHANGE RATE STABILITY WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM.

11. THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON THE DAY TO DAY OPERATION OF LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG, OTHER THAN HSBC. THOSE WHICH HAVE HAD, OR ARE LIKELY TO HAVE, DEALINGS WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND SHOULD, HOWEVER, BE AWARE THAT, IN ADDITION TO THE ESTABLISHED PRACTICE FOR EFFECTING HONG KONG DOLLAR SETTLEMENTS WITH THE EXCHANGE FUND AS A CUSTOMER, THE EXCHANGE FUND MAY CHOOSE TO EFFECT SETTLEMENT THROUGH REQUESTING HSBC TO CREDIT OR DEBIT, AS THE CASE MAY BE, THEIR CLEARING ACCOUNTS MAINTAINED AT HSBC. THE EXCHANGE FUND WILL AT THE SAME TIME CREDIT OR DEBIT THE ACCOUNT AS APPROPRIATE.

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12. THUS WHEN THE EXCHANGE FUND SELLS US$100 MILLION TO, SAY, THE STANDARD CHARTERED BANK AT 7.85, THE HONG KONG DOLLAR SETTLEMENT MAY BE EFFECTED THROUGH:

(A) THE EXCHANGE FUND DEBITING THE ACCOUNT HK$785 MILLION; AND

(B) HSBC DEBITING STANDARD CHARTERED’S CLEARING ACCOUNT WITH HSBC HK$785 MILLION.

THE MONETARY EFFECTS OF THIS TRANSACTION WILL BE THAT, OTHER THINGS BEING EQUAL, BOTH THE BALANCE AND NCB WILL BE REDUCED BY HK$785 MILLION. INTERBANK INTEREST RATES WILL AS A RESULT (AND BY DESIGN) BE DRIVEN HIGHER, THUS GIVING SUPPORT TO THE EXCHANGE RATE.

13. ALTERNATIVELY, IN RESPONSE TO THE EXCHANGE RATE BEING AT 7.85, HONG KONG DOLLARS MAY BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE GENERAL REVENUE TO THE EXCHANGE FUND, TO THE EXTENT THAT THERE ARE SURPLUS GENERAL REVENUE BALANCES IN THE BANKING SYSTEM. ASSUMING THAT HK$500 MILLION IS TRANSFERRED FROM THE GENERAL REVENUE TO THE EXCHANGE FUND AND THE TREASURY MEETS THAT DEMAND BY WITHDRAWING A HK$300 MILLION DEPOSIT FROM THE HANG SENG BANK AND HK$200 MILLION DEPOSIT FROM THE HANG LUNG BANK, THE HONG KONG DOLLAR SETTLEMENTS WILL BE EFFECTED AS FOLLOWS:

(A) THE EXCHANGE FUND CREDITS TREASURY’S ACCOUNT WITH IT BY HK$500 MILLION AND ISSUES A DEBT CERTIFICATE OF THAT AMOUNT TO THE TREASURY;

(B) THE EXCHANGE FUND DEBITS THE ACCOUNT HK$500 MILLION;

(C) HSBC DEBITS HANG SENG BANK’S CLEARING ACCOUNT WITH ITSELF HK$300 MILLION;

(D) HSBC DEBITS HANG LUNG BANK’S CLEARING ACCOUNT WITH ITSELF HK$200 MILLION;

(E) HANG SENG BANK DEBITS THE TREASURY’S DEPOSIT ACCOUNT WITH ITSELF HK$300 MILLION; AND

(F) HANG LUNG BANK DEBITS THE TREASURY’S DEPOSIT ACCOUNT WITH ITSELF HK$200 MILLION.

THE MONETARY EFFECTS OF THIS TRANSACTION WILL BE THAT, OTHER THINGS BEING EQUAL, BOTH THE BALANCE AND NCB WILL BE REDUCED BY HK$500 MILLION. INTERBANK INTEREST RATES WILL AGAIN BE DRIVEN HIGHER, GIVING SUPPORT TO THE EXCHANGE RATE.

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14. THE UNDERTAKING BY HSBC TO MAINTAIN A BALANCE ON THE ACCOUNT NO LESS THAN THE NCB OE THE REST OF THE BANKING SYSTEM MEANS THAT IT WILL HAVE IN EFFECT CREATED FOR ITSELF A CLEARING ACCOUNT. THUS, WHEN HSBC PURCHASES FOR ITS CUSTOMERS US DOLLARS WITH HONG KONG DOLLARS, NCB WILL INCREASE. SO THAT THIS WILL NOT RESULT IN THE BALANCE FALLING SHORT OF NCB, IT WILL BE IN THE INTEREST OF HSBC TO FUND THE US DOLLAR PURCHASE BY BORROWING HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET, IN A MANNER IDENTICAL TO THAT IN WHICH ANY OTHER LICENSED BANK WOULD CURRENTLY ACT. IN DOING SO, THE SUPPLY OF HONG KONG DOLLARS IN THE INTERBANK MARKET WILL NOT BE AFFECTED.

MARKET INFORMATION

15. GIVEN THE MONETARY EFFECTS OF EXCHANGE FUND OPERATIONS UNDER THE NEW ACCOUNTING ARRANGEMENTS, IT WILL BE USEFUL TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND MONEY MARKETS TO HAVE ACCESS TO CERTAIN RELEVANT INFORMATION. ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE FOR THE EXCHANGE FUND TO PUBLISH AT APPROPRIATE TIMES ON EACH DAY THROUGH THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA THE BALANCE AT THE CLOSE OF THE PREVIOUS DAY AND THE NET EFFECT OF OPERATIONS CARRIED OUT BY THE EXCHANGE FUND DURING THE DAY ON THE BALANCE. IT IS HOPED THAT SUCH INFORMATION WILL START TO BE MADE AVAILABLE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER. WHEN CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE, OTHER INFORMATION WILL ALSO BE SO PUBLISHED.

16. ANY REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION OF THE MATTERS DESCRIBED IN THIS PAPER SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE OPERATION OF THE ACCOUNT. HE CAN BE REACHED AT 5-290021.

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EXCO REAPPOINTMENTS, APPOINTMENTS ANNOUNCED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, HAD REAPPOINTED MISS LYDIA DUNN, MISS MARIA TAM AND MR ALLEN LEE AS MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 1991, AFTER THE EXPIRY OF THEIR PRESENT APPOINTMENTS ON AUGUST 31 THIS YEAR.

HE HAS ALSO REAPPOINTED DR CHIU HIN-KWONG AND DR DANIEL TSE FOR TWO MONTHS UNTIL OCTOBER 31 THIS YEAR.

THE GOVERNOR HAS ALSO APPOINTED MR JOHN SWAINE AND MRS ROSANNA TAM AS MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR TO OCTOBER 31, 1991.

SIR S.Y. CHUNG AND MR PETER C. WONG WILL BE RETIRING FROM THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ON THE EXPIRY OF THEIR PRESENT APPOINTMENTS ON AUGUST 31 THIS YEAR.

SIR Q.W. LEE’S PRESENT APPOINTMENT DOES NOT EXPIRE UNTIL DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR AND THAT OF MR WILLIAM PURVES DOES NOT EXPIRE UNTIL AUGUST 31 NEXT YEAR.

MISS LYDIA DUNN HAS ACCEPTED THE GOVERNOR’S INVITATION TO BE THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

IN ANNOUNCING THESE CHANGES, THE GOVERNOR PAID TRIBUTE TO BOTH THE REAPPOINTED AND THE RETIRING MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

HE SAID THAT THE WORKLOAD AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COUNCIL HAD CONTINUED TO INCREASE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, MAKING GREATER DEMANDS ON MEMBERS’ TIME.

THE GOVERNOR ADDED THAT SIR S.Y. CHUNG’S RETIREMENT MARKED THE CONCLUSION OF A LONG PERIOD OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, CULMINATING IN EIGHT YEARS AS SENIOR MEMBER.

HE SAID THAT, DURING ALL OF HIS 23 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE, SIR S.Y. CHUNG HAD SERVED THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WITH UNSWERVING DEDICATION AND LOYALTY. HIS WISE ADVICE AND EXPERIENCE WOULD BE GREATLY MISSED.

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VA’S PRAISED FOR LOOKING AFTER VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE \ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, TODAY (FRIDAY) PRAISED THE CIVIL AID SERVICES AND OTHER VOLUNTARY AGENCIES FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN LOOKING AFTER VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

ALONG WITH THE CAS, SIR DAVID CITED THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES, THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT AND THE AUXILIARY POLICE FORCE FOR "DOING A FANTASTIC JOB" IN TAKING CARE OF THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE. »

SIR DAVID WAS VISITING GREEN ISLAND RECEPTION CENTRE AND ARGYLE STREET CAMP, BOTH BEING MANAGED BY CAS.

HE ALSO SAW THE CONDITIONS ON BOARD THE HARBOUR RECEPTION CENTRE, A FERRY BEING USED TO HOLD 500 VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE. A SECOND FERRY HAS BEEN HIRED TO TAKE ANOTHER 500 VIETNAMESE THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON TO RELIEVE THE CROWDED CONDITION ON GREEN ISLAND.

THE TWO FERRIES ARE BEING MANAGED BY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT.

SIR DAVID WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE TOUR BY THE COMMISSIONER OF CAS, SIR ROGER LOBO, AND CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, MR JOHN FORTUNE.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE TOUR, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID: "I THINK IT’S A GREAT TRIBUTE TO THE VOLUNTARY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG THAT THEY ARE PREPARED TO MAKE THIS EFFORT.

"THEY ARE DOING IT FOR A VERY LONG PERIOD OF TIME AND IT’S TO BE HIGHLY COMMENDED, ALL THEIR EFFORT."

THE CONDITIONS ON GREEN ISLAND AND ON THE FERRIES WERE NOT GOOD, SIR DAVID SAID, BUT THE EFFORTS OF THE CAS, IN PARTICULAR, TQ MAKE THE BEST OF THEM WERE EXCELLENT.

WHEN ASKED ABOUT A STATEMENT THAT VIETNAM HAD ASKED TO PREPARE A REPATRIATION PROGRAMME FOR THE BOAT PEOPLE, SAID: "ANY SIGN OF WILLINGNESS ON THE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT TO ACCEPT THEIR PEOPLE BACK IS VERY ENCOURAGING.

THE UNHCR

SIR DAVID VIETNAMESE

"I THINK WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO YET BEFORE WE ACTUALLY ACHIEVE THAT AIM BUT ALL THESE SIGNS ARE ENCOURAGING AND WE CERTAINLY WELCOME THEM."

THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID TALKS WITH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT ON POSSIBLE REPATRIATION WERE STILL BEING PLANNED AND HOPED TO ARRANGE THAT WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

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HE ADDED: "THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED WITH ENABLING THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO HOPE OF A FUTURE RESETTLEMENT IN THE WEST TO GO BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE CONCERNED WITH."

THE SCREENING PROGRAMME TO WEED OUT ECONOMIC IMMIGRANTS FROM GENUINE REFUGEES WA£ STILL PROGRESSING, SIR DAVID SAID: IT’S \ LENGTHY PROCESS, OF COURSE. IT HAS TO BE DONE IN GREAT DETAIL AND VERY CAREFULLY ACCORDING TO THE UNHCR CRITERIA. IT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE RUSHED. EVERY CASE IS LOOKED AT VERY CAREFULLY."

ASKED ABOUT REPORTS OF FIGHTING INSIDE CAMPS, SIR DAVID SAID: "I THINK AS FAR AS THESE SORTS OF CAMPS ARE CONCERNED, WHERE THERE ARE PEOPLE LIVING IN CLOSE CONDITIONS LIKE THIS, IT’S INEVITABLE THERE WILL BE DISPUTES BETWEEN FAMILIES, DISPUTES OVER BELONGINGS, DISPUTES OVER THEIR FOOD AND WATER AND SO ON.

"THEY ARE NOT SERIOUS. I THINK THEY ARE TO BE EXPECTED."

REPLYING TO A QUESTION ON THE REFUSAL BY SOME HEI LING CHAU REFUGEES TO TAKE THEIR MEALS RECENTLY, SIR DAVID SAID THE MATTER WAS VERY QUICKLY SETTLED AND IT WAS NOT A SERIOUS INCIDENT.

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INCREASED LEVEL OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES RECORDED * * * * *

MAJOR INCREASES OF ACTIVITY IN MOST COMMERCIAL AREAS AND MINOR DECREASES IN OTHERS WERE RECORDED DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR BY COMPARISON WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987, ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. *

THE COMPANIES REGISTRY FIGURES SHOWED THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COMPANIES REGISTERED UNDER THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AT THE END OF JUNE 1988 AS COMPARED WITH THE TOTAL NUMBER AT THE END OF DECEMBER 1987 HAD INCREASED BY 6 PER CENT FROM 185,588 TO 196,852.

THE NUMBER OF NEW COMPANIES REGISTERED DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1988 HAD INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT FROM 11,860 TO 12,657 AS COMPARED WITH THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1987.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF OVERSEAS COMPANIES WHICH HAD ESTABLISHED A PLACE OF BUSINESS IN HONG KONG UNDER PART XI OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE AT THE END OF JUNE 1988 AS COMPARED WITH THE TOTAL NUMBER AT THE END OF DECEMBER 1987 HAD INCREASED BY 0.7 PER CENT FROM 2,289 TO 2,306.

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THE NUMBER OF OVERSEAS COMPANIES ESTABLISHING A PLACE OF BUSINESS IN HONG KONG UNDER PART XI DURING THE FIST SIX MONTHS OF 1988 WAS 119, AN INCREASE OF 4 PER CENT OVER THE NUMBER OF SUCH COMPANIES DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1987.

NO SEPARATE STATISTICS ARE MAINTAINED ON HOW MANY OVERSEAS COMPANIES INCORPORATE LOCAL SUBSIDIARIES OR TAKE UP A MAJORITY SHAREHOLDING IN A HONG KONG COMPANY.

IN THE FIRST HALF YEAR OF 1988 EXISTING COMPANIES INCREASED THEIR NOMINAL CAPITAL BY $23,088 MILLION, A DECREASE OF 5 PER CENT OVER THE INCREASE OF $24,366 MILLION DURING THE SAME PERIOD OF 1987, WHILE THE NOMINAL CAPITAL OF NEW COMPANIES INCORPORATED DURING JANUARY TO JUNE 1988 INCREASED BY 29 PER CENT FROM $1,957 MILLION TO $2,518 MILLION COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987.

THE TOTAL AMOUNT SECURED BY CHARGES REGISTERED ON THE ASSETS OF COMPANIES DECREASED BY 12 PER CENT FROM $32,912 MILLION TO $29,001 MILLION, AND THE NUMBER OF CHARGES FILED IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1988 HAD INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT FROM 10,016 TO 11,210 OVER THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1987.

THE AMOUNT REPAID ON CHARGES, AS EVIDENCED BY CERTIFICATES OF SATISFACTION, DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT FROM $4,271 MILLION TO $4,085 MILLION AND THE NUMBER OF CERTIFICATES HAD INCREASED BY 36 PER CENT FROM 4,556 TO 6,203 IN THE SAME PERIOD.

DURING THE PERIOD, A TOTAL OF 63 PROSPECTUSES OF PUBLIC COMPANIES, INCLUDING 29 IN RESPECT OF MUTUAL -FUNDS, WERE APPROVED AS AGAINST 57 PROSPECTUSES, INCLUDING 22 IN RESPECT OF MUTUAL FUNDS, APPROVED DURING THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1987.

THE NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS RECEIVED FOR FILING DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1988 AS COMPARED WITH THAT FOR THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987 INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT FROM 291,832 TO 336,675.

THE NUMBER OF ENQUIRIES FOR AVAILABILITY OF RESERVATION OF NAMES DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1988 WAS 115,718 WHICH WAS A 24 PER CENT INCREASE OVER 93,289 IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF 1987, AND A 22 PER CENT INCREASE OVER 95,071 IN THE JULY 1987 -DECEMBER 1987 PERIOD.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SUMMONSES ISSUED BY THE REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES AGAINST COMPANIES AND THEIR DIRECTORS FOR BREACHES OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, MAINLY FOR FAILURE TO FILE ANNUAL RETURNS WITH ACCOUNTS, IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 1988 WAS 162, COMPARED WITH 111 DURING THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987.

DURING THE PERIOD 12 SUMMONSES WERE WITHDRAWN (FOR REASONS SUCH AS NON-SERVICE); 119 RESULTED IN CONVICTIONS COMPARED WITH 164 IN THE SAME PERIOD OF 1987; AND 116 REMAIN TO BE HEARD BY THE COURT COMPARED WITH 118 IN THE SAME PERIOD OF 1987.

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THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF FINES IMPOSED FOR CONVICTIONS IN THE FIRST HALF YEAR OF 1988 WAS $253,450, COMPARED WITH $149,013 IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1987.

THE TRADE MARKS REGISTRY SHOWED AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED DURING THE HALF YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1988 -4,389 AS AGAINST 4,168 IN THE SAME PERIOD OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

AT 2,120, THE NUMBER OF NEW TRADE MARKS REGISTERED DURING THE HALF YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1988 WAS HIGHER THAN IN THE SAME PERIOD OF 1987, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TRADE MARKS NOW REGISTERED TO 50,038.

IN THE PATENTS REGISTRY, THE NUMBER OF UNITED KINGDOM PATENTS RE-REGISTERED LOCALLY DURING THE HALF YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1988 WAS 490 AS AGAINST 500 IN THE SAME PERIOD OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF "LIVE" OR VALID PATENTS RE-REGISTERED WAS NOW APPROXIMATELY 14,000. IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GIVE A PRECISE FIGURE AS THIS DEPENDED ON THE "LIVES" OR VALIDITY OF THE PATENTS AS ORIGINALLY REGISTERED IN THE UK PATENTS OFFICE IN LONDON.

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THE OVERALL NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR MARCH 1988, AT 156.9, INCREASED BY 9.8 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MARCH 1987 AND BY 3.8 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH DECEMBER 1987, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE MARCH 1988 AND MARCH 1987 INDEXES SHOWS THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 8.8 PER CENT; FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 12.1 PER CENT; FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 8.5 PER CENT; FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 13.2 PER CENT; AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 13.6 PER CENT.

A COMPARISON OF THE MARCH 1988 AND DECEMBER 1987 INDEXES SHOWS THAT THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 3.4 PER CENT; FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 3.5 PER CENT; FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 4.5 PER CENT; FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 8 PER CENT; AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 5.9 PER CENT.

THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD MARCH 1987 TO MARCH 1988 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 1. DETAILED BREAKDOWNS FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 2.

/THE OVERALL .......

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THE OVERALL REAL WAGE INDEX, AT 109.4 IN MARCH 1988, WAS 2.6 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN MARCH 1987 AND 2.4 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN DECEMBER 1987.

EROM MARCH 1987 TO MARCH 1988, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 1.6 PER CENT; FOR THE WHOLESALE/ RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 4.7 PER CENT; FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 1.3 PER CENT; FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 5.7 PER CENT; AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 6.1 PER CENT.

COMPARING MARCH 1988 WITH DECEMBER 1987, THE REAL WAGE INDEX FOR THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT; FOR THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR BY 2.1 PER CENT; FOR THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR BY 3.2 PER CENT; FOR THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR BY 6.5 PER CENT; AND FOR THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR BY 4.4 PER CENT.

THE REAL WAGE INDEXES FOR THE PERIOD MARCH 1987 TO MARCH 1988 FOR SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 3.

THESE NOMINAL AND REAL WAGE INDEXES ARE DERIVED FROM THE SURVEY OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS CONDUCTED EACH QUARTER BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, COVERING BOTH MANUAL AND NON-MANUAL WORKERS (EXCLUDING WORKERS AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL LEVELS) IN SELECTED INDUSTRIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR, THE WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS SECTOR, THE TRANSPORT SERVICES SECTOR, THE BUSINESS SERVICES SECTOR AND THE PERSONAL SERVICES SECTOR.

SUCH INDEXES MEASURE CHANGES IN WAGE RATES BY HOLDING THE STRUCTURAL PATTERN OF THE LABOUR FORCE WITH RESPECT TO INDUSTRY, OCCUPATION, SEX AND MODE OF PAYMENT THE SAME AS THAT OF MARCH 1982, WHICH IS THE BASE PERIOD OF THE WAGE INDEXES.

WHILE THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX MEASURES CHANGES IN WAGE RATES IN MONEY TERMS, THE REAL WAGE INDEX, WHICH IS OBTAINED BY DEFLATING THE NOMINAL WAGE INDEX BY THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A), MEASURES CHANGES IN THE PURCHASING POWER OF THE WAGES RECEIVED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT DREW ATTENTION TO THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WAGE INDEXES AND THE INDEXES OF PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED WHICH ARE ALSO PUBLISHED AT QUARTERLY INTERVALS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE WAGE RATES PROVIDE A MEASURE OF THE UNIT PRICE OF LABOUR, PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED IS A MEASURE OF PER CAPITA EARNINGS.

WAGE RATES REPRESENT THE AMOUNT OF REMUNERATION FOR NORMAL HOURS OF WORK, AND ARE DEFINED TO INCLUDE BASIC WAGES AND SALARIES, COST-OF-LIVING ALLOWANCE, MEAL BENEFITS, COMMISSION AND TIPS, GOOD ATTENDANCE BONUS AND NIGHT SHIFT ALLOWANCE.

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IN ADDITION, YEAR-END BONUS AND OTHER GUARANTEED AND REGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES THAT ARI PAID LESS FREQUENTLY THAN MONTHLY, ARE CONVERTED TO AN EQUIVALENT MONTHLY RATE WHEN COMPILING THE WAGE RATE INDEXES.

TOTAL PAYROLL, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS THE AMOUNT OF DIRECT CASH PAYMENTS THAT EMPLOYEES RECEIVE FROM EMPLOYERS. APART FROM THE ABOVE MENTIONED CASH RECEIPTS, IT ALSO INCLUDES OVERTIME PAY AND OTHER NON-GUARANTEED AND IRREGULAR BONUSES AND ALLOWANCES.

HENCE, STATISTICS ON PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED TEND TO BE SENSITIVE TO CHANGES IN THE NUMBER OF HOURS ACTUALLY WORKED, THE TIMING OF THE PAYMENT OF BONUSES AND BACK-PAY, AND THE COMPOSITION OF THE LABOUR FORCE.

AS A RESULT, MOVEMENTS IN WAGE RATES DO NOT NECESSARILY CONFORM WITH THOSE IN PAYROLL PER PERSON ENGAGED.

THE SURVEY FINDINGS ARE PUBLISHED IN A REPORT OF WAGES, SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS STATISTICS VOLUME I, MARCH 1988 WHICH WILL BE ON SALE SHORTLY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

THE VOLUME II ISSUE OF THE REPORT CONTAINING DETAILED OCCUI'A I’IONAL STATISTICS, SUCH AS WAGE RATES, NUMBER OF NORMAL HOURS Ol WORK AND NUMBER OF STANDARD WORKING DAYS IS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE IN EARLY AUGUST THIS YEAR.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE WAGE INDEXES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE WAGES AND LABOUR COSTS STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTIC'S DEPARTMENT ON 5-8235024 OR 5-8234747.

TABLE 1: NOMINAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

INDEXES (MARCH 1982 = 100)

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS --------------------------------

MAR. 1987 JUN. 1987 SEPT. 1987 DEC. 1987 MAR. 1988

MANUFACTURING 142.1 146.2 148.4 149.5 154.6

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 135.2 137.5 141.5 146.5 151 .6

TRANSPORT SERVICES 164.0 166.6 170.4 170.3 177.9

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BUSINESS SERVICES 148.6 152.6 155.8 155.8 168.2

PERSONAL SERVICES 136.7 141.0 145.7 116.6 155.3

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 142.9 146.5 149.4 151.2 156.9

TABLE 2: NOMINAL WAGE MANUFACTURING INDEXES SECTOR FOR MAJOR INDUSTRIES IN THE

INDEXES (MARCH 1982 = 100)

INDUS1 RY MAR. 1987 JUN. 1987 SEPT. 1987 DEC. 1987 MAR. 1988

GARMENTS 128.3 132.2 132.5 133.1 135.7

GLOVES 149.1 152.2 154.3 153.9 159.5

HANDBAGS 135.9 136.7 141.9 142.8 147.2

COTTON SPINNING/WEAVING 161.8 163.0 164.6 ♦ 165.5 172.0

KNITTING 140.8 146.5 148.3 148.2 150.0

BLEACHING AND DYEING 160.3 167.2 168.3 169.3 175.2

PRINTING 145.2 160.6 162.4 164.1 170.5

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 144.8 146.4 146.8 146.4 151.2

METAL PRODUCTS 145.6 151.4 153.0 154.3 160.9

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES 159.2 163.0 165.6 168.6 177.2

ELECTRONICS 153.2 155.6 162.3 165.0 175.3

WATCHES AND CLOCKS 156.9 171.8 174.9 176.1 182.8

MANUFACTURING 142.1 146.2 148.4 149.5 154.6

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TABLE 3: REAL WAGE INDEXES BY SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS

INDEXES (MARCH 1982 = 100)

SELECTED MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS --------------------------------------

MAR. 1987 JUN. 1987 SEPT. 1987 DEC. 1987 MAR. 1988

MANUFACTURING 106.0 106.3 106.9 105.6 107.7

WHOLESALE/RETAIL, IMPORT/EXPORT TRADES AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS 100.9 99.9 101.9 103.4 105.6

TRANSPORT SERVICES 122.4 121.1 122.8 120.2 124.0

BUSINESS SERVICES 110.9 110.9 112.2 110.0 117.2

PERSONAL SERVICES 102.0 102.5 105.0 103.6 108.2

ALL SECTORS ABOVE 106.6 106.5 107.7 106.8 109.4

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b UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1988 EXPLAINED

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS

BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND WELFARE, MR ADOLF HSU,

POSITIVE ACTION TO (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE

ENFORCE THE

1988

THIS WEEK, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

PASSED HEALTH

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE AMENDMENT ORDINANCE WAS TO INDUCED BY SUCH ADVERTISEMENTS TO UNQUALIFIED PERSONS OR RESORT SELF-MEDICATION.

, MR HSU SAID THAT THE ENACTMENT PROTECT THE PUBLIC FROM BEING SEEK IMPROPER TREATMENT FROM TO WRONGFUL APPLICATION BY

THE PART OF THE ORDINANCE WHICH DEALS WITH THE PUBLICATION OF ADVERTISEMENTS WILL COME INTO EFFECT ONE MONTH AFTER THE ENACTMENT AND PART II, WHICH RELATES TO ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE FORM OF LABELLED PACKAGES WILL BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION 24 MONTHS LATER TO ALLOW SUFFICIENI IIME FOR EXISTING LABELS AND PACKAGES TO BE MODIFIED IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW PROVISION.

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"I WOULD THEREFORE ADVISE THOSE WHO PUT UP ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE FORMS OF SIGNS, CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS AND OTHERS WHICH MAY CONTRAVENE THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE TO WITHDRAW OR REMOVE THE ADVERTISEMENTS WITHIN ONE MONTH AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE,” HE SAID.

MR HSU EXPLAINED THAT THE PRINCIPAL UNDESIRABLE MEDICAL ADVERTISEMENTS ORDINANCE PROHIBITED PUBLICATION OF ANY ADVERTISEMENT IF IT REPRESENTED ANY MEDICINE, SURGICAL APPLIANCE OR TREATMENT, WHETHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY OR BY IMPLICATION, AS BEING EFFECTIVE FOR THE TREATMENT OF DISEASES LISTED IN THE SCHEDULE TO THE ORDINANCE.

"PROBLEMS OF ENFORCEMENT AROSE WHERE ADVERTISEMENTS AVOIDED THE USE OF THE PRECISE TERMS APPEARING IN THE SCHEDULE IN REFERRING TO THE TREATMENT AVAILABLE AND USE INSTEAD COLLOQUIAL TERMS OR VEILED LANGUAGE SUCH AS SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE DISEASE.

"IN SUCH CASES IT WAS DIFFICULT TO PROVE THAT THE MEDICINE OR TREATMENT ADVERTISED HAD CONTRAVENED THE LAW. PROBLEMS COULD ALSO ARISE, PARTICULARLY IN THE CASE OF STREET ADVERTISEMENT SIGNS, IN IDENTIFYING AND PROSECUTING THE PERSON PLACING THE ADVERTISEMENT," MR HSU SAID.

THE AMENDMENT ORDINANCE REMOVED THE LEGAL OBSTACLES BY MAKING THE PROHIBITION AGAINST ADVERTISING DEPEND NOT ON WHAT THE ADVERTISEMENT REPRESENTS, BUT ON WHETHER IT IS LIKELY TO LEAD PERSONS READING THE ADVERTISEMENT TO USE THE MEDICINE, SURGICAL APPLIANCE OR TREATMENT ADVERTISED IN THE TREATMENT OR PREVENTION OF ANY OF THE PRESCRIBED DISEASES OR FOR ANY OF THE OTHER SPECIFIED PURPOSES.

"AS A DETERRENT, PENALTY FOR OFFENCES UNDER THE AMENDED ORDINANCE HAS BEEN INCREASED TO $10,000 ON FIRST CONVICTION AND $25,000 ON SUBSEQUENT CONVICTIONS," MR HSU SAID.

PRESUMPTION CLAUSES ARE PROVIDED UNDER THE ORDINANCE TO IDENTIFY THE PARTY RESPONSIBLE FOR PLACING THE ADVERTISEMENTS.

UNLESS THE CONTRARY IS PROVED, A PERSON WHO IS HELD OUT IN AN ADVERTISEMENT AS BEING A MANUFACTURER OR SUPPLIER OF MEDICINE OR SURGICAL APPLIANCES, OR AS BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE TREATMENT, IS PRESUMED TO HAVE CAUSED THE ADVERTISEMENT TO BE PUBLISHED.

WHERE AN ADVERTISEMENT INDICATES SOME MEANS OF CONTACTING A PERSON WHO PROVIDES TREATMENT, FOR EXAMPLE, AN ADDRESS OR A TELEPHONE NUMBER, THAT PERSON IS PRESUMED TO HAVE CAUSED THE ADVERTISEMENT TO BE PUBLISHED.

"THE LEGAL PROFESSION HAS BEEN CONSULTED ON THESE ARRANGEMENTS AND THEY SEE NO OBJECTION TO THEM," MR HSU SAID.

TWO NEW SCHEDULES HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE AMENDED ORDINANCE TO REPLACE THE EXISTING ONE. "THESE UPDATE THE LIST OF PRESCRIBED DISEASES AND SPECIFIED PURPOSES AND LIST THEM IN A MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND RATIONAL MANNER," MR HSU SAID.

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PROCEDURES OF AMENDING PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCES REVISED ******

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WILL BE ABLE TO AMEND THE TERMS OR CONDITIONS OF A PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE (PSL) AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE LICENSEE.

THIS IS STIPULATED IN THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1988 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

AT PRESENT, THE COMMISSIONER MUST OBTAIN THE PRIOR CONSENT OF THE LICENSEE BEFORE HE COULD INTRODUCE ANY AMENDMENTS TO THE PSL.

"THIS LIMITS THE COMMISSIONER’S ABILITY TO MEET PUBLIC TRANSPORT NEEDS PROMPTLY AND MAY, IN SOME CASES, JEOPARDISE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED.

"A PSL IS ISSUED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TO AUTHORISE ITS HOLDER TO OPERATE A NON-FRANCH1SED PUBLIC BUS SERVICE, A PRIVATE BUS SERVICE OR A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS SERVICE. TO MEET CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES, IT IS SOMETIMES NECESSARY TO AMEND THE TERMS OR CONDITIONS OF THE LICENCE, FOR EXAMPLE, MAKING ALTERATIONS TO THE ROUTEING OR STOPS OF THE SERVICE TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS."

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, THE COMMISSIONER, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE LICENSEE, MUST GIVE THE LICENSEE THREE MONTHS' NOTICE OF THE AMENDMENTS IN WRITING, EITHER PERSONALLY OR BY REGISTERED POST.

TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THE LICENSEE, AMENDMENTS TO THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE TO ENABLE THE LICENSEE TO APPLY FOR A REVIEW BY THE TRANSPORT TRIBUNAL OF ANY DECISION MADE BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO AMEND THE TERMS OR CONDITIONS OF A PSL.

"THE APPLICATION MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE COMMISSIONER WITHIN 14 DAYS AFTER THE LICENSEE IS NOTIFIED OF THE AMENDMENTS, AND THE AMENDMENTS CONCERNED WILL NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL THE TRANSPORT TRIBUNAL COMPLETES ITS REVIEW AND REACHES A DECISION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1988 ALSO EMPOWERS THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT TO SPECIFY THE FORMAT AND PARTICULARS OF THE PASSENGER SERVICE LICENCE CERTIFICATE DISPLAYED AT THE FRONT OF A VEHICLE.

AT PRESENT, ANY AMENDMENTS TO THE CERTIFICATE CONTAINING SUCH PARTICULARS AS VEHICLE NUMBER, DESCRIPTION OF THE TYPE OF SERVICE AND EXPIRY DVTE, HAVE TO BE APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL.

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FURTHERMORE, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN CONSISTENCY IN THE FEES AND PROCEDURES FOR ISSUING DUPLICATE LICENSING DOCUMENTS UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE, THE AMENDED REGULATIONS ALSO PROVIDE THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT THE POWER TO ISSUE DUPLICATE PSL’S AND HIRE CAR PERMITS AT A FEE OF $60.

"THE ISSUE OF SUCH DUPLICATES ARE CURRENTLY NOT PROVIDED IN THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES) REGULATIONS AND ARE ISSUED INDER THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL CLAUSES ORDINANCE AT A FEE OF $65," THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

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AIRPORT EASY TRAVEL SCHEME STARTS ON AUGUST 1 ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE EASY TRAVEL SCHEME WILL BE OPERATIONAL AT THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON AUGUST 1.

"UNDER THE SCHEME, TRAVELLERS USING HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS FOR IMMIGRATION CLEARANCE AT THE AIRPORT DO NOT NEED TO COMPLETE ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CARDS AS AT OTHER COMPUTERISED CONTROL POINTS,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID.

"HOLDERS OF NEW HONG KONG PERMANENT IDENTITY CARDS, AGED 18 OR OVER, WILL FURTHER BENEFIT BY BEING EXEMPTED FROM PRODUCING TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AT THE AIRPORT FOR TRAVELS TO AND FROM THEIR DESTINATIONS.

"HOLDERS OF HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS WITH THE ♦ ♦♦ SYMBOL WILL BE ABLE TO TRAVEL WITHOUT THE HONG KONG RE-ENTRY PERMITS FOR JOURNEYS TO AND FROM CHINA.

"HOWEVER, ALL TRAVELLERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD BE PROPERLY DOCUMENTED FOR THEIR DESTINATIONS."

TO TIE IN WITH THE NEW PHASE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, ALL THE 98 ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE IMMIGRATION COUNTERS AT THE AIRPORT WILL BE COMPUTERISED BY AUGUST 1.

A FURTHER 68 IMMIGRATION COUNTERS WILL BE PUT INTO SERVICE, WHEN THE AIRPORT STAGE V EXTENSION PROJECT IS COMPLETED, HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT TRAVELLERS WHO DO NOT USE THEIR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS WHEN PASSING THROUGH THE CONTROL POINTS AT THE AIRPORT SHOULD PRODUCE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND COMPLETED ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CARDS.

"ALL CHILDREN UNDER 18 AND ADULTS WHOSE IDENTITY CARDS HAVE BEEN PERFORATED, DEFACED, LOST, INVALIDATED OR THOSE WHO ARE EXEMPTED FROM OBTAINING IDENTITY CARDS SHOULD TRAVEL ON PROPER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS WHEN PASSING THROUGH THE CONTROL POINTS," HE SAID.

"TO HELP REDUCE WAITING TIME, PARENTS ARE ADVISED TO COMPLETE ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CARDS ON BEHALF OF THEIR CHILDREN WHO DO NOT YET HAVE IDENTITY CARDS."

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YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE TO BE RENAMED ♦ * * * ♦

THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE (YEAS) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL CHANGE ITS NAME SHORTLY TO REFLECT MORE ACCURATELY THE VARIOUS SERVICES IT PROVIDES FOR YOUNGSTERS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 10TH SEMINAR ON CAREERS EDUCATION, MR HAMMOND SAID THERE HAD BEEN A MISCONCEPTION THAT THE YEAS WAS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR PLACING YOUNG PEOPLE INTO EMPLOYMENT.

”TO AVOID AMBIGUITY IN THIS REGARD, THE YEAS WILL SHORTLY BE RENAMED AS THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE,” HE SAID.

"ALSO, IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN GENERAL, AND SECONDARY STUDENTS IN PARTICULAR, A FOURTH CENTRE WILL BE SET UP SOON IN SHA TIN TO PROVIDE A CAREERS SERVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

’’FITTING-OUT WORK FOR THE NEW CENTRE AT THE CHANWAY SHOPPING CENTRE WILL BE COMMENCED SHORTLY.”

THE SEMINAR WAS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND GUIDANCE MASTERS, AND HELD AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

MR HAMMOND ALS' SAID THAT A SERIES OF VIDEO SHOWS HAS BEEN ORGANISED FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE EXISTING THREE CAREERS INFORMATION CENTRES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

THE VIDEO SHOWS ARE ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER STUDIES AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING, AS WELL AS EMPLOYMENT ASPECTS IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS.

THROUGH A GENEROUS DONATION FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE WILL ALSO PRODUCE 10 CAREERS FILMS ON VARIOUS INDUSTRIES, TRADES AND PROFESSIONS TO PROVIDE VIVID AND UP-TO-DATE CAREERS INFORMATION TO ALL NEXT YEAR.

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR D.H.T. LAN, ALSO SPOKE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

MR LAN EMPHASISED THE VALUE OF THE TRIPARTITE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG .kONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND GUIDANCE MASTERS WHICH TOGETHER ’’ARE DOING MUCH TO PROVIDE A VITAL SERVICE IN CAREERS EDUCATION AND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR SCHOOLS”.

HE SAID THE CAREERS EDUCATION CENTRE IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS HAD BEEN CONSTANTLY UPDATING AND REPLENISHING VARIOUS TYPES OF INFORMATION.

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"IT HAS ALSO BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE PREPARATION AND DISSEMINATION OF CAREERS INFORMATION AND RESOURCE MATERIALS.

"REGULAR CAREERS VISITS, WORKSHOPS, DISCUSSION SESSIONS, SEMINARS, CONFERENCES AND TRAINING COURSES ARE ORGANISED FOR CAREERS TEACHERS TO UPDATE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN CAREERS GUIDANCE AND TO KEEP THEM ABREAST OF CHANGES TAKING PLACE," MR LAN SAID.

TODAY’S SEMINAR WAS ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 100 CAREERS TEACHERS FROM VARIOUS SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDED MRS GRACE CHOW, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF STUDENT AFFAIRS, CHINESE UNIVERSITY; MR CHAN HIN-SANG, PERSONNEL OFFICER, CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD.; AND MR RAYMOND LEUNG, LABOUR OFFICER, LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

SUBJECTS DISCUSSED WERE PREPARATION FOR JOINING THE WORLD OF WORK, LADDER OF SUCCESS FOR YOUNG SCHOOL LEAVERS, AND JOB-SEEKERS AND CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

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MORE OPPORTUNITIES URGED FOR DISABLED » * » » »

THE COMMUNITY MUST OPEN ITS CHANNEL TO THE DISABLED SO THAT THEY COULD SHARE THE SAME RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES AS THEIR ABLE-BODIED COUNTERPARTS BECAUSE REHABILITATION SERVICES ARE ONLY PART OF THE REQUIRED ACTION TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL OF INTEGRATING THE DISABLED INTO THE COMMUNITY, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MRS ELIZABETH WONG, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

SHE WAS SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND JOINT SCHOOLS’ END OF TERM CEREMONY OF THE SPAST1CS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG, HELD AT THE MARTHA BOSS COMMUNITY CENTRE IN HO MAN TIN.

MRS WONG NOTED THAT LIKE ALL OF US, THE DISABLED ALSO NEEDED EMPLOYMENT AND MOREOVER, THEY NEEDED THE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FROM PARENTS, FRIENDS, THEIR FELLOW WORKERS AND THE COMMUNITY TO FACE THE CHALLENGE OF THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT.

TO PREPARE THEM TO FACE THE CHALLENGE, VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION WAS ESSENTIAL, AND THIS INCLUDED VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE AND ASSESSMENT, VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND PLACEMENT SERVICES, MRS WONG SAID.

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VOCATIONAL GUIDANCE IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES IN THE FORM OF INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING, SEMINARS, TALKS, VISITS TO FACTORIES, AND OTHER TRAINING INSTITUTIONS, WAS USUALLY CARRIED OUT BY A SOCIAL WORKER IN COLLABORATION WITH THE TRAINING OR TEACHING STAFF.

VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT WAS CURRENTLY PROVIDED BY THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT (TEITD) AT THE VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENT SECTION IN THE KWUN TONG SKILLS CENTRE FOR THE DISABLED.

IT HELPED TO EVALUATE A DISABLED PERSON’S POTENTIAL, ABILITY AND LIMITATION AND PROVIDED THE ESSENTIAL INFORMATION OF TRAINING PROGRAMMES IN THE RIGHT TRADES.

AFTER ASSESSMENT, THE ELIGIBLE DISABLED PERSONS MIGHT ATTEND ONE OF THE FIVE TEITD-RUN AND SUBVENTED VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES WHICH PROVIDED A VARIETY OF TRAINING COURSES TO EQUIP THEM WITH THE REQUIRED SKILLS TO ENHANCE THEIR EMPLOYABILITY IN A WIDE RANGE OF TRADES.

WHEN THEY HAD COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING, THE DISABLED COULD SEEK OPEN EMPLOYMENT BY THEMSELVES OR SEEK THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, WHICH COULD HELP TO PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES TO PERSONS SUFFERING FROM BLINDNESS, DEAFNESS, PHYSICAL HANDICAP, MENTAL ILLNESS AND MENTAL HANDICAP.

"SHELTERED WORK IS PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT OBTAIN OPEN EMPLOYMENT BECAUSE OF THEIR LIMITATIONS AND THERE ARE CURRENTLY 29 SHELTERED WORKSHOPS WITH 3,005 PLACES FOR THE DISABLED, WITH AN ADDITIONAL 1,755 PLACES TO BE PROVIDED WITHIN THE NEXT THREE YEARS," MRS WONG SAID.

"THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT HAS TAKEN THE INITIATIVE TO EXPLORE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES OTHER THAN SHELTERED WORK AND HAS DEVELOPED THE CONCEPT OF SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT," SHE SAID.

"THE OBJECTIVE OF SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT IS TO OFFER NEW MODELS OF EMPLOYMENT TO PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN NORMAL WORK SETTING, BUT WITH CONTINUOUS AND ONGOING SUPERVISION AND SUPPORT.

"IT WILL ENSURE THAT THE DISABLED HAVE ACCESS TO A CHOICE OF WAGE-GENERATING WORK WITH JOB SECURITY AS WELL AS OPPORTUNITIES FOR MOBILITY AND ADVANCEMENT.

"SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT MAY BE PRACTICABLE IN THE OPEN JOB MARKET WHERE THE DISABLED CAN WORK ALONGSIDE WITH THEIR ABLE-BODIED COUNTERPARTS AND IT WOULD ENHANCE THEIR SENSE OF WORTH AND DIGNITY AS WELL AS SOCIAL AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP," SHE SAID.

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, M«S WONG SAID SERVICES. OF DAY ACTIVITY CENTRES WERE AVAILABLE FOR (MILDLY,. MODERATELY AND SEVERELY MENTALLY HANDICAPPED ADULTS WHO WERE UNABLE TO BENEFIT FROM VOCATIONAL OR PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING OR SHELTERED EMPLOYMENT.

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: I < ,/•. 'A DAXf:AQTjIVITYir! CENTRE PROVIDES DAY CARE AND TRAINING IN SEpF-CARE, DAILY LIVING, COMMUNITY LIVING AND SOCIAL SKI U.S, ADULT EDUCATION AND SIMPLE WORK AND OCCUPATIONAL ACTIVITIES, ALL OF WHICH AIM AT HELPING THE DISABLED TO BECOME MORE INDEPENDENT IN THEIR DAILY LIFE,/' SHE, SAID..;.-

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"THERE AR.E- NOW .26 DAY ACTIVITY CENTRES WITH 1,260 PLACES AND ABOUT 810 ADDITIONAL PLACES WOULD BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS," SHE ADDED.

CONCEDING THAT THERE WAS STILL A GAP BETWEEN DEMAND AND THE PROVISION OF POST-SCHOOL PLACEMENT FOR THE DISABLED, MRS WONG SAID THE DEPARTMENT HAD COME UP WITH CERTAIN INTERIM MEASURES TO BRIDGE THE GAP, INCLUDING THE HOME-BASED TRAINING PROGRAMME AND THE COMMERCIALLY-HIRED VEHICLES SERVICE. liUH '■

"THE HOME-BASED TRAINING PROGRAMME WILL BE PROVIDED TO MENTALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS AWAITING PLACEMENTS IN DAY ACTIVITY CENTRES' 'OR 'ftfeSIDENTIAL SHELTERED WORKSHOPS.

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>-01T-,l<tRAiktNG SESSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED ONCE A WEEK IN THEIR OWN HOM&S- WITH TIffe PARTICIPATION OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS," SHE SAID.

"THREE HOME-BASED TRAINING TEAMS HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR THIS FISCAL1YEAR AND THE FIRST TEAM HAS COMMENCED SERVICE SINCE APRIL 1," SHE ADDED.

"Commercially-hired vehicles will provide transport service to DISABLElb'PERSONS WILLING TO ATTEND SHELTERED WORKSHOPS OUTSIDE THEIR RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS IN ORDER TO MAKE FULL UTILISATION OF LIMITED RESOURCES," SHE SAID.

TURNING TO RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR THE DISABLED, MRS WONG SAID THE OBJECTIVE OF THE EXISTING RESIDENTIAL SERVICES WAS TO PROVIDE"ACCOMMODATION AND CARE TO THE DISABLED WHO COULD NOT LIVE INDEPENDENTLY, OR COULD.NOT BE ADEQUATELY CARED FOR AT HOME BY THEIR OWN MEANS1OR BY THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, OR LIVED TOO FAR AWAY FROM SCHOOL OR THE PLACE OF TRAINING AND WORK.

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SHE SAflV THAT APART FROM CONTINUING WITH THE EXISTING PROVISION OF1-COMPASSIONATE REHOUSING TO THE DISABLED, THE DEPARTMENT WAS ALSO CONSIDERING NEW MODELS IN THE FORMS OF SMALL GROUP HOMES IN THE’NEAR FUTURE TO MEET THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF DISABLED PERSONS WITH DIFFERENT LEVELS OF FUNCTIONING.

NEVERTHELESS, SHE STRESSED THAT NO HOSTEL, HOWEVER WELL-MANAGED, COULD BE COMPARED TO THE WARMTH OF A HOME AND TO THE PRESENCE OF PARENTS AND FAMILY.

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"LET ME ASK YOU TO GIVE THEM A HOME AND A LIFE OF LOVE, AND FOR OUR PART WE WOULD TRY TO PROVIDE THE SUPPORT YOU NEED TO ACHIEVE THIS NOBLE AND DIFFICULT TASK," SHE URGED.

MRS WONG COMMENDED THE SPASTICS ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG FOR PROVIDING A MYRIAD OF SERVICES FOR THE SEVERELY DISABLED, RANGING FROM SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES, SPECIAL SCHOOLS TO SHELTERED WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES.

AT AN EARLIER FUNCTION TODAY, MRS WONG ALSO PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE FOR PROVIDING EDUCATION AND RESIDENTIAL SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN NEED SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT 40 YEARS AGO.

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RSNT LEARNS MORE ABOUT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN TUEN MUN ♦ » ♦ * ♦

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR MICHAEL SUEN, TODAY (FRIDAY) MET REPRESENTATIVES OF MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MAC’S) AND A YIN NGAI SOCIETY AND LEARNED MORE ABOUT THE FUNCTION AND ACTIVITIES OF LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS DURING A VISIT TO TUEN MUN.

MR SUEN WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JOHN WAN, DURING THE TOUR.

DURING HIS STOP IN SIU HONG COURT, MR SUEN WAS INTRODUCED TO THE KEY OFFICE-BEARERS OF VARIOUS MAC’S IN THE SIU YIN HOUSE MAC OFFICE.

HE WAS TOLD THAT SIU HONG COURT, WITH A POPULATION OF 17,400, IS THE LARGEST HOUSING ESTATE UNDER THE HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME.

THE MAC'S WERE SET UP TO PROMOTE A SENSE OF FRIENDLINESS, MUTUAL HELP AND RESPONSIBILITY AMONG RESIDENTS AS WELL AS TO ENHANCE THE SECURITY, LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF THE BUILDINGS.

IN ORDER TO PROVIDE MORE COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS, THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS INITIATED THE SETTING UP OF A YOUTH CENTRE IN THE ROOF GARDEN OF THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX THERE.

MR SUEN ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MEMBERS OF THE SIU HONG YIN NGAI SOCIETY.

THE YIN NGAI SOCIETY WAS ESTABLISHED TO PROVIDE A FORUM FOR WOMEN TO MEET AND MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIALS AND SELF-CONFIDENCE THROUGH ORGANISING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES.

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THE SIU HONG YIN NGAI SOCIETY, WHICH WAS SET up LAST YEAR, IS ONE OF THE SIX YIN NGAI SOCIETIES IN THE DISTRICT PROVIDING A NUMBER OF RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES FOR WOMEN, ESPECIALLY HOUSEWIVES, TO MAKE BETTER USE OF THEIR LEISURE TIME.

THE SOCIETY HAS MORE THAN 170 MEMBERS AND IS CHAIRED BY AN EXPERIENCED COMMUNITY LEADER.

DI RING HIS VISIT TO SUN FAT ESTATE, MR SUEN WAS RECEIVED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BLOCK III MAC, MADAM KWONG MAN-NU1, AT HER FLAT.

MADAM KWONG MOVED INTO THE ESTATE IN 1973. IN RECOGNITION OF HER EFFORTS IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY, SHE WAS AWARDED WITH THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION EARLY THIS YEAR.

MR SUEN ALSO WENT TO AREA 4B WHICH IS A RESIDENTIAL AREA COMPOSED OF 22 BLOCKS OF PRIVATE BUILDINGS WITH MORE THAN 8,500 RESIDENTS.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN TUEN MUN, MR SUEN VISITED THE INDUSTRIAL ZONES IN AREAS 9 AND 12 WHICH COVER A TOTAL AREA OF 23 HECTARES.

THERE ARE ABOUT 2,000 MANUFACTURING FIRMS INVOLVING IN PLASTICS, METAL AND GARMENT INDUSTRIES IN THE TWO AREAS. OVER 50 PER CENT OF THE 25,000 WORKFORCE THERE ARE TUEN MUN RESIDENTS.

THE REGIONAL SECRETARY THEN WENT TO THE TUEN MUN RURAL COMMITTEE BUILDING AND WAS GREETED BY THE CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WONG-FAT, AND VICE-CHAIRMEN, MESSRS CHAN WING-HING AND TO KAM-CHOW. THEY EXCHANGED VIEWS ON DEVELOPMENTS IN VILLAGES AND RELATED IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

MR SUEN ALSO MET DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS DURING A LUNCHEON.

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NEW IDENTITY CARDS FOR WOMEN BORN IN 1967-69 *****

WOMEN BORN IN 1967, 1968 AND 1969 WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS FROM JULY 25 TO AUGUST 26, THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

"WOMEN OF THE ABOVE AGE GROUP CAN CALL AT ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES DURING THIS PERIOD," AN IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

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

"AS THESE OFFICES ARE VERY CROWDED IN THE EVENINGS, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO GO THERE IN THE MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS TO AVOID THE QUEUES OR HAVING TO COME BACK ON ANOTHER DAY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"APPLICANTS MAY ALSO 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 PLAZA, SECOND FLOOR, 77 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD. TEL. NO. 3-7553679

WEST KOWLOON : CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND 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 : SHA TIN CENTRE, PODIUM FLOOR, 2-16 WANG POK ROAD.

TEL. NO. 0-6059108

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND 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.

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"APPLICANTS NORMALLY NEED TO BRING ALONG THEIR EXISTING IDENTITY CARDS IF THEIR CARDS WERE FIRST REGISTERED NOT LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO AND BEAR THE »»* SYMBOL," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"HOWEVER, IF AN APPLICANT’S IDENTITY CARD WAS FIRST REGISTERED LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO OR DOES NOT HAVE THE »** SYMBOL, SHE IS REQUIRED TO FURNISH MORE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE ASSESSMENT OF HER RIGHT OF ABODE IN HONG KONG AND SUBSEQUENTLY HER ELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMANENT IDENTITY CARD.

"THE DOCUMENT MAY TAKE THE FORM OF TRAVEL DOCUMENT, HONG KONG BIRTH CERTIFICATE, HONG KONG NATURALISATION CERTIFICATE, HONG KONG REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE, AND SO ON," HE SAID.

HE ALSO REMINDED MEN BORN IN 1953, 1954 AND 1969 WHO HAVE NOT APPLIED FOR THEIR NEW IDENTITY CARDS TO COME FORWARD WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY AS THERE IS ONLY ONE MORE WEEK LEFT BEFORE THE CURRENT PHASE CLOSES ON JULY 23.

HE POINTED OUT THAT FAILURE TO APPLY FOR A NEW IDENTITY CARD WITHIN THE. SPECIFIED PERIOD IS AN OFFENCE LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $3,000.

THE SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

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168 POLICE OFFICERS COMPLETE INTENSIVE TRAINING * * ♦ * *

ANOTHER 168 POLICE OFFICERS HAVE COMPLETED INTENSIVE TRAINING AT THE POLICE TACTICAL UNIT, EQUIPPING THEMSELVES WITH ADDITIONAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO DEAL WITH EXCEPTIONAL SITUATIONS.

THE DELTA COMPANY TODAY (FRIDAY) PASSED OUT FROM THE PTU HEADQUARTERS IN FANLING WHERE THEY HAD UNDERGONE A 10-WEEK TRAINING PROGRAMME WHICH COVERED A BROAD FIELD OF SUBJECTS INCLUDING INTERNAL SECURITY DRILLS AND TACTICS, SPECIALISED FIREARMS TRAINING, CROWD CONTROL, FIRST AID, HELICOPTER TRAINING WITH THE ARMED FORCES AND PHYSICAL FITNESS.

ADDRESSING THEM AT THE PASSING OUT CEREMONY, THE CHIEF STAFF OFF1CER/PUBLIC RELATIONS, MR JOHN DUNN, SAID PTU TRAINING WAS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO THE ABILITY OF THE POLICE FORCE WHICH TO A VERY LARGE EXTENT COHERED WITH THE FUTURE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG.

"FOR US THERE CAN BE NO PROSPERITY WITHOUT STABILITY, THERE CAN BE NO STABILITY WITHOUT LAW AND ORDER," HE SAID.

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WHILE CONGRATULATING THE GRADUATES, MR DUNN URGED THEM TO CONTINUE TO EXERCISE THE NORMAL COURTESY AND RESTRAINT IN CARRYING OUT THEIR DUTIES.

"THE FORCE DEPENDS VERY MUCH ON THE CO-OPERATION IT RECEIVES FROM THE PUBLIC. THEIR TRUST AND SUPPORT HAS BEEN PAINFULLY BUILT UP OVER MANY YEARS -- MAKE SURE YOU DO NOTHING THAT WILL DAMAGE IT," SAID MR DUNN.

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30 PASS FINAL LICENTIATE EXAMINATION *****

THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL OF HONG KONG ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT 30 OUT OF 83 CANDIDATES HAD PASSED THE FINAL PART OF THE LICENTIATE EXAMINATION FOR UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS.

THIS EXAMINATION, HELD FROM JULY 5 TO 7, WAS AN ORAL ONE TO TEST THE ABILITY OF CANDIDATES TO APPLY PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE TO CLINICAL PROBLEMS.

CANDIDATES WERE EXAMINED BY TWO PANELS OF EXAMINERS IN EACH OF THE THREE DISCIPLINES - MEDICINE, SURGERY AND OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY.

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WILL BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO AN 18-MONTH PERIOD OF ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING IN HOSPITALS APPROVED BY THE MEDICAL COUNCIL STARTING IN SEPTEMBER.

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DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED * * *

THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE REGISTRATION OF CHEERFUL FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY HAS BEEN REVOKED AT THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS OF TODAY AT ITS OWN REQUEST UNDER SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

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- J1 -APPROVED NORTH POINT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN GAZETTED *****

THE APPROVED OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR NORTH POINT, PASSED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE PLAN COVERS AN AREA OF 295 HECTARES WITH DEVELOPMENT CONCENTRATING IN THE STREET BLOCKS TO THE NORTH AND SOUTH OF KING’S ROAD.

THE WELL-WOODED STEEP SLOPES RISING TOWARD THE SOUTH FORMS A GREEN BACKDROP TO THE PLANNING AREA. VICTORIA PARK, LOCATED TO THE WEST, IS THE MAJOR OPEN SPACE FOR THE AREA.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE PLAN IS TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY LAND USE PATTERN AND ROAD NETWORK AS A BASIS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT.

IN ORDER TO ENSURE MAJOR REDEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA ARE CARRIED OUT IN A CO-ORDINATED AND COMPREHENSIVE MANNER, CERTAIN AREAS ARE ZONED ’’OTHER SPECIFIED USES” ANNOTATED ’’COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT AREA”.

WITHIN SUCH ZONING, DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS ARE SUBJECT TO THE PERMISSION OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

THE PLAN CAN BE SEEN AT THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, FOURTH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THE APPROVED PLAN ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MAP AND PLAN SALES SECTION, SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE KOWLOON MAP AND PLAN SALES SECTION, 382 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE PRICE IS $10 FOR AN UNCOLOURED VERSION AND $50 FOR A COLOURED PRINTED VERSION.

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PSPS SITE IN MA ON SHAN OFFERED FOR SALE

*****

A PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME DEVELOPMENT WILL BE BUILT ON A 3,951-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN MA ON SHAN TOWN CENTRE, SHA TIN.

THE SCHEME WILL PROVIDE 510 TO 560 RESIDENTIAL UNITS, RANGING BETWEEN 35 SQUARE METRES AND 55 SQUARE METRES.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SAID ABOUT 58 PER CENT OF THE RESIDENTIAL UNITS WOULD HAVE THREE BEDROOMS.

UPON COMPLETION, THE DEVELOPMENT’S TOTAL GROSS FLOOR AREA FOR RESIDENTIAL USE SHOULD NOT EXCEED 29,680 SQUARE METRES.

THE DEVELOPER IS ALSO REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A SHOPPING AREA AND A CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND.

GODOWN AND CINEMA DEVELOPMENTS, HOWEVER, ARE NOT PERMITTED.

THE SITE IS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS.DEPARTMENT.

THE DEADLINE FOR TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 9.

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NT LOTS TO BE RESUMED FOR SEWERAGE SYSTEM

*****

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME 44 LOTS IN FANLING FOR THE LAYING OF A TRUNK SEWER TO PROVIDE FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT.

THE LOTS COMPRISE 96.2 SQUARE METRES OF BUILDING LAND AND 27,606.1 SQUARE METRES OF AGRICULTURAL LAND.

THE RESUMPTION IS REQUIRED NOW TO ALLOW WORK ON THE

2,200-METRE SEWER TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER.

THE NEW SEWER IS NEEDED FOR THE CONNECTION OF THE SEWERAGE SYSTEM IN FANLING SOUTH TO THE SHEK WU HUI SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS TO CATER FOR THE POPULATION IN WAH MING ESTATE IN LATE 1989.

A NOTICE ON THE RESUMPTION WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY). THE LOTS WILL REVERT TO GOVERNMENT ON THE EXPIRY OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE POSTING OF THE NOTICE ON THE LOTS.

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1988

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DEMOLITION OF OLD FOOTBRIDGE IN VALLEY ROAD ESTATE

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO DEMOLISH A TEMPORARY FOOTBRIDGE

LINKING BLOCKS 10 AND 17 OF THE VALLEY ROAD ESTATE IN HO MAN TIN.

’’THE FOOTBRIDGE WHICH HAS BEEN IN SERVICE FOR 18 YEARS HAS DETERIORATED TO A STATE WHERE IT IS NOW BEYOND ECONOMICAL REPAIR,” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT BRANCH SAID.

”IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY TO TAKE DOWN THIS FOOTBRIDGE SO AS TO AVOID A POSSIBLE MISHAP.”

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS CONFIRMED THAT THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR REPROVTSION OF THIS FOOTBRIDGE BECAUSE THE PEDESTRIAN DEMAND FOR ITS USE IS LIGHT AND THERE IS ALREADY AN AT-GRADE CROSSING NEARBY.

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

A PLAN SHOWING THE PROPOSED WORKS CAN BE SEEN AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG.

IT- CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE/KOWLOON WEST, YAU MA TEI CAR PARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON; AND AT THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141-143 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, FIRST FLOOR, KOWLOON.

ANY PERSON WHO OBJECTS TO THE WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 13 THIS YEAR.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR TAI PO ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT * * * ♦ *

THE GOVERNMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE THIRD AND LAST STAGE OF TAI PO ROAD IMPROVEMENT - SHA TIN TO TAI WO PING INTERCHANGE.

A NOTICE FOR INVITATION TO TENDER IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

/"THE SECTION

FRIDAY, JULY 15,

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"THE SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN SHA TIN AND TAI WO PING INTERCHANGE IS A HEAVILY TRAFFICKED SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY ROAD LINKING THE NORTHWEST URBAN AREAS OF KOWLOON AND SHA TIN," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IT IS AT PRESENT A TWO-LANE ROAD WITH NUMEROUS TIGHT BENDS ALONG ITS LENGTH.

"WORKS TO BE COVERED UNDER THE THIRD STAGE CONTRACT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO FOOTBRIDGES AND IMPROVEMENT TO FOUR SECTIONS OF TAI PO ROAD TOTALLING ABOUT 1.7 KILOMETRES IN LENGTH."

THE FOUR SECTIONS ARE:

THE SECTION ADJACENT TO LION ROCK COUNTRY PARK IMMEDIATELY SOUTH OF KOWLOON GOVERNMENT EXPLOSIVE DEPOT;

THE SECTION BETWEEN SHA TIN LOOKOUT AND LUK HOP VILLAGE;

THE SECTION TO THE NORTH OF THE JUNCTION OF TAI PO ROAD WITH CHIK WAN STREET; AND

* THE SECTION BETWEEN KEUNG HAU ROAD AND SHA TIN HEIGHTS ROAD.

THESE SECTIONS WILL BE WIDENED TO A MINIMUM OF 10 METRES TO ACCOMMODATE THREE LANES.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS WILL INCLUDE REALIGNMENT OF SECTIONS OF THE ROAD ON SHARP BENDS, PROVISION OF FOOTPATHS, BUS LAY-BYS, PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES AND LANDSCAPING.

A SECTION OF THE SHA TIN HEIGHTS ROAD, ABOUT 120 METRES LONG, WILL ALSO BE REALIGNED AND REGRADED.

THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL NECESSITATE CUT SLOPE WORKS AS WELL AS CONSTRUCTION OF EARTH RETAINING STRUCTURES ALONG THE ROAD.

DURING CONSTRUCTION, ALL EXISTING ACCESS POINTS TO AND FROM THE ROAD WILL BE MAINTAINED.

TWO-LANE, TWO-WAY TRAFFIC WILL OPERATE DURING THE DAY TIME, AND ANY NECESSARY SINGLE LANE OPERATIONS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO NIGHT HOURS.

THE STAGE III CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF 1989.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED ON BEHALF OF THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT BY HARRIS & SUTHERLAND (FAR EAST) CONSULTING ENGINEERS.

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FRIDAY, JULY 15,

1988

- 35 -INCREASED FEES FOR DOG AND CAT DETENTION *****

THE FEES PAYABLE FOR THE DETENTION OF DOGS AND CATS IN A GOVERNMENT KENNEL WILL BE INCREASED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE INCREASES WERE PRESCRIBED IN THE DOGS AND CATS (FEES) ORDER 1988, MADE UNDER THE DOGS AND CATS ORDINANCE WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE GOVERNOR. A NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

THE EXISTING LEVEL OF FEES CHARGED FOR THE DETENTION OF A BITER DOG IN A GOVERNMENT KENNEL FOR OBSERVATION PURPOSE IS $25 PER DAY WHILE THAT FOR THE DETENTION OF A BITER CAT IS $10 PER DAY.

THESE FEES, WHICH HAVE BEEN IN FORCE SINCE JANUARY 1983, WILL BE REVISED TO $65 PER DAY FOR THE FIRST SEVEN DAYS AND $20 PER DAY THEREAFTER OR PART THEREOF FOR A BITER DOG, AND $25 PER DAY FOR THE FIRST SEVEN DAYS AND $10 PER DAY THEREAFTER OR PART THEREOF FOR A BITER CAT.

THE DAILY CHARGE FOR DETENTION OF AN IMPORTED DOG UNDER QUARANTINE WILL BE RAISED FROM $20 TO $25 PER DAY WHILE THAT IN RESPECT OF AN IMPORTED CAT WILL REMAIN AT THE EXISTING LEVEL OF $10 PER DAY.

THE DETENTION FEE FOR STRAY DOGS AND DOGS NOT UNDER CONTROL WILL BE INCREASED FROM $145 TO $290 REGARDLESS OF THE DURATION OF DETENTION.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE INCREASES, THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (AGRICULTURE) OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, DR NORMAN CHENG, SAID THE INCREASES WERE INTENDED TO RECOVER THE STAFF AND ACCOMMODATION COSTS INVOLVED.

"THE INCREASES IN THE FEES FOR QUARANTINE DETENTION FOR IMPORTED DOGS ARE VERY MODEST, AND THE NEW FEES ARE STILL BELOW THE RATES PREVAILING IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR," HE SAID.

DR CHENG SAID THE INCREASES IN THE FEES FOR THE DETENTION OF STRAYS AND FOR BITER DOGS AND CATS WERE COMPARATIVELY MORE SUBSTANTIAL.

"THIS IS BASED ON THE RECOVERY OF THE STAFF COSTS INVOLVED IN THE HIGHLY LABOUR INTENSIVE MEASURES IMPLEMENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF STRAY DOGS AS PART OF A TERRITORY-WIDE EFFORT TO CONTAIN, CONTROL AND PREVENT THE SPREAD OF RABIES IN HONG KONG.

"SUCH INCREASES ARE ALSO JUSTIFIED AS AN DETERRENT AGAINST DOG OWNERS ALLOWING THEIR DOGS TO ROAM ON A PUBLIC THOROUGHFARE," HE SAID.

BY LAW, ANY PERSON WHO LETS HIS DOG STRAY IS LIABLE TO A MAXIMUM FINE OF $5,000 AND IMPRISONMENT FOR SIX MONTHS, DR CHENG POINTED OUT.

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 1988

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POLICE OFFICERS HONOURED FOR SWIFT ACTION » ♦ $ * *

KWAI CHUNG POLICE OFFICERS WERE HONOURED TODAY (FRIDAY) FOR THEIR SWIFT ACTION IN SOLVING A ROBBERY CASE WHICH OCCURRED AT A TV GAMES CENTRE IN KWONG FAI CIRCUIT, KWAI CHUNG, LAST YEAR.

AT A CERMONY HELD AT THE POLICE STATION, THE PROPRIETOR PRESENTED A SILVER PLATE TO THE DISTRICT COMMANDER/KWAI CHUNG, MR EVAN EVANS, AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION.

THE ROBBERY TOOK PLACE LAST OCTOBER WHEN TWO ARMED ROBBERS FORCED OPEN A SAFE INSIDE THE CENTRE AND MADE OFF WITH CASH AND VALUABLES TOTALLING $200,000.

AN EMPLOYEE IMMEDIATELY GAVE CHASE AND, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF A PATROLLING POLICE OFFICER, APPREHENDED A SUSPECT IN KWAI CHUNG ESTATE. A WATCH WORTH ABOUT $120,000 WAS LATER RECOVERED.

THE ROBBER WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SENTENCED BY THE HIGH COURT TO EIGHT YEARS' IMPRISONMENT.

MEANWHILE, AT ANOTHER CEREMONY HELD AT NORTH POINT POLICE STATION TODAY, EASTERN DISTRICT DETECTIVES WERE PRAISED FOR THEIR SWIFT ACTION IN SOLVING A THEFT CASE AT A LOCAL DEPARTMENT STORE.

ON BEHALF OF THE POLICE, THE DISTRICT COMMANDER/EASTERN, MR MIKE HARPER, RECEIVED SIX SOUVENIR PLAQUES AND A BANNER FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE DEPARTMENT STORE.

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KWAI TSING DB TO VISIT HOLLAND AND U.K. ♦ ♦ » ♦ ♦

A KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD DELEGATION WILL LEAVE FOR A TWO-WEEK VISIT TO HOLLAND AND THE UNITED KINGDOM TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE DELEGATION WILL VISIT THE SHELL OIL LTD. AND THE PORT OF ROTTERDAM IN HOLLAND.

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE DELEGATION WILL VISIT THE HONG KONG DEPARTMENT OF THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE, THE HOME OFFICE THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SECURITY AND A COUNTY COUNCIL.

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS MR YAU HON-KEE, MR SO HOI-PAN, MR SIN CHUNG-KAI AND MR WONG YIU-CHUNG WILL JOIN THE DELEGATION. KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICER, MR BRIAN COAK, WILL ACCOMPANY THE VISIT.

THE DELEGATION WILL RETURN FROM EUROPE ON JULY 29.

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SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE TO COMMEMORATE PEAK TRAMWAY CENTENARY

*****

A SET OF FOUR SPECIAL STAMPS TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE PEAK TRAMWAY WILL BE ISSUED ON AUGUST 4, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE STAMPS ARE IN DENOMINATIONS OF 50 CENTS, $1.30, $1.70 AND $5. A SOUVENIR SHEET CONTAINING THE FOUR STAMPS WILL ALSO BE ISSUED AT $8.50.

IN ADDITION, PRESTIGE STAMP BOOKLETS CONTAINING THREE SOUVENIR SHEETS WILL BE PUT ON SALE ON AUGUST 25. THESE BOOKLETS WILL BE PRIZED AT $26 EACH.

THE STAMPS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA ON JULY 23 AND 24, AT THE PEAK TOWER FROM JULY 23 TO AUGUST 13 AND AT THE CITYPLAZA IN TAIKOO SHING ON JULY 31.

THE STAMPS WILL ALSO BE DISPLAYED AT THE PHILATELIC CENTRE ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE AND AT THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE FROM JULY 23.

OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE PUT ON SALE ON JULY 21.

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR FIRST-DAY TREATMENT OF FIRST DAY COVERS AFFIXED WITH EITHER A SET OF THE STAMPS OR A SOUVENIR SHEET WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM JULY 21 TO 28 AT ALL POST OFFICES. THE MINIMUM QUANTITY PER ORDER IS FIVE.

CUSTOMERS WISHING TO AVOID CONGESTION ON THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE ARE ADVISED TO MAKE USE OF THIS ADVANCE ORDER SERVICE.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF CUSTOMERS, FIRST DAY COVERS PRE-AFFIXED WITH A SET OF THE STAMPS AND CANCELLED WITH THE SPECIAL DATESTAMP WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT DESIGNATED COUNTERS OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICES ON AUGUST 4:-

HONG KONG ISLAND

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE POST OFFICE CAUSEWAY BAY POST OFFICE GENERAL POST OFFICE KING’S ROAD POST OFFICE PEAK POST OFFICE SAI YING PUN POST OFFICE TSAT TSZ MUI POST OFFICE

/KOWLOON .......

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 1988

KOWLOON

AIRPORT POST OFFICE CHEUNG SHA WAN POST OFFICE GRANVILLE ROAD POST OFFICE MONG KOK POST OFFICE KOWLOON BAY POST OFFICE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE KWUN TONG POST OFFICE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE

NEW TERRITORIES

SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICE TAI PO POST OFFICE SHEK WU HUI POST OFFICE TSUEN WING STREET POST OFFICE TUEN MUN SAN HUI POST OFFICE YUEN LONG POST OFFICE

THE ’’SERVICED” FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE SOLD AT $10 EACH.

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ENROLMENT INVITED FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE COURSES * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE EIGHT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES OF THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL ARE NOW INVITING FORM 3 AND FORM 5 LEAVERS TO APPLY FOR ENTRY INTO ABOUT 200 FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME COURSES SCHEDULED IN THE 1988-89 ACADEMIC YEAR.

THE COURSES ARE DUE TO COMMENCE AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER AND COVER A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS.

THESE INCLUDE HOTEL-KEEPING AND TOURISM STUDIES, COMMERCIAL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, PRINTING, AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES.

THE SUBJECTS ALSO COVER CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, MARINE ENGINEERING AND FABRICATION, DESIGN, APPLIED SCIENCE, COMPUTING STUDIES AND MOTOR VEHICLE ENGINEERING.

THE COUNCIL WILL INTRODUCE A NUMBER OF NEW COURSES IN THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR.

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THESE INCLUDE COMPUTER AND COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING, COMPUTING STUDIES (COMMUNICATIONS), BASIC TEXTILE TECHNICIAN (FABRIC PRODUCTION), AND AN INTRODUCTION TO PRINT FINISHING.

THE COURSES ALSO COVER AN INTRODUCTION TO BASIC WELDING CRAFT STUDIES, AND ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES) REGULATIONS REQUIREMENTS.

THESE FULL-TIME, PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE AND BLOCK-RELEASE COURSES WILL BE OFFERED AT THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG, HAKING WONG, LEE WAI LEE, TUEN MUN, SHA TIN AND CHAI WAN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE COURSES ARE OFFERED AT CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS, FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE COMPLETED FORM 3 AND THOSE WHO HAVE OBTAINED GRADE E IN A NUMBER OF SUBJECTS IN THE HKCE EXAMINATION RESPECTIVELY.

APPLICANTS FOR PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE AND BLOCK-RELEASE COURSES HAVE TO BE SPONSORED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS.

DETAILS OF THE COURSES WILL BE ADVERTISED IN NEWSPAPERS TOMORROW (SATURDAY). APPLICATION FORMS AND GUIDES TO APPLICANTS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR PART-TIME COURSES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE APPRENTICESHIP SECTION OF THE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DEPARTMENT.

CLOSING DATE FOR ENROLMENT IS AUGUST 16.

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MUSICIANS ARRIVE FOR MUSIC CAMP

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THREE OVERSEAS MUSICIANS ARRIVED TODAY (FRIDAY) TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S HONG KONG YOUTH MUSIC CAMP TO BE HELD AT THE PO LEUNG KUK PAK TAM CHUNG HOLIDAY CAMP IN SAI KUNG FROM TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO JULY 31.

THEY ARE MR JUNICHI MORITAKE FROM JAPAN, MR JOHN FORSTER FROM BRITAIN AND MR TIMOTHY LANDAUER FROM THE UNITED STATES.

MR MORITAKE IS AT PRESENT A TRUMPET PLAYER WITH JAPAN'S SHIZUOKA BRASS ORCHESTRA AND AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE JAPANESE BAND DIRECTOR ASSOCIATION.

/HR FORSTER

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MR FORSTER IS A PROFESSSOR AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC IN LONDON WHERE HE GIVES CONDUCTING CLASSES. DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, HIS WORK HAS TAKEN HIM TO»FRANCE, ITALY, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, HOLLAND, LUXEMBOURG, YUGOSLAVIA, HONG KONG AND THE GULF STATES.

CELLIST MR LANDAUER HAS RECEIVED A NUMBER OF PRESTIGIOUS . PRIZES AND AWARDS. IN 1985, HE WAS NAMED THE OUTSTANDING TRAINEE OF THE YEAR UPON RECEIVING HIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

TWO OTHER CHINESE MUSICIANS, MR TANG LIANGZHOU, A MASTER IN PLUCKED STRINGS AND MR SHEN LILIANG, A MASTER IN HUQ1N, WILL ARRIVE TOMORROW.

DURING THE CAMP PERIOD, THEY WILL CONDUCT MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS.

THE MUSIC CAMP IS ORGANISED BY THE MUSIC OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH TO PROVIDE INTENSIVE MUSIC TRAINING TO YOUNG MUSICIANS AND TO FOSTER INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH MUSIC.

A FINALE CONCERT FEATURING THE CAMP’S STRING ORCHESTRA AND SYMPHONIC BAND WILL BE HELD AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL ON JULY 30 AT 7.30 PM.

THE REPERTOIRE INCLUDES HINDEMITH’S FIVE PIECES IN FIRST POSITION, TCHAIKOVSKY’S SERENADE FOR STRINGS IN C MAJOR, WALTERS’ BANDS AROUND THE WORLD AND OTHER POPULAR PIECES.

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AT $5 AND $10 EACH ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING URBTIX OUTLETS; 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, HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE, HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS AND TOM LEE MUSIC CO. LTD.

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POLICE CHOIR TO ENTERTAIN CHILDREN AND ELDERLY

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CHILDREN AND ELDERLY PEOPLE WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE CHOIR IN CONCERT ON SUNDAY (JULY 17).

THE CONCERT, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LIONS CLUB OF SOUTH KOWLOON AND THE POLICE CHOIR, WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE AT 8 PM.

THE TWO-HOUR PERFORMANCE BY THE 50-MEMBER CHOIR IS BEING. SPECIALLY ORGANISED TO ENTERTAIN CHILDREN UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF PO LEUNG KUK AND A GROUP OF ELDERLY PEOPLE FROM A CHARITABLE ORGANISATION.

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BUS RE-ROUTEING AND OPENING * * * *

OF RIGHT-TURN MOVEMENTS *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT KMB PLYING BETWEEN KAI YIP AND MONG KOK KCR STATION WILL ITS ROUTEINGS FROM MONDAY (JULY 18) TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY.

ROUTE NO. 24K

BE DIVERTED IN

ITS OPERATING

ON ITS JOURNEYS TO KAI YIP, BUSES ON THAT ROUTE WILL TRAVEL VIA SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, ARGYLE STREET AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST WITHOUT PASSING THROUGH LUEN WAN STREET LEADING TO THE MONG KOK KCR STATION•

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING BUS STOP OF THE ROUTE IN LUEN WAN STREET TO THE SOUTH OF THE ESCALATORS LEADING TO AND FROM THE MONG KOK KCR STATION WILL BE CANCELLED. AFFECTED PASSENGERS WILL HAVE TO USE THE BUS STOP IN SAI YEE STREET NEAR QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL.

MEANWHILE, RIGHT TURNS FROM WESTBOUND FROM 10

IN KWUN TONG, VEHICLES WILL HIP WO STREET SOUTHBOUND

AM ON MONDAY.

BE ALLOWED TO MAKE ONTO WAN HON STREET

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TRAFFIC LANES ON TAI PO ROAD TO BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY

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A 200-METRE LONG PO ROAD NORTHBOUND NEAR TRAFFIC FOR FIVE DAYS,

SECTION OF THE SLOW AND MIDDLE LANES OF I'OLO HIGHWAY IN SHA TIN WILL BE CLOSED

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

TAI TO

THE LANE CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE THE MAINTENANCE OF a WEIGHBRIDGE ON THAT ROAD SECTION. IT WILL BE IN FORCE DAILY BETWEEN 8 AM AND 8 PM FROM JULY 18 (MONDAY) TO 22 (FRIDAY) BETWEEN

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO DRIVE WITH APPROPRIATE TEMPORARY TRAFFIC AIDS WILL BE MOTORISTS.

CARE AND PATIENCE.

PROVIDED TO GUIDE

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR LONDON ................................ 1

MAY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RET.RASED ................................................. 2

CUSTOMS ACTIONS AGAINST TEXTILE FRAUDS ................... 7

YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME INVITES APPLICATIONS ........... 7

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ....................... 8

LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN GROWTH OF POLICE FACILITIES ......... 9

POLICE ADVICE CONCERNING DAMAGE ONLY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS .... 11

building management team helps residents renovate building 11

SOUTHERN DB HELPS DISTANCE RUNNING TRAINING ............... 1?

SWIMMING GALA FOR ISLANDERS ...............................

PARKING SPACES FOR LARGE VEHICLES ON DB COMMITTEE „GENDA .. 15

TSUEN W.iN DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WORKING GROUP REPORT .... 16

NORTH DB TO HOLD SUPPLEMENTARY MEETING .................... 16

FANLING SOUTH DEVELOPMENT TO START 50® .................... 17

URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS IN KOWLOON .................... 18

NEW OFFICES FOR TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION ..................................................... 18

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1988

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GOVERNOR LEAVES FOR LONDON

*****

VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WOULD BE ON THE TOP OF THE LIST OF TOPICS THAT THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, WOULD BE DISCUSSING WITH THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE DURING HIS CURRENT VISIT TO LONDON.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS TONIGHT (SATURDAY) BEFORE LEAVING HONG KONG, SIR DAVID SAID WHILE IN LONDON HE WOULD BE SEEING THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, SIR GEOFFREY HOWE, AND LORD GLENARTHUR AS WELL AS SENIOR OFFICIALS IN THE FOREIGN OFFICE.

"AND AS USUAL OH THESE VISITS, I WILL BE COVERING ALL THE RANGE OF ISSUES THAT ARE OF IMPORTANCE TO US IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

"AMONG THOSE TOPICS WILL BE OF COURSE THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WHICH IS VERY MUCH ON THE TOP OF OUR LIST OF CONCERNS AND THE DISCUSSIONS OF OUR PROGRESS IN THE CONSULTATION OF THE DRAFT BASIC LAW TOGETHER WITH ANY OTHER ISSUES THAT ARE CURRENT BETWEEN US AND UK AT THE MOMENT," HE SAID.

ASKED ABOUT A MEETING HELD HERE EARLIER LAST WEEK BETWEEN HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND TWO REPRESENTATIVES FliOM tHE UNHCR IN GENEVA, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THEY DISCUSSED THE QUESTION OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AND THE NEW SCREENING POLICY.

"WE ALSO TALKED TO THEM ABOUT THE QUESTION OF THE COSTS of Looking after the people here who are being treated as refugees," HE ADDED.

WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS’ DEBATE ON THE DRAFT BASIC LAW, SIR DAVID SAID THAT IT WAS USEFUL WHEN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS TOOK A CLOSE INTEREST IM WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN HONG KONG.

"I NOTICE THAT MANY OF THE POINTS MADE IN THAT DEBATE ON THE BASIC LAW WERE VERY SIMILAR TO THE POINTS WHIfH HAVE BEEN MADE HERE IN THE VERY GOOD TWO DAYS’ LEGCO DEBATE," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR WILL VISIT LONDON FROM JULY 17 TO 20 DURING WHICH HE WILL ALSO GIVE A SPEECH ABOUT HONG KONG AND ITS FUTURE AS A LEADING FINANCIAL CENTRE ro REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL COMMUNI! AT THE STATIONERS HALL IN THE CITY OF LONDON.

SIR DAVID Ari) I,ADY WILSON WILL THEN HAVE A HOLIDAY IN SCOTLAND BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG ON AUGUST 19.

THE GOVERNOR WAS SEEN OFF AT THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD; SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, SIR S.Y. CHUNG; AND SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MISS LYDIA DUNN.

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MAY ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED * ♦ ♦ * »

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND REPORTED BY THE 200 LARGEST FIRMS IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN MAY 1988 REMAINED AT ABOUT THE SAME LEVEL AS IN APRIL 1988, BUT SHOWED A DECREASE OF 3 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1987, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

ON EMPLOYMENT, THE MANUFACTURERS SURVEYED REPORTED THAT THE MAY 1988 LEVEL WAS 1 PER CENT ABOVE THAT IN APRIL 1988, BUT WAS LOWER BY 4 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1987.

IN MAY 1988, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING FIRMS SURVEYED INCREASED, IN CURRENT PRICE TERMS, BY 1 PER CENT OVER APRIL 1988, AND BY 14 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1987.

COMPARING MAY 1988 WITH APRIL 1988, THE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, BUT DECREASED QUITE SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE TEXTILES AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

COMPARED WITH MAY 1987, THE ORDERS POSITION IN MAY 1988 DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY AND MODERATELY IN THE WEARING APPAREL AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, BUT INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

THE ORDERS POSITION IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND IS MEASURED IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF MONTHS AND REFERS TO ORDERS OUTSTANDING AS AT THE END OF THE REFERENCE MONTH.

EMPLOYMENT IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS, AND ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES INCREASED SLIGHTLY IN MAY 1988 OVER APRIL 1988, WHILE THAT IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY DECREASED SLIGHTLY.

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COMPARING MAY 1988 WITH MAY 1987, EMPLOYMENT IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY DECREASED SIGNIFICANTLY, AND TO A LESSER EXTENT IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY, WHILE THE TEXTILES AND THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES DECREASED SLIGHTLY.

ON THE OTHER HAND, A SLIGHT INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT BETWEEN MAY 1988 AND MAY 1987 WAS RECORDED IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN MAY 1988 INCREASED MODERATELY IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY AND SLIGHTLY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS, WEARING APPAREL AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, BUT DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

COMPARING MAY 1988 WITH MAY 1987, PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED MODERATELY IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY BUT SIGNIFICANTLY IN OTHER INDUSTRIES SURVEYED.

IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, EMPLOYMENT IN MAY 1988 INCREASED SLIGHTLY OVER APRIL 1988 BUT DECREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1987. ON THE OTHER HAND, PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988 BUT SHOWED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OVER MAY 1987.

IN THE SERVICE SECTORS SURVEYED, THE OVERALL LEVEL OF EMPLOYMENT IN MAY 1988 WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS IN APRIL 1988, BUT INCREASED SLIGHTLY OVER MAY 1987.

PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN MAY 1988 DECREASED MODERATELY, PARTICULARLY IN PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANIES, WHEN COMPARED WITH APRIL 1988. COMPARED WITH MAY 1987, PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN MOST OF THE SERVICE SECTORS SURVEYED, WITH THE LARGEST INCREASE RECORDED IN HOTELS.

THE PERCENTAGE CHANGES IN ORDERS-ON-HAND, EMPLOYMENT AND PER CAPITA EARNINGS ARE SHOWN IN TABLES 1 TO 3.

THE SURVEY COVERED A PANEL OF THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES AND THE 50 LARGEST COMPANIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND SELECTED SERVICE SECTORS, CHOSEN BY REFERENCE TO THEIR EMPLOYMENT SIZES IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

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AS THE SAMPLE WAS NOT DRAWN ON A RANDOM BASIS, THE DEPARTMENT CAUTIONED THAT THE MAGNITUDES OF CHANGES INDICATED BY THE SURVEY RESULTS MIGHT NOT REFLECT THE EXPERIENCE OF THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE. NEVERTHELESS, THESE ARE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE A USEFUL INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION OF CHANGE FOR A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ECONOMY IN THE SHORT TERM.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR MAY 1988 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING IN CENTRAL AND AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER I, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT $1.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE SURVEY RESULTS MAY BE MADE TO THE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON 5-8234820.

TABLE 1: ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRY ORDERS-ON-HAND

AS AT THE END OF CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

MAY 1988 APRIL 88 MAY 87

(MONTH) (%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 4.34 -3

— _ _

WEARING APPAREL 4.68 + 1 - 5

TEXTILES 2.51 -8 -11

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 3.37 -7 - 5

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4.47 + 2 + 1

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 5.05 *

OTHERS 4.15 - 5

* CHANGES WITHIN +/- 0.5%

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TABLE 2: EMPLOYMENT

INDUSTRY/ SERVICES

PERSONS ENGAGED AT THE END OR MAY 1988

CHANGE WHEN APRIL 88 COMPARED WITH MAY 87 (%)

(%)

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES + 1 - 4

FOOD AND DRINKS *

WEARING APPAREL -1 - 7

TEXTILES * - 2

PLASTIC PRODUCTS + 1 -14

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS + 3 + 3

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS + 3 - 1

OTHERS + 1 - 3

# CONSTRUCTION + 1 - 2

SERVICES •« + 2

BANKS t + 2

HOTELS * - 1

PUBLIC UTILITIES ♦ • - 1

OTHERS + 2 + 10

* CHANGES WITHIN + /- 0.5%

# PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY; SITE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED.

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TABLE 3: PER CAPITA EARNINGS

INDUSTRY/ SERVICES 4PITA EARNINGS

PER Cj

AVERAGE AS IN CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH

MAY 1988 APRIL 88 MAY 87

(HK$) (%) (%)

ALL MANUFACTURING

INDUSTRIES 4,224 + 1 +14

FOOD AND DRINKS 4,804 + 2 +15

WEARING APPAREL 3,489 + 3 +8

TEXTILES 4,742 + 7 +15

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 3,780 + 1 +19

FABRICATED METAL

PRODUCTS 4,085 -1 +15

ELECTRICAL AND

ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 3,989 * +15

OTHERS 5,449 -3 +15

CONSTRUCTION 5,872 -1 +11

SERVICES 6,993 -4 +14

BANKS 6,834 Fl +16

HOTELS 4,838 -1 +24

PUBLIC UTILITIES 6,638 -6 +8

OTHERS 8,308 -6 +15

* CHANGES WITHIN +/- 0.5%

NOTES TO TABLES 1-3: UNLIKE "ORDERS-ON- HAND” AND ’’PER CAPITA

EARNINGS", WHICH ARE AVERAGE FIGURES AMONGST THE

FIRMS SURVEYED, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS

ENGAGED BY THE FIRMS SURVEYED IS NOT MEANINGFUL

INFORMATION ON ITS OWN (BECAUSE THIS IS A PANEI

SURVEY) AND IS THEREFORE NOT SHOWN.

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CUSTOMS ACTIONS AGAINST TEXTILE FRAUDS

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THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT PROSECUTED 101 PERSONS/FIRMS IN MARCH AND APRIL FOR FALSE REPRESENTATION OF COUNTRY OF ORIGIN INVOLVING TEXTILE GOODS, RESULTING IN FINES TOTALLED ABOUT $1.97 MILLION.

DURING THE PERIOD, THE TRADE CONTROLS GROUP OF THE DEPARTMENT CARRIED OUT 9,480 FACTORY AND CONSIGNMENT INSPECTIONS INCLUDING 3,852 IMPORT/EXPORT TEXTILE LICENCE CHECKS.

AS A RESULT, 17 CASES OF FALSE ORIGIN REPRESENTATION WERE DETECTED DURING THE COURSE OF INSPECTIONS, INVOLVING $2.9 MILLION WORTH OF KNITTED AND WOVEN GARMENTS INTENDED FOR EXPORT TO THE EEC, USA AND OTHER MARKETS AGAINST HONG KONG QUOTAS.

IN ADDITION, THE DEPARTMENT ALSO CONCLUDED 48 FULL-SCALE INVESTIGATIONS DURING THE PERIOD IN WHICH $17.2 MILLION WORTH OF GARMENTS OF CHINESE ORIGIN WERE FOUND TO HAVE BEEN SHIPPED AGAINST HONG KONG QUOTAS.

IN AN OPERATION IN MARCH, OFFICERS SEIZED 10,279 PIECES OF CHINESE ORIGIN GARMENTS FALSELY-LABELLED "MADE IN HONG KONG" WHILE ANOTHER 15,950 PIECES WERE SEIZED IN FOUR OTHER OPERATIONS IN APRIL. PREVIOUS SHIPMENTS OF 65,546 PIECES CARRYING SIMILAR FALSE LABELS WERE ALSO ESTABLISHED.

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YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME INVITES APPLICATIONS

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YOUNG PEOPLE ARE URGED TO JOIN A SCHEME UNDER WHICH THEY CAN DESIGN, PLAN AND IMPLEMENT ANTI-NARCOTICS EDUCATIONAL AND PUBLICITY PROJECTS.

THE YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS SCHEME (YADS) AIMS AT ENCOURAGING STUDENT AND YOUTH GROUPS TO PLAN AND IMPLEMENT THEIR OWN ANTI-DRUG PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES.

IT IS OPEN TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 12 AND ABOVE.

THE CALL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN WAS MADE TODAY (SATURDAY) BY A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

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"UNDER THE SCHEME SPONSORED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, STUDENT AND YOUTH GROUPS, CONSISTING OF NOT LESS THAN 10 MEMBERS, CAN PRESENT PROPOSALS FOR CONSIDERATION AND FUNDING," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"EACH SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION WILL RECEIVE A GRANT OF UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $3,000 TO COVER EXPENSES.

"THROUGH PLANNING, ORGANISING AND RUNNING THE PROJECTS, PARTICIPANTS CAN EXERCISE THEIR IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY TO PROMOTE THE ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE.

"MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, THEY CAN ALSO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM IN HONG KONG AND PROVIDE A VALUABLE SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY BY DISSEMINATING THE MESSAGE TO OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE," HE ADDED.

THE SCHEME HAS RECEIVED AN ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE FROM YOUNG PEOPLE SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN AUGUST 1981.

IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS, A TOTAL OF 97 PROJECTS, SELECTED FROM HUNDREDS OF APPLICATIONS, WERE IMPLEMENTED.

ALL THE PROJECTS WERE INITIATED BY THE YOUNG PEOPLE THEMSELVES.

THE IDEAS FOR ANTI-NARCOTICS PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDED SEMINARS, EXHIBITIONS, GAMES DAY, TELEMATCHES, CONCERTS, DRAMAS AND OTHER RECREATIONAL-BASED ACTIVITIES.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, 23RD FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE DIVISION ON 5-8622761/2.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION

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FORTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $835,000 WHICH WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD IN THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER DT8888 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $95,000.

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ANOTHER NUMBER DTI 23 WAS SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $70,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $3,000 *EACH FOR DV6618 AND DU9707.

FOLLOWING $ ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY’S AUCTION:

$ $ $

DT8888 95,000 DU2688 8,000 DU288 30,000 AC205 11,000

DU328 33,000 DV211 16,000 DT123 70,000 DU9707 3,000

DV381 5,000 AA8777 15,000 DV218 13,000 AU828 20,000

CH6686 6,000 DT7888 21,000 DW7 53,000 DV4882 4,000

DW40 7,000 DV248 7,000 DU8328 16,000 AA2688 15,000

HK2688 23,000 AD1881 22,000 DV6618 3,000 BB58 20,000

DT168 42,000 DU399 10,000 8777 36,000 DU6388 10,000

BB1686 20,000 DT6168 6,000 AD133 24,000 HK139 38,000

BS808 19,000 AC8768 7,000 DU369 17,000 DU3378 9,000

DV873 10,000 AA4455 30,000 DT8238 5,000 AL9292 36,000

SUCCESSFUL AFTER THE BIDDING BIDDERS • WERE REQUIRED TO PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY

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 127TH ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $62,045,832.

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LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN GROWTH OF POLICE FACILITIES

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THE OPENING OF THE NEW SIU LEK YUEN DIVISION OF SHA TIN DISTRICT AND THE COMPLETION OF NEW BORDER DIVISION HEADQUARTERS AT SHA LING ARE THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ONGOING GROWTH OF POLICE FACILITIES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

NEW TERRITORIES POPULATION, NOW TWO MILLION, IS EXPANDING AT THE RATE OF 100,000 PEOPLE A YEAR AND VAST BUILDING, TRADE AND TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENTS ALSO PRESENT GROWING NEEDS IN POLICING THE REGION.

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ADDED TO THE EXPANSION OF THE REGION ITSELF IS THE COMING TRANSFER OF ARMY DUTIES AT THE BORDER TO THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE AND THE BUILDING OF A NEW AND EXPANDED POLICE TACTICAL UNIT DEPOT AT FANLING.

MAJOR PLANS IN THE PIPELINE ALSO INCLUDE A NEW NTREGIONAL HEADQUARTERS AT TAI PO AND THE FUTURE DIVISION OF THE REGION INTO SEPARATE NORTH AND SOUTH POLICE REGIONS.

THE NEW $18 MILLION SIU LEK YUEN POLICE STATION, OPENED ON JULY 1 BY THE DIRECTOR OF MANAGEMENT AND INSPECTION SERVICES, MR ROBERT BROWN, IS THE THIRD DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION IN SHA TIN DISTRICT.

A FOURTH IS SCHEDULED TO GO INTO OPERATION AT MA ON SHAN IN 1991 .

BORDER DIVISION STAFF, UNDER DIVSIONAL COMMANDER MR FRANCIS CHAN, RECENTLY MOVED INTO THEIR NEW HEADQUARTERS AT SHA LING, WHICH WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED SOON BY THE NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL COMMANDER, MR RICHARD SMALLSHAW.

SITUATED ON A HILLSIDE OVERLOOKING MAN KAM TO , THE NEW BORDER HEADQUARTERS REPLACES THE FORMER POLICE-POLMIL FACILITIES AT LO WU. WITH THE WITHDRAWAL OF ARMY PERSONNEL, THE NEW BORDER STATION IS MANNED EXCLUSIVELY BY POLICE.

THERE IS ALSO PROGRESS ON TSING YI ISLAND, WITH THE NEW DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS CURRENTLY BECOMING OPERATIONAL AND AN OFFICIAL OPENING SCHEDULED POSSIBLY FOR SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

THE NEW REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT TAI PO, ADJACENT TO THE RECENTLY OPENED TAI PO DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AND DIVSIONAL POLICE STATION.

THE HEADQUARTERS WILL CONSIST OF TWO TOWER BLOCKS AND WORK ON THE SUPERSTRUCTURE HAS REACHED THE SEVENTH FLOOR WITH COMPLETION EXPECTED TO BE ON SCHEDULE IN MID-1989.

SITE FORMATION WORK IS UNDER WAY ON THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AND THE TSUEN WAN WEST DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION.

WORK CONTINUES ON THE TAI HING DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION IN TUEN MUN DISTRICT, WHILE PILING IS EXPECTED TO START THIS YEAR ON THE MA ON SHAN DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AND DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION, SHA TIN.

AT THE PLANNING STAGE ARE THE LAI KING DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION, THE TSUEN WAN CENTRAL POLICE STATION, THE SHAM TSING DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION AND THE SAM SHING DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION.

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POLICE ADVICE CONCERNING DAMAGE ONLY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS * « * * *

DRIVERS INVOLVED IN NO INJURY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS SHOULD MOVE THEIR VEHICLES AWAY QUICKLY TO AVOID CAUSING INCONVENIENCE TO OTHER ROAD USERS.

MAKING THIS APPEAL TODAY, A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WERE OVER 46,000 DAMAGE ONLY TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS LAST YEAR, NOT TO MENTION THOUSANDS OF UNREPORTED CASES.

"IF ONLY A FRACTION OF THESE CASES INVOLVED LENGTHY ARGUMENT ON THE ROADSIDE, IMAGINE HOW SERIOUS THE TRAFFIC FLOW WOULD BE DISRUPTED,” HE SAID.

"IF NO ONE IS INJURED, DRIVERS SHOULD MOVE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN ADJACENT SAFE PLACE AT ONCE."

BOTH PARTIES CAN THEN EXCHANGE THEIR PARTICULARS, AND IF POSSIBLE, SETTLE THE MATTER, HE ADDED.

THEY CAN, IF THEY WISH, REPORT THE ACCIDENT TO THE POLICE AFTERWARDS FOR RECORD PURPOSES. LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 33,000 SUCH REPORTS WERE RECEIVED BY THE POLICE.

"SHOULD ANY ONE PARTY FEEL AGGRIEVED, THEY CAN MOVE THEIR VEHICLES FROM THE SCENE BEFORE LODGING A COMPLAINT WITH THE POLICE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"POLICE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION TEAMS WILL INVESTIGATE ALL SUCH COMPLAINTS AND CAN ESTABLISH THE CAUSE ACCORDING TO THE EVIDENCE GIVEN AND THE EXTENT AND POSITION OF THE DAMAGE.

"MOREOVER, THERE IS NOTHING TO STOP ANY PARTY FILING A CLAIM FOR DAMAGE THROUGH THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL."'

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RESIDENTS RENOVATE BUILDING

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A POST-WAR BUILDING IN MONG KOK, WHICH WAS ON BEING DECLARED DANGEROUS TWO YEARS AGO, HAS BECOME A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO LIVE IN TO ITS 1,800 RESIDENTS.

THE SAFER

VERGE OF

AND MORE

THE 23-STOREY YUEN FAT BUILDING IN NELSON COMPLETED IN 1964, HAS ALSO TAKEN ON A NEW LOOK MILLION RENOVATION PROJECT.

STREET, WHICH

FOLLOWING A

WAS $2.8

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THE RESIDENTS NOW TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THEIR IMPROVED LIVING ENVIRONMENT, AND ARE THANKFUL TO THE BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM (BMCT) OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE FOR ITS ASSISTANCE IN PLANNING THE RENOVATION.

THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT NOTIFIED FLAT OWNERS IN MID-1986 THAT THEIR BUILDING WAS ON THE VERGE OF BEING DECLARED DANGEROUS, AND THAT REPAIRS WERE REQUIRED.

REPAIR WORK WOULD INVOLVE CEMENT RENDERING AND PLASTERING, REPLACING SPALLING CONCRETE, REPAIRING DEFECTIVE WINDOW FRAMES AND GLASS PANES, AND RECTIFYING LEAKING PIPEWORK, DEFECTIVE SMOKE DOORS, BALUSTRADES AND CONCRETE CURBS.

UPON RECEIVING THE NOTICE, THE BUILDING’S OWNERS INCORPORATION WROTE TO OWNERS TO SEEK THEIR VIEWS ON THE REQUIRED REPAIR WORK. HOWEVER, ONLY ABOUT 90 OUT OF THE 350 OWNERS OF THE COMMERCIAL AND DOMESTIC UNITS RESPONDED.

THE OWNERS INCORPORATION THEN TURNED TO THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE FOR HELP - AND AT THE RIGHT TIME BECAUSE THE OFFICE HAD JUST SE UP THE BMCT.

THE TEAM, MADE UP OF ONE HOUSING MANAGER, ONE ASSISTANT MANAGER AND TWO HOUSING ASSISTANTS SECONDED FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, IS AIMED AT HELPING RESIDENTS WITH BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

"WE ORGANISED A MEETING FOR THE OWNERS OF THE BUILDING," THE HOUSING MANAGER, MR CHONG SZE-CHIU, SAID.

"A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT WAS INVITED TO EXPLAIN TO THEM WHAT SORT OF REPAIR WORK WAS REQUIRED, AND A SLIDE SHOW ON THE DILAPIDATED CONDITION OF THE BUILDING WAS PRESENTED.

"WE ALSO EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT THEY COULD TAKE THIS CHANCE TO CARRY OUT SOME OTHER NECESSARY MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS, SUCH AS INSTALLING PUBLIC ANTENNAE, FIRE SERVICES INSTALLATION AND REWIRING THE BUILDING."

THE OWNERS WERE APPALLED BY THE CONDITION OF THE BUILDING AND AGREED UNANIMOUSLY AT THE MEETING TO GO AHEAD WITH THE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE WORK.

A WORKING GROUP WAS SET UP. APART FROM MEMBERS OF THE OWNERS INCORPORATION, OTHER OWNERS WERE ALSO INVITED TO JOIN IN. MR CHONG AND A LIAISON OFFICER OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE WERE ALSO INCLUDED TO GIVE PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.

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THE GROUP MET REGULARLY ALMOST EVERY MONTH TO COLLECT VIEWS FROM THE OWNERS AND TO SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS THAT MIGHT HAVE CROPPED UP.

"WE ADVISED THE OWNERS TO HANDLE ALL THE PROCEDURES IN AN OPEN AND FAIR MANNER, SUCH AS CONTRACTING OUT THE RENOVATION PROJECT THROUGH OPEN TENDER, SO THAT EVERYONE WOULD BE HAPPY WITH THE ARRANGEMENTS," MR CHONG SAID.

MR CHONG POINTED OUT THAT HIS TEAM HAD HANDLED EIGHT SUCH PROJECTS, COSTING BETWEEN $200,000 AND $600,000, IN THE PAST TWO YEARS. THREE OF THE PROJECTS HAD BEEN COMPLETED AND THE OTHERS ARE IN PROGRESS.

"THE OWNERS INCORPORATIONS AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES HAVE CONTRIBUTED A LOT TO THESE PROJECTS, AND WE HAVE OFFERED WHATEVER ASSISTANCE THAT WAS REQUIRED," MR CHONG SAID.

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SOUTHERN DB HELPS DISTANCE RUNNING TRAINING

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DISTANCE RUNNING ENTHUSIASTS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN PROPER AND COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING UNDER A PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HARRIERS AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

"IN VIEW OF THE POPULARITY OF THE PROGRAMME ORGANISED LAST YEAR, WHICH ATTRACTED OVER 160 LOCAL AND FOREIGN PARTICIPANTS, THE DISTRICT BOARD HAS DECIDED TO SPONSOR ANOTHER PROGRAMME THIS YEAR," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD SAID.

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HARRIERS WAS FORMED IN 1987 AND SUBSIDISED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL (SDRSC). IT IS ALSO AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.

THE CLUB AIMS TO PROMOTE INTEREST IN RUNNING, AND TO GIVE MEMBERS TRAINING AS WELL AS PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO SHARE EXPERIENCES AND KNOWLEDGE.

ANY PERSONS AGED 12 OR ABOVE, WHO LIVE, STUDY OR WORK IN THE DISTRICT, OR ARE AFFILIATED TO ANY LOCAL ORGANISATIONS, CAN JOIN THE CLUB AND TAKE PART IN THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNING PROGRAMME.

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THE TRAINING PROGRAMME, STARTING FROM AUGUST, WILL LAST FOR ONE YEAR AND SESSIONS WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY EVENINGS AT THE ABERDEEN SPORTS GROUND. THE COACH IS A TOP DISTANCE RUNNER, MR SZETO YAN.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE PROGRAMME ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES; THE RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS OFFICE (SOUTHERN) OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT; AND THE SDRSC'S OFFICE IN AP LEI CHAU ESTATE. DEADLINE FOR ENROLMENT IS JULY 27.

MEANWHILE, THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT HARRIERS WILL HOLD A SEMINAR ON JULY 22 (FRIDAY) ON DISTANCE RUNNING AND ON PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN AGAINST INJURIES DURING RUNNING.

THE SEMINAR, AT THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL, WILL START AT 7 PM. SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE MR RAYMOND LI, OF THE PHYSIOTHERAPY DEPARTMENT, HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

ENQUIRIES, AND RESERVATIONS FOR THE SEMINAR, CAN BE MADE BY CALLING MISS WONG CHUN-YIN ON 5-550626, MONDAY TO FRIDAY, FROM 2 PM TO 5.30 PM.

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SWIMMING GALA FOR ISLANDERS * * * * *

THE 13TH ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1.30 PM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

TWO GOVERNMENT VANS WILL LEAVE THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER IN CENTRAL AT 12.30 PM FOR SHA TIN. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE WELCOME TO MAKE USE OF THE SERVICE.

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PARKING SPACES FOR LARGE VEHICLES ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA *****

THE SUPPLY OF CARPARKS FOR LARGE VEHICLES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WILL BE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION AT THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 18) MORNING.

A DB MEMBER, MR LI PO-MING, WILL ASK IF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT HAS CONSIDERED PROVIDING ADDITIONAL PARKING SPACES FOR LARGE VEHICLES AS SUPPLY NOW FALLS SHORT OF DEMAND. HE WILL ALSO WANT TO KNOW IF THE GOVERNMENT WILL PRIVATISE THE OPERATION OF ESTATE CARPARKS.

ANOTHER DB MEMBER, MR CHAN HON-YING, WILL ASK IF THE TURNING OF A CARPARK INTO A SHOPPING ARCADE IN SHA TIN GARDEN IS LAWFUL AND THE EFFECT OF THIS CHANGE ON THE RESIDENTS CONCERNED.

COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR KAN CHUNG-NIN, WILL ENQUIRE ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF CONSTRUCTING AN ADDITIONAL STAIRCASE TO THE FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS MEI TIN ROAD, LINKING HOLFORD GARDEN TO GRANDEUR GARDENS IN TAI WAI.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS A $90,000 PROJECT TO IMPROVE A FOOTPATH AND DRAINAGE BETWEEN HA WO CHE AND SUI WO COURT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS FROM THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING WORKING GROUPS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD’S DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTEE MEETING TO BEGIN AT 9.30 AM ON MONDAY (JULY 18) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

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TSUEN WAN DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WORKING GROUP REPORT ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE PROGRESS REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT AT A MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 18).

A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION HAS BEEN INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCUSSION.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL LIAISON GROUP AND THE DISTRICT LIAISON GROUP FOR THE WORKING POPULATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON MONDAY (JULY 18) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN.

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NORTH DB TO HOLD SUPPLEMENTARY MEETING ♦ » * ♦

THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SUPPLEMENTARY MEETING ON MONDAY (JULY 18) TO DISCUSS MATTERS CARRIED OVER FROM ITS MEETING ON JUNE 16.

MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER AN INFORMATION PAPER ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE POLICY OF SCREENING VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ON THEIR ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG.

/A REPORT

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 1988

A REPORT FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD SUPPLEMENTARY MEETING TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (JULY 18) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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FANLING SOUTH DEVELOPMENT TO START SOON

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ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS AND SITE FORMATION WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN WO HOP SHEK IN FANLING SOUTH FOLLOWING THE AWARD OF A $108 MILLION CONTRACT BY THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE WORK COMPRISES IMPROVEMENTS TO THE EXISTING WO HOP SHEK INTERCHANGE, CONSTRUCTION OF A 600-METRE LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR ROAD, A BUS TERMINUS, TWO CAR/LORRY PARKS, TWO PEDESTRIAN/CYCLIST SUBWAYS AND TWO FOOTBRIDGES.

ASSOCIATED STORMWATER AND FOUL DRAINAGE WORKS WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT.

THE PROJECT ALSO INCLUDES THE FORMATION OF SITES FOR A HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME AND A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN THE AREA.

WORK IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK AND TAKE ABOUT 27 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS IN KOWLOON

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CERTAIN ROAD SECTIONS IN SAN PO KONG AND SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE MADE URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 19) TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED.

IN SAN PO KONG, THE SECTION OF HONG KEUNG STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TSEUK LUK STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 45 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BECOME A 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE EXISTING URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON A 15-METRE STRETCH OF HONG KEUNG STREET WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TSEUK LUK STREET WILL BE LIFTED.

TN SHAM SHUI PO, THE EXISTING PEAK-HOUR URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTION ON A 12-METRE STRETCH OF THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI NAN WEST STREET WILL BE EXTENDED TO OPERATE BETWEEN 7 AM AND 7 PM DAILY.

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NEW OFFICES FOR TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION

*****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED *THE PUBLIC THAT THE DEPARTMENT’S PUBLIC VEHICLES SECTION WILL BE ACCOMMODATED IN TWO NEW OFFICES FROM MONDAY (JULY 18).

THE OFFICE WHICH WILL HANDLE MATTERS CONCERNING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE BUSES, PRIVATE LIGHT BUSES, HIRE CARS AND TAXIS WILL BE LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR, LOW BLOCK, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

THE OFFICE DEALING WITH MATTERS ON PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR, MURRAY ROAD MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 2 MURRAY ROAD, HONG KONG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, JULY 1?, 1988

CONTENTS PACE NO.

WORK ON MUSEUM SUPERSTRUCTURE STARTS NEXT MONTH ............... 1

BETTER FACILITIES FOR CHEUNG SHA BEACH ........................ 2

INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COURSES FOR WORKERS ......................... 2

YOUTH RALLY TO SPREAD FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE ..................... 3

TABLE TENNIS CONTEST TO PROMOTE NEW NAME.....................   4

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ............ 4

EFFORTS TO PROMOTE SPORTS IN ISLANDS DISTRICT ................. 5

SAI KUNG DO RECRUITING COMMUNITY ORGANISERS ................... 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YUEN LONG TOWN ........................ 7

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN............................. 7

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF STEWART ROAD IN WAN CHAI ................. 8

WATER CUT IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN............................    8

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 1988

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WORK ON MUSEUM SUPERSTRUCTURE STARTS NEXT MONTH * t * *

WORK ON THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE AND TECHNOLOGY WILL START NEXT MONTH.

HONG KONG MUSEUM

OF

SCIENCE

A CONTRACT FOR THE WORKS, WORTH $168.55 MILLION, WILL BE AWARDED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ON TUESDAY (JULY 19).

THE MUSEUM, THE FIRST IN THE WORLD TO ALLOW VISITORS TO TOUCH AND OPERATE MOST OF THE EXHIBITS, WILL OCCUPY A 28,000-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

THE SITE IS BOUNDED BY CHATHAM ROAD TO THE WEST, GRANVILLE ROAD TO THE SOUTH, SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD TO THE EAST AND CHEONG WAN ROAD TO THE NORTH.

THE FOUR-LEVEL EXHIBITION BUILDING WILL PROVIDE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF 17,000 SQUARE METRES. IT WILL BE HANDED OVER TO THE URBAN COUNCIL FOR MANAGEMENT ON COMPLETION IN TWO YEARS’ TIME.

THE MUSEUM WILL HAVE AN INDOOR EXHIBITION AREA OF 6,500 SQUARE METRES AND TEMPORARY EXHIBITION AREA OF 1,000 SQUARE METRES, AND SPACE FOR LECTURE ROOMS, WORKSHOPS, OFFICES AND ANCILLARY FACILITIES.

THERE WILL BE A PLAZA IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING. IT WILL BE ELEVATED TO MATCH THE HEIGHT OF THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES WHICH WILL CROSS CHATHAM ROAD, GRANVILLE ROAD AND SCIENCE MUSEUM ROAD.

THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, MR JOSE LEI, WILL SIGN THE CONTRACT.

GUESTS AT THE CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY WILL INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, MR H.M.G. FORSGATE, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL’S MUSEUMS SELECT COMMITTEE, DR PHILIP KWOK, AND SENIOR STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. I

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE. INVITED TO COVER THE CONTRACT SIGNING CEREMONY FOR THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO TAKE PLACE IN THE TRAINING ROOM OF THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 11ST FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, AT 3 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 19).

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BETTER FACILITIES FOR CHEUNG SHA BEACH

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IMPROVED BEACH FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED AT CHEUNG SHA ON LANTAU UNDER A RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME DESIGNED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO SINGLE-STOREY BEACH BUILDINGS AND LIFE GUARD LOOKOUT POSTS AT UPPER AND LOWER CHEUNG SHA BEACHES.

THE BEACH BUILDINGS WILL ACCOMMODATE CHANGING, SHOWER AND TOILET FACILITIES, LIGHT REFRESHMENT KIOSKS, A FIRST-AID ROOM, STOREROOMS, AND OFFICE ACCOMMODATION WITH BASIC FACILITIES FOR STAFF.

TENDERS FOR THE CONTRACT WORKS ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE DEPARTMENT. THE DEADLINE FOR THEIR SUBMISSION IS NOON ON JULY 29.

CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START IN SEPTEMBER AND BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER NEXT YEAR.

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COURSES FOR WORKERS

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THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS TO ORGANISE ABOUT 170 SAFETY COURSES FOR WORKERS, SUPERVISORS AND SAFETY OFFICERS IN THE SECOND HALF OF THIS YEAR.

THE CENTRE PROVIDES A WIDE RANGE OF BASIC AND ADVANCED SAFETY TRAINING COURSES TO WORKERS TO ENHANCE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

THESE COURSES, LASTING FROM HALF A DAY TO FIVE DAYS, ARE OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE ON A YEAR-ROUND BASIS.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE CENTRE HAD ORGANISED 160 SUCH ‘COURSES WHICH WERE ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 10,000 PARTICIPANTS.

COURSES WHICH ARE NOW OPEN TO APPLICATIONS INCLUDE BASIC INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT PREVENTION; SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION AND PLASTICS INDUSTRIES; SAFE USE OF ABRASIVE WHEELS; POWER PRESS AND WOODWORKING MACHINERY; WORK IN CONFINED SPACE; MANUAL LIFTING AND HANDLING; AND ELECTRICAL, SLINGING AND MACHINERY SAFETY.

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SUNDAY, JULI 17, 1988

SPECIALIST TRAINING COURSES FOR SUPERVISORY STAFF COVER HEARING PROTECTION; ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION; HAZARDS IN THE USE AND CONTROL OF ASBESTOS; DUST HAZARDS AND CONTROL IN CONSTRUCTION AND QUARRYING INDUSTRIES; HAZARDS AND SAFETY CONTROL IN ELECTRONIC INDUSTRY; WORK SAFETY IN COMPRESSED AIR AND CAISSON; FIRE PREVENTION AND PRECAUTIONS; AND SAFETY SUPERVISION.

THE CENTRE ALSO ORGANISES SHORT INTRODUCTORY COURSES ON OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, CHEMICAL LABELLING, AND SAFE HANDLING OF CHEMICALS.

ALL COURSES ARE CONDUCTED IN CANTONESE AND ARE HELD AT THE CENTRE WHICH IS ON THE 13TH FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING IN CENTRAL.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE CENTRE ON 5-8523563.

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YOUTH RALLY TO SPREAD FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

YOUNG PEOPLE MAY HELP TO SPREAD THE FIGHT JUVENILE CRIME MESSAGE BY JOINING A LARGE-SCALE YOUTH RALLY OUTSIDE THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL NEXT MONTH.

THE EVENT, TO BE HELD IN THE AFTERNOON OF AUGUST 6, WILL MARK THE OPENING OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE SHA TIN JUVENILE DELINQUENCY ACTION GROUP TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE PROBLEM, AND TO ALERT YOUNG PEOPLE TO THE CONSEQUENCES OF COMMITTING OFFENCES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ACTION GROUP SAID JUVENILE DELINQUENCY IN SHA TIN MAINLY INVOLVED SHOP THEFTS AND THE FORMATION OF GANGS IN HOUSING ESTATES.

"OUR AIM IS TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM AT THE SOCIAL LEVEL. THROUGH COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES, WE HOPE YOUNG PEOPLE WILL DEVELOP A SENSE OF BELONGING TO AND TAKE PRIDE IN THE SHA TIN DISTRICT," HE SAID.

"DURING THE RALLY, OUR YOUNG CRIME FIGHTERS WILL MAKE A PLEDGE TO COMBAT JUVENILE CRIME, ESPECIALLY SHOP THEFTS, AND THEN HELP DISTRIBUTE PUBLICITY MATERIAL IN HOUSING ESTATES AND SHOPPING AREAS."

THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN THE RALLY SHOULD REPORT TO THE ORGANISER AT THE OPEN SPACE OUTSIDE SHA TIN TOWN HALL AT 2 PM ON AUGUST 6.

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TABLE TENNIS CONTEST TO PROMOTE NEW NAME * * * *

RESIDENTS, WORKERS AND STUDENTS IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO JOIN A TABLE TENNIS CONTEST TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE CONTEST IS ORGANISED BY THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD AS PART OF A CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE THE NEW NAME OF THE DISTRICT.

THE CONTEST IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS: MEN’S SENIOR, MEN’S JUNIOR AND WOMEN’S JUNIOR. THE SENIOR SECTION IS OPEN TO THOSE AGED ABOVE 18, WHILE THOSE AGED BETWEEN 13 AND 18 CAN JOIN THE JUNIOR SECTIONS .

THE CONTEST WILL BE HELD IN THE AFTERNOON OF AUGUST 27 IN THE BOUNDARY STREET INDOOR GAMES HALL.

THERE ARE FOUR PRIZES FOR EACH SECTION. THE CHAMPION OF EACH SECTION WILL BE AWARDED THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD TROPHY WHILE THE THREE RUNNERS-UP WILL RECEIVE SOUVENIRS.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE AT 190 NATHAN ROAD, ITS TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE AT 10 CARNARVON ROAD, AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS OFFICE, FIFTH FLOOR, 18 CAMERON ROAD.

APPLICANTS MUST RETURN THE COMPLETED FORMS IN PERSON TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE FOR REGISTRATION. THERE ARE 32 PLACES IN THE MEN’S SECTIONS AND 16 PLACES IN THE WOMEN’S SECTION. THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT t * *

ABOUT 40,000 YOUNG PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WILL BENEFIT FROM MORE THAN 240 ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR THEM UNDER THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP), WHICH WAS LAUNCHED TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT SYP CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR YUNG CHEK-CHOW, CALLED ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES.

THESE ACTIVITIES RANGE FROM CARNIVALS, OUTINGS, RECREATIONAL CAMPS, DANCING CLASSES TO SEMINARS, TRAINING CAMPS, AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR STUDENTS AND JOB-SEEKERS.

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SUNDAY, JULY 17 • 1988

"WE HOPE THAT THROUGH PARTICIPATION IN THESE MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES, YOUNG PEOPLE CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND THE SYP THEME OF ’SHARING THE FUN, SERVING THE COMMUNITY’," MR YUNG SAJD.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SYP COMMITTEE, MR PETER LEE, NOTED THAT SINCE THE SYP WAS INTRODUCED 20 YEARS AGO, THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS HAD ALWAYS BEEN ON THE INCREASE.

HE SAID THE SYP WAS A LARGE-SCALE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT TARGETED AT YOUTHS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25, GIVING THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP THEMSELVES DURING THEIR SPARE TIME IN THE SUMMER MONTHS.

THIS YEAR’S SYP ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARE PROVIDED BY 26 ORGANISATIONS WHICH INCLUDE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, SCHOOLS, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER LOCAL BODIES.

THE PROGRAMME COST, AMOUNTING TO ABOUT $280,000, WILL BE MET BY DONATIONS FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB ($270,000) AND THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG SOUTH.

ALSO ATTENDING TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY WERE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS MAUREEN CHAN; SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HUI YUNG-CHUNG; AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ABERDEEN KAI FONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, MR SHIH CHEN-CHI.

THE CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A CARNIVAL ORGANISED BY THE ABERDEEN KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, WHICH FEATURED A VARIETY SHOW, VIDEO SHOWS, EXHIBITION ON TRAVEL MATTERS AND STALL GAMES.

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EFFORTS TO PROMOTE SPORTS IN ISLANDS DISTRICT ♦ * ♦ * ♦

IN VIEW OF RESIDENTS’ ENTHUSIASM IN SPORTS, THE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO ACTIVELY PROMOTE SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT IN RECENT YEARS, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 13TH ISLANDS DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA, MR NG SAID THAT SPORTS ACTIVITIES WERE A KIND OF HEALTHY PASTIME FOR ENERGETIC YOUTHS, AND WOULD ENABLE THEM TO ACHIEVE A BALANCED DEVELOPMENT IN MENTAL AND PHYSICAL GROWTH.

"VARIOUS TRAINING SESSIONS AND COMPETITIONS ARE HELD EVERY YEAR IN ORDER TO HELP IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF SPORT IN THE DISTRICT.

"THE SUCCESS OF THE ANNUAL SWIMMING GALA IS A RESULT OF CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL ORGANISATIONS," MR NG ADDED.

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HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE SWIMMING COMPETITION HAD HELPED TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AMONG DIFFERENT AREAS WITHIN THE DISTRICT.

MORE THAN 120 ISLANDERS TOOK PART IN THE SWIMMING GALA WHICH WAS HELD AT THE SHA TIN JOCKEY CLUB PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL THIS AFTERNOON.

THE SWIMMING GALA IS AN ANNUAL EVENT ORGANISED BY THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION, THE REGIONAL COUNCIL AND THE EIGHT RURAL COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT.

SAI KUNG DO RECRUITING COMMUNITY ORGANISERS

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THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE IS RECRUITING COMMUNITY ORGANISERS TO ASSIST IN REGISTERING ELIGIBLE ELECTORS IN JUNK BAY NEW TOWN FOR INCLUSION IN THE PROVISIONAL REGISTER.

ANYONE WHO IS 18 YEARS OLD OR ABOVE AND HAS COMPLETED FORM 5 IS WELCOME TO APPLY.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WORK BETWEEN AUGUST 15 AND SEPTEMBER 15 TO ASSIST RESIDENTS IN PO LAM AND TSUI LAM ESTATES TO FILL IN THE VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS AS WELL AS THE NOTICE OF CHANGE OF RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.

THE WORKING HOURS ARE MAINLY IN THE AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS, INCLUDING SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. COMMUNITY ORGANISERS ARE EXPECTED TO WORK A MINIMUM OF 25 HOURS A WEEK AND 100 HOURS A MONTH. THE HONORARIUM IS 419 FOR EVERY HOUR OF WORK.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE MADE’ ON PRESCRIBED FORMS (CNTA 12) WHICH CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN,, OR THE PO LAM AND TSUI LAM ESTATE OFFICES,

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS AUGUST 8. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 3-7923730.

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SUNDAY, JULY 17, 1988

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YUEN LONG TOWN

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FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (JULY 19), TWO ROAD SECTIONS IN YUEN LONG WILL BE MADE ONE-WAY OPERATION AS PART OF THE YUEN LONG TOWN TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME TO FACILITATE THE OPERATIONS OF THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM.

KIK YEUNG ROAD BETWEEN YUEN LONG ON NING ROAD AND THE YUEN LONG (WEST) BUS TERMINUS WILL BE MADE ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, WHILE ON SHUN STREET WILL BECOME ONE-WAY WESTBOUND IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION.

AT THE SAME TIME, RIGHT-TURNING MOVEMENTS FROM PING SHUN STREET SOUTHBOUND ONTO YEUN LONG ON NING ROAD WILL BE BANNED.

MEANWHILE, FROM WEDNESDAY (JULY 20), ALL EXISTING PARKING SPACES ON KIK YEUNG ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION.

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TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES IN SHA TIN * * »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT REMINDED MOTORISTS THAT THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANES OF TAI PO ROAD FROM FO TAN NULLAH TO HO TUNG LAU AND FROM HO TUNG LAU TO MA LIU SHUI INTERCHANGE WJLL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 8 AM AND 8 PM ON JULY 18 (MONDAY) AND 19 RESPECTIVELY.

MEANWHILE, ON SHA TIN ROAD, THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE BETWEEN PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AND CITY ONE SHATIN, THE NORTHBOUND SLOW LANE BETWEEN CITY ONE SHATIN AND FO TAN NULLAH, AND THE NORTHBOUND FAST LANE BETWEEN PRINCE OF WALES HOSPITAL AND FO TAN NULLAH WILL BE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY ON JULY 19. 24 AND 28 RESPECTIVELY.

THE MEASURES WILL FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT STEWART ROAD IN WAN CHAI BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND JAFFE ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 9 PM ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 20) TO 7 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY TO FACILITATE ROADWORKS.

VEHICLES ON JAFFE ROAD HEADING FOR GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TONNOCHY ROAD.

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WATER CUT IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN * * * »

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON TUESDAY (JULY 19) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY FOR WATER WORKS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY CAINE ROAD, ABERDEEN STREET, SHING WONG STREET, BRIDGES STREET AND KUI IN FONG.

ALSO AFFECTED WILL BE PO HING FONG, U LAM TERRACE AND THE HOLLYWOOD ROAD POLICE QUARTERS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, JULY 18, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

POLICE WORKING PARTY SET UP TO STUDY JUVENILE CRIME........ 1

NEW POLICE STATION ON TSING YI STARTS OPERATION TOMORROW .. 2

TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW ............... 3

DB MEMBERS TO BE BRIEFED ON TOWN PLANNING.................. J

YOUNG MUSICIANS LEaVE FOR AUSTRALIA........................ 4

EASTERN SEMINAR ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT..................... 5

TUEN MUN FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN PRESS CONFERENCE ............ 5

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PROGRAMMES .. 6

WAN CHAI DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS REPORT ON SPORT........... 7

DB COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW ............. 8

URBAN COUNCIL COMPLEX TO BE BUILT IN WESTERN .............. 8

CARPARK SUSPENDED ......................................... 9

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON WATERLOO ROAD................... 9

WATER STORAGE FIGURE....................................... 9

MONDAY, JULY 18, 1988

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POLICE WORKING PARTY SET UP TO STUDY JUVENILE CRIME *****

A WORKING PARTY, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, OPERATIONS, HAS BEEN SET UP TO STUDY JUVENILE CRIME ON A TERRITORY-WIDE BASIS.

THIS WAS DISCLOSED BY THE POLICE REGIONAL COMfANDER, NEW TERRITORIES, MR RICHARD SMALLSHAW, WHEN HE ADDRESSED A DINNER MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE NEW TERRITORIES THIS (MONDAY) EVENING.

MR SMALLSHAW SAID THE TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE WORKING PARTY WERE "TO IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT WAYS AND MEANS TO COUNTER JUVENILE CRIME, IN THE SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG TERM THROUGH PREVENTION, DETECTION, AWARENESS AND PUBLICITY".

HE POINTED OUT THAT A TOTAL OF 3,646 JUVENILE OFFENDERS WERE RECORDED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IN 1987, REPRESENTING 47.4 PER CENT OF THE HONG KONG TOTAL.

"OF THOSE ARRESTED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, 46.7 PER CENT WERE FOR SHOP THEFT, 14.8 PER CENT FOR OTHER TYPES OF THEFT AND MUCH THE SAME PERCENTAGE FOR ROBBERY AND BURGLARY," HE ADDED.

MR SMALLSHAW OPINED THAT THE CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS TO JUVENILE CRIME, IN PARTICULAR IN REGARD TO SHOP THEFT, HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED.

"THESE INCLUDE INSUFFICIENT PARENTAL CONTROL, THE LACK OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS, THE GREAT TEMPTATION PUT INTO THE PATHS OF YOUNGSTERS, AS WELL AS THE NEED FOR A MORE ACTIVE ROLE BY SCHOOL TEACHERS TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM," HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SPECIFIC ACTION WAS BEING TAKEN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES BY POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDERS THROUGH THEIR OWN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEES.

"THIS ACTION IS PRINCIPALLY TO INVOLVE MEMBERS OF COMMITTEES IN THE GENERAL PROBLEM OF JUVENILE CRIME AND TO SEEK A CO-ORDINATED SOLUTION.

"THERE IS NO PANACEA BUT AN EARLY SOLUTION IS NEEDED TO ENSURE THAT JUVENILES OF TODAY DO NOT GROW UP INTO THE CRIMINALS OF TOMORROW," HE NOTED.

ON THE POLICING OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR SMALLSHAW ADMITTED THAT KEEPING LAW AND ORDER IN THE REGION HAD ALWAYS HAD ITS PROBLEMS AND, WITH A YEARLY INCREASE IN POPULATION OF APPROXIMATELY 100,000 PEOPLE, IT WAS OFTEN DIFFICULT TO KEEP PACE.

TO KEEP ABREAST WITH THE DEVELOPMENT, MR SMALLSHAW SAID THERE WAS A NEED TO INCREASE POLICE MANPOWER IN THE REGION.

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"IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN A 25 PER CENT INCREASE BRINGING THE NUMBER OF STAFF TO OVER 6,000. IN ADDITION THERE IS AN AUXILIARY POLICE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEARLY 1,800, OF WHOM 200 TURN OUT FOR DUTY DAILY.

"IN KEEPING LAW AND ORDER, EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON PREVENTING AND DETECTING CRIME WHICH HAS REMAINED FAIRLY STEADY IN RECENT YEARS.

"HOWEVER THE INCREASE OF 10 PER CENT IN 1987 OVER 1986 HAS CONTINUED INTO 1988," HE STRESSED.

NOTING THAT IT WAS THE DUTY OF THE POLICE TO ENFORCE ON INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THE RULES LAID DOWN BY THE COMMUNITY, MR SMALLSHAW SAID LAW ENFORCERS COULD NOT SUCCEED IN THEIR ROLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY.

"I BELIEVE THAT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WE DO HAVE THIS AND THAT THE VAST MAJORITY DO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN OUR ABILITY, AND THIS IN TURN LEADS TO A PEACEFUL COMMUNITY," HE CONCLUDED.

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NEW POLICE STATION ON TSING YI * * * *

STARTS OPERATION TOMORROW *

RESIDENTS LIVING ON THE TSING YI ISLAND WILL BE BETTER POLICING SERVICES WITH THE OPERATION OF A NEW TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

PROVIDED WITH

POLICE STATION

THE NEW TSING YI DIVISIONAL AT NO. 13 TSING YI HEUNG SZE WUI 7 AM TOMORROW.

POLICE STATION, WHICH IS SITUATED ROAD, WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL FROM

BUILT AT A COST OF ABOUT $42 MILLION, IS OF A STANDARD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS DIVISIONAL STATION UNTIL TSING YI DIVISION IS LEVEL WITH THE INCREASING POPULATION.

THE 16-STOREY BUILDING DESIGN, OPERATING AS A

UPGRADED TO A DISTRICT

AT PRESENT, THE WHOLE TSING YI NORTH BRIDGE.

THE NEW POLICE STATION WILL PROVIDE POLICING FOR ISLAND AS WELL AS THE TSING YI BRIDGE AND TSING YI

THE OFFICER IN CHARGE KING-KAI, WHO IS ASSISTED BY ADVC/CRIME, MR LAW PING-KUEN FUNG-YEE.

OF THE STATION IS SUPERINTENDENT TSANG TWO ASSISTANT DIVISIONAL COMMANDERS --; AND ADVC/ADMINISTRATION, MRS CHOI WONG

AcoTc,n.*?OCAL RESIDENTS WH0 WISH TO MAKE A REPORT OR SEEK POLICE ASSISTANCE ARE WELCOME TO GO TO THE NEW POLICE STATION IN PERSON OR TELEPHONE 0-4319123 OR 0-4313600.

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1988

TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

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THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW THE LEVEL OF FIXED PENALTY FINES AND THE PROPOSED INCLUSION OF THE OFFENCE OF OVERLOADING IN THE DRIVING-OFFENCE POINTS SYSTEM AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE WITHDRAWAL OF PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN TSUEN WAN AND TSING YI AND THE PROPOSED RECREATIONAL FERRY SERVICE TO CHEUNG CHAU.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE AIMS OF THE METROPLAN.

THE MEETING, TO BE HELD AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB MEMBERS TO BE BRIEFED ON TOWN PLANNING * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

ALL DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND A BRIEFING ON TOWN PLANNING IN HONG KONG TO BE GIVEN BY THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER, DR PETER PUN, ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 20).

DR PUN, HEAD OF THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE BRIEFING IS TO GIVE MEMBERS AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE NECESSITY AND PROCESS OF TOWN PLANNING, AND THE PLANNING OF HONG KONG FOR THE COMING DECADES.

“OWING TO THE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS’ ADVISORY ROLE TO TfiE GOVERNMENT ON PLANNING AND DEVEOPMENT WORK IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS, AND THEIR LIAISON ROLE BETWEEN * GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, THE BRIEFING WILL INTRODUCE THEM TO THE TOWN PLANNING STRUCTURE AND THE WORK OF TOWN PLANNERS IN HONG KONG."

"IT WILL ALSO INTRODUCE THEM TO THE VARIOUS DECISION MAKING BODIES INVOLVED IN THE TOWN PLANNING PROCESS," DR PUN SAID.

THE BRIEFING WILL BE GIVEN IN TWO SEPARATE SESSIONS IN THE OLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER.

THE FIRST SESSION WILL BE FROM 9 AM TO 11 AM FOR URBAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND THE SECOND SESSION FROM 2 PM TO 4 PM FOR NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE BRIEFING SESSIONS.

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YOUNG MUSICIANS LEAVE FOR AUSTRALIA ♦ ♦ * ♦ *

MEMBERS OF THE MUSIC OFFICE’S HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA LEFT FOR AUSTRALIA TODAY (MONDAY) FOR A 18-DAY CONCERT TOUR.

THE DELEGATION IS LED BY THE MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR, MS LOLLY CHIU; SENIOR MUSIC OFFICER (CHINESE), MR TONG LEUNG-TAK; AND SEVEN OTHER MUSIC OFFICE OFFICIALS.

PRIOR TO DEPARTURE AT THE AIRPORT, MS CHIU SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE TOUR WAS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS IN PERFORMING AND EXPOSING THEMSELVES TO DIFFERENT AUDIENCES.

THE MUSIC OFFICE HAD SO FAR CONDUCTED TOURS TO FRANCE, ISRAEL, CYPRUS, THE UNITED KINGDOM, CHINA, JAPAN, SINGAPORE AND ITALY, SHE ADDED.

"I HOPE ALL THE ORCHESTRAL MEMBERS WILL PERFORM THEIR BEST AS THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL CULTURAL MISSION REPRESENTING HONG KONG,” SHE SAID.

THE ORCHESTRA’S FIRST PERFORMANCE IN AUSTRALIA WILL BE AT THE 18TH CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF MUSIC EDUCATION (ISME) IN CANBERRA.

THE THEME OF THE CONFERENCE, WHICH INVOLVES RENOWNED MUSICIANS AND REPRESENTATIVE MUSIC ORGANISATIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, IS THE ROLE OF MUSIC AND MUSIC EDUCATION INCLUDING RESEARCH AND MUSIC THERAPY.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES LECTURES, PERFORMANCES, DEMONSTRATIONS, MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITIONS.

AFTER CANBERRA, THE ORCHESTRA WILL GIVE 10 MORE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES IN MELBOURNE, SYDNEY AND BRISBANE.

THE DELEGATION WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON AUGUST 5.

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EASTERN SEMINAR ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT

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A SEMINAR AIMED AT ENHANCING KNOWLEDGE OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT AMONG OWNERS AND TENANTS IN PRIVATE BUILDINGS WILL BE HELD BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT FEDERATION OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDING ORGANISATIONS ON FRIDAY (JULY 22) EVENING.

A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION REGIONAL OFFICE (HONG KONG EAST), MR VINCENT TANG CHI-LEUNG, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHINESE UNDERWRITERS CLUB LTD, MR ANDY KWOK WAI-HUNG WILL SPEAK ON CORRUPTION AND INSURANCE MATTERS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS.

THE HOUSING MANAGER OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT COORDINATION TEAM, MR LIN KA-TIN, WILL ALSO SPEAK ON THE SUBJECT OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

THE SEMINAR WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD. THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EASTERN DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR TO BEGIN AT 8 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 22) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING'S ROAD.

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TUEN MUN FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN PRESS CONFERENCE ♦ ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR CHAN WU-CHING, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THIS YEAR’S CAMPAIGN.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE CHAIRMAN OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR SIT HO-YIN; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR EDWARD YAU; AND POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, MR WONG LAI-SANG.

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A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES WILL BE ORGANISED DURING THE EIGHT-MONTH CAMPAIGN TO ENCHANCE THE CIVIC AWARENESS OF RESIDENTS, ESPECIALLY THE YOUTHS, TO HELP ESTABLISH A COHESIVE AND CARING SOCIETY.

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME, AN ANTI-TRIAD SOCIETY STREET DRAMA, DRAWING COMPETITION, POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION, MODEL CITIZEN AWARD SCHEME AND A YOUTH CAMP.

THERE WILL BE TWO SPECIAL ITEMS, NAMELY A SEA TRIP AND A ROCK CLIMBING CLASS, AIMED AT TRAINING THE BODY AND MIND OF YOUNGSTERS.

THE CAMPAIGN WILL COST ABOUT $105,000, WHICH IS MAINLY SPONSORED BY THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD AND DISTRICT OFFICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT 2.30 PM IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, NO. 1 TUEN HI ROAD, TUEN MUN. YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

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THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON.

MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT MATTERS IN KWUN TONG, INCLUDING A SETTLED PROGRAMME FOR BUS AND FERRY ROUTE DEVELOPMENT, A REVIEW ON THE 1987 ACTION PROGRAMME ON PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS AND A PROGRESS REPORT ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT.

A MEMBER, MR CHAN KAM-LAM, WILL PROPOSE A MOTION SUGGESTING THAT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SHOULD REVIEW THE EXISTING POLICY TO ENSURE ADEQUATE CO-ORDINATION BETWEEN DIFFERENT MODES OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SO MORE EFFICIENT SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED.

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MEMBERS MR WONG CHAK-LBONG AND MR CHAN KAR-KOK WILL RAISE FOR DISCUSSION THE PROBLEM OF SHORTAGE OF LORRY PARKING SPACES IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES. ANOTHER MEMBER, MR LI WAH-MING, WILL RAISE THE ISSUE OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN KWUN TONG CENTRE.

THE MEETING WILL ALSO CONSIDER A PROPOSAL TO REMOVE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM DRIVING LICENCES AND SETTING UP AN ORGANISING COMMITTEE TO IMPLEMENT THIS YEAR'S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE MEETING TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING, TUNG YAN STREET.

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WAN CHAI DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS REPORT ON SPORT

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THE CULTURE AND RECREATION COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A CONSULTANCY REPORT ON SPORT IN HONG KONG AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE REPORT, ENTITLED "THE WAY AHEAD", RECOMMENDED THAT A STATUTORY BODY BE SET UP BY THE GOVERNMENT WITH THE OBJECT OF DEVELOPING SPORT AND RECREATION THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TO ORGANISE ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT. THESE INCLUDE A SUMMER MUSIC CAMP, MID-AUTUMN LANTERN FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS, SWIMMING GALA, MINI-SOCCER COMPETITION, POTTED SPORTS DAY AND ATHLETIC MEET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE AND RECREATION COMMITTEE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, EIGHTH FLOOR, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 4 PM.

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DB COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW *****

THE COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO DISCUSS THE FORMATION OF A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY THE IMPROVEMENT OF ACCOMMODATION OF SINGLE PERSONS AND TWO-PERSON FAMILIES IN SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE FORMATION OF A WORKING GROUP ON A "FESTIVAL FOR THE ELDERLY" IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE THE USE OF DANGEROUS CHEMICALS IN FACTORIES IN SHAM SHUI PO AND A REPORT BY A WORKING GROUP ON STUDY ROOM FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE BEGINNING AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET, KOWLOON.

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URBAN COUNCIL COMPLEX TO BE BUILT IN WESTERN

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AN EIGHT-STOREY URBAN COUNCIL COMPLEX IS TO BE BUILT IN WESTERN DISTRICT.

THE COMPLEX WILL BE BUILT IN CHUN SING STREET NEAR QUEEN’S ROAD WEST.

WITH A TOTAL GROSS FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 5,000 SQUARE METRES, THE COMPLEX WILL HOUSE MARKET STALLS, COOKED FOOD STALLS, A LIBRARY AND AN INDOOR GAMES HALL.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT. THE DEADLINE IS NOON ON AUGUST 5.

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 1988

CARPARK SUSPENDED t t *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE PAK SH,\ WAN CAR PARK IN SAI KUNO LOCATED NORTH OF THE JUNCTION OF HIRAM’S HIGHWAY AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO PAK SHA WAN FERRY PIER WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM ON JULY 21 (THURSDAY) TO 6 PM ON AUGUST 3.

THE MEASURE WILL FACILITATE A THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE IN CELEBRATION OF THE KWUN YAM FESTIVAL.

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON WATERLOO ROAD » * * * *

TO FACILITATE THE REMOVAL OF DIESEL OIL ON THE ROAD SURFACE OF WATERLOO ROAD, THE SECTION OF WATERLOO ROAD SOUTHBOUND BETWEEN THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE HONG KONG BAPTIST COLLEGE AND CORNWALL STREET WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE-LANE TRAFFIC FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON THURSDAY (JULY 21).

AS CONGESTION MAY ARISE ON THIS SECTION OF WATERLOO ROAD SOUTHBOUND, MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO DRIVE WITH EXTRA CARE AND PATIENCE.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 26 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 152.110 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 369.935 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 63.1 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRELIMINARY REPORT BY PAY REVIEW COMMITTEE ............ 1

FUNDS SOUGHT FOR COMPUTERISING FINGERPRINT RECORDS .... 3

16 QUESTIONS, 10 BILLS BEFORE LEGCO ................... 4

TAC DEFERS DECISION ON FIXED PENALTY FINES ............ 5

LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME MAKES GAINS ........... 6

URBAN COUNCIL GETS CREDIT FOR SCIENCE MUSEUM PROJECT .. 7

WAYS TO IMPROVE NON-TUNNEL TRAFFIC IN CAUSEWAY BAY .... 8

RENT FOR 57 POST-1973 ESTATES TO BE REVISED IN SEPTEMBER .. 9

PEDESTRIAN ROAD SAFETY PROGRAMME STARTS ............... 11

EMPLOYERS URGED TO MAKE TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS .......... 13

YUEN LONG DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS EDUCATION REPORT .... 13

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRnMME .. 14

KCR SERVICES ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ................... 14

NEW SITTING-OUT AREA AT KORNHILL ...................... 15

SAFETY GLASS MANUFACTURER SETS UP PLANT IN HONG KONG... 16

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ............................... 16

WATER CUTS IN TO KWA WaN, NGAU TaU KOK, HUNG HOM....... 17

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEaRWAYS ON TSING FUNG STREET, NORTH POINT 17

TUESDAY, JULY 19, 198«

1 PRELIMINARY REPORT BY PAY REVIEW COMMITTEE » t » « *

THE REVIEW COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES PAY AND CONDITIONS OE SERVICE RELEASED ITS PRELIMINARY REPORT TODAY (TUESDAY).

INTRODUCING THE REPORT, THE CHAIRMAN OE THE REVIEW COMMITTEE, MR A.L. RENNIE, SAID ITS PURPOSE WAS TO SHOW THE COMMITTEE'S WORKING METHODS, TO REPORT ITS PROGRESS AND WORK SO EAR, AND TO PRESENT THE FACTS GATHERED BY THE COMMITTEE.

THE REPORT ALSO SUMMARISED THE REPRESENTATIONS THE COMMITTEE HAD RECEIVED AND INDICATED THE COURSE IT WOULD EOLLOW IN ITS FUTURE WORK, HE SAID.

MR RENNIE POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH THE PRELIMINARY REPORT CONTAINED NO DEFINITIVE CONCLUSIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS AT THIS STAGE, IT PRESENTED THE MAIN QUESTIONS THE COMMITTEE WOULD PURSUE IN THE PREPARATION OF ITS FINAL REPORT.

"THE REPORT IS INTENDED TO OFFER INTERESTED PARTIES THE OPPORTUNITY' TO COMMENT ON WHAT THE COMMITTEE HAS FOUND, AND WHAT IT NOW INTENDS TO DO,"' MR RENNIE SAID.

THE REPORT WAS SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR THROUGH THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE ON JULY 7, AND PUBLISHED FOR DISTRIBUTION TO INTERESTED PARTIES.

MR RENN IF DREW PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO CHAPTER 10 OF THE REPORT, WHICH LISTS A FEW MATTERS ON WHICH THE COMMITTEE HAS FORMED PROVISIONAL VIEWS, AND THE MAIN QUESTIONS WHICH IT INTENDS TO ANSWER IN ITS FINAL REPORT.

ALTHOUGH 1'HE REPORT CALLS FOR RESPONSES BY AUGUST 2, THE COMMITTEE HAS REVIEWED THIS DEADLINE AND EXTENDED IT TO AUGUST 9.

THE FINAL REPORT, CONTAINING RECOMMENDATIONS, IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN OCTOBER THIS YEAR.

DIVIDED INTO 10 CHAPTERS, THE PRELIMINARY REPORT BEGINS WITH A BRIEF GENERAL ACCOUNT OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES AND THE SPECIAL LEGAL REQUIREMENTS WHICH ESTABLISH THEIR DISCIPLINED STATUS. '

IT ALSO GIVES AN ACCOUNT OF THE SERVICES’ PAY HISTORY AND BACKGROUND INCLUDING EARLIER REVIEWS BY DIFFERENT SALARIES COMMISSIONS AND A REVIEW OF PAY COMPARISONS BOTH IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS INCLUDING THE 19B6 PAY LEVEL SURVEY, AND INTERNATIONAL AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX COMPARISONS.

OTHER CHAPTERS EXAMINE THE VARIOUS ALLOWANCES PAID TO DISCIPLINED SERVICES, THE FACTORS SUCH AS STRESS, RISK, HARDSHIP PERSONAL RESTRICTIONS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN SETTING PAY,

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THE ARGUMENTS FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF PAY DETERMINING MACHINERY.

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THE REVIEW COMMITTEE RECEIVED 122 FORMAL SUBMISSIONS FROM DISCIPLINED SERVICES MANAGEMENTS, STAFF ASSOCIATIONS, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF STAFF, AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS, AND THE REPORT CONTAINS A CHAPTER SUMMARISING THE VARIOUS REPRESENTATIONS.

THE TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE VIEWS ON PAY, THE NATURE OF THE WORK INCLUDING THE DANGERS AND STRESSES OF THE VARIOUS DUTIES, PERSONAL RESTRICTIONS ON STAFF, AND HOURS OF WORK.

"THE COMMITTEE FELT SOME CONCERN THAT THE RELEASE OF THE SUMMARIES OF THE SUBMISSIONS MIGHT BE MISINTERPRETED BECAUSE THEY NATURALLY TENDED TO CONCENTRATE ON THOSE FEATURES OF THE SERVICES’ WORK THAT WOULD APPEAR TO JUSTIFY HIGHER PAY," MR RENNIE SAID.

"HOWEVER, FROM OUR VISITS, DISCUSSIONS AND EXAMINATIONS OF SUBMISSIONS, WE ARE WELL AWARE THAT THERE ARE MANY REWARDING FEATURES IN THE WORK OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES.

"WITH CAPABLE AND VIGOROUS STAFF, THE SERVICES SERVE THE GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG EXTREMELY WELL."

HOWEVER, MR RENNIE SAID THE COMMITTEE WAS ALSO MADE AWARE THAT MEMBERS OF SOME SERVICES FELT THAT WHAT THEY DID WAS NOT WELL APPRECIATED BY OUTSIDERS.

THEY ALSO FELT THEIR PRESENT PAY AND THE ASSESSMENT OF PAY WITHIN THE CIVIL SERVICE DID NOT PROPERLY RECOGNISE THE SPECIAL NATURE OF THEIR TASKS AND THE DISRUPTION TO THEIR PERSONAL LIVES.

THE DISRUPTION WAS LARGELY CAUSED BY THE LONG AND IRREGULAR HOURS AND THE LIABILITY TO ON-CALL DUTIES INSEPARABLE FROM THE PROVISION OF EMERGENCY SERVICES 24 HOURS A DAY FOR 365 DAYS A YEAR.

IT IS THE COMMITTEE’S INTENTION, THE REPORT SAYS, "TO ENSURE THAT THE STAFF OF THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES ARE PROPERLY PAID, IN RELATION TO THE REST OF THE CIVIL SERVICE, FOR THE WORK THAT THEY DO."

THE COMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED IN APRIL THIS YEAR BY THE STANDING COMMISSION ON CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE TO REVIEW THE WORK OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S FIVE DISCIPLINED SERVICES - ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE AND MMIQRATION SERVICE.

IT WAS ALSO ASKED TO CONSIDER THE BASIS FOR DETERMINING PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE FOR THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES, THE MACHINERY FOR THIS PURPOSE, AND APPROPRIATE LEVELS OF REMUNERATION FOR THEM IN RELATION TO THE REST OF THE CIVIL SERVICE.

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 1988

IN ADDITION TO MR RENNIE, FORMER SECRETARY OF THE SCOTTISH HOME AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, AS CHAIRMAN, Till COMMITTEE COMPRISES AS MEMBERS THE FORMER EXECUTIVE COUNCILLOR \Ni) FORMER SENIOR I'NOFFK I AL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, SIR ROGER LOBO, AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MRS RITA FAN.

THE COMMITTEE IS ALSO HAVING \ SERIES OF FAMILIARISATION VISITS, AND DISCUSSION MEETINGS WITH Till- MANAGEMENT AND STAFF ASSOCIATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED.

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Till' FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BE ASKED TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO ACCEPT THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF COMPUTER 1SI NG THE MORE IMPORTANT FINGERPRINT RECORDS IN THE POLICE IDENTIFICATION BUREAU, ESTIMATED AT $40,819,000 IN NON-RECURRENT EXPENDITURE AND $711,000 IN ANNUALLY RECURRENT EXPEND1TURE.

IT WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO APPROVE A NEW NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENT OF $34,730,000 FOR THE EQUIPMENT, SITE PREPARATION, TRAINING AND INITIAL CONSUMABLES OF' \ COMPUTER ASSISTED FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE SYSTEM BE INTRODUCED IN IWO PHASES: TO COMPUTERISE FIRST THE FINGERPRINT RECORDS OF THE BUREAU’S SCENE OF CRIME SECTION (ABOUT 160,000 RECORDS) AND THEN CIS "MAIN COLLECTION" (ABOUT 610,000 RECORDS) AFTER A FAVOURABLE POST-IMPLEMENTATION REVIEW OF THE FIRST PHASE HAS BEEN RECEIVED.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER AN INCREASE IN GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO LINGNAN COLLEGE, WITH EFFECT FROM 1988-89, IN RESPECT OF ITS THIRD AND FOURTH YEAR POST-SIXTH-FORM PLACES.

THE INCREASE WOULD BE FROM THE PRESENT LEVEL OF 120 PER CENT OF THE UNIT COST OF A SIXTH FORM PLACE IN AN AIDED SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOL TO 190 PER CENT OF THAT UNIT COST, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM STUDENT NUMBER OF 800.

UNDER THE SAME ITEM, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER THE APPROVAL OF A FURTHER INCREASE IN GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE COLLEGE, WITH EFFECT FROM 1989-90.

THIS WOULD INCLUDE ITS FIFTH YEAR POST-SIXTH-FORM PLACES ALSO AT 190 PER CENT OF THE UNIT COST OF' A SIXTH-FORM PLACE IN AN AIDED SECONDARY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM STUDENT NUMBER OF' 1,200 IN YEARS THREE TO FIVE.

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MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER ACCEPTING THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, ESTIMATED AT $4,630,000 IN 1988-89 AND RISING TO $16,570,000 IN 1992-93, OF INCREASING GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE COLLEGE.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, ESTIMATED AT $1,060,000 FOR GRANTS AND $970,000 FOR LOAN'S, OF EXTENDING THE STl’DENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME TO THE YEAR FIVE POST-SIXTH-FORM STUDENTS OF THE COLLEGE WITH EFFECT FROM 1989-90, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM ENROLMENT OF 1,200 STUDENTS.

FURTHERMORE, THEY WILL CONSIDER THE APPROVAL OF A CAPITAL GRANT OF UP TO $1.1 MILLION IN 1988-89 TO ENABLE LINGNAN COLLEGE TO PURCHASE FURNITURE AND EQUIPMENT TO HELP MEET THE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS IDENTIFIED IN THE REPORT OF THE UK COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARDS.

OTHER ITEMS ON TOMORROW’S AGENDA INCLUDE:

A INCREASE IN COMMITMENT FOR AN INTEGRATED RADIO SERVICES SYSTEM FOR THE POLICE FROM $196 MILLION BY $96 MILLION TO $292 MILLION.

* APPROVAL OF A NON-RECURRENT COMMITMENT OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AT A SUM OF $3.7 MILLION TO MEET THE COST OF A HEAVY DUTY RECOVERY VEHICLE FOR TUNNEL OPERATIONS.

* APPROVAL OF THE CREATION Ol A NEW SUBHEAD "REPLACEMENT OF DISC DRIVES IN THE TREASURY COMPUTER" WITH A PROJECT ESTIMATE OF $2,150,000 TO ACQUIRE THREE FIXED DISC DRIVES TO REPLACE EIGHT EXISTING EXCHANGEABLE DISC DRIVES.

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16 QUESTIONS, 10 BILLS BEEORE LEGCO * * * * *

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL ASK 16 QUESTIONS AND CONSIDER 10 BILLS AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

ALL THE 10 BILLS ARE EACH DUE TO BE GIVEN A SECOND READING, AND THEN TO GO THROUGH THE COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING.

THEY ARE THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS BILL 1988, BANKING (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1988, MONEY LENDERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, TRAVEL AGENTS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, SOCIETIES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1988, TELEVISION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1988, OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH COUNCIL BILL 1988, QUEEN ELIZABETH FOUNDATION FOR THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED BILL 1988, NOISE CONTROL BILL 1988 AND PUBLIC HEALTH AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) BILL 1988.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL MOVE A MOTION UNDER. THE TELEPHONE ORDINANCE.

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TAG DEFERS DECISION ON FIXED PENALTY FINES ♦ ♦ ♦ t ♦

THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) TODAY (TUESDAY) DEFERRED DECISION ON WHETHER THERE SHOULD BE A GENERAL INCREASE IN THE LEVEL OF FIXED PENALTY FINES FOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES AND WHETHER FIXED PENALTY FINES FOR OVERLOADING OFFENCES SHOULD BE INCREASED FROM $200 TO $-150.

NOTING THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN ALARMING INCREASE IN OVERLOADING OFFENCES FROM 1,614 IN 1985 TO 23,611 IN 1987, THE TAC AGREED THAT AN INCREASE IN THE PENALTY LEVEL SHOULD LEAD TO FEWER DRIVERS AND COMPANIES TREATING THE PENALTY AS A ROUTINE OPERATIONAL EXPENSE.

HOWEVER, THE TAC COULD NOT COME TO A DECISION TODAY BECAUSE IT BELIEVED THAT THE DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS SYSTEM SHOULD NOT BE RULED OUT ALTOGETHER IN RESPECT OF OVERLOADING OFFENCES.

THE TAC RECOMMENDED THAT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SHOULD RECONSIDER THE MATTER SO THAT THE COMMITTEE WOULD IN DUE COURSE TAKE A LOOK AT HOW TO COMBINE THE FIXED PENALTY INCREASE WITH A POSSIBLE PENALTY UNDER THE DRIVING OFFENCE POINTS SYSTEM.

MEMBERS NOTED THAT THE ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE STEPS TO TACKLE HIE PROBLEM AT SOURCE AND TO ENSURE THAT EVERY DRIVER IS AWARE Ol THE WEIGHT OF THE LOAD HE CARRIES.

THE TAC ALSO APPROVED THE APPLICATION FROM THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY (HYF) TO WITHDRAW THE PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN TSUEN WAN AND TSING YI.

MEMBERS NOTED THAT FOLLWING THE OPENING OF THE TSING TSUEN BRIDGE IN DECEMBER 1987 AND THE INTRODUCTION OF BUS ROUTE NO. 43B FROM CHEUNG CHING TO TSUEN WAN FERRY IN FEBRUARY 1988, PATRONAGE ON THE TSUEN WAN - TSING YI FERRY SERVICE DECREASED SHARPLY FROM 4,100 PASSENGERS PER DAY IN 1987 TO 700 PASSENGERS PER DAY IN APRIL-MAY THIS YEAR.

THE PROPOSED SERVICE WITHDRAWAL IS PART OF HYF’S OVERALL PLAN TO RATIONALISE ITS SERVICE. SUCH RATIONALISATION SHOULD REDUCE UPWARD PRESSURE ON FARES AND RESULT IN A HEALTHIER AND MORE EFFICIENT FERRY SERVICE.

THE TAC WAS ALSO INFORMED OF HYF’S PROPOSAL TO OPERATE A RECREATIONAL SERVICE TO CHEUNG CHAU FROM THE KOWLOON POINT FERRY PIER VI WEEKENDS AND ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FROM AUGUST 1.

MEMBERS NOTED THAT THE DEMAND FOR EXISTING CHEUNG CHAU -CENTRAL FERRY SERVICE DURING WEEKENDS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS HAD INCREASED BY MORE THAN 50 PER CENT FROM 1983 TO THIS YEAR. HYF’S PROPOSAL WOULD HELP TO RELIEVE EXCESSIVE CONGESTION AT THE OUTLYING DISTRICTS SERVICES FERRY PIER IN CENTRAL.

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THE SCHEDULES OF THE KOWLOON POINT TO MUI WO SERVICE WILL BE ADJUSTED TO INCORPORATE THE CHEUNG CHAU SAILINGS SO AS TO KEEP THE OPERATION OF OUTLYING DISTRICTS SERVICES FROM KOWLOON POINT AT HOURLY INTERVALS.

MEMBERS WERE ALSO BRIEFED ON THE AIMS OF THE METROPLAN.

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LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME MAKES GAINS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

HONG KONG SHOULD BUILD UP A WELL RESPECTED LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY SO THAT THE CREDIBILITY OF TEST RESULTS BY CERTI FICATION LABORATORIES IN THE TERRITORY CAN BE ENHANCED, THE EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE HONG KONG LABORATORY ACCREDITATION SCHEME (HOKLAS), DR L.H. NG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY)>

ADDRESSING MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFICATION LABORATORIES, DR NG EXPLAINED THAT HOKLAS WAS LAUNCHED IN 1985 AS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S TECHNICAL SUPPORT SERVICES FOR INDUSTRY.

IN THE THREE YEARS SINCE ITS IMPLEMENTATION, THE SCHEME HAD PROGRESSED FROM ONE WHICH CATERED PRINCIPALLY FOR THE TESTING OF EXPORT PRODUCTS TO ONE WHICH WAS BROADER-BASED, COVERING TESTING SERVICES PERFORMED FOR THE BENEFIT OF A WIDER RANGE OF HONG KONG INTERESTS.

THE ACCREDITATION ACTIVITIES WERE INITIALLY ORGANISED UNDER FOUR PRODUCT CATEGORIES - TEXTILES, TOYS, ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS \ND FOOD, IN ADDITION TO A COMMON SERVICE FOR LABORATORY TESTING CALIBRATION.

"IN 1987, THE SCHEME WAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND, AT THE END OF THIS YEAR, WE WILL BE TURNING OUR ATTENTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL TESTING," SHE SAID.

DR NG DESCRIBED THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HOKLAS IN THE PAST THREE-YEARS AS REMARKABLE AND SAID THAT THIS RESULTED FROM THE I NTHUS1AST1C SUPPORT FOR THE SCHEME GIVEN BY LABORATORY TESTING COMMUNITY IN HONG KONG.

SHE ALSO SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONSIDERING ENACTING LEGISLATION FOR CONSUMER PROJECTION IN THE AREAS CONCERNING THE SAFETY OF DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND TOYS.

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’’WHEN SUCH LEGISLATION IS ENACTED, HOLLAS ACCREDITED LABORATORIES WILL NO DOUBT HAVE A GREATER ROLE TO PLAY IN THE TESTING OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS," SHE SAID.

ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT, DR NG SAID THAT EFFORTS WERE BEING MADE TO ESTABLISH BILATERAL RECOGNITION AGREEMENTS Will! MAJOR OVERSEAS SCHEMES, PARTICULARLY THOSE OF HONG KONG'S TRADING PARTNERS.

IN CONCLUSION, SHE SAID THAT AS THE SCHEME BECAME FURTHER ESTABLISHED AND THE BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION MORE WIDELY APPRECIATED, INTEREST IN LABORATORY ACCREDITATION WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW.

"THE SCOPE OF THE SCHEME WILL BE EXTENDED TO EMBRACE OTHER AREAS AS THE NEED ARISES.

"THUS, IN ADDITION TO THE ALREADY ESTABLISHED COMMODITY GROUPS, THERE MAY BE A NEED TO CONSIDER CATERING FOR ACCRED1 TATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE TESTING OF PLASTICS, METALS, PETROLEUM PRODUCTS AND OPTICAL GOODS AND FOR CERTAIN OTHER MANUFACTURING SECTORS," SHE ADDED.

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URBAN COUNCIL GETS CREDIT FOR SCIENCE MUSEUM PROJECT ♦ ♦ t ♦ *

THE URBAN COUNCIL WAS TODAY (TUESDAY) PRAISED FOR ITS "DYNAMISM" WHICH HAS MADE POSSIBLE THE BUILDING OF HONG KONG’S WORLD-CLASS MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

SPEAKING AT A CONTRACT-SIGNING CEREMONY FOR WORK ON THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE MUSEUM TO START NEXT MONTH, THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, MR JOSE LEI, SAID: "I THINK POSTERITY, AND CERTAINLY I AS A CITIZEN WHO HAPPENS TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PROJECT, WILL BEAR OUT THAT IT IS ENTIRELY DUE TO THE CREDIT AND DYNAMISM OF THE URBAN COUNCIL WHICH HAVE MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE."

IN THANKING MR LEI, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN H.M.G. FORSGATE, SAID THE COUNCI I. WAS PLEASED THAT THE SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND OTHERS CONCERNED "WILL SUPERSTRUCTURE IS COMPLETED BY JANUARY 1990, TO HAVE IT PUBLIC ON THE FIRST OF AUGUST OF THAT YEAR. A VERY TIGHT

COUNCIL, MR

ARCHITECTURAL

ENSURE THE

OPEN TO THE

SCHEDULE.”

MR FORSGATE SAID THE EXHIBITS AND FACILITIES IN THE MUSEUM WOULD HELP PEOPLE KEEP ABREAST OF DEVELOPMENTS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

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THIS URBAN COUNCIL PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO COST $322.5 MILLION, OF WHICH $195.5 MILLION IS FOR PILING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE AND ABOUT $127 MILLION FOR EXHIBITS.

VISITORS TO THE FOUR-STOREY BUILDING WILL BE ABLE TO TOUCH AND OPERATE MOST OF THE EXHIBITS - ABOUT HALF OF WHICH WILL BE SELECTED FROM THE BEST MUSEUMS AROUND THE WORLD AND THE OTHER HALI "ORIGINAL DESIGNS” CREATED JOINTLY BY LOCAL AND OVERSEAS TALENTS.

EMPHASIS WILL BE MADE ON SELECTING EXHIBITS WII I ('ll SHOU INTERESTING SCIENTIFIC PRINCIPLES AND PHENOMENA, IN PARTICULAR TO BRING OUT THE MODERN TECHNOLOGY USED IN HONG KONG AS SEEN AGAINST ('HINA’S TECHNOLOGICAL HERITAGE.

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WAYS TO IMPROVE NON-TUNNEL TRAFFIC IN CAUSEWAY BAY ♦ * » ♦ ♦

A TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME TO IMPROVE VICTORIA PARK ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD IN IMPLEMENTED FROM SATURDAY (JULY 23), THE ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID ALLEVIATE THE CHAOTIC TRAFFIC PREVAILING ON

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT

THAT THE SCHEME WILL THE WESTBOUND TRAFFIC

LANES OF GLOUCESTER ROAD OUTSIDE EXCELSIOR HOTEL AND VICTORIA PARK ROAD AT ITS JUNCTION WITH ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR.

THE CHAOTIC TRAFFIC SITUATION IS MAINLY DUE TO THE KOWLOON-BOUND TRAFFIC MAKING USE OF THE HAPPY VALLEY LANE TO JUMP THE (’ROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL QUEUES, THUS BLOCKING THE NON-TUNNEL TRAFFIC, HE EXPLAINED.

"THE SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO AVOID SUCH BLOCKAGE BY USING ROAD MARKINGS TO SEPARATE THE KOWLOON-BOUND TRAFFIC AND THE HAPPY VALLEY-BOUND TRAFFIC,” HE ADDED.

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THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SCHEME ARE AS FOLLOWS:

» A SOLID-CUM-BROKEN WHITE LINE WILL BE DESIGNATED ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAYS OF VICTORIA PARK ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD SO THAT HAPPY VALLEY-BOUND TRAFFIC CANNOT CUT ACROSS TO THE KOWLOON-BOUND LANE.

THE ROAD MARKING ON VICTORIA PARK ROAD BETWEEN HING FAT STREET AND THE PETROL STATION OUTSIDE EXCELSIOR HOTEL WILL BE IN PLACE ON JULY 23 WHILE THE ONE ON GLOUCESTER ROAD BETWEEN EXCELSIOR HOTEL AND ITS JUNCTION WITH PERCIVAL STREET WILL BE COMPLETED ON JULY 24.

♦ A SHORT-SECTION OF BUS-ONLY LANE WILL BE DESIGNATED ON GLOUCESTER ROAD WESTBOUND NEAR PERCIVAL STREET TO FACILITATE ACCESS OF BUSES TO THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND CENTRAL.

* THE JUNCTION OF GLOUCESTER ROAD WITH PERCIVAL STREET WILL BE MODIFIED SO THAT VEHICLES TRAVELLING ON THE GLOUCESTER hOAD SERVICE ROAD HEADING FOR HAPPY VALLEY, WAN CHAI AND CENTRAL CAN CONTINUE THEIR JOURNEYS ON THIS SERVICE ROAD OR TURN TO PERCIVAL STREET.

* THE LAYOUT OF THE EXISTING BUS BAY OUTSIDE EXCELSIOR HOTEL WILL BE MODIFIED TO FACILITATE BUS OPERATIONS.

♦ AS VEHICLES CAN NO LONGER JUMP THE TUNNEL QUEUE VIA THE GATE NEXT TO THE BUS BAY, THE GATE WILL BE CLOSED SO THAT VEHICLES WILL NOT CUT ACROSS THE BUSES LEAVING THE BUS BAY.

THE SPOKESMAN URGED MOTORISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR THE NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN THE AREA.

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RENT FOR 57 POST-1973

ESTATES TO BE REVISED IN SEPTEMBER

*****

DOMESTIC RENT FOR 57 REVISED FROM SEPTEMBER 1.

POST-1973 PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES

WILL BE

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (TUESDAY), REVISION WILL AFFECT 158,069 FLATS, MOST REVIEWED IN SEPTEMBER 1986.

A HOUSING SPOKESMAN SAID THE OF WHICH HAD THEIR RENTS

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"IN REVISING RENTS, THE AUTHORITY HAS TAKEN TENANTS’ AFFORDABILITY INTO CONSIDERATION, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO THE 15 PER CENT MEDIAN RENT/INCOME RATIO AS RECOMMENDED BY THE DOMESTIC RENT POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"AFTER THE REVISION, THE INCREASE FOR 99 PER CENT OF THESE TENANTS WILL RANGE FROM $14 TO $125 A MONTH, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF THREE TO 18 PER CENT OF THEIR EXISTING RENTS.

"THE NEW AVERAGE RENTS ARE ESTIMATED TO REPRESENT ONLY 10.3 PER CENT OF THE MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF THE TENANTS CONCERNED, AND WILL REMAIN CONSIDERABLY BELOW RENT LEVELS PAYABLE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR."

NEW INCLUSIVE RENT LEVELS WILL REMAIN REASONABLE AT $12.58 TO $22.80 A SQUARE' METRE, COMPARED WITH THE PRESENT $10.50 TO $21.24 A SQUARE METRE.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT SINCE THE LAST RENT REVIEW, RATES HAVE BEEN INCREASED ON AN AVERAGE OF 14.3 PER CENT FOLLOWING THE PHASING OUT OF THE RATES RELIEF SCHEME IN APRIL 1987 AND THE GENERAL REVALUATION OF ALL DOMESTIC PROPERTIES IN THE TERRITORY IN APRIL 1988.

THE TOTAL ADDITIONAL RATES OF THIS PARTICULAR GROUP OF ESTATES PAYABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT BETWEEN APRIL 1987 AND AUGUST 1988 WI LI AMOUNT TO $30.5 MILLION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT OTHER FACTORS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION IN THE BIENNIAL RENT REVIEW INCLUDED ESTATE VALUE AND RATE OF INFLATION.

’THE ESTATES ARE AMONG THE NEWEST OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY ESTATES, AND ARE PROVIDED WITH MODERN FACILITIES AND SERVED BY A WIDE RANGE OF COMMERCIAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES COMPARABLE TO THE LATEST ESTATES," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE RATE OF INFLATION DURING THE PAST TWO YEARS HAS RISEN BY 10.5 PER CENT AND THE EXISTING RENT LEVELS OF THESE ESTATES REPRESENT ONLY 17 TO 38 PER CENT OF THE ASSESSED CURRENT MARKET VALUE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID TENANTS WILL BE INFORMED TODAY OF THE NEW RENTS AND RATES TOGETHER WITH AN EXPLANATORY NOTE.

HE ADDED THAT TENANTS WITH FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY MAY APPLY FOR TRANSFER TO CHEAPER FLATS. ESTATE STAFF WILL ALSO REFER THEIR CASES TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE.

/THE FOLLOWING

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THE FOLLOWING IS Till l 1ST OF 7 l'O'’l 1973 HOLS I MG \l HIORIT* PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES:

\P LEI CHAU Ol MAN

BUTTERFLY ON II NG

CHAR ON PAR IIN

CHEUNG CHING I’OK HONG

(HEUNG HONG SAM SHING

CHEUNG KWAI SHA KOK

CHEUNG WAH SHAN KING

CHOI WAN SHEK KIP MEI

(’HOI YUEN SHEK LEI (1)

CHUK YUEN (SOUTH) SHEK WAI i:or

CHUN SHEK SHUJ PIN WAI

FU SHIN SHUN LI 1

BIN KENG SHUN ON

HING WAH (II) SHUN TIN

HUNG HOM SUN CHUI

JORDAN VALLEY SUN TIN WAI

KAI YIP TAI HANG TUNG

KWAI SUING (WEST) TAI HING

KWONG FUK TAJ WO HAU CON.

LAI KING TAI YUEN

LA 1 YIU TUNG TAU (1)

I LEI MUK SHUE TUNG TAU (II)

LEK YUEN WANG TAU HOM (II)

LOK FU WO CHE

LUNG HANG WONG TAJ SIN, LOWER (1)

MEI LAM WONG TAI SIN. LOWER (II)

MEI TUNG WU KING

NAM SHAN YAU 01

YUE WAN

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PEDESTRIAN ROAD SAFETY PROGRAMME STARTS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

NEGLIGENCE AND MALPRACTICE OF PEDESTRIANS IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.

IN THE FIRST TWO QUARTERS OF THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF 1,846 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS HAD OCCURRED ON HONG RONG ISLAND, OF WHICH SOI CASES RESULTED IN DEATHS AND INJURIES OF PEDESTRIANS. AND 66.1 PER CENT OF Till CASUALTIES WERE CAUSED BY NOTHING OTHER THAN NEGLIGENCE OF THE PEDESTRIANS THEMSELVES.

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THESE FIGURES WERE REVEALED BY THE ACTING POLICE REGIONAL COMMANDER OF HONG KONG ISLAND, MR WONG TSAN-KWONG, WHEN HE OFFICIATED AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE PEDESTRIAN ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAMME THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING.

MR WONG SAID THE FIGURE FOR THE FIRST TWO QUARTERS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 6.4 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1987.

HE POINTED OUT THAT JAYWALKING WAS STILL A PRIMARY FACTOR OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PEDESTRIANS AND IT WAS FOR THIS REASON THAT THE PEDESTRIAN ROAD SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAMME WAS ORGANISED TO REMIND PEDESTRIANS TO OBSERVE THE ROAD SAFETY CODES WHEN (’ROSS I NG THE ROADS.

DURING THE TWO-DAY CAMPAIGN PERIOD (JULY 19 AND 20), MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL ROAD SAFETY PATROLS WILL, UNDER POLICE GUIDANCE, BE DEPLOYED AT SEVEN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT BLACK SPOTS IN EASTERN, WAN CHAI, CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICTS TO DISTRIBUTE A LEAFLET TO PEDESTRIANS, IN PARTICULAR JAYWAKERS.*

THE LEAFLET CONTAINS ADVICE ON ROAD SAFETY AND FEATURES SIX COMMON PEDESTRI AN IRREGULARITIES.

(A) USING THE ROAD NEGLIGENTLY TO ENDANGER THE SAFETY OF OTHER PEOPLE;

(B) CROSSING WITHIN A ZEBRA CONI ROLLED AREA WITHOUT MAKING USE OF THE ZEBRA (’ROSS I NG:

(C) CROSSING WITHIN 15 METRES OF A LIGHT SIGNAL CROSSING WITHOUT OBSERVING THE LIGHT SIGNAL INSTRUCTION;

( I) > CROSSING WITHIN 15 METRES OF A FOOTBRIDGE OR A PEDESTRIAN SUBWAY WITHOUT USING THE FACILITIES;

(E) CLIMBING OVER/THROUGH A ROAD FENCE OR A CENTRAL RESERVATION ONTO A CARRIAGEWAY; AND

(F) OVERSTAYING ON A CROSSING FACILITY.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ROAD SAFETY .ASSOCIATION AND THE TRAFFIC HONG KONG ISLAND OF THE POLICE, IT IS THE FIFTH TIME THE EDUCATION PROGRAMME IS HELD. MORE THAN 20,000 PEDESTRIAN OFFENDERS HAVE BEEN EXHORTED IN THE PREVIOUS EXERCISES SIN( E 1985.

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EMPLOYERS

URGED TO MAKE TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS *****

EMPLOYERS ARE TODAY (TUESDAY) URGED TO MAKE PRIOR AGREEMENT WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES ON WORKING ARRANGEMENTS DURING TYPHOON.

SUCH AGREEMENT SHOULD INCLUDE RULES FOR REPORTING TO WORK AND RELEASING EMPLOYEES FROM WORK, AND THE METHOD OF CALCULATING WAGES UNDER VARIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID ALTHOUGH THE LAW DID NOT LAY DOWN ANY PARTICULAR PROVISIONS, IT WOULD BE MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL FOR AGREEMENTS TO BE REACHED.

HE SAID EMPLOYERS SHOULD GIVE PRIOR CONSIDERATION TO THEIR WORKERS' SAFETY, BOTH AT THE WORKPLACE AND WHILE TRAVELLING TO AND FROM HOME DURING A TYPHOON.

"NORMALLY, EMPLOYERS SHOULD NOT REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO REPORT FOR DUTY OR TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR WORK WHEN TYPHOON SIGNAL NO. K OR A HIGHER SIGNAL IS HOISTED, OR WHEN PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS ABOUT TO STOP," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THIS, HOWEVER, DOES NOT APPLY TO THOSE WHO ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL OR EMERGENCY DUTIES DURING A TYPHOON."

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTIES IN DRAFTING OR PREPARING TYPHOON ARRANGEMENTS CAN APPROACH THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE FOR ADVICE.

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YUEN LONG DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS EDUCATION REPORT » * * » #

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES DISCUSS THE EDUCATION COMMISSION'S NO. 3 REPORT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

COMMITTEE WILL AT ITS MEETING

THE COMMITTEE SCHEME UNDER WHICH PREFERENTIAL SERVICES SHOPPING.

WILL ALSO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF INTRODUCING A ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT CAN ENJOY IN SUCH AREAS AS MEDICAL CARE, TRANSPORT AND

MEMBERS WILL ALSO AND THE ASSOCIATED WATER

DISCUSS THE MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC WATER WASTAGE.

P I PES

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD'S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG. THE MEETING WILL START AT 3 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME t * » * *

MEMBERS OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER THE SETTLED BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR 1988-89 AT THEIR MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE PROGRAMME, PREPARED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, WILL FORM THE BASIC GUIDE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF BUS SERVICES IN THE NORTH DISTRICT IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

MEMBERS WILL COMMENT ON A PROPOSAL TO SCRAP THE CURRENT REQUIREMENT OF PROVIDING TWO PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE ISSUE AND RENEWAL OF A DRIVING LICENCE.

THE RESULTS OF A REVIEW ON PEDESTRIAN CROSSING BLACK SPOTS IDENTIFIED IN THE DISTRICT LAST YEAR WILL BE TABLED FOR DISCUSSION AT THE MEETING.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER A REQUEST FOR ALLOTMENT OF PARKING SPACES IN SHEUNG SHU1 FOR THE DISABLED, AS WELL AS A SUGGESTION TO PROVIDE A LOADING AND UNLOADING BAY ALONG LUNG SUM AVENUE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE RELOCATION OF A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND IN TSUN FU STREET, SHEUNG SHUT; PROPOSED SUSPENSION OF NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 53K; AND IMPROVEMENT TO THE JUNCTION OF PO SHEK WU ROAD AND CHOI YUEN ROAD, AND TO A FOOTBRIDGE LINKING SHEK WU HUI AND CHOI YUEN ESTATE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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KCR SERVICES ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA * » » » «

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS MEASURES TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF PROPERTY OWNERS, AND SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY CORPORATION AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE AND THE KCRC WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO ANSWER MEMBERS’ QUERIES.

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TUESDAY, JULY 1% 1988

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OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE THE PROVISION OF A SITTING-OUT AREA AT THE SEAFRONT OFF MA TAU KOK ROAD, IMPROVEMENT WORK TO THE RAILINGS AND FOOTSTEPS AT VALLEY ROAD AND REPAIRS TO THE SITTING-OUT AREA AT HO KAR YUEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2.15 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, 141-143 KAU PU1 LUNG ROAD, KOWLOON CITY.

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NEW SITTING-OUT AREA AT KORNHILL

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RESIDENTS IN QUARRY BAY WILL HAVE A NEW PLACE FOR LEISURE ACTIVITIES WHEN THE SITTING-OUT AREA, LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF HONG YUE STREET AND HONG ON STREET IN KORNHILL, OPENS ON SATURDAY (JULY 23).

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SITTING-OUT AREA, AT A COST OF ABOUT $196,00(1, WAS FUNDED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD.

THE SITTING-OUT AREA, WHICH HAS A CHINESE PAVILION, SOME FLOWER-BEDS AND BENCHES, WILL PROVIDE A GOOD RECREATIONAL VENUE FOR NEARBY RESIDENTS.

IN SUPPORT OF THE 1988 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (WED), PLANTING ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT THE SITTING-OUT AREA AFTER ITS OFFICIA1 OPENING AT 10 AM ON SATURDAY.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG; DISTRICT BOARD- CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG; CHAIRMAN OF THE WED WORKING GROUP OE’ THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MR WAN SHEK-LUN; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MRS BETTY YEUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KORNHILL SITTING-OUT AREA AND WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY PLANTING ACTIVITIES ON SATURDAY (JULY 23) AT THE JUNCTION OF HONG ON STREET AND HONG YUE STREET NEAR SAI WAN TERRACE, QUARRY BAY. THE EVENT WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 1988

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SAFETY GLASS MANUFACTURER SETS UP PLANT IN HONG KONG ♦ * » t *

HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIES WILL BE MUCH BENEF1TTED FROM THE PRESENCE OF HONG KONG TOUGH GLASS LIMITED AS A RELIABLE SUPPLIER OF TOUGHENED GLASS, AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR C.L. CHU SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR CHIU WAS CONFIDENT THAT THIS MANUFACTURING PLANT IN YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE WOULD BE A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG. HE ANALYSED THE MARKET SITUATION TO GUESTS WHEN SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF HONG KONG TOUGH GLASS LIMITED.

HE SAID HONG KONG DEPENDED ON OVERSEAS SUPPLIERS FOR TOUGHENED GLASS AND THE AMOUNT OF IMPORTS HAD DOUBLED IN THE LAST THREE YEARS.

"TOUGHENED GLASS IS OFTEN SPECIFIED WHERE THE SITUATION DEMANDS STRENGTH, SAFETY AND RESISTANCE TO HIGH TEMPERATURE CHANGES.

"ITS SAFETY PROPERTIES INCLUDE THAT IT IS UP TO FIVE TIMES STRONGER UNDER LOAD, THAN ORDINARY GLASS; AND IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT OF IT BEING BROKEN, FRAGMENTS ARE SMALL, HAVE BLUNT EDGES AND' ARE RELATIVELY HARMLESS.

"IT IS THEREFORE THAT THERE IS A GROWING PREFERENCE FOR TOUGHENED GLASS," MR C,H,U EXPLAINED..

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"YOU ARE OPENING FOR BUSINESS AT AN AUSPICIOUS TIME PARTLY BECAUSE THE CONSTRUCTION, INDUSTRY WHICH YOU SERVE IS IN A PERIOD OF HIGH ACTIVITY AND PARTLY BECAUSE THE DEMAND FOR YOUR PRODUCT IS STEADII'.V GROWING," HE SAID.

MR CHU ADDED THAT THIS LOCAL PLANT OF TOKYO TEMPERED GLASS WAS SET UP THROUGH TRE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE GIVEN BY THE INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION OFFICE OE THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT IN TOKYO. THE FIRST CONTACT WAS MADE IN MARCH 1985.

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WATER CUTS IN TO KWA WAN, NGAU TAU KOK, HUNG HOM » » » » *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN TO KWA WAN AND NGAU TAU KOK AND SALT WATER SUPPLY TO HUNG HOM WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR WATER WORKS LATER THIS WEEK.

THE SUSPENSION IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE FROM 10 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 21) TO 6 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 22).

THE WATER CUT WILL AFFECT ALL PREMISES IN THE AREA BOUNDED BY LOK SHAN ROAD, TO KWA WAN ROAD, MA TAU KOK ROAD, KOWLOON CITY ROAD, SUNG WONG TOI ROAD AND THE SEAFRONT.

THE SUSPENSION IN NGAU TAU KOK WILL BE FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY (JULY 21) TO 6 AM THE FOLLOING DAY.

AFFECTED WILL BE NOS. 7, 15, 33 AND 55 NGAU TAU KOK ROAD; BLOCKS A TO G, AMOY GARDENS AND BLOCKS 8 TO 14 OF LOWER NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE.

IN ADDITION, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO THE WHOLE OF HUNG HOM DISTRICT WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 4 PM ON FRIDAY (JULY 22) TO 10 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF TSING FUNG STREET IN NORTH POINT WILL BECOME 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (JULY 22):

» THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TSING FUNG STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 14 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

» THE LAY-BY ON THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TSING FUNG STREET FROM A POINT ABOUT 14 METRES WEST OF THE JUNCTION OF TSING FUNG STREET WITH KING’S ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 78 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

NO VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS WITHIN THE RESTRICTED AREAS.

THIS MEASURE WILL BE IN FORCE FOR ABOUT 10 WEEKS FOR ROADWORKS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1988

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETING :

COMMISSIONER’S ROLE AND SCOPE WILL BE REVIEWED.............. 1

ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS COMMISSIONER BILL SUPPORTED .. 3

COMMISSIONER’S SCOPE COULD BE EXPANDED IN TIME ............. 5

’BUILT IN SAFETY VALVE’ REQUIRED ........................... 7

C FOR AC BILL FAR FROM PERFECT ............................. 8

’OMBUDSMAN’ BILL DEFICIENT IN BASIC APPROACH............... 10

AUTHORITY MAY IN TIME RECONSIDER TV BILL PROVISION...... 11

BROADCASTING INDUSTRY BETTER PLACED TO SERVE PUBLIC .... 14

COMMUNITY INTEREST WILL BE SAFEGUARDED..................... 15

TRAVEL AGENTS BROUGHT INTO ONE RECOGNISED BODY............. 16

SELF-REGULATION WILL HELP TRAVEL INDUSTRY.................. 19

COMPENSATION FOR TRAVELLERS GUARANTEED..................... 21

FULL COMPENSATION FROM TRAVEL FUND ADVOCATED............... 22

DISCOUNTED COMPENSATION UNREASONABLE....................... 23

MID-1989 Target for fully implementing noise CONTROL ... 24

NOISE CONTROL BILL ACHIEVES BALANCE........................ 26

CIVIC EDUCATION ON NOISE POLLUTION NEEDED.................. 28

TECHNICAL MEMORANDA SHOULD BE WRITTEN INTO LAW............. 29

SECRETARY FOR ENVIRONMENT NEEDED........................... 30

IMPORTANT NEED FOR CLOSE CO-OPERATION ..................... 32

DRAFTING POINT AMENDMENT MADE TO BILL...................... 33

CALL FOR VIGILANCE ON RETROSPECTIVE LEGISLATION............ 33

/Higher standards .......

HIGHER STANDARDS OF WORKER SAFETY, HEALTH ......... 34 INSURANCE INDUSTRY WaNTS PLEDGE ON LEVY ........... 37 EXTENSION WOULD DILUTE FOUNDATION'S RESOURCES ..... 37 FOUNDATION SHOULD COVER OTHER GROUPS OF DISABLED .. 38 MENTALLY ILL SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN COVERAGE ....... 39 RESTAURANTS STOPPED FROM FLOUTING LAW ............. 40 TEN BILLS PASSED.................................... 41 MOTION ON NEW TELCO SERVICE PnSSED ................. 41 COMPRESSED .,IR WORK: SAFETY PROVISIONS ADEQUATE..... 42 POLICY ON FOREIGN LAWYERS BEING REVIEWED ........... 43 FIRE SERVICES PLiNS REGISTRY ON CHEMICALS .......... 45 STEPS BEING T.JCEN TO IMPROVE SCHOOL MEDICAL SERVICE .... 46 NO PL.1N TO CONTROL PRIVATE FUNERAL FUNDS .......... 47 QUOTAS ON CROSS-BORDER C„R TRAFFIC ......................... 48 MaRBLE CAVERNS NOT CAUSING DANGER TO EXISTING BUILDINGS 49 METROPLAN 'WILL COMPLEMENT NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT.................. 50 MEASURES TO ENSURE PROPER DISPLAY OF TRAFFIC SIGNS ..... 52

ROLE OF ORTHOPTISTS EXPLAINED..................... 55 DISPUTE DELAYS WaTER SUPPLY SYSTSM FOR MA WAN .... 54 adequate control over two RAILWAY corporations.... 55 VISA FEES cover cost of service .................. 56 EMERGENCY ,iMBUI«NCE SERVICES HAVE PRIORITY ............ 57 NEW AM CHANNEL UNDER RTHK BEING PL'iNNED......................... 57 PROBLEMS IN ESTABLISHING DYEING, FINISHING COMPLEX .............. 58 COUNCILLORS PRAISED FOR HARD WORK ...................... 59

GOVT AIMS TO- INSURE HK'S FUTURE AS FINANCIAL CENTRE................ 60 FS ON INSIDER DEALING TRIBUNAL SYSTEM .............................. 64 FS CONGRATULATES HKSE'S DECISION ON CONSTITUTIONAL

AMENDMENTS .............................................. 66

NEW VOTING SYSTIM FOR LEGCO ELECTIONS ..................... 66 FOUR TYPES OF YOUTH WORK EXPLAINED ........................ 68 TaKE EXTRA SaFETY MEASURES, CONTRACTORS URGED ............. 70 MONG KOK DB TO DISCUSS CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL ............ 71 Eastern db to discuss education commission report.......... 71 DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ................ 72 TRAVEL TRaDE SYMPOSIUM INVITES APPLICATIONS ............... 72 GOVERNMENT LJiD TO LET BY TENDER........................... 73 TRAFFIC CHANGES FOR LRT OPERATIONS ........................ 73 TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURE ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROaD............ 75 SUSPENSION OF PaRKING SPACES .............................. 75 TJMPOR.IRY ROAD CLOSUjffi IN YAU Ma TEI ................... 75

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1988

COMMISSIONER’S ROLE AND SCOPE WILL BE REVIEWED t t t t t

THE ROLE AND SCOPE OE THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS WILL BE REVIEWED AFTER THE OFFICE COMES INTO OPERATION, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

WINDING UP THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS BILL 1988, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID THE MATTER HAD IMPORTANT IMPLICATIONS AND HAD ATTRACTED SUBSTANTIAL PUBLIC' INTEREST.

HE SAID THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD UNDERTAKE A REVIEW AFTER THE COMMISSIONER HAD OPERATED FOR A REASONABLE PERIOD OF TINE TO SEE WHETHER CHANGES WERE REQUIRED TO HIS ROLE, SCOPE OF JURISDICTION, INTERFACE WITH THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, OPERATING MACHINERY AND SO ON.

"I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD NOW PROCEED TO ENACT THE BILL AND THEN TO SET UP THE COMMISSION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS AND SEEK TO IMPROVE THE BILL’S PROVISIONS AS NECESSARY IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE RATHER THAN DELAY IT FURTHER IN THE HOPE OF SEARCHING FOR AN EVEN BETTER MODEL," MR MATHEWS SAID.

HE SAID THE AD HOC GROUP WHICH STUDIED THE BILL, UNDER THE CONVENORSHIP OF THE HON SELINA CHOW, HAD MADE A VERY THOROUGH EXAMINATION OF THE BILL.

THE COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENTS TO BE MOVED BY MRS CHOW REPRESENTED THE OUTCOME OF VERY CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AND THE ADMINISTRATION FULLY ACCEPTED THOSE AMENDMENTS.

CONCERN HAD BEEN EXPRESSED BY THE HON HUI YIN-FAT AND THE HON MARTIN LEE ABOUT THE EXCLUSION OF THE POLICE AND THE ICAC FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS.

MR MATHEWS EXPLAINED THAT AS THE CHIEF SECRETARY HAD SAID, WHEN MOVING THE SECOND READING OF THE BILL ON JUNE 22, MOST OF THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE AND THE ICAC WERE OF A FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT NATURE TO MALADMINISTRATION COMPLAINTS.

"EXPERIENCE SHOWS THAT ONLY \ VERY SMALL PROPORTION OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE AND THE ICAC INVOLVE ALLEGED MALADMINISTRATION.

"IF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS WERE TO ACT AS A FURTHER AVENUE OF APPEAL FOR THE POLICE AND THE ICAC COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE, HE COULD ONLY DEAL WITH THIS VERY’ SMALL PROPORTION OF CASES.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1988

'THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT BELIEVE IT WOULD BE REASONABLE FOR AN AVENUE OF APPEAL TO BE AVAILABLE TO A SMALL MINORITY, BUT NOT TO THE MAJORITY, OF COMPLAINANTS WHOSE COMPLAINTS ARE DEALT WITH BY THE TWO COMMITTEES," MR MATHEWS SAID.

HE ALSO REITERATED THAT IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO APPOINT THE COMMISSIONER AS AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER OF BOTH THF POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE AND THE ICAC COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE.

THIS WOULD ENABLE HIM TO LEND HIS EXPERTISE TO THESE ORGANISATIONS AND BOLSTER THEIR OPERATION.

MOREOVER, COMPLAINANTS WHO WERE DISSATISFIED WITH OF THEIR COMPLAINTS WOULD CONTINUE TO HAVE THE RIGHT, AS TO PETITION THE GOVERNOR TO SEEK REVIEW OF THEIR CASES.

THE RESULTS AT PRESENT,

'THE GOVERNMENT BELIEVES THAT ALL THESE MEASURES TAKEN TOGETHER SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT FOR THE REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES ARISING FROM POLICE AND ICAC ACTIONS," MR MATHEWS SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT THE INDEPENDENT IMAGF OF THE COMMISSIONER AND HIS STAFF, MENTIONED BY THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN AND MR LEE, HE SAID THE ADMINISTRATION AGREED IN PRINCIPLE THAT THE COMMISSIONER AND HIS SENIOR AND INVESTIGATORY STAFF SHOULD BE NON-CIVIL SERVANTS.

APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD BE MADE TO ENSURE THAT THIS WAS IMPLEMENTED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

HOWEVER, AT THE INITIAL STAGE, IT MIGHT BE DIFFICULT TO AVOID SECONDING CIVIL SERVANTS TO THE COMMISSIONER’S ORGANISATION SO THAT IT MIGHT START OPERATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE REMARKS BY DR THE HON HELMUT SOHMEN, HE SAID THE BILL HAD GONE THROUGH A VERY DETAILED PROCESS OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION.

THIS INCLUDED TWO MONTHS’ CONSULTATION IN THE FORM OF A WHITE BILL PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 30 LAST YEAR, SUBSEQUENT DETAILED STUDY BY THE COUNCIL’S AD HOC GROUP, WHICH NOT ONLY FORMULATED ITS OWN VIEWS BUT ALSO COMMENTED ON THE SUGGESTIONS CONTAINED IN THE PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS, AND, FURTHERMORE, VERY CAREFUL CONSIDERATION BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THF COMMENTS MADE BY MEMBERS OF TllE PUBLIC AND THE AD HOC GROUP.

THE GOVERNMENT HAS GIVEN SERIOUS CONSIDERATION TO ILL PROPOSALS FOR AMENDMENTS AND HAS ACCEPTED MANY OF THEM.

"THE OVERALL EFFECT OF THESE CHANGES HAS BEEN TO BROADEN SOMEWHAT THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSIONER.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20 f 1988

"THE COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENTS TO BE MOVED BY MRS SELINA CHOW WILL FURTHER IMPROVE THE EXISTING PROVISIONS OF THE BILL," MR MATHEWS SAID.

HE SAID THERE OBVIOUSLY COULD BE OTHER APPROACHES AS DR SOHMEN HAD SUGGESTED.

"HOWEVER, IT IS IMPORTANT TO BUILD ON EXISTING MACHINERY AND CHANNELS," HE SAID.

"WE ALREADY HAVE A WELL DEVELOPED AND COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM FOR REDRESSING THE GRIEVANCES FELT BY THE PUBLIC ARISING FROM THE ACTS OF THE GOVERNMENT, BASED ON AN INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY, A PARTIALLY ELECTED LEGISLATURE AND A RANGE OF OTHER CHANNELS.

"IT IS CLEARLY DESIRABLE TO AVOID DISRUPTING THE OPERATION OF THESE EXISTING CHANNELS.

"AFTER ALL, GRIEVANCES COULD ARISE FROM GOVERNMENT DECISIONS EVEN WHERE NO MALADMINISTRATION IS INVOLVED - AND QUESTIONS OF POLICY ARE OUTSIDE THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS’ JURISDICTION."

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ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS COMMISSIONER BILL SUPPORTED ♦ ♦ t ♦ t

THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS BILL 1988 SHOULD BE SUPPORTED BECAUSE, AFTER EXTENSIVE PUBLIC DISCUSSION ON THE SUBJECT, THE BILL FINALLY ENABLES HONG KONG TO PROCEED WITH THE SETTING UP OF THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE, THE HON.SELINA CHOW SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MRS CHOW SAID THE CONSULTATION PROCESS THAT LED TO THE BILL DESERVED PRAISE.

"IT MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR THE INADEQUACIES OF THE ORIGINAL CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT WHICH MANY REGARDED AS SKETCHY AND LACKING IN J INCERITY," SHE SAID.

SHE NOTED THAT VARIOUS POINTS RAISED BY THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUP STUDYING THE BILL, OF WHICH SHE WAS CONVENER, HAD ALL BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT WITH ONE EXCEPTION.

THE EXCEPTION RELATED TO WHETHER THE POLICE AND THE ICAC OUGHT TO COME UNDER THE COMMISSIONER’S JURISDICTION.

/HA FEW

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1988

"A FEW MEMBERS FEEL QUITE STRONGLY THAT THE HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE HAVE NOT BEEN AND ARE NOT SEEN BY THE PUBLIC TO BE TOTALLY UNBIASED," SHE SAID.

THIS GAVE RISE TO THE SUGGESTION THAT PERHAPS THE COMMISSIONER COULD BE GIVEN THE POWER TO ACT AS A LAST RESORT FOR COMPLAINANTS WHO HAD EXHAUSTED THE EXISTING CHANNELS OF THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE OFFICE AND THE POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE, PROVIDED THE COMPLAINTS 'N QUESTION FITTED THE DEFINITION OF MALADMINISTRATION.

MRS CHOW NOTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT, HOWEVER, WAS OF THE VIEW THAT THE ARRANGEMENT FOR ENABLING THE COMMISSIONER TO BE A MEMBER OF THE POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE WOULD ENABLE HIM TO LOOK AT CASES ON WHICH HE MIGHT HAVE QUESTIONS, WHILE IT WOULD NOT RAISE PUBLIC HOPES WHICH THE COMMISSIONER MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SATISFY.

THE MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE AD HOC GROUP WERE PREPARED TO ACCEPT THE GOVERNMENT’S SUGGESTION AS A BEGINNING, SHE SAID.

THE. MATTER WOULD NO DOUBT BE REVIEWED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE JURISDICTION CONTAINED IN THE BILL A YEAR OR TWO AFTER THE LAW HAD BEEN ENACTED, SHE ADDED.

REGARDING THE SCOPE OF THE COMMISSIONER’S JURISDICTION AS OUTLINED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE, MRS CHOW POINTED OUT THAT SINCE THE OMELCO SECRETARIAT WAS INCLUDED BECAUSE IT CAME INTO REGULAR CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC, MEMBERS FELT THAT FOR THE SAME REASONS THE TWO SECRETARIATS OF THE MUNICIPAL COUNCILS SHOULD ALSO BE INCLUDED.

"THE ADMINISTRATION HAS AGREED TO CONSULT THE PARTIES CONCERNED FOR INCLUSION AT A LATER STAGE," SHE NOTED.

WHILE SPEAKING ON THE REFERRAL ARRANGEMENT, MRS CHOW SAID ALTHOUGH SOME MEMBERS STILL PREFERRED THE DIRECT APPROACH, THE AD HOC GROUP IN GENERAL ACCEPTED THAT LEGCO SCREENING AND MONITORING DID HAVE MERIT.

"WHAT MUST BE RESOLVED ARE THE LOGISTICS OF THE RECEPTION OF CASES AND INVOLVEMENT OF MEMBERS," SHE SAID.

SHE ADDED THAT LEGCO HAD ALSO TO EXAMINE HOW IT SHOULD MONITOR AND LIAISE WITH THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE WHICH, NO DOUBT, WOULD BE A PRIORITY MATTER IN THE NEW SESSION.

MRS CHOW ALSO MOVED A NUMBER OF COMMITTEE STAGE AMENDMENTS TO THE BILL WHICH RESULTED FROM SUGGESTIONS PUT FORWARD BY THE AD HOC GROUP AND ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS WAS TO EXTEND THE DEFINITION OF MALADMINISTRATION TO INCLUDE THE EXERCISE OF DISCRETIONARY POWERS, SO AS TO PUT IT BEYOND DOUBT THAT THE WRONGFUL EXERCISE OF SUCH POWERS WOULD FALL WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSIONER.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1988

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ANOTHER AMENDMENT WAS TO ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER WITH AN INVESTIGATION IF HE CONSIDERED IT IN THE PUBLIC DO SO EVEN IF THE COMPLAINANT, FOR WHATEVER REASON, CHOSE THE COMPLAINT.

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TO WITHDRAW

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COMMISSIONER’S SCOPE COULD » » « «

BE EXPANDED IN TIME »

CONSIDERATION SHOULD BE GIVEN TO EXPANDING THE ROLE AND SCOPE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS AFTER TWO YEARS IF THE NEW OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER PROVES ITS WORTH, THE HON HILTON CHEONG-LEEN SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS BILL 1988, MR CHEONG-LEEN BELIEVED IT WOULD BE MORE PRACTICAL FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO START WITH HANDLING ONLY THOSE COMPLAINTS WHICH WERE CHANNELLED THROUGH LEGCO MEMBERS.

THIS WAS BECAUSE THE STAFF ESTABLISHMENT FOR THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE WOULD BEGIN WITH MERELY 19 POSTS AND THE INVESTIGATIVE DIVISION WOULD BE SMALL.

"IN THE LIGHT OF THE COMMISSIONER’S EXPERIENCE AFTER THE FIRST TWO YEARS, THE SITUATION COULD THEN BE REVIEWED AS TO WHETHER COMPLAINTS COULD BE MADE BY ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC DIRECT TO THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE," HE SAID.

A SUGGESTION THAT COMPLAINANTS WHO WERE DISSATISFIED WITH THE FINDINGS OF THE POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE OR ICAC COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LODGE THEIR COMPLAINTS WITH THE COMMISSIONER DID NOT FIND FAVOUR WITH MR CHEONG-LEEN.

"AS I HAVE POINTED OUT ALREADY, THE COMMISIONER’S OFFICE WILL HAVE A SMALL STAFF, AND DURING THE INITIAL TWO YEARS, IT .WOULD BE ADVISABLE TO SEE HOW THE COMMISSIONER PERFORMS IN RESPECT OF THE 52 DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS TO WHICH THE ORDINANCE APPLIES AS LISTED IN THE FIRST SCHEDULE," HE SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1988

NEVERTHELESS, HE SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL THAT THE COMISSIONER BE APPOINTED AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER OF BOTH THE POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE AND THE ICAC COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE AS THIS ARRANGEMENT SHOULD ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER TO LEND HIS EXPERTISE TO THESE TWO MONITORING BODIES.

BUT IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT COMPLAINANTS WOULD STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPEAL DIRECT TO THE GOVERNOR, HE STRESSED.

REFERRING TO THE PUBLIC COMMENT THAT THE COMMISSIONER MUST BE INDEPENDENT AND BE SEEN TO BE SO, MR CHEONG-LEEN POINTED OUT THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD PROMISED THAT AS FAR AS PRACTTCABLE, THE COMMISSIONER’S STAFF WOULD NOT BE CIVIL SERVANTS SO AS TO REGISTER WITH THE PUBLIC THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE COMMISSIONER'S OFF CE.

"THE COMMISSIONER’S APPOINTMENT WILL BE FOR FIVE YEARS, AND HE MAY BE REAPPOINTED. IN ORDER TO UPHOLD HIS INDEPENDENCE, THE GOVERNOR CAN ONLY REMOVE THE COMMISSIONER SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON THE GROUND OF INABILITY TO DISCHARGE THE FUNCTIONS OF HIS OFFICE, OR MISBEHAVIOUR.

"FURTHERMORE, ONCE THE COMMISSIONER RECEIVES A REI,EVANT COMPLAINT THROUGH A LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, HE HAS TO INFORM THE COMPLAINANT DIRECT AND THE COUNCILLOR CONCERNED OF THE RESULTS OF HIS INVESTIGATIONS.

"THIS IS ANOTHER CHECKS-AND-BALANCE ARRANGEMENT WHEREBY A LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR IS ABLE TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON A COMPLAINT," HE CONTINUED.

MR CHEONG-LEEN NOTED THAT THERE WERE CLAUSES WHICH PROVIDED FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO REPORT SERIOUS IRREGULARITIES TO THE GOVERNOR FOR TABLING IN LEGCO AND ALSO STIPULATING THAT THE GOVERNOR SHOULD ANNUALLY PRESENT TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL A REPORT ON THE COMMISSIONER’S WORK.

"THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS WILL BE NO ’PAO KUNG’ TRAVELLING ROUND THE URBAN AREAS AND THE NEW TERRITORIES SEEKING TO UNEARTH INJUSTICES. BUT WE HOPE THAT THIS OFFICE WILL BE A REFINEMENT AND IMPROVEMENT ON THE EXISTING NETWORK OF COMPLAINTS SYSTEM," HE CONCLUDED.

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS BILL 1988 SHOULD HAVE A "BUILT IN SAFETY VALVE", THE HON HUI YIN-FAT SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE SAID THIS WOULD ENABLE COMPLAINANTS AGAINST THE POLICE AND 1CAC TO APPEAL TO THE COMMISSIONER IF THEY WERE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE RULINGS OF THE POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE AND THE ICAC COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, BUT NOT WITHOUT RESERVATIONS, MR HUI SAID HE FULLY APPRECIATED THE NEED TO PROTECT THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE ICAC AND THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE OFFICE.

BUT HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE LACK OF FINAL APPEAL AGAINST ARBITRARY RULINGS IMPOSED BY THEIR MONITORING BOD 1 I S, AND THE POSSIBILITY OF COVER-UP OF MALPRACTICES.

"INSTEAD OF ADVOCATING THE REPLACEMENT OF THE TWO COMMITTEES BY THE COMMISSIONER, I WOULD CALL FOR SOME STATUTORY SAFEGUARD FOR THE COMMISSIONER TO SERVE AS A LAST RESORT," HE SAID.

"THAT IS, COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE AND ICAC SHOULD BE LODGED IN THE FIRST INSTANCE TO THE EXISTING CHANNELS; HOWEVER, IF THE COMPLAINANT IS NOT SATISFIED WITH THE OUTCOME, HE CAN APPEAL TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS."

HE BELIEVED THAT BY MAKING AVAILABLE A SECOND OPINION, THE CREDIBILITY OF THE MONITORING BODIES WOULD BE INCREASED.

MR HUI MAINTAINED THAT THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS, A SYSTEM WHICH PROMISED THAT THE DOOR OF THE REDRESS SYSTEM WOULD BE OPEN TO ANYONE WHO KNOCKED AT IT, MUST GO ALL THE WAY TO GIVE BLANKET COVERAGE OF ALL CIVIL SERVANTS AND EMPLOYEES OF QUASI-GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC BODIES, INCLUDING THE POLICE AND ICAC.

"THE COMMISSIONER SHOULD BE ABLE TO PURSUE IN THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC AN INVESTIGATION WHICH HAS REVEALED ADEQUATE EVIDENCE OF MALADMINISTRATION, EVEN IF THE COMPLAINANT HAS WITHDRAWN HIS CASE DUE TO CONFLICT OF INTEREST," HE SAID.

HE ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS SHOULD EVALUATE COMPLAINTS REGULARLY AND RECOMMEND FOLLOW-UP ACTION THAT WOULD PREVENT THE RE-OCCURRENCE OF SIMILAR COMPLAINTS.

WITHOUT AN ALL-EMBRACING SCOPE OF AUTHORITY AND ADEQUATE PREVENTIVE MEASURES TO BACK HIM UP, THE COMMISSIONER MIGHT EASILY DIMINISH INTO ANOTHER ONE OF THE EXISTING COMPLAINT CHANNELS, IN WHICH CASE THE $6.3 MILLION OUTLAY INVOLVED WOULD BF WASTED.

/MR HUI

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1988

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MR HUI SAID HE WAS CONVINCED BY THE ANGER, FRUSTRATION AND HELPLESSNESS OF PEOPLE WHO ASKED TO SEE HIM WHEN ALL DOORS OF THE PRESENT REMEDIAL SYSTEM WERE CLOSED THAT THE EXISTING REDRESS SYSTEM FOR COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE ABUSE OF AUTHORITY, INCLUDING THE POLICE AND 1CAC, WAS GROSSLY INADEQUATE.

HE CITED A CASE INVOLVING THE POLICE TO ILLUSTRATE HOW PERSONAL INJUSTICES INFLICTED BY INAPPROPRIATE ACTIONS OF THE POLICE WERE OFTEN NOT RESOLVED.

FIRST, THERE WAS THE UNREASONABLY LONG TIME THE AUTHORITIES TOOK TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS, CAUSING INTERMINABLE SUFFERING IN THE PUNITIVE SENSE TO THE COMPLAINANTS, BECOMING A DETERRENT TO LODGING COMPLAINTS AGAINST MALADMINISTRATION.

SECONDLY, THE OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO ENQUIRIES AND THE SECRETIVE MANNER IN WHICH INVESTIGATION WAS CARRIED OUT HAD FORCED PEOPLE TO BECOME INCREDULOUS OF THE IMPARTIALITY OF AN INVESTIGATORY MECHANISM MANNED BY CIVIL SERVANTS.

THIRDLY, APPEALS MADE TO THE MONITORING BODIES, WHICH WERE LEFT AT THE MERCY OF CIVIL SERVANTS, OFTEN ENDED UP WITH THE ORIGINAL DECISION, WITHOUT EXPLANATION GIVEN ON THE RATIONALE BEHIND IT.

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C FOR AC BILL FAR FROM PERFECT ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL FLAW IN THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS BILL 1988 IS THE EXCLUSION OF THE POLICE AND THE ICAC FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS (C FOR AC).

THIS WAS ONE OF THE CRITICISMS MADE BY THE HON MARTIN LEE WHEN HE SPOKE IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

HE EXPLAINED THAT HE HAD RELUCTANTLY DECIDED TO SUPPORT THE BILL DESPITE "STRONG RESERVATIONS" BECAUSE HE Di D NOT WANT TO FURTHER DELAY ITS PASSAGE.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE LONG-AWAITED BILL WAS "FAR FROM BEING PERFECT" AND THERE WERE A NUMBER OF "IMPORTANT DEFICIENCIES'.’.

/HE NOTED

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HE NOTED THAT THE COMPLAINTS AGAINST POLICE OFFICE (CAPO) DID NOT ENJOY THE CONFIDENCE OF THE PUBLIC BECAUSE INVESTIGATIONS WERE DONE BY POLICE OFFICERS WHO WERE SEEN BY THE PUBLIC TO BE TAKING SIDES WITH THE POLICEMAN UNDER COMPLAINT; BECAUSE REPORTS WERE COMPILED BY POLICE OFFICERS; AND BECAUSE CAPO WAS MANNED BY POLICE OFFICERS WHO WOULD ULTIMATELY RETURN TO THEIR ORIGINAL OR OTHER UNITS WITHIN THE POLICE FORCE.

HE SAID THAT AS A RESULT, "JUSTICE IS MANIFESTLY NOT SEEN TO BE DONE".

COMMENTING ON THE ARGUMENT THAT THE C FOR AC WOULD NOT HAVE ENOUGH EXPERTISE TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE AND THE ICAC, MR LEE SAID INVESTIGATORS WOULD HAVE TO BE ENGAGED AND TRAINED AS IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE ICAC.

MR LEE DID NOT THINK THE C FOR AC COULD DO MUCH AS A MEMBER OF THE POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE AS PROPOSED BY THE CHIEF SECRETARY, BECAUSE HIS "EXPERTISE" COULD NOT HELP HIM ENSURE THAT CAPO WOULD DO A GOOD JOB IN RELATION TO, FOR EXAMPLE, THE TAKING OF STATEMENTS FROM POLICEMEN COMPLAINED OF, OR THAT CAPO HAD CARRIED OUT ITS DUTIES CONSCIENTIOUSLY.

MR LEE SAID THAT SINCE THE POLICE FORCE RECEIVED THE GREATEST NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC, IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT THERE WAS A VERY EFFECTIVE COMPLAINTS SYSTEM DEALING WITH THESE COMPLAINTS, SO THAT THE PUBLIC COULD HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE POLICE AND CO-OPERATE WITH THEM- IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

MR LEE STRESSED THAT INDEPENDNCE OF THE C FOR AC FROM THE GOVERNMENT WAS ABSOLUTELY VITAL.

IT WOULD THEREFORE BE WRONG IN PRINCIPLE FOR OFFICERS ASSISTING THE COMMISSIONER TO BE SECONDED FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, HE MAINTAINED.

IN ORDER TO ATTRACT SUITABLE CANDIDATES TO JOIN THE OFFICE, HE PROPOSED THAT THEY COULD BE PAID MORE THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

MR LEE WAS ALSO CRITICAL OF THE REFERRAL SYSTEM WHEREBY COMPLAINTS WERE ONLY CHANNELLED TO THE C FOR AC BY INDIVIDUAL NON-GOVERNMENT MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AND LEGCO FOR THIS PLACED AN UNDULY HEAVY BURDEN ON MEMBERS, WHO * WERE NOT FULL TIME POLITICIANS, AND AS A RESULT AFFECTED THEIR PERFORMANCE AS SUPERVISORS.

"IN THAT EVENT, THE PUBLIC IMAGE OF THE C FOR AC AS WELL AS OMELCO AS A WHOLE WOULD BE TARNISHED," HE SAID.

HE SUGGESTED ALL COMPLAINTS SHOULD GO DIRECTLY TO THE C FOR AC, WHOSE STAFF WOULD SCREEN THEM AND REFER ALL COMPLAINTS ON POLICY TO THE OMELCO COMPLAINTS DIVISION WHILE RETAINING THOSE WHICH RELATED TO MALADMINISTRATION AS DEFINED UNDER THE BILL.

SCREENING, WHICH WAS CONSIDERED BY MR LEE AS A NECESSITY, COULD EITHER BE DONE BY THE STAFF OF THE C FOR AC OR THE STAFF OF OMELCO, THOUGH PREFERABLY BY THE FORMER.

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'OMBUDSMAN' BILL DEFICIENT IN BASIC APPROACH * * t t *

THE COMMISSIONER F< ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS BILL 1988 IS DEFICIENT IN ITS BASIC APPROACH AND WILL NOT EFFECTIVELY ACHIEVE THE AIMS WHICH IT HAS SET OUT TO PRODUCE.

SPEAKING AGAINST THE BILL DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON IT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY), DR THE HON HELMUT SOHMEN SAID THAT IN PASSING THE BILL IN ITS PRESENT FORM, COUNCILLORS FACED THE RISK OF BEING JUDGED TO HAVE BEEN NEITHER WISE NOR PRACTICAL.

"WE SHOULD NOT MAKE LAWS THAT ARE SIMPLY PALLIATIVES, BAND-AIDS, OR FIG LEAVES. WE SHOULD ALSO NOT MAKE LAWS THAT ARE BASED ON MUDDLED POLICIES, UNCERTAIN AMBITIONS, OR ILL-FITTING MODELS BORROWED FROM OTHER PLACES", DR SOHMEN SAID.

"IF WE PROMISE A RELIEF VALUE BUT IT DOES NOT WORK, DISSATISFACTION WILL BE GREATER THAN IF WE HAD NOT DONE ANYTHING AT ALL," HE ADDED.

DR SOHMEN GAVE FOUR REASONS FOR OBJECTING TO THE BILL.

FIRST, HE DESCRIBED THE REQUIREMENT FOR COMPLAINTS TO THE COMMISSIONER TO BE FILTERED THROUGH OMELCO MEMBERS AS "UNNECESSARY" AND "UNDULY COMPLICATING".

"TO USE SUCH A REFERRAL PROCEDURE DOES DAMAGE THE IMAGE OF THE COMMISSIONER IN THE PUBLIC MIND WHICH EXPECTS EASY ACCESSIBILITY, INDEPENDENCE FROM OTHER GOVERNMENTAL ORGANS TO ENSURE NEUTRALITY AND SPEEDY PROCESSING OF COMPLAINTS," HE SAID.

SECONDLY, DR SOHMEN BELIEVED THAT THE SETTING UP OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINTS OFFICE IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING CHANNELS OF COMPLAINTS WOULD GIVE RISE TO DUPLICATION, IF NOT TRIPLICATION, OF WORK.

HIS ORIGINAL SUGGESTION IN THE DEBATE ON THE "CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT: REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES" ON APRIL 8 LAST YEAR WAS THAT THE COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE SHOULD REPLACE, NOT BE ESTABLISHED IN ADDITION TO, THE EXISTING STRUCTURES.

HE QUESTIONED THE NEED FOR AN "OMBUDSMAN" IF THE EXISTING CHANNELS AND SYSTEM WERE WELL-DEVELOPED AND COMPREHENSIVE.

"ON THE OTHER HAND, IF THERE ARE GENUINE DOUBTS ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF EXISTING PROCEDURES, WHY NOT ABOLISH THE PRESENT STRUCTURES AND REPLACE THEM WITH SOMETHING BETTER?

"WHY GO FOR A MISH-MASH OF INSTITUTIONS THAT MAY END UP COMPETING WITH EACH OTHER, WILL DEFINITELY COST THE TAXPAYERS MORE AND MAY ULTIMATELY NOT ACHIEVE MORE SATISFACTORY RESULTS?" HE ASKED.

/THIRDLY, DR

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THIRDLY, DR SOHMEN MAINTAINED THAT THE POLICE AND THE ICAC SHOULD NOT BE EXCLUDED FROM THE JURISDICTION OF THE COMMISSION.

HE SAID THAT SUCH A MOVE WOULD BE SEEN BY THE PUBLIC AS A SIGN THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS NEW INSTITUTION WAS NOT REALLY A SERIOUS EFFORT TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE CHANNEL FOR THESE COMPLAINTS.

HE DID NOT BELIEVE THAT BY MAKING THE COMMISSIONER AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER OF THE POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE AND THE ICAC COMPLAINTS COMMITTEE WOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

’’INDEED IN THE PUBLIC EYE, IT COULD LOWER THE STATUS OF THE COMMISSIONER AS A SUPPOSEDLY IMPARTIAL REVIEW ORGAN OF THE GRIEVANCES OF PRIVATE CITIZENS,” HE SAID.

FOURTHLY, DR SOHMEN FELT STRONGLY THAT THE APPOINTMENT OF THE COMMISSIONER BY THE GOVERNOR SHOULD HAVE THE APPROVAL OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS.

”WE ARE NOW IN A TRANSITION PERIOD FOR HONG KONG AND ARE CREATING AN INSTITUTION WHOSE POWERS OF INVESTIGATION COULD LET IT ASSUME INFLUENCE OVER THE CONDUCT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS WHICH GOES beVoIid THE ORIGINAL DESIGN,” HE SAID.

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AUTHORITY MAY IN TIME RECONSIDER TV BILL PROVISION » ♦ » » »

THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY MAY RECONSIDER THE PROVISION WHICH RESTRICTS A TELEVISION LICENSEE'S PARTICIPATION AS A MINORITY SHAREHOLDER IN OTHER COMPANIES, IF THE CASE SO WARRANTS.

.. THE SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION, THE HON PETER TSAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WHEN WINDING UP THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE TELEVISION (AMENDMENT) BILI 1988.

MR TSAO POINTED OUT THAT SECTION 17A UNDER CLAUSE 14 REQUIRED THAT THE. LICENSEE MIGHT ONLY HOLD A MAJORITY INTEREST IN OTHER COMPANIES, AND REQUIRED, IN EFFECT, THE LICENSEE TO HAVE CONTROL OVER THE MANAGEMENT OF SUCH SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES, AS IT MIGHT BE PERMITTED TO ACQUIRE.

THE PURPOSE WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE LICENSEE WAS FULLY RESPONSIBILE FOR ANY OTHER BUSINESS IN WHICH IT HAD AN INTEREST AND WAS NOT SUBJECT TO \NY UNDUE EXTERNAL PRESSURE AS A RESULT OF ITS OUTSIDE INVESTMENTS.

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NOTING THE LEGCO AD HOC GROUPS'S CONCERN THAT THE PROVISION MIGHT BE UNDULY RESTRICTIVE ON A LICENSEE, MR TSAO SAID "THE DOOR IS NOT FOREVER CLOSED IN THIS RESPECT”.

"IF, IN THE FUTURE, THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SUCH PARTICIPATION ARISES, AND A LICENSEE CAN MAKE A CASE THAT PARTICIPATION IN OTHER COMPANIES WOULD BENEFIT TELEVISION BROADCASTING IN HONG KONG, THEN THE ISSUE MAY BE RECONSIDERED BY THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY AND THE RELEVANT PROVISIONS OF THE LEGISLATION MAY BE REVIEWED,” HE SAID.

EXPLAINING THE ESSENCE OF THE BILL, MR TSAO SAID IT DEALT WITH OWNERSHIP, CONTROL OF LICENSEE’S COMPANIES, THE PROHIBITION ON LICENSEES BEING HELD BY HOLDING COMPANIES AND CONTROLS ON INTERESTS LICENSEES MIGHT HAVE IN OTHER COMPANIES, AND THE CALCULATION OF ROYALTY.

IT SOUGHT TO AMEND AND ADD TO THE EXISTING PROVISIONS AND INCLUDE MORE DETAILED MACHANISMS TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW LEGISLATION WOULD BE EFFECTIVE AND MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION.

MR TSAO SAID IT WAS ESSENTIAL THAT LEGISLATION BE ENACTED TO PROVIDE THE STATUTORY FRAMEWORK FOR THE IMPOSITION OF SOME OF THE NEW CONDITIONS ATTACHING TO THE NEW TELEVISION LICENCES, WHICH WOULD BE EFFECTIVE FROM DECEMBER 1 THIS YEAR. <•

THANKING MEMBERS OF THE AD HOC GROUP FOR THEIR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS, MR TSAO SAID HE AGREED THAT THE STANDARD OF TELEVISION BROADCASTING MUST BE MAINTAINED AND IMPROVED.

"IT IS, OF COURSE, NOT APPROPRIATE TO DEAL WITH ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATING TO THE NEW LICENCES BY MEANS OF LEGISLATION," HE SAID.

"WE ARE ALSO IN THE PROCESS OF REVIEWING THE CODES OF PRACTICE ON PROGRAMME, ADVERTISING AND TECHNICAL STANDARDS.

"IN ADDITION, SOME OF THE MORE DETAILED PROGRAMMES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS WILL BE INCLUDED AS CONDITIONS IN THE NEW LICENCES.”

REFERRING TO THE TECHNICAL NATURE OF THE LEGISLATION, MR TSAO SAID IT SHOULD NOT UNDULY CONCERN THE SMALL SHAREHOLDER OR SMALL INVESTOR, BECAUSE IT AFFECTED PRIMARILY THOSE NON-LOCAL SHAREHOLDERS WITH LARGE SHAREHOLDINGS IN A LICENSEE’S COMPANY, WHO WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO EXPERT PROFESSIONAL ADVICE.

LATER, IN THE COMMITTEE STAGE, MR TSAO MOVED AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSES 1, 2, 5, 11, 12, 14 AND 20.

/ON CLAUSE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1988

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ON CLAUSE 14, HE SAID THE AMENDMENT TO SECTION 17A(1)(B) WAS TO AL